LIGHTS OUT

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October 28, 2005

A rare SmackDown appearance by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper ended in storybook fashion on Friday night at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

The unlikely trio of Batista, Eddie Guerrero and "The Rowdy One" defeated the Ortons and Mr. Kennedy when Cowboy Bob fell victim to Piper's sleeper hold.

Early on in the huge six-man tag team match, it looked as if another legend might be "killed" at the hands of Randy Orton & Co. Rowdy Piper was beaten and battered, and old ally Cowboy Bob Orton successfully cut the ring in half. But when an overzealous "Ace" hit cheap shots on both Batista and Eddie, they in turn entered the ring and blasted Bob. Then, Eddie attacked Kennedy while Batista went after Randy Orton. Guerrero caught Kennedy with the Three Amigos suplexes, while Randy absorbed a spinebuster from Batista. Once Randy hit the canvas, Eddie immediately propelled Kennedy into spinebuster No. 2. A frog splash to Kennedy followed, and he rolled out of the ring in pain. That left legal man Cowboy Bob alone, who walked into Piper's patented sleeper and passed out to the submission hold.

Before the match, Batista remembered Eddie Guerrero's 2004 WWE Championship win at the Cow Palace by declaring that "Latino Heat is back!" and presenting him with a Chevy Impala lowrider. The two competitors-turned-friends rode to the ring in the heavily modified vehicle.

The Cow Palace fans also witnessed the crowning of new WWE Tag Team Champions and a change of heart from the United States Champion.

The Fatal Fourway for the WWE Tag Team Championship pitted L.O.D. against MNM, the Mexicools and Brits Paul Burchill & William Regal. Late in the match, Road Warrior Animal & Heidenreich seemed poised to hit the Doomsday Device on Burchill. Suddenly, James and Chad Dick attacked, knocking Heidenreich off top turnbuckle. James and Chad brawled with Road Warrior Animal. Meanwhile, MNM's Mercury tagged himself in with legal man Heidenrich. With the other teams occupied, MNM hit the Snapshot and scored the pin. Melina erupted in joy at ringside, and just like that, MNM became two-time WWE Tag Team Champions.

Also, Rey Mysterio made a resounding case before the voting public to be included in the SmackDown vs. RAW match at Taboo Tuesday. Mysterio defeated JBL, Christian, Matt Hardy and Hardcore Holly in Five-Man Free-for-All Match. Regardless of the result, it's up to you to decide which two (of five) SmackDown Superstars will face RAW's Edge & Chris Masters at the pay-per-view on Nov. 1. Click here to vote now.

On another front, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long confronted Booker T and Sharmell with footage from Booker's United States Championship win. After witnessing Sharmell's illegal actions on tape, Booker demanded that Sharmell accompany him to the ring to issue a public apology to former champion Chris Benoit.

Once in the ring, Booker ushered Benoit from the backstage area to apologize in person. But after an elaborate sham, Sharmell gave Booker T the cue to attack. Booker hit Benoit with the United States Championship belt, then sidekicked him off ring apron and into another vicious collision with the announce table. It was eerily reminiscent of The Crippler's suicide dive last week that resulted in multiple injuries. 

And in SmackDown's inaugural Juniors Division Match, Short Sleeve Sampson defeated Pitbull Patterson After the match, the Juniors teamed up to take down Simon Dean.

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