Sorry about the double post.
I'll hopefully be trying to get back on the reviewing horse during the week. Sorry about the lack of activity.
Smackdown; February 23rd; Anaheim:
No opening video, and no pyro … we open straight into the arena, with the set for the Highlight Reel set up, and Chris Jericho sat on a stool.
Michael Cole: Welcome everybody to Friday Night Smackdown, and tonight, the road to WrestleMania continues, with just twenty three days until the Showcase of the Immortals, and right now, in the ring, Chris Jericho - one of the three men competing in the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania is set to host the Highlight Reel, and his two guests?? His two WrestleMania opponents, Edge and the WWE Champion, RVD.
Tazz: Sit back and enjoy the ride Cole. This could get interesting.
Jericho hears enough of the fans abuse, and now speaks up, kicking things off.
Chris Jericho: Anaheim, California, THIS is the Highlight Reel, and I am the one, the only, CHRIS JERICHOOOOO!!!
Mostly heat for Jericho, but some cheers for the egomaniac.
Chris Jericho: And tonight, you will bear witness to the most star studded Highlight Reel, featuring the three men that will make history in twenty three days, by competing in the first ever triple threat match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania!!!
Pop from the fans.
Chris Jericho: But let’s not stand around wasting anytime … let’s bring out the other two men in that equation … an equation that equals … Y2J as the NEXT WWE CHAMPION-AH!!!
Heat from the fans.
Chris Jericho: But enough about me, for now. Let’s bring out our esteemed - and soon to be FORMER - WWE Champion … ROB VAN DAM!!!
**ONE OF A KIND**
The Pond comes to it’s feet for the highly popular WWE Champion, entering six months as champion … in the arena where he BECAME champion. RVD nods at the fans, appreciative for their support, and goes through the thumb taunt, getting the usual sing-a-long of R-V-D, before getting inside the ring, and again saluting the fans, before Jericho speaks over the music.
Chris Jericho: I’ll get to you in a minute Junior … but first, let’s round out this party … let’s bring out the guy that earned his spot in the WWE Championship match by carrying around a briefcase for ten months, after holding a child hostage to ‘earn’ it. Of course, it’s EDGE!!!
A chorus of boos descend in Anaheim, as the Rated ‘R’ Superstar makes his entrance, with his usual look of fury written all over his face, as he lets off his pyro, before making his way to the ring, sliding inside, and takes a long, hard look at Jericho, then RVD, keeping his distance, and not taking a stool.
Chris Jericho: Cut the music monkey’s!!!
The music dies down, as Jericho looks at both of his opponents, smiling as he does.
Chris Jericho: Don’t want a seat, Edge??
Edge doesn’t really answer, but mouths at Jericho ‘just get on with it’
Chris Jericho: No messing, huh?? Ladies and Germs, THIS is your Smackdown main event at WrestleMania. WE are the three men set to make history. But forget about Van Dam … forget about Edge … because no one remembers second best … they only remember life’s winners … and at WrestleMania 23 … they’ll only remember … ME!!!
Heat from the fans, whilst RVD shakes his head with a smile, fixing the championship over his shoulder, whilst Edge paces around, trying to keep himself under control.
Chris Jericho: Now … I assume the pair of you don’t agree with that statement. But let’s face the facts … neither of you have ever had a match of this magnitude … neither of you have had a match as grandiose … on the biggest night of the year.
Jericho looks toward RVD, making sure he has the champions attention.
Chris Jericho: … But I have.
Boos for Jericho, but before he can continue, Edge now has a mic, and interrupts.
Edge: And remind us Chris, remind us all … how’d that pan out for ya?? Jog our memories for us.
Jericho stops, and struggles to say anything, as Edge smiles.
Edge: Oh, that’s right … you’ve LOST every major match you’ve ever had at WrestleMania. That’s about right, isn’t it??
Jericho tries to mask his embarrassment with a grin.
Edge: You lost in the main event of WrestleMania 18, didn’t ya?? You lost to Shawn Michaels the year after that, and just last year, you got beat by The Undertaker.
Jericho, still grinning, shrugs his shoulder, with no answer to the facts.
Edge: So yeah, you may have that big match experience Jericho … but you’re area of expertise is LOSING the big matches.
Heat for Edge, the only fully fledged heel in this trio.
Edge: If I were you Chris, I wouldn’t boast so much about that. So … I guess we’ve worked out that you’ll find a way to lose yet again. That just leaves us Van Dam.
Edge turns his attention to RVD, who until now has sat back and enjoyed the bickering. Now though, RVD turns, and listens to what the Rated ‘R’ Superstar has to say.
Edge: Let’s talk about your big match experiences at WrestleMania … let me think … oh, that’s right … YOU HAVENT HAD ANY!!!
Massive heat for Edge’s comment, as RVD shrugs, accepting the criticism.
Edge: Why is that, I wonder?? Is it because you’ve been overlooked?? Is it because you’ve not been given the breaks Rob?? Or is it because you’ve never fulfilled the so-called potential??
Van Dam makes a point of fixing the title over his shoulder again, letting Edge know that he has in fact reached his potential. Edge notices the movement, and reacts.
Edge: Don’t even bother with that Rob. Let’s face the facts … you’ve held that belt for six months for one reason … and one reason only.
Edge gets in RVD’s face, to make his next point.
Edge: … I’ve allowed you.
Huge boos for Edge, who stands up, and addresses the reaction.
Edge: What?? You people don’t agree?? Care for me to explain?? How about this??
Edge holds up the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Edge: I have been WWE Champion in waiting for the entire time RVD has held that belt. Just waiting … and waiting … and waiting for the right moment to strike.
Small portion of boos begin to build, but Edge talks over them, pointing at RVD.
Edge: I have overshadowed this mans entire reign.
Edge shows his evil grin, as the camera closes in.
Edge: Because for the last six months, the talk hasn’t been of how great Van Dam has been as champion. In fact, I don’t remember too many people even referring to RVD as WWE Champion. Instead … the only thing people think of when they see Rob Van Dam … is MEEEE!!!
Heat again for Edge.
Edge: Every single time you’ve walked out here for the last six months Rob … people have looked at you … and they’ve thought of me … the champion in waiting.
Edge again holds up the briefcase.
Edge: THIS has dogged your entire moment in the sun.
Heat for Edge again.
Edge: Nobody has thought of you as Champion Rob … not one person … you’re champion in name only … because they’ve all just been waiting for me … to put you out of your misery.
Again, Edge gets in RVD’s face.
Edge: And I’ll do that at WrestleMania.
More heat for The Rated ‘R’ Superstar, as he prepares to pull away … but RVD grabs his arm!!! The fans come alive, as RVD takes the mic from Edge’s hand.
Rob Van Dam: Wrong.
