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This is great. You really capture the whole...well, I know we don't like to say it, but the whole Universe of the WWE. You capture the dialects and the verbal tics, and the matches are fun to read. I'm-a keep my eye on this one.
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jfc Wolfy you're still doing this bad boy? Unbelievable. Kudos to ya.

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First things first, I don't think I need to say it, because you know how pleased I am to see you back in action. When there are times that I think of leaving this section, or am just not involved in things, you're one of the people who immediately recaptures my interest. Others have progressed in the section, some are good, but you're the best, end of. Not to mention I didn't make those damn SummerSlam and WrestleMania banners for you for nothing!

Also, on a side note, to the guy above me, good to see you back.


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Let me just start by saying that you certainly haven't lost your touch when it comes to JR and Coach. I'm glad you didn't change the commentary team like you had previously suggested, because these two characters are absolute gold together.

Kicking things off with Kennedy is certainly interesting. I wouldn't expect it, but it's a welcome surprise. I'm glad you're really using the announcers, and in fact the placement of this match on the card, to give Kennedy importance, because he certainly needs it heading into Vengeance. His character has been one of the most interesting in recent times. Also, I'm still waiting for an explanation as to why he dropped the Kennedy nickname, then suddenly went back to the gimmick without any explanation whatsoever, and is now suddenly "serious" again. Promo, perhaps?

Wow, Shawn Michaels is certainly an interesting choice of opponent. Especially since this is the first encounter between these two I'm surprised that you're giving it away for free on RAW, but then again, not every match can be saved for a pay-per-view, so it's not a big issue. I'm guessing Kennedy will get the win here since he's challenging for the world title soon, but Michaels could do with a win too, since in his recent feud with Umaga he hasn't looked his best. This is going to need some careful booking.

In addition to what I just said above about you doing well in pushing Kennedy; I think the start of this match shows just seriously you're taking this. Kennedy getting the advantage over Michaels so quickly into the match was definitely something I didn't expect, but it's good to see. I thought the match itself was well booked to make both men look good coming out of it. I'm also glad that you had Kennedy pick up the pinfall rather than the submission win. I think this Crossface (I refuse to write it with a K) idea you have is good in making Kennedy look more 'legitimate' as a competitor, but I think faces tapping out cleanly to heels is something that always makes the face look somewhat weak. Anyway, a very good match to open the show.

Umaga's post-match attack was exactly how it should have been - brutal - and definitely continues to put him over as yet another guy on RAW who needs to be taken seriously. On a side note, it's actually interesting to see you pushing both Kennedy and Umaga, both heels, at the same time, especially when 'Mags has the Money in the Bank briefcase that will inevitably lead to a world championship. The Samoan Spike through the announce table was like the cherry on the cake of a well booked attack, lol. Estrada's little rant after the attack and the announcement of the Last Man Standing match were well written. I think after this attack, Shawn Michaels needs to get the upper hand next week, because right now as a viewer I don't see any way he could possibly beat Umaga at Vengeance. Not that he should by the way, but I'm just saying, to give HBK some credibility heading into the pay-per-view, he needs to gain revenge in some form next week.

I think I would have preferred some sort of segment or promo after the commercial break than another match, but again, it's not a big issue. There's not much to say on this match other than the obvious. Matt Hardy's push continues as expected, and right now, you're doing an excellent job in building the King of the Ring tournament, because there are quite a few favourites involved. My only criticism is that X-Pac came to ringside, but did nothing. As a character, there's no way he would've just watched Tomko lose. Perhaps you wanted a clean win for Matt because you thought it would look better, but in that case, you could've just given Mr. Waltman the night off.

Miz's interview was...alright. I found it funny that he accused Helms and Punk of drinking before their matches. My only problem with this approach is that it's not exactly original. I'd like to see you slowly move Miz away from the "reality star" gimmick and make him more legitimate, just like you're doing with other characters on the show. OK, he films superstars, so what? Where does that get him in the ring? It's a "I'm going to be stuck in the midcard for quite a while with this" gimmick. You know what I mean? The Melina/Beth thing was hardly groundbreaking stuff, but still interesting in terms of that particular storyline's progression.

That's a nice Vengeance banner. Whoever made it deserves some major props.

The small Bischoff promo was standard stuff. I like how you're slowly making him a fully-fledged heel again since he pretty much sucks as a face. The stipulation of Mickie possibly being stripped of the title is interesting, albeit predictable. I'd be shocked if you had Mickie *yes MICKIE, not "Alexis"* not show up. As a matter of fact, I'd challenge you to take the storyline in that direction. It'd certainly be intriguing.

Again, not much to say on this match since no one but Melina was ever going to win. I liked how even in such a small recap, you had Victoria as the major threat in the match, but then also showed just how dominant Beth Phoenix is going to be once she becomes an active competitor. This storyline is very interesting, so props to you for coming up with it, and props to me for being the catalyst.

Before I comment on the promo, I'd just like to say again, that Kurt Angle is yet another character that demands attention right now on RAW, and that just goes to show how good your booking of this brand is right now. Since arriving on the show, Angle has made me question a lot, and I'm really interested in seeing how his character will continue to develop once this feud with Cena is over. Will he turn face? What more is there for him as a heel with the likes of Kennedy and Umaga on the rise? Anyway, the promo. What is there to say, Wolfster? Characterisation was absolutely spot on, the segment was solid in building toward Vengeance; and I like how you had Cena's intensity play off of Angle's slow, calculating approach. When you started talking about quitting I expected an I Quit Match, but obviously, Ultimate Submission favours Angle a lot more. I thought you showed a great understanding of Cena's character by having him walk off, rather than get into a fight with Angle, since if he's not antagonised, he would take the high road.

@ Coach continuing to own JR. Poor guy.

I think you may have slightly dropped the ball by having Rhyno admit to the attack from last week on Rey Mysterio. If you had had someone else be behind it, it could've been turned into a major storyline. You know how much I love mystery attacker storylines. That being said, I'm a fan of Rhyno, so I'm glad to see him back. I just hope he doesn't get fed to Mysterio. The subsequent squash of Scotty 2 Hotty was nicely done. One last thing:

The Coach: If Mysterio has any brains, he’ll be on the phone to Mickie James right now asking for a hideout.

Line of the night!!

I absolutely LOVE the Teddy Long character in this thread. I think this was yet another well written segment, with everyone involved coming out of it looking good. I'm looking forward to seeing where you take the Matt and Shelton situation considering both the Intercontinental Championship and the KOTR come into play here. I think Shelton will hold onto the title since I think there's no way he's winning the KOTR, but then again, Matt could easily pick up the belt and continue his recent winning streak on the road to becoming KOTR. Interesting stuff. Kennedy approaching is even more interesting, and I assume he's going to use them to ambush Christian later tonight.

"Greg" Helms picking up a win over Mercury was expected. Whilst I don't think he's one of the favourites to win the KOTR, I'm sure you're going to have him give his old friend Matt a real challenge when they meet in the next round of the tournament. Smith vs. Benjamin and Umaga vs. Benjamin for next week suggest another solid show. I'm ignoring Marella vs. Mysterio since Marella is a joke, and Rhyno will most likely interfere, so it isn't exactly going to be a good match.

