04-23-2008, 10:41 PM
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The video package starts off with a rather dark scene as we hear the voices of Edge and Randy Orton. Clips of their Con-Chair-To to Shawn Michaels are shown.
Randy Orton: Just like we said last year…we were going to be the World champions on both brands and we are just that
Edge: We’re more than just THAT Randy. We’ve got the whole WWE roster resting in our palms…under our control!
Randy Orton: To 2007…the year of the Legend Killer…
Edge: And the Rated R Superstar!
Clips of Edge and Orton toasting at the first Smackdown of the New Year is shown.
Shawn Michaels: It feels great to know that I’m going back to WrestleMania to headline the biggest show of the year only like Mr. WrestleMania could!
Chris Jericho: The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla has made a bigger impact than anyone before him and now I’m going to WrestleMania!
Clips of Michaels and Jericho doing battle last year but now making peace.
Armando Estrada: Undertaker ju’ have no clue what lies ahead for ju’. My Samoan Bulldozer…OOMAGA will rip you apart and expose you like the real dare I say fraud that ju’ are!
Batista: Kane you messed with me in the past and now its time for you to pay. I’ll not only take down your brother once again but I’ll take you down as well!
Kane: Batista…somewhere in the fiery pits of hell people are laughing…laughing at you for thinking that you can mess with me. You can’t stop the Big Red Machine…
The Undertaker: Umaga you will…Rest in Peace!
Clips of Undertaker and Umaga fighting as well as Batista and Kane.
Sabu is shown pointing to the sky afterwards to not break character and have him speak.
Rob Van Dam: I’ve fought hard to get back to the top. I’ve came up on top of ECW and now Mr. Kennedy I’m sorry but tonight is my night! Tonight is the night that I prove nobody gets higher than Rob..Van…Dam!!!
Mr. Kennedy: I hate ECW…it’s a load of crap why I’m on this show but if I’m going to be stuck here you can guarantee that title will be MINE!
Marcus Cor Von: Someone will feel the pounce…PERIOD!!!
Shortly after we see a prison walkway (place where the WrestleMania 23 promo videos were shot at) as we see a few superstars walk up down the walkway. We notice some such as Batista, The Undertaker, Umaga, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho mainly.
Narrator: Tonight the WWE superstar will merge together..…
We see Rated RKO walk down the hallway carrying their titles.
Narrator: Tonight they are powerless…
In walks Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho together down the dark hallway.
Narrator: That they cannot control what is happening….
We notice that the prison starts to shake a bit as we see more superstars walk down the empty prison walkway.
Narrator: That they have no choice…
The prison starts to shake a bit more…
Narrator: But to “weather the storm”
The prison continues to rumble as we notice a few more superstars walk down the hallway such as The Undertaker and Kane together.
Narrator: Because they have come to realize that tonight there is…
The prison won’t stop rumbling as it continues to shake as the camera’s view is getting messed up since the building is shaking.
Randy Orton: No Way Out!
Edge: No Way Out!
Shawn Michaels: No Way Out
Chris Jericho: No Way Out!
Kurt Angle: No Way Out!
Finlay: No Way Out!
The Undertaker: No…Way…Out!
Kane: No Way Out
Batista: No Way Out
John Cena: No Way Out!
Narrator: And now Raw, Smackdown, ECW, and WWE Mobile proudly present…No Way Out!
We head into the arena as the pyro goes off around the stage. The stage this year has of course the chain links across the screen covering it with a big lock once again. We now head down to the commentating team at ringside as Power Trip by Monster Magnet plays across the arena.
Jim Ross: About 20 thousand fans are jam packed into the Arco Arena here tonight because we’ve got nine big matches ahead of us tonight!
Jerry Lawler: For the first time ever this will be the first ever tri-brand PPV and I have a feeling this is going to be a wild night!
Jim Ross: Raw certainly has some big matches ahead of us tonight including Jeff Hardy defending his Intercontinental title against Carlito and Ric Flair meets Charlie Haas in a Submission Match!
Jerry Lawler: It certainly is going to be a wild night JR but let’s go ahead and pass it over to Joey Styles and Tazz, the voices of ECW!
Joey Styles: Thanks King and Tazz it feels great to be back on PPV for the first time since last June at One Night Stand!
Tazz: Joey tonight I have a feeling ECW is going to rock the house because of our big Extreme Rules tag match that was made last week on ECW!
