Re: Being The Booker
There is a whole load of stuff to post here, sorry there is so much. I’ve already posted a couple of these shows, but I thought I’d start with the whole build up to Unforgiven.Current Card for WWE Unforgiven
Not looking for reviews, not in the slightest. The only reason these are being posted rather than a recap is because I had them here to post. Any comments would be great, but even if you just follow what goes on, that’ll be hunky dory.
Raw: June 5th; Oklahoma:
We open up straight into the ring, set up with a red carpet, and a throne, as Lillian Garcia stands by…
Lillian Garcia: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the 2006 King of the Ring … MISTER KENNEDY!!!
The Ford Centre fills with cheers, as King Kennedy enters the stage. Kennedy soaks up the ovation at the top of the ramp, before making his way down to the ring.
Jim Ross: Twenty four hours ago, on a night that we here at Raw would mostly like to forget, Mister Kennedy, our own, Mister Kennedy was triumphant in the first King of the Ring tournament in four years. Tonight, Kennedy is set to revel in his coronation ceremony.
The Coach: First off, Smackdown got lucky last night. Secondly, lets just move on, and lets look to the future.
Jim Ross: And you certainly are looking at the future of the WWE in the ring right now. Still in his rookie year, Mister- KING Kennedy looks set to follow in the footsteps of past kings, the likes of Steve Austin, Triple H and Kurt Angle, by progressing up the mountain, and reaching the summit.
In the ring, we see Kennedy standing on the middle turnbuckle, waiting for his microphone. He receives it, then drops down, and stands in the middle of the ring, with the spotlight firmly on him in the ring.
Mister Kennedy: Ladiesss aaand Gentlemen-ahh … I give to you, the WWE fans, ME, the NEW KING OF THE RING CHAMPIONAHHHH … MISTERRRRRR KENNEDDYYYY … … … KENNEDY!!!
Pop for the KOTR.
Mister Kennedy: With God above as my witness, I can promise every single person in this arena … in this city … in this state … in this country … in this WHOLE WORLD, that right this moment, you are all bearing witness to the beginning of a new era. You are all witnessing first hand, the birth of a new star, the leader of the next generation. This is step one on my road to greatness … and you can take that to the bank, because whatever I say … I mean it, and I back it up. I don’t mince my words, I just tell it like it is.
Slightly mixed response, with some a little unsure how to read the comments from Kennedy.
Mister Kennedy: And right now, I’m telling the entire planet … I will follow in the footsteps of previous kings, such as Bret Hart … such as Stone Cold Steve Austin … like The Game, Triple H … Kurt Angle … Brock Lesnar. This tonight … is just … the beginning. Lead me … KINGGGGG KENNEDYYYY … KENNEDY … to … my … throne.
Kennedy throws the mic away, and makes his way to the chair, where wwe.com Kiss Cam host, Candice Michelle presents Kennedy with his crown and septer, officially crowning the 2006 King of the Ring. Kennedy then makes his way to the turnbuckles, and poses, soaking up his big achievement, when…
To Kennedys and everybodies surprise, Edge interrupts proceedings. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar makes his way out, carrying his MITB briefcase, storms to the ring, sporting a bandage on his forehead from last nights War Games effort. He steps into the ring, not looking happy, as Kennedy watches on. Edge takes a mic, and waits as the music dies down.
Edge: Very cute kid. I dig the set up. Now run along, the adults have business to attend to.
Edge blows off Kennedy, and looks set to move on with his own speech.
Edge: Last ni-
Mister Kennedy: Wait a second.
The fans pop, as Edge turns around, with Kennedy catching his attention.
Edge: Did you forget something??
Mister Kennedy: You could say that. I forgot to tell you something.
Edge: Let me guess … you forgot to mention my name when you were talking about which former Kings of the Ring you intend to follow in the footsteps of??
Kennedy breaks a smile, and replies.
Mister Kennedy: Not quite.
Kennedy steps up into Edges face.
Mister Kennedy: Quite frankly, you’re raining on MY parade, and you aint invited.
Mister Kennedy: I don’t follow orders from anybody … especially not the likes of you.
Edge looks furious, as Kennedy goes on.
Mister Kennedy: So you can take those orders ‘kid’, and shove them straight up your skinny little ass.
The fans pop again, with Edge going nuts.
Mister Kennedy: Because the 2006 King of THIS Ring isn’t movin a God damn muscle.
Edge looks irate, as he finally gets a chance to talk.
Edge: I think it’s about time you started to get a grip ‘King’. You’ve got two things going for ya … first off, you beat a bunch of nobodies to win a formerly prestigious honour. Second of all, you’ve got these morons around your little finger because you can say your name twice.
Heat from the fans.
Edge: But the real truth is … you’re still down here. (Moves his hand down to around his knee) I’m all the way up here. (Moves hand to his forehead)
Edge then pats his briefcase.
Edge: And this baby right here, mightn’t be quite as spectacular as a plastic crown, but it literally guarantees me the World Heavyweight Championship.
Heat. Kennedy chews on his gum, and points to Edge, nodding a little.
Mister Kennedy: That’s right. That’s right. And I meant to commend you on the impressive fashion you won that briefcase. But firstly, you got it a little wrong. I’m not all the way down there. You say you’re about here (levels hand at Edges forehead). Well, I’m right about … here (Puts his hand way up in the air) Secondly, going back to that briefcase, and me commending you on winning it. Gotta hand it to ya Edge, it takes a real bad ass to hold a kid at ransom.
Fans laugh, as Edge runs his fingers through his hair, unable to handle the comments.
Edge: It doesn’t matter how I won this briefcase, it just matters that I have Money in the Bank, and you know it. You all know it. And y’know what, I don’t need to be wasting my time with a sideshow freak comedy act like you. I don’t need to waste my time, arguing with a grown man wears a childs toy crown. I’m big league news, and I don’t need the likes of you bringing me down!!!
Edge slams the mic down, and pushes past Kennedy, looking to leave the ring, but then swings the briefcase, looking to blindside Kennedy, but the KOTR winner senses it coming, and ducks it, before throwing the crown at Edge, right between the eyes, taking Mr. MITB by surprise, who drops his briefcase. Kennedy then knocks down Edge with a big clothesline, and follows up with a second, this time taking Edge over the top rope, and over to the floor below!!!
Kennedy takes control of the ring, as Edge scrambles on the outside, shocked by being out done by Kennedy. The King of the Ring grabs Edge’s briefcase, and throws it to the outside at Edge, with the Rated ‘R’ Superstar having to dodge out of the way to avoid getting hit by the case. Mr. KOTR leans on the ropes, telling Edge to come get some anytime, whilst Mr. MITB backs up the ramp, clearly frustrated with what just went down.
We return, from the commercial, with Armando Estrada making his way down the ramp.
Jim Ross: I don’t know what this guy wants Coach. We’ve seen Mister Estrada on numerous occasions over the last month, but we still don’t know what the hell this guys agenda is.
The Coach: That much is true, but lets face facts J.R. Nobody has given this gentlemen the time of day!!! Nobody wants to listen to him!!
Jim Ross: Well, you make a good point, but folks, hopefully you’ll listen to this, as tonight, Raw is rockin and rollin. Two championship matches are scheduled, and a major main event is set to come later, with The Belfast native Finlay teaming up with The Iron Man, Brock Lesnar, to team up and face Rey Mysterio and John Cena. Major players involved in a major tag team main event tonight.
The Coach: Lots to come tonight J.R, you know it!!!
Jim Ross: And well … we are joined here at ringside by Mister Estrada. How are you sir??
Armando Estrada: Meester Ross, Meester Coach, it’s my ahhh … PLEASURE to join ju, I sit??
The Coach: Absolutely, take a seat sir.
Estrada sits down and offers a cigar to both J.R and Coach, with J.R politely declining, and Coach taking one, then coughing as he smokes it.
1st Match: Womens Championship; Triple Threat Match:
Jillian Hall vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus
Decent enough match up to kick off the action, with three capable female workers going at it, with the added spice of the recent feud between Trish and Lita. The early stages is mainly Trish and Lita beating the hell out of one another, with Jillian happy to take a backseat for the time being. The duo on commentary spend more time talking to Estrada, asking him what he’s doing on Raw, with Estrada not giving much away. Lita and Trish fight back into the ring, with Hall finally getting involved, and tries to help Lita, but once Trish is done, Lita throws Jillian out of the ring, wanting her enemy to herself.
This fires up the champion, and Hall gets back into the ring, taking it to Lita, angered by the stab in the back. Jillian scores a near fall with a snap suplex, before Lita rolls out, leaving Trish and Hall to go at it momentarily, and both nearly takes the other by surprise, both getting inside cradles on the other for the two count. Hall whips Stratus into the corner, and looks for a corner splash, but Trish moves, and looks for a Chick Kick, but Jillian ducks under, and looks for a clothesline herself after that, but Trish does her matrix move, with Hall nailing Lita instead, knocking her back out of the ring.
This leaves Trish and Hall again, with both scoring near falls again, as Trish nails the Stratusphere for a two count, whilst Jillian catches Trish with a sidewalk slam for her own two count. The balance of power shifts though to Trish again, and she sets up Hall for a Stratusfaction, but as she looks to propel off the ropes, Lita, from the outside, grabs the champions legs, tripping her, and stopping Trish from hitting her signature move. Lita gets back inside, and knocks down Trish, before dropkicking the champion. Lita goes for Trish again, and makes the most of her opportunity to get the best of Trish, nailing the Twist of Fate!!! Lita now looks for the Moonsault from the top rope, but as she flies through the air, Jillian drags Trish out of the way, with Lita hitting the canvas!!! Hall rolls Trish out of the ring, and capitalizes on Litas weakened condition, hitting the STO, getting the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And Still Womens Champion - Jillian Hall @ 05:49
Hall retains the belt, sneaking in through the back door, taking advantage of the escalating situation between Trish and Lita. Jillian takes the belt, but demands a mic too. Her music dies down, allowing the champion to speak.
Jillian Hall: Once again, Jillian Hall, THE most beautiful, attractive, SEXIEST womens champion of all time, and the most glamorous female on the planet has shown she is not just looks, this bitch can back it up!!!
Heat for Hall, with no one buying into her ‘beauty’, or her claims of dominance.
Jillian Hall: Guys, make an orderly line outside the arena later, and if you are lucky enough, you might just get the chance to buy me dinner. And girls, don’t be jealous, just accept by beauty, and live with it. You all know it, I am vicious … but oh soo delicious!!!
Hall rubs herself up and down the ropes, to an indifferent reaction, as we see Trish come back inside, cleaning Hall out as she turns around with the Chick Kick. Trish stands over Hall, yelling that she hasn’t forgotten about her yet … when Lita attacks Trish from behind!!! Lita stands over Stratus, but Trish grabs Litas leg, and trips her down, looking to get a piece, but Lita scrambles free, and exits out of the ring, quickly escaping up the ramp, with Trish in pursuit, looking to settle her score with Lita.
Backstage, we see the arrival of Randy Orton, who is met by Todd Grisham…
Todd Grisham: Randy?? If I could have a moment of your time please??
Orton stops, and throws his hands out, as if to say, go ahead. Orton looks cocky as ever tonight, with the over bearing grin on his face.
Todd Grisham: Well last night, at the Clash of the Champions, you were victorious with John Cena, in what some would call an unlikely win. However, the main point of discussion for everyone here tonight is that since both you and John Cena held up your end of the bargain, will Eric Bischoff hold up his agreement to put both yourself and John Cena in the frame for the World Championship??
Orton smiles, tilts his head back, and puts his hand on Grishams shoulder, before looking at him, and speaking.
Randy Orton: Of course he will Todd. We all know Mister Bischoff is a terrific man, and most of all, a man of his word. Now, as for whether it should be Cena or myself getting the title shot … well, we were both victorious, but lets remember who won the match.
Todd Grisham: Well, that too is a point worth debating Randy, I m-
Randy Orton: Whoa. What?? What’s the debate??
Todd Grisham: It’s just that, while it was you that pinned Sabu last night, you have to admit that John Cena did the hard part, and put Van Dam down to allow a clear chance to pin his partner.
Randy Orton: Th- tha- That’s a crock, and you know that. This interview is over Todd.
A clearly frustrated Orton pushes Grisham out of the way, and walks on, with Grisham trying to fix his glasses.
Clips play from Unlimited during the commercial, where J.R was given a standing ovation by his home town fans, as he took to the ring to quickly talk about it being great to come home.
We return with Garrison Cade waiting in the ring alone, looking scared as he awaits his opponent…
Kane enters the arena, looking ready to unleash hell. As he makes his way to the ring, J.R and Coach discuss his crazy actions last night at COTC, wiping out both teams in the War Games match, before just walking out.
Garrison Cade vs. Kane
Cade attempts to fight it out with Kane from the beginning, but is no match in terms of brute power for the Big Red Machine. Kane dominates Cade, who, to his credit tries to fight it out, and doesn’t back down, but his offence has no effect on the psychotic monster. On commentary, as J.R and Coach refer to Kane as a monster, Estrada laughs, and says he knows a real monster, but both J.R and Coach move on, taking no notice of the comment. Meanwhile, Kane runs through his signature spots, until, he looks to hit the Chokeslam, when Nick Dinsmore and Ric Flair run down the aisle, taking both the officials attention and Kanes. Kane boots Flair off the apron, and catches Dinsmore, looking to choke slam him from the apron, into the ring, but a low blow from Cade soon puts the brakes on that, and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: VIA DQ - Kane @ 02:03
Cade clubs Kane from behind, pounding the back, with Dinsmore getting inside. The two Horsemen take it to Kane, as a groggy Flair grabs a steel chair on the outside. Naitch slides it inside, coming into the ring himself, as we begin to hear the crowd pop … WITH SHAWN MICHAELS RUNNING DOWN THE AISLE!!! HBK slides into the ring, tackling down Dinsmore, before getting back up, knocking down Flair, and takes a swing at Cade, but he ducks, and slides out of the ring, dodging the bullet again. Flair and Dinsmore escape the ring as Michaels comes to the aide of Kane, although mostly for himself to get a piece of Garrison Cade.
Kane though, doesn’t even bother to thank The Showstopper, and instead just leaves the ring, not taking his eyes off of Dinsmore, as he and Flair escape up the ramp, with Cade himself going off through the crowd. In the ring, Michaels asks for a mic as we see Flair, Dinsmore and Kane disappear.
Shawn Michaels: A couple weeks ago, I said I wasn’t going to forget about you Cade. And kid, I havent forgotten, and I certainly havent forgiven. If you’ve still got the cohonas, then you’ll bring your sorry ass back out here, and look me right in the eye. C’mon kid, you’ve gotta pay for your actions some time. Right now sounds pretty darn good to me.
HBK waits, as quickly, the camera switches to the crowd, where Garrison Cade is stood at one of the exit points, and looks torn between running and hiding, or coming back to the ring to face Michaels.
Jim Ross: We’re gonna take a quick commercial break folks, but when we come back, we’ll find out if Cade has the guts to come to the ring, or if he’s gonna keep running like a scalded dog.
We return from the commercial, with Cade circling the ring, mic in hand, with HBK leaning on the ropes, asking Cade to get in. Eventually, Garrison steps inside, with Michaels clapping, and the fans pop a little for Cade finally getting in the ring.
Shawn Michaels: Now, was that hard??
Cade shows no reaction, still unsure what to expect.
Shawn Michaels: As I said earlier, there comes a time when you’ve gotta pay the price for your actions, and sometimes kid, you’ve gotta pay a heavy, heavy price. Unfortunately, that applies to you ‘HB-Cade’. You better get that cheque book out, because you will be paying, and you will be paying BIG.
Fans pop, as Cade gulps.
Shawn Michaels: So lets cut around the crap, and cut to the chase. Garrison, you, me, June 26th, Unforgiven.
Fans pop again, as Cade stands still, slowly shaking his head.
Shawn Michaels: No??
Cade shakes his head vehemently.
Shawn Michaels: No?? You don’t want to face me??
Cade gets ready to speak, but HBK grabs his arm, and shoves it down.
Shawn Michaels: I’m not gonna stand here and listen to whatever excuse you’ve got you little rat faced punk.
Fans pop a little.
Shawn Michaels: Because now, it’s time to stand up and be counted kid. You’ve made your bed, now you’ve gotta lie in it. At Backlash, you came to a crossroads in your career, and you choose to march to your own beat. Since then, you’ve made it abundantly clear that you wanted to run with the ball, that same ball I wouldn’t pass to you.
Michaels gets right into Cades face now.
Shawn Michaels: You want to be the next big star, right?? You want to prove to the world that you’ve passed me by, right?? You want to prove to the world that you made the right decision in your career, and that I was holding you back, right??
Cade nods slowly.
Shawn Michaels: Then all you have to do Garrison is accept. You accept to face me at Unforgiven, and you’ll have the opportunity to cast me aside, and ascend to the top, like you think you should.
