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Monday Night Raw - May 22nd, 2006; Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the greatest of all time."



Collision

No fireworks, opening video, commentary…


*Backstage - Promo Area*



Our very first shot of the broadcast is an extreme close up of the WWE Championship belt, which no longer reads “Kurt Angle” on the nameplate, but instead displays the name, “The Big Show.” Slowly, the camera begins to pan up, showing us the massive arms, chest, and torso of the man himself, as The Big Show stands before us in all his glory.


The Big Show: Y’know something? (shrugs) … … I told you so.

~ Show gives us a big smile, and strokes the title belt…

???: Oh yes.

~ Camera pans slowly around… to see Paul Bearer gazing up at his giant adoringly from the wings of the set.

Paul Bearer:
We told you all.

*Ringside*



Sin City is already gripped by a tremendous reaction as the now FORMER WWE Champion, ‘The Wrestling Machine’ KURT ANGLE is storming out down the ramp, not stopping for one single, solitary second, not even waiting for his music, before heading straight for the ring. Dressed in navy sweat pants, a grey ‘Tap or Snap’ t-shirt, with his Gold Medals swinging around his neck as always, Angle bypasses his usual pyro to get straight to business.

Jim Ross:
After five months atop the mountain, tonight Kurt Angle finds himself without the WWE Championship around his waist! Hello, everyone, and welcome to Monday Night Raw! I’m Good Ol’ J.R., Jim Ross, here alongside Joey Styles and a very happy Jonathan Coachman.

Jonathan Coachman:
You’re damn right I’m happy, J.R., and wouldn’t you be if you saw a man who slammed you through a table only two weeks ago finally get what he deserves and lose the WWE Title!? I think you, J.R., I think you would!

Joey Styles:
During the WWE Title match last week the ECW Superstars once again invaded Raw, but will we see them again tonight, as the road towards ECW One Night Stand continues to get more and more intense here on Monday Night Raw.

As soon as steps through the ropes, a furious Angle tears his shirt and medals off, storms over to a rather nervous Lillian Garcia and snatches the microphone away from her.

Kurt Angle:
HUNTER!!!

~ Mixed reaction for the mention of The Game.


Kurt Angle:
ME!! YOU!! NOW!!

~ Incredible ovation as the crowd salivates over the match up. Kurt waits for several seconds but nothing happens.


Kurt Angle:
What’s the matter Hunter!? Get your ass out here so I can make you tap like the bitch that you are (Crowd oh’s)!! Oh, it’s true! It’s damn true!!

~ ‘Nuff said. Angle slams the microphone down with a metallic thud, turning to face the stage, and prowling up and down like a caged beast in anticipation, before…



…Vegas EXPLODES with a mixed reaction the likes of which only the two men in the ring seem able to generate… as TRIPLE H comes marching down with a look of fury on his face equal to that of The Wrestling Machine. Tearing off his leather jacket as he moves, Helmsley also disposes of his t-shirt, getting a few girly pops from the crowd, but it’s mostly drowned out by the excited roar of the crowd!!

Jim Ross:
Oh- oh no- oh no, The Game is answerin’ the challenge! Here- here he comes!

Joey Styles:
W- W- We need some security out here right now! These two guys are going to kill each other!

Jonathan Coachman:
To hell with security! Let ‘em fight! Let ‘em fight! C’mon!!

~ Hunter rolls into the ring and immediately jumps up to his feet… AND THE FIGHT IS ON!! The two former World Champion’s hammer away on one another with everything they’ve got, cursing and growling as they do so, with neither man really gaining an advantage!! Just as Angle gets in a few good shots, Trips comes right back with some of his own, the hatred fuelling both men’s invincibility seemingly!!

Jim Ross:
Jesus Christ! This is Goddamn pandemonium out here!

~ No sooner does the fight begin… do any army of security guards, referees, backstage workers, road agents, and even other wrestlers come charging down down the ramp, quickly sliding into the ring and diving onto the brawling superstars, trying to drag them apart!!

THUNDEROUS boos greet the peacemakers, as the wrestle the two psychopaths away from each other, despite the wildness of the men! Angle can be heard SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS, “FUCK YOU, HUNTER! I’M GONNA FUCKIN’ KILL YOU!”, with Trips saying much the same thing!!

Joey Styles:
Thank God even Eric Bischoff had the sense to break this thing up!

Jonathan Coachman:
What!? Are you telling me you didn’t want to see what was gonna happen here!?

~ As Hunter is dragged away into one corner, Angle is forcibly dragged into the other, whilst the crowd chants “Let Them Fight” at the officials holding them back…

***ERRRRRRRRK … CRASH***

?????

What is this??? Mankind’s theme???


?????


WTF???


MICK FOLEY??? The former WWF Champion, and the former member of the ECW roster makes his way down the aisle with a furious expression on his face. Everyone in the building is confused as hell, as Foley, dressed to kill in a smart dark suit, carries with him an official looking clipboard as he rolls into the ring and grabs one of the discarded microphones off the canvas.

Even Angle and Hunter seem momentarily distracted from one another by this surprise appearance, as Foley points at all the security guards et al.

Mick Foley:
YOU!! ALL OF YOU!! GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS RING!! RIGHT NOW!!!

~ Most of the peacemakers look sceptical, not budging, prompting Foley to pull out a piece of paper from his top pocket.

Mick Foley:
You don’t think I have the authority to order you around!? THINK AGAIN!! I have here a signed document (thrusts the paper in their faces) from Vince and Linda McMahon, hereby granting me absolute power in this company in their absence!! NOW GET THE HELL OUT!!

~ Big pop from the fans, as the various workers warily begin to loosen their grips on the enraged pair of Angle and Helmsley.

Mick Foley:
Oh, oh, don’t worry about these two. They’re not going to be a problem for me(gets right in Hunter’s face) because they know all too well what I’m capable off when I’m pissed off!!

~ Helmsley’s eyes narrow … but he doesn’t answer back. The plethora of security and WWE employees release both he and Angle … and neither of them move an inch. The army slowly exits the ring, keep a wary eye on the two maniacs as they back up the ramp.

After a quick nod, Foley turns suddenly … getting right in both men’s faces!!

Mick Foley:
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU TWO!?!?

~ OH!; the crowd responds with shock as both Angle and Triple H look dangerously close to losing their temper.

Mick Foley:
You both claim to be the smartest man in the business -- you, Hunter… to so-called ‘Cerebral Assassin’, the master of the mind game -- and you, Kurt… you’ve rammed your ‘Three I’s’ down our throats non-stop for the past six years!! What happened to intelligence!?

~ Angle blinks angrily, as Trips stares straight ahead.

Mick Foley:
Don’t you think that Eric Bischoff and his sycophantic suck ups are sat back there right this minute watching this … and laughing at the two of you!?

~ This seems to get through to both men, as their bodies relax slightly, their muscles less tense.

Mick Foley:
It’s called ‘Divide and Conquer’, gentlemen … and you were about thirty seconds away from falling for it.

~ Angle shakes his head in exasperation.

Mick Foley:
You can’t let that happen. You can’t fight against each other. You’ve got to be united. You at least, for the next three weeks … until One Night Stand … need to … join, forces.

~ “What!?” Coach doesn’t like this one bit, but the crowd certainly does, Angle and Helmsley lock eyes once more over Foley’s head.

Mick Foley:
Do you think that—

***WELLLLLL … WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW***

Foley’s cut off mid-sentence, cueing an outpouring of heat from the Las Vegas crowd, as Paul Bearer leads the NEW WWE Champion The Big Show out onto the stage, closely followed by a swaggering General Manager Eric Bischoff and Money in the Bank briefcase carrying Carlito.

Jonathan Coachman:
Uh oh! Here we go!

Jim Ross:
Well it looks as though business is about to pick up, because … we’re being joined here…

Jonathan Coachman:
Oh there he is! Finally, J.R., here comes the voice of reason!

Bischoff and co. stop on the stage, with the GM looking decidedly uncomfortable in Mick Foley’s company. As his music dies down and the boos pick up, Bischoff brings a mic up.

Eric Bischoff:
Mick- Mick … HAVE YOU LOST YOU DAMN MIND!?!?

~ Monstrous heat, as Foley raises an eyebrow.

Eric Bischoff:
You think that … maybe … maybe you’re- maybe you’d like to be … Gandhi!? Somebody like that … where you’re the peacemaker? You want to do good for everybody like Gandhi did!?

~ An “Asshole” chant starts up, which ‘Lito tries to get them to stop.

Eric Bischoff:
Or maybe … maybe you fancy yourself as- as some kind of … white Martin Luther King, Jr.?

~ Foley shrugs with a bemused chuckle, but Carlito turns angrily to the noisy crowd, leaning into the mic.

Carlito:
SHUT UP!!!

~ Big-time heat for the group, as Big Show glowers threateningly into the masses.

Eric Bischoff:
Thank you, Carlito. You know what … but since you’re trying to … like … lay the law down, Mick … maybe … maybe you think of yourself … as … as some kind of sheriff? A fat -- or should I say fatter -- John Wayne? Maybe that’s how you’re seeing yourself in that deranged mind of yours these days, eh, Mick?

~ More boos as Foley laughs it up.

Eric Bischoff:
Well … no one knows what’s really going on in Mick Foley’s head … no one knows who you really think you are … but I can tell you…

~ Bischoff trails off, looking up into the crowd, who continue to chant “Carlito’s gay” at the top of their lungs, sending Mr. Money in the Bank into a frenzy.

Eric Bischoff:
Last night says otherwise. Ask Torrie Wilson…

~ Bearer pats ‘Lito on the back, telling him to “Calm down.”

Eric Bischoff:
But let me tell you exactly, Mick Foley … who you truly are.

~ Foley mouths, “Be my guest.”

Eric Bischoff:
And all you truly are … is a … conniving … do-gooder … sycophantic … ass kissing … uh, pathetic excuse for an employee.

~ Huge heat, as Mick rubs his eyebrows with a sblack.

Eric Bischoff:
That’s really … who you really are … so don’t- don’t pretend you’re anything else.

~ Bischoff gives Foley one of his famous, nauseating grins.

Eric Bischoff:
Now … simply because it amuses us … you were talking about… (waves his hand) those two joining forces … what… (turns to the crowd) WE’RE NOT GONNA TELL YOU PEOPLE AGAIN!!

~ Thunderous boos from the “Asshole” chanting thousands.

Eric Bischoff:
So what did you mean by “joining forces?”

~ Foley glances at the two men on either side of him with a smirk.

Mick Foley:
Well, Eric … before you made your way out here … with your boy band … I was about to say … that these two men -- these two men who both hate your guts, Eric -- are going to join forces … as one half of a ten-man tag team match … at ECW One Night Stand.

~ THUNDEROUS ovation from the crowd, as Angle and Hunter stare at one another dubiously, while Bischoff et al look slightly concerned.

Mick Foley:
And … just because I’m such a giving person … the other half of the tag team match is… (points) our new WWE Champion … The Big Show…

~ Boos, as Show looks up at Foley nonchalantly.

Mick Foley:
Carlito

~ ‘Lito turns quickly, waving his hands, saying, “No, no, no.”

Mick Foley:
And any other three Raw superstars you choose, Eric.

~ The crowd cheers the huge match, as Carlito and Bearer shakes their heads, Big Show doesn’t look fussed at all, and Bischoff ... SUDDENLY MARCHES FORWARDS!!

Eric Bischoff:
YOU’RE ON!! YOU GOT IT!!!

~ Roars go up, but both Carly and Bearer blow a gasket, demanding to know what the GM of Raw is thinking.

Eric Bischoff:
You think I’m afraid, Mick Foley!? You think I’m afraid of you, or Steve Austin, or the McMahon’s!? I’m Eric Bischoff dammit! I’m untouchable! Do your worst! I don’t give a damn what match you make at One Night Stand … I don’t care what match you make here tonight, tomorrow night, or any other night for that matter!!

~ As Bischoff goes nuts the crowd jeers loudly. The GM stomps up and down like a child having a tantrum ... as a small smile starts to come over Foley’s bearded face.

Mick Foley:
Well … it’s funny you should say that, Eric … because tonight … right here … in Las Vegas, Nevada!!

~ Huge cheap pop from the crowd at the prospect of something happening tonight, as Bischoff swallows hard ()

Mick Foley:
Funny you should say that, yeah … in that case tonight … Big Show … you will defend the WWE Championship … against … Triple H…

~ INCREDIBLE pop for the match, as Hunter smirks up the ramp at Show, pointing at him and making the gesture around his waist.

Mick Foley:
And … … … KURT ANGLE!! IN A THREE WAY DANCE!! RIGHT HERE TONIGHT!!!

~ BOOMING ovation for the match, as Bearer holds his head in dismay, Big Show blinks dismissively, and Bischoff shrugs arrogantly.

Eric Bischoff:
That’s it? That’s all you got!? YOU BET YOUR ASS YOU’RE ON!! YOU DAMN RIGHT YOU GOT IT!!

~ Carlito has a bitch fit, whilst Bearer damn near faints from shock.

Eric Bischoff:
Big Show will defend the WWE Title here tonight … and, so what, he has to fight off two men at the same time! Even so … he’ll do it … because he’s that good … he’s that damn good … and you’re just jealous of him, Foley, and you know damn well you are.

~ Foley cocks his head.

Mick Foley:
Jealous? I seem to recall beating his ass seven years ago at WrestleMania … but enough about me. As the Three Way Dance is a two-fall match, contested under elimination rules -- an ECW specialty I might add, in keeping with your weekly ‘Extreme Initiative’ -- whoever the final two men are at the end … they will meet for the WWE Title in five weeks time on June25th at Raw’s next Pay Per View … Vengeance.

~ Bearer throws his hands up in exasperation.

Mick Foley:
Well … if that’s how to take to that little announcement … let’s see what you make of this next one, shall we?

~ Cheers, as Carlito looks angrily at his boss.

Mick Foley:
Because … there is another item we will see up for grabs tonight.

~ Another outburst of applause, as a terrified Carlito tries to hide his briefcase behind his back.

Mick Foley: That
item… is your Money in the Bank briefcase … Carlito.

~ Pop, as the hated Caribbean Cool yells at Bischoff in horror.

Mick Foley:
C’mon, ‘Lito … how about you grow a set? Tonight, you will defend the Money in the Bank contract … against your old friend … Gregory Helms.

~ Good pop for Helms, as Carlito waves his hands in the air, dismayed at having to face his Backlash opponent once again.

Mick Foley:
And … pay very close attention to this … this is a stipulation … if Chris Masters or any of your Carlito’s buddies interfere in that match at all … you will be disqualified … and Gregory Helms will be awarded the Money in the Bank contract.

~ Clutching his briefcase to him like an infant, Carly tries to block out the cheers of the crowd. Bischoff holds his hands out confidently, pointing up at Foley.

Eric Bischoff:
Alright, you’ve got that too! I’m happy … now that you’ve made all of your little announcements … you little McMahon puppet you … you go back to giving Vince and Linda back rubs in Greenwich, just like you started your day this morning!

~ Beckoning to his colleagues, Bischoff turns to leave.

Mick Foley:
Woah, woah, woah, woah, Eric.

~ More cheers, as Bischoff stops dead, turning with trepidation to face his enemy.

Mick Foley:
I wouldn’t call myself a puppet of the McMahon’s. I like to think of myself … as … their Executive ENFORCER!!

~ “Good for you, Mick,” says Bischoff, turning to leave again.

Mick Foley:
Aaaaaaaaaand … as their Executive Enforcer … I will make this one, final announcement tonight…

~ The crowd buzzes once again, as a nervous Bischoff strolls back onto the stage.

Mick Foley:
Tonight … you will meet … the BRAND NEW … E … C … W … Commissioner.

~ Surprised pop, as Bischoff looks positively disgusted by this.

Mick Foley:
And no … it’s not me. It’s a man chosen by me though, Eric … who will SHARE power with you, Eric, up ‘til One Night Stand on June 11TH -- now, that includes bookings, money, matches, you name it, Eric -- … this man is going to be … YOUR PARTNER!!

~ TREMENDOUS response from the crowd, as Bischoff has a fit on the stage, hurling his jacket to the ground.

Mick Foley:
Oh, and, Eric? This man is gonna make himself known to you by the end of the night … because he has a VERY special announcement to make concerning the aforementioned ten-man tag team match at ECW One Night Stand. You’re gonna love it, Eric … trust me.

~ Bischoff mutters through gritted teeth, “You son of a...”

Mick Foley:
You know him … extremely well, Eric … and trust me when I say this … he sure as hell knows you.

~ More cheers, as Bischoff stares at his shoes in dismay ... and Foley slowly approaches the ropes, leaning over them.

Mick Foley:
Wait. Ho- ho- Hold on. How- how terribly rude of me, Eric. Before you go I just wanted to say one thing

~ Bischoff looks up slowly, as Mick gives him the famous thumbs up.

Mick Foley:
HAVE A NICE DAY!!!

~ ‘Wreck’ hits through the arena once more to another great pop, as Foley walks around the ring saluting the fans with his usual taunt, as Triple H and Angle look from one another to their opponent later tonight on the stage, while Eric Bischoff holds his head in his hands.

Jim Ross:
Oh my Gawd!! Mick Foley … signed as Vince and Linda McMahon’s Executive Enforcer … has apparently appointed a NEW ECW Commissioner here on Raw … he’s already made an impact here tonight!!

Joey Styles:
Well you have to love that!! I know we love it, but there’s one man who doesn’t love it … Eric Bischoff!!

Jim Ross:
What’s gonna happen the rest of this night!? Oh man!!

Show points up the ramp at his two challengers as if to say, “You’re next,” as Bearer hides behind his fearsome giant…








{Commercials}


*Backstage - Interview Area*



Todd Grisham stands by with one-half of the World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas.

Todd Grisham:
The response from all the fans was tremendous when Charlie Haas walked over here at ringside to join us, and it’s good to see one half of the tag team champions once again.

Charlie Haas:
Thank you very much, y’know, I’m delighted to be here. Y’know, over the past week, everywhere I’ve been across this country, all I’ve been hearin’ is, “When’re you gonna challenge Shelton Benjamin one more time? … When’re we gonna see the rematch?”

~ Haas glances at Grisham.

Charlie Haas:
Well, the answer to that question is very simple … it’s not up to me -- ‘cause right now Shelton Benjamin is sat at home with six inches o’ tape wrapped ‘round his bruised ribs thanks to what happened to him last week -- he is in no fit state to even be thinkin’ about defendin’ that Intercontinental Title against anyone, myself included, and quite frankly I think it would be disrespectful of me to lay down a challenge or anythin’ like that.

~ He shakes his head.

Charlie Haas:
Well, Armando Estrada, let me tell you somethin’ … I’m sure, I don’t care about the money as much as you, but what I do care about … is the wrestling. You’ve brought your boys here to the WWE, and, sure, they’re big … sure, they’re tough … sure, they’re monsters … but if you think that frightens Shelton and I for one second, you’ve got another thing comin’, pal. The World’s Greatest Tag Team isn’t just a name … it’s what we are. Since we became the World Tag Team Champions back at WrestleMania, we’ve taken on all comers … and we’ve knocked ‘em all back … and, Estrada … your boys are gonna be no different.

~ Small pop in the background.

Charlie Haas:
So, let me tell you this one thing … I’m not gonna scream myself horse or anythin’ like that sayin’ it … I’m not gonna lie to ya … Umaga’s bigger than me, and Umaga’s stronger than me. But monsters don’t care about anythin’, not the way we do. After what you did to my partner- to my friend last week, there is a fire been lit inside my gut … the likes of which, I assure you … you have never seen.

~ Haas gives the camera a steely camera and walks off screenshot.

Todd Grisham:
And now let’s go back to the ring…

*Back to ringside*



1 - Ken Doane
vs. Chavo Guerrero

Small, decent low key affair to get the show’s action underway, with Doane still nursing injuries from last week’s ladder match. Chavito begins to dominate after feigning a thumb to the eye injury, which the ref checks, only to poke Doane in the eye himself. He keeps the youngster with a flurry of right hands, chops, uppercuts, kicks, and eventually a beautiful dropkick. Doane though, catches Guerrero sleeping on the top rope, and drags him off by the bandanna, sifting the momentum. He scores a bunch of near falls with his rolling clotheslines, as well as a leaping reverse elbow, but nothing seems to work, and he goes back to a reverse chinlock.

Once Chavito Heat eventually breaks free, he comes of the ropes with his Rolling Liger Kick, which Doane narrowly avoids, before just attacking the twenty-year-old anyway! He connects with his late Uncle Eddie’s Three Amigos, as well as a nice headscissor takedown, but Kenny still kicks out. He gets him with a crossbody off the top, but the youngster survives that too. He eventually reverses a sunset flip attempt, and the two go back and forth with pinning combos until Doane snatches the tights on one, scoring a cheap three count!


Winner -Ken Doane via pin fall at 6:27.

Kenny rolls the hell out of dodge to avoid repercussion, as Chavo sits up in shock in the ring. The cheerleader stumbles backward, having his hand raised by the official.

Jim Ross:
Kenny had the tights! And Kenny got the three!

Joey Styles:
Well … in his defence there was no way referee Marty Elias could see that. He- Chavo Guerrero is amazed.

Jim Ross:
Kenny wins a significant one on one match just seven days before the number one contender’s match. That takes place next week, ladies and gentlemen… (graphic appears) Ken Doane and Chavo Guerrero are gonna fight it out with Charlie Haas, Gregory Helms, and Chris Masters for the right to face Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental title at Vengeance. Now let’s check in with Todd Grisham once more…

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Carlito, with Chris Masters and Torrie Wilson, is ready to be interviewed by Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham:
And with us now at ringside, you’re looking at Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito and his friends, Chris Masters and Torrie Wilson.

Carlito:
Y’know, Todd Grisham, Monday Night Raw is supposed to be ‘da greatest professional wrestling show on T.V, b- b- but what does Carlito see ‘dis week? A- A washed up, fat, stinky sock wearin’ moron like Mick Foley comin’ out here and- and- and throwing orders at us.

~ Carly chuckles to himself.

Carlito:
So- so we’ve got … Gregory Helms, “I’ got screwed by Carlito at WrestleMania … I got screwed at Backlash.” So, yeah, you and Carlito have battled all across ‘de country. And y’know, you’ve still got ‘da Hurricane whinin’, “One more chance, I want another match.” Well, y’know, Hurricane, Carlito faced you at Backlash even though ‘dat match should never have happened in ‘de first place … todos fines esta noche … and y’know, ‘dis is where it is right here … (holds up the briefcase) ‘da Money in ‘da Bank briefcase still belongs to ‘de man who won it at WrestleMania in ‘da first place, Carlito.

~ Crowd boos

Carlito:
And when Carlito steps into ‘de ring with you, I- I- I don’t remember it saying anything like, “Gregory Helms … ‘da REAL Mr. Money in ‘da Bank.” Y’know why it doesn’t say ‘dat? ‘Cause you’re not ‘de real Mr. Money in ‘da Bank … Carlito is, and ‘dat’s the way it’s gonna stay until I become a World Champion!!

~ Masters and Wilson nod in the background.

Carlito:
Now, Hurricane Helms, y- y- you can whine and complain and bitch and moan to Mick Foley and ‘de McMahon’s all you want … but Mr. Bischoff’s still ‘da man around here, and it just so happens ‘dat he sees through you just like Carlito does. I’ve given you every single chance possible… so after tonight … no more chances, superhero!

~ Getting a bit more serious, ‘Lito frowns.

Carlito:
Now, as for your fat, disgusting buddy Mick Foley. Foley … he- he- he stuck ‘dat stinkin’ sock right down Carlito’s mouth back at Taboo Tuesday, so don’t think ‘dat Carlito’s forgot about ‘dat!! Foley, you can stick Carlito and ‘da Big Show in any kind of match you want tonight … and it doesn’t matter … ‘cause by the end of ‘de night, Show’ll still be ‘da WWE Champion, Carlito’ll still be Mr. Money in ‘da Bank, and you, Foley … you’ll still be the same fat piece of crap you were when you entered ‘da buildin’!

~ All three laugh. Grisham tries to pull away, but CCC stops him.

Carlito:
Keep ‘dat microphone still, and be quiet … (points off camera) you shut your mouth too. You’re about to find out why Carlito is ‘da next World Champion round here … right after ‘da break. Right, four eyes?

~ After a pat on the back from The Masterpiece, Carlito picks up his case and heads off.

Todd Grisham:
Words from Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito, along with Torrie Wilson and The Masterpiece. We’ll have more in a moment so don’t go away.

*Back to ringside*



***VIRTUAL VOODOO***

Business well and truly picks up, as ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ Umaga, with manager Armando Alejandro Estrada and tag team partner Samu, makes his way down the ramp.

Jim Ross:
Well, I can’t disagree with anything that Estrada has been saying these last few weeks, quite honestly. The cretinous Cuban right on the money, because Umaga played a huge role in–

Jonathan Coachman:
W- w- w- wait … what did you just call Armando?

Jim Ross:
I think it might’ve been a “cretinous Cuban.”

Jonathan Coachman:
Look … I’ve heard you run down guys before … I’ve even heard you run down Mr. McMahon … we saw what Umaga and Samu did to Shelton Benjamin last week, he’s in hospital because of it … you better be careful, J.R.! God knows The Coach can’t protect you forever.

Jim Ross:
I think you’ve just made a very good point. I’m sincerely sorry for what I said. [/sarcasm]

Joey Styles:
Very noble of you, Coach. As for Charlie Haas … I think nobility should be the last thing on his mind. All due respect to Haas … Charlie is an amazing superstar … with amazing technical wrestling abilities … but this Samoan Bulldozer is extraordinary. We saw that last week especially … and he is extraordinarily motivated obviously tonight.

***PAY THE PRICE***

Getting a good reaction from Las Vegas, highlighting his increasing popularity, one-half of the World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas, storms down to the ring, eager to get his hands on Umaga after last week.

Joey Styles:
Will Charlie Haas eat his words … or can the tag team champion upset The Samoan Bulldozer? We’ll find out after the break, next!!

{Commercials}


2 -Umaga w/Armando Alejandro Estrada
vs. World Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas

When we come back the match is already in progress, with the plucky, fiery Charlie Haas hammering away at The Samoan Bulldozer with right hands … to little effect quite frankly. Being an intelligent guy, Haas sees this and quickly scores with a dropkick, actually staggering Umaga into the corner. Hitting the back of his head on the buckle, ‘Mags stumbles back out dazedly, and Haas quickly scrambles up to the top rope, looking to capitalise with a big aerial manoeuvre -- BUT UMAGA SHOVE HAAS OFF … ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FLOOR!!

Haas is in a bad way on the outside, but referee Jack Doan manages to keep Estrada and Samu from doing any further damage. Umaga drags one of his Vengeance opponents back into the ring and delivers a big, 300lb leg drop across his chest!!

As ‘Maga paces around the ring methodically, Haas sits back up … AND UMAGA KICKS HIM RIGHT IN THE CHEST!! The crowd groans at the sound of the sickening smack, as the tag team champion rolls around, clutching his toned chest in agony. Umaga yells something indistinct to more heat, echoed by Samu at ringside, while Estrada claps away.

Targeting the neck and chest of the Ceton Hall alumni, The Samoan Bulldozer begins to dominate. Showing his fighting spirit, Haas begins to fight out of the corner, knocking Umaga back to the middle of the ring, and whaling away on him, before quickly hitting the ropes for some extra momentum -- BUT UMAGA THROWS HIM UP … DELIVERING THE SAMOAN DROP!!

With the very same manoeuvre that he gave to Benjamin last week on a ladder, ‘Mags quickly reasserts himself. Taking his sweet time, the undefeated newcomer delivers a few more blows, before pulling Haas up by the hair … and Charlie fires away with right hands to the rather large gut of The Samoan Bulldozer. Haas unsettles the beast … AND SCOOPS HIM UP -- BUT UMAGA IS TOO HEAVY … AND CRASHES DOWN ON TOP OF HAAS!! 1 … 2 … NO!!

Gasps quickly turn to groans, as Haas barely survives a pin fall attempt of his own making. Firmly in command, ‘Mags bats Haas around like a small fly for a while, before throwing him into the corner. Umaga hurries in -- but Haas gets both of his feet up in the face of the Bulldozer!! As Umaga stumbles around, Haas quickly ascends to the second turnbuckle … and leaps off … APPLYING THE SLEEPER HOLD TO UMAGA!!

The crowd cheers, as Haas wraps his legs around the massive waist of Umaga, with his arms tightly around his head, trying to sap the fight out of the mighty behemoth. Estrada looks horrified at ringside, with his cash cow in trouble for the first time in his WWE tenure. Samu, not liking what he sees, tries to climb up onto the apron, but Armando quickly gets him back down with a few words of wisdom. Meanwhile, ‘Maga slaps around, angrily at first, like whale with a seagull on his back -- but eventually Haas’ tactic begins to pay off … AND UMAGA GOES DOWN TO A KNEE!! The crowd really gets behind the other half of the World’s Greatest Tag Team, as Jack Doan checks on Umaga. With his tongue lolling out of the corner of his mouth … Umaga SUDDENLY RISES BACK UP TI HIS FEET … HURLING CHARLIE HAAS THROUGH THE ROPES!!


Estrada breathes a sigh of relief, mopping his brow with his handkerchief before replacing his hat. Haas lies on the outside, with Umaga slowly rolling out of the ring after him, trying to catch him breath - HAAS SUDDENLY JUMPS ON HIM … APPLYING THE SLEEPER AGAIN!!


More cheers ring out around the arena, as ‘Mags flaps around angrily again, trying to get the pugnacious All American off his back. Samu instinctively makes a beeline for the two men … but Jack Doan immediately gets in his way, telling him to
“Back off.” Samu would’ve probably nailed Doan, such is the the look in his eyes, but Estrada quickly leads him away, avoiding the disqualification. Around the ringside area, Umaga makes one last effort … SNAPPING HAAS OVERHEAD INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!

The loudest groans of the match thus far are heard from the Las Vegas crowd, as Haas lies in a heap alongside the steps, cluctching his back and neck. Jack Doan begins his count … 1 … 2 … Estrada looks mightily relieved once again, beginning to shout more encouragement to his Bulldozer … 3 … 4 … 5 … Umaga takes a bit longer to recover than AAE might like though, but he eventually rolls back inside the ring to catch his breath … 6 … 7 … An aching Charlie Haas grabs hold of the apron to pull himself up … 8 … He barely manages to break the ref’s count as he gingerly slides inside the ring … ONLY FOR UMAGA TO CHARGE ACROSS THE RING - CONNECTING WITH A FLYING HEADBUTT TO HAAS!!


Angrily snatching Haas up, Umaga throws the tag team champion into the corner and pounds away on him. With his victim slumped against the bottom buckle, ‘Mags plods back across the ring, sizing up his prey, letting an enormous roar … BEFORE RACING ACROSS THE RING … GOING FOR THE RUNNING BUTT SPLASH -- BUT HAAS MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!! Umaga slams into nothing but turnbuckle, and staggers out angrily holding his backside.


Haas slithers out onto the apron, where a furious Samoan Bulldozer quickly tries to grab hold of him. Blocking Umaga’s big paws, Haas rocks the behemoth with a nice European Uppercut, before catching him with a shoulder to the gut … and propelling himself over the ropes, going for the sunset flip … but Umaga stays on his feet … AND LEAPS UP … LOOKING TO CRUSH HAAS’ RIBCAGE -- BUT HAAS MOVES!!


As Umaga does more damage to his spine and ass, Haas quickly run across the ring, hitting the ropes … AND BOOTING UMAGA RIGHT IN THE SPINE!! The monster growls in pain as his spine jars, but he starts to get up anyway, and Haas catches him with another dropkick, once more staggering the destroyer. Umaga keeps on coming though, making it back up to his feet, and Haas continues to pummel him desperately.


Umaga SWINGS AT HAAS -- but the youngster quickly ducks under it, coming back with a clothesline of his own, which has virtually no effect on the Bulldozer. ‘Mags wobbles slightly, as Haas quickly mounts the turnbuckle … LEAPING OFF … SCORING WITH A DIVING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT CHRISTIAN STYLE!! The crowd cheers and screams, as Haas, breathing heavily, waits with his arms outstretched for Umaga to stumble back up to his feet … HE GRABS UMAGA IN A WAISTLOCK … GERMAN SUPLEX TO THE THREE HUNDRED POUNDER!!! The crowd goes nuts, as even Haas looks shocked, quickly looking for a cover!!


1...


UMAGA POWERS OUT!!!


Haas looks absolutely flabbergasted as he turns around, having been thrown halfway across the ring by Umaga’s damn kick out!!!

The Samoan Bulldozer is right back up to his feet already, and he quickly grabs the bewildered champion, delivering a strong headbutt, before knocking him down with a thrust to the throat. Gasping for air, Haas tries to crawl away, but ‘Mags pulls him back, looking to drive his head into the top turnbuckle … only for Haas to block and elbow the beast away. More pissed off by the shot than anything … UMAGA CHARGES -- HAAS MOVES … AND THE SAMOAN EATS THE METAL RING POST!!! Vegas goes wild, as The Samoan Bulldozer falls out groggily … AND HAAS GOES BEHIND … A SECOND GERMAN TO THE BIG MAN!!!


The crowd goes wild, as Haas, full of adrenaline, points to the top rope, and quickly begins to climb, getting himself all set up for the moonsault … BUT UMAGA IS ALREADY UP!!!

HE WALKS OVER … REACHES UP … GRABS HAAS BY THE THROAT … HURLING HIM DOWN OFF THE TOP -- BUT HAAS LANDS ON HIS FEET -- BAM!!! UMAGA SUPERKICKS HIS DAMN HEAD OFF!!! Haas falls back into the opposite corner … AS UMAGA IMMEDIATELY CHARGES - RUNNING BUTT SPLASH TO HAAS!!! It’s in the book now, as Umaga pulls his lifeless opponent up by the scalp … DELIVERING THE SAMOAN SPIKE IN MID-AIR!!! Umaga drops himself over the lifeless chest of Charlie Haas, as the count is made.

1...


2...


THREE!!!!!


Winner - Umaga via pinfall @ 10:06.

Umaga looks set to finish Haas off once and for all, but Estrada quickly gets in the ring, preventing any further damage. Grinning, Armando takes a good look at one of the men his monstrous clients must overcome at Vengeance … flat on his back. Estrada stands in between his two bellowing monsters, holding up five fingers, indicating how many weeks the World’s Greatest Tag Team have left with the belts.

Jim Ross:
Oh God, I take my hat off to Charlie Haas. What an effort that was! I can’t believe he actually got Umaga into the air. But in the end- well, this Umaga is a freak of nature.

Joey Styles:
You’ve got that right, J.R. Neither Umaga or Samu have looked even close to being in trouble since their impactful debut at Backlash, and come Vengeance the World’s Greatest Tag Team have to face both of them at the same time! I certainly don’t envy Haas ‘n’ Benjamin.

Jonathan Coachman:
I don’t either … but it has nothing to do with Umaga and Samu.

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Todd Grisham is standing by with Gregory Helms.

Todd Grisham:
Let’s give it to Charlie Haas, that was quite a match. Now, I’m here with Gregory Helms, who competes for the Money in the Bank briefcase later tonight.

Gregory Helms:
Well, y’know somethin’, Grisham, these Samoans are going around here sayin’ they’re the next tag team champs -- how can that even be, when they’ve never even wrestled myself and Chavito Heat?

~ Helms shrugs his shoulders.

Gregory Helms:
But that’s beside the point, you asked my here to talk about Carlito. Now, when he spoke earlier he managed to get one thing right … he is Mr. Money in the Bank…

~ He turns his head.

Gregory Helms:
for now. You see, right now, and he was out here- talking about all his accomplishments since winnin’ that briefcase at WrestleMania … but I mean, c’mon, seriously, everyone knows you need a meathead body builder and some blonde slut to write ya checks!!

~ Laughs from the crowd.

Gregory Helms:
Now, he come out here and he says- he says, “Gregory Helms ain’t World Championship material … he spent five years runnin’ ‘round dressed like a superhero.” So what if I did, huh? Not all of us have our daddies to help us get ahead in this business … some of us actually have ta pay our dues. So, I don’t need no apple chewin’ punk like you givin’ me career advice!

~ Greg whips off his shades.

Gregory Helms:
So, you get this straight, baby, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sin City, is the town where absolutely anythin’ can happen, man, and tonight I think it just might come true. See, I’ve drank some tequilas, I’ve played some Blackjack, and y’know what? I’m feelin’ a little crazy!! Now, I think it’s time I rolled the dice, Carlito. I came up short at WrestleMania ‘cause of ya damn apple … I came up short at Backlash because of ya boyfriend … but ta’night, when Gregory Helms rolls them dice, I ain’t just gonna be comin’ up sixes with … I’m gonna be comin’ up with money … I gonna be comin’ up … with money … in the bank.

~ All fired up, Helms storms off to cheers.

Todd Grisham:
Gregory Helms. We’ll be back with more right after this…

{Commercials}

*Video Plays*

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”

*Video Ends*


*Backstage - Interview Area*


We are back with a very nervous looking Todd Grisham, standing by with The Sons of Samoa, Umaga and Samu, along with their grinning handler Armando Alejandro Estrada.

