SmackDown milestone moments (cont.)
Feb. 7, 2002: Comedian Will Sasso of MADtv came to the
SmackDown ring dressed as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, kissing Chris
Jericho's feet in the process. But, when the real "Stone Cold" arrived and
ended up alone in the squared-circle with the stunned comedian, Sasso
was obliged to share a drink with the actual Texas Rattlesnake, before
becoming the latest victim of the "Stone Cold" Stunner.
March 14, 2002: In the final days before WrestleMania X8, The Rock and Hulk Hogan, two of the biggest icons in the history of WWE, squared off in a historic battle of words.
March 25, 2002: Mr. McMahon used his first round pick of the inaugural WWE Draft in order to bring The Rock to SmackDown. The People's Champion becomes the first Superstar Draftee in the history of WWE. Although it took place on Monday Night Raw, it was a pivotal moment for SmackDown.
June 27, 2002: An unknown John Cena emerges on the scene for the first time ever to nearly beat Kurt Angle, following the Olympic gold medalist's open challenge to anyone who had never faced him to come out and do so.
July 4, 2002: On Independence Day, Edge fulfilled an accomplishment far beyond any dream he had imagined possible when he teamed with his boyhood hero Hulk Hogan to capture the World Tag Team Championship.
Oct. 31, 2002: In a special Halloween episode of SmackDown, John Cena performed the first of many memorable raps for the WWE Universe.
May 1, 2003:
On a special airing of Piper's Pit, the masked Mr. America debuted,
beginning a two-month quest by Mr. McMahon to prove that the mysterious
new Superstar was actually the ousted Hulk Hogan.
June 12, 2003: In a stunning conclusion to a WWE Championship main event, the 7-foot, 500-pound Big Show was supplexed from the top rope, causing the ring to collapse from the impact.
Sept. 11, 2003: The late, great Eddie Guerrero defeated John Cena in a brutal Latino Heat Parking Lot Brawl after Chavo Guerrero hit Cena with a hubcap, setting up the Frog Splash off the minivan for the three-count.
Oct. 19, 2003: A victory by Mr. McMahon over his daughter Stephanie McMahon in an "I Quit" Match at No Mercy forced Stephanie to relinquish her position as SmackDown General Manager.
April 8, 2004: Former
APA brawler John Bradshaw Layfield redefined himself as a self-made
millionaire with a Central Park address. The Longhorn Loudmouth then
went on to show footage of himself stopping Mexicans from coming across
the border into America.
July 15, 2004: In a moment reminiscent of the great Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, the late Eddie Guerrero showed amazing guts by executing a Frog Splash onto JBL from the top of a steel cage.