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***Official SmackDown Thread - 14th April 2004***


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Tonight, World Wrestling Entertainment came to Indianapolis, Indiana and held "SmackDown!" at the Conseco Fieldhouse. I would say 99.9% of the building was full. They blocked off the very top of the building on the camera side but not the other side. It was a great show with some surprises. Let's get to the information...


To begin the evening, they showed the WWE Desire video on the history of WWE. They've updated the video to showcase recent storylines and characters. It's amazing how The Ultimate Warrior hasn't been on a TV screen since 1999 and he received one of the biggest pops along with Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, The Rock, Undertaker, Bret Hart, and Stone Cold.


Tony Chimel gave us the usual copyright information and "don't throw stuff at us" comments.


I'm not sure if these were dark matches or Velocity matches so I will just list them.


1) Matt Cappotelli (Tough Enough 3) pinned Jamie Noble.


2) Paul London pinned Bryce Albright.


Josh Matthews and Bill DeMott came out to ringside. Chimel called Matthews "The Youngest Voice In WWE."


3) Nunzio pinned Ultimo Dragon.


The Velocity video opening aired followed by fireworks.


4) Hardcore Holly pinned Akio. Holly was accompanied by Billy Gunn while Akio was accompanied by Sakoda.


5) Orlando Jordan pinned Johnny "The Bull" Stambolli.


6) WWE Tag Team Co-Champion, D'Von Dudley defeated Doug Basham. D'Von was accompanied by Bubba Ray Dudley while Doug was accompanied by Danny Basham. The Bashams did the switch so in the end it was Danny who ended up being pinned.


Michael Cole and Tazz came out to ringside. Chimel called Cole "The Voice of WWE!"


The WWE video opening aired followed by highlights from last week's "SmackDown" regarding Eddie Guerrero, Justin Bradshaw Layfield, Kurt Angle, and the Great American Award. The SmackDown video opening aired followed by fireworks. The Tale of the Tape for Booker T V/S Rob Van Dam was displayed on the TitanTron.


Eddie Guerrero came out for an interview. During the interview, an anti-Eddie/pro-JBL video was played. Kurt Angle then came out to the stage and said if Eddie wanted JBL then that's what he'll get tonight. JBL came out via Limo and stated he was sleepy, he hadn't been to the spa all week and needed some time off. He told Angle (off microphone) an idea. Angle then announced at Judgment Day it would be Eddie Guerrero defending the WWE Heavyweight Championship against Justin Bradshaw Layfield and tonight it would be Guerrero versus The Big Show. Guerrero looked worried as a graphic appeared on the TitanTron advertising a Champion v/s Champion match up next between WWE US Champion, John Cena and WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Chavo Guerrero.




A preview of an upcoming "Star Trek: Enterprise" was aired.


Kurt Angle and Justin Bradshaw Layfield were backstage talking when The Big Show came into the room. He asked if his match would be for the title. After stammering around for a few seconds, Angle said no that since JBL was awarded the Great American Award, he gets the next title match. Show said he knew what was going on and tonight he would quit if he couldn't defeat Guerrero.


John Cena came out to the ring and gave a usual pre-match promo. Chavo Guerrero's music interrupted Cena and the match quickly got on their way. In the end it was Cena who won the match. Neither championship was on the line.


A preview of the Chris Jericho versus Christian and Trish Stratus match at WWE Backlash was shown.




A package was shown, showing highlights from Rob Van Dam and Booker T's first day in SmackDown. The purpose of the package was showing how RVD was happy to be there and Booker wasn't.




A segment aired with Rene Dupree at a table with French music playing and him drinking wine with a beautiful individual. The individual turned out to be Fifi. Most of what Dupree said was in French so I have no idea what he said. But he did mention he would interview Torrie Wilson next week on SmackDown. I'm assuming it's a new interview segment for the show with Rene as the host. Rene assured Fifi that she was prettier than Torrie.


A clip from "SmackDown" last year aired that showed The Big Show attacking Eddie Guerrero and slamming him onto the truck he rode to the ring. This was a few days before their match at No Mercy.


Charlie Haas was warming up backstage when Jamie Noble came over to him. Noble said nothing Haas could do would be able to prepare him for a match with Rico. Haas explained that he's agile, quick, and a great athlete, blah, blah, blah. Noble asked how all of that would help him when Rico rubs his chest. Noble said to be sure Rico doesn't get him from behind. Charlie excused himself as he had a WRESTLING match to attend to. On his way out, he bumped into Nunzio who said "Excuse me piezon (correct spelling?)" and then slapped him on his butt which startled Charlie. A graphic appeared advertising the match between Rico and Charlie Haas.




