Hmm Christian Coalition is taking over RAW, while DX/Cena/Taker are lingering away from where they should be imo. Interesting to see where all that leads.
As for GAB, it's pretty obvious that Lesnar will be the guest on Piper's Pit I think.
DX/Cena/Taker won't be out of the title picture for long - the reason the match happened again was simply as there wasn't time to build a new feud in time for the ppv, so I just threw them in a rematch
Really... that obvious? You'll enjoy the Great American Bash then
Originally Posted by Bradley
Christian in two title matches in one night? Weird. That makes JBL look extremely weak so I'm not liking that. I like the fact that Hardcore Holly got completely jobbed out to Umaga and Umaga should get pushed now. Punk/Booker is a very interesting feud nice to see Punk get the win and it should be a great grudge match. A very big match in midcard? All 4 men should be battling for the title or in a high profile feud, you have a lot of potential in your roster I just hope you can maximize that. Maria would never get a 'HUGE' pop but that was still a funny moment. You seem to have a decent I.C division so I would like to see where you go with that. Angle legit injured? Na, it seems like a huge ploy from the Olympic Medalist but Rey is now over big time which is good. LOL at the Stratus' (who is Britney BTW?) nice so see Alexis turn face in another interesting feud. Like I mentioned before I didn't like Christian going over JBL.
JBL was basically thrown into the title contention with no real build-up, so he wasn't too strong beforehand. People have competed in two matches before on the same show, and there would have been 2 hours rest between matches, plus Christian hit JBL with the belt in the tag title match, so that gives him a bit of an excuse. The aim of the match was to make Christian look strong, and winning two matches in a night does that
DX/Cena/Taker in the midcard? None of my ppv's have a conventional order to them, as I try to spread the big matches about throughout the show.
Maria = Christian's girlfriend, and helped to really get him over, so she would have got a good pop... maybe not huge though...
Angle's injury? Although that would be a good idea to have him fake it, it is actually a real injury (or so it will be claimed)... but the way Angle's character has developed, the faking of injury would be something he could do
Britney is Trish's (kayfabe) sister, and debuted a few months ago
And now, the Great American Bash, and then the lead up to Summerslam from Raw and Smackdown, and then the Summerslam card
Great American Bash 2006
XXX def. William Regal and Paul Burchill to retain the World Tag Championships
when Skipper hit the 450 splash to Regal to keep the titles. The Englishmen looked good for winning the title at one stage in the match when Regal hit the power of the punch to Daniels, but Skipper pulled the referee out of the ring and then later managed to hit Regal with the brass knucks himself, before hitting the 450 splash to win the match
Chris Masters def. Paul London
when he locked on the Masterlock, and made Paul London pass out to the move. London looked as if he was going to win the match at one stage, but Kid Kash came out and hit him with his title belt, turning heel and yelling at London whether he thought he was better than him. This enabled Masters to lock the move in, and win the match
Carlito def. Shelton Benjamin to retain the United States Title
after nailing him with the backcracker. Shelton had believed that he was going to win the match after hitting the T-Bone Suplex, but Carlito got a foot on the rope. Shelton then nailed a Stinger Splash to him, and then leapt to the top rope, but Carlito moved out of the way of his dive, and then hit the backcracker to get the win and keep his title
Big Show def. Kane via DQ
after Kane lost the plot and starting nailing him with a steel chair. The match was a slow and methodical affair, with lots of heavy hitting between them, but Kane was frustrated that he couldn’t put the Big Show away, so he took out a chair and just started to beat the hell out of him with it.
Rob Van Dam def. AJ Styles and Edge to become the number 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Title
, pinning AJ Styles after hitting him with the 5 star frog splash. The match had been about RVD and AJ for a lot of it, as the two of them were given a chance to shine in the ring, as Edge was biding his time on the outside, not wanting to get too much into the match, and only interfering when it looked as if the match could end. Eventually Edge decided to properly get involved in the match when he was happy that they were tired out enough, and got a series of near falls, before accidentally spearing the referee when he went for RVD. He then did catch him with the spear, and then the spear to AJ Styles, before realising there was no referee. He then got a steel chair to bring into the ring, but the Rock ran down and cracked Edge over the head with the chair, before nailing him with the Rock Bottom to the delight of the crowd. As Edge was taken out, RVD got to his feet first and threw the chair at AJ, before hitting him with the Van Damninator, followed by the 5 star frog splash to go to Summerslam to battle for the title
Batista def. Mr.Kennedy to retain the World Heavyweight Title
after nailing him with the Batista Bomb twice, making sure that Kennedy was put away after Kennedy put up the match of his life. Kennedy battled as hard as he could, surviving almost everything that Batista put at him, but in the end the second Batista Bomb was enough to win the match. He kicked out of the Spine Buster, and got a foot on the rope for the first Batista Bomb. Kennedy almost got the win with the Green Bay Plunge, but Batista got his foot on the ropes.
