WWE Smackdown 10/31/2002
Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Entertainment presents Smackdown
From: Grand Rapids, MI
Smackdown starts with a Halloween party happening backstage. Faarooq is dressed as a pimp. Eddie and Chavo Guerrero are dressed up, as well. Eddie is dressed as Zorro. Tajiri is dressed as a 70s person while Shannon Moore is dressed as a devil. Stephanie is dressed as a witch and announces that tonight Brock Lesnar will wrestle Rey Mysterio in the main event. Mysterio isn’t wearing a costume.
Opening Contest: Smackdown Tag Team Champion Chris Benoit vs. Edge: Benoit controls Edge with a headlock to start and they go to the mat where Edge has an arm bar on Benoit. Benoit drop toe holds Edge, but Edge counters with a hammerlock. Benoit knee lifts Edge in the corner followed by forearm strikes and stomps. Benoit goes back to a headlock on the mat. Benoit shoulder blocks Edge, but runs into a knee lift to the midsection. Edge drives Benoit down with a gut buster. Edge shoulder rams and knee lifts Benoit in the corner a few times. Benoit fights back with a few chops and a short arm clothesline. Edge sends Benoit chest first into the corner and nearly wins. Edge tosses Benoit through the ropes to the floor and delivers an axe handle off the apron. Edge drops Benoit over the railing chest first. Edge tries for a cover managing a two count. Edge controls Benoit with a chin lock on the mat. Edge drops Benoit over the top rope gut first, but misses a baseball slide. Benoit decks Edge a few times on the floor and dropkicks Edge into the ring steps shoulder first. Benoit sends Edge into the corner in the ring shoulder first to keep control of the contest. Benoit keeps Edge on the mat with an arm lock. Edge arm drags Benoit and is met with a forearm strike. Benoit sends Edge into the ring post shoulder first again.
Benoit drives Edge down to the mat with a back suplex for a near fall. Benoit stomps on Edge to keep control of the contest. Benoit drop toe holds Edge followed by a dropkick to the shoulder. Benoit hits a snap suplex for a near fall. Benoit sends Edge hard into the corner. Benoit chops away on Edge several times. Benoit is met with an elbow in the corner, but stops Edge on the middle rope. Edge hits a middle rope facebuster and both men are down! Benoit rolls to the apron as the show goes to commercial.
Edge heads to the top rope missing a missile dropkick. Benoit tries for the Crossface, but Edge reaches the ropes. During the break, Edge speared Benoit off the apron. Benoit connects with a series of German suplexs. Benoit heads to the top rope missing a diving headbutt. They begin to trade chops until Edge drops Benoit over the top turnbuckle and nearly wins with a neckbreaker. Edge face plants Benoit for a near fall. Edge chops Benoit and hits a flapjack. Edge waits in the corner for a spear. Benoit sidesteps the spear and locks in the Crossface, but doesn’t get a submission. Edge holds the referee as Kurt Angle pulls Benoit off the hold. Edge baseball slides Benoit into Angle on the floor. Edge goes to the top rope and leaps off hitting a clothesline on Angle. Benoit rolls Edge into the ring, but Edge hits the spear and pins Benoit to win the match. (***1/4. A good match between these two, as expected. I’m over the repetitive nature of Angle and Benoit costing each other their matches. I’m sure Benoit will get involved in Angle’s match tonight, too. The tag champions feuding is a played out storyline and this is no exception.) After the match, Angle is seen smirking and walks off taunting Benoit.
Backstage, John Cena is dressed as Vanilla Ice and is rapping, which he does a great job at. Tajiri talks to Torrie Wilson and says he’s got a new girl. Tajiri walks up to a girl at the bar and it’s Mae Young. Tajiri tries to escape. Dawn Marie and Al Wilson arrive to the party.
Backstage, Chris Benoit storms into the Halloween party looking for Kurt Angle. Benoit storms out not finding Angle, but Angle was dressed in a costume.
Backstage, Smackdown World Champion Brock Lesnar dismisses Marc Lloyd in a Flintstones costume. Lesnar meets with Heyman in a locker room. Heyman tells Lesnar about a boxing match between Ali and Frazier. Neither man was the same and Heyman says that the same happened inside Hell in a Cell at No Mercy. Heyman doesn’t think Lesnar is the same man. Heyman insists that Lesnar can’t manhandle Big Show. Heyman doesn’t believe that Lesnar can beat the Big Show. Heyman says he makes decisions for people like Lesnar to end the segment.