Todd Grisham:
Joining me now, the number one contenders to the World Tag Team Championship, The Sons of Samoa, along with Armando Estrada.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
First of all (points)I want ju, Mr. Cameraman, to get a good shot of my Samoan Bulldozer. Not a drop of sweat on him, do ju see that?

~ He pats Umaga’s chest.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
But ju know what? I am a fair man … so I’m going to give Mr. Charlie Haas the credit he deserves. Tonight he gave us – haha – the performance of a lifetime, and ju know what? HE STILL LOST!! HAHA!! Because my Samoan Bulldozer is UNSTOPPABLE!! And it doesn’t stop there, because The Samoan Cannonball Samu is no different!! Charlie Haas … ju might have guts … but ju’re in there with monsters.

~ Umaga growls, as Samu bares his teeth.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
It’s simple - como se dic’ - physics. My bulldozer and my cannonball are bigger than Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas … they are stronger than Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas … and they are better than them too. But ju know what I have done?

Todd Grisham:
What?

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
I have just been to Senior Bischoff … and he has signed for Shelton Benjamin’s return match … against … the SAAAAAAAMOAN CANNONBALL!!

~ AAE nods his head.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
Ju call yourself the World’s Greatest … but ju have to prove it against the biggest and baddest on Raw!! Samu and Umaga are the biggest and baddest the dubyoo’ dubyoo’ E has ever seen!! So far, it’s 1-0 to The Sons of Saaaaaaamoa … but if ju can beat the cannonball, Senior Benjamin … amigo, maybe people will start to think ju actually have a chance at Vengeance.

~ Mr. Estrada affords himself a small chuckle.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
That’s where it’s going to happen compadres. In Charlotte, North Carolina … The Sons of Saaaaaaaamoa make their first pay per view appearance … and walk out with the World Tag Team Championship around their waists!! That’s not just – haha – my opinion. THAT’S FACT!! The World’s Greatest Tag Team are done!! The World’s Greatest Tag Team are over!! Peros … it’s time … for ju to go!!

~ ‘Mando rubs his fingers together.

Armando Alejandro Estrada:
Piense en el dinero. And, think off all the dinero … that will be coming to Armando Alejandro Estrada when I have the World Tag Team Champions by my side. Ju all better get used to this picture, because The Sons of Saaaaaaamoa are taking over Monday night’s!! One month, World’s Greatest Tag Team, one month!! Enjoy it!! Ha-ha!!

~ The SOS extend their massive tongues, before AAE leads his two beasts away.

Todd Grisham:
The number one contenders. We’ll be back in just a few moments.

*Back to ringside*



Good Ol’ J.R., Jim Ross, waits in the ring, cowboy hat and all, microphone in hand.

Jim Ross:
Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time … returning from a near month long layoff … and suspension for his assault on The Doctor of Thuganomics John Cena during the WWE Championship main event at Backlash-

~ Cue the mixed reaction.

Jim Ross:
The first Grand Slam Champion in the history of World Wrestlin’ Entertainment … “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels.

***SEXY BOY***

A THUNDEROUS reaction greets the now infamous music, as ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels walks out on to the stage incredibly slowly. There doesn’t some to be anything going on upstairs, as he starts to methodically step down to the ring with a completely vacant, expressionless, and distant gaze upon his face.

Joey Styles
:
The last time we saw this man was at Backlash. He was standing over both John Cena and Kurt Angle, having just cost Cena the WWE Championship. Cena hasn’t been seen since, and Angle is barred from ringside. What could Michaels have to say for himself?

Jonathan Coachman:
He looks dapper, Joey Styles!

Dressed in his cowboy hat, and a black suit, white dress shirt and tie, The Showstopper looks like something out of a Sergio Leone western as he laboriously plods up the steel ring steps. The boos pick up, as the unshaven, bearded HBK steps through the ropes and slowly walks right past J.R., barely acknowledging him, walking over to the ropes and simply gazing out at the thousands upon thousands of disappointed fans.

Jonathan Coachman
:
I envy, J.R., Joey. Shawn’s such a superstar!

Joey Styles
:
Something’s gone wrong in Michaels’ head!

Michaels finally has enough of eyeballing the people he betrayed and slowly ambles over to where J.R. waits. HBK rubs his eyes, as his music dies down, and J.R. steps forward.

Jim Ross:
Well … Shawn … I know you’re not stupid … and I know you’re not deaf either. The response these fans just gave you should tell you everythin’ you need to know about what has been goin; through everybody’s mind … followin’ your actions at Backlash, Shawn.

~ Michaels blinks.

Jim Ross:
Do you have any explanation at all for why in God’s name you did what you did to John Cena at Backlash?

~ Raising an eyebrow, Shawn calmly approaches the mic.

Shawn Michaels:
Y’know, I-

~ The BOOS immediately cut him off, and he adjusts his hat agitatedly, before trying again.

Shawn Michaels:
Y’know, if I could, I’d like ta tell you all a story here tonight.

~ J.R. nods curiously.


Shawn Michaels: Y’see, it starts a little somethin’ like this … Once upon a time … there was a man known … as “The Heartbreak Kid.” There was a man known … as “The Showstopper” … “The Headliner” … “Mr. WrestleMania” … (smiles)“The Icon”. That man … was -- is -- the greatest professional wrestler … of all time.

~ A smirk forms at the corner of HBK’s mouth.

Shawn Michaels: But, y’see… with greatness … comes envy … comes jealousy … admiration, adulation, obsession, and -- at the very least -- replication. Those who hated The Heartbreak Kid for his talents … and for his accomplishments … they tried to erase the mere sight of him from professional wrestling. Men like Marty Jannetty (small pop), Kevin Nash (pop), Psycho Sid (mixed reaction), Triple H (mixed reaction)… one by one they came … and one by one … they fell. But… at least they came. At least those men had the guts … the heart … and the intestinal fortitude to confront The Showstopper face to face … to look him in the eye and see if they truly were man enough … to take, him, out!

~ The Headliner sighs, calmly adjusting his cowboy hat.

Shawn Michaels: They’re not the problem. Never were. They don’t hide their true feelings for The Headliner. Never have. No, the real problem … lies somewhere else.

~ Shawn runs a pale hand across his rather liberal stubble, frowning.

Shawn Michaels:
The real problem lies with the second category. Those who have admired … adulated … and obsessed over Mr. WrestleMania for most of their lives. Why this is a problem, you ask? It’s pretty simple. All of that leads … to replication.

~ Other than a few vociferous youngsters, the crowd is largely hushed.

Shawn Michaels: Replication, boys and girls. Copycats. One by one they fell in love with The Heartbreak Kid … and one by one they tried to BE The Heart, break, Kid.

~ A slight “HBK” chant actually begins, most likely due to his constant references to the name, but Michaels talks over it.

Shawn Michaels: Who had the goods? Who had the looks? Who had the unbridled charisma of an ‘Aitch Bee Kay? The Rock? (huge pop) Chris Jericho? (pop) Randy Orton? (boos) They all tried to be the new “Sexy Boy” in town, but you … you stopped ‘em cold.

~ The former World Champion nods his head, and continues.

Shawn Michaels: That’s why he loved ya. That’s why The Showstopper fought so very, very hard to come back to this business … for each and every one of you who stayed loyal.

~ A large portion of the crowd cheers, as HBK just paid them a rather big compliment, and Shawn smiles at their self-gratification.

Shawn Michaels: That’s right… that’s right. Enjoy this moment. Enjoy your moment. Pat ya’selves on the back … ‘cause I mean every word I say. The Heartbreak Kid loved ya … ‘cause no matter how hard they tried -- the flamboyance, the boyish good looks, the charisma -- you simply wouldn’t allow another man to steal The Showstopper’s spotlight, to hijack The Headliner’s GOD - GIVEN - RIGHT … to main event. No… you actually made ‘em work. You actually made them find their own voice … their own personality … leaving ‘Aitch-Bee-Kay STILL the singles greatest sports entertainer the world has EVER seen.

~ Bit more of a mixed reaction this time, with a large portion of the audience still firmly behind Michaels, though with a few more booing.

Shawn Michaels: Then … then a new chapter began. Someone else’s story needed to be written. I switched on the TV … turned on Friday Night SmackDown!, and I heard- I heard the screams … the sounds of thousands upon thousands of pre-pubescent little girls.

~ Shawn brings the mic from his mouth, and just takes a second to close his eyes, seemingly casting his mind back to a time long gone. The Heartbreak Kid then brings the mic back up, eyes still closed.

Shawn Michaels:
And that’s when I knew that I’d lost ya. That’s when I knew that you … each and every one of you … had betrayed The Heartbreak Kid.

~ The Showstopper’s eyes burn as he opens them.

Shawn Michaels: You never loved him for his ability … you never loved him for what he represented … you loved The Headliner … ‘cause let’s face it … he looked so, damn, good.

~ Michaels calmly rubs his left eye, methodical.

Shawn Michaels: It sure as hell ain’t 1996 anymore and your beloved Heartbreak Kid just isn’t the same fresh-faced 30-year old he was back then, huh? Girls have ta’ look to another superstar -- from a new generation -- to fantasize about each and every night. Guys have to find another pin-up to idolize … to base themselves on, TO WISH, THEY, WERE … and let’s be honest … that ain’t The Heartbreak Kid anymore. Yeah… his hair’s a little thinner… yeah, his body’s a little more worn down… and that- that was enough.
That was enough for the cheers to decrease … the popularity to slide … the merchandise to stop a-comin’. I haven’t heard girlish screams like I did that day when I switched on the TV since the day I broke my back ENTERTAININ’ YOU PEOPLE!!

~ Crowd lets out a loud batch of heat, as Michaels shows some real signs of anger towards them, gritting his teeth.

Shawn Michaels: S
-

~ After the breath barely escapes his body, a mixed “CENA” chants cuts HBK off. After five or so seconds of duelling, it finally dies down and the man who put Cena on the shelf brings the mic back up.


Shawn Michaels: Exactly. So the day I stood in the ring -- for the first time ever -- The Royal Rumble … across from the man I’d heard the thousands upon thousands screamin’ for on Friday Night SmackDown! … that was the day I knew what had to be done.

~ Boss, as Shawn brings out … Cena’s still bloody dog tags; “Oh God” - Styles.

Shawn Michaels: John Cena is your new poster boy. YOU chose him! THEY chose him! Over ME! So… what’s left for The Heartbreak Kid in this business anymore? If Cena is what you want… then Cena … is all you’re gonna get!!

~ The sudden spewing of venom from the lips of HBK surprises a few in the crowd initially, before it degenerates into another mixed reaction.

Shawn Michaels: John Cena stole everything I was. The looks … the charm … the charisma … the rebellion … the grit … HE’S A THIEF!! But y’know what? I don’t even care anymore. He’s welcome to it … and you’re welcome to him. ‘Cause I am DONE with The Heartbreak Kid … I am DONE with The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event. But most of all…

~ Michaels brings his hand up, pointing across at all the crowd.

Shawn Michaels: I am DONE with each… and every… one of you.

~ Thunderous boos

Shawn Michaels: You chose your side… and, in doing so, you drove a final stake through the heart, ha… (scoffs) of your once so dear Heart, break, Kid.
So I hope you all enjoy John Cena while he lasts… and don’t even think about comin’ runnin’ back to me… ‘cause at Vengeance … I drive the final stake through HIS heart.

~ More boos from the crowd, as Shawn looks right at the hard camera when he says it.

Shawn Michaels: Congratulations, John … you finally stopped my show.

~ Michaels steps back from the microphone to indicate that he’s done, leaving a rather stunned J.R. holding the thing. No music hits, and the crowd barely knows how to respond, as Shawn calmly leaves the ring he way he entered it. He walks slowly down the ring steps, stopping momentarily to stare at a little kid in the front row giving him the thumbs down. Michaels removes his hat and runs a hand through his hair.

Joey Styles:
Jesus, what the hell is Shawn Michaels doing!?

Shawn crouches down to eyelevel with the kid... BUT KURT ANGLE SUDDENLY COMES CHARGING DOWN THE RAMP WITH AN ARMY OF SECURITY GUARDS CHASING AFTER HIM!!

“OH MY GOD!”“AN-GLE! AN-GLE! AN-GLE! AN-GLE!

Joey Styles and the crowd go absolutely MENTAL as Angle makes a psychotic beeline for Michaels... WHO SUDDENLY GRABS THE KID OUT OF THE FRONT ROW, DRAGGING HIM UP, AND USING HIM AS HUMAN SHIELD FOR GOD’S SAKE!!

“JESUS! WHAT IS HE DOING!?”

Oh he’s a heel, people, he’s a heel alright. Vegas can’t even boo, such is the shock, but instead scream wildly in fear for the child’s safety, as the little sprog trembles in Michael’s tight clutches, and Angle grinds to a halt, stunned by what has transpired!

Jonathan Coachman:
That kid’s trying to get an autograph! How inappropriate!

Joey Styles:
Are you serious, Coach!?

A small, deranged smile forms on the face of the man formerly known as HBK, and the camera manages to catch what he mouths to the Olympic Gold Medallist, “What the fuck are you gonna do now, tough guy?”

Joey Styles:
Jesus Christ, just walk away, Kurt, just walk away for God’s sake! It isn’t worth this- thank God.

The security guards quickly jump on Angle, who puts up no resistance whatsoever; he just continues to stare, open mouthed at the man who used to be The Heartbreak Kid!

Jonathan Coachman:
Kurt Angle will do anything to get Shawn’s autograph, won’t he?

Smiling, Michaels returns the terrified kid back to his sit in the front row and ruffles his hair playfully. He gives the boy a little wink and even places his cowboy hat upon his head, saying, “That was fun, wasn’t it?” He then turns and, accompanied by a few remaining security guards, heads back up the ramp.

Joey Styles:
We’ve seen some disgusting things from Shawn Michaels in 2006, but that- that beats them all. I am in shock!

Jonathan Coachman
:
I think we all are, Joey! Fancy Kurt Angle trying to push ahead of that kid in the line to get Shawn Michaels’ autograph!? Despicable!

Jim Ross:
(Rejoining) Would you shut up, Coach!? I hope to God that there’s at least a little piece of the old Shawn Michaels left inside this- this monster, and he would never have hurt a hair on that kid’s head!

Joey Styles
:
I hope so too, J.R…

At the top of the ramp Shawn Michaels stops for a moment, turning to give the amazed fans a bizarre little boo, before turning on his heel and disappearing through the curtain…









{Commercials}


*Backstage - Interview Area*



The WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James is just joining Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham:
And we are back with you now on a shocking Monday Night Raw, and here is(Mickie pulls out a piece of paper) the Women’s Champion Mickie James. What’s up?

Mickie James:
Ummmm, I don’t know if anybody’s seen this, but I just took this got this off FOX News… (reading) “In Los Angeles, California, WWE Diva Victoria was arrested to for attacking her barber for overchargin’ her… Trish Stratus was picked up after, uhm, hanging out on a street corner in Toronto, Canada, if you know what I mean… and that now means that the WWE is gonna have to suspend both ladies indefinitely, leaving Women’s Champion Mickie James, once again, without a challenger!”

~ Boos, as Mickie laugh hysterically, throwing the bogus report in Grisham’s face.

Mickie James:
Okay, okay, okay, so maybe I exaggerated the details a teensy little bit. (Finger on lips) Oops. Have I been a naughty girl, Todd? Is someone gonna punish me? Perhaps they are … but it isn’t gonna be “Bitchtoria” or Trish “Fatus” … they’ve had their chances to become the number one contender two weeks runnin’, and they still couldn’t get the job done!! So, y’know what that means? It means because they couldn’t get the job done … they’re done instead!! Understand, ladies? I’ll make it real clear for you both … no more title shots! That means no more chances for you, Vicky … and that means no rematch for you, Trishy baby. Mickie James is movin’ on to bigger and better things … and sadly, girls … that just isn’t you anymore.

~ Mickie runs her fingers through her hair.

Mickie James:
But don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen … I haven’t forgotten what this show is … it’s a professional wrestling show, I know that … and I WILL defend my Women’s Title once every thirty days like the rulebook says. ‘Cause let’s face it … it would just be plain harsh of me to deprive all those lustful men out there … and women of course … who tune in just to see my pretty self each and every week, now wouldn’t it?

~ She pats her belt.

Mickie James:
So … next week, I have spoken to Eric Bischoff’s liaison, Miss Torrie Wilson … and she has informed me that next week I can defend my title against an opponent … of MY choosing … while at Vengeance, I’ll be facin’ … someone new … but someone who is definitely NOT Trish Stratus or Victoria. Being the best in the world, I of course welcome the challenge. Doesn’t that… doesn’t that just warm your heart, Toddy?

~ Mickie plays with his tie, as ‘Cool’ hits in the background.

Mickie James:
Guess she got out after all. Chow, Todd.

~ Sarcastically blowing him a kiss, Mickie slinks away, leaving Grisham fumbling.

Todd Grisham:
Uh … uh … Mickie James there, the Women’s Champion. Let’s get back down to ringside.

*Back to ringside*



3 - Money in the Bank Contract On The Line
Carlito ‘defends’ against Gregory Helms

*If Carlito is counted out, disqualified wins, or anyone interferes on his behalf, he will forfeit the Money in the Bank contract to Helms*

Despite his trepidation, it’s Carlito who comes out first, immediately applying the rear waistlock, which Helms quickly reverses, before Carly switches it again, going after the arm. He takes Greg down onto his back … only for Helms to nip right back up and grab ‘Lito’s arm, before sweeping his legs, looking for a lateral press … which Mr. Money in the Bank escapes instantly, sweeping Helms’ legs and looking for a cover, but Greg escapes, jumps to his feet … and we have a thrilling standoff!!

Las Vegas stands and applauds the outstanding athleticism of thw two young men, which Gregory Helms seems to appreciate, giving them an arrogant little smile, whilst an out of breath Carlito just looks more frustrated. He gives Helms a quick shove, before hammering away at him with some cheap left hands! Taking the former Hurricane into the ropes, he goes for the Irish whip … but Helms reverses it, sending Carly into the ropes … AND WIPES HIM OUT WITH A SPINNING WHEEL KICK!!

Before Helms can go for the cover, ‘Lito rolls under the bottom rope. Helms quickly nails him with baseball slide, before LAUNCHING HIMSELF CRASHING ONTO CARLITO WITH A PLANCHA!! The crowd comes alive, as Greg rolls a groggy Mr. Money in the Bank back inside the ring. Helms scurries up top, as Carlito stumbles up … TAKING HIM DOWN WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!!! ‘Lito’s head bounces off the canvas, making him easy prey for a quick cover. 1... 2... NO!!


Heading up top once more, Helms waits for Carlito to get back up … BEFORE SOARING THROUGH THE AIR WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY - AND CONNECTING!! 1... 2... NO!!


Helms quickly presses the advantage, laying into ‘Lito in the corner with right hands, before backing off and charging … only for CCC to swing his legs up and over, rolling Greg up, grabbing him in a side headlock and taking him into the ropes. Helms shoves Carlito away into the opposite set and drops down to his front as ‘Lito skips over him, hitting the other ropes again … AND GETS MONKEY FLIPPED HEAD OVER HEELS!! The former Intercontinental and United States Champion stumbles against the ropes … AS HELMS CHARGES -- BUT CARLY LOW BRIDGES HIM TO THE OUTSIDE!!


A desperate Mr. Money in the Bank quickly puts the hurtin’ on his opponent, hammering away on him on the outside, as well as SLAMMING poor Gregory Helms into the steel steps. Back inside the ring it’s much the same, with Carlito sending Helms into the ropes and knocking him right back down with a vicious reverse elbow, followed by another cover. 1... 2... NO!!


Still nervous and angry as hell, ‘Lito continues beating on Helms in the corner, even being admonished by the official, who reminds him what will happen should he be disqualified. Carlito angrily argues with the referee, before taking Helms up and over with a nice vertical suplex, going for another lateral press. 1... 2... NO!! After a few more shots, Carly hits a slam in the middle of the ring, before racing ahead … SPRINGBOARDING OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE WITH A MOONSAULT - NAILING HELMS!!! He hooks the leg. 1... 2... NO!!


Grabbing Helms’ head, Carlito applies the reverse chinlock down on the canvas for a while, yelling at his enemy to
“Give it up!” Helms makes it to the ropes though, and a boiling mad Nr. Money in the Bank tests referee Chad Patton’s five count to the dot.

Dragging Helms across the ring, he slingshots him into the bottom rope throat-first, before stomping away some more. He sticks his boot right across the oesophagus of Gregory Helms, trying to choke the life out of him, using the ropes for extra leverage, which Chad Patton quickly puts a stop to. He tells Carlito,
“Knock it off, or I’ll disqualify you!” ‘Lito replies with an angry “Shut Up!” As the crowd gets on his case, Carlito goes back after Helms, who has rolled out onto the apron. Helms catches him with a quick shoulder to the gut, before propelling himself over the top with sunset flip … CATCHING CARLITO!! 1... 2... NO!!

A furious Carlito gets in Patton’s face, admonishing him for what he deemed to be a fast count
-- BUT HELMS SCHOOL BOYS HIM!! 1... 2... NO!! A flabbergasted ‘Lito kicks out … AND DECAPITATES HELMS WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE!!!

Shaking away the cobwebs, the second member of Team RAW at ECW One Night Stand quickly applies a leg submission down on the mat, trying to take away some of Helms’ speedy offense. Helms eventually makes it to the ropes, and a bitter Carlito lifts him up, hammering him some more. Helms manages to fight back with some shots of his own … but ‘Lito quickly dropkicks his knee out from under him.


Carlito goes right back after the leg, showing, for all his petulant idiocy, a great deal of intelligence. He tugs away at the knee of Helms on the canvas, until a desperate challenger manages to kick him away. Back on his feet, Gregory Helms has a serious limp
… and Carlito quickly takes advantage with another low dropkick. He hyper-extends Helms’ leg at a very uncomfortable looking angle. He even uses the ropes sneakily on a few occasions for some extra leverage behind the ref’s back, before Helms eventually makes it to the ropes. Lifting him up, Carlito delivers a few more shots before going for the Irish whip. Helms reverses it and lowers his head for the back body drop … which Carlito somersaults over athletically, turning -- BAM!!! RIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK!!!

Las Vegas erupts, as both men lie down and out for a few moments. When they finally make it to their feet they trade right and left hands furiously in the middle of the ring, with Helms actually getting the better of the exchange. He sends Carlito crashing into the corner before ELEVATING HIM RIGHT UP INTO THE LIGHTS WITH A BACK BODY DROP!! After knocking ‘Lito back down with a clothesline, Helms hooks him up … nailing a beautiful vertical suplex, with a float over. 1... 2... NO!!

The crowd gasps, as Helms shakes his head, grabs Carlito’s, and walks up the second turnbuckle with no hands … HITTING THE OVERCAST NECKBREAKER!! Helms connects with the spectacular manoeuvre, with Carlito flat on the canvas, clean out, with Helms making a cover. 1... 2... NO!!


Another groan from the crowd, but young Gregory doesn’t seem perturbed. As he lifts Carlito up -- the Caribbean superstar takes himself up onto Helms’ shoulders in the electric chair position … HE SPINS AROUND -- HELMS COUNTERS WITH A RUNNING LIGER BOMB!!!! The Hurricane pulls both legs back, and the count is made!!


1...


2...


SHOULDER UP!!!!!

Gasps ring out as Carlito somehow survives, but it doesn’t look as though he has much left. Pulling a woozy Carlito up, Helms goes for a kick to the gut -- but Carly catches his foot -- ENZIGUIRI FROM HELMS!! Carlito is rocked!! He goes down hard, and Helms comes off the ropes … SHINING WIZARD -- NO, CARLITO GETS THE HELL OUT OF THE RING!!


The crowd boos as Helms kicks nothing but air and a desperate Carlito looks around wildly on the floor for something to help save the match. Back in the ring, Chad Patton begins the count … 1 … 2 … This really snaps CCC out of it, as he remembers the stipulation attached to the contest and begins fumbling around … 3 … 4 … 5 … Helms arrogantly lies across the top turnbuckle with his feet up, counting along with the ref and the crowd … 6 … 7 … Wildly, Carlito rushes over to the timekeeper, throwing him aside and grabbing his Money in the Bank briefcase … 8 … Carlito rolls back inside the ring and makes a beeline for Helms with the briefcase, as Greg stands there pointing to his chin … but Chad Patton pulls the weapon away before it can be used.


Helms smirks, as Patton turns, handing the briefcase back through the ropes … AND CARLITO KICKS HELMS RIGHT IN THE CROTCH WITH A LOW BLOW!!!
The crowd goes NUTS, as Helms slumps in agony … AND CARLITO CRADLES HIM … AS CHAD PATTON TURNS AROUND!!

1...


CARLITO GRABS THE TIGHTS!!!

2...


CARLITO PUTS HIS FEET ON THE ROPES!!!

THREE!!!!!


Winner - And STILL Mr. Money in the Bank -- Carlito @ 11:23.

CARLITO STEALS IT!!! The crowd response is rather hostile as one would expect, as Carlito grabs his briefcase off Chad Patton, basically falls out of the ring, and stumbles back up the ramp as quickly as possible, gasping for breath.


Jim Ross: AW DAMMIT!!! I DON’T- I DON’T BELIEVE THIS!!! That- that little- that little snake just stole the victory and the Money in the Bank briefcase yet again!!!

Jonathan Coachman: HE DID IT!!!
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!! I knew he could it!! Despite all of the odds stacked against him by that biased lunatic Mick Foley, my boy Carlito was still able to overcome and keep his guaranteed World Title shot where it belongs, BAY-BAY!!!

Joey Styles: Anyone would think he just won the main event of WrestleMania!! Coach … he just kicked a man below the belt to win the damn match!! What the hell’s wrong with you!?

Jonathan Coachman: What the hell are you talkin’ about, Joey!? That was a skilful thrust kick to the abdomen!!

Joey Styles: Oh for the love of- I’m actually working with a moron.

Jim Ross: Be that as it may, Joey, we can rest safe in knowin’ that for Carlito at least, this night is far from over. He might still have that Money in the Bank contract in his possession, but there’s a new sheriff in tow, an ECW Commissioner to be exact. We’re gonna find out his identity by the end of the show … and you have to believe he’s gonna make that young man’s life a living hell!!

Joey Styles: I’ll drink to that. Mick Foley, don’t let us down now. I want to see that smug smile wiped right off Carlito’s face forever.

Jim Ross: I can safely say we’d all love to see that, Joey.

Jonathan Coachman: Speak for yourself, J.R.!!

Jim Ross: Oh for- Coach, could ya try to keep quiet for the rest of the show?? Please??

At the top of the ramp, on the stage, Carlito is met by first Chris Masters, who hugs his buddy excitedly, before Torrie Wilson comes running out, jumping around with Carlito like a little schoolgirl, even giving him a very friendly hug, which they both quickly part from, embarrassed.

Joey Styles: Oh for crying out- Is there nothing that little S.O.B can’t seem to get his hands on these days?? First the Money in the Bank briefcase, and now he’s getting overly friendly hugs from the beautiful Torrie Wilson!! What gives?? I hope Eric Bischoff knows what his ‘special little girl’ is getting up to behind his–

Jonathan Coachman: I’m not sure I like what you’re insinuating, Joey Styles!

Jim Ross: And now, let’s come to ringside, with Todd Grisham and The Game

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Todd Grisham has ‘The Game’ Triple H with him.

Todd Grisham:
Alright, Hunter, later tonight, here in Las Vegas, you meet Kurt Angle and the WWE Champion The Big Show.

~ Trips nods.

Triple H:
Before I answer that, Todd, I’d just like to address what went down part way through the show. (Faces the camera) Shawn, I know you, or at least I thought I did … but what you did … you’ve gone way past the line, pal. Now you gone and placed a bull’s-eye on your own chest … ‘cause it’s not just Kurt Angle and John Cena who are gonna’ be gunnin’ for you after today, Shawn.

~ Good pop

Triple H:
Y’know, I see Kurt Angle come out here at the start of the show and call … The King of Kings Triple H out for a fight. Now, just speaking as a fan of professional wrestling for a moment, I know the whole world was dying to see The Game and The Wrestling Machine go at it. It’s the kind of thing that, as a professional, it gets your juices flowing … it gets you amped … gets you hyped.

~ Hunter leers at the camera.

Triple H:
Well, this time around … in the main event tonight … you don’t have to worry about being disappointed again, ‘cause not only are you gonna see The Game and the Olympic Gold Medallist tear each other apart in a ring for the first time since January … you’re gonna get to see me get my hands on a man- wait, on a giant … who seems to think that the only way to get ahead in this business is by putting your hands on 90lb women … and by jumpin’ people in parking lots and kidknapping them!!

~ H simmers with anger.

Triple H:
Big Show … you might be the WWE Champion … you might have the best right hand in the business, but what you do not have is the fire to be the absolute, very best in the business that I have, and -- God help me for sayin’ it -- and that Kurt Angle has!

~ Small pop

Triple H:
Because, big man, guys like you … with that ghost faced, fat son of a bitch manager that tells you which spoon to use when you eat your breakfast … guys like you don’t have to work as hard to make it to the top. Hell, you’re seven foot tall for cryin’ out loud, what in the hell have you ever had to work for in your life? But tonight … May 22nd … right here in Las Vegas, Nevada, the home of sin … you’re gonna have to work for somethin’. ‘Cause, big man, if you think you’re walkin’ out of here with that title belt -- MY title belt -- around your fat waist … you’ve got another thing coming. You are gonna have to KILL ME if you want to leave as champion.

~ Helmsley points threateningly.

Triple H:
‘Cause it’s time for the King to go back on his thrown. For too long now, The Game has been without championship gold … but that’s all gonna change tonight. Tonight I take back what is rightfully mine and show the world that what they’ve been seein’ since WrestleMania Twenty-One is nothin’ but a line of pretenders. I’m the real deal, I’m the man, I am the benchmark in this industry, I am The Game, and I am … that … damn … good!

~ All fired up, The Cerebral Assassin marches off.

Todd Grisham:
That’s our main event tonight in Las Vegas. Coming up next, The Redneck Wrecking Crew, Cade ‘n’ Murdoch.

{Commercials}


4 - Tag Team Match
The Redneck Wrecking Crew
vs. Gray Washington & Samuel Kent

Having run through the entire tag team division on Raw except for the current World Tag Team Champions, Cade ‘n’ Murdoch get the week off essentially, as the annihilate a couple of jobbers old school NWA style. It comes down to Mr. Washington getting admonished by the official for illegally entering the ring, whilst behind the referee’s back, Cade delivers the boot to Mr. Kent’s gut and Murdoch quickly enters the ring. The Redneck Wrecking Crew then sprint opposite ways, bounce off the ropes, come back, and TAKE KENT OUT WITH THE SWEET ‘N’ SOUR!!! Murdoch then pins Kent for the academic three count.

Winners - The Redneck Wrecking Crew via pin fall at 2:11.

After the match, the referee
tries to raise Cade ‘n’ Murdoch’s hands, but the two rednecks shove him away, instead motioning that the belts belong around their waists.

Jim Ross:
Yet another victory here for Cade ‘n’ Murdoch. They’ve only lost one match all year, and that, unfortunately for them, was for the World Tag Team titles.

Jonathan Coachman
:
And that was under extremely dubious circumstances, J.R. I mean, how convenient was it that Shelton Benjamin recovered jump Trevor Murdoch all of a sudden?

Joey Styles
:
Well, these two have let it be known that they’re looking for a fight. It can be for the tag team titles, or it can be with these “ECW Invaders”, as they’ve been dubbed. Cade ‘n’ Murdoch are quite simply on the warpath!!


*Backstage - Interview Area*


Microphone in hand, Todd Grisham stands by.

Todd Grisham:
Monday Night Raw continues, and let’s bring in … the former WWE Champion, Kurt Angle.

~ Dressed to compete, Kurt Angle enters the screenshot.

Kurt Angle:
Y’know, Todd, I don’t really have a lot to say right now after what happened earlier involving Shawn Michaels. Unlike some people I prefer to do my talkin’ in the ring. That’s how I’m going to let the world know how I feel about Michaels and about losing MY WWE Title to that five-hundred pound piece of crap last week by breakin’ his damn ankle!!

~ Crowd pops

Kurt Angle:
Because let me be perfectly clear … Big Show, I hope you enjoyed your seven days in the sun … ‘cause tonight, Kurt Angle takes back what is his … and y’know somethin’? After what I’ve just seen … I just might kill someone tonight … and it might as well be that son of a bitch Hunter Hearst Helmsley and anybody else who wants to try and stop me!! Oh, it’s true!

~ Angle pops in his mouthguard.

Kurt Angle:
YEAAAHH!!

~ He throws some water over his head, before heading off camera.

Todd Grisham:
Okay, Kurt Angle with us, right here on Monday Night Raw. Let’s go to a commercial…

*Video Plays*

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 Tazplexing Shane Douglas.

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 11th, 8/7CT, live on pay-per-view”

*End video*

{Commercials}


5 - Main Event; WWE Championship; Three Way Dance
The Big Show w/Paul Bearer defends against Kurt Angle and Triple H


The crowd are on the edge of their seats, buzzing for the second WWE Title Match in as many weeks, as the three combatants, all multiple-time World Champions in their own right, begin to step toward the centre of the ring.


Kurt Angle and Triple H seem, unsurprisingly, rather fixated on one another instead of the gargantuan WWE Champion. Angle begins to talk some serious trash to Hunter; considering it was just seven days ago that The Game cost Kurt the title, can you blame him? Both men’s attention soon turns to quarter ton mastodon standing nearby -- BUT BIG SHOW ATTACKS THEM BOTH FIRST!!


The giant lays into both of his challengers with right hands, anticipating a possible alliance against him, and he is soon proved to be correct, as Trips and Angle return fire on the beast. ‘Show comes right back at them though, and it takes an almighty effort, a flurry of fists, knees and elbows from Helmsley and Angle to overwhelm the new WWE Champion back against the ropes. Shooting the monster across the ring, the two challengers go for a double clothesline -- BUT ‘SHOW BREAKS RIGHT THROUGH IT … AND FLATTENS BOTH MEN WITH A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE OF HIS OWN!!


After tossing both men into the corner, “Stackin’ ‘em up like cordwood” as J.R. would say, ‘Show builds up a head of steam and CRUSHES his two challengers in one horrible sandwich!! Wasting absolutely no time, the World’s Largest Athlete applies a double front face lock, grabbing both men … LOOKING FOR A DOUBLE VERTICAL SUPLEX - BLOCKED! Angle and Hunter refuse to budge, shifting their combined weight to outdo the giant … and LIFT HIM UP AND OVER FOR AN INCREDIBLE, RING SHAKING DOUBLE VERTICAL SUPLEX!!


Both Angle and Trips clamber back up, looking all fired up … BUT BIG SHOW IS ALREADY BACK UP!! ‘Show roars at the two men to “C’MON!!” … causing his two challengers to glance at one another … before racing ahead … and KNOCKING BIG SHOW THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE OUTSIDE!!

The crowd cheers, but Angle and Helmsley don’t have time to celebrate, as THEY BEGIN GOING AT IT IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING!!


Trading blows, Kurt looks to be getting the best of it, until Hunter cuts him off with a knee to the gut. Sending the former WWE Champion into the ropes, Triple H throws a clothesline, but Angle ducks underneath it, grabs Hunter … and GOES FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX!!


Hunter manages to block though, grabbing the top rope and shrugging Kurt off backwards. Angle pops back up to his feet, charges, ducks the first swipe of The Game, hits the ropes, and ducks a second swing … before WIPING BIG SHOW OUT WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE THROUGH THE ROPES!!


As Angle gets all fired up on the outside, he tries to pull the dazed WWE Champion back up to his feet -- BUT GETS FLATTENED BY A CLOTHESLINE FROM TRIPLE H!!


The King Of Kings stands over both men, but chooses the champion himself, dragging Big Show up and managing to shove the 500lber back into the ring, before quickly rolling back in and making the cover. 1... 2... NO!! Showing his credentials, the Cerebral Assassin has ‘Show right back up, laying into him with more right hands in the corner, before Angle stumbles up behind him spinning him around, only to receive a boot to the gut for his troubles.


Trips sends Kurt into the far corner and heads over … JUST AS BIG SHOW CHARGES -- HUNTER MOVES … ‘SHOW CRUSHES ANGLE INSTEAD … AND TRIPLE H ROLLS THE CHAMPION UP!! 1... 2... NO!!

Having nearly won his eleventh title with his unbelievable ring savvy, The Game affords himself a little smirk, before pulling Big Show back up and hammering away on the giant with more hard right hands with that infamous taped fist … to NO effect. Looking slightly concerned, Helmsley turns and hits the ropes –- BUT ‘SHOW TAKES HIS HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT!!

Paul Bearer gushes at ringside, as Big Show glowers over the ropes, catching his breath. Grabbing Angle, ‘Show hurls him across the ring with an Irish Whip into the far corner, before racing in after him … but Kurt gets a boot up, knocking the giant away, allowing Angle to quickly rush up behind the WWE Champion, GOING FOR THE ANGLE SLAM -- but ‘Show is just too heavy … and he quickly spins around … ANNIHILATING KURT WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!


Angle goes down like a ton of bricks and ‘Show bounces off the ropes, CRUSHING THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST WITH A 500LB LEG DROP!!


