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On Pre-Show Heat; William Regal defeated Mike Knox @ 04:12 with the Knee Trembler.

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WWE VENGEANCE 2007
June 17 | Ford Centre | Oklahoma OK

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Open up to the following words thudding against the screen;

TRIPLE

Split shot of Shawn Michaels and Umaga.

MAIN

Split shot of Kurt Angle and John Cena.

EVENT

Split shot of Mr. Kennedy and Christian.

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Sudden switch to all six men brawling, mainly using clips from this past Monday on Raw.

Eric Bischoff: A TRIPLE-

The Coach: TRIPLE MAIN-

Jim Ross: TRIPLE MAIN EVENT!!!

Clips now of Shawn Michaels on the (rare) occasions where he’s gotten the better of Umaga.

Jim Ross: SHAWN MICHAELS!!!

Shots of Umaga running through Shawn Michaels, time and time again.

Armando Estrada: OOOOOO-MAG-AAAAA

Clip of Shawn Michaels delivering Sweet Chin Music to Umaga on June 4, sending the Bulldozer off the stage.

Shawn Michaels: You wanna make a name off The Showstopper?? Come right ahead … but lets try to do it the old fashioned way … one on one, man to man, mano e mano.

Shots of Umaga delivering the Samoan Spike from the steps in front of the announce table, putting HBK through the table on May 28.

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!!

Michaels delivering Sweet Chin Music last Monday on Raw.

Shawn Michaels: Survivin aint ma objective. I’m headed to Vengeance with the sole objective of being the LAST … MAN … STANDING!!!

Umaga standing over HBK at the end of Raw on Monday.

Armando Estrada: Ju wont be the “Last Man Standing” Shawn. In fact … ju’ll be lucky … if you EVER … stand … again.

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Eric Bischoff: A TRIPLE-

The Coach: TRIPLE MAIN-

Jim Ross: TRIPLE MAIN EVENT!!!

Close up of Kurt Angle applying the ankle lock, roaring, brimming with intensity.

John Cena: KURT ANGLE!!!

Close up of John Cena, locking in the STFU, just as intense as Angle.

Kurt Angle: JOHN CENA!!!

Clips of Angle busting Cena open in their First Blood match in May.

Kurt Angle: I look forward to picking apart your body for THIRTY … LONG … MINUTES!!

Clips of Cena storming at Angle, taking it to Kurt.

John Cena: You think Imma run from a thirty minute Ultimate Submission match?? Think again, because I’ve gone SIXTY minutes with the very best, and I’ve SUBMITTED the toughest, time and time again!!! And Kurt, YOU … WILL … JOIN ‘EM!!!

Past shots of Cena, locked in submission holds, refusing to tap.

Kurt Angle: Not only will I torture you at Vengeance Cena … but I’ll expose you for the fraud you truly are, when you tap … and keeping tapping, over and over, BEGGING me for mercy … but Cena, there will be no mercy … only Vengeance.

Cena and Angle, head to head, last Monday on Raw.

John Cena: When it’s all said and done … VENGEANCE WILL BE … MINE!!!

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Eric Bischoff: A TRIPLE-

The Coach: A TRIPLE MAIN-

Jim Ross: A TRIPLE MAIN EVENT!!!

Mister Kennedy celebrating after winning the Beat The Clock challenge.

Mister Kennedy: MISTERRRRRRR KEN-NA-DAYYYYY!!!!!

Christian showing off the World Championship at the contract signing.

Christian: Captain Charisma, baby.

Kennedy getting ultra aggressive, sending Christian into the ring post during the tag team match on May 21.

Mister Kennedy: From the moment I became the Number One Contender, Christian wrote me off. To him, I wasn’t a challenge. I didn’t have the credentials of a Kurt Angle, or John Cena, or Shawn Michaels. Think he’s treating me as a threat now??

Kennedy laughing, and standing over Christian after the Pick Your Poison match against The Brotherhood.

Christian: I’m not looking past Vengeance. And if you STILL think I am … and you’re counting on it as your chance to just swoop in and steal the World Heavyweight Title from me?? You better rethink your game plan, friend.

Christian getting back at Kennedy on June 4, attacking the #1 Contender.

Mister Kennedy: I’ve got your head … and at Vengeance … I’ll have your belt.

Kennedy again standing over Christian last Monday on Raw, posing with the title belt.

