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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

Monday Night Raw
3 Hour Slammy Special
Monday 15th December 2008
Madison Square Garden
New York City

The ending from last week’s main event between Batista & The Miz was shown where the fans went crazy as Batista went to the ropes and shook them in a frenzy, going onto plant Miz with a spine-buster and then the Batista Bomb, getting the three count to secure the win. The Animal couldn’t enjoy it for long though, and his music cut in an instant when Triple H charged down to ringside and attacked Flair, clubbing him across the back and sending him to the floor. Batista turned round and saw The Game slide in the ring, running right at each other with Batista taking him down with a tackle to a big pop. He pummelled Triple H with right hands before standing back up and dragging him into place for the Batista Bomb, but like The Miz, the WWE Champion low blowed him to a ton of heat. It gave Triple H the chance to go get his trusty ally, his sledgehammer from under the ring to a chorus of boos. The fans were booing like mad and Flair was dragging himself up the apron and into the ring as The Animal too tried to make his way back up.

The fans were clearly nervous as the menacing Triple H coolly slipped back inside the ring with the sledgehammer, eyes locked firmly on Batista. He calmly watched his challenger make it back up to his feet before running at him with the sledgehammer, but as he swung it at Batista, Flair stood up behind him and The Animal ducked, resulting in Flair being struck in the face with the sledgehammer. Both Triple H & Batista stopped & looked on in shock, then Batista went at him with rage, but Triple H slid out to safety with his sledgehammer. The fans were all over The Game, booing the WWE Champion big time as Batista then went to check on Flair, but The Nature Boy was out for the count. EMT’s then flew down the ramp and into the ring with The Game looking on without a shred of remorse, and Batista stood up to glare right at the man he’ll meet in 13 days, letting him know he’s going to make him sorry for what he just did as the show came to a close with their eyes fixed firmly on each other, knowing hell is only a matter of weeks away.

J.R. & The King talked up the special three hour ‘Slammy’ show, saying that there were a lot of big awards to be handed out throughout the evening and that the stars of both Raw & Smackdown were in attendance, mentioning that the two men who will meet for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions, CM Punk & John Cena were there and that both were up for the biggest award of the night, Superstar of the Year!

Slammy Presentation - Match of the Year
Shawn Michaels/Edge – WrestleMania
Shawn Michaels/CM Punk – SummerSlam
Ric Flair/Triple H – SummerSlam

Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff walked out to the stage to “Back in Black” all smiles, then headed over to the lectern at the side. He talked up the return of the Slammys, taking credit for suggesting the idea to the Board of Directors and how the three hour show was just six days away from Night of Champions, also taking credit for suggesting the only pay-per-view where every title is decided end the year. He also hyped up how Smackdown’s superstars would be joining his Raw superstars and that the main event would see former Raw superstar John Cena team up with Batista to take on the WWE Champion, Triple H and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk.

The crowd loved that announcement but Bischoff quickly moved onto the first Slammy award of the night for the Match of the Year, going over the nominations with some highlights on the tron. Then after a brief drum-roll, Bischoff announced that the award went to the Ric Flair/Triple H match from SummerSlam, met with a ton of heat as “The Game” hit & the WWE Champion, Triple H walked out to the stage with the WWE Championship draped over his shoulder. Wearing a trademark T-shirt and his trunks, he coolly walked over to collect his award, giving his boss a dirty look, and Bischoff quickly took his leave, not sticking around to listen to The Game.

The King of Kings gave his acceptance speech, talking about how much satisfaction it gave him, not the award but how he not just beat the so called greatest of all time but retired him and put him on the unemployment line, proving that he is now the greatest of all time and will go down in the history books as just that. He even said that he wasn’t satisfied with ending Flair’s career and how he intends to do the same to Batista at Night of Champions, saying that even though The Animal’s career isn’t on the line, he’s damn sure going to make sure it’ll be the last time he ever steps foot in the ring. The fans booed the hell out of the WWE Champion and his music hit again as he gave the fans a disapproving look before heading back through the curtain.

{Commercial Break}

Leticia Cline was standing by in the back with a serious looking Women’s Champion, Melina. She was asked about the challenge facing her at Night of Champions when she defends her title against the undefeated Queen Kong. Melina said she knew how difficult the task in front of her was and how she’d heard everything people were saying in the back, that Kong already had the title in the bag. She said that she was determined to prove everyone wrong and that she’s got a 50-50 chance of beating Kong.

