03-23-2007, 04:50 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Six inches from a computer screen
Re: Being The Booker
First off, just to let some certain people know, Grendrill has brought a decent point to my attention a week or so ago, concerning people that post saying that they'll have a review up soon, then never bother, and the fact it should result in warning points, as it is just spam. In the long run it might'nt work out, but I'll not go into that now... I know the ones that at least intend to do so, and might not because of other things, but dont play me like a fool, and all of a sudden pop up saying you'll leave a review. If you are going to, like the Nike slogan says, JUST DO IT. That goes for all threads you leave that type of post in.
Dont think it's me complaining, because as I'm sure you'll know, I'm not actually giving any reviews back these days, so why you feel the need to pretend you'll get back to the review is beyond me, apart from wanting to boost your post count...
Just twenty four hours ago at Backlash on Pay Per View, the face of Raw was changed entirely. All four championships changed hands, as did the Money in the Bank briefcase, creating history.
Shelton Benjamin set off the unbelievable chain of events by relieving Carlito of the Intercontinental Championship, despite interference from Carlitos better half, Stacy Kiebler.
Then, the vacant Tag Team Championships became occupied, as Rico and Ron Simmons became arguably the oddest tag team champions in living memory, capturing the gold ahead of The Brotherhood, Booker T & Goldust, Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki.
In a sick I Quit Match, Edge forced Rey Mysterio to mutter the two fateful words, not with his actions on Mysterio physically, but emotionally. With Mysterio refusing to give in, Edge proved just how twisted and possesed he is with becoming World Champion, by threatening to harm Rey Mysterios young son, Dominick, with Rey immediately Quitting, giving Edge the guaranteed title shot, anytime within the next eleven months.
Jillian Hall caused a major upset, after Trish Stratus put on the performance of her career, starting the Gauntlet match, defeating Jazz, Alexis Laree, Molly Holly and Lita, before making it to face the final competitor Hall. However, before Jillian hit the ring, Lita blindsided Stratus, and allowed Hall to pick up the scraps, and become the new Womens Champion.
And finally, John Cenas reign as World Champion was ended. Randy Orton made a shocking appearance from his 'vacation', and attempted to screw Cena, helping Brock Lesnar. However, The Champ refused to lay down, and continued a spirited fightback, at one point looking set to retain the title, until The Legend Killer came back to finish the job, on a bloody Cena, only for Cena to nail Orton with an FU. Immediately though, the opportunistic Brock Lesnar pounced on Cena, hitting the F5. It looked like the title was Lesnar for the taking ... until Captain Charisma stopped the press, and defeated Lesnar, to finally achieve his destiny, and become World Champion.
Despite the title changes, another story also made the headlines, as after DX overcame the Horsemen, the student turned on teacher, as Garrison Cade levelled his mentor, Shawn Michaels, aligning himself with Flair and Dinsmore in a shocking turn of events.
So now the Backlash backlash will begin in Tacoma.
Shelton Benjamin defends the Intercontinental Title for the first time, taking on a winner from Backlash, Mister Kennedy, and a loser from Backlash, Rhyno, in a dangerous triple threat match. Benjamin could lose the title he just won, and not have to be pinned to lose it!!!
How will Shawn Michaels react to his protege turning his back last night, as he takes on Nick Dinsmore, one on one, and will Garrison Cade dare show up??
And, after weeks of hype and build up, the fighting Irishman, Finlay makes his much anticipated debut, tonight on Raw!!!
UPDATED CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORIES FROM JANUARY 1ST 2004
World Heavyweight Championship:
(8) Triple H (December 13th 2003 - January 25th 2004)
defeated Goldberg and Kane in a Triple Threat Match (Armageddon, Orlando)
lost to Shawn Michaels in a Last Man Standing Match (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
(5) Shawn Michaels (January 25th 2004 - April 11th 2004)
defeated Triple H in a Last Man Standing Match (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
lost to Randy Orton in a six man Hell in a Cell Match (Backlash, Phoenix)
(1) Randy Orton (April 11th - August 22nd 2004)
defeated Shawn Michaels in a six man Hell in a Cell match (Backlash, Phoenix)
lost to Chris Jericho (Summerslam, Toronto)
(3) Chris Jericho (August 22nd - November 14th 2004)
defeated Randy Orton (SummerSlam, Toronto)
lost to Orton in a 3 Way match, also featuring HBK (Survivor Series, Chicago)
(2) Randy Orton (November 14th - March 20th 2005)
defeated Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels (Survivor Series, Chicago)
lost to John Cena (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
(1) John Cena (March 20th - August 7th)
defeated Randy Orton (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
Lost to Shawn Michaels (Summer Slam, San Juan)
(6) Shawn Michaels (August 7th - December 4th)
Defeated John Cena (Summer Slam, San Juan)
Lost to John Cena (Armageddon, Boston)
(2) John Cena (December 4th 2005- April 30th 2006)
Defeated Shawn Michaels (Armageddon, Boston)
Lost to Christian in a triple threat match (Backlash, Seattle)
(1) Randy Orton (December 13th 2003 - February 9th 2004)
defeated Rob Van Dam (Armageddon, Orlando)
lost to Chris Jericho (Raw, Green Bay)
(6) Chris Jericho (February 9th - March 14th 2004)
defeated Randy Orton (Raw, Green Bay)
lost to Christian in a 20 Man Battle Royal (WrestleMania XX, New York)
(3) Christian (March 14th - June 14th 2004)
defeated Chris Jericho in a 20 Man Battle Royal (WrestleMania XX, New York)
lost to Matt Hardy (Raw, Albany)
(1) Matt Hardy (June 14th - August 16th 2004)
defeated Christian (Raw, Albany)
lost to Sting (Raw, Detroit)
(1) Sting (August 16th - October 18th 2004)
defeated Matt Hardy (Raw, Detroit)
lost to Matt Morgan (Raw, Kansas)
(1) Matt Morgan (October 18th 2004 - February 7th 2005)
defeated Sting (Raw, Kansas)
lost to Edge (Raw, Boise)
(5) Edge (February 7th - February 28th 2005)
defeated Matt Morgan (Raw, Boise)
lost to Christian via forfeit (Raw, Atlanta)
(4) Christian (February 28th - April 25th 2005)
defeated Edge via forfeit (Raw, Atlanta)
Lost to Rey Mysterio (Raw, New York)
(1) Rey Mysterio (April 25th - December 4th 2005)
Defeated Christian (Raw, New York)
Lost to Carlito Caribbean Cool (Armageddon, Boston)
(1) Carlito Caribbean Cool (December 4th 2005 - April 30th 2006)
Defeated Rey Mysterio (Armageddon, Boston)
Lost to Shelton Benjamin (Backlash, Seattle)
(1) Shelton Benjamin (April 30th - Present)
Defeated Carlito (Backlash, Seattle)
World Tag Team Championships:
(1) Ric Flair and Batista (December 13th 2003 - February 9th 2004)
defeated Dudley Boyz in a Tag Team Turmoil Match (Armageddon, Orlando)
lost to Dudley Boyz (Raw, Green Bay)
Dudley Boyz (February 9th - March 22nd 2004)
defeated Ric Flair and Batista (Raw, Green Bay)
lost to Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak in a TLC Match, which also featured Shawn Michaels & Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton & Batista (Raw, Long Island)
Garrison Cade and Mark Jindrak (March 22nd - June 20th 2004)
defeated Dudley Boyz et al in a TLC Match (Raw, Long Island)
lost to Natural Born Thrillers (Bad Blood, Washington D.C)
Natural Born Thrillers (June 20th - July 12th 2004)
defeated Cade and Jindrak (Bad Blood, Washington D.C)
lost to Edge and Christian (Raw, Omaha)
Edge and Christian (July 12th - October 17th 2004)
defeated Natural Born Thrillers (Raw, Omaha)
lost to Booker T & Goldust in a Cage Match (Nemesis, St. Louis)
Booker T & Goldust (October 17th - December 12th 2004)
defeated Edge and Christian in a Cage Match (Nemesis, St Louis)
lost to Ric Flair and Batista (Armageddon, Orlando)
Ric Flair and Batista (December 12th 2004 - April 11th 2005)
defeated Booker T & Goldust (Armageddon, Orlando)
lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Raw, Sacramento)
The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (April 11th - June 12th 2005)
defeated Ric Flair and Batista (Raw, Sacramento)
Lost to Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak (Bad Blood, Philadelphia)
Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak (June 12th - December 4th 2005)
Defeated The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Bad Blood, Philadelphia)
Lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Armageddon, Boston)
The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (December 4th 2005 - April 3rd 2006)
Defeated Garrison Cade & Mark Jindrak in a Ladder Match (Armageddon, Boston)
Vacated Titles due to draft lottery
Titles Vacant (April 3rd - April 30th 2006)
A.F.A (April 30th - Present)
Defeated Three teams in a Fatal Four Way (Backlash, Seattle)
(2) Molly Holly (July 28th 2003 - January 26th 2004)
