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I don't want to interrupt this thread as it is amazing but wolf beast I was wondering if I could ask your permission to use a similar format for writing out my rosters as you did in the beginning of your thread. I don't know if its necessary but I wanted to ask permission just to be respectful.
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Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to this, but better late than never.

Opening with the commentary was pretty good, playing up the relationship between Coach and J.R. well, which you always do. Although she’s not the most exciting person in the world, Linda McMahon kicking off the show makes sense, considering everything that happened at Backlash. While bland, as to be expected, I thought Linda was actually okay, as the shots at Vince were nice, as was bringing up it all beginning and also ending in Montreal. Linda stepping away is certainly a good thing too, because as a character she has no real depth. Seems pretty likely Bischoff will be getting his job back, but Cena as GM for tonight could create an interesting dynamic, and it also sounds logical with how you had Linda explain the move to give him the power. Certainly thought it was weird to have Cena come out in a suit, looking like a corporate suckup which pretty much goes against his whole character, so I was glad you just used it for a spot for Cena to suck up to the fans with, which was pretty cool. Cena was solid here, pandering to the crowd and bringing forth the idea of the WrestleMania rematch, which would be pretty awesome. I also liked how you’ve taken advantage of having Triple H and Angle away to put Shelton Benjamin into the main event. I’m not the biggest Shelton fan, but as the Intercontinental Champion it gives him a very nice rub to find himself in the main event. The same could be said for Rey, while Michaels is a nice addition to. Cena being special guest ref also adds endless possibilities to what we could see happening at the end of the show, which I love. Solid promo from Cena here, making a very good main event in the process.

Not sure if I’ve said it before, but I quite like the pairing of Brown and JTG into the one team. Seems like a superior version of the small man/little man thing JTG currently has going on with Cryme Tyme. Basic way to kick off the show keeping this little issue going, while also allowing Burchill & Smith to look good.

Really nice segueway into showing the highlights of the Hell in a Cell match. Commentary is top notch like always, and the transition was seamless. A small thing, but I love the effort that goes into it.

Nice little bit of a more relaxed promo, while also finding a good way to feature Regal. I quite like that you’re keeping him constantly on the show here, because he’s certainly someone who I think is underutilised irl and in most BTBs.

Nice little promo from Long, building up the main event and what it would mean for Benjamin to win well.

Feel bad for Tomko. Guy is genuinely awesome, and now with no McMahons, it feels as if his chance for a push has passed him by. Since Matt’s been getting a rub week in week out, I don’t really have a problem with Tomko losing to him, especially since it wasn’t too short of a match and he got some offense in (along with some nice psychology at the start of the match, btw), but hopefully he gets to go somewhere soon. As for Hardy, he too feels like he needs a feud to cement his spot on RAW, so hopefully he finds one coming his way for the next RAW PPV.

I have to admit that you write Goldust pretty well. Good promo for what it was, really, thanks to Goldust, although I hope that Cody isn’t pigeonholed in this spot under Goldust, as I think he has potential to do a lot more.

Another nice transition. Love the way you go about these things.

You’re right to say Bischoff isn’t a shock appointment, but it makes sense, and him as a face is something different and refreshing, so it should be interesting to see. Bischoff confirming he’s a face by shunning his old self and pandering to the crowd was pretty much expected, as the Bisch needs to try to get himself over as a face. Bischoff making threats for next week is good to see too, as he needs that edge to keep him interesting and separate him from the pack of face GMs. The appeal to Angle was also interesting, and I thought you played on their recent history very well. The world title match being in two weeks is something interesting as well, as is the invite to Mr. McMahon, although I’m not sure it’s something I’m too excited about, as I’d rather him just be left off screen following the gimmick of the match at Backlash. If it develops into a storyline then I may change my mind, but I was actually happy to see what you’d do without Mr. McMahon, so having him on next week, even if just to say farewell, at this stage isn’t my favourite decision. Still, a decent promo from Bischoff, asserting him as a face.

I really like what you’ve been doing with the women’s division with Beth Phoenix being alluded to continuously, so I’m happy to see you continue that tonight by giving Melina more promo time. The sickness thing was done by MNM back in January or February (thread time), so the excuse is a bit lame this time, and I was surprised to see Straight Edge come in and have their say, since I thought you’d be separating them from MNM, even though no other challengers for Straight Edge stick out right now. The thing with Laree was well addressed after that, and as I said, I like the way you’re going about this. When we do eventually get the payout on this it should be good.

Makes sense that you’re using Maryse again here, although I’d much rather see her as a heel. I guess it will come with time. Quite liked the threats from Melina to Laree in this match, as it keeps the storyline looking really important. Melina smashing Victoria with the belt after the match shows her intentions, and could also set up a four way feud when Beth is finally introduced, which would be pretty good to see, considering all four are good workers (especially for divas). Nice continuation of the women’s storyline.

Nice little segment for the faces to buddy up and tease us with a future title match, no matter how unlikely that match seems.

Good to see Regal being allowed to look awesome, while also allowing for Santino to stick around and give us a bit of comedy. Short match, but it served a purpose, if only for this week.

Christian back next week? Cue the ratings.

Surprised that you’ve got Stephanie on this show, as I thought we would be McMahon free tonight. Guess not. I thought that even though Hell in a Cell was a violent match, you maybe played up the damage of it a little too much with a line like calling the blow Tripper received “potentially lethal”. Still, I can see why you want to put over the injuries as strongly as possible. Can’t say I’m really happy to see Stephanie sticking around to sort out her business, because as I said before, I thought we’d be getting a new, McMahon free type of RAW, rather than having them stick around. Triple H’s career possibly being over is interesting, and Kennedy interrupting was quite surprising, although I guess with the exchange he had with Steph before Backlash, it does make sense. Kennedy deciding that it was time for him to arrive in the main event seems okay, since his push has been good here, although I don’t like him simply cutting Steph’s feed, as I would have liked to have seen a little more interaction between them. The rest of the promo was alright though, with Kennedy insulting Cena then declaring himself Bischoff’s guy, which is probably the point where I thought you captured Kennedy best. Should be intriguing to see what happens next for Kennedy and if it involves Steph (which it probably will), since you seem intent on selling him as a star.

King of the Ring should be good. Looking forward to seeing who gets the rub from this.

Umaga jumps Shawn from behind? I shouldn’t be too surprised since it’s been happening for a month or so now, but it still caught me a little off guard, which I guess is a good thing. The one thing that I didn’t like was Cena being unable to defend Michaels, which made him seem inept in his role as special guest referee. The only thing I could really see vindicating that would be Michaels, after losing to ‘Mags, blaming Cena for purposely costing him the number one contendership because he still has it in for him. Michaels being taken backstage isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the other two guys though, as they both get a real chance to shine in the main event. Surprised you had Benjamin slow the match down after we saw very little of that at Backlash, although the action was still crisp up until Michaels made his way down to the ring. The action from there was pretty good, keeping things flowing well, with some big moves such as the Paydirt counter which was very nice. The finish of the match was a bit disappointing, as I would have really liked to have seen Shelton maybe pick up a win and title shot to give him a rub before the interference. The other thing that annoys me a bit is this is the second round of surprise interference in one main event, with both men supposedly blowing off their same not being there excuse. The good thing was that Angle showed his epic intensity, and the Angle Slam through the announce table was very nice, keeping their feud running hot, despite the McMahons no longer being involved. Kind of mixed feelings on how this ended.


I thought this show was good throughout, not your best, but certainly good, as all of the promos and matches not only served their purpose, but were also of a high enough quality. As I said before, I’m kind of disappointed we’re still seeing some McMahons around, as I thought this would be a new, fresh era for RAW, but I guess they do allow for some good storylines. Certainly will be interesting to see where you go next too, because a lot of midcarders are without feuds right now, as well as a very good feud going in the women’s division, Angle/Cena continuing to be as heated as hell, and Umaga/Michaels staying on strong. Lots to look forward to for sure. Good stuff.
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Thanks for all the feedback, gents. Feels good to be back

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Friday Night Smackdown Preview:

The Air Canada Centre will be bracing itself for the most high profile edition of Smackdown in recent memory, as not only does Randy Orton defend the WWE Championship against Torontos own Edge ... but the indefinite suspension of Brock Lesnar has now been lifted, with 'The Iron Man' due to return to Smackdown this Friday. And, as if that wasnt enough, the biggest name in professional wrestling history will make his first appearance on Smackdown in nearly FOUR years. Hulk Hogan - inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just five weeks ago at WrestleMania - is in Toronto, and plans on confronting JBL, face to face, after weeks of stinging verbal attacks from the Self Made Millionaire.

Ever since their meeting at WrestleMania, where Hulk Hogan ran off JBL, Layfield has made it his personal goal to run down the Immortal One in order to force Hogan back in the ring. Now, it appears the verbal onslaught has paid off, with Hogan seemingly having heard enough. Will JBL be as brave with his condemnation of the Hulkster, when they come face to face on Smackdown?

For Edge, the opportunity couldnt be more perfect. His ongoing quest to become WWE Champion for the first time could well come to an end this week on Smackdown - and where better to do it, than in your own backyard? In his way though, stands Randy Orton. Thus far, Randy Orton has dispatched of both Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam with the now infamous 'Punt Kick' - merely because both men stood in his way of winning, and keeping the richest prize in the game. Will Edge become another victim of Ortons deadly kick? Or will Canada celebrate another World Champion?

Whilst Edge may possibly end his years of frustration this week, one man that will put an end to his own frustration is Brock Lesnar. The Iron Man has been suspended ever since seeing off Triple H at WrestleMania, but thanks to his involvement at Backlash, 'The Iron Man' helped to see off Mister McMahon, and managed to have his suspension terminated. Now, Lesnar will look to unleash his pent up frustration on Friday Nights ... but who will step up to be his first victim??

Elsewhere, Paul London will be in action, just three and a half weeks away from challenging Brent Albright for the United States Championship at Judgment Day, taking on a former U.S Champion in Charlie Haas. With his biggest match to date coming up, London will be desperate to pick up as much momentum as possible, and will surely be looking to give Brent Albright a clear indication of what he can expect on Pay Per View next month. For Haas though, it's an opportunity to get back into the limelight on Smackdown, after missing out on the U.S title shot himself last week in the battle royal.

And, after his shock appearance to cost MVP the lucrative United States title shot, Carlito will make an appearance, via satellite, to discuss his showdown with Smackdowns highest paid superstar in three and a half weeks time at Judgment Day. What message will Carlito have for his rival, as the animosity between the pair grows, toward Judgment Day.

Confirmed Matches;
Randy Orton vs Edge - WWE Championship Match
Paul London vs Charlie Haas
Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy vs Deuce, Domino & Kid Kash

And; Hulk Hogan Makes His First Smackdown Appearance In Four Years!!

