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Not expecting any feedback for Superstars. It's sole purpose is to give some extra guys some screen time. Very rarely will anything of real note happen on the show. Hence, no preview. I'll be getting around to reviewing a few shows tonight/tomorrow, so look out for those, before I post a SD preview at some stage over the weekend.

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WWE Superstars | May 1 2007


Joey Styles and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler open the show, welcoming us to the long awaited return of the historic WWE Superstars, which kicks off in style tonight, with a ‘Double Jeopardy’ Main Event, pitting Shelton Benjamin and Rey Mysterio against each other in a return match from Backlash for the Intercontinental Title, but with the added stipulation that the winner meets Christian next week on Raw for the World Heavyweight Championship.

They then move onto what else is in store tonight, and hype the debut of EVAN BOURNE, but just as they try to discuss it…

**FARSI**

Unrecognised music hits, and we see the entrance of an unknown competitor, who Joey Styles informs us is another new recruit to the Cruiserweight Division - Daivari. Daivari talks on his way to the ring, complaining that all the hype has surrounded Evan Bourne - and, you guessed it, he blames it on his Arab upbringing. How original. The anti-American heel berates the audience for prejudging him, and continues to complain … until …

**BORN TO WIN**

Evan Bourne interrupts the proceedings, much to the delight of the fans, and makes his way to the ring, much to the annoyance of Daivari. Bourne gets on the mic, simply stating “I‘m not here to talk … I‘m here to shut you up!!” And with that, Daivari strikes Bourne, with Bourne fighting back, and the match officially begins!!!

Match 1 | Cruiserweight Debutants Collide:
Daivari vs. Evan Bourne
The two men put on a decent show to get Superstars off to a strong start, and after an initial slug fest, Bourne picks up the excitement after sending Daivari out of the ring, and following with a cross body off the top rope!! From there, both men show off what makes the cruiserweights stand out from the pack, although Daivari prefers to base his offence on a ground based attack. After a brief period of dominance for the Arab-American, Bourne makes his comeback, and after catching Daivari with a quick Hurricanrana, follows up with a Savate Kick … which puts Daivari down long enough for Bourne to climb the ropes … AND DELIVERS A SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!! Air Bourne indeed!!! He makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Evan Bourne @ 06:28

Bourne makes a flying start to his WWE career, picking up an impressive win, with Joey Styles putting the newcomer over as best he can, as Bourne plays to the fans, kicking Superstars off in style.

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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Back into the arena…

Match 2 | Divas Action:
Victoria vs. Maryse
It’s a short contest, with Victoria having to carry to French Canadian throughout, as Maryse makes her one on one debut, carrying over from their altercation at Backlash two weeks ago. Maryse tries her best, and comes close to victory with a spin kick, but the veteran kicks out at two. Then, Maryse attempts a DDT to finish the former champion off, but Victoria counters out, and flattens the rookie with a clothesline, following up with the Widows Peak, and the elementary, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Victoria @ 04:12

Victoria picks up a victory, whilst Maryse gets herself some more in ring experience, and is likely to have learned a thing or two from a pro like Victoria. On commentary, Styles puts over Victoria, stating that Melina isn’t the only person that should be on Alexis Larees radar in the womens championship puzzle. Meanwhile, Lawler ponders if he should go check on Maryse.

Backstage, Kelly Kelly interviews Rey Mysterio, ahead of tonights main event, with Rey talking about it being his dream to one day be the World Champion, but before that, it’s about taking back HIS Intercontinental Championship - then, he can move on to Christian on Monday.

Commercial Break

We return from the commercial with a promo for this Friday Night on Smackdown, where Arn Anderson will announce the Judgment Day main event.

That leads us back into the arena, where Styles and Lawler discuss the upcoming announcement this Friday, with both men believing Brock Lesnar and Edge are sure to be the front runners for the title opportunity at Judgment Day.

