Monday Night Raw | April 16 2007 | East Rutherford N.J
Clips from last week, with Kurt Angle causing havoc at the close of the show, stepping up to represent Mr. McMahon at Backlash.
No opening video, and no pyro. We open cold, inside the arena, where Mister McMahon is stood alone, with the fans greeting him with the heat he deserves. J.R quickly welcomes us before the boss gets rolling.
Jim Ross: There is an undeniable tension in the air, as just six days remain until the most historically significant event in WWE history. And folks, we are still trying to come to terms with the fact that Kurt Angle - the man passed over as the number one contender for Triple H by Mister McMahon - will be fighting the bosses corner this Sunday at Backlash.
~RETURNING TO WWE TELEVISION~
The Coach: The battle lines have been drawn baby boy. You and I have taken our sides, the entire company is divided over what result would be best for the WWE this Sunday. It’s big time at Backlash J.R.
Jim Ross: And it’s time to send it up to the boss himself. Is it though, the final time that Mister McMahon will be seen opening up, Monday Night Raw??
The boos have died down somewhat, and Vince takes the opportunity to speak.
Mr. McMahon: This Sunday ma-
Just as he speaks, the boos rise for Vince. He stops momentarily.
Mr. McMahon: This Sunday marks the end of one era … and the dawn of another.
Standing tall, Vince looks around the arena, making sure he has everyone’s attention, as the fans give him heat for the proclamation.
Mr. McMahon: After Backlash, the face of this company as you know it, will be changed … forever.
Standing in the centre of the ring, Vince continues, holding court with the fans listening intently.
Mr. McMahon: And how apt that it happens in my favourite city in the entire world … Montreal.
McMahon smiles, whilst the fans barely react to the reference. But just like he did when he made a similar reference on Draft night, Vince lets the comment sink in before moving on.
Mr. McMahon: For far too long, you people have had too much power. For far too long, the investors behind MY global conglomerate, and the fabled Board of Directors, have listened to your voice and acted accordingly … because they’re too weak to make decisions that go against the grain … too weak to make the right, reasonable, fair decisions … and instead fold to the whims of a lowly office worker, who doesn’t know how to send e-mail, yet believes they know what’s best for MY company.
Heat from the fans.
Mr. McMahon: Because of you people whining and moaning, the Board of Directors - led by my own wife, took away all my power last December. Because of all of your pleas for redemption against me … I suffered the indignity of having my head shaved bald at Saturday Nights Main Event. Because of all your complaining and crying … Triple H didn’t get his rightful rematch for the World Championship after the SuperBrawl. You people have ran my company into the dirt, but now, I’m taking it back … and I’m restoring order, and most importantly, I’m restoring pride to the WWE.
A massive grin develops on McMahons face, but the fans continue to show their displeasure.
Mr. McMahon: I promise you people this … after Backlash this Sunday … my company will not be ran by the general public. You common people will once again learn to keep your mouth shut, and like it. I will TELL YOU what you like, I will TELL YOU how to like it, and you’ll thank me for it.
McMahon randomly points to members of the audience.
Mr. McMahon: Common Bus drivers will no longer try to tell me what’s best for the WWE, those guy’s that work in McDonalds drive through wont attempt to put forward their opinions, and plumbers all around the country will stick to what they know best.
More heat for Vince.
Mr. McMahon: You people will once again stick to your day job, instead of trying to run a billion dollar company. Your voice will not be heard, your opinion will not matter … you will conform to my way of thinking … you simply have no other choice.
Heat for The Boss, with Vince pointing toward a fan in the crowd, and telling the camera to get a look at him.
Mr. McMahon: Let’s look that this guy as an example.
The camera shows the man in the crowd, holding up a ‘VINCE = SATAN’ sign.
Mr. McMahon: “Vince … equals … Satan”. That’s the type of dross I’m referring to. After this Sunday night, that type of slanderous sign will no longer be tolerated in my company to be broadcast around the globe on television.
Vince shakes his head in disgust at the fan.
Mr. McMahon: As a matter of fact … security … take that sign. Take it.
Nothing seems to happen for a second, which infuriates Vince.
Mr. McMahon: DAMMIT, I SAID TAKE THE SIGN!!!
With a little bit more authority, Vince’s wishes are granted, and the sign is taken from the rowdy fan, who reacts angrily to having his sign removed.
Mr. McMahon: Actually … security, remove that man from my arena.
The boos get louder, as security take the fan away, who was quite obviously a plant.
Mr. McMahon: And take that as a warning. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare for the reality that awaits this Sunday. Prepare yourselves for the end of the WWE as a publicly traded company … and prepare for the future … which is in my hands.
The famous evil grin is etched on Vinces face, as he basks in the hatred of the fans.
Mr. McMahon: That message spreads to the employees of this company too … your future is in my hands … and my advice??
Long pause, with fans booing over the silence.
Mr. McMahon: Don’t cross the boss.
Massive heat for Vince, as he soaks up the heat, before continuing.
Mr. McMahon: Your future in this business depends on it.
McMahons smile fades, with the fans dropping silent momentarily.
Mr. McMahon: And for those of you who left me for dead last week … for those of you that were simply too gutless to step up to the plate and represent me at Backlash … I don’t forget.
Little reaction from the fans, but Vince stares into the camera, as if to make sure his point has been put across.
Mr. McMahon: But just when everyone thought that I was a dead man walking … just when you people believed that the end was nigh for Vincent Kennedy McMahon … one man came through.
The fans boo for the hint towards Angle.
Mr. McMahon: One man that had the guts to go against the grain, and stand for what he believed in. And boy, John Cena, do you wish you had accepted my offer when it stood last week.
Mr. McMahon: Needless to say John, that offer is off the table. Your lifeline has gone … and after this Sunday, your career will be in tatters, because I wont even just keep you around to mess with … you’ll simply be gone … wiped clean from the memory banks of WWE history … in a flash.
Massive heat for Vince, as he soaks up the heat, before continuing.
Mr. McMahon: You see, John Cena … he crossed the boss. It was thanks to Cena and Christian that my power around here was taken from me. Since then … those two rotten lowlifes have done nothing but disrespect the man that gave them the platform to become worldwide, global superstars … disrespect the man that signs each overblown pay check they pick up … DAMMIT … THEY SHAVED ME BALD!!!
Mr. McMahon: SHADDUP!!!
Mr. McMahon: Well on Sunday, in Montreal, at Backlash … John Cena will pay the price for crossing the boss, that, I guarantee you. He may not have been the first to cross me … but by Gawd, he’ll be the last!!!
Heat again. Vinces fixes himself up, and composes himself, before calmly proceeding again.
Mr. McMahon: But right now, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you, the man that will carry me to the promised land, and bring the power of the WWE back into my hands where it should be …
McMahons stops, as the fans boos pick up again.
Mr. McMahon: He is the most decorated Olympic athlete in WWE history, a man that had, without question, the most successful rookie year in WWE history, winning his first WWE Championship within twelve months of his debut to add to the 2000 King of the Ring crown, an Intercontinental championship reign, even whilst holding the European title … he won his Olympic gold medal with a broken neck, is the only man in history to have made Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker tap out … and he has headlined countless WrestleManias … ladies and gentlemen, this man has done it all in this business … and this Sunday at Backlash, he will add to his amazing list of accomplishments … he is a wrestling machine … he is … KURRRRRRT … ANNNNNNGLLLLLLLLE!!!!!
Massive heat for the announcement of his representative, with Vince holding out his arm for the arrival of Angle…
It’s a crazy response from the fans, showering Angle with an incredible showing of heat, as the Olympian steps into view, wearing a shirt and tie combo, with a smart jacket, looking the part this evening.
Angle nods to Vince as he makes his way down the aisle, whilst Vince smiles like the cat that got the cream, looking full of confidence in Angle. Angle gets into the ring, and shakes hands with McMahon, as Vince passes the mic over, and the music dies down.
Kurt Angle: …
Angle is unable to get a word out, with the fans giving him tremendous abuse.
Kurt Angle: Can I speak??
Angle shakes his head at the fans, who continue to boo.
Kurt Angle: SHUT YOUR MOUTHS!!!
That didn’t work either, it actually just made the fans more eager to give him heat. Kurt eventually gives up, and tries to talk over them.
Kurt Angle: I’ve been asked countless times this week, ‘why?’ And every single time, my response has been the exact same … ‘why not?’.
Kurt takes a moment, with the fans now quietened down.
Kurt Angle: As far as I’m concerned, there’s no drawbacks to being Mister McMahons representative at Backlash. And I know what you’re all thinking, I’ve been asked all week long. “Vince screwed you over on draft night.” … “You were supposed to face Christian at Backlash until Vince fired Bischoff” … “Why help McMahon after he passed you over for Triple H??” Well … it’s simple.
Angle looks at Vince, then to the camera.
Kurt Angle: After I pull through for Vince at Backlash … I’m made.
Small amount of heat.
Kurt Angle: He’s said it himself … I was the only man willing to back him up, and put my own neck on the line. His own son-in-law didn’t even sacrifice himself … no, Hunter is too busy thinking about himself.
Ooooh, bitch. Angle smiles, whilst Vince looks a little uncomfortable, knowing it’s the truth.
Kurt Angle: I’m the guy that’s bringing Vince’s dream to the promised land … I’m the only guy capable of doing it … and when I do beat Cena …
Angle smirks, and takes another look at Vince.
Kurt Angle: Like the man said … he doesn’t forget.
McMahon nods, as Angle turns away from Vince again.
Kurt Angle: It wont matter if Triple H becomes World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday … I’ve been guaranteed the next shot at the champion if I deliver my end of the bargain at Backlash.
Heat from the fans for that announcement, as Coach exclaims on commentary “Wow, Triple H and Angle after Backlash.”, whilst J.R sighs at his broadcast partners reaction, angered by Coach seemingly writing off Christian and Cena.
