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Friday Night Smackdown 'Live'
Friday 23rd January 2009
Live from Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, Michigan




*Opening Video*
"Let It Roll"

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*Video Recap*
From the Royal Rumble!




The Straight-Edge Superstar looks wrecked as he gets up to his feet, very unsteady as he wearily looks into Cena's eyes, and Cena smirks at him. Punk's confused but not for long as Cena grabs him by the back of the neck and throws him down into the mat on his stomach. Cena jumps right down on him, crossing his legs to lock in the STFU!!!. . . . . Punk's in deep deep trouble with the crowd going crazy, split again as Cena puts Punk through hell. He's got nowhere to go and Cena's almost bursting a blood vessel to make him tap. Punk lifts his right hand up, trying to hold on with the crowd making a ton of noise. Cena holds on tight and Punk's just managing to hold on.

To his credit he keeps going and tries to drag himself towards the ropes, and as hard as he tries to stop him, Cena looks worried as Punk gets closer to the ropes, almost to within touching distance. Punk reaches out with all he has left for the bottom rope, and he might get there with a lot of the fans willing him on. He's going to grab it, but no, CENA STANDS UP AND DRAGS PUNK BACK INTO NO MAN'S LAND!!!. . . . . It's insane in the arena as Punk screams out with Cena desperate for him to tap, and it looks like he might. His hand gradually gets closer to the mat when out of nowhere, Raw's Homicide slides into the ring and stomps on Cena's head to a ton of heat.

There's some cheers too as Homicide puts the boots to Cena, breaking the hold with the ref powerless. Homicide's relentless as he pulls Cena up and fires him into the corner, following in with a hard clothesline and continuing to stomp & punch the hell out of the blindsided Cena. Punk crawls to the apron and rolls to the floor as Homicide inexplicably hammers Cena, but Cena fights back with right hands, fighting his way out of the corner. He blocks a right from Homicide and fires him into the ropes, and as Homicide comes back Cena takes him down with a LOU THESZ PRESS!

He unloads hell for leather on the Raw superstar, and as they both make their way back up, Cena slams him into the mat with the spin-out powerbomb, and with the fans cheering like mad, he signals for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, comes back off the ropes and hits it. Cena stands back up, in the zone and turns his head to see Punk slipping back in the ring with a steel chair. Punk stands up and runs at Cena, right into a kick to the gut with Cena lifting Punk up off his feet for the F-U!!!. . . . . Punk drops the chair and Cena turns to the cameras, getting ready to finish Punk. Homicide stands up though with the chair in hand and NAILS CENA IN THE BACK WITH THE IT!!!. . .

A ton of heat is thrown at Homicide as he drops the chair, glaring down without any remorse at all at the fallen Cena. Punk slowly stands back up with a sick smirk on his face and slaps Homicide on the shoulder. Cena though stars to stir, pissing Punk off, and the wannabe World Champion reaches down to pick the chair up and back away from Cena. A big pop breaks out in the crowd as Smackdown's General Manager, Tazz stomps his way down to the ring. He looks furious and he enters the ring staring at Punk and grabbing the chair from him.

Punk's pissed and he goes at it with Tazz with Cena slowly coming to and Homicide looking on. Tazz doesn't take any shit from Punk and tells him exactly what he thinks. Punk tells him it's no holds barred but Tazz says it's not meant to go down like this. Punk doesn't care and tries to grab the chair from Tazz, but the GM just shoves him back. He pisses Punk off even more and the former World Champion keeps taunting Tazz, calling him a joke & worthless. Tazz is getting angrier and Punk can see it. He keeps taunting him, telling him he can see he wants to hit him and dares him to.

Tazz resists with some fans begging him to hit Punk, and as Punk accuses him of having no balls again and tells him to get out of his ring, Tazz snaps and SWINGS THE CHAIR AT PUNK. . . PUNK DUCKS IT THOUGH AND CENA WALKS RIGHT INTO IT!!!. . . . . Cena falls in a heap with Tazz looking stunned. He can't believe what he's done and Punk just laughs, as does Homicide with the fans torn on how to react. The GM drops the chair and looks down in shock, then turns his back on the ring and leaving looking so guilty. Punk though loves it and he tells Homicide to pick Cena up, and the Raw superstar obliges.

Tazz turns round and watches with frustration as Homicide pushes Cena into Punk's path, and The Straight-Edge Superstar lifts Cena off his feet onto his shoulders, all smiles. . . GO TO SLEEP JOHN CENA!!!. . . . . Cena hits the mat and Punk turns to look at Tazz in the aisle as Stephanie McMahon runs out from the back, trying to get to the ring. Tazz grabs her though and tells her she's not getting involved again, much to Punk's amusement as he coolly covers Cena with Tazz holding onto a screaming Stephanie with the ref making the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!. . . . . DING DING DING!!!

"This Fire Burns" hits to mostly a barrage of boos as the cocky Punk stands up with his arms in the air with the referee heading over to get his world title. Tazz lets go of Stephanie in the aisle and she goes mad, yelling at him, asking him what he was doing. He takes a look back at the ring to see the disgusted referee pass Punk his title and raise his hand then turns back to walk to the back, leaving Steph to look at the gloating Punk as he turns round with his title, being congratulated by Homicide.

They laugh between themselves and Punk lifts the title high up into the air, directly at Stephanie, pointing to the title and laughing with Steph absolutely furious. He turns back and walks over to the apron, taunting the fans this time by raising his title up with most of the fans booing. He doesn't care at all with Homicide looking down coldly at Cena as he opens his eyes, clueless as to what went down. Punk turns back again and throws the title over his shoulder, looking over at Stephanie and laughing again, infuriating the Executive Vice-President some more.


***

*From Raw Monday Night

A mixed reaction breaks out as the Executive Vice-President, Stephanie McMahon walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand, and she doesn't look at all happy.

Stephanie McMahon:
Last night was undoubtedly an incredible night, however there was still one situation that tarnished what should've been one of the most successful nights in the history of the WWE, that being CM Punk regaining the World Heavyweight Championship.

*Mixed*

Stephanie McMahon: I'm aware that this technically isn't a Raw issue but the scale of this problem is too big to ignore. It was clear for ev'ryone to see that what happened in the match between Punk an' John Cena was simply unacceptable. We had a general manager directly impact on the result of that match, and then he had the audacity to put his hands on me.

*Mixed*

Stephanie McMahon: That can't be tolerated, and one of the reasons I'm out here t'night is t' let Tazz an' all of you know that I will be considering what action t' take against him over the next few days. I will announce what action I will indeed take on Smackdown this Friday night, however like I said, that's not the only reason I came out here. Given how the world title match ended last night, there needs t' be a rematch where we decide who legitimately deserves t' be the World Heavyweight Champion. With that said, live this Friday night, there will be a rematch where CM Punk will defend the world title against John Cena.

*Huge Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: I advised them both of my decision after their match last night. CM Punk however had a problem with that decision and decided to go t' the board of directors to voice his concerns regarding my so called intentions. Having spoke with the board earlier t'day I can confirm that the match will go ahead as originally planned and I will be on hand to ensure that there's no repeat of the ending from last night. Given what happened at Night of Champions however, I've been advised that if I get involved in the match in any way, I will be removed as Executive Vice-President and from the board in general, and in addition CM Punk will automatically retain the title.

*Mixed*

Stephanie McMahon: It will also be the final one-on-one meeting between Cena an' Punk, but while informing them of that match last night, I also told them to be here on Raw t'night.

*Big Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: I agreed with Eric Bischoff after the show last night that both Cena an' Punk should be in the main event t'night in a tag team match. CM Punk will team up with the Raw superstar who helped him win the world title, that being Homicide.

*Heat*

Stephanie McMahon: Their opponents will of course be John Cena and a partner of my choosing. . . from Raw, The Undertaker.


***

The Undertaker & John Cena
vs. CM Punk & Homicide

Punk walked out to the stage with a smug smile on his face alongside Homicide, but despite helping Punk to the world title last night he remained his usual serious self. Cena hit the ring before Taker and he didn't wait for his partner as he went right after Punk & Homicide, who sensibly left the ring just before Cena could get at them. Cena was pissed and threw his T-shirt into the crowd without looking into the stands after pulling his shirt off in super quick time. He barely looked at his partner as Taker entered the ring before retreating back to the apron after not getting any acknowledgment or response from Cena. Homicide was paying for his actions with Cena all over him in the beginning, and when Punk finally got in there with Cena, he too felt the brunt of Cena's anger. It came down to those two too, and after hitting a running knee strike in the corner, Punk went for a running bulldog out of it, only for Cena to counter and shove Punk forward, right into the referee and knocking him down. He stayed down too and as a shocked Punk turned round, Cena walked out and caught him with the F-U.

