World Heavyweight Championship Match: REY MYSTERIO (JR.) [5'6", 170lbs; San Diego, CA; Champion] vs. JOHN "BRADSHAW" LAYFIELD [6'6", 290lbs; New York, NY; United States Champion] Skinny: Mysterio won the World Title in an undercard match at WrestleMania (third from the end is undercard), and has been pummelled by bigger guys (Mark Henry, The Great Khali, Kane...) ever since. Way to book your champion strong, WWE. However, said crummy booking was all part of #1 contender JBL's heinous plot to weaken the champion! So Rey's giving up a foot in height and 120lbs...and he's gotten his ass kicked on every edition of Smackdown for the past month. I don't like the looks of this. Your Winner, and NEW World Champion, JBL.
King of the Ring Finals: BOOKER T [6'3", 250lbs; Houston, TX, accompanied by Sharmell] vs. BOBBY LASHLEY [6'2", 302lbs; Colorado Springs, CO] Skinny: Both guys made it to the finals of the King of the Ring tournament. Booker beat Matt Hardy, then got a bye when Kurt Angle couldn't compete. Lashley beat Mark Henry (by countout) & Finlay. Lashley's almost never been beaten. Booker T gets beaten all the time. The Boogeyman beat him for cripe's sake. Your Winner, and King of the Ring, Bobby Lashley.
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: MNM (Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro) [Combined 450lbs; Los Angeles, CA; Champions] vs. PAUL LONDON & BRIAN KENDRICK [Combined 380lbs] Skinny: MNM have been champions three times. They've beaten everybody. But they can't beat London & Kendrick, because they're awesome. Your Winners, and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions, London & Kendrick. Honestly, there's not much they can do with MNM as champions. Changing the guard, even in the short-term, is good for the division.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: GREGORY HELMS [6', 215lbs; Smithfield, NC; Champion] vs. SUPER CRAZY [5'11"ish, 200lbs; Mexico] Skinny: Crazy won a contendership match. Helms was defending his title against all-comers (by edict of Smackdown GM Theodore Long) before his injury, so he may be continuing that. Either way, I don't see him dropping the belt yet. Your Winner, and still Champion, Gregory Helms.
Grudge Match: INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE~!: CHRIS BENOIT [5'11", 234lbs; Edmonton, Alberta (resides in Atlanta, GA)] vs. (FIT) FINLAY [6'2", 235lbs; Belfast, Ireland] Skinny: They needed to fill a midcard spot on the show, so they booked a King of the Ring semi-finals rematch. Finlay beat Benoit by cheating, so Benoit wants to beat Finlay...with his fists! It'd be counter-productive to have a rematch with Benoit losing again, right? Your winner, Chris Benoit.
Grudge Match: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE!: THE GREAT KHALI [7'3", 420lbs; India; accompanied by Khosrow Daivari] vs. THE UNDERTAKER [6'10", 328lbs; Death Valley, CA] Skinny: If the Undertaker doesn't win, something's seriously wrong with the world. Undertaker wins.
Grudge Match: OLYMPIC FEVER!: KURT ANGLE [6'2", 230lbs; Pittsburgh, PA] vs. MARK HENRY [6'1", 380lbs; Silsbee, TX] Skinny: Henry injured Angle. Angle came back and challenged Henry. Angle's tried to get good matches out of Henry before. Angle wins.
Grudge Match: ...WITH BREASTS!: MELINA (PEREZ) vs. JILLIAN HALL Skinny: Melina brought Jillian into the WWE as a publicist ("fixer") for MNM. Later she worked for JBL. Now she has no job...except getting revenge on Melina for being a mean bitch or something. Melina wins, because I already have tons of faces winning on the card...and Melina's smart.
