Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny
15-Man Tag Team Match
On October 10, 2014 (the 15th anniversary of SmackDown), WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long guided Sheamus, Mark Henry and others into victory against a team captained by John Laurinatis, which included Gold and Stardust and others. Jey Uso pinned Damien Mizdow to win the 15-man match for Long.
Last year, Canadian Bulldog's World reviewed the Top 50 Raw Matches. And while Raw is most definitely WWE's flagship show... that doesn't SmackDown should necessarily be ignored.
SmackDown (currently known as SmackDown Live) has been on the air since April 1999, appearing in different formats (taped vs. live), networks (UPN, The CW, SyFy, USA Network) and time slots (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights).
Over the course of nearly 20 years and more than 950 episodes, SmackDown has often been the home to must-see matches and moments, not to mention the WWE debuts of John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, The Miz and many others.
In ranking the Top 50 SmackDown Matches, Canadian Bulldog's World looked at the following criteria:
How memorable was the match, even years later when applicable?
Was the concept or match itself fairly unique?
Was the match pay-per-view quality?
Was the match pivotal to one or more of the competitor's careers?
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Although Jeff Hardy and Triple H have had many matches on SmackDown over the years, their December 2008 contest was memorable because both were considered top contenders to Edge's World Championship. The match ended in a no-contest after Edge came to ringside and attacked both competitors.
Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison
Despite being huge factors in The Attitude Era, the teams of Kane and The Undertaker and Edge and Christian rarely met. In April 2001, The Brothers of Destruction withstood outside interference from Rhyno and narrowly avoided a conchairto before defeating E & C to capture the WWF World Tag Team Titles.