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Part Two in the Wienerville WWE SmackDown Universe, and after last week’s show there’s some significant goings-on that will no doubt develop tonight: Big Show opened the show with some boasting over his beating of Rey Mysterio, only to be humiliated yet again at the hands of the little man...Lita made her SmackDown debut, aiding Brian Kendrick in a victory over MFer-in-training Crash. Cruiserweight Champion Matt Hardy was not best pleased with his former girlfriend’s actions...The FBI continued their path of destruction with a cheap victory over Chris Benoit and Rhyno...Piper’s Pit-with special guests Sean O’Haire and John Cena-was interrupted by the debut of the mysterious Mr. America. After laying out Piper and dropping a big red white ‘n’ blue legdrop on O’Haire, the newest SmackDown superstar celebrated with the fans...Eddie and Chavo Guerrero continued to taunt their arch-rivals Team Angle with the stolen tag team title belts...And, in the main event, WWE Champion Brock Lesnar retained his title over The Big Show after a complex scam by Mysterio and Funaki, who had been shoved down by Show earlier in the night.

WWE SmackDown-08/05/03

-Following the prerequisite recap of prior events, the show opens up with Mr. America’s in-ring debut, an easy pinfall victory over FBI Godfather Nunzio. The patriotic masked man finishes off the smaller athlete in just two minutes, after a big boot and a legdrop; ever the opportunists, Nunzio’s partners Chuck and Jonny swoop in for a post-match attack. But, of course, America sees tem off with some big right hands and a couple of clothesline. Fetching Old Glory from ringside, the victor prepares to celebrate-but never gets a chance, as Sean O’Haire, Rody Piper and John Cena arrive to gain revenge for the previous week. With the regrouped FBI the heels soon get the advantage, much to the dismay of the crowd-until, that is, the arrival of Rhyno and Chris Benoit. With the odds greatly raised the faces soon regain the advantage, and the ring is cleared as we head to our first commercial break...

-After the run-in-centric opening match we segue into some quality in-ring action, as the makeshift pairing of Tajiri and Brian Kendrick-once again accompanied by Lita-roll over the Cruiserweight Champion and his number one crony Shannon Moore. With Hardy’s mind clearly on his opponent’s valet the faces keep hold of the upper hand, and Shannon Moore takes a succession of high-impact moves for the first few minutes of the match. but the arrival of Crash turns the tide, and Hardy soon seems intent on proving a point to Lita by beating Kendrick black and blue. The young rookie just about manages to keep his shoulders off the mat, however, and after a Lita slap levels Crash at ringside Tajiri sneaks in a cracking kick to set up Sliced Bread #2 for the win at eight minutes. The face trio bail quickly, obviously happy with their win, as Matt glowers in the centre of the ring...

-And in yet another change of pace, an obviously enraged Big Show makes short work of the outmatched Funaki, beating him up at will and putting him away with a chokeslam in just ninety seconds. The big man’s not finished, however: In an act echoing his post-match assault of Rey at Backlash, Show drags his fallen foe to the ringside area, and sends him crashing through the announce position with a second chokeslam. Briefly taking a microphone, Show promises that the beating just delivered will pale in comparison to when he gets his paws on Mysterio. And if Brock Lesnar thinks that he’s got off easy, then he is sorely, SORELY mistaken....

-We go backstage, where Josh Matthews has managed to catch up with the furious Matt Hardy. After berating his Mattitude Followers for failing to be there for their leader, he turns his attention to Lita. If she thinks her little jerk is capable, then Matt’s got a date for them: 18th May, Cruiserweight Title, for a lesson in Mattitude. Kendrick and Lita can bring whatever tricks they want; Matt’s going to prove to them both that they’d do much better in life if they followed his principles.

-In a virtual repeat of the show’s opening ten minutes, an FBI match turns into a complete brawl-this time with the Guerreros benefiting from the chaos. The title-stealing tag team get a seven minute victory over the aching FBI paring of Stamboli and Palumbo, with Benoit, Rhyno and Mr. America once again providing the distractions. The ring again erupts into violence post-match, with Cena, O’Haire and Nunzio joining in proceedings-and, as the tag team champions Team Angle arrive to reclaim their property, they find it impossible to reach the high-tailing Guerreros through the melee. We head to break as referees and officials desperately try to restore order to the ring...

-...and backstage we go after the ads, finding the gold-deprived tag team champion, Shelton Benjamin, sulkily packing his gear. His foul mood is shortlived, however, as partner Charlie Haas enters in high spirits. He informs his crestfallen buddy that, although they may not have gotten their tag team titles back, he’s just been to see Stephanie McMahon, and she’s going to make a special announcement next...