The fans were cheering, but there was no-one to count the fall. Homicide then jumped off the apron and grabbed a steel chair before sliding in the ring. He went right after Cena, but Cena caught him with a right hand. Homicide picked himself back up with Taker stepping over the top rope too. He ran at Homicide and clotheslined him back down, and this time he dropped the chair which Cena picked up. Punk sat up though and pushed Cena back into Taker, knocking The Dead-Man down onto one knee. Punk stood up and aimed a stiff kick at Cena, but he sidestepped it, and then turned round to swing the chair at Punk, but the World Champion ducked and Taker walked right into it, just like last night when Tazz nailed Cena. Taker fell to the mat and Cena looked on in shock and dropped the chair, but Punk quickly turned him round to lift him up for the GTS. The fans booed but Cena quickly slipped down and got Punk up for another F-U when Homicide stood back up.

Cena put Punk down and ran at Homicide to clothesline him over the top, staring down at him as Punk approached from behind to roll him up, using the ropes as leverage as well as holding Cena's shorts with the ref conveniently back in the land of the living to make the count, giving Punk a cheap win. The World Champion quickly slipped out of the ring with "This Fire Burns" blasting out to a ton of heat. Cena stood up, seriously pissed as a smug Punk collected his title as Homicide picked himself back up. They walked round the ring to the ramp with Punk laughing at Cena and then the crowd with Cena watching their every step. Punk turned round on the ramp and lifted his title into the air defiantly. Cena watched furiously, much to Punk's amusement as Taker sat up behind Cena, and as Punk & Homicide headed back through the curtain, Cena turned round and got a death stare from an angry Undertaker, letting Cena know just how angry he was as Raw came to a close.

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***Pyro***
***Pyro***
***Pyro***


Michael Cole:
Welcome all to Friday Night Smackdown. We're live from Ann Arbor Michigan where t'night, just five nights after they met at the Royal Rumble for the World Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk an' John Cena will go one-on-one for the last time. However, as she said herself on Raw this past Monday night, if Stephanie McMahon is involved in the match in any way shape or form, not only will she be removed from the board and her position as the Executive Vice-President of the WWE but CM Punk will automatically retain the title. She will be at ringside though to ensure there's no repeat of Sunday night. There's no question about it, it's going t' be a match f' the ages t'night.

Matt Striker: Absolutely right, an' let's not f'get she promised to address Tazz's role in. . .

"I'm All Grown Up Now"

Here comes Stephanie McMahon, walking with purpose down to the ring with a confident smile on her face, not worried at all it would seem.

Michael Cole:
Well it looks like we won't have t' wait long, and it looks like she has business in mind.

Matt Striker: Doesn't she always Michael?

Michael Cole: That's true!

Stephanie steps inside the ring and picks a microphone up off the apron as she enters, walking into the centre of the ring and briefly looking up at the Wrestlemania sign hanging above the ring. Her music stops, bringing out a mixed reaction for the Executive Vice-President.

Stephanie McMahon:
I'm sure you all know by now if you didn't already having just seen the footage that right here t'night, CM Punk will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena.

*Big Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: It's not of'en we have the world title defended on Smackdown but it will be t'night, however I'm not out here right now to talk about t'night's main event. I'm out here t' talk about what's led to it. Again the footage from the Royal Rumble was very clear. The purpose of that match was to determine an undisputed World Champion, the words of the man who made the match, the General Manager of Smackdown, Tazz.

*Mixed*

Stephanie McMahon: Instead of me speculating or commenting on his actions Sunday night, I'm going to invite him down here so he can explain for himself. So with that said, Tazz will you please make your way down here, now?

Stephanie pulls the microphone away from her mouth and looks up at the stage, waiting for Tazz.

"13"

She doesn't have to wait long as Tazz walks out to the stage to a mixed response, stopping at the top of the stage to look into the crowd before walking down the ramp to the ring looking very serious indeed. He enters the ring and walks right past Steph to get a microphone. His music cuts and he turns back to face Stephanie, not looking too happy with the situation he finds himself in.

Tazz:
Not wastin' any time huh? Cool with me. . . You wanna know what happened Sunday? Without bein' disrespectful I think you just saw again what happened. You don't need me to explain what happened but I guess it's best I tell ya. It's real simple Steph. Like these people I was sat back watchin' the match when that punk from Raw jumped in the ring an' on top o'Cena. I went down there t' get him out of there an' let Cena an' Punk fight it out as planned f' the world title. Then yeah it got a bit messy. Punk started doing what he does his best in mouthing off an' I snapped. I shouldn't have but I did. It happens, but I think anyone can see that I didn't mean t' hit Cena. Yeah it cost 'im the match but it was an accident an' I know you know that, an' I know John does too. I realised what I'd done an' got the hell out of there before it got more out o'control, but it needs t' be said before y'play the blame game Steph, I ain't happy about it either believe me. That's not the way I wan'ed this t' play out. I sure as hell didn't wanna get involved an' be a part of it. Unfortunately I was an' I apologise f' that but I went down there t' do the right thing. . .

Stephanie McMahon: . . . That might be the case but that doesn't explain why you put your hands on me. Like you I was going t' make things right, but yet again we find ourselves in this situation. . .

Tazz: . . . Whoa whoa whoa, let me stop y'there Steph. We. . . You're a hypocrite. You're the reason we're in this mess. It's your fault we had t' have this match at the Rumble in the first place. You were the one who screwed Punk out o'the title at Night of Champions. T' this day I'm not sure why other than the fact you clearly don't like the guy. T' be honest I don't either. He's got a big mouth, no doubt, but that's no reason t' screw him out o'the title. As f' me puttin' my hands on you Sunday, I stopped you doin' somethin' stupid like you did last month. The diff'rence between me an' you again Steph was I wan'ed t' do the right thing. You, you wan'ed t' do the right thing f' you. It doesn't matter how many people 'ave said it over the last month, you just don't listen. All this between Cena an' Punk, the world title, it's all on you, no one else. If it wasn't f' you we wouldn't even 'ave needed t' have that match Sunday an' I resent you questioning my actions.

Stephanie McMahon: I'm sorry t' hear that. Unfortunately, seeing how you work f' me an' my family, you answer directly to us. After the events of Sunday night, I have to ask these questions. . .

Tazz: Yeah maybe y'do but given your role in all this, you're the last person who should be askin' the questions. It was pretty clear on Raw Monday night that you were gonna come out here an' try an' put all the blame on me f' what happened, f' Punk gettin' the title you clearly don't want him t' have. I was sat at home with my family an' both my wife an' my kids asked me if I was gonna be fired. I might be wrong but I'm sure as hell you're lookin' f' a scapegoat. . .

Stephanie McMahon: . . . That's not what. . .

Tazz: . . . I'm not done.

Stephanie & Tazz stare intently at each other.

Tazz:
I've thought about it all week. Do I wanna keep puttin' myself through this? One thing's f' sure. You're not gonna stop 'til Punk's lost that title an' I've gotta ask myself if this is all worth it? F' all I know what's gone on the last month is nothin' compared t' what else you might do. You've been throwin' y'weight around nonstop no matter what people say an' I'm sick of it. I've had about as much as I can take. You're the one turning this show into a joke. If you just stayed backstage things would be diff'rent but I know that's not gonna happen. When that clicked I knew what I had t' do. It pains me t' say this but the passion I had f' this job, it's gone thanks t' you. . .

Stephanie McMahon: . . . Let me stop you right there. You've had your say, now I'll have my mine. Like Punk, my ex-husband an' ev'ryone else, you answer t' me. I'm the one who has t' make these difficult decisions, but when you put your hands on me you made this decision really easy. Tazz. . .

Tazz: . . . Oh no you don't. I was gonna say somethin' before you in'errupted me, an' I'm sure as hell not having you fire me. My mind was made up Monday night. Steph, I quit.

The crowd's split, some cheering and some booing as Tazz stares right at Steph.

Tazz:
I sure as hell didn't wanna do this, an' until you started throwin' y'weight around I loved this job. I love this business but you've killed it f' me an' the way you're goin' you're gonna ruin it f' a whole lot more people who love it like I do. I'm tellin' you this f' your own sake before you kill this show. Take a long hard look in the mirror, 'cause if you carry on the way you are, I don't know when but you'll end up very very sorry.