Plus; The Return Of Brock Lesnar To Smackdown!!

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Smackdown goes up tomorrow.

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Wolfster, I know I haven't commented in here for a while but I hope to get back on track in a few weeks once Easter comes. I have been reading though, as you know, and looking at the preview Smackdown looks to be a great show.

You'll remember that a while back I gave some candid thoughts on the state of Smackdown and how I felt things needed to be shaken up to make it as interesting as RAW. Looking at things now, I can say that...it's getting there. Lesnar's return, the Hogan/JBL confrontation and Carlito/MVP are all interesting. Personally, I feel the best storyline going on the show is Edge's constant struggle to become WWE Champion and I am curious to see where you go with it.

Ahh screw it. Fuck Orton. Put the title on Edge NOW.

As ever, I'll be reading.
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I'm pretty sure that for the last few weeks I've been saying that Edge vs. Orton may be hard to pull off because it's heel vs. heel. Disregard that now since I never knew this was in Toronto, obviously making Edge a huge face. Still, as has been the case for everything to do with Orton lately, I really don't see a clean finish here, as we're guaranteed some Lesnar involvement. Even if that does happen, should still be a pretty great main event.

Both promised promos look good, and the other matches alright, but what interests me most about the midcard is how you're going to fill out the Judgment Day card. The New Wave need to be doing something there, so maybe we'll be getting something between them and Jeff again this week to make that a real feud. Some Finlay involvement wouldn't go down badly either.

Either way, looking forward to the show.
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Damn, I didn't realise it was in Toronto either. Not that it really matters to me, as heel/heel matches are fine if the names are big enough, which Orton and Edge are. God knows what's going to happen in that match though. Something to shape Judgment Day no doubt.

London/Haas should be a great match too. Hopefully it gets a decent amount of time.

Looking forward to the continuation of MVP/Carlito. What a great sleeper feud that's been.

Hopefully JBL (or anyone) kills Hogan and gets him the hell of my page.

Apologies for missing the RAW review. I'll try and make up for it with this one, love
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Just wanted to say before I post; I didnt include any proper commentary for this show. TBH, I hate writing Michael Cole, and Tazz annoys me a lot nowadays. Maybe time for a reshuffle on the Smackdown announce team...

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Friday Night Smackdown | April 27 2007 | Toronto OT


Highlights package from last week on Smackdown, with Edge becoming the #1 Contender … and Hulk Hogan announcing he would appear on Smackdown THIS WEEK!!

Opening Video

No Pyro … instead …


**REAL AMERICAN**

It’s not really an appropriate song to kick off a show in Canada, but Hogan still receives a heroes welcome, as he slowly emerges from the entrance, making his first Smackdown appearance in nearly four years, and kicking the evening off with a bang.

Michael Cole and Tazz stay silent on commentary, allowing the fans to be heard, as we watch Hogan slap hands with fans as he reaches the ring. Of course, Hogan milks it for every second, and wastes a good few minutes of everyone’s time, listening to the cheers, mouthing ‘thank you’ before FINALLY speaking.

Hulk Hogan: From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Huge pop. Hogan nods, acknowledging the fans.

Hulk Hogan: And lemme tell ya somethin’ dudes, it’s been way, way, way, WAY too long.

Another huge pop.

Hulk Hogan: But it’s good to be back … home.

More cheap pops.

Hulk Hogan: And when I say home, brothers, I don’t just mean in this ring. I mean being here, in front of all you HULKAMANIACS!!!

Massive roar from the fans cut Hogan off. Hogan soaks it in again, looking to the fans, nodding, looking very smug with himself.

Hulk Hogan: And right here in Toronto, I’ve had some of my greatest moments.

Hogan stops for another round of cheers.

Hulk Hogan: WrestleMania Six, brothers. At WrestleMania Six in Sky Dome, all you Hulkamaniacs had my back. When you could’ve chosen the Ultimate Warrior, the Hulkamaniacs stayed loyal. You kept your faith in me brothers, and I’ll never, EVER forget that.

More cheers, and a ‘HOGAN’ chant develops.

Hulk Hogan: And twelve years on, WrestleMania Eighteen-

Pop from the crowd cuts Hogan off once again.

Hulk Hogan: Nine years after Hulk Hogan stepped foot in a WWE ring … it was like nothing ever changed dudes. All the Hulkamaniacs stood by my side, (Smirks) and booed The Rocks candy-ass outta Sky Dome!!!

Hogan smirks, and nods, with the fans responding again.

Hulk Hogan: And that’s why- that’s why … Hulkamania WILL live forever!!!

Huge pop again. Hogan applauds the fans,

Hulk Hogan: THANK YOU!!!

The Hulkster pauses now, getting the obligatory cheap pops out of the way, and now moves on…

Hulk Hogan: Y’KNOW SOMETHIN DUDES, there’s a guy on Smackdown, shootin his mouth off for the last month, calling me out, dogging Hulk Hogans name … and brothers, it’s got to the point where someone needs to shut him up.

Pop. Hogan points to himself, before fixing his bandana, then speaks again.

Hulk Hogan: I don’t even think I need to tell ya his name. Ever s-

**LONGHORN**

JBL doesn’t waste anytime to interrupt the Hall of Famer. The self made millionaire steps onto the stage, and proceeds down the aisle, getting a hate filled reaction from the fans.

Hogan doesn’t look amused in the ring, and watches as Layfield climbs up the steps, and inside the ring, looking at Hogan with disdain, before turning his attention to the outside, asking for a mic. He is given the mic, and the music dies down.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You don’t need to remind these people of my name, because in the year Two Thousand and Seven, I am still relevant in this business.

Heat for Layfield. Hogan purses his lips, allowing JBL to talk.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Unlike you, I’m not a mere footnote in WWE history. Right now, I am carving my legacy, a legacy that will see JBL go down in history as a WRESTLING … GAWD!!!

Boos from the fans, but JBL talks over it.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And I CAN shoot my mouth off, brother, because I’m able to back it up.

Serious as a heart attack, JBL stares a hole through Hogan.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And Hogan, you’ve been the centrepiece of my ire. After you big footed my special appearance at WrestleMania, after you embarrassed and humiliated ME … son, you made the biggest mistake of your career.

More heat. Hogan listens, and rubs his chin, still allowing JBL to continue.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: But Hogan, I also want to thank you. I want to thank you for flying into Toronto tanight, because I’m sure it took guts.

Hogan narrows his eyes, but doesn’t interrupt.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: It just goes to show what power the almighty dollar holds. It just goes to prove my point, and prove to all your ‘Hulkamaniacs’, that even after all these years … you just cant turn down another payday.

JBL pulls the mic down, and listens to the abuse of the fans, whilst Hogan has had enough.

Hulk Hogan: What exactly is your point, Bradshaw?? Because, to be honest, you’re spouting off about all kinds of things, and I don’t follow.

Layfield starts to laugh, whilst Hogan starts to look rather irked. JBL pulls the mic back up, with a cocky smirk on his face.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You don’t follow?? I’m talkin’ about money, and ‘ol Hulkster doesn’t follow?? You might be able to pull the wool over these peoples eyes Hogan … but not me.

Heat.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You didn’t come here tanight to confront me. You used that as an excuse to milk World Wrestling Entertainment for ANOTHER appearance fee … first class air travel … and a free vacation to Canada.

Hogan slowly shakes his head, whilst the fans start calling JBL an ‘asshole’.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You hear that?? THAT should be directed at you … but yet, for exposing you as the fraud you are … these people direct that at me. YOU BUNCH OF DAMN SHEEP!!!

Loud heat for JBL.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You want me to explain myself Hulkster?? You want me to explain why I admire your guts for showin’ up tanight?? You’ve came to Canada to confront me, knowing you’re about to receive a beating … and as I said, it goes to show how dearly you covet another payday. You place that cheque higher than your own wellbeing … and in a funny way Hogan, I admire that.

Boos. Hogan purses his lips, shaking his head.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: But what I don’t admire Hulkster … what sickens me to my stomach, is the way you con the audience.

More heat.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Call me what you want, but I’m an honest man. I say what I think, and I mean what I say. You, on the other hand, Hogan … you’re the biggest conman in WWE history.

JBL stops, allowing the fans to voice their anger.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: For nearly twenty five years you’ve hoodwinked every single cent you can from these people. You’ve turned little kids upside down, emptied their pockets, and unashamedly scrambled on the floor for their loose change.

Hogan shakes his head, looking disgusted.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: What eats me up Hogan … is the fact that no one but me seems to see it. I stand here today, a self made- that’s a SELF MADE MILLIONAIRE … and you?? Hogan, you’re a millionaire because you whored yourself to the highest bidder.

Heat. JBL holds up a finger though, to stop the fans, in order to allow himself to finish.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You turned down Vince McMahon Senior … not because he wasn’t offering you the chance to make it to the top of this business … but because you saw the bright lights of Hollywood, and you wanted to go play Thunderlips in Rocky Three.

JBL smirks.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You sure as hell didn’t think of your adoring Hulkamaniacs when you made that decision, did ya?? You didn’t even think of your own self respect, before embarrassing yourself … and our business … on a global stage.

Hogan remains still, showing little emotion, as JBL continues.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And then, after you swindled Vince McMahon for millions of dollars in the late eighties … you turned your back on the man when he needed you most. But who could blame ya Hulk?? I mean, there’s Ted Turner, and he’s offering you mountains of cash … and who needs loyalty, when you can add another zero to your pay check??

More heat, whilst Hogan looks to the fans, shaking his head at the words from Bradshaw.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: But when the well ran dry … and WCW folded … you didn’t hesitate to run back to Vince McMahon with your tail between your legs. After all Hulkster, you never had any shame … or any pride in yourself as a man … not when there’s money to be made.

Hogan now removes his sunglasses, with JBL getting personal.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: So you swindled this company for another big pay day. You halted the growth of the next generation of superstars, who busted their ass to make it here … while you rode the gravy train of Hulkamania one more time.

Unemotional, Hogan remains calm, whilst JBL continues to run him down.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And just when we thought it was over … just when we thought Hulk Hogan was prepared to move into the shadows … the opportunity arose again … the chance to shove that wrinkled up face, and that ridiculous handlebar moustache into the limelight once more … and the ultimate glory hog couldn’t say no.

Hogan mouths ‘That’s not what it was like’, whilst the fans continue to boo JBL, but the Self-Made Millionaire refuses to stop.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You stole the show at the Hall of Fame ceremony … you took the spotlight off Bret Hart and Paul Orndorff - true legends, that busted their asses for buttons, while you trotted out the same tired shtick for the big money, guys who truly loved this business … and you pocketed another big payday.