Angle meanwhile, turns back to Vince for his next line.
Kurt Angle: And if there is one thing that Vince McMahon is … he’s a man of his word.
Boos for the compliment to Vince, who nods approvingly. The camera comes for a close up on Angle.
Kurt Angle: Just like me.
Boos for Angle.
Kurt Angle: At Backlash, I’m going to have my hand in another part of WWE history … and off the heels of this Sunday … I’m gonna reap the benefits … for the rest of my career. It’s true … it’s damn true.
Angle then hands over to Vince, who begins to finish up the promo.
Mr. McMahon: Thank you Kurt. Honestly. Kurt, I guarantee you, I will never forget the day you stood by me … and when you deliver at Backlash, you will reap the benefits of being the man who brought the power into my hands.
Vince pats the shoulder of his representative, then turns to the fans.
Mr. McMahon: Ladies and Gentlemen, get a look at the future of the WWE … Mister McMahon, standing side by side with Kurt Angle. On Sunday at Backlash … you all will bear witness to a force of nature like never before … and NOTHING can stop this force of nature…
The camera closes in on Vince.
Mr. McMahon: Especially not a one man army … not against this machine.
McMahon looks to Angle, referring to the Wrestling Machine.
Mr. McMahon: John Cena … after everything that’s happened … after the months of abuse I’ve had to take from you … the indignity of having my hair shaved bald, seeing you become World Heavyweight Champion, and watching you headline WrestleMania … it’ll all be distant memories … because all that remains for you … IS THE BACKLASSSSSSHHHH!!!!
McMahon then raises the arm of Kurt Angle, to the disgust of the fans.
**NO CHANCE IN HELL**
The music of Mr. McMahon fills the arena, with Vince and Angle standing side by side, as we fade into a commercial.
We return with William Regal already on his way to the ring.
Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, and we are looking at one of the six men that will attempt to become the next holder of Money in the Bank briefcase, this time, exclusive to Raw. And William Regal will be facing one of his five opponents this Sunday in Mister Kennedy, but Coach, moments ago, we saw somewhat of a prophecy from an unholy McMahon/Angle alliance.
The Coach: A cast iron guarantee J.R. This time next week, you’ll be sat at home, listening to The Coach and Pat Patterson calling Monday Night Raw.
Jim Ross: With the volume down.
The Coach: Out of rage, for realising what you had here.
Jim Ross: The longest two hours of my week, sitting next to you. Moving on, tonight folks, if it is to be my last broadcast on Raw-
The Coach: It will be. Vince aint gonna keep you around after Backlash, that’s for sure.
Jim Ross: Our main event tonight, will see John Cena-
The Coach: In his last ever appearance on Raw!!!
Jim Ross: Teaming with the World Tag Team Champions, Straight Edge-
The Coach: In their last ever appearance on Raw!!!
Jim Ross: To take on the McMahon Family Empires so-called Problem Solver, Tyson Tomko and the men that will challenge Straight Edge this Sunday, MNM. A six man tag team main event tonight, that you do not want to miss.
Mister Kennedy storms onto the stage, getting an overwhelming heat filled response, quickly making his way down the aisle, chewing out a couple of rowdy fans as he walks to the ring, and proclaims “I DON’T NEED AN INTRODUCTION”.
Jim Ross: And folks, we also have another mouth watering match up, pitting another two of the men involved in this Sundays one fall to a finish Money in the Bank match, and it will see the legendary Shawn Michaels going one on one with the hungry for success Matt Hardy. What a match that promises to be.
The Coach: Sure will be, but what about Triple H and Christian, six days before Hell in a Cell, head to head, face to face, in the ring tonight.
Jim Ross: Indeed, it will be the calm before the storm … and before they make the trip to hell … Triple H and Christian will take a ‘Passage through purgatory.’
Mister Kennedy vs. William Regal
In the first of two singles matches featuring competitors in this Sundays Raw exclusive MITB match, it’s a hard hitting affair, with Regal initially the aggressor, using his wily veteran instincts to slip in a few slightly questionable elbows, putting Kennedy on the back foot, but the 2006 KOTR winner shows his own ring smarts to avoid the vicious shots, creating space between himself and Regal by forcing the Englishman to the outside, and gets his own offence going as he drops down to follow.
After a brief attack from Kennedy, slamming his opponents head into the steps, the brash, cocky bigmouth throws the veteran back inside, pressing Regal against the ropes, as the two break into a momentary - and out of character - chop fest, sharing chops, taking each other on, as the pale white chest of Regal turns to red, but the veteran ends the chop-a-thon with a driving knee to the gut, forcing Kennedy to double over, and Regal follows up with a simple, but deadly, European uppercut for a two count.
The pace slows, with Regal in charge for a short period, but he gets caught with a back body drop, which turns the contest into Kennedys favour, who softens Regal up with the face wash in the corner, and then goes for the Green Bay Plunge … but the British veteran elbows himself out of that predicament, and positions himself off his opponents shoulders … AND DELIVERS A STUNNING TOP ROPE DOUBLE ARM SUPLEX!!! The fans pop for the high risk move, as Regal slowly makes a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Despite the kick out, Regal has the momentum … but not for long. He attempts his Regal Neckbreaker, but Kennedy slips free, dropping Regal with a DDT for a long two count of his own.
From this point, Kennedy is in charge, breaking down Regal, stamping his authority over the veteran, but cant put him away. He eventually looks to set up the Mic Check, but Regal is able to escape, and trips Kennedy, looking to apply the ever dangerous Regal Stretch … but Kennedy frees himself before it’s applied … but as he gets to his feet, Regal charges for a running knee … BUT KENNEDY AVOIDS IT … AND DELIVERS THE MIC CHECK!!! He hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Mister Kennedy @ 05:37
Whilst Regal suffers his third straight hard fought loss, it’s another victory for Mister Kennedy, who is on a magnificent roll, off the back of WrestleMania, as he looks well prepared to take the Money in the Bank contract at Backlash.
Jim Ross: Is there anyone on a bigger roll right now than Mister Kennedy?? He has turned a corner since WrestleMania, and at this moment in time, the 2006 King of the Ring looks well positioned to become Mister Money in the Bank.
The Coach: You better believe it baby boy, Kennedy, if he can execute the right game plan, has Money in the Bank well within his grasp this Sunday.
In the ring, Kennedy has the old school mic in his hand, with the fans quiet.
Mister Kennedy: Do you people really have to be told who just won the match??
Kennedy looks out for a reaction, and shakes his head.
Mister Kennedy: I didn’t think so.
Kennedy chucks the mic, and leaves the ring, as we fade out…
Backstage, we see the arrival of Triple H, walking through the hallway, with Stephanie alongside him, winding up at the McMahon Family Empires private quarters, and opens the door, walking inside … then stops dead. The Game looks angry, as the camera pans around … to show Kurt Angle sat back on the leather sofa, smirking at Triple H.
Triple H: You lost or something??
Angle smirks, and replies.
Kurt Angle: Far from it. I’m just getting settled in.
Triple H looks to Stephanie, then back at Angle.
Triple H: Don’t get too comfortable Kurt.
Still smiling, Angle replies.
Kurt Angle: Why would that be??
Triple H walks around the room, grabbing himself a bottle of water, turning to Kurt, as he leans on the mini fridge.
Triple H: You think just because you’ve become Vince’s knight in shining armour that you’re the golden child now?? Don’t make me laugh. Brock Lesnar thought the same thing … know how that ended up??
No more smirking … it’s intense Angle that’s come out to play.
Kurt Angle: I do actually … I seem to remember him kicking your ass at WrestleMania.
Triple H affords himself a smile.
Triple H: No … he ended up with an indefinite suspension. He picked the wrong fight, and if you really think you’re getting rewarded if you win at Backlash-
Angle cuts in.
Kurt Angle: When I win.
Trips chuckles for a second.
Triple H: If you really think you’ll be rewarded with a title shot, against me, you’d better prepare yourself for a long wait … or wind up like Lesnar.
Angle sits forward, and looks over at The Game.
Kurt Angle: Not gonna happen … and don’t start assuming that’s gonna happen either. I’m not winding up like Brock Lesnar. See, Brock did Vince a favour … for your benefit. But me, I’m doing nothing for you. I’m helping Vince … and like I said earlier, he doesn’t forget.
Angle stands up now, and approaches The Game, who stands up straight.
Kurt Angle: And he wont forget where you were in his hour of need.
Kurt smirks in Triple H’s face, then collects his jacket, moving to the door.
Kurt Angle: What was it you said about Brock Lesnar?? I’d try and keep that in mind if I were you.
Angle leaves the room, whilst Triple H is positively fuming.
We return, with Kelly Kelly stood backstage with Rey Mysterio.
Kelly Kelly: Rey Mysterio, you’ve had a rough couple of weeks recently, suffering losses to both Mister Kennedy and Shelton Benjamin. Now, this Sunday at Backlash, you’ll defend your Intercontinental Championship against Benjamin. How has your preparations been affected by your recent struggles?? And, how will that loss to Shelton, two weeks ago play into your mind set with the championship up for grabs this Sunday??
Rey Mysterio: Kelly, it’s no secret I haven’t been at my best the last couple weeks, but starting tonight, I’m turning the corner again. Starting tonight, I’m gonna let Shelton Benjamin get a good look at the-
Voice: At the Intercontinental Championship.
Mysterio turns, and it’s the voice of Theodore Long, leading Shelton Benjamin and the rest of The Brotherhood, surrounding Mysterio. Long then turns to Kelly.
Theodore Long: You’re done here baby girl. Get the steppin.
Kelly doesn’t wait to be told twice, quickly shuffling off.
