Thursday, August 28th, 2003
Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Velocity Tapings – Pre-Show Results
- Funaki def. Keiji Sakoda (OVW)
- Chris Kanyon def. Alex Shelley (OVW)
- Basham Brothers def. Austin Aries and Matt Cappotelli (OVW)
Following the regular Smackdown intro video and fireworks display, Michael Cole and Tazz welcomed everybody to another edition of Smackdown, reminding everybody of the WWE Championship clash between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar at Summerslam, where ‘The Next Big Thing’ tapped out to Angle, before running down the card for the night and mentioning that Mr. McMahon will be in attendance later on to make an announcement regarding the WWE Title scene! As the fans in the arena cheered and waves their signs, the commentary team then handed over to Tony Chimel, who let everybody know it was time for the first match!
[SINGLES MATCH] Matt Hardy (with Shannon Moore) vs. Spanky
The match kicked off with Hardy mocking Spanky and performing his V.1 hand sign to the crowd, much to the chagrin of the up-and-coming high-flyer, who launched a rapid attack at the former Tag Team Champion, darting around the ring with him and catching Hardy with multiple punches and dropkicks. However, Hardy turned the tide, so to speak, when Spanky sprung backwards off the middle rope, turning in mid-air and looking for a Cross Body, yet Hardy moved out of the way and sent Spanky crashing to the mat, before Hardy nailed him with the Side Effect. Hardy then continued his offence for a few more minutes, Spanky only once or twice managing to attempt a comeback, once catching Hardy with an Enzuiguri – yet this wasn’t enough, as when Spanky flew off the top rope looking for a high-risk move, Hardy kicked him right in the mid-section and spiked him with the Twist of Fate, keeping him down long enough for Hardy to cover him and pick up the win!
WINNER: Matt Hardy
Post-match, Hardy celebrated as though he had won the Main Event of Wrestlemania, with Shannon Moore jumping into the ring to join in the celebrations. As Hardy taunted the crowd with his V.1 sign, fist pumping the air, Moore grabbed a microphone for the ‘Sensei of Mattitude’. Hardy then got on the ‘stick’ and spoke of how week-in-week-out he’s giving 5 star performances and beating little punks like Zach Gowen and this joke Spanky, showing that for years he was held back and his Mattitude was forced to be hidden away as he tagged with his ‘loser’ brother. Matt then said he was better than wrestling fat slobs like Bubba Ray Dudley in ladder matches, and that pretty soon, Smackdown is going to see just what Matt Hardy Version 1.0 has to offer, and that in time, they’ll all convert to Mattitude Followers! With that, Hardy left the ring, grinning after his victory, as the cameras switched to the parking lot...
In the parking lot, a long, black stretch-limousine pulled up. After a few brief seconds, the driver got out and moved to the back of the limo, opening the door and standing aside to let out the clearly big-name in the back. After a few more seconds passed by, a pair of long, gleaming legs stretched out of the back-seat, and Sable climbed out, dressed in a sexy black dress, shortly followed by a grinning Vince McMahon, decked out in a grey suit with a light pink shirt. Tazz and Michael Cole pondered the big decision he was to make, as McMahon headed further into the arena with Sable on his arm, his big decision only minutes away...
A promotional video played, hyping up the Raw brand’s Pay-Per-View on Sunday, September 21st, live from The Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania – Unforgiven!
