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Paul Heyman's SmackDown! Podcast Archives

Posted by Anthony Mango Sunday, June 21, 2020
PAUL HEYMAN'S SMACKDOWN! is a retrospective podcast exploring the time in SmackDown history when Paul Heyman was running the show. Hosts Callum Wiggins (@Wigmeister14) and Robert DeFelice (@DudeFelice) will be looking back on the era of the blue brand from June 2002 until February 2003 as part of the Smark Out Moment Smack Talk channel.

Check out every episode of the Paul Heyman's SmackDown podcast below!

Episode 0 - The Hustle Begins

In Episode 0, we discuss how the series is going to work, assess what the SmackDown roster looked like after the 2002 Brand Extension, and look ahead at Episode 1 with a prelude of the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown.

Episode 1 - The Champ is Here

In Episode 1, we discuss the June 27, 2002 edition of SmackDown, which featured the historical debut of John Cena against Kurt Angle, and a main event that pitted Hulk Hogan versus Chris Jericho.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4568

MATCHES:

Kurt Angle vs John Cena
Billy and Chuck vs Hardcore Holly and The Big Valbowski
Lance Storm vs Mark Henry
Rikishi vs Test
Jamie Noble and Tajiri vs The Hurricane and Billy Kidman
Reverend D-Von and Batista vs Randy Orton and Faarooq
Hulk Hogan vs Chris Jericho

Episode 2 - Happy Birthday America

In Episode 2, we discuss the July 4, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Hulk Hogan and Edge battled Billy and Chuck for the WWE Tag Team Championships, and the main event saw The Undertaker defend the WWE Undisputed Championship against Kurt Angle. Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4599

MATCHES:

Lance Storm vs Rikishi
Reverend D-Von and Batista vs Randy Orton and The Big Valbowski
Billy and Chuck vs Hulk Hogan and Edge
Chris Jericho vs John Cena
Torrie Wilson vs Stacy Keibler
The Undertaker vs Kurt Angle

Episode 3 - Welcome Home Rocky

In Episode 3, we discuss the July 11, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where The Rock makes his highly anticipated return to SmackDown and the main event pits The Undertaker and John Cena opposite Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4518

MATCHES:

Hulk Hogan and Edge vs Billy and Chuck
Molly Holly vs Torrie Wilson
Reverend D-Von and Batista vs Randy Orton and Mark Henry
Rikishi vs Test
Billy Kidman and The Hurricane vs Jamie Noble and Tajiri
The Undertaker and John Cena vs Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho

Episode 4 - Welcome to the Queendom

In Episode 4, we discuss the July 18, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Stephanie McMahon is named the new General Manager of SmackDown and the main event sees The Rock take on Kurt Angle.

Link to episode on WWE Network: ttps://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4537

MATCHES:

John Cena vs Chris Jericho
The Hurricane vs Chavo Guerrero
Billy and Chuck vs Hardcore Holly and The Big Valbowski
Hulk Hogan, Edge and Rikishi vs Lance Storm, Christian and Test
Billy Kidman vs Tajiri
The Rock vs Kurt Angle

Episode 5 - Whose That Jumping Out The Sky?

In Episode 5, we discuss the July 25, 2002 edition of SmackDown, which features the debut of Rey Mysterio, Brock Lesnar's first appearance on the Blue Brand, and a main event Steel Cage Match between Edge and Chris Jericho.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4552

MATCHES:

Kurt Angle vs Mark Henry
The Big Valbowski vs Reverend D-Von
Rikishi vs Albert
Lance Storm and Christian vs The Rock and Hulk Hogan
Rey Mysterio vs Chavo Guerrero
John Cena vs Test
Edge vs Chris Jericho

Episode 6 - Here Comes The Pain

In Episode 6, we discuss the August 1, 2002 edition of SmackDown, which pits The Rock & Edge against Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero in the main event, Hulk Hogan taking on Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar's first SmackDown match versus Mark Henry.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4564

MATCHES:

Rey Mysterio vs Tajiri
Brock Lesnar vs Mark Henry
Hulk Hogan vs Kurt Angle
Rikishi vs Reverend D-Von
John Cena vs Rico
The Rock and Edge vs Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero

Episode 7 - The Death of Hulkamania

In Episode 7, we discuss the August 8, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan clash in the main event and there's a stacked Six-Man Tag of Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero against Edge, Rey Mysterio & John Cena.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4574

MATCHES:

