March 3rd, 2006 | Verizon Center; Washington D.C.
Our show opens tonight with the regular montage of the Friday Night SmackDown! superstars, showcasing the best and the brightest of the WWE as the song ‘Rise Up’ by Drowning Pool plays in the background. Following this we cut straight into the arena … AND WE IMMEDIATELY SEE FINLAY RAMMING SUPER CRAZY BACK SPINE FIRST INTO THE CROWD BARRIER!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!, where right here we are seeing Finlay and Super Crazy going at it before the show has even gotten under way!
That’s right, Cole. Crazy and Finlay were meant to start the show off with the first ever Belfast Brawl, but Finlay jumped Super Crazy from behind backstage, and now the brawl has led out here.
And because these two men haven’t gotten in the ring yet, the match hasn’t even begun! They’re just slugging it out right now.
And slug it out they do as Finlay now pulls Super Crazy from the crowd barrier, then staggers him down the ramp with a jaw crunching European uppercut. Not one to let an advantage slip, Finlay nails a second uppercut that sends Super Crazy all of the way down to the foot of the ramp, before taking him down with a big clothesline on the cold floor!
From ringside the crowd shouts at Finlay and Super Crazy as the tough Irish bastard Finlay picks his foe up, then rams him down face first into the ring apron! With Crazy leaning against the ring groggily, Finlay takes a few backwards steps, before charging back in at Crazy … BUT SUPER CRAZY COMES OUT OF NOWHERE WITH A FLAP JACK THAT SENDS FINLAY DOWN FACE FIRST INTO THE APRON!
A mini “Holy shit!” chant starts up as Super Crazy takes a moment to recover, before rolling Finlay into the ring … and the referee calls for the bell! This one is officially underway.
Match One ~ Belfast Brawl:
Super Crazy vs. Finlay
The crowd cheers as Super Crazy is right back up, and he quickly takes it to Finlay, running across as ‘The Fighting Irishman’ scrambles onto his knees to blast him with a low dropkick and go for the first cover of the match … but it’s just a two. Crazy, undeterred by not being able to pick up the victory in the opening minute, climbs back up to his feet and begins to kick away on the hamstrings of Finlay as he follows, looking to wear him down. Using his experience to his advantage, Finlay looks to create some separation when he pushes Super Crazy away, but the insane one charges back in at him, then takes him over with a beautiful monkey flip to a good pop. Finlay gets back up to his feet, and Super Crazy instantly charges … finding himself being lifted up onto the shoulders of Finlay in an electric chair position … but Super Crazy comes off of the shoulders of the Irishman and takes him down with a picturesque arm drag! The crowd cheers as Finlay gets up and Crazy instantaneously takes him down with another arm drag, before Finlay goes for a big clothesline on the way up … but Super Crazy ducks and takes the legs out from under the Irishman with a back legsweep kick to the back of Finlay’s knees, then quickly jumps on the cover … two!
Super Crazy, much like before, is right back to business following the failed pin attempt, getting up and lifting Finlay up with him … but the crafty veteran strikes with a jawbreaker. Super Crazy staggers back, buying Finlay some time to get back to his feet before he then kicks Crazy in the midsection and grabs him by the hair so he can run him to the corner and slam him down into the turnbuckle face first. Finlay is all over Crazy, turning him around and hammering him with right hand blows which the referee can’t stop due to the no DQ nature of the contest. This allows Finlay to strike Crazy until he falls to a seated position, at which point he backs away, then charges in and goes for a boot to the skull … but Crazy just gets out of the way in the nick of time! Finlay turns around, snarling away, and he instantly strikes with an elbow that staggers Crazy a charging Super Crazy, before going for a big right … but Crazy ducks, then nails one of his own. ‘The Insane Luchador’ quickly reels off a series of his own right hands, shocking Finlay and giving the crowd something to cheer about as he backs Finlay all of the way back into the ropes, then, much like Finlay did a moment ago, backs away … BEFORE CHARGING AT FINLAY AND TAKING THEM BOTH OVER THE TOP ROPE KAMIKAZE STYLE WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY BLOCK!
The crowd cheers as both men fall to the floor with a thud, with Super Crazy the first to try to get back to his feet, but Finlay isn’t far behind as he grabs the leg of Super Crazy, attempting to stop him from regaining a vertical base … but Crazy kicks him in the head with his free boot … THEN CLIMBS THE CROWD BARRIER … AND COMES BACK WITH A SENSATIONAL MOONSAULT ONTO FINLAY, TAKING BOTH MEN DOWN TO THE FLOOR ONCE MORE! The crowd goes nuts with a “Holy shit!” chant as Super Crazy gets back to his feet and roars out to them, before turning back to see Finlay getting up and striking him right in the chest with a kick that crackles throughout the arena. Finlay stumbles back up to his feet with Super Crazy now on top as he kicks Finlay in the midsection, then looks for an Irish whip, but Finlay reverses … AND SUPER CRAZY GOES CRASHING INTO THE STEEL RING STEPS! Super Crazy hits the steel with a thud and falls down beside them in a seated position, the pain etched in on his face … WHEN FINLAY CHARGES IN AND BOOTS HIM SQUARE IN THE HEAD, JUST AS HE HAD TRIED TO DO IN THE RING BEFORE, BUT THIS TIME SQUASHING THE HEAD OF SUPER CRAZY BETWEEN HIS BOOT AND THE STEEL!
The crowd starts up yet another “Holy shit!” chant as Finlay fallsonto his backside, leaving Crazy some time to recover as the Irishman tries to do the same. Neither man is too quick to react, this brawl having already gotten the best of them despite it being relatively early in the bout, but when a man does react, it’s Finlay as he gets up and tries to shake the cobwebs loose, then picks Super Crazy up … and rattles his brain with a sickening short arm clothesline! Super Crazy goes down onto the floor, and Finlay responds by staggering around ringside for a moment, before regaining his bearings and heading for the outskirts of the ring … where he lifts up the cover to look under the ring for some weapony goodness. The crowd cheers as the Irishman hurls a few items out backwards, strewing them across ringside, before emerging with a garbage can in hand. Going back after his opponent, Finlay sees Super Crazy on his knees, and instead of hitting him, he instead kicks him away, sending him rolling towards the crowd barrier. With the assistance of the crowd barrier Super Crazy then pulls himself up … AND FINLAY CHARGES AT HIM WITH THE GARBAGE CAN, LOOKING TO HIT THE MEXICAN IN THE HEAD … BUT SUPER CRAZY BOOTS THE WEAPON RIGHT BACK INTO FINLAY’S FACE! The Irishman is staggered, and Super Crazy acts quickly, going after the legs of Finlay … AND TOSSING HIM OVER THE CROWD BARRIER AND INTO THE CROWD WITH A BACK BODY DROP!
The crowd cheers as Super Crazy almost falls over the barrier in pursuit of his opponent, before the two men begin to brawl their way through the audience. Initially Super Crazy has the advantage, hammering away on Finlay, but the Irishman uses his brawling experience and manages to ram his foe into anything and everything at his disposal in the crowd as the two go deeper and deeper into the masses. Finally they make it up against a wall, and Finlay, in control at the time, grabs Super Crazy by the head and looks to slam him into the wall … but Crazy reverses and sends Finlay into it! Finlay goes down like a sack of Irish spuds, and Super Crazy looks to take advantage, swiftly moving along the wall and climbing up the stairs up into the next section of the crowd. He makes it to the top of the stairs and climbs up over the mini barrier onto the outskirts of the wall, all the while keeping his eyes on a now rising Finlay … THEN LAUNCHES HIMSELF INTO THE AIR … FLIPPING OVER … AND NAILING A STUNNING MOONSAULT DOWN ONTO FINLAY! The crowd around the pair laps it up, jumping up and down in excitement, joining the rest of the fans in a “Holy shit!” chant as the two men remain down on the floor.
The two men sluggishly get back to their feet and head back to ringside, with Super Crazy leading the way and continuing to keep the upper hand all of the way over the barrier to ringside, at which point he throws Finlay into the ring. Crazy follows up by throwing a few weapons into the ring with the Irishman, such as the garbage can, a few garbage can lids, street signs and some cooking trays. Super Crazy then climbs up to the apron and points to the top rope, where he heads up to, perching himself as Finlay regains his footing and begins to turn … SO SUPER CRAZY LAUNCHES HIMSELF FOR A CROSSBODY BLOCK … BUT FINLAY NAILS HIM WITH THE GARBAGE CAN IN MIDAIR! Both the can and Super Crazy crumple upon impact, and immediately the match shifts in the favour of ‘The Fighting Irishman’.
In this period Finlay is nothing short of brutal, showing what he’s all about and just why this is his type of match. With nothing the referee can do to stop him, Finlay’s usual striking game becomes even more lethal, and with the added use of weapons there are many times when he looks like he may just have the match won, only for Super Crazy to show his resilience and kick out each and every time. This actually begins to frustrate Finlay, who is out to show Lashley what he can expect on Saturday, prompting him to perhaps go for the finish of the match prematurely as he sits a chair up in the centre of the ring, then goes after Super Crazy … GETTING HIM UP FOR THE CELTIC CROSS … FINLAY CHAREGES TOWARDS THE CHAIR … AND SUPER CRAZY COUNTERS INTO A STUNNING SPINNING DDT, SLAMMING FINLAY’S FACE DOWN INTO THE CHAIR!
The crowd erupts as both men remain down for a moment, before Super Crazy just manages to get an arm across Finlay … and Finlay kicks out at two! Both men remain down following the pinfall attempt, before they slowly start to struggle up and Finlay grabs a street sign, looking to immediately crack Crazy over the head as they get up … BAM … WAIT NO … SUPER CRAZY JUST DUCKS UNDER THE SHOT AND RUNS OFF TO THE ROPES … AMAZING RUNNING HURRICANRANA! The crowd goes nuts as Finlay goes head over heels, before getting back to his feet, right into a flurry of kicks from Super Crazy to the hamstring … before he nails a spin kick to the chest that sends Finlay down into a seated position in the corner. Super Crazy is quick to move, charging in … and nailing a low dropkick to the jaw of Finlay! The crowd cheers as Super Crazy gets up and goes to grab the leg of Finlay to drag him away for a cover … but Crazy shakes his head, then goes back to the middle of the ring and grabs a baking tray, which he places in front of Finlay’s face before taking a step back … THEN CHARGING IN AND HITTING A HILO … SENDING HIS BODY CRASHING INTO THE BAKING TRAY … AND THEN INTO FINLAY’S FACE!
The crowd cheers as Super Crazy holds his back gingerly, before pulling Finlay from the corner and making the cover … two! Finlay just kicks out! Super Crazy gets back to his feet and shakes the cobwebs loose, before noting Finlay’s position … AND HE RUNS AT THE CORNER … THEN ATTEMPTS A SECOND ROPE MOONSAULT … BUT FINLAY GETS HIS KNEES UP INTO THE GUT OF THE INSANE ONE! The crowd feels the blow just as much as Crazy as Finlay gets up to see a hunched over Super Crazy, and he immediately gets Super Crazy up onto his shoulders … AND NAILS THE ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM … ONTO A COLLAPSED GARBAGE CAN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING! Finlay makes the cover … BUT SUPER CRAZY KICKS OUT! Finlay can’t believe it, yelling at the referee to do his job, worried he might be embarrassed in his own type of match, before focusing back on Super Crazy and beginning to bite him down on the mat! The referee can’t believe it, but there’s nothing he can do until Finlay finally relents and spits the skin of Super Crazy out from his mouth.
He then gets back to his feet with a disgusted look on his face and immediately kicks away at the objects in his way, before turning back to Super Crazy and quickly whipping him into the corner so he can charge in after him … but Super Crazy gets his boot up, then grabs Finlay around the head, runs him across to the other side of the ring … RUNS HIS WAY UP THE ROPES … TORNADO DDT! FINLAY IS DOWN AND OUT … BUT SO IS SUPER CRAZY BESIDE HIM! Both men remain down on the mat, clearly exhausted and in great pain, neither man moving for now until Super Crazy begins to twitch, then get back to his feet. Instead of making the cover, he notices where Finlay is, and he slowly heads to the corner and goes to the top rope … GETS HIS BALANCE … AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF FOR A MOONSAULT … BUT HE TOOK TOO LONG AND FINLAY ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY TO THE CORNER … BUT SUPER CRAZY LANDS ON HIS FEET AND CHARGES AT FINLAY ONCE HE REGAINS HIS BALANCE … BAM! SHILLELAGH TO THE SKULL! SUPER CRAZY IS KNOCKED OUT! Finlay utilises the shillelagh he left in the corner earlier in the match and knocks Super Crazy into next week, then falls into the cover to his knees, wobbling a bit before he lifts Super Crazy up and gets him onto his shoulders … CELTIC CROSS … CONNECTS! FINLAY NAILS IT! Content that he has the match won, Finlay now makes the cover … and gets the three.