Rey Mysterio vs JBL: Even though Rey has had his ass handed to him every week on Smackdown, I think he'll win this. I kind of dug the JBL/Rey teaming during the Raw invasion. I think there should be a video of their work together on WWE.COM or something My pick: Rey Mysterio retains
Untertaker vs. Khali: It's the dead man versus the Hindu Goddess of death and destruction. OK, maybe not, but if Khali's allowed to continue wrestling, he may as well be known as that. Khali does NOTHING for me, as does the build-up for this match. However, knowing the WWE, they'll drag this out another month for a big show-down at Summerslam. Yay us. Or not. My pick: The Great Khali
Chris Benoit vs. Dave Finlay: One of two matches I bet that DEAN~ is excited about...and I'm thinking this could be a MOTY candidate. However, I'm guessing the WWE is going to introduce the new leprechaun character soon, so maybe this weekend will be it? My pick: Chris Benoit
Booker T vs. Lashley: Match two that DEAN~ could be excited about...and I'm rooting for Lashley. He's awesome in the ring. Will we ever see Booker T with a World title? If he wins this, I think he'll be a transitional champion (to pave the way for Batista's return)...but I think the 'E is really high on Lashley, so... My pick: Lashley
MNM vs. London/Kendrick: I likle MNM. I like London/Kendrick. I want them both to win. But....L&K are on a roll, and there's nothing stopping them. Or is there? Maybe a couple of crazy dogs by the name of Kash and Noble? Who knows? Either way... My pick: London & Kendrick
Gregory Helms vs. Super Crazy: Good lord, I love Gregory Hels...grom his "RPG Boss" theme music to his finisher, he's awesome. However, I got a kick out of the Mexicools when the debuted, and it would be cool to see them get some more gold. Perhaps a heel turn by Psicosis could be good? Yewah, the WWE planning for the Cruiserweight division is never going to happen, but I'd pay to see Psicosis face Super Crazy. My pick: Super Crazy
Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry: Please, can Mark Henry before he hurst anyone more. It's rare for someone t ocome back after injury to lose immediately, so I guess this is as clear as mud. I am digging Kurt as a face again, though. My pick: Kurt Angle
Melina vs. Jillian Hall: I'd like to say Jillian Hall...but I'm going with Melina. Cuz, she can do the splits, and that's cool. Yeah. Melina's cool. My pick: Melina
I may buy this PPV...I'm still stuck on whether I should. I like the Finlay/Benoit match, and Rey/JBL never disappoints. I'm sure the crowd will shit all over Khali/Taker...and rightfully so.
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(edited by Oliver on 20.5.06 0517) "At the end of every hard-earned day, people find some reason to believe." -- Bruce Springsteen
Rey beats JBL to retain. Khali over Undertaker via Daivari. Benoit beats Finlay. Lashley over Booker. MNM retains the belts. Helms over Super Crazy. Angle over Henry via DQ. Jillian over Melina via something sexy.
Jillian v. Melina Largely meaningless time-waster. Jillian does not work for me as a babyface at all; therefore, put Melina over her here and get Jillian to RAW stat, because Mickie's only gonna need more help fighting off Trish & Friends once Ashley makes her return. WINNER - Melina (MNM Snapshot behind ref's back)
Kurt Angle v. Mark Henry It's time for the useless fat fuck to do the only two things he's capable of doing coherently: Crying and screaming like a bitch after Our Olympic Hero breaks his ankle, and disappearing from our television sets for good as a result. At least that's how it *should* be. WINNER - Kurt Angle (Heel hook with gusto)
The Great Khali v. The Undertaker I know a lot of people have been suggesting that Khali's already on his way out the door, but if that were true, then there would've been no point to Khali's squash of Rey a couple of weeks ago. I'm smelling a repeat of the finish of Undertaker's WM XIV match here. WINNER - The Undertaker (Tombstone Trio)
Chris Benoit v. Finlay Probably your Match of the Night right here. While it's true that Finlay picked up the win by nefarious means the first time around, I don't see them blowing off the feud here - especially when there's another figure that they still need to interject into this situation. WINNER - Finlay (Leprechaun shenanigans -> Shillelagh of Doom)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Gregory Helms v. Super Crazy Helms has done absolutely nothing of note lately, and while it's for an understandable reason (the nasal complications), even if Helms had been healthy and running rampant, he'd still be losing here because a greater cause needs to be served. WINNER AND NEW CHAMPION - Super Crazy (Triple Moonsault)
WWE Tag Team Championship MNM v. Paul London & Brian Kendrick This is where I get feelings of dread. Vince has teased us like this so many times in the past and then burned us when the time came to pay it off. The Hooligans need the win, despite dominating the feud up to this point - and I really hope my pick for this is wrong. WINNERS AND STILL CHAMPIONS - MNM (Snapshot behind ref's back)
King of the Ring Tournament Final Bobby Lashley v. Booker T We've got two conflicting KOTR paradigms in play here. KOTR is supposed to be about building heels, and Booker T's schtick with the crown would be tremendous. But KOTR's more about building new stars, and Lashley's a better fit for the current main event situation regardless of its direction. WINNER AND KING OF THE RING - Bobby Lashley (Dominator)
World Heavyweight Championship Rey Mysterio v. John Bradshaw Layfield I'll make it very simple: They've got to do something to salvage Rey as a main eventer, even if he doesn't walk with the title. The only way to do that is interjecting Kane. Regardless of my pick, I'll say one thing for sure: If JBL's not jobbing on Sunday to somebody, they're nuts. WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION - Rey Mysterio (619 -> Drop the Dime)
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; July 5, 2005) It's good to see that the WWE isn't backing away from Batista or Cena. There's still some questions lingering over a few of the draft moves they either made or didn't make (Jericho being a prime example), but the stage is set for a solid run to Summerslam that may send the indicator down. The longer Triple H stays away is also a plus...
