Bar the main event, the matches are in extreme recap form. Apologies again for the stop/start nature of the thread these days. With the limited time I'm getting to write, it's turning me off doing it at all, because posting one show ever 4-6 (or longer) weeks doesnt appeal to me. I'm not writing another show until I get caught up where I need to around here also. Fallen WAY behind. Anyway, going to forego the preview, and just get the show posted. Here it is...
Monday Night Raw | May 21 2007 | Orlando FL
Recap of last weeks ‘BEAT THE CLOCK CHALLENGE’ where Mister Kennedy scored the upset, winning in the fastest time, earning a shot at Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship at Vengeance.
NO opening video or pyro … instead, we open up cold, in the ring, where Eric Bischoff stands. The ring is already set up for the contract signing, with the red carpet and table.
Eric Bischoff: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Eric Bischoffs MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!
Cheap pop. Bischoff smiles.
Eric Bischoff: Since being reinstated as General Manager a month ago, I have provided you, the fans, with THE very best in entertainment, THE very best in athleticism, THE very best in innovation, and above all else, THE very best of action inside these ropes.
Bischoff stops to admire his last few weeks as GM.
Eric Bischoff: We had Mr. McMahons grandiose send off, I gave you Raw Roulette, and just last week we had another Eric Bischoff approved format - Beat the Clock.
Again, admiring his accomplishments, Bischoff pauses.
Eric Bischoff: And of course, that’s why I’m standing here right now, preparing to oversee a contract signing. Because in twenty seven days time, the winner of that Beat the Clock challenge - Mister Kennedy-
Initial mixed response, before becoming overwhelming boos.
Eric Bischoff: Will receive the opportunity of a lifetime at Raws next brand exclusive Pay Per View - VENGEANCE!!!
Eric Bischoff: When he challenges Christian-
Big pop cuts Bischoff off again.
Eric Bischoff: FOR THE WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!
Good reaction from the fans.
Eric Bischoff: So … without any further ado, lets make this thing official. Introducing first-
Jim Ross: What the-??
Unfamiliar music fills the arena, with the fans quiet, wondering who this may be … as JESSE ‘THE BODY’ VENTURA steps onto the stage, getting a huge ‘surprise’ pop from the fans, with ‘The Body’ waving to the audience as he walks down the aisle. In the ring though, Bischoff looks perturbed, unsure what to think of Ventura.
Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, this IS live television, and THIS sight is enough to prove that ANYTHING can happen on live television. You are looking at Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura - the former Governor of Minnesota, and perhaps the greatest colour analyst in WWE history.
The Coach: Excuse me?? J.R, you’re sitting next to the greatest colour analyst in WWE history. Jesse Ventura was good in his day, but baby, I’ve raised the bar.
Jim Ross: Of course you have Coach. But it doesn’t matter who the better commentator is or was - why is Jesse Ventura here tonight??
Ventura steps into the ring, smiling, but Bischoff looks unimpressed. Ventura waves to the fans once again, before motioning for a mic from Lillian Garcia. The music dies down, with Ventura looking toward Bischoff, holding his free hand in the air innocently, speaking before Bischoff can.
Jesse Ventura: Eric?? Eric, relax.
Bischoff mouths off mic “What are you doing here??”
Jesse Ventura: That’s an interesting question, Eric. And I’ll tell you why I’m here. Y’see, I just flew in to Orlando from New Yo-
A frustrated Bischoff cuts in.
Eric Bischoff: Look Jesse, with all due respect, you cant just waltz out here because you felt like saying ‘Hi’ to the fans. Right now, I’m just about to conduct some important business. We’ve got a busy night here, and frankly, I just don’t have time to waste for a little moment of nostalgia. So, without wanting to be disrespectful-
Ventura cuts Bischoff now.
Jesse Ventura: Well, with all due respect, Eric, I think it’s part of your nature to be disrespectful.
Eric Bischoff: Well, be that as it may Jess, I’ve got an important job to do here. I made a promise to Linda McMahon that I’d run Raw to the best of my abilities, and to do that, I cant have the stars of the yesteryear filling precious air time. So, again, let-
Once more, Ventura intervenes.
Jesse Ventura: Hold on just a second there. Did you just say you made a promise to Linda McMahon to run Raw to the very best of your abilities??
Jesse Ventura: Well excuse my ignorance Eric, but remind me … what’s tonight’s main event??
Eric looks slightly annoyed by the line of questioning from the uninvited guest.
Eric Bischoff: Not that it’s any of your business … but tonight, I was thinking of-
Ventura raises a hand, stopping Eric, who looks disgruntled further by the attitude of Ventura.
Jesse Ventura: You were … ‘thinking of’?? Does that mean you haven’t announced tonight’s main event?? If that’s the case Eric … I’m not so sure Mrs McMahon will be pleased. In fact, I’d go so far as to say, she’d be pretty unimpressed.
Bischoff looks agitated.
Eric Bischoff: Look, over the last month I’ve delivered, time and time again. Since returning to my role as General Manager, I’ve provided everything possible to make Monday Night Raw the number one brand in Sports Entertainment. Okay, so tonight, I didn’t announce a main event in advance, but-
Jesse Ventura: Not good enough Eric. When you are in charge of the flagship show in the biggest company in professional wrestling, you cant relax, and pat yourself on the back for what you did last week, or the week before. You need to be thinking of what you can do THIS WEEK, to top what you did last week.
Pop from the fans. Bischoff smirks, almost as if he’s amazed by what he’s hearing, and responds with a slight hint of sarcasm.
Eric Bischoff: Well … thank you. Thank you for that wonderful insight. I’ve always wanted to know how a former wrestler, turned commentator, turned Governor would run the biggest show in sports entertainment. However, now you’ve got that off your chest, Governor, could you please excuse us, and allow us to get back to business??
Ventura stands still, smirking, raising the mic to his mouth.
Jesse Ventura: Hmm … Governor. Been a while since I’ve been called that. It’s funny Eric, throughout my life, I’ve had many different titles. I’ve held all kinds of wrestling titles all around the world. I’ve been Mister Ventura, ‘The Body’ Ventura, Colour commentator Jesse Ventura, and like you just said, Governor Ventura. But we all know I’m no longer a Governor, Eric. You don’t need to call me that.
Bischoff disingenuously smiles.
Eric Bischoff: Fine by me. Jesse Ventura, p-
Jesse Ventura: Just call me, Commissioner Ventura.
The fans pop, as Bischoffs expression suddenly DROPS.
Jesse Ventura: That’s right Bischoff. As you know, ever since Linda McMahon decided to step out of the spotlight, the search has been on for a new WWE Commissioner to oversee the actions on Raw and Smackdown by the General Managers. And I’ve spent the last week now in solid discussions, back and forth with the WWE Board of Directors. And last night, I flew in to Stamford to finalise the deal. And in that deal, I have FULL authority over YOU, Arn Anderson, and every single piece of talent in the back.
Jesse Ventura: Now Eric, I don’t want you to worry - at least not yet. I wont be on your back every week, I wont even be here every week. But I will be watching very closely. So you’d better be on your toes, because all I need is an opening. All you have to do is step outta line once Bischoff …
Ventura attempts to stand over Bischoff and intimidate him.
Jesse Ventura: And I will see to it that you’re gone in a flash.
Jesse Ventura: Now, seeing as I took it upon myself to fly down to Orlando from Stamford this morning, I’d like to kick off my tenure as WWE Commissioner with a bang. So, Eric … see ya next week, you’ve got the night off.
Eric blankly stares at Ventura, before attempting to stand his ground.
Eric Bischoff: You cant do this, Jesse. You cant push your weight around like you own the place. I mean, this is abuse of power. The Board wont stand for this, Jesse. We- I have a lot planned tonight alre-
Jesse Ventura: And now you don’t need to worry about it. You’ve got the night off, Eric. And I might suggest that with seven days to think of one, you come up with a main event for Monday Night Raw next week.
Pop for Venturas no-nonsense attitude, with the Commissioner not discussing the matter with Bischoff at all, and motions to the ropes, with Bischoff standing down - overruled tonight. Despite Bischoffs neutral, even face like tendencies in recent weeks, the fans cheer for this comedown, as the GM is banished from his own show. Ventura shows little to no respect for his former employer back in WCW, and turns attention away from Bischoff as he exit’s the ramp.
Jesse Ventura: Now, we’ve wasted enough time tonight. Let’s get to business here. How about we make the Vengeance main event OFFICIAL!!!
Pop from the fans.
Jesse Ventura: First off, let’s bring out the challenger. The winner of last weeks Beat the Clock challenge. Mister Ken Kennedy!!
Dressed dapper, and looking ALL business, Mister Kennedy strides onto the stage, passing by Eric Bischoff as he leaves, not giving him a second glance, as he makes his way down the aisle.
