Re: WWL: THE WORLD WRESTLING LEAGUE
World Wrestling League Presents: Smackdown
March 26, 2004
From Phillips, Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
The show opens with a quick welcome and a video package recapping the chaos that ensued at the end of the previous Smackdown. Tonight, AJ Styles and JBL will battle in the Main Event, and Rob Van Dam will issue a challenge to Brock Lesnar.
Mark Henry makes an entrance, joining Hiroshi Tanahashi who is already in the ring.
Mark Henry vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
It becomes apparent early that Tanahashi’s unorthodox style and powerful kicks will ask questions of the strongest man in the world, Mark Henry. However, Henry powerfully dominates the match from time to time, decimating Tanahashi. The sensation from Japan refuses to quit, and this is frustrating to Henry. The end comes after Tanahashi nails a particularly deadly barrage of kicks. Henry is angered, gripping him around the throat and choking him in the corner. The official is forced to disqualify a deranged Henry who will not break the choke.
Winner via DQ: Hiroshi Tanahashi (7:15)
Henry throws him by the neck out of the ring and pursues him up the entrance ramp. Tanahashi fights back with kicks and fists, doing all he can to stave off the giant. Henry finally slams him on the ground and immobilizes him. Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam on the entrance ramp steel before exiting confidently. There is a commercial break.
We see video of both JBL arriving at the arena in his stretch limousine, joined by Orlando Jordan and The Basham Brothers, and A.J. Styles backstage with Christopher Daniels and Rhino, getting pumped for the main event tonight.
William Regal enters the ring and says he has been embarrassed by Booker T because the United States Champion doesn’t represent Smackdown well. Regal accuses him of avoiding challengers and using charity as an excuse not to wrestle. Regal says he wants to issue a challenge tonight and if the United States Champion has any character he will answer it. Regal says he wants to wrestle Booker for the United States Championship at Backlash.
Booker appears and looks fired up. In the ring, Booker says he will address the fans first and Regal later. Booker says the work he does means a lot to him, as does being the United States Champion. Booker says he is at a point in his career where it is good to give back. Booker says that as for Regal, he’ll receive an answer to his challenge soon. Regal asks when that will be, and Booker immediately kicks him in the gut before scoring with a big Book End.
With Regal down in the ring, Booker says, “Challenge accepted, sucker.” Before leaving, his United States Championship in toe.
Backstage, RVD is standing by with Jeremy Borash. RVD says that he knows what Lesnar thinks about him and his reign as the World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar wanted to fight and ended up tied up in the ring ropes like a jackass, but that still hasn’t kept him from criticizing and belittling all week. RVD says that what he needs at Backlash isn’t a victory, but a statement. RVD says he is going to prove at Backlash the type of competitor that he is and leave no doubt in Lesnar’s mind or anyone else’s that WrestleMania 20 was not a fluke. So not only will there be a rematch, but it will be under the most grueling and competitive of circumstances. His challenge is a match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash, only this time, there will be No Holds Barred.
As commercial break begins, the announcing trio erupts in speculation as to how the match would unfold.
Jerry Lynn and Nunzio are already in the ring, and upon returning from the break, Petey Williams and Eric Young make their entrance as well.
X-Division Tag-Team Match
Petey Williams(c) & Eric Young vs. Jerry Lynn & Nunzio
The match sees an experienced tag-team wrestle an impromptu combination in Lynn and Nunzio, but the action is still very fast paced and competitive. The finale comes when Lynn springboards off the top towards Young who steps aside. Young makes a quick tag to Williams before nailing Lynn with a running dropkick off the ropes. Lynn staggers backwards, and Williams pulls the trigger on the Canadian Destroyer.
Winners: Petey Williams(c) & Eric Young (7:10)
Backstage, Brock Lesnar is standing in a press conference like area, with three to four reporters, including Jeremy Borash listening in. Lesnar says he heard the World Heavyweight Champion’s challenge, and he has a response. Lesnar doesn’t think RVD truly knows what he asked for. Lesnar says he has destroyed and crippled Kurt Angle, left the Undertaker a bloody mess and put The Rock through a table. Lesnar says he won’t forget about last week, being attacked from behind by “Layfield’s bitches” but for now he has more important matters to address. Lesnar says he doesn’t fear the hardcore gimmicks and RVD is in over his head. Lesnar says the champion won’t be making a statement but will be ending his world title reign and possible his career. Lesnar says he will do everything in his power not only to beat RVD, but to hurt RVD. At Backlash, people will see why Brock Lesnar is the Next Big Thing.
The announcers speculate about the Smackdown Backlash main event when Edge is seen backstage with Lita. Edge seems frustrated and says things are not looking good but Christian and Tomko walk in. Tomko apologizes about the boot and Edge says he should aim for the other team next time. Christian says he knows things haven’t been the smoothest lately but the two of them are going to make things right at Backlash. Not only will there be a rematch for the WWE Championship, but there will be a rematch for the WWE Tag-Team Championships as well. Christian says word is down from Jim Cornette, and at Backlash, they are going to deal with Benjamin and Haas once and for all. Edge says that once Backlash is over, there will be a brighter day and they will be headed in the right direction. Christian leaves, obviously pleased with himself as a commercial break begins.
JBL makes his entrance, as the announcers remind us that Jordan and The Bashams have been banned from ringside and there is to be no interference by any party in the match tonight.
Main Event – Singles Match
JBL vs. AJ Styles
The two slap one another to begin the match and this sets the tone for a very vicious, aggressive contest. JBL draws blood from The Phenominal One when he sends Styles into the ring post on the outside. The finale comes after Styles ducks a Clothesline From Hell and comes back with a Pele Kick. He tries a Styles Clash but JBL gets a boot up. Both men recover and JBL sends Styles into the referee. JBL sees an opportunity and heads to the outside to grab his briefcase. JBL swings it at Styles outside of the ring, but Styles ducks and connects with another Pele Kick. He rolls JBL into the ring, heads to the top, and this time is able to deliver the Styles Clash for the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles (14:32)
Styles celebrates in the ring, as JBL clutches his briefcase while furiously pacing up the entrance ramp. Styles gets a mic and says the wrong man won that briefcase at WrestleMania and that JBL isn’t a champion anyone could be proud of. Styles says he pinned JBL tonight and will do it again at Backlash except this time his pin will win him the Money in the Bank briefcase from JBL.
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