Sensing an elimination, the giant, instead of going for a cover, instead pulls Kurt back up, wrapping his hand around his throat, LOOKING FOR AN EARLY CHOKESLAM -- but Angle blocks it … quickly grabbing the ropes. From the outside, Triple H re-enters the ring, grabbing the WWE Champion from behind, trying to catch the giant with a surprise roll up … but ‘Show won’t budge!


Quickly grabbing Big Show’s head, Angle connects with a vicious European Uppercut … causing Show to SIT STRAIGHT DOWN ON HUNTER’S CHEST!! 1... 2... NO!!

Triple H somehow survives, as Big Show rolls off him, and, seeing an opening, Angle quickly covers a visibly exhausted champion. 1... 2... NO!!
Shaking his head, Angle pulls the man who ended his 5 month reign as WWE Champion last week up … LOOKING FOR THE ANGLE SLAM -- BUT TRIPLE H CLOTHESLINES HIM RIGHT DOWN OUT OF NOWHERE!!

Taking Show’s arm, Helmsley goes for the Irish Whip, but the giant reverses it, going for the back body drop -- BUT HUNTER NAILS THE FACECRUSHER … AND ANGLE IMMEDIATELY GRABS HIM FROM BEHIND AND PLANTS HIM WITH A GERMAN … AND BIG SHOW (who remained on his feet) WIPES ANGLE OUT WITH A THUNDEROUS SPEAR!!!


The arena stands and applauds in appreciation, while all three men lay out on the canvas, completely worn out.


The referee begins his ten count, and once he makes it to seven, Hunter stumbles back to his feet. Grabbing Big Show, the ten-time World Champion hammers away on the current WWE Champion in the corner with vicious right hands, until Angle stumbles back over, and The Game switches his attention to his occasional ally, sometimes enemy. Sending Kurt into the far corner, Helmsley races in, only to catch a back elbow to the face, knocking away. Quickly, The Wrestling Machine charges … but Triple H ducks down … lifting Angle up … and DRILLING HIM WITH A PERFECT ARN ANDERSON SPINEBUSTER!!

Hunter ROARS, popping right back up to his feet and throwing his arms out wide … before turning to SEE BIG SHOW CHARGE OUT OF THE CORNER -- HE GETS HIM UP (barely) … NAILING A HUMUNGOUS (sloppy) SPINEBUSTER TO THE WWE CHAMPION!!! 1... 2... NO!!

An exhausted Game can’t believe it, as he furiously drags the giant back up to his feet, backing him into the ropes with right hands. He tries to send the behemoth across the ring … but Big Show reverses … and CATCHES HUNTER … SQUASHING HIM WITH A SIDEWALK SLAM!! 1... 2... NO!!

Angrily, Big Show drags Triple H’s limp form over to the corner… before the 500lber actually BEGINS TO CLIMB THE TURNBUCKLE!

As ‘Show makes it to the top, causing the entire bloody ring to tremble in the process, The Game desperately makes it back up to his feet and cuts the giant off with a right hand. Hunter scrambles up after the mammoth WWE Champion, applying the front face lock … LOOKING TO SUPERPLEX THE WORLD’S LARGEST ATHLETE … but ‘Show SHOVES HIM OFF … only for Helmsley to SPRING RIGHT BACK UP FOR A SECOND ATTEMPT … but this time Big Show pie faces him back down and TRIPLE H LANDS RIGHT ON HIS HEAD!!


The crowd
“ooh’s” and “ah’s”, as The King Of Kings clutches his neck gingerly, and Big Show climbs down to the second buckle, leaping off … and NAILING THE ONCOMING KURT ANGLE WITH A MASSIVE AXE HANDLE SMASH!! 1... 2... NO!!

Dragging The Wrestling Machine back to his feet, Big Show tosses him into the ropes, before bending down, going for a back body drop -- BUT ANGLE DIVES OVER WITH A SUNSET FLIP … BIG SHOW SITS DOWN … LOOKING TO CRUSH KURT’S CHEST … BUT THE OLYMPIAN MOVES!! Big Show jars his spine and tries to get back up
… but Kurt GRABS HIS LEG … AND APPLIES THE ANKLE LOCK!!

With his deadly hold lock in, Angle gets back up to his feet, and begins to cinch in the hold, while the behemoth WWE Champion bellows in pain

The Big Show begins to crawl towards the ropes, using his massive strength to pull the smaller man along with him … but we are greatly underestimating the former champion … as Angle DRAGS HIM BACK TO THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!!


Show tries to kick Kurt away … BUT ANGLE HOLDS DOGGEDLY!! Frothing at the mouth, Angle screams for the giant to
“TAP”, while the crowd reaches fever pitch. Big Show holds his head, and RAISES A HUGE PAW INTO THE AIR … BUT TRIPLE H SUDDENLY GRABS ANGLE - HE SPINS THE OLYMPIAN AROUND – KICK TO THE GUT – THE GAME GOES FOR THE PEDIGREE ON ANGLE FOR THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS -AND HITS IT!!!!!

Hunter falls down, hooking the far leg, looking to eliminate Angle from the match!


1...


2...


THRE--


NO!!!!

ANGLE HAD HIS FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!


The crowd split, right down the middle between The Game and the Olympic Gold Medallist, delivers a STRONG mixed reaction, as Triple H runs his fingers through his hair, glowering at the official.


Roaring into the crowd, Helmsley quickly turns his attention to the WWE Champion, dragging The Big Show back up to his feet and sticking his massive head between his legs … GOING FOR ANOTHER PEDIGREE … but the giant blocks it!! Pulling his head back up, Show trades right hands with The Game, eventually beginning to get the better of the smaller man thanks to his enormous cranium. He begins to size Hunter up for that right hand … LOW BLOW FROM ANGLE!! The crowd pops, as Big Show’s eyes bulge and he slumps, allowing Trips to grab his head and arms once again - LEAPING UP - DRILLING THE WWE CHAMPION WITH THE PEDIGREE!!!!!


We could have our first elimination…


BUT PAUL BEARER HELPS THE BIG SHOW TO ROLL OUT OF THE RING!!!


Boos ring out through the arena, as Triple H holds his head in his hands, as pissed as pissed can be, staring out at Bearer and Show on the outside, not noticing Angle approaching from behind, and is too late.


Kurt grabs The Game …
before PLANTING HUNTER WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!! The crowd gives a thunderous mixed reaction, but Angle holds on like a pit-bull. He lifts Trips up… and DRILLS HIM WITH A SECOND GERMAN… before picking him up a third time … AND CONNECTS WITH A THIRD GERMAN!!

Pulling his straps down, an intense Kurt Angle waits, poised, stamping his feet like a mad man, as an extremely groggy Triple H staggers back up to his feet … and Angle LIFTS HIM UP … GOING FOR THE ANGLE SLAM -- but Hunter races backwards … CRUSHING ANGLE IN THE CORNER!!


Turning around, Helmsley begins to lay into the former WWE Champion with more hard right hands, before muscling The Wrestling Machine up to the top turnbuckle and climbing up after him, looking to apply the front face lock, GOING FOR A SUPERPLEX … BUT ANGLE SHOVES HIM BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS!!


Hunter stumbles back up to his feet … and ANGLE LEAPS OFF THE TOP – TRIPS CATCHES HIS ARM … DRAGGING HIM DOWN TO THE MAT … APPLYING THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE!!!!!


The crowd absolutely ERUPTS at the sight of manoeuvre, as Angle writhes in pain, struggling with all his might to escape the hold he knows better than any!! Triple H wrenches back … BUT ANGLE MANAGES TO GET HIS LEFT FOOT UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE!!


Snarling, The Game quickly grabs Angle’s arm again, dragging The Wrestling Machine back to the centre of the ring, dropping down, and LOCKING IN THE CROSSFACE ONCE AGAIN … BUT ANGLE SUDDENLY FLIPS HIS BODY OVER … ROLLING TRIPLE H UP WITH THE BANANA SPLIT CRADLE OUT OF NOWHERE!!!!!


1...


2...


THREE!!!!!


Eliminated - HHH by Angle @ 10:36.

Another HUGE mixed reaction fills the arena, as Triple H sits up in shock, hands on head, unable to believe what just happened. Arguing with the official, Helmsley looks ready to blow a gasket, as he takes a step towards a recovering Kurt Angle, perhaps with some evil intentions toward the man who just eliminated him. Mike Chioda puts a stop to that though.

Reluctantly, The Game leaves the ring and skulks back up the ramp, glowering back down Angle.
Finally recovered, Angle heads outside, shoves Paul Bearer aside, and shoves The Big Show back inside the ring.

Lifting the mammoth up, Angle GOES FOR THE ANGLE SLAM -- but ‘Show blocks … and GRABS KURT BY THE THROAT … LIFTING HIM UP -- BUT ANGLE ROLLS THROUGH … CATCHING THE GIANT WITH A SUNSET FLIP!! 1... 2... NO!!

Having come that close to recapturing his WWE Title, Angle quickly presses the advantage; he drags the giant up, rocking him with a hard European Uppercut, before swinging behind … GETTING THE 500LBER UP … AND NAILING THE ANGLE SLAM!!!!!

Kurt struggles over hooking the leg, as the crowd chants along!


1...


2...


THREE--


BIG SHOW KICKS OUT!!!!!


Gasps and groans reverberate around the building, as Angle hangs his head in dismay. Angrily, the Olympian drags his gigantic nemesis back up to his feet, goes behind, before GOING FOR POSSIBLY THE BIGGEST GERMAN SUPLEX OF ALL TIME -- BUT JUST LIKE LAST WEEK … BIG SHOW IS TOO HEAVY … AND LANDS ON TOP OF ANGLE!! 1 … 2 … NO!!


A collective sigh of relief runs through the audience, as a desperate Angle just manages to get his shoulder up. Scowling down at the former champion, Big Show STEPS on the grounded Angle, CRUSHING the man’s chest with all of his incredible weight!!


As Angle gasps, Big Show drags him back up, measures him, and GOES FOR THE RIGHT HAND -- but Angle ducks and goes behind … BRINGING THE GIANT CRASHING OVER WITH A SECOND (messy) ANGLE SLAM!!!!!


1...


2...


THREE--


BIG SHOW GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!!!


More boos begin to ring out fast and furious, as Kurt gives Mike Chioda the dirtiest look he can muster. Pulling ‘Show up, a manic Angle begins to lay into the giant with a series of stiff European Uppercuts, backing the WWE Champion into the ropes. Turning, Angle hits the ropes, looking for a bit more momentum -- BIG SHOW CATCHES HIM BY THE THROAT … LIFTS HIM UP FOR THE CHOKESLAM … AND HITS IT!!!!!


BUT THERE’S NO COVER!!


Big Show isn’t finished. Pulling down his single strap, the giant waits, confidently, his right fist clenched in anticipation, as Angle, after a long time, begins to struggle back up to his feet. Groggily, Angle stumbles up - BAM!!!!! ANGLE GETS FLATTENED BY A RIGHT HAND FROM SHOW, DAMN NEAR CAVING IN THE MAN’S JAW!!!


STILL NO COVER!!


Paul Bearer cheers his giant on from ringside, as he drags the lifeless Olympic Gold Medallist over to the far corner, laying him out, before stepping over him and climbing the turnbuckle. Poised on the second buckle, Big Show bounces up and down a few times, before LEAPING OFF … CRUSHING ANGLE WITH A RING MOVING VADER BOMB!!!!!


NO COVER!!


Angle is basically out of it, but a sadistic Big Show decides he hasn’t done quite enough to the former champion and pulls him up, and leads him to the centre of the ring, where HE ANNIHILATES KURT ANGLE WITH A SECOND DESTRUCTIVE RIGHT HAND TO THE FACE!!!!!


This time there’s a cover. A satisfied and smirking Big Show slowly drops down, lazily hooking Angle’s far leg, as Bearer counts along at ringside!


1...


2...


THREE!!!!!


Eliminated - Angle by Big Show @ 14:27.

Winner - AND STILL WWE CHAMPION -- The Big Show @ 14:27.

Boos fill the arena, as Big Show triumphantly raises his arms into the air, and Paul Bearer gleefully rolls into the ring with the WWE Championship belt, giddily handing it to his giant. ‘Show snatches his hand away from the official, who goes to check on a prone Kurt Angle, leaving the new WWE Champion to bask in the glory of his first title defence

???:
(Clears throat) Woah, woah, woah, woah, hold- just hold on a second there, guys.

Our attention is grabbed by the sound emanating from the stage, where Mick Foley appears once again, dressed much like he was earlier in the night, in his brand new suit, clutching a microphone and a clipboard. The crowd cheers The Hardcore Legend, bur Bischoff et al look far from impressed.


Mick Foley:
Don’t- don’t be like that, fellas. Despite what you might think, I am not out here to rain on your parade. I simply want to congratulate you, Show, on another tremendous bit of business. C’mon, folks, let’s hear it for the WWE Champion!!

~ Resounding boos fill the arena, as Big Show smirks. Foley turns to leave but then turns back, reaching into his pocket.

Mick Foley:
Oh yeah (pulling out a piece of paper), yeah, and one more thing allow me to introduce to you Monday Night RAW’s new ECW Commissioner the man who will share power with Eric Bischoff up ‘til One Night Stand on June 11th!!

Bischoff’s crew look bemused, as Foley slowly holds his arm out, turning

























***DESPERADO***

?????

What is this??? Who’s theme???


?????


WTF???

{/ OVERRUN }


Joey Styles: OH MY GAWD!!!

As The Eagle’s beautiful, melancholic anthem reverberates around the arena, most of the crowd are confused (apart from a few well versed oldies), until a THUNDEROUS POP rips through the building as TERRY FUNK steps out onto the stage!!!


Jim Ross
:
TERRY FUNK! THE FUNKER! One of the greatest of all time!

Joey Styles:
A true ECW Legend!

Jonathan Coachman
:
Are you kidding me!? This is absolutely ridiculous!

Looking like a wonderful blend of his ECW and NWA glory days, Funk wears a cowboy hat and poncho, as he waves what looks like his infamous branding iron in the air to another great reception.

In the ring, Bischoff’s eyes have opened wide, whilst Paul Bearer screams like a little girl, trying vainly to hide behind his massive giant, as Funk, smirking in his usual sadistic, brilliant way, points down at the ring with his branding iron, whilst Foley laughs hysterically in the background. As the two old rivals and friends share a warm hug, Carlito and Bearer turn angrily to Bischoff in the corner of the ring, yelling, “What the hell is this, huh!?” Bischoff, however, looks absolutely petrified.

Jim Ross:
This is gonna be good!!

Jonathan Coachman
:
What!? Are you out of your mind, J.R.? This guy’s a lunatic!

Joey Styles:
You got that right, Coach! You wanted to get hardcore, well take a look at that man right there! That … is hardcore!!

As the crowd continues to go wild, the great music fades in the background, and Terry Funk takes the microphone from Foley, gazing up into the rafters as the “TERRY!” chants ring out. After a few moments, The Hardcore Living Legend holds his hand up for quiet, which he eventually receives, before bringing the mic up to speak.

Terry Funk:
… … …

~ “TERRY! TERRY! TERRY! TERRY!”

Terry Funk:
First of all I would like to thank my great friend Mick Foley for such for such a wonderful introduction. (Turning) Thank you, Mick. Come on, let’s hear it for Mick Foley!!

~ As if we hadn’t had enough already tonight, the crowd erupts into another outburst of “FOLEY!” chants, as Mick waves his thanks to his fans and his friend.

Terry Funk: (Pointing down the ramp)
And as for you Eric, Bischoff.

~ The RAW GM’s eyes open even wider, as he looks around fearfully.

Terry Funk:
If anybody knows anything about Terry Funk they will know that there’s one thing in this world I hate above anything else and that’s cowards like YOU, Eric Bischoff, cowards who go around calling themselves men when in actual fact they’ve got great, bright, knee-tremblin’ yellow stripes runnin’ all the way down their back!!

~ OH!

Terry Funk:
Well, let me tell you something right now that stops TONIGHT, Bischoff! That stops right here right NOW! Because listen to me, Bischoff, you don’t have Stone Cold Steve Austin as your co-General Manager anymore you don’t even have my good friend here Mick Foley. No, you’re not that lucky, Bischoff, because instead of any of them you’ve got the most violent crazy sadistic old bastard who ever pulled on a pair of tights!! YOU HEAR ME, BISCHOFF!?

~ Bischoff looks about ready to faint, as the crowd roars.

Terry Funk:
Good. Because your days as General Manager? They are numbered, Bischoff. In just oh, I don’t know TWO WEEKS TIME we are going to be having ourselves a little get-together at the HammerStein Ballroom in New York City … for ECW’s One Night Stand.

~ “EC-DUB! EC-DUB! EC-DUB! EC-DUB! EC-DUB!”

Terry Funk:
And, Bischoff see, what I want you to do is really very simple. Just like Mick Foley said earlier tonight I want you to pick five of your very top guys -- five of the absolute best that Monday Night RAW has to offer -- ‘cause I want you to BRING ‘EM to New York City I want you to BRING ‘EM to the Hammerstein where I’m going to have five of MY very best there for you. You can see one of ‘em right now. You understand me, Bischoff?

~ Funk points at Angle... who nods exhaustedly. Looking a bit more interested, Bischoff stumbles out of the corner, approaching the ropes slowly.

Terry Funk:
One match! 5 on 5, Eric! All it takes is for one man to be pinned or made to submit, and it’s all over! You don’t just lose the match… you lose control!

~ Bischoff shakes his head at the very thought.

Terry Funk:
Bischoff, if Team RAW wins … ECW- ECW, the scourge of your very existence will be gone forever -- no more One Night Stand -- not even any private events -- and no more ex-ECW wrestlers working at all. Vince McMahon won’t even be able to bring us back, ‘cause we’ll be gone forever -- no more Sandman -- no more Tommy Dreamer -- no more Taz -- no more Mick Foley -- no more TERRY FUNK -- we’ll be out of your life for good, Bischoff.

~ Boos from the crowd, as a slight smirk starts to form at the corners of Bischoff’s mouth.

Terry Funk:
But but if we win, if ECW triumphs, if RAW loses then it’s your yellow hide that’s out of a job, Bischoff. Vince McMahon has already sanctioned it. What he will do is re-hire all of the great ECW wrestlers you have let go over the years -- the Tommy Dreamer’s, the Sandman’s -- every, single, one of them!

~ Bischoff’s face twists evilly at the thought.

Terry Funk:
… …And yes, Bischoff even ROB, VAN, DAM!!

~ A THUNDEROUS roar tears through the building, quickly followed by a series of very loud “RVD! RVD! RVD! RVD! RVD!” chants which bring a smile to the face of Funk and a hideous scowls to the visages of Bischoff, Bearer and, especially, Big Show.

Terry Funk:
It’s all going to be on the line, Bischoff. It only takes ONE MATCH, Bischoff! A match that you know well! The most famous match of all time! A MATCH the WWE has never, ever seen before! Down in ECW we know it as Ultimate Jeopardy but where you come from, Bischoff, where you made your name -- WCW -- it was known as THE WAR GAMES!!

An EXPLOSION, plain and simple, blows the roof off the joint! Any wrestling fan worth his salt knows of the War Games and it’s many incarnations across the globe, and the challenge is treated with the utmost respect.



Bischoff, running a hand over his grey muzzle, microphone in hand, eyes downcast, approaches the ropes slowly.

Eric Bischoff:
Terry Funk













~ Suddenly, Bischoff snaps his head up violently!

Eric Bischoff:
YOU’RE ON YOU SUNNUVA BITCH!

~ A loud pop greets Bischoff’s boldness, as he seethes over the ropes at Funk who just smiles right back rather oddly.

Terry Funk:
That’s, uh, great, Bischoff. Very brave of you. But I probably should have mentioned before -- this? This wasn’t a challenge. The match -- with all the stipulations I just mentioned – IT’S ALREADY BEEN SIGNED!!

Another epic pop greets that announcement, as Bischoff’s eyes open wide for a split second, before narrowing slowly on his enemy atop the ramp.

As the WWE Champion The Big Show and his manager Paul Bearer flank their General Manager on either side defensively, up on the stage a fiery Terry Funk is soon joined by all of the other ECW Invaders, weapons in hand, staring right back -- as the bemused Kurt Angle stands right in the middle.

Jim Ross:
Oh my God!! Ultimate Jeopardy!! ECW’s very own version of the War Games Match at One Night Stand!!

Jonathan Coachman:
This isn’t fair, this isn’t right!!

Joey Styles:
The Big Show was able to overcome both challengers tonight to retain the WWE Title, but with what we just heard from RAW’s new Co-General Manager Terry Funk, will Monday Nights ever be the same again!? My God, what a One Night Stand -- possibly the last one ever -- this is gonna be!! See ya next week, everybody!!

Raw goes off the air with a shot of Bischoff, holding his head down in the ring in complete disbelief.



**************************************************

Cut to video.

“Before ECW returns home to New York City, there is another home they must visit...”

Shot of the ECW Arena.

“The most iconic building this industry has ever known…”

Flashing clips of the ECW fans inside.

“…Is Reborn”

Shot of Triple H Tommy Dreamer amongst the masses as “This Is Extreme” plays.

“The Innovator of Violence Tommy Dreamer”

Shot of Dreamer cracking Raven over the head with a chair.

“The Hardcore Icon The Sandman”

Shot of Sandman busting himself open with a beer can.

“The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death Defying Maniac Sabu”

Shot of Sabu crashing through a table.

“And The Living Legend Terry Funk”

Shot of Funk wielding the barbed wire.

“On June 10th, ECW…”

Shot of Sabu pointing to the sky.

“Returns Home to Philly…”

Famous shot of Sandman and Woman.

“For One…”

Shot of Dreamer busted open.

“Night…”

Shot of Funk holding up the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

“Only...”

Shots of Cactus Jack and Terry Funk being showered with chairs at Heatwave 1994.

“At WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head.”

Video closes with Eric Bischoff holding his head in his hands.

END OF SHOW


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Current Card for WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head
Date: June 10th, 2006
Location: ECW Arena; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Music: Harry Slash & The Slashtones; This Is Extreme

***NO MATCHES YET ANNOUNCED***


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Current Card for ECW One Night Stand II
Date: June 11th, 2006
Location: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, New York
Event Music: Drowning Pool; Bodies

10-Man Ultimate Jeopardy Match:
1st EVER WWE/ECW Ultimate Jeopardy Match: Two Men begin, with another entrant five minutes later, and another every three minutes thereafter:
- If Team ECW, RVD is reinstated and Eric Bischoff is fired -
- If Team RAW wins, all ECW alumni must retire from professional wrestling -
Team ECW-----vs. -----Team RAW
Kurt Angle ---The Big Show (WWE Champion)

??? ---Carlito (Mr. Money in the Bank)
??? ---???
??? --- ???
??? --- ???



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Current Card for WWE Vengeance
Date: June 25th, 2006
Location: Charlotte Bobcats Arena; Charlotte, North Carolina
Event Music: Eighteen Visions; Victim



WWE Championship Match:
The Big Show defends against ‘The Wrestling Machine Kurt Angle



Grudge Match:
The Artist Formerly Known As ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels vs. ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ John Cena

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Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin defends against Winner of #1 Contender’s Fatal Four-Way

World Tag Team Championship Match:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team defend against The Sons Of Samoa w/AAE

Women’s Championship Match:
Mickie James defends against ???


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Eerie way to start the show, with the new WWE Champion and his manager basking in the glory that happened last week. It certainly will be an interesting reign for the 500-pounder.

Wow, you really wasted no time getting both Angle and Triple H out into the ring, and when they both are out there, the brawl is on! Surprised to see it broken up so soon, especially after what happened between them last week, but what happened next sure made up for the brawl being cut short. Mick Foley is a new authority figure on Raw? Not something that I could say I saw coming. Foley is obviously only concerned about One Night Stand, and we get Bischoff and Co. out to confront him. Bischoff’s stuff was simply OK; not nearly as good as he’s been in the past. Some of the comments just seemed a little off, and maybe just a bit too forced. Ten-man tag team match at One Night Stand? Big Show vs. Angle vs. Triple H for the belt tonight? Carlito vs. Helms for the MITB briefcase tonight? Quite the show that you have lined up and I just love how this Bischoff/Show/Carlito alliance has affected Raw. Just makes everyone hate them even more. And we have an ECW Commissioner? Should be an even better way to further piss Easy E off. A good way to start the show, and now the rest of the night looks like it will be epic. You always keep me guessing.

Interview from Haas did its job, just letting us know that he is ready to face Umaga later tonight. But I don’t see Charlie doing all that well against the much bigger man, because the Sons of Samoa are going to be destructive up until Vengeance, and that continues tonight.

Like you said in the match description, a very entertaining, low-key match to get the in-ring action started, especially after all that’s happened so far this show. A good match between a youngster and a veteran, with Doane picking up the cheap victory, but it still counts the same. Quite the #1 contender’s match for Vengeance, as I can see either Masters or Helms getting the duke, with Haas/Benjamin II being held off until a later date.

A very entertaining interview from the MITB holder, but I didn’t expect anything less. Glasd that the feud with Helms is going to be over after tonight, because ‘Lito needs someone new to feud with, and from the looks of it, that might be Mick Foley. Hopefully Carlito can keep the MITB title tonight, I see him doing just that, because he really is very entertaining in this thread.

Quite the match between two very different types of wrestlers, with Haas going against the mammoth Umaga. Loved how easy ‘Mags made it look in the early going, not even being fazed by Haas’s moves. I was glad to see that Charlie was able to be in control for a short time, using the sleeper hold to perfection, but there was no way Umaga was losing this one. The kick out after the German Suplex proved how powerful he and Samu are, and the ending of the match was great, with Umaga just disposing of one of the best technical wrestlers in this thread. I don’t see things getting any easier for Haas/Benjamin before Vengeance.

A nice interview from Helms, really getting the MITB match over for later tonight. Glad that he has become almost a full fan favorite by now, because you need a strong one in the midcard. I still don’t see him winning tonight, but I don’t doubt that the match between him and Carlito will be a good one.

Vengeance gonna be centered around Cena/Michaels? Guess we’ll see later tonight, when HBK finally talks.

Gotta love AAE, and this promo just continued to get him over as one of the biggest heels on Raw. Shelton having to face Samu next week? That’s gonna be quite the test, especially after what Shelton went through last week. I don’t see the Cannonball losing cleanly, I see some interference from AAE and Umaga when things are looking bleak. Anyway, this feud is really starting to heat up, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

You were right, this Shawn Michaels promo was definitely “out there”, but I loved every minute of it. Reminded me a lot of the interview he gave with JR before WM22, when he talked about why he attacked John Cena. This one was better, imo, because he really gave the full reason why he’s been going after Cena the past few months, and it’s because Cena’s become the new Shawn Michaels. All of the history that Shawn gave was needed and then when he pulled out the still bloody dog tags, that’s when this promo really kicked it up a notch. HBK doesn’t want to be known as the Showstopper anymore, and now he promises to end Cena. Vengeance is already shaping up to be quite epic. The ending of the promo made it even stranger, as Michaels grabs the kid out of the front row to stop Kurt Angle! Never read anything like that, and it just goes to show how far Michaels has fallen these past few months. Gonna be nuts when Cena finally comes back and confronts him.

Good way to get Mickie James on the show, but I don’t really see very much truth in her words, because I see Victoria and Trish as being FAR from done with Mickie. It was good to see her ripping on them, though, because I can see Mickie being champion in this thread for a LONG time. Interesting to see who she chooses next week, and who her opponent is going to be at Vengeance. By the way, the correct spelling is “ciao”, not “chow”.

The MITB match between Helms and Carlito went just like one would expect, as Gregory tried his hardest to finally beat his rival, but you knew all along that ‘Lito would be leaving with the MITB. Helms did look pretty impressive tonight, get so many near falls that it was tough to keep count, but nothing could keep Carlito down. The ending was very well written, because it’s not cheating unless you get caught, and CCC is able to escape this time. Given that we still have a few weeks until One Night Stand, I don’t see things getting easier for Carlito. At least he escaped tonight’s match.

Glad to see Hunter bring up what HBK did earlier tonight, just because of all the history that they have. But what really got Triple H’s interview going was talking about the main event tonight, something that he is pumped to be a part of. It’s obvious that Triple H and Angle are going to lock up sometime in the future, but I’m glad that they are putting their differences aside to take out Big Show. Triple H is ready to finally go back on the throne, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t see it happening tonight.

RWC are kinda left out in the cold until the Sons of Samoa and the WGTT get done with their feud, so they can’t really do much. Another impressive win, but I think that you should give them another feud, possibly something leading into ONS against an old ECW team. Would give them a bit of a purpose until the World Tag Titles open up again. But I am glad that you’re pushing them.

Pretty simple interview from Angle, but I guess that’s what we can say his character has turned into over the past few weeks, someone who’s just ready to go out and hurt people. Glad to see that he isn’t going to be as “friendly” with Triple H as Hunter seems to be with him. Angle should dominate tonight, but you put the belt on Big Show for a reason, and it’s not just so that he can drop it back to Angle after one week.

Loved that Big Show came out of the gates with some dominating moves, taking it to both of his challengers. Just what you needed to prove that you were serious about him being the top guy on Raw. Overall, went like most three-way matches do, with all three guys getting in some great moves. Angle kicking out of the Pedigree was very surprising, and I feel that Triple H will continue to be pissed after getting eliminated by Angle, and that will lead to him screwing Kurt (again) down the line. Big Show was able to withstand the awesome moves from Angle and kick out multiple times before going on a tear. Ended the match in fantastic fashion, refusing to cover until he did enough damage, and then he gets the three count. This giant is one dominant superstar, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. Perfect first title defense for Show, imo.

TERRY FUNK~! Did not see that one coming! Quite the promo from the Funker, but what really helped it was the fact that EVERYONE hates Bischoff. Long story short, I just wanna say that this sounds like the perfect way to the Bischoff vs. ECW thing, reminding me of the epic nWo/WCW feud from Szumi’s thread. But this should be awesome too, as I can’t wait to see who represents ECW and who Bischoff gets for the rest of the Raw team. Should be quite the interesting two weeks with Bischoff and Funk working together to run Raw. What a way to end one of the most epic shows you’ve ever written, tbh.

Been a long time since we’ve see a weekly show from you, but this one really made the wait worth it. So many things going on, with only two more shows until ONS and four weeks until Vengeance. Both show look awesome and I guess all that I call really say is that I cannot wait to see what you have in store next!
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Tonight…




Well, Judgment Day has come and gone, and the entire WWE is still reeling from the most chaotic and, to use a word that has been thrown around a lot recently, anarchic pay per view in the history of professional wrestling. And it’s safe to say that after this week’s show, the entire SmackDown! roster will be left reeling too.

Perhaps the main talking point heading into this Friday’s show has to be the “announcement”, which Co-interim General Managers Shane and Stephanie McMahon have promised. The WWE’s Board of Directors were not pleased by the events which unfolded last Sunday, that much is known, but what result will their anger yield? Monday Night Raw saw Mick Foley revealed as the WWE’s new ‘Executive Enforcer’, and he made an immediate impact by instating Terry Funk as Raw’s first ever ‘ECW Commissioner.’ Could this be a sign of things to come for Friday nights? The World Heavyweight Championship match has already been thrown into disrepute thanks to the lack of discipline around, with the champion Edge, as well as men such as JBL, Batista, Finlay and others overtly flouting the rule of McMahon. Will this continue after this week? Tune in to find out.

Two men who will definitely NOT be Chicago this week are Bobby Lashley and The Undertaker … but for VERY different reasons. Judgment Day saw the end of an era, as Lashley left the legendary Phenom a broken, bloody heap in the middle of the ring, and emerged from Phoenix having finally avenged his loss to The Deadman at WrestleMania, with a decisive victory in their epic Last Man Standing Match. Lashley’s agent, Paul Heyman, has opted to give his monstrous and triumphant client the night off, “for the protection of others.” For The Undertaker it is a far, far different story. He was last seen being carried out of the arena on Sunday night by his loyal druids. The question on everyone’s mind is the same: after the kind of beating he suffered at Judgment Day … will we ever see The Phenom again?

At Judgment Day Matt Hardy’s return didn’t go quite to plan. He was able to get his hands on Mr. Kennedy for the first time in a month … but he was once again left in a pool of his own blood by the obnoxious loudmouth. The two men clashed again during the World Heavyweight Championship match, when Hardy tried to restore some sense of order to proceedings. This issue is far, far from over. Kennedy has assured us of his presence in Chicago this Friday, but we have yet to hear from Matt. One has to believe wherever Mr. Kennedy is … Matt Hardy will not be far behind.

In a shocking turn, at Judgment Day Melina turned on her long-time teammates, friends and, in Johnny Nitro’s case, lover, when she screwed them out of a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship and joined forces with the current champions The Bluebloods. Expecting a confrontation between the two teams or the former lovers? Don’t. William Regal, ever the intelligent professional, has negotiated a clause in his contract forcing WWE officials to place both members of MNM on ‘compassionate suspension’ indefinitely to ensure Melina’s ‘protection’. As champions, The Bluebloods are contractually obliged to appear on the show. Once again, Regal wins. However, MNM’s Judgment Day partners, The Hooligans, will look to exact a little bit of revenge as they battle the Englishmen’s closest allies, The Basham Brothers in tag team action. This one should be a firecracker.

In the only title change of the night, Kid Kash shocked the world at Judgment Day by making Jamie Noble’s emotional run as Cruiserweight Champion a short one, as he reclaimed the title he lost at WrestleMania in another wrestling clinic. Tonight, Noble will be in the ring with Kash once more, as he teams with Hardcore Holly to face Kash and his partner, the undefeated Bren Albright. Albright himself knocked Holly off on Sunday night to earn his first pay per view victory. But who will come out on top on Friday night?

Also, this Friday night sees the long-awaited debut of the highly-regarded superstar CM Punk … and it will take place right in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. If ever there was a time and a place to make a first impression … this is it. Can CM Punk live up to all the hype?

All this and more on Friday Night SmackDown!, 9/8CT on the CW

Confirmed Matches:

Jamie Noble & Hardcore Holly vs. Kid Kash & Brent Albright

Mr. Kennedy is in action

The Hooligans vs. The Basham Brothers

CM Punk makes his debut



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Oh baby. Finally, we get to see the man they call CM Punk make his debut in this thread, and in Chicago no less! The rest of the show looks pretty solid too, and with the whole McMahon authority stuff going on, I can see SD! changing tonight into a show that is actually run with some discipline. Matches all look good but I think we will see a main event level match signed early in the night, given that none of the four announced matches look "main event" worthy. Hopefully the fact that the show is titled "Punked" means that CM is making quite the impactful debut. Look forward to it!
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***


Friday Night SmackDown!- May 26th, 2006; Chicago, Illinois

…you just called out your worst nightmare.



Punked


Instead of starting with the usual SmackDown! intro, the entire SD roster, give or take a few (e.g. Edge, Lashley, ‘Taker, Hardy, MNM, etc.) stands on the apron surrounding the ring with Shane and Stephanie McMahon already waiting in the ring, music playing. There is an army of security guards present too. Shane, dressed in a tieless grey suit, holds a clipboard in his right hand and a microphone in his left, while Steph wears the far sexier female equivalent. The McMahon’s music dies down, and Shane brings the microphone up.

Shane McMahon:
Hello, everybody, and welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!

~ Crowd cheers

Shane McMahon:
Last Sunday at Judgment Day … I think I can safely say that us guys over here on Friday Night’s showed Eric Bischoff and his cronies over on that … other show exactly how to do a pay per view. Sure, last night was off the charts … but that doesn’t mean it was without controversy.

~ Mixed reaction for Shane’s gusto.

Shane McMahon:
First things first I’ve been given the unfortunate task of announcing … that The Undertaker … is gone and he is never coming back!

~ Astounding heat for this revelation, with the camera even showing us a few sad faces in the audience, while the wrestlers around the apron react diversely.

Shane McMahon:
Yeah, yeah …I don’t like it either. I know how you feel. I grew up watching The Deadman do his thing and I was looking forward to being his boss … for a little while anyway. But unfortunately … last night The Undertaker was severely injured … at the hands … of Bobby Lashley.

~ Boos fill the arena at the mention of the monstrous Lashley, as a sorrowful looking Shan O’ Mac shakes his head sadly.

Shane McMahon:
Now I don’t want to sound too harsh but as the old saying goes - “The show must go on” and that’s exactly what it will do. The Undertaker is the last guy walking the face of the earth who’d want you to cry for him … so don’t you dare.

~ William Regal mutters something to Paul Burchill, getting a chuckle from his fellow tag team champion.

Shane McMahon:
As for Mr. Lashley, and his agent Paul Heyman-

~ Immediate boos.

Shane McMahon:
They are not here tonight. Mr. Heyman has requested this night off for his client to allow the fans their period of mourning for The Undertaker.

~ Shane scoffs, as the crowd boos some more.

Shane McMahon:
They will both be back next week, when they will address the fans and superstars of Friday Night SmackDown directly.

~ Shot of Batista’s uninterested face.

Shane McMahon:
Which brings me … to Judgment Day’s World Heavyweight Title match.

~ Boos from everyone who knows what went down.

Shane McMahon:
Trust me you don’t have to tell me I was right there I saw everything.

~ McMahon quickly unfolds a letter from his back pocket.

