Monday Night Raw | May 28 2007 | Salt Lake City UT
There is no highlights package, no opening video and no pyro … we’re kicking right off with the #1 Contender!! Mister Kennedy confidently walks onto the stage, ready to face an as yet, unnamed opponent, in the first of the Pick your Poison matches tonight.
** VIDEO PACKAGE **
Jim Ross: You are looking at the man, that in twenty days time, will challenge for the Worlds Heavyweight Championship!! Tonight, it is “Pick Your Poison”, and we are kicking off with Mister Kennedy himself, going one on one with an opponent to be picked by Christian.
The Coach: Just LOOK!! Look at the confidence, J.R!! Mister Kennedy is CONVINCED he’s walkin outta Vengeance with the World title, baby boy!!! A change is-a comin, and not a moment too soon!!
Jim Ross: We all know you haven’t been shy in your support of this man, but if Kennedy is to dethrone Christian, he will have dig down deeper than he’s ever went before. Remember, Kennedy has NEVER challenged for a World Championship. It’s a whole new world come June 17 in Oklahoma.
The Coach: Enough of that, Kennedy knows EXACTLY what he’s in for. It’s your boy Christian that wont know what’s hit him in three weeks time!!
Kennedy reaches the ring, and looks ready, moving his head from side to side, loosening up, waiting to see who his opponent is.
Jim Ross: Kennedy has looked the part in recent weeks, I’ll give ya that. He’s looked up to the challenge, but he has a big task ahead of him here. Which Monday Night Raw superstar has Christian found to tackle the Number One Contender??
There is a few moments of waiting, building the tension…
And the fans ARENT disappointed!! Shawn Michaels enters to a huge reaction, and even Kennedy looks impressed - smiling and clapping in the ring - welcoming the stern challenge.
Jim Ross: NOW!!! Now, Coach, we’re gonna find out just how good Mister Kennedy is. Shawn Michaels, arguably, the best EVER, one on one, and I do believe, this will be the first ever meeting between these two men!!!
The Coach: History in the making, baby boy!!! Shawn Michaels is about to lose for the first time to Mister Kennedy!! I hope he makes him tap to the Krossface!!
Jim Ross: What a way to kick us off tonight in Salt Lake City!! Kennedy and HBK, bah Gawd, this is what it’s all about!!! Both men need a win here, to give themselves a big boost heading into their respective matches at Vengeance as part of an unbelievable triple main event in twenty days time.
The Coach: Shawn Michaels needs more than a win here, J.R. He needs an injury to get out of his retirement match against Umaga.
Jim Ross: Retirement match?
The Coach: Yeah. Don’t think Umaga is gonna leave anything left in Shawn Michaels come Vengeance.
Match 1 | PICK YOUR POISON | CHRISTIANS CHOICE:
Mister Kennedy vs. Shawn Michaels
Kennedy goes right on the offence, wasting no time, attacking Michaels in the corner, with HBK having to cover up. The Showstopper hangs on, despite the fast start from Kennedy, knocking him down after an Irish whip off the ropes with the flying forearm, getting the fans off their feet with such a fast start to the show.
Michaels and Kennedy trade blows, with Kennedy firing back quickly after HBK’s burst moments ago. Michaels though takes charge, reeling off a succession of chops in the corner, then looks for a whip to the opposite, but Kennedy reverses, and sends Michaels tumbling into the buckles, upside down, landing in a seated position on the top rope, with Kennedy then SHOVING HIM OFF … TO THE OUTSIDE!!! HBK lands with a thud, as Kennedy smiles devilishly, wiping his hands, as the first commercial break of the evening kicks in…
And we return with Kennedy in charge, working Michaels on the mat, with clips from during the commercial of Kennedy hammering HBK on the outside, giving him no respite despite his sickening tumble out of the ring. Kennedy then scored two near falls with a backbreaker, then a neck breaker. Back live, Kennedy has a modified camel clutch applied, whilst still hammering HBK with crossface forearms, putting the hurting on his opponent, but Michaels doesn’t even contemplate giving in, and in the end, the 2006 King of the Ring gives up on the submission, letting go.
Kennedy then shoves HBK into the corner, putting the boots to the legendary superstar, before stomping with Michaels sinking onto the canvas. Kennedy then backs up, takes a deep breath, then sprints to the corner … FACEWASH!!! With a cocky smile, Kennedy drags Michaels out of the corner, making the cover, 1...2...NO!!! The facewash didn’t get it done, but Kennedy remains confident, and continues to keep the pressure on, shoving Michaels back into the corner, hammering at him again, before attempting an Irish whip, but as Michaels rebounds, he ducks under Kennedys clothesline, then again off the other side. Kennedy then drops to the canvas, with HBK hopping over him, and stopping. Kennedy gets up, and turns around … RIGHT INTO AN INVERTED ATOMIC DROP!!!
The Showstopper now begins to fight back, with a second atomic drop, before letting fly with knife edge chops, lighting up the chest of Kennedy, but the #1 Contender comes back by raking the eyes of Michaels. HBK doubles over, with Kennedy coming in with a knee lift, putting Michaels back down on the canvas. Kennedy now stalks, sizing Michaels up, looking for the Mic Check … BUT HBK AVOIDS IT!!! Shawn runs Kennedy into corner, breaking free, and comes back again, throwing Kennedy off the ropes, and delivering a back body drop.
Kennedy struggles to his feet, and walks right into a small package, 1...2...NO!!! Ken is right back up, but is then subjected to a succession of arm drags, continuously walking right into the next, as Michaels begins to build up steam, taking the fight to Kennedy, but after the fourth arm drag, Michaels then sets himself, and looks to deliver a sudden Sweet Chin Music … but KENNEDY GRABS THE LEG … SPINS MICHAELS AROUND … CLOTHESLINE!!! Kennedy gets a two, but cant put HBK away.
The #1 Contender drags Michaels back up, and shoves him into the corner, driving his shoulder into the gut of HBK, then attempts the Irish whip across the ring, but HBK hops up into the corner, and leaps behind the incoming Kennedy, who runs carelessly into the buckle, and staggers out, with HBK coming back at him again, planting Ken with right hands, then runs off the ropes … but Kennedy side steps him, and chucks him over the top!!! Kennedy staggers away, trying to shake the cobwebs loose, but doesn’t realise that MICHAELS HAS SKINNED THE CAT!!! Kennedy, thinking he’s got time to get himself in order, turns around RIGHT INTO A DDT!!! The cover is made … 1...2...NO!!!
Both men are down, laying side by side, with the referee beginning to administer a ten count … when suddenly, Michaels NIPS UP!!! Much to the delight of the fans, Shawn looks revitalised, and HBK hit’s another stride, landing blows at will on Kennedy, and delivers a reverse neck breaker, getting a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Kennedy, looking shaken by the HBK comeback, stumbles up, and backward into the corner, with Michaels following in, mounting the corner, and hammering at Kennedy, with the fans counting along, to ten.
Michaels then drops down, with Kennedy staggering out of the corner, as HBK delivers a front slam, setting him perfectly for the Savage Elbow. Michaels exit’s the ring, and climbs the buckles, setting himself … but Kennedy is up!! The #1 Contender tries to stop HBK, hopping up the ropes, hammering at the gut of Michaels, then attempts to position himself to deliver the GREEN BAY PLUNGE … BUT MICHAELS ELBOWS FREE, THEN SHOVES HIM OFF the ropes and immediately DELIVERS THE FLYING ELBOW!!!
Salt Lake City is on its feet, as Michaels slowly gets back to his feet, and immediately signals for the SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! Michaels begins to tune up the band, waiting for Kennedy to pull himself back to his feet … and as the #1 Contender gets up … HBK GOES FOR IT … BUT KENNEDY DUCKS UNDER … THEN TAKES HBK DOWN BY THE ARM … AND SCRAMBLES FOR THE KROSSFACE!!! THE SUBMISSION IS APLLIED!!!!!
Michaels is caught!!! The Krossface is applied, with Kennedy cranking back looking for another big victory, but Michaels refuses to quit!! The Showstopper scratches and claws, trying to reach the ropes, and despite the best efforts of the #1 Contender, he is unable to stop Michaels from reaching out … AND MAKING THE BOTTOM ROPE TO BREAK THE HOLD!!! Kennedy is furious, and breaks the submission, punching the mat in frustration, before dragging Michaels up by the hair, yelling in his face, before slapping him … BUT MICHAELS INSTANTLY LOOKS FOR SWEET CHIN MUSIC … BUT MISSES!!! Shawn turns around … AND WALKS RIGHT INTO THE MIC CHECK!!! Kennedy hooks the leg, wasting no time whatsoever, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winner: Mister Kennedy @ 12:59
The momentum for Kennedy CONTINUES!!! The #1 Contender scores a massive, high profile win over HBK, as the #1 Contender continues to stamp his credentials on the road to Vengeance!!!
Jim Ross: In the past three weeks, that man right there, has been on the winning end in matches against Rey Mysterio, John Cena and now Shawn Michaels. If ever one man was on the roll of a lifetime, it’s that man, Mister Kennedy.
The Coach: I told ya, time and time again, baby boy. You, and every other so called ‘expert’ wrote this guy off. I knew all along what Kennedy was capable of. He’s got a date with destiny in three weeks, and destiny for Mister Kennedy is becoming WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!
Jim Ross: He may never certainly get another chance like it. Right now, Kennedy is better than he’s ever been, and this run has come at just the right time too. And you’ve gotta believe that backstage somewhere right now, the World Heavyweight Champion has sat up, and taken notice.
