April 1, 2004
The announcers welcome us to the show as tonight for the first time ever Smackdown brings to you the Lethal Lottery. Tazz and Cole discuss the rules. There will be 6 matches. Each match has a 10 minute time limit. A time limit draw would eliminate both teams. Plus both teams can be eliminated if the match ends in a double dq or double count out. Time is very critical for each match. The stars are in two separate dressing rooms(heel and faces) awaiting their name to be called. When they are called they will find out who their partner will be and then with their partners they will compete in a tag match. The winners will advance to a battle royal next week. Not many backstage segments tonight.
Lets take you to the man who will be drawing the names, the General Manager Paul Heyman. He will be assisted by Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie. Heyman, Torrie and Dawn are on the stage to draw the names for the tag matches. Paul Heyman who is still in a neck brace welcomes the fans to the show. First of all before we get underway he wants to make an announcement. Edge was going to be included in the tournament but APRIL FOOLS, he's decided to suspend Edge for two weeks for his actions last week therefore he has been removed from the lethal lottery tournament. Big Show is replacing Edge in the tournament. Big Show had his opportunity last week and lost but as Edge is suspended, Big Show is getting another chance. Heyman does not want Big Show coming after him again so that’s why he’s giving him another chance and to be honest he doesn’t like it at all. Heyman asks the ladies to do the drawings and he will call out the names of the stars.
They draw John Cena’s name first as he makes his way out. His partner is Johnny Nitro and they will take on Rikishi and A-Train.
John Cena and Johnny Nitro vs Rikishi and A-Train
So here we go and the first match gets underway. Tazz explained that we could possibly get a lot of strange pairings tonight. All the stars can do is be in shape and hope they get the luck of the draw because you can’t do any preparation. That’s because they have no idea who their partner’s gonna be whether they like em or dislike em. Nitro taunts Cena and wants to start. A-Train and Rikishi start arguing over who should start and Rikishi decides to step in. Nitro kicks away at Rikishi but Rikishi shoves him down. Rikishi outpowered Nitro and Nitro ends up tagging Cena. Cena and Rikishi shake hands and they go at it. Rikishi catches Cena with a samoan drop and tags in A-Train. Cena was dominated for the first few minutes in which A-Train hit some pretty offensive moves on Cena like the gorilla press slam, hard clothesline and a derailer and Cena kicked out at two. Rikishi wanted to tag in but Train told him he’s got this. A-Train and Rikishi started arguing which allowed Cena to take over and he tagged in Nitro. Nitro tried to slam A-Train but he blocked it and body slammed Nitro. A-Train finally tagged Rikishi who comes in and legdrops Nitro. Rikishi went for the banzai drop. Cena runs in and pulls Nitro out the way and Rikishi falls down. Nitro tagged Cena and Cena cleans house. Cena hits the five knuckle shuffle on A-Train. Near the end A-Train and Rikishi started arguing again Rikishi ended up nailing his own partner with a superkick and Cena finished A-Train off with the FU. Cena made the cover and got the 3 count to advance.
Winners: John Cena and Johnny Nitro
Heyman explained that for the past three week's he’s been attacked but on Raw Bischoff has managed to keep his roster under control. He hoped that tonight he gets away with it because it’s about time he was respected. He demands respect. He is giving everyone on the roster even the ones who turned on him an opportunity to become the #1 contender. He wants Smackdown to be the best brand and wants to show Eric Bischoff that Smackdown puts on better matches and produces better ppvs. He is looking to trade some stars from Smackdown over to Raw to bring in frustrated performers from Raw. He hopes that he can work out a deal with Bischoff soon.
Now moving on to the next match, the ladies draw out the next names. This is interesting as we have tag team partners on opposite sides as Paul London and Shannon Moore take on Kidman and The Hurricane. London and Kidman have been teaming up recently and now they are on opposing teams and Helms and Moore have been teaming up ever since Helms came to Smackdown.
