Re: Being The Booker
On the Pre-show Heat;- Chris Masters defeats The Hurricane in his Masterlock Challenge to the Raw locker room.
- Finlay defeats Hardcore Holly with the Celtic Cross @ 05:12 to even the scores for both rosters heading into the PPV.
… AND NOW …
WWE Clash of the Champions:
Date: 4th June 2006
Location: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO
Event Music: Muse; Knights of Cydonia
… Opening Video …
We see black and white images of war goings on, explosions etc.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: I have seen war …
Shots of Raw and Smackdown brawling.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: … and I hate war.
Shots of Raw jumping Smackdown at Judgment Day, inside the steel cage.
Eric Bischoff: Paul Heyman!!! Think of this as strike one!!!
More clips of Raw dominating SD at Judgment Day.
Eric Bischoff: Never doubt Eric Bischoff.
Back to black and white war images.
A bible quote then appears on the screen…
“All they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword” - Matthew
Clips are shown of Smackdown retaliating on Raw.
Paul Heyman: Now Eric … now, it’s fun time.
More shots of Smackdown gaining revenge, and Bischoff looking on in awe.
Paul Heyman: Check mate.
Shots are shown of Raw superstars and Smackdown superstars in battle.
Another quote is shown on the screen…
“An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Clips are shown of last years War Games Match at Survivor Series, and we hear commentary - very quick voiceovers from it, before we hear more words from the General Managers…
Paul Heyman: An event so important - because it will define who really is a greater leader. The brains behind ECW … or the man behind the cheque book of WCW.
Eric Bischoff: To compare you’re little run down, circus show in Philly bingo halls to my global enterprise, is quite frankly insulting, and complete propaganda.
More clips of Raw and Smackdown stars battling it out, and running in, interfering each others matches.
“In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity.” Winston Churchill
Shots of Heyman and Bischoff standing face to face in the ring at SNME.
Paul Heyman: For us, this WILL be bigger than any superbowl, bigger than any ECW Pay Per View, bigger than any WCW Pay Per View, bigger than any superstar contract signing, for the simple reason that there WILL be a definite winner, and a definite loser.
Eric Bischoff: ECW was NEVER in the league of WCW, much like Smackdown being totally out of Raws league.
Shots of Raw dominating Smackdown
“In war there is no prize for the runner-up.” General Omar Bradley
Shots of Smackdown dominating Raw
Paul Heyman: No ‘best of luck’ handshake, no pre-match chit chat, or any ‘may the best team win’ BS. It’s personal … it’s DAMN personal.
Eric Bischoff: Good luck … you’ll need all the luck in the world to beat MY Raw brand.
Flashing shots of Benoit and Christian fighting it out, followed by shots of Angle and Michaels, before RVD and Sabu, then Cena and Orton as the next set of voiceovers continues.
Paul Heyman: We will stand together as one!!!
Eric Bischoff: Smackdown will fall at the knees of the superior brand.
Paul Heyman: Forget your feelings for one another, because we are all fighting for the same cause.
Eric Bischoff: Raw has the best talent, best General Manager, best support of this company, THE A SHOW!!!
Paul Heyman: Don’t do this for me … don’t do this for the fans, or your family. Do this selfishly … do this for yourselves!!!
Eric Bischoff: You’ve been lucky for the last two years, but on June 4th, the luck runs out!!!
More shots from last years War Games.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: I have seen war …
Paul Heyman: In nominee patris…
Shots of Raw and Smackdown brawling.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: … and I hate war.
Paul Heyman: … et spiritus sancti
Final shot of the two General Managers standing across the ring from each other as flashes of the brawling is shown, as the video comes to an end.
… AND NOW … PLAYSTATION 2 PRESENTS A RAW VERSUS SMACKDOWN PRODUCTION … WWE CLASH … OF THE CHAMPIONS!!!
The camera pans around the arena, as we see the two rings set up in anticipation for War Games tonight. One ring is set up exactly like the Raw ring, with red ropes, and the black apron, whilst the second ring is set up exactly like the SD ring, with blue ropes, and silver apron.
The camera focuses in on the War games cage, as J.R begins to speak.
Jim Ross: The Kemper Arena has been sold out for weeks, in anticipation for the third annual Clash of the Champions!!! The most unique event on the WWE calendar is on the air. Raw battles Smackdown, and in the spirit of this cross promotional event, I am joined by my Smackdown colleague, Tazz.
Tazz: This is it J.R. The most anticipated Clash of the Champions that I can think of. It’s nice to be sitting next to a legend like yourself J.R, but make no mistake, I’m pulling solidly for Smackdown!!!
Jim Ross: Absolutely, and I’ll be trying to keep as unbiased as possible, but Raw is my show, and I’m pulling for the Monday night crew!!! Seven titanic battles in store tonight, including the three clash of champions match ups.
Tazz: Damn right. The tag champions from both shows go at it, U.S Champ meets the Intercontinental Champion, and lets not forget, World Champion versus World Champion!! Where else does this happen!!!???
Jim Ross: Nowhere at all Tazz. You can only see champions face champions on this event. But it’s perhaps bigger than champion vs. champion tonight. The King of the Ring is back and will be decided tonight, and of course, War Games, the hellish structure makes it’s gruesome return, seven months since it last reared itself at the Survivor Series.
Tazz: I watched it at ringside last November J.R. It aint no picnic, I’ll tell ya that, it’s gonna get ugly, real quick.
Jim Ross: No doubt about it. We are also joined by our Spanish colleagues, it’s Hugo and Carlos!!!
Tazz: Time to learn some Spanish!!!
Hugo and Carlos talk for a moment before…
Kurt Angle steps out, onto the stage, which has two entrances, one for SD, resembled with the big fist above it.
Jim Ross: And can you think of a better match to kick off the proceedings?? The match that ended last years Clash of the Champions event opens this year!!! My own personal match of the year last year gets a sequel!!!
Tazz: You want wrestling at it’s finest, you’re getting it J.R. And if this is what we have to start with, MAN, what the hell can we expect to follow it!!!
Jim Ross: Strap yourself in Tazz, this night is about to take off!!!
Shawn Michaels enters from the Raw side of the entrance, resembled with a big Raw sign, in the shape of the Raw titan tron.
Jim Ross: Listen to the ovation!!! Shawn Michaels has come to Kansas tonight hell bent on evening the score with a certain Kurt Angle, and by Gawd, he looks ready for a war tonight!!!
Tazz: This aint gonna be no sprint either J.R. It took forty minutes for a breakthrough between these two last year in that epic Iron Man Match. This could be another one for the ages.
Michaels steps into the ring, and lets off his pyro, and begins to take off his shiny ring attire, when Angle jumps him before the bell!!!
McMahons Choice Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
The Match is officially underway, with Angle immediately on the offence, on an unaware Michaels. The Olympian pounds HBK in the corner, with over hand right hands, straight to the face, taking it to the Showstopper. Angle stops, and grabs HBK by the face, bad mouthing his opponent, before slapping the taste out of his mouth.
Michaels staggers out of the corner, but Angle doesn’t let up, still firing right hands. He whips Michaels off the ropes, and ducks down, but does so too early, as HBK comes back off the ropes, and connects with a kick to Angle, forcing him to shoot back up. The Showstopper bounces off the ropes himself, but as he comes back off, he runs right into the path of Kurt Angle, who catches HBK, and tries to hit a Belly to Belly, but Michaels desperately punches free, knowing he cant take a big move so early on, and is successful in fighting free.
