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ONLINE ONSLAUGHT
WWE TV Spoilers
October 1, 2003

by Rick Scaia
Exclusive to OnlineOnslaught.com

 

Is it possible that RAW and SD! have swapped writers these past few weeks?  I mean, RAW just got done with two weeks of completely revamping most their storylines (for the better) and blowing us away with a killer main event two days ago.  And SD?  Well, as McMahon-a-mania gears up, so have a few other things...  things that seem oddly out of place on the usually more-staid SmackDown.

But perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself.

First, here's a quick report from Heat tapings in Chicago:

  • Rico beat Spike Dudley
  • Rodney Mack beat Some Guy
  • Tommy Dreamer, wrestling his second Heat-stealing match in about a month (the first was against Jimmy Yang, who won a WWE Developmental contract out of the showing), beat recent developmental signee Shawn Daivari (from the Middle East, and he was doing a Sheik gimmick in this match)
  • Lance Storm beat Stevie Richards.  Lots of extras in this match, as Jacqueline was the special ref, Val Venis showed up during the match (apparently "filming his latest movie"), and both Goldust and Victoria were copiously involved.

And now, to save me time since I'm busier than usual, I won't try to collate tapings reports into one (hopefully comprehensive) document.  Instead, I'll just give you the two best reports from Milwaukee that I received last night.

First, big thanks to Keith Brisotti for this one:

Here's what will happen on Velocity & Smackdown! this week.  I will try to be as detailed as possible but I am sure I missed a few things.

First off let me tell you about the crowd.  The bottom level looked sold out, as there were only a few scattered empty seats.  About of the top level was tarped off and the seats that were available were about taken.  Quite a change from selling out the Bradley Center in less then an hour a few years ago! 

The night started with a WM XX video.  The crowd popped for Hogan and at the end of the video. 

Some guy from a local radio station (was his name Fish??) tried to get the crowd pumped up but was not very successful.

The in ring action started with 2 pretty entertaining dark matches.  The first match was Kanyon & Chad something vs. 1 guy with a big tattoo on his back and another guy that kind of looked like HHH.  There names may have been Kevin & Ted.  5 minute match that ended with Kanyon hitting his finisher on one of the guys.  Kanyon did a good job in getting the crowd into the match.

The second dark match was Spanky & Paul London vs. what sounded like Jeremy York and ken Anderson.  One guy looked like a smaller Hardcore Holly and the other guy kind of looked like bigger Scotty 2 Hotty.  Anyway, Spanky played our face in peril as the finish had London hitting the Scotty 2 Hotty guy with his finisher.  Crowd was pretty into Spanky.

Tony Chimel then was hocking some Undertaker t-shirts and the guy with the t-shirt gun got a nice "You Suck" chant from members of the crowd that did not get a chance at a shirt (man.. tough crowd!)

Then Josh Matthews & Tazz were introduced as our Velocity announce team.  Tazz got a really nice pop.

The first velocity match pitted Jamie Noble w/ Nidia vs. Shannon Moore w/nobody.  Noble won with some type of submission hold that I was not familiar with.  Real nice, competitive 7 minute match.  The one high spot was Shannon Moore hitting a corkscrew moonsault on Noble that only resulted in a 2 count (lots of "2" calls through out the night by the way!) 

Some jobber (Chad Krugger maybe) vs. Sean O'Haire was next.  Squash for O'Haire in about 2 minutes.

Rhyno vs. Funaki was next.  Another competitive 5 minute match saw Rhyno go over with the Gore...Gore..Gore.  Mild ECW chant and nice face pop for the gore.

Main event for velocity had Rey Mysterio vs. Nunzio.  Rey had the biggest pop yet & Nunzio was very much over as a heel.  Nunzio focused on Rey's left sholder the entire match and Rey did a great job of selling it (right up until he waled up the runway after the match).  Excellent 8-minute match saw Rey win with his combination 619 - springboard leg drop.

As they changed the ring apron over for Smackdown! They showed a trailer for The Rundown.  Of course the crowed popped big time for The Rock.

Michael Cole came out to no reaction what so ever.  After the Smackdown! Intro they show us that our main event will be Undertaker/Kurt Angle vs. John Cena/Brock Lesner.

"We lie. We cheat. We steal" hits and Eddie accompanied by Chavo come out in a beautiful black convertible.  Eddie will be defending hid US Title against Matt Hardy who is accompanied by Shannon Moore.  The finish was classic Los Guerreros antics.  While Matt Hardy was distracting the ref, Shannon tried to take Eddie out with the US belt.  Eddie ducked it and drop kicked the belt into Shannon's face.  When Shannon dropped the belt, Eddie grabbed it and through it to Matt Hardy.  Eddie then cowered from Matt, which of course the ref caught.  After the ref took the belt from Matt Hardy and while he was turned away getting rid of it, Chavo snuck in and laid out Matt Hardy with his Tag Team belt.  1 Frog Splash later and Eddie is still our US Champion. 