Second Contest: Big Show vs. Rikishi: Rikishi kicks Show a few times to send Show to the floor. Rikishi follows, but Show sends Rikishi back first into the ring post and a chop. Show elbow drops Rikishi a few times in the ring to gain the advantage. Show back splashes Rikishi a few times in the corner followed by a clothesline. Show tries for a cover, but Rikishi kicks out at two. Show rips two turnbuckle pads off. Rikishi is sent into the exposed buckles followed a splash. Show hits a running powerslam with ease. Show plants Rikishi with the chokeslam to win the match. (1/2*. I like that Show is wearing jeans and a black shirt. I’m able to take him more seriously. I wonder if Rikishi was getting a push to only put Show over in dominate fashion. Show winning with ease certainly helps him as a he’s trying to be a threat to Lesnar.)
Big Show has a microphone to cut a promo. Show knows that Lesnar was watching and says that what he did to Rikishi is only a taste of what Lesnar can expect at Survivor Series. Show suggests that Lesnar come down to the ring and he’ll show him face to face. Show will be there waiting for Lesnar.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is begging Lesnar to not come to the ring as it would be a mistake. The show goes to commercial.
Big Show has remained in the ring and thinks that Lesnar is scared because of what Show did to Undertaker last week. Show accomplished taking the Undertaker out in seconds while Lesnar didn’t manage that over eight weeks. Show recalls having Undertaker over his head for a press slam. Show says that when you least suspect it, reality will slap you in the face. Show doesn’t believe Lesnar can beat him and the people know it, too. Even Paul Heyman knows it. Brock Lesnar’s music hits and Lesnar makes his way down to the ring. Lesnar has a stare down with Show in the middle of the ring. Lesnar takes the microphone and says Show is a giant piece of shit. Show leaves the ring with the microphone and says he’s been advised to not kick Lesnar’s ass until Survivor Series when he wins the title. Show is going to do something to Lesnar that hasn’t been done before.
Backstage, Torrie Wilson is getting ready for her match coming up next.
Third Contest: Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson in a pool of mud match: This is basically a food fight with Halloween themed food and they fight into the pool of mud. Torrie manages to pin Marie after chopping Dawn out of the pool.
Backstage, the lights go out at the Halloween party and Matt Hardy plays his theme music. Hardy thinks that the party needs some of him injected into it. Hardy asks if Tajiri knows that they have a match tonight. Hardy suggests Tajiri get ready for their match. Mae Young kisses Tajiri.
Backstage, Eddie Guerrero flirts with Stephanie McMahon at the Halloween party. Eddie says they want a shot at the tag titles. John Cena raps at Stephanie briefly saying that Vince McMahon is in her office wanting to see her.
Fourth Contest: Tajiri vs. Matt Hardy: Hardy plays to the crowd after taking Tajiri down to the mat. Tajiri puts a headlock on Hardy to counter Hardy’s offense. Hardy has a top wrist lock on Tajiri, but Tajiri comes back with a few arm drags. Hardy almost wins with a rollup and taunts the fans. Tajiri drops Hardy with a kick to the face. Tajiri baseball slides Hardy on the floor and hits a springboard moonsault to the floor. Hardy plants Tajiri with the Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy wrenches on Tajiri’s back between the ropes. Hardy continues to strike Tajiri on the back in the corner. Hardy chops Tajiri several times in the corner, but Tajiri fights back with strikes until an eye rake stops Tajiri. Hardy drops Tajiri throat first over the top rope and hits a back suplex/elbow drop combo for a two count. Hardy controls Tajiri with a neck vice, but doesn’t get a submission. Tajiri runs into a back elbow and Hardy connects with a leg drop. Hardy scoop slams Tajiri and signals for the corner. Hardy leaps off the middle rope missing a leg drop. Tajiri delivers a few kicks to drop Hardy for a near fall.
Tajiri hits a handspring back elbow and a kick to the back of Hardy’s head for a two count. Tajiri tries for the tarantula, but Hardy counters with a German suplex for a two count. Hardy misses a wild right hand and Tajiri locks in the Tarantula, but has to let go. Tajiri misses a kick to the face and Hardy tries for a Twist of Fate. Hardy low blows Tajiri and hits the Twist of Fate for the win. (*1/2. A really average match. Tajiri stood out to me more than Hardy. Hardy was obviously going to win since he’s been getting a lot of TV time and involved with main event acts in recent weeks.)
Backstage, Stephanie McMahon goes looking for Vince McMahon, but it’s someone wearing a Vince McMahon mask. The man believes that Scott Steiner will be joining RAW. Bischoff takes off the mask and ends up kissing Stephanie. Stephanie puts up a fight but then appears to enjoy the kiss. Stephanie is left confused.
