July 22, 2004
General Manager Kurt Angle, drunk on power, had a blast
firing dedicated SmackDown! employees Thursday night … until the
one man who outranks Angle put his foot down.
In a surprise appearance, Mr. McMahon showed Angle what a
berating from the boss feels like — firing GM Angle for his
wheelchair masquerade before placing him back on the active
roster of Superstars. To cap it all off, Mr. McMahon ordered
Angle to face Latino Heat Eddie Guerrero at SummerSlam.
In another huge SummerSlam development, the Undertaker
announced to JBL and the world that he’ll challenge for the WWE
Championship at the Toronto pay-per-view on Aug. 15. He made the
declaration with a chokeslam, leaving JBL unconscious in the
middle of the ring. It was a quick and calamitous turnaround for
the WWE Champion, who went from no SummerSlam opponent to a
future date with The Phenom all in the blink of an eye.
Angle’s firing clouded the United States Championship picture
considerably. Before being removed from his duties, Angle
promised the title to Booker T. But it was John Cena who scored
an impressive win over the formidable Luther Reigns on Thursday.
There were quite a few Dudley sightings on SmackDown!, as
Bubba Ray beat Billy Kidman. D-Von came up short against Rey
Mysterio, but Spike won a huge Triple Threat Match against Chavo
Guerrero and Jamie Noble to become the No. 1 Contender for the
All that action contributed directly to next Thursday’s card.
Spike will get his shot against good friend Rey Mysterio, and
The Dudleys will try to become 19-time tag champions when they
get their rematch against Paul London and Billy Kidman.
Also announced was a stellar Velocity main event: Rob Van Dam
will take on Rene Dupree this Saturday night.
Spike Dudley defeats Chavo Guerrero and Jamie
Noble (Triple Threat No. 1 Contender Match)
Bubba Ray Dudley (with D-Von) def. Billy Kidman (with Paul
WWE Champion JBL def. a Philadelphia youth
The Fatal Fourway Lingerie Match with Sable, Dawn Marie, Torrie
Wilson and Miss Jackie never officially gets underway
Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio def. D-Von Dudley (Non-title
John Cena def. Luther Reigns