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By Buck Woodward on 2004-12-12 20:00:00

Backstage, Smackdown's number one announcer, Funaki, interviewed ... Funaki.  Funaki asked himself if he could beat Spike Dudley, when Spike walked in and interrupted him.  Spike told Funaki that he would never win the Cruiserweight Title.  Funaki and Spike had the following exchange: 

Funaki: "Knock, knock"
Spike: "Who's there"
Funaki: "Armageddon" 
Spike: "Armageddon who?"
Funaki: "I'm a gettin' your belt and becoming the number one Cruiserweight champion"

Cruiserweight Champion Spike Dudley vs. Sho Funaki. 

It was mentioned that the other Dudleys are still recovering from injuries suffered at the hands of the Big Show. They traded holds on the mat to start, with Funaki cradling Spike for a two count, then grabbing a small package for another two.  Funaki grabbed La Magistral for another two, then Spike kneed him in the gut to stop him.  Funaki blocked a hiptoss and delivered an armdrag.  Funaki put Spike in an armbar, but Spike broke out with a punch.  Spike floated over a slam and went for a rollup, but Funaki rode Spike through the ropes and to the floor.  Funaki hit a baseball slide and tossed Spike back in for a two count.  Funaki went to work on Spike's arm, but was caught with an elbow on a charge.  Spike went to the top rope, but Funaki stopped him and slammed him off the top rope.  Funaki dropkicked Spike for a two count. Funaki punched Spike, but was backdropped to the apron.  Spike and Funaki battled up the ropes, and teased superplexing each other to the floor.  Spike ended up dropping Funaki face first from the middle rope to the floor. Funaki crawled onto the apron at the eight count, but Spike dropkicked him back to the floor.  Spike rolled Funaki into the ring, got a two count, then hit a double stomp. 

Spike put Funaki in an abdominal stretch, but Funaki hiptossed out.  Spike headbutted Funaki, then went for a slam and a back suplex, but Funaki fought to land on top of Spike on both moves for one counts.  Spike gave Funaki a gutbuster out of a fireman's carry for a two count.  Spike put Funaki in an abdominal stretch, punching Funaki in the ribs with his free hand while maintaining the hold. Funaki broke out, but Spike slugged him down to the mat.  Funaki floated out of a back suplex and put Spike in the Tree of Woe. Funaki stood on the top rope as Spike tried to sit up in the Tree of Woe, and Funaki jumped off with a double stomp to the gut.  Funaki hit a backdrop, clothesline and bulldog, and got a two count. Funaki gave Spike an enzugiri for a two count.  Funaki went to the top rope and hit a flying bodypress for a two count. Funaki went for a tornado DDT, but Spike tossed him away and hit a headbutt to the midsection.  Spike went for the Dudley Dog, but Funaki blocked it.  Spike went for a sunset flip, but Funaki reversed it and hooked Spike's legs for the three count at the ten minute mark. 

Winner and new Cruiserweight Champion: Sho Funaki.

Funaki celebrated by hugging all the announcers at ringside.


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