Monday, October 26, 2020

Ruthless Aggression Era Project: WWE Smackdown Review - October 31st, 2002

WWE Smackdown Review

October 31st, 2002

HALLLOWEEN PARTY POPPIN OFF. Steph announces Brock/Rey Mysterio for later on! 

1) Chris Benoit vs. Edge 

Helluva opener. May have went a little long, but the drama was there. Angle comes down and costs Benoit the match. Pretty big win for Edge in a solid match that even saw him bleed a little from the mouth/nose.. can’t quite remember which. 

Match rating - **3/4 

JOHN CENA backstage rapping and shit. This was the first night he busted that out so that’s real cool. Torrie’s dad is here at the Halloween party too. 

Paul Heyman backstage admits the doubt he has that Brock can beat Big Show. They are leaning super hard into the face turn for Brock and it’s clear as day. 

2) The Big Show vs. Rikishi 

Show doesn’t even come out of his street clothes. Hell of a squash for the big man as he prepares to conquer Brock. 

Match rating - **

Show calls out Brock. Brock hesitates bc of Paul. Baby face Brock is already so weird. He ends up coming out and calls Show a giant piece of shit and they tease a brawl. 

John Cena rapping to Steph in the back to let her know VINCE is in her office. Aw hell. 

3) Matt Hardy vs. Tajiri 

Decent little back and forth jawn for a few. Then Matt hits a low blow and a twist of fate for the win. 

Match rating - **

Steph heads to her office and it’s just Eric Bischoff dressed as Vince talking about how he’s signing Scott Steiner to Raw. Eric then starts MAKING OUT WITH STEPH and she fights it but seemingly goes along with it near the end. So weird. 

4) Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero 

This is interesting, they get time to work and it’s good. Eddie hits a low blow and we get a pretty chaotic finish. Benoit hits his own partner, Angle, with the belt as payback for him costing him his match with Edge earlier. This allows Eddie to get a big win in a highly competitive match. 

Match rating - **3/4

Post match, Kurt Angle busts into the halloween party. He throws Shannon Moore across a table and says no one leaves until he finds Benoit. He rips the mask off someone who’s dressed up thinking it’s Benoit, but it’s BROTHER LOVE BRUCE PRICHARD LMAO. Benoit comes up from behind and hell breaks loose. It ends with an angle slam through a table. 


5) Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio 

This is fun as fuck. Mysterio flies and speeds around trying to avoid, but stun Brock. He gets dominated for a little bit after an opening flurry only to mount a comeback and go for a 619 but Big Show is down and catches him and THROWS HIM OVER THE BARRICADE INTO THE CROWD WTF. Show then chokeslams Lesnar through the announce table and yells about wanting the belt and “it is mine” - Survivor Series gonna be something!

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