Hogan starts to shake his head, beginning to look less calm, as JBL gets more personal.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: These people should despise you for who you are … but instead, they idolise you for the façade you’ve had them believe for the last quarter of a century. All they have in life, is Hulkamania … like some damn addicts … and Hulk Hogan is the ultimate drug … spouting the demandments … and these fools have followed it, no questions asked.

More heat. Hulk looks to the fans, shaking his head, as if to tell them not to listen to JBL.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You’ve squeezed two generations dry already … and now, you’re attempting a third go around … one more run, to buffer the coffers at the Hogan mansion one last time … and like their parents before them … the children of today are swallowing the crap that Hulk Hogan shovels. These sheep are the lifeblood of Hulkamania … you take them for granted, because you simply can. You cup your ear … and they’re eating out of your palm. Drop a ‘brother’ here and there … and they feel like they got their monies worth. Then, out of the kindness of your heart, you’ll say the immortal line … ‘What’cha gonna do’ … and they think of that as an added bonus.

Layfield looks at Hogan with disgust, whilst Hogan looks to be getting more and more worked up, with each passing comment.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You stand here shamelessly … with designer sunglasses, paid for by a third grader‘s lunch money … you’re standing here with a bandana to cover that shiny head of yours, that was paid for by a single mother, that struggles to put food on the table … and you’ll leave here in a stretch limo, with first class air travel … paid for by a college kid who’ll have to hitchhike to make it home this evening. And yet I’m the villain of the piece??

Heat.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: It’s not even like you need another pay day, Hulkster. I mean … what could you possibly need?? Another holiday home in the Dominican Republic?? Does Brooke need her own record label?? Or does Linda need another set of Botox injec-

Hulk Hogan: THAT’S ENOUGH!!!

Huge pop, as Hogan looks like he just lost his cool.

Hulk Hogan: You can dog me all you want, Bradshaw. But you don’t cross that line, jack. You don’t bring my family into this.

Layfield apologetically holds his hands up.

Hulk Hogan: Now I’ve stood here and listened, brother. I’ve given you the chance to get whatever it is you wanted to get off your chest … and I’ve heard enough.

Cheers.

Hulk Hogan: And it sounds to me, like these Hulkamaniacs have heard enough too!!!

More cheers, as Hogan nods. JBL matter of factly responds.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: The sheepdog does his job again.

Heat. Hogan bites his lip, before starting again.

Hulk Hogan: How about you shut it for a minute, Bradshaw, and let me get a few things off MY chest.

Pop. JBL smirks, and responds.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: By all means. Shoot from your hip, Hulkster … your fake hip.

The fans respond with an ‘oh no he didn’t’ reaction, whilst Hogan looks far from impressed. {Credit for zinger; Alan Partridge}

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: The hip that these fans - these dollar signs you see in the crowd - paid for.

Hogan looks like he’s had enough, staring a hole through the grinning JBL, whilst the fans boo Layfield.

Hulk Hogan: I’m just glad these Hulkamaniacs don’t buy into crap that you spew, because that‘s all it is, Bradshaw - CRAP!! It’s never been about the dollar signs for me, jack. It’s never been about the big houses, or the holiday homes … It’s always been about the fans. It’s always been about setting an example for all these Hulkamaniacs!!!

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And what an example you set.

Boos. Hogan pauses for a moment, staring a hole through JBL, seething at yet another interruption.

Hulk Hogan: Lemme tell ya something brother, you run that mouth of your’s way too much. And since you like to talk about money … since everything about you seems to revolve around money, there’s a saying that comes to mind when I think of you, brother.

Hogan steps into Bradshaws face.

Hulk Hogan: Your mouth is writing cheques that your ass cant cash, dude.

Massive pop from the fans, whilst the smirk is wiped off the face of JBL. Hogan gets set to continue, but JBL puts his hand over Hogans mic to stop him.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: We’re gonna see about that, Hulkster. Y’see Hogan, I’m about to do you a big favour. I’m about to offer you one more payday. I’m about to fund that retirement home, with one big offer … an offer you cant refuse Hogan … because the Lord knows … Hulk Hogan doesn’t turn down Pay Per View.

Hogan listens again, whilst JBL smirks.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I’m talking about Smackdowns next Pay Per View. May 20 … just down the road from ya in Miami, so it wont be too cold for your creaky bones.

Heat for the cheap shot.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: And it’s an apt title Hogan, because it’s called Judgment Day … and should you accept the challenge to face me, it will be your last rodeo … your own personal, Judgment Day.

Layfield smirks at the thought.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: You just have to ask yourself one question Hogan. Is it worth it?? Is the cheque worth the years of pain you’ll endure in the long run?? Is this last cheque - and it will be your last cheque - gonna be enough for you to see out the rest of your days?? Is it-

Hogan rips the mic from JBL, and slams it to the canvas, getting a monster pop from the fans.

Hulk Hogan: I DON’T CARE IF IT’S TEN MILLION DOLLARS OR TEN CENTS … KICKING YOUR REAR END, JBL, WILL BE ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!!!

Hogan gets right in Bradshaws face.

Hulk Hogan: I ACCEPT!!!

Massive pop from the fans, with Hogan looking fired up big time. JBL bends down, and picks up his mic, as the fans chant Hogans name briefly, before settling down.

Hulk Hogan: BUT NOW … YOU’VE GOTTA ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION, DUDE … You gotta ask yourself one question … What’cha gonna do??

The fans come alive, knowing what’s next, as Hogan nods, eyes wide, getting in the face of JBL.

Hulk Hogan: WHAT’CHA GONNA DO, WHEN H-

MIC TO THE HEAD!!!

Just like at WrestleMania, JBL cuts off Hogan with a microphone shot to the skull!!! Hogan stumbles backward, into the ropes, with JBL firing off with stiff right hands to the skull, with Hogan going down after the successive blows.

JBL then removes his jacket, and proceeds to choke the life out of Hogan, with the fans chanting for a Hogan comeback, whilst JBL shakes his head profusely. He relinquishes the choke, and chucks his jacket to the outside, before rolling up his sleeves, whilst Hogan tries to pull himself to his feet.

Bradshaw then kneels down, dragging Hogan up, grabbing him by the face … THEN HOGAN FIGHTS BACK!!!

The Air Canada Centre comes to it’s feet, as Hogan miraculously HULKS UP, fighting to his feet, and beating Layfield to the punch!!! He backs JBL into the ropes, then fires him off, across the ring … BUT JBL AVOIDS THE BIG BOOT … THEN DELIVERS A BIG BOOT OF HIS OWN TO HOGAN!!!

Hogan staggers, with JBL quick to get on the Hall of Famer … and drags him in … CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!! Hogan crumbles onto the canvas, with JBL standing over him momentarily, raising his arms … and getting wild heat from the fans.

JBL then kneels down … and mercilessly pounds at the head of Hogan, furiously hammering away … BUSTING HOGAN OPEN, such is the ferocity of his blows to the skull. Eventually, Layfield ends the attack, with Hogan writhing on the mat. JBL picks up his hat, and a mic, before standing over his Judgment Day opponent, and speaks…

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
I only stopped, so there would be enough of you left at Judgment Day. If you intend on surviving … I suggest you start trainin’ … take your vitamins … and above all else … you’d better start sayin your damn prayers …

JBL looks up, and around at the fans, who have fallen eerily silent. Layfield smiles broadly, before looking back down at his helpless enemy, and speaks again.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Brother.

Layfield drops the mic on the body of Hogan, before casually placing his hat on his head, and proceeds to leave the ring, as Hogan tries to roll onto his side in the ring. Commentary remains silent, as JBL backs up the ramp, watching Hogan, as the Immortal one attempts to pull himself to his feet, as referees enter the ring to try and help him, as we fade to commercial…

Commercial Break


** VIDEO PACKAGE **

The WWE production theme, “Lost Souls” plays over the package.

Opens with the following writing;
"Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of' Judgement" Matthew 12:36.

Flashing shot of Randy Orton punting RVD at WrestleMania.

More writing;
"He that rejecteth me and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him. The word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" John 12:48.

Flashing shot of Randy Orton punting Jericho on 13/4 Smackdown.

Writing appears again;
"For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to what he hath done whether it be good or bad" II Corinthians 5:10.

Flashing shots of Ric Flair leaving the ring, head bowed, for the final time, RVD being wheeled out of the arena at WrestleMania, and Chris Jericho being placed into an ambulance on the 13/4 edition of Smackdown.

The package then focuses on the face of the callous Randy Orton, the music stops, and it’s simply heavy, slow motion breathing.

Narrator: His Judgment Day … has come.

WWE JUDGMENT DAY | MAY 20 | AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA, MIAMI FL

ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
***

...

We return from the commercial with Michael Cole and Tazz taking the time during the introductions of the match to discuss the events that took place moments ago, saying Hogan is currently being attended to backstage. They then hype the return of BROCK LESNAR tonight, with the Iron Mans suspension now lifted - but mention that Lesnar has not yet arrived. And of course, the main event gets mentioned too, with Edge getting his shot - his sought after one on one opportunity - at the WWE Championship tonight, against Randy Orton.

Match 1 | SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH:
Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy vs. Kid Kash, Deuce & Domino
A short contest, which goes by the formula. After a hot start from the faces, the heel side take over, with Deuce & Domino targeting Super Crazy, as the trio of heels slip in and out of the ring to keep themselves fresh, whilst frustrating the partners of Super Crazy. Eventually though, Crazy makes a hot tag to Chavo, and the fresh man cleans house, with some help from Kendrick and Crazy. Chavo then gets his hands on Kash, delivering the Gory Buster … but oddly, Brian Kendrick tags himself in, and gets the cover, whilst his bemused partner watches on, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy @ 05:26

The erratic behaviour of Brian Kendrick continues, as he gets to his feet, quickly hugging Chavo, as if he’s done nothing wrong, before making a beeline for his title, to celebrate. Meanwhile, Super Crazy joins Chavo, as the two watch their friend celebrate the victory, but neither seem impressed by Kendricks attitude.

On commentary, Cole and Tazz pick up on the change in attitude that Kendrick has went through since winning the Cruiserweight title, as they wonder if the championship has gone to his head.



Backstage, we cut to the dressing room of The New Wave, with Randy Orton pacing up and down, with his three running mates simply looking on. Orton stops, but keeps his head down, and speaks.

Randy Orton: Last week, I made it clear to the three of you … that we were to make a statement of intent.

The WWE Champion looks up at his three cohorts.

Randy Orton: But that … didn’t happen.

Orton walks toward the three, making sure they hear him.

Randy Orton: Tonight … we will.

He then puts his arm around Dinsmore, looking at him, then at Doane and Cade, speaking once more.

Randy Orton: Or, should I say … you better.

Of the three, Doane looks most worried by the tone of Orton, whilst Dinsmore looks rather uneasy, and Cade looks focused.