The now former General Manager slams the microphone down and walks past Steph, leaving her with something to think about as he loosens his tie and unbuttons his cuffs. Steph watches him leave, not looking so happy now having been somewhat put in her place.

Michael Cole:
Wow, that was a lot t' take in at the top of the show.

Matt Striker: You can say that again, and you have to wonder if Stephanie will have listened to anything Tazz said, because there's a lot of people who agree with him.

Michael Cole: Well judging from what we've seen lately I don't think she listens to anyone, as much as she should.

*Commercial Break*

*Video Recap*
From Night of Champions!




Punk escapes again, slipping down Cena’s back and he shoves him right into Tazz, knocking the GM down and rolling towards the apron after clashing heads with Cena. The challenger looks shaky too and Punk looks to take full advantage, spinning him round in a flash, trying to lift him up for the GTS!!!. . . . . Cena doesn’t let him and jumps down to his feet straight away to lift Punk off his feet and onto his shoulders, this time connecting with the F-U!!!. . . . .

It’s crazy loud in the arena with the ref & Tazz still down as Cena goes for the cover anyway, hooking both legs, forgetting there’s no-one there to make the count. A pop breaks out in the crowd as Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks down the ramp, surprising Cena as he sits up, and as she enters the ring, she tells him to make the cover. Cena does just that and Stephanie makes her way across to make the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO! Punk gets his shoulder up to a mixed reaction, not going down too well with Stephanie who doesn’t look happy as she stands up. Cena takes it on the chin though and shifts round to Punk’s legs. He tries to turn him over for the STFU but Punk kicks up at him, shoving Cena back and down to the mat. Cena’s up quickly though and goes back to Punk, but the World Champion sits up in a flash and pulls Cena down into a SMALL PACKAGE!! . . . . .

1. . . . .

. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

Cena kicks out after a slow count and Punk sits up staring angrily at Stephanie who stares back, guilt free as Cena makes his way back up. Punk gets back up too, walking right into an irish whip and he manages to grab onto the top rope. He holds onto them and Cena runs at him, into a raised boot from Punk who steps out to nail him with a THUNDEROUS ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!. . . . . Cena falls in a heap and Punk goes for the cover, dropping to his knees and hooking both legs as Stephanie takes her time making her away across to make the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

NO!! Cena gets the shoulder up after another slow count from Stephanie and Punk’s livid, and so are some of the crowd. There are some cheers too as Punk stands up and gets into it with Steph, having a right go at her and he gets a slap to the chops for his troubles as Cena sits up. Punk holds his cheek and nods his head with a smirk on his face. He looks into the crowd with Steph now looking a little uneasy. He turns back and she back tracks away from him as Cena makes it back up.

Steph looks relieved as she looks over Punk’s shoulder, setting off alarm bells for the World Champion who turns round to see Cena running at him and he ducks. Cena just manages to stop before he runs into Steph, but Punk spins him round in a flash to lift him up onto his shoulders and connects with the GTS!!!. . . . . Punk drops to his knees with a smile on his face to make the cover, but Stephanie stands still, refusing to count the fall to a ton of heat with some cheers mixed in. Punk leans back and looks over at her standing there without a care in the world.

The World Champion can’t believe it and stands up, taking his time and walking menacingly towards her. With the crowd going crazy he gets right in her face, having a real go at her and she gives it back, standing her ground as Cena comes round, starting to sit up. Stephanie again tries to slap Punk but he blocks it this time and shakes his head at her, and she realises she might just’ve made a mistake. Punk mouths something to her and lifts her up onto his shoulders, setting her up for the GTS!!!. . . . . You can’t hear yourself think.

It’s deafening in the arena as Punk turns round with Steph up on his shoulders, but Tazz is back on his feet and pulls her down, pissing Punk off no end who scoops Tazz up off his feet and nails him with the GTS!!!. . . . . Punk stares down coldly at the fallen General Manager with contempt, then turns his head to Stephanie who looks very worried. Punk goes to grab her again but Cena spins him round, catching him off guard to lift him up off the mat and send him crashing into the canvas with the F-U!!!. . . . . The crowd are split as Cena goes for the cover in a hurry and Steph darts across to make the count. . . . .

1. 2. 3.

Steph makes an insanely quick count, giving Cena the win and the world title, drawing a ton of heat in the arena. She goes to get the world title as Cena sits up in shock, not sure what to make of what’s just happened. Stephanie, without a shred of remorse walks over to him with the title and holds it out to him, and he reluctantly takes it in his hand and stands up with “My Time is Now” playing.

Steph grabs his arm and lifts it up in the air with Cena still unsure of how to deal with what’s gone on. Steph takes her leave and heads back up the ramp without looking back as Cena looks into the crowd with the world title in hand, clueless how to react as Punk sits up with the ref & Tazz still starting to stir. Punk’s livid as he looks up at Steph walking through the curtain, then turns to Cena who looks almost apologetic as the show comes to a close with Punk absolutely livid.


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Michael Cole: Welcome back t' Smackdown where the show's barely started, but we've just seen our general manager quit before he was fired. We knew we'd be in for an explosive show t'night with John Cena meeting CM Punk one last time for the World Heavyweight Championship. After what we've just seen I'm still in shock Matt, an' we've still got a lot more t' come. Who knows what'll happen t'night?


Tazz is shown walking through the back, dragging his jacket over his shoulder with the weight of the world lifted off him, but suddenly he stops, looking a tad surprised. The camera zooms out and there stands the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. There's some slight tension but both look fairly relaxed, Punk (in his ring gear and a trademark T-shirt) especially with the world title draped proudly over his shoulder again.

CM Punk:
I. . . I don't think I thought I'd ever say this, but what you just said out there, I respect you telling her like it is. An' f' what it's worth you did the right thing Sunday holding her back like y'did. She needs t' be put her in place. Whether you've done that or not t'night I guess we'll see.

Tazz: Well it's out o'my hands now.

CM Punk: Maybe so, but if she keeps tryin' t' screw me over, it's not out of mine.

You can tell Punk means it and he taps Tazz on the shoulder as he walks past him, leaving the former GM there to ponder his thoughts.

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*Video Recap*
From Last Week!

The Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix is having photos taken of her backstage, posing with her title. The photographer tells her to turn the side a bit and into the scene walks O.D.B. She's sipping from her flask and watches, making Beth very uneasy, and O.D.B. starts sn-iggering.

O.D.B.:
Hey, if you want a good shot of her, you should've got one last week when I put her on her ass.

O.D.B. takes another sip from her flask and Beth looks pissed off.

Beth Phoenix:
Can we stop f' a minute?

The Glamazon walks right up to O.D.B.

Beth Phoenix:
Y'know you were really tough last week attacking me from behind. How about you try your luck t'night, only I won't be turning around?

O.D.B. doesn't look happy at all.

O.D.B.:
Are you calling me a coward?

Beth Phoenix: Well that's not exactly what I said but if the hat fits.

O.D.B.: I'm not wearing a hat.

Beth laughs as O.D.B. checks to make sure she hasn't got a hat on her head, then sees Beth laughing at her, and it doesn't go down well.

O.D.B.:
I hope you ain't laughing at me bitch, not if you want your ass kicked again.

Beth Phoenix: That's not gonna happen unless I turn around is it bitch?

O.D.B. sn-iggers again and looks at the photographer, then nails Beth with a right hand, putting the Diva's Champion on the floor. The photographer looks shocked as Beth gets right back up and fights back, shoving each other around into the wall. A number of officials race in and try to break it up as they hit the floor and roll around, but they manage to pull them off each other.

Beth Phoenix:
Come on you crazy bitch.

O.D.B.: Yeah? Bring it.

The officials struggle to keep them apart but just about manage to with the two feisty divas desperately trying to get at each other.

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*The Opening Match*
Mickie James & Maria
vs. O.D,B. & Jillian Hall

ODB didn't really pay too much attention to her partner, blind tagging in at one point early on and turning her back on an unhappy Jilllian. Mickie stood up to ODB all the way though and came so close to getting a three count when she stepped out of the corner when ODB went looking for a body avalanche. ODB crashed into the pads and turned in a spin into a Mick Kick but managed to get her foot on the rope to hang on in there. Mickie was stunned and tagged Maria who watched ODB stand up in the corner, using the ropes to help get back up.

