WWE Friday Night SmackDown #327 – Eddie Guerrero Tribute

Target Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 18, 2005

MATCH #1: Matt Hardy vs. Carlito

They start off with some chain wrestling, trading armbars and headlocks. Hardy shamelessly uses Carlito’s hair to score an early advantage. This is an inter-promotional match, as Hardy is from Smackdown and Carlito is from Raw. Carlito comes back with a drop toehold that sends Hardy to the floor. He follows him out and runs his back into the ring apron. Back in the ring Carlito tenaciously works on Hardy’s back. He goes up to the second rope and jumps right into Hardy’s boot. Hardy gets up and this a series of forearms, a clothesline, and a back body drop. He hits the Side Effect for two. Carlito comes back and puts Hardy backwards on the top rope. Hardy elbows him down and hits the V1 Legdrop. He goes for the Twist of Fate and Carlito pushes him off. Carlito runs into an elbow but manages to kick Hardy in the gut and try a suplex. Hardy reverses that to the Twist of Fate to get the pin at 5:38. That was a better match than I was expecting, and reminds me that there was a time I cared about Carlito.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: Legion of Doom vs. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch

This is another inter-promotional match. Cade & Murdoch are from Raw, and LOD is from Smackdown. Heidenreich and Cade start the match. Cade takes early control, but is soon overpowered by the larger Heidenreich. Murdoch cheats from the apron and they throw Heidenreich to the floor. They bring him back in and work him over for a little bit. He eventually makes the hot tag to Animal, who dominates both opponents. Heidenreich hits a side slam on Cade, and then they give him the Doomsday Device and that’ll do it at 4:00. That wasn’t much of a match, but I always get some kind of enjoyment out of seeing Heidenreich.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #3: Cruiserweight Battle Royal – Kid Kash, Brian Kendrick, Scotty 2 Hotty, Nunzio, Funaki, Tajiri, Gregory Helms, Mexicools, Paul London

It’s funny that Paul London’s name isn’t listed on the back of the DVD with the rest of the participants. I’m amazed that WWE even had 11 Cruiserweights on the roster at this point. I miss Kendrick’s old music. The Smackdown guys gang up on Tajiri and Helms since they’re from Raw. Tajiri soon recovers and starts throwing kicks all over the place. Kendrick is the first one eliminated, as Juventud is able to send him to the floor at 1:18. Nunzio then knocks Super Crazy to the floor at 1:41. Funaki and Tajiri work together for a moment, then Funaki eliminates Tajiri at 2:06. While they argue, Helms throws Funaki over at 2:13. Scotty is able to execute the Worm on both Nunzio and Helms, and then throws Kid Kash over at 3:44. London then dropkicks Helms out at 3:51. Nunzio eliminates Psicosis and Scotty 2 Hotty at 4:01. We’re down to three, and Juventud and London double-team Nunzio. The Full-Blooded Italian is able to send them both to the apron, but can’t eliminate either of them. He ends up getting double-back dropped to the floor at 5:09. They kick at each other on the apron and then get back in the ring. Back in the ring London goes for an Electric Chair Drop but Juventud uses a head scissors to eliminate him and win the battle royal at 5:49. That was fun enough for a battle royal, but with less than six minutes it’s not like they had time to do anything super special.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Chavo Guerrero vs. JBL

This originally ran in the middle of the show and Chris Benoit versus Triple H went on last, but I don’t think I need to explain why this change was made. This is Chavo’s return to using his given name after the Kerwin White debacle. JBL was being accompanied to the ring by Jillian at this time, and she still had that thing on her face. He overpowers Chavo to start, and both men are looking motivated, wanting to put on a good match. Chavo cheats to gain an advantage and throws JBL to the floor. He follows up with a slingshot plancha. Back in the ring Chavo hits a missile dropkick. JBL recovers and goes to work with his usual offense. He puts on the sleeper. Chavo escapes, but JBL goes for the clothesline from Hell and Chavo avoids it with a dropkick. JBL tries a tilt-a-whirl but Chavo delivers a head scissors. Chavo gently places himself in JBL’s hands for a Last Call attempt, which gets reversed to a DDT. He goes outside the ring and grabs two chairs, and does the Eddie spot with them. The crowd enjoys that. When the referee turns his back, Chavo hits a low blow and the Three Amigos. He then goes up and hits the Frog Splash to get the pin at 8:22. That wasn’t necessarily a great match, but the crowd made it a lot of fun and it’s a nice moment for Chavo and JBL.
Rating: ***


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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