Smackdown: February 2nd; Columbus:
Michael Cole: Tonight, The Nationwide Arena plays host, to arguably the biggest Smackdown main event of all time, and without a doubt, the most important Smackdown main event of all time, bar none. The main event of Wrestle Mania will be confirmed tonight, as Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Championship against Y2J, Chris Jericho, in a sixty minute Iron Man Match!!!
Tazz: Well, they say at Wrestle Mania, that Dreams will become a Reality, but tonight, for the purist fans, dreams become a reality TONIGHT!!!
Michael Cole: And, as if the main event wasn’t big enough, three more matches are signed tonight, with Americas Most Wanted challenging The Basham Brothers for the WWE Tag Team Titles they lost under dubious circumstances three and a half months ago.
Tazz: And, Paul London, Akio, and Spike Dudley face off to earn a Cruiserweight Title Match at Saturday Nights Main Event, in nine days time, against Jamie Noble.
Michael Cole: If things don’t go to plan Tazz, it may be a rough few weeks for The Cabinet Tazz.
Tazz: For sure. Those titles are in major jeopardy for our tag champs, and cruiserweight champ in the coming weeks.
Michael Cole: And who could forget this one. We found out last week, that Kurt Angle will be facing Bret Harts past in the coming weeks, as he prepares for the match he dared to dream for, for almost a full year, to take place on March 26th, against Bret Hart.
Tazz: And he starts off tonight, facing The Anvil, Jim Niedhart, the former tag team partner of Bret Hart, a man who held the tag team titles with Bret, and teamed with the Excellence of Execution on five separate Wrestle Mania events.
Michael Cole: Lets not forget, The Anvil was part of a Legends Battle Royal less than two weeks ago at The Royal Rumble, and for my money, looked right at home, and certainly didn’t appear to have missed a step.
Tazz: Well, if he wants anything from this match, he’s gonna need to be more than in sync, Niedhart is gonna need to invent a time machine … and fast.
Kurt Angle vs. Jim Niedhart
Basically a squash. The Anvil starts out all guns blazing, venting his fury from Angles heinous attack on Hart at RR, but after a spirited start from Jim, Angles wrestling ability, and all round better-ness wins the day, as he outsmarts and out manoeuvres Niedhart consistently, before applying The Ankle Lock, scoring a run of the mill submission victory.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Angle instantly has his hand raised, then shrugs away, and re-applies the Ankle Lock, on a defenceless Anvil, and repeatedly calls on Bret Harts name, whilst swinging at the ankle, as we fade into the first commercial break.
Following the commercial, we see clips of Angle having to be forced away from Neidhart, and dragged up the ramp. We return, and see Niedhart being stretchered out of the arena, with a reported broken ankle.
Backstage, Josh Matthews is standing by with Triple H…
Josh Matthews: Triple H, the wrestling world has been buzzing for the past two weeks with speculation over who you will face at Wrestle Mania on March 26th. As of now, there is no clear opponent, and I’d like your comments on a situation, which could potentially lead to you having no involvem-
Triple H: Let me stop you right there Josh.
Triple H, looking smug, gently takes the mic, and looks at Matthews, directly in the eyes.
Triple H: Don’t bother wasting your time. Actually, let me ask you a question. Who owns this company??
The Game holds the mic to Matthews mouth, who quietly speaks.
Josh Matthews: Vince McMahon.
Triple H nods, and takes the mic back.
Triple H: Yeah. Mr. McMahon to you, Vince to me. Now, the idea … the incredulousness of you even acknowledging a chance of me missing out on Wrestle Mania, is ludicrous. It would literally be the biggest act of false advertising in wrestling history. My name, on a marquee, sells the tickets. You advertise Triple H, you get a full house. And thats a fact.
Vince knows it, Linda knows it, and the rest of the board knows it. For this years Wrestle Mania to be a success, Triple H needs to be headlining. Otherwise, you can excpect a complete wash out. And thats a fact.
Josh Matthews: But T-
Triple H: But nothing. My name is on the Wrestle Mania marquee. My name has made Wrestle Mania a sell out event. My match will give Wrestle Mania a buyrate like no other. That means more money for Vince, and it means Vince is happy. And Vince does what makes him happy.
