... End of the road ...
Friday Night Smackdown; March 16th; Lafayette:
Michael Cole: ONLY FORTY EIGHT HOURS REMAIN, UNTIL THE SHOWCASE OF THE IMMORTALS!!! We are live in Lafayette, just down the road from New Orleans, LIVE on Smackdown, as the road to WrestleMania reaches it’s final stop!!! The Cajundome is rocking as WrestleMania fever hits Louisiana FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!
Tazz: I’ve never experienced a buzz quite like this Cole. It aint quite WrestleMania yet, but these fans are going absolutely nuts!!!
Michael Cole: And with good reason Tazz, tonight, our main event sees the two world champions, both just two days away from defending their championship belts this Sunday, FACE EACH OTHER!!! It is a Clash of Champions tonight, as John Cena takes on Rob Van Dam!!!
Tazz: That is one interesting scenario right there Cole. Both Cena and RVD have HUGE main event matches in just forty eight hours, how will they approach this one tonight??
Michael Cole: And, in addition to that, The McMahon Family Empire, likely to be joined by their recently formed WrestleMania Army ARE HERE TONIGHT!! Last week, they made an unscheduled appearance, after an elaborate set up to carry out a sickening assault on Brock Lesnar. Tonight though, they are here, and they are set to confront none other than the special guest enforcer in the match this Sunday that pits Triple H against Brock Lesnar, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN is set to arrive in Lafayette tonight.
Tazz: Oh boy, The Texas Rattlesnake in Louisiana.
Michael Cole: It is the final stop, and it’s set to be one heck of a ride!!!
We see Brent Albright and Kid Kash already in the ring, waiting for their opponents, ahead of the opening match tonight.
Brian Kendrick saunters onto the stage, getting generous reaction from the hot fans, on this special, one off, LIVE Smackdown. Kendrick waits on the aisle, smartly not getting into a tricky position before his partner can arrive.
Michael Cole: What a way to kick us off tonight Tazz. It’s a tag team preview of what’s to come this Sunday, as that man, Brian Kendrick prepares to challenge the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash, and Kash’s partner tonight, Brent Albright of course, defends his U.S Championship against Batista.
Tazz: Absolutely Cole. Four men that’ll collide on Sunday ready to get a taster of what’s to come. Wait till you hear these fans come unglued for Batista.
**I WALK ALONE**
And the fans raise their voices, in anticipation for The Animal, two days removed from challenging Brent Albright at WrestleMania. He pats Kendrick on the back, then looks towards the ring, and the two men nod, making their way towards the squared circle, as the opening match tonight is ready to get going.
Brent Albright & Kid Kash vs. Batista & Brian Kendrick
Albright seems more than happy to face Kendrick to start things off, but soon changes his mind as Kendrick hears the call from Batista, and tags in The Animal, forcing Albright to back track and look to tag in Kash instead. Kash though, wants no part of Big Dave, leaving Brent to face his opponent on Sunday two days early … and despite showing the guts to take him on … Batista tosses him around like a rag doll!!!
With Batista in control, he tags out to Kendrick, allowing the challenger for Kid Kash to take over on Albright, but the U.S Champion is able to turn the tide, thanks to the help of his fellow champion, Kid Kash, who distracted Kendrick long enough for Brent to attack from behind. Albright quickly tags the Cruiserweight champion in, and the heel side take over. Kash gets his licks in on Kendrick, then tags in Albright, who continues the strong work on Kendrick, before tagging Kash back in, as Kendrick is left in a weakened state with Batista only able to look on.
Albright tries to rile The Animal, taunting him from inside the ring, trying to draw him inside, and then double team Kendrick with the referees back turned. It works once, but the second time Albright tries to tactic … Batista has a better idea, and fakes a swing at Albright … with Brent flinching. Embarrassed, Albright takes too long getting in Batistas face, and this allows Kendrick to come from behind, AND SCORE WITH A BULLDOG!!! The U.S Champion sees his plan backfire, with Kendrick now looking to make a tag … AND DOES!!!
Batista is in, BUT ALBRIGHT ZOOMS ACROSS THE RING, giving Kash no time to react … and Albright forces a tag!!! Kash is the legal man now, as Albright slips right out of the ring, instantly grabbing his belt, and LEAVES THE RINGSIDE AREA!!! Albright leaves Kash to fend for himself!!! The Cruiserweight Champion is stunned by his partners actions, standing in the ring, arms stretched out, shaking his head in disbelief. It doesn’t get any better for Kash though … he turns around … RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER!!! The Animal now drags Kash up, yelling up the aisle at Albright, with Brent looking fearful of what he sees, as Batista DRIVES Kash with a BATISTA BOMB!!! The Animal covers, hooking the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Batista & Brian Kendrick @ 06:07
Batista keeps the cover for a few more moments, staring up the aisle at Albright, clutching his title, holding onto it for dear life … but no matter how hard he clutches the belt, he’ll need to pull off a miracle to upend The Animal this Sunday.
In the ring, Batista and Brian Kendrick stand tall, with Kendrick getting the rub by standing alongside The Animal, as they raise each others hands in victory, whilst Kid Kash rolls out of the ring to safety.
Tonight, Brent Albright left Kid Kash high and dry in order to avoid Batista. This Sunday though, The United States Champion will need to tackle The Animal head on if he wants to leave New Orleans with that very same title.
It don’t look so good right now for Albright, but as he always does, the champ is gonna find a way around Batista this Sunday. When that U.S Belt is on the line, he ALWAYS finds a way.
But can he find a way to once again upset Batista?? And, can Kid Kash bounce back from this emphatic loss tonight, and retain his title against the hungry young challenger, Brian Kendrick??
Just like Albright, Kash always raises his game when that championship is at stake Cole. And hey, Kash aint gonna sulk over this one, he got left behind by his partner to take on two men. Different scenario completely when it’s one on one this Sunday.
We return backstage, in the communal locker room, with M.V.P gathering Finlay and Randy Orton, with the rest of the locker room empty.
Alright guys, hear me out. Now, old man Anderson has decided to shoot the three of us in the foot tonight. We know he’s stuck the other four guys in a tag match later, which leaves one of us to face King Kong.
Neither Orton or Finlay look impressed with Porter, who takes another look around.
This is our chance to take that bulldozer out of the equation. Think about it, this is a perfect opportunity … so … which one of you want’s to take him on??
Whoa. Wait just a second. Which one of us??
Orton points to himself and Finlay, as Porter slowly nods, biting his bottom lip, hoping one of the two takes the bait.
Well, it cant be me. I’m the brains behind this operation tonight. So, if one of you can take Umaga on, then I, along with the other one, get to implement my master plan, and put the big guy on the shelf.
Finlay shakes his head, not agreeing at all.
Let me get this right. You want Randy or myself to put ourselves at stake … for your benefit??
Porter realizes the two men aren’t quite into the proposal. But, we see Orton showing a smirk, as he butts in.
Actually, the more I think about it?? It could work. After all, Umaga is unbeaten, but what does that count for??
Montel smiles, and nods his head.
And heck, Finlay, why didn’t we think of it sooner, huh?? We’re standing next to a guy that’s also undefeated.
Orton turns, and smiles at MVP, whose own smile soon fades.
If you’re going to put a plan together to get Umaga out of this Sunday, you’re the man for the job.
M.V.P begins to squirm, as Finlay gets involved.
You’re right Randy. M.V.P, you’re the man to do it. Tell ya what kid, you go out there, and you soften the big man up, then we’ll help ya out.
Finlay pats Porter on the shoulder, and walks off, whilst Orton shrugs, walking off too, leaving Porter to realise the trouble he’s talked himself into.
Back into the arena…
**STAY IN SHADOW**
Paul London hit’s the arena, to a great reaction from Lafayette, with the Golden Boy looking excited, and ready for his big opportunity at WrestleMania.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s a huge tag team contest, featuring four men set to do battle this Sunday at WrestleMania, and it’s next!!!
