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Old 02-13-2010, 02:00 AM   #601 (permalink)
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New. Pants. Please. Seriously, this has been coming back 'soon' for what, two months now? Was starting to think it'd never get there. To see it back going now, along with Wolfy coming back, all of a sudden this section looks a hell of a lot better.

As far as the actual news goes, I LOVE Hunter 'breaking his nose'. Guess it just gets in the way. Storm and Tajiri for ECW? Yes please. Show's reign should own, and Punk + the anarchy era continuing over the next five days = ratings.

You know I'll be reading and reviewing. Good to have you back, man.
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About time you loser. I literally can't wait for Show and Bearer to run riot.
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Great news that this is back, I'm expecting you to set the section alight with the continuation of this thread, and I can't wait for Judgment Day.
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Bout bloody time.

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WWE JUDGMENT DAY
A SmackDown!-Only Production





May 22 | US Airways Center; Phoenix, Arizona

***

The Judgment Day logo drifts ominously towards the screen, through the grey clouds, before slowly giving way to words, in actual fact a passage from the Bible:

“I tell you, on the day of judgment
people will give account for every
careless word they speak, for by your
words you will be justified, and by your
words you will be condemned.”

-Matthew 12:36-37

The words gradually fade, as the screen returns to darkness, before opening up again to show Rey Mysterio celebrating with the United States Championship at WrestleMania.

Narrator: Everything you desire…

Matt Hardy sat with his head bowed fades into the menacing features of Mr. Kennedy in the shadows, and then the smiling visage of the World Heavyweight Champion Edge.

Narrator: Everything you hate…

Bobby Lashley raising his arms into the air; Booker T twirling on the spot; fades into Batista giving the ominous thumbs down taunt.

Narrator: Has brought you to this moment…

The Undertaker’s silhouette amongst the smoke and mist of his entrance…

Narrator: Judgment Day.

Fade to Black.

...

Up it comes again, with The Undertaker standing in the ring, flashing shots of him standing toe to toe, eye to eye with Lashley.

Narrator: Are you ready to meet your end?

Lashley dominating The Phenom at WrestleMania.

“Undertaker’s being manhandled!!”

The Undertaker running his thumb slowly across his throat.

Narrator: Can you accept your punishment as just?

Fade Away.

...

Matt Hardy’s many thrilling exploits over the years, fades into him standing alone in a brightly lit hallway, as though waiting to be called.

Narrator: Are you proud of the legacy you’ve built?

Hardy competing in the some of the most spectacular matches of all time, Ladder, Cage and TLC Matches, showing absolutely no fear.

“I’m gonna do what I’ve always done … and that’s just live for the moment.”

Hardy’s image slowly fades into that of Mr. Kennedy, as he stands in the darkened ring, hand raised, awaiting the descending microphone from above.

Narrator: Or do you lust for the darkness and chaos?

Shots of Kennedy attacking Matt with the microphone on The Mic Suite, beating Hardy into a bloody pulp.

“THIS IS ABSOLUTELY HEINOUS!! MR. KENNEDY IS A SICK MAN!!”

Rey Mysterio turns to the screen in a darkened room, before cutting to him blasting Booker T with the 619 a few weeks ago.

Narrator: Were you true to your word?

Finlay watching through the ropes with a confident, gap-toothed smirk on his face.

“It is gonna be one hell of a match up.”

Batista standing amidst the rain, fading into a shot of a smiling Booker.

“THE ANIMAL IS IN ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE!!”

Edge running his fingers through his hair anxiously, before cutting to him during many of his whiny, paranoid promos since WrestleMania, clutching the World Title to him.

Narrator: Or did you fail once again?

Edge pinning The Undertaker to retain the title.

“We are all now living in an era … that is rated … R…”

Mysterio holding the U.S. Title above his head amongst his fans.

Narrator: Can you hold your head up high ... proud ... honourable?

Rey on his knees, kissing the belt at WrestleMania, before cutting to him hugging Chavo, Vickie, Malenko, his wife and kids at the after show, elated.

“I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am now … and I don’t plan on letting it get away any time soon.”

Fade into Edge’s sinister, smiling face, before cutting to he, Booker and Finlay assaulting Mysterio two weeks ago, and standing over him, arms raised.

Narrator: Or … do you hide in the shadows ... to mask your own deception?

Edge standing amidst a hurricane of his own indulgent pyrotechnics.

“When will you people understand? NO ONE … can beat me.”

Edge’s laughing face in the shadows, before the guillotine drops quickly across the screen.

Narrator: Tonight, the answers begin…

Flashing shots of Undertaker hitting the Tombstone Piledriver; Lashley killing someone with the Running Powerslam; Matt Hardy connecting with the Twist Of Fate on Kennedy; Kennedy blasting Hardy with his microphone.

Narrator: The moment of truth is now…

Batista flexing his mighty muscles amidst the silver rain; Booker T nailing the Scissors Kick; Finlay drilling someone with his shillelagh; Edge running through someone with a Spear.

Narrator: The time is here…

Mysterio hitting Edge with the 619; Edge holding the World Heavyweight Title high above his head.

Narrator: …for all to face…

Last, slightly slower shots of Finlay standing tall on the final SmackDown; Edge holding the championship belt high in the air for all to see … before the mighty blade of the guillotine once again falls, cutting the screen in half.

Narrator: JUDGMENT DAY!!

AND NOW SUBWAY PRESENTS…



A WWE SMACKDOWN PRODUCTION …





PYRO

The camera shoots in to the US Airways Center, with the Arizonan natives at absolute fever pitch as we zoom around amongst them.

Michael Cole: On a steamy night in Phoenix, Arizona, we welcome you to WWE Judgment Day, live and exclusive on pay perview from the US Airways Center!! Hello, everybody, and we are so glad you could be with us. I’m joined at ringside, as always, by my close colleague Tazz, and a special guest ... John Bradshaw Layfield, JBL!!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Fear not, good citizens of America ... though I am currently on strike from actively competing in a WWE ring ‘til I get my World Title shot, why should I deny the fans the opportunity to hear my voice each and every week?

Tazz: Well, you ain’t gonna get any complaints from this side of the table, JBL, but I think we better shoot it over to the boyos from Spain joinin’ us as always, Hugo Savinovich and Carlos Cabrera! Ola, me amigos!

Savinovich and Carlos shout incoherently for a few moments, before shooting us back.

Michael Cole: Thank you very much, gentlemen, and yes indeed, what a show we have lined up for you tonight, headlined by not one, not two ... but threehuge main events: the Last Man Standing Match between The Undertaker and Bobby Lashley, the Fatal Four-Way match to determine the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, and then, the World Title match itself, when Edge faces the winner of Finlay, Mysterio, Booker and Batista ... with Shane McMahon as the special guest referee.

Tazz: And we don’t even have to wait another second.

**DING, DING, DING**

Attentions go to the ring, as Tony Chimel stands, waiting to make an announcement.

Tony Chimel: The opening contest is a fatal four way match, with the winner facing Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship later in the show.

**I WALK ALONE**

We are underway in style, as the former World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista storms out on to the stage looking all fired up.

Michael Cole: After what we witnessed throughout two thousand five and the first part of two thousand six, I don’t think anyone would deny that that man right there is one of, if not the, most dominant World Champion in the history of professional wrestling let alone this company. Think about the list of men Batista’s beaten with the World Heavyweight Title on the line; not only will you see both Booker T and Rey Mysterio’s names there, but also the likes of Triple H, my broadcast partner JBL, the late, great Eddie Guerrero, Randy Orton, and even The Undertaker.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You said it right, Michael, even if your less-than-average barin can’t seem to understand common sense. Batista might’ve been impressive a year ago, but he’s slippin’ and he just can’t seem to accept that.

**MY NAME IS FINLAY AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**

Boos filter down from the rafters as the most experienced man in the match, ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay, saunters down to the ring clutching his shillelagh.

Michael Cole: Having only tasted defeated oncesince he debuted on SmackDown at the Royal Rumble, ‘The Belfast Brawler’ could well be the dark horse in this unpredictable contest. Let’s not forget he holds pin fall victories over both Rey Mysterio and the man standing across from him right now, Batista.

Tazz: You said it, Cole. One loss in almost six months of active competition is no small accomplishment. And like you said, it ain’t like Finlay’s been in there with a bunch o’ clowns – he’s been in there with former champions, the best that this business has to offer.

**CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKAAAA?**

To the largest heat so far, Booker T makes his way down to the ring flanked by his wife Sharmell, both with their pinkies raised in the air and their heads bowed, refusing to look at these 'peasants'.

Michael Cole: Can you believe the arrogance of this man? Sure, Booker T is a former five-time World Champion, but when was the last time you ever heard of a man losingat WrestleMania and then becoming moreobnoxious and full of himself than ever? He- he seems to think he’s not only betterthan everyone else, but it’s his right.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Ha-ha, take a look at greatness, gentlemen, because it just entered the building. Booker T has got a spot in the Hall Of Fame just waitin’ for him. He’s won more championships than you’ve had hot dinners. And by the way, Michael, he is better than you. Live with it.

**BOOYAKA 619**

About matching Batista’s, the US Airways Center delivers a crazy ovation for everyone’s favourite little big man, as the stage pyrotechnics erupt, sending the United States Champion Rey Mysterio flying into our sight,

Michael Cole: If Rey Mysterio has taught us anything, it’s that size doesn’t matter, and that if your heart is big enough, you can achieve anything. Batista might be one of the most popular men on the planet right now, but when it comes to this contest, I think we all know who the people of Phoenix, Arizona are gonna be pulling for.

John Bradshaw Layfield: If you call getting a bunch of cheap wins the roll of your life, then hell, I guess we might as well call up The Brooklyn Brawler and give him his World Title shot. Rey Mysterio is nothing but a disgrace to that title, nothing but a disgrace to the men who’ve held it before him, men like Steve Austin, Sting, and Chris Benoit!!

**METALINGUS**

The most hated man in the entire WWE, ‘The Rated R Superstar’, the World Heavyweight Champion Edge comes striding out, title hung over his shoulder, clutching hands with girlfriend Lita as he makes his way round to the commentator’s table.

Michael Cole: That man could well be the most hunted man in WWE history, and it looks as though he’s coming out here to do some scouting tonight by joining us on commentary. Champ, welcome, I take it you’re out here to scout these four men, since you will be defending the World Title against one of them later tonight?

Edge: Thank you, Captain Obvious. Why else would I be out here?? It sure as hell isn’t for the company of you three morons. I just wanna know which chumpstain I’m gonna be beating later on, so I can get out of this craphole of a town.

All four superstars are now in the ring, as Edge smirks at JBL.

Fatal Four-Way Match;
Number One Contender’s Match:
Booker T w/Sharmell vs. Batista vs. Finlay vs. U.S Chmp. Rey Mysterio

No sooner does the bell ring, signalling the start of this contest, then the man at the centre of this whole, messy predicament, the World Heavyweight Champion himself, Edge, immediately begins to distract the competitors from ringside on commentary, garnering some truly astonishing heat from the US Airways Center in the process. As is his usual way, “The Rated R Superstar” doesn’t seem too concerned what everyone else thinks, instead waving to the four superstars in the ring, as Lita dotes over him lovingly. Back inside the ring, both Batista and Rey Mysterio stand with their hands on the hips, shaking their heads in disgust, while Finlay and Booker T both raise an eyebrow at the conduct of the World Champion; allowing Nick Patrick to lean over the ropes, trying to get Edge to keep out of this. ‘The Master Manipulator’ just flicks his hands at the official, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” ‘apologising’ to his potential challengers.

The one superstar who seems in most disagreement with this theory is The Animal. Big Dave pulls Mickie Henson out of the way, stepping towards the ropes, yelling I want YOU, you son of a bitch,”to the man he has never defeated at ringside. Edge begins to remove his headset in fear, but all of a sudden, Rey Mysterio grabs ‘Tista by the arm, yanking him back. The crowd is not really sure how to respond to this, as Rey-Rey gets right in Big Dave’s face (or as close as he can possibly get), slapping the longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history on his chest and pointing to himself, “I’m in this match too, Dave. I’m here too, big man.”As Edge looks on happily, casually leaning back in his chair, Batista scowls down at his friend, unimpressed by his interruption, softly mouthing, “Don’t get in my way, Rey,” which merely draws an unimpressed frown from the United States Champion. Not to be forgotten, from the other side of the ring, Booker T and Finlay come striding across the ring, with The Book Man in particular looking exceedingly angered at this exclusion from proceedings. Getting right in Batista’s face, Booker waves his arms around hypnotically, bellowing, “How dare you!?”as Finlay eyeballs Mysterio up close.

The four men go eye to eye, with the crowd reaching fever pitch, until former WWE Tag Team Champions Batista and Rey Mysterio take a step back, hands on their hips, sharing a quick look, before both unloading simultaneously on Booker and Finlay with right hands, kick starting this match!!! With the crowd roaring in their favour, The Animal and The Human Highlight Reel stagger their two villainous foes with a series of shots, backing them all the way across the ring into the ropes. As Batista grabs Booker’s arm, he glances across at Rey-Rey with a smirk, as his buddy nods, doing the same with the Irishman. They turn, going for the Irish (no pun intended) whips, which Big Dave is able to execute easily, sending Book into the opposite set of ropes … but Finlay steps through, overpowering Mysterio and hurling him into the ropes. As the two men who hooked it up at WrestleMania for the United States Title come hurtling back, Batista goes low … Rey leaps up … The Animal sends Booker in to the lights with a huge back body drop … Mysterio catches Fit Finlay sleeping with a lightning quick headscissors take down!!!

Phoenix roars, as both Booker and Finlay stagger up to their feet, the Houstonian clutching his back in agony, and the man from Belfast stumbling around like the proverbial drunk; they both fall towards the ropes, easy pickings for Big Dave and Rey-Rey, who charge forward, clotheslining Finlay and Booker head over heels to the outside!!! As the two heels hit the floor, Booker does his usual extravagant tumble, ending up half way up the ramp from the impact of Batista’s clothesline, while Finlay lies in a heap near the apron. With the thousands upon thousands in attendance screaming with delight, the cameras head back into the ring, as it looks like crunch time is fast approaching, and we are finally going to get what we want to see: ‘The Animal’ Dave Batista and the United States Champion Rey Mysterio turn to look at one another. Unlike right at the start of the contest, the teamwork, comradeship they just displayed, seems to have settled the tension between them somewhat, as Big Dave smirks, running a hand across his jaw, and Rey-Rey returns the gesture.

The Arizonian natives are most certainly torn between their two heroes, as ‘Tista and Mysterio gaze into opposite sides of the audience, hearing their names chanted in all quarters. Turning back to face one another, both men take a step forward … but Finlay quickly races back in to the ring and attacks Batista from behind … KNOCKING HIM INTO MYSTERIO … sending the luchador tumbling through the ropes!!! Thunderous heat pours down on the Fighting Irishman, as he, like a trueveteran, picks his spot so perfectly, sending Rey to the outside in a heap, and The Animal down to a knee. Pouncing like a manic jackal, Finlay snatches Batista up and clubs away at him ferociously with hard right hands, desperate to get this one over with quickly. With ‘Tista dazed, The Belfast Bruiser is able to back the genetic specimen all the way across the ring into the far corner, raining down blows on him from his vantage point. Taking Big Dave by the arm, Fit Finlay hurls him across the ring with the Irish whip, causing the man he has battled with many times over the past months to slam into the turnbuckle hard, but this time it is Batista’s turn to catch us all by surprise, and charge straight out … wiping Finlay out with a lariat!!!

The US Airways Center comes alive with cheers, as the uncompromising Irishman rolls head over heels, before coming back up to his feet, looking as though he were just ran down by a car, only to be grabbed by the arm by The Animal, pulled in, thrown over his massive shoulder, Batista spins, and drills the Irishman with a running powerslam, shaking the ring!!! After such a devastating manoeuvre, one would usually expect the big man to go for a cover, but that’s not the case, as Batista waits for Finlay to heavehimself back up on the ropes, The Belfast Brawler looking like he’d much rather be anywherethan Phoenix right now. As soon as Finlay turns around, not hearing the cheers of the crowd from around him, The Animal uncoils with another clothesline, sending the Irishman sprawling outside with everyone else. The crowd cheers, but wait, Finlay didn’t just join everyone else on the floor. As Big Dave glares over the ropes in triumph, Booker is helped up to his feet by Sharmell, and Finlay, the poor loner, has to do it all by himself. While all this is going on, no one has noticed Rey Mysterio rolling back into the ring. Taking a quick look, shaking away the cobwebs, Rey-Rey turns, sprints, hits the ring ropes, comes back … SPRINGBOARDS OFF BATISTA … LEAPS OVER THE TOP ROPE … TAKING OUT BOOKER, SHARMELL, AND FINLAY WITH AN INCREDIBLE CORKSCREW PLANCHA!!!

The crowd erupts with the biggest reaction of the night thus far, as Mysterio’s total disregard for not only his own welfare but also that of the valets/wives/girlfriends of the other men involved in the contest; anythingthat stands in his way of becoming the World Heavyweight Champion. As the “Holy Shit”chants ring out through the building, Mysterio is down and out along with the individuals he took out, and only Batista is left standing, still wearing a slightly stunned expression at what exactly just happened. Checking himself, The Animal drops down, rolls out of the ring, grabs the nearest cat to him, which just happens to be the floundering Booker T, and rolls him back inside the ring. Bringing The Book Man back up to his feet, Big Dave fires away on a man with whom he has had quite a few issues over the past months, drilling him with such force that he sends the Five-Time World Champion backward into the corner, whaling away on him … before going low to a knee, giving Booker T absolutely notime to breathe. The Animal lowers his head, and begins ripping into the former United States Champion with rib-cracking shoulder thrusts, over, and over, and over again, almost cutting Book’s title aspirations in half.

Feeling satisfied with the damage done by the shoulder thrusts, Big Dave allows Booker to slump forwards, before taking hold of his arm, and going for the Irish Whip into the opposite corner … but Book holds onto ‘Tista’s, spinning through, going for a hook kick … but Batista ducks, causing Booker to maintain his momentum, and race into the ropes. Dave throws a big clothesline, but the wily Book ducks and comes flying off the opposite ropes … BUT BATISTA CATCHES HIM COMING IN … PLANTING HIM WITH A SPINNING SIDE SLAM!!! Reaching back, ’Tista goes for the first cover of the match, hooking the far leg ...


……………1……………
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………MYSTERIO BREAKS THE PIN………
!!!

A big time mixed reaction fills the building, as The Animal rolls off Booker immediately, knowing full well who just cost him a shot at reclaiming his World Heavyweight title. Standing up to his feet, Big Dave gives his supposed best friend a look that could kill; “the hell was that!?”he demands forcibly, giving Rey a hard shove that sends the little man staggering backward into the ropes. Using this as a distraction, Booker smartly rolls back under the bottom rope, escaping to the outside. Not back down one inch, Mysterio comes right back off the ropes with a huge of his own, that obviously does not have quite as much impact as ‘Tista’s, but the yell, “Winning the title, Dave! What’re you doing!?”gets the point across even more. Nodding his head slightly, Batista turns away … before The Animal SLAPS MYSTERIO ACROSS THE FACE!!! “OHHHH!”gasps the crowd in shock, as Rey-Rey is knocked back slightly, clutching the side of his face in a mixture of shock and anger, staring up his monstrous best friend.

The luchador explodes from the ropes with a big right hand, that actually staggers The Animal slightly (caught by surprise), before Dave comes right back with one of his own!!! The blows start to come thick and fast, right from Mysterio … right from Batista … right from Mysterio … right from Batista … Mysterio … Batista … Mysterio … Batista … Mysterio … Rey-Rey quickly ducks The Animal’s next swipe and races to the ropes, leaps up, COMES SPRINGBOARDING BACK … LOOKING FOR A CROSSBODY … BUT BATISTA SEES REY COMING … CATCHES HIM … AND PLANTS HIM WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!!

The crowd explodes with a cry to outdo all others, as poor Rey Mysterio, a man over 100lbs lighter than Batista, is folded up like an accordion on the canvas, easy pickings. Back up on his feet in an instant, ‘Tista roars, all fired up, as he storms over to the ropes, shaking them violently, before holding up his arms, all set to give Rey-Rey his death sentence … but the veteran luchador wisely rolls out of the ring. The sweat pouringfrom his intense features, the fuming Animal shakes his head, before stepping through the ropes in hot pursuit of his prey. Clutching his back in agony, Rey-Rey is barely able to resist as Big Dave drags his carcass back up to its feet. Completely lost in his trance of battle, ‘Tista takes a look over his shoulder, eyes Edge on commentary, before he grabs Mysterio’s hand … and WHIPS HIM INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!!

More screams echo through the building, as with all offence ever done to Rey Mysterio, his slight size makes it looks all that worse. Strangely enough, the reaction now greeting Batista has one or two boos sprinkled in the mix, as he shows everyone just what kind of price you will pay for denying him a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, friend or foe. Snarling callously, Batista steps past the SmackDown announce table … and pulls the cover off the Spanish announce table!!! The crowd begins to cheer, always desperate for some wood-related carnage, no matter who the victim. Hugo and Carlos quickly scarper at the site of the hulking behemoth before them, as Big Dave begins to unload the monitors, knowing he cannot be disqualified, evil intentions on his mind … Finlay c;ubs Batista down from behind!!!

Thunderous heat greets the revival of the Fighting Irishman, as ‘Tista falls down to a knee, and Finlay drops down also, grabbing up a television monitor from the Smackdown announce table, giving a dangerous, deranged gap-toothed smirk, just beggingThe Animal to get up. Heat is everywhere, knowing what is coming next, as Batista does indeed begin to turn … FINLAY RACES FORWARDS … SMASHING THE MONITOR OFF THE SKULL OF BATISTA!!!

Probably for the millionth time in his relatively short WWE career, Fit Finlay receives deafening heat from the crowd, as he sends The Animal head over heels, over the announce table, and right into the laps of Hugo & Carlos!! Letting out one of his infamous gap-toothed smirks; Dave turns around … right in to the face of Booker T!!! The two allies share an awkward moment, as Fit clenches his fists, bracing for a fight (as he always does), only for Book to hold up his hands innocently, saying “It’s all good, man”, before motioning to the two fallen figures around them, suggesting perhaps that they should take one of them out. Nodding smugly, Finlay turns back to Batista … only to be blindsided by Booker T!!!

Another huge eruption of heat goes up from Phoenix, as Booker T shows why one should never, ever trust him! Caught completely by surprise, the veteran Finlay should perhaps have known better, but he is still unable to prevent himself tumbling back against the ring apron, as a rampant Booker, bouncing up and down on his toes energetically, displaying some of that unparalleled, Muhammad Ali-like charisma, rains down shot after shot to the face of the Irishman but Finlay catches him with a headbutt!!! For the second time in this match a fragile alliance tears itself apart right before our eyes, as Booker T staggers backwards clutching the top of his nose in pain, with Sharmell watching on nervously, screaming “C’mon, baby!”to try and gee her husband on. Dazed, Book stumbles back against the crowd barricade, and Finlay sees his chance, grabbing Booker’s heading and snapping it back with a rasping European uppercut.

The fans at ringside cheer loudly at the sight of the hated Booker T being pummelled right before them, as his head hangs loosely in their laps, his eyes slowly rolling up into his head. Finlay, certainly not wearing that gap-toothed smile anymore but rather a look of rage, takes a handful of The Book Man’s hair and leads him around the ringside area, until he and Booker are on the side of the entrance wipe. Rearing back, ol’ David drives Book’s head down into the barrier hard, clubbing away at the back of his neck like a little pit-bull: “Stab me in the back, will ye!?”he gets right in Booker’s face. Finlay, relentless in his pursuit, pulls Book away from the crowd, follows up with a stiff knee to the gut of the charismatic superstar, checks over his shoulder, before taking him by the arm. Old David Finlay looks to SHOOT BOOKER INTO THE STEEL STEPS … BUT BOOK STEPS THROUGH … REVERSING THE MOMENTUM … SENDING THE IRISHMAN CRASHING INTO THE STEEL KNEES-FIRST … and SOMERSAULTING OVER THEM UNDERTAKER-ESQUE!!!!

The crowd groans as Finlay crumples in a heap against the ring apron, hugging his limbs in pain, seemingly out of the running for now, and Booker, wiping the hair and blood from his face, caused by Finlay’s head butt, tries to recollect himself on the crowd barricade. There is definitively action to be had elsewhere though, as Booker T races around the ringside area, right before the crowd barricade, grabbing his arch-nemesis Dave Batista, who was gingerly making it back up to his feet, bleeding slightly himself following that monitor shot. Book is on him instantly, however, his eyes opening wide with desperation to take the biggest dog out, quickly lunging forward to try and nail the beast … but Batista lifts him up over his shoulder!!! The crowd roars as Booker writhes in desperate fear and Big Dave steps forward, GOING FOR A RUNNING POWERSLAM ON THE OUTSIDE … but Booker slides off his shoulderspins The Animal around, hooks under his arm and LIFTS BATISTA UP … SLAMMING HIM DOWN INTO THE HARD FLOOR … NAILING THE BOOK END ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!

The sickening crack of spine meeting concrete reverberates right through the spine of the Arizonan structure, causing many in the crowd to wince in dismay, as Big Dave Batista instantly clutches the back of his head, writhing around in agony. That old arrogance well in place, the former five-time World Heavyweight Champion does not pop right back up to his feet, but instead snakes back slightly, coming up to a hunched position, one hand resting on top of the steel steps, the other in front of his face, urgingBatista with every fibre of his being to get back up to his feet. Shaking his head dazedly, Big Dave uses the barrier to drag himself back up, as the crowd SCREAMS at the top of their lungs for him to watch out, but he still stumbles to his knees … BOOKER GOES FOR THE SUPERKICK BUT BATISTA HEARS IT COMING PLOWING RIGHT THROUGH THE BOOK MAN WITH A CLOTHESLINE OF HIS OWN!!!

Phoenix ERUPTS as The Book Man is flung half way across the arena floor, holding his head in agony, and a dazed Animal staggers backwards, perhaps having acted merely on instinct, still clutching the back of his head with one hand, leaning against the exposed Spanish announce table for leverage; hearing the screams of the crowd, he glances up REY MYSTERIO SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP ROPE LANDING ON BATISTA DRIVING HIM RIGHT THROUGH THE SPANISH ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH THE SEATED SENTON IN AN EXPLOSION OF WOOD, WIRES AND CHAIRS!!!!!

“HEADS UP, COLE!!!”

“OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

“HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHI! HOLY SHIT!”