Josh Matthews: So, are you trying to say th-
Triple H: What I’m trying to say Josh, is this. Don’t be surprised if this years Wrestle Mania main event becomes a triple threat match, involving The Game, Triple H.
Triple H listens, as the fans boo the comment.
Triple H: Like I said last month Josh … at Wrestle Mania … the King of Kings … goes back on his throne!!!
Triple H storms off, as we cut to the sky box in the arena, where Chris Benoit is sat, getting comfortable for the nights main event.
Michael Cole: The Number Contender is on scouting duty tonight Tazz. He has possibly one of the best seats in the house for tonights Sixty Minute Iron Man Match, as we determine the second half of the main event for this coming Wrestle Mania.
Tazz: Well, by the sounds of things, he will be scouting one third of this years Wrestle Mania main event, if Triple H’s comments are anything to go by Cole.
Michael Cole: Maybe. To me, Triple H talked far too confidently to be bluffing. You have to believe there is some grain of truth in what he said moments ago.
Tazz: 100% partner. Triple H, for my money, has a place booked at Wrestle Mania twenty two.
2nd Match: WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
The Basham Brothers w/ JBL & Jamie Noble vs. Americas Most Wanted
Fair action, but not exactly a classic, being a short contest. No team has enough time to establish the initiative, and dominate the match, but The Basham Brothers attempt the switcheroo whilst Noble and JBL distract the referee. AMW spot the switch, but cant capitalise, with JBL and Noble proving a distraction.
Suddenly, we see Matt Hardy race through the crowd, and slide into the ring, dragging Danny Basham out, which distracts Doug - the legal man -, and allows James Storm to roll him up, with the referee putting his attention back into the ring, whilst Harris jumps off the apron onto JBL and Noble, allowing the count, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: AND NEW WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS - Americas Most Wanted
AMW claim their third WWE Tag Team Title!!!! Harris and Storm hug in the ring, jubilant in victory, whilst JBL is furious, with his group having just lost one of their titles. He spots Matt Hardy making his way back through the crowd, having proved to be the equaliser for AMW in regaining the belts, and immediately points V1 out as the culprit for the master plan going awry.
The Cabinet walk up the ramp, with all four furious over the loss, having been outsmarted, whilst in the ring, AMW parade with the titles, to a great fan response.
We return, backstage, JBL is chewing out Smackdown Interim GM Ricky Steamboat.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And once again, I am being ostracised by an inept General Manager. Tonight, you screw Danny and Doug out of their tag titles - The Cabinets Tag belts - and next week, on NBC’s Saturday Nights Main Event you have scheduled a Cruiserweight Title match, pitting Jamie Noble - my chief of staff - against one of three men, that he has either already beaten … already decimated … or just shouldn’t have to lower his reputation by facing again.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Do you find something funny??
Ricky Steamboat: To be honest, I do. You actually left something out, which to be honest, might not please you, JBL.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Let me guess. How about me walking a tight rope?? Bury myself alive?? Or possibly, y-
Ricky Steamboat: No. JBL, next week in Japan, you defend the United States Championship.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Well. Do I look concerned?? Every challenge thrown at my feet, I have thrown to the side. Every challenge, from Kurt Angle, to Chris Jericho, former world ch-
Ricky Steamboat: Against The Rock.
JBL’s face drops, as Steamboat walks off, leaving JBL to day dream in shock.
Wrestle Mania Recall - I - Andre The Giant scoop slams John Studd, and earns $10,000.
Michael Cole: Welcome back to Smackdown folks. Just a few second ago, we learned that next week, in Japan, JBL defends the United States Championship against a former ten time world champion, but a man that has never held the U.S Title … The Rock.********************
Tazz: It’ll be the first ever meeting between JBL and The Great One in singles competition Cole. Big main event, for the second week running, made by the interim GM, Ricky Steamboat.
Michael Cole: And that should make things interesting, as we hold an interview with The Rock very soon, via satellite from L.A.
Tazz: Oh indeed. And what will The Peoples Champion have to say when we mention the tasteless DX skit on Raw, based around The Rock.
