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Re: Being The Booker

**POSTING EARLY - There's a good chance I'll be unable to get on over the weekend, so, I'll fire ahead now and post the show**

Raw; February 19th; San Jose:

Video recap from last week, where after Triple H was not granted a rematch for the World Championship, he was then later revealed as Brock Lesnars opponent at WrestleMania 23, which led to Lesnar ripping the McMahon Family Empire apart, finishing off with an F5 on Vince, sending a clear message to The Game.

Opening Video

No pyro, instead, we go straight to…


The McMahon Family Empire, led by Triple H, enter the arena to a massive heel reaction from the fans. The five piece group stand at the top of the apron for a moment, soaking in the response, before continuing down the ramp.

Jim Ross: You are looking at the man, who in twenty seven days takes on Brock Lesnar - for the first time ever - at the Showcase of the Immortals, and Coach, we’ve been waiting for this one for some time now.

The Coach: Absolutely. We’ve saw that ingrate, Brock Lesnar, causing trouble for the McMahons for months now, and at WrestleMania in less than four weeks, he’ll pay the price for crossing the boss, and most importantly, The Game.

Jim Ross: Are you kidding?? Brock Lesnar has pulled the McMahon Family Empire out of numerous holes, he was responsible for keeping the championship around the waist of Triple H, and in return the McMahons continued to give him promises that they never intended to make good on. Brock Lesnar reached breaking point, and I for one am pleased he finally saw the McMahons for what they really are!!!

The Coach: The guy’s a mercenary. All he ever wanted was to take from the McMahons, and give as little as possible in return. He’ll pay for it at WrestleMania, mark my words baby boy.

Jim Ross: I cant wait Coach. I cant wait to see the look on your face on March 18 when the Iron Man demolishes the McMahon Family Empire, one by one.

In the ring, the Family Empire stand tall, looking around the arena, taking in the abuse from the fans. Triple H waits, shades on, for the fans to quieten, before speaking.

Triple H: Five years.

Triple H holds up his palm, showing the four fingers and thumb, to indicate five years.

Triple H: That’s how long I’ve had to wait … wait for the opportunity to get my hands on one Brock Lesnar.

Pop for the mention of Lesnar. Triple H lowers the mic for a moment, and turns his head, looking to a portion of fans in disgust.

Triple H: Five years is a long time for two guys the stature of myself and Lesnar not to cross paths. But it’s not a coincidence.

The camera focuses on The Game, as he straightens up.

Triple H: Y’see … when Brock Lesnar first burst on the scene here … he looked like a human wrecking ball. You’ll all remember him be referred to … as the ‘Next Big Thing’ … and boy, he didn’t disappoint, did he??

Slight pop.

Triple H: In the space of five months … FIVE MONTHS … he beat legends, he beat his peers, became King Of The Ring, and at the time, the youngest WWE Champion in this companies history.

A small ‘LESNAR’ chant breaks out, catching Triple H’s attention for a moment.

Triple H: It’s a heck of an accomplishment … especially when you mention the names he beat along the way in that incredibly short journey … Ric Flair …(WOO‘s from the fans, and cheers)… RVD …(Cheer from the fans)… Hulk Hogan …(Massive Pop)… The Rock …(Another massive pop)… and that was just the first five months.

Some cheers from the fans, but not much of a reaction.

Triple H: That list goes on … The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell, The Big Show, a Royal Rumble … then Kurt Angle in the main event of WrestleMania Nineteen … to cap off his rookie year.

Triple H shows a glimpse of a smile, with the fans fairly quiet throughout the history lesson.

Triple H: And so it looked like a star was born, huh?? I mean, the second year just got better, didn’t it?? Holding off the challenges thrown at him as Champion, beating Kurt Angle in a sixty minute Iron Man Match, and holding the championship through WrestleMania Twenty, beating Goldberg.

Despite the fairly silent crowd reactions, The Game continues on.

Triple H: Two years down … and an extremely long list of accomplishments, huh??

Triple H looks around, trying to get some sort of reaction.

Triple H: And as most of you know, the next three years would build on those first two. Now, I’m not gonna stand here and list every single accomplishment Lesnar has achieved … but when you look down the list of guys he’s beaten. The legends, the icons, the past, present and future … there is one name … one man … not on that list.

Triple H removes his sunglasses.

Triple H: Triple H.

The fans start to heat up again, with abuse for The Game.

Triple H: And there is one reason for why that is …

Triple H looks towards Vince, before speaking again, revealing the answer is the most twisted of tones.

Triple H: Vince McMahon purposely kept us as far apart as possible.

Heat for The Game, as we see a shot of Vince, slowly nodding in agreement.

Triple H: And why would he do that you’d ask?? … Business.

More heat from the fans, but Triple H looks dead serious, taking a moment before explaining.

Triple H: That might not make a whole lot of sense to you people. I mean, how is keeping arguably the two biggest names in this business apart for so long deemed a business decision?? But I’ll explain it for ya.

Camera zooms in on Triple H once more.

Triple H: In 2002, Vince found himself a new hot commodity … a new breed of superstar … a new face to carry this company … and he needed protection.

Triple H moves towards the ropes, keeping his focus fixed on the camera.

Triple H: So Vince did what he does best … he moulded a new superstar. Lesnar had the same package that the likes of Hogan, Warrior, Bret, and The Rock before him had.

Heat for Triple H, but The Game shakes his head, talking over the boos.

Triple H: Hey … hear me out. He had that hulking physique, he had that aura, had the tools, he was raw around the edges, but he had what it took to make it, and make it big. Just like Vince did for all those big names before him, Vince paved Lesnars path. He gave Brock every opportunity to reach the same heights as those before him.

We see Vince ponder, nodding along to everything Triple H says.

Triple H: He matched Brock with weaker guys, part timers, guys on the way out. He built his reputation for him … he built Lesnar’s credibility for him … and he built his confidence for him.

Triple H points to Vince now, taking a moment as he does, and continues to point towards the Chairman, as he speaks again.

Triple H: This man MADE Brock Lesnar … but at WrestleMania 23, I will BREAK Brock Lesnar.

Triple H points to himself now, narrowing his eyebrows, getting tense.

Triple H: Now you’ll understand why we’ve been kept apart for so long … now you’ll understand why we carried Lesnar along for the ride for so long … Vince McMahon tried to protect him from me … and all the thanks he got was constant badgering … constant threats … constant intimidation.

Small boos from the fans, as Triple H looks around for a moment, looking to get the attention of all the fans before he speaks again.

Triple H: Come March 18 … Lesnar is gonna receive a constant beating courtesy of The Game.

Triple H holds out his palm again, indicating five years.

Triple H: For five years Brock, this man (Points to Vince again) has done nothing but help your career … and mould you into the superstar you are today.

The Game begins to get heated as his continues, almost yelling into the mic as he walks around.

Triple H: He was the one that guided you … he was the one that looked out for you … he was behind the deal to take you to Smackdown exclusively when you became Undisputed Champion … to protect you … from me.

He now comes to a standstill, allowing his words to soak into the brains of the fans, and takes the moment to calm himself again.

Triple H: Over the last couple months … you’ve pushed the boundaries, and you’ve broken our patience. And at WrestleMania, I promise you, I will expose you as n-


Lesnar’s music hits to a sensational response from the fans. The Iron Man then steps out from the curtain to receive a bigger ovation, as The McMahon Family Empire all scowl in the ring, with Triple H on the ropes, looking especially angry.

Brock stands at the top of the ramp, waiting as the music dies down. The music dies down, and Lesnar puts the mic to his mouth, addressing the fans.

Brock Lesnar: I’m more used to using my hands for beating up guys in the ring, but I guess tonight, I can make an exception, and use it to hold the mic.

Small pop for Lesnar, who quickly reverts from cheesy one liner, to straight laced again, focusing his attention on the ring, pointing at the Family Empire…

Brock Lesnar: So … I’ve been carried to this spot??

Lesnar shakes his head slowly, giving it a moment, before continuing.

Brock Lesnar: My path has not been paved for me, and don’t believe it for a second. I earned my spot here. I’ve earned everything I’ve accomplished.

Lesnar continues to keep his same tension, and intimidating glare on the ring.

Brock Lesnar: Vince McMahon didn’t win any of those championships for me. He didn’t wrestle in my Iron Man matches, he didn’t face Kurt Angle for me at WrestleMania 19, and he sure as hell didn’t help me through the Royal Rumble last month.

Triple H interrupts.

Triple H: Whoa, hold on there a second. Y-

Lesnar BOOMS over Triple H’s voice.

Brock Lesnar: NO!!! You hold on. You’re done talkin Hunter. I’ve got the mic in my hands, and I’m gonna speak.

Huge pop for Lesnars straight ahead approach.

Brock Lesnar: I have dug YOU, Vince, and your whole damn family out of holes, time after time over the last few months … and I’ve reached breaking point.

More cheers for the Iron Man.

Brock Lesnar: Enough of the broken promises … you’ve had enough chances to make it right and stay true to your word … now?? Now, it’s time for broken bones.

Lesnar stays full fledged bad ass. No pandering to the fans, just keeping focused on the ring, and the reaction of the McMahon Family Empire.