The US Airways Center ERUPTS, making their feelings all too clear, as the former, most dominantWorld Champion of all time, lies in a crumpled, flattenedstate amongst the wreckage, pieces of the table lying across his massive chest, while Hugo, Carlos, Edge, Tazz, JBL and Cole stands back, hands on their head, unable to quite believe what they just witnessed. Wincing, Rey Mysterio crawls out of the car crash-like scenario, pulling on the ring apron to try and get himself to his feet. Clutching his lower back, Rey-Rey gazes down quite regretfully at the broken body of his best friend, knowing that he could well have ended any hopes Batista had over become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Shaking his head ruefully, Mysterio slowly rolls back into the ring … Booker T ambushes him with a low dropkick to the head!!!

As our monitors replay the amazing table spot from Rey-Rey and Batista over and over again, back in the ring things are looking much more serious for the Master of the 619, as a callous Booker T, filled with the memories of WrestleMania and still smarting from that clothesline he felt on the outside, rears back and boots Mysterio hard in the temple, knocking him silly almost, sending the young San Diegan stumbling into the corner. Following up with an egomaniacal smile forming on his face, Booker brings his hand back, before raking it across the bare chest of Rey with a nasty knife edge chop.

WrestleMania is revisited, this time between the two men who fought for so long over the prestigious United States Title, with Rey-Rey ultimately getting the better of his enemy; but right now, that does not look to be the case. Watching as Mysterio staggers away breathlessly to the other corner clutching his chest, eyes wide, Booker lets out a toothy grin before following in; this time he sticks it to Rey with stiff body shots, one after another, really working over the smaller man just like he did in Chicago, Illinois in The Allstate Arena. Taking hold of Rey-Rey’s arm, The Book Man leads him out of the corner to the centre of the ring, twists under the arms, WRAPPING HIS BOOT RIGHT UPSIDE THE HEAD OF MYSTERIO ... WITH A HOOK KICK … WIPING REY OUT!!!

It does not take much reach to clean Rey’s clock, but Booker T does it with precision, putting the United States Champion on his back, as Sharmell applauds from ringside: “Ma’ man!”Checking the progress of the other three combatants, Booker drops down and hooks the near leg of Mysterio for what, if one can believe it, is only the secondcover of this gruelling contest ...


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Rey just kicks out!!! The crowd breathes a sigh of relief, as Booker T shows his displeasure with Mickie Henson, slapping the mat in frustration. Adjusting his amazing hair in the process, The Book Man rises to his feet once again, glowering down at his nemesis. Using the back of his mask as grip, Booker yanks Mysterio back up, delivering a few well-aimed, malicious knee strikes right to the small face of the United States Champion. Mysterio struggles and attempts to cover up, but Booker gives him not even a second; quickly pulling him all the way back up and forcing him to the corner. Grabbing Rey’s right arm … Book FIRES him across the ring with incredible velocity, causing his spine to crash into the opposite turnbuckle, knocking him down!!!

Boos ring out through the arena, mixed in with the moans and groans of Rey Mysterio, still struggling with the damage to his back earlier in the match by Batista. Up on his feet in a flash, Booker T throws his fists up like the great Smokin’ Joe Frazier, bouncing up and down on his toes, “C’mon, Rey-Rey! C’mon, Rey-Rey!”he repeats disrespectfully. Once Mysterio does indeed stagger back up to his feet, showing absolutely no trepidation towards the man he defeated on April 2nd, Booker reaches right back and slugs Rey-Rey right in the mouth with a stinging right. Staggered, the United States Champion stumbles back into the ropes … before coming right back and drilling Booker with his own right fist, greeted by an incredible pop from the crowd. Offended, The Book Man immediately replies with a big blow of his own, which the United Airways Center greets with boos! The crowd rallies behind their glorified underdog just like at WrestleMania, as Rey responds with another right hand to his fellow challenger, resulting in huge cheers shivering down the spine of the building.

But that is quickly replaced with “BOOOOS!!!” once a furious Booker T punches him right back!! REY … “YAAAAAA!!!” … BOOKER … “BOOOOOO!!!” … REY … “YAAAAAA!!!” … BOOKER … “BOOOOOO!!!” … REY … “YAAAAAA!!!” … BOOKER … “BOOOOO!!!” … REY … “YAAAAAA!!!”… BOOKER … “BOOOOOO!!!!” … BOOKER … “BOOOOO!!!!!” Phoenix delivers some truly astounding heat as, despite all the heart and fight of Mysterio, the sheer size and power of Booker T proves to be too much, as he drives the multi-time Cruiserweight Champion back toward the ropes!!!

Booker rears right back, and up, GOING FOR THE KILLER BLOW … BUT REY DUCKS IT … AND LEAPS UP … DROPKICKING BOOKER INTO THE ROPES!!! Caught in the second rope, Booker T appears helpless, as the crowd comes unglued, ROARING with delight as Rey-Rey looks up to them, throwing his arm in the air, “SSSIIIIX OOOONE NIIIINE!!”is the cry, as he turns, sprints, hits the ropes, come back … BOOT RIGHT TO THE GUT FROM BOOKER … DOUBLING HIM OVER … BOOKER COMES OFF THE ROPES … LEAPS UP … NAILING THE SCISSORS KICK!!!!!! The audience boos and pours scorn on the veteran instinct of Booker T, as Rey Mysterio crumples down to the canvas in an absolute heap, and Booker quickly falls across him with the cover … reaching back … hooking the far leg tightly...


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!!!

The crowd actually cheers for The Fighting Irishman, as he saves the title shot not only for himself, but also for Rey Mysterio and Dave Batista!! Booker rolls away, but Fit Finlay is not paying attention to the man he just screwed out of the big one, instead staring down at the fallen Mysterio like a piece of meat, raking the back of his hand across his mouth. Slapping the mat in frustration, Booker gets back up to his feet … grabs Finlay by the arm … spins him around … and steps right up in the Irishman’s face!!!

The two villainous human beings go nose-to-nose, with Book yelling “THE HELL WAS ‘DAT, MAN!?”and even shoving Finlay back a bit, which results in a right hand from the Belfast Bruiser, staggering The Book Man; no friends here tonight … Mysterio leaps up behind Finlay, dropkicking him in the back, sending him tumbling through the ropes, narrowly missing Booker T!!! Landing on his posterior on the outside, Finlay lies in a daze, looking back inside the ring, where a groggy Booker T, still feeling the effects of David Finlay’s right hand, turns around … AND REY TRIPS HIM ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE!!! The crowd goes wild; Mysterio wastes no time with the call this time though, instead turning instantly … charging off the ropes (Finlay approaches the ring again) and races in … DRILLING BOOKER T WITH THE 619!!!

Phoenix responds accordingly with a BOOMING pop, as Booker flips and flops head over heels like a wet salmon, before finally rolling back up to his feet completely by accident, unaware what on earth is going on. Poised on the apron … REY-REY LEAPS UP … SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP ROPE GOING FOR THE WEST COAST POP … BUT FINLAY CATCHES HIM … POWERSLAM CONNECTS!!!!! If you think Rey looked bad after the mid-air Spinebuster earlier, you ain’t seen nothingyet. The building shakes with the force of the pop the crowd delivers for this incredible manoeuvre, as Mysterio is almost broken in half by the wily veteran; the United States Champion lies in a dismembered heap on the canvas, as a seething Irishman dives on top with the cover…


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A breath of relief runs through the arena, but The Fighting Irishman does not make the same mistake as he compatriots earlier, grabbing Rey up off the canvas by the arm, yanking him up onto his feet … and TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A STIFF SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE!!! With the United States Champion well and truly rocked, Finlay, the dark horse of the contest, getting a somewhat mixed reaction from the audience, allows Rey-Rey not a second of rest, pulling him right back up to his feet, scooping him up on to his shoulders … RACING FORWARDS … DRILLING THE U.S CHAMPION WITH THE CELTIC CROSS!!!! Dave stays on top, just inching back slightly, keeping all of his pressure on Mysterio’s shoulder...


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Another verymixed reaction fill the United Airways Center, as the rugged Irishman tumbles through the ropes courtesy of his pre-match ally, Booker T. Finlay hits the floor and rolls right into the timekeeper’s area, sending them fleeing, (allowing us to notice Batista now crawling towards the ring apron). Back inside the ring, a groggy Edge manages to make it back up to his feet, bringing a shaky Mysterio up also, and Booker hits the ropes, charging with a clothesline ... but Rey has the same idea and both men wipe each other out!!! As soon as Mysterio hits the deck, The Human Highlight Reel wisely rolls out of the way, heading for the corner, whilst Booker T, clutching his bloody head and trying to blink the cobwebs away, sits up, pushes himself back up to his feet, stumbling around like a drunk … Finlay rolls back inside with his shillelagh … HE GOES FOR BOOKER … BUT BOOK MOVES … AND FINLAY DRILLS BATISTA … WHO WAS STANDING ON THE APRON!!!!

The crowd is fairly stunned that Batista was even standing, let alone that he just took a shillelagh shot to the skull, as The Animal once again lies in a heap at ringside, and Finlay turns back around, looking for more victims. He MOVES TOWARDS BOOKER … Book holds up his hands in protest, trying to remind Fit of their ‘alliance’ … and Finlay nods, smirking at the Houstonian in his usual gap-toothed way. Letting out a beam of his own, Booker T turns back around to go after the still grounded Rey Mysterio … BUT FINLAY SUDDENLY GRABS HIS ARM … WHIRLS HIM AROUND … AND BLASTS BOOKER BETWEEN THE EYES WITH THE SHILLELAGH!!!!

A huge pop is emitted at the sight of the cowardly, manipulative Booker T’s eyes rolling up into his head as he drops down first to his knees, before crumpling down to the canvas completely out of it. Shaking his head smartly, Finlay goes down, hands on his knees, still holding onto his weapon of choice, eyes fixedon poor Rey Mysterio as he writhes painfully on the canvas. Dave Finlay takes a step forwards, throws a hand out, clutching his lethal weapon with evil intentions obviously a-flowin’ from his wily old mind. Rey-Rey has no idea, and the crowd boos, as Finlay … BATISTA CUTS HIM IN HALF WITH A MONSTROUS SPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE!!!! The Animal, still blinking and holding the side of his head, staggers back up and around … ONLY FOR BOOKER T TO LUNGE WITH … no … BIG DAVE CATCHES HIM … LIFTS HIM UP … SLAMS BOOKER DOWN WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!!!

A deafening roar fills the building, as Booker is laid out centre of the ring, and a rockin’ and rollin’ Animal pops back up to his feet, and this time, he wastes no time showboating; instead he lifts Booker up, tucks him between his legs.

Rey Mysterio scrambles out onto the apron...

As the crowd is torn desperately by the events unfolding behind him, Dave Batista takes a quick look around the arena, shaking with intensity, takes a breath, BEFORE LIFTING BOOKER T UP INTO THE AIR...

MYSTERIO SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE TOP WITH SPLASH RIGHT ONTO FINLAY!!!! He quickly hooks both legs...

BATISTA NAILS BOOKER WITH THE BATISTA BOMB!!!!


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WINNER: AND NUMBER ONE CONTENDER - REY MYSTERIO @ 26:13

Batista takes a step towards the pinning predicament ... but it’s a step too late - Rey Mysterio is the official number one contender to a World Championship for the first time in his life!!! The crowd is going nuts, unable to hide their delight, despite the continued misfortunes of their beloved Animal.

Rey stumbles back up to his feet, one hand held against his temple, blinking dazedly across the ring at his “best friend” Batista, who stands, hands on hips, staring back … before slowly stepping back, and leaving the ring, as the U.S Champion looks on.

Michael Cole: What a way to kick off the pay per view ... with the biggest victory in Rey Mysterio’s incredible career!!! The ultimate underdog has done it again here tonight with a huge win. And he now moves on to you, champ, later on.

Edge: Yes he does, Michael. I’m not an asshole, I’m pleased for the guy. No one thought he could overcome three top guys, but he did. This little fairy tale of his gets to go on for a few more hours ... but it all ends tonight, gentlemen, mark my words.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well, I never thought I’d be in this position, but I have absolutely no idea who I want to win the World Title match now. I was rootin’ for Finlay or Booker, but now I have ta choose between these Canadian moron and that balaclava wearun’, lawn mowin’, job stealin’ Mexican immigrant Rey Mysterio!!! They should add me and make it a triple threat worth watching.

...

**VIDEO PACKAGE**
The WWE production theme, “Bodies” plays over the package.

Narrator:It started out as a dream …

RVD flying over the ropes into Jerry Lynn.

Narrator: That became a reality …

Mike Awesome powerbombing Masato Tanaka.

Narrator:Last year the dream was relived …

Tommy Dreamer crashing through the flaming table.

Narrator:This year it will be reborn …

Sandman brawling through the crowd.

Narrator:This year ‘Extreme’ will live again …

Taz suplexing some poor bastard.

Narrator:This year sees the return …

Sabu killing himself almost, as a voices echoes out.

“Of …”

Quick, wild shots of Dreamer, Sandman, RVD, Funk, Taz, Sabu and Awesome.

“… ECW.”

ECW ONE NIGHT STAND | JUNE 11 | HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, NEW YORK CITY

ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
***

Backstage, Linda McMahon walks down a hallway, before she pushes open a door, and a smile comes across her face. The camera pans over … to show Shane and Stephanie McMahon talking heatedly. Both of Linda’s children get up as soon as their mother enters the room.

Shane McMahon: Hey, mom, how’s things?

Linda smiles warmly, taking her sons hand and giving him a hug, before turning to her rather flustered looking daughter and giving her the same treatment, looking at her, confused…

Linda McMahon: What’s wrong?

Steph and Shane glance at one another.

Stephanie McMahon: It’s nothing. Just nervous about tonight.

Linda McMahon: Of–

Shane McMahon: Little sis getting a bit too big for her boots I think, mom.

Stephanie scowls at her brother.

Stephanie McMahon: I’m only thinking of you.

Shane McMahon: Sure you are, sure you are.

The youngest McMahon looks about ready to strike her older sibling when their mother interjects herself into the verbal tussle, pointing at them both seriously.

Linda McMahon: That’s enough, okay? I think I know what this is about, and, Shane? Stephanie’s got every right to be concerned. Your father and I aren’t all that happy about it either.

Shane lets out a smirk, avoiding his mother’s gaze like a naughty little boy, stuffing his hands into his pockets and looking up into the lights with a long sigh.

Shane McMahon: Look, I’ve done this before. I know what I’m doing. I can handle myself.

Both Steph and Linda shake their heads.

Shane McMahon: Don’t believe me? … Just ask Randy Orton.

A little bit peeved, Shane walks right past them, and disappears into the hallway, skulking away. Back in the office, Linda turns to her daughter who has her eyes closed, cursing silently.



Back into the arena…

**KENNEDY**

Phoenix EXPLODES with a thunderous mixed reaction (a sign of great things to come for this guy), leaning heavily towards heat, as the one, the only, Mr. Kennedy strides down the ramp, clad in his black, close-fitting t-shirt over his trunks and elbow pads, chomping on his gum, looking all business.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first … from Green Bay, Wisconsin … weighing in at 237 pounds … he is undefeated in World Wrestling Entertainment … MIIIISSTTERRRRRR … KENNEDYYYY!!!

Shrugging off the negative response now taking over the arena, Mr. Kennedy scrambles up the ring steps awkwardly and steps through the ropes in his usual gaudy manner, turning, throwing his hand into the air, as his microphone descends into it.

Mr. Kennedy: Ladies and gentlemen, what you see before your very eyes, IS (ascending to the second rung, pointing)-- SPORTS -- ENTERTAINMENT, IS the man who will END THE CAREER OF ONE MATTHEW MOORE HARDY … IS MMMMIIIISSSTERRRRRRRRR KENNEDY!!!!!!

The crowd pours scorn on Double K, as he waits, eyes closed.

Mr. Kennedy: KEN - NA - DAY!!!!!!!

Tossing his mic back into the heavens, Kennedy climbs down from the turnbuckle, as the lights come back up, and the crowd buzzes with anticipation; KK bouncing on his toes, ready for a fight.

**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**

Damn-near beating those of Batista and Rey Mysterio, Phoenix, Arizona blows the roof with a fantastic reaction, as everyone’s favourite superstar Matt Hardy storms out onto the stage, bandaged forehead and all, tearing off his black vest already, a look of fire in his eyes, as he stares down the ramp.

Tony Chimel: And his opponent … from Cameron, North Carolina … weighing in at 230 pounds … MAAATTT HARDYYY!!!!!!!!

As Kennedy follows suit, removing his t-shirt, Hardy takes a deep, deep breath, and SPRINTS DOWN THE RAMP FOR THE RING -- AND KENNEDY MEETS HIM AT THE FOOT!!!

Tazz: Oh, man, HERE WE GO, BABY, IT DON’T LOOK LIKE ANY ONE OF THESE GUYS WANTS TO WAIT ANOTHER SECOND TO GET THEIR HANDS ON ONE ANOTHER!!!!!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Check it out, fellas; my man, Mr. Kennedy, jus like my home city New York, so damn good ya’ gotta say it twice, not backin’ one bit from this fight, that’s why I love him. Put the women and children to bed; THINGS ARE ABOUT TA’ GET UGLY!!!!

Michael Cole: HERE COMES MATT HARDY, WITH VENGEANCE IN HIS EYES, LOOKING TO TAKE OUT THE MAN WHO NEARLY ENDED HIS CAREER A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO!!!!!!!!

As if it wasn’t obvious already, HARDY AND KENNEDY MEET AT THE FOOT OF THE RAMP, JUST BEFORE THE RING, IN A FLURRY OF BLOWS, as the ref calls for the bell!!!

Grudge Match:
Mr. Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy


Two of the World Wrestling Entertainment’s youngest and brightest BEAT THE ABSOLUTE HELL OUT OF EACH OTHER ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE RING, as referee Charles Robinson tries his damndest to get them into the ring, but to NO AVAIL!!! Fuelled by the fires of vengeance ... Matt Hardy BEGINS TO GET THE BETTER OF THE EXCHANGE ... pummeling the undefeated Mr. Kennedy with lefts and rights, until the arrogant loudmouth tries to stagger away ... only for Matt to grab a handful of the platinum blonde hair ... race forward ... and SLAM KK FACE-FIRST INTO THE NEARBY CROWD BARRIER!!!!

Throwing his hands up over his head, Kennedy might just as well ne trying to block out all the crowd noise for all the good it does him ... as Hardy HAMMERS AWAY ON HIS BACK HARD ... before turning and DRIVING HIM AGAINST THE RING APRON TO HUGE CHEERS!!!!

As the “Hardy”chants ring out through the US Airways Arena at a deafening volume, as Charles Robinson struggles to try and get the two warriors inside the ring, but “The Man Who Will Not Die” just ain’t listening, as he drags Kennedy, almost by the mouth, around the ringside area and DRIVES HIM down against the crow barricade for a second time, throwing down an insane barrage of clubbing blows; until Double K, as though trying to escape an onslaught of bullets, breaks away and rolls inside the ring.

Fumbling into the ring like a bumbling idiot, Kennedy is obviously having second thoughts about this evening, trying to stumble back up to his feet ... but from behind ... Matt Hardy slides straight back into the ring ... like an Offensive Tackle ... LAUNCHES HIMSELF ... TACKLING KK RIGHT BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS WITH ANOTHER FLURRY OF RIGHTS & LEFTS!!!!

Completely off his game, Kennedy slithers and writhes like the proverbial snake to escape the clutches of his young rival, rolling back up to his feet, all shook up, clutching the side of his head cluelessly ... UNTIL MATT LEAPS UP ... WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND HIS THROAT ... SLAMMING HIM DOWN TO THE CANVAS WITH A FURIOUS LOOKING REAR NAKED CHOKE ... WRAPPING HIS LEGS RIGHT AROUND HIS TORSO!!!!!

Almost deafened by the “Hardy”cries ringing through the building, a beat-red Kennedy flaps his foot around desperately, almost reminiscent of a fish out of water, managing to graze the bottom rope with his right boot, prompting Charles Robinson to make the “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE”count, before diving down to tear Hardy away, showing extreme leniency, and enabling Mr. Kennedy to escape under the bottom rope.

Shoving the official aside roughly, Hardy immediately steps through the ropes and drops down to the floor, CLUBBING the hapless Kennedy across the back of the head OVER and OVER and OVER AGAIN, preventing the undefeated rookie from escaping back up the ramp. Turning Double K back around, Mattitude immediately tosses the blonde-haired jaw-jacker back under the bottom rope, wiping the hair from his eyes.

As Kennedy stumbles back into the ring, breathing hard, eyes wide and afraid, Hardy rolls back inside, all sound and fury, gritting his teeth as KK falls back in the corner, cowering with his hands over his head. Matt rears back and HAMMERS DOWN with his famous stinging right hands, OVER and OVER and OVER AND OVER AGAIN, almost driving the villain into the mat, as Charles Robinson dives in between them to break it up. Wrapping his arms around Matt’s torso, the referee does his best to drag him away, but Hardy angrily turns, SHOVING Robinson down, before turning back ... KENNEDY REACHES UP QUICKLY, RAKING THE EYES!!!

Boos grip the arena, as Hardy falls away, hands clutching at his damaged eyes, his vision momentarily impaired, with Kennedy, gaining a reprieve for the first time in the contest, shaking his dazed head from side-to-side. Coming out from the corner ... KK SLUGS Matt HARD across the back of his head ... knocking him stumbling down against the ropes, where the platinum blonde egomaniac continues to assault his nemesis with his own right hands this time, snarling like a madman, as Charles Robinson now decides to intervene just like he did earlier, forcing Kennedy back across the ring.

Kennedy throws his hand up in the official’s face ... PIE-FACING him right out of the way to some ironic cheers from the Phoenix crowd!!! Rubbing his hands together gleefully, Double K reaches down once more ... LAYING INTO HARDY WITH SOME TREMENDOUS HAYMAKERS ... knocking him almost through the ropes ... before measuring him up and BOOTING HIM RIGHT IN THE FACE ... sending Matt Hardy tumbling out onto the apron ... hanging onto the ropes. .. keeping himself from tumbling down to the floor. “Not so tough now, huh!?”KK adds insult to injury, delivering a running commentary as he delivers a beating, stepping through the ropes onto the apron, yanking Hardy up by the hair, throwing his arm over his shoulder ... HE LEAPS BACKWARDS ... NAILING A MIC CHECK FROM THE RING APRON RIGHT DOWN TO THE ARENA FLOOR BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Cole is right in his sentiments, as Kennedy, in his rashness, ended up driving not only Matt Hardy down into the hard, cold concrete, but also himself. As the “Holy Shit”chants reverberate around the US Airways Center, Matt lies face-first on the ground, feeling the effects of the Mic Check, while Kennedy lies next to him on his back, staring up into the lights, blinking his eyes and clutching the back of his head in agony. Clambering down from the ring, referee Charles Robinson surveys the damage, not liking it one bit, before giving a rueful shake of his head, throwing his arms into the air and beginning the count:

ONE … TWO … THREE … FOUR … FIVE … SIX …

both men roll over onto their hands and knees…

SEVEN … EIGHT…….

…both men are all the way up…


Working the cricks out of his neck slowly, Mr. Kennedy staggers forwards, grabbing hold of Matt Hardy by the hair and pants, stumbling ahead and rolling him back inside the ring. Pushing himself up onto his hands and knees, Hardy blinks through the haze, trying to crawl across the ring to make it to the far ropes and recover, while Double K painfully rolls back inside in pursuit.

Pulling himself up onto his feet, Kennedy licks his lips with a sadistic smile, sizing up his vulnerable prey, as the banged up Matt Hardy hauls himself up against the ropes, barely able to stand at this point, as KK advances, grabs his shoulder, turns him around and... BAM!! WHAT A RIGHT HAND FROM MATT!!! The crowd EXPLODES as Mr. Kennedy is knocked for a loop, staggering back across the ring, and Matt comes right after him ... SMACKING HIM IN THE SKULL with another right ... and ANOTHER and ANOTHER... forcing the undefeated Green Bay native to flee like a coward into the corner, falling back against the turnbuckle, hands over his head.

Towering over his foe, Hardy RAINS DOWN THE BLOWS, really working over Kennedy like nobody ever has before, drawing an absolute wonderful response from the crowd, bordering on disqualification and forcing Charles Robinson to put his hands all over young Matthew, pulling him away, only to be pushed aside yet again, as Hardy turns back around ... TAKES FLIGHT ... RACES IN ... SHOULDER FIRST ... KENNEDY DIVES OUT OF THE WAY ... MATT SLAMS RIGHT THROUGH INTO THE STEEL RING POST SKULL FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After hitting the steel, Matt Hardy DOES - NOT - MOVE!!! His body, limp and frail, slides through the ropes, tumbling down, hitting the ring apron and then falling down to the floor in a heap. Staggering out from the corner, Kennedy, still clutching his head, takes a quick look over the ropes, seeing Matt as he rolls over onto his back, and hears the groans of the Arizonan audience, as we are ‘treated’ to the horrific sight of Hardy RE-OPENED BLOODILYALL OVER HIS SKULL, FACE AND BARE CHEST!!!!!!!!!

Sensing his opportunity, Mr. Kennedy quickly steps through the ropes, drops down to the floor, reaches down, grabs hold of the virtually unconscious Matthew, yanks him back up to his feet ... and HAMMERS AWAY AT THE OPEN WOUND VICIOUSLY!!!! The boos of the crowd are relentless, as KK shows his vicious, his dark side, staining his knuckles with scarlet, before lifting the dead weight human being into the air and rolling him back under the bottom rope, before clambering back in after him.

Charles Robinson drops down to his knees immediately, getting right in Matt Hardy’s face: “Matt, can you hear me, Matt!? Matt!?”But all poor ol’ Charles gets for his troubles is to be gripped from behind by a snarling Mr. Kennedy, tosses down to the canvas, as KK drops down to his haunches, grabbing hold of Hardy’s limp head, putting it across his knee, raising his elbow into the air ... and DRIVING THE POINT OF HIS ELBOW DOWN INTO THE OPEN WOUND OF MATT HARDY OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN ... AS THE BOOS RING OUT THROUGH THE ARENA!!!!!!!!

Back comes Charles Robinson, plucky as ever, grabbing hold of Double K’s arms and dragging him away, yelling at him to “KNOCK IT OFF!!!”as he goes back down to check on poor Matt. Looking deep into the former tag team champion’s eyes, Robinson tries hard to make a decision... KENNEDY KICKS MATT RIGHT IN THE HEAD FROM BEHIND!!!!

That’s it, as far as Charles Robinson is concerned, and he throws Mr. Kennedy out of the way, takes one more look at the motionless Matt Hardy, turns around, leans over the ropes ... AND CALLS FOR THE BELL ... ENDING THIS MATCH!!!!!

WINNER: VIA REFEREE STOPPAGE - MR. KENNEDY @ 8:09.

Heat absolutely engulfs the arena for the quick, sudden finish, but what else was to be done really, as Matt Hardy lies, writhing in agony, clutching his face, in a pool of his own blood, being doted on by the official, as a smirking, sneering Mr. Kennedy throws his arms into the air.