We see the victorious Kennedy exit the ring, and march up the aisle, with a smirk on his face, delighted with this win, whilst Shawn Michaels remains in the ring, pulling himself up on the ropes.
Kennedy reaches the top of the aisle, but just as he is about to exit through the curtain …
It’s an eerily similar situation to recent weeks. Shawn Michaels either worse for wear, or simply not ready for the Samoan Bulldozer. Lead out by the grinning Armando Estrada carrying the MITB briefcase, Umaga charges through the curtain, with the pair walking by Kennedy, and down the aisle.
Jim Ross: Oh no. Not now.
The Coach: Oh yeah, baby boy. Right now!!!
Umaga reaches the ring, climbing inside, with the already exhausted HBK shaking his head. Michaels though, doesn’t want to wait for the inevitable attack, and launches himself at Umaga, throwing rights and lefts at the Bulldozer, but Umaga swats them off, AND RUNS THROUGH MICHAELS WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!!
It doesn’t look good for HBK, with Mr. Money in the Bank standing over him, grabbing his arm, and dragging him to the corner, setting up THE RUNNING BUTT SPLASH!!! Shawn Michaels slumps on the mat, as Estrada is seen sliding the Money in the Bank briefcase inside the ring, and instructing Umaga to use it.
The savage beast lifts the briefcase, hoisting it in the air, letting out a massive roar, then runs toward Michaels as he gets back up … AND WHACKS MICHAELS ACROSS THE FACE WITH THE BRIEFCASE!!! With the impact, Michaels tumbles through the ropes, and to the outside.
Jim Ross: DAMN IT!!! ENOUGH’S ENOUGH!!! What the- what the hell are you doing??
No, it’s not Coach that J.R is speaking to … it’s Armando Estrada. The handler of the undefeated Umaga is in the midst of taking apart the announce table, throwing the cover off, and removing the monitors, as Umaga exit’s the ring, and stands over HBK. Estrada then gives Umaga a call, and points to the steps, wanting them closer to the announce table.
The Samoan Bulldozer does as he is told, moving the steps with relative ease, before refocusing on Michaels, picking up the briefcase again, and clubbing it across the back of HBK. Umaga then drags Michaels toward the announce table, as Estrada is heard over commentary saying, “Ju might want to move gentlemen”.
Estrada then beckons Umaga to the steps, with the savage doing as he is asked, bringing the lifeless HBK with him. Umaga stands on the bottom step, and stands Shawn up on the second, before hoisting him up in the air … SAMOAN SPIKE THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!
Michaels is folded up like an accordion, amongst the rubble, with Umaga standing on the steps, looking down at his broken foe, whilst J.R is in shock, calling for immediate help. With the fans in all kinds of hysterics, including a faint ‘HOLY SHIT’ chant from a few sections, Estrada gets on the mic, and raises a finger with each word…
Armando Estrada: UNO … DOS … TRES … HA HA!!
Estrada smiles, putting his hand down, looking around at the fans in the front row.
Armando Estrada: Pero, last week, ju made the biggest mistake, of ju’re LIFETIME!!! Ju made THEEE SAAAAAA-MO-AN BULLDOZER … MAD!!!
Estrada stops smiling, and holds up his fingers as he counts…
Armando Estrada: CUATRO … CINCO … SEIS!!!
Still immobile, HBK remains on the floor, amongst broken bits of table.
Armando Estrada: Like I said last week hombre … up until now, this MONSTER has been … playing with ju. But not… ANYMORE, HA HA!!!
Heat for Estrada, as he looks down on the broken body of HBK.
Armando Estrada: SEITE … OCHO … NUEVE!!
Still smiling, Estrada steps back, and addresses the fans.
Armando Estrada: Ju people might be wondering why I’m counting, eh?? Allow me to (thinks of the word)EXPLAIN!! Ju see mi amigos, I got word earlier today from Meester Bischoff that my Samoan Bulldozer wont just be facing Shawn Michaels in an ordinary match at Vengeance. No, no, no. At Vengeance, my Umaga will be facing The so-called Showstopper in a … LAST … MAN … STANDING MATCH!!! HA HA!!!
Big response from the fans, excited for the Last Man Standing stipulation for Vengeance. Estrada waits for them to die down, nodding, before continuing.
Armando Estrada: And tonight, Umaga has given this little man a preview. The legendary Shawn Michaels career is officially on …como se dice? … LIFE SUPPORT, HA HA!!! He cant even answer the count tonight.
Estrada moves back to HBK again, ignoring the heat from the fans, as he holds up a solitary finger, looking down at the lifeless HBK…
Armando Estrada: DIEZ!!!
Heat for Estrada, who smiles, and nods, taking out a cigar from his top pocket, and snapping it in half symbolically, before dropping it onto HBK.
Umagas music plays again, as Armando nods at his savage, calling him down from the steps, walking away from the carnage, with AAE picking up the briefcase, and carrying it out, as Umaga follows behind, with medics rush past both men, in order to tend to HBK, as we cut to a commercial.
We return, straight to ringside, where J.R and Coach are sat at a hastily set up wooden table, as we still see remnants of the original table, which was shattered moments ago.
Jim Ross: We are in a state of shock here, folks. Our announce table has been demolished moments ago, it’s chaos out here at the moment. But more important of course, is the health of our WWE superstars, and right now, Shawn Michaels is being transferred to a local medical facility. Thankfully, he was able to leave on his own power, albeit with help from our on hand medics, but luckily, The Heart Break Kid didn’t have to be stretchered out of this arena.
The Coach: It’s kinda hard to feel sympathy for the guy, when he brought it all on himself, old timer. He started this issue, and he forced it to escalate to this point, because of his actions last week.
Jim Ross: Defending himself?? That’s what you call escalation?? What was he supposed to do?? Let that savage beat him up at will??
The Coach: Look, I’m entitled to my opinion. I don’t give you grief when you’re blindly defending your favourites every week, regardless of how low they stoop.
Jim Ross: You get more deluded every week. Ladies and Gentlemen, the fact of the matter is that Shawn Michaels was on the end of yet another callous assault at the hands of Umaga tonight. In less than three weeks time, those two will finally settle their issues, on Pay Per View in Oklahoma-
The Coach: Oh, I knew you’d shoehorn that in somewhere.
Jim Ross: And we now believe it will be in a Last Man Standing match. Coach, I don’t have a good feeling about that one.
The Coach: No, I don’t want to visit Oklahoma either, but the WWE is a worldwide brand.
Jim Ross: That’s not what I meant.
**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**
To a good reaction, Matt Hardy enters the stage, saluting the fans.
Jim Ross: Well, Vengeance is still three weeks away, but we have a show right here, right now, and right now, the King of the Ring tournament will continue!! This is the first of two first round matches this evening, between Matt Hardy and Tyson Tomko, whilst later this evening it’s Straight Edge versus MNM again, this time, with Greg Helms taking on Joey Mercury!!
The Coach: And aside from King of the Ring action, we’ve also got a number one contenders match for the Womens title tonight!! Four divas battling it out for a shot at the MIA Mickie “Don’t call me Alexis Laree” James.
Jim Ross: Indeed, still, no word from Mickie James, ever since the revelations from Melina and Beth Phoenix, but later tonight, Eric Bischoff WILL update us on that situation. And of course, having already saw Mister Kennedy defeat Shawn Michaels, the World Heavyweight Champion, Christian, will be in action, in the second Pick Your Poison match, facing a competitor of Kennedys choosing. A huge night in store, folks.
Joined by X-Pac, Tyson Tomko enters the arena to minimal fanfare, as he prepares to make an assault on the KOTR tournament.
Match 2 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
Matt Hardy vs. Tyson Tomko w/X-Pac
Being a pest at ringside early on, X-Pac is quickly sent to the back, much to the chagrin of Tomko, but Matt sees an opening with Tomko distracted, and gets the upper hand early on. Hardy scores a few near falls in the opening exchanges, but Tomko utilises his power to take over, and has Matt in trouble. Hardy though, displays his fighting spirit, hanging on, surviving Tomkos assault, and makes his own comeback, scoring a near fall off the Side Effect.
Hardy then looks to deliver the second rope leg drop, but misses … and it seems the momentum has shifted to Tomko, who scores a razor close two count from a Pumphandle Slam, with Hardy JUST kicking out. Tomko then sets himself, waiting for Matt to reach his feet, and looks for the BIG BOOT … but Matt ducks under, then kicks Tomko in the gut … TWIST OF FATE CONNECTS!!! Hardy hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Matt Hardy @ 05:59
Hardy, flying mightily high, scores another great win, and advances to the round of sixteen in his quest to become King of the Ring. Hardy has his hand raised, and salutes to the fans, looking delighted.
Jim Ross: We are looking at one of the main contenders for this years King of the Ring, Coach. Matt Hardy is on a roll right now, much like Mister Kennedy, and the timing couldn’t be better. Imagine how big it would be for Matt Hardy if he could become the 2007 King of the Ring!!
The Coach: It’d be big for him … but it’d be a disaster for the rest of the world. Could you imagine that insufferable idiot running around with a crown and sceptre??
Jim Ross: Oh come on, Coach. Can you be impartial for once??
The Coach: Can you??
Jim Ross: (Ignoring the question) Folks, still to come tonight, The World Heavyweight Champion is in action, facing an opponent of Mister Kennedys choosing. It’s Pick Your Poison, and it’s our main event, tonight!!