Ken Doane: I, uh- I gotta go, Randy. My match is up in a second.

Orton remains stoic, as he stares at Doane.

Randy Orton: Remember what I said.

Orton then looks at Cade, then Dinsmore again.

Randy Orton: All of you.

Orton steps back, looking at his three running mates, as Doane slowly nods, backing out of the room.

Commercial Break

During the entrances of the next match, Tazz and Cole shill the main event some more, hyping it as Edge’s first ever one on one opportunity at the title since coming to Smackdown - the one thing he has craved more than anything else. They then make the point that should Edge fail to win tonight, he will have no further arguments to get a shot at the title. Then, they talk up the return of Brock Lesnar again, with the Iron Man set to return to Smackdown tonight - but he has yet to arrive.

Match 2:
Finlay vs. Ken Doane
By the numbers affair, with Doane getting another opportunity to mix it up with an established name. Finlay roughs Doane up too, as ‘The Future’ is given a gut check, and comes through, matching the Irishman. Doane though makes a mighty mistake, misjudging the wellbeing of his opponent, and misses his top rope leg drop … allowing Finlay to grab the upper hand, but as he sets up for the Celtic Cross … GARRISON CADE AND NICK DINSMORE ARE IN THE RING AND ATTACK FINLAY!!!
Winner: Via DQ - Finlay @ 06:21

The three members of the New Wave put the boots to Finlay … but not for long … as JEFF HARDY sprints down the aisle, looking for revenge after last weeks incidents with the New Wave, and launches himself at Cade, taking the big man over the top rope!!! Doane then slides out of the ring to take care of Hardy, whilst Finlay gets a hold of his trusty shillelagh, which fends off Dinsmore, who jumps out of the ring before he can fall victim to the wooden weapon.

On the outside, Hardy fights off Doane, whilst Cade reaches his feet too. Finlay comes to back up his unlikely ally, and the New Wave quickly back off, deciding to fight another day instead.

Commercial Break

Backstage, Josh Mathews is standing by with the WWE Tag Team Champions, Americas Most Wanted.

Josh Mathews: Gentlemen, last week, you successfully retained your WWE Tag Team titles against Trevor and Festus Murdoch. Now, with Judgment Day on the horizon, the two of you are without a challenge, and I believe you wanted to address that issue??

Harris nods, taking the mic from Josh.

Chris Harris: It’s getting a little boring now, Josh. James and I have ruled the roost in the tag team division now on Smackdown, it’s almost unfair to the other teams. I mean, it’s become clearly obvious that they don’t match up to AMW. The fact is, WE are the premiere tag team in all of the WWE, we’ve proven it time and time again … and as far as we’re concerned … it’s about time the competition stepped up.

Without looking to him, The Wildcat passes the mic to Storm.

James Storm: Like the good man said, shortbread, we’re getting bored here. The competition clearly aint good enough - it aint on our level. We’ve went from dispatching of the Hardy Sisters at WrestleMania … to beatin the snot outta two inbreds from the outback of Deliverance. Surely the competition should be gettin’ better … not worse.

Storm fidgets with his hat, as Harris takes over with another point.

Chris Harris: And it’s not our fault we’re this talented. It’s not our fault we’re that far ahead of the game. It’s the fault of the tag team division on Smackdown. So Arn, turn that hearin aid up old boy … do your job … find us some real competition, because the level of talent in the Smackdown tag team pool … it’s beyond a joke.

Storm then taps the arm of Harris, pointing off screen, with Harris smirking, and shaking his head.

Chris Harris: And right on cue … here comes another joke squad.

Booker T and Elijah Burke step into the camera shot, coming face to face with the champions.

Booker T: You pair o’ fools lookin out fo’ fresh challengers?? You just found yo’selves exactly dat, suckas.

Storm and Harris remain silent, until Storm looks to Burke.

James Storm: Well?? You gonna translate that??

Booker immediately steps into the face of Storm.

Booker T: I gots yo translation dawg. You don’t understand what I’m sayin?? These right here can do the translation, ya dig??

The Book raises his fists, going nose to nose with Storm. Harris though, steps in.

Chris Harris: That’s not how we operate. We don’t behave like street thugs. James and I?? We conduct our business in the ring, like the athletes we are.

Burke now speaks up.

Elijah Burke: Naw, correction playa - you boys don’t operate face to face. If you can get the jump on - it’s fair game, right?? Well we??

Elijah now gets in the face of Harris.

Elijah Burke: We’re right in yo face - and not backin’ up an inch!!

Storm takes his eyes off Book, to answer Burke.

James Storm: You wanna go with us?? You pair want a shot at the champs?? You think you can handle that??

Both Eli and Book yell out ‘Yeah’. Harris and Storm look to each other.

Chris Harris: Then earn it.

Americas Most Wanted then back off slowly, with Burke and Booker watching on … AS AMW ATTEMPT A SNEAK ATTACK … BUT BOOKER AND BURKE SENSE IT COMING … AND GET THE FIRST SHOT IN!!!

Elijah and Book beat the champions to the punch, as the brawl breaks out backstage, with the champs unable to stop the onslaught, as security quickly arrive on the scene, breaking the impromptu brawl up. Booker and Burke are pulled away, as the champions try to regroup after taking a hammering.

Booker T: It’s yo punk asses that betta watch out, suckas.

The two hungry challengers continue to shout back at the champs, as they are forced away from the scene.

Elijah Burke: You wanted a challenge right?? Congratulations.

Booker and Burke are led away, as AMW pick themselves up, looking worse for wear after the attack.



Backstage, we go into the office of Arn Anderson, with the General Manager on the phone, talking about an unimportant issue, with his door knocking. Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy step into the room, and look set to leave, noticing Arn is on a phone call, but Anderson puts his hand up to stop them.

Arn Anderson: I’ll call you back later.

Anderson terminates the call, setting the phone down, before turning his attention to Chavo and Super Crazy.

Arn Anderson: Gentlemen. What can I do you for??

Chavo steps forward to speak, looking a little awkward.

Chavo Guerrero: I hate to do this Arn, and I don’t want it to seem like we’re moaning or complaining either … but, er, look, I’m not sure what Brian has been saying, but we just hope wires haven’t been crossed.

Arn looks puzzled, whilst Chavo continues to awkwardly try and make his point.

Chavo Guerrero: You see, we aren’t just trying to muscle in, and use our friendship with Brian to get a shot at the Cruiserweight title. We’ve just been hoping to get an opportunity to earn a shot. Maybe the way Brian has went about it has maybe made you think we want to get a shot for nothing, but honestly, that-

Anderson cuts in, shaking his head.

Arn Anderson: I have to stop ya there Chavo. You’ve lost me. What’s Brian Kendrick supposed to have done??

Now, it’s Chavo that looks confused.

Chavo Guerrero: Uh … he’d been trying to get Super Crazy and I a chance at the Cruiserweight title. Y’see, I think he’s maybe made it seem like we’re after the shot for nothing, but we’re happy to earn it. We just wa-

Arn shakes his head, waving his hand to stop Chavo again.

Arn Anderson: The kid hasn’t been to see me. At least not about the two of you. Only thing he’s been bugging me for is an improved contract. Y’know, I think he’s getting’ a little big for his boots if ya ask me.

Suddenly, it all seems to sink in for Chavo.

Chavo Guerrero: He never … he never asked about Super Crazy and I … getting a shot at the title??

The GM shakes his head.

Arn Anderson: Nope. But, y’know what, he does need a new challenger for Judgment Day in a few weeks. So … how about next week, you and your good friend, Super Crazy duke it out … winner moves on to Judgment Day and challenges Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight title.

Chavo nods, but still seems upset that his friend was lying to him all along. He then looks around to Super Crazy, who seems oblivious to the whole episode, given his lack of understanding for the English language.

Chavo Guerrero: I appreciate Arn. Thank you.

Chavo nods again, before turning, shaking his head as he approaches Super Crazy, still disappointed by Kendricks deception. He starts to speak in Spanish to Crazy, as the two exit the office…



At ringside, Michael Cole and Tazz further discuss the situation developing in the cruiserweight division, and the shady behaviour of Brian Kendrick. They then talk about Judgment Day, and the grudge match between Carlito and MVP. Tonight, they will speak with Carlito via satellite, with Carlito unable to return until Judgment Day.

But, with that to come later, the commentators turn their attention to what’s coming up next; Paul London vs. Charlie Haas. Both Tazz and Cole commend London on his effort last week in winning the Battle Royal to earn his U.S title rematch at Judgment Day, and speculate that the momentum he’s riding could see him through against Haas tonight.

**MEET YOUR MASTER**

Brent Albright makes his entrance to new music by Nine Inch Nails, as the United States Champion looks to join Michael Cole and Tazz on commentary for the upcoming contest. Dressed casually in a pure white shirt, and designer jeans with brown shoes, the US Champ sets his belt carefully on the commentary desk, and takes his seat next to Tazz.

Michael Cole: I assume you’re out here to get a closer look at the man you face at Judgment Day, Brent??

Brent Albright: Good guess, Mikey … but you’re wrong. I’m simply here to watch my good friend, Charlie Haas, take care of business.

Tazz: Now that’s what I call a good friend.

Michael Cole: With all due respect, Brent, I’d suggest that while you want to see your “Good friend” Charlie Haas in action, you’re also looking to scout on the man you defend your title against in three and a half weeks time.

Brent Albright: And why would you - the expert, obviously - suggest that??

Michael Cole: Well … Paul London held two consecutive victories over you in consecutive weeks, before you sneak attacked him to make sure you didn’t suffer a third loss - which would’ve resulted in that title you hold so dear, changing hands.

Brent Albright: But it didn’t. I’m still the U.S Champion, and that’s the way it’ll remain for the foreseeable future.

Michael Cole: It just seems to me - and a lot of fans - that Paul London has got your number, and given the fact-

Brent Albright: Drop it. Just … drop it, Cole.

**PAY THE PRICE**

A former United States Champion himself, Charlie Haas enters to a moderate reaction from the fans.

Brent Albright: Y’know Michael, if you didn’t have your mouth stuck to Paul Londons rear end every week, you might just appreciate how awesome Charlie Haas is. Alongside myself, this guy is the best technical wrestler on Smackdown today. No frills, no stunts, no acrobatics like London … he’s a true master of our craft.

Michael Cole: Well, for your information, I’m well aware of Charlie Haas’ ability-

Brent Albright: Well, it’s a shame that you don’t give the guy the credit he deserves.

Tazz: I agree, Brent. Charlie Haas is a true student of the game, and deserves a lot more plaudits on Smackdown. But y’know, it could be to his advantage if people aren’t talking about him - because that’s when you’ve got the ability to surprise.

Brent Albright: I don’t agree. Give this man his due, and stop the Paul London love in. That’s my two cents.