Michael Cole: Wow, well as abruptly as this match started, it’s ended, and I think Charles Robinson did the right thing here, after that -- that heinous attack from Mr. Kennedy!!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Grow up, Michael, grow up!! It’s called “wrestling”, and in case you were wonderin’, it’s a contact sport, and unfortunately for Matt Hardy he got just a little bit too much contact tonight for his own good.

Tazz: I gotta agree with Michael, Bradshaw; Matt looks like he’s in a bad way right now after hittin’ that steel post head first. He’s opened that same cut up again and, oh man, he looks bad, guys.

More referees rush down to the ring to check on Matt, as Kennedy arrogantly takes a step back, leans against the ropes, and gazes on to a plethora of raucous boos.

As Hardy sits back against the ropes, the blood gushing from his head, the various doctors etc., as the brave young man tries, blindly, to push past them to get at Kennedy, his great rival, who smiles away.

Arrogantly, Kennedy steps through the ropes, still wringing his hands of the blood and makes his way back up the ramp. At the top, he turns, fixing his mocking eyes on the ring, where the medics continue to work on the bloody yet passionate individual before them.

...

Backstage, inside of his locker room, United States Champion Rey Mysterio talks strategy with his familia Chavo Guerrero, ahead of the biggest match of his life, his first ever PPV shot at a World Title.

...

Backstage, Finlay angrily finishes applying an ice pack to his eye, scowling straight ahead … as Booker T storms in, looking equally pissed, causing the Irishman to brace.

Booker T: Y’know somethin’, Finlay? I ain’t even gonna get on yo’ case ‘bout ‘dat crap ya’ll just pulled out ‘dere, man.

Finlay scoffs, standing up.

Finlay: Crap that I pulled?

Finlay grabs his shillelagh.

Booker T: We had ‘n’ agreement, dawg. One of us was gonna be gettin’ ‘dat title shot tonight … but ya got selfish, man.

Finlay: Booker … Booker, I think I’ve put up with all the rubbish from you I can handle these past couple o’ weeks. That’s a load o’ crap and you know it. You blindsided me first … or did ye forget that?

Booker T: Look, whatever, man. None o’ us are gettin’ ‘dat title shot, are we, so what does it matter? What matters is ‘dat that punk ass little Mexican, Rey Mysterio don’t win a damn thing, ya dig?

Finlay raises an eyebrow.

Booker T: He’s embarrassed both o’ us ta’night, Finlay, an’ I dunno ‘bout you, but Booka’ T don’ take too well to ‘dat. Now can you dig that?

The Irishman slowly shows Booker a gap-toothed smile, as the camera fades out…



Back into the arena…

**LONDON CALLING**

In their usual ‘blink or you’ll miss it’ entrance, The Hooligans, Paul London and Brian Kendrick, race down to the ring to a good ovation from Phoenix.

Michael Cole: How exciting are these two young men? I feel like I have to take a deep breath before each of their matches just to prepare myself. They came so close to winning the tag team titles at WrestleMania, but here, tonight, they have the opportunity to earn themselves another shot at The Bluebloods.

John Bradshaw Layfield: They haven’t had a good couple of months since WrestleMania either, Michael. They have been beaten down and laid out on countless occasions by the champions, and now they find themselves right back where they started - tryin’ ta earn another title opportunity. Some might call it honourable ... I call it just plain stupidity. If ya want somethin’ Tazz ... you know what ya do - ya take it.

The exciting tandem perform their usual backflips off the turnbuckles, before removing one another’s masks. The former stars of the Cruiserweight division pump their fists, trying to get the crowd behind them.

Tazz: Gotta agree with JBL on this one. I think that if London and Kendrick had gone to Shane or Stephanie, they would’ve got their tag team title shot fair and square.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Not that I think they would win, Tazz. William Regal and Paul Burchill are the finest tag team I’ve seen since ... well ... the APA. Nothin’ fancy, nothing pretty ... Regal and Burchill just enjoy beatin’ people up.

Michael Cole: I’m sure they do, John, but that doesn’t change the fact that at WrestleMania, when they won the titles, the only reason they beat London and Kendrick was thanks to a shot with one of the damn title belts!!! I, for one, think that these young kids have the Englishmen’s number ... that’s why Regal and Burchill have been ducking them for two months. They’re scared.

**PAPARAZZI**

MNM, to a very mixed reaction, make their way on to the stage. The paparazzi and red carpets are there, but only Melina seems interested in posing for them. Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury just march down the ramp.

Michael Cole: Here comes a team who have changed a lot since losing the tag team titles at WrestleMania ... and changed for the better. MNM seem much more focused on proving themselves than ever before, instead of just swanning around in limos and night clubs.

John Bradshaw Layfield: When you’ve got it, flaunt it, that’s what I always say. Problem is, Mercury and Nitro aare still a couple of wet behind the ear pretty boys, just like their partners here tonight. That;s why they can’t beat each other in tag team competition. Pathetic.

Tazz: I like it.

MNM enter the ring and meet The Hooligans in the middle. After a rather awkward handshake, the four men begin to talk strategy.



… THE ENGLISHMEN MAKE ‘EM WAIT …



**BORN NAUGHTY**


The WWE Tag Team Champions William Regal and Paul Burchill, otherwise known as The Bluebloods, saunter on to the stage, dressed in their robes, with their title belts around their waists. The Basham Brothers slowly appear behind them also.

Michael Cole: They’re arrogant, they’re conceited, they’re pompous ... but, ladies and gentlemen, they are very, very good. William Regal and Paul Burchill have already defended their titles successfully against the likes of Rey Mysterio and Jamie Noble, and, back in their home country England, the former champions MNM.

John Bradshaw Layfield: They picked the right team to back ‘em up too. Doug and Danny aren’t gonna cause you any problems. They will do what they’re told and follow orders, because that’s what they are paid to do. They don’t even need an entrance!!!! How great are they?? I taught ‘em well.

At the foot of the ramp, Regal slowly holds his hand up, stopping everyone around him, not wishing to enter the ring until their opponents back away from the ropes. Referee Mickey Henson forces MNM and The Hooligans back, and the smiling Bluebloods make their way up the steel ring steps smartly, waving to the crowd.

Michael Cole: Boy, Regal and Burchill certainly know how to endear themselves to the fans, don’t they? I bet all of our fans watching on Sky Box Office in the U.K are shaking their heads with embarrassment at their fellow countrymen right now.

Tazz: I don’t see why. Regal- Regal’s just a smart cat, Cole. The English are pretty bright after all, you know that right?

Michael Cole: Be that as it may, you can’t mistake being obnoxious for being intelligent. Or being a coward for being a genius. The time for all that is over now though. Like it or not, Regal and Burchill are going to have to face their four enemies right now, or face the consequences.

Regal and Burchill remove their robes, fold them, and hand them to the timekeeper. They then unstrap the belts from around their waists, smiling at their opponents.

Friends Or Foes?;
Eight-Man Tag Team Match| One Fall to a Finish:
WWE Tag Team Chmps. The Bluebloods & The Basham Brothers
vs. The Hooligans & MNM

As the dust settles, it the veteran William Regal, one half of the current WWE Tag Team Champions The Bluebloods, and the youngster Joey Mercury, one half of the former tag team champions MNM, who start things out. The Englishman though, shows no desire to leave the safety of his own corner, as Mercury waits, frustrated, with his hands on his hips in the middle of the ring. As soon as The A Lister makes one step towards him, Regal immediately gets in the ropes, forcing referee Mickey Henson to block Mercury’s path. Smiling, Regal steps out on to the apron and gives the Arizonan fans a nauseating little wave, which results in another explosion of heat. Burchill applauds his partner from the apron and yells at the crowd to “Shut Up!” Regal tentatively returns to the ring ... only to scurry back into the ropes as soon as Mercury so much as looks at him. More boos, as well as an unkind “Pussy” chant starts up, which Regal attempts to hush with a civilised finger to his lips. As he does this, Regal is standing in the corner away from his team, and has his back to the ring ... AND MERCURY DROPKICKS HIM FROM BEHIND!!! Cheers ring out, as Regal finally gets into the action, albeit involuntarily, stumbling into the turnbuckle and being grabbed forcibly by the young Californian. Mercury drags the Blackpool native over to his team’s corner ... and all four members of The Hooligans and MNM begin to hammer away on William Regal!!!

Everyone in the arena loves the sight of Regal beaten to his backside in the corner, hands over his head, covering up for dear life. Mercury tags in his usual partner Johnny Nitro, who follows his lead, teeing off on the man who took his tag team title from him at WrestleMania with a couple of hard forearm shots, before bringing in Paul London. Getting a nice pop from the crowd, the first member of The Hooligans to enter the match stomps away on his British foe, as well as slapping across the chest with a few well aimed chops. Brian Kendrick is the next man to be tagged in, getting himself a piece if the despised former European Champion with an excited, furious flurry of right hands. Regal tries to escape across the ring to make the much needed tag, but Spanky blocks his path, and forces him back into the corner, leaving Burchill and The Basham Brother’s with their hands agonizingly outstretched. Kendrick tags in Mercury once more, continuing the frequent tags, and Joey kicks away at the mid section of the Englishmen, who makes another bid for freedom, which is quickly shut down. Burchill tells the referee, “Get ‘em off ‘im!” But there is nothing Mickey Henson can do, as Mercury stomps away on the champion. He tries to crawl through the legs of Mercury, but Mercury smartly grabs his foot, reaches up, and tags in Johnny Nitro, who delivers a hard stomp across the back of Regal’s head.

With Regal right where he wants him, Nitro knocks him back into the corner with a few stiff kicks, before slugging him in the mouth with some right hands too. He nods to London, tagging the former Cruiserweight Champion back into the match. London has some fun with their opponents across the ring, taunting them, as Nitro sets Regal up in the corner. Once Nitro leaves, London connects with a running boot in the corner to the woozy Englishman, before turning to wave to his fellow countryman, Burchill. Falling to the mat, Regal makes a quick attempt to sneak past London, but the youngster quickly grabs him, and tags in Joey Mercury. After dropping the elbow on to Regal, a fired up Mercury rushes across the ring and nails both Basham Brothers with right hands, knocking them off the apron!!! Burchill looks pissed off, but quickly gets out of harm’s way. Boos greet The Ripper’s cowardice, as he stands against the guardrail with his hands on his hips, scowling and arguing with nearby members of the audience. Meanwhile, Mercury brings Regal back to his team’s corner and tags in Paul London, who delivers a beautiful dropkick to the Briton’s chest. Regal slumps down, gasping for air, and a cocky London tags an eager Nitro back in. Regal finally gets a break, as he quickly rolls to the outside to avoid any further punishment … only for Nitro to come at him WITH A PLANCHA … BUT REGAL MOVES ... AND NITRO LANDS ON HIS FEET ATHLETICALLY, jarring his knee, allowing Regal to connect with a left hand, and then quickly whip him into the security wall!!! As Nitro lies in a heap, Mercury leaps off the apron, taking Regal back down. Paul London rushes into the ring, quickly knocking the incoming Paul Burchill down with a clothesline. The Ripper hits the deck and bounces back up to his feet dazedly. London throws a back kick, only for Burchill to boot the leg away, grab the former Cruiserweight Champion … BURCHILL DELIVERS A THROWAWAY BELLY TO BELLY!!! London is launched into the air like a rag doll, and crashes onto the mat like a crash test dummy!!! Grinning viciously, the ruthless Ripper lifts London back up and goes for the Irish whip, but London reverses it, sending Burchill in to the corner. London races in after him, but Burchill rolls out of the way, out to the apron, grabbing hold of Paul’s head and snapping his head across the top rope!!! As London staggers backwards clutching his face, Burchill leaps back up to the apron and ... Mercury quickly sweeps his feet away from him, causing the young Englishman to bounce of the ring frame face first. The Ripper staggers, clutching his mouth, and Mercury smartly gets out of dodge ... as London hits the ropes, sprinting across the ring ... LAUNCHING HIMSELF THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A TOPE SUICIDA ... NAILING BURCHILL!!!!!!

As the crowd goes wild with a small “London” chant, Danny Basham races around to assist with the brawl, slugging it out with Johnny Nitro as The A-Lister re-enters the fray. Brian Kendrick steps inside the ring, mimicking his partners by racing across, hitting the ropes ... FLYING ON TO DANNY WITH AN AMAZING SOMERSAULT PLANCHA!!!!! A smattering of “Holy Shit” chants ring out, as Kendrick lies in a heap on top of Basham. Joey Mercury meanwhile, quickly enters the ring again, looking to cut off Doug Basham … but Burchill races up from behind, clubbing him across the back. Taking the Hollywood regular by his long hair, the Englishman launches him over the top rope ... but Mercury lands on the apron. As The Ripper spins, Mercury knocks him on his back with a hard forearm, before slingshotting himself up and over the ropes with a body press right on to him
, 1...Kick out before two. Burchill rolls to the floor, and Mercury goes after the closest man again, Doug Basham, only for Danny to re-enter the fray, attacking him from behind. Pressing Mercury in to the ropes, Danny goes for the Irish whip, but Joey reverses it ... NITRO WIPES HIM OUT WITH A SPRINGBOARD ENZIGUIRI!!!


The crowd pops for the unbelievable athleticism of Nitro, which cam out of nowhere, sending Danny Basham rolling away. Nitro tries to go out after him, but back in comes the actual legal man William Regal, slugging the pretty boy with a stiff left, before going for the Irish whip. Nitro swings under it though, scooping Regal up ... CONNECTING WITH THE BACKBREAKER!!!Nitro takes control of Regal again, reasserting themselves as the legal men. Johnny brushes the hair out of his face and drags the champion up, keeping him in place with a kick to the gut, then hooks him in a front facelock, throwing him up in the air for a suplex … and holds Regal up their, allowing the blood to flow to his brain, all the while showing off his impressive power, keeping him in position in the air ... NAILING THE DELAYED VERTICAL!!! After soaking up the applause of the crowd, Nitro quickly tags in Kendrick. Spanky works over the rugged Englishman with a few boots, until Regal begs him off, holding up his hands, pleading with the youngster. Phoenix boos and Spanky grins ... AND REGAL TRIES A CHEAP SHOT ... BUT KENDRICK SLAPS HIM UPSIDE THE HEAD!!! The crowd cheers, as Kendrick delivers a second slap to the champion, followed by a step up enziguiri for good measure. He sends Regal into the corner and races in, only for the wily veteran to elevate him up and over on to the apron. Spanky blocks Regal’s swipe, knocking him away, and scurrying up to the top rope, waiting for the Englishman to turn around ... MISSILE DROPKICK TO REGAL!!! Mercury hit’s the mat, with Kendrick diving in for a quick cover, 1...2...Kick Out. Once more Bill attempts some trickery, holding his hands up, down on his knees, begging for mercy, causing Brian to falter somewhat … and Regal quickly grabs the front of his trunks, throwing him through the ropes. Regal laughs, but Spanky only lands on the apron, and pulls Regal down by the hair, before going for a springboard … BUT DOUG BASHAM THROWS HIM IN TO THE GUARDRAIL!!!!!

Before the crowd can even react, Danny Basham quickly slams Kendrick into the guardrail on the outside a second time, tossing him back into the ring. Regal brings in Burchill, who dominates Spanky, stomping away on the smaller man and sending him in to the ropes ... TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER!!! Spanky is folded like the proverbial accordion, as The Ripper arrogantly places his foot over his chest for a half arsed cover, 1...2...Kick Out. Laughing at the boos of the crowd, Burchill pulls Kendrick back up in the front facelock to prevent him making a tag, and brings Danny Basham back in to the match. Failing to get anywhere near the kind of reaction achieved by his two English partners, Danny sticks to the fighting. He puts the boot to Kendrick in the corner, before shooting him across the ring and connecting with a splash against the buckle. As Spanky flops out of the corner down to the canvas, Basham, thankfully, tags Burchill back in, letting the Englishman make another lax cover, 1...2...Kick Out.


Burchill tags in his mentor and partner, Regal, and steps out to the apron. Regal hangs Kendrick neck first over the top rope, lifting his legs up in the wheelbarrow position, as Burchill snaps his head down off the ropes, REGAL CONNECTS WITH THE WHEELBARROW SUPLEX!!! Regal makes a cover, 1...2...Nitro makes sure of a kick out by pushing Regal off. Referee Mickey Henson quickly gets Nitro out of the ring, as Regal glares at him. The English veteran takes Spanky in to the nearby corner and proceeds to tee off on him with some stiff, nasty looking left hands from the southpaw. Kendrick’s team protest from their corner, and Regal halts momentarily to argue with them, allowing Spanky mount s small comeback, firing away at the champion with a flurry of punches ... but Regal simply slides his knee into the smaller man’s abdomen, grabs him by the throat, and tags in Paul Burchill once more.The Bluebloods send Spanky off the ropes, running right through him with double European Uppercuts!!! Regal leaves the ring, and Burchill makes the cover, 1...2...Kick Out. Lifting little Kendrick up, Burchill sticks his head between his legs, lifting him up as though going for a powerbomb, but throws him over his back instead, bending him in half WITH THE GORY SPECIAL!!! The crowd howls and gasps and “oh’s” at the painful sight, as Regal applauds his young protégé from ringside (he obviously taught it to him). Looking to do even more damage, The Ripper goes down on to his knees to the mat, transitioning it into an almost bridging variation of a Dragon Sleeper, damn near making Kendrick’s feet touch his own head!!!!! Mercury breaks it up.

Burchill gets quite a bit of applause, but he shrugs it off, dragging a limp Kendrick back to his feet and reluctantly tagging in a keen Doug Basham. The former member of JBL’s Cabinet comes off the ropes and connects with a knee drop across the face of Spanky. The crowd doesn’t seem impressed by the Bashams at all, as Danny chops away at Kendrick in the corner, trying the get them to care about him. He fails. Pulling Kendrick over, Danny tags Regal back in to the fray, holding him up so that the veteran can get in a free shot first. The Englishman quickly applies a modified Camel Clutch to the downed Kendrick, before reaching up and tagging in Danny Basham, who stomps on Kendrick’s exposed face, before the ref gets William out. Danny taunts Kendrick in the corner … until Spanky suddenly starts to fight out, knocking Danny down, and knocking the WWE Tag Team Champions off the apron, but Doug cuts him off before he can make a tag.Burchill tags himself back into the match, ‘waving’ to his opponents, and toying with Spanky, holding up his hand agonizingly to his partners, before going to work on Kendrick again. After dumping him on the back of his head with a belly to back suplex and stepping over the kid, Burchill rolls him over, digging both knees into the small of Spanky’s back; The Ripper wraps his forearms around the kid’s chin, and rolls backward, sending Kendrick skyward, yanking back on his neck in almost a modified Mexican surfboard!!! Howls of dismay ring out through the US Airways Center, as Burchill unleashes yet another excrutiating submission, contorting Kendrick like a rubber band. So wrapped up is he in the hold, Burchill doesn’t notice that his own shoulders are down on the canvas. Mickey Henson does, 1...2...Burchill laughs and breaks the hold, pointing to his head. He throws the lifeless Kendrick down to the mat. Burchill tags in Danny Basham. The former tag team champion lifts Kendrick up for a belly-to-back suplex … but somehow Spanky lands on his feet, dives, and tags the hands of BOTH London and Mercury!!!!!

Both men rush into the ring, just as Danny makes the tag to The Bluebloods. London and Nitro charge, ducking beneath the oncoming clotheslines of Regal and Burchill, and knocking Doug Basham crashing off the apron. They knock both Bluebloods down too with a few clotheslines, before grabbing Danny Basham … DOUG CHARGES ... BUT THEY MOVE ... HE CRUSHES DANNY BY MISTAKE, and Johnny Nitro clotheslines him right out of the ring!!! Regal and Burchill rush back in, hurling Mercury and London back outside to the floor, as Burchill applies the rear waistlock and goes for a German Suplex on Nitro … PELE KICK OUT OF NOWHERE!!! Burchill, dazed, remains on his feet, as Nitro quickly ducks a right-hand from Regal, going for an Irish whip, but the veteran reverses it … BIG BOOT FROM BURCHILL ... IN TO A DRAGON SUPLEX FROM REGAL ... DUMPING HIM RIGHT ON TOP OF HIS HEAD!!!!!

This time it’s Nitro’s turn to be folded like an accordion. Mercury quickly reaches through the ropes and drags Regal back to the outside with Burchill, as both Basham Brothers re-enter the ring … WITH A TABLE!!! The ref tries to get them out, but the former co-Secretaries of Defence seem to be desperate to impress the crowd, and this gesture appears to be working. They set their sights on poor Brian Kendrick, lifting him up looking to put him through the wood … but he blocks it, only for Doug to lift him up ... BALL N GAG FROM THE BASHAMS!!!!! London and Mercury are next to be attacked by The Bashams, as they look to take someone out of this contest for good through the table. They climb up on to the erected piece of hardware with Mercury, setting him up for a possible double team powerbomb ... DROPKICK FROM LONDON!!! London knocks Danny from the ring, and Mercury lifts Doug … NITRO SPRINGBOARDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE … THE SNAPSHOT THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!!!

The “Holy Shit” chants ring out loud and clear at the sight and sound of the splintering wood. Doug is definitely finished in this one, but Burchill hurries back inside, and walks right into Mercury ... DOUBLE-ARM DDT ... followed by a STANDING SHOOTING STAR PRESS FROM NITRO ... AND THEN ONE FROM LONDON!!! It could be over, as London crawls into a cover, hooking the leg…


……1……

……………2……………
………
… BURCHILL JUST KICKS OUT …
!!!!!

Burchill rolls away after kicking out, but Danny Basham quickly rushes back in, looking to take the A-Lister’s head off with a Big Boot … DROPSAULT FROM LONDON!!! JBL’s former employee goes crashing back through the ropes followed by London, as both Mercury and Nitro turn to see the last remaining opponent in the ring … poor William Regal.As MNM zone in on the terrified Regal, the glamorous tandem cheered on for the first time really by the crowd, the Englishman panics … reaches through the ropes … and GRABS MELINA ... DRAGGING IN TO THE RING AS A HUMAN SHIELD!!!!!

The crowd boos the crap out of Regal, as he holds Melina by the hair, yelling at MNM to “Get back or else!” Nitro and Mercury though, waste little time, as they grab Melina, dragging the poor woman away from the brutal Brit and to safety, before advancing on the champion. Grinning, the former WWE Tag Team Champions each grab hold of one of the men who took the belts from them at WrestleMania, looking to finally get some payback … BUT MELINA LOW BLOWS BOTH MERCURY AND NITRO FROM BEHIND!!!!!

MELINA HAS BETRAYED MNM!!!!!

What the hell??? Understandably, the crowd is in shock. Both Nitro and Mercury crumple down to the canvas in pain, clutching their nether regions, as a smirking, treacherous Melina poses arrogantly, blowing ‘her men’ a little kiss, before exiting. A joyous William Regal screams at the re-entering Burchill and Danny Basham to get both members of MNM up, which they do, and the Blackpool native charges … KNEE TREMBLER TO MERCURY … AND ONE FOR NITRO!!!!!

MNM are both unconscious at this point, with neither of The Hooligans in a position to help on the outside, but Burchill isn’t done. Grinning at his mentor, The Ripper tells Regal to “Watch this.” He positions Nitro on top of Mercury, dragging up both men’s faces … CURB STOMPING THE TWO SKULLS INTO THE CANVAS!!!!! Both he and Regal cover the two A-Listers, giving the official little choice but to count both men


………1………
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………………2………………

……3……
!!!!!

WINNERS: THE BLUEBLOODS @ 15:54

The crowd is somewhat stunned, as Melina poses in the ring with The Bluebloods and The Basham Brothers, talking some serious trash down to the unconscious faces of her former teammates (and boyfriend), mentioning something about “…pathetic…”, before the villainous quintet quickly leave before The Hooligans recover.

Michael Cole: W- W- W- WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?? Melina just turned on Mercury and Nitro and cost them this match!!! What on earth is going on here?? What is Melina thinking?? Has she lost her mind??

John Bradshaw Layfield: She just ... nailed her two boys right where you don’t wanna go. I have absolutely no idea what is goin’ on here, Michael. I thought MNM were tight.

Tazz: So- So did I, JBL. Something ain’t right about this at all.

Michael Cole: Shocking events indeed, but the end result, unfortunately, is a rather simple one. The Basham’s didn’t get the fall, London and Kendrick didn’t get the fall, and MNM certainly didn’t get it either. The Bluebloods did!!! These ... these ... IDIOTS now get to pick their own challengers!!! Give me a break.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Not only that but they don’t have ta defend those belts for another thirty days. Say what you will about the English ... and I’ve said my share ... but William Regal is as smart a competitor as they come.

As London and Kendrick check on their fallen partners in the ring, Melina stops half way up the ramp, in between both Regal and Burchill, sensuously wrapping her arm around their waists and blowing the men in the ring a little kiss.

Michael Cole: Oh, oh, even though none of us fully understand what’s just occurred here, you have to believe that jezebel is going to get what’s coming to her one of these days. And I for one hope it’s sooner rather than later.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Just goes to show, boys ... never trust a woman ... especially an intelligent one ... and ESPECIALLY a smokin’ hot intelligent one like Melina!!!

Tazz: Amen to that, brother.



**VIDEO PACKAGE**
LEGEND MAKING WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - X - THE RISE OF THE HITMAN; BRET ‘THE HITMAN’ HART OVERCOMES THE 600LB TOKOZUNA TO CAPTURE HIS SECOND WWF CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE MAIN EVENT.

*Banner Credit; Bradley*
The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - APRIL 1ST 2007 – THE SHOWDOWN IN MOTOWN, IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN.

***



Backstage, microphone in hand, Steve Romero stands by with the former Cruiserweight Champion ‘The Notorious K.I.D’ Kid Kash.

Steve Romero: Ladies and gentlemen, joining me at this time is the man who will be challenging Jamie Noble later on tonight for the Cruiserweight Championship, Kid Kash. Mr, Kash, how do you feel about facing off tonight against–

Kid Kash: Against Jamie Noble? Kinda’ feel the same way I did when I beat that boy back at No Way Out… or before I was ROBBED at WrestleMania … I feel pretty darn good, sweetheart, for the simple reason that while ya’ll are runnin’ ya’ mouths ‘bout how good that little… poodle has been this year, THIS … is the meanest dog in the yard, and he knows what’s a-comin’.

KK strokes his beautiful ‘tache thoughtfully.

Kid Kash: Sure, sure, ol’ Jamie got a lucky win over me at WrestleMania. That’s real good, Jamie; how ‘bout ya’ll frame that one; somethin’ for the grandkids, righ’? That’s assumin’ ya’ sister is still up for havin’ kids; I mean, that is the way ya’ll roll in West Virginia right, boy?

Gasps from the crowd.

