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Smackdown: New tag champs crowned
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling


With the New York Rangers spread across the globe searching for a hockey game, Smackdown! invades Madison Square Garden. And I thought the dog show was last month.

Once again, the FORMER champ, kicks off the show. And yes, I haven't changed this line from last week. JBL joins Michael Cole and Tazz at the announce position, with his old WWE Championship belt.

Match #1 - Big Show vs. Booker T

After Show and Booker make it to the ring, Kurt Angle walks to the ring, in street clothes, to 'scout' the match from the announce table. Big Show overpowers Booker early with a series of head butts. Booker goes to work on Show's legs, but Show corners Booker and then throws him across the ring. A stiff clothesline sends Booker to the match, as JBL and Angle hatch a plan during their commentary. Booker T is set up for the chokeslam, but counters with a kick to the gut. Big Show tries a big boot, but Booker ducks and Show is hung up. Booker T hits the Bookend, but cannot get the pin. A missile drop kick can't keep Show down, either. And enzugiri, followed by a clothesline, sends Show over the ropes. Booker T's momentum carries him over to the floor, and Angle and JBL attack both men. The ref calls for a double disqualification.

Winner: None (Double DQ)

Big Show and Booker fight back, but JBL and Angle take off. They are stopped by Teddy Long, who announces the next week will now be a fatal four-way, with Booker T and Big Show both advancing. Long also books a tag team match for later tonight with Angle and JBL facing Booker T and Big Show.

Carlito's Cabana

Carlito is getting much love from the NYC crowd, until he utters "That's not cool." It's amazing how fast I turned around on this guy. I couldn't stand him when he debuted, but now I can't get enough of Carlito. He's like Rock Light. Eddie Guerrero, Carlito's guest, finally makes his way to the ring. Carlito asks Eddie where he was when Rey Mysterio got beat down last week. Eddie tells him to take it easy. Carlito then shows Eddie the footage from last week's match. Eddie verbally lays into Carlito and calls out Rey Mysterio. Eddie explains that last year, he was holding the WWE championship, and he has become obsessed with getting it back. Eddie asks Rey to forgive him for being selfish, and he was having car trouble last week when Rey got jumped. Eddie says its time to focus on what he has his family, and the WWE Tag Team belts. Rey forgives him, as MNM show up on the video screen. They demand a title shot. Eddie tells them to come to the ring and challenge them face-to-face. Mercury says they are more comfortable in the back, as they reveal Eddie's car. MNM says they'll leave their calling card, and spray paint MNM on the car's hood.

During the break, Eddie and Rey go back to the car, and says there will be a match tonight.

Matt Morgan is being interviewed by the new Smackdown reporter before his first match. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Matt Morgan debut under Paul Heyman, even wrestling in the RAW vs. Smackdown survivor series match? Someone get the SLAM! archivist on this. Oh, wait, this guy has black hair, not blonde, and he's developed a stutter.

Orlando Jordan chews out the Bashams, throwing his weight around. Jordan wants the Secretaries of Defense to soften up Cena for JBL. Danny storms out, saying he is sick of being bossed around.

Match #2 - Matt Morgan vs. Jobber

Yes, another jobber! It's the early nineties all over again. Morgan pushes the kid into the corner, and then takes him out with a big boot. Morgan whips the jobber into the corner, and then hits him with a clothesline to the back of the head. Morgan hits a side slam, and then finishes him off with a suplex into a DDT move.

Winner via pin fall: Matt Morgan

JBL and Kurt Angle are still arguing as they prepare for their match with Booker T and Big Show.