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito & Paul London
Fantastic match up, joined in progress, between four terrific athletes at the top of their games. Haas and Benjamin don’t look to have missed a beat together, and dominate the early stages, using their experience as a team to control the duo of London and Carlito. With quick tags, signature double team moves, and more overall smarts for tag team wrestling, they leave Carlito and London a lot to think about. It’s there cockiness though, and lack of respect for their opponents that proves to be the opening for Carlito and London, as London builds a comeback, and manages to tag in Carlito.
From this point on, the match is wrestled at an even keel, with both sides showing their skill and teamwork, both making tags in quick succession to keep themselves fresh, and ready for an ensuing war. Benjamin eventually scores an incredibly close near fall, avoiding the Apple Core, hitting the T-Bone Exploder … BUT CARLITO GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPE!!! Carlito survives, but now needs to get a tag, looking worse for wear after running into the signature move of Benjamin.
Haas and Benjamin though are determined not to let it happen, and look to keep the Caribbean native under control, but Carlito takes both by surprise with his tenacity, and after he is thrown into the ropes by TWGTT, Carlito rolls off the back of Haas (the legal man), AND DELIVERS THE BACK CRACKER!!! Benjamin then looks for a kick, but his foot is caught by CCC, only for Benjamin to attempt the Dragon Whip … BUT CARLITO DUCKS, THEN LEAPS OVER BENJAMIN … AND MAKES THE TAG TO LONDON!!!
Paul London hops back into action, with his speed and quickness just too much for the former Worlds Greatest Tag Team to handle!!! After his burst, London manages to dump Haas out of the ring, then sets his sights on Benjamin again, catching him with a TORNADO DDT!!! The Golden Boy now climbs the turnbuckle, and sets up to nail the 450 Splash … BUT HAAS GRABS HIS LEG … AND LONDON TOPPLES OFF THE TOP!!! London crashes onto the mat, with Haas saving Benjamin, as Carlito watches on, now waiting for the tag again, if London can make it.
Benjamin gets up, and now looks for the T-Bone on London, but London tries to wriggle free, backing towards the ropes … and that allows Carlito to make a blind tag off his back!!! Despite that, Benjamin is able to still deliver the T-Bone to London, whilst Carlito hops onto the ropes, looking to spring off … BUT HAAS IS THERE AGAIN … AND SHOVES CARLITO OFF THE ROPES!!! Carlito crashes onto the mat, and Benjamin picks up on the scraps, covering Carlito … whilst Haas holds Carlitos legs from the outside, stopping a kickout!!! 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas @ 11:42
The former self proclaimed worlds greatest tag team steal the win, gaining massive momentum towards this Sundays Money in the Bank ladder match. Haas and Benjamin quickly escape from the ring, as Carlito recovers, knowing he was shafted in this match.
As Shelton and Charlie escape up the ramp, they each take a look at one another, a suspicious look. They may have had a mutual relationship this past week, but will it carry over to this Sunday when the Money in the Bank contract is up for grabs???
An ominous sight. Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, side by side, the former Worlds Greatest Tag Team reunited, and victorious tonight. Tazz, if those two men can find some sort of understanding this Sunday, can they be stopped by any one man??
You just put the nail on the head there Cole. Should those two men stay on the same page long enough in New Orleans, they’ll be able to battle it out themselves for that illustrious briefcase.
And still to come of course, the only two men competing this Sunday that are as yet, undefeated, going one on one, it’s Umaga and M.V.P. That, and of course, the main event, that could headline WrestleMania itself!!!! The two world champions, Rob Van Dam and John Cena, one on one!!
Cannot wait for that one Cole. Off the hook for sure.
What a night it’s been so far, and it only promises to get even bigger, as WrestleMania fever sweeps Louisiana.
We return with the Rated ‘R’ Superstar, Edge, sat in a studio, head down, stroking his Money in the Bank briefcase.
For eleven months I’ve been waiting. For eleven months I’ve been looking for the right moment. For eleven months I have been a World Champion in waiting.
Edge looks up, directly into the camera, with that vintage (TM Cole, Michael) crazy look in his eyes.
Eleven months doesn’t sound like such a long time does it?? But you add those eleven months onto eleven years of waiting, and you get frustration, angst, and a lot of anger.
Talking through gritted teeth, Edge runs his fingers through his hair.
I have waited long enough for my moment. I have waited long enough for my glory. And I REFUSE to wait another moment.
Almost manic, Edge continues to speak, in an almost manic state.
Years of missed opportunities, years of continued setbacks, years of wasted chances. All of that culminates on Sunday. All of that frustration, and all of that irritation ENDS with ME … having MY moment, having MY night of glory … and FINALLY trading this briefcase … for MY championship.
Edge holds the briefcase up, with a sinister smile, before continuing on, putting the case back down.
Rob Van Dam. You’re ENTIRE reign as WWE Champion has been completely overshadowed BY MEEE!!! All seven months that you’ve held that title, you’ve had to look over your shoulder. You’ve had to watch your back, knowing, expecting, waiting … for me to take it from you.
With the big smile showing, Edge nods, pushing his hair out of his face again.
Well now you know. The time is Sunday. The place is New Orleans, and the night is WrestleMania. That’s when I’ll finally put you out of your misery.
Edge tilts his head back, then looks at the camera again, smiling for a moment, before speaking again.
And as for you Jericho … you’re just an unwanted pest. You’ve been like a scab, right under the skin … that I cant just scratch away. This Sunday, I WILL scratch you off my skin. You shouldn’t even be part of the equation. Van Dam saved your ass … but he cant save you on Sunday … you cant even save yourself … and you cant save each other.
Composing himself again, Edge looks at his briefcase, stroking his ticket to WrestleMania, then takes a final look at the camera.
WrestleMania Twenty Three is my night of destiny. This Sunday … IS … MY … NIGHT!!!
Edge shows the famous sinister smile, as the picture fades out.
And to the parking lot, as a huge bus pulls up. There are a few moments of curiosity, as the door finally pushes open … and MISTER MCMAHON exit’s the bus, followed by Shane, Stephanie, Triple H and Tyson Tomko.
The McMahon Family Empire walk on, towards the door … as the bus empties with the ‘WrestleMania Army’ filled with the same superstars that helped take out Brock Lesnar last week on Smackdown. The Empire look around, ad watch as the bus empties with the low level heels, with Vince smiling, and nodding, ahead of a scheduled showdown with Steve Austin, face to face tonight.
Back into the arena…
There you have it Tazz. The McMahon Family Empire have arrived, and they’ve not come alone.
Yeah, Stone Cold might want to turnaround and head straight for New Orleans if he sees what he faces tonight.
We all saw what happened last week on Smackdown, and if the Empire has it’s way tonight, it’ll be take two.
Matt and Jeff Hardy enter the arena to a great pop from the audience.
In forty eight hours time, the brothers Hardy will be looking to end their WrestleMania jinx, and finally, as a pair, leave the showcase of the immortals victorious. Tonight, they have a final chance to send a message to AMW, ahead of the WWE Tag Team Championship showdown on Sunday.
I’ve been dying to see those two teams hook it up for weeks, and come Sunday, the waiting is finally over. Either the reunited Hardy Boys or Americas Most Wanted will break their losing streak, and not before time.
The Hardy Boys vs. The Basham Brothers
Since the injury to JBL, Danny and Doug obviously aren’t featuring in too many plans any time soon, as they are used here as fodder for the Hardy Boys to display all their great team work. Matt & Jeff are barely put under any pressure, and finish off the baldies with ease, as Matt delivers a Twist of Fate on Danny, and Jeff follows with the Swanton, allowing Matt to hook the leg as the legal man, whilst Jeff knocks Doug off the apron, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The Hardy Boys @ 02:48
Matt & Jeff pick up the win, and set themselves up perfectly for this Sunday at WrestleMania. They share a hug in the ring, but avert their attention to the top of the ramp, where AMW are stood, clapping the exploits of the challengers. We then see the champions both have a mic in hand, and signal for the music to cut to allow them to speak.