Shane McMahon:
As a result of last Sunday’s World Heavyweight Championship match the following SmackDown! employees have been issued fines of up to twenty-five-hundred dollars Booker T (crowd boos), Finlay (crowd boos), Batista (crowd pops), Hardcore Holly (small pop), Brent Albright (crowd boos), Jamie Noble (crowd pops), Kid Kash (crowd boos), The Bluebloods (crowd boos), Paul London and Brian Kendrick (crowd pops), and Mr. Kennedy.

~ Heat for Kennedy. Differing reactions for each of the names, with the heels throwing fits on the apron.

Shane McMahon:
Get involved in a World Championship match and there will be repercussions, gentlemen. As a result of the actions of all of the aforementioned individuals the WWE’s Board of Director’s have decided to take action.

~ Shane turns to the camera.

Shane McMahon:
Tonight … right here and now, I’m going to be announcing what the board has decided. They have become sick of this “Anarchy Era” label which this show has been stuck with since WrestleMania, and that’s why we’ve called the entire SmackDown! locker room out here to the ring … because I want them to hear this first hand.

~ Small applause for this, with some quick shots of various members of the roster around the ring, namely champions such as The Bluebloods, Mysterio, and Kid Kash.

Shane McMahon:
I’m announcing tonight … the ‘Friday Night SmackDown! Great American Contender’s Tournament’ … which is actually much more simple than it sounds … myself and Stephanie have selected the twelve top superstars on this roster and, beginning next week, and leading all the way up to our next Pay Per View in on July 23rd, The Great American Bash -- we’re going to have six matches. The winners of those six matches will advance to a Six Way Elimination Match at Saturday Night’s Main Event on July 15th … with the winner receiving a shot at the World Heavyweight Title at The Great American Bash!

~ “Ooh’s” and “ah’s” from the crowd, as men such as Booker T and Brent Albright’s eyes light up.

Shane McMahon:
If you lose, you go to the back of the line … if you win, you advance … and once again, this is a fresh start. It’s what the Board of Directors wanted after the fiasco that was Judgment Day. Everybody just needs to calm down … and focus on getting yourself a shot at the biggest prize in this industry;

~ Cheers, as Steph steps forward, holding up the clipboard.

Stephanie McMahon:
I have here in my hand … the Great American Tournament matches. We settled on them just last night in fact.

~ Everyone, both the crowd and the superstars begin to buzz excitedly.

Stephanie McMahon: (Reading)
The first match … in the ‘Friday Night SmackDown! Great American Contender’s Tournament’ … it will be … … Paul London (crowd pops) … he will face none other … than ‘The Shooter’ Brent Albright!

~ Boos, as Albright smirks at an excited London.

Stephanie McMahon:
Another match … Hardcore Holly (small pop) … will be taking on … Mr. Kennedy!

~ Big-time heat, as Kennedy waves arrogantly at his opponent.

Stephanie McMahon:
Jamie Noble-

~ Tremendous response for Noble, cutting Steph off in mid-sentence. Jamie high fives a couple of his buddies like Shannon Moore, Mysterio, etc., as Kid Kash scowls at him.

Stephanie McMahon:
…Will take on none other … than ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay!

~ Monstrous boos for the brutish Irishman, who points at Noble with his shillelagh.

Stephanie McMahon:
Our next match up sees Johnny Nitro (mixed reaction) … going up against the NEW Cruiserweight Champion … ‘The Notorious K.I.D’ Kid Kash!

~ Heat for Kash who twirls his ‘tache arrogantly, while Nitro is nowhere to be seen.

Stephanie McMahon:
Booker T-

~ Steph is cut off once again, this time with the largest heat of the evening, as Booker arrogantly raises his pinkie into the air, and Sharmell gloats, “My man!”

Stephanie McMahon:
…You will be competing for a spot in the tournament final … against the returning … Matt Hardy!

~ Wonderful ovation for the injured superstar, as Booker’s smile quickly disappears, and we get a brief glimpse of a smirking Mr. Kennedy.

Stephanie McMahon:
And the final match in the Great American tournament -- both of these men are no stranger to World Titles and World Title matches… I think they could have great chemistry with one another … I’m excited to see the outcome … when ‘The Animal’ Batista-

~ Big pop for The Animal, who remains stoic behind his shades.

Stephanie McMahon:
…Goes one on one … … with the United States Champion Rey Mysterio!!!

~ “Oh’s” and cheers from the crowd, as Big Dave turns his head slowly to look at his former tag team partner, who just looks right back with a half-smile on his face.

Stephanie McMahon:
Gentlemen, I’ll reiterate both for your benefit and that of the fans … you win, you advance to the Six Man Elimination Match at Saturday Night’s Main Event … you lose, you’re out of the title picture. Only the winner of the tournament will be eligible to challenge for the World Title, currently held by Edge -- who seems to consider himself above a direct order from myself.

~ Boos for the absent World Champion.

Stephanie McMahon:
But that’s his funeral. I’m sick of his attitude, and I’m sick of him. I’ll deal with him later. As for the rest of you … on behalf of the entire McMahon family … good luck … and please … don’t screw this up.

~ Steph nods at Shane, mouthing, “Are we done?” to which her brother replies with a casual thumbs up, as the crowd applauds. The wrestlers buzz excitedly, and the co-General Managers turn to leave…


“YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME”


Both Shane and Steph stop, rolling their eyes angrily, while the SmackDown! roster do much the same , turning their attention towards the stage, and soon enough, Edge, the World Heavyweight Champion himself, steps out, accompanied as ever by the lovely Lita.

Michael Cole:
Oh my! As predictable as always, here comes the World Heavyweight Champion.

Tazz:
Predictably late, Cole?

John Bradshaw Layfield:
No, predictable like a jackass, Tazz. Let’s face it, boys, the days of having a respectable World Champion like yours truly are long gone.

The Rated R Superstar wears shades, a rather snazzy leather jacket, jeans, and sports the World Title over his shoulder, and Lita wears hardly anything at all. Edge enters the ring, and has Lita fetch him a microphone, which she soon brings back.

Shane McMahon:
Uh, nice of you to join us, champ … but … unfortunately for you … this meeting is adjourned.

~ Edge smiles.

Edge:
No, boss … the meeting only begins… (rubs his title) when the champ … is … here.

~ Heat for Edge’s mockery of Cena, as he wags his head from side to side idiotically, and Shane grins wryly.

Edge:
Y’know, Shane O … before now I’d never read much into all the rumours surrounding the famous, uh… (air quotes) “McMahon Ego”. But you and your little sis here? … You’ve changed my mind.

~ Boos from the crowd.

Edge:
‘Cause you know, ever since you came here to Friday SmackDown! … the two of you have been doing your best to get this belt from around my waist -- unsuccessfully I might add -- stackin’ the deck against me each and every week. But allow me to let the two of you in on a little secret … as much as you might want it to happen … IT’S NEVER GOING TO!!

~ Shane raises an eyebrow, as the World Heavyweight Champion slowly holds his hand.

Edge:
I’ll enlighten you why that is shall I. First of all … I’m a Canadian … and Canadian’s always win.

~ “Oh really?” mouths Shane, as the crowd boos.

Edge:
Yeah, really. Next … my girlfriend … is much hotter… (Nods at Steph) than yours–

~ OH!; Big-time heat immediately cuts the champ off, as Stephanie flails here arms in the air at Edge’s disgusting ranting.

Edge:
And last but certainly not least … ‘cause I … am simply … better … than … you.

~ As the boos pour in, a chuckling Shane ‘O Mac brings his mic back up, looking at the crowd.

Shane McMahon:
No, no, no, hold on, hold on … if you think that’s running your mouth … now it’s my turn.

~ Shane takes a step towards the champ.

Shane McMahon:
The reason why the Board of Directors came to Stephanie and myself in the first place, Edge … is because of the way you’ve been conducting yourself as champion. Sure, you beat The Undertaker … with a fistful of ropes! Sure, you beat Rey Mysterio last Sunday … after a twenty man brawl -- or however many it was! You’ve put your hands on me, you’ve disrespected my sister, you’ve shown nothing but contempt for this show since you first arrived in March, and quite frankly, it’s going to stop right, now!

~ Huge cheers from the fans, as Edge screws up his face bitterly.

Shane McMahon:
Am I making myself perfectly clear?

~ Edge removes his shades and hangs them on his jacket.

Shane McMahon:
This isn’t Monday Night Raw. If you’d wanted a shallow brand without any real competition … you should’ve stuck with Eric Bischoff! Here on SmackDown? We’re all about professional wrestling on Friday nights!

Edge: (Hand up)
Woah, woah, woah, hold on a second! First of all I think Kurt Angle and John Cena would object to you calling them shallow!

~ Laughs from the crowd.

Edge:
But that doesn’t necessarily mean I disagree.

~ No one is buying Edge’s bullshit at all and it starts to get under the skin of the frenzied World Champion.

Edge:
But y’know what? Shane, I’ve always been a fighting champion … you don’t get to be The Rated R Superstar without being a fighting champion … I don’t care which bum you wanna throw at me next -- y’know what? Screw it … I’m gonna prove you wrong, Shane. If you don’t think I’m an honourable champion … then you pick any one of these clowns here … and I’ll take ’em on right here tonight!!

~ Great response from the crowd, as Shane smirks, and Edge remains antsy.

Shane McMahon:
Right here tonight … right on this program?

Edge:
No problem! (Waving his arm at the roster) You just name ‘im!

Shane McMahon:
Well, it’s funny you happen to mention that … because you are gonna defend the World Title … right here in this ring in Chi-Town tonight.

~ Another big pop, as Edge shouts, “Fine! Fine! No problem!” while various members of the roster try to make themselves known to the McMahon’s.

Shane McMahon:
You will defend the World Title … … against a man who I feel was robbed at Judgment Day … Rey Mysterio!!

~ Tremendous response, as you’d expect, for the United States Champion, who pumps his fist and points threateningly at the man who defeated him last Sunday at Judgment Day.

Edge: (Getting in Rey’s face)
Fine by me! Walk in the freakin’ park! I’ll finish what I started Sunday, Rey-Rey–

~ Shane pats Edge on the shoulder, causing him to turn back around angrily.

Shane McMahon:
Just- Just hold on a second. Against Rey Mysterio … … AND Finlay!!

~ Another good pop from the crowd at the deck being stacked against the champ, though there is still some heat for the Fighting Irishman, who points his shillelagh in a slightly less confident Edge’s face.

Edge:
That- that’s g- great! You two chumpstains got nothing on me!

~ Steph quickly takes the mic.

Stephanie McMahon:
Hold on, champ. You keep underestimating us, Edge. I wouldn’t ever do that to a McMahon If I were you. My brother was about to say “Against Rey Mysterio … and Finlay … … … AAAAAND BATISTA … IN A FATAL FOUR WAY MATCH!! FOR THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE!! RIGHT HERE TONIGHT!!”

~ Chicago absolutely ERUPTS, as the ultra-popular Animal smirks threateningly, as other superstars pat him on the back, and Edge’s attitude changes quickly to bitch fit mode as he screams in McMahon’s face, “YOU CAN’T DO THIS TO ME! I’M A STAR!”, only for Steph to smile. Shane looks slightly disgruntled, as the siblings make their exit from the ring.

Michael Cole:
Oh my, what an announcement by our co-General Managers! Edge is in trouble tonight!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Good. I hope Finlay shoves that shillelagh right where the sun don’t shine and takes that World Title tonight, ‘cause I tell you something I can’t take another day with that blonde haired wiseass walking around with MY belt!

Tazz:
No secret who JBL is pullin’ for in this one then. Get ready, folks, you’re in for a wild ride on SmackDown tonight, baby.


As Edge clutches his title belt closely, and Lita tries to console him … all three of his challengers for tonight slowly step through the ropes from all sides, almost surrounding the petrified World Champion, who begins to back away very quickly…







{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Josh Matthews stands by with the United States Champion Rey Mysterio.

Josh Matthews:
We are back here on Friday Night SmackDown!, with my guest, one of three men who will be challenging Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship later tonight, the United States Champion Rey Mysterio. But last Sunday, Rey, at Judgment Day you came close to winning the World Heavyweight Championship. I have to ask, how are feeling after that?

~ Mysterio smiles ruefully, adjusting his mask.

Rey Mysterio:
Yeah- yeah, what can I say, Josh? I did my best at Judgment Day…I beat three of the best this business has to offer -- including my good friend Dave Batista -- but at the end of the day, I guess it was Edge’s night … this time.

~ Josh nods in agreement.

Rey Mysterio:
And I know a lot of people might not like the way the McMahon’s have been runnin’ this show lately … but I- I just wanna say… (kisses his hands and points at the screen) gracias, hermano. Usted ha hecho la cosa correcta. You’ve done the right thing, man.

~ Small pop.

Rey Mysterio:
One more shot is all I ask, and you’ve given me that. Sure, this time I’ve got Finlay and ma posee la familia Dave Batista to get past … but that doesn’t bother me. I feel blessed to be competing for the World Title once again … and this time, Prometo, I promise … I’m gonna win.

~ Matthews smiles, looking to have no more questions, until Rey motions for him to bring the microphone to him, not quite finished speaking yet.

Rey Mysterio:
I’d also like to mention that comin’ atcha’ from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on June 11th is a little thing … called ECW One Night Stand—

~ “EC-DUB! EC-DUB! EC-DUB! EC-DUB!”

Rey Mysterio:
In case you didn’t know, ECW was my first home in professional wrestling in the US, and I’ve been asked to compete there once again. Only this time I get to pick my opponent.

~ Nice pop from the crowd, wondering who Mysterio could possibly have in mind.

Rey Mysterio:
Dean Malenko, I have as much respect for you as for anyone else in this business. We got to tear it up in WCW back in the day, but, unfortunately, our paths never crossed in ECW. I know you hung ‘em up, Dean, but how about you come out of retirement just for one night to lock it up with me one more time and give these people somethin’ special?

~ Another nice pop, as even Matthews looks impressed at the mouth-watering prospect of another Mysterio/Malenko encounter.

Rey Mysterio:
Take as long as you want, man. I’ll be here next week, ‘cause I’m gonna be facin’ the man I beat at last year’s One Night Stand, another good friend of mine, Psicosis … whether I’m the World Heavyweight Champion or not. We’re gonna tear it up for real, Dean … so I hope you’ll be watchin’.

~ Rey nods at Josh and turns as though to leave … until, all of a sudden, Super Crazy comes running up to him, babbling away in Spanish. He motions for Matthews to bring the mic down to him, which does.

Super Crazy:
Estuve en ECW también como Rey Mysterio. Quiero publicarle un desafío abierto a cualquiera para un igual en Una Mesita de noche!!

~ Crazy finishes and grins, appearing very pleased with himself. The crowd laughs, as Josh Matthews’ eyes open wide.

Josh Matthews:
Uh…

Rey Mysterio: (Laughing)
It’s okay, Josh. He said, “He was in ECW too, just like Rey Mysterio. He wants to issue an…” (turns to Crazy) abra desafío?

~ Crazy nods frantically, saying “Sí, Sí.”

Rey Mysterio: (Nodding)
He wants to issue an open challenge to anyone for a match at One Night Stand…

~ The Insane Luchador catches Mysterio by the sleeve, whispering something in his ear quickly.

Rey Mysterio: (Nodding)
Gotcha’. (Back to Josh) And next week he’s gonna be facin’ another ex-ECW wrestler, and his teammate in The Mexicools, Juventud Guerrera. (to Crazy) ¿Bueno?

~ Crazy nods and the two men shake hands and embrace, before walking off camera together, leaving Josh Matthews to summarise.

Josh Matthews:
Two more huge matches possibly signed for ECW One Night Stand, and two tremendous bouts set for next week, right here on Friday Night SmackDown!, with the fatal four way match for the World title still to come. Let’s get back to the action.

*Back to ringside*


John Bradshaw Layfield:
I might not like the man, Michael, but Rey Mysterio sure knows how to pick ‘em. Those two matches have “classic” written all over them.

Michael Cole: Definitely some tremendous match ups… but that’s not all. We’ve just learned from the McMahon’s office, that also at ECW One Night Stand the World Heavyweight Championship will be defended against a former ECW wrestler. Now, it could be Edge, it could be Batista, it could be Finlay, or it could very well be Rey Mysterio putting the title on the line against, hopefully, his friend Dean Malenko. It all depends how tonight’s fatal four way match for the World title goes!!


1 - Tag Team Match
Hardcore Holly & Jamie Noble
vs.Cruiserweight ChampKid Kash & Brent Albright

As soon as the bell sounds, the despicable duo of Kid Kash and Brent Albright charge across the ring, attacking the men they defeated last Sunday at Judgment Day immediately! As Albright and Holly brawl through the ropes to the outside, Kash attacks Jamie Noble with some wicked knife edge chops, before launching the masked man into the ropes and catching him on the way back with a beautiful double leg lariat right to the face!

After a near fall, The Notorious K.I.D takes Noble back into the corner, lighting the Pit-bull up with more devastating blows, as both Albright and Holly take their places on the aprons of their respective corners.


Noble tries to fire back with some right hands, but is fooled by the wily Kash, who feigns a shot, causing Noble to instantly cover up, only for Kid to go downstairs instead! Kash leads Jamie Noble over to his corner and tags in Brent Albright. The diabolic duo launch Noble into the ropes, with The Notorious K.I.D falling on his belly, causing the Pit-bull to skip right over him – right into a wicked chop from Albright, wiping him out!
1 … 2 … NO!! Kash leaves the ring, as Albright scores another near fall. Tossing Noble into the ropes once more, The Shooter lowers his head for the back body drop, only for Noble to kick him right in the face, before wiping him out with a Leaping Leg Lariat! 1 … 2 … NO!! The Pit-bull manages to score a close fall, and he drags Albright over to his team’s corner, tagging in Hardcore Holly for the first time in the match.

Bob Holly lays into Albright in the corner, until the explosive Shooter begins to battle his way out, trading forearms with the Alabama veteran in the centre of the ring. Holly starts to get the better of the exchange and hits the ropes
only for Kid Kash to chop him right across the back of the neck! The Alabama Slamma angrily whirls around, taking a shot at the Cruiserweight Champion, but the savvy ECW alumnus quickly drops out of the way, and Holly gets caught from behind - BIG GERMAN SUPLEX FROM ALBRIGHT, DUMPING HOLLY RIGHT ON HIS HEAD!!

Albright quickly hooks the leg.
1 … 2 … NO!! After the closest fall of the match thus far, Albright beats Holly back into his team’s corner with another series of crackling chops, before tagging in Kash, who continues to work over the tag champion. Lifting Holly up, The Notorious K.I.D embodies the brilliant Chris Jericho, racing at the ropes, back flipping off the middle one and CRASHING DOWN ONTO HOLLY WITH THE LIONSAULT!! 1 … 2 … NO!!

Another two count for Kash and co., as Holly gets his shoulder up at the last second. Kid takes The Alabama Slamma back into the corner, tagging in Albright once more, and both men begin to work over the already beet red chest of Holly with an alternating flurry of knife edge chops, kicks, European uppercuts etc. etc., which the crowd loves every second off,
“Ooohing” and “Wooing” with each one! After about twenty such blows, Holly finally collapses in the corner, struggling for breath, and referee Charles Robinson gets Kash out of the ring. As Albright lifts Holly back up, The Alabama Slamma digs down deep, fighting out of the corner with a flurry of forearms
before The Shooter cuts him off with a knee to the mid section. The Shooter sends Holly into the far corner, before charging ahead, flattening Bob against the turnbuckle! As Holly stumbles out, Albright grabs him - HURLING OVERHEAD WITH A BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!!

1 … 2 … NO!!
After another near fall a frustrated Albright races across the ring and knocks Noble off the apron, causing the Pit-bull to try and enter the ring, distracting the referee, and allowing Albright to bring in Kash for some double team work. Scooping Holly up, Albright dumps him right across Kash’s exposed knee for the backbreaker!!

Henson turns around.
1 … 2 … NO!! The Notorious K.I.D gets another two count. Holly tries to fight back, but it just leads to him being forced back into Kash & Albright’s corner once more, as Albright comes back in. Bob makes a desperate attempt to get across the ring to Jamie Noble but Albright grabs him, dragging him back, and dropping him once more on his head with a Belly-to-back Suplex!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Another near fall. Kash comes back in and continues to work over a weary Hardcore Holly, eventually looking to do some serious damage with the DEAD LEVEL - but Holly blocks, and takes The Notorious K.I.D’s head off with a THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE!!

After a struggle, both Holly and Kash make the tags, with Jamie Noble flying off the top rope with a cross body right onto Albright, before knocking Kash off the apron, and then catching Albright once more, this time with a spinning arm drag variation! He lifts Albright up and hits the ropes, laying the youngster out with another leaping kick right to the face, only getting a two count though!! Taking Albright’ wrist, Noble runs up the turnbuckle and leaps off – ALBRIGHT LARIATS HIM HALF RIGHT OUT OF MID AIR!!


Wasting no time, Albright quickly tags in Kid Kash again, who rushes in, grabs Noble, and ANNIHILATES HIM WITH THE MONEY MAKEY!! HE COVERS!


1...


2...

NOBLE KICKS OUT!!


Kash looks for the DEAD LEVEL -- but Holly comes back in to break it up. Albright enters too, but Holly quickly pitches him to the outside. Holly sends Kash into the far corner, before racing in -- only to be elevated up and over onto the apron -- but Kash gets WIPED OUT BY A RUNNING BOOT IN THE CORNER FROM NOBLE!! Kid collapses to the canvas, as the Pit-bull turns, runs, and LAUNCHES HIMSELF THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A HUGE TOPE SUICIDA RIGHT INTO BRENT ALBRIGHT!!


Back inside the ring, Bob is perched up top, with Kid Kash down centre of the ring, and Holly flies – CRASHING ONTO THE NOTORIOUS K.I.D WITH DIVING, MACHO MAN-STYLE ELBOW!!!


Holly makes the cover ... but Kash STILL kicks out at the last possible second! Lifting Kid back up, Holly SETS HIM UP FOR THE ALABAMA SLAM -- but Kash spins out of it, connecting with a reprehensible THUMB TO THE EYE!! Now it’s Kash’s turn, as he ATTEMPTS THE DEAD LEVEL ON THE BIG MAN -- but HOLLY FIGHTS OUT OF IT, landing back down, driving his boot right into the crotch of Kash, before grabbing his legs, lifting him into the air, spinning, and DRIVING HIM SPINE-FIRST INTO THE CANVAS WITH THE DEVASTATING ALABAMA SLAM!! THE CROWD GOES NUTS, AS HOLLY MAKES THE COVER!!


1...

2...

THREE!!!!!

Winners - Hardcore Holly & Jamie Noble via pin fall at 9:01.

The crowd delivers a strong ovation, as the weary Bob Holly falls away from the cover, having just earned his biggest victory in a long time. Shortly after, Jamie Noble re-enters the ring, barely even acknowledging his partner, as he makes a beeline right for Kid Kash!!

The Cruiserweight Champion is barely conscious and in no fit condition to put up a fight as the furious former champion advances on him, shoving referee Charles Robinson down in the process! Noble makes a lunge at The Notorious K.I.D … BRENT ALBRIGHT BLASTS HIM FROM BEHIND!!

Noble goes down hard from the blow to the back of his head, and a stunned Hardcore Holly is slow to react, as Albright quickly whirls around, drilling ol’ Bob with a hard boot to the gut, before grabbing him, racing forward, and HURLING HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING POST!!!

Furiously, The Shooter, cheered on by his valet at ringside, beats his chest, yelling into the crowd, “I’M THE MAN! NOT HIM!” Snatching the dazed Noble off the canvas, Albright, sticks him in between his legs lifts him up, RACES FORWARD AND LAUNCHES HIM INTO THE CROWD WITH AN AWESOMB BOMB!!!!

“OH MY GOD!”


“HO-LY SHIT! HO-LY SHIT! HO-LY SHIT!”


Boos and “ooh’s” fill the arena, as Albright stares out at Noble’s limp frame amongst the chairs and (plants) fans of the first few rows, breathing hard, whilst his Michelle McCool joins him, stepping through the ropes.

Michael Cole:
Oh, c’mon! What the hell is wrong with Brent Albright!?

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Nothing at all, Michael, nothing at all. Ha-ha, this is certainly a huge win for Hardcore Holly and Jamie “Ba’ God” Noble but … BUT for me the true impact player is not the man who gets his hand raised but the man who leaves the ring standin’ tall, and tonight that’s the six foot one, two hundred and forty pound Shooter Brent Albright! I love it!

Tazz:
I do too, JBL. I knew this kid was special the second I saw him, baby!

Even in defeat Albright manages to get most of the people in attendance marking out for him. He grabs his jacket from ringside and storms back up the ramp, his smirking valet in tow, leaving a pile of bodies in the ring as we fade out.

{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Steve Romero is raring to go.

Steve Romero:
Welcome back, everyone, to Friday Night SmackDown! Let’s bring in some more other champions, the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Bluebloods.

~ The suited duo of William Regal and Paul Burchill, The Bluebloods, enter the set, dressed in suits, carrying their title belts like trophies, with the treacherous Melina at their side.

William Regal:
Now, Steven, my good man … I trust you watched Shane and Miss Stephanie McMahon’s little public address earlier?

Steve Romero:
Uh, sure.

William Regal:
And did you notice any names in particular which were omitted from their list of competitors in The Great American Contender’s Tournament?

Steve Romero:
Uhm … B- Bobby Lashley?

~ Regal flashes Romero a disgusted look, and Melina sighs in the background.

William Regal:
No, Steven … I think you’ll find that you are mistaken. The only two names omitted from the McMahon’s list were “William Regal” and “Paul Burchill.” The United States Champion was there … the Cruiserweight Champion was there … yet myself- myself a former European, Intercontinental and multiple-time tag team champion … was not. How on earth do Shane and Miss Stephanie expect us to respect them … if they continue to disrespect us?

~ Burchill shakes his head.

William Regal:
It’s almost laughable that two of the men we vanquished this past Sunday at Judgment Day have found a way in to the tournament. Young Paul London was unconscious at ringside, whilst Jonathan Nitro(smirks at Melina) was being pinned by my associate here.

~ Melina rubs Burchill’s broad shoulders.

William Regal:
It would appear that this glaring omission is some attempt to try and mend our opponent’s wounded pride. Personally, I cannot fathom how it must feel to have your lady turn her back on you simply because you were not(cups Melina’s chin) What was it you said, my dear … “Man enough?”

~ The crowd boos as Melina nods suggestively back up at Regal.

William Regal:
As the old saying goes, gentlemen … “To the victor go the spoils.” And, gentlemen, not only have we plundered your gold and robbed you of ever being tag team champions again … we have taken your women also. Would you let us know how that feels when you’re competing in our tournament spot please? (to Melina) Come along, my darling.

~ Both Regal and Burchill offer Melina their arm, and the smug trio swagger away off camera.

Steve Romero:
Words from The Bluebloods, William Regal and Paul Burchill. Now, let’s go back to the ring.

*Video Plays*

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 Tazplexing Shane Douglas.

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 11th, 8/7CT, live on pay-per-view”

*End video*


{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Steve Romero stands by with a furious looking Hardcore Holly, who paces up and down, still drenched in perspiration, holding and ice-pack over his injured shoulder.

Steve Romero:
Hardcore Holly, just moments ago … the whole world witnessed the brutal attack on Jamie Noble and yourself by Brent Albright. What’s going through your mind right now?

~ Wincing slightly, Bob steps over to Romero, red in the face, leans into the microphone and speaks directly into the camera in his usual angry, Southerner routine.

Hardcore Holly: (Breathing heavily)
Y’see, Steve, it’s real simple. If somebody wants a fight, I’ll give it to ‘em. If someone wants a fight with Hardcore Holly, I’ll gladly give it to ‘em. And if somebody wants to jump me from behind? Let’s just say he’s gonna get my boot up his ass!

~ Holly rubs his shoulder some more.

Hardcore Holly:
Look, I’m not stupid. Brent Albright, son, you did what very people have been able to do in this business … and that’s make ol’ Hardcore Holly tap out. (claps his hands slowly) Good job. You won the battle, Brent, but if you’re any wrestler worth your salt you’ll know that it ain’t about winnin’ the battles … it’s about winnin’ the WAR … and you- you ain’t done that yet, son, not by a long shot. See, I just beat your ass out there tonight. It might’ve been some other jackass that I dropped on his head, but at the end o’ the day that don’t matter one dime. As far as I’m concerned … I just won ‘Round Two’.

~ Small pop from Holly, as the veteran shows some real fire in his attitude tonight, pumping his fist.

Hardcore Holly:
So, Brent Albright, that only leaves one more thing and that’s ‘Round Three’. Everyone knows that’s the only round anybody’s gonna remember come the end of this, so that means you win this round? Well, I guess you win the war, huh, boy?

~ More cheers for Bob, who nods his head slowly, adjusting the ice pack on his shoulder with a sigh and a wince.

Steve Romero:
So, Hardcore, what’re you asking for?

Hardcore Holly:
Lemme make this real simple. Brent Albright, I want your ass in that ring next week and I want in under MY terms this time.

~ Holly looks pretty excitement at the thought of this, as an intrigued Romero raises the microphone a little closer to Bob’s lips.

Hardcore Holly:
Ya’ll wanna call yourself the next big thing? Well, I got one real easy way for ya to prove it. Next you step into the ring with ol’ Bob Holly one more time, but this time we make it a little more interestin’. This time we make it a Hardcore Match. Let’s see how tough y’are when bendin’ a trash can right over that pretty head of yours!

~ The crowd lets out a great pop at the prospect of such a match next week.

Hardcore Holly:
And as for Mr. Kennedy … and the Great American Contender’s Tournament. Kennedy, it’s been too long since ole’ Bob Holly’s had his name mentioned in the same breath as the World Heavyweight Title … and, boy … I don’t feel like doin’ anymore waitin’.

~ Another small pop, as a satisfied Holly storms out of screenshot mumbling to himself.

Steve Romero: (turning back to the screen)
Well, how about that for next week, folks, a Hardcore Match between Hardcore Holly and the undefeated Brent Albright. We’ll try and get an answer from The Shooter shortly, but right now it’s back to you guys at ring.

*Back to ringside*


2 - Tag Team Match
The Hooligans
vs. The Basham Brothers
*WWE Tag Team Champions, The Bluebloods, & Melina, are on commentary*

With all of the bad blood between these two teams over the past couple of weeks, Paul London and Brian Kendrick don’t let up, as they take the fight to Doug and Danny Basham. The fast paced Hooligans beat JBL’s former stooges all over the ring, before London connects with a THUNDEROUS BOOT IN THE CORNER on the bald headed Doug, and then sends him right into a second rope FLYING LEG LARIAT FROM KENDRICK!!

Spanky pairs off with Danny, as Doug retreats to the apron, quickly tagging London back in. After brutalising Danny with some fast paced offense, London is caught and driven back into the Basham’s den, where Doug tags himself in. Doug goes for the whip but has it reversed, and gets caught right in the mouth with a beautiful dropkick from London!!


Paul quickly tags Kendrick back in, and the little man quickly gets back to working over Doug with his usual technical precision, before, once again, being caught and driven back into the enemy corner, where Danny Basham tags in. The Bashams beat on Spanky in their corner, before Danny tries to go it alone, and finds himself out smarted by the Cruiserweight, who drives him back to friendly territory.

In tags London, and he and Kendrick work over Danny to death! As Doug protests on the apron, London shows his power, CONNECTING WITH AN INVERTED ATOMIC DROP ON DANNY … BEFORE TAKING HIM OVER WITH A HURRICANRANA RIGHT INTO A PIN!! 1 … 2 … NO!!

After the two count, London picks Danny up, but the youngster manages to get a tag to Doug, who quickly comes in, cueing an exchange of shots between he and London. Paul gets the better of the exchange and tags in Brian Kendrick. They work over Doug with a series of quick tags and MUSHROOM STOMPS, for another two count, before London once again tags himself in. He sends Doug into the ropes, but Doug hangs on, quickly elevating his opponent up and over onto the apron. Danny Basham rushes along, looking for the cheap shot, but London kicks him away -- ONLY FOR DOUG BASHAM TO LEAP UP, CONNECTING WITH A VICIOUS KICK OF HIS OWN RIGHT TO THE BACK OF PAUL’S SKULL!!


Cue a large section of dominance from JBL’s ex-men, as Doug and Danny begin to systematically work over the lower extremities of London in their usual ruthless, highly efficient way. After a few minutes of this, London attempts to mount a comeback, but as he hits the ropes -- Danny Basham low bridges the top rope, SENDING HIM CRASHING TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!


With the official distracted by the Bashams, Regal, Burchill and Melina deliver a few cheap shots to London, before Kendrick runs them off. Danny Basham continues to work over London inside the ring, before dropping him down with a hard body slam.


He tags in Doug, and the former tag team champion mockingly ascends the top rope, pointing to his fallen adversary … until Paul jumps up quickly, cutting Doug off, applying the front face lock, and DELIVERING A TORNADO DDT FROM THE TOP!!


After a long struggle, both men are able to tag in their respective partners, and Brian Kendrick comes in like a house of fire; he wipes out Danny Basham with a few high impact dropkicks, before catching him and drilling him down to the canvas with a Hurricanrana of his own! He goes for the Sliced Bread #2 in the corner, but Danny gets a boot up, staggering Kendrick, and then races with another one -- BUT SPANKY WIPES HIM OUT WITH A SUPERKICK!!


Doug Basham tries to save his partner but Paul London quickly cuts him off, knocking him through the ropes to the outside. Kendrick and London whip Danny into the buckle, with London leaping up, NAILING A LEAPING ENZIGUIRI RIGHT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD … SPANKY FOLLOWS UP WITH ONE OF HIS OWN, ANNIHILATING THEIR OPPONENT!! Danny flops out, and Spanky drops down onto all fours, as London vaults off his back, turning over in mid air with the SHOOTING STAR PRESS ONTO DANNY!! Kendrick goes for the cover. 1 … 2 … NO!! Doug hurriedly breaks it up. London tries to cut him off, but gets kicked right out of it.


After an exchange of hard kicks between Kendrick and Doug in the centre of the ring, Doug attempts his HANDSPRING ELBOW -- BUT SPANKY CUTS HIM OFF IN MID AIR … WITH A MONSTROUS DROPKICK TO THE BACK!! Following up, he clotheslines the stunned Basham head over heels to the outside! As Doug is quickly helped up on the outside by Paul Burchill and Melina, a rejuvenated Paul London takes action, racing across the ring and PROPELS HIMSELF HURTLING OVER THE TOP ROPES ONTO THE ECLECTIC GROUP WITH A TWISTING CORKSCREW PLANCHA!!!


As the crowd goes wild, Brian Kendrick calls for it and grabs Danny Basham, GOING FOR SLICED BREAD #2 -- BUT WILLIAM REGAL LEAPS UP ONTO THE APRON!! Spanky quickly rushes across to get a piece of the vociferous Englishman, grabbing him by the lapels -- BUT HERE COMES DANNY BASHAM … LONDON MOVES … and DANNY KNOCKS REGAL FLYING OFF THE APRON DOWN TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!


As another roar goes through the arena, Kendrick quickly grabs hold of a horrified Danny Basham, races up the turnbuckle and DROPS HIM RIGHT ON HIS HEAD WITH SLICED BREAD #2!!! HE QUICKLY HOOKS THE LEG!!


1...


2...

THREE!!!!!

Winner - The Hooligans via pin fall at 12:56.

The bell tolls and the crowd responds with cheers, as Paul London rolls back into the ring to congratulate his partner on their victory, while Paul Burchill gets Melina to quickly help him get his fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, William Regal, back up the ramp, with Doug and Danny Basham doing much the same, left in disarray following the glory of Judgment Day.

Michael Cole:
That- that WITCH Melina got what was coming to her tonight!!

John Bradshaw Layfield:
What!? WHAT!? WHAT!? I always knew you were a bit fruity, Michael, but now you’re condoning acts of violence against a smokin’ hot woman like Melina!? What the hell is wrong with you, son!? You kiss your damn mother with that mouth!?

Tazz:
Melina is hot. no doubt about it, but this suspension ain’t gonna last long. Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro are gonna be back sooner or later and you gotta think there’s gonna be some serious hell to pay!

Each man on a different turnbuckle, London & Kendrick point angrily up the ramp at the five individuals cowering on the stage, in particular at the WWE Tag Team Champions. Regal & Burchill clutch their title belts closely, as The Hooligans perform the usual gesture that they will be around their waists very, very soon.

