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12-23-2010, 07:12 PM
Learning to break kayfabe
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FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN!
Live from Manchester, England
*** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO ***
Smackdown is live on the air with Todd Grisham and Matt Striker at the announce table as the camera pans around the arena showing the WWE Universe in Manchester on their feet ready for the action!
Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown with Todd Grisham and Matt Striker at ringside. Weíre one week removed from the No Mercy pay-per-view where Kane managed to retain his World Heavyweight Championship, Matt.
Thatís right, Todd, but only just. Kaneís challenger, Kofi Kingston, looked to be on his way to defeating Kane when the lights went out and the Deadman, the Phenom of the WWE, the Undertakerís presence was felt in the arena. This allowed Kane to win the match but something tells me that Kofi Kingston will not be too impressed ...
Kingston was within seconds of winning his first big title here in the WWE Ė Iím guessing that we will see a fired up Kofi Kingston here tonight.
A hush falls over the arena before ...
*** SLOW CHEMICAL ***
This match is set for one fall. Introducing first, weighing 323 pounds ... he is the World Heavyweight Champion ... KANE!
Kane walks out to the ring with a nervous, almost frightened, look on his face. He looks around frantically as he makes his way up the steel ring steps with the World Title strapped around his waist ... He stands central in the ring and lifts his arms to set off the pyro in the corner of the ring ... but nothing happens. The crowd cheer as Kane looks all around him ...
Someone appears to be a little nervous, Matt Striker?
Who can blame him? He knows that the Undertaker is here tonight, he knows that he is coming for him. If it was me, Iím not sure Iíd even be out here for the match!
*** IíM COMINí ***
And his opponent ... from Miami, Florida, weighing 259 pounds ... Montel Vontavious Porter ... M.V.P!
A massive opportunity for MVP here, Matt. A win tonight over the World Champion could catapult MVP into the title picture couldnít it?
It definitely could, MVP has to get on a roll and make people take notice of him again. Heís become the forgotten man of the WWE recently and a win tonight would be huge for the Balliní superstar!
MVP gets into the ring and sets off with his usual ring performance of tossing the basketball towards the hoop when suddenly Kane rushes him and smashes him in the side of the head and begins to pummel him in the corner. The official tries to pull Kane away but he canít and in the end he begins to give Kane a count of five to release MVP or forfeit the match. Kane eventually backs away and the official checks on MVP ...
Will MVP be able to compete? Weíll find out in a moment!
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns and a groggy MVP is stood up and is ready for action against the Big Red Monster, the World Champion, Kane who now looks a little happier after his pre-match attack on his opponent.
Welcome back to Smackdown, the match between MVP and Kane is all set to go.
KANE vs. MVP
Kane starts off like a possessed demon as he looks to take advantage of MVPís fragile state. MVP covers up and backs away as Kane launches right hand after right hand and the referee again utilises his 5-count to stop Kane. Now laughing out loud, Kane catches MVP as he tries to rush at him and twirls him into a backbreaker across his knee that gets a large gasp from the WWE Universe. Kane drags MVP up and whips him into the ropes before following in with a vicious clothesline in the corner and a wobbly MVP staggers away. Kane hits the ropes and delivers a high boot to the face that sends MVP through the ropes to the outside. Kane goes after MVP and hits choke thrusts as MVP leans back against the ring post ... Then, Kane gets an evil look in his eyes with MVP down and he begins to move the top part of the steel steps. With the bottom steps still in place and exposed, he waits for MVP to get to his feet, arm stretched out looking for a choke slam onto the steel steps. Kane grasps MVP by the throat and prepares for the choke slam when suddenly, the arena lights flicker and go out, followed by the sound that Kane dreads ... the Undertakerís gong. The crowd go wild as the lights stay out for a few seconds ... then they return and Kane is stood outside the ring still but MVP has escaped somehow and is sat against the turnbuckle in the corner of the ring.
That can only mean one thing, Matt ... The Undertaker is here on Friday Night Smackdown!
How else do you explain the escape by MVP? When the lights went out, MVP was out on his feet and Kane was about to crush him!
Kane looks around nervously again and slides under the bottom rope to continue the match. Now MVP has an opportunity to catch Kane and he hits the baseball slide that sends Kane back out of the ring and into the barricade. Kane tries once more, this time climbing to the apron and stepping over the top rope, but MVP again rushes him and sends him down to the floor with a thud. The crowd are getting behind MVP now and Kane is forced to drag MVP out by the legs to stop his momentum. As the two fight on the outside, Kane backs away and into the ring. As MVP follows, Kane hits a dropkick low to the side of MVPís head and takes control again. He lifts MVP up for a second time, ready for the chokeslam again ... this time, he gets it right and MVP crashes down on the mat. Kane covers MVP ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
WINNER: Kane (5:54)
Here is your winner ... KANE!
Kaneís music sounds out around the arena and he raises his hands and brings them down to start the red fire burning in the corner of the ring. This time, they light at once and Kane laughs his maniacal laugh as MVP is helped out of the arena. The camera heads backstage where Josh Matthews is waiting with the Laycool ladies either side of him.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time ... Laycool!
You forgot to call us the ĎDivas Championsí Josh ...
... Show us some respect, Josh, after all we are flawless!
Apologies, ladies. On Monday night, Melina challenged you to another match for the Divas Title. Are you planning to face Melina again soon?
