Friday Night Smackdown | May 4 2007 | San Jose CA
Highlights package from last week on Smackdown, where BROCK LESNAR made a stunning return after a month long suspension, immediately taking out the New Wave … and Edge.
No Opening Video or Pyro
We open up, cold, into the arena, where ARN ANDERSON is stood in the ring, with the fans rowdy as ever in the background.**VIDEO PACKAGE**
Arn Anderson: Last week, I promised to come out here tonight, and officially announce the main event for Smackdowns upcoming Pay Per View, Judgment Day.
Anderson pauses, with a few fans cheering in the background.
Arn Anderson: And there isn’t a better time than the present to do just that. So, after a lot of deliberation over the last week … I’ve come up with the best solution for ev-
Anderson slowly turns his attention to the stage, as the WWE Champion saunters onto the stage, dressed for action, wearing the latest Randy Orton t-shirt. Orton has the title belt resting over his shoulder, as he proceeds down the aisle - minus his cronies. In the ring, Anderson looks far from impressed, watching, as Orton steps onto the apron, and into the ring.
The music dies down, with Orton stood across from Anderson, now holding a mic of his own.
Arn Anderson: Randy, what in Gods name do you want??
With his cold, dead eyes, Orton stares a hole through his General Manager.
Randy Orton: You were just about to announce who faces the WWE Champion at Judgment Day. Last time I checked-
Orton makes a point of looking at the belt over his shoulder.
Randy Orton: That matter concerned me.
Heat from the fans.
Randy Orton: And personally speaking … I’ve taken a good long look over the Smackdown roster - what’s left of it that is.
Orton stops to smirk, as the fans give him more heat.
Randy Orton: And there is not ONE credible contender on this show.
More heat. Anderson looks less than impressed with the Champs attitude, and shakes his head.
Randy Orton: Not one guy on this show has done anything to warrant a shot at this.
Orton motions to the belt again, before continuing.
Randy Orton: Nobody has impressed me enough to earn an opportunity - no one has proven themselves worthy to-
Arn Anderson: Just as well it’s not your decision then, kid.
Big pop from the fans, as Anderson stops Orton dead. Orton glares at the GM, unimpressed by the interruption.
Arn Anderson: Y’see Randy, you’ve gotten far too big for your britches. You may be the champion around these parts - but I’m the boss.
Pop from the fans again, as Arn puts Orton in his place.
Arn Anderson: That means that I call the shots - and more importantly, I pick who you defend that title against. And come Judgment Day - you WILL defend your WWE Championship!!
The fans cheer, whilst Orton remains calm, but shows a hint of a snarl.
Arn Anderson: And while you’ve done your absolute best to cripple this roster … there’s still worthy contenders out there … oh yeah, that’s right - CONTENDERS - plural.
Orton tilts his head, and looks down, trying to hold himself together.
Arn Anderson: At Judgment Day Randy, you’re gonna defend that title against the man you tried to take out last week - EDGE!!!
Initial mixed reaction, descending into boos for Edge. Orton glares at Arn, baring his teeth, trying to prevent himself from boiling over. Anderson though, isn’t finished.
Arn Anderson: And like I said - contenders, plural. The second challenger is the guy that stopped you from putting Edge on the shelf last week … a guy that left you lookin up at the lights last week … a guy that’s got a heck of a lot of pent up aggression right now- and he’s gunnin for ya … BROCK LESNAR!!!
Massive pop for The Iron Man, with Orton ripping the title belt off his shoulder, and getting in Andersons face, with Arn backing up slightly - but remaining firm.
Arn Anderson: Remember who I am, son. I aint your peer, I’m your boss.
Orton turns away, walking toward the ropes, kicking them in anger.
Arn Anderson: And Randy, I still haven’t finished. There’s more to-
Anderson is cut off by one of the two #1 Contenders, with Edge storming out onto the stage, in street attire; plain white t-shirt, leather jacket, and jeans. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar rips off his sunglasses, and talks right over his own music, not bothering to wait until he reaches the ring.
Edge: THIS IS PATHETIC!!! WHAT THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THAT, HUH ARN??
Anderson looks rather baffled by the attitude of Edge, with the irate Canadian getting inside the ring, completely blanking Orton for now, and berating the GM.
Edge: Explain to me, EXPLAIN TO ME- just, just what the hell has Brock Lesnar done to deserve a title shot, huh?? Let me think- uh, NOTHING. THAT’S WHAT!!!
Heat from the fans.
Edge: All he’s been able to do recently is sit on his ass on his ranch, hurling bales of hay, and power lifting horses. And- and when he’s not been doing that, he’s had too much sugar in his system and gone batshit crazy when he gets in the ring. S-, So what?? Is that what we have to do around here for a title shot?? Does winning matches not count anymore??
Edge looks quizzically at the GM, then pats the mic.
Edge: Should- Should I bash you over the head right now with this microphone?? Does that improve my chances of a one on one title shot Arn??
Edge then points to Orton, who remains silent for the time being.
Edge: Last week, I had this chumpstain, one on one, and he got himself disqualified intentionally. INTENTIONALLY!!! And now, instead of getting a rematch - a deserved rematch - I have to share my shot with a shaved ape!! Just how in the HELL is that fair??
Arn raises the mic to his mouth, but Edge cuts him off.
Edge: IT’S NOT FAIR!!!
Edge runs his fingers through his hair, grabbing on the end maniacally.
Edge: Now- Now, Randy can dodge me AGAIN!!! He can beat Lesnar at Judgment Day, and I don’t have to be involved to lose.
Arn tries to stop Edge, and looks to get a word in himself, but Orton beats him to it.
Randy Orton: I have a perfect solution. Edge, how about I put you out of your misery right now, and you can save yourself the time at Judgment Day.
Cheer from the fans, looking to see some action.
Edge: That sounds perfect Randy- just one problem. If last week is anything to go by, I don’t want to waste my time chasing you around this joint.
Randy Orton: You wont need to chase me, Edge. The only-
Arn Anderson: How about the pair of ya pipe down. In case you weren’t listening, I still hadn’t fin-
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
And the roof nearly blows!! Brock Lesnar paces onto the stage, with a mic in hand, pacing back and forth, looking fired up, whilst Edge and Orton glare down the aisle at the third man in their equation. The music dies down, with Lesnar piping up.
Brock Lesnar: You wanna know what I’ve done to deserve a title shot, Edge?? You wanna know?? Unlike the two of you, I’ve earned my way to the top by beating the best there is, NOT by kicking peoples heads off, and NOT by taking every short cut on offer.
Brock Lesnar: Add in the fact that I’ve been screwed over time and time again over the last five months … I’d say a title shot is long overdue. And if that’s not reason enough … I’d say I proved my credentials beyond doubt last week … when I left both of you laying.
Bigger pop, whilst Edge and Orton look livid in the ring. Randy raises the mic to his mouth.
Randy Orton: Everyone gets lucky once.
Lesnar laughs, whilst his two rivals in the ring look far from happy.
Brock Lesnar: Luck’s got nothing to do with it, Orton. And come Judgment Day - you’ll find that out - BOTH OF YOU!!!
Edge: OH YEAH?? Yeah?? How about you try and do it now big shot??
Lesnar shrugs, and brings the mic up.
Brock Lesnar: …
Brock drops his mic, and begins to walk toward the ring, as Edge rips his jacket off, preparing for a fight - but Anderson speaks up.
Arn Anderon: YOU STAY RIGHT THERE!!!
Heat, as Arn points to Brock, with Lesnar stopping on the aisle.
Arn Anderson: The three of ya have gotten way ahead of yourselves. Edge?? Kid, you don’t have to worry about bein screwed over at Judgment Day … because it’ll be an elimination match - a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match.