Joey Styles: The match will be seeing best friends Rob Van Dam and Sabu team together to take on Mr. Kennedy who has already advanced to the tournament finals and the newcomer in Marcus Cor Von.
Tazz: Cor Von has only been around for two weeks but damn did he make an impact when he pounced the living hell out of Sabu taking Sabu out of the tournament two weeks ago!
Joey Styles: And now let’s pass it over to the Smackdown commentating team of Michael Cole and Josh Matthews!
Michael Cole: It’s going to be a wild ride tonight here in Sacramento and we’ve got some big inter-promotional matches lying ahead of us tonight.
Josh Matthews: First off the Brothers of Destruction reunite for the first time in SIX years to team together to take on Batista and Umaga!
Michael Cole: I have no doubt that is going to be a hard hitting match but also John Cena must take on MVP tonight with Finlay in his corner!
Josh Matthews: MVP knows this is a big chance for his career if he can get this win but in the main event is what we’ve all been waiting for! The second annual Champions versus Contender’s match pitting Rated RKO teaming up to take on Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho!
Michael Cole: It’s going to be a wild night Josh and let’s go ahead and get it kicked off with the help of Smackdown!
CM Punk vs. William Regal w/ Dave Taylor
Match Overview: Punk and Regal kick off the night just like Regal kicked off last year’s No Way Out when Ukliq teamed up to take on The Mexicools. This year though Regal finds himself separated from Ukliq and now he has a new friend in Dave Taylor backing him up. Regal and Punk kick the match off trying to lock up but Punk keeps on teasing with Regal as he keeps on pushing the wily veteran does on his butt. Regal pulls himself back up not wanting to play these games and shortly after Regal answers with some clubbing left blows. Punk and Regal continued to fight it out for a bit before Dave Taylor was “surprisingly” kicked out about halfway through the match for interfering and the ref wanted no more of it. Regal got distracted long enough for him to turn around right into a Roundhouse kick from Punk! Punk capitalized from there on hitting a big knee to the face in the corner before hitting the running bulldog. Punk pulled himself over to the corner trying for the Flying Clothesline off the top rope but Regal moved out of the way! Regal charges at Punk trying for the High Knee strike but Punk ducks underneath before scooping Regal up and hitting the Go to Sleep! But Punk doesn’t stop there as he locks Regal in the Anaconda Vice and within seconds Regal taps out giving the victory to Punk
Winner: CM Punk
Shortly after the match Michael Cole and Josh Matthews hype the main event once more as both the World-Heavyweight Champion Edge and the WWE Champion Randy Orton arrive together. Todd Grisham tries to catch up to the former tandem of Rated RKO to get words but Orton and Edge shrug Grisham off and make their way towards their locker room.
Backstage Maria is standing by with Carlito. Maria questions Carlito a bit about his match coming up next with Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship. Carlito reminds the fans once more how he’s already been the Intercontinental champion but that tonight he makes it two for two. Carlito says that he’s watched Jeff Hardy’s run as champion for nearly six months and that he’s not impressed. Carlito says that he can take the title tonight “just like that” and he will do it. Carlito says they don’t call him the “bad apple” for nothing.
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Carlito
Match Overview: The match really didn’t get too much time to be honest considering the two men that are involved but still they make the best out of what they get. Both Carlito and Hardy duke it out in their third match up of this mini-feud that started before the Royal Rumble. Carlito gets a lot of offense in tonight showing that he stands a good chance of taking the title tonight if he can overcome Hardy. Carlito got a lot of time to take down Hardy but ultimately it hurt him in the end when he couldn’t put Hardy away. Carlito hit a big swinging neckbreaker only getting a two count that could have won him the championship. Carlito clearly looked angry with the referee as he got up exchanging some words with the referee before Hardy ran behind Carlito rolling him up with a bridge! Hardy came so close to regaining the title there but he only got a two count! The fans wait to see who will win as Hardy stumbles back onto his feet before hitting Carlito with a big Hurricanrana! Hardy stumbles back up charging at Carlito before wrapping his arm around the neck of Carlito bringing him crashing down to the mat with a neckbreaker. Hardy quickly scoops Carlito up trying for the Twist of Fate but Carlito shoves Hardy into the corner. Hardy almost gets shoved into the referee but Hardy stops himself from doing so. Hardy tries to back out of the corner but with his back turned Carlito grabbed an apple he brought with him to ringside before taking a bite and spiting it at Hardy but he misses and Carlito spits the apple on the referee! Carlito looks very concerned as the ref wipes the apple off his face before Hardy hits the Twist of Fate on Carlito! Hardy makes his way to the top rope jumping off and hitting the Swanton Bomb! The ref gets all of the apple out of his eyes before making the count and Hardy retains the gold.
Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Jeff Hardy
Backstage The Golden Standards are walking around with their World Tag Team Championships around their shoulders. Benjamin and Burke wander around for a bit before they finally come to a stop. They bump into a few lower superstars backstage. Otherwise Benjamin and Burke rally up everybody around them, as there are many people that don’t have matches tonight. Benjamin says that there is a reason why everybody does not have a match tonight. Benjamin says that Val’s reason is he was too busy making movies with Jimmy Yang’s Wang! The crowd laughs at this as Burke follows up by saying that the Mexicools had a few yards they had to cut earlier today to make their money. Benjamin looks at the Miz and tells him that he just downright sucks but Burke stops him there. Burke says he realized why the Golden Standards, the World Tag Team Champions don’t have a match! Benjamin asks him why this is (obviously Benjamin knows so he acts sarcastic) Burke follows up with “It’s because we’re black!” Benjamin shakes his head in anger as all of the lower superstars open their mouths and wonder why Burke and Benjamin think that is the reason. Benjamin and Burke walk off saying that they are taking this to the higher authorities in the WWE. They say that their Raw GM Jonathan Coachman should be “down with the brown” but Benjamin and Burke say they will not let this rest.
A video package runs afterwards hyping the Ric Flair vs. Charlie Haas match, which is six months in the making. The package shows Flair “signing up” to be Haas’s partner, their tag team title victory at Unforgiven, a few of their tag team title defenses and ultimately the loss at the Royal Rumble before Haas turning on Flair. Shortly after it shows Haas beating down on Ric’s son this past week on Raw.
Ric Flair vs. Charlie Haas
Match Overview: Overall the match gets a lot of time that is surprising but is showing that the WWE is very intent on trying to get Haas over as a heel. Haas and Flair work the match very well and very many submission moves are applied during the match of course considering the stipulation of the match is a submission match. Flair gets an Indian Deathlock locked in on Haas, which Haas comes so close to tapping out but Flair simply rolls back over locking in the Figure Four Leg Lock! The fans go nuts, as Haas is so close to having give up. Haas is able to pull himself towards the ropes and pull himself out of the ring. Haas is lying halfway outside of the ring and the ref forces Flair to break the hold since Haas had the ropes. Haas is able to pull himself up on the outside before sliding back into the ring. Haas baited Flair to the outside of the ring as Flair slide outside after Haas. As Flair slides back in he steps right back into the boots from Haas before Haas scoops Flair up and hits three consecutive German Suplexes proving why he is the “Suplex Specialist” Haas grabs Flair trying to lock in the Haas of Pain and he does so successfully! Haas has the hold locked in on Flair as Flair is trying desperately to get towards the ropes as he tries his best to reach out but Flair can’t grab the ropes! He gives it one more attempt before he grabs the ropes! The fans watch on as Haas looks on in disgust! Haas drags Flair back onto his feet before hitting him with a European Uppercut and sending Flair off into the ropes. Flair runs back at Haas but Haas ducks underneath and runs right into some big chops from Flair. Haas tries to fend off the chops but he has to take them. Flair goes to whip Haas into the corner but as he does so Haas stops before pulling Flair towards him and hitting the Belly-to-Belly Suplex! Haas quickly hurries over before locking in the Figure Four Leg Lock! Haas had already done enough damage on Flair earlier in the match for it to amount to something now as Flair is locked in on his own submission move! Flair tries grabbing the ropes but this time is unsuccessful and Flair is forced to tap out to the Figure four!
Winner: Charlie Haas
Haas celebrates his win with the Nature Boy down on the mat. The “Suplex Specialist” has shown tonight that he can hang with the big boys as JR and King hype up Haas and just how big of a threat he could be in the near future.
Backstage Triple H is shown walking about before he bumps into Raw General Manager Jonathan Coachman. Hunter goes on a rampage talking about how it’s bullshit he doesn’t have a match tonight and what not but that he is actually okay with it now that he thinks about it. Hunter has got to draw out this big surprise for Kurt Angle tomorrow night and that is why he is personally inviting Kurt Angle to show up tomorrow night on Raw! Hunter says that Kurt will not want to miss this special occasion!
