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Re: WWE: The TwoThousandAndEleven Diaries
Friday Night Smackdown (June 24, 2011)
The first Smackdown after Capitol Punishment begins not with the World Heavyweight Champion Christian, nor with the #1 Contender Cody Rhodes- not even with the General Manager Teddy Long. Instead, we start the show with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus who stands in the ring looking pissed. He says that the fact that he is not the new #1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship is a travesty. Sheamus says that last Sunday he stepped into the ring with three people who would have less muscle mass than him combined and somehow he lost. Sheamus says that things like that shouldn’t happen. He says that it’s obvious that he’s not in a good mood. Sheamus says that he’s in the mood for beating somebody up. He challenges anybody to come to the ring and face him, but to do so at his own risk.
The lights in the arena suddenly go out and a countdown appears on the titantron. The crowd is puzzled and as the countdown reaches zero a massive pyro goes off and smoke shrouds the entrance area. The arena lights come on and the smoke fades to reveal a man with his back to the audience, arms stretched out to the side. Those who know who it is start cheering and when the man turns around the whole arena is on their feet. The man lifts up a microphone and shouts into it: “Welcome... to Smackdown… is… Jericho!!” The crowd goes crazy, as Chris Jericho has returned to Smackdown! In the ring, Sheamus looks positively shocked as Jericho plays to the fans as he makes way down to the ring, soaking in the great reception. He walks up the steps before standing face to face (face to chin) with Sheamus, who still looks gob smacked.
Jericho says that it feels great to be back on Friday nights. He says that it has been too long since he’s stepped inside a WWE ring and this time he’s not going to leave until he can’t physically compete anymore. The crowd pops and Jericho says that he’s getting older now and it means he’s getting wiser, and he says that he’s realised that he wouldn’t be where he is without the help of the fans, so he thanks them for all their support over the years. The fans pop but Sheamus interrupts by asking if there’s a point to Jericho’s emotional tirade. “Y2J” says yes, in fact, there is a point; he’s here right now because he saw Sheamus complaining to start the show and he thought the fans deserved something better to begin Smackdown. Jericho says Sheamus ‘pales’ in comparison to him and Sheamus laughs sarcastically before reminding Jericho who he is in the ring with.
Jericho says that he knows who he’s in the ring with and he’s honoured; he’s always considered Ginger Spice the most talented of The Spice Girls. Jericho says that jokes aside, he’s seen Sheamus win world titles and steamroll a lot of the WWE roster in the last few years. He says that he was a little nervous of coming out here knowing what Sheamus has done. Sheamus says that Jericho should be nervous but “Y2J” replies by saying that he’s never backed down from a challenge before, and he’s not going to stop him now. He says that although Sheamus is big, he’s seen a lot of big stupid guys come and go in his many years of the business. Jericho wants to know whether Sheamus is the real deal. He says that he takes up Sheamus’ open challenge, but not for tonight. Jericho wants to face Sheamus at Money In The Bank and Sheamus accepts. The crowd pops as Jericho spouts off a few catchphrases and celebrates with the audience as we go to a break.
Match One: Tyson Kidd, accompanied by Michael Hayes, takes on Alex Riley in a rematch from two weeks ago where Riley won and was beaten down afterward. This time it is Kidd who prevails after capitalizing on interference from his manager by catching Riley in the Sharpshooter and making him tap, gaining himself a spot in Smackdown’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match.
Result: Tyson Kidd defeats Alex Riley; qualifies for MITB Ladder Match
We go backstage to where General Manager Theodore Long is with the new Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson. Long congratulates the new champion on his win at Capitol Punishment and Big Zeke thanks the GM before Wade Barrett storms into the picture looking angry. He says that he just wanted to tell Ezekiel that he’s done. He’s done with The Corre, who let him down at Capitol Punishment and he’s done with Jackson. Barrett says that he doesn’t want a rematch and he doesn’t want the Intercontinental Championship. He says that before long, Ezekiel will be looking with envy at Wade Barrett, the new World Heavyweight Champion. Barrett laughs and storms off as Zeke rolls his eyes, pats his title and resumes talking to Teddy Long, who says that he now needs new a new challenger for his title.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater walk into the picture, saying that they were just listening to their conversation. Justin says that they put up with Wade Barrett’s crap for too long and that they deserve title shots. Slater says that they have history with Ezekiel Jackson so there are no better options for contenders. Teddy says okay but that only one of them will get a title shot. He says that tonight Justin Gabriel will take on Heath Slater and the winner will face Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship at the Smackdown Supershow before Money In The Bank. Teddy Long chuckles and tells the two men to get ready for their match, holla.