Maria then ran across the ring and hit a clothesline, then tried another after turning back to run the ropes, but ODB caught her with a spear. Maria was all but out and the angry ODB dragged her back up, finishing her off with a fireman's carry cutter to get the win. Mickie was disappointed on the apron but Jillian celebrated like mad as she entered the ring. ODB looked at her like she was a freak, and when Jillian tried to raise her hand she shoved her away. Mickie looked stunned as she checked on Maria, as after Jillian questioned her, ODB took her head off with a massive clothesline.

ODB then turned round and Mickie caught her attention, starting to look very uneasy, even more so as ODB started walking towards her. "Glamazon" hit and the Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix made her way out into the arena, pissing ODB off no end. She watched Beth all the way down to the ring, and The Glamazon stood in front of Mickie, then dared ODB to fight her. The fans were well behind Beth, not going down well with the pissed off ODB who left the ring in a huff, turning round and looking back furiously at the Diva's Champion as Maria sat up with Beth & Mickie helping her up.

Winners: O.D.B. & Jillian Hall by pinfall.

Michael Cole: If you didn't think ODB was crazy already, well I don't think there's any doubt anymore.

Matt Striker: She's crazy but alright but she can go Michael, and I think Beth realises that too. When these two finally meet I think we'll see one hell of a fight.


We're taken backstage and the new smug looking United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler is walking through the back ready for action.

Michael Cole:
When we come back folks, the new United States Champion Dolph Ziggler will be in action. We'll be back in just a few minutes.

*Commercial Break*

Spoiler for WrestleMania Teaser:




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*Video Recap*
From the Royal Rumble!




The tension's clear as he makes it up to his feet, and Ziggler explodes into action, sneaking up behind him for the ZIG ZAG!!!. . . . . Sydal pulls away and Dolph falls back to the mat. The fans cheer again but Dolph isn't staying down for long though. Sydal takes a quick breather, looking absolutely spent, but as Dolph gets up and turns round, Sydal steps out to nail him with an ENZUIGIRI!!!. . . . . It goes crazy again in the arena as Dolph just falls to the mat in a heap, not moving a muscle as Sydal looks up, then crawls to the corner with the fans cheering like mad. Mickie wills him on, sensing he could be close to what will be an incredible victory.

Sydal slips under the apron and drags himself up the ropes, all the way to the top with Ziggler still out of it beneath him. The cheers grow & grow as the exhausted & injury plagued United States Champion takes a look down at him before jumping up into the air for the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!. . . . . No, Ziggler rolls right into the corner as Sydal's ribs crash into the canvas to the shock & horror of the quickly deflated Greensboro fans. Mickie drops her head onto the apron again before doing everything she can to encourage him, shouting support to Sydal. Both men look wrecked as they drag themselves up, fighting their battered bodies with every inch of fight they have.

Sydal's in agony, holding his ribs as he just about manages to get to his knees, but Ziggler leans against the turnbuckle pads getting his breath back. He keeps his eyes on Sydal, and as Sydal just about manages to get back up, Ziggler charges at him from behind and jumps up off the mat for the ZIG ZAG AND GETS IT, EVERY LAST BIT OF IT TO SEND SYDAL'S BACK CRASHING INTO THE CANVAS!!!. . . . . Mickie turns round in a flash, sensing the worst as Ziggler rushes to make the cover, hooking both legs as the ref makes the count with the fans stunned. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!!!

"Perfection" hits to some heat from the crowd with most fans shocked as Ziggler leans back on his knees and throws his arms into the airs, absolutely ecstatic at winning his first title in the WWE. The referee walks over to the apron and collects what is now Ziggler's title and Mickie leans on the apron looking devastated for her boyfriend.

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*Match #2*
Non-Title Match
Santino Marella vs. Dolph Ziggler

The new United States Champion entered the arena to a chorus of boos while Santino got a very warm welcome. Ziggler though was fired up and started aggressively, but he didn't have it all his own way. He thought he was on the verge of victory when he locked in a sleeper, but the Italian managed to hold on to the shock of everyone, Dolph especially. He held his arm up when the ref let go for the third time and then fought free with elbow shots, swinging them back into Ziggler. Dolph was livid and swung a wild right, only for Santino to duck it and catch him with a sit-out jawbreaker.

The crowd were cheering but not for long when Ziggler got his shoulder up at two. Santino went up top and connected with a diving headbutt, only for Dolph to get his shoulder up again at two. The fans were loving it, willing Santino on as he urged the weary United States Champion back up. Dolph staggered into Santino's path for a rolling cutter, but he pulled back and shoved Santino into the ropes. The Italian grabbed on to them and held on, pissing Dolph off again, so much so he ran at Santino into a raised boot.

It sent him staggering away from the ropes, but as Santino ran out at him, Ziggler exploded with a super kick. He sat up with a face like thunder and got his breath back, not taking his eyes off Santino as he slowly came round. The United States Champion slipped behind him and stalked him, planting him as he clawed his way back up with the Zig Zag to get the three count and the win. He got his arm raised and lifted his title up in the air, standing there defiantly before going to get a microphone, angrily calling for one.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.

Dolph Ziggler: All I've heard all week is how Matt Sydal should still be the United States, how he was attacked before the match and how he shouldn't have gone ahead with the match. The fact is none of that is my fault. I wasn't the one who attacked him. It had nothing t' do with me. Those people who say I shouldn't be the United States Champion, I've beaten Sydal three times. That's three more times than he's beaten me. I deserve this title. I deserve this title more than Matt Sydal f' that fact alone. I didn't beat an injured opponent t'night, an' if Sydal wants a rematch I'll be ready. Whenever you want it Matt, fine by me, only you won't get the title back, I'll make it four out of four an' no one will doubt me anymore.

"Perfection" hits again and Ziggler throws the microphone down to raise his title defiantly up in the air to a lot of boos from the Ann Arbor crowd.

Michael Cole:
As much as I don't particularly like him Matt, Dolph has a point. It was Ted DiBiase who was responsible for the attack on Matt Sydal, and like he said, Dolph holds three consecutive wins over Sydal. There's no doubt that Sydal can feel very hard done by, but I don't agree that Ziggler doesn't deserve t' be the United States Champion.

Matt Striker: I agree. It was wrong what happened to Sydal at the Royal Rumble but Dolph Ziggler has been on a role f' a while now. He did what he had to Sunday, however I'm sure there'll be a rematch sometime soon.

*Commercial Break*

*Video Recap*
From the Royal Rumble!




The Straight-Edge Superstar looks wrecked as he gets up to his feet, very unsteady as he wearily looks into Cena's eyes, and Cena smirks at him. Punk's confused but not for long as Cena grabs him by the back of the neck and throws him down into the mat on his stomach. Cena jumps right down on him, crossing his legs to lock in the STFU!!!. . . . . Punk's in deep deep trouble with the crowd going crazy, split again as Cena puts Punk through hell. He's got nowhere to go and Cena's almost bursting a blood vessel to make him tap. Punk lifts his right hand up, trying to hold on with the crowd making a ton of noise. Cena holds on tight and Punk's just managing to hold on.

To his credit he keeps going and tries to drag himself towards the ropes, and as hard as he tries to stop him, Cena looks worried as Punk gets closer to the ropes, almost to within touching distance. Punk reaches out with all he has left for the bottom rope, and he might get there with a lot of the fans willing him on. He's going to grab it, but no, CENA STANDS UP AND DRAGS PUNK BACK INTO NO MAN'S LAND!!!. . . . . It's insane in the arena as Punk screams out with Cena desperate for him to tap, and it looks like he might. His hand gradually gets closer to the mat when out of nowhere, Raw's Homicide slides into the ring and stomps on Cena's head to a ton of heat.

There's some cheers too as Homicide puts the boots to Cena, breaking the hold with the ref powerless. Homicide's relentless as he pulls Cena up and fires him into the corner, following in with a hard clothesline and continuing to stomp & punch the hell out of the blindsided Cena. Punk crawls to the apron and rolls to the floor as Homicide inexplicably hammers Cena, but Cena fights back with right hands, fighting his way out of the corner. He blocks a right from Homicide and fires him into the ropes, and as Homicide comes back Cena takes him down with a LOU THESZ PRESS!