The fans pop for RVD, finally breaking his silence, having had to listen to Edge verbally rip him apart.
Rob Van Dam: You’re not the champion in waiting Edge … you’re just a chicken shit with a briefcase.
Huge reaction to RVD, with Edge looking shocked by the comment, mouth open wide.
Rob Van Dam: This last year has been the best of my career, and I’ll be damned if I’ll just let you crap all over it!!!
The champion is now on his feet, holding the title belt up, allowing Edge to see it.
Rob Van Dam: I’ve been the WWE Champion for six months Edge … not because you’ve allowed it … but because I have worked my ass off, night in, night out to keep it.
Cheers for the ever popular champion.
Rob Van Dam: And as I recall Edge, you’ve tried twice to blindside me and take the belt when I was less than a hundred per cent … and it backfired both times.
More cheers for Van Dam, with Edge looking around, not liking the truth.
Rob Van Dam: As far as I can see … you’ve not ‘allowed’ me to keep the belt until now … you’ve just ran out of opportunities to attack me when I wasn’t expecting it … and now, you’ve just ran out of time.
RVD now gets in Edge’s face.
Rob Van Dam: And at WrestleMania … you’re gonna run out of excuses!!!
RVD now turns his attention back to Jericho.
Rob Van Dam: And as for you Jericho?? The only thing that’ll be remembered about your night … is the fact that you lost again.
Cheers for Van Dam, as Jericho, who had been shaking his head and smiling as Edge had gone on a tangent, now picks up again, and gets involved.
Rob Van Dam: I hate to point out the obvious, but Chris?? You’ve never seized the opportunity at WrestleMania … but I will.
An ‘R-V-D’ chant reverberates around the Pond, as the champion continues.
Rob Van Dam: I going to WrestleMania on March 18 … and just like I have every time I’ve stepped inside this ring for the last six months … I’m gonna rise to the occasion.
Van Dam nods, looking to the fans, as Jericho gets a chance to speak up.
Chris Jericho: Alright.
Jericho stands up now, getting a slight pop, with RVD not backing up an inch.
Chris Jericho: I cant disagree with what either of you have said to me. I’ve never rose to the occasion … I’ve never won a big one at WrestleMania … but that was then … and this is now.
Small pop for the tweenerish Jericho, who keeps his voice low, and calm.
Chris Jericho: And frankly, I think the two of you are making a huge mistake. You’ve written me off.
Jericho leans in to the mic, starting his response.
Chris Jericho: Because you seem to be forgetting what I’ve put the pair of you through over the last month.
Jericho turns to RVD, looking completely serious.
Chris Jericho: Rob, if it hadn’t been for Edge here at Super Brawl … dare I say it … I’d be the WWE Champion right now, and you’d be an afterthought … again.
Heat for that comment, as Jericho now turns his attention to Edge.
Chris Jericho: And Edge, you seem to have forgotten that I beat you not two weeks ago to get into the position I’m in right now.
Mixed response for Jericho this time.
Chris Jericho: Unlike you Edge, I’ve REALLY earned my place in this triple threat match. I’ve done everything in my power to be in the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania.
Jericho gets closer to Edge, tilting his head slightly, looking to rile him.
Chris Jericho: At least Van Dam here has defended my title with honour, and like a man. Despite what you say, he’s earned his place … but what about your credentials??
Jericho looks inquisitively at Edge, who looks ready to explode.
Chris Jericho: What have you done to earn it?? Huh?? Do you need reminding?? Do you want me to remind Anaheim what you’ve done to earn your title shot?? How about I do that, huh??
Jericho turns to the audience…
Chris Jericho: Does anyone want to see how Edge earned his place in the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania??
The fans cheer, as Jericho now directs the attention to the JeriTron 5000...
I Quit Match for the Money in the Bank Contract:
Rey Mysterio vs. Edge
Edge devilishly grins, and sets the ladder down, before setting Rey in between each side of it, and begins to slam one side of the ladder onto Rey repeatedly, and repeatedly, sickening thud, after sickening thud, with Mysterio trying to cover up but unable to stop the impact.
Eventually, Edge stops, and smiles again, dropping down, beside the mangled opponent, and once again, asks the question, this time, more smugly, expecting the end. Rey though, still refuses to quit, and just about manages to say ‘NOT TONIGHT … NOT EVER’.
Edges smile fades quickly, and his scowl re-appears, as he shakes his head, before pointing at Rey, but then, it seems like he has another plan. The smile resurfaces, and Edge slips back out of the ring, and looks under the apron, scurrying around for a moment or two, before finally pulling something out from under the ring, and shows it for all to see … HANDCUFFS.
Edge, after kicking Rey out of the ring, places the handcuff onto his left hand, whilst placing the other to the ring ropes. Mysterio swings his free hand, trying to strike Edge, whilst the smiling opponent playfully slaps Rey, before walking around ringside, and grabs the briefcase. Edge walks around, at a leisurely pace, and nails him with the briefcase across the face!!!
Now, Edge takes the mic from the referee, and tells Rey he has no option now but to quit, and holds the mic to Rey, but Mysterio replies - in Spanish - something that certainly is not ‘I Quit’. Edge shakes his head, and smashes the case across his head again, with Rey unable to protect himself. Edge then tells Mysterio he’ll keep striking him with it until Rey decides to quit. Four more times, Edge nails Rey with the case, but each time, Rey shows no indication that he wants to quit. Edge then comes to the realisation that Rey wont quit, and drops the briefcase. Edge grabs Mysterio by the face, and yells at him “I guess I cant make you quit, can I??”.
Edge then lets go, and storms up the ramp, with the fans not sure what to think at first. Then, as Edge disappears from view, the fans begin to boo, thinking Edge has walked out of the match, and a ‘BULL SHIT’ chant. The referee looks around, not sure what to think, and starts to talk with Lillian Garcia, and just as they look set to make an announcement, EDGE APPEARS ON THE TITAN TRON.
Edge shouts to get Reys attention, asking him if he knows where he is … or who he is with. The camera then switches, and we see Edge with his hand over Dominick’s mouth. Edge then threatens to do the same damage to his son as he has done to Rey, unless he hears what he wants to hear. Rey pathetically, tries to rip the handcuffs free, as Edge lifts the kid up, and threatens to ram him into the wall, and suddenly, we hear the words “I QUIT” scream around the arena, as Rey forfeit’s the match, and the MITB contract, in order to save his son.
WINNER: AND NEW HOLDER OF THE MITB CONTRACT - EDGE
We then see Edge laugh sadistically, and puts the kid down, ruffling his hair playfully, before pushing past him, and leaving the locker room. Meanwhile, at ringside, the medics tend to Mysterio, who is likely to have suffered a severe concussion tonight.
