Raw; February 26th; Washington D.C:
Video recap from last week, where Shawn Michaels, representing Brock Lesnar, took on Umaga, representing Triple H. Clips are shown from during the night with HBK super kicking Shane McMahon, then pondering whether or not to wrestle as a form of protest to get his match with Mick Foley back on at WrestleMania. Then, Mick Foley himself makes a surprise appearance, and stirs HBK into life giving him reason to go out and give his all, with Michaels going all out for victory against Umaga
but came up short.
Foley would then reveal that he didnt need to
as all along, he had managed to arrange a Non-Sanctioned match at WrestleMania instead.
We then cut straight into the arena
with Mick Foley stood, centre ring.
**HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK**
The fans give Foley heat, with the Hardcore Legend staring straight ahead, and patiently waits for the fans to quieten down.
Mick Foley: Id like to begin with an apology.
Embarrassed, Foley puts his head down, feeling guilty, as the fans give him abuse for his actions on the beloved Shawn Michaels.
Mick Foley: Shawn Michaels
Id like to thank you for offering to stay at home tonight, and allow me to explain myself, and my actions.
More heat for Foley.
Mick Foley: And God knows, you all deserve an explanation.
The camera focuses on Foley, looking guilty, responsible, ashamed.
Mick Foley: The truth is
I dont know whats came over me.
The fans arent impressed, not looking for a cop out excuse.
Mick Foley: Something
there is something that just seems to
and I dont know how to control it. I dont even realise its happening.
Foley closes his eyes for a moment, looking rather unstable, and highly emotional.
Mick Foley: Ive had to watch the tapes back just for people to prove to me that Ive actually done the things I have to Shawn. THATS HOW BAD IT IS!!!
Thats how serious my condition is.
In the arena, the fans simmer down after the random yell from Mick. Meanwhile, Foley composes himself, and brushes his hair back.
Mick Foley: I sat back, and watched what I did to Shawn Michaels
and I was physically sick.
Foley looks around, taking a moment to take in the fans response.
Mick Foley: I watched the tape
and I didnt know who that guy was. That wasnt me
that was someone else.
Mick looks down, clenching his fist, before summoning the courage to speak again.
Mick Foley: But thats not the first time its happened
and its not the first time Ive acknowledged it. Quite frankly
scared of what Im becoming
scared of what I may do
The camera closes in on the eyes of Foley, who quickly turns around, and starts to walk around the ring, talking to the audience.
Mick Foley: Im living in fear of what Im gonna do. I dont seem to have control over myself anymore. Something else lives here
is in control.
Foley slaps his brain, as he says the last sentence, then crouches down in the corner, with the fans dead quiet, shocked by the behaviour of Foley, who pulls at his hair, ala Mankind.
He slowly stops, then looks back up, almost in euphoria, speaking in a low tone, barely picked up on the mic.
Mick Foley: If you want answers
if you want to know, why Shawn Michaels?? ILL tell you.
Foley stands up, with a wild look in his eye.
Mick Foley: For years, even before my retirement
Ive became known for being a nice guy
what you might call
a cuddly teddy bear figure.
Foley starts to walk around again, talking to the audience.
Mick Foley: Thats not what I am. Thats not what I wanted to be. A lot of you people probably dont even realise, youre probably too ignorant to know that for years
I sacrificed my body
Ive bled from every pore on my being
Ive suffered second degree burns
Foley now pulls his hair back furiously, showing off his deformed ear to the camera.
Mick Foley: I LOST two thirds of my ear in Germany, putting my body on the line.
He now shows off the massive gap in his mouth where teeth used to be.
Mick Foley: Four front teeth - KNOCKED OUT!!!
Foley gets a big close up, as he starts to reel off his war wounds
Mick Foley: Over three hundred stitches, eight concussions, five broken ribs, broken nose -TWICE, broken cheekbone, jaw, and a torn abdominal.
Now, he shows off a sadistic smile, forming out the side of his mouth.
Mick Foley: Not the work of a cuddly teddy bear
not the work of a kid friendly favourite
you wouldnt hear those achievements from Sponge Bob, or Barney.
Foley holds up his finger, camera still locked on him.
Mick Foley: Because Im not what you think I am. Im not the jolly fat guy you have me painted as. IM NOT THAT GUY!!!!!!
Heat from the fans, trying to start up a H-B-K chant, but Foley YELLS over them, shutting the fans up.
Mick Foley: IM THE HARDCORE LEGEND - IM THE KING OF THE DEATHMATCH!!!
THATS WHO I REALLY AM!!!
Foley takes a few moments to compose himself, with the fans silent.
Mick Foley: But if anybody is to blame for that side of Mick Foley
the real Mick Foley
All the while, the camera stays focused on Mick, as he paces back and forth, head down, then up.
Mick Foley: Last year at WrestleMania, Mick Foley was part of a six man tag match
just good ol Mick picking up his payday, and goin back home to live his life until he needed another couple of dollars.
All the while, the camera stays focused on Mick, as he paces back and forth, head down, then up.
Mick Foley: And that sickened me
Foley stops, then slowly closes his eyes, bringing the mic back to his mouth, struggling to get the words out.
Mick Foley: Mick Foley became everything I hated about this business
an old, washed up has-been, hanging desperately to his spot. Clinging on for another big fat payday.
Foley now opens his eyes, and glares into the camera, sneering as he talks.
Mick Foley: After WrestleMania Twenty Two
it was time for me to put a stop to the madness
it was time
Foley brushes his hair back again, waiting for a few moments.
Mick Foley: To make things right.
Small heat for Foley, with a few boos here and there from sections in the audience.
Mick Foley: Everything you saw me do last summer
the supposed research to "bring the good old days back"
was all purely selfish.
Boos for Foley.
Mick Foley: The Boogeyman?? Please. He was just another pawn
just another example of how this business has changed for the worse
changed from what I loved about this business.
More boos now for Foley.
Mick Foley: It was all a decoy
all part of the plan
all part of the road towards the screw job at Survivor Series
and the Royal Rumble appearance.
Once more, the camera closes in on Foley.
Mick Foley: And Shawn, you werent just in the wrong place at the wrong time
WERE THE TARGET ALL ALONG!!!
Massive heat for Mick now, as the cat comes out of the bag. Foley points at the camera, as if he was talking face to face with HBK.
Mick Foley: YOU WERE THE TARGET
YOU WERE THE GOAL!!!
Shawn Michaels, I chose you for a reason
I chose you because you were special
because you had what I needed.
Foley, who looks like hes wrestling in his mind, takes a moment, turning from the camera, thinking
head down. He turns, and brings his head up again, looking to the camera.
Mick Foley: Youre the only one Shawn
youre the only one thats capable of going to the places I want to go at WrestleMania. Youre the only one thats got that intangible
youre the only one thatll bring it all, no questions asked
and with no regard for your own personal well being.
Again, pointing at the camera, Foley stares ahead,
Mick Foley: Youre Mister WrestleMania
and thats the guy I need on March 18.
Foley now puts his hand up, as if to defend himself.
Mick Foley: Now, I know Shawn
I know I couldve just asked, couldnt I??
Foley shakes his head, disagreeing with his own comment.
Mick Foley: No. No, I couldnt Shawn. Mick Foley couldve asked like a man, and asked you for the match at WrestleMania. But I didnt want that. I DIDNT WANT YOUR RESPECT
AND I DIDNT WANT YOUR FRIENDSHIP
all I want
is to get the very best of The Showstopper
and I wouldnt get that with your respect.
Mick puts a finger up, still defending himself.