She then mentioned how she & Gail Kim beat Kong & Mia Rain last week and that she showed everyone that she’s capable of proving them wrong. Melina was then asked about the prospect of facing Kong again later on when she joins forces with the Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix to face Kong & Michelle McCool. She was fiercely determined as she said that she knew how tough The Glamazon is and that she’s always up for any fight, just like she was, bringing up last week’s win again and saying how it gives her confidence to win again later on and again Sunday so that in a week’s time she’s still the Women’s Champion.

JR & King talked up the rest of the show, mentioning that Melina & Beth Phoenix would indeed team up later on to take on the divas who’ll challenge them at Night of Champions in the shape of Queen Kong & Michelle McCool respectively. They also announced that the former mentor & rookie, JTG & Homicide would meet in a Brooklyn Streetfight, plus Justin Gabriel meeting Zack Ryder, all on top of John Cena & Batista teaming up to face CM Punk & Triple H in the main event.

*The Opening Match*
Kofi Kingston
vs. Joe Hennig w/Cody Rhodes

There was still some animosity from Cody on the outside towards his former friend & rival in Kofi, and he used his presence at ringside to help his current tag team partner. Hennig took advantage of a distraction from Cody to get himself into the match after an electric start from the high-flying Jamaican Sensation. Kofi though fought his way back into the contest, not going down well with Cody on the outside. The number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions came back firing in a flurry, hitting a pendulum kick as a counter with Hennig charging in at him in the corner.

Kingston raced up to the top rope and came down on his opponent for a high impact cross body. Hennig managed to kick out but he was fighting a losing battle and Kofi came close to wrapping up the win with the S.O.S. but Hennig again managed to hang on by kicking out, barely. The crowd were right behind Kofi as he got ready to hit the Trouble in Paradise, really pissing Cody off, and he jumped onto the apron as his partner unwittingly made his way back up. Kofi wasn’t happy and charged at Cody, but he just about jumped back down to the floor in time.

They exchanged heated words as Hennig got back up, raring to take Kofi’s head off, and as Kofi eventually turned round, he raced across the ring at him, but Kofi ducked and levelled him with the Trouble in Paradise to a huge pop, picking up the win heading into his title clash with Sheamus Sunday night. However Kofi couldn’t enjoy his win for long, getting his arm raised to see the same guy who’s been stalking him the last few weeks walking up to the security wall and clapping him sarcastically. Kofi got a glimpse of him and went straight over to the apron as his stalker turned his back on him to walk back through the crowd.

Winner: Kofi Kingston by pinfall.

Spoiler for Mystery Man:

Kofi called for him to get back and into the ring, saying he saw him and to stop running away from him. The mystery man did stop and looked back, staring at Kofi for a couple of seconds before heading down the steps and climbing over the barricade, picking a microphone up on the way from the timekeeper’s table. Kofi watched him every step of the way as he then joined him in the ring, and the mystery man finally broke his silence and told Kofi that since he wanted him to talk, he wouldn’t mind explaining to the fans exactly who he was.

Kofi didn’t seem too enthusiastic at all and he was goaded into telling the crowd who he was, but he said that Kofi couldn’t bare to tell everyone what he’s really like. Kofi looked nervous as the mystery man explained the reason Kofi couldn’t speak was because he was his brother, not a normal brother but a brother he walked out on with the rest of his family, leaving them high & dry without a single dime so he could become a big star. Kofi’s brother then told the fans that not once did Kofi try to contact them, then called him selfish and no brother of his. Kofi tried to defend himself, trying to get a word in, calling his brother ‘Jay’, but Jay didn’t let him.

He told Kofi that the rest of their family have turned their back on him too but how he wasn’t going to settle for his family turning on Kofi, talking about how much he hated Kofi for what he did and the hell his family went through when he left them without a care in the world. He carried on, saying that what really hurt the most was that he thought they were close and one day his big brother had gone and didn’t come back and that he would never forgive Kofi for that. The fans started to boo loudly as Kofi tried to apologise and Jay had a big smile on his face, confusing Kofi. Jay then pointed at him to turn round, and Kofi did, letting curiosity get the better of him, only to see the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus charge right at him and take his head off with the Brogue Kick.

More heat broke out as Jay stood back and enjoyed seeing Sheamus drag his opponent in six nights back up, setting him up for the High Cross before sending him crashing him into the mat, getting more boos from the crowd. Sheamus laughed on his knees, loving every minute of seeing Kofi lying their motionless, as did Jay. Sheamus’s music hit and he then stood up with his title he dropped entering the ring before leaving looking so smug and headed back up the aisle with Jay showing no sympathy for his brother, looking down at him with a smile on his face.