Jim Ross: You have championed this man for months Coach. And in recent weeks, Mister Kennedy has really stepped up his game, and suddenly, he finds himself with a golden opportunity to win his first World Championship.
The Coach: And he WILL do it, J.R. Mark my words. Mister Kennedy is right on the cusp of greatness here on Raw. And on June 17 in your pigpen, Oklahoma, he’s gonna do it.
Jim Ross: He is on a roll, of that there is no doubt. But can Kennedy make the biggest of step ups in twenty seven days time??
Kennedy enters the ring, acknowledging Ventura, but doesn’t attempt to engage with him, and instead takes his seat at the table.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
To a huge response, Christian steps onto the stage, already dressed in his ring gear, with his own t-shirt too, and carries the World Heavyweight Title over his shoulder.
Jim Ross: That right there folks, THAT, is the man to beat. Christian, the standard bearer, the target everyone else has to aim for. He is the World Heavyweight Champ for a reason, Coach-
The Coach: But not for much longer, for a reason.
Jim Ross: Christian and Mister Kennedy - it’ll be official, NEXT!!
We return from the commercial, with Jesse Ventura already on the mic, and both men seemingly ready to get to business.
Jesse Ventura: Lets get to the formalities, shall we, gentlemen?? Right there, you both have a contract to sign, and I think it’d only be right if we let the challenger sign it first.
Christian waves his hand away as if to say ‘feel free’. Kennedy pulls the contract to himself, and skips to the last page, pen in hand, but pauses. Kennedy flicks the pen around his fingers, staring across the table at Christian, who leans back in the chair, looking ever so relaxed. Kennedy leans forward, grabbing the mic on the table, and speaks softly.
Mister Kennedy: It doesn’t matter to you, does it?? It could be the esteemed Commissioner signing this contract, it could be Jim Ross, or it could be any of those faceless clowns in the back, couldn’t it?? To you, it doesn’t really matter, does it??
The Champion remains calm, leaning back in the chair, simply keeping eye contact with Kennedy, and nothing more.
Mister Kennedy: You’re not taking any of this seriously, are ya?? You’re not taking me seriously, are ya?? Just look at ya for Chrissakes. We’re out here for a contract signing. I took it seriously. I dressed for the occasion, because this title shot means EVERYTHING to me. You?? You didn’t take this seriously. This isn’t serious for you, is it?? I mean, why should it be?? After all, you’re Christian. You’re the World Heavyweight Champion. You’ve beaten everybody there is to beat; you love to remind everyone that you beat The Undertaker (pop) … FOUR TIMES. You beat Steve Austin, (crowd pops) Brock Lesnar, (pop) Triple H, (heat) John Cena, (mixed reaction, outweighed with cheers) etcetera, etcetera. So why should you give a rats ass about facing little ‘ol me.
Still, Christian looks relaxed, as Kennedy continues.
Mister Kennedy: After all, you’ve reached that promised land. Now that you’ve made it, you only give a second thought to those other top dogs. Well I’m very sorry, Christian. I’m sorry that I’m not a ten times World Champ … I’m sorry I don’t have a “Chain Gang” … I’m sorry I’m not a Phenom, and I’m ever so sorry that I’m not ‘The Worlds Toughest S.O.B’. I’m soooo very sorry you’ve had to take time outta your busy schedule to sign this contract for this pesky title match on June 17.
Kennedy stares over at the champion who still looks unconcerned, leaning back, waiting patiently. Kennedy now looks down at the contract, quickly signing it. Ventura looks over to make sure the challenger signs, with Kennedy looking up at the commissioner, then lifts the clipboard and chucks it across the table toward the champion. Just as Christian moves forward to pick up his pen, the challenger speaks up again.
Mister Kennedy: But I’m not at all sorry that on June 17 I’m gonna shock the world, and take that World Heavyweight Championship.
Mixed reaction, quickly descending into boos for the challenger. Christian smirks, and now takes the mic on his side of the table.
Christian: Is that right??
Christian: Look, I’ve heard that spiel before. These fans have heard it all before … at the very least, please come up with something original.
Agitated, Kennedy responds immediately.
Mister Kennedy: It only sounds familiar because you were once the guy on this side of the table. It’s familiar because you said the exact same thing once upon a time. You see, the tables have turned Christian. You don’t realise it … but you’ve entered that special place that you never want to enter - the comfort zone.
Kennedy grins, as the confident look on Christians face starts to turn.
Mister Kennedy: That’s right. You’re in that place. You’ve become THAT guy. You broke the glass ceiling, you won your title, you headlined and closed out WrestleMania, you’ve beaten all the greats … and now, you’ve entered your own little bubble. You’re thinking you’re untouchable. You look down at the likes of me now, and don’t give a second thought. That hunger that got you in that position?? It’s gone. Christian, you’ve peaked … and once you reach the top … there’s only one way to go … and that’s down.
Christian stares at Kennedy, looking rather angered by the accusations.
Mister Kennedy: So let me … reiterate. On June 17, I’m gonna burst your little bubble, and I’m taking that big gold belt with me.
Heat. Now, it’s Kennedy sitting back, relaxing, as Christian stares a hole through the challenger, whilst Ventura continues to watch on..
Christian: I have reached the top, yeah. But I’ve got plenty left in the tank to stay here, and I will be staying here for the foreseeable future.
Pop. Christian leans forward, making sure he has eye contact with Kennedy.
Christian: You know, you’ve got a big mouth Kennedy. And on June 17, I’m gonna take great pleasure in shutting it.
Another pop. Christian signs the contract, but as he does, Kennedy pipes up again.
Mister Kennedy: Now where have I heard that before??
Kennedy rubs his chin, pretending to think hard, then clicks his fingers.
Mister Kennedy: Oh yeah, that would’ve been Steve Austin saying that to YOU, not so long ago.
Kennedy smirks at Christian, with the champion looking more and more agitated by the challenger.
Mister Kennedy: And just like Austin, you’re making a fatal mistake. You’ve underestimated the loudmouthed, cocksure rising force that’s nipping at your heels. To you, I’m nothing more than a pest … just the “challenger of the week”, right?? I mean, you’re sitting there thinking that really, it should be Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle or John Cena sitting on this side of the table.
Christian rolls his eyes at the accusation, shaking his head.
Mister Kennedy: You don’t need to try and convince me, Champ. I know that deep down, you’re not focused on this. This isn’t a serious issue for you. You aren’t viewing me as a serious threat … but you will.
‘Oooooh’ is the noise reverberating around the arena. Kennedy looks to Ventura, pointing to the champion.
Mister Kennedy: He signed that yet??
Ventura nods. Kennedy looks satisfied, and turns his attention back to Christian.
Mister Kennedy: Good. Christian?? You sit back, relax yourself, and think about the future. Go ahead, think past Vengeance, think about your next challenger …
Kennedy stands up, leaning over the table at Christian, who also stands up now, with the fans getting excited.
Mister Kennedy: … And you KEEP thinking about it … dream about it every night, because those dreams will be all you have after Vengeance.
Kennedy slams the mic down, and turns away from the table, storming from the ring, with Christian watching on, not taking his eyes off the hungry challenger. As Kennedy drops off the apron, and walks up the aisle, Ventura now speaks up.
Jesse Ventura: Hold on just a second. The two of you arent finished tonight - not just yet.
The fans pop, with Kennedy turning around on the aisle, and Christian looking quizzically at the Commissioner.
Jesse Ventura: Eric Bischoff neglected to announce a main event for tonight’s show, but now that I’m in charge, it’s The Body’s rules … and I’m announcing tonights main event, right here, right now.
Another pop for Ventura.
Jesse Ventura: I know the excitement is building for Vengeance already, but lets be honest - it’s still four weeks away. I don’t know about you people here in Orlando (cheap pop) but I want a taster of what’s to come. That’s why tonight, it’ll be Mister Kennedy in one corner, teaming with the Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle. And their opponents will be the two men they face at Vengeance, John Cena, and the World Champion Christian!!! Enjoy the evening gentlemen.
It’s a big pop from the fans, with Ventura chucking the mic away, and exiting the ring, with the main event this evening set in stone, and excitement running through the arena.
Jim Ross: My word!!! The new Commissioner has just laid down the law!!! Talk about an instant impression, Coach, tonight, it’s a preview for Vengeance; Christian and John Cena will team to face Kennedy and Kurt Angle. A star studded main event if ever there was one!!!
The Coach: No nonsense stuff from The Body, baby boy!!! Vengeance comes early tonight!!!
Jim Ross: The stage is set Coach, but that’s the main event. When we return though, it’s back to the King of the Ring tournament. CM Punk, one half of the tag team champions, with the opportunity to break out into singles competition, as he faces a man he knows very well; Johnny Nitro!!! Don’t dare go anywhere!!!
