September 9, 2004
Sept. 9, 2004
The Big Show is back.
And, at least for the time being, nobody on SmackDown! appears safe.
The massive Show returned two weeks earlier than expected, interrupting Kurt Angle and Eddie Guererro’s Lumberjack Match main event in Tulsa. The man who disappeared four months ago, then proceeded to unleash a wrath of fury almost unforeseen in WWE annals.
With nearly the entire SmackDown! roster in or near the ring after the main event got a little muddled because interference from Luther Reigns, Show’s rage played no favorites.
The carnage included exactly eight devastating chokeslams. The victims, in order, were Hardcore Holly, John Cena, Charlie Haas, Rene Dupree, Nunzio, Guererro, Angle and Reigns.
He also body pressed Spike Dudley over the top rope and manhandled anyone else that dared get in his way.
Show’s unexpected and devastating return didn’t help Guerrero and Angle solve their differences. Since there was no decision, WWE fans are still waiting for one of the two to emerge as the better wrestler.
The wild night also featured the crowning of new WWE Tag Team Champions. Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki defeated Tag Team Champions Billy Kidman and Paul London.
But not without some controversy.
Kidman once again didn’t have the stomach to attempt his Shooting Star Press, the high-risk maneuver that injured Chavo Guerrero three weeks ago. But this time Kidman actually walked back into the lockerroom, leaving London as easy prey for Dupree and Suzuki, who had no sympathy in gaining the victory.
Earlier in the night, WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield got some good news and bad news. While JBL did defeat Charlie Haas in a non-title match, moments later he learned his fate for No Mercy from GM Theodore Long.
Long announced JBL will face Undertaker in a Last Ride Match at No Mercy on Oct. 3 for the WWE Championship. The only way to win is to toss your opponent into the back of a black hearse. Submissions, countouts and pinfalls will be rendered meaningless.
We also had another dramatic appearance from Heidenreich, who came to the aid of manager Paul Heyman. Heyman was in a match with Funaki, SmackDown!’s self-proclaimed No. 1 announcer, when the unstable giant destroyed Funaki and then once again went after Michael Cole.
Not even the announcers are safe on SmackDown!
WWE Champion JBL defeats Charlie Haas (non-title match)
Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki def. Billy Kidman & Paul London (new WWE Tag Team Champions)
Hardcore Holly, Rob Van Dam & Rey Mysterio def. The Dudleys & Spike
Paul Heyman def. Funaki