Thursday Night Smackdown!
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Venue: US Bank Arena
Attendance: 13,257/ 13,257
Smackdown! comes on air and Goldberg’s music blasts instantly. The pyro lights up on the stage and the crowd gets on their feet. Goldberg comes through the pyro and angrily walks down to the ring. Goldberg has tape around his midsection, tending his injury that he suffered on RAW. Goldberg grabs the microphone from somebody at ringside and gets into the ring. Goldberg wastes no time and tells Brock Lesnar to get to the ring immediately. Goldberg looks to the stage and realizes that nobody is going to come out. Goldberg says that he has seen his share of cowards over his many years in the business, but Lesnar is the biggest one of them all. He says that he is going to give Lesnar and Heyman a long, overdue reality check, but wants to do it tonight.
The crowd cheers and Goldberg says if Lesnar thinks his attack on RAW was awesome, just wait and see the effects of karma tonight. Goldberg says that everyone thinks Lesnar is the biggest bad ass in wrestling. Goldberg disagrees and says the real bad ass is here in the ring. Chris Benoit’s music hits and Benoit comes out to a cheer. Benoit comes to the ring and Goldberg doesn’t look too thrilled. Benoit slides in and goes face to face with Goldberg. Benoit tells Goldberg to relax because they are both out here for the same thing, revenge. Benoit says Big Show has snapped ever since Benoit beat him for the United States Title and now it is time for Show to learn a lesson or two.
Goldberg shakes his head and tells Benoit to leave the ring before Benoit learns a lesson to come to the ring when he isn’t wanted. Benoit laughs and says he wasn’t done speaking. Benoit asks Goldberg who the real bad ass really is in wrestling. Goldberg stands tall over Benoit. Benoit says that it isn’t Goldberg, but it is the most ruthless superstar around who is currently the United States Champion. Benoit laughs and asks Goldberg what title he is holding. Goldberg pushes Benoit away from him and tells Benoit that after he destroys Lesnar at Vengeance, he is going after Benoit, unless Big Show destroys him first. Brock Lesnar’s music hits and the two in the ring take their attention to the stage.
Lesnar and Heyman are on the stage and Heyman says he didn’t know that Benoit and Goldberg were divas. Heyman jokes around and says he will bring Gail or Trish, or whoever is the Woman’s Champion out for a match next. Lesnar stares down Goldberg in the ring. Heyman stops and asks why Benoit is in the same ring as Goldberg. Heyman answers his own question and says he gets it now; Goldberg and Benoit are both second class athletes and deserve to be in the same ring, while the best of the best stands here on the stage with the WWE Championship. Benoit steps up and tells Heyman to shut his trap. Benoit says he doesn’t like Goldberg, but understands that Goldberg is one hundred times better than the fake Brock Lesnar will always be. He says that Heyman could always say that Lesnar is the best of all time, but, to be honest, Lesnar doesn’t have the drive, motivation, or desire to be the best alive.
Heyman disagrees and tells Benoit to shut his mouth because the United States Champion’s opinion means nothing to the WWE Champion’s opinion. Heyman says that Benoit has never touched the WWE Champion before so he has no voice. Benoit says that he might not have touched the WWE Championship yet, but his time is coming, but that won’t happen if Paul Heyman continues to drag down this company with his huge ego. Benoit tells Heyman to be a man and come down to the ring and go face to face with a true athlete, instead of the coward next to him. Heyman says that someone will come say it to his face, but it won’t be him. Heyman says he has a new client and coincidentally, it is the man who chokeslammed Benoit through a table on RAW; Big Show!
Big Show’s music hits and the crowd boos, as Heyman’s new client walks on the stage. Benoit tries to run out the ring and to the stage, but Goldberg stops Benoit before he can leave. Benoit gets irritated and hits a right hand on Goldberg. Goldberg blocks his right hand and fights back. As they share right hands, Heyman smiles and tells his clients to leave. They walk away to the back. Benoit hits a DDT to Goldberg and slides out the ring for the Big Show. They have left and Benoit looks back at Goldberg in anger, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air and Cole says that the foundation of the WWE could be shaken up if Goldberg and Benoit continue going at it. Tazz says that those two men would never back down from anybody and it is surely something to keep an eye on. The Hardcore Champion, Rhyno’s, music hits and the champion comes out to the stage with a shopping cart full of weapons. He makes his way down and begins to throw the weapons from the cart into the ring. Rhyno grabs a microphone. Rhyno says he is sick of always defending the hardcore title on the C show, Sunday Night Heat. Rhyno says he is here to show this crowd why the hardcore title is the most prestigious title in the WWE.
