WWE.com posted a brand new article entitled “Battle Royals that Laid the SmackDown!” In the article, WWE takes a look back at great Battle Royals that happened in the WWE. They included the October 14, 2004 episode where Rey won the Battle Royal for a USA Title shot. Also, WWE posted about Rey Mysterio’s performance at the June 4, 2010 battle royal.
October 14, 2004
With SmackDown traveling overseas, the blue brand took to Manchester, England, with a thrilling international Battle Royal on the card. This time, the winner of the 18-Man Battle Royal would get a United States Championship opportunity.
From the opening bell, bodies flew in every direction as the competitors created instant bedlam, with a clashing of styles that included some hardcore magic from the likes of Rob Van Dam and The Dudley Boys. Through it all, Rey Mysterio proved why he was The Ultimate Underdog, barely escaping a number of near falls.
Once the dust settled in what was a chaotic scene, The Master of the 619 and Kurt Angle were the final two left and what ensued was an instant classic. This showdown included a miraculous moment when Rey – caught in the Angle Lock while perched precariously on the top rope – heroically broke free.
The Manchester crowd was amped up as the match reached its crescendo and Rey dangled just inches above the ringside floor in yet another near fall. Then, with Angle seemingly on the brink of putting him away, Mysterio countered and delivered a 619 to Angle’s back, dumping the Olympic Champion to the floor.
June 04, 2010
One week after accidently injuring The Undertaker, Rey Mysterio was joined by every Superstar on the SmackDown roster to compete in a Battle Royal for an opportunity to take The Deadman’s spot in the forthcoming World Heavyweight Championship Match at the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view.
With the likes of Christian, Kofi Kingston, Kane and Dolph Ziggler all in the ring at the same time, it was literally a guessing game as to who might emerge victorious and earn the chance to face off against Jack Swagger, CM Punk and Big Show for the World Title.
In the end, Rey would take on two fierce foes — Kane and Luke Gallows. When Kane dumped Gallows over the top rope, it was Rey against The Big Red Monster – David vs. Goliath come to SmackDown. It was certainly fitting that they were the final two as Kane wanted nothing more than to honor his brother’s legacy by filling his shoes at Fatal 4-Way and delivering vengeance for The Phenom’s injury.
But Rey, no stranger to being the underdog, fought with everything he had, and when he turned a chokeslam into a hurricanrana to dump Kane over the top, any questions as to how the smaller Mysterio might dispose of the 7-footer were laid to rest.