Theodore Long: Rey, I want to introduce to you, tha next W-W-E Intercontinental Champ, ‘Tha Black Diamond’ Shelton Benjamin.
Rey peers past Long, and at the cocky looking Benjamin.
Theodore Long: What’s the matter, playa?? Cat got yo tongue?? Lemme holla at ya, you’ve been a great Intercontinental Champ-
Long stops, and ponders momentarily.
Theodore Long: Lemme scratch that. Come to think of it, you’ve been a fraud ever since you beat our boy at the Royal Rumble, you feel me??
Mysterio remains silent, as Long tries to intimidate him, knowing he has four men to back him up.
Theodore Long: For starters, you oughta be ashamed for the fact you’ve been allowed to carry that belt around for so long, knowin all the while that there’s a man right here that shoulda been carryin the gold. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe there’s ever been a champion around these parts that’s lost so many matches-
Mysterio cuts in.
Rey Mysterio: Alright. Yeah, you’re right. I have lost a lot of matches, but Teddy, there’s one match I wont be losing … and it’s this Sunday at Backlash.
Mysterio stands his ground, but Benjamin pushes in now, and lightly shoves his opponent this Sunday.
Shelton Benjamin: You don’t think so, huh?? Well why don’t we just beat the title outta you right now.
The Brotherhood move forward, but stop in their tracks when…
Voice: I don’t think so.
The camera pans to show PAUL BURCHILL … WITH HARRY SMITH. As the two Brits move forward, Mark Henry is restrained by Brown and JTG from going after Burchill. The undefeated Englishman directs his focus at Benjamin.
Paul Burchill: You want Rey?? Then you’ll either have to wait until Sunday … or you’ll have to go through the two of us, sunshine.
Benjamin thinks about it, and Long gets in his ear, with Shelton nodding, and back tracking, pointing to Mysterio.
Shelton Benjamin: You’re mine on Sunday.
The Brotherhood back away, as Burchill pats Mysterios shoulder.
Paul Burchill: You ready to do this, chum??
Rey peers up at Burchill, taken aback by the friendly nature of the previously seemingly twisted ‘King of Pain’.
Rey Mysterio: Uh … sure.
Burchill smiles, and the trio turn, walking off down the opposite side of the hallway, ahead of the six man tag match, coming up next.
Fireworks at the beginning of WrestleMania 23
‘The Glitz and Glamour has gone’
Confetti falling at the close of last night.
‘The Pomp and Pageantry has passed’
Shots of the celebrities on show at WrestleMania, the grand entrance of The Undertaker, and the musical performance for John Cena.
‘All that remains…’
Everything goes dark.
‘… Is the Backlash’
Shots of dark, dingy streets, the polar opposite of WrestleMania, as the Backlash logo flashes across the screen.
WWE BACKLASH | APRIL 22 | CENTRE BELL, MONTREAL
ON PAY PER VIEW
Back into the arena…
**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**
The Brotherhood enter the arena for the upcoming six man tag team match, as we head into the commercial…
We return from the commercial, with Mysterio joining Burchill and Smith, along with Katie Lea on the ramp, getting set for the match.
Match 2 | SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH:
Rey Mysterio & The British Lions w/Katie Lea vs. The Brotherhood w/ Theodore Long & Shelton Benjamin
Just like last weeks six man, involving three of this six, it’s an excellent little match, with Harry Smith and Paul Burchill working as a unit for the first time after last weeks run in from Burchill to help his fellow countryman. For different reasons than last week, Mysterio struggles to get a foothold on proceedings, knowing his opponent at Backlash, Shelton Benjamin, is at ringside. Despite that, the undefeated Burchill impresses early on, getting the better of Monty Brown, then JTG, before coming head to head with Mark Henry, and is able to take the Worlds Strongest Man off his feet.
Despite both Smith and Mysterio being unsure about Burchill, he appears to be legitimately keen on being their team mate, bringing Rey in after softening up Mark Henry. Rey does the only thing he can to survive against the massive Henry, and quickens the pace, ducking and diving, hitting and running … but the presence of his opponent this Sunday costs him dear. Rey looks to use the ropes to springboard back at Henry, but stops short, as Benjamin stands on the outside, which allows Henry to attack the Intercontinental Champion. From this point, it’s a long way back for Mysterio.
Henry and Brown use their power base to dominate Rey, whilst JTG comes in and feeds off the scraps, with Mysterio having to absorb a lot of punishment from the three members of The Brotherhood. In this period, Mysterio barely even musters a newsworthy piece of offence, being decimated by the well drilled, new look Brotherhood, as Theodore and Shelton watch out approvingly from the outside. As this period of dominance continues, Burchill grows more restless, being unable to do anything but watch, and on a few occasions, is stopped from interfering by the referee, and calmed by his sister, with Harry Smith seemingly unsure of how to approach his new tag team partner in this mood.
Whilst Burchill is able to be restrained on the outside for the most part, there is no stopping him - as Mysterio connects with a head scissors off the return of a whip from Brown, and looks to make a last ditch tag … Theodore Long distracts the official, allowing JTG to drag Rey back to The Brotherhoods corner, and ignites the fire under Burchill … that cant be put out.
The Englishman comes on the warpath, running through the cocky JTG with a stunning big boot, knocking him off the apron, and into the barrier, then catching an incoming Monty Brown with a stunning sidewalk slam … before coming face to face with the man mountain figure of Mark Henry. There’s no fear from Burchill, with the undefeated ‘King of Pain’ throwing massive shots at Henry, and the two men trading blows, fighting out of the ring, whilst Harry Smith drops to the outside to deal with JTG, leaving it to the exhausted Mysterio, and the groggy Monty Brown to fight it out in the ring. Brown is up first, but as he drags Rey up, the IC Champion fires back with stiff kicks to the leg, rocking The Alpha Male, and looks for an Irish Whip, but Brown overpowers Rey, and reverses the whip, sending Rey into the ropes, but as he comes back, Brown catches him in a wheelbarrow position, only for Mysterio to counter with a beautiful bulldog!!!
The Alpha Male stumbles up, with Rey dropkicking him into the ropes, setting him perfectly for the 619 … BUT BENJAMIN PUSHES BROWN TO SAFETY!!! Rey swings around at nothing, landing back in the ring, looking around, as Benjamin hops onto the apron, looking to distract Rey AS BROWN CHARGES FOR THE POUNCE … BUT REY LEAPFROGS HIM … AND BROWN HITS SHELTON!!! Benjamin flies off the apron, and onto Theodore Long, whilst Burchill hammers Henry on the aisle, and Smith has JTG at his mercy, leaving Rey to dropkick the stunned Brown into the ropes again, and connects this time with the 619!!! Brown is helpless, as Rey splashes onto him, making the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & The British Lions @ 05:52
Huge win for Mysterio, gaining massive momentum ahead of Backlash, out smarting the numbers of The Brotherhood, and getting one over on his opponent this Sunday, Shelton Benjamin.
On the outside, Mark Henry and JTG regroup, having gotten away from Burchill and Smith, helping Long and Benjamin to their feet, whilst Katie Lea joins Burchill, grabbing the arm of Harry Smith too, and making a point of holding the arms of both men up, with Burchill keeping his sights on Henry, with unfinished business there.
Back inside, Mysterio hoists his belt aloft, standing on the turnbuckles, looking down at Benjamin, tapping his belt, letting ‘The Black Diamond’ know he doesn’t intend on losing the title this Sunday at Backlash.
It was a performance that Mysterio promised. Tonight, we got to see Rey Mysterio at his fighting best, and if that Mysterio shows up on Sunday at Backlash, I cant see how Shelton Benjamin takes the Intercontinental title.
At some point, that little munchkin’s luck has to run out. I’d say he’s all out of lucky charms after tonight, and if I were a betting man - and I am - I’d have my money on a new Intercontinental Champion this Sunday.
It aint the first time I’ve heard Mysterio written off, certainly not the first time I’ve heard you say it Coach, but time after time, Rey defies the odds, and come Backlash, you might just be eating your words.
Not this time baby boy, new champ is in the pipeline.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, in just a few moments, it’s gonna be a helluva contest. Matt Hardy, with a tremendous opportunity to make a huge impression, faces The Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels. Shawn Michaels has had his hands full in recent weeks with the Samoan Bulldozer, finding himself on the receiving end of a beat down for two weeks straight … will Umaga strike again tonight??
I hope so.
We return from the commercial, and straight into the arena … yep, back to back matches on Raw …
**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**
It’s another huge opportunity for Matt Hardy, two weeks after taking Kurt Angle to the limit, the former U.S Champion races onto the stage, looking pumped, ahead of a dream match (for him) against HBK.
Hardy makes his way to the ring, with J.R and Coach discussing the One Fall to a Finish Money in the Bank this Sunday, giving Hardy a big chance of taking the win. He gets to the ring, and doesn’t have long to wait for…
And the fans go nuts for HBK!!! Shawn Michaels plays up to the heroes reception, and slaps hands with the fans on his way to the ring, as we get replays from the last two weeks with Umaga laying The Showstopper out, two weeks running.
Shawn Michaels vs. Matt Hardy
In the second match to pit MITB competitors against one another, HBK shows Hardy respect in the early going, not launching in quickly, before eventually locking up. The two tussle around the ring, with Hardy looking aggressive immediately, looking to grab the opportunity with both hands, and Michaels is all too aware of it. Hardy gets HBK to the ground, and has The Showstopper struggling, but the veteran escapes the clutches of the keen Hardy, and looks to break things down quickly into a brawl, keeping Matt at bay with a few quick jabs.
Hardy though, still chomping at the bit, keeps moving forward and avoids a couple of shots from Michaels, and lets fly with his own stiff shots, backing Michaels into the corner, and looks for a running clothesline, but HBK dodges out, and looks for a sudden Sweet Chin Music … but Hardy ducks under, and then catches Michaels with a back breaker!!! He gets a two count, but Hardy almost reacts like he expected it, not asking the official, and going right back to work - targeting the well known weak back of his opponent.