{Commercial Break}

The Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus was shown walking backstage looking very pleased with himself, turning a corner and walking right into the path of Eric Bischoff. Raw’s Head of Authority wasn’t pleased with him though and told him just that, telling him what a good number he did on Kofi with Night of Champions just six days away, giving himself a better chance of retaining in the process, calling it a coward’s move. Sheamus took offense and told Bischoff that he didn’t need to take Kofi out or need any more help beating him at Night of Champions because he was going to beat him anyway, claiming he just gave Kofi a taste of what’s to come so he’s not disappointed when he comes up short. Bischoff didn’t agree it was needed and told Sheamus that since he clearly wanted to make a statement and get his hands dirty, he was going to put him in a match later on, pausing before revealing the Intercontinental Champion would go one-on-one with The Undertaker later on. The Celtic Warrior looked genuinely concerned for a change as Bischoff then wished him luck and walked out of the shot smirking, leaving Sheamus to ponder stepping inside the ring with the phenom later on.

We were reminded of the aftermath to last week’s match between Goldust & Zack Ryder. As Goldust clawed his way up and turned round, Ryder ran at him and took him down with the Rough Ryder, earning the victory in front of an unhappy crowd. He gloated with a smug grin as he got his arm raised, and as the ref let his arm go, he turned round to see Eugene in the ring checking on his friend. Ryder had evil intentions in mind and swiftly kicked Eugene in the head to a ton of heat.

He then back tracked across the ring, stalking Eugene for the Rough Ryder too, but just as he was about to charge across at him, Justin Gabriel stormed down the ramp to a big pop and dived under the bottom rope. Ryder was pissed and ran at him, but Gabriel ducked an outstretched arm and then nailed him with a jumping heel kick before clotheslining him over the top rope to another big pop. The South African stared down at him and offered him back into the ring with his music playing, but Ryder was not amused as he sat up on the floor staring back up at him shaking his head furiously with Gabriel going to check on Eugene & Goldie.

*Match 2*
Justin Gabriel vs. Zack Ryder

Gabriel & Ryder were both up for this one from the moment they stepped out into the arena, no love lost between them at all. Ryder was infuriated by the fans cheering for Gabriel, getting himself hot under the collar and taunting them when he turned the tables on his rival. He took great pleasure in sizing him up for the Rough Ryder, all set to seal the win as he then charged across the mat, only for the South African to duck it and nail him with a jumping heel kick enzuigiri. The Bellas were shown watching on a monitor in the back, smiling at each other as Gabriel went up top after a kick-out from Ryder.

The fans were cheering as he climbed up to the top, but Ryder was coming round with the ref checking on him. Ryder looked up and saw the danger, then pushed the ref into the ropes, forcing Gabriel down off the ropes and into the canvas. The Long Island Loudmouth didn’t waste a second, reacting in a flash to hook both his legs, clutching his opponent’s tights and using the ropes as leverage to secure a cheap win. The fans crapped all over him, but he couldn’t care less as he got his arm raised and quickly left the ring in front of the announce table.

He grabbed a microphone from Lilian Garcia and said that he just showed everyone who the hottest star on Raw is, stating categorically that it wasn’t Gabriel but ‘The Big Z’ Zack Ryder. He soaked up the heat without a care in the world and handed the stick back to Lilian before heading towards the apron with the Bellas not looking impressed at all as Gabriel sat up in the ring, also not looking at all happy, staring up furiously at the sn-iggering Long Islander.

Winner: Zack Ryder by pinfall.

{Commercial Break}

We were taken backstage where an angry Batista was shown arriving in the arena, not a happy bunny at all. As he paced through the halls, Leticia Cline tried to get a word with him. She brought up what happened last week and then broke the news about Batista teaming up with John Cena later on to take on Triple H & CM Punk, asking The Animal if he was aware of the match being made. Batista stopped and said it was the first he’d heard of it, and that after what Triple H did to Flair last week, he was looking forward to getting his hands on him and getting some payback for Ric. He even said that The Game would be lucky to get to Night of Champions but how at that moment he didn’t even care about their match Sunday, he just wanted the chance to beat the hell out of him and whatever happens happens. He then carried on walking up the hall, leaving Leticia in no uncertain terms that he meant business.

Slammy Presentation - Moment of the Year
Matt Sydal wins the King of the Ring
John Cena returns to Smackdown
Ric Flair’s Farewell Address

The Smackdown General Manager, Tazz was standing by at the lectern, ready to present the next Slammy award for Moment of the Year with another highlight package shown after he went over the nominations. After the short video, Tazz announced that the winner was none other than John Cena for his return to Smackdown. It was met by a largely negative reaction, getting even worse when “My Time is Now” hit and John Cena walked out to the stage, looking genuinely pleased to win the Slammy. He shared a brief guy hug with Tazz who told the fans he wanted them to know how proud he is of Cena and how he wouldn’t change the decision to bring him back to Smackdown for the world, no matter what anyone’s said about it.