Brock Lesnar: But Triple H?? You keep telling yourself I’ve been helped to where I am. You keep telling everybody within earshot that I’ll be exposed on March 18. You keep telling the family that we’ve been kept apart for my protection … but if anything?? We’ve been kept apart for YOUR protection.

‘OHHH’ from the fans. In the ring, Triple H looks incensed, looking at Vince, who has an uneasy look on his face. Is it true??

Brock Lesnar: Think about it Hunter. You’re family … I’m just an employee. You’re married to the bosses daughter … you’re the father of his grandchildren … and he wants to keep you as healthy as possible.

Triple H looks around at Vince again, with McMahon not making eye contact with his son-in-law.

Brock Lesnar: And although obviously you don’t believe ‘the hype’ … when you meet me at WrestleMania … your career … is in my hands.

Lesnar gets more sinister now, possibly to the point of splitting the audience.

Brock Lesnar: And when I get my hands on you at WrestleMania … I wont be thinking of your kids. I wont be thinking of your family … I will be fully focused on all the lies, all the broken promises, all the times I scratched your back for nothing … and I’ll want payback of the highest order.

Cheers from the fans, as Stephanie now comes forward to address Lesnar.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: But you fail to realise Brock … at WrestleMania … you’re not just facing my husband … you’re facing the ENTIRE McMahon Family Empire.

Heat from the fans, as a grinning Stephanie tilts her head, and looks up the ramp at Brock, who shows a glimpse of a smile.

Brock Lesnar: Will I??

Few random cheers from sections of the audience, whilst the Empire look a little befuddled by Brocks response.

Brock Lesnar: If that’s the case … I guess I’ll just have to take you all out of the equation … right here … right … NOW!!!

Lesnar drops the mic, as the fans start up a massive ‘LESNAR’ chant, with the Family all pacing the ring, frantically wondering what to do. Lesnar rips off his tank top, as he approaches the ring … then …

**I’M BACK**

Eric Bischoff?? The lame duck General Manager steps out onto the stage, and in a hurry, quickly talking over his music.

Eric Bischoff: Enough!!! Brock Lesnar, don’t you make another step. You stay where you are, because I don’t want another incident like last week. Let’s keep this professional, shall we??

Boos from the audience, wanting to see a brawl. Lesnar stops, and listens to what the GM has to say.

Eric Bischoff: Alright. Tonight, we’re gonna settle this little dispute in the ring. Brock, you don’t want the McMahon Family Empire at ringside come WrestleMania?? Let’s decide that the old fashioned way. Tonight, in that very ring … Triple H and Brock Lesnar …

The fans pop big time!!! Are we set to get a WrestleMania preview tonight??

Eric Bischoff: You two … will choose a representative to face off in that ring tonight.

Nope. The old switch and bait performed expertly by Easy E, generating plenty of heel heat from the audience.

Eric Bischoff: If Lesnars representative wins?? Then the McMahon Family Empire will be BANNED from ringside at WrestleMania.

Cheers from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: If Triple H’s representative on the other hand wins?? Then … sorry Brock, you’ll have to live with it.

Heat from the fans, as we catch a glimpse of a frustrated Brock Lesnar.

Eric Bischoff: And in the meantime … Brock, as of this moment you are officially BARRED from touching any member of the McMahon Family. And as for tonight’s match?? ALL OF YOU are BARRED from ringside.

Bischoff nods, getting his message across, then gets set to leave when we cut to the ring suddenly … AS SHAWN MICHAELS SLIPS IN THE BACK … AND DELIVERS SWEET CHIN MUSIC TO SHANE!!!!!

Out of pure shock, the rest of the Family Empire scatter, as an unkempt, unshaven Shawn Michaels holds court in the ring, picking up the mic left by Stephanie, as the family scatter into the crowd.

Shawn Michaels: I hope … oh man, I hope you saw Smackdown last week Eric. This is just the start. You can either put a stop to this right now … or I’m gonna keep stamping my feet, and causing ALL kinds of trouble for ya, kicking everybody from the tea lady to the Executive V.P. What’s it to be??

Michaels has a huge scowl on his face, looking wild eyed, having just hijacked the show. On the ramp, Eric looks absolutely furious … but shocked at the same time, as Lesnar walks toward him, pulling the mic even before Eric can speak.

Brock Lesnar: That’s made my mind up Eric. Shawn Michaels will represent me tonight.

Huge cheer, as Lesnar walks on, leaving the stage, and now, just Eric, Shawn, and a sprawled out Shane are in the arena. Michaels doesn’t even flinch from Brocks announcement, fully focused on the GM, waiting for an answer. Eric composes himself, then speaks.

Eric Bischoff: My office … NOW!!!

Michaels nods, with the fans still cheering him and his sudden burst into the arena - as promised on Smackdown - as we fade into a commercial after an epic opening segment.


We return from the commercial, with Greg Helms and CM Punk already in the ring, set for their FIFTH scheduled tag team title shot against the champions.


MNM make their grand entrance, joined again by the Italian Santino Marella, as the foursome enjoy their photo session, before continuing to the ring.

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday night Raw, and currently, Shawn Michaels is meeting with Eric Bischoff in the General Managers office, looking to make some sort of deal regarding the cancelled match at WrestleMania between Michaels and Foley. But right now, MNM will defend the tag team championships for the third straight week against the tandem known collectively as Straight Edge - and before you start complaining Coach - here’s a few reasons why Punk and Helms have a third straight shot in three weeks…

Quick Highlight V.P;
- MNM dodge a tag team title defence claiming to have ‘food poisoning’, then later ‘recover’ and help Melina keep her title.
- For a second week, MNM dodge the rescheduled match, with Mercury suffering from ‘chickenpox’, then later is exposed as red pen, as he gets involved in a Punk vs. Nitro match.
- MNM finally are forced to defend the titles, despite legitimately suffering from illness and injury. Thanks to Marella, they keep the titles.
- Last week, once again, MNM find a cheap route to keep the titles, leading to tonight’s third match.

The Coach: And what does that video prove?? To me, it proves MNM have beaten Straight Edge TWICE!!!

MNM w/Melina & Santino Marella vs. Straight Edge
Unlike last week, it’s back to shenanigans and running from MNM rather than a competitive match - but it appears that tonight, their luck has run out. Melina gets caught by the referee trying to interfere, AND ORDERED TO THE BACK!!! She leaves, kicking and screaming, having to be dragged by officials, as MNM fall apart with the determined Straight Edge finally getting their reward, and dominating the champions.
Marella looks to save his cohorts … BUT EATS A PUNK CARD, courtesy of CM Punk, taking the Italian out of the equation … as Nitro falls prey to the deadly DOUBLE SHINING WIZARD!!! The titles surely are changing hands here, as Helms dives through the ropes to take out Mercury!!! Punk gets set to hook the leg of the champion, but the referee is too busy getting Marella out of the ring … AND MISTER KENNEDY COMES FROM THE CROWD … INTO THE RING … SPINS PUNK AROUND … MIC CHECK!!! Kennedy rolls Nitro onto Punk, wipes his hands, then darts out of the ring!!! The referee turns back around, looks surprised by the sudden turnaround (not that the interference would matter)… but counts anyway … 1...2...3!!!
Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - MNM @ 04:39

MNM steal the victory AGAIN!!! But what the heck was Mister Kennedy doing to help them?? Why?? On the outside, Helms is just as shocked by the result, having missed the run in. He gets back inside, looking a little worse for wear after the suicide dive, but comes to the aide of Punk, helping his partner come to, as Nitro rolls out of the ring, surviving once again.

The Coach: Now you have to admit it J.R … MNM are simply too good for your boys!!! Three matches, three wins. Nothing else to say baby boy.

Jim Ross: Are you serious?? Are those glasses tinted?? Did you not just see Mister Kennedy, who faces Rey Mysterio later for the Intercontinental Championship SCREW Straight Edge out of the titles?? Punk had it won!!!

The Coach: Quit your cryin old man, it’s OVAH!!! MNM are too good for Straight Edge, that’s what we know.

Jim Ross: But we don’t know that Coach!!! We don’t know if MNM are better, because they refuse to meet the challengers straight on. They’re runnin scared Coach, AND YOU KNOW IT!!!

MNM escape up the ramp, once again, somehow clinging onto those title belts, whilst in the ring, a worse for wear Punk tries to explain what happened to his partner, with Helms furious that MNM stole one again tonight.

We quickly switch backstage, and see Shawn Michaels exit Bischoffs office, and slams the door. Obviously, things didn’t go well. HBK walks down the hallway, and is quickly joined by that roving reporter, Todd Grisham.

Grisham is forced to walk and talk briskly, with HBK showing little interest in speaking with him.

Todd Grisham: Shawn, would you care you share your thoughts on what just happened in your meeting with Eric Bischoff??

Michaels stops in his tracks, and looks at Grisham, slowly shaking his head, then speaks.

Shawn Michaels: Until I get what I want Todd … I don’t want to talk about anything. I think it’s obvious though, that things didn’t go as I wanted them to.

Michaels removes his hat, and continues.

