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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: The Rock on Smackdown 10 years ago - who did Rock confront?

Jan 11, 2013 - 10:24:39 AM
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WWE is promoting tonight's Smackdown episode as The Rock's first in-ring appearance on Smackdown in ten years ago. Although Rock has appeared via satellite or via video package on Smackdown during the last ten years, Rock's last in-ring appearance on Smackdown was on the February 20, 2003 edition.

Rock then appeared on Raw and via satellite on Smackdown from February-April 2003 until taking a hiatus from wrestling after losing to Goldberg at the Backlash PPV.

During the Feb. 20, 2003 Smackdown, Rock confronted Hulk Hogan, which followed up on Rock and Hogan's memorable match at WrestleMania 18 in 2002. (An interesting side-note: a very young John Cena cut a promo in the segment that followed the Hogan-Rock exchange.)

One month later, Rock faced "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in Austin's last-ever wrestling match and Hogan faced Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 19 in March 2003. The following is a flashback to the Rock-Hogan confrontation from February 2003.

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WWE Smackdown on UPN
February 20, 2003
Taped Feb. 18 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Originally Published in PWTorch Newsletter #747


The Rock entered the ring to open the show and soaked up the crowd's negative reaction. Rock cut a solid heel promo, telling the crowd that now that they've chosen to boo him he will react accordingly.

(1) Chris Benoit beat A-Train with a roll-up... Backstage, two security guards stood in front of Rock's dressing room and refused to let Funaki inside.

(2) Rikishi beat Johnny Stamboli. Afterward, Nunzio and Chuck Palumbo joined Stamboli for an attack on Rikishi... A Los Guerreros in Beverly Hills skit aired. The duo stole a new mother's jewelry and her baby's bottle.

(3) Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore beat Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio when Hardy pinned Kidman... Michael Cole conducted a sit-down interview with Nathan Jones, who teased a feud with Undertaker and choked Cole... Undertaker came to the ring, where two presents from Big Show were waiting for him. The first box contained a puppy. Taker kicked in the second box, only to have Big Show attack him from behind.

(4) Nidia (w/Jamie Noble) beat Torrie Wilson in a paddle on a pole match thanks to Dawn Marie's interference.

Backstage, the security guards refused to let Hulk Hogan inside Rock's room...

Hogan came to the ring for a promo and was quickly joined by Rock. Rock did most of the talking and ripped Hogan. Rock teased that he was simply entertaining the fans and had nothing but respect for Hogan. Rock offered Hogan his hand, only to spit in his face...

John Cena cut an intense promo in which he vowed revenge on Brock Lesnar...

(5) Brock Lesnar beat Charlie Haas (w/Kurt Angle, Shelton Benjamin, Paul Heyman). Angle told Lesnar he would have to beat his team in singles matches before getting him in the ring.

(6) Brock Lesnar beat Shelton Benjamin (w/Angle, Haas, Heyman). After the match, Angle entered the ring for his match, but Team Angle attacked Lesnar before the bell. Edge & Chris Benoit ran out for the save.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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