He unloads hell for leather on the Raw superstar, and as they both make their way back up, Cena slams him into the mat with the spin-out powerbomb, and with the fans cheering like mad, he signals for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, comes back off the ropes and hits it. Cena stands back up, in the zone and turns his head to see Punk slipping back in the ring with a steel chair. Punk stands up and runs at Cena, right into a kick to the gut with Cena lifting Punk up off his feet for the F-U!!!. . . . . Punk drops the chair and Cena turns to the cameras, getting ready to finish Punk. Homicide stands up though with the chair in hand and NAILS CENA IN THE BACK WITH THE IT!!!. . .

A ton of heat is thrown at Homicide as he drops the chair, glaring down without any remorse at all at the fallen Cena. Punk slowly stands back up with a sick smirk on his face and slaps Homicide on the shoulder. Cena though stars to stir, pissing Punk off, and the wannabe World Champion reaches down to pick the chair up and back away from Cena. A big pop breaks out in the crowd as Smackdown's General Manager, Tazz stomps his way down to the ring. He looks furious and he enters the ring staring at Punk and grabbing the chair from him.

Punk's pissed and he goes at it with Tazz with Cena slowly coming to and Homicide looking on. Tazz doesn't take any shit from Punk and tells him exactly what he thinks. Punk tells him it's no holds barred but Tazz says it's not meant to go down like this. Punk doesn't care and tries to grab the chair from Tazz, but the GM just shoves him back. He pisses Punk off even more and the former World Champion keeps taunting Tazz, calling him a joke & worthless. Tazz is getting angrier and Punk can see it. He keeps taunting him, telling him he can see he wants to hit him and dares him to.

Tazz resists with some fans begging him to hit Punk, and as Punk accuses him of having no balls again and tells him to get out of his ring, Tazz snaps and SWINGS THE CHAIR AT PUNK. . . PUNK DUCKS IT THOUGH AND CENA WALKS RIGHT INTO IT!!!. . . . . Cena falls in a heap with Tazz looking stunned. He can't believe what he's done and Punk just laughs, as does Homicide with the fans torn on how to react. The GM drops the chair and looks down in shock, then turns his back on the ring and leaving looking so guilty. Punk though loves it and he tells Homicide to pick Cena up, and the Raw superstar obliges.

Tazz turns round and watches with frustration as Homicide pushes Cena into Punk's path, and The Straight-Edge Superstar lifts Cena off his feet onto his shoulders, all smiles. . . GO TO SLEEP JOHN CENA!!!. . . . . Cena hits the mat and Punk turns to look at Tazz in the aisle as Stephanie McMahon runs out from the back, trying to get to the ring. Tazz grabs her though and tells her she's not getting involved again, much to Punk's amusement as he coolly covers Cena with Tazz holding onto a screaming Stephanie with the ref making the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!. . . . . DING DING DING!!!

"This Fire Burns" hits to mostly a barrage of boos as the cocky Punk stands up with his arms in the air with the referee heading over to get his world title.


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Michael Cole: Still t' come t'night it'll be the biggest main event we've had in a long time on Smackdown as CM Punk defends his newly won World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena in what will be their final encounter. Given ev'rything that's happened between these two lately who knows what will happen t'night. What we do know though is that Stephanie McMahon gets involved, Punk will automatically retain the title and she will be removed from the board of directors. There's so so much at stake t'night you can't afford t' miss it.

"Realeza"

The former rookie of CM Punk, Alberto Del Rio (Ramirez now dropped from his name) walks out to the stage in trousers and an expensive looking shirt, stopping at the top of the stage to give the fans booing him a dirty look. He heads off down the ramp, still giving the fans dirty looks as he gets to the steps and heads into the ring, picking up a microphone in the process, and the fans continue booing him as he enters the ring with his music coming to a halt.

Alberto Del Rio:
I've been in the WWE for a few months now and I can't believe what I've seen. The worrying thing is it's getting worse. The treatment of the World Heavyweight Champion is a disgrace. It makes me sick that he gets no respect from you people or Stephanie McMahon. Where I come from this kind of thing doesn't happen. This doesn't happen in Mexico. For instance, we as wrestlers are treated with respect.

*Heat*

Alberto Del Rio: There's no interference from stupid women who have no idea what they're doing. In Mexico we go out and wrestle. That's it and we get respect from the fans, not like in America. You people have no respect for talented wrestlers like myself, like CM Punk. You don't know what true wrestling is, and neither do the people running the company.

*More Boos*

Alberto Del Rio: All you people have done is boo me. You people should respect me and my family. We are legends in my country. We are never treated like this. Wrestling is in my blood and I shouldn't have to put up with this.

"YOU SUCK, YOU SUCK!"

"Chavo Ardiente"

More boos break out as Chavo Guerrero walks out into the arena, dressed smartly like Del Rio. He too gives the fans dirty looks as he walks down to the ring, collecting a microphone too as he gets in, shaking hands with Del Rio as his music is cut by the guys in the truck.

Chavo Guerrero:
F'give me for interrupting but having heard what you were saying I had to come out here and tell these people that you're exactly right about ev'rything you've said. It's been this way f' years. Don't get me wrong, Stephanie McMahon's made things a whole lot worse recently, but generally speaking these people don't appreciate talent or have the same respect for the business like real wrestling fans in Mexico do.

*Ton of Heat*

Chavo Guerrero: You people don't like to be told the truth. You never have. You can't look past the fact that anything that isn't American is better than what you have in this country of yours. The arrogance you people have is sickening. Back home like Alberto, I too with my family are held in the highest regard by the real wrestling fans. They respect me, my family, Alberto's too and all our accomplishments. They don't cheer people who spit beer on others an' flip them off. They respect what we do in the squared circle. You people don't realise just how lucky you are t' have two descendants of Mexican wrestling royalty standing before you in this ring.

*Major Heat*

Chavo Guerrero: Again, you've proved my point. You can't handle the truth. Why else do you think ev'ry other country in the world despises America? Your arrogance never fails to amaze me. I. . .

"On A Mission"

The collective we know as The Empire (Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, William Regal & Katie Lee) walk out to the stage to more heat, not looking in the best of moods either. Barrett & McIntyre are in their ring gear and they walk down the ramp with Regal following alongside Katie who waves the Union Jack with the perplexed Mexicans looking on. The Brits enter the ring and Barrett politely asks for a microphone, and he's given one by Chavo. Their music stops and the boos ring out, not that they seem to bother Barrett at all.

Wade Barrett:
Your point's proved right there. We've said it all along. These people aren't going t' change, not just the fans but the American people in general. They're the most disgusting vile people on the planet.

*Ton of Heat*

Wade Barrett: They can't appreciate anything that isn't American or any criticism against this so called greatest country on earth. I've been here long enough now t' know that's the biggest pile of rubbish I've ever heard in my life.

*More Boos*

Wade Barrett: I hear it almost ev'ry single day. That's despite the gang culture, the obsession with guns, the sheer amount of obese children and a lack of basic manners. This country is a shambles, just like this show is right now.

*More Heat*

Wade Barrett: This show is just like this country. There's a lack of proper leadership. Frankly it's chaos, which has led to us losing the tag team titles because of it. It's about time someone did something about and thankfully that's what we're going t. . .

Stephanie McMahon walks out to the stage, microphone in hand not looking at all happy about what she's hearing.

Stephanie McMahon:
. . . Wade, shut up.

*Big Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: You're all entitled to your opinion of this country, just like you're able to leave it if you don't like it.

*More Cheers*

Stephanie McMahon: I'm sick of hearing people like you complaining all the time. . .

Wade Barrett: Well Stephanie if you did your job properly that wouldn't be a problem would it?

Stephanie McMahon: Well if you did your job properly Sunday night maybe you'd be the tag team champions instead of you being out here looking to blame somebody else for the fact you lost,

*Cheers*

No one in The Empire likes that one bit as they all stare up at Steph who clearly means business.

Stephanie McMahon:
You lost fair an' square. The sooner you deal with it the better. In fact that's why I'm out here. Seeing as you lost to the tag team champions at the Royal Rumble, we need to find new number one contenders, and despite me not doing my job properly as you put it, we're going t' start finding them t'night.

*Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: Starting t'night there will be a series of matches leading to a final match at No Way Out in three weeks to determine who will be the new number one contenders. . . Chavo, Alberto, you guys can leave the ring. You'll be in a match next week, but Wade you're not going anywhere. You can consider yourselves you're getting another shot but I'm going t' give you a chance, and your match isn't next week. . . it's next.

*Pop*

Stephanie McMahon: As it happens I think you know your opponents. Like me they're American an' damn proud.