Rhyno says that he is the most extreme, hardcore wrestler that this company has to offer and tonight he will prove that. Rhyno invites any wrestler from the back to come out and try to beat the best hardcore wrestler the WWE has ever seen. Rhyno waits, but nobody comes out. Rhyno says he has been through Hardcore Holly, Tommy Dreamer, and the names go on. He wants to know who is going to be next. Mark Henry’s music hits and Henry makes his way out to some cheers. Rhyno yells at Henry to bring it and the referee rings the bell.
Hardcore Match for the Hardcore Championship
Rhyno © vs Mark Henry
Rhyno grabs the lid of a garbage can and leaves the ring. Rhyno runs up the ramp and goes toward Henry. Henry sneaks in a hard right hand to Rhyno before Rhyno hits Henry with the lid. Henry yells and mocks Rhyno saying he the most hardcore. Henry goes for the shopping cart and wheels it over to Rhyno. Henry puts Rhyno into the shopping cart butt first. He slides the shopping cart down the ramp and it crashes into the ring. Henry laughs at Rhyno and rolls him into the ring. Henry slowly makes his way into the ring and looks around the ring at all the weapons. Henry picks up Rhyno and throws him standing into the corner.
Henry picks up a fire extinguisher and points it at Rhyno. Henry goes a uses the extinguisher into the corner, but Rhyno ducks down and gets out of the way. Rhyno uses some quickness to get to the side of Henry and hits a shoulder to Henry’s knee. Henry goes down on a knee and tries to get up, but Rhyno hits him in the knee again. Rhyno goes down on a knee. Rhyno bends down and picks up the lead pipe in the ring. Rhyno nails Henry in the back and Henry stays on a knee, but in pain. Rhyno hits him in the back again and Henry goes down to two knees. Rhyno loads up and hits him for a third time in the back. Henry goes down and is grabbing his back in pain.
Rhyno goes to the outside and gets a chair. He folds the chair up and gets in the ring. Rhyno loads the chair above his head and slams it down on the back of Henry. Henry screams in pain. Rhyno yells and tells Henry to get up. Henry slowly makes his way up, as Rhyno holds the steel chair in his hands. Henry gets to his feet and Rhyno plants him in the forehead with a sickening chair shot. Henry falls back onto his back and Rhyno goes for the pin, “one…two…three!”
Winner: AND Still Hardcore Champion; Rhyno
As the ring announcer announces Rhyno as the winner, Rhyno stops him and calls for the microphone. The announcer gives Rhyno the microphone and Rhyno walks around the ring devilishly laughing. Rhyno says that Mark Henry is a complete joke. He says he wants a true competitor. He says he wants somebody that would actually put up a fight. He wants somebody who would look good with the Hardcore Title, but the funny part is they might look good with it, but they won’t win it. Rhyno says someone better come out, when a fire pyro explodes on the stage. Rhyno looks shocked, as Kane’s music hits and Kane makes his way down.
Hardcore Match for the Hardcore Championship
Rhyno © vs Kane
Kane walks down the ramp slowly with a sense of confidence in his step. Rhyno’s worried look becomes serious and he grabs the steel pipe in anticipation of Kane coming into the ring. Kane makes his way into the ring and he goes face to face with Rhyno. Rhyno loads back with the pipe and swings at Kane. Kane avoids the pipe attack and goes for the chokeslam on Rhyno. Kane lifts Rhyno high in the air and Kane walks over to the garbage can in the ring. Kane chokeslam’s Rhyno through the garbage can. The garbage can is destroyed and Kane looks down at the dismantled body of Rhyno. Kane gets Rhyno off of the garbage can and goes for the pin, “one…two…three!”
Winner: AND New Hardcore Champion; Kane
The referee gives the title to Kane. Kane drops the title on the mat and scares the referee out of the ring. Kane goes his pyro pose for the crowd and Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air and John Cena is backstage with the World’s Greatest Tag Team. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin looked angry and tell Cena that they are sick of La Resistance putting their two cents into everything. Shelton tells Cena that they had a great match on RAW and it had to be ruined by Dupree. Cena agrees and begins to start a rap about La Resistance. Charlie Haas steps in shaking his head, telling Cena that the rap isn’t needed at the moment. Haas says that these interruptions and sneak attacks are unbelievable and when The World’s Greatest Tag Team gets their hands on La Resistance, the jokes are over.
