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Smackdown: JBL in a whole new Angle
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Despite my prognostications, Smackdown! survived Armageddon. Come to think of it, isn't that Pay Per View guilty of false advertising? I mean if it's Armageddon, shouldn't the show cease to exist? Anyway the aftermath of Sunday's show starts in Nashville, Tennessee.

JBL and his cabinet kick off the show, again. The champ rides out on top of his limo with balloons and confetti raining from the roof. JBL comes himself a conquering warrior, returning to Nashville, and then comparing himself to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. He then calls GM Theodore Long corrupt and the fans ungrateful. JBL then takes a shot at the Tennessee Titans, saying now the fans can cheer for a winner. JBL, the greatest champ ever.

Kurt Angle takes exception to JBL's claims, and confronts the champ with the rest of his team. JBL tells Angle that he had better be here to congratulate him. Angle instead disputes the champ's claim. Angle refers to the match at Armageddon 2000, where he beat five men in a Hell in the Cell match. He points out JBL only beat three men in a normal match. The champ points out that match was four years ago, and on Sunday he lost a 3-on-1 match to Big Show. Angle then challenges him for a match. JBL does think that facing Angle is a good idea, just not tonight. The champ has given himself the rest of the year off. Oh yeah, and Angle calls JBL "bucko", so we'll be hearing that chant for the next 11 months.

Theodore Long tells him not so fast. Only the GM can say who has time off. He then makes the match for tonight. Heel versus heel, hmmm ...

Match #1 - Rey Mysterio and RVD vs. Billy Kidman and Akio

Mysterio and Kidman start things off. Kidman hits a back breaker, and tags in Akio. Mysterio hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, sending Akio into the ropes. It's a little early for the 619; Akio ducks it. Kidman grabs Rey from apron, but Mysterio ducks and Akio takes out his partner. Mysterio hits a corkscrew face buster, and is able to tag in RVD. Kidman tastes rolling thunder, soon after Akio is knocked from the apron. Kidman responds with the BK bomb, but is kicked in the head by RVD, as he climbs the turnbuckle. Mysterio hits a head scissors from the top, and RVD finishes off Kidman with the five-star frog splash.

Winner via pin fall: Rey Mysterio and RVD

Things heat up as Torrie Wilson comes to the ring in her patriotic gear. The Smackdown! Diva promotes the show's trip to Iraq with a video of last year's show. If you missed RAW on Monday Night, Mick Foley announced he will be making the trip. Wo-Hoo!

As Michael Cole and Tazz finishes hyping next week's show, Heidenreich emerges from the crowd. Heidenreich grabs a chair and sits in the middle of the ring. He starts reciting more poetry. Will someone please tell this guy open mike night is Wednesday! In short, despite getting it handed to him by Taker, Heidenreich has cost him the title twice. In his twisted mind that means he is winning.

Backstage, Eddie Guerrero and Booker T talk about how they almost won the WWE Title. They agree that they are on the same page, but next week Eddie has to fly solo. Booker gets angry, and says this will be the first Booker T-off. Eddie and Booker get in each other faces, but then Books says he was just pushing his buttons. That playful scamp!

Orlando Jordan tries to see Theodore Long, but Michelle McCool shoots his request down, just like my request to take her to dinner. Luther Reigns stops by, and gets into an argument with Jordan. It's one of those "My dad can beat your dad" arguments you got into when you were five. Jordan mentions he has full health care; this seems to shut Reigns up.

Match #2 - Renee Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki w/ Hiroko vs. Booker T and Eddie Guerrero

Booker T matches up with Dupree to start he match. The Frenchmen elbows his way out of an arm bar, but shoots off the ropes into a spin kick. Latino Heat tags in, and continues to work over Dupree. Kenzo gets the tag, but is beat down in the corner. Dupree tags back in, hitting a backdrop, but then is hip tossed out of the ring, as we go to commercial. After the break, Eddie has Kenzo in the corner. Booker tags back in, and he chops away at the bronze warrior. A bad snap mare, takes down Booker, and Dupree tags in. Booker sets up the axe kick, but is low bridged by Kenzo, as he tries to shoot off the ropes. Book is cornered in the heel corner, and then taken down with a high elbow from Suzuki. Dupree tags in, and Booker hits a flapjack. Both Guerrero and Kenzo tag in. Eddie drops him with a drop kick, and then hits a vertical suplex. Dupree almost gets a taste of the three amigos, but Kenzo breaks it up. Booker hits the axe kick on Dupree and Eddie finishes with the frog splash.