Cade starts to look around, taking in HBKs words.
Shawn Michaels: But if you don’t … then what have you proven Garrison?? Huh?? What have you proven if you continue to run and hide?? That you’re a pussy??
Cheers from the fans, as Cade looks to have been angered by the comment.
Shawn Michaels: Because if you don’t step up, and accept. Garrison Cade, you’ll be forever ridiculed, and you’ll be forever known … as a pussy.
Shawn Michaels: And … if- if you listen real close, you can hear it faintly now … Cades a pussy … Cades a pussy … Cades a pussy.
Slowly the fans join in, and eventually a fully blown ‘Cades a pussy’ chant rings around the arena, with Garrison going nuts, kicking the ropes, telling the fans to shut up.
Shawn Michaels: So what’s it to be Cade?? Are you ready??
Pop for Michaels, using the old DX catchphrase.
Shawn Michaels: Have you got what it takes to step up to the top of the mountain, to face the best. Or those cohonas building up, or are you beginning to realise you’re way in over your head, and those big balls are shrinking before your eyes??
Cade walks around the ring, seemingly irate with the choice he faces. Finally he speaks up.
Garrison Cade: I’m no pussy. I’ve got cohonas the size of Mister McMahons grapefruits. And now is my time. You’re on Shawn. And I will cast y-
MICHAELS STRIKES WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!! The fans go nuts, as HBK looks around the arena, standing over Cade. He leans over, looking a dazed Cade in the eye…
Shawn Michaels: All I wanted … was a simple yes.
HBK drops his mic on Cade, as **H-B-K** plays into the arena again, with Michaels leaving the ring, slapping hands with some fans on the way out, whilst Cade slowly comes to, as we fade to the back.
Backstage, we see Nick Dinsmore and Ric Flair running from Kane again, as Eric Bischoff screams in the background to stop that lunatic, with The Heart Throbs trying to step in, but Kane slaps Romeo away, and hurls Antonio through a near by window!!!! The Big Red Monster continues to stalk his enemies, as we fade out with Bischoff yelling for someone to stop Kane.
We rejoin J.R and Coach at ringside, with Armando Estrada now gone from the announce position. They talk up the HBK vs. Cade match signed for Unforgiven, before moving back to tonights show, and the upcoming match, with Carlito finally getting a rematch for the Intercontinental Title after losing it at Backlash. They then discuss Carlitos post WM record - failing to win a match since WrestleMania.
3rd Match: Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito
No Stacey Kiebler now, after her mutual agreement to leave the company, leaving CCC to fend for himself. The two put on another good match, like they did at Backlash, but now with a different approach as both play the face role, given Carlitos recent face turn. Despite his recent losing streak, Carlito still looks as threatening as ever, proving an equal for Benjamin throughout. The fans get into the past paced action, and the plethora of near falls from both men, with both blocking the others finishing move, knowing it would be curtains. Towards the end of the contest though, we see The Brotherhood enter the stage, which soon catches the attention of Shelton, who tries to tell them to leave him alone, but he takes too long with his eyes off the challenger, and Carlito comes from behind, nailing the Back Cracker, only for the champion to get a foot on the rope, saving the title.
Now, Theodore Long tells his troops instructions, and we see Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack make their way down the ramp, as Henry and Jazz stay with Long at the top of the ramp. Jordan and Mack go to opposite sides of the ring, as OJ distracts the referee, and in turn Shelton, who tries to tell Jordan and The Brotherhood to take a hike, whilst on the other side of the ring, Mack cracks Carlito from behind with a steel chain, knocking him out. Meanwhile, Jordan waits until Mack is clearly out of sight, and retreats himself, leaving Benjamin to get back to work, but instantly smells a rat with Carlito down. The referee asks Benjamin if he’s going to pin him or not, and Shelton shakes his head momentarily, shouting up at The Brotherhood if they were behind it, but they plead innocence, and begin to leave the stage, as Shelton looks furious, but has no choice but to make the cover, and get an elementary 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And Still Intercontinental Champion - Shelton Benjamin @ 10:14
Benjamin retains, but knows it’s under dubious circumstances. As soon as he has his hand raised, Benjamin tends to Carlito, who is still out of sorts following the chain shot he took. Shelton helps him up, and can be seen apologising for what just happened, as both CCC and Benjamin look furious with The Brotherhoods involvement tonight.
Jim Ross: I don’t know what the hell the deal is with The Brotherhood, but I’d love to know if they’ll ever take the hint from Shelton Benjamin that he doesn’t want or need their help!! They cost him dearly last night at the Clash of the Champions, and tonight gave him a tainted win!!!
The Coach: They’re looking out for their own J.R, and trust me, in time, the Intercontinental Champion WILL see sense, and join up with Theodore and the gang, he just needs to realise what they can do for him.
Jim Ross: Well, the agony piles on for the winless Carlito, who has now lost in his last NINE matches since WrestleMania. How will can this winless run last for the former Intercontinental Champion??
In the parking lot, we see Kane with Ric Flair and Nick Dinsmore, with the two Horsemen at the mercy of Kane, as we see Eric Bischoff with a bunch of mid card wrestlers, ordering them to put a stop to The Big Red Machine. Kane takes no notice of the superstars, swatting them away like flies, whilst he dishes out punishment to his two main targets. Cade tries to come to the rescue of his two stable mates, but eats a choke slam onto the hood of a car bonnet, before Kane throws Dinsmore through a windscreen, as Bischoff is seen in the background making a call for more help.
We return in the parking lot again, with Kane having now bloodied Flair too, whilst Dinsmore continues to try and peel shards of glass from his body. A team of heavily armoured Police arrive on the scene, and keep their distance from Kane, as Bischoff begins to bark out orders.
Eric Bischoff: KANE!!! KANE!!! Give it up!!! BACK OFF!!! This has gone far enough Kane. You’ve gone too far, and this has to stop. You’re out of control. As your General Manager I am ordering you to BACK OFF, or I will force these officers to use force.
Kane begins to laugh that ever maniacal laugh, and turns his attention to Bischoff now. The Big Red Machine turns, and begins to move toward the GM, with Bischoff beginning to look scared.
Eric Bischoff: Don’t move another step- I’m warning you. STOP!!! RIGHT NOW!!! These officers will not resist to use their tranquillisers …I’m serious … one more step Kane … Officers … TAKE HIM DOWN!!!
Three shots are fired, with tranquillisers firing into the back and legs of The Big Red Machine. Kane tries to move forward momentarily, but eventually succumbs to the darts, and falls to the cold ground, with the power of the darts putting him to sleep.
Eric Bischoff: Good job. Officers, take him away, and do whatever you have to, to him. And when he wakes up in that padded cell … you tell him from me, his contract on Raw HAS BEEN TERMINATED!!!
Bischoff turns and leaves, as a team of officers crowd around the fallen giant, as we pan out to see the carnage, before fading back into the arena…
In the ring, Road kill & Danny Doring are standing, awaiting their opponents…
**PAPARAZZI** MNM enter the stage ahead of just their second match, getting the red carpet treatment once again.
MNM vs. Road kill & Danny Doring
The forgotten team on Raw, the former ECW Tag Champions are no match for the new team on the scene, with the match basically used as a vehicle to get MNM over, running through their offence, and double team moves, whilst Melina also takes some camera time and attention with her banshee like screams. Mercury scores the pin this week following the double team Snapshot, obliterating the former World Tag Team challengers in quick fashion.
Winners: MNM @ 03:01
MNM continue their impressive start to life in the main picture, and look set to become the big news on Raws tag team scene, with two emphatic wins in as many weeks. After the match, Melina motions around her clients waists that they are eyeing the tag titles, and wont be waiting for long to get them.
As the second hour now begins, strangely backstage, the ambulance with Kane inside drives off into the night, as we see the arrival to the arena of John Cena, who, like Randy Orton, is met by Todd Grisham.
Todd Grisham: John Cena?? Could I have a few minutes of your time please??
Cena huffs, before nodding his head a little, as if to say go ahead.
Todd Grisham: Last night, yourself and Randy Orton were victorious at the Clash of the Champions in your tag team match. Now, according to Eric Bischoff when he made the match three weeks ago, if you and Orton could deliver him a victory, both of you would be in line for a World Title shot. However, as we saw, it was your FU that did the damage and kept Rob Van Dam down, but it was Randy Orton that took the victory. Where do you think you stand??
John Cena: I don’t know Todd. But what I do know, and what everybody knows, is that Eric Bischoff isn’t exactly reliable with promises. What I also know is that I held up my end of the bargain. As you rightly said, I did the work, but Orton snuck in and stole the win. The way I see it, I didn’t get my rematch for the title, and I accomplished what was asked of me last night, so I expect Eric Bischoff to make the right choice tonight, and name John Cena as the Number One Contender.
The calm Cena walks off, as Grisham nods, taking in what has been said.
Backstage, Eric Bischoff looks busy, toying with his phone, as Marc Lloyd approaches him. Bischoff spots him coming, and shakes his head.
Eric Bischoff: Not you. What the hell is it??
Lloyd looks a little insulted by the comment, and decides to just cut straight to the chase.
Marc Lloyd: Umm, Mister Bischoff, rumours are running wild tonight about who will be the next contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Both Randy Orton and John Cena have made a case for themselves after delivering victory together last night, and I was wondering what decision you had made??
Eric Bischoff: And you honestly think you’d be the first to know?? Please. A decision like this one has to be made in the ring. And I will announce the Number One Contender later tonight, in the ring. As for my decision as to who will face Christian … I have a fair idea of what it’ll be.
Lloyd gets set to ask another question, but Eric cuts him off.
Eric Bischoff: Now go!!!
Lloyd then leaves, as we go back to the ring…
CM Punk vs. Rob Conway
Rematch from Raw two weeks ago, where Punk defeated Conway in his debut match on Raw. Strangely, both men are given a slightly longer match tonight, especially for a fairly unknown within the WWE, and an at best mid card heel. The two put on a decent enough display, but the fans remain quiet for the most part, still not knowing an awful lot about Punk, and having little interest in Conway. All in all, it ends up being a fairly competitive match, but Punk always looks the likelier winner, getting the best of Conway on more occasions than not, with The Con Man not even getting an opportunity to look for his finisher, as Punk finishes him off - not with the Anaconda Vice submission he has used in the last two weeks, but a stunning knockout knee shot from the firemans carry position (Go To Sleep), with J.R calling it ‘The Punk Card’, as Punk covers his beaten opponent, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: CM Punk @ 07:14
It’s another win for Punk, being given a longer time slot to get himself on screen tonight in a decent match, but with the fans not rabidly into it.
Jim Ross: And this young man from Chicago has gone three and 0, in as many weeks, and you cant disagree with that ratio of wins.
The Coach: CM Punk is quickly making a name for himself here on Raw, I’ll give him that, but has he got what it takes to really mix it with the big boys?? We’ll soon find out.
Jim Ross: Indeed I think we will, but still to come tonight, it’s our massive, huge, tag team contest, featuring Brock Lesnar and Finlay, facing John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Don’t miss it!!!
We return backstage, with ‘Captain Charisma’ Christian approaching Eric Bischoff, with Tyson Tomko accompanying the World Champion.
Bischoff turns, and sees it’s Christian, immediately shaking his head in disgust at the champion.
Eric Bischoff: Oh, wonderful. Our GREAT World Champion is here. You’re lucky I’m forgetting last night ever happened Christian. You should do that too after that pitiful performance you gave.
Christian: Hold on. Pitiful?? I don’t think so. Eric, I gave my blood, sweat and tears at the Clash of the Champions last night. But last night, I came up against a guy that on that occasion was the better man. I’ll admit that, but dammit Eric, I’m not gonna forget it. I’m using last nights match as an example of what I cant let happen again. Benoit beat me last night, just like Smackdown beat Raw.
Eric Bischoff: Like I said, I want to forget it ever happened. I just want to look to the future.
Christian: Well, since you mention it, that’s what I came to see you about. Whose the next challenger for my world title??
Eric Bischoff: You’ll find out later. But I’d suggest you start preparing for life without that title, after the way you lost last night, you arent fit to carry that belt.
Christian looks at the World Title, and re-positions it on his shoulder, before speaking again.
Christian: Oh, but I am Eric, and you better get used to me as your World Champion, because I don’t intend on losing this for a long, long time … and that’s how I roll.
Christian and Tomko back away, giving Eric the eye, with Bischoff taking in the comments made by Christian.
We move to the trainers room, where CM Punk is talking quietly to the trainer, mentioning an arm injury, with the trainer looking for a wrapping, when we hear a whoosh, and The Hurricane swoops into the room…
The Hurricane: Holy haberdasher!!!
Punk looks unimpressed by the charade, and looks up, shaking his head at The Hurricane.
The Hurricane: I’ve been watching you Citizen Punk, and I’ve been impressed so far. But, you don’t look too cheerful … WASSUPWIDAT??!!
Punk looks for a moment at The Hurricane.
CM Punk: Y’know, I’ve been watching you too Greg. And I’m not impressed.
Hurricane puts on his best gurn, before speaking.
The Hurricane: You need to check your sources citizen, my true identity is not ‘Greg’, it’s Th-
Punk slaps Hurricane across the face, nearly knocking him over.
CM Punk: Your name is Gregory Helms, and you are a world class wrestler, that doesn’t need stupid childish gimmicks. I suggest you take a good, long, hard look at yourself. You’re better than The Hurricane.
Punk pushes past, and storms out of the medical room. The Hurricane holds his chin, obviously taking in the harsh criticism from Punk.
Back into the arena…
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Brock Lesnar steps into the arena, for the upcoming match, looking focused and ready for taking out his pent up anger after losing last night.
Jim Ross: This might just end up being a long night for John Cena and Rey Mysterio. Brock Lesnar doesn’t look like he is gonna mess around tonight.
The Coach: Brock Lesnar NEVER messes around J.R. Everybody seems to think Cena and Orton are the only two candidates for Number One Contendership, but don’t look past Brock Lesnar is what I say.
Jim Ross: Our main event tag team contest is up next, but next week, after the situation earlier tonight, Mister Money in the Bank Edge, takes on Mister King of the Ring, Ken Kennedy one on one. That’s next week in Greenville, but after the commercial break, it’s Lesnar and Finlay teaming up against Mysterio and Cena, don’t go away!!
We return with Mysterio staying outside the ring, awaiting his partner…
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cena bursts out onto the stage to a fabulous response from the Oklahomans in attendance.
Brock Lesnar & Finlay vs. John Cena & Rey
Cena and Lesnar tear it up early on, going right at, letting their frustrations out on each other, even brawling to the outside, where Finlay tries to get involved, only for Mysterio to cut him off. Cena and Brock get inside the ring, and the match officially begins, as Finlay and Mysterio take to their corners. Early on, both men make a tag to their partners, with Finlay getting the better of Mysterio, taking advantage of the size and power difference he holds.
Finlay tries to wear down Rey in the early going, and grounds him successfully for a period, but cant beat the desire of Mysterio, and Rey makes a comeback, and knocks Finlay down. Both then make a tag, making Lesnar and Cena legal again. The fight gets ugly, with Lesnar taking control, taking a chance to tag Finlay back in, who pounds Cena down, whipping him off the ropes, but Cena bounds back with a flying shoulder tackle!!! Cena tags Rey back in, but he is caught quickly by Finlay, with the Irishman, beating down Mysterio in the corner. The Belfast native whips the human highlight reel across the ring, but Mysterio jumps to the top turnbuckle, and leaps back, landing behind Finlay, rolling him up, 1...2...Kick Out. Rey turns it up a notch now, with Finlay struggling to keep up with the speed, until Mysterio tags Cena back in. Cena storms in, and begins to unload on Finlay, but Finlay hangs in, and soon enough capitalizes on a Cena mistake, and begins to give the advantage to his side once again.
Finlay eventually tags Lesnar back in, with Brock going to work on the former champion. Lesnar and Finlay begin to start work fluidly together, and begin to put Cena in plenty of trouble, with Cena having to fight to stay in with a chance, kicking out of an array of moves from both Finlay and Lesnar. Cena begins to fight back when Lesnar misses a running knee into the corner, but a nasty shot from behind from the Irishman puts the ball back into the heels court, and Lesnar scores another near fall with a Belly to Belly. As the match progresses, Finlay applies a sleeper on a beaten down Cena, but the Boston native feeds off the energy of the fans, and begins to surge back, reaching his feet, and after a hat trick of elbows, frees the sleeper, and begins his fight back, putting Finlay down with a number of running clotheslines, giving himself a chance to tag out. Both men reach for their respective corners, looking for a tag each … AND BOTH MAKE A TAG!!!
