The Smackdown Breakdown 11.04.04
Angle takes him down and pins him easily. O
Angle asks if anyone else wants to go. UFC Fighter Daniel Puder raises his hand.
They do some Greco-Roman stuff, and Angle takes him down for the pin. O
Angle says that none of them are tough enough. He tells them to get out of the ring.
Booker nails the thrust kick early, but OJ goes to the eyes. OJ shoulderblocks him down but takes a crosschop. Jordan corners Booker and chokes him with a boot. Booker slips over him off a corner whip and delivers a sidekick. A side slam gets two for Booker. Booker spinebusters OJ down, so Bradshaw jumps in, drawing the DQ. 1/2*
After the match, OJ and Bradshaw doubleteam Booker. JBL levels him with the Clothesline from Hell.
Jindrak makes fun of Rey for being so small. Rey makes him pay with a springboard headscissors and a broncobuster. Van Dam comes in with a split-legged moonsault. Luther Reigns distracts the ref, so RVD and Rey get double legdrops. RVD body presses Jindrak for two. Luther tags in but takes the spinkick from Van Dam. Reigns slaps on a chinlock to waste time. RVD comes back with a kick and tags to Rey. Rey sets up for the 619, but Jindrak breaks it up behind the ref’s back. We come back from commercial to Reigns holding Rey in another chinlock. He picks him up and delivers a Full Nelson driver. Rey takes the Hennig bump off an Irish Whip. That seems to be a popular bump in the WWE these days. Jindrak drops some elbows and rips off Rick Rude. Mysterio battles out of a chinlock, but Reigns makes sure he won’t get the tag. Reigns goes nuts on the faces and casually tags back out. Jindrak counters a springboard into a tilt-o-whirl slam. Nice. Reigns comes back in with a bearhug. Rey bites his way out and puts Reigns down with a Tornado DDT. Rey makes the hot tag to RVD. Van Dam hits the thrust kick on Jindrak. Rey baits Reigns out of the ring. RVD hits Rolling Thunder! Rey gets the 619, setting up the Five-Star Frogsplash for the win! Dragged a little during the long sequence when Reigns and Jindrak were on offense. **1/4
After the match, Carlito Cool and Jesus wander out. Carlito spits in the face of Rob Van Dam (who I could have sworn wanted to be cool). Carltio, Jesus, Jindrak and Reigns beatdown Rey and RVD until Eddy Guerrero makes the save.
Dawn just headbutts Jackie, tosses the table aside and attacks her. O
Charlie Haas limps out on crutches to talk some sense into them. Suddenly, Heidenreich runs down and beats Charlie with his own crutch. Jackie tries to make the save, but Heidenreich just pushes her down. Heidenreich gives Charlie a big beating and leaves him laying. Dawn crawls over and squeals like Nancy Kerrigan.
They point out that Josh is actually a trained wrestler. I thought they might skip that for a while. Booker nails Bradshaw with a forearm but ducks his head on a backdrop attempt. Bradshaw clubs him with a forearm. Booker charges into a boot, and Bradshaw bowls him over with a shoulderblock. Jordan tags in but takes a spinkick. Matthews tags in and comes off the top with a bodypress. It doesn’t even get a count. Matthews spies Bradshaw getting back in the ring and dropkicks him out. That only serves to piss off Bradshaw, so Matthews runs over and tags Booker. Booker spinebusters OJ, but Bradshaw comes back in with a shoulder block. Booker stumbles into Matthews and Referee Nick Patrick rules it a tag. Bradshaw whips Booker into the ring steps, taking him out. Matthews hops on Bradshaw’s back, but Bradshaw slams him on the outside. Josh has to go it alone against OJ and Bradshaw. OJ gets his Muhammed Ali jabs, but Booker hangs him on the top rope. Josh gets the HOT TAG to Booker T. Bradshaw goes for the Clothesline from Hell, but Booker counters to a BOOK END! Another one takes OJ out! Booker clotheslines Bradshaw out and finishes OJ with the Axe Kick. Fun. **
Final Thoughts: A show designed to sell the PPV more than deliver any real entertainment of its own. Only two matches were of any consequence, and they were pretty good. Not sure what the point of the Dudleyz segment was other than to remind us that they’re still around (for now). The Tough Enough segment dragged on longer than necessary. At least they have diverse personalities, though. Everything else was missable.