Kid Kash: You better, ‘cause it ain’t gonna be happenin’ again. No, sir. Ain’t no doubt about it, ta’night, in the most anticipated rematch of the century, ya’ll are gonna be lookin’ at a pretty familiar sight: remember when I left ya lyin’ in pool o’ your own blood, Jamie?

Romero frowns.

Kid Kash: Remember when I was standin’ over ya with my hand raised? Actually, no, you probably don’t … but watch the tape anyway … ‘cause it’s take two tonight.

Kash struts off with a leer, as Romero looks on.



Back into the arena…

**BAWITDABA**

The Notorious K.I.D’ Kid Kash struts confidently onto the stage, holding his arms in the air confidently ahead of his rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship.

Michael Cole: Tonight, without a shadow of a doubt, Kid Kash has to prove the doubters wrong. His loss to Jamie Noble at WrestleMania has many people calling him a one hit wonder, and that he couldn’t do it on the big stage. Tonight, after two months worth of mind games, can he prove those naysayers wrong??

John Bradshaw Layfield: “Couldn’t do it on the-??” What the hell is wrong with you, Michael?? The man put on a 5-star classic, Match of the Year contender at the greatest show of all time ... and you’re gonna criticise him for that?? Gimme a break.

Kash somersaults into the ring, taunting the fans, twirling his ‘stache, as he awaits Noble.

**A COUNTRY BOY CAN SURVIVE**

Walking out from the back draped in the flag of the confederacy, Jamie Noble gets plenty of cheers from this Hickville crowd, as he prepares to defend his Cruiserweight Title for the very first time.

Michael Cole: What a year it has been for this man, ladies and gentlemen. Jamie Noble has to be right up there with Rey Mysterio as Smackdown’s MVP for 2006 so far. Returning in January with a mission, coming so close to capturing the Cruiserweight Title at No Way Out, and then, finally, after months of crap from Kid Kash, finally achieving his dream on the grandest stage of them all.

Tazz: Can’t disagree, Cole.

Michael Cole: I’m sure John will find something.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Not at all. I think Jamie Noble is great competitor. He is one rough, touch redneck who just likes beatin’ people up. Kinda reminds me of me ... if I was the size of a leprechaun ... and bowlin’ shoe ugly.

Michael Cole: You almost made it, JBL.

Noble reaches the ring, kissing the title, before handing it over to Mike Hayes, as Kid Kash casually leans over the ropes to get a better look at an attractive female fan.

Cruiserweight Championship Match:
No Championship Advantage:
Jamie Noble vs. Kid Kash


Just like at WrestleMania, the unbridled hatred that Jamie Noble has for Kid Kash takes second place to his love of competition, as he paces around the ring, stretching on the ropes etc., while the challenger does much the same thing, just in a much more arrogant fashion. As they come together in the centre of the ring with the collar and elbow tie up, Noble easily overpowers the much slighter Kash, driving him back into the corner, where The Notorious K.I.D quickly takes shelter in the ropes, cowering with his hands over his head. Referee Chris Hayes immediately gets in between the two men, forcing Noble to back off, which, surprisingly, he does. The Cruiserweight Champion of the World backs away from his arch-nemesis with his hands up, allowing the man all the time in the world. Not looking perturbed at all by this (or maybe trying a bit too hard to make it seem that way), Kid Kash quickly jumps back up, and the circling begins once more.

They come together once more with another collar and elbow, but this time Kash quickly swings behind, applying the rear waistlock, taking Noble down onto the canvas. Noble hurriedly spins out of it, reversing behind Kash and grabbing his arm in the hammerlock position, still on the deck, but the whily ECW alumni quickly grabs hold of the bottom rope. Another clean, fair, sporting break from the champion, who gives Kash his space. KK looks slightly apprehensive as he re-enters the ring, turning to say to a particularly vocal fan at ringside, “You like that? Huh?” He and Noble come together again, this time with The Pit-bull applying the rear waistlock. Kash tries to get out of it, but Noble has his hands clasped tight, and, despite all his flailing, Kid can’t budge him. They go down to the mat together, where KK has even more trouble trying to get rid of the tenacious champion, forcing him to scramble into the ropes once more. Noble maintains the hold for a few seconds, until Kash yells, “Get ‘im off!”, and the referee pulls Noble away.

The first real signs of contempt between the two men, as it takes the ref a little longer to pull Noble off, but the defending champion eventually yields to the demand. Angrily adjusting his trunks, the moustachioed Kid Kash stomps back up to his feet, bringing the two men together once more with a third lock up. Noble quickly snatches in a side headlock, causing KK to growl loudly through the arena, and back the champion into the ropes, sending him across the ring into the ropes. Noble shoots back and knocks Kash right back down with a hard shoulder tackle, before hitting the ropes again, forcing KK to spring over him with a leap frog, before taking Noble over with a quick arm drag, followed by another rapid one, looking for the armbar, but Noble quickly counters with a headscissors, which Kash immediately handsprings his way out of, only for Noble to grab him in the side headlock once more ... but this time it’s Kid Kash applying the head scissors. Although he tries to hold Noble’s head between his legs, Kash is unable to do so, and The Pit-bull slowly lifts his head free, looking his challenger directly in the eyes. Seeing the rage there, the cowardly Kash quickly holds up his hands, “Woah, woah, woah, woah, c’mon, man, we’re- we’re friends.” Noble thinks otherwise though ... AS HE LUNGES WITH A BIG CHOP ... which Kash quickly rolls away from.

Kash runs away from the hold, getting some laughs from the crowd, as he hides in the ropes, reminding Noble, “You can’t get DQ’ed, man.” Charles Robinson backs the frustrated champion up, and the challenger tentatively tiptoes out from the safety of the ropes. After another lock up, Noble forces Kash into the corner and winds up another chop, but the challenger, seeing it coming, smartly gets their first, grabbing Noble, turning the tables, and forcing him into the corner. Taking Jamie’s arm, he goes for the Irish whip, only for the West Virginian to reverse it, sending Kash running into the corner, which he somersaults beautifully out of, sailing over the oncoming Noble’s head, and commando rolling across the ring, before springing off the turnbuckle … BUT GETS CAUGHT IN POSITION FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX … but manages to turn it into an armdrag. Kash leaps up excitedly, but Noble trips him, stepping over, applying a pinning combination, 1...2...Kick Out. A startled Kash stumbles back up, but gets taken right back down with a drop toe hold, with Noble getting him with another unique pinning combination, 1...2...Kick Out. Again Kid Kash bumbles back up, and gets put right back down with a big jumping leg lariat from the champion. KK hits the deck and rolls over, as Noble waits, poised, for the champion to rise once more, which he eventually does ... NOBLE THROWS ANOTHER CHOP ... but Kash drops straight down to the canvas to avoid the blow, rolling through his attacker’s legs, under the bottom rope, and to the outside.

Boos fill the arena, as K.I.D catches his breath on the outside, wanting no part of the hard hitting Cruiserweight Champion at this point. Referee Haye beins his count as the challenger struts around arrogantly ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Kash gets right in the face of the annoying Michael Cole for degrading his actions, even punking the commentator out with a feigned chop of his own ... 4 ... 5 ... Noble finally starts to lose his cool, rolling out of the ring, and begins chasing the former Cruiserweight Champion around ringside ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... Kash slides back inside and immediately hits the ropes, leap frogging over the oncoming Noble, and goes for a cross body block … BUT NOBLE CATCHES HIM … HURLING HIM OVERHEAD WITH A FALLAWAY SLAM!! Once again, he doesn’t go for the cover, instead winding his arm back as a hurt Kash staggers back up ... THROWING ANOTHER CHOP … sending KK high-tailing under the bottom rope a second time. As more boos greet the cowardly (or smart) actions of the challenger, Kash goes for a nice little, refreshing jog around ringside. The official tells him to stop dicking around, so KK hops back up to the apron. One young fan at ringside has the nerve to tell Kid Kash to get in the ring, to which the former Cruiserweight Champion responds, “Hey, you’re free ta leave whenever ya want, asshole.”

Stepping through the ropes, Kash marches up to the cold, waiting champion ... and extends his hand. The crowd doesn’t like this one bit, and Noble stands, hands on hips, staring at Kash and his outstretched hand as if to say, “Are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me?” The Notorious K.I.D though, professes his sincerity, holding his finger to his lips to the crowd, telling them, “Shut Up!” With a wry shake of his head, Noble moves forward to accept the handshake ... AND KASH SLAPS HIM ACROSS THE FACE!!!

“Ooh’s” and “ahs” and boos ring out, as KK laughs in Noble’s face, pointing his chin, begging him to get himself DQ’ed. Holding his arms out wide, Kash twirls arrogantly on the spot, as Noble slowly touches his cheek ... and turns around. Kash quickly sees the look in his opponent’s eyes ... and swallows ... hard. Jamie charges, catching Kash before he can run away in a rear waistlock, lifting him up as though going for a suplex, but Kid does a flip and lands on his feet, whilst Noble spins around ... KASH SLAPS HIM FOR FOR A SECOND TIME!!! Kash sticks a knee in his gut as well before the champion can respond and sends him into the corner, racing in with a stiff chop of his own right across Noble’s bare chest. He takes Noble into the ropes, going for the whip, which Noble reverses. Kash hangs onto the top rope, quickly back dropping the oncoming Noble onto the apron. He whirls around, only for Jamie to nails him with a hard forearm to the face, knocking him away, and launch himself over the ropes onto KK with a slingshot shoulder tackle back into the ring!!! Noble makes a cover, 1...Kick out before two. Noble takes control.

After some right hands in the ring, he attempts another chop, sending a desperate challenger ducking under it and scuttling out to the floor once more ... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... Noble doesn’t wait for the ref this time though, following KK out, clubbing him across the back, and pitching him shoulder first into the guardrail ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... Lifting the dazed Kash up against the barricade, Noble AGAIN throws a chop ... which Noble AGAIN ducks underneath and stumbles away from ... 7 ... 8 ... With things really starting to heat up, Noble drives Kash’s lower back into the ring apron ... before throwing another chop ... which Kash drops away from ... 9 ... Noble quickly rolls under the bottom rope to break the referee’s count, before returning to the outside in hot pursuit ... only for Kash to roll back inside.

Kash tries to cut Jamie off on the apron, but gets rocked with a big right hand from Noble, knocking him back, before the champion climbs to the top turnbuckle … BUT GETS CAUGHT WITH A HUGE LEAPING ENZIGUIRI OUT OF NOWHERE … KNOCKING HIM DOWN!!! The crowd “ooh’s” and “ah’s” at Kash’s athleticism, as the two men try to catch their breath down on the canvas. After recovering, The Notorious K.I.D stomps away on The Pit-bull, lifting him into the corner and delivering a few right hands. He whips Noble across the ring into the far corner and follows up with a running back elbow smash, before covering, 1...2...Kick Out from Noble. After a quick shake of the head, Kash drags the champion back up. He tosses Noble into the ropes, knocks him down with a back elbow, skips over him, hits the ropes himself, leaps up, and drives a huge, AJ Styles-type knee right down across his throat!!! He sticks his forearm in his face for the cover, 1...2...Kick out again!!! He follows it up with a quick reverse chin lock, trying to do more damage to the neck of the champion. Noble briefly fights out of it, getting his feet in the ropes, and the official quickly counts to four, getting the challenger off. Noble tries to get back in to it with some right hands, but Kash drives his knee into the mid section of the champion, doubling him over, as well as pounding away at his ribs with more body shots. KK takes him over with a snapmare, drives his knee into his spine, and goes right back to the hold.

Almost transitioning it into a Dragon Sleeper, Kash rolls backwards and manages to create a pinning predicament, 1...2...Kick Out. Trying to get out of harms away, Noble pulls himself up in the corner and fights back with a few forearm strikes to the approaching K.I.D. After a swift shut down of this, Kash whips Noble to the opposite buckle once again and follows in, catching a boot from The Pit-bull in the mouth!!! Noble, using the ropes for leverage, attempts a step-up enziguiri, but Kash ducks it and hammers away on the champion with angry body shots!!! As Noble crumbles in the corner under the flurry, Kash holds his hands in the air, telling the booing crowd, “C’mon!” Backing off to the opposite corner, Kid jaws with the fans a bit more, and then races in, looking for a flying forearm, but Noble evades him, and Kash bounces off the top turnbuckle comically. As the crowd gets behind Noble, the Cruiserweight Champion of the World drags himself across the ring, using the ropes to make it back up to his feet, while Kash does the same. As soon as The Notorious K.I.D makes it up, Noble crushes him in the corner with a running clothesline ... and second ... before grabbing the woozy challenger’s arm and shooting him into the ropes, elevating him into the lights with a big back body drop!!! Clutching his spine, Kash stumbles back up to his feet ... and NOBLE CHOPS HIM RIGHT OUT OF HIS BOOTS!!!

“Woo’s” finally ring out as Kash hits the deck with a scream, bouncing right back up on instinct ... INTO A SECOND CHOP!!! The crowd loves every second of the vicious punishment being handed out by the champion, as he drags the gasping challenger up, props him against the ropes, delivering a third scintillating knife edge chop to the already beet red chest!!! Such is the force of the blow, Kash gets caught up in the ropes, and Noble has to free him to allow him to drop to the floor outside. The Pit-bull follows him out ruthlessly, dragging him up by the arm, HURLING HIM INTO THE BARRIER!! Lifting Noble back up, Noble delivers two more brutal chops to the challenger, almost knocking him into the crowd, really starting to deliver on his promise to “hurt” his enemy. Clutching his chest and wincing, KK rolls back inside the ring in a vain attempt to esacape, but Noble quickly follows in, turning him over and covering him, 1...2...Kick Out from Kash.

Noble goes for another German … but Kash avoids it, applying the rear waistlock to him instead and looking to take him off the ropes with the O’Connor Roll ... but Noble holds on to the top rope, throwing Kash off backwards. KK gets up and charges, missing the side stepping Noble, hitting the ropes … and Noble chops him across the back!!! Kash goes down with a yelp, and Noble quickly drags him up, applying the waistlock ... DELIVERING A GERMAN SUPLEX!!! He crawls over, hooking both legs


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…2…
………………………………………
………SHOULDER UP………
!!!

The crowd gasps for the closest fall of the match thus far, as Noble grits his teeth. He lifts Kash up on to his shoulder, going for the Double Knee Gutbuster … but Kash slides off and delivers a thumb to the eye!!! As the crowd boos, referee Hayes tells Kash to “Knock it off!”, but it doesn’t matter anyway ... as Noble whirls around, connecting with another hard chop to the sternum of the challenger, which sends him rebounding off the ropes, BUT NOBLE CATCHES HIM WITH A DROPKICK!!! It could be over, as Noble crawls into a cover, hooking the leg…


……1……

……………2……………
………
…KASH’S BOOT IS ON THE BOTTOM ROPE…
!!!!!

Another groan runs along the spine of the US Airways Center, as Noble wearily rubs his head. Lifting Kash up off the deck, he manages to stick his head between his legs and butterfly both of his arms, GOING FOR THE TIGER DRIVER … BUT KASH COUNTERS IT INTO A HURRICANRANA!!! KK smirks at the crowd as he gets up … but NOBLE IS ALREADY BACK UP ... HE SUDDENLY GRABS HIM FROM BEHIND WITH THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!! Kash is in the ropes almost immediately, forcing the referee to pull the champion away.

With both men out on the apron, Noble tries to suplex him on the ring frame, but Kash hangman’s him on the middle rope, knocking him to the floor … before grabbing hold of the top rope ... and LEAPING OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A PLANCHA ... INTO A HURRICANRANA!!! Beautiful. The crowd shows their appreciation for Kash’s abilities, as he arrogantly pops right back up, twirling his gorgeous ‘stache for the ladies in the front row, getting mostly boos, but a few horny screams too. Grabbing his opponent, Kash rolls the Cruiserweight Champion back inside the ring and follows up with a forearm in the face


……………1……………
………
………2………

…… NOBLE GETS A SHOULDER UP ……
!!!!!

Lifting Noble up, Kash applies the front facelock, and TRIES FOR THE DEAD LEVEL … BUT NOBLE TURNS IT INTO THE TRAILER HITCH … BUT KASH CATCHES HIM WITH A SMALL PACKAGE!!! The referee quickly counts...


…………1…………

……2……
………………………………………
…NOBLE KICKS OUT…
!!!!!

Clothesline from Noble, but turned into a backslide from Kash, which HE TURNS INTO KASH ON DELIVERY!!! The crowd screams at Noble not to give in, and he doesn’t, despite the hard, ridiculously stiff kicks being delivered to his spine at the same time as being trapped in the Elevated Boston Crab. Noble won’t give, and Kash, frustrated decides enough is enough, and drags him back up … BUT NOBLE SUDDENLY LIFTS HIM UP … GOING FOR THE DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER … KASH ELBOWS HIM IN THE FACE!!!

Noble drops Kash … and then suddenly lifts him up again, driving him backward into the corner … CONNECTING WITH A HUGE STEP UP ENZIGUIRI!!! A woozy Kid Kash, out on his damn feet, staggers out of the turnbuckle, and Noble scoops him up on to his shoulders … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!!! Noble makes the cover, with the match surely over, and the title safe…

…………1…………

……2……
………………………………………
…KASH GETS A SHOULDER UP…
!!!!!

Noble is in shock. He quickly slaps Kash across the face, drags him back to the middle of the ring, grabbing the challenger’s head, TRYING TO CINCH IN THE DRAGON CLUTCH ... BUT KASH FLIPS OVER, PINNING NOBLE’S SHOULDERS TO THE MAT


…………1…………
……………
…2…
…………………………………
……NOBLE KICKS OUT……
!!!!!

The two men wildly stagger back up to their feet, with Noble throwing a right hand ... which Kash avoids, grabbing the arm and attempting to take the champion over with a crucifix pin ... but Noble shows his incredible intestinal fortitude, as he LIFTS KASH UP ON TO HIS SHOULDERS ... DRILLING HIM WITH THE FINLAY ROLL!!! As Kash lolls up and down, Noble holds on to his head, running up and coming off the buckle ... INTO A TORNADO DDT!!! Kid Kash is flat on the canvas, and Noble seizes the opportunity, pulling him up, sticking his head between his legs, and butterflying the arms … AND SCORES WITH THE TIGER DRIVER!!! Kash instinctively makes a lunge for the nearby ropes, abd Noble has to quickly turn the challenger over, looking to finish…

……………1……………
…………………
…2…

……………KASH GRABS THE ROPES……………
!!!!!!!!

Again, Noble looks flabbergasted. He sits on his knees holding his head in his hands and staring at the official in amazement. But the count was good. It was Kid Kash’s ring positioning which saved him. Gritting his teeth, Noble angrily drags his enemy to his feet, applies the front facelock, and lifts him up in to the air, PERHAPS GOING FOR KASH’S OWN DEAD LEVEL ... BUT KASH KNEES HIM IN THE HEAD!!! Kash drops down and IMMEDIATELY LIFTS NOBLE UP ... LOOKING FOR THE DEAD LEVEL ... but the champion quickly slides off his shoulders and hits the ropes ... RIGHT INTO A ROARING ELBOW!!! Noble staggers, clutching his damaged head in a daze, and Kash quickly delivers a swift kick to the base of his spine, dropping him down on all fours ... KICK TO THE HEAD!!! Kash punts Noble right in the skull, as the crowd winces at the sickening smack, and K.I.D quickly lifts the champion into the air ... SPIKING HIM RIGHT ON HIS HEAD WITH THE DEAD LEVEL!!! Noble’s head bounces off the canvas and he lies limp in the ring, his arms spread eagled around him. A breathless Kash doesn’t cover though, instead scrambling out to the apron and up to the top rope ... FLIPPING OFF WITH THE DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULT ... CRUSHING NOBLE!!!!! Kash grabs the champion, and hooks the leg …


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………
…………2…………

…3…
!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WINNER: AND NEW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION - KID KASH @ 17:04

The crowd is in a state of shock, as Chris Hayes hurries across the ring, checking on the now former champion, before nodding to Tony Chimel, who announces it to the world. Kid Kash grabs the belt from the official and takes off around ringside, doing a lap of honour, much to the chagrin of the fans and Michael Cole, although JBL applauds.

Noble, meanwhile, has his hands over his face, lying in a complete state of disbelief. Kid Kash heads back up the ramp, still celebrating like an absolute moron, dancing, waving, clutching and kissing what is once again his title dearly once more. Kash then holds his title belt up high once more, before he smiles and walks off, leaving the crowd in a state of shock.



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RETURNING TO WWE TELEVISION

JULY 15TH 2006

****



Backstage, we now see Rey Mysterio exiting his locker room, as the World Heavyweight Championship match … IS NEXT!!!

The graphic then appears for the World Heavyweight Championship Match, as the crowd buzzes excitedly ahead of our first main event of the evening.

Michael Cole: The World Heavyweight Championship will be decided. Can Edge or Rey Mysterio overcome the odds? And what a journey this has been. This heated issue really exploded the Smackdown after WrestleMania ... when Edge hit Shane McMahon with a Spear ... but will he live to regret it?

***
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
________________________________________

Open up, with Edge on his knees in celebration at WrestleMania, but the celebrations are quickly cut short as we cut to the ‘Spear Heard ‘Round the World’ on Smackdown.

Michael Cole: OH MY GOD!!! OH MY!!! OH MY!!! MCMAHON IS DOWN!!! MCMAHON IS OUT!!!

We see more footage of Edge celebrating at WrestleMania, inter-cut with Shane McMahon cutting a promo.

Shane McMahon: What happens to someone who puts their hands ... on a McMahon?

More footage of the intense showdown between Shane O Mac and the new World Heavyweight Champion on Smackdown.

Shane McMahon: Only ... bad things.

Clips of Rey Mysterio defeating Booker T for the United States Championship, also at WrestleMania.

Michael Cole: The number one contender for the World Heavyweight Title...

Multiple shots of Mysterio’s high-flying athleticism since WrestleMania.

Rey Mysterio: I am ... the United States Champion.

Clips of Mysterio being assaulted on Smackdown by Edge, Booker T, and Finlay, then clips of Rey the following weeks, getting some payback, almost, hitting the 619 on the World Heavyweight Champion.

Edge: At Judgment Day ... Shane McMahon might’ve stacked the cards against The Rated R Superstar ... by sending four different guys after me...

Clips of Shane announcing the #1 Contender’s match for Judgment Day, with flashing shots of each of the potential challengers.

Shane McMahon: The five-time WCW Champion Booker T ... the longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history, The Animal Batista ... The Fighting Irishman Finlay ... and the United States Champion Rey Mysterio!!!

Edge continues to rant on the overwhelming odds during a promo in the ring, reeling off the list.

Edge: By having his baby sister there at ringside...

Shot a Stephanie McMahon looking businesslike ... and hot.

Shane McMahon: My own dear sister, Steph...

The shot of Steph fades back into that of Edge still in the ring, holding up a third finger, as he scowls furiously into the crowd on his paranoid rant.

Edge: ...And himself as a Special Guest Referee...

Shots of Shane in the famous zebra jersey.

Michael Cole: I don’t care if he’s Rated R or who he is ... there’s no way he can overcome these odds!!!

Edge loses it.

Edge: But it doesn’t matter!!!

Shot of Shane’s somewhat darker side these last couple of months.

Shane McMahon: Edge ... you beat me down in the ring once and I swore there and then that I wouldn’t let you bully me into anything. But I’ll bedamnedif I’m going to sit back and watch you tear to the ground something that my family created!!!

Shane being assaulted by Batista.

Michael Cole: ...he has just laid out the champion ... OH GOD, HE HIT SHANE MCMAHON WITH THE SPINEBUSTER!!! THE ANIMAL’S SNAPPED ... IT’S SHANE MCMAHON!!!

Clips of Shane arrogantly dealing with JBL, Batista, Edge etc.

Shane McMahon: So, Edge, and I guess, Batista, Booker, and Finlay as well, say“hello”to the Special Guest Referee for the World Heavyweight Championship match at Judgment Day… … …MEEEEEEE!!!

Flashing shots of Edge constantly interrupting McMahon with his paranoid, delusional rants about being held back.

Edge: I want ... my damn spotlight!!!

Shane and Edge face to face.

Edge: It DOESN’T MATTER how much Shane O’ Mac hates my guts ... I will NEVER lose the World Heavyweight Championship!!!

Michael Cole: What ... what’s he talking about??

Flashing shots of Finlay first attacking Batista during his match with Booker T, before doing it again the following week when The Animal fights Bobby Lashley, all the while watched by Shane McMahon.

Michael Cole: The leader of the wrestling world is losing it!!!! (echoes of losing it)

Clips from Edge and Shane’s confrontation once more.

Shane McMahon: I just hope everyone enjoys the show...

Fade to black.

The package changes tone as it opens back up with ‘This Fire Burns’ by Killswitch Engage playing, and shots of the five men involved in the World Heavyweight Title picture: Booker T, Batista, Finlay, Rey Mysterio, Edge.

“All I ever wanted was destiny to be fulfilled
It is in my hands
I must not fail
and I must not fall”

Edge clutching the World Title to himself, followed by quick shots of Batista giving him the thumbs down, Booker doing the Spinaroonie, Finlay pointing with the shillelagh, Mysterio nailing the 619.

“Even through the darkest days
This fire burns always
This fire burns always!”

Clips of the pyros exploding; Batista sets off his machine gun ones, Mysterio salutes Eddie, Booker loses his mind, Finlay holds his head in pain, Edge glares.

“This is the proving ground
As the heat begins to rise
Turn away from yesterday
Tomorrow is in my eyes
Oh!”

Clips of every single man involved in the World Title situation nailing one another at some point over the past few weeks.

“Nevermore to be held down
By the weights against me
Nevermore to be cast aside
This day is mine”

Clips of Edge, Booker, and Finlay assaulting Mysterio on Smackdown.

“Even through the darkest days
This fire burns always
This fire burns always”

Shot of Edge standing over Rey’s body, before more fast paced shots of Mysterio going after the champion on subsequent shows.

“I will not be denied in this final hour
I will not be denied this day is mine
This passion inside me
Is burning
Is burning”

Clips of all five men flying off the turnbuckle at some point.

“This passion inside me
Is burning
Is burning”

Clips of the most recent Smackdown, with every man getting in a shot on the other, with Finlay actually coming out on top in the end.

I breathe you,
I taste you,
I can't live without you!”

Shot of Rey nailing Edge with the 619.

“I just can't take anymore
This life of solitude
I guess that I'm out the door
And now I'm done with you.”

Lita pulling Edge to safety, with the champion staring up at Mysterio with a look of fear in his eyes, as Rey points threateningly at him.

“Even through the darkest days
This fire burns always
This fire burns always”

Champion and Challenger, face to face, last week on Smackdown.

“always” (echoing)

One final shot of the World Heavyweight Title.