Winner: Finlay via pinfall @ 13:05
Here is your winner, Finlay!
The crowd gives a respectful pop as Finlay gets back to his feet and wobbles around a bit, the match clearly having taken its toll.
Ladies and gentlemen, what a way to kick off Friday Night SmackDown! here tonight with a sensational Belfast Brawl. That was the first time we’ve ever seen a Belfast Brawl here in the WWE, but if the second at Saturday Night’s Main Event between Finlay and Bobby Lashley can live up to this, it should be a great match to say the least.
No kiddin’, Cole. That was absolutely brutal right there, but that’s what SmackDown!’s all about. Showin’ who the best man is in a straight up fight, and tonight that was Finlay, who’s gonna be tough to beat any night of the week. I gotta tell you, I don’t envy Lashley and the position he’s got himself in this Saturday night.
It’s no easy spot to be in, that’s for sure. But Lashley is undefeated, and you’ve got to remember, he has been able to beat Finlay before. Whether he can do that in a Belfast Brawl or not should be another matter.
In the ring Finlay starts to kick the debris from the area, before demanding a microphone.
It looks like Finlay’s got somethin’ to say too, Cole.
Finlay further clears the area, before raising the microphone up to his mouth and breathing heavily into it.
Finlay pauses and takes in the deep breaths while the crowd pops for the Lashley mention.
… that was just a small preview of what ye can expect this Saturday night when ye climb in the ring with me … but
… but if ye want an even better preview, how ‘bout you come out to this ring right now and I show you what I’m gonna do to you tomorrow night … personally
The crowd cheers as Finlay waits in the ring.
No way. Finlay just went through a brutal match … and he’s inviting Lashley out here?
This is what I love about Finlay. The guy’s up for a fight, any time, any place, against anyone. This is gonna be good!
We wait for a moment before hearing …
*HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME*
Never one to let down his fans, the crowd gives a good pop as Bobby Lashley
storms his way out onto the stage and looks around.
Here we go!
Lashley looks at the fans for a second … THEN CHARGES DOWN THE RAMP AND SLIDES INTO THE RING … AND THIS IS ON! LASHLEY AND FINLAY EXCHANGE HAYMAKERS, SMASHING THE HOLY HELL THROUGH EACH OTHER, WITH NEITHER MAN SHOWING ANY SIGNS OF BACKING DOWN! The crowd goes wild as they exchange right hands, before Finlay goes low and scores with a double leg takedown and begins to strike Lashley with a few right hands to the head … but Lashley uses his amateur prowess to turn things around and roll it over … then begin to cave the skull of Finlay in with some whopping rights! The crowd cheers as Finlay tries to cover up, but to no avail as Lashley smashes him time and time again … until Finlay kicks free and rolls from the ring.
The crowd boos as Finlay staggers around ringside, holding his head in pain … when the crowd suddenly begins to buzz … and Lashley turns … TO HAVE HIS HEAD TAKEN OFF WITH A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! IT’S JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD!
Oh my God … that … that’s JBL! What’s he doing out here? Why did he attack Lashley?
Wearing a suit minus the jacket, JBL looks incredibly intense as he looks down at Lashley, then spits down onto him in a sign of disrespect, before slowly leaving the ring. Layfield has down his damage, and he now makes his exit from the ring to some great heat from the fans.
Why … why did JBL attack Lashley?
If I had to make a guess, I’d say it’s revenge for last week.
Revenge for Lashley standing up for true Americans? For true heroes? Revenge for Lashley not backing down? This is disgusting.
Hey, don’t shoot the messenger, Cole. I’m just sayin’ what I think JBL would be angry at Lashley about, but if ya ask me, he’s got a point if that is it.
The crowd boos as Layfield strides back up the ramp … and Finlay now climbs back up into the ring, shillelagh in hand!
Oh no! Things are going from bad to worse for Lashley.
Lashley groggily starts to pick himself back up to his feet, then, on jelly legs, turns around … AND GETS BLASTED IN THE SKULL BY FINLAY! FINLAY NAILS LASHLEY WITH THE SHILLELAGH!
Finlay doesn’t say anything at first, standing over Lashley, before bending down and ominously shouting at the fallen Lashley “And that’s what ye can expect this Saturday!”
The crowd continues to boo Finlay as we head out to our first commercial break for the night.
We return from the break to be back at ringside with our announcers.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown! where we have seen a huge start to the show. First we had Finlay and Super Crazy compete in the first ever Belfast Brawl, as a preview for tomorrow night’s Belfast Brawl between Lashley and Finlay, where Finlay came out victorious, and then, thanks to JBL, Finlay laid out Lashley after that match.
And you gotta admire the guts of Finlay to call Lashley out after competin’ in a match like the one he just did against Super Crazy, Cole.
Finlay’s a fighter, there’s no doubt about that, but what I want to know is why JBL felt the need to stick his nose where it didn’t belong, and apparently Josh Matthews is with him backstage. Take it away, Josh.
We cut backstage where we see Josh Matthews walking alongside John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield.
JBL, I was just wondering, what were your motives to go out there and attack Bobby Lashley, unprovoked?
JBL, who has continued to walk until now, stops and looks at Matthews with fire in his eyes.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Unprovoked?
UNPROVOKED? Son, you had better
hope I misheard you, because otherwise you’ve got a lot of explainin’ to do.
Layfield looks at Matthews, but the feeble interviewer says nothing.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
Lemme explain somethin’ to you. We have WrestleMania comin’ up, and what’s the SmackDown! main event? Batista vs. Randy Orton. Now, as much of a pretty boy as Orton is, I’ve got no problem with him being in there. He earned
his spot when he won the Royal Rumble. But Batista? Dave Batista is a whole other situation. Dave Batista should NOT
be in the WrestleMania main event. Dave Batista should NOT
be World Heavyweight Champion.
JBL has turned bright red by this stage, clearly angered.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I
Heat from the crowd.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I
should have been the one to challenge monkey boy for his title at the Royal Rumble. I
should have been the one to challenge monkey boy at No Way Out. I
should have gotten a title match last week after I did the unthinkable and defeated ‘The Phenom’, the supposedly unbeatable Undertaker at No Way Out, one two three in the middle of the ring, clean as a whistle. But that didn’t happen, did it?
The crowd boos Layfield’s claims.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
Instead that ape
Mark Henry gets chance after chance against Batista because the General Manager who runs this show is an old buddy of him or somethin’. Fine. I’ll cop that. But then … then when Teddy Long has the audacity
claim that I don’t deserve
a title match before WrestleMania after beating The Undertaker? No, that’s not good enough. I shouldn’t even have had to beat The Undertaker to prove myself. I am
this show. I am
‘Mr. SmackDown!’. I’m the longest reigning WWE Champion in the history
of this show. And yet Teddy Long, he refuses to give me recognition. He refuses to give me what I deserve. So someone had to recognise me. Someone had to show me as the ‘Wrestling Gawd’, as ‘The True, American Hero’ that I am. And if that someone had to be me? Then so be it.
Small pauses from JBL to heat.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
… the recognition.
More heat for JBL.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
So then for some snot nosed ROOKIE
to come out and tell me how to act, to disrespect me
, a self made millionaire, a media mogul, a LEGEND
of this business … no, I’m not gonna allow it. I’m not gonna let that punk get away with what he did to me, with what he said to me.
More heat from the crowd.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
Bobby Lashley, you think ‘cause you’ve got some little undefeated streak goin’ that you’ve seen it all and done it all? You think you can come up and stand up to me? The man who makes this show what it is? Son, you haven’t ever seen anything like me, and I guarantee you, I GUARAN – DAMN – TEE you that you’re gonna live to regret that you ever thought of interrupting me. You don’t even deserve to be shinin’ my boots or drivin’ my limo, let alone climbin’ into the ring with me.
More heat from the crowd.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
Son, you had better
be ready to walk through hell and back with me. I smell like smoke ‘cause I’ve already been through fire, and I’ve thrived in it. Let’s see if you can even survive
my wrath, the wrath of J … B … L.
And with that Layfield gives a sneer at Matthews and leaves the scene, allowing us to cut back to ringside.
Where does JBL get off? Where does he get off believing that he has some sort of God given right to be the man facing Batista, the man who is above the rest of the roster? JBL may be a good wrestler, heck, he may be a great wrestler, but eventually that attitude of Layfield is going to cost him, and this may be that time.
Hey, I agree with JBL on this one. He defeated The Undertaker. Let’s think about that. The Undertaker
. And he gets disrespected by Bobby Lashley, who hasn’t even done a tiny bit of what JBL has done in this business? That ain’t right man. Lashley has to pay his dues before he even thinks about mixin’ it with the big boys.
Bobby Lashley was just standing up for what he, along with the rest of America, believes in, and that’s a noble cause to me. In no way is that disrespectful. What JBL did was disrespectful.
Following an uneasy silence, we cut to see Tony Chimel standing in the ring, the Money in the Bank briefcase now hanging over him.
The following contest is a Money in the Bank qualifying match, and it is scheduled for one fall!
“MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KENNEDY … KEN – NAH – DAY!”
*TURN UP THE TROUBLE*
The crowd gives some very nice heat as the peroxide blonde SmackDown! superstar, Mr. Kennedy
strides out onto the stage, chewing gum as always, not dressed to compete tonight, for he already did so the previous week to qualify for the Money in the Bank Laader Match at WrestleMania 22.
A spot at WrestleMania on the line here between two tag team partners, but first, here is the man who already qualified last week, Mr. Kennedy.
And he’s my pick for the match. Trust me, whoever else qualifies, it won’t matter, ‘cause this man right here reminds me of a young Ric Flair, an’ trust me when I say he’s got future world champ written all over him.
Well, as we saw on Monday Night RAW, we’re currently up to three superstars qualified for the match, with Mr. Kennedy joined by RAW’s Carlito and Gregory Helms at this stage.
An’ while I like both of ‘em, my man Kennedy can beat both of ‘em.
Kennedy marches on down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, telling a bemused Chimel to “hit the bricks”, before posing as his own custom microphone drops down into his hands. Everyone’s favourite platinum blonde (well, besides the divas and Ric Flair) then stands in the middle of the ring, gum in mouth, microphone in hand.
No, no. Fear not, for your eyes are NOT deceiving you. It’s true. Despite already
qualifying for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, I have still
decided to take the time out of my busy schedule, and grace you people, you disgusting, slimy
people with my wonderful presence.
Heat from the crowd, as KK shrugs.
Let’s face it. Ya don’t have a whole lot goin’ for you here in Washington D.C. other than me.
More heat from the crowd.
But that’s not the point. No, the point is that I
am here, and as long as I’m here, you’re going to be getting the full
Mr. Kennedy package.
KK pauses as the crowd continues to boo.
So … ahem …
Kennedy pauses and composes himself.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you a man who will NOT be competing tonight, for last week he became the VERY FIRST EVER
SmackDown! superstar to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Changing Friday nights, I hail from GREEN – BAY … WISCONSINNNNNNNNN … YOUR VERY SPECIAL GUEST COMMENTATOR FOR THIS MATCH … MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KKKEEENNNNNNEEEDDDYYY!
The crowd boos as KK heads to the corner then climbs up to the second rope and raises both hands up into the air, eyes closed.
KEN – NAH – DAY!
The crowd continues to boo as KK hops down and heads to ringside when we hear …
Those boos now turn to cheers as the always enthusiastic Paul London
stomps his way out onto the stage, mask over his head and energy flowing from his being. At ringside we hear the sound of headphones being put on, as Mr. Kennedy has joined the ringside crew.
