^^^Stop being an Attitude Era mark and expecting the title to change every five seconds plz.
SmackDown; May 4th, 2007
A video recap of Backlash kicks off the broadcast, highlighting the SD matches at the PPV - Kennedy retaining the WHC by beating Batista; Cena bloodying The Rock; The Hooligans retaining against the Carolina Connection with unwanted help from King Booker and his Court; Lashley retaining his title against Henry and Regal; And, Daniels winning his title back by beating Mysterio, after Chavo DDT’d his friend.
The opening video plays, and we soon head into the arena and the shitload of pyro goes off, before we’re brought to our commentators. Per usual, we have Joey Styles and Tazz, but Michael Cole has seemingly joined them as well.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to SmackDown. I’m Joey Styles, here with my partner, the former ECW Champion Tazz, and rejoining the broadcast team, Michael Cole. And what a show we have for you to be calling here tonight, Michael.
Absolutely. Two huge matches already announced! First, the United States Champion Bobby Lashley takes on the man he pinned at Backlash last Sunday, The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry!
Oh, what a collision, what an EXPLOSION that one’s gonna be!
And, The New King’s Court of Elijah Burke and Monty Brown, take on The Carolina Connection with the winners going on to face The Hooligans for the WWE Tag Team Championships in two weeks on SmackDown! Huge night for wrestling here on SmackDown, but that’s not all.
No doubt, no doubt, as ginormous as those matches are, we may have something more important. Later on tonight, Chavo Guerrero will come down to this ring and explain his actions, why he cost his best friend, Rey Mysterio, the Cruiserweight Championship at Backlash. Can’t wait to hear that.
It’s sure to be a wild ride here on SmackDown! Strap on your seatbelts.
***MY TIME IS NOW***
The audience erupts into an incredibly loud mixed reaction as ‘The Boss’ John Cena steps out onto the stage, all smiles, dressed in camouflage shorts, camo hat, dog tags and black T-shirt. Cena takes a look around the arena at all the fans going crazy, some with boos, some with cheers, and simply lets out a smirk before continuing on down to the ring.
It was this past Sunday night where that man right there, John Cena, went head-up with The Rock for the first time ever!
And the actions that took place before and during the ‘match’ were absolutely reprehensible. But even after all of that was done, The Doctor of Thuganomics still wasn’t finished.
Far from it, Joey. Cena hadn’t had enough and decided to bloody The Rock and give him the FU through our announce table. Vicious, vicious stuff from the Doctor of Thuganomics, and we have no clue when we’ll see The Rock back in a WWE ring.
Cena steps in and is soon tossed a microphone by Tony Chimel. His music dies down. The crowd immediately begins to get louder but Cena doesn’t wait for them to stop, getting right into it.
I’m gonna need you all to put a lock on it, because The Doctor of Thuganomics … THE CHAMP … THE BOSS … ISSSS … HERRRRRRREEE!!!
The crowd lets out another loud mixed reaction, this time leaning towards heat. Cena smirks.
It was a rough start to 2007. No doubt about it. Started off with a loss to Mr. Kennedy at the Royal Rumble. A loss in the actual Royal Rumble Match. A loss to The Phenom, The Undertaker at WrestleMania 23. So, as you would imagine, coming out of Ford Field a month ago, I wasn’t too happy.
Cena says it all with a smile on his face.
But that all changed a couple of weeks ago, when I screwed The Undertaker out of the World Heavyweight Championship, and dumped him some twenty feet off of the stage, and we haven’t heard from his ass since.
The crowd boos The Boss, as Cena reminisces on what he did to The Phenom.
And this past Sunday, it got a whole lot better. You all saw it, one on one, (puts on booming voice)
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the icon versus the biggest thing to ever step foot on your TV sets, John Cena versus The Rock.
Pop for The Rock as Cena continues to smile.
Hollywood put up a hell of an effort … (laughs a bit)
but in the end, he got rocked, he got dropped, and The Boss walked out with the duke, ya heard? (Pops his collar)
Oh, but that wasn’t it, because The Doctor decided to take The People’s Chump, bust him up, and toss him through an announce table. I left him laying for dead, unconscious, lying in a pool of his own blood.
Big time heat for that comment, as a slight ‘Rocky’ chant starts up. Cena waits for him to die down before continuing.
That’s a message to the locker room. You step
up against John Cena, you won’t be stepping
up against anybody else, because you won’t be able to walk
‘Asshole’ chant starts up, causing Cena to drop the mic down to his side, glaring at the crowd with a smirk.
Do you mind?
And with that out of the way … MR. KENNEDY!!
KENNEDY; Great pop from the crowd.
The way I figure it, if it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t be walking around with that big gold belt around your waist, because you would’ve been pinned by The Phenom. The way I see it, Batista’s been pinned twice, so he’s two and done, and he heads to the back of the line! Up next, John Cena! So, Kennedy, if you’re man enough and … YOU WANT SOME … COME GET SOME!!!