Shawn Michaels: But on Eric Bischoffs head may it be. I’ve warned Eric of the lengths I’ll go to get what I want. Now, I believe that I’m ‘supposed’ to be in action tonight, right?? Well, we’ll have to wait and see how things go, wont we??

Michaels shows a smirk, almost heelish, stirring trouble. The smile is wiped off his face though, as he looks down the hall … and sees someone he doesn’t want to … Triple H.

Triple H: Sounds good to me Shawn. You keep well away tonight, and force Lesnar to forfeit.

Triple H smiles, but Michaels doesn’t.

Shawn Michaels: Did I say I wasn’t gonna show??

HBK plants a seed of doubt … but Triple H still smiles.

Triple H: True. But don’t forget … if there is something you really want … there’s only one man that can truly deliver it.

The Game gets in close to Michaels ear, and whispers.

Triple H: …Vince McMahon.

Triple H smiles, but HBK throws him a dirty look, with a scowl on his face.

Triple H: You want Foley that bad at WrestleMania?? Vince can make that happen … as long as you have something to bargain with.

The Game steps back, looking to see if his hint has got to HBK.

Triple H: It’s all down to how much you want it Shawn. Think it over.

HBK looks away from The Game, as Triple H still smiles, before walking off, leaving the offer in the air.



The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - MARCH 18TH 2007 - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS.

To ringside…

Jim Ross: And welcome back folks to Monday Night Raw. It’s been a wild ride tonight already, MNM have controversially retained the tag team titles, thanks to Mister Kennedy, and Shawn Michaels has made good on his word to create chaos in his quest to get his match with Mick Foley back on the agenda at WrestleMania. Tonight, Michaels will represent Brock Lesnar to take on a representative of Triple H. Should he win, the McMahon Family Empire will be barred from ringside at WrestleMania. Should he lose …

The Coach: Should he lose, he gets what HE wants for WrestleMania. You saw what Triple H said, we can read between the lines here.

Jim Ross: I just cant imagine for a second, that Shawn Michaels, despite his desperation, despite his own state of mind, would EVER throw a match. And even if he contemplated it, he ought to ask Brock Lesnar if Vince is a man of his word.

The Coach: Oh yeah, ask someone without a vested interest.

Jim Ross: Alright. Folks, we’ll find out all those answers later. Still to come tonight, a rematch from SuperBrawl, with Rey Mysterio defending the Intercontinental Championship against Mister Kennedy, who inexplicably helped MNM earlier tonight. Not only that, but how about this one - Shelton Benjamin, the in ring leader of The Brotherhood, and Randy Orton, the leader of the New Wave, one on one tonight, both men set for Money in the Bank at WrestleMania.

The Coach: Sure to be a classic J.R. Two of my favourite guys on Raw right there.

Jim Ross: But perhaps, more important than any match scheduled tonight, it is time to make the WrestleMania main event official; The World Champion, John Cena takes on The Royal Rumble winner, Christian on March 18, and tonight, champion and challenger alike will sign on the dotted line and make it official.

The Coach: From two of my favourites … to two of my most hated. I just hope Cena and Christian beat the holy hell out of each other. That’s my saving grace.

Jim Ross: Be that as it may, the road to WrestleMania has officially begun, and as we approach the Granddaddy of them all, we are going to give you all an insight … a look … at the careers of both these men. John Cena and Christian, first, we’ll take a look at the rise to glory of The Champ…


The V.P starts with the simple text of “JUNE 27 2002”

The scene opens up, with a young John Cena, standing face to face with Kurt Angle, as the opening bars of ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem plays (the same theme music for WrestleMania 21 - where Cena won his first world title)

Kurt Angle: Who in the hell are you??

John Cena: I’m John Cena.

Kurt Angle: What is the one quality that you possess … that makes you think you can walk out here and come into the ring and face the very best in the business??

The euphoric music pipes in, taking over the scene, as Cena responds…


Cena slaps Angle, and makes an instant impression…

Cut to early shots of Cena in his WWE run, looking like a generic baby face, but mixing it with the top stars on the show, as the music continues in the background, and Cena talks over the footage…

“I started out … just a kid with big dreams … I got my shot … and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.”

Shots of the early Cena now taking punishment, and getting beat down.

“I paid my dues … and earned respect”

Getting a handshake from the Undertaker.

“Then after a while … I grew into my own skin”

Cena approaches Stephanie McMahon at the Smackdown Halloween party in 2002.

John Cena: The old mans got a plan … he chillin in the buildin.

“And after months of earning my spot, I began to get noticed”

Clips now of Cena performing various raps, and changing his look over the course of the few months…

John Cena: I’ll watch you drown and not throw a rope … this is jail, we inmates … YOU JUST DROPPED THE SOAP!!!

John Cena: I’m reloaded like the matrix … how’m I gonna lose to a midget dominatrix!!??

John Cena: She’s only with ya for the money homes … when she’s done stealing from you, she comes to tickle my funny bones!!

Clips from that time period, with Cena taking it to Brock Lesnar, beating The Undertaker, and nailing an FU to the Big Show.

“And over time … I went from a rising talent … and became a star”

Cena wins the Royal Rumble in 2004 (but failed to get a title shot), and beats The Rock at WrestleMania XX, then wins the Rumble again in 2005.

“And after becoming a star … I arrived … and world championships followed”

Cena beating Orton at WrestleMania 21, lifting the title for the first time.

“And suddenly … I’m the franchise player … with a brand on my shoulders … overcoming the obstacles, overcoming the odds, overcoming adversity”

Cena defending the championship valiantly, despite blood loss, despite being put through tables … before losing to Shawn Michaels.

“Next came the crossroads … flash in the pan?? Or for real??

Cena in battle on Raw, and finally overcoming Shawn Michaels to win back the World Championship!!!

“All doubts cast aside … the champ again”

Defeating The Undertaker, Edge, and Randy Orton for the second straight WrestleMania.

“On top of the world … but with everything to lose”

Cena loses the championship, then loses to Orton inside Hell in a Cell at SummerSlam.

“Down … but NEVER out”

Cena rebounds from the disappointing period of last year to bounce back, and chase Triple H for the championship.

“I’ve feared nothing … and I’ll regret less”

Cena taking on all of the McMahon Family Empire.

“And that tenacity … that intensity … has seen me through”

Cena forcing Triple H to tap at SuperBrawl.

“Back to the top of the mountain”

Quick run through of Cena’s looks from his debut, as the video package comes to a close, with ‘Lose Yourself’ taking over again.

“John Cena is the present … John Cena is the future … John Cena is the champ”

The video ends, with a shot of Cena from the back, walking down the aisle at WrestleMania 22.


Now, in their private quarters, The McMahon Family Empire are seen discussing their options tonight.

Tyson Tomko: I’m ready to go guys. You give me a shot at Michaels tonight, and I’ll not let you down.

Vince shakes his head.

Mr. McMahon: No. You’ve already got a match tonight Tyson. We need something different tonight.

Triple H smiles, and pats Tomkos chest.

Triple H: I really don’t think it’ll be a big deal anyway Tyson. If you guys could’ve seen the desperation in Michaels eyes earlier?? He’ll do anything to get Foley at WrestleMania … including throwing the match tonight.

From somewhere in the background, we hear a cough. All four (Shane hasn’t been seen since the Sweet Chin Music earlier) look around, and to their surprise, it’s SANTINO MARELLA. Everyone seems taken aback by his presence, and Vince doesn’t even seem to know who he is. He looks around at his fellow family members to ask…

Mr. McMahon: Who’s this??

Before anyone can answer, Marella pipes in.

Santino Marella: Me?? Why I am the great Santino Marella.

Santino puffs out his chest, looking proud, but no one else seems impressed.

Mr. McMahon: Okay … do you work for me??

Marella stutters a little, as he replies.

Santino Marella: Ahhh … a-not exactly. Imma good friend and personal doctor of the science to the M and M.

Vince looks confused.

Mr. McMahon: Well, I don’t need a doctor, but thanks anyway.

Santino wags his finger in disagreement.

Santino Marella: Ahhh not exactly. Imma wrestler, and I want to a-wrestle for you toniiiiiiight.

Marella nods, thinking he’s done the hard sell.

Mr. McMahon: You just introduced yourself to me as a doctor. I need a wrestler, and you’re not a wrestler.

Santino continues to sell himself.

Santino Marella: ME!? I’m the greatest wrestler of all of the timesss!!! And I can prove for you if y-

Triple H now puts an arm around Marella, and slowly shows him out of the room.

Triple H: Not tonight pal, huh??

The Game shows Marella out the door, with Santino still trying to plead his case to the Family Empire. Triple H then shuts the door, as the group of four look around, all taken aback by the presence of Marella and his pitch.


We return from the commercial, with Rey Mysterio already in the ring, waiting for his opponent to enter…


Boos reverberate around the arena, along with some ‘cool’ pops, as straight laced Mister Kennedy briskly makes his way down the ramp … AS MNM FOLLOW BEHIND HIM!!! Melina, Nitro and Mercury walk behind Kennedy, with the challenger now at a distinct advantage.