Mick Foley: There was only one way to get The Icon
only one way to get the real Mister WrestleMania
and that was to make you hate me with every fibre in your being.
Foley turns away, and looks to the fans, addressing them again.
Mick Foley: Let me make myself clear
my intention all along has been purely selfish
I crave that spotlight once more
I crave those gasps of horror one more time
I need the Hardcore Legend to live again
and Mick Foley sold his soul to get it.
Heat from the fans, with Foley stopping in his tracks.
Mick Foley: Mick Foley has thrown away all those years of goodwill for this night of redemption.
The fans let their opinion be known to Foley, but Mick seems unfazed, and wraps up the eerie promo with one final statement.
Mick Foley: I
am so consumed by it
that Mick Foley
is losing his mind.
**HAVE A NICE DAY**
It almost seems odd that such a happy go lucky theme hits, after such a sinister, unnerving promo from a man on the brink of insanity, talking in the first, and third person at different intervals, as the truth
has been revealed.
Jim Ross: You are looking at a man
Im actually lost for words. Thats not Mick Foley
not to me. That man needs professional help.
The Coach: Am I the only one that feels really uncomfortable having listened to Micks explanation tonight??
Jim Ross: I dont know what to say. I dont know what there is left to say after that Coach. How-. I dont know.
The Coach: And think about the words he used J.R. He was talking at times like Mick Foley was a completely different person.
Jim Ross: Yknow, right now, it seems Mick Foley is fighting a bigger battle than the one hell face at WrestleMania. It seems to me the man is fighting himself. Were gonna go to a commercial folks. Hopefully when we come back, we can move on, for a big night here on Raw.
We return from the commercial, back at ringside with J.R and Coach.
Jim Ross: We are back live in our nations capital, just twenty days away from WrestleMania, and Coach, I dont think I can even discuss what we heard from Mick Foley moments ago.
The Coach: I understand J.R. One of the most unsettling things Ive seen in my short time sitting here at ringside.
Jim Ross: Well, folks, there is a wrestling show here tonight, and were gonna get on with it. Two huge matches are in store, with a change to our main event tonight, which now sees a clash of WrestleMania Twenty Three Matches - its the four men that will represent Raw in the Eight Man Money in the Bank ladder match, Shelton Benjamin, Umaga, Randy Orton and Finlay to take on the two men that will meet in the main event of WrestleMania. The 2007 Royal Rumble winner, Christian and the World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena.
The Coach: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Eric Bischoff has just stuck the cat among the pigeons, hasnt he??
Jim Ross: Seems to me like a test for Cena and Christian to see if theyll implode before WrestleMania. If they are to survive tonight, theyll need to be on the same page. And Coach, its Brock Lesnar, taking on the Problem Solver, the McMahon Family Empires hired hand, Tyson Tomko.
The Coach: And hell be joined by the McMahon Family Empire J.R
a preview for WrestleMania.
MNM make their grand entrance, joined again by the Italian Santino Marella, as the foursome enjoy their photo session, before continuing to the ring
as Mister Kennedy also appears, joining them at ringside, as they wait for Eric Bischoff to punish them.
Jim Ross: But we are kicking things off with a mixed tag team contest. One half of the tag team champions, Joey Mercury and the womens champion, Melina, are set to take on the Intercontinental Champion, Rey Mysterio and Melinas long time adversary, Alexis Laree.
The Coach: Im just interested to see what Eric Bischoff is gonna do with these five. I hope hes had second thoughts.
Jim Ross: As you can see, MNM have not come alone. They are joined by that irritating Italian, Doctor Santino Marella, and Mister Kennedy. And the relationship between these Kennedy and MNM came clear last week.
Punk gets set to hook the leg of the champion, but the referee is too busy getting Marella out of the ring
AND MISTER KENNEDY COMES FROM THE CROWD
INTO THE RING
SPINS PUNK AROUND
MIC CHECK!!! Kennedy rolls Nitro onto Punk, wipes his hands, then darts out of the ring!!! The referee turns back around, looks surprised by the sudden turnaround
but counts anyway
Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - MNM @ 04:39
**BOOYAKA 619****HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK**
Mysterio gets the fans on their feet, as Alexis Laree joins him
and they havent come alone. CM Punk and Greg Helms join them for support for this opening match.
Jim Ross: And here comes the Intercontinental Champion himself. And folks, if Kennedys interference in the tag team title match last week still seems confusing, maybe this should prove the answers
Rey is forced to battle the odds from the outset, as it becomes clear that MNM and Kennedy struck some kind of I scratch your back, you scratch mine deal, after helping them keep the tag titles earlier. It looks like Reys number is up, with the referee failing to act on the continuous interference. However, the fans come alive, and stand on their feet
AS THE CAVALRY ARRIVE!!!
Straight Edge & Alexis Laree enter the arena, and make their way down the aisle, with MNM spotting the entrance, and start to panic!!! Punk, Helms and Laree now come after their foes, with the chase distracting Kennedy, who confronts Punk from the apron, distracting the referee, who tries to get Punk off the apron, taking his eye off the ring, with Kennedy turning around
AND HELMS NAILS HIM WITH THE I.C TITLE BELT!!! Kennedy staggers into the ropes
ALLOWING MYSTERIO TO COME FROM BEHIND AND ROLL HIM UP, and the referee is quickly allowed to refocus on the ring
Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion - Rey Mysterio @ 05:02
The Coach: Straight Edge and Alexis Laree have no business being out here J.R.
**VIDEO PACKAGE; CHRISTIAN TRAINING**
Jim Ross: Oh, I think they do Coach. I think they do.
1st Match: Inter-Gender Tag Team Match:
Rey Mysterio & Alexis Laree w/ Straight Edge vs. Joey Mercury & Melina w/ Johnny Nitro, Santino Marella & Mister Kennedy
Interference laden contest almost from the get go, with MNM and Kennedy all still awaiting Eric Bischoffs verdict on what hell do with them, but promised to find out tonight. With all of the interference, the match doesnt last too long, but has plenty of interest from the fans, as the constant run ins and referee distractions has the audience in raptures whether its cheering or booing. Due to all the shenaOxiOxiOxiOxins, the full is riddled with near falls as a result of impact moves behind the referees back, then another from the opposite side for payback. Finally, the finish comes as all five bodies at ringside get involved in a brawl, cancelling each other out, and Mysterio battles Mercury out of the ring too, leaving Alexis and Melina to battle it out, and Laree avoids a cross body from the champion, then delivers her deadly Laree-DT, hooking the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Alexis Laree & Rey Mysterio @ 04:13
Alexis pins the champion!!! Laree has her hand raised, getting another non-title win over Melina, but she can never seem to get the job done with the title on the line. As her celebration continues
KENNEDY BLASTS HER FROM BEHIND!!! He shows no gentlemanly skills whatsoever, attacking Alexis like she was one of the guys!!! He sets her up in the corner, looking to deliver his sickening face wash
BUT PUNK MAKES THE SAVE!!!
Punk saves Alexis, and takes it to Kennedy, but the ring quickly fills up, as MNM re-enter, along with Rey and Helms, and even Santino!!! The brawl continues, and the extra man for the heel side looks to be the difference maker, as the four faces begin to suffer at their hands
but soon stop as they hear
Eric Bischoff isnt wasting any time, and it looks like he has the punishment he promised the heels last week.
Eric Bischoff: Its nice to see youre obviously trying to behave yourselves tonight.
The music dies down, and Bischoff waits for it end, before continuing.
