February 3, 2006
Smackdown: Orton derides Eddie for cheap heat
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling
From hot and sunny Orlando, Florida, Smackdown is coming at you with another jam-packed card. Randy Orton turns up the heat on Rey Mysterio with controversy and challenges. Also, Benoit will get an opportunity to go for the U.S. Championship, but will he actually get his hands on Booker T? Throw in a tag team championship match and it is time to get onto the show!
Things kick off this week on Smackdown as GM Theodore Long struts down to the ring. He announces that at No Way Out Kurt Angle will face The Undertaker for the World's Heavyweight Championship. Next, Long brings out the Royal Rumble winner Rey Mysterio and the crowd bellows "Eddie" chants. Rey is thanking Eddie for his help in winning the Rumble match when Randy Orton's music hits and The Legend Killer makes his way to ringside. Orton explains that he should be in the main event spot and challenges Rey for his championship match at WrestleMania. In one of the more tasteless moments, Orton tells Mysterio that Eddie is in Hell not Heaven. Rey appropriately responds by kicking Randy in the groin and pounds away on the cocky superstar.
Match 1: Tag Team Championship- MNM (c) vs. The Mexicools (Psicosis & Super Crazy)
Nitro jumps Psicosis from behind, however the challengers rebound with some double team action. Super Crazy hits a fantastic over the top rope somersault onto Nitro and Mercury on the outside. Following the commercial break MNM is in full control as the three-time tag champions work on the lower back of Psicosis. Psicosis shoves Mercury into Melina, knocking the Diva off the apron and further injuring her ankle. This allows The Mexicools to regain momentum; however, after a shot by Melina's boot Mercury is able to cover Super Crazy to retain the titles.
In Teddy Long's office Booker T and Sharmell are complaining that Book is still injured and cannot fight Chris Benoit tonight for the U.S. title. Teddy says that Booker must pick a substitution to fight for him, but if the sub loses then Benoit will win the United States Championship.
JBL is in the ring calling himself once again "a Wrestling God". He is complaining that WWE puts him in ridiculous matches for new wrestlers to get the rub off of his superstardom. Next Bobby Lashley comes out and confronts Bradshaw.
Match 2: Chad Dick vs. Bobby Lashley
After a Bradshaw distraction Dick gains a very short advantage on Lashley. After he disposes of his tag partner, Lashley hits The Dominator for the 45 second win over Chad Dick. While the big man is celebrating JBL sneaks up from behind and nails a vicious Clothesline From Hell.
WINNER: Bobby Lashley
The Undertaker lurks to the ring and declares that Kurt Angle's time as champion is drawing to a close. The Olympic Gold Medalist interrupts and steps into the ring with The Deadman. The two exchange words on how they both want the title and how each one will defeat the other. The lights then go out, and Undertaker is gone!
Match 3: Junior Division- Tzuki vs. Consito
Tzuki takes out Consito with a beautiful first rope suicide dive to the outside. Some fast-paced junior lucha libre moves from both competitors. Tzuki is able to score the pinfall with a backslide after a quick but surprisingly entertaining match.
Chris Benoit is warming up in the dressing room when Ken Kennedy explains to The Crippler that he has had a string of bad luck in recent weeks. Kennedy is about to reveal who The Rabid Wolverine's opponent will be tonight when The Crippler interrupts him. Benoit tells Kennedy that the next time he gets this close to him Benoit will break Kennedy's arm.
Match 4: U.S. Championship- Chris Benoit vs. Fit Finlay (in place of Booker T)
This is going to be a hard-hitting bout for sure! The two warriors are chopping hard and working over body parts. This is a great back and forth technical battle allowing Finlay to showcase his talents. Benoit gains momentum after hitting three German suplexes, but Finlay bounces back after a Booker T distraction. Benoit has Finlay moments away from tapping the Crossface when Sharmell jumps in and smacks The Crippler with the crutch. The Irishman is DQ'd, and then Finlay hammers away on Benoit with the crutch.
WINNER: DQ Chris Benoit
Mark Henry and Davairi are briefly interviewed backstage saying that Henry was cheated out of the World's Heavyweight Championship by Kurt Angle using a steel chair.
Sharmell and Booker are in the dressing room but The Boogey Man is inside already! The two scramble away as Boogey eats worms.
Backstage with Josh Mathews is the new Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms. The former Hurricane is talking about how great he is when Nunzio interrupts and challenges him to a championship match next week.
In Teddy Long's office William Regal and Paul Birchill are trying to get split up as a tag team. Palmer Canon is left to deal with the situation. Apparently Birchill's ancestry can be traced back to Black Beard the Pirate and Canon wants to use this on Friday Night Smackdown ... yikes!
Match 5: Randy Orton & Mark Henry vs. Rey Mysterio & Kurt Angle
Angle and Mysterio have put on some of the greatest matches in Smackdown history against one another, how can they co-exist in a match? Orton wants Mysterio in the ring to start the main event off and Rey is overzealous, getting caught by The Legend Killer. After being isolated by Henry and Orton, Angle finally receives the hot tag and begins to pound away on The World's Strongest Man. Henry kicks the world champ to the outside after an Ankle Lock attempt and slams Angle into the steel steps. Kurt Angle chases Davairi into the audience after a sneak attack, and Henry goes after the two of them. We are left with Mysterio and Orton alone in the ring. Rey cannot convert on the sunset flip and Orton is able to wrap him up for the 1-2-3. Randy gets on the mic and tells Rey that he cannot beat him. Orton makes another shameless comment, stating that Rey has about as much chance of winning the World Championship as Eddie has coming back to life. Mysterio accepts Orton's challenge to put his WrestleMania title shot on the line. As far as I'm concerned if WWE wants to use Eddie's name in a positive light, then fine, but to use his death to gain cheap heat for the heels is just not right.
WINNERS: Randy Orton & Mark Henry
Andy McNamara writes for SLAM! Wrestling and Oshawa Express. He also does the play-by-play broadcasts for Durham College sports on www.thefreq.ca. Andy asks: how do you feel about the WWE using Eddie Guerrero's name in storylines? Contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.