Reported by Keith Vinciguerra of WrestleView.com
Full WWE Velocity Results - 4/5/03 (Matt Hardy vs. Funaki + FBI in action)
» On Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 11:31 PM EST Full WWE Velocity Results - 4/5/03
Taped From: Spokane, Washington
Commentators: Josh Mathews & Ernest "The Cat" Miller
Report by: Keith Vinciguerra of WrestleView.com
Chavo Guerrero vs. Shannon Moore
The wrestlers exchange headlocks and armbars early on. Chavo takes control with a few European uppercuts and stomps in the corner. Moore gets to his feet and hits a back suplex followed by an elbow that floors Chavo. He applies a rear chinlock and then nails a running knee smash that sends Chavo to the outside. Moore follows him out there, slams him back first into the apron, and then rolls him back inside. He sets up for a second rope suplex but gets knocked to the mat. Chavo tries a flying maneuver off the ropes but eats a Shannon boot. A dropkick by Chavo turns the tide and he continues with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Moore flips out of a back suplex attempt and nails a second rope heel kick. He tries for his finisher (the Moorgasm?) but misses by a mile. Chavo nails the Gory Bomb and locks in an STF for the submission win.
Winner by submission: Chavo Guerrero
They show some still shots from Wrestlemania 19. We also see Sable’s return to Smackdown.
Tajiri vs. Buddy Wayne
Buddy starts out with an armbar but Tajiri rolls out of it, trips the newcomer and delivers a kneedrop to the head. Buddy tries a headlock and then hits a shoulder block and some punches. He slides under Tajiri after an Irish whip and nails a spinebuster. Wayne climbs the rope and executes a beautiful corkscrew moonsault. Unfortunately, nobody is home and he eats nothing but mat. Tajiri hits his finishing kick to the head for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Tajiri
Flashback to Wrestlemania:
They show still shots from Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar. Then we see Brock’s Shooting Star Press attempt several times in slow motion. It doesn’t look quite as bad from a side view because it seems like Brock was actually pretty close to getting all the way around. Still very scary though.
Flashback to SmackDown:
Highlights of the first round of the #1 contender tournament are shown. After a commercial break, we see footage of FBI, Nathon Jones, and Undertaker confrontations.
FBI (Chuck Palumbo & Johnny Stamboli) vs. Tony Cozina & Dave Hollenbeck
Those are guesses at the opponents’ names since they didn’t put them up on the screen. Stamboli shows his power early on by throwing Hollenbeck around the ring. The newcomer gets in some quick offense with a dropkick to the gut and a swinging leg scissors. After he misses a dropkick, the Bull presses him over his head and tosses him into the turnbuckles. Palumbo tags in and nails a Samoan Drop. In comes the Bull and he hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. FBI continues with a brutal assault on Hollenbeck for a few minutes until he finally makes the tag to his partner. Cozina comes in and nails a few low dropkicks and elbows to Palumbo before getting leveled by a clothesline. FBI hits the Kiss of Death to finally end the punishment. After the match, the newcomers get brutalized some more.
Winners by pinfall: FBI
Flashback to SmackDown:
The confrontation between Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon is shown followed by Hogan getting kicked out of the building.
Matt Hardy vs. Funaki, non-title match
Matt taunts Funaki, but Smackdown’s #1 announcer takes control with a dropkick and a clothesline. Version 1.0 counters an Irish whip attempt with the Side Effect. He kicks Funaki around for awhile and chokes him in the ropes. A Ricochet gets him a two count and then he slaps on a surfboard submission hold. Funaki powers out and hits an ensuguri and a bulldog. He charges after Matt in the corner and catches a boot to the face for it. Matt climbs to the second rope and nails the Downfall legdrop but Funaki manages to kick out. As they get to their feet, Funaki hits a DDT and then gets in position for the Rising Sun. Matt throws him from the ropes and finishes him off with the Twist of Fate.
Winner by pinfall: Matt Hardy
Chavo Guerero vs. Shannon Moore
Awesome opening match!! It was fast paced with several momentum shifts and lots of cool counters. This was better than most Velocity main events. I love Chavo’s Gory Bomb but I wish he’d use the brainbuster too. Also nice to see Shannon getting some reactions from the crowd. Hanging out with Matt Hardy is paying off.
Sable is back
I’ve expressed my opinion about Sable several times on the message boards this week. In short, I think she sucks. Her mic skills are laughable and she can’t wrestle either. The only thing she has going for her are some big old airbags and the WWE has plenty of those already. You’d think after making four movies, Rena might have learned how to act, but she still can’t deliver the simplest lines with the slightest amount of conviction.
Tajiri vs. Buddy Wayne
What happened here? Buddy was on fire for the whole match and then Tajiri finishes him off with five seconds of offense. Of course Tajiri was going to win, but he should have to work harder for it after getting slapped around for five minutes. Anyway, the newcomer was fairly impressive, especially that moonsault.
#1 Contender Tournament
My only problem with this is the possibility of an A-Train vs. Big Show feud after the Ass Train got Show DQ’d against Rhyno. Surely the WWE realizes that nobody cares about either guy and a match between them would put everyone to sleep, right? Right?
FBI vs. Cozina and Hollenbeck
Ouch!! That was a squash in every sense of the word. FBI was vicious and showcased some brutal looking power moves. The difference between this match and a 3MW or Bill DeMott squash is that FBI are actually interesting and show some wrestling ability. Squashes definitely have their place when done correctly.
Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon
How original, a wrestler vs. the boss angle. And how come Stephanie doesn’t have a say in how Hogan is used? I know Vince is the owner, but Stephanie should at least have been upset about losing one of her biggest draws. Maybe next week?
Matt Hardy vs. Funaki
Fantastic main event. Funaki got in a lot of offense and even had a few near falls. Lots of counters and reversals as well. Matt worked the crowd well as usual and that made the match even more entertaining.
Overall, this was one of the best Velocity shows in awhile. We got four matches, and the opening bout and the main event were top notch weekend matches. Tajiri’s match against a jobber was somewhat entertaining because the newcomer did most of the work. The FBI squash was totally brutal and not boring. There were quite a few flashbacks but several of them were from Wrestlemania so that’s not too bad. And finally, a big reason this week’s show was a success .... no Bill DeMott or Ass-Train!!