We return, straight into the arena…
Red carpet? Check. Photographers? Check. Fur coat and saucy valet? Check. Johnny Nitro enters the arena with a gleaming Melina by his side, as Joey Mercury (not in action tonight, therefore dressed casually) follows behind.
Jim Ross: Last Tuesday night on Superstars, the King of the Ring tournament kicked off in earnest, with Umaga and Burchill advancing to the round of sixteen. Tonight, it continues, and the opportunities fall into the lap of CM Punk and Johnny Nitro - an opportunity to break out and make a name for themselves. This is what this tournament is all about, Coach.
The Coach: Don’t tell that to guys like Willy Regal or Finlay, J.R. Yeah, for the likes of Punk and Nitro, it’s a breakout opportunity, but for the veterans like Regal and Finlay, this is a last big throw of the dice to hit the promised land.
Jim Ross: You make a good point Coach - for once - and indeed, William Regal kicks off his assault on this tournament tonight also, facing Mike Knox. The winners of these two matches tonight will meet in the round of sixteen in the coming weeks too.
Joined by his partner Greg Helms, CM Punk steps onto the stage, getting a positive reaction from the fans, ahead of his big moment.
Match 1 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
Johnny Nitro w/ MNM vs. CM Punk w/ Greg Helms
The outside factors are eliminated early, as interference from both sides forces the official to banish Melina, Mercury and Helms from ringside, leaving Punk and Nitro to battle it out. And, in the short space of time the two get, it’s a fast paced affair, which excites the fans, full of near falls and athleticism. Nitro comes closest to a finish with a roll up, grabbing the tights, but Punk manages to just kick out. Then, Nitro misses a super kick, and eventually falls foul to the Punk Card, and the cover is made, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winner: CM Punk @ 05:23
Punk advances to the last sixteen stage - just one away now from the Elite 8, and Saturdays Nights Main Event, where the tournament will culminate. Punk celebrates his win in the ring, whilst Nitro is rolled to the outside, with the woes continuing for MNM against Straight Edge, as we fade out, backstage.
Backstage, Todd Grisham is standing by with Maria.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am joined by the newest addition to the Monday Night Raw roster, formerly of Smackdown, Maria.
Excitedly, Maria smiles, waving to the camera.
Now Maria, you have requested this switch in order to compete in the womens division here on Raw, however tonight, in your first match you face the unknown Beth Phoenix, also making her in ring debut on Raw.
Maria nods, still selling excitement.
Todd, I’ve been asking for months to come to Raw. I’ve been training really, really hard for the last twelve months, and now, I think I’m ready to compete with the very best divas on Raw.
Brimming with excitement, Maria bounces slightly.
But, given the lack of details you’ll have on Beth Phoenix, and with no knowledge of what she is capable of, don’t you think there is some risk attached to your first match here on Raw??
Maria ponders the question for a moment.
Umm… I guess there is, but Todd-
Maria stops, as she sees BETH PHOENIX, joined by MELINA, enter the picture. Beth stands over Maria, hard faced, whilst Melina has a wicked smile, that grows bigger as she looks at Maria starting to look scared.
There’s a long, awkward silence, before Phoenix finally speaks.
There’s A LOT of risk involved for you tonight Mickie.
Melina lets out a chuckle, whilst Maria lets out a tiny response.
Umm, I’m M- Maria.
Phoenix merely shakes her head, then leans in, whispering into the ear of Maria.
Not tonight. Tonight, you’re Mickie James.
Phoenix backs off, and shows the slightest hint of a smirk, as she and Melina walk off, leaving Maria with a lot to think about…
We return, straight into a video package;
- ‘Alexis Laree’ wins the Womens Championship at WrestleMania as part of the 8 Person Tag Team Match.
- In the following weeks, Melina loses her rematch, and falls to the back of the line in the hunt for the title.
- Melina then begins to torment Laree, speaking of ‘Beth’, and Larees past, using this to threaten her with blackmail, telling the champion she’ll reveal all her secrets to the world, unless she ‘lies down’ and allows her to win back the belt she lost at WrestleMania.
- Laree snaps though, and in the end refuses to lie down, defeating Melina to retain the title, calling Melinas bluff … but she wasn’t bluffing.
- Last weeks revelations, courtesy of Beth Phoenix, including the revelation that Alexis Laree was once known as Mickie James.
And back to ringside, with J.R and Coach, whilst Maria waits in the ring…
Using Melinas music, Beth Phoenix makes her entrance, accompanied by the former womens champion.
Coach, Mickie James, Alexis Laree, whichever name the young lady wishes to go by, the womens champion, has now not been seen on Raw for the second week running. Last week, she was given compassionate leave, but tonight, after the revelations of that woman, Beth Phoenix, she‘s simply no showed. Just WHERE is she??
Probably beating up kind old ladies-
Oh COME ON!!! Coach, that is just unacceptable-
I know it’s unacceptable J.R, but that’s what we’ve come to expect of our womens champion.
I’m talking about you!!
Hey, I just call it as I see it. A Leopard never changes its spots J.R, you know that. Once a maniac, always a maniac. And Mickie James is a certified maniac.
Beth Phoenix w/Melina vs. Maria
Nothing but a vehicle to show the dominant force of Beth Phoenix. Maria is simply a deer caught in the headlights from bell to bell. During the impressive squash, J.R and Coach recover the events of recent weeks, and the current disappearance of Mickie James, after last weeks revelation. Phoenix makes a few calls during the match toward the camera, all directed toward the womens champion, whilst Melina watches on, looking highly pleased, and eventually, the finish comes with an impressive elevated double chickenwing wheelbarrow face buster (Glam Slam; but simply called by J.R as ‘My word, that broke her in half!!’) and an elementary, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Beth Phoenix @ 02:29
A highly impressive debut for Phoenix, who has her arm raised by the devious Melina. As the camera goes for a close up on the victorious debutant, Phoenix calls out the missing womens champion once again, saying to the camera “Mickie James, Come out, come out, wherever you are”. Melina devilishly laughs by Beths side, as Coach and J.R talk.
An impressive, imposing victory from Beth Phoenix. She has just crushed poor Maria. I think Coach, it is safe to say, this woman is the real deal.
Never doubted it baby boy. Look at this woman!! She’s got bigger arms than me!!
The matchstick man has bigger arms than you Coach.
Who injected you with a dose of humour?? We’re talkin about Beth Phoenix here. No wonder Mickie James has gone on the run. Would you want to be on the end of this womans wrath??
In a word Coach?? No.
** VIDEO PACKAGE **
Pitch black, until the voiceover begins…
‘Some have been wronged’
Slow silent shot of Kurt Angle, roaring in anger.
‘Some have been doubted’
Silent shot of Mister Kennedy, victorious last Monday night on Raw.
‘Some have crossed the line’
Silent shot of a sobbing Mickie James.
‘Yet some have yet to scratch the surface’
Silent shot of Umaga standing over Shawn Michaels.
… Still silence … then a sudden rush of crowd noise …
‘But on this night, NO act goes unpunished…’
Shawn Michaels firing up, gritting his teeth.
‘The wrongs can be righted … the doubters can be silenced’
John Cena and Kurt Angle exchanging blows … Mister Kennedy and Christian locking eyes at the close of Raw on Monday.
‘Lines can be crossed … and the boundaries can be forgotten’
Flashing shots of high flying risks from Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, Matt Hardy & Straight Edge.
‘For on this night … VENGEANCE … will be served’
Vengeance logo flashes across the screen.
WWE VENGEANCE | JUNE 17 | FORD CENTRE, OKLAHOMA
ON PAY PER VIEW
We then return backstage, where Kelly Kelly is standing by, alongside Kurt Angle…
Kelly Kelly: Hi everybody!! I’m here with Kurt Angle, who tonight will team with Mister Kennedy, facing off against Christian, and his opponent at Vengeance, John Cena. Kurt, you and John Cena have been at each others throats for months now, but in four weeks time, the two of you will have the chance to settle the score, once and for all-
Kurt Angle: Absolutely. Kelly … I hate John Cena. I don’t say that word too often, but I truly hate him. I hate everything he stands for, I hate how he’s accomplished so much with so little talent, I hate the way he has a generation of children brainwashed into following his every move. But most of all … I hate how he genuinely believes he can compete on my level. Me … an Olympic gold medallist. A genuine athlete. And Cena … a common thug, who knows only one kind of combat … street combat.
Angle pauses, then looks into the camera.
Kurt Angle: Well Cena … I’ve already had to stoop to your level at Backlash, and again in the First Blood match two weeks ago. And even when we competed in your element, we’re one and one. Now, you’ve gotta make the step up. At Vengeance, you have to enter MY element, MY world … and for you, it’s a world of pain you cant survive.