Now, I don't watch SD, so I only know from what I read here....
Rey over JBL - seems right, JBL's had his time Khali over Undertaker - I am thinking DQ Benoit over Finlay - yes but a good match Booker over Lashley because Mr and Mrs Booker will be a great king and queen London/Kendrick over MNM - time for a change Helms over Super Crazy - yep, wait for Psicosis Angle over Henry - I am thinking this is the only way possible this works Melina over Jillian - sure, why not
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
*Jillian beats Melina *MNM beat London and Kendrick *Undertaker and Khali fight to either some kind of split decision or else UT wins by DQ thanks to Daivariference *Benoit beats Finlay....the leprechaun is held off until the next Smackdown *Super Crazy beats Helms, rematch at the ECW PPV, or maybe a three-way dance involving Kid Kash *Angle beats Mark Henry *Lashley beats Booker to become the king *Rey beats JBL to retain the title, but (here's my prediction) then loses the belt to Booker on Tuesday
"He looks like a perverted roofer who knocks off early on warm spring days to drink beer and ogle teenage girls at the river, but wrestles like a man who actually cares about his job." ---DVDVR's Raven Mack on "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray
Rey Mysterio vs JBL: I'll veer from my usual path and say logic dictates Mysterio MUST win here, due to the sheer amount of ass kicking he's caught previously. Yes, I'm well aware of WWE and their history with logic
Undertaker vs. Khali: I like Khali. Boo, hiss. A win here would REALLY set him up as a monster
Pick: Khali ma, shakti de
Chris Benoit vs. Finlay: Benoit for revenge
Booker T vs. Lashley: Yeah
MNM vs. London/Kendrick: Seems like it could go either way. I suppose the challengers just to mix things up
Gregory Helms vs. Super Crazy: Helms hasn't done a whole lot with the belt
Pick: Super Crazy
Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry: Angle's so damn injured, that they'll......have him win anyway, stick around and injure himself even more
Booker vs. Rey for the title at Summerslam seems better than JBL versus Rey or Lashley. So Rey and Booker for the two main matches. Spanky and London if they don't win what does MNM do next? I can't in good faith pick a POS like Henry to beat Angle. Khali just plain sucks but this match could end in a DCO ro some other dumbass ending. But never pick against UT unless the world title is involved. Benoit and Finley I think Benoit will win. But the faces are having a good night so I will pick Finley with the shalallleeee. Helms vs Supercrazy (clap 5 times). Uhm Helms I guess. Melina will beat Julian because Melina actually serves a purpose. So my picks are Rey Booker UT Angle Spanky and London Finley Helms Melina
Marge I am just trying to get into heaven not run for Jesus.
Well I got a wopping 50%. But the two most important matches ended the way they should. Actually a pretty decent PPV considering how much I thought it would suck. But Khali wins? WTF he can't wrestle or talk. So what's the point?
Marge I am just trying to get into heaven not run for Jesus.
Gowan was just too vanilla on-screen. Some people have that charisma, and I don't mean Rock or Austin-level charisma, maybe just Stevie Richards or Spike Dudley-level charisma, but some people just don't.