Re: Being The Booker
Just as a note - Backlash is in recap, but it's a pretty long one, more like a condensed full PPV tbh. I didnt write it in full due to a lack of time, and the fact that I'm not expecting many reviews these days, so I'm not wasting peoples time or my own for that matter, writing a full PPV and getting reviews I cant return.
I'm not going to post a preview for Smackdown, and instead, I'll just go ahead and post it.
Smackdown: April 27th; Boise
The show opens with the tag team championships match, with Charlie Haas and Matt Hardy challenging AMW. They have a great even match up, with neither team taking on the heel role. The finish comes as Matt Hardy sets up Harris for the Twist of Fate, and nails it. Hardy looks for the cover, 1...2...HAAS BREAKS THE COUNT!!?? Matt looks bewildered with his partner as Haas suddenly goes berserk, and beats on Hardy, pummelling the US Champion, causing the match to end in a no contest. Haas locks in the Haas of Pain, and refuses to let it go for what seems like an eternity, until referees and officials pull him away, leaving Hardy a crumbled mess.
After the commercial, Chris Benoit enters the arena, and comes to the ring, immediately calling out Kurt Angle. Angle obliges, and the two men have a war of words in the ring, with Angle stating that Benoit is only WWE Champion because Kurt allowed it. He then tells Benoit to be very afraid, because his focus is now fully on winning back the title. He then goes on to try and get inside Benoits mind, reminding him that he beat Benoit in October to retain the title whilst his thoughts were only on getting Bret into the ring. Benoit tells Angle to bring it, insisting that he is facing a totally different man than the one he defeated at Nemesis.
The two look set to fight it out, when Angle decides to leave the ring, smiling as he backs up the ramp. Then, Paul Heymans music plays, and the GM smugly announces that Angle and Benoit will face each other inside of a solid fifteen foot high steel cage at Judgement Day. Angle nods and smiles, whilst Benoit looks unfazed.
Next up, Kid Kash faces Tajiri for the third consecutive week, with the two yet to finish off a match, with the Cruiserweight Title on the line again. However, the match barely even gets under way, as the Mexicools once again disrupt proceedings, and take out the two men, almost identically to last week.
Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews Charlie Haas. Haas explains his turn on Hardy earlier in the night, laughing at the fact that Hardy thought he could replace Shelton Benjamin as his tag team partner. Haas then says that if Shelton can go on to bigger and better things on Raw, he can do the same on Smackdown. Haas then officially announces he is no longer interested in being a tag team competitor, and is now craving singles gold.
The Undertaker make his Smackdown in ring debut, making short work of Chris Masters, finishing him off with the Tombstone. After the match, Chris Jericho comes out onto the ramp and taunts Taker, even at one point, trying to roll his eyes back, as Jericho continues his strange behaviour as he becomes obsessed with The Deadman, ahead of the Casket match on May 14th.
We then see RVD barge into Paul Heymans office, and furiously asks about the continued saga with getting Sabu a contract. Once again though, Heyman reveals that the board of directors will not allow a livewire like Sabu to be contracted to them. Heyman though, then smiles, and tells RVD he has a way for them to get their match, and reveals that he can sign an Unsanctioned fight between RVD and Sabu at Judgment Day, with the only thing stopping that being Sabu accepting. RVD finally looks relieved, and states that Sabu WILL show at Judgment Day.
Backstage, we see Triple H approach Batista, who faces Paul London later. Batista though, stops The Game before he speaks, and tells HHH that tonight he’ll destroy London - not for Triple H, but for himself. At first, Triple H looks a little angry, but then shows a smile, seeing the fire in Batista.
The Rock faces Jamie Noble, and after winning the match, JBL tells him he’s pulled some strings and that Rock isn’t done yet. The Basham’s make their way to the ring for a Handicap Match, which Rock picking up the win surprisingly and motioning for JBL to “Just Bring It”.
Steve Romero interviews The Mexicools, who tell Romero they are here to firstly take over the Cruiserweight division, then, they are planning to take over Smackdown. The trio then mess with Romero, pulling his tie off, throwing his jacket over his head, and give him a wedgie.
Further backstage, a recovering Kid Kash looks irate, and mutters that ‘we’ll see about that’.
The Spirit Squad defeat The Dudley Boys in a table match to become #1 Contenders to the tag team titles, stealing the win, after D’ Von put Mitch through a table, only for the referee to be distracted by Nicky, whilst Bubba brawled with Kenny on the outside, allowing Johnny and Mikey to attack D’ Von, and eventually switch Mitch with D’ Von, making it look like he went through the table, and the referee buys it, calling for the bell, giving The Spirit Squad the victory.
AMW sit on commentary during the match, and afterwards, they have a staredown with Nicky, Johnny and Mikey, holding the titles high in the air, holding their ground, showing no fear of the five man group.
Backstage, JBL complains to Paul Heyman, saying he wants Rock to pay and asking Heyman to make another handicap match for next week, this time with JBL and The Cabinet vs. The Rock; Heyman declines and says he has a better idea on what to do with this thing, he makes JBL vs. The Rock at Judgement Day. JBL is less than thrilled.
In the main event, Paul London takes on Batista. Despite the major clash of styles and size difference, they manage to have a half decent match up, and despite London looking to be on the cusp of a huge push, Batista dominates the majority, and looks set to win, going for the dreaded Batista Bomb, only for London, to roll out, and roll Batista up, 1...2...3!!!
London scores the win, against the odds!!! Paul London celebrates his win for a split second, before he is flattened by Batista, with a big clothesline. Batista now delivers a big Batista Bomb, before Triple H saunters out onto the stage, carrying his trusty Sledgehammer. He walks down the ramp, and tells Batista his work is done, which Batista doesn’t take too kindly, as The Game sizes up London, running through him with the hammer to the gut. London rolls around, holding his abdomen, and spits up blood, as we see Batista slowly leave the ring, irate that Triple H just ran in and took over. The Game slams the hammer into the mid section of London again, before following up, and delivering a Pedigree, putting the exclamation mark on the beating, as the show goes off the air, Triple H standing tall.
Current Card for WWE Judgement Day
Date: 14th May 2006
Location: Bradley Centre; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Event Music: This Fire Burns; Killswitch Engage
WWE Championship: Steel Cage Match:
Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
America’s Most Wanted vs. Spirit Squad
The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho
Triple H vs. Paul London
Un Sanctioned Challenge:
Sabu vs. Rob Van Dam
One on One:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. The Rock
I'll post news and notes etc on Sunday, along with a preview for Backlash, then post Backlash sometime mid-week.