Another mixed reaction from the crowd, as Cena paces back and forth in the ring awaiting the champion. Finally …
***I WALK ALONE***
‘The Animal’ Batista and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair step out onto the stage, both dressed in custom-made suits and shades, Flair, carrying the briefcase as the crowd pours on the heat. Batista looks rather pissed off as he storms towards the ring, and Cena stares on rather skeptically at ringside. The Animal steps into the ring, and Cena and Batista get face to face. The music dies down and the crowd immediately picks up, as these two megastars of the current generation come face to face.
Flair sets his briefcase down in the corner, before grabbing himself a microphone from ringside. Batista and Cena remain face to face, Batista looking rather upset, with Cena smirking as Flair speaks.
Cena … kid … let me explain something to you right now! Batista will never be done! Batista will never go the back of the line! Because that World Heavyweight Championship that Kennedy is walking around with, that World Championship that YOU want, belongs to BIG DAVE! Period!
Cena and Batista keep their eyes locked on one another.
If you don’t like it, if you don’t get it, I assure you that Big Dave is more than willing to show you just what I mean! He’s not soft like The Rock, he’s not washed-up like The Undertaker, if you mess with the big man, you get destroyed … because, Cena, WOOOOOOOOOO, the CHAMP … is right there!!! WOOOOOOOOOO!!!
The crowd WOOS along while Cena lets out a smile, backs away from Batista and leans against the ring ropes rather calmly. Flair continues.
Last Sunday night was a FLUKE!! If it … wasn’t for ... my mistake, Batista would be the World Heavyweight Champion right now! If it wasn’t for a lucky ROLLUP, Kennedy wouldn’t have beat Batista at WrestleMania 23! Kennedy’s won nothing, which means you’ve
got NOTHING, Cena, until the big man gets his proper shot at the World Championship.
Cena holds up his hands with a smile. He then brings the mic up.
Look here, Ric, Dave, I’ve got no beef with you, but facts are facts, and the fact is, Batista lost … TWICE! Let’s face it, homeboy, you just haven’t gotten the job done, Davey.
Batista takes his glasses off and angrily glares at Cena. The Boss is unfazed, however.
How many times are we gonna have to sit back and watch you choke … and choke … and choke again before you realize that’s it’s about time you stepped aside and let The Boss get the job done?
Batista grabs the mic from Ric.
You want a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship - MY
World Heavyweight Championship? You want me to move out of the way and let the, uh … Boss
take a shot?
Cena nods, and Batista laughs … before becoming dead serious.
If you want me to move … then move me.
Cena smirks … and then takes off his dog tags. The crowd begins to get up to its feet with anticipation. Batista slides out of his jacket and The Boss and The Animal get ready to come to blows when …
***TURN UP THE TREMBLE***
The crowd explodes into cheers as the World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Kennedy walks out onto the stage, dressed in a black suit, title belt on his shoulder. KK chomps on his gum rather arrogantly as the attention of Batista, Cena and Flair all turn towards the champion, who already has mic in hand. Kennedy’s music dies down and KK brings the mic up.
No need to get upset, no need to get violent, or riled up. I’m just out here to clear a couple of things up. ‘kay?
The heels in the ring look on as KK walks back and forth on the stage.
First off, Cena, if you honestly think that I owe you one for sticking that ‘ass chin’ of yours in my business, you got another thing comin’.
Loud cheers from the crowd. Cena lets out a smirk.
Secondly, Big Dave -
Flair takes the mic from Big Dave. Batista walks forward a bit and leans against the ropes, looking perturbed as he waits for KK to continue.
I know you’ve got some excuses for losin’ and believe me, you’ve got some valid points. I know that you were probably tired from whatever is that you and Naitch … do…
A few in the crowd laugh as Batista continues to angrily glare at the asshole we have for a World Champion; KK attempts to remain as serious as possible.
And I know you -
KENNEDY! HEY! I’m talking to you, you no good son of a bitch!
OH!; Kennedy smirks.
That’s not very polite, Ric.
He’s right, Ric, that was really rude.
The crowd laughs as Flair overexaggeratedly looks between Kennedy and Cena. Batista takes the mic from Ric.
Wow, John, that’s really sweet of you to say. I knew deep down inside you really liked me … but … it’s … not getting you a title shot.
Cena’s smile fades but he soon lets out a smirk.
I don’t blame you for ducking me.
Mr. Kennedy: (Smiling)
I don’t duck anybody.
Give me my title shot.
Cena turns to Batista.
Back of the line, homeboy.
Kennedy and Flair look on, as once again, Cena and Batista get face to face, tension mounting between the two intense superstars …
***I’m All Grown Up*** The general manager of SmackDown, Stephanie McMahon, walks out onto the stage to a nice pop as the attention of every superstar at ringside turns to her. Stephanie has microphone in hand, ready to speak as her theme music dies down.
