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Smackdown: Angle's plan comes together
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


The Royal Rumble is fast approaching, so Smackdown! kicks off with a recap of Amy Weber setting up Kurt Angle? Wha?!? Well, it is building toward a heel on heel feud, so I guess I should give them credit for that. Will WWE continue to build on this from Tampa, Florida...

Angle asks Big Show if he can apologize to Joy. Show doesn't kill him, and lets him give Joy a heartfelt apology. Show accepts the apology and says now JBL owes them one. And if he doesn't step up with one, Show will beat an apology out of him.

Match #1 - Rey Mysterio and RVD vs. Eddie Guerrero and Booker T vs. Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns vs. The Basham Brothers - Fatal Four Way Elimination Match - WWE Tag Team Championship Match

RVD has an injured knee heading into this match. Eddie Guerrero and Mark Jindrak start things off. Eddie whips Jindrak into the corner, and nails him with a chest chop. Eddie follows with a hammerlock, but Jindrak counters with a headlock. Booker tags in and hammers Jindrak in the corner. Jindrak fights back with a series of chops and kicks. Booker responds with a reverse kick, and tags his partner back in. Guerrero is shot off the ropes, and Jindrak hits a back body drop. Eddie responds with a drop kick, and Eddie tags in Doug Basham. Reigns jumps in, as well as Doug. Jindrak is knocked into the ropes, and Mysterio hits a 619. With the ref distracted Guerrero pulls Danny onto Jindrak, and Jindrak is pinned and is eliminated. After the break, Doug Basham and Mysterio are in the ring. Doug tags in Guerrero who tags Booker, who tags Eddie back, who tags Booker back, and so on, until the ref forces Eddie into the ring. Eddie counters a snap mare attempt, but Mysterio then hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Booker tags in and chops Mysterio and follows with a spine buster. Guerrero uses the tag rope in the corner to choke Mysterio. Guerrero then locks in a submission on Mysterio, but Rey counters with an arm drag. Rey follows with monkey flip, and is able to pin Guerrero and eliminate him. Mysterio is attacked from behind, and RVD is knocked off the apron. Doug Basham then slams the steps into RVD's injured knee. Officials check on RVD, as Mysterio is beat on inside the ring. Rey tries to plead with the ref, but re-enters the ring as not to be counted out. Mysterio hits a cross body on Doug Basham, as RVD is loaded onto a stretcher. Doug brings Rey back in with a suplex. Mysterio fights out of a headlock, and then fights his way out of the enemy corner. Mysterio hits a bulldog, but cannot get the pin. Danny Basham is knocked from the ring with a spinning heel kick, and Doug is knocked into the ropes with a head scissors. Mysterio hits the 619, and follows with a springboard maneuver that almost takes out the ref. Danny switches positions with his brother, as the ref is distracted. Danny hits a sit down powerbomb, and pins Rey for the win and the title.

Winner via pin fall ... and new Tag Team Champs: The Basham Brothers

After the match, JBL and the rest of the cabinet come to ringside to celebrate.

Josh Matthews talks with Kenzo Suzuki about his upcoming match with John Cena. Hiroko takes the mike and talks for her man. She wants to know why Cena tried to break up one of America's favorite couples. That's right, her and Kenzo. Kenzo then compares himself to several American monuments. I do like the pro-American heel angle.

Big Show confronts JBL backstage looking for his apology. Show wants one, or he'll rip of JBL's head. The champ gives a very insincere apology, until Show threatens him. Show wants an apology out of Amy, too. Amy instead calls Joy a slut, and a catfight ensues. General Manager Teddy Long intervenes and books a match between Joy and Amy, tonight.

RAW and Smackdown! are going to Japan, and not just for house shows, but for televised events! Any chance Raw reporter Nick Tylwalk and I will be going over to cover these events live? Someone get the SLAM! accountant to work on the budget to find some extra cash.