Suddenly, all three men look confused, with Edge mouthing ‘Four Way?’
Arn Anderson: Oh yeah. I aint gone senile, kid. I said Fatal Four Way. It’ll be the WWE Champion, Randy Orton, defending against Edge … Brock Lesnar … … AND ROB … VAN … DAM!!!
Ortons eyes bug out at the announcement, whilst Edge also looks stunned, having seen first hand, the punt kick suffered by RVD at WrestleMania at the hands of the current champion. Meanwhile, the fans kick up an ‘R-V-D’ chant.
Arn Anderson: That’s right. And as for you Brock. I sure hope you brought your workin boots tonight, son. Because in case you forgot, you’ll be in this ring later on tonight, and you’ll be facing Ortons boy, Garrison Cade.
Little reaction, with the fans still pumped over the announcement of RVD. Arn then walks to the ropes, stepping between them before turning back.
Arn Anderson: And the two of you?? You’d better stop your whining, boys. You’d better start planning for Judgment Day.
Anderson leaves the ring, having made his point, firmly. In the ring, Edge and Orton remain on guard, both expecting a cheap shot from one another, as we hear the overdone excitement of Michael Cole.
Michael Cole: Tazz, the fans wanted answers, they wanted the main event for Judgment Day - and Arn Anderson just delivered, and then some!!
Tazz: Without a doubt, Cole. Fatal Four Way Elimination Match. No excuses for losin, you gotta be pinned or made to submit to be eliminated. Whoever leaves this match as the champ has gotta earn it.
Michael Cole: And what about that bombshell from Arn Anderson - Rob Van Dam, who we thought may never compete again after that sickening running punt from Randy Orton at WrestleMania - will be the fourth man in the equation. Tazz, I’m still in shock over that.
Tazz: You aint the only one Cole. The look on Ortons face tells that story. The long running rumour has been that Van Dam may never compete again. By the sounds of things, that’s a miraculous recovery, if he can compete in just sixteen days at Judgment Day.
Michael Cole: And now Tazz, Judgment Day is really beginning to take shape. The main event will see Randy Orton defend the WWE Championship against Edge, Brock Lesnar, and the former champion, RVD!!! Tonight though, Brock Lesnar competes for the first time since WrestleMania when he takes on Randy Ortons brethren, Garrison Cade. We’ll be right back!!
We return from the commercial with Michael Cole and Tazz hyping some other matches this evening which include Paul London and a partner of his choosing against the alliance of Brent Albright & Charlie Haas, plus the #1 Contenders Match for the Cruiserweight title between Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy. They then show highlights during the entrances for the upcoming match, from last weeks show, where Booker T and Elijah Burke made it clear that they intend to be the next challengers for the tag team titles, leading to this one on one match tonight…
Chris Harris w/James Storm vs. Elijah Burke w/Booker T
Harris tries to get the jump on Burke early, but Elijah is too quick for the Wildcat, and gets off to a good start, with Harris bumping around the ring like a pro, eating a series of arm drags from the youngster. Harris rolls out of the ring for some restbite, but with Booker T prowling on the outside, the rest doesn’t last long, with the veteran coming from behind, and throwing him right back into the ring, much to the anger of James Storm, but The Cowboy decides better of it, and keeps his distance from Booker on the outside.
Back in, Burke continues to be the aggressor, but thanks to a thumb to the eye, Harris gets in charge, and forces the youngster to dig deep, with Burke passing the test, surviving a few near falls, and fighting back, rocking Harris. Burke has Harris in all kinds of trouble, and looks to be setting up for the Elijah Experience … ONLY FOR STORM TO HOP ONTO THE APRON!!! That distracts Burke … but Booker quickly trips Storm off the apron, and sends The Cowboy over the railings. In the ring though, Harris makes the most of the distraction, attacking Burke, and looks to set up the Catatonic … BUT BURKE COUNTERS INTO A CRADLE … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Elijah Burke @ 06:22
It’s a massive confidence boosting win for Elijah Burke!!! The youngster instantly slips out of the ring, with Harris sitting up in amazement. Burke is congratulated by Booker on the outside, whilst Harris merely looks on in disbelief, and Storm attempts to pick himself up in the crowd. It’s a massive statement of intent from Burke and Booker, as they close in on a shot at the tag titles.
Backstage, we Arn Anderson making his way toward his office, but is quickly joined by Josh Mathews, with the roving reporter looking to get some quotes from the GM.
Josh Mathews: Arn, if I could have a moment of your time, I’d love to ask you a couple of questions regarding the Judgment Day main event.
Anderson looks at Josh, and momentarily continues to walk, but soon stops.
Arn Anderson: Okay, kid. Shoot.
Josh Mathews: Well, literally moments ago, you announced that Rob Van Dam would be making his return from injury at Judgment Day, taking part in the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match for the WWE Championship. However … the rumour all throughout the locker room … is that RVD is nowhere near a hundred per cent condition - and wont be for quite some time.
Anderson takes his time to reply, with Josh holding the mic up for him. Arn slowly takes his glasses off, and lets out a sigh.
Arn Anderson: Last week Josh, you came to me, asking what was going on with the Judgment Day main event. You remember that??
Arn Anderson: So, I assume you remember me telling you that I was waiting on a number of issues to iron themselves out??
Again, Mathews nods.
Arn Anderson: Well … one of those issues was Van Dam. To tell the truth, I hadn’t even gave the kid a thought when it came to Judgment Day. Like you, I expected that to be far too soon for him to make a comeback. Heck, a week ago, I wouldn’t have been sure that RVD could ever step in the ring again. But, lo and behold, I gets me a phone call last week, and you’ll never guess who was at the end of the line.
Josh Mathews: Rob Van Dam??
Arn Anderson: Correct. And Josh, the kid sounded great. He sounded ready … and yeah, he also sounded very angry. But Josh, there’s a difference between sounding great and ready … and being physically great and ready. And as the General Manager of Friday Night Smackdown, I cant possibly allow Rob Van Dam to come back to work based on his own opinion.
Anderson pauses, with Mathews filling in the empty air.
Josh Mathews: So why did you insert RVD into the Judgment Day main event, if you‘re uncertain over his condition??
Anderson rubs his face, showing the strain and the pressure he’s under, brought on by the burden of his position. He then snappily replies.
Arn Anderson: Look, Josh. I just don’t-
The GM stops. He closes his eyes, calming himself.
Arn Anderson: It’s under control, Josh. Now, I just need a little bit of time to myself. Is that okay??
Anderson looks to Josh, showing the signs of a worn down man, with Josh nodding, allowing the GM to proceed, as we fade to a commercial.
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
We return at ringside with Michael Cole and Tazz…
Well, the King of the Ring tournament returns at Saturday Nights Main Event, and the official draw - featuring sixteen Raw superstars and sixteen Smackdown superstars will be made NEXT WEEK on WWE Superstars. Of course, the field of thirty two will be whittled down until only eight remain, and at Saturday Nights Main Event in seven weeks time, the 2007 King of the Ring will be crowned. But Tazz, before the commercial break, we heard some unsettling comments from Arn Anderson, regarding the condition of Rob Van Dam…
To say the least. I feared that it might be too soon for RVD, Cole. I said as much earlier, but those comments from Arn Anderson all but confirmed that Van Dam aint ready for this.
It would appear that there is a lot more than what meets the eye going on here, Tazz, that’s for sure. Why would Arn Anderson allow Rob Van Dam to put his well being at stake, knowing full well that the former WWE Champion isn’t physically ready.
Lot more questions to be asked, Cole. Somethin aint addin up here.