I was disappointed to see you pull the trigger on the Cody Rhodes heel turn on Superstars. The storyline was progressing nicely on RAW, so why pull not turn Cody and give him some much needed exposure on the biggest television show you've got?? No wonder you write that he comes out to little reaction; you haven't given him the proper spotlight he needs to get a reaction. However, the actual promo, and the reasoning behind the turn, was very good. Cody being embarrassed by his family all his life is something very believable and a great catalyst for him to break out on his own. I just hope Cody gets some more exposure on RAW now, as he deserves it, instead of silly characters like Santino Marella.

DAMN YOU WOLFY!!! This is the EXACT same scenario I had planned for the Orton/Jericho feud on an upcoming Smackdown in Era of Darkness!
Lucky I changed my booking plans.
Anyway, seeing Kennedy find a loophole in the Pick Your Poison was something I had expected. On one hand, I think it's a very clever move on the character's part. As a heel, he would of course look for an underhanded way to get an advantage over Christian. But, with his recent character change, this is the sort of move that ironically, could make the viewer not take him seriously, because he's getting someone else to do his dirty work in a very unfair situation, rather than just picking one, tough opponent, like Umaga. It's not a huge issue, but something to perhaps think about in hindsight. I myself am leaning toward it being a good move, but like I said, just think about it.

I'm surprised at the shortness of the main event, even if it was a predictable finish. Not a big deal (jeesh I've said that a lot, haven't I?), but I think considering this was Christian's only appearance on the show, he could've fought on a bit longer. A few minutes would've done it, in my opinion. All the heels ganging up on the champion with their finishers, with all five men then putting their foot on Christian, makes him look like an absolute bitch, but puts the Brotherhood over big time. They kind of needed that, because since their inception, they haven't done anything as big as this that demands attention.

The final lines from Kennedy were terrific. Short but sweet. This entire show has revolved around one central point; Kennedy proving himself as a legitimate title contender to Christian. With those last lines, and Christian being destroyed by the Brotherhood, he's certainly accomplished that. A fantastic ending to a solid show, and a very good way of really getting me, as a viewer, involved with the storyline which up until now, was a bit wishy washy.

This show was, as expected, a very well done piece of work. I would expect nothing less. Vengeance is an absolutely stacked card, and it will be awesome to see it when it's finally posted. You are absolutely nailing every single character to the tee right now, and it's very intriguing to see where some of them are headed, notably Angle, Umaga, Matt Hardy and Kennedy. PLEASE don't suddenly disappear again. After all these years, you are STILL the best, you are STILL producing quality work.

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WWE Superstars | May 29 2007



Todd Grisham and Jerry Lawler open the show, welcoming the fans to another edition of the Raw and Smackdown hybrid show, and hype tonight’s main event, this week coming from Raw, as KURT ANGLE makes his first Superstars appearance, taking on WILLIAM REGAL, after both men requested the contest, having wrestled to a time limit draw a few weeks back on Raw during the Beat the Clock series.

**BOURNE TO WIN**

Fresh off his victory last week in the ‘Rubber Match’ with Daivari, Evan Bourne enters the arena to a good response.

**PRIME TIME**

And, making his WWE debut, ELIX SKIPPER, a former WCW Cruiserweight champion, enters the arena to a lukewarm response. Grisham and King talk up his experience etc, calling him a great addition to Smackdowns cruiserweight division, and declaring this a massive test for the up and coming Bourne.

Match 1 | CRUISERWEIGHT CONTEST:
Evan Bourne vs. Elix Skipper
Bourne excites the fans as always, but Skipper proves his worth, and shows his own skills, despite being a little more ground orientated, compared to Bourne at least. He also shows his smarts and experience, with a few underhand tactics, getting the fans against him right away. Bourne though, looks to be too good as the match nears the finish, coming close to three on a number of occasions, but is unable to finish off the veteran. Then, it looks as if Bourne has done enough, and sets himself up for AIR BOURNE, with Elix seemingly out cold … BUT SKIPPER MOVES!!! Bourne is easy prey from this stage, after Skipper ‘played dead’ to lure him in, and Skipper finishes the youngster off, picking up a surprise win, inflicting Bourne with his second loss since his debut a month ago!!!
Winner: Elix Skipper @ 07:10
Skipper kicks us off with a shocker, beating the youngster, and shouts to the fans to take notice as he leaves up the aisle, making an instant impact in his WWE career.

Commercial Break

We return with a promo for THIS FRIDAY ON SMACKDOWN; BATISTA CHALLENGES RANDY ORTON FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

And, during the intros for the next match, Lawler and Grisham discuss the title match this Friday, along with the rumours that Edge has lodged an official complaint with the WWE Commissioner Jesse Ventura, over his treatment on Smackdown, feeling he was screwed out of contention for the title last week.

Match 2:
The Brotherhood w/Theodore Long vs. The British Lions w/Katie Lea
Quick paced tag match, as both teams look to make a case for a future title shot, with no contenders coming to the fore in recent weeks since Straight Edge once again dispatched of MNM. Long and Katie get involved as usual, but cancel one another out, and despite a big comeback after a prolonged beating from The Brotherhood, the Lions fall short on this occasion, with The Brotherhood keeping their momentum going, off the back of their dismantling of the World Champion last night on Raw, and Monty Brown catches Harry Smith with a Pounce OUT OF NOWHERE to grab the three count, with JTG keeping Burchill busy on the outside!!
Winners: The Brotherhood @ 04:46
Brown and JTG join Theodore on the outside, and celebrate their win, with Burchill kicking over the steps in frustration, knowing a title shot would likely have been coming his and Smiths way with a win tonight, but just like last month with a loss to MNM, their chances take a hit again tonight.

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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During the entrances now for the next match, The King and Grisham discuss the King of the Ring tournament with two more first round contests this Friday on Smackdown; MVP vs. Chavo Guerrero, and Carlito vs. Chris Masters. And, this Monday it’s Benjamin vs. Smith & Mysterio vs. Marella, with the added bonus of the first second round match; a battle of two unbeaten men on Raw - Umaga & Burchill.

Match 3:
Jeff Hardy vs. Local Jobber
Very short match, used simply as an enhancement match for Jeff Hardy, who scores a quick win, running through his moveset, and finishing off the local jobber with the Swanton Bomb, getting the 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Jeff Hardy @ 02:13
Jeff has his arm raised, but it’s a hollow, time filler victory, with King and Grisham talking up his chances in the King of the Ring tournament, facing Kid Kash in ten days time on Smackdown for a place in the Sweet Sixteen.

Commercial Break

** 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 during the Beat the Clock challenge.

‘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
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Grisham and King quickly discuss Vengeance, talking up the loaded triple main event, which leads nicely into discussion about the 30 Minute; Ultimate Submission match between John Cena, and the man set to compete in this evenings main event, Kurt Angle.

**MEDAL**

Angle, making what will likely be a VERY rare appearance on Superstars, gets the usual treatment from the fans during his entrance.