Cena agrees and says it ain’t cool to disrespect America and tonight, Dupree and the rest of La Resistance won’t be disrespecting the great, hard-working people of Cincinnati, Ohio. The crowd pops. Cena says he’ll back up his homies one hundred percent to take down La Resistance. Cena shakes up with Haas and Benjamin and leaves, saying he business to attend too. Cena walks out and Haas and Benjamin talk about how with Cena on their side, La Resistance has no chance against them. Benjamin hears something in the hallway and they make their way to the hallway to see Cena punching away at Rob Conway on the ground.
Rene Dupree and Sylvan Grenier are running away, as Cena beats down Conway. Cena gets off Conway and Shelton and Haas run up to Cena. Cena says that La Resistance was coming after them again, but Cena says he got the upperhand on the situation. Cena says it is time to teach these French fools a lesson and kicks Conway in the midsection, as we go back to ringside.
Non-Title Tag Team Match
Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley & D’Von Dudley) vs Los Guerreros (Chavo Guerrero & Eddie Guerrero)
Eddie Guerrero’s music hits and Eddie makes his way out to the stage. Chavo Guerrero comes out from behind and the two pose on the stage with a big ovation from the crowd. The two walk down the ramp and into the ring, continuing to pose for the crowd. The Dudley Boyz music hits and the WWE Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. They hold the titles over their shoulders and get in the ring. The teams stare each other down in a friendly, yet competitive glare. D’Von Dudley and Chavo Guerrero begin the match.
D’Von and Chavo lock up in the middle of the ring. D’Von pushes Chavo into the corner. D’Von unloads with a few right hands, but Chavo ducks under the next right and gets back to the middle of the ring. Chavo gulps and stares down D’Von. D’Von smiles and goes after Chavo with a clothesline. Chavo ducks under the clothesline and ducks under another one that D’Von attempts. Chavo comes at D’Von with a few uppercuts that send D’Von into the corner. Chavo backs up and D’Von explodes out of the corner. D’Von goes for another clothesline, but Chavo ducks under yet another one and hits a belly to back suplex on him.
D’Von gets back up and appears to be going for a clothesline. Chavo ducks under it, but D’Von thinks ahead and stops. D’Von hits a DDT to the bent over at the waist Chavo. D’Von goes for a pin, “one..kick out!” D’Von grabs Chavo into his corner and tags in Bubba. D’Von puts Chavo in the corner and they both beat on Chavo until the referee breaks it up and D’Von goes to the apron. Bubba pounds away at Chavo in the corner and brings Chavo back out to the middle of the ring. Chavo counters the hold with a dropkick. Bubba goes down and Chavo tries to tag in Eddie, but Bubba quickly gets up and grabs Chavo’s leg.
Chavo is dragged back in the middle of the ring. Chavo is whipped into the ropes and Bubba hits a back body slam onto him. Bubba goes for the pin, “one…two…kick out!” Bubba picks up Chavo and brings him into the corner. Bubba unloads with some rights, but Chavo pokes Bubba in the eyes and the referee gives Chavo a warning. Bubba walks gingerly to the middle of the ring and Chavo sees an opportunity. Chavo gets up to the top rope. Chavo makes eye contact with Bubba and Chavo goes for the splash. Chavo hits the splash and both men are down. Chavo and Bubba both go for their partners. The crowd is on their feet. Both men make the tag.
D’Von and the fresh Eddie make their way to center ring. The two exchange right hands, but Eddie soon gets the advantage. D’Von manages to get a hold onto Eddie and whip him into the ropes. Eddie ducks under a big boot attempt from D’Von and Eddie comes running back with a tornado DDT. Eddie is pumped and so is the crowd. D’Von gets up and Eddie goes right into the Three Amigos. Eddie hits the first one with much power and goes for the second one. Eddie connects with the second one. Eddie is going for the third one, but Bubba comes from the apron and breaks up the suplex. The crowd boos Bubba surprisingly.
Eddie isn’t happy and Eddie hits right hands to Bubba and clotheslines him out of the ring. Eddie turns around and D’Von is right there. D’Von runs up to Eddie and hits a leaping shoulder block. Eddie goes down and gets back up to another shoulder block. D’Von goes to pick up Eddie, but Eddie breaks the hold and the two begin to share right hands. D’Von ends the punch party with a kick to Eddie’s gut. D’Von goes for the falling powerbomb and gets Eddie up there. D’Von connects and goes for the pin, “one…two…kick out!” D’Von is shocked and tags in Bubba.