defeated Gail Kim (Raw, Colorado Springs)
lost to Lita (Raw, Rochester)
(2) Lita (January 26th - June 7th 2004)
defeated Molly Holly (Raw, Rochester)
lost to Trish Stratus (Raw, Chicago)
(5) Trish Stratus (June 7th - October 18th 2004)
defeated Lita (Raw, Chicago)
lost to Shaniqua (Raw, Kansas)
(1) Shaniqua (October 18th 2004 - October 17th 2005)
defeated Trish Stratus (Raw, Kansas)
Lost to Trish Stratus (Raw, Toronto)
(6) Trish Stratus (October 17th 2005 - April 30th 2006)
Defeated Shaniqua (Raw, Toronto)
Lost to Jillian Hall in a 6 Diva Gauntlet (Backlash, Seattle)
(1) Jillian Hall (April 30th - Present)
Defeated Trish Stratus (Backlash, Seattle)
Matt Morgan (April 11th 2004 - June 28th 2004)
won a 15 Man, 15 Minute Hardcore Iron Man Match to win the vacant championship (Backlash, Phoenix)
lost to Raven (Raw, Cleveland)
Raven (June 28th - July 26th 2004)
defeated Matt Morgan (Raw, Cleveland)
lost to Rhyno (Raw, Portland)
Rhyno (July 26th - October 11th 2004)
defeated Raven (Raw, Portland)
lost to Rob Van Dam (Raw, Las Vegas)
Rob Van Dam (October 11th - December 27th 2004)
defeated Rhyno (Raw, Las Vegas)
lost to Stevie Richards (Raw, Nashville)
Stevie Richards (December 27th 2004 - January 30th 2005)
defeated Rob Van Dam (Raw, Nashville)
lost to Raven in a Four Way Match (Raw, Los Angeles)
Raven (January 30th - April 11th 2005)
defeated Stevie Richards in a Four Way Match (Raw, Los Angeles)
lost to Rey Mysterio (Raw, Sacramento)
Rey Mysterio (April 11th - April 18th 2005)
Defeated Raven (Raw, Sacramento)
Lost to Batista (Raw, Indianapolis)
Batista (April 18th - June 6th 2005)
Defeated Rey Mysterio (Raw, Indianapolis)
Lost to Hurricane (Raw, Manchester, NH)
Hurricane (June 6th - October 17th 2005)
Defeated Batista (Raw, Manchester, NH)
Lost to Rhyno (Raw, Toronto)
Rhyno (October 17th 2005 - December 5th 2005)
Defeated Hurricane (Raw, Toronto)
December 5th - Title Stripped and retired.
(3) Brock Lesnar (September 18th 2003 - June 10th 2004)
defeated Kurt Angle in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match (Smackdown, Raleigh)
lost to Kurt Angle (Smackdown, St. Louis)
(6) Kurt Angle (June 10th - August 22nd 2004)
defeated Brock Lesnar (Smackdown, St. Louis)
lost to Goldberg (SummerSlam, Toronto)
(2) Goldberg (August 22nd - October 17th 2004)
defeated Kurt Angle (SummerSlam, Toronto)
lost to Triple H (Nemesis, St. Louis)
(9) Triple H (October 17th 2004 - March 20th 2005)
defeated Goldberg (Nemesis, St. Louis)
lost to The Rock (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
(10) The Rock (March 20th - July 3rd 2005)
defeated Triple H (WrestleMania, Detroit)
Lost to Goldberg (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)
(3) Goldberg (July 3rd - August 7th 2005)
Defeated The Rock (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)
Lost to Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match (Summer Slam, San Juan)
(7) Kurt Angle (August 7th - November 6th 2005)
Defeated Goldberg in a Triple Threat Match (Summer Slam, San Juan)
Lost to Eddie Guerrero in a Fatal Four Way (Survivor Series, Manchester, NH)
(1) Eddie Guerrero (November 6th 2005)
Defeated Angle, Triple H & Lesnar in a Four Way (Survivor Series, Manchester, NH)
(4) Brock Lesnar (November 17th 2005 - March 26th 2006)
Defeated Kurt Angle & Triple H in a Triple Threat for Vacant Title (Smackdown, Detroit)
Lost to Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
(1) Chris Benoit (March 26th 2006 - Current)
Defeated Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
United States Championship:
(1) Big Show (October 19th 2003 - February 15th 2004)
defeated Eddie Guerrero (No Mercy, Baltimore)
lost to Billy Gunn (No Way Out, San Francisco)
(1) Billy Gunn (February 15th - April 1st 2004)
defeated Big Show (No Way Out, San Francisco)
lost to Kanyon (Smackdown, Salt Lake City)
(2) Kanyon (April 1st - July 18th 2004)
defeated Billy Gunn (Smackdown, Salt Lake City)
lost to William Regal (Vengeance, Fresno)
(1) William Regal (July 18th - August 22nd 2004)
defeated Kanyon (Vengeance, Fresno)
lost to Benoit in a 3 Way Match, also featuring E. Guerrero (SummerSlam, Toronto)
(2) Chris Benoit (August 22nd - September 23rd 2004)
defeated Regal and E. Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match (SummerSlam, Toronto)
lost to Kanyon (Smackdown, Dallas)
(3) Kanyon (September 23rd - December 9th 2004)
defeated Chris Benoit (Smackdown, Dallas)
lost to Eddie Guerrero (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)
(1) Eddie Guerrero (December 9th 2004 - July 3rd 2005)
defeated Kanyon (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)
Lost to John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield in a Triple Threat Match (Great American Bash, Washington, D.C)
(1) John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield (July 3rd 2005 - March 26th 2006)
Defeated Eddie Guerrero in a Triple Threat Match (Great American Bash, Washington D.C)
Lost to Matt Hardy (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
(1) Matt Hardy (March 26th 2006 - Current)
Defeated JBL (WrestleMania 22, Las Vegas, NV)
WWE Tag Team Championships:
Basham Brothers (October 23rd 2003 - January 25th 2004)
defeated Los Guerrero's (Smackdown, Albany)
lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (January 25th - June 10th 2004)
defeated Basham Brothers (Royal Rumble, Philadelphia)
lost to La Resistance (Smackdown, St. Louis)
La Resistance (June 10th - September 2nd 2004)
defeated The Worlds Greatest Team (Smackdown, St. Louis)
lost to Hurricane & Citizen Storm (Smackdown, Tulsa)
Hurricane & Citizen Storm (September 2nd - November 11th 2004)
defeated La Resistance (Smackdown, Tulsa)
lost to Basham Brothers (Smackdown, Cincinnati)
Basham Brothers (November 11th - December 9th 2004)
defeated Hurricane and Citizen Storm (Smackdown, Cincinnati)
lost in a ten team Tag Turmoil match, with Test and Scott Steiner eventually winning the match outright (Smackdown; Night of the Championships, Ft. Lauderdale)
Test and Scott Steiner (December 9th 2004 - January 23rd 2005)
defeated nine teams in a Ten Team Tag Turmoil Match (Smackdown; NOTC, Ft. Lauderdale)
lost to America's Most Wanted in a Fatal Four Way, also featuring La Resistance, and the APA (Royal Rumble, Houston)
America's Most Wanted (January 23rd - March 20th 2005)
defeated Test and Scott Steiner, La Resistance and the APA in a Fatal Four Way match (Royal Rumble, Houston )
lost to The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
The Worlds Greatest Tag Team (March 20th - March 28th)
defeated America's Most Wanted (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
forced to vacate titles after being drafted to Raw
Titles Vacant (March 28th - May 15th)
America’s Most Wanted (May 15th - October 20th 2005)
Defeated The Dudley Boyz, La Resistance, and Un-Americans in a 4 Way for vacant belts (Judgement Day, Vancouver)
Lost to Basham Brothers (Smackdown, Vancouver)
Basham Brothers (October 20th 2005 - February 2nd 2006)
Defeated America’s Most Wanted (Smackdown, Vancouver)
Lost to America’s Most Wanted (Smackdown, Columbus)
America’s Most Wanted (February 2nd - Current)
Defeated Basham Brothers (Smackdown, Columbus)
Rey Mysterio (January 6th - April 8th 2004)
defeated Tajiri (Smackdown, Laredo)
lost to Billy Kidman (Smackdown, Hartford)
Billy Kidman (April 8th - May 16th 2004)
defeated Rey Mysterio (Smackdown, Hartford)
lost to Rey Mysterio (Judgment Day, Corpus Christi)
Rey Mysterio (May 16th - July 29th 2004)
defeated Billy Kidman (Judgment Day, Corpus Christi)
lost to Chavo Guerrero (Smackdown, Seattle)
Chavo Guerrero (July 29th - November 14th 2004)
defeated Rey Mysterio (Smackdown, Seattle)
lost to Hurricane (Survivor Series, Chicago)
Hurricane (November 14th - December 9th 2004)
defeated Chavo Guerrero (Survivor Series, Chicago)
lost to Chavo Guerrero (Smackdown; Night of the Champions, Ft. Lauderdale)
Chavo Guerrero (December 9th 2004 - February 13th 2005)
defeated Hurricane (Smackdown; NOTC, Ft. Lauderdale)
lost to Tajiri (No Way Out, Salt Lake City)
Tajiri (February 13th - March 20th 2005)
defeated Chavo Guerrero (No Way Out, Salt Lake City)
lost to Chavo Guerrero in a Six pack Challenge, which also featured Akio, Paul London, Rey Mysterio & Jamie Noble (Wrestlemania 21, Detroit)
Chavo Guerrero (March 20th - May 15th 2005)
defeated Tajiri, Jamie Noble, Akio, Rey Mysterio & Paul London in a Six pack Challenge (WrestleMania 21, Detroit)
Lost to Paul London (Judgement Day, Vancouver)
Paul London (May 15th - November 6th 2005)
Defeated Chavo Guerrero (Judgement Day, Vancouver)
Lost to Jamie Noble via stipulation in an 8 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match (Survivor Series, Manchester NH)
Jamie Noble (November 6th 2005 - February 11th 2006)
Defeated Paul London via stipulation in an 8 Man Survivor Series Elimination Match (Survivor Series, Manchester NH)
Lost to Paul London (Saturday Nights Main Event, Anaheim)
Paul London (February 11th - March 16th 2006)
Defeated Jamie Noble (Saturday Nights Main Event, Anaheim)
Lost to Kid Kash (Smackdown, Detroit, MI)
Kid Kash (March 16th - Current)
Defeated Paul London (Smackdown, Detroit, MI)
I'll post Raw on Sunday.