Michael Cole:
Well, speaking of hell to pay… last Sunday at Judgment Day there truly was hell to pay for The Undertaker, as the legendary Phenom faced the consequences for his incredible victory at WrestleMania, when he finally met his match … at the hands … of one Bobby Lashley…

~ LAST MAN STANDING ~ SUNDAY NIGHT ~ JUDGMENT DAY ~

- {Still images, not video}
- The complete opposite of WrestleMania; Undertaker blocks Lashley’s early cheap shot attempt.
- Images of Lashley catching Taker in mid-air and STO’ing him down.
- Lashley countering Old School into a brutal spinebuster.
- After taking the guillotine leg drop, Lashley reverses an Irish whip, sending Taker crashing knees-first into the steel steps.
- The two rivals trade blows in the middle of the ring.
- Lashley puts Taker down first with a brutal running lariat, before taking The Phenom’s head off with his Cobra Clutch variation into the short-arm lariat, but STILL The Undertaker refuses to stay down.
- Taker sends Lashley into the steel ring post face-first, and nails him with the steps, busting him open.
- Lashley launches Taker from the top rope all the way through the announce table in an amazing feat.
- Lashley drills Taker with the Spear and THREE spinebusters … but The Deadman won’t stay down.
- Lashley absorbs the last of Taker’s punishment and busts him open with a chair shot of his own, before finally rendering The Deadman motionless following a brutal assault against the steel ring post, and a crippling Torture Rack, winning the match.
- And the end, as the druids lead The Undertaker away from the ring, leaving the crowd in a state of total disarray.

{Commercials}


3 - Mr. Kennedy
vs. Funaki

Nothing more than a showcase match for Ken Kennedy really. Funaki, seeking vengeance for his beat down a few weeks ago, gets in a few cheap roll ups in the early going, but eventually gets flattened, first by Kennedy’s spinning back kick to the head, and then his Samoa Joe facewash in the corner, pulling his Japanese opponent up before the three both times. He eventually catches Funaki on the top rope and connects with the GREEN BAY PLUNGE, before getting the three count.

Winner - Mr. Kennedy via pin fall at 2:01.

The word “smug” doesn’t quite do justice to the look that comes over Mr. Kennedy’s face at the result, as he stumbles away, hand over his mouth, pleased as punch. Funaki doesn’t move an inch; the former Cruiserweight Champion lies, dejected, on his back, blinking up at the lights high above

Michael Cole:
Another comprehensive victory for the undefeated Mr. Kennedy here tonight over a game Funaki. We all saw what happened when Kennedy clashed with Matt Hardy at Judgment Day. That was an absolute bloodbath … one which, unfortunately for Matt, Kennedy came out on top of.

Tazz:
I see World Titles in this kid’s future, Cole.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
That’s right, Tazz. Why don’t you tell us about the time you won the WWE- or the World Heavyweight- okay, the Hardcore Title then?

~ Tazz shakes his head in disbelief.

Tazz:
You’re an ass.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
No, I’m a former WWE Champion, short round, there’s a difference! After being robbed of my title last year did yours truly proceed to lose week in and week out like that dumbass Batista?

Michael Cole:
I-

John Bradshaw Layfield:
That’s right … I DIDN’T! What separates the good from the great, the pretenders from the real deals of this world is that when the going gets tough the true icons of this industry, the pioneers of this sport, men like JBL, already the single greatest colour commentator in the history of professional wrestling and a WRESTLING GAWD, RISE TO THE OCCASION!

Michael Cole:
What-

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Matt ain’t special!! He just doesn’t know when ta quit!! Batista isn’t special either! He’s just a punk with muscles! That right there (As Kennedy climbs down off the turnbuckle) Mr. Kennedy, that man there, ladies and gentlemen, is the real deal! Quiet! Mr. Kennedy’s got somethin’ to say.

~ Indeed he does. With Funaki being tended to by the EMT’s at ringside, Kennedy throws his arm into the air, snatching his microphone out of the sky and bringing it to his mouth.

Mr. Kennedy:
(Breathing heavily) ………………

~ Kennedy doesn’t utter a single word; instead he simply cackles arrogantly into the mic, unable to suppress his joy at what he just achieved, drawing some serious heat from the crowd. Smirking, KK turns and points outside the ring at the departing Japanese wrestler.

Mr. Kennedy:
Back o’ the line, Godzilla. Back of the line.

~ It’s not clear whether or not Funaki is even paying attention, but the crowd boos the braggadocios Kennedy anyway. Grinning, he adopts the famous position.

Mr. Kennedy: (Eyes closed)
The winner of the match—

~ Kennedy’s eyes snap open at the increased cheers rumbling around the arena, very quickly turning into THUNDEROUS ones, as both the camera … and Mr. Kennedy … whirl around to see…

…MATT HARDY VAULT OVER THE GUARDRAIL!!!

As soon as he lays eyes on his nemesis, Kennedy almost falls over backwards with shock, dropping his microphone at the sight of a bandaged, vengeful Hardy sliding into the ring right before him!!

Already on the mat, Kennedy slithers like a fleeing fish out of the ring, making it under the bottom rope and out to the floor with a look of terror in his baby blue eyes!! He tries to clamber over the barricade too … but Hardy is on him already, dragging the platinum blonde superstar back by the scruff of his neck!! The crowd ROARS, as Hardy pursues a scrambling KK all around the ringside, finally grabbing him by the throat and forcing him back onto the announce table, sending the commentator’s fleeing…

…but JBL THROWS HIS WATER IN HARDY’S FACE!!!

TREMENDOUS heat fills the building at Bradshaw’s actions, which blind Matt Hardy long enough for Mr. Kennedy to get the fuck out of dodge, diving into the crowd and making his getaway!!

“WHAT’RE GONNA DO NOW!?”

“NOT SO BIG NOW, HUH, TOUGH GUY!?”

JBL just doesn’t know when to shut up. After wiping the water from his face, it takes Hardy a few moments to realise what the hell just happened

…BEFORE LAUNCHING HIMSELF OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE RIGHT ONTO BRADSHAW, HAMMERING AWAY ON HIM!!

The crowd goes wild as Matt proceeds to whale away on the newest member of the SmackDown! announce team, with Tazz and an army of security guards doing their best to tear him away, as we fade out.

{Commercials}


Back from the commercial break, JBL is back in the ring, and is actually dressed to compete now, having removed his suit and pulled on a pair of trunks; walking around, microphone in hand.

Michael Cole:
Uhm, unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, our broadcast colleague JBL, after that disgusting attack on Matt Hardy, has now taken over the ring.

Tazz: Not to mention had Matt thrown outta’ the damn building.

~ JBL waves up at the stands, where Matt Hardy is being led away.

John Bradshaw Layfield: See ya later, kid! Come back when you actually get some TALENT!! See, ladies and gentlemen, that is what you get when you put your hands on someone like me, someone BETTER!!

~ Thunderous boos for Bradshaw’s ego cuts the self-made millionaire off, causing him to smirk at the crowd.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But hell, you’ve gone and got me all FIRED UP now, Matt!! I was already pissed off, because Shane McMahon in all his infinite ‘wisdom’, decided for some Goddamn credulous reason to leave me … ME, the longest reigning WWE Champion in SmackDown HISTORY … ME, A FREAKIN’ DYNASTY … out of the number one contender’s tournament, or whatever the hell he decided to name that meaningless piece of crap!!

~ More boos

John Bradshaw Layfield:
That’s right, right here, even in a cesspit like Chicago … THE STRIKE ENDS!! I’m sick of waitin’, so whoever back there has the CAHONAS, COME ON DOWN FOR AN ASS BEATI-







THE LIGHTS GO OUT






JBL GOES NUTS IN THE RING




STATIC PLAYS IN THE BACKGROUND







***MISERIA CANTARE***

The unfamiliar music still manages to illicit a decent pop from the smarks in attendance, especially considering where we are, as Friday Night SmackDown’s newest superstar CM PUNK emerges out onto the stage, dressed to compete in his wrestling trunks, with a black training jacket on over the top; he grins, yelling out, “IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!”, before heading on down to the ring, showing absolutely no fear.


Michael Cole: There he is!! We’ve been watching the vignettes for months now -- since WrestleMania in this very state to be exact -- but now he’s here! CM Punk! And what a way to debut, by interrupting a man like JBL!

Tazz: CM Punk could’ve just committed career suicide, Cole, and he’s only been in this company for about ten seconds. Man, JBL looks pissed!

~ JBL does look pissed, but he does his best to disguise it; mockingly applauding the newcomer as he stops at the foot of the ramp to slap hands with a few of his hometown fans, whilst eyeing up the former WWE Champion waiting patiently in the ring. After a few moment, Punk jogs up the steel steps and enters the ring, where he is given plenty of room by JBL to play to the crowd on a few of the turnbuckles, really enjoying his debut. Eventually, the music fades, and a grinning Bradshaw takes a step towards the rookie in the middle of the ring.

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Looking past Punk) ……………… Anyone at all!?

~ The crowd boos the crap out of JBL, as Punk shakes his head, smiling wryly; until Bradshaw turns back to him, wearing his old, familiar, disingenuous smirk.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Ha-ha!! Relax, I’m just messin’ with you, kid. Fact is, I actually respect you a little bit for bein’ the only one with enough backbone to actually take a beating on live TV at the hands the ONE AND ONLY AMERICAN HEEEEEEROOOO … THE WRESTLING GAWD!!

~ Huge heat, as JBL holds his arm in the air. Punk puts his hands on his hips, unimpressed by what he’s hearing.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But, y’know what? Unlike that tyrant Shane McMahon, I’m a fair man. So, I’m gonna give you the opportunity to introduce yourself to the world, son.

~ JBL hands a microphone out to Punk.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What I want you to do right now, is to tell everyone right now your name … let everyone know where you come from … (eyes narrow) ‘cause, son, in about thirty seconds your head’s gonna be rollin’ in the front row.

~ Punk glares at JBL, but speaks anyway.

CM Punk: (Scratches beard) Gee, thanks, John. To be quite honest with you, after that great intro I- I’m not sure if I’m gonna be able to follow.

~ JBL holds his mouth open a bit, as the crowd laughs at Punk’s sarcasm.

CM Punk: Y’know what? I’ll uh- I’ll give it a shot. What’s the worst that could happen, right? Well, first thing’s first I guess, my name is CM Punk, and I was born … well, about five minutes away from this place actually, right here in Chicago.

~ The crowd cheers for one of their own.

CM Punk: And, John -- I can call you “John”, can’t I? -- John, I’d just like to thank you for making my debut in this company even better than I could’ve imagined. Y’see, making a name for myself at the expense of someone … like you, it’s what dreams are made of.

~ JBL’s eyes bug out slightly at that sentiment.

CM Punk: I’m everything you’re not, JBL … and you’re everything I’m not. You like to live the good life -- filled with fast cars, fast women, fast dollars, lots of alcohol, drugs, all of it. You like to rub it in all of our faces that you can have it all, even if you don’t really want it. You’re the worst kind of abuser there is, JBL.

~ JBL glares at Punk with anger … but isn’t able to get a word in.

CM Punk: And I’ve gotta thank you for that.

~ The former WWE Champion squints his eyes, confused.

CM Punk: Without men like you, JBL, I would have never found my right path in this life … I would’ve never discovered the joys of a Straightedge lifestyle … the thrills of competition … the clarity of being free in body and in mind.

~ Quick shot of some fans listening, as Punk inches closer to Layfield.

CM Punk: So no, I don’t drink … no, I don’t smoke … no, I don’t do drugs … but do I feel bad about that? I see a guy like you, John, and I- I can honestly say to myself that I chose the right path. It’s not for everyone, and that’s cool … but a guy like you, JBL -- a former WWE Champion, a man who carried this company for almost a year -- a guy like you doesn’t deserve my respect … or any of these people’s!!

~ The crowd cheers as JBL’s jaw tightens. Punk runs a hand through his hair, and gets even closer to Bradshaw, right in his face.

CM Punk: After everything you’ve done in this business -- forcing your best friend into retirement, cheating at each and every turn to hold onto the WWE Title, destroying a LEGEND like Ric Flair, and ruining career after career AFTER CAREER -- after all of that, John, men like you? You’re nothing but a cancer in this industry … and I’m the cure.

~ The crowd roars as JBL closes his eyes, attempting to contain his anger.

CM Punk: Hey, John, haven’t you got it yet? Surprise, moron, you didn’t call out just another victim … you just called out your worst nightmare!!

~ JBL’s face completely drops, as even more cheers emit from the crowd. Punk stays right up next to Bradshaw’s ear. The newcomer mouths ‘yeah, that’s right’, before he brings the mic back up once more.

CM Punk: Now, if you wanna insult my hometown again, be my—

~ JBL BLASTS PUNK UPSIDE THE HEAD WITH THE MIC!

The crowd erupts into boos as their hometown debutant, having shown so much spirit confronting a man like Bradshaw, crumples under the mechanical blow of the microphone, sending him down to the canvas! A furious JBL tears Punk’s jacket away from him, slapping the Straightedge rookie across the face continuously, whilst screaming up the ramp, “Get me a damn referee!”


Michael Cole:
OH NO!! What the hell is wrong with JBL!? That’s the second person he’s cheap-shotted tonight!! CM Punk- I mean he- he’s defenceless out there, Tazz!!

Tazz:
I said he might’ve bitten off a little more than he could chew, Cole. Guess I was right!!

After a few moments, in which Punk tries his upmost to fight back, referee Brian Hebner charges down from the back and slides into the ring, kick-starting this thing.

5 - CM Punk’s Debut Match
CM Punk
vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Bit better than a shitty squash match, eh? Well, for the first few minutes of the match the two polar opposites of the wrasslin’ business do exactly what you’d expect them to do: one brawls; one wrestles flawlessly. The two men go back and forth as brutally as can be both on the mat and on their feet, with only the dickish antics of Bradshaw halting the flow at times.

This ends abruptly when Punk manages to avoid a wild clothesline predicament and turns it into a backslide of his own, which JBL quickly escapes, lunging with a wicked BOOT TO THE HEAD, which Punk only narrowly avoids! After blocking Punk’s submission attempt, Layfield tries to pitch the Straightedge Superstar out to the floor, only for Punk to land on the apron. Punk shoulders JBL in the gut, before propelling himself over with the Sunset Flip.
1 … 2 … NO!! Bradshaw quickly escapes and wipes Punk out with a vicious BOOT RIGHT TO THE MOUTH!!

The former WWE Champion begins to exert his dominance after this, but only until Punk snatches his arm mid-hip toss, attacking it savagely with a Fujiwara, which JBL manages to escape via the ropes!


As the newcomer begins to question the referee’s decision, The Wrestling God is back up and quickly attacks his opponent from behind, taking him down and beginning to dominate once again! After a few near falls, he begins to wear Punk down on the canvas, until Punk uses the support of his hometown crowd to help fight back up to his feet. After a few stiff, MMA style kicks from Punk right to the anatomy of the former APA member, Bradshaw manages to catch the leg, lifting the smaller man up, quickly connecting with a FALLAWAY SLAM
DUMPING PUNK OVERHEAD OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR OUTSIDE!!

As Punk pulls himself up using the crowd barricade, Layfield clambers out after him and charges, and LAYS CM PUNK OUT ON THE OUTSIDE WITH A VICIOUS CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!


The crowd boos, as JBL poses and preens, before tossing Punk back into the ring, covering him.
1 … 2 … NO!! Another near fall. After cinching in the ILLEGAL CHOKE on the canvas, Bradshaw is berated by Charles Robinson, but he quickly blows it off and goes back to work on Punk, working over his torso with a flurry of hard body shots in the corner. Punk begins to frustrate The Media Maven; first avoiding a charge in the corner, causing Bradshaw to angrily place Punk on the top rope, ravaging his flesh with a painful looking CHOP, before running full speed ahead and going for the BIG BOOT, only for Punk to move, and JBL connects with nothing but turnbuckle!

Now it’s Punk’s turn to exert some control, beating the holy hell out of Bradshaw with a flurry of Muay Thai style kicks, before sending him into the ropes, FOLLOWED UP WITH A DOUBLE LEG LARIAT RIGHT TO THE FACE!!
1 … 2 … NO!! After the near fall, Punk goes after the arm, only for JBL to reverse, resulting in a BEAUTIFUL SPRINGBOARD CORNER CROSSBODY PRESS FROM PUNK!! 1 … 2 … NO!!

Dragging JBL back up Punk hits the DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER ON THE 287LBER, INSTANTLY TRANSITIONING INTO A FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!


After Bradshaw manages to escape to the ropes once more, Punk attempts a Superplex from the top, only for Layfield to shove him off and escape to the apron. Punk quickly knocks the self-proclaimed American Hero off the apron, before wiping him out with a BASEBALL SLIDE ON THE OUTSIDE!! Back inside the ring, it’s a RUNNING HIGH KNEE IN THE CORNER, FOLLOWED BY A BULLDOG RIGHT BACK OUT!!
1 … 2 … NO!! Yet another extremely close near fall!

Grabbing Bradshaw’s arms, Punk goes for ANACONDA VISE
only for JBL to quickly scramble his weight over, pinning Punk’s shoulders to the canvas!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Both men trade hard right hands, until Punk explodes with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK RIGHT TO THE HEAD ONLY FOR BRADSHAW TO COME RIGHT BACK WITH A BIG BOOT OF HIS OWN!!

Punk slumps in the corner -- BUT SUDDENLY EXPLODES WITH A KICK THAT BREAKS THE FORMER WWE CHAMPION IN HALF!!


Picking Bradshaw up, Punk tries to lift him up onto his shoulders
only for Austin to ELBOW his way out of it, hitting Punk in the temple repeatedly before sliding down onto his feet … DDT FROM JBL!! BOTH MEN ARE DOWN!! After a long “EIGHT” count from Charles Robinson, JBL SUDDENLY EXPLODES PAST PUNK, COMING OFF THE ROPES, DECAPITATING HIM WITH THE CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!

The crowd boos, but a triumphant and exhausted Bradshaw quickly falls back on his opponent, hooking the far leg in a rather lackadaisical manner!


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PUNK GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!!

A roar goes up in Chi-Town, as PUNK SURVIVES!! JBL can’t believe it; angrily berating the official … to no avail. Time and time again, a furious Bradshaw goes for his dreaded POWERBOMB -- only for Punk to block each time, until JBL throws him down to the canvas and walks around, grabbing both of his opponent’s legs, LOOKING TO APPLY THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!!

Punk refuses to quit and Bradshaw rolls over, looking to drive his boot into the exposed skull of the Straightedge Superstar -- ONLY FOR PUNK TO SUDDENLY WRAP HIS ARMS AROUND JBL’S UPPER BODY, GRABBING HIS ARM AND CINCHING IN THE FEARSOME ANACONDA VISE OUT OF NOWHERE!!! Bradshaw rolls around in agony for a few moments, flapping like a fish caught out of water, but, stuck in the middle of the ring, he finally has no choice but






CM Punk applies some extra taught on the mat

…to TAP OUT!!!!!!!


Winner - CM Punk via submission at 15:31.

Chicago explodes into cheers as Punk looks around the arena with joy … and a hell of a lot of shock, quite frankly, before the referee comes over to help him up and raises his hand.


Michael Cole: WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!? CM Punk -- this young kid from right here in Chicago -- has just defeated JBL, former WWE Champion in his first match in the WWE!!

Tazz: He- he didn’t just beat him, Cole -- he made JBL TAP, baby!!

Michael Cole: I can’t even pretend I don’t love this! How can you not!? JBL thought he could do whatever the hell he wanted here at ringside when he got involved in Matt Hardy’s business -- he thought he would just be able to bully CM Punk around here as well when the kid stood up to him, but that just wasn’t to be!!

Punk leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, high-fiving fans, as the crowd continues to applaud their hometown boy, while inside the ring, JBL sits up, with a look of pain and anger on his face.








{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Josh Matthews, microphone in hand, stands by with the Cruiserweight Champion Kid Kash, who’s booed rather roundly, still in his wrestling attire, holding his head in pain.


Josh Matthews: I’m here with the reigning Cruiserweight Champion of the World ‘The Notorious K.I.D.’ Kid Kash, and, Kid Kash, earlier tonight yourself and Brent Albright were defeated by Jamie Noble and Hardcore Holly when Holly pinned you. What are your thoughts following that match?

Kid Kash: How the hell d’ye think I’m thinkin’, moron!? I just got dropped on my head by that- washed-up, no-talent hasbin’, Bob Holly!!

Josh Matthews: Well, what about Jamie Noble’s rematch for the Cruiserweight Title?

Kid Kash: What about it? I’ll tell ya what about it … there ain’t gonna’ be one, that’s what! That weren’t part o’ the deal, Matthews, so I don’t really care how much everyone wants to see Kash versus Noble Part Three … it ain’t happenin’ … ever! I told you all that boy wouldn’t be able ta’ keep his temper, and now look at ‘im! He put his hands on an official at Judgment Day ‘n’ that’s why I’m back where I belong … the Cruiserweight Champion … of the World.

~ Kash hoists the belt up on his shoulder.

Kid Kash:
Besides … ole’ Double K’s got bigger fish ta’ fry than that sister lovin’ redneck … and that’s becomin’ the number one contender … to the World Heavyweight Championship.

~ He rubs his ‘stache.

Kid Kash:
Johnny Nitro … boy, you ain’t on my level. You just a steppin’ stone … on this cat’s way to bein’ the first man in HISTORY ta’ hold both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight Championships of the World at the same daggone time. It’s like I said all along, baby … Kid Kash … is money.

Kash smirks and then walks off camera, leaving Matthews to turn back to camera.


Josh Matthews: Kid Kash adamant there. You have to believe this business between him and Jamie Noble is far, far from over. Let’s take a break.

*Video Plays*

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”

*Video Ends*


*Backstage - Interview Area*


‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay has joined Steve Romero.

Steve Romero:
And we’re back, with Finlay, one of the men competing for the World Heavyweight title a little bit later tonight.

~ Dave smirks and rubs his chin.

Finlay:
Look … Romero, I’m sure yer’ a nice kid, and ye’ just doing your job gettin’ an interview with me … but let’s face it … you know and I know I do all my talkin’ in the ring.

~ Romero nods.

Finlay:
Last Sunday at Judgment Day was a fluke, plain and simple. Rey Mysterio isn’t better than me, and tonight I’m gonna prove it(holds up shillelagh) when I knock his bloody head off.

~ Boos

Finlay:
See, I’ve already beat two of the men in this match – I’ve pinned Mysterio three times in the past three months, and just three weeks ago … I beat Batista in the first ever Belfast Brawl. So don’t think for one , single second, that I’m worried about any of them.

~ Finlay tightens his grip.

Finlay:
But that still leaves Edge. That pampered pretty boy has been runnin’ round here callin’ himself the best in the world when he’s never even been in the ring with me. Y’see, Romero, when yer’ in the ring with me, it’s not like being in the ring with Mysterio and Batista – I hit ye’… I hit ye’ harder than ye’ve ever been hit before until I draw blood. Let’s just see how those pretty boy good lucks of yours are, Edge… after I’ve finished with ye’.

~ He gives a sick, gap-toothed smile.

Finlay:
Let’s be honest, boys … this is the year o’ the Irish. I’ve only lost two matches since comin’ to SmackDown in January … and as far as I’m concerned, they’re the only ones … because I will be walkin’ out of Chicago tonight … the World, Heavyweight, Champion. (Turns) End of interview, Romero.

~ Finlay gives the camera a hard look and strides away, leaving Romero behind.

Steve Romero:
‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay. Fans, we’re coming back, right after this time.

{Commercials}

*Video Plays*

Narrator: Before ECW returns home to New York City, there is another home they must visit...

Shot of the ECW Arena.

Narrator: The most iconic building this industry has ever known...

Flashing clips of the ECW fans inside.

Narrator: …Is Reborn”

Shot of Tommy Dreamer amongst the masses as “This Is Extreme” plays.

Narrator: The Innovator of Violence Tommy Dreamer ...

Shot of Dreamer cracking Raven over the head with a chair.

Narrator: The Hardcore Icon The Sandman ...

Shot of Sandman busting himself open with a beer can.

Narrator: The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death Defying Maniac Sabu ...

Shot of Sabu crashing through a table.

Narrator: And The Living Legend Terry Funk.

Shot of Funk wielding the barbed wire.

Narrator: On June 10th, ECW …

Shot of Sabu pointing to the sky.

Narrator: Returns Home to Philly …

Famous shot of Sandman and Woman.

Narrator: For One …

Shot of Dreamer busted open.

“Night…”

Shot of Funk holding up the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

“Only...”

Shots of Cactus Jack and Terry Funk being showered with chairs at Heatwave 1994.



“WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head, June 10th, 8/7CT, live on pay-per-view”

*Video Ends*


*Backstage - Brent Albright’s Locker Room*


Steve Romero is once again standing by with microphone in hand, this time with ‘The Shooter’ Brent Albright, who leans against his couch, Ms. Michelle McCool alongside him.

Steve Romero:
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here in the locker room of Brent Albright for his response to the challenge laid out earlier by Hardcore Holly. In case you missed it, Hardcore Holly challenged my guest here to a Hardcore Match next week on Friday Night SmackDown! Brent, whaddya’ have to say?

~ Albright smirks, pushing himself up from the couch, leaning into the microphone, his muscular arms folded across his chest.

Brent Albright:
What do I have to say, Steve? What do I have to say? I suggest you take a look at what went down after my match earlier in case you missed it … ‘cause I think that was answer enough, wouldn’t you agree?

Steve Romero:
So, are- are you saying you accepting his challenge?

~ Dropping his head slightly, Albright shakes it, a wry smile on his face, as his blonde accomplice smiles away beside him, obviously finding something extremely amusing.

Brent Albright:
No, I’m not saying I accept his challenge, Steve. What I’m saying is when I slammed Bob Holly’s head into that steel post tonight … I raised the stakes. I made things a little more interestin’. You don’t do that to someone you’re through with, and believe me, I ain’t done with Hardcore Holly by a long way. (Scoffs) He wants a Hardcore Match with me next week? He wants a Hardcore Match with The Shooter?

~ The Shooter scowls angrily at the thought of such a challenge.

Brent Albright:
Well, this time you won’t need to tap out, Bob

~ Albright twists his hands together with a laugh.

Brent Albright:
…’cause I’m gonna break your arm.

~ Both Albright and his female accomplice begin cackling evilly, as unimpressed Romero turns back to the camera with a nod of his head.

Steve Romero:
Well, there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Next week-

~ Albright cuts him off.

Brent Albright:
Hey I never said I was done.

~ Romero sheepishly holds the mic back up to him, as McCool drags it to where The Shooter wants it.

Brent Albright:
That’s better. (Back to camera)And as for Paul London and our match in the Great American Contender’s Tournament in a couple of weeks … Paul, don’t worry … I’ll have you back chasin’ after those tag team titles in no time…

~ McCool nods at her client.

Brent Albright:
‘Cause there’s only one man advancin’ to Saturday Night’s Main Event … there’s only one man becomin’ the number one contender … and you better believe there’s only man leaving The Great American Bash as the new World Heavyweight Champion … and that’s me. (To Romero) Now I’m done.

~ Albright slumps down to his couch, as Romero turns away.

Steve Romero:
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, right here on Friday Night SmackDown!, (Graphic instantly appears on screen) ‘The Shooter’ Brent Albright and Hardcore Holly in a hardcore match. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for that one.

{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Josh Matthews waits, microphone in hand.

Josh Matthews:
Okay, fans, Friday Night SmackDown! continues … as we bring in none other … than the third challenger to Edge’s World Heavyweight title tonight … ‘The Animal’ Batista.

~ Batista stoically walks up.

Josh Matthews:
Now, Batista … as everybody knows, these past couple of months since losing the World Title to Edge at WrestleMania haven’t exactly been the best of your career. Could tonight be the turnaround of your fortunes?

~ Nodding, The Animal rubs his chin.

Batista:
Y’know, Josh, you’re right. Ever since WrestleMania, my life … well, my life’s sucked.I haven’t won a match since that night … and I think- I think I’m finally startin’ to understand what The Nature Boy meant when he told me, “Sure … it’s hard bein’ at the top, big man … but it’s even harder gettin’ back up there.”

~ ‘Tista removes his shades.

Batista:
And if destroying the man who’s been a thorn in my side the last couple o’ months, Finlay … and the man who took MY belt from me at WrestleMania, Edge … and even my friend, Rey Mysterio … if that’s the only way to do it … then so be it.

~ Crowd pops

Batista:
‘Cause there’s no way I’m leavin’ Chicago without the World Heavyweight Championship around my waist.

~ Big Dave pops his shades back on and saunters off, leaving Matthews.

Josh Matthews: ‘
The Animal’ Batista. Let’s go to the ring.

{Commercials}



5 - Main Event; World Heavyweight Championship; Fatal Four-Way Match
Edge w/Lita
vs. U.S Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay vs. Batista

The match gets kick started by a very insincere World Heavyweight Champion feigning a handshake to Finlay, only to quickly thumb both Mysterio and Batista in the eye as they look on! The Fighting Irishman wallops Edge across the ring with a European uppercut, and we are well and truly underway in this one, with the crowd at fever pitch. The Rated R Superstar quickly gets the hell out of the ring, and an intense Finlay reaches after him … BUT MYSTERIO SCHOOL BOYS HIM FROM BEHIND!! 1 … 2 … NO!! There’s a quick standoff between the two rivals, until Edge grabs Rey’s foot and drags him from the ring … and BATISTA ROLLS FINLAY UP FROM BEHIND AGAIN!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Big Dave hits the ropes from the kick out, and Finlay drops down on to his stomach, forcing The Animal to skip over him. Finlay goes for the leap frog -- BUT GETS CAUGHT - POWERSLAM FROM BATISTA!! 1 … 2 … NO!!

As Edge works Mysterio over outside the ring, Batista continues to hammer Finlay inside it. After a few right hands, he takes the Irishman down to the mat, before coming off the ropes and kicking him right in the face!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Finlay manages to catch ‘Tista with a head-butt on the way up, winning their exchange, before hitting the ropes again. He ducks Batista’s clothesline … but Edge catches his foot on the other ropes, tripping him!! The reigning World Champion drags Fit Finlay out and hurls him hard into the guardrail! Unbeknownst to him, Deacon Dave follows him out, grabbing The Ultimate Opportunist by his long, blonde hair and HURLING HIM INTO THE TIMEKEEPER’S AREA WITH A BEAL!!

The crowd roars, as Big Dave starts to hammer his great Canadian rival all around the ringside area. Meanwhile, Finlay and Mysterio start to go at it on the floor also, with the Irishman connecting with a vertical suplex to the United States Champion on the concrete floor.


Batista rolls Edge back inside and climbs up on to the apron to follow him … but the champion quickly hangs him throat first across the second rope, knocking him back down to the floor. A smirking Edge turns around … SEATED SENTON FROM MYSTERIO!! Rey-Rey begins to get all fired up, lighting up the World Heavyweight Champion with a series of calf kicks, before trying to lift him up. Edge slides off and quickly hits the ropes … Mysterio tries to leap frog over him … but Edge SMACKS HIM DOWN IN MID AIR!! Lifting Rey up, Edge looks for the Edgecution DDT, but the U.S Champion counters with an atomic drop!! As The Rated R Superstar winces, Mysterio hits the ropes … EDGE GOES FOR A WHEELBARROW SUPLEX -- BUT REY CATCHES HIM WITH A BULLDOG!! 1 … 2 … NO!!


Rey dropkicks Edge in the back, trying to knock him into the ropes … but the champion smartly grabs the top one, holding himself up … only for Mysterio to clothesline him over the ropes to the outside anyway!!


With the crowd behind him, Mysterio points to Edge on the outside, hits the ropes and races across the ring … BUT FINLAY CLOTHESLINES HIM DOWN OUT OF NOWHERE!!


Ignoring the boos of the Chi-Town fans, the brutish Irishman begins to work over the plucky Mysterio with the stiffest offence in the entire WWE. After a few crackling uppercuts which
busts Rey’s mouth open, Finlay delivers a back suplex, and goes for a cover. 1 … 2 … NO!! As Edge and Batista go at it on the floor, Rey tries to fight back, only for the Irishman to completely overwhelm him, sending him into the corner, where he works him over some more. He races in … but Mysterio gets his boot up in Dave’s face. The former Cruiserweight Champion nips up to the second buckle … but Finlay grabs his foot, dragging him off, so that the back of Rey’s head crashes into the canvas!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Batista, back inside the ring, stomps on the back of Finlay to make sure.

The Animal and The Fighting Irishman trade some more thunderous blows in the centre of the ring, with Big Dave seemingly getting the better of it, until Finlay catches him with a quick jawbreaker and nails him with a hard body slam. For some reason, the veteran begins to climb to the top rope, obviously having been knocked a bit loopy by Batista’s strikes … AND EDGE SHOVES HIM DOWN TO THE FLOOR!! Quickly scrambling to the top himself, the World Champion waits for The Animal to get up … and SCORES WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!! 1 … 2 … NO!!


Dragging ‘Tista back up, Edge boots him in the gut, wrenches on the chin, and nails a side Russian leg sweep!! 1 … 2 … NO!! He quickly hits an elbow to Batista after coming off the ropes. 1 … 2 … Mysterio quickly breaks it up. Pissed off, Edge quickly grabs the U.S Champion and dumps him through the ropes to the outside. Dropping down to his haunches in the corner, he sizes up The Animal, waiting for the big man to turn … and GOES FOR THE SPEAR -- BUT BATISTA MOVES … and Edge has to stop himself before he hits the middle turnbuckle! Edge breathes a sigh of relief and turns around … RIGHT INTO A SPEAR FROM BATISTA!!


As the crowd explodes, Rey Mysterio quickly hits the ring, pulling his friend around and laying into him with right hands, allowing a broken Edge to slowly roll out of the ring. Rey foolishly goes for an Irish whip on The Animal, but Big Dave easily reverses it, sending the little man in to the ropes. Mysterio ducks Batista’s clothesline, hits the ropes again, leaps up, and takes Deacon Dave somersaulting head over heels with a beautiful spinning headscissors!! Finlay quickly hits the ring though, attacking Mysterio once more. He sends him in to the corner and races in … only for the luchador to nips himself up and somersault over the Irishman’s back! Finlay turns, and Rey-Rey leaps, snapping off a quick hurricanrana, which, unfortunately for him, sends Dave flying through the ropes instead of onto them!!


The bloody Mysterio then notices Batista pulling himself up in the corner and charges -- BATISTA CATCHES HIM - SPINS … HURLING REY DOWN WITH THE BLACK HOLE SLAM!! The crowd
“oh’s” as poor little Rey-Rey is damn near broken in half, and Deacon Dave jumps up … BUT GETS CUT IN HALF BY A SPEAR FROM EDGE!!!

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“ooh’s”, “ah’s”, and boos ring out, as Edge stumbles back up, trying to drag the lifeless Animal back … but FINLAY quick races across, attacking the defending champion once again!! The Irishman throws a wild clothesline as he comes off the ropes … but Edge catches him with a BACKSLIDE!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Finlay struggles out of it and Edge drives his knee into the head of the Irishman, immediately looking for the Edgecator once again … but Finlay spins out of it, slugging the champion right in the mouth, turning, and hitting the ropes -- BIG BOOT FROM EDGE … SENDING FINLAY THROUGH THE ROPES!!

Running his fingers through his hair manically, Edge poses in the ring, with his arms in the air and an evil look in his eyes. The crowd boos the shit out of The Rated R Superstar, but he blows them off and reaches out after Finlay … only for the Irishman to THROW THE RING APRON OVER HIS HEAD … HAMMERING AWAY ON THE BACK OF THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!


Edge is pulled to the floor, as JBL and, to be fair, the crowd applaud the ingenuity of the veteran Irishman’s offence. The two men trade right hands on the outside … until BATISTA RUNS RIGHT THROUGH THEM BOTH WITH A THUNDEROUS DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!! The crowd goes wild, as the three men stagger around. Inside the ring, Rey Mysterio quickly hits the ropes, charges across the ring, and … LAUNCHES HIMSELF SPIRALLING OVER THE TOP ROPE IN TO ALL THREE OF HIS OPPONENTS WITH AN INCREDIBLE CORKSCREW PLANCHA!!!


The
“Holy Shit” chants ring out, as the four men roll around in a heap on the floor. Mysterio is, obviously, the first person back up to his feet, and he quickly grabs Edge, rolling the World Champion back inside the ring and making the cover. 1 … 2 … NO!! Getting all fired up, Rey heads out to the apron, waits for Edge to make it back to his feet and, when he does … SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES AT HIM -- BUT EDGE CATCHES HIM … GOING FOR A POWERBOMB -- BUT MYSTERIO HURRICANRANAS HIM IN TO THE TURNBUCKLE!!

Edge is on spaghetti legs in the corner, as Rey, using a combination and right hands and kicks, manages to back the champion up the buckles to a seated position on the top. The crowd buzzes, as Mysterio follows the champion up to the top turnbuckle, setting him up, leaping up, LOOKING FOR THE TOP ROPE HURRICANRANA -- BUT EDGE HOLDS ON … AND MYSTERIO CRASHES DOWN TO THE CANVAS!!


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“oh’s” ring out, as Rey bounces chest and face first off the mat, with referee Charles Robinson going to check on him … allowing Finlay to leap up to the apron behind him back … and CLOBBER EDGE ACROSS THE KNEE WITH THE SHILELLAGH!!!

The
“ooh’s” and “ah’s”, but also cheers the Irishman too slightly, as he quickly disposes of the evidence, and Edge crashes down to the canvas. Lifting him up, Finlay uppercuts him right in the mouth, throws him over his shoulders, races forward … NAILING THE FINLAY ROLL!! 1 … 2 … MYSTERIO BREAKS IT UP!!

