SmackDown 1000 is upon us and after nearly 20 years of programming, the Blue Brand has only gotten stronger.
Of course, many view SmackDown as WWE's second show with Raw - created in 1993 - retaining flagship rights. But after the inaugural draft back in 2002, SmackDown began to cultivate its own feel and many superstars became synonymous with it.
We already know there are going to be plenty of big-name returns scheduled for this Tuesday with Evolution - Batista, Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton - top of the list. But what if we could create the ideal SmackDown Live 1000 show in a dream world?
Below, we've put together a show that we think would celebrate the Blue Brand properly, mix old stars with the new and, would almost totally not happen.
Daniel Bryan Vs Kurt Angle
This is a match that has to happen at some point, and why not at SmackDown 1000? Of course, Angle is the general manager of RAW but while he is supposedly on 'vacation', he could make a special appearance on Tuesday night.
Angle was, arguably, the best wrestler in the world during his stint with SmackDown from 2002-2005. He was literally next level. Bryan joined SmackDown in 2011 and, similarly, started putting on some absolute clinics that would lead to an almost unprecedented wave of support for the underdog. Angle has said Bryan is his dream opponent, they opposite each other as GMs and they were the glue behind SmackDown in different eras. We need this match.
Tribute to the SmackDown Six
Now, this would never, ever happen. Chris Benoit will never be acknowledged for his in-ring contributions and after what he did (you shouldn't need me to explain), rightly so. But, there is no denying on a purely wrestling level, he was one of the best to ever lace up his boots and was phenomenal on SmackDown.
The tag battles between Eddie and Chavo Guerrero, Edge and Rey Mysterio and Benoit and Angle are absolutely legendary and any variation of those six men in singles or tag matches made for a magical watch. The pinnacle of their success came in a three-way tag match for the Tag Team titles at Survivor Series 2002 - go and watch it.
Anyway, this wouldn't actually happen and you couldn't do the SmackDown five because, that's just silly. So we'd trade this segment as a tribute to Eddie Guerrero with his wife, Vickie, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Chavo Guerrero leading the whole locker-room.
Promo between The Rock and AJ Styles
This sells itself, doesn't it? The Great One, the man whose catchphrase invented the whole damn show, the man who has been listed by the WWE as the greatest SmackDown superstar in history, the first-ever number one pick in a WWE draft interrupting AJ Styles the second after he says "the house that AJ Styles built!" in his promo.
The two men could have an awesome promo battle talking about how Styles brought the brand back to life long after The Rock left it in the dust to go to Hollywood. The Rock could glare, longingly, at Styles' WWE title before the Great One endorses Styles, saying he laid the foundations, but Styles built the house.
Dr of Thuganomics Vs R-Truth
If we don't see John Cena return as the Dr. of Thuganomics, some heinous crime has been committed somewhere. It was by far the most entertaining gimmick of his career and one of the best SmackDown has ever originally spawned. Given how R-Truth has enjoyed a comedic resurgence as of late, we could have a heel Cena - for one night only guys, calm down - tear him to shreds on the mic while Truth tries to remotely live with Cena's genius.
Seeing Cena let loose would be such a thrill for the fans and you just know the 16-time world champion could easily slip back into that character. The two years that he really lived that character on SmackDown were really special, we deserve to hear it one more time. A fun match could ensue with Cena picking up the victory.
Samoa Joe interrupted by The Undertaker
Samoa Joe has a lot on his mind. The Samoan Submission Machine has just lost a lengthy feud to AJ Styles over the WWE title and he is yet to wear gold on the main roster in the WWE. His knee cost him a chance at qualifying for the WWE World Cup last week and it just isn't fair.
He'd start cutting a brilliant promo about how this night is pointless and celebrating legends is stupid - it's Joe's time now! Then, you know what's next. The lights go out and the gong hits and suddenly, The Undertaker is standing behind Samoa Joe (we really don't have time for Undertaker's 17-minute long entrance!). 'Taker hits the Chokeslam and Tombstone, but on his way back up the ramp, Joe is half-up and giving 'Taker a death stare, teasing a future match. The Deadman can't believe it.
