March 27, 2003
Rey Mysterio & Brian
Kendrick vs. Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore
Kendrick is in trouble for most of the match and Hardy ends up hitting the Twist of Fate to score the pinfall victory. After the match, Mysterio goes after Moore and Hardy but Matt ends up hitting him twice with the Twist of Fate.
Backstage, we see Hulk Hogan and he lets his good friend Jimmy Hart know that he has to take care of something tonight.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Charlie Haas
Guerrero sells a shoulder injury and Haas capitalizes by working it over, but Eddie ends up winning anyway.
Another John Cena rap promo airs. He says that tonight he will teach Brock Lesnar a lesson and that tonight is the night that the Next Big Thing gets called out.
Backstage, Josh Mathews stops Brock Lesnar and says that tonight John Cena is going to call him out. Lesnar says he doesn't care, Cena can call out whoever he wants, he's concentrating on winning the WWE title at Wrestlemania 19.
Backstage, Undertaker finds Nathan Jones, who has already beat up Chuck Palumbo. Taker says "well I guess your first match will be at Wrestlemania" and then takes Jones to talk about the good and the bad about what he just did.
We see clips of Vince McMahon training with Shane McMahon.
Backstage, Jamie Noble and Nidia talk about her upcoming match tonight against Torrie. Nidia still can't get over why Torrie Wilson was picked over her. She asks Noble who is prettier - me or Torrie? Noble doesn't answer so Nidia gets mad and hits him, so he reponds by saying that Torrie can't even hold a candle to Nidia. Nidia promises that tonight she will make Torrie Wilson ugly.
We see a Wrestlemania moment - this one from Wrestlemania V and the Piper's Pit and the incident between Roddy Piper and Morton Downey Jr.
Torrie Wilson vs. Nidia
Noble comes down with Nidia and interferes in the match right away allowing Nidia to attack Torrie. Nidia tried to use a chair early on, but Torrie baseball slid into her knocking the chair into Nidia herself. Torrie takes about two minutes to win.
Backstage, Big Show and A-Train confront Nathan Jones. They basically say that he can't do anything without Taker backing him up and that him being in jail gives new meaning to the term down under. Show and A-Train state that they'll see Jones at Wrestlemania and then leave.
Big Show & A-Train vs.
Chris Benoit & Rhyno
Nathan Jones ends up coming down and attacking A-Train and Big Show, but they start to get the better of it until Undertaker comes running down to even up the sides.
Backstage, Kurt Angle asks around for the directions to Brock Lesnar's dressing room.
Hulk Hogan Interview
Hogan is here tonight with his son and Jimmy Hart. Hogan starts off by saying that Vince McMahon fears Hulkamania. He's had a business relationship with Vince for about 20 years and on-off in that time, they've been friends. He's seen Vince do some illegal things but he really didn't realize how mentally twisted Vince really is. Some people think Vince is a genius and maybe he is, but if he is, he's an evil damn genius. Just last month at No Way Out when Hogan was going one-on-one with the Rock and just as he was about to win, the lights went out and when the lights came on, there was the Rock lying there but there was the referee on the other side of the ring. When he looked further, he saw Vince McMahon power walking down the ramp. He knew something had gotten awry and he realized that this was some evil plan by Vince McMahon. But last week, he had no idea that Vince McMahon would stoop to the level that he did. He made Hogan sign the contract in his very own blood. When the attorneys called him up and said that Vince McMahon wanted to make the match a street fight, he was so damn mad and said oh hell yes. But now that he has had time to think about it, he doesn't know if he should have put his career on the line. Maybe he shouldn't have but he did and he will because he's a man of his word. Hogan says that he knows in his heart, that this won't be his last time on Smackdown!. He knows in his heart that this match with Vince won't be his last damn match. Because physically, he knows he can beat Vince McMahon in a fight. But this isn't going to be an ordinary fight, it's going to be a fight that has been brewing for 20 years, it will be a fight you haven't seen before. And you will see a Hulk Hogan that you haven't seen before. He's ready to reach all new highs and all new lows when he faces someone who is ready to end his career. Whether this is his last match or whether Hulkamania is going to live forever, he really doesn't know. But one thing he does know when Hulkamania runs wild, he will leave Vince McMahon laying in a pool of his own blood.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Chavo
Guerrero ends up sneaking out a victory. After the match, Benoit and Rhyno come down and Rhyno Gores Shelton while Benoit hits the Crippler Crossface on Haas.
Backstage, we see John Cena, who is apparently getting ready to call out out Brock Lesnar.
Backstage, Kurt Angle finally finds Brock Lesnar. He says they're both champions, they're both winners but there is one difference between them. With all due respect Brock, you're just a kid. A 25-year old rookie. Don't get me wrong, you still have a bright future but come this Sunday at Wrestlemania, your life will never be the same again. No matter who wins, this match will raise the bar for future wrestlers - wrestling will never be the same again. Angle says that both he and Lesnar know that they are the best in the business. If Brock somehow ends Kurt's career, he's okay with that and you know why. Because he's done it all. He's won Olympic Gold, he's won numerous titles. This will be his fourth Wrestlemania, but this is Brock's first and it may very well be his last. Angle says that he's not going into this match at half speed, he's going in it with everything he has. He won't think twice about ending Brock's career. He just wanted Brock to know that, face-to-face. Lesnar says that it takes a lot of courage to come in here after what he did last week. But he agrees, that they are both great athletes and that they will raise the bar this Sunday. Brock says he hopes to God that Angle brings everything he has because he will do the same. He can live with Wrestlemania being his last match - broken bones, broken necks, bring it all on. Brock says that the belt Kurt has around is worth it. But he is a kid, he is a big freakin' kid. And this Sunday, this kid is coming home with the WWE title.
WWE announces that the Rob Van Dam/Kane vs. Lance Storm & Chief Morely title match will take place on Sunday Night Heat, not at the PPV itself. They run down the rest of the card but no new matches are announced.
John Cena vs. Rikishi
Standard match until ref bump near the end of the match allows Cena to hit him with a chain but Rikishi kicks out. Cena then hits the Death Valley Driver for the pinfall victory.
After the match, Cena grabs a mic and asks Brock if he still thinks he's a joke. If he wants pain, come down and get some. Brock doesn't come out so Cena says he's coming after him and walks towards the back.They talk trash to eachother as the shown ends.