"I'm Comin"

A big pop breaks out as M.V.P. & Ron Killings burst out to the stage on fire looking mega pumped, shaking hands with Stephanie before heading down the ramp with The Empire, Chavo & Del Rio watching them. As M.V.P. & Killings step inside with the fans still cheering, Chavo & Del Rio leave with Regal & Katie stepping outside also.


*Match #3*
WWE Tag Team Championship Number One Contenders Tournament - First Round Match
M.V.P. & Ron Killings
vs. The Empire w/William Regal & Katie Lee

The Empire quickly found out they were in a fight with MVP & Killings up for the fight with their former rivals who beat them in a flag match at No Mercy three months ago. The tension was still there and the fans weren't shy in their support of their fellow Americans, chanting "USA" on numerous occasions. It got under the skin of McIntyre & Barrett, as well as Regal & Katie on the outside. They were looking very nervous as the American duo took control and were full of momentum, looking to take advantage of it, and when MVP hit the Player's Boot on McIntyre, Barrett had to storm the ring to save the day.

A furious Killings hit the ring to take him down, and when MVP & McIntyre were back on their feet, The Franchise Player ducked a wild clothesline and drilled him with a snap DDT. Barrett sat up in time to see his partner just manage to get his shoulder up, looking relieved, but he was panicking as MVP sized the Scot up for the Drive By Kick. The fans were on their feet, willing MVP on, but Drew dodged it and shot up to his feet and planted him with a reverse STO.

They both tagged in their partners and Killings took the fight to Barrett, and just when it looked like he had the match all but won, Barrett sidestepped a scissor kick and hit a spinning side-slam. Killings was hurting, and after knocking MVP off the apron, Barrett pulled Killings up and hit the Wasteland to get the win for him & McIntyre, and it was a win they very much enjoyed afterwards. Barrett in particular gestured at the crowd that they were going to be champions again very soon with Katie waving the Union Jack behind them.

Winners: The Empire by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
It's not a popular victory but it's a victory nonetheless f' The Empire t'night and they move closer to another shot at the tag team titles they want back.


*Video Recap*
From the Royal Rumble!

Ted DiBiase and his girlfriend, Maryse are walking through the back, and as they turn the corner they see the United States Champion, Matt Sydal in his ring gear and standing with his girlfriend, Mickie James. DiBiase smiles, looking really pleased to see them and he walks up to the 2008 King of the Ring who turns his head, not looking at all impressed or bothered by Ted's presence.

Ted DiBiase: Well look who we have here babe. If it isn't the breakout star of the year.

Sydal doesn't pay any attention to his bitter remarks, and Mickie turns her head looking disgusted by Ted, not going down well with him at all.

Ted DiBiase: Hey, are you letting that ridiculous award you didn't deserve go t' your head?

Sydal & Mickie smirk, not rising to the bait.

Mickie James: We heard you alright. In fact we've heard you say the same thing several times. Maybe you should just get over it.

Ted DiBiase: Get over it? You're kidding me right? There's no way he was the breakout star of the year. . . I was.

DiBiase looks pissed as Sydal & Mickie turn to walk away, and Ted snaps. He clubs Sydal from behind and knocks him to the floor. He continues to pummel him, this time with boots to the lower back, and he pulls him up off his knees to send him crashing into the wall.

Mickie James: GET OFF HIM.

Mickie tries to pull Ted off her boyfriend but he keeps on stomping the ribs of the United States Champion. A group of officials surge into the scene and pull him away with Mickie immediately dropping to her knees to check on Matt. He's on his side clutching his ribs as a smug DiBiase walks off with Maryse.

Official: Matt, are you okay?

There's no response from Sydal as he just grimaces. The official checking on him stands up and looks back up the hall.

Official: WE NEED SOME HELP DOWN HERE, NOW

Mickie continues to attend to Sydal as he looks in agony on the floor awaiting medical attention.

***

*The Royal Rumble Match*


DiBiase's entrance into the arena is met by a chorus of boos, not that he cares as he coolly looks up at the ring. Maryse wishes him luck and watches him walk down to the ring, but as he climbs up on the apron, Maryse is left stunned as Matt Sydal, the former United States Champion brushes past her. With his ribs still taped up, he paces down the aisle furiously with the fans cheering. DiBiase steps inside and sees Sydal. The King of the Ring tries to jump up on the apron but the referees stops him, much to Ted's amusement as he looks down at him and laughs, enjoying what he's seeing.

He leans over the ropes and taunts the angry Sydal, but unbeknown to Ted, Backlund approaches from behind and lifts him off his feet and over the top rope, and DIBIASE FALLS OFF THE APRON AND DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!!. . . . . A huge cheer breaks out as DiBiase hits the floor in shock. He throws a fit with Backlund jumping up & down, and even Sydal enjoys it, easing his mood as he backs away laughing. Maryse runs down to her boyfriend who stands up and points at Sydal, blaming him as Sydal backs up the aisle laughing back at him. The referees then tell to Ted he has to leave ringside, which he does reluctantly, going after Sydal who walks backstage.


***

*From Raw Monday Night*

Ted DiBiase
and his girlfriend, Maryse walk out to the stage with DiBiase (in his ring gear) looking angrily into the crowd. He's in one hell of a mood tonight as he heads down the ramp with Maryse, just as angry following.

Ted DiBiase:
Right now I should be stood here as the new WWE Champion and ev'rybody knows it.

*Lot of Heat*

Ted DiBiase: Boo all you want but you know as well as I do that I was going t' win the Royal Rumble the last night, but thanks t' one man, the so called Breakthrough Star of the Year, I'm not.

*More Boos*

Ted DiBiase: And I promise I'm not going t' f'get about it anytime soon. I was even going t' come out here t'night and say I felt sorry f' Matt Sydal losing the United States title last night after he made me lose my temper earlier on. It was never my intention t' do that I swear, but when he followed me out to the ring when I was all set t' go on an' win the Royal Rumble, he had ev'ry intention of making sure I didn't reach the heights he could only dream of.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase: Sydal, you had no place being there and you need to understand this. . .

?: . . . Whoa whoa whoa, hold on there a minute.

Raw's Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage, microphone in hand to a decent pop as he looks down with a wry smile on his face at DiBiase, and he doesn't look happy to see his boss standing there, and the same goes for Maryse.

Eric Bischoff:
Ted Ted Ted, you never fail to amaze me. Did I really hear you say he made you lose your temper last night? I'm not sure exactly what was said but I think it's safe t' say that it probably didn't go down like that given how I too have been on the receiving end of one of your backstage attacks. Fortunately however I've been told t'day that Matt Sydal will recover in good time. In fact he'll be ready to compete in just under three weeks at No Way Out when you'll get t' put your theory of who deserves t' be the Breakout Star of the Year t' the test. It'll be you an' the King of the Ring one-on-one.

*Pop*

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Josh Matthews is standing by backstage.

Josh Matthews:
Joining me at this time is the 2008 King of the Ring, Matt Sydal.

The camera zooms out and the former United States Champion, Matt Sydal is standing there alongside Josh with his girlfriend, Mickie James by his side. He's in his street clothes looking a bit low key, as is Mickie.

Josh Matthews:
Thanks f' speaking with me Matt. I know it's not been a great week t' say the least after what happened at the Royal Rumble losing your United States Champion after being attacked backstage before your match by Ted DiBiase. I have to ask, do you regret going ahead with your match with Dolph Ziggler, and if you had the chance to make the decision again, would it be diff'rent?

Matt Sydal: I don't know Josh. I guess I did the right thing an' at the time, yeah I was hurting pretty bad but I still thought I had a chance t' win. We all get hurt in the ring anyway. It's what we do, but yeah looking back it might not've been the smartest decision I ever made. At the time though the thing I thought about most was not letting the fans down. Besides, I've always been a fighter. I've fought through pain time an' time again. I don't really blame myself f' making that decision.

Josh Matthews: Then I guess you'd have to blame the person who did attack you. What's your reaction to Eric Bischoff's announcement on Raw that you'll face Ted DiBiase in just over two weeks at No Way Out?

Matt Sydal: Honestly? I wish my ribs would heal by Monday night an' I can get in the ring with him then. . . Seriously though I can wait two weeks t' get my hands on him. I heard him complaining on Raw about how I cost him the chance to be WWE Champion but there's no doubt he helped cost me the United States title. That's not being disrespectful t' Dolph Ziggler 'cause he's a great athlete. We just don't know what would've happened if I didn't get jumped but I can't think about that right now. All I'm thinking about is getting ready f' No Way Out, an' when I'm done getting even with DiBiase, we'll see if I can beat Dolph Ziggler an' take back the United States title.