Kurt Angle moves backwards, with Michaels making a move towards his opponent, striking him across the chest with a knife edge chop. Angle shoots his arms to his chest, feeling the sensation on his chest. Michaels pulls Angles arm away, and strikes again, this time with Angle turning away from the sting of the chop, allowing Shawn Michaels to take him by surprise and roll him up, 1...2...Angle rolls out!!!
The two men reach their feet, but Angle is first to strike, knocking Michaels down with a running clothesline. The Olympian takes a look around Kansas, before stomping HBK in the face. He pulls HBK up by his hair, and strikes with an uppercut, sending Michaels staggering back into the corner. Kurt Angle follows in, and scores with a right hand, before whipping HBK across the ring, to the opposite corner, but as he reaches, Michaels kips up on the ropes, pushing himself back over Kurt Angle as he runs in behind, and Angle hit’s the corner, sternum first.
He backs out, and into another roll up from Michaels, 1...2...Kick Out!!!
Again, Angle jumps up, and charges at Michaels, but this time, Shawn catches him with a boot to the midsection. Angle staggers back, and into the ropes, clearly winded from the kick. Michaels runs at Angle, but the Gold Medallist plays possum, and quickly low bridges the top rope, with Michaels sailing over the top, crashing to the mat below!!!
Angle follows out, dropping down off the apron, smiling, and looking around, as HBK crawls across the mats, trying to regain his bearings. Kurt stomps on the back of HBK, and then listens to the Nick Patrick, who has counted to three already. Angle drags Shawn Michaels up, and rams him into the side of the ring, bringing a look of deep pain to the face of HBK.
The Olympian pulls Michaels away from the side of the ring again, before quickly ramming him back against it, this time forcing a deep moan from the hurt opponent. Angle backs away, before coming back towards HBK, and nails him with a big uppercut forearm. Michaels slumps down, whilst Kurt Angle looks down at his adversary, who looks to be in a world of hurt at this point in time, after a short, but effective attack from Angle.
He pulls HBK up by the hair once again, and talks some trash, before he whips Michaels into the steel steps, then breaks the referee’s ten count, at the count of nine, and rolls back out to the outside, getting on Michaels. Angle stomps HBK, and begins to fire at Michaels with a succession of strong right hands to the face of the Heart Break Kid. Kurt stays on The Showstopper, not giving him a chance to recuperate, and drags him to the steps, where he bounces Shawn’s head off them, before he whips Michaels into the barrier. Again, Angle is forced to break the referee’s ten count, this time at six, before rolling back out. He clubs the back of the Showstopper repeatedly, at least half a dozen times, then picks him up, and drops HBK, ribs first onto the barricade. Michaels staggers around the ringside area, gasping for air, as Angle follows.
Kurt bounces Michael’s head off the steps again, before rolling Michaels back into the ring, and goes for his first cover of the match immediately, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Angle doesn’t seem worried at all, and picks up HBK slowly, before striking him with a right hand, knocking him back down again. Angle stomps on the ankle of HBK, and tries to drag Michaels around the ring, appearing to be starting work on Michaels ankle, in preparation for the ankle lock but HBK kicks Kurt away, only Angle to come right back at him, tenaciously grabbing the legs, but HBK shows a lot of strength, and kicks Kurt away, with the velocity taking Angle through the middle rope, and out to the floor.
Shawn Michaels takes a moment to get back to a vertical base, whilst Angle pulls himself up on the barrier, looking a little dazed, after being kicked out of the ring seconds ago by his opponent. In the ring, HBK is back up, and walks toward the ropes, looking in the direction of Angle, before using the ropes to elevate himself into the air, diving to the outside at Angle for a Pescado, and scores, taking Kurt Angle down!!!
Kemper Arena comes alive, with both men down on the mats, with the official beginning his ten count, …1……2……3……4……5……6… Shawn Michaels begins to stir, and tries to quickly re-enter the ring in order to break the referees count. Michaels rolls inside, and back out again, forcing the referee to start his count once again.
HBK pulls Angle up by his singlet, before releasing a vicious chop across the chest of Angle, with the Olympian backing against the barricade. Michaels tries again, with another chop, but Angle moves, and Shawn misses. Now Angle corners HBK against the barrier, and opens up with a chop of his own, before grabbing Michaels arm, and whips him into the steel steps.
Kurt Angle now rolls into the ring, and breaks the officials count, before rolling back out again, forcing Nick Patrick to start his count over again. Angle stalks his enemy, who crawls around ringside, trying to regain his bearings. Kurt kicks HBK in the ribs, forcing a groan from the Showstopper. Angle strikes again with another kick to the ribs, with Michaels rolling over, grabbing his ribs, feeling the excruciating pain. Nick Patrick pleads with Kurt Angle to get the match back inside the ring, but Angle replies, telling the referee to ‘Shut Up’, before kicking his adversary once more in the ribs.
Shawn Michaels continues to crawl away, trying to recover, but Angle remains focused and driven to inflict as much damage to Michaels as possible, and picks him up, before rolling Shawn back inside the ring. Angle follows, and bears down immediately on HBK, not allowing Shawn any time to get his breath back at this point. Kurt clubs the back of Michaels, before pulling his opponent back to his feet, backing HBK into the ropes, before whipping him off the opposite side, and knocks him down with a reverse elbow. Angle hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out from Michaels. Kurt Angle looks at the official, before pushing Michaels shoulders down again, 1...2...Kick Out.
Kurt Angle looks a little frustrated, as he pulls The Showstopper back to his feet, and looks to connect with a right hand, but HBK blocks, and strikes Angle across the chest with a chop. Kansas responds with a WOOO, with Angle clutching his chest, before coming back at Michaels with a chop of his own, getting the same reaction from the fans, with a WOOO, and the same from Michaels, who clutches his chest too, feeling the impact of Kurt Angles knife edge chop.
Shawn staggers around the ring, then delivers another chop, HARD to his opponent, again getting a WOOOOO. Angle drops to a knee, but soon gets up and chops The Heart Break Kid back, with another WOOOO from Kemper Arena. Michaels clutches his chest again, then fires back with another chop of his own. Kurt hit’s a chop, Shawn fires one back, one from Angle, one from Michaels, then a HUGE chop to the Showstopper, sends Michaels down. Each chops is met with the same WOOOOOOOO response from Kansas, who find it hard to keep up with the back and forth chops in the early going, followed by a small round of applause is heard after the chop fest. Angle backs HBK into the ropes, whipping him to the opposite side, but as Michaels comes back, he ducks an attempted clothesline, and as Angle runs back at him, HBK leaps over Angle, and goes for SWEET CHIN MUSIC … but Angle ducks under, and goes for the ANGLE SLAM … but Michaels lands on his feet, then rolls Angle up, 1...2...Kick Out.
Kurt jumps up, and takes down a running Shawn Michaels with a drop toe hold, and tries to quickly apply the Anklelock, but Michaels manages to counter, and tries to grab Angles ankle, going for the submission himself, but The Olympian scarpers to the ropes, and rolls out of the ring, to get a breather, taking abuse from the fans for chickening out of the ring. In the ring, Shawn Michaels tries to rile Angle by going towards the ropes, and holding them open for Kurt to enter the ring. The crowd pops, but Kurt Angle is furious, and he kicks the barrier in frustration. Angle re-enters the ring, at the count of eight, but immediately slides back out, taking more time to think, which gets some serious heat from the rabid audience.
Michaels shakes his head, and shakes his finger to the fans as if to say, not this time, and immediately drops down, and rolls out of the ring, to come after Angle to stop the stalling. Michaels comes after him, but Angle keeps his distance, running around the ring, before sliding back in, being followed by Michaels, but it appears it was an elaborate plan from Angle, as HBK slides in, he is stomped by Kurt Angle.