Introducing first, from Austin, Texas, weighing 185 lbs, Paul London!
Well it appears that we’re being joined here by a special guest. Welcome, Ken.
Uneasy silence as KK just chews his gum.
Uh, he means Mr.
Kennedy, and welcome indeed, man.
Thanks Tazz, and right off the bat, I’ve gotta ask, is he always that stupid? I feel bad for you, man. I know how it feels to work with amateurs. I’ve gotta deal with that tub of lard, Chimel.
I know what ya mean, but hey, it’s good to have you here. As a matter of fact, I was just tellin’ Cole you’re the next Mr. Money in the Bank.
Well it’s good to know that someone at this desk has some common sense.
Uh, gentlemen, if you don’t mind, I’m going to interrupt this little lovefest you’ve got going and point out that Paul London …
Actually, Cole, I do mind. Did I say you could talk? No, so I think I’m going to continue to talk. Paul London? Talented kid, but he just doesn’t measure up. Trust me, he can do all the flips he wants, but even if he beats his little buddy tonight, he is not going to be stealing my spotlight at WrestleMania.
That’s what I’ve been sayin’.
London charges down the ramp and slides into the ring, exciting the fans by climbing up to the second rope in the corner and shouting out at them, before flipping back into the middle of the ring.
The reaction is the same as Brian Kendrick
now swaggers his way out onto the stage in the same attire as Paul London, the same mannerisms and all.
His opponent, from Aberdeen, Washington, weighing 185 lbs, Brian Kendrick!
This should be a very interesting encounter because …
Hang on, I just remembered. Why are these two guys going for a shot at the briefcase? Didn’t they lose to The Bluebloods last week?
Well SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long gave them this match as a reward for the effort they had put in …
So they’re being rewarded for losing? This should be The Bluebloods going at it tonight, not these two.
Didn’t you get a chance to qualify after losing to Rey Mysterio at No Way Out?
Did I say you could talk? Y’know, I’m starting to get a little sick of your attitude, Cole. In fact, I think I might just add you to the list along with that nobody from San Diego.
Yeah jeez, Cole. Come on man.
Kendrick now sprints down to the ramp, and just like London, revs the crowd up before this one gets underway.
Match Two ~ Money in the Bank Qualifier; Singles Match:
Paul London vs. Brian Kendrick
The two partners take a moment to begin the match, nodding at each other then shaking hands in respect, before they back off and begin to circle around the ring. Knowing each other so well, both men appear a little cautious, worried of a slip up in such an important contest. Slowly they come forward, and for the first time in the match they lock up, with Paul London looking to take the immediate advantage, taking the arm of his partner and twisting it overhead. Kendrick though, is in no mood to be shown up early, and he quickly reverses the momentum, twisting out under, then spinning London’s arm over and applying a wristlock of his own. Knowing his partner will then go for a counter, Kendrick looks to change things up, pulling London into a side headlock to try to think ahead of him. Perhaps showing he’s weary of his partner’s high flying ability, Kendrick then takes London over and grounds him with a headlock takedown, maintaining the side headlock. London, however, shows that he’s no slouch on the mat either, quickly locking in a headscissors on Kendrick, which forces him to kip up out of the hold. The two men get up and London now goes for the side headlock, into the takedown, but Kendrick quickly gets a headscissors of his own, prompting his partner to kip up, only for Kendrick to sweep his legs from nowhere into the cover … one. Both men immediately get back up … and London sweeps Kendrick’s legs … another one.
As Michael Cole puts over the athleticism of the pair (and Mr. Kennedy says he could do that in his sleep), the duo get back to their feet and immediately it’s London who gets on the offensive, grabbing BK by the arm and twisting it overhead like in the beginning of the match, but Kendrick is quick to roll through, reversing the pressure, only for London to spin over and take Kendrick down with an aesthetically pleasing arm drag. London makes the mistake of approaching Kendrick as he goes to get up, and Kendrick makes him pay, using his quick skills to take London over with an arm drag of his own. Both men then get up … and they both look for dropkicks … with neither man able to score, prompting them to get back up and nod at each other respectfully to a bit of applause from the crowd.
The two men get up and quickly slap hands, before circling around one another for a moment later, and then coming forward to lock up for a second time in the match. This time they try to find who the stronger man is, and after a slight struggle, it is London who is able to force BK back into the corner, then starting to back away for a clean break … when Kendrick, perhaps thinking he needs an edge after being outmuscled, grabs London and moves him back into the corners, then strikes with a huge knife edge chop! The sound of the chop reverberates around the arena as Kendrick reels back and nails a second one … but London then reverses the momentum and throws Kendrick into the corner … and hits a couple of chops of his own! BK staggers away along the ropes, clearly in pain, but he gets no sympathy from his regular partner, who kicks him in the midsection, then sends him off with an Irish whip … but Kendrick holds onto the ropes instead of rebounding. London, who was ready to attack, charges in at BK … and Kendrick wisely goes for a back body drop, seeing the attack coming … but London lands on the apron! London looks to cash in on his incredible athleticism as he turns Kendrick around … but BK shows experience beyond his years as he quickly turns and snaps the jaw of London off the top rope, sending him down to the floor below!
Kendrick watches London struggle up and readies himself, looking to follow up … as he goes for a baseball slide … but London scoots out of the way, sliding back into the ring … then, quick as a flash, London nails a baseball slide of his own! The crowd cheers as Kendrick goes down and London does the opposite in the ring, getting to his feet, much like BK before, readying himself by the ropes … BEFORE JUMPING UP TO THE TOP AS KENDRICK GETS UP … AND COMING OFF WITH AN AMAZING SPRINGBOARD SHOOTING STAR PRESS … LANDING DOWN ON TOP OF KENDRICK AND SENDING THEM BOTH DOWN TO THE FLOOR BELOW! The crowd applauds the supreme athleticism of London as he gets back to his feet and plays it up to them for a moment as even Mr. Kennedy applauds his amazing move on commentary, before he rolls Kendrick in and follows him in to make the cover … two. From here the frantic pace slows down for a moment as London takes a bit of control of the match, though that soon changes when he goes for an Irish whip and bends over for a back body drop prematurely, allowing BK to come over the top and get a sunset flip for a two count. Both men then regain their footing … and London immediately hits a beautiful dropkick!
Again the pace slows down with London trying to keep Kendrick under control and put him away, still hitting his high impact moves, but at a much more dragged out tempo. BK, however, shows his heart by not allowing himself to be pinned, fighting for the allure of the Money in the Bank briefcase (well, a shot at it, at least), and his fighting spirit actually begins to frustrate his partner, who doesn’t even get the match finished after a very nice missile dropkick from the corner. London tugs at his long locks following this kickout and then regains his footing, waiting on Kendrick to get up too … BEFORE QUICKLY SETTING HIM UP FOR THE LEGSWEEP DDT … BUT KENDRICK KNOWS ALL OF HIS PARTNER’S OLD TRICKS AND TAKES AN ARM OF LONDON TO SPIN OUT OF IT, THEN KICKS HIM IN THE ARM, SHOCKING HIM WITH THE SLIGHTLY UNORTHODOX MOVE … BEFORE DASHING OFF TO THE ROPES AND SPRINGBOARDING BACK WITH A CROSSBODY BLOCK THAT TAKES BOTH MEN OUT!
Both men are a little slow in getting up due to the high paced nature of the match, but in a showing of their endurance, once they get up they go right at it, trading chops in the middle of the ring to the delight of the fans, who shout “Woooo~!” with each and every shot. Eventually it’s BK who looks like getting on top, so London attempts to halt his momentum by kicking him in the midsection, then dashing off to the ropes … and comes back right into an arm drag from Kendrick! London looks slightly agitated as he gets up, so he dashes at Kendrick … but Kendrick comes out with a beautiful Japanese arm drag … then runs off to the ropes and hits a lighting quick leg drop across the throat of London! BK makes the cover … two.
Kendrick is quick to get back up to his feet, allowing him to look on at London as he tries to do the same … then charge across and nail a basement dropkick to the jaw when he tried to get up, sending the native of Texas rolling into the corner. London, dazed and confused, regains his footing in the corner … and Kendrick charges in to score a big dropkick to the jaw! London begins to stagger from the corner, and Kendrick dashes off to the ropes to springboard up to the second rope, then come back with a crossbody block … BUT LONDON COMES OUT OF NOWHERE WITH A PHENOMENAL DROPSAULT TO KENDRICK IN MIDAIR! Kendrick folds up like an accordion as London now crawls ever so slowly to the cover … but he can only get two! London shakes his head in disbelief, certain he had the three count there, before he gets back to his feet and waits on his regular partner and opponent for tonight to get to his feet. Slowly but surely, BK does just that and he gets a kick to the midsection … THEN GETS PUT IN POSITION FOR THE FLOWING LEGSWEEP DDT … BUT KENDRICK SPINS OUT OF IT AND TAKES LONDON AROUND THE HEAD, RUNNING HIM TO THE CORNER … SLICED BREAD #2 … NO, LONDON SENDS KENDRICK FLIPPING OVERHEAD … KENDRICK LANDS ON HIS FEET AS LONDON CLIMBS UP TO THE SECOND ROPE … KENDRICK CHARGES … AND LONDON MUSHROOM STOMPS HIM RIGHT IN THE BACK, SENDING BK DOWN FACE FIRST INTO THE SECOND TURNBUCKLE … KENDRICK TURNS AND LONDON CHARGES … HUGE LEG LARIAT FROM KENDRICK! Kendrick falls into the cover … and London kicks out at two!
The crowd again applauds as Kendrick rolls off the cover and reaches for the ropes to gain some assistance in getting back to his feet before sweeping his hair back and waiting on his partner/opponent to regain his footing. London is obviously extremely groggy, but he is still able to manage to get back to his feet, albeit sluggishly, as he then turns to face Kendrick and gets a kick to the midsection … AND KENDRICK IS AGAIN QUICK TO LOOK FOR SLICED BREAD #2 … BUT LONDON AGAIN SENDS HIM BACKWARDS WITH AN ATTEMPTED BACK SUPLEX … KENDRICK LANDS ON HIS FEET AND CHARGES IN … BAM! SUPERKICK FROM LONDON! LONDON USES HIS TEACHER SHAWN MICHAE’S SUPERKICK, AND KENDRICK IS OUT ON HIS FEET … LEGSWEEP DDT!
Kendrick is down for the count and London knows it as he drags Kendrick towards the corner, then goes up to the top rope, composes himself … AND LEAPS FOR THE 450 SPLASH … TO NAIL IT! Paul London hooks the leg … and gets the three!
Winner: Paul London via pinfall @ 11:36
Here is your winner, Paul London!
The crowd cheers as London gets up to his feet, a pained expression on his face, to have his hand raised in victory by the referee.
Well Mr. Kennedy, there is one of the men who will be facing you for the Money in the Bank briefcase in five weeks time at WrestleMania.
And y’know what? I congratulate Paul London. He is in for the chance of a lifetime at WrestleMania. The chance to look on as I rise above everyone else on the SmackDown! roster, and assure my status as a future world champion by capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Well, with all due respect, you haven’t won the briefcase just yet. With four men yet to qualify, we’re already looking at a heck of a lineup, with Paul London joining you, along with Monday Night RAW’s Gregory Helms and Carlito.
And I’m not disputing that’s a great lineup. They’re all great wrestlers. But here’s the thing, Cole … I’m better.
And it’s gonna be great to see Money in the Bank here on SmackDown! with you, Mr. Kennedy.
You’re damn straight it is.
In the ring Paul London sees his partner Brian Kendrick regaining his footing. The two lock eyes as Kendrick staggers up … and they then come forward and hug, before raising one another’s hands to a nice pop from the crowd.
This … this is why I’m going to win the briefcase at WrestleMania. I’m not like Paul London. I don’t need others. I’m strong, and he’s gonna see that come WrestleMania.
With those comments we head off to a commercial break.
We return from the break to immediately be shown a vignette.
We now cut to see a vignette, which is accompanied by the sound of ‘This Fire Burns’ by Killswitch Engage. We see images of a mystery man performing some of his in-ring moves (running knee/bulldog combo, urange/anaconda vise combo and the GTS, along with some big kicks).
???: It’s time for a new breed of wrestler.