Now, a sinister smile develops on the face of Kurt Angle.
Kurt Angle: Tonight, it’s just the start. Tonight’s tag match is just a preview of what’s to come. On June 17, we’re doin things the old fashioned way … we’re doing what it says on the marquee, we’re gonna do what I do best, what I’m in this business for … something you cant do … at Vengeance, we’re gonna wrestle.
Angle walks off the set, delivering a strong message to Cena, as we cut away…
We then switch away, to a dark, unknown corner, with some amateurish, shaky camerawork, and the reason is soon clear … as THE MIZ jumps in front of the camera, looking around, before whispering to the camera.
The Miz: Guess who?? Oh yeah, it’s me, The Miz, and you should all know what time it is … umm hmm … it’s time for our WWE superstars to grab themselves a dose of reality!!
Miz walks on, summoning the cameraman to follow him. He stops, crouching down, and points down the hallway, with the shaky camera zooming toward a door reading ‘WOMENS LOCKER ROOM’. Miz looks to the camera, smiling broadly, and nods, before motioning for the cameraman to follow him down. He scurries down the hallway, trying to keep quiet, sneaking toward the door. The Miz turns to the cameraman again, putting a finger to his lips, before putting a hand on the door, looking to the camera again, and whispers …
The Miz: It’s time for the Reality Check to become ‘X-Rated’.
Miz then looks to turn the handle, but a hand enters the picture, stopping him. The camera turns, and shows that the handle belongs to JESSE VENTURA.
Jesse Ventura: Uh-Uh. Not tonight pal. In fact, you’re just the guy I’ve been looking for.
The Miz, like a deer in the headlights, simply looks up at the Commissioner, and slowly gulps, before letting out a quiet response.
The Miz: I was uh, just trying to, y’know … inject some more entertainment-
Ventura shakes his head, stopping Miz.
Jesse Ventura: Not tonight you don’t.
Miz accepts the ruling of Ventura, nodding.
Jesse Ventura: You caused quite the stir last week with your hidden camera antics. Now, for some reason, your paperwork still hasn’t cleared, which means it’s your lucky night punk. Because if I had my way, I’d be throwing you into the deep end, and getting you into the ring. Now, since I cant do that, all I really can do is escort you … (looks at the cameraman) and your buddy here off the premises, and I’d advise you not to come back until you’re actually here to compete … in fact, I’d advise you not to come back at all. Because make no mistake about it … there’s gonna be no hidden cameras when you step into that ring to save your embarrassment. No, no, no … the entire world is gonna see you get your puny little butt kicked. And trust me punk, there is a locker room full of guys lining up, for a shot at you.
Ventura points down the hall, with Miz turning and walking away, as the Commissioner follows him, making sure he’s leaving. As he trudges off, Miz turns to Ventura…
The Miz: What am I supposed to do now??
Ventura simply shrugs.
Jesse Ventura: I don’t know … and I don’t care either. Just make sure it’s not disrupting my show.
Ventura then steps in front of Miz, and opens two double doors, leading to a back entrance of the building, and shows Miz out. Just as Miz exit’s the door, he turns back to Ventura again.
The Miz: Y’know what your problem is, Ventura?? You’re old school. Y’need to get with the times. It’s Two Thousand Seven!! Step aside and embrace the change!!
The Commissioner ignores the sudden show of balls from Miz, and slams shut the doors, leaving a disgruntled Miz standing outside, looking around, with his cameraman trying to get a close up. Miz pushes the camera away.
The Miz: Cant you see now isn’t a good time, you idiot?? … We’re not finished tonight … we’re not finished tonight. I promised my followers a reality check, and that’s what they’re gonna get. Forget what that old fossil said … I’ve got an idea. C’mon.
Miz quickly moves off, with the cameraman lagging behind…
And back in the arena, SHAWN MICHAELS is walking through the backstage area, NOT dressed for action, but instead, dressed casually …
Jim Ross: It’s the Heartbreak Kid, Coach!!! Shawn Michaels is here, and it looks like he’s coming this way!! Shawn Michaels is set to join us, when we come back!!
To the delight of the fans, Shawn Michaels enters the arena, saluting his fans, slapping hands as he makes his way down the aisle.
Jim Ross: For nearly two months, Shawn Michaels has found himself on the end of the wrath of the Armando Estrada handled Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga.
The Coach: That’s Mister Money in the Bank to you, J.R. And for your information, Shawn Michaels was given a reprieve last week, so-
Jim Ross: Oh, how kind of him.
The Coach: You know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, don’t you?
In the ring, HBK stands in the centre, fixing his cowboy hat, acknowledging the cheers, before raising a hand to ask for quiet.
Shawn Michaels: HELLO ORLANDO!!!
Eliciting a cheap pop, HBK shows a cheeky grin, before rubbing his chin, and gets set to continue.
Shawn Michaels: I aint gonna take up too much of your time tonight, boys and girls, but I just hadta get somethin off ma chest this evening.
Shawn Michaels: Y’know, couple weeks ago, I stood in this very ring, and threw down the gauntlet to Umaga.
Michaels stops, allowing a couple of cheers.
Shawn Michaels: After a number of weeks of sneak attacks and beatdowns, I pretty much had it up to here.
HBK motions to the top of his head.
Shawn Michaels: But … Umaga decided he’d rather just continue to attack yours truly from behind, again … and again.
Shawn rolls his eyes, before continuing, showing a slightly confused look.
Shawn Michaels: Now, maybe I’m missin somethin here, but isn’t Umaga undefeated?? Isn’t Umaga currently holding the Money in the Bank briefcase?? Isn’t this guy THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS??? He’s been called the Samoan Bulldozer time and time again … but it seems like the guy doesn’t like it when he’s bein called out!!
Small boos for Umaga.
Shawn Michaels: It seems to me, Umaga has a problem with facin good ‘ol Aitch Bee Kay, man to man. It seems to me, Umaga is happy to just jump good ‘ol Aitch Bee Kay from behind, week after week, time after time.
Shawn scratches his chin again, showing a slight smirk, before getting serious again.
Shawn Michaels: Well big man, I aint puttin up with it any longer. A few weeks back, I challenged ya to come face me man ta man … and you declined the invitation. Well … I aint askin anymore … I’M DEMANDING!!
Shawn Michaels: You wanna make a name off The Showstopper, big man?? Come right ahead … but lets try to do it the old fashioned way … one on one, man to man, mano e mano.
Shawn Michaels: I wanna see if The Samoan Bulldozer is the real deal … and I’m pretty sure just about everybody in Orlando, Florida-
Shawn Michaels: … and the rest of the fans all around the world wanna see if Umaga has what it takes to step into the ring with The Heart Break Kid. Because lets face it, any schmuck can attack a guy from behind and look good. Those guys are a dime a dozen. Here’s your chance Umaga. Here’s the chance to step up to the plate, stand out from the crowd, and EARN a reputation.
Another pop from the fans.
Shawn Michaels: So Armando, what’s it gonna be?? Is Umaga gonna be just another ‘Johnny Come Lately’, OR is your Saaaaaaa-mo-an Bulldozerrrr the real thing?? If he’s just another flash in the pan, there aint no shame. He aint the first, and he sure as hell wont be the last either my man. But- if he is what you make him out to be … why don’t you bring that big lump out here, right now, and come see me face ta face??!!
Massive pop from the fans, wanting Umaga to meet HBK face to face. HBK waits for a moment, before speaking again, looking bored as he waits.
Shawn Michaels: What’s it t’ be??
HBK leans on the ropes, waiting for a response.
And, led by a grinning Armando Estrada who is carrying the MITB briefcase, Umaga steps into view, with the fans cheering in excitement.
Jim Ross: Folks … business, has just picked up.
The Coach: Over the years, we’ve heard that Shawn Michaels regrets a lot of his actions back in the nineties. J.R, I think I can safely say, Shawn Michaels will regret calling out the Samoan Bulldozer more than anything he’s ever done in the past. This is what you call career suicide.
Jim Ross: For six of the last seven weeks on Raw, Umaga has left Shawn Michaels laying. Tonight, we’re gonna find out if he can do it face to face. HBK has reached breaking point, and you say he’ll regret this?? I don’t think so. Umaga may be bigger and stronger, but you can never count out Shawn Michaels.
The Coach: On this occasion, I think I will.
Estrada enters the ring, along with Umaga, with the handler standing in front of his savage, smiling at a very serious Shawn Michaels.
Armando Estrada:Ask … and … comos se dice … ju shall … HA HA … receive.
Boos from the fans, with HBK still looking extremely serious, in the face of the smiling Estrada.
Armando Estrada: The great Shawn Michaels, ha ha. Ju hombre, have got a lot of … BALLS, HUH??