Mysterio and Lesnar charge into the ring, with the clash of styles making for an interesting dynamic. Rey has the upper hand at first thanks to his speed, but eventually is caught by Lesnar, who scoops Rey up suddenly for an F5 … but Mysterio counters into a head scissors!!! Lesnar rolls into the ropes, and Rey looks to hit the 619 … but Finlay cuts him off with an ugly, nasty clothesline!!! The Irishman picks Mysterio up, and looks to hit the Celtic Cross .. But Cena charges into the ring, and stops Finlay!!! Cena throws rights and lefts at Finlay, eventually knocking him over the top rope with a clothesline, whilst Lesnar comes in, looking for a clothesline, but Cena ducks it, and scoops Brock up … NAILING THE FU!!! Cena quickly drags Brock into the ropes, telling Rey to hit the 619 … AND HE DOES!!! The 619 connects, and Mysterio follows up, Dropping the Dime!!! Rey hooks both legs, with Lesnar down, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & John Cena @ 15:26
Mysterio scores the upset!!! Cena and Mysterio hug in the ring, embracing their victory tonight, whilst we watch Finlay walk up the ramp, with no interest in the well being of Lesnar. Brock rolls out of the ring, groggy after the three big moves he just took, whilst Mysterio and Cena pump up the fans. We see Cena and Mysterio then shake hands, before Mysterio decides to leave the ring, as Cena asks for a mic…
Lillian hands Cena the mic, as the music dies down, and the former champion gets ready to talk, albeit slightly breathlessly.
John Cena: I’m pretty sure I heard Eric Bischoff earlier, when he said he’d name the new Number One Contender later tonight. Well … it’s later tonight, and I wanna know where the hell I stand!!!
Jim Ross: And where does Cena stand in terms of a title shot?? Will we find out when we come back from this commercial break??
We return, with Cena still waiting in the ring.
John Cena: Y’know Eric, I know I don’t have all night, these fans don’t want to wait all night, and the USA Network must be getting really petrified that you’re gotta eat into Law and Order (Looks into camera, and puts on his best shill voice) which is John Cenas favourite show on the USA Network, and follows Raw every Monday Night.
Little response for the lame joke.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT** Randy Orton, to an enormous negative response from the fans. The Legend Killer makes his way down the ramp, looking as cocky as ever, with Cena having to compose himself, wanting to rip Orton in half. Randy senses Cenas anger, and decides to try and rile him, getting into the ring, and posing on the ropes, before dropping down, taking a sly look at Cena, before asking for the mic. Orton is given one by Lillian, and he begins to speak.
Randy Orton: Don’t get worked up John, because the number one contender … aint gonna be you.
Heat from the fans.
John Cena: Well if it wont be me, then I see no reason why it’ll be you Orton.
Small pop, as Orton and Cena come closer, almost nose to nose.
Randy Orton: Oh, but I think it there is. I scored the pinfall last night Cena. I won us the match.
John Cena: No, no, no. What you did Orton was uncalled for. You knew I had it in the bag, so you suckered me into the RKO, and STOLE the three count.
Randy looks set to shout back, but…
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Christian enters the arena, and wastes no time in talking, beginning to speak, as he walks down the ramp, over his music, which slowly drowns out.
Christian: Listen up. John Cena, Randy Orton, saying as the main focus here is on my World Title, I figured this concerned me.
Christian walks up the steps and gets into the ring, taking a look at both men before speaking again.
Christian: I’m happy to face either one of you, I’ve beat you both before, so whomever it is, you can be guaranteed you’re losing again.
Pop from the fans.
Christian: So that leaves us with one thing … Eric Bischoff, whose it to be??
All three men look around, with Orton trying to indicate it’ll be him, with Cena trying to tell him differently.
All eyes go to the stage, and Eric Bischoff makes his entrance, staying at the top of the ramp, to make the announcement.
Eric Bischoff: Alright gentlemen, you all want to know who faces Christian for that very World Heavyweight Championship. I’m the man that makes those decisions, and right now I’m gonna make it.
In the ring, we see Orton again point to himself, whilst Christian listens intently, and Cena paces around, awaiting the announcement.
Eric Bischoff: On June 25th, at Unforgiven, it’ll be Christian, defending the World Heavyweight Championship … against … … RANDY ORTON!!!
Heat for the announcement of Orton as the #1 Contender, but Orton is jubilant.
Eric Bischoff: … AND … John Cena …
MASSIVE pop for the addition of Cena to the match, with Cena putting his hands in the air in celebration, whilst Orton looks irate.
Eric Bischoff: … WILL BE THE SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE!!!
SWERVE!!! John Cenas face drops, and he slowly mouths ‘referee??’. Orton though, laughs at the announcement, as the fans boo the decision. The Legend Killer grabs Cenas arm, and tries to force Cena to raise his hand, but as he does, John Cena snaps … AND HOISTS ORTON INTO THE AIR … AND DELIVERS THE FU!!!!!
The fans pop as the guest referee for Unforgiven snaps!!! Cena slams Orton into the mat, letting out his anger, and immediately points up at Bischoff, telling him in no uncertain terms the decision is ‘bullshit’. Cena then turns, and goes face to face with Christian in the middle of the ring. Captain Charisma and The Dr. of Thuganomics stare one another down in the ring, with the fans going wild, as Raw comes to a close, with chaos.
END OF SHOW
Date: 25th June 2006
Location: Pepsi Centre, Denver, Colorado
Event Music: Not Determined
World Heavyweight Championship:
Christian vs. Randy Orton
With Special Guest Referee: John Cena
Shawn Michaels vs. Garrison Cade
Smackdown; June 8th; Tulsa:
The show kicks off with the leader of The Cabinet, J.B.L. Layfield enters in his white stretch limo, along with his fellow Cabinet members Noble, and The Basham Brothers, looking smug - more so than usual - following his victory for SD at COTC, and steps into the ring. Immediately, Layfield overhypes his victory inside War Games from Sunday, before assuming this will mean he is now the next challenger for Chris Benoits WWE Championship.
However, in firm disagreement is Chris Jericho. The Highlight of the Night enters the fray, and initially applauds JBL for picking up the scraps at COTC, but reminds his partner that it was a team effort, and when it comes to singles accomplishments JBL - and everyone else - pales in comparison to Y2J.
Immediately after hearing this, Triple H makes himself heard, entering the stage, and blowing off Layfields argument, before telling Jericho that his own accomplishments matched against Jerichos, makes Y2J accomplishments seem like failures. They are then set to get into one, when JBL butts in, sparking a three man argument over the rightful title shot, when Heymans music hits, and the General Manager enters the arena to perhaps sort out the confusing situation.
Heyman cuts right to the chase, and makes it clear he is delighted with the performance of every Smackdown superstar at COTC, before saying the next challenger to the WWE Title will be decided tonight in a special 5 way contest, featuring JBL, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Batista and The Rock, with the title shot NEXT WEEK!!! JBL looks disgusted, believing he has done enough to warrant his title shot, whilst Jericho and Triple H seem content with the match tonight.
The action kicks off after a commercial break, with a SNME rematch, seeing Kid Kash once again defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Juventud Guerrera, after the poor officiating last time. This time, The Mexicools make their presence felt, not accompanying Juvi early on, but arriving on the scene towards the end of the contest, with Kash in control. Seeing Super Crazy and Psichosis though puts Kash off his game, and after knocking the two men off the apron, Kash walks into the path of Juvi, who looks for the Juvi Driver, but the champion fights out of it, and eventually gets the challenger up for the Dead Level, only for Crazy to pull Kash’s leg, tripping him, allowing Juvi to cover, whilst the two Mexicools hold the champions legs, keeping him down, 1...2...3!!! NEW CHAMPION!!! The Mexicools scarper immediately following the win, knowing they’ve stolen it big time, whilst Kash is incensed in the ring with the decision.
Backstage, JBL tries to make his point to Heyman, as to why he should already have a title shot, but the GM blatantly ignores Layfield, strolling on, into his office, slamming the door in JBLs face, much to the chagrin of the New Yorker.
A promo plays, hyping the return to ring action of Matt Hardy - NEXT WEEK!!!
We then see the reaction of Charlie Haas, watching on a monitor backstage, and shakes his head, muttering “I’ll finish you off for good this time”.
The WWE Champion, fresh off his win at the COTC, teams up with Paul London to take on The Basham Brothers. Danny and Doug give it a good shot, but the faces are far too good for them, and Chris Benoit makes Doug tap to the Sharpshooter to give him and The Golden Boy the victory in impressive fashion.
A Video Package is played, hyping a new tag team coming to Smackdown - The Highlanders. This promo is basically more of an introduction to Rory and Robbie, and that they are embarking on a journey to Smackdown.
Backstage, Chris Benoit congratulates Paul London on his recent performances, and tells London to keep shooting for the stars because he knows better than anyone if you continue to believe in yourself, you can achieve anything in this business. We then hear a cough in the background. Both men turn their attention to the man - TRIPLE H. The Game looks London up and down, before matter of factly telling him he hasn’t got what it takes, no matter how much belief he has in himself. Benoit then steps in, and tells HHH that Paul London is just as good as anyone on the roster … and has proved twice he is better than The Game. Triple H looks furious about the comment, and comments that the two losers ought to stick together, and tell each other they’re really better than what they really are.
Charlie Haas defends the United States Champion, facing the challenge of the ever impressive rookie, Brent Albright. Albright puts up a stern challenge giving Haas a difficult title defence, showing he is a match for anybody, but makes a critical error, looking for his armbar, but Haas manages to fight it, and in the process catches Brent in his Haas of Pain submission!!! The U.S Champion cranks the pressure, and eventually forces the valiant challenger to tap out. Haas retains the title, and makes a point of glaring into the camera, holding the title up, pointing at the name plate, sending a message to Matt Hardy who returns next week from his knee injury at the hands of Haas.
Josh Mathews conducts an interview backstage with the 2006 King of the Ring runner up, Batista. Mathews asks The Animal about tonights main event, with Batista talking about his opponents, saying Jericho, Triple H and The Rock have all had multiple title reigns and title shots, and JBL hasn’t earned a damn thing. He then states that now is the beginning of his turn, and tonight marks the beginning of his turn at the top of the pile.
Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam are set to compete, but just as they lock up, the General Managers music hits, and Paul Heyman enters the stage, grabbing the attention of both men. Heyman tells them the match is off, and that right now, Angle is excused. The Olympian begrudgingly leaves the ring, as Heyman remains at the top of the ramp, ready to make an announcement. The GM then informs RVD that his failure to co-exist with Sabu at the COTC on Sunday has given Heyman no choice with his next decision, and has decided to punish BOTH Van Dam and Sabu … WITH INDEFINATE SUSPENSIONS!!! RVD is furious in the ring, as Heyman re-iterates that both men dug their own grave, and have no one to blame but themselves.
After a commercial, we see RVD leaving the arena, refusing to talk to Steve Romero, too incensed by his suspension.
Backstage, we see the preparation of Chris Jericho ahead of tonights main event.
The Spirit Squad (Nicky and Mitch) defend their WWE Tag Team Championships against the former champions - Americas Most Wanted. As before when these two teams have met, AMW dominate proceedings, but the numbers game proves to be the deciding factor, as Kenny, Mikey and Johnny get involved, and in the end, Mitch nails Harris with a title belt, settling the contest, scoring the 1...2...3!!! The Spirit Squad get lucky again, and somehow manage to hold onto the titles, as the numbers game stops AMW from getting the belts back.
Backstage, The Mexicools celebrate their big win earlier tonight, with Juvi winning the CW title. The trio then meet up with Chavo, and attempts to get Guerrero to celebrate with them, trying to tell him they are the side to take, but Guerrero declines the offer to celebrate with them, telling the group that he doesn’t feel the celebration is warranted. Chavo walks off, leaving the Mexicools angry with his response, as their patience looks to be wearing thin, with Chavo seemingly not budging to their favour.
Josh Mathews conducts a pre-match interview with The Rock backstage, with The Peoples Champion basically giving a by the numbers Rock promo, eventually getting to the point that his title shot in long overdue, but he earns it, tonight.
The 5 Way #1 Contender main event ends the show, with Triple H, JBL, Chris Jericho, The Rock and Batista vying for the title shot next week. After a long tense match up, full of near falls and close calls, Triple H tries to get Batista to be his muscle, and help him get the win, but Batista makes it clear he isn’t in it for HHH, but in it for himself now. The Game tries to roll Batista up by surprise, but The Animal kicks out at two, and looks set to unload on The Game, only for Chris Jericho to dropkick him sending Batista out of the ring. The Game then turns around … INTO A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!! JBL looks to the skies, mouthing ‘thank you’ expecting to have it in the bag … BUT THE ROCK SENDS JBL OUT OF THE RING, INTO JERICHO AND BATISTA!!! The Rock hooks the leg of Triple H, stealing the pin from JBL, 1...2...3!!!
The Rock gets one over on JBL, stealing his certain win, and in turn earns himself the chance to meet Chris Benoit next week for the WWE Championship!!! The Rock celebrates his win in the ring to close the show, as JBL storms up the ramp, yelling ‘this is an outrage’, furious about how he had his victory stolen from under his nose tonight.
END OF SHOW
Alexis Laree defeated Molly Holly
Val Venis defeated Gene Snitsky
The Brotherhood defeated Two local jobbers
Rhyno defeated Simon Dean
The Dudley Boys defeated The Mexicools
Chavo Guerrero defeated Jamie Noble
Chris Masters defeated Hardcore Holly in a Masterlock Challenge
William Regal defeated Maven
Raw: June 12th; Greenville, South Carolina:
Video Package recapping last weeks #1 Contender announcement, with Randy Orton selected to face Christian at Unforgiven, with John Cena placed as special guest referee.
Jim Ross: The Bi-Lo centre is packed to the rafters in anticipation for another raucous Monday evening on the USA Network. Raw is on the air!!!
The Coach: Expect fireworks tonight J.R, this is gonna be a night like no other!!!
Jim Ross: You’re right Coach. With less than two weeks until Unforgiven, tensions are running high, tempers could be set to boil over, especially in the case of John Cena!!!
The Coach: Who?? Is that that referee?? HA HA HA!!!
Jim Ross: We’ll be sure to hear from the former World Champion later tonight - that’s right folks, he’s a former world champion, NOT an official, but there is the brilliance of Eric Bischoff for you. Tonight, out main event, six man tag team action, an Unforgiven preview if you will, as Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels and the World Champion Christian, face Brock Lesnar, Garrison Cade and Randy Orton.
The Coach: That could get ugly J.R. Maybe Cena should referee that one to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand!!!
Jim Ross: You’re loving every God damn minute of this, arent you??
The Coach: Absolutely. I’m happy for Cena. Finally he has a role he can be comfortable in!!! It’s his niche!!!
**DING, DING, DING**
Attentions go to the ring, as Lillian Garcia stands, waiting to make an announcement.
Lillian Garcia: The following contest is a triple threat match, with the winner facing Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship at Unforgiven.
**MY NAME IS FINLAY, AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
The Irishman, Finlay enters, with his solid stone face, ahead of a big title opportunity.
Jim Ross: What a way to kick off Raw this week Coach. Three men will have an opportunity to move on towards Unforgiven and face Shelton Benjamin for the ever prestigious Intercontinental Championship!!!
1st Match: Triple Threat, Intercontinental Championship #1 Contenders Match:
Finlay vs. Rhyno vs. Nick Dinsmore
Fast paced opening match to Raw, with all three hungry for success. Dinsmore, fresh off getting Kane kicked off Raw shows plenty of promise in the early going, whilst Finlay and Rhyno go at it knock down, drag out style. With none of the men involved every having the Intercontinental Title, all three show extra fire than usual, with fierce near falls throughout the contest, and no love lost between anyone.
The finish comes just as Finlay nails the Celtic Cross on Dinsmore, and looks to finish the match off with a cover, when Rhyno charges him down connecting with the devastating GORE!!! Rhyno then looks to make the cover himself, but by this time, Ric Flair is at ringside, arguing with the referee, trying to save Dinsmores chances, as we see Rhyno with a cover, wondering where the count is. He gets up, and spots Flair, making a beeline to The Nature Boy, who goads Rhyno to chase him out of the ring!!! Rhyno seemingly loses the plot, and goes after Flair, whilst Dinsmore tries to crawl onto Finlay … WHEN WE SEE A LEPRECHAUN appear from under the ring, and picks up Finlays shillelagh, swinging, and CONNECTING WITH DINSMORE!!!!! The Prodigy topples back down, and Finlay manages to drape an arm over him, as the referee finally turns his attention back to the ring, giving up on Rhynos pursuit of Flair, making the count, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship - Finlay @ 09:13
Finlay steals it!!! Meanwhile, J.R and Coach seem to be at a loss of words for the appearance of the leprechaun, helping Finlay to his win, as The Irishman has his hand raised in the air by the referee, and he now goes on to meet Benjamin in less than two weeks at Unforgiven. The camera focuses at the apron, trying to catch another glimpse of the Leprechaun, but all there is, is a bright green light shining.