Match 3 | Tag Team Contest:
Deuce and Domino vs. The Mad Murdoch Twins
Another underwhelming contest, with Festus playing up to the comatose state for the most part once more, and once the bell rings … he’s an animal. Deuce and Domino withstand the early onslaught, then look to target Trevor, but are unable to keep him from tagging Festus back in, and once the crazy younger Murdoch is back in, Deuce and Domino try to team up to take him out, but that simply leads to Trevor helping Festus, taking Domino out of the ring. That leads Deuce as easy pickings for the big man, and with a Firemans Carry Flapjack, picks up the victory, gaining the 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The Mad Murdoch Twins @ 04:10

Once the bell rings, Festus returns to his comatose state, whilst Trevor tries to celebrate the win, as we quickly fade away, with Lawler having a hearty chuckle at the antics of Festus.

** 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

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Commercial Break

**BOOYAKA 619**

Rey Mysterio enters for the main event, with plenty of time left on the show. Styles and Lawler both try to sell as much excitement as they can, with the stakes so high in this inaugural main event on Superstars.

**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**

Joined by Theodore Long, the Intercontinental Champion enters, looking confident, nodding on his way to the ring, relaxed, whilst Rey paces the ring, eager to get going. As Benjamin enters the ring, Styles announces that next week, MNM will take on The British Lions, with the winners to meet Straight Edge for the World Tag Team Titles in the future.

Main Event | INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP & #1 CONTENDERS MATCH:
Shelton Benjamin w/Theodore Long vs. Rey Mysterio
The two men get the time to put on a memorable main event for the new show, and after early interference from Theodore Long, the mouthpiece of Benjamin is ejected from the match. As Long argues with the official, we cut to the final commercial of the evening…

Commercial Break

And we return, with the match picking up a gear, as the two competitors go back and forth throughout, with near fall after near fall. Neither man slows the pace with any rest holds, and instead show off their incredible athletic ability, with Benjamin pulling out his vertical leap to the top, and delivering a superplex for a near fall - as Rey saves himself with a foot on the rope. Then, as Shelton runs off the ropes, Rey catches him on the return with a monkey flip … SENDING BENJAMIN OUT OF THE RING AND ONTO THE FLOOR!!!

Mysterio then somersaults over the ropes, onto Benjamin on the outside, before only just breaking the referees count at nine, and rolling back out to save the contest … but outside, Benjamin catches Rey and looks to deliver a power bomb on the mats … BUT REY DELIVERS A HURRICANRANA!!! Mysterio takes it back inside, and dropkicks his dazed opponent into the ropes, AND DELIVERS THE 619!!! Rey then sets himself on the ropes … BUT MISSES THE SPLASH!!!

Benjamin, back up now, sets Mysterio up … AND GOES FOR PAY DIRT … BUT REY GRABS THE ROPE TO STOP HIM FALLING!!! Benjamin hit’s the canvas, and Rey sees his chance, getting a jack knife cover … BUT SHELTON KICKS OUT AT TWO!!! The two men get up, with Rey looking to score with a stiff leg kick … but Shelton grabs the leg … spins Rey around … AND GOES FOR PAYDIRT AGAIN … BUT REY BLOCKS IT!!! Mysterio shoves Shelton away, with Benjamin going for the Frost Kick … but Rey grabs the leg, as Benjamin then attempts the Dragon Whip … but Mysterio ducks under, hit’s the ropes, AND RUNS RIGHT INTO PAYDIRT!!! Benjamin hooks the leg tightly, with Rey down … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And STILL Intercontinental Champion (and #1 Contender) Shelton Benjamin @ 16:13

Benjamin retains the title; and now books his FIRST EVER shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, next week on Raw Roulette. Shelton is on his knees, punching the air, realising just how big a win this is, whilst also being presented with his title, having saw off the former champion, once and for all.

The show comes to a close, with Styles and Lawler shilling Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin, next Monday on Raw for the World Heavyweight Championship - on Raw Roulette.

END OF SHOW 

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Read this earlier, so since you actually took the time to write it, I figure I'll leave some brief comments for it.