He then said that he believes Cena is the biggest superstar in the company and will be for a long time to come, ending by stating his belief that he will beat CM Punk to become the new World Heavyweight Champion Sunday night at Night of Champions in a match that he said even Raw fans have to watch. He then stepped to the side and allowed Cena to give his acceptance speech, getting some heat from the fans before thanking Tazz for the kind words and more importantly giving him the chance to go back to Smackdown.

He accepted that he knew it wasn’t ever going to be easy but how Sunday night he has the chance to make it all worthwhile when he finally goes one-on-one with CM Punk. He then said that for so long it’s all been about things that have been said but how right now it’s all about fighting for the biggest prize in the industry and the only thing he wants to hear is his name being announced as the new World Heavyweight Champion. A mixed reaction met that line from Cena as he wrapped up by thanking the fans and then Tazz again before his music hit and he raised his Slammy up, then headed to the back with his boss.

{Commercial Break}

Slammy Presentation - Diva of the Year

Beth Phoenix
Michelle McCool

“Crank It Up” hit to a big pop and The Big Show walked out to the stage in a suit, then headed over to the lectern to present the Slammy award for Diva of the Year. He announced that there was going to be a big divas tag team match in a matter of moments but he first had to present the award for the Diva of the Year, going over all three nominees before revealing the winner was the Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix. He clapped and “Glamazon” played as Beth Phoenix made her way out to the stage and took possession of her Slammy after shaking hands with The Big Show.

He stepped to the side and The Glamazon thanked the fans for voting for her before saying that as happy as she was to win the Slammy award, there’s one thing she really wants and that’s to beat Michelle McCool at Night of Champions and shut that big mouth of hers once & for ll. The fans certainly agreed with that and Beth said that Sunday night she’s going to make sure no one has to listen the rubbish that comes out of McCool’s mouth for a second longer, promising to do just that, starting there & then and then thanked the fans again before heading off down the ramp for her tag match with Show taking his leave.

A recap of the tag team match from last week that saw Melina team up with Gail Kim to take on Queen Kong & Mia Rain was shown. All fired-up, Melina raced into the action after a tag from Gail, taking it right to her former foe, and with the fans right behind her, she looked to have the match won when she caught Rain with a ferocious roundhouse kick. Kong though stormed the ring to break up the count, going for a leg drop on Melina, but the champion saw it coming and got out of the way with Kong’s huge leg falling down on her partner instead.

The fans were loving it, and as Kong & Melina made their way up to their feet, Gail joined them in the ring, helping her partner to send Kong out of it with a double drop kick. Melina turned her attention back to the squirming Rain, finishing her off with the California Dream to secure the victory, much to the satisfaction of the North Carolina crowd. She & Gail sure enjoyed their win and soaked up the ovation from the fans as the angry beast on the outside picked herself back up, once again staring furiously at them, not one happy bunny to say the least at seeing Melina defiantly raising her title into the air in her direction.

*Match 3*
Melina & Beth Phoenix
vs. Queen Kong & Michelle McCool

Melina & Beth made quite the team up against the divas who’ll challenge them at Night of Champions, but their opponents were fired-up too. As the match was coming to a close, Melina was on fire, looking like she had Kong circling the drain. Although she had a whip to the corner reversed by the desperate Kong, she managed to lift both her feet up into the onrushing behemoth’s face before pulling her way up to the second rope. As Kong then turned round in a spin, Melina jumped off the second rope for a cross body, but Kong caught her, only for Melina to counter with a tornado DDT.

The fans were going nuts, thinking Melina had the match won again, but McCool stormed the ring to break it up, diving on top of her to break up the count. The fans and the ref were furious, as was The Glamazon. The Divas Champion raced through the ropes and went right after McCool, knocking her down and sending her over the top rope with a clothesline. She followed her out and they went at it as Melina & Kong made their way back up on the inside. Melina was dazed, as was Kong, but the Women’s Champion was hell bent on ending it there & then, getting all set for the spinning 180 degree face-buster.

Kong though countered, dodging the incoming attack and countering with a thunderous clothesline, just as McCool caught Beth on the outside with a drop toe hold, sending Beth face first into the steps. Back on the inside, Kong dragged Melina up and fired her into the corner before running in, hitting a Body Avalanche. Melina just slumped forward, down to the mat, and with the fans praying for a Melina recovery, Kong dragged her up once more to seal the deal, planting her with a sit-down power-bomb, pinning the Women’s Champion just six days ahead of their collision with the title at stake.

