WWE SmackDown #280 – Tribute to the Troops 2004

Camp Speicher – Tikrit, Iraq – December 23, 2004

MATCH #1: Rene Dupree vs. Booker T

They lock up and Booker backs Dupree into the corner. Dupree comes back with an elbow shot and then some punches. Booker reverses the momentum and sort of hits a hip toss, and then another one. He follows up with a bodyslam and a clothesline. He tries the Scissors Kick but Dupree avoids it and is able to hit a low blow out of sight of the referee. Dupree goes to work with stomps and such. He executes the French Tickler for a two-count, and then locks on a chinlock. Booker fights out and hits a flapjack. Booker hits a series of strikes and a heel kick. He then hits a spinebuster and delivers the Spin-A-Roony. He finishes Dupree off with the scissors kick to get the pin at 3:41. Not much to see there.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #2: Undertaker vs. Heidenreich

Undertaker goes to work right away, since he’s the best pure striker in WWE history. He hits a big boot and an elbow drop, then goes up and hits Old School. He follows up with the Flatliner for two. Heidenreich takes a powder and pulls Undertaker to the floor. Back in the ring Heidenreich hits a flying clothesline but only gets two. They take it to the floor and Undertaker resumes control with his Vintage offense. Back in the ring he gets a two-count. Undertaker hits Snake Eyes but Heidenreich immediately counters with a Black Hole Slam for two. Heidenreich slugs away at Undertaker in the corner and chokes him with his boot. He hits another flying clothesline for two. He locks on a sleeper and Undertaker back suplexes his way out of it. They reach their feet and trade hands; guess who wins. Undertaker hits the flying clothesline for two. He follows up with Snake Eyes and a big boot to the jaw. Naturally he follows up the big boot with the legdrop but Heidenreich kicks out again. Undertaker goes for the Chokeslam but Heidenreich counters it and bails. Heidenreich wanders around and gets counted out at 7:34. What the hell was that? The troops were chanting for the Tombstone and they gave them a countout?
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #3: Hardcore Holly vs. Kenzo Suzuki

Holly lands the first knockdown with a shoulderblock. Suzuki comes back with a hip toss and Holly kicks him off and goes right back to work. Holly drags Suzuki over to the corner and chops him. Suzuki fights back with a hot shot and then a running clothesline. He then locks on the reverse chinlock. Holly fights out and hits a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick for two. He goes up top and hits a flying clothesline for another two-count. He then hits the Alabama Slam to finish him off at 2:39. That was certainly brief.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #4: Rey Mysterio & Eddie Guerrero vs. Luther Reigns & Kurt Angle

Mysterio and Angle start it off. They take it right to the mat and Angle dominates. Angle goes to work on the arm. Mysterio armdrags his way out of a hold but Angle is tenacious and goes right back to it. Reigns tags in and hits a hard backbreaker for two. He takes Mysterio over to the corner and tags Angle back in. They work him over in their half of the ring. Angle hits a vertical suplex for two. Mysterio counters with a DDT on Reigns, and tags are made. Eddie is a house afire, taking out both Angle and Reigns with ease. He hits Angle with Two Amigos and then Angle rolls into the Ankle Lock. Eddie muscles out of it and hurls Angle into the 619 position. Mysterio happily obliges, but Reigns cuts him off. Eddie takes Reigns out with an inverted DDT. Angle then grabs Eddie with the Angle Slam. Mysterio comes back and takes Angle to the floor with a headscissors. Reigns tries to cover Eddie but only gets two. Eddie pokes Reigns in the eyes and then Mysterio comes back and delivers the 619, followed by an Eddie Frog Splash. Angle breaks up the pin, and then misses a charge at Eddie and tumbles to the floor. Mysterio then Drops the Dime on Reigns and gets the pin at 6:02. That was a spirited and well done tag match for the time given.
Rating: **¾


About Jake Ziegler

I've been in love with the movies for almost 20 years. I follow the Oscars obsessively, and try to see as many movies a year as I can. I'll watch anything good bad or otherwise, and my life long dream job has always been to be a bona fide film critic. View all posts by Jake Ziegler

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