Backstage, Matt Striker (replacing Todd Grisham as the Raw backstage interviewer, with Grisham now calling Superstars, if you didn’t notice last week) is standing by.
Matt Striker: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am Matt Striker, and with me at this time, is The Miz.
Looking ever the jerk, The Miz steps into view.
Matt Striker: Now Miz, last week, we all saw you being thrown out of the building by Commissioner Ventura, with Ventura seemingly shutting down your self titled ‘Reality Check’. However, later in the evening, you defied the Commissioner by getting an exclusive interview of sorts from Eric Bischoff. Tonight, I believe you have asked for this time to announce what the future holds for your ‘Reality Check’.
Self satisfied, The Miz nods, looking smug.
The Miz: Thankfully Matt, Eric Bischoff isn’t a caveman like Jesse Ventura. Eric Bischoff is a revolutionist. He knows you cant just stand still, and keep everything the same. What I’m trying to do here on Raw, is add something that we havent had around here in a long time. The Reality Check is keeping the Raw roster on it’s toes. If it hadn’t been for me?? Katie Lea and Harry Smith would still be keeping their relationship a secret from Paul Burchill. And if I had’ve just folded up my tent last week and gone home like ‘ol Jesse wanted me too?? We wouldn’t have the awesome Pick Your Poison matches tonight.
The Miz points to himself, taking the credit.
The Miz: I’ve got the Raw roster on it’s toes, Matt. Guys like Mark Henry cant stand around and pick their nose anymore, in case I’m filming it. The so called ‘Straight Edge superstars’ CM Punk and Greg Helms?? They’ve had to stop drinking before their matches, in case I rumble them. I am single handedly changing this business … and it’s all with a little handheld camera … and a dose … of reality.
Smiling broadly, Miz continues.
The Miz: Now Matt, you might be wondering … “Where’s the camera?? Where‘s the cameraman??” Well … I’ve changed my style up this week. The superstars of Monday Night Raw are now all on the lookout to see if I’m filming them … so, with that in mind, I decided to do a bit of CCTV this week. Earlier today, I found a nice little corner of the divas locker room, and set that bad boy up … and while Mister Bischoff couldn’t permit me to show the juicy bits … I did get a little bit of footage worth showing…
Miz turns Strikers attention to the monitor beside them, and the camera focuses on it.
The grainy footage begins to play, just like recent weeks, as Melina stands, trying to talk to a clearly agitated Beth Phoenix, who paces up and down the room.
Melina: Beth, you’re starting to freak me out, okay. Please, just sit down, and relax, please.
Phoenix stops, but glares at Melina.
Beth Phoenix: I need to see her, Mel. I need to look that bitch in the eye. Why isn’t she here again tonight?? Huh?? You promised me Mickie James, Melina, y-
Melina: I know I did. And you WILL get your wish honey. But lets face it, Mickie James is the womens champion. You’ve literally only just arrived on Raw. As talented as you are, Eric Bischoff wont be giving you a shot at the belt until you’ve really earned it. So the quickest way for you to get a piece of Mickie James … is for her to lose the womens title. That’s why I need you out there with me again tonight. See to it that I get my shot at Mickie at Vengeance, and once I get the title back around my waist … bingo. There’s no reason why Eric Bischoff cant give you the chance to get your hands on Mickie James.
Beth doesn’t respond. She looks to be thinking it over, and eventually nods.
Melina: Beth, all you need is to be patient for just another few weeks. Then?? Then, you’ll get the revenge you’ve been dying to get for five years.
Beth nods, before bringing up a solid point…
Beth Phoenix: What if she never comes back??
Melina is stumped by the question.
Melina: Look … I know she’s in hiding. I know she’s a gutless coward … but even I don’t think she’ll just relinquish the womens title.
Beth Phoenix: The womens title?? I don’t give a damn right now about the womens title … I just want to put my hands on that rats throat, and squeeze every last gasp of air she has in that worthless body. If she doesn’t come back?? God help every woman on this roster … including you.
Beth storms off, slamming the door, as we come back live, to where Miz and Striker and standing, watching, with The Miz smiling in approval at his hidden camera segment again…
Pitch black, until the voiceover begins…
‘Some have been wronged’
Slow silent shot of Kurt Angle, roaring in anger.
‘Some have been doubted’
Silent shot of Mister Kennedy, victorious last Monday night on Raw.
‘Some have crossed the line’
Silent shot of a sobbing Mickie James.
‘Yet some have yet to scratch the surface’
Silent shot of Umaga standing over Shawn Michaels.
… Still silence … then a sudden rush of crowd noise …
‘But on this night, NO act goes unpunished…’
Shawn Michaels firing up, gritting his teeth.
‘The wrongs can be righted … the doubters can be silenced’
John Cena and Kurt Angle exchanging blows … Mister Kennedy and Christian locking eyes at the close of Raw on Monday.
‘Lines can be crossed … and the boundaries can be forgotten’
Flashing shots of high flying risks from Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, Matt Hardy & Straight Edge.
‘For on this night … VENGEANCE … will be served’
Vengeance logo flashes across the screen.
WWE VENGEANCE | JUNE 17 | FORD CENTRE, OKLAHOMA
ON PAY PER VIEW
Back into the arena … and ERIC BISCHOFF appears on the titan tron, to a mixed reaction from the fans, who still are unsure of how to react to the Raw GM.
Eric Bischoff: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. In just a moment, you will see four of the premiere divas on the Raw roster battle it out for a shot at the WWE Womens Championship at Vengeance on June 17. Now, as you all know … the current Womens Champion, Mickie James is … for lack of a better word … AWOL.
Mixed reaction for the MIA womens champ.
Eric Bischoff: Now, I can appreciate that Ms. James is currently going through a lot of personal problems, but this is now the third consecutive week that our womens champion has failed to do her job. That withstanding, there is of course, the small matter of the ‘Thirty Day’ rule. Mickie James last defended her championship on May 7 - exactly twenty one days ago. If I so wished, I could enforce that ruling, nine days from now … but due to my kind hearted nature-
Bischoff pauses, allowing a few fans to call ‘bullshit’ on that claim.
Eric Bischoff: I’m going to grant Ms. James a stay of execution. I’m allowing Mickie James to take the next couple of weeks to get herself together, get her mind clear, and return at Vengeance.
Bischoffs smile quickly fades.
Eric Bischoff: But- if our esteemed Womens Champion fails to show on June 17 in Oklahoma?? One, she’ll be stripped of the title, and whomever the number one contender is this evening will be declared the new champion … and Two- Mickie James wont have the option as to when she can come back … I’ll see to it that she IS FIRED!!!
Bischoff lets the stipulation sink in for a moment, before smiling - disingenuously - as he fades from the tron…
Jillian Hall enters to little more than moderate heat, ahead of this womens contest…
Jim Ross: What a bombshell from Eric Bischoff. Not only will Mickie James be stripped of her title at Vengeance if she fails to appear, but Bischoff will FIRE the tormented Womens Champion too!!
The Coach: It’s the least she deserves. Personally, I wouldn’t even give her the opportunity to come back. Bischoff has gone soft, J.R!! Six months ago, he’d have stripped that little hussie of the title, fired her on the spot, then make this match for the vacant title.
Jim Ross: I think Bischoff has weighed up the situation, Coach. Firing Mickie James at Vengeance would be a little extreme if you ask me, but stripping her of the Womens championship seems about the only option he has. Just where is Mickie James??
**I AINT THE LADY TO MESS WITH**
Victoria makes her way out, with the fans giving the former champion heat also.
Jim Ross: Coach, three of these four women, vying for a shot at the title have been champions before. Victoria, is a former two time champion herself, but it has been THREE years since she last held the gold.
The Coach: She had a big opportunity last month at Backlash, but fell just short. Victoria though has shown a lot of hunger again recently, and her experience in these matches could be vital.
On her own, Katie Lea Burchill enters the stage to a generous ovation, with the opportunity to earn her first shot at the womens title.
Jim Ross: As we said, three of these four women have been champions before - only Katie Lea Burchill has yet to hold the gold. Could this talented young woman become the first English Womens Champion in WWE history??
The Coach: Well, she’s spent a lot of time with her tongue down Harry Smiths throat recently, if you ask me, she probably cant wait until this match is over so she can go back to doing that again.
Jim Ross: Well, we haven’t seen a whole lot in the ring from Katie Lea since arriving on Raw, so this could be a huge opportunity to make a mark.
Joined by the imposing Beth Phoenix, Melina gets the red carpet treatment, with the fans showing her plenty of hatred, for her recent actions, ruining the life of Mickie James.
Jim Ross: Melina has made it her goal to make Mickie James life a misery. She tried to blackmail her into laying down to hand her the womens title … and now, she has brought Beth Phoenix to the WWE to expose her past. If Melina wins tonight, she could well profit at Vengeance, should Mickie James fail to return.
The Coach: And even if Mickie does come back, what frame of mind is that lunatic gonna be in?? Melina will make mince meat outta her!!
Jim Ross: She should be ashamed of what she’s done.
The Coach: Amen to that.
Jim Ross: I meant Melina.
The Coach: Oh. I meant Mickie James … because y’know … she’s got something to be ashamed of.