First of all, I like the idea of not just Bourne coming into your thread, but also Daivari. I'm surprised he has never popped up in here before with Muhammad Hassan, considering both the IWC love for Hassan and how long this thread has been around, but I'm certainly happy to see him here. The guy is a solid worker, and can cut a very good promo, even with the racial gimmick, which has its limits. Not sure if I see him as a future threat in the cruiserweight division, but he certainly adds something to it. Good to know that Bourne is going to let his action do the talking too, because the guy can't speak. At all. He can wrestle though, and that's what he hopefully will start doing on SmackDown! soon.

It's good to see you trying to keep the lesser members of the women's and tag divisions relevant. I know they don't exactly have a whole lot of depth, with for now Alexis, Melina and Vickie (plus the incoming Beth) being the only ones that seem to have talent, but it's good to see that you're continuing to allow one that has talent to look good, even while fading into the background a bit. The tag division on SmackDown! certainly needs a major revamp, but so long as you've got the teams you currently have, you may as well do all you can to make them look good.

Benjamin and Rey getting the chance to put on a great match without Teddy is the right way to go, and I'm glad you gave them the time to do so. While I'm not a huge fan of the guy, Benjamin picking up the win is very, very pleasing for me. Not only does he get a solid, clean Intercontinental Title defence under his belt, but more importantly he is given the chance to step up next week. While I would probably prefer a straight up wrestling match to the ladder match we're likely to get, as it would allow Benjamin to show how well he can hang with the main events by actually wrestling, the fact that he's getting a title shot is very pleasing.

Said it would be brief, and it really is. And now with the awesome prospect of Albright and Haas teaming up, I wait eagerly for SmackDown!.
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I'm just comment on the effect Superstars has for Raw, Shelton gets a title shot on Raw and I believe since this week is a rollute Raw that means it'll have a stipulation. This screams LADDER MATCH to me. If that's the case which I'm 99% sure it is, OH HELL YEAH. Raw is gonna' be epic with Shelton vs. Christian and Angle vs. Cena in some kind of match.
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First off I'm glad to see that you have returned Superstars now and it seems that it's going to be a very valuable resource to you as you can get some smaller names on the show but also keep them busy. So it's been a while since I've actually commented in the thread but I've read every show so rest assured I do know what is going on lol. I've been seeing that you've been hyping Bourne for what is a fair amount of time now so I am kinda disappointed it happened on Superstars. I understand it was a good thing to debut him to get some attention for Superstars but I'd prefered it happening on Smackdown. Maybe that's just me but that's my personal preference. Overall though I felt the debut came across well, you didn't force him onto our screens talking, and you also brought in another CW. Winning situation imo any way you look at it.

I'm really looking forward to the King of the Ring tournament and how you do it. I'm really excited you're giving 32 superstars a chance as that means that there is a lot of opportunities for people that don't normally get a lot of attention to finally get attention. I can't really comment on whom is the favorite but I've got a rough idea of so far whom there is that possibly may be winning or making a rather big impact.

Not much to comment on the divas. There was nothing wrong with it but we knew that Victoria was going to win. Maryse didn't do too bad in her debut but there was no way she was going to win imo. As for the tag team match; not too bad of a match for the Mad Murdoch Twins whom for some reason I like the pairing. It makes a lot of sense imo but I never would have thought about putting the two together really.

Finally, the main event! Yes I've been looking forward to this match for a little while and really I bet it wouldn't have disappointed. The feud has been going on for a while but still every match seems fresh. I think you made the right decision in not taking the title off Benjamin but also giving him a major rub next week stepping into the ring with Christian. I feel as if you made the right decision as well and I'm really looking forward to how Raw goes next week. I imagine we'll be seeing some type of match stipulation that will benefit Benjamin but still I can't see him walking out with the title, Christian's run has only really started with the title. Maybe Benjamin's day will come soon but it won't be on Raw. Regardless I think you did a great job and I'm looking forward to reading the next Raw.