Shortly after backstage we cut out to see Edge talking with the Smackdown General Manager JBL. Edge thanks JBL for taking his spot in the big eight man tag match this week and said that he really does appreciate JBL “taking out” Michaels for him. JBL said it was no problem on his part and that he has to protect his big time investment. JBL says he’s confident the right team will win tonight.
United States Championship
Matt Hardy (c) vs. Kenny Dykstra
Match Overview: The match honestly does not get much time as it goes maybe about seven or eight minutes as Dykstra got a little bit of offense in but since he’s still at an early age in his career it doesn’t seem that WWE is confident just yet putting the title on him. Hardy however is able to work a good match out of Dykstra with the time permitted. Dykstra dropped Hardy with a big clothesline turning the tide in the process before heading towards the top rope! Ashley climbs on the top rope for whatever reason and the referee comes over! The referee tries to get Ashley off the ropes but Matt Hardy runs over pushing the referee into Ashley and as Ashley falls off the apron she shakes the ropes in the process. Kenny falls flat onto his privates possibly hurting them big time! Hardy scoops Dykstra up off the mat dragging him towards the middle of the ring before planting the up and comer with a big Twist of Fate to gain the win and retain his championship.
Winner and STILL United States Champion: Matt Hardy
Hardy grabs his title celebrating with the fans for a moment before Kenny walks over helping Ashley up. Kenny looks confused as to why Ashley tried to help him and he blames it all on Ashley! Ashley almost gets into an argument with Kenny but stops trying not to cause anything in this very early going relationship between the two.
Right after the match is over we head backstage once more to see Chris Jericho walking up and trying to talk to Shawn Michaels. HBK and Jericho know they have a lot of history between them but know they must put it aside tonight. Michaels and Jericho both shake one another’s hands signaling that there will be no problems here tonight.
Shortly after a video package plays hyping the Extreme Rules Tag Match tonight which pits RVD and Sabu taking on Mr. Kennedy and the newcomer, Marcus Cor Von. The video mainly hypes RVD and Kennedy’s draft picks over to ECW, Cor Von pouncing the hell out of Sabu in his debut and then the many quarrels between RVD and Kennedy so far.
Extreme Rules Match
Rob Van Dam and Sabu vs. Mr. Kennedy and Marcus Cor Von
Match Overview: Overall the fans really get into this match, as it is a break off of what has happened so far tonight as it’s really nonstop hardcore action. The fans really enjoy the match as RVD and Sabu pretty much just let everything go and it shows throughout the match. Sabu was able to take his rival Cor Von down for a bit thanks to an Atomic Arabian Facebuster but before Sabu could cover Kennedy swiftly greeted Sabu with a kick to the head. Sabu slid to the outside of the ring before RVD came from behind on Kennedy swiping him off of his feet. RVD looked down at Kennedy charging across the ring for Rolling Thunder but Kennedy moves and places a chair right where RVD lands back first! The crowd goes nuts as RVD rolls around the ring in pain. Kennedy drags RVD over into the corner mounting him with some hard rights before out to the ring comes Paul Heyman. Heyman is watching the match for a bit cheering on the ECW originals, as Kennedy gets distracted! Kennedy watches Heyman climb onto the apron and Kennedy proceeds to slap the piss out of Heyman! Heyman wipes his mouth (checking for blood) before he steps into the ring) Heyman gets ready to strike Kennedy before RVD charges across the ring and takes down Kennedy with a big shoulder block! Heyman points to RVD as RVD charges off the ropes and this time successfully hits the Rolling Thunder! Van Dam points to the top rope as Heyman picks a chair up pointing to Kennedy as Heyman is going to throw the chair on Kennedy whenever Van Dam leaps off! Heyman tells RVD to go up top and RVD does so. RVD looks down at Kennedy and leaps off the top rope for the Five Star Frog Splash but HEYMAN THROWS THE CHAIR AT VAN DAM IN MID-AIR! The chair collapses with Van Dam’s skull as RVD falls down onto the mat! It has been a while since Cor Von and Sabu were in on the action and Cor Von notices Sabu trying to climb back into the ring. Cor Von pulls the foot of Sabu out of the ring as Kennedy drags Van Dam to the middle of the ring. Kennedy opens a steel chair setting it up in the middle of the ring before moving over a bit and hits the Mic Check! Kennedy didn’t hit the chair at all since he positioned himself to cause RVD to hit face first onto the chair! RVD has to be knocked out as Kennedy covers Van Dam getting the win!