The crowd is going NUTS, as a furious Finlay trades shots with the United States Champion! Blocking one of Mysterio’s strikes, the Irishman SLAPS THE TASTE RIGHT OUT OF HIS ALREADY BLOODY MOUTH!! He follows up with a clothesline … but Rey ducks … and Finlay turns … INTO A HURRICANRANA FROM MYSTERIO - ON TO THE MIDDLE ROPE!! The crowd EXPLODES, as Rey comes off the ropes … but Edge drags Finlay out of the ring, preventing the manoeuvre -- 619 TO THE BACK OF EDGE’S HEAD!!!


There’s another explosion from the crowd, as the World Heavyweight Champion flips head over heels in to the ring, and Mysterio grabs hold of the top rope, leaping up, and … SPRINGBOARDING OFF WITH THE SPLASH ACROSS EDGE!!!


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TH- BATISTA BREAKS IT UP!!!


The match continues!!! A HUGE mixed reaction fills the building, as Rey Mysterio holds his head in his hands. He and Batista trade some desperate shots in the middle of the ring, forgetting the friendship for the moment, with The Animal easily winning. A weary U.S Champion stumbles in to the ropes, and deacon Dave boots him in the gut, sticking his head between his legs in preparation for the Batista Bomb … but Edge quickly scrambles across, grabbing hold of Rey and tossing him through the ropes to the floor outside. He turns … BATISTA LIFTS HIM UP - SPINEBUSTER TO THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!! He covers!!


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THR- FINLAY FLIES IN AT THE LAST SECOND!!!!


A collective gasp rings out in Chi-Town, as Finlay saves the match and the title!!! As both Batista and he make it back up to their feet, they begin to whale away on one another again … UNTIL REY MYSTERIO SPRINGBOARDS INTO THEM BOTH WITH A DOUBLE DROPKICK!!!

The crowd applauds, as Rey unloads on his much larger foes with a great flurry of right hands, one of which even manages to send The Animal stumbling down. Mysterio quickly hits the ropes … Finlay throws a boot -- but Rey catches it and spins the Irishman around … LARIAT FROM FINLAY - BUT REY DUCKS … AND FINLAY WIPES OUT BATISTA!!!


The former member of Evolution goes down, as Mysterio quickly connects with an enziguiri to Finlay, knocking the Irishman away!!


Dragging Batista into position, Rey steps out on to teh apron, steadies himself, grabs hold of the top rope, and … LEAPS UP … SPRINGBOARDING OFF ONE ROPE TO THE OTHER - CRASHING DOWN ON TO BATISTA WITH THE SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSAULT!!! Chicago EXPLODES, as Rey-Rey quickly covers!! 1 … 2 … FINLAY DRAGS HIM OFF!!!


Another incredible gasp sounds, as Mysterio looks to the heavens in disbelief!!! He and Finlay go toe to toe, slapping the taste out of each other’s mouths, until Rey manages to get the better of the exchange with a flurry. He turns and hits the ropes … FINLAY GRABS HIS SHILLELAGH FROM THE CORNER - NAILING MYSTERIO IN THE GUT … AND BATISTA CUTS REY IN HALF WITH A DEVASTATING SPEAR!!!!


Rey Mysterio is broken in half!!! The United States Champion is sent rolling from the ring in a crumpled mess, as the crowd
“ooh’s” and “ah’s” at the sight of his fractured 170lb frame.

Slowly, The Animal and The Fighting Irishman make it up to their feet once more, looking each other in the eye hatefully, remembering all the wars they have had with one another over the past couple of months, including the brutal Belfast Brawl. They trade shots, going back and forth, back and forth, until Finlay snaps Batista’s head back with a particularly vicious European uppercut, and hits the ropes -- BUT BIG DAVE DECAPITATES HIM WITH THE LARIAT OF THE MATCH!!!


Quickly sticking the groggy Irishman’s head between his legs, Batista LIFTS HIM UP FOR THE BATISTA BOMB … but Finlay manages to slide off his shoulders, snatch his shillelagh off the canvas, and SWINGS IT AT THE ANIMAL’S HEAD -- BUT BATISTA DUCKS - SPINEBUSTER TO FINLAY!!!!


Batista wastes absolutely no time, as he drags the lifeless Finlay back up, places him between his legs, lifts him into the air, and … DRIVES HIM DOWN INTO THE CANVAS WITH THE BATISTA BOMB!!!!


The crowd goes WILD, as The Animal quickly folds the broken Irishman up, looking to reclaim his World Heavyweight crown!!


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Edge rolls back inside the ring…

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He has something in his hand…

TH--

EDGE SMASHES A STEEL CHAIR ACROSS BATISTA’S HEAD!!!!!

Batista goes down in a heap, and the metallic thud echoes through the building!!!
“OH’S” and howls ring out, as The Rated R Superstar quickly disposes of Batista, and scrambles on top of Finlay, hooking both of the Irishman’s legs!!

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THREE!!!!!


Winner -- And STILL WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION via pin fall - ‘THE RATED R SUPERSTAR’ EDGE @ 16:28.

EDGE DOES IT AGAIN!!! You’ve never seen a man get out of dodge as quickly as Edge does when the bell sounds. As ‘Metalingus’ hits, he dives out of the ring, with Lita throwing his jacket over him, and he grabbing his title belt from the timekeeper’s area all in one continuous motion, as he stumbles around like a drunk.

Michael Cole:
OH MY!! How in the world did that happen!? Edge pinned Finlay- I don’t think even he can believe it!!

Tazz:
Oh man, I thought Big Dave had that one won, Cole!!

With his three beaten and weary challengers now out of the ring being tended to on the floor, Edge is back in the ring with Lita, holding his World title belt high in the air, tongue wrestling with his red-headed broad, and grinning egomaniacally.

Tazz:
STILL WORLD CHAMPION, BABY!!

Michael Cole:
This is absolutely incredible. I cannot believe this happened tonight. Edge’s day is coming, I know it!! It should’ve come tonight.

Smiling away, Edge prepares to leave and turns around…

BOOM!!!

WHAT ON EARTH!?”

EDGE’S LIGHTS ARE TURNED OUT AND CHICAGO GOES NUTS FOLLOWING A SUPERKICK!!! A masked figure stands over the World Heavyweight Champion. Slowly, the individual reaches up and tears the mask away from their face
, revealing…





IT’S LANCE STORM!!!


“T-T-THAT’S LANCE STORM!!”

“THE HELL IS HE DOIN’ HERE!?”

Chicago recognises the Canadian grappler instantly and continues to go nuts for him. As Lita cowers in the far corner, Storm pulls out a microphone, stands over Edge, and crouches down, getting right in the face of the World Heavyweight Champion


Lance Storm: (Breathing heavily)
………………If I could be serious for a minute-

~ Another thunderous pop rings out, as well as a few “LANCE! LANCE! LANCE! LANCE!” chants, drawing an amused glance from the Albertan.

Lance Storm:
Can you guess who Edge’s opponent is … for the World Heavyweight Title … at ECW One - Night - STAND!?

Storm smirks and drops the mic, as Chi-Town pops again. Standing over The Rated R Superstar, Storm notices the World title belt, and slowly picks it up. He gazes at it, and then looks to the crowd, before laying across Edge’s chest with a whisper of, “…soon.” Storm raises his hands into the air as we fade out.

END OF SHOW


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Current Card for WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head
Date: June 10th, 2006
Location: ECW Arena; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Music: Harry Slash & The Slashtones; This Is Extreme

***NO MATCHES YET ANNOUNCED***


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Current Card for ECW One Night Stand II
Date: June 11th, 2006
Location: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, New York
Event Music: Drowning Pool; Bodies

10-Man Ultimate Jeopardy Match:
1st EVER WWE/ECW Ultimate Jeopardy Match: Two Men begin, with another entrant five minutes later, and another every three minutes thereafter:
- If Team ECW, RVD is reinstated and Eric Bischoff is fired -
- If Team RAW wins, all ECW alumni must retire from professional wrestling -
Team ECW -----vs. ----- Team RAW
Kurt Angle --- The Big Show (WWE Champion)

??? --- Carlito (Mr. Money in the Bank)
??? --- ???
??? --- ???
??? --- ???

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World Heavyweight Championship Match:

‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge defends against Lance Storm

Special Attraction Match:
United States Champion Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. ???

Open Challenge:
‘The Insane Luchadore’ Super Crazy vs. ???


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Current Card for Saturday Night’s Main Event
Date: July 15th, 2006
Location: American Airlines Center; Dallas, Texas

The Great American Tournament Finals;Number One Contender’s Match:
??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ??? vs. ???
{The winner receives a World Heavyweight Championship shot at The Great American Bash}


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Should warn you, this isn’t a proper review, per se. It’s basically a list of comments from the last three shows. Not going to comment on everything. Some of the comments probably wont even be proper feedback … but here I go …

First things first; the second Judgment Day banner was a lot better than the first.

Opening video was excellent. You’ve certainly become the new king of the opening video at the start of a PPV. Very good package imo.

Commentary is a good position for JBL right now imo. For starters, he’s awesome in that role, but also, it gives him plenty of time to make digs at the McMahons, promote himself for the SD elections, and put himself over as a top contender.

Hot contest to open the evenings festivities, and for me, my focus was on what would go down between Rey and Batista. Glad you had them on the same page initially, and then breakdown. Glad Rey stood up for himself when Batista shoved him … but it maybe wasn’t a good idea, considering the outcome . The level of intensity shown by Batista when demolishing Rey surely forbodes his future heel turn, as it wasn’t just a simple case of overpowering an opponent - it was a rather brutal assault. Certainly not something becoming of a so called friend. The fact he seemed to be setting up to put Rey through the table … he certainly wasn’t just competing. He was prepared to go another level.

Like I said, my main focus on this one was the interaction between Rey and Batista, so I’ll skip over the period where Rey wasn’t involved … and straight to his comeback, putting The Animal through the table. No love lost between friends, and I was impressed with the booking of Mysterio, not afraid to go as far as Batista was willing to go, despite their friendship. LOL at Sharmell “Ma Man!!”. I hate Booker though, and was always wary that he’d somehow sneak a win here.

The finish was terrifically executed, with Batista saving Rey from a Shillelagh shot, then Rey capitalising, just as Batista was finishing off Booker, and getting the fall whilst Batista was unable to do anything about it. Brilliantly done, and should go on to further infuriate Big Dave, after he saved Rey from being surely out of the contest completely. Great stuff - and we get the added bonus of Rey vs. Edge later on.

Very surprised with how the Kennedy/Hardy match played out. Not so much the brawl to kickstart the match up, but moreso the finish. Stoppage loss didn’t really do it for me. Maybe it’s because I was convinced that this would be Hardys opportunity to end Kennedys streak, and move up the mountain himself, I don’t know. With this finish, I guess you give yourself the chance to continue the rivalry, with Matt still desperate to get the better of Kennedy. I still hold out hope that Matt is the man to defeat Kennedy, as it would be a great rub for Matt to make another step up the ladder on Smackdown.

Yay, a shout out for Sky Box Office

Glossed over the match tbh, but wanted to comment on the Melina turn on MNM. Great job. Made the contest much more newsworthy, and adds another wrinkle to the three way feud for the tag titles, as well as a personal issue in the angle - and more importantly, firmly establishes MNM as a face team now, which is good for the division. As long as they rebound strongly, and don’t just look for pity of course . Melina pairing up with Regal and Burchill, to me, DOES seem like a good fit too. I’d assume it becomes MNM vs. The Bluebloods for the next month or so, before the Hooligans plant themselves back into the equation. And I’ll call it now; TLC at the Bash - or Summer slam - for the tag belts between the three teams.

I was really pleased to see Kash take back the Cruiserweight title - namely because I called it but also, it allows the feud to rumble on for at least another two months or so. I’m actually hoping you turn it into a Best of Seven series or something, as this feud could go on for as long as you want it to. That’s how good it’s been. Besides, there’s no one else in the division right now that seems to be on these two guys level.

No entrance for Shane?? To be honest, I’ll not dwell on the crazy amount of run ins that riddled the match. It’s obvious it was meant to be in there to highlight the ‘anarchy’ over on Smackdown right now, so, I guess you did the job. Kinda ruined the match for me though, as Rey vs. Edge could’ve been potentially awesome. Still, like I said, the objective was to get ‘anarchy’ over, and you succeeded. However, I couldn’t understand what triggered the Bluebloods to run in, as I don’t recall any deep lying issue with Chavo or Batista. I get the run in from the Hooligans … but why Noble at that point??

And Matt Hardy came off looking like a bit of a douche if I’m honest. For starters, he was battered and bludgeoned earlier in the night, and probably should be on his way to hospital in order to sell the beating, but here he is, thinking he can be the voice of reason to stop the chaos … and then he gets attacked again. At least on this occasion he fought back, as the match finally got back on track. Just didn’t get the motivation for why certain people ran in. No surprises that Edge retained the title, but hopefully Mysterio gets his rematch down the road.

FINALLY!!! Delighted we finally got the reveal of Michelle McCool as Brents valet. And while this was just buffer to fill the two main event matches, it gets Brent another win over Holly, continuing his solid start to life on Smackdown, and the Crowbar gets another win, putting it over again, as a solid submission hold.

Boston was the home of WrestleMania 14, not 15.

Last Man Standing told a heck of a story. Personally, I love to see actions from the past rare up again, as you did here with a similar opening to the WrestleMania match two months prior. Things like that make things so much better for me. Surprised though, that Taker was able to be the aggressor early on, though I guess Lashley was just a little too eager at the get go. Taker going all out on the attack puts over Lashley even more, with that tactic basically saying that Taker knows he cant give Lashley a second to recuperate - showing more than just respect for his opponent, imo, but also certain element of fear.

More flashbacks to WrestleMania with Lashley countering the Old School. Odd that when we got to the outside that Lashley rolled in to stop a count out. Anyway, the action picked up a notch outside, and the No DQ element starting to take over a little bit more, with Lashley clearly the aggressor at this point. Surprised you added in the trading blows spot, for the BOO - YAY sequence, as it just didn’t seem to fit in this environment. I guess it helped sell the knock-down, drag-out brawl aspect of the contest between the bulls.

Nice teasing with the table spots also, I might add. It’s something that isn’t done enough, imo. Adds more suspense to tease it, rather than the simple formula of stripping the table, then chokeslamming the opponent through it. And boy, was the wait worth it for the big table spot. A sick, sicker than sickly, sick table spot, that reminded me of KOTR 2000, with Shane going through, courtesy of Taker. For a moment, I thought that might do it, and end with a double count out, but thankfully it didn’t.

Another ode to WrestleMania with the counter into the Tombstone … but this time it wasn’t enough to put big Bobby down. And that is perhaps the turning point. It was without a doubt, the last act of a desperate man, after Lashley blitzed him, somehow unable to finish him off though. This time though, after his recovery from the Tombstone, Lashley annihilates Taker … shockingly making him look inferior … and finishing him in style.

Worthy of its slot in the main event. And the aftermath cements it. Intriguing to say the least if this is to be the last we ever see of Taker. Given your opinions that the future is in the younger guys, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did write Taker out after this loss. I hope you don’t though … although IF this is it for the Deadman … then you’ve created a star for life in Lashley. Where does the Real Deal go from here though?? THAT’S the immediate question …

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Man, did Raw kick off with a bang or what. The simmering tension between Angle and Trips just exploded to kick it off. Actually seemed very Smackdown-esque with an anarchic opening, including the shocking return of Mick Foley~!! Looks like Mick is going to restore order to Raw, or at least act as the voice of reason.

While the announcement of the three way dance is top drawer tonight … I’m a little wary of the build up for the main event at ONS. ECW vs. Raw works for me … but Kurt Angle and Triple H fighting for ECW?? Not for me. Makes the show seem like another WWE show, rather than an ECW standalone. At least make the ECW team full of ECW originals. Same goes for Edge vs. Lance Storm.

Looking forward to finding out who the ECW Commish’ is gonna be though, as it’s highly unlikely it’ll be Heyman. So it genuinely opens the gates for a shock appearance.

One other thing I noticed from Raw and Smackdown, is that almost everything - if not everything - that happened backstage were interviews. Just wondering if it was a one off, or if that’s the approach you’re taking now, changing up the format slightly to contain mainly interviews between matches??

Good to see you taking a different approach to building Umaga, rather than the quick squash format that everyone follows. A competitive, but dominant performance from the Bulldozer, disposing of a game Charlie Haas. Great use of Umaga to get him over, without resorting to squash matches. The later promo from AAE was exceptional. He’s a big loss to the WWE. A promo God.

This was incredible stuff from Shawn Michaels. Could picture HBK, with that broken look he wears so well, just delivering a stunningly straightforward promo, explaining his actions. The un-loved veteran, passed up for the new kid on the scene. I think it may well be the kind of role that only HBK could pull off - and it’s the type of promo that only a certain few could write. That’s how good it was, highly original, put together tremendously, and given the delivery - you’ve successfully sold this match for PPV - no doubt about it, the Cena/HBK feud has just become the biggest thing in the company, now we’ve gotten to the bottom of Michaels reasons.

Not sure what was meant by the kid at the end, unless it was just done to get the fans against him. Saying that, Coach was gold here, talking about people trying to get an autograph. Simply put, a stunning promo - one for the ages. Truly memorable. Great work.

Carlito needs to get by Helms - FAST. Simply put, imo, for Carlito to be taken seriously as a legit contender with the MITB contract, he needs a clean win over Helms, and then to move onto a legit top name, like Angle or Hunter, if he’s going to be taken seriously when he cashes in the contract. With another cheap win now … it seems certain that these two will meet at least once more.

Had a feeling you might throw the belt back on Angle, but hopefully with this win, Big Show is going to get a lengthy run with the gold. It’s fresh, and he’s hot right now, so it makes a lot of sense to keep the belt on the big man. Angle vs. Show is set for Vengeance, and should be a strong headliner, and that show is starting to take shape now.

Brilliant move to use Funk as the ECW Commish. War Games / Ultimate Jeopardy sounds immense for ONS, and I imagine it’ll be the last stand for Bischoff, and RVD will be reinstated to Raw. Just noticed that Trips wasn’t on Team ECW for that match, so maybe there was a typo earlier in Foleys promo, or I just misread it. Hopefully it’s not a mistake, and he isn’t part of the match, as Team ECW should be just that (although Angle is there)

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Surely that cant be it for The Deadman?? After nearly two decades, Shane merely glosses over his departure?? No way. He MUST be coming back at some point down the road. There should surely be some sort of video tribute on the show at some point for the ‘Conscience of the WWE’.

While I like the concept of the GAB contenders tournament, sooner of later, Edge, as champion is going to need an organic feud to get sunk into. At the minute, he’s got minor issues with all the top contenders, but to solidify himself as the top dog on Smackdown, I’d like to see a feud develop for him outside of ‘here’s another number one contender’, where he has a deeply personal rivalry with someone. I didn’t really make my point as I have it in my head, but hopefully you get the angle I’m coming from here.

Bit confused why a title match is signed tonight, featuring three contenders that are going to be in the contenders tournament. I assume if Edge loses the belt, he swaps places with whomever wins the belt tonight … but maybe Shane should’ve made that point when announcing the match.

Quote:
Edge: Yeah, really. Next … my girlfriend … is much hotter… (Nods at Steph) than yours–
Had me in stitches. Seriously.

Surprised Holly came out on top in that tag match, but I guess he cant lose EVERY week. I assume he’s got one more go around with Albright before they move on - or before Brent moves onwards and upwards might be a better way to put it . Possibly with Noble, given that little piece of destruction after the match??

Scratch what I said about Taker earlier. I just spotted the video .

The debut of Punk was hyped, and hyped, and hyped for weeks … and it DIDN’T disappoint. IMO, the best debut in BTB history. That was a statement of intent … and I sincerely hope you push the guy to the moon from the get go, because with this introduction, I honestly think Punk could fit into the top tier on SD instantly, a bit like Wolfe in TNA, coming into a top feud instantly. This was immense. The promo alone was sensational, with JBL proving to be the perfect foil for Punk … but to go on and have the match with Punk going over as clean as a whistle with the Anaconda Vice was the icing on the cake. Seriously, I hope you don’t waste time with Punk. Pull the trigger, and hotshot him into an angle with Edge. It COULD seriously work.

No surprise that Edge came through the fatal four way test, and remained the champion - by any means - but was shocked that it was Lance Storm that took him out to close the show. Great to see Lance Storm will be getting one of the top spots at ONS, but I just wasn’t expecting it. Should be a great contest, but imo, seems a little pointless for a WWE title match on an ECW PPV (not counting RVD vs. Cena in ‘06 of course )

That wraps all my thoughts in a neat little bundle for now. I’ll get back on track with an all out feedback for Raw next week, this was a catch up.

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About time we got another weekly show from you. Nice basic way to kick us off, showing Show as the new champ, which is pretty damn huge and should be epic.

Starting off the show in the arena with an irate Angle following last week’s events seems the logical way to go if not with Show. The intensity of Angle not even waiting for his music and just straight out calling Triple H out. The aggression showcased in the little brawl was pretty damn awesome until they were split up, making for some excitement. Foley coming out was certainly a surprise, although I like the idea of him as an authority figure, with him really stamping his authority immediately. Foley being against Bischoff sets him right up as a face, and I liked him trying to talk s Bischoff running down Foley was good too, before we got a plethora of announcements which I like, although having a title match again tonight is a little surprising since that’s a WWE Title match on two straight RAWs. The matches for One Night Stand and Vengeance should also be good, as should this ECW Commissioner. Really liked the way this show was kicked off, addressing the main situations surrounding the WWE Title, as well as giving us a lot of new things to look forward to. Exciting start.

Was confused by what Grisham said to Haas at the start, especially since he didn’t ask him any questions, thus not really making it an interview. Haas was straight forward here, nothing really interesting, but getting his point across just fine with no real fuss about it.

A nice way to kick things off wrestling-wise with two of your midcarders who can certainly go. Doane’s ladder match with Shelton was last week? It’s been that long since the last RAW that I had forgotten. Nice little basic match to kick the show off, keeping Kenny looking strong despite a loss last week. Five way for next week sounds interesting too.

Again, this seemed kind of awkward as an ‘interview’, but I guess this is something you’re doing with Grisham, rather than asking the obvious questions. A decent little promo from ‘Lito, not really saying anything of substance, but giving some hype to the match later tonight which I’m fine with.

Ugh, I hate when matches start during commercial breaks. Something I never like to see irl, so something I don’t like to see in BTB either. The detail in this match is pretty nice to see, with ‘Mags looking pretty good up until Haas’ comeback with the sleeper which fits him well, only for the pretty awesome snapmare onto the steel steps. The match progressed pretty well, making both men look good enough, Haas for his speed and smarts, while Umaga kicking out at one from the German makes him look like the beast that he is. The finish of the match was nice enough, finishing off a good midcard matches which accentuates the talents of both people.

Helms and Chavo are a team? Never knew they were anything more than loosely aligned by a hatred of Carlito, but I guess an extra team of two midcarders can work in your favour in the future for the tag division. Nice enough promo, showing some good attitude out of Helms, with a very clever last line too.

Grisham is working hard tonight, eh? I liked this promo here, but for more than just the of Estrada, that was as good as ever. Instead, what I liked more about it was that you did a good job of not just putting over the monsters, but also Haas, making his effort seem great. The match made for next week is certainly a very nice one too, and one to look forward to.

First of all, I love the bearded Michaels. Makes for a good look for him as a heel imo. The concept behind this promo was pretty damn great, with Michaels’ explanation for turning on the fans making great sense, although I would have liked Michaels to say the fans liked him because he was the best, not just because of his looks. I think the promo could have still worked that way, and this kind of made the wrestling side seem a little too insignificant for my liking. Still, the fans ‘choosing’ Cena and thus Michaels turning on them and Cena works very well for mine, as does the way you finished with Michaels laying down the gauntlet to Cena and being done with the fans. The thing with the kid may have been a little much afterwards, but I guess you enjoy pushing the envelope.

First promo I haven’t really enjoyed on this show with Mickie, as it seemed a bit ... odd, I guess. Mickie’s character, despite the continued focus on Trish and Victoria, still seemed a bit off, especially with how formal she sounded in parts. I know you’ve gone about Mickie’s heel turn differently to real life, but some of these things I couldn’t see coming from Mickie.

Really nice match here from Helms and ‘Lito, with some fast paced action making for some exciting stuff, and the smarts of ‘Lito being accentuated well. Another nice chapter in the saga between these two, which hopefully ‘Lito will finish off with a clean win to keep his ascent up the ladder going.

Nice promo from Tripper, tying him and Michaels together to really make all the main eventers seem connected, despite their different little stories. The rest of the promo was pretty good, giving us our standard Triple H wanting the gold type of stuff, but also with the required passion to make it a good promo.

Nice win for The Crew here, although it seems like they’ve been treading water for almost too long here. They need a feud, any feud, to keep them interesting, stat.

Another nice little promo from Angle, even if perhaps unnecessary. Showing his intensity well, as per usual.

One Night Stand is shaping up well. Looking forward to it.

The main event started logically, with Triple H and Angle working together despite their hatred early, while also allowing Show to look like the dominating monster that he is, before we get the altercation we wanted at the start of the show. The match was exciting from here, making use of the three men and keeping things going with a really good flow to it, especially the spot which led to all three men going down. I like that you did a few different things too, with Show heading up in the corner, in amongst the chaos of finishers everywhere with the heightened excitement. The action continued very nicely up until the first fall, with Tripper being the first eliminated to a roll up from Angle, which I can’t say was a surprise as we now know we get Angle vs. Show at Vengeance. The action afterwards, unsurprisingly wasn’t long, although I liked how you worked in a spot from last week. Unsure about Show being so dominating against Angle considering they’ve got another match coming, although I guess it leaves your champion looking strong.

Terry Funk? That’s a pretty damn awesome choice for commissioner, as the Funker is all kinds of great. Playing on the friendship between Funk and Foley was good, while the promo from Funk, owning Bischoff and leading to an absolutely awesome announcement of not just War Games, but also the stipulation behind it is all kinds of great. Awesome way to finish the show.


As a whole, this was a very nice show, with yet another stacked card delivering, making for very exciting stuff. With Terry Funk sharing duties with Bischoff, you’ve got heaps of potential for the leadup to ECW One Night Stand, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with both that and Vengenace.


SmackDown! Feedback


Starting with Shane and Steph already in the ring? I like you trying to address Judgment Day on Shane’s part to start the show. Small thing, but Judgment Day wasn’t last night. Surprised to see you address ‘Taker being gone right away, especially by Shane McMahon, although I guess it makes Lashley look like a million bucks. Looking forward to what he and Heyman have to say on the matter next week. Kind of disappointed in just a fine for the men who interfered, as I thought we would see something that made a difference to tonight’s show, although it’s a reasonable way to go about things. The tournament you’ve got going sounds good, and the way you explained it was good too, but I’m not sure about the whole reading of the matches off as a list, as I like the shock factor more myself. A few of the matches look really good, namely Albright/London, Noble/Finlay, Nitro/Kash, and ‘Tista/Mysterio. Edge interrupting is good to see, as he’s had some nice chemistry with the McMahons in this thread. This wasn’t the best we’ve seen, but the promo was solid enough, with Edge showing his arrogance, only for the McMahons to bite back. Surprised we’re seeing another world title match here tonight, as the titles are being defended almost too much as of late, but it should prove for an interesting main event.

Pretty basic promo from Rey, although there was nothing really wrong with it. The challenge from Mysterio to Malenko makes for a damn good match, as do the two lucha matches next week. One Night Stand and SmackDown! next week are all shaping up really nicely, especially with another world title match set to come at One Night Stand.

Nice way to kick off the match with the heels attacking, before settling this down into a regular tag match. Things progressed pretty well here with a nice, simple match, and a pretty shocking ending, although I guess you need to give Holly some credibility if you’re going to utilise him in a feud. Noble’s beatdown after the match makes sense in a way, although I would have liked to have seen him disappointed rather than angry tonight. The Awesome Bomb from Albright was maybe a little much too, but I guess it makes him look good, even in defeat.

Decent enough promo from Regal, I guess as a way to get him on the show and give him a chance to heel it up, which wasn’t bad. I thought you maybe tried to overdo how snobby Regal is, but still, a solid enough promo.

Two straight segments for Romero, eh? Tough night at the office. Pretty nice promo from Holly to keep him looking good, playing up his tough guy gimmick well, and laying down a very interesting challenge. Looking forward to the match, which will no doubt take place.

Ehh, if The Bluebloods are on commentary I don’t really see the point of having them cut the promo before. Makes it seem kind of meaningless. Liked the way you had lots of tags at the beginning of the match, making for some good teamwork, before the match slowed down and built up to a very exciting ending, showcasing London & Kendrick well, utilising The Basham Brothers well as well.

Nice to see you keeping Lashley in our minds, showing his ownage of ‘Taker.

Poor Funaki, seems to find himself jobbing to Kennedy frequently. (Sidenote: @ JBL’s outburst.) Hardy attacking Kennedy post-match keeps the heat in their feud up, and while Layfield attacking Hardy tonight, instead of in the past, seems kind of random, I guess they do have some heat between them still.

The strike ends? A bit disappointed that it just ended here and now, as I thought it would actually go somewhere. Punk being the man to accept Layfield’s challenge is pretty cool, giving him the ball right away. Layfield’s reaction to Punk was pretty good, showing his cockiness, while also giving Punk a chance to bite right back on debut. I thought you did a pretty good job with Punk, playing up his straight edge lifestyle well in a face kind of way and really establishing him as a face. JBL attacking Punk is a good way to kick it off too, putting him in a position for sympathy right away. I like the way you went about the match, showcasing Punk’s moveset well, while also making him look good but surviving all of Layfield’s best stuff, like the fallaway slam over the top rope and the two Clothesline From Hells. Pretty great debut for a guy, especially considering he made Layfield tap which makes it look all the more impressive.

Ehh, basic little promo from Kid Kash, which while perhaps not necessary, at least gives us his thoughts on another match for Noble, even if the reaction was predictable.

Another nice little promo, this time from Finlay. A bit of hype for the world title main event, which isn’t a bad thing.

Ugh, three straight interviews is getting towards a bit too much, imo. Promo from Albright was pretty nice, making him look like a badass in his reply to Holly. Really liked the threat of him saying he’ll break Holly’s arm. Good to see him also addressing the world title situation too, even if he’s no real chance at winning at SNME if he makes it there.

Well, I said three straight interviews were too many, so you know what I’m going to say about four. Only a small promo from Batista, which is probably for the best, although I would have liked something from him about losing the title in Chicago so he would win it back there in the main event.

Start to the match seemed a bit awkward with the double thumb to the eye, as it made Batista and Rey look a bit stupid to fall for it. The action did pick up from there though, as after the first few moments it felt like the flow of the match came together. The match certainly only got better following the dive to the outside from Mysterio, as even though there was very little selling, it was kept exciting throughout. The finish was the expected one, with Batista yet again falling short while Mysterio was protected from the pinfall, and it was done pretty well. As for Lance Storm challenging Edge next – well, that’s all kinds of awesome. Storm is the fucking man, so I look forward to it. Pretty epic way to finish the show.


To be honest, I didn’t think SmackDown! was quite up to the standard of RAW. After seeing Shane call SmackDown! the show with the superior wrestling, we saw too much talking for my liking. It just felt like a few promos weren’t needed, as the matches were long enough to cover the time anyway. Still, it was a pretty good show, continuing the build to One Night Stand with some awesome matches announced (Storm vs. Edge and Mysterio vs. Malenko both scream greatness) and a tournament to look forward to in the coming weeks on SmackDown!. I’m up to date now, so keep the shows coming, please.
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Thanks for the reviews, chaps. Really great reads both of them. I'll try and return them ASAP. As for the comments about the sheer number of interviews on both shows, well, here's Jim Cornette:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Cornette
"Instead of guys in the locker room with the camera on 'em and they're planning a bank robbery - wrestlers are the worst criminals in the world, they plot illegal tactics, while there's a Goddamn national television camera, y'know - you have an announcer interviewing guys about they're matches, or here's a newcomer, y'know, and we're gonna get him over. Like a sports programme because you wanna be a little more serious."
And I just happen to agree with him, that's all.

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Tonight…


This week, Monday Night Raw rolls into Tacoma, Washington, just two weeks away from the WWE’s first ever ‘Extreme Weekend’, when Extreme Championship Wrestling takes over for Saturday AND Sunday night for WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head and One Night Stand respectively. But the question remains … will everyone make it to that weekend?

As of last week, we now know what the main event of the entire weekend will be: at One Night Stand a team of Eric Bischoff’s choosing must enter the Ultimate Jeopardy cage and battle a team of ECW superstars, with Bischoff’s career on the line. And just who will be picking the ECW warriors? Well, none other than the man who Mick Foley last week revealed to be Raw’s new ‘ECW Commissioner’ … the former ECW World Heavyweight Champion himself, Terry Funk!! We already know two of Bischoff’s team, as Foley indicated that dominant WWE Champion The Big Show and Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito would HAVE to step up to the plate. At the end of the show it was also confirmed that former WWE Champion Kurt Angle had agreed to fight on Funk’s ECW team, turning his back on Raw. With seven positions still to be filled on both teams, what will Bischoff and Funk have in store for us this Monday night??

Following the heinous, despicable, and downright cowardly actions of Shawn Michaels last week, when he pulled a fan -- a young boy no less -- out of the crowd to use as a human shield against the furious Kurt Angle, the Board of Directors have unsurprisingly suspended ‘The Artist formely known as The Heartbreak Kid’ for one week. Last week, during his chillingly bitter address to the crowd, Michaels announced that he would indeed face the returning John Cena at Vengeance. We will have an update on Cena’s recovery.

Despite a valiant effort, last week Charlie Haas came up just short in his effort to avenge his tag team champion partner, Shelton Benjamin’s injury at the hands of The Sons of Samoa. Umaga continued his undefeated run, as he put down one of his opponents at Vengeance with the lethal Samoan Spike, but this week it’s Samu’s turn. The Samoan Cannonball will face the returning Benjamin in non-title action less than one month away from their World Tag Team Title clash in Charlotte. Will Benjamin be 100%? Find out this Monday night as he faces the biggest challenge of his career.

Speaking of Shelton Benjamin, the talented double champion will also find out who is challenger for the Intercontinental Championship will be at Vengeance. Gregory Helms, Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero, and Benjamin’s own parner Charlie Haas will battle it out in a Fatal Four-Way match for the right to face Benjamin. It was originally supposed to be a Five-Way, but Kenny Doane was mysteriously ‘withdrawn’ earlier this week. Regardless, expect a thrilling, fast-paced, athletic contest, as these four men hunt for gold on Raw.

Also, make sure to pay attention to Torrie Wilson this week. Not only is she the object of Carlito’s affections, but the woman with all the answers seemingly when it comes to the Women’s Championship. This week the beautiful blonde will address the eclectic situation surrounding Trish Stratus, Victoria, and the Women’s Champion Mickie James.

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

Confirmed Matches:

Non-Title | World Tag Team & Int. Chmp. Shelton Benjamin vs. Samu

The Redneck Wrecking Crew are in action

Number One Contender’s Match | Charlie Haas vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Masters vs. Gregory Helms
*Winners receives an Intercontinental Title match at Vengeance*

Victoria is in action

And; Torrie Wilson addresses the Women’s Championship situation!!

Plus; Eric Bischoff, The Big Show and Carlito have some words for Terry Funk!!



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First of all, I like the logic in what Cornette says, because, well, it's obviously true. Guess I'm just used to the more traditional approach. Still, I like the sports reporter like approach.

Show looks damn good as always. Not too happy to see Shawn Michaels suspended for another week after being away for ages, as it seems his appearances are much too disjointed at this part, but aside from that this looks like a great show. Benjamin/Samu should be good, as should the fatal four way, and the Women's Championship and War Games situations are both very interesting.

Looking forward to it, man.
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Monday Night RAW- May 29th, 2006; Tacoma, Washington

Allow me to introduce to you…”



Doane-Nation


A video package plays recapping the Raw-ECW saga before Mick Foley’s announcement last week that Terry Funk was the new ECW Commissioner, and two teams from Raw and ECW would meet in an Ultimate Jeopardy (War Games tbh)Match at ONS. After that, we get the opening video and pyro, before we’re brought into the arena. The thousands of fans which have packed the arena, show off their signs and just generally go crazy, before we cut to our announce team, Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman and ‘Good Ole J.R.’ Jim Ross.


Jim Ross:Tonight on Raw, will Kurt Angle, Triple H, and the ECW Invaders be able to regroup and show unity versus Eric Bischoff’s agents of red??


Joey Styles:
We have three matches with huge Vengeance ramifications. Hello, everybody, I’m ‘The Voice of ECW’ Joey Styles, alongside Good ol’ J.R., Jim Ross, and ‘The Coach’ Jonathan Coachman. Tacoma is sold out, and this should be a hellacious ride!

1 - Fatal Four-Way Match for the #1 Contendership to I.C. Title
Charlie Haas
vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Chris Masters vs. Gregory Helms
*Winner receives an Intercontinental title shot at Vengeance*

With the exception of occasional partners, occasional opponents, Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero, no one in this match really likes each other. As the bell rings, Helms and Chavito Heat slap hands in the spirit of competition, but when they offer to do the same to Charlie Haas … he slaps the hand away angrily! The crowd “ooh’s” and “ah’s” and boos, as Chris Masters laughs his ass off, and Helms rubs his cheek, smirking arrogantly. Haas shakes his head, saying, “I remember January, dipshit.” Helms glances over at Chavo and shrugs, “We had some issues.” The Masterpiece decides now is the time to make his presence known, and he taps Helms on the shoulder, turning him around … and actually begins to flex his muscles right in his opponent’s faces!!