**STAY IN SHADOW**

To a great pop, Paul London races onto the stage, pumping the fans, looking energetic as always.

Brent Albright: Look at this showboat. It’s all style, and no substance with this kid, and you all fall at his feet. Why?? Because he jumps around like an acrobat. If I wanted to see that, I’d go to the circus. I keep hearing you, Cole, talking about his ‘never say die’ attitude. So what?? Why should these people love him?? Because he knows how to take a beating, and keep coming back for more?? What’s heroic about that?? It’s crazy!!

Tazz: Y’know … you make a good point, Brent.

Michael Cole: Oh, come on, Tazz. A few minutes ago, you were praising Paul London.

Tazz: But the champ makes a heck of a point, Cole. You gotta admit that.

Michael Cole: I don’t. Ladies and Gentlemen, we will be right back with Paul London versus Charlie Haas, on Friday Night Smackdown … join us, when we come back!!

Commercial Break

Match 3:
Paul London vs. Charlie Haas
Very long contest, with both men being given a surprising length of time to put together an excellent match, starting slowly with chain wrestling that Haas gets the better of. That leads Brent to talk up just how great Haas is, and how ordinary London is when it comes to the ‘bread and butter’ stuff. London though, changes up his tactics, using his athleticism to get the better of Haas in the exchanges, forcing the technician to roll out of the ring, and rethink his own gameplan.

Back inside, the two start to turn it up a notch, trading a couple of near falls, but it’s the Golden Boy that appears to have the upper hand thanks to his speed, and slips out of an attempt at a German Suplex from Haas, and eventually catches Haas with a German of his own … setting him perfectly for the 450 SPLASH … BUT BEFORE HE CAN DELIVER … HAAS ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!!!

Haas leaves the ring again to rethink his tactics, while the fans boo, and London looks frustrated. Brent Albright momentarily leaves commentary to speak with his friend … and London spots the opportunity … LANDING WITH A CROSSBODY SPLASH OVER THE ROPES ONTO BOTH MEN!!! All three are down on the outside, as the show goes to commercial again…

Commercial Break

{/SECOND HOUR}

And Smackdown returns, with Haas working down London, targeting the shoulder, with highlights during the commercial of Albright cheapshotting London - then sending him shoulder first into the steel steps, whilst Haas had the referees back turned on the outside, as the three men recovered from Londons cross body. London makes a brief comeback, but Haas puts a stop to it with a shoulder breaker, before going back to work on the body part to slow the #1 Contender for the U.S title down again.

Haas continues the beating, much to the delight of Brent Albright, with Haas forcing a number of kick outs from London, making sure he has to use his weak shoulder to kick out each time. Again though, London refuses to give in, showing that famous fighting spirit … and mounts a comeback, again reverting to his speed, peppering Haas with an array of dropkicks and dropsaults to turn the tide in his favour … but as London sets up a DDT … Haas frees himself … and attacks the shoulder!!!

Charlie then looks to apply a shoulder breaker submission … but London desperately fights free, and eventually catches Haas with an enziguri to send Haas down!!! It looks like a perfect set up for the 450 Splash again … but this time, Haas avoids it by kicking the ropes!!! London topples down, buying Haas time to recover, as Brent leaves commentary once again, taking his title and a chair in the process. The champion hides the belt behind his back, and slides the chair inside, instantly distracting the referee.

The official makes a beeline for the chair, and with his back turned, Albright slides the title belt to Haas, then keeps the referee busy with the official admonishing Brent for trying to introduce the chair … not realising what’s going on behind him, with Haas looking to nail London with the belt … BUT LONDON DUCKS … THEN TAKES THE BELT … AND NAILS HAAS!!! London throws the belt out of the ring, as the referee turns his attention back to the ring, with London making the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Paul London @ 16:49

Huge win for Paul London … but the celebration doesn’t even get started, as Brent Albright attacks him, almost as soon as the bell has gone. The U.S Champion hammers away at his foe, with London unable to defend himself from the rapid fire shots. Brent then gets to his feet, and looks to help Charlie Haas up, with Haas slowly coming around. Albright quickly gets back on London, not allowing the man he faces at Judgment Day to make it to his feet, stomping the Golden Boy, whilst he waits for Haas to make it to his feet.

Charlie eventually gets up, despite looking worse for wear, as Albright motions for him to grab a mic. Haas stumbles out of the ring, as Albright continues the beat down, killing time whilst Haas gets the microphone, and as he re-enters the ring, Albright takes it, with Charlie picking London up, and gripping him in a full nelson position, whilst Brent gets in his challengers face.

Brent Albright: Think you’re so smart now, huh London?? Think you can outsmart ME??

Knowing he can, Albright slaps London across the face, with London unable to attack back.

Brent Albright: Think again, kid. I’m the United States Champ, and it’s been that way for a very long time … and it will continue to be that way for some time to come … much longer than Judgment Day.

Heat.

Brent Albright: But since you seem so damn confident … since you think you’re better than me, and my good friend here, Charlie Haas … why don’t we put it to the test next week. How about since you’re so popular, you go find yourself a partner, and next week, the two of you can face Charlie and myself in a tag match??

Albright looks at London, looking for some sort of response.

Brent Albright: How does that grab ya?? Huh??

Brent slaps his challenger again, with London trying to squirm free to fight back.

Brent Albright: See ya next week.

Albright then boots London in the gut, and then delivers a sick Half Nelson suplex, with London landing in a folded up position.

**MEET YOUR MASTER**

Albright looks down at London, and then up at Haas, nodding at his supposed ‘good friend’ with the two sharing a handshake, as we lead into a commercial with Cole furious at the actions of the U.S Champion.

Commercial Break
*****
**VIDEO PACKAGE**
EVAN ‘AIR’ BOURNE | FLYING ONTO FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN
ARRIVAL TIME: MAY 1 - SUPERSTARS

*****

We return at ringside with Michael Cole and Tazz, who discuss what went down just moments ago, with Brent Albright and Charlie Haas leaving Paul London laying in the middle of the ring, after London had defeated Haas in a hard fought contest. They then discuss the tag match challenge for next week, before calling it a warm up of sorts for Judgment Day when London challenges Albright for the title, which segues nicely into discussing another match set for Judgment Day; MVP vs. Carlito, as Carlito joins the show via a satellite link…

Michael Cole: Carlito, thank you for taking the time to speak with us this evening.

Carlito: Hey, it’s my pleasure. I’m jus’ sorry I wasn’t able to make it to Smackdown tonight, but after last weeks appearance, the doctors aint letting Carlito outta sight.

Carlito smiles, reliving his surprise appearance last week to cost MVP his title shot.

Michael Cole: Well, Carlito, speaking of last week, as we understand it, the doctors had told you in no uncertain terms that you were to stay at home and rest your knee for at least six weeks. How true is that??

Carlito thinks for a moment, nodding.

Carlito: Four to six weeks, but yeah, the doctors told Carlito not to be straining himself, or taking part in any kind of physical activity for that period. But you guys should know one thing about Carlito … he doesn’t take orders.

Again, Carlito affords himself a smile.

Michael Cole: So, in terms of a percentage, what kind of condition can we expect you to be in on May 20 for Judgment Day??

Quick to respond, Carlito barely takes a moment to think about his reply.

Carlito: You don’t have to worry about Carlito, Michael. I know I said Carlito doesn’t listen to orders, but Carlito aint stupid either. Last week was a one off, because make no mistake, to beat MVP … Carlitos knee HAS to be one hundred per cent.

Slight heat, with Carlito basically confirming he’ll be off TV until Judgment Day, and hearing the reaction, Carlito speaks.

Carlito: Believe me, it sucks for me too … and it’s gonna really suck for MVP come Judgment Day.

Nice pop.

Carlito: Because for every week that Carlito has to sit at home and watch Smackdown from his couch … that’s another week of frustration built up … and as those weeks build up … the frustration is growing further. So, Montel, what do you think is gonna happen when Carlito gets to unload all that frustration at Judgment Day … on you.

Carlito glares into the camera - no more smiling.

Michael Cole: You mentioned frustration there Carlito, but is there also a sense of relief, as some reports that have surfaced in the last few weeks is that your knee injury could have been potentially far more severe … with an estimate of eight months on the sidelines at one point.

Carlito nods, and looks extremely tense, keeping his emotions in check.

Carlito: Relief?? Absolutely. Michael, Carlito knows how lucky he is right now … but MVP must be sitting backstage somewhere, watching this, and realising how UNLUCKY he is … because he didn’t get the job done. He took Carlito out … but he didn’t finish Carlito off.

Carlito leans forward, getting into the camera to deliver his next message.

Carlito: And come Judgment Day … MVP pays the price. And yeah … das cool.

Carlito then takes the mic off, leaving the interview set, cutting the segment abruptly short.

At ringside, Michael Cole and Tazz discuss the comments made by Carlito, and talk about how personal the situation between Carlito and MVP has become, with it all set to come to a head at Judgment Day. They then plug MVP being in action after the commercial break.

Commercial Break


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

Clip of Bret Hart rolling up Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament in 1993.

“I‘M THE BEST THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE”

Narrator: It has given the platform for champions to establish themselves.

Clip of Owen Hart being crowned King of the Ring in 1994, as we hear him yell over it.

“I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”

Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

Clip of Stone Cold Steve Austin winning the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, with the sound bite over it.

“AUSTIN THREE SIXTEEN SAYS, I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS”

Narrator: It ushered in the birth of a new attitude.

Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.

“THE KING OF THE RING!!!”

Narrator: Stars have been born.

Clip of Kurt Angle dropping to his knees in victory in 2000.

“IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”

Narrator: Legends have been made.

Clip of Brock Lesnar having his hand raised in 2002, as we hear Paul Heymans voice over the top.

“THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”

Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

Clips of Mister Kennedy with the crown last year, and Edge with his trophy in 2001

Narrator: The King of the Ring tournament has provided some of the most memorable moments in sports entertainment history, and on Saturday, June 23, 2007 … the King of the Ring lends itself to another staple in the illustrious history of the WWE … Saturday Nights Main Event.

Clips of current superstars, Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Straight Edge, Brian Kendrick, Paul London, MNM, Carlito and Brent Albright.

Narrator: The year, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes on NBC, with quarter finals, semi finals and the grand final, on the most special edition of Saturday Nights Main Event in history!!!

Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.

Narrator: Which superstar will use the King of the Ring tournament to follow these legends, icons and immortals into the pantheon of greatness??



~ THE 2007 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
!! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!
JUNE 23 | THE PYRAMID, MEMPHIS TN
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In the parking lot, we see Maria waiting anxiously for the arrival of Brock Lesnar, who has still yet to arrive this evening … sparking Michael Cole and Tazz to discuss the possibility of a no-show, with Lesnar never officially confirming if he would be at Smackdown.