Match #2 - Kurt Angle vs. Roderick Strong - Kurt Angle Invitational

Angle gets on the stick before the match, and tells JBL he will beat him for the title. He also says that if his opponent lasts three minutes, he will give up his gold medals. Angle asks Roderick some questions, but Strong cuts short the interview by slapping Angle. Strong runs from the ring, but Angle catches him. Strong gets a two count with a roll up, but Angle recovers and beats on his opponent. Angle hits a release German suplex, and follows with the ankle lock. Strong taps and Angle wins.

Winner via submission: Kurt Angle

Match #3 - John Cena vs. Kenzo Suzuki w/ Hiroko - U.S. Title Match

Cena tells Kenzo that he doesn't have a chance at winning because the "chain gang" is in the house tonight. Cena and Kenzo lock up, Kenzo jumps out with kicks to the gut, and beat Cena into the corner. Cena explodes, nailing a bulldog. The champ follows with the five-knuckle shuffle, and then pumps it up. Cena drops the F-U on Kenzo and pins for the win, so much for that feud.

Winner via pin fall: John Cena

After the match, Cena exits through the crowd to celebrate with his fans.

WWE pimps the house shows with footage from Orlando and other live events.

In JBL's locker room Amy Weber looks distressed. Weber is almost in tears at the thought of wrestling Joy. JBL informs her that Long has banned everyone from ringside. On the other hand, Joy is chomping at the bit to get in the ring.

Match #4 - Amy Weber vs. Joy Giovanni

This match never happens as Joy doesn't even come to the ring. I smell a rat.

Winner via forfeit: Amy Weber

Teddy Long calls for every official to look for Joy. Big Show comes in and tells Long he better get to the bottom of this or he will. Long then orders JBL to be brought to his office. Heidenreich walks in, and tells Long he wants out of the casket match. Long tells him the match is still on. JBL enters and Long asks him if he knows where Joy is. JBL says he has no idea where she is. Long tells JBL his alibi better pan out, or he wills strip him of the title.

Match #5 - Funaki vs. Nunzio - Cruiserweight Title match

Nunzio starts off fast, getting a near fall with a shoulder block. Nunzio counters a springboard from Funaki with a drop kick, and gets another near fall. Funaki fights back to his feet, and kicks Nunzio in the jaw. Funaki hits a series of chops, and follows with a bulldog. Funaki only gets a two count with small package. Nunzio rolls through a lateral press, but only gets a two count. Funaki hits a tornado DDT off the turnbuckle and finally gets the pin.

Winner via pin fall: Funaki

Teddy Long asks Carlito Caribbean Cool about his petition. CCC wants to know why he is a suspect. Long says he saw him spit on Joy last week, so he may have reason to abduct her. Carlito says Long has lost control of his locker room. Torrie Wilson and Miss Jackie tell Long that they saw Orlando Jordan following Joy earlier tonight. Jordan is summoned to his office. Jordan admits to seeing Joy walking to the ring, and all he did was talk to her. Big Show doesn't seem to care, and jumps Jordan. Show backs off, but tells Jordan if he had anything to do with this he will break every bone in his body.

The Florida Agricultural Group (read between the lines) presents JBL its 2004 man of the year award. JBL and his cabinet drive to the ring to accept the award. JBL receives the award for replanting trees after the hurricanes that hit Florida. Kurt Angle crashes JBL's acceptance speech with some pertinent information. Angle calls the ceremony a joke, and then calls out JBL for kidnapping Joy. Angle pauses during his tirade and sees something in the limo's trunk. Angle pops the trunk to find Joy tied up. Angle and WWE official free Joy, and immediately get her to paramedics. Big Show checks on his girl, and then makes his way to the ring, as JBL pleads his case that he didn't know anything about this. Show doesn't care, and wipes out JBL's cabinet, and then beats on JBL. The Bashams take choke slams as the champ and Amy Weber get out of dodge. Jordan hits a low blow, and then a chair shot. It does no good, as Jordan is choke slammed and then wailed on with a chair.

Backstage, Angle, Jindrak, and Reigns laugh at the carnage, and Angle then quotes Hannibal Smith from The A-team, "I love it when a plan comes together."


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale pities the fool that doesn't get the A-Team reference at the end of the column.