Rikishi def. Johnny "the Bull" Stamboli. Beat down on Rikishi by the Italians followed the match
Matt Hardy and Shannon Moore def. Rey Rey & Billy Kidman (Matt pinned Kidman)
Undertaker got 2 more crates delivered to the ring. First one contained a puppy (?). Went to open the second one and got jumped from behind by Big Show. Big Show later wittered on a bit backstage about how he wasn't afraid of facing Taker at NWO. I'm sure we can expect a 5 star match from these two great workers.
Nidia def. Torrie
Angle came down for his match with Lesnar, but said Lesnar would have to beat Haas, then Benjamin before he could 'earn' the right to face him. After Lesnar beat Benjamin, Angle jumped him from behind and Lesnar took a bit of a beating from Team Angle before Edge and Benoit came down for the save.
Other notes: Rocky and Hogan had a bit of interaction, at the end of which Hogan slapped the Rock. Rock laughed it off and left the ring.
Nathan Jones interview included him saying hopw he was the 'biggest dog in the yard'. Guess we can expect him to provide Takers annual WM bitch.
"You dont appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle aged woman: stuff you'd pay good money for these days."
Originally posted by Spaceman SpiffWhy is Stamboli jobbing to Rikishi? New to SD in a new heel group, and he jobs in his 1st match? WTF? The beat-down after the match doesn't count, since you need to have guys win matches to get over.
That's a good question. This constant Rikishi push boggles my mind. He has been doing the same thing for foever now, same stuff every single match. I think it's pretty boring and to be honest I didn't think he was that great even when he was still fresh. They don't move him up the card, they don't move him down the card, he just stays in the one same spot continously beating guys that he shouldn't be beating. Chavo had to job to him when he was starting out on Smackdown. Eddie too. Cena, yup. Bill Demott add him to the list. Now Johnny the Bull. Seems like everyone who is new to Smackdown gets thrown into a feud with Rikishi and Rikishi always comes out on top.
And on top of that, Palumbo/Nunzio beat Nova/Some Jobber in the Velocity tapings, although I doubt it will air since they haven't debuted Nova yet. So the 1st match we see involving The Family involves 1 of its members jobbing to a guy that sticks his ass in people's faces & dances post-match.
Matthew: You would've loved it, David. A week in a foreign country, strange people, strange customs... Dave: Oh, I know what you mean. I've been to Canada.
Benoit has to try to carry A-Train 2 straight weeks? Anyone else think Rikishi will be gone very quickly if Catchphrase ever just decides to focus on movies? Torrie actually jobs? With miracles like this occurring, perhaps there is hope for a Benoit World Title reign this year. Something is always lacking when Kurt doesn't have a match.
The only military skill provided by the French is demonstrating the methods of surrendering.
Couple of additional points. I think I heard on the LAW last night that Piper has had double hip replacement. I don't think he could wrestle if he wanted to. Secondly, calling it a "run in" is a bit of a misnomer.