Match #3 - JBL and Kurt Angle vs. Booker T and The Big Show

Booker tags in Show right away to deal with JBL. Show shoves JBL into the corner, and then whips into across the ring. Show lays out the former champ with a head butt, and follows up with a vertical suplex. JBL fights back, but is stopped by a reverse heel kick. JBL counters a corner charge with a boot to the face, but is caught in mid air by Show coming off the turnbuckle. Show hits a fall away slam. JBL is able to tag out, and Angle is lifted off his feet by Show. Booker T tags in, as Show drags Angle into the corner. Angle fights back, and slaps on a headlock. Booker hits a hip toss, and on JBL, he tries to interfere. Angle nails a German suplex, but JBL kicks Angle in the face, as Booker ducks the boot. Angle recovers to hit another suplex. JBL tags in and hits a swinging neck breaker. The Olympic champ tags back in, and drops Booker in the center of the ring. Angle locks in a reverse bear hug. Booker T gets to his feet, and fights out of the hold. Angle goes for the Angle Slam, but Booker counters. Angle cuts down the five-time champ with a high elbow, and then tags in JBL. Booker T blocks a powerbomb, and counters with a back body drop, but then walks into a big boot. Angle tags in to hit a belly-to-belly. Angle locks in the reverse bear hug, again. Booker breaks the hold, and responds with chops, and then a DDT. JBL tags in, but so does Big Show. The giant cleans house, and takes both men down with a shoulder tackle. Show goes for the chokeslam on JBL, but the Olympic champ hits him the Angle Slam. JBL then takes out Booker with a big boot. JBL goes for the Clothesline from Hell, but runs into a choke slam. Angle has a chance to make the save, but instead turns his back and walks out of the ring. Booker T hits the axe kick on JBL, and Show finishes him off with a choke slam.

Winner via pinfall: Booker T and The Big Show

It's time for another poetry corner with Heidenreich. Apparently, the big guy has made a friend in New York City, and it's the Brooklyn Brawler. Heidenreich pulls another Robert Frost, and reads the Brawler his new poem. Heidenreich wants his new friend's opinion. Well, the Brawler doesn't like it, and says it sucks. The Brawler says the only thing worse was when the Yankees choked in the ALCS to the Boston Red Sox. The Brawler rips off his shirt to reveal a Red Sox shirt, and he is now The Boston Brawler. George Steinbrenner is going to be furious. Heidenreich says the Brawler isn't his friend, and proceeds to beat the tar out of him.

Match #4 - Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio vs. MNM - WWE Tag Team Title Match

Eddie Guerrero goes after the entire team before the bell, and catches one of them. Nitro tosses Eddie into the ring, and the match starts. Mysterio then tosses Mercury from the ring. After the break, Eddie and Rey are in full control of the match. Mysterio drops Nitro with a drop kick. Eddie tags in, and chops Nitro in the chest. Nitro fights back, and tags in Mercury. Eddie ducks a corner charge, and hits a standing dropkick. Mysterio tags in, and hits Mercury with a series of kicks, and then a seated senton. Nitro breaks the three count. Nitro catches Mysterio in mid air, and drop him over Mercury's knee. Guerrero jumps in and hits the Three Amigos on Mercury. Mysterio kicks Mercury into the ropes, and goes for the 619. Melina breaks up the move, and Eddie chases her up the ramp. This allows Nitro and Mercury to double team Rey, and hit him with an elevated DDT and pick up the win.

Winner: MNM

After the match, Eddie and Rey argue with Eddie shoving Rey to the ground. Mysterio, shocked, approached Eddie outside the ring, and shoves him down.

The new tag team champs leave MSG, with the paparazzi snapping photos on the way out.

Match #5 - John Cena vs. Orlando Jordan w/ Doug Basham

Cena heads to the ring in a throwback Babe Ruth jersey. Cena cuts a promo for NYC, and then on the U.S. champ. Jordan strikes first with a shoulder block, but Cena responds, beating Jordan into the corner. Jordan counters a charge with a high elbow. Cena knocks Doug off the apron, but is hit with a DDT from Jordan. Cena responds with a bulldog, and then an atomic drop. Jordan is shot off the ropes, and hit with a back body drop. Cena goes after Doug on the outside, but is planted into the ring post. Jordan hits a side slam on Cena, and then locks in a gut wrench. Cena breaks the hold, and hits a vertical suplex. Cena fights back with a series of punches and then clothesline. A spinning side slam sets up the five knuckle shuffle, that Doug Basham can't break up. Doug tries by coming off the top rope, but Cena hits him with an F-U. Jordan climbs the turnbuckle, and Danny Basham, who was under the ring, attacks Cena. Jordan hits a flying elbow but can't get the pin. Danny tries to interfere, but causes Jordan to walk into an F-U. Cena covers for the win.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale and fellow writer, Nick Tylwalk, have still not been informed if they are available to be selected in the next WWE draft.