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1/9 WWE Smackdown in Orlando, Fla: Undertaker vs. Angle in casket match, Show vs. JBL

Jan 9, 2005 - 11:04:00 PM
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WWE Smackdown house show
January 9, 2005
Orlando, Fla.
Report by Sean Hummel, PWTorch.com correspondent


Roughly 3,500 attended the show. Local Radio Show "Monsters in the Morning" came out. This is of note because the host Russ Rollins works the occasional TNA show. The mic was out for about 20 mins, delaying the show.

Teddy Long came out and announced no Heidenriech due to flight problems. Angle comes out and demands to be in the WWE title match, to which Long replies, "I'll put you in the main event alright, vs. The Undertaker in a Casket Match!" God Bless flight delays! RVD not here due to injury.

(1) Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio beat The Bashams.. Five minutes of stalling. Mostly comedy match with Eddie scoring the fall on Danny via small package. Finish looked screwed up as Brian Hebner only counted 2 and a half. Double 619 and frogsplash after the bout. Thunderous Eddie chants throughout.

(2) Orlando Jordan beat Hardcore Holly. Promo by Jordan "telling the people you love my smile". Holly says, "I can do to you what I did to Renee Dupree but I'll take it easy. (I think like five of us got that.) Your smile's good for sucking and swallowing." Holly stiffs Jordan throughout. There was a blown clothesline spot so Holly went all Tough Enough on Orlando for a few. Finish was Bob going for the Alabama Slam into an Orlando sunset flip while holding the ropes. Awful.

(3) Funaki beat Spike Dudley and Chavo Guerrero in a three-way to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. The highlight of this bout was when someone yelled, "Hey Spike, one of my nuts are bigger than you!" Spike eliminated first by Chavo with a sitout powerbomb. Finish was sweet as Chavito going for the Gory Special and Funes reversing it into a sunset flip. The sunset flip is making a comeback. Bring on the Killer Bees!

(4) Miss Jackie beat Dawn Marie in the best body contest. Untalented local DJ Buckethead who is despised in Orlando, hosted the affair. Dawn strips first to a polite response. Dawn's rear has seen better days. Jackie stripped next, and the crowd votes her the winner.

(5) Big Show beat JBL (w/Orlando Jordan) via DQ so JBL retained the WWE Hvt. Title. JBL with outstanding mic work. Running down Orlando calling it Tampa. The guy knows how to get that good heat. Tons of comedy in the early stages. Big Show's chops are sick. Show is much improved in the ring. Finish came when the Bashams hit the ring. Chokeslams distributed to Jordan, Doug, and Danny. JBL take a powder.

Intermission.

(6) John Cena beat Kenzo Suzuki (w/Hiroku) to retain the U.S. Hvt. Title. Cena rapped about some fan at ringside. Kenzo is awful but Cena carried him to a decent bout. By carry I mean by the molten lava heat he generated when making the comeback out of a nerve hold. He is super over right now. The Doctor gets the win with the FU. After the bout Cena left through the crowd a la DDP.

(10) Booker T & Charlie Haas beat Mark Jindrak & Luther Reigns. As per the prematch stip, Kurt Angle must kiss Booker T's ass. Nothing match with Haas pinning Jindrak after the Angle slam. Great comedy after the match. Long threatened to fire Angle if he didn't do it. Long started a "Kurt, kiss the Booty!" chant. He low blowed Booker T. The next match began immediately.

(11) Undertaker beat Kurt Angle in a Casket Match. This is by far the best casket match I have ever seen. Of course, Taker's never had a quality opponent in one before. This could have been a PPV match it was that good. After several near finishes, Heidenriech came out. He took the worst bump ever. Worse than a Sid punch ugly. JBL came out and he and Kurt teamed on Taker. Both hit their finishers and rolled Undy in. They argued over who would slam the lid then fought each other. Taker recovers, Chokeslams Kurt very gently, and rolls him in. He then Tombstoned JBL and rolls him on top of Angle in a 69 position. Slams the lid and its over. Great House Show. Had a TV feel.

Biggest Babyface Pops:
-Cena
-Eddie
-Big Show
-Booker T

Most Heel Heat:
-JBL (by far)
-Angle
-Bashams
-Kenzo

Top seller in the Merch Stand was the Ruck Fules Tee and Hat. Nothing like seeing an 8 year old wearing that!

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