**BORN NAUGHTY**

Knowing it’s a massive opportunity to make a big impression, Regal is all business, having a chance to take on one of the premiere Raw superstars, having wrestled Angle to a time limit draw a few weeks back in a Beat The Clock challenge match.

Main Event:
Kurt Angle vs. William Regal
It’s a cagey start, with both men showing respect for their others abilities. Angle gets the first takedown, but Regal surprises Angle on the mat, getting the better of the exchange. The two tussle, with Angle eventually bettering the Brit, and dominates for a period on the mat, but Regal forces himself free, and delivers a massive European uppercut, knocking Angle down. Kurt instantly rolls out, and takes a walk, selling the pain in his jaw, as we go to the final commercial of the night.

Commercial Break

And we return, with the two men back in the ring, with Kurt Angle in full control, keeping Regal at bay with a front face lock, but Regal once again fights free, as the match descends into a fist fight - a fight that Regal gets the better of. The action spills to the outside, with Regal taking the fight to Angle, before bringing him back inside, quickly delivering a butterfly suplex, but only scoring a two count. Regal keeps the pressure on, but Angle soon regroups, and fights back, putting the veteran Brit on the defence.

With Angle in the ascendancy, the Olympian looks to take it up a gear, and attempts a German … but Regal is too wily, and blocks it, elbowing free, running off the ropes … BUT RUNS RIGHT INTO A BELLY TO BELLY!!! Angle only scores two off the move, but has a firm foothold on the contest, and makes it count. Regal takes a lot of punishment in a short period, but hangs on, with Angle getting more frustrated as time goes on, unable to put the veteran away. He also begins to send a message to Cena, busting out a variety of submission holds; most notably the long since forgotten Crossface Chicken Wing, but the wily veteran, Regal, survives the onslaught, making the ropes, and escaping each submission attempt.

Bleeding from the mouth, Regal shows the effects of the match, and the beating from Angle, but the blood only spurs the veteran on, and he battle back, scoring with his ‘vintage’ European uppercuts, rocking Angle, before delivering a neck breaker, getting an ALMIGHTY near fall. Sensing his big chance, Regal sets himself, waiting for Angle to get up … AND MOVES IN FOR THE KNEE TREMBLER … BUT ANGLE AVOIDS IT … AND GRABS THE ANKLE … ANKLELOCK APPLIED!!!!!

Regal fights it … and thankfully for him, is close enough to the ropes, and reaches, surviving the Ankle lock … for now. The battered and bruised veteran reaches his feet, with Angle like a shark tasting blood in the water … homing in on a tender ankle, but Regal kicks him off, AND NAILS ANGLE WITH A T-BONE SUPLEX!!! Regal gets the cover … 1...2...NO!!! The shoulder of Kurt Angle JUST pops up in time, saving the match, much to the chagrin of a desperate Regal.

The Brit now tries to turn Angle over, and attempts to apply his own submission … THE REGAL STRETCH … but fails to lock it on, with Angle escaping, and creating distance between himself and Regal, stopping the ascending veteran with a shot to the gut, forcing Regal to double over. Angle then takes a moment to gather himself, as Regal breathes heavily (and reaches into his trunks) … as Angle looks to swoop in … BUT REGAL SWINGS AS ANGLE APPROACHES … AND MISSES … ANGLE DUCKED UNDER … AND DELIVERS THE ANGLE SLAM!!! Instantly, the Olympian goes for the ankle … ANKLELOCK!!!!! Regal writhes, and we see BRASS KNUCKS on his hand as he reaches for the ropes, but this time, he’s too far away … and has no options … AND TAPS!!!
Winner: Kurt Angle @ 15:23

Angle wins!!! Angle comes through the test, bettering Regal, despite a valiant effort from the veteran Brit, forcing the submission. On commentary, King and Grisham applaud the effort of both men, calling it a must see match, good enough for Pay Per View, as Angle leaves the ring, happy with his hard fought victory tonight, gaining momentum as he roars toward Vengeance.

END OF SHOW

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Firstly for you to still be doing this bad boy after all these years, well, it's absolutely phenominal and I'm still in belief you're the best booker going, past present and like future.

Surprised you're wasting your time doing such a mundane thing as Superstars tbh, but atleast Angle got predictable victory and ELIX FUCKING SKIPPER won on debut, that's markworthy stuff. LOVE Skipper. CW strap plz. Vengeance is gonna be pretty amazing thanks to the big three matches you've set up. All in all, I'm just glad you're still around and producing the good stuff, even if you're moving with the trends of IRL, some of which were fucking awful. But you have your own spin on things thankfully which includes a better roster and the fact you didn't work for Nickelodeon, so in you, I trust <3.
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Just a few general comments on Superstars.

I like the addition of Elix Skipper to the cruiserweight division. He's a little different to the other cruiserweights in that with his physique he could play a real power game for you to utilise. I'm not so sure about Bourne losing again though. This was a guy you built up with a series of vignettes on SmackDown!, making him seem like a really big deal, only for him to be going just okay on Superstars, not actually getting any time on SmackDown!. It seems like you've changed your mind on him lately, because the hype he received certainly hasn't been worth what we've seen from him thus far.

A bit surprised by The British Lions losing to The Brotherhood, as they've dominated that feud, although The Brotherhood going for the gold would certainly be more entertaining. Hopefully it gets done, because the tag division is really this thread's only weakness.

I'm a bit surprised Jeff still seems to be doing nothing when the upper midcard face ranks on SmackDown! are lacking, although I guess you're not a fan.

Awesome to see you allow Angle and Regal go out there and just tear it up. As you said, a Superstars match is a rarity for him, so allowing him and Regal so much time is great.

SmackDown! asap plz.
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EDIT: I also just noticed this thread now has 300,000+ views. It's a little thing really, but it still means a lot. Thanks

I make no apologies for posting Smackdown in recap form. I know recapped shows are generally frowned upon ... but it's either this or nothing at all. From now on, expect the odd show here and there in this format, but it wont be a case of "Raw shows leading to a Raw PPV in full, Smackdown shows in a Raw PPV month in recap" it'll be completely random. Both Raw and Smackdown WILL be in full next week.

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Friday Night Smackdown | June 1 2007 | Salt Lake City UT



Recap of last weeks main event, where Batista took on Edge for the right to face Randy Orton this week on Smackdown for the WWE Championship. In the end, Edge brought a chair into the ring with the referee out cold - but the actions backfired, as Batista used the chair to pick up the victory, and the title shot, with Edge now falling to the end of the line.

Opening Video

Pyro

The show opens up with the trio of commentators; Michael Cole, Tazz and Joey Styles, talking about the confusion surrounding tonights title match, after Edge lodged a complain with WWE Commissioner, Jesse Ventura, following last weeks disputed finish to the #1 Contenders Match. As the three men discuss last weeks events, they then move onto tonight, and the TWO title matches; AMW defending the WWE Tag Team Titles against Booker T & Elijah Burke, whilst of course, there is the tentative Orton/Batista match for the richest prize in the game.