Michael Cole: Explosive to say the least Tazz. But of course, tonight, the focus is on the WWE Championship, as Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho square off, for sixty gruelling minutes, with one emerging as champion. And right now, lets take a look at the preparation that Chris Jericho, the challenger, has taken this week.
Video plays, showing Chris Jerichos preparation for tonights Iron Man Match.
A video then plays, similarly for Brock Lesnar, in preparation for tonights title match.
3rd Match: Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender Match:
Akio vs. Paul London vs. Spike Dudley
Another short match, with the Iron Man Match fast approaching. Akio and London partake in the brunt of the action, after Spike takes an early bump off the apron, banging into the announcers table. Eventually, he returns to action, and hit’s the Dudley Dog on Akio, only to get himself dropsaulted out of the ring by London, who follows up on Akio, hitting a 450 Splash to earn a title shot at SNME.
Winner: Paul London
Michael Cole: Oh My!!! Paul London has got himself inserted on the first edition of Saturday Nights Main Event since 1992, and has the opportunity to displace Jamie Noble as Cruiserweight Champion. Will London make it a miserable nine days for The Cabinet, who could find themselves with NO gold by the end of next weekend??
Tazz: Cole, it is fast becoming a very real prospect for the capitulating Cabinet with their recent luck - or lack there of.
Michael Cole: And right now, Saturday Nights Main Event is shaping up to be an earth shattering event. We know Paul London challenges Jamie Noble, but how about Raw providing John Cena defending the World Championship, inside a steel cage against the runner up from the Gold Rush tournament which takes place on a special three hour edition of Raw this Monday Night!!!
Tazz: And that’s not all, because we will witness the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin!!! Austin has been gone since the Royal Rumble, after he retired Goldberg, but he’s coming back. What will The Rattlesnake have to say at Saturday Nights Main Event??
Michael Cole: We are certainly preparing for February 11th to be an awesome night, live from the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. Austin returns, London challenges Noble, and John Cena defends the WWE Championship in a steel cage match!!! But right now, lets join The Rock via satellite from Los Angeles…
The Rock appears on the titan tron, getting a rousing response from the fans.
Michael Cole: Rock, thank you fo-
The Rock: Michael Cole - know your role, and SHUT your mouth. First thing, before any questions … from The Rock to Columbus … FINALLY … The Rock has come back - on screen at least - to Columbus OHIIIIO!!!
Lukewarm pop, with Rock not even being there.
The Rock: Now, Michael … proceed.
Michael Cole: Rock, we’ve just found out earlier tonight that next Thursday Night, on Smackdown from Japan, you will challenge JBL, for the United States Title. Your thoughts??
The Rock: Well Michael Cole, it’s pretty simple. Rock versus JBL, next week, on The Rocks show Smack-Down, U.S Title?? Sounds good to The Rock. Because quite frankly, The Rock is hungry for gold. He’s held tag team titles, Intercontinental Titles, WCW Titles, WWE Titles, altogether, a ten time World Champion … but one championship which has always eluded The Rock … but for only one week more … is the United States Title.
The Rock: A-
Michael Cole: So Rock, n-
The Rock: WHOA!!! Don’t you ever … AND THE ROCK MEANS EVER dare to interrupt The Great One ever again. You stay seated, and zip it!!!
The Rock: Next week, JBL - The Wrestling God checks his ass in Tokyo, before flying back to the USA, courtesy of Rock airways, departing from the Smackdown hotel, with no luggage, especially … ESPECIALLY The United States Championship!!!
Michael Cole: Well Rock, moving on, I was just wondering what your thoughts were on the video which aired this past Monday Night on Raw, courtesy of DX, which mimicked none other, than you.
Rock looks to his side, then looks back up, thinking about the question, before removing his sun glasses.
The Rock: The Rocks thoughts?? Michael Cole, quite frankly, The Rock, after watching Raw this past Monday … was pissed off.
Rock looks into the camera, dead serious
The Rock: Shawn Michaels wants to try and make a fool of The Rock when The Rock isn’t around?? That’s fine. Shows a lot of class. Wait until The Rock and Shawn Michaels come face to face. Then Michael, then you’ll see just who has the last laugh.
Fans start a ‘Rocky’ chant
The Rock: It seems to me Michael that HBK has something for The Rock. First off, he gatecrashes Smackdown last year, before getting his ass handed to him by none other than The Peoples Champion.
