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Full WWE SmackDown Results - 07/17/03 - (U.S. Title Finals determined)

Reported by Robert Miller of WrestleView.com
On Friday, July 18, 2003 at 2:41 AM EST

Full WWE SmackDown Results - 07/17/03
Taped From: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
Commentators: Michael Cole & Tazz
Reported by: Christopher Ouellette of WrestleView.com

Brock Lesnar's match from last week is recapped.

SD Intro.

Vince McMahon starts of the McMahon Hour tonight with his thoughts on Gowen, Lesnar, and Angle. He announced that Kurt Angle will be taking on the Big Show, Charlie Haas, and Shelton Benjamin tonight in a falls count anywhere handicap match. After a bit more jawing by Vince, Lesnar comes out and challenges Vince to a match, Vince accepts, but not tonight. Vince orders Lesnar to take the evening off (he must leave the building) or face having his title stripped and his employment terminated.

A recap of Hardy and Benoit's advancing in the US Heavyweight Title Tournament are shown.

Chris Benoit vs. Matt Hardy (w/ Shannon Moore) (Semi-Finals for US Heavyweight Title Tournament)

This has got be the match of like the last two months for SD. Both competitors put on one hell of a show. Moore got involved early, but after Benoit sent him over the ropes via suplex not much else was heard from him. Midway through the match Hardy got a busted lip or his nose was bleeding like a stuck pig, because he was leaving puddles in the ring if he was on the mat for any length of time. Benoit was on the receiving end of five "side effects" total. Benoit was able to get Hardy to submit via crossface after reversing a sixth "side effect" out of the corner.

Winner and advancing to the Tournament Final at Vengeance: Chris Benoit

Commercial

Maxim Presents: Last week's assault on Sable by Stephanie.

Backstage, Vince is on the phone and Steph walks in wanting to know where Sable is. Vince informs her that Sable is in the arena but away from Steph for her (Steph's) own safety. But, Vince says that Sable has left Steph a gift. Vince presents his daughter with a bottle of Midol.

As Lesnar is walking out of the arena Kurt Angle catches up to him and they exchange thoughts on what just happened and about their match in ten days. Lesnar's only words of advise for Kurt tonight, are to avoid the announcer's table.

Commercial

Subway Presents: Jamie Noble's indecent proposal to Torrie Wilson last week.


Jamie Noble (w/ Nidia) vs. Ultimo Dragon

As Noble and Nidia are on the way to the ring, Noble offers Torrie $25,000 to spend the night with him. Nidia has had enough and leaves the ringside area. Rather quick match without much offense from either competitor. Noble is distracted when Torrie and Billy Gunn come out to the aisle, Ultimo seizes the moment and gets Noble in a bridge to get the victory.

Winner: Ultimo Dragon

John Cena is out at a graveyard and cuts a promo about the Undertaker and their upcoming match. The segment ends with Cena urinating on a headstone.

Commercial

Last week's tag team turmoil match is recapped, focusing on the APAs brawl in the locker room.

Backstage, the APA invited Brian Kendrick and Chris Kanyon to be participants in the first ever APA Invitational Barroom Brawl.

Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman vs. The Conquistadors

Okay this had to give the Undertaker/Jimmy Snuka WrestleMania match a run for its title of shortest match in WWF/E history. I turned away from the television for a minute and the match is over with Kidman prancing around the ring with Rey Rey on his shoulders. During the match The World's Greatest Tag Team are shown "scouting" their Vengeance opponents.

Winner(s): Rey Mysterio & Billy Kidman

Commercial

The McMahon hour continues with Vince in the ring revealing Sable's location for the night (a suite at the Nationwide Arena). After going off topic about how Sable is such an animal in bed he continues his attack on Gowen. John Cena appears after a bit and praises Vince for what he is doing and believes that Vince and he share something in common, both are fighting in handicap matches at Vengeance. He (Cena) is "going to kill a dead man and Vince is fighting Christopher Reeves." This remark brings out the Undertaker, after a bit of offense from Cena the Undertaker responds with a boot to the head and Cena scrambles to the back.

Commercial

Rhyno vs. Sean O Haire

Oka this match never occurred because O Haire jumped Rhyno before the bell and while on the outside the APA came down and invited both O Haire and Rhyno to their barroom brawl at Vengeance. Rhyno did hit a GORE GORE GORE on Ron Simmons, but then was jumped by Bradshaw.

Winner: No Contest

Sable is in her suite and notices that her champagne is not chilled.

Commercial

WrestleMania Moment: Butterbean's knockout of Bart Gunn at WrestleMania 15.

Eddie Guerrero vs. Billy Gunn (w/ Torrie Wilson) (Semi-Finals for US Heavyweight Title Tournament)

Latino Heat is riding in a Cadillac this week. As Billy Gunn and Torrie Wilson make their way to the ring, both put their hands on Eddie's ride. A very technical match between both competitors. The crowd was behind Eddie, even when he wasnt in the ring. Jamie Noble comes down to the ring and the ref catches him but leaves a chair that Noble brought with him in the ring and Eddie takes full advantage. Gunn is run into the backside of the ref, thus "knocking him out" and Eddie unloads a shot with the chair that Garret Anderson would be proud of. As the ref comes to, Eddie fakes that he is "out could to" and slowly rolls over on Gunn for the victory.

Winner and advancing to the Tournament Final at Vengeance: Eddie Guerrero

[So much for my "talent" of predicting occurrences, I was wrong about the Nets winning the Finals and now wrong about the Booty Man winning the US Title at Vengeance. Please WWE give Benoit and Latino Heat 20 minutes to put on a match that will be a candidate for match of the year if Vince has the balls to give them that much time.]

Backstage, Josh Matthews is with Sable when Steph comes in and spills champagne over Sable's head. Sable goes nuts, throwing Steph around the suite and bouncing her head up in down on the buffet table. After Sable slaps Josh across the face, Steph comes back and bounces Sable's face off the floor. Security separates the two.

Commercial

Moments ago, the WWE's best impression of a Thanksgiving Special on Jerry Springer is recapped. Steph certainly landed hard on the cabinets.

Cole and Tazz go over the card for Vengeance.

Kurt Angle vs. Big Show, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin

So Kurt Angle was introduced and the carnage from last week's main event is shown, then we go to commercial. There was another commercial break about ten minutes into the match. Lesnar is out of the building to "get Kurt's back", but young Gowen comes down to the ring and cleans house until the Big Show throws his arse out of the ring like a rag doll. The action is all outside after Gowen is caught by Show in a cross body block. Gowen is dumped in the corner behind the announcers and Kurt comes barreling through with half the stairs and sends Show over the rail and into the crowd (from the initial shot of the spot, it looked like Show might have landed on someone as he fell over the rail). The finish came when Charlie Haas had a hold of Kurt Angle in an atomic drop position preparing him for Shelton Benjamin's superkick. Angle caught Benjamin's foot, spinning him around and laying out Haas. Angle takes full advantage of this and clamps on the ankle lock for the submission victory. The show ends with Angle and Gowen raising their arms in victory at the top of the aisle.

Winner: Kurt Angle

End of Show