The fans booed Kong as she stood up to get her arm raised, joined by the smug McCool who taunted the fans while the scary sight of Kong simply glared down intensely at the squirming Melina, clearly not happy just yet. She then turned her head slowly towards the crowd, staring ominously at them as Beth came round on the floor, not sure where she was as Kong & McCool stood tall as they hope to at Night of Champions.

Winners: Queen Kong & Michelle McCool by pinfall.

{Commercial Break}

Slammy Presentation - Tag Team of the Year

The UK Pack
Christopher Daniels & Kaval
The Empire

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels strutted out to the stage to “Sexy Boy” with the fans rising to their feet. Michaels walked over to the lectern and said it was his job to present the next Slammy for the Tag Team of the Year. He spoke about how he started his career as one half of a tag team and that he loved every second of it, well almost all of it before talking up the current tag team division and how happy he was he didn’t have to choose the winner. He went over the nominees and another brief video package was shown before Michaels announced the winners were The UK Pack.

“Britannia” hit and Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson, the makeshift WWE Tag Team Champions, walked out into the arena with Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart to a decent pop, all shaking hands with Michaels who was genuinely pleased for them. Burchill took possession of the Slammy and joked that he wasn’t sure which of them gets the award given the situation with the titles and Harry’s injury but thanked the fans regardless for voting for them. He said that the past 12 months despite the many ups & downs have been the best of his career, probably all of theirs in speaking for them all, but he went onto say that even though they’ve been champions for a year, they all knew how big of a challenge they face at Night of Champions to hold onto them.

Burchill continued by saying that as tough it’ll be, he & TJ are going to make sure that they keep the titles for themselves, Harry, Natalya and their fans across the world, not just those in the UK. The fans showed their appreciation and Burchill thanked them once again for their support and how they plan to thank them for it at Night of Champions by beating The Empire. Their music played again and they all took it turns to grab hold of the Slammy before heading backstage, posing one last time for the fans (Harry with the Slammy and Burchill & TJ with the titles) before walking back through the curtain all smiles with Michaels.

{Commercial Break}

We got a recap from last week’s match between Rey Mysterio & Christopher Daniels. With the fans cheering like mad, Rey dialled up for the 619 and nailed it to another huge roar from the capacity crowd. They rose to their feet as Rey steadied himself on the apron, but Kaval tried to come to his partner’s aid by running round on the outside and grabbing Rey’s foot. The fans weren’t happy, and neither was Rey or Mystico. Rey’s partner ran round to try & see off Kaval with Rey doing the same, trying to pull his foot back. Daniels was clawing his way back up, and Mystico saw off Kaval on the outside, leaving Rey to focus on his opponent.

He hit the springboard for the West Coast Pop, but Daniels ducked it and caught Rey in a flash with the Angel’s Wings, wasting no time to go for the cover and pick up the win. Kaval swiftly joined him in the ring as he got his arm raised, staring down at Rey as he started to come round with a look of respect before leaving the ring with his partner, turning back and looking down at the ring with Rey sitting up and Mystico also in the ring looking right back at their challengers, knowing full well they have a battle on their hands in two weeks.

*Match 4*
Non-Title Match
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

The World Tag Team Champions had company at ringside with their challengers watching at the announce table. The Epitome of Excellence, Christopher Daniels & Kaval spoke of their intention to finally win the titles at Night of Champions that they claimed should’ve bern theirs all along, and they watched on as Mysterio & Mystico put on a clinic against their Canadian opponents. The Mexican duo got the crowd going from the get go, and Petey & Devine really had no answer.

Just as Rey was about to dial up for the 619 on Devine, Petey tried to come to his partner’s rescue, but Mystico was on him like a rash, cutting him off with a dropkick before sending him onto the opposite middle rope with a drop toe hold. The crowd were loving it as the champs then both hit a 619, or a tiger feint kick on their opponents to a massive pop. Mysterio & Mystico both steadied themselves on the apron as Petey & Devine struggled back up to their feet with Daniels & Kaval watching closely.

Mystico took Petey down with a seated senton while Rey hit the West Coast Pop on Devine to pick up the win to another almighty roar from the MSG crowd. They celebrated emphatically as the bell rang and they got their arms raised, but Daniels & Kaval had something they wanted to say with Daniels grabbing a microphone and heading into the ring with his partner following.

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Mystico by pinfall.

Daniels told Rey, Mystico and the fans that everyone knew by know how they felt about the situation they find themselves in, not being the World Tag Team Champions when they should be, but he said that he & Kaval knew they had to get past that and they have. He told Rey & Mystico that they respected them both immensely, and even though it doesn’t change the facts, they have the chance to get their hands on the titles at Night of Champions to make up for it and they’re going to do everything they can to make that happen.

