April 11, 2006
Matt Peddycord

WWE Smackdown!
April 7, 2006
Peoria, IL
Civic Center

Your hosts are Michael Cole and Tazz!

WWE Tag Team Champions MNM vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick – non-title match

WHOA~! Instead of waiting their turn, Kendrick & London interrupt Melina’s entrance! They double-team Nitro while keeping Mercury out of the ring at the same time. Order is restored and it’s Kendrick vs. Nitro. Kendrick hits a headscissors takedown and a dropkick for two. Melina and Mercury trip Kendrick up and yank him out to the floor. Back in, Nitro covers for two and then tags in Mercury. After Mercury missed a charge in the corner, Nitro comes in and tosses Kendrick out to the floor before he can make the tag. Back in, MNM goes to work on Kendrick’s ribs. Kendrick fights out of the MNM corner. He reverses a suplex into a small package on Nitro, but Mercury has the ref distracted. A double-team leg drop from MNM gets four near falls. Mercury tags in Nitro for a backbreaker/slingshot elbow drop move for two. He follows up with a front headlock so they can do the false tag spot. Kendrick flips out of a double back suplex and rolls past them to make the tag. London is a HOUSE OF FIRE! He takes on both MNM guys and connects with a dropsault to Mercury for a CLOSE near-fall! Nitro hotshots London and Mercury rolls him up for two. MNM go for the SNAPSHOT on London, but Kendrick dropkicks Nitro out to the floor. Kendrick leaps out onto Nitro London while rolls up Mercury for another CLOSE near-fall! London goes up top, but Nitro is there to knock him off to the mat. Kendrick gets back in the ring and goes flying out to the floor again with Nitro coming with him. London surprises Mercury with a roll-up for the 1-2-3! (9:36) That was a great little formula match and the crowd really got into it. I think London and Kendrick just might be ready for a tag title run! ***

Booker T & Sharmell stop by to talk to Teddy Long. They are ridiculously ecstatic! This surprises Long so he reminds them both of their WrestleMania experience. Booker ~ “Oh, he got jokes!” Booker says there isn’t anything that could take the smile off his face because BAM! He’s got a restraining order against the Boogeyman. If he comes within 100 feet of Booker & Sharmell, the police will lock up Teddy!

Booker T (w/Sharmell) vs. Gunner Scott

To me, Gunner Scott looks like the offspring of Paul Burchill and Bobby Roode. That is if they could get married and actually have children. Booker is all HE AINT NUTTIN for the first half of the match. Gunner surprises Booker with a drop toe hold. Gunner elbows out of Booker’s chinlock, but falls to the superkick. Gunner blocks some punches, but goes down to a spinebuster. Boogeyman’s music hits, but no Boogeyman. Gunner comes up behind Booker and rolls him up for the upset win! (2:53) Teddy Long comes down and apologizes for the miscue and craps on the restraining order. *

In the back, Chris Benoit congratulates Gunner Scott on his win.

Chris Benoit vs. Simon Dean

Dean tries to run Benoit over on his scooter, but it’s so slow that Benoit just avoids it and clotheslines the crap out of him. Benoit takes Dean in the ring and KILLS him with suplex after suplex. Dean moves out of the way of an elbow drop and then takes Benoit down with a running bulldog out of the corner. Dean delivers a suplex for two and goes to a half nelson. Benoit comes back with a pair of Germans and then locks on the CRIPPLER CROSSFACE for the win. (3:08) Once the bell sounds, a JBL celebration promo video is shown up on the screen. Why did it keep saying JBL at the end? ½*

In the back, Randy Orton gets real cocky with Kurt Angle, so he slaps him hard in the face! Angle needs a vacation.

World Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

Orton powers Rey back into the corner to start and slaps him across the face. Rey returns the favor and goes to a headlock. Orton counters that into a headscissors, which Rey flips out of into an Orton headlock. Rey shoves Orton into the ropes, but goes down to a shoulderblock for two. Orton takes over and begins to ground Mysterio. Once Rey gets free to move, Orton stays one step ahead of him. Orton uses his infamous crazy chinlocks several different times throughout the match. At one point, Rey sets up Orton for the 619! However, Orton is facing the tron and sees it coming. Orton rolls out to the floor, but gets caught with a springboard seated senton. Back in, Rey covers for two. Rey follows Orton in for the ten-count corner punch. Orton comes back with that stretch backbreaker and follows that up by returning to the chinlock. Rey fights back and goes out to the apron. He tries to spring back in, but Orton catches him with a dropkick that sends him out to the floor. We come back to Orton going back to the chinlock. Obviously it keeps Rey grounded, but you’re not going to beat somebody with a simple reverse chinlock. Unless you’re Samoa Joe, it’s not going to happen in 2006. Rey fights up again, but his flurry of offense is cut really short as Orton slams Rey down face first by blocking a headscissors. After a near-fall, Orton goes right back to the chinlock. Rey gets back up, but whiffs on a dropkick. Orton goes to the middle turnbuckle and takes too long. He tries for an elbow drop and Rey sticks his foot up just in time to block it. Orton misses a clothesline and goes down to a wheelbarrow bulldog for two. Rey gets major airtime for the springboard seated senton. That move needs a name. Rey dropkicks Orton in the back of the head for two. Orton comes back with a thumb to the eye, but gets dropped with a quebrada DDT for a near-fall! Rey goes up top, but Orton catches him on the way down with a dropkick. Orton covers, but Rey gets his foot on the bottom rope! Orton stalks Rey for the RKO, but Rey comes at him with a spin kick to the face. Both men are down. Orton gets back up with a kick to the gut and goes for the Canadian neckbreaker. Rey slips out of it but gets nailed with a clothesline. Orton covers for two! Orton misses a charge into the corner and runs shoulder-first into the ringpost. Rey comes by with the ringpost 619! That sets up another 619! Rey drops the dime and gets his win back over Randy Orton. (21:38) A 20-minute World title match was absolutely necessary for this show to make a believer out of the unbelievers that Rey can be a great World champion. ***½

Palmer Cannon lets us know that the following does not reflect Smackdown, UPN or any of their affiliates. The following was just a promo vid for the Miz. He’s coming to Smackdown!

Kristal stands by with Rey Mysterio in the back. Rey says he wants to thank everyone who has supported him. He’s living proof that dreams do come true in life. Tonight was proof that he’s ready to take on all comers. I wouldn’t have said that if I were you, Rey.

Meanwhile, William Regal has a suit for Paul Burchill to wear instead of his silly pirate outfit. Burchill says he likes dressing like a pirate and since he’s been doing it, he’s been undefeated. He makes fun of Regal’s losing streak and then makes him a deal. If Regal wins, Burchill will dress however Regal pleases. If Burchill wins, Regal will dress however Burchill pleases.

William Regal vs. Paul Burchill – Loser Dresses as the Winner pleases

Burchill just beats on Regal to start. Burchill gets caught in a headlock, but quickly comes back with a backdrop for two. Burchill attacks Regal with repeated forearms, but ducks low off a whip. Regal takes Burchill down with a half-nelson suplex. On the floor, Regal kicks Burchill’s head into the steel ringpost. Back in, Regal covers for a few near-falls. Regal misses a charge and fell victim to the C-4 for the win. (3:23) Post-match, Regal begs to get out of the stipulations. ½*

Teddy Long gets seven guys in the locker room together to let them know that he’s bringing back the King of the Ring tournament. Everybody in the room is in it. That includes Booker, Finlay, Benoit, Lashley, Hardy, Angle and…Orton. Next week, the opening first round match will be Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton! Angle ~ “Yeah! Your butt is mine, Orton! Yeah!”

Mark Henry vs. Undertaker

Henry is on the mic! He complains that because of his size, he can’t be in air-tight coffins. He says once he got out of the coffin, he had a vision. He saw the Undertaker’s future. After tonight, Taker will never be the same. We come back from the break for Undertaker’s entrance. They go with the idea that Henry can’t be knocked off of his feet again tonight. Undertaker eats an elbow off a charge into the corner and goes down to a clothesline. Henry takes over for a bit, but he runs into a boot off a charge. Undertaker goes OLD SKOOL across Henry’s back. Taker goes for the Flatliner, but Henry blocks it again tonight for a near-fall. Undertaker finally takes Henry off his feet with a big running lariat off the ropes. To the floor, Henry goes face-first to the steel steps. Taker drapes Henry across the apron and connects with the legdrop. Wait a second. Dalip Singh and Daivari come down to ringside. Undertaker goes after him, but he gets chopped down. Taker sits up, but Singh pulls him up by the throat. Then he rips up the turnbuckle pad and slams Taker’s face into it! This is Giant Gonzales and Harvey Wippleman all over again. No final bell but it was around 4:00. ½*

Final Thoughts: I liked this show better than Raw. As usual, Raw had too much talking and not enough wrestling. However, this show seriously went down hill after the Mysterio/Orton match. By the way, I really am not looking forward to this whole Dalip Singh thing. What is with these new freaks they are debuting this week? Let’s hope Dalip Singh is gone by Judgment Day. Other than that though, the return of the King of the Ring looks to me like a great idea and London and Kendrick should hopefully get a real tag title shot fairly soon!

Who had the better WrestleMania Fallout show? No question about it, it was Smackdown.

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