Jim Ross: Now how the hell is this fair!!! This is a damn joke!!! How can Mysterio overcome these types of odds??

The Coach: Well, I guess we can work out that Kennedy struck some type of deal with MNM, right??

Jim Ross: Oh, you don’t say Coach. Please, enlighten us some more.

The Coach: Meh, maybe later. I don’t want to indulge you too much J.R. I need to save my brilliance, I cant just throw it away like lollipops.

Rey Mysterio vs. Mister Kennedy w/ MNM
Rey is forced to battle the odds from the outset, as it becomes clear that MNM and Kennedy struck some kind of ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ deal, after helping them keep the tag titles earlier. MNM certainly hold up their end of the bargain, tripping Rey as he runs off the ropes, then distracting the referee to allow an illegal attack from Kennedy, and distracting the referee anytime the champion builds any momentum or gets a cover. It looks like Rey’s number is up, with the referee failing to act on the continuous interference. However, the fans come alive, and stand on their feet … AS THE CAVALRY ARRIVE!!!
Straight Edge & Alexis Laree enter the arena, and make their way down the aisle, with MNM spotting the entrance, and start to panic!!! Punk, Helms and Laree now come after their foes, with the chase distracting Kennedy, who confronts Punk from the apron, distracting the referee, who tries to get Punk off the apron, taking his eye off the ring, with Kennedy turning around … AND HELMS NAILS HIM WITH THE I.C TITLE BELT!!! Kennedy staggers into the ropes … ALLOWING MYSTERIO TO COME FROM BEHIND AND ROLL HIM UP, and the referee is quickly allowed to refocus on the ring … 1...2...3!!!!!!!
Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion - Rey Mysterio @ 04:02

Kennedy is stunned!!! From the bottom of the entrance, MNM grimace, and have their head in their hands, as they fail to hold up their end of the bargain. In the ring, Straight Edge stand with Alexis and the Intercontinental Champion, as a unit, having foiled the plan put together by Kennedy and MNM.

Jim Ross: Howd’ya like that Coach?? Your boys just got a little taste of their own medicine!!!

The Coach: Well, I just love the fact that you hold one rule for some, and another for others. When MNM cheat to win matches, you blow a gasket, when Mysterio cheats to keep his belt, it’s fair game!!! It’s double standards!!!

Jim Ross: You just cant handle the fact that Mysterio, Straight Edge and Alexis one upped your favourites Coach. But here’s a newsflash - THEY DID!!!

In the ring, the foursome stand by the ropes, goading MNM back to the ring, with the trio shaking their heads, and Melina screaming in anger, as we see the reaction of the fan favourites, laughing at the reaction.

We now go backstage, and see FINLAY exiting the McMahon Family Empires private room, looking a little despondent. From that, surely we can gather that he has not been selected to represent Triple H tonight??

Suddenly, we then switch elsewhere … and see the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena, walking down a corridor towards the entrance, as the Contract Signing is coming up … NEXT~!


We return with Eric Bischoff now standing in the ring, set up for your usual contract signing, waiting with a mic in hand.

Eric Bischoff: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the 2007 Royal Rumble winner, and the man that will challenge the World Heavyweight Champion in the main event of WrestleMania 23 … CHRISTIAN!!!


The fans are on their feet as Captain Charisma enters the arena, pounding his chest, wearing a white shirt, unbuttoned at the top, with the sleeves rolled up a little, with dark blue jeans. The Royal Rumble winner strides down the aisle, and steps inside the ring, climbing the ropes and saluting his fans again, before taking his seat, and putting his feet on the table.

Eric Bischoff: And now, please welcome, the Three Time, World Heavyweight Champion, and the man that will defend that championship at WrestleMania … JOHN CENA!!!


John Cena bursts onto the stage, full of vibrancy as always, dressed in his usual street attire, pumping the fans up, before focusing his glare at the ring, and straightens up, before bounding down the ramp, and slides into the ring. Cena hoists the championship up high to the fans, before turning, and pointing at Christian, who stands up again, and the two lock eyes across the ring, with the music slowly dying down, as Bischoff tries to direct traffic, and gets both men sat down.

Eric Bischoff: I want to set a few ground rules here gentlemen. I don’t want this to get out of control. Both of you need to stay professional, and just sign the contract, and be done with it.

Heat for Bischoff. Cena and Christian stare across the table at one another, neither taking their focus from the other.

Eric Bischoff: Do you think you can comply??

Bischoff looks for a response, but doesn’t get one. Both men fix their glare directly at each other, barely even blinking, as the tension mounts.

Eric Bischoff: I’ll take that as a yes.

Bischoff looks to the two men in suits, and nods, as they each pull out copies of the contract, with Eric taking a quick flick through each contract, before setting them down, for both men to sign.

Eric Bischoff: Now, all that’s left is for the pair of you to sign your contracts and it’s set in stone. Christian, as the challenger, I’d like to ask you to sign first.

Christian lifts his pen, and flicks through the two contracts (why is there two anyway??), and puts his signature on both.

Captain Charisma then drops the pen, and gets a slight pop just for signing the thing, before pushing both contracts towards The Champ.

Eric Bischoff: And John … over to you.

Cena wastes little time, and signs on the dotted line, slamming the pen on the table, locking eyes across the table with Christian again.

The fans pop again, like they did with Christian, as the main event for WrestleMania 23 is now set … the Collision Course is on.

Eric Bischoff: Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s official … we have a WrestleMania main event!!!

Bigger pop from the audience, as even Eric has a smile now. Both champion and challenger now get to their feet with the official business over.

Eric Bischoff: Thank you Gentlemen for your professionalism tonight. Now, if that’s all, perhaps a handshake wouldn’t be out of the question??

Neither man seems interested in a handshake, with both men standing firm, keeping their glare fixed on their WrestleMania opponent.

Eric Bischoff: Very well. In that case, let’s keep this dignified, if you cou-

Cena suddenly grabs the mic from Eric’s hand, with the fans offering a mixed response for the champion, as the older males voice their discontent with Cena.

John Cena: Hold it just a second there frosty top.

Mixed response from the fans, as Cena confronts Bischoff.

John Cena: I don’t follow orders from you, or anybody. So when you tell me to just leave the ring?? Aint gonna fly with me Eric.

Same mixed reaction for Cena, who ignores the boos, and continues on.

John Cena: No. I aint leavin the ring just like that …

Cena turns his attention to Christian, and points at his WrestleMania opponent.

John Cena: … because I’ve got somethin to say TO YOU!!!

Heavy mixed response, as the younger portion of the audience cheer, whilst the deep voiced males slowly drown them out with boos.

John Cena: Christian. The countdown is well and truly on. You and I, March 18, the BIGGEST of the biggest, WrestleMania. OUR WrestleMania … OUR main event.

Cena walks around the table, and now gets up close and personal with the #1 Contender, as the fans come to their feet, with Bischoff making big waves with his arms, wanting security from the back.

John Cena: All I’ve got left to say …

Cena looks from right to left, then … EXTENDS HIS HAND!! The fans greet the gesture with a mixed response as usual, with many wanting to see the two rip into each other, rather than buddy up.

John Cena: May the best man win.

Fans cheer, but the boos take over in the end, with Cena holding his hand out, but Christian takes his time to think over whether to accept. Security now surround the ring, but Bischoff holds them off for the time being, now intrigued by the situation in the ring.

Cena keeps his right hand out, but Christian holds out his LEFT - opening up his palm … requesting the mic!!!

Cena tilts his head slightly, a little irked by Christians reaction, but passes the microphone over, as Christian takes it, and pulls it away.

A small ‘CHRISTIAN’ chant builds, as Captain Charisma slowly pulls the mic to his mouth.

Christian: Y’know Cena … I’d love to wish you the best of luck too …

Small pop, but that is drowned out by boos, with the majority of fans not happy at the boring show of respect. Christian though, holds his hand up - not finished.

Christian: … I’d love to say that … but I wont.

Big initial cheer from the pro-Christian section, but some boos are heard from the Cena die hards.

Christian: I wont … because I don’t believe a single word that comes from your lips.

The mixed crowd responses continue, as Cena starts to look a little pissed by Christians words.

Christian: You see Cena, as far as I’m concerned … you’re not … ‘real’ … you’re a fake.

‘OOOOH’s’ from the fans, with Cena getting rather red faced, and extremely angry.

Christian: And it sounds to me … like a lot of these fans see through your act.

The majority of fans back up Christians claim, with a cheer in his favour.

Christian: They don’t believe you are what you say you are Cena … they don’t believe you’re hip. They don’t believe you live for rap music and the hip hop lifestyle.

Some boos filter in, but the majority of fans are behind Christian.

Christian: In fact … there’s probably more chance of you going home and listening to a Neil Diamond CD than there is of you listening to Snoop Dogg.

Mixed reaction, but the louder voices are behind Captain Charisma.

Christian: It’s not just that though John. You come out here, week after week, proclaiming that you stand by three things - Hustle … Loyalty … and respect.

Christian simply shakes his head, looking straight at Cena.

Christian: But that’s a load of bull too, isn’t it??

Cena shakes his head, disagreeing with Christian.