I'll be dropping comments on your next show. Good luck Wolfy.
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I can't really be bothered reviewing stuff in order any more, so I'll just go with what comes to me first. Obviously on this show it's the Vince McMahon crap. You won't be surprised from my use of the word "crap" that I hated it. It was honestly hard to read. It's not that you can't write any of the characters, because a monkey could see that you can. It's just that this whole thing was so 'real WWE' that I found myself thinking, "I thought you read BTB to get away from this shit?" I read BTB to get away from Vince McMahon shoving himself down our throats each and every week, I read BTB to get away from the silly comedy segments that serve no purpose and get no one over other than guys who are already well established i.e. in this segment see Cena, Trish, Rock and Austin. Three of them don't even work for the company anymore and one of them is already the most over guy on the planet. It served no purpose other than to make Vince look good, and I hated it. I was so fed up that even when we got to the stuff with Vince prophesizing Cena's heel turn I was skimming. I just hope that Vince stays out of this thread for good now. You really, really, really, REALLY don't need him or Linda or Shane or Stephanie, Wolf. You can do far better. Go for something and someone original and never close a big show with something like this again. The whole thing was focused on Vince McMahon. A show. In 2007. Surrounding a man. WHO'S 60!!! What the hell!? It's like TNA today. Please don't do it again.

Christian might as well have still been in hospital this week for all he got. I think we'll just call this a filler week for the champ as he awaits his next challenger. Tomko was roundly destroyed by CC in the main event, so I doubt we'll be seeing him around much longer. I might as well mention Superstars in here since I've read it, so I'll just say THANK YOU for doing the right thing and giving T-Lo's baby boy the title shot next. Obviously he isn't winning the thing, but he;s going to come out of it looking like a million freakin' bucks, as will the entire Brotherhood. I almost wish that Raw Roulette was in two weeks, so that we could get a mini feud between Benjamin and Christian with a regular match next week and a Ladder match the week after. Either way, it should be spectacular next week. Benjamin is EASILY the best booked guy in this thread at the moment. You see the moon? Keep pushing him towards that because I am IN LOVE with what you're doing with him and Long at the moment.

Saying that, The Brotherhood did lose yet another tag team match this week which is disappointing. They looked good against a bunch of established guys, don't get me wrong, they went over 13 minutes with 'em. I'd just love to see Shelton pick up the win in a match like this one week. Sure, he's pinned Rey Mysterio a bunch of times. But just imagine what it would do for his cred to have him pin Shawn Michaels one week. Oh baby. Speaking of, I know you need to build HBK up as a threat to Umaga and all, but he's frickin' HBK. He could lose every match from now until he retires and he'd still be just as over. I would've loved to see you giving the pin to Punk or Helms, a young guy who could do with the rub. I won't deny that the stuff with Umaga and Shawn in fun though, even if I am bored with 'Mags now. The "Oh My God" factor of Umaga being unbeatable wore off a long time ago. Someone seriously needs to kick his ass.

You seem to like Matt Hardy, but he's jobbed unconvincingly to Kurt Angle twice in a few weeks now. You really need to man up and pull the trigger with one of these younger guys, otherwise your main event division is going to become NOAH stale. It's obviously not going to be Hardy. I imagine he'll be thrust into a feud with Benjamin soon. Please make it Kennedy. With the upcoming Cena/Angle and HBK/Umaga matches, Vengeance (or Unforgiven?) would be the PERFECT opportunity to give KK a title shot and let him hang with the champ on PPV. It do him and your main event scene wonders. It's not like I'm asking you to give him the SummerSlam shot or anything; we all know Kurt Angle's getting that. C'mon, give Kennedy the ball

I think you know I'm not interested in the Cody Rhodes/Goldust crap, so I won't comment on that. But I will say you're doing a heck of a job with the women's division at the moment. Really nice angle you've got going there.

A few comments on Superstars too.

Like everyone else has been saying you've got a good thing there. Gives smaller guys some great exposure and doesn't look like it'll take you too much time to write. Glad you brought Daivari in, he;s actually a really useful talent to have around - mainly because he's fucking dynamite on the mic. Won't be too long until Evan Bourne is after Brian Kendrick I'd imagine. Definitely a good show.
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First off, I would like to say that this is the best BTB I have ever read. I am following the new posts and am trying to read everything up to the present. Currently I am a few weeks away from WM 23 and it looks great. But enough about that, I wanna give you some feedback for the first edition of Superstars.