Kurt Angle vs John Cena
Reverend D-Von vs Mark Henry
Rikishi vs Batista
Billy and Chuck vs The Hurricane and Shannon Moore
Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero vs Edge, Rey Mysterio and John Cena
Jamie Noble and Nidia vs Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson
Brock Lesnar vs Hulk Hogan

Episode 8 - Champion vs Champion

In Episode 8, we discuss the August 15, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Undisputed Champion The Rock battles Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in the main event and Brock Lesnar takes on Rikishi.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4584

MATCHES:

Billy, Chuck and Rico vs The Hurricane, Shannon Moore and Hardcore Holly
Kurt Angle vs Mark Henry
Brock Lesnar vs Rikishi
Torrie Wilson vs Nidia
Edge and Rey Mysterio vs Eddie and Chavo Guerrero
The Rock vs Chris Benoit

Episode 9 - The Final Stop to SummerSlam

In Episode 9, we discuss the August 22, 2002 edition of SmackDown, the go-home show for SummerSlam 2002 where The Rock teams up with Edge in the main event against Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4606

MATCHES:

The Hurricane and Shannon Moore vs Jamie Noble and Tajiri
Matt Hardy vs Chavo Guerrero
Kurt Angle vs Billy Kidman
Rikishi and John Cena vs Reverend D-Von and Batista
Molly Holly vs Nidia
The Rock and Edge vs Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero

Episode 10 - Dead Man Walking

In Episode 10, we discuss the August 22, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar is now exclusive to the blue brand, and there is a gauntlet series to determine the next Number One Contender featuring Edge, Eddie Guerrero, Rikishi, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and The Undertaker.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4617

MATCHES:

Eddie Guerrero vs Edge
John Cena vs Reverend D-Von
Rey Mysterio vs Rico
Eddie Guerrero vs Rikishi
Tajiri vs Shannon Moore
Chris Benoit vs Rikishi
Brock Lesnar vs Matt Hardy
Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit vs The Undertaker

Episode 11 - Chuck Pops The Question

In Episode 11, we discuss the September 5, 2002 edition of SmackDown, where Brock Lesnar battles Randy Orton, Chuck has a very important question for Billy, and the main event sees The Undertaker, Edge and Rikishi take on Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4632

MATCHES:

Rey Mysterio vs Billy
Jamie Noble vs Shannon Moore
Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton
Mark Henry vs Tajiri
Batista vs Reverend D-Von
Matt Hardy vs Hardcore Holly
The Hurricane vs Crash Holly
The Undertaker, Edge and Rikishi vs Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero

Episode 12 - I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Billy

In Episode 12, we discuss the September 12, 2002 edition of SmackDown, which features the infamous wedding of Billy & Chuck, as well as an awesome SummerSlam rematch pitting Kurt Angle against Rey Mysterio and the career-altering battle between Brock Lesnar and Hardcore Holly.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4659

MATCHES:

Brock Lesnar vs Hardcore Holly
Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero vs Edge and John Cena
Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio
Chris Benoit vs Rikishi
Torrie Wilson vs Nidia
The Undertaker vs Matt Hardy

Episode 13 - The Road to Unforgiven

In Episode 13, we discuss the September 19, 2002 edition of SmackDown, which includes the first-ever television meeting between Brock Lesnar and John Cena, and bitter rivals Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit team up in the main event against Billy & Chuck.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4669

MATCHES:

Rey Mysterio and Torrie Wilson vs Jamie Noble and Nidia
Brock Lesnar vs John Cena
Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero vs Edge and Rikishi
Matt Hardy vs The Hurricane
Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit vs Billy and Chuck

Episode 14 - Edge & Eddie Go to War

In Episode 14, we discuss the September 26, 2002 edition of SmackDown, headlined by two incredible matches – Edge vs Eddie Guerrero in a historic No DQ match, and a Triple Threat between Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and Rey Mysterio.

Link to episode on WWE Network: https://watch.wwe.com/episode/SmackDown-4690

MATCHES:

Rikishi vs Chavo Guerrero
Billy and Chuck vs Jamie Noble and Tajiri
Edge vs Eddie Guerrero
The Undertaker vs Matt Hardy
Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit vs Rey Mysterio


Stay tuned for the next episode and come back regularly for more!

Many thanks to Callum and Rob for this ride! Be sure to subscribe on YouTube and show your support for this show and others under the Smark Out Moment Smack Talk banner and stay tuned for everything coming up next!

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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer, host of Smack Talk, and much more for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, media manager and more. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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