-And just as Haas promises, the SmackDown General Manager joins the live crowd in the arena. With an action-packed booking sheet she gets straight down to items of business, the first of which concerns what just took place moments ago. The behaviour of The FBI, O’Haire, Cena, Benoit and Rhyno will not be tolerated any longer; she is imposing a suspension-enoforced ban on any outside interference on matches involving the aforementioned competitors, effective immediately. Which is good news, seeing as she’s just signed a John Cena/Chris Benoit match to take place right here, tonight. And in case that’s not enough to satisfy the issues that are bubbling under between the competitors, she’s sanctioning a second match, for the Judgement day pay-per-view, that will pit Jonny Stamboli, Chuck Palumbo, John Cena and Sean O’Haire against Chris Benoit, Rhyno, Mr. America and an unnamed partner, elimination-style. On a different note, after talking with Charlie Haas backstage, she has made an executive decision on tonight’s main event. To compensate for the loss of Team Angle’s possessions, she is granting Haas a WWE Championship bout against Brock Lesnar. And, if Lesnar can survive that difficult challenge, then at Judgement Day he’s got another ahead of him, because she has decided upon the SmackDown main event. After watching The Big earlier, she’s realised that perhaps he’s right, and he does deserve one more shot. So at Judgement Day, he’ll get it. But not just against Brock Lesnar. Because at Judgement Day, in a Triple Threat Match, it will be the winner of Brock Lesnar Vs. Charlie Haas, going against The Big Show...going against Rey Mysterio. If Show wants his chance to prove himself, he’ll have it-all in one go...

-Thanks, no doubt, to Stephanie’s decree from on high, Chris Benoit ekes out a tough-but-clean win over John Cena in twelve minutes. The match goes back-and-forth for the most part, with Cena just about taking the edge with his Proto-Bomb, a massive tilt-o-whirl slam and a belly-to-belly. He works on Benoit’s ribs and begins to squeeze the life out of him with a bodyscissors, but the more experienced grappler works his way free and gets on the comeback trail. And, sure enough, after a quick rally he manages to counter the F-U into the crossface for the tap-out....

-In a major upset, the bottom-rung talent of Jamie Noble manages to score a fair-and-square win over established superstar Rikishi. Michael Cole reports that the Phat Man is still woozy after the beating he took from Sean O’Haire ten days previous, and Noble takes full advantage as Nidia cheers him on at ringside. With his larger opponent staggered, Noble hits a succession of THREE DDTs-one regular, one springboarding from the middle rope, and one Prince Iaukea-style from the top rope. Rikishi manages one more kick-out, but it’s all for nought as Noble finishes with a Stone Cold Stunner moments later...

-And, in the main event, Brock Lesnar sees off both interference from Shelton Benjamin and a strong challenge from Charlie Haas to retain his championship gold. The champ seems staggered for a short period, but soon regains his composure, levelling Benjamin on the floor and snapping off a quick F5 to finish things in six minutes or so. But the real story takes place after the match, as The Big Show once again comes down to the ring. After a tense stare-down with his Judgement day opponent, Show turns to one side and allows him to exit the ring-but in a shocking move, he kicks the second rope, nailing Lesnar right in the crotch. The WWE top dog stumbles back into the ring, and Show smashes him down with a short-arm clothesline. With the belt laid out in the centre of the canvas, Show grabs Brock around the throat and, after an insanity-fuelled tongue-lashing, Show chokeslams him head-first onto the gold. The out-cold champion is left lying as one of his pay-per-view opponents strides up the ramp, and the credits roll...

So, with just over a week to go, the Judgement day PPV car dis starting to shape up:

Triple Threat match For WWE Title
Brock Lesnar(c) Vs. The Big Show Vs. Rey Mysterio

Elimination Chamber Match For No. 1 Contendership To The World Heavyweight Title
Booker T Vs. Chris Jericho Vs. Chris Nowinski Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. ???? Vs. ????

Eight-Man Elimination Tag Team Match
The FBI/Sean O’Haire/John Cena w/Nunzio & Rowdy Roddy Piper Vs. Chris Benoit/Rhyno/Mr. America/????

WWE Cruiserweight Title Match
Matt Hardy (c) w/Shannon Moore Vs. Brian Kendrick w/Lita

Join us next week, as the card is finalised and tensions mount heading into the big show....
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#2 Posted on 8.5.03 0806.53
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Another good column, OldSchool.
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