ROLLINS > REIGNS & AMBROSE
03-23-2007, 05:50 PM
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: EGame is WOAT
Re: Being The Booker
Good Champions recount Wolfy, knew most of them but had forgotten the odd one here and there. Now onto a smallish review for the recapped Backlash...
The main event was great. Christian winning was a big shocker to me, as I thought he might get a singles feud with Cena before he took the title, but you do have the knack for making big swerves in booking from no where, and this was one of them. Christian new champ = Ratings and quality. Cena was getting stale.
Kane made his return and beat Rhyno, although Rhyno didn't look too weak taking the loss. As thought, Shelton becomes the new IC Champ and I'm expecting him to have a good run with the belt. Thankfully Carlito dropped it as he had held it for what seemed like ages. The Women's match I wasn't too pleased with Hall just taking the belt on her debut PPV. I really think it would've meant more if Trish had dropped it to Hall in some sort of storyline feud, but as you said Trish might be winding down in your thread soon so I guess it makes sense to give the newbie's a chance. As long as Mickie wins it soon, I'll be happy
DX/Horsemen feud is gonna be interesting now. As I thought and predicted, Cade turned on HBK after the match, it had to be expected. Now, who will Michaels recruit to save himself from being demolished by the Horsemen trio? Tag titles on the AFA is only a short term solution until MNM debut and take the belts off them.
Last Man Standing was brutal and Edge does pick up the much deserved win, even if he had to go to certain extremes to do it including threatening Rey's son! I hope this doesn't continue into some sort of family feud now...
And of course, Kennedy was ALWAYS going over Conway. ALWAYS!
The results were all good, and Backlash was quite a nice read, especially for a recap. Can't wait for the fallout on RAW.
03-25-2007, 01:56 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Six inches from a computer screen
Re: Being The Booker
**MATCHES ARE VERY BRIEFLY RECAPPED THIS WEEK**
Raw: May 1st; Tacoma:
Just twenty four hours ago, the entire face of Raw was completely changed. Last night at Backlash, every available championship to Raw changed hands, not to mention the Money in the Bank briefcase to boot. We have new tag team champions in the Acolyte Fashion Agency, a new women’s champion in the shape of Jillian Hall, Shelton Benjamin has become the Intercontinental Champion, and perhaps, most importantly, we have a new World Champion on Raw, and h-
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Captain Charisma, Christian, steps out through the curtain, with his newly won WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (traditional version) slunk over his shoulder.
Jim Ross: And there he is folks. The new world heavyweight champion, for the first time in this young mans career, Christian holds the ultimate prize in wrestling, coming out victorious in a gruelling triple threat match. Last night, we perhaps ushered in a new era in wrestling.
The Coach: I sure as hell didn’t like Cena as champion. I’m not gonna be happy with this guy either.
Christian, with Tyson Tomko, strolls down the ramp, pounding his chest to the fans, before getting inside the ring, with Tomko getting a mic, whilst Christian holds up the title for all to see. The Problem Solver hands Captain Charisma the mic, as Christian waits for the music to die down before speaking.
Christian: To quote a certain superstar … Finally, Captain Charisma, IS the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!!!
Christian holds the title up in the air, as the fans cheer.
Christian: Nearly eight years ago, I debuted in this company. And in that time I’ve been praised, I’ve been hailed, I’ve put my body on the line every night, I’ve been part of some of the most talked about matches in WWE history, not to mention one half of the greatest tag team in WWE history, and now, I’m making history, as a new name to add to the list of World Champions.
Pop from the fans.
Christian: But it hasn’t all been plain sailing. I was told time and time again that I’d be nothing more than a middle of the road guy. I’d never break, or even touch, the famed glass ceiling. They told me I’d never accomplish anything greater than being a tag team wrestler. I wasn’t big enough, I didn’t have the X-Factor to succeed.
Christian shakes his head a little before continuing.
Christian: I’d been warned from the beginning that I’d be nothing more than the Marty Jannetty to Edges Shawn Michaels. I’d be just another Jim Niedhart whilst Edge would be the Bret Hart. That’s why it was Edge and Christian … not the other way around.
Christian turns his frown upside down.
Christian: But yet, through the adversity, despite being held back, I continued my pursuit for greatness. I continued my quest to prove my doubters wrong, and prove to them, that I can succeed, that I can be the top guy, that I can follow the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H.
Captain Charisma then takes a look at the title, and rests it on his shoulder.
Christian: And this, this right here, proves to them, proves to me, that I was right, and they were wrong.
Christian: I’m just coming off the biggest year of my career. One year ago, I stood before you, the WWE Intercontinental Champion. And since that time, I‘ve beaten everybody there is to beat, before last night, I capped off a dream year … by becoming the World Champion.
Pop for Christian.
Christian: And as much as I liked the John Cena version of this title … I’m a traditionalist at heart, and I don’t really suit the bling anyway.
We see Tomko nodding.
Christian: Now, this is a message to Raw. I worked my way up to this point the hard way. I wasn’t hand picked to be the face of Raw, I pushed my way into the picture. I defeated The Undertaker four times in four months last year. I ended Mick Foleys tenure as Raw General Manager, and I took the life from Steve Austin at WrestleMania. Now that I’m the champion, I’m not intending on sitting back and enjoying life. I’m focused on being a fighting champion.
Christian: I’ve faced the best, I’ve beaten the best, so there is no challenge I’ll run from, no man I’ll hide from. I’m standing right here, and I’m ready for anyone, or anything, and that’s … how I roll.
Christians attention is drawn to the stage, as the NEW holder of the Money in the Bank contract EDGE steps out onto the stage, carrying the briefcase, and makes his way to the ring, walking around, picking up a microphone, before stepping into the ring. The music does down, as Christian smiles at his former partner, Edge.
Edge: Congratulations bro. Congratulations on becoming World Champion.
Edge claps a little, before speaking again.
Edge: Commiserations though at the same time. Commiserations Christian, because as long as I hold this baby right here …
Pats the MITB case.
Edge: … Your title reign lasts for as long as I decide.
Heat for Edge.
Edge: It really is a shame though, because as you alluded to earlier, throughout your career, you’ve been in my shadow. As you said, it was always Edge and Christian … I won the Intercontinental title long before you did, I won the King of the Ring, you didn’t, I hit main events against the likes of Kurt Angle, whilst you were stuck in the opening matches, battling hard to compete with Al Snow.
Edge shows his cocky grin, whilst Christian looks on unimpressed.
Edge: And even when it first looked like you were becoming an impact player, I came back from a year long injury … and stole your spotlight.