Edge then comes down the aisle briskly, and walks straight past Rey, chucking the keys to the official for the handcuffs, whilst picking up the MITB briefcase, kissing it, and walks straight back up the ramp. He holds it up high at the top of the ramp to major heat, as Mysterio is held back, wanting to go back to his son, but the doctors refuse to let him go just yet, wanting to check out his condition first.
Back into the arena…1ST TIME WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - XXI - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, BILL GOLDBERG SUBMITS, TAPPING OUT TO THE ANKLELOCK OF KURT ANGLE, MAKING HISTORY.
Chris Jericho: What a hero, huh?? Give that man his due, he truly earned that briefcase, didn’t he??
Edge now covers the mic before Jericho can talk, and pulls it away.
Edge: You want me to prove my credentials?? Is that what you want?? Do you want me to prove myself worthy of the WWE Championship??
Jericho smiles, knowing he’s gotten Edge riled, then nods. Jericho then pulls the mic towards his mouth again from Edge.
Chris Jericho: Please do.
Edge snarls, and looks to his left, then right … but doesn’t do what the fans expected (and cheap shot Jericho). Instead, he grabs the mic again.
Edge: Then you watch closely Jericho. You and Van Dam can watch me tonight … you can watch me dismantle Bobby Lashley.
Edge turns slightly, to address RVD.
Edge: And get a sneak preview for what’s in store at WrestleMania.
Edge then turns back to Jericho again.
Edge: I just hope the pair of you are ready to accept the responsibility … because I wont be held accountable for what I do to Lashley tonight.
Edge’s music hits, and Mr. Money in the Bank slams the mic down, taking one last look at both men, before leaving the ring, having got the last word on the Highlight Reel tonight.
In the ring, Jericho and Rob Van Dam engage in an off-mic heated discussion, as Cole and Tazz take over.
Michael Cole: I don’t know about you Tazz, but I cannot wait to see these three go at it in just over three weeks time.
Tazz: It has all the hallmarks of a classic Cole. All three men have somethin to prove in the Big Easy on March 18. Jericho wants to prove he’s not a big match choke artist, RVD wants to legitimise his championship reign by beating the man who has cast a shadow over his entire run, and Edge wants to prove he belongs.
Michael Cole: And by the sounds of things Tazz, Edge will look to prove that point tonight, when goes one on one with a man he knows very well in tonight’s main event, that being, Bobby Lashley.
We return to the arena, with the WWE Tag Team Champions, James Storm and Chris Harris - Americas Most Wanted - walking towards the commentary area.
Michael Cole: Well, we are about to be joined by the men who in twenty three days will defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against Matt & Jeff Hardy, who are moments away from tag team action.
Tazz: Scouting mission tonight for our tag team champs, Cole.
AMW take their seats, and place headphones on, as Deuce and Domino make their entrance now.
Michael Cole: Well, gentlemen, thank you for joining us at ringside, a-
Chris Harris: We’re not here to see you Michael Cole. So how about you shut it, and get on with your job.
Michael Cole: My pleasure.
Tazz: I don’t know if these other three team would agree though Cole. They aint been happy that the Hardys have just come back on the scene and tried to jump to the front of the line. Big opportunity for all four teams.
The fans come to their feet, as Matt & Jeff, the reunited Hardy Boys enter the arena to a terrific response. On commentary, AMW look far from impressed.
Michael Cole: Well gentlemen, perhaps while you’re here, we can get your thought-
James Storm: Did the Wildcat not just tell you to shut it?? We’re out here to get a look at the next pretenders to challenge us for these titles, not for you to get an exclusive Michael.
Michael Cole: That’s fine, but in all fairness, The Hardy Boys are multiple time tag team champions. I wouldn’t really refer to them as pretenders.
Chris Harris: And when was the last time they held the tag team titles?? Come on Michael, you’re the one with all the information here, when was it?? I’ll tell ya … a long time ago … and long before AMW arrived on the scene.
James Storm: Y’know, everyone seems to be getting on this Hardy Boy reunion bandwagon, but for those of you watching at home, here’s a warning … jump off before the wheels come off at WrestleMania.
Michael Cole: We’re about to see Matt and Jeff in action, and in my opinion, they haven’t missed a beat since regrouping after five years in the Royal Rumble last month.
Chris Harris: It wouldn’t surprise me if you had a Hardy Boys sleeveless shirt on underneath your clothes Cole.
James Storm: Yeah, what are you?? Their biggest fan??
1st Match: Americas Most Wanted on commentary.
The Hardy Boys vs. Deuce & Domino
More of a showcase for Matt and Jeff than a real contest, with the reunited brothers taking on one of the many floundering teams on Smackdown, whilst AMW make the most of their opportunity on commentary, talking a good game ahead of WrestleMania where they face Matt & Jeff. In the ring though, the Hardy Boys do their talking, and finish off Deuce and Domino with relative ease despite a brief period of dominance for the greasers, and end the match with a Twist of Fate from Matt to Deuce, allowing Jeff to follow up with a Swanton Bomb, as Matt, being the legal man, makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The Hardy Boys @ 04:33
The reunited Hardy Boys celebrate the win, but not for long … AS AMW LAY SIEGE TO THE RING!!! Harris and Storm attack the brothers, pounding Matt and Jeff down in opposite corners, then look to whip Matt and Jeff into one another … BUT THE HARDYS REVERSE THE WHIP … AND AMW COLLIDE INSTEAD!!! Matt and Jeff then team up, and deliver a double dropkick to Storm, sending him through the middle rope, leaving them with Harris!!!
Matt takes him down, and the Hardy’s show their double team skill, with an in sync double leg drop manoeuvre, with the Wildcat rolling around in pain. They now set him up in the corner, with Jeff throwing a forearm at Storm to keep him at bay, before a beautiful POETRY IN MOTION!!! Harris staggers, as the Hardy’s team up again, and send him out of the ring with a double clothesline, as Harris drops over the top, and onto Storm on the outside!!!
In the ring, Matt and Jeff hold their own, with AMW getting a big shock from their challengers at WrestleMania. The Hardy Boys pick up the tag team titles, and nod at one another, as the momentum builds towards their title shot in just over three weeks time. On the outside, AMW regroup, but refrain from having another go at the challengers, instead, doing a bit of talking, with Matt & Jeff just simply nodding with smiles on their faces, having got the better of the champions tonight.
Michael Cole: Harris and Storm sure talked a good game on commentary tonight Tazz, but Matt and Jeff have done plenty of talking too … only they’ve been using actions rather than words.
Tazz: It is set up to be a terrific contest at WrestleMania Cole. The Hardy Boys and Americas Most Wanted will do battle for the highly coveted tag team titles in less than four weeks time, and they have every opportunity to match, or even better, some of the classic tag team title matches in WrestleMania history.
Michael Cole: Think of some of the classic tag team matches in WrestleMania history Tazz - those two teams have a tremendous opportunity to join them. Tazz, still to come tonight, we will get an appearance from The Undertaker, as he gets a chance to respond to Kurt Angles comments last week.
Tazz: That’ll be interesting Cole. The Undertaker is in a hard spot right now. Kurt Angle has completely zoned out all the usual mind games that The Deadman uses to get in the head of his opponents. The Phenom is gonna need to find another way of getting the better of Angle, because right now, nothin’ he says is gonna have an effect on the Gold Medallist.
Michael Cole: And in action tonight, the four men that will represent Smackdown in the now annual, Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania. Charlie Haas meets Paul London, and Carlito will finally get his hands on M.V.P.
Tazz: Oh boy, Haas and London could tear the house down tonight, but Carlito and M.V.P, that one could get personal. M.V.P still hasn’t lost a match since his debut in the WWE in December, and since moving to Smackdown last month, Carlito appears to have a new lease of life too Cole. Undefeated since coming to Friday Nights. Big time showdown tonight.
Michael Cole: Not only that, but Kid Kash needs to beat Brian Kendrick tonight, or Kendrick is guaranteed a Cruiserweight title shot at WrestleMania.
Tazz: Kash will be desperate for a win tonight, and that’s what he needs Cole, no championship advantage, the belt aint at stake, but if Kash loses tonight, he HAS to beat Super Crazy next week or face the humiliation of forfeiting the title, and watching Kendrick and Super Crazy battle for the title in Nawlins.
Michael Cole: And of course, tonight’s main event will see Mister Money in the Bank, Edge, going one on one with Bobby Lashley.
Tazz: Lets not forget, Edge was the first man to ever defeat Lashley, and neither man will have forgot that. Edge say’s he’s gonna prove his credentials tonight, and boy, he’s facing a big task to do it. Lashley has been in a foul mood since losing to Brent Albright last week, which has put him out of the WrestleMania picture.
Michael Cole: It promises to be another unforgettable Friday Night folks, and you should join us, when we come back.
The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - MARCH 18TH 2007 - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS.
We then cut to Josh Matthews, standing by with the #1 Contender for the United States Championship, Batista. We can hear the fans in the background, cheering loudly for The Animal.WRESTLEMANIA COUNTDOWN - 23 DAYS TO GO
Josh Matthews: Batista, the match is now set for WrestleMania, and you will challenge Brent Albright for the second time, as you look to become the new United States Champion.
That wasn’t a question, that was just a statement?? Batista takes the mic anyway, and begins to talk.
Batista: You’re damn right Josh. Brent Albright can do all the runnin’ he wants to. He can run his mouth, or he can just run for his safety … but in the end, he’s gonna find himself runnin’ straight into my path, and a Batista Bomb.
The camera closes in on Batista, who stares straight at Josh.
Batista: And you know what that means, don’t ya??
Josh nods knowingly, as Batista puts his hand on the interviewers shoulder.
Batista: You’re lookin at the next United States Champion … and not before time.
Matthews nods, and speaks again.
Josh Matthews: Having said that, aren’t you at all concerned with the fact that Brent Albright appears to have a canny knack of always pulling out a victory from nothing every time he defends the United States Championship?? In fact, you have experienced that first hand last month, and just last week, Albright upset the odds again by defeating Bobby Lashley.
Batista raises an eyebrow slightly, pondering the question, before speaking.
Batista: That’s a good question. But Josh, as resourceful as Albright is … in my opinion, he’s been damn lucky too. And as everyone knows … at some point, your luck will always run out … and for Brent Albright, he’s gonna find himself all out of luck come WrestleMania.
Josh nods again, but has another question.
Josh Matthews: Well, speaking of luck, tonight, you go one on one with Chris Masters, and it would appear that The Masterpiece still has unsettled issues with you, after you became the first man to ever break his Masterlock last summer given his comments on wwe.com earlier this week, when he said you got lucky when you broke the hold. Are you confident of breaking the vice like grip again tonight, should Masters apply the hold??
Batista smiles, thinking the question over for a moment, possibly finding it funny that Masters is so highly thought of that his promo was restricted to the internet and not on TV.
Batista: Josh, if I’ve broken the Masterlock before … then I know I can break it again tonight … and unlike Brent Albright and his miraculous victories … there is nothing lucky about it.
The Animal nods, then walks off, leaving Josh to watch and gaze after Batista … bender.
We then cut to the arena again, and move to the sky box, where the United States Champion himself, Brent Albright is sat, watching the show from afar tonight, with no match.
**STAY IN SHADOW**
Paul London enters the arena to a stunning response, with the Golden Boy set for singles action.
Michael Cole: The most exciting prospect in the WWE, Paul London, is in action in just a few moments, taking on Charlie Haas, both men set to compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania. Join us when we come back…
Paul London vs. Charlie Haas
Good encounter, with both men getting ring time to allow Tazz and Cole to talk about the Money in the Bank ladder match that both men will compete in. Haas, despite a lot of losses in the last few months, gets plenty of offence in to look a credible threat, and a genuine contender for Money in the Bank, rather than a late addition to boost the numbers. Ultimately though, it is London that shines brightest, as the momentum builds for him with another push under way, and the Golden Boy picks up the expected victory, avoiding the Haas of Pain, and drilling Haas with a nice German to set himself up to deliver the awesome 450 Splash!!! He covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Paul London @ 06:21
London continues on his current roll, and looks to be heading into Money in the Bank on a massive wave of momentum. He has his hand raised in the air, and looks highly confident as he gets set for the biggest match of his career at WrestleMania.
Michael Cole: Could we be looking at the next Mister Money in the Bank, Tazz??
Tazz: He’s got just as good a chance as anybody Cole. London has all the high flying qualities to come through, but he’s gotta think about the other seven guys. He’s riding high though, and that momentum could carry him through to a guaranteed title shot.
Michael Cole: And don’t forget, the other two Smackdown superstars involved in that ladder match at WrestleMania, Carlito and M.V.P will also meet in action later tonight.
Tazz: That one could get ugly. Expect a completely different match up there Cole, lot’s of bad blood brewing between those two.
We cut now to the interview area, as Maria stands by with the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash.
Maria: Kid Kash, tonight you begin a two week series of matches in which you’ll face Brian Kendrick, then next week, Super Crazy. And, by the order of Smackdown General Manager Arn Anderson, if you lose to either man, you’ll face him for the title at WrestleMania. Should you lose both matches however-
Kash quickly takes the mic, stopping Maria from continuing, and shakes his head.
Kid Kash: I don’t even want ya to say it sweetheart. It’s the unthinkable. Maria, I just won my championship last month, and already, that old dodo bird, Double A is tryin to take the belt from me.