Michaels struggles, with Hardy determined to make a statement of intent, and his troubles become worse with Hardy refusing to take his focus off the back, dropping elbows, and sending HBK into the corners with hard whips. The fans turn slightly on Matt during the course of the match, but Hardy doesn’t bend the rules, or mock the fans or HBK, with the boos more likely to be down to the support for HBK. Matt scores a succession of near falls, creating more pressure on Michaels back, with the commercial break nearing in, with Hardy in complete control of the legend.
We return from the commercial with clips from the break, where HBK got a slight reprieve as Matt missed his diving leg drop, only for the pendulum to swing back in his favour as HBK was caught on the outside, as he went for a springboard splash and rammed into the ringpost. We then return live, as Hardy now applies a bow and arrow submission, focusing on the back again, with HBK showing the strain of the hold, but survives, as Hardy eventually loses his grip of the hold. Still on the attack, Matt sends HBK into the corner again with a hard whip, putting more pressure on the back, and follows in with a hat trick of shoulder thrusts to the gut, as Michaels takes more and more punishment.
Matt looks to repeat the trick, succeeding with the hard Irish whip … but as he charges in for the shoulder thrust to the gut … MICHAELS KICKS HIM AWAY!!! Hardy staggers away, holding his face, as the battered HBK comes forward, planting Hardy with right hands, putting the younger man on the back foot now, sucking up his injuries, as he softens Hardy up further with a series of inverted atomic drops, book ended with a crowd approving flying forearm to knock Matt off his feet!!!
Both men are down, with the adrenaline wearing off on Shawn, as he clutches his back on the canvas … BUT STILL NIPS UP!!! The fans pop, but HBK leans on the ropes, with one hand pressed against his back, wincing in pain from the devastating assault from Matt Hardy throughout the contest. Slowly, and perhaps, stupidly, Shawn begins to climb the ropes, setting himself on top … but looks spent … and Matt is on his feet, launching into the corner, with a big shot to the open mid section of HBK, winding the veteran. That allows Matt now to climb, and looks to deliver a superplex onto the frail Heart Break Kid … BUT HBK FIGHTS BACK … AND KNOCKS HARDY OFF THE TOP … THEN DELIVERS THE SAVAGE ELBOW!!!
The fans are on their feet, as Michaels again sells his bad back, struggling to get to his feet, having to use the ropes to get up … but eventually reaches his vertical base in the corner. And once there, Michaels begins to tune up the band, with the fans firmly behind him, as Matt Hardy slowly comes around, pushing to his feet … and turns around … SWEET CHIN MUSIC … NO!!! Hardy catches the leg, spins Michaels around … SIDE EFFECT!!! He has the cover, 1...2...NO!!! The Showstopper survives, but Matt isn’t done, and turns Michaels over, instantly dropping an elbow to the back, going back to what he’s worked on for the whole match.
Hardy drags Shawn up, setting him on the top turnbuckle, positioning HBK with his back toward the ring, climbing up alongside him. He pounds the back a couple more times, then looks to deliver with a side suplex off the top … BUT SHAWN HAMMERS BACK … AND COUNTERS IN MID AIR WITH A CROSS BODY ON MATT!!! He has the cover, 1...2...NO!!! Matt survives the counter, and is first to the punch as both men stir, forcing HBK into the corner, then drags him out, looking to finish … TWIST OF FATE … HBK PUSHES FREE AND DUCKS A CLOTHESLINE … SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! Hardy runs right into the boot of the veteran, with Michaels falling onto the impressive Matt Hardy for a decisive cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Shawn Michaels @ 11:21
Spent after a gruelling affair, Michaels has his arm raised in victory, stumbling into the ropes, looking exhausted. The Showstopper shows his appreciation for the tremendous effort from Matt Hardy, helping Matt up, and raising his hand, with the fans showing their appreciation for both men. It all seems to be a very nice moment, with Michaels giving Hardy credit for a great showing … but …
It’s Umaga, being led down the aisle by the cheesily smiling Armando Estrada, as HBK sees what’s coming, trying to straighten himself up for an ensuing brawl.
Umaga rolls in, and HBK jumps on him right away, pounding the Samoan Bulldozer, with Matt Hardy trying to help, but both men are spent after their own battle, and Umaga pushes to his feet, shoving Matt away, and dropping HBK with a sick clothesline!!!
Hardy stumbles out of the corner, and straight into the impressive rolling wheel kick from the Samoan Bulldozer, with the impact sending Matt tumbling through the ropes and to the outside.
Umaga now turns his attention back to Michaels, scooping him up with ease, and throws him up … and drops him with a stunning Samoan drop!!! HBK is folded up like an accordion, but Umaga still isn’t finished, dragging his exhausted rival to his feet … and delivering the Samoan Spike, mercifully ending the beat down with that.
Umaga stands tall, joined by Estrada, who looks down at Michaels, and laughs heartily, as Umaga dismantles the living legend for the third straight week, looking damn near indestructible in the lead in to Backlash.
Earlier Coach, we talked about Mister Kennedy being on a roll, coming into Backlash, but be that as it may … how do you get around this savage beast??
Uh … you don’t. That’s why I said Kennedy needs a game plan … one that involves avoiding Umaga.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s the man to beat at Backlash.
Easier said than done, Jimbo. Easier said than done.
Mike Chioda tends to HBK in the ring, with Michaels clutching him back in agony, whilst Estrada leads Umaga back up the aisle, and Matt Hardy tries to pick himself up outside the ring.
And backstage, we see Triple H now making his way down the hallway…
Do not go anywhere, folks. In just a minute, Triple H and Christian are set to go face to face for the final time before this Sunday. The two men that enter Hell on Sunday, are on the path to purgatory … when we come back!!!
**KING OF KINGS**
And the fans show their dislike of The Game instantly, giving Triple H a genuine heel ovation, with the #1 Contender making his way to the ring, looking focused as ever, but his sunglasses hide the look in his eyes.
In six days time, Triple H will enter Hell in the Cell for the sixth time. He has never lost a one on one match inside Satan’s structure, and was responsible for the end of Mick Foleys career.
It took Chris Jericho over two years to fully recover from his meeting with The Game inside Hell in a Cell … Kevin Nash was never the same. Christian is next on the list.
It’s a massive challenge for Captain Charisma, but the World Heavyweight Champion firmly believes he is up to task - he believes he can end The Game, once and for all this Sunday in Montreal. Will that surely partisan Canadian crowd give Christian even more drive to succeed at Backlash??
He’ll need more than the fans on his side to overcome Triple H inside the Cell.
Remains to be seen, Coach.
Triple H spits his water into the crowd, and enters the ring, picking up the mic that’s been left for him, as the music dies down.
I think I made my point clear last week. But words only go so far. Christian, before you come out here, I suggest you take a look at this…
Triple H points to the titan tron…
**NOTE; I DIDNT MAKE THE VIDEO. I'VE BORROWED IT.**
Back into the arena, the fans shower Triple H’s video with jeers, as The Game looks around … but before he can speak …
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
And suddenly, the jeers turn to cheers, as the fans greet the World Heavyweight Champion with a massive show of appreciation, with Christian entering, wearing a casual t-shirt and jeans, pounding his chest, pointing to the fans, and nodding to them in approval.
Coach, it would appear that the champion has seen enough.
I KNEW IT!!! He’s here to forfeit!!!
Oh, get a grip, will ya!!??
Christian confidently steps into the ring, not taking his eyes off the statue like figure of Triple H, who stands tall, refusing to move an inch for the champion.
Christian reaches out, getting a mic from Lillian Garcia, and motions for the music to cut, as he walks around Triple H, who stands firm in the middle of the ring. The champion points to the titan tron, and references the video.
Cute video. You make that all by yourself??
Before Triple H can answer, Christian speaks.
I don’t care. The fact is Hunter, I watched that video … and …
Christian looks around at the fans, getting a couple of random cheers, before slightly shaking his head, and taking the belt off his shoulder, looking at the centre piece, shaking his head again.
Take it. After seeing that video, I don’t think I should even bother turning up at Backlash.
Christian holds the belt out for Triple H to take, but The Game suspects it’s a joke, and shakes his head.
Good. For a minute there, I thought you really were stupid.
Christian throws the title back over his shoulder, and continues.
I’m not gonna be intimidated by a video I’ve seen about twenty times before. Any chance of something original for once??
Composed, Triple H lightly replies.
We’ll extend it by about ten seconds this time next week to include you.
Heat from the fans, but a smile from Christian.
You say you’ve seen that video twenty times?? Keep watchin it … because it’ll do you no good in the long run. You think we can scout the Hell in a Cell like a normal match?? Watch a couple of videos and understand it?? I’ll let ya into a little secret, kid. You cant prepare for the hell that awaits you on Sunday. Until you’ve experienced Hell in a Cell first hand … you cant begin to imagine.
Triple H shows a hint of a smirk, as Christian now looks stony faced.
And no one has experienced Hell in a Cell like I have.
Christian has heard enough.
I get it, you’ve been through the wars. You’ve bled buckets, you’ve had your head smashed with a steel chair, you’ve been through Hell in a Cell more times than enough. But I think you’re forgetting something … I’ve been through my fair share of extreme.
Triple H smiles, putting his hand up to stop Christian.
What?? TLC?? Where the object of the match is to climb a ladder and retrieve the belt?? Sure, it’s dangerous, I’ll give ya that. You put your body on the line, and you risk your career … but you cant compare TLC to Hell in a Cell … not for a second.
Triple H stands in Christians space, trying to intimidate him, but Christian doesn’t back up.