The Rock: Then at Nemesis, Survivor Series and Fully Loaded, Shawn Michaels tries to make a fool of The Rock face to face?? No dice. The Rock, every time one ups Shawn Michaels. And at The Royal Rumble, The Rock dumps his candy ass out of the Royal Rumble, before HBK throws the dummy out, and screws The Rock.
The Rock: And quite frankly, The Rock was prepared to move on … but not now. Not after HBK and the three fairies make a mockery out of me on Raw. Which is why, next Saturday Night … The Rock has agreed to appear on The Cabana … along with Shawn Michaels.
Fans go wild to the announcement.
The Rock: So HBK, you have nine days, NINE DAYS, to make your excuses, practice your grovelling, and prepare to kiss ass, before you come face to face with the Jabroni beatin … pie eatin … trail blazin … eyebrow raisin … care free … pissed off ... S.O.B!!!
The Rock: Shawn Michaels, you brought this thing to a whole new level, you’ve made this quite frankly … personal. But Michaels, be careful. You started this … but at Saturday Nights Main Event, The Rock ends it!!!
Rock prepares to deliver the ‘If ya smell’ line, when suddenly, the screen fades to static, and a long dial tone drones, until **BREAK IT DOWN** DX music plays, and suddenly, the same video package which DX aired on Raw, plays again, with it being played off as unscheduled by cutting off mid point for a commercial break.
We return with Michael Cole apologising for the interruption citing ‘Technical difficulties’. We get another glimpse of Chris Benoit in the sky box, settling down for the Main Event … Up now.
**Break The Walls Down** Chris Jericho enters the arena for tonights main event. He spins around at the top as he normally would, but as soon as he does, BROCK LESNAR RUNS THROUGH THE CURTAIN, AND ATTACKS THE CHALLENGER!!!!!
Lesnar puts the boots to Jericho, at the top of the ramp, with Paul Heyman carrying the title belt, directing traffic for the champion. Lesnar press slams Y2J onto the steel ramp, before dragging a defenceless Jericho down the ramp, before whipping him into the steps. He doesn’t stop there, and grabs a chair, before smashing the object against the skull of Y2J!!! Brock rolls Jericho back into the ring, and hooks the leg already, with the referee ringing for the bell, and making a count immediately…
Main Event: 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship:
Brock Lesnar vs. Chris Jericho
1st Fall: Brock Lesnar - Chair Shot - 1-0 @ 00:04
From here, Lesnar dominates the early going, beating a groggy challenger around the ring, before scooping him up, onto his shoulders, delivering an F5, with zero resistance from Jericho. He covers, 1...2...3!!!
2nd Fall: Brock Lesnar - F5 - 2-0 @ 01:02
Lesnar races into the quickest lead in Iron Man history, all thanks to the smart, yet cheap attack from behind. The Champion is in full control, and takes it easy for the next few minutes, with Jericho reeling from the awful start he has made. Lesnar takes Jericho to the outside, ramming him, back first, into the ring post and barricade, looking to pinpoint the back as his main area of focus for this match. Brock takes Jericho back inside, and continues to wear him down, scoring a number of near falls with the most basic of offence, such as front slams, and hip tosses. Jericho barely hangs on each time, as Lesnar starts to get cocky.
This almost opens the door for Jericho to make an early comeback, and he cradles Brock for a near fall, which only angers The Champion, who clobbers the challenger with a thunderous clothesline, which almost scores a three count, only for Jericho putting his foot on the rope. Lesnar is still furious for Jericho to have the audacity to try and cradle him, which has him set on a path of destruction for Y2J. He goes to work now on the midsection too, with shoulder thrusts in the corner, directed at the rib cage of the challenger. Jericho staggers out, and into a Belly to Belly suplex from Brock, and once again, Jericho is saved by the ropes.
As the match reaches the ten minute mark, we cut to the break, and return, with nothing substantial having happened in that time period, worthy of a replay now, as Lesnar wears down Jericho in a chin lock. After fading for almost a full minute, Y2J is forced to respond, as the official raises his hand in the air, with it dropping twice without reply. The third time, Jericho keeps it up, but before he can break free, Lesnar lets go, and stomps on Y2J again. Lesnar continues to go to work on the body of Jericho, before nailing a sidewalk slam, but only managing to score a long two count. This infuriates Lesnar again, and he covers once more for another two count, and again, for a two count.