Eric Bischoff: Im not gonna waste anytime here. MNM, Mister Kennedy, Im putting an end to this nonsense.
Pop from the fans, even though its Bischoff. On the outside of the ring, Straight Edge, Mysterio and Laree start to regroup and listen to the announcement.
Eric Bischoff: Im sick of the four of you-
Santino now interrupts-
Santino Marella: **COUGHS** Five. There are five of us.
Bischoff doesnt look to be in a mood to be messed around with, and cuts Marella down instantly.
Eric Bischoff: No. Four. You dont count Santino. Youre not even part of my roster. The fact you seem to have access to my show every week is actually starting to get under my skin.
Bischoff now re-directs his attention to the other four he was previously addressing.
Eric Bischoff: Now, back to the four of you. As I was saying
Im putting a stop to the constant excuses
weekly screw jobs
the never ending running
Bischoff doesnt look to be in a mood to be messed around with, and cuts Marella down instantly.
Eric Bischoff: Because, Melina
and you Kennedy
the four of you are going to team up
and youre going to face the four of them!!
Bischoff points to the bottom of the ramp, where Punk, Helms, Rey and Laree stand, looking happy to be part of WrestleMania.
Eric Bischoff: But it wont just be your regular eight person tag match. No, this one will be a first of its kind. Because at WrestleMania
the womens championship
the world tag team championships
and the Intercontinental Championship will ALL be on the line
Bischoff starts to smile, whilst MNM are throwing fits in the ring, but Kennedy seems happy (with a shot at the I.C Title)
Eric Bischoff: And heres where it gets interesting
will be decided
Big cheer from the fans, whilst MNM are absolutely livid!!! They could lose all their titles at WrestleMania
yet none of them may get pinned.
Eric Bischoff: No matter who it is that makes the winning pin fall or submission, the result will be the same. MNM, if you and Kennedy win, you keep your titles
and Kennedy will become Intercontinental Champion.
Heat from the fans.
Eric Bischoff: Should you lose?? Then, Mysterio remains Intercontinental Champion, Alexis Laree will become the Womens Champion, and Straight Edge will be the new World Tag Team Champions!!!
Huge pop for the reversal of what may happen, as Bischoff nods.
Eric Bischoff: I like to call it
the first ever
Honest to God - Id thought of that match a LONG time before Smackdown used it for Triple H.
Eric Bischoff: Oh, and just to be clear
should you decide to pull any of your old tricks, and get counted out, or disqualified?? The championships will change hands AUTOMATICALLY!!!
The fans pop for the huge announcement, with Bischoff getting an unfamiliar face reaction. He grins as he looks down the ramp, looking at the furious MNM in the ring.
Eric Bischoff: Enjoy your evening.
Bischoff leaves the stage, as his music hits again, with a triple title match now on the bill for WrestleMania.
We return with the graphic for John Cena vs. Christian at WrestleMania, as Sams Town plays in the background.
Jim Ross: There you see it, a match that needs no introduction. John Cena and Christian in twenty days, at WrestleMania 23. And just before the last commercial break, another match has been announced, and Coach, what a match it promises to be.
The Coach: I dont know whats going on with Bischoff, J.R. Hes put MNM in an awful spot. They could stand to lose it all!!!
Jim Ross: Personally, I cant see whats wrong with that Coach, theyve dodged the bullet plenty of times. As it happens folks, MNM, along with Mister Kennedy will be part of an eight man - sorry, eight person, tag team match, which will have THREE championships on the line, ALL in just one fall. The Intercontinental Champion, Rey Mysterio, teams with Straight Edge and Alexis Laree will be the opposition - another first in WrestleMania history.
The Coach: Another huge match up J.R. And although I dont like whats happening with my boys, Im positive theyll get the job done under the bright lights in front of 70,000 strong.
Jim Ross: Indeed, and what a night it promises to be Coach. Last week, we looked at the careers of both Christian and John Cena. Tonight, we will take an in depth look at the preparation that both men are undertaking in the run up to the biggest match of both mens professional careers. Right now, were going to take a look at how Christian is training ahead of WrestleMania.
The video opens in sunny Florida, early morning, sun rising, as a figure is seen jogging on the highway, with the figure revealing itself as Captain Charisma, Christian. His voice talks over the opening, as he runs into the picture
Christian: Failure to prepare
is to prepare for failure. I dont plan on failing.
Next we see Christian performing a series of one armed push ups, lightning quick sit ups, then pull ups on monkey bars.
Christian: If Im going to beat John Cena in the biggest match of the year
I need to push myself to the absolute limit, because there is no doubt, hell be coming with everything hes got.
Now, the scene cuts to Christian performing sprints up steps, then jogs back down, before repeating the process.
Christian: I have to push my body harder than ever
I have to go to places Ive never been
and thats what Ill do.
A trainer of Christians at his gym now speaks, as the video shows Christian sharing a laugh and a joke, entering the gym.
Trainer: Its no secret his biggest strength is his quickness and speed. Hes not going to shock anyone by lifting a truck, thats not his style. But he knows he needs to work on building his strength up as much as his speed, quickness and reactions.
In the gym now, Christian does some light weights training, playing off the fact that the power game isnt his style. We now hear from Christians real life friend, and currently injured wrestler, Rhyno, who watches Christian pushing the weights in the background, willing him on.
Rhyno: Hes never been more driven than this. Hes been a big trainer his whole career, but hes taken it to another level for this match.
Finally, Christian ends up with in-ring training, sparring with a boxer.
Trainer: Cena certainly presents a big challenge with his street fighting style. Ordinarily, Christian wouldnt be doing boxing training, but were aware of the threat he possesses with his hands.
Howls, and yells are heard, with Christian getting stretched, and performing drills, getting himself out of ground and pound situations, turning his sparring partner over, and turning the tide.
Rhyno: Although he obviously doesnt plan on getting caught in the STFU, yknow, we gotta be prepared if Cena can lock it on at some point. If he gets tied up in there, Im convinced hell not give up, but in any event, hes gonna need to able to withstand that kinda pain and pressure the hold presents.
Next in the ring, Christian goes through a bunch of counters to signature Cena moves.
Trainer: By the time March 18 rolls around, hes gonna have Cena figured out to the last detail. In fact, Id dare say hell know what Cenas gonna do before Cena even thinks about what hes gonna do.
He now does sprints across the ring, into the ropes, constantly running, hitting the ropes, continuing on, punishing himself.
Rhyno: If anyone doubted the mans tenacity, and his drive to walk out of the main event of WrestleMania with the championship, they oughta come down here and watch him train for a day - Im tired, and Ive only been watchin.
Finally, the video ends, with Christian running into the sunset, as his typical day of training comes to an end with a final run.
Christian: And thats how I roll.
Backstage now, Todd Grisham is standing by with newcomers, Paul Burchill and Katie Lea.
1ST TIME WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - XIX - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A ROOKIE MAIN EVENTS WRESTLEMANIA - AS BROCK LESNAR, JUST TWELVE MONTHS INTO HIS TENURE IN THE WWE HEADLINES, AND WINS, IN THE MAIN EVENT OF HIS FIRST WRESTLEMANIA, DEFEATING KURT ANGLE IN A CLASSIC CONTEST, INCLUDING THE INFAMOUS BOTCHED SHOOTING STAR PRESS.
Todd Grisham: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome two new additions to Monday Night Raw, Paul Burchill, and his step sister, Katie Lea.
The camera focuses on the new pair, as Grisham speaks.