Michaels remains concentrated, showing no emotion.
Armando Estrada: Ju come out here, and you demand a piece of Umaga?? Ju want to challenge Umaga to face you like a man??
Still smiling, Estrada steps back, and by the side of Umaga, looking the beast up and down.
Armando Estrada: Pero, does this look like a man who …(tries to think of the word) … DUCKS a challenge??
Michaels doesn’t respond. Estrada steps forward again, and points at HBK.
Armando Estrada: Mi amigo, ju have made a HUGE mistake. Ju don’t call out Meester Monney in the bank, ju DON’T challenge THIS MAN!!!
Estrada points at Umaga, with the savage standing still, staring a hole through HBK, breathing heavy.
Armando Estrada: Pero, until now, Umaga has been just toying wi’ ju. He’s attacked ju from behind, because he wanted to … because I wanted him to. But now that you‘ve questioned this man?? NOW … that you’ve called out Umaga?? NOW?? … Playtime?? IT’S OVER PERO!!
Heat for Estrada.
Armando Estrada: From now on, the gloves?? … ARE OFF!! Now?? Now, I’m gonna let THE SAAAAAAAA-MO-AN BULLDOZERRR off the leash, ha ha!!
Overly confident, Estrada gets in Michaels face, constantly pointing behind himself at Umaga.
Armando Estrada: JU WANT A PIECE OF THIS MAN- THIS BEAST- THIS MONSTER???
Estrada continues to bark in the face of Shawn.
Armando Estrada: THEN - LIKE THE MAN HE SAY … JU’RE WISH IS MY COMMAND … HA HA!!!
Estrada now gets in Michaels face.
Armando Estrada: It’ll be the great Shawn Michaels, one on one … with the Samoan Bulldozer … at Vengeance!!
Pop from the crowd. Michaels remains stoic, as Estrada removes his sunglasses.
Armando Estrada: But hombre, let me warn ju … BE CAREFUL WHAT JU WISH FOR!! Because … at Vengeance?? HA HA … ju are going to get … THE BEATING- BEATING- I SAID BEATING of a lifetime courtesy of-
SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!!!!!!
Shawn Michaels, that quickly, drops Estrada!!! The arena goes NUTS as Estrada goes down, but UMAGA instantly pounces on Shawn … DRIVING HBK into the corner with ferocity. The Samoan Bulldozer wildly throws blows, swatting Michaels, pounding him to the canvas. Umaga then stops, and turns around, yelling wildly, before storming out of the corner … THEN CHARGES IN … BUT MICHAELS AVOIDS THE RUNNING BUTT SPLASH!!!!
The fans come alive again, as Michaels avoids Umaga, and gets to his feet, ducking under a wild clothesline, then delivers an inverted atomic drop … AND CONNECTS WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!
BUT UMAGA IS STILL STANDING!!!
Mister Money in the Bank merely wobbles from the super kick, as HBK looks stunned … but winds up again … AND HIT’S A SECOND SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!
BUT UMAGA IS STILL STANDING!!!
This time, Umaga wobbles backward, feeling the effects of the kick, as Michaels looks down, and spots the briefcase, quickly picking it up, AND SMASHES IT OFF THE SKULL OF UMAGA!!! The Samoan Bulldozer stumbles back again, into the ropes … AS MICHAELS HIT’S A THIRD SWEET CHIN MUSIC … SENDING UMAGA OVER THE TOP ROPE!!!
Umaga lands on the floor outside, crashing into the barrier, and onto his knees, looking dazed from the shots to the head, as Michaels looks pumped up in the ring, begging the 350 pound beast to get back inside!!!
Michaels then turns his attention back to Estrada, and picks the mouthpiece up, ripping his jacket and shirt off, before slapping Armando around the face, before grabbing a cigar from the canvas, and shoves it into the mouth of the knocked out Estrada, then chucks Armando over the top rope, to join Umaga on the outside!!!
Orlando is on it’s feet for HBK, who has finally landed a blow in this one sided war with Umaga, as the Samoan Bulldozer furiously pounds the apron in frustration on the outside. Meanwhile, in the ring, Michaels picks up the briefcase, throwing it outside too, and picks up Estradas hat, putting it on, adding insult to injury, as Umaga picks up his handler, throwing him over his shoulder, and backing up the ramp, yelling back at Michaels, who stands firm in the ring, wearing the hat of Estrada, showing no fear of the Samoan Bulldozer, as we fade out.
We return with clips from the last segment, where a meeting between Shawn Michaels and Umaga was verbally agreed, before Shawn Michaels finally got one over on his tormentor for the past two months.
Coach, have we just seen the first chink in the armour of the Samoan Bulldozer?? For weeks - months even - Umaga has dominated Shawn Michaels, but tonight, Shawn Michaels finally got the upper hand!!
But it took him THREE, count ‘em, THREE doses of Sweet Chin Music, and the helping hand of a solid briefcase to do it!! Not to mention Shawn Michaels attacked Armando Estrada for no good reason!!
Turnabout’s fair play, Coach. Haven’t you ever heard that?? Shawn Michaels has been on the receiving end of Umaga wrath, led by his handler, for the last two months, and tonight it was payback!!!
Well, we’ll see what happens in twenty seven days time at Vengeance. Shawn Michaels might have just signed his own death warrant with that attack. Umaga has GOT to be furious.
In the ring, Mike Knox - making his first appearance on TV since the night after WrestleMania - is standing, waiting for his opponent.
Well folks, it’s time to continue the King of the Ring tournament, and as you can see, Mike Knox is standing by, waiting for his first round opponent…
We haven’t seen this guy for quite some time J.R. And by the looks of it, wherever he’s been, they don’t sell razors. Look at that beard!!
Quite the sight.
To a generous pop, the veteran, William Regal, makes his entrance, looking focused and ready.
Coming from England, perhaps there would be no one more fitting to win the King of the Ring tournament than William Regal, Coach-
Maybe not, but this thing isn’t about sentiment, old timer. You gotta earn the right to be the King of the Ring. And don’t get me started on royalty in England-
We’ll have plenty of time to discuss your views on that in August at Summerslam, Coach.
Match 3 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
William Regal vs. Mike Knox
Regal displays his veteran instincts in order to get the upper hand on the much bigger opponent. Knox, making his first appearance on TV since WrestleMania, puts in a good showing too, getting the better of Regal for a period of the contest. But, despite showcasing his power, Knox is unable to put the Brit away, with Regal hanging on, surviving the onslaught. Knox, starting to grow anxious, looks more and more for a finish, but instead, allows Regal back into contention, and in the end falls victim to Regal and the Knee Trembler, earning the veteran the 1...2...3!!!
Winner: William Regal @ 04:46
Regal books himself a showdown with the up and coming CM Punk in the last sixteen of the King of the Ring tournament!! The veteran celebrates, showing how much the win means to him, as he has his hand raised, whilst it’s back to the drawing board for Mike Knox as he attempts to make an impression on Raw.
Regal advances, and it will be youth against experience in the sweet sixteen, as Regal takes on CM Punk for a place at Saturday Nights Main Events conclusion of the tournament on June 23rd.
This years King of the Ring is beginning to take shape baby boy.
And next week, we will continue with a further two matches in the first round from the Raw side of the draw, but we’ll get to that a little later on.
We return backstage, where Todd Grisham is seen, approaching the General Managers office, tonight occupied by Jesse Ventura. Grisham knocks the door, and opens it, walking in, and sees Ventura, with his feet up on the table, looking relaxed.
Uhh, Mister Ventura?? Would it be possible to get a quick interview??
Ventura waves him on, allowing Grisham in.
Thanks. Basically, I just wanted to get a few comments on how it feels to be the new Co-
I saw the door was open so-
The camera turns, showing CODY RHODES entering the room. Rhodes pauses, seeing Ventura has company.
Oh … I’m sorry, I uh, is this a bad time??
Make it quick Mister Rhodes.
I’m just looking for a very small favour. Last week on Superstars I was humiliated in the King of the Ring tournament. All I want tonight is a chance to redeem myself. I just want a match, sir.
Ventura looks to Grisham, then back to Rhodes.
I like your spirit Cody. Reminds me of your old man. However, I cant give you a match tonight, because you are otherwise engaged on Superstars tomorrow night.
Rhodes looks pleased.
That’s fantastic. Who am I facing??
Ventura smirks, and shakes his head slightly.
Well, here’s where it gets a little interesting. Y’see kid, this wasn’t a match I was planning on putting together, but I’ve had a couple of visitors here already tonight - one of which already concerned you.
Cody looks confused.
Somebody asked to face me in a match??
Ventura smiles again.
Not quite. The opposite in fact. Somebody was here to ask for a tag
match, to team with you.
Rhodes suddenly twigs where this is going.