Err ... Should we be?
Err, no Lay, we shouldnít. Melina has had her chance, she is not worthy of another match against Laycool for the Divas Championship. Sheíll only lose and cry her eyes out, again, if we accept her challenge.
Thatís right, ĎChelle. Melina, you need to forget all about Laycool and concentrate on ... on ... well, concentrate on finding yourself an identical twin!
An identical twin? Are you talking about the Bellas now?
The Bellas! Those two freaks of nature? I donít know why they thought that they could get involved in our business on Monday Night ... theyíre anything but Divas Championship material!
Itís a real shame for them ... Fancy having an identical twin that is ugly?!!
Ouch! Unlucky! Weíve got news for the Bella Freaks though ... You donít get involved in Laycoolís business. Weíll be coming to Monday Night Raw next week and weíll be coming after you.
Thanks for your time, ladies, back to you guys at ringside.
The camera returns to the ring where the ring is clear and Tony Chimel is waiting to introduce the next match of the night.
*** GET ON YOUR KNEES ***
The following contest is set for one fall. Introducing first, from Perry, Oklahoma, weighing 263 pounds ... he is the All American American ... JACK SWAGGER!
Swagger comes out with a cocky arrogant strut as usual before performing his trademark press ups in the aisle. He jumps up and heads into the ring where he talks smack to the crowd who are giving him grief at ringside until his opponent heads out ...
*** CRANK IT UP ***
And his opponent, standing at 7 feet tall, weighing 485 pounds ... the BIG SHOW!
Big Show comes out smiling and waving to the WWE Universe as he heads to the ring to face Swagger. The happy-go-lucky Big Show doesnít impress Swagger though who stands in the ring shaking his head at the Giant who gives him a wave as he steps over the top rope and into the ring.
BIG SHOW vs. JACK SWAGGER
The match starts with Swagger hitting and running as he tries to catch Big Show out early. The Giant keeps swatting Swagger away but begins to get annoyed when Swagger catches him with a slap to the face and he begins to stalk Swagger with his cool lost. Swagger takes advantage and goads Show into a big swing that allows him to duck and use a drop-toe hold to take Big Show down into the ropes. Big Show gets to his feet but Swagger is on him, forearm smashing him in the back and forcing Big Show down onto the rope again and again. Swagger stands on Big Showís back and chokes him on the middle rope, pulling on the top rope for leverage, until the referee administers a 5-count and Swagger is forced to break. He mouths off at the official before hitting the opposite rope and jumping onto the Big Show again with his leg across the back. Big Show collapse down from the rope to the mat breathing hard and Swagger taunts the crowd in complete control. He begins to stomp on the back of Big Showís calf, setting up for an Ankle Lock but Big Show manages to shove Swagger away onto his rear to break the stomps. Swagger goes straight back to the Big Show but this time he has a second or two to recover and he grabs Swaggerís singlet and forces him back into the corner. Swagger looks petrified but manages to hit another kick to the right knee of Big Show which forces Show to let the All American loose. Swagger jumps up onto the middle rope and drops an axe-handle onto Showís ample back.
Brilliant thinking from Jack Swagger, he is one step in front of the Big Show here tonight.
We all know that all it takes is one right hand though for Show to turn the match around! Weíl see if he can after this break.
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Swagger kicks the back of Big Showís knee as he tries to force the Giant back down to the mat and he succeeds as Show falls in stages. Swagger looks around in triumph and he steps around Show and moves quickly to the opposite corner. He runs and jumps over Show, onto the middle rope before splashing the Big Show from the middle rope ... Big Show is down and Swagger goes for the cover ... 1 ... 2 ... Big Show powers out and Swagger looks frustrated. The All American gets to his feet again and waits for Show to start to get up before hitting a low dropkick to the injured knee and now Show is holding that knee from the intense hammering it has taken. Swagger hits a knee lift to Big Show who is on his knees and takes the Giant down to the mat again. Swagger looks around before deciding the time has come ... he grabs the Big Showís right leg and attempts to apply the Ankle Lock submission hold.
Big Show is too close to the ropes though and the official forces Swagger to break the hold which he does at the count of 4. Swagger gets to his feet, looking cocky as the referee tells him off and then shoves past the referee as he looks to hit the recovering Big Show once more. However, Show is ready for him and hits three right hands to the mid section of Swagger before pushing him violently into the corner of the ring. Show lifts him up and stands in front of Swagger in the corner before using his large backside to ram Swagger into the corner, not once, not twice but three times. The crowd cheer Show and he smiles wide before lifting Swagger again. Big Show locks in the Bear Hug and Swagger looks desperate as he fights to escape but cannot ... With Swagger beginning to wilt, the referee asks him if he wants to give up but Swagger grabs the referee by the shirt instead and pulls him aggressively into the Big Show who releases the hold surprised. With the referee and Swagger groggy, Big Show checks on the referee before Swagger hits a low blow to Big Show that sends him to his knees and down to the mat ... Swagger grins and locks the ankle lock in again, this time forcing the Big Show to tap out ... but the referee misses it as he is still down on the mat recovering. Swagger releases the hold and goes to fetch the referee before going back to the Ankle Lock again. However, Big Show manages to kick Swagger hard with his spare foot this time and sends Swagger down. Show gets to his feet at the same time as Swagger and delivers a perfect right hand to the face of Jack Swagger that sends the crowd wild. He covers the prone Swagger ... 1 ... 2 ... 3!