Jim Ross: Di- Did we really just see that?? A little troll like man just won this match for Finlay!!!
The Coach: I’m glad you saw it too J.R, I just thought I was hallucinating.
Jim Ross: By Gawd, I don’t think I’ve EVER saw anything like it before Coach, a leprechaun??
The Coach: And hey, lets not forget, Finlay is now challenging Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship at Unforgiven!!!
Jim Ross: And that’s a big achievement for Finlay … but a troll??
We return with a short video package, highlighting last weeks altercation between Mister Money in the Bank, Edge, and the 2006 King of the Ring, Mr. Kennedy.
Now, backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by with Edge…
Todd Grisham: Edge, last week, y-
Edge: Yeah, that’s right, last week. Last week, Mister God Damn Kennedy made a grave mistake. He crossed my path, and thought he could get away with it. I don’t think so. In just a moment though, you can be rest assured Todd, this months flash in the pan is about to suffer the consequences of punchin above his weight, and he‘s about to learn just where he stands in the pecking order of Raw, and that’s with the rest of ’em … Below me. Bank on it Todd … Bank on it.
Back to ringside…
**KENNEDY** The 2006 King of the Ring enters the arena, to a positive response from the Carolina fans.
As Mr. Kennedy makes his way down the ramp, HE IS JUMPED FROM BEHIND BY EDGE!!!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar attacks the KOTR winner with a shot to the back of the head with the heavy briefcase. Edge kicks Kennedy down the ramp after the shocking blow to the unaware Kennedy.
Edge continues to deliver vicious kicks to the face of his opponent at the bottom of the ramp, before pulling him up, whipping Kennedy right into the steel steps, with such velocity, Kennedy plows through the steps!!! Edge, now with a deranged grin on his face walks around the steps, grabbing Kennedy, and whips him into the ringpost!!!
Kennedy slumps onto the floor, with Edge stalking around him. Edge waits, rubbing his briefcase as Kennedy tries to reach his feet, pulling on the apron to do so. As soon as Mr. King of the Ring reaches his feet … EDGE SMASHES THE BRIEFCASE RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!! Kennedy goes down, as Edge stands over him, quickly then deciding to roll his opponent into the ring, following himself, before yelling at the referee to ring the bell, which the referee does, albeit begrudgingly…
Mr. Kennedy vs. Edge
Edge immediately has the leg hooked, and the referee has no choice but the make the count, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Edge @ 00:05
Thanks to a sickening attack, Edge defeats Mister Kennedy almost in record time. We see the King of the Ring, bloodied from the briefcase shot, as Edge gets to his feet, laughing hysterically at his own handy work. Edge demands the referee hold his arm in the air, whilst making sure Lillian Garcia clearly announces his victory. Mister Money in the Bank then leaves the ring, as Kennedy slowly begins to move, having just been savagely assaulted, as we watch Edge back up the ramp, delighted with his actions, whilst we go into a commercial.
**NOTE - THIS SHOW WAS WRITTEN PRIOR TO THE MAY EDITION OF RAW WHERE THIS EXACT SAME SCENARIO TOOK PLACE**
We return from the commercial, and see the arrival of a gleaming Randy Orton, the #1 Contender.
Back to ringside…
Jim Ross: Well folks, there he is, The Legend Killer is here in Greenville. The man who will challenge Christian at Unforgiven, and boy does he look happy.
The Coach: And why shouldn’t he be?? Randy Orton is two weeks away from climbing back to the top of the mountain as World Heavyweight Champion, and it’ll be John Cena awarding him the title. Story book ending if you ask me.
Jim Ross: That’s something I find really hard to picture right now Coach. How John Cena would even contemplate counting Christians shoulders down for three to award his arch enemy, Randy Orton the World Title that Orton cost Cena just doesn’t add up in my head. But, during our commercial break over on wwe.com, it was revealed by Eric Bischoff on Unlimited that at Unforgiven, mark this one down now too - Mister Money in the Bank faces Mister King of the Ring, June 25th, Edge faces Mister Kennedy after the atrocious sneak attack from Edge moments ago.
The Coach: Unforgiven is shaping up to be ANOTHER Pay Per View of the year candidate J.R, damn straight!!
**HAVE A NICE DAY**
To everybody’s shock, MICK FOLEY is on Raw!!! The former WWE Champion, and former General Manager of Raw steps out into the arena, to a enormous pop, from the appreciative fans.
Jim Ross: Well would you believe it!!! It appears like we have a very special guest on Raw folks!!! The Hardcore Legend himself, Mick Foley, is in the building!!!
The Coach: I wish he had’ve made an appointment. This isn’t the type of surprise that the Coach digs.
Foley, dressed as always with a flannel shirt, and a WWE T-Shirt, rolls into the ring, and puts his arm up getting a positive response for just even a small gesture like that. Lillian Garcia hands Foley a mic and the music dies down.
Mick looks around the arena, as the fans begin to chant his name. Foley nods in approval, as the fans chants die down, allowing the legend to speak.
Mick Foley: Ugh, my back hurts, left knee feels a little out of place, my ear wont grow back, and the flight over was bumpy as hell … but despite that, it’s great to be back, right here, IN GREENVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA!!!
Cheap pop from the fans, as Foley winks, and gives a thumbs up.
Mick Foley: And it’s great to be back in the WWE, in this ring, on this microphone, in front of all the WWE fans!!!
Another cheap pop.
Mick Foley: It’s been a while, and damn, I’ve missed every single minute of it since WrestleMania!!!
Mick Foley: I’ve been watching Raw … and Smackdown for that matter, over the last few months, but I had a little free time this week, so I thought, what the hell, so I got to thinking … why don’t I hop on a plane and go to Greenville for Raw this Monday!!!
Mick Foley: So, I’m here tonight. NOT as Cactus Jack … not as Mankind … not even as Dude Love … but just plain old Mick Foley.
Fans pop, and start up another ‘Foley’ chant.
Mick Foley: Thank you. … I’m here tonight … not to start any fights, or to ask for my old job back, not even to promote a book. I’m here tonight, simply … as one of you … a fan.
Small cheer once more.
Mick Foley: So as you can see, right there in the front row … that’s my seat for the evening, and boy, am I gonna enjoy myself!!! Have a nice day!!
**HAVE A NICE DAY** plays again, as Foley steps out of the ring, hopping over the barricade, taking his seat in the front row, with a lot of the audience bemused about his involvement here tonight, with it being completely random, with no reasoning whatsoever.
Jim Ross: As ever, the jolly Mick Foley full of happiness it seems, here to wish the fans the best, and tonight, The Hardcore Legend is a FAN!!
The Coach: How interesting.
**I SPIT IN THE FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL**
Carlito now enters the arena for the upcoming tag team contest.
Jim Ross: In just a few moments, Carlito will team up with the Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin to face Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack of The Brotherhood. This situation is continuing to escalate in recent weeks, with Theodore Longs group not taking no for an answer from Benjamin!! What goes down tonight though?? Find out, when we come back.
Carlito & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Brotherhood w/Theodore Long, Mark Henry, Jazz
Average match up, joined in progress, as the ongoing situation between Benjamin and The Brotherhood continues, now with Carlito thrown into the mix, after he was screwed last week in his match against Benjamin, as the Brotherhood continued their attempts to win over the I.C Champion. As always, we get the absolutely astounding abilities of Shelton Benjamin to wow the fans, with Carlito chipping in too with his own eye popping offence. Throughout the match, Long, Henry and Jazz get involved - but ONLY when it’s Carlito, and make a point of taking on Benjamin fairly. This eventually leads to the heels getting the upper hand, and focusing on Carlito for a short period of the match, trying to make sure Shelton cant get back into the match.
CCC tries to fend off the heels, but the outside interference is the key to The Brotherhood staying on top, until Benjamin has seen enough, and bursts around ringside, nailing the Dragon Whip to Henry, sending the Worlds Strongest Man over the barrier, whilst Theodore Long and Jazz back away, begging off from Shelton, whilst Carlito scores with an enziguri on Jordan in the ring!!! Benjamin gets back to his corner, and makes the tag from CCC, whilst Mack tags in from OJ. Benjamin plows through the heels with his athletic offence, and Carlito takes out any outside interference attempts with a baseball slide to Long, knocking him into Jazz, whilst Henry is too slow recovering over the barricade to make any difference, leaving Benjamin to deliver the T-Bone Exploder to Mack, and covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Shelton Benjamin & Carlito & 07:23
The Intercontinental Champion is victorious over the group still looking to secure his services. Shelton and Carlito share a handshake, coming together for this victory, whilst The Brotherhood are left to lick their wounds, with OJ pulling Mack out of the ring, whilst the rest of the group skulk off, unhappy with tonights result.
We now go backstage, and see Todd Grisham standing by…
Todd Grisham: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I introduce my guest at this time … Booker T!!!
Booker T steps into the picture, to a generous reception, after six weeks missing from Raw.
Todd Grisham: Booker T, you’ve been missing from Raw since the beginning of last month, when your long term tag team partner, Goldust, was released by Eric Bischoff. So, what have you been doing in your time off??
Booker T: First off Todd, I wanna give a shout to my dawg Goldy. Sup man. As for where I’ve bin?? I bin searchin’. Searchin’ the country, east coast to west coast, lookin’ for talent, lookin’ for the next generation sucka. Aint no secret I’m gettin’ older dawg, aint no secret I aint got too much more in this tank, so I’m lookin’ to give back now. I wanna groom the next generation, and bring ’em under my wing. An’ after all my searchin’, I’ve found just the kid. This kid has all the tools dawg, the grit, the determination and the desire like I did … when I became a five time … five time … five time … five time … FIVE TIME … WCW Champion, sucka. ‘nd I wanna pass on as much of my knowledge of this business onto this kid … the future … I give to you … Elijah Burke.
We see a young black man enter the picture, smiling almost excitedly, and bumps knuckles with Booker T.
Elijah Burke: It’ll be my honour to learn from you Booker, and get to display my talents, every Monday night on Raw!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart Booker to give me this chance, and you wont regret it. Get ready for the Elijah Experience!!!
Booker nods and smiles, before exchanging a weird handshake thing with his new protégé, before grabbing the mic.
Booker T: NOW CAN YOU DIG DAT!!!!????
Booker T and Elijah Burke: SUCKAAAAA!!!!
The duo walk off, leaving Grisham nodding in the background.
Backstage, we see Shelton Benjamin talking with Carlito.
Shelton Benjamin: Hey man thanks again for the help out there tonight. Teddy Long wont take no for a damn answer.
Carlito: Das cool. But, uh, after last week, with The Brotherhood costing me the Intercontinental Title, it might be a good idea to grant me a rematch.
Shelton Benjamin: Absolutely, that’s the least you deserve. In fact, I’ll go to see Eric Bisch-
Benjamin stops, as Finlay enters the picture.
Finlay: I wouldn’t bather Shelton.
Carlito looks at Finlay with disgust.
Carlito: And what the hell do you want??
Finlay smiles, and puts his hands up innocently.
Finlay: Relax. I’m just giving Shelton here a bit of advice. Don’t bather going to see Bischoff. You need to start focusing on Unforgiven big man, because you have to contend with me now. So Carlito, don’t you be worrying your little head about an Intercontinental Title shot right now … I’ll be more than happy to give you a shot once I win the belt at Unforgiven.
Finlay pats Carlito on the back, and sports a fake grin, before glancing at Benjamin, pointing at the champion, and walks off.
Carlito: I hate that guy.
Shelton Benjamin: Yeah … so do I.
Carlito and Benjamin start to chatter over something, as the camera fades out, heading into the main entrance of the building, and we see an angry looking John Cena enter the building.
Jim Ross: And there he is Ladies and Gentlemen. John Cena is here in Greenville.
The Coach: This is ludicrous. I’ve never seen a referee get so much attention before!! How does Mike Chioda or Jack Doan feel about this??
Jim Ross: Gimme a break Coach. You know as well as I do, John Cena isn’t a damn official. He’s paid to wrestle!!! But at U-
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cenas music hits to an incredible reception from the fans.
Jim Ross: And it doesn’t seem like the former World Champion is wasting any time!!! That familiar music is blasting through the arena, and we are now awaiting John Cena to burst through that curtain. What does Cena have to say?? Find out, when we return!!!
We return, moments away from the beginning of the second hour, with John Cena waiting to speak, as his music dies down, and the fans chant his name.
John Cena: I aint gonna lie Greenville … I’ve had better weeks.
Boos from the fans, not happy that Cena is unhappy.
John Cena: Since last Monday night, I aint been happy … not at all.
Cena takes a look around, before speaking again.
John Cena: But- I think we all finally realised something from last Monday nights broadcast … Eric Bischoff … is a moron.
Pop for the insult at Bischoff.
John Cena: Sometimes people wonder why WCW ran into the ground. Now, I’m no expert … but my guess would be decisions like the one last week to have a wrestler referee, might just be one of the many, MANY reasons.
A small ‘CENA’ chant starts, which slowly builds into a big chant, with Cena nodding along.
John Cena: At least I can say though … I am the WWE’s most popular referee!!!
Small pop, with Cena being slightly sarcastic.
John Cena: Three things though really piss me off about this. The first is the fact that I’m employed to wrestle here on Raw … and that’s what I do best.
Pop for Cena.
John Cena: So to be told that on Pay Per View, instead of fighting for the World Championship, I’ll be officiating it, really, REALLY pisses me off.
Cena grits his teeth, before moving on.
John Cena: And secondly, - now I know I’m not every single persons favourite guy … but there is a BIIIIIIG Chain Gang in my corner, and all those fans of mine sure as hell don’t wanna see me running around in a black and white striped shirt, counting to three.
Heat from the fans, in support of Cena.
John Cena: But most of all, the biggest issue coming from this to piss me off, more than having to be a referee, more than letting the Chain Gang down … is that Eric Bischoff screwed me over.
Heat for Bischoff.
John Cena: Bischoff told me, directly to my face, eye to eye, that IF Randy Orton and I could co-exist, we’d BOTH be in line for a title shot. The fact we got the job done, and the fact Orton stole the win FROM me doesn’t matter now though, because somehow, Randy Orton gets the title shot.
Heat for Orton.
John Cena: So Eric, so be it. You’ve made this decision, NOW you’ll have to live with it. No promise of a title shot is gonna stop me from being me this time Eric, but I just don’t believe you an-
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
The Bi-Lo Centre fills with jeers and heat for the #1 Contender, Randy Orton, who steps out into the arena, dressed for action later on, wearing his latest ‘Career Killer in the Making’ T-Shirt.
In the ring, John Cena looks ready to snap, as he watches the cocky, smiling third generation superstar make his way down the ramp. Orton paces around the ring for a moment, thinking about the consequences of getting into the ring right now, as he takes a mic, and finally gathers the guts to get inside.
Cena stays still surprisingly as his nemesis enters the ring, and tries to keep his distance, as the music dies down.
Randy Orton: John, I- I- can only imagine how angry you are feeling right now. I tried to reason with Eric last week, to change the match to a triple threat at Unforgiven, honestly, I tried … but Bischoff wouldn’t allow it.
‘Bullshit’ chants begin to reverberate around the arena, much to the dismay of the Legend Killer.
Randy Orton: Shut up!!
Heat for Orton, who looks disgruntled by the response of the fans.
Randy Orton: I mean John, you’ve earned a title shot just as much as I have … well, almost as much as I have, but still, you deserve a shot at being World Champion.
‘Asshole’ chants now begin to stir, as Orton grows impatient. The Legend Killer shakes his head in anger, then waits for the noise to die down, before getting back to his point.
Randy Orton: John, I know you and I have had problems in the past, but what’dya say … lets start off afresh.
Heat from the fans, as Orton looks around, angry with the reaction, whilst Cena refuses to change his expression, staring a hole through Cena.
Randy Orton: Lets put it all behind us John. Let bygones be bygones.
Orton extends his hand, with the fans voicing their anger still. Meanwhile, Cena just stares at Ortons hand. Slowly, Orton realises the pretence wont wash with Cena, and pulls his hand away.
Randy Orton: Okay. Okay, it’s a little early for a handshake. I understand that, you need time to think about it. Well John, heres something else to ponder, and I’ll state this clearly … you scratch my back at Unforgiven … and I’ll scratch yours directly after.
More heat for Orton, as he tries to bribe Cena into helping him.
Randy Orton: If you deliver me the World Championship John, you have my word … you’ll get the first title shot.
Mixed response this time, although it leans more on heat, as Orton tries to meddle his way to becoming champion. Cena still shows no emotion, with Orton sensing the atmosphere not dying down.
Randy Orton: Hear me out. I know right now, you’re messed up. And the last thing on your mind would be doing me a favour. But think about it. You can kill two birds with one stone. Not only do you get to settle the score with me once and for all, you get to do it for the World Championship. It’s a win - win situation.