How about it, Matt and Jeff Hardy … BACK TOGETHER!!! WOOO!!!
Bit of heat from the fans, knowing Storm isn’t being genuine.
Brings a tear to my eye James. Seeing two brothers after years apart, coming together to bring justice to the dastardly tag team champions.
AMW chuckle off mic, as they look to each other, impressed with one another.
Jeff saves Matt from the evil duo, and the reunited brothers stand tall, fighting the good fight, and teach the despicable champions a lesson, winning the titles at the biggest event of the year for a typical happy ending. Almost poetic, right?? Like some sort of fairytale.
Harris puts his hand on Storms shoulder, butting in.
In fact … that’s exactly what it is … A FAIRYTALE!!!
The champions laugh their asses off, as the fans give heat, whilst Matt and Jeff stand in the ring, listening intently.
Boys, this is the real world. And as perfect as it might be for you two to beat us this Sunday and once again hold our belts … this isn’t a perfect world.
Harris nods, and continues on for Storm.
You’re fairytale ends on Sunday boys, and it doesn’t have a happy ending … unless of course … you’re AMW. So Matt … Jeff … you’ve had a good run …
Storm butts in, ending the sentence.
But sorry bout your damn luck.
Americas Most Wanted slam the mics down, and hold their belts in the air, as Matt and Jeff watch on, with the tag team title match set to culminate with what promises to be an epic showdown at WrestleMania.
The time for talking ends on Sunday Tazz, and by the looks of things, whilst AMW are happy to run their mouths, Matt and Jeff Hardy will be doing their talking in the ring at WrestleMania.
I’m telling ya know Cole, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, these two awesome teams could well steal the show this Sunday.
Now, we cut backstage again, and this time, it’s RVD, sat in a studio, with his title belt over his shoulder, staring into the camera.
Rob Van Dam:
On August 20 last year, I did what many people said was impossible, and I became WWE Champion for the first time. Every day since that, I’ve been written off, expected to lose this belt every time I’ve defended it.
Van Dam nods, accepting the criticism, then smiles.
Rob Van Dam:
Seven months later, here I stand … WWE Champion.
The smile slowly fades, with RVD continuing.
Rob Van Dam:
Yet still, no one seems to expect Rob Van Dam to be walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE Champion. Least of all the so-called uncrowned champion, and the self proclaimed King of the World.
RVD shakes his head, and fixes the belt on his shoulder.
Rob Van Dam:
I guess we’ll have to see about that.
Shaking his head again, RVD changes his stance.
Rob Van Dam:
But I’m not gonna stand here and talk about it. I’ll leave that to Edge and Jericho. I don’t need to talk a good game … I just deliver where it matters … and this Sunday is where it all matters.
The champion stands up, with a serious, fired up look now on his face.
Rob Van Dam:
Edge?? Jericho?? Your ass is grass … and I’m gonna smoke it.
Cheers are heard from the watching fans.
Rob Van Dam:
Talk is cheap … but this …
Van Dam takes the belt off his shoulder, and shoves it towards the lens of the camera.
Rob Van Dam:
This is priceless.
He throws the belt back over his shoulder, as the camera fades out.
Kurt Angle vs. Snitsky
Back to back squash matches. Sweet. You cant tell this is a show to bridge into WrestleMania, can you?? Angle, two days away from facing The Undertaker, runs through Snitsky like road kill, hitting an array of Belly to Belly suplexes, followed by a trio of Germans, an Angle Slam, and a submission victory through the Ankle Lock. Pink slip to come soon for Snitsky too???
Winner: Kurt Angle @ 02:56
Angle pulls his arm away, as soon as the referee holds it up, motioning for a mic, not wasting a single moment.
Angle is handed the mic, ripping it from Chimmel, as he barks into it with his fiery intensity.
CUT THE MUSIC!!!
And, just like that, the music dies down.
Undertaker?? Nice job last week. Now, let’s try it again. This time, I’m callin you out. COME ON!!!
Cheers develop around the arena, as Angle throws down the gauntlet to Taker.
You want me?? I’m right here, let’s not wait for Sunday!!!
THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!!
The live audience ROARS with the lights going down…
The eerie blue lights appear, as The Undertaker enters the stage, and just like last week on Smackdown, he wastes no time with a deliberate entrance, instead taking off his hat and coat on his way, walking swiftly, rather than sauntering. Angle is crouched, ready to fight, as The Deadman locks his eyes on the man he faces in just forty eight hours time, coming up the steps, and into the ring…
AND THE FIGHT IS ON!!!
Angle comes straight at Taker, blasting him with right hands, but Taker pushes him away, with Angle tumbling over, bouncing right back up, with Taker charging in, looking for the big boot … BUT ANGLE DUCKS … GOES FOR THE ANGLE SLAM … BUT TAKER LANDS ON HIS FEET … AND GOES FOR THE CHOKESLAM … BUT ANGLE KICKS HIM AWAY … THEN DELIVERS A BELLY TO BELLY!!!
Angle bounces up again, and roars to the fans, before mounting The Phenom, and pummelling him … BUT TAKER PUTS A STOP TO IT, AND GRABS ANGLE BY THE THROAT!!! The two men get to their feet, with Angle caught with a vice like grip from The Deadman … BUT ANGLE KICKS FREE AGAIN!!!
Now, the two warriors proceed to trade right hands, with Taker winning the duel on this occasion. He beats Angle into the corner, then backs out, getting a run into the corner, looking for a splash … BUT ANGLE MOVES!!! Taker hit’s the corner, and staggers out, with Angle coming behind again, looking for the Angle Slam once more … BUT THE UNDERTAKER FIGHTS FREE!!! Angle is thrown into the ropes, and comes back out … INTO A BIG BOOT!!!
The Olympian pulls himself back up, knocked silly by the boot, and staggers into the path of The Undertaker, WHO SCOOPS HIM UP … AND LOOKS FOR THE TOMBSTONE … BUT ANGLE SLIPS OFF … TRIPS TAKER … AND LOOKS FOR THE ANKLE LOCK!!!
Instantly, The Deadman scrambles, turns over, and kicks Angle away, just kicking himself free, with Angle sensing blood, coming for his deadliest weapon again, but this time, The Deadman kicks him away before he can apply it, with the boot sending the Gold Medallist out of the ring.
Kurt Angle pulls himself up on the outside, and thinks about coming back for more, but stops, as he watches The Phenom get back to his feet. Angle has a smile on his face, mouthing to the Undertaker "You know it", and "It‘s over", content to leave the battle as it was tonight, knowing he has The Undertaker worried about the deadly ankle lock. The Olympian backs up the ramp, pointing back to The Deadman, with a knowing smile on his face, whilst The Deadman stands in the ring, with a deadly scowl on his face, intently watching the man he faces at the showcase of the immortals on Sunday.
WRESTLEMANIA COUNTDOWN - 2 DAYS TO GO!!
Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown, and the countdown to WrestleMania continues. Less than forty eight hours remain, yet, still to come tonight, champion vs. champion, RVD takes on John Cena.
Huge main event Cole. I cant wait for the two champions of this company to lock horns, and lead us into WrestleMania 23.
And not only that, but we’ve still to see the arrival of Stone Cold Steve Austin, as he gets set to confront the McMahon Family Empire, who have brought their WrestleMania Army for the party tonight.
Bad things are gonna happen later. Stone Cold may not be making it to WrestleMania as the enforcer, it’s a real possibility.
Well, two men that will unquestionably be going to WrestleMania this Sunday are The Undertaker and Kurt Angle. Moments ago, those two men gave us a sneak preview of what’s to come, and Tazz, it’s gonna be special.