Match Two: Jinder Mahal takes on Shelton Benjamin in a singles match that sees Mahal use lots of dirty tactics to gain an advantage. Eventually good prevails over evil as Shelton manages to roll up Mahal for the win.
Result: Shelton Benjamin defeats Jinder Mahal
After the match, Shelton celebrates but gets blindsided with a steel chair shot to the back from Jinder. The crowd boos as Mahal starts wailing on Shelton with the chair until The Great Khali’s music plays to a large pop. Khali makes his way down to the ring looking fierce before stepping over the top rope into the ring. He stares at Jinder Mahal before shockingly picking up Shelton instead, nailing him with the Khali Bomb! The crowd boos as Mahal and Khali shake hands and smile, before Ranjin Singh scurries into the ring and raises the arms of both men as the trio celebrates.
We go backstage to where Derrick Bateman is sitting in the locker room, looking dejected. Trent Barreta approaches him and asks him what’s up and Bateman says that his partner Johnny Curtis suffered an injury at the hands of Brodus Clay and Chavo Guerrero last week and he’ll be out for over a month. Barreta says that sucks but asks if he’s going to let Chavo and his doofus get away with that? Bateman says that he can’t take those guys on with no partner but Barreta says that he’s wrong, he has a new partner now. Bateman smiles and the two shake hands before we go to a commercial.
We get a video package on the career of Mark Henry.
When we return we go to the ring with Teddy Long, who says that he is very happy to introduce the Smackdown divas. He calls out the divas’ names as they make their entrances. First is Melina who gets heat, then Alicia Fox and Tamina who also get boos, then Eve Torres and AJ from NXT 3 who get some cheers. Beth Phoenix then makes her entrance to a loud pop before Michelle McCool makes her way out in her return to the WWE, getting lots of boos. The final diva to come out is an unknown, announced as Roxxi. Roxxi is bald, has piercings and a muscled physique and the crowd isn’t quite sure what to make of her. Teddy Long says that these eight divas will fight over the newly vacated Divas Championship exclusively on Smackdown and the crowd pops. He says that the champion will be decided at the Smackdown Supershow in a fatal four way match, while the participants for that match will be decided tonight. He announces an eight-diva battle royale where the four surviving divas will go on to fight for the Divas Championship in three weeks time.
Match Three: Alicia Fox, Tamina, Melina, Michelle McCool, Roxxi, Eve Torres, AJ and Beth Phoenix compete in an over the top rope challenge. Fox and Tamina gang up to eliminate AJ but then Roxxi eliminates both with an impressive double clothesline that gets her a small pop. With 5 divas remaining, the unlucky one is Eve, who gets suckered a minute later by Michelle, who feigns teaming up with her but throws her over the top rope.
Result: Melina, Michelle McCool, Roxxi and Beth Phoenix; progress to fight for the Divas Championship
We go backstage to interviewer Jack Korpela, who is attempting to get in touch with the #1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, Cody Rhodes, but he gets no comment. Ted DiBiase chimes in and says that Rhodes isn’t giving any interviews because tonight it is his big contract signing with Christian and anything that people want to hear from Cody will be said in a few minutes.
Main Event: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel go head to head for the #1 Contendership to the Intercontinental Championship and after a very solid match given quite a substantial amount of time, Gabriel prevails after a superkick and the 450° Splash.
Result: Justin Gabriel defeats Heath Slater; new #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship
After the match, Gabriel takes to the microphone and says that it’s good to finally see the end of The Corre. He says that the group was never a total unit and never lived up to its promise of having ‘no leaders.’ He says that there is a new chapter unfolding in his career and it involves defeating Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship in three weeks time.