Josh Matthews: Well I think a lot of people will want to wish you luck at No Way Out. Thanks f' your time t'night an' good luck with the ribs.

Matt Sydal: Thanks man.

Sydal shakes hands with Josh and he gets a smile from Mickie too when their friends Elijah Burke & Layla walk up to them.

Elijah Burke:
Y'ready t' go bro?

Matt Sydal: Sure am.

Josh Matthews: While you guys are here, can I ask about your wedding in two weeks?

Elijah Burke: Man, don't get her started J-dog.

Layla slaps her fiancée's shoulder.

Layla:
You may Josh. We're both very much looking forward to it thanks f' asking.

Elijah Burke: It's true, we are. I can't wait t' marry my baby. You got y'invite right?

Josh Matthews: I did thanks. I'll be there.

Elijah Burke: Sweet. We're havin' a few drinks t'night at the hotel later on if y'fancy it, if y'can put up with all the wedding talk that is?

Josh Matthews: Yeah sure, thanks. I'll catch you guys later on.

Elijah Burke: Cool. Later J.

The two happy couples walk up the hallway arm in arm, Layla playfully slapping her smiling fiancée's arm again.


A split screen of a fired-up Bryan Danielson and a mean looking Edge split is shown, both making their way to the ring.


Michael Cole: We're in f' a treat when we come back folks. It'll be Bryan Danielson going one-on-one with 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge. You won't want t' miss this one. See you in a few minutes.

*Commercial Break*

*Match #4*
Bryan Danielson vs. Edge

The Rated-R Superstar was one angry Canadian as he entered the ring, and he had one hell of a fight on his hands in Danielson, and Edge's frustration worked well in Danielson's favour. Danielson's resilience just made Edge's mood even worse, and after seeing Danielson kick out of the Edgecution, he was seething and was desperate to put his opponent away with the spear. It didn't work out that way and Danielson leapfrogged him with Edge just about managing to put the brakes on before he hit the pads. Both men turned round in a flash and Danielson ducked a wild right before taking Edge down with a german suplex.

They both clawed their way back up and Edge reversed an irish whip, ducking his head and allowing Danielson to kick him full in the face as he ran back. Edge's head snapped right back up and Danielson took him down into the LeBell Lock, and the fans went nuts. They were cheering as Danielson desperately tried to make Edge tap as the Canadian held on for dear life and just managed to make it to the ropes to break the hold. Danielson looked like he was going to regret it when Edge ducked a wild kick to the head and quickly hit the Edge-O-Matic.

Again Danielson kicked out at two, and when Edge went for the spear again, he hit it, only for Danielson to get his foot on the rope at two to the joy of the crowd. Edge was fuming as he sat up, looking in shock at the referee before turning his head and heading outside, grabbing a steel chair and bringing it back into the ring. The fans booed as he slipped back in the ring with it, eyes locked on the squirming Danielson. The ref though got in his face and tried to get the chair off him with the fans booing, and Edge was so angry he shoved the referee down he was instantly disqualified.

He locked his sights back on Danielson as he dragged his way up to his knees, but then "Just Close Your Eyes" hit to a huge pop with Christian charging down the ramp in his casual clothes. Edge was stunned and shook his head, setting his sights on his brother as he dived under the bottom rope. The Rated-R Superstar charged at him, but Christian ducked a wild swing of the chair, ran the ropes and bounced back to take Edge down with a spear.

He pummelled his brother with right hands as Danielson got out of harm's way. Christian stood back up and grabbed the chair to a massive pop, locking & loading on Edge as he clawed his way back up. Captain Charisma was bursting at the seams, but as Edge stood up, he ducked the chair shot and pulled himself out of the ring under the bottom rope to a ton of heat. Christian was gutted and tossed the chair down before walking across the ring to get a microphone as Edge scarpered back up the ramp.

Winner: Bryan Danielson by DQ.

Christian: Hey bro, what's with the face? You mad or somethin'?. . . Wait, it doesn't have anything t' do with me dumping you out of the Rumble does it?

*Pop*

Edge stares angrily up at his brother with Christian smiling back at him, enjoying winding his brother up.

Christian:
Don't get me wrong Adam, I loved throwing you out as much as you hated it, but after what happened here last week I'm not that happy about it. Clearly you're not happy right now but I've got an idea. You might've got lucky last week but how about you an' I have one more match, at No Way Out?

*More Cheers*

The Rated-R Superstar's listening but gives nothing away as Christian looks up at him.

Christian:
Before you give me an answer, think about this. I don't just want another normal match. How about we mix it up a bit? How about we make these (holds the chair up) legal? How about we go at it in a match we helped make famous? I'm talking about a tables ladders an' chairs match.

*Huge Pop*

Edge looks stunned up on the stage with Christian nodding his head at the fans support for his idea.

Christian:
I don't mean any other TLC match. It won't be like the good old days when we climbed that ladder t' get the tag team titles. This'd be about one thing; beating the crap out of each other. There'll be no climbing the ladder t' win. The only way t' win this is like any other match, 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring. What y'gotta say bro? You got the guts?

Christian looks up at his brother, waiting for his response, and he gets one as Edge turns round and shouts backstage for something and a worker comes out to hand him a microphone.

Edge:
You wanna be careful what you wish for. Ev'ryone knows who stole the show in those TLC matches an' it wasn't you C. You want a TLC match at No Way Out? You got it.

"Metalingus" plays and Edge looks down intently at his brother, showing no signs of being worried about facing him in a TLC match. Christian's happy too, looking back up at Edge trying to stare each other out.

Michael Cole:
Can you believe that? At No Way Out it's going t' be Edge an' Christian going at it in the match they made their own nearly 10 years ago, a TLC match. What a match that's going t' be.

Matt Striker: It will be an incredible match worth the pay-per-view price all by itself.


The team of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine are shown walking through the back, game faces on, and the shot switches to Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson doing the same with Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart following.

Michael Cole:
The action continues when we come back. These two former rivals will meet again with a shot at the tag team titles a step close for the winner. Who'll join The Empire in the next round? Find out when we come back.

*Commercial Break*



Josh Matthews
is standing by backstage again at the interview set.

Josh Matthews:
Ladies an' gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, John Cena.

The camera zooms out and there stands John Cena in a trademark T-shirt looking fairly serious.

Josh Matthews:
T'night John you'll be facing CM Punk in the main event in a rematch from the Royal Rumble for the World Heavyweight Championship, an' given what happened Sunday night I guess it's safe t' say that. . .

John Cena: . . . Sorry Josh but there's somethin' I wanna say before we get into the match t'night. . . Monday night on Raw in my match teaming up with The Undertaker, I accidentally hit him with a steel chair, an' given by the look on his face afterwards he didn't seem too happy about it. I just wanna apologise f' that an' want Taker t' know I'm sorry that happened, an' after what happened t' me at the Royal Rumble it's kind of ironic. I gotta say I'm surprised Tazz quit t'night but I know what he did like I did Monday was an accident. He tried t' do the right thing an' it was an accident. He spoke with me after the match an' apologised. Yeah I wasn't exactly happy with what went down but I know these things happen. No doubt it was bad timing but hey, we move on.

Josh Matthews: Well since we're on the subject of Tazz, what are your thoughts on Tazz's decision to quit t'night?

John Cena: Y'know, it was a shock. I honestly didn't see it comin'. He loves this business as much as anyone, but you don't have t' be a genius t' figure out he's not been happy with ev'rything that's been goin' on round here lately with Steph, with Punk an' all. I guess Steph gave him no choice. He's a proud guy an' I don't blame 'im f' holding her back like he did. She got way too involved at Night of Champions an' crossed the line. This time it went against me but there's a reason I gave up the title like I did. I don't want titles handed to me on a plate. Thankfully t'night I've got another chance an' it sounds like it'll be a fair fight. It might be my last chance an' I'm sure as hell gonna make sure I take it an' walk out o'here World Heavyweight Champion.

Josh Matthews: Well John, good luck t'night.

John Cena: Thanks Josh.

Cena nods at Josh and turns round, walking out of the shot, ready for his world title match later on in the main event.