Cenas jaw locks, getting overly anxious with Cena in the ring.
Randy Orton: Think about it John. You know it’s the best solution. Just think it over.
Orton drops the mic, and exit’s the ring, as John Cena walks towards the ropes, watching his rival walk up the ramp, as we then see Mr. Armando Estrada enters the arena, talking over a mic.
Armando Estrada: TUDOS!!! EXCUSSSEMAY … everybody listen … HA HA … to me.
The fans give a small amount of heat to this mysterious character, as Randy Orton passes him, leaving the stage, wondering what Estrada is up to.
Armando Estrada: Ah … John Cena … I have an offer for joo, which ima expecting joo to like.
Estrada walks up the steps, and stands at the ropes, with that big goofy grin.
Armando Estrada: This offer … eet is … commes ee say … life changing ha ha. But first, let me introduce myself …
Armando gets inside the ring…
Armando Estrada: Myyyy name es ARRRRMANDO ALEJANDRRRRROOO ESSSSST-
CENA SCOOPS ESTRADA UP AND DELIVERS THE FU!!!! The fans go nuts as Cenas temper finally boils over, and the former champion snaps!!! Estrada sprawls onto the canvas, unable to even make his offer, before Cena nailed him with the FU!!!
The guest referee set for the Unforgiven main event throws the ‘wordlife’ signal, before leaving the ring, as the fans continue to cheer, whilst the show goes into another commercial break.
We return with highlights from before the break, where Orton made an offer to Cena, before Armando Estrada attempted to speak with Cena, eventually feeling the wrath of Cena, getting nailed with the FU.
Jim Ross: John Cena is not your average referee folks, and on June 25th, Christian and Randy Orton will find that out first hand, just like Mister Estrada moments ago in the ring.
The Coach: Anarchy J.R. That’s what we have coming at Unforgiven, with that lunatic as the referee!!
Jim Ross: But what about the gall of Randy Orton?? After all the suffering he has caused Cena in recent months to attempt to bury the hatchet. It’s only to benefit himself folks. Randy Orton is desperate for that World Title, and he’d be willing to sell his own father for it!!
The Coach: And that’s the type of hunger that impresses me J.R. Randy Orton will do anything to ensure he becomes World Champion!!!
Jim Ross: But will John Cena sell himself out for that World title shot, and a shot at Orton??
CM Punk vs. The Hurricane
Excellent short contest, coming together after their showdown backstage on last weeks show. Both men play by the rules, making it hard for the fans to boo either man. Strangely, it’s not a squash win as many would expect after Hurricane has played literally a jobbers role in the last year, but a tight match up, which Punk eventually wins, catching Hurricane after he attempts a cross body, hoisting him up, before delivering the Punk Card (Go To Sleep), for the elementary three count.
Winner: CM Punk @ 05:41
Punk remains undefeated since his debut, and chalks up another victory for himself, and for the second week running, does it with the Punk Card. Punk drags Hurricane up, after he has his hand raised, with Hurricane backing into the corner to stay on his feet. Punk grabs Hurricanes arm, and pulls him in close, shaking his hand, but mouths to him “You’re better than this Greg. You’re much better”. Punk lets go, and walks off, as Hurricane falls into the ropes, using them to hold himself up, still feeling the effects of the Punk Card moments ago.
The camera cuts to ringside again, and we see Mick Foley, nodding on, impressed with the action he’s seeing, as fans try and get in on the picture too, before we fade off backstage…
Backstage, we see John Cena standing talking to a random worker, looking anxious, and uptight still, when we see Christian with Tyson Tomko approaching in the background…
Christian: Yo, Cena.
Cena turns around, and rolls his eyes as he sees the World Champion.
Christian: You got a minute??
Cena nods, as the random guy pats Cenas back, telling him he’ll catch him later.
John Cena: What you want??
Christian: Just a minute of your time. I heard all that crap earlier that Orton was feeding you. About calling it in his favour, and promising you the first title shot, bu-
Cena butts in, and sighs.
John Cena: Lemme guess?? You’re offering me a title shot right after Unforgiven if I help you win??
Christian looks oddly at Cena, almost insulted by the claim.
Christian: No. Not at all. To be honest John, I don’t need anyone to help me beat Orton. So I’m not offering you a damn thing. I’m just asking you to do the right thing, and call it as you see it. Don’t get taken in by Ortons false promises John, don’t buy it. You know it, I know it, Tomko knows it.
Tyson Tomko: Yeeeep.
Both Christian and Cena turn to Tomko, then shake their heads and turn away.
Christian: We all know he’s feeding you B.S because you’re messed up right now. But I’m trying to reason with ya Cena. Don’t … Buy it.
Cena ponders for a moment, before taking a look at the title, and looks at Christian again.
John Cena: I’ll have to think about it. But just so you, Orton … and um, Tomko know … anything I do, is my decision … mine.
Cena walks away, whilst Christian and Tomko look to each other, as we take a commercial.
5th Match: Womens Championship Match:
Jillian Hall vs. Alexis Laree
Laree earned the title shot with a victory on Heat last night against Victoria. The two talented wrestlers put on an above average womens contest, with Hall trying to use as many cheap tactics as she can to hold onto the title, but Laree appears to be in inspired form tonight, able to out manoeuvre the champion at every corner, which infuriates Hall throughout the match, with Jillian unable to wear the challenger down for any sustained amount of time. Laree almost makes a fatal mistake though, going for a dropkick, only to be squatted away by Jillian, who tries to quickly follow up with an STO, but Laree blocks it, and nearly scores a three count with a cradle, which sends Hall over the edge, as she rolls out, and picks up the title belt, looking to get intentionally disqualified, but as she swings, Alexis ducks, then pushes Jillian into the turnbuckle, and rolls her up, taking the champion by surprise, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: AND NEW Womens Champion - Alexis Laree @ 06:06
The fans are in shock with a title change coming tonight, unexpectedly, with Alexis Laree out wrestling Hall to take the title. Alexis is jubilant with her win, becoming the new champion, whilst Hall slowly moves up the ramp, unable to comprehend her defeat tonight. Laree plays to the fans, rubbing her title, whilst Hall looks back, in tears, watching Laree hold the title she held for only a short period of time.
Backstage, we see trainers attending to Kennedy, giving the King of the Ring stitches after the savage beating earlier. Kelly Kelly arrives on the scene, and tries to get a word with Kennedy.
Kelly Kelly: Umm, Mister Kennedy?? Do you have a moment??
Mister Kennedy: Uh?? No offence sweetheart, but this isn’t exactly the best of times for an interview … I’m a little busy here.
Kelly Kelly: Oh … okay … I’ll make it quick then.
Kennedy takes a look at the trainer, and shakes his head in annoyance, twirling his finger by his temple and tilting his head at Kelly.
Kelly Kelly: Earlier tonight, Edge attacked you from behind, and then went on to beat you in less than ten seconds. Now though, Mister Bischoff has signed a rematch for Unforgiven. How do you feel about what Edge did earlier, and what are your thoughts on Unforgiven??
Kennedy sighs, and motions to the trainer to give him a minute, as he turns to answer the question.
Mister Kennedy: Kelly, tonight, Edge thinks he got the best of me. I’ll admit that … I should’ve been ready for a sneak attack like that. I’ll applaud him for that. But now … now Edge cant pull the same trick twice. He’s got two weeks to think up a strategy to hold me back, because a sneak attack wont wash twice. As far as I’m concerned Kelly … Unforgiven cant come soon enough, because until tonight … I just didn’t like Edge … (points to the cut on his forehead) … now?? Now it’s personal. And Edge is gonna find out you don’t want to have an personal issue with Mister Kennedy.
Kelly nods, and looks to walk away, but Kennedy pulls her back, and grabs the mic.
Mister Kennedy: (Through gritted teeth) Kennedy.
We return, looking at a graphic for Unforgiven, as J.R and Coach begin to run down the card, as ‘Victim’ by 18 Visions plays in the background.
Jim Ross: We’re just thirteen days away folks, Raw back on Pay Per View, with Unforgiven, June 25th from Denver Colorado. And the show is hotting up big time Coach.
The Coach: Once again Raw delivers on Pay Per View J.R. Bouncing back from the night that was Clash of the Champions!!!
Jim Ross: It’ll be the 2006 King of the Ring, Mister Kennedy, going one on one with Mister Money in the Bank, Edge!!!
The Coach: It’ll be a massive test for Kennedy, facing the World Champion in waiting. Can Kennedy show the world he is worthy of following the likes of Steve Austin and Triple H as King of the Ring.
Jim Ross: Immediately after Raw last week, it was revealed on wwe.com, that Brock Lesnar will meet Rey Mysterio in less than two weeks, after Mysterio upset the Iron Man last week on Raw.
The Coach: That one could get ugly for Mysterio J.R. Brock Lesnar is one bad, bad man.
Jim Ross: Earlier tonight, we found out that Shelton Benjamin will defend the Intercontinental Championship against the rugged Irishman, Finlay. Will the athletic ability of Benjamin be enough to hold back the challenge of the veteran??
The Coach: Benjamin better get his focus set clearly on Finlay, and quickly, or he is in grave danger of losing that sparkling title belt from around his waist!!!
Jim Ross: Who can forget, the World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line, with Christian taking on Randy Orton. But throw in the wild card of the former champion, John Cena, and we may have to get set for some fireworks.
The Coach: Will Cena call it down the line?? Or will he accept the offer of Randy Orton, and book himself a title shot, and screw Christian out of the gold??
Jim Ross: And, over the weekend we found out that Shawn Michaels will face Garrison Cade in a First Blood match!!! Last week, Cade accepted the challenge of HBK, but this past weekend, the stakes were raised!!!
The Coach: It’s time for Garrison Cade to stand up and be counted for J.R. At Unforgiven he needs to prove he has surpassed The Showstopper, and he’s gonna make Michaels bleed, sweat and pay the price of underestimating HB-Cade!!!
Jim Ross: Well right now, Marc Lloyd is standing by with The Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels to get his thoughts on that first blood match at Unforgiven …
Marc Lloyd: Indeed, I am joined by the Heart Break Kid himself, Shawn Michaels.
HBK pops into the picture, looking more jovial than he has in recent weeks.
Marc Lloyd: Shawn, in two weeks time, you meet Garrison Cade, your former protégé, in a First Blood match. Right now, what is your frame of mind??
Shawn Michaels: That’s a good question Marko. Right now, The Heart Break Kid is feeling good, I’m feelin positive. Shawn Michaels is at ease right now … but in less than two weeks time, The Heart Break Kid aint gonna be at ease, because I’m gonna be thick in the conflict, IN THE HEAT OF BATTLE, BEATING THE SNOT out of a guy I brought to the dance, a guy I helped along on this rocky road known as the wrasslin business.
And it’ll be all for a just cause Marky Mark. Because NOBODY crosses Shawn Michaels and gets away with it scott free, willy or indeed nilly. After everything I taught you, after everything I GAVE you, after everything I sacrificed for YOU, you turned your back … not me. After treating you … like BLOOD, like one of my own family, you turned you back … and that’s somethin’ you don’t do to HBK.
Garrison Cade, kid, you’re gonna learn the hard way, you’re gonna learn the BLOODY way … you’re gonna learn what the consequences are when a BOY enters a MANS WORLD!!! In less than two weeks Garrison ‘HB’ Cade you will step into the ring, not with some other wet behind the ears punk, but for the first time you will step face to face with a REAL man, not just a man, but you will face The Showstopper … The Headliner … The Icon … The Main Event, and you’re gonna taste your own blood.
Michaels storms off, having worked himself up into a frenzy, as we go back to the arena for the main event.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
Randy Ortons music hits, as the entrances begin for the main event.
Jim Ross: The #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship is on his way out here, for our massive, huge, main event, six man tag team action, when we return…
We return with a shot of Mick Foley again, giving a thumbs up in the crowd, as we see Rey Mysterio in the middle of his entrance, whilst Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and Garrison Cade (joined by Ric Flair), stand in the ring, with Mysterio not taking the chance of getting inside.
**H-B-K** Shawn Michaels enters the arena to a massive response from the thousands in attendance, looking pumped up for tonights main event. Shawn shows no fear of his opponents, and storms into the ring, with the heels deciding to take a walk, as Michaels lets off his pyro, with Rey now joining him in the ring.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES** The Bi-Lo Centre is on it’s feet, as the World Champion, accompanied by Tyson Tomko enters the arena, to just as big a response as HBK moments ago. Captain Charisma pounds his chest, and points to the fans, as he makes his way down the ramp, but in the ring, Lesnar, Orton and Cade attack Michaels and Mysterio!!!
The three on two odds don’t last for long, with Christian running to the ring, coming to the aide of his partners, as the six men pair off, with their Unforgiven opponents, starting this main event with a wild brawl!!! HBK and Cade take it to the outside, whilst Christian backs Orton into a corner, and Rey dodges The Iron Man. Eventually, the four men spill to the outside, and all six brawl on the outside of the ring, until Michaels and Orton get into the ring, starting the match officially.
Main Event: 6 Man Tag Match:
Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar & Garrison Cade w/Ric Fair vs. Shawn Michaels, Rey Mysterio & Christian w/Tyson Tomko
Long main event, and all six men are given time to get themselves ring time, whilst for the most part Tomko keeps Flair on his toes, stopping him from getting involved in favour of the heels. There are plenty of tags early on, but there is a moment where the action breaks down, as Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music OUT OF NOWHERE on Cade, and looks to make the cover, but Lesnar bounds into the ring, clobbering HBK down, sparking a brawl, leading into the commercial as the referee tries to restore order…
We return from the final commercial, with the heels now in control, from the commercial, as Lesnar caught Michaels from the top rope with a devastating Belly to Belly suplex!!! Now, it’s Cade in control of HBK, and the heel trio begin to make a plethora of tags between one another, keeping Shawn from making a tag. After a prolonged beat down, and near falls, with the faces having to break a couple of covers, Cade now begins to line up Michaels for his own version of Sweet Chin Music, but HBK ducks it, and begins a big comeback, with a hat trick of inverted atomic drops, followed by a hat trick of clotheslines, then HBK nails Lesnar and Orton, knocking them off the apron, and runs at Cade, but both men have the same idea, AND CLOTHESLINE EACH OTHER!!!
Both men are down, as Lesnar and Orton both get back onto the apron, looking furious from the attack from Michaels, as Cade inches closer for a tag … AND MICHAELS NIPS UP!!! Cade tags in Lesnar, as Michaels tags in Rey Mysterio to a huge pop!!! Rey jumps onto the ropes, diving off with a clothesline, knocking his PPV opponent off his feet, running off the ropes, scoring with a head scissors, sending the Iron Man into the ropes, and Mysterio wastes no times, immediately NAILING THE 619!!! Mysterio leaps to the top, looking to Drop the Dime … BUT FLAIR SHAKES THE ROPES!!!
Immediately, the faces pour into the ring, and another wild brawl ensues!!! Christian and Orton spill to the outside, whilst Michaels hit’s a cross body, taking himself and Cade to the outside. In the ring, Mysterio and Lesnar pull themselves to their feet, but Flair tries to take advantage of the referees distraction … BUT TOMKO CUTS HIM OFF!!! Flair falls over, just with The Problem Solver standing in his way!!! Flair pulls himself back from the ropes, and rips off his jacket, ready to blow his fuse at the massive figure of Tomko, but as he comes at him, Flair decides best of it, and backs off, getting out of the ring instead!!! Tomko is then set to get out of the ring, but he turns around and sees Lesnar getting Mysterio into position for the F5 … AND TOMKO BOOTS LESNAR!!! Brock drops Rey, and Mysterio rolls Lesnar up … GRABBING THE TIGHTS … AND HOLDING THE ROPES!!!! The referee makes the count, finally taking notice of the action in the ring, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, Christian & Shawn Michaels @ 15:39
Mysterio embarrasses Lesnar AGAIN!!! We see Cade and Flair getting away from Michaels, with HBK in pursuit up the ramp, whilst Christian and Orton brawl with each other up the side of the ramp, disappearing from sight, whilst Tomko follows in the background.
In the ring, Mysterio has his hand raised, but Lesnar attacks from behind!!! Brock drags Rey up, onto his shoulders, immediately delivering the F5!!! That isn’t enough for Brock though, and The Iron Man drags the lifeless Mysterio back up … AND DELIVERS ANOTHER F5!!!
Still, Lesnar hasn’t finished the beating, and drags Rey up, once more, throwing the cruiserweight right over the ropes, and onto the floor below. Lesnar follows out, and runs Mysterio, back first, into the ring post. Brock hoists Mysterio onto his shoulders again, and now delivers the F5, ramming Mysterio into the ring post again!!!
