The superstars are having a Halloween costume party! Pimp Daddy Ron Simmons is in the house, as are totally not-offensive Mexican caricature Chavo Guerrero and prancing Zorro, Eddie Guerrero. Los Guerreros are buzzing about their pending success. Disco King Tajiri hangs out with vampire Shannon Moore until slutty witch, Stephanie McMahon, calls for a speech. She announces Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio for later, and Rey nearly explodes from joy.
From Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The building is packed with a hot crowd, many fans are wearing Halloween masks. There is a muddy pool full of chocolate (or something) by the stage, so it's that kind of night. Our hosts are Michael Cole and Tazz.
Back to the Halloween Party, John Cena is dressed as Vanilla Ice and drops his first ever rap on WWE television. You see, previously to this, Cena was presented as kind of a generic babyface upstart, he usually looked good against more experienced opponents, but generally lost to anyone not named Chris Jericho. Depending on who you believe, there was a possibility that Cena would be getting axed from the company, as WWE was heading into an era where they would mass fire a dozen or more names from the talent roster a few times each year. Imagine that Cena does not get this totally random chance to play a rapper at a costume party, and we never got the Master of Thuganomics, and Cena never evolves into Hustle, Loyalty, Respect, and WWE doesn't have their undisputed top star of 2005 through 2015. I think about this a LOT now in 2020, because it feels very much like the way WWE is produced, it is impossible for anyone to break out again, or if they do, they face pushback from management. This random Halloween episode of Smackdown, full of lame Vince-directed jokes, ended up being so important in the grand scheme of WWE history, and that's fascinating, and a little scary to me.
Anyhoo, a confused looking guest dressed as a witch doesn't know what to make of Cena's beats. The wrestlers boo him, but move on gawking at Torrie Wilson: Warrior Princess. Tajiri spots some hot stuff at the buffet, but Marilyn Monroe is actually Mae Young, who drags the poor guy in. Meanwhile, sexy cop Dawn Marie macks on Al Wilson. There's a lot going on.
Later at the party, Chris Benoit storms in looking for Kurt Angle. He grills the Ghost Face Killer from Scream and moves on, with the punchline that it was Kurt all along.
A caveman wants to know what Brock Lesnar's costume is, and the champ has no time for him. He marches into Paul Heyman's locker room for a heart to heart talk. Paul worries that Lesnar is damaged after Hell in a Cell and won't be able to beat Big Show at Survivor Series. Yes, the same Big Show who lost to EVERYBODY over the previous 2 years.
Show calls out "little man" Lesnar so he can show him what he's capable of. Heyman implores Lesnar not to take the bait. After a commercial, Big Show is threatening to hijack the show until he gets Lesnar. We're treated to footage of Show tossing Undertaker off the stage onto a hard looking equipment area. Show brags that he took out Undertaker after Lesnar could not, and he cannot be beaten. Brock Lesnar finally arrives and gets right into Show's face. Lesnar retorts that Lesnar is a giant piece of (bleep) and the crowd pops for the naughty word. Show backs up, stating he's been "advised" not to beat his @ss until Survivor Series. Whoa, that's some good foreshadowing there, as Paul would end up siding with him. It's funny, I hated this feud in live time (I was 18) but compared to what we normally see on WWE TV in 2020, this was solid build.
Back at the party, Mae Young and Moolah won't let go of Tajiri. Suddenly, the lights go out and Matt Hardy Version 1.0 appears with a boombox. He wants to inject the party with a dose of Mattitude! He chews Tajiri out for flirting with the old women instead of preparing for their match and rips off his afro wig. Mae Young stands up for her "boyfriend" and lays a kiss on the lucky guy.
Later at the party, Jamie Noble gets overexcited about some bobbing for apples and accidentally bumps Stephanie, who is a shockingly good sport about it. She's chatting with Los Guerreros, who are lobbying for a tag title shot. She'll think about it, but gets interrupted by Vanilla Ice Cena. She doesn't like his rap too much, so he grumpily tells her that Mr. McMahon asked to see her in his office.
Stephanie goes into her father's office, only to find a figure in a Mr. McMahon mask. "Vince" claims that free agent will be joining Raw, not Smackdown, and reveals himself to be Eric Bischoff! Eric blocks a slap and forces a kiss on Steph, and she seems to resist but then give in to it. Eric leaves Steph to ponder what just happened. This should have been a huge angle and massive development in the Raw vs. Smackdown rivalry, but nope, this went absolutely nowhere. I can't recall this ever being brought up again in any meaningful fashion. This was just a shocking scene for the sake of shock value.
Benoit clocks Los Guerreros with his tag title and seems really pleased with himself.
The Halloween party rages on. Kurt Angle sours the mood to complain about his bad night. He throws Shannon Moore into a table, because that's what you get for being Shannon Moore. He demands Benoit and thinks he's a new Ghost Face Killer. He's revealed to be Brother Love, and the real Benoit jumps Kurt from behind and puts him in a crossface. Angle reverses into an ankle lock, and then Angle Slams him through a table while Benoit simultaneously smashes a bottle over his head. Both guys are down and this was seriously excellent. I don't know why I didn't like this more than I was 18.
Big Show turns his attention to Brock and slams him through the announce table!
Final Thoughts: Take away that Wilson/Marie fiasco, this was an excellent, Dynamite-like episode of Smackdown! The Halloween Party segments gradually morphed from throw-away yucks to compelling character development segments, the in-ring action was good to great, and the booking got everyone over! Of course, Paul Heyman would get demoted by January or so, ending this hot run for the blue brand. I heavily recommend that you check out this surprisingly great piece of Halloween HavoK.