The moves continue.
???: A breed of competitors. A breed that realises that things like luck, are for losers.
We now cut away to see a close-up of the man’s arms, which are covered by tattoos.
???: A breed of competitor which understand just what wrestling is all about – and that is the art … of battle.
The left bicep is featured.
???: I don’t drink.
The right bicep.
???: I don’t smoke.
The man is now shown holding up his knuckles, which spell out the words ‘DRUG FREE’.
???: And I don’t do drugs.
His stomach is now shown.
???: I’m primed, I’m focused and I know what I want. I am … straight edge, and my only addiction … is competition.
The man’s face is now shown, where we now get a close-up on his long, black hair, and a confident smile, with a snakebite piercing his lip.
???: My name is CM Punk … and I am coming to Friday Night SmackDown!
CM Punk – Coming Soon To Friday Night SmackDown!
We now cut away backstage, where we see the lovely Kristal Marshall standing by in the interview area.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Matt Hardy!
A great pop from the crowd as Matt Hardy steps into view.
First of all, Matt, I have to ask, following your match at No Way Out against MNM where we see your partner, Shannon Moore injured, we have been yet to hear from Shannon. Is there any update on his condition that you can possibly give us?
Well Kristal, Shannon’s not too good. He’s hurtin’, obviously. He took a helluva fall, and from what Shannon’s told me, it hurt as bad as it looked. But
, with that said, it’s not as bad as it could have been. Originally, many doctors feared that Shannon may have suffered damage to his spinal chord in his neck and that he may never wrestle again. This is not the case. What the doctors have told Shannon he’s suffering from is a serious concussion, along with some neck trauma. Now what does that mean for Shannon’s career?
Hardy pauses, picking his words carefully.
The doctors have said they’re not sure when Shannon’ll be back. Concussions like his … they’re not easy to recover from. But Shannon … Shannon’s one of the gutsiest guys I know, and he’s told me that he WILL
be back sooner, rather than later. How long that’ll be? I dunno, but I do know that when Shannon sets his mind to somethin’, he gets it done, and he will
A cheer from the crowd, happy to hear that Shannon Moore isn’t as bad as first feared.
That’s good to hear, Matt. Now, onto what happened after No Way Out. More specifically last week here on Friday Night SmackDown!. After losing to MNM at No Way Out, you attacked them last week after disguising yourself as a cameraman, using your camera to hit both Mercury and
Kristal, let me answer your question with a question of my own. In the days followin’ No Way Out, did you see MNM? Did you hear what they were sayin’?
Kristal looks surprised to be asked a question, taking awhile to answer at first.
Yes, they gave a few interview and they …
And they went out of their way to embarrass me, Kristal. But not just me. Oh no. They went out, and they tried to embarrass Shannon
. And y’know what? They succeeded. They went out to Hollywood, and they talked to magazines, to the paparazzi, and they embarrassed a man who they knew could do nothing
about it, callin’ both me and him “country hicks” and “rednecks” who didn’t belong in the limelight with them. And then … then they had the audacity to say that Shannon deserved
to be injured because he
Hardy bites his lips, clearly annoyed with the actions of MNM.
Y’know, where me an’ Shannon come from, where we grew up, in Cameron, it’s a pretty small place, and everyone knows everyone. My family, we know Shannon’s folks, and as soon as they saw the magazines, as soon as they heard the interviews, they asked “Why? Why would they go out of their way to do somethin’ like that to Shannon?” And do y’know what I told ‘em? I told ‘em it’s just who MNM are. They didn’t give a damn who they hurt, as long as they got their headlines. But
, if I had a say in it, I promised
Shannon’s folks that MNM would
live to regret their words.
The crowd gives a slight pop.
So why did I do what I did last week? I did it for a few reasons, but the biggest of ‘em all is for Shannon Moore. Because Shannon’s spirit, his passion … it’s just … like … mine. His spirit, it’s with me, and y’know what it’s tellin’ me? It’s tellin’ me not to quit. It’s tellin’ me to soldier on. It’s tellin’ me it will not die, no matter what MNM throws its way. So here’s what I’m gonna do. MNM, you like to embarrass people? I’ll tell ya what. I’ll give you a chance to embarrass me
, tomorrow night at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Hardy pauses as the crowd buzzes.
It’s like this. Tomorrow night, I give you your one chance to embarrass me once and for all. Me against the two of you in a handicap match. You win? I’ll walk away with my tail between my legs, having been embarrassed by you, never to even talk to the two of you again. But if I win? If I win I want one last shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles with a partner of my choosin’.
The crowd cheers.
I’ve told ya I won’t die? Well here’s your chance. Take your best shot at me. Take your BEST SHOT to EMBARRASS me, ‘cause I’m tellin’ you that if you accept my challenge tomorrow night, it won’t just be me you’ll be facin’. It’ll be ALLLLLL of Shannon’s friends, ALLLLLL of the people from Cameron, and we may just surprise you. We may just embarrass you. We may just make you look like a pack of fools.
The crowd cheers Hardy.
The ball’s in your court, MNM. You wanted to embarrass me one last time? Well here’s your chance. Take it … I dare
The crowd cheers as Hardy looks resiliently at the camera and walks away, leaving us to cut back to ringside and hear The Dicks’ theme music playing in the background, Chad Dick dressed to compete already in the ring, his brother James Dick standing behind him, and what do you know, he’s topless and covered in baby oil anyway. That’s what you call dedication to a gimmick.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Tampa, Florida, weighing 205 lbs, Chad Dick!
The gauntlet has been laid down, Tazz. You heard Matt Hardy. If MNM accepts his challenge for a match tomorrow night at Saturday Night’s Main Event, they won’t just be facing Matt – they’ll be facing everyone from his small hometown of Cameron, North Carolina.
And y’know, MNM will be ready for that. As much as I like Matt, I dunno why he’s gettin’ so worked up about MNM and their goin’ ons in Hollywood. It’s world he doesn’t understand. I almost don’t understand it myself. I had to have Melina explain some of it to me.
The crowd gives a huge pop as Chris Benoit
now makes his way out onto the stage, looking as intense as ever as he looks out to the crowd, before beating his chest. raising his hands and beginning his walk down the ramp to the ring.
His opponent, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing 225 lbs, Chris Benoit!
Moving on to the matter at hand, I’m not sure why, but Chad Dick has indeed accepted a match with Chris Benoit here tonight after seeing what he did to his brother James last week, and I have to say, I don’t like Chad’s chances.
If I were a betting man I’d put my house on Benoit. The guy has looked like a machine of late, and I just don’t think a guy like Chad Dick can mix it up with him.
Benoit has indeed looked the best he ever has in his career of late on SmackDown!, and it couldn’t come at a better time for him, because tomorrow night he will be challenging Booker T for the United States Title on Saturday Night’s Main Event in a match that he has been working towards for the longest time.
’The Rabid Wolverine’ makes his way down the ramp and climbs up in the ring, quickly scaring James Dick out of the ring as this one gets underway.
Match Three ~ Singles Match:
Chad Dick w/James Dick vs. Chris Benoit
Benoit instantly circles around and moves forward, looking for a lockup. Chad Dick, thinking back to last week, laughs and tells Benoit he knows what he’s up to, saying he saw what happened last week and that he’s not going to fall for that … WHEN BENOIT SUDDENLY TRIPS HIM UP … SHARPSHOOTER! CHAD DICK TAPS ALMOST INSTANTLY!
Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall @ 0:22
Here is your winner, Chris Benoit!
Benoit keeps the hold locked in for an extra second or two, punishing Dick further, before releasing and allowing Dick to roll away in pain, while Benoit gets his hand raised in victory by the referee.
Chris Benoit continues his unbelievable momentum headed into his United States Title match with Booker T at Saturday Night’s Main Event, and partner, you’ve got to believe that Benoit is a huge threat to Booker’s title.
Oh he’s a huge threat, Cole, ain’t no doubt about that, but I still believe that Booker has been unfairly placed in a position he shoulda never been in by being forced to defend his United States Title against Benoit tomorrow night.
Having had his hand raised by the referee, Benoit makes motion for someone at ringside to give a microphone, which is exactly what they do.
Booker should have had to defend his title against Benoit at No Way Out when he was faking his injury, and avoiding Benoit is the only thing that has allowed his title reign to go for as long as it has in my estimation. It looks like Chris Benoit’s got something to say himself ahead of that match tomorrow night though, so let’s hear what he has to say.
The announcers fall silent as Benoit now raises his microphone to his mouth in the middle of the ring.
Booker, I know you’re not here tonight, but I hope you’re watching, because that
… that is exactly
what I’m gonna do to you at Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Big pop from the crowd.
You can’t play your games tomorrow night, Booker. The games are over. It’s not like tonight, it’s not like No Way Out, and it’s not like the past six months. Tomorrow night it’s just you and me, one on one in this very ring, with no games and no running, and do you know what that means, Booker?
Benoit pauses for a moment.
That means I’m going to expose you for the fraud
of a champion that you are!
Big pop for that.
So Booker, you can keep running, you can keep hiding … tonight
. Because tomorrow night at Saturday Night’s Main Event, there’ll be no more of that. No, tomorrow night, I’m gonna make you tap like the little bitch that you are, and I am going to take back MY
United States Title!
The crowd cheers.
I’ll see you tomorrow night, Booker.
And with that, Benoit drops his microphone, having made his statement to Booker.
Benoit now looks out to the crowd, who cheer him on, nodding his head before making the title motion … when Orlando Jordan
walks out onto the stage.
Well there you go, Tazz. Chris Benoit has said it himself. He’s ready and raring to go, and tomorrow night … wait … is that … Orlando Jordan? I thought he wasn’t going to be here tonight.
Well, ah, maybe he’s doin’ a bit of scoutin’ for Booker.
Benoit looks at Jordan on the stage, who nods his head … then begins to clap?
Or maybe not, Tazz. Perhaps there’s a bit of dissension in the ranks. Nonetheless, tomorrow night Booker T will be defending his United States Championship against Chris Benoit, but right now we’re going backstage to our broadcast colleague Josh Matthews, who has a very special guest.
We cut away backstage to the outside of the parking lot where we see Josh Matthews, standing by with Monday Night RAW’s WWE Champion, Edge, who has his bag by his side, and his girlfriend Lita by his side.
Well, as you can see, I am joined here by the WWE Champion from Monday Night RAW, ‘The Rated R Superstar’, Edge, and Edge, first off, I have to ask, how does it feel to be back here on SmackDown! for the first time in over THREE years?
Edge laughs and strokes his stubble as he’s asked the question.
How does it feel? How does it feel to be back here on Friday Night SmackDown!? How, does, it, feel?
Edge laughs silently to himself.
I’ll tell you how it feels, Josh. It feels … it feels like CRAP!
Big heat from the crowd.
It took me years, YEARS
to escape from this hellhole, and now that I’m on the ‘A Brand’, the REAL
‘A Brand’, I have to come back to visit? No, I shouldn’t be here. I should get a say in this. I’m the WWE Champion for God’s sake, the highest rating WWE Champion in over FIVE YEARS. That’s right, that includes both the time that this title was on RAW AND
SmackDown!. I am this company’s GREATEST commodity, and yet I get no say in when and where I want to wrestle? I have no say on when I want to make a charity
appearance? I’ll tell you what that is. That’s BULL!
Heat from the crowd.
But even if Eric Bischoff has it in for me, I would STILL
rather spend my time back on RAW than coming back … back here
. Because as much as they’ve tired to hold me down on RAW, as much as I’ve been screwed
by ‘the man’ on RAW, it was always that much worse here on SmackDown!. And now … now that I’ve overcome all of that. Now I have risen above. Now that I’ve got away from here, I didn’t want to ever
return. And yet here I am.
Edge takes a moment to think to himself.
Here I am on SmackDown!, and y’know what I’m thinking? Straight away I’m thinking this is a poor man’s Monday Night RAW. I mean, let’s take a look at this. First of all, there’s you. What are you? Some kind of second rate Todd Grisham? Then out at the announce desk you’ve got Michael Cole and Tazz. Now, I think Joey Styles is garbage, but I would take him any day of the week over Michael Cole. And then Tazz? Tazz is only announcing because his wrestling career didn’t work out. Too bad his announcing isn’t any better.