WINNER: Big Show (8:32)
Here is your winner ... BIG SHOW!
What an effort from Jack Swagger, Matt, but in the end it was another victory for the Big Show!
Ladies and Gentlemen, whatever you think about Jack Swagger and his actions, you cannot dispute the effort he put into that match there. He had Big Show beaten, there is no denying that. But the Giant found a way to fight out of trouble and hit that big, right hand to save himself!
Wait a minute, look who is here on the stage ... Itís CM Punk!
Punk appears on the stage and sarcastically applauds the Big Show who looks at him with a look of dis-trust ... However, Punk stays on the stage and makes no move to the ring. As Big Show begins to walk up the aisle, Punk stands his ground ... and suddenly, Swagger smashes into Show from behind. He locks in the Ankle Lock again and this time refuses to let go despite the numerous officials that pour out from the locker room. Swagger wrenches the ankle over and over and over and the Big Show taps on the floor in agony ... Eventually, Swagger lets go to a cauldron of jeers from the WWE Universe before he exits leaving the Big Show on the floor ...
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns with footage of the Big Show being helped out of the arena after his match and post-match beating at the hands of the All American American, Jack Swagger. Big Show limps out with the help of several officials whilst looking very angry indeed.
I would not like to be in Jack Swaggerís shoes right now!
The All American American may have made a very big mistake tonight ... but he wants to be respected by men like the Big Show as he fights for a chance to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship. I sure as hell respect what Jack Swagger did tonight. There arenít many men in the world that could have reduced Big Show to a wreck like Swagger just did ...
The camera shows Tony Chimel and a referee in the ring waiting ...
The following contest is set for one fall and is for the WWE Intercontinental Championship!
The crowd boo and jeer immediately as Vickie Guerrero appears on the stage holding a microphone. She looks around in disgust at the boos before screaming ...
I said, Excuse me!
The crowd begin to chant ĎVickie sucks!í as she waits for some hush that never comes ... Eventually she gives up and carries on.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you, my boyfriend and the Intercontinental Champion ... DOLPH ZIGGLER!
*** I AM PERFECTION ***
The Intercontinental Champion strides out looking incredibly confident of success in his title defence tonight and takes Vickie by the hand and leads her to the ring. As he walks, he motions to himself and the title belt around his waist before sliding into the ring and taunting the crowd from the middle rope.
*** MASSACRE ***
Introducing the challenger ... weighing 292 pounds, from Chicago, Illinois ... LUKE GALLOWS!
The crowd cheer for Gallows as he walks determinedly to the ring for his first shot at the Intercontinental Championship. He steps over the rope and removes his jacket before turning to face Ziggler who looks at him in disgust before handing the title over to the referee who rings the bell to begin the match.
Can Luke really win the Intercontinental Title here with Vickie at ringside?
Letís face it, Vickie will do her best to protect her man but that doesnít mean that Luke Gallows has no chance, Todd. Heís got to ignore Vickieís distractions and concentrate on making sure he wins the title inside the ring.
Champion DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. LUKE GALLOWS
Ziggler walks over to Gallows in the centre of the ring and berates him for having the audacity to challenge him for the title in the first place. Gallows keeps his cool for a moment before snapping and slapping Ziggler in the face and going after him as he seeks his first title. The crowd rally behind him and Gallows build momentum, whipping Ziggler into the ropes and clotheslining him out of his boots on the return. He goes for a pinfall early ... 1 ... 2 ... Ziggler kicks out and Gallows stays on him. As Zigglers gets to his feet, Gallows locks him into a belly-to-belly suplex and Ziggler crashes into the mat. Another cover from Gallows ... 1 ... 2 ... No! Vickie is going mad already on the outside and she climbs to the apron to distract Gallows but fails to get his attention and the referee ushers her away. Gallows hits a shoulder block as he comes off the ropes and follows it with a second before hitting a running splash to Ziggler who is down in the centre of the ring. Pinfall again ... 1 ... 2 ... Ziggler kicks out again to the disappointment of the crowd and Gallows. The former SES member stands back and takes a breath, waiting for Ziggler to get back to his feet ... he attempts to hit a high boot into the face of Ziggler but the champion avoids it and manages his first offence as he hits a standing drop kick that staggers the challenger back. Another drop kick sends Gallows down to the mat and Ziggler begins to drop elbows to the challenger, one, two, three, four, five of them, over and over, before he taunts Gallows by running his hands back through his hair and jumps up to deliver a sixth elbow. Vickie applauds her man on the outside as he hooks the leg of Gallows ... 1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Gallows!
Ziggler begins to take control of the match now and he hits a German suplex to the challenger as he looks to put him away. Vickie continues to support her man as he holds the suplex into a cover ... 1 ... 2 ... Gallows escapes again. A powerslam from Ziggler puts Gallows down again and Vickie yells out to Ziggler to ĎFinish himí ... Ziggler looks to do just that as he waits for Gallows to get up whilst stalking him from behind waiting ... waiting ... Gallows gets to his feet and Ziggler jumps onto his shoulders and locks the sleeper hold on. Gallows attempts to fight out and make the ropes but Ziggler manages to take Gallows down to the mat whilst holding the move. The referee is in position to signal for the bell if Gallows gives up or he loses consciousness but Gallows keeps fighting ... eventually, Gallows manages to get a foot twisted in the ropes but the referee doesnít notice at first. Vickie rushes round to move his foot but the referee realises at the last moment and demands that Ziggler break the hold. He gets in a shouting match with Vickie whilst Dolph holds the sleeper on longer before the referee finally forces the break. Dolph walks away and sets himself again ...