END VIDEO PACKAGE

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Back into the arena…

**BOOYAKA 619**

Unlike earlier in the night, Rey Mysterio doesn’t pop out from the stage. Instead the United States Champion walks out with his title belt held high above his head, appearing extremely focused ahead of the biggest match of his career to date. Shane bounces up and down as he watches the challenger approach the ring.

Michael Cole: What an incredible year it has been for Rey Mysterio. After a great showing in the Royal Rumble match, he went on to earn a United States Title shot with a victory at No Way Out, before capturing the title ... defeating Booker T ... at WrestleMania. Now he’s just one more match away...

John Bradshaw Layfield: From what, Michael? From choking, that’s what. You say Rey Mysterio has been on the roll of his life ... I say this is the longest running fluke in the history of this business. Face it, Rey Mysterio isn’t championship material and, and it is a damn disgrace that that United States Title ... held by men like Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Steve Austin ... is now around the waist of this ... worm.

After a deep breath, Rey climbs into the ring, walking straight past Shane, and ascending to the second turnbuckle to salute his fans. He does this at each corner, with the crowd fully behind the challenger, as he jumps down, his music fading, and begins to get himself ready.

**METALINGUS**

Just like his unscheduled appearance earlier, the crowd don’t take too kindly to the World Heavyweight Champion, Edge. Now dressed in his long coat, arm in arm with Lita, The Rated R Superstar saunters down to the ring, looking full of confidence ahead of only his second title defence.

Michael Cole: Quite possible the most controversial figure in wrestling today. That man, Edge, has been on the warpath ever since he defeated Batista for that World Heavyweight Title back at WrestleMania. Simply put ... he wants respect, and he doesn’t think the McMahon’s are giving it to him. He’s attacked Shane, not to mention verbally assaulted them every chance he gets. In his one title defence so far, he used the ropes to defeat the legendary Undertaker, and just a few weeks ago, led a despicable attack on his opponent tonight, Rey Mysterio, as he tried to eliminate the competition.

Tazz: You got it right about Edge bein’ controversial, Cole. He brings it on himself though. This paranoid idea he’s got in his head about not bein’ respected ... I don’t know where the hell he’s gettin’ that from, but he sure ain’t helpin matters.

Edge enters the ring and climbs the far turnbuckle, posing just like Mysterio had done earlier. Jumping down, hearing his music fade, he removes his jacket, and finally his belt, handing it to Shane McMahon with an evil smirk right in the ref’s face.

Michael Cole: I hope Shane McMahon can remain impartial, gentlemen. I really do. This is the biggest match in the storied career of Rey Mysterio. Come on, Shane ... don’t let that egomaniac get to you.

World Heavyweight Championship;
Edge vs. Rey Mysterio
Special Guest Referee Shane McMahon

Mysterio, obviously, is wary of the smiling Edge’s request for a lock up, and quickly backs up into his corner, forcing Shane to step in immediately, backing the champion up. Edge laughs in his boss’ face, but does as he’s told. Rey finally comes out of hiding and the two men quick hook up in the centre of the ring. Edge quickly goes behind, applying the rear waist lock, but Mysterio fights him off with a couple of elbow strikes to the face. As Edge grabs his mouth, Rey skips off the ropes ... but gets knocked right back by Edge’s elbow. Slightly angered by the earlier blows, the defending champion immediately begins hammering away at his little challenger, backing him down into the corner, where he severely tests the ref’s count with boots. Once again, Shane gets in between champion and challenger, and once again, Edge just smiles psychotically in McMahon’s face. He returns to Rey in the corner ... but the United States Champion fights him off, first with a few kicks to the gut, before fighting back out to the middle of the ring with right hands. Edge quickly shuts Mysterio down with a knee to the mid section, before clubbing him down to a knee. Having had enough, Edge sweeps his long hair out of his face, grabs the masked wrestler ... and HURLS REY UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE ON HIS FRONT … ONLY FOR MYSTERIO TO ROLL THROUGH ... LANDING ON HIS FEET!!! After that incredible display of athleticism, Rey-Rey turns around … EDGE WIPES HIM OUT WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE!!!

As Mysterio tumbles, holding the back of his head in pain, The Rated R Superstar ignores Shane McMahon’s protests and climbs out after him. Angrily, Edge drags the lucador up and tries to whip him into the steel steps … BUT REY HANDSPRINGS OVER THEM ... LANDING ON HIS FEET!!! Incredible. Edge rushes … ONLY FOR MYSTERIO TO DROPKICK THE STEPS RIGHT INTO HIS KNEES!!! The crowd applauds the innovation, as Edge hobbles backward in pain, and Rey-Rey jumps up to the apron ... FLYING OFF THE APRON WITH A SEATED SENTON ... WIPING OUT THE WORLD CHAMPION!!! Mysterio pops right back up, slapping hands with the fans at ringside, acknowledging the cheers, whilst the former Mr. Money in the Bank stares up at the lights. Rey rolls Edge back inside and hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Bouncing right back up, Rey comes off the ropes and KICKS EDGE RIGHT IN THE HEAD!!! The champion goes back down hard and the challenger follows up, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Edge barely survives, as Shane makes a fair count.

Picking Edge up, the United States Champion backs him into the corner once more, before mounting him and raining down the punches as the crowd chants along. Grabbing his arm, Mysterio sends the champion across the ring into the far corner with an Irish Whip, before charging … ONLY TO MEET THE STEEL RING POST SHOULDER FIRST!!! Rey falls out … and TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A HUGE BOOT!!! Great evasion from Edge there, as the champion hooks the leg tightly … 1...2...KICK OUT FROM MYSTERIO!!! Edge has some words with Shane O’ Mac. The Rated R Superstar angrily stomps away on the back of his challenger, before throwing his arms into the air to applause from his faithful girlfriend and ringside and boos from everyone else. Lifting Rey up, Edge hurls him across the ring another whip, sending him crashing down to the mat from the collision with the turnbuckle!!! No sooner is Mysterio down does Edge roll out of the ring, dragging Rey half-way out with him, hammering away at the smaller man relentlessly.

Getting both himself and Mysterio back into the ring, Edge stomps away on the luchador in the corner. Tossing Rey acroos the ring, Edge charges … but eats a pair of boots to the mouth … and again. Mysterio races out ... hits the ropes, leaps up ... AND TAKES EDGE OVER WITH A BEAUTIFUL TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS!!! The crowd cheers the counter, as Edge flops around. After catching his breath, Mysterio comes forward again ... but Edge doubles him over with a knee to the gut, before hitting the ropes, leaping over Rey with a sunset flip … but the United States Champion rolls through … KNOCK OUT KICK RIGHT TO EDGE’S SKULL!!! Mysterio drops down for the cover, hooking the leg…


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Shane shows some annoyance. Breathing hard, Mysterio brings the World Champion up and tries to send him across the ring. Edge reverses the whip, sending Rey into the corner, before racing in ... only to catch a back elbow to the mouth. Mysterio climbs the turnbuckle ... but Edge quickly catches him ... carrying him out in an electric chair … BUT REY SPINS HURRICANRANA IN TO A PINNING COMBINATION!!! , 1...2...NO!!! Edge rolls forward!!!! , 1...2...NO!!! Mysterio flips out, into a jacknife cover!!! , 1...2...NO!!! Edge trips Rey, grabbing his loose leg ... GOING FOR THE EDGECATOR … BUT REY COUNTERS WITH A SMALL PACKAGE …


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Mysterio leaps back up and quickly hits the ropes ... Edge catches him, WITH REY GOING FOR A BULLDOG … BUT EDGE SLAMS HIM DOWN WITH A WHEELBARROW SUPLEX!!! Edge quickly drags Rey to the centre, hooking the leg tightly, 1...2...NO!!! The World Heavyweight Champion begins to dominate once again, first throttling and then crushing his challenger across the rope. He wearily hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Edge tries to suck the life and endless fight of the high-flying sensation with another headlock down on the canvas, but no matter how hard he tries, no matter how hard he squeezes, he just can’t seem to keep the United States Champion down for a significant amount of time. Rey manages to fight out of the reverse chin lock, battling back up to his feet and stamping away on the large feet of the World Champion until he lets go. Rey hits the ropes … EDGE THROWS HIM INTO THE AIR ... GOING FOR AN EDDIE GUERRERO POWERBOMB … BUT MYSTERIO COUNTERS INTO AN X-FACTOR!!!

Both seem exhausted, with the challenger in slightly better shape at this point. After a struggle, Rey crawls out to the apron and scrambles up top ... only for Edge to swiftly cut him off with a right hand. Edge ascends to the second turnbuckle, trying to apply the front face lock to his opponent. Mysterio, with a series of right hand shots to the body, manages to knock The Rated R Superstar tumbling off the top ... BEFORE LEAPING OFF, HITTING A FLYING HEADSCISSORS ...SENDING EDGE SPRAWLING UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE!!! As Edge stands back up, Mysterio comes off the ropes and LAUNCHES HIMSELF THROUGH THE ROPES ... SLAMMING INTO THE WORLD CHAMPION WITH AN INCREDIBLE TOPE SUICIDA!!! The US Airways Center pops applauds the high spectacular offence of the United States Champion, as both men lie in a heap on the floor, with Shane McMahon beginning the mandatory ten count … 1 … 2 … 3 … There are signs of life, with Edge stumbling up on instinct … 4 … 5 … Edge is up, but doesn’t seem to know where he is, as Rey staggers up behind him … 6 … 7 … Rey grabs hold of Edge and rolls him back inside… 8 … Mysterio makes sure he beats the count. After finally managing to get Edge into the ring, Rey jumps up onto the ropes ... HITTING EDGE WITH A SPRINGBOARD LEG DROP!!! The challenger hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!!

Rey holds his hands up with dismay, but comes off the ropes again, ducking a swipe by Edge ... BEFORE SPRINGBOARDING OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE ... WITH A CROSSBODY RIGHT ON TO THE CHAMPION!!! 1...2...NO!!! The crowd howls, as Rey quickly comes at the champion again ... only be booted in the stomach. Edge manages to whip the United States Champion into the corner, and catches Rey-Rey on his shoulder as he attempts to spring over ... ONLY FOR MYSTERIO TO SPIN HIMSELF AROUND ... COUNTERING INTO A DDT!!! Rey pulls the champion to him, and makes the cover …


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Going for broke, Rey tiredly adjusts his masks, before pointing to the sky to a big pop. He steps out onto the apron grabs hold of the top rope, steadies himself ... AND TAKES FLIGHT WITH A SPRINGBOARD SENTON … BUT EDGE COUNTERS WITH A POWERBOMB ... BEFORE APPLYING EDGECATOR!!! As the crowd boos the sight of their hero writhing in pain down on the cold, white canvas, Shane McMahon scoots around the ring, taking it in turns to check both on the screaming challenger and, in a very unprofessional display, to get directly in the face of the World Heavyweight Champion. Rey murmurs, “...no...no...” through his mask, as he scratches and claws his way to the ropes. After this lengthy struggle, in which Shane McMahon and Edge say some inaudible but obviously insulting things to one another ... REY GRABS HOLD OF THE BOTTOM ROPE!!! Cheers ring out around the US Airways Center, as Rey-Rey rolls onto the apron, and, as Edge tries to pull him up, hangs the World Champion across the tope rope, then kicks him in the knees ... HANGING EDGE IN THE ROPES!!! Mysterio quickly re-enters the ring, comes off the ropes … but Edge spins around, throwing a clothesline ... which Mysterio ducks, sliding to the outside. Edge turns, and Rey jumps onto the apron, catching him with a shoulder to the gut, before catapulting himself over ... CATCHING HIM WITH A HEADSCISSORS INTO THE MIDDLE ROPES AGAIN!!!

Rey comes off the ropes, LOOKING FOR THE 619 … BUT EDGE CATCHES HIM, CARRYING HIM OUT ... CONNECTING WITH A BACKBREAKER!!! The World Heavyweight Champion lifts the United States Champion up again ... BUT REY LANDS BEHIND, CATCHING HIM WITH A SCHOOL BOY!!!! 1...2...NO!!! Both men take a while to struggle back up to their feet, as Phoenix stands and applauds for the incredible exchanges between the two amazing athletes. Edge grabs Rey’s leg as he lunges with a kick… BUT MYSTERIO LEAPS UP, CONNECTING WITH AN ENZIGUIRI ... KNOCKING THE RATED R SUPERSTAR ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE FOR A THIRD TIME!!! Rey calls for the 619, hits the ropes … AND THIS TIME CONNECTS!!! As Edge crashes in the centre of the ring, Rey prepares to springboard off the top … but BOOKER T leaps up onto the adjacent apron!!! The crowd boos and Shane McMahon quickly hurries over, cutting him off and turning his back on proceedings … ALLOWING FINLAY TO COME OUT OF NOWHERE ... GRABBING THE BACK OF MYSTERIO AND SLAMMING HIM SKULL FIRST INTO THE GUARDRAIL!!!

Quickly picking the damn-near unconscious United States Champion up off the ground, The Irishman scoops him up over his shoulder ... AND DELIVERS THE CELTIC CROSS ON THE FLOOR!!! Rey lands with a splat, as Finlay admires his handiwork, Booker moves around to join the party, and Shane races over, yelling at them to “GET THE HELL OUT!”As Shane tries to admonish the two interferers ... though strangely without calling for the bell ... the dazed World Heavyweight Champion recovers in the ring, not hearing the cheers of the crowd … AS BATISTA RACES DOWN TO THE RING ... sliding in, sticking Edge’s head between his legs, lifting him up high ... AND DRIVING THE MAN WHO TOOK THE BELT FROM HIM AT WRESTLEMANIA DOWN WITH THE BATISTA BOMB!!!

As the crowd roars, The Animal stares down at an unconscious Rated R Superstar with hatred in his eyes, as Shane O’ Mac turns around … AND BOOKER AND FINLAY ATTACK BIG DAVE FROM BEHIND, beating him down!!! As the two on one assault continues, Shane is at a loss … until CHAVO GUERRERO of all people, slides into the ring, evening the odds, as he takes Finlay, allowing Batista to pair off with Booker T!!! Guerrero chokes the crap out of The Fighting Irishman in the corner, as ‘Tista stomps away on The Book Man … as THE BLUEBLOODS, WILLIAM REGAL AND PAUL BURCHILL, HIT THE SCENE, ATTACKING CHAVO AND BIG DAVE OUT OF NOWHERE!!!

Shane has well and truly lost control, as the WWE Tag Team Champions assault every living, breathing thing in sight, getting the crap booed out of them ... until the cheers begin again, as ... THE HOOLIGANS AND JAMIE NOBLE hit the scene, evening the odds in this crazy brawl, attacking the Englishmen and the rest of the heels, taking the fight to the outside ... WHERE KID KASH ATTACKS NOBLE FROM BEHIND ... AND THE BASHAM BROTHERS GO AFTER CHAVO GUERRERO!!! Michael Cole lets us know the obvious, as the superstars brawl in and around the ring, with cameras frantically trying to keep track of the two most important men: Edge and Rey Mysterio.

???: STOP ... STOP ALL THIS RIGHT NOW!!!

NOW WHAT??????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

The crowd EXPLODES, as strained yet familiar voices shouts over the frenzy. Staggering out from the back, bandage wrapped around his bloody head ... MATT HARDY HEADS FOR THE RING WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS HAND!!! Rolling inside, Matt leans over the ropes, manically yelling at the brawling superstars!!!

Matt Hardy: GET OUT OF HERE RIGHT NOW! SHOW SOME DAMN RESPECT FOR TH-

BAM!!! MR. KENNEDY ATTACKS MATT HARDY FROM BEHIND!!!!

Laughing like a jackass, Kennedy hammers away on his great rival ... BUT HARDY BEGINS TO FIGHT BACK, BRAWLING THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!!! Batista, Finlay, Booker, Holly, Albright, Noble, Kash, Regal, Burchill, London, Kendrick, Hardy, and Kennedy all fight through the crowd, being followed by an army of frantic security guards, with the US Airways Center going absolutely wild!!! Meanwhile, back in the ring, Shane still hasn’t thrown the match out; as he yells at the timekeeper “DON’T YOU TOUCH THE DAMN BELL!”

Pulling himself back up too, Rey Mysterio stumbles over, still clutching his lower back, looking at McMahon with a concerned expression on his face … EDGE SUDDENLY COMES OUT OF NOWHERE ... GOING FOR THE SPEAR ... but Mysterio sees him coming and moves ... AND EDGE ALMOST HITS SHANE!!! The Rated R Superstar and interim General Manager lock eyes ... AS REY DROPKICKS THE WORLD CHAMPION ONTO THE MIDDLE ROPE ... AND DELIVERS A SECOND 619!!!! The crowd goes wild as Mysterio steadies himself on the apron, closing in on his first World Title, as Edge groggily staggers back up to his feet ... AND REY FLIES, LOOKING FOR THE WEST COAST POP ... but Edge quickly ducks out of the way, forcing Mysterio to land awkwardly on his feet, seemingly jarring his left knee in the process ... AND EDGE SPEARS HIM IN HALF!!!!

Thunderous heat fills the arena, as Edge points to Shane; growling, “Do your damn job!” as he drops down and covers Mysterio. Understandably conflicted, Shane reluctantly crawls over, barely able to take his eyes off her the champion


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WINNER: AND STILL WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - EDGE @ 13:17

Thunderous heat greets the sound of the bell, as ‘Metalingus’ hits through the arena, Shane McMahon angrily rolls out of the ring, and Edge rolls triumphantly off Mysterio, arms raised in the air. He looks around anxiously, until Lita rolls into the ring, bringing the World Heavyweight Championship belt with her. Edge grabs the belt first and his lady second, holding the gold high into the air, not even giving his fallen opponent or the referee a second glance, as he performs the customary lap of honour.

As Edge prepares to leave the ring, a host of other referees, backstage workers and security guards rush past the ring, where the mass brawl continues to run riot through the building. The Rated R Superstar gives them a little smirk as he glances back at the ring, where Shane O’ glares after him, holding his neck in pain, and muttering angrily to himself.

Cole raves about the embodiment of anarchy that has been this entire night, not just the main event, as Judgment Day goes off the air, with Edge and Lita standing atop the ramp, hand in hand, title belt held high in the air.

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**VIDEO PACKAGE**
Narrator: Blood has been spilled …

Shawn Michaels nailing John Cena with a steel chair.

Narrator: Tears have been shed …

Cena being stretchered out on a gurney.

Narrator: Wars have been waged …

HBK holding up Cena’s dog tags.

Narrator: Battle lines have been drawn …

Cena FU’ing Michaels at WrestleMania.

Narrator: Enemies have been made …

Elbow Drop through the announce table at Backlash.

Narrator: All in the name …

Cena and Michaels both bloody and enraged.

“Of …”

Quick, rapid shots of everything Cena and HBK have done to one another this year.

“… Vengeance.”

“WWE Vengeance, June 25th, 8/7CT, live on pay-per-view”

JUNE 25 | CHARLOTTE BOBCATS ARENA, CHARLOTTE NC

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Backstage now, In the trainer’s room, the three McMahon’s watch as security deals with the last remnants of the brawl from the previous contest, with Steph turning to Shane…

Stephanie McMahon: This is on your head, Shane.

Shane angrily shakes his head.

Shane McMahon: I’ve seen worse.

Linda looks around at her son quickly.

Linda McMahon: You’re determined to be like this, aren’t you?

He shrugs his shoulders carelessly, irritating the two women.

Shane McMahon: Have I ever gone back on a promise?

Linda shakes her head sadly and Shane gives her a pat on the shoulder, following it with a reassuring smile.

Shane McMahon: I’m invincible, ma, trust me. This won’t go unpunished.

Shane O winks at his family, before strolling away again.

Back to the arena…

We get close ups of various members of the audience, still looking shocked, following the last match, with Cole and co. Speaking quietly.

Michael Cole: Well ... uh ... we are back live here, and I think ... I think they have finally been able to get everyone who was involved in that ... well, that brawl that just took place ... I think they’re all out of here now.

Tazz: That was absolutely insane, guys.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I loved it. If this doesn’t show Vince and Linda sat at home that neither of their children ... it doesn’t matter if their wear panty hoes or Armani freakin’ suits ... neither of their God forsaken children are fit to run this great show then I don’t know what will!!! You don’t interfere in a World Championship match if you have a modicum of respect for your boss. We had ten.

Michael Cole: I’m not sure that has anything to do with Shane or Stephanie McMahon, John. I think it has more to do with the passionate rivalries that have been developing on Smackdown all year.

John Bradshaw Layfield: That is crap and you know it, Michael!!! Before Randy Orton kicked Teddy Long’s head off and gave the McMahon hellspawn untimate power, did we have World Title matches with twenty different people runnin’ in and clobberin’ each other? Simple answer: no. Yes, Teddy Long was a racist, bigoted egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder ... but at least he had some respect.

Tazz: You might have a point there, JBL. I tell ya one thing though, I cannot wait to see what the repercussions of this whole thing are gonna be.

Michael Cole: Me either, partner. After what we’ve seen tonight I think we can safely say that Friday Night Smackdown will never, ever be the same again.

Security continues sorting out the ringside area and tending to any members of the crowd who were injured, before we cut backstage.



And, Josh Matthews approaches Brent Albright.

Josh Matthews: Mr. Albright ... Mr. Albright, you are just moments away from your first ever pay per view match here in the WWE ... what are your thoughts?

Albright glances at his associate.

Brent Albright: Did he just ask for my thoughts?

Annoyed, the lovely blonde leans into the microphone.

Female Associate: Mr. Matthews, you should know by now that Mr. Albright doesn’t hand out interviews to just anybody.

Albright quickly stops her. He basically says, “It’s all good,” before stepping closer to Matthews.

Brent Albright: Hell, I’m feelin’ generous. My thoughts? My thoughts? How’s this sound? My thoughts are that Hardcore “Spark Plug” Holly is the past ... and yours truly ... ‘The Shooter’ Brent Albright ... is the present and future of this business ... which is all gonna start tonight. Bob, I’m gonna break your arm, you don’t have a say in the matter. But ... but you do have two choices … you can either TAP OUT or GET OUT!!!

Albright smiles, full of confidence, before walking off. Matthews quickly turns to the woman.

Josh Matthews: Uh ... when ... when’re we going to find out who–

Quickly snapping her fingers together with a “Hush,” she silences Matthews instantly. Stroking his tie sensuously, the blonde speaks.

Female Associate: Go find yourself as monitor, lover boy.

She winks at Josh, and backs off, leaving the set.



And back into the arena again, with Tony Chimel standing by…

Tony Chimel: Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just been instructed to introduce the special guest ring announcer for the upcoming match, Brent Albright’s own Executive Valet … please welcome ... Ms. Michelle L. McCool.

Not much of a reaction, mainly just wolf whistles, as Ms. Michelle L. McCool walks down the ramp and steps through the ropes ... in a very short skirt ... and grabs the mic rudely.

Michelle McCool: Thanks, tubby. Oh ... you can leave now.

Cheap heat. Chimel looks hurt, as McCool adjusts her glasses.

Michelle McCool: Ladies and Gentlemen, the following contest is set for one fall, and, it is, for your privilege, the pay per view debut of the greatest professional wrestler of all time!!! Please, allow me to introduce, weighing it at a lean, muscular, and oh so handsome two hundred and forty pounds, from the beautiful city of Tulsa, in Oklahoma ... would you all please stand ... FOR THE SHOOTER ... BRENT ALBRIGHT!!!

**CLAYED AND STITCHED**

Despite the unfortunate placement on the card, Brent Albright still manages to get a decent heel reaction as he saunters down to the ring in his long, dark robe and beanie, while his Executive Valet tries, unsuccessfully, to get the crowd up on to their feet.

Michael Cole: Brent Albright’s been in this business ... what? Two months? ... and he’s somehow already got himself a ... what did she call herself? An “Executive valet?” Whatever that is. Talk about an ego.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Hey, Michael, I’ll tell you what an “Executive Valet” is. Ms. McCool - what a beautiful name by the way - is a businesswoman, therefore she’s an executive. SHE’S ALSO SMOKIN’ HOT, MICHAEL!!! So she’s a valet. Got it?

Albright steps through the ropes and does his usual pose in the centre of the ring, down on one knee before McCool, before taking the mic.

Brent Albright: Thank you, Ms. McCool. Are all you fat, horny, virgin losers happy now? Now you know who it is your ... uh ... pleasuring yourself to on the internet at night.

Boos for the cheap remark, as Michelle shakes her head in disgust at the thought, while Albright has himself a chuckle.

Brent Albright: Take a good look ... ‘cause this is the closest you’re ever gonna get to a woman this hot.

Cheap heat. Albright gets up close to McCool…

Brent Albright: Me on the other hand? Women this hot are just part of the reward for being this talented. Just ask Bob Holly’s wife...

OH!!! This puts the icing on the cake. Given just a few minutes on the stick, The Shooter has managed to rile up the Phoenix fans sufficiently, as they laugh and boos his unnecessarily derogatory comment...

**HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?**

To a nothing reaction, Hardcore Holly runs down from the back, sending Michelle McCool quickly scurrying to the outside.

Michael Cole: OH MY!!! HARDCORE HOLLY DOESN’T LOOK HAPPY!!!

John Bradshaw Layfield: I bet his wife does though thanks to Brent Albright...

Tazz laughs, as Cole ignores the joke, and Holly slides straight into the ring ... where Albright chucks his t-shirt straight into his face!!!

Single’s Match:
Brent Albright vs. Hardcore Holly

Unsurprisingly the underhand Brent Albright quickly jumps Hardcore Holly as he is momentarily blinded by the t-shirt thrown in his face, and The Shooter hammers away on Bob in the corner. After wasting time by doing his “Bang!” taunt again, to some jeers ... Albright gets countered, and Holly beats on him in the corner this time, even mocking his signature pose. Bob quickly sends Albright into the ropes, going for a hip toss, which the youngster smartly blocks, looking to execute one of his own. Holly manages to land on his feet and dropkick the rookie all the way through the ropes to the floor!!!

Holly quickly follows his opponent out. After tossing Albright into the guardrail on the outside, Holly brings him back in the ring and hits a vertical suplex, 1...2...Kick out. As soon as an angry veteran drags the rookie back up, Albright fires back. The two men trade blows centre of the ring again ... until Brent cuts the veteran off ... LOOKING FOR THE HALF-NELSON SUPLEX EARLY ... but Holly counters INTO AN ALABAMA SLAM ATTEMPT ... only for Albright to escape it and toss Bob into the ropes. Holly attempts a cross body block ... but The Shooter drops down and HARDCORE COLLIDES WITH THE ROPES INSTEAD!!!