Show opens up with Joey Styles and Jerry Lawler at commentary I don't think I have seen Styles in this BTB yet and I haven't seen King for a while. Thumbs up for a fresh breath into the commentary community.

Starts up with Daivari making his WWE debut. Randomly cuts a whiny promo until Evan Bourne interrupts. They have a match, and Bourne gets the expected win. You seem like you are a fan of Bourne, and you don't seem like you will bury Daivari. 2 great additions to the cruiserweight division.

King of the Ring looks epic, and I have no clue who will win the tournament. Giving 32 guys the chance to win makes it almost completely unpredictable. And having it at SNME gives it another element. I'm sure you'll book it well.

Victoria-Maryse is up next, with Victoria prevailing in a short contest. However, it gives both women credibility. It seems as if you have a solid women's division, with Melina and Victoria both looking like credible challengers to Alexis Laree's title.

Filler match between the Murdochs and Deuce and Domino. Seems like a less than stellar match that was kinda mandatory. No offense, but the Smackdown tag division seems a bit stale.

Huge main event for the comeback of Superstars, Benjamin and Mysterio have had a long feud, but with highly entertaining matches. This feud seems to be over, with the Black Diamond getting a clean win over Mysterio in what would be an awesome match. Shelton retains the IC Title and will face Christian at Raw Roulette for the World Heavyweight Title. You seem to be giving Shelton a big push, but I don't think he will win on Raw. But Shelton and Christian will have a memorable bout, possibly a Ladder match or maybe a TLC match?

Overall, a pretty solid show. Better than what WWE is doing for Superstars in real life, that's for sure. The matches served their purpose and furthered storylines. Again, not to seem like a kiss-ass, but this is my favorite BTB of all time. Keep doing what you are doing.
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Friday Night Smackdown Preview:

The Smackdown crew rolls into San Jose, as we edge nearer and nearer towards Judgment Day. With just sixteen days until Smackdowns first Pay Per View event of 2007, a main event has still not been set. However, after tonight, that will not be the case. Last week, General Manager Arn Anderson promised to reveal who will challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship in Miami on May 20, and, after the disqualification in last weeks main event where Edge challenged the champion, could Edge find himself in the driving seat for a rightful rematch?? Or, will Anderson have been impressed by the destructive return of Brock Lesnar, who ended last weeks show standing over the bodies of both the champion and the Rated 'R' Superstar?? Indeed, many rumours circulating this week have indicated that a triple threat match could well be likely ... but on Smackdown, all rumours will become redundant, as the Judgment Day main event is announced.

After his stunning return last week, Brock Lesnar will this week compete, in the ring, for the first time since his incredible match with Triple H at WrestleMania. His opponent?? The Big Texan, Garrison Cade. Cade will be looking for revenge after being manhandled by the Iron Man last week, and he will undoubtedly have plenty of instructions from Randy Orton, who will have been deeply angered by the return of Lesnar last week, instantly targeting the WWE Champion. Can Lesnar pick up from where he left off seven weeks ago?? Or will Cade provide a shock, and take full advantage of a likely rusty opponent?? Either way, expect fireworks when these two bulls collide on Smackdown.

Whilst the WWE Championship announcement will take centre stage on Smackdown, a number one contenders match will also take place, as good friends, Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy lock horns, with the winner set to face the current champion, Brian Kendrick at Judgment Day. After weeks of seemingly being led up the garden path by their 'good friend', who had claimed to be trying to set up this match, it took Chavo and Super Crazy themselves to finally get this #1 Contenders match signed. Which of these former champions will move on and face Kendrick in sixteen days??

Another friend of the Cruiserweight Champion is also in action this Friday. Paul London, the #1 Contender for the United States Championship at Judgment Day, faces the champion, Brent Albright, and his good friend, Charlie Haas in a tag team contest. London though, needs to find a tag team partner, after the challenge was set by Albright last week, directly after London had beaten Haas. Will London perhaps call on his former partner, Brian Kendrick, to help him in his hour of need??