Kash clutches proudly to his title, takes a look at it, then looks at Maria again.
Kid Kash: I cannot let that happen Maria … I will not let that happen. The odds are stacked against everyone’s favourite cruiserweight champion … but never fear little lady.
Kash brushes Maria’s face, with the interviewer turning her nose up slightly at the inappropriate touching.
Kid Kash: Because I’m gonna be the most fightingest cruiserweight champ there’s eva been. Kendrick is goin down tonight … and next week, Imma beat Super Crazy so damn bad, he’ll be beggin to mow my lawn.
The champion repositions the belt on his shoulder, and nods with a smile on his face.
Kid Kash: And then?? Imma sit back and enjoy WrestleMania, with the cruiserweight title over this shoulder, and a hot little number like yourself, if you’re lucky, on my lap.
Kash flicks Marias hair, with Maria repulsed by the Cruiserweight champion.
Kid Kash: And honey, aint nothin old man Anderson can be doing bout that.
The Notorious K-I-D then blows Maria a kiss, before taking off, with his match up next.
3rd Match: NON-TITLE MATCH:
- IF KENDRICK WINS; HE IS GUARANTEED A SHOT AT WRESTLEMANIA
- IF KASH WINS; KENDRICK IS OUT OF THE TITLE EQUATION
Kid Kash vs. Brian Kendrick
It doesn’t disappoint, with Kash being forced to go out and look for the win to get Kendrick out of the title picture, rather than sit back and pick his spots to keep the title. After a blistering opening exchange, Kash grounds Kendrick, and works from the mat, picking apart Kendricks legs, but Brian doesn’t take the punishment for long, and makes a fight back, putting Kash on the back foot. Despite a burst from Spanky, Kash takes over again, and starts to use desperation tactics to get Kendrick out of his life, hooking the tights, using the ropes, trying to get Kendrick counted out too, but the determined Kendrick refuses to give in, and as Kash sets up for the Dead Level … HE GETS CAUGHT WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Brian Kendrick - Has Championship Opportunity at WrestleMania @ 06:57
Kash instantly sits up in shock, coming to the realisation that he now HAS to beat Super Crazy next week, or he will be forced to forfeit the title, and watch Kendrick and Crazy fight over the title on March 18!!!
Meanwhile, Kendrick is jubilant in victory, a complete contrast to Kash, as the realisation sets in for him … that’s HE IS going to WrestleMania in just over three weeks time!!! He runs up the ramp, slapping hands with fans, jumping for joy, with a shot at the Cruiserweight title next month set in stone!!!
Michael Cole: Not what Kash wanted Tazz!!! Not what the cruiserweight champion wanted at all!!!
Tazz: He is in big trouble now Cole. Kid Kash has no other option, but to beat Super Crazy next week, otherwise, he’ll no longer be the cruiserweight champ!!
Michael Cole: Well, he has no one to blame but himself Tazz. He sabotaged a number one contenders match at Saturday Nights Main Event between Kendrick and Super Crazy, and thanks to our General Manager, he didn’t get away with it!!
Tazz: Sure, he deserved to be punished for that Cole, but if you ask me, Double A went a little too far with this. Kid Kash is now on the brink of losing the championship, a little over a month after winning the thing!!!
Michael Cole: Be that as it may, but Kash is paying the price for crossing our General Manager, and trust me Tazz, the boys in the locker room will be sitting up and taking notice of the authority displayed by Anderson.
The second hour kicks off in style, with the long, boring entrance of The Undertaker, eating up nearly four minutes of TV time, in which Cole and Tazz discuss the highly anticipated Angle - Taker match in less than four weeks time at WrestleMania.
Eventually, Taker reaches the ring, but keeps his long trench coat and hat on, with the lights returning, and The Deadman picks up the mic, left in the middle of the ring for him.
The Undertaker: There comes a time in life … when a man must search … deep into his soul.
The Deadman drops the mic a little, composes himself momentarily, then speaks again.
The Undertaker: And he must delve into the depths of his being … to discover what drives him … what demons he must exorcise … to live free.
Again, Taker pauses, with the fans barely making a noise, trying to figure out what the heck he is talking about.
The Undertaker: At the present moment … Kurt Angle has found his demons … and those ghouls are what consume him … and that demon … is WrestleMania.
Taker turns his head to the left, looking towards the massive WrestleMania 23 logo in the rafters, taking his time to speak.
The Undertaker: His crusade is to vanquish bitter memories … his intention has been made clear.
He now turns his head back to the hard camera, looking straight ahead.
The Undertaker: Kurt Angle, heed this forewarning … you may appear to be in control of your actions … and you may be in control of your inner demons … but I am not your holy grail, and I am not your road to freedom.
Taker stares straight ahead, once again just simply pausing.
The Undertaker: All you can achieve by facing the Phenom is continued bitterness … further pain … and darker demons.
Another long pause from The Demon of Death Valley.
The Undertaker: And now … you have passed the point of no return … you have no way out … Kurt Angle … your destiny is firmly in the hands … of the Deadman.
Small pop from the fans this time.
The Undertaker: Despite your intentions … regardless of your determination … and irrespective of your beliefs … you will fall … like the other mere mortals before you.
Suddenly … THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!! The lights stay out for a moment, perhaps part of an Undertaker stunt … but that theory is thrown out the window … AS KURT ANGLE APPEARS ON THE TITAN TRON!!!
Angle looks dead serious, as Taker looks toward the screen, as if he cant believe he is seeing someone turn the mind games tables on him.
Kurt Angle: Anything seem familiar to you Undertaker??
Heat for Angle, whose face doesn’t crack an inch, playing it up as serious as possible.
Kurt Angle: The tables have turned Deadman. I’m the one in your head. Never before has anyone EVER played you at your own game.
Angle stays serious, not even showing a glimpse of a cocky smile.
Kurt Angle: And no, I don’t mean the theatrics. This?? All of this was just to emphasise the point.
Angle starts to show signs of a wry smile, looking pleased with himself.
Kurt Angle: You’re the one that’s having to look deep into your soul Taker. You’re the one that’s battling demons … you’ve never encountered anything like me before … you’ve never experienced someone showing no fear to your mind games … no ill effects … nothing.
The Olympian drops the smile, as Taker listens intently.
Kurt Angle: When we meet on March 18 … there are no tricks you can perform to put me off … there will be nothing you can say that will get in my head … if you want to beat me Deadman … you’ll have to be better than me.
Taker continues to stand still, listening to every word Angle says.
Kurt Angle: And that’s damn near impossible.
Huge boos for Angle, who stops for a second to allow the reaction to die down.
Kurt Angle: Right now, I’m in the best shape of my career … I’m on the hottest streak I’ve ever been on … and there isn’t a man alive … or dead … that can beat me in that ring.