Oh no, not him. No way Jess. Dustin already ruined by chances at becoming the King of the Ring, I’m not gonna let him make a mockery of me any longer.
Suddenly, we hear ‘TUT, TUT, TUT’ from behind Cody, and we see it’s none other than GOLDUST. The Bizarre One walks up to Cody, putting an arm around his shoulder.
You cant blame your bigger brother for your shortcomings Cody. I’m here to help you step out of his shadow!!
Rhodes rolls his eyes.
Now the King of the Ring didn’t work out. But I’ve seen what you need now.
Yeah, I need to get away from you, you freak.
Goldust shakes his head.
Ohhhhh … no, no, no. Quite the opposite. You need to get closer to me, young Cody.
Rhodes huffs, furious with this, as Ventura speaks up.
Look, you two can take this elsewhere. The fact of the matter is that you both get your wish. Cody, you have your shot to redeem yourself after that King of the Ring fiasco, and … (look at Goldust)
you get to team with him. Tomorrow night, you’re facing off against Tomko and X-Pac. They wanted a piece of the action, he wanted a tag match, and you wanted a match. The way I see it, you all oughta be happy. Now get this damn circus outta my office, will ya.
Cody storms off, with Goldust chasing behind him, as Grisham remains with Ventura.
You too, Todd.
Grisham accepts the decision, and nods, before turning to leave. He walks out, as we hear Ventura mutter under his breath.
God damn freak show.
Accompanied by Katie Lea, Paul Burchill and Harry Smith enter to a good ovation, ahead of this upcoming tag team match. Smith and Katie though look extremely uncomfortable after last weeks ‘Reality Check’, whilst it is still unclear if Burchill is aware of the situation, with his usual ‘fixed’ expression etched on his face.
And Coach, here come two men who still have a massive, vested interest in this years King of the Ring; Paul Burchill has already advanced to the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ and will meet Umaga there in a clash of two undefeated superstars on Raw, whilst Harry Smith begins his quest, when he faces the Intercontinental Champion, Shelton Benjamin in the coming weeks.
Yeah, but something tells me the King of the Ring might just be the last thing on either of these guys minds right now. Does Burchill know Smith has been foolin around with his little stepsister?? I say if he does, we’ll soon see why Burchill has been referred to as the ‘King of Pain’ as opposed to the King of the Ring.
Well, I’d dare say if Burchill did
see that footage from last week, Harry Smith wouldn’t be physically able to stand by now.
Maybe I should inform Burchill-
In an interesting twist, we see Burchill call for a mic, as the music dies down.
Maybe he does know afterall.
Both Harry and Katie look at each other, neither looking forward to what they might be about to hear. Burchill stands still, staring at both his stepsister and tag team partner, before finally speaking.
Alright. I think the pair of you know what this is about.
Again, Harry and Katie look at each other, uneasy.
Last week, the two of you were caught on camera…
Burchill cuts himself off, not wanting to talk any further. He puts his head down, and shakes his head.
Look- I’ve went through a wide range of emotions this past week. I’ve had a lot to think about. That’s why I didn’t answer calls from either of you.
Burchill pauses again, then looks straight at his sister.
You know I’ve always been protective of you Katie, ever since we were little … but over the last week, I’ve had to realise that I cant dictate what you do in your life, I cant hold on to you forever … that wouldn’t be fair, and in the end, it’d would only end with you resenting me.
Burchill nods, and turns his attention to Smith.
Harry … in the short time we’ve known each other and been tag team partners, I have to admit, I’ve grown very fond of you. You’re a good guy, and I have no doubt that you’ll treat my baby sister with the respect she deserves.
Still looking uncomfortable, Smith nods, but quickly puts his head down.
And after having time to think about it, I’ve realised that there isn’t a better guy for my sister than you. Basically, what I’m trying to say here is … the two of you have my blessing.
Small pop from the fans, but many in attendance couldn’t really care less about this issue.
I’m just sorry that the two of you felt you had to hide this from me. That’s my fault. But believe me, you don’t have to worry about how I’ll react from now on. I support you both.
Burchill extends a hand to Smith, with Harry accepting, but still looking uneasy with the imposing Burchill smiling at him.
And at least this way, it works out the best for all of us. You two get to be together … and I can keep an eye on the pair of you at the same time.
A few ‘Oooohs’ come from the fans, as Katies expression drops. Burchill is set to turn and give his sister a hug, when…
LEMME HOLLA AT YA PLAYA’S!!!
Heat instantly descends as the fans realise it’s none other than THEODORE LONG, leading out The Brotherhood.
PLAYAS!! Excuse me for tha interruption, but I was under the impression that this was Monday Night Raw, NOT One Tree Hill, ya feel may??
Couple of cheers from the fans, but the comment is met mainly with boos.
But gentlemen, and of course, lady-
Theodore nods down the aisle at a disgusted Katie Lea.
Tha Brotherhood has a problem. Y’see, Eric Bischoff only afforded my four soldiers a measly two spots for Mark and Tha Black Diamond in tha King of the Ring tournament, but playas … four inta two don’t go, ya dig?? An’ Monty an’ JTG here deserve some recognition if ya ask me.
Smirking, Long winks at the two men in the ring.
So … we have ourselves a dilemma. BUT!! Fortunately … you guys are tha solution.
By eliminating tha two of you crackas … Tha Brotherhood profits … ya feel may?? And as for you, little lady??
Long looks at Katie again, with Burchill standing in front of her, getting to her before Smith had the chance.
Well … you just know y’place, and y’ wont get hurt.
IF ANY OF YOU COWARDS PUT A FINGER ON HER-
HOLD IT- Hold it right there, playa. If that English Rose doesn’t wanna get hurt, she’d betta get outta the firin line, ya dig??
YOU DON’T THREATEN HER!! You pack of gutless cowards bring your God Forsaken arses to this ring right now, and I’ll damn sure eliminate any problems!!!
Theodore smiles at the reaction, then looks at his troops, nodding.
Led by Mark Henry, The Brotherhood make a beeline for the ring, with Smith and Burchill meeting them as they enter, and the punches are traded, but instantly, the numbers are too great for the Lions to handle … and naturally, Katie gets involved, jumping on the back of Monty Brown … but he simply throws her off.
Brown then stalks the female in the corner, with Katie cowering down, as a three on two beating continues, with Theodore Long directing traffic …
**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**
IT’S MATT HARDY!!!!!!!!!!
Matt Hardy, one week removed from a massive win over Shelton Benjamin, charges to the ring, sliding inside, and throws blows to ANYTHING that moves, knocking down JTG, then Brown, THEN Benjamin!!! Hardy then continues to pound on the Intercontinental Champion, as Burchill and Smith fight back to their feet against Mark Henry, eventually knocking him OUT of the ring!!! JTG and Monty Brown soon follow, with the supposedly scheduled tag team match between the British Lions and The Brotherhood up in the air now.
Just as the stand off begins, the camera switches to the stage again, where an unimpressed Jesse Ventura is waiting.
AHEM!!! May I have your attention??
All eyes turn to the stage now, with Ventura prepares to speak.
Now … we were all set for a tag team match, before it all kicked off and The Brotherhood attempted to handicap the Lions. Well … Matt Hardy since you decided to throw yourself into the situation as the hero of the piece, you’ve just got yourself into this match. Matt, you’re gonna team with the Lions, and the three of you are gonna face three of Teddy Longs Brotherhood. JTG, Monty Brown, and the Intercontinental Champ himself; Shelton Benjamin!!
Pop from the fans, as the match is made, but Theodore Long is furious at ringside, not wanting to throw his prized asset into action tonight, but the decision is final.
Match 4 | SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH:
The Brotherhood w/ Theodore Long & Mark Henry vs. British Lions & Matt Hardy
Joined in progress from the commercial, it’s a fast paced six man tag match, with excitement rising when Hardy and Benjamin are in the ring, and eventually when the two find themselves in the ring at the same time, the fans come alive. Neither man gains a clear advantage before filtering back to their team mates as the match continues. Eventually, (as always), the match breaks down with Smith and JTG the legal men, and all six men get involved, with Long and Henry also trying to get in on the act, but Burchill is able to overpower Henry, knocking him over the barrier.