Elsewhere, Josh Mathews is standing by with Edge, as the fans raise their voice, giving Edge an unusual pop…

Josh Mathews: Edge, tonight is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, for quite some time - a one on one shot at the WWE Championship. After the months of waiting, how prepared are you for the biggest match of your career, in your own hometown??

Edge simply stares at Mathews for a moment, before surprisingly, he replies lightly.

Edge: I’m ready Josh. That’s about all I can say. I’m ready.

Deep in focus, Edge leaves it at that, but Josh decides to continue.

Josh Mathews: Given his actions in the last six weeks, Randy Orton has built up a lot of animosity in the locker room, to the point where a lot of the Smackdown superstars would rather see you as the WWE Champion, referring to you, as the ‘lesser of two evils’. What’s your reaction to the support-

Edge grabs the mic to stop Josh. Again, he stares menacingly, before speaking.

Edge: The what?? The- the lesser of two evils?? What, is that- is that supposed to … comfort me?? Is it supposed to make me feel good about myself?? Is that what it’s supposed to do, Josh??

Wild eyed, Edge grabs Josh by the scruff.

Edge: LOOK AT ME!!! LOOK IN MY EYES, DAMMIT!!! DO YOU SEE THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS??

Frantically, Josh shakes his head. Edge nods, and lets go, calming down in the process.

Edge: Correct.

Edge tries to keep himself composed, as he speaks again.

Edge: I’m not the lesser of two evils Josh … but if that’s the impression that the guys in the back, and these fans are getting … then tonight, I’ll prove to the world just how evil I AM!!!

Allowing himself a sinister smirk, Edge speaks once more.

Edge: Then we’ll see who the lesser of two evils is.

Edge smirks, then licks his lips, before leaving the set as we cut back to ringside…



Match 4:
M.V.P vs. Hardcore Holly
It’s a rough test for Porter, with Holly as tough - and as stiff - as ever. Holly dominates early on, letting fly with his vicious knife edge chops, but Porter survives the early onslaught, and shows his own mettle, fighting back, and getting the better of Holly. The veteran hangs on though, kicking out of a number of pin attempts from MVP, with Porter starting to get riled - especially with other issues on his mind - and that begins to allow Holly back into the contest.

The fight spills to the outside, with the veteran winning that exchange, taking it back inside, and looking to finish proceedings with the Alabama Slam … BUT MVP AVOIDS IT!!! Another brief exchange culminates with Porter catching Hardcore with the Drive-By Kick, and brings a close to the contest, finishing Holly off with the Play of the Day, and makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: M.V.P @ 06:59

MVP has his hand raised, but instantly turns his attention to the timekeepers table, and motions for a mic, quickly signalling for the music to cut, and allow him to speak.

M.V.P: Carlito gets to rest up for a month?? Is that how this works?? He gets the month off to prepare for me at Judgment Day, yet I’m bustin my ass every week on Smackdown?? Don’t sound fair to me.

Some heckles from the crowd, but MVP ignores it.

M.V.P: Damn it, I made it clear a few weeks ago Carlito. If you know what’s good for ya, you stay OUT of my business … you keep OUT of my life. But with you, it all seems to go in one ear, and out the other.

Porter takes a moment to calm himself, feeling like he’s ready to blow.

M.V.P: You ignored my advice … and now … you’re gonna regret it. I said two weeks ago … you’re the luckiest man on crutches … but now, at Judgment Day?? You’re gonna be outta luck, boy. You sitting there in your comfy home tonight, talkin about the frustration that’s building up inside ya … well you think about the frustration building inside of me too, and think about what Imma do to you, Carlito.

Boos from the fans. Porter scowls at the front row, before turning his attention to the camera for a personal message to Carlito.

M.V.P: I don’t have time to waste on the likes of you … right now, I ought to be preparin myself for a United States Championship match at Judgment Day … but because you couldn’t keep outta my business … I gotta deal with you one more time.

The camera closes up on the face of MVP.

M.V.P: And this time, I will deal with you properly.

Montel ignores the boos from the fans, blowing them off, and speaking over the noise instead.

M.V.P: Ya thought you got lucky a few weeks back?? Boy, you gonna be praying for a miracle after what I put you through at Judgment Day.

MVP slams the mic down, and storms out of the ring, looking furious.

Cole and Tazz discuss the words and attitude from MVP, with Tazz saying he’s never seen MVP look so pent up, leading to him worrying for the safety of Carlito, come Judgment Day.

Commercial Break

Backstage, we see Chavo Guerrero, now dressed in regular clothing after a shower, in the locker room, putting on his watch. A hand then pats him on the shoulder, with Chavo turning … to see Brian Kendrick.

Chavo looks rather uneasy, considering his earlier conversation with Anderson, where it became obvious that Kendrick had been lying to him all along.

Chavo Guerrero: Hey, man.

Kendrick smiles.

Brian Kendrick: Hey!! Great news, huh?? About time the old man listened, right??

Chavo scratches the side of his head, as he awkwardly explains.

Chavo Guerrero: Well … that’s sorta the thing. See, Arn didn’t recall you ever going to him to ask for Soop and I to get a chance at fighting for the belt.

Kendrick still smiles, but scoffs.

Brian Kendrick: Old man’s gone senile, Chavito. I’ve been hounding the guy for weeks.

Guerrero looks down, before lightly speaking up again.

Chavo Guerrero: Yeah, that much is true. But Arn seems to think you’ve only been hounding him for a better contract.

Kendrick shakes his head, letting out a brief chuckle.

Brian Kendrick: What?? The guy is such a kidder. It’s been the other way around. The man is just throwing money at me. I mean … after all, there is only one Brian Kendrick, right??

Brian smiles at Chavo, but Chavo remains firmly unmoved.

Brian Kendrick: Look, the important thing is that either you or Soop is gonna get to face me at Judgment Day, and I cant wait. Good luck next week, buddy.

The champion grabs the hand of Chavo, giving it a slap, and then the thumbs up, before turning to leave. As he reaches the door though, he turns back again.

Brian Kendrick: And hey, there’s no need to thank me.

Kendrick winks at Guerrero, then leaves, as Chavo shakes his head, losing patience with his friends ever increasing ego.



Backstage now, we see Josh Mathews knock on the door of the General Managers office, and upon hearing ‘COME ON IN’, the roving reporter enters the office, approaching Arn Anderson.

Arn Anderson: Ahh, Josh, how can I help ya??

Josh Mathews: Well Arn, it’s just, there’s been a lot of talk backstage recently that Judgment Day is fast approaching … but as yet, there hasn’t been an announcement about the main event.

Arn smiles, nodding, as he rubs his chin.

Arn Anderson: I see where ya goin with this. Josh, I can assure you, I’m well aware of Judgment Day, May 20. And, yeah, it’s coming up fast. Right now, you’re right, we aint got a main event. But as we speak, I’m waitin on a few things to iron themselves out … and by this time next week, I will announce to the world what the Judgment Day main event will be.

Josh nods.

Josh Mathews: Alright, thank you for your time, sir.

Josh then turns to leave … but at the door … RANDY ORTON. Orton perches himself against the door, ready for his match up next, with the title belt over his shoulder.

Randy Orton: Obviously, one of those ‘things’ would be discussing the matter with me.

Josh turns to Arn, looking to see if there is a reaction.

Arn Anderson: Well … care to explain why I’d need to discuss the Judgment Day main event with you, Randy??

Stoney faced, Orton stares at Anderson.

Randy Orton: Given the fact that I stand before you, WWE Champion … I’d imagine the decision will involve me.

Arn Anderson: Well, let’s think about that for a second … you do stand before me as the WWE Champion … for now. In a very short space of time … you might not.

Orton looks agitated by the comment, and shoves past poor Josh Mathews, and towards Anderson.

Randy Orton: That just isn’t gonna happen. Edge simply isn’t on my level … and he never will be.

Arn nods, then uses the comment against Orton.

Arn Anderson: In that case, you’ll be happy enough to leave the posse behind. Since Edge is so far from being on your level, you wont need the added support of your three good friends.

Orton rolls his eyes.

Arn Anderson: Good. I’m glad that’s settled. Now, I think it’s about time you were getting to the ring, isn’t it??

The champion tenses his jaw, as if to restrain himself from lashing out at the GM. He breathes heavily, before turning, and storming out of the office, with the WWE Championship match, mere moments away.

Commercial Break

During the entrances, Cole and Tazz discuss the disappointment of Brock Lesnar’s no show, but then get back on point, and talk up the importance of tonight’s main event, as well as the implications it could have on the Judgment Day main event, which will be announced next week on Smackdown.

Main Event | WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
Randy Orton vs. Edge
Orton stalls early on, aggravating Edge, pulling away from lock ups, staying close to the ropes, and taking walks on the outside, getting the fans extremely frustrated … until Edge finally has enough, and comes after Orton, with the two brawling at ringside and Edge winning the exchange, bringing the bout back inside, just before the ten count is made. Orton though, doesn’t seem interested in wrestling, and stops the oncoming #1 Contender with a kick to the gut, before hopping back out of the ring … and heads for the ramp … with Edge in hot pursuit, desperate for this match not to end on a count out.

Edge chases Orton up the aisle, with Orton disappearing behind the curtain … and as Edge follows behind the curtain … he soon bursts back out?? … THE NEW WAVE HAVE ATTACKED EDGE!!! Cade, Dinsmore and Doane hammer away at Edge, attacking him on the stage, with the match being thrown out, much to the disgust of the fans.
Winner: Via DQ - Edge @ 03:08 (Randy Orton retains WWE Championship)

Edge stumbles down the aisle, with Cade, Dinsmore and Doane on top of the Rated ‘R’ Superstar, as Orton follows behind, directing traffic. They wind up in the ring, with the three men beating Edge down, much to the dislike of the Canadian fans, as Orton simply watches, before grabbing Doane, and whispering in his ear, before sending him out of the ring.

On the outside, Doane picks up a chair, bringing it back inside, and handing it to his leader, who steps back, and continues to watch, as Dinsmore and Cade continue to put the boots to Edge, making sure he stays down.

The WWE Champion then calls the two men off, happy with the beating, before stepping forward … seemingly setting himself to deliver Edge’s signature one man conchairto!!!

Orton sets himself … leans back with the chair to deliver the sick chair shot …

**HERE COMES THE PAIN**

THE ROOF EXPLODES!!!

Orton freezes … as do the rest of the New Wave … AS BROCK LESNAR ENTERS THE ARENA … AND CHARGES DOWN THE AISLE!!!

Lesnar runs down the ramp, with Orton sending Doane out … and Doane leaps over the ropes at Lesnar … but the Iron Man catches him … THROWS HIM ONTO HIS SHOULDERS EFFORTLESSLY … F5 ON THE MATS!!!