Never before has the streak been in so much jeopardy. Angle knows he can make The Deadman tap, he’s done it before, and you better believe he believes he can do it again and make history.
For the third time, we cut to a studio, where Chris Jericho is now sat, waiting for his chance to speak.
Something that was said to me a couple of weeks ago has stuck in my head. Edge, of all people, said the words. My big match experience at WrestleMania doesn’t read all that good. Every big match I’ve had has resulted in defeat.
Jericho grins for a moment, with his head down a little.
I’ve lost to Triple H in the main event. I’ve lost to Shawn Michaels when I had a chance to grab his torch. I’ve lost to The Undertaker when I should’ve ended the illustrious streak.
Now, he looks back up, not smiling anymore.
But y’know what?? All those losses, those defeats I’ve had to suffer, have all led to this Sunday. This year at WrestleMania I have an opportunity … a golden opportunity, to finally put those setbacks on the shelf for good.
Looking straight ahead, it’s a more vulnerable Jericho than we’ve seen.
I have the opportunity to end my misery, and vanquish those memories. You see, where Edge sees the negatives about those losses … I find the positive. For you see Edge, you’ve never had to taste that bitter pill. You’ve never had that one huge match, where you have to stand alone, with all eyes on you … but this Sunday … you will.
Jericho closes his eyes, thinking for a moment.
Until you’ve suffered the indignity of losing the BIG, BIG matches, then you cant want to put it right.
Speaking through gritted teeth, just like Edge, Jericho relives his losses.
And when you want something bad enough … when you need something bad enough … after you’ve had to suffer the defeats I have … you cant begin to imagine how much more I want it than either of you.
Still looking quite emotional, Jericho continues.
Neither you Edge, or you Van Dam, have suffered the kind of big match losses I have. Neither of you can begin to realise how much more I need it than you. Neither of you can begin to fathom just how much more I want it.
The camera closes in, with Jericho looking so focused, so determined, ready.
… But you will.
We fade out, with an intense close up of the focused Y2J, ahead of his triple threat title shot on Sunday.
Back into the arena…
The elaborate set for M.V.P and his entrance is burst open, with Porter entering the arena, ahead of a match he didn’t want. Porter looks far from confident, having to put his unbeaten record on the line, against another unbeaten competitor … Umaga.
As if there wasn’t enough to offer tonight, in just a few moments, two men who have yet to be pinned or forced to submit, MVP, and Umaga, both headed for Money in the Bank this Sunday will meet head on.
Umaga w/ Armando Estrada vs. M.V.P
Porter does his best to avoid Umaga, looking to keep his winning streak in tact, running around ringside, holding onto ropes … ANYTHING!!! Porter then begins to argue with the referee, patting his knee, possibly feigning an injury, but it becomes clear why he’s distracting the referee … FINLAY HIT’S THE RING AND STRIKES UMAGA WITH HIS SHILLELAGH!!! Porter quickly pushes past the referee, and joins the Irishman in beating down Umaga!!!
Winner: Via DQ - Umaga @ 01:47
The referee has no option but to call the DQ, as Haas and Benjamin (together again tonight??) run down the aisle to join them. Randy Orton is also seen sauntering down the aisle, whilst Umaga is beaten down in the ring, as the MITB competitors attempt to take him out of commotion before this Sunday!!!
Carlito and Paul London though race to the ring with different ideas. Carlito sees an opportunity to gain some revenge on Haas and Benjamin for their cheap tactics earlier tonight, and attacks both men!!! Meanwhile … ever the dare devil … Paul London decides to bring Sunday forward a little … BY PULLING A LADDER FROM UNDERNEATH THE RING!!!
London slides the ladder inside the ring, BUT INSTANTLY … ORTON DROPKICKS THE LADDER INTO LONDON!!! The Golden Boy falls into the barricade, whilst Orton grabs the ladder, sizing up Carlito, but Carlito dodges it … AND ORTON NAILS BOTH HAAS AND BENJAMIN INSTEAD!!! The Worlds Greatest Tag Team both take a tumble, and Ortons dominance ends, as Finlay attacks him from behind, forcing The Career Killer to drop the ladder.
Finlay now backs Orton into a corner, and beats on him, whilst M.V.P takes the opportunity to grab the ladder … but Carlito gets there first!!! They both grab one end of the ladder each, and begin to tussle over it. Both men yank at the ladder, looking to take it from the other … THEN UMAGA RUNS THROUGH THE LADDER RIPPING IT FROM BOTH MEN!!!
The shocking force of Umaga forces both men to release the ladder, with both M.V.P and Carlito both falling from the sudden impact. Umaga picks the ladder up, AND PLACES IT OVER HIS HEAD!!! Umaga swings around … TAKING OUT M.V.P … TAKING OUT CARLITO!!!
Umaga swings around, but has no more victims … until London leaps onto the ropes … leaping at Umaga … BUT GETS CRACKED WITH THE LADDER!!! Umaga is taking out all the competition it seems … but then … Finlay and Orton join forces … and both chop block Umaga, taking him off his feet, with the ladder landing on his face!!!
Finlay, remembering Ortons turn on Raw, then looks to repay the favour … but Orton spots the attack coming, ducking the shillelagh … AND DELIVERS THE RKO!!!
Orton shoots up, waiting as Umaga pulls himself up … AND DELIVER THE RKO TO UMAGA … ONTO THE LADDER!!! The Career Killer is the final man standing it seems, getting the final word ahead of the Money in the Bank ladder match, using his most deadly weapon … not a ladder … but the RKO.
Orton takes a look at the carnage in the ring, a sneak preview for Sunday, and shows a smile, seeing himself as the last man left standing. The Career Killer takes a look around the ring, and leaves, having got the message across ahead of Money in the Bank.
Could this be a sign of things to come Tazz?? Randy Orton is the last man standing, and if he can do that on Sunday, he’ll have a free run to capture the Money in the Bank briefcase, and find himself with an opportunity of a title shot whenever he pleases, anytime in twelve months.
Championship experience goes to Orton for sure. But when you’ve got a wily veteran like Finlay in there, you can’t rule him out. Umaga is a damn beast, MVP aint never been pinned for no reason, Paul London is a breakout superstar waiting to happen, Carlito has had a great run as of late, and anyone that writes off Haas or Benjamin; especially if they work together, is a damn fool.
For one of those eight men, dreams will be realised this Sunday at the showcase of the immortals.
1ST TIME WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT - XXIII - FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, NEW ORLEANS WILL HOST WRESTLEMANIA
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
Backstage, we see Mr. McMahon ending a call, as he looks up, and sees a figure he’s surprised to see. The camera pans around … to reveal Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff.
Eric?? What do I owe the pleasure??
Bischoff, looking a little pensive, musters up the courage to make his point.
I need to try and reason with you. Vince, you’re on the verge of killing, in my eyes, the biggest match at WrestleMania this year. If you bring half the locker room to ringside on Sunday, what’s the point in Brock Lesnar showing up?? What chance does he stand??
Vince smiles, and shrugs off the question.
You worry too much Eric. This Sunday, isn’t about Brock Lesnar standing a chance. I don’t want him to. Sunday at WrestleMania is about sending a message. It’s a message to Lesnar, Cena, Christian, Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam … and every other superstar, and every member of staff in this company, including you.
McMahon looks deep into the eyes of the Raw GM, making sure his point is made.
There’s a line you don’t cross. And when you do?? You pay for it.
Vince changes his serious scowl, to a slight smile, continuing his speech to Eric.
Brock Lesnar pays … and he pays royally this Sunday. And Steve Austin … he pays tonight.
The smile develops across the face of Vince, with Eric not smiling back.
Bischoff, knowing his point is lost, just shrugs in response.
Good. Because now that we’ve got that out of the way, I actually might require you’re services on Sunday, just as a precaution.
Vince puts his arm around Eric, as the two walk away, with the camera missing the conversation from this point.