Bubba comes in and goes to pick up Eddie, but Eddie counters with an inside cradle almost immediately, “one…two…kick out!” Eddie rolls off the cradle toward his corner and slickly tags in Chavo. Chavo jumps over the ropes to inside the ring. Chavo hits a missile dropkick to Bubba and Bubba falls back standing toward the ropes. Bubba powers off the ropes and hits a huge clothesline to Chavo. The crowd starts booing and it is the Basham Brothers on the ramp. Bubba becomes hesitant and slowly picks up Chavo. The Basham’s walk down the ramp with a confident smirk on their faces. Bubba drops Chavo and goes up to the ropes to yell at the Basham’s. Doug Basham goes up to the apron and the referee goes to try and get him off.
Bubba turns around to Chavo and it greeted by a low blow. Chavo runs off the ropes and hits a bulldog, sending Bubba down in pain in the middle of the ring. Doug gets off the apron and the referee sees Chavo tag in Eddie. Eddie immediately jumps onto the top rope and goes for the Frog Splash. Eddie connects the Frog Splash on Bubba and goes for the pin, “one…two…three!”
Winner: Los Guerreros (Chavo Guerrero & Eddie Guerrero)
Eddie and Chavo Guerrero celebrate in the ring. Eddie advises Chavo that they get out of the ring, and they do. The Basham’s go under the ring and get a table from under. Doug slides it into the ring. D’Von tries to go after the Basham’s on the outside, but Doug avoids the charging D’Von and Danny tosses D’Von into the ring post. Doug goes into the ring and tosses Bubba over the top rope to the outside. Doug sets up the table and tells Danny to bring D’Von into the ring.
Danny picks up D’Von and slides him into the ring. Doug picks him up and Danny holds him up. Danny begins yell at D’Von and starts slapping the unconscious D’Von across the face. Danny says that at Vengeance, the Tag Team Titles will be back around the Basham’s waste. Danny raises up D’Von in the chokebomb and he chokebombs D’Von through the table. Basham’s look on accomplished, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air with Tazz ensuring everyone that the Dudley’s won’t stand for what just happened. Triple H’s music hits and the Game makes his way down to the ring with his World Heavyweight Championship around his shoulder. Triple H gets in the ring and grabs a microphone. The crowd begins chanting for Stone Cold, which doesn’t make Triple H too happy. Triple H tells the crowd to shut their mouths. The crowd begins chanting Rocky, which makes Triple H even angrier. Triple H puts the microphone to his mouth and opens his mouth, but the lights fade and a gong is heard in the ring. Undertaker’s music hits and Undertaker comes down to the ring with his motorcycle. Undertaker rides around the ring, parks, and makes his way into the ring with his microphone.
Undertaker walks up face to face with the World Heavyweight Champion. Undertaker gets right to the point and asks Triple H where the hell Randy Orton is. Triple H gives Taker a confused look and tells him that he has no clue. Undertaker demands Triple H tells him now because he isn’t into the head games that Triple H plays with everybody. He says that Triple H can play around with The Rock all he wants, but the Deadman won’t be played around with; not tonight, not ever. Triple H asks Undertaker what he even wants with Orton. Taker laughs and says that his new motorcycle was wrecked by the ignorant fool Triple H associates himself with and he has a lesson upcoming that he surely deserves. Triple H continues to insist that he has no clue where Orton is. Undertaker replies by saying that he will either tear apart the arena before he tears apart Orton, or he will just beat it out of Triple H.
Triple H says that might be the greatest idea because he has the rest of Evolution backstage and the moment someone puts their dirty hands on the World Champion, they will come out here. Undertaker smirks and says maybe he wants that to draw the rat out of his hole. Triple H laughs and tells Undertaker good luck, but Evolution has much bigger problems to deal with so Undertaker should leave now. Taker says that Evolution has two serious problems now. The first is that Triple H cannot clearly comprehend that Stone Cold has dominated him and Austin can simply back out of his match against Rock at any time. Taker tells Triple H that Austin has all the leverage and basically Triple H is just being toyed around by someone who has a much better champion.
Triple H calmly tells Undertaker to back off now before it is too late. Undertaker says he is already in it and says Evolution’s second problem is right in front of them. He says he is going to finish off that punk Orton once and for all and then he is coming right for the man right in front of him, Triple H. Undertaker says he expects Triple H not to have the title when he is ready for him because Rock is going to beat Austin at Vengeance and Rock will go on to Summerslam and beat Triple H once and for all. Taker says he is going to fulfill Chris Jericho’s promise to take down Evolution. The crowd pops and a Jericho chant begins. Triple H says the only goal that is going to be completed is that Evolution will become the most successful, rich, and powerful group the wrestling industry has ever seen. He says nothing will tear them apart and he tells Undertaker to take him and his ignorance out of Evolution’s ring immediately.