Match 3 | #1 CONTENDERS MATCH - WINNER FACES MICKIE JAMES AT VENGEANCE
Jillian Hall vs. Victoria vs. Melina w/Beth Phoenix vs. Katie Lea
Messy, clunky four way, with no alliances between any of the four divas. The four trade blows, with plenty of broken near falls throughout. Victoria begins to take control of the match, calling on her superior experience, but with the added numbers in the match, Victoria cant get the win, with her pin attempts being constantly broken up by other competitors. She eventually has a clear ring, and delivers the Widows Peak to Jillian, and makes the cover, but the outside influence of Beth Phoenix prevents her picking up the win, with Beth pulling Victoria out of the ring!!!
Victoria is furious, and attacks Phoenix with a forearm, but Beth overpowers the veteran diva, and slams her into the ringpost!!! In the ring, Melina looks to pick up the scraps against Jillian, but Katie Lea re enters, and battles it out with Melina!! Jillian is knocked out of the ring during the brawl, and Katie gets the better of Melina, before running off the ropes … ONLY TO HAVE HER LEG TRIPPED BY PHOENIX!!! Katie stumbles forward, RIGHT INTO THE PATH OF MELINA … WHO DELIVERS THE PRIMAL SCREAM!!! Melina hooks the leg tightly, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Melina @ 05:11
Melina gets her way, and thanks to the help of Beth Phoenix, she challenges Mickie James for the Womens Championship at Vengeance!! Beth joins Melina in the ring, as the #1 Contender has her hand held in victory.
Jim Ross: Something about this just doesn’t sit right with me Coach. I’m not even talking about Melina being assisted by Beth Phoenix here. This whole situation is just extremely uncomfortable. Melina is the reason Mickie James may never return. The womens champion has been hounded out by this jezebel, and next, she may have to relinquish her title to her too.
The Coach: And rightly so. Melina can bring back some honour, and dignity to the womens title. Melina wont be taking a leave of absence when the chips are down - that I guarantee you, baby boy.
Jim Ross: I’ll take your word for it, Coach. I just hope, I hope, that Mickie James can sort out her problems by June 17. Not just for her title reign … but for her career.
Focus quickly changes backstage … where KURT ANGLE, not dressed to compete, makes his way down a hallway…
Jim Ross: There he is ladies and gentlemen, the man that meets John Cena in less than three weeks in Oklahoma as part of the epic, triple main event at Vengeance, Kurt Angle - and he’s coming right this way!! We’ll be right back, folks!!
To a mixed initial reaction, followed by overriding heat as ever, Kurt Angle steps onto the stage, and makes his way down the aisle.
Jim Ross: On June 17 at Vengeance, that man, Kurt Angle will meet John Cena, in one of the most personal rivalries in recent times to surface on Raw. Tonight, Angle isn’t in action, but it would appear the ‘Wrestling Machine’ has something to get off his chest.
The Coach: Hey, you don’t think Mister Kennedy has got Angle to face Christian tonight?? They worked pretty well together last week if you ask me, and what a coup that would be for Kennedy, to get someone on the level of Kurt Angle to teach Christian a lesson!!
Jim Ross: He could well be, but that’s all speculation. What isn’t speculation though, is that this ongoing issue between Kurt Angle and John Cena will come to a head on June 17, in as Kurt Angle calls it; HIS environment. In the past two meetings, they have competed in a No Holds Barred match at Backlash which Cena won to eliminate Mister McMahon from television, and then, on Raw Roulette three weeks ago, Kurt Angle evened the score in a First Blood match; matches in which Kurt Angle has claimed he was at a disadvantage.
The Coach: And he’s right, old timer. John Cena is a common street thug - Kurt Angle on the other hand is a world class technician, a true grappler, a true wrestler. And on June 17, John Cena is gonna get the toughest lesson of his career.
Jim Ross: John Cena has been in the ring with Angle, in Angles environment before, Coach, and he more than held his own. As a matter of fact, you and I both know that Cenas first match in the WWE was against Angle. Cena, as a rookie, gave Angle the fright of his life in that match-
The Coach: Angle took him lightly!!
Jim Ross: Kurt Angle doesn’t underestimate anyone, Coach. And regardless of what he says about Cena, he wont be taking him lightly at Vengeance.
Angle stands in the ring, with a mic in hand, and waits for the music to stop.
Kurt Angle: I’ve got something I want to say to someone. John Cena-
Cheap kiddie / female pop.
Kurt Angle: Get out here, and lets have a man to boy conversation.
Angle walks to the ropes, leaning over, looking up to the stage, and waits.
**MY TIME IS NOW**
Cue split reaction. John Cena steps onto the stage, dressed as casual as ever, but doesn’t stop at the stage, and instead continues on down the aisle, looking to have this confrontation face to face. Cena slides inside, with Angle standing aside, watching, whilst Cena glares at his arch rival, before looking away to ask for a mic from Lillian Garcia.
The music fades, with Cena and Angle standing across the ring from one another, neither backing up, as Kurt brings his mic to his mouth slowly.
Kurt Angle: How ya feeling??
Cena doesn’t respond, thinking that Angle is trying to goad him.
Kurt Angle: Okay. I didn’t realise that beating last week took away your vocal chords at the same time.
Cena shows a fake smile, with Angle showing a slight grin at his minor quip.
John Cena: Look, cue ball, you called me out here for a face to face. You wanna start crackin’ jokes, I don’t mind crackin’ skulls.
Generally positive pop for the intense comeback. Angle though, doesn’t take kindly, and the initial smirk has gone.
Kurt Angle: See, that’s the thing about you Cena. People always credit you for your bravery, and your lack of fear. I don’t see it that way. Personally, I just think you’re too stupid to know any better.
Angle inches in closer to Cena, who doesn’t get too angry, but closes in, letting Angle know he isn’t intimidated.
Kurt Angle: Y’know, we could stand out here all night, trading insults, and reminiscing about old times, back when you were little more than a glorified ring rat. But that’s not why I called you out here. Cena, over this past week, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about our match at Vengeance-
John Cena: Too late for you to back out now, homie.
Kurt keeps his head down, but shows a broad smile, before moving on, ignoring the barb.
Kurt Angle: And as much pleasure as I’d get teaching you a lesson straight up, one on one, where I thrive … I’ve got a proposition. Y’see, as far as I’m concerned, our issue has rumbled on way too long for my liking … too long to just settle the score in a straight match. That simply wouldn’t be fair for you.
Cenas jaw tightens at the insult, as Kurt pauses for a moment to allow a smattering of boos for himself.
Kurt Angle: No, instead … I want to put something to the test. What is it you say?? You fear nothing?? You regret less??
Off the mic, Cena instantly responds; DAMN STRAIGHT!!
Kurt Angle: Well, like a said a minute ago, I put it down to stupidity rather than fearlessness … but as for regrets?? We’ll see.
John Cena: NAME THE GOD DAMN MATCH!!! I ACCEPT!!!
Cena snaps. The pro-Cena portion of the audience eat it up, and cheer for their hero, whilst Angle smirks again.
Kurt Angle: As if to prove my point for me, Cena. You accept?? Before you can even hear the challenge??
John Cena: Did I stutter??
Kurt Angle: No. I guess I should’ve expected that. Well Cena, since you’ve already accepted, you’ve made my next question pretty redundant. But still … you say you never give up either, isn’t that right??
John Cena: Yeah, that’s right. And it’s true.
Kurt Angle: Oh yeah, because last week you didn’t give up when you got caught in that Krossface, am I right??
Kurt Angle: That’s right, because instead, you just decided to “pass out”, rather than submit. You might have some of these people fooled Cena, but not me. Last week, you QUIT!! You couldn’t face fighting on, you didn’t want to try and make another reach for the ropes, so you just GAVE UP!!!
Heat for Angle, as Cena looks ready to boil over, and comes nose to nose with Angle, who seems to be loving it.
Kurt Angle: You allowed yourself to pass out, Cena. You know it, I know it, and deep down, so do these brainwashed sheep in Utah-
Kurt Angle: And on June 17 in Oklahoma, I’m gonna prove it. Cena, like I said earlier, as much as it is to my advantage, a straight up one on one match isn’t what I really want. Because you simply wouldn’t last long enough to make it worth it.
Kurt smiles again, as he eyeballs Cena.
Kurt Angle: And since you’ve already accepted, I look forward to picking apart your body for THIRTY … LONG … MINUTES!!
Mixed reaction from the fans, but Kurt hasn’t finished…
Kurt Angle: But that’s not even the best part. Cena, after seeing you fold quicker than a deck of cards last week … I want those thirty minutes to be contested in an ULTIMATE SUBMISSION MATCH!!!
Not necessarily a pop from the fans, but more ‘OOOH’s’ with Angle putting Cena in a pretty big disadvantage. Cena though, stands tall, showing no fear of the match.
Kurt Angle: The way I see it Cena, as much as an advantage it’d be for me in a straight wrestling match, I’ll have an even bigger advantage in this environment … and I’ll get much, MUCH more pleasure of torturing you for thirty minutes … and not only will I torture you at Vengeance Cena … but I’ll expose you for the fraud you truly are, when you tap … and keeping tapping, over and over, BEGGING me for mercy … but Cena, there will be no mercy … only Vengeance.
Angle drops the mic, and turns to leave, but Cena grabs his arm, and spins Kurt around, getting RIGHT into his face…
John Cena: Look into my eyes, Kurt … LOOK AT ‘EM!!! Imma say this once, and once only, and once I have, you WILL KNOW it’s not a catchphrase, but from the heart … I FEAR … NOTHING … and I REGRET … LESS!!! I NEVER back down … and I will NEVER … GIVE … UP!!!