Now, Lesnar leaves Rey, as the masked luchadore rolls around, clutching his knee from the last F5, as officials rush to attend to the injured superstar, whilst Brock backs up the ramp, still grim faced, furious he was beaten again by Mysterio for the second straight week, but gets the last word this time.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Unforgiven
Date: 25th June 2006
Location: Pepsi Centre, Denver, Colorado
Event Music: 18 Visions, Victim
World Heavyweight Championship:
Christian vs. Randy Orton
With Special Guest Referee: John Cena
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Finlay
First Blood Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Garrison Cade
David vs. Goliath:
Rey Mysterio vs. Brock Lesnar
Mr. Money In The Bank vs. Mr. King Of The Ring:
Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy
Smackdown; June 15th; Greensboro:
The Thursday Night show kicks off with in ring action, as Kenny of the Spirit Squad takes on the runt of the Dudley litter, Spike Dudley. Kenny is victorious, giving the Spirit Squad a rare, clean victory, via an impressive top rope leg drop. After the match, Mikey, Johnny, Mitch and Nicky make their presence felt, and put the finishing touches onto Spike, adding insult to injury, but then, Bubba and D’ Von, along with AMW run to the aide of Spike, and chase off their mutual enemies, the tag team champions, the male cheerleaders, Spirit Squad.
Backstage, Paul Heyman is in deep phone conversation to ???. Seemingly it’s a lawyer of some sort, as he discusses a contract being signed, and someone being on their way to Greensboro tonight, making a debut on Smackdown, which has Cole and Tazz in discussion over what, or who it could be…
After a commercial, Steve Romero conducts an interview with the returning Matt Hardy, after a month on the sidelines, due to Charlie Haas. Hardy, more fired up than usual, talks about his last month, and that he is hell bent on gaining revenge, starting tonight, and ending by winning back his U.S Title.
In tag team action, the U.S Champion, Charlie Haas teams up with Chris Masters to take on Matt Hardy, fresh off his knee injury, and Brent Albright. The four put on a pretty decent contest, thanks to being given enough time to put something together, and three out of the four, are skilled in the ring. Hardy continually tries to get a piece of Haas, but still remains defensive, trying to favour his knee, not leaving any opportunity for Masters or Haas to get a shot in on it.
Late in the match, Albright makes a hot tag to Hardy, and the former United States champion enters all guns blazing, looking for a piece of his recent rival, but once again, Haas bails. Hardy takes his frustrations out on Masters, but nearly gets caught in the Masterlock, from a counter on the Twist of Fate, only for Brent to make the save. Haas then looks set to get back in, but instead, the U.S Champion thinks better of it, and bails, taking his title, and leaving up the ramp, not even looking back, as Albright becomes the legal man, and scores a pinfall victory over Masters with a Pumphandle Slam, for the 1...2...3!!! Hardy and Albright share a handshake as they have their arms raised in victory, before Hardy starts looking up the ramp, wishing for Haas to show his face.
After a commercial, we re-join the show with Josh Mathews interviewing J.B.L, standing alone. In the interview, JBL completely over-hypes his rise, as good as it has been, talking about all the odds he has defied, before going on to complain about the lack of respect he has been shown, despite proving he is worthy of a title shot, he still wont be given one. JBL states that for his single handed victory inside War Games two weeks ago alone, he should be awarded a title shot, but instead, he was robbed last week. Layfield then decides to storm off, getting angry just from talking about his frustrations.
Further backstage, Triple H approaches Batista, with The Animal trying to blow him off right from the get go. The Game then attempts to give Batista a pep talk ahead of his match with Paul London shortly, but Batista reminds The Game he has beaten London before, and he will again tonight, without needing anyones help or advice.
That contest follows right from a commercial break, with London and Batista putting on a run of the mill David vs. Goliath style match up. After a ten minute contest, with London now staging a big baby face comeback, we see The Game appear at the top of the ramp, and makes his way down the aisle, catching The Golden Boys eye. London looks towards HHH momentarily, before turning around again, but gets clobbered with a big clothesline from The Animal. Batista now starts to shake the ropes, signalling for the Batista Bomb, but he then spots Triple H sliding the sledgehammer into the ring, and kicks it back out. The Animal then starts yelling at The Game, telling HHH to clear off, with Triple H yelling back that he’s trying to help him, but Batista doesn’t want it. Meanwhile, London spots an opening, and rolls up The Animal from behind, 1...2...3!!!
Triple H costs Batista the victory!!! On the outside, The Game looks stunned, but then snaps out of it, and slides into the ring, looking to take out London, but The Golden Boy ducks under a clothesline, and dodges out of the ring, further infuriating his enemy!!! Now, Batista is back up, and The Animal confronts Triple H, with both men arguing each other, with Triple H trying to tell Batista he was helping him, whilst The Animal tells The Game he told he him he didn’t need his help, and he cost him the win. Batista then shoves past HHH, and storms out of the ring, incensed over his loss.
Another video package airs, hyping the new tag team heading to Smackdown - Robbie and Rory McAllister - The Highlanders.
Following a commercial, Chris Jericho is in the ring, with the Highlight Reel set in place. Y2J talks for a while about himself, and his accomplishments this year, before arguing that he hasn’t had a title shot in four months now, and after everything he has accomplished in that time, he deserves one. Finally, Jericho comes around to introducing his guests, firstly, The Mexicools. The trio, including the new Cruiserweight Champion, Juvi make their way to the ring. Jericho goes through a brief intro with them, before bringing out Chavo Guerrero. Chavo makes his way out, and upon entrance to the ring, The Mexicools try to hug him, but Guerrero brushes them off.
Jericho then begins to talk, saying the reason they are all here is to share the love around. Y2J then reiterates the offer from The Mexicools for Chavo to join them, and demands a decision. Chavo then takes the mic, and tells his compatriots that as much as he respects them all, he cant agree with the way they are going about their business, and refuses to join the group, but makes it plainly clear he doesn’t want them as enemies either. The Mexicools talk amongst each other for a few seconds, before Juvi takes a mic, and says he understands the decision, and it’s cool with the Mexicools. They share a handshake, THEN SUPER CRAZY AND PSICHOSIS ATTACK CHAVO!!!
The Mexicools beat down Guerrero in the ring, whilst Jericho decides he’ll be best off out of it, as the Mexican trio obliterate Chavo, slingshotting him into the Jeri-tron, before smashing the CW Title across the skull, eventually ending the beating with a Juvi Driver, leaving Chavo a lump on the mat, courtesy of a three on one beating.
Backstage, we see Paul Heyman on his cell phone again, discussing the un-named person, and that he is likely to be here in the next thirty minutes or so. Heyman then runs into The Dudley Boys, and informs them that he has signed a 5 on 5 match next week, with The Dudley Clan teaming with AMW to face The Spirit Squad.
Next up, Kurt Angle faces William Regal. For the first five minutes or so, it’s a straight up, wrestling clinic, with Regal holding his own, but eventually, Angle turns it up a couple of notches, and turns out to be too much for the battling Englishman, forcing the submission through the Anklelock, in impressive fashion.
Backstage, we see Batista looking ready to boil over, still seething that his former buddy, Triple H cost him victory, when he runs into Maven. Maven spills water on The Animal, not looking where he was going, and instead of apologising, begins to laugh, which sends Batista over the edge, and The Animal grabs Maven by the throat, slamming him through a door!!! Batista then tips over a table, letting his anger out, whilst a few random faces rush around Maven, trying to help him out.
After a commercial, it’s main event time, with Chris Benoit defending the WWE Championship against The Rock. The two men give the fans a tremendous contest to watch, with Benoit getting the absolute best out of The Great One in an even, face vs. face match up. Both men have near falls, with regular offence, before Benoit thinks he has it won from a Headbutt, only for The Rock to get a foot on the rope. Then, Benoit looks to apply the Crossface, but The Rock turns the arm inside out, and hits Benoit by surprise with a ROCK BOTTOM!!! The Rock covers …1...2...KICK OUT FROM BENOIT!!!
Following the stunning kick out, Rock then looks to deliver the Peoples Elbow after a spine buster, but as he drops down, Benoit moves!!! Quickly, The Wolverine follows up, and applies the Crossface!!! The Rock fights the submission for seemingly an eternity, before somehow finding the strength to reach out AND GRAB THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!
Benoit lets go, and the match continues on. Now, Benoit is in control, and nails the hat trick of German suplexes, after further beating on The Great One, but The Rock shows his desire, fighting on, kicking out once again. Benoit sets up for another German set, but The Rock this time fights it, elbowing free, then looks for another Rock Bottom, but as he does, Benoit elbows out, looks for clothesline, but The Rock ducks under, and gets a double leg takedown … AND APPLIES THE SHARPSHOOTER TO BENOIT!!!
Now, The Wolverine fights for his life as champion, locked in one of his own signature holds, but fights through the pain barrier, and manages to use his leg power to momentarily break the submission, but uses that split moment, to apply a Sharpshooter of his own!!! Benoit cranks back, and Rock toils in agony, looking to reach the rope. The Rock reaches out, within inches … BUT BENOIT PULLS HIM OUT!!! The Rock is now too far away to fight the pain, AND TAPS OUT!!!
Benoit once again retains his title in an enthralling championship encounter, one of the many he has had in his short reign already. The Wolverine has his hand raised, and celebrates with the title, whilst The Rock is gracious in defeat, and shakes the hand of the champion … WHEN JBL HIT’S THE RING!!! Layfield clobbers The Rock with a big clothesline, before beheading Benoit with a massive boot to the face, knocking him down.
JBL looks around the ring, at his handy work, before picking up the WWE Championship, and taking a long look at the title he desperately covets, when we then see Chris Jericho slide into the ring!!! Y2J ducks under a boot from JBL, and comes back with a spinning heel kick, quickly following up with a Lionsault!!! Jericho then knocks The Rock back down with a standing enziguri, before taking Benoit down with a Breakdown!!! Jericho now stands alone in the ring, and makes the point to the fans that the title SHOULD be his, but as he is set to pick it up…
Greensboro goes NUTS as the familiar music of KANE plays into the arena. The Big Red Machine, fired last week by Eric Bischoff shows up on Smackdown, as Jerichos eyes threaten to bulge from their sockets. Kane steps over the ropes, and into the ring, knocking Jericho down, as Y2J runs at him, then choke slams JBL, Jericho, The Rock, before hesitating … and TOMBSTONES BENOIT!!! The Big Red Machine then closes the show, staring down the WWE Title belt, whilst four broken bodies lay at his feet.
END OF SHOW
Trish Stratus and Lita fought to a double count out.
MNM defeated Road kill & Danny Doring to earn World Tag Team Title shot.
Val Venis defeated Simon Dean.
The A.F.A defeated Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki to retain the World Tag Team Titles.
Americas Most Wanted defeated The Dicks
Bobby Lashley made his debut and defeated Akio in impressive fashion, displaying major strength, and power ability.
Hardcore Holly defeated Luther Reigns
The Mexicools defeated Brian Kendrick, Kid Kash & Tajiri
Raw; June 19th; Toronto:
The show opens straight to Brock Lesnar in the ring, The Iron Man briefly gloats over his dominant dismantling of Rey Mysterio last week, and warns that bad things happen when you mess with Lesnar. Brock then makes the message clear to Rey that if he thought last weeks attack was bad - Unforgiven will be a whole new world of pain - if Mysterio even decides to show up.
As we see Lesnar leave, the camera cuts to the crowd, where we see Mick Foley, sitting right smack in the middle of the audience, surrounded by popcorn, drinks and chocolate, as he gives the camera a thumbs up, with J.R and Coach wondering why Mick is here two weeks running as a fan.
After a commercial, the action gets under way, with the womens tag match, featuring Jillian Hall & Lita, taking on the new champion, Alexis Laree, and Trish Stratus, ahead of this Sundays fatal four way, announced over the weekend. Just as the match is set to begin though, Eric Bischoff shows up on screen, and with a smile, announces this match has a special guest referee …
**MY TIME IS NOW**
A disgruntled John Cena enters the stage, looking extremely agitated, with Eric still on the titan tron, explaining he wants this Sundays special referee to get some practice. Cena angrily makes his way down the ramp to officiate the contest.
Throughout the match up, Cena looks incredibly bored and frustrated, keeping order between four women, with his role as referee taking the focus away from the actual action. Eventually, Trish hit’s the Chick Kick on Jillian, and Cena makes the three count, immediately leaving the ring, and storming up the ramp following calling for the bell.
Backstage, Todd Grisham interviews Theodore Long, joined by The Brotherhood. Long is asked about his obsession with recruiting Shelton Benjamin, which excites Long. Theodore explains that Benjamin is the most exciting talent on the roster, and he is the missing piece of the Brotherhoods puzzle in their quest for dominance over Raw, and eventually, Shelton will see the light.
Next up, Booker T & Elijah Burke make their debut as a team, facing Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki. It’s a quick debut victory for the new team, beating the jobber team comfortably, with Burke scoring the decisive victory, with his Elijah Express to Kenzo, with Booker following up with a Scissors Kick, allowing Burke to cover, and score the victory.
Backstage, we see Melina in a locker room, looking into a mirror, and the door knocks. She automatically thinks its Mercury and Nitro, and calls them on in. She continues to preen herself in the mirror, and asks ‘Who is the fairest of them all’. Melina then screams, as Rico appears behind her, whispering ‘RICO’. Rico then starts telling Melina not to hog the mirror, and the two begin to tussle around, very girlishly, before Rico sticks a blusher brush in Melinas face, with Melina running out of the room, telling Rico he will pay.
Another shot is shown of Mick Foley in the crowd, before we cut away, with J.R and Coach hyping Pipers Pit returning tonight for a one off special edition, featuring Christian and Randy Orton.
In a six man tag match, Shawn Michaels, Rhyno and Carlito take on The Horsemen, with HBK and Rhyno set for singles action on Sunday, taking on Cade and Dinsmore respectively at Unforgiven. It’s the longest match of the night by a distance, and there is plenty of bad blood between the six. The finish comes, as the action breaks down into a six man brawl, and it’s Dinsmore stealing the victory, cradling Carlito, whilst Flair and Cade deliberately lure HBK and Rhyno away, and Dinsmore spots an opportunity with the referee distracted, and scores a low blow, following up with the cradle, and three count to continue Carlitos winless streak.
After a commercial, Jerry Lawler makes a special appearance to judge a Bikini Contest to celebrate the beginning of summer. The rarely seen Kiss Cam host, Candice Michelle, Raw interviewer, Kelly Kelly, Stacy Kiebler, and Gail Kim take part, and have the horny teenagers in fits, with Lawler enjoying himself too. Just as King is set to get the crowds thoughts on who should win, ARMANDO ESTRADA enters the fray.
King looks furious with the involvement of Estrada, having thrown him out of the ring a month ago in Memphis, and as soon as Estrada enters, King tells him, he’s too late to enter the contest. Estrada laughs, and tells King that he didn’t want to be part of it, but he has business to take care of with Lawler instead. Lawler smiles, and looks happy to get into one with Estrada, telling him they can go right now. Estrada though has other ideas, and says he doesn’t want to fight Lawler … but this guys does …
**ISLAND TRIBE MUSIC**
The fans gasp in horror, as a sick looking savage enters the arena, built like a truck, wearing tribal like face paint, and even Lawler looks taken aback. Estrada smiles and nods, as the islander gets into the ring, with the women now wisely scampering out of dodge. Armando gets on the mic as the music dies down, and introduces everyone to ‘his little friend, The Samoan Bulldozer, UMAGA’. And with that, Estrada snaps a cigar, immediately sparking Umaga into action, and he bulldozes straight through The King like a crash test dummy. Umaga dismantles the Hall of Famer, eventually ending the vicious beating with a deadly thumb to the throat, putting The Kings lights out, making an impressive debut on Raw.
After a commercial, Edge is in action, taking on Gene Snitsky. Snitsky is in the ring, waiting for the Rated ‘R’ Superstar. Edge then makes his entrance, but as he walks down the aisle - HE IS ATTACKED BY KENNEDY!!! Mister Kennedy pays back Edge for last weeks attack, by playing him at the exact same game!!! Kennedy beats Edge down around ringside, and blasts Edge with The Rated R Superstars own briefcase, and rolls Edge into the ring, allowing Snitsky to cover for an elementary 1,2,3!!!! Snitsky beats Edge!!!!! The King of the Ring cockily strides up the ramp, pleased to have gotten revenge on Edge for last weeks assault, whilst Edge slowly comes around in the ring, realising what has happened.
Backstage, we see Marc Lloyd interviewing Shawn Michaels. HBK talks up his match this Sunday with Cade, and mentions that he has taught Cade everything that Cade knows, NOT, everything HBK knows. But the final lesson comes in the ring on Sunday, when he makes his former protégé bleed. Michaels then begins to walk off … WHEN THE HORSEMEN ATTACK!!! The trio put the boots to Michaels, and we see Cade punching wildly at Michaels forehead, wearing what looks to be a chain around his knuckle. Eventually, we see Rhyno run in to Michaels aide, forcing Flair, Dinsmore and Cade to run off, but it appears the damage has been done, with a deep laceration across the forehead of Michaels following the assault, leaving him at a deep disadvantage ahead of Unforgiven.
