SMACKDOWN! WORLD TITLE #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT
January 31 - February 20, 2005

- Quarter-Finals

Held 1/31/05 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

- The Undertaker fought Rene Dupree to a double count-out at 12:37 when Luther Reigns grabbed Taker's leg, preventing him from getting back in the ring after Taker threw Dupree into the steel ring steps; early in the bout, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns came ringside to watch the match; after the match, Taker hit the tombstone on Dupree

- Booker T pinned Eddie Guerrero at 19:55 by reversing a suplex attempt into a roll up and grabbing the tights for leverage

Held 2/5/05 at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

- WWE US Champion John Cena pinned Orlando Jordan in a non-title match with the FU at 4:51

- Kurt Angle defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. via submission with the ankle lock at 20:00 after hitting the Olympic Slam

- Semi-Finals

Held 2/15/05 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, OH.

- WWE US Champion John Cena pinned Booker T with the FU in a non-title match at 16:46

- Finals

Held 2/20/05 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA during No Way Out 05.

- WWE US Champion John Cena pinned Kurt Angle at 19:22 with the FU after ramming Angle into the corner as Angle attempted to use Cena's steel chain as a weapon while referee Charles Robinson was knocked down; due to pre-match stipulations, Cena earned a WWE World Title shot at WrestleMania 21

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