Well, we’ve got quite the conundrum on ou-
No long speeches, McMahon. I want my title shot!
Steph raises an eyebrow with a smile.
You … had
your title shot last Sunday at Backlash. So, quite frankly, I owe you nothing.
Cheers from the crowd. Batista shakes his head in anger as Flair goes nuts, taking his jacket off and tossing it to the ground. Cena simply smirks before bringing the mic up to his mouth.
That’s a real shame, Dave. Zipping along, Steph … you saw Backlash, The Rock, nine-time World Champion, icon, legend, laid out in the middle of the ring! John Cena’s hand raised in the victory. If there’s anybody who deserves a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, it’s ME!
Mixed reaction from the crowd. Batista and Flair both shake their heads in disgust.
Well, let’s take a look; you took out The Undertaker, you took out The Rock, and effectively took money out of MY wallet. That about right? John Cena, you - get - nothing
Another mixed reaction from the crowd as Cena angrily glares at the GM, who’s laying down the law.
But since you all seem to be craving some action here tonight, how about we have ourselves a little tag match in our main event?
Tonight, Mr. Money in the Bank, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair (WOOOO)
, teams up with ‘The Animal’ Batista (boos)
, and they will take on the World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Kennedy (cheers)
One more time.
… Kennedy … and ‘The Boss’ John Cena!
The crowd lets out another mixed reaction as Cena and Kennedy look at one another, neither particularly happy to be teaming with the other. Big Dave on the other hand is disgusted by the whole situation, wanting his title shot to take place tonight. Steph’s music hits once more as Styles, Cole and Tazz hype up our mega tag team main event.
CM Punk vs. Chad McPherson
Shocking absolutely no one, Punk completely runs through his opponent, showing off his arsenal of moves, before knocking him for a loop with the Go To Sleep! Instead of going for the cover though, Punk decides to lock in the Anaconda Vice! While the jobber screams in pain, Kid Kash steps out onto the stage. The Notorious K.I.D. makes it out just in time to watch Punk’s opponent submit.
Winner: Punk via pin fall at 4:12.
Kash arrogantly applauds Punk at the top of the ramp with a sly smirk, as Punk watches on rather confusedly at ringside.
‘The Straightedge Superstar’ CM Punk picking up another big win here on SmackDown, he’s definitely on a roll.
No doubt, and these SmackDown fans really seem to be responding to this youngster. This kid is going places. Even Kid Kash seems to be impressed…
Michael Cole: (Rolling his eyes)
Something tells me that Kid Kash may not be totally sincere in his appreciation, Tazz. Let’s go backstage, with Josh Matthews standing by.
Josh Matthews stands by, microphone in hand.
Thank you, guys. Ladies and gentlemen, my guests at this time, ‘The Express’ Elijah Burke, ‘The Alpha Male’ Monty Brown, Queen Sharmell, and King Book-
Hol’ up a second, hol’ up one damn minute!
King Booker and company walk into screenshot with The Booker Man looking rather dapper sans a crown this week - same for Sharmell. Booker snatches the mic away from Matthews, before Brown shoves the puny interviewer all the way out of screenshot.
Lets set the record straight. I’ve been disrespected around ‘dis here place for the last damn time! Over the pas’ few months, I’ve been given the suckas walkin’ around ‘dis place a free break. I’ve been more focused on havin’ fun than doin’ what needs to be done, and dat’s takin’ names and kickin’ ass, you dig what I’m sayin’? Forget the crowns, forget the accents, Booka’ T is back, and Booka’ T is back to takin’ care of business!
The crowd lets out a strong mixed reaction as Brown, Burke and Sharmell all nod behind him.
It started las’ Sunday night when ‘Da Alpha Male and ‘Da Express took those chumps, Shelton Benjamin and Gregory Helms, and beat ‘em down. But ‘dat ain’t the end of it, because tonight Burke and Brown, The New Breed
of professional wrestlin’, are gonna beat ‘em all over that ring, and then … it’s on to the dubya-dubya-e Tag Team Championship, now can you dig that
Booker and company storm off to another mixed reaction, as we fade out to a commercial break.
The crowd cheers as The Carolina Connection, Shelton Benjamin & Gregory Helms, walk down a backstage hallway, and seemingly, towards the ring. The two soon stop in their tracks, clearly with something impeding their progress. The camera pans over to show The Hooligans, with their WWE Tag Team Titles on their shoulders. Before London and Kendrick can say anything, Helms speaks.
You two have GOT to be the two luckiest SOBs that have ever walked these halls.
London and Kendrick shake their heads as Helms continues.
First, you luck into those tag belts. Then, you luck into having us as tag team partners at WrestleMania. Next, you luck into the luckiest win of all-time at Backlash, when Booker and his crew decided they wanted some of us.