With all four men looking intently at each other, Daniels held out his hand, and so then did Kaval as he said “let the best team win”. The fans booed, not trusting The Epitome of Excellence, and neither did the champions, but Daniels & Kaval stood firm. Rey & Mystico turned to each other, relenting before shaking hands with the challengers who then left the ring with Daniels placing the microphone on the apron. Rey & Mystico watched them leave, the challengers turning back at the top of the stage and staring down one last time all set for the epic battle in six nights.

{Commercial Break}

*Match 5*
Non-Title Match
The Undertaker vs. Sheamus

The Celtic Warrior put up a brave fight against The Dead-Man, and he had to be. The phenom had to tough it out too, and his resilience made Sheamus furious when he tried to put The Undertaker away. After ducking a flying clothesline, he connected with a side-slam back-breaker, but it wasn’t enough to put Taker away. He tried & failed as he looked to put the phenom down, and he then furiously stalked his opponent for the Brogue Kick.

He was almost salivating as Taker clawed his way back up to his feet, and Sheamus exploded as soon as Taker was up. Taker though ducked it and grabbed him around the throat for a chokeslam. The fans cheered as Taker got ready to send the Intercontinental Champion into the canvas, but Sheamus had other ideas and kicked the phenom square in the groin, getting himself disqualified to a ton of heat. The fans were pissed big time as Sheamus took in a few deep breaths while staring down at Taker before leaving to a chorus of boos.

He turned back to look at the ring with Taker sitting up with a face like fury, staring right at Sheamus when a big pop broke out. Kofi Kingston then ran down the ramp behind him and clubbed him across the back, then tossed him into the ring. The fans were going nuts, and as Sheamus stood up he turned round to have a pop at Kofi, forgetting all about The Undertaker rising to his feet behind him. Kofi was smiling, and Sheamus then turned round to see the phenom standing there.

He begged for mercy but Taker had none of it, walking over to him and kicking him in the gut before this time connecting with a chokeslam. Kofi was enjoying it, as were the fans as Taker then signalled for the Tombstone, bringing Sheamus back up to his feet before drilling him with the piledriver to a huge pop. Taker’s music hit to another massive pop with Kofi laughing on the outside as Taker dropped to one knee for his trademark pose, as menacing as ever with Sheamus flat on his back.

Winner: The Undertaker by DQ.

{Commercial Break}

Slammy Presentation - Breakout Star of the Year

Matt Sydal
Ted DiBiase

Maria was ready to present the next Slammy and she directed the fans’ attention to the tron for a quick run through of the nominees for Breakout Star of the Year. After the short presentation, Maria declared Matt Sydal the winner. “Born to Fly” blasted out and the United States Champion, Matt Sydal & Mickie James made their way out to the stage to a big pop. The King of the Ring (in his ring gear) and his girlfriend both hugged Maria as she stood aside and allowed a slightly overwhelmed Sydal the chance to thank the fans, calling it the best year of his life, winning the King of the Ring, then the United States title and now a Slammy. He told the fans he couldn’t have done any of that without them and that he hoped 2009 would be just as good, if not better and thanked all the fans of Raw & Smackdown for their support. He then told the Raw fans that he asked for a match on Raw, saying he always wanted to be on Monday Night Raw, and that now he got his wish. After thanking them & Maria again, his music hit and he & Mickie headed off down the ramp to another pop, ready for action.

*Match 6*
Non-Title Match
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James
vs. The Miz

The United States Champion was out to put on a show ahead of his title defence against Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez Sunday night, but The Miz wasn’t going to make it easy for him. When it looked as if the King of the Ring was all set to hit the Shooting Star Press and pick up the win, Mr. Hollywood brought his knees up into Sydal’s gut. The Miz went all out to get the win from there, but Sydal hung on in to frustrate the Clevelander. Sydal got a boot up into his opponent’s face as he ran in at him in the corner, then pulled himself up the ropes, sitting on the top when The Miz turned round and hammered him in the gut.

Miz then climbed up to the second rope, looking to hit a super-plex after stepping up onto the top. The fans tried to encourage the United States Champion, and it worked as he countered by sending Miz crashing into the mat. The fans then rose to their feet as Sydal stood up on the top and then leapt up into the air to this time hit the Shooting Star Press and get the win to a big pop from the New York crowd. Sydal celebrated with Mickie afterwards, posing with his title, all set for his match with Del Rio-Ramirez at Night of Champions.

Winner: Matt Sydal by pinfall.

