By Ryan Clark | October 21, 2005
Mike King sent these:
Dark (?) Match (Velocity lights were on, cameras were on and an announcement was made, but the announcers didn't come out until after this match, so I dunno if this was a Dark or Velocity match): Scotty 2 Hotty over Matt Stryker w/ the Worm.
Velocity announcers come out.
Juventud over Paul London w/ the Juvi Driver to keep the WWE Light Heavyweight Belt. Good match that'll likely play better on television with both playing face. Nice fast-paced spot that was fun in the middle.
It was funny to see a WWE guy take out Juvi's lawn mower.
Christian over Brian Kendrick with the Unprettier. Good amount of offense from Kendrick. Christian with a lot of cheers during the match.
William Regal & Paul Burchill went to a "no result announced" against the LoD (Animal & Heidenreich) when several teams ran in. First time I've seen Burchill and he looked pretty good. Heidenreich's skull facepaint looks a bit too cartoonish for my taste and I'm shocked that he hasn't had his ringwear LoD-ized. MnM, Super Crazy & Psicosis, and the Tollands (?) all ran in.
Sign Of The Night that made it onto the big screen but won't make it out of editing: "Are you sure this isn't Thunder?".
Tazz & Michael Cole come out to start SmackDown!.
SD! opens with a retelling of the Booker T/Sharmell saga that leads us to tonight's title match.
Booker T over Benoit to win the US Title. During the match Benoit did a dive to the outside and took what looked like a hellacious bump into the announcer's table with the small of his back when he appeared to overshoot Booker somewhat. Towards the end of the match Sharmell attempted to toss a chair into the ring but Benoit caught her in the act. By the time he turned to Booker, Booker'd been able to recover, delivered a quick flurry, sent Benoit into the ropes, where Sharmell delivered a low blow when Booker wasn't looking, then, seeing the Benoit was doubled over, hit the Axe Kick for the pin and the win.
Quick vignette with Booker thrilled to win and Sharmell happy for him until Benoit showed up and accused Sharmell of interference. Booker ended things by calling Benoit a sore loser. Someone should TiVo SmackDown! for Booker this Friday if he can't watch it! Or at least show him the friggin' tape!
JBL interview where the incident at last night's RAW is replayed where The Big Show/Edge match is interrupted by Edge and Edge vowing revenge since it cost him the match. JBL denies having anything to do with the incident.
Matt Hardy over Simon Dean with the Twist of Fate. I'd heard that Matt was supposed to be introed to SD! on Christian's Peep Show, but that was never part of the taping. In fact, Matt got no time on the microphone at all. Good response from the crowd though. Small "Nova" chant for a short time during the match. Pretty anticlimactic for Matt and his fans I'd say, though his debut was promoed a few times before the match.
Rey Mysterio went up against JBL in another "no result announced" match when Edge's music and video started playing after Rey's 619. Edge hit the ring and Gored, er Speared Rey, then stared at JBL who quickly chased after the retreating Edge. While Rey was getting up Chris Masters hit the ring and put him in the Masterlock for a few seconds until Shoichi Funaki led several of the Junior Divison/Cruiserweights/whatever they're being called in to help Rey out and was himself quick dispatched as were Paul London and Scotty 2 Hotty. I think two others came out but never made it into the ring and weren't shown on the replay. After Masters dispatched them as well, Hardcore Holly and the LoD came in for the save.
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