In the arena, Vince McMahon’s music hit and the Chairman of the Board, accompanied by Sable, strode to the ring and got on the microphone to make an announcement regarding the WWE Championship. However, he wanted Angle and Lesnar out there for them to be present for his announcement. First of all, the music of ‘The Next Big Thing’ Brock Lesnar hit, and the loser of the Summerslam bout came out and headed to the ring, amongst loud chants of ‘You Tapped Out!’ – a frustrated look etched into Lesnar’s face. As soon as Lesnar got in the ring, McMahon said that he was disappointed in Lesnar, saying that at Summerslam he didn’t see the Brock who went undefeated for so long, or the one that landed on his head at Wrestlemania and still won the match, and that everybody wants to see the old Brock. Lesnar however, chose only to answer the question with an enraged glare, and when the fans continued the ‘You Tapped Out’ chants, Lesnar snapped, grabbing a microphone and telling everybody to ‘shut the hell up!’, edging towards Mr. McMahon and telling him not the push him, before the sound of ‘Medal’ hit the P.A. System and Angle marched out with his WWE Title. Once Angle was in the ring, Brock continued his furious tirade, telling Angle that he may have tapped out, but he could so easily grab Angle right there and then and shatter his neck once more, prompting the men to have a heated stare down, which McMahon intervened with a bellowing ‘Get the hell away from eachother, dammit! I’ve got something to say, and if you two don’t abide, I’ll have you kicked out of MY company!’. Both superstars obliged, Angle focusing his eyes on Lesnar with intent, as Lesnar continued to look agitated and angry, on edge as the fans continued their chants towards him. Mr. McMahon eventually got around to making the announcement, between mentioning how the men were tied at a Singles Match win apiece and that next week, in a huge match-up – Brock Lesnar will take on Kurt Angle in the ‘tie-breaker’ – a 2/3 Falls WWE Title Main Event on Smackdown in New Orleans! The crowd popped huge at the announcement, as Lesnar glared ferociously at Angle, who looked ready to take on his competition right there and then, as McMahon exclaimed ‘Next week, you two get to finally find out who’s better, when they do battle in the 2/3 Falls Match! It’s tied at 1 win each, and next week, you have a possible 3 falls to decide just who is the best!’ ‘The Next Big Thing’ Brock Lesnar...will he be able to take the title from the Olympic Gold Medallist – Kurt Angle!’. Lesnar took exception to McMahon’s words, grabbing him by the collar and screaming down the microphone ‘VINCE! Before Sunday, there would’ve been no doubt...NO DOUBT!...in anybody’s minds! No ‘if’s’! No ‘will he, won’t he’! Kurt, next week, I’m going to take my damn belt back, and Vince – you want to see the old Lesnar!? You want to see what I can do! HUH!?’. Lesnar immediately let go of Vince, shoving him back into the corner, before turning and tackling Angle, the two bulling eachother around on the mat until Brock ended up on top and pummelled Angle, who slipped through his grips and locked on the Ankle Lock! However, Lesnar quickly managed to slip out, weary of the same move that made him tap at Summerslam, and slipped out of the ring, annoyed that he got one-upped, as McMahon told them that they better keep their ‘damn distance and see who the better man is next week!’. As Smackdown went to commercial, Lesnar stormed up the ramp, stomping around in fury, as Angle watched on from the ring, his piercing eyes following Brock all the way to the backstage area...
[NON-TITLE MATCH] Eddie Guerrero vs. John Cena
The match started with the two men locking up and using their strengths to manoeuvre eachother around the ring, until Eddie showed his lying, cheating and stealing motto worked, stomping on Cena’s toes and raking his eye, winding Cena up and leading to the ‘Doctor of Thugganomics’ to eventually take hold of Eddie after a few more minutes of action and quite literally beating him up, hammering away at him before getting a near-fall off a Fisherman’s Suplex. However, Eddie stayed resilient and the two continued to battle hard, Cena once again coming close after a second-rope Back Suplex, yet Eddie fought his way back into it, and ‘Latino Heat’ exploded into a comeback, eventually turning an FU attempt into a Tornado DDT, which allowed him to come off the top rope with a big Frog Splash, before covering Cena and picking up the pinfall victory.
WINNER: Eddie Guerrero
After the bout, Eddie cheerfully grabbed his United States Title after rolling out of the ring, celebrating and slapping the hands of fans with a joyous look on his face, when suddenly – ‘Ooooo Chavo!’ – the sound of his nephew’s, Chavo Guerrero, music hit, and his tag team partner returned to a big ovation from the fans. The two embraced out in the aisle, Eddie overjoyed at the return of his Los Guerreros partner, as Chavo saluted the fans, the two clearly back together followed Chavo’s injury. Los Guerreros continued the celebration up the aisle in front of Eddie’s home crowd, as the cameras switched backstage...