Huge pop from the fans.
John Cena: You think Imma run from a thirty minute Ultimate Submission match?? Think again, because I’ve gone SIXTY minutes with the very best, and I’ve SUBMITTED the toughest, time and time again!!! And Kurt, come June 17, YOU … WILL … JOIN ‘EM!!!
More cheers for intense Cena.
John Cena: And when it’s all said and done … VENGEANCE WILL BE … MINE!!!
Cena shoves his mic into the chest of Angle, taking Kurt by surprise, and storms out of the ring, looking fired up, and raring to go right now, charging intensely back up the ramp, as his music plays again through the arena, with Angle watching, realising he’s got a huge fight on his hands at Vengeance.
Jim Ross: My Gawd, Coach, could Vengeance be any more stacked right now?? Before we went on the air tonight, we knew of the huge Triple Main Event set for June 17, but one hour into this broadcast, and we’ve saw TWO huge developments; first, Shawn Michaels and Umaga will meet in a Last Man Standing match, and now, Kurt Angle and John Cena are gonna go at it in a Thirty Minute ULTIMATE Submission match!!!
The Coach: I cant believe it, J.R. Have we ever saw a Raw exclusive Pay Per View as stacked as this???
Jim Ross: The great fans of Oklahoma have had to wait for a long, long time to get a Pay Per View event, and by Gawd, that wait will be more than worth it with the line up that’s coming to them in three weeks time!!!
The Coach: What the hell did they do to deserve a Pay Per View, let alone one as stacked as Vengeance is gonna be??
Cena turns as he reaches the top of the stage, and looks back down the aisle, pointing to Angle, with the pair trash talking from afar, with the intensity between the warring pair simmers, as we fade out.
We return with clips of the Angle/Cena confrontation moments ago, before coming back live to ringside…
I’m still trying to take this all in folks. In addition to the Last Man Standing Match that has already been added to Vengeance, we will now see Kurt Angle and John Cena mix it up in a thirty minute Ultimate Submission match. It simply doesn’t get any bigger or better, Coach.
And it’s all gonna be happening in some barnyard in Oklahoma, filled with idiots covered in Barbeque Sauce, wearing silly cowboy hats!!!
Your ignorance has no bounds, Coach. And if I were you, I’d watch what you’re saying about the great city and state of Oklahoma.
Why?? What are they gonna do?? String me up and spit roast me over a fire over burning tires?? They wont know about any of this, it’d require them to have a television set!!
I cant wait to see the reaction you get in twenty days time, partner. And folks, that’s not all. Of course, the Womens Championship is scheduled to be defended, with Melina becoming the number one contender this evening. However, the continued absence of Mickie James could see the championship forfeited on June 17, and automatically handed to Melina.
Which, after all the trouble Mickie James has caused for everyone, would be justice if you ask me.
Vengeance truly is shaping up to be a classic, Coach. A Triple Main Event, the Womens Championship set to be defended, and surely more to come too in the coming weeks. But Coach, right now, I’d like to go back to last week, where a mystery assailant attacked, and hospitalised Rey Mysterio.
Well, it was no accident, THAT’S for sure.
And I’m pretty sure who the culprit was too.
Don’t jump to conclusions J.R!! You know as much as I do. You’re not a detective, you cant accuse people based on assumptions.
Rhyno has already attacked Mysterio two weeks ago. Who else has a motive for attacking him?? Because of that assault folks, Rey Mysterio isn’t here tonight, under doctors orders, but we believe he WILL be here next week. Get well soon Rey. Right now though, I believe Kelly Kelly is standing by with the chief suspect…
Cut to Kelly.
Thank you, J.R. That’s right, I’m standing by with Rhyno, who is set to make his in ring return, after a six month lay off. Rhyno-
Rhyno rips the mic from Kelly, scaring the bejesus out of the young blonde.
This is a dangerous place for you to be, sweetheart. You might want to think about getting as far away from me as possible.
Kelly doesn’t need warned twice, and hurries off.
Just to make something clear, I didn’t intend for there to me any mystery as to who attacked Rey Mysterio last week. You’re right J.R … IT WAS ME!!!
Heat for Rhyno, who quickly continues.
When I got INJURED, I was in a tag match with Rey Mysterio. REY was supposed to be my friend- MY PARTNER, and he didn’t give a rats ass how I was. ALL he cared about … was having the fans on his side. I got injured and had to tag out of the match. Somehow, with me out of the equation, Rey fought the odds, and went on and won the match … and after he had his hand raised, what did he do?? HUH?? WHAT DID YOU DO REY!!??
Getting highly agitated, the wild eyed Rhyno continues.
Did ya check on your buddy?? Did you come to check on how your old pal Rhyno was doing?? DID YOU?? YOU DIDN’T!!! You just cared about celebrating with your fans!!!
Rhyno damn near foams at the mouth, getting really worked up.
He wasn’t the only one though. I expected more from Rey. But NO ONE, not ONE person called to check on how I was. I wasn’t even ACKNOWLEDGED on television. No ‘Get well soon’, or ‘Have a speedy recovery’ … NOTHING!!! My bosses, the boys in the back, not even the fans cared about how I was … NOT ONE!!
The Man Beast breathes heavily down the mic for a second, trying to calm down.
My wellbeing was the last thing on everyones mind. Just like it was the last thing on Mysterios mind, when he overcame the odds in our tag match that night. As long as he had the admiration of the people, his real friends didn’t matter. HE JUST LET ME ROT!!!
After the intensity, Rhyno lets out a brief chuckle.
Y’know what’s ironic?? Now Rey?? YOUR WELLBEING … IS THE LAST THING ON MY MIND!!!
Rhyno growls into the camera, before shoving it away, and charges off…
Back in the arena, Scotty Too Hotty is in the ring, having just saw the previous promo, and looks a tad worried, knowing what’s coming to the ring…
Rhyno wastes no time, and RUNS down the aisle, wanting to get right back at it, having been out of the ring for six months…
Match 4 |
SQUASH SINGLES MATCH:
Rhyno vs. Scotty Too Hotty
Scotty is simply a human crash test dummy here, and takes a severe beating. Rhyno completely overwhelms the now resident jobber, obliterating the master of the WORM, with Scottys offence consisting of defensive punches, which do nothing to prevent Rhyno from mauling him. The Man Beast doesn’t even attempt a pin during the beat down, preferring to just continue the hurting, before finally putting Scotty out of his misery with THE GORE!!! He hooks the leg, and the count is an elementary 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Rhyno @ 02:07
Rhyno is back, and he’s back in impressive fashion. The Man Beast pulls his hand away as the official attempts to raise it, with Rhyno instead leaning over the ropes, getting the attention of the camera, and reiterating “YOURS AND EVERYONES WELLBEING IS THE LAST THING ON MY MIND, REY!!”, before getting out of the ring, and aggressively charging back up the aisle.
Hey, don’t jump on the guys bandwagon now, J.R. After months of ignoring my questions on how he was coming along with his recovery from injury, you cant start pretending to care about Rhyno now.
You didn’t ask about the guy once. Of anyone, you’d be the last person that would ask about Rhynos wellbeing, and y’know how I know that?? Because that question doesn’t involve anything about you!!
No need to get so defensive. Just admit you were wrong, old timer.
Boy oh boy, that is an angst ridden tank of a man, right there. Rhyno is back with a bang, folks. He’s got a lot of pent up frustration, and it appears he wants Rey Mysterio to be on the receiving end of most of it.
If Mysterio has any brains, he’ll be on the phone to Mickie James right now asking for a hideout.
Clip of Bret Hart rolling up Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament in 1993.
“I‘M THE BEST THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE”
Narrator: It has given the platform for champions to establish themselves.
Clip of Owen Hart being crowned King of the Ring in 1994, as we hear him yell over it.
“I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”
Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.
Clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, with the sound bite over it.
“AUSTIN THREE SIXTEEN SAYS, I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS”
Narrator: It ushered in the birth of a new attitude.
Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.
“THE KING OF THE RING!!!”
Narrator: Stars have been born.
Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.
“IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”
Narrator: Legends have been made.
Clip of Brock Lesnar having his hand raised in 2002, as we hear Paul Heymans voice over the top.
“THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”
Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.
Clips of Mister Kennedy with the crown last year, and Edge with his trophy in 2001
Narrator: The King of the Ring tournament has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history, and on Saturday, June 23, 2007 … the King of the Ring lends itself to another staple in the illustrious history of the WWE … Saturday Nights Main Event.
Clips of current superstars, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Straight Edge, Brian Kendrick, Paul London, MNM, Carlito and Brent Albright.
Narrator: The year, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes on NBC, with quarter finals, semi finals and the grand final, on the most special edition of Saturday Nights Main Event in history!!!
Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.
Narrator: Which superstar will use the King of the Ring tournament to follow these legends, icons and immortals into the pantheon of greatness??
~ THE 2007 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
!! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!
JUNE 23 | THE PYRAMID, MEMPHIS TN
Backstage, Matt Striker is standing by…
Matt Striker: Ladies and Gentlemen, the excitement is building, with the first round of the King of the Ring tournament now nearly complete, the competition has really begun to take shape. Right now, I am standing by with one of the men that will be part of the Sweet Sixteen; one step away from Saturday Nights Main Event and the closing stages of the tournament. That man is Matt Hardy. Matt??
Matt steps into view, getting a good reaction from the fans.