Gallows gets to his feet, his title dream beginning to drift away, and turns to face Ziggler. Dolph looks to hit the Zig Zag, a reverse bulldog move, but Gallows intelligently grabs the top rope and Ziggler crashes down onto his back. Vickie screams but Gallows could be about to hit the winning move now ... he positions Dolphís head between his legs and lifts him up as the crowd cheer before hitting a devastating powerbomb. Cover ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! No, Vickie Guerrero pulls the referee out of the ring. The referee goes to disqualify Ziggler but Gallows pleads with him not to disqualify him as he canít win the title that way. The referee agrees and the match continues to Vickieís displeasure and Gallows argues with the Smackdown Assistant to the GM. Gallows points to Vickie to get out of the way and stop interfering before turning back towards his opponent ... Zig Zag! Ziggler hits the big move and goes for the pin ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! Dolph Ziggler retains the Intercontinental Championship!
WINNER: Dolph Ziggler (6:57)
Here is your winner and still Intercontinental Champion ... DOLPH ZIGGLER!
Ziggler slips out of the ring clutching his Intercontinental Title as the beaming Vickie Guerrero rushes over to him and celebrates his victory. Ziggler glares at the beaten Gallows in the ring who is sat up with his head in his hands and shaking his head in frustration ...
Gallows had Ziggler beat but Vickie Guerrero to the rescue again ...
Desperately close for Luke Gallows but he let his focus drift to Vickie and that gave Dolph the chance he needed ...
Dolph Ziggler retains the Intercontinental Championship by the skin of his teeth!
*** MACMILLITANT ***
Teddy Long strides out onto the stage and takes in the cheers of the crowd whilst Dolph and Vickie stumble up the ramp with the title in the possession of the champion ... He addresses them both as his music fades out.
Congratulations, Dolph, another successful title defence. But Iím not sure about how you went about it. That being said, I am the General Manager here on Smackdown so I am here to give you warning that at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view, you will be defending your Intercontinental Championship against one of three men ... and the WWE Universe will get to decide that man!
The crowd react positively as Ziggler eyes Long suspiciously and Vickie tries to tell Teddy that he should change his mind ...
Iím afraid that Dolph will be defending his title, Vickie. You seem to be forgetting that you are just the assistant to the General Manager. You have no authority over me when it comes to determining Smackdown matches. I have taken your advice on board ... and Iím choosing to dismiss it!
Vickie looks mutinous as Long stands smiling at her and the crowd begin another ĎVickie sucks!í chant. She stands there with an evil glint in her eye as Long turns away to address the WWE Universe and Luke Gallows in the ring.
Luke Gallows, that was a fine performance that you gave there. Iím out here to tell you that you will be given a chance to become one of the three men that the WWE Universe will vote between for the Cyber Sunday match. Next week, it will be you, Luke Gallows, against MVP and the winner will be one of the three men in the vote. There will be another match next week between NXT Season 2 winner, Kaval and Alberto Del Rio for another place in the vote. And the third place in the vote will be decided after the break ... it will be Christian ...
The crowd cheer at the GMís decision to give Christian an opportunity at the Intercontinental Title ...
... against CM Punk! Holla!
The General Manager exits as the cheers for Christian turn into jeers for CM Punk.
Up next, on Friday Night Smackdown, Christian takes on CM Punk and the winner will go on to Cyber Sunday for a chance of facing Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship!
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns with Luke Gallows in the locker room after his valiant effort in the Intercontinental Title match before the break. As he is zipping up a sports bag, the sound of sarcastic applause is heard and the camera pans round to show CM Punk entering the room ...
A great effort, Luke, great effort. But Ė just like normal Ė you came up short in the end. Like all the other alcohol swigging, drug pushing, fast food eating, cigarette smoking idiots here in Manchester ...
The boos are audible from the crowd who are jeering Punkís insults towards their home city ...
... you are nothing but a failure without Straight Edge in your life!
Is that so, Punk? Iíve never felt better since I left your stupid Straight Edge Society. Iím free to do what I want, I feel happy and determined to make an impact here in the WWE. Tonight, I had my first shot at the Intercontinental Championship and I was this close ...
Gallows shows a small amount of space between his thumb and forefinger ...
... this close to winning the title. Next week, I will beat MVP and I will become one of the contenders for the Intercontinental Title at Cyber Sunday. I just hope that the WWE Universe can forgive my actions when I was running around deluded by your crap!
Big words, Luke, big words. But mark my words, itís only a matter of time before you slide into obscurity again. Without CM Punk, you will fade away in a haze of hangovers and pill-induced fuzziness until you are back in your old world, back
away to nothing. Still, youíll be able to crawl back to your old friend, Jesse, wonít you? Face it, Gallows, you are nothing without me, your straight edge saviour, CM Punk!
Punk turns and walks out of the locker room leaving Gallows fuming and muttering to himself in anger. The camera leaves the locker room and switches to Teddy Longís office where Long is sat on the leather couch. He looks up, smiles and jumps to his feet and the camera shows Kofi Kingston entering to the delight of the WWE Universe ...
