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Smackdown: JBL acts, Angle advances
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


For the first time ever, Smackdown! is coming to us from Tokyo, Japan. In actuality it's in Saitama, Japan, which is on the outskirts of the city. Not that I'd know that, since I'm stuck at home. I guess all the flights to Japan were booked. I'll have to check with the SLAM! Wrestling travel agent.

Smackdown! should be in a foreign country every week, it cuts down on the long winded promos, and cuts right to the action.

Match #1 - Eddie Guerrero vs. Kenzo Suzuki

Suzuki gets booed even on his home turf. The crowd breaks out an early Eddie chant, much to the chagrin of the Bronze Warrior. Guerrero hits Kenzo with a thumb to the eye, but Suzuki recovers to beat Eddie into the corner. Kenzo nails a shoulder block and poses for the crowd. A big right hand knocks down Kenzo, and he is whipped into the turnbuckle. Guerrero follows with the 'Three Amigos', and then climbs the turnbuckle. Suzuki cuts him off at the pass, but cannot capitalize. After a head butt, Eddie knocks Kenzo to the mat, and hits him with the frog splash.

Winner via pin fall: Eddie Guerrero

Kurt Angle and company discuss strategy for tonight. Angle is disappointed that no one softened up Rey Mysterio last week. Angle is pleased that his boys forced a no decision in the Undertaker match, so Kurt has a free ride to the finals if he wins. Luther Reigns says last week will be nothing compared to what he is going to do tonight. Reigns says he isn't afraid of The Undertaker. Angle wishes his boys luck taking on the tag team champs tonight.

Match #2 - Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak vs. The Basham Brothers - WWE Tag Team Title Match

Jindrak and Doug Basham start off, trading punches. Reigns tags in and works over Doug in the corner. A hard Irish whip bounces Doug off the turnbuckle, and Jindrak tags back in. After a suplex, Jindrak drops an elbow. Reigns tags back in and goes for the pin, Jindrak tosses Danny from the ring, but before the count the Undertaker's bell rings. The Dead man appears behind Reigns and Jindrak. Undertaker picks up Jindrak and hits him with Snake Eyes, as Reigns clears out of the ring. The Undertaker stares Reigns down from inside the ring.

No Contest

Cole and Tazz discuss Teddy Long's situation, as Joy Giovanni shoots T-shirts into the crowd.

Backstage, Kenzo asks Hiroko if she's ready for her match. Kenzo seems to enjoy, and I mean really enjoy, hearing how Hiroko will strip Torrie to her underwear.

WWE Champion JBL is complaining to Amy Weber about his match at No Way Out. JBL says he has something in store for Big Show, and it's a tranquilizer gun, yes the very same gun that Angle used on Big Show. JBL hands the gun to Amy, as he heads to the locker room. The gun accidentally goes off, and JBL is hit in the neck. The champ goes down, as his cabinet rushes to his aid.

Torrie Wilson is shown getting ready for her Kimono match.

Match #3 - Funaki vs. Chavo Guerrero - Cruiserweight Title Match

They love Funaki in Japan! He's gotten the loudest pop so far. There's absolutely no way he can lose this match, right? Chavo hits an arm drag early, as the crowd is heavily behind Funaki. Chavo kicks out of a quick cover after a leg sweep. Chavo hits a cheap shot, and follows with a kick to Funaki's ribs. Chavo hits a suplex, but Funaki kicks out. Chavo whips Funaki into the corner, and then locks in a modified abdominal stretch. Funaki rolls through a sunset flip, and kicks Chavo in the face. Funaki hits a cross body block, and then a back body drop. Chavo reverses the tornado DDT, but Funaki counters with an enzugiri. Funaki gets caught on the top turnbuckle, and Chavo hits a top rope superplex. Chavo then hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker, but Funaki kicks out. Chavo puts Funaki on the top turnbuckle. Funaki pushes Chavo down, and hits the tornado DDT. Funaki covers for the pin, and retains the belt.

Winner via pin fall: Funaki

Carlito Caribbean Cool brags to a security guard about getting Teddy Long suspended. JBL staggers up to CCC, still hopped up on the tranquilizer. Orlando Jordan tracks down his boss, and tells him not to go anywhere. The champ says he'll stay with the raccoon head from Puerto Rico.

I love these WrestleMania 21 promos. Stacy Keibler as Sharon Stone in a Basic Instinct parody. Good stuff, for those of you under 18, please disregard what you have just read.