Undertaker smirks and says he won’t be leaving this ring any time soon. Taker says promises to leave the ring when Randy Orton finally grows a pair and comes down to the ring like a man. He says he wants Orton face to face. Triple H turns around and leaves the ring out of nowhere. Triple H walks up the stage and Undertaker yells that he wants Orton immediately. Triple H stands on the stage and says that Taker isn’t getting anywhere near Orton, but he will get somebody better. Triple H drops the microphone and leaves. Undertaker waits in the ring and waits for his opponent, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air and Undertaker is in the ring, continuing to yell for Orton to come out and face him like a man. The crowd begins chanting for Taker, but all of a sudden Ric Flair’s music hits.
Undertaker vs Ric Flair
Ric Flair’s music hits and just the name of Ric Flair makes the fans cheer. Evolution member Flair makes his way to the stage and down the ramp. Flair looks confident for facing the Undertaker. Undertaker is pissed that Orton didn’t come out. Undertaker, however, readies himself for a fight, as Flair makes his way into the ring. Flair and Taker stand in respective corners and the referee rings the bell.
Flair comes walking up to Undertaker trying to start small talk, but Undertaker walks quickly up to Flair. Taker begins hard right hands and Flair tries to hit his share of right hands, but Taker overpowers him into the corner. Taker hits one big right hand to Flair and backs away. Flair falls down to the mat and rolls out of the ring. Flair catches his breath on the outside and turns his back to the ring. Flair begins to walk toward the ramp and claims he has had enough of this match. Undertaker stares Flair down and charges at him. Undertaker suicides dives over the top rope onto Flair and both men go down. The crowd is shocked and Michael Cole cannot believe what he just saw.
Both men roll around in pain on the outside, but the determined Undertaker gets up as the referee’s count gets to five. Undertaker picks up Ric Flair and drags him into the ring. Undertaker gets in the ring, too. Undertaker picks up Flair and whips him into the ropes. Undertaker hits a back body drop onto Flair. Flair crashes and burns on the mat, as Undertaker stomps away at Flair. Undertaker backs off Flair and Flair uses the ropes to get up. Undertaker charges at Flair, but Flair lowers the top rope and Undertaker misses the clothesline and falls to the outside. Flair goes and follows the Undertaker on the outside. Flair picks up Undertaker and whips him into the steel steps.
Flair whips Undertaker into the corner of the barricade. Taker hits the barricade hard and leans up against it. Flair gives Undertaker a loud chop to the chest, followed by woo. Flair hits Undertaker with another one. Flair fakes bringing Undertaker in the ring and slams him back into the barricade, giving him one last chop to the chest. Flair grabs Taker and rolls him back in the ring at the referee’s seven count. Flair and Taker get up, with Flair going to whip Taker into the ropes, but Taker reverses and whips Flair. Flair runs back at Taker with a chop block that brings Taker down. Taker is down on a knee and Flair comes from behind and hits him with a belly to back suplex. Flair goes for the pin, “one…two…kick out!”
Flair gets up and gets a knee drop onto Taker, keeping him down on the mat. Flair goes for a standing elbow drop and connects. Flair looks down and stomps on Taker for a second. Flair goes down face to face with Taker and taunts him. Taker comes out of nowhere and puts a chokehold onto Flair. Flair looks in trouble, but stomps on Undertaker and he breaks the choke. Flair goes for the elbow drop, but Undertaker rolls away from it and gets up. Flair and Taker share right hands and they lock up. Taker gets the upperhand with an armbar, but Flair counters and gets behind Taker. Flair hits a shin breaker on Taker. Taker is favoring his knees and Flair goes down thinking Figure Four Lock. Flair grabs Taker’s knees and Taker immediately kicks out, sending Flair back toward the ropes.
Taker quickly gets up and Flair charges at him. Taker avoids Flair and hits a sidewalk slam and goes for the pin, “one…two…kick out!” Taker picks up Flair and hits him with his hard right hand, leaving Flair a little drowsy. Taker runs at the ropes and fires back at Flair with a running DDT. Undertaker picks up Flair stomach first onto his shoulders and goes for Snake Eyes. Taker runs toward the turnbuckle and Flair drops head first on the turnbuckle. Taker goes for the Big Boot, to follow. Taker is about to hit, but Flair ducks and goes for the Figure Four Leg Lock. Taker is struggling to kick Flair away and Flair is about to fully apply it. Taker kicks Flair away and Flair flips over Undertaker’s head.
