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Smackdown: Eddie & Rey dominate
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


This week the feud continues as friends collide one more time. Yes, Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio go one-on-one (again) to determine who really is the better man as SmackDown! makes its way into Tuscon, Arizona.

The show starts off with a recap of the Rey Mysterio/Eddie Guerrero feud. I will say this right now, before we get any further. This was the absolute greatest feud in WWE since as far back as McMahon vs Austin, enthralling promos and the story that was being told is what made this feud great.

Randy Orton comes out to make the first ring entrance of the night. He get's on the mic and starts putting himself over. Michael Cole mentions he's the Master of the RKO; well Michael, that's because it's his move. Nevertheless, the replay of him RKO'ing The Undertaker is shown over and over. Orton says that there will be many more memories courtesy of the RKO. The lights flicker and a replay of Orton getting pinned at 'Mania is shown. Fog engulfs the ring, lights out, Taker appears. Orton runs and tells 'Taker that they will do things on his terms. 'Taker says that death waits for nobody and a lighting bolt strikes next to Orton sending him running.

Match One- Joey Mercury w/ Johnny Nitro and Melina vs Heidenreich
Melina has the very best entrance in the business. Heidenreich dominates most of the match, even doing that stupid march around the ring, Melina tried to get involved, but Michelle McCool comes out and hits her with a Lou Thesz Press. The ref gets distracted, Nitro comes in and hits the superkick, Mercury on the cover, and it's over.
Winner Via Pinfall - Joey Mercury

Rey Mysterio cuts an awesome promo saying how it felt good to hit Guerrero with that chair over and over again. He goes on to say that he would be getting redemption.

MNM are backstage, Nitro and Mercury are talking about how they beat Heidenreich while Melina complains about the beating she received from Michelle McCool. Melina then says how she would beat Michelle McCool in the ring; MNM doubt her, but we'll see next week.

JBL is knocking on Teddy Long's door. Long comes out and talks about how there will be a new SmackDown! champion crowned, and JBL will be happy with the announcement. He says he has to go though; JBL knows the draft pick is inside Teddy's office, but Teddy won't even hint to him who it is.

Match Two- WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match - Paul London (C) vs Chavo Guerrero
Both men go back and forth, with Paul London fighting off Chavo with some kicks, sending him to the floor. London gets ready to go for the Tope Con Hilo, when in quite possibly the most sterotypical gimmick since Tony Atlas being asked to come to the ring with a spear, out from the back comes a lawnmower carrying Psicosis, Super Crazy and Juventud Guerrera. They cause the double DQ and go on to say in this order, "We will take over SmackDown!, we will take over America, and we will take over the Cruiserweight Division."
Winner - No Contest

We come back from a commercial break and JBL is in the ring running his mouth, claiming that he is "Mr. SmackDown!" He talks about how Teddy Long is going to hand him the SmackDown! Championship next week. This prompts Booker T to make his way to the ring. The two argue, prompting Chris Benoit to hit the ring. The three argue..."Well It's The Big Show"...Teddy Long struts to the ring and says that next week these four men and The Undertaker will battle it out in a Six-Way Elimination. Cue Muhammad Hassan's music. Hassan and Daivari are the package draft pick from Raw. Long calls SmackDown! the land of opportunity and he will add Hassan to the mix. But Hassan's bashing of the other stars in the ring not only landed him outside the ring with Daivari on top of him, but they also landed him in...

Match Three- Muhammad Hassan w/ Daivari vs The Big Show
The Big Show throws Hassan every which way imaginable. Matt Morgan comes down to do some extremely funny commentary. Daivari gets involved and thrown across the ring. Morgan comes in with a chair, but gets chokeslammed. Hassan hits Show in the head with the chair, then drives the chair into his throat, all behind the ref's back.
Winner Via Pinfall - Muhammad Hassan

A full recap of the Mysterio/Guerrero feud is shown. Tremendous video package, let's hope the match can be as good, if not better.

Steve Romero walks in on Eddie Guerrero, who cuts a brief promo on Mysterio, saying that Mysterio doesn't know what he's capable of.

It's announced that next week Melina will go one-on-one with Michelle McCool, and the Six-Way Challenge to crown a new SmackDown! Champion will take place.

Match Four- Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
Both men go back and forth with reversals and various headlocks and slow submission moves. Both men really used the wear down tactic throughout the match. Rey Mysterio came back periodically, but once he was driven into the steel ring post, it spelled the end. From there, Guerrero put the pressure on the spine area with various moves. Mysterio had another offensive flurry, but was soon taken down. Guerrero tried to pin him several times, but he went to the well once too often -- as he tried to powerbomb Mysterio, Guerrero got reversed into the 6-1-9 and The West Coast Pop. Mysterio celebrates as Guerrero sits in the ring smiling.
Winner Via Pinfall- Rey Mysterio

Interesting SmackDown! that was solely geared for the Mysterio/Guerrero match, and rightfully so. Not much else, the Heavyweight title scene was pushed, and Melina's little tie up with Michelle McCool was mentioned in there. The main event was decent, just not as good as their Halloween Havoc 1997 clash. Maybe one day they can re-capture that magic.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and was glad to step in to relieve regular Dale Plummer, who is apparently still recovering from attending Smackdown! in person. Email Chris at CJS137@aol.com