Winners: Mr. Kennedy and Marcus Cor Von
The fans wonder what in the hell has just happened! Paul Heyman has sold himself to the devil it seems in Mr. Kennedy! Heyman helps Kennedy back up holding his hand high in the air as Heyman looks down at Van Dam on the mat. Heyman gets right down in the face of Van Dam and SPITS IN RVD’s FACE! The fans give a loud boo as Heyman points to Kennedy yelling “He’s the future” as a big You Sold Out chant breaks out among the fans.
Joey Styles and Tazz at ringside can’t comprehend what just happened as they look on in amazement. Styles says he wonders if Heyman is going to address why he turned himself against RVD and the Originals apparently on ECW this week.
A video package airs showing clips of past Wrestle Mania’s. The video shows many big time moments before it closes out saying….WrestleMania 23…42 Days Away!
Right after this happens we head backstage once more to see Rey Mysterio standing by with Todd Grisham. Todd asks Rey how it feels to not have a match tonight and Rey says that it’s fine. He needed a little bit of recovering time anyways. Mysterio says that he’s had a few rough months here as he’s came so close to winning the Royal Rumble and what not but now that WrestleMania 23 is here he is going to be able to live his dream. Rey talks about how last year he opened up WrestleMania and retained the United States title but that this year he has bigger dreams ahead of him.
#1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royal
Beth Phoenix vs. Candice vs. Maria vs. Melina vs. Mickie James vs. Torrie Wilson vs. Ashley vs. Jillian vs. Kristal vs. Kelly Kelly vs. Trinity
Match Overview: The match introduced all ten announced divas before down came the returning Beth Phoenix to a nice pop. Phoenix hasn’t been seen since June when she challenged for the Women’s title at Vengeance. Phoenix pretty much woman-handled all of the divas in the match in the early on throwing out Ashley, Kelly Kelly, Trinity, and Kristal all by herself. This brought the match down to Melina, Mickie, Beth, Candice, Torrie, Maria and Jillian. All seven ladies brought their best out there now knowing that they have a shot to challenge for the Women’s title if they can win the match tonight. Mickie was able to eliminate Melina surprisingly early on per say in the match after Melina tried her split legged bulldog but Mickie quickly dropped Melina with the Mick DDT before dumping Melina out of the ring. Victoria watched on from the outside knowing that she has a lot of future competition possibly for her title. Shortly after Jillian made short work of Torrie throwing her between her legs trying for a Powerbomb before dumping Torrie out of the ring. This brings it now down to five divas in Candice, Jillian, Maria, Beth, and Mickie. Maria was able to avoid elimination from Jillian but found herself in trouble from Candice after Candice surprised her by running up behind her and dumping her out! Candice did her famous Go Daddy dance but didn’t last long because Jillian gave Candice the boot to the gut before throwing her out! Now it’s down to three top divas in the WWE in Jillian, Mickie, and Beth. Beth and Mickie both go after Jillian and both team up on her being able to throw her out. Beth and Mickie shortly afterwards both go one on one for a bit before Mickie came so close to winning. Mickie had Beth in the corner trying for the Spinning DDT off the ropes but Beth grabbed Mickie picking her up with amazing strength while Mickie was spinning around and hurled Mickie out of the ring! Mickie falls down on the outside and we have a number one contender!
Winner and #1 Contender: Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix celebrates her win as Victoria stands up. Victoria grabs her Women’s Championship before she slides into the ring. Victoria shares some words with Beth saying that she’s nothing compared to the champion. Victoria says Beth can bring it but she’ll prove just why she is the ultimate diva in the WWE. Beth laughs this off as Victoria gets up in the face of Beth. Victoria pushes Beth before Beth grabs Victoria and hits the Down in Flames! The fans give a loud pop as Beth Phoenix stands over Victoria looking down at the Women’s Championship in the process too as the fans cheer Phoenix as she exits the ring.
We head backstage to see Paul Heyman grabbing his bags and Mr. Kennedy leaving with him. Todd Grisham runs up trying to get words from Paul concerning what happened earlier tonight but Paul ignores him as Kennedy and Heyman get into the limo and speed off. Grisham watches as the limo pulls out of sight.