Holla playa, what can I help you with tonight?
Teddy, Iím here to tell you how thankful I am for the shot that you gave me at the World Heavyweight Title. Iím determined to reach the top of the WWE and the opportunity you gave me was appreciated.
No problem, Kofi, no problem ...
... Teddy, I need to say one thing though. Last night, I had no time to prepare for my match with Kane. You sprung it on me moments before I had to head out to face Kane. Surely, I deserve a title match where I have time to prepare for Kane? I defeated Jack Swagger last week for a title match before the end of 2010 and I was hoping that last night wasnít it?
Playa, I respect what youíre saying. I gave you a title match last night, like I promised, but I accept that it wasnít the best situation for you. Hereís what I suggest, Kofi. Iíll give you a shot at becoming the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship ...
Thatís great, man, Iíd like that!
... in a match tonight against ... The Undertaker!
Kofiís smile drops a little but he keeps cool and accepts the decision. The crowdís pop at the mention of the Taker fades and Kofi responds ...
Teddy, thatís fine. To be the World Heavyweight Champion, I have to prove that I deserve it. Last night, I think I had Kane beaten and the Undertaker messed with my match. I owe him. I respect him but I am determined that tonight I will beat him and take my place at Cyber Sunday against Kane.
Thatís official then! Tonightís main event will be The Undertaker against Kofi Kingston for the right to challenge Kane at Cyber Sunday for the World Heavyweight Championship!
Kofi shakes Teddy Longís hand and bounds out of the room leaving Long to reflect happily on the decision he just made. The camera returns to the announce table where Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are sat waiting for the next match.
Huge news from the General Managerís office! Kofi against Undertaker, tonight, to be the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship!
*** THIS FIRE BURNS ***
The following contest is set for one fall and the winner will be one of the potential challengers for the Intercontinental Championship at Cyber Sunday. Introducing first, from Chicago, Illinois, weighing 222 pounds ... CM PUNK!
The Straight-Edge Saviour comes out and kneels down on the stage, checks his wrist and leaps up shouting ĎItís my time!í before heading down the ramp to the ring. He is jeered by the fans all the way, Punk is one of the hottest heels on Smackdown and it shows!
A massive opportunity for Kofi Kingston to prove that he is World Title material ... and a massive match coming up next. CM Punk and Christian for the chance to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship at Cyber Sunday!
Donít go nowhere!
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns with CM Punk in the ring taunting the crowd as he prepares for his match with Christian which will decide the first man to be confirmed as part of the vote for the challenger to Dolph Ziggler at Cyber Sunday.
*** JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES ***
Christian makes his entrance as he looks around the arena for his peeps before heading to the ring, a look a amusement on his face ... As he reaches the ring, he stares at CM Punk who is trying to goad him with words in the opposite corner of the ring.
His opponent, weighing 239 pounds, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada ... CHRISTIAN!
Christian leaps into the ring and the two competitors go head to head, both looking for an advantage as they attempt to intimidate each other ...
A huge prize on the line here and both these participants know it. A shot at the Intercontinental Title could be up for grabs here.
Whatever you think of CM Punk, there is no doubt that he is an extraordinary athlete and Christian has his work cut out here. Iím not sure that Dolph Ziggler would want to face either of these men at Cyber Sunday!
The bell sounds and the match can begin.
CHRISTIAN vs. CM PUNK
The early stages of the match see Christian and CM Punk trading offense as both seek to gain the advantage in the match. The match begins to get more interesting when CM Punk makes his first attempt at the ĎGo To Sleepí finishing move but Christian fights out and slithers out of the ring to avoid it. Punk slides out of the ring and stalks Christian before receiving a drop kick that sends him staggering back into the barricade. With Punk down, Christian goes on the offensive, whipping Punk into the ring apron with a jolt to the back. A powerslam to the floor allows Christian to get back into the ring whilst the referee counts Punk out to the delight of the fans ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... Punk slides back into the ring and Christian resumes the beating. However, Punk manages to slyly poke Christian in the eye, risking the wrath of the referee, to momentarily take him out of the zone. With Christianís vision impaired, Punk begins to hit numerous kicks to the chest, mid-drift and hamstrings that send Christian down to his knees. A firemanís carry from Punk allows him to lock in the Arm Wrench that leaves Christian desperately trying to reach the ropes.
With Christian able to find the bottom rope, Punk decides to release the hold and he sets Christian up for a backbreaker that leaves Christian writhing on the mat. Punk goes for the pin ... 1 ... 2 ... Christian kicks out. Punk lifts him up and whips him into the corner before rushing in after him. However, Christian sees Punk coming and counters with a Pendulum kick that gives him time to recover. With the fans cheering him on, Christian goes for a dropkick but this time Punk swats him away and looks to hook on the Anaconda Vice with Christian down on the mat. He locks the submission in but Christian is again too close to the ropes and the referee forces Punk to break the hold. A frustrated Punk tries to drag Christian to the centre of the ring to attempt the submission again but Christian surprises him with a quick roll up pin ... 1 ... 2 ... Punk kicks out and goes to work on Christian with stomps to the mid-section. With Christian down on his back, Punk levers him out under the ropes with his feet and gets involved in a disagreement with the official. As Christian recovers and begins to get to his feet, CM Punk goes for a suicide dive out of the ring to Christian ... Christian moves and Punk goes smashing into the Smackdown announce table!