*Match #5*
WWE Tag Team Championship Number One Contenders Tournament - First Round Match
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson w/Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

Despite having strong support from Harry & Natalya on the outside as well as the crowd, Burchill & Wilson had a tougher fight on their hands than they and the crowd may have thought. Petey & Devine did a good number isolating Wilson for a large part, and it looked like the Canadian duo were about to score the upset when Devine broke a mini comeback by catching his fellow Canadian with an enzuigiri. The crowd were thrilled to see TJ kick out before the ref could count to three.

He looked there for the taking, and Petey certainly thought so when he called for the tag. He got it and set TJ up for the Canadian Destroyer, but TJ countered with a back body drop to a big roar from the crowd. He managed to kick back at Williams as he tried to stop him making the tag to Burchill, but he couldn't and TJ jumped up to tag in the big man. The Englishman hit the ring to a big pop and turned the tables back in their favour, coming so close to getting the three when he hit a top rope moonsault on Petey.

Thankfully for him though, Devine broke up the count before the ref could count to three. Petey tagged him in and when Devine this time missed an enzuigiri, Burchill seized the initiative again and didn't look back, helping a desperate Petey over the top rope before hitting Devine with the C4 to book him & TJ a place in the next round of the number one contenders tournament, met by a big pop from the fans and a very unified celebration from the UK/Canadian combination along with their bitter rivals, The Empire.

Winners: Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
Well Petey Williams might not be happy right now but Burchill an' TJ certainly are. They were robbed of the titles at Night of Champions by The Empire, but now they've joined their rivals in moving a step closer to another shot at the tag team titles, and if they can keep up performances like that then they've got a great chance of getting the titles back.


We're taken backstage and a fired-up CM Punk is shown walking through the halls of the arena with his world title over his shoulder, and now we see John Cena also making his way through the back with his game face on.

Michael Cole:
We're just a matter of minutes away from our main event folks. It's one you simply can't miss, one of the biggest main events in recent memory on Smackdown. It'll be CM Punk defending the world heavyweight title against John Cena when we come back. Don't even think about going anywhere.

*Commercial Break*

An angry Petey Williams is shown walking through the back with a face like thunder when his tag team partner, Johnny Devine runs to catch up with him.

Johnny Devine:
What was that huh? Why'd you walk out on me like that?

Petey stops and gives him a filthy look.

Petey Williams:
Why? You have to ask me why? Tell me Johnny, when was the last time we won a match?

Devine stops & thinks.

Petey Williams:
Exactly. That's my point. I can't remember either an' I'm sick of it. I'm sick of losing. I've had of enough it.

Johnny Devine: Wait. You don't think I'm not?

Petey Williams: You shouldn't be but I'm better than this, way better than this an' you know it too. That's why from now on, I'm doing things by myself.

Devine looks stunned as his deadly serious friend turns round and walks away from him.


*The Main Event*
World Heavyweight Championship
(If Stephanie McMahon directly interferes, CM Punk retains the title)
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

Stephanie McMahon was indeed on hand, sitting on a fold-out chair at ringside, making Punk very uneasy throughout. He had enough of a battle on his hands in the ring with Cena hell bent on getting the world title back. He looked as though he was about to when after giving Stephanie a warning, Punk casually went to help him up, but Cena caught him off guard and swept his legs from under him before locking in the STFU. The torn crowd made a racket, both cheering & booing Cena as he ripped desperately at Punk's face, trying to make him tap out. Stephanie stood up on the outside and watched closely as Punk held on, lifting his right arm up with the ref asking him whether he wanted to quit.

He didn't though and fought his way to the ropes to a largely positive reaction from the crowd. Stephanie wasn't best pleased and sat back down. Cena shook off the initial obvious disappointment and watched Punk claw his way up by the ropes, and as the World Champion walked out to him, he lifted Punk up for the F-U. The fans booed again but Punk somehow managed to land on his feet, surprising Cena. Punk turned round and ducked a clothesline before nailing him with a roundhouse kick. Cena fell back, flat on the mat with Punk dropping to the canvas to make a cover, hooking one leg, only Cena managed to get his other foot on the rope to stop the count.

Punk was gutted but he felt the end was near and got ready for the GTS, stalking Cena as he dragged his way back up using the ropes with Stephanie watching nervously. Cena looked groggy and staggered out into Punk's path and the GTS, and Punk hit it, smirking like mad at Steph before confidently dropping to his knees to make the count, but Cena shocked everyone by getting his shoulder up at two. Punk leant back and couldn't believe it, neither could the fans or the relieved Stephanie, and she was the one smirking at Punk this time. He was furious and stood back up, dragging Cena with him for another GTS. Cena offered no resistance and looked out of it until he caught everyone by surprise again, this time countering by grabbing Punk's knee after being dropped for the GTS to lock in the STFU instead.

It was deafening in the arena as Punk screamed out in pain, clinging on to his title with Stephanie again jumping up from her seat. She walked right over to the apron, staring right at Punk as he fought for his title when a ton of heat broke out in the stands. Homicide walked out from the back, heading down the ramp, catching Steph's attention. She stormed round to the ramp and stood in his way, yelling at him to get back, and the ref saw him too and joined Steph on the outside to try & get Homicide away from the ring. Cena was puzzled and looked round to see what was going on. He broke the hold and stood up, walking over to the apron, inviting Homicide in with Punk writhing around on the mat.

Homicide looked up at Cena, standing firm as Punk slowly made his way back up to his knees. The ref & Stephanie managed to force him back slightly, and as Cena then turned round and walked over to Punk, he pulled him up to his knees, getting a low blow from the World Champion. That got a mixed reaction and Punk jumped up, lifted Cena onto his shoulders and hit the GTS for a second time. Homicide pointed at the ref to turn around, and he did, running back into the ring as Punk made the cover, getting the three to retain his title to another mixed reaction. "This Fire Burns" hit and Homicide smirked at Stephanie who shook her head, holding her head in her hands.

Punk sat up with a smug look on his face, looking right at Stephanie who stomped back towards the ring. She got in the ring and grabbed the world title from him, confusing Punk slightly. The ref left the ring and Punk walked towards Stephanie, telling her to give him the title. Clearly she didn't want to but he grabbed it from her and was screaming at her eventually to raise her hand. She wouldn't though and turned to walk away when Punk grabbed her hand. She turned back and slapped him, infuriating Punk, so much so he dropped his title and lifted Steph up onto his shoulders for the GTS. The fans were stunned as Steph tried to wriggle free, but she couldn't and Punk dropped her head onto his knee to another deafening mixed response from the crowd.

He then lifted his title back up off the mat and looked down without a shred of the remorse as the referee along with several officials including Arn Anderson & Dean Malenko ran down to check on her, quickly calling for help as Punk left the ring to join Homicide. They watched as Cena too then checked on her with EMT's rushing down to attend to Stephanie who lay there flat on her back. Cena stood up and stared up at Punk with disgust as he simply lifted his title up into the air as Smackdown came to a close with Stephanie flat out on her back on the mat surrounded by officials & EMT's.

Winner: By pinfall and still the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk.

Michael Cole:
Has CM Punk lost his mind? He might've found a way to retain his title t'night but the GTS on Stephanie? What on earth was he thinking, if he was that is?

Matt Striker: I can't be sure Michael but CM Punk has always been a very intelligent individual thinking one step ahead like he did t'night you would assume with Homicide again causing a distraction. It allowed him the chance to take Stephanie out of the equation and allow him t' catch Cena unaware. I'm not underestimating what he's just done t' Stephanie, but t' me Michael I can't help but think he fully intended t' do what he just has.

Michael Cole: Well whether that's the case or not you have t' think that there has t' be consequences f' what he's done t'night. There just has t' be. Next week we might find out if that's the case. Make sure you're with us then. We're barely on the road to Wrestlemania but it's already looking like being quite the ride. Until then folks, take care an' we'll see you next week.

*End of Show*

Quick Results

O.D.B. & Jillian Hall df. Mickie James & Maria
Dolph Ziggler
df. Santino Marella
The Empire
df. M.V.P. & Ron Killings
Bryan Danielson
df. Edge
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson
df. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
CM Punk
df. John Cena

Superstars Tapings
J-Red, Bobby Lashley& Charlie Haas df. Johnny Jeter & The Pitbulls

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>Confirmed for No Way Out<

Number One Contender Match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXV

The Big Show or Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton or Triple H
vs. The Undertaker or Sheamus

TLC Match
Christian vs. Edge

Plus

Matt Sydal vs. Ted DiBiase


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