Matt Striker: Matt, tonight, with a victory over Tyson Tomko, you booked your passage to the Second Round of the King of the Ring tournament, and now you will meet the winner of the match later tonight between Greg Helms and Joey Mercury. Given your recent run of victories, including a non-title win over the Intercontinental Champion himself, Shelton Benjamin, do you believe you are peaking at the right time, with the King of the Ring tournament requiring a run of five consecutive victories to be crowned King??
Matt Hardy: Matt, being drafted to Raw two months ago was like a breath of fresh air for my career. Just at a point where it seemed like things were beginning to stand still for me over on Smackdown - regressing even - a move to pastures new was just what I needed. Thanks to the draft, I’ve regained belief in myself. Belief- that I can climb to the top of the mountain. And there is no better way to prove your credentials … than by becoming King of the Ring.
Pop from the fans.
Matt Hardy: When I came to Raw, I said it would be a long road to the top, and it will be. But mark my words, I’ll make it!! Step by step … day by day … I’m gonna work my ass off to get there. And my first step to the top of the mountain is becoming the 2007 KING-
Voice: HOLLA, HOLLA, HOLLA!!!
No prizes for guessing who owns that voice … Theodore Long, joined by The Brotherhood.
Theodore Long: Lemme holla at ya playa!!
Long puts his arm around Hardys shoulder, making Matt uncomfortable.
Theodore Long: Playa, we at the Brotha’hood admire your tenacity, and your passion. But playa…
Theodore cracks up, and laughs, slapping the shoulder of Matt hard.
Theodore Long: You’re a DAMN FOOL!!!
Hardy pulls away from Long, as the rest of the ‘Hood stand by Theodore.
Theodore Long: Playa, aint nobody gonna crown you King o’ the Ring. Because there is only ONE crown jewel in the W-W-E, and playa, dat’s the Black Diamon’ hisself, THE Intercontinental Champ; Shelton Benjamin!!!
Benjamin steps forward, with Long putting his arm around the I.C Champions shoulder.
Theodore Long: And it will be this man that is crowned King o’ the Ring at Saturday Nights Main Event. Ya feel may playa??
Hardy shakes his head in disagreement.
Matt Hardy: I beg to differ, Teddy.
Long scoffs at the rebuttal.
Theodore Long: Ya ‘beg’ to diffa?? Listen up college boy, the only thang you will be beggin’ for, is for Tha Black Diamon’ to stop smashin your pretty boy face int‘a mince meat!! If you make it far enough in tha tournament to meet dis man, all your hopes, dreams and aspirations are gonna come crashin down playa. Ya got lucky against Shelton … ONCE!!! Lightnin don’t strike twice, ya dig??
Showing no fear, Hardy steps forward, talking to Teddy, but staring a hole through Benjamin.
Matt Hardy: I’ve beat your boy once … and I can - I WILL beat him again. In the King of the Ring tournament … and if the opportunity arises … for the Intercontinental Title!!
Shelton flips the belt off his shoulder, and shoves Matt, with Matt shoving back, before Theodore tries to break it up with Monty and JTG, as Mark Henry steps forward, trying to intimidate Matt.
Theodore Long: Playa, ya just made a life altering decision, ya feel may?? You put your hands on one member of tha Brotha’hood?? Playa, ya put ya hands on ALL tha Brotha’hood.
Just in the nick of time, it’s Eric Bischoff. The Brotherhood back off, with Theodore grinning at the GM.
Theodore Long: Mista Bischoff, MY PLAYA!! Eric, ya look great tonight p-
Eric Bischoff: Cut the crap Teddy.
Long is quickly put into his box.
Eric Bischoff: I was planning on speaking to you all at some point a little later, but since we’ve got this meeting here, why wait?? The fact is Teddy, this man, Matt Hardy has a victory over your client, the Intercontinental Champion. And last week, Matt was instrumental in his teams victory in the six man tag against your boys. We’ve got a little under three weeks until Vengeance, and as of yet, we haven’t got a challenger for Sheltons title.
Theodore Long: But, uh, Mister Bischoff, if ya don’t mind, ma boy here, he’s got a lot of focus right now on tha King of the Ring, ya feel may??
Eric Bischoff: Oh, I “feel you” Teddy. If Shelton wants to focus solely on becoming the 2007 King of the Ring, he can hand over the Intercontinental Title right now.
Bischoff makes a move toward Shelton, but Teddy steps in front, laughing it off.
Theodore Long: Now, now, theres no need for dat playa. If you want Shelton here to defend his title at Vengeance, dats no problem.
Eric Bischoff: Tremendous. Well, Shelton, get yourself ready, because at Vengeance, you’re putting that title on the line, against Matt Hardy!! Good evening, Gentlemen.
Bischoff then storms off, having made his point, leaving Matt Hardy with a huge grin on his face, nodding at The Brotherhood, as he backs off. Meanwhile, Shelton turns, and slams his palm against the wall in frustration. The camera momentarily shifts away, as we see MISTER KENNEDY standing by the group, with JTG noticing him first, before tapping the arm of Theodore, who spins around, with the remainder of his group also turning to Kennedy. The Number One Contender smirks at the group.
Mister Kennedy: Gentlemen??
Just as things are about to get more interesting …
Back to ringside…
Match 5 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
Greg Helms vs. Joey Mercury
On commentary, it is revealed that after last week, tonight, Bischoff has banned all outside presence. The two men put together a quick tempo contest, full of near falls, and quick counters. Helms ramps up the excitement of the match with a daring cross body from the top rope to the outside onto Mercury too, but by the time he recovers and gets his opponent in the ring, Mercury is able to kick out of a cover.
Helms then misses a corner splash, allowing Mercury to take over, and has Helms in trouble, forcing one half of the tag champions to dig deep to stay in the contest, and in turn, the KOTR tournament. Eventually, Helms makes a comeback, but Mercury avoids the Nightmare on Helms Street, eventually rolling Helms up, but only scoring a two count. He then charges Helms, but Greg hot shots him off the top rope, and quickly DOES deliver the Nightmare on Helms Street, hooking the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Greg Helms @ 06:46
It’ll be a battle of the Carolinians in the round of sixteen, as Greg Helms books a meeting with Matt Hardy in the King of the Ring tournament. Helms replicates last weeks Straight Edge-MNM showdown, with another win for the tag team champs over their biggest adversaries.
Jim Ross: It’s yet another loss for MNM against the World Tag Team Champions, and for the second week in a row in singles competition!! MNM are OUT of the King of the Ring tournament!!!
The Coach: I don’t know what to say, J.R. I love MNM … but what the hell is going on with these guys?? WHY cant they beat Straight Edge???
Jim Ross: I think it has been proven once and for all that Straight Edge in just about every area, are simply better than MNM. And now, just four men on the Raw side of the draw have yet to begin their King of the Ring journey. Next week, Harry Smith of the British Lions meets the Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin, and Rey Mysterio will meet Santino Marella … AND, we are just getting word here, that Eric Bischoff has ORDERED that next week, Umaga will meet Paul Burchill!!
The Coach: WOW!!! I didn’t expect that!!
Jim Ross: That second round match was scheduled to take place in TWO weeks, but now, after Umagas actions tonight, the General Manager has decreed he will be in action next week, and it’s a big test - BOTH MEN are undefeated in singles competition. NEITHER man has been pinned or made to submit. Next week, one man will taste defeat for the first time in their careers!!!
The Coach: My, oh, my. That’s huge J.R. And it’s next week!!!
Jim Ross: Indeed, it is next week, but we are far from done here tonight. Still to come, is the man event. Mister Kennedy handpicks an opponent for the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian will be in action, but who will be his opponent??
GAIL KIM V.P - COMING SOON TO RAW!!
Backstage, for little more than a few seconds, Mister Kennedy is spotted once again, this time conversing with SANTINO MARELLA(?), along with Marellas eye candy; Leyla and Layla.
Back to ringside…
Looks like the number one contender is keeping his options open, Coach.
The Coach: Hmmm. Not so sure how wise it would be to consider Santino Marella mind you. HEY, KEN!!! If you can here me, The Coach is ready, willing and able, baby!!
Jim Ross: Good luck with that.
**OUT TO KILL**
To little reaction, CODY RHODES enters the stage, alone, after shaking off his mentor / older brother, last week, Goldust.
Jim Ross: Well Coach, last week, this young man turned his back on his older brother - the man that has tried to guide him in recent weeks, with a sickening attack on Superstars.
The Coach: Guide?? That idiot Goldust has been holding this kid back!! If anything, Cody Rhodes has regressed since he started taking the advice of that Gold freak!!!
Jim Ross: There are ways and means, Coach. If Cody wasn’t happy, he could’ve told Goldust. He could’ve went about it the right way - but what he done was reprehensible.
In the ring, Cody holds a mic, waiting for a moment, before proceeding.
Cody Rhodes: For those of you who didn’t see Superstars last Tuesday, take a look at this…
WWE SUPERSTARS - LAST WEEK
X-Pac & Tyson Tomko defeat Goldust & Cody Rhodes, with Goldusts antics distracting Cody, and eventually leading to their loss. Then, after the match…
Cody Rhodes is helped to his feet by Goldust. Rhodes stumbles backward into the ropes, holding his face, selling the effects of his beat down. Goldust tries to console Rhodes, but Cody shoves him away, yelling at him ‘LEAVE ME ALONE!! I’M SICK OF YOU MAKING A MOCKERY OUT OF ME!!’