As the discussion continues, the music of Rev Theory plays into the arena, meaning it’s THE NEW WAVE coming to the ring, led as always by the WWE Champion, Randy Orton. Despite weeks of being at odds, the group looks united behind their leader tonight, as Orton takes centre stage. Despite the united front, Orton quickly turns on his brethren, chewing the three of them out for leaving him ‘high and dry’ last week, allowing him to be humiliated by Brock Lesnar. Orton tells the trio he is ‘growing tired of them making him look bad’ … but just as he is about to continue …

**I WALK ALONE**

Batista breaks up the party, walking onto the stage, interrupting the champion, and quickly informing Orton that ‘you need to stop worrying about The New Wave making you look bad, and start worrying about ME making you look bad!!’ The fans get behind Batista, with The Animal demanding his title shot - not later … but NOW!!! Not even waiting for an answer, The Animal takes off his jacket, and proceeds down the aisle, but as he makes his way to the ring



**METALINGUS**

Edge crashes the party, and informs the audience that they WONT be seeing Batista vs. Orton tonight, because after he lodged a complaint earlier this week, Jesse Ventura has overruled Arn Anderson, and ‘postponed’ the WWE Title match between the two. Ever so cocky having gotten his way, Edge tells Batista to get ‘back in line’, and Orton ‘start worrying about ME making you look bad’, now that he’s seemingly right back in the hunt for the gold.

**HERE COMES THE PAIN**

Now Lesnar gets in on the act!! The Iron Man gets straight to business, letting everyone know his intentions, ‘since it seems like I’m gonna have to wait a while for Triple H to grow a set and face me like a man, there’s no reason why I cant use the time to take back the WWE Title!!’ The fans like the call from Lesnar, chanting his name … but just as the party appears to be getting a little bit overcrowded …

**WILD HORSES**

The weary General Manager joins proceedings, and lectures Edge off mic - although it can be guessed as to what is being discussed between the two - before addressing everyone, confirming the cancellation to tonights scheduled WWE Title match - much to the chagrin of the fans - but has what he believes to be a worthy main event to replace it and appease the fans. Anderson states that he wants to test the unity of The New Wave, and as a result tonights main event will pit the four of them in a 4 on 3 handicap tag match against Batista … Brock Lesnar … and … EDGE!!

There is surprise from some that Edge is grouped with the ‘fan favourites’, and none of the trio appear to be pleased with the set up either, but Anderson doesn’t care about hurting any feelings, looking angry already, and not in the mood to discuss it, walking right off stage, having made his point.

Commercial Break

In the parking lot, we see the arrival of the white stretch limo … meaning JBL IS HERE!!!

Match 1 | WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
Americas Most Wanted vs. Booker T & Elijah Burke
The two teams put together a decent contest, seemingly comfortable after a number of matches between each other in recent weeks. It’s a much different match than the rather slow affair at Judgment Day with the match descending into a wild brawl early on, before calming down, with Booker T & Elijah dominating the early stages. This time, Elijah doesn’t fall for the mind games of AMW and remains focused, which throws Storm and Harris off their game, being unable to take control, with the gameplan failing them on this occasion.

It’s beginning to look like it could be the night for the challengers, with AMW struggling to come to terms with their opponents, on the back foot throughout, with no prolonged periods of dominance, are forced to go to blatant cheating, with Storm - right in front of the referee - attacking Burke from behind to stop him delivering the Elijah Express on Harris, and that attack forces things to break down, and a wild brawl ensues.

Even still, it’s the challengers that win the exchange, and get the better of the champions, with Booker & Burke having an answer for EVERYTHING the champions throw at them!! Booker chucks Storm over the railing, and gets back inside the ring, helping Burke, as the duo take on Harris, with the legal man - Burke - finally delivering his Express on Harris!!! It’s an elementary count for the referee to make, as Booker exit’s the ring, looking to get the belts … 1...2... ????

Where’s three?? The count doesn’t come, as Storm (having creeped his way back over the railing to ringside) pulls the referee out of the ring … and without a seconds thought … BLASTS HIM WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!!!! Booker looks on from the other side of the ring, with the belts in his hand, seeing the titles slip from his grasp, as the desperate champions will keep the championships through the sneakiest of margins, as the bell rings, signalling a DQ - even with the referee unable to make the call.
Winners: Via DQ - Booker T & Elijah Burke @ 07:31

Burke pounds the mat in frustration in the ring, as Storm drags Harris from the ring, not even collecting the belts, having taken the cheap way out to retain. Booker takes a look at the belts in his possession, knowing they STILL aren’t his, before dropping the titles, and joining Elijah in the ring, with both men absolutely furious over how things ended this evening.

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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We return backstage with THE NEW WAVE as Orton talks about showing Batista, Edge and Lesnar that they are a unit, before instructing his troops that ‘tonight … I WONT tolerate failure’. The WWE Champion then walks away, letting the warning stick in the air, allowing Cade, Dinsmore and Doane to think about the ramifications of a loss tonight…

Match 2 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
M.V.P vs. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo gives a good showing of himself, giving MVP a stern test, forcing Porter to up his game in order to earn the victory, and nearly pulls off the upset with a number of near falls, but MVP avoids the Gory Bomb, and eventually wears Chavo down, finishing the former Cruiserweight champion off with his trademark Play of the Day!! He hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: M.V.P @ 06:22

M.V.P progresses, and potentially sets up a mouth watering Sweet Sixteen match up with Carlito, should the man from the Caribbean get by Chris Masters later tonight, despite making it clear last week that he doesn’t want to EVER face Carlito again after Judgment Day. Now … he might not have a choice.



Then, backstage, Kristal Marshall interviews the Cruiserweight Champion, Brian Kendrick, ahead of his tag team match with Paul London, to face Brent Albright & Charlie Haas. After *somehow* rejecting his advances, Kristal tries to get to the questions, but Kendrick instead rambles on about soon becoming King of the Ring, and the responsibilities of having the likes of Paul London needing him to back him up on nights like tonight, when the United States Champion arrives on the scene.

London attempts to get Kendricks head in the game, asking him if he’s ready for their match up next, but it appears Kendricks head is in the clouds, telling London he doesn’t understand the stress he’s under as Cruiserweight Champ, with everyone on his back, his friends ‘turning against him’, all wanting his title, before walking off, leaving London to ponder how much he can rely on the ‘off the wall’ Kendrick.

Commercial Break

Match 3:
The Master Craftsmen vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick
Kendrick holds up his end of the bargain initially, showing the audience the type of skills that got him the Cruiserweight title in the first place, holding his own against the two former United States Champions, Albright & Haas. However, despite not missing a beat as a team in the early going, London and Kendricks honeymoon reunion doesn’t last long, as Kendrick soon begins to display his selfish tendencies that have surfaced as of late, losing interest as he stands on the apron.

London doesn’t notice initially, as he battles against Albright and Haas, knowing both opponents well, and after making a comeback to a brief beat down, he looks to make a tag to Kendrick, but the Cruiserweight Champ doesn’t seem interested in the tag, instead pointing toward Albright and Haas, as if to say, “I don’t want to. You do it”, but London forces the tag, slapping the arm of his (former?) friend, forcing BK into action. Kendrick, begrudgingly, enters the ring, and quickly avoids Haas, and again, before surprising London with a blind tag, bringing the U.S Champion back into the fold.

