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Smackdown: Lining up the survivors
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Does anyone else see the irony in WWE cutting talent heading into Survivor Series? Why not do a cross promotion with CBS. I propose Survivor: Smackdown! Actually with Vince McMahon's ego it would be more like Raw Apprentice. It not much of a stretch to see Vince sitting in a boardroom and bellowing, "You're fired!" Wait, we have seen that.

Speaking of Tough Enough, all the contestants are shown working out before the show in St. Louis, Missouri. Al Snow then introduces the boys in the. Kurt Angle graces the wannabes with his presence. First he brow beats the contestants, but then tells them the winner of tonight's challenge will win a special prize. And tonight's challenge is squat thrusts. The challenger who does the most wins, easy as that. Chris Nawrocki wins the challenge, and his prize: a match with Kurt Angle. And it starts right now.

(On a side note: This whole Tough Enough thing isn't working. It worked on MTV because it was Real World: WWE. All they are doing now is boring the crowd and television audience. I mean squat thrusts make for great TV and all, but at the expense of talented WWE superstars who are losing their jobs. It's a cryin' shame.)

Match #1 - Kurt Angle vs. Chris Nawrocki

Nawrocki was able to grabs the ropes, but it didn't help. Angle pins the kid and it's over.

Winner via pin fall: Kurt Angle

Angle asks if anyone else wants some, and Daniel Puder steps up.

Match #2 - Kurt Angle vs. Daniel Puder

Puder locks up with Angle, but the Olympic champ slaps on a key lock. Angle keeps the hold locked in, and Puder's shoulders hit the mat for a three count.

Winner via pin fall: Kurt Angle

Michael Cole and Tazz inform us that voting will start tonight for Tough Enough. I all ready exercised my right to vote this week, so I'm kinda tired.

Josh Matthews interviews Orlando Jordan. He asks Jordan about getting pinned by Booker T. JBL cuts him off, slapping Matthews. He tells him to show the Chief of Staff some respect. Matthews says he is sick and tired of being abused by them, and that if Jordan wants to win tonight, he has to get his head in the game, and out of JBL's rear.

Match #3 - Booker T vs. Orlando Jordan

Booker T comes out firing, punching Jordan into the corner, and then whipping him into the opposite corner. Booker then greets him with a high forearm. Jordan gains some momentum with an eye rake, by Booker fights back with an arm bar. Jordan is planted with a side slam, by Jordan is able to kick out of a pin. Booker keeps the pressure on with a spine buster, and JBL has seen enough. The champion hits the ring, and attacks Booker. Jordan is disqualified, and the two double team Booker. JBL lays out the number one contender with a clothesline from hell, and then heads to the back with Jordan.

Winner via DQ: Booker T

Spike Dudley tells his brothers that he made a deal with Kurt Angle. If they take out the Big Show, D-Von or Bubba will be named to Angle's Survivor Series team. Spike says he will call out the Big Show, and then D-Von and Bubba will put him through a table.

Josh Matthews apologizes to Teddy Long for his actions, but he is sick of being pushed around. Teddy tells him he has to be a professional, when Booker T busts in. Booker wants JBL and Jordan. Long says he won't sanction a handicapped match, but if he can find a partner there will be a tag team match. Josh tells Booker to let him be his partner. Booker tells him he's in, and the match is made.

The Dudleyz are in the ring with a table. Spike demands that Big Show come to the ring. Show comes to the ring. Be careful what you wish for, Spike. Spike, standing on the table, spits in Show's face. D-Von and Bubba attack, and hit the 3-D after a low blow. The tables are set up, but Show recovers and choke slam D-Von and Bubba through the tables. Spike looks on in disbelief, and then hightails it to the back.

Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak are whining to Kurt that the Dudleyz didn't get the job done. Angle tells them not to worry, and then they run into Carlito Caribbean Cool. Angle tries to recruit Carlito, and he accepts.

RVD is meditating in the back, when Rey Mysterio gets him for the match. The two get ready for their match, next.

Match #4 - RVD and Rey Mysterio vs. Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak

