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Smackdown: King Booker saves his crown
By ANDY McNAMARA - SLAM! Wrestling


The Continental Airline Arena in New Jersey is in for a huge title fight tonight. The World Heavyweight champion King Booker takes on the Undertaker in what is sure to be a chaotic matchup. If that world title bout is not enough how about finally hearing Chavo Guerrero's reason for turning on Rey Mysterio at The Great American Bash? Throw in a U.S. championship war between Finlay and Regal, and you have another wild edition of Smackdown!

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

These two former friends square off once again, which should once again be a solid battle. As usual no one can gain a clear advantage in the early going with both exchanging numerous blows. Regal gains control after a double underhook suplex, and just as that happens Finlay throws the leprechaun on his opponent from under the ring! Soon after Regal slaps a submission on the champion and follows that up with stiff front kicks. Finlay becomes frustrated and smacks Regal in the gut with the shillelagh for the DQ. As the bell rings the former United States champion Lashley hits the ring to attack both men. Finlay clocks him with his Irish weapon in the knee and then tricks Regal into teaming up with him before nailing the Englishman as well. Lashley recovers and delivers the British Bulldog running powerslam, and Finlay is able to escape.

WINNER: William Regal by DQ

Match 2: Elijah Burke w/ Terkay vs. Scott Wright

JBL fills us in that Elijah Burke has quite an impressive fighting background himself with a 103-1 record in toughman competition. Poor Scott Wright is being clubbed with devasting blows and also displays some submission holds. After a brief offensive attempts Burke hits the Elijah Experience (face first Russian leg sweep), and then slaps on the Rings of Saturn for the tap out. Terkay then jumps in and connects with a big belly to belly suplex followed by his own submission hold.

WINNER: Elijah Burke

Match 3: Krystal vs. Ashley

This is the third match in a row with no promos or vignettes; a pleasant surprise. Krystal hits a beautiful insiguri and the athleticism of these divas continues to impress. Ashley is able to recover with several irish whips and kicks. Krystal picks up the quick win after rolling Ashley up and pulling the tights for extra leverage.

WINNER: Krystal

Match 4: Tatanka vs. Sylvain

Tatanka delivers two bodyslams and then rains down punches on the Frenchman. Sylvain rebounds with a spinebuster and locks in a sleeper hold. Before you know it Tatanka gets all riled up and does his war dance and nails a high flying chop from the top rope. The Native American follows that up with a modified Samoan drop and picks up the win.

WINNER: Tatanka

Match 5: Ken Kennedy vs. Batista

After several power struggles Kennedy gains the advantage after some leg kicks and an arm bar. This does not keep The Animal down for long as he retaliates with some shoulder drives into the corner. Kennedy goes back to work on the knee and takes down the big man with a vicious running kick to the face. Batista is able to capitalize with clotheslines and then executes a huge Batista Bomb to get the victory over Mr. Kennedy. After the match Batista says he is coming for the World Heavyweight championship.

WINNER: Batista

Match 6: Vito vs. Brooklyn Brawler

The Brooklyn Brawler and Vito are exchanging blows until Vito nails some hard shots, capped off with an elevated DDT. The dress wearing Italian submits the Brawler with his under the skirt arm lock. Vito's undefeated streak in a dress continues.

WINNER: Vito

Match 7: KC James & Chase Stevens w/ Michelle McCool vs. Scotty 2 Hotty & Funaki

This new duo impressive with their double team maneuvers and speed. Scotty is being dominated and just when he starts to turn things around on James, Michelle grabs his leg for a distraction. Funaki finally receives the hot tag and goes on a roll by hitting a running bulldog on James and knocking Stevens out of the ring. This offense does not last long as James sling shots Funaki towards the corner while Stevens connects with a drop kick off the top. A very unique finisher.

WINNER: James & Stevens

Backstage Sharmell is pumping up King Booker with compliments for his title fight with Undertaker tonight. The segment ends with Booker chanting, "all hail King Booker."

Next up is Chavo Guerrero's explanation of why he screwed over Rey Mysterio. Chavo said that Mysterio used Eddie Guerrero's name to gain momentum and play up his career. Chavo goes on to accuse Rey that he couldn't keep the world title on his own without his help and the fans' support for Eddie. This segment of using Eddie for a storyline is rather uncomfortable. Chavo declares that Rey is a leech on the Guerrero name and is stealing Eddie's memory from the fans. Mysterio then rushes the ring and the two former amigos attack. Oh good Lord, Vicky Guerrero is now out at ringside breaking things up. Eddie chants are echoing throughout the arena. Chavo walks up the ramp as the show goes to commercial.

Match 8: World Heavyweight Championship- King Booker w/ Sharmell vs. The Undertaker

Booker T tries to jump Taker from behind and then locks on a head lock. The Dead Man quickly escapes and knocks over the King of the World with a shoulder block and clothesline. Following the commercials Undertaker is in full control, however, the champ is able to yank Taker off the top rope when he was going for Old School. The Dead Man does not miss on his second Old School attempt and covers for a near fall after a flat jack. After wearing each other down both men are up and wailing away with heavy blows. King Booker is then barely able to kick out after Snake Eyes and a boot to the face. Taker connects with a chokeslam but before he can go for the pin the Great Khali interferes. Khali chops down Taker and puts a foot on his chest in victory. This time, however, Undertaker sits up and clotheslines the giant over the top rope. The Dead Man then challenges Khali to a Last Man Standing Match at Summerslam as the program goes off the air.

WINNER: The Undertaker by DQ


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    Andy McNamara is a freelance and SLAM! Wrestling writer. Andy asks: Are you comfortable with Eddie Guerrero's name and his wife being used in storylines once again? Andy can be reached at andymcnamara@hotmail.com