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Smackdown: Angle crowns Orton
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


Green Bay, Wisconsin will host royalty tonight as The King Of The Ring tournament begins. Round one pits bitter rivals Kurt Angle against Randy Orton in what should be a classic battle. Besides that match will we receive an explanation as to who the giant was that decimated The Undertaker last week? There is only one way to find out ... on to the report!

As the program begins we see a throne, sceptre and crown in the ring signifying the start of the King Of The Ring tournament. Booker T and Sharmell then come out, and clown around with the royal garb. Sharmell tells the crowd to hail King Booker, but out of nowhere Bobby Lashley delivers a spear on the wannabe king. Let the hunt for the crown begin!

Match 1: Johnny Nitro w/ Mercury & Melina vs. Brian Kendrick

This is a singles grudge match from last week's upset victory by Kendrick & London. Kendrick comes out like firecracker but is quickly grounded by Nitro after a neck drop on the middle rope. With the referee distracted, Melina makes her presence known by delivering about four slaps to Kendrick. After interference by Mercury, London takes the MNM member out with an awesome suicide dive. Shortly after Kendrick pins Nitro with a victory roll for another upset win.

WINNER: Brian Kendrick

Backstage, Paul Burchill is looking for William Regal and seeing if he is dressed up as a wench as per their match agreement from last week.

Match 2: Paul Burchill w/ William Regal vs. Rasheed Brown

Lady Regal is called to come out by Burchill and, wow, "the buxom wench" looks like Dolly Parton on steroids! Apparently Regal has to stay dressed like this until Burchill loses a match. Regal tries to hit Burchill with brass knucks, but the plan backfires and he collides with Brown. Burchill then executes Walking The Plank, which finishes off Brown. The pirate links arms with Lady Regal and escorts her ... er ... him up the ramp.

WINNER: Paul Burchill

Kurt Angle joins Krystal backstage and congratulates Mysterio on becoming the new World Heavyweight Championship. Angle blames Orton for him losing the title and says that Orton will feel all of his aggression and frustration tonight in round 1 of the King of the Ring tournament.

Match 3: Matt Hardy vs. Road Warrior Animal

Hardy jumps Animal before the bell, but quickly Road Warrior reverses the momentum by tossing his opponent into the steel ring post. Once the action returns to the ring, Hardy pounds away on Animal and quickly hits a Twist of Fate. Hardy gets the three count and this one is over in a hurry.

WINNER: Matt Hardy

Match 4: U.S. Championship- JBL (c) w/Jillian Hall vs. Chris Benoit

This WrestleMania 22 rematch is stalled by GM Theodore Long who says this match will be held in a 15-foot high steel cage! The cage lowers down with the ominous music; JBL looks shocked, Benoit simply smiles. Bradshaw is on his knees begging referee Nick Patrick to stop this contest but to no avail. Benoit quickly bashes down on JBL, who tries to escape the cage at every opportunity. The Crippler is as intense as ever and he and Bradshaw continue to battle back and forth. JBL attempts the Three Amigos, but is stopped at two and then is able to struggle away from The Sharpshooter. After a failed Crossface, Benoit was able to execute the Three Amigos, and follows that up with a flying head butt. In a dangerous looking spot, Bradshaw stops Benoit from escaping the cage with a side Russian leg sweep off the top rope. As The Crippler attempts to climb out of the cage, JBL puts Benoit on his shoulders and delivers an electric chair for a two count. Later on Bradshaw tries to escape but Benoit catches him, and after pounding away on his back delivers an amazing German suplex off the top turnbuckle. Benoit and JBL both go for the door, but Jillian accidentally slams the door on her boss, and is moments away from tapping to The Crossface. Bradshaw is able to distract the official, allowing for him to low blow Benoit and slither out of the cage to retain his championship.

WINNER: JBL

Davairi brings out The Great Khali out to the ring, and man is this guy huge. According to Davairi, Khali stands over seven feet tall, is 420 lbs, and grew up in the jungle. Basically the rest of the time out is Davairi talking about how great his new find is.

Match 5: The Mexicools vs. The Gyminis w/ Simon Dean

These juiced up Basham look-alikes, The Gyminis, take it to both Psicosis and Super Crazy in the early going. After a double team slam Jake scores a near fall on Psicosis, but Super Crazy rushes in just in time. After Super Crazy hit a couple of high flying moves, The Gyminis did the old switch-a-roo and scored the pinfall with an over the head suplex.

WINNERS: The Gyminis

Match 6: Main Event- Round 1 King Of The Ring: Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton

Angle is so aggressive and works on cornering the cowering Orton. The former champ continuously goes for the Ankle Lock, with Orton finally escaping his rampage by attacking Angle's shoulder. In an incredible spot, Angle suplexes Orton to the floor, and The Legend Killer lands awkwardly on his leg. After Orton squeaks in before the 10 count, Angle goes for the Angle Slam but it is reversed into a modified back breaker. Eventually the Olympic Gold Medalist is able to sink in the Ankle Lock forcing Orton to tap out. He relinquishes the hold but then goes back to it, breaks it, then comes back into the ring and locks in once again. Orton is writhing in pain, with several officials finally breaking Angle away. The show goes off the air with Orton grabbing his ankle. Looks like WWE is going to try and play up Orton having a broken ankle to explain his 60 plus day suspension.


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    Andy McNamara writes for SLAM! Wrestling and is a freelance writer. Andy has no witty or interesting comments this week so ... Andy can be contacted at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.