Full Credit: Steve Khan, WrestlingObserver.com
WWE SmackDown! Report
By Steve Khan
Air Date: September 1, 2005
Taped from Jacksonville, Florida
Big News: In the last edition of Smackdown on Thursday nights, Randy Orton
beat Rey Mysterio in the main event. Friday Night Smackdown debuts next
Turns/Title Changes: None.
Best Match: Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
Worst Match: Heidenreich vs. Mercury
Line of the Night: None.
Heidenreich w/Animal vs. Mercury w/Nitro & Melina
Mercury tossed Heidenreich to the outside and Nitro attacked him as Mercury
distracted the referee. Mercury gave Heidenreich a dropkick back in the ring
and slid over to Melina for a kiss. Animal grabbed Mercury’s leg coming off
the ropes and Heidenreich hit a LowDown for the win. Bad match. Nitro and
Mercury attacked Heidenreich after the match but Animal took them both out.
Melina tried to attack Animal but he put her up on his shoulders and
Heidenreich went up for the Doomsday Device. Before Heidenreich could hit
it, Nitro and Mercury made the save and took out the tag champs.
Jillian Hall thanked Palmer Canon for putting MNM in a tag-team title match
next week. Canon complimented Jillian on her earrings. I was hoping he would
kick her off the air because he doesn’t want this crap on the network. Stacy
and Christy entered, asking why they couldn’t have their lingerie pillow
fight last week. Canon was acting in the best interest of the Network, and
put Stacy and Christy in a good old fashion wrestling match for later
tonight. He should just bring back Molly.
Bob Orton introduced his son to the ring. Randy Orton asked if anyone has
seen the Undertaker. Randy told everyone to go to WWE.com and bid on
Undertaker’s DVD which was signed by Bob and Randy, as all proceeds will go
to Undertaker’s retirement fund. Randy said he would match the highest bid
and bring the money next week for Friday Night Smackdown. Orton invited the
Undertaker to accept the money next week. Orton moved on to Rey Mysterio,
his opponent for tonight, and said he wasn’t a good father like Bob Orton.
Not much of a promo and the crowd wasn’t into it at all.
They put Benoit in another horrible comedy segment. His goal was to take a
leak within 25.5 seconds. He was successful.
Orlando Jordan vs. Chris Benoit – United States Championship
Jordan had Benoit in the corner to start. Benoit locked in the Crossface out
of no where and Jordan tapped. This one finished in 22 seconds. You could
tell they were pushing it with this one, but it was still funny the second
Some members of the Jacksonville Jaguars were at ringside. Stacy Keibler
and Christy Hemme began their match. As they started, some techno music hit
and Sylvan Grenier came out wearing a white trench coat and shades. His
shades aren’t as cool as Rob Conway’s. These gimmicks are way too similar.
They don’t have to be, but they are. Stacy Keibler was laughing at Grenier,
which buried Grenier even before he could walk down the aisle. Grenier put
himself and his entrance over, but Hardcore Holly interrupted him. Grenier
put his hand on Holly, so Hardcore laid him out. They should just stop
debuting all these go-nowhere characters. Rene Dupree has been lost on RAW
since the debut of his new character. And I still don’t understand why ALL
these new characters and new wrestlers are always heel. Backstage, Canon
made JBL-Batista a Bull Rope match which was a suggestion from JBL himself.
He also gave JBL the night off. Teddy Long didn’t seem to like that. Long
made Rey-Eddie a Steel Cage match.
Booker T w/Sharmell vs. Ken Kennedy
Kennedy has new music and it sucks. It doesn’t go with his character at all.
Kennedy did his own announcing again and got in Booker’s face. Booker
attacked him and the match started. Christian was on commentary, and claimed
to have a broken nose. Christian and Tazz were funny together on commentary.
Booker did the Spinarooni, which Christian called a big waste of time.
Booker went to the top rope but was distracted by Sharmell who got in
Christian’s face for no reason. Kennedy went after Booker and hit the Steam
Roller off the middle rope for the win.
Simon Dean entered and claimed that Batista uses the Simon System and
wouldn’t have won the World Heavyweight Championship without it. Simon said
he could even help Tony Chimmel, who he called “the round mound of sound.”
Batista came out and said he’s never tired the Simon System, but he offered
to try some. Batista drank it down and pretended to get stronger by the
second. Simon was excited until Batista told Simon it also made him more
aggressive. Batista clotheslined Simon and the match started. Batista gave
Simon a Spinebuster and pretended to be running out of gas. He tried some
more of the Simon System, hulked up, and gave Simon a Batista Bomb for the
win. This was fun.
They showed Paul Burchill’s debut from Velocity. What a horrible way to
debut a wrestler. They could’ve done the same thing on Smackdown and it
would’ve been much better.
William Regal & Paul Burchill vs. Scotty 2 Hotty & Funaki
Funaki’s been on Smackdown three weeks in a row. Funaki gave Burchill a big
hip toss and monkey flip. Burchill took over and tagged in Regal. Cole
described Burchill as being a guy who likes to pick fights. Regal gave
Funaki a T-Bone Suplex. Funaki escaped a headlock with a nice arm drag and
tagged in Scotty. Scotty cleaned house but was met by a shot from Regal.
Burchill gave Scotty a shoulder breaker and applied an arm bar and Scotty
tapped. Funaki has lost three weeks in a row.
They ran down the card for the first ever Friday Night Smackdown. I really
hope they change the graphics, music and intro for new Smackdown. They said
Orlando Jordan challenged Chris Benoit to another match, so that match was
added to the card. Eddie Guerrero cut a creepy promo backstage behind a
steel cage fence. Guerrero said he lost his family again. He didn’t blame
Rey, he blamed himself, and now Rey has to face him in the ring. This was a
long promo, and was basically summed up by Guerrero in the end when he said,
“How can you beat someone that’s already lost everything?”
Randy Orton w/Bob Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
Orton was mocking Rey and his size. Mysterio hit a big tilt-a-whirl
hurricanrana and tricked Orton into running outside the ring by playing cat
and mouse. Rey mocked Randy’s pose. Mysterio hit 12 shots to the head of
Orton in the corner, but Orton was able to slide Rey out to the mat on the
outside of the ring. After a commercial break, Orton had Rey in a rear naked
choke in the ring. Orton pulled down his kneepad and drove his bare knee
into the neck of Rey. As Randy gloated to the crowd, Rey was able to kick
Randy around but couldn’t mount anymore offence because of the damage to his
throat. Orton hit an atomic drop and choked Rey in the corner. Rey rolled
through a suplex attempt into a small package for a near fall. Mysterio
followed with a bulldog for a two count. Mysterio came off the ropes fast
but Orton met him with a dropkick to the gut. Randy went for an elbow drop
off the top rope, but Rey kicked him on the way down. Orton fell on the
middle rope which brought the crowd to its feet, waiting for a 619. Orton
got up before Rey could capitalize but Mysterio was able to hit a
springboard cross body. Randy kicked out and immediately followed with a
European Uppercut. Mysterio kicked Orton coming off the ropes and hit a
spring board sitting senton for a near fall. After Orton had gained some
momentum, Rey flipped Orton onto the middle rope and hit the 619. Mysterio
went up to the for the spring board, but Bob Orton grabbed Rey’s leg.
Mysterio went for it again, but Randy was able to give Rey a low blow on the
down. Orton prompted Rey onto the top rope and hit an RKO for the win. Randy
and Cowboy Bob Orton posed after the match. This was a pretty good match.
Orton was the right guy to put over, since the plans for him are probably
bigger in the immediate future, whereas they have some more time with Rey.