After that though, Burchill is attacked by Monty Brown, as they pair off on the outside. Meanwhile, in the ring, Theodore Long distracts Smith, allowing JTG to attack the youngster from behind but thanks to an intervention from Katie Lea, she chases Long up the aisle, ridding all outside interference now. JTG is then caught with a side walk slam from Smith in an impressive counter, giving himself the opportunity to go for the running power slam finish. However, Shelton Benjamin re-enters the ring, with the IC title belt in his grasp, waiting for Shelton to turn around … BUT MATT HARDY comes to the rescue, spinning Benjamin around, kicking him in the gut, AND DELIVERS THE TWIST OF FATE!!! It leaves Smith with a clear path, and he DOES finish off JTG with the old finisher of his late father, and gets a cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: The British Lions & Matt Hardy @ 07:09
Matt Hardy proves himself to be a thorn in Benjamins side for the second consecutive week, whilst The British Lions score another win over The Brotherhood, as they surely close in on a shot at the tag team titles. Burchill joins Matt and Smith in the ring, whilst The Brotherhood try to regroup on the outside. Hardy takes the IC title belt, taking a good long look at it, holding it aloft, whilst Benjamin looks set to blow a gasket on the outside, demanding his belt back.
The British Lions continue to look like a rising force in the tag team division here on Raw, and also, tonight, for the second consecutive week, Matt Hardy gets the better of your boy, Coach, Shelton Benjamin.
Yeah, well “your boy” Matt Hardy had no business even being out here in the first place!! And he had no business being in the ring at the end. He’s an unwelcome pest.
Much like someone else I know.
Don’t talk about Jerry Lawler like that, J.R. I already ousted him to Superstars, don’t try and lose the man his job.
Ignorance is bliss, aint it, Coach?? But folks at home, back to business- Matt Hardy has made it clear tonight that Shelton Benjamin - and more importantly, the Intercontinental Title - is in his sights.
Not. Gonna. Happen.
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
The Coach: (Sounding delighted)
Jim Ross: King of the Ring tournament, Coach. It’s beginning to heat up, and next week here on Raw, it’s MNM vs. Straight Edge; Part Two. Tonight, CM Punk defeated Johnny Nitro. Next week, it’s Greg Helms, one on one with Joey Mercury. Can Mercury win back some pride for the former World Tag Team Champions, or will Straight Edge once again prove their dominance over MNM???
The Coach: Not only that, old timer, but your latest crush; Matt Hardy begins his quest for recognition - undeserved recognition might I add - when he takes on Tyson Tomko - one of my personal favourites.
Jim Ross: And of course Coach, we’re on the road toward Vengeance. Coming from Gods Country; Oklahoma City!! The first ever WWE Pay Per View to come from my home town-
The Coach: And the last!!
J.R ignores the comment.
Jim Ross: And already, this event is shaping up. A triple main event in place Coach if you ask me. Three matches signed; and any of the three could potentially headline ANY Pay Per View. Kurt Angle and John Cena face off one last time, Shawn Michaels attempts to be the first man to ever defeat Umaga, and of course, Mister Kennedy has his first EVER shot at a World Championship, when he faces Christian. Coach, it’s gonna be a slobber knocker.
The Coach: Just a shame of the location, but yeah, cant complain about this line up J.R. When it comes to Pay Per View, regardless of it being on the Moon, or in Shanty Town, U.S.A, Raw ALWAYS delivers.
In the ring now, we see Stevie Richards in his ring gear, making a rare appearance on Raw.
Jim Ross: Well Coach, it’s still twenty seven days away unfortunately, but right now, Stevie Richards is waiting in the ring for his match, and of course, we have our main event still to come; a Vengeance preview if you will!!!
The Coach: Oh yeah, tonight, Kennedy and Angle take on Christian and Cena. Blockbuster!!! BLOCK-BUS-TER!!!
The music of Rey Mysterio plays through the arena … for an overly long period of time … with no sign of Rey Mysterio whatsoever.
The Coach: I know Mysterio is small, J.R … but I’m pretty sure he’s not invisible. Where is the little guy??
Jim Ross: Yeah … this is … not like Mysterio, Coach.
In the ring, Richards looks confused, asking the referee what’s going on, with the official as dumbstruck as Richards. Suddenly though, the action switches backstage to the gorilla position - where REY MYSTERIO is laid out, face down, out cold. There appears to be a lot of chaos backstage, as officials quickly surround the fallen superstar, wondering what has happened.
Jim Ross: What the-??
The Coach: Has he fallen asleep?? How unprofessional is that??
Jim Ross: Oh shut up Coach!!
Backstage, medics quickly tend to Mysterio, with Jesse Ventura arriving on the scene.
Jesse Ventura: DID ANYONE SEE WHAT HAPPENED??? WHAT HAPPENED HERE???
Ventura looks for potential witnesses, but no one appears to be seen what happened to Rey.
Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, it appears that … Rey Mysterio has been brutally assaulted - knocked out cold it seems, backstage.
The Coach: Well, we don’t know that. It is getting pretty late, J.R. It might be passed the kids bedtime. It is a school night after all.
Jim Ross: Can you show some sort of compassion?? Can you do that?? Folks, I think it’s safe to say that this scheduled match … wont be happening.
Mysterio is slowly placed onto a stretcher, with Ventura still appealing for any witnesses backstage.
Jim Ross: And y’know, thinking back to two weeks ago, Coach … you remember what happened to Mysterio??
Oh yeah, he got GORED- I’ll say that again in honour of the man who made the word sound so great - GORED through a table by Rhyno.
I cant help but think that these two events are somehow related…
You’re putting two and two together, and old timer, you’re-
I’m making four, Coach. Think about it, where has Rhyno been tonight?? Banned from the arena last week, but not this week. If you ask me, that attack was the work of one man, and that’s the vengeful Rhyno.
Well good for him!!!
J.R simply stares at Coach for a moment, with utter disdain, before speaking.
We will hope to get an update on Mysterios condition later, folks. But coming up next, it’s the main event. Vengeance comes early; Kurt Angle and the #1 Contender, Mister Kennedy, meet their respective opponents come June 17; that being John Cena, and the reigning World Champion, Christian. DON’T go away.
And back from the commercial, we see an ambulance leaving the arena, with Rey Mysterio being taken from the arena, after a vicious assault, seemingly from Rhyno, following on from his attack two weeks ago.
A terrible, terrible sight, Coach. The sort of thing we hate to see-
But on the plus side, Stevie Richards just won a match for the first time since he wrestled in a bingo hall in Philly.
I’m looking at the bigger picture, Coach. I’m sure even Stevie Richards wont be celebrating a hollow win tonight.
Take ‘em when you get ‘em is what I say, J.R. Who knows when Stevie will have his hand raised again- who knows IF he’ll have his hand raised again!!!
You’re an idiot Coach, and you app-
Are we on???
J.R is cut off mid-flow, as we see THE MIZ on the titan tron. Again, the camerawork is shaky, and it appears he’s cut into the feed from an unknown location.
Annnnnnd … BACK!! Oh yeah, The Reality Check is ‘on the road’ after being unfairly cut off back in the arena. But Jess, thank you. Because instead of a peep show in the womens locker room, we’ve got a real big scoop. Behind me, is the bar in which Eric Bischoff has spent the last hour after being unceremoniously ejected from HIS OWN SHOW!! Follow me.
The Miz leads the way, and into the bar. He then stops, and looks around the bar, before spotting Bischoff, and makes a beeline toward him. The Miz approaches, as we see Bischoff sitting, looking unhappy at the bar, finishing off a whisky, and nodding to the barman for another.
Mister Eric Bischoff.
Bischoff looks around at the smug Miz, rolling his eyes.
It appears that the WWE’s new Commissioner has a dislike for the anti-establishment. He sent you away earlier, and he threw me outta the building from Raw. So what I was thinking Eric, was this- let’s stick it to Ventura. You and me. How about you give me an exclusive interview for my Reality Check-
How about I do you one better. How about I exclusively reveal to you
, for your Reality Check thing you’ve got going here, next weeks
Raw main event??
The Miz looks to the camera with a cheesy grin on his face.
Mister Bischoff, THAT, would be fantastic. In fact, after he gave you the night off for not naming a main event this week, it would be the PERFECT comeback.
Bischoff takes a swig of Whisky again, before turning to Miz, and speaks.
Alright. Next week, there’s gonna be TWO main events. And I’m gonna give the power to the talent. It’s been a while since we saw the ‘Pick Your Poison’ formula used. So next week, Mister Kennedy and Christian are gonna do just that. They will decide each others opponents. How does that sound??
The Miz nods, smiling.
Mister Bischoff … that’s EPIC!!! That’s why you’re a genius. ‘Ol Jesse is gonna l-
The feed on the titan tron cuts, with the important part revealed already anyway, as we come back into the arena.
And striding onto the stage, Mister Kennedy is greeted with heat from the fans, but as ever, the #1 Contender couldn’t care less.
A huge - unscheduled - announcement from Eric Bischoff. Next week on Raw, Pick Your Poison returns, and that man, the number one contender will pick Christians opponent. And in return, the World Heavyweight Champion will decide who Mister Kennedy takes on next week too.
Gotta hand it to The Bisch, J.R. That’s pretty damn sweet.