Jindrak and Mysterio start the match off, with Jindrak not being impressed with Rey's size. Jindrak slams Rey face first into the mat, but Rey respond with a drop kick to the jaw, and then a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. RVD tags in, hitting a split legged moonsault. Jindrak recovers, and corners RVD. Jindrak is whipped across the ropes, and RVD hits him with a clothesline. RVD then follows with a corkscrew moonsault. Reigns tags in, and goes to work on RVD. Reigns slaps on a rear chin lock. RVD fights out, but cannot get the sunset flip over. RVD then kicks his way out of the corner, and then delivering a thrust kick. Mysterio tags in, and hits Reigns with a dropkick into the ropes. Mysterio goes for the 619, but Jindrak catches him in mid swing as we cut to commercial. We return to find Mysterio in a chin lock, but he fights out, only to have Reigns drop an elbow on him. Reigns then hits a half nelson driver, before tagging in Jindrak. Mysterio is whipped into the corner, hard. A snap mare leaves Mysterio on the mat in the middle of the ring. Jindrak locks in a rear naked choke, which almost does the job. Mysterio fights out of the hold, but Jindrak is able to maintain the upper hand. Reigns tags in and stomps on Mysterio, and knocks RVD off the apron. Jindrak tags back in. Jindrak counters a tilt-a-whirl with a slam. Reigns tags back in, and wears Mysterio down with elbows, and bear hug. Mysterio fights back, and hits a spinning DDT. Both men hit the mat, and Mysterio is finally able to tag in RVD. Jindrak also tags in, and cleans house. Jindrak is double teamed, as Reigns spills to the outside. RVD hits an enzugiri, and Jindrak spills into the ropes. Mysterio hits the 619, and RVD climbs the ropes. Reigns grabs RVD, but Mysterio take care of him with a 619. RVD hits the five-star frog splash and covers for the win.

Winner via pin fall: RVD and Rey Mysterio

After the match Carlito's music hits, and CCC and his associate Jesus confront the two. RVD and Rey are jumped, and tossed back into the ring. The heels go to work, but Eddie Guerrero runs in with a chair to make the save.

Recap of the Undertaker/Heidenreich feud, with Undertaker signing the contract.

Eddie Guerrero goes to talk with Teddy Long. Long wants to talk about Survivor Series; he tells Eddie that Rey Mysterio cannot be on his team. Rey will be in a fatal four-way match for the cruiserweight title. Eddie wants to know where that leaves his team. All Long tells him he has to find another man for his team, John Cena perhaps?

Match #5 - Dawn Marie vs. Miss Jackie - Arm Wrestling Match

Michael Cole moderates the event in the ring. Dawn Marie comes out first, dressed well, as always. (Excuse as I wipe the drool from my keyboard ... drtfgyko. Sorry 'bout that.) Dawn Marie dedicates this match to "her Charlie". Miss Jackie then comes to the ring, and she doesn't look happy. Miss Jackie tries to get at Dawn, but the referee gets them to approach the table. Miss Jackie is all business, as she shows Dawn the engagement ring. Miss Jackie looks to have the upper hand, until Dawn Marie head butts her. Dawn tosses the table aside, and the whole thing devolves into a catfight. Charlie Haas hobbles to the ring to stop the nonsense, but is met by Heidenreich. Haas is beaten with his own crutches. Miss Jackie tries to come to her fiancee's aid, but Heidenreich tosses her aside. He continues to beat on Haas. Paul Heyman runs to ringside and tries to reason with Heidenreich. It does know good as Heidenreich finishes off the defenseless Haas. Hey, at least he isn't reading any more poetry. Dawn Marie then climbs in the ring to console Haas.

Al Snow is trying to get people to care about Tough Enough and vote for their favorite. Why should I vote? I haven't really seen these guys do anything. Torrie Wilson comes out and tells the boys the next week she will be conducting a sex test. Don't get your hopes up boys; she's taken.

Match #6 - Booker T and Josh Matthews vs. JBL and Orlando Jordan

Booker T starts off quickly, taking the fight to JBL. The champ fights back with right hands. JBL is whipped into the corner, but charges out and takes down Booker with a shoulder knockdown. Jordan tags in and goes to work on Booker T. Jordan is knocked down with a kick to the chin. Jordan is whipped off the ropes and another kick sends the chief of staff to the mat. With Jordan down, Booker tags in Matthews. He climbs the turnbuckle, and hits a cross body block on Jordan. Matthews also gets a shot in on JBL. Matthews is thrown from the ring, and Booker T is knocked off the apron. JBL slams Booker into the steps. Matthews tries to make the save, but JBL is admonished back to his corner. Matthews is still the legal man, and Jordan is all over him. JBL tags in, and lands a series of clubbing blows on Matthews. Booker T is knocked off the apron, and Jordan tags back in. Jordan starts to box Matthews. Booker T fights his way back on the apron, and Matthews is able to tag. Booker shoots Jordan off the ropes, hitting a back body drop. JBL tries to interfere, and also receives a back body drop. JBL recovers and tries to hit the Clothesline from Hell, but Booker counters with a Book End. Jordan also gets the Book End, and Booker T covers for the win.

Winner by : Booker T and Josh Matthews

Booker tries to revive Matthews to celebrate the win, but the backstage reporter is out cold. Booker T celebrates on the turnbuckle as the show goes off the air.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale would like to encourage people NOT to vote in the Tough Enough competition. Remember, apathy is our strongest weapon in this fight.