Shelton Benjamin: (Turning to Helms)
Tonight, we’ll give ‘em all they want.
Gregory Helms: (Smirking)
No doubt about it.
London and Kendrick let out fake smiles.
Luck has nothing to do with keeping these belts -
Oh, you’re definitely right about that.
Because you won’t be keeping those belts for much longer. You’re out of luck, fellas, because once we beat … The New Breed, we’ll be taking those tag team titles in two weeks.
Shelton slaps Kendrick on the shoulder.
Good … luck
Helms and Benjamin walk past The Hooligans with a smirk, as London and Kendrick shake their heads in disgust.
Back to ringside.
Match #2: Number One Contender’s Tag Team Match:
The Carolina Connection vs. The New Breed w/Booker T & Sharmell
Considering the way The New Breed cost the CC the WWE Tag Team Titles last week, this match up starts out how one would expect, fast and furious, with Helms and Benjamin abandoning their technical wrestling prowess in favor of a brawl. The opening few minutes sees Benjamin and Helms completely OWN Burke and Brown, heading into the commercial break.
After the break, The New Breed are in control. We get a replay of the events during the break, which saw Sharmell distract the referee, allowing Booker to yank Helms (the legal man) from the ring, and slam him into the steel steps with authority! Back in real time, Burke controls Helms in the middle of the ring with a chin lock. Burke and Brown dominate Helms for the next few minutes, making quick tags in and out. At the ten minute mark, however, Helms manages to avoid Burke’s attempt at The Elijah Express, causing Burke’s knees to slam into the turnbuckle!
The former Cruiserweight Champion takes a second to regain himself, before Helms attempts to make it towards his tag team partner. Burke begins to do the same, and soon, both stars make the hot tags to their respective partners! Benjamin and Brown enter the ring with a fury, and it’s The Alpha Male who throws the first blow - a right hand, but Shelton ducks it. Benjamin then takes Brown down with a clothesline, picking up steam. Once Brown gets up, Shelton takes him down with a couple of more clotheslines, before he shoots The Alpha Male into the corner. Benjamin then hits him with a STINGER SPLASH!! Shelton then attempts to follow that up with the T-BONE SUPLEX - but Burke hits Benjamin from behind!
Burke then shoots Shelton off of the ropes, attempting to take advantage of the cheap shot. Elijah gets set too early, however, and Benjamin hits him with a boot to the face, knocking him backward! Helms then enters the ring, charges forward, and takes Burke and himself over the top rope with a clothesline!! Back inside the ring, Brown grabs Benjamin and attempts to toss him into the corner, but Benji counters the Irish whip and sends him in. Shelton walks over, and lifts Brown onto the turnbuckle. Benjamin climbs up as well, as Booker and Sharmell look at the action almost right above them. Benjamin and Brown exchange right hands, barely maintaining their balance … until Monty shoves Shelton off of the top!
Brown attempts to shake off the blows, as Shelton staggers up to his feet. With Brown in a precarious position, Shelton sprints forward, LEAPS UP, and LANDS ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! The crowd applauds the athleticism, as Benjamin gets ready to superplex Brown off of the top. He gets himself set, but once he goes bring Brown off the top … he can’t … as Sharmell and Booker hold onto Monty! Brown then once again shoves Benjamin off of the top!! The Alpha Male quickly hops off the turnbuckle, and rapidly hits the ropes as Shelton staggers up to his feet. Brown comes back and drills Shelton with the POOOOOOUNCE~!!!!! Period. Brown then covers Shelton for the three count, as Helms gets into the ring … too late.
Winners: The New Breed via pin fall at 13:45. The New Breed challenges for the WWE Tag Team Championship in two weeks.
Burke, Booker and Sharmell enter the ring (Burke crawling), and help Monty Brown up to their feet. The quartet celebrates in the middle of the ring, while Helms angrily glares at Booker and company.
We’ve got new number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championships … thanks to Booker T and Sharmell!
What the hell are you talking about, Cole? Brown hit the Pounce, Brown picked up the win, and now Brown and Burke - The New Breed of sports entertainment, are now gonna face The Hooligans in two weeks on SmackDown!
***OOOO CHAVO*** The crowd lets out a strong mixed reaction, leaning towards heat, as Chavo Guerrero steps out onto the stage, dressed in a black shirt, and pair of jeans. Guerrero looks rather solemn, as he stares around the arena, continuing to be booed by most of the audience. Chavo continues on down to the ring.
Last Sunday, we saw this man, Chavo Guerrero come down to ringside during the Christopher Daniels/Rey Mysterio match, and cost his best friend, Rey Mysterio, the match and his Cruiserweight Championship.
Not only that, not only did he cost his best friend the match, but he cost the man who was fighting FOR HIM! I just don’t get it.
Well … that’s because you’re a moron, Cole. After the match, Daniels signed Chavo’s contract and reinstated him here in the WWE, so there’s obviously some shenanigans - some tomfoolery going on here. Can’t wait to here from Chavo.
Chavo steps into the ring, and calls for a microphone. He’s soon handed one by Tony Chimel as his music begins to die down. The boos continue to pour in for Chavito, as he shakes his head a bit. The crowd finally quiets down a bit, and Guerrero brings his mic up.
… … I don’t blame you people for being upset with me. And I don’t blame Rey for being upset with me; you should be.
Chavo pauses to wipe his mouth before continuing.
I know you all want an explanation for why I did what I did to Rey Rey at Backlash, and you deserve one. … You just won’t be getting one just yet.
Because first … I want Rey Mysterio to come down to this ring -
Tremendous pop for Mysterio, as Chavo nods his head a bit.
I want Rey to come down here, so I can tell him face to face like a man.
The crowd cheers again, as Chavo patiently waits for Rey …
***BOOYAKA 619*** The crowd comes unglued as Rey Mysterio steps out onto the stage, wearing a white mask, and white pants with a ‘619’ T-shirt on top. Guerrero continues to wait patiently, as Rey walks down the entrance ramp, not even bothering to slap the hands of the fans. Mysterio climbs the steps and enters the ring, as his music dies down.
Chavo steps up, and offers his hand to Mysterio. Guerrero holds it out for what must seem like an eternity, but Rey doesn’t engage, instead, forcefully staring into the face of his best friend - or at least he was until Backlash. Chavo finally gets the hint and pulls his hand back. Mysterio walks by Chavo and grabs himself a microphone, before returning to the center of the ring.
You wanted to talk? Go ahead and talk.
Chavo scrunches up his face, but then nods, grasping Rey’s understandable frustration.
You, uh … you haven’t been returning my calls, Rey.
Haven’t been in the mood to talk.
Mysterio answers tersely, clearly wanting Chavo to get to the point.
Look … I know you’re upset, Rey, and you sho-
Chavo backs a bit, clearly shaken by Mysterio’s outburst of intensity. Mysterio angrily glares at Guerrero before continuing.
No, Chavo, I’m more than upset. I’m WAY more than upset!
Rey brims with anger.
You’re supposed to be my boy, LA FAMILIA!! I’m out there fighting for you, I’m out there trying to get YOUR job back, and you … you turn on ME!? What’s the deal with you, Chavo? Huh?? You working with Chris Daniels now?! What, has this been the plan with you two from the start!? Lose your job on purpose, to make Rey Mysterio look like a FOOL!? HUH!?
Chavo Guerrero: (Almost cowardly)
No … no, of course not.
Rey Mysterio: (Growing more upset)
THEN WHAT IS IT, CHAVO!? HUH!?
What do you want me to say, Rey? Tha -
I want an explanation! You came out to explain, right!? So stop babbling on and explain why you did what you did!
You want an explanation?!
The crowd yells ‘YES’ before Rey can even answer.
Fine. (Shrugs shoulders)
… I wasn’t sure you could win.
The crowd boos lightly, as Mysterio and Chavo stare at one another. Guerrero holds his arms up.
I mean, are you happy now? Is that -- is that what you wanted to hear? Flat out - I didn’t think that you could beat Daniels again.
Rey holds his head down and shakes it, as Chavo continues.
I know that doesn’t make me a great friend, but this is my life we’re talking about, Rey.
Chavo now seems a little more fired up, as Rey looks up into Chavo’s eyes.
I’ve got a family to feed, I’ve got to worry about me and mine FIRST, Rey! You had a job, you’ll always have a job! You’re ‘The Great’ Rey Mysterioooo.
The lovable luchador. Everybody’s favorite little big man. And … you’re my friend … but that meant nothing to me when I was sitting at home on the couch, with my kids asking me why daddy’s not on TV anymore.
Asking me why daddy’s been around so much. Asking me WHY I’M NOT DOING WHAT I LOVE TO DO, REY!! You don’t have any clue as to how that feels -- To feel like a failure talking to my own kids!! To see the disappointment when I look in my wife’s eyes!! You haven’t the slightest idea of how that feels, Rey!!
Chavo glares at Mysterio with intensity, while the audience remains silent for the most part - watching the development, and effective implosion of this relationship right in front of their eyes. Guerrero takes a deep breath, and calms down, before he continues on.
So … when Christopher Daniels … came to me, and told me that he could GUARANTEE me getting my job back, told me he had a plan, told me he could get me back into the profession that I love to do, that my family help to build … I didn’t want to do it, but it was an easy decision to make.
Mysterio shakes his head.
I’m not proud of it, Rey Rey … but there. You wanted a reason, and there it is.
“619” chants ring out, as Mysterio brings the mic up to his mouth.
You know what, Chavo? I’ve never been more disap-
Mysterio and Guerrero look around, and the crowd soon lets out a loud mixed reaction, as the titantron shows the NEW Cruiserweight Champion, ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels and Allison Danger. Daniels dressed in a suit, and his trademark shades, has the title on his shoulder, and a smirk on his face.
I hate to break up this soap opera we have developing, but the focus shouldn’t be on this lover’s quarrel, but instead it should be on YOUR
new Cruiserweight Champion.
Sufficient heat for Daniels, as Guerrero and Mysterio watch on, with their hands on their hips.
You can talk about secret deals, friendships, loss jobs, crying families, or whatever you want, but the fact is - the only fact that matters is that The Fallen Angel is back on the cruiserweight mountain top!
The mountain that Rey Mysterio built in America, the mountain that the Guerrero family personified, and the same mountain that The Fallen Angel kicked them all off of and stuck my flag in.
Mysterio, you can blame Chavo all you want, you can blame yourself if you like, but last Sunday night, you were simply beaten by the better man that night, the better man every
night, and that
man is ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels.
Another loud mixed reaction for The Fallen Angel, while Mysterio glares at the champ angrily.
Mysterio, I know you’ve got a rematch clause, and when you’re ready to cash that in, I’ll be waiting with a smile, because the king of the Cruiserweight Divi -- the king of WRESTLING now holds the gold, and I don’t plan on letting this (slaps title belt)
go for a long, LONG time. And THAT, my friend, is the gospel … according to The Fallen Angel.
Daniels walks off, leaving a frustrated Rey Mysterio. Mysterio looks at Chavo, and Chavito once more extends his hands to his … friend? And just like previously, Mysterio leaves Chavo hanging, and rolls out of the ring, heading back up the entrance ramp.
Match #3: Non-Title Match:
United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Mark Henry w/Teddy Long
Lashley is a really solid wrestler when working with someone capable. The World’s Strongest Man doesn’t qualify. Lashley and Henry put on a barely passable contest, acting out a bit of a David and Goliath routine which the crowd responds to. Henry dominates the majority of the contest, reestablishing his monster credibility after Sunday’s pinfall loss. At the six minute mark, Lashley begins to come back, avoiding the lumbering shots of The Silverback, and countering with punches of his own, much quicker and more precisely than Henry’s, however. The United States Champion hits the ropes, avoids a clothesline, hits the ropes once more, and then leaps up, taking Henry down with a flying shoulder tackle!
The crowd roars for Lashley who waits on Henry to get back up to his feet. He finally does and Lashley scoops up the four hundred pound man, before slamming him to the canvas with a massive body slam, getting another big-tome pop. Lashley then backs into the corner, and waits on Henry once again. The Silverback staggers up to his feet in the corner, resting against the turnbuckle. Lashley gets himself a head of steam and charges forward, looking for the SPEAR, but Henry moves out of the way, and Lashley SLAMS his shoulder into the steel turnbuckle!
Henry, frustrated, grabs the reeling Lashley around the throat, and wraps his arm around his throat, choking the life out of him! The referee counts to five, but The World’s Strongest Man refuses to break the hold, and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner: Bobby Lashley via DQ at 8:21.
Henry continues to choke Lashley out, until Teddy Long finally steps into the ring, and tells Henry to let him go. The two then saunter out of the ring, with Henry growling like the monster that he is.
Inside a locker room, both Batista and Ric Flair prepare for their main-event match, Batista stretching out in his ring gear while Naitch tightens up one of his custom robes.
You ready, Big Dave?
I’m always ready, Ric.
Ha-ha, that’s what I like to hear. WOOOO!!
Flair goes to turn away … but Batista grabs his arm. Naitch slowly turns towards The Animal, who rubs his mouth a bit before speaking.
I was, uh, ready to go at Backlash … before you … got a steel chair slammed into my face.
Naitch shakes his head.
Dave, I know. My mistake. I already apologized. I don’t know wha-
Batista holds his right hand up.
No worries, Ric.
The Animal and The Nature Boy share a bit of an awkward stare…
Batista slaps Ric on the arm, getting a smile from Naitch.
WOOOO! Then let’s get it done.
Flair and Batista slap hands and go back to what they were doing … before Batista looks back up.
But no mistakes tonight
Flair and Batista stare at one another, with Naitch shocked that his friend/student is talking to him rather contemptuously, with The Animal looking as serious as can be. Flair slowly nods.
… Yeah. No mistakes.
Flair tightens up his robe before walking out of the locker room solemnly, with Batista’s eyes following him the whole way.
Announced during the break, next week, right here on SmackDown, ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay takes on William Regal, and the winner faces Bobby Lashley at Judgment Day for the United States Championship.
What a hard-hitting match up that’s gonna be. Two physical veterans, two former U.S. Champions going at it for one more shot at the gold. I can’t wait.
Sure to be some physicality in that one. And speaking of physicality, let’s take it backstage to Steve Romero, standing by with former Cruiserweight Champion Jamie Noble.
Backstage, Steve Romero stands by with Jamie Noble, dressed in a pair of jeans without a T-shirt on.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m standing by with Jamie Noble. Jamie Noble, these past few weeks on Friday Night SmackDown, you’ve managed to defeat former Cruiserweight Champion Chris Sabin two times in a row … by hook or by crook, and -
‘By hook or by crook’?
Lemme tell ya somethin’, boy, it don’t matter none HOW you pick up a win, as long as you pick up a win, and that’s exactly what Jamie Noble has been doin’. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken that pretty boy, Sabin, and I’ve shown him ‘xactly why Jamie Noble is a former Cruiserweight Champion, and I ain’t plannin’ on keepin’ that ‘former’ in there much longer -- if ya know -
Noble stops mid-sentence and looks off-camera. The crowd lets out a nice pop as Chris Sabin walks onto camera in a black shirt and pants.
Well lookie-lookie at what we’ve got here, Chris Sabin.
Did I hear you right, Jamie?
Depends on whatcha heard.
Were you about to throw your name back into the Cruiserweight Title picture?
Damn right, that’s what ya heard.
Well, that’s gonna be a bit of a problem for you at the moment.
Noble looks at Sabin skeptically.
The last couple of SmackDowns, you’ve pinned me in the middle of that ring, but as you said earlier, it doesn’t matter how you get the win, as long as you get it.
Well, that’ll come in handy, because me and you … we’re gonna go at it one more time, at Judgment Day.
Noble scrunches his face up, as Sabin smiles.
See ya there.
Sabin slaps Noble hard on the shoulder, as the redneck looks at the air, shaking his head in disbelief and disappointment.
Back to ringside.
William Regal vs. Hardcore Holly
The match starts off rough and rugged with these two veterans exchanging shots with every impactful thing on their body - fists, kicks, elbows, knees, and a nasty head butt from Regal to Holly that busts Hardcore open the hardway. Once Regal sees blood from his opponent, he takes it up level, wailing away on Holly’s bloody wound with a newfound intensity. The Englishman follows his fisticuffs up with a couple of perfectly executed suplexes, tossing Hardcore around the ring. With Holly damn near down and out, Regal decides against going for the cover, instead, locking in the Regal Stretch to some big-time heat! Holly doesn’t last in the devastating submission move for long, tapping out about six seconds.
Winner: William Regal via submission at 6:55.
Regal lets go of the hold, and angrily stares down at Holly, looking primed and ready for his U.S. Title shot opportunity next week.
Backstage, ‘The Fighting Irish Bastard’ Finlay watches Regal on a monitor, shillelagh in hand. Finlay soon stops watching, and looks up … to see ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry. Finlay shows no fear, eyeing up the mammoth Henry, as Teddy Long steps out from behind Henry.
You gotta be feelin’ pretty proud of yourself, huh, playa?
Finlay looks rather confused.
What the hell are you talking about?
Next week, you’ve got a shot at getting a United States Championship Match, if you manage to beat William Regal. But yet, the World’s Strongest Man, who was the only one thuggin’ and buggin’ at Backlash, who was the man that dominated both Lashley and Regal, the same one who dominated that Uncle Tom here tonight, is quickly shoved out of the United States Title picture. Sounds a lil’ fishy to me.
Fascinating stuff. What does that have to do with me?
I’ll tell ya what it has to do with ya. Once more, Stephanie McMahon is pushing THE WHITE
over THE RIGHT!
And what better way to show Little Miss McMahon that we mean business, than by taking one of her little cracka projects OUT, ya feel me?
Finlay squints his eyes, and then … lets out a gap-toothed grin.
You wouldn’t happen to be threatening me, would ya, Theodore?
Hey, take it easy, playa. I’m willing to make this a win-win situation for the both of us.
Oh, is that right?
Yeah. Ya see, if you take yourself out of the title picture, and give your spot to The World’s Strongest Man right here, then we’d be willing to give you the first title shot once Mark Henry had the U.S. Title on his massive shoulder. Ya see what I’m hintin’ at, don’t ya, playa?
Finlay rubs his chin, mulling over that plan.
That’s not a bad plan, Long. But let me ask you something?
Go ahead, playa.
What if I don’t go along with this little plan of yours?
Well, if you -
Henry moves Long out of the way and gets in Finlay’s face.
If you DON’T go along with the plan, then I see a lot of broken bones in your future … COURTEST of The World’s Strongest Man! NOW, do we
understand each other? Are we
Henry nods now as Finlay smiles … then gets dead serious.
Get the hell out of my way, Tiny.
The crowd cheers loudly in the background, as the jaw of Long hits the proverbial floor. Henry pounds his hand with his fist, getting body to body with Finlay.
Maybe I didn’t make my
self clear. Get out of my way, (lifts up shillelagh)
or you’ll be pulling this out of your ass, princess.
That simply gets Henry even more upset, but Long taps the big man on the shoulder and tells him to let him through. After a long pause, Henry moves and Finlay walks by him, leaving a fuming Henry, and a serious Long behind.
Serious tension rising between The Fighting Irishman and The Silverback, but up next, ‘The Animal’ Batista teams up with ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, to take on ‘The Boss’ John Cena, who’s teaming up with his archrival, the World Heavyweight Champion Mr. Kennedy -
Main Event: Tag Team Match:
Mr. Kennedy and John Cena vs. Batista and Ric Flair
Kennedy and The Nature Boy start this match up off, showing that they not only have incredible timing with one another on the mic, but in the ring, as well. Flair extends his hand, and once the World Champion goes to grab it, Naitch quickly brings it back, running his hands through his hair, to a nice pop. KK and Flair exchange smiles, before locking up in the ring. The two chain wrestle for a bit - not as smoothly as Benoit and Angle - but wrestle, nevertheless.
After the first exchange, it’s Kennedy who gains the advantage, ending up on top of Flair, and letting Naitch back up to his feet. Flair gets back up to his feet with a look of shock, while Kennedy smirks, letting out a loud “MISTEERRRR KENNEDY!!!”. The two lock up again, and Kennedy quickly goes behind. Flair goes for a big back elbow, but KK ducks it, waits for Flair to turn around, and then slaps Flair across the face!! The crowd cheers as KK finishes off with “… Kennedy” … causing Flair to smirk. Naitch then tags in The Animal, and the match takes on a different tone.
Batista comes in on fire, and after being ‘lulled into a false sense of security’, Kennedy is unable to match the intensity of The Animal. Batista tosses KK in the corner, and lights him up in the corner with knees, elbows and shoulder thrusts. Kennedy makes an eventual comeback, and Kennedy & Batista go back and forth for a minute or two. Batista pries himself away from the champion and tags in Flair… as Cena tags himself in! KK angrily glares at The Boss, as Flair and Cena lock up.
The Nature Boy and The Doctor of Thuganomics do battle, with Flair using heel tactics to hang with the younger, stronger, faster John Cena. Cena finally gets the clear upper hand, and goes to tag KK back in, but Kennedy jumps down off of the apron, talking to some of the fans at ringside! The crowd cheers the champion, as Cena gives him a look that could kill. Unbeknownst to Cena, Flair tags Batista in and The Animal quickly sprints in, taking Cena down! The Animal and The Nature Boy dominate the man who dominates, John Cena, with quick tags, until finally, The Boss takes the legal man, Flair, down with a DDT! Naitch and Cena then both begin to crawl to their respective corners. Slick Ric tags in Batista, and Cena goes to tag in Kennedy, but KK leaps down off the apron AGAIN, making sure his boots are laced up. The crowd continues to cheer and laugh … but Batista isn’t in the mood, yelling at KK to ‘Get the fuck in the ring!’.
Kennedy lets out a smile, leaps on the apron and tags himself in, coming in to a huge pop. Cena rolls out of the ring, and to the outside as Kennedy and Batista exchange rights. And it’s eventually KK who gains the better of the exchange, taking The Animal down with a couple of clotheslines! Flair steps in and runs at Kennedy, only to be taken down with a back body drop! Flair staggers back up, and Kennedy charges forward, clotheslining him over the top rope to the floor! Kennedy turns around, watches Batista get up, scoops up the former champ, and then body slams him to the canvas. KK then climbs to the top rope, lets out a ‘KENNEDY’ and then leaps off, going for the KENTON BOMB - but Batista rolls out of the way, and KK crashes and burns!! Kennedy staggers up, and Batista lifts him up, before planting him with the SPINEBUSTER!! The Animal lifts Kennedy up and tucks him between his legs, as Cena just watches from ringside. Batista lifts Kennedy up, and … PLANTS HIM WITH THE DEMON BOMB!!! Big Dave then covers Kennedy for the three count!!!
Winners: Batista and Flair via pin fall at 12:01.
BATISTA CLEANLY PINS THE CHAMPION!! - or as close as one can get to it. Cena stares at the fallen Kennedy with a smirk on his face, while The Animal stares down at Kennedy like … well, an animal. Flair walks over to the timekeeper’s table and snatches KK’s World Heavyweight Title belt. He enters the ring, hands it to Batista, and The Animal raises his arms in the air over his downed opponent to some monster heat. On the outside, Cena wags his finger at Batista with a smile, before motioning that the belt will soon come with him, as we fade off the air.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Judgment Day:
Date: May 27th, 2007
Location: Scottrade Center; St. Louis, Missouri
Event Music: Ozzy Osbourne; I Don’t Wanna Stop
United States Championship Match:
‘The Real Deal’ Bobby Lashley vs. Finlay OR William Regal
Chris Sabin vs. Jamie Noble