In the ring, The Undertaker shakes his head, in firm disagreement with Angle.
Kurt Angle: No?? You don’t agree Taker?? If I was in that ring right now … I’d prove it … but then again … maybe I am in the ring??
Taker has a confused look on his face, not sure what to make of the last comment … AS THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!!
And they return … WITH KURT ANGLE IN THE RING BEHIND THE DEADMAN!!! Taker turns around … AND JUMPS BACK IN SHOCK MOMENTARILY … before attacking Angle, knocking him down!!! Angle slowly picks himself up … and easily falls into the grasp of The Deadman for a Chokeslam … BUT TAKER PUSHES HIM AWAY???
The Undertaker starts to dart around, looking around to the outside, oddly taking his view off Angle, with the camera closing up on Angle … TO REVEAL IT’S NOT KURT ANGLE … IT’S ERIC ANGLE!!!
Meanwhile, Taker looks around, waiting for Kurt to show up for a possible sneak attack, pacing around, pivoting in circles, looking to see if he comes through the crowd or down the aisle … but Angle doesn’t show.
The fans show their anger at the situation, with many unsure as to what is going on, with the Kurt Angle look-a-like fooling many, especially from a distance. Eric manages to escape the ring, with The Phenoms attention drawn elsewhere, most definitely fazed by Kurt Angles mind games.
On the titan tron, Kurt re-appears, with a sinister grin across his face.
Kurt Angle: Have I got in your head yet Deadman??
Taker stops his search, and turns his attention back to Angle on the big screen.
Kurt Angle: I’ll take that as a yes.
Angle sneers, with Taker doing the exact same.
Kurt Angle: I’ve got your head … your ankle is next.
The titan tron fades to black, as the camera closes in on Taker, staring intently at the black screen, eyes fixed, and mind … on overdrive??
Michael Cole: We are back here on Friday Night Smackdown, and Tazz, has anyone, ever, managed to get inside the head of The Undertaker quite like Kurt Angle has??
Tazz: It’s somethin that I cant ever recall happening Cole. The Undertaker is the master of the mind games, but it’s not had a single piece of effect on Angle, and now, Angle himself, has turned the tables on The Deadman. A move that’d you’d expect would be brave or stupid … and Cole, it appears to be pretty damn effective. I’ve never saw The Deadman react like that to anything. Angle has got into Taker’s head, and The Deadman don’t like it a single bit.
Michael Cole: And another interesting point here Tazz, Kurt Angle didn’t make a single mention of either WrestleMania or The Undertakers streak.
Tazz: Absolutely, Angle said it last week. He’s viewing this as a match between two guys in a ring. He aint gonna get wrapped up in the occasion like last year, and he’s not getting carried away with breaking Undertakers WrestleMania streak.
Michael Cole: It could be a very interesting ride to WrestleMania between these two Tazz. What type of mind games does Kurt Angle have left up his sleeve??
Tazz: I don’t know about mind games Cole, but don’t forget those chilling words from Angle. He has Takers head … his ankle is next.
Backstage, Josh Matthews is in action again, this time, standing by with a smiling Carlito.
Josh Matthews: Carlito, ever since your move to Smackdown, it appears you’ve been rejuvenated, and after a horrid 2006 on Raw, you’ve started 2007 with a bang, undefeated since coming to Smackdown, and now, one of the eight competitors in this years Money in the Bank ladder match. How does it feel to be back on top??
Carlito shows his cheeky smile, then bounces his apple up and down a couple of times.
Carlito: Well … it feels …
Carlito shrugs, and bobs his head, almost as if to say that the next word is pretty self explanatory.
Carlito: It feels cool Josh. Coming over to Smackdown … it’s looking like a good move, huh??
Carlito bounces the apple a couple times again, then stops, looking at Josh again.
Carlito: Not only have I got back to winning ways Josh, but I’ve got a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania. And on top of that … I get longer weekends now too.
The Caribbean smirks at Josh, and winks, bouncing the apple up and down again, but as he throws it up … it’s caught?? The camera pans out, and shows M.V.P has the apple!!! Carlito stops smiling, and keeps his eyes locked on a cocky Porter, but addresses Josh.
Carlito: Unfortunately though Josh, Smackdown isn’t without it’s faults.
M.V.P grins, and starts biting into Carlitos apple, cockily chewing on it, then speaks with his mouth wide open.
M.V.P: Y’know, this tastes pretty good.
Porter nods, biting into the apple more, trying to get under Carlitos skin, with his rude eating habits.
M.V.P: But … y’know what’ll taste better than this??
Carlito rolls his eyes.
Carlito: Tell me.
Porter starts to jab his finger into Carlitos chest, further trying to incite the Caribbean native.
M.V.P: Me beating you, in the ring tonight.
M.V.P nods at his own crack, smiling, and biting into the apple again. Carlito meanwhile doesn’t appear to agree, as MVP talks again.
M.V.P: And, even better than that?? Will be me taking that briefcase at WrestleMania.
Porter laughs, but Carlito responds.
Carlito: Man, I don’t know what they put in those apples … but are you high??
M.V.P’s eyes widen at the thought of the question.
Carlito: You aren’t winnin anything tonight pal. And the only Money in the Bank you can count on is whatever you’re making from your enormously generous Smackdown contract.
Porter looks furious by Carlitos response, and gets right in his face.
M.V.P: You need to watch what you say around me Buckwheat. You may be on a winning streak … but I’m undefeated.
Porter starts to jab his finger into the chest of Carlito again, with CCC looking down at the finger, not looking impressed.
M.V.P: So, in case you weren’t already aware of it … that makes me … better than you.
M.V.P takes another big chunk out of the apple, as Carlito shows a smile.
Carlito: Whatever man. I guess we’ll see about that in the ring later.
Carlito then playfully (but hard) slaps Porters chest, with M.V.P not suspecting it, and chokes on the apple. Carlito then prepares to walk off, as Porter doubles over, coughing up the apple.
Carlito: Now dat Josh?? Das cool.
Carlito walks off, getting the last word on Porter, who struggles for a moment then regains his composure, eyeballing Josh, but still struggling and wheezing a little.
M.V.P: That’s not cool Josh. That’s not cool at all!!!
Fade out, and back to ringside…
**I WALK ALONE**
The Animal, Batista, enters the arena to a hefty ovation, getting the fans on their feet in anticipation for the #1 Contender for the United States Championship.
The camera also switches to the sky box, where the interest of Brent Albright, the United States Champion, has just been raised.
Michael Cole: You are looking at the man, who, in twenty three days time, will challenge Brent Albright for the United States Championship. The Animal will look to hold the illustrious title for the first time in his career, and as he prepares for that massive opportunity, tonight, he gets a stern test, against the Masterpiece, Chris Masters. With the United States Champion in attendance, will Batista take the chance tonight to send a message to his WrestleMania opponent?? Find out, when we return.