Christian: See, the way I see it, if you had any loyalty … you wouldn’t even think of smashing a chair over a tag team partners head.

Mixed reaction, with Cena pointing at Christian, as if to say, ‘you had the same idea’.

Christian: And as for respect?? If that’s your definition of respect, you need to find a dictionary pal.

Cena again, points at Christian, making the point that he was set to do the exact same.

Christian: Yeah, I did, that’s right. But Cena, I don’t hide the fact that I’m a no good son of a bitch.

Mixed reaction, but Christians honesty appears to win the fans over.

Christian: I don’t pretend to be something I’m not. But you?? You’re starting to crack Cena … and your true colours are starting to show.

Cena runs his tongue over his bottom lip, trying to hold himself from exploding.

Christian: Yet, you’re still clinging to the hope that these fans, my peeps, are gonna accept you lovingly into their arms … but your act is starting to wear thin Cena … not just on me … but on them.

Christian points to the fans, who respond in an unsure manner.

Christian: And the fact that you come out here, and show your desperation to feel wanted and loved by the fans doesn’t endear you to anyone.

Cena looks to be trying to keep a lid on his emotions here, with Christian really battering him with a range of insults.

Christian: Now, I’m not claiming to be everybody’s favourite. Heck, I know there are a lot of people here tonight that don’t like me … but here’s the thing John … that’s their prerogative. But I do have my peeps.

Christian nods, and looks out to the fans, with the Peeps getting behind him.

Christian: And that’s based out of respect Cena. Because I don’t come out here and beg for the fans cheers … because I don’t come out here and tell them to love me … anybody that calls themselves a peep … does so through choice.

The peeps in San Jose represent for their favourite.

Christian: Your Chain Gang?? It’s beginning to dwindle John. They’ve gotten tired of you … they’ve saw through you as a phoney … and they’ve got sick and tired of being told they have to cheer you on.

Mixed reaction, with Cena’s fans (again, mainly the younger portion of the audience) booing the 2007 Royal Rumble winner.

Christian: Soon John … you’ll be left with nothing … and that’s not just your fans … that includes the World Heavyweight Championship.

The fans are almost battling each other, with the Cena fans and Christian fans trying to out cheer the other.

Christian: So if ya didn’t know?? … K-

Cena rips the mic from Christian, to a heck of a response, eventually breaking down with boos.

John Cena: I ALREADY KNEW!!!

Mixed response again from the hot crowd.

John Cena: You don’t think I can hear?? I hear the fans voice their opinion week in, week out, and hell, I hear what they say. I hear a lot of them boo my ass right out of the buildin.

Boos from the fans, but Cena talks over it.

John Cena: But you are DEAD WRONG when you say I come out here and beg for these fans to love me … DEAD WRONG.

Cena, getting worked up, points around the arena at the fans.

John Cena: These guys pay their money … they get to choose who they boo and who they cheer!!!

Cena shakes his head at Christian, with the fans voicing their own opinions.

John Cena: It’s up to them. They can boo me all they want … because for all the haters out there … there are just as many that will follow me into the trenches, roll up their sleeves and join John Cena into the battle, no questions asked!!!

Cena gets a cheer from his die hard fans, and nods his head along with the acknowledgment.

John Cena: So it don’t matter Christian … it don’t matter if every single person in the SuperDome in four weeks time wants to see you kick my ass … it don’t matter if all 70,000 want to see me lose … it wont effect me bro.

Cena nods, looking to his fans in the crowd, whilst Christian listens intently.

John Cena: Because all I’ll be thinkin of is the real John Cena fans. And I will fight to the death for each … and every … single … one of them.

Cena points to the fans, hoping his followers will back him, and they do … but boos creep in from the anti-Cena brigade.

John Cena: And at WrestleMania?? You’ll find out first hand that John Cena ISNT a fake, not a phoney … but as real as they come … and most importantly … THE CHAMP!!!

It’s another crazy mixed response from the fans, with Cena and Christian now coming nose to nose, and the tension at boiling point.

John Cena: So I’m gonna say the same thing again Christian … only this time, I aint gonna offer my hand … good luck … and may the best man win … I’ll see you at WrestleMania.

The Champ shoves the mic into Christians chest, and takes one last look at his challenger, then leaving the ring, before the situation could boil over.


Jim Ross: Coach, can these two men hold off for another twenty seven days?? Can these two men keep their temper in check for just under four weeks until WrestleMania??

The Coach: It’s a heck of a question J.R, but in my opinion?? It’s a matter of time before these two explode. You can tell J.R, you can tell these two cant wait to rip into each other. They want to beat the crap out of one another, but who will make the first move??

In the ring, Christian stands on the ropes, jaw jacking with Cena, as the champion makes his way up the ramp, still looking incensed with his challengers comments moments ago.

Jim Ross: May the best man win at WrestleMania, but how can these two wait that long to get their hands on one another, that’s the question!!!


We return from the commercial with another Hall of Fame video … this time, the focus is on New Orleans own … SENSATIONAL SHERRI!!! The legendary valet will take her rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame in March 17, in her home state!!!

Jim Ross: Talk about deserving Coach, Sensational Sherri who has devoted her life to this business, will get her just rewards in New Orleans of all places, next month, when she takes her own rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame!!!

The Coach: Think of the names Sherri has led in this business. Macho Man Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, a young Shawn Michaels. She’s done it all J.R!!!

Jim Ross: Simply Sensational Coach. That’s the only way to describe Sherri. And she now joins Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan and our celebrity inductee, Iron Mike Tyson into this years Hall of Fame.

3rd Match:
Tyson Tomko vs. Rico
It’s a rare … and very short outing for Rico on Raw, with the ‘outgoing’ former police officer barely getting a shot on Heat these days (release to come soon??). He is quickly fed to Tomko, to give the McMahon Family Empire ‘Problem Solver’ a much needed squash win, and the fans a few minutes to take in the events of the explosive last hour. Rico gets in his usual antics, but Tomko doesn’t find it funny, and punishes the former tag team champion jobber further, before finishing him off with the Big Boot, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Tyson Tomko @ 02:18

What else did you expect?? Tomko wins, has his hand raised, and leaves the ring to little fanfare.

Jim Ross: An emphatic win for Tomko tonight, and that must essentially rule him out of representing Triple H tonight, with a match already under his belt.

The Coach: Well, let’s be honest J.R, it was more of a warm up than a match. Rico was totally outclassed tonight. Tomko looks in perfect shape to face Shawn Michaels later, that’s for sure.

Jim Ross: That’s if Michaels decides to show up later Coach. Don’t forget that.

Backstage, we see Vince McMahon - but not the person he is conversing with - in the McMahon Family room…

Mr. McMahon: Okay, I’m intrigued by that. You’ve got me interested … very interested.

The camera pans around … and we see ARMANDO ALEJANDRO ESTRADA!!! Estrada has his lovable cheeky grin, as he nods in agreement with Vince.

Armando Estrada: Ahh … I’ve sold ju?? Yes??

Vince looks across at Triple H, who seems happy with the offer on the table.

Mr. McMahon: Alright Mister Estrada … you got it. Tonight, your Samoan Bulldozer will take on Shawn Michaels!!!

Estrada clasps his hands together in glee, smiling and nodding.

Armando Estrada: Ju will not regret this Meester McMahon. THE SAAAA-MO-AN BULL-DOZER will not let ju down!!

Triple H pats Estrada on the shoulder, and gets a word with the greasy Cuban.

Triple H: You’d better hope not. Because if he does … it’ll be you that pays for it.

Estrada’s smile drops for a moment from the threat, but quickly comes back, reassuring The Game.

Armando Estrada: Das okay. Because Triple Haitch, I can make a promise to ju, that tonight Umaga WILL remain undefeated … otherwise my name is not … ARRRRRMANDO … ALEJANDROOOO … ESSSSSSSTRADA!!!!

Estrada nods and smiles, patting Triple H on the chest, then takes out a cigar, and places it in Vinces top pocket.

Armando Estrada: My gift to ju.

Estrada now turns, and begins to leave the room, tipping his hat to Stephanie, before nodding at Triple H and leaving the room. Once he leaves, Vince shows a big, confident smile, taking out the cigar, and sniffing it.

Mr. McMahon: Smells like success.

The trio look around at each other, all looking confident of victory tonight, as the undefeated Samoan Bulldozer is now set to take on HBK.

Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: Well, it would now appear folks, that our main event is set. A massive task ahead for The Showstopper … but what an opportunity to see how much of a threat Umaga really is to the upper echelon here on Raw. He’s never been beaten, but Umaga has never faced a test, quite like Shawn Michaels.

The Coach: This is Umaga’s big chance tonight J.R. He’s ran roughshod over anyone he has met thus far … but Shawn Michaels is a whole new level of competition for the Bulldozer!!! Can Umaga be stopped?? We’ll find out tonight baby boy.


Randy Orton enters the arena for the upcoming match against his fellow MITB opponent - but he isn’t coming alone - joined by his New Wave cohorts, Nick Dinsmore, Garrison Cade and Ken Doane.

Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, when we come back, the Career Killer will get an opportunity to scout his competition at WrestleMania, first hand, when he takes on the ever improving Shelton Benjamin. Two men set for the second Money in the Bank ladder match meet, in just a few moments.


4th Match:
Randy Orton w/ The New Wave vs. Shelton Benjamin w/ The Brotherhood
It’s another match that doesn’t get into gear, with more emphasis on the build up to Money in the Bank, and a simmering faction war threatening to break out, rather than the match itself. The two heels put on a decent, yet awkward match, with no clear fan favourite, and neither man willing to play the face. Throughout the match, the two factions on the outside nearly come to blows, but refrain from a brawl, until the end nears, as Orton elbows free of a T-Bone Exploder … AND HITS AN RKO!!! He has the cover … BUT MARK HENRY GETS IN THE RING … AND SPLASHES ORTON (Squashing Shelton in the process) FOR A DQ!!!
Winner: Via DQ - Randy Orton @ 04:17

And suddenly, a riot breaks out!!! The numbers advantage is with The Brotherhood, but the talent lies with the New Wave, as Teddy calls the shots for his boys from the outside, with Benjamin rolling out, after being squashed by Henry at the end of the match. Orton tries to take on Henry, whilst Jazz is thrown out of the ring by Doane, who then helps Orton, whilst Cade and Dinsmore take on Jordan and Mack.

Eventually, the numbers game works in the favour of The Brotherhood though, with Benjamin recovering, and along with the help of the feisty Jazz, and a brave Theodore, the six members of The Brotherhood empty the ring of New Wave talent, with Orton gathering his troops on the outside, having came off worse in this exchange tonight, ahead of Money in the Bank @ WrestleMania.

Orton backs up the ramp, holding his face, looking back at the six strong Brotherhood, knowing that on another night, his troops could’ve had the better of the exchange.

Jim Ross: Tonight, it would seem that the advantage lies with The Brotherhood. The numbers advantage of the six strong group have gotten the better of Randy Orton and the New Wave, but by the look on the Career Killers face, this issue is far from over. For months, Orton has proclaimed his charges as the dominant force on Raw, but tonight, the Brotherhood may well have planted some seeds of doubt.

The Coach: As much as I love Randy Orton - and I do J.R - you know my heart lies with my boys, The Brotherhood. The New Wave just picked off more than they could chew tonight.

Jim Ross: Well, I hope both groups beat the hell out of each other. That’d make me happy Coach. But folks, moving on. Earlier tonight, we took a look at the career journey of John Cena. And now, we can take a similar look at the journey that Captain Charisma has taken to finally reach the status of WrestleMania main eventer…


The V.P starts with the simple text of “OCTOBER 18 1998”

The scene opens up, with a young Christian, wearing a puffy white shirt, and associated with Gangrel, in the ring, facing TAKA Michinoku. In the background Kings of Leon ‘McFearless’ plays quietly.

“When I arrived … I made an immediate impact”

Christian wins the match, and the ‘illustrious’ light-heavyweight championship.

Jim Ross: In his first outing, he has become Light Heavyweight Champion.

The music plays a little louder, as the video shows the transformation of Christian over the first couple of years in the WWE, forming a tag team with his ‘brother’ Edge.

“Despite that instant success … it took me years to find myself … and grow into my own skin”

Clips of Edge and Christian taking risks, and wowing the audience.

“I had to work my way up the ladder … and do whatever it took to gain notice and recognition.”

Cut to many of the infamous ladder spots he has been involved in with The Hardys and Dudleys, stealing the show at WrestleMania 2000, SummerSlam of the same year, and the following WrestleMania.

“And through that hard work and dedication … I worked my way up the ladder.”

Shots of Christian, battered from the various ladder matches … but seemingly always victorious.

“The death defying moments paid off … I earned my place … I earned the plaudits”

Edge & Christian enjoying life, and parading around, with five second poses, being general assholes, but loving every minute.

“And I enjoyed every single moment”

Christian and Edge sitting in the locker room, with Christian on a Kazoo.

Christian: Hey, listen to this, I’m gonna play our music!!!

Christian, clowning around, plays the Kazoo with Edge singing along ‘You think you know me, you think you know me’.

Clips of more five second poses, with the pair dressed as fat Elvis’s, and a Yokel Band. Then, Christian doing jumping jacks in a Chicken suit, trying to cut weight.

“But eventually … there comes a time to take a look at your career goals … and I hadn’t fulfilled mine … yet”

Clips now of Christian turning on Edge in 2001, his reigns with the Intercontinental Championship, then the European Championship, before embarking on a losing streak, and the temper tantrums.

“But frustration followed … and those goals didn’t materialise like I intended”

Clips from the period that would follow, with Christian seemingly starting over again, tagging with Lance Storm, and working his way back to the top of the mid card, once again holding the Intercontinental Title, with a new look, chopping his long locks.

“At one point … I thought I‘d hit my glass ceiling … I thought I‘d peaked”

Christian joins up with Trish Stratus, and we see shots of the two locking lips.

“And I was ready to settle for that”

Christian tagging with Edge again in a brief reunion in 2004.

“But I realised I wanted more … I WAS capable of more”

Christian defeating Edge in a Best of Three Falls Match at WrestleMania 21, and again in a Cage at Backlash.

“But I wasn’t going to be given the breaks … I wasn’t going to get the chances … I had to go out there and take them myself.”

Christian developing into the main event attraction on Raw … beating The Undertaker at Summer Slam ‘05 … then on Raw the following month in a No Holds Barred Match … then eliminating him at Nemesis in a 6 Pack elimination match … then eliminates him again in a War Games match at Survivor Series, becoming the only man to ever pin The Undertaker four times in four months in four straight matches.

“The world stood up and took notice … as I stopped waiting for something to happen … and smashed the glass ceiling on my own terms.”

Confronting Steve Austin at Saturday Nights Main Event last year.

Christian: I’m tired of waiting for my break through. I’m sick of waiting for a free pass, so instead, I’m making my own opportunities … my own openings … my own legacy.

The hard guitar riffs of the song take over for a second.

Christian: My goal now is to become not just the face of Raw … but the face of this company … hell, the face of this business. And I plan on starting, by clearing out the junk that just wont go away.

The guitar riffs pipe in again.

Christian: So basically what I’m trying to say Austin … is that if you wont leave … I’ll have to make you.

The music takes over, as Christian beats on Austin … then cuts to WrestleMania 22, where Christian defeats a bloody Stone Cold emphatically.

“And finally made my mark”

Christian goes on to win the championship at Backlash.

“Realised my destiny … and refused to let it go.”

Captain Charisma holding off the challenges thrown at him from the likes of Brock Lesnar, and a sensational, unpredictable TLC match against four other guys at Nemesis.

“I earned my championship … I earned my recognition … I earned it all … and became the champion I knew I could be.”

Christian losing the title under shady circumstances with an all out screw job costing him on Raw.

“Despite the setbacks … I had to be champion again … I had to get another shot.”

Royal Rumble last month, and despite being battered and bloodied, Christian wins the match, earning his shot at WrestleMania.

“Nothing was going to stop me going to WrestleMania”

Quick run through of Christians looks from his debut, just like the Cena package, as the video package comes to a close, with ‘McFearless’ taking over again.

“And nothing will stop me at WrestleMania”

The video ends, with a shot of Christian on his knees at the Royal Rumble, pointing toward the WrestleMania 23 logo.


Now, a graphic for Cena & Christian is shown, as the fans in the arena get rowdy, as the anticipation builds.

Jim Ross: You can feel it Coach. These fans are counting down the days. The collision course is headed for WrestleMania. The two biggest names on Raw today, John Cena and Christian, will do battle in arguably the most anticipated main event in WrestleMania history, it’s less than four weeks away Coach, TWENTY SEVEN DAYS!!!

The Coach: What a journey it’s been for both men J.R. Cena caught his breaks early, Christian had to pick himself up after a couple of knockdowns. It’s gonna be a rollercoaster in Nawlins when these two lock horns on the biggest stage.

Jim Ross: WrestleMania is sold out there wont be a seat in the house, but folks, you can join us on PPV for this epic event, one you cannot miss. Go to wwe.com for details on how to order.

Eric Bischoff, the Raw General Manager now enters his office, with MNM, the tag team champions and the womens champion, joined by Santino Marella, stood waiting for him…

Eric Bischoff: Ah, I see you got my message then.

The General Manager takes a seat, with the four piece group looking rather confused.

Eric Bischoff: Let’s just cut to the chase here, shall we?? I’m sick of the screwing around involving the four of you.

MNM look at each other, all rightly concerned.

Eric Bischoff: And I’m ready to put a stop to it once and for all.

Santino doesn’t look terribly ill at ease, but MNM all have the colour drained from their faces, expecting bad news.

Eric Bischoff: But I’m not sure what I want to do with you yet.

Bischoff now reclines back in his chair, enjoying seeing MNM squirm.

Eric Bischoff: So I’m gonna think it over, and I’ll let the three of you stew on that thought … until next week. Now leave.

Melina tries to get a word in, but is instantly cut off by Eric.

Eric Bischoff: Don’t. Don’t make this any worse. Leave.