After this we head out to see a video package focusing on the long Undertaker/Batista feud but now focusing on the Undertaker/Umaga feud plus the Batista/Kane feuds. The video shows a lot of recent stuff that has happened with Undertaker and Kane prevailing but doesn’t limit it to that. It also shows Batista and Umaga coming out on top.
The Brothers of Destruction vs. Batista and Umaga
Match Overview: Overall the match gets a decent bit of time but was never really meant to be anything special between these two teams. It was mainly meant to be a “hype match” per say just to hype the two feuds. However the teaming of the Brothers of Destruction certainly made it a special match too as it saw BOD dominate their opponents for a while. Batista and Umaga however did get their turns in during the match too though as Batista got a big period of offense in on his former rival in the Undertaker. Batista seemed to walk all over Undertaker for a bit before he tags in the current rival of the Undertaker in Umaga. Umaga comes in and runs wild on Undertaker hitting big move after big move. Umaga knocked Undertaker down with a big clothesline. Umaga dragged the Undertaker over towards the corner as Armando Estrada told him to get ready to end the match. Umaga dragged Undertaker out of the corner before throwing him on top of his shoulders trying for the Samoan Drop! Umaga tries to bring Undertaker crashing down into the mat but Undertaker instead is able to swing off of the shoulders of Umaga before throwing Umaga between his legs! Undertaker tries for the Last Ride but Umaga hits a big Back Body Drop on Undertaker! Umaga runs over knocking Kane off the ropes as Kane stumbles onto the outside! Kane however gets back up rather quickly before sliding into the ring! Batista gets into the ring charging at Kane but Kane side steps Batista and then clotheslines Batista to the outside! All of this chaos distracts Umaga in the process who turns around right into a big Chokeslam from the Undertaker! Undertaker lifts Umaga onto his shoulders trying for the Tombstone Piledriver but before he can hit the move Umaga slides off of the shoulders of the Undertaker! Umaga spins Undertaker around before hitting the big Samoan Drop! Umaga drags ‘Taker back onto his feet before planting ‘Taker with the Samoan Spike! Kane and Batista are still brawling on the outside and distracted as the ref counts and UMAGA HAS PINNED ‘TAKER CLEANLY!
Winners: Batista and Umaga
Estrada slides into the ring as Umaga stands up slapping his chest in celebration! Umaga and Estrada celebrate Umaga’s big win tonight as they head out of the ring as JR and King talk about how big this has been for Umaga’s career.
Backstage Finlay is giving MVP a big pep talk concerning his match next against John Cena. Finlay reminds MVP just how big this could be for his career if he could somehow get the win. MVP says that Finlay doesn’t need to worry because he’s got this one in the bag. MVP says that he’s sat back and made the big bucks but tonight he makes an impact in the process of making the big bucks. Ballin!
John Cena vs. MVP w/ Finlay
Match Overview: Overall the match didn’t go as long as you would think it would but it’s a break from the big tag match that just happened though. It gets slowed down a lot and the fans seem to enjoy it despite it being a mixture of styles. Finlay found himself getting kicked out about a few minutes into the match thanks to Hornswoggle who felt the need to try and interfere in the match which concerned MVP for a while. MVP has been saying that it was all about him but it seems he’s worried that Finlay isn’t out there now. Finlay tells MVP it’ll be ok and MVP gets distracted of course! MVP turns around right into an F-U attempt from Cena but MVP slides off the shoulders before booting Cena in the stomach and hitting a big DDT! MVP looks down at Cena before coming off the ropes and hitting the Ballin’ elbow. MVP got the cover getting a two count but he knew he had a good chance of taking the win there. MVP slowly pulled himself back up before dragging MVP back onto his feet! MVP put his foot on the head of Cena trying for the Playmaker but Cena was able to pull MVP up and somehow reverse the Playmaker by flipping MVP over onto his stomach. Cena lifts MVP into the air bringing him crashing down with the F-U! Cena doesn’t cover but instead looks set to lock in the STFU and he does so! Cena however didn’t notice that MVP’s foot was so close to the ropes as MVP reached out and touched the ropes with his foot forcing the hold to be broken. Cena dragged MVP back up trying to lift MVP back onto his feet before he Irish whipped Cena off into the ropes! Cena gets distracted though as out runs Hornswoggle from underneath the ring! The ref of course gets distracted which gives MVP time to grab his “MVP” necklace from ringside and bust Cena across the head with the necklace! MVP quickly calls the ref over before throwing the chain to the outside. MVP hooks the leg of Cena and gets the surprise win!