Paul London and Shannon Moore vs Kidman and The Hurricane
Both teams are fan favourites. Kidman and Helms start it off as they trade holds. Kidman tags in London. London was quick on the offense, hitting some quick arm drags and leg sweeps to get Helms off his feet. This was a great fast paced match with lots of near falls. Moore flips out of a back suplex and dropkicks Kidman who tags in The Hurricane. Partners going at it. Helms dominates but Moore comes back with dropkick followed by a head scissors. Moore and Helms end up tagging London and Kidman and now London and Kidman go at it. London takes Kidman down with a snapmare and Kidman comes back with an bulldog. London comes back with a forearm and a spinning wheel kick. London leaps over Kidman and hits him with a jumping thrust kick. Kidman tags in Helms and Helms takes London down with a chokeslam. Helms hits the eye of the hurricane and goes for the pin but Kidman ends up making the save and breaks up the pin. Hurricane’s upset about the save and starts arguing with Kidman. Hurricane shoves Kidman, Kidman shoves him back and Helms hits the shining wizard on Kidman. London gets in and now it’s breaking loose and they start hammering away at each other. Moore comes in and hits a spinning kick on Kidman, London takes down Hurricane. This causes the whole thing to break down out to the floor. Moore sends Kidman out and springboard backflips onto him and the ref makes the count. All four men get counted out and both teams are eliminated.
Result: DOUBLE COUNT OUT, BOTH TEAMS ARE ELIMINATED
Both teams demand sudden death over time but with the teams being switched around so they can team with their actual partners. Heyman tells them too bad, he’s not going to give them sudden time overtime. They knew the rules, they should have co-existed as a team, they had their chance and they blew it. They can settle this next week when they can team with their actual partners but not tonight. He tells them both to get the hell out of here. Heyman said he is not changing the rules, nor is he adding any NO dq stipulations. If you are dq’ed, counted out, or the time limit expires then you are eliminated. If anyone is not satisfied with their partner and they decide to threaten him then he will remove them from the tournament.
Up next in the draw, the ladies do the draw and we get a match between Val Venis and Jamie Noble vs Scotty 2 Hotty and Nunzio. This will be Val’s first match on Smackdown since moving from Raw.
Val Venis & Jamie Noble vs Scotty 2 Hotty & Nunzio
Val cut a promo in the ring and said from now on he's going to make a huge impact on Smackdown. This was a quick match but a good contest. Cole points out that Stamboli and Chuck are injured and that's the reason why they are not participating in this tournament. Both teams worked well together. Near the end of the match Scotty went for the worm on Noble but Val comes in and hits a Russian leg sweep on Scotty. Noble made the tag to Val and Val finished off Scotty with the money shot to win the match. Impressive win for Val and Noble. Val is back to winning ways and this is a great start for him on Smackdown.
Winners: Val Venis and Jamie Noble
The announcers update us on Kurt Angle’s status and he is having neck surgery. They are not sure when he will be back.
Josh Matthews interviews RVD and Booker T. Matthews asks them that they have yet to be drawn and there could be a possibility that they could end up avoiding each other. Or they could end up on the same team or even face each other. RVD hoped that they would either be on the same team or avoid each other because recently they’ve had their problems but now that they’ve solved it, they don’t want to be on opposing sides to increase their problems. So he hoped that the draw favours them. Booker T said it’s a slim chance that they would be in the same match and he thinks they will avoid each other. Booker points out that he’s the most decorated star in the WWE and he’s never been WWE Champion. In the next three weeks he will become the #1 contender and go on to win the title at Judgment Day. Now can you dig that suckaaaaaa. RVD looks at Josh and says Whatever!!!
The draw continues on and The Big Show’s name has been drawn out. He makes his way down to the stage and laughs at Heyman and then walks off to the ring. Big Show's partner is Rhyno. Then we find out who their opponents are. It’s KANE. Kane makes his way down and he’s smiling as he waits to find out who his partner is. Dawn draws out the next name and she is shocked. Torrie goes over to Dawn and checks and Torrie is also shocked. Heyman finds out who it is and Heyman announces that Kane’s partner is .... THE UNDERTAKER. Heyman is terrified.
The Big Show and Rhyno vs The Undertaker & Kane
A dong strikes the arena as the lights go out. Kane, Big Show and Rhyno are all furious and they are shitting it. Taker makes his long entrance but it’s cut short by Kane as he does not like the idea of teaming up by Taker. Kane meets Taker halfway down the ramp and starts brawling with Taker. Big Show orders the ref to start the bell so they win by count out but the ref is not going to count because Taker has not come inside the ring yet so he can’t begin the match, he hasn’t even rung the bell yet. Taker nails Kane with some right hands and Kane goes back in the ring. Paul Bearer stops Taker and show’s Taker the urn and instructs Taker to get along with his brother for just this match. They have to co-exist to get that shot at the WWE Title.