Undertaker gets up and Flair turns around into Undertaker setting up for the chokeslam. Undertaker applies the choke, but Flair kicks his way out of it. Flair goes for a quick clothesline to Undertaker, but Undertaker avoids it and hits a running clothesline to Ric Flair. Flair gets up and turns around into Undertaker. Undertaker grabs Flair and sets up for the Tombstone. The crowd gets on their feet, as Undertaker connects and goes for the pin, “one…two…three!”
Undertaker gets up and wins the match. Undertaker celebrates, as he is tired out from Flair, but the focus is still there to get Randy Orton. Undertaker begins to leave on his motorcycle and the camera goes backstage to Rey Mysterio, who is backstage and outside of GM Stephanie McMahon’s office. Mysterio takes a deep breath and opens her office door. Stephanie applying makeup and seems surprised to see Mysterio. Mysterio shyly says hi and Stephanie asks him what is up.
Stephanie chimes in before Rey answers and she asks if this is about the Tajiri business. Rey tells her it is about Tajiri and Piper. Stephanie says she has been expecting this and that she can’t stand Piper talking about people respecting Tajiri anymore. She says she hopes Rey has something to say about all of this. She asks Rey what his request is. Rey says he wants that Cruiserweight Championship off of Tajiri’s waist and into the hands of somebody who deserves it. Stephanie makes sure that Mysterio is requesting a title match at Vengeance. Mysterio says that is all he wants. Stephanie smiles and she says his request is granted. She tells him to act more confident and tells Mysterio to get the job done, as Smackdown! goes to commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air and Stephanie McMahon is still in her office applying makeup again. The door bursts open and Stephanie drops her makeup. Stephanie isn’t happy, as Gail Kim walks into the office. Stephanie asks what the hell that was and that this is the GM’s office, where you knock before entering. Gail looks confused and says that Mysterio just came in here without knocking. Stephanie says she actually respects Rey, but there is nothing respectable about Gail. Gail rolls her eyes and Stephanie says that she saw the stunt Gail pulled with Bischoff on RAW. Stephanie says she isn’t going to be manipulated by a fake, whore.
Gail shakes her head and Gail asks Stephanie what she is talking about. Stephanie tells Gail to get the hell out of her office because she doesn’t know what the hell her and Bischoff did on Monday and it makes her sick to think about it. Gail says she has a question and Stephanie says she better get the hell out of her office before she calls Trish and Trish comes over to teach her a lesson. Gail stands frozen and Stephanie yells at her to leave now. Gail turns around and gets the hell out of the office, as we go back to ringside.
Non-Title Singles Match
Randy Orton vs Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle’s music hits and the Olympic Champ makes his way down to the ring to a huge chorus of cheers. Angle makes his way in the ring. He poses for the crowd and continues to get ready for a big fatal four way match at Vengeance. Angle hops around in the ring and Randy Orton’s music hits. The crowd boos, as Orton makes his way out and seems a little nervous. Orton makes his way down and Tazz mentions that Orton’s music definitely got the attention of the Undertaker. Orton makes his way into the ring and the bell rings.
Kurt Angle and Randy Orton walk toward each other, as the crowd chants ‘Taker!’ Orton looks around the ring and what seems to be fear. Orton yells at the crowd to stop and they keep getting louder. Angle laughs at the Intercontinental Champion, who is seemingly getting paranoid. Orton focuses his attention, somehow, on Kurt Angle. Orton begins walking toward Angle, when the lights fade and the gong is heard. Undertaker’s music hits and Taker comes running as fast as he could from the back and down the ramp. Orton looks like he just saw a ghost.
Undertaker slides into the ring and Orton ditches the match and leaves the ring. Orton dips into the crowd and begins to run to the exit. Undertaker starts to follow Orton into the crowd and they run to the concourse and to the exits. Angle stands in the ring and is asking himself what just happened. The referee counts to ten and calls for the bell.
Winner: Kurt Angle via Count Out
Angle is in the ring, looking confused, yet still celebrating his victory. Angle gets his arm raised, as his momentum going into Vengeance continues to grow. The camera goes backstage to Josh Mathews and the Rock. Mathews thanks the Rock for joining him and he asks Rock about the Undertaker’s thoughts earlier tonight; that the Rock will beat Stone Cold at Vengeance and go on to win the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam. Rock smiles and says that even the creepy, mysterious people from beyond the grave that drive a freakin’ motorcycle can tell that the Great One is going to beat Austin and then win against whomever at Summerslam. Rock says that he doesn’t want to say that winning is his destiny, but he says that he’s due and the Smackdown! hotel is about to get quite busy.