The Olympian is relentless, in his attack on Michaels, as he drags the Heart Break Kid back to his feet, before executing a gut wrench suplex. Angle floats over into a lateral press, 1...2...Michaels shifts his shoulder up. Instantaneously, the Olympian wraps his legs around the waist of The Showstopper, applying a body scissors. The camera focuses in on the face of HBK, who looks to be gasping for air, with Angle taking the wind from him, and blocking any hopes of Michaels of taking any deep breaths. The Kansas fans get behind the Showstopper, starting a H-B-K chant, willing him on to break free.
Michaels starts to shake his arms, showing the fans he’s still in it, refusing to quit at such an early stage, showing his desire to overcome Angle. Michaels begins throwing elbows into Angle, wherever he can strike, in order to break the submission. Angle begins to struggle to keep the hold locked in tight, with HBK showing his ability to never say die. After a succession of sharp elbows, Michaels manages to make Angle break his grip, and the body scissors have been released, allowing Michaels to breathe once again.
Kurt Angle attempts to lock the hold in again, but this time, HBK elbows him away instantly, stopping the grasp of the Gold Medallist. Michaels gets on his knees, and throws three unanswered shots to the bread basket of his opponent, who stands up fully. Angle looks to be taken by surprise with the punches to the stomach, and bends down, unintentionally inviting HBK to throw a shot to his jaw, sending the Gold medallist backwards into the ropes.
Michaels now gets to his feet, and meets Angle with a knife edge chop, and a second, before whipping him off the ropes, and knocks Kurt down with a dropkick. Michaels hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Angle rolls onto his front, and holds his mouth, as Shawn Michaels reaches up on the ropes, back to his feet, running his fingers through his hair. He drags Angle back up, but the Olympian takes HBK by surprise, with an inside cradle, 1...2...Kick Out!!!
HBK jumps up, but Angle ducks a clothesline, and tries to backslide Shawn, but surprisingly, it’s Michaels who wins this tussle, getting the backslide on Angle instead, 1...2...Angle slides out. Right away, HBK is up, and he takes Kurt Angle over with an Oklahoma roll, 1...2... … Angle counters, 1...2... … Michaels kicks out!!!
They both rise to their feet, but Michaels is first to react, running under Angle, before taking him down with a Victory Roll, 1...2... … Angle rolls through, 1...2...Shoulder goes up. HBK then breaks the hold, and rolls up Kurt Angle, 1...2... … The Olympian rolls through, 1...2... … HBK counters into a bridge, 1...2... … Angle pushes up, and uses his strength to power out of the bridge, then backslides The Showstopper, 1...2...Kick Out. HBK flips out, and rolls up Angle, 1...2...Kick Out!! Both men jump to their feet, and get a massive ovation from Kemper Arena.
Both Angle and Michaels take a moment to look around the arena, but Angle tries to take Michaels off guard, and goes for a clothesline, but Michaels ducks and takes Angle down with a headlock takedown, pushing the shoulders down for a lateral press, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Kurt Angle powers back out, and to his feet, but is met with a slap from The Showstopper, and quickly takes him with an inside cradle, 1...2...Kick Out!!!
Angle shoots up, but has his leg chopped down, by HBK, who covers him, 1...2...Angle shoots his shoulder up. Angle gets up, but has Michaels going for a crucifix pin, however, Angle thinks quickly, and runs into the corner, breaking himself free. Michaels staggers out, and walks into the path of Kurt Angle who goes behind, and rolls Michaels up with a school boy, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Shawn barely kicks out in time, and quickly gets to his feet, but Angle looks to be a little bit quicker at this early stage, and manages to get a victory roll, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Michaels again barely kicks out, and gets up, but is taken down with a double leg takedown, and The Gold Medallist gets a bridged cover, 1...2...Kick Out!!!
Shawn manages to push a shoulder up in the nick of time, and Angle breaks his grip, allowing HBK back to his feet. Kurt Angle runs at Michaels, but is stopped in his tracks with a kick to the mid section. HBK backs into the ropes, charging back out, and leaping over Angle, rolling through with a sunset flip, 1...2... Angle rolls a shoulder up. Angle rolls towards the ropes, with Michaels ready to strike, but smartly, The Olympian grabs the ropes, giving himself a short rest bite from the on form Heart Break Kid.
Nick Patrick forces HBK back, with the fans starting a ‘bullshit’ chant, not impressed with Kurt Angle trying to slow the match down. Michaels backs off, before catching Angles eye, telling Kurt to ‘Come on’. Angle tells HBK to ‘Go f*ck yourself’ before being forced to release the ropes, with Patrick handing out a mandatory five count. Angle releases at four, but starts arguing with the official, which allows HBK to strike, with a chop to the chest of Angle.
Kurt fires back immediately with a rake to the eyes, which force Michaels to stagger around the ring for a few moments, allowing Angle to take advantage, gripping HBK from behind, and scores with a German Suplex!!! … But Angle isn’t done yet. He holds on, and drags Michaels up, executing a second German Suplex … and STILL holds on!!! Angle pulls Shawn Michaels up once more, and this time nails a release German Suplex, with HBK thudding against the canvas!!!!!
Angle, on his knees, looks around the arena with a sick smile on his face, before hooking the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Kurt pounds the mat three times, looking at the referee, as if to say he needs to count faster.
Angle gets to his feet, and starts to stalk Michaels, who begins to push himself up onto all fours, looking to make a recovery. Angle grows impatient, and decides to pull HBK up by his tights to his feet. Angle grips Michaels from the back again, setting up for a German Suplex, but this time, The Showstopper elbows at The Olympian, freeing himself from the vice like grip, and counters, taking Angle over with a hip toss.
Angle sits up, but HBK pushes him down, covering for a count, 1...2...Kick Out from The Olympian. Michaels gets to his feet, and drags Angle up with him, pushing Kurt into the ropes, and going for a whip, but Angle counters, and sends Michaels into the ropes instead, catching him upon his return, and without hesitation, Angle connects with a Belly to Belly suplex!!! Cover, 1...2... Michaels shoots his shoulder up!!! Angle looks frustrated by the never say die attitude of his opponent, and takes his frustration out on Michaels, choking the Heart Break Kid. Nick Patrick is forced to issue a mandatory five count, with Kurt breaking at four, before immediately choking again.
This time, Patrick issues the count much quicker, with Kurt again waiting until the count of four to release the illegal choke. Angle gets back up, and stomps his wounded opponent three times, before pulling Michaels back to his feet. Kurt whips him off the ropes, but as he goes for a back body drop, HBK rolls over, going behind Angle. Angle turns around, and is struck with another knife edge chop, with perspiration flying across the ring off the chest, before Shawn whips Angle off the ropes. Michaels ducks down, but this backfires, as Angle bounces back off the ropes, and comes back with a running knee lift, knocking Michaels right back down.
Kurt stays on Michaels, and pulls the woozy opponent back to a vertical base, before hooking him up, and delivering a vertical suplex. Angle floats over into a hook of the near leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Angle gets to his feet, and again mouths off at the referee, before he patiently waits for HBK to get to his feet, and as he does, Angle charges him into the corner, driving his shoulder into Michaels abdomen … and a second time … and a third. Kurt backs away for a moment, before striking Shawn with an uppercut forearm. Angle follows up with a chop, before planting HBK three time with blistering right hands, before Michaels turns the tables, pulling Angle into the corner, and throwing some shots of his own, only for Angle to come back with a knee straight into the abdominal region of the Showstopper.