Taker is now inside the ring and the bell rings and Rhyno and Kane start this off. This was a decent power match. Kane used his strength to overpower Rhyno but Rhyno got in some good offense and tagged in Big Show. Big Show and Kane go at it. Kane refused to tag Taker but Taker ended up tagging himself in and took it to Rhyno and Big Show. Clothesline followed by snake eyes to Rhyno and then a big boot gets a two count only. Kane ended up tagging himself in and Taker gives Kane an evil look. Kane and Show hammer away at each other and Show backdrops Kane over the top rope. Kane gets back in and Kane and Big Show end up knocking each other out with a clothesline. Kane got back up first and was going to signal for a chokeslam but Taker tagged himself in, Show ends up tagging Rhyno. Kane nails Taker from behind. They start brawling and Taker sends up Kane over the top rope. Rhyno and Show double team Taker. Rhyno goes for the gore and ends up getting Big Show instead. Taker chokeslams Rhyno and pins him for the 3 count.
Winners: The Undertaker and Kane
Immediately Kane gets back in the ring and attacks Taker and chokeslams him. Kane quickly exits the ring before Undertaker can get to his feet. Taker sits up and Kane backs up the ramp grinning while Taker looks on angrily in the ring. Taker gets up and goes after Kane but Kane has managed to escape. Meanwhile, Rhyno is pissed that he lost and blames it on Big Show and he stomps away at Big Show. He goes for the gore but walks into a chokeslam. Show leaves the ring and goes to the stage and taunts Heyman and walks off.
A promo is aired for Judgment Day which takes place in May. The announcers discuss which team has worked well together. Well they’ve all had problems at some point during the match. Val Venis & Noble worked well and so did Cena and Nitro. The obvious team that didn’t work were the two teams that were eliminated by count out. They explain who’s advanced so far and the guys that didn’t make it. Now we have two more matches to go.
Torrie pulls out the next name and it is Funaki. Funaki is very excited and waits to see who his partner is. He finds out that his partner is Akio and Funaki was quite pleased with this. Akio comes out with Funaki to Funaki’s music. They will be facing Tajiri. Well this is interesting because Akio will be facing Tajiri here and they are a team. Tajiri makes his way down to the ring and the three Japanese wrestlers are in the ring. Tajiri shakes hands with Akio. Tajiri looks on to find out who his partner will be. Booker T is hoping that it’s him, he ends up getting up before the name is announced and it’s ............ JBL. JBL is laughing and he loves this. Booker and RVD look at each other and hope now that they don’t end up facing each other in the final match.
Akio and Funaki vs Tajiri and JBL
JBL’s music hit’s as he comes down to the ring with a mic and briefcase. JBL wants his music to be stopped. JBL got some good heat on his way out. JBL says he's been out campaining all week and he's tired. Now he’s out here to prove a point and will prove why he is the smartest man on Smackdown. He’s grown up in this country and made a fortune. What greater success stories are there in America than him? He insults the fans telling them that they should look up to him and not boo him, he is their role model. He deserves a Great American award because he will show the fans why he cares about people will different cultures. JBL gets inside the ring and looks at the three Japanese stars.
He mocks them and asks them if they speak English and they just stare at him. He tries to get their attention by asking them if they can understand the English language or is he talking to three uneducated guys who have come to this country by taking advantage of this country. He orders them to bow at him and they bow at him. Last week he told the fans that he can buy his way to victory but there was no need for it because he wants to show everyone how much of a great wrestler he is. However the luck of the draw has shown that there is a need for money in this match. JBL continues to mock Tajiri, Akio and Funaki and told them that they are in need of money and in this briefcase he has $100,000. They’ve never seen as much money as this in their entire lives and tonight is their chance to become rich. JBL wants them to take the money and become rich only if Akio or Funaki lay down for him so he can pin them. JBL asks them if they understand what he means or does he have to repeat himself or demonstrate what he means. JBL lays down and points at Funaki that all he has to do is lay down so JBL will pin him and then Funaki can split the money with his Japanese friends. Paul Heyman cuts in and says that’s one of the most smartest ideas ever. JBL thanked Heyman and continued on talking and asked Funaki, the no 1 announcer if he can co-operate with him. Is Funaki going to work out a deal with JBL. All of them are in pure silence and JBL gets angry and continues to mock them. Then he says it’s people like them who come here to this country and don’t pay much tax. You guys have taken advantage of our country, you send all the money you earn back to Japan and look to people like him to have to support people like them. JBL says he can make their careers. JBL turns to his partner for the night Tajiri and asks him if he can instruct the other two to negotiate a deal here.Tajiri didn’t say anything but tells the ref to ring the bell and has a discussion in the corner with Funaki and Akio. They bow to JBL and JBL is smiling and looks like JBL has struck a deal. JBL says like he always does, what he says he does and what he wants he gets. Funaki drops down. JBL pins Funaki and the ref makes the count. 1...2....3... It is over JBL has advanced to the battle royal with Tajiri. This got JBL some real heat.