Edge starts to laugh.
Edge: And even now, now that you’ve done the unthinkable and reached the top of the wrestling universe, YOU ARE STILL IN MY SHADOW!!!
Heat from the fans.
Edge: Because it’s not a question of who, it’s a question of when. When, will Edge cash in, and relieve Christian of the World Heavyweight Title. We all know that’s the end result of this equation. Hell, I think even deep down … you know it.
Christian puts his hand over Edges mic, stopping him from talking, allowing himself to speak.
Christian: There’s something strange going on here. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, we have ourselves an impostor.
Edge narrows his eyebrows, confused with Christian.
Christian: You see, you’ve done a great job with the make up, and the greasy long hair, in fact, you’re a double for Edge, but you don’t do a good impression. You see, to capture Edges personality … you have to look more solemn, and annoyed, with a little more anger too.
Christian then takes a look at Tomko, who begrudgingly does the impression himself, whilst Edge starts to become a little agitated.
Christian: A bit like th- (turns from Tomko, to look at Edge) hey, you’re getting the hang of it, good job.
Edge starts to get annoyed now.
Christian: Next, try not to sound so happy. You need to start taking your anger out on people all the time. Just tell everyone that you’ve been screwed, over and over, and over, and over, and over, and o-
Edge: SHUT UP!!!
Christian: A bit like that. You need to be more moody, more snappy, always claim that the world is out to get you, and generally be miserable.
Christian drops his smile slowly now, and steps into Edges face.
Christian: Oh, and I almost forgot … you also need to get your facts straight.
Edge laughs, before replying.
Edge: Oh, okay, okay. So, you weren’t my lackey?? You weren’t struggling along whilst I hit the top of the card?? You won the King of the Ring, and I didn’t??
Christian smiles again.
Christian: No, quite a lot of what you said was true, but you didn’t steal my spotlight when you came back from injury. I stepped out from your shadow a long time ago. And it isn’t a matter of time before you become World Champion.
Edge shakes his head, disagreeing.
Christian: Just to refresh your memory, I beat you at WrestleMania Twenty One, and I beat you again at Backlash last year. I passed you by Edge, and put YOU in MY shadow, when I began rubbing shoulders with the elite in this company.
Captain Charisma smiles now.
Christian: And right up to last night, I went out and WON this World Championship in a triple threat match. Whilst you?? You only won that contract, by holding a kid at ransom.
Edge shakes his head wildly, disagreeing.
Christian: Not only is that sick Edge … It’s an awful act of desperation. Face facts, I’ve progressed Edge, but you … you’re still stuck under the glass ceiling.
Edge shakes his head again.
Edge: No, no, no. This briefcase says otherwise. This briefcase is my passport to the top.
Christian: Well, if that’s the state of affairs … why don’t you just quit talking, and cash that contract in … right here in Tacoma, tonight.
Cheap pop from the fans, whilst Edge grins, and shakes his head.
Edge: You think it’s that easy, do you?? You think, you can just click your fingers and get it your way?? I don’t think so. I know what you’re trying to do. I just went through hell last night to win this, and I‘m not jeopardizing my chances by cashing in right away. I’m going to wait until I’m ready. I get the title match on my terms, when I want, where I want, if I want.
Edge gets out of the ring, and begins to back up the ramp, but keeps talking as he backs away.
Edge: Like I said, the length of time you hold that belt is my decision. And I plan on screwing with you Christian. I plan on making sure you cant walk around without looking over your shoulder. This briefcase … is about to become your worst nightmare.
Edge drops the mic, and starts walking up the ramp, when…
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Brock Lesnar now steps out, looking angry, holding a mic, and stands at the top of the ramp, with Edge standing, looking at The Iron Man, as he prepares to speak.
Brock Lesnar: Christian, you robbed me of that title last night. And long story short, if this chicken sh*t wont cash in his title shot, how about you put the title on the line tonight, and face me.
Fans pop, with Christian ready to speak up.
Christian: Brock, I’m not running from any challenge. I acce-
**I’M BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER**
Eric Bischoff now walks out onto the stage, also holding a mic.
Eric Bischoff: As much as I like the idea of Christian defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Brock Lesnar … I’ve already made plans for tonight’s main event, which include both you Brock Lesnar and you, Captain Charisma. Not to forget, Mister Money in the Bank, Edge.
Edge tries to complain to Bischoff, but Eric continues on.
Eric Bischoff: Tonight, in that very ring, it’s gonna be Brock Lesnar, teaming with Edge and the former Intercontinental Champion, Carlito. To take on, the team, of Rey Mysterio, Tyson Tomko, and the NEW World Heavyweight Champion … CHRISTIAN!!!!
Fans pop with a big tag main event announced for tonight, as Bischoff leaves the stage, whilst Edge and Lesnar share a glance between each other, as we go into the commercial.
We return with a quick VP with clips of the vignettes which hyped Finlay, who debuts tonight.
**MY NAME IS FINLAY … AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
Jim Ross: Well ladies and gentlemen, we have been awaiting this man for weeks. His name is Finlay, a tough rugged, Irish bastard, that loves to fight. A man who has fought all over the world, but finally, he has arrived in the WWE, and he is exclusive to Raw.
The Coach: I’m just interested to see if he can live up to the hype J.R.
Finlay vs. Danny Doring
Just a squash used to let Finlay showcase his talent, and his unique style. He takes it to Doring with a stiff assault, and has the match won early on, but prolongs the beating, before eventually ending the match with the move that J.R refers to as the Celtic Cross, leading to the formality of a 1...2...3.
Winner: Finlay @ 03:45
Finlay has his arm raised, but pulls away, and decides to stomp Doring a little more, even using his Shillelagh to beat on the former ECW star. He eventually stops his attack, before mouthing at the crowd that he is FINLAY!!!
Jim Ross: As debuts go Coach, THAT was impressive.
The Coach: You’re telling me J.R. You don’t come from the mean streets of Belfast by being a nice guy, and Finlay sure as hell proved that point. If I was part of the Raw roster, I’d sit up and take notice - quick.
Jim Ross: You just get the feeling Coach, that this is going to be one of those unforgettable nights. Coming off the back of an incredible Pay Per View last night, we’ve had a huge six man tag main event signed for later, the debut of Finlay has taken place, and we’ve yet to mention what else we have in store this evening!!!
The Coach: It’s not often I agree with you J.R, but tonight you are right. Two of our newly crowned champions defend their titles tonight!!!
Jim Ross: Jillian Hall defends the Women’s Title against Gail Kim, whilst the new Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin puts his title on the line in a triple threat match, facing the challenge of Mister Ken Kennedy, and The Man Beast Rhyno!!!
The Coach: And, on top of those two title matches, Shawn Michaels is in action, just twenty four hours after being dumped by his former protégé, Garrison Cade, as he faces one of the almighty Horsemen, The Prodigy, Nick Dinsmore!!!
Jim Ross: What a line up, what a night!!!
Backstage, Christian and Tyson Tomko are walking along, chatting about nothing in particular, when Captain Charisma spots someone down the hallway, and stops in his tracks with Tomko, as the camera pans around, to reveal … JOHN CENA.
A heavily bandaged Cena, and the new champion come face to face, with Cena glancing at the traditional belt, before looking at Christian again.
John Cena: I’ve been looking for you.
Christian doesn’t back up, as Cena stares at him, before John Cena extends his hand, and Christian accepts the handshake.
John Cena: I don’t hold any hard feelings towards you. You didn’t do anything last night that I wouldn’t have to win the world title. But just so that we’re clear here, as far as I’m concerned, if it wasn’t for Randy Orton, I’d still be champion. And once I’m finished with Orton, I’m coming for what I believe is rightfully mine.
Christian slips the belt off his shoulder, and into his hand, before speaking.
Christian: Anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I’m the champ now Cena. And it’s gonna stay that way for a long … LONG time.
Christian moves off, as Cena watches on for a moment, before walking off in the opposite direction, down the hallway, where he stops a random worker.
John Cena: Randy Orton here yet??
The worker shakes his head.
John Cena: Okay.
We then see Cena pick up a crowbar from a wooden crate, and taps it off the wall, before taking a left turn, where the sign says ‘Parking lot’.
Clips from wwe.com Unlimited during the break, where Marc Lloyd asked Cena why he was waiting in the parking lot, with Cena replying simply that Randy Orton isn’t here yet.