Christian: Kennedy, you wanted to be taken seriously?? Consider it done. … Now?? NOW, you’ve got my FULL … UNDIVIDED … ATTENTION!!

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The video closes in the same fashion it began, with words thudding against the screen;

TRIPLE

Split shot of Shawn Michaels and Umaga.

MAIN

Split shot of Kurt Angle and John Cena.

EVENT

Split shot of Mr. Kennedy and Christian.

…

AND NOW, JR’S BAR-BE-Q SAUCE PRESENTS A RAW PRODUCTION OF WWE VENGEANCE!!



PYRO

The camera pans around the arena, with the Ford Centre filled to the rafters, as we join Oklahoma’s own, Jim Ross, alongside The Coach!!

Jim Ross: BOOMER SOONER!!! WE ARE LIVE IN THE FORD CENTRE, and tonight history is being made, as the great state of Oklahoma plays host to a WWE Pay Per View for the first time ever, and tonight, it plays host to a huge triple main event. Vengeance is on the air!!! Hello everybody, I am Jim Ross, joined as always by my broadcast colleague, The Coach!!

The Coach: This has been the longest weekend of my life being stuck in this hell hole, but it’s all worth it. Vengeance is finally here old timer!!! We’ve been waiting for this for weeks!!!

Jim Ross: The anticipation has been building for weeks, with a mouth watering line up, headlined by three main events. Shawn Michaels takes on Umaga in a Last Man Standing Match, Kurt Angle and John Cena will wage war for thirty minutes in an Ultimate Submission match, and of course, the World Heavyweight Championship is on the line, as Christian defends against the hungry challenger, Mister Kennedy.

The Coach: Off the shizzle, baby boy!! Credit where it’s due for The Bisch!!

**LIVE FOR THE MOMENT**

The fans rise to their feet, as MATT HARDY makes his entrance, jogging to both sides of the stage, saluting the rabid fans.

J.R touts Hardy’s credentials ahead of the opener, but Coach tries to run Matt down, saying he’s about to practice how to lose to Shelton Benjamin, with another meeting set for Saturday Nights Main Event in the Quarter Finals of the King of the Ring tournament.

**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**

And to mild heat, The Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin makes a composed entrance, joined by his mentor Theodore Long, who chirps in the ear of his prized asset, as they make their way down the aisle.

Coach, as always, bigs up Benjamin, saying to forget those ‘other three matches’, as THIS is the main event. Throughout the entrance, Coach refers to Shelton as ‘King’ Benjamin, already crowning the IC Champion King of the Ring, despite The Black Diamond still needing to win three matches next Saturday night to do so.

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
Shelton Benjamin w/Theodore Long vs. Matt Hardy
Both men tentatively circle the ring, slowly closing in, and lock hands, with Benjamin quickly tripping Matt, and dropping, out wrestling the challenger on the canvas, far too smooth and accomplished at the pure wrestling game for Hardy to put up a fight, as Matt breaks free, and rolls to a corner, with Shelton standing up, with a big smirk on his face, whilst Matt pulls himself to his feet. Hardy stands, and locks up with Shelton again, applying a quick arm wringer, but the champion reverses, and sends Matt off the ropes, knocking him down with a shoulder, then runs off the ropes, but Matt leaps up, only for Shelton to leap over him, off the opposite side of the ring, at Matt, but Matt looks to hip toss the champion … but Shelton shows off his incredible athleticism, landing on his feet, ducks a clothesline, then goes behind Matt, and wrestles him to the ground again, having his way with the challenger, and disrespects his opponent with slaps to the back of Matts head, before getting up, to a round of boos from the fans.

On the outside, Theodore is overjoyed at the start from his prized asset, clapping, and hollering loudly, whilst Shelton and Matt - back to his feet again - circle the ring, with Benjamin smiling broadly at his challenger. They lock up once more, but Matt goes straight to a side headlock, only for Benjamin to shove Matt off, off the ropes, and looks for a back body drop, but Hardy rolls off Sheltons back, and school boys the champion, 1...2...NO!! Benjamin is up quickly, but Matt takes him over with a headlock takedown. Benjamin slips free on the mat, and gets to his feet, but Matt trips him down, and drops an elbow, turning the champion over, and hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!! Benjamin gets up, and swings wildly at Matt, but Hardy blocks the shot, and fires back with one of his own, and another, with Benjamin backing up, toward the corner, with Matt pouring forward, forcing Benjamin into the corner, then sends him across to the opposite corner, but Shelton reverses the whip, sending Matt into the corner, and follows in, but Matt bounces out, and NAILS Shelton with a clothesline, knocking the champion off his feet. Benjamin rolls out of the ring, under the bottom rope, and immediately, Theodore Long runs to check on his boy, taking his own jacket off, and fanning Benjamin, trying to help shake the cobwebs loose.