Angle switches the positions again, reversing Michaels back into the corner, and throws a few right hands, before pulling Michaels out of the corner, and whips him off the ropes, but HBK ducks the clothesline, and a second time, before coming back off the ropes again, and connecting Angle with the flying forearm!!!
Immediately, Shawn Michaels nips up, much to the fans approval. He gets Kemper Arena up on its feet, with the ‘Come on’ signal aimed at his year long nemesis. HBK watches as Angle uses the ropes to reach his feet once more, and Shawn follows up, scooping Angle up, and delivering a front slam. He then waves it off, before climbing the ropes. As soon as The Heart Break Kid reaches the top rope though, Kurt Angle darts up to his feet, and in the blink of an eye, he shoots to the top rope, AND HIT’S A BELLY TO BELLY OFF THE TOP ROPE!!!!!
The crowd roars in approval, with both men down again. Once again, the referee begins a mandatory double count out, even though a double count out would only add confusion to a match like this … 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 5 … 6 … 7 … 8 … (Angle crawls over towards Michaels, hooking the leg) …
Angle slaps the mat in fury, thinking he had the fall won. Michaels backs off, into the corner, with Angle following in, and stomping the chest of the Heart Break Kid relentlessly, looking to cause as much damage as possible. Angle pulls The Showstopper up, and strikes with an open handed chop, which sends HBK staggering around the ring. Angle comes after him, and scores with a swinging neck breaker. Kurt hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!!
Kurt Angle doesn’t stop, and immediately drags HBK up to his feet again, sensing Michaels is in a world of trouble. Angle slaps HBK, before whipping him to the corner. Angle follows him, crushing Michaels with a running clothesline in the corner, then hooks the lifeless Michaels up for a Belly to Belly, and connects!!! Angle covers,
The Olympian continues the pressure, and to turn up the intensity, picking Shawn off the mat, and whipping him off the ropes, but Michaels reverses the Irish Whip, and sends Angle into the ropes, with Angle coming back and walking into a Hurricanrana, and Michaels grabs the legs…
………ANGLE KICKS OUT!!!!!………
Michaels looks disappointed, but keeps his mind on the future of the match, and not the past. He pulls his dazed opponent back to his feet, and The Showstopper whips Angle into the ropes. As he returns, Angle is met with an inverted atomic drop from HBK, forcing Angle to fall back into the ropes, and comes back out, only for Shawn to hit another inverted atomic drop, followed by a running clothesline. Now, Michaels begins to climb the ropes again, making sure Angle is down first. Michaels reaches the top rope, and looks around the arena, before flying through the air with a Picture Perfect Elbow … BUT ANGLE ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!! Michaels crashes and burns, with Kurt Angle quick to react, rolling HBK over, hooking the leg,
………MICHAELS GETS THE SHOULDER UP!!!!!………
Angles face literally drops in shock of Shawn Michaels kick out. Kurt looks spent, as he drags himself up, whilst Michaels looks drained too, after missing one of his trademark moves. Kurt Angle meets HBK with a right hand to the temple, and a second, before whipping The Showstopper to the corner, but somehow, HBK jumps to the middle rope, and comes back off, with a moonsault, taking Angle down by surprise, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Both Shawn and Kurt are slow to reach their feet, with Shawn having spent a lot of energy, regrouping to hit a moonsault, and Angle still in a haze from the moonsault. Angle tries to strike first with a right hand, but has it blocked by his opponent, giving HBK a clear opportunity to fire at Angle. Kurt staggers back into the ropes, with Michaels following him, and whips Angle off the ropes, putting him back down with a back body drop.
Michaels moves towards the corner, and stands there, patiently waiting for Kurt Angle to turn around, with the fans expecting Sweet Chin Music. HBK starts to stamp his feet, with Kansas rising to it’s feet. Angle gets up … turns around, with Shawn closing in … SWEET CHIN MUSIC … NO!!!! … KURT ANGLE CATCHES THE FOOT … SPINS MICHAELS AROUND … ANGLE SLAM!!!!!!!!!! Angle hooks the leg,
…………FOOT ON THE ROPE…………
Angle sits up in shock, yelling out ‘No Way’ as he looks at the rope, with Michaels foot, just resting on it. Angle takes a look at the fallen Showstopper, depressing himself further, seeing him laying on the canvas lifelessly. Angle gets back up, and shouts to the fans ‘This is it now’, before taking down the straps, turns Michaels over, AND … grabs the ankle … ANKLELOCK!!!
Right away, Angle drags HBK centre ring, giving HBK no options for where he can go. Michaels looks to be running on adrenaline already, still trying to recover from the Angle Slam. HBK finds himself in a world of trouble though now, and with Angle standing strong in the middle of the ring, HBK is left with little option other than to try and kick Kurt away.
Michaels turns himself over, and with his free leg, starts kicking at the face of the Gold Medallist, desperate to break free, but for now, Angles grip remains tight, and relentless. The Olympian yanks the ankle, forcing Michaels to yell out loud for the first time in the submission, but in one swift move, Michaels twists around, and the speed forces Angle to fall over … BUT HE KEEPS THE ANKLELOCK LOCKED IN!!!
However, on the ground, Angle finds himself closer to Michaels, allowing Shawn to kick at him more, scoring with boots to the chin, which take their toll on Angle, who loses focus, and allows HBK to reach the bottom rope, forcing the submission hold to be broken!!!
Angle is furious, but releases the ankle lock, and gets back to his feet. Angle shakes his head loose, and comes after Michaels again, trying to grab the ankle and drag him back to the centre, but this time, HBK kicks Angle away, with The Olympian falling into the corner. HBK uses the ropes to get back on his feet, and keeps a determined Angle at bay with two consecutive chops. Michaels now becomes the aggressor, throwing a right hand, which Angle absorbs, before blocking a second, and spins HBK around, GOES FOR THE ANGLE SLAM … BUT MICHAELS COUNTERS INTO A DDT!!!!!
Kemper Arena goes berserk, as both men lay out on the canvas for a few seconds, with HBK soon stirring. Michaels crawls in the direction of his fallen opponent, draping an arm over Angle. The referee makes the count …
……………ANGLE KICKS OUT……………
HBK cant believe it. He rolls away, and pulls himself up by the ropes once more, getting a wonderful reaction from his adoring fans. On the other side of the ring, Kurt Angle begins to stir, and he too begins to use the ropes in order to make it back to his feet. Michaels spots him, and spurs himself on to make it back to his feet first, which he does.
Michaels waits for a second or two, and briefly stamps his foot twice, signalling for another attempt at Sweet Chin Music, and as soon as Angle pushes himself off the ropes, Michaels goes for him … SWEET CHIN MUSIC … BUT ANGLE DUCKS … MICHAELS COMES BACK AGAIN FOR SWEET CHIN MUSIC … BUT ANGLE COUNTERS … AND GETS HBK IN THE AIR FOR AN ELECTRIC CHAIR … BUT MICHAELS ROLLS THROUGH, PINNING ANGLE …
Winner: Shawn Michaels @ 22:37
MICHAELS TAKES IT!!! Angle kicks out, right after the three count has been made, but it’s too late. The Olympian rolls out of the ring, absolutely flabbergasted that HBK out manoeuvred him on this occasion. In the ring, HBK has his arm raised, whilst on his knees, looking shattered after a tiring, yet terrific showing tonight.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff rounds up his troops for War Games, and tries to rally his five men together, but there is clear tension between Edge and Brock Lesnar, whilst Kane is nowhere to be seen, following The Horsemen setting him on fire last week on Raw.
