July 1, 2005
Smackdown: JBL denied title
By DALE PLUMMER -- SLAM! Wrestling
It's the last day of the draft lottery, and Smackdown! still is sans champion as Michael Cole and Tazz bring us the action from Anaheim, California.
Although, Teddy Long has a plan for that problem, as six men -- scratch that, five men (Big Show got drafted) -- will face each other for the new Smackdown! championship.
Muhammad Hassan, with his lap dog, Daivari in tow, makes his way to the ring. The Anaheim crowd chants U-S-A at the Arab-AMERICAN. Note the emphasis on American; he's from Detroit, people. Chanting U-S-A doesn't really affect him. And during my rant, I missed Hassan's. I think he said something about being a victim of discrimination, beating the Big Show, and how he will win the Smackdown! Championship. Hassan runs down the Undertaker. The lights go out, bells toll, the crowd goes nuts, smoke ... um smokes; you know the drill. Daivari scoots to the apron, and Hassan thanks 'Taker for coming out. Hassan tells the Dead Man that he has beaten everyone, but the great Muhammad Hassan. Undertaker grabs Hassan by the throat; Daivari hits a chair shot, but it doesn't affect Undertaker. Hassan slips out of the ring, and his mouthpiece gets choke slammed.
Match #1 -- Chavo Guerrero vs. Paul London ? Cruiserweight Championship Match
I guess this is a mulligan for last week, as the Mexicools (I can't believe I just typed that word) interrupted the fun. Chavo takes down London, but the champ gets control. A shoulder block sends Chavo to the mat. London gets a boot up to block a charge, and then knocks Chavo out of the ring with a mule kick off the top turnbuckle. Chavo catches himself on the ropes after a slingshot attempt, and then both men knock each other down. Once, again, the Mexicools interrupt, this time each riding a lawn mower. Chavo and London stop fighting, and brace for an attack. London and Chavo fend off the attack, momentarily. Super Crazy, Psicosis, and Juventud overrun the two, and toss Chavo from the ring. London then falls victim to the three on one assault. Juvi grabs a mike, and asks if there are any Mexicans in the house. He tells his fellow countrymen to rise up against the gringos. The revolution is coming, people, be ready.
A recap of the Eddie Guerrero-Rey Mysterio match is shown. If you missed it, you missed a match of the year candidate. Does this mean the feud isn't over? I hope so. Josh Matthews asks Eddie why he was smiling after the loss to Rey. Eddie says now he knows the truth. He says that Rey will beg him not to tell the truth.
In their locker room, Melina is stretching for her match with Michelle McCool. Mercury is checking her out, as she lists all the A-list celebrities that are coming to watch her first match. If any celebrities do show, I'll eat my hat.
Match #2 -- Melina vs. Michelle McCool
Oh boy, Michelle just walked out with that "Oh-my-gawd-I'm-actually-wrestling-in-a-match" face. We're in trouble. Michelle drives Melina from the ring, and McCool chases her down, and tosses her back into the ring. McCool hits a drop kick to the jaw, and Melina begs for mercy. Melina hits a cheap shot, as McCool turns to the ref, and then Melina whips her across the ring. Michelle mounts Melina on the turnbuckle, and Melina counters with a power bomb. Melina stacks her up, using the ropes for leverage to get the pin.
Winner via pinfall: Melina
The tag team champs hit the ring to celebrate. Melina orders them to hit Michelle with the snap shot, and the champs oblige. Heidenreich makes the save seconds too late.
Have I mentioned I don't like Eddie's new music? Anyway, Latino Heat heads to the ring to call out Rey Mysterio. Eddie says despite his losses to Rey, he is a winner, a winner in life. Eddie says he did some soul searching, and took a camera with him to document it. Eddie says Rey should find this interesting because it involves one of his family members. Eddie is shown at a playground, with Rey's son Dominic. Eddie asks Rey's son if he likes secrets and bedtime stories. Dominic says yes, and Eddie gives him a hug, as we fade back to Eddie in the ring. Eddie wants to know if he should share their secret with the world. Mysterio walks out shaking his head. Mysterio tells Eddie not to say anything. Eddie tells Rey to hit him, and then pushes him to the mat. Eddie screams that he always wins. Latino Heat wants Rey to beg for him to keep quiet. Rey gets on his knees, and Eddie asks him if he wants some candy. Rey doesn't say a word, and Eddie smashes the candy into his face, and tells him to chew on that.
Match #3 -- JBL vs. Chris Benoit vs. Muhammad Hassan vs. The Undertaker vs. Booker T -- 5 Man Elimination Smackdown Championship Match
Before the Undertaker hits the ring, Teddy Long makes an announcement. He adds a replacement for Big Show, the latest Smackdown! draft pick, Christian. (And Tyson Tomko is no where to be seen.)