{Commercial Break}

>This Sunday!<

*Match 7*
Brooklyn Streetfight
JTG vs. Homicide

These two were hell bent on beating the hell out of each other, and the rules, well lack of them allowed them to do just that. JTG let out weeks of frustration & anger on his former rookie, giving him a real lesson with a baseball bat. Homicide though took it, demonstrating how tough he is, and he came back firing at JTG with a stop sign and then mowed him down with a shopping cart. JTG shocked everyone, especially Homicide by fighting through the pain. He was at the mercy of his former rookie who set up a table on the outside, putting JTG on it before climbing back on the apron, setting himself up for a frog splash.

JTG got the fans going when he sat up just at the right time and stepped off the table as Homicide went crashing through it. To the shock of many, Homicide kicked out in amongst the wreckage, leaving JTG stunned & frustrated. As the match was then coming to a close, JTG was in the driving seat having rolled Homicide back in the ring. Homicide crawled across the mat as JTG once again picked up the baseball bat, not seeing Homicide grab a steel chair, keeping it close to his body. As he then dragged himself back up, he hid the chair out of JTG’s sight who was getting ready to strike with the bat, but as he stepped into his opponent’s path, Homicide smashed him in the skull with the chair.

The fans weren’t happy but Homicide was, staring down with no remorse at all at seeing JTG flat on his back. He then threw the chair down before dragging his former mentor back up, up into place for the Gringo Killer, a back-to-back double under-hook piledriver, driving JTG’s head into the steel chair on the mat. JTG was out of it and the incredibly determined Homicide made the cover, gaining the biggest win in his WWE career. He didn’t show any sign of satisfaction at the bell, just staring down at JTG with contempt before eventually leaving the ring with the majority of the crowd booing him back up the ramp.

Winner: Homicide by pinfall.

{Commercial Break}

Slammy Presentation - Superstar of the Year

John Cena
Randy Orton
The Undertaker
Triple H
CM Punk

“I’m All Grown Up Now” played and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made her way out to present the final award of the year, the Superstar of Year as voted for the by the powers that be. After another video package going over the nominees, Stephanie announced that the winner was the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. It was met by a mixed reception, mostly negative and she introduced him as the superstar who’s had a year like no other, rising all the way to the top of the company. “This Fire Burns” blasted out and CM Punk strolled out in his ring gear and a trademark T-shirt with the world title draped over his shoulder, simply looking over at Steph and shaking his head before walking over to her. She applauded him and went to shake his hand, but The Straight-Edge Superstar was having none of it, just staring at her like she was stupid. He stepped in front of her and looked at the Slammy, picking it up and looking at it some more, hardly impressed.

He then asked the somewhat bemused Steph if it was some kind of joke, to which she shook her head and told him it wasn’t. Punk though told her what he thought, claiming that this was hers and the powers that be way to try to keep him quiet by recognising the year he’s had, which he also stated was actually more than enough to warrant him winning the award anyway. He told Steph that he did deserve it more than anyone but he could see through her, her actually coming out and presenting him with the award too he called a really special touch. Steph remained calm and told him to think what he liked before walking away and back through the curtain. It amused Punk and he said that she just proved he was right by walking away like she did, explaining that it’s not because she’s bad at her job which she is, but because he saw right through her and she’s ashamed that he realises just how much better an understanding he has of the business than her and the rest of her family trying to buy him off with a pretty much meaningless award.

He called it as convenient as it was when Tazz presented Cena with his award for Moment of the Year, and he then said that the true moment of the year will happen in six nights at Night of Champions when he not only defends the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena but retains it against Cena, saying it will mean a whole lot more than some pointless Slammy award. With the ‘smark’ New York fans split on their reaction to the World Champion, he went onto say that he wasn’t only going to do what the powers that be don’t want him to in beating Cena at Night of Champions but he was going to lay down a marker by beating him live on Raw in Madison Square Garden. That got a pop and he headed off down the ramp, just about remembering his Slammy and then raising his world title, ready for the huge main event up next.

{Commercial Break}

A recap of Smackdown’s main event from last Friday night was shown where the elimination match to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship was determined, coming down to John Cena & Edge with CM Punk watching from the stage. The fans were split on them and Edge was staring up intently at Punk, letting him know how much he wanted it, and he was milliseconds away when he landed on his feet after an F-U attempt and stomped Cena in the gut before drilling him with the Edgecution. The Rated-R Superstar couldn’t believe it and once again set his sights on Punk before stalking Cena for the Spear. Cena was slowly clawing his way back up and Punk stood up to watch with the fans going nuts.