We then see Armando Estrada in the Smackdown locker room, passing out his own personal business card, telling the Smackdown guys to do the right thing for themselves, and give him a call. As he passes the cards out, they are thrown away, or ripped up by the wrestlers.
**YOU LOOK SO GOOD / APA REMIX**
The World Tag Champions from Raw make their way out, with Rico dressed up as a cheerleader - with skirt and all - whilst Ron Simmons trudges out behind him, embarrassed as always with his tag team partner.
Smackdowns tag champions enter, with Kenny and Mitch taking the lead tonight, and the quintet do a pre match cheer at the top of the ramp, with Rico dancing along in the ring, whilst Simmons looks around, shaking his head at the weirdos.
WWE Tag Team Champions vs. World Tag Team Champions:
Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mitch) vs. AFA
It’s a short match up, with Rico dressed up as a cheerleader himself, impressed with the tag team champions from Smackdown. This admiration though leaves him open for a quick attack from his opponents, and immediately the Squad dominate proceedings, trying to keep Rico as far away from Simmons as possible. Eventually, the referee catches the remaining three members on the outside getting involved, and orders them to the back, which allows Rico to make a comeback, and tag in Simmons, to a good ovation.
Simmons throws Kenny and Mitch around like rag dolls, and looks to have swung the battle in the Raw champions favour, when he gets Mitch up for the Dominator, only for Kenny to strike Simmons from behind, stopping the attack. Rico tries to help his partner, but is chucked to the outside, as the two members of the Spirit Squad take Simmons down with Mitch nailing a DDT, before Kenny flies through the air with his top rope leg drop, finishing off the opponents, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The Spirit Squad @ 04:09
Backstage, we see Mercury, Nitro and Melina watching on a monitor, not looking impressed by the Raw tag champions.
Elsewhere, Paul Heyman is seen looking to gather his War Games team, telling a worker he wants them together ASAP, before Heyman runs into WWE Champion, Chris Benoit. Heyman stops Benoit, and tells the champion that despite their differences in the past, he wants to wish Benoit luck, extending his hand offering to let bygones be bygones. Benoit takes a moment to think, and accepts the handshake, but doesn’t say anything.
Charlie Haas enters the arena to the expected heat, showing off his title belt, proud to be holding the prestigious belt, and points to the ring, as if to say he’ll do his talking in there.
**AINT NO STOPPIN ME NOW**
The Kemper Arena comes to it’s feet, in adulation for Shelton Benjamin, the Intercontinental Champion. Benjamin also points to the ring, but with a look of disdain for his opponent, and former tag partner and former friend, Charlie Haas, quickly making his way down to the ring, leaping onto the apron, not taking his eyes off Haas.
Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Charlie Haas
Terrific match up, between two world class wrestlers. The opening exchange is very mat based, with both men getting the upper hand on one occasion each, before the final time, they find themselves in a stalemate, with the fans clapping in appreciation for the exchange. As the two lock up again, Haas plays dirty, and sticks a knee to the gut, giving himself a definite leverage advantage. Haas forgets about the wrestling, and begins to strike Benjamin, rather than wrestle him, beating him down in the corner, with rights and lefts. Haas whips Benjamin off the ropes, but Shelton fires back with a flying clothesline, opening the match up again.
The two men then engage in a fantastic back and forth battle from here on, with Haas the definite heel, and Benjamin a clear cut face. Near falls come in spades, with the fans getting into the contest more and more as the intensity level picks up, with the signature spots coming out, and into play. Haas nails his Haastile Takeover, but Benjamin finds the strength to kick out, whilst Haas knowingly avoids the T-Bone Exploder at all costs. At one point though, Benjamin looks set to deliver the finisher, when Haas out of desperation, pulls the referee and holds onto him, as Benjamin delivers the move, but Haas, having held onto the official, lands on him, taking the referee out of the equation!!!!
Frustrated, Benjamin looks around, unsure what to do, having Haas beaten, but no referee to count the fall. He decides to drag Haas up again, and looks to deliver another T-Bone, BUT HAAS LOW BLOWS OUT OF IT!!! Benjamin drops to his knees, as Haas takes control, and goes to the outside, picking up his title belt, when we see THE BROTHERHOOD run down the aisle. Haas sees them coming, and slides into the ring, almost like a deer caught in the headlights, as we see Benjamin reach his feet. Shelton looks around, and seems irate that The Brotherhood have disregarded his rejection of them, and yells at Long to get lost. Theodore Long tells Benjamin he’s here to help, but Benjamin wont listen to it, and demands for The Brotherhood to leave him, which they eventually do, despite looking frustrated at having to do so, but this only serves as an invitation to Haas, who blasts Benjamin from behind, with the U.S Title, quickly throwing the belt out, as the referee recovers, and makes the count, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Charlie Haas @ 13:48
Haas soaks up the win, looking devilishly pleased with himself, having snuck his way to a victory. Quickly, he leaves the ring, knowing he struck lucky tonight, whilst Benjamin slowly comes around, having cost himself a victory by getting distracted by The Brotherhood, although he had previously warned them he didn’t want their help.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff, in foul mood, yells at The Horsemen, with Kane nowhere to be seen following them lighting him on fire last week. He then tells them that Nick Dinsmore is now on stand by to replace Kane, and he better not fail him - or else.
A video package plays, telling the story of this years KOTR tournament, whittling down from 16 men, to just two, who battle it out for the honour, NEXT.
The Raw finalist for the first KOTR tournament in four years enters the arena to a hot response, all in favour for the charismatic superstar. Mr. Kennedy makes his way down the ramp, steely eyed, focused and ready for tonights huge match up, which could propel his career into the ascendancy. Once he reaches the ring, Kennedy makes his introduction, as always, with the fans happy to join in, saying it loud, and saying it proud … MISTER KENNEDY.
The Animal calmly walks out onto the stage, met with a marginal reception of boos, with a hint of cheers too for the impressive looking specimen. Batista lets off a new pyro added to his entrance, before charging down the ramp, looking just as focused, just as determined as his opponent, knowing the high stakes tonight.
King of The Ring Final:
Batista vs. Ken Kennedy
Fairly clunky match, with the contest never really setting the world alight. Batista overpowers Kennedy early on, but despite being the heel, Batista doesn’t rely on any cheap tactics, getting the better of his Raw opponent with a decisive size and power advantage. Kennedy though, shows the heart and will of a warrior, refusing to give in, knowing the success that winning the KOTR can bring. He begins to fight back, and takes Batista off his feet, as the fans begin to stir, and get on his side, willing Kennedy on. Mr. Kennedy escapes a Batista Bomb, for a roll up, with Batista kicking out at two, before Kennedy runs right into a SPINEBUSTER!!!
Batista hooks the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Batista is taken aback by the kick out, and drags Kennedy up again, looking for a whip into the corner, but Kennedy counters, and sends Batista in instead, following up with a swinging neck breaker. Kennedy doesn’t look now for a cover, but instead climbs the ropes, looking to hit his Kenton Bomb. However, as he places himself up top, Batista quickly gets to his feet, seeing an opening, and kicks the ropes!!! The Animal climbs the ropes, and looks to deliver a suplerplex to his opponent, but Kennedy fights it, and takes Batista by surprise HOISTING HIM ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … DOESN’T HESITATE … AND NAILS THE GREEN BAY PLUNGE!!!!! The Kemper Arena goes NUTS as Kennedy hooks the leg, surely with victory sewn up, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winner: The 2006 King of the Ring - MISTER KENNEDY @ 09:58
Mister Kennedy can now officially be called KING KENNEDY!!! The Green Bay native picks up the prestigious honour, following the likes of Bret Hart, Steve Austin, Triple H and Kurt Angle!!!! Kennedy announces himself the winner, and KING KENNEDY, as J.R plugs the official coronation tomorrow night at the very start of Raw!!!!
