Smackdown – November 25, 2005

Date: November 25, 2005
Location: Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, England
Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz

It’s the go home show for Survivor Series and that means we will probably be having some Raw appearances to hammer home the show’s main event. The brand vs. brand idea has worked out well enough so far so hopefully they can take it over the finish line well enough. Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap of the Smackdown vs. Raw feud, which has centered around Kane/Big Show vs. Batista.

Opening sequence.

Teddy Long is in the parking lot and tells security to be on guard for Raw.

United States Title: Chris Benoit vs. Booker T.

Booker is defending and here’s Sharmell, now in a crown, to handle his introduction. They stare and shove to start before locking up around the ropes. A drop toehold takes Booker down and frustration is setting in early. Benoit chops away in the corner but Booker kicks him in the face and grabs a front facelock. You don’t do that to Benoit, who pops up and starts chopping away again.

Booker’s sidekick misses but he drapes Benoit over the top rope instead. They fight over a suplex to the floor until Booker sends him into the corner and we take a break. Back with Booker working on the arm but Benoit hits a running should for the double knockdown. It’s Booker up first with a suplex for two and Sharmell is not happy with the speed of the count.

The armbar goes on again and Cole starts comparing the fans’ reactions between Raw and Smackdown, which actually makes sense for once. Back up and the referee gets bumped, leaving Benoit to roll the German suplexes into the Sharpshooter. Another referee comes in to see Booker make the rope. More rolling German suplexes put both of them down until Benoit heads up top. The superplex brings him back down and they interlock legs on the landing with the original referee getting up to count the double pin.

Rating: B-. These two are always good together and they had another nice match here. The ending should set up something for Survivor Series, which does have room for a few more matches to round out the card. We could be in for something good if they’re given the time on the pay per view.

Post match the argument is on so here’s Long to look at the replay. He doesn’t see either of them winning so let’s have a best of seven series for the title with the first match taking place on Sunday.

In the parking lot, JBL goes up to a white van because it must have the Raw guys inside. It’s actually the Boogeyman and freaking out ensues.

Animal/Heidenreich vs. The Dicks

It’s a brawl on the floor to start as Cole reminds us that the Dicks cost Animal and Heidenreich the Tag Team Titles a few weeks back. Heidenreich punches at James to start and then does the same to James to keep things even. A throat snap across the top puts Heidenreich in trouble and the slow beatdown is on. Heidenreich gets a boot up in the corner though and it’s off to Animal to run them over. James sprays baby oil in Animal’s eyes though and a rollup (with an assist) gives Chad the cheap pin.

Rating: D. Well at least the Animal/Heidenreich run seems to be over. The team worked for a short while and while having them hold the titles for three months was a bit much, it didn’t go on so long that it was a major problem. Then you have two guys named the Dicks and suddenly I could go for a heck of a lot more Animal/Heidenreich.

Mr. Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy

Matt grabs a headlock to start and a suplex doesn’t even get Kennedy out of trouble. Kennedy gets him on top but Hardy elbows his way to freedom. The moonsault….well it hit Kennedy’s legs but he was rolling away so I guess that counts as a miss? Kennedy puts on a chinlock with a knee in the back until Hardy fights up and hits a Russian legsweep. The Side Effect gives Hardy two so he goes up, where he has to fight out of the super Regal Roll. Hardy clotheslines him to the floor and they fight outside with Kennedy grabbing a chair. The referee tries to take it away but gets hit in the ribs instead, meaning Hardy winds by DQ.

Rating: D+. Another match that didn’t have much time to make anything work here but they’re more interesting than the people in the tag match. Kennedy continues to be protected as he still hasn’t been pinned around here. It’s nice to see them doing something with someone and Hardy getting a win might help him build up some momentum. Now if only the match could have done more than existing.

Eric Bischoff is here but can’t get through security. Long comes up and Bischoff says they’re coming.

Christy Hemme vs. Melina

MNM is here with Melina. Christy dropkicks her before the bell but Mercury shoves Christy down on the floor. That’s good for a double ejection and Christy is back on her at the bell. A hair pull lets Melina get in a backbreaker though and we hit the bow and arrow. Back up and Christy grabs a sunset flip for two but Melina is right back with a faceplant for the pin.

Rating: D. This was all about eye candy and that’s fine and good given what the two of them are capable of doing. Christy is clearly trying as hard as she can out there and she isn’t a nightmare in the ring or anything, but she’s firmly in the group of women mainly there for her looks who has a match every now and then. The effort means a lot though and that was on display here.

Batista gets taped up but Randy Orton, his challenger for later tonight, comes in to say he wants no excuses in their title match. Orton is better than the rest of Evolution, and tonight he’s proving it. Batista remembers HHH beating Orton and then Batista beat HHH. Wasn’t Orton the one who got kicked to the curb? Orton isn’t pleased as Batista leaves.

We see Nunzio winning the Cruiserweight Title at a house show in Rome.

Here are Carlito and Chris Masters carrying tickets.

Cruiserweight Title: Nunzio vs. Juventud Guerrera

Nunzio is defending, Vito and the Mexicools are outside and they forearm it out to start. Juvy hits a few chops and a spinwheel kick gets two. That’s enough to send Nunzio outside but Juvy misses a dive. The chinlock doesn’t last long as Juvy is back up with a spinwheel kick. A pumphandle driver gives Juvy two so he sends Nunzio into the corner. Nunzio tries to jump over him but gets Juvy Drivered to give Juvy the title back.

Rating: C-. They packed a decent bit into this and having the title change hands again was the right call. Nunzio winning the title for a feel good moment in Italy was fine but Juvy is a lot more important at the moment. Granted that’s on the Cruiserweight Title scale so it’s not like any of this matters compared to anything else on the show. At least it was better than some of the previous matches though.

Survivor Series rundown.

William Regal/Paul Burchill vs. John Bradshaw Layfield/Rey Mysterio

Jillian Hall is here with JBL and Mysterio. Regal and Mysterio start for what could be an interesting pairing. JBL breaks up a very early cover so Mysterio is taken into the English corner with Burchill coming in. The 619 connects and Rey Drops the Dime, followed by the Clothesline From JBL to Regal. Cue Shawn Michaels for a superkick to JBL though, followed by Carlito and Masters running in. Some Smackdown wrestlers chase them off.

Undertaker is back at Survivor Series.

Bobby Lashley vs. Orlando Jordan

Jordan doesn’t even get an entrance. He tries to jump Lashley at the bell but gets spinebustered and suplexed. The Dominator finishes Jordan in about a minute.

Smackdown security has been beaten down in the parking lot so Teddy has sent the locker room to ringside for the main event.

Smackdown World Title: Randy Orton vs. Batista

Batista is defending and heavily taped up. They stare each other down, circle a bit, lock up, and then start fighting off the invading Raw wrestlers as the match is thrown out in about a minute.

Post match the big brawl is on with Orton and Batista cleaning house until Big Show and Kane show up. It’s a double chokeslam through the announcers’ table to destroy Batista to end the show.

Overall Rating: C-. This was the kind of hyper focused show that the pay per view needed and to be fair I do want to see the show a bit more now. That main event is going to carry the show though and they made that very clear here. Hopefully they can pull that off but you never know around here. Not a very good show on its own but it did what it was supposed to do.

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