Following a commercial, we get another shot of Mick Foley in the crowd, posing for the camera again, with the cheeky grin and thumbs up, whilst J.R and Coach continue to ponder his involvement with the fans two weeks running.
J.R and Coach then run down the Unforgiven line up consisting of;- Christian vs. Orton for the World Championship with John Cena as the referee, AFA defending the tag titles against MNM, a fatal four way for the womens title, Finlay challenging Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Title, Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio, Nick Dinsmore vs. Rhyno, Edge vs. Kennedy and the first blood match between Michaels and Cade.
In a six man tag match, The AFA and Shelton Benjamin are beaten by their respective challengers at Unforgiven, with Finlay pinning Benjamin, thanks to help from the little leprechaun from underneath the ring, making a second appearance in as many weeks. The little man grabs Benjamins boot as he runs off the ropes, causing a distraction, allowing Finlay to take Shelton by surprise, kicking him in the gut, and nailing the Celtic Cross, to score the three count. Afterwards, Benjamin is irate, knowing he was cheated, but is unable to prove it, with the Leprechaun disappearing back under the ring.
Todd Grisham interviews Edge backstage, with Mister Money in the Bank livid, following the screw job earlier tonight. Edge makes it clear in no uncertain terms that in six days time, Kennedy will be dead meat.
After a commercial, Roddy Piper makes his entrance, and sets us up for the final segment, introducing Orton and Christian, and the two make their entrances respectively. Piper hypes both men, talking up Christian as the quickest rising wrestler to superstardom, and Orton as the greatest generation of the Orton family. Quickly, Orton tries to shake Piper up a little by saying he’s been known as a legend killer … and he respects Piper as one of the all time great legends … but luckily for him, Orton is more concerned with killing careers now. Just as Piper is about to make it clear to Orton he isn’t scared, Christian butts in, and tells Randy that the only career he is killing will be his own, because Captain Charisma isn’t going anywhere, and trying to prise the title from him, could result in nasty consequences.
Now, Christian and Orton seem set to go at it, but Piper steps in, and turns the attention from each other, and onto Cena. Orton immediately responds that Cena isn’t an issue, because he knows the consequence of helping him, and the result of not helping him at Unforgiven. Christian though, laughs it off, and states that it’ll be a cold day in hell when Cena takes up the corner of Orton. However, Randy is quick to respond, and states what Cena has to gain - another shot at the title, and more importantly to Cena, a shot at redemption against Orton. Christian takes the information in, and is set to respond himself when…
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cena enters, and briskly walks down the ramp, getting into the ring, ripping a mic from Piper. Cena then begins to talk, and tells Christian and Orton that he wont be bought, he wont be swayed, he wont be blackmailed or guilt tripped, and at Unforgiven, he will referee HIS WAY, and HOWEVER it suits him to do so. With that, Cena drops the mic, and hoists Orton up, onto his shoulders, delivering a thunderous FU!!!!
Cena stands over Orton, as Christian looks on, walking over to take a look … BUT CENA SCOOPS HIM UP … AND DELIVERS THE FU TO CHRISTIAN!!! Cena takes out both men ahead of Sunday, where he’ll have to call a match between them for the title!!! We see Piper escape out of the ring, in case Cena goes for him too, as Cena goes nuts in the ring, breaking up the stools, before taking the World Title, and in an odd way to close the show, the referee of the upcoming PPV is the last standing, and the one holding the title!!!!
END OF SHOW
Official Card for WWE Unforgiven
Date: 25th June 2006
Location: Pepsi Centre, Denver, Colorado
Event Music: Not Determined
World Heavyweight Championship:
Christian vs. Randy Orton
With Special Guest Referee: John Cena
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Finlay
World Tag Team Championships Match:
A.F.A vs. MNM
WWE Womens Championship; Fatal Four Way Match:
Alexis Laree vs. Jillian Hall vs. Trish Stratus vs. Lita
First Blood Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Garrison Cade
David vs. Goliath:
Rey Mysterio vs. Brock Lesnar
Mr. Money In The Bank vs. Mr. King Of The Ring:
Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy
Rhyno vs. Nick Dinsmore
Smackdown; June 22nd; Ottawa:
The show kicks off with a tremendous, fast paced fatal four way for the United States Championship. Matt Hardy, Chris Masters and Brent Albright challenge Charlie Haas for the title, with no championship advantage for Haas. Somehow though, despite odds going against the champion, Haas is able to steal the win, as Hardy delivers the Twist of Fate on Masters, only for Haas to dropkick Hardy to the outside, tumbling onto a recovering Albright, allowing the champion to steal the cover, and retain his title!!! Haas escapes quickly, whilst Hardy gets himself back up, looking furious that Haas stole the win again.
Backstage, the bulk of the cruiserweight division welcome Chavo, after his decision was made last week not to join the Mexicools. Kid Kash especially is apologetic, after doubting Chavos loyalties. Guerrero responds though, saying he didn’t choose anybody. He just chose not to join the Mexicools. Chavo blows off Kash, and tells him he didn’t want to take a side, but the Mexicools forced his hand - but he doesn’t want anyones help taking them on.
Josh Mathews conducts an interview with Kurt Angle, ahead of a match with Paul London. Angle congratulates London … on making everyone think he’s something special. Angle then declares London isn’t special, he’s just ordinary, and tonight, his bubble is about to burst, when he taps like a bitch.
Angle and London put on a terrific short match up, wrestled at break neck speed, with the time constraints. Both men come close with near falls, in a surprisingly even affair, but it looks like Angle has it won, when he delivers the Angle Slam, and pulls the straps down for the ankle lock, when Triple H appears, clapping Angle, wanting to see London suffer. The entrance though, puts Angle off, and he starts looking up the ramp, asking with The Game wants, with HHH motioning he just want to watch. Angle shakes his head, and then closes in on the ankle, but as he does … LONDON FLIPS OVER, AND CRADLES ANGLE … 1...2...3!!! The Game HELPS London once again!!! Angle kicks out right after, eyes popping open in shock, whilst Triple H’s jaw drops, incensed that London has defied the odds again, albeit with full credit to Triple H!!!
The Game charges to the ring, and slides in, but London jumps over the ropes, escaping the clutches of his rival, and darts up the ramp, as HHH goes nuts in the ring. Angle stops him though, and the two begin to argue, with Angle blaming The Game for costing him a win, but HHH argues he was only coming out to watch. With that, Angle shoves past The Game and sulks up the ramp, furious he lost.
After a commercial, JBL hit’s the ring, alone. Layfield cuts to the chase, and lists his accomplishments thus far, before pausing, and slowly muttering ‘surely, that is grounds for a world title match’. He goes on to say that everyone else has had their shot, but he hasn’t, and of them all, he deserves it the most. This brings out the WWE Champion himself, Chris Benoit. The Wolverine wastes no time, and tells JBL he is sick of the jibes and complaining, so he hereby accepts any challenge JBL wishes to issue, and allows JBL to name the time, date and place. Then, just as JBL is set to reply…
Paul Heyman hit’s the stage, but stays there, holding a mic in hand. The GM congratulates JBL on having his challenge accepted, and Benoit, for being a willing fighting champion … HOWEVER … neither of them can make any official announcement concerning a title shot. Heyman then goes on to name the next title match will be NEXT WEEK - and it will be Benoit defending against … KANE!!!! JBL is irate. He begins to complain about the unfair treatment he is being given, and declares he will start a petition for his title shot, when suddenly…
As soon as the explosion hits, JBL is out of the ring like a shot. JBL hops over the barrier, and begins to leave, whilst Benoit stands his ground. However, Kane doesn’t enter the arena, but instead is on the titan tron. The Big Red Monster just maniacally laughs, before telling Benoit that next week, his future looks very bleak, ending the short promo with another laughter fit.
Next up is the 10 man tag, pitting The Dudley Clan trio and AMW against The 5 Man Spirit Squad. With the numbers game even, the Spirit Squad are found out, and are unable to match the opponents, and succumb to the ability and experience of the face team, who pick up the win following a Death Sentence on Kenny, performed by Harris and D’ Von, and a 3D on Mikey, performed by Bubba and Storm, whilst Spike nails the Dudley Dog on Mitch, and gets the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Backstage, Triple H bumps into Batista. The Game tries to apologise for what happened last week, and extends his hand for a shake, but Batista looks at the hand, then The Game, and brushes past him, ignoring HHH. Triple H gulps back, knowing he has most definitely lost a potential ally.
Batista then destroys Maven in a squash match. The Animal now plays more to the fans, with a face turn now seemingly in the works following his reactions in recent weeks. Batista destroys Maven impressively, finishing off the aggravating opponent with the deadly Batista Bomb for the three count.
In a strange backstage segment, Chris Jericho stares longingly into a mirror in the locker room. Y2J mutters to his reflection about being ‘sent a test’, and that ‘he most overcome it if he wants to achieve his goal’, as it appears the wacky side of Jericho is beginning to re-emerge after weeks or somewhat normality.
Super Crazy, joined by the two Mexicools takes on Brian Kendrick. It looks like it may end up being another Mexicool victory with interference, but that isn’t to be, as Chavo Guerrero of all people makes the save, using a chair as the equalizer, taking out the outside influence, causing enough of a distraction for Crazy, to allow Kendrick to roll him up, and gain a priceless win!!! Chavo though, doesn’t take notice of Kendrick, not caring about the outcome, but only concerned with his own payback.
Another vignette airs, hyping the upcoming debut of the McAllister brothers, known as the Highlanders. At the end of the VP, it is announced they will debut in two weeks on the first edition of FRIDAY night Smackdown.
In a mammoth tag team main event, Chris Benoit and The Rock team up to take on JBL & Chris Jericho. In a long main event, the heels dominate for a long period, wearing down The Rock, until The Great One makes a stirring comeback, eventually tagging in the WWE Champion, whose freshness begins to sway the contest back in his sides favour. Benoit and The Rock begin to zoom in on a win, and The Rock takes Jericho out of the ring with a clothesline, taking himself over too, whilst Benoit looks to apply the Crossface on JBL … but Layfield battles out, and Benoit runs into the ropes, coming back … INTO A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!!!!! JBL covers the champion, 1...2...3!!!! JBL PINS BENOIT!!!!! Layfield adds ANOTHER notch to his resume, in his quest for a title shot, BEATING the champion CLEAN!!!! Layfield celebrates afterwards as if he HAS won the title, and emphatically walks up the ramp gleeful in victory.
Meanwhile, Benoit is helped up by the referee, and looks up the ramp at a smiling JBL, who motions around his waist that the title should be his, whilst Benoit shakes his head in anger. JBL puts one finger up, indicating he should be the #1 contender, when suddenly…
The fire pyro shoots from the posts momentarily, taking the smile from JBL, and startling Benoit. The maniacal laugh of Kane then booms through the arena, as Kane begins the mind games ahead of next weeks championship contest.
Mark Henry defeated The Hurricane
Tyson Tomko defeated a local jobber
Val Venis & Gail Kim defeated Rodney Mack & Jazz
CM Punk defeated Simon Dean
Hardcore Holly & William Regal defeated Luther Reigns & Mark Jindrak
Tajiri defeated Psichosis
Bobby Lashley defeated a local jobber
Kid Kash defeated Jamie Noble
On the pre show Heat Mark Henry defeated Carlito, due to outside interference from The Brotherhood.
… AND NOW …
Date: 25th June 2006
Location: Pepsi Centre, Denver, Colorado
Event Music: Victim; 18 Visions
The video opens with dark, murky images of abandoned homes, and buildings.
Narrator (Female): As the dark casts it’s shadow over light, the night of reckoning looms.
Dark, murky, unclear images of main event players from Raw.
Narrator: Crimes will be punished, prosecution will be inevitable, as the cold hand of fate envelops the land.
Clips of Christian, Orton, the World Title, and eventually John Cena.
Narrator: Two mortal men, bound by one common goal … their fate to be determined by one vindictive soul.
Clips of Christian in action, and holding the title belt aloft.
Narrator: The champion … confident with gold … desperate to keep it.
Clips of Randy Orton, hitting RKO’s, with glimpses of his sneering smile.
Narrator: The challenger … hell bent on success … willing to sell his soul for the prize.
Shots of John Cena, looking frustrated, scratching his head, and losing his cool.
Narrator: The confused judge … forced to watch … and crown a victor through gritted teeth.
A flashing light then shines, before there are shots of Garrison Cade turning on Michaels, and attacks ever since.
Narrator: A callous turncoat, united with sin … aligned with the dark shadows that engulf him once more.
Clips of Shawn Michaels, at first looking solemn, then shots of him fighting back.
Narrator: A betrayed mentor … stricken by betrayal, motivated by redemption.
Differing clips of Brock Lesnar laughing, then swapping to him stern faced, ready to snap.
Narrator: One behemoth … infuriated with envy, unstoppable in his quest.
Shots of Mysterio fighting the odds, and taking big risks.
Narrator: One mystical warrior … fearless of consequence, buoyed by heart.
Quick clips of all the big names fighting in some form.
Narrator: The flame of forgiveness burns no more.
More clips of Orton, Christian, Cena. HBK, Cade, Lesnar and Mysterio.
Narrator: The gladiators … the brash … the good … the evil … warriors all.
More clips, this time including Edge, Dinsmore, Kennedy, Finlay, Benjamin, and Rhyno too.
Narrator: To be unleashed without remorse … without mercy, without regret.
Quick final flashes of Orton, Christian, and finally John Cena.
Narrator: Tonight these men are … and forever will be … UNFORGIVEN.
… AND NOW … A T & T MOBILE PRESENTS A RAW PRODUCTION … WWE UNFORGIVEN
The camera pans around the arena, and the various fan signs, before focusing on ringside, where J.R and The Coach are sat.
They introduce the show, hyping mainly tonights main event, and the possible controversy that John Cena could create as referee, before they hand it over quickly to the Spanish team.
And we kick off the nights PPV action, with the heel stable of The Horsemen, with Nick Dinsmore being accompanied by Ric Flair for his match against Rhyno. J.R and Coach quickly recap the recent events between Rhyno and The Horsemen, leading to this showdown.
Rhyno storms onto the stage, pounding his chest, chomping at the bit to get torn into Dinsmore tonight, and wastes no time jogging down the ramp, and into the ring, with Dinsmore looking like a deer caught in the headlights.
Rhyno vs. Nick Dinsmore
Rhyno starts off on fire, tackling Dinsmore straight down, pounding his opponent, before getting to his feet, and sending Flair off the apron with a stinging right hand, much to the delight of the fans. Rhyno keeps the intensity up, beating the tar out of The Prodigy, gaining a near fall with a clubbing clothesline. With Rhyno having dominated, Flair decides to take matters into his own hands to help his protégé, and grabs the boot of Rhyno to distract him, but as The Man Beast gets set to go after him, Rhyno thinks better of it, and realises the game being played, telling Flair he’ll deal with him later instead, much to the chagrin of the outsmarted Naitch.
Rhyno continues to dominate Dinsmore, but eventually takes too long to set up for a piledriver, and as he goes for it, Nick back drops Rhyno to bring himself to safety, narrowly avoiding the deadly move. This opens things up for Dinsmore, who keeps his distance whilst he gets himself together, before looking to go in for the kill as he stamps his own authority on the match, with a swinging neck breaker on Rhyno, scoring a two count. Dinsmore sets up for a DDT now, but Rhyno fights out, ramming Nick into the corner, dragging him out and nails a vicious spine buster, which could win it, before Flair jumps on the apron, distracting the referee.
The Man Beast is also distracted, and gets up to confront The Nature Boy, but the referee stops him from assaulting Flair, and as Rhyno turns around, he spots Dinsmore up, and charges at him, looking for the Gore … BUT … Nick quickly drop toe holds Rhyno, sending him into the ropes, choking him. Immediately, Dinsmore rolls his opponent up, looking for the win, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Dinsmore looks shocked almost from the kick out, with Flair yelling in the background “THE TIGHTS!!”, as if to remind him to grab the tights next time to make sure of it. The Prodigy stomps Rhyno down, before dragging him up, looking for a double arm suplex, but Rhyno knees himself out of it, and catches Nick with a big power slam, and now looks to be setting up for the Gore again, knocking Flair off the apron again, making sure he cant interfere, then, just as he is set to charge, Flair, in a final act of desperation throws his jacket into the ring, stopping Rhyno in his tracks, as he picks the jacket up, ripping it apart, but as he does, Nick Dinsmore comes from behind, and executes and rolls The Man Beast up again, THIS TIME GRABBING THE TIGHTS, 1...2...3!!!!!