The Golden Boy isn’t impressed, and shakes his head at Kendrick, bickering with his self-centred tag team partner, allowing Haas to take over, attacking London from behind. Albright and Haas now get to work on London, and Kendrick doesn’t appear to care at all. London fights back, but may as well be fighting in a handicap match, and his comeback is soon stopped short, with Albright drilling him with a Half Nelson suplex, taking him back out of the game, but London still refuses to give in, kicking out at two.

Once again, London mounts a comeback, and with a dropsault to Albright that sends the former U.S Champ into Haas, taking both men out momentarily, London has an opportunity to make the tag to Kendrick … and Kendrick starts to listen to the pleas of the fans to make the tag, reaching out … THEN PULLS BACK!!! Kendrick takes his hand away, jumping off the apron … his attention attracted elsewhere!! The CW champion walks around the ring, to the timekeepers position, leaving London high and dry, watching on in disbelief. Meanwhile, Charlie Haas has tagged in off Albright without London noticing, and as London attempts to take on Brent … Haas nips in, attacking The Golden Boy from behind, nailing the German Suplex, before instantly going for the HAAS OF PAIN … AND FORCES THE SUBMISSION!!! Charlie Haas beats the United States Champion!!!
Winners: The Master Craftsmen @ 09:58

As the bell is rung, we see what distracted the attention of Brian Kendrick earlier … and it’s championship gold … Paul Londons championship gold to be precise. At ringside, Kendrick drapes both Londons and his own title belt over each shoulder, smiling broadly at how it looks, DEMANDING that the photographers at ringside take photos of him with the two title belts.

Meanwhile, Haas and Albright celebrate their win, with Albright making a point to the beaten London too, still not forgetting his crushing loss to London at Judgment Day, before they leave the ring. On the outside, Kendrick continues to pose for the cameras with the two title belts, before eventually leaving the U.S title belt on the apron, taking another LONG look at it, before leaving up the aisle. As he walks away though, Kendrick continually looks around, whilst London tries to pull himself together, not realising what it was that took Kendricks attention away at the closing stages of the match.

Commercial Break

{/SECOND HOUR}

**LONGHORN**

As promised, JBL makes his return to Smackdown after his loss to Hulk Hogan at Judgment Day. Layfield quickly brushes over his loss to Hogan at Judgment Day, simply stating “Miracles DO happen. I‘ve witnessed one first hand. But after the beating I inflicted on Hulk Hogan, “The Immortal One” has retired. Not because he wanted to … but because I beat him into it.”

With his heat back, JBL quickly moves away from Hogan, and onto the man he has been chasing for months … the MIA Undertaker. JBL reminds the fans it was Taker who injured him in November, and forced him to miss WrestleMania … and now, since his return, The Undertaker has disappeared (failing to mention it may have something to do with the punishment he took at WrestleMania from Kurt Angle). JBL again reminds the fans he has hired the very best private detectives that money can buy to hunt down The Deadman, but “as of this moment, The Deadman is nowhere to be found”. Now, JBL goes into delusion territory, stating ‘Taker is hiding in fear for his safety, scared of what JBL would do to him once he gets his hands on him.

Finally, JBL sends a specific message to The Deadman, looking dead into the camera, stating “wherever you are, whatever shadows you may be lurking in, take a look at yourself. Take a long look, and reach into that black soul … and find some GOD DAMN GUTS!!! Come back to Smackdown. Come out of the shadows, and face your fears Deadman … FACE … ME!!!”

Just as it seems JBL is wrapping things up … we get an interesting interruption … from JAMIE NOBLE?? JBL’s former Chief of Staff shows no fear of his former leader, responding to JBL when asked what he’s doing out here by saying “I‘m out here to shut you up JBL!!” And Noble gets a good reaction from the fans, telling Layfield, “y‘know JBL, I think I speak for everyone in this arena when I say that maybe it‘s time you took a leaf outta The Undertakers book and YOU go into the shadows!!”

Layfield has a face like thunder, reminding Noble what happened last month when he stuck his nose in his business, and if he continues down this path, JBL will make sure Noble doesn’t have the opportunity to annoy him a third time. Noble though, doesn’t back up, letting Layfield know he isn’t scared, squaring up (in a way) to JBL … and JBL snaps.

Layfield attacks Noble with the microphone, bloodying the cruiserweight with the object, before choking Noble with his tie, and putting on a sick beating on the outside, including a Fall Away Slam into the steel steps. He boots Noble over the barrier, before drilling him with a steel chair, and finishes the punishment with a brutal CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!

JBL stands over Noble, wiping his shoe on the bloody face of Noble, before grabbing the mic, and yelling around the arena “COME OUT DEADMAN!!! COME OUT, COME OUT … WHEREVER YOU ARE YOU YELLOW BELLIED SON OF A BITCH!!!” Layfield then slams the mic down, and leaves the ring, throwing the gauntlet down to The Undertaker, as medics look to tend to the bloodied Jamie Noble in the ring.

Commercial Break

As we return, Cole, Styles and Tazz discuss the previous segment, and question the whereabouts of The Undertaker, and whether or not JBL can lure The Deadman out of the shadows. Oddly, Michael Cole has a rant at ‘Taker, fuming at him for going AWOL ever since WrestleMania.

Now, backstage, Josh Mathews interviews Brock Lesnar. Mathews firstly asks Brock about Judgment Day, and the set up sledgehammer from Triple H that led to Randy Ortons victory. Brock calms himself, still seething over the screw job, but reiterates what he said earlier in the evening; until Triple H grows a set, his focus is on recapturing the WWE Championship. Mathews then asks about tonights main event, where Lesnar teams with Batista & Edge to tackle The New Wave, questioning if the three men can co-exist. Lesnar brushes off the question, stating it doesn’t matter if he and his partners get along, as long as victory is on their mind, they can overcome the numbers.

Just as The Iron Man gets set to walk away, BATISTA confronts him. The two big bulls stand face to face, neither saying anything for a moment, before The Animal pipes up, telling Lesnar; “you can do whatever the hell you want tonight Brock … just so we’re clear … as long as you don’t stand in my way for a shot at the title … we’ll get along just fine.” Lesnar laughs, before replying; “is that supposed to be a threat??” Neither man standing down, Batista remains firm … “take it whatever way you want, friend.” … before passing by, leaving Lesnar to think it over.



Match 4 | KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT | ROUND OF 32:
Carlito vs. Chris Masters
The two men put on a decent show, with Carlito still showcasing his pent up frustration from recent weeks, nearly getting himself disqualified in the early stages for being too aggressive, but the hot heated Caribbean native keeps his ‘cool’ (pun intended) and stays within the boundaries of the rules. However, his recent issues allow Masters to take advantage, with Carlitos mind seemingly elsewhere at times during the match.

