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Re: WWE: The TwoThousandAndEleven Diaries
Friday Night Smackdown (July 1, 2011)
After the pyrotechnics conclude, the show opens with “The Viper” Randy Orton making his entrance to a lot of heat. Orton makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone. He says that he is no way finished with Christian and he is in no way finished with the World Heavyweight Championship. He tells them to roll a clip from what happened last week during the contract signing for Christian and Cody Rhodes’ title match. It shows Orton nailing Ted DiBiase and Rhodes with RKOs, throwing Christian out of the ring and then putting Cody through the table with a powerbomb. We go back to Orton who is in the ring, smiling. He says that he doesn’t know if anybody caught the footage, but Cody Rhodes never signed the contract. Orton says that Cody may be #1 Contender but he is the former champion and when he says that he wants another match, he gets it. He tells Teddy Long to get down to the ring and bring him a new contract that reads Christian defending against Randy Orton at Money In The Bank.
The crowd boos but instead of the Smackdown General Manager, Orton gets the World Heavyweight Champion, Christian, who gets a huge ovation as he makes his way down to the ring. Christian asks Randy if he has forgotten what happened at Capitol Punishment. Randy says that he doesn’t care, but Christian holds him up, reminding him that he lost in a 30 Minute Ironman Match. Christian says that the match was already Orton’s rematch, and he doesn’t get any more title shots until he earns them. Orton says that he gets what he wants. He says that Cody Rhodes isn’t good enough to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship and he proved that when he was put through a table at the end of last week. Randy gets angry and he screams one more time for Teddy Long to get out there with the new contract he ordered.
This time it is Theodore Long, who comes out, but he only gets as far as the stage and he isn’t holding any clipboards. He calls Orton a fool to a big pop and asks him if he really thinks that he can cause mayhem on his show and then demand his way into a title match? Orton replies by saying that he should be able to, because he’s the best thing this sorry show has. Teddy Long says that Orton just made a big mistake by saying that. He says that he’s going to give Randy Orton a shot at entering Christian and Cody Rhodes’ Money In The Bank match in tonight’s main event. Orton says that he’s glad that Teddy came to his senses but the GM says that although if Orton wins the title match for the pay per view is made a triple threat, if he loses, he is suspended from Smackdown indefinitely!
The crowd pops as Orton looks a bit shocked by the announcement but he bounces back by saying that he’s confident and that he can defeat anybody on the Smackdown roster. Long replies by saying that Cody Rhodes defeated three people to win his title shot, and Orton will have to as well. He says that Randy Orton will be taking on Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and World Heavyweight Champion Christian in a three on one handicap match! The crowd pops as neither Orton nor Christian look please and they stare each other down in the ring as Teddy hollas and leaves. The tension continues in the ring between the two men but Orton breaks it as he slithers out of the ring and begins to make his exit, still not taking his eyes off Christian as Smackdown goes to commercial.
Match One: Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan take on Chavo Guerrero and Brodus Clay where the winning team’s members qualify for the Smackdown Money In The Bank Ladder Match. In a fairly entertaining match, Brodus Clay beating up his opponents takes up a lot of the middle portion. The then isolates Daniel Bryan until he manages to get the hot tag to Sin Cara, who cleans house. Heelish tactics by Chavo get his team on the upper hand but then Trent Barreta’s music plays and he and Derrick Bateman walk out onto the stage, allowing Cara to capitalise on the distraction and nail Chavo with the tilt a whirl tornado DDT he calls the Hilatura Loca and get the win.
Result: Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan defeat Chavo Guerrero and Brodus Clay; qualify for MITB Ladder Match
After the match the faces celebrate and make their exit, smiling at Barreta and Bateman on their way up the ramp. Bateman takes the microphone and says that Guerrero and Brodus have already taken out his old tag team partner, and they’re lucky that they were saved from Brodus’ assault on them last week. Barreta says that the time for cheap shots and sneak attacks is over; they want a tag team match on the Smackdown Supershow in two weeks time. Bateman says that because of all the hatred between the two teams, he proposes a little incentive to get things fired up. He says that the person who gets pinned in the match will have to quit. The crowd pops at the match, as Chavo and Brodus recover in the ring, still not quite sure what’s been happening. Barreta smiles and says that they’ll be waiting for their answer next week, when Chavo’s feeling a little better. We go to break with the image of Chavo scowling in the ring.