Heat from the crowd.
And then finally we’ve got your World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!
The crowd pops for the mention of Batista.
Oh, you people like him, do you? You SmackDown! fans like him? Well that’s only because when you see this show you are USED to seeing mediocrity, and that’s EXACTLY
what Batista is. Now sure, he’s been world champion for eleven months, and come WrestleMania that’ll be twelve. That’s one whole year. That’s a rarity these days. I mean, you don’t see that often. But do you know the reason he’s held that title for that long? Do ya?
Edge looks at Matthews menacingly, causing him to stutter, rather than answer.
It’s because he never had to deal with me.
Heat of course for this.
I mean, let’s think about this. Don’t you think it’s just a little bit convenient that after Batista realised that I won the Money in the Bank briefcase and that he would have to defend his title against me sooner or later that he got “drafted” across here. The fact of the matter is that if Batista stayed on RAW, I would have beaten him for the World Heavyweight Title just as I did John Cena, and tomorrow night in the Clash of the Champions, I am going to show that when I beat Batista and once again prove myself to be the greatest champion in all of the WWE.
Edge pauses, prompting Josh Matthews to step up with a second question.
Edge, you said that you would beat Batista tomorrow night, but what about tonight when you’re forced to team against two men who you despise, and in twenty-four hours, will be wrestling for the right to challenge you for the WWE Title at WrestleMania? Where does that leave you against Batista and Randy Orton tonight?
As long as Cena and Angle stay out of my way, tonight, there will be no problems. It’s as simple as this. One RAW main eventer, such as myself, is better than two SmackDown! main eventers ever could be. You want proof? Watch me later tonight.
And with that Edge storms away, leaving Josh Matthews to look on.
Edge, John Cena and Kurt Angle vs. Batista and Randy Orton, our main event on Friday Night SmackDown!, still to come later tonight.
We now head off to a commercial break.
CHRIS BENOIT AND EDDIE GUERRERO CAPTURE THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT AND WWE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESPECTIVELY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN THEIR CAREERS AT WRESTLEMANIA XX!
WRESTLEMANIA 22 – 30 DAYS TO GO!
We cut from the video package to be backstage once again with Kristal Marshall.
Please welcome my guests at this time, the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM!
The crowd boos as the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM step into view, looking cocky as always, bling hanging from them.
MNM, earlier tonight we heard Matt Hardy say …
Hang on, hang on. Who do you think you’re talking to? Kristal, do you see these?
Melina points to her ear, leaning towards Kristal.
Um, yeah … that’s your ear.
That’s right, and you know, since I’m sooooooo much more in the know than you’ll ever be, they’ve already heard whatever it is that you’re going to tell us. Trust me, honey, whenever I
hear something, it’s a first, so there’s nothing you could tell me that I don’t already know.
Melina smirks at Kristal as her boys nod in the background.
As a matter of fact, since I don’t feel like working with amateurs such as yourself, I’d say you’re no longer needed here. Mercury, Nitro, escort little Kristal out of here, won’t you?
The champs give Kristal a look, then move in front of her, prompting her to back off out of the screen.
That’s much better.
Melina smiles an almost playful smile to see Kristal off, then turns back to the camera.
Now Matt, honey, we heard what you said earlier, and it seems like to us that there was some kind of misinterpretation. Because you see sweetie, for some reason, after reading our interviews and hearing our interviews, you seem to have come to an … an assumption, shall we say. Well, sweetie, let me clear that up for you right now.
Melina looks to either side of her, smiling at her boys, before turning back to the camera.
You see, contrary to what you may believe, we don’t care what you have to say.
Some heat from the crowd.
Really, we don’t. But I don’t blame you for not understanding. No, in fact I feel for you, because like you said before, you’re from Cameron
. You can’t help but be a simple country hick.
Heat from the crowd.
So we forgive you for that little misunderstanding. What we don’t
forgive you for is what you did to us last week. Do you see these faces? Do you?
Melina points at Mercury and Nitro.
These faces are beauty
. They are beauty personified, and part of what makes us who we are. And yet you want to take that in your
hands and try to cripple us
? What, because your little friend Shannon Moore was part of an accident at No Way Out? No. No no no no no. We will NOT
forgive you for this. We will not forgive you for the trauma that you have put my boys through. Look at Nitro’s face! Look at it! He’s bruised!
The camera shows a close up on Nitro which shows, well, nothing.
You my think what we did to Shannon Moore was bad, but he deserved every last bit of it. You and your people may not get it, Matt, but MNM we’ve got reputations to keep. We’re not just from a simple country town. We’re from the greatest city on the planet, Hollywood! We are the example that the rest of society should be following! So if Shannon Moore thought that embarrassing us was going to go unpunished … well, he’s as stupid as he looks.
Cheap heat for Melina, who simply smirks away.
But then, I guess that’s a trait of you Cameron people, isn’t it? I mean, you yourself Matt, had the audacity to challenge us
, MNM, ‘The A Listers’ to a handicap
match tomorrow night. Well y’know what, Matt? We accept the match, and we can guarantee that we won’t be letting you embarrass us again.
Melina looks a little more intense as she pauses here.
You can bring everyone from Cameron that you want, because in the end, they’ll all
just end up the same way as their hero, Shannon Moore.
Melina smirks and heads from view, followed by her boys as we now cut back to ringside.
Melina with a major warning to Matt Hardy there, saying that once MNM are done tomorrow night, Matt’s going to end up just like Shannon Moore, who as we heard earlier, will be out for an undisclosed amount of time.
Things remain silent before …
The crowd gives some okay heat as Friday Night SmackDown!’s resident fitness freak, Simon Dean
rolls his way out onto the stage atop the incredibly awesome Dean Machine.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Clearwater, Florida, weighing 224 lbs, Simon Dean!
A few weeks ago on RAW we saw this man as an announcer for the night, taking the place of ‘The Coach’ who took up the duties of General Manager for the night. Tazz, how do you think he went?
He called himself the best announcer on SmackDown!, and while I don’t think he did any better than me, he might’ve been better than you, Cole.
Dean scoots his way on down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring and endears himself to the crowd by plugging his products, before waiting for his opponent.
The crowd gives a great pop as from the stage springs the always popular Rey Mysterio
. Mysterio instantly plays it up to fans on either side of the ramp, pointing out to them to get them excited, which of course they do for the master of the 619.
His opponent, from San Diego, California, weighing 175 lbs, Rey Mysterio!
Following a huge victory over Ken Kennedy at No Way Out, this man Rey Mysterio came out with a huge bang last week on Friday Night SmackDown!, interrupting Kid Kash and telling Kash that he wouldn’t be the greatest cruiserweight of all-time as long as he was around. And while Rey may not be competing against a cruiserweight tonight, it looks as if he wants a shot at the title, so it’s just a matter of time until he reenters the division.
And I, for one, would love to see that. Kash vs. Mysterio? Are you kiddin’ me? That would be off the charts for sure.
Mysterio makes his way down the ramp, saluting his fans (especially those who wear his merchandise), before climbing up in the ring and again acknowledging the fans as he readies for battle.
Match Four ~ Singles Match:
Simon Dean vs. Rey Mysterio
The crowd cheers as this one gets underway, firmly behind the man from the 619 as the two men lock up. Using his superior size (and strength from the Simon System, of course), the big bad Dean machine is able to force Mysterio back into the corner with ease. Smiling away, Dean slowly breaks away from Rey, looking him right in the eye and letting him know who the bigger man is. Rey nods his head in acceptance as he comes out of the corner, looking to change things up, only for Simon to goad him into locking up for a second time … and again, the fitness guru is able to use his superior girth to force Rey back into the corner. This time Dean isn’t so modest about it either, getting right in Rey’s face and laughing at him … only for Rey to suddenly come out with a cracking kick to the hamstring of Dean! Simon hops away in pain, looking for some distance, but Mysterio won’t give it to him, following him around the ring and nailing him with kick after kick until Dean eventually reaches the ropes and the referee forces him back. Having looked for separation previously, Dean is now thinking different, clearly frustrated as he charges at Rey … right into a drop toe hold! The crowd cheers as Rey takes off to the ropes, quick as a flash, then comes back and hits a leg drop right to the back of Simon Dean’s head! Rey rolls Dean over and hooks the leg … two.
Rey climbs back to a standing base and readies himself as Dean does the same, before nailing a kick to the midsection and dashing off to the ropes … then coming back right into a falling clothesline from Dean! The crowd boos as the force of the move sends sweat flying from the chest of Rey, drawing a sick smirk out of Dean. This begins a small period of dominance from Dean in which he grounds Rey and keeps him within close proximity of himself, not allowing the smaller, faster man to do what makes him great. Dean even manages to get some pretty great heat, when following a scoop slam he drops down and begins to do some pushups, his right hands pushing up and down off the face of the masked Rey-Rey. The referee, unhappy with this move, forces Dean off, and the Deanmeister shows his over the top attitude by getting up and running around, asking the crowd if they saw that. He then turns back to Rey Mysterio and starts to lift him up … when Rey comes out with a right hand to the midsection! Dean jumps up in pain, then goes back to Rey … for another punch to the abs. Frustrated, after reeling back in pain, Dean grabs at a doubled over Rey … but Rey quickly scoots out between Dean’s legs, runs off the ropes, comes back … and takes him over with an awesome legscissors takedown!
The crowd gets excited as both men get back up, and Rey nails a few cracking kicks to the hamstring of Dean, then pushes him back against the ropes and goes for an Irish whip … but Dean reverses and sends Rey off … and Rey springboards up to the second rope, then comes back with a crossbody block into a hook of the leg … two! The crowd continues to buzz as both men regain their footing, and Dean instantly strikes with a knee to the midsection, then runs off to the ropes, before getting taken over with a hurricanrana from Rey. Dean gets right back up … and Rey is already flying through the air … NAILING AN AMAZING SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT BODYBLOCK ON DEAN! The crowd cheers as Mysterio makes the cover … but he can only get two! Mysterio looks at the referee to confirm it was just a two count, before waiting as Dean gets up and then running off to the ropes … springboard back for another crossbody block … BUT DEAN SWATS HIM DOWN ACROSS HIS KNEE IN A TREMENDOUS COUNTER WITH A RIB BREAKER! Mysterio writhes around the mat in pain, and Simon Dean, knowing this may be his chance for a big win, makes the cover … two!
The Deaner can’t believe it as he argues with the referee on his way up, before finally turning back to Rey and noticing him getting up … so he readies himself … THEN GETS REY UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS IN A FIREMAN’S CARRY POSITION … BUT REY SPINS OUT … AND HITS A PHENOMENAL TORNADO DDT! Dean is up, but he’s out on his feet … AND MYSTERIO CHARGES ACROSS TO NAIL THE WHEELBARROW BULLDOG! Dean’s face smashes into the mat, then up into the air … AND HE FALLS ACROSS THE SECOND ROPE! MYSTERIO NOTICES THIS AND GOES FOR IT … AND NAILS THE 619! The crowd cheers as Dean falls back into the ring onto his back … AND MYSTERIO SCALES THE TURNBUCKLE … THEN HITS THE FROG SPLASH! Rey makes the cover … and gets the three!
Winner: Rey Mysterio via pinfall @ 6:24
Here is your winner, Rey Mysterio!
The crowd cheers as Mysterio gets back up to his feet and instantly has his hand raised by the referee to signify his victory.
Well Simon Dean may not be a cruiserweight, but nonetheless that was an impressive performance from Rey Mysterio, who like Chris Benoit, is perhaps wrestling the best he ever has in his career.
Rey instantly motions for a mic, which he quickly receives from ringside.
And it looks like he has somethin’ to say too.
Mysterio’s music dies down, leaving the man from the 619 to stand in the middle of the ring, microphone in hand, the only noise being the sound of the crowd continuing to cheer him.
That was a pretty good match, huh guys?
The crowd responds straight away, giving a big cheer for Rey.
I thought so too. And y’know, that’s what SmackDown! is all about. It’s about bringin’ the best talent together, and lettin’ them get it on for all the great SmackDown! fans.
Rey draws the cheap pop out from the fans with ease.
And where that’s at its best is the cruiserweight division.
Another pop as Mysterio pauses.