Todd Grisham: Now, Paul, you have been turning heads recently on wwe.com Heat with a string of impressive victories. Tonight, you make your debut on Monday Night Raw. How do you feel about making such a huge step up in competition??
Burchill rubs his hand together, and speaks.
Paul Burchill: I think the question, Todd, should be how does the Raw roster feel about Paul Burchill arriving on Raw??
Burchill smiles, and lets out a low laugh, as his sister grabs the mic.
Katie Lea: My brother here is one of the most skilled fighters in Europe, and soon, he will become one of the most feared in the world. Look at his physique
his rippling biceps
his hulking posture. My brother hasnt come to Raw to play Todd
my big brother is here on Raw to create as much suffering and punishment as humanly possible.
Katie rubs her brothers shoulder.
Paul Burchill: And the best thing about it Todd?? I cant go to prison for what I do in the ring.
Burchill puts his hands on Grishams shoulders, almost menacingly.
Paul Burchill: Because believe me, if I was to act out what I plan on doing in the ring on the street
Id be locked up
and theyd throw away the key.
Burchill laughs, and walks off, as Katie looks on, with a loving smile on her face, smitten with her own step-brother??
Katie Lea: I just love it when he talks like that.
Katie Lea skips on, chasing after her step-brother, who has disappeared from view.
J.R now speaks as we watch Katie catch up with Burchill, and the two walk down a hallway, with the Raw theme playing over them.
Jim Ross: Englands own, Paul Burchill is set for his Raw debut, in just a few moments, when we come back. I dont think youll want to miss this prospect in action.
The VP then ends with the graphic for WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - MARCH 18TH 2007 - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NEW ORLEANS ... AND YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST TIME.
We return into the arena, with Stevie Richards awaiting his opponent
**BROCK LESNAR --- TRIPLE H
THE STORY SO FAR**
In fairness, there is little reaction to the unknown Burchill, as he and his step sister, Katie Lea make their way to the ring, talking all the way down the ramp, with Burchill looking rather excited to be getting free reign on beating the shit out of someone.
Jim Ross: Weve heard a lot about this young man, Paul Burchill, from England. Hes a highly regarded prospect, but he has been known for displaying a rather unsettling mean streak.
The Coach: And after a string of impressive performances on Heat, Burchill is eager to make the step up to Monday Night Raw.
Jim Ross: Certainly one to keep your eye on Coach.
Paul Burchill w/ Katie Lea vs. Stevie Richards
Goes without saying - its a squash match, and only goes as long as it does to show off the skills of Burchill, with his sister supporting him at ringside. Richards doesnt even manage to muster a single offensive move, bar a spate of defensive punches, as Burchill makes an immediate impact, finishing Richards off with a sickening stomp to the back of the skull, smashing the head off the canvas, that gets a response of groans from the audience, as Burchill makes an elementary cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Paul Burchill @ 03:23
Its an ominous, and decisive debut victory for the Englishman, who is quickly joined in the ring by his step-sister, who raises his hand, with the two off to a winning start on Raw, after weeks of squash wins on Heat.
Jim Ross: Instant
impact. Paul Burchill has just caught the attention of the Raw roster, thats for damn sure.
The Coach: I think Ive just found my new favourite superstar J.R.
Jim Ross: A very exciting prospect in the making Coach, and a heck of a debut to Raw. Paul Burchill is certainly for real, and I dare say, anyone that crosses this man will soon find out.
The graphic now shows for Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H at WrestleMania, as the fans come alive, seeing the graphic show up on the big screen in the arena.
Jim Ross: And in less than three weeks, were gonna find out if Triple Hs claims were true, and that Mister McMahon has protected Brock Lesnar from facing The Game, or indeed, has the Boss been protecting Triple H from The Iron Man all this time??
The Coach: Triple Hs argument made a lot of sense to me, and dont forget old timer, When these two lock horns, The McMahon Family Empire will rightfully be in The Games corner.
Jim Ross: Well, coming up later, Brock Lesnar takes on The Family Empires very own Problem Solver, Tyson Tomko. But before that, lets take you back, and show the story so far, as the first ever meeting, five years in the making, Triple H and Brock Lesnar nears
- Brock Lesnar helps Triple H retain the World Championship in December on Raw, after being promised a title shot for his services by Mr. McMahon.
- The Iron Man then finds out hes in the Royal Rumble Match, and confronts Vince, who tries to palm him off.
- Lesnar is then promised the #30 spot in the Rumble match by Mr. McMahon, again, for his services, with the McMahon Family Empire in fear of the threat from John Cena and Christian.
- In this time, the relationship between Lesnar and Triple H starts to become highly volatile.
- McMahon then offers the #30 spot to anyone that can take out Christian before the Royal Rumble - further angering Brock Lesnar, with another promise broken.
- Ironically, Lesnar enters the Royal Rumble match - #1. He lasts the duration, setting a record of over seventy minutes in the match, but is eliminated last, as Christian goes on to win.
- Brock then loses a hastily made #1 Contenders Match arranged by Eric Bischoff against John Cena, and is accused of throwing the match by Triple H, resulting in another heated argument.
- The McMahon Family Empire then require the services of Lesnar again for Saturday Nights Main Event, with McMahon promising Brock a big WrestleMania match is he co-operates.
- As the time wears on, it becomes apparent that McMahon hasnt been giving thought to finding an opponent for Lesnar at WrestleMania, spending more time concentrating on helping Triple H win his appeal for a rematch against John Cena.
- Then, Triple H loses his appeal, and storms out of Monday Night Raw. Lesnar though, shows no compassion to the McMahons, and demands his opponent for WrestleMania.
- The McMahon Family Empire then lose patience with Lesnars constant threats, and look to attack him as the opponent for WrestleMania is revealed
TRIPLE H. Brock though, fights them off, and shares a stare down with The Game, as the match is set.
- Last week, Triple H declares that Lesnar had been protected from him for the last five years, but now that he crossed the McMahon Family Empire, the shackles are off, and hell be exposed at WrestleMania.
- Lesnar taunts back though, and turns the argument around, stating that perhaps the one being protected is Triple H from him.
- Umaga defeats Shawn Michaels, meaning the McMahon Family Empire will be at ringside for Triple H at WrestleMania.
The graphic appears again, for Lesnar vs. Triple H - WRESTLEMANIA 23.
DH Smith vs. Rob Conway
Filler match, in front of a crowd not into the action whatsoever. Throughout the contest, J.R and Coach spend their time talking up things to come tonight and of course, the upcoming WrestleMania in three weeks time. Smith, despite a run of losses to the established stars of Raw in recent months is made to look good in this one, with Rob Conway another of the stars seemingly on the brink of the dreaded future endeavours line. Smith eventually gets the win, using the signature move of his legendary father, Davey Boy Smith, the running power slam, and gets the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: DH Smith @ 04:16
Smith gets a long awaited victory on Raw, and Conway inches near to the exit door, with the fans indifferent to everything that just happened.
Jim Ross: Young Harry Smith with a great victory tonight on Raw. Coach, it seems like its been a long time coming. This young second generation rookie has certainly been thrown in at the deep end, but perhaps, hes turning the corner starting tonight.
The Coach: To be fair J.R, there has been a lot asked of this kid, and hes not backed out of a challenge yet.
s been a good night for our British stars on Raw so far, hasn
t it?? Well folks, when we come back, Br-
**GREAT GATES OF KIEV**
Suddenly, we hear lots of paper flicking from the commentary desk, with J.R seemingly flustered.
s this?? I mean, well, it
s Jerry Lawler
s music, I know that. Are we expecting The King??