In the back, in Stephanie McMahon’s GM office, Steph’s father, Vince, accompanied by Sable, were conversing with Stephanie. Stephanie told Vince that while she appreciates he sorted out the next week’s Main Event, she can do this job herself and has done so for a long time, and that she doesn’t want her Dad on the show one-upping her, because that is a blatant attempt at what it was. Stephanie said that while her Dad is off, breaking apart their family by cheating on Linda with Sable, she has been trying to take Smackdown further, and Vince has just strolled on tonight and tried to show her up by booking next week’s Main Event in front of her show’s fans, simply because he doesn’t condone what he’s doing with Sable. Sable intervened mid-sentence, however, and told Stephanie that it’s not about one-upping her, but Vince simply knows how to give everybody what they want to see, whilst throwing Vince a seductive look in the process. Stephanie retaliated by telling her that never-the-less, she is the General Manager and that the majority of power on the show lies with her – and she then announced that that is why in the Main Event, Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar will collide in a Tag Team Match, when the WWE Champion will team with Undertaker to take on Brock Lesnar and A-Train! As faint cheers from the fans were heard in the background, Stephanie then told Vince ‘You can ruin this family, take everything from it...but you’ll never take Smackdown from me, Dad’. As Vince and Sable stared at Stephanie, the Smackdown GM asked them to leave the premises because she’s a busy women, whilst the cameras cut back to the arena...
[SINGLES MATCH] Big Show vs. Chris Benoit
The bout began with Benoit showing his usually tenacity as he unloaded on the ‘World’s Largest Athlete’ with chops and punches, but Big Show’s raw power and immense size combated ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ well, and after ending up outside of the ring, he literally swatted Benoit out of the air with a right hand as he flew through the ropes, looking for a Suicide Dive, gaining control of the match. The match continued and late into the match, Benoit had fought back and took Show down to one knee with a low, hard Dropkick, before running off the ropes and clobbering him with a big Lariat, which promptly took the giant down and allowed the former Intercontinental Champion to climb up to the top rope and nailing Show with a Diving Headbutt! However, Benoit’s offence wasn’t quite enough to keep Show down, and despite pained efforts, Show goozled Benoit after powering out of a Crippler Crossface attempt and hoisted him high up into the air, before slamming him down in the centre of the ring to allow him to pin Benoit to the ring for the huge victory.
WINNER: Big Show
After the match, Show stood in the ring over Benoit as he threw his right arm into the air, right hand open in his signature taunt, asserting his dominance after a big win, as the cameras headed backstage once again.
In the back, Josh Matthews was standing by for an interview with the WWE Champion, Kurt Angle. Angle stepped into view, ready for his Main Event match, as Matthews asked him the question ‘In just a few moments Kurt, you’ll be teaming with The Undertaker to take on your respective Summerslam opponents, Brock Lesnar and A-Train. You made Brock tap at Summerslam and earlier on it was announced that you will face him next week in a 2/3 Falls Match to find out just who is the best of the two and the undisputed WWE Champion – what are your thoughts on tonight with that huge match-up around the corner?’. Angle answered the question by telling Matthews that night-after-night he fought in pain with a severe neck injury for a while in the WWE, and that now, he and Brock are 100% fit and raring to go, and that next week, he’ll show Lesnar, and everybody part of the WWE, just who is the better man. Kurt then stated that next week may be the toughest match that the two have fought, but he proved at Summerslam he can make Brock tap, despite people questioning if Kurt’s neck was healed, and saying Lesnar is a machine, and Vince wants Brock to win. Kurt said that he’s 100% and that next week, Brock won’t know what’s coming at him. Kurt said that in New Orleans, he plans to make Brock Lesnar tap out once again, and leave with the WWE title, and it’s true...it’s damn true! As Angle headed off for his match, Matthews handed over to Tazz and Michael Cole in time for the Main Event.