The cruiserweights you see here on SmackDown!, they are some of the best at what they do in the world, and they show you that week in and week out. And the man who epitomises that at the moment is our current Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash.
The crowd boos the mention of Kash.
I know, I don’t like him either, but the fact of the matter is that Kid Kash has taken the cruiserweight division to a whole new level since he’s been here.
Mysterio again pauses, taking a few steps around the ring.
Now I know last week I came out here, and I told Kash otherwise. But after thinkin’ about it, and seeing all of the guys in the division, each and every week here on Velocity, striving to be as good as Kash, striving to just get close
to the gold that he holds, to me, that has shown what Kid Kash has done for the division. But …
The crowd waits in anticipation as Mysterio pauses and looks down.
But just because Kid Kash has taken the cruiserweight division to a whole new level, just because he has been a dominant champion, it does NOT make him the greatest cruiserweight of all-time!
Big pop from the crowd.
There are countless amounts of guys who, like Kash, have taken the cruiserweight division to a new level, and I’d like to think that I’m one of them.
The crowd cheers respectfully.
Now last week I came out here, and I told
Kid Kash what I had done for the division in the past, and y’know what he said? He said that it didn’t matter what I had done. I had to prove that I was better than him. Now last week, I took that offensively. I mean, I’ve been around the cruiserweight division a long time, and while I may have stepped away from it for the past few years, the cruiserweight division is still somethin’ I hold close to my heart. But now? Now I see that Kid Kash … Kid Kash was right
Mysterio pauses, leaving the crowd silent, as they don’t know how to react to that.
So I’ll tell you what. I’m gonna do what Kid Kash said. I’m gonna prove myself by not talking, but showing
each and every one of you, as well as Kid Kash, what I’m all about in the cruiserweight division!
Pop from the crowd.
Tomorrow night it’s the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, and I think it’s only fitting that the return of Rey Mysterio to the cruiserweight division should also take place tomorrow night too. So as of right now, what I’m doin’ is laying out an open challenge to ANY
of cruiserweight in the cruiserweight division. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you’ve wrestled me in the past, or if you’re someone like Kid Kash who has never faced me, I will wrestle any
cruiserweight in that locker-room that steps up to face me.
Mysterio points to the backstage area as the crowd cheers.
So Kid Kash, I suggest you watch tomorrow night, because I promise you that I am gonna show
you why it is that many consider me
and not you the greatest cruiserweight of all-time.
The crowd cheers as Mysterio now drops his mic down with a thud. smiling and nodding away.
Happy to acknowledge the fans, Mysterio now climbs up to the second rope and raises his arms up, drawing an even bigger pop from the crowd than before.
Well there you have it, partner. Kid Kash told Rey Mysterio to prove why he deserves a shot at the gold, and tomorrow night he’s going to do it against any cruiserweight on the SmackDown! roster.
And good on Rey. There’s not many people who are willin’ to admit they were wrong, and Rey not only did just that, but he’s lookin’ to right his wrong tomorrow night. Now what I’m wonderin’ is who’s gonna step up to the plate?
I don’t know, Tazz, but whoever it is, we should be in for a treat, tomorrow night at the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event.
We get one last glimpse of Mysterio acknowledging the fans, before we then cut away to a locker-room … and we see the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista seated on a bench in his tights, rolling his kneepad up his leg to his knee. The crowd gives a huge pop as Batista applies the kneepad to his right knee, then looks to do the same to his left when he sees another man’s legs appear next to his.
Both the camera and Batista slowly look up … to see none other than Batista’s partner for tonight and challenger come WrestleMania, Randy Orton. The crowd gives some good heat as Batista now gets up and goes nose to nose with Orton.
Batista speaks through gritted teeth, getting a smirk out of Orton.
Dave, Dave, relax. I’m not here to do anything to hurt you. Remember, I’m not going to even touch you
Orton looks at Batista with a glint in his eyes, scanning the untrusting eyes of ‘The Animal’.
Bro, you can trust me, remember? Remember last week? Remember … No Way Out?
Orton smiles away cockily.
Randy, I’m not in the mood for your crap. What do you want?
What do I want? Dave, I’m shocked. Why would you think I want something?
Batista looks at Orton coldly, not biting on the bait.
Look, I take it as you’ve been watching RAW, right?
Still untrusting, Batista is slow to answer.
Well then you’ve seen that our opponents tonight, Angle, Cena and Edge, they’ve been at each other’s throats for months
. They hate
Again, Batista says nothing for a moment.
And what I’m thinkin’ is you and me, tonight we go out there, and to make sure we win, we stir the pot a little. Y’know … try to get them to turn against one another?
Batista remains expressionless.
Randy, I don’t know who you think you’re talkin’ to, but tonight, I’m just gonna go out there what I do every night, and that’s kick some ass.
Pop from the crowd as Orton looks to respond, but Batista looks away, going to sit down, before getting back up and getting right in Orton’s face.
Oh, and if you try any of that crap on me
… the RAW guys won’t be the only ones gettin’ their ass kicked.
Batista stares at Orton as the latter gulps.
Randy stands nervously, not looking Batista in the eyes.
Yeah … I got ya.
Orton starts to back away, leaving Batista to once again sit down, and us to head off to a commercial break.
We now cut to a video package, which begins with the image of a road that we are slowly moving along, Mark Henry hitting The World’s Strongest Slam on Rey Mysterio.
Narrator: The journey is almost complete.
We are now suddenly back on that road, which we are starting to pick up some pace as we go along, before we cut off to see Kurt Angle hitting Edge with the Angle Slam.
Narrator: The traveling, almost done.
We continue to move down the road, this time getting even faster, before seeing Randy Orton hitting the RKO on The Undertaker.
Narrator: The destination … is there.
We see the WrestleMania 22 logo in the distance as we continue to speed closer and closer towards it, the logo becoming even larger as we now enter the streets of Chicago … before coming to a screeching halt.
Narrator: But before we get there, we have just one more trip, down memory lane.
We see a street sign with the words on it ‘Memory Lane’, while images of Hulk Hogan hitting the Atomic Leg Drop on Andre The Giant, the Hulkster battling with Paul Orndorff, and Andre The Giant now standing tall over Hogan.
Narrator: Join the superstars of the WWE, as we bring back a tradition from the forefathers of this company.
The images now fade away to be replaced by the Saturday Night’s Main Event logo.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S MAIN EVENT – LIVE THREE HOUR SPECIAL MARCH 4TH, 2006
We now return back to ringside to be with our announce team.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown!, our main event of the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista and Randy Orton taking on Monday Night RAW’s WWE Champion, Edge, Kurt Angle and John Cena still to come, and as we just saw, we are just one day away from the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event.
That’s right, Cole, and four of the five men you just mentioned are gonna be involved at that show tomorrow night.
Indeed they are, partner. From Monday Night RAW, it’ll be Kurt Angle and John Cena one more time, with the winner set to earn themselves a WWE Title shot against a man who has attempting to dodge both of them for the past few months, Edge.
Edge talked a big game earlier, but whichever of these guys gets to WrestleMania, well, it could be trouble for Edge. Cena and Angle both aren’t happy with Edge, and trust me, you don’t wanna piss off Kurt Angle and John Cena.
Well Edge meanwhile will be involved in a battle of his own, as he represents RAW as the WWE Champion to take on SmackDown!’s very own World Heavyweight Champion, Batista in a Clash of the Champions.
Like I said before, Edge talked big game. Heck, he even said the reason Batista came to SmackDown! wasn’t the draft – it was ‘cause he was runnin’ scared from Edge. Personally I don’t agree with that, and I think Batista will show that SmackDown! is indeed the ‘A Brand’, and that we have the better champion.
Speaking of champions, the United States Championship will be on the line when Booker T is finally forced to defend the title against his foe, and a man who looks to be in the best shape of his career, ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ Chris Benoit.
If ya ask me, SmackDown! General Manager Teddy Long has put Booker T in an unfair position here by givin’ Benoit a shot at the title when he never agreed to the stipulation of the match at No Way Out. If Booker wins it’s gonna be a heck of an achievement, considerin’ this match shouldn’t even be happenin’.
We’ll find out who the number one contenders to the World Tag Team Titles are over on Monday Night RAW, as in a fatal four way tag team match, The Redneck Wrecking Crew will take on The Basham Brothers, V-Squared, and the pairing of the former World’s Greatest Tag Team, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.
Eric Bischoff has forced Haas and Benjamin back together, and to me, if they don’t wanna be together, that means they don’t wanna win. Look for The Crew to take this match and possibly take back the titles they lost to Kane and the Big Show six months ago when they get their chance at WrestleMania.
Matt Hardy will be looking for a shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles with a partner of his choosing this Saturday as he takes on the champions themselves, MNM, in a handicap match. If MNM wins Hardy vows to never speak to them again, but if Hardy wins he will get another shot at the titles with a new partner, after MNM took Shannon Moore out.
MNM all the way for me in this one. They beat Matt Hardy when he had Shannon Moore on his team at No Way Out. Why couldn’t they win when it’s just Matt?
Also from SmackDown! we will see the second ever Belfast Brawl, as in his own special match, Finlay will try to win the war against the undefeated youngster, Bobby Lashley.
We saw a preview of what Finlay could do earlier tonight when he beat Super Crazy in the first Belfast Brawl, and then ALSO left Lashley layin’ courtesy of his shillelagh. In his own match, I can’t see Finlay losin’. We’ll be seein’ the same thing as we saw earlier tomorrow night.
Perhaps the most personal match on the card comes from RAW, and it’s a Street Fight between the son of the boss, Shane McMahon, and the man who has vowed to stand up to the McMahons and, along with his DX partner Triple H, show attitude, Shawn Michaels.
As we saw on RAW, Triple H is banned from the arena for this one, and to me that means Shane’s gotta win this one. The McMahons are just gonna have too many tricks up their sleeve for Shawn Michaels.
And as we just heard, Rey Mysterio will make his return to the cruiserweight division at Saturday Night’s Main Event when he lays out an open challenge to any cruiserweight on the SmackDown! roster.
As I said earlier, I have to give props to Mysterio for doin’ this. He’s set out to prove what made him a great cruiserweight and earn himself a shot at the Cruiserweight Title.
Of course we will also see Mickie James address Trish Stratus, but perhaps most importantly, ‘Mr. Pay-Per-View’ Rob Van Dam will finally get the chance to explain why he cost The Undertaker his match with JBL back at No Way Out. For those of you who missed it, it was seemingly unprovoked, and certainly unexpected. Let’s take a look.
Slowly, both men start to fight against their bodies wishes and pull themself back up to their feet where they once again meet … AND THE UNDERTAKER IMMEDIATELY GRABS JBL BY THE THROAT … BUT JILLIAN HALL CLIMB UP ONTO THE APRON! The Undertaker throws JBL away and goes to stare down Jillian, much like on SmackDown!, before turning … AND JBL, AGAIN LIKE ON SmackDown!, EXPLODES OUT OF THE BLOCKS WITH THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL … BUT THE UNDERTAKER DUCKS ... AND JBL CREAMS CHIODA!
The referee is out … NOT THAT ‘TAKER CARES AS HE INSTANTLY GRABS JBL BY THE THROAT AGAIN AS HE TURNS … CHOKESLAM CONNECTS! THE UNDERTAKER SLAMS JBL RIGHT DOWN INTO THE MAT WITH A MASSIVE CHOKESLAM!
The crowd cheers as The Undertaker looks right out towards them … THEN SIGNALS FOR THE END! THE END IS NIGH FOR JBL! Not knowing this, the leader of The Cabinet picks himself up with the aid of the ropes, all while being stalked from behind by The Undertaker … AND HE THEN GETS SCOOPED UP! THE UNDERTAKER HAS JBL IN POSITION AS HE TURNS TO FACE THE HARD CAMERA … BUT THEN GETS TAKEN OUT WITH A THRUST KICK!
IT’S ROB VAN DAM~!
No one knows how to react as The Undertaker falls to the mat with the flying kick right to his head, the body of JBL also landing right on top of him as RVD looks out to the crowd to a huge mixed reaction … THEN HEADS TO THE CORNER AND GOES UP TOP! EVERYONE IN THE ARENA IS STANDING UP ON THEIR FEET, THE REACTION HUGE AS RVD LAUNCHES HIMSELF … AND HE LANDS ON TOP OF THE UNDERTAKER WITH THE FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!