A Fanatix series commercial airs - this month - Greatest Tag Teams of the 1980’s
Backstage, Paul Heyman talks with Bill Alfonso, warning him to make sure Sabu and RVD stay on the same page in their tag match, or face the consequences.
Further backstage, Josh Mathews interviews JBL ahead of the War Games match later. JBL looks very serious tonight, with no over confidence. Layfield calmly, and clearly states that tonight, he’s stepping into War alongside guys he doesn’t like, but no matter what the cost, he will steer Smackdown to victory.
A video package airs, hyping the upcoming tag team match.
The Homicidal, Genocidal, Suicidal madman makes his OFFICIAL Pay Per View debut in a high profile match up. Bill Alfonso, equipped with whistle accompanies the former ECW superstar to the ring for what promises to be a highly volatile match up, teaming with his most fierce enemy.
**ONE OF A KIND**
Kansas comes alive for Van Dam, and Mr. Thursday Night enters the ring, looking pumped up, but relaxed ahead of this match, knowing if he and Sabu can stay on the same page they’ll have the opportunity to settle their differences in the ring eventually. However, a sign of things to come is possibly seen, with Alfonso being forced to restrain Sabu from attacking his tag team partner. RVD though, blows him off, and shows no fear, confidently thumb taunting ‘R-V-D’.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
The attention of those in the ring turns to the entrance way, as a stern faced Randy Orton takes the walk down the aisle, looking all business tonight. Orton though, waits at the bottom of the ramp, whilst we see Van Dam still circling around, and Sabu looking ready to wreak havoc.
**MY TIME IS NOW**
The Kemper Arena booms for the music of John Cena, and the former World Champion hit’s the stage, looking full of energy. Cena salutes the audience, and storms down the ramp, throwing his cap and shirt to the fans, and literally PUSHES past his tag team partner, and slides into the ring, tackling Sabu down!!!
Strange Bedfellows Team Up:
Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs. John Cena & Randy Orton
Cena pounds at Sabu, whilst RVD and Orton go at it on the outside. Cena and Sabu soon follow out, with Sabu low bridging the ropes, sending Cena out, and The ECW veteran presses to the outside onto Cena.
*This is now the point where I once again lost the details, and lost the will to re-do it all. Sorry for any disappointment*
After the early wild brawl, the referee somehow manages to cool things down. A brief period of normal tagging between both sides takes over, before the two teams begin to get hostile with one another. RVD and Sabu refuse to acknowledge the other when calling for a tag, whilst Cena and Orton slap each other, harder each time as they make tags, but neither side takes a definitive advantage.
As the match wears on, the animosity between each team escalates, and both sides are nearly coming to blows with each other, as the referee begins to lose control of the situation, as Cena and Orton seem moments from boiling over, whilst Bill Alfonso is the only thing keeping RVD and Sabu from striking out at each other.
Then, the inevitable happens, as Cena plows into the ring, looking to cut off Sabu who attempts to cheap shot Orton (or maybe even RVD!!), but Sabu leaps out of his way, and inadvertently Cena strikes Orton!!! This then sets off a chain reaction of events, as Cena momentarily stops, realising the impact of his mistake, whilst RVD and Sabu finally lose their patience and brawl with each other!!!
Utter chaos ensues, as Orton comes back at Cena, not for a second pondering a mistake, whilst RVD and Sabu refuse to back down for a moment, beating the holy hell out of each other. From inside the ring to outside, the two parties almost forget about the match entirely as this experiment goes horribly wrong, backfiring spectacularly, with the referee seemingly at a loss for what he should do now, with their being no earthly way this match can be restored to order.
Inside the ring again, Alfonso throws a chair to Sabu, but VAN DAM CATCHES HIM WITH A VAN DAMINATOR!!!! RVD kicks Alfonso off the apron, before leaping to the top rope, flying expertly to nail the Five Star Frog Splash!!!! RVD rolls around, feeling the effects himself, but as he gets up, Van Dam is fallen prey for JOHN CENA - WHO SCORES WITH THE FU!!!! Cena looks set to cover, BUT ORTON LEAPS FROM BEHIND AROUND THE CORNER … RKO!!!!! Orton puts Cena down, and quickly rolls onto Sabu for the cover, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: Randy Orton & John Cena @ 15:49
Somehow, someway, this bizarre contest comes to an amazing climax. Randy Orton takes out his own partner just to score the winning fall!!! The Legend Killer is the only man standing, as he etches a wry smile across his face, looking down at John Cena in particular, knowing he got the last laugh tonight on his most fierce rival.
A video package plays, hyping this years SummerSlam on August 20th from Anaheim, California, with the tag line - “HOT AS HELL”
Now, back in the arena, we see Monday Night Raw colour analyst, The Coach make his way to the ring. The Coach takes a mic, and briefly complains about not being part of the broadcast team tonight, and the brutality of having to listen to Tazz add the colour. He continues to make digs at Tazz, calling him Mini-Coach, and a 3rd Grader, eventually tipping Tazz over the edge, with the regular Smackdown co-commentator leaving the broadcast position, and getting in Coaches face, before asking him “How does it fell for you College boy, to get choked out by a so-called second rate short ass??” And proceeds to apply the Tazzmission, choking out The Coach to the delight of all the fans in the arena, and even Coaches Raw partner, Jim Ross!!!
Video Package plays, hyping tonights third and final Champion vs. Champion match between Benoit and Christian…
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
It’s a mixed response slightly for Captain Charisma, following some nasty remarks in recent weeks directed at Benoit. Tyson Tomko is nowhere to be seen, with it appearing that the two parties agreed on no outside interference beforehand.
Chris Benoit strides onto the stage, proudly displaying the WWE Championship over his shoulder. The no frills champion confidently marches down the ramp, and straight into the ring, right into the figure of Christian, as the two men nearly come to blows before the bell even rings.
WWE Champion vs. World Heavyweight Champion:
Chris Benoit vs. Christian
Christian is equal to Benoit for the duration of the contest, being more than a match for the technical genius, as both men play the role of a face throughout, despite the recent heel antics of Captain Charisma. Throughout the technically orientated contest, Benoit looks to soften up the arm of Christian for the Crossface, but the World Champion is far too prepared to fall for any of Benoits skill, having come extremely well prepared.
Christian in fact, targets Benoits arm, in an attempt of his own to nullify the Crossface, trying to weaken Benoit biggest offensive move. As the match progresses, both men crank up the intensity, as the near falls come thick and fast. Benoit dodges an attempt at the Unprettier, countering into a trifecta of German Suplexes, setting up for the Head butt … BUT CHRISTIAN KICKS OUT AT TWO!!! Benoit quickly tries to jump on the opening, looking for the crossface, but struggles with his weakened arm, and allows Christian a chance to escape.
Christian then takes over, and eventually scores with the Frog Splash, only for Benoit to save the match by getting a foot on the rope!!! Benoit attempts a fight back again, only for Christian to take control, and score with a reverse DDT!!! Again though, the tenacious Wolverine kicks out. As Christian attempts to drive more pressure onto Benoit, The Crippler counters his opponent quickly, delivering a Northern Lights suplex for another near fall!!!
