The show opened with the new #1 contender to the World Heavyweight title (at Wrestlemania), Randy Orton, making his way down to the ring. Orton wasted little time in saying “I told you so,” and said that neither Rey Mysterio nor Eddie Guerrero’s spirit could stop destiny…Randy Orton’s destiny. He then turned his attention toward his Wrestlemania opponent, Kurt Angle, calling him lucky to have beaten the Undertaker at No Way Out. The Legend Killer insisted that Kurt’s luck would run out at Mania, and that he’d take Angle’s spot atop the business…a business that his father and the rest of his family built. He called the Ortons the greatest wrestling family of any and all generations and said that he, himself, would be the greatest of this generation. At that point, Chavo Guerrero came in through the crowd and attacked Orton, hitting him with the Three Amigo rolling vertical suplexes and following up with a Frog Splash to the delight of the crowd. Security pulled Guerrero away as the segment closed with Chavo shouting at Orton that the Guerreros were the best wrestling family ever. (CMV1 note- good promo from Orton and a good little side feud for Orton. It makes sense to have Chavo get involved after all the Eddie comments. I’ll look forward to that match. Anyhow, solid start to the push toward Mania 22).
Match 1: WWE Tag Team Champions MNM vs. Matt Hardy and Tatanka
Backstage, William Regal read a letter to Paul Burchill imploring him, essentially, to drop the pirate gimmick because it was embarrassing to Regal. In the line of the night, Regal ended the letter-reading with the words, “P.S.- you’re gorgeous and delectable.” Burchill again stayed mute, though, and simply handed Regal a bomb with a lit-fuse. Burchill hightailed it, but just as Regal looked like he was going to lose his mind, Captain Paul jumped back in the picture and calmly said, “Boom.” (CMV1 note- amusing segment for the second week in a row…but unfortunately the amusement again had very little to do with Burchill and mostly to do with the guys playing off him).
Match 2: Boogeyman vs. The Dicks
Rey Mysterio came out to the ring and said he was thrilled that Eddie Guerrero was going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before Wrestlemania. He said it’s a shame, however, that he won’t be wrestling in the main-event the following night and winning the World title in his honor. He apologized to Eddie’s family, the fans, and of course, Eddie for allowing Randy Orton to get into his head and put his title shot on the line. At that point, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long came out and told Rey that while he couldn’t take Randy out of the main-event at Wrestlemania, he could put Rey in since Orton clearly didn’t prove himself to be the definitive better man on Sunday (he used the tights and the ropes). Thus, we are now looking at a triple threat main-event for the second time in three years. Rey was thrilled, to say the least, and showed it as the segment ended. (CMV1 note- thank you, WWE, for adding Rey to the main-event. That was an expected move, but a necessary one to ensure that this year’s main-event is special. Orton vs. Rey vs. Angle is a money match, and one that I’m glad I’ll be attending Wrestlemania to see. No matter the outcome, it’ll be a great match. It also sets up the SD main-event scene really well throughout the summer until Batista’s return, for Orton vs. Mysterio, Mysterio vs. Angle, and Orton vs. Angle in singles matches can all be used as PPV main-events over the next several months).
Kristal came out to promote the Divas magazine…Jillian interrupted…a cat fight ensued…(CMV1 note- who cares? What’s the point of having women wrestle at all on SD? Put them all on Raw…)
Clips of Batista’s appearance at No Way Out were shown.
Match 3: Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Psicosis
Highlights of the Undertaker vs. Angle, No Way Out main-event aired, which brought out Teddy Long to inform us of the rematch set to take place next week on SD. (CMV1 note- sorry to have an opinion on almost everything tonight, but I can’t wait to review that one…seriously, folks, if last Sunday’s bout was any indication, you won’t want to miss SD next week).
Backstage, Randy Orton argued with Teddy over booking a Taker-Angle rematch.
Match 4: JBL, Randy Orton and Finlay vs. Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and Lashley
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