MVP jumps up and down celebrating this huge win tonight as Finlay comes down to the ring. Finlay grabs a shillelagh before sliding into the ring and beats the ankle of Cena to death! Finlay has to be restrained because he won’t stop beating the hell out of Cena! Once Finlay is out, Cena is helped to the back as he is showing a limp thanks to Finlay!
Once we head backstage we see Rated RKO standing by with Todd Grisham. Both Edge and Orton talk about how big tonight is and that they will fulfill their promise at WrestleMania 23. They both said the first week of the New Year that they would remain champs throughout 2007 and that they will. Orton says tonight he proves just why the champs are superior to the contender and it’s all thanks to three little letters…R…K…O!
A video package plays hyping the big Second Annual Champs vs. Contender’s match with past highlights of what has went down the past few weeks. The video ends with Orton and Edge toasting in the middle of the ring in their promise to keep the titles in ’07.
2nd Annual Champions vs. Contender’s Match
Randy Orton (c) and Edge (c) vs. Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho
Match Overview: The match goes about a bit over twenty minutes which is no shock as all four of these men are in good shape to go that long. The match gets given a lot of time and each man gets a fair share of offense in during the match which is to assure that in no way do they look weak after this big match tonight. It is Edge that is taking advantage of Jericho as the match starts to draw towards the ending of it. However both men were able to make the hot tags bringing in both HBK and Orton! HBK explodes on offense on Orton knocking down Orton with a flying shoulder before kipping back up and hitting Orton with a few big rights knocking Orton back down. HBK leans against Orton before Irish whipping Orton off into the ropes! HBK watches Orton charge back at him but Orton quickly runs around HBK and hits the big neckbreaker onto Orton’s back! Orton watches the Heart Break Kid fall onto the mat as Orton tags in Edge! Edge taunts HBK in the corner as he is preparing to knock HBK back down onto the mat with the Spear! Edge charges across the ring as Michaels slowly gets back onto his feet but HBK side steps Edge and sends Edge shoulder first into the pole! Edge drags himself out of the corner holding his shoulder before he backs right into Sweet Chin Music! HBK falls on top of Edge looking for the cover before Longhorn hits across the arena! The music of the Smackdown GM sounds as JBL is nowhere to be seen. HBK looks around the arena checking to see where JBL is at but of course this gives Edge time to tag in Orton! Orton shoves HBK into Jericho as Jericho is now the legal man! Jericho stumbles into the ring right at Orton as Orton and Jericho go at it! Edge distracts the referee which during this time JBL runs from out of the crowd and knocks HBK down on the outside of the ring with a thunderous Clothesline from Hell just like last Friday on Smackdown! HBK had no clue JBL was in the crowd and JBL quickly runs back into the crowd trying not to be spotted! The Smackdown announcers are having a fit that the GM interfered like that. Orton and Jericho are still getting into it as Jericho tried to turn Orton around for the Walls of Jericho but Orton rolled through with a cradle! Orton quickly got back onto his feet and as soon as Jericho did Orton struck Jericho with the RKO bringing his WrestleMania 23 opponent down onto the mat. Orton hooks both legs covering Jericho and getting the win booking the win for Rated RKO
Winners: Edge and Randy Orton
Orton has his hand raised as Edge comes back into the ring as well! Orton and Edge both celebrate their wins holding their titles in the air before JBL comes in through the crowd. Of course the referee knows nothing about JBL being out here earlier and JBL rolls into the ring holding the hands of Edge and Orton high. JBL tells Edge something in his ear as the show comes to an end with the cameras focusing on Orton and Edge winning here tonight.
WWE WrestleMania XXIII
Sunday April 1, 2007
Official Theme Song: Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva
Edge (c) vs. Shawn Michaels
Randy Orton (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Victoria (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
Look for some News and Notes to explain some events that happened at No Way Out probably Saturday. Raw won't go up until mid week next week or so as I have no interest on working on it now. Overall though I'm happy with how NWO went off. Originally it was planned to not have a title match at all but of course the card got tweaked a bit.
Also I know there was a lot of "interferences" etc. in the US title, the MVP/Cena match (somehwat with Hornswoggle), the Main Event, and plus the ECW match but I think each one served it's own purpose. So really I don't think it was overdone per say.