Juventud over Paul London w/ the Juvi Driver to keep the WWE Light Heavyweight Belt.
Christian over Brian Kendrick with the Unprettier.
William Regal & Paul Burchill went to a "no result announced" against the LoD (Animal & Heidenreich) when several teams ran in. MnM, Super Crazy & Psicosis, and the Tollands (?) all ran in.
Sign Of The Night that made it onto the big screen but won't make it out of editing: "Are you sure this isn't Thunder?".
Tazz & Michael Cole come out to start SmackDown!.
SD! opens with a retelling of the Booker T/Sharmell saga that leads us to tonight's title match.
Booker T over Benoit to win the US Title. During the match Benoit did a dive to the outside and took what looked like a hellacious bump into the announcer's table with the small of his back when he appeared to overshoot Booker somewhat. Towards the end of the match Sharmell attempted to toss a chair into the ring but Benoit caught her in the act. By the time he turned to Booker, Booker'd been able to recover, delivered a quick flurry, sent Benoit into the ropes, where Sharmell delivered a low blow when Booker wasn't looking, then, seeing the Benoit was doubled over, hit the Axe Kick for the pin and the win.
Quick vignette with Booker thrilled to win and Sharmell happy for him until Benoit showed up and accused Sharmell of interference. Booker ended things by calling Benoit a sore loser. Someone should TiVo SmackDown! for Booker this Friday if he can't watch it! Or at least show him the friggin' tape!
Vignette w/ Cowboy Bob Orton claiming an injured back is taking him out of the tag match. Teddy Long says Randy can find a new partner or take on Batista & Eddie Guerrero in a handicap match.
JBL interview where the incident at last night's RAW is replayed where The Big Show/Edge match is interrupted by Edge and Edge vowing revenge since it cost him the match. JBL denies having anything to do with the incident.
Matt Hardy over Simon Dean with the Twist of Fate. I'd heard that Matt was supposed to be introed to SD! on Christian's Peep Show, but that was never part of the taping.
Rey Mysterio went up against JBL in another "no result announced" match when Edge's music and video started playing after Rey's 619. Edge hit the ring and Gored, er Speared Rey, then stared at JBL who quickly chased after the retreating Edge. While Rey was getting up Chris Masters hit the ring and put him in the Masterlock for a few seconds until Sho Funaki led several of the Junior Divison/Cruiserweights/whatever they're being called in to help Rey out and was himself quick dispatched as were Paul London and Scotty 2 Hotty. Hardcore Holly and the LoD came in for the save.
After a pause that I assume was a commercial break where we saw Nunzio w/ Vito come out to his music, we saw Rey in the locker room with a lot of the SD! wresters both heel and face. Teddy Long asked if he was okay and Rey said he wanted Long to work his magic because he wanted Edge.
Turns out Vito was wrestling, even though his name never showed in Nunzio's video, Bobby Lashley. He finished Vito off with his version of the Dominator.
Palmer Cannon was telling Teddy Long about his "NTI" (New Talent Initiative), which he credited as the reason Matt Hardy was now on SD! and introduced Long to the new division on SmackDown!: The Juniors! Out comes Mascarita Sagrada, two others, as well as one more slightly larger luchadore: BRAZO DE PLATA! Super Porky himself! And he was called just that by Palmer! Sagrada and I think the other two minis were also named. Porky was of course eating what looked like a ham. FUNNY segment for those who know a little about Mexican wrestling!
A WWE 24/7 ad ran with Madusa's trash-canning the WWF's Women's Title on Nitro clip included.
Sylvain vs. Hardcore Holly started during a backstage interview and went on through the blackout of a commercial break before coming into the ring where Holly won with an Alabama Slam on Sylvain through a table. Those who miss it might think Sylvain juiced, but it was likely the ketchup Holly spritzed on him at a concession stand.
Nice vignette where Eddie is acting heartfelt towards the trust that Batista has shown him after watching Rey getting attacked made him start to think about what happened to him since he wand Benoit held their belts up together at WrestleMania. He finished up by saying that Batista shaking his hand after their PPV match where batista was the better man brought tears to his eyes but was called on that little detail by Batista. Eddie replied "Okay, I lied!" and they did a good job of selling that Eddie can't seem to BS Batista (something they sort of did at one point during Batista vs. 3H).
Randy Orton came out alone in what appeared to be a handicap match. After Eddie and Batista came out (and Batista's pyro is LOUD in person!) Randy leaned over and the announcer said that Randy's partner was Mr. Kennedy. Nothing special of a match with Cowboy Bob Orton coming out to distract the referee while Batista pinned Randy. Kennedy was about to come off the top rope with a chair but Eddie got on top of Batista. Kennedy hesitated then blasted Eddie with the chair. Batista got up and, after a cheap shot from the Senior Orton, was beaten down by the three men with Eddie pretty much out of it. The threesome walked off and right into Teddy Long, who then said that next week all three of them would face Eddie, Batista, and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in a six-man tag match next week.
There was a pregnant pause here, but the cameras were still going and Tazz and michael Cole were still out, so I don't know if this was a Dark Match or not, but Batista recovered enough to say that he wanted Randy Orton now and was willing to put the title on the line. Long agreed, sent Cowboy Bob Orton and Mr. Kennedy to the back and Eddie was assisted to the back, as Batista went over Orton with the Demon Bomb. Batista sold being pretty banged up before getting up and saluting the crowd.
I watched the show in Canada tonight. I'd actually recommend people check it out. Benoit's suicide dive bump is just crazy, he must be messed up after that, but he kept going in the match anyway. The hardcore match was surprisingly nostalgic, given the participants. The Raw run-ins were done pretty well, the 'juniors' were introduced (with a cameo from the Boogeyman that wasn't mentioned in the spoilers), and in general things seemed pretty unpredictable. Of course, I watch the show each week without spoilers, so I guess anyone reading this thread will find it a bit more predictable than I did.
Still, at least check out Benoit's crash and burn in the opening match. Ouch. Just, ouch.
Taking into account the lawsuits and how much was embazzled out of the World, the WWE looks to have almost broken even. The problem I see is not just the WWE is bad financial situation is that the country is in a recession as well.