[TAG TEAM MATCH] Kurt Angle and The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and A-Train
A-Train and Kurt Angle set up to start off the match, however, Angle pointed to Lesnar instead and said that he wanted him to start off. A-Train looked to tag in Lesnar, however, it was just the former Intercontinental Champion playing possum as he quickly spun around and charged down Angle, beating on the WWE Champion, using his power and strength to combat Angle’s technical prowess. Angle however, showed his resiliency and battled back and forth with A-Train, until A-Train stopped Angle in his tracks as he went for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, hoisting Kurt up in the air and going for the Train Wreck, an overhead gutwrench backbreaker, yet Angle slipped out and nailed A-Train with a huge German Suplex! Angle then tagged in Undertaker, who looked as though he was itching to get his hands on his rival.
Taker and A-Train locked horns in the middle of the ring, exchanging punches with Taker getting the upper-hand after a few minutes and hitting A-Train with the Snake Eyes, before coming off the ropes looking for a running strike, which A-Train countered with the Derailer! However, this wasn’t enough to get a 3 count, and as A-Train went to continue the assault, Lesnar demanded he be tagged in, and A-Train obliged, with Lesnar becoming the legal man and entering the ring amidst cries of ‘You tapped out!’ from the fans. Lesnar scowled as the fans chanted at him, yet he didn’t deter from attacking Taker, brutalising Taker with his wide range of slams, throws and strikes, eventually hitting ‘Big Evil’ with a Triple Rib Breaker, leaving ‘The Deadman’ winded and gasping for air. Lesnar then stared across the ring at Angle, the ‘You tapped out!’ chants still ringing loud and clear, before locking on Angle’s signature Ankle Lock submission on The Undertaker!
Taker battled to get out of the hold as Lesnar applied more and more pressure, trying to make Taker tap to the same hold Angle made Lesnar tap out to just days before. Eventually, Taker managed to boot Lesnar off, before reaching out and tagging in Angle, who stormed into the ring and collided with Lesnar, the two throwing everything at eachother, until Lesnar missed a Clothesline on Angle and barrelled into the ref, who stumbled to the mat. This gave A-Train the opening he needed, and he stormed into the ring, kicking Angle in the face with the Bicycle Kick, before rolling out of the ring and allowing Lesnar to hoist Angle onto his shoulders and nail him with the F5. Lesnar then shook the referee to get him to count the pin, as Undertaker tried to climb into the ring to stop it, yet A-Train clobbered him in the back as the referee counted the pinfall and handed Lesnar and A-Train the win.
WINNERS: Brock Lesnar & A-Train
After the match, rather than Lesnar and A-Train celebrating, a huge brawl erupted between A-Train and Undertaker out on the floor, as Lesnar layed into Angle with boots. A-Train and Taker hammered away at eachother with punches, battling all the way up the entrance aisle and trading shots on the steel grating where the superstars enter, where A-Train drove Taker face-first into the set. Meanwhile, Lesnar dragged Angle up to his feet, grinning with a sadistic smile, a seemingly new, more dangerous Brock Lesnar than ever seen before taking over, before launching him out over the top rope and onto the floor. Lesnar followed him out there and grabbed hold of Angle’s WWE Championship, standing over the Champion, when suddenly, the Olympic Gold Medallist hooked Lesnar’s foot and locked him in the Ankle Lock! The fans exploded into cheers as Lesnar looked ready to tap out like he had just days before, as the referee tried to get Angle to break the hold, yet Lesnar showed his huge amount of strength as he managed to shove Angle face first into the ring post with his leg, causing Angle to let go. Lesnar quickly clambered up to his feet, incensed that Angle had tried to get him to tap again, picking the belt up with him, before smashing Kurt in the face with it! Angle stumbled backwards towards the announcers table, dazed and rocked, before Brock once again laced him in the face with the title, causing Angle to fall backwards, sprawled out on the desk. As Angle lay motionless, Lesnar stared at the WWE Title, before climbing up onto the announcers table and raising it in the air, standing tall over an un-moving Kurt Angle. Smackdown then went off the air with A-Train and Undertaker disappearing backstage, still trading punches, as Lesnar taunted with the belt in the air, Kurt Angle layed out on the announcers desk below him...
(Apologies for the late show guys, I've been mega-busy this week. I don't plan on giving up on this, so stayed tuned, read the shows and leave some feedback if you have anything you want to say. Hope you're reading and enjoying, folks!)