2nd Match: Intercontinental Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Rhyno
Shorter than expected, with the opening promo running over, clipping into the time for this match. Plenty of action from all three men, in a match which sees no heel involved, with Benjamin again dazzling the fans with his athletic, and aerial ability, whilst Kennedy shows more improvement with his all round game, and Rhyno brings the power. Both Kennedy and Rhyno come within seconds of taking the gold, with Kennedy catching Benjamin on the top rope, before delivering the Green Bay Plunge for a certain three count, until Rhyno breaks it, and Rhyno then comes close, after ridding Kennedy from the ring, nails Shelton with the Gore … only for Kennedy to drag the referee out at the count of two.
Both Ken and The Man Beast begin to brawl on the outside, whilst Shelton slowly recovers in the ring, then, as he eventually does, the champion leaps over the ropes, splashing both men!!! From here, the match filters back into the ring. Kennedy nearly catches Rhyno in a cradle, before getting Gored, all the way out of the ring, which leaves Rhyno and Benjamin, with Benjamin able to hit a drop toe hold on a running Rhyno, with The Man Beast hitting the turnbuckles, and staggers out, into the path of the T-Bone Exploder!!!! Shelton hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion - Shelton Benjamin @ 08:37
Shelton Benjamin gets his title reign off to a flying start, with a successful defence, beating off the challenge of two men. Benjamin holds the title aloft, as the fans cheer along, with Shelton proving to be a hit as a singles star on Raw.
Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by…
Todd Grisham: Ladies and Gentlemen, my guests at this time, The Nature Boy, Ric Flair and The Prodigy, Nick Dinsmore.
Flair and Dinsmore step into the screen, both looking smug and happy.
Todd Grisham: Gentlemen, the entire world has questions that they are dying to have answered, concerning the events of last night at Backlash. Last night, we saw Garrison Cade of DX, turn his back on Shawn Michaels, and seemingly join your group. But as of yet, there has yet to be a sighting of Cade tonight.
Ric Flair: Ha. Todd, the entire world saw what happened last night. Garrison Cade came to his DAMN SENSES!!! Young Garrison came to US last week, he came to US. Garrison Cade realised that Shawn Michaels was still too greedy to share the spotlight, Shawn Michaels wouldn’t pass the torch … HELL SHAWN MICHAELS WOULDN’T SHARE THE DAMN TORCH!!!
Dinsmore now steps in, and takes over, rubbing his chin first.
Nick Dinsmore: Whilst Ric here, Ric has saw that he needs to prepare the next generation. Mister Flair has made it his responsibility to give the new breed of superstars a platform to super-stardom. Ric Flair is now sharing his torch, and is giving the likes of myself the spotlight that I rightly deserve.
And now, Garrison Cade will join our elite group. Garrison Cade is no longer a second fiddle D- Generate. Garrison Cade is now a fully fledged member … of The Horsemen!!!
Dinsmore hands back over to Flair.
SO MICHAELS … BLAME YOURSELF!!! Blame yourself for being too egotistical, too selfish to share your spotlight with the future of this SPORT. SHAWN MICHAELS … blame yourself for the suffering you are going to endure … courtesy of the new wave WOOOO … the new wave of the Horsemen.
Flair smiles, and nods, as Dinsmore steps back in.
Last night was just a taster Shawn. Tonight, you will begin to bleed, sweat and pay the price … (Begins to chuckle)
… of a wrestling lifetime.
The Horsemen walk off, with Flair smiling, and pats Dinsmore on the back, as they stroll away.
Backstage, we see Lita chatting with the make up lady, to a round of boos from the fans in the background. We then see Trish Stratus enter the picture, as she taps Lita on the shoulder. Lita turns around, and nearly jumps out of her skin, with Trish smiling at the woman that cost her the title last night.
Trish Stratus: (Through gritted teeth)
Hey Lita. Question for ya.
Lita tries to back away, and ends up knocking over a few objects at a table.
Why’d ya do it??
Trish gives Lita a slight shove on her shoulder.
Huh?? (Pushes again)
Lita smiles, and flicks her head back, before speaking.
No. I’m just sick of all the attention being on Miss Perfect.
Lita gives Trish a shove back.
And y’know, the look on your face last night?? Priceless.
Trish scowls, and replies.
You little bitch.
With that, we get a cat fight, with the two divas rolling around the floor, pulling hair from each other, with officials, and wrestlers quickly appearing to pull them apart.
We then see Christian and Tyson Tomko pass by, with Christian grinning at what he’s seeing, trying his best Quagmire impression.
Giggidty, giggidty, goo … Y’know, I’ve had both of them.
Tomko then picks up a bottle of baby oil from the floor, and smiles too.
Christian nods, and Tomko proceeds to squeeze the baby oil onto everyone involved in the melee, with a couple of people slipping on the oil on the floor.
Now that … that’s how I roll.
Christian walks off, leaving Tomko, who enjoys the cat fight too much to notice that Christian has left the scene. Trish and Lita are pulled apart finally, as we fade off, back to ringside…
Rico vs. Rob Conway
Ron Simmons doesn’t join the other half of the tag team champions, one night after they won the belts. Rico has made a few adjustments to the title belt he has, with feathers around the rim, and glitter on the strap. The match is fairly short, with little to no action, as it consists of Rico being impressed with Conways physique, which Conway enjoys, as his ego is being massaged by the flamboyant tag team champion, but lets his guard down, and Rico catches him with a spin kick. Rico bows to the fans, and blows kisses, as he looks to go in for the kill on The Con Man. However, we then see a squad of Paparazzi rush down the sides of the aisle, and surround the ring, snapping Rico, with Rico being blinded by the strong flashes, and Conway takes the opportunity to roll Rico up, taking him by surprise, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Rob Conway @ 02:04
Conway rolls right out of the ring, having stole a win tonight. He takes a look at the paparazzi that now rush past him, and shouts at them to take a shot, but they completely ignore him, and run on.
Well … a- are you as confused right now as I am Coach??
Normally, I’m not J.R, what with your dementia, but right now?? I’m trying to figure out what the Paparazzi would want with a picture of Rico, and not me??
Get a grip Coach. What the hell where those Paparazzi doing here?? They didn’t look like they belonged here at all.
That’s true, nothing newsworthy ever happens in Tacoma.
Backstage, we see a shot of an angry looking Shawn Michaels walking, dressed for action, with J.R commenting that his match is coming up next.
In the parking lot, we see John Cena still waiting the arrival of Randy Orton…
Back into the arena…
**H-B-K** Shawn Michaels enters the arena at the top of the second hour, not his usual, jovial self, but instead, walks straight ahead, looking to the ring, making no expressions, and no salutes to the fans. Michaels slides into the ring, and asks for a mic, ahead of his match. The music dies down, and HBK gets ready to speak.
I guess the old Stone Cold Steve Austin saying rings true, doesn’t it?? DTA … don’t trust (fans join in)
HBK walks around, and s......s as he shakes his head.
Garrison Cade. I brought you to the dance kid. I trained you seven years ago, I got you a foot in this business. Thanks to me, you got a job in the WWE, and if it weren’t for me, you’d have been gone a LONG time ago.
HBK rubs his face, before speaking again.
But I stuck my neck out on the line, and saved your ass from being fired. Exactly one year ago, I gave you the opportunity to make a name for yourself, and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Chyna, X-Pac and most importantly, Triple H, by being associated with the DX name.
Small ‘DX’ chant.
Hell, I even dubbed you HB-Cade. I was trying to groom you Garrison. I was giving you the opportunity to take my place when the time was right. And after carrying you, and letting you thrive under my wing, and letting you make a name for yourself just by being linked with me for an entire year, you got greedy Garrison. But hey, what a difference a year makes, huh??
HBK then taps his brain, remembering something.
Oh, and by the way, Ric Flair?? You’re right, I’m greedy, I’m self absorbed, self obsessed, ego-maniacal … but I’ve got the right to be all the above.
But Garrison, you don’t have the right. You haven’t EARNED the right to think you’re a big shot around here. Not even close kid. You should count yourself lucky I didn’t just make you carry my jock.
‘OOOO’ from the fans.
And it’s evident that despite spending a year learning from me, you still haven’t developed a set. Because if you had, Garrison, you’d be out here right now, in my face. But instead, you’re showing the world the coward you really are, by hiding out in some cheap motel, watching Raw right now.
Michaels smirks, then speaks again.
So while you’re sticking a dollar bill down some cheap hookers thong, I’m out here pleading that you show up on Raw next week to explain yourself kid. And just so you don’t run off scared, I’m offering to stay at home next week.
Next week Cade. You explain yourself, and grow a set.
**WILD HORSES** Dinsmore and Flair enter the arena, with Flair holding a mic, as the pair walk down the ramp. The music cuts, as Flair begins to speak.
On behalf of Garrison Cade, Shawn Michaels, he accepts your invitation for you to keep your ground next week, and he will explain his actions. But as for Cade not growing a set in the entire time he was learning from you?? You’re wrong Michaels. Shawn, last night, Garrison Cade showed his balls, when he finally had enough of you holding him down!!!
