January 22, 2004
Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Announcers: Michael Cole & Tazz

    • Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin defeated Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty..
    • The Basham Brothers defeated Sho Funaki & Ultimo Dragon..
    • Orlando Jordan defeated Matt Wolftime..

  2. NON (CW) TITLE MATCH: Rey Mysterio vs Chuck Palumbo..
    • Rey Mysterio wins with a quick surprise rollup pinfall!
    • Johnny The Bull attacked Rey Mysterio after the match and it turned into a 3-on-1 beatdown..
    • Jamie Noble walked down and gave Nunzio a wad of cash for a "job well done"..
    • Editor's Note: Does anybody remember that Nunzio is Jamie Noble's storyline cousin?? Michael Cole & Tazz didn't..

  3. INTERVIEW: Josh Mathews & Paul Heyman..
    • Paul Heyman says there is no respect for authority or the english language, thanks to Benoit & Cena..
    • Paul Heyman that tonight marks the start of a brand new Smackdown!, and upgrade the demographic..
    • Editor's Note: Nice move, calling your current demographic low grade..
    • Paul Heyman anounces Chris Benoit & John Cena vs Rhyno & Matt Morgan & The Big Show & Brock Lesnar..

  4. BACKSTAGE: Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Chavo Sr. + Kurt Angle..
    • Kurt Angle says that Chavo Sr. lied to him last week and set up Eddie Guerrero for a beatdown..
    • Kurt Angle cannot believe how Chavo Jr. could do that to his uncle, and Chavo Sr. to his brother..
    • Chavo Jr. says noboy knows what it's like to work their ass off, only to have the spotlight stolen by family..
    • Kurt Angle says he grew up in the shadow of four older brothers and still won a "frickin gold medel" for his country..

  5. ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFYING MATCH: Tajiri vs Billy Kidman..
    • Billy Kidman missed a shooting star press, got kicked in the head, and pinned!
    • Tajiri wins a spot in the Royal Rumble in four days..

  6. BACKSTAGE: The Big Show & Brock Lesnar..
    • The Big Show complains about Brock Lesnar following him everywhere he goes..
    • The Big Show says he needs some time to himself, to think about his match tonight, and about the Royal Rumble..
    • Brock Lesnar denies the assusation and says he's hanging around Big Show to protect him from Hardcore Holly..
    • The Big Show says that if Hardcore Holly beats Brock Lesnar, it only means he has a different Wrestlemania opponent..

  7. ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFYING MATCH: A-Train (clean shaven) vs Shannon Moore..
    • Dawn Marie comes out to the stage and announces that the winner of the match will gain entry into the Royal Rumble..
    • A-Train beats on Shannon Moore for a minute until Ernest Miller came out and distracted A-Train..
    • A-Train was briefly distracted, and then went back to completely demolishing and pinning Shannon Moore..

  8. BACKSTAGE: Paul Heyman & Matt Morgan/Rhyno/Brock Lesnar..
    • Paul Heyman gives his men a peptalk and then asks where the Big Show is?!
    • Brock Lesnar "rats" on Big Show, saying that Big Show is hanging out in the lockerroom with his cop buddies..

  9. HANDICAP MATCH: Chris Benoit & John Cena vs Brock Lesnar & Big Show & Matt Morgan & Rhyno..
    • Paul Heyman sat at ringside in a raised lifegaurd chair and watched the match..
    • The Big Show's music played, but we see that he's been barricaded in his locker room by a forklift!
    • Late in the match, Chris Benoit reversed the F5 into a crippler crossface, but Rhyno broke it up!
    • Brock Lesnar tagged out and started to walk out of the match, but got attacked by Hardcore Holly!
    • The match is now down to 2-on-2; Chris Benoit & John Cena vs Matt Morgan & Rhyno..
    • The crowd starts to chant "You ate soap! You ate soap!" at Paul Heyman..
    • John Cena avoided a Gore, and got a near fall, then got up and hit an FU for the victory!

  10. IN THE RING: Chris Benoit & John Cena & Paul Heyman + The Big Show..
    • Matt Morgan attacked John Cena after the match but Chris Benoit saved him before any damage could be done..
    • Chris Benoit & John Cena tipped the lifeguard chair over, sending Paul Heyman crashing into the ring!
    • The Big Show then walked down and demolished both John Cena & Chris Benoit with multiple chokeslams!

  11. ROYAL RUMBLE QUALIFYING MATCH: Bradshaw vs Sakoda vs Akio..
    • Bradshaw wins and gains entry into the Royal Rumble this Sunday in Philadelphia..

  12. BEST OF BILLY GUNN COUNTDOWN #1: Chuck Palumbo proposes to Billy Gunn as a publicity stunt!

  13. BACKSTAGE: Eddie Guerrero & Kurt Angle..
    • Kurt Angle says he thinks Eddie Guerrero wants to get revenge on his nephew and brother tonight..
    • Kurt Angle reminds Eddie Guerrero that the best way to get revenge is to win the match..
    • Kurt Angle says the reason Eddie Guerrero never won the WWE title is because he can't control his Latino Heat..
    • Kurt Angle says if Eddie wants to beat up Chavo at the Rumble, fine, but concentrate on winning tonight..

  14. TAG MATCH: Eddie Guerrero & Kurt Angle vs Chavo Jr. & Chavo Guerrero Sr...
    • This was an amazing match with about 20% action and 80% psychology, with the crowd totally into it!
    • Late in the match, there was some four-way action, and Kurt Angle got thumbed in the eye..
    • Eddie Guerrero went to check on Kurt Angle, and Kurt gave Eddie a blind AngleSlam by mistake!
    • Some referees and trainers came down to check on Kurt Angle, taking him out of the match..
    • The Chavos finished off Eddie Guerrero in the ring to win the match!

  15. Smackdown! goes off the air.......

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