Monday, June 8, 2020

Ruthless Aggression Era Project: WWE Smackdown Review - August 22nd, 2002

WWE Smackdown
August 22nd, 2002
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Last Smackdown before SUMMERSLAM.

Brock and Paul are out. Paul talks about the similarities between the fallen hero Hollywood Hulk Hogan and The Rock. And also, how The Rock will suffer the same fate. Paul promises us that Brock and Rock will collide tonight. Brock gets the mic and says he feels just how he felt on the night he fought Hulk Hogan. He says he will make the Rock cry like a b*tch BLEEPED OUT AND ALL. And... THE ROCK IS HERE. Rock says Brock has refused to bring it in the past few weeks so he's gonna bring it to him. Rock makes a B line for the ring, but Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit attack the champion. Benoit has Rock in the crossface and refuses to releases it. Fit Finlay and the referee gang are out to separate shit. Brock and Paul laugh as all this goes down.

Back from the break, The Rock had to be helped to the back following the attack.

Edge has just arrived to the arena and BENOIT & GUERRERO ATTACK HIM!! WHAT THE FUCKKKKKK. Johnny Ace helps make the save with the refs this time.

1) The Hurricane & Shannon Moore vs. Jamie Noble & Tajiri (w/ Nidia) 

Run of the mill crusers match. Finish was HOT with Moore getting a pin on the cruserweight champion Jamie Noble with a monkey flip. Matt Hardy comes out to celebrate with Hurricane & Moore and asks them to pick him up and he starts trying to steal their spotlight seemingly. Okay, this makes a little more sense than last week.

Match rating - *3/4

Backstage, Steph confronts Eddie & Chris about their assaults. She chews them out before Edge smacks Benoit with a chair. Edge demands a tag match for later. Edge/Rock vs Eddie/Benoit and Steph makes it official.

Matt Hardy is talking to Moore & Hurricane about his reaction and says he gets that reaction everywhere around the world. Hurricane says "hometown boy" and Hardy seems offended. Hardy says he bets his reaction will be double if he goes out there he does.

2) Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero

Chavo interrupts Matt's love fest and calls him "white boy" and we have a match. Matt hits all his signature stuff. Side effect, leg drop, and he goes for twist of fate but PYRO HITS. FIRE. Kane tease AGAIN. Chavo uses this distraction to roll up Matt for the pin. Matt starts going off on the ref and says him screwing Matt in NC, is as bad as Earl screwing Bret Hart in Canada. WOW.

Funaki is doing a live documentary on the women's locker room. This turns into more Nidia stuff. Molly Holly doesn't like this. Nidia says when she beats her tonight for the title she's going to take her shirt off..

Kurt Angle says Rey tied his mask on too tight because there's no way he could ever hang with him. Angle says he will make an example out of Billy Kidman tonight and show Rey what will happen to him on Sunday.

3) Kurt Angle vs. Billy Kidman

This was solid. Angle let Kidman get a good bit in and they played off the story of Rey being in Angle's head super well as he appeared several times as a distraction. Never bought into Kidman potentially winning, but it was competitive for a minute. Angle puts him away after a hard fought match. Mysterio almost cost him though.

Match rating - **3/4

4) D-Von & Batista vs. John Cena & Rikishi

This was all about Batista officially turning on D-Von. FINALLY. Cena & Rikishi win after Batista snaps to D-Von yelling at him and gives him a spinebuster. Batista leaves and 1 2 3.

Match rating - *3/4

5) Molly Holly defeated Nidia to retain the Women's Title

I didn't watch this - sorry.

6) The Rock & Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero & Chris Benoit

FUCK. This was so good. Benoit & Eddie jump Edge before Rock is in the ring. Rock runs down to a huge pop for the save. They separate and work Edge over. Hot tag to The Rock. He gets worked over, injured ribs and all. Gets caught in the crossface again. He's eventually to get Edge in and it all blows into hell. Rock Bottom, Spear, Edge pins Eddie.

Match rating - ***1/2

Post-match, EPIC Brock/Rock confrontation. Rock tells Edge to leave as he can handle it. ROCK AND BROCK COME TO BLOWSSSSSS. Awesome shit. Rock gets the upperhand, but still made Brock look great with how he took the shoulders to the ribs. I am so ready for SummerSlam.

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