The camera shows the commentary desk, where The Coach, almost out of character, sits back, with a knowing grin on his face, whilst J.R seems utterly out of the loop.
Meanwhile, The King enters the arena, and stands on the entrance.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I
ve got a very special announcement to make
and it gives me so much pleasure to do it. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you
the next inductee into the 2007 Hall of Fame
A short video package plays, centred on the next inductee into the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame
GOOD OL J.R, JIM ROSS!!!
The video ends, and back in the arena, the fans show their appreciation for the legendary announcer, who stands up, and accepts the applause, with a few tears in his eyes, with Coach even breaking character to offer a congratulatory handshake, and The King also is now at ringside, to offer a hug.
We go into the commercial, just at the top of the second hour, with no commentary, as J.R continues to take the applause, with King and Coach offering their congratulations.
We return, with J.R back on commentary now, having had his moment. Now, composed, he gets back to work.
Tyson Tomko is already in the ring, joined by Shane, Stephanie and Vince, but Triple H is nowhere to be seen.
m gonna try to get umm, focused, and back on the job, but I
d like to take a moment to thank everyone to has had a part in making this happen for me. It
ll be the greatest honour in my professional career. Thank you.
Alright, alright, enough of this babble J.R. Show to call, c
mon, show to call!!
Indeed there is, and Brock Lesnar faces a preview of sorts here for WrestleMania, because Tyson Tomko is joined by the McMahon Family Empire, however, conspicuous by his absence - Triple H.
Brock Lesnar vs. Tyson Tomko w/ The McMahon Family Empire
Lesnar uses The Problem Solver to send his message, with the McMahons (bar Triple H, sitting this one out) being forced to watch at ringside, with none of them having the guts to try and get in an angry Iron Mans way. Tyson gives it a shot, but is ultimately unable to handle Lesnar in this type of mood, with Brock completely dominant, giving plenty of deathly stares to the McMahon Family at ringside, before finishing Tomko off with the F5, getting the 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar @ 04:21
Lesnar wins, in emphatic style, pointing at the three McMahons at ringside, before looking over at Lillian, and asking her to come forward, taking the mic from her.
Where is he?? WHERE IS HE???
The McMahons all look around, not answering Lesnar.
s okay. There
s only so much runnin Triple H can do. He cant run forever.
Lesnar now points to the Family, who are backing up the ramp.
ve got to say concerns ALL of you.
Vince, Shane and Stephanie all look around at each other.
Because once again, you all seem to think I
The Family Empire all seem slightly unnerved by Lesnar, and listen intently.
see, after you got your wish last week, and won the right to be in Triple H
s corner at WrestleMania
I knew I
d need to do something.
Vince starts to seem more intrigued, and more concerned.
After all, I
m only one man, and I
ve only got two eyes
s why I
ve got my own back up at WrestleMania.
The fans pop, as The McMahons all drop their mouths in shock. Before Lesnar can go any further though
**KING OF KINGS**
Triple H finally shows up, mic in hand, joining his family at the mid point of the ramp.
You can stop right there Brock. Paul Heyman has had his contract with this company terminated. He lost his contract on Smackdown at Survivor Series, and there is no way he
ll gain any type of access to WrestleMania.
Lesnar smirks, and shakes his head.
s fine by me. That should save Paul a trip to New Orleans. What
s that got to do with me though??
Triple H looks taken aback by the reaction, not expecting Lesnar to respond that way.
It means he cant be in your corner at WrestleMania. Not that
d matter anyway. Heyman couldn
t cope with Vince, Shane and Steph.
Brock quickly cuts in, stopping The Game from going on.
t talking about Paul Heyman
ve got serious back up at WrestleMania
someone you ALL know
Pop from the fans, expecting a big name. Will Lesnar disappoint??
In my corner at WrestleMania
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!!!!
The Iron Man doesnt disappoint whatsoever, as the fans go berserk, whilst the camera shows the classic Vince McMahon gulp. Triple H is furious on the ramp, yelling and hollering at Lesnar, who simply leans on the ropes, smiling broadly.
OH MY GAWD!!!! STONE COLD!!! STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN WILL BE AT WRESTLEMANIA!!!! Brock Lesnar has just upped the ante ten fold!!! The McMahon Family Empire have just been out done by The Iron Man!!! The ultimate back up - The Texas Rattlesnake will be at WrestleMania, and he will be in Brock Lesnar
Can he do that??
Coach, he JUST DID!!!
Am I the only one that doesn
t see the sense in this?? Just two years ago, Lesnar and Austin ripped each others heads off at WrestleMania. Those two guys cant stand each other!!!
You make a good point Coach, but perhaps, they
ve let bygones be bygones.
t sound like Austin to me J.R. DTA and all that.
Well, he doesn
t trust anybody, but he doesn
t despise anyone more than he does The McMahons. Stone Cold Steve Austin will be at WrestleMania folks, AND THAT
S THE BOTTOM THE LINE!!!
We return, backstage with The McMahon Family Empire, all in a fuss.
This is absurd. Steve Austin??
Triple H rubs his forehead, trying to think straight.
t understand how he could pull it off. How the hell did he get Steve Austin on-side??
McMahon looks up at Hunter, shaking his head in disbelief.
know, I cant get my head around it. What would Austin want to help Lesnar for??
Stephanie decides to throw her two cents in.
He could be bluffing Dad. You said it yourself, why would Austin want to help Lesnar. They hate each other.
Triple H nods in agreement.
s right. I mean, Austin
s just as likely to beat the hell out of Lesnar as he is any one of us.
Vince listens to the words of Triple H and Stephanie.
re right. Maybe he is bluffing. Okay. Let
s get to the bottom of it. Shane-
I want you to start ringing around, I want you to get in contact with anyone involved with WrestleMania. Austin is likely to have been offered a pass for WrestleMania. Look into that, see if he
s accepted it. We
ll work from there.
Shane nods, and instantly leaves the room, pulling out his cell phone as he leaves. Tomko now speaks up.
know guys, Austin hasn
t been on television in twelve months. Last I heard, he gained a hundred fifty pounds.
Steph, Vince and Triple H look around at each other, and start to slowly smile.
s not so much to worry about after all.
The camera fades out, with the Family Empire starting to look more comfortable.
Elsewhere backstage, Kelly Kelly is standing by with the veteran Irishman, Finlay
Ladies and Gentlemen, I
m standing by with one of the eight men in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania, please welcome
Finlay stands, with a stern look on his face.
Finlay, in less than three weeks time, you
ll be taking part in your first ever WrestleMania, with the opportunity to leave with the guaranteed title shot, anytime within twelve months. Tonight though, you have to team up with your other counterparts from Raw in the match, Umaga, Randy Orton and Shelton Benjamin. How do you plan on co-existing with those three men tonight??
Finlay thinks for a moment, then turns and answers, matter of factly.
Honestly Kelly, I don
Kelly looks a little confused.
Because I don
t need to co-exist with anybody. The only thing that
ll be stoppin me from crackin the three of them over the head with my shillelagh
is the chance to beat either Christian or John Cena.
Finlay waves the shillelagh about, as he talks to Kelly.
If I end up beatin one of them two, I
m instantly at the top of the list for a title shot, win or lose at WrestleMania. But if anyone of Orton, Umaga or Shelton tries to get in my way tonight
well, lets just say, y
know how much I love to fight.
Finlay smacks the shillelagh off his hand a couple of times, then turns
STRAIGHT INTO UMAGA!!! Of course, by his side, is Armando Estrada, grinning broadly as always. Finlay, to his credit, doesnt show any fear of Umaga, and stares the heavily breathing Samoan Bulldozer right in the eye, as Estrada chimes in.