Melina tries to show a smile at her boss, but the charm wont work this time. She turns, and leaves with her three men, as Bischoff calls from afar.

Eric Bischoff: And you can tell Kennedy he’s involved in this too!!

Bischoff leans back, enjoying exerting his authority, as the door slams shut, with a cloud hovering over MNM until at least next week.


Jim Ross: And indeed, we are now a mere twenty seven days away from the one and only, WrestleMania 23, emanating from the glorious New Orleans Superdome, and Coach, it’s shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time, aint it??

The Coach: Absolutely, and you should be privileged to be calling it next to The Coach. I was there with ya last year in Vegas, but there is just something extra special about this years event.

Jim Ross: And could it be due to the first ever meeting between two of the biggest stars of this decade. Two incredible forces, The Iron Man Brock Lesnar and The Game Triple H. It’s a match that could only happen for the first time at the Granddaddy of ‘em all, and Coach, IT WILL happen in twenty seven days!!!

The Coach: And the balance of power will shift terrifically tonight, after Shawn Michaels and Umaga meet. If HBK wins for Lesnar, The McMahon Family Empire will not be permitted access to ringside at WrestleMania, but if Umaga remains undefeated, then it’ll be an uphill task for The Iron Man, as The Game will have the McMahons in his corner come March 18.

Jim Ross: And speaking of The Showstopper, Shawn Michaels is still desperately trying to find a way of making his hotly anticipated showdown with Mick Foley get back on the card, after Foleys doctor last week forced the WWE’s hand, and cancelled the match, due to Foleys mental well being. Can HBK find a clause, a loophole, or anything to get the match back on track??

The Coach: It’s a match we all want to see, and I cant blame HBK for his actions. He’s a desperate man, and desperate times, call for desperate measures J.R. But what I want to know is … where the heck is Mick Foley?? We haven’t heard from the guy in weeks, and he was the one who pushed for it in the first place!!!

Jim Ross: That is a heck of a question Coach. We have not seen nor heard from Mick Foley in the last week, since the match was cancelled. One match that WILL definitely go ahead though folks, is the eight man Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Finlay, Randy Orton, Umaga, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, M.V.P, Paul London and Charlie Haas. An exceptional array of talent, with a former world champion and without doubt, future world champions in that group, possibly with the aide of that Money in the Bank contract!!!

The Coach: Absolutely, that’s what the contract is for. It’s why Randy Orton wanted to be part of this match. Those eight guys are gonna put their bodies on the line for the opportunity to earn a title shot, whenever they want it within twelve months.

Jim Ross: And one man that has made the most out of that stipulation is of course, the Rated ‘R’ Superstar, Edge. In less than four weeks, he has the opportunity to finally realise his dreams, fulfil his ambition and become WWE Champion. In his way though, is not one, but TWO obstacles. RVD of course, the WWE Champion, and now, Chris Jericho!!! Edge has been livid with the fact he has to share his title shot with Jericho in Louisiana. For the first time ever, it’s triple threat rules for the WWE Title.

The Coach: It’ll be a heck of a showdown baby boy. Can Edge finally win the big one?? All three men have a point to prove, and none of them will be happy if they don’t leave WrestleMania as champion … only one of them can though!!!

Jim Ross: Matt and Jeff Hardy will turn back the clocks at WrestleMania, as the Team Extreme juggernaut reunites to take on the current reigning WWE Tag Team Champions, Americas Most Wanted.

The Coach: Could it be a dream reunion at the grandest stage of them all for the Hardy Brothers?? Remember, neither of these two teams have EVER won at a WrestleMania, and for one of these two teams, that unique statistic will continue, but for the other, they’ll have tag team gold around their waist!!!

Jim Ross: We’ve heard about epic tales of the immovable object taking on an irresistible force, and it has never been as true as it will be when Kurt Angle, the fearless, determined, Kurt Angle looks to put an end to The Undertakers incredible WrestleMania streak … but he’s not after the streak, Angle wants to break The Phenoms ankle!!!

The Coach: It’s an approach that has never been done before. Kurt Angle isn’t following in his predecessors footsteps at WrestleMania by focusing on the streak … instead, he is looking at it as two guys in a ring … and he’s set to break the other guys ankle. And y’know, I think he’ll do it J.R!!

Jim Ross: Brent Albright, United States Champion since October will face his toughest challenge yet in the form of the six four, near three hundred pound Animal Batista!!! Can Albright hold onto his highly coveted title??

The Coach: Big challenge ahead for Albright. But he’s never lost a title match, and I like the sound of that record. He’s gonna need to be at his very, very best though.

Jim Ross: And of course, the unforgettable main event. The Collision Course between the two figureheads of Raw over the past two years, John Cena and Christian will lock horns on the biggest stage of all, and how fitting Coach??

The Coach: I’m neither guys biggest fan Jimbo, you know that, but even I, am a little excited by this one. It got personal tonight at the contract signing, and dare I say it … things can only go from bad to worse. These two wont be able to keep a lid on it for four more weeks, I guarantee it.

Jim Ross: Just twenty seven days to go folks, the countdown is truly on!!!

We then cut backstage, and see Shawn Michaels - still not dressed for action - as his match is quickly approaching.


We return now, in the locker room, as Shawn Michaels sits on a bench, head down, deep in thought, with his gear sat next to him. Will he compete tonight??

Voice: Shawn??

Shawn takes a look to see who it is … and instantly stands up, looking incensed by the man talking to him … AS MICK FOLEY WALKS TOWARDS HIM!!! Foley, the man HBK was supposed to face at WrestleMania walks toward the Showstopper, holding his hands up innocently.

Mick Foley: Whoa. Easy, easy. Listen, I know I’m the last guy you want to see right now, but you can trust me on this, we’re on the same page here. We both want our match to happen at WrestleMania.

Foley sits on the bench, offering Michaels a seat, which strangely, HBK accepts.

Mick Foley: Regardless of what you think of me Shawn, I’m glad I came to Raw tonight, because you need to hear exactly what I have to say.

HBK refuses to look at Foley, but sits next to him, listening to what he has to say.

Mick Foley: I know you want this match to go ahead at WrestleMania, we’ve established that. But refusing to compete in a match to get it?? It’s selfish, and it’s quite frankly … foolish.

Michaels runs his tongue to the left of his mouth, biting his bottom lip, trying not to say anything in retaliation.

Mick Foley: You wont get what you want by stomping your feet, and throwing your toys around. You’ll only get what you want Shawn … if you go out there tonight, and show the world, one more time WHY they call you the Showstopper, the icon and the main event. Show the WWE powers that be WHY you’re called MISTER WRESTLEMANIA!!!

Shawn starts to breathe heavily, almost as if Foley’s words are getting him fired up.

Mick Foley: You go out there Shawn, and you show the WWE that YOU are the prime talent, a man too good to scribble out of WrestleMania. You give the performance of your life tonight Shawn, and you take that Samoan Bulldozer to the limit. Take him to places he’s never been, take him places where only you know how to survive!!

Michaels, still not looking at Mick, continues to breathe heavily, getting really worked up now to go out and prove a point.

Mick Foley: YOU’RE THE GUY TO DO IT!!!

Foley gets up, and grabs Michaels gear, throwing it at him, making his point. HBK stands up now, and with a sneer on his face, teeth gnarling, the two look eye to eye. Foley nods, smiling.

Mick Foley: THAT’S THE GUY I WANT TO SEE!!! And that’s the guy that gets our spot back at WrestleMania!!! That’s why I chose you!!!

Slowly, the snarling HBK begins to zone out of his rage, and begins to think over what Foley just said.

Shawn Michaels: What was that supposed to mean??

Foley looks confused by the question.

Mick Foley: What?? I’m trying to get you ready. We both need this Shawn, w-

Michaels cuts in.

Shawn Michaels: No, I meant the last comment. “That’s why I chose you??” Chose me for what??

Foley acts dumb.

Mick Foley: No. You must’ve heard me wrong Shawn. That doesn’t make any sense to me. Look, just get ready. You’ve got, what?? Five minutes?? Remember how important this is … for us.

Foley now leaves, with Michaels looking confused, thinking over the conversation. Mick exit’s the locker room, and the camera follows him out, as he closes the door.

Once outside, Foley rests his forehead on the door, then turns away, and pulls a piece of paper out from his back pocket, unfolding it, looking over it, but we don’t see what it says. Foley though, closes his eyes, and has a small smirk in the corner of his mouth, as we fade out

We return to the arena, at ringside with J.R & Coach.

Jim Ross: An unexpected appearance Coach, from Mick Foley??

The Coach: And it seems he’s got Michaels to think straight too. Looks to me that HBK will compete tonight after all.

Jim Ross: Indeed it does, but next week, we can expect more bumps on the Road to WrestleMania. Eric Bischoff has promised to ‘deal’ with MNM next week in Washington D.C, after weeks of cheap wins and tainted victories. What punishment does the General Manager have in store for the tag team and womens champions respectively??

The Coach: Don’t annoy me J.R.