More boos and laughter (and a few girly screams) rain down from the Tacoman fans, as Helms turns to Guerrero as if to say,
“Is this guy serious?” He then … PIE FACES MASTERS RIGHT INTO HAAS!!

Haas furiously shoves The Masterpiece down to the canvas and goes to boot Helms in the gut … but the former Hurricane catches his foot. As one half of the World’s Greatest Tag Team hops up and down on one foot, Chavo chops him right across the chest … before Helms throws him the foot, and Helms chops Haas across the chest!! They go back and forth on the tag team champion, until he finally spins around back to his two feet … and gets clotheslined right out of his boots by both men!!


As Haas rolls away sheepishly, clutching his mouth … CHRIS MASTERS TRIES TO JUMP HELMS AND CHAVO … but the two men see him coming, getting their fists up for a fight, and The Masterpiece immediately backs away with his hands up. Chavito and Helms advance … until Charlie Haas quickly spins Guerrero back around and hammers him with an uppercut! Helms goes to help his friend, only for Masters to quickly attack him, backing him into the far corner with right hands. As ‘Piece hammers Helms in one corner, an intense Haas does the same to Chavo in the other. They both go for Irish whips at the same time … but both Helms and Guerrero reverse them … and Haas and Masters have to put on the breaks to stops themselves colliding. Masters says,
“Sorry, bro.” But Haas … SMACKS MASTERS IN THE HEAD!!

The crowd laughs, as the dumbass Masters holds his face in offence, and Haas yells at him,
“I’m not your bro!” But Helms and Guerrero quickly grabs them both from behind, lifting them up into the air, spinning, and slamming them down with simultaneous atomic drops, which send the two men hurtling over the top rope to the floor below on opposite sides of the ring!!

Both men stagger around the ringside area, as Chavo and Helms grin at one another, turn, hit opposite sets of ropes, cross each other in the ring and … do nothing. Instead they shake their chests around just like Chavo’s Uncle Eddie, getting a great pop from the crowd, causing Chris Masters to go nuts at ringside.


As the crowd laps it up, the all business Charlie Haas quickly re-enters the squared circle, knocking Chavo back with a shoulder to the gut, before hurling him into the far corner. Helms is tripped down by Masters and dragged from the ring, as Haas charges at Guerrero … only for the veteran to propel himself up and over the tag team champion, catching him on the turn with a beautiful 360° spinning headscissors, flipping Haas head over heels!!
The crowd applauds, and Charlie Haas dazedly stumbles into the far corner, where Chavo charges at him … but Haas lowers his shoulder, elevating Guerrero up and over with a back body drop … only for Chavito to TURN IT INTO A FLYING CROSSBODY - LANDING ON MASTERS!!!

An incredible pop greets the manoeuvre, as well as a small
“Chavo” chant, as he beats his chest fierily on the outside. Back inside the ring, Helms re-enters the fray and quickly ducks a wild clothesline from Haas, coming off the ropes, leaping up, and taking Haas over with a twirling head scissors of his own!! In a complete daze, Haas staggers into the ropes … and Helms clotheslines him back to the outside!

Before Helms can even turn around … Chavo Guerrero races up behind him, taking him into the ropes and rolling him up with the O’Connor Roll! 1 … 2 … NO!! Helms quickly kicks out, tripping Guerrero down to the canvas and coming off the ropes. Chavo rolls onto his stomach and Greg nips over him, hitting the ropes again … Chavito leap frogs over Helms this time, and takes him over with a monkey flip on his way back … but Greg athletically lands on his feet!! More applause reverberates around the Tacoma Center, as Chavo and Helms both smirk at one another, nodding their heads, obviously impressed. They both quickly turn around … and wipe Chris Masters out with double baseball slides before he can re-enter the ring!!


On the outside, Helms and Guerrero go after The Masterpiece, looking to isolate the biggest man in the match … but Charlie Haas quickly races around the floor, grabbing Chavo by the arm and hurling him into the timekeeper’s area!!


Back inside the ring, Helms hits Masters with a right hand … and then quickly drops Haas with one too as he rushes in … but The Masterpiece quickly wipes him out with a huge POLISH HAMMER!! From this point on, we get the rather odd sight of Haas and Masters combining forces to try and get rid of the obvious team of Helms and Chavo. Haas keeps Guerrero at bay, whilst Masters works over Helms. They even take him over with s double team suplex. 1 … 2 … NO!! Chavo breaks it up, but then gets dumped back to the floor. This all comes to an end, when Helms gets a boot up in the corner, knocking his assailants back, and Chavo uses this momentary lull to quickly ascend to the top rope, and FLY ONTO HAAS AND MASTERS WITH A DOUBLE CROSSBODY!!


Haas and Masters get caught in opposite corners, where Guerrero and Helms both lay into them first with running clotheslines, before switching and connecting with knee strikes!! Helms and Chavo turn around … but Guerrero keeps going … and WIPES HELMS OUT WITH THE ROLLING LIGER KICK!! Helms stumbles around, and Chavito quickly hooks him up, lifts him into the air, and DROPS HIM RIGHT BACK DOWN ON HIS HEAD WITH THE BRAINBUSTER!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Masters quickly breaks it up!!


The Masterpiece grabs Guerrero and tosses him out of the ring. Haas quickly rushes up behind Masters and kicks him in the back,
before PLANTING THE MASTERPIECE WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!! The crowd gives a thunderous mixed reaction, but Haas doesn’t break the hold. He lifts Masters up, and DRILLS HIM WITH A SECOND GERMAN, before picking him up a third time … AND CONNECTS WITH A THIRD GERMAN!!

After hurling Masters overhead and releasing, Haas staggers back up to his feet … and CHAVO GUERRERO WIPES HIM OUT WITH A MISSILE DROPKICK!! Slapping his chest some more, Chavito grabs Haas, applying the front facelock, before NAILING HAAS WITH A VERTICAL SUPLEX!! The crowd response is loud, because Chavo doesn’t release, and rolls his hips instead. He brings Haas up, and DELIVERS A SECOND VERTICAL, before going through it all again … AND FINISHES OFF THE THREE AMIGOS!!

An outpouring of extremely loud
“EDDIE” chants fill the Tacoma Dome, and Chavo points to the top rope. He ascends, and steadies himself … but Gregory Helms cuts him off with a slap to the side of the head! There is a sprinkling of boos for the former Hurricane’s spoiling of the party, as he ascends to the top rope with Chavo, getting him in position for the TOP ROPE HURRICANRANA … but Chavito fights out of it, slugging away at Helms’ face with right hands until topples backwards to the canvas. As soon as Helms hits the deck … Chris Masters races over, LIFTING GUERRERO OFF THE TOP TURNBUCKLE WITH AN IMPRESSIVE MILITARY PRESS … DROPPING CHAVO DOWN - INTO A RUNNING POWERSLAM!!!

Masters goes for the cover -- SHINING WIZARD FROM HELMS!!! Helms wipes The Masterpiece out and -- BAM!!! SUPERKICK FROM CHARLIE HAAS!!! Helms goes flying through the ropes to the outside, as Haas quickly reaches down, grabbing Masters around the waist … BRINGING HIM UP AND OVERHEAD IN ONE MOTION WITH A BEAUTIFUL DEAD-LIFT GERMAN - WITH A BRIDGE THIS TIME!!!!

1...


Chavo staggers back up.

2...

CHAVO RACES OVER!!!

THREE!!!!!

Winner - Charlie Haas via pin fall at 6:17. Haas is #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance.

Chavo Guerrero breaks it up, but it’s just one second too late. Charlie Haas has his rematch. ‘Pay The Price’ plays, and Washington delivers a very mixed reaction for the result, as Haas pumps his fist around the ring excitedly, and Chavo sits on the deck shaking his head angrily.

Jim Ross:
HE GOT ‘IM!!! Charlie Haas is the number one contender! It’s gonna be Benjamin-Haas Two, one more in Charlotte! Oh man!!

The official raises Haas’ hand into the air, and we get a shot of Gregory Helms at ringside, leaning against the guardrail and holding his jaw, not looking best pleased with events either. As Haas leaves the ring he is approached at the foot of the ramp by a smiling Joey Styles, who now holds a microphone in his hand…

Joey Styles:
First of all, congratulations on becoming the number one contender, Charlie. Helluva’ match.

~ An exhausted Haas smiles and nods, saying “Thanks, Joey”; shaking hands with the commentator.

Joey Styles:
Now at Vengea-

???:
Woah, woah, woah, woah… everyone just hold on a second!

~ Everyone switches their attention to the stage, where Kenny Doane appears clutching a microphone. Wearing his wrestling gear, a Raw tank top and a white headband, the young twenty-year-old makes his way angrily down the ramp, glaring at the booing fans.

Kenny Doane:
Congratulations on winning a completely meaningless match, Charlie… ‘cause that’s what it was, you stupid piece of crap… MEANINGLESS!!

~ The crowd boos and Haas yells, “What the hell are you talkin’ about?”

Kenny Doane:
Didn’t you find it funny that someone as talented as me -- the man who took the so-called ‘Master of the Ladder Match’ Shelton Benjamin to his limit a few weeks ago in his very match -- don’t you find it funny that I wasn’t included in this number one contender’s match?

~ More boos.

Kenny Doane:
That’s because it wasn’t a number one contender match, idiot. The Intercontinental Title match at Vengeance has already been signed.

~ Haas blows a gasket and the crowd gasps.

Kenny Doane:
Oh, but don’t- don’t worry, Charlie… it’s still going to be Shelton Benjamin defending his Intercontinental Championship against Charlie Haas…

~ Crowd pops, as Charlie nods.

Kenny Doane:
…and against Chavo Guerrero…

~ Huh? Chavo looks up quickly, as Haas fumes.

Kenny Doane:
…and against ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters…

~ Boos for The Masterpiece, who is leaning against the far ropes holding his ribs.

Kenny Doane:
…and against Gregory Helms…

~ Another very mixed reaction, as Haas flails his arms in the air, and Helms smirks by the announce table. Doane grins…

Kenny Doane:
…and against … ME, KEN DOANE!! It’s a six pack elimination match for the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance!!

~ This announcement receives a VERY mixed reaction from the crowd, as Charlie Haas puts his hands on his hips in disgust.

Kenny Doane:
That title’s coming off of Shelton Benjamin’s waist one way or another, because Mr. Bischoff says so!

~ Boos.

Kenny Doane:
Hey, Charlie(Haas looks up) Sorry, man.

~ Doane grins, but the furious Haas quickly snatches the mic out of Joey Styles’ hands, pointing angrily up the ramp at the former cheerleader.

Charlie Haas:
I don’t give a damn if it’s against five, six or a hundred other guys, ya’ stupid bastard! Make no mistake about it … at Vengeance the Intercontinental title is comin’ home with the World’s Greatest Tag Team!!

~ Big pop for Haas, who glares up at the slowly advancing Doane. The cocky twenty-year-old though, simply smiles and shakes his head.

Kenny Doane:
Woah, woah, woah, woah… think you’re jumpin’ ahead of yourself there, bro. I wasn’t apologising for the match I just announced. I happen to think it’s gonna be pretty awesome.

~ Haas screws up his face.

Charlie Haas:
What the hell were you sayin’ sorry for then?

~ Doane smiles.

Kenny Doane:
For this.

~ HAAS IS BLASTED FROM BEHIND AND KNOCKED OFF HIS FEET BY JOHNNY JETER AND MIKEY MONDO!

The tag team champion goes down in a heap, with Jeter and Mondo quickly attacking him like a pair of jackals, with seriously hard kicks to the head! Inside the ring, before Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms can even think about helping the man…

Jim Ross:
Aw, gimme a break! What the hell are these idiots doin’ out here!?

As Helms and Chavo step toward the ropes... NICKY NEMETH AND MITCH MITCHELL ROLL IN AND BLAST THEM DOWN TO THE CANVAS WITH SIMULTANEOUS BLOWS TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!

“OH FOR GOD’S SAKE!”


“SHEL-TON! SHEL-TON! SHEL-TON! SHEL-TON!”


J.R. and the crowd go nuts, as The Spirit Squad and the rejuvenated Chris Masters savagely beat down three of the men involved in the Intercontinental Title match at Vengeance!

Jonathan Coachman:
The boys are back in business!

Jim Ross:
This is absolutely hideous!

Doane quickly rushes down the ramp, tossing Haas’ body back under the bottom rope, where he, Johnny, and Mikey join the rest of the ream in the carnage!

Jim Ross:
There is just no way in hell Shelton Benjamin can overcome these odds at Vengeance! How can he expect to walk out of Charlotte with either of his bel— wait a minute!

J.R.’s reaction is muted compared to the eruption of the crowd… as THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION SHELTON BENJAMIN COMES CHARGING DOWN THE RAMP WIELDING A STEEL CHAIR!

Jim Ross:
Here he comes!

Still with his ribs all taped up from two weeks ago, the fiery Benjamin slides straight into the ring. Weapon in hand… and MASTERS, KENNY AND THE REST OF THE SPIRIT SQUAD ALL GET THE HELL OUT OF DODGE AND BAIL THROUGH THE CROWD.

Jim Ross:
Well, I can’t say I’m surprised by that! Look at ‘em run… like a pack of wild dogs bein’ run off!

Jonathan Coachman:
“Wild dogs?” What, do you want Kenny or The Masterpiece to run into that ILLEGAL weapon head first, J.R., huh? No wonder Oklahoma is full of blockheads!

Joey Styles:
That’s right, Coach, ignore the obvious. Ignore that your “boys”, as you like to call them, just jumped Charlie Haas, Gregory Helms, and Chavo Guerrero from behind after they just had a match. Must be nice only seeing what you want, Coach? Man, I hope Ken Doane gets the ass kicking of a lifetime come June 25th!!

Doane stands in the crowd, smiling down at the ring, where a furious Shelton Benjamin helps the three men in the ring back up to their feet - three of his challengers for the Intercontinental Title come Vengeance.

{Commercials}

*Video Plays*

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 Tazplexing Shane Douglas.

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 11th, 8/7CT, live on pay-per-view”

*End video*


*Back to ringside*



Back at ringside, Masters, Doane, and the rest of The Spirit Squad are still in the ring, lounging around on the turnbuckles arrogantly…


***WELLLLLL … WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW***

The heat well and truly picks up inside the Tacoma Dome, as the largest athlete in the world, and the reigning WWE Champion The Big Show steps out onto the stage. Dressed in a dark, sleeveless vest and tinted shades, Big Show carries the championship belt over his shoulder, with Paul Bearer at his side. As Masters, Doane and the rest of The Spirit Squad applaud away in the ring, Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito, Torrie Wilson, and, finally, Eric Bischoff emerge from the gorilla position to join the champion on his slow walk down to the ring.

Jim Ross:
And here we go folks, it’s Team Raw-

Jonathan Coachman:
Team Raw! Where’s Eric??

Joey Styles:
To say thatEric Bischoff wasn’t too pleased by last week’s announcement from new Executive Enforcer Mick Foley would have to be the understatement of the century.

Jonathan Coachman:
And how is that fair?? J.R., I told you, that’s gotta be- that can only be a bad thing. That’s all he’s been getting lately. Nothing but bad news.

The group enters the ring, with Carlito high-fiving his buddy Masters, along with the sycophantic cheerleaders, while Bischoff chooses to stick to handshakes. Big Show and Bearer, however, opt out altogether. As his music dies down, the boos pick up and Big Show asks for a microphone, which Doane quickly hands him. The giant glares around the arena at the fans, before bringing the mic right up to his lips.

The Big Show:
Y’know… everywhere you go in the wrestling business you keep hearing about this place called ECW … and how it’s the most dangerous… violent… brutal… and barbaric company anyone’s ever seen. And y’know somethin’? I actually used to agree with those people telling me that.

~ Boos for the champion, as Bearer beams.

The Big Show:
Or at least… that was until I discovered… (holds up right fist) this.

~ Boos pick up.

The Big Show:
Let me tell you … it doesn’t get any more extreme … than feeling somebody’s jaw break … under your fist-

~ Big Show roars angrily at the crowd, who were chanting “ANGLE” ferociously, and they grow even louder, seeing their success.

The Big Show:
Yeah, that’s right … thanks for reminding me … I broke his damn jaw last week and pinned him too!

~ More boos.

The Big Show:
But I’m not gonna dwell on last week. That was then and this is now. There was never any doubt that I was gonna retain this(rubs title belt) title, and here I stand. Today is a good day. Y’see, last Monday night, everything worked out like it was planned … just like it will at One Night Stand.

~ Tacoma heartily disagrees.

The Big Show:
I don’t care how much he hates our guts … there is absolutely no way in hell that Kurt Angle is gonna be able to work with or together with the ECW guys at One Night Stand.

~ Show grins at Carlito.

The Big Show:
Let me remind you … last year a group of wrestlers from Raw and Smackdown … they invaded the Hammerstein Ballroom and the very first One Night Stand. Mr. Bischoff was there … Carlito was there … and yeah, ECW’s newest buddy Kurt, Angle was there. So…

~ “CARLITO’S GAY” chants begin. More derogatory chants aimed at Carlito pick up, causing Big Show to stop, and Mr. Money in the Bank to turn angrily and yell at the audience.

The Big Show:
So when all’s said and done … when all the dust has settled … there’s only gonna be one team standing triumphant at One Night Stand … and you’re lookin’ at ‘em.

~ Big-time heat.

The Big Show:
Y’see, because ECW is nothing but garbage wrestling. And garbage wrestling has no place in this industry. First, I’ll finish them off for good. And then … at Vengeance … with the WWE Championship on the line … I’ll finish Kurt Angle off for good too.

~ Big Show turns to Carlito.

The Big Show:
Because what you see before you right now is unity. The WWE Champion and the future of this business, Mr. Money in the Bank, together - now that’s what I call unstoppable.

~ The WWE Champion holds out his hand and ‘Lito gleefully accepts it, even getting in a quick hug with the big man, before taking the mic, allowing Show to sidle over to Bearer. The chants questioning Carlito’s sexual preferences pick up again, angering the Puerto Rican superstar.

Carlito:
Why da’ hell was Carlito just backstage makin' out with three hot broads ‘den??

~ Heat, as Masters yells, “That’s right.”

Carlito:
Y’know, ‘de big guy here is absolutely right. It doesn’t matter what ‘Old Man’ Funk tries to do to Carlito and everyone else … Raw is still gonna win ‘da Ultimate Jeopardy match in that trash heap New York City and get rid of ECW forever.

~ Carlito grins arrogantly.

Carlito:
Y- Y- You don’t believe me?? Let Carlito think for a second… wasn’t it just a few months ago that Kurt Angle and Triple H were beating ‘de crap out of each other?? Didn’t Triple H hit Kurt Angle’s brother with a sledgehammer or somethin’ like ‘dat? Anyway, Carlito doesn’t even have to go ‘dat far back. Just two weeks is enough.

~ He motions to the titantron.

Carlito:
Let’s check it out. (Footage begins to play) ‘Dis is a few weeks ago during ‘da WWE Title match. (Angle accidentally nails Trips with a chair) WHAM!! You see ‘dat?? Huh?? Angle smacks ‘da Game upside ‘de head with a chair. Didn’t look like an accident to Carlito. And here it comes- ‘dis is what Carlito’s talkin’ about, WHAM! (Trips Pedigrees Angle, costing him the title) ‘Dis is how it’s all gonna go down at One Night Stand too. ECW can’t trust a- a- a snake like Kurt Angle. He’s gonna end up flat on his back, and Team Raw is gonna be standin’ tall. And ‘dat … ‘das cool.

~ CCC takes a very satisfied bite out of his apple and struts around the ring, slapping hands with his teammates, until he gets to Bischoff, who doesn’t seem all that keen, and snatches the mic out of ‘Lito’s hand.

Eric Bischoff:
Look … I don’t know who the hell Mick Foley and Terry Funk think they are…

~ Carlito shrugs.

Eric Bischoff:
Last week they both tried to humiliate me … they tried to humiliate Eric Bischoff by backing me into a corner with this One Night Stand crap - ‘Career versus Career’ and all that. They thought I would back down. They thought they could intimidate Eric Bischoff into backing down. I don’t think so, gentlemen!!

~ Crowd boos. Bischoff shakes his head.

Eric Bischoff:
But that… that… overweight, overpaid … IDIOT, Mick Foley still isn’t done with me! He thinks he can call me up seconds before Raw goes on the air … and rundown MY OWN Extreme Initiative that‘s been running for the past few weeks.

~ The Tacoma Dome certainly seems to agree.

Eric Bischoff:
Foley had the… the nerve to suggest that all the extreme matches I’ve made so far … have only benefitted my allies and punished my enemies. Let’s see. Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms? I’ve got no beef with them and they had a great tables match. Same with the Lumberjack match, same with the Ladder match, and the three-way dance. But if Foley wants to see Eric Bischoff get extreme … then Eric Bischoff is going to GIVE HIM extreme.

~ Big pop from the crowd, as Bearer births kittens.

Eric Bischoff:
Tonight… Eric Bischoff is going to take the meaning of extreme to a whole other level … and see what Foley and Funk think of that!

~ Another outburst of cheers, as The Spirit Squad all pull comically awkward faces in the background.

Eric Bischoff:
How’s this for starters … in the Ultimate Jeopardy match at One Night Stand … the man on the winning team who scores the deciding fall … will be awarded … with the E, C, W … WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! How’s that sound?? The ECW World Title right here on Raw!!

~ Huge Pop. Big Show nods approvingly.

Eric Bischoff:
But that’s June 11th. I want Mick Foley and Terry Funk to see how extreme Eric Bischoff is willing to get right here tonight. That’s why right now I’m signing … in the main event … a Six-Man Extreme Rules Tag Team Match … featuring … the WWE Champion … The Big Show!!

~ “Oh my God!” – Styles; Big Show looks rather startled, as the crowd pops huge, and the rest of the figures in the ring go wide-eyed.

Eric Bischoff:
That’s right … Big Show will be leading Raw’s team tonight, just like he will be at ECW One Night Stand inside the Ultimate Jeopardy cage. And joining Big Show tonight on Team Raw … will be none other than Mr. Money in the Bank himself, Mr. ‘It’ … Carlito Caribbean Cool!!

~ Great heat, as ‘Lito’s face drops.

Eric Bischoff:
And the third and final member of Raw’s team tonight will be(thinks, then turns to Spirit Squad) your NEXT Intercontinental Champion … Kenny Doane!!

~ Another nice bit of heat. Doane looks shocked, but pleased too.

Eric Bischoff:
And those three warriors will face any three men that Terry Funk chooses from his so-called ‘Invading army’ of Extremely Crappy Wrestling ECW.

~ Great pop for this.

Eric Bischoff:
Let’s see just how bad Kurt Angle really wants to be a part of ECW then shall we?? If he’s already been made captain for One Night Stand … I wanna see the captain lead by example tonight … and step up to the plate. How about it, Kurt??

~ Bischoff’s allies seem absolutely flabbergasted by their boss.

Eric Bischoff:
So, Mick … Terry … how’s that for taking it to the extreme, huh?? How’s that??

~ As ‘I’m Back’ hits over the PA, Carlito, Masters, and the rest of The Spirit Squad surround the General Manager, obviously not too thrilled at the main event he just made. Bischoff doesn’t seem to want to hear it though. He tosses the mic to Lillian, and exits the ring, being pursued all the way.

Jim Ross:
Man, Mick Foley and Terry Funk has… they have rattled the General Manager of Raw Eric Bischoff … and look at Carlito!! He’s gotta compete in that Six-Man Extreme Rules Match later on tonight!

Jonathan Coachman:
W- Wait a minute now, it was all Eric Bischoff’s idea this Extreme Initiative, J.R., you know that!

Joey Styles:
So, it’s Big Show, Carlito, and Ken Doane to take on a team of Terry Funk’s choosing in an Extreme Rules main event … a must win for both Raw and ECW. But when we come back, the road to Vengeance continues … it’s The Redneck Wrecking Crew, NEXT!!

Our final shot before going to another commercial is of the WWE Champion The Big Show standing in the ring with Paul Bearer, glaring up the ramp at his departing boss.

{Commercials}



2 - Tag Team Match
The Redneck Wrecking Crew
vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Gene Snitsky

After the initial confusion caused by the bizarre antics of their opponents, Cade ‘n’ Murdoch pick up right where they left off last week … and the week before that … and the week before that, and every other week in 2006 quite frankly, except for the night directly after Backlash when they came up just short against the World’s Greatest Tag Team in their shot at the World Tag Team Titles. That doesn’t happen tonight though. Despite getting the crowd all worked up, Snitsky and Duggan are no match for their redneck opponents, as Gene misses a crossbody off the top on Cade, who is shoved out of the way illegally by his partner Trevor Murdoch. As Murdoch quickly cuts Hacksaw off, Big Lance Cade quickly lifts Snitsky up and DRILLS HIM WITH THE SIT-OUT SPINEBUSTER SLAM!!! Cade then angrily hooks both legs and gets another three count.

Winners - The Redneck Wrecking Crew via pin fall at 4:03.

Joey Styles:
Another victory for Cade ‘n’ Murdoch tonight, and you have to think it’s only a matter of time before Eric Bischoff or Terry Funk grants them another shot at the tag team titles.

Jonathan Coachman: Jeez, just how many matches have Cade ‘n’ Murdoch won this year?? I’ve lost count. If anybody’s going to give The Sons of Samoa a run for their money, it’s these boys.

Jim Ross: You could be right, Coach. One-half of The Sons of Samoa, Samu, battles the Intercontinental and one-half of the World Tag Team Champions Shelton Benjamin, and that’s coming up a little bit later on.

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Todd Grisham, microphone in hand, stands by with World Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas and, also Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin. Both men looked pissed, with Haas holding the back of his head in pain.

Todd Grisham:
I’m here with the World Tag Team Champions, Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin, and Charlie Haas. Gentlemen, the odds just keeping getting stacked against you.

Shelton Benjamin:
Understatement of the year right there, Todd. Double-duty at another pay per view for the pair of us but y’know whatthat’s why they call us the World’s Greatest-

~ Haas moves to the mic, cutting his partner off.

Charlie Haas:
With all due respect, Shelton I think the time for generic, sporting promos are over. When you get slammed through a ladder like you were last week and jumped week after week from behind like we both have ever since friggin’ WrestleMania I think we’re allowed to get a little bit upset.

~ Shelton takes off his shades.

Charlie Haas:
Everyone knows what a load o’ bull this is. I won that number one contender’s match fair and square tonight but that (grits his teeth) that Goddamn piece of crap Kenny just can’t seem to get over us! What the hell is your problem, Doane?? You obsessed with the World’s Greatest Tag Team or somethin’??

~ Benjamin nods slowly.

Charlie Haas:
You couldn’t beat us for the tag team titles, and you ain’t gonna beat either of us for the Intercontinental Title so just get over it! It’s like I said at Vengeance it doesn’t matter if there’s six men or twenty men bein’ the world’s greatest means you always come out on top and on June 11th it’s gonna be no different, boys.

~ Haas moves away from the mic, still wincing and sighing from the pain in the back of his skull. Shelton approaches the mic once more.

Shelton Benjamin:
And as for The Sons of Samoa (looks down angrily)after what your boys did to me two weeks ago, Estrada, you better believe I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Samu tonight.

~ The dual champion eyeballs the camera.

Shelton Benjamin: Every
single week. Since Backlash you’ve jumped me and Charlie every single week and I’m sick ‘n’ tired of it! You might be big you might be bad but NO ONE is unstoppable. NO ONE is indestructible. And absolutely NO ONE is unbeatable. At Vengeance you’re gonna find out why we truly are the World’s Greatest Tag Team.

~ The two men head out, getting a great ovation from the crowd, leaving Grisham behind.

Todd Grisham:
The World Tag Team Champions there. Still to come tonight, Shelton Benjamin battles Samu. We’ll be back in just a few moments.

{Commercials}

*Backstage - Interview Area*


This time we’re joined by Kristal Marshall, who has Torrie Wilson with her.

Kristal Marshall:
Hi, everyone. We’re back on Monday Night Raw, and right now I’m joined by Eric Bischoff’s liaison Miss Torrie Wilson, who apparently has some news regarding the Women’s Title situation. Miss Wilson?

Torrie Wilson:
Thank you, Kristal. That’s right, just like the WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James revealed last week the title will be defended in less than one month at Raw’s next pay per view, Vengeance, live from Charlotte, North Carolina.

~ Small pop.

Torrie Wilson:
However neither former champion Trish Stratus, or indeed Victoria, will be the one challenging Miss James at that event.

~ Some boos.

Torrie Wilson:
Due to both women’s reckless behaviour, and inability to reach a decisive result over the past few weeks, myself and Eric Bischoff have decided that at Vengeance Trish Stratus and Victoria will meet one last time in an Anything Goes, Falls Count Anywhere, No Time Limit, There Must Be A Winner Match.

~ Bigger pop for this.

Torrie Wilson:
There’ll be no mistakes in that one and the winner will receive a guaranteed, one- on- one, WWE Women’s Championship match on August 20th in Boston at SummerSlam.

~ Another nice pop.

Torrie Wilson:
But that still leaves the Women’s Championship match at Vengeance. I happen to have an opponent in mind for Miss James but, as I have explained to her, I’m still finalising this lady’s contract, so I’m unable to reveal her identity right now. (To Kristal) That’s all. Thank you.

~ Boos, as Kristal nods dumbly, and the sexy Torrie slinks away out of screenshot.

Kristal Marshall:
Wow well, there you have it. Another tremendous contest signed for Vengeance in just under a month. Trish Stratus and Victoria will finally have to settle their differences once and for all. Let’s get back to ringside.

*Back to ringside*



3 - Non-Title Match
Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin
vs. Samu w/Armando Alejandro Estrada

Samu tries to attack one half of the World Tag Team Champions right at the bell … but Shelton quickly gets out of the way and assaults The Samoan Cannonball in the corner with a flurry of right hands! After having absolutely no luck budging the beast with an Irish whip attempt, Benjamin applies the side headlock, and Samu quickly sends him in to the ropes. The Intercontinental attempts two shoulder blocks on the monster … neither of which even move the animal. Benji looks flabbergasted, as ‘Mu hits the ropes, running right through Shelton’s clothesline, and bowling the champion crashing head over heels with a shoulder tackle of his own!!


Hitting the ropes, Samu throws a clothesline … but Benjamin ducks, hits the ropes, leap frogs over the Cannonball, hits the ropes again, and nails him with a leaping dropkick … actually knocking Samu stumbling through the ropes to the floor!! The hefty Samoan lands on his feet though, and looks up … as SHELTON LAUNCHES HIMSELF INTO SAMU WITH A SOMERSAULT PLANCHA!!!


The crowd loves it, and lets the double champion know it with a great
“SHELTON” chants. Estrada, on the other hand, is beside himself. Benjamin tries to beat on the Cannonball a bit on the outside before rolling his 300+lb frame back into the ring and covering him. 1 … NO!! ‘Mu easily kicks out at one, much to the surprise of the champion. After a few more kicks and right hands, Shelton hits the ropes again … and RUNS RIGHT INTO A SAMOAN DROP!!

The momentum shifts drastically. Samu now begins to beat up the former Golden Gopher with his usual savage offence. He slams Benji in the centre of the ring, hits the ropes, leaps up, and delivers a nasty leaping headbutt right to the already ribs of the champion!! Not done, the Cannonball then body slams Shelton a second time, before just standing on the man’s ribs, placing all of his massive body weight on top! Samu continues the punishment, just pummelling the already injured man all around the ring, before tossing him through the ropes and taking it to the floor. He LAUNCHES Shelton back-first into the announce table, doing even more damage to those ribs, before bringing him back inside, as Armando watches on happily.


Back inside the ring, Samu STANDS ON Benjamin’s abdominal region in the corner, yelling Samoan profanities into the crowd, before tossing him down to the mat and cinching in a trapezius hold. He holds this for a while, as pained Intercontinental Champion tries in vain to fight him off and feed off the support of the crowd. He eventually manages to battle back up to his feet … only for Samu to whip him into the buckle and charge … but Shelton kicks him in the face! As The Samoan Cannonball stumbles away holding his mouth, Benjamin quickly nips up to the second turnbuckle … and LEAPS OFF -- BUT SAMU CATCHES HIM … SWINGS HIM AROUND - DUMPING HIM RIGHT ON HIS HEAD WITH A SWINGING URINAGE SLAM!!!


The crowd
“ooh’s” and “ah’s” at the manoeuvre, as Shelton Benjamin rolls slowly under the bottom rope to the apron, a glazed look in his eye. Samu follows him out, lifting the champion up on the apron into the air, perhaps going for another high impact move … but Shelton manages to escape his arms and land on the other side of the ropes back in the ring … BAM! SHELTON SCORES WITH A SUPERKICK OUT OF NOWHERE!! Samu falls forwards and is hung across the top rope, allowing the tag champion to hit the far ropes, race across the ring, and LAUNCH HIMSELF OVER SAMU WITH A SUNSET FLIP - GOING FOR A POWERBOMB -- BUT SAMU SITS DOWN - SHELTON MOVES … SAMU CRASHES DOWN ACROSS THE RING FRAME!!!

More gasps from the Tacoma crowd, as Samu growls furiously in pain, and Estrada holds his hat in dismay. After slamming the Samoan into the guardrail, Benjamin rolls him back inside and covers him again. 1 … NO!! Another kick out at one, irritating Shelton considerably. He stomps away on the big Cannonball, before hammering away on him in the corner. Backing off, the tag team champion races across the ring, SCORING WITH THE STINGER SPLASH!! ‘Mu falls down and Benjamin quickly covers him. 1 … NO!! Enraged, Shelton pulls his massive opponent up … and TRIES TO ELEVATE HIM UP ON HIS SHOULDERS!! The crowd gasps … but Samu is just too big, and Benji can’t shift him. After a quick right hand, Shelton hits the ropes again … BUT GETS TURNED INSIDE OUT WITH A HUGE CLOTHESLINE - DOING A FULL 360°!!


Looking to finish this thing, Samu sends Shelton into the buckle and squashes him with a big running splash! The beast then ascends to the second rung of the turnbuckle, before CRASHING DOWN ONTO BENJAMIN WITH A FLYING HEADBUTT!! He still doesn’t cover though, instead splashing the Intercontinental Champion in the corner again and beating him down to the mat with blow after blow. Referee Chad Patton tries to intervene, but Samu is a wild beast, and Estrada has to calm him down to prevent a disqualification.

Dragging Shelton back up and out of the corner, Samu GOES FOR THE SAMOAN SPIKE … but Benjamin fights out of it, booting the Samoan in the gut and firing away with repeated right hands. ‘Mu swings a few times, but Benji ducks all of them, and suddenly goes low … LIFTING SAMU (just) OFF THE CANVAS AND (messily) BODY SLAMMING HIM!!! Tacoma goes absolutely nuts, as Shelton slowly makes the cover. 1 … NO!! Samu kicks out at one again!!


The crowd is in shock, and Benjamin is just as miffed. Pulling the big man up, he throws the arm over, and LOOKS FOR THE T-BONE SUPLEX … but Samu won’t budge!! The Samoan Cannonball beats him away with a swatting shot, and Shelton comes off the ropes … first scoring with a clothesline to the back of Samu’s head, before going for one to the front … ONLY TO BE CLOTHESLINED OUT OF HIS BOOTS AGAIN!!


Quickly grabbing Benji, Samu tosses him into the ropes … but Shelton hangs on. The Samoan charges, only to be kicked away. Nipping out to the apron, Benjamin grabs hold of the top rope, leaps up, and SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES - NAILING SAMU WITH THE BLOCKBUSTER!!! He covers him again!!


1...


SAMU KICKS OUT AT ONE!!!


Shelton Benjamin is in SHOCK!!! He puts his hands on his head, staring down at one of the men who will be coming after the tag team titles in a few weeks with a look of horror on his face. As Samu makes it up to his knees, Shelton lets out a loud, passionate yell … BEFORE NAILING SAMU WITH A SECOND SUPERKICK TO THE JAW!!! The smack echoes around the arena … BUT SAMU DOESN’T GO DOWN!! Shelton hangs his head … AND KICKS HIM AGAIN!! Again it’s a brutal shot … and AGAIN SAMU REMAINS UPRIGHT!! Looking desperate at this point, Benjamin quickly turns and hits the ropes … BOOM!!! SAMU SAVATE KICKS HIS HEAD CLEAN OFF HIS SHOULDERS!!!


The outburst of
“OH’s” is thunderous, as Shelton goes down, glassy eyed and seemingly out of it!!! He is far too close to the ropes though, and Armando Estrada apparently tells Samu to do it again. Nodding, The Samoan Cannonball stands Benjamin up, leaving the Intercontinental Champion lolling from side- to- side, completely out on his feet … and SAMU DRILLS HIM WITH A SECOND SAVATE KICK!!

This time Benjamin lands in the far corner … and SAMU CHARGES ACROSS THE RING - OBLITERATING SHELTON WITH THE RUNNING CANNONBALL!!! Then grabbing Shelton by the neck, he drags the near unconscious World Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion to his feet, raises his thumb into the air, releases a barbaric yell … AND MURDERS SHELTON BENJAMIN WITH THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!!!!