Christian looks at Punk with a smirk before sliding into the ring and the referee will count Punk out again ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... 9 ... Punk just gets back into the ring in time! Fantastic effort from the Straight Edge superstar but Christian is now in control. He pulls Punk up and delivers a DDT before going for the cover ... 1 ... 2 ... Punk just kicks out in time! Christian waits for Punk to get groggily to his feet before hitting several forearms and whipping him into the ropes. On his return, Christian lifts him and hits a Flapjack before going for another pin ... 1 ... 2 ... shoulder up from CM Punk. Christian looks a little frustrated now but regains his composure and sets himself for the Killswitch ... waiting for Punk to get to his feet ... Christian locks Punk up, twists around ... but Punk fights out and hits a perfect one-hand bulldog to buy himself some time. Punk resumes the battle with an enzuguri to Christian as he staggers back up and then signals to the crowd that it is ĎGo to Sleepí time by holding his hands to the side of his face. However, Luke Gallows suddenly appears in the aisle and is motioning to Punk that he wants to fight him right now. Distracted, Punk stands at the ropes and tells Gallows to clear off but Christian is recovering ... With Punk not paying attention, Christian wheels Punk around, kicks him in the gut and sets up for a second Killswitch ... this time, he connects and covers for the pin ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! Christian is on his way to Cyber Sunday!
WINNER: Christian (9:12)
Here is your winner ... CHRISTIAN!
As the referee lifts Christianís hand, CM Punk is furious and throws a mini-tantrum in the corner. Christian shrugs his shoulders and leaves whilst Luke Gallows gets in the ring and points at Punk ... Punk gets to his feet and goes to square up to Gallows but then changes his mind and backs away. As he walks up the ramp, Punk glares at Gallows with a knowing look in his eye before disappearing backstage again.
So it will be Christian who is the first option for the WWE Universe to consider for their vote for the challenger for Dolph Zigglerís Intercontinental Championship. Who would win that match, Matt?
I donít know but it would be one hell of a match for sure. CM Punk though will not be involved but youíve got to think that Luke Gallows is going to pay.
CM Punk has been embarrassing Luke Gallows for the past three months and itís about time that Gallows got his revenge. But Punk will not let tonight drop ...
The camera changes to the backstage area where Kane is stood in an eerie room looking around nervously ... he walks out of the room and into the parking lot which is deserted and looks around for signs of life. Nothing. Kane walks over to a parked car and tentatively tries the handle ... it opens and Kane gets inside, his World Title thrown on the passenger seat and he looks around as he closes the door. He sets off out of the parking lot but suddenly breaks ... the camera catches him up and shows that Kane is staring out of the windscreen at something on the ground ... something gold, glittering in the lights ... itís the Undertakerís urn on the floor. Kane speeds off with a petrified look on his face and out of the arena.
The Undertaker returns ... next.
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns with footage of Matt Hardy on last weekís Superstars show ...
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LAST WEEK ON SUPERSTARS
Swagger with the ankle lock, will Matt Hardy tap out this time?
Matt Hardy vowed that he would win tonight, vowed that he would not give in ... Can he hang on?
Hardy writhes around on the mat looking desperately for an escape route as Swagger wrenches the lock further and further trying to break Hardyís ankle in two. Matt screams in pain, reaching out for the rope but he a long way from it and Swagger has control over him anyway. Hardy tries to twist around to free his other leg to kick out at Swagger but the All American American is too strong ... Hardy finally accepts that there is no escape and with a look of anguish on his face, he taps out and the referee calls for the bell.
WINNER: Jack Swagger (9:32)
Here is your winner ... JACK SWAGGER!
Swagger releases the hold and the referee raises his hand in victory as Hardy clutches his ankle and drags himself into the corner of the ring. Swagger taunts Hardy but Hardy refuses to react and simply stares at the All American American who exits the ring with a look of arrogance on his face that infuriates the fans at ringside. As Swagger disappears up the ramp and out of the arena, Matt beckons for a microphone and sitting in the corner of the ring, he prepares to announce something to the crowd.
Iíve been wrestling here in the WWE for nearly fifteen years. For all that time, Iíve always believed, always dreamt, never given up on the idea that one day, one day, I will be able to win the big one, win the WWE Title, win the World Heavyweight Title ... At times, Iíve been close but never close enough ... and now look at me.
Matt forces himself to his feet and looks around at the WWE Universe who are listening to him intently. He focuses and continues ...
Iíve always said that ĎMatt Hardy will not die!í ... and Iíve always believed in that. Iíve suffered setbacks and low points ... Edge, Lita, Jeff, the list goes on. And in recent times, Iíve been on a losing run that would make even The Goon or the Brooklyn Brawler worry. Iím as far away from achieving my dream as I have ever been ... maybe it is time to give up on the dream, accept that injuries have worn me down and my talents have escaped me?
The fans remain quiet as Hardy pours his soul out in the middle of the ring. He looks devastated and distraught as he could possibly be ...
Maybe Iíve had my chance, maybe I blew it? If this is what Iím reduced to, losing week after week after week here on Superstars, never making it to the pay-per-view, never getting close to any title never mind the big titles ... I think Iíd rather not be here. Iím going to take a bit of time off and rest my body, rest my mind. I donít know when Iíll be back ... I donít know if Iíll ever be back ...