Shelton struggles around ringside, trying to get his head straight, and Hardy has enough of waiting, rolling outside himself, to the delight of the fans, and gives chase to Shelton grabbing him from behind, and chucks the champion back into the ring, under the bottom rope, but as Matt attempts to follow … Theodore Long GRABS and clutches onto the leg of Matt, with Hardy now distracted, trying to kick Long off, and successfully does so … but by that time, Shelton is on the attack, and drops an elbow on Matt. Benjamin pounds Hardy on the canvas, looking to soften him up, and drags the challenger up, charging him into the corner, and drives his shoulder into the gut of Hardy. The champion drags Matt out of the corner, with a short Irish whip, dragging Matt toward him, driving his knee into the mid section, pushing Hardy out, then dragging him in with another short whip, and another deep knee to the gut, with Matt groaning, feeling the pain, as Benjamin repeats the process … AND AGAIN for a fourth time, before hoisting Hardy onto his shoulders - AND DROPS HIM ACROSS HIS KNEE - GUT FIRST - DELIVERING AN IMPRESSIVE GUT BUSTER!!! Benjamin rolls the challenger over, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Hardy shoots his shoulder up, but Benjamin holds him down on the canvas, driving his knee into the exposed rib cage of Hardy, twice, before getting back to his feet. The Black Diamond smiles at his work, whilst Hardy sits up, coughing, clutching his ribs, with Shelton making sure the challenger doesn’t get time to recover, and drags Matt up, throwing him out of the ring, and to the outside.

The Black Diamond backs up, watching Matt on the ground on the outside … then races across the ring for a high flying move over the ropes … BUT STOPS AT THE ROPES!!! The fans boo Shelton, and the champion shakes his head, not giving the fans what they want, and gets the heat for disappointing them. Instead, Shelton simply steps onto the apron, and drops down onto the floor, putting the boots to the ribs of Matt. Benjamin drags Matt up, lifting him off the floor, before dropping the mid section of the challenger across the ring barrier!!! Matt flops onto the ground, pounding the mat in agony, whilst Benjamin exudes confidence, in cruise control at this point, and pulls Matt up, throwing him back inside. The champion follows in behind, and rolls Matt over for a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Matt lifts a shoulder, refusing to give it in, whilst Shelton nods, half expecting the kick out anyway.

Benjamin continues to beat Matt down, and easily pulls the challenger up, throwing him into position, and delivers a rib breaker, further piling the pressure on Matt, and again hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!! This time, Shelton shakes his head, and brings Matt back up with him, sending him off the ropes once again, but catching him on the return … and applies an Abdominal Stretch!! The Abdominal Stretch is applied, and Hardy looks to be in severe trouble, especially with Benjamin using all the bells and whistles at his disposal to try and force the submission, including Theodore Long distracting the referee to allow Shelton to pound the ribcage, and use the ropes for leverage … but the game eventually is up, and the official catches the Black Diamond in the act of cheating, and demands the hold be broken!!!

Shelton releases the hold, but then begins to argue with the official, not happy that he had to release the submission, whilst Long also chips in with his opinion … but the champion takes his eye off the challenger for too long, and Matt rushes up behind Shelton, and runs him into the ropes, and rolls him up, 1...2...NO!!! Matt nearly shocked the champion, but Benjamin kicked out just in time. Benjamin is up right away, and targets the ribs of Matt again, but Hardy avoids the shot, then connects with a shot of his own, and another, letting fly with his trademark stiff right hands, before shooting Shelton off the ropes, and blasts him to the canvas with a reverse elbow on the return. Benjamin struggles up, with Matt in the ascendancy, delivering a front slam. Hardy drags Shelton up right away, and sends him into the corner, chasing in, delivering a clothesline, and grabs the head, running out of the corner with a bulldog!!! Hardy covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Matt sits up, hands on his head, knowing how close he was to victory, but gets up, and brings Benjamin with him, looking to deliver a suplex now, getting Benjamin up … but not down, as Benjamin lands on his feet behind Matt … and scores with a neck breaker!!! Benjamin turns the tables back in his favour, with the lateral press on the challenger, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Matt survives, but the momentum is back on the side of the champion, with Benjamin getting to his feet, dragging Matt up, and getting his opponent into position for a suplex, hoisting him up in the air … but then drops Hardy ONTO THE ROPES - RIBS FIRST!!! Matt winces in pain, selling the rib work, hanging onto the ropes on the apron … but not for long, as Benjamin dropkicks him - sending Hardy off the apron … AND CRASHING INTO THE BARRIER!!!!!