Match #3 -- JBL vs. Chris Benoit vs. Muhammad Hassan vs. The Undertaker vs. Booker T vs. Christian ? 6 Man Elimination Smackdown Championship Match
Undertaker appears in the middle of the ring as the lights go out, and everyone scatters, but Christian. Captain Charisma is overwhelmed, but tries to take it to the Dead Man. Undertaker hits Christian with Snake Eyes, but Christian is able to tag in Hassan. Undertaker is working Hassan over in the corner, as we come back from break. Undertaker continues to work over Hassan with body blows. A high elbow slows the dead man, but Undertaker counters with a big boot. Undertaker then takes Hassan Old School. Hassan is whipped into the corner, and when JBL tags himself in. Hassan dives out of the corner and tags in Benoit. The rabid wolverine hits a series of chops, and then a snap suplex. He follows with a running elbow drop, and then knees to the mid section. He proceeds to tee off on JBL with chops to the chest. A thumb to the eye allows JBL to regain the momentum. A lying elbow knocks down JBL, and Benoit scores hat trick with the rolling German suplex. JBL has had enough and tags in Hassan. Benoit is on the wrong end of a suplex, and then catches an elbow coming off the ropes. Hassan blocks a suplex, only to spin into a northern lights suplex. A German release suplex puts Hassan at the feet of the Undertaker. Hassan hits the Undertaker, which makes him the legal man. 'Taker tosses Hassan from the ring. Hassan grabs a chair, but Undertaker hits a boot. The Dead man grabs the chair, and slams it over Hassan's back.
Eliminated by DQ: Undertaker
Hassan also heads to the back, and is apparently out, despite never officially being eliminated. Booker T takes Undertaker's spot. Booker hits a hip toss, and then the two exchange chops. Benoit is whipped off the turnbuckle, and hits the mat. A high knee from Benoit sends Booker to the mat. Benoit locks in an ab stretch. Booker breaks free, and catches Benoit's foot. The Crippler hits an enzugiri and both men get up after an eight count. Benoit slips away from a scissors kick, and Booker kicks out of a sharpshooter. Benoit tries again and is able to lock in the sharpshooter. Booker climbs to the ropes, and Benoit slaps on the crossface. JBL tags Benoit, to work over Booker T. Benoit wisely tags himself back in. Benoit sets up a superplex, but JBL tags Booker T, while shoving the two men off the top turnbuckle. JBL covers Benoit to eliminate him.
Eliminated by pinfall: Chris Benoit
Booker T drops JBL with a spinning leg lariat. In the corner Christian makes a tag to face Booker. Christian slaps on a rear naked choke. Christian hits a standing drop kick, but only gets a two count. Booker elbows his way out of another chokehold. Booker knocks Christian down with a clothesline. Christian ducks a scissors kick, and sets up the un-prettier. Booker counters with a heel kick, and JBL tags in. Booker is clotheslined in the corner. JBL sets up a powerbomb, but Booker counters with a back body drop. JBL cuts him down with a shot, though. Christian makes a blind tag on Booker, and he hits JBL with a clothesline off the top rope. Christian is hit with a back body drop from JBL, but recovers to hit a tornado DDT off the second rope. Christian only gets a two count. JBL hits a neck breaker, and follows with a rear choke. Christian fights his way out, and ducks two clotheslines, but gets caught in mid-air. JBL hits a fall away slam. Booker T tags Christian, and whips JBL across the ring. A knee to the jaw lays JBL out. Booker T hits a missile drop kick, but still can't get the pin. Booker shoots off the ropes, and catches JBL with a Book End, and JBL still gets the shoulder up. JBL climbs top rope, only to have Booker catch him in a scoop slam. He still gets a shoulder up. JBL hits a thumb to the eye. JBL shoots off the ropes, and Christian makes a tag. Booker ducks the Clothesline from Hell, only to get rolled up by Christian.
Eliminated by pinfall: Booker T
Christian and Booker T argue. Christian then turns around and walks into the Clothesline from Hell.
Eliminated by pinfall: Christian
Teddy Long makes his way to the ring and tells JBL
that he has good news and bad news. The bad news is
that he is not the new Smackdown! champ, but the good
news is that JBL is the number one contender for the
new title on Smackdown! Long introduces the last
Smackdown! draft pick, the World Heavyweight Champion,
Batista! The champ poses in the ring as the show goes
off the air.
Dale Plummer has been writing for SLAM!
Wrestling since 2003. Dale would like to officially
challenge Nick Tylwalk's claim to a records setting
312 TV reports. Dale is requesting the SLAM! Wrestling
Intern look into this matter immediately. Discuss this
fraud with Dale at DPlummer627@yahoo.com.