-Torrie comes out and intros... -US Title Match 4 of 5: John Cena def. Booker T (c) by pinfall to force a 5th match (presumably at No Mercy, but not explicitly announced) -Teddy Long has 2 contracts for the Big Show (for No Mercy): He can face Eddie Guerrero or Kurt Angle -Michael Cole interviewed Billy Kidman and called him a quitter. Paul London came out to confront Kidman and slapped him, and Kidman walked off. -RVD & Rey Mysterio def. The Dudley Boyz. Spike was angry with his brothers afterwards. -Eddie Guerrero tried to get Big Show to choose him as his No Mercy opponent. -Tag Titles: Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki (c) def. the FBI. Heidenreich kidnapped Michael Cole during or after the match. -JBL called out the Undertaker, who proceeded to beat him up until Orlando Jordan ran out with Gangrel & Viscera to make the save. -Luther Reigns tried to convince Big Show to face Eddie Guerrero at No Mercy. -Heidenreich revealed WHY he kidnapped Cole (to Cole and us)...so he could read him a poem. He made Cole thank him for the poem. -Charlie Haas beat Spike Dudley by DQ when the Dudleyz interfered. Beatdown ensued, but Rico made the save. -Big Show chose to face Eddie Guerrero at No Mercy, but ~SWERVED~ everyone and tore up that contract and signed to face Kurt Angle at No Mercy instead. Luther Reigns & Kurt Angle attacked him, but Eddie Guerrero made the save.
NEXT WEEK'S SMACKDOWN: -Kurt Angle & Luther Reigns vs. Eddie Guerrero & Big Show
NO MERCY (Speculative): -WWE Title: JBL [c] vs. Undertaker -US Title Match 5 of 5: Booker T [c] vs. John Cena -Kurt Angle vs. Big Show -Luther Reigns vs. Eddie Guerrero -WWE Tag Titles: Suzuki/Dupree [c] vs. Haas/Rico -CW Title: Spike Dudley [c] vs. Rey Mysterio
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Sounds like a pretty decent show in terms of building midcard feuds and making Show's return seem like a big deal. The Gangrel and Viscera/Big John's poem parts scare the Bejeezus outta me, though.
Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
Does this sound like a network planning on keeping around SmackDown! for long? Networks change their tunes from year to year depedning on what they believe will draw in advertisers, but this does not seem promising.