Ahh, excussemay me amigo, ju do not want to be doin that.
Finlay turns his attention to Estrada, with the smiling Cuban continuing.
Ha ha, good choice. And ju make a good case. Because victory tonight is the ONLY WAY ju
ll be getting a chance of a title shot. Comm WrestleMania
THE SAAAAAAMOAN BULLDOZERRR will be leaving The Big Easy, ha ha, with the big, briefcase.
Estrada continues to smile in the face of Finlay. Brave move.
And, el mono, there isn
t anything, that ju, or anybody else in the Monney in the bank ladder match can do about it.
Finlay remains stoney faced.
if ju want to have that chance of a title shot
ju make sure you don
t get in this monsters way.
Estrada gives Finlay a playful slap, before walking on. Umaga and Finlay stare each other down again, before Estrada calls for his savage.
Umaga slowly shuffles past Finlay, talking in his native tongue at the fearless Irishman, moving on.
We return from the commercial, with Theodore Long, alone, stopping outside the office of Eric Bischoff, taking a moment, then knocking. Bischoff answers from inside.
Long opens the door, and enters the room, approaching Bischoff at his desk.
Ahh, Theodore, how can I help you??
Long prepares himself, before speaking.
Well Mister Bischoff, ya know how much I respect ya, and I appreciate all the good you
ve done for tha Brotherhood, ya dig?? But Mister Bischoff, Imma little upset playa.
Bischoff leans back, looking a little surprised by Long.
And why is that??
Well, last week, you put my boy, The Black Diamond, into this weeks main event. Shelton Benjamin, one on one, with Christian. Now, this week, we arrive here tonight, all fired up, ready to go
and suddenlay, the match is changed. Now, playa, don
t be playin, I wanna know why you changed your mind. This was The Brotherhoods big chance, ya dig??
Bischoff nods, accepting Longs argument.
You can be rest assured Teddy. Tonight
s decision wasn
t anything personal. You know I
m a big fan of The Brotherhood, and you
ve become a vital part of my show. Actually, after I was told the stunt that Arn Anderson pulled on Smackdown last week, and decided to throw out a double main event this Friday coming, I decided to do what I do best
and better the competition.
Long looks a little confused by where this is going.
s why I scrapped tonights scheduled main event. Now, let me explain. First off, I made an extremely intriguing match tonight as a replacement. I mean, tonight we
re gonna see if Cena and Christian can still co-exist, and we
re gonna see the four men representing Raw in the Money in the Bank ladder match forced to team up. Interesting dynamic, no??
Long nods fairly. Accepting the argument.
But I haven
t forgotten about Shelton Benjamins big chance to shine
ll happen next week. You see, if Arn Anderson thinks he can set up a double main event this Friday with Edge and RVD, and then a rematch of WrestleMania 22 between Chris Jericho and The Undertaker and blow me out of the water
t be more wrong.
Bischoff now smiles.
Next week on Raw, your boy, Shelton Benjamin will get that match with Captain Charisma, one on one. And whatever Anderson can do, I can do even better
ll see a WrestleMania 22 rematch
bigger than his
Randy Orton, one on one
WITH JOHN CENA!!!
Huge pop in the background, with the fans cheering the decision, even though its next week. Bischoff now gets up, and smiles at Long.
How does that sound??
Long smiles, nodding, as the two shake hands.
Holla, holla, holla. We
ll not let ya down Mister Bischoff.
The two continue to shake hands, as we fade out.
Back into the arena
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
The New Wave trio of Doane, Dinsmore and Cade enter the arena for a six man tag match, using the old music of Randy Orton.
Well, what a bombshell. Next week on Raw, in San Antonio, how about a double main event Coach?? The two men that will headline WrestleMania in three weeks time will both be in singles action. Christian will face the man he had been scheduled to go one on one with tonight, that being Shelton Benjamin. And then, it
s a WrestleMania 22 rematch, a match between two men with one of the most storied rivalries in WWE history, Randy Orton, and The Champ, John Cena.
And THAT, that is why Eric Bischoff is the greatest General Manager in WWE history. No one else could put together a pair of matches quite like that.
Credit where it
s due, Eric Bischoff has just raised the bar for what promises to be an incredible night, next week in Texas.
**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**
Theodore Long makes the quick trip from General Managers office to the arena, leading out The Brotherhood with Jazz, ahead of this heel vs. heel tag match.
When we come back, the two most recognisable factions on Raw today will be battling for supremacy. It should be a slobber knocker, and you
ll not want to miss it.
The New Wave vs. The Brotherhood w/ Theodore Long & Jazz
Heel vs. Heel for the second week running for these two sides, who appear to be in the midst of a side feud for supremacy as the top stable on Raw. Its a good six man match up, joined in progress from the commercial break, with the interesting dynamic of two heel sides meeting, but neither taking up the role of a face.
After Jordan takes a beating from the New Wave, he manages a fight back, and eventually tags in Mark Henry, who helps his side take over, with the New Wave now struggling to hold down the Worlds Strongest Man. Cade finally musters enough energy to make a tag out to Doane, and the New Wave try to plot to take down Jordan behind the referees back. That though, just allows for the match to break down, with the Brotherhood backing up Henry.
Mack tackles Dinsmore to the outside, whilst Jordan is caught with a dropkick from Cade, putting him down for the time being. This leaves Henry, and he charges at both Doane and Cade, but the duo low bridge the ropes, and the Worlds Strongest Man drops out of the ring, CRASHING INTO LONG AND JAZZ!!! That just leaves OJ to fend off the New Wave, and he is unable to stop Doane connecting with his impressive top rope leg drop, and a cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The New Wave @ 05:56
The New Wave get a measure of revenge for last week, picking up the win tonight over the Brotherhood, but quickly, the trio escape, as Mark Henry, like a bear with a sore tooth, comes bounding back inside, looking for a piece of the New Wave. The cocky trio, back up the ramp, looking pleased with themselves, as The Brotherhood regroup in the ring, looking furious that they failed tonight.
A big win tonight for The New Wave, getting the better of The Brotherhood tonight, but what will the future hold in store for both groups in ring leaders, with both Randy Orton and Shelton Benjamin being part of the Money in the Bank ladder match in just under three weeks time. Of course, they will be joined by Finlay and the unbeaten Umaga from Raw, whilst the Smackdown quartet of Paul London, M.V.P, Charlie Haas and Carlito will all be gunning for the briefcase, and the title opportunity, good for one year.
I cant wait J.R. WrestleMania is getting closer and closer.
And earlier tonight, Brock Lesnar raised the stakes with The McMahon Family Empire. Brock Lesnar has revealed that he has back up, and it couldn
t get any better than The Texas Rattlesnake,
Steve Austin. Lesnar, with Austin set to be in his corner, takes on Triple H, with the McMahon Family Empire, for the first time ever, on March 18, in Nawlins!!!
I still don
t believe it. Austin wouldn
t side with Lesnar, surely not. But if what Tomko said earlier is true, and Austin has gained over a hundred pounds, it may be irrelevant.
This one, well, I still am trying to blank out the words of Mick Foley earlier tonight. Folks, Mick Foley is in need of some sort of help. However, despite the WWE cancelling his proposed Streetfight with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, they will take each other on, in an non-sanctioned match. That means anything can happen, and the WWE will not have any type of responsibility.
s been dubbed the most anticipated match that
ll never happen at WrestleMania. And as difficult as it is to look at Mick Foley lately, I cant help but get excited to see these two tear the SuperDome down on March 18.