Dinsmore takes the mic now, and speaks.
And Shawn … I’ve had enough of you holding OUR team mate down. And it’s time for you to pay the damn price.
Dinsmore hands Flair the mic back, before running and sliding into the ring.
Nick Dinsmore w/Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels
Fast paced match up, with HBK looking inspired this evening, playing off the backstabbing last night, showing plenty of fire and intensity in the early going, with his opponent struggling. Michaels dominates, coming close with a few near falls, before Dinsmore shows he’s not just a mid card act, and forces his way back into it, not needing the help of Ric Flair to do so. HBK makes a quick fight back after Dinsmore scores a two count with a reverse neck breaker, and a suplex, and this time, Flair does get involved to turn it around in The Prodigy favour.
Nick Dinsmore then takes control, and begins to go to work on the bad knee of Michaels, stemming from last nights match, where the Horsemen targeting The Showstoppers knee. Dinsmore tries to apply the Texas Cloverleaf on HBK, but smartly, Michaels makes it to the ropes, before the hold is locked on. Dinsmore then tries to go back to work on HBK knee, only for Michaels to counter the offence, and begin a comeback, showing the same fire that he did early on. Michaels ducks Dinsmore after being whipped into the ropes, coming back with a flying forearm, followed by a nip up, but struggles on his bad knee, putting the pain to the back of his mind, before Shawn hit’s the inverted atomic drops, a series of clotheslines, and vertical suplex, then climbs the ropes delivering the Flying Elbow!!!! Michaels now begins to tune up the band, sensing the end is near, BUT FLAIR JUMPS ONTO THE APRON!!!! Flair grabs the referees attention, just as Michaels scores with Sweet Chin Music … AND THEN … GARRISON CADE SLIDES IN THROUGH THE BACK OF THE RING … AND NAILS MICHAELS WITH THE RING BELL!!! Cade rolls Dinsmore over, onto HBK, and slides back out, with Flair jumping off the apron, allowing the referee to make the call … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Nick Dinsmore @ 09:13
Dinsmore defeats Michaels for the second time, but this time thanks to Cade!!! Cade and Flair get into the ring now, and begin to put to boots to Michaels, after playing a ruse on HBK, with Cade in the building the entire time. Flair locks in the Figure Four, as Cade slaps the face of Michaels, whilst Dinsmore slowly recovers from the Sweet Chin Music. Cade laughs, as does Dinsmore, whilst Michaels yells and groans in agony, when suddenly…
The Tacoma Dome erupts, as KANE saunters down the ramp, much to the shock of The Horsemen, who quickly tell Flair to release the hold, and make a run for it, which Flair instantly does, with the Horsemen quickly escaping out of the ring, and through the crowd, just as Kane makes it into the ring. The Big Red Machine doesn’t attend to Michaels, but just watches as The Horsemen scarper away from Kane.
I for one am pleased that Kane has come to Michaels aide here Coach, but the question has to be … why??
Why J.R?? Because Kane is an idiot. Who the hell does he think he is, coming out here and stopping the Horsemen’s plan?? He doesn’t own this show, he cant get away with things like this.
And that damn pack of dogs cant get away with three on one attacks like the one they just carried out.
But it had nothing to do with Kane!!!
In any event, we’ll try to get some answers from the big red monster when we come back.
A promo plays, hyping the return of THE KING OF THE RING tournament. It reveals that 8 Raw superstars and 8 Smackdown superstars will compete, with the tournament culminating on June 4th at the CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS.
We then return, with Eric Bischoff sitting in his office, looking into the camera, smiling.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as you just witnessed, this year sees the return of the prestigious King of the Ring tournament. And, as the package just preceding me revealed, eight Raw superstars and eight Smackdown superstars will compete for that honour … now, it is my responsibility to explain the format of this years competition … starting next Monday night on Raw, the opening two matches from the Raw side of the contest will take place. Then, the following week, the second two matches will be contested.
On the May 22nd edition of Raw, the Raw semi finals will take place, with the four winners here on Raw facing off in two singles matches, and those two winners will move on to the following week, and they will compete in the Raw Final, with that winner moving on to June 4th, at the Clash of the Champions to face his equal from Smackdown, to be crowned the winner of the 2006 King of the Ring.
Bischoff then takes a moment, and smiles, before speaking.
This coming Saturday, on wwe.com, I will reveal the eight men representing Raw in this prestigious tournament, and the Raw side of the King of the Ring draw will be made. That is all. Enjoy the evening.
The picture fades out, with Bischoff still smiling.
Another video package now plays … hyping the debut to Raw of a superstar by the name of CM PUNK. (Basically, the same promo that aired when Punk first began his vignettes to debut on ECW).
Back to the parking lot, and we see John Cena pacing around, wanting Orton to show, when the same random worker from earlier shows up.
Umm… Mister Cena??
Cena spins around, almost ready to strike the man.
What is it??
Err… Mister Bischoff has sent me to give you a message … concerning Randy Orton.
Cena grabs the man, and shoves him up against a shutter.
What about Orton??
He wanted me to tell you that Mister Orton still hasn’t completed his leave of absence.
Cena pushes the man into the shutter again.
And just what the hell is that supposed to mean??
The random worker looks on the brink of wetting his pants.
Last night … last night he just showed up. He informed Mister Bischoff earlier today that he wasn’t ready to return yet.
Cenas jaw locks, before he speaks again.
Randy Orton … is a dead man walkin.
Cena lets go of the worker, and storms off, whilst the random worker bends over, coughing hard.
5th Match: Women’s Championship Match:
Jillian Hall vs. Gail Kim
Quick match again, like most women’s matches, and most matches this evening. Kim gives a good showing, with it being far from a squash, but Hall is too early into her title reign to be shown up, and eventually comes through with the win, catching Gail unaware with the STO, resulting in a 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And STILL Women’s Champion - Jillian Hall @ 02:46
Hall parades with the belt, gaining a clean win, but puts herself over as a heel, with her attitude and body language, brushing off Gail Kim as the defeated challenger attempts a hand shake with the champion.
Backstage, Rey Mysterio, limping and looking in pain following last nights I Quit Match, approaches Eric Bischoff, who spots Rey coming, and quickly ends his phone call.
Rey Mysterio. How are you holding up after your loss last night??
Rey shakes his head, angry with Eric’s attitude.
I think you know Eric. Edge doesn’t deserve that briefcase, and you know it. I won it rightfully at WrestleMania, and I only quit last night for the sake of my son.
Bischoff smiles, and shakes his head.
You shouldn’t bring your kid to work then Rey. That’s your own fault.
Listen Eric, all I’m asking of you … is a rematch. One on one, with Edge, for the Money in the Bank contract. That’s the least I deserve.
Eric ponders for a moment.
The least you deserve huh?? No Rey, I think the least you deserve is to be told the truth. And the truth is, as long as I’m in charge, you’ll never get your hands on the Money in the Bank contract, and you’ll never get to live your dream of being a World Champion. Now (takes a look at his watch)
you’ve got a match VERY shortly, and I’d suggest you go and prepare for it.
We then hear laughing in the background, and see a s......ing Edge walk past, patting the MITB briefcase.
Good evening, Mister Bischoff.
Looking good Edge.
Edge walks on, laughing as he walks on, whilst Bischoff walks away from Rey, who looks irate.
We then move to Kelly Kelly, who has been given the unenviable task of trying to interview Kane.
Mister Kane?? Umm, would you err … care to explain … why you helped Shawn Michaels earlier??
Kane tilts his head, and looks at Kelly, who cowers a little, before feeling her hair. He strokes it, then shakes his head, refusing to give an interview, walking off, leaving Kelly looking a little freaked out.
We return, backstage, where Brock Lesnar, Edge, Carlito and Stacy Kiebler are standing, talking.
The way I see it guys, is that Brock and I lead the way.
I can live with that.
Good. Carlito, you just keep an eye on things, okay.
Carlito shakes his head, not happy.
I don’t think so. This plan doesn’t work for me. I’m not taking orders from either of you.
Lesnar then tries to intimidate Carlito, towering over him.
Edge then senses tension, and jumps in the middle, smiling, trying to ease the tension.
Carlito, you’ve gotta see it from our view point. You’re the weak link here. You haven’t won a match since WrestleMania dammit.
Yeah. And das more than you two put together at WrestleMania. Hell, it’s not like either of you have done much better lately. Brock Lesnar cant seem to win a title match if his life depended on it … and you?? You’ve got a briefcase because you held a kid at ransom. That?? Das not cool.
Both Edge and Lesnar seem irate, as Carlito stands his ground.