The Masterpiece pushes Carlito close, scoring a number of near falls, but is unable to put Carlito away for the three, with CCC beginning to fight back after avoiding an attempted Pumphandle slam, using his superior speed advantage to trouble his larger opponent. Masters though, doesn’t crumble easily, and manages to kick out of the Back Cracker, much to the chagrin of Carlito. That appears to be simply delaying the inevitable, as Carlito sets up his Apple Core finisher … but Masters elbows free … THEN LOOKS FOR THE MASTERLOCK … but Carlito slips free before it can be locked on, and leapfrogs an oncoming Masters … THEN SURPRISES HIM WITH THE APPLE CORE!!! Carlito hooks the leg … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Carlito @ 08:04

Carlito sets up the most mouth watering of second round clashes, getting his much wanted rematch with MVP!! The man from the Caribbean has his hand raised, but doesn’t overly celebrate - STILL harbouring bad intentions for MVP, and now, in two weeks, he’ll have the opportunity to finish what he started at Judgment Day.

On commentary, the trio discuss Carlito vs. MVP in two weeks, with Tazz selling excitement for the match, whilst Joey Styles questions the intentions of Carlito heading into that match; Will he go in looking for the victory in his quest to become King of the Ring?? Or will he be out for the kill?? Michael Cole then throws his two cents in, stating that IF Carlito allows his emotions to get the best of him, instead of keeping his focus on the KOTR, he doesn’t deserve to call himself a ‘professional’ wrestler. And, in a quick quip, Styles picks up on Cole, “I thought you called them sports entertainers, Michael?”, to which, Cole has no response.

Commercial Break

After the commercial, we return, straight to a shot of Arn Anderson, from his office, addressing the fans. The GM reads a fax from WWE HQ in Stamford, and confirms that after a ‘series of complaints to the new WWE Commissioner regarding my suitability for my position, the wellbeing of Smackdown superstars, and accusations of abuse of power, a full investigation is now ongoing between the Board of Directors, regarding my future as the General Manager of Smackdown. A decision is likely to be made within the next seven days, and WWE Commissioner Jesse Ventura will be in attendance next Friday to deliver the decision’.

After reading the statement, Anderson remains silent for a moment, before letting off some steam. Double A even questions his ability to run the brand, bringing up his handling of the RVD situation, MVP severely injuring an un-contracted wrestler, Chris Jericho being put out of commission, and his own admitted ‘bias’ against Randy Orton. Anderson accepts the likelihood that he’ll lose his job next week, but if that’s to be the case, he’s going out in a blaze of glory, doing what he believes to be right, and as if to challenge Ventura to cancel the match two weeks straight - and signing RANDY ORTON VS BATISTA - NEXT WEEK FOR THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP!!



Back in the arena, the announcers are abuzz over next weeks WWE Championship Match - that SHOULDVE happened tonight. They also plug next weeks King of the Ring match ups; Brent Albright vs. Brian Kendrick & Jeff Hardy vs. Kid Kash.



Backstage, as we get set for the main event, the camera picks up EDGE as he paces down the hallway, and the Rated ‘R’ Superstar is livid, having heard the announcement from Arn Anderson, talking to no one in particular, muttering ‘this isn’t fair … he CANT do this!!’ …

Back into the arena, and THE NEW WAVE make their entrance, with the show going to commercial as they walk down the aisle.

Commercial Break

We return with Edge now in the ring, having already made his entrance, whilst The New Wave wait on the outside. Batista makes his entrance, and enters the ring, climbing to the middle rope and posing, then pointing to Orton, letting him know he’s coming for the belt. Batista then hops off the middle buckle, and turns …

INTO A SPEAR!!!!!

Edge SPEARS Batista … AND WALKS OUT!!! Edge storms straight out of the ring, letting his fury boil over. And like the pack of dogs they are, The New Wave descend over the ring, and put the boots to The Animal, as BROCK LESNAR foregoes his own entrance music etc, and charges down the aisle to make the save, SHOVING past Edge as they pass on the aisle … and The Iron Man tackles Doane straight away, before pulling the other three from Batista, as the match begins.

Main Event | FOUR ON TWO HANDICAP MATCH:
The New Wave vs. Batista & Brock Lesnar
Batista and Lesnar are up against it from the beginning, with Batista trying to shake off the spear, and Lesnar trying to help out his partner, but struggling to overcome the sheer numbers of The New Wave. However, as the match progresses, the duo begin to utilise their size advantage over their opponents, and with Batista recovering from the earlier Spear, he is able to help out Lesnar more effectively. However, despite their comeback, Batista and Lesnar still fall foul to the numbers game, and the 4 on 2 advantage for The New Wave brings the momentum back on their side, with Orton directing traffic - but only getting in the ring when it’s convenient for him.

Still though, Batista and Lesnar refuse to be counted out, and once again, mount a comeback, with Lesnar making a hot tag out, to bring The Animal back into the fray … AND THE ANIMAL IS UNLEASHED!!! Batista runs through Doane, and catches an incoming Dinsmore with a SPINEBUSTER … before catching Cade as he runs in … HITTING A SCOOP POWERSLAM!!! Leaving one man … RANDY ORTON!!! Batista calls out the WWE Champion, challenging him to get into the ring and face him man to man … but Orton simply slithers off the apron, not taking his eyes off Batista. Batista looks furious, and is about to give chase … but is attacked from behind by Doane!! Doane hammers Batista down, and invites Orton to make a tag, with the champion now far more interested, and makes the tag.

Orton puts the boots to the #1 Contender, not allowing Batista up, but as he reaches to choke him in the corner, Batista battles back, and pushes free from the corner, fighting back, getting his hands on Orton, and looks to deliver a running power slam, but the champion slips off … and leaps to his corner … tagging in Nick Dinsmore.

Dinsmore tentatively steps inside, keeping close to the ropes, with Batista challenging him to come at him, but The Prodigy remains cagey, and soon, we see why … AS CADE AND DOANE ATTACK BATISTA!!! The other two members of the group jump The Animal, which sparks Lesnar into life, and The Iron Man clears house; sending Doane flying with a Belly to Belly suplex, then topples Cade over the top rope with a clothesline, taking himself out of the ring too!!! In the ring, Dinsmore AGAIN runs into a SPINEBUSTER!!! And as Batista picks him back up, Orton merely watches on, with The Animal trying to goad the champion into action … but Orton stands on the apron, allowing his troops to be dismantled … AS BATISTA DELIVERS THE BATISTA BOMB!!! The Animal hooks the leg, keeping his eyes on Orton the entire time … 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Batista & Brock Lesnar @ 13:04

Despite having a 4 on 2 advantage tonight; The New Wave STILL lost. Orton stands on the apron, looking unemotional, as after Batista has his hand raised, he gets right in the champions face, declaring “NEXT WEEK - YOU‘RE MINE!!!”

Keeping it simple, Batista leaves it at that, and exit’s the ring, sharing a look with Lesnar, with both harbouring similar intentions; the WWE title. Batista leaves, backing up the ramp, with Lesnar making a point to Orton himself before leaving … as Orton turns his attention back to the ring, and the defeated Nick Dinsmore.

Orton steps into the ring, taking up a position in the corner … and now, what‘s coming next??? Orton looks down at Dinsmore, who slowly comes around, not knowing what is about to come. Cade and Doane both look on in shock, not sure what to expect next, having seen this set up before … and almost in an instant, as Dinsmore looks up… ORTON RUNS ACROSS THE RING … AND PUNTS NICK DINSMORE IN THE SKULL!!!!!