I'm not sure if this will make it to TV as it was a very long segment. Haas makes his way to the ring and just jumps up and down for about two or three minutes. Finally, Rico comes out along with Miss Jackie. WWE created a very small runway for the two to walk on before getting to the ring. Once the match started, it was obvious Rico was in Charlie's head as he rubbed Charlie's chest, grabbed his butt, pulled his tights below his butt, and rode him on all four. After Rico kissed Charlie, Haas ran outside of the ring, into the crowd and then ended up being counted out.


Backstage Justin Bradshaw Layfield was telling Big Show he appreciated Show teaching Guerrero a lesson tonight. Show stated he wasn't doing this for Angle, for Layfield but for himself. Layfield said when he's victorious he'll buy him a pizza or anything he wanted. He then reminded Show he gave his word that if he loses, he'll quit.


The upcoming SmackDown live event dates were announced.




In one of the more stranger moments of the night, a promo was aired regarding a man named Mordecai. He wears a white robe, all of his hair is white, and he says he is working for the father. His logo is a variation of the Christian cross. I really have no idea who the wrestler is.


In a match made earlier in the night, Eddie Guerrero pinned The Big Show. Show controlled most of the evening and after he lost the match he came very close to crying. Guerrero managed to get the whole crowd to chant "Naa Naa Naa, Hey Hey Hey...Good-bye!" Show was shown saying "Why are you all laughing at me?"


More footage regarding Rob Van Dam and Booker T's short history in SmackDown was shown. This time it was RVD wrestling Charlie Haas and pinning him in their first match and then the altercation between Booker and Guerrero in the locker room.


A preview for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Match between Randy Orton and Mick Foley at Backlash was shown.




A replay from the Eddie Guerrero versus The Big Show match and after the match incident was shown. WWE cameras showed the Big Show walking backstage, almost in a trance. He then heard Torrie Wilson at the make-up area laughing with Jane The Make-Up Lady. The two were laughing and Show thought they were laughing at him. Torrie assured him they weren't. Show then left and Torrie said since she didn't have a match, she was going to go to her hotel.


Teddy Long was in the ring for an interview where he brought out Mark Jindrak, who is now using Lex Luger's old "Narcissist" theme song. There was a mirror in the ring so Jindrak could stare at his sculptured body. Spike Dudley then came out to the ring for a match due to the incident from last week with Spike and Teddy. Those incidents were shown on the TitanTron. Jindrak controlled most of the match and then ended it with a pinfall.


One more look at Rob Van Dam and Booker T's history in SmackDown was shown. Sadly, I don't remember what was shown. The Tale of the Tape for their upcoming match was shown one more time.


A preview for the new show "The WWE Experience" was advertised. The show debuts on May 2, 2004 on Spike TV. No time was announced.




WWE cameras showed a live shot outside of the Conseco Fieldhouse which was then followed by the new weekly "RAW Rebound" segment. When the

cameras returned to SmackDown, Torrie Wilson was at her car preparing to leave when Big Show came out to confront her. During this segment he

smashes the driver's window with his fists, the driver's backseat window with his boot, the back window with his fists, and then lifts the car over and turns it onto it's top by himself. Torrie screams several times during this segment, then in "horror movie" fashion runs away from the monster, trips and falls, gets back up and runs away.




A preview for the World Heavyweight Championship Triple-Threat Match between Chris Benoit, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels at Backlash was shown.


A replay of the Torrie Wilson and Big Show incident before the break was shown.


Booker T came out to the ringside for his match with Rob Van Dam. The match was a brawl with both men getting several two counts. For awhile,

the two fought on the outside. Booker tried to hit both of his moves (The Bookend and The Scissors Kick) but failed. RVD tried for the frog splash and failed. Later in the match, Booker managed to get RVD tied into the ropes, ala Andre The Giant, and repeatedly punching him in his

face/head/nose area. The referee counted him several times and kept pushing him back but Booker wouldn't let up. This lead to Booker being disqualified which then lead to a HUGE boo from the audience.