The Air Canada Centre ERUPTS, with Lesnar showing off his freakish strength, before getting up, and hopping onto the apron, with Cade and Dinsmore unsure over what to do, backing away. Lesnar steps inside, motioning for the three remaining members of the group to bring it on … as Orton shoves Dinsmore forward … INTO THE PATH OF LESNAR … AND A SICK OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY!!!

Dinsmore rolls right out of the ring, as Cade now comes forward, but Lesnar ducks under, then scoops him up, and DRILLS CADE WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!! Brock bounces up … AS ORTON TRIES TO POUNCE WITH THE CHAIR … BUT LESNAR PUNCHES THE CHAIR INTO ORTONS FACE!!!!!

The Champion drops the chair, and staggers away, with Lesnar spinning him back around … AND CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER F5!!!!

BROCK LESNAR JUST CLEANED OUT THE NEW WAVE!!!!! Toronto begins to chant the name of Brock Lesnar, with the Iron Man letting out a huge roar, after a month of frustration.

Meanwhile, Edge is back on his feet, collecting himself after the four on one mugging at the hands of The New Wave … but as he pushes away from the ropes … LESNAR SCOOPS HIM UP TOO … AND DELIVERS ANOTHER F5!!!

Instantly, the cheers turn to boos, with the Canadians not liking the F5 on the hometown hero. Lesnar though, doesn’t appear to be bothered, having came to Smackdown tonight to issue a message … deliver a statement … and it’s loud and clear … BROCK LESNAR IS BACK!!!

END OF SHOW

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Current Card for WWE Judgment Day:
Date: 20th May 2007
Location: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Event Music: Ozzy Osbourne; I Don’t Wanna Stop


United States Championship Match:
Brent Albright vs. Paul London

Special Challenge Match:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. Hulk Hogan

Grudge Match:
M.V.P vs. Carlito

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Apologies if this is a bit rusty. I haven't reviewed a BTB in a long time. I'll start with Raw though, trying to keep things succinct like you did for me, because it was much more helpful.

Congratulations on having consistently the best commentary in BTB. You've managed to turn Coach into a modern day Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan. No small feat, me old mucker

The opening with Linda McMahon was ... well, it was Linda McMahon, so it was pretty bland. Seriously, I hope you stop using her as the default 'good guy authority figure', as it ran its course in 2001 imo. You don't have to use a McMahon. It's not like you're running a McMahon vs. McMahon feud (thanks Christ). Push someone. There's plenty of non-McMahon talent out there; give someone else a go.
Glad to see that Lesnar's ban has been lifted; it's going to be weird seeing him and Hunter go their separate ways so quickly though. Personally I'm glad. Makes that one match seem much more special and unique.
Cena as the GM for the night was pretty fun for what it was - just a one off. The little Austin spoof at the start was a nice touch too, with the ripping off of the suit. The Cena/Christian match probably won't happen for a while. I see Christian giving someone like Kennedy the rub of a title match at Vengeance (or is it still Unforgiven?), before facing Angle at SummerSlam. Cena might get his shot after that, but it will have to be special, since I see that being when Cena finally turns heel in this thread.
Weird choice of contenders for the triple threat match later - really, out of the three, only Shelton is really qualified. The other two not only lost, but got pinned last night. I'd like to see Benji continued to get rubbed () and face Christian in a one-off match on Raw, but something tells me he's the most unlikely of the bunch. Oh, and with Cena as the ref - considering he has no outstanding issues with any of the three men, kind of telegraphed some shenanigans going down.

Weird booking with Burchill. Came in as a dastardly heel ... now he's a face with plucky Harry Smith? Seems like you suddenly just changed your mind. Also, what the hell are you doing with Monty Brown. Better usage plz.

I'll say it now, I have absolutely NO love for comedy skits on a wrestling show, so my interest in Cody Rhodes, Goldust, and Santino is pretty low. I'd prefer Santino in a sort of ECW comedy role, where he can still be taken seriously in the ring, where it counts. As for the Cody thing ... just stop it, plz.

Another stunning promo from Teddy Long and The Brotherhood. Seriously, these guys have consistently been the best stable in your thread. Forget DX, forget The New Wave, forget The Horsemen; it's Teddy's boys (and girls) who have been consistently entertaining despite their poor usage. Now that you've got guys like Benjamin and Brown in the mix, I seriously hope you push both to the moon so we can get more of The Brotherhood at the very top of the card. If you know anything about ROH, these guys remind me of The Embassy, especially with all the nicknames Long is bestowing upon Benji. I fucking LOVE THEM!!

I was mildly disappointed at first that was Bischoff was named GM again - he's GM in so much these days that I'm just going to have to kill him off in my own thread I guess he's a face here though, so that's different enough. Gutted about Vince coming back next week - I want him off my TV for good. I'm sick to death of him, even when he's being humiliated like he will be next week; just give the time to younger guys plz.

Good job with the Women's Title btw. First time in ages you've made the title look relevant with a gripping angle.

Kennedy's promo was frickin' excellent. I was stunned he didn't win the briefcase at Backlash, mainly because it doesn't add anything to Umaga's character at all. I'm glad you haven't jumped on the Kennedy-hate bandwagon with all the other McMahon and Orton dick riders, who think that just because Vince says it, it must be true. I have high hope that KK will challenge for the World Title at Vengeance (or Unforgiven), just because everyone else looks tied up, and it's not that huge a PPV. Do it for me. Plz.

Talk about a crazy main event. That was a really fun read. Smacked of Attitude Era nonsense, but I'll let that slide because it was so damn fun. Looks like Umaga and HBK will be tying it up again at Vengeance, as will Cena and Angle ... which all hopefully opens the door for Mr. Kennedy to get his well deserved title shot.
Also, you made Shelton look like a million freakin' bucks here. Considering the company he was rubbing shoulders with, he looked very, VERY good. Keep it going with him, Wolfy, seriously.


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I know I'm probably going to be in the vast, VAST majority with this ... but I HATED the opening of SmackDown. Not because of how it was written. You could nail a character in your sleep, Wolf, and Hogan is as easy and one-dimensional as they come. What I hated was the fact that you had Hulk Hogan and JBL opening a show in 2007 with a lengthy promo of bullshit and then signing a match for a PPV. Seriously, what the hell??? I thought this was just a one-off thing at WrestleMania, not an actual feud. I never want to see Hogan in the ring for as long as I live, and the same goes for JBL. They're both atrocious, washed-up wrestlers who are just taking time away from younger, more deserving guys. JBL's comments were very nice and all, but 99.9% of the guys reading this BTB know all that anyway and agree with JBL, so it's not exactly 'shocking'. The beat was the usual Hogan fodder. I bet he bladed and bled buckets, because that's what he does. Seriously, I couldn't care less about these two old timers. Get them out of the ring pronto. JBL's good on the mic ... so make him GM ... or stick him on commentary ... or make him a manager. Just get him out of the ring with this hack. No love for this segment at all.

The Cruiserweight division is looking solid at the moment. Kendrick is a great champion, particularly since it looks like you're going the 'The' route with him. Shame about Kash though.

The New Wave are still a pretty irrelevant bunch aren't they. Orton intimidating and bitching a bunch of underused lackeys is hardly a new concept is it? Either use them or get them out of this awful stable.

Finlay's fallen quite a bit in this thread recently, especially now he needs help from that waste of space Jeff Hardy. At least The New Wave have a feud now I guess.

I honestly thought we'd seen the last of Booker and Burke as a team. I guess not. How depressing Hopefully the awesome AMW just steamroll right through them and hold onto the titles for another year

And now we comes to the segment of the night. I can hear TKOW laughing now ... but who cares what he thinks right? The guy rates Kane. Anywho, I checked out Albright's new song and a heartily approve. Not as good as the two BkB and I use (), but that's to be expected. You've really turned Albright into some kind of modern day cross between Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson (Mac would kill me if he read that). He's held that title for about 7 months right? That's amazing, and he hasn't got dull once. His relationship with Charlie Haas is just gold to myself and DC; it's almost like you wrote it for us () I asked for a lengthy match ... and I actually got one. London/Haas going at it for 15+ minutes is something I'd pay to see, so giving it to me for free is oh so generous. No surprise that London won, but he used the belt to do so, keeping Haas strong and maintaining my hope of seeing these three guys go at it in a three way for the title at GAB. A three way dance would blow my mind.
Great beat down afterwards too. If London gets Kendrick to be his partner next week I think I'll cry with happiness. Morons need to understand that that is a proper fucking wrestling match right there. Well played, Wolfy, you made my day.

After last week it was smart to cool the MVP/Carlito feud down with just a couple of interviews to keep people interested. But I worry that if 'Lito is off the show until Judgment Day ... it might stay cool until then, and that can't be a good thing.

The main event going the way it did was almost as exciting as Raw's ... but not quite. It might not be wise to have your main events constantly ending with DQs or no contests though. Makes weekly show matches look pointless. I think we all knew you were saving Brock for the last possible moment of the show ... and he completely obliterated The New Wave, Orton AND Edge. Doane wins the award for the 'Stevie Richards Henchman Death of the Night', as he jumps over the top rope, gets caught and F-5ed on the floor. That was sweet. Better not have Lesnar killing your roster every week though, eh?
I remember the Edge/Lesnar shit from last year around this time, so I'm intrigued to see where you go with this. Triple Threat at JD? Nah, you just had one at WrestleMania. I'd say Lesnar/Orton, but that seems way to soon for Brock to be getting a title shot, and I can't see you putting Edge in a PPV match with Doane, Dinsmore or Cade despite how much I'd like to see it. I'm well and truly stumped

A pair of nice, fun, if unspectacular return shows, Wolfy. It seemed in both as though you were just gearing towards the big "Oh Shit" moments in the main events, which is fine and all, as it keeps the viewers watching and the readers reading. I'd nurture your mid-card more though if I were you though. Benjamin, Long and The Brotherhood are gold, as is Kennedy, as are Albright, Haas and London. More of that ... less of JBL and Hulk fucking Hogan
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Wolf, just wanted to leave a review on Raw and Smackdown. As far as Backlash goes, excellent PPV. The Hell in a Cell match between Christian and Triple H was classic. Great PPV.

Raw Review:

Cena being named the GM for tonight was a good touch, to lighten up the mood following last night’s huge PPV. Nice throwback to Austin, with the suit reference, as it seems like Cena’s is in party mode tonight.

British Lions. I see that you also have Burchill and Smith as partners. I got them as the British Connection. With that said, I’m surprised to see them get the win over the Brotherhood, especially after last night’s victory from Burchill over Henry. Coach on Commentary=GOLD!

I like the comedic role you have for Marella. Eventually I’m sure he’s going to be given a contract, but probably not tonight. It’s good to see Benjamin used in a great light in this thread. While I see him as a future ME, I don’t think tonight’s the night.