Jim Ross: And also, two matches have also been signed for next Monday night. A six man tag team match will pit Nick Dinsmore, Garrison Cade and Ken Doane of the New Wave against Mark Henry, Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack of The Brotherhood after tonight’s earlier altercation. And that’s not all. Also in action, the 2007 Royal Rumble winner, and the man that challenges John Cena at WrestleMania … Captain Charisma, Christian, will go one on one with the Black Diamond himself, Shelton Benjamin!!!

The Coach: Should be off the charts old timer. D.C is in for a heck of a night next Monday.


It’s main event time, as Umaga gets his first crack at a feature match on TV, in the main event tonight. Estrada leads his man down the aisle, keeping Umaga under control.

Jim Ross: And we are set for our main event. What a main event too. The unstoppable 350 pound wrecking ball, Umaga, will take on the legendary Shawn Michaels. If Umaga wins, Triple H will have his family ringside at WrestleMania 23. Should Michaels end Umaga’s undefeated streak, the McMahon Family Empire will have no business at WrestleMania 23!!!

The Coach: Big time stakes J.R. Cant wait!!!

Jim Ross: Well, you’ll need to wait for another few minutes yet. Please join us, when we come back, for our main event!!!


We return, and see Shawn Michaels on his way to the ring, ready for a first ever clash with the unproven Umaga…

Main Event:
Shawn Michaels {Representing Brock Lesnar} vs. Umaga w/ Armando Estrada {Representing Triple H}
Finally, Umaga faces a legitimate one on one test, and it doesn’t disappoint. From the opening bell, HBK looks to try and take it to The Samoan Bulldozer, but is constantly squatted away by Umaga, before the undefeated monster takes over, and starts to dominate Michaels. HBK hangs in there, but is seemingly overmatched by the savage 350 pound animal, having to withstand a heinous battering, and Umaga delivering his now well known move set. Estrada watches from the outside, calling the shots for his bulldozer, looking happy with what he sees. Meanwhile, backstage, we see shots of Lesnar watching on a monitor, and then, The McMahon Family Empire in their private room.


After a commercial break - the final break of the night - Michaels now begins to stir, and makes a valiant fight back, beginning to wobble the Samoan Bulldozer, and tries to nail a quick Sweet Chin Music … BUT UMAGA DUCKS … AND MICHAELS NAILS THE REFEREE!!! Michaels stops in his tracks for a moment, looking down at his unintended target … then turns around … INTO A ROLLING WHEEL KICK FROM THE ATHLETIC BIG MAN!!! Umaga now has HBK at his mercy … and delivers the dreaded SAMOAN SPIKE!!! He has the cover on Michaels … BUT THERE IS NO REFEREE!!!

Quickly, from the back, we see Vince barking orders at a referee to get to the ring, and he quickly sprints down the aisle, sliding into the ring, making the long awaited count on Michaels, 1...2...HBK KICKS OUT!!! Umaga cant believe it!!! The Samoan Bulldozer gets to his feet, AND TAKES OUT HIS FRUSTRATION ON THE SECOND REFEREE!!! Umaga SPIKES Mickey Henson, as Estrada slides him in a chair to use on Michaels, having to tell him what to do with it. Umaga stands over his opponent, looking at the chair … AND EATS A LOW BLOW!!!

The Showstopper yanks the chair from Umaga … AND SMASHES IT AGAINST THE SKULL OF THE SAVAGE!!! Umaga wobbles, but stays on his feet … AND GETS CRACKED AGAIN!!! Umaga continues to wobble, but still stays on his feet … AS MICHAELS BEGINS TO WEAR THE CHAIR OUT!!! HBK strikes with a half dozen shots of the steel chair … BUT UMAGA STAYS VERTICAL!!! Shawn now notices the first referee, Jimmy Korderas, getting back to his feet, and throws the chair out … AND DELIVERS SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! Umaga finally goes down, and HBK makes the cover, with the referee counting, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Backstage, we see The McMahon Family Empire in hysterics, relieved at the kick out, whilst Lesnar, in the hallway, turns away in anguish. Back in the ring, a spent HBK shakes his head in disbelief, and pulls himself up, and begins to tune up the band … waiting as the Samoan Bulldozer pulls himself up … AND GOES FOR IT … BUT UMAGA CATCHES THE LEG … SPINS MICHAELS AROUND … SAMOAN DROP!!!!! Umaga stands over Michaels, looking down at his fallen opponent, and resists the urges of Estrada to cover, and instead, drags the Showstopper to the corner, before climbing to the middle rope … AND DELIVERS A BANZAI DROP!!!!! Umaga sits on Michaels, with a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!

At ringside, Estrada is throwing a fit, taking off his hat, punching it in, yelling at Umaga, grabbing his attention, and snapping a cigar. Umaga nods at the signal, and drags a lifeless Shawn Michaels back to his feet, … defenceless, and spent after expending all his energy, allowing Umaga to DELIVER A SAMOAN SPIKE!!! The second spike of the match should end it, as Umaga covers, counting along in his native tongue … 1...2...3!!!

Winner: Umaga @ 13:47

Umaga remains undefeated, and in the process picks up his biggest win thus far, defeating the legendary Heart Break Kid. More importantly in the short term though - it means that the McMahon Family Empire has won the right to join Triple H at ringside at WrestleMania 23.

Backstage, on a split screen, we see the reaction of both sides, with the McMahon Family Empire sharing hugs and handshakes, whilst Lesnar watches his monitor, nodding, knowing the challenge that now awaits him on March 18.

Umaga and Estrada leave the ring, with Estrada jumping for joy, excitedly talking to his Bulldozer, who seems indifferent to the win. As they walk towards the top of the aisle though …


Mick Foley?? The fans treat Foley with indifference, still unsure what to make of the Hardcore Legend, as he paces down the aisle, pointing and saying something to Estrada, before continuing on, towards the ring, with Michaels still laid out in the middle of the ring.

Foley walks around ringside, and grabs a mic, before rolling inside, not acknowledging the fans, as he looks down on Michaels. He offers HBK a hand, and helps pull Shawn up, with The Showstopper falling into the ropes, spent after having so much energy taken out of him tonight.

Mick Foley: I think we can all agree that tonight, you all saw the greatest in ring performer EVER … give his all.

Foley points at Michaels, not naming him, but making his point with his finger.

Mick Foley: Shawn Michaels, despite losing, you gave the world another sight of The Icon … The Main Event, The Showstopper … but I have bad news.

HBK can barely muster a reaction, out on his feet, still trying to recover from the beating he received.

Mick Foley: We will not be facing each other in a streetfight at WrestleMania 23.

Michaels closes his eyes in despair, whilst Foley runs his fingers through his scraggily hair.

Mick Foley: But earlier today, I did get clearance … rubber stamped … signed, sealed, delivered. We wont meet officially at WrestleMania … but it will happen.

The fans go quiet, with Foley talking in all sorts of riddles.

Mick Foley: It will be you and I … but it will be … UN-SANCTIONED!!!

The fans pop, as Foley pulls out the same piece of paper from his back pocket as he did earlier -revealing in the process that Michaels DIDN’T have to come out and give 150%, because the match was always going to happen!!!

Mick Foley: And what that means Shawn … is that anything goes. The WWE will provide an official … and his ONLY job is to count to three. We can beat each other to a pulp, we can bleed from every pore of our bodies, we can rip at flesh, tear each other apart, break our bones … and there wont be a damn thing anyone can do to stop it!!!

Foley shoves the paper into Michaels chest, with the exhausted HBK just about holding the paper.

Mick Foley: And believe me … I’m gonna get the greatest performance of your career Shawn, we’re gonna go places no one has ever been. We’re gonna push the boundaries … and we’re gonna … we’re gonna …

Foley pulls out his sock … STICKS IT OVER HIS HAND … AND SHOVES IT DOWN MICHAELS MOUTH!!! The defenceless HBK cant defend himself from it, with Foley taking him down, putting his WrestleMania opponent to sleep, with a sadistic smirk on his face, yelling the words “I WANT YOUR BEST!!! I WANT YOUR VERY BEST!!!” over and over, before finally relinquishing the Mandible Claw … to a vociferous response from the fans.

Foley ends the show, standing over his battered WrestleMania opponent, with the show going off the air, after a near fifteen minute over run.



Current Card for WWE Wrestle Mania XXIII:

Date: 18th March 2007
Location: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Event Music: U2 & Green Day; The Saints are Coming & Killers; Sams Town

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena vs.
2007 Royal Rumble Winner, Christian

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
WWE Champion, Rob Van Dam vs.
Mr. Money in the Bank, Edge vs.
‘Highlight of the Night’ Chris Jericho

WWE Tag Team Championships Match;
Americas Most Wanted vs. The Hardy Boys

United States Championship Match:
Brent Albright vs. Batista

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
M.V.P vs. Umaga vs. Paul London vs. Finlay vs. Carlito vs. Randy Orton vs. Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin

Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
With The McMahon Family Empire in the corner of Triple H.

The Irresistible Force vs. The Immovable Object:
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker

Non Sanctioned Match:
Mick Foley vs. Shawn Michaels

Hall of Fame Ceremony 2007;
Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Sensational Sherri, Mike Tyson (Celebrity Wing)

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