**BURN IN MY LIGHT**
Nick Dinsmore and Ken Doane enter the arena for the next contest, alone, without the big Texan, Garrison Cade, who has prior commitments this evening…
We will certainly talk more about the situation regarding Rob Van Dam, but for now, we need to concentrate on matters at hand - and right now, it’s tag team action. Nick Dinsmore and Ken Doane of The New Wave are set to go at it with Finlay and Jeff Hardy, who in recent weeks appear to have formed an unlikely alliance, in order to combat the threat of the numbers that The New Wave brings.
It’s a straight up tag team match tonight though, Cole. No sign of Garrison Cade tonight with The New Wave.
Of course, Garrison Cade is in action later tonight against Brock Lesnar, leaving Dinsmore and Doane to go it alone.
**MY NAME IS FINLAY … AND I LOVE TO FIGHT**
The veteran Irishman makes his understated entrance, and proceeds down the aisle, not even reaching the ring before …
The music of Jeff Hardy hits, and Jeff runs out onto the stage, pumping up the fans, slapping hands with kids, as he makes his way down the aisle, nodding at Finlay, as the unlikely duo prepare to tackle the cohesive unit.
Finlay & Jeff Hardy vs. Nick Dinsmore & Ken Doane
Formula tag match, with the heels rebounding after a quick start from Finlay and Hardy, to take control, and work over Jeff, leaving Finlay on the apron to get frustrated. Jeff takes a beating from Dinsmore and Doane, with the running mates looking a far better tandem than the thrown together pairing of Jeff and Finlay. Jeff though, refuses to give in, and fights out of a sleeper from Doane, then catches him with a front slam suplex … and looks to reach out for a tag to the Irishman … BUT DINSMORE STOPS HIM!!!
The Prodigy drags Jeff to his feet … but Hardy surprises Nick with a jawbreaker!!! The path is free … AND HARDY REACHES … AND LEAPS TO FINLAY … TAG MADE!!! Finlay comes in, bringing more power and aggression to the table, compared to Jeffs athleticism and speed … and the change pays dividends, with the no nonsense style of the Irishman proving to be more successful, as Dinsmore and Doane fail to get at the veteran.
Finlay, with the help of Jeff, chucks Dinsmore out of the ring, leaving Doane to himself … and he becomes an easy target, with Finlay playing the role of Matt Hardy … as Jeff hit’s the Poetry in Motion … with Finlay then getting ‘The Future’ into position … AND DELIVERS THE CELTIC CROSS!!! Jeff then leaps out of the ring, onto Dinsmore, as Finlay makes the cover … BUT THERE IS NO COUNT!!! Finlay looks up … and spots the referee being distracted … BY GARRISON CADE!!!
Finlay leans out, looking to grab the hair of Cade, but the big Texan backs off, with Finlay turning his attention back inside the ring, and to Doane, bending down to pick him up, whilst the official banishes Cade … AS DOANE NAILS FINLAY … WITH FINLAYS OWN SHILLELAGH!!! Doane throws the evidence out of the ring, and crawls onto the veteran, whilst Dinsmore grabs the legs of Jeff Hardy to prevent him from getting back inside the ring, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Ken Doane & Nick Dinsmore @ 07:28
Dinsmore releases Jeff, but it’s too late, with Doane already out of the ring, having stolen the victory tonight. Hardy leans over the ropes, yelling abuse at Doane, who still looks worse for wear … but Jeff has taken his eyes off what’s going on behind him … AS DINSMORE CRACKS JEFF WITH THE SHILLELAGH TOO!!!
Dinsmore drops the weapon down, and takes a look down at Jeff, then back at Finlay, as Doane and Cade watch on from the aisle, both looking pleased with their work this evening, surely impressing Randy Orton tonight.
Backstage, we return and see the Cruiserweight Champion, Brian Kendrick, seemingly taking part in a photo shoot, with a number of young (over 18 ) ladies (ringrats?) surrounding him. As the camera flashes, we see PAUL LONDON arrive on the scene, looking initially taken aback by the fancy set up, before catching the attention of Brian Kendrick, as Kendrick waves to his former tag team partner, and long time friend, before motioning to the photographer that he needs a moment.
Kendrick casually walks toward London, giving the ladies a fairly sleazy look, before turning his attention to London.
How about it, huh?? Great set up, or what??
Kendrick motions toward the set up behind him.
I bet you never got any of this type of treatment from the WWE Magazine when you were Cruiserweight Champ, huh??
Kendrick playfully jabs the chest of London, who seems rather surprised by the attitude of his friend. London opens his mouth to speak, but Kendrick cuts in.
Look, is this gonna take long, bud?? It’s just … well … I’m in demand here. After all, there is only one of me.
Confused by his friends attitude, London seems stumped, but manages to get a few words out.
Yeah … look … uh … hate to, uh, interrupt you. I did try to call during the week, but fo-
Yeah, saw that. Like … a hundred times.
Kendrick laughs, and looks behind to the
ring rats ladies, rolling his eyes, and tilting his head toward his supposed friend.
You just didn’t answer??
I’m a busy guy nowadays. You mightn’t know what that feels like Pete-
Pete, Paul … kinda similar, right?? Look, to be honest, I don’t have the time to prance around the subject. Fact is, I’m busy here. So…
Kendrick looks at London as if to say ‘Get on with it’. London again seems taken aback by his good friends attitude.
Well … I was hopin you could dig me out of a hole here tonight-
Kendrick smiles, and turns back to the girls again, not hiding the motion of pointing behind himself, toward London, and rolls his eyes again.
I could really do with you, Bri. I cant take on Brent and Haas on my own, man.
The CW Champ nods, thinking it over.
I’d love to help, Pete- PAUL.
Kendrick quickly corrects himself, and smiles at his supposedly good friend.
I’d love to help … but I’m fully booked tonight.
Londons expression drops. Kendrick puts his arm on Londons shoulder.
I mean, I got this photo shoot, then I gotta spend some time with these fans. Plus, I got business of my own to attend to, with Chavo and Soop looking to earn a shot at the title.
London looks shell shocked by the refusal of Kendrick, with Brian putting his arm around the shoulder, and leading London toward the door.
Besides … our days of tagging?? They’re long gone, bud. I’ve moved on … I’ve got my own responsibilities now. Maybe … maybe it’s time you stepped out of my shadow, and stood on your own two feet. What do you think??
London simply looks at his delusional friend, pulling away from him, replying sarcastically…
Kendrick smiles, not detecting the sarcasm.
Hey. No need to thank me pal, that’s what friends are for. You take care of yourself.
Kendrick quickly turns away, and walks toward his groupies, as the camera focuses on Paul London, as we hear giggling in the background, and Kendrick calling for champagne. London simply shakes his head, watching, as his supposedly good friend deserts him, and mutters…
Thanks for nothing.
Elsewhere, Maria is standing by…
Hi guys!! Right now, I’m here with Montel Von- uh … I’m here with M.V.P. Last week, you were unhappy at the fact that you had to compete, while Carlito was able to rest at home, after the knee injury he suffered at your hands. Tonight though, you’re in action again, and, once again, Carlito has the night off. With Judgment Day coming up, what sort of mindset will you take into your match tonight, knowing that Carlito is still having time off to recover from his injury??
MVP takes the mic, and glares through Maria for a short period, before finally speaking.
I made my feelings perfectly clear last week, Maria. This whole situation?? It stinks. And frankly, I’m startin to think that Arn Anderson is allowin himself a chance to make a fool outta me. I mean, what other reason could there be for wastin my time tonight by puttin me in the ring with Funaki??
Maria shrugs, having no answer.
NOBODY makes a fool outta the highest paid superstar on Smackdown. That’s not how it works. You protect
the franchise player, you protect
your main asset. And if Arn Anderson cant realise that?? I’ll find a GM that can.