Albright begins to dominate his more experienced opponent, utilising an array of power moves, keeping Bob grounded. Lifting Holly up, Albright slams him down across his knee with the backbreaker rolling him over, and making a tight cover, 1...2...Kick out. Spinning around on the canvas, The Shooter quickly snatches his a reverse chin lock, shoving his knee right into the base of Holly’s spine and wrenching back. The veteran wriggles around from the pressure, keeping his arms alive at all times, while the lukewarm crowd claps along. Struggling back up to his feet, Holly manages to catch Albright with a few well aimed elbows, before attempting the Irish Whip. Albright reverses it though and Holly hits the ropes. Brent goes for the back body drop ... but HARDCORE SOMERSAULTS OVER INTO A SUNSET FLIP, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Albright kicks out ... and TAKES HOLLY’S HEAD OFF WITH A THUNDEROUS LARIAT!!! Quick cover from Albright, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Albright goes back to work on Bob’s already damaged neck.

Growing frustrated with the old man’s resilience, Albright goes for another Irish Whip into the ropes ... only for Holly to reverse this one too. As The Shooter races back ... Bob ... FLIPS HIM OVERHEAD WITH A BELLY TO BELLY THROW ... but it doesn’t have any effect ... AS ALBRIGHT POPS RIGHT BACK UP ... FLATTENING THE VETERAN WITH A RUNNING BOOT!!! Some fans come alive for the big exchange, and Albright makes a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The Shooter angrily shoves Holly under the bottom rope, and beats Bob’s back up using the ring apron, before bringing him back inside and going right back to the reverse chin lock and the neck. Holly manages to fight out of it ... only for Albright to quickly boot him low in the abdomen and hit the ropes ... but Hardcore manages to see him coming ... and COUNTERS WITH A POWERSLAM!!! A smattering of applause greets the manoeuvre, as Holly dives down with a hook of the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Holly gets himself all fired up as he begins his comeback.As soon as Albright makes it back up, Holly knocks him right back down with a quick clothesline. He does this again, and once more for good measure, before ducking down and LIFTING ALBRIGHT FOR THE ALABAMA SLAM ... which The Shooter immediately jumps out of ... only to be kicked in the gut ... lifted up onto one shoulder ... and DRILLED WITH A RUNNING POWERSLAM THIS TIME!!! Holly wastes no time, 1...2...NO!!! Shaking his head, Holly lifts the rookie up, and throws Brent into the far corner, racing in and connecting with a running clothesline, before turning and hitting the ropes, going for another one ... only for Albright to cut him off ... WITH A BICYCLE KICK TO THE FACE!!! The crowd winces, and The Shooter covers enthusiastically,1...2...NO!!! Albright shoves Holly’s head in between his legs, going for a powerbomb of sorts ... which Holly REVERSES INTO AN ALABAMA SLAM AGAIN ... but Albright manages to slide out of it ... TURNING RIGHT INTO A CLOTHESLINE INSTEAD!!! Holly falls on top, 1...2...Kick Out.

A red faced, furious Hardcore Holly pulls his young rival back to his feet ... but The Shooter regains the advantage with a well-timed thumb to the eye. The crowd boos, as Albright applies the front face lock, before attempting a suplex ... which Holly manages to counter into a swinging neckbreaker!!!! He reaches back, 1...2...Kick Out. Picking up the pace, much to the delight of the exhausted crowd, Holly lifts The Shooter up and tries to, uhm, shoot him off into the ropes. Albright though, reverses the whip ... SMASHING BOB’S SPINE INTO THE TURNBUCKLE!!! He goes to drag the old man up ... BUT HOLLY SURPRISES HIM WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE!!! 1...2...KICK OUT!!! As the crowd gasps, Hardcore takes back the initiative with a knock down though, and heads up top. As soon as Albright scrambles back to his feet ... Holly jumps off … BUT ALBRIGHT DROPKICKS HIM IN MID AIR!!! The crowd applauds the display of athleticism, as Albright makes the cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Frustrated, Albright tries it again, 1...2...Kick Out. He angrily pitches Holly to the outside by his trunks, before arguing with the official Jack Doan … allowing his female accomplice to deliver some very disrespectful and annoying slaps to Hardcore!!! Brent, seeing sufficient damage done, shoves the ref aside, climbs through the ropes, and JUMPS OFF THE APRON ... BUT HOLLY CATCHES HIM ... DELIVERING A SPINEBUSTER ON THE FLOOR!!! Having been on the receiving end of a lot of punishment thus far in the contest, Holly is in just as bad a way as Albright, and both men lie down and out on the outside as the crowd shows their engagement with this unfortunately placed contest. Doan counts … 1 … 2 … 3 … Both men struggle to beat the official’s ten count, with Albright spurred on by his attractive colleague … 4 … 5 … Holly is on the verge of breaking it first, but The Shooter quickly drags him back, tossing him back down to the floor … 6 … 7 … Not showing much class, Albright tries to get the count out victory in his first PPV outing … 8 … Fortunately for him, Hardcore Holly manages to roll back under the bottom rope on the referee’s count of ten. Pissed, Albright argues with the ref, before stomping away on the wearied frame of Bob Holly, yelling at him to “stay down, old man. Stay down.”

He drags Holly up once more, slugging him right in the mouth with hard forearm shots, as well as a series of nasty sounding knife edge chops right across the chest of the veteran. Hardcore staggers into the ropes and Albright grabs his arm, going for the Irish whip. Holly reverses it though and catches Brent in position for the ALABAMA SLAM … but The Shooter falls backwards ... REVERSING IT INTO A TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER LIKE POSITION!!!

The crowd gasps, as Albright staggers around the ring, trying to get Hardcore properly set up, as JBL screams, “He’s gonna break his neck all over again!” However, at the last second ... Holly shifts the weight again ... turning Brent around on his shoulders ... DRIVING HIM DOWN INTO THE CANVAS WITH THE ALABAMA SLAM!!! The crowd actually pops for Holly, as the chiselled old veteran quickly scrambles over and hooks both of the youngster’s legs...



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Albright kicks out of the Alabama Slam!!!Everyone is surprised, especially Bob Holly, who grabs the ref’s shirt, yelling that it was three. It wasn’t. Turning around, Holly storms back over to Albright, as the youngster pulls himself up against the ropes … and Brent hotshots Hardcore across the top rope!!! Shaking away the cobwebs, Albright staggers over to the turnbuckle and begins to climb, perhaps thinking high-risk to put the veteran down once and for all … but Holly cuts him off. The two men jostle for position, with Holly quickly applying the front face lock to the youngster, unsettling him with a few stiff jabs to the abdomen, before bringing him over ... HITTING THE SUPERPLEX FROM THE TOP ROPE!!! After catching his breath, he turns the challenger over, looking to the finish…


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Both men are down once again, with neither of them looking particularly great at this point. Rolling over, Holly hooks Albright’s far leg for a second time, 1...2...NO!!! The Shooter kicks out yet again, displaying some incredible toughness in this encounter here tonight. Gasping for breath and swearing under his breath, Holly pulls Brent up, applying the front face lock and throwing the arm over, clearly thinking about another suplex of some kind … but Albright suddenly spins through ... GRABBING BOB’S LEFT ARM ... TRYING TO ARMBAR IT ... BRINGING HIM DOWN TO HIS KNEES!!!Holly screams, “No … no,” as Albright uses his brute strength to drag the arm, shoulder, and, subsequently, entire body of the veteran down the canvas … FINALLY APPLYING THE CROWBAR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING ... giving Hardcore Holly no choice than

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WINNER: BRENT ALBRIGHT @ 07:42

Albright breaks the hold quicker than usual to bask in the moment of his first victory on PPV, extending his undefeated streak to 8-0 with this. The Shooter arrogantly sweeps his hair out of his face, glowering down at his victim with borderline contempt. He is joined in the ring by his lady, as the official checks on Holly, who clutches his shoulder in pain despite only being caught in the deadly submission for a few moments.

Michael Cole: Hardcore Holly was game tonight, no doubt about that - but this Brent Albright is just on a tear right now. Still yet to taste defeat of any description.

Tazz: Don’t forget about that, Cole. We’ve already seen the World Title retained tonight, but as far as I’m concerned, that kid right there, Brent Albright, just proved why he’s got championship gold in his future. God he’s so awesome.



***

We see John Cena jogging through the backstreets of Boston, with his hood up, as some of the more famous landmarks of the great city (the Charles River, Hancock and Prudential Towers etc.) flashing by him as he runs.

John Cena Voiceover: Y’know when you’re a little kid ... growin’ up ‘round here ... you dream that some day you’ll get to come back ... some day you’ll get to come back a star.

Clips of Smackdown in 2004/5 in the city, with Cena bringing the U.S. and WWE Championships back home, hugging his father etc., etc.

John Cena Voiceover: And that dream’s about to come true.

Clips now of the current crop of WWE superstars, mainly from WrestleMania 22.

John Cena Voiceover: You think you’re man enough? The biggest party of the summer is shippin’ up to Boston ... I dare you to try and crash it.

~ TICKETS ON SALE - NEXT MONDAY ~



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***



Michael Cole: I cannot wait for August Twentieth. We’re shipping up to Boston. The home, of WrestleMania Fifteen!!!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yes it was, and, Michael, don’t forget what happened at the event. A big, seven foot, three-hundred pound hoss named Kane faced his brother.

The graphic then appears for the ‘LAST MAN STANDING’ match, the main event, with the fate of two men at stake. The fans are heard in the background, picking up in voice, as Cole, Tazz, and JBL get to the final shill job.

Michael Cole: How could anyone forget that night, John? It was the greatest challenge in The Undertaker’s caeer. Until, that is, WrestleMania Twenty-Two.

Tazz: You said it, Cole. Taker thought fighting his own flesh and blood was tough, but just under two months ago in Chi-Town, he met someone even tougher.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, tonight is all about redemption. For two men, with very different motives. Folks, here is how this situation spiralled out of all control … to Judgment Day.



***

LAST MAN STANDING
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Open up, with footage from Wrestlemania, with a sweeping shot of the thousands upon thousands of fans in attendance.

Michael Cole:Over twenty thousand fans on their feet ... as The Phenom ... enters to do to battle.

Cut to Taker’s entrance; Lashley looks on.

Tazz: I’ve got goosebumps, Cole!!!

Shots of Lashley manhandling Taker - including the wild attack to begin the match, as well as throwing the legendary superstar all over the ring, before Taker mounts an incredible comeback.

Michael Cole:Undertaker ... measuring the youngster ... FLYING THROUGH THE AIR ... TAKING OUT THE REAL DEAL!!!

Shots of Undertaker’s offence, connecting with some corner clotheslines, big boots, apron leg drops etc.

Tazz:The Undertaker wants his revenge, Cole ... and he’s willin’ to do ANYTHING to get it.

Clips of Lashley tearing Taker’s hand away from his throat, throwing him into the steel steps, hitting a top rope clothesline etc.

Michael Cole: Lashley realising ... that he can cement his legend at WrestleMania if he can stop the streak.

Lashley counters Taker’s dive, SLAMMING HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!

Michael Cole: The Real Deal ... SLAMMING UNDERTAKER THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!

Lashley hammers away on Taker in the corner, until The Phenom counters, going for the Last Ride, only for The Real Deal to counter yet again, springing off Taker’s shoulders and wiping him out with a spear.

Michael Cole: Can you believe the rollercoaster ride in this match!?

Undertaker still manages to kick out somehow, frustrating the dominant youngster but delighting the fans.

Michael Cole: AND UNDERTAKER KICKED OUT!!!

Shot of Lashley’s Old School counter into the Running Powerslam.

Michael Cole: Lashley going for the Running Powerslam...

Lashley covers The Phenom as the crowd looks on in horror.

Michael Cole: THE STREAK ... IS OVER!!!

Taker kicks out once again and the crowd loses it’s mind; quick shot of Lashley, who looks incensed with rage.

Michael Cole: AND UNDERTAKER KICKS OUT AT THE LAST SECOND!!!

Taker evading a last wild swing from Lashley, scooping him up onto his shoulders and CONNECTING WITH THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!

Michael Cole: OH MY GOD ... TOMB - STONE PILEDRIVER!!!

Undertaker applying the Darkness Cover, tongue out, as the crowd chants along, “ONE ... TWO ... THREE!!!”; the Allstate Arena loses its mind.

Michael Cole: THE BEAST HAS BEEN SLAIN!!!

Shots of the fans all over the arena going wild, waving signs with ’14-0’ written on them.

Michael Cole: FOURTEEN AND O AT WRESTLEMANIA!!!

Shot of Taker adopting his usual position down on his knee.

Tazz: We knew The Deadman was comin’ to WrestleMania ... and he’s walkin’ out just like he walked in ... undefeated.

Amidst the purple lights, Taker slowly raises his arm into the air.

Michael Cole: The sure-fire Hall of Famer has made Lashley ... rest in peace ... but for how long?

Fade to black.

Shots of Lashley continuing his dominance on SmackDown! after WrestleMania, looking extremely pissed off backstage with his agent, Paul Heyman.

Paul Heyman: Undertaker ... your days are numbered … because The Real Deal is tearing up World Wrestling Entertainment … and he’s still coming for YOU!!!

Heyman and Lashley appeal to their boss.

Shane McMahon: Judgment Day? Fine. I’ll give it to you. But first … you’re gonna do something forme. Edge is out of the picture. Next week, it’s you and Batista. One … on … one. If you beat him ... if you destroy him, I’ll give you The Undertaker at Judgment Day … in any kind of match you want.

Shots of Lashley battling Batista in the No Disqualification match, more than matching the former World Heavyweight Champion, until Finlay gets involved, costing The Animal the match and granting The Real Deal his guaranteed rematch with The Phenom in a match of his choosing.

Michael Cole:But like it or not … Bobby Lashley will get his rematch with The Undertaker at Judgment Day…

Cut again to Lashley and Taker back at the Royal Rumble.

Michael Cole: Last Man Standing...

Shots of Taker destroying Edge during their World Title match.

Tazz:One man ... will get beaten so badly ... he cannot even get on his own two feet.

Lashley Spinebustering Batista on the steel steps.

Paul Heyman: Nobody ... NOBODY on the face of the planet today is better … THAN BOBBY LASHLEY!!!

Shots of Taker surprising Lashley time and time again at WrestleMania, refusing to stay down.

The Undertaker: You ... of all people ... should know I’m no ordinary man.

Undertaker sits up, right in Lashley’s face.

Josh Matthews: The Undertaker and Lashley could hardly keep each other down for a three count at WrestleMania ... how are they gonna do it for a ten count at Judgment Day?

Rapid shots of the moves done by both men at WrestleMania, with Lashley smiling right in Taker’s face.

Paul Heyman: The man who will soon systematically TEAR the human SCAB that is The Undertaker from SmackDown’s rotting carcass …FOREVER ... Bobby, Lashley.

Taker hitting a chokeslam, Last Ride, Tombstone etc.

The Undertaker: I plan on taking something that belongs to you ... YOUR SOOOOUUUULLLL!!!

More flashing shots of both men posing and looking just plain dominant.

Michael Cole: Who will be the last man standing ... with both men’s fates ... on the line!?

The Undertaker and Bobby Lashley face to face last Friday...

END PACKAGE

***

...

And into the arena…

In the ring, Tony Chimel is waiting to speak…

Tony Chimel: The following contest … is the LAAAAAAAST MAN STANDING MATCH!!!

Huge pop from the crowd, shaking the very rafters.

Tony Chimel: There are nopin falls, no submissions, no counts, and NOdisqualifications. The onlyway to win is to incapacitate your opponent to the point that he cannotanswer the count of ten.

...

**GONG**

…Flashing images of all fifteen previous victims shows on the tron…

**GONG**

…Lightning strikes on the stage…

**GONG**



… LONG WAIT OF SILENCE …



**GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY**

The US Airways Center experiences its usual power outage, as the eerie music kicks in, bringing every man, woman, and child to their feet in anticipation of The Deadman.

Eventually, the smoke and mist drifts down, revealing the dark silhouette of The Undertaker atop the entrance ramp, looking like some mythical figure of old, as he begins his exhaustingly long walk down to the ring.

Tony Chimel: Introducing first … from DEATH VALLEY … weighing in at 299 pounds … HE IS THE PHENOM, THEEEE UNDEERRRRTAKKKEEERRRR!!!!!

As Chimel mops his brow with nerves, The Undertaker gradually climbs the steel steps, his coat like a serpent’s tail below him, before raising his arms slowly up, bringing the lights back up to some absolutely booming cheers from the audience as he steps through the ropes, flashing the white of his eyes, the thunder rumbling spectacularly all around him.

Michael Cole: Bone chilling. Awe inspiring. There has been anything or anyone quite like … The Undertaker. He is the measuring stick. Everyone knows that if you want to be ‘The Man’ around these parts, there is only one man you have to overcome. Bobby Lashley came closer than any man has before at WrestleMania Twenty-Two, but tonight, that quest continues.

Tazz: I- I got Goosebumps, Cole. Y’know, Heyman can run his mouth all he likes about this bein’ some kind of ‘mission’, or whatever he calls it, to take down the WWE, but the way I see it, when it comes down to it, this is all about that man right there, The Undertaker, and the other baddest man in the land, Bobby Lashley, mano-e-mano.

With every single person in the building watching on the edge of their seats, The Deadman calmly begins to remove his coat and prepare for war. Handing it over the ropes, Taker stoically begins to adjust his gloves, though never once taking his eyes off the stage, where only just now the smoke of his amazing entrance is beginning to settle…

**HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME**

The U.S Airways Center explodes with a deafening mixed reaction, which soon gives way to what one would expect: some truly white hot heat. Wasting no time whatsoever, ‘The Real Deal’ Bobby Lashley comes striding out onto the stage, feasting his eyes on the man awaiting him down in the ring.

Bouncing energetically on his toes, Lashley folds his huge arms, before throwing them out, setting off his crackling pyrotechnics, as the serpentine Paul Heyman follows him out, and B-Lash strides for the squared circle with a purpose.

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent … being accompanied to the ring by his agent, Paul Heyman … from COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO … weighing in tonight at 275 pounds … he is … THE REALLLLL DEALLLLLLL, BOBBBBYYYYY LASHLEYYYYYYYY!!!

Not even bothering to intimidate the crowd like he usually does, the ultra-confident, ultra-intense Bobby Lashley keeps his peepers fixed on the waiting Phenom as he strides down the ramp.

After a few bounces, Bad Bobby LEAPS up onto the apron with a single, athletic bound, setting his second red-hot pyro crashing into the night sky from every turnbuckle. The Undertaker though, does - not - move - a - muscle … and The Real Deal finally enters the ring.

Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley is an animal. Bobby Lashley is genetic freak. Bobby Lashley is a monster. Bobby Lashley truly is … The Real Deal here in the WWE. This is a man who’s lost once, once in his WWE career, and that was a few months ago at WrestleMania to the man he’s facing tonight. Quite frankly, Bobby Lashley may well be the DOMINANT force in professional wrestling today … and I think he knows that.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Talk about a guy who has straight-up taken it to The Deadman after barely seven months in this company, and ya better call up this man, ‘cause Bobby Lashley isimpressive, fellas. He’d sooner punch you in the mouth than hear your name. Paul Heyman, a close personal friend of mine, has his boy primed for destruction.

Heyman tries to give his favourite client a few last minute pointers from the apron, but Lashley doesn’t even look at him, instead jumping down from the turnbuckle and marching forward to meet his opponent {who does the same}, causing referee Charles Robinson to hurriedly get this thing underway.

Last Man Standing Match:
The Undertaker vs. ‘The Real Deal’ Bobby Lashley (w/Paul Heyman)

No sooner does the bell ring, signaling the start of the epic rematch, The Undertaker adopts his usual fighting stance, like a boxer, guard raised, and heading toward the centre of the ring ... BUT LASHLEY CHARGES EARLY ... just like WrestleMania, looking to catch The Deadman sleeping once again … but The Phenom sees him coming ... and THROWS UP HIS BOOT ... CATCHING THE REAL DEAL RUNNING IN WITH A KICK RIGHT TO THE FACE!!!

The U.S Airways Center comes alive with a tremendous reaction as Lashley does something that barely happened in their first match in Chicago, he hits the deck. With absolutely no wasted motion, The Undertaker, knowing all too well the type of animal he is up against this time, takes a step back before dropping a stiff elbow right across the chest of the muscular youngster, flattening him right back down to the canvas. Rolling through the maneuver immediately, The Deadman turns and drops a second elbow onto the near three hundred pound frame of The Real Deal, who was shockingly already starting to stir. The crowd responds appropriately, getting fully behind this early, almost desperate, onslaught from The Undertaker, something that he does not often do, as he tries to keep the powerhouse grounded. Jumping back up to his feet, the Four-time World Champion, rears his elbow up for a third time before driving it down through the heart of The Soldier Of Fortune, who, at this stage, looks annoyed more than hurt. Outside the ring, the cries of a horrified Paul Heyman finally reach our ears, “GET HIM OFF, REFEREE!”

Getting back up to his feet quickly, The Undertaker throws a cold, menacing look in the direction of the agent, who trembles under the icy stare. Bending back down, The Phenom does not have to go far, as the freakishly resilient Real Deal is already up onto his knees. With his eyes perhaps widening slightly, but with the support of thousands upon thousands ringing in his ears, The Undertaker grabs Lashley, dragging him up to his feet, before taking him across the ring and driving his face hard into the top turnbuckle. Bobby’s head snaps back awkwardly, and the youngster looks to stumble away, completely caught off guard & balance by this sudden attack, but The Deadman shoves him right back into the corner. Measuring Bad Bobby up with one of his big soup-bones, The Undertaker rocks the ‘rookie’, if that word even applies to such a monster, with a big right hand straight to the mouth. Lashley’s eyes roll up into his head momentarily with the impact of the best pure striker in the business connecting with his jaw, but The Deadman is not done there, leveling Bobby with a second big punch, knocking some of the beast’s saliva spraying into the first few rows of the audience.

There is absolutely no relent from The Undertaker, taking not even a second to rest, as he snatches Lashley by the arm and shoots him across the ring with an Irish Whip. The Real Deal hits the turnbuckle hard back-first, shaking his head slightly and looking up, just in time to see the three hundred pound freight train known as The Undertaker coming hurtling in towards him ... LEAPING UP ... BUT LASHLEY CATCHES THE PHENOM WITH ONE ARM ... SLAMMING HIM DOWN TO THE CANVAS WITH A VERSION AN STO!!!!

Phoenix ERUPTS with almost a pop at first, as Lashley does for the first time tonight what we saw him do time and time again at WrestleMania: counter The Undertaker with some absolutely incredible power. As Heyman pumps his fist on the outside, The Deadman rolls over backwards, NOW with his eyes wide, that same look of concern he had just over a month ago, as Charles Robinson begins the first count...
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…The Phenom begins to stir, with Lashley poised, expecting it…
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…The Undertaker breaks the count…

Without even shaking the cobwebs away, Lashley is on the veteran, yanking him unceremoniously by his hair back up to his feet, and laying into the legend with right hand after body shot after right hand, knocking The Conscience of the WWE for a complete loop.

As the crowd BOOS loudly with every blow, the powerful Real Deal drives The Undertaker backwards into the ropes. Pulling on the arm of The Phenom, Bobby sends him for the ride across the mat into the opposite set of ropes ... swinging with a clothesline on the way back ... but The Deadman ducks ... stops ... waits for Bobby to turns ... and grabs Lashley by the throat ... GOING FOR AN EARLY CHOKESLAM!!! Phoenix roars, as The Undertaker throws Lashley’s other arm over his shoulder ... BUT IT’S WRESTLEMANIA ALL OVER AGAIN ... AS BOBBY SIMPLY WRAPS HIS HAND AROUND THE WRIST OF THE DEADMAN AND TEARS IT AWAY WITH RAW, ANIMALISTIC POWER!!!! The crowd can barely boo they are so stunned ... as ... for a mere moment ... Undertaker and Lashley look into one another’s eyes. But it is Lashley who responds first ... SLAMMING his knee into the mid section of The Phenom before going the attack with another barrage of right hands.

Once again throwing a few body shots in there for good measure, it does not long for The Real Deal to force The Undertaker all the way back into the ropes, damn near opening the fifteen year up with some truly ferocious shots. Taking the limp arm of The Phenom, Lashley sends him hurtling across the ring once more with an Irish Whip, before quickly charging as soon as The Deadman hits the ropes ... GOING FOR A LARIAT ... but The Undertaker evades it for a second time and charges off the opposite ropes … TAKING TO THE SKY AND WIPING BOBBY OUT WITH HIS PATENTED FLYING CLOTHESLINE!!!

The Airways Center ROARS loudly for their hero, as Bobby Lashley goes down in a heap and Paul Heyman throws an absolute fit at ringside, kicking the barrier and screaming at the top of his lungs. With any normal man The Undertaker would probably be able to go for a cover after such a manoeuvre ... but Bobby Lashley IS - NO - NORMAL – MAN ... and is already stumbling back up to his feet when The Phenom himself rises, giving the referee no time to start a count. Unblinking, wiping his long hair from his face, the furious Deadman takes hold of the freakish youngster ... BAM! RIGHT HAND … BAM! HEAD BUTT … BAM! RIGHT HAND … BAM! HEAD BUTT … and once again The Undertaker shows his tactic for this contest: unrelenting attack. Seeing his opening with the monstrous rookie on the back foot, The Undertaker grabs his left arm, twists it over painfully at the shoulder, even ramming his own shoulder against it for added effect. Isolating the powerhouse’s most important asset, his arm, hyper extended at the joint, The Undertaker backs quickly towards the corner and steps up to the top turnbuckle with incredible agility, still dragging Lashley by the arm.


As The Phenom looks up, the crowd responds with “OLD SCHOOOOLLLLLL”, as Bobby struggles to no avail, trying to pull away, but The Deadman ascends nimbly to the top rope, showing no fear for heights whatsoever, and begins to walk the rope. ‘Taker lifts Lashley’s arm up slightly … LEAPING OFF FOR OLD SCHOOL … BUT LASHLEY CATCHES HIM ...JUST LIKE AT WRESTLEMANIA … HE CARRIES UNDERTAKER BACK A FEW STEPS … BEFORE SPINNING AROUND AND DRILLING THE PHENOM WITH THE SPINEBUSTER CENTRE OF THE RING!!!!!


Phoenix blows the roof with a crazy mix of heat, boos and awe as the legendary Undertaker falls foul of Bobby Lashley’s ungodly power ability to counter his every move. With The Deadman a squashed wreck in the centre of the squared circle, Paul Heyman screams out with joy, “YEEES! COUNT HIM OUT, REF! COUNT HIM OUT!” Charles Robinson does not need telling, and after recovering from the shock of the sudden manoeuvre, throws his arms into the air for the second count of the match…

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… The Phenom hoists himself up, breaking the count …

The Undertaker survives, much to the relief of every man, woman and child in attendance. It might have been only the second count of the contest, but it was damn long one, with The Deadman only just managing to avoid an early defeat. Staring straight ahead with his wild eyes, Lashley, a bead of sweat trickling down his cheek, lets out a growl ... before springing back up to his feet like a tiger and storming across the ring. The Undertaker grabs hold of the ropes, dragging his hurting frame back up, spurred on by the crowd, unaware that The Real Deal is stalking him from behind. The Phenom slowly turns around ... LASHLEY UNCOILS WITH A HARD CLOTHESLINE ... TAKING HIM HEAD OVER HEELS OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!