We get a video package recapping the 5 superstars that have all recently retired in Triple H, The Undertaker, Kane, The Big Show and Mark Henry.
We return and Justin Gabriel’s music plays as the new #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship walks out onto the stage, accompanied by Matt Striker. The duo gets to the ring and Striker says that Gabriel is his new associate and that he will manage him to great heights on Smackdown. Striker points out that last week Gabriel defeated Heath Slater to earn a shot at Ezekiel Jackson’s Intercontinental title in two weeks time on the Smackdown Supershow. He says that last week was only the slightest taste of things to come. He puts over Gabriel as the fastest, smartest, most athletic, most skilled and most technically sound superstar on the Smackdown roster before calling Ezekiel the opposite. Striker calls Big Zeke fat, slow, lazy and stupid and he says that a more talented wrestler will exploit these flaws, and he has a more talented wrestler in Justin Gabriel. Striker says that it’s a lot to talk and talk but he’s going to let his associate do all the talking in the ring. He tells the crowd to watch and learn and invites Gabriel’s opponent to come down to the ring.
Match Two: Justin Gabriel takes on Yoshi Tatsu in a match where the primary objective is to showcase Gabriel’s talents. He uses a lot of kicks and aerial techniques as usual, but combines this with some submission style mat work to showcase a new aggressiveness in his move set. He eventually ends the semi-squash match with a picture perfect 450° Splash.
Result: Justin Gabriel defeats Yoshi Tatsu
We cut backstage to where Roxxi is in the women’s locker room training on a punching bag when Beth Phoenix walks up to her to a pop. Beth asks Roxxi what the deal is with her. Roxxi asks what she means and Beth points out the bald head, piercings and studded boots. Roxxi says that all these things are ‘her’ and Beth asks Roxxi what ‘her’ means. Roxxi says that where she’s from she was called “The Hardcore Knockout” and that’s who she is: somebody who doesn’t let anybody intimidate her or push her around. Beth says that she gets that and wishes her luck on Smackdown and in the Fatal 4 Way Match for the Divas Championship in two weeks time. Roxxi smiles and goes back to training as Beth walks off, a little weirded out.
Match Three: Michelle McCool takes on Beth Phoenix with Melina at commentary, insulting Beth Phoenix at every opportunity she can take. “The Glamazon” mostly dominates the action and it even spills to the outside, where Beth throws Michelle over the announce table and knocks Melina off her chair. When the action gets back into the ring, Beth is blindsided by Melina, who nails her with a hair pull bulldog, causing a disqualification.
Result: Beth Phoenix defeats Michelle McCool (Disqualification)
After the match, Melina continues the assault, pulling Beth’s hair and screaming while the crowd boos. Once Michelle McCool recovers, she joins in as well and the divas take turns holding Beth down so the other can pummel her. After a short while, the crowd pops as Roxxi runs down the ramp, holding a Singapore cane! “The Hardcore Knockout” slides into the ring and Melina and Michelle immediately get as far away as they can from Roxxi, who looks almost deranged in the way she wields her weapon. The heels retreat as Roxxi looks down at Beth and helps her to her feet. Phoenix thanks her but without replying, Roxxi exits the ring with her cane and walks off, leaving Beth once again puzzled.
We go backstage to where Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase are with interviewer Jack Korpela. Cody is asked about what he thinks of Randy Orton and the events that transpired at the end of last week’s show but Ted shuts the interviewer up, telling him not to remind Cody of what happened. He says that Cody has been hurting since last week and therefore will not play a role in the main event. Cody says that’s right; he’s going to keep his body rested until his title match at Money In The Bank. Korpela asks him about what he would think should Randy Orton be inserted into the title match and Cody calls him an idiot, saying that the answer is obvious. Cody says that he and Orton have a lot of history but now the time has finally been reached where Cody is better than him. He says that Randy Orton’s time in the spotlight is over and if there weren’t such a lenient and irresponsible General Manager, Randy Orton would be steering clear of his first match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Cody says that he needs a break from all the incompetence on this brand and he promptly walks off the shot with DiBiase in tow.
