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Smackdown: It just gets Tougher
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's baaaaack! Just like Michael Meyers in Halloween; you can't keep Tough Enough down. The wrestling reality show makes its return for the fourth time, and this time it isn't relegated to cable. Instead it will air, and I'm guessing here, in segments during Smackdown, ala the RAW Diva Search. On second thought, maybe this isn't such a good idea.

Just the crappy new intro to start the show; this doesn't bode well. Michael Cole and Tazz join us from Rockford, Illinois, and start by hyping tonight's card. Torrie Wilson heading to the ring is a good way to start the show, so maybe I was a tad bid hasty in my first statements. Torrie introduces the current U.S. Champion Carlito Caribbean Cool. The champ checks out Torrie, and proceeds to hit on her. (Like any of you wouldn't do the same!) Torrie is flustered by the attention, and tries to announce his opponent. Carlito interrupts, and asks Torrie if she is trying to ignore him. Torrie continues to do her job as ring announcer, but is interrupted again, as Carlito spits apple all over her face.

Match #1 - Rico vs. Carlito Caribbean Cool - Non-title match

Rico goes after Carlito right away, and hits a back body drop early. Carlito recovers, and nails a swinging neck breaker. Rico hammers back with chops, and then ducks a clothesline from Carlito. Rico then connects with a kick to the jaw that sends him into the corner. Carlito sidesteps and corner charge, slamming Rico off the turnbuckle. Carlito then hits his finisher, which is a modified neck breaker. He covers Rico for the win.

Winner via pin fall: Carlito Caribbean Cool

Booker T is venting his frustration to Teddy Long about being in a six-man tag with RVD and Rey Mysterio. Long tries talking Booker T into the match. Booker T says he doesn't care, then Long tells him he has to step up and represent.

The saga of Billy Kidman is recapped.

This is Chavo's first television appearance since getting hurt at the hands of Billy Kidman. Chavo has a few words for the crowd before the match. He thanks everyone for the support while he was out injured. It's the easiest face turn to write, get hurt as a heel; come back as a face. This stuff writes itself. Kidman interrupts the love fest, and heads to the ring. Kidman tells him it's great to have him back, but Chavo doesn't know what he had to deal with. Chavo tells the crowd that his family begged him not to make his return, and he was extremely close to retiring. Until an old friend convinced him to come back, and that friend was Kidman, and the two hug. The Chavo says the friend wasn't Kidman, and punks out his old friend.

Heidenreich is warming up in the back, when Paul Heyman tells him that Teddy Long wants to cancel his first match ever. Heyman says it's because they are afraid that Heidenreich may attack someone other than his opponent. Heyman says Teddy Long told him he could wrestle on one condition, that he wears a straight jacket to and from the ring. Heidenreich agrees to wear the jacket.

Match #2 - Heidenreich vs. Shannon Moore

Why does Moore get served up to these guys? Moore jumps Heidenreich before the straight jacket comes off, but he still manages to fight off Moore and get the straight jacket off. Now it's time to switch on squash mode.

Winner via pin fall: Heidenreich

After the match, Heidenreich gets back into the straight jacket, and he looks happy. Heidenreich calls for a mike and calls out the Undertaker, while still wearing the straight jacket. He then demands that Heyman bring him the Undertaker.

Torrie is complaining to her stylist about Carlito spitting apple in her hair, when she is interrupted by a serenading Kenzo Suzuki. Teddy Long breaks up the love fest, and tells Torrie that he is sorry for what happened, and he is going to talk to Carlito right now. The GM approaches the champ, and wants to know if he was in the club where John Cena was attacked. Carlito cries for his lawyer. That's not cool.

Booker T warming up by skipping rope, and Orlando Jordan has to cramp his style. Jordan tells Booker that JBL wants to talk to him about the up coming match. Jordan then apologizes for calling him 'dog' the other week. Booker just walks away.

