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Smackdown: A Show of pain
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


With Survivor Series only days away, that question on everyone's mind -- or at least this reporter's -- is, 'Are there enough wrestlers left to hold a PPV?' Smackdown! is still on the air, so I guess the answer is yes. I'm also wondering, if the Tough Enough contest was just stopped for no reason, would anybody care?

Speaking of Tough Enough, the wannabes kick off the show, again, from Corpus Christi, Texas. (Can you name the Toronto Maple Leaf from Corpus Christi? Sorry, I REALLY miss the NHL.) Anyway, today we have the Torrie Wilson sex test. Two girls from the Jay Leno show, whom I've never heard of, are also in the ring. Before the contest starts Al Snow is going to cut someone, based on the fans' vote. But first, Snow asks Chris Nawrocki if he wants to quit, because of a broken rib. He says no, and Al goes on with the elimination. Nick Mitchell is cut. Oh, well. Torrie struts to the ring, and tells the boys that they get to make out with a WWE Diva for 15 seconds. Then the Diva will choose the best lover. BAIT AND SWITCH! BAIT AND SWITCH! If these guys think they are making out with Torrie or Dawn Marie, they are in for a rude awakening. On that note, bring out Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah. I'll spare you the details, but the 'lucky' winner is Daniel Puder. He then gets a lap dance from Mae.

Rey Mysterio meets up with Chavo Guerrero in front of his locker room. We over hear Chavo yelling at someone. Mysterio asks him about it, and Chavo just brushes it aside.

Match #1 - Billy Kidman and Spike Dudley vs. Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio

This sort of a preview for SS as all four men will face each other in a fatal four-way for the cruiserweight title. Spike and Chavo face off first, Chavo controls the match early one. Locking in an armbar after a body slam. Rey tags in, and almost scores a pin. Mysterio is whipped into the corner, and Spike tags in Kidman. Mysterio hits a head scissors from off the top turnbuckle, and Chavo tags in. Spike interferes, and Kidman is able to connect with a drop kick. Spike tags in, and knocks Chavo out of the ring. Kidman tags advantage, and tosses Chavo back in. Kidman gets the tag, and locks in a rear chin lock. Chavo fights off a double team, and then tags in Mysterio, who hits a double cross body on the heel team. A head scissors sends Kidman into the ropes, but Spike breaks up the 619. Mysterio recovers, as Spike ducks a seated senton, but it connects with Kidman. Mysterio sets up Spike for the 619, and then gets the pin with a splash off the top rope.

Winner via pin fall: Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio

Orlando Jordan tracks down Josh Matthews back stage. Jordan says he respects him, and so does JBL. He then slaps him around a little, after Matthews pulled away from a handshake.

Matthews is in Teddy Long's office with Booker T. Matthews meekly says he wants to face Jordan, but he wants Booker T in his corner. Long grants him the match.

Big Show, RVD, and Eddie Guerrero talk about their upcoming match, and who will be the fourth member of their SS team.

It's Raw Rebound time. I read Nick Tylwalk's report every Tuesday. Why? Because, I would rather watch Monday Night Football then Monday Night Raw.

Match #2 - Orlando Jordan w/ JBL vs. Josh Matthews w/ Booker T

Jordan looks confident in the ring, even before Matthews makes his way to the ring. Jordan then mocks Matthews to start the match. Matthews jumps on him, and Orlando just deposits him on the top turnbuckle. Jordan goes for a cross body, but Jordan catches him. Matthews rolls out of the ring, and hides behind Booker. Matthews re-enters the ring. Matthews is shot off the ropes, and JBL trips him up. Jordan then tosses Matthews across the ring, and then into the corner. Jordan slaps on a rear naked choke, but Matthews is able to wriggle out. Jordan kicks out of a roll up, and Matthews is clothes lined. Booker T jumps in, knocking Jordan into the ref. Matthews hits a low blow, and Booker finishes Jordan off with a scissors kick. Booker drags Matthews onto Jordan, and the ref recovers to count 1-2-3.