But in the meantime, Imma give Double A the chance to redeem himself, and treat me like the star I am. But for having the audacity to waste my valuable time tonight, Arn Anderson is gonna have another injured superstar on his hands … and that’s Funaki. Only … tonight?? Tonight, Funaki isn’t Funaki. Tonight, for all intents and purposes … Funaki … becomes … Carlito.
Porter then turns away from Maria, and looks to the camera.
And as for you Carlito?? You can sit at home tonight, hidin behin’ your injured knee … and you can watch your future. Yeah. You can watch your future … goin down the drain. Because at Judgment Day … I’m passin final Judgment on yo’ sorry ass career.
Porter looks the camera, with a hard stare, before delivering his final line with added venom.
And that’ll be cool.
The camera closes up on MVP, as we fade…
We return from the commercial, with Funaki already in the ring, awaiting his opponent.
MVP bursts through his elaborate set, looking far from his relaxed self. Instead, he seems far more uptight, and has a scowl etched on his face, as Cole and Tazz discuss his match with Carlito at Judgment Day in just sixteen days.
M.V.P vs. Funaki
Funaki is the sacrificial lamb here, with MVP using the Japanese announcer as a punch bag to unload his recent frustration, whilst he waits to get his hands on Carlito at Judgment Day. Porter runs through his signature offence, including a sick Drive By kick, before setting up for the Play of the Day … but as he has it locked in and ready to go …
Porter stops, and lets Funaki go, as the music of Carlito plays into the arena, with the fans coming alive … but there is no sign of the Caribbean superstar. MVP looks around, asking the official what’s going on … but the music stops, with no sign of Carlito. Porter looks angered, and turns back to Funaki … but again …
The music plays again, taking MVP out of his zone, with his attention turning, once more, to the entrance … but again, there is no sign of Carlito. The fans boo, with MVP getting more angered by the distractions, seemingly set up from Carlito. Once again, he looks to turn his attention back to Funaki, but once he turns …
For the third time, Carlitos music plays, and for the third time, MVP is incensed. He looks ready to blow a gasket, before spinning around to look to the entrance once more … but as he does … HE GETS SPAT ON WITH AN APPLE FROM THE CAMERAMAN?? Porter staggers away, wiping the apple from his face … AS FUNAKI ROLLS HIM UP … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Funaki @ 03:11
Funaki beats MVP!!!!! Shock reverberates around the arena … as MVP tries to process what just happened to him. He wipes the apple from his eye, then comes after the celebrating Funaki … but the Japanese cruiserweight gets out of dodge … as we see the “cameraman” make his way up the aisle … removing his hat to reveal … AN AFRO!!!
He turns back, with MVP’s eyes bugging out … IT WAS CARLITO!!!
Carlito laughs, as he takes another bite out of his apple, mouthing ‘Now das cool’, before turning, and leaving the stage, whilst MVP gets to his feet, damn near foaming at the mouth … boiling over … as Carlito embarrasses him AGAIN!!!
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE WEEKS - CARLITO JUST COST MVP ANOTHER WIN!!!
But this one is gonna really put MVP over the edge, Cole. He just lost to Fuanki!!
Five weeks ago, Montel Vontavious Porter was undefeated … since then, he has lost THREE TIMES!!! And all three losses have been down to one man … CARLITO!!!
Carlito has gotten the head of MVP, that’s for damn sure, Cole!! He pulled the wool over ALL our eyes tonight, but he’s adding more fuel to the fire that’s burnin inside o’ MVP!!
In the ring, MVP just glares up the aisle, unable to fathom what just happened, as he looks ready to explode.
But Tazz, could it be, that Carlito has simply now, thrown MVP off his game?? He’s winning the battle of the mind games … and by the time Judgment Day comes, could he have MVP so far out of his comfort zone, that he’s completely out of focus??
He’d better hope so, Cole. Because if not … Carlito is gonna be dealin with one pissed off dude.
MVP now leaves the ring, slowly walking up the aisle, eyeballing some laughing fans as he makes his way up the aisle, as we fade out…
And backstage, we see Josh Mathews back in action, standing by, flanked by Brent Albright and Charlie Haas.
Gentlemen, in just a few moments time, you will team together against the man that you Brent, defend your United States Championship against at Judgment Day, in Paul London and a partner of his choosing. However, it would appear that London has had difficulty in finding a partner, with Brian Kendrick turning him down, earlier tonight.
Albright puts his hand over the mic, taking it from Josh, and has an irritating smirk etched on his face, and puts his head down, shaking his head, before .
I’ll stop you there, Josh. You didn’t think we expected this?? After all, why would anyone in their right mind want to team up with Paul London to take on this.
Albright motions to himself and Haas.
This is a dream team of epic proportions right here. Not since … heck, there’s NEVER been a team assembled quite like this. You’ve got two masters of the craft
standing before you, Josh. Charlie Haas, a two-time Big East Champion at Seton Hall University, a six time tag team champion, with an inferior partner I might add
, and he’s even held this championship too. Then, you’ve got me. Despite having only been part of the Smackdown roster for twelve months … I’ve spent seven of them holding this championship.
Albright shows off the United States Championship.
Right now, I’m the longest reigning champion in all of the WWE … I’ve defended this belt against every, and all comers, big and small. And right now, I’m just sixty days shy of becoming the longest reigning United States Champ in WWE history.
Haas now takes over.
Josh, Brent and myself have only been allowed to team up on two occasions. And yeah, we won both of those matches. The powers that be are trying to keep us apart, for the sake of competition. They don’t want us showing up the gulf in class between ourselves, and the rest of the Smackdown roster.
You see, what you have right here, is a potent combination, and it’s pretty obvious that we’re not the only ones that see it. After all, Paul London isn’t short of buddies around here, is he?? Look at the reaction he gets, week in, week out. Popular kid. And he’s popular with a lot of the boys too … but no one’s stepped up to the plate to help him tonight. And if it cant be because they don’t like him … it really only leaves one reason … fear.
Haas and Albright smile to each other, and nod in agreement.
Fear … of the most talented pairing to come together in WWE history. Sorry- THE most talented pairing in WWE history. Like Brent said, we’re the masters of this craft … and tonight-
Albright stops his buddy, and points behind him, as the camera pans to reveal PAUL LONDON. The #1 Contender for the U.S Championship walks toward the pair, holding his knee pads, with the rest of his in ring gear on.
The answer’s no, Paul. No, we wont cancel this match. You had a week to find yourself a team mate, and it’s not our fault you tried to put all your eggs in one basket with Brian Kendrick.
It may be a little unfair … but life’s not fair. Just think of tonight as a lesson in tough love, Paul. Think of it as a life lesson … tadpoles like you, shouldn’t be swimming with sharks like us.
Haas smiles, with Brent liking the analogy too. London affords himself a smile at the last comment, and rubs his jaw.
I get that. Smart, real smart. But Charlie, you can save the analogies, and Brent, you don’t have to worry about cancelling the match … because it just so happens I found myself a partner.
The U.S Champ raises his eyebrows, surprised.
Wow. You musta done some beggin for someone to agree to-
I didn’t have to beg. In fact … he came to me.
Suddenly, Haas and Albright look rather concerned. Now, London smiles, and puts a hand on Albrights shoulder.
And he’s dying for a piece of you.
London salutes his opponents, and walks off, leaving Albright and Haas looking baffled, as they look to each other to try and work out who could be the partner…
** 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.
"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
Back into the arena, with Michael Cole and Tazz at ringside…
Michael Cole: Tazz, Judgment Day is fast approaching, and it’s really starting to take shape now. Earlier tonight, we found out that Randy Orton will defend his championship in a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match, against Edge, Brock Lesnar, and most controversially, Rob Van Dam. But not only that, we will of course, see John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield take on ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan. Last week, JBL left Hogan a bloody mess in the ring, and tonight, we will relive that sickening attack.