We return with Chris Masters finishing up his entrance, moments away from the match beginning.
Batista vs. Chris Masters
It’s a borderline squash, with Batista dominating Masters - another man close to the exit door - as the camera cuts occasionally to Brent Albright in a sky box, watching his WrestleMania opponent intently. Masters get a short period of offence in, but as he sets up for a quick Masterlock, Batista blocks it … then delivers a spine buster, which sets him up nicely for a routine Batista Bomb, and an emphatic 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Batista @ 03:59
It’s a by the numbers victory for The Animal, who is rolling into his title shot at WrestleMania looking in tip top form, as Albright watches from the sky box, standing up, and opening the big window … with a mic in his hand???
Brent Albright: HEY!!! Cut the music!! Batista-
As the fans start to realise it’s Albright from the sky box, heat descends over the arena for the U.S Champion. Batista also directs his attention to his WrestleMania opponent, with Albright having something to say.
Brent Albright: Yeah, Batista, I’ve got something to say.
Batista throws his arms up, as if to say ‘Get on with it’
Brent Albright: I watched your match there. Solid. I’ll be generous, and give you a six outta ten.
Batista smiles, shaking his head at Albrights ‘criticism’. The fans also give Brent some heat, but he holds his hand up to try and calm them.
Brent Albright: And what I noticed, was that you seem to think you’re some sort of … Incredible Hulk. I mean, you must think you’re Superman, what with all those rippling muscles, and all those big power lifts you like to pull off.
The Animal looks a little confused, shrugging in the ring.
Brent Albright: So how about we put that to the test next week. How about we test just how strong you are??
Albright smiles, whilst Batista seems up for it.
Brent Albright: Yeah?? Alright … you and me Davey. You and I, caveman versus aristocrat. I’m willing to drop down to your level, and challenge you … to an arm wrestling contest!!!
Batista laughs at the thought of facing Albright in an arm wrestling contest, but seems to respond with a ‘what the hell, why not’ kind of body language, accepting the ‘challenge’.
Brent Albright: I’ll see ya next week then. And I’ll prove to the world that muscles don’t mean strength. You’ve got the look my man, but I’ve got the strength.
Brent now poses, showing off his modest muscles, whilst Batista shakes his head in bewilderment at Albright.
Return to ringside…
Michael Cole: The Arrowhead Pond has been wild tonight, and Tazz, as we just saw, Sensational Sherri will be joining Iron Mike Tyson, Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart and the immortal Hulk Hogan in the 2007 Hall of Fame.
Tazz: Shaping up to be the most star studded Hall of Fame I can remember. Terrific way to kick off WrestleMania weekend.
Michael Cole: Heck of a way to lead into the showcase of the immortals for the first time ever in The Big Easy. All tickets are sold out at the Superdome, and those fans will be waiting in anticipation for a match that has everything you could ask for; it truly is a dream match, with plenty at stake for one man, and the other with a huge point to prove to the world. The Undertaker meets Kurt Angle, one on one, and what a classic it promises to be!!
Tazz: You know this is the match I’m pumped for most. We’ve had to wait to see these two go at it one on one for months, but Cole, it’ll be well worth the wait. Rocketbuster of the highest order!!!
Michael Cole: And how about this one from Raw, the most anticipated match that will NEVER happen. This time last week, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley were off the bill, but after a rollercoaster Monday Night Raw, it is back on, but will not be sanctioned by the WWE.
Tazz: And that means bad things are gonna happen. No liability for the WWE should these two get seriously injured, and with no rules, there is a strong possibility of two broken bodies come March 18.
Michael Cole: Two of the most successful teams in WWE history, will do battle for the WWE Tag Team Titles, AMW defend, against the reunited Hardy Boys.
Tazz: Potential show stealer right there. These are two of the greatest tandems in the history of this business, Hardy Boys aint missed a beat since hooking up again, and AMW are without doubt the dominant team in the WWE today.
Michael Cole: Speaking of show stealers Tazz, Money in the Bank returns to WrestleMania after debuting last year. Eight men, four from each respective brand will compete for the briefcase that can bring all the dreams true and a guaranteed shot at a world championship anytime within twelve months.
Tazz: Heck of an array of talent too Cole, The Black Diamond Shelton Benjamin, The undefeated Samoan Bulldozer Umaga, Finlay, Randy Orton, Paul London, Charlie Haas, Carlito, and the highest paid superstar on Smackdown, M.V.P.
Michael Cole: And how about Tazz, five years in the making, for the first time ever, Brock Lesnar and Triple H. A dream match if there ever was one. And after the events on Raw last Monday, we now know that the McMahon Family Empire will join The Game at ringside in the SuperDome.
Tazz: This one gives me goose bumps Cole. The Game and Lesnar have NEVER crossed paths before, but after months of jibes and showdowns, it’ll come to a head on March 18. Huge blockbuster match on the Raw brand.
Michael Cole: We know that next week, Batista and Brent Albright will meet in an arm wrestling match, but the big business goes down on March 18 at WrestleMania, as Batista gets another shot at Brent Albright, and another shot at taking the United States Championship.
Tazz: Lot of factors to think of on this one. Albright has always rose to the occasion when the belt is at stake, but think back to January 5, when Batista, in a bizarre accident knocked himself out, when on the brink of beating Albright for the title. Hard to call.
Michael Cole: Then, it’s over to the two main events. The two biggest titles in the game. First, from Raw, the Collision Course, Heavyweight Champ, John Cena defends against the 2007 Royal Rumble winner, Christian.
Tazz: The two biggest names on Raw, but there can only be one top dog Cole, and we’ll find out at WrestleMania which is the biggest star on Raw, that’s for sure.
Michael Cole: And finally, from Smackdown, our main event, Edge and Chris Jericho will challenge the champion, Rob Van Dam in another WrestleMania first - the first time the WWE Championship will be decided in a triple threat match at a WrestleMania.
Tazz: And the chances of RVD walking away with the title are slim. He doesn’t need to be involved in the decision, he don’t need to be pinned to lose the title, and that’s gotta worry Van Dam.
Michael Cole: It promises to be one of the most memorable WrestleManias in history, and it’ll come from New Orleans for the first time ever on March 18. Twenty three days to go, the Road to WrestleMania is getting shorter, and shorter, and you CANNOT miss it!!!
Carlito vs. M.V.P
Excellent encounter, with M.V.P really getting a chance to show himself as an athlete, in a back and forth contest with Carlito, who has yet to lose since jumping to the blue brand last month, making for an intriguing contest between the other two Smackdown stars in the MITB ladder match at WrestleMania. The fans are into it, and both men put on a classy contest, with near falls aplenty. The action spills to the outside, with the recent showdowns between the two men turning the heat up, with Porter taking over on the outside, sending Carlito into the steel steps.
