Arena Reports 12/14 WWE Smackdown in Indianapolis: Heyman talks about capturing of Saddam
Dec 15, 2003 - 2:14:00 AM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY
WWE Smackdown! House Show
December 14, 2003
Indianapolis, Ind. at Conseco Fieldhouse
Report by Stephen J. Fullhart of Bloomington, Ind., PWTorch.com Reader
(1) Tajiri defeated Billy Kidman to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Tajiri took control early, but Kidman made the typical face comeback. Finish came when Kidman went up for the shooting star press. Tajiri woke up, jumped up and green-misted Billy, then gave him the buzzsaw kick. Good match to start things off... both guys got big reactions from the crowd.
Paul Heyman came out and addressed the crowd. My friends and I started an "E-C-W" chant... he slyly looked over at us with a grin. Paul E. said that before he played the bad guy general manager, he said it was great that the U.S. troops had captured Saddam Hussein. As a "U-S-A" chant broke out, Paul returned to heel mode and said that no one in Indianapolis lazily sitting on their couch had anything to do with it. John Cena interrupted and cut a rap promo on Paul. Brock Lesnar ran in to attack Cena as he was about to go after Heyman. Then Hardcore Holly ran in and pounded on Lesnar, prompting Big Show and Matt Morgan to run (slowly) out and take down the faces. Rey Mysterio and Chris Benoit sprinted (much quicker) and cleared the ring of the big guys. Heyman got on the stick and said Holly's suspension would be lifted, and he would face an opponent of his choosing. The other half-dozen guys would be involved in a six-man tag.
(2) Chuck Palumbo defeated Horshu. Chucky won with a superkick. Worst match of the afternoon... nothing of note, except that Palumbo is on Velocity for a reason.
(3) World's Greatest Tag Team defeated Spanky & Paul London. WGTT won with the Haas atomic drop into a Benjamin superkick into a Haas bridge (it needs a name). Excellent match that begs the question of why in the blue hell these guys aren't regulars on Smackdown! Great interaction between the two with a great pace.
(4) Orlando Jordan defeated Johnny Stamboli. Orlando rolled up The Bull for the win. A better match than I was expecting. Jordan with a gimmick could make a little bit of money.
Rikishi (artist Joseph Borzotta, PWTorch)
(5) Rikishi & Scotty II Hotty defeated Akio & Sakoda. 'Kish delivered the Driver to Akio for the win. This one furthered my theory that Mr. Phatu and "Skinny," as the Phat Man calls him, are much more over in person than on TV. All the standard spots got the crowd going. Akio is pretty darn good.
(6) Hardcore Holly defeated Rhyno. An Alabama Slam after a missed gore did Rhyno in. Holly was WAY over with the crowd. It took me a while to remember who Rhyno was, which is sad... he needs to be back on Thursday nights.
After the match, Heyman and security came down, telling Holly that he was officially suspended again, and Holly was reluctantly escorted out of the arena.
(7) Basham Brothers (w/ Shaniqua) defeated Los Guerreros to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. Eddie got rolled up by a Basham of you, the reader's choosing. Once again, a quality gimmick besides being obsessed with a dominatrix would truly benefit Doug and Danny. Awesome work by both teams. Eddie and Chavo were, of course, over big time.
(8) Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie and Nidia in a Tiny Teddy Contest. Sable came out and said that she would take EVERYTHING off for Indianapolis if she went last in the contest. Dawn Marie was hot... Torrie was in a special Santa suit, and was hot... Nidia was blind, and subsequently, not as hot. No Noble, but with help from the ring announcer, she made it to the center of the ring to disrobe. As she did her goofy Nidia dance, Sable kicked the cane out from under her, sending Nidia face-first into the mat. Sable left to a chorus of boos... not for her dastardly act, but because she didn't get naked. Torrie was voted the winner by the fans, and then Dawn Marie attacked Torrie. They rolled around, people cheered, a good time was had by all.
(9) John Cena & Chris Benoit & Rey Mysterio defeated Big Show & Brock Lesnar & Matt Morgan. Finish came when Cena delivered what looked to be an excruciating F-U on Show. At the same time, Benoit had Lesnar locked in the Crossface. As the ref was counting the 1-2-3, Lesnar was tapping, but Cena and Show were legal. Great work by all involved. Morgan saw limited action, maybe to hide his greenness, but when he was in, he wasn't bad by any means. Rey was awesome, as usual... he worked great with the big guys. Show played to the crowd, rubbing his rump as the fans made weight comments. Seeing Chris Benoit start a "6-1-9" chant was quite amusing... his ring work was quite amazing. Cena exudes passion in his matches.
After the match, Cena got on the stick and said that usually he would rap, but he was going to change up things. He said he was going to let his tag team partners freestyle. Rey got on and proved he knew how to rhyme words in some semblance of a lyrical pattern (Master P must have taught him a thing or two back in 2000). Benoit proved he is better as the silent, intense character, rhyming "toothless aggression" with "obsession" before ending his rap with "over and out." Hilarious stuff! Cena showed the two how it was done, freestyling for a couple minutes before thanking the crowd. The three slapped hands with the fans as they walked out.
My friends and I were in the third row, and enjoyed every minute of it. I encourage everyone to drop some cash and go to a house show. Conseco Fieldhouse had the entire top section tarped off, and only one-third of the remaining seats were filled. I'm sure part of the low attendance was because the Colts were playing Michael Vick at the RCA Dome, but it was still disheartening. But I'd say everyone in attendance was very satisfied with the show. I'll definitely go back to another WWE house show when it's in town.
1) John Cena
2) Paul Heyman when mentioning Saddam's capture
3) Los Guerreros
4) Hardcore Holly
5) Chris Benoit rapping
1) Brock Lesnar
2) Paul Heyman after his Saddam remarks
3) Big Show
QUICK TIPS FOR SENDING RESULTS
If you attend an arena event in future, either house shows or TV tapings, we encourage you to send us a report for publication. You can direct your reports to email@example.com.
We accept reports in any format, but if it's not much trouble, please format your report like you see above, with the matches numbered like this (1), (2), (3), with the opening line of each match paragraph stating who over whom (don't just say Wrestler A vs. Wrestler beat with the result listed later; instead, state up front who won so those readers who don't have time to read the entire report (i. e. their boss walks past their cubicle all the time looking over their shoulder) can at least quickly assess the results.
Also, please list tag teams using the "&" symbol as opposed to stating "and. " Reserve use of "and" when listing results in a three-way or four-way match where there are no teams (i. e. "Wrestler A over Wrestler B and Wrestler C in a three-way match") so it is easy to differentiate a handicap match from a three-way match.
If you know HTML coding for bolding, you can also bold out the first line of each match description. If you don't know HTML symbols, then we can add those ourselves.
Special thanks to everyone who helps us with reports on live events!
THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.
He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.
He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).
He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)
REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.
Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.
The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...
-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars. **SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**