Back into the arena…
**MY TIME IS NOW**
John Cena bounds onto the stage, pumping the fans up, set to be in action, less than 48 hours from WrestleMania.
Indeed the time is now, John Cena, the World Heavyweight Champion, meets RVD, the WWE Champion. Regardless of the outcome tonight, both men will walk out with their title in tact, but a loss on Sunday, wont be so easy to forget.
And in the case of Van Dam, he doesn’t even need to be pinned to lose his belt. Triple Threat rules give the champ no advantage whatsoever.
Cena enters the ring, pulling off his t-shirt, and throwing it to the fans, as he waits for his opponent.
**ONE OF A KIND**
The WWE Champion enters, nodding along to his music, taking in a terrific ovation from the on looking fans.
You are looking at the WWE Champion, but is it to be for the last time on Smackdown?? Rob Van Dam has been a tremendous champion for the last seven months, and he’ll do everything in his power to make sure it stays that way on Sunday. But, tonight, he’ll need to focus on John Cena. It’s champion vs. champion, and it’s live … NEXT!!!
Main Event: Non-Title Match; CHAMPION VS CHAMPION:
Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena
Disappointing match up joined in progress, with both men playing it ultra safe, this close to WrestleMania, neither wanting to get injured so near the big event. It lots of safe headlocks early on, with both men trading places on the mat, then breaking away, taking a moment to size each other up again, before locking up once more. Cena gets the better of the exchange this time, and overpowers RVD onto the mat.
Van Dam struggles to break free from the grip of Cena, but manages to slip out of the World Champions clutches, as the match begins to slightly develop, with RVD catching Cena off guard with a spin kick, following up for a two count. Van Dam remains in control, keeping Cena grounded, and long enough to deliver the split legged moonsault for a two count. Van Dam sees the condition of Cena, and decides to go for broke, looking for the crowd pleasing Rolling Thunder … BUT CENA MOVES OUT OF THE WAY!!!
Cena avoids the Rolling Thunder, and begins to take over, hitting a succession of clotheslines, then the Throwback, scoring a near fall on that. Cena then attempts the patented FU … BUT RVD ROLLS OFF THE BACK … and then dropkicks Cena into the corner!!! Quickly, the WWE Champion follows in, and hit’s the Monkey Flip, using the move to set up the Five Star Frog Splash … BUT CENA JUMPS UP … AND CATCHES RVD UP TOP!!! The two men trade blows on the top rope, with Cena looking to hit a superplex, but Van Dam fighting it with everything he’s got, desperate to avoid such a high impact move.
The two men battle at the top, seemingly for an eternity, trading blows, teasing a fall either way, and RVD having to fight off constant attempts at a superplex, and the tease all boils down to one thing … INTERFERENCE FROM EDGE!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar STORMS INTO THE RING … AND CROTCHES … BOTH MEN ON THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!! Instantly, the bell is called for, and the disappointing spectacle is called off.
Winner: No Contest @ 10:36
Almost as if in slow motion, both men tumble onto the canvas, whilst Edge sets himself, waiting for either man to reach his feet, with Cena slowly pulling himself up … AND GETS A SPEAR!!! Revenge for the chair shot on Raw!!! Edge gets one over on Cena, but didn’t come out for him … he came for RVD.
Edge perches himself, lowering down in the corner, willing the WWE Champion up, AND GOES FOR A SPEAR … BUT IS KICKED AWAY BY VAN DAM!!! RVD kicks one of his two challengers away, with Edge reeling. Van Dam now takes the opportunity, AND TACKLES EDGE DOWN!!! The two men roll around on the canvas, rolling to the outside, trading blows, back and forth, neither letting up!!!
On the stage now, we see a smiling Chris Jericho, arms folded, watching on as his two opponents beat the hell out of one another at ringside, bounding each others heads off the steel steps, not holding back an inch, toppling over the barricade AND INTO THE CROWD!!!
Jericho meanwhile, has a HUGE grin across his face, loving the brawl he’s witnessing, seeing the two men he meets on Sunday take all their energy out on each other right now, unlike him, looking to conserve his energy until Sunday. The fight continues through the crowd, with officials running after them, looking to break the fight up, whilst Jericho cant stop smiling on the stage. Jericho turns, and walks to the back, shaking his head, still smiling to no end.
Meanwhile, as he leaves … CHRISTIAN ENTERS!!! Captain Charisma, without music, enters the arena, walking with a purpose down the aisle, whilst Cena is still out from the Spear. Captain Charisma walks around ringside, picking up the World Championship, and a steel chair, taking another look at Cena, as he gets inside the ring.
Christian stands inside the ring, dropping the title beside Cena, then stands over him with the steel chair, watching Cena as he pulls himself to his feet …
The Number One Contender readies himself as Cena slowly climbs to his feet, using the ropes to finally get there, and turns around … AND JUMPS BACK, SEEING CHRISTIAN WITH THE CHAIR!!!
Cena looks shocked by the sight of Christian, with Captain Charisma pushing the chair into the chest of Cena, allowing Cena to grab it … THEN CHRISTIAN TURNS HIS BACK!!!
Christian spreads his arms out, as if to goad Cena to hit him with the chair from behind, as Cena takes a look to the fans, furious at the antics of Christian, allowing Cena a free shot, with the Rumble winner desperate to prove that Cena is a snake in the grass.
Cena turns, and asks for a mic, getting it from Chimmel, then walks towards Christian, grabbing his arm and spinning Captain Charisma around to face him, with the fans cheering as both men are now face to face. Cena brings the mic to his mouth, ready to address the man he meets on Sunday.
You think I’m just gonna take this chair and take the cheap shot??
Cena takes a look at the chair, then at Christian, and pushes the chair into the chest of Christian, giving it back to him.
Keep it. I wont need it.
The fans come alive for that comment, but it’s a mixed response, with the fans split between the two mega-faces. Christian smiles, taking a look at the chair, as Cena bends down, picking up the title belt.
You want me to show my true colours?? You want to see the ‘real’ John Cena?? This Sunday … you’ll get the real John Cena.
Cena gets a cheer from his die hard fans, and nods his head along with the acknowledgment.
You goin one on one with a guy that aint gonna back down, and he aint gonna quit.
Cena nods, looking to his fans in the crowd, whilst Christian listens intently.
I FEAR NOTHING … AND I REGRET LESS!!! … And this Sunday, at WrestleMania, you’ll get the very best John Cena that there is.
The champ steps into Christians face.
And that’s the real John Cena.
Cena presses the mic into the chest of Christian, and proceeds to leave, but as he gets to the ropes … Christian grabs his arm!!
The fans pop, as Cena stops in his tracks, moving back inside the ring, with Christian now talking.
Wait just a second.
Christian and Cena lock eyes again, standing toe to toe in the middle of the ring.
I’m gonna get the real Cena on Sunday, huh?? The very best of John Cena??
John Cena nods, mouthing ‘Damn Straight’
That’s all fine and dandy. But just so you know … I don’t think that’ll be enough.
Mixed reaction, with the split in the audience showing their allegiances.
At WrestleMania … Cena, you’re going to come face to face with a force you’ve never felt. Because while you might think you know all there is to know about me, and you might think that you’ve got the advantage because this isn’t your first main event at WrestleMania … I’m telling ya you’re wrong.
Still face to face, the WrestleMania main event don’t take their eyes off one another.
You’re facing a totally different animal … you’re going to face a man that wont lie down … you’re going to give everything you’ve got … but you’ll need more.
Cena starts to get fired up himself, feeding off the words of Christian.
No matter what it is that puts me down. I’ll keep getting up. No matter what you throw at me … I’ll keep coming forward. No matter what … I’ll keep coming back, and I’ll keep getting up, I’ll keep moving forward, and I’ll keep getting in your face.
The peeps in Lafayette let out a big cheer for Christian, whilst Captain Charisma gets even closer to The Champ, almost to illustrate his point.