Roddy Piper then came out for Piper’s Pit
, and hyped up the crowd for a bit, before announcing that his guest was returning to the WWE tonight after an absence. He said that all night it has been rumoured that Brock Lesnar will be coming back to Smackdown tonight, but all he can say is that he doesn’t know whether those rumours are true or not. He says that Mr. Lesnar appears to be a loose cannon, and he just walked out Smackdown when he didn’t win the title at King of the Ring, and he isn’t the kind of guest he wants. He says that his guest is coming back to Smackdown for the first time in a few years, and he brings out.... JEFF HARDY!
Jeff says that it is great to be back in the WWE, and great to be back on Smackdown, saying that he’s missed competing in front of the greatest fans in the world. He says that he appreciates a legend such as Piper having him on his show, and says that in the past he may have let himself down, but he’s over his problems, and is back to show everyone what he can do.
The Rock def. Randy Orton in a no disqualification match
when Mick Foley made a surprise return to help out the Rock, after Edge had earlier got involved in the match to help Randy Orton. The two of them battled all over the arena, showing the hatred for each other that they seem to have, only for Edge to come from nowhere and spear the Rock through a backstage table. Edge and Orton then dominated the Rock as they brought him back to the ring to finish the match off, as Edge called for the Con-cherto. Just as they were about to deliver it, Mick Foley’s music hit, and he returned by coming down to the ring, with a 2x4 wrapped it barbed wire. After a brief fight, he managed to nail Edge in the stomach with it, and then locked in the mandible claw on him. Orton then hit Foley with an RKO, but as he was talking trash to him, he turned around into a Rock Bottom onto the chair by the Rock, followed by a People’s elbow, which scored the Rock the win. The show ended with the Rock and Foley celebrating, as Edge and Orton retreated away.
XXX def. William Regal and Paul Burchill to retain the World Tag Team Titles at 9:12
Chris Masters def. Paul London at 6:30
Carlito def. Shelton Benjamin to retain the US title at 13:10
The Big Show def. Kane by DQ at 7:25
Rob Van Dam def. Edge and AJ Styles to become the number 1 contender at 20:48
Batista def. Mr. Kennedy to retain the World Heavyweight Title at 17:29
The Rock def. Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred match at 21:20
Lead up to Summerslam
After the firing of Eric Bischoff on Raw, for a brief period Raw had no general manager, leaving Vince McMahon in temporary charge while he found a new permanent replacement. Although it appeared that he was enjoying the job, and didn’t really fancy giving any the job, and decided to name himself in charge until he found a more convenient replacement (don’t worry, Vince isn’t going to take up 50% of the show like he does in real-life as GM... yet...)
Christian’s rivalry with JBL continued off the back off Vengeance, with JBL pissed off that he didn’t win the match, and blamed this on the fact that Christian had hit with the title early in the show. He requested a rematch, which he got, but once again he came up short with Christian pinning him clean to keep the title.
The following week Christian hosted the Peep Show, which resulted in JBL coming out and demanding one more shot at the title at Summerslam. But he wasn’t the only one, with Rey Mysterio saying that he would like a shot at the title, seeing as he hasn’t had one yet on Raw. DX then came out, saying that if these jokers wanted a title shot, then DX think they should request a title shot as well. John Cena then came out and cut a rap on all of them, saying that he wants the title as well. In the end, Vince McMahon announced that all 5 of them would get a title shot at Summerslam... in an elimination chamber.
In the following few weeks, they were put in matches against each other, which ended with D-Generation X taking the Tag Titles off Christian and Tyson Tomko, which meant they would go into the match as tag champs. The final Raw before Summerslam ended with Christian standing tall though, after DX, JBL, Rey and Cena all took each other out, allowing Christian to say that after Summerslam, he will still be the WWE Champion, because that’s how he rolls!
Another man standing tall was Umaga, especially after the brutal assault on the Undertaker that left him on the injured list. After his win at Vengeance, Umaga went on a real tear, destroying everyone in his path, until he was booked to face the Undertaker. Unfortunately this match never took place, because the Undertaker never made it to the ring. Umaga assaulted him backstage, and then he threw him off the stage and beating him to the floor. Umaga declared that he was the true monster of Monday Night Raw, and would bulldoze anything in his path. The two of them were booked to wrestle at Summerslam, but that depended on whether the Undertaker would make it or not.
Also booked for Summerslam is a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Title. Matt Hardy, who still holds the belt with defend the title against old foe Gregory Helms and CM Punk, who has been rising up the ranks ever since he became a singles star. Punk looked the strongest coming into this match, winning all of his matches since confirmed as a challenger, while Hardy appeared to be struggling with an injury which restricted his competition in the ring, allowing Shannon Moore to try and continue to prove himself to Hardy by competing on his behalf. Hardy (still a face) said though that he will compete at Summerslam, no matter how injured he is.