The Matt Hardy fans in the audience plead with Hardy not to quit the WWE but he carries on with a shrug of the shoulders ...
I feel like Iím going nowhere and getting their fast. Itís time to take a break, see how the land lies. Maybe Iíll be back, maybe I wonít ... but before I leave tonight, there is one thing I need to do. Throughout my time here in the WWE, whether as a tag team with my brother or as a singles performer, the WWE Universe has continued to support me and root for me in everything Iíve done. If this is the last time I am in a WWE ring, Iíd like to say thank you to you all for all the support and love you have shown me. Thank you.
Hardy drops the microphone and waves to the crowd before sliding out of the WWE ring for potentially the last time. He walks back up the ramp, waving to and saluting the fans before he reaches the stage where he turns around and waves to the WWE Universe. However, as he does so, Jack Swagger comes rushing up behind him and smashes him down to the ground again before applying the Ankle Lock one more time. With Hardy tapping on the stage, officials pour out of the back to try and get Swagger to release the hold. After nearly a minute, Swagger finally lets go and leaves Hardy a crumpled wreck on the ground as he arrogantly struts backstage again ...
That could be the last we see of Matt Hardy on Smackdown, Matt?
A true professional, a fantastic athlete and if, and itís still an if, he decides to call it a day, he has nothing to feel ashamed about. Many fabulous WWE wrestlers havenít won the WWE or the World Heavyweight Championship. Matt has nothing to feel ashamed of.
But what about the actions of Jack Swagger?
Hey, Swagger has to do what Swagger has to do. He wanted to put the WWE locker room on notice that he is ready to make his big impression on the WWE!
*** S. O. S ***
Well, from one superstar whose WWE career could be coming to an end to another whose WWE career might be about to lift off right now!
This contest is set for one fall and will determine the number one contender to challenge Kane for the World Heavyweight Championship at Cyber Sunday. Introducing first, from Ghana, West Africa, weighing 221 pounds ... KOFI KINGSTON!
Kofi comes out onto the stage and the pyrotechnics accompany his ĎBoom! Boom! Boom!í actions before he skips to the ring looking confident. He slaps hands with several of the WWE Universe at ringside before entering the ring and standing tall in the corner and signalling the ĎBoom! Boom! Boom!í pose again ... Then the music stops and the lights fade out and the arena is plunged into darkness ...
If this is to be the night that Kofi makes the leap into superstardom though, he has one hell of a challenge to get past first!
*** GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY ***
The arena fills with white spot lights and smoke as the shadow of the Undertaker appears in the Smackdown entrance and the crowd goes wild at the returning Deadman ... Slowly he begins to make his way down to the ring, his eyes focused forwards on the ring, his black coat billowing behind him as he walks ... Fire balls begin to shoot up from the stage and fizzle out almost as quickly as they start ... the Phenom slowly makes his way up the steps and stops, arms spread wide before he lifts them and the lights fade back on and the arena cheers the arrival of the legendary Undertaker. He gets into the ring and removes his hat and coat before staring at Kofi Kingston who is pacing around but is showing no signs of intimidation.
The opponent, weighing 299 pounds, from Death Valley ... THE UNDERTAKER!
Kofi and the Taker come towards each other in the middle of the ring and a staredown ensues ... Kingston still refuses to be intimidated as the referee signals for the bell and the match can begin.
KOFI KINGSTON vs. THE UNDERTAKER
Kingston bounces around on the balls of his feet as he stares into the face of the Undertaker who looks evil, menacing and ready to destroy something. The two of them begin to circle each other, Taker into a shoot wrestling pose whilst Kofi is moving quicker, trying to keep the Undertaker off balance and looking for a chance to strike. The crowd are a little split as they have two faces on show here ... A chant of ĎUn-der-tak-er!í is quickly followed by a ĎLetís go, Kofi!í chant. Kingston still shows no sign of intimidation, an admirable quality at this stage.
Kofi Kingston has an issue with Undertaker remember? At No Mercy, Kofi believes he had Kane beat when the Undertakerís gong sounded out ... Kofi believes that the Undertaker cost him the World Heavyweight Title on Sunday night.
Kofi cracks first and goes for a kick to the side of the Undertakerís leg that wobbles Taker and Kofi hits another kick quickly. On the third kick, Undertaker catches Kofi with a choke thrust and sends Kofi down to the mat. The veteran Undertaker lifts Kofi back up and hits more thrusts to the throat of Kingston before whipping him into the corner and running in for a clothesline. As Kofi staggers out of the corner, Taker grabs Kofi by the throat and forces him backwards over the top rope and down to the outside where Kofi lands hard on the floor.