Every turn, I’ll be there. Every step, I’ll follow. Every single time you think I’m out … I’ll prove you wrong.
Still face to face, Cena and Christian keep their intense glare locked on one another, whilst the fans soak in the moment.
You’re not just facing the best of Christian on Sunday … Cena, you’re facing the best you’ve EVER faced.
The fans are almost battling each other, with the Cena fans and Christian fans trying to out cheer the other, as Cena nods at the words from the 2007 Rumble winner.
This is the culmination of my life’s work … I NEED to beat you Cena … I need to prove to the world that I’m the very best at what I do … and I’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Christian now pushes the mic into the chest of Cena, and prepares to leave … but Cena GRABS HIS ARM!!!
Captain Charisma stops, turning around, looking down at the arm wrapped around his, then looks up at Cena, with the fans popping once more, with Christian waiting for The Champ to speak. Cena lets go of Christians arm, then pulls the title off his shoulder, holding it high.
You’d better hope you’re willing to do anything to win this … you’d better be ready to kill … FOR THIS!!!
Stepping RIGHT into Christians face, Cena, with total intensity, ramped up to the maximum, speaks again.
… AM WILLING TO DIE … to keep it.
No music, just THE main event this Sunday, face to face, both men refusing to give in to the other.
The fans are almost battling each other, with the Cena fans and Christian fans duelling with chants, as slowly, both men back away from the other, ending the build up, ending the talking, ending the mind games, just as they started six weeks ago … with a simple nod to one another, both ready, both set, both knowing what awaits them this Sunday at WrestleMania.
Back to ringside, as ‘The Saints Are Comin’ plays over the PA.
Less than forty eight hours to go Tazz. The biggest night in the wrestling calendar is here. Louisiana has been gripped by WrestleMania fever, and can you blame them; in just two days they’ll get to see Americas Most Wanted face the Hardy Boys, with the WWE Tag Team Championships on the line. It’s been one of the most highly anticipated tag team championship matches in recent history, and it shouldn’t disappoint.
I’ve been pumped for that one for weeks Cole. Finally, we’re gonna get to see Matt & Jeff face AMW. Will we get the fairytale ending for the Hardy Boys?? Or will it end in a nightmare?? Harris and Storm sure as hell think so.
Kid Kash, will make his WrestleMania debut, to defend his highly coveted Cruiserweight title against fellow Mania debutant, Brian Kendrick. Kendrick has never held the title, but can he realise his dream, and capture the title in less than forty eight hours.
Hey, it’s a dream for Kash too. He’ll be dreaming of making a successful defence of his title, but after his loss tonight, could that play on his mind going into the biggest match of his career??
The streak is on the line. The Undertaker, puts his undefeated record on the line at WrestleMania against the Wrestling Machine, Kurt Angle. Will the streak move to fifteen and oh, or will Kurt Angle be the first man to slay The Deadman at the Granddaddy of ‘em all??
If Angle has one weapon that The Phenom fears Cole, it’s that deadly ankle lock. The Undertaker tapped out at the Survivor Series, and if Angle locks that hold on this Sunday, it’s lights out Deadman, and goodnight to the streak.
Brent Albright, United States Champion since October, faces the toughest challenge of his reign, as he takes on the Animal, Batista!!!
Albright is resourceful, but he’s gonna need to be on top of his game in the Big Easy, because The Animal looks to be damn near unstoppable lately.
Money in the Bank returns to WrestleMania after an auspicious debut last year. Eight men, four from each respective brand will compete for the briefcase that can bring all the dreams true and a guaranteed shot at a world championship anytime within twelve months.
And what a cast of superstars, The Black Diamond Shelton Benjamin, The undefeated Samoan Bulldozer Umaga, Finlay, Randy Orton, Paul London, Charlie Haas, Carlito, and the highest paid superstar on Smackdown, M.V.P. This, is what they call a pick ‘em.
Well, up until tonight, my pick had been Carlito, but after seeing the teamwork of Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin earlier, I’ve gotta believe that could be the difference maker.
Hey, listen, MVP aint undefeated for nothin. He’s the highest paid superstar in Smackdown history, and if you ask me, he’s gonna pick up the Money in the Bank briefcase come Sunday.
Well Tazz, lets now send it over to Fan Axxess in The Big Easy, where we should be greeted by Good ‘ol J.R and The Coach.
Cut to J.R and Coach at the Fan Axxess event in New Orleans.
Boomer sooner!!! Hello everybody, and welcome to WWE fan axxess. I’m joined by the Coach, and Coach, we’ve been having a tremendous few days down here in Nawlins, but right now, let’s switch gears here, and focus on the main event, and that’s the big one this Sunday, WrestleMania. Our Smackdown colleagues have made their picks for Money in the Bank, but how about you Coach??
I’ve been saying it for weeks old timer, and I think I just heard Michael Cole jump on my bandwagon. Shelton Benjamin IS Money in the Bank, and he’ll be the one leaving New Orleans on Sunday with some extra luggage.
I’m sticking with Randy Orton, especially after what we just witnessed from him a little earlier. But moving on, and Coach, it’s another of your favourites, MNM, Mercury, Nitro and Melina, putting their gold on the line, and joined by Mister Kennedy, that foursome will face the team of Straight Edge, Rey Mysterio and Alexis Laree!!!
Sometimes I wonder if Eric Bischoff has lost his mind. MNM defeated those sore losers time, and time, and time, and time again!!! Worry not though, this Sunday, they, along with Kennedy, are going to beat those four losers once and for all, and leave WrestleMania with a whole lot of gold!!!
This is my personal favourite Coach. Brock Lesnar, The Iron Man, for the first time ever, five years in the making, takes on The Game, Triple H. And how about this for a supporting cast; The dastardly McMahon Family Empire, flanked by an assembled WrestleMania Army join Triple H, whilst Stone Cold Steve Austin is set to be the special guest enforcer.
I cant wait, but for totally different reasons. Brock Lesnar is in serious need of a trip to the woodshed, and he can bring Austin with him as far as I’m concerned.
Despite the WWE cancelling the proposed Streetfight between Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley 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, should either man suffer any serious injury.
It’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 this Sunday.
And of course, the unforgettable main event. The Collision Course, which has got the entire city of New Orleans talking, 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. They nearly did tonight, but after weeks of holding off, these two men aren’t gonna hold back once that bell rings on Sunday.
It has been a tremendous week so far here in New Orleans, and gentlemen, it’ll be a pleasure to see the pair of you this Sunday at the SuperDome. But for now, I think I’m gonna take in this incredible fan axxess.
And I’m gonna walk off quickly. I don’t want to hurt my street cred being seen with you anywhere socially.
And back to Cole and Tazz in Lafayette, as we fade out from New Orleans.
Well, it looks like J.R and Coach are having a whale of a time this week, and I for one cant wait to join ‘em.
I’m headed straight for axxess right after the show Cole.
But before that, one more match this Sunday, from Smackdown, our main event at WrestleMania, Edge and Chris Jericho will challenge the champion, Rob Van Dam in another WrestleMania first - the first time the WWE Championship will be decided in a triple threat match at a WrestleMania.
And the chances of RVD walking away with the title are slim. He doesn’t need to be involved in the decision, he don’t need to be pinned to lose the title, and that’s gotta worry Van Dam, no matter how relaxed or confident he seemed earlier.
It is WrestleMania 23. It is this Sunday, and it comes from New Orleans for the first time in it’s illustrious history, and ladies and gentlemen, we can promise you now, no one will ever forget the first time that WrestleMania came to the SuperDome.
We know what this means Tazz. The Chairman of the Board is about to grace us with his presence.
This could get ugly once Austin shows up Cole.
After the horrific beating that you and I witnessed last week on Brock Lesnar at the hands of Triple H, are we set to witness take two, with Stone Cold ready to confront the McMahon Family Empire, backed up of course, by the WrestleMania Army??