RANDY ORTON JUST PUNTED HIS OWN TEAM MATE!!! Immediately, Ken Doane slides into the ring, looking to tend to Dinsmore … but Orton shoves him away, ordering him not to. On the outside, Garrison Cade shakes his head in disgust at the actions of his leader, and walks away, up the ramp, as medics now arrive on the scene, with Randy Orton creating more headaches for the under-fire General Manager … surely putting ANOTHER name on the injured list.

In the ring, Orton berates Doane, as the camera picks him up, telling Ken ‘I WARNED YOU ALL!! I SAID I WOULDN’T TOLERATE FAILURE’ before leaving the ring, without a seconds thought for poor Nick Dinsmore … out cold, whilst Ken Doane stands in the ring, looking down on Dinsmore, before looking outside to Orton, who doesn’t look back, simply walking out, as Michael Cole states "Rob Van Dam suffered the punt in March ... Chris Jericho took it in April ... and now ... Nick Dinsmore suffers the same fate in June. Randy Orton is systematically dismantling the Smackdown roster." And Joey Styles chips in; "Dont forget he ran Ric Flair - arguably the best ever - OUT of the WWE."

Cole, Tazz and Styles get prepared to sign off, thinking about how this incident could affect Andersons future, the future of The New Wave, and the future of Randy Ortons WWE Title reign, as Batista challenges him next week, with the likelihood of Orton coming into the contest alone being very high, after alienating the remaining two members of his ‘band’. The show comes to an end, with Orton walking out through the curtain, with The New Wave certainly down one member … and possibly finished for good, after another embarrassing loss tonight??

END OF SHOW


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Some quick comments for Smackdown as I continue to procrastinate from doing my work.

I don't get why Jesse Ventura would've acted upon Edge's complaint when quite frankly, Edge had no reason to complain. Unless you've suddenly had an idea and needed to put off the title match for a week, I'm completely baffled as to why you didn't have it take place tonight.

Booker T being on the losing team isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff. Just retire the guy already. You've made him suffer for way too long, lol.

No surprise to see MVP advance in the King of the Ring tournament. As I mentioned in the RAW feedback, this tournament is being built up amazingly well, with no clear favourite in sight.

Whilst THE Brian Kendrick's character development has been executed well so far, I'm not sure if it's the right time to have him set his sights on a second championship. If he's a Cruiserweight Champion then really he should stick to a cruiserweight division unless he drops the title. Though that being said, this situation is interesting considering both Haas and Albright have their eyes on the US gold as well. Is a Fatal 4-Way imminent?

JBL's return segment is another questionable decision. Why does he keep coming back? Do we really want to see JBL vs. Undertaker? One of the things you're best at is building new stars, yet you keep bringing back JBL. Should've left both him and Hogan out of things after Judgment Day, IMO. Nonetheless, hopefully once he feuds with Taker (if he does), he'll retire for good.

Much like MVP, Carlito advancing in the KOTR tournament is a no-brainer.

I'd love it if Anderson were fired, TBH. I know you love the guy, but for me, the sun needs to set on his run as GM. You've had issues with sticking to this thread for a while so maybe one of the things you need to do is change things up a bit. You've done that with Ventura becoming Commissioner and removing the McMahons from RAW, so Anderson leaving Smackdown is the final piece in the puzzle. Please do it.

Batista vs. Orton next week, for the WWE Title, is something I hope we will finally see, lol.

I like how you had Edge walk out of the main event. Apart from that, not much to say really. Batista and Lesnar picking up the win was both expected and necessary in order to keep their recent momentum going. I'm glad you've decided to break up the New Wave, because again, freshening things up on both RAW and Smackdown is really doing wonders for the thread.

I hope Dinsmore getting punted doesn't mean he's going back to the Eugene character. And we'll wrap things up on that note. Don't leave me waiting for RAW for too long now, will you?
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I’m new to the forum but the BTB section really interests me and I have read through every page in yours and it is quite phenomenal. I will be following this for as long as you can continue with it.

Onto Smackdown…..

Opening up the show with the New Wave is a good way to do things. I like the fact that you’ve built some growing tension between Orton and the others recently. Can’t see them lasting much longer to be honest.

Batista interrupting is expected and I can completely imagine that line from Batista with him getting angry as usual. Very strange announcement from Edge that Ventura has postponed the title match to next week. Don’t quite get why he would postpone it? Lesnar interrupting next isn’t a massive shock either after the recent title match defeat. I would’ve rather you made him hell bent on destroying everything in his path until he gets Triple H though, rather than putting it to the back of his mind and looking at the title again.

The main event handicap match sounds good but can’t see Edge co-existing with Tista and Lesnar. Liked the off mic lecture from Anderson to Edge, can really imagine that.

The Tag title match was good, served its purpose to further things between the two teams. Liked the ending where Booker and Elijah vented their frustration. Not sure whether they’ll eventually get the titles or not, if not then I can’t see what more you can do with those two as a team.

MVP winning in the King of the ring is no surprise and I like that he will potentially/probably face Carlito somewhere down the line in that, should be a fiery affair.

Kendrick’s promo was on the money, he is really coming along nicely and the aftermath of the tag match was brilliant. Loving Kendrick’s cockiness and London is surely not gonna respond well to this.

JBL returning is great if it is short term. I’m a big fan of his mic work and you capture it here with his ramblings about retiring Hogan. Challenging Taker to return is a bold move but again I can see this in classic JBL way. Jamie Noble coming out was a surprise and I really liked what followed. That beating on Noble really made JBL look a tough SOB again.

The Lesnar-Batista backstage interview was nicely done. A bit of tension shown now, not just between Edge and the faces but between the faces themselves, good stuff heading into the main event.

King of the ring matchup. Only one winner here in Carlito and now we get the MVP-Carlito clash everyone wants to see.

Arn Anderson announcing that his position is in doubt surprised me a little but I should’ve seen it coming with Ventura overruling the title match tonight. I expect Anderson to leave his role next week, should be interesting whatever happens. Ventura’s role really has spiced things up somewhat, a good move getting him in.

Great start to the main event, Edge spearing Batista was probably the right thing to do and the New Wave putting the boot in was smart. Lesnar rampaging out and now the match means business. The ending seeing Orton allow Dinsmore to be Batista bombed just signals even more that the New Wave is on the ropes. Good move as it allows Tista some momentum into next weeks match.

The punt to Dinsmore after the match, good move, finally Orton takes out his frustration on one of the group and Dinsmore was probably the right man to use in that situation. The subtle mention of Ric Flair at the end just poses the question when, not if Flair returns now.

Good show and looking forward to Raw and to Smackdown with the next step in King of the Ring and the title match between Orton and Batista.
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Usually I’m not a fan of recaps, but I’d much rather see a recap out of you than nothing, so I’m not too fussed.

Good way to start things off, as you’d expect, with the recap of the previous week and the hyping of the pretty stacked card for tonight with the two title matches.