I don’t doubt Bischoffs ability to create interesting match ups, Coach. He’s been tremendous at creating interest in matches for a long, long time.
Kennedy reaches the ring, and almost instantly…
Kurt Angle enters, looking fired up, ready to get his hands on John Cena, as we head into a commercial again…
And we return, with John Cena already on the aisle, throwing his shirt into the crowd, and waits for his partner, as Kurt Angle prowls in the ring, wanting a piece of Cena.
**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**
And to a massive reception, Christian enters, carrying the big gold belt, with Mister Kennedy giving the champion his full attention, watching as Christian makes his way down the aisle. Cena and Christian meet on the aisle, sharing a nod, before walking together to the ring, as we get set for a big time main event.
Christian & John Cena vs. Mister Kennedy & Kurt Angle
The anticipation rises inside the arena, as the two teams take to their corners, and the match begins with Cena and Kennedy … but Kennedy doesn’t want Cena, and points to Christian, challenging the champion to take him on. Christian seems pleased enough to take the #1 Contender on, and accepts the tag from Cena … and as soon as he enters the ring … KENNEDY IS ON HIM!!! The hungry challenger takes it to the champion, giving Christian plenty to think about early on, with a vicious pounding in the corner, before being forcefully pulled away by the official, calling for the break.
That allows Christian to get a foot hold on the match, and he and Kennedy trade blows, going back and forth, but neither really gets a clear advantage despite a couple of near falls. Kennedy eventually goes for a tag, bringing in Angle, having given Christian something to think about. Angle steps in, but like Kennedy, wants his Vengeance opponent, and just like Christian earlier, Cena has no reservations in tagging in. With Cena and Angle face to face, Kurt shoots for a takedown, but Cena avoids it, and swings a right hand when Angle gets up, but misses.
It’s a cagey battle between the two foes, with Angle eventually getting Cena down, and outwrestles his rival, backing up his statements from earlier. However, Cena survives the onslaught, and fights free, trying to turn the tables, and make it more of a knockdown drag out affair, as they trade near falls, much like Christian and Kennedy earlier. Eventually, Cena gets the upper hand, and tags in Christian, with the champion getting to work on Angle, but the Olympian kicks out of two pin attempts, before Christian brings Cena back inside.
Cena continues where Christian left off, but is caught with an unexpected Belly to Belly from Angle, which puts the advantage in Angle and Kennedys corner, as Angle tags Kennedy in, looking to get a breather. Kennedy continues where he left off, showing his own tenacity, getting to work on Cena, and scores a two count off a neck breaker before going to a commercial.
And the coverage returns, with Cena caught in a front face lock on the canvas, courtesy of Angle, as we watch clips from during the commercial break, where Kurt and Kennedy got to work on Cena, including a barrage of shots in the corner, where Kennedy held Cena up, exposing the ribcage, allowing Angle to pound his rival mercilessly - an attack that became prolonged as Christian tried to intervene, only to be cut off by the referee, inadvertently distracting the official, allowing the illegal double team to continue.
Cena eventually musters a comeback, fighting his way back, but is quickly cut back down by Angle, who catches him with a reverse uppercut, as Cena comes back off the ropes. The enthusiasm of the fans dies down too, with Cena once again taking a beating at the hands of Kennedy and Angle, whilst Christian can only watch on, hoping for a tag. With Cena still doing his best to fight back, showing his spirit with constant kick outs as Angle and Kennedy increase the pressure, Christian tries to spur him on, clapping his hands, trying to drum up support from the fans when … KENNEDY YANKS HIM OFF THE APRON!!!
Christians face smashes off the apron, as Kennedy attacks the champion - FOR NO REASON!! Cena wasn’t inching for a tag, it was simply for no reason - a mindless assault - and Kennedy continues it, dragging the champion up, and HURLS him into the steel steps!! The steps tumble over, such is the force, as Kennedy now reaches over, and POUNDS Christian showing no mercy to the man he faces at Vengeance. In the ring meanwhile, Cena has finally begun to turn the tables, avoiding a German suplex, and breaking free, then beats Angle to the punch, eventually delivering a release Fisherman!!
Cena then looks for the tag, but spots Kennedy pounding Christian on the outside, and looks to get his hands on the #1 Contender, but as he drops out of the ring, Kennedy scarpers away, leaving Cena to tend to Christian on the outside, as we cut away to the final commercial break of the evening, as the four men engage in a stand off, with Angle trying to reach his feet again, whilst Cena tries to help Christian up on the outside.
And the action resumes, with Christian now taking a hammering in the corner from Mister Kennedy. We see that during the commercial, Cena was due to take on Kennedy (now the legal man) whilst Christian recovered, but after the attack from the #1 Contender, Christian demanded the tag from Cena … but he has ended up on the end of a beating, with Angle also making a cameo, delivering a Belly to Belly in between Kennedys shifts in the ring. Kennedy delivers his face wash kick in the corner, continuing to punish the champion, and scores a near fall off a second face wash.
Kennedy then turns his attention to going for his recent addition to his repertoire - the Crossface. Desperately though, Christian tries to avoid it, and manages to fight Kennedy off, battling to his feet, fighting the #1 Contender off, but is caught coming off the ropes with a SPINEBUSTER!!! Kennedy gets the cover, but only scores a two count. He then drags Christian up, and to the corner, setting him up … for the GREEN BAY PLUNGE … BUT CHRISTIAN BLOCKS IT!!! Christian fights to freedom, and shoves Kennedy off the top … BEFORE DELIVERING A SUDDEN FLYING HEADBUTT!!!
The tables have turned, and Christian now looks to tag out to his fresh partner … but Kennedy looks out of it!! Christian inches closer, whilst Angle is ready to have a fit, with Kennedy showing no signs of motion on the canvas … AND CHRISTIAN TAGS CENA IN!!!!!
Cena charges right across the ring, making a beeline for Angle … AND KNOCKS HIM OFF THE APRON!!! Cena then stands over Kennedy, pointing down at him, then motions for the most ridiculous move in sports entertainment … coming off the ropes … FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE … MISSES!!!!! Kennedy rolls out of the way, having played possum, and rolls to his corner, looking for the tag … but Angle isn’t there!! Kennedy drags himself up in the corner, looking around, with Angle down on the floor … and suddenly has Cena charging toward him … BUT GETS A FOOT UP - RIGHT IN THE MUSH OF CENA!!! Kennedy then comes from behind, and looks to hook up the MIC CHECK - BUT CHRISTIAN RUNS IN - AND CLOTHESLINES KENNEDY!!!
Christian now finally gets his hands on Kennedy, pounding him, before throwing his next challenger out of the ring, and following himself. In the ring, Cena shakes the cobwebs loose, and watches on … but forgets about Angle … AND ANGLE RUSHES IN BEHIND … AND TRIPS HIM FROM BEHIND … AND APPLIES THE ANKLELOCK!!! Cena is caught in the submission, as the referee tries to break it, considering Angle isn’t the legal man, but Kurt has a manic look in his eyes, refusing to break it. Cena though, shows his own skill and ability, twisting around, then KICKS Angle away with his free foot, breaking the hold!!!
Angle tries to come right back for the submission, but Cena leaps up, tackling Angle down, pounding the Olympian!!! Cena gets to his feet, and now stalks Kurt, looking to deliver the FU, getting him on his shoulders, but Angle slips off, and shoves Cena toward the ropes - with Cena stopping himself right at the ropes, just before he could collide with his tag team partner who is on the apron … BUT THEN Angle shoves into Cena, who crashes into Christian, knocking the champion off the apron!!! Cena looks down off the apron, as Christian squirms … WHILST ANGLE COMES FROM BEHIND AND FOLLOWS UP… ANGLE SLAM!!!
Kennedy now slithers into the ring, but DOESN’T make a cover, and instead, turns Cena over, AND APPLIES THE CROSSFACE!!!!! Cena is out of it already, and cant put up a fight, whilst Angle lies on the canvas, right in front of his foe, trash talking Cena whilst Kennedy cranks back … with the referee raising the arm of Cena, but it immediately drops, and he calls for the bell!!!
Winners: Mister Kennedy & Kurt Angle @ 16:04
It’s victory for Kennedy and Angle, and it’s a massive victory too!!! Kennedy beats John Cena, with Christian picking himself up on the outside. Kennedy releases the hold, and has his hand raised, whilst Kurt Angle continues the trash talk on the mat, as we quickly end the show, with Christian still struggling on the outside, whilst Kennedy appears on the top of the world, hand raised again, momentum riding high going toward Vengeance…
END OF SHOW
Current Card for WWE Vengeance:
Date: 17th June 2007
Location: Ford Centre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Event Music: The Killers, Move Away
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Christian vs. Mister Kennedy
One On One:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels vs. Umaga w/Armando Estrada