Next, Josh Matthews caught up to John Cena as Cena arrived to the building,  After insulting Josh, Cena said that he was going to start doing things the American way..for himself.  He also said that Kurt Angle would be living in his shadow after tonight.

They then showed Eddie and Chavo walking backstage when they ran into Big Show.  Show was saying something in Spanish & then told Eddie that he didn't like him.  Show then shoves both Chavo & Eddie.  Eddie vowed to get even with Big Show later that night.

APA vs. The Bashams was next.  After as ref bump and some interference from Shaniqua, one of the Bashhams pinned Faarooq.  After the match Bradshaw just about beheaded Shaniqua with a closeline from hell. 

A-Train then comes out to be the special guest commentator for our next match which is Chris Benoit vs. Charlie Haas.  Match went about 9 minutes and saw a lot of mat wrestling early on, several German Suplexes and attempted Haas of Pain (too close to the ropes), a Sharpshooter from Benoit.  Also what looked like a semi-blown German release by Haas.  The ending came when Benoit locked in the crossface and A-Train broke it up.  A DQ win for Benoit and a crossface of his own by A-train will set up what I am sure will be a match between these 2 at No Mercy.  Benoit got nice pop as he left the ring. 

They moved a monitor into the ring next which can only mean 1 thing...Promo Time!!!!  And what do you know, Vince's music hits and he makes his way out accompanied by Sable.  Biggest heel heat by far for Vince and Sable.  Vince says that he gave Stephanie 1 week to reconsider her decisions from last week and he demands that she comes out and cancels the Undertaker vs. Brock match at No Mercy and that she quits as GM of Smackdown!.  This brings Steph down to the ring and she proceeds to say no to both demands.  All this leads to a very intense Vince screaming at his daughter to do what he says.  When that doesn't work Sable tries.  After a few insults between Steph & sable a cat fight breaks out in which Vince breaks it up & scoop slams Stephanie.  Undertaker comes out to make the save but before he can chokeslam Vince Brock comes racing out (man is he fast!!!).  A boot to Brock's face takes care of him and this segment. 

Big Show is shown in the locker room when a Burrito delivery comes for Eddie Guerero.  Big Show intercepts it and starts to eat them.  All except 1 which he proceeds to add his own "special sauce" to for delivery to Eddie.  Can you tell where this one is going yet???

Next is Tajiri vs. Billy Kidman for the Cruiserweight championship.  Match was about 6 minutes and saw Tajiri win with the kick to the head.  Tajiri was over pretty well as a heel after he yelled at us a few times that, now that he was champion we should all follow the Japanese custom of bowing to him.

Next was Big Show vs. Orlando Jordan.  Show came out clutching his stomach.  About 2 minutes into the match Big Show had to excuse himself and leave the ring in obvious discomfort.  Winner as a result of a count out was Orlando Jordan.   Show left to make a run for the little boy's room.  Someone check me but is this the first time someone has lost a match because a case of the runs?  The saving grace of this spot had to be Show's facial expressions.

Zach Gowen interview was next.  Bottom line is that he will be back next week and he doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for him.

We now go live to the men's room where a very large pair of boots are seen in stall number 1.  Eddie comes in to fess up to Big Show that Eddie doctored those Burritos.  He also took all the toilet paper and only gave Show 1 square.  He then kicked the stall door in on Show.  Very funny segment.

Main event time.  Cena/Lesner vs. UT/Angle.  John Cena came out first in a # 32 Bill Walton Portland Trailblazer's jersey.  A great rap followed about how he was going to bust out tonight and that Smackdown! was now his show.  Real good stuff. 

Very good 15 minute main event.  Strong "You Tapped Out" and "Angle" chants throughout the match.  Angle took a nasty bump over the top rope onto the floor.  Not to be out done, Brock took a nasty bump as well over the top rope.  It looked like he did a handstand on the outside apron for a second or 2 and then came down on his head.  Both guys appeared to be fine.  Cena hit Angle with the Masterlock punch to get the pin for his team.  The production team screwed up though because after Cena got the oin they played Undertaker's music!!  Our night was not finished though.  Brock went over and cleared off the announce table, grabbed Undertaker and set him up for an F5 through the table.  Taker wiggled out of it and the chokeslammed brock trough the table.  Then they played Taker's music again.  This is probably where the show will end.

Just some posing by Undertaker afterwards and then another lap around the ring on his bike.  Lesner then got up and left hugging his title belt.

This was a very strong show that should come off well on television.  The only real questionable match was the APA vs. Basham's and even that wasn't all that bad.  The Eddie/Big Show stuff was really funny and the crowd loved it. 