When we go out there, I’m your equal, or I’m walking out leaving you two to clean your own mess. Got it??
Neither Edge or Lesnar talk, as Carlito takes Stacy’s hand, and they storm off.
Into the arena…
**I SPIT IN THE FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL**
Carlito quickly enters the arena, with Stacy following him, as we prepare for the main event.
It’s the main event, six man tag, when we come back, don’t dare go away!!!
Christian, Tyson Tomko & Rey Mysterio vs. Brock Lesnar, Edge & Carlito w/Stacy Kiebler
Longest match of the night, but way shorter than recent main event matches on Raw since WrestleMania. Edge and Mysterio show the effects of their gruelling match from last night throughout the contest, both not 100% after taking a huge amount of punishment out on the other. Early on, Lesnar and Edge try to freeze out Carlito from getting involved, which pisses off CCC, and forces him to tag himself in, making a blind tag on Lesnar, as he goes at it with Tomko.
Carlito impresses with his turn in the ring, bringing his usual unique style as always, busting out his springboard moves, much to the fans pleasure. Carlito doesn’t play to the fans though, apart from one instance, where he winks after the double springboard moonsault, and mouths ‘Das cool’. Edge though, gets angry with the display, and makes a tag from Carlito, behind his back, taking it to Christian now, who is the legal man from that side.
Again, Edge and Lesnar freeze Carlito out, and the camera focuses in on Carlito, who argues with Edge at one point on the apron, but then, the match breaks down, after Christian nails the Frog Splash on Edge, but Lesnar breaks the count, which sends Rey and Tomko over the edge, and the match breaks down into a brawl. Carlito gets inside, and has the chance to make a difference for his team, but as he gets the chance to slide Edge the MITB briefcase … he smiles, and tells Edge to stick it, now leaving the ring, and proceeding up the ramp with Kiebler, as Edge goes nuts in the ring with CCC for leaving his team mates high and dry.
Edge now grabs the briefcase anyway, and sizes up Tomko for the shot, but Mysterio pushes Tomko out of the way, and Edge plows on through, NAILING LESNAR WITH THE CASE!!!! Brock falls to the outside of the ring, leaving Edge all alone, with Tomko hitting a big boot, sending Edge staggering into the ropes, with Tomko holding him down, as Rey delivers the 619!!! Edge staggers out from the ropes, and walks into the path of Christian, who turns him over AND DELIVERS THE UNPRETTIER!!! Christian hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Christian, Tyson Tomko & Rey Mysterio @ 11:01
The new world champion gets his title reign off to a flying start, with a tag team victory tonight over the MITB holder. Edge rolls out of the ring, leaving the three faces in the ring, with Christian and Mysterio - old rivals, shaking hands, before Mysterio leaves the ring, with Christian and Tomko celebrating, as the show goes off the air.
END OF SHOW
ROLLINS > REIGNS & AMBROSE
03-25-2007, 05:23 PM
The Patriot of WE
Join Date: Jul 2006
Re: Being The Booker
The Patriot’s Raw Review
First of all, let me say that I like the formatting of your show, with the text being nicely formatted and aligned to allow easy reading.
You open the show with a very well done promo featuring the new World Heavyweight Champion, Christian. I like the idea of having new World Heavyweight Champions shoot promos after they win to open up their reigns, and you used Christian well here. Playing off his previous relations with Edge, and pretty much recapping the history of his career in your federation was a good way to let me know how far he’s some as a new reader. It really made him seem credible. Edge came out to spoil the fun though, and some well written dialogue between Edge and Christian follows. Edge playing the Money in the Bank card was expected but effective, and Christian didn’t seem intimidated, which made him even more credible as a champion. This angle culminated with a Main Event that saw Christian pin Edge, an ending that I for one did not expect. Christian also was used well in the women’s promo between Lita and Trish, but I didn’t really care for the baby oil angle as it was a bit silly and unrealistic for baby oil to be poured on everyone. I think you have a fine World Heavyweight Champion, and I look forward to him feuding with Edge, Lesnar, Cena, and others as well.
The second biggest angle you’ve got going has to be the Cena vs. Orton feud. I like it, but I will point out that your writing with Cena does seem to be a bit off to me sometimes. Just some little words here and there that he used in your writing didn’t seem very realistic to me. I understand you are an experienced booker, so the Cena inaccuracy really surprised me to be honest. I think you may need to work on his character a bit if you’re planning on “giving him the mic” in his program with Orton. As far as the direction on the angle, I hope that Cena can conquer Orton, which in turn will propel him into a program with Christian for the title.
Another interesting angle is the developing Horsemen vs. D-Generation X feud. Garrison Cade and Nick Dismore are two very good athletes to throw into this picture, and combining them with Flair and Michaels makes for a very exciting, original, and unpredictable feud. I think you used Flair well on the mic, as well as Shawn Michaels. I haven’t watched a lot of Dismore or Cade, so I can’t really be a good judge as to their character accuracy, but I’ll give you the benefit of a doubt. This angle culminated with Garrison Cade costing Shawn Michaels a match with Nick Dismore, something that was predictable, but still very effective.
Shelton Benjamin, the Intercontinental Champion, also picked up a big win in a Triple-Threat contest. Mr. Kennedy and Rhyno were good opponents, and after a tremendous effort from all three men, Benjamin managed to retain after nailing Rhyno with the T-Bone Exploder. This is classic WWE booking, with the champion winning bout after bout, but I can’t say I’m a fan of it here. Benjamin was put over by the contest, but I can’t really say I like the idea of this match. I’d have booked it as a non-title contest, although a title defense gives Benjamin more credibility. This is of course, a matter of opinion, as putting Benjamin over very well could have been your purpose.
Overall, this was a very effective and well written show, with just a few kinks that kept it from being perfect. Your writing with Cena was the primary negative that stuck out to me, and I didn’t care for the baby oil angle, but other than that, everything was solid. I wish you the best as your project continues.
My BTB, WWE: ALL GROWN UP, has just started, and I would be honored if you’d like to return a review.
Overall Grade – 83/100
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03-25-2007, 06:01 PM
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Re: Being The Booker
Interesting show, very interesting show as we fallout from Backlash. Just a few things I would like to comment on as usual.
John Cena waiting for Orton can only take up one show. By my calculations, Cena still has to wait three weeks for Orton to show up. The awkwardness of all of this is that Cena lost the title last night, and he was not that concerned. If I remember correctly, Orton interfered so it does make some sense. Cena vs. Orton is my favorite fued of all time, so I hope you can keep it that way.
Rey losing the Money in the Bank was cheap, but Eric does not care. Seems to me that something is going to happen here because he was harsh with Rey.
Edge and Christain has been done in this thread, and every other, but as long as it is short, I am fine with it. Christian still does not have a clear challenger as Lesnar and Edge are the two closeset people.
Shelton Benjamin is the Intercontinental Champion, awesome.
I am upset that AFA has to disband soon. This was my favorite team on Smackdown, but now as they fall apart, they are champions and will be for a short time.
Now, I understand Cade turning on HBK, and I could see it a mile away, but the problem I have with it is that HBK is now face, and Cade is now heel. Shawn Michaels' first feud as a face is against ... Garrison Cade. I would expect it to be against a big name to be dramatic. I thought DX was going to reform with Smackdown members, guess that is not happening.
Good show as always, just some questionable points.
03-26-2007, 01:44 AM
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Re: Being The Booker
The show kicks off with Christian, the NEW Champion haha! Good words from Christian, nothing over the top really, just stating he's here for any challenger. Edge? NIce promo between the two, Edge trying to play games with Christian as to when he'll use the MITB, and Lesnar now shows up, and now Bischoff! Big main event made, but no Cena? Hmm...
Squashes to kick off the show are not great, especially when it happened last week aswell. Hopefully next week the squash can be sandwiched in the middle
Cena doesn't seem too bothered he just lost the title TBH. I guess he's gonna be obsessed with beating up Orton now, but he'll be back for his title shot later this year no doubt
Nice IC title match and Shelton beats two very credible opponents in Rhyno and Kennedy. I can see these two sticking around for another chance at his belt perhaps, Shelton as IC Champ is gonna be cool
Horsemen seem to have something up their sleeve for HBK, but I wonder what it is?
Trish/Lita might get a mini angle to work with from here, gotta love Christian's attempt at Quagmire and then Tomko with the baby oil lol. Funny
Another mehish match, Conway beats Rico, but the Paparazzi can only mean one thing, that MNM is coming for the AFA
HBK wants an explanation from Cade, and here come the Horsemen. HBK promo was tops, and now it seems we have the match between Michaels & Dinsmore
Pretty good ending, although I could sense it coming, as Cade shows up and cowardly helps Dinsmore to a victory. HBK really needs some support against this trio, otherwise he's gonna be outgunned the entire feud this continues. KANE! WHOA! The Big Red Machine saves Michaels! What the hell is this about?