Fifth Contest: Smackdown Tag Team Champion Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero: Angle controls Guerrero on the mat until Guerrero reaches the ropes. Angle shoulder blocks Guerrero followed by a hip toss and arm drag. Angle tosses Guerrero across the ring and Guerrero rolls to the floor to regroup. Guerrero cheap shots Angle while the referee is out of position. Angle fights back with a clothesline and an elbow to the face. Angle nails Guerrero with a leaping forearm for a two count. Guerrero drop toe holds Angle into the corner followed by a back suplex. Guerrero continues with strikes to drop Angle to his knees. Guerrero keeps a headlock on Angle, but doesn’t get a submission. Guerrero clotheslines Angle and goes back to a headlock. Angle connects with a powerslam as Guerrero came off the ropes. Guerrero dropkicks Angle a few times to maintain the advantage. Guerrero chokes Angle over the ropes. Guerrero suplexs Angle from the apron into the ring for a near fall. Guerrero knee lifts Angle coming off the ropes and locks in a head scissors. Guerrero uses the ropes for leverage, but doesn’t get a submission. Angle tries for the ankle lock, but Guerrero kicks away. Guerrero dropkicks Angle after a snapmare. Guerrero pummels Angle in the corner with strikes.
Guerrero sends Angle into the corner chest first and Angle comes back with a release suplex. They begin to trade strikes with Angle dropping Guerrero with clotheslines. Angle backdrops Guerrero coming off the ropes. Angle tries for a German, but Guerrero elbows free. Angle hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Guerrero tries for a suplex, but Angle counters with a series of German suplexs. Angle goes for a cover, but Guerrero kicks out at two. Angle drops his straps and waits for Guerrero looking for the Angle Slam, but Guerrero counters with a rollup for a two count. Angle clotheslines Guerrero, but runs into an elbow in the corner. Guerrero plants Angle with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Guerrero locks in the Lasso From El Passo, but Angle counters with an ankle lock. Guerrero reaches the ropes to break the hold. Guerrero low blows Angle and hits a brainbuster. Guerrero heads to the top, but Angle shoves the referee into the corner to crotch Guerrero. Chavo Guerrero gets knocked off the apron by Angle. Benoit hits Angle with the tag championship allowing Guerrero to hit a top rope frog splash for the win. (***. Similar to the Benoit/Edge match, just as I expected it to be. It’s an enjoyable match, but the story between Benoit and Angle hasn’t added anything in recent weeks.) After the match, Benoit hits Eddie and Chavo with the championship.
Backstage, Kurt Angle has entered the Halloween party and he’s not thrilled about Benoit hitting him with the title. Angle tosses Shannon Moore onto a table. Angle is determined to find Benoit. Angle thinks he found Benoit in a Scream mask, but it’s Brother Love. Chris Benoit attacks Angle from behind and puts his head in water. Angle sends Benoit into the wall, but Benoit hits Angle with a chair. Angle gets out of the Crossface and locks in the ankle lock. Benoit kicks free from Angle. Angle hits the Angle Slam on Benoit through a table, but Benoit hit Angle with a bottle over the head at the same time. They are both left laying to end the segment.
Main Event: Smackdown World Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.: Mysterio hits a middle rope leg drop to start the match. Lesnar tosses Mysterio into the corner, but Mysterio breaks free and runs around ringside. Mysterio leaps off the top to splash onto Lesnar, but Lesnar no sells it. Mysterio tries for a hurricanrana on the floor, but Lesnar blocks it and sends Mysterio into the ring post. Lesnar puts an over the shoulder bearhug on Mysterio, but doesn’t get a submission. Lesnar tosses Mysterio overhead with a suplex. Lesnar rams Mysterio into the corner to maintain control. Lesnar misses a spear and hits the post. Mysterio delivers a 619 to the legs and kicks Lesnar over the middle rope. Mysterio tries for the 619, but Big Show catches Mysterio and press slams Mysterio into the crowd! The match has been thrown out. After the match, Big Show rams Lesnar into the post and delivers a clothesline. Show chokeslams Lesnar through the announcers table. Show declares that the belt will be his.
A good overall show with several entertaining matches. They’ve done a good job rehabbing Big Show into the main event scene against Lesnar. It’s also a memorable episode for John Cena breaking out with his rap persona, so that should be fun to see how it progresses over time.
Thanks for reading.
Bob Colling Jr. View All
34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.
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