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Smackdown: Angle-Mysterio do it again
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


Smackdown invades merry old London, England tonight with some big ticket matchups. The King Of The Ring tournament continues as Lashley takes on Mark Henry. Kurt Angle will also be seeking redemption as he challenges Rey Mysterio for his World title. Does Mysterio have one more miracle left in him? Well there's only one way to find out ... on to the report!

Match 1- U.S. Championship: JBL (c) vs. William Regal

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JBL rolls out in a limo that has the wheel on the other side of the car. Bradshaw essentially gives his usual speech about how great a United States Champion he is, and generally runs down the British fans. He says he wants to fight the "bravest Englishman, which is like trying to find the tallest midget." William Regal's music then hits and the Blackpool, England native comes down and insults JBL and Americans. Regal then sucker punches Bradshaw and takes it to the champion. The Englishman is dominating until a big boot turns the tide for Bradshaw. After a beautiful t-bone suplex by Regal, he applies the STF and JBL barely grabs the rope with two fingers to break the hold. This is all the champ needs to set up the Clothesline From Hell and retain the belt.

WINNER: JBL

Booker T and Sharmell strut in to talk to Krystal about his upcoming King of the Ring match against Kurt Angle next week and Angle's contest with Mysterio for the title tonight. Gunner Scott (who upset Booker a couple of weeks ago) introduces himself to Book, and Booker states that he'd beat down Gunner tonight... but he has a chest cold. So Booker says he'll find Gunner an opponent instead to fight this evening.

Match 2-: MNM & Gregory Helms vs. Kendrick & London & Super Crazy

Kendrick, London, and Super Crazy catch their opponents off guard, but interference from the lovely Melina quickly shifts the momentum. After the hot tag to London, the cruiserweight runs wild with several drop saults and other high flying manoeuvres. London sinks in the quick roll up on Helms for the victory. MNM look shocked and disappointed, as Kendrick and London continue their winning streak against the tag champs.

WINNER: Kendrick, London, Super Crazy

Backstage Melina is yelling at her guys for losing the match earlier. Melina then rips a makeup mirror away from Jillian and makes fun of her for getting fired last week by JBL. The two begin having a make up fight, with Mercury and Nitro along with security eventually ripping the two divas apart.

Match 3: King of the Ring Round 1: Mark Henry vs. Bobby Lashely

The two monsters start out in a battle of strength. After some back and forth action Lashley goes for The Dominator, but Henry muscles out of it. After The World's Strongest Man lunges at Lashley, he pulls down the top rope sending Henry tumbling to the outside and banging his head off of the announce table. The referee counts out Henry and Lashley advances in the King of the Ring tournament. After some celebration Lashley is jumped from behind and Henry proceeds to pound away on the helpless victor.

WINNER: Bobby Lashley

Krystal interviews Rey Mysterio about his World Title defense against Kurt Angle. He generally says he loves being champion.

Booker T and Sharmell come down to announce Gunner Scott's opponent for tonight. Booker announces that his opponent will be Finlay!

Match 4: Gunner Scott vs. Finlay

Finlay is off to a quick start with some chain wrestling and his standard beat downs on Gunner. Scott is actually holding his own with the Irishman, until Booker T (who is at ringside doing commentary) delivers a sidekick on the outside when the referee's back as turned. This gives Finlay a chance to finish off the youngster, and then both Booker and Finlay start to dismantle Gunner. Benoit runs down to make the save and clears the ring.

WINNER: Finlay

The 7-foot-3, 400-pound Great Khali makes his way to the ring accompanied by Davairi. This guy is truly monstrous. Davairi generally runs down The Undertaker and talks about how great Khali is.

Match 5 - World Heavyweight Champion: Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Kurt Angle

Internet rumours have been flying around that Kurt Angle is suffering once again from severe neck pains so hopefully he won't miss any action. This should be a great match regardless as these two always give a five-star contest. Some great back and forth quick paced action carries on until Angle whips Mysterio over the top with a nasty belly to belly suplex. Following the commercial break, Angle is in control but both men are battling ferociously. Smackdown is worth checking out for this match alone, what great athleticism. Mysterio nails the 619, and goes for the West Coast Pop, but Angle catches the champ and locks in the Ankle Lock. Mark Henry pops in out of nowhere and smashes away on Angle. The big man sets up a wood table, lays Angle on it and splashes him through it by jumping off the apron!!! Unbelievable! The program goes off the air with Angle being helped by backstage agents.

No Contest

Andy McNamara writes for SLAM! Wrestling and is a freelance writer. After a great business trip last week AndyMania is back at the Smackdown helm once again. Andy can be contacted at andymcnamara@hotmail.com.