Tazz: Judgment Day is shaping up to be a rocket buster, Cole. JBL and The Hulkster meeting for the first time - Hogans first one on one match in the WWE in nearly four years.
**MEET YOUR MASTER**
Brent Albright makes his entrance to the Nine Inch Nails track, getting his usual
rousing reception heat filled welcome. The U.S Champ makes his way down the aisle, looking more wary than normal, following Londons cryptic comments just moments ago.
Michael Cole: And of course, in sixteen days, this man, Brent Albright, defends the United States Championship against Paul London. There is a lot of excitement building towards that match, and personally Tazz, I cant wait to see it.
Tazz: A good, old fashioned case of irresistible force meeting an immovable object. Brent Albright has knocked back challenge after challenge in seven months as United States Cham-peen. But Paul London has seemingly had the champs number in recent months, and the kid is ridin a heck of a lotta momentum.
Michael Cole: Exactly. Despite the momentum Paul London has been gaining in recent months - the final four at the Royal Rumble, inches from becoming Mister Money in the Bank at WrestleMania, back to back wins over Albright - Brent Albright has proven, time and time again, that when it matters most, he gets the job done.
Tazz: He’s the longest reigning champ in the WWE today, and you don’t reach that kinda feat without earning it.
**PAY THE PRICE**
Charlie Haas makes his entrance, with Albright applauding the arrival of his buddy in the ring.
Michael Cole: Since when did these two become such close friends, Tazz??
Tazz: This is a friendship based outta pure respect for one another’s abilities. They truly believe, as do I, that they are the very best technical wrestlers in all of the WWE, and the very best, when it comes to gettin the job done. Bit like our relationship - only opposite - since I have no respect for your ability.
Michael Cole: Well, thank you for that.
Tazz: I call it as I see it.
**STAY IN SHADOW**
To a great pop, Paul London enters, but doesn’t run out onto the stage as normal. Instead, he takes his time to walk to the ring, showing a smile, whilst Albright and Haas pace around the ring. London waits at the bottom of the ramp, with his music dying down …
**I WALK ALONE**
IT’S BATISTA~!! The Animal enters the arena to a massive pop, having not been seen, since his loss to Albright at WrestleMania (for failing the wellness policy test) … and in the ring, Albright freezes, barely able to believe his eyes.
Michael Cole: BATISTA. IS. BACK!!! We haven’t seen The Animal since WrestleMania, but right now, Brent Albright will be wishing he’d never see Batista again!!!
Tazz: Without a doubt partner!!!
Batista takes his time to come to the ring, whilst Haas tries to get Albright to snap out of it, and talk some strategy.
Michael Cole: The game plan might’ve just been thrown out of the window for the U.S Champion!! He could’ve never expected Batista here tonight!!
Tazz: NOBODY COULD’VE!!! Paul Londons Christmases all just came at once!!! He went from no partner, to a dream partner!!!
Albright and Haas then try to get the jump on London, attacking the Golden Boy at the bottom of the ramp, which forces Batista to jog down, and help his partner out, as we cut to a commercial, just as the brawl begins!!!
Match 4 | CHALLENGE MATCH:
Paul London & Batista vs. Brent Albright & Charlie Haas
We return from the commercial, with the action now calmed down, and London legal in the ring with Haas, as Haas takes over, despite he and Albright taking a pounding prior to the commercial. Haas and Albright do the smart thing, and keep Batista out of action, cutting all the corners they can to keep London in the ring. On the apron, Batista does his best to keep his cool, but as London is unable to make a tag, the frustration grows for The Animal.
Brent and Charlie though, as you’d expect, (Ledge / DC <3) work awesomely as a unit, being arguably the two most technically sound artists on Smackdown. Like a well oiled machine, Albright and Haas keep London on the back foot, and at any juncture where the Golden Boy appears to be making a comeback; the illegal man smartly involves himself, whether it be via distraction to help his partner get back ahead, or blatantly attacking London.
Like last week, the heels target the shoulder of London, proving themselves to be smart as well as awesome. London though, ever the fighter, refuses to call it quits, and continues his quest to fight back and make the all important tag. Still though, the U.S Champion and Haas are able to prevent that from happening, and after Charlie tags Brent back in, the duo attempt to deliver a double superplex off the top rope on London … but the Golden Boy has other ideas, fighting with everything he’s got to avoid it … then rams the heads of his opponents together … AND BOTH TUMBLE OFF THE TOP!!!
The opening is there for London, with the Golden Boy catching his breath, and perching himself up top … TO DELIVER THE DROPSAULT OFF THE TOP TO ALBRIGHT!!! Upon impact, Brent tumbles into Haas, sending his partner out of the ring!!! London now crawls along the mat … reaching ever closer to Batista, who desperately looks to finally get in on the action … but as London reaches his feet … ALBRIGHT GRABS HIS LEG!!! London hops on one leg, looking to make that vital tag … AND DELIVERS AN ENZIGURI TO ALBRIGHT!!! The U.S Champ goes down … AND LONDON MAKES THE TAG!!!
Batista is in, and the arena pops for The Animal, with Batista finally ready to get his hands on Brent Albright after WrestleMania … BUT CHARLIE HAAS ATTACKS HIM FROM BEHIND!!! The Animal stumbles into the corner, with Haas on the attack, as the referee appears to have lost control. Haas sends Batista off the ropes … BUT THE ANIMAL STORMS BACK WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!! Haas takes a big bump to make Batista look good, as The Animal waits for Haas to get back up … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE SPINEBUSTER!!!
The Animal pulls Haas back up, and dumps him out of the ring. But as he does, Albright is busy tearing the turnbuckle pad off!! The U.S Champion then looks to sneak up behind Batista … but Paul London cuts him off, and the two men that will meet at Judgment Day trade blows, with Albright, being the bigger man, getting the better of the exchange. The Champion then looks to send London into the exposed corner with an Irish Whip … but London stops himself just in time!!! Albright charges in though to crush London … ONLY FOR LONDON TO LEAP OUT OF HARMS WAY!!!
Albright runs into the exposed steel, clutching his chest immediately as he staggers out, into the path of Batista … and The Animal wastes no time to drag the U.S Champion between his legs … AND INTO THE AIR … BEFORE DRIVING HIM INTO THE MAT WITH THE BATISTA BOMB!!! The Animal then gets to his feet, taking a step back … AS PAUL LONDON COMES OFF THE TOP WITH THE 450 SPLASH!!! Batista, the legal man, then makes the cover on the United States Champion, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Batista & Paul London @ 11:39
It’s redemption for Batista over Albright … and it’s another feather in the cap of Paul London in the run up to Judgment Day!!! A groggy Charlie Haas pulls his friend from the ring, draping the United States title over his shoulder, whilst in the ring, Batista and London celebrate, with The Animal back, and back to winning ways.
Backstage, MVP is pacing through the hallway, breathing heavily, as he approaches the office of Arn Anderson, bursting in through the door, not even bothering to knock.
M.V.P: Don’t even say a word. Arn, I WANT Carlito.
Anderson narrows his eyebrow, looking past Porter, and at his open door. He looks down at a piece of paper on his desk, replying to MVP.
Arn Anderson: No can do.
Porter walks to the desk, and slams his fists on it.
M.V.P: That aint good enough, boss. Now I’ve been a very patient man, here. I was prepared to sit and wait, while that afro wearing no good piece of trash healed his knee … but I aint gonna stand around, and get punked by that little bitch.