Benjamin looks at his handy work with a smile, and climbs out of the ring in order to continue the beating on the outside. With Theodore Long looking on gleefully, applauding the work of his prized asset, Shelton picks Matt up, and charges him into the barrier, adding further pain to the ribs of his challenger … then does the exact same thing again - this time into the ring apron. The Black Diamond rolls Hardy back inside the ring, following in, and hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out. Shelton hammers the face of Matt, before dragging the challenger up, sending him into the ropes, but Matt ducks under Benjamin on his return, coming off the opposite ropes … BUT BENJAMIN DRIVES HIS KNEE INTO THE GUT OF HARDY!!! Matt tumbles over, clutching his mid section - namely his ribs - as Benjamin smirks once again, dropping down, hooking the leg, 1...2...NO!!!

Still smiling despite the kick out, Benjamin gets to his feet, bringing Hardy with him, sending Matt to the corner, before setting himself … and runs across the ring - STINGER SPLASH!!! Matt doubles over in the corner, with Shelton showing no signs of giving him any respite, and delivers another Irish whip to the opposite corner. Benjamin sets himself again … and runs across the ring - STINGER SPLASH - NO ONE HOME!!! Benjamin - spaghetti legged - comes out of the corner … RIGHT INTO A SIDE EFFECT FROM HARDY!!! The fans pop, as Matt hooks a leg…

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!!!!!

On the outside, Theodore Long breathes a sigh of relief, before looking at the fans in the front row, and telling them that that kick out was the mark of a champ. In the ring, both men are slow to move, with Matt selling the rib injury, whilst Benjamin is trying to shake the cobwebs loose. They struggle to their feet, with Benjamin attempting a right hand- but Hardy blocks- and comes back with another big one of his own!! Benjamin drops to a knee, with Matt turning, running off the ropes … BUT COMES BACK, RIGHT INTO A SAMOAN DROP!!! Benjamin has a cover …

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…SHOULDER JUST POPS UP IN TIME…
!!!!!

The champion sighs, sitting up, shaking his head, wondering what he’ll have to do to put Matt down for a three count, and gets to his feet, demanding Matt get up too, stomping him as he tries to recover. Hardy reacts, and tries to reach his feet, having to pull himself up on Shelton, dragging his body to a vertical base … with Shelton acting … AND LEAPS FOR PAYDIRT … BUT MATT SHOVES HIM DOWN!!! Benjamin lands hard on the canvas, and Matt acts quickly, dropping an elbow, quickly covering, 1...2...NO!!! Matt rolls off, breathing heavily, still selling the effect of the attack on his ribs, and now lies in wait, willing Benjamin up … and as the champion reaches his feet, Hardy swoops in for the kill … AND GOES FOR THE TWIST OF FATE … BUT BENJAMIN SPINS OUT … AND NAILS A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!!

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……MATT JUST KICKS OUT……
!!!!!!!

The fans react to the false finish, on their feet, cheering, as Hardy lives to fight on. Shelton hammers Matt as he drags the challenger to his feet, then attempts a kick … but Hardy grabs the foot … ONLY TO GET CREAMED WITH A DRAGON WHIP!!! The fans show appreciation for the athletic ability of Shelton, despite hating him, as the champion hooks the leg again, 1...2...NO!!! Matt Hardy STILL wont give in, as Benjamin starts to get anxious, shaking his head as he gets up. On the outside, Theodore Long barks some instructions to his charge, and Benjamin listens intently, nodding to the advice. He pulls the lifeless Hardy to his feet, and hooks him up into position - LOOKING FOR THE T-BONE EXPLODER … BUT MATT HARDY - WITH ALL HIS MIGHT - ELBOWS DESPERATELY … AND BREAKS FREE!!! Benjamin reels away, then comes charging back, but runs into a flapjack from Matt!!! This time, Hardy doesn’t go for a cover, but instead, pushes himself back up to his feet, and makes his way to the corner, stepping between the ropes, and climbing the turnbuckles … with Theodore Long sensing danger, and hopping into action, getting on the apron to try and stop Hardy by grabbing his leg again … but Matt shrugs him off with ease this time, and Long falls off the apron, landing on his face on the floor!!