Winners: JBL and Tajiri
JBL grabs the mic and gets his briefcase and gets back in the ring and tells them that he lied and he fooled them. They do not deserve this money, he’s worked hard for this to earn this money and he just outsmarted them all. Funaki takes the mic and calls JBL a jackass. Huge pop from the crowd and Tajiri sprays mist in JBL’s eyes. Funaki grabs the briefcase and they all split the money and exit the ring and decide to give the fans some money. Huge pop from the crowd. JBL is furious. For all that time the Japanese stars were silent, JBL may have outsmarted them but in the end the Japanese stars got one over JBL.
Paul Heyman sets up a Hardcore match between Big Show and Rhyno for next week. Eddie Guerrero’s music hits as he comes out onto the stage and tells Heyman it doesn’t matter what Heyman does because he’s the champion. Heyman could do whatever he wants but one way or another Eddie will lie cheat or steal his way to victory. Since he’s the champion he would like to draw out the last four names, Heyman nods his head and leaves and lets Eddie draw out the names for the last match.
The draw is made and they draw out Rey Mysterio’s name. Rey waits to see who his partner is. His partner is RVD. Rey gives RVD a high five but RVD then looks at Booker. This means the tag team champs are going to face each other. RVD and Rey leave and Booker destroys a tv in the locker room. Booker is very angry. The last two names left are Chavo Guerrero and Booker T. Heyman thanks the divas for helping him pick the names as they all leave. Rey’s music hits as he comes down and goes and meets Eddie on the stage. They hug and Eddie makes his way to the back and leaves with the divas. RVD then comes out to the ring. Chavo comes out next accompanied by Chavo Classic. Booker T then comes out.
Rey Mysterio and RVD vs Chavo Guerrero and Booker T
This was a good contest, Rey and Chavo start it off. They have a lot of chemistry and a lot of history. They trade holds, good back and forth action with lots of near falls and they hit some pretty big spots. Chavo goes for a powerbomb and Rey counters into a hurracarana pin and Chavo kicks out. Rey tags in RVD who goes after Chavo and hits him with some kicks. A rolling thunder gets two. He tags Rey back in and Rey dropkicks Chavo. Chavo came back and nailed a hurricanrana from the top, that almost got the three. Rey hit a springboard moonsault, while Chavo was still standing and Chavo kicked out at two. Eventually both men ended up tagging their partners and now it’s a showdown between the tag team champions.
The tag champs have a big staredown and they shake hands and go at it. They fight for two minutes and RVD tags Rey in and Booker and Rey fight it out. Booker stomps away at Rey and then picks him up and whips him into the ropes and goes for a kick and Rey ducks and rolls Booker up and gets a two count only. Booker takes Rey down with a spinebuster and gets a two only. Rey came back and took Booker off his feet following a hurricarana before scaling to the top rope and gets a flying body press. He covers and Chavo breaks it up. Near the end RVD is in the ring with Chavo but Chavo Classic ends up pulling down the ropes to knock RVD outside. Rey gets in and argues and Chavo attacks Rey. Rey is not the legal man but Chavo ends up tagging Booker who ends up hitting the axe kick on Rey. Booker does the spinaroonie. He’s wasting time taking too long celebrating and RVD gets inside the ring and rolls Booker up for the 3 count. Booker is shocked and he is livid. RVD and Rey advance.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and RVD
Booker gets back up and shoves RVD. He berates RVD. RVD was about to snap and Rey steps in to stop anything from going down between RVD and Booker. Rey wants them to shake hands and RVD extends his hand. Booker walks off without his tag title and shouts “I don’t need you sucka, I’m better than you.”
Crowd boos Booker as he walks off. Booker walks out onto the ramp and nods his head and stares angrily at RVD as Smackdown comes to a close.
So the field has been set for the battle royal next week. The stars that have advanced to the battle royal are: John Cena, The Undertaker, RVD, Rey Mysterio, Kane, Val Venis, JBL, Tajiri, Jamie Noble and Johnny Nitro.