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Smackdown: JBL still No. 1 (contender)
By DALE PLUMMER - SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown! continues with the UK as they stop in Birmingham, England. The Brits get a treat as four men compete for the number one contender spot in a fatal four-way.

Carlito's Cabana

Carlito kicks of the show by bringing the islands to the Emerald Isle with his cabana. Carlito gets some cheers, and gets even more by saying he would spit in the Queen's face. The boos come when Carlito says England isn't cool. Carlito shows a picture of Prince Charles and his new wife to a chorus of boos. CCC gets around to introducing his guest, Kurt Angle. The Olympic champ runs down Britain even more. Angle goes on to say that he will win tonight, and then beat Cena, when he is interrupted by English music. Steve from Britian, introduces himself, and challenges Kurt in the Kurt Angle Invitational. Angle says he doesn't want to hurt himself. Angle jumps the kid as he tries to leave, beats on him, and then tosses him from the ring. Angle continues to put himself over, but it is cut short as the Brit gets his revenge. Until, Angle hits him with a low blow, and then the Angle slam. The Olympic champ then slaps on the ankle lock for good measure.

Match #1 - Paul London vs. Chavo Guerrero - Cruiserweight Title Match

Torrie Wilson is the guest ring announcer, for what it's worth. London kicks Chavo into the corner, but gets dropped on the top rope. London and Chavo exchange blows, and London is whipped across the ring. London hits a spin kick, and gets a near fall. London kicks Chavo in the corner, and goes to the top rope. Chavo pushed London off, and the champ falls onto the ring post, on his way to the floor. London is counted out.

Winner via count out: Chavo Guerrero

Chavo scoops up the belt, only to have the ref take it. Torrie announces, by ref's orders, that the title can only via pinfall or submission. Chavo takes out his frustration on London, by beating him even more.

Backstage, Booker's wife, Sharmell, is getting her man fired up, when Heidenreich shows up. He does his best homage to John Milton reciting a poem about Booker T's fatal four-way match. Sharmell tells Heidenreich she can dig it, and the big man is ecstatic.

Eddie tries to talk to Rey Mysterio. Eddie apologizes for being unreliable, when Chavo interferes. Eddie tells his nephew to back off. Eddie calls him jealous of him and Rey, and that Rey is family. Chavo says Rey is not a Guerrero. Eddie pleads with Rey that he is family, and then Chavo tries to warn Rey about his uncle. Rey tells Chavo to shut it, and then gets Eddie fired up to face MNM.

Match #2 - Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio vs. MNM - WWE Tag Team Title Match

Eddie and Nitro start off, with Eddie nailing Nitro with a thumb to the eye. Rey tags in and hits a snap mare, and Eddie tags back in. Nitro backs Eddie into the corner, and whips him across the ring. Mercury pulls Eddie off the apron, and the throws him into the ring post. Mercury tags in and locks in a bear hug on Eddie. Mysterio gets the hot tag, but misses a springboard. Rey then tries a flying cross body, which misses Mercury, and nails Eddie. Mysterio hits a bulldog on Nitro and then knocks him into the ropes. Rey sets up the 619 but stops when he sees Eddie leaving. Rey is power bombed, kicks out of the pin. Eddie returns to the apron as we go to break. We return to find Mysterio getting beat down in the corner. Rey rolls through a sunset flip and kicks Mercury in the face. Nitro tags in and prevents Rey from getting to his corner. Nitro hits a back breaker, but cannot get the pin. Mysterio hits a tilt-a-whirl head scissors, but Eddie doesn't extend his hand for the tag. Mercury tags in and MNM hit the elevated DDT for the win.

Winner via pin fall: MNM

After the match, Mercury and Nitro pound on Mysterio as Eddie looks on. Rey is tossed into the ring post, and Eddie still does nothing. Eddie then walks away from his partner.

Match #3 - John Cena vs. Renee Dupree

What's French for jobber? Renee Dupree. Dupree gets in some early offense, but nothing more then clubbing blows, and holds. Cena finally gets back on track, with a kick to the ribs, followed by a clothesline. A side slam sets up the five-knuckle shuffle. The Doctor of Thug-a-nomics pumps up the shoes, and an F-U finishes of Dupree. The champ leaves through the crowd.

Winner via pinfall: John Cena

Match #4 - Matt Morgan vs. Mickey Whiplash (a.k.a. Jobber)

Morgan says that last week was the first time he stuttered. And guess what, he does it again. Another quality match from Morgan, and all I have to say is that Morgan's gimmick s-s-s-s-s-sucks.

Winner: Matt Morgan

Michael Cole interviews JBL. Cole asks him why he is still carrying the old belt. He says all of Europe wants to chant his name, because he brings integrity to the belt. The Big Show cuts JBL short. Show calls out JBL for his rants, and tells him no one cares anymore. Show also calls out JBL's losing streak, and tells him he will continue it tonight.

Match #5 - Booker T vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Big Show vs. JBL - Fatal Four-way Elimination match

JBL pushes Angle into Big Show, and Show cleans house with clotheslines. JBL tries a flying body press, but Show catches him, and hits leg drop. Show dominate all his opponents, whipping JBL into Angle, and then chopping Booker T into JBL. Show then hits all three men with butt bump. Show goes for a chokeslam on Angle, who counters it into the Angle Slam. Booker T follows up with a scissors kick, and JBL dials up a Clothesline from Hell, but Show kicks out. Show is then knocked over the top rope, and the giant is triple teamed outside the ring. The Olympic champ hits the Angle Slam through the announce table, and Big Show is counted out. Angle and JBL double team Booker in the corner. Booker fights back with a clothesline to Angle, but he misses an axe kick on JBL, and gets hung up on the rope. JBL follow Booker to the outside, but is whipped into the steel steps. Angle hits a vertical suplex on Booker, as JBL rolls back into the ring. Booker hits a heel kick on Angle. Booker then hits the Book End on JBL, but the former champ kicks out. Angle grabs Booker from behind, and hits two German suplexes. Angle hits another suplex, but Booker counters the Angle Slam, and then Angle counters the scissors kick, and then Booker counters the Angle Slam again. Booker then fights out of the ankle lock, only to finally taste the Angle Slam. On the outside, Orlando Jordan tries to slide JBL a chair, but is caught, and sent to the back. With the ref distracted Angle grabs the chair and levels Booker. Angle pins Booker T to eliminate him. Angle and JBL exchange blows, and Angle ducks a big boot. Angle gets the ankle lock on, but JBL counters. JBL and Angle trade blows again, and Angle gets caught on a cross body. JBL hits a fall away slam. Angle ducks a clothesline, but JBL runs into the ref, sending him spilling from the ring. Angle locks in the Ankle lock. Doug and Danny rush to the ring, but Angle dispatches them. He follows with rolling German suplexes. With the ref still out, Angle can't pin. He goes back to the ankle lock, and JBL taps, but there's no ref to call for the bell. Booker T returns and lays Angle out with a chair shot. The Bashams throw the ref back in the ring, and JBL covers Angle to get the win.

Winner via pinfall: JBL


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    Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM! Wrestling since 2003. Dale is pretty sure that wherever Matt Morgan goes his gimmick will still be lame.