Biggest Pops

1. Undertaker
2. Kurt Angle
3. Eddie Guerrero
4. Stephanie McMahon
5. Rey Mysterio

Biggest Heel Heat

1. Vince McMahon (by far)
2. Matt Hardy
3. A-Train
4. Nunzio    

And big props to Kurt Killberg for this one:

Hi, I attended the Milwaukee Smackdown tapings tonight at the Bradley Center, and thought I'd send spoilers.

The night started off with local right wing shock jock Fish talking to the crowd.

Dark Matches:

Chad Collier (sp?) and Kanyon defeated two opponents whose names I did not catch. One had long curly hair and an armsock and the other was bald with a tattooed back. Kanyon got an impressive pop, don't know if it was because he was the first guy the crowd recognized.

Next Spanky and Paul London defeated a team whose names I also did not catch; one looked like Chris Candido and the other had a rockstar-ish look. Spanky and London were impressive with double team moves.

Velocity:

Tazz and Josh Matthews next came out. Then Jamie Noble (with Nidia) took a win over Shannon Moore in a good little match. Next, Sean O'Haire beat Kevin Krueger (who I've seen in squash matches before at this building. Maybe local?). There was a spot with an arrogant pin that was done twice, maybe for a better shot of it. Next Rhyno disposed of Funaki after a gore. Funaki got a little offense in. In what was probably the Velocity main event, Rey Mysterio (w/ large pop) beat Nunzio. A nice back and forth match, with Nunzio countering signature Rey moves. Rey hit the 619 and West Coast Pop to win.

Smackdown

Pyro kicks off the show. Eddie Guerrero (in lowrider with Chavo) defeated Matt Hardy (with Shannon Moore). I didn't see Matt Facts on the screen. Good U.S. title match, back and forth with outside interferene. Eddie once reversed the sideeffect in a cool spot. The end came with Eddie tossing Hardy the belt, acting hurt, then with a distracted ref, Chavo hitting Hardy with the belt followed by a frogsplash. Great ovation for Eddie.

John Cena interview about Kurt Angle.

Guerreros celebrate and bump into Big Show, who insults Eddie and shoves him down. Next Chavo got in Eddie's face about being punked out and they almost came to blows. 

Then the Basham Brothers (with Shaniqua) beat the APA. Shaniqua had Bradshaw distracted and the Brothers doubleteamed Farooq for win. Then Bradshaw closeline from helled Shaniqua.

A Train then lumbered out to the announce table for the next match, Chris Benoit vs. Charlie Haas. Benoit was of course distracted by Train during the match, and was blindsided outside by Haas because of it. Match saw a Benoit sharpshooter, then when he had Haas in crossface, A Train interfered and put Benoit in it until refs came out. Good match otherwise.

Next came the only long Sports Entertainment segment, as Vince and Sable came out. Vince wanted Stephanie to back out of match and GM spot after signing Taker vs. Brock and him signing their I Quit match. She wouldn't, and Vince brought up how he cared for her as a child. Sable then called Stephanie a bitch, a catfight ensued, and Vince bodyslammed Steph. Taker then came to her rescue, and booted Brock Lesnar in the face when he ran in.

A segment then aired with a delivery man with burritos for Eddie that Show intercepted. He spit in a burrito and told him to give it to Eddie, and ate the rest.

A Rey Mysterio motor oil ad then aired, followed by Taijiri on the screen speaking Spanish. When he came out for his cruiserweight title match with Kidman, he said the crowd should bow to him (some did). He defeated Kidman after a good back and forth match with his kick. 

Zach Gowen was interviewed, said he's tired of getting sympathy, and will be at Smackdown next week.

Show then of course was sick when he wrestled Orlando Jordan, and soon ran out of the ring sick and was counted out. In the back Eddie taunted him in the bathroom, said the delivery guy was his relative, and kicked in the stall door.

In the main event, John Cena and Brock beat Kurt Angle and the Undertaker. Great back and forth match, with loud "you tapped out" chant. Match ended with Cena hitting Angle with a chain and pinning him. Taker's music had come on at end of the match for some reason. Brock tried to F-5 Taker through the announce table, but Taker then chokeslammed him through it.

Seemed a decent sized crowd, with some upper level sections blocked off. Stage seemed closer to the ring than it does on TV. Overall, a great show at least from where I was sitting (sixth row behind floor section).


Personally, I don't know about the tainted burritos or pushing Big Show into a PPV feud where I thought Matt Hardy would have been the ideal opponent, but...  we'll see how it plays on Thursday night.  At the very least, it sounds like the main event will kick ass.

Check it out, or come on back Friday for complete recap and analysis.

E-MAIL RICK SCAIA
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Rick Scaia is a wrestling fan from Dayton, OH.  He's been doing this since 1995, but enjoyed it best when the suckers from SportsLine were actually PAYING him to be a fan.


  
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