Although Trish Stratus was on the winning team at Vengeance, it appeared the true winner of that night was Alexis Laree, who attacked Trish after the match. The following night she announced that she was changing her name to Mickie James to reflect her new attitude (she has now started to act a bit more like Mickie James actually does), and that she realised she needs to get back her women’s title, but also that Trish Stratus is the world’s biggest bitch. She got herself a women’s title match at Summerslam, but has had to deal with the presence of Britney Stratus throughout her challenge.
Also on Raw – Kurt Angle’s knee injury was serious enough for him to need surgery, and it was announced that he wouldn’t be back until October at the very earliest.
On the Smackdown side of things, the big news concerning the World Heavyweight Title would be that Rob Van Dam finally gets a shot at being the main man when he will take on Batista at Summerslam. Rob Van Dam had the advantage of having Paul Heyman as his manager, and the two of them cut a series of promos on Batista proclaiming how much of a fake he is, and comparing the way he was brought into the business to the way RVD had to slave through ECW. Their plan worked, and Batista was unable to control his rage and attacked RVD, breaking a no violence contract signed between the two of them. As a result, the title will change hands on a DQ at Summerslam, so Batista will have to control his anger in the ring, despite the fact that RVD has needled him about his personal life for weeks. But the one advantage that Batista had was that he did pin RVD in the only match that the two of them had, a tag team match also involving Mr Kennedy and Jeff Hardy. Batista knew he could beat RVD, but RVD had the spectre of history against him... he had always failed in his attempt to take the title
And the other big story was the return of Mick Foley to Smackdown and the first thing he did was to set up a match for Summerslam – Mick Foley and the Rock vs. Edge and Randy Orton – the rules would be simple – No Holds Barred, just like the match at GAB, and he told Edge and the Orton that the result would be the same... the Rock and Sock Connection would be standing tall at the end of the match. But Edge and Orton didn’t think so, and continued to try and attack the Rock and Foley to get an advantage. Foley though cut a promo on the history of him and hardcore matches, saying that every time someone thought that he could end the Hardcore legend, they came up a bit short. He says that Orton may be the Legend Killer, and Edge may be the Rated R Superstar, but that won’t be enough to beat Foley at Summerslam.
But Foley’s list of enemies didn’t stop there, as he found a way to wind up Rob Van Dam and Paul Heyman as he didn’t take kindly to their continued attempts to wind up Batista and stop him making it to Summerslam. Heyman told Foley that perhaps he should focus on Edge and Orton and let Heyman and RVD get on with running the show, so Foley banned Heyman from being at ringside for the World Title match. RVD then told Foley that he should watch himself, as you never know whose going to screw you.
Ken Kennedy was taken down a peg or two when he lost to Batista at the Great American Bash, but soon found a new enemy in the newly returning Jeff Hardy, who upset Kennedy with the way that he appeared to be being pushed above him in the card, when Kennedy had slaved for his spot, and was a King of the Ring winner. Kennedy told Hardy to get to the back of the line when wanting a title shot, and that after Summerslam, Mr. Kennedy would be getting the rematch that he deserved. However, AJ Styles also felt that he deserved to be in contention, as he was only 1 second from being in the main event at Summerslam. And Kane decided that he wanted some new enemies to go and beat up, so came out and gave all 3 of these men a chokeslam. Foley liked the fact that all had some hunger about them, and set up a fatal 4 way at Summerslam, just as they all deserved to be on the card.
And the other match on the card would be Carlito vs. Brock Lesnar, with the United States Title on the line. This came about through Lesnar’s non-appearance at the Great American Bash, and the fact that Carlito cut a brutally funny promo on him, saying that it was a disgrace that Brock Lesnar didn’t show up at the Great American Bash, and then showed the various stages of evolution, likening early man to Lesnar. But the bad news came for Carlito was when Lesnar interrupted an edition of Carlito’s Cabana and brutally destroyed Carlito. Lesnar then challenged Carlito to a match at Summerslam, which Carlito was forced to accept, but with the title on the line.
Other Smackdown news – Kane defeated the Big Show in an inferno match on Smackdown to end their rivalry, and this was the last time that the Big Show was seen, Triple X continued to beat everyone to keep the Tag Titles, ending the rivalry with the Bluebloods and beating random teams when they faced them, while Kid Kash’s new rivalry with Paul London kicked off, but he failed to win to win the title in the first attempt at the title he had. However, a rematch is scheduled for the Smackdown after Summerslam.
Christian (C) vs. John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. JBL
World Heavyweight Title
Batista (C) vs. Rob Van Dam
Matt Hardy (C) vs. CM Punk vs. Gregory Helms
United States Title
Carlito (C) vs. Brock Lesnar
Trish Stratus (C) vs. Mickie James
No Holds Barred
Edge and Randy Orton vs. The Rock and Mick Foley
Umaga vs. The Undertaker
Mr. Kennedy vs. Kane vs. Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles
Summerslam, and then the lead up to Unforgiven (which includes a huge shock) will be posted on Boxing Day, so everyone have a Happy Christmas!!!