Falling back across the floor, The Undertaker is in a daze, as Bobby Lashley comes right after him through the ropes, chest heaving with intensity. The Real Deal helps himself to a handful of The Undertaker’s hair ... before SLAMMING his head down hard into the crowd barricade, sending the veteran reeling across the floor. Bobby, not even bothering to catch his breath, quickly rolls under the bottom rope to break Charles Robinson’s count, not wanting the match to end on a count on, before he heads back outside after his prey once again.

Grabbing The Deadman by the shoulders, Lashley takes a run up, before attempting to drive his skull into the steel steps ... but The Phenom BLOCKS, sticking his leg in the way and catching The Soldier Of Fortune with a desperate elbow to the mid-section, which stuns the rookie enough to allow The Undertaker to grab his head this time and DRIVE it with force DOWN INTO THE STEEL ... causing Lashley to fall ... stumbling backwards into the announce table and to the floor. Charles Robinson assesses the situation before beginning another count…
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…The Undertaker gets ready, as Bobby reaches his feet…
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…The Real Deal breaks the count…

Across the floor, Heyman is oh so close to the action, but as soon as the eyes of “The Dragon” fall on him, he thinks twice about getting involved. With Bobby blinking away the cobwebs, The Undertaker immediately goes back on the offensive, pulling him up and drilling him with a stiff head butt right to the cranium, almost knocking the monstrous youngster down there and then. Lashley falls back against the ring apron, leaving himself wide open, allowing The Undertaker to pummel him with body shot after body shot after shot, really working over the muscular torso over The Real Deal. As Lashley begins to show some signs of wilting under this ruthless assault, a fanatically intense Undertaker scoops him up and rolls the youngster back under the bottom rope, taking care to prop him with his muscular, massive and vein-ridden is sticking out over the apron like it were caught in a guillotine. The Airways Center begins to make some more noise, knowing what is coming next, as The Phenom allows himself a quick breath, gazing around at his thousands of fans ... before driving his elbow down right across the face and throat of Lashley.
Lashley writhes and Heyman winces across the floor, but the ever callous Undertaker shows not one ounce of pity or remorse, instead dragging Bobby’s carcass over the apron once again, before turning with a purpose and hurrying up the steel steps with a bit more urgency than usual to the apron where The Real Deal lies … he strides forward, JUMPS INTO THE AIR ... DROPPING A 299LB LEG DROP ACROSS THE CHEST, THROAT AND FACE OF BOBBY LASHLEY WITH SOME VINTAGE UNDERTAKER!!! The crowd responds with the same awe it always does at seeing The Phenom fly, as Lashley crumples down to the floor under the sentry eyes of The Deadman, forcing another mandatory ten count from Robinson…

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… The Real Deal pulls himself up on the steps breaking the count …

With Phoenix loving every single second of the punishment Bobby Lashley is being given, The Undertaker looks to further the youngster’s misery, dragging him back up to his feet by one arm, checking over his shoulder, before going for the IRISH WHIP INTO THE STEEL STEPS ... but Lashley manages to turn the tables on The Deadman ... SHOOTING THE UNDERTAKER INTO THE STEEL STEPS ... THE PHENOM SMASHES INTO THEM KNEES FIRST AND SOMERSAULTS CLEAN OVER THE TOP!!!!


Groans ring through the U.S Airways Center as the steel steps are broken asunder, and The Undertaker lies in a messy heap against the crowd barricade, clutching at his tree-like limbs with complete agony. Wiping {what is probably blood} something across his chest, Lashley leers over at the fallen Deadman with complete, utter contempt, while Paul E. ‘mans up’ somewhat, now that his client is in control and gets a closer look at the action. After a nod from The Real Deal, Charles Robinson checks on the condition of The Phenom, before throwing his hands into the air …
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… With The Deadman almost all the way up, Bobby growls and breaks the count …

Snatching The Phenom up, Lashley tosses the legend carelessly back under the bottom rope, rolling him into the ring like a corpse. Instead of rolling back into the ring after The Deadman, The Real Deal decides to ascend the steel steps, onto the apron, before actually climbing to the top turnbuckle, which both Tazz and Cole point out, is extremely uncharacteristic for the genetic freak. Lashley’s ground and pound style is his forte and it becomes more and more evident as he struggles to steady himself on the top, giving The Undertaker the chance he needs to recover. Still feeling the effects of the steel steps, The Phenom struggles up, limps over to where Lashley hunches on the tope ... GRABBING BOBBY BY THE THROAT!!! The crowd roars, expecting a Chokeslam from this high rent district ... but instead ... The Undertaker uses his other hand to take the rookie’s torso ... FLIPPING HIM HEAD OVER HEELS OFF THE TOP ROPE TO THE CANVAS BELOW!!!

Phoenix explodes at The Undertaker taking a page out of ‘The Nature Boy’s’ book, before The Deadman, clearly still desperate to put this one to bed, stumbles backwards into the corner, giving Charles Robinson ‘the look’ to begin the count…

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… Bobby gets up, ridiculously quickly, breaking the count …

The crowd groans with dismay. Clearly disappointed, The Undertaker throws a black look Charles Robinson’s way, before dragging himself back to his feet using the ropes. Lashley begins to stagger around too, stumbling over to the ropes at the same time, sweating for the first time in the match, drawing a wince from Paul E. With The Undertaker on his feet across the ring, the animalistic Real Deal explodes like a cannon ... and drills The Phenom right in the face with a huge right. Stunned, the former WWE Champion staggers backward off the ropes, bouncing right back and SOCKING Lashley with one of his own famous shots, which receives a thunderous pop from the crowd. Barely affected, Lashley responds instantaneously with a thunderous blow of his own, getting nothing but boos. Hoping to be the proverbial twelfth man in this contest, the crowd comes alive as The Undertaker explodes with another right hand for his fearsome nemesis, and a great “YAAAAAA!!!” erupts from every square inch of the building … soon followed by more “BOOOOS!!!” though as Bobby answers with one of his own!!!

UNDERTAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!” … LASHLEY … “BOOOOOO!!!” … UNDERTAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!” … LASHLEY … “BOOOOOO!!!” … TAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!” … BOBBY … “BOOOOO!!!” … TAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!”… TAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!!” … TAKER … “YAAAAAA!!!” This could well be the turning point for The Phenom and Phoenix knows it, as The Undertaker gets the better of Lashley at last, coming at him with rights and lefts, rights and lefts, feeding off the crowd as he sends The Real Deal reeling!!!

Sneering with malice, The Undertaker pulls right back ... GOING FOR THE BIGGEST PUNCH OF HIS LIFE ... BUT LASHLEY DUCKS IT ... AND RACES OFF THE ROPES!!! Before The Deadman can fully realise what the hell just happened, Lashley comes flying back ... WIPING THE UNDERTAKER OUT WITH A HUGE LARIAT THAT DAMN NEAR TAKES HIS HEAD OFF!!! The US Airways Center explodes with heat as The Undertaker is turned inside out, but both The Phenom and The Real Deal lie down and out on the canvas due to the sheer impact of the hard-hitting contest. The Deadman lets out a muted breath as Lashley, holding his jaw, suddenly regains his senses, sits up to his knees and waves to Robinson to count his sinister opponent out …
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The Undertaker survives yet again, drawing cheers from the crowd, but a scowl from his massive opponent, as well as cry of anguish from Paul E. Dangerously at ringside. Fully up on his feet in a flash, Lashley, in one swift motion, wraps his arms around The Undertaker’s arm and throat, yanking him up onto his feet. Lashley quickly gets up, lifting The Phenom up and staying behind him all in one fluid movement, before wrapping his left arm around his throat and threads his right through the underarm ... APPLYING THE COBRA CLUTCH!!!!!. Using it to bring The Deadman up, Bobby shakes the man around about like a rag doll ... before uncoiling the arm and DRAGGING THE UNDERTAKER RIGHT INTO A DECAPITATING SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE ... TAKING HIM DOWN!!!

Down for a second time in quick succession, things do not look good for The Deadman, as Tazz notes Bobby’s perfect technique and The Real Deal turns his back arrogantly, just pointing first to Charles Robinson and then to The Deadman …
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Amazingly enough, not only does The Undertaker survive, but Bobby Lashley seemed to expect it, rolling immediately forward, turning, and taking his place up against the ropes, holding on to them with one hand, with the voice of Heyman ringing in his ears, “Finish him off, Bobby! Finish him!” Eventually, steadily, painfully, the superhuman Undertaker TURNS TO FACE HIM to a THUNDEROUS ovation from Phoenix, but Lashley looks to have almost been waiting, his face actually emitting a confident smirk. No sooner is The Phenom facing his way ... LASHLEY UNCOILS LIKE A BULLET FROM A GUN ... WITH A STIFF HIGH KICK TO THE FACE ... DROPPING HIM!!! Another violent yell from Bobby, “COUNT HIM!” …

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Another amazing effort from The Undertaker. With the crowd roaring behind him, The Undertaker begins to stir much quicker this time, causing a furious, enraged, and damn near psychotic look to come across the young features of Bobby Lashley. Jumping forward, The Real Deal grabs a handful of The Phenom’s dark hair, looking to get him back to the centre of the ring. As Lashley pulls ... The Undertaker quickly grabs the front of the rookie’s trunks and uses his own momentum against him ... yanking him THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE FLOOR OUTSIDE!!!

Sent for the ride, Lashley tumbles down to the floor, getting a big from the crowd in the process. The Undertaker on the other hand, despite all of the punishment by him thus far in this contest, does not waste a second, rolling straight from the ring, landing on his feet, storming across the floor ... and DRAGGING THE PROTECTIVE COVERING AWAY FROM THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!

The US Airways Center comes alive, as the callous Deadman hurls the wood aside, sending Tazz, JBL and Cole running for their lives. As The Real Deal begins to drag himself up across the floor, The Phenom yanks out both monitors, disposing of them also, as Charles Robinson attempts (foolishly) to talk him out of it. Apparently having cleaned up the announce table enough, The Undertaker sets his menacing gaze on his young opponent once more, stalking over to the rookie with obviously evil intentions. Taking Bobby by the thick arm, The Deadman yanks him up to his feet, setting him up, before going for the IRISH WHIP ... but Lashley manages to reverse it once again ... SENDING THE UNDERTAKER FOR THE RIDE ... THE PHENOM COLLIDES SPINE-FIRST WITH THE CROWD BARRICADE ... SHAKING THE ARENA!!!!!!

The crowd groans collectively, seeing their heroes body crumple to the floor, wincing in agony, while Bobby Lashley shakes the cobwebs from his head, slapping his chest a few times for good measure. With the proverbial coast clear for the time being, Paul Heyman is all over The Deadman, screaming right in his face, “YOU’RE GONNA DIE NOW!” Charles Robinson does his utmost to keep the hideous human being at bay, but in reality his hands are tied, and all he can do is count…
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Almost knocking his agent aside, Lashley takes hold of The Undertaker by the vest, dragging him to him with a single hand, before quickly glancing over his shoulder at the cleared announce table. Snarling violently, Bobby drags The Phenom in ... lifting him up onto his shoulder ... MOVING TOWARDS THE ANNOUNCE TABLE ... GOING FOR THE RUNNING POWERSLAM JUST LIKE NO WAY OUT ... BUT THE UNDERTAKER SLIDES OFF BEHIND AND SHOVES LASHLEY SMACK INTO THE STEEL RING POST FACE FIRST!!!!
The crowd ERUPTS, as Lashley goes tumbling down to the ground following the hideous smack of the collision, with The Undertaker staggering around ringside, just staying on his feet, breathing heavily. Charles Robinson begins to count, with Bobby Lashley in the most trouble he has been in thus far in the contest …

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… Bobby Lashley reaches his feet …

Breathing heavily, The Real Deal pushes himself away from the ring post and turns to face his enemy ... AND THE UNDERTAKER RUNS RIGHT THROUGH HIM WITH THE STEEL STEPS SLAMMED INTO HIS SKULL!!!!

The thud of steel on flesh and bone echoes right through the arena, sending a shiver down the spin, as young Bobby Lashley, probably for the first time in his career, is absolutely flattened. Hitting the deck, the rookie is in a bad way, unmoving, as The Undertaker, listening to the crowd’s huge cheers, walks a few steps away, leaning against the remaining steel steps to catch his breath. As the referee begins what could be the final count, Paul Heyman holds his hands to his eyes, not wanting to watch …
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… Lashley JUST breaks the count in time …

With The Real Deal up on his feet, the camera closes in on his facial features, highlighting where he has been SPLIT WIDE OPEN above his right eye, smearing his forehead in blood, getting a HUGE groan from the crowd {mainly due to the sickly sight}!!! The look on The Undertaker’s face at seeing his opponent rise following such a blow can only be described as complete and utter shock, eyes widened, mouth agape.

Showing the attitude that has earned him the reputation as the baddest man in the business for many years, The Undertaker storms back over to his opponent, shoving the protesting Charles Robinson aside, and mounts Bobby Lashley against the apron, before hitting him right in his bloody mug with a gloved lethal right hand … after hard right hand … after hard right hand … after hard right hand … hard right … hard right!!! The crowd cheers every blow, as Lashley’s head is rocked sickeningly, and The Deadman wipes the blood across his chest, draping out his long tongue like a true demon.

Even away from the announce table, Michael Cole is able to tell us exactly what is happening to the young Real Deal, for the first time in his short life, getting his ass kicked. This is no longer just a WrestleMania Rematch; this is bloody personal. Taking the almost unconscious Lashley by the head, The Undertaker takes him over to the cleared announce table, hurling him onto with both hands. Bobby is not moving, allowing The Deadman to position him just as he wants; spreading Lashley’s entire body out across the wood.


The US Airways Center begins to buzz uncontrollably as The Undertaker turns, leaving Bobby Lashley prone on the announce table, and climbing up the steel steps, onto the apron ... and BEGINS TO CLIMB THE TURNBUCKLE!!! “What on earth!?” Cole echoes all of our thoughts at the sight of the legendary Phenom ascending to the highest point in the ring area. Steadying himself up top, The Undertaker takes a look down at his great, immensenemesis Bobby Lashley before ... in shades of SummerSlam 1998 against Stone Cold Steve Austin…

…PAUL HEYMAN LEAPS UP ONTO THE APRON ... ONLY TO BE MET WITH A BIG SOUP-BONE FROM THE DEMON OF DEATH VALLEY ... KNOCKING HIM HEAD OVER HEELS!!!!!!!!

An evil glower passes across the face of The Undertaker as he looks down up the unconscious Heyman, before turning…

…BOBBY LASHLEY ROLLS OFF THE TABLE, RUNS ... LEAPING IN ONE MOTION ... LANDING ON THE APRON ... GRABBING THE UNDERTAKER BY THE THROAT AND VEST ... THEN LEAPS BACKWARDS WITH HIM ... HURLING THE PHENOM AND SLAMMING HIM THROUGH THE SMACKDOWN! ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The US Airways Center is a cacophony of noise, shaking from the rafters down to the very foundations, as Michael Cole, JBL and Tazz stand back, arms over their heads, clutching their microphones in absolute shock, much like everyone else, unable to believe what they just witnessed. More importantly, amongst all of the rubble, the splintered wood, the snake-like, coiled wires, monitors et al, lie the broken figures of The Undertaker and Bobby Lashley. Neither man is moving, with Lashley having taken a great deal of the manoeuvre too, lying face down, whilst The Deadman lies, breathless and lifeless, on his back. Charles Robinson has no choice but to start the elementary count…
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Phoenix ERUPTS with quite possibly the reaction of the night, as The Deadman stands, out on his feet and completely punch drunk, but standing nonetheless, and the eyes of Bobby Lashley actually flicker with … despair? Is this relentless machine even capable of such a thing? Struggling to stand himself, The Real Deal uses the ring post to push off, before staggering over, stepping on the remains of the announce table, and grabbing the dazed Undertaker by the scruff off his vest, leading him back toward the ring.

As Heyman lies in a heap still, the “REST IN PIECE” begins to reverberate through the building, the crowd trying anything and everything to get their favourite back on top. Deaf to their noise, Lashley rolls The Phenom back under the bottom rope and follows in after him. Summoning everything he has, The Undertaker stumbles up to his fee, fists raised in his usual boxer’s guard, though his eyes are glazed and faded. Lashley watches for a moment as The Deadman tries to get his equilibrium and SWINGS WITH A RIGHT HAND … but misses ... completely out of it. As the boos ring out around the US Airways Center, as The Real Deal takes a step forward, wraps his arms around the veteran ... AND LIFTS THE UNDERTAKER UP … ONTO HIS SHOULDER WITH ONE ARM ... SIGNALLING FOR THE RUNNING POWERSLAM!!! Bobby points his free hand across the ring ... and CHARGES AT FULL SPEED ... BUT THE PHENOM SLIDES OFF HIS SHOULDER ... LANDING BEHIND HIM ... SHOVING HIM INTO THE CORNER!!!


Lashley hits the turnbuckle hard, the breath taken right out of him, but The Deadman capitalizes as quickly as he can, still clutching his back in agony, whirling around like he was shot from a gun ... RACING IN ... CONNECTING WITH A DECAPITATING CORNER CLOTHESLINE!!! His head damn near taken off his shoulders, Lashley’s body is rocked, as the crowd roars loudly, and The Undertaker limps back across the ring, holding his back gingerly. He adopts the exact same position as before, wiping the sweat from his matted brow ... BEFORE SPRINTING BACK ACROSS THE CANVAS AND NAILING LASHLEY WITH A SECOND CORNER CLOTHESLINE!!!


The Deadman stalks the rookie, as The Real Deal, now looking punch drunk himself, staggers out from the corner right into the waiting arms of a merciless executioner. The Phenom quickly scoops Lashley up onto his shoulder, fooling the crowd that it is Tombstone time as always ... HE ROLLS THE DICE WITH BOBBY LASHLEY ... COMING UP SNAKE EYES... DROPPING THE REAL DEAL FACE FIRST ACROSS THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!! As a dazed Lashley staggers out of the corner, The Deadman turns up the pace and hits the ropes ... UNDERTAKER LOOKS FOR THE RUNNING BOOT ... BUT LASHLEY EXPLODES AND CUTS THE PHENOM IN HALF WITH A DEVASTATING SPEAR!!!!

Another thunderous mixed reaction runs through the arena, with many still in awe of this behemoth that is Bobby Lashley. The Undertaker is laid out once again, as Lashley rolls away from him, pointing angrily at Charles Robinson, “COUNT!”
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Phoenix ROARS for the fight and courage of The Phenom as he tells Bad Bobby to bring it on, arms up, wanting a fight, stepping forward ... BUT GETS LIFTED UP AND PLANTED WITH A BONE-SHAKING SPINEBUSTER!!!! The air is taken right out of the crowd as Lashley just looks over at the official, nodding his head emphatically...

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Hand atop his bare head, Bobby Lashley seems unable to believe that The Undertaker made it back to his feet yet again, angrily ‘manning up’ and shoving Charles Robinson out of the way ... before taking the dazed Phenom by the arm ... dragging him in ... LIFTING HIM UP ... SLAMMING HIM BACK DOWN WITH A SECOND SPINEBUSTER!!!!

But the big man IS - NOT – DONE ... keeping hold of The Deadman’s arm ... taking a look right into the closed eyes of his enemy ... before yanking him like nothing more than a small child back up to his feet ... into his arms ... BACK UP INTO THE AIR ... BEFORE DRIVING HIM INTO THE CANVAS WITH A THIRD STRAIGHT ORGAN GRINDING SPINEBUSTER!!!! The US Airways Center is dying along with their hero, as the bloody Lashley arrogantly steps back, saying quietly to Robinson, “count that fucker out” before resting in the corner …
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The audience BOOMS with cheers, as the conscience of the WWE sticks it right to the powerhouse youngster, eyes afire, nose-to-nose, but this time, Lashley wastes no time posing, instead just booting his opponent in the gut, and lifting The Undertaker up and throwing him over his shoulder, once again looking to hit the Running Powerslam and end this thing. While the crowd boos the rookie mercilessly, Lashley takes a few steps back, a deep breath ... AND RACES ACROSS THE RING ... but The Phenom once again drops off the shoulder ... spins Lashley around ... WRAPPING HIS ARM AROUND HIS THROAT ... LIFTING BOBBY UP HIGH ... LOOKING FOR THE CHOKESLAM ... HE NAILS IT IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING!!!!


BOTH MEN ARE DOWN!!! While Bobby Lashley is out flat on his back following the devastating manoeuvre, The Undertaker is in almost equally bad way, suffering from the sheer amount of punishment he has sustained thus far in the contest

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Amongst the thunderous boos of Phoenix, The Undertaker, his eyes are mix of despair, anger and helplessness aggressively drags Bad Bobby up and drives him back into the corner. The Phenom is on The Real Deal like a man possessed, climbing to the second turnbuckle and raining down blow after blow after blow, RIGHT TO THE BLOODY GASH above Lashley’s eye! The crowd chants along, loving every single second. “ONE” … “TWO” … “THREE” … “FOUR” … “FIVE” … “SIX” … “SEVEN” … “EIGHT” … “NINE” … “TE” ... LASHLEY SUDDENLY GRABS THE UNDERTAKER’S LEGS ... STAGGERING OUT FROM THE CORNER IN A POWERBOMB POSITION ... HE DRILLS THE PHENOM RIGHT INTO THE CANVAS ... SHAKING THE VERY RING!!!


THE REAL DEAL DOES NOT RELEASE … STILL MAINTAINING HIS GRIP!!!

The sentiments of Tazz are echoed right through the arena, mightily impressed, as Bobby Lashley, right hand holding The Undertaker’s vest, and the others around his legs, still in the powerbomb position, proceeds to VERY SLOWLY LIFT THE DEADMAN … BACK … INTO … AIR ... HE GETS HIM VIRTUALLY ALL THE WAY ... LASHLEY SLAMS THE PHENOM RIGHT BACK DOWN INTO THE MAT TO COMPLETE ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE FEATS OF STRENGTH IN WWE HISTORY!!!!

As Phoenix can do nothing but applaud the strength of Bobby Lashley, the rookie is down to a knee, wincing from the pain and effort of the manoeuvre he just performed, clutching his shoulder; but it is The Undertaker who is in the worst way, motionless on the canvas as Charles Robinson looms over him...
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THUNDEROUS cheers ring out through the US Airways Center, with the rising of The Deadman, with the ol’ ‘Spaghetti Legs’ , staggering about like a drunk, trying to keep his guard raised. Watching the every move of his great rival, Bobby Lashley rolls back into the ring, steel chair in hand, all folded up. He walks right up behind The Deadman, waiting with chair in hand and a dead look in his eyes. The Undertaker eventually turns around … AND LASHLEY CRACKS HIM IN THE FACE WITH THE STEEL CHAIR ... WIPING HIM OUT!!!!!!!

The sickening shot echoes through the building, reach every man, woman & child present, as the sixteen-year veteran goes down in a heap, face down against the mat. Emphatically, Bobby Lashley slams the chair to the canvas and gives Charles Robinson the order …
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LASHLEY - HAS - SEEN – ENOUGH!!! The Real Deal storms over to the moving Undertaker, lays his hands upon him, dragging him up to his feet like nothing more than an animal, breaking the count, revealing The Deadman’s BLOODY MESS of a face, throwing him up over his shoulder…

LASHLEY ATTEMPTS THE RUNNING POWERSLAM FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN THE MATCH ... BUT THE UNDERTAKER COUNTERS AGAIN ... completely reversing ... SWITCHING BODY POSITIONS WITH HIM ... HOISTING LASHLEY UPSIDE DOWN AND … PLANTS HIM WITH THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER CENTRE OF THE RING!!!!!

Scratch what was said earlier; THISis the reaction of the night, as WrestleMania is repeated, with The Undertaker connecting with the manoeuvre that kept The Real Deal down for three count less than two months ago. Falling back into the ropes, the bloody Phenom looks on with wild eyes, as Charles Robinson puts a hand on Lashley’s massive chest to check on him, before screaming into the night …
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There is not much respect for the courage of Bobby Lashley this time as he avoids being defeated by the Tombstone Piledriver for a second straight pay-per-view, instead gingerly standing to his feet, as The Undertaker, in the corner, looks positively flabbergasted.

Reaching up, The Deadman methodically wipes his black hair from his face, staring at The Real Deal hanging off the ropes with utter contempt ... before RACING FORWARD AND BOOTING LASHLEY SQUARE IN THE FACE ... KNOCKING HIM TUMBLING THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!!!! If it was not like this before, this fight has become borderline life threatening right now, as Lashley flies down to the floor, landing with a hard smack and wincing instantly. Amongst the baying masses, The Undertaker, hair wild, straps down, face bloody & eyes fierce, steps through the ropes onto the apron, sizing up the big man below as he staggers back up to his feet ... UNDERTAKER FLIES OFF THE APRON ... BUT BOBBY LASHLEY CATCHES HIM LIKE A CHILD IN THE FALLAWAY SLAM POSITION ... RACING FORWARDS AND DRIVING THE PHENOM’S SPINE INTO THE STEEL RING POST!!!

An almighty “OOOOHHHHHHHHHH!” accompanies the sickening sound of flesh, bone and spinal cord cracking steel BUT - BOBBY - HOLDS - ON!!! Muscling The Phenom up and around, Lashley switches his position into a Bearhug position, staring straight ahead at the ring post once again … BEFORE CHARGING IN, SLAMMING THE UNDERTAKER’S SPINE AGAINST THE POST A SECOND TIME … AND AGAIN … AND AGAIN … AND AGAIN … OVER … AND OVER … AND OVER … AND OVER … AND OVER … AGAIN!!!!!

“MY GOD, THIS IS ABSOLUTELY SICKENING, SOMEBODY STOP THIS!!! THE UNDERTAKER CAN’T EVEN DEFEND HIMSELF!”

Michael Cole is not lying; The Undertaker’s eyes are shot, his head hanging to one side, his arms loose by his sides, as Lashley hurls him against the steel like a rag doll. Charles Robinson is all over The Real Deal, who is like a deranged beast, damn near foaming at the mouth. Robinson pleads with him, “Hey c’mon, that’s enough, he’s out of it!” But Bobby isn’t listening … instead HE THROWS THE THREE-HUNDRED POUND PHENOM ONTO HIS SHOULDERS ... APPLYING THE DEADLY TORTURE RACK SUBMISSION!!!!