You’ve been through TLC … but Hell in a Cell?? It’s a completely different animal. You’ve succeeded in TLC matches … because to win, you don’t need a killer instinct.
Still trying to intimidate Christian, Triple H pushes into him again.
For Hell in a Cell, that killer instinct is essential … and that’s just to survive … and you don’t have it.
Christian remains unmoved, but the fans give The Game heat.
You’re a heck of a competitor, Christian. You’ve got fighting spirit, and you’ve got heart, I wont deny that. But you lack one thing … the one thing you need this Sunday. And I’m looking in your eyes, trying to find it … and I don’t see it.
The Game gets in Christians face again.
You don’t have the killer instinct … you’ve got a heart … you‘ve got remorse.
Heat from the fans.
And when it comes to the crunch, you wont do what’s necessary to get the job done.
Christian shakes his head.
It’s not up for debate, kid. The fact is, you don’t have that killer instinct to take me out once and for all, and finish the job. If you get the chance to put me out for good … you’ll hesitate … you’ll think … and your conscience will win out.
The champion continues to shake his head.
And while you think twice about ending my career … I’ll not be thinking … I will do what I do best … and that’s end careers. This time, it’s yours.
Christian still defiantly shakes his head, as Triple H rips his sunglasses off.
LOOK AT THESE EYES!!! CAN YOU SEE IT?? CAN YOU SEE THAT KILLER INSTINCT??
Triple H presses right into Christians face.
Look at my eyes, then take a look in the mirror, and see your own. That’s the difference. I’m prepared to do the sick, reprehensible acts that end careers. I’m prepared to smash your skull into a million different pieces with a sledgehammer … you arent … and you never will be.
More heat for Triple H, but the fans pop, as Christian has heard enough, grabbing his enemies mic, and throwing it to the mat.
I made a statement last week … and I stick to it. At Backlash, I’m planning on finishing you … forever.
More cheers from the fans. Sadists . Triple H though, having picked up his mic, has a reply.
You can say what you want, but it’s just words.
Christian, looking ready to snap, speaks again.
Think of it as a warning, because while it might just be words now … I intend on making them actions on Sunday.
You say you don’t see a killer instinct in my eyes?? I say, keep looking … because for the last three weeks, all I’ve been thinking of is killing your career.
If you don’t see it now … you will see it on Sunday … and it’ll be the last thing you see on Sunday.
Another sadistic pop, with the fans cheering Christians threat to finish The Games career.
So, Hunter, if you didn’t know … NOW-
Triple H SLAPS the mic out of Christians hand. The fans initially ‘OOOH’, then descend into heat for The Game, as Triple H pipes up.
I hear you … but I don’t believe you. So why don’t you prove it now. Why don’t you show me what you mean … gimme a preview.
Some cheers, with the fans wanting to see some action between the pair, as Triple H now goads the champion.
Christian looks around to the fans, who cheer for him to get it on, and as he turns to face Triple H again … SLAP!!!
Triple H slaps the taste out of Christians mouth!!!
Come on, you cant wait until Sunday. Think about the screw jobs … think about the beat downs … think about all the times I’ve knocked you down. Let it out!!!
Christian composes himself, rubbing his cheek, and ponders for a moment.
It’s your last chance, champ. You wont get another at Backlash.
The fans start to chant ‘CHRISTIAN’ begging the champion to shut The Game up … and with The Game continuing to goad him … CHRISTIAN SNAPS!!!
Captain Charisma floors Triple H with a big right hand, and The Game tumbles into the corner, with Christian following in, letting fly with successive right hands, before Triple H drives his knee to the gut!!!
Christian staggers out of the corner, allowing The Game to clobber him with a clothesline. Triple H then kicks Christian under the bottom rope to the outside, dropping down and following out after him.
Outside, The Game biels Christian into the barrier, before sticking his boot into his face, keeping him down, and allows Triple H to then look under the ring … AND PULL OUT A SLEDGEHAMMER!!!
The fans pick up with the sight of the sledgehammer, and Triple H doesn’t hesitate to swing, BUT CHRISTIAN AVOIDS IT!!! Christian narrowly escapes the hammer shot, but Triple H swings again, and Christian again narrowly avoids the blow, with the hammer smashing off the ring post.
Christian then comes at Triple H, with the two duelling it out for the hammer, tussling back and forth, and Christian wins out, stopping Triple H with a kick to the gut, grabbing the hammer in the process, then chucks it into the ring, leaving it to him and Triple H, man to man … but The Game quickly rolls into the ring, trying to get the hammer back, but Christian stands on it, stopping him.
Triple H then slowly gets to his feet, with Christian waiting … and tries a cheap shot, but Christian blocks, and Captain Charisma now tees off … BUT TRIPLE H FIRES BACK!!! The two begin to slug it out, punch for punch, in the middle of the ring, with the old BOO/YAY reaction from the fans accordingly. Christian gets the better of the exchange, eventually sending Triple H off the ropes, and delivering a back body drop.
The Game bounces up, with Christian going for the Unprettier, but Triple H slips out, then kicks the champion in the gut, and goes for the Pedigree … BUT CHRISTIAN SLIPS OUT … AND DROPS THE GAME WITH A DDT!!! Triple H is down!!!
With Triple H down, Christian looks across … with his sights firmly set on the sledgehammer. He moves toward it, with the fans cheering as he picks it up, taking a good look at the lethal weapon. Captain Charisma then looks around at the fans, and points the object in Triple H’s direction, getting a rousing reaction, before proceeding towards The Game…
And he stands over him, waiting for Triple H to come around, and as he does, Christian has the hammer cocked and loaded for a massive shot … but once he has Triple H’s attention - caught in the headlights - the champion chucks the hammer out of the ring!!!
The fans boo momentarily, as Triple H, on his knees, looks to the outside at his trusted weapon, whilst Christian picks up the mic, getting his challengers attention.
Christian catches his breath, as The Game looks around.
Don’t look at that as a sign of weakness … come Sunday at Backlash … inside Hell in a Cell … I wont hesitate to use it.
Christian slams the mic down, and exit’s the ring.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
Christian doesn’t look back, storming up the ramp, with his title belt in hand, but in the ring, Triple H has a cock sure grin etched on his face, convinced his theory that Christian doesn’t have the bottle to finish him for good, is true.
It all comes to a head between these two on Sunday, LIVE on Pay Per View … HELL IN A CELL!!!
J.R … Triple H was right. Captain Charisma, for all his skill, all his heart and all his desire, is lacking the one fundamental element he needs at Backlash … HE DOESN’T HAVE THE KILLER INSTINCT!!! It’s gonna cost him dear at Backlash … it’s gonna cost him the ultimate price!!!
The World Heavyweight Champion disappears out of view, whilst in the ring, The Game is on his feet, looking around the arena with a knowing grin on his face.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes is stood talking with a random production member. The conversation is indistinct, but it picks up, as another random staff member enters the fray.
Random Staff Member:
Hey, Cody. There’s a guy here to see ya. Say’s the two of you are related.
Rhodes ponders for a moment, then lights up with a smile.
Dad’s here?? Where is he??
Random Staff Member:
He’s waiting in the storage room.
Cody, already walking, suddenly looks puzzled.
Rhodes shrugs it off, and continues on, walking down the hallway, and looking at the doors, stopping at the storage room, and peers into the dark room … as the light suddenly flicks on …
And GOLDUST is standing there.
Cody jumps back initially, then as the scare passes, looks angered by his real life brother, the bizarre one.
Oh man, what are you doing here?? I thought we had an agreement, Dustin.
Goldust looks insulted, and peers at Cody from the corner of his eyes, before piping up.
Whatever deal you’ve struck with your brother, young Cody, it does NOT … OOOOOHHHH … pass through to me.
Cody clenches his fist in frustration, getting angered by the presence of his embarrassing relative, who rubs himself.
This is embarrassing. I’m here trying to restore some honour to our family name, trying to be taken seriously around here … but you show up, and make me look like an idiot. You cant do this to me!!!
Goldust flicks his blonde wig back, over his shoulders.
I’ll tell you what’s embarrassing, shall I, young Cody?? It’s embarrassing that you’ve disowned someone, just because they’re a little di- di- di- di- DIFFERENT … to the rest.
Goldust throws his head up, peering away momentarily, before snarling his lip at Cody, who looks furious, and continuing.
It’s nice that you’re trying to make it here in the big bad world of the WWE on your own two feet, Cody. (Gets right up close, and whispers)
But I’ve been watching you closely.
The Bizarre One then grabs Cody by the shoulders, shaking him.
And you need help, kid.
Goldust then throws his arms up in spectacular fashion.
THAT’S WHY I’M HERE!!!
Rhodes shakes his head, and puts his hand up to stop Goldust.
Whatever it is, I’m not interested.
Cody clenches his fist in frustration, getting angered by the presence of his embarrassing relative.
Ohhhhh … ye of little faith, Cody … ye of little faith.
Rhodes huffs, with Goldust putting his hands on Codys shoulders again.
I’m here to guide you Cody. I’m here to make you the star of Monday Night Raw … and to start your journey, young Cody … I’ve entered you into the 2007 King- King- King- OOOOH PUPPIES!!! … KING OF THE RING … tournament.
Cody looks surprised by the entrance into the King of the Ring tournament, but slightly impressed. He then shakes his head.
No way. I’m not having you in my corner. No way, no how.
Goldust has a weird as fuck smirk on his face, before lightly replying.
Let me ask you something Cody. What do Rocky Balboa, Daniel LaRusso, and ‘Honey’ Roy Palmer have in common??
Cody looks puzzled.
‘Honey’ Roy Palmer. Only the greatest fictional boxer in movie history. Ohhhh, Cody, you have so much to learn.
I don’t know, what do they have in common.
Goldust puts on his odd grin again.