After the break, The Great Khali’s music plays and the crowd boos as “The Punjabi Giant” comes out with his brother Ranjin Singh as well as his new associate, Jinder Mahal. The trio makes it to the ring and Khali shouts something in Indian to heat as Ranjin takes the mic and translates Khali’s gibberish as him saying that the team of Jinder Mahal and The Great Khali is the most dominant tandem of all time. The crowd boos as Mahal takes the microphone and says that they had everyone fooled, especially Shelton Benjamin. He says that it took a beating to turn Khali back into a monster and it’s going to pay off because tonight, Khali will take on Shelton in a match to qualify for Money In The Bank. Khali shouts again and Ranjin says that Khali knows that Shelton has no chance of winning tonight because Khali is going to Money In The Bank. He says that Khali could probably grab the briefcase without even climbing a ladder. Mahal says that if everybody didn’t realise how dangerous they were last week, they will now and he invites Shelton to make his entrance. “The Gold Standard” comes down to the ring and doesn’t say anything, he just motions Khali to join him and start the match.
Match Four: Shelton Benjamin takes on The Great Khali for a spot in Smackdown’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. The match sees Shelton manage to use his speed to try and take Khali off his feet, but predictably, Khali begins to control Shelton after grounding him with a chop to the head. However, “The Gold Standard” catches a break when he ducks a boot and Khali crotches himself on the rope, allowing him to be dropkicked to the floor. Ranjin and Mahal try and get Khali to his feet to make the ten count, but once he gets up, Shelton knocks him back down with a baseball slide, and it’s enough to get a countout victory!
Result: Shelton Benjamin defeats The Great Khali (Countout); qualifies for MITB Ladder Match
After the match, the crowd cheers as Shelton celebrates but Jinder Mahal immediately rushes into the ring and takes Shelton off his feet with a chop block. The fresh Mahal has complete advantage over the physically drained Shelton Benjamin as he drills him with boots. Khali soon enters the ring as well and Mahal nails Shelton with the Sands Of Time (fireman’s carry double knee gutbuster) before handing him off to Khali. Khali puts Shelton in the Vise Grip with the crowd booing heavily, until suddenly The Uso Brothers start running down the ramp. There are cheers as Jimmy and Jey Uso start to unload on Mahal and Khali with fists. Mahal eventually flees the ring and Khali is forced out with a double dropkick from the brothers, who then go and check on Shelton’s safety. Ranjin, Jinder and Khali come together on the ramp and Ranjin points at the Usos and shout something in Indian. All three furious heels continue to stare down Jimmy and Jey Uso as we go to a break.
Before the main event, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and says that Cody Rhodes has approached him backstage and told him that he can’t compete in tonight’s event, and he has left the building along with Ted DiBiase. He says that the show must go on and he is therefore forced to change the main event altogether. Teddy Long says that Randy Orton will still be forced to face three men and one of those men will be the World Heavyweight Champion Christian, but the other two will be Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson… and “Y2J” Chris Jericho! He also says that he is officially making the match no disqualifications and no countouts! The crowd pops as Teddy Long hollas before leaving so the competitors can make their entrances.
Main Event: Randy Orton takes on Christian, Chris Jericho and Ezekiel Jackson in a handicap tornado match where the only way to win is with pinfall or submission. As expected, Randy runs away for a while before the numbers get to him and he suffers a three on one beat down for a while before he escapes up the ramp and runs backstage. He emerges again after a few seconds and the faces catch up to him but following Orton from the backstage area is Sheamus and Justin Gabriel. Sheamus attacks Chris Jericho and the Money In The Bank opponents start brawling across the arena, as do Gabriel and Big Zeke, leaving Christian and Orton to fight it out. The two enemies make their way back to the ring, where the action settles down for a while. The finish comes a few minutes later, with the other men long finished brawling and already backstage. Orton manages to catch the champ with an RKO after playing possum when Christian dived for a Frog Splash. Randy Orton pins the Champion and manages to get a clean three count over him.
Result: Randy Orton defeats Christian, Chris Jericho and Ezekiel Jackson; new #1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship
The crowd boos as after the match Randy Orton poses over Christian and picks up the World Heavyweight Championship, knowing he will be competing for the title against Christian and Cody Rhodes in a Triple Threat Match at the Money In The Bank pay per view in just over two weeks time.
John Cena (c) vs. CM Punk
World Heavyweight Championship
Christian (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
Raw's Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth vs. Zack Ryder vs. John Morrison vs. ???
Smackdown's Money In The Bank Ladder Match
Tyson Kidd vs. Sin Cara vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. ??? vs. ???
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (Stipulation TBA)
Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho
Last edited by X-Power; 07-25-2011 at 05:39 AM.