First Ever Smackdown Query

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First Ever Smackdown Query

Post by Shot 21 LCFC on Thu 15 Jan 2015, 11:09 pm

Okay now I'm confused. I always remember the first ever episode of Smackdown being Triple H v The Rock for the WWE title with Shawn Michaels as the referee. Michaels ends up screwing The Rock.

So now I have the Network (awesome by the way) and on it they have a series called The 12 Days Of Attitude which is random episodes of Raw and Smackdown from the Attitude Era which you can watch in their entirety. The first one claimed to be the pilot episode of Smackdown. First off the commentators never once mention it being the first episode so it has to be a mistake on the WWEs part. But that doesn't clear the confusion.

What I am watching is definitely an episode of Smackdown. Even though the ropes are red and there is no Ovaltron the show starts with the original Smackdown theme tune and commentators Cole and Cornette refer to it as Smackdown. But in this episode we see the formation of the Corporate Ministry. The main event pits Triple H and The Undertaker against Steve Austin and The Rock who has just started his face turn.

Triple H has not long turned on DX, is part of The Corporation and is wearing tights. He hasn't even won the WWE title yet. Yet on the episode which I always remember to be the Smackdown debut, he is defending the WWE title and is wearing trunks.

Someone please explain to me what is going on cuz I think I may be going mad. Have I always been wrong? Was Smackdown running before Triple H v The Rock with Michaels? If I am right though how the hell do you explain this other episode which is definitely Smackdown and definitely happened before the other one?

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Post by Fernando on Thu 15 Jan 2015, 11:46 pm

Yes you have always been wrong Laugh

That SD was a TNA Style One Night Special done right. I believe it was 4-5 months later that SD started running as a weekly series... OK

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Post by Shot 21 LCFC on Sat 17 Jan 2015, 1:21 pm

Ah okay now that makes sense. It's amazing the stuff I have completely forgotten about.

Thanks for clearing it up.

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Post by crippledtart on Sun 18 Jan 2015, 4:58 pm

I think it was in late April 1999, it was just after Backlash. The Ministry and the Corporation had just joined forces and the main event was Austin and Rock vs Triple H and Undertaker if I remember correctly.

I think it was also the night the Hardy Boys debuted as a main roster act (they'd previously been jobbers).

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Post by Shot 21 LCFC on Tue 20 Jan 2015, 1:35 pm

Yes correct although I can't remember if the Hardy Boyz were on it or not.

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