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5/18 WWE in Las Vegas, Nev.: Detailed Smackdown/Velocity tapings

May 20, 2004 - 2:22:00 PM
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WWE Smackdown house show report
May 18, 2004
Las Vegas, Nev.
Report by Tom Brunette, PWTorch.com reader


DARK MATCH:

(1) Scotty 2 Hotty beat a jobber with a neckbreaker.

VELOCITY:

The show started off with Theodore Long coming out to massive crowd heat as he just ran down the Vegas crowd and then introduced Mark Jindrak. Long kept rambling about Jindrak's phyisque and saying how he wanted to gamble off of it as Jindrak just admired himself in the mirror to more boos from the crowd. Jindrak's opponent is Paul London and he got a decent pop considering that he is hardly used on TV. Paul London got in some offense but it wasn't quite enough as Jindrak won with his rock bottom move.

(1) Mr. Ass Billy Gunn & Hardcore Bob Holly beat The Bashams. This was decent match between these two as Holly and Gunn were way over with the crowd. Surprisingly Doug and Danny did not do their switcheroo like usual. The finish saw Hardcore Holly lift one of the Basham's up for a powerbomb and Billy running over, jumping up and hitting a neck breaker as Hardcore got the fall. After the match there were three very fine blonde women sitting behind the announce table so Billy goes over to them and leans back first against the guard rail and the three women rubbed his body and then Hardcore Holly did the same and the women did it to him as well.

(2) Jamie Noble beat Shannon Moore with a sleeper submission. The fans were really into Shannon Moore and Jamie Noble got some heat from the crowd as well. Good match between these two as Jamie Noble got the win with his front headlock choke hold

SMACKDOWN:

Eddie starts the show to a huge chant. He tells JBL thatJBL left empty handed. Eddie has JBL's hat from the PPV which is covered in blood. Eddie says JBL will need a hospital after tonight. JBL comes out and refuses to fight Eddie. He wants Eddie to give him the belt which he rightfully earned since he sent Eddie to the hospital. At this time Eddie's about to go kick JBL's ass but Kurt Angles music hits and out comes Angle to the normal "You Suck" chant. Angle says he's the GM of Smackdown therefore he makes the matches, not Eddie. He then denies the rematch, which gets him some huge heat from the crowd. Afterwards he makes a six-man tag match of RVD, Rey Mysterio, and Eddie vs. JBL & The Dudley Boys. )

(1) Nunzio & Johnny Stamboli beat Rico & Haas (w/Miss Jackie). Nunzio's ribs were still tapped up. Rico kissed Nunzio which led to a German suplex from Haas for the win. The crowd was really into Haas and Rico.

Promo for WWE Experience.

Shows clips from the PPV's Cruiserweight match. Then we go backstage to Los Chavos. Chavo's argue over who is better but Sr. (a/k/a Classic) says he was just joking about being better but hes taking part in the triple threat Cruiserweight title match which will take place later on tonight against Spike Dudley.

(2) Billy Kidman vs. Akio never started. Mordecai comes down before the match even starts and squashes both men.

Backstage doctors are checking on JBL. After the checkup JBL tells the doctor he knows Eddie will be back there for a checkup. He tells the doctor not to believe anything Eddie says since hes a liar.

(3) Rene Dupree (w/Fifi) beat John Cena. Cena didn't do a rap. USA chants start up. Cena sells the shoulder injury from the PPV. Loses by count out after Rene low blows him on the outside of the ring then gets back in. After the match Cena gets back in and Rene delivers the Michinoku Driver on Cena and Rene then drapes the French Flag over Cena.

Showed more highlights of JBL vs. Guerrero.

(4) Spike Dudley beat Chavo Jr. and Chavo Classic capture the Cruiserweight Title. Lots of double-teaming by Los Chavos on Spike Dudley early on. Spike ends up hitting the Dudley Dawg on ChavoJr. and charges at Chavo Classic but bounces off and lands out of the ring. Chavo Classic falls backwards and ends up pinning Chavo Jr. to become the new Cruiserweight Champion. Classic can't believe he won, as Los Chavos begin to argue.

Backstage Funaki interviews Booker T. Booker says he ain't afraid of Taker, in fact he wants to face Taker tonight. However since Takers not there he wants to face Funaki. Funaki steals Bookers catch phrase by saying, Tell me you did not just say that!" Booker turns to attack him and Funaki levels him with a vicious hit from the microphone.

Booker T squashed Funaki.

Recaps of the ending to the U.S. Title Match. Next week we have a Lumberjack Match for the U.S. Title between Cena and Dupree.

Backstage JBL attacks Eddie as he was getting examined. So Eddie is said to be out of the match.

Promo for Kenzo Suzuki is played.

(5) JBL & The Dudley Boyz beat Rey Mysterio & RVD & Eddie. Huge heat for JBL,Nice Pop for Dudley Boyz w/o Heyman, Nice Pop for Rey Mysterio and huge pop for RVD. Of course, Eddie doesn't come out due to injuries. However, Angle comes out tohuge heat and says Eddie is faking the beating and he can participate in the match when he wants, but it will start with or without him. So now it's a handicap match between JBL & The Dudleyz vs. Rey Mysterio and RVD. Bubba and Rey start off. Typical Handicap match w Heels dominating mostly. Huge Bradshaw sucks chants start up as a hot tag to Rey w him hitting all his spots. He hits a 619 on Bradshaw followed by a Five Star Frog Splash from RVD on JBL but Bubba pulls Rey off at two. Halfway through the match Eddie comes out to a huge pop. Tag from Rey to Eddie as Eddie cleans house. Eddie ends up selling the beatings that he took from the PPV and the earlier one from tonight and looks like hes having a stroke or something. JBL gets tagged back in and makes the cover and demands the refereeto make thecount so he doesand JBL & the Dudleyz win as Medics arrive for Eddie & take him out on a stretcher.

Off Air: JBL come's back out and says it looks like the Alamo since all the Mexicans are down. He claims when he becomes champ he will make damn sure WWE never comes back to Vegas. He wants everyone to kiss his ass after he lowers his trunks. Suddenly the lights go out and Takers music hits. JBL says he has no problem with Taker only the Mexican kids he was beating up, but then gets mad because Taker keeps staring him down. He repeatedly tells Taker to stop, then makes like hes gonna leave until a coward type chant starts then he gets back in. He starts bad mouthing Taker and tries to sell UT Stock. Bradshaw swings at Taker but Taker blocks and punches JBL. JBL sends Taker off the ropes and tries a clothesline but Taker ducks itand thenchokeslamsJBL to a huge pop.Taker gives the sign for the tombstone so he picks JBL up and tombstones him to another huge pop to send the crowd home happy.

Notes: The crowd was hot all night long and we even popped for Chavo Classic winning the Cruiserweight Title.I would say the Thomas & Mack Center was about 90 to 95 percent full with only a few scattered seats behind the camera and in the upper deck. It was a good show I thought but let's see how it comes off on TV tomorrow.

Top Pops: Undertaker and RVD.

Most Heel Heat: JBL, Kurt Angle, Teddy Long

Things Missing: Pyro

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