Back inside, Porter takes over, wearing CCC down with a fairly boring abdominal stretch, but makes it slightly more interesting with his heel tactics, hanging to the ropes for more leverage, getting heat from the fans … but eventually gets caught, and is forced to break the hold. M.V.P argues with the referee about the decision, and takes too long to do so, allowing Carlito to make his comeback, catching Porter with a quick arm drag, before turning the pressure up a couple of notches, pushing the pace to his liking, scoring an almighty near fall with the Back Cracker!!!
Carlito now sets up Porter, feeling the end is near, and hooks him into position … looking for the Apple Core … BUT PORTER ELBOWS FREE!!! Montel then manages to drop CCC on the top rope, and sets up for the Play of the Day … BUT CARLITO AVOIDS IT!!! Carlito again looks for the Apple Core … but for the second time, MVP elbows out … and sends Carlito off the ropes … BUT CARLITO COMES BACK WITH A SUNSET FLIP … BUT PORTER DROPS ONTO HIS KNEES … AND HOLDS THE ROPES … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter @ 11:46
Porter steals the win, and keeps his winning streak in tact, but in the process, ends the winning streak of Carlito, since his move to Smackdown last month!!! Porter, knowing he’s stole one, quickly escapes out of dodge, with Carlito furious in the ring, having just got screwed over by M.V.P. Carlito points and yells at Porter as MVP continues to back away, signifying that this issue is far from over. On the ramp, MVP shakes his head, with a smile on his face, indicating that he’s made his point, and is ready to move on.
The General Manager makes a late appearance, as the scene opens up, with him sat in his office, ready to make a statement…
Arn Anderson: Good evening folks. I’ve just got a couple of announcements to make, and then I’ll be on ma way.
The GM fixes his glasses, looking down at a piece of paper.
Arn Anderson: Next week on Smackdown … oh boy, Las Vegas is gonna be thinkin it’s WrestleMania 22 all over again, when they get a look at this line up.
Anderson takes another look at the piece of paper, before speaking.
Arn Anderson: Now, all three men involved in the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania WILL be in action.
Small pop from the fans, not entirely into the promo as it doesn’t effect tonight.
Arn Anderson: First off, heck, I’m gonna give Edge a chance to prove himself against the Champion, one on one-
Bigger pop from the fans, putting Anderson off, mid flow.
Arn Anderson: Damn right. Edge wanted Van Dam one on one originally, so I say, let ‘em have it!!!
Anderson nods for a moment, waiting for the fans to die down.
Arn Anderson: And that aint all, not by a long shot. Also next week, how about we have ourselves a little WrestleMania 22 rematch … how bout Chris Jericho going one on one with The Undertaker?? Huh, how bout that one??
Huge pop, despite the fact the match is for next week, and not tonight.
Arn Anderson: That’ll do it from me folks, enjoy your night.
Double A nods, as the picture fades out.
Back to ringside…
Michael Cole: Tazz, I am stunned!!! Next week, right here on Smackdown from the site of WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, we’re gonna get a HUGE rematch from that very event. Chris Jericho, one third of the WWE Championship Match at WrestleMania, will go one on one with the man who will face Kurt Angle at this years event, The Undertaker.
Tazz: Oh boy, that is huge Cole. And that’s not even all. Edge and the WWE Champ are gonna lock horns next week too!!!
Michael Cole: Sensational. That just about sums it up Tazz. Edge will have a terrific opportunity to cement his credentials if he can beat the WWE Champion in a one on one match next week on Smackdown.
Edge steps out onto the stage, looking highly focused, ready to make good on his word, and prove his credentials.
Michael Cole: We’ll need to put next week on the back burner though for a little longer … because it is main event time TONIGHT. Edge promised to prove his worth tonight, by making an example of Bobby Lashley, but now he knows he has RVD next week in Vegas, will that play a part in his mind??
Tazz: We’ll soon find out, because Edge and Lashley are gonna be goin at it here in a minute.
Michael Cole: It is our main event, up next, Edge and Lashley.
We return, just in time for the main event.
Edge vs. Bobby Lashley
Lacklustre affair, with Lashley seriously hampered by his injury now, and unable to move freely, with this match specifically set up for two reasons - 1) To get Lashley a reason to be off TV, and 2) Put Edge over with a massive statement. After the initial hot start from Lashley, a dropkick from Edge sending Big Bobby off the apron leads to his downfall, as Cole and Tazz both comment on Lashley seemingly landing awkwardly on his ankle. Edge is quickly on him, sensing the injury himself, and goes straight to work, slamming the leg off the steel steps, and then the ring post.
Back inside, Edge continues to put the hurting on Lashley, with the rookie monster unable to defend himself, falling easy prey to the Spear!!! Edge doesn’t cover, but instead perches himself, crouching down in the corner, waiting for Bobby to slowly try and get up, which he just about manages on one leg … AND FALLS PREY TO A SECOND SPEAR!!! Edge this time hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Edge @ 05:59
Edge gets the emphatic win, against the injured Bobby Lashley, who doesn’t move on the mat, as Edge has his hand raised. Quickly, he pulls his hand away, and looks down on Lashley, before stomping at the bad ankle again!!!
Mister Money in the Bank now slips out of the ring, grabbing his briefcase, THEN - TWO chairs, sliding them in the ring, before carrying the briefcase inside with him, and slams the case against the skull of Lashley as he tries to sit up!!!
The fans are pouring down heat on Edge, as he sets the bad ankle inside a chair, then picks the other chair up … AND SLAMS IT REPEATEDLY OFF THE ANKLE OF LASHLEY!!!!! Edge wears the chair out, and surely breaks the ankle, with a sickening, brutal one man con-chair-to attack on the ankle of Lashley.
Edge finally puts a stop to the madness, feeling the damage is done, and the message is sent, grabbing a camera from one of the cameramen, and looking deep into the lens, and yelling “DO I LOOK LIKE I‘M KIDDING??”, surely addressing Jericho and RVD, then turns the camera, and points it in the direction of the ankle of Lashley, most certainly broken tonight.
The Rated ‘R’ Superstar then drops the camera, and picks up his briefcase again, holding it up high, letting the fans know he means serious business at WrestleMania, and he intends on winning his first ever WWE Championship.
END OF SHOW
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:
WINNER HAS AUTOMATIC TITLE SHOT ANYTIME IN NEXT 12 MONTHS
M.V.P vs. Umaga vs. Paul London vs. Finlay vs. Carlito vs. Randy Orton vs. Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin
FIRST TIME EVER:
!!FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING!!
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)
WM Banner Credit; Crazian
Match Banners; Rocker
MITB Gif; Whoever did it for Legend