Over on Smackdown meanwhile, Batista will get another shot at the long standing United States Champion, Brent Albright, with the title on the line. Can The Animal put Albright away and collect the title in New Orleans??
Brent Albright is in all kinds of trouble in New Orleans, J.R. He
s pulled off many shocks in his four months with the title, but it
ll take something else to beat Batista for a second time.
I cant help but think back to WrestleMania
s past Coach, and think of the classic tag team matches for the titles when I see Americas Most Wanted and The Hardy Boys on that bill. This is one not to miss, a possible show stealer involving two of the greatest teams in WWE history.
As good as both teams are J.R, NEITHER have ever won a tag team match at any WrestleMania. One of them will put that statistic to bed on March 18, but the other will be forced to have that shocking record follow them for at least another year.
And from a pair of title matches from Smackdown, we go to a TRIO of titles from Raw, all on the line
in one match, and all three titles will be decided with just ONE fall. The tag team championships, womens championship and the Intercontinental Championship, ALL on the line, as MNM, Mercury, Nitro and Melina team with Mister Kennedy to take on Rey Mysterio, Alexis Laree and Straight Edge. What a contest that one promises to be.
Completely unfair. Eric Bischoff is undoubtedly a genius at work, but this one just seems like punishment for the A-Listers. If they lose their titles at WrestleMania, it
ll be the greatest injustice EVER at WrestleMania.
Elsewhere, Kurt Angle continues to pile the pressure on The Undertaker, now turning the tables on The Deadman, using the mind games that The Phenom has inflicted on his opponents throughout the years, and Coach, it appears it HAS affected the Demon of Death Valley.
Kurt Angle is taking things to a whole new level J.R. He
s gonna end the streak, I can feel it!!! The Undertaker has lost his edge, and that
s all he had over Angle.
A huge match, undoubtedly, but not as big surely, as the triple threat match for the WWE Championship, pitting the current champion, RVD, against the holder of Money in the Bank from last year, Edge, and Chris Jericho. The first triple threat match for the WWE Championship in the twenty two year history of WrestleMania.
Rob Van Dam has dodged many a bullet in his reign as WWE Champion, but come WrestleMania, he
s gonna run out of armour. His days are numbered, and in my opinion, Edge is primed to take the gold.
And of course, the unforgettable main event. The Collision Course, headed straight for New Orleans, with the World Heavyweight Championship at stake, the champion, John Cena, defends against the white hot, Royal Rumble winner, Captain Charisma Christian.
These two are surely ready to rip each others head off. It
s been building for weeks now J.R. Cena and Christian are ready to explode, and I think they
ll do it tonight.
The Showcase of the Immortals is nearing, and nearing. Twenty days to go folks, live on Pay Per View, the one event of the year you cannot afford to miss, WrestleMania. But now, we
re going to look at the training methods, employed by John Cena, in the run up to March 18...
**VIDEO PACKAGE; JOHN CENA TRAINING**
(*Note* Some info and quotes are liften from previous, real life Cena training montages)
The video opens with an outside view, at the downtrodden Hard Nocks gym.
John Cena: If you want it
you have to earn it.
In the gym, Cena is performing massive squats, barefoot, with 500lb weights on his shoulders.
John Cena: I want to beat Christian
and Ill push myself beyond the limits to make sure I do it. Failure doesnt exist. It isnt an option.
Cena slams the weights down, letting out a roar of intensity.
John Cena: Im training like an animal right now. Im puking every time I walk outta here
Im collapsing when I get in the shower, Im literally pushing myself to an out of body experience.
It appears Cena is concentrating on weight training, as we next see him performing 545lb dead lifts, then 400lb bench presses, followed by 140lb Incline Dumbbells. All the while, Dave Nocks, owner of the gym, talks over the footage.
Dave Nocks: John is a beast. He lifts weights that two men together couldnt handle.
Now, Cena performs tricky close grips, with weights of 365lbs. Now, his brother talks over the footage.
Matt Cena: I wouldnt like to be Christian. Not if John gets his hands around his neck at WrestleMania.
Cena now starts to perform pull ups, showing off his muscles as he does.
Dave Nocks: Id dare say that Christian has got his work cut out. John is gonna come in there like a bull in a china shop.
Thuds are heard, as the camera pans to show Cena beating the shit out of a punching bag.
Matt Cena: John knows Christian is a lot quicker. But when he gets caught, oh boy, itll get messy.
Now, the scene cuts, and Cena is jogging around a running track.
Dave Nocks: A lot of guys see the physique, and instantly just think, hes a power guy. Sure, hes a powerful kid, but John is a cardio machine. If you underestimate his engine, youre just making trouble for yourself.
Cena is now seen in abandoned junk yard, tipping over huge tyres.
Matt Cena: He lives by what he says. He fears nothing, he regrets less. And thats down to the effort he puts in. Hell never go into a match under prepared. Hell never go into a match anything other than 100% peak condition. Thats why hes the best in the business
and thats whatll carry him through WrestleMania.
Finally, the video ends with John sitting at the steps of the Hard Nocks gym, spent, after a long, hard day.
The camera races towards him, with The Champ looking towards it, and stating
John Cena: Time to go again.
We then see the graphic again, JOHN CENA VS CHRISTIAN - WRESTLEMANIA 23.
CommercialWRESTLEMANIA COUNTDOWN - 20 DAYS TO GO
We return now, with Shane McMahon entering the McMahon Family Empires room again.
Triple H: Well??
Shane, slightly breathless, starts to speak.
Shane McMahon: Hes gonna be at the Hall of Fame ceremony
and hes accepted a pass for WrestleMania.
The fans pop big time in the background, whilst the McMahons all look dejected.
Triple H: Anything on him with Lesnar??
Shane shakes his head.
Shane McMahon: I didnt find out anything on that.
Triple H looks frustrated, and looks to Vince, who tries to think of something.
Mr. McMahon: Alright. Lets get to the bottom of this right away. Stephanie, get the front office onto Steve Austin. Offer him whatever it takes, and get him to Vegas for Friday night.
The fans pop again, as Triple H questions his father-in-law.
Triple H: What are you gonna do??
Vince straightens his jacket, looking more confident.
Mr. McMahon: Im gonna find out the truth, Hunter. Im not waiting to find out at WrestleMania. Well get Austin in for Smackdown, and well see if he has gained a hundred pounds, and most importantly, well see if hes gonna side with Lesnar.
The remainder of the family nod, seemingly happy to go along with the idea.
Tyson Tomko: Alright, Ill get my stuff, and well be on our way then??
Vince stops him, shaking his head.
Mr. McMahon: No. Itll be best if I go alone. We dont want to feel like were threatening him.
Vince now leaves the room with Stephanie, as she tries to get the message out to get Austin to Vegas for Smackdown. In the private room, the remaining three seem taken aback by Vinces reaction.
Triple H: That man is crazy.
Shane nods in agreement, as we fade out.
And to Christian, in the communal locker room, finishing off taping his wrists for the main event. He stops, as he feels a presence in the locker room, just behind him, and turns around
ITS JOHN CENA.
John Cena: Yeah, I know Im the last guy you wanna see. Feelin in mutual homie. Im not thrilled with tonights match either.
Christian continues to tape his wrists, but listens to what Cena says.
John Cena: But if were gonna survive tonight, we gotta be on the same page.
Christian stops his preparations, and looks Cena, eye to eye.
John Cena: If we cant look out for each other tonight
theres a good chance that one of us, hell, maybe even both of us wont be making it to WrestleMania.