RVD rolls around on the mat for a moment from the impact, before getting back up to his feet, looking around … AND GETTING OUT OF DODGE! RVD ROLLS FROM THE RING AND EXITS THROUGH THE CROWD, WHO ARE STILL ALL ON THEIR FEET, UNSURE OF HOW THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE REACTING!
In the ring, both JBL and Mike Chioda are pulling themselves back up to their feet, neither aware of what has transpired. JBL takes a moment to recuperate, shaking his head to try to get his mind straight … before he sees The Undertaker rolling towards the ropes. Layfield has no idea how Undertaker got there, but he knows he’s in the commanding position now as he waits on The Undertaker to pull himself back to his feet with the ropes, which he does … THEN TURNS RIGHT INTO THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! JBL WIPES UNDERTAKER OUT WITH THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!
THE CROWD BOO FURIOUSLY AS JBL HOOKS THE LEG:
Winner: John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield via pinfall @ 19:26
Tony Chimel: Here is your winner, J – B – L!
The crowd can’t believe it … and neither can JBL! The former Texan sits back up and looks around shocked, before having his hand raised by the referee, a toothy grin on his face.
Michael Cole: What did we just see? Why did … why did RAW’s RVD interfere and cost The Undertaker his match with JBL?
Tazz: I dunno’, Cole … I’m … I’m in shock.
We flash through the scenes once more really quickly, before the video package ends.
We slowly fade away from the video and go to a commercial break.
We return from the break back at ringside.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown!, where momentarily we will be seeing our main event, but before then, every year on the night before WrestleMania we induct a new class of wrestling legends into the WWE Hall of Fame. Last week we saw our very first inductee was the late, great Eddie Guerrero, and tonight, please help us in welcoming our second inductee into the class of 2006.
SECOND INDUCTEE TO THE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2006 – JIM ROSS!
We now cut away from that video package to be backstage in the interview area, our lovely interviewer Kristal Marshall standing by, looking as pretty as always.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, the Cruiserweight Champion of the world, Kid Kash!
The crowd gives some great heat as the aforementioned Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash steps into view, smirking arrogantly, title hanging from his shoulder.
Well Kid Kash, earlier tonight we heard from Rey Mysterio, and he promised that tomorrow night he would show you why he deserves a shot at your title in his open challenge to any cruiserweight on the roster. Your response?
What can I say? I mean, you probably want me to talk about how gutsy it is for Rey Mysterio to admit he was wrong, tell the truth, and say that he knows he was wrong. That he has to prove himself. But ya know what? Even though you people love and respect Rey Mysterio, I’m not gonna do that, because there’s a whole lot more Rey Mysterio is gonna have to do before he earns my
The crowd boos as Kash smirks away.
Ya see, last week, Rey Mysterio came out, an’ what he did was blatantly lie to not just me, but all of his fans. Rey Mysterio came out, and he hid behind his lies and his propaganda, sayin’ that he
is a better cruiserweight than me
, claimin’ that my “opinion” that I’m the greatest cruiserweight of all-time is wrong. But ya see what Rey Mysterio doesn’t understand is that I don’t deal with opinions. I deal with facts
, and ‘The Notorious K.I.D’ being the greatest cruiserweight of all-time certainly isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact.
Heat from the crowd.
And Rey Mysterio knows that. Heck, every goddamn person who knows a single thing about professional wrestlin’ knows
that I am God’s gift to the cruiserweight division. But Rey Mysterio, he tried to pretend it wasn’t true. He came out an’ he told all his fans that he was greater than me, and ya know what? They believed him. They ate it up. An’ that … that makes me sick
Heat as Kash scowls.
Rey knows the truth. He knows
that he isn’t even close
to being on my level, an’ yet he still tells these people, these so-called “fans”, that he’s better than me. Well if those morons
in the crowd had any idea about wrestlin’, if they really were the fans that they claim to be, then they would already know that all Rey is doin’ is spoutin’ a bunch of crap.
The crowd continues to boo the cheap shot.
They would already know that Kid Kash is the moneyman of the cruiserweight division. An’ they would already know that their hero, Rey Mysterio, wouldn’t stand a chance against me, ‘cause he may be like Juventud, he may be their masked hero, here to save the day, but just like Juventud, the hero can be beaten, the hero can be broken
, ‘cause he’s not just up against any good guy, or any bad guy. He’s up against me. He’s up against the man
More heat from the crowd.
So Rey, I don’t know what you plan on showin’ me tomorrow night other than that you still are and always be inferior to ‘Mr. Money’ Kid Kash.
Some more heat, which just keeps picking up.
I don’t care what you’ve done elsewhere, Rey, ‘cause this ain’t about the heavyweight division here. This is the cruiserweight
division, and even if ya did make this division, even if you did bring it over to America, what ya gotta learn is that it’s not your division any more. It’s mine
, and I don’t EVER
plan on givin’ it back.
Kash looks right into the camera, intensity brimming from his eyes.
Ya get it, Rey? Got it? … Good.
The crowd continues to boo as Kash then smirks, readjusts his title over his shoulder and walks from view, happy with the message he has sent. Having heard from Kash, we now cut back to ringside to hear …
“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”
The crowd absolutely ERUPTS into heat as none other than Monday Night RAW’s champion, the WWE Champion, Edge
emerges out through the smoke which seeps out from the arena floor, wearing his ‘Rated-R Superstar’ wrestling tights, tee and beanie, along with the WWE Title around his waist, and his lovely girlfriend Lita
on his arm. Having stepped through the smoke, the duo look out at the crowd with a look of disapproval, before looking at one another and coming together for a bit of a peck. Smiles now on their faces, the dastardly duo begin their descent towards the SmackDown! ring.
The following contest is a three on two handicap match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Toronto, Onatrio, Canada, weighing 245 lbs, he is the WWE Champion, ‘The Rated-R Superstar’, Edge!
Earlier tonight we heard from this man Edge, who is making his first appearance on SmackDown! for over three years, and RAW’s WWE Champion was less than happy to be here, with some disparaging remarks not just directed at his opponent tomorrow night, Batista, but also to you and I, Tazz.
Y’know, respect is a big thing in the wrestling business, and to me, you gotta have respect fro where you came from. Edge may be the WWE Champion now, but he came from SmackDown! originally, and if it wasn’t for the people on this show that helped him along the way, who knows what he would be. He mightn’t be WWE Champion. He mightn’t even have a job.
Edge makes his way down the ramp with his girlfriend Lita, then slides into the ring, watching as Lita climbs up the steps and steps over the middle rope, before the champ bounces back up to his feet and shows off the gold that he treasures.
The crowd goes wild with a reaction equal to that of Edge’s, only this is all cheers as out from the back storms Kurt Angle
. Angle wastes no time in charging out to the ramp, where he then stops to slap his head a few times and throw his arms up into the air, setting off his red, blue and white pyro, which flies off everywhere.
His partners, first, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 238 lbs, Kurt Angle!
Up until June of last year Kurt Angle had always been a SmackDown! superstar, and now he makes his return to the blue brand tonight, but will Angle be looking to win, or will he possibly looking to inflict punishment on his two partners?
Well I heard that RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff has threatened Angle, Cena and Edge that they better not come to blows, else some hefty fines might be comin’ their way. Thing is, I’m not quite sure Angle really cares about what Bischoff has to say.
Angle charges on down the rest of the ramp and climbs up into the ring, prompting Edge, despite being his partner tonight, to scoot on out to the outside of the ring.
*MY TIME IS NOW*
The reaction is absolutely massive as out from the back runs the former WWE Champion, John Cena
. Wearing his usual attire of jean shorts and a Cena merchandise tee, ‘The Champ’ excites the crowd on either side of the ramp, before then beginning to make his way down to the ring.
Their partner, from West Newbury, Massachesetts, weighing 245 lbs, John Cena!
We talked about respect, partner, and if we’re going to talk about respect, we have to mention that this man John Cena is all about respect. He too is a product of the SmackDown! brand, but he’s learnt to respect where he comes from, and he knows how much this brand has done for him.
And Cena did a lot for us here on SmackDown! too. He’s playin’ for the opposition team now though, so hopefully it’s not necessarily a happy return to SmackDown! for John Cena.
Cena now storms his way down the ramp and joins Kurt Angle in the ring, locking eyes with him, as Edge now cautiously climbs up onto the apron.
*BURN IN MY LIGHT*
The crowd now gives a VERY heated reaction for the third generation superstar Randy Orton
, who struts out from the back, confidence at a maximum as shown by the smirk on his face. ‘The Legend Killer’ ignores the abuse from the fans as he stops at the top of the ramp, then reaches his arms out in his classic pose, a golden rain of pyro falling behind him as he does so.
Their opponents, first, from St. Louis, Missouri, weighing 245 lbs, he is the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton!
Randy Orton is a man who knows of the problems that the RAW men have had, and earlier tonight he suggested to Batista that they attempt to exploit these problems to win, which Batista shot down instantly. Is it possible that Batista thinks Orton is also thinking the same way about him?
Oh no doubt, Batista thinks Orton is comin’ up with ideas about how to get in his head too, but as Randy has said, Batista can trust him. Orton wants a fair match at WrestleMania so he can truly show who the better man to come out of Evolution was.
Orton swaggers his way on down the ramp, arm raised up in the air, pointing to the sky as he does so, before stopping at ringside, not wanting to jump in the ring with the RAW guys, instead waiting for his partner, along with the rest of us as his music dies down.
*I WALK ALONE*
The reaction from the crowd is nothing short of monstrous as out from the back runs the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista
. Much like Cena earlier, Batista runs to either side of the stage to play it up to his hometown fans, getting them even more fired up, before he then does his own thing by coming to the middle of the stage and setting off his explosive set of pyrotechnics.
His partner, from Washington D.C., weighing 295 lbs, he is the World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista!
When you think about respect you think about this man, Batista. He knows where he came from, and tonight he returns there, not just on his home brand of Friday Night SmackDown!, but also to his hometown here in Washington D.C.
This reaction is off the chain! Batista’s gotta be excited tonight to be home, and hopefully he can channel that excitement, and along with Randy Orton, he can send those RAW boys back to where they belong on RAW.
Batista marches his way down the ramp and glances at Orton, before the duo climb into the ring, Batista posing with his gold once he does, while Orton looks on at him, and more specifically, the title that he holds.
Match Five ~ Three On Two Handicap Tag Team Match:
WWE Champion Edge, Kurt Angle & John Cena w/Lita vs. Randy Orton & World Heavyweight Champion Batista
The crowd buzzes as the superstars of RAW all climb up to the apron, with Edge being the man to step into the ring, staring into the eyes of the man who he will face tomorrow night in the Clash of the Champions, Batista. Smirking, Big Dave raises his eyebrow, almost surprised Edge would dare to step in the ring with him. Edge, though, tries not to look worried, stroking his facial hair, before he begins to circle the ring, prompting Batista to do the same. Remaining calm, Dave looks at ease, in stark comparison to Edge, who is on the edge as he continues to circle around the ring, before coming back to his corner and suddenly turning around and tagging Kurt Angle into the match. Angle glares at Edge initially, not approving of his cowardice, before he then steps over the middle rope and climbs into the ring, joining Batista. With Angle now his opponent, Batista suddenly snaps into a more serious mode, locking his eyes in on Angle as the two bulls look at one another, then come forward and lock up for the very first time. The intensity in the ring is amazing as Angle tries to force Batista back to no avail, before Batista then unloads with his power and runs Angle back into the corner.
Happy to provide a clean break, Batista backs away and hops around, ready to lockup a second time. Angle, never one to back down from a challenge, rushes forward, again trying to prove his power to Batista, but again Batista is able to use his amazing power to send Angle back to the corner. For the second time Batista is willing to give a clean break, then moving back to the middle of the ring to again bounce around as Angle wipes his hand across his face, then comes forward a little more slowly, before again moving forward for a lockup … or so Batista thought, as Angle goes low when Batista comes at him, taking him down with a double leg takedown. Out of his element, ‘The Animal’ struggles as Angle picks his legs, only for Batista to try to roll away, prompting Angle to float over him and grab a front face lock. Batista, however, would not be held down, and he powers to his feet with Angle still holding the front face lock … before lifting Angle up with ridiculous ease … and throwing him across the ring!