Winner via pin fall: Josh Matthews

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

Carlito Caribbean Cool and his buddy come to ringside, and then CCC joins Cole and Tazz at ringside. Jindrak and RVD start off. RVD hits Jindrak with an elbow, and follows with a split-legged moonsault. Reigns tags in and takes RVD to task. RVD fights back, and tags in Eddie, who flies over the top rope to land on Reigns. Eddie is planted by Reigns, and then hit from behind by Jindrak. We return from break to find Guerrero kicking out of a pin. Eddie fights out of a Jindrak hold, and is able to tag in RVD. RVD hits a monkey flip, and then jaws with CCC on the outside. Jindrak hits a distracted RVD with a drop kick, and then Reigns kicks him on the outside. Reigns tags in, and hits RVD with a back breaker. He follows by chocking RVD on the ropes. Jindrak tags, and hits a series of elbows. RVD hits a DDT on Reigns, and is able to tag Eddie in. Guerrero hits a head scissors on Jindrak. Reigns tags him self in, and then RVD takes out Jindrak with a kick. Guerrero hits the 'three amigos' on Reigns, while RVD hits rolling thunder on Jindrak. RVD takes out CCC on the outside, while Jesus pulls Guerrero off the turnbuckle. CCC and Jesus are tossed from ringside, when Eddie faked getting hit with a chair. Back in the ring, Reigns falls victim to a double DDT. With both heels down, RVD and Guerrero climb the turnbuckles, and hit a frog splash on Reigns and Jindrak. RVD and Jindrak are the legal men, and RVD gets the pin.

Winner: Rob Van Dam & Eddie Guerrero

After the match Eddie Guerrero gets on the mike and announces who will be the fourth member of his team. It's John Cena!

Carlito cries to Teddy Long about John Cena being added to Guerrero's team. Long doesn't seem to care, in fact, Long all but accuses Jesus of stabbing Cena.

Al Snow brings out the Tough Enough boys. I am starting new campaign, ala P. Diddy, except my slogan is 'VOTE and DIE!' That's right, if I find out you voted, I will track you down a kill you. If we don't vote, it shows we don't care.

Cole and Tazz talk with the champ. JBL says Booker T has no advantage over him. In fact, JBL vows that he will leave Smackdown! if he loses to Booker T. JBL says he will become a financial analyst and write more books. I think he'll go to RAW.

Paul Heyman runs to the announce table to defend Heidenreich, who is being skewered by Cole and Tazz. Heyman shoves Cole, and Tazz stands up. Heyman makes for the ring, and is joined by Heidenreich. Tazz takes off his jacket and heads to the ring, when the lights go out. The lights come up, and Heidenreich is face to face with the Undertaker. Heyman tries to hold Heidenreich back, and Heyman is able to talk Heidenreich down without an incident.

Match #5 - Kurt Angle vs. Big Show

Angle comes to the ring with his entire team in tow. Angle runs his mouth before the match, and vows to injure him. RVD and Eddie Guerrero come out to even up the odds. Angle is reluctant to get in the ring. Angle enters the ring, as Jindrak jumps on the apron. Show goes oafter Jindrak, and Angle kicks him in the leg. Show breaks the hold from Angle. He follows with a chop to Angle's chest. Big Show dominates Angle, even stepping on him. Show keeps chopping Angle's chest. Angle slaps on a rear chin lock. Jindrak interferes, and Eddie pulls him out. Carlito then takes out RVD and Guerrero with Cena's chain. Back in the ring, Angle slaps on the ankle lock. Show rolls out, and head butts Angle. Show tosses him into the corner, and charges him. Show hits a leg drop, and tries to follow up with a chokeslam. Angle's team hits the ring, and delivers a chop block to Show. All three men lock in submission moves, and leave Show writhing in the ring.

Winner by DQ: Big Show


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is hoping and praying for a quick end to the NHL lockout. E-mail your answer to the trivia question to Dplummer627@yahoo.com.