Brock drags a barely mobile challenger to his feet, setting him onto the top rope, and looking to hit a superplex, but from somewhere, Jericho gets a sudden burst of energy, and pushes Lesnar off, back onto the canvas, before coming off the top rope with a missile dropkick!!! Brock immediately rolls out of the ring, with Jericho following, but Lesnar grabs the ring bell, and clocks Chris Jericho with the weapon, right in front of the referee, causing a DQ.
3rd Fall: Chris Jericho - DQ - 1-2 @ 16:22
Jericho is flattened on the outside, after a vicious bell shot from Lesnar, who immediately stops any flow Jericho was beginning to muster. Brock slides back inside the ring, whilst Jericho is counted out, with no mission of breaking the count, not even moving by the count of ten.
4th Fall: Brock Lesnar - Count Out - 3-1 @ 16:47
Lesnar rests on the ropes, laughing hysterically, as Jericho now slowly begins to move, and fights to get back inside before another count out. Y2J grabs onto the ring apron, desperately trying to get inside, and eventually breaks the count at the count of eight, before Lesnar meets him again. Brock drags Jericho up by the hair, and hoists him in the air, holding the challenger up for a long, long time, allowing the blood to flow to Jerichos head, before finally dropping down with a Fisherman Buster. He rolls over, into the cover, 1...2...3!!!
5th Fall: Brock Lesnar - Fisherman Buster - 4-1 @ 17:39
The Champion starts to laugh uncontrollably, as he appears to be sailing to the biggest margin victory in an Iron Man Match ever. Brock talks to Heyman briefly, who yawns, taking the mick out of Jerichos performance thus far. Lesnar then takes a look towards the sky box, pointing at Benoit, then at Jericho, as if to suggest that is his future. Heyman joins Cole and Tazz on commentary as Lesnar starts to go back to work on Jericho, as we go to another commercial.
After the break, we return with Lesnar STILL dominating his challenger, who up to now, has had ONE offence move. Now, Lesnar has the body scissors locked on, with Jericho fading once again. This time though, he is able to get a foot on the ropes, which forces a break from Lesnar, before the referee is forced to hold his arm up to check how he is.
Lesnar chokes Jericho in the ropes, breaking at the count of four, and does so twice more, breaking at the latest possible count, taking the air away from Y2J. The champion drags Jericho into the corner, and whips him across the ring, looking to do more damage to the back, before running in after him, looking for a high knee to the face, but Jericho moves, and Lesnar hit’s the top turnbuckle instead!!! Brock limps out, and Y2J manages to muster the energy, and delivers a standing Enziguri to the champion!!! He hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
6th Fall: Chris Jericho - Standing Enziguri - 2-4 @ 24:56
Both men are down following the fall, with Jericho having used up any energy left in the tank, whilst Lesnar feels the effects of the kick. Eventually though, both men break the referees count, at seven, with Jericho now starting to work into the match, backing the champion away, unloading with knife edge chops. Jericho whips Lesnar to the corner, and runs in after, but Brock gets a foot up, with Jericho reeling away feeling his face. Lesnar lines him up for a clothesline, but as he runs, Jericho drops down, and low bridges the ropes, sending Brock out of the ring!!!
Jericho takes the moment of space to recover from the twenty minute beat down he has received, and keeps an eye on the outside, where Heyman has now left the commentary table to attend to Lesnar. He gives his client some words of advice, and Brock gets back onto the apron, but Jericho knocks him right back off and onto Heyman with a springboard dropkick to the champion!!!
The fans come alive now, as this is beginning to become a proper contest, with Jericho managing to get some offence together. Feeling the moment, Jericho climbs to the top, and waits for Lesnar to get back up, before flying through the air, scoring with a flying reverse elbow, taking the champion down!!! Columbus is on it’s feet, with a stunning high risk move paying off for Chris Jericho. Y2J rolls into the ring, and back out again, breaking the count, not wanting to win falls the cheap way, like Lesnar did.
