Smackdown and Velocity taping results according to Jeanette Bihm and PWInsider.com:
*Orlando Jordan defeated Matt Johnson, who was announced from Lafayette, so he got cheered pretty good.
*Kenzo Suzuki defeated Paul London.
*Chavo Guerrero defeated Billy Kidman.
Luther Reigns Mark Jindrak defeated Bob Holly & Charlie Haas. I had my Holly sign (Holly fears Cappotelli) and the camera guy looked right at me with the camera, so watch for it.
Almost a full house, very little tarped off area.
Champion John Cena defeated Rene Dupree.
*Kurt Angle has a challenge, with Matt Stryker (ROH), who claimed to be from New Orleans. Relatively quick match.
*WWE champion JBL does a promo where he says he will pick who he defends out of a bowl... turns out to be Shannon Moore. Squash isn't the word. Teddy Long comes out and reveals that the bowl was only filled with papers with Moore’s name. So he makes a Royal Rumble match.... JBL vs. Angle...... vs. Big Show. Shannon saw my "push Shannon Moore" sign... he pointed at me and smiled.
WWE Cruiserweight champion Funaki defeated Spike. Yeah. I didn't pay much attention to this match because I had to rewrite my notes. Some a****** spilled a Coke on my note book.
WWE Tag Team champions Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio defeated Booker T and Eddie Guerrero. There was a huge thing over who was gonna get the title shot. I knew it would be them since from my seat I could see Eddie's car behind the set. Good match, great comedy from Eddie by getting the belt, but debating it first. Then he put on it top of Rey and laid down, looking like Rey has hit him. He was waving 'bye' to Rey, but the ref caught him... and all he did was lay back down! I doubt any of that will get on air.
I think that was the last match for SD.
After that was the dark match, with Undertaker vs. JBL & Orlando Jordan. Taker's entrance.... OH. MY, GOD. I was literally shaking inside and out. If you've never seen it live, there is no way to understand it. Heidenreich was in the ring, talking trash to Taker. The lights went out and then the music started.... four druids came out pushing a casket. Taker came up on the Titantron saying that at Rumble he had Heidy's final resting place.... the casket was put ringside. Heidenreich reached out and touched it... and the lid popped open and Taker was in it!! Awesome.
Pretty good casket match. They filmed it so it may end up on TV one day or on something else.
Biggest pops: Taker Cena Eddie Big Show
Biggest Heat: JBL Heidenreich Dupree Kenzo
"All faith reguires is giving into the possibility of hope."
Oh great. They stumble into Daniel Puder getting over huge and their first order of business is to turn him heel. Y'know, I've been reading the 'Death of WCW' book (which is EXCELLENT, btw), and this sounds like something directly out of that.
Otherwise, the show sounds somewhat decent but nothing really spectacular. I too found it odd that no titles changed when it was booked as the 'Night of Champions'. I thought for sure that they'd get the title off of Funaki, since there's really no point in him having it to begin with.
The answer to WWE's financial problems...
Never 'Wiener of the Day', and is actually quite bitter about it.
How original. They do the exact same schtick they did w/ Lesnar, right down to Shannon Moore's name being on every piece of paper.
From the Observer's set of spoilers:
They also turned Daniel Puder heel to do a feud with Holly. Yes, they are that clueless
Can't wait to see what happens if Holly tries to be stiff w/ Puder. Hopefully, for Bob's sake, he learned from his match w/ Lesnar (probably didn't, though).
SD looks pretty bad. 3 matches (not counting Angle's), and 2 of them look like they'll be pretty bad (Dupree/Cena and Spike/Funaki).
Kenzo over London? Why, especially since London has been picking up wins. And I can't believe how badly they've handled a feud that fell right into their laps (Chavo/Kidman - well Angle/Puder falls into that camp, too).
I was gonna just watch the show this week spoiler-free, but then I caved and read the spoilers. Good thing i did. Otherwise I would have wasted my time thinking that something billed as a "Night of Champions" would be, you know, special or something.
Does anyone else read the Smackdown spoliers and think to themselves, "nothing about this makes sense. This is the exact opposite of what I wanted to see on the show," or is that just me?
At least the Tag Title match will be good, probably. I do think that it's a good idea to wedge Angle into that JBL vs Big Show feud because a straight match between Bradshaw and Show would probably be pretty awful.
And why the hell is Puder feuding with Holly? If you put him in a feud right away, shouldn't it be with someone like Al Snow or Kurt Angle, someone he has had at least an interaction with?
Puder has had some interaction with Holly during the TE segments. Yeah, it was the cross-dressing thing, but they stood there and shook hands afterwards, right before Holly beat up on Al and shoved Mizanin in the face.
They could easily have Puder want to get back at Holly for the mistreatment of Snow. He may want to prove himself more than just a "TE Winner" that Holly has problems with (and there's been a history known of). I may have even mentioned back with the TE contest was going on that I suspect Holly to take some part in the storyline after a winner was found, so this isn't completely surprising to me.
Sure, they could mess it up, but there's certainly enough there to start a feud with. There certainly has been worse reasons for other feuds.
Come to think of it, Angle has been doing a basic reprise of the gimmick Chavo was using before he got injured a while - a gimmick that was to have seen Matt Cappotelli make his way to Smackdown. Sounds like they could still use this to bring in Matt. And, if so, they could easily throw Angle and Holly together against Matt and Puder. I would want more from Angle and Matt than that, but I could see it.
Prediction: B&C over the APA Regal retains Golddust wins over new jobber to the stars Tajiri Jericho wins (maybe a DQ by Austin) HHH/Maven win but UT and Angle (and maybe one of the NWO) beat the crap out of HHH