Arn looks up, and takes his time to respond.
Arn Anderson: He wasn’t supposed to be here tonight. Don’t ask me how the kid pulled it off-
M.V.P: It’s your damn job to know!!! YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE!!! Now, I’m not askin - I’m tellin ya - you provide Carlito, in that ring, next week on Smackdown.
Arn Anderson: Nope.
MVP breathes heavily, trying to keep his anger in check, with Anderson point blankly refusing his request.
Arn Anderson: I get you’re angry. You’ve got plenty a’ reason to be. But stormin in here, and making demands?? I don’t fold to pressure, kid. You’ll have to wait for Judgment Day. And besides, even if I wanted to, I cant force the kid to show. He’s been medically suspended.
Porter thinks for a second, staring through Anderson, then nods for a second.
M.V.P: Alright, I get it. If you cant bring Carlito to me … I’ll do it myself.
Porter turns and leaves the room, seemingly with a plan formulating??
We return with an outside view of the HP Pavillion...
Michael Cole: It’s been an exceptional evening already on Smackdown, and still to come, Brian Kendrick will find out if he defends the Cruiserweight Championship at Judgment Day against Chavo Guerrero or Super Crazy. Those two will battle it out in just a few minutes, and of course, the main event this evening, sees Brock Lesnar in action for the first time since WrestleMania, when he takes on Garrison Cade. A long way to go tonight, Tazz.
Tazz: As if we haven’t had enough already!! We’ve already saw the return of Batista, and Carlito made a shocking appearance to cost MVP against Funaki of all people!!
Michael Cole: But right now Tazz, I’d like to cast your mind back to last week on Smackdown - a historic night, where ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan made his first appearance on Smackdown in nearly four years. After a month of being verbally attacked by JBL, Hogan came to Toronto in order to confront the self made millionaire … what happened, will not be forgotten in a hurry…
~ LAST WEEK ~
Sped up highlights of Hogans entrance last week, with focus on the chants from the fans, and Hogan miling every second.
Hulk Hogan: From the bottom of my heart, thank you … it’s good to be back … home … 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.
JBL doesn’t waste anytime to interrupt the Hall of Famer. Layfield climbs up the steps, and inside the ring, looking at Hogan with disdain.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I CAN shoot my mouth off, brother, because I’m able to back it up. 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.
Clips from WrestleMania, where Hogan ran JBL from the ring.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I want to thank you for flying into Toronto tanight, because I’m sure it took guts. 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.
Hogan slowly shakes his head, whilst the fans start calling JBL an ‘asshole’.
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.
Clips from Hogan in his heydey during the 80’s … then as ‘Hollywood’ in the 90’s … before seeing him as WWE Champion in 2002.
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.
Shot of Hogan with Stallone in Rocky III.
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.
Hogan and Vince shaking hands in a WWE studio in 1992, during the March to WrestleMania VIII show.
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: 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??
Hogan signing for WCW at Universal studios in 1993.
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 in a WWE ring in 2002, looking around, getting a standing ovation.
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.
Shots of young, lesser stars from the 2002/2003 time period that never quite made it; Sean O’Haire, Rene Dupree, Sylvan Grenier, Rob Conway, Shawn Stasiak, A-Train, Maven, Nathan Jones (okay, the last guy really sucked).
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 … 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, who truly loved this business … and you pocketed another big payday.
Hogan at the Hall of Fame ceremony, getting a standing ovation, with the chant in the background of ‘ONE MORE MATCH’.
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. These sheep are the lifeblood of Hulkamania … you take them for granted, because you simply can.
Clips of Hogan, back in the day, playing to the fans, flexing the arms, cupping the ear.
Hulk Hogan: THAT’S ENOUGH!!! I’ve given you the chance to get whatever it is you wanted to get off your chest … and I’ve heard enough … And it sounds to me, like these Hulkamaniacs have heard enough too!!!
Cheers, with Hogan and JBL face to face.
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 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 … Smackdowns next Pay Per View. May 20. 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 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!!! 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?? 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.
Back to ringside, where Cole and Tazz both sound rather subdued.
Michael Cole: Last week, JBL crossed the line. This became very personal, very fast, last week.
Tazz: I don’t know that it wasn’t personal for JBL already. After what went down at WrestleMania, JBL had been chomping at the bit for this in ring meeting.
Michael Cole: Well now Tazz, he gets it.
The graphic shows for JBL vs. Hulk Hogan at Judgment Day.
Michael Cole: In sixteen days, Hulk Hogan returns to Pay Per View. The fans called for it - they asked for one more match, and now, it happens. But JBL will look to crash the party atmosphere, and finish off Hulk Hogan, once and for all. And next week, JBL will present a ‘Hulk Hogan Career Retrospective’ - and I can only imagine what stunt the self-made millionaire will pull next week.
Tazz: One thing is for sure, Cole … it wont be complimentary.
**I AM SUPER … I AM CRAZY … I AM SUPER CRAZY**
A former Cruiserweight Champion himself, the always vibrant Super Crazy bounces onto the stage, getting a nice reaction, with the insane luchador looking to book a shot at the title he once held.
Michael Cole: But that Tazz, is to come next week. Still to come - coming up NEXT, Super Crazy and Chavo Guerrero, two great friends, will do battle, with the winner meeting Brian Kendrick at Judgment Day. We’ll be right back!!
We return, with Chavo on his way to the ring, hopping onto the apron, as we catch a look backstage, where Brian Kendrick should be watching on a monitor … but instead, his back is turned from the monitor, and the Cruiserweight Champion is seen chatting with the ladies, who are literally hanging off him.
Match 5 | WINNER FACES BRIAN KENDRICK @ JUDGMENT DAY:
Chavo Guerrero vs. Super Crazy
With the cruiserweight division being focused on with greater effort these days on Smackdown, the matches importance means both men are given time to contest a mini-epic, that starts slowly, with a brief feeling out process. It quickly develops from lock ups, into some athletic counters, especially from Super Crazy, who uses the ropes to spring out of trouble when caught in a succession of arm wringers.
As the match continues, the counters soon move from the submission attempts, and into a succession of exciting near falls, as the two men trade pinning combinations, resulting in a crazy back and forth switch of pin attempts, which nearly wear the referee out, given the speed of each reversal into another count of one or two. In the end, both men reach a stalemate, and rise to their feet, gaining a tremendous round of applause from the fans for their efforts, as we cut to a commercial.
Back from the commercial, and it’s Chavo in charge, as we find out that during the commercial, a high risk splash to the outside backfired for Super Crazy. In the ring, Chavo looks to wear down his opponent, and scores a near fall off a backbreaker, but the extreme luchador has too much gas in the tank at this stage. Chavo then mounts the corner himself, and looks to connect with a missile dropkick … BUT CRAZY SWATS HIM AWAY!!!
The momentum quickly shifts, with Super Crazy turning the speed up a level, with Chavo struggling to catch his opponent, eventually toppling over the top rope after eating a hat trick of arm drags that send him spiralling. Super Crazy then charges across the ring, looking for a baseball slide to his opponent … BUT CHAVO SIDE STEPS IT!!! Chavo then grabs the legs, sliding Crazy out, with the back slapping off the mats!!!
Guerrero then brings Crazy back inside, delivering a suplex, using it to set himself up for the Frog Splash … BUT HE MISSES!!! Crazy rolls to freedom … then cradles Chavo … 1...2... CHAVO KICKS OUT!!! As Chavo kicks out, he quickly surprises his opponent with a school boy, getting a two count … and soon, we revisit the earlier portion of the contest, with a succession of reversals for near falls, which again ends in a stalemate.
