WWF SMACKDOWN! LINES
Continental Airlines Arena; East Rutherford, New Jersey
MOMENTUM KEY:(*) Denotes Interference (E) Denotes Even Momentum ; numbers to reflect substantial momentum changes or consistencies.
FINISH: Final move/ incident (in favor of) brief comment
1SD 1. APA with Jacqueline (Faarooq PINNED) 2. Dudley Boyz with Stacy Keibler (D-VON PINS) 2SD 1. Test 2. Matt Hardy 3SD 1. Booker T 2. The Rock ASD 1. William Regal (Ambush by Alliance members) 2. Big Show 4SD 1. Jeff Hardy and Lita (PINS) 2. Lance Storm and Ivory (PINNED) 5SD 1. Christian 2. Tajiri with Torrie Wilson 6SD 1. Undertaker 2. Kurt Angle and Stone Cold Steve Austin (PINNED)
BREAKDOWNS: 6 Matches and 1 NoContest/Non Match (26:10) about 21.8 % of showtime; AverageMatchRating (6 Matches) 40.8 Overall show rating: approximately 35
Personal Best Match of the night: 3 SD Booker T v. The Rock (60)
Personal Worst Match of the night: 4 SD Jeff Hardy and Lita v. Lance Storm and Ivory (25)
3 Singles (2 Title Matches), 2 Tag (1 Title Match); 1 Handicap (2v1)
3 instances of interference (1 meaningful , Rob Van Dam (3))
Turns: None, but a lot of intrapromotional strife.
Show assessment: Poor overall showing.
MATCH BY MATCH:
First Match: Have seen this combo before but still workable in some respect. Bradshaw's antic with Stacy was probably one of the high marks of the contest which does not bode well for this. Basic moves executed fairly with common set up for double team finish. Watchable but better was possible and expected here.
Second Match: Really could not see Matt winning this one at all with the prospect of an IC Title match seemingly in the works for Survivor Series (premised on RAW IC match) so that was a minus. Mismatch of size and style could have been overcome and maybe overlooked. Borderline fair and looking elsewhere for better.
Third Match: This was my personal best match of the night and yet itself was not as compelling as a true match of the night should have been. This excludes Jericho's interference and Rob Van Dam's post match execution. Even so, with Booker T and Rock matching up, the prospects alone should have at least led to something better than what was given.
Non-Match (ASD): This segment, which was to prepare Big Show's late entry into the main event at Survivor Series seemed quite mishandled and sloppy. To be a credible entrant, Big Show's build up should have been bigger than this counter-ambush demonstration. Still better for him to be in than Vince McMahon so that's a plus. No rating as this was a non-match.
Fourth Match: If this match was to build and/or demonstrate a Jeff-Lita in-ring chemistry, the premise somewhat makes the baseline, but by how much is totally arbitrary (for me, just barely as I tend to give things the benefit of the doubt). Match was not shining save a little double-teaming action which could not save this at all. Dismissible.
Fifth Match: Premise was sloppy to begin with, showing that even sometimes no premise (interpromotional competition aside) can be better than a sloppy one. Match was not totally horrible but both were capable of more based on past performances. Iffy, but not the worst of the night.
Sixth Match: With the Intra Alliance conflict theme persistent throughout the show, it was quite obvious that an Austin-Angle piece was next. Common incident set up the roll up pin finish which lacked any real excitement. Handicap contests are usually skewed a bit in terms of balance so that was expected here.