Jericho now takes it to Lesnar, going to work on the back of the champion, the same way Lesnar did with Jericho earlier in the contest. They make it back into the ring before the count of ten, but now, it’s Jericho in control. He lights up the chest of his opponent with half a dozen chops at least, before hitting the bulldog. Jericho now goes for the Lionsault, but - Lesnar scouts it, and gets his knees up, as the match hit’s the mid way point, going into another commercial, with both men struggling.
We re-join the action, with both men trading blows in the middle of the ring, but Lesnars size advantage helps him gain control, and he whips Jericho off the ropes, only to be taken down on the return with the Flashback. Jericho scores a near fall, but once again, he has the upper hand. Jericho dominates for the next couple of minutes, scoring a number of near falls, only for Lesnar to power out each time. Y2J begins to get a little ragged, resorting to any move just for another cover, but it doesn’t assist the challenger at all, as Lesnar continues to hang on.
Jericho now attempts for all or nothing, taking the big champion down, and attempting the Walls of Jericho but Lesnar manages to wriggle free, and uses his leg power to send Jericho into the ropes. Paul Heyman jumps onto the apron and tries to distract Y2J, only to get slapped for his troubles. Jericho then turns back around, and runs at Lesnar, but Brock catches him with a boot to the gut, and then cradles Jericho, but grabs the ropes, stopping Jericho from kicking out … 1...2...3!!!
7th Fall: Brock Lesnar - Cradle - 5-2 @ 36:03
Just as Jericho appeared to be making a comeback, Brock Lesnar once again pulls clear. Jericho looks shattered from that pin fall, deflated at this point having to make such a huge turnaround to save the match. Lesnar meanwhile, takes a walk around the ring, looking to waste time now, with an almost unassailable lead. He and Heyman laugh at the scoreline, but they take their eyes off Jericho, who bounces off the ropes, and nails both, hitting a baseball slide!!!
The challenger slides out, and takes over again, showing a mean streak yet to be seen in the match from him. Jericho bounces Lesnar around the ringside area, off the steps, and off the announce table, before taking the champion back inside, and continuing to dominate. He scores another plethora of near falls, before going up top, and flying through the air for a cross body, but Lesnar catches Jericho, and hoists him onto his shoulders, before delivering a quick F5!!! Brock Lesnar smiles, before scrambling across, and hooking the leg tight, 1...2...3!!!
8th Fall: Brock Lesnar - F5 - 6-2 @ 41:57
With less than twenty minutes to go, Brock Lesnar has now built a 4 fall lead, leaving Jericho on the brink of defeat. Lesnar quickly slaps on a sleeper hold, as we once again head into a commercial break. Following that, we return with Chris Jericho staging a comeback out of the hold, but getting knocked down by Lesnar with a high knee. The champion whips Jericho off the ropes, but Y2J comes back, scoring with a heel kick, knocking Brock down. Lesnar looks a little woozy from the kick, and staggers around the ring, with Jericho taking advantage, and nails the Break Down … hooking the leg for a cover, 1...2...3!!!
9th Fall: Chris Jericho - Break Down - 3-6 @ 46:01
Jericho hooks the leg immediately once again after the cover, looking to pull back the deficit, but Lesnar this time kicks out at two. Y2J looks to be homing in on the champion again, but Heyman wisely pulls Brock Lesnar out of the ring, saving the champion from going down another fall, which would’ve opened the match up again.
Jericho though, isn’t prepared to wait, and chases Lesnar around the ring, with Heyman trying to distract, but only gets a right hand for his troubles. Y2J takes it to the champion again, getting him back inside the ring, where the action continues to unfold, with Lesnar fighting back, and the match becoming an event contest again for the next few minutes, with a few near falls, but nothing spectacular, before going into the final commercial, with ten minutes remaining.
During the break, we see Jericho going to work on Brock Lesnars leg, desperate to pin point an area of the body, despite being so late into the match. Brock fights it, but Jericho looks to be turning it up a gear now, in an act of desperation, facing a huge mountain to climb.