They all had guidance. And now Cody … you too, will have guidance, because I’m here to sprinkle some magic dust on your fledgling career … and when you are crowned the 2007 King of the Ring, you’ll never forget the name … OHHHHHHHHHH …. GOLD-DUST.
Goldust then bites the air in front of the bemused Cody, before leaving, as Cody shakes his head, looking frustrated.
We then cut backstage elsewhere, as Todd Grisham is standing by with Alexis Laree.
Alexis Laree, this Sunday at Backlash, you’ll defend the Womens Championship against the new number one contender, Victoria. However, before I ask you your thoughts on that match, last week, when speaking to me, Melina made some vague remarks that she was going to make your life very complicated. Have you any idea what Melina could’ve been alluding to??
Alexis scoffs at the questioning from Todd, blowing it off.
I think you said it best, Todd. Melina was very vague. All Melina is, is a jealous, conceited bitch. She cant handle the fact that she’s no longer holding this.
Laree holds up the womens title to illustrate her point.
And now that she’s out of the title picture altogether, Melina is doing whatever she can to keep her face in the limelight. She just cant handle the fact that the attention isn’t on her anymore. Todd, I haven’t given anything she said last week a seconds thought, and I suggest you and everyone else, do the same.
Alexis smiles at Todd, who continues.
Well, with that being said, it’s quite obvious that you’re looking into the future now, and your immediate future is this Sunday at Backlash, when you defend the Womens Championship-
Grisham stops, with Alexis looking puzzled. She then turns around, and is surrounded by MNM. Feeling secure with her boys by her side, Melina, smug as you like, steps forward to Laree.
Ohhhh Lexi. I’d love to let you go on thinking that I’m simply a jealous woman scorned, looking to make some trouble. But I’m not.
Melina, trying to anger the champion, flicks Alexis’ hair from her shoulder, with the champion pulling away, giving Melina a dirty look.
Y’see, where I come from, in the circles I associate with … I’ve got a lot of useful contacts … paparazzi … journalists … gossip columnists … private investigators even. And it’s funny, because I’ve been asking a lot of people a lot of questions about (uses air quotes)
“Alexis Laree”, looking for any kind of dirt I could find to use against you. But, to my disgust, I got nothing. No leads, no gossip, no scandal … in fact, these world famous journalists hadn’t even heard of you …
Melina looks to Nitro and Mercury, with a knowing look on her face, smirking all the while. She then turns to Alexis again, and speaks.
In fact, it was like Alexis Laree didn’t exist.
Still smug, Melina puts her hand on the angry looking champions shoulder.
But if you dig deep enough … you can find dirt on anyone … and the dirt I’ve found on you is enough to fill a graveyard.
Almost nervously, Alexis scoffs, trying to put a smile on her own face, and blow off the comments from her long time rival. Laree then mockingly claps.
Very nice. But I think you oughta stay in Hollywood, because since you’ve fallen to the back of the line for the Womens title, I think you’d have a better chance of making it in the acting business.
Devilishly smiling, Melina shrugs.
Maybe … maybe not.
Melina then looks to Nitro and Mercury, and motions for them to leave. The trio brush past Alexis, and walk off, with Laree shaking her head at the antics of Melina, but just as it looks like the showdown is over, Melina turns back.
Laree rolls her eyes, and turns to listen to Melina.
Melina grins broadly, and turns, leaving, letting out a bit of a cackle … as we see the look on Alexis face completely drop. With one comment, Alexis looks like she’s just seen a ghost. (Whatever that looks like. Anyone that’s seen a ghost will know) … but who the heck is Beth?? Duh.
Laree looks to be deep in thought suddenly, as Todd tries to make sense of everything that’s just happened.
Laree turns to Grisham, but says nothing, looking past him, and oddly walks off, leaving Todd high and dry.
Back into the arena…
**I AINT THE LADY TO MESS WITH**
Victoria steps to a moderate response, ahead of the divas tag team match.
Coach, we’re about to see Victoria in tag team action, against the lady she challenges this Sunday, but, what was that we just witnessed backstage??
Hey, I cant talk about it, but Melina has confided in me - as part of her social circle, and boy, does Alexis Laree have some skeletons in the closet??
Care to divulge??
If I did, I’d have to kill ya baby boy. And although it’d be a great excuse to do it, I just couldn’t bring myself to doing it.
Of course. In any event, we are set to see some divas tag team action, and it’s next, folks.
Alexis Laree & Candice Michelle vs. Victoria & Jillian Hall
Very little time given to the divas again, with Candice and Jillian getting very little time, before it comes to the two divas that will do battle at Backlash. Alexis though, appears to be off her game, seemingly effected by the recent stirring of Melina, and Victoria takes full advantage, getting the better of Laree, until Candice is able to make a blind tag off her partner, and get to grips with the #1 Contender.
Victoria though proves too much for the fairly awful Candice, and brings Jillian back in to weaken Candice further, with Candice - to her credit - surviving a couple of near fall attempts from Hall. Victoria then takes over again, but is unable to execute the Widows Peak, with Candice slipping off … then surprises Victoria with a cute dropkick.
That gives Candice the opening to make a tag, and crawls across … but as she reaches out … Alexis isn’t focused on the ring, and doesn’t spot her partner looking for her help, which gives Victoria the opening to pounce again. This time, there is no way back for Candice, as Victoria DOES deliver the Widows Peak, and scores the emphatic 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Victoria & Jillian Hall @ 03:36
Before she can have her arm raised, Victoria notices the ‘far away’ champion, and takes the opportunity to strike … DELIVERING A VICIOUS FOREARM TO ALEXIS, KNOCKING HER OFF THE APRON AND LANDING ON THE MAT … HARD.
Smiling, Victoria looks down at Laree, waving mockingly at the champion, as if for her to say goodbye to the title this Sunday. On the outside, Alexis is laid out, holding her head in agony, whilst Victoria continues to lean over the ropes, watching her opponent this Sunday squirm in pain.
What the heck has gotten into Alexis Laree?? The womens champion seemed like she was on another planet tonight, and completely out of the loop when it came to this match. Coach, if Alexis doesn’t get her head in the game this Sunday, her long quest to reclaim the womens championship at WrestleMania could all come to nothing. Because there is no way Alexis can beat Victoria at anything other than 100%.
For once old timer, we agree on something. Alexis Laree is on borrowed time right now. That little witch has more skeletons in her closet than a serial killer, and she knows that Melina has all the dirt … and trust me, she’s gonna spill.
But what in the name of sanity is it?? Once Alexis Laree heard the name ‘Beth’, it was like the lights went out. Who the hell is Beth?? And what does she have over the womens champion that could play into Melinas hands??
All in due course. Just be patient, my rotund friend.
Oh, of course. Because you’re the fountain of all knowledge Coach. You know everything that’s goin down here, but for the first time in your life, you’re keeping quiet. Convenient…
We then cut backstage, where Todd Grisham is stood, waiting to proceed with another interview…
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, my guest at this time, the man that single handedly will carry the hopes and dreams of all the WWE fans on his shoulders this Sunday … John Cena.
Massively mixed reaction, drowned out by the cheers eventually, as an ultra serious John Cena is seen for the first time tonight.
In six days time, John, you arguably face the biggest mountain in your entire career, when you attempt to save Linda McMahons vision for the WWE from the clutches of Mister McMahon. Not only do you represent Linda McMahon, but should you lose, the likelihood of you being fired by Mister McMahon on the spot is almost a certainty. Taking into account you’ve main evented multiple WrestleManias, and you’ve been a multi time World Champion … Is this the biggest match you’ve ever had in your career??
Grisham moves the mic toward Cena, but Cena remains unmoved.
Is this the biggest match of my career?? Hmm … I gotta say, that night I took on Funaki, all the way back …
Cena stops. He then looks at Grisham, emotionless.
Y’know what, Todd?? Tonight aint the time for bad jokes, it aint the time for me to brush off the enormity of what lies ahead at Backlash.
Cena, as serious as a heart attack, without a glimpse of a smile, continues.
And I’m well aware of how big it is. It don’t get any bigger. You asked me about WrestleMania?? WrestleMania is the GRANDDADDY OF ‘EM ALL!!! That’s what we work to every year, but if I lose on Sunday … Todd, WrestleMania aint just gonna be a distant memory for me, it’s gonna be a distant memory for every single WWE fan, ALL AROUND THE DAMN WORLD!!!
Getting more worked up, Cena gets set to keep talking.
If I lose at Backlash, next week, it wont be Monday Night Raw … it’ll be Monday Night McMahon … and it’ll be Friday Night McMahon … and come next March, it’ll be McMahon-A-Mania. I cant afford to imagine what the future is for this company if I lose to Kurt Angle on Sunday … the company that Bruno Sammartino established … the company that Hulk Hogan brought global … and (points to the Raw logo in the background of the interview set)
the house that Austin built … it dies Todd … it dies if I lose on Sunday.
Cena goes quiet, then mumbles the next couple of words, as he picks up again.
The legacies that Pedro Morales and Bret Hart made … the memories of Mick Foley and The Rock … they’ll be tarnished forever. The WWE is no longer for the fans if I lose … it’ll simply be Vince McMahons personal playground, and I sure as hell would RATHER HAVE MY EYES YANKED OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS WITH A CORKSCREW, THAN SIT THROUGH TWO HOURS EVERY MONDAY WATCHING VINCE MCMAHON WITH HIS TROUSERS BY HIS ANKLES, HAVING HIS ASS KISSED BY SANTINO MARELLA, AND ANYONE ELSE DESPERATE FOR A DAMN JOB!!!
Some fans cheer in the background, slightly getting behind Cena.
So yeah, to answer your question Todd, it’s big. It don’t get any bigger … it’s a match I dare not lose, otherwise I go down in history as the guy that allowed Vince McMahon to kill his own company.