Matt getting the win looks like me might finally have a future on the Raw brand. Hopefully you continue with this push as I see a future run as IC champ on the brand.

Not sure what to say about the Cody/Goldust segment. I just hope down the road you plan to have a feud between the two half-brothers.

Good way to kick off the second hour. Had a feeling that Bischoff would be back sooner than later and also I’m not surprised that Vince will be on next week’s show. Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if Vince uses next week’s show to make himself a regular fixture back in this thread. Should be a can’t miss segment.

It should be interesting to see how you book the Superstars show. I’m intrigued to see how you plan to reveal this storyline between Melina and Mickie…I mean Alexis. Melina as a heel though=great.

Regal squashing Marella was expected. Great promo from Stephanie, as I’m sure that Hunter is going to be out of this thread for the foreseeable future. As far as retirement goes, I have a feeling the interruption from Kennedy, is going to what brings Hunter back down the road possibly in time for a match at SummerSlam. However don’t turn Hunter face yet, as a heel/heel feud between Kennedy and Hunter can work.

Umaga attacking Michaels before the match starts was a way to continue the feud between the two. Since I know you’re a fan of Umaga, I’m sure this is going to be a big time feud between the two. As far as the match goes, I’m surprised little bit that the match went to a no contest, as a brief Mysterio/Christian or Benjamin/Christian program could have worked, before leading into the of course Christian/Cena program for SummerSlam.

ANGLE IS HERE! Angle completely destroys Cena and makes a statement in ending the show. I’m sure that Angle somehow will be a big part of next week’s show. Overall the show was a great way to follow Backlash. You set up some great angles and made next week’s show a can’t miss event. I’m expecting the Vince/Bischoff segment to be a top notch segment.

Smackdown Review:

JBL/Hogan promo was great from the opening word. The fact that the promo was in Toronto made the confronation between the two even better, since the city is like the unofficial base of Hulkamania. JBL was golden as the heel here, and though the match is scheduled for Judgment Day, I have a feeling the “real” match between the two is going to be at SummerSlam.

Thought the six man tag match would be given a little more time, but its good way to open the show match wise. Kendrick’s attitude though is the main focus of the match, and I’m interested to see how you’re going to continue his apparent heel turn.

Finlay and Doane ending in a DQ make sense following the New Wave promo. Hopefully to get this team more established, they get some serious wins under their group.

Burke/Booker and AMW brawl was done well to set up a title match between the two. I know you’re not a fan of Booker, but I think him and Burke as champs can do well.

Nothing really to say about the Chavo/Arn segment as it served its purpose of finding a challenger for Kendrick at JD.

Not a fan of Brent, but I know you are and he’s going to continue to serve a big part on Smackdown. With that said London getting the win, as you continue the slow push with him in this thread. Didn’t know that Hass and Brent were a faction, but it’s interesting none the less.

Carlito’s interview was well written. Nice to see him in a less over the top situation, and it seems that the match between him and MVP at JD, is going to be a make or break match for both men in terms of direction in this thread.

MVP winning was expected though I feel he needs some better matches leading into the PPV. Chavo and Kendrick’s segment served another purpose of getting the assumed match some momentum.

And now we have a ME for JD. Orton getting the cheap DQ loss to Edge and attacking the hometown favorite was a great way to set up what is sure to be the headlining match for the PPV. BROCK IS BACK! Brock cleans house as he is back. While Edge receives an F-5 and the crowd boos, it served the purpose as you mentioned, which was to get the focus back on the returning BROCK!

While both shows were great Wolf, I got to give the slight advantage to Smackdown, since that opening promo was straight up classic.

Looking forward to the Vince/Eric showdown on Raw, and JBL’s segment for Smackdown next week.
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No commentary is a bit disappointing, but I understand what you mean about Cole & Tazz. Perhaps Joey Styles could replace Cole to give it a bit more personality? Maybe even JBL if he’s stepping away from the ring after his thing with Hogan is done.

I somewhat agree with Legend that Hogan opening the show in 2007 may be the wrong way to go, but SmackDown! is lacking depth, and this feud has been a big part of the show lately, plus JBL owns, so I’m not too fussed. Hogan was on pretty much from the beginning here, his characterization was spot on, and him sucking up to the fans was good too. I especially liked that he made it personal, citing WrestleMania 6 and WrestleMania X8 as times when the fans stuck by him, which was really clever. Would have thought we would have heard a little more from Hogan about JBL before JBL came out, but I liked that JBL interrupted so early, rather than Hogan calling him out so early. Layfield was good early, owning Hogan right away with the relevant line, and was pretty good after that with how he talked about Hogan just wanting another payday, putting himself over well in the process. JBL’s whole speech about where Hogan has been for the money has been good too, but I found it a little hard that JBL talked about Hogan coming back to hold down another generation, only for JBL to bring Hogan out again himself to take a spot at the top of the card on a Pay-Per-View. Still, lines like a third grader buying his designed glasses and a single mother buying his bandana were really good. Hogan being the family man paints him as the saint, like usual, was good, as was what follows with him sucking up to the fans and owning JBL. The accepting of the match at Judgment Day was very well done too, as was the brawl following, making JBL look good with both that and his last few lines – which were excellent btw – which were much needed since Layfield is obviously going to end up jobbing. Pretty good way to kick off the show, even if with a senior citizen involved.

Can’t wait to see Lesnar tonight, no doubt during or after the main event.

Keeping Kendrick and his cruiserweight buddies, who are obviously the next in line for a shot, looking good is the right thing to do, while I love Kendrick tagging himself in and celebrating after the match to show his ever growing confidence/cockiness. Not sure about Deuce & Domino being used as jobbers, as the tag division is paper thin right now, so I think you should be making use of what you’ve got.

Don’t mind the continued promos you’ve had with The New Wave, showing Orton as their superior, although hopefully they step up and win some titles soon. As I said before, your tag division is weak, so these guys finding some gold may be the solution to that, even if just for the short term.

Nice basic match to keep Doane looking pretty strong in the midcard, despite the DQ finish. Am happy that you’ve decided to follow up on Hardy’s problems with The New Wave, while him and Finlay seemingly set to team up at Judgment Day isn’t a bad thing, as they both certainly should be on the card, and if this is how they’re going to get there then so be it.

While I know your tag division is weak, I don’t know if it’s the best idea to make that blindingly obvious to the viewer by having AMW come right out and state it. It just seems like such a blatant accentuation of one of SmackDown!’s biggest flaws. AMW’s characterization and stuff wasn’t too bad, but I think the message there just wasn’t a good one. @ Booker being owned right away by Storm. Booker & Burke laying down the challenge was good to see, since they’re the only other team with any momentum at all atm, while the brawl afterwards that let Booker & Burke look good giving them some of that momentum in this blossoming feud. Good to see you starting something here, although I think this feud is going to have to be a long one so you can build the division back up around it.

Nice progression of the Kendrick heel turn, especially with him out to earn more money, rather than get his friends a shot. Really liked how you put that in there. I like the match you’ve got set for next week too, and also Kendrick’s reaction to it.

Glad to see at least someone appreciates Haas. The way this match started, with Haas getting the better of the technical exchange, only for London to crank it up a notch and take the advantage of that was a good way to kick this off, showing both men’s strengths. The way Haas picked a body part apart was good too, although I thought the finish came a little too soon, with no real comeback from London. While I get that you were showing London’s never say die attitude here too, I think this match should have been shorter to give London more momentum, and also for London to have won clean. The post-match beatdown was alright, and the tag match for next week sounds very nice, with three great workers involved right now, and hopefully another to come.

As I’ve said before, Bourne coming to SmackDown! can only be a good thing for the cruiserweight division.

Carlito was alright here, but he was by no means great. The characterization in what he said was okay, I guess, but there was really nothing exciting about his comments, nor was there anything interesting that added to the show or the feud at all. His digs at MVP were pretty good though, building hype for their match at Judgment Day, but as you said, the promo ended abruptly and was much too short. Just seemed like this segment lacked in quality, and that it could have been a lot better.

King of the Ring.

Nice to see some continued hype for the arrival of Lesnar, building it up as a big moment.

Promo from Edge was alright, showing how much the match means to him, although I’m not sure it was a good thing in that it a way it seems to have him alienating the fans who need to cheer for him in a heel vs. heel situation.

Good, basic win for MVP, allowing him to look good in the leadup to his match at Judgment Day and be featured on the show in a tough match. Post-match promo was alright, although MVP complaining about Carlito being away, then being in his business in the very next paragraph was extremely odd. MVP playing up on how lucky Carlito was last time, saying he wished he would be that lucky again was a pretty damn nice way to end the promo, showing a good, vicious side of MVP. Seems he’s going to be doing all of the hype for Judgment Day since ‘Lito can’t have satellite interviews every week, so it’ll be interesting to see what he does from here.

@ Kendrick being called out on hounding him for extra cash, only for him to blow it off as nothing. I’m not going to say a whole lot on this promo other than the fact that I pretty much loved it, especially the arrogance of Kendrick with the last line. There’s a lot of potential for Kendrick here to really make the cruiserweights something, because his development is one of the highlights on the blue brand, at least for me.

Iron themselves out? Such as the Ironman? Orton showing his arrogance was alright, even if a little unnecessary. Expecting Edge/Lesnar/Orton at Judgment Day.

Lesnar hasn’t no showed, he’s just waiting for the main event, sillys.

Orton playing some classic heel tactics at the start of the match makes sense in order for the crowd to get behind Edge early. I don’t understand why Orton is so eager to escape early, after what he said before the break. The DQ finish that happened right after ... well, I’d be lying if I said I was happy about it. Considering the whole not needing help and being on a higher level speech Orton just gave about Edge, it seems extremely odd that he would take short a shortcut. What was even more disappointing was the length of the match, as I thought you could have at least had a good main event match here before the screwy finish. The New Wave could have at least waited until late in the match to see that Orton may have been in trouble to run in, at least giving Orton a chance to see off the challenger. This way I think Orton looks a bit weak, as well as The New Wave looking a bit stupid. The beatdown afterwards was of course leading to the Lesnar run in, as was expected all night. Of course he looked dominant, as he should, wiping out The New Wave, before Edge, which I liked since it shows there’s absolutely no alliance between the two, which there shouldn’t be as Edge is usually a heel. The concept behind the end of this segment was, while obvious, good, although as I said, the match itself before was a big disappointment.


Solid show here. Not near your best, really, but still a good show that got its job done. I’m loving Kendrick at the moment, and with the World Title situation set to continue to heat up in the leadup to Judgment Day, there are some things to look forward to. I think that there still are some problems in the midcard of the show, especially the tag division, although it has to be a work in progress. Still, this show was a good read, as per usual. Great to see this chugging along.
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