A chop fest then ensues, with Christian again holding his own, albeit eventually outdone, and overpowered by the chop master, but Christian rakes the eye - the first heelish move of the match. He then runs off the ropes, but as he comes back, Benoit tackles him down, and the two battle it out, will vs. will, as Benoit desperately attempts to apply the Sharpshooter, and Christian desperate tries to avoid it, but after all the struggling, Benoit applies the move successfully!!!
Benoit cranks back on Christian, driving the pressure through Captain Charisma, who struggles, and toils, before reaching out, crawling along the ring, AND MAKES THE ROPES!!!!! Despite saving the match, Christian is against the ropes, struggling now to reach a second wind, as Benoit smells the end in sight, and zones in on his weakened prey. The Wolverine takes it to Christian, and looks to deliver the Three Amigos suplexes, scoring with the first two … BUT CHRISTIAN COUNTERS THE THIRD … DROPPING BEHIND BENOIT … AND LOOKS FOR THE UNPRETTIER … BUT BENOIT COUNTERS … CROSSFACE!!!!!
Christian toils again in a submission purgatory, clinging on for dear life, seemingly forever, before smartly looking to counter into a pinning predicament, but as he rolls Benoit over, The Wolverine lets go of the hold, and quickly transitions into a crucifix like pin, trapping Captain Charisma onto the canvas, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winner: Chris Benoit @ 20:08
Benoit ties it up, meaning War games will be the deciding factor in tonights mega event. A disgruntled looking Christian reaches his feet, flat in defeat, but nods at the victor, and even slowly claps the WWE Champion, who nods in approval of his opponent, and fellow World Champion. Benoit extends his hand, with Captain Charisma firmly accepting, as the two men receive a great response following a wonderful contest.
A quick VP airs, hyping Unforgiven in three weeks times, on June 25th from Denver, which will be a Raw only production.
Backstage, we see Triple H snarling, pacing, and grunting, as slowly, Team Smackdown congregate in the hallway, as Paul Heyman is heard in the background, telling them to do this tonight, and show Raw who rules the WWE.
Elsewhere, we see Eric Bischoff rounding up his troops, but stays silent, as the group seem focused and ready for tonights War Games.
Back at ringside, J.R and Tazz recap tonights event, leading to our main event, with the scores tied up, all hinging on this final result.
War Games video package.
**TIME TO PLAY THE GAME**
The leader of Team Smackdown enters the arena for this hotly anticipated main event, with everything at stake, with the scores tied. The Game has his game face on, as he makes his never changing entrance, long winded as always. The Game then stands in the ring, awaiting Raws first entrant.
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Kansas lets out an initial big pop, before booing the sight of Lesnar as he makes his way out through the curtain. Lesnar focuses squarely on the ring, as we get set for an opening exchange between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, with neither having collided before.
10 Man War Games Match:
Brock Lesnar, Edge, Rey Mysterio, Carlito, Kane
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, The Rock, Paul London, Triple H & Chris Jericho
Awkward, heel vs. heel opening three minutes, but does have a special feeling, with this first ever collision of Lesnar and Triple H. Both men take a few blows, but it’s all fairly moderate in the opening three minutes, with neither man picking up the pace, and neither taking full control, seemingly running down the clock for the next entrant.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
**BREAK THE WALLS DOWN**
Chris Jericho appears from the Smackdown entrance, and sprints down the ramp, looking to make the most of this 3 minute 2 on 1 period.
As you’d expect, it’s a Smackdown dominated affair for the next three minutes, but Lesnar bravely fights the odds for the first minute, before the numbers take over, and HHH and Y2J manage to co-exist, as they try to get rid of Lesnar before another Raw entrant, but Brock holds on.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
The surprise Raw pick, Carlito, wastes no time tonight, knowing Brock Lesnar needs his help, as he attempts to finally end his losing streak.
Carlito is met right away with a big clothesline from Triple H, who dominates this early going. The Game takes care of CCC, leaving Jericho to take care of unfinished business with his old rival, Brock Lesnar. As the three minute period draws near to an end, Carlito and Lesnar begin to fight back, putting Triple H and Jericho on the back foot.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
**IF YA SMELL**
Kemper Arena goes berserk, as The Peoples Champion enters the fray, bringing the fans to their feet, as he strides down the ramp, showing no fear of the ominous structure.
As Raw begins to take over, they are soon over matched once more, as The Great One makes his mark on the match. There is definite unease between Rock and his partners, but they put that behind them to dominate the majority of the three minute period, scoring a few two counts on both Carlito and Brock (Lesnar even kicking out of a Peoples Elbow), with both now busted open from shots into the steel mesh, but both end up surviving, as the numbers are set to be evened up.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Mr. Money In the Bank walks out, full of confidence, despite his team suffering in the ring right now. He proudly displays the briefcase, before wisely bringing it with him, into the cage, as a possible weapon.
And immediately, Edge DOES make his mark, smashing the briefcase against the skull of The Game, before jamming it into the mid section of Jericho, and crashing the back of The Rock, giving Raw the advantage now. Edge and Lesnar put their differences aside, and actually work in tandem, targeting The Rock, as Triple H is busted open from the briefcase shot, and out of the equation for the time being. Carlito also begins to shine, using his unique offence against Jericho, but in the whole three minutes, Raw is unable to eliminate any of the three Smackdown members.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
**STAY IN SHADOW**
The rising star, Paul London is met with a tremendous response from the fans, and the Golden Boy wastes no time sprinting down the ramp, and into the cage.
Paul London is the unlikely hero for Smackdown, coming to the aide of his team mates, confusing the Raw members with his speed, and trickery, and allows the 4 on 3 numbers game to take it’s toll on Raw. Smackdown begins to get a stranglehold on the match, but Carlito still has the better of Jericho, and looks for a springboard elbow, but as he does, The Rock shoves Jericho out of the way, and catches Carlito on the return, planting him with a messy Rock Bottom!!! 1...2...3!!!
ELIMINATED: CARLITO BY THE ROCK @ 17:03
Carlito is the first to go, at the hands of the 10 time World Champion, meaning his losing streak will stay intact to a certain degree. For the remainder of the minute, Edge and Lesnar are easy prey for the four Smackdown opponents who obliterate their counterparts.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
With Raw suffering heavily in the ring, Mysterio knows he has no time to waste, and quickly runs down the ramp, to aide his team, currently taking a 4 on 2 pounding.
Mysterio, like London, uses his size and speed to get the upper hand, giving his Smackdown adversaries the run around, and eventually sacrifices himself, just to give his team mates a few seconds to try and recover, with this being a critical stage in the match. Raw though, is unable to muster a comeback, still suffering from the numbers game, and it looks like it could be curtains, as The Game looks to deliver the Pedigree on Edge, but Edge fights out, and shoves The Game into the ropes - where Chris Jericho is leaping to set up the Lionsault, on Rey, but due to a collision from HHH, Jericho gets tangled in the ropes, and Mysterio is able to roll him up, 1...2...3!!!
ELIMINATED: CHRIS JERICHO BY REY MYSTERIO @ 19:37
And in the space of three seconds, the match has bee turned on it’s head!!! The Raw comeback is shortlived though, as the fifth and final Smackdown entrant is set to make his arrival.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
No limo, no Cabinet, no hat, no jacket and no towel for JBL, as he jogs straight down the ramp, all business, knowing the stakes, and the advantages of the numbers game at this moment.
JBL immediately exerts his force on the match, booting Lesnar, lawn darting Rey, and shoulder blocking Edge. He then sets up for a power bomb on Mysterio, but Rey blocks it, and the fight is on. Smackdown gets the better of Raw, with the numbers too much for Raw again. As the time wears on, Triple H sets up for the Pedigree for the second time on Edge, but again, Edge blocks it, and back drops out, AND SCORES WITH A SPEAR!!!!! Edge then gets up, looking ready to explode … WHEN HE GETS BLASTED BY JBL WITH EDGES OWN MITB BRIEFCASE!!!!