Kurt Angle was shown walking backstage when a TV assistant ran up to him saying that Show had Torrie cornered. Angle told the guy to take him to them. Show and Torrie were somewhere in the Fieldhouse where there was a second floor with a huge drop to the first floor. Show kept saying "You think I'm funny now Torrie?" and told her if she didn't laugh at him then he would make her scream. Angle showed up and told Show not to do it that it would be Angle's ass if Torrie was hurt. Show stated he

didn't care so Angle said he would get up to where they were. Show pushed Torrie to her butt as Angle gets up to location. Show then

chokeslams Angle off of the platform. Torrie began to scream very loudly. Angle looked completely lifeless with one leg under his body. The cameras showed Angle from several angles and there were no padding, no tables, nothing under Angle. Blood began to pour from behind Angle's head as the cameras faded to black.


After the cameras faded, Booker's music began again and he walked back out to ringside. He stated that he wanted to thank his fans for coming out to watch him tonight and that he had just been informed he was the new General Manager. He said that he would be fair and to show it, if there was anyone who had a beef with him, come out now so they could settle things. This started an Undertaker chant but it was John Cena's music that began. Cena reminded everyone that Booker didn't like SmackDown, which meant he didn't like the fans. He reminded that Booker admittedly said he didn't want to be on SmackDown which meant he didn't want to be with the fans. He did say that with him, you don't go home empty handed so he could be the GM of his nuts and threw a bag of nuts into the ring. He ran into the ring as a fight between Booker and Cena began. When Booker had the advantage, Eddie Guerrero came out and helped Cena. Cena then F-Ued Booker and Guerrero stuck the bag of nuts in Booker's hand. Cena's and Guerrero's theme songs began at different times and they walked around the ring and shook hands to end the evening.


All in all it was a great night and I can't wait to see how this comes across on the television as the crowd was hot all night long.

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To be fair its nice to see Show doing something worthwhile for once, although I must ask, what the hell is he gonna actually do now??? Angle can't wrestle for the time being so he wont get his revenge, Eddie already has a topline opponent, so erm not to put a negative slant, but well until the next show, I'll just be wondering what was the exact point.
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I think the Booker T as GM thing takes place after the show is over, meaning that it was just for the fans in attendance. My guess is that Heyman will be back in charge due to the fact that ECW won't be around for a while. But hey, as long as Vince is calling the shots, there's always the chance that Stephanie will return. Urgh.
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Yes, because the only reason I watching wrestling is to see attractive women. And hear penis jokes. And watch people being screwed with swerves and lots of shoots involving wrestlers calling each other by their real names.


I tend to turn off my TV altogether when they start wrestling. Who wants to see that?

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According to many they say the show is quite entertaining yet has so many plot holes, and things which make no sense and serve no purpose, that the majority of it, is lost. For example Torrie Wilson in a make up chair, Big show having a go at her, then her saying she's going as she's got nothing to do. Its useless booking like that, that made WCW go out of business.


Things happen on the show, but for no apparent reason, thus I'd say yeah entertainment wise it might be good, but erm whats the point of it?

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From what I read about the ending, the crowd is HOT for taker. Oo;


Now, I know that giving him too much of an appearence is a bad thing for his current gimmick, but surely it's about time we saw a good ol' fashioned Deadman ass-whuppin'. Oo


Methinks it's obvious that this white priest-type guy who works for 'the father' is obviously gonna be the Deadman's nemesis in some way. Oo;

The whole Mystic Shtick fits in with the Deadman persona...


Bottom line: I wanna see Deadman 'taker again. Next week. Please, god - listen and grant a humble fool his wish. :P

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I thought it was a terrible show, WCW 2000 bad.


Can't wait for Torrie vs Big Show match they seem to be building to at the PPV.


You hava to feel sory for Eddie and Cena, Benoit, Orton and Benjimen are getting their super pushes on a hot show surronded by top guys and looking great in the process while Eddie and Cena are stuck working with Bradshaw and Torrie's acting.


The show did a 2.9 rating, so next week they should pass the Hogan low of mid 2002. :xyx

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Ah man I know I'm a WWE mark and all but I really don't know why I bothered watching Smackdown! this week. The show really sucked. No Taker. No Dudleyz. And worst of all, Dupree didn't wrestle. (and no, I'm not being sarcastic :P)


Bradshaw just bores the hell out of me, someone shoot that man. It's like a cheap version of Triple H's evolution-money gimmick. It really does suck.


Ok I'll be positive. Good parts about the show?


Dupree's segment

Cena's appearance

Torrie's appearance (poor acting however)

RVD's match with Booker and RVD's appearance


Oh look, that's it :P

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