Edge was ready to explode out of his boots and he stormed across the ring to spear Cena out of his, but Cena caught him with a drop toe hold and locked in the STFU to a hugely mixed response from the capacity crowd. Edge was shocked but quickly had to fight for his life and the chance to face Punk with Cena wrenching away at his face, the crowd still torn but blowing the roof off the joint with Punk’s eyes fixed firmly on Edge’s struggle to survive. He fought with everything he had, dragging himself closer to the ropes, inch by inch, but just as he was about to grab hold of them, Cena stood up and dragged him back to the centre of the ring to apply the hold again. The fans weren’t crazy about it and the fight was draining away bit by bit from Edge and he was left with no choice but to tap out

The crowd erupted and Cena rose to his feet, getting his arm raised and then walked over to the ropes, throwing both arms up into the air showing his delight in front of the fans, and then he turned round to look up at the man he’ll face at Night of Champions for the World Heavyweight Championship. He walked across to look directly up at Punk, and the World Champion was applauding the number one contender for his title with Cena staring right back at him. Punk then lifted his title up into the air defiantly as the show drew to a close with them talking smack at each other, all set for quite the battle in nine nights at Night of Champions when they’ll finally lock horns one-on-one for the gold.

*The Main Event*
Batista & John Cena
vs. Triple H & CM Punk

All four men meant business with Sunday in mind and all went about making their own statements of intent. Batista in particular was out for blood and was warned on a number of occasions by the referee about his aggression. Triple H played on that to put him & Punk on top, distracting Batista to allow Punk to catch him off guard with a thunderous roundhouse kick. The Game entered the ring and worked over The Animal, but Batista came back at the WWE Champion, fighting a sleeper hold with elbows to the gut. After running the ropes he ducked a high knee to take Triple H down with a spear to a massive pop from the MSG crowd.

He couldn’t take advantage straight away, but as he & Triple H clawed their way back up, he reversed an irish whip and planted him with a spine-buster. Again the fans went nuts and Batista could sense victory, full of determination to put The Game away, setting him up for the Batista Bomb. The fans rose to their feet as he then went to lift The Game up above his head, but the WWE Champion dropped down to his feet, quickly stomped him in the gut and drilled him with the Pedigree. He couldn’t take advantage straight way before eventually making the cover where Batista got his shoulder up.

The fans were loving it, and they were even more moments later when both men crawled to their corners to tag in their respective partners. Cena & Punk went at it tooth & nail, and when the World Heavyweight Champion missed a roundhouse kick on Cena, he found himself on his opponent’s shoulders for the F-U. He slid down to safety and went for the GTS, but this time Cena slipped down and quickly knocked him forward down to the mat, then hit the mat to lock in the STFU. Punk held on with Cena desperately trying to make him tap, and when it looked like Punk was going to tap, The Game stormed the ring and stamped on the back of Cena’s head to break it up.

The crowd were majorly split, but they cheered like mad when Batista hit the ring and slugged it out with Triple H, ending up on the outside after a back body drop by The Game, only for Batista to land on his feet and drag him outside too. The Animal found himself in trouble though when The Game kicked him in the knee, then drove his head into the announce table. With Cena & Punk still down but squirming in the ring, Triple H stripped the announce table, then shoved Batista on it, setting him up for a Pedigree with the crowd going crazy. The WWE Champion took his time, staring into the crowd, getting ready to enjoy the moment, but Batista came to life out of nowhere and pulled back to send them both through the table with a spine-buster to The Game.

It was deafening inside MSG as they hit the floor, and on the inside Punk was watching by the ropes, not believing what he was seeing. Cena too was almost back on his feet in the centre of the ring, and when the World Champion turned round, still in disbelief, he panicked at seeing Cena on his feet too and ran right at him, right into the F-U. The divided crowd were going crazy as Cena then locked in the STFU for a second time to put Punk through hell again, and after doing all he could to hold on, he eventually tapped out to another mixed reception from the New York fans.

Cena sat up, clearly delighted to have got one over on Punk heading into Night of Champions as Batista too sat up on the outside in amongst the wreckage with The Game barely moving. The Animal then joined Cena in the ring, slowly getting there to congratulate his partner as they then posed for the fans on the ropes with “My Time is Now” blasting out throughout MSG to end the show with the challengers standing tall with the champions slowly coming round, seething at seeing their rivals celebrating at their expense.

Winners: Batista & John Cena by submission.

{End of Show}

Quick Results

Kofi Kingston df. Joe Hennig
Zack Ryder
df. Justin Gabriel
Queen Kong & Michelle McCool
df. Melina & Beth Phoenix
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
df. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
The Undertaker
df. Sheamus
df. JTG
Matt Sydal
df. The Miz
Batista & John Cena
df. Triple H & CM Punk

Superstars Tapings
Carlito & Eddie Colon df. The Pitbulls
The Big Show
df. Chris Masters


>Confirmed for Night of Champions<

Night of Champions Homepage

Sunday December 21st 2008 (6 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson (c) vs. The Empire

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool

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