Cena looks at Christian, now waiting for an answer. Christian mulls it over for a second, then turns, and grabs his hooded top.
Christian: Look out for each other, huh??
Christian brushes past Cena, then stops, and turns around again.
Christian: But lets get something straight. Im not lowering my guard Cena. Im gonna be keeping an eye on ya, so if youre thinking of cheap shotting me with a chair afterwards
Ill be ready for it.
Cena speaks back, just as Christian was set to leave.
John Cena: I guess Ill be on the lookout for the same thing.
Cena turns around, and the two men look across the room at each other.
Christian throws a curve ball at Cena, basically telling The Champ to watch his back later, as he leaves the locker room, with Cena nodding.
Back into the arena
Its main event time, as Umaga headlines Raw for the second week running, joined as always, by Armando Estrada.
Jim Ross: It is main event time folks, the four Raw superstars that will be looking to take the Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania will team together, to face the WrestleMania main event. Highly intriguing match up Coach.
The Coach: Anytime this savage hits the ring, its intriguing. You cant stop the Samoan Bulldozer.
Jim Ross: How can both teams co-exist tonight?? With the tension and the focus for all six men on the main prize of WrestleMania, this is sure to boil over tonight.
**MY NAME IS FINLAY
AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
Finlay now enters, carrying his trusty shillelagh.
Jim Ross: And the main event folks, is next.
We return with Shelton Benjamin entering the ring, making his entrance during the commercial
Randy Orton now makes his entrance, and takes his time to get to the ring, as the other three men look to be okay, although Estrada is forced to keep Umaga focused, and makes sure he doesnt go crazy on his partners.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Now, Christian enters, to a huge reaction, with the fans showing their support for the 2007 Royal Rumble winner, ahead of this big handicap match.
After Christian makes his entrance, he stays on the outside, with the opposition holding position in the ring.
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cena bursts onto the stage, with the fans greeting him as always, with a huge split reaction. Many cheer The Champ, but there are just as many boos from the anti-Cena brigade, with Cena charging down the ramp, ignoring Christian, passing him by, and slides into the ring
TAKING IT TO ORTON STRAIGHT AWAY!!!
Main Event: 4 on 2 Handicap Match:
Randy Orton, Finlay, Shelton Benjamin & Umaga vs. John Cena & Christian
Despite a fairly weak show in terms of matches, we end on a high note with a strong main event to close proceedings. Not long into the contest, Umaga, as he has in previous tag team matches, doesnt appear to understand the rules, and tries to get involved from the get go, not happy to be standing on the apron for any period of time, and no one is able to calm him down. The Samoan Bulldozer goes on the rampage, taking on both Cena and Christian, then shoves the referee away, before taking out his own partners!!!!!
Quickly, Armando Estrada is on the scene, to try and handle his savage beast, but the referee has seen enough
and throws Umaga out of the match!!! The fans pop, and there is pandemonium in the ring
AS UMAGA SPIKES THE REFEREE!!! Umaga is then calmed by Estrada, who tries to lead the Bulldozer out of the ring, as we look at the carnage, before heading into a commercial break.
We then return, with everything back under control, with Mike Chioda replacing Charles Robinson after the referee was put out of commission by Umaga just before the final commercial of the evening. Now, it is a three on two affair, with Cena and Christian coming together to take on Orton, Finlay and Benjamin. Despite the tension on both sides, all five men keep their focus on tonights match, and dont just look ahead to WrestleMania. However, throughout the contest, Cena and Christian share plenty of tense stares with each tag.
As the trio set for Money in the Bank take over, the tension mounts on their side, with each man looking to outdo the others when in the ring, and begin to trash talk with each other, as they beat down the Royal Rumble winner. The reactions of Cena on the outside also prove to be newsworthy, with the champ looking eager to make a tag, rather than looking conflicted as to whether he wants Captain Charisma to be beaten down. Christian, as youd expect, manages a fight back, as the three MITB competitors continue to one-up each other, but take their eyes off the ball, allowing Christian to come back, and quickly, he reaches out
as does Cena
AND A TAG IS MADE!!!
John Cena, fresh as a daisy, makes his impact on the match, and takes on all three opponents, as the match breaks down. Christian is forced to get back in on the action as all three men attack Cena, and he throws his opponent for next week, Shelton Benjamin, out of the ring, before turning his focus onto Orton, and takes him to the outside, leaving the two legal men - Cena and Finlay. The Champ has the better of the Irishman, and sets him up for the FU
until Orton slides back inside
coming from behind
AND DELIVERS AN RKO TO THE CHAMP!!! Orton stands over Cena, his opponent next week, looking at his handy work
THEN DELIVERS AN RKO TO FINLAY!!!!! Orton looks around the arena, with a cold, dead look on his face, turning on his tag team partner for the evening, then slithers out of the ring, as Cena slowly crawls over, onto Finlay, making the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: John Cena & Christian @ 13:47
John Cena picks up the win, and slowly reaches his feet, still feeling the effects of Randy Ortons RKO. He has his hand raised
but WE THEN SEE CHRISTIAN SLIDE INTO THE RING
WITH A CHAIR IN HAND!!! Christian has the chair, and looking to be coming for Cena with it
BUT HE PUSHES CENA OUT OF THE WAY, AND SWINGS AT BENJAMIN ON THE APRON
but Benjamin avoids it, and jumps off.
The Black Diamond, with a smirk, backs up the ramp, as Christian yells in his direction, before turning around
right into The Champ!!!
The two men, the WrestleMania main event, come face to face, in the ring, with John Cena questioning Christians intentions. Christian though, points to Benjamin, telling Cena he was trying to help him, not attack him. Cena though, doesnt seem convinced that was his true intention, and tells the Rumble winner, hes watching him, before leaving the ring himself. Inside, Christian starts to look increasingly frustrated, and slams the chair on the mat, with the show going off the air amid huge tension, which surely, is ready to blow at any given moment.
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Wrestle Mania XXIII:
Date: 18th March 2007
Location: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Event Music: U2 & Green Day; The Saints are Coming & Killers; Sams Town
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion, John Cena vs.
2007 Royal Rumble Winner, Christian
WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
WWE Champion, Rob Van Dam vs.
Mr. Money in the Bank, Edge vs.
Highlight of the NightChris Jericho
WWE Tag Team Championships Match;
Americas Most Wanted vs. The Hardy Boys
One Fall; Triple Jeopardy Match:
Intercontinental, World Tag Team & Womens Championships all on the line:
Rey Mysterio, CM Punk. Greg Helms & Alexis Laree vs. Mr. Kennedy, Mercury, Nitro & Melina
United States Championship Match:
Brent Albright vs. Batista
Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
WINNER HAS AUTOMATIC TITLE SHOT ANYTIME IN NEXT 12 MONTHS
M.V.P vs. Umaga vs. Paul London vs. Finlay vs. Carlito vs. Randy Orton vs. Charlie Haas vs. Shelton Benjamin
FIRST TIME EVER:
!!FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING!!
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
With The McMahon Family Empire in the corner of Triple H
The Irresistible Force vs. The Immovable Object:
Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker
Non Sanctioned Match:
Mick Foley vs. Shawn Michaels
Hall of Fame Ceremony 2007;
Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Sensational Sherri, Jim Ross, Mike Tyson (Celebrity Wing)
WM Banner Credit: Crazian
Match Banner Credit: Rocker
New banners (Main event, Angle vs Taker) credit: TKOW <3
MITB Gif: Legends supplier