Goldust puts his head down, shaking his head for a minute, before looking up again at Cody, and moves in for a hug to try and diffuse the situation … BUT CODY KICKS HIM IN THE GUT!!! Goldust doubles over, but an incensed Rhodes shows no remorse, and grabs his brother by the face, shouting at him ‘I’VE WANTED TO DO THIS FOR THE LONGEST TIME!!’ … then turns him over, AND DELIVERS THE CROSS RHODES!!!
There’s a lot of heat for Cody, but the youngest Rhodes shows no guilt, getting to his feet, dusting himself down, and casually exit’s the ring, leaving Goldust on the canvas.
END OF SHOW
Back in the ring, the younger Rhodes has a smile on his face.
Cody Rhodes: I’m aware that many of you were upset at my actions. But let me ask this. Have any of you got siblings?? If you do, then you’ll understand that they can get on your nerves from time to time…
On commentary, J.R sarcastically mutters “Oh, well that makes it ok then”
Cody Rhodes: And my whole life, my elder brother, the man you people know as “Goldust” has been making my life a misery … No, he didn’t bully me as a child … he has simply been an embarrassment my whole life.
Small amount of heat.
Cody Rhodes: Can you imagine the abuse I had to put up with in school, listening to my friends talking about Goldust?? “Hey Cody, I saw your brother making out with Ahmed Johnson last night on Raw!!” … “Hey Cody, your brother was soooo funny last night.” Funny?? Try a living nightmare. My brother made watching professional wrestling impossible for me when I was younger.
Cody Rhodes: But as embarrassing as it was to watch Dustin bring shame to my family, it’s hard to place all the blame on him alone. I mean, after all, look at the man he followed. “The American Dweeeeem” Dusty Rhodes … “The son of a plumber” … The fattest, most God awful looking piece of trash to ever step foot in a wrestling ring. But you people loved him, because to you, he was just like you. An ‘everyman’ if you will. Or should I say … if ya weeeel.
Rhodes shakes his head in disgust.
Cody Rhodes: A lot of people just assume I came into this business because it’s in my blood. Because I was inspired to follow in the footsteps of my father, and my big brother. No, no, no. I broke into this business to SPITE my family. When I-
Smattering of boos.
Cody Rhodes: When I first chose this path, all I ever got from promoters, fans, and peers was the same crap. “Oh, you‘re Cody Rhodes?? Wow, you‘ve got some big shoes to fill kid”. “Hey kid, your old man was the greatest”. “I loved watching Dusty tear it up with the Nature Boy back in the day”. “Dusty was a legend, kid. He was just like one of us!!”. “Goldust is hilarious. I bet you do a great impression”.
Cody Rhodes: I don’t do an impression of Goldust. And I don’t intend on filling my old mans boots. After the nauseating CRAP I had to take, and STILL have to take, the thought even crossed my mind to use a different name. Cody Roberts, Cody Russell … hell, I even thought about going under the name of Cody Christmas. Anything to remove myself from following in the footsteps of those who came before me.
Another smattering of heat for Cody.
Cody Rhodes: But instead, I’ll use the Rhodes name. NOT to follow in The Fat Mans footsteps. NOT to be linked to my brother … but like I said … to SPITE them. I’m here in the WWE to restore some PRIDE to the Rhodes name in professional wrestling. I’m here in the WWE to eradicate the memories of Dusty Rhodes prancing around in Polka Dots. I’m here to make you people forget about “The Bizarre One” … from this moment on, and in years to come, when you think of the name RHODES … you’ll not smile, you wont laugh … you wont think about the American Dream, and you wont wax lyrical about the antics of Goldust. You’ll simply think of me … Cody … RHODES.
**OUT TO KILL**
The music plays, as Cody stands static in the ring, looking as serious as he was throughout the promo, looking around at the audience, before taking his time to exit the ring.
Jim Ross: Coach, the mission statement is clear. Cody Rhodes is out to change the perception of the Rhodes name in the world of wrestling. And that makes me sick to be perfectly honest. That young man should be embracing his families history. His father is in the Hall of Fame!! The man has a case for having his own wing in the Hall of Fame!!
The Coach: But when it’s all said and done, and this kids career is over, he WILL have his own wing in the WWE Hall of Fame - no question. Stop living in the past, stop living in the eighties old timer. Dusty Rhodes was just a fat son of a plumber!! This is the new millennium!! Cody Rhodes is ready to change the outlook on his families history in this business - and I don’t blame him!! Who the hell would want to follow in the footsteps of a Gold painted freak?? For Cody Rhodes this business is serious - his family has made a mockery out of it for two decades - but not anymore!!! GOOD FOR YOU CODY!!!
Jim Ross: I’m gonna find you some old video tapes, and you can see how much of an ‘embarrassment’ that “Son of a Plumber” is for this stuck up kid.
The Coach: What the hell is a video tape?? Save your energy, and get with the times partner.
Jim Ross: If ‘getting with the times’ is having your outlook on life Coach, I’ll stay in the nineties, thank you.
The Coach: It’s the eighties. You’re stuck in the eighties J.R.
Backstage, we see CHRISTIAN walking down the hallway, dressed to compete, ahead of the main event, coming up next … PICK YOUR POISON!!
Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, there he is!! The World Heavyweight Champion, and he is in action, NEXT!!! Who has Mister Kennedy found to take on Christian?? Pick Your Poison, is coming, when we come back!!!
We return, with The Killers “Move Away” blaring in the background.
Jim Ross: We are fast approaching Raws next Pay Per View event, and Coach, I cannot believe how loaded, Vengeance is already. A TRIPLE main event is coming Oklahoma, the kind of line up we can normally only dream of, and the first of those THREE blockbuster main events is Shawn Michaels and the undefeated Umaga.
The Coach: In a Last Man Standing match no less, J.R!! In all his years in this business, Shawn Michaels has NEVER come up against an opponent like Umaga, never has he encountered the kind of threat that Umaga brings … and worryingly for all HBK fans out there, after June 17, Shawn Michaels may never meet an opponent like Umaga ever again, if you get me.
Jim Ross: Indeed, Shawn Michaels has been on the end of countless assaults from Umaga in recent months, but has it all simply been building to something much, MUCH worse in Oklahoma in just under three weeks time?? And while things could get ugly in the barbaric Last Man Standing environment … the battle for the Intercontinental Title could be a show stealer in it’s own right. Matt Hardy challenges Shelton Benjamin, and don’t forget Coach, Hardy already has a victory over The Black Diamond!!
The Coach: And it’s the only one he’ll get!! Matt Hardy is talented, but he’s not a natural born winner like my boy, Shelton Benjamin!! The Intercontinental Title is in The Brotherhood for keeps baby boy, get used to it!!!
Jim Ross: And what a challenge for John Cena. Tonight, he accepted a challenge from Kurt Angle to meet in a Thirty Minute, Ultimate Submissions match at Vengeance!! Cena has heart, he has tenacity, and above all else, he has that STFU in his arsenal … but surely the odds are in the Olympians favour??
The Coach: Of course they are!!! Cena has that STFU?? Big deal, Kurt Angle can pull out the Ankle Lock at will … and much, much more!!! You thought Michael Flately could tap?? You wait till you see John Cena on June 17!!!
Jim Ross: Very Nineties reference from a modern day man, Coach … but how about the Womens Title?? Melina is the new Number One Contender, and should Mickie James fail to show on June 17, she will be stripped of the title, and the championship goes to Melina. The wicked witch of Hollywood seems to be getting everything she wanted … but will she get it at Vengeance??
The Coach: If there’s justice, she will. Melina should be praised for what shes done in exposing Mickie James. Instead, you’ve been treating her like some sort of evil she-devil!!!
Jim Ross: Well … the shoe fits Coach. Melina has shown she will stoop to any level to reclaim the Womens title, but what lengths will Mister Kennedy go to in order to take the biggest prize in the game?? What lengths will Christian go in order to keep it?? At Vengeance, we’ll find out. Christian defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Mister Kennedy!!!
The Coach: It’s the 2006 King of the Rings first crack at the gold - and that’s all he’ll need - ONE shot. History will be made at Vengeance, J.R, Mister Kennedy - the NEXT World Champ!!!
Jim Ross: It’s twenty days away. It’s all comes from Oklahoma, and it’s only on Pay Per View!!!
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
And to a thunderous response, Christian strides onto the stage, looking relaxed and as confident as ever, looking far into the crowd, pounding his chest, before making his way down the aisle.
Jim Ross: Just who will take on Captain Charisma?? Which Raw superstar has Mister Kennedy coerced into representing him here tonight??
The Coach: I hear there was a queue the size of the entire hallway outside Mister Kennedys locker room today. The Raw locker room have all been looking a shot at the biggest name on the roster. Imagine what a win over the World Champion can do for your credentials!!
Jim Ross: Indeed, that should be the incentive for anyone with aspirations. A shot to hang with the World Heavyweight Champion should be what spurs everyone on, and Christian will undoubtedly welcome the challenge, Coach!!
Christian reaches the ring, and prepares himself, waiting on his opponent.
There is a few moments of waiting, building the tension…
Confusion reigns over the arena, with Christian even looking slightly perplexed as to what’s going on.
Jim Ross: Can- Can Kennedy name himself as Christians opponent??
The Coach: I love it J.R!! He’s gonna show Christian first hand what to expect on June 17!!!
Smiling, Mister Kennedy stands on the aisle, with a mic in hand, trying to hush the fans with his hand.
Mister Kennedy: Okay, okay … hush kiddies.
Kennedy smiles, as the fans pick up a little more, giving the #1 Contender more abuse.