We quickly cut backstage to where Chavo Guerrero and Brodus Clay are beating down Trent Barreta and Derrick Bateman in a corridor. The struggle of the faces indicates that they were attacked not long ago and luckily Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan interfere to stop any lasting punishment from being inflicted. Cara and Bryan get between the victims and Chavo and Brodus, forcing Chavo to threaten them with a beating if they don’t move. The faces don’t budge and Daniel Bryan says that they can settle this in the ring next week. He says that he and Cara challenge Chavo and Brodus to a tag team match, with the winner qualifying for the Smackdown Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Chavo reluctantly agrees, saying that they’ll have to dispose of Bateman and Barreta later, before walking off with Brodus in tow.
When we return, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long is standing in the ring next to the contract-signing table. He welcomes first Cody Rhodes, who is accompanied by Ted DiBiase and then the World Heavyweight Champion Christian, who gets a nice pop. Teddy congratulates Christian for defeating Randy Orton 4-3 in a 30 Minute Ironman Match last Sunday at Capitol Punishment as we are shown footage of the conclusion of the match and Christian celebrating afterwards with the fans. He then congratulates Cody Rhodes for besting Sheamus, Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan in last night’s opener and becoming the Number One Contender for Christian’s World Heavyweight Championship. He says that tonight’s contract signing is to finalize a match between the two participants for the Money In The Bank pay per view, and invites the champion to sign first.
Christian asks if he may say something first, which the GM allows. He says that he showed the world that he could beat Randy Orton last Sunday and it feels great to finally get some closure with Randy. Christian says that the best feeling ever is to show the world that you’re not too old and to shut up the naysayers. He says that Randy Orton thought that he was past his prime and didn’t deserve to be a champion, but he proved to the whole world that he does. Christian says that Orton is a lot younger than him but Cody here is younger still. Christian says that Cody reminds him of himself when he was younger. He says that it’s obvious Cody hasn’t acted like a saint in getting to where he is now, but neither did he. He says that Cody has probably gotten a lot of stick from people who say that he got where he is because of his last time and Christian says that he has gotten the same haters saying he’s only successful because of Edge. Christian says that he respects Cody Rhodes despite what he’s done in the past and he hopes that one day, Rhodes can just get an epiphany like him and realise that the fans are really the most important things there are.
The crowd pops as Christian signs the contract and Teddy Long invites Cody Rhodes to do the same. Cody says that he’ll gladly sign the contract but he has to clear something up first. Cody says that he never wants to be like Christian. The crowd boos as Rhodes says that the people who say that Christian is where he is because of Edge are right. Cody says that he hates his father and his success is all due to his own skills, looks and charisma. Cody says that Christian is right, he is young, and the problem that Randy Orton had is that he still thought he was young. He says that Randy Orton was young when he won his first world title in 2004, but now, like Christian, he is old. He says that Christian is all about the past, while Cody is all about the future. He calls Christian a double fluke champion and says that at Money In The Bank, he will win his first ever world title in the WWE and it will be everything but a fluke. He tells Christian that he has no respect for him and that he’s not here to be friends- he’s here to take his World Heavyweight Championship.
The crowd boos as Cody Rhodes smiles and walks over to the table to sign the contract, when suddenly Randy Orton slides into the ring and nails Ted DiBiase with an RKO. The crowd is confused as Cody Rhodes turns around and suffers the same fate, with Orton laying him out with an RKO as well. He gets up and faces Christian, breathing heavily and looking into his eyes. He goes for the RKO but Christian pushes him away. Orton turns around and Christian goes for the Spear, only for Orton to dodge and for Christian to get tangled in the ropes. Orton viciously kicks him out of the ring before grabbing the clipboard with the contract on it. Randy holds it up in the air before snapping the clipboard in half and throwing the remnants to the outside. He then lifts Cody Rhodes to his feet and puts him in position, before lifting him and smashing him through the contract signing table with a powerbomb! The crowd boos as Rhodes lies motionless and Orton smiles. Christian recuperates on the outside, clutching his shoulder as Orton celebrates to end the show.
Last edited by X-Power; 07-23-2011 at 10:19 PM.