Becky Lynch defends SD Live Women's title Vs Charlotte Vs Beth Phoenix Vs Michelle McCool and retains
Since Becky Lynch is so hell-bent on proving she runs the women's division, Stephanie McMahon - although actually the commissioner on Raw - makes a return for the night and says due to her contributions as general manager in the early 2000s, Shane McMahon has granted her permission to make one match tonight.
She dares the Irish Lasskicker to prove she is as good as she claims to be and says not only will she face Charlotte Flair, but two other surprise competitors. Legends Beth Phoenix and Michelle McCool would make their way to the ring with big pops and a fatal-four-way would ensue. However, Lynch would retain and pick up the win and she would do it exactly how Charlotte won the title at SummerSlam. When The Queen had the match won, Lynch would sneak in and lock on the Disarm-Her for the victory.
Randy Orton Vs Christian - One more match?
This is one of the best feuds that has ever taken place on the Blue Brand, ever. Christian rather quietly retired from wrestling back in 2014 due to a number of concussions but in 2011, he won the only two world titles he would ever win in the WWE. The man to dethrone him on both occasions? Randy Orton.
We don't need to see Orton back with Evolution on a show they never appeared on as a group, we need to see the nasty Orton that we've been treated to lately, that has been a staple of SmackDown through the years. Christian's old catchphrase is one more match, and he'd be in the ring begging for one more before Orton arrives on the scene. Just when it looks like Orton is going to tear into Christian, Jeff Hardy makes the save (continuing their rivalry) and the Dudley Boyz hit the ring to put Orton through a table with the 3D. Matt Hardy and Edge also make their way to the ring and all six men celebrate in front of the crowd.
Brock Lesnar Vs Batista
Brock Lesnar probably won't be at SmackDown 1000 because he only turns up for a serious bag of cash. And even if he was, the chances of him putting on a match with anyone, much less a hard-hitting affair with a behemoth like Batista - are slim to none.
But still, wouldn't it be awesome? These are two guys that have never really gone at it in the WWE - you can see their one battle in the old developmental territory OVW on YouTube - but they are two of the most athletic big men the WWE has ever seen. Lesnar carried SmackDown and the WWE title from 2002-04 while Batista did the same with the world title from 2005-08. It would only be fitting if we saw two legends of the show square off.
The Cutting Edge with The Miz & The Bar, Teddy Long makes a Tag Match playa! Vs The Shield
Edge was a huge, huge part of SmackDown in its early years and indeed during his run with Vickie Guerrero. Unfortunately, he had to retire in 2011 and his neck wouldn't allow him to do any bumping here, but he could help set up a match. With The Miz and The Bar talking about coming up short lately (The Miz Vs Bryan for a WWE title shot, The Bar for the tag titles at Super Show-Down), the winey heels would blame everyone but themselves and then target Edge, saying he had everything handed to him.
Enter Teddy Long, because he is going to make a tag match, playa! The Shield's music would hit and we would get an electric six-man tag match that reignites the feud these six men had in 2017 that originally got The Shield back together. During the Shield's early years, they were a vital part of SmackDown and their matches kept the brand relevant in some darker times. Sheamus has stood atop of the brand a few times too and The Miz also deserves some spotlight for his stellar work since the brand extension in 2016.
SD Legends JBL, Mr. Kennedy, MVP, Carlito & King Booker Vs The New Day, The Usos & Jeff Hardy
Don't they always find a way to cram in a multi-man tag match? JBL was the longest reigning WWE champion in SmackDown history until AJ Styles broke that record recently. Mr. Kennedy, MVP and Carlito all debuted on SmackDown and went on to have successful careers while King Booker (Book-Ah!) was insanely entertaining. It would only be right we fit those guys in.
The Usos and The New Day have made SmackDown the hottest tag division over the past few years and Jeff Hardy's world title run on the Blue Brand before his departure in 2009 was one of the highlights of that era. This is a fun team that is a nod to how much they have contributed to the product in its current incarnation against many who originally elevated it. Of course, the babyfaces/full-timers would win.
You can't fit everyone on the card and there is some notable names like Kane, Big Show and many more who are missing. What would you guys do?
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