Match #3 - Eddie Guerrero vs. Mark Jindrak w. Luther Reigns

Reigns gets a warning right off the bat. Jindrak locks in a side headlock, but Eddie reverses with a top wristlock. Eddie follows up two arm drags with a drop kick. Guerrero controls the match through the commercial break. Jindrak fights back with kicks and punches. A snap suplex gets Jindrak a near fall. He then applies a rear naked choke, which Eddie fights out of. Guerrero is whipped across the ring, and Jindrak sends him flying with a back body drop. Eddie fights out of another sleeper hold, but is tripped up by Reigns at the apron. Eddie shakes it off and hits the 'three amigos'. Guerrero knocks Reigns off the apron with kick, and Reigns is banished to the back by the ref. With the ref distracted Kurt Angle comes out of nowhere and slips Jindrak the ring bell. Guerrero climbs the turnbuckle, and hits the frog splash on the bell. Jindrak covers Guerrero for the win.

Winner via pin fall: Mark Jindrak

Paul Heyman joins Teddy Long in his office. Heyman says Heidenreich wants a favor. He wants The Undertaker one-on-one at Survivor Series. One word: Done. Heyman thanks Long, but Long wants a signed contract. Heyman needs to get Undertaker's signature, and he wants it by next week.

Rey Mysterio and RVD are chatting in the locker room, when Booker T drops by. He says he does his own thing, and he's the biggest name on Smackdown! He tells his partners to stay out of his way. RVD tells Rey to keep on eye on Booker T.

Fifty prospective WWE superstars were called to Venice Beach to tryouts for Tough Enough. Hey, it's Bill DeMott! Al Snow explains the rules. First an obstacle course, then the bench press, followed by a 40 yards dash, and then a personality and charisma test. Al then tells them they can be cut at anytime. Ahhh, people throwing up, now that's good TV.

Day Two: And four guys have dropped out, already. Al Snow belittling people, now that's good TV. The real story is Brian Danovich, who competed with a torn pectoral and bicep. His right arm was purple. That's heart kids. It's a shame Snow had to cut him. But WWE is paying his medical bills and he will be signed to an OVW developmental deal. Then there's the 40-year-old, who was a great-looking athlete, but he was cut for lying about his age. And then there were eight: Daniel Puder, John Meyer, Nick Mitchell, Mike Mizinan, Chris Nawrocki, Ryan Reeves, Daniel Rodimer, and Justice Smith. All eight will debut next week on Smackdown, and the fans get to choose who gets cut.

JBL talks to Booker T in the hallway. Booker is not happy that JBL has sold out his Texas roots. Ah, Booker was just kidding. That was pretty pointless.

Match #5 - JBL, Renee Dupree, and Kenzo Suzuki vs. Booker T, RVD, and Rey Mysterio

RVD and Dupree starts things off. Dupree and RVD trade some mat wrestling moves, feeling each other out. RVD counters a power bomb attempt with a back body drop, and then tags in Mysterio. Both men hit Dupree with a dropkick. Dupree is able to tag in Kenzo, but is thrown from the ring by Mysterio via a head scissors. RVD tags back in and takes out Kenzo. Mysterio gets the tag, and hits a springboard moonsault on Kenzo. RVD and Mysterio double-team Suzuki, and then RVD takes out Dupree on the outside. Kenzo fights back by tossing Mysterio into Booker T. We return from commercial to find Rey Mysterio locked in a headlock from JBL. Mysterio is whipped off the ropes, and counters with a head scissors. Mysterio tries to tag Booker, but Book hesitates, and Mysterio can't tag out. Dupree tags in, and is drop into the ropes. Mysterio goes for the 619, but JBL breaks it up. RVD runs in and clothes line Suzuki and Dupree. RVD is then plastered off the announce table on the outside. JBL tags in, and Booker T finally tags in. Booker and JBL smile at each other. Booker sets up Mysterio, and JBL goes for the clothesline from Hell. At the last second Booker tosses Rey aside, and nails JBL with a big boot. Booker cleans house, even knocking Orlando Jordan from the apron. Booker pins JBL for the win, and the hits the Book End on Jordan.

Winner via pin fall: Booker T, RVD, and Rey Mysterio


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale was not at the Tough Enough tryout. He has been in training to be a replacement player for the NHL next season.