Paul Heyman yells at Lesnar to create distance, with seven minutes to go, but with an air of a shock set to take over. Brock yells in agony, as Jericho gets to work on the right leg, even using dirty tactics, as he desperately attempts to close the gap late on in the match. Jericho pushes on at Brock, and kicks at the leg, trying to chop the big tree like figure of Lesnar down. He bounces off the ropes, and comes running at the champion, but Lesnar scoops him up, into position for the F5, but his leg gives way, and Jericho drops down, rolling up Lesnar in the process, 1...2...3!!!
10th Fall: Chris Jericho - Roll Up - 4-6 @ 55:21
Jericho now attempts to live the impossible dream now, with five minutes to score two falls!!! Lesnar tries to kill time, rolling in and out of the ring, frustrating Jericho, winding the clock down to just three minutes, and the fans on the brink of throwing objects at Lesnar. Jericho drops down to come after him, but pulls up at the announce tables, appearing to have pulled his hamstring. He limps around the ringside area, pushing the referee away, as Lesnar licks his lips, like a shark smelling blood in the water. Brock makes his way around the ringside area, now after Jericho, still limping himself after the work Jericho did on the leg. He comes after Y2J, but we realise the entire injury was a hoax from Jericho, who tricks Lesnar into coming near him, and blasts Brock with a clothesline.
Chris Jericho brings Lesnar back inside, and gets a near fall with a German Suplex, before coming close with a DDT, as the clock reaches two minutes. Lesnar tries to fend Jericho off, and swings wildly for a right hand, only for Jericho to duck, and rebound with a bulldog. Y2J quickly seizes the opportunity, and leaps onto the ropes, nailing a Lionsault!!!! He covers, 1...2...3!!!
11th Fall: Chris Jericho - Lionsault - 5-6 @ 58:13
Immediately, Jericho grabs the legs of the champion, realising time is of the essence, and he quickly locks in the WALLS OF JERICHO!!!! Lesnar yells out in pain, with his back being bent all over the place. Lesnar punches the sides of his head, trying to block out the pain, as Jericho pulls back further, dying to hear the hand tap, and draw the match level. The fans begin to count down from sixty, with the noise picking up, as the time closes in, with Lesnar crying out in pain, as Heyman crouches down at ringside, biting into the apron, just about able to look into the ring, 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ... 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 … 0!!!!!!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar - 6-5 @ 60:00
Lesnar retains the title, but taps as soon as the bell rings, just about surviving the Walls of Jericho. Chris Jericho crumples to the mat in despair, losing out to Lesnar once again. Lesnar crawls to the corner, clutching his WWE Championship, as we see Chris Benoit stand up and applaud both men from the sky box. Chris Jericho looks across the ring at Lesnar, shaking his head, before leaving the ring, despondent from his defeat.
In the ring, Brock Lesnar just about manages to reach his feet, and hoist the title in the air, indicating towards Benoit that for Wrestle Mania, it’s on. Benoit nods from the sky box, as the show goes off the air, with Lesnar victorious, heading to the main event of Wrestle Mania.
Current Card for WWE Saturday Nights Main Event:
Date: 11th February 2006
Location: Arrowhead Pond; Anaheim
Event Music: P.O.D; Lights Out
World Heavyweight Championship; Steel Cage Match:
John Cena vs. Runner Up of Gold Rush Tournament
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Jamie Noble vs. Paul London
Womens Championship Match:
Trish Stratus vs. Lita OR Jazz OR Victoria OR Gail Kim
With Guests; Shawn Michaels and The Rock
And The Return of Stone Cold Steve Austin
Current Card for WWE WrestleMania XXII:
Date: 26th March 2006
Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena; Las Vegas, Nevada
Event Music: Shinedown; Shed Some Light & Atmosphere
WWE Championship Match:
Brock Lesnar vs. Chris Benoit
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
John Cena OR Runner Up Of Gold Rush Tournament vs. Winner of Gold Rush Tournament
Kurt Angle vs. Bret Hart
Hall of Fame Ceremony 2006;
Just for those wondering, next weeks Raw IS NOT in full. It is recapped, for the pure reason that it's focused mainly on matches, whilst Smackdown needed to be a full show next week.
Saturday Nights Main Event will not have matches in full, but promos etc will be. (Just like a regular Raw or SD) I want to save writing full matches for WM.