SMACKDOWN! WORLD TITLE #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT
April 1 - 15, 2003

- Quarter-Finals

Held 4/1/03 at the Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.

- The Undertaker pinned Rey Mysterio Jr. at 3:23 by blocking the West Coast Pop and hitting the Last Ride; after the bout, Taker helped Mysterio to his feet in a showing of respect

- John Cena pinned Eddie Guerrero at 4:51 by catching Guerrero in a firemanís carry and hitting the FU

- Chris Benoit defeated Albert via submission with the Crippler Crossface at 6:55 after avoiding the backbreaker

- Rhyno defeated the Big Show via disqualification at 4:14 when Albert prevented the cover after Rhyno hit the Gore; after the bout, the two double teamed Rhyno

- Semi-Finals

Held 4/8/03 at the AllState Arena in Chicago, IL.

- John Cena pinned the Undertaker following interference from the FBI and several chair shots

- Chris Benoit pinned Rhyno with a backslide; after the bout, the two men hugged out of respect

- Finals

Held 4/15/03 at the Scope in Norfolk, VA.

- John Cena pinned Chris Benoit at around 12:30 by blocking an attempted sunset flip as Benoit countered the FU; due to pre-match stipulations, Cena earned a world title shot against Brock Lesnar for Backlash

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