Last week, Americas Most Wanted bemoaned the lack of competition in the tag team division, claiming to have no proper threats to their reign as champions. Two men that took exception to those comments were Booker T & Elijah Burke. The veteran and the rookie made it clear that they intend on pushing AMW to the limit, and promised to give them the challenge they crave. This week, Elijah Burke faces Chris Harris in singles action. Can Burke make an impression against one half of the tag team champions??

And of course, in a shocking start to last weeks show, 'The Immortal' Hulk Hogan was bloodied by JBL after having to suffer a tirade of verbal abuse from the Self Made Millionaire. The two will meet at Judgment Day, as Hulk Hogan returns for 'One More Match', but until then, The Hulkster will have to wait to gain revenge. JBL is not expected in San Jose this evening, but can we expect any further developments in this personal rivalry that quickly exploded last week??

MVP will also be in action, as he counts down to Judgment Day, where he faces the currently 'medically suspended' Carlito, but given his anger last week at having to compete whilst Carlito is allowed to rest, can we expect anymore complaints from Mr. 305 this week??

Confirmed Matches;
#1 Contenders Match; Winner meets Brian Kendrick @ Judgment Day | Chavo Guerrero vs Super Crazy
Brock Lesnar vs Garrison Cade
Chris Harris vs Elijah Burke
Paul London & A partner of his choice vs Brent Albright & Charlie Haas
MVP in action

Plus; Arn Anderson announces the Judgment Day main event~!!

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Smackdown is posted tomorrow.
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Pretty impressive looking card here in terms of match quality. Cade vs. Lesnar should be a nice little short match to bring Lesnar back into the fold with his return match, Harris/Burke looks solid, Super Crazy vs. Chavo has quality written all over it, and the combination of Charlie Haas and Brent Albright on the one team is all kinds of greatness. The confirmation of the three way (I hope) should also be good, even if the build has been a little lacklustre with Lesnar not being able to return until now to accommodate the storylines on RAW.

Stacked show in terms of match quality. Can't wait.
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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.

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-

**VOICES**

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-

**METALINGUS**

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.

Mixed reaction.

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.

Small pop.

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!!!

Pop.

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!!!

MONSTER POP~!!

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.

**WILD HORSES**

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!!

Commercial Break

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…

Match 1:
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??

Mathews nods.

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.

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

***



We return at ringside with Michael Cole and Tazz…

Michael Cole: 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…

Tazz: 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.

Michael Cole: 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.

Tazz: 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…

Michael Cole: 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.

Tazz: It’s a straight up tag team match tonight though, Cole. No sign of Garrison Cade tonight with The New Wave.

Michael Cole: 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 …

**LOADED**

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.

Match 2:
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.

Commercial Break

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.

Brian Kendrick: How about it, huh?? Great set up, or what??

Kendrick motions toward the set up behind him.

Brian Kendrick: 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.

Brian Kendrick: 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.

Paul London: Yeah … look … uh … hate to, uh, interrupt you. I did try to call during the week, but fo-

Brian Kendrick: 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.

Paul London: You just didn’t answer??

Brian Kendrick: I’m a busy guy nowadays. You mightn’t know what that feels like Pete-

Paul London: Paul.

Kendrick scoffs.

Brian Kendrick: 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.

Paul London: Well … I was hopin you could dig me out of a hole here tonight-

Brian Kendrick: Ah.

Kendrick smiles, and turns back to the girls again, not hiding the motion of pointing behind himself, toward London, and rolls his eyes again.

Paul London: 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.

Brian Kendrick: I’d love to help, Pete- PAUL.

Kendrick quickly corrects himself, and smiles at his supposedly good friend.

Brian Kendrick: I’d love to help … but I’m fully booked tonight.

Londons expression drops. Kendrick puts his arm on Londons shoulder.

Brian Kendrick: 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.

Brian Kendrick: 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…

Paul London: Gee, Thanks.

Kendrick smiles, not detecting the sarcasm.

Brian Kendrick: 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…

Paul London: Thanks for nothing.





Elsewhere, Maria is standing by…

Maria: 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.