WINNER: NICK DINSMORE @ 06:12
The Horsemen steal another one!!!! Rhyno shoots up in anger once the bell is rung, and Dinsmore is immediately out of dodge, as he and Flair pull one over on Rhyno tonight. The Man Beast storms around the ring, furious that he was cheated again, as Unforgiven gets off on a sour note with a cheap win.
We quickly head to a graphic from ‘moments ago’, as we see the arrival of John Cena, who is met by a random worker, who hands him a referee shirt, as a gift from Eric Bischoff. Cena takes a look at the shirt, and grasps it tightly, almost set to chuck it, but then locks his jaw, and walks on.
1ST TIME WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - XIV - THE BEGINNING OF THE AUSTIN ERA WITH STONE COLD WINNING HIS FIRST WWE CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE MAIN EVENT.
The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - MARCH 18TH 2007 - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS.
Back to the arena…
MNM, led by the voluptuous Melina, enter the arena, to a generous amount of heat, ahead of tonights first championship match, and there is a big pop for the eventual Melina ring entrance, as MNM prepare for their first title shot as a tag team in the WWE.
**YOU LOOK SO GOOD / APA REMIX**
The ever popular World Tag Team Champions enter, with Rico full of energy as always, showing his jazzed up title belt, complete with mini boa, whilst Simmons keeps his focus locked on the two challengers in the ring, ready to kick ass as always.
World Tag Team Championships Match:
A.F.A vs. MNM
Rico (tries) to enter the ring ala Melina, with MNM nearly throwing up at the sight of the champion trying to copy the normally sexy entrance, made gross inducing, and as soon as Rico is inside the ring, MNM attack!!! Ron Simmons tries to aide his partner, but is quickly knocked off the apron by the challengers, who instantly get Rico up, AND DELIVER THE SNAPSHOT!!!!! Mercury covers and Nitro makes sure Simmons cant get in, 1...2...3!!!!!
WINNERS: AND NEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS - MNM @ 00:24
New champions are crowned in almost record time!!!!! Mercury, Nitro and Melina grasp the titles, and involve themselves in a group hug, celebrating a glorious win, whilst Ron Simmons helps Rico out of the ring following an embarrassing quick fire loss to the new champions.
The celebrations continue in the ring, with J.R and Coach talking about a new era of tag teams on Raw kicking off, as we fade out…
A video package plays, hyping this years SummerSlam on August 20th from Anaheim, California, with the tag line - “HOTTER THAN HELL”
Backstage now, we see CM Punk talking with a random worker, but it’s hard to make out what the conversation is about. They walk through the backstage area chatting together, nodding at people they pass, and saying hello, then, Punk spots The Hurricane, and turns his head, ignoring the ‘super hero’, and continues to walk on, whilst Hurricane stands in the background looking lost, shocked by the brush off from Punk.
Back into the arena…
**MY NAME IS FINLAY AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
Belfast’s own, fighting Irishman, Finlay enters the arena, with shillelagh in hand, looking focused and ready ahead of his first title shot in the WWE, just mere weeks following his debut, but the veteran doesn’t look nervous, having faced many big battles previously in his long career.
**AINT NO STOPPIN ME NOW**
The Pepsi Centre comes alive for the rising star, the I.C Champion, Shelton Benjamin, as he parades out onto the stage, looking full of vigour ahead of another big title defence, but looks like he has plenty on his mind, following recent altercations with The Brotherhood.
**FROM THIS POINT THE MATCHES ARE BRIEFLY RECAPPED**
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Finlay
Decent mixture of styles, with Finlay struggling in the early going with Sheltons quick fire style, and superb agility. Eventually, the Irishman takes over, thanks to his mean force, grounding the champion. Benjamin of course makes a stirring comeback, but that appears to fall apart due to the appearance of the Little Bastard from under the ring, causing ample distraction for Benjamin, allowing Finlay to take over again, coming close to taking the title. Finlay looks to finish the job with the Celtic Cross, but Benjamin fights out of it, and nails his T-Bone Exploder, only for the Little Bastard to intervene again, putting Finlays foot on the rope. This prompts the champion to chase after him, around ringside, before the referee gets in the way, as he orders the leprechaun up the ramp. Benjamin gets back inside the ring, but Finlay takes full advantage of the referees distraction, and blasts Shelton with the Shillelagh, and covers, with the referee getting back inside, 1...2...3
WINNER: AND NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION - FINLAY @ 14:09
A new champion is crowned for the second match in a row!!! Finlay steals the IC Title, all thanks to the little bastard!!! He quickly gets away with his newly won gold up the ramp, whilst Benjamin has yet to move from the knockout blow.
Fanatix Series Commercial - This Month - Wrestle Mania XXII ‘Where Dreams Became Reality’
Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by with Ken Kennedy. In a brief interview, Kennedy talks about his ascension on Raw, and his status as the next superstar in the WWE, and tonight, the King of the Ring will be Rated K for KENNEDY … and you can bank on it.
A short Video package then plays, hyping the upcoming match.
Back into the arena…
The biggest pop of the night so far rips through Denver, as the 2006 King of the Ring steps into view, ahead of arguably his biggest singles match yet, taking on a ‘world champion in waiting’ in Mr. Money in the Bank. As always, Kennedy goes through his introduction, allowing the fans to chant along, with KENNEDY.
Heat for the Rated R Superstar takes over the Pepsi Centre, as Edge steps onto the stage, with his permanent scowl fixed on, ahead of this match, as the question again arises between Coach and J.R, as to when will Edge cash in his title shot, as he slowly steps inside the ring, ahead of this hotly anticipated contest.
Mr. Money In The Bank vs. Mr. King Of The Ring:
Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy
Both men go right at it, in a fist fight brawl, in and out of the ring, in and out of the ring, in and out of the ring, with the upper hand shifting at all times, until the match stays inside for a period, with Kennedy taking over. That momentum doesn’t last long, as Edge gets back into the match, as the contest flows back and forth for a pulsating encounter. Towards the dying moments of the match, as the finish nears, with both scoring near falls, getting closer and closer to three, whilst they both miss signature moves at the last second, Edge begins to seize control, but gets over zealous looking for the Spear … and gets kicked in the head for his troubles!!! Kennedy rolls up the MITB holder, for a shock win, 1...2...3!!!
WINNER: MR. KENNEDY @ 16:16
Kennedy shocks Edge!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar goes ballistic in the ring following his loss, whilst Kennedy leaves the ring, smiling broadly, having got one over on Edge, but it doesn’t look like this feud is over just yet…
Backstage, we see Armando Estrada and Umaga walking through the hallways, with random workers backing out of the way of the carnivore, in fear of the impressive Samoan.
Elsewhere, we see Shelton Benjamin being consoled by Val Venis, Roadkill and Danny Doring on his loss, when The Brotherhood enter the fray. Venis and the former ECW Tag Champions stand up for Shelton, but the former I.C Champion tells them it’s okay, and the three walk off, making sure Benjamin is okay, before Long begins to talk. He tells Benjamin tonight was a travesty, and The Brotherhood saw what went down, and it disgusted them. He then goes on to tell Benjamin that had he taken them up on their offer, all of this heartache could’ve been avoided. Finally, Long re-issues his offer, telling Benjamin the door to The Brotherhood is always open for him. He extends his hand … but Shelton just walks off. Long rolls his eyes, and shakes his head, starting to lose patience with Benjamins attitude towards his offers.
A video package plays, hyping the upcoming First Blood match.
Now, backstage, we see HBK walking through the halls, with a close up on a plaster over his forehead from last weeks attack.
For the second time tonight, The Horsemen enter, this time, with Dinsmore staying behind, whilst Flair (minus jacket), and Cade enter ahead of the first blood match. The whole way down the ramp, Flair gives advice to Cade, who nods at each comment, taking in every word, with this huge task ahead of him.
An almighty roar comes over the arena, as the veteran, Shawn Michaels makes his entrance, and feeds off the fans energy showing plenty of love for his adoring fans, looking confident despite the apparent disadvantage of having a healing wound already to attack, whilst Cade is calmed in the ring by the master, Ric Flair.
First Blood Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Garrison Cade
Cade runs quickly, getting out of dodge from Michaels, and this is the case in the early going, with Flair taking a couple of shots anytime he tries to get involved on Cades behalf. Eventually, Cade is caught, and HBK has his way with his former protégé. He tries to bust Cade open, slamming his head off the steel steps, and the ring post, along with using a trash can, but gets no glory. Meanwhile, Cade takes charge thanks to a crafty trip from Flair on HBK, and the tables turn with Cade now doing the same to Michaels. This leads to the big comeback from Michaels, just avoiding a chair shot from Cade, as he runs through all his big offence, and nails Sweet Chin Music to Flair … but gets clobbered afterwards by Cade. Cade then lines up another chair shot, but HBK ducks, and Cade nails the referee!!! He turns back around … and is nailed with Sweet Chin Music INTO THE CHAIR!!! Cade is instantly bleeding … but no referee is there to call it!!! Michaels celebrates in the ring, when suddenly, Nick Dinsmore comes from the crowd to nail him with a lead pipe!!! The sickening shot to the back of the head puts HBK down immediately, and as we switch to Dinsmore rolling Cade out of the ring, out of shot from the referee, we cut back and see HBK bleeding profusely from the back of the head. The Prodigy gives the referee a shake, and lets him see HBK busted open, and the referee calls for the bell, not seeing Cade also busted open.
WINNER: GARRISON CADE @ 17:00
Cade wins!!!!???? Dinsmore turns the tide in his stablemates favour, after he was bust open first!!! Dinsmore quickly makes sure Cade and Flair get out of dodge as quickly as possible, having stolen a victory from Michaels, with HBK motionless from the pipe shot to the back of his head, unable to argue the decision.
A video package plays hyping next months Smackdown brand PPV, The Great American Bash on July 23rd from Atlanta, Georgia.
In the parking lot, we see The Horsemen with Cade still in his wrestling gear, quickly escaping the building, and getting into a waiting car, not sticking around to get any comeuppance after their actions tonight.
Now, we see Umaga and Armando Estrada enter the arena, with J.R and Coach talking about the blistering debut of Umaga last Monday, taking out Jerry Lawler which obviously Coach was a fan of.
Estrada gets on the mic, and talks about all his attempts at being generous to the Raw roster over the past two months, and each time being knocked back, or even attacked. He then says each and every one of them will regret their actions now, because of this man (pointing at Umaga). Estrada says that now, everyone better take cover, run and hide, because there is no more Mister Nice Guy, and anyone that upsets him from this point forward, will have to deal with his ‘little’ friend UMAGA.
He then tells the fans that Jerry Lawler was the first to try him twice, and we all saw what happened, and anyone else will get the exact same treatment. Estrada makes an open challenge to Lawler to come back anytime to face his wrecking ball, or anybody that thinks they can take this monster. Estrada then finishes off the promo, making the point that things are about to change.
Backstage, we see Rey Mysterio in the trainers room, getting taped up, ahead of his match later with Brock Lesnar.
**TIME TO ROCK AND ROLL**
Trish Stratus enters the arena to a great reaction for a female, with the fans in approval for the Canadian, ahead of the fatal four way tonight.
The former champion, beaten two weeks ago on Raw, makes a low key entrance, moving quickly down the ramp, focusing intently on reclaiming the title she held for only a short period.
**LOVE FURY PASSION ENERGY**
Now, Lita enters, with it being almost two years to the day that she last held the title, and it looks like the tension between her and Trish may even blow over before the match begins.
The recently crowned champion jumps onto the stage, proudly holding the belt that her three challengers desperately want to hold. Alexis slaps hands with fans on the way down the ramp, ahead of this match we could see her lose without being pinned.
WWE Womens Championship; Fatal Four Way Match:
Alexis Laree vs. Jillian Hall vs. Trish Stratus vs. Lita
Not much to report really, just want to get this out of the way. Laree retains, as Trish and Lita brawl out of the arena, leaving it a one on one for the majority of the contest, and it’s Laree retaining against the former champion, finishing her off with the Laree-DT
WINNER: AND STILL WOMENS CHAMPION - ALEXIS LAREE @ 10:49
Backstage, we see John Cena sitting in the locker room, staring at his referee shirt, shaking his head in disgust, when a delivery guy enters the room, and hands him a package. Cena opens up the package, and takes a look at something attached to a clipboard, and shakes his head again, setting the package down, and walking off. The camera then zooms in to the package and we see that it is a contract - from Randy Orton, and it pertains to a World Title Match between the two, following Unforgiven, showing both Ortons offer was genuine, and that he is so desperate to be champion he will give Cena a title shot to make sure of it.
A video package then airs, ahead of the upcoming Mysterio vs. Lesnar match.
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Looking furious from recent events, Brock Lesnar makes his way out, with a huge snarl on his face, with J.R and Coach commenting this mightn’t be a night to remember for Rey Mysterio with the mood of Lesnar.
Mysterio bursts from under the stage, with strapping showing around his back, following the heinous attack two weeks ago from Lesnar. The fighting spirit of Mysterio though has brought the diminutive warrior to tonights show, despite being clearly far from 100%.
David vs. Goliath:
Rey Mysterio vs. Brock Lesnar
Mysterio tentatively circles the ring, with Lesnar licking his lips, wanting to finish off Mysterio for good. A very long match, of big man wearing down little man, after an opening spell of the little man being a little too quick and too tricky for the big man to wear down, but once Lesnar takes over, Mysterio finds himself in a world of pain, but somehow manages to survive, time and time again. Mysterio barely even gets a look in for any offence, even in the latter stages, with Lesnar closing in, but Rey manages to avoid the F5 on three occasions, and the third time, manages to send Brock into the ropes, and nails the 619!!! He then goes for the West Coast Pop, but Brock catches him, and looks for the F5 again, but Rey shifts in mid air, and takes him by surprise with a Hurricanrana, hooking the legs, 1...2...3
WINNER: REY MYSTERIO @ 22:56
Backstage, Kelly Kelly tries to catch an interview with Christian, asking him how he feels John Cena will call the match. Christian, quickly and abruptly, tells the lady that he doesn’t know, but he’s about to find out.
A video package plays, hyping tonights main event.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
The Pepsi Centre greets the #1 Contender with a barrage of abuse, jeers and heat which Orton brushes off, with the ever present cocky smile. The Legend Killer - now the self dubbed Career Killer - makes his way to the ring, looking to eradicate the demons of the past two Wrestle Manias of losing world title matches.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Captain Charisma is met with an amazing response, showing now his full popularity as a fan favourite, which is helped by taking on the most easily hated heel currently on the Raw roster. No Tomko present with him, but Christian doesn’t look fazed, and shows the confidence which brought him to the dance, stepping into the ring with no hesitation.
Now, after a few moments of silence …
**MY TIME IS NOW**
The Pepsi Centre erupts, but John Cena certainly does not, as he slowly enters the arena, wearing his referee shirt, with sleeves cut off, and manages a small salute to the fans, before making his way down to officiate a match he believes he should be competing in.
World Heavyweight Championship:
Christian vs. Randy Orton
With Special Guest Referee: John Cena
The fans are rabid, as arguably the top three stars on Raw share the ring, and Cena takes a look around, before calling for the bell to start the match. It’s a slow opening few minutes with tense lock ups etc, as Cena plays it even steven, forcing both men to break holds at the count of four on a few occasions, and shows a few uneasy glares in both directions at times, with Cena going face to face with both men.
Throughout the contest, the decision making of Cena is brought into question, as he allows the match to disintegrate, not bothering with count outs, but does stop both men from using foreign objects. Orton kicks out at two from a Frog Splash, but Christian argues a slow count, as he and Cena nearly come to blows, which allows the challenger to recover, and he takes advantage, HITTING AN RKO!!! He has the cover, but Christian gets a foot on the rope!!! Now, Orton and Cena nearly come to blows, with Orton arguing that the foot was on the rope after three. Orton is in control of the match, but Christian forces a comeback, and looks for a splash, but Orton ducks it, and Christian takes out Cena instead!!! Orton dropkicks Christian, before grabbing a chair from the outside, looking to take advantage of the situation with the referee down. He leans back to nail the champion, but Cena grabs the chair from behind!!! The two struggle, and Orton takes the chair, swinging at Cena, but misses, and Cena responds, delivering the FU!!! Christian is back up, and wastes no time, whilst Cena looks almost disgusted with himself for losing his cool, whilst Christian hit’s the Unprettier, and Cena makes the count, grudgingly, 1...2...3
WINNER: AND STILL WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION - CHRISTIAN @ 24:39
Cena presents Christian with the belt, and quickly holds the champions arm up, before storming off, pissed off that he’s given Orton an ‘out’ for this loss, as the show ends.
Any comments are appreciated.
Last edited by Wolf Beast; 03-02-2008 at 02:38 PM.
Reason: Trying to fixed the bunched up Raws :$