The Undertaker slowly makes his way outside the ring and goes after Kofi who is groggily recovering from the fall out of the ring. Taker takes him by the hand and pulls him towards him to hit a clothesline again that sends Kofi tumbling to the floor. He is then rolled into the ring and Kingstonís head is protruding under the bottom rope, perfectly placed for Taker to hit another of his favourite moves. He gets up on the ring apron and looks to drop the leg onto Kofiís exposed head but Kingston sees him coming and moves at the last moment causing Taker to leg drop the edge of the ring instead and fall to the floor. Kingston stalks after him and hits a flying forearm that again wobbles Taker but doesnít send him down. Kofi takes a run up and hits the forearm again and this time he sends Taker down to the floor. The referee is telling Kofi to get back in the ring so he obeys the order and the Undertaker is given the 10-count to get back. On the count of 6, Taker slides back into the ring and Kofi goes to work with kicks to the back of the Undertaker. A few audible boos are heard from the Undertaker fans whilst cheers are heard from Kingstonís fans. Kingston forces Undertaker out of the ring again and follows this with a suicide dive, the second one of the evening on Smackdown. Unlike CM Punkís earlier effort though, Kofi connects perfectly and takes the Undertaker into the barricades around the ring forcefully to a loud pop from the crowd as we head into a commercial break ...
********** COMMERCIAL BREAK **********
Smackdown returns with Kofi Kingston still in charge of the match as he hit a dropkick to the Undertaker that sends him down centre of the ring. Kofi goes for a cover ... 1 ... 2 ... Kick out from Taker and Kofi has to get more offense in here. Kingston hits another dropkick, this time a low one to Takerís head as he tries to get up ... this is followed by Kofiís Boom drop move that connects with the Undertakerís chest ... 1 ... 2 ... kick out again from Undertaker. Kofi moves back and begins to wait ... Undertaker gets slowly to his feet and Kofi swivels around looking for ĎTrouble in Paradiseí but Undertaker ducks and catches him in a choke hold instead. The crowd cheers as Taker rears back, his eyes bulging from their sockets, ready for the chokeslam. He lifts Kofi high but the Ghanaian manages to kick out whilst in the air and delivers a boot to the side of the Undertakerís head that takes him down. Both men stagger on landing and the tension between the two is growing ...
A slugfest begins in the centre of the ring as both men launch right hands at each other ... Unsurprisingly, Kingston hits the deck first and as he tries to get up, Taker hits a high boot into the side of Kofiís head and takes him down again. As Kofi gets up, Taker takes his hand and twists his arm before heading back into the corner ... the crowd chant ĎOld School!í as Taker climbs the turnbuckle before walking the top rope ... however, Kofi manages to wobble Taker enough and he falls with one leg either side of the top rope. The men in the crowd wince in pain and Kofi manages to get a breather as he waits for Taker to free himself. As soon as he does, Kofi hits him with his ĎTrouble in Paradiseí move and crashes the Undertaker down to the mat. Has Kofi done enough to upset the Undertaker in a massive shock here? He covers the Undertaker, hooks the leg ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! No, wait a minute! The Undertakerís hand has grabbed the bottom rope and the referee madly signals to Kofi and the WWE Universe that Taker has not been pinned despite the 3-count being made. Kofi holds his head in his hands having been so close to the victory.
Kingston steps back again and prepares to go for ĎTrouble in Paradiseí again ... he waits for a groggy Undertaker to get up and then swivels looking for the big kick. This time, Undertaker does not duck but catches the foot of Kofi Kingston and uses it to lift him up for a powerbomb. Kofiís back and head hit the mat and Taker covers ... 1 ... 2 ... No! Kingston is still alive in this match! Undertaker signals to the crowd that it is time for Kofi to rest in peace. He stands back and waits for Kofi to get to his feet before grasping him in a choke, lifting him high and crashing him down in a Choke Slam. Taker covers Kofi ... 1 ... 2 ... Kofi Kingston kicks out one more time! Unbelievable! Kofi is fighting so hard to earn a title match at Cyber Sunday! Undertaker looks in disbelief at Kingston and looks to set up the tombstone next. He lifts Kingston upside down but Kofi wriggles clear and hits another well placed kick that staggers Taker back to the corner. Kofi takes a run at Undertaker in the corner and jumps up to pin Taker into the corner ... but the Deadman catches Kofi and has him set up now. He lifts him high and hits the ĎLast Rideí to Kingston. Surely this time, it is over? Taker goes for the pin ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! Undertaker is the number one contender for the World Title!
WINNER: Undertaker (12:38)
Here is your winner and the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship ... THE UNDERTAKER!
As a distraught Kofi Kingston slides out of the ring holding the back of his head and neck, an exhausted Undertaker stares at the young star and nods his head in respect of Kofiís efforts. Kingston staggers away but nods back at Taker in a show of respect while Taker drops to a knee in the centre of the ring and the lights go out. Taker poses in celebration as he holds out a hand knowing that he is on the way to Cyber Sunday where he will look for revenge one more time against his evil, younger brother Kane.
Another amazing effort from Kofi Kingston but Ė yet again Ė the Undertaker finds a way and emerges victorious.
Great effort from Kofi who is surely on his way to bigger and better things now. I see a World Champion in Kofi Kingston in the future, this match proved that ... but for now, it will be Kane and the Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship at Cyber Sunday.
And Cyber Sunday means that the WWE Universe will be in charge ... they will be deciding the type of match that Kane and Undertaker will have at the pay-per-view.
Kane, be warned ... the Undertaker is back on Smackdown and he is looking ready to become World Champion again.
Thanks for joining us tonight on Smackdown, good night!
Smackdown ends with the camera showing the Undertaker in blue lights heading out of the ring and back to the stage where he stares into the camera and says ĎKane ... Your time has come!í ... Smackdown fades away as the show ends.
********** END OF SHOW **********
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