It is a very, very real possibility Cole.
Mr. McMahon steps out, onto the stage, garnering a huge heel reception, still wearing his wig … and followed by the massive entourage commonly referred to, as the WrestleMania Army.
He certainly has not come alone. Mister McMahon is joined by his daughter Stephanie, his son Shane, the Problem Solver Tyson Tomko, and perhaps more importantly … that WrestleMania Army.
No Triple H though Cole. Where the heck is The Game??
The massive group surrounds the ringside area, whilst Vince gets in the ring, along with Stephanie, Shane and Tomko. The Chairman is handed a mic, as the music dies down, allowing him to speak.
Everyone should be aware of why we’re here. A certain Stone Cold Steve Austin-
Huge pop for the mention of the Texas Rattlesnake.
Heat for Vince, who calms, and fixes his jacket, allowing the fans to die down, before starting again.
Our esteemed special guest enforcer has requested our presence this evening, and the McMahon Family is only too pleased to oblige … after all … it’s not like we’ve been busy this week … not since what happened last week … right here … on Smackdown.
Vince shows a sinister grin, hinting at the beating to Lesnar last Friday, as the fans give him heat.
In fact, with Lesnar out of the picture this past week, we’ve been looking for something to occupy our time.
Still smiling, Vince ignores cat calls from the fans.
But before I get to you Austin, I’d like to take this moment to make an announcement … you see, whilst of course, Triple H will be joined at ringside by his family …
Vince opens his arm out, as if to direct the attention to the Empire.
And, as you’ll all be aware … the WrestleMania Army.
Heat for the mention of the massive group.
But there is one more party missing. One more member of this entourage that isn’t here tonight … but will be at WrestleMania, joining us, joining the McMahon Family Empire.
Vince waits for the fans to simmer down, looking to Shane and Stephanie, who both nod in approval.
And that … is the soon to be, WWE Hall of Famer … IRON MIKE TYSON!!!
Mixture of a massive pop, with hints of boos from the fans, as the group around the ring all look impressed.
No one though, is more impressed than Vince.
How brilliant am I, huh??
McMahon gloats over himself, with Shane patting his Dad on the back.
But, there is one man more important than all the others … the man that this Sunday will finish off Brock Lesnar once and for all. The man responsible for destroying the so-called Iron Man last week … and that man … is Triple H.
Heat for the mere mention of The Game.
Triple H?? Please. Join us…
**KING OF KINGS**
All attention switches to the stage, as Triple H slowly enters, wearing a t-shirt and jeans, getting massive heat from the white hot live audience. The Game doesn’t spit his water, just carrying it to the ring, as the Army makes room for him to walk through, and enter the ring, joining the remainder of the Empire.
Vince hands the mic off to Triple H, who waits for the music to die down, soaking up the heat from the fans, eventually speaking over them.
For those of you who watched Raw last Monday … don’t buy into anything that you heard from Paul Heyman. Be rest assured, Brock Lesnar will be a broken man this Sunday in New Orleans.
The camera zooms in, as Triple H hammers home his point.
I just left enough of him last week, for him to make it to WrestleMania.
Triple H looks around, trying to get some sort of reaction.
But on Sunday … I’ll finish him once and for all.
Removing his glasses, The Game pays attention to the fans reaction.
But that’s Sunday. Tonight though … tonight, it’s the turn of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The fans pop for another mention of Austin.
And lets make no mistake about it, we’re not going to leave you with anything to make it to Sunday.
Around the ring, the group of stars nod in agreement.
You stuck your nose in where it wasn’t needed, or wanted. Well tonight, Austin, WE are gonna put a stop to it.
Looking around, Triple H points to the Army on the outside.
So how about we put an end to this right now. Austin, why don’t you bring your sorry ass out here now, and stick your nose in our business for the very last time.
The Game turns, and looks towards the entrance … waiting.
The Cajundome rocks, as the one and only, STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN makes a spectacular entrance, walking onto the stage … but stays there. Austin, the special guest enforcer this Sunday, takes a look down the aisle, seeing the massive group of superstars surrounding the ring. He pulls a mic out of his short jeans back pocket, but soaks up the adulation before speaking.
Sounds like we got ourselves a rowdy bunch in Lafayette tonight!!!
Austin gets another rousing pop from the fans, as he shows a glimpse of a smile, before turning his attention to the ring.
Now all I’ve been hearin for the last week is the same old crap. "The McMahon Family Empire used you as bait Steve", "Stone Cold, Triple H used you to set up Brock Lesnar", "Does that not piss you off??"
Austin suddenly stops.
You’re damn right it does.
Cheers from the fans, as Austin glares down the ramp.
Triple H, you little rat bastard, you, of all people oughta know, that if you’re gonna use Steve Austins name, you’d better be called Steve Austin, or you’d better be talking about the Six Million Dollar Man on the TV show, and not Stone Cold.
Austin, as serious as a heart attack, continues to glare down the aisle.
And as if I wasn’t pissed off enough with that, I hear you and Kojak there-
Stone Cold stops, and allows the fans to laugh at Vince.
I hear the pair of ya flappin ya little gums, talkin about what you’re gonna do to Stone Cold Steve Austin in Lafayette tonight.
Quick cheap pop from the fans.
Well son, if you think you can intimidate good ‘ol Stone Cold with those pieces of trash, walking around callin themselves an army … EH EH!!!
Pop from the fans.
If there’s one thing Stone Cold Steve Austin enjoys more than whippin one mans ass, it’s opening up a can of whoop ass on a couple dozen guys!!!
But if there’s one thing Stone Cold likes even more than whipping ass … it’s drinkin beer!!
And the longer you bunch of sorry sons of bitches keep me back from drinking a few cold ones, the more you piss me off!!!
In the ring, we see Triple H calling Austin to the ring, begging him down.
So if you wanna see Stone Cold Steve Austin open up a can of whoop ass on Triple H, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, Stephanie, that big bald bastard, and every other sumbitch down that aisle … GIMME A HELL YEAH!!!
OHHHH HELL YEAHHHH!!!!!
Stone Cold drops the mic, and sets himself for a moment, getting himself pumped, ready to take on the dozens of men at ringside, but then …
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
BROCK LESNAR IS HERE
The Cajundome COMES TO IT’S FEET!!! Brock Lesnar appears through the curtain, and doesn’t stop for a single second, wielding a steel chair, the Iron Man bounds directly ahead … CHARGING THROUGH THE BACK OF AUSTIN, KNOCKING THE RATTLESNAKE OVER, LIKE HE WASN’T THERE!!!
In the ring, the McMahon Family Empire look like they’ve seen a ghost with Vince barking orders at the bodies around ringside, telling them to get Lesnar.
The Iron Man continues down the aisle, towards the ring, and is met by Deuce and Domino … as Deuce pushes Domino in front … AND HE GETS NAILED WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!!! Deuce freezes after seeing the sick, deafening chair shot … AND TAKES ONE HIMSELF!!!
Two down … and two more follow, as Trevor and Festus Murdoch are next in line, getting hammered with the chair!!! Lesnar is like a beast, smashing anything that moves his way, as Jamie Noble is next to feel his wrath, taking a sick chair shot, with Rob Conway getting hammered too!!!
The WrestleMania Army is dropping like flies … and we even see some of the rats fleeing the sinking ship!!! The Basham Brothers hop the guardrail, as does Santino Marella and the three attending members of the New Wave!!!
Lesnar reaches the bottom of the ramp, and is met by possibly his biggest threat to creating carnage … MARK HENRY!!!
Henry manages to grab the chair, and overpowers the Iron Man, TAKING THE CHAIR FROM HIM!!! … BUT LESNAR PUNCHES THE CHAIR INTO HENRYS FACE!!! The Worlds Strongest Man staggers back, as Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack look to attack … BUT GET HAMMERED WITH A SICK DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE TURNING BOTH OF THEM INSIDE OUT!!!!!
