In the next edition of the Old School Review, we go to a time when the SmackDown brand was in a very precarious position. Eddie Guerrero had only died a few months short of this event and Batista had injured himself causing him to relinquish the World Heavyweight Championship. This ultimately led to the cavalry being called in, with Kurt Angle being quickly sent over from RAW to cover the shortages. The recollection of this event is exceptionally vague, I am unsure whether it has being watched in its entirety or not…it was 10 years ago so please bear with. The main event on this event was astounding, it was The Undertaker‘s first great match in a very long time so here we go with the next…
Old School Review: No Way Out 2006
The show opens with a promo about four men with one goal in mind and WrestleMania 22 being the target. It is focused around Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio. But it is made slightly uncomfortable with the Eddie Guerrero references. We then go inside the arena, with the opening fireworks displays, with references to the history of the WWE within the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore before going to our announcers for the evening, Michael Cole and Tazz. We then head up to the ring for the first match of the evening;
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Nine-Way Match – Gregory Helms (c) vs. Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London vs. Funaki vs. Super Crazy vs. Psicosis vs. Nunzio vs. Kid Kash
Helms makes his way to the ring, with a promo shown about him shooting his mouth against the other cruiserweight superstars leading to him being attacked by them. The remaining competitors then make their way to the ring before Tony Chimmel goes over the rules for the match. The match gets underway at a nice pace, with lots of varying combinations between the competitors in a really entertaining opener, even if it was difficult to keep track of what was going on. Super Crazy nails a moonsault on Psicosis, but Helms covers him to pick up the win. He is then chased out of the arena by the other competitors.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Booker T and Sharmell talking with Teddy Long, saying how he isn’t ready for the match but Teddy doesn’t believe him and says he will compete tonight. Sharmell and Booker beg for more time, but Teddy says compete or forfeit the title. They are both fuming. We then go to Kristal, who is joined by Finlay who is looking for a fight. He says as he doesn’t have one, he’ll go looking for one before making his way to the ring with Kristal. Bobby Lashley then makes his way to the ring, and takes it to Finlay. Soon enough JBL makes his way to the ring, and we are straight into the next match.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield (w/ Jillian Hall) vs. Bobby Lashley
The match is underway, with Lashley being dominant over JBL as Finlay is escorted out of the arena. He uses his power and technical ability to remain in control of JBL. JBL is soon able to gain the momentum and remain in control for several moments until Lashley is able to counter an aerial move. Lashley looks likely to win this match, until Finlay interferes once again shoving Chimmel in the ring causing the referee to be distracted. This allows Finlay to nail Lashley with a weapon, allowing JBL to nail him with the Clothesline from Hell to pick up the win in what was honestly quite a mediocre match. After the match, Lashley makes his way to his feet to a tremendous reaction before making his way out of the arena.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars