Re: WWE 2006 by Renegade™
**Yeah I know it's late, by a week and a half, but I was just not feeling what I was writing and left it for a week, before all of a sudden, things clicked again and now it's done. Remember, this is a Recap of the PPV, not a full show.**HEAT Pre Show
Melina def. Kristal
Scotty 2 Hotty, Kid Kash & Kendrick def. Orlando Jordan & KC James/Idol Stevens
Jeff Hardy def. Mark Henry
Narrator: Over the past few weeks, war was waged between combatants, who sought after the chance to battle the ultimate figure in this business
Clip of Kurt Angle holding the WHC up high
Narrator: These men shed blood, sweat and tears to rise through the ranks, dispatching of their opponents along the way...
Clips of superstars advancing throughout the rounds
Narrator: Until the Champions opposition was finally determined...
Clips of Brock Lesnar beating Chris Benoit two nights ago in the Final of the tournament
Narrator: But from this tournament, more battle lines were drawn. Clashes of ego's...
Jericho & JBL shown
Narrator: Clashes of jealousy
Finlay screwing over Benoit in the final
Narrator: Tonight gold is on the line...
Clips of London vs Nunzio, AMW/MNM/FBI and Hardy/Lashley/Kennedy/Hassan/Helms
Narrator: The pride of individuals...
Narrator: The pride of your brand
RAW's Austin/Sting vs Orton/Booker from SD!
Narrator: The careers of two men, who will stop at nothing to finish the other
Clips of Undertaker and Goldberg, then an image of the HIAC
Narrator: For tonight, there is no true winner...
Images of superstars in pain, shedding blood
Kurt Angle: Tonight is my night!
Lesnar: Tonight is my time!
Orton: Tonight is my destiny!
Booker: Tonight is my victory!
Kennedy: Tonight is my chance!
Helms: Tonight, I become the greatest United States Champion!
FBI: Tonight, we take what we came for!
Matt Hardy: Tonight, I keep what I hold
Goldberg: Tonight, Undertaker... YOU'RE NEXT!
Undertaker: Tonight, Goldberg, will Rest...In...Peace!
Steve Austin: Tonight, SmackDown! get's a giant can of whoop-ass opened on them!
Narrator: Tonight, there is...
Benoit: No forgiveness!
Finlay: No end!
Sting: No fear!
JBL: No other result!
Jericho: No denying Y-2-J!
Lesnar: No way back, and no way out!
Angle: No way the Wrestling Machine breaks down!
Narrator: But most importantly, there is...
ALL: NO MERCY!
No Mercy (Brief Recap)
British Columbia; Vancouver
Event Music: "Fuel - Getting Thru?"
Cole & Tazz welcome us to the PPV as "Getting Thru?" blares across the sounds and run down the card for tonight's show before we get underway
*Live For The Moment*
Hits and the crowd goes wild for Matt Hardy who comes out on stage playing to the crowd and holding his US Title up high. Hardy slaps a few fans' hands at ringside then gets into the ring
Gregory Helms makes his way to the ring, making the motion that he'll be the next US Champion. Helms gets right in Hardy's face, letting him know a few things
Plays and Mr. Kennedy is greeted with a very positive reception, considering his status as a tweener currently. Kennedy goes through his usual ring announcing routine which gets another good reaction from the Canadian crowd
Hits to big heat as Muhammad Hassan makes his way out, gaining more heat for spitting onto the floor as he walks to the ring
*The Real Deal*
Hits and the crowd pops as Bobby Lashley steps out on stage, setting off his pyro's. Lashley looks smug and confident ahead of this match as he gets into the ring
US Title; 5 Way Dance
Matt Hardy (c) vs Bobby Lashley vs Mr. Kennedy vs Gregory Helms vs Muhammad Hassan
In the opening contest of the night, the United States Title goes up for grabs. The beginning few minutes turns out to be a free for all match with a brawl erupting between the five men as soon as they all reach the ring, and Gregory Helms leaps over the ropes landing on Kennedy, Hassan and Lashley with a Plancha. As all four men get up, Matt Hardy comes flying off the top rope with a huge Crossbody, taking everyone out.
As the referee restores order, Hardy starts thing off with Hassan. These two go at it, with their previous history coming to the fore front. However, as Hardy connects with a Side Effect, Helms makes a blind tag into the contest. Helms keeps Hardy grounded, isolating the Champ in the center of the ring and almost has the match summed up with a Sugasmack! only for Mr. Kennedy to break up the fall.
Helms attempts a Shining Wizard on Kennedy as he recovers, but Kennedy ducks it, and then clotheslines Helms down. Kennedy covers 1.....2..kickout.
Kennedy pulls Helms up and locks him in a front face lock, before lifting him into the air and dropping him chest first with a front suplex onto the ropes! Kennedy now runs to the ropes and rebounds back with a knee lift, scoring on the jaw of Helms. Kennedy taunts Helms to a mixed reaction, as Matt Hardy tags in to a huge pop, slapping Kennedy on the back!
Hardy gets all fired up and gets the crowd going tonight, taking it to Helms, and then to Hassan after Helms tags out.
Hardy comes close after scoring with a Side Effect to Hassan, only for Kennedy to break things up, which brings in Lashley and the ref lost control again!
As the match goes on, Kennedy and Lashley end up becoming the legal men and Lashley comes close on numerous times, with Kennedy needing the bottom rope to escape the pinfall after suffering a Running Powerslam.
Kennedy crawls away from Lashley, only for The Real Deal to drag Kennedy back to the center of the ring and connect with a Belly to Belly Overhead throw!
Order is lost however as Helms breaks up a cover which leads to Kennedy coming into the ring and tossing Helms out to the floor. Kennedy now goes for a Green Bay Meatpacker to Lashley, but Lashley slips out the back and rebounds off the ropes, creaming Kennedy with a Spear!
Lashley signals for the Dominator when Hassan dropkicks him, causing Bobby to stumble backwards and Matt Hardy tags in as Hassan clotheslines himself and Lashley out of the equation. Hardy climbs upstairs and scores with the Leg Drop to Mr. Kennedy! Cover 1.....2....NO! HELMS BREAKS IT UP!
Helms takes it to Hardy, looking to hit the Shining Wizard, but Hardy avoids the contact and drills him with the Twist Of Fate!
Meanwhile we see Hassan tag in from Mr. Kennedy. Hassan sneaks up on Hardy, and goes for the Fair Justice! NO! Hardy elbows out of it and connects with another Twist Of Fate! Matt hooks the leg of Hassan for the victory and retains his US Title in a frantic opener
Winner @ 12:11 - Matt Hardy
Retains US Title
Hardy continues to roll as the US Champ, while he once again has scored the decisive fall over his nemesis Hassan. Hardy celebrates his win with the fans while Lashley shakes his hand and leaves, and Helms and Kennedy both leave dissapointed, their heads hung low
Backstage, JBL talks up his already "assured" victory over Chris Jericho later tonight, saying it's time someone put the smart mouthed punk in line
*I Love To Fight*
And Finlay makes his way out with his trusty Shillelagh in hand. Finlay looks as stern as ever as he gets into the ring
Hits and the crowd erupts into a HUGE ovation as the Canadian native Chris Benoit heads to the ring looking extremely pissed off with Finlay. Benoit gets into the ring and goes right for Finlay, leaping at him like a ravaged pitbull
Chris Benoit vs Finlay
Benoit is the aggressor in the early going, pounding Finlay with a variety of attacks focusing on the left shoulder of the Irishman, who constantly tries to escape Benoit's wrath and mount a period of his own control, but Benoit continues to come back at him before Finlay can even catch a breath.
Benoit continues his rabid assault on Finlay on the outside, suplexing him on the floor, and then sending him shoulder first into the ringsteps.
Benoit decided to make the first cover attempt of the match 1.....2...kickout by Finlay. Finlay finally managed to catch a break due the help of Little Bastard, who ran into the ring when Benoit was looking to lock the Crossface on Finlay, only for Little Bastard to distract Benoit which allowed Finlay to send Benoit into the turnbuckles face first.
Finlay mounted the offensive from there on, working on Benoit's head area, trying to wear the Wolverine out. Finlay scored with a Swinging Neckbreaker for a near fall, and then applied a Buffalo Sleeper to Benoit, trying to keep him grounded.
Benoit fought out of the hold and connected with his German Suplex Trifecta to Finlay, before going upstairs and scoring with the Diving Headbutt! Benoit covers 1.....2....NO! FINLAY KICKS OUT! Benoit immediately goes for the Crossface, but Finlay fights Benoit off and goes for the Celtic Cross, only for Benoit to roll through it and take Finlay down, and slap on the Sharpshooter! The crowd erupts and Finlay makes a valiant effort to fight the pain for a few moments, but eventually TAPS OUT!
Winner @ 15:46 - Chris Benoit
Benoit keeps the hold locked on after Finlay taps, exerting some revenge from Friday night, and then pounds his chest and raises his arms up to the crowd who cheer him loudly. Finlay meanwhile trudges backstage looking sore and beaten, feeling the wrath of the Rabid Wolverine tonight
A commercial for the upcoming SNME joint brand show on the 28th of October, live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
We are now backstage and Chris Jericho is with Steve Romero. Jericho gets a tremendous ovation from his fellow Canucks as he talks about standing up and being accounted for, and givign everyone who runs on "Jerichohol" their weekly dose of satisfaction when he turns JBL from a self proclaimed God into a well known fraud
The red carpet is rolled out and the paparazzi emerge from behind the entrance curtain snapping up shots as usual of MNM as the trio make their way out posing for their photographers. Melina does her usual grand entrance while Nitro & Mercury get into the ring
*No Sleep Till Brooklyn*
Chuck Palumbo & Vito make their way out to some heat from the fans. The two men are without their other stable member Nunzio, who is scheduled to compete later tonight. Palumbo & Vito hop into the ring and have no problems getting right in MNM's faces
Hits to a big reaction as America's Most Wanted head to the ring looking all business tonight, knowing the odds are against them. Storm & Harris hand over their title belts and prepare in their corner, when they are jumped by The FBI and the match bell is rung
WWE Tag Team Championships; Triangle Match
America's Most Wanted (c) vs MNM vs The FBI
Match begins with AMW and the FBI brawling, as MNM stand on the apron, conserving their energy wisely. Storm and Vito are the legal men, before Harris is tagged in. AMW work over Vito for a while, and as Harris has Vito down, Johnny Nitro smartly tags into the match, annoying Chris Harris.
MNM take over on Vito before the Italian powerhouse fights out and tags in Chuck Palumbo.
Palumbo scores a Jungle Kick to the jaw of Joey Mercury 1.....2...NO! STORM BREAKS IT UP!
Vito attacks Storm now, which brings in Chris Harris as the ref loses control of this one.
Meanwhile, Nitro helps Mercury back up and MNM double team Palumbo, going for the Snapshot to Palumbo, but Vito takes Nitro out with a clothesline, while Palumbo counters and DDT's Mercury down into the mat! Cover 1.....2...KICKOUT!
James Storm tags into the match now, coming right at Chuck Palumbo, scoring with right hands.
AMW now double team Palumbo, ready for the Death Sentence, but once again Vito saves his partner from a deadly finisher.
Vito goes for a right hand to Harris, but Harris ducks it and then the Wildcat drills Vito with the Catatonic!
MNM recouperate and Nitro tags in from Palumbo, Nitro scores with a dropkick to Storm, and now MNM take control of the match, isolating James Storm from his partner. Both members of the FBI are momentarily out of the equation, so it's easy pickings for MNM for a few minutes. However, as Mercury puts a sleeper on the Tennessee Cowboy, Storm fights out of it and connects with a back suplex to Mercury. Mercury tags in Nitro, but Storm makes the hot tag to HARRIS!
Harris comes in like a house of fire, cleaning the ring with clotheslines to both members of MNM, and then to Palumbo also.
Harris hits a Suplex to Nitro and covers but Nitro kicks out at 2. Harris takes Nitro up in the corner and looks for a Superplex, but Nitro holds onto the ropes, not budging. However, Palumbo sneaks up and grabs Harris by the trunks, POWERBOMBING HARRIS DOWN OFF THE TOP ROPE, WHO BRINGS NITRO WITH HIM FOR THE SUPERPLEX! The crowd pops after the spot. Palumbo stirs first and drags Nitro to the corner so he can tag in, but just as he goes to do so, James Storm connects with a clothesline, taking both himself and Palumbo out to the floor! Vito gets back onto the apron and tags in, coming at Harris with a Big Boot, but Harris ducks it and takes Vito down with a Tiger Suplex, and keeping it bridged 1.....2.....3!
Winners @ 8:51 - America's Most Wanted
Retain WWE Tag Team Championships
The crowd erupt as AMW keep their titles in a match where the odds were definately against them. Storm grabs the tag belts and hands Harris his and the two partners embrace and hold the belts up on the ramp. Both MNM and The FBI aren't happy that they didn't get the win
A commercial for the next PPV, the joint brand production Survivor Series airs. Survivor Series will be live from the Thomas & Mack Center; Las Vegas, Nevada on the 13th of November
We now see Goldberg in his locker room, looking extremely focused and pumped up, and are informed that our next match will be the Hell In A Cell match as the Cell is being lowered and we go to the tale of the tape
**Undertaker/Goldberg video package**
The crowd erupts into a sea of boos and jeers as Goldberg steps out into the pyro jetting out across him. Goldberg steps through them, punching and kicking to set the pyro's off. Goldberg cautiously enters the HIAC structure and looks around at his surroundings as his music dies down, he begins to stretch against the ropes
The eerily familiar music of the Undertaker hits and the crowd goes wild as usual for Taker as the light's go out and come back on, TAKER IS STANDING BEHIND GOLDBERG IN THE RING!
The crowd pops big time and Goldberg turns right into a big soup bone as the bell is rung and the Cell door shut
Hell In A Cell
Undertaker vs Goldberg
A truly brutal, bloody and hard hitting encounter between these two got off in typical big man fashion, both trying to beat the other in a slugfest, which Taker won easily. Undertaker went on the offensive early, pummeling Goldberg with a variety of strikes to the head and midsection, causing Goldberg to retreat to the outside. Taker grabbed Goldberg and pulled him back onto the apron, but Goldberg had Taker outsmarted and yanked him down throat first across the top rope. Goldberg tried to take control of the Phenom with a Powerslam and a Shuffle Kick to the chest, but Taker kicked out easily.
Goldberg stomps away ferociously on Taker before picking him up, only for Taker to break free and unload with a bunch of strikes to the gut of Goldberg and then hit an uppercut to cause some seperation between the two.
The Undertaker just wailed on Goldberg, venting his frustrations on the man who Speared him out of the No Mercy tournament, coming to a near fall after a Big Boot and then a Leg Drop combo. Taker then dropped Goldberg with Snake Eyes onto the top turnbuckle and connected with a lariat for another 2 count.
As Goldberg went to recover on the apron, Taker stepped out and ran across, dropping a leg down over the back of Goldberg's neck and back area in typical Taker fashion. Taker stayed ontop of Goldberg by launching him head first into the cage mesh, then scooping him up onto his shoulders and launching Goldberg into the cage mesh again.
Undertaker then reached for Goldberg, but instead got pulled into the ringpost by the wily Goldberg. Goldberg then grated Undertaker's skull across the cage mesh, busting The Phenom wide open from eye to eye.
Goldberg controlled the next few minutes of the match, laying into Taker and scoring a close fall after a Fire Thunder Slam for a long two count.
After this, the fight was back to the outside and Goldberg SUPLEXES TAKER ONTO THE FLOOR! The first weapon of the match came into play in the form of the steel stairs, as Goldberg pulled the top set off and rammed them into Undertaker, taking the Phenom down.
Goldberg then slid the stairs into the ring, looking to utilize them, but Undertaker mounted a comeback with a flurry of right hands, then Irish whipped Goldberg face first into the cage mesh! As Goldberg was propped up against the cage, Taker charged in and Body Splashed Goldberg into the fencing! Goldberg flopped to his knees, as Taker reached under the ring and grabbed a wooden box, which he then proceeded and smashed it over Goldberg's head! The crowd was really getting into this match, which was turning out to be a bloody and brutal affair like the previous HIAC's have.
Undertaker now grabbed Goldberg and looked to Chokeslam him on the floor, but Goldberg kicked him in the midsection, then SPEARED UNDERTAKER THROUGH THE CELL DOOR, BUSTING IT OFF IT'S HINGES! The crowd erupted as Goldberg tackled Taker through the cell door with the open environment now also at their disposal, and neither man was moving.
Goldberg was first to come to, shaking off the cobwebs of the match so far and tried to pull an out of sorts Taker up, but Undertaker wasn't moving at all. Goldberg then headed around to the commentary tables, and began to rip the monitors and covering off the Spanish table. Goldberg dragged Taker to the table and looked to set him up for the Jackhammer, but Taker countered and nailed Goldberg with a DDT ONTO THE MAT! Both men down now again. Taker regains his balance and heads over to the timekeeper's area, and grabs a steel chair. Taker winds it up before blasting Goldberg over the head with it! Goldberg wobbles, but doesn't go off his feet surprisingly. Taker with all his might winds up another shot, slamming the chair down onto Goldberg's skull to a sickening blow heard throughout the arena as Goldberg is taken off his feet easily this time. Undertaker seems to be a little out of it still and is favouring his ribs slightly after being Speared through the cell door earlier.
Undertaker however pulled Goldberg up and the two began trading blows with each other, with neither blinking an inch until Goldberg raised a knee to Taker's gut, then slammed Taker's forehead down into the announce table. Goldberg went to climb the side of the cell, but Taker grabbed him by the throat and CHOKESLAMMED GOLDBERG OFF THE SIDE OF THE CELL, DOWN THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE! The crowd goes wild with a *Holy Shit* chant, as Goldberg is completely down and buried as Taker falls to his knees, losing blood still from his head. Undertaker took Goldberg back into the ring and looked for the cover 1.....2....THE LIGHTS GO OUT! The crowd is confused and the ref's count has stopped. The light's now turn blue, and Undertaker is standing in the ring, looking perplexed, not seeming to know what's happening. Taker glares as he notices the referee is out also, but Goldberg cannot be seen, like he has just disappeared. Another minute passes with nothing but the silence of the arena, and Taker looking confused.
The light's flicker back on, and Taker turns around INTO A SPEAR FROM GOLDBERG! The crowd gives major heat as Goldberg has played a trick on Taker and has put him down with a Spear! Goldberg revives the ref who crawls to make the cover but TAKER KICKS OUT AT 2 and 1/2! Goldberg was livid, but kept his cool and lifted Taker up, connecting with a JACKHAMMER! Goldberg makes the cover 1.....2....NO! Undertaker kicked out again! The crowd was going wild and Goldberg was getting frustrated. Goldberg went to the outside and brought the steel steps into the ring, looking to ram them into Undertaker, but Taker somehow got his boot up in time, sending them back into Goldberg's face!
By this time the match had eclipsed 30 minutes and both men were spent, bloody and sore. A few minutes went by with both men going for the win with some high impact moves, and taker blasted Goldberg with a steel chair only for Goldberg to somehow get a shoulder up.
Goldberg set Taker up for a second Spear, but Taker avoided it as Goldberg Speared the turnbuckle! Goldberg rebounds around into a CHOKESLAM ONTO THE STEEL STEPS! Taker however falls down to the mat, unable to take advantage of the probable win with him being beaten bloody. The crowd starts a *Taker* chant, urging the Deadman to make the cover. Finally, Taker starts to stir and puts an arm over Goldberg 1.....2....NO! Goldberg manages to get a shoulder up!
The crowd can't believe Goldberg is still going in this match, and Taker runs his hands through his hair thinking what he has to do, before wiping the blood off his face which has turned into a crimson mask. Undertaker gets to his feet gingerly and makes the motion that this one is over, running his thumb across his throat to get a huge response from this crowd. Taker pulls Goldberg up to his feet and is met by a CLOUD OF WHITE FLOUR! The Deadman has been blinded by Goldberg! The crowd gives huge heat as Goldberg grabs the steel chair and blasts Taker over the forehead with it! The Phenom rocks backwards, and Goldberg rebounds off the ropes and connects with a third Spear of the match!
The crowd gives huge heat, but Goldberg isn't finished and raises Taker into the air and drills him down with a JACKHAMMER! Goldberg makes the cover 1.....2.....3!
Winner @ 34:16 - Goldberg
The crowd gives major heat as Goldberg is victorious and he has his hand raised, although he cannot stand without help from the referee. Goldberg grins down at Taker, laughing maniacally. Goldberg then picks up the steel chair and goes crazy, brutalising Undertaker with it, with a ton of shots all over the Phenom's body to huge heat from the fans. The referee tries to stop him but Goldberg levels him. Goldberg then grabs Taker and JACKHAMMERS HIM ONTO THE STEEL STEPS! The crowd gives HUGE heat as Goldberg looks pleased with what's he's done, while Taker is down in a bloodied, crumpled heap inside the ring
Randy Orton & Booker T now are backstage, pumping each other up for their match later tonight. Paul Heyman enters the room and tells his boys that this one must be their's, to even the scores between RAW & SmackDown! and that a loss will NOT be acceptable. Orton & Booker seem extremely focused and nod along to Heyman's speech, as we come back to the commentary team
Cole & Tazz discuss the Inter Promotional war that is going on at the moment, before telling that this Friday, their new broadcast partner will be revealed, as a third announcer is added to the SD! commentary team
Again backstage and we see Goldberg backstage. Goldberg tells Steve Romero that Undertaker is now truly a Deadman, but he won't rest until he is completely done and buried, before walking off laughing
The crowd pops as Paul London heads to the ring, playing to the fans ahead of the chance to take the Cruiserweight title back after losing it ages ago, and never really been back in the hunt until now
*No Sleep Till Brooklyn*
Nunzio makes his way out to some mild heat from the fans, as Nunzio tells them to "stick it" to some fans at ringside. The CW champ gets into the ring and instantly cowers, making the ref back London away
Cruiserweight Championship Match
Paul London vs Nunzio (c)
Fast paced match that London really takes to Nunzio in the early going, almost scoring the win on numerous occassions with a vast array of roll ups and such, with Nunzio reeling from the word go. London also goes to the air as Nunzio tries to catch a breath on the outside, leaping onto the ropes before flipping down onto Nunzio to send the crowd into a frenzy! London tries to keep the pressure on, but Nunzio takes a hold of the tights and pulls London down into the steel steps.
Nunzio from here takes control of London, trying to ground the high flyer with an attack on his left leg before working on the forehead after it went into the steel steps.
Nunzio managed to hit a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off the top rope, drilling London down 1.....2....NO! London keeps alive in the match to the relief of the crowd.
Nunzio goes for the Sicilian Slice, but London counters by moving out of the way, with Nunzio crashing onto his backside, before connecting with a Dropsault right on the jaw of Nunzio and follows with a cover 1.....2...Kickout! The champ remains in the match.
Back and forth action follows, with London the aggressor, feeding off the crowd who really get behind him, and he scores with a Hangman's Facebuster! London takes a few moments to clear his head and shake off the attack's of Nunzio before climbing up, readying himself for a high impact move, only for Nunzio to kick the referee into the ropes, which cause London to lose his balance and straddle the top turnbuckle!
The crowd gives heat as Nunzio takes advanatage of this and connects with the Arrivederci! Nunzio hooks both legs 1.....2.....3!
Winner @ 10:23 - Nunzio
Retains WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Nunzio is estatic with his cheap win and takes his CW title and holds it tight, walking up the ramp while London puts his hands on his head, knowing he had the win if not for the cheap tactics of Nunzio here
Backstage now and Brock Lesnar is standing in front of a camera. Lesnar talks about the reign that will begin tonight, the reign of Brock Lesnar, the reign of the "Next Big Thing" where Lesnar sheds that title and will then be known as "THE Big Thing"
*Burn In My Light*
Hits and the crowd erupts into a huge chorus of boos as Randy Orton walks out, holding out his arms in his Destiny pose as the golden pyro falls behind him. Orton gets onto the apron and climbs the turnbuckle, again doing his Destiny pose to more heat
*Can You Dig It, SUCKA?*
Booker T makes his way out to his familiar music, stopping on the ramp to let his pyro's fly off before heading to the ring, rolling in and slapping hands with Orton, as the two SmackDown! men stand, ready for their RAW opponents
The arena goes quiet when...
Rocks the sounds and the crowd goes apeshit with the biggest pop of the night so far, with the arena shaking from the defeaning ovation as Stone Cold Steve Austin heads to the ring with the crowd going off as he steps out from the curtain. Austin gets into the ring and shows no care for Orton & Booker, climbing all four corners and raising the bird to the fans as usual. Austin hops off the final turnbuckle, to be face to face with Orton & Booker, and Austin just laughs and flips them off with a double bird to a HUGE pop from the crowd
*Ride The Lightning*
And the crowd erupts again as Sting makes his way out with his baseball bat in hand, playing to the fans at ringside before getting into the ring and cuffing his hands, bringing a huge "WOO" from the capacity crowd here in Vancouver
SmackDown! vs RAW Inter Promotional Match
Tag Team Match
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin & Sting
Randy Orton & Booker T
The early parts of the match sees Austin & Sting dominate their SmackDown! opposition to surprisingly, a huge reception from the fans who seem to be firmly behind RAW's two big guns tonight.
Sting even pulls a nice spot, leaping off the top turnbuckle onto both Orton & Booker as the two men tried to regroup on the outside. As the action comes back into the ring, Stone Cold opens up a can of whoop ass on Booker and walks it dry, before dropping the F*ck You elbow for a 2 count.
Austin tags in Sting to a loud chorus of "Woo's" throughout the crowd, as Sting lights up The Book Man with a series of chops, before taking him down with a Suplex 1.....2..kickout from Booker T.
Sting & Austin tag in and out, working over Booker T for a couple of minutes, before Randy Orton saves a pinfall after Austin had connected with the Spinebuster, bringing in Sting, with he and the Legend Killer fighting to the outside. Inside the ring Austin brings Booker to his feet, only for Booker to fight away from Austin with a flury of right hands, only for Austin to stop the rally with a knee to the midsection. Austin goes to whip Booker to the ropes but Booker counters, sending Austin to them, and Randy Orton sneaks onto the apron, raising his knee into the back of Austin cheaply!
The crowd boos as Austin holds his back and stumbles out into a Flying Thrust Kick! Booker hooks the leg for 1.....2..kickout by Austin! Booker mounts the pressure on Austin with another cover but again Austin kicks out.
Booker tags in Randy Orton to HUGE heat from this Canadian crowd, and Orton metholodically stalks Austin, stomping over every major joint and part of his body, going around his arms and legs, to shoulders, back and ribs and finishes this off by rebounding off the ropes and jumping up, dropping a knee onto the forehead of Austin. Orton covers casually for a 2 count.
The match continues on with the SmackDown! duo isolating Stone Cold from his corner and working on Austin's left leg, while his partner Sting can only watch on as Austin's leg is picked apart.
Orton garners huge heat again as he attempts to apply the Figure 4 Leg Lock to Austin in the middle of the ring, but Austin musters the strength to send Orton crashing into the turnbuckles! The crowd gets behind Austin, sensing this is the Rattlesnake's chance to make the tag out to Sting.
Austin crawls towards his corner, but Booker T is tagged in by Orton, and the Book Man grabs Austin by the leg, dragging him into the middle of the ring, and dropping an elbow down onto Austin's leg.
Booker keeps this position, working still on Austin's leg, as the crowd once again rallies behind Austin, who begins firing right hands at Booker's head, in an attempt to break the hold.
Finally, Austin battles out, and the two men collide with a double clothesline right in the center of the ring.
Both men down, both men crawl slowly and suspensefully towards their corners, as always the heel is tagged in first and Orton casually comes for Austin, only to get a boot in the gut, and Austin HOT TAGS IN STING!
The crowd comes alive as after about 10 minutes of taking punishment, Austin is safe. Sting comes in and cleans house on Orton, going wild with a series of knock downs, first a shoulder block, then a clothesline, then a flying cross chop, then a running dropkick. Booker tries to stop Sting's momentum from building further, but Sting takes him up and over with a deep arm drag, then connects with a dropkick to Booker, causing him to stumble out through the ropes to the floor. Meanwhile, Sting has Orton propped up in the corner, and he charges in looking for the Stinger Splash! Connects! Sting then takes down Orton, locking in the Scorpion Deathlock! The crowd erupts with a *TAP OUT* chant as Orton frantically tries to get to the ropes. Booker T rolls back into the ring, but Austin grabs him by the leg, pulling him back out to the floor! Austin flips Booker the bird and looks to hit him with a Stunner, but Booker shoves Austin into the ringpost as he goes for the Stunner!
Booker gets into the ring and breaks up the hold, with Orton almost succumbing under the pressure of the hold. Booker T mugs Sting with lefts and rights, before whipping him to the ropes and Sting comes right back into the Book End! NO! Sting counters, SCORPION DEATHDROP! Sting puts Booker down to a big pop, then turns into an RKO! From nowhere! Orton hooks the leg 1.....2....NO! Austin pulls the ref outta the ring! The crowd pops and Austin slides back into the ring quickly, leaping on Orton and firing wild shots with the Lou Thesz Press! Austin shoots off the ropes and drops another F*ck You elbow for the night to the Legend Killer. Austin waits for Orton to get up, which Randy does gingerly, and he turns into a STUNNER! Austin flips Orton off with the bird, but is then creamed from behind by Booker T, knocking the Rattlesnake out to the floor. Booker follows Austin out, but doesn't see Sting recover and drape an arm across Orton 1.....2....NO!
PAUL HEYMAN PULLS THE REF FROM THE RING! The crowd boos as Heyman pretends to act like he didn't do anything, whilst he has purposely left a chair in the corner of the ring. Randy Orton sees this as he comes to, and Sting comes to grab him, but ORTON PUTS THE CHAIR UP IN HIS FACE! Sting goes out like a light, and Orton discards the evidence, whilst Booker T holds Austin back as he tries to save the pinfall 1.....2....3!
Winners @ 22:03 - Randy Orton & Booker T
Heyman has helped his brands superstars to a win over RAW here, evening the score from Unforgiven, albeit in unfair circumstances, as Orton & Booker T "get out of dodge" as quick as they can up the ramp, while Austin & Sting are livid in the ring, the referee says he never saw the chair, and AUSTIN STUNS THE REF! The crowd goes wild for the trademark Austin Stunner, but Austin still isn't happy as he & Sting watch the SmackDown! trio head to the back, gloating their victory
We see Jericho & JBL their final preperations backstage
We now cut to Kurt Angle, who is warming up ahead of his big title defense later tonight. Angle seems intently focused and doesn't even pay attention to the camera man as we come back to ringside
Hits after the pyro explodes and the crowd gives another GIANT reaction to their country man as Chris Jericho steps out on stage, facing the titantron, holding his arms out, before turning around and pumping up the crowd. Jericho gets onto the apron and looks out into the capacity crowd before stepping into the ring and leaning over the ropes, as the crowd rise as one to cheer him
The crowd's mood quickly changes as the white stretch limo of JBL drives out on stage and stops. JBL steps out and berates his limo driver away with his cowboy hat, not in a happy mood, glaring right at Chris Jericho. JBL takes off his jacket and storms to the ring, going right for Jericho, as the match begins
Chris Jericho vs John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Intense start to the match sees JBL slug it out with Y2J, getting the upper hand with his hard hitting approach, but Jericho starts to use his size dis-advantage to turn the tides, being more mobile than Bradshaw, and avoiding a barrage of shots, before dropkicking out the knee of JBL, then taking him down with a Wheel Kick for a 1..kickout quickly from JBL.
Now Jericho starts to frustrate JBL, as he gets the better of a tie up, going behind him, tripping him down and paint brushing his forehead with a few slaps to the back of JBL's head, before ducking a clothesline and taking JBL down with an arm drag, which has JBL seething.
JBL composes himself as the two men get back into the match, but again Jericho out wits JBL, avoiding a potential Fall Away Slam attempt by hitting JBL on the fly with a Flying Forearm Smash right to the face of Bradshaw.
JBL gets back up and is taken down by Jericho with a Snap Suplex for a 1.....2.shoulder up quickly.
JBL retreats to the outside, seemingly unable to get the jump on Jericho, and Y2J follows him to the outside, only for JBL to spin around and wipe out Jericho with a savage clothesline, waffling Jericho inside out on the floor!
JBL begins to wear down the Ayatollah of Rock and Rollah from here, placing him in a sleeper hold which Jericho fights out of, only to be grounded again by a Big Boot from JBL.
JBL again wears out Jericho, hitting the Last Call and follows up with a pinfall 1.....2...kickout.
As the match goes on, Jericho begins to fight back into things, avoiding the dreaded Clothesline From Hell and scoring with a Flashback! Jericho covers JBL 1.....2.....NO! Bradshaw barely kicks out after the big momentum shifting move. Both men get to their feet slowly, and Jericho continues to hit back in the match, tripping JBL down looking for the Walls Of Jericho, but JBL grabs Jericho and pulls him down with a Small Package! 1.....2....NO! Jericho just kicks out!
Jericho comes at JBL, but Bradshaw puts an elbow into the face of Y2J, then goes for a Scoop Slam, but Jericho slips out the back and dropkicks JBL in the back, causing JBL to stumble into the ropes and come back into a Running Enziguri! The crowd erupts as Jericho hooks the leg 1.....2....KICKOUT!
The crowd can't believe JBL got out of it.
Jericho runs his fingers through his hair and winces, thinking he had it won there. Jericho tries to keep up the pressure on JBL, hitting a Springboard Dropkick to JBL, then taking him down with a Russian Legsweep, only for JBL to kick out at 2, just.
Jericho has had enough, and takes the legs of JBL, before turning him over and slapping on the Walls Of Jericho! JBL instantly yells out in pain as the Walls are locked on and John Layfield is struggling to reach out for the ropes.
JBL digs deep and crawls towards the ropes with Jericho realising how close he's getting, trying to pull JBL back to the middle of the ring, but before he can, JBL manages to grab the ropes, meaning the hold must be broken!
Jericho shakes his head in frustration, but then leaps onto the ropes and springboards back looking for the LIONSAULT! JBL GETS HIS KNEES UP! Y2J rolls around on the canvas holding his ribs after eating a pair of knees, with the Lionsault failing to connect to JBL un-impeded. JBL staggers back to a vertical base and pulls Jericho up, measuring him with a right hand, rocking Jericho back, who then gets a second wind, and comes back with a flurry of knife edge chops, lighting up the chest of JBL, who resorts to poking Jericho in the eyes to stop him. The crowd boos this move from JBL, who smirks and drills Jericho into the mat with a Pump Handle Drop! JBL covers 1.....2....NO! Jericho kicks out! JBL slaps the mat in frustration and begins to yell at the referee to make a proper count. JBL gets Y2J and sends him to the ropes, swinging a wild shot at Jericho who ducks under it and rebounds off the opposite side, and comes back, taking JBL down with a Hurricanrana, and holds the legs back in a pin 1.....2....NO! JBL gets a shoulder off the mat!
This match continues to the dismay of the fans, who thought Jericho had snuck the win there. Jericho attempts to lock the Walls back on JBL, but JBL uses his legs to push Jericho back into the turnbuckle spine first. Jericho stumbles out holding his back and JBL goes to clean him up with the Clothesline From Hell, JERICHO DUCKS IT! JBL is stunned he didn't connect, and Jericho takes him down from behind with a Reverse Victory Roll 1.....2....JBL ROLLS THROUGH, GRABBING A HANDFULL OF TIGHTS AND THE MIDDLE ROPE 1.....2.....3!
Winner @ 16:45 - John "Bradshaw" Layfield
JBL scurries away from the win, with the crowd irate he has stolen the win here after the ref didn't notice his underhanded tactics in the pinfall, while Jericho looks shocked that his roll up was reversed. JBL stands on the ramp with his hands held high, while Jericho is in the ring, on his knees looking sore and exhausted and he shakes his head, as JBL taps his nose with his index finger, indicating to Jericho "I got you"
Cole & Tazz talk about the main event, before we are given the main video package
Kurt Angle/Brock Lesnar Video Package
Fuel - "Getting Thru?"
- Lesnar is given questionable opponents in the lower rounds of the No Mercy Title Tournament, thanks to his former manager and current SD! GM Paul Heyman, while the other big names are paired off with each other
- Heyman also refuses to give Kurt Angle proper competition, booking him in a match with Nunzio in a "Champion vs Champion" match, and going as far as booking Angle in a Title match with Doink The Clown, which leaves the WHC furious
- Angle watches Lesnar defeat Benoit in the final thanks to Finlay, who attacks Benoit during the final with the Shillelagh and costs the Rabid Wolverine the match which he almost had won
- Lesnar sends a message to Angle, with the two sharing an intense stare down two nights ago with Lesnar smiling and motioning the title will be his after Angle beats Finlay via DQ thanks to Benoit saving him from a beatdown
*Here Comes The Pain*
Lesnar walks out on stage, bobbing up and down to loud heat from the Canadian fans. Lesnar heads to the ring looking extremely focused on his goal tonight, to win the WHC and back up his words from the last few weeks
Hits and the crowd erupts with a huge ovation for the Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, as the World Champion raises his arms on the ramp and the pyro shoots off behind him, cracking in the air, keeping the crowd on their feet. Angle gets in the ring and raises the title up in Lesnar's face, which the crowd pops and Lesnar snickers at Angle and backs away from him with a smug look on his face
World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle (c) vs Brock Lesnar
The match kicks off with both men testing each other out, with Angle getting the better of the opening exchanges, taking Lesnar down with a headlock, only for Lesnar to counter with a headscissors, causing Angle to release and the two men get back to their feet and stare right at each other as the crowd applauds the small chain wrestling opening.
The two go to tie up again, but Lesnar blindsides Angle with a club across the back of the Olympian, before rebounding off the ropes and barging Angle off his feet with a shoulder block! Angle gets up cautiously watching Lesnar who can't help but grin at out witting the World Champion.
The two men come to tie up again, but this time Angle instantly locks Lesnar in a side headlock to a pop from the fans, only for Lesnar to shove Angle into the ropes and stand stiff as Angle springs back off the ropes and runs right into another solid shoulder block from Lesnar! Lesnar covers 1..kickout by Angle.
The match continues to swerve back and forth for a few more minutes before Angle meets Lesnar coming back off the ropes and takes him down with a Belly to Belly Suplex. Angle covers Lesnar quickly 1.....2.kickout.
Lesnar gets up quickly, not wanting Angle to stay in control, but is met with an uppercut shot, rocking Lesnar, and then a barrage of right hands, backing Lesnar into the corner, where Angle puts the boots to the midsection of Lesnar, and the crowd pops as Angle shows his intensity tonight and finishes off the combo with another stiff uppercut. Angle whips Lesnar to the ropes and trips him down, trying to slap on the Ankle Lock, but Lesnar is quick to shove Angle away with his legs, although Angle comes again, and Lesnar has to grab the ropes to get some seperation between the two.
Angle circles Lesnar, and as soon as Brock lets go of the ropes, Angle leaps at him, tackling him through the ropes and onto the apron, before the two roll out to the floor with Angle unloading on Brock Lesnar, venting the frustrations of having to listen to Brock Lesnar boast about winning tonight.
Angle then introduces Lesnar's head into the steel steps, before rolling him back into the ring.
Angle covers Lesnar, rubbing his arm into the Next Big Things face 1.....Lesnar powers out!
Lesnar is clearly frustrated that Angle is staying ontop of him so far and swings a shot at Angle who ducks it and goes for a German Suplex! Lesnar blocks it! Lesnar elbows Angle to the side of the head and then pulls him in and takes him off his feet with a thunderous clothesline!
Lesnar begins a relentless attack on Angle now, using his power moves to wear down the Olympic Gold Medalist, almost putting him away with a Fisherman Buster, but Angle just kicks out.
Lesnar stays in the driver's seat, beginning to focus his attacks on the neck area of Angle after taking him off the top rope with a SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!
As Angle lays motionless on the mat, Lesnar comes off the top rope with a Leg Drop! Lesnar covers Angle 1.....2....KICKOUT! Angle saves the match, despite his head taking a huge bump.
Brock isn't too pleased Angle was able to kick out, but doesn't let it affect him for long as he pulls Angle back up and sends him to the ropes, catching him on the rebound with a Belly to Belly Overhead! Angle is taken down to the mat in the impressive suplex, and then Lesnar locks in a Body Scissors/Grapevine Sleeper to Angle in the center of the ring, draining the fight from Kurt Angle.
After Angle stops to fight the hold, the referee Charles Robinson checks his hand and it drops for a 1. Again Robinson checks the hand of Angle and it drops again for a 2. The crowd begin to chant *Angle Angle Angle* to try and keep him in the match as Charles Robinson checks Angles hand for a third time and....
ANGLE KEEPS IT UP!
The crowd pops as Angle shows some life, and struggles up to his feet, firing a few elbows into the midsection of Brock Lesnar, before rebounding off the ropes and clocking Lesnar with a clothesline! Lesnar comes back up and is met by a right hand by Angle, and then another, as Angle fires up, backing Lesnar to the ropes with a flurry of right hands. Lesnar however grabs Angle by his trunks and yanks him into the ropes halting his momentum. The crowd boos Lesnar as a loud *Lesnar Sucks* chant is begun by the Canadian crowd, which Lesnar responds to with a middle finger, which gets more heat from the fans. Lesnar turns his attention back to Kurt Angle, and whips him to the ropes. Lesnar goes for a Hip Toss, but Angle steps through it and takes Lesnar down with a German Suplex! Kurt keeps the hands locked around Lesnar's waist and takes him down again with a second German Suplex! Angle brings a groggy Lesnar up to his feet before again driving him into the mat with a third German Suplex!
The crowd erupts as Angle pulls the straps down on his wrestling gear, and psyches up while Lesnar is down on the mat. Instead of taking advantage however, Kurt uncharacteristically heads upstairs, climbing the turnbuckle. Angle balances himself atop before leaping off with a MOONSAULT! LESNAR ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY! ANGLE CRASHES AND BURNS TO THE MAT BELOW!
The crowd lets out a moan of disappointment, while both men are down for the moment.
Brock Lesnar is the first man to stir, slowly getting up before heading over to Angle and leaning down to grab him, BUT KURT IS PLAYING POSSUM AND ROLLS LESNAR UP WITH A SMALL PACKAGE! 1.....2....NO! Lesnar just gets his shoulder up!
Both men are surprisingly quick to their feet now, but Lesnar clobbers Angle with a bruising shot to the side of the head, causing Angle to drop to his knee, and Lesnar kicks Angle right in the face!
Angle backs off holding his jaw and turns back around into Lesnar who loads him onto his shoulders and DRILLS HIM WITH AN F5! Lesnar covers Angle 1.....2....NO! ANGLE GETS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT! The crowd erupts and Lesnar can't believe it.
Lesnar gets up and begins to yell at Charles Robinson saying it must've been a 3 count. Robinson tells Lesnar that Angle did get his shoulder up in time, and Lesnar is pissed off. Brock steps out to the outside and grabs a steel chair before getting back into the ring. Immediately Charles Robinson grabs the chair, telling Lesnar not to be stupid and ruin his title match, but Lesnar seems intent on blasting Angle with the chair. Lesnar goes to hit Angle with the chair, but Robinson keeps his grip on it, prying it from Lesnar's hands. Lesnar isn't happy, but is then knocked from behind by Kurt Angle, and Lesnar stumbles forward into Robinson, knocking the ref down and Lesnar rebounds back into the ANGLE SLAM! Angle covers Lesnar
The ref is down and Angle is the one who is now unhappy. Angle tries to revive Charles Robinson to no avail, before turning to Lesnar who is still down. Angle brings Lesnar up and hits him with a right hand, then whips him to the ropes before connecting with an uppercut on the return, Angle then trips Lesnar down and locks in the ANKLE LOCK! The crowd erupts as Lesnar is in the center of the ring and Angle has the lethal finisher locked in. Lesnar is in pain, yelling out and trying to reach for the ropes, but he cannot seem to reach them as he desperately crawls towards them, Angle increases the stretch's torque, and Lesnar TAPS OUT! LESNAR TAPS OUT! But the referee is still down and this does nothing, as Angle keeps the hold locked on but eventually lets go, annoyed that Charles Robinson is still down. Angle walks over to the ref and again tries to get him to come around, and this time the ref shows signs of life, beginning to stir ever so slightly.
Angle nods, finally getting the ref back into the contest, but Brock Lesnar grabs him from behind and sends him to the ropes, loading Angle onto his shoulders. Lesnar goes for the F5! NO! ANGLE COUNTERS WITH A SUNSET FLIP AND THEN TURNS LESNAR OVER INTO THE ANKLE LOCK AGAIN!
The crowd erupts as Angle again has Lesnar in the dreaded move, and Lesnar is again in sharp, agonizing pain.
Angle is yelling at Lesnar "Tap Out!" but Brock refuses to and tries to reach for the ropes, but he can't get close to them. Lesnar still refuses to give in and again attempts to reach for the ropes but they are too far out of reach and Lesnar's hand goes up and
LESNAR TAPS OUT!
Winner @ 24:56 - Kurt Angle
Retains World Heavyweight Championship
The crowd erupts as Kurt Angle retains his title here tonight in a highly charged match. Angle is handed his title and he climbs the turnbuckle, playing to the capacity crowd as we fade out on what was a wild night