Mathews asks Rock about Austin and Rock says it doesn’t matter what the People’s Champ thinks about Stone Cold. Rock asks Josh where Austin is tonight, but Rock doesn’t let Mathews answer the question. Rock says that Austin isn’t here and he won’t be after Rock lays the Smackdown! on him at Vengeance and sends his roody poo candy ass back to the cattle crap ranch in Texas. Rock says he is going to embarrass Austin and get the last laugh once and for all and that is what the Rock is cookin’. Rock walks off and Smackdown! goes to its final commercial.
Smackdown! comes back on air and Michael Cole recaps what happened to start Smackdown! with Tazz. Cole says that all of these men have their own agendas and tonight, this tag team match could explode into something much more than a tag team match. Cole asks Tazz about this new Big Show-Brock Lesnar alliance. Tazz says that those two men are so driven to a goal that if one gets in the way of another, that alliance will be jack! Tazz says he is excited and can’t wait to see the WWE’s best absolutely tear each other apart with just enough left to fight each other the next night.
Tag Team Match
Brock Lesnar & Big Show vs Goldberg & Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit’s music hits and Chris Benoit comes down to the ring with his United States Championship. Benoit slides into the ring and looks focused to get revenge on Big Show tonight. The camera goes backstage to Goldberg’s locker room. Goldberg comes out of the locker room and walks down the hallways toward the ring, where he walks out through his pyro and down the ramp. Goldberg gets in the ring and acknowledges Benoit, as they await their opponents. Brock Lesnar’s music hits and the crowd boos. The WWE Champion makes his way out with Paul Heyman and Big Show behind him. Big Show walks up and goes shoulder to shoulder with Lesnar and they two monsters examine their prey in the ring. They walk down and get in the ring. They teams stare each other down and Big Show starts the match with Goldberg.
Goldberg and Big Show walk up to one another in the middle of the ring. Goldberg looks up to Big Show and Big Show looks down with a smirk. Big Show takes his palm and seemingly tries to suffocate Goldberg with his huge hand, but Goldberg arms Big Show’s arm and tries to use his strength to get the arm away. Big Show sneaks in with his left arm and punches Goldberg in the gut. Big Show puts his hands together and pounds down on Goldberg’s back. Goldberg goes down to the mat and a knee. Big Show yells at Goldberg to get up. Goldberg fires up from the mat and pushes Big Show against the ropes. Show pushes Goldberg away from him and Goldberg rolls to the middle of the ring. Goldberg gets up and runs at Big Show. Show loads back and tries a Knock Out Punch at the on slot, but Goldberg ducks under it.
Goldberg hits a dropkick on Big Show, which sends Big Show stumbling to the ropes on the other side of the ring. Big Show turns around to another drop kick, which sends Show stumbling into the ropes again. Goldberg hits an uppercut to Big Show and Show backs up, but comes back with a big boot to Goldberg, sending him down. Big Show goes for the pin, “one…tw-kick out!” Show picks up Goldberg and shoves him into the corner with Lesnar. Show pounds away at Goldberg with a few right hands and an open handed chop to the chest. Lesnar says he wants in and Show tags him in. Show lands a few more punches and Lesnar comes in. Lesnar stands around Goldberg and Lesnar asks the crowd if they want him and Goldberg to go at it. The crowd cheers and Lesnar smiles, but shakes his head no. Lesnar tags in Big Show again.
Big Show comes in again and Big Show goes attack Goldberg again. Goldberg fights back with right hands and he gets Big Show to the middle of the ring, but Big Show grabs Goldberg by the shoulders and slams Goldberg back into the corner. Show hits a few rights and backs up. Show runs at Goldberg and sandwiches him in the corner. Goldberg is out, using the turnbuckle as means to stay standing. Lesnar tells Show he wants to get in again. The crowd is chanting Goldberg and Lesnar gets tagged in. Lesnar gets in the ring and looks around with a smile. He asks the crowd, again, if they want him and Goldberg to go at it. They cheer and Lesnar shakes his head no. Lesnar walks over to Big Show, but Goldberg explodes out of the corner and lifts Lesnar off the crowd and to the mat. Goldberg starts delivering right hands to the downed Lesnar.