Cena now shakes his head.
But this aint about what I’ve been put through by Vince McMahon, it aint about what I’ve done to him, or whose shaved whose head. It aint about me settling the score on Sunday…
Slowly, Cena turns his head to the camera, with the (younger) fans, cheering like mad.
This is about YOU!!! THIS IS ABOUT EVERY SINGLE FAN WATCHING … whether it’s live here in New Jersey … whether it’s sat at home in Moscow … or from outside your next door neighbours window in Tokyo!!!
Whether you love me, you hate me … it doesn’t come into it on Sunday … whether you like it or not, I’m putting my ass on the line for your best interests … I’m putting my body on the line to keep the WWE IN THE HANDS OF EVERY FAN … OF EVERY COLOUR, AND EVERY CREED … IN EVERY CONTINENT … AND IF I GOTTA RUN THROUGH FIRE … I’LL DO IT!!!
Big pop, with boos creeping in.
If I gotta fight off an army … I’LL DO IT!!! … If I gotta take on every single member of the McMahon Family, alive or dead … I’LL DO IT!!! And hell, I promise each and every person watchin … if Kurt Angle snaps my ankle in half … I’ll keep going … if Kurt Angle slams me right through the mat … I’ll pull myself to my feet again … if Vince McMahon hires the entire workforce of Montreal to beat me down … I’LL FIGHT ’EM ALL!!!
The fans get excited, as Cena gets himself worked up.
Vince, Kurt, you read my lips, and you listen good … I FEAR NOTHING … AND I REGRET LESS … this Sunday, I cant afford to have any other mindset. You better get a freight train, YOU’D BETTER BRING A JUMBO FREAKIN JET, BECAUSE I PROMISE … I AINT GOIN DOWN!!! AND IF YOU WANT SOME … COME GET SOME!!!
Cena calms himself, as the fans continue to be as rowdy as ever.
It aint a fancy sellin slogan … it truly is ‘All … or Nothing’ at Backlash … it’s the end of an era.
The end of an era … for Vincent, Kennedy … McMahon.
Cena walks off, leaving the interview, in a fairly understated manner in the end, as we cut to a commercial…
And into the arena, where ‘Breathe’ by Breaking Benjamin plays over the PA.
You are listening to the sound of Breaking Benjamin, who have provided the theme song for Backlash this Sunday, called ‘Breathe’, and potentially, this Sunday at Backlash could be the last breath for John Cena as a WWE employee. Should he lose to Kurt Angle on Sunday, Coach, it looks increasingly likely that with full, one hundred per cent power in the hands of Mister McMahon, the chairman of the board will immediately terminate the contract of John Cena.
You’ve called it the most historically significant Pay Per View event in WWE history, J.R, and that’s exactly what it’s gonna be. History will be made this Sunday, and the WWE will never be the same again. But that’s a good thing if you ask me - no more Cena.
We certainly differ on our personal preferences, but Coach, the course of WWE will change forever this Sunday - it’s all or nothing for Mister McMahon. Could tonight have been his final EVER appearance on television?? Or will the WWE cease to exist as we currently know it?? If McMahon gets his way, his empire will resemble nothing more than a scaled down version of North Korea.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
For you, maybe not. Whilst the enormity of that ‘All or Nothing’ match cannot be underestimated for a split second, there is so much more at stake elsewhere this Sunday, including an opportunity for one of six men to become Raws Mister Money in the Bank. It’s one fall to a finish, with Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy, Umaga, Tyson Tomko, William Regal and Mister Kennedy battling it out for the ticket to the top - a twelve month long guaranteed title shot, any time, any place, anywhere.
Of the six, only Shawn Michaels has ever tasted World Championships, but Mister Kennedy is on the cusp of greatness, Matt Hardy is hungry as hell to crash the party, William Regal is itching to cap off a wonderful career with a run as the World Champion, Tyson Tomko will be looking to step out of the shadows … and Umaga is undefeated. Diverse line up, and while all six men are worthy of the briefcase, there’s only one on show, and it aint for sharing, baby boy.
In addition, there are FOUR championship matches this Sunday, and they don’t come much more personal than for the World Tag Team Championships, as Straight Edge and MNM settle their differences, once and for all.
End the madness!!! This Sunday, MNM are restoring order to the tag team division on Raw, and taking back the gold. Write it down - it’s a fact.
You sound overly confident about you’re A-List buddies, but will Shelton Benjamin share the same confidence, when he challenges Rey Mysterio for the highly coveted Intercontinental championship!!!
He will, don’t doubt that. I’m sure MNM are taking the World Tag Titles back this Sunday, but I doubly sure that my boy, ‘The Black Diamond’ is taking back the Intercontinental title for a third time at Backlash.
And still talking of confidence, what is going through the mind of the Womens Champion, Alexis Laree?? Out of sorts this evening, and in six days, faces the most experienced diva on the roster today in Victoria. Has Laree been sidetracked by the mind games of the devilish Melina, hell bent on making her rivals life hell. Just what dirt does Melina have over Alexis Laree?? And can the womens champion put those issues to the side this Sunday??
Oh boy, J.R, I’d love to tell ya the scoop, but I’m sworn to secrecy by Melina.
Oh, so you know??
Pfft, of course. I’m The Coach baby. Me and MNM are like peas in a pond. They tell me everything.
Sure they do. Alexis Laree’s mind may be elsewhere, but for two men, they cannot afford to think about anything other than what awaits this Sunday - it’s the long awaited return of Satan’s Structure … it is, Hell in a Cell - for the World Heavyweight Championship. Christian and Triple H will settle the score, once and for all this Sunday in Montreal, with nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. Does Christian have the killer instinct to take out The Game if necessary??
Clearly, he doesn’t. Christian has a heart, J.R. But Triple H?? His heart is as black as coal, and when the opportunity arises, The Game will end … for Christian. He just cant measure up to the experience that Triple H has inside the Cell, and he doesn’t have the mentality to succeed either. The fairytale ends for Christian, in front of his own fans in Canucker land.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I implore to, do not miss Backlash this Sunday, on Pay Per View. It truly will be, the most historically significant event in WWE history - never has so much rode on just one match. Never, has so much pressure rested on two mens shoulders. John Cena and Kurt Angle have the hopes and dreams of the good and evil sides of the McMahon Family resting on their shoulders. The face of the WWE WILL change … forever, and it all rests on the outcome of one match. It is Backlash … and it is this Sunday, only on Pay Per View.
Nice shill job.
MNM, with Melina, enter the arena for the main event, with the paps snapping like mad.
The trio make their way to the ring, with Melina doing the usual leg splits entrance, as we wait for their partner.
**NO CHANCE IN HELL**
It’s the music of Mister McMahon, as Vince AND Kurt Angle join Tyson Tomko down the aisle, to the chagrin of J.R on commentary, and the fans in attendance.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the odds are gonna be stacked against John Cena and Straight Edge here, with Mister McMahon and Kurt Angle at ringside. Our main event is coming up, next.
We return with Straight Edge at the bottom of the aisle, being goaded by the six in the ring, looking tough with such a massive advantage.
**MY TIME IS NOW**
Cue Marmite. Cena hurries onto the stage, quickly chucking his hat to the fans, before throwing his shirt off, and jogs down the aisle, sliding into the ring, with Punk and Helms following, as the heels surprisingly remain calm, as it looks like the main event will begin normally.
Main Event | SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH:
John Cena & Straight Edge vs. Tyson Tomko & MNM w/Kurt Angle, Mr. McMahon & Melina
It’s Cena and Tomko to start, with Cena looking around pensively, seeing McMahon, Angle and Melina surrounding the ring. He gets the better of Tomko though in the early going, getting the fans behind him, overpowering Tomko, and taking him off his feet with a running shoulder block. Cena then motions to Angle to come on, but Vince advises Angle against it for now, with Cena running Tomko to his sides corner, and tagging in Punk. Despite the size difference, Punk copes well with Tomko, proving to be too quick for the Problem Solver, escaping unscathed, as he tags in Greg Helms, with the tag champions delivering a double drop toe hold on the big man, before Punk is ushered out of the ring.
Helms goes on to score a near fall with a quick elbow, before engaging in a bit of jaw jacking with Mercury and Nitro, which proves to be a silly decision, as Tomko blasts him with a strong clothesline, scoring a two count, but importantly gaining control of the match. Thanks to the clothesline, Tomko is able to get MNM into the contest, and the challengers for the tag titles this Sunday go to work on Greg, but Helms surprises them after the duo send him off the ropes with a whip, coming back with a double clothesline, knocking both men down, and getting a big pop, before tagging in Cena, to a mixed reaction.
Cena unloads on Nitro (the legal man), then delivers a hip toss, before spotting Angle on the apron … AND KNOCKS HIM OFF WITH A RIGHT HAND!!! Angle tumbles to the floor, with Melina rushing to his aide, whilst Cena calls on Vince to bring it on, looking to get a piece of the chairman. Vince doesn’t accept the challenge, but tries to goad Cena long enough to allow a distraction to help MNM and Tomko seize an advantage, but as they attack, Straight Edge come to the rescue of Cena, as the fight spills to the outside, with all six men brawling wildly. Cena clotheslines Tomko over the barrier, then spots Vince, and chases the boss up the aisle, with Vince falling over, leaving himself at the mercy of Cena.
Cena then stands over his begging boss, with a wry smile on his face … until Angle comes to the rescue for Vince!!! Angle and Cena now trade blows down the aisle, with the referee’s attention on the ongoing brawl between Straight Edge and MNM, as Punk and Mercury end up back in the ring, with Scott Robinson declaring them (conveniently for him) as the legal men. With that, order is restored, with Cena knocking Angle down, and Vince holding his man back, as Cena turns his attention back to the match, with Tomko now back in commission too, taking his place on the apron with Nitro.