Orton starting things off with a promo seems fine, with the WWE Title match scheduled for tonight. At least it seemed like a logical way of looking at it until Orton turned to berate The New Wave. I’m honestly not too sure about that either. While I get you’ve been building up that Orton has been disappointed with the progress of The New Wave and that they’ve been failing, he has more pressing issues on this show in the form of a WWE Title match against a man who should certainly be looked upon as a threat to the title in Batista. Granted, you’ve made it sound like the title match will be cancelled with the commentators, but Orton should still have his mind at least partially on that, rather than just worrying about The New Wave. Batista coming out brought the focus back to where I felt it should have been, and having him show his intensity by making it clear Orton should be worried about him, while also challenging him to the match to start the show. Edge coming out after that makes sense too, obviously, although I’m a little disappointed with the way last week’s match between himself and Batista has been handled here. On last week’s show it seemed like Batista had finally gotten that big breakthrough win in this thread, bursting out of the midcard that he’s found himself in for five years, but now he’s suddenly no better off because Ventura postponing the title match between Batista and Orton makes Batista’s win from last week seem almost pointless at this stage. Still, at the same time, Edge’s cockiness seemed good up until the interruption from Brock. Brock wanting in on the title hunt is fine, because, as he said, his thing with Triple H is obviously going nowhere for now. Because of this, the main event, while nowhere near as good as the title match, made by Arn Anderson sounds good. The dynamic of Edge being paired with the faces should be interesting, while the entire New Wave have been worked into the match well. Should be a quality main event.

JBL in the building is ratings for sure. Hopefully we get some promo goodness from him to shake off the loss to Hogan at Judgment Day.

Nice way to build this feud by having the match logically progress from the last one, continuing to show Double B’s dominance over AMW evolve. The finish makes sense, keeping this feud going, although I really feel like this feud is almost on its last legs. While these two are clearly the top teams right now, Booker and Burke don’t feel like they belong in a really long tag feud, and I just feel like something is going to happen to freshen this up if you plan on continuing it all of the way up to SmackDown!’s next PPV.

Matt Hardy = King of the Ring.

Good to see how serious Orton is after the promo earlier, although I’m not sure having The New Wave break up would be the best move. I’m still of the opinion that breaking them up won’t really benefit anyone, but I guess we’ll see if it even happens.

Surprisingly solid first round match to have here, eliminating Chavo early on (a guy who I thought could get to the second round without looking at the draw) and allowing MVP to continue along in the tournament. MVP/Carlito is obviously the match your angling towards, and while a no DQ match is needed from them down the line, having them face of in the KOTR will be a good way to keep them connected.

Not too sure what to make of this promo, as it seems like you’re positioning Kendrick to not just be an egomaniac, but also be just plain weird. I’m surprised he’s still working the face side of things here, as he certainly seems set to become a full fledged heel, especially with everything he’s said here, although, as I’ve said before, the direction his character has taken is one of my favourite things going in BTB.

As I’m fairly sure I’ve said before, I’m not sure I’m quite sold on the name The Master Craftsmen, although I guess it sums Albright and Haas up pretty nicely in that they aren’t going to have a flashy name or anything because they are just that all-action type team. The match itself made sense here, with Kendrick again heeling it up, showing his arrogant side by being a real pain in the ass in this match and feeling above it. The handicap match type it turned into allows London to lose without looking too weak, however, I’m not so sure about London tapping out. What makes London special in this thread isn’t only his high flying style, but also his fighting spirit, and having him tap out kind of takes away from that. I would have preferred to have seen a surprise pinfall instead, because it doesn’t take away from his fighting character.

Not so sure about Kendrick wanting two belts, because while a feud between Kendrick and London could be good, I feel like Kendrick still has unfinished business with Chavo. If he’s to get involved with London, not only does the cruiserweight division start to be ignored, but it gets in the way of that.

Glad to see JBL coming out to do what he does best in cutting a promo. Having him ignore the loss and claim it to be a victory of his own by forcing Hulk Hogan to retire him due to the beating he gave him in the Judgment Day match is a great way to keep JBL looking good and have him gloss over the loss. Having him address The Undertaker after that makes sense, as, after JBL returned, you had him say he wanted Hogan and Undertaker, and now with Hogan down (one way or another), ‘Taker is the natural next target. Having JBL talk up how ‘Taker has disappeared since JBL himself popped back up is clever, keeping the two away from one another so that JBL can campaign. The line from JBL that The Undertaker is hiding in fear from JBL was great, really giving JBL that arrogant edge that he does well in almost making him seem absolutely delusional. It’s not usual to see JBL, a coward type character, call someone like The Undertaker out, but the way you went about this, with JBL talking up The Undertaker being scared of him because he knows ‘The Deadman’ won’t show up anyway is clever. Not so sure about the Jamie Noble interruption though, because we’ve already seen this happen at the beginning of the JBL/Hulk Hogan feud, making this feel a lot like déjà vu. I’m not so sure things needed to go this way, as I feel like you could have finished the promo by having JBL tell The Undertaker not to be scared about ending up just like The Undertaker, which would have made this segment seem a little less repetitive, as well as allowing Noble to separate himself from JBL in store for a return. Instead this way I think Noble looks too weak, and while JBL shows his frustration, I’m not sure he needed to. A strong sounding promo from JBL, although I wasn’t so sure about the ending of it. Still, a likely JBL/Undertaker feud isn’t a bad way to bring ‘Taker back, with JBL carrying the feud until he returns by cutting promos seeming like a fine way to go about things.

Nice little promo from Lesnar, keeping in mind that he wants to go at the WWE Title while he waits for Triple H to show his face again, before a nice confrontation with Batista. A match between the two, if only for the spectacle of it being two absolute tanks going at it, would be great, so having the two just have a bit of a tense staredown is a tantalizing prospect and a good way to keep the main event in mind.

Nice to not only see Masters getting some good time in the ring, allowing him to look strong, while also keeping the anger of Carlito showing throughout the match smartly. Obviously the MVP/Carlito match should be good with the built the feud has had.

@ Styles owning Cole. Even in recap, he does add that extra aspect to the commentary.

I didn’t think you’d go through with Anderson being fired any time soon, but the announcement from Jesse Ventura after all of the stuff Anderson has been involved in should be interesting. The booking surrounding it all has been done well, and with the WWE Title match set up for next week as a farewell kind of thing from Arn, I’m expecting a good show. Not too sure what we’ll see with the GM situation next week, but we’ve certainly got a good main event now.

Loved the start to the main event. Having Edge’s frustration boil over after the announcement from Anderson makes perfect sense, and it also gets the match started off with a bang. Orton playing the coward for most of the match, staying out of the action until it was convenient for him was good, before then slithering his way out when Batista made his comeback. Not too sure what to make of the ending, as this effectively ends any push Dinsmore was having since he’s surely not good enough to go up against Orton upon return. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Cade face turn from here, although I’d like Doane to stay aligned with Orton. Hopefully New Wave don’t just break down as a whole, because I think that would be a lot of wasted potential. Still, with that said, a big way to end the show.


Like always, a solid show here, even if in recap form. The writing was solid throughout, and the booking, like usual, got the job done, progressing things along well. Some things I’m not so sure about, especially with The New Wave, although I guess I’ll have to wait and see where it’s going (hopefully you don’t leave me waiting too long ). Looking forward to RAW next.
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