The crowd has exploded and Goldberg gets off of Lesnar in complete rage. Goldberg yells at Lesnar to get up. Lesnar gets up and Goldberg tackles Lesnar to the mat again. The referee breaks it up and Goldberg continues to tell Lesnar to get up. Goldberg gets Lesnar up and throws him into the corner. Goldberg continues to slam his shoulder into the gut of Lesnar, until the referee breaks it up. Lesnar stumbles out of the corner and Goldberg hits Lesnar with a body slam. Goldberg goes for the pin, “one…two…kick out!” Goldberg gets up and tells Lesnar that they aren’t done. Goldberg goes and tags in Benoit.
Benoit is still laboring his ribs from the attack on RAW, but Benoit goes right after Lesnar. Benoit goes to pick up Lesnar, but Lesnar breaks out and Lesnar goes for a huge clothesline. Benoit avoids the clothesline and goes for the Crossface, but Lesnar avoids it and knees Benoit hard into the gut. Benoit’s midsection is hurting enough and he screams in pain. Lesnar hits him with another knee into the gut and Benoit is in pain. Lesnar hits one more before the referee breaks it up. Benoit grabs his midsection and Lesnar picks him up into a backbreaker. Lesnar looks down and thinks about a pin, but Heyman is at ringside and tells him no. Lesnar picks up Benoit and Benoit breaks the hold and hits right hands onto Lesnar, pushing him back. Benoit runs back off the ropes and back toward Lesnar, but Lesnar catches Benoit in a clothesline. Lesnar looks down at the injured Benoit and then looks up at Goldberg with a sick smile on his face.
Lesnar picks up Benoit and goes for a powerbomb. Lesnar hits the powerbomb and loads up for a second powerbomb. Lesnar hits the second powerbomb and looks up at Goldberg again. Benoit is nursing his midsection and Cole is asking why Benoit is even competing tonight when he clearly isn’t one hundred percent. Lesnar goes for the pin, “one…two…” Lesnar gets off Benoit and looks over to Big Show. Both Show and Lesnar have smiles on their face and Lesnar tags in Show. He tells Big Show to finish off Benoit once and for all. Show walks into the ring and picks up Benoit with his two hands around the throat. Show tells at Benoit and Show punches Benoit in the gut.
Show puts Benoit in a choke and goes up for the chokeslam. Show holds Benoit high in the air and Show looks at Goldberg on the apron. Big Show turns 360 degrees around the ring to show everybody his destruction. Goldberg gets off the apron and into the ring. Show turns back toward Big Show and Goldberg hits a huge spear onto Big Show. Big Show drops Benoit and Lesnar gets in the ring. Goldberg gets up and shares right hands with Lesnar. Both men fight toward the ropes, with Goldberg getting the upperhand. Lesnar grabs Goldberg and flips both of them over the top rope and to the outside.
Benoit is out in the ring, trying hard to get up, despite all the pain. Show gets up, angry over what Goldberg just did. Big Show calls for Heyman and Heyman throws a steel chair into the ring. The steel chair is caught by Big Show and Show folds it up. Benoit is trying to get up and Show yells at Benoit to get up. Benoit uses Show’s tights to get up and Benoit finally gets to his feet. The referee pleads with Big Show, but Show nails Benoit square in the injured gut with the chair. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Goldberg & Chris Benoit via DQ
Show looks down at Benoit, who is on his stomach on the mat grabbing his midsection. Show loads the chair up and is looking to nail Benoit square in the back. Goldberg took down Lesnar on the outside and slides into the ring. Goldberg takes the chair from Big Show and hits Big Show with the chair. Big Show goes down and rolls around in pain. Goldberg drops the chair and turns around to Paul Heyman right behind him. Goldberg tells Heyman he is going to squish him like a fly and Heyman smiles. Lesnar sneaks from behind and low blows Goldberg. Heyman tells Lesnar to get Goldberg out of here. Lesnar tosses Goldberg over the top rope and Lesnar grabs Goldberg on the stage and to the back.
The camera goes back to the ring, where Big Show is down in pain from the chair shot and Benoit is somehow still trying to fight and get up. Benoit seems to be bleeding a little bit from the mouth, but he is still trying to get up. The crowd is cheering on Benoit uses the motivation to get up. Benoit gets up and sees Show trying to get up, as well. Benoit sees the chair and picks it up. Benoit looks over to Show and wants to use it on him. Benoit slowly moves over to the now standing Big Show. Benoit looks to hit Show in the back and the weakened Benoit hits Show in the back, but not strong at all. The chair shot wakens Show and Show turns around angry. Benoit looks shocked and Big Show goes for the Knock Out Punch. Show hits the Knock Out Punch on the chair, which deflects into the face of Benoit. Benoit goes down, knocked out in the ring. Show looks over Benoit, as Smackdown! fades to black.