He stands around for a moment or two, before AAE instructs him to cover the man, which he quickly does.


1...


2...


THREE!!!!!

Winner - Samu via pin fall at 13:37.

SAMU PINS THE INTERCONTINENTAL AND TAG TEAM CHAMPION!!! The crowd doesn’t like it at all, and boos The Samoan Cannonball heavily as he stands back up to his feet, screaming incoherently, to be joined by a cheekily beaming Armando Alejandro Estrada.

Jim Ross:
Good God, just how is anybody goin’ to stop The Sons of Samoa?? They have left the World Tag Team Champions laying every night for the past month and now they hold two consecutive victories of ‘em.

Jonathan Coachman: No one’s going to stop them, J.R., that’s the point. Armando Estrada has put together the most dominant tag team in the history of professional wrestling!

Joey Styles: That might not be an exaggeration unfortunately. But you’ve got to hand it to Shelton Benjamin - injured ribs and all, he gave it his all tonight and pushed Samu about as far as I’ve ever seen that monster go.

As Estrada leads his two behemoths from the ring confidently, both of them yelling at and terrifying members of the audience, Charlie Haas slides into the ring to check on his friend and tag team partner.

Jonathan Coachman:
Sickening. Just sickening.

Joey Styles:
I’d love to see how you treat your friend, Coach. Oh that’s right, I forgot … you don’t have any. How insensitive of me— HEY!!

Styles’ outage is caused by UMAGA AND SAMU SUDDENLY SLIDING BACK INTO THE RING A BLINDSIDING CHARLIE HAAS WITH A COUPLE OF KICKS!!

More boos greet the actions of the number one contenders, as Haas goes down holding his head! Already suffering from the attack he suffered earlier, Haas is in no condition for a fight, and The Sons of Samoa toss him into the corner…

…CRUSHING HIM WITH CONSECUTIVE RUNNING BUTT SPLASHES AND CANNONBALLS!! They then pull him up… and LAY HIM OUT WITH SIMULTANEOUS SAMOAN SPIKES RIGHT TO THE THROAT!!

Jim Ross:
Oh for God’s sake!!

It’s a familiar sight: the World Tag Team Champions lying flat on their backs, while the number one contenders, the seemingly unstoppable Sons of Samoa stand over them triumphantly, arms and tongues out on display for all to see.

Joey Styles:
For the second time tonight, the World’s Greatest Tag Team have been brutally assaulted! How can they overcome these odds??

Jonathan Coachman: He can’t, Joey Styles, just face it! Kenny is leaving Vengeance with the Intercontinental Title and then… ohhhh, then you know what happens??

Jim Ross: I think we can guess. The deck has been well and truly stacked against these kids! And there’s not a damn thing Terry Funk can do about it!

Jonathan Coachman: Thank God for that, J.R.…

Armando Estrada gets in between his two savages and raises their hands high into the air, providing us with a suitably ominous shot as we head into a commercial.

{Commercials}

*Backstage - Promo Area*


Raw’s new ECW Commissioner Terry Funk stands by, dressed in a shirt, jeans, and cowboy hat.

Terry Funk:
I must say - even thought it sounds a little bit clichéd after all these years - it really is great to back here in the business I love.

~ Great pop for The Funker, who adjusts his fedora.

Terry Funk:
I was incredibly honoured when… when my good friend and one of my greatest opponents Mick Foley called me up with this opportunity … to really stick it to a man that we’ve both hated and despised for longer than I can remember … that man being Eric, Bischoff.

~ Big-time heat for Bischoff.

Terry Funk:
Vince McMahon might have been the one who drove the final nail into the coffin of Extreme Championship Wrestling back in 2001 … but it was Eric Bischoff and WCW that really killed that place. While McMahon was secretly financially supporting Paul Heyman and the rest of us … Eric Bischoff … was doing the exact opposite.

~ More boos.

Terry Funk:
And now… now, even though ECW is long since dead … that no-good, rat-eyed JERK … can’t even give us one night in the sun to remember everything we used to be and everything we used to stand for. He won’t put his Goddamn ego aside for twenty-four hours to give the fans what they want. Eric Bischoff is nothing but a wrestling CANCER!!

~ OH!; the crowd loves it.

Terry Funk:
All we wanted was one night ONE NIGHT, BISCHOFF … and you threw even that back in our faces, you ungrateful, disrespectful hypocrite! Now look where you are … in the fight of your life at One Night Stand with your career in the hands of five soulless MERCENARIES like that bumbling piece of trash Carlito!

~ Heat for Mr. Money in the Bank.

Terry Funk:
Do you really think he gives a DAMN about you, Bischoff?? Do you really think anyone on your team is going to give a rat’s ass whether you live or die?? All people like that care about is filling their own pockets!

~ Funk fumes.

Terry Funk:
That’s why it doesn’t even matter what team you put together – they don’t stand a CHANCE at One Night Stand. Where your team will be fighting for money and their own, personal gain … every single member of Team ECW will be fighting for his very SURVIVAL … HIS LIVELIHOOD!!

~ He tears of his hat and tosses it aside passionately.

Terry Funk:
ECW wrestlers have shed blood, sweat, and tears not just for big, fat pay checks like your Raw punks … but FOR ECW ITSELF!! When they bleed … they bleed ECW! When they sweat … they sweat ECW! And when they cry … their tears read E … C … W!!!

~ Great pop in the background.

Terry Funk:
Just think about it, Bischoff … do you really think Carlito is willing to DIE for Monday Night Raw??

~ Funk turns to his right.

Terry Funk:
I didn’t think so. Well, I’m fairly certain these men right here would happily give their last BREATH if it meant the survival … of ECW.

~ Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, Masato Tanaka, Stevie Richards, and Balls Mahoney all join Funk in front of the camera.

Terry Funk:
Take a look at your worst nightmare, Eric Bischoff. What you see before you right are soldiers. Men who LOVE and BELIEVE in the cause they are fighting for. How many of YOUR team can you say that about, Bischoff??

~ Sandman blows out some of the smoke from his cigarette behind Funk.

Terry Funk:
Tonight … we will see how much blood your own warriors are willing to shed, Bischoff … because the three men I am sending in to battle are going … to PUNISH those kids like even their DADDIES never have!!

~ Funk reaches out and pats Dreamer on the shoulder.

Terry Funk:
Tommy Dreamer … ‘The Innovator of Violence!’

~ Dreamer nods his head happily, as the crowd cheers.

Terry Funk: (Turning)
… Masato Tanaka!

~ Tanaka remains stoic, but clasps his hands together ominously, getting another nice pop from Tacoma.

Terry Funk:
And … of course… (turning to his left) this man…

~ Wearing a black, ‘ECW’ vest over his wrestling gear and looking every inch the psychopath he is, the former WWE Champion Kurt Angle joins Terry Funk and the rest of his teammates on camera.

Terry Funk:
Eric Bischoff … if you though that what you said earlier was extreme … you had better prepare to have entire world turned upside down … because you don’t know the meaning of the word … and you don’t know the meaning of pain, or violence, or suffering … until you have face … E … C … W!!!

~ Angle turns to the camera.

Kurt Angle:
YEAH!!!

~ Angle throws his mouthpiece into his mouth, which reads, predictably, ‘EXTREME’. The crowd gives a nice pop, as then storms off camera, leading the rest of the troops with him.


*Back to ringside*



4 - Victoria
vs. Ashley Massaro

Despite Ashley’s fire and history as a protégé of Trish Stratus, she really is no match for the intense Victoria, who, now with the added incentive of her match with Trish signed for Vengeance, comes out of the blocks guns a-blazin’. She dominates the majority, but towards the end of the contest Ashley manages to catch her coming in with a boot, before ascending to the second turnbuckle and leaping off
but Vickie CATCHES HER!! Holding Ashley like a helpless lamb, Victoria muscles her up, and spins her around, connecting with a brutal Argentine Backbreaker!! With Massaro essentially finished, Vickie drags her back up, and polishes the youngster off with the WIDOW’S PEAK!!! Victoria then simply steps on the limp blonde with her arms in the air, getting an extremely academic cover.

Winner – Victoria via pin fall at 5:36.

The crowd isn’t too pleased by Victoria’s win, especially the manner in which she went about pinning young Ashley, and they let the vixen know it.


Jim Ross:
We know now that Victoria and Trish Stratus are gonna meet one more time to settle their differences once and for all and with Victoria in this kind of dominant form, you have to think those stipulations are gonna favour her!

Jonathan Coachman
:
I couldn’t agree more, J.R. Vickie is a KILLER … and Trish is next on her hit list.

Victoria
rolls Ashley out of the ring like a sack of wet cement, before crouching down and getting right up close to the hard camera, running her thumb symbolically across her throat.

Joey Styles
:
Ladies and gentlemen, right nowVictoria’s Vengeance opponent, Trish Stratus, the former Women’s Champion, is standing by for an interview.

*Backstage - Interview Area*


Trish Stratus is indeed standing by, with Kristal Marshall holding the stick.

Kristal Marshall:
Thank you, Joey. Yes, I’m here with Trish Stratus, who, as we all found out earlier, will face Victoria in an Anything Goes, Falls Count Anywhere, No Time Limit, There Must Be A Winner Match at Vengeance. Trish?

Trish Stratus:
I guess I should’ve known that Mickie would manage somehow to avoid facing me again. Because let’s be honest here I was the Women’s Champion but did I ever receive my rematch? Uh no, I don’t think I did, Kristal.

~ Trish angrily shakes her head.

Trish Stratus:
And that’s all because of that crazy bitch Victoria. She seems to forget that I already beat her at WrestleMania. That was her title shot. Not Backlash. Not Vengeance. And not SummerSlam. She doesn’t deserve another title opportunity. I, on the other hand, am the most successful woman in WWE history so, naturally, I deserve another chance.

~ Mixed reaction.

Trish Stratus:
So I have to go through Victoria to get it so what?? I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. I can get hardcore when I have to I can get down and dirty with the best of ‘em.

~ She sweeps the hair out of her face.

Trish Stratus:
And at Vengeance that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

~ Ms. Stratus saunters away arrogantly, leaving Kristal behind.

Kristal Marshall:
Trish Stratus. We’ll be right back.

{Commercials}

*Video Plays*

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”

*Video Ends*

*Back to ringside*


Jim Ross:
Vengeance is less than a month away and I personally cannot wait to see John Cena get his hands on that no-good S.O.B Shawn Michaels ESPECIALLY after what went down last week.

Joey Styles:
Absolutely, J.R. Last week Shawn Michaels showed us a side of him we’ve never, ever seen before. Let’s take a look

*Video Plays*


- Footage from last week plays, showing a very changed Shawn Michaels making his way down to the ring, now looking like a villain out of some old fashioned Western; all dressed in black, including the hat and boots, and sporting a very dirty, unkempt beard.

Shawn Michaels: John Cena stole everything I was. The looks … the charm … the charisma … the rebellion … the grit … HE’S A THIEF!! But y’know what? I don’t even care anymore. He’s welcome to it … and you’re welcome to him. ‘Cause I am DONE with The Heartbreak Kid … I am DONE with The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event. But most of all…

- Michaels brings his hand up, pointing across at all the crowd.


Shawn Michaels:
I am DONE with each… and every… one of you.

- Thunderous boos.

Shawn Michaels:
You chose your side… and, in doing so, you drove a final stake through the heart, ha…
(scoffs) of your once so dear Heart, break, Kid.
So I hope you all enjoy John Cena while he lasts… and don’t even think about comin’ runnin’ back to me… ‘cause at Vengeance … I drive the final stake through HIS heart.

- More boos from the crowd, as Shawn looks right at the hard camera when he says it.


Shawn Michaels:
Congratulations, John … you finally stopped my show.

- Michaels steps back from the microphone to indicate that he’s done, leaving a rather stunned J.R. holding the thing. No music hits, and the crowd barely knows how to respond, as Shawn calmly leaves the ring he way he entered it. He walks slowly down the ring steps, stopping momentarily to stare at a little kid in the front row giving him the thumbs down. Michaels removes his hat and runs a hand through his hair.

Joey Styles: Jesus, what the hell is Shawn Michaels doing??

- Shawn crouches down to eyelevel with the kid... BUT KURT ANGLE SUDDENLY COMES CHARGING DOWN THE RAMP WITH AN ARMY OF SECURITY GUARDS CHASING AFTER HIM!!

- Joey Styles and the crowd go absolutely MENTAL as Angle makes a psychotic beeline for Michaels... WHO SUDDENLY GRABS THE KID OUT OF THE FRONT ROW, DRAGGING HIM UP, AND USING HIM AS HUMAN SHIELD FOR GOD’S SAKE!!

- Oh he’s a heel, people, he’s a heel alright. Vegas can’t even boo, such is the shock, but instead scream wildly in fear for the child’s safety, as the little sprog trembles in Michael’s tight clutches, and Angle grinds to a halt, stunned by what has transpired!

Jonathan Coachman: That kid’s trying to get an autograph! How inappropriate!

Joey Styles: Are you serious, Coach??

- A small, deranged smile forms on the face of the man formerly known as HBK, and the camera manages to catch what he mouths to the Olympic Gold Medallist, “What the fuck are you gonna do now, tough guy?”

Joey Styles: Jesus Christ, just walk away, Kurt, just walk away for God’s sake! It isn’t worth this- thank God.

- The security guards quickly jump on Angle, who puts up no resistance whatsoever; he just continues to stare, open mouthed at the man who used to be The Heartbreak Kid!

Jonathan Coachman: Kurt Angle will do anything to get Shawn’s autograph, won’t he?

- Smiling, Michaels returns the terrified kid back to his sit in the front row and ruffles his hair playfully. He gives the boy a little wink and even places his cowboy hat upon his head, saying, “That was fun, wasn’t it?” He then turns and, accompanied by a few remaining security guards, heads back up the ramp.

Joey Styles: We’ve seen some disgusting things from Shawn Michaels in 2006, but that- that beats them all. I am in shock!

Jonathan Coachman
: I think we all are, Joey! Fancy Kurt Angle trying to push ahead of that kid in the line to get Shawn Michaels’s autograph!? Despicable!

Jim Ross:
(Rejoining) Would you shut up, Coach!? I hope to God that there’s at least a little piece of the old Shawn Michaels left inside this- this monster, and he would never have hurt a hair on that kid’s head!

Joey Styles
: I hope so too, J.R…

- At the top of the ramp Shawn Michaels stops for a moment, turning to give the amazed fans a bizarre little bow, before turning on his heel and disappearing through the curtain…


*End video*


*Back to Real Time - Ringside*


Joey Styles:
Shocking, absolutely heinous actions from Shawn Michaels last week. But in just under a month he has to face the consequences of his behaviour over the course of this year, (match graphic appears on screen) as he battles the man he injured at Backlash the returning John Cena.

Jim Ross:
And next week, right here on Monday Night Raw, for the first time in over a month, live from his home in West Newberry, Massachusetts, we will hear from ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ himself!

Joey Styles:
That’s next week. But coming up next it’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Representing ECW, Kurt Angle, Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka battle Raw’s Big Show, Carlito and Ken Doane! It’s going to be violent! And it’s up next!

{Commercials}


5 - Main Event; Extreme Rules Six-Man Tag Team Match
Team Raw (WWE Champion The Big Show, Mr. MITB Carlito & Ken Doane)
vs. Team ECW (Kurt Angle, Tommy Dreamer & Masato Tanaka)
*Both Raw's Mike Chioda and ECW's John Finnegan will be officiating*

The war is well and truly on, as the bell is rung and all six men begin to do battle in the ring with fists a-flyin’!! The rookie Ken Doane pairs off with the veteran Tommy Dreamer and the two men brawl all the out to the floor, as Masato Tanaka and the WWE Champion The Big Show do much the same thing on the opposite side. Still inside the ring, Mr. Money in the Bank Carlito staggers the former WWE Champion Kurt Angle, turns, runs, comes off the ropes and … GETS CAUGHT - ANGLE HURLS HIM OVERHEAD WITH A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!


Both Raw’s Mike Chioda and ECW’s John Finnegan try (and fail) to gain some semblance of order in this thing, as Big Show and Tanaka, and Doane and Dreamer do battle all around the ringside area. Grabbing ‘Lito by his amazing hair, Angle races forward … DUMPING MR. MONEY IN THE BANK HEAD OVER HEELS TO THE OUTSIDE!!


The crowd boos … as ERIC BISCHOFF leaps up on to the apron with a steel chair in his hand, looking to slide it to one of his team members … but it is snatched away from the co-General Manager … BY TERRY FUNK!! More cheers for Funk, as the former ECW World Heavyweight Champion FLIPS BISCHOFF THE BIRD, before carrying the chair back up the ramp, leaving Easy E to quickly hurry away in disbelief.


Elsewhere, Big Show LAWN-DARTS TANAKA INTO THE STEEL RING POST FACE FIRST!!! The crowd barely has time to react though, as Angle continues his demolition of Carlito … LAUNCHING HIM IN TO THE CROWD WITH A SUPLEX!!


As The Wrestling Machine takes Caribbean Cool for a little trip amongst the masses, back at ringside Big Show continues to work over Tanaka with body shots against the announce table. Tanaka is already SPLIT WIDE OPEN across the head thanks to the WWE Champion, but this doesn’t put a stop to his fighting. Show knocks him over the table, but Dangan gets his hands on a steel chair … and SMASHES IT OVER THE GIANT’S SKULL … NOT ONCE … BUT TWICE!!!


The crowd
“ooh’s” and “ah’s” at the sickening sound of the shots, as Big Show goes down in a heap, with Paul Bearer looking absolutely terrified nearby.

Around the ringside area, Kurt Angle gives Tommy Dreamer a hand … NAILING A DOUBLE SUPLEX TO KEN DOANE IN TO THE CROWD … THROUGH A BUNCH OF CHAIRS!!!

More howls of delight ring out around Tacoma Dome, as the twenty-year-old former tag team champion rolls around in agony clutching his spine. Angle goes back after Carlito on the floor, VICIOUSLY HURLING HIM INTO THE GUARDRAIL!! Dreamer slams Doane on a few more chairs just to add insult to injury, whilst Carly tries to escape through the crowd.

Back at ringside it’s a repeat of the last two weeks, with Vengeance opponents The Big Show and Kurt Angle going toe to toe with one another, hammering away with neither man going down … until Angle BITES SHOW’S FACE, and uppercuts him off his feet furiously!!


As Angle goes off in search of Carlito once more, Big Show rolls back inside the ring … only for a bloody Tanaka to quickly mount the turnbuckle … CRASHING DOWN ONTO THE WWE CHAMPION WITH THE FROG SPLASH!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Tanaka tries to do some more damage to the giant, but CCC grabs his foot from the outside and begins to choke him on the bottom rope … until Kurt Angle gets ahold of ‘Lito that is.


Elsewhere, back from the crowd, Ken Doane gets into it with a particularly obnoxious ECW fan, and actually looks on the verge of nailing the fat piece of crap … BUT DREAMER LEVELS DOANE WITH A CHAIR SHOT OUT OF NOWHERE!!!


The crowd, and in particular that fan, love it. They love it even more when Kurt Angle comes over and starts to beat the shit out of the rookie too, with Tanaka getting him some too.


Angle starts to go at it with Big Show again, but this time the giant gets the better of him and chokes him out over the barricade. The WWE Champion knocks down Tanaka too, while back inside the ring Tommy Dreamer quickly takes Carlito up and over with a vertical suplex. 1 … 2 … NO!! Dreamer doesn’t get to follow up either … as Ken Doane quickly races up behind him, clipping the back of his leg! Doane then wipes Tanaka out with a baseball slide before Dangan could help Angle.

Doane drags Dreamer into position and goes up top … only for the veteran to quickly cut him off with a right hand. Dreamer tries to go up after the youngster, but Kenny pie faces him back down to the canvas, and quickly LEAPS OFF … SCORING WITH THE GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Dreamer somehow survives.

Outside the ring, Tanaka continues to school Big Show in the art of hardcore wrestling, doing things to him with chairs that should never, ever be done again.

With Dreamer propped up in the corner, Doane charges … BUT DREAMER MOVES … AND DOANE COLLIDES WITH THE STEEL POST SHOULDER FIRST!!! More
“ooh’s” as Doane ends up on the arena floor, and Dreamer tries to go out after him to capitalise … only for Carlito to quickly jump him from behind, and toss him back into the ring, followed by a cover. 1 … 2 … NO!!

Carlito pitches Dreamer back out to the floor, before doing the same to Masato Tanaka, as Big Show, having just clobbered Angle on the outside, rolls back in. Paul Bearer tosses his giant a few chairs, and Show erects them both in the middle of the ring, before grabbing Angle by the throat, LOOKING TO CHOKESLAM HIM THROUGH THE CHAIR -- BUT ANGLE LANDS BEHIND - GETS THE GIANT UP … ANGLE SLAM THROUGH THE STEEL CHAIRS!!!!


Joey Styles and Tacoma go wild, with the
“Holy Shit” chants in full voice, as a terrified Carlito watches from his vantage point in the crowd, and Angle manages to cover the giant!!

1...


2...


T- BIG SHOW KICKS OUT!!!
No one, especially Kurt Angle, can believe it!!! But Big survived. Outside the ring, not even paying attention to the goings on inside, Masato Tanaka quickly DRIVES KEN DOANE INTO THE GUARDRAIL WITH A RUNNING POWERSLAM!!

Carlito re-enters the fray, knocking down Dreamer at the foot of the ramp, before booting the boot to Tanaka quickly. Mr. Money in the Bank enters the ring, shoving Dreamer in before him, while Kurt Angle, now outside the ring with Big Show, continues to assault the WWE Champion.

As Angle goes looking for hardware at ringside, ‘Lito poses and preens in the ring, which gets him absolutely zero respect from these Washington natives. Laying Dreamer out, he runs, leaps up, SPRINBOARDS OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE … CONNECTING WITH A MOONSAULT!! Does he cover? Does he hell. He dances around some more, bowing, waving, etc., extremely pleased with his own athleticism. As soon as Dreamer stumbles back up, Carly puts him right back down with a beautiful standing dropkick, and this time he decides to cover the man. 1 … 2 … NO!!


Big Show and Angle continue to do battle on the floor, as ‘Lito drags Dreamer up by his neck, before snapping it right back down to the mat with his inverted neckbreaker cutter!! 1 … 2 … NO!! Tanaka drags Carlito off the cover and quickly sticks his head in between his legs, setting him up for a possible powerbomb or piledriver … BAM!!! RIGHT HAND FROM THE BIG SHOW!!!!


Dangan is floored, his eyes glazed over and staring lifelessly up, as Mike Chioda, obviously following Eric Bischoff’s orders to a tee, begins to count him out … 1 … 2 … At ringside Ken Doane uses the bell hammer to get him some of Kurt Angle … 3 … 4 … 5 … Stupidly, Big Show actually drags Tanaka back to his feet, perhaps looking to finish him once and for all … BUT TANAKA GETS HOLD OF A STEEL CHAIR … AND WALLOPS SHOW OVER THE HEAD WITH IT!!! Now it’s ECW official John Finnegan’s turn to count, as the WWE Champion goes down.


Grabbing a chair from ringside, Carlito TOSSES IT INTO TOMMY DREAMER’S FACE WITH A CRACK!!! He then rolls back inside the ring, where Big Show and the crimson masked Masato Tanaka are preparing to go at it again. Mr. Money in the Bank quickly grabs Tanaka by the neck -- but Dangan counters … INTO A BACK SUPLEX!!


Outside the ring, Angle grabs Doane in a rear waistlock, LAUNCHING HIM OVERHEAD WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX ONTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE … WHICH DOESN’T BREAK!!!
“Ooh’s” and “ah’s” ring out again, as Doane bounces into the laps of J.R., Coach, and Joey Styles, clutching the back of his head in agony!!


With Big Show and Tanaka out of the ring once more, Carlito stumbles back up to his feet, yelling at the booing fans to
“SHUT ‘DA HELL UP!” What Mr. Money in the Bank doesn’t realise … is that KURT F’N ANGLE is standing right behind him, foaming at the damn mouth. Carlito eventually turns … and shits his pants. He holds his hands up in protest, saying, “C- C’mon, Kurt, we- we’re buddies, right?” Angle smirks … CARLITO TRIES TO CHEAP SHOT HIM -- BUT ANGLE SEES IT COMING - GERMAN SUPLEX TO CARLITO!! Kurt doesn’t let go of the grip, bringing CCC back up to his feet, and PLANTS HIM WITH A SECOND GERMAN!! The crowd cheers as Angle brings ‘Lito up a third time, and looks for a third German … but Doane and Big Show quickly attack him!!

Doane pitches Angle to the floor outside, where an angry giant, WWE Champion Big Show lumbers after him, continuing the beat down. Kenny goes back after Dreamer, leaving Carlito and Tanak inside the squared circle. ‘Lito hammers away at the Japanese superstar, before turning and hitting the ropes … ROARING ELBOW FROM DANGAN!!! Carlito’s lights are turned out, as Tanaka quickly covers him. 1 … 2 … DOANE CRASHES DOWN ON TOP, BREAKING IT UP!!!


As Tanaka rolls away clutching the back of his neck, Doane smirks, holding his hands in the air arrogantly, receiving a plethora of heat for his troubles … TOMMY DREAMER TURNS HIM INSIDE OUT WITH A WILD CLOTHESLINE!!!


THUNDEROUS cheers fill the Tacoma Center, as Dreamer holds his arms out wide, yelling,
“EC - FUCKING - W!!!” Before erecting a chair, lifting Ken Doane up onto his shoulders … AND SLAMMING DOANE THROUGH THE CHAIR WITH THE DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!!!! HE COVERS!!


1...


2...


THRE- DOANE SOMEHOW KICKS OUT!!!!!


How on earth did Kenny survive that!? Well, survive it he did. Dreamer looks at John Finnegan in disbelief, but the honest ECW official holds up two fingers. Shaking his head, Dreamer reaches down to grab the twenty-year-old once more … CHAIR TO THE GUT … AND A CHAIR OVER THE HEAD FROM THE BIG SHOW!!!


Before Dreamer can go down though, as the crowd “ooh’s” and “ah’s”, Big Show quickly lifts Dreamer up … and PLANTS HIM WITH THE CHOKESLAM!!!!

Outside the ring, Angle continues to bloody Carlito’s mouth against the rail with uppercut after uppercut, as Big Show reaches out of the ring after Tanaka … STEEL CHAIR TO THE SKULL!! The WWE Champion tumbles through the ropes to the floor, as Tanaka gets up … but Ken Doane races across the ring, LAUNCHING A CHAIR DOWN AT TANAKA, WIPING HIM OUT!!!


Grabbing one of the other chairs, Doane places Tommy Dreamer’s ankle inside it like a vice, before ascending to the top rope. The crowd howls and boos and screams, yelling at the youngster not to do it … BUT HE DOES - SOARING OFF THE TOP ROPE WITH THE GUILLOTINE LEG DROP … ONTO THE CHAIR … ONTO TOMMY DREAMER’S ANKLE!!!!!

The cries of
“Holy Shit” are DEAFENING, as Dreamer screams in agony on the canvas, and Doane convulses around the ring clutching his backside and hamstring!!!

After a while, barely able to stand, the former World Tag Team Champion crawls across the ring, falls over Dreamer’s lifeless frame, reaches back, and just about hooks the far leg…


1...


2...


THRE- DREAMER GETS HIS SHOULDER UP!!!!!


Washington EXPLODES with another incredible ovation, as Doane sits up in shock, yelling at Mike Chioda, unable to believe he didn’t just win the match for his team!!!


As the
“Tommy” chants fill the Tacoma Center, Doane points to the table which Angle erected earlier beside the ring, and grabs Dreamer’s lifeless foot, dragging him out on to the apron. Tommy tries to mount some kind of comeback … but there is no energy left in his weary body, and Kenny easily sticks the ECW veteran’s head in between his legs, lifts his legs in to the air, and … LEAPS OFF THE APRON - DRIVING DREAMER DOWN THROUGH THE TABLE WITH A PILEDRIVER!!!!!

An UNBELIEVABLE response emanates from the Tacoman audience, probably the loudest of the night, as both Tommy Dreamer and Ken Doane (but mainly Tommy Dreamer) are broken in half amongst the wreckage of the table.

Back inside the ring, Carlito rolls in with his Money in the Bank briefcase and clobbers Kurt Angle in the ribs with it, knocking him back into the corner. Outside, Big Show hurls Masato Tanaka back into the guardrail, as ‘Lito rolls The Wrestling Machine to the floor carelessly with his boot.


All of a sudden … THUNDEROUS boos sound … as ERIC BISCHOFF comes jogging back down the ramp. Carlito grins and holds his arms open wide like a child waiting for his daddy to come home. Bischoff hops up on to the apron, steps through the ropes and -- KURT ANGLE RE-ENTERS THE RING AND MAKES A BEELINE FOR THE CO-GENERAL MANAGER!!

Angle gets his hands on Bischoff only for a second … before Carlito quickly pulls him away, allowing the GM to get in a few cheap shots on the former WWE Champion. ECW official John Finnegan tries to get Bischoff to leave … but Raw official Mike Chioda has other ideas. The two men argue and exchange shoves in the middle of the ring … until THE BIG SHOW DECKS FINNEGAN WITH A COLOSSAL RIGHT HAND TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD!!!!


More “Oh’s” and “ooh’s” (and a few laughs quite frankly) fill the arena, as Big Show drags Finnegan’s fat, unconscious body from the ring.

Back inside the ring, Carlito delivers a SLAP to Kurt Angle, as Eric Bischoff watches on approvingly, before grabbing the Olympian’s neck, setting him up for something
… but suddenly the crowd starts to boo once more …

…as MIKE AWESOME SLIDES INTO THE RING!! The former ECW World Heavyweight Champion, wearing an ECW t-shirt, grabs hold of Bischoff, his former boss in WCW, and tosses him through the ropes to the floor!!

Confused, Carlito looks around … and Awesome grabs him by the hair!! Mr. Money in the Bank tries to scramble away, but he only makes it as far as the apron, where Awesome, alomgside him, holds him steady. Angle gets back up to his feet and grins at Awesome, telling him to, “Hold that sunnuva bitch still.” Awesome nods, and Angle turns, hits the ropes and-


- AWESOME WIPES HIM OUT WITH A SLINGSHOT SHOULDER TACKLE!!!!

MIKE AWESOME HAS BETRAYED ECW … AGAIN!!!!!

The crowd EXPLODES into boos, and Joey Styles loses his mind!!! Mike Awesome jumps back up to his feet, glaring down at Kurt Angle … before TEARING OFF HIS ECW T-SHIRT AND RIPPING IT IN HALF!! Carlito has his hands over his mouth in shock and delight, as the crowd boos the symbolism, and Awesome stands tall … MASATO TANAKA TACKLES HIM DOWN OUT OF NOWHERE!!

The rivalry is reignited, as Tanaka double legs Awesome down to the canvas and hammers away on the two-time ECW traitor with a passionate fury!! The crowd is fully behind the Japanese fireball … but Carllito quickly stomps on the back of his head, putting a stop to proceedings.


Big Show rolls back inside, bringing a table with him and propping it up in the corner. Awesome grins, grabs Tanaka, sticking his old nemesis’ head in between his legs, lifts him up into the air, RACES FORWARDS … AND DRIVES TANAKA THROUGH THE TABLE WITH A TRULY AWESOME BOMB!!!!!!

Tanaka is folded like an accordion!!! The crowd goes NUTS, as Carlito giddily springs forward, dragging Tanaka out of the wreckage by a leg, diving on top of him, and hooking both legs!


1...


2...


THREE!!!!!


Winners - Big Show, Carlito, & Doane via pinfall at 25:25.

Joey Styles:
MIKE AWESOME, THAT BACKSTABBING SON OF A BITCH, HAS JUST SCREWED ECW AGAIN!!

Jonathan Coachman:
Never underestimate the power of the almighty dollar, Joey Styles!! Ha-Ha! Mike Awesome sold his soul to Eric Bischoff and WCW once … and tonight he’s done it again for Monday Night Raw! I love it, baby!!

Jim Ross:
What an ungodly war we have witnessed here tonight, ladies and gentlemen!! Tommy Dreamer may have broken his damn neck thanks to that hideous human being Kenny!! Masato Tanaka has lost a hell of a lot of blood … and now Mike Awesome- that… that no-good mercenary Mike Awesome has stabbed ECW in the heart once again!!

Boos and trash hit the ring, as Carlito bounces back up to his feet with his hands in the air. ‘Cool’ plays through the Tacoma Center, with the Raw wrestlers celebrating in the ring. Even Eric Bischoff stumbles back into the ring, sees Awesome, and Awesome sees Bischoff
… and they both break out into huge shit eating grins!!

Joey Styles:
Oh gimme a break!! This is absolutely sick! Get the camera off those two pieces of garbage, would you please!?

Laughing their asses off, Bischoff and Awesome engage in a hideous, grotesque, nauseating hug right in the middle of the ring! Carlito, Big Show, Bearer, and a woozy Doane all applaud, but the crowd, unsurprisingly, does not.

Jonathan Coachman:
What a touching moment!

Joey Styles:
Somebody pass me a vomit bag!!

The EMT’s tend to the lifeless Tommy Dreamer at ringside, with agents, referees, a half dozen wrestlers from the back, and even Terry Funk all gathered around him also, concerned expressions on their faces. The look on the face of Ken Doane back inside the ring is far different; he is smiling…

Jim Ross:
What the hell is wrong with that kid!? What- what has Eric Bischoff done to his head!?

We get shots of Kurt Angle and Masato Tanaka too; both are ringside, and both are in a bad way. Inside the ring, a guffawing Eric Bischoff now has a microphone in his hand, and he points over the ropes, where Terry Funk is escorting Dreamer back up the ramp on a stretcher

Eric Bischoff:
Hey, Terry! Terry, hey! HEY!! FUNK!!!

~ Funk stops, telling the EMT’s to “Get him to a hospital right away.” As Dreamer is wheeled away, The ECW Commissioner turns slowly to face his enemy

Eric Bischoff:
Allow me to introduce to you … the fourth member of Team RAW for ECW One Night Stand…

~ Bischoff grabs Awesome’s hand and raises it into the air.

Eric Bischoff:
… … MIKE, AWESOME!!

~ More thunderous heat fills the arena as Mike Awesome holds his arms up high and beats his massive chest, screaming, “Who’s the man!?” into the night.


Joey Styles:
Oh my God!! I- I thought Mike Awesome had done everything he could to ECW… but now it seems he’s coming back to piss on our grave!!

Jonathan Coachman: With Dreamer dead, I make that Raw Four, ECW Three, Joey!!

Jim Ross: Mike Awesome came to Raw at the start of the night on a quest for redemption, a a quest to save ECW’s soul!! How wrong we were!! Mike Awesome and Eric Bischoff have played everyone for a fool!! How on earth can ECW fight these odds!? My God, what a One Night Stand this is gonna be!! See ya next week, everybody!!

Raw goes off the air with a shot of Funk, staring up at Bischoff and Awesome with a look of utter disgust.

END OF SHOW


***



Current Card for WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head
Date: June 10th, 2006
Location: ECW Arena; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Music: Harry Slash & The Slashtones; This Is Extreme

***NO MATCHES YET ANNOUNCED***


***



Current Card for ECW One Night Stand II
Date: June 11th, 2006
Location: Hammerstein Ballroom; New York, New York
Event Music: Drowning Pool; Bodies

10-Man Ultimate Jeopardy Match:
1st EVER WWE/ECW Ultimate Jeopardy Match: Two Men begin, with another entrant five minutes later, and another every three minutes thereafter:
- If Team ECW, RVD is reinstated and Eric Bischoff is fired -
- If Team RAW wins, all ECW alumni must retire from professional wrestling -
Team ECW-----vs. -----Team RAW
Kurt Angle ---The Big Show (WWE Champion)

Tommy Dreamer ---Carlito (Mr. Money in the Bank)
Masato Tanaka ---Chris Masters
The Sandman --- Mike Awesome
??? --- ???

---


World Heavyweight Championship Match:
‘The Rated R Superstar’ Edge defends against Lance Storm

Special Attraction Match:
United States Champion Rey Misterio, Jr. vs. ???

Open Challenge:
‘The Insane Luchadore’ Super Crazy vs. ???


***



Current Card for WWE Vengeance
Date:June 25th, 2006
Location:Charlotte Bobcats Arena; Charlotte, North Carolina
Event Music:Eighteen Visions; Victim


WWE Championship Match:
‘The World’s Largest Athlete’ The Big Show defends against ‘The Wrestling Machine’ Kurt Angle


Grudge Match:
The Artist Formerly Known As ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels vs. ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ John Cena

---


Intercontinental Championship; Six-Pack Elimination Match:
Shelton Benjamin © vs. ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters vs. Gregory Helms vs.
Kenny Doane vs. World Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas vs. Chavo Guerrero



World Tag Team Championship Match:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team defend against The Sons Of Samoa w/AAE

Women’s Championship Match:
Mickie James defends against ???


No DQ, No Time Limit, Must Be A Winner, Falls Count Anywhere Match:
Trish Stratus vs. Victoria
{The winner receives a Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam}

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