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Smackdown: Everybody wants Cena
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


Wrestlemania 21 has come and gone, and now it's time to check in on the repercussions as Smackdown! comes to us from San Diego, California.

JBL, the former champ, walks to the ring. I guess the limo came with the title belt. Bradshaw still says he is the greatest champ ever, and history will reflect that. Sure, you keep on believing that, buddy. He then berates the crowd for cheering for Cena. He then says Cena is not in his league. JBL then cries that he wants he championship back, and wants a rematch. Eddie Guerrero's music interrupts the tirade. JBL tells Latino Heat to leave, but Eddie tells him if he wants the WWE Title back he'll have to go through Eddie. Booker T then joins the discussion. Booker doesn't say much, as Big Show interrupts. Show threatens JBL and then says he will face Cena next. Rey Mysterio makes his presence felt, and politely asks Show for the stick. Rey explains that if Eddie is going to throw his name in the hat, so is Rey Mysterio. Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring; I don't think anyone else is left to challenge for the belt. Angle points out Eddie, Show, and JBL all lost at WM 21, and Booker T wasn't even on the show. He then tells Rey that only adults can challenge for the WWE Title. Angle then drops a bombshell -- he was arrested for armed robbery after the WM. He was charged with stealing the show. OH! JBL gets back on the mike, and says he is better than everyone in the ring.

The General Manager has heard enough, so Teddy Long makes his way to the ring. He tells JBL that this is his ring, and that his title contract had no rematch clause. You gotta read the fine print, playa. JBL threatens to sue; Long tells him he'll have to earn the rematch. In fact, everyone in the ring will have to earn that match. Long tells JBL he will be facing Rey Mysterio, tonight.

Match #1 - Paul London vs. Billy Kidman - Cruiserweight Title Match

The former champ, Chavo Guerrero, joins Cole and Tazz at ringside. Chavo is trying to convince Cole that he didn't lose the title, but it was stripped from him because of the Battle Royal. Kidman goes on the offensive first, and hits a neck breaker. London is whipped into the corner, and hits the mat. London tries to fight his way out of the corner. London fights back with forearms, but is tossed out of the ring by Kidman. London is busted open. London then fights his way off the turnbuckle, and knocks Kidman down with a clothesline. A hurricanrana, followed by a kick to the head, get London a two count. London is asked if he wants to stop, he says no, but then gets the BK bomb. London counters a bulldog, and then hits a back body drop. London climbs the turnbuckle, and goes for the 450. Kidman rolls out of the way, and London lands on his fight. London then reverse a roll up, and gets the pin.

Winner via pin fall: Paul London

After the match, Chavo taunts London from the floor, and then Kidman assaults London from behind. Chavo then hits the ring, and Kidman and Chavo go to work on the cruiserweight champ.

Luther Reigns runs down Show for losing his sumo match at Wrestlemania. He then makes fun of how Show looked in his sumo gear. Big Show doesn't think it's funny, and says losing was an honor. The Show tells him to meet him in the ring, right now.

Torrie Wilson is shown getting ready for the Diva bikini contest.

Match #2 - The Big Show vs. Luther Reigns

Show kicks Reigns into the corner, and then knocks him out of the ring with a chop. Reigns fights back by throwing Show into the ring post. Back in the ring, Reigns walks into a choke slam, but is able to fight out of Show's grasp. A head butt a kick to the head, slow down Reigns. Show then bumps him in the corner. Reigns staggers to his feet, and into a choke slam. Show covers for the win.

Winner via pin fall: The Big Show

New WWE champion, John Cena, makes his way to the ring. Cena takes a little time to bask in his glory. Cena says he doesn't fit the mold of a champion, because he fights for the fans. Cena says some wrestling purists were offended when he modified the U.S. title, he tells them to take one last look at the title. Cena goes to the crowd, and says this is the chain gang. Cena exits through the crowd.

Match #3 - Kurt Angle Invitational

Angle just beat HBK at Wrestlemania, does this kid seriously think he has a chance? Angle says the real highlight of WM was when he made Michaels tap out. Angle says he will face Eddie Guerrero next week, and make him tap. The local boy finally hits the ring, and answers Angle in Spanish. Angle tells him to speak English. Angle then asks if he has family in the arena, and Angle hits him with a cheap shot when he points them out. A German suplex hurts the young man, and Angle follows with the Angle Slam. The Olympic Champ slaps on the ankle lock, and the kid taps in under thirty seconds.

Winner via submission: Kurt Angle

After the match, Angle tells Guerrero that this is what his future holds. Angle slaps on the ankle lock again.

Miss Jackie is shown getting ready.

New Smackdown reporter Steve Remero (sp?) is with Carlito Caribbean Cool. CCC says he showed up on Piper's Pit to wake everyone up. Carlito says he's cool, and if Piper has his own show, he should have one, too. Next week he will debut Carlito's Cabana, and anyone who thinks they are cool can be on. Steve says he's cool, but backs off when Carlito starts eating the apple.

Eddie asks Mysterio if he's ready. Latino Heat says he will make sure Rey Rey wins. Mysterio says he isn't sure about getting help, and Eddie says last week was last week. Eddie tells Rey he doesn't think Rey can win alone.

Viva Las Divas Bikini Contest

If you really want a report on this, buy the Diva's magazine next week.

Winner: Torrie Wilson

Eddie and Rey have words in the ring, again. Both men make up, and hug in the ring.

Match #5 - JBL w/ Orlando Jordan vs. Rey Mysterio

The 619 chants are deafening to start the match. Mysterio ducks out of the ring, drawing out Bradshaw. Rey dropkicks JBL in the face, as he tries to reenter the ring. JBL gets Rey Rey cornered, and starts to pound on him. Mysterio hangs Bradshaw on the top rope, and then drop the dime on him. JBL responds with a clubbing blow to the back. Mysterio fights out of a power bomb, and takes JBL to the outside with a head scissors. Mysterio cinches in a sleeper hold. JBL breaks the hold, and continues to pound on Rey Rey. A head butt sends Mysterio into the ropes. JBL chokes him twice, and then follows with a vertical suplex. Mysterio fights from his knees, but a thumb to an eye slows him down. A straight right drops Rey into the corner. JBL then hits a fall away slam from the second rope. Mysterio breaks the pin by getting his foot on the rope. After ducking JBL, Mysterio runs into a big boot. JBL then slams Rey off the barrier on the outside. Jordan gets in a cheap shot while the ref has his backed turned. JBL then locks in a bear hug hold. Mysterio bites JBL in the face to break the hold. Mysterio fights back with kicks to the legs. Mysterio is bounced off the turnbuckle and then set up on the top rope. Mysterio counters the superplex, and hits a moonsault. JBL kicks out. Mysterio hits three drop kicks, but still cannot get the pin. Rey Rey then breaks out the tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Mysterio get caught in mid-air, but counters with a DDT that plants JBL. Rey goes for the 619 but Jordan trips him up. Eddie Guerrero chases Jordan around ringside, and takes out the Chief of Staff with a high elbow. JBL kick Eddie, but gets knocked down by Mysterio. Rey hits the 619, and looks to have JBL pinned. Latino Heat attacks JBL before the three count, and gets Rey Rey disqualified.

Winner via DQ: JBL

After the match, the Bashams hit the ring, but Cena makes the save. The champ gives the F-U to the Secretaries of Defense. Cena poses in the ring, as JBL yells at him from the ramp.


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Look for Dale to appear on Carlito's Cabana next week, because he is WAY cool. Email Dale here Dplummer627@yahoo.com to get a taste of his coolness.