Mister Kennedy: Calm yourself, Champ, it’s not me you’re facing. No. Instead, I want to give my representative the kind of introduction only I can deliver … so … WITHOUT FURTHER ADO … I GIVE TO YOU … MY POISON … YOUR OPPONENT … SANNNNNNNTINOOOOOO MARELLLLLLLLLAAAAAAA!!!!!!
Christian is almost in disbelief - a funny kind of disbelief - as Santino charges onto the stage, flanked by Layla and Leyla, as Kennedy claps his ‘poison’. Santino then continues down the aisle, but as he reaches ringside…
Mister Kennedy: CUT THE MUSIC!!!
The music slowly dies down, as Kennedy shakes his head.
Mister Kennedy: Y’know Christian … there’s always been something I found very funny about the rules for this ‘Pick Your Poison’ gimmick … they’re very vague. I mean … you pick my opponent, I pick yours. Very simplistic, don’t ya think?? I mean … I don’t remember the rules stipulating if I could choose ‘a’ opponent … or opponent-sssssss.
Devilishly, Kennedy grins.
Mister Kennedy: Y’see Christian … you got me all wrong. You pegged me as nothing more than an irritant. The ‘Challenger of the week’ … a loudmouthed, over opinionated pest. And at Vengeance, you’re gonna take great pleasure in shutting my mouth, and putting me back in my place. Like I said last week … you’ve got me all wrong.
In the ring, Christian listens intently.
Mister Kennedy: Cocky?? Sure. Brash?? A little. Arrogant?? Maybe. I’ve got a lot to say for myself, and maybe I’ve got too much to say … but don’t write me off as simply that. Because I’m smart too. I’m sneaky, and I’m very … VERY clever, as you’re about to find out. You honestly think I’d test you by choosing just Santino Marella?? Oh boy, you’re WAY wrong. Like I said, no one ever said I could only name ONE measly opponent for ya …
**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**
Right on cue, The Brotherhood; led of course by Theodore Long, makes its way onto the stage. Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, Monty Brown, and JTG all pass Kennedy, and saunter down the aisle, with Christian realising he’s in BIG trouble. Long shakes hands with Kennedy on the top of the ramp, as Kennedy shouts over the music.
Mister Kennedy: In case you need telling Christian … this is FIVE ON ONE … and just like when you face me at Vengeance … I don’t like your odds.
Kennedy chucks the mic away, as The Brotherhood reach the bottom of the ramp, just as we go to the final commercial of the night.
Jim Ross: Oh my … how can Christian defeat these odds??
The Coach: He cant!! He needs to concentrate on surviving!!!
Jim Ross: He may just have to … but can he even do that?? We’ll find out, right after this…
We return with The Brotherhood surrounding the ring, along with Marella, whilst Christian tries to remain alert in the ring, pacing around, waiting for someone to strike. Meanwhile, Kennedy is giddy on the ramp, rubbing his hands together, having outsmarted Christian.
Christian stays on his toes, waiting for the inevitable onslaught … AND SANTINO SLIDES IN FIRST!!!
Main Event | PICK YOUR POISON | MISTER KENNEDYS CHOICE:
Christian vs. Santino Marella & The Brotherhood
Christian instantly stomps the wimpy Italian, before quickly hammering JTG off the apron, then turns, ducking a clothesline attempt from Henry, and tumbles the biggest man out of the ring through the middle rope, before knocking Brown down with a clothesline. Shelton Benjamin then hammers the champion from behind, and backs him into the ropes, but Christian reverses the whip, and delivers a back body drop on the return, before clotheslining the I.C Champ over the top rope.
The champion then backs Monty into the corner, and lets fly with right hands, before sending him across the ring, into the opposite corner, following in with a running splash. Christian then dumps Monty out of the ring, and looks around seeing only Santino in the ring, and stalks him down, getting Marella into position for the reverse DDT … BUT JTG ATTACKS CHRISTIAN FROM BEHIND!!! JTG pounds at Christian, trying to keep him down, calling for reinforcements, with Shelton climbing back inside the ring to help.
Benjamin and JTG hammer the champion, then send him off the ropes with a double Irish Whip … BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE … THEN DELIVERS A FLYING CLOTHESLINE OF HIS OWN!!! The champion knocks both men down, with the fans getting behind the outnumbered champion, fighting the odds. Christian sends JTG into Benjamin, then throws JTG back out of the ring, toppling onto an unsuspecting Monty Brown, taking both out of the equation, before turning his attention back to Shelton, and knocks the IC Champion down with a dropkick.
Knowing time isn’t on his side, Christian again looks to Marella, attacking the weakest link of his opponents, and easily gets him hooked up … FOR THE UNPRETTIER … BUT MARK HENRY CLATTERS INTO CHRISTIAN!!! Christian, unable to defend himself, having been too busy hooking his arms for the Unprettier, is easy prey for the near 400 pounder, and Henry rag dolls Christian, clubbing the champions back, whilst JTG and Monty Brown both re-enter the ring. Now, ALL of the Brotherhood are in, and the foursome take turns to attack Christian in the corner, with Santino also pulling himself together to add to the attack.
On the aisle, Kennedy is loving what he sees, as Benjamin connects with a Stinger Splash in the corner, whilst Monty and JTG pick Captain Charisma back up, and set him in the corner again … for Mark Henry … WHO CHARGES IN FOR A BIG SPLASH … BUT CHRISTIAN SLIPS OUT … HENRY HIT’S THE BUCKLE … AND CHRISTIAN DELIVERS THE SEESAW KICK AT THE ROPES!!! A glimmer of hope for Christian … BUT INSTANTLY Brown and JTG stop the momentum, leaping Christian, and taking the champion down.
Mark Henry shakes the cobwebs, and gets angry … and takes his frustrations out on Christian, hammering down the champion, clubbing wildly at him, before being dragged off by his three Brotherhood cohorts. As the trio try to calm down the big man, Santino kneels down, and pounds at Christian, enjoying his chance to attack the champion. He then gets up, celebrating wildly, despite the match not being over yet … AND CHRISTIAN SURPRISES HIM … WITH A SCHOOL BOY … 1...2...SANTINO JUST KICKS OUT!!!!!
It turns out to be the final action of a desperate man, as The Brotherhood quickly attack him again, and this time, DON’T take their eye off the ball. All five men take turns to hammer the champion, mercilessly taking him apart, before Mark Henry takes over, scooping Christian up … AND CRUSHES HIM WITH THE WORLDS STRONGEST SLAM!!! The match could easily be won at this point, but instead, Shelton orders Christian to be stood up, with JTG doing the dirty work, hauling the lifeless champion up … AND ALLOWS SHELTON TO DELIVER PAYDIRT!!!
STILL, no cover is made, as the group then look to Monty Brown, and DEMAND a Pounce, with Brown only too happy to accept. Mark Henry effortlessly picks Christian up, pushing him to the corner, before sending him out … INTO THE POUNCE!!!!! Now, it seems like enough is enough … as Benjamin takes a look around, and points to Christian, waving it off, as all five men gather in around the champion, putting a foot each on for the cover, which Mike Chioda mercifully makes - quickly, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The Brotherhood & Santino Marella @ 05:55
And Mister Kennedy wins the ‘Pick Your Poison’ battle. The Brotherhood are victorious, despite a valiant effort from the champion, whilst Santino celebrates like he just won the World title. On the stage, Theodore shakes Kennedys hand, and we hear him say to the #1 Contender “Remember the deal now playa. My boy gets the first crack at tha title when you win it”, as it becomes clear what the bargaining chip was that Kennedy used to get The Brotherhood on board.
Kennedy then makes his way down the aisle, as The Brotherhood and Marella exit the ring, passing the #1 Contender, who nods at each man, grateful for their efforts this evening. Cockily, Kennedy enters the ring, smiling broadly, as Christian slowly comes to, writhing on the canvas. Kennedy looks down at Captain Charisma, before looking to the outside, and calls for a mic, AND the World title belt.
Both objects are handed to the ring, with Kennedy picking up the mic before the belt, and takes a moment to stare at the prize - his holy grail - before turning his attention back to Christian. The #1 Contender stands eerily over the champion, and slowly brings the mic to his mouth…
Mister Kennedy: You still lookin past me now??
Kennedy bends down, shoving the belt in the face of Christian.
Mister Kennedy: I’m deadly serious when I say I’m taking this belt at Vengeance. Now?? Now you know I’m serious.
Heat from the fans.
Mister Kennedy: And now … you better start taking me seriously … CHAMP!!
Kennedy drops the mic on Christian, then raises the belt symbolically, raising the ire of the fans, before dropping the gold onto the torso of the champion, as his music plays into the arena.
Nonchalantly, the #1 Contender exit’s the ring, and makes his way up the ramp, as Christian tries to get up, but can only crawl toward the ropes. Kennedy reaches the top of the aisle, and turns, looking back to the ring, where Christian is pulling himself up on the ropes, looking toward his #1 Contender … now looking furious, gritting his teeth … finally realizing the threat of Mister Kennedy??
Current Card for WWE Vengeance:
Date: 17th June 2007
Location: Ford Centre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Event Music: The Killers, Move Away
---TRIPLE MAIN EVENT---
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Christian vs. Mister Kennedy
30 Minute Ultimate Submission Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
Last Man Standing Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Umaga w/Armando Estrada
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin w/Theodore Long vs. Matt Hardy
WWE Womens Championship Match:
Mickie James vs. Melina