The crowd applauds the raw strength of their hometown hero as Angle gets up and looks at Batista in shock … before the giant body of Batista suddenly smothers Angle, charging towards him and then forcing him back into the corner to unload with some heavy right hands! The crowd cheers as Batista goes wild on Angle, taking advantage of the referee’s count, before whipping Angle out of the corner hard, causing him to hit the opposite turnbuckle and stagger out in pain, nursing his back, right into a huge clothesline from ‘The Animal’! The crowd cheers as Batista makes the cover … two. Getting to his feet, ‘The Animal’ grabs Angle in a front face lock, much like Angle had him in before, and drags Angle over to his corner, looking to tag in Randy Orton … but Orton doesn’t make the tag! Batista looks at him and shouts “Tag me”, but Orton remains still … and Angle takes advantage of the pause to nail some hard shots to the midsection of Batista, causing him to break the hold. Angle then follows right up by grabbing Batista by the skull and running him to the corner to slam his head down into the turnbuckle, before he follows up by lambasting ‘The Animal’ with right hands, European uppercuts and kicks. Still a little groggy from the shots from Batista, Angle leaves Batista in the corner, and now staggers across to tag in John Cena to a huge mixed reaction.
Cena rushes across the ring and makes sure to keep Batista cornered, hitting him with some heavy punches to the midsection, before pulling Batista out of the corner and sending him off with an Irish whip, leading into a sit out hip toss on the rebound! Cena makes the cover … two. Following the kickout Cena gets right up, not worrying about the failed pin attempt, instead focusing on continuing the job as he hits some more measured right hands to Batista, causing him to go a bit wobbly, before again Irish whipping him and this time catching the big man with a clothesline on the rebound. Looking for an early victory, Cena again drops into a cover … and again gets two. Once again though, Cena is right back up, and this time he kicks away at Batista, before dragging him up and over to the corner to tag in Kurt Angle again … when Edge makes the blind tag in! The crowd boos as Edge comes into the ring, much to the shock of Cena and Angle, who Edge tells to “Watch and learn”. Edge then starts to hammer away on Batista, taking him away from his corner in the process so neither Cena nor Angle can make the tag, and to a neutral corner, where he is able to unload with right hands, kicks, and then choke Batista to the annoyance of the Washington D.C. crowd.
Edge doesn’t care if he gets booed though, and he shows that by coming out of the corner and raising his arms sarcastically, gaining even more heat, before going back to the corner … right into a big right from Big Dave! The crowd explodes with a pop as Batista hits a second, prompting Edge to panic and shove his finger into the eye of ‘The Animal’. This brings the RAW team back on top, and despite their lack of cohesion, which brings about a few spot fires, they are able to keep control of the World Heavyweight Champion for an extended period, much to the surprise of Cole & Tazz at the announce desk. Batista, however, isn’t the World Heavyweight Champion for nothing, and he refuses to quit, fighting out of a submission attempt from Edge with the bodyscissors and getting back to his feet to rock Edge with some big rights. Much like earlier, Edge panics and rakes the eyes, then this time staggers across to tag in Kurt Angle. Angle comes into the ring and instantly charges up behind Batista … LOOKING FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX … BUT BATISTA STANDS HIS GROUND AND NAILS A FEW ELBOWS, CAUSING ANGLE TO STAGGER BACK, THEN CHARGE BACK IN AT DAVE … HUGE FALLING CLOTHESLINE FROM BATISTA!
Both men are down on the mat, the crowd clapping Batista on as both he and Angle slowly crawl towards their respective corners … and they make the tags! In comes ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton, and ‘The Champ’ John Cena … and Orton is on fire, instantly taking Cena down with a big running right hand. Cena gets back up and is instantly rocked with a European uppercut from Orton, sending him right back down, before he gets up and gets struck with another that sends him staggering all of the way back to the corner. Orton follows the former WWE Champion in and begins to hammer away on him with a mixture of right hands and kicks, sending him down to a seated position, before turning and seeing Kurt Angle charging into the ring, prompting Orton to kick Angle in the midsection … THEN GET HIM IN A GUTWRENCH … HOIST HIM UP … AND DROP HIM WITH A SICK ELEVATED NECKBREAKER, RIGHT ONTO HIS SURGICALLY REPAIRED NECK! The crowd gives a mixed reaction as Orton sees Edge standing on the apron, not wanting to get involved, only to be caught off guard when Orton charges across and strikes him with a big right hand, before turning to see an oncoming Cena looking for a clothesline … but Orotn ducks … then grabs Cena … INVERTED BACKBREAKER FROM ORTON! Orton makes the cover … just two!
Orton looks a bit frustrated as he sits up, before getting back to his feet … AND MOTIONING FOR CENA TO GET UP! ORTON IS READY FOR THE RKO! CENA SLUGGISHLY GETS BACK TO HIS FEET, THE PAIN CLEAR AS HE GIVES HIS BACK TO ORTON, THEN TURNS … AND ORTON LEAPS FOR THE RKO … BUT CENA PUSHES HIM OFF! ORTON TURNS … FIREMAN’S CARRY! CENA HAS ORTON UP … F-U … NO! ORTON SLIPS OUT THE BACK THEN TURNS CENA AROUND … AND ROCKS HIM WITH A HUGE LARIAT! Orton remains on his hands and knees for a moment, before doing something he hasn’t done in quite some time in heading to the corner and up to the top rope. The crowd cheers as Orton slowly gets up, being in relatively unfamiliar territory, before he sees Cena gets up and he leaps for the crossbody block … but Cena ducks out of the way, and Orton crashes and burns! This again leads to some dominance from the RAW guys, who, despite their differences, prove their individual ability. Showing the tenacity it takes to be a Royal Rumble winner and outlast twenty-nine other men, Orton battles on with his opposition, not allowing them to keep him down for a three count. This starts to slowly frustrate the RAW team, in particular, Edge, who even following up from an Edge-o-matic, cannot pick up the pinfall victory. Deciding that if that can’t get the job done, then there’s only one move that can, Edge steps back to the corner and crouches down as Orton slowly starts to stand. Ignoring calls from his partners that it is too soon, Edge readies himself as Orton turns … THEN DASHES TOWARDS HIM … SPEAR … NO, ORTON COMES OUT WITH A BEAUTIFUL DROPKICK THAT HITS EDGE RIGHT ON THE BUTTON!
Both men go down, and the crowd buzzes as they both start to stir, Orton headed for their hometown boy, Edge just looking to regain his bearings after being knocked silly. Inch by inch, Orton gets closer and closer … and he makes the tag to Batista! The crowd goes bonkers as Batista climbs into the ring and immediately runs at Edge, taking him right back down with a hard shoulder tackle. Edge gets back up again, perhaps on instinct more than anything else to receive another shoulder tackle, before Batista picks him up and sends him off with an Irish whip, then scores with a reverse elbow on the rebound. ‘The Animal’ then looks to drop down and make the cover, but out of the corner of his eye he sees Kurt Angle climbing into the ring and beginning to charge towards him, so he sends Angle down with a big clothesline … and then Cena with a big back body drop when he attempts the same thing as Angle! Batista now turns back to Edge and sees him getting back up, so he suddenly bulrushes him back into the corner and hits numerous shoulder thrusts, before hurling him off across to the other side of the ring … leading into him squashing his foe with a corner clothesline! Batista confidently steps back from the corner as Edge staggers towards him, before nailing him with a sidewalk slam and hooking the leg … two!
Batista gets back to his feet and shakes his head in frustration … when suddenly Kurt Angle rushes up from behind Batista … GERMAN SUPLEX! Batista grabs at the back of his head … BUT ANGLE SHOWS NO MERCY, KEEPING HIS HANDS LOCKED … AND NAILING A SECOND … AND THEN A THIRD! The crowd gives a mixed reaction for their hero being thrown around as Angle pops back up to his feet and screams with intensity … THEN SEES ORTON CHARGING … DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE … ANGLE SLAM … NO, ORTON SLIPS OUT AND PUSHES ANGLE TOWARDS THE CORNER WHERE JOHN CENA RISES … AND ANGLE STOPS JUST BEFORE CENA! A near disaster was avoided there as Angle now turns around and sees Orton charging, so he sidesteps him and throws him … SHOULDER FIRST INTO JOHN CENA! Angle then grabs Orton from behind … ANGLE SLAM! ANGLE CONNECTS WITH THE ANGLE SLAM! The crowd cheers that as Angle gets back up to his feet and starts to undo the straps … when he’s confronted by an angry John Cena! Cena asks Angle what in the hell he thinks he’s doing, and the two start to get nasty, shouting abuse at each other … AND ANGLE TAKES THE FIRST SHOT! THIS ONE IS ON AS THE TWO FIERY SUPERSTARS TRADE HUGE HAYMAKERS … BEFORE ANGLE TAKES CENA DOWN … AND THEY TRADE SHOTS ON THE FLOOR … THEN ROLL FROM THE RING AND GO ALL OF THE WAY UP THE RAMP! THEY ARE GOING WILD!
In the ring Edge looks at his two teammates leaving, then turns back to see Batista getting up, still struggling from the German suplexes, nursing his head … AND EDGE QUICKLY GOES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE, GRABBING HIM FOR THE EDGECUTION … BUT BATISTA SPINS OUT OF IT … SPINEBUSTER! BATISTA DRIVES EDGE INTO THE MAT! The crowd goes wild as Batista storms up to his feet and begins to shake the ropes manically, doing his best Ultimate Warrior impression and taking an extra long time for his home fans, before turning back to see Edge starting to struggle up … AND ORTON READY FOR THE RKO! ORTON WAITS ON EDGE TO GET UP … AND BIG DAVE ISN’T HAPPY, CONFRONTING HIM! The two men, much like Cena and Angle, exchange some heated words, completely losing their focus … AND EDGE COMES FROM BEHIND BATISTA AND PUSHES HIM FORWARD TO CLASH HEADS WITH ORTON, SENDING ORTON DOWN! BATISTA TURNS GROGGILY … SPEAR! EDGE SPEARS THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OUT OF HIS BOOTS! The crowd boos as Edge hooks the leg … and gets the three.
Winners: Edge, Kurt Angle & John Cena via pinfall @ 14:52
Here are your winners, Kurt Angle, John Cena, and the WWE Champion, Edge!
Edge gets back up to his feet, a sinister look on his face following the Spear, then demands that the referee raise his hand in the air, having handed him the WWE Title. The crowd shits all over the result, disappointed their hometown boy lost, but if Edge cared he sure wasn’t showing it.
It looked like SmackDown! had that match in the bag with a two on one situation and Edge down, but tempers have flared, and maybe, just maybe Batista now has reason to believe that Randy Orton is still the man he thinks he is.
What, ‘cause Orton was tryin’ ta pick up the win for his team? Nuh uh, Cole, that ain’t gonna slide. This was Batista’s fault ‘cause he had to go for the glory.
Whatever the case, Edge picks up the win just one night from facing Batista in the Clash of the Champions at Saturday Night’s Main Event tomorrow night, and ladies and gentlemen, I implore you, tune in to see that, because not only is it the Clash of the Champions, but it’s also three blockbuster hours of wrestling with WrestleMania implications everywhere to be seen. Until tomorrow night folks, good night here from Washington D.C.
The crowd continues to boo as Edge raises his title overhead, standing above Batista, leaving us to fade to black.
March 4th, 2006 | Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, Michigan
Clash of the Champions:
WWE Champion Edge vs. World Heavyweight Champion Batista
United States Championship:
Booker T © vs. Chris Benoit
Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay
Shawn Michaels vs. Shane McMahon
Number One Contender to the WWE Championship:
Kurt Angle vs. John Cena
Number One Contender to the World Tag Team Championships; Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match:
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. V-Squared vs. The Basham Brothers vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
Rey Mysterio Cruiserweight Invitational:
Rey Mysterio vs. ???
Matt Hardy vs. MNM
Rob Van Dam calls out The Undertaker
Mickie James calls out Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus
April 2nd, 2006 | Allstate Arena; Rosemont, Illinois
World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©
Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???
NO PREDICTIONS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT YET PLEASE