Before JBL can follow up, he is attacked by Brock Lesnar into the corner, but we see a worse for wear Triple H drape an arm over Edge, and the referee makes the count, 1...2...3!!!!! Edge is out of the match!!!!!
ELIMINATED: EDGE BY TRIPLE H @ 22:13
Once again, it’s Raw on the back foot, desperately trying to hang on and survive, with Lesnar now battling for over twenty minutes, as the final participant is set to enter, which is set to be Nick Dinsmore, replacing Kane. As the countdown ensues, Paul London misses a Shooting Star on Mysterio, but this is missed by most in the arena.
10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
The Prodigy tentatively makes his way out, to a huge amount of heat, with him taking the place of the missing Kane. Dinsmore is accompanied by Cade and Flair, who both offer him words of encouragement. However, just as the cage door opens for him to enter…
IT’S KANE!!!!! Kane, after being set on fire last week, makes a shocking quick return, as The Horsemen stand in astonishment. Cade and Flair look to meet him, but Kane swats them away, before looking to get his hands on Dinsmore, but The Prodigy gets into the cage, and tries to separate himself from Kane, running through the crowd.
Kane looks to get to his adversary, but in his way is JBL, but he quickly eats a Chokeslam for his troubles!!!!! Kane then grips Triple H AND The Rock - DOUBLE CHOKESLAM!!!! Paul London then launches himself at Kane, BUT KANE CATCHES HIM AND DROPS LONDON WITH A TOMBSTONE!!!! Just as we think Kane has done Raw a favour though, HE THEN STARTS TO PLOW THROUGH RAW IN HIS PURSUIT OF DINSMORE!!!!!
Lesnar takes a big boot and Rey eats a choke slam from one ring to the other!!!!! Dinsmore quickly slips out of the ring, but Kane is in hot pursuit, up the ramp and out of sight, as the carnage is seen in the ring - WITH EVERYONE DOWN, whilst the referee informs Howard Finkel that Kane has been eliminated by leaving the arena.
ELIMINATED: KANE VIA WALK OUT @ 26:19
In the rings, all six remaining combatants are laid out from Kanes rampage. In the ring, Brock Lesnar is first to move, having taking the least of the punishment from The Big Red Machine. Lesnar, positioned close to The Rock, sees the opportunity, and drags The Great One up, and delivers the F5 with ease, with The Rock unable to defend himself, giving Raw a great chance, 1...2...3!!!
ELIMINATED: THE ROCK BY BROCK LESNAR @ 27:00
And now, Raw closes the gap on Smackdown, at 3 vs. 2 now. Lesnar now quickly moves to the second ring, and makes a beeline for Paul London, knowing London took the brunt of Kanes vengeance with a Tombstone. Brock, like he did with Rock, scoops the lifeless Smackdown star up, and delivers a perfect F5!!! Lesnar covers, in an attempt to bring the match all square, 1...2...3!!!
ELIMINATED: PAUL LONDON BY BROCK LESNAR @ 27:19
It’s all evened up, as Lesnar now begins to look to pick off the final two members of his rivals. However, as Lesnar drags Triple H up, The Game begins to fight back, and it’s Lesnar and HHH, fighting tooth and nail, whilst JBL and Rey begin to recover. Triple H scores a near fall with a spine buster, before Brock soon strikes back, catching The Game with an overhead belly to belly for a near fall of his own, as JBL and Rey finally get back up.
No side takes a big part of control in the coming moments, with everyone giving their all, running on empty, with both Triple H and Lesnar having bled buckets throughout the night, wrestling in this environment for thirty minutes. JBL takes the padding off the top corner turnbuckle during this time, as dirty tactics are beginning to be planted for use later. Near falls are broken constantly, as the two teams realise a 2 on 1 disadvantage now would realistically make it nigh on impossible to recover from. However, the breaking point comes, as JBL delivers a top rope Fall Away Slam on Mysterio, only for Lesnar to stop him from pinning, and hoists him onto his shoulders, looking for the F5 - BUT TRIPLE H LOW BLOWS BROCK FROM BEHIND!!! The Game follows up with a Pedigree, and JBL takes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
ELIMINATED: BROCK LESNAR BY JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD @ 35:11
And once again, Raw is fighting a numbers game, with just one man remaining for them. But the main development comes, as Triple H begins to argue with JBL for stealing his pin fall, which he made possible. The two look set to come to blows, but The Game cools the situation, and points out a battered and broken down Mysterio, and the two agree to finish him off.
Now, the two Smackdown superstars begin to put the final touches on Rey, taking turns to lawn dart him into the steel mesh, and just pounding him down. Then, as it looks to be time for the finishing touch, Layfield proposes that he hit the Clothesline from Hell, and give The Game the pinfall win. Triple H accepts the offer, and holds up Rey, as JBL takes a big run, but as he runs, MYSTERIO HOISTS HIMSELF UP, AND ROLLS THROUGH, JBL MISSES, AND HIT’S THE EXPOSED TURNBUCKLE … REY HAS TRIPLE H PINNED … 1...2...3!!!!!
ELIMINATED: TRIPLE H BY REY MYSTERIO @ 38:59
Somehow, someway, Rey Mysterio brings this incredible showdown right to the wire!!! The Human Highlight Reel, sucks it up, and quickly goes for the jugular, coming from behind a groggy JBL, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Mysterio doesn’t stop, and quickly leaps to the top rope, but as he jumps off … TRIPLE H NAILS HIM WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!!!! The Game gets revenge on Rey before a second referee yells him out of the ring, but HHH has a smile plastered all over his bloody face, having possibly just ended the match.
JBL covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!! The heart of Mysterio fights on, to the disbelief of JBL and the now escorted Triple H, who is unable to get back inside!!! JBL attempts to Powerbomb Mysterio, but Rey manages to counter, AND NAILS A TORNADO DDT!!!!! Mysterio though takes too long to follow up, and by the time he manages a cover, JBL is able to kick out at two. Now though, the balance has shifted, and Rey now has the upper hand. The two duke it out, as the confines of the cage takes its toll on both bodies, and during the battle, Layfield is busted open from repeated shots into the mesh from Rey. JBL misses a big boot on Rey, and Mysterio trips his adversary into the ropes, setting up for the … 619!!!!! AND CONNECTS!!!!! JBL bumps around the ring, overselling the move, as Mysterio catches his breath, and jumps up top, looking for a West Coast Pop, as JBL struggles up … REY LEAPS … BUT JBL JUMPS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!! Mysterio just about lands on his feet, and bounces off the ropes … STRAIGHT INTO A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!!!!!!!! Layfield falls onto Rey, not even able to hook the leg, 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
ELIMINATED: REY MYSTERIO BY JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD @ 43:52
Winners: Team Smackdown @ 43:52
Smackdown defeats Raw 4-3 overall
It’s JBL in victory!!!! For the third year running, Smackdown triumphs over Raw in the Clash of the Champions!!! JBL lays, sprawled out on the canvas, grinning and laughing, realising the likely implications of this historic victory for him. Mysterio rolls onto his front, covering his face, most likely in despair, having been so close to breaking the COTC voodoo curse over Raw.
Blue and white confetti drops from the rafters, and a few fireworks go off, as J.R and Tazz sign off for the night, as JBL reaches his feet, having his arm raised in the air, with Smackdown once again overcoming Raw in the COTC annual event.
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