M.V.P: 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.

M.V.P: 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.

Porter pauses.

M.V.P: 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.

M.V.P: 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.

M.V.P: And that’ll be cool.

The camera closes up on MVP, as we fade…

Commercial Break

We return from the commercial, with Funaki already in the ring, awaiting his opponent.

**I‘M COMIN**

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.

Match 3:
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 …

**COOL**

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 …

**COOL**

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 …

**COOL**

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!!!

Michael Cole: FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THREE WEEKS - CARLITO JUST COST MVP ANOTHER WIN!!!

Tazz: But this one is gonna really put MVP over the edge, Cole. He just lost to Fuanki!!

Michael Cole: 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!!!

Tazz: 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.

Michael Cole: 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??

Tazz: 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.

Josh Mathews: 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 .

Brent Albright: 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.

Brent Albright: 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.

Brent Albright: 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.

Charlie Haas: 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.

Haas smiles.

Charlie Haas: 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.

Charlie Haas: 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.

Brent Albright: 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.

Charlie Haas: 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.

Paul London: 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.

Brent Albright: Wow. You musta done some beggin for someone to agree to-

Paul London: 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.

Paul London: 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…

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
***



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!!!

Commercial Break

{/SECOND HOUR}

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??

Commercial Break

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 ~

**REAL AMERICAN**

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.

**LONGHORN**

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!!

Commercial Break

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.

Commercial Break

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.

Commercial Break

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.

Pop.

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!!!

**VOICES**

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!!!

Commercial Break

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.

Main Event:
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
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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

WWE Championship;
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

Grudge Match:
M.V.P vs. Carlito

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Kicking things right off from Arn and the WWE Title announcement? Not surprised, as it had to either open or close the show. Orton instantly interrupting? Can’t say I’m surprised since this Anderson/Orton thing has been going on for quite some time. Orton talking himself up was pretty well done, before Anderson interrupted in his straight forward manner. Not surprised Edge and Lesnar are named as challengers, and Edge coming out and complaining is no surprise. Edge’s deranged rant was pretty damn awesome, capitalising on all of his frustration, and really using it well. Probably one of the better promos I’ve from Edge in this thread, as he was pretty much spot on. Anderson trying to finish his announcement only to be cut off by Lesnar now? Good to see everyone getting a say. Lesnar was alright, using his past on RAW well to make the most of his bland character and mic skills. Potential fight between Edge and Lesnar? I love it. Anderson playing up his authority is all well and good, and the announcement that it’ll be an elimination match is good, with Rob Van Dam being in the match too being a huge surprise. I didn’t think you were bringing RVD back, but it works well as Orton has a feud to go with following this match, while Edge and Lesnar can continue what looks like a budding feud between the two of them. Pretty good promo to start with here, with the highlights being Edge’s portion of the promo, and of course RVD coming back for Judgment Day. Pretty great to see that the main event scene is already looking much better than I thought it was after last SmackDown!. Amazing how just the one name can do that.

Harris vs. Burke is a good choice for opener as both men are certainly talented. Nice enough win here for Burke, giving the feud between Booker/Burke and America’s Most Wanted some momentum, and allowing Burke and Booker to look good. Just a small sidenote: the word is respite, not restbite.

Interesting interview. Good to know RVD sounds alright, although the rest of the story, with Van Dam possibly not being alright and Anderson being under a lot of stress is interesting. Could a Flair return be on the cards still to help out his buddy at Judgment Day and sub in for Judgment Day? I don’t know, but this has to be headed somewhere. You’ve piqued my interest in this situation with the whole possibility of RVD’s involvement.

Matt Hardy is still my tip.

Nice basic match to continue the story of Hardy and Finlay being overcome by the numbers game of The New Wave, even with them teaming together. Hopefully this develops further next week and we possibly get a third man to help them, because this could be a pretty nice match to help fill out the Judgment Day card.