But as they end up with the second stalemate … there is no stand off … instead, the two men rush back to the centre of the ring, with Crazy leaping over Chavo, then running off the ropes … BUT CHAVO CATCHES HIM WITH A STUNNING MONKEY FLIP!!! Crazy is knocked silly by the surprise move … and as he struggles up, Chavo moves in for the kill … AND GOES FOR THE GORY BOMB … BUT SUPER CRAZY COUNTERS INTO A REVERSE NECKBREAKER!!! He makes the cover … 1...2...NO!!!
The contest continues, with Super Crazy getting to his feet, taking a look at Chavo, then looks to hop onto the ropes for the moonsault … BUT CHAVO LEAPS UP AND HAMMERS SUPER CRAZY FROM BEHIND AT THE ROPES!!! Without any hesitation, Chavo hooks Super Crazy up … AND DELIVERS THE GORY BOMB!!! He rolls over, and makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Chavo Guerrero @ 13:37
Chavo Guerrero books his opportunity at Judgment Day, with a shot at his ‘friend’ Brian Kendrick for the coveted Cruiserweight Championship!!! Immediately after having his arm raised, Chavo helps his long time friend to his feet, and despite being worse for wear, Super Crazy is able to congratulate the new #1 Contender, with the pair raising each others arms in a show of solidarity and friendship.
We then get another look backstage … with Brian Kendrick seemingly unaware of who just won, with his attention away from the monitor, as he still chats up the young women.
We return, backstage, where Josh Mathews (he’s been busy tonight) is standing by…
Josh Mathews: Ladies and Gentlemen, in just a few moments, Brock Lesnar makes his in ring return - in action for the first time since WrestleMania Twenty Three. And right now, I’m standing by with the Iron Man himself, Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar steps into view, with a pop emanating from the fans in the background.
Josh Mathews: Brock, you have had to wait for seven weeks to get back in the ring, and in just a moment, you make your hotly anticipated return, against Garrison Cade. How must you be feeling??
Lesnar doesn’t take long to answer…
Brock Lesnar: Josh, there’s been a lot said about me over the last two months since I was suspended. I’ve spent the last seven weeks listening to people talk about my suspension, talking about me coming back … and I’m sick of talking.
Brock Lesnar: The time for talking is officially over, Josh. I’ve got my boots on, and they’re laced up. I’m rarin to go … and all I want to do now, is go to that ring … not to talk, but to crush Garrison Cade all over San Jose, California.
An unusual cheap pop for Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar: And after I smash Big Garrison … I’m movin on to Ran-
Lesnar is put off … AS EDGE ENTERS THE SCENE!!!
Edge: Lemme guess. After you run through Garrison Cade, you’re moving on to Judgment Day?? You’re moving on to the WWE Championship?? Right?? Lemme put it a different way- After tonight, you’re movin on to step in front of the most deserving challenger for the WWE Title.
Heat for Edge. Lesnar doesn’t give Edge any eye contact, instead, pulls at his elbow pad, fixing it.
Edge: Yeah, that’s right. Big bad Brock Lesnar waltzes back on the scene, and everyone has to step aside … WRONG!!! I’m not puttin up with it. Last week, Randy Orton ran scared from me. Last week, I shoulda walked out of Smackdown with the WWE title-
Brock Lesnar: But you didn’t.
Edge stops, and glares at Lesnar momentarily.
Edge: Right. I didn’t. But why was that?? Why?? Huh?? Not because I lost, oh no. The only reason I didn’t win the WWE title last week was because Orton decided to get himself disqualified. Right there- right there and then, Arn Anderson had the chance to do the right thing, and make a rematch for Judgment Day - a rematch where Orton couldn’t get disqualified to save himself … but he didn’t. And why?? Oh, that’s right … YOU SHOWED UP!!!
Edge looks to be tipping over the edge (pun intended), as he grabs at his hair.
Edge: YOU SHOWED UP AND RAN ROUGHSHOD!!! Yeah, the jakked up big shot steams in like a bull in a china shop, and beats up Randy Ortons gaggle of nimrods … then cheap shots me. And all of a sudden- all of a sudden, Arn Andersons old mind gets confused, and decides that warrants a title shot.
Lesnar looks relaxed, which appears to stir Edge further.
Edge: IT SHOULD’VE BEEN ME AND ORTON!!! Dammit Brock, I’ve busted my ass for months to get that opportunity- that one on one opportunity … AND YOU RUINED IT!!! … Right now, I’m this close (puts his index finger and thumb a millimetre apart) THIS CLOSE, to achieving my goal … MY GOD-DAMN DREAM!!! AND YOU RUINED IT!!!
The Iron Man sighs, whilst Edge looks like a man ready to explode.
Brock Lesnar: Maybe you should stop blaming everyone else Edge. Sure, you’ve been bustin your ass, week in, week out … but it’s not been enough. You couldn’t win the title at WrestleMania … you couldn’t beat Jericho for a title shot last month … and you didn’t beat Orton last week. Maybe, instead of pointing the blame at me, and everyone else … maybe, you should point that finger at yourself.
Brock prods Edges chest with his finger. Edge looks down at Lesnars finger, and back up with a look of fury.
Brock Lesnar: I did something in two minutes last week, that you haven’t been able to accomplish in two months … and that’s make an impact. I left Randy Orton and the New Wave looking up at the lights … and yeah, I threw you into the bargain too.
Lesnar allows himself a smirk.
Brock Lesnar: It’s for those reasons that I’m a four time WWE Champion. It’s for those reasons Edge … that you’re not.
Some ‘OOHS’ from the crowd for that one.
Brock Lesnar: Maybe Edge … maybe after all this time chasing your dream, maybe it’s time to realise that maybe, maybe, you’re just not good enough to make it at the very top … maybe … you just don’t have what it takes to be WWE Champion. Ask yourself that.
Lesnar then brushes past Edge, who breathes heavily, whilst Mathews simply watches on, looking to remain anonymous … as we cut away.
Back into the arena, as ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’ by Ozzy Osbourne plays over the PA…
Michael Cole: There are just sixteen days to go, until Smackdown presents Judgment Day, and tonight, the event really took shape, with the announcement of the main event; it’ll be Randy Orton defending the title against three other men; The Iron Man Brock Lesnar, The Rated R Superstar Edge, and the man that Orton punted to take the title from, Rob Van Dam. It will be a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match, and Tazz, to steal a catchphrase, it’ll be off the hook.
Tazz: I’ll let that one slide, Cole. A heck of a main event for sure, and whoever leaves Judgment Day as the champ will sure as hell have earned it. But the big question mark hangs over the condition of RVD. Rumours are runnin rampant that ‘Mister Friday Night’ is nowhere near a hundred per cent after that sick punt kick back at WrestleMania. Has RVD decided to come back too soon??
Michael Cole: One man that will be at a hundred percent come Judgment Day will be Carlito!! Four weeks ago, Carlito suffered a heinous assault at the hands of MVP after delivering Porters first ever pinfall loss … but come Judgment Day, these two will settle the score once and for all!!!
Tazz: And while Carlito recovers, he’s doin his damndest to flat out piss off the highest paid superstar on Smackdown. He cost him a shot at the U.S title, and tonight, MVP was humiliated when he lost to Funaki, thanks again, to Carlito. It’s very personal between these two stars.
Michael Cole: It may be personal for Carlito and MVP, but two friends will also collide in sixteen days. Brian Kendrick defends the Cruiserweight Championship against his friend, a mentor of sorts, Chavo Guerrero, after Chavo defeated Super Crazy earlier tonight.
Tazz: It’s youth versus experience, Cole. A pick ’em if there ever was one. Hard match to call, but one thing is for sure; with the gold on the line, friendship will be left at the door.