Match #4 - Orlando Jordan vs. John Cena - #1 Contender's Tournament Match

Jordan starts off by beating on Cena in the corner. Cena changes the momentum with a hip toss followed by a fisherman's suplex. Jordan catches Cena with a boot to the face, and then explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Jordan follows up with three elbow drops to Cena's sternum. Jordan catches Cena with a high elbow. Cena fights back with a head butt, and then a clothesline. Jordan hits the mat, after a shoulder block. Cena then hits a side slam, and connects with the five-knuckle shuffle. Cena pumps up the shoes, and sizes Jordan up for the F-U. Cena hits it, and pins Jordan. Cena advances to face Booker T next week.

Winner via pin fall: John Cena

After the match Jordan can't find JBL. The rest of the cabinet doesn't know where he is either, and Amy Weber blames herself.

Match #5 - Torrie Wilson vs. Hiroko - Kimono Match

Have you figured it out yet? This is a Japanese version of the evening gown match. Torrie extends her hand for a shake, but instead Hiroko throws powder in her face. Hiroko chokes Torrie on the ropes. Torrie nails Hiroko with a clothesline, and then a baseball slide on the outside. A kick to he gut slows down Torrie, but Torrie responds with chops, and then an airplane spin. Hiroko goes down, and Torrie strips her. Hiroko runs to the back in embarrassment.

Winner: Torrie Wilson

Torrie celebrates by stripping for the Japanese crowd. Torrie heads to the back, as JBL heads to the ring with an inflatable T-Rex. And JBL is still 'feeling' the effects of that tranq dart. The champ tosses 'Godzilla' into the ring. JBL tells the inflatable dino that he isn't scared of him or the Big Show. JBL tries to get the T-Rex to fight him, dropping his pants in the process. The Big Show walks out, and JBL is still pretty doped up. AS Big Show enters the ring, JBL falls on his butt, telling Big Show he will let the two dinosaurs talk. JBL motions for Big Show to come closer, and JBL lays him out. The champ was acting to the whole time, and the rest of the cabinet hits the ring. Big Show dodges a chair shot, and takes out the cabinet. The Basham get a double choke slam, and then Orlando Jordan goes for a ride. JBL's set up seems to have backfired.

During the break, Big Show talks about his upcoming match at No Way Out. He then says he's a giant, and the only one who can relate to that is Akebono. Big Show calls the grand champion to the ring to size him up. Akebono makes his way to the ring, where the Big Show shakes his hand.

Kurt Angle tells Mysterio not to get his hopes up. Mysterio takes offense, and tells the Olympic champ that the joke will be on him when he loses tonight.

Match #6 - Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio - #1 Contender's Tournament Match

Angle goes to work on the right arm of Mysterio right off the bat. Angle locks in a hammerlock. Mysterio elbows his way out. Mysterio is taken down with a high knee, as he shoots off the ropes. Mysterio responds with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, and then a drop toehold into the rope. Angle ducks away from the 619. Mysterio rolls through a sunset flip, and then drop kicks Angle in the face. Angle catches Mysterio and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. After the break, Mysterio breaks free of a submission. Mysterio hangs onto the ropes, and low bridges Angle. Mysterio climbs to the top turnbuckle and hits a cross body on Angle outside the ring. Back in the ring, Angle nails a German suplex, and then a back breaker. Angle then drives his knee into Mysterio's back. After breaking free of a hold, Mysterio walks into a gut wrench. Angle catches Mysterio in mid air off a moonsault, and then drives Mysterio back first into the turnbuckle. Mysterio is then hung up in a tree of woe. Angle charges the corner, but Mysterio lifts himself out of the way, and Angle catches all post. Mysterio then slides to the outside, and catches Angle with a leg scissors. Mysterio hits a seated senton, and then counters with a DDT. Mysterio drop kicks Angle in the back into the ropes. Angles catches the 619, and goes for the ankle lock. Mysterio reverses to break free. Angle hits a german suplex, but Mysterio counters the second, and is finally able to hit the 619. Angle catches Mysterio in mid air; Mysterio counters the Angle slam with an arm drag. Angle kicks out of a roll up. Mysterio tries a lateral press, but Angle kicks out. Angle catches Mysterio in mid air again, and counters into the Angle Slam. Angle is able to slap on the ankle lock, and Mysterio finally taps.

Winner via submission : Kurt Angle


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale would like to know if the guys that write the WrestleMania promos also write the storylines, and if they don't why aren't they? If you have any information email Dale at Dplummer627@yahoo.com.