Oh God, Kendrick gets better by the week. I LOVE what you’re doing with him. The arrogance is great, and with the sluts hanging around him for his very own photoshoot, you’re just portraying this changing, arrogant character so well. His interaction with London was great, whether it be him not picking up his phone because he’s busy, or even forgetting his old partner’s name, I just love how dickish he comes across. The end of the promo just topped it all off, with London supposedly in Kendrick’s shadow, and Kendrick thinking he actually helped. Good stuff.

@ Maria not knowing what MVP stands for. Solid enough promo from MVP, continuing his frustrated shtick well. Liked the aggressive tone in it, and while it seems like this feud is just stalling until it ends, at least you’re giving MVP mic time.

Nice way to further anger MVP with the interference from Carlito. Honestly thought this would just be a squash, but you seem to be doing what you can to continue to develop MVP’s rage. I’m surprised Carlito is so calm about it all since MVP did try to take him out, and you’d think that would anger him a little, but still, to do with MVP I thought this worked.

Interview with The REAL World’s Greatest Tag Team. Decent enough promo, with both men talking themselves up well, as well as them as a team, which I liked. The stuff about fear which Haas spouted was also pretty clever, putting over London well as a big face, but also how dangerous they are as a team really well. A partner that wants a piece of Albright? Interesting. Now we just have to wait to see who it is.

And apparently we didn’t have to wait long. Batista? Very surprised, since you had me honestly believing he wouldn’t be back until after Judgment Day. Still, a very good shock and one that fits in perfectly in this match. Nice way for the heels to show how truly awesome that they are by targeting the same body part as last week, showing some great sense (and awesomeness, as you so correctly put it). Batista coming in and getting the hot tag to look good was needed in his return, but letting London get the fall was the smart move, as he needed the momentum so much more. Nice match here, given some good time too.

MVP up to something, eh? Should be something to look forward to next week.

Disappointed we just got a video from last week as opposed to an awesome JBL promo, but I’m looking forward to the career retrospective of Hogan next week from Layfield. Should be pretty great.

Good God Kendrick is great. Great to see you really giving the cruiserweights some focus with a lot of time in the ring, allowing Super Crazy and Chavo to both look good. Good pace and good finish to the match, with the friendship being shown between the two competitors after the match being good, and Kendrick continuing to be great. Looking forward to when he officially turns heel, as this is building up really well.

Good to see Lesnar is about action rather than talking, because wrestling is what he’s a lot better at. Edge interrupting is interesting, as it keeps me believing we’re set for a Lesnar/Edge feud, although I thought the one exchange between Edge and Lesnar in the opening promo would have been enough for tonight. Still, Edge’s rant, like earlier, was very good, as I really think this character is starting to come into his own as he gets closer and closer to the WWE Title. Lesnar’s message to Edge was good too, adding some real background to why we can expect these two to really go at it, outside of Lesnar getting in the way of a title shot. Not sure this promo was necessary here tonight, but I like the way the feud is going.

Oooo, the hype for Judgment Day. It’s coming, and it looks like a pretty good card in terms of wrestling. The names there aren’t huge for the most part, but with matches like Albright/London and Kendrick/Chavo, some good match quality is there to be had.

Damn, big main event there for next week. Surprised Finlay and Jeff still look to be alone in their battle, so I guess a two on three handicap match is the favourite for the final match to be had at Judgment Day (along with the tag title match that is bound to be made).

Pretty good main event here, giving Lesnar a nice return to action on Friday nights, but also allowing Cade to look good, especially with some of the offense he hit, including the full nelson slam. The finish is of course the most interesting part, as this Edge/Lesnar feud continues to blossom heading into the four way at Judgment Day. Glad to see it got to the end the show.


Following the last few shows I had some reservations about the direction of SmackDown!, as it was kind of missing that exciting element in the main event scene, although this Edge/Lesnar thing has certainly fixed that, along with the return of RVD to come (hopefully). The blossoming rivalry between Edge and Lesnar is really what made this show though, and it looks to be a bright spot headed all of the way through beyond Judgment Day and onwards. The rest of the show was solid, as always, getting the job done, even if a bit lacking in the excitement when compared to the stars you have going on RAW. Still, an entertaining show with a heck of a rivalry beginning has me very excited.
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