Michael Cole: Brent Albright, United States Champion since October, faces the latest test to his monumental reign, as he takes on Paul London!!
Tazz: London has had Albrights number on a few occasions, but it’s a well known fact; when the title is at stake, Albright pulls through. Can Brent knock off another challenge at Judgment Day??
Michael Cole: And of course, who can forget, WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan returns to action at Judgment Day. The chant was loud and clear at the Hall of Fame ceremony in March; ONE-MORE-MATCH. And the fans have got their wish - it’s Hogan and JBL, one on one!!!
Tazz: And JBL hasn’t been secretive about his plans for this one. He’s desperate to finish the career of ‘The Immortal One’, once and for all!!!
Michael Cole: What a night it is shaping up to be. The American Airlines Arena in Miami had better brace itself, because Judgment Day is coming!!!
It’s the music of Randy Orton … as the WWE Champion leads out Garrison Cade for tonight’s main event, getting the by the numbers heel reception.
Michael Cole: Folks, it is main event time on Friday Night Smackdown!! And it would appear that Randy Orton is coming to get a closer look at one of his three opponents in sixteen days at Judgment Day.
Tazz: And that will give Cade a huge advantage in this match. Coupled with the fact that Lesnar has gotta be rusty after seven weeks on the sidelines, Garrison Cade has gotta fancy his chances in this one.
Michael Cole: He’s not short on confidence, that’s for sure Tazz. This is a man who has defeated The Rock and Shawn Michaels in the past, not to mention, helped Randy Orton run Ric Flair out of town.
Tazz: Hey, don’t write this kid off, Cade can go - and Brock Lesnar will find out in just a few moments.
Michael Cole: Indeed he may, when Smackdown returns, with tonights main event!!!
We return from the final commercial of the evening, with Orton and Cade in the ring … waiting …
… and waiting …
**HERE COMES THE PAIN**
Tazz: It’s been a while since I said this Cole … but … well, here comes the pain!!!
The focused Iron Man steps onto the stage, getting a huge response from the fans in San Jose, as he hops on the spot, before making his way to the ring.
Michael Cole: Well folks, how about this - we have just received word from the office of General Manager Arn Anderson, that next week on Smackdown, The New Wave will band together for an enormous main event. An eight man tag team match, where they will face none other than Jeff Hardy, Finlay, Edge, and the man you are watching right now, Brock Lesnar!!!
Tazz: Oh man, that’s gonna be a rocket buster!!! Finlay and Hardy have had their problems with the New Wave in recent weeks, and with Edge and Lesnar eyeing the WWE Championship from Orton, it’s gonna be explosive for sure!!!
Michael Cole: But can Edge and Lesnar co-exist, Tazz??
Tazz: They may have to, Cole. If they don’t stay on the same page next week, they could do some serious damage to their chances of success at Judgment Day. If they stay on the same page and work together?? They could put Orton out of the equation before Judgment Day even comes around.
Michael Cole: A lot of questions, that will all be answered, next week on Smackdown. Eight man tag - the main event, next week!!
Lesnar reaches the ring, as Orton slides out, with Cade standing firm.
Brock Lesnar vs. Garrison Cade w/Randy Orton
As the bell rings, Cade comes out all guns blazing, showing no fear or reservations of The Iron Man … but Lesnar likes it that way, and the two big men go right at it, trading blows early on, quickly taking the fight to the outside where Lesnar gains the upper hand, putting the big Texan down with a thunderous clothesline. Then though, as Lesnar looks to really go to work … Cade pokes the eye of Brock, and sends him into the steel steps, turning the tide in his favour. Cade then distracts the referee, allowing Orton to pound down Lesnar, softening Lesnar up for his buddy.
Cade takes the fight to Lesnar, bringing the big man back inside, and looks to overpower the former WWE Champion, even scoring a brief two count off a sidewalk slam, as Orton watches on approvingly. He then sends Lesnar into the corner with an Irish Whip … BUT LESNAR THEN CHARGES OUT AND TACKLES CADE DOWN!!! Brock roars into life, pounding Cade down on the mat, then hammers him in the corner, before showing off his freakish strength, delivering a Military Press Slam on the massive Texan, making sure he has Ortons attention, before scoring a near fall.
With Orton watching on helplessly, Lesnar now lines up Cade, waiting for him to reach his feet, and looks to execute a trademark Belly to Belly … BUT, Cade fights free off the Iron Mans grip, nails a kick to the gut, and backs into the ropes, coming back, looking for a big boot … BUT LESNAR CATCHES IT … SPINS CADE AROUND … AND DRILLS HIM WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!! The Iron Man makes a cover … 1...2..NO!!! Cade shows his heart with a big kick out, and struggles to his feet, pulling himself up in the corner, with Lesnar charging in … AND CADE MOVES!!! Cade takes advantage of the dazed Lesnar, going behind, and connecting with a massive Full Nelson Slam, and quickly making a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Orton reels away from the apron, showing his frustration at the kick out.
Despite his best efforts, Cade cannot put Lesnar down, and his frustrations begin to show, with Orton barking instructions to ‘KEEP ON HIM’. The big Texan shoves Brock into the corner, wailing at him with wild right and left hands, rocking the Iron Man, who has nowhere to escape. Garrison chokes Lesnar on the ropes, breaking at the count of four, with the referee pulling him away … giving Orton a prime chance to follow up, choking Brock himself on the ropes with the officials back turned. Orton lets go, just in time with Cade coming back after the Iron Man, and Cade then delivers a simple hip toss, and uses it as a set up for the Razors Edge … but as he goes for it, Lesnar proves too big to handle, and the Iron Man breaks free of his opponents grip … THEN CATCHES CADE WITH A BELLY TO BELLY!!!
Lesnar gets himself worked up, much to the chagrin of the champion, feeding off the fans, as Cade struggles up … AND INTO ANOTHER BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!! With that, Lesnar decides enough is enough, and points to Orton, before he easily scoops Cade up … DELIVERING THE F5!!! Cade was game … but just no match for Brock Lesnar in this form, with the Iron Man hooking the leg, with his eyes on Orton, who simply watches the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar @ 06:51
The Iron Man is back to winning ways, picking up where he left off, having his arm raised in the air. Lesnar keeps his eyes on Orton, aware of the slithery champion, with Orton keeping his own focus on Brock, whilst trying to help his defeated running buddy out of the ring.
Orton pulls Cade to the floor, as Lesnar paces the ring, looking ready for more … and as soon as Orton sees a glimpse of an opening … he hops onto the apron … but Lesnar sees it coming, and charges toward the Champion, with Orton instantly jumping back off.
The Champions expression remains stoic, as Lesnar motions for him to come inside the ring … but Orton passes on the invite. Just as the champion begins to back up the ramp though, he shows signs of a smile … and the reason for that becomes clear …
EDGE IS IN THE RING!!! The Rated ‘R’ Superstar has come from the crowd, and prowls in the corner … waiting … and as Lesnar turns … EDGE RUNS THROUGH HIM WITH A SPEAR!!!
The fans boo, as Edge, on his knees, looks down at Lesnar who clutches his ribs, with Edge pulling at his hair, whilst on the ramp, Orton has an evil smirk on his face. In the ring, Edge soon turns his attention to the champion, still looking as if he’s ready to explode, whilst Orton continues to smirk … as we fade to black.
END OF SHOW
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
Fatal Four Way Elimination Match:
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Edge vs. Brock Lesnar
United States Championship Match:
Brent Albright vs. Paul London
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Brian Kendrick vs. Chavo Guerrero
~ONE … MORE … MATCH~
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. Hulk Hogan
M.V.P vs. Carlito