Winner via pin fall: Booker T and Eddie Guerrero

Orlando Jordan is apologizing to JBL because the match is still on. The champ is happy, and asks if anyone in his cabinet thinks he can beat Angle. Everyone says he can. Amy Weber informs the champ that he will be headlining next week's show from Iraq. JBL doesn't seem thrilled. Caribbean Carlito Cool struts into the locker room, and tells JBL they have a mutual problem. Teddy Long is treating them both unfairly. CCC says they need to talk after JBL retains his belt. Carlito takes a bite off his apple, and just walks away.

Are you kidding me!?! WWE is showing the Cena-Jesus match from Armageddon. Well, I wrote about it on Sunday, with Nick Tylwalk, and you can read all about it in our Armageddon recap. But we got to see it in all it's glorious, blood-drenched color.

The farce known as Tough Enough is finally coming to an end. Al Snow calls out the two finalists Mike Mizanin and Daniel Puder. In a shocker, Puder wins. I say shocker, because the odds on favorite never wins. Snow congratulates Puder and announces Puder will take part in the Royal Rumble. The Miz has "backstage announcer" written all over him -- someone get him in touch with Josh Matthews.

Team Angle is getting ready backstage. Angle says America needs a hero, a hero that they can respect. Jindrak and Reigns tells Angle that they have his back. Reigns then complains about back pain, Angle tells him to be quiet so he can concentrate on his upcoming match.

Teddy Long joins the boys at the announce table with a major announcement. Next week, Heidenreich will face the Undertaker in Iraq. He then offers some joy. Joy Giovanni that is. She prances to ringside, tossing candy canes to the crowd. Joy offers JBL a candy cane. Amy isn't amused, and a catfight ensues. Clothes are ripped off, you know the drill. Teddy Long stops the madness, and bans all parties from ringside.

Match #3 - Kurt Angle vs. JBL - WWE Championship Match

Angle starts off by working over the champ with mat wrestling maneuvers. JBL regains his base, and punches Angle into the corner. The Olympic champ hits a belly-to-belly suplex. JBL responds with right hands, and then a high elbow. The champ hits a suplex, and follows with a sleeper hold. Angle powers his way out, and is able to slap on the ankle lock. JBL breaks the hold by grabbing the bottom rope. JBL rolls out of the ring, Angle follows. The champ hits him with a thumb to the eye, and then whips Angle into the steel steps. We return from break to find Angle in a top wristlock. Angle punches his way out, and then hits an arm drag. JBL lands a shoulder and knocks Angle to the mat, and then slaps on an arm bar. Angle counters a JBL move with an inverted DDT, and both men are down. Angle and JBL trade blows, but Angle is caught coming off the ropes. JBL hits a fall away slam. The champ signals for the Clothesline from Hell, but Angle counters with a back body drop. He follows with the triple German suplexes. Angle goes from the Angle slam, but Bradshaw counters. Angle dodges a boot, and slaps on the ankle lock. The champ eventually counters the hold. JBL tries another big boot, and Angle counters into an Angle slam. JBL kicks out after two. Bradshaw sets up for power bomb, but Angle reverses with a sunset flip into an ankle lock. Orlando Jordan tries to break the hold, but Angle ducks him and Jordan flies over the ropes. Jindrak and Reigns intercept the Bashams, as JBL taps, but he ref doesn't see it. Jordan finally breaks the hold with a belt shot to Angle's skull. JBL goes for the cover, but Angle kicks out. JBL gets caught in another ankle lock, and Jordan breaks it again. This time the ref sees it, and JBL is DQ'ed.

Winner via pin fall and new WWE Tag Team Champions: RVD and Rey Mysterio

Big Show hits the ring, and cleans house. The Bashams are hit with a double clothesline, and lays out Jordan with a big boot. He then follows up with an F-5 on JBL's chief of staff. Show then lets everyone know, that he wants the title.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is wondering when his tickets to Baghdad will be arriving from the SLAM! offices, so he can cover Smackdown! in person. You can send your donations to Dplummer627@yahoo.com