KOTR returning is awesome, I dunno who's gonna win it. Maybe Kennedy?
Cena still looking for Orton it seems, and the news from the worker isn't good as Cena really seems like he's gonna kill Orton the first chance he gets
I don't like Hall as the champ, as she had no credible build towards the Six Pack match at Backlash and just won it out of the blue. She goes over a girl who I always felt deserved more in Gail Kim, interesting to see where her next challenge will come from
Rey is shat on by Bischoff, something's cooking here, with a possible storyline developing from this. Edge walking by = priceless asskissing between him and Eric
Kane says nothing to Kelly, just strokes her hair and walks off...weird...
Tension between the heels, a possible face turn on the way for Carlito?
The faces win a good match and Christian is able to pin Edge! That's a big moment, how will Edge react to that? Edge blasting Lesnar with the case may cause friction between those two aswell
Alot of stuff happening tonight, sorta guess as you go show, and entertaining to say the least. 8.5/10
03-28-2007, 10:35 AM
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Re: Being The Booker
Just ten days will separate us from Judgment Day as Smackdown rolls into Spokane, and Paul Heyman has put together a stacked line upin preparation for another Thunderous Thursday night.
During his brief spell as interim General Manager last summer, Paul Heyman introduced a concept known as 'Pick Your Poison'. Tonight, the General Manager revives the concept, as Kurt Angle and WWE Champion, Chris Benoit pick each others opponents, just ten days away from their steel cage confrontation in less than two weeks. Which Smackdown superstars will the two men call upon this Thursday night??
For the fourth week running, Kid Kash and Tajiri will attempt to complete a Cruiserweight Championship match. For the past three weeks, the two men have been interrupted and unable to finish their title match. The recently debuting Mexicools have been the instigators of these attacks in the past two weeks, but will they strike for a third time this week??
Last week, Triple H carried out a devastating attack on Paul London, putting the Smackdown 'Golden Boy' back on teh shelf. This thursday, Triple H will comment on his attack, and will we find out if London can even make it to Judgment Day, given the severe attack last week??
Paul London wasnt the only man to be at the hands of a dispicable attack last week. The United States Champion, Matt Hardy suffered at the hands of Charlie Haas, who snapped on Hardy during a tag team match before promotly challenging The US Champion to put his title on the line against him. Will Hardy even make it to Smackdown to answer the challenge??
The Rock and JBL have waged war in the last few weeks, resulting in a match being signed between them at Judgment Day. Will the two goliaths collide this week on Smackdown as the road to Judgment Day hits high gear??
Finally, Chris Jericho will attempt to 'tune up' for Judgment Day, as he takes on Smackdown new boy, Brent Albright in a Casket Match. Albright already holds one victory over The self proclaimed 'King of the World', but with Jericho now fully focused on Judgment Day, will Albright stand any chance in a Casket Match??
I'll post the SD recap tomorrow at some point. Heading to the N. Ireland match tonight
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03-29-2007, 02:48 PM
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Re: Being The Booker
Sorry for the double post, but it's been over a day since the last post...
Smackdown; May 4th; Spokane:
We kick off the show with the first Pick Your Poison Match of the evening, pitting Kurt Angle against Chris Benoits choice. Angle waits in the ring, as Benoit appears on the tron, and introduces - THE ROCK!!!
The Rock and Kurt Angle provide a tremendous contest, even to the wire, with Angle kicking out of the Rock Bottom, and Rock kicking out of the Angle Slam, as well as avoiding the Anklelock throughout. After the Rock Bottom, Rock looks to have the upper hand, and delivers a spine buster, looking for the Peoples Elbow, but as he runs off the ropes, he spots The Basham Brothers running to the ring, and knocks them off as they jump onto the apron. Then, Jamie Noble tries to slip in through the back door, getting the referees attention, which allows JBL to appear from under the apron, and slips Angle a steel chain, which Angle wraps around his hand. Rock turns back around, and looks to pick Angle up, but Kurt clocks him with the chain, and throws it to JBL again, as Noble leaves the ring, with Angle hooking the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Angle quickly leaves the ring, whilst JBL confidently steps inside, and rolls up his sleeves, kicking The Rock, before Danny and Doug hold the Great One up, allowing JBL to flatten him with a Clothesline from Hell, sending a message to his Judgement Day opponent.
Following a commercial break, we get a pre-taped looking promo from RVD, who basically calls out Sabu, wanting Sabu to prove himself as the homicidal, genocidal, suicidal maniac he claims to be, by showing up and facing him toe to toe at Judgment Day.
Backstage, we see Chris Jericho warming up for his ‘Judgement Day tune up match’ against Brent Albright later this evening.
Charlie Haas squashes a local jobber, winning via submission, but after the match, he refuses to let go, until MATT HARDY sprints to the ring, and tries to gain some revenge on Haas, who quickly exit’s the ring, and escapes up the ramp, as Hardy takes a mic, and tells Haas that he’s on for Judgment Day with the US Title on the line.
Josh Matthews interviews AMW backstage, with Harris and Storm all business, talking about their next challengers, The Spirit Squad. Just before they wrap up the interview though, we start to hear a horn, and we then see Nicky of the Spirit Squad blow the horn into The Wildcats ear, before running off, with AMW irate. Storm then finishes up the interview saying “If I didn’t already say it - Spirit Squad, I’m sorry bout your damn luck!!”
For the fourth consecutive week, Kid Kash and Tajiri attempt to finish their Cruiserweight Championship match, which has been interrupted for three weeks running. Again though, it appears they wont get their wish, as The Mexicools drive to the ring on their John Deers, BUT, as they look set to pounce on the ring, KIDMAN, KENDRICK, SCOTTY, AKIO, JAMIE NOBLE, FUNAKI, ULTIMO DRAGON ALL RUN TO THE RING!!! Faces and heels unite, to take on The Mexicools, and they run the trio off through the crowd, allowing Kash and Tajiri to finally settle the score, with Kash picking up the win with the Dead Level, retaining his title.
Triple H cuts a promo in the ring, following the attack on Paul London last week. He talks about having the chance to finish off London once and for all last week, but decided to leave just enough of him so he had a chance to show at JD. HHH then says London has a choice now - save himself from torture and stay away, or show up and have the choice be taken away forever. The Game insists that London not show at Judgment Day, or he wont have anything to live for once it’s all said and done.
Backstage, Steve Romero conducts an interview with The Rock, who is deadly serious throughout, telling JBL he has now stepped up, and will find out that he cant hang with the best at Judgment Day when he feels the wrath of The Rock.
Jericho faces off with Brent Albright in a Casket Match as a warm up, beating him. Afterward Jericho celebrates however from the casket that Albright was stuffed in just a few moments ago, Undertaker emerges. Jericho bails through the crowd as UT gets into the ring.
Backstage, Kid Kash rounds up all of the Cruiserweight guys, and thanks them for coming together to kick out The Mexicools. He then says they need to stick together until they rid Smackdown of them for good. Just as he says that, Chavo Guerrero steps into the picture, and Kash stops him, asking Chavo where he was. Chavo responds, saying he doesn’t want to get involved, and walks off, leaving Kash looking disgusted.
Backstage, we see Paul Heyman pass by Chris Benoit. The two share an awkward glance, before Heyman begins to walk off, laughing maniacally.
In the main event, Chris Benoit waits patiently in the ring for his opponent. Angle then enters the stage, to join commentary, and on his way down, introduces his hand picked opponent for Benoit - TRIPLE H.
Benoit and The Game go at it in another decent match, but much shorter than their recent contests, with Angle constantly on Benoits mind. Benoit locks in the Crossface, but Angle leaves commentary, and pulls the referee out of the ring, which infuriates Benoit, who chases Angle around the ring, and back inside, but runs straight into HHH, who clobbers Benoit with a clothesline, and follows up with a Pedigree, 1...2...3!!!
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 United States Championship Match:
Matt Hardy vs. Charlie Haas
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
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03-30-2007, 01:31 AM
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Re: Being The Booker
Good job with the SmackDown! recap Wolf, really did a nice one this week. Alot of quality matches have been made for JD, so it should be a sweet PPV. Rock/JBL, Hardy/Haas, Benoit/Angle, London/HHH, AMW/SS and Taker/Jericho all got the build here, as did the continuation of the Mexicools vs CW division, this time however the rest of the Cruisers helped out and Kash finally gets the win over Tajiri. Chavo might allign himself with them however, after what he said.
Judgment Day is looking great, will it be in full, or recapped like Backlash was?
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