WWF SMACKDOWN! LINES
Pepsi Center; Albany, New York
MOMENTUM KEY: (*) Denotes Interference; (E) Denotes Even Momentum ; Numbers to reflect substantial momentum changes or consistencies; [0:00] Denotes pre-bell action (not counted in official times), if any; Subscripts in lieu of continued momentum (i.e. 13 is same as 1-1-1).
1RAW 1. Rob Van Dam 2. Kane 2RAW 1. Edge (PINS) and Hardy Boyz with Lita 2. Dudley Boyz (D-VON PINNED) and Test with Stacy Keibler 3RAW 1. Big Show 2. Diamond Dallas Page 4RAW 1. Booker T 2. Undertaker 5RAW 1. Tajiri and Torrie Wilson 2. William Regal and Ivory 6RAW 1. Chris Jericho and The Rock 2. Kurt Angle and Stone Cold Steve AustinBREAKDOWNS:
Personal Best Match of the night: 6 SD Chris Jericho and The Rock v. Kurt Angle and Stone Cold Steve Austin (90)
Personal Worst Match of the night: 3 SD Big Show v. Diamond Dallas Page (05) 3 Singles (0 Title Matches), 3 Tag (1 2v2, 1 3v3, 1 2v2Intergender)(0 Title Matches)
1 instance of interference (1 meaningful , Booker T(1))
Turns: None official, though Tazz did choke out one of his Alliance superiors.
Show assessment: Good, quite watchable (especially Rock-Jericho, Heyman-McMahon, 6 SD Post Match)
MATCH BY MATCH:
First Match: Maybe it was because Kane's generally slower pace was a factor, but RVD seemed a little off in this match. Still this match was nothing at all bad to open the show. Interference from Booker T was easily omitable especially considering this was the second straight show of interference for the same person. That aside, this match was certifiably fair.
Second Match: Amazingly this match did not get as convoluted as normal for six people involved. Most glaring error in this match was Edge on that triple-team suplex but that was easily forgivable. Good paced action was to be found here along with a good yet becoming (if not already so) cliched type of finish. A step up from the first; good.
Third Match: Big Show and his imitations still managed to get a good laugh out of me in the past and Positively Show was no different. Unfortunately, this was the only real value as there was none to be found in the match. I understand that they want to build show as a force to be reckoned with, but without a balance in matches, there is no believability.
Fourth Match: It is already established that Undertaker bleeds WWF, hence this "sending a message" finish was not only unnecessary, but it in and of itself did not do a very good job of portraying this fact further. If the action was continued for a few minutes and then given a DQ or a run-in and finish, then it would have ranked in better.
Fifth Match: Torrie may be improving in her in-ring ability but she is not yet up to competitive par. I still look forward to better later on from her, but as far as this match goes, there was no real light aside from the light action given. The Regal-Torrie finish was non-advancing for the Regal-Tajiri Survivor Series match. Much better found elsewhere tonight.
Sixth Match: Pre-match, match, and post-match synchronization all found here for the most part. Despite claims that teams were "on the same page," one could not help but look for one to turn on his teammate. That alone bears merit. Clean or non DQ finish would have added but the given finish did nothing to detract from this either. Best of the night here.
Robert Ortega, Jr.