It’s Punk and Mercury the legal men, with Mercury raining blows on one of his rivals, as we get clips from during the break where Cena chased Vince up the aisle, before being attacked by Tyson Tomko, as they brawled back to the ring. Eventually order was restored, leading to Punk and Mercury as the legal men at this point. Mercury gets the better of Punk, but gets too cocky, as he catches his opponents boot, with Punk having to hop … but catches Mercury with an enziguri, which allows him to make the tag to Cena.
Cena bounds into the ring, knocking down Mercury, again and again, with Joey continuously getting back up, before Cena pushes him into the ropes, throwing him off, then blasting him down with a stiff clothesline. Cena then throws Mercury onto his shoulders, and LOOKS FOR THE FU … BUT ANGLE JUMPS ONTO THE APRON … PULLING MERCURY OFF!!! Cena turns around, and swings at Angle, but Kurt ducks it, and drops Cenas throat off the ropes, allowing Mercury to score with a dropkick, before tagging in Nitro.
Nitro puts the boots to Cena, and with a neat neck breaker scores two successive near falls, failing to put Cena away. With coaching from Vince and Angle, Nitro goes to work on Cena, bending the rules when possible, choking in the ropes, and distracting the referee to allow Angle to choke Cena on the ropes. Nitro drags Cena up, looking to deliver another fancy neck breaker … BUT CENA REVERSES … AND THROWS NITRO ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … AND DELIVERS AN FU … TO THE OUTSIDE … AND ONTO ANGLE!!!
The fans go nuts, as Cena motions to Vince that he cant be broken, before making the tag to Helms, who, along with Punk, gets Nitro back inside. Nitro looks to be at the mercy of Helms after the FU … but suddenly, the attention diverts from the action in the ring … AS ANGLE TRIPS CENA OFF THE APRON … AND CHARGES HIM THROUGH THE STEEL STEPS!!! Angle assaults Cena, as officials run down the aisle to try and restore order, with Scott Robinson losing control … and as his attention is diverted to the Cena / Angle incident, it allows Tomko TO BOOT GREG HELMS!!! Punk spots it, and charges at Tomko, battling him to the outside, as it all breaks down again, as officials try to help get the match under control, as we head into the final commercial of the evening.
And into the last segment of the show, Greg Helms is in a bad way INSIDE the ring, with Punk helpless but to look on, whilst Cena is still in a heap, following the attack from Angle - who has been ejected from ringside following his attack. Back inside, Tomko gets the lifeless Helms on his shoulder for a Pumphandle Slam, delivering with ease, and getting the cover … 1...2...Punk breaks the count. Immediately, the referee orders Punk out, but the distraction allows a brief illegal double team, as Tomko holds Helms up, exposing the ribs, with Mercury pounding away at the body. Tomko tags in Nitro now, and the former tag team champion applies a sleeper, with Helms fading rapidly.
The referee raises the arm twice, and both times it falls to the ground. The third time it stays in the air, and he breaks the hold with repeated elbows to the mid section. He then bounces off the ropes, but MERCURY SNEAKILY PULLS HIS HAIR!!! Helms is pulled to the mat, whilst Punk again tries to get in, playing into the hands of the heel side, as Nitro delivers a standing moonsault, with Mercury holding Helms down. Robinson gets Punk out of the ring, and counts the cover, 1...2...NO!!! Helms gets his shoulder up, refusing to give in. Still though, the heel side are dominant, with MNM giving Helms a taster of what to expect at Backlash with a double flapjack, for another long two count.
Nitro - now the legal man again - toys with Helms, slapping him a couple of times, before running off the ropes … AND INTO A BOOT … HELMS GOES FOR THE NIGHTMARE ON HELMS STREET … BUT TOMKO CUTS HIM OFF!!! AND PUNK HAS SEEN ENOUGH!!! CM Punk darts into the ring, launching at Tomko, taking him down, and pounding him out of the ring, whilst MNM take the opportunity to double team Helms once more, with Scott Robinson distracted again. Nitro holds Helms up, as Mercury looks to take a free shot, scoring to the body first time, then lines up a big shot to the unprotected face … BUT HELMS DUCKS … AND NITRO PUNCHES HIS OWN PARTNER!!! Helms then throws Nitro out of the ring, with Melina rushing to check on him, before Helms delivers a stunning Shining Wizard to the dazed Mercury!!!
Helms then looks up, looking for a tag … BUT PUNK GETTING HIS ASS BEAT ON THE OUTSIDE … AND CENA IS OUT OF ACTION!!! Greg climbs to his feet … BUT VINCE STRIKES FROM BEHIND!!! Vince McMahon is in the ring, with the referee having lost all control, basically allowing ANYTHING to go, with all kinds of interference riddling the match, with Vince now kicking Helms in the ribs with his pricey shoes. The Boss, to ungodly heat, stands over the broken Greg Helms, looking confident, and cocky, trash talking Helms, telling him there is no one to help him. Suddenly though, the boos turn to massive cheers, but the camera don’t pick up why.
Helms though, on his knees points behind McMahon, with Vince looking around … AND CENA IS ON THE APRON … LOOKING FOR A TAG!!! Vince’s eyes open wide at the sight of Cena, but before we get to see the infamous ‘McMahon gulp’ … HELMS LOW BLOWS THE BOSS!!! The fans are going crazy, as Helms reaches out … AND TAGS IN CENA!!!
Cena steps into the ring, and looks around for approval from the fans, as Vince staggers to his feet … and Cena gets him up … FU COMING … NO!!! Melina rescues Vince, grabbing his legs, stopping the move, and Mercury now attacks Cena, with Vince slipping off the shoulders to safety … AND HUGE HEAT. Nitro throws his best shots at Cena, then throws him off the ropes … BUT CENA FIRES BACK WITH ANOTHER FLYING SHOULDER!!! Cena catches Tomko now bounding into the ring, and stops him with a boot, following up with the release Fisherman buster!!!
Cena gets up, and ducks under a wild swing from Mercury, then puts him down with the Blue Thunder bomb!!! Cena then gets himself set up, motioning to the fans … who respond with ‘YOU CANT SEE ME’, before he bounces off the ropes, as CM Punk flies into action, cutting off Nitro with a springboard clothesline … AND CENA DELIVERS THE FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE ON MERCURY!!! Tomko though attacks Cena from behind following the move, to the delight of Vince on the outside … but not for long, as Helms attacks Tomko … taking him out of the ring with a clothesline over the top - both of them going out!!!
Punk throws Mercury out of the ring, before being bundled out from behind by Nitro, as Nitro then makes a beeline for Cena, dragging him up … BUT CENA BURSTS INTO LIFE WITH AN FU!!! Cena points out at Vince, uncharacteristically making a slice throat taunt to his boss, before APPLYING THE STFU!!! Before Vince or Melina can intervene … NITRO TAPS OUT!!!
Winners: John Cena & Straight Edge @ 16:49
Cena has his hand raised, whilst Vince can only watch the man he must have Kurt Angle defeat in incredible form, digging deep tonight, battling adversity to come through - just like he’ll have to do at Backlash.
Punk and Helms join Cena in the ring for handshakes and hugs, celebrating with the former world champion, before leaving the ring (via the crowd to avoid Vince) to give Cena his moment, with Cena still keeping focused on Vince, who is stood on the ramp, intently watching the one man that stands between him and 100% control of the WWE at Backlash.
Cena leans over the ropes, and taunts Vince with the ‘You Cant See Me’ actions, whilst McMahon starts to get worked up, throwing his jacket off … AND WALKS DOWN THE RAMP … but stops??
AS CENA GETS ANGLE SLAMMED IN THE RING FROM BEHIND … FOR THE SECOND WEEK STRAIGHT!!!!!
Kurt Angle is back in the ring!!! Angle storms around the ring, roaring intensely, whilst Vince now joins him, with the coast clear. The Boss and Angle stand over Cena with Vince laughing maniacally, before raising the arm of Angle in victory, over the broken body of John Cena…
Coach, is this a sign of what’s to come on Sunday?? Tonight, John Cena has won the battle … but Kurt Angle and Mister McMahon are the two men standing … TONIGHT, THEY’VE WON THE WAR!!!
And on Sunday, Cena is gonna wave the white flag, and the fans are gonna throw in the towel. Mister McMahon WILL control HIS company after Backlash.
IT’S THE MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT PAY PER VIEW IN WWE HISTORY … TRIPLE H CHALLENGES CHRISTIAN INSIDE THE DEMONIC HELL IN CELL … AND IT’S ALL OR NOTHING WHEN KURT ANGLE MEETS JOHN CENA … THE FUTURE OF THE WWE HANGS IN THE BALANCE … THIS SUNDAY … AT BACKLASH!!!
END OF SHOW
FINAL Card for WWE Backlash:
Date: 22nd April 2007
Location: Bell Centre, Montreal
Event Music: Breaking Benjamin, Breath
World Heavyweight Championship;
Hell in a Cell Match:
Christian vs. Triple H
Intercontinental Championship Match:
Rey Mysterio vs. Shelton Benjamin
World Tag Team Championships Match:
Straight Edge vs. MNM
Womens Championship Match:
Alexis Laree vs. Victoria
All or Nothing:
~ If John Cena wins, Mr. McMahon must relinquish sole ownership of the WWE, and allow Linda McMahon to take the company public again ~
~ If Mr. Mahons representative wins, he will be permitted to proceed with total ownership of the company ~
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
Raw Exclusive Money in the Bank Match:
Six Pack Challenge Match | One Fall to a Finish:
Shawn Michaels vs. Umaga vs. Tyson Tomko vs. Matt Hardy vs. William Regal vs. Mr. Kennedy
!!NO PREDICTIONS YET!!
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