Brock turns back around, AND CHARGES AT HENRY … RAMMING HIM THROUGH THE BARRICADE!!!!!!
It’s pandemonium inside the Cajundome, with Brock Lesnar systematically destroying the WrestleMania Army!!!
The Iron Man gets back up, and instantly turns his attention to the ring, looking to finally get his hands on Triple H … BUT PAUL BURCHILL ATTACKS LESNAR!!! The Englishman pounds the back of Lesnar, looking to weaken him, but as he turns him around … BROCK SCOOPS BURCHILL UP … AND DRILLS HIM WITH AN F5!!!!!
Now, Lesnar hops up, and pushes around the timekeepers table, grabbing himself another steel chair, and pushes back out of the sea of staff bodies, AND CRACKS IT OVER THE HEAD OF TYSON TOMKO!!!!!
The camera now shows the majority of victims now crawling AWAY from the ring, up the ramp, BAILING ON THEIR BOSS TO AVOID ANOTHER BEATING FROM LESNAR!!!
Now, Lesnar is left with a free run into the ring, with no more bodyguards to help the McMahon Family Empire!!! Vince orders Shane to get Lesnar, with Shane almost ready to plead with his Dad not to make him.
He’s too late though, as Brock walks up the steps, whilst Triple H looks around, his eyes darting all over the place, looking for a saviour … AND THE BROTHERHOOD ATTACK LESNAR FROM BEHIND!!!
Jordan and Mack knock Brock off the steps, and stumbling into the barrier, with the duo staying on top of the Iron Man, putting the boots to him, with Shane hopping out of the ring to help. Whilst there, Shane looks under the ring, pulling out Triple H’s trusty sledgehammer, shoving it into the ring, as we might just get a repeat of last weeks assault.
OJ and Rodney now roll Lesnar into the ring, leaving him at the mercy of The Game once more, with Shane and Vince grabbing the Iron Man holding him on his knees, as Triple H grabs Brock by the face, talking trash.
The Game then takes a few steps back, winding up with the hammer, looking to crack Lesnars skull … BUT LESNAR SURGES TO HIS FEET … THROWS VINCE AND SHANE OFF … AND RIPS THE SLEDGEHAMMER FROM TRIPLE H!!!!!
The Games eye WIDEN in pure shock … AS LESNAR SWINGS … BUT TRIPLE H DUCKS … AND BAILS OUT OF THE RING!!!
Triple H joins Stephanie on the outside, but with Lesnar locking his eyes on his opponent this Sunday, SHANE RATTLES HIM FROM BEHIND WITH A STIFF CHAIR SHOT … AND LESNAR SWINGS AROUND … NO SELLING THE CHAIR SHOT FROM SHANE!!!!!
The fans go crazy, as Brock begins to stalk Shane into the corner, but as he does, HE FAILS TO SPOT TOMKO BACK IN THE RING … AND HE JUMPS LESNAR FROM BEHIND!!! Jordan and Mack, along with Vince and Shane join in … BUT LESNAR FIGHTS TO HIS FEET.
AND IS SUDDENLY JOINED BY STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!!!
Austin grabs Tomko, knocking him down with a big right hand, then catches Shane as he comes toward him, with a kick to the gut, STUNNER!!!
Lafayette is going ape shit, as Austin jumps to his feet … AND CRASHES ONTO TOMKO WITH A LOU THESZ PRESS!!! He lets fly with right hands to Tomko on the mat, whilst Lesnar fights off OJ, Mack and Vince!!!
Lesnar throws Vince out of the ring, whilst Austin on the other side of the ring stomps a mudhole on Tomko, WALKING IT DRY!!! Stone Cold then dumps the so-called Problem Solver out of the ring, and spots Jordan getting to his feet … STUNNER!!! Austin then attacks Rodney Mack, opening a can of whoop ass on him too in the corner!!!
Brock meanwhile, has the sledgehammer in his hands, keeping his eyes locked on the shocked Triple H, and the Iron Man breaks the signature weapon of The Game, right over his knee!!!
The fans are going buck daft, as Lesnar chucks the remains of the weapon towards the direction of Triple H, as Austin sets up to clothesline Rodney out of the ring, backing up … accidentally into Lesnar … who spins around … and out of instinct … LESNAR SCOOPS HIM UP … F5 TO AUSTIN!!!!!
For a split second, there is a hushed silence inside the Cajundome, as Lesnar jumps up, and looks down on the body he just F5’d … STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!!!
Brock looks up, realising what he’s just done … AND DOESN’T SEEM TO CARE!!!!!
Lesnar turns away, and fixes his focus back on Triple H, showing no remorse for his F5 on Austin … possibly thinking of it as a receipt for the stunner two weeks ago.
Orlando Jordan and Rodney Mack have disappeared from view by now, most definitely a wise move, given the mood Lesnar is in.
In the ring, the Iron Man leans over the ropes, pointing at Triple H, barking at him, telling him he’s only got 48 hours to go.
MY WORD!!! You can feel the emotion, you can feel the tension Tazz. You can feel the hatred, that has been brewing between Lesnar and Triple H. It all comes to a head on Sunday, at WrestleMania!!!
Look at the damn carnage!!! Brock Lesnar has just left a trail of devastation, all to get a shot at one man. Think about what he’ll do once he gets his hands on The Game this Sunday!!!
The McMahon Family Empire stagger up the ramp to safety, whilst Triple H remains halfway up the ramp, looking back at Lesnar, getting a final look at his crazed opponent on Sunday, who is still yelling from the ring like a maniac.
And think about the F5 to Stone Cold!!! What type of effect will that have on what goes down at WrestleMania?? Has Brock Lesnar just committed what Vince McMahon said he would … career suicide!!!???
This is crazy Cole!!! This is nuts!!!
Slowly, The Game backs up, saying nothing, but looking ready, knowing the task that awaits him on Sunday, possibly now believing what Paul Heyman told him on Raw this past Monday.
One thing is for sure Tazz, the WrestleMania army has been well and truly disbanded tonight!!! Brock Lesnar just destroyed a whole army. And for the ones that he didn’t, it was only because they ran for their lives!!!
My God Cole. Just look at the eyes of the Iron Man. This guy is a damn beast, and he’s gonna be let loose this Sunday at WrestleMania.
Regrouped at the top of the ramp, The McMahon Family Empire all now take a final look at the Iron Man, pacing around the ring, walking around like a caged animal, full of intensity, looking ready for WrestleMania to happen right now.
Ladies and Gentlemen, amidst absolute carnage and destruction, we are signing off. How can you miss WrestleMania after what we just saw here tonight?? It’s this Sunday, it’s on pay per view, and you CANT MISS IT!!! Take a look at the chaos Brock Lesnar has created tonight!!! Imagine what he’ll do on Sunday. Think about the Collision Course for the World Heavyweight Championship between John Cena and Christian. Think about The Undertaker, putting his streak on the line against Kurt Angle. The triple threat match for the WWE Title, Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels. It all boils down to this Sunday. It all comes to a head in New Orleans. It only happens once and year, and it’s ONLY on Pay Per View. It all happens … at WRESTLE MANIAAAA!!!
END OF SHOW
Final 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 Night’ Chris 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. Gregory Helms & Alexis Laree vs. Ken Kennedy, Mercury, Nitro & Melina
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Kid Kash vs. Brian Kendrick
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, and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin as special guest enforcer.
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, Paul Orndorff, Sensational Sherri, Jim Ross, Tony Atlas, Mike Tyson (Celebrity Wing)
*WRESTLEMANIA 23 - JUNE 21*
**PLEASE DO NOT POST PREDICTIONS YET**
I'll be doing a predictions contest with a 250,000 first prize, but please wait to post predictions until I post the preview. Any predictions posted before then wont be counted.
Some coments on Smackdown would be nice though