CHARLES ROBINSON TRIES DESPERATELY TO PRY THE UNDERTAKER AWAY … BUT BOBBY LASHLEY MAINTAINS HIS SUPERHUMAN GRIP!!! The Deadman’s body thrashes around atop Bobby’s massive shoulders as he shakes the former World Champion’s spine like a plank of wood, trying to snap it ... LASHLEY’S FACE IS MONSTROUS ... HIS EYES BULGING OUT FROM HIS HEAD ... HIS TEETH BARED ... AS HE TRIES TO BREAK THE UNDERTAKER’S BACK WITH THE TORTURE RACK!!!

The Phenom is unconscious, no two ways about it, his body nothing more than a play thing for Lashley right now who INCREASES THE PRESSURE EVEN MORE ... LETTING OUT A MIGHTY ROAR ... THE FANS AT RINGSIDE GETTING A FULL SHOT OF THEIR HEROES BACK BEING SNAPPED IN TWO!!! Bobby steadies himself, shaking The Undertaker’s frame manically ... and begins to BEND HIM FROM THE NECK AND LEGS ... INCREASING THE TAUGHT TO A PHENOMENAL AMOUNT!!! For the second time this night, the camera closes in on fans in the crowd, women and child, sobbing and crying as their hero is dismantled!! Lashley ROARS with his terrifying intensity, nodding his head like a mad man, settling for nothing less than a crippled Deadman on this night!!!

Phoenix is a mix of heat and horror, screaming their lungs out for The Undertaker, but just struggling to recover from the shock of what they are witnessing ... as Lashley APPLIES EVEN MORE PRESSURE TO THE TORTURE RACK ... THERE’S NOTHING CHARLES ROBINSON CAN DO!!!!!!! Bobby continues to wrench and pull and twist and rip at the legs, neck and, most importantly, spine of The Phenom, and there is virtually nothing left of the man who is 14 – 0 at WrestleMania now, a virtual corpse on the granite shoulders of The Real Deal. FINALLY… carelessly … Bobby Lashley allows The Undertaker to fall from his shoulders, crumbling down to the floor like a sack of wet cement.

With The Undertaker a mangled heap, completely and utterly unconscious, referee Charles Robinson checks on him. Bobby Lashley walks away, his back to his fallen foe, arrogantly, callously working the cricks out of his neck as the count begins …
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… No signs of life …

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… Lashley rubs his jaw painfully, still not watching …

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… The Undertaker’s eyes are not even open …
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… Feeling this is it, Lashley rolls back inside the ring …

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WINNER: BOBBY LASHLEY @ 38:58.

As the bell tolls, The US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona is virtually silent, absolutely horrified at the sight of, for the second time this night, the complete and utter annihilation of one of their heroes.

Tazz: Oh my god, guys. This is… this is…

John Bradshaw Layfield: Straight-up domination, gentlemen.

The Real Deal looks almost machine-like as he slowly steps through the ropes. Outside the ring, the referee checks on a crippled Phenom.

Michael Cole: This … this is a man who’s in his rookie year here in the WWE, and we’ve just seen him not just defeat, not just “knock off”, but absolutely, positively DISMANTLE one of the greatest legends in this business. We feared … we feared what might happen if Undertaker accepted the Last Man Standing challenge, and, ladies and gentlemen, our fears have come true, because the nightmare of WrestleMania for Bobby Lashley has been laid to rest … he has beaten The Undertaker within an inch of his life.

Tazz: We just seen the dawning of a new era here in the WWE? I gotta think we have, Cole. Just take a look at that man, if you can call him that, Bobby Lashley. He’s bleeding yeah, but he ain’t breathin’ hard, he ain’t in pain, and that’s after a half-hour war with The Deadman. I ain’t ever seen anyone do that to Taker before. This is unbelievable, Michael.

As he steps over The Undertaker to get to the ramp, Lashley is joined by a frantic Paul Heyman. Paul E., still holding his mouth, grins at his ‘boy’ like a mad man, patting him on the shoulder, before he looks back at The Undertaker, lying in a pool of his own blood.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, I never thought I would see the day—

Around the arena, the lights suddenly go out …

Michael Cole: Hey – Hey, what the- what the- !?

Tazz: Uh, I- I dunno, Cole.

As the eerily familiar ‘Funeral March’ begins to reverberate ominously through the darkened building, we catch sight of an entourage of mysterious, robed figures heading past Lashley toward the ring.

Entering the ring, the Druids, slowly, carefully raise their leader, The Undertaker, up over their shoulders, as though they were carrying a coffin, and begin to methodically carry The Phenom back up the ramp as the lights flicker.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I’ve never seen anything like this, boys.

Tazz: Me either, JBL. This is freakin’ creepy.
Michael Cole: Those ... these ... these- these Druids. I don’t how else to describe them. Where ... where are they ... where they taking him?

With the arena lights down, only the flashing blue from the eerie smoke gives us any visuals, as the druids lead The Undertaker to the top of the ramp.

Not stopping for a moment, the ominous druids disappear straight through the black veil, as the ringing music begins to fade, leaving us merely with a darkened arena filled with the cries of the crowd.

*GONG*

Instantly, the lights come back up leaving thousands upon thousands of bewildered looking people staring, aghast, down at the ring.

Tazz: I- I- I ain’t got a clue what’s goin’ on here, guys.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I think Bobby Lashley has just done the unthinkable, gentlemen. Halle-freakin’-lujah. He truly is The Real Deal.

Michael Cole: You might be right about that, JBL. Ladies and gentlemen, we have just witnessed a true war. A Last Man Standing match for the ages between The Undertaker and Bobby Lashley. Bobby Lashley ... won ... if you can call it that, tonight ... the biggest of his young career ... but just what the hell has this monster done?? Who the hell is gonna stop this man?? For The Undertaker ... tonight truly has been ... Judgment Day.

The show ends with the sight of thousands upon thousands of Undertaker fans staring abjectly into the ring ... their hero ... the legend ... gone ... forever??

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Good choice of opener, giving us a decent amount of time between determining who gets the title shot and then actually having the title match. Glad to see it get so much time, with numerous near falls from all the men involved, and also we get to see a ton of good spots. The ending was very well-written, with Batista looking like he had the match won, but as his luck has gone since WM22, Rey ends up pinning Finlay before Big Dave can pin Booker. Glad to see Rey finally get his first world title shot, but I think it's pretty obvious we won't be seeing him become a double champion later tonight.

Nice way to start the KK/Hardy contest, as they obviously still have a ton to settle and the brawl to kick things off was the best way to go. A very physical and short contest, and the ending was somewhat obvious before the match even began, as there was no way Hardy could have recovered enough by this time, and Kennedy just ended up beating the piss out of him. This feud will continue sometime down the line, when Matt is able to recover enough. I'd say The Bash is when we will see these two lock up again, in some sort of gimmick match.

A decent eight-man tag match, with three good teams and the Bashams. Not going to go into all of the specifics, but I was incredibly shocked to see that you had Melina turn on her boys, and help the Bluebloods win the match. I am very interested to see where this goes, not only with respect to the next challengers for the belt, but also to hear Melina's reasons for turning. Definitely didn't see this one playing out this way at all, good job.

While obviously not as good as their epic clash for the CW Title at WM22, this match between Noble and Kash was still a very good one. They are the two best cruiserweights that you have, so I'm so happy to see them giving it their all in this one. I'm shocked to see you take the belt off of Noble so quickly, especially given all that he went through to finally win it. But if this is a way of continuing the feud, then I'm all for the result. Just surprised.

Just as everyone thought, the WHC Match between Edge and Rey is ruined with countless stints of interference from a ton of guys. The action was good, but nothing spectacular, even though Rey did look very impressive at various times. So many random people coming down, most surprising was obviously Hardy. But when the dust settles, Edge is still the champion, just as he should be. It's tough to decide if SD will continue to be like this until the new GM is announced, or if Shane/the rest of the McMahon family step in and actually show some authority. We shall see.

Very impressive win for the rookie over Hardcore, just as he should have had. Nothing else to say, except that you should continue to push Albright at the pace you've been going at.

Brutal is really the only way to describe the main event between Lashley and The Undertaker. Both men came out looking to absolutely destroy the other, and I’d say that they accomplished that and then some. Some of the moves that were hit sounded epic, but neither man is able to get the other to stay down for ten until Lashley proves how awesome he is, ending the match with the torture rack before finally showing mercy and dropping The Phenom for the victory. This right here established Lashley as the best young wrestler in this thread. ‘Taker possibly being gone just delays the rematch longer, because I know that we will be seeing that. Hell in a Cell at SummerSlam for the Rubber Match, imo.

Sorry for the lack of detailed comments, but I really just wanted to get my comments up with respect to each match. I’ll try and get back to full reviews when you post the next weekly show, which I really hope will be soon!
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I’ve only been waiting forever for this, so it better deliver. Punk winning on the pre-show before his debut is a good start. The video package was also very nice, playing well on the featured feuds, while also keeping on theme with the actual PPV. JBL on commentary, btw? Awesome.

Starting off with the fatal four way seems to be the right way to go, as you obviously have to give the winner some time to recover, plus it’s an exciting way to kick things off. I know you want to get Edge involved, but him distracting the combatants right at the beginning seemed a bit pointless. Kind of shows his character, but not really needed. Batista’s continued selfish attitude is interestingly used, while I’m surprised you didn’t have the heels assault the faces, although I guess it shows Booker’s attitude well. The two faces starting full of energy was a good way to go, while I also liked the way in which they took their foes down; Batista with strength and Rey with speed. Finlay picking his spot well from there was nice, giving us just a tease of Rey and Batista facing off, while having the faces get a bit more offense in early seemed right, especially the big dive from Rey. The action from there was smooth, up until the confrontation between Rey and Batista, which seemed eerily similar to Bragging Rights. The offense from Batista was nice, and even though it may have been a bit early for the beatdown, I guess it works with the size difference and intensity of Big Dave. Was Batista planning on putting Mysterio through the table? I’m not sure, although I don’t mind that this may just be another teaser, while also allowing Finlay to look like a wily brawler. Booker turning on Finlay was also an expected move, and I loved Finlay outbrawling Booker in his little comeback. Batista making a comeback against Booker instantly seemed a little pointless, and maybe didn’t sell the weapon shot as ideally as you’d like, although the counter into the Book End on the floor was nice. Batista getting up so soon also seemed wrong, and while it got you to your next spot with Rey, it makes things seem too much like a spotfest with no real substance, which is something you usually do a lot better. I like the match calming down for a bit here, moving into more of a one on one contest for a bit (even if Finlay is absent for a little long, especially when you consider the selling of the others), with a nice buildup into a fist exchange, showing Booker’s cockiness working against him well. Booker winning the exchange made sense, while the sequence into the Scissors Kick also worked nicely, allowing Finlay to get back involved. Mysterio again no sold following the nearfall, getting up very quickly, before the action continued nicely before a little more no selling following the shillelagh shots from Finlay, with both Booker and ‘Tista getting up mighty quickly. The finish right after this was very interesting, with Rey picking up an opportunistic win in exciting fashion, stealing what looked like was going to finally be a win for Batista. Could he turn tonight now? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he interfered in the title match. As a whole, this match was pretty good, although I thought the selling hurt it throughout.

Hopefully we see One Night Stand some time soon.

Nice way to show the continued problems between Steph and Shane, with Shane’s ego shining through, even with Linda around. Could he have bit off more than he can chew? I think so.

Great things ... Kennedy? I thought you were a realistic booker ... isn’t he set to be injured right about now. Hardy meanwhile getting straight out to business makes sense, following the nature of their feud. Hardy’s sheer intensity early was awesome, not in the least bit letting up on Kennedy, really making Hardy look like a man possessed until Kennedy finally found himself an opening, putting over how personal this feud is. Kennedy’s beatdown of Hardy was pretty good too, although for some reason, the Mic Check seemed out of place here. Would have preferred it to stay a brawl, with no real wrestling moves involved, especially since both men are capturing that anarchy feel so well by pushing the referee out of the way. The spot afterwards where Hardy split himself right open was nice (would have possibly been better if we hadn’t seen blood in the last contest too which is something I’ve said in the past about your shows as it takes away from the spectacle), although Kennedy going after that target afterwards was pretty damn awesome. The referee stoppage finish usually wouldn’t work for me, with a Last Man Standing match on the same show especially, but the way in which this was done was pretty damn awesome, keeping the intensity of their feud running at an all-time high. The Mic Check was the only thing I felt was out of place here, as this was just an awesome brawl, making Kennedy look like a sick son of a bitch.

Nice little hype for Mysterio/Edge. Expecting that match to deliver big time. With the next promo, I guess we can expect interference in the match, and it’s not just the assumed interference from Big Dave. Interesting.

Just a small thing, but the commentary before this match was pretty great. The start seemed a little awkward, although I guess the cheap heat tactic from Regal, building into the big beatdown worked as a spot theoretically. The match after there was a little hard to follow, though a lot of fun, with a lot of punishment for Regal really making the faces look good. The turn of momentum had to come eventually, as the faces were on top for a long time (although I guess it is an eight man match), but the payoff was good, with good use of some dirty tactics from the heels for a sickening impact. The beatdown from the heels went on nicely, up until some damn nice wrestling from Burchill. Good to see you really bringing some awesome submission moves into his arsenal to make him look like a real badass. The Basham Brothers constantly being the screwups of the team protected the champs well, with Kendrick making the hot tag to both men being interesting, and perhaps creating an interesting dynamic to the match. Big boot/dragon suplex combo? Damn, that’s nice. The table spot seemed a bit unnecessary in this match, as you already had enough chaos, and it didn’t really fit in with the action, although the way you’ve featured Nitro throughout this match as been super athletic has been good. The action from there to get Melina into the ring was nice, and I have to say, Melina turning on MNM is a shock, and possibly not a good one. As faces, you’ve now got The Mexicools, The Hooligans and MNM, all of which now have no real mic skills. Meanwhile Regal can more than carry a mic on the heel side, although he’ll have no one to go up against. Disappointing in a way, imo. However, the turn of Melina does open up a few possibilities, and it certainly is different, so it should be interesting to see where you go next from here. The next step of The Bluebloods should be interesting too, as after this brutal win, they get to choose their next opposition. Should be interesting to see where you go next with this tag team situation.

Already have a poster for WrestleMania 23? Is someone getting a little ahead of themself?

Nice little promo from Kash before his match with Noble, owning him pretty well, while also talking his own chances up well before their match. Am kind of disappointed this didn’t start with a bit of a brawl, although it has the potential to be a great match, rather than a brawl, and you also had a brawl earlier in Hardy/Kennedy. The exchanges early were crisp and exciting enough, while continuing to make Noble look good and Kash look a bit like a heelish coward, at least when needed (because we both know that Kash can also kick ass ). Kash’s arrogance and aggression after that were awesome, allowing you to up the tempo with a bit of subtlety as well. Kash’s little period of dominance after that big enzuiguri was nice, building into the Noble comeback and finally the payoff for the chop, which you had been building for a big time. Simple, but it makes the move look oh so important. From there Noble’s dominance was pretty nice, with the chop to the back then German suplex being a really cool combo move. The intensity of Noble being shown by him immediately going for the Dragon Clutch was nice, as was the hurricanrana to the outside by Kash, although the moving into the Dead Level seemed a little unnatural for mine, but I guess that’s partially why it was reversed. The finish of this match built up pretty well, despite maybe missing something, although the nearfalls really picked up towards the end, with the stiff offense at the end from Kash certainly being pleasing, leading into what I would call a shock win. I guess this is the right result, as it allows this feud to continue on strongly, which is needed since these two are well above the rest of the division at this point in time. I thought the match itself could have benefited with a few extra minutes, perhaps taken from the opening spotfest, just to build up the contest that little bit more, but it was still a very nice match.

Great video package for the world title match which I loved, just based on how much effort it looked like went into it. Big positive, imo, as it’s the small things that count. The way in which you opened this match was very weird, as Mysterio looked like a coward to start with, while Edge just looked flat out superior to Mysterio. Rey’s athleticism being shown off not long after was good to see, as it makes him competitive and really shows what he brings to the table well, with his little burst of energy, before the two have a nice, long exchange of moves. A bit surprised Mysterio is the one with the continued advantage, as the longer the matches goes on, the more it would favour Edge logically, since Rey has already competed, plus a long beatdown is the perfect thing to build sympathy for Rey, especially with the added platform of it being his second match. The exchanges, however, were pretty nice, up until the inevitable runins to undermine the authority of Shane. While from there, I liked the anarchy type attitude, someone like a shattered Jamie Noble and a concussed Matt Hardy, imo, should not have been getting involved, along with Albright and Holly since they’re yet to wrestle tonight. Hardy also looked like a real pussy with his “respect” stuff as well. Shane not calling for the bell makes sense, as he wants things to work for him, while the finish was nice, giving Edge a win in a way that suited the match with all of its counters. As a whole, this wasn’t a bad match, in fact it was quite good for what it was, although it felt awfully rushed, and really had the potential for more, if it were allowed just a little more time.

Vengeance poster is nice. Good job to whoever made it.

@ Shane’s attitude. Can’t wait for the eventual payoff for all of this.

@ Teddy being a racist. He’s been on fire on commentary tonight. A good addition, if just for the night.

Albright’s little promo before his match was alright, although it seems weird for him to be so came after just being in the big brawl. Regardless, you got his ego across well, just like you did by having McCool introduce him herself, and Albright owning Holly’s wife (someone would marry him?). The audacity of Albright to chuck his shirt in Holly’s face when he climbs in the ring, then take the cheap shot is also a clever way to start the match. The match progressed along pretty well, especially when you consider Holly was involved, with some nice counters and moves, including Albright getting right up from a belly to belly and booting old Sparky out of the arena. The action stayed crisp after there, and really made a point of making Albright look good in him surviving both the spinebuster on the floor and the Alabama Slam, which I love. After that, I almost feel the action slowed before the finish with the superplex before the counter into the Crowbar, but ultimately this match got the job done, making Albright look like a damn tough motherfucker.

Michaels and Cena on another poster? Damn, you must have big plans for this rivalry.

I’ve got to say, the way you led into the Last Man Standing promo video was pretty great, as was the video before the match, summing up their feud following their ‘Mania match very nicely. The way you started this match in the same way that their ‘Mania match started was nice, with ‘Taker alert and aware, building on the story well from last time. The desperation of ‘Taker actually was pretty cool to see, as was the power of Lashley, with the pulling out of the STJoe, as well as the awesome spinebuster from the old school attempt. The action from there progressed quite nicely up until they moved back in the ring following the brawl on the floor, with no real flaws except Lashley for some reason rolling in and out of the ring to break a count out which shouldn’t have been in place. The way in which the match continued to move on was good, with everything flowing along well, as well as some awesome aggression from Lashley being showcased until we see some weapons being introduced with the steel stair shot from ‘Taker, getting some inevitable blood into this match (let’s face it ... you’re a sadist, and you know it ). I have to say, the spot with the table was damn amazing, using some past history, as well as interference from Heyman to set up a sick spot. Awesome. The Spear that followed after a bit of action was another great spot too, and the fact that it was transitioned to well is something I think I like even more. The spinebusters after were pretty nice too, although I found Lashley to again be going for the Running Powerslam a bit tiresome, as you’re almost making him look like a one trick pony who can’t realise when something’s going wrong, which it of course did again here. The rest of his moves, though, have been impressive, and this double powerbomb was no exception, with the frustration of the rookie going for the steel chair now making sense, showing an even more sickening side of Lashley, while continuing the torture for ‘Taker. The Powerslam again failing not long after wasn’t a shock, although I’m not sure how I feel on Lashley getting up from the Tombstone, as it is one of those moves that I feel someone should really never get up from, even if it does really put over the strength of Lashley. The sick smashes of ‘Taker into the steel, before the torture rack to finish the match were nice, although I felt like Lashley should have picked ‘Taker up and finally hit the Running Powerslam to complete the match to truly finish him off. This was a great main event anyway, and it really put Lashley over as you wanted to, making him look like the unstoppable beast that you’ve had him become. Pretty amazing way to finish the show.


As a whole, this was an impressive Pay-Per-View, although I felt it was a bit down on Backlash. The matches, while still pretty good, felt a bit rushed for the most part thanks to the time they were allocated on the way they were booked, although I guess that’s just the way things fell with how you wanted the show booked. The promos, commentary and the like were great, as always, and really added a lot to the Pay-Per-View. You’ve also got a lot to play with following this, as you have seemingly a new direction for Lashley, the Hardy/Kennedy situation to continue, the MNM stuff, Kash/Noble III and Shane’s idiocy still to all really come. As I said before, this was an impressive show, and really makes me love having this back around, hopefully for a long time to come. Don’t wait too long to post RAW please.
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Thanks for the feeback, chaps. It's very much appreciated. A few comments is all I was looking for to avoid the dreaded double post (), but you boys went above and beyond. That's why I love you, I suppose

Oh, and BKB, the ineraction between Rey and Batista was eerily similar to Bragging Rights? I'd had that match written almost a year before that God awful PPV, but then again, my past track record doesn't exactly inspire confidence, does it?

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wwe.com has announced that the WWE board of directors have officially ordered Co-interim General Managers of Friday Night SmackDown Shane and Stephanie McMahon to "take action" over the chaotic events of last night's PPV.
That's all we have to go on at this minute, with no word back yet from either Shane or Stephanie. One thing is for certain though, the Prince and Princess of the McMahon Empire will not appreciate being given orders.
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Eric Bischoff's contract expires with the WWE this Summer, and so far neither side has been particularly aggressive in pursuing a renogotiation. Bischoff had originally intended to go on sabbatical late in 2005, but was persuaded to put it on hold at least for a while. His major role in the current 'WWE vs. ECW' storyline could be seen as either a sign of his current strength in the company, or a way for him to go out in the blaze of glory he always wanted.

Early backstage reports suggest a happy mood in the WWE following last night's Judgment Day PPV. Many people have been firmly behind Paul Heyman as Head Booker on Friday nights, especially with the instogation of his 'Anarchy Era' angle post-WrestleMania. However, there are a few individuals, namely Stephanie McMahon, who are breathing down Heyman's neck if he falters, so last night's anarchic PPV was a huge gamble on his part.
Most questionable of all was the World Heavyweight Championship, which saw almost a dozen run-ins. This was done seemingly to further the 'Anarchy Era' storyline, but whether or not it will pay off in the lobg run remains to be seen.

Early word on the Melina turn at Judgment Day suggest more Paul E. machinations. Apparently the tag team division is on the rise on SmackDown, and Heyman chose to have Melina betray Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury to further their face turns and add another dimension to their feud with The Bluebloods. There has always been a shortage of face teams in the WWE, but now with MNM, The Hooligans, and The Mexicools, expect the additions of future heel tandems to come sooner rather than later.

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Tonight…




Oh, how things can change in only a matter of days. This time last week, Kurt Angle and Triple H were amiable allies, united in their crusade against Eric Bischoff’s ruthless regime; Kurt Angle had the WWE Championship around his waist, and the ECW Invaders were making their presence felt. As the old saying goes, “What a difference a day makes…” Yes, we do indeed have a NEW WWE Champion. And it isn’t just anyone. Our new WWE Champion just so happens to be the 7ft, 500lb largest athlete walking the face of the earth, The Big Show! The unstoppable giant took advantage of the chaos that erupted during the main event last week to pin Kurt Angle and capture his fourth World Championship. The monster has been on a tear since February, when he was rejoined by his old mentor Paul Bearer; since then Big Show has been a one man wrecking machine, taking out the likes of Dustin Rhodes, Eugene, Maria, his former tag team partner Kane, and, most recently, Rob Van Dam. Now with the WWE Title around (or as close as it can get) his waist, Big Show is truly the most powerful man in the entire WWE. Can ANYONE stop this behemoth?

One man who we can almost guarantee is going to try his best is the former WWE Champion Kurt Angle. For over five months, ever since defeating John Cena in a First Blood match back on January 2nd to capture his fifth World Title, Angle had been on a roll. After successfully seeing legends the likes of Triple H, John Cena and Shawn Michaels, and successfully retaining the championship in the main event of WrestleMania for the very first time, Angle’s reign of excellence looked set to continue. But then came the chair shot heard all around the world. Swinging for Carlito, Angle missed Mr. Money in the Bank and struck Triple H instead. The rest, as they say, is history. The Game angrily dropped Angle with the Pedigree, and before he could fully come to terms with his actions, Big Show had picked the bones and taken the WWE Title away from the Olympic Gold Medallist. Angle and The Game are on a collision course. Both men will be in Las Vegas this week, and there’s sure to be one hell of an explosion…

One man who will not be in Sin City this week is the Intercontinental and one-half of the World Tag Team Champions, Shelton Benjamin. After his incredible Ladder Match with Kenny Doane last week – in which he successfully retained his singles title – Benjamin was attacked once again by the monstrous duo of Umaga and Samu, otherwise known as The Sons of Samoa. Shelton suffered a Samoan Drop upon a ladder, which has sidelined him this week. His fellow tag team champion Charlie Haas though, has challenged either of The Sons to a match. Step forward … Umaga. ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ gets his first taste of singles competition in the WWE this week. How can Haas possibly overcome these odds?

Also, after all the speculation, all the intrigue, we can confirm that ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels WILL be in Las Vegas, and he will be in the ring with ‘Good Ol’ J.R.’ Jim Ross to explain his heinous actions of the past couple of months. His vendetta against John Cena has seemingly driven HBK over the edge, and Cena’s current status on the shelf is a testament to that. What kind of reasons will Michaels have? Only Raw has the answer…

Also, watch out for Chavo Guerrero, Kenny Doane, and The Redneck Wrecking Crew, who are all scheduled to be in action this week. We will hear from Women’s Champion Mickie James, plus many, many more. They will all be live this Monday in Las Vegas for what is sure to be another extreme edition on the road to ECW One Night Stand.

All this and more on Monday Night RAW, 9/8CT on the USA Network.

Confirmed Matches:

Kenny Doane vs. Chavo Guerrero

The Redneck Wrecking Crew are in action

Charlie Haas vs. Umaga



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'Collision'

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RAW will be posted tomorrow or Saturday.
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Pfft, don't think I was accusing you of anything. I knew you would have at least have had your storylines planned out well in advance, though I'm surprised you had the show written so long ago. What this tells me is that you need to keep posting more consistently.

News looks fine here. The anarchy era is something you're really playing up well, sot the explanation should be interesting, as should the follow up of Melina turning on her boys. Am also looking forward to seeing where the RAW authority storyline goes since Bischoff has been abusing his power and his contract is coming to an end.

Damn, the main event scene on RAW is interesting. Michaels/Cena, Tripper/Angle and Big Show and co/ECW is certainly exciting, and is sure to once again make for good reading. You've also got a pretty stacked undercard, so to say I'm looking forward to finally seeing a new weekly show from you would be an understatement. Show soon, please.
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