Matt now turns his attention back to the champion … AS SHELTON LEAPS UP … REMARKABLY LEAPING TO THE TOP ROPE … BUT HARDY INSTANTLY SHOVES HIM OFF!!!!! Benjamin crashes onto the canvas, with Matt now setting himself, getting to the middle buckle, and signalling to the fans … before DROPPING THE LEG ON BENJAMIN!!! The fans pop for the leg drop, and Matt gets a cover on the champion … 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! The Coach shows his relief on commentary, before championing the heart and desire of Benjamin, then tries to will on both Shelton and Theodore Long to get back up, and finish the job. In the ring though, Matt has other ideas, and looks to the fans, getting them worked up … as he shapes up for the TWIST OF FATE!! Benjamin struggles to his feet, using the ropes, with the Intercontinental title in serious jeopardy now … WITH MATT SPINNING HIM AROUND … KICK TO THE GUT … FRONT FACE LOCK … TWIST OF FATE CONNECTS!!!!!!!!!! The champion is dead and buried, as Matt quickly turns over, hooking the leg tightly …

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……THEODORE LONG PULLS THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING……
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In a final act of desperation, Theodore Long saves the title, much to the chagrin of the red hot fans, who shit all over Long. In the ring, Hardy is clearly pissed, eventually realising what happened, as he watches Jack Doan berate Theodore for his involvement, and Hardy loses his cool, getting out of the ring, and looks to confront the mouthpiece of the Brotherhood, as Longs eyes bug out, and he turns, running from Hardy, who gives chase around the ring!! Theodore runs like a madman from Matt, and slides inside the ring for sanctuary, with Matt sliding in right behind him, getting up … AND BENJAMIN POUNCES WITH PAYDIRT!!! HARDY NEVER SAW IT COMING!!!!! Benjamin leans back, hooking the leg tightly, as Jack Doan makes the count…

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Winner: And STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion - Shelton Benjamin @ 14:10

Benjamin steals it!!! The Black Diamond retains, much to the delight of Theodore and The Coach - who is up from the commentary desk, clapping - whilst J.R berates the influence of Long. Benjamin has his arm raised, and is joined by the jubilant Theodore Long, who hugs his golden goose.

On commentary, J.R is fuming, questioning how Coach can celebrate such a hollow victory, but Coach refuses to acknowledge the win as ‘hollow’, saying it’s a sign of what will happen next Saturday night in the King of the Ring quarter finals.

Meanwhile, Matt Hardy does indeed come around, with Benjamin and Long unaware … with the disgruntled beaten challenger coming from behind on Benjamin, dumping the champion out of the ring, leaving Long … and the mouthpiece turns around … into Hardy!!! Hardy grips Long by the suit, shaking Long furiously, then kicks him in the gut - and NAILS a Twist of Fate!!!

The fans pop like mad, as Hardy gets a measure of revenge, and slips out of the ring as Benjamin storms back in. Hardy backs up the aisle, telling Shelton “This isn’t over”, whilst Benjamin pats the title belt, before turning and tending to his mentor.

Matt continues up the aisle, slapping hands with fans, but then turns, looking back to the ring, and shakes his head, seething with rage at his loss, as J.R says that’s not how this night should’ve started, but Coach disagrees, saying it was the perfect start to the night - until Hardy ruined it. Coach calls Matt a bad loser, before taking his headset off, telling J.R he‘s going to check if Teddy is ok.


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**VIDEO PACKAGE**

An image of the sun rising, getting brighter and brighter…

“THIS SUMMER”

Clips of John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Christian, Brian Kendrick, Straight Edge, & Randy Orton

“THE WWE PRESENTS IT‘S BIGGEST EVER WORLD TOUR”

Clips of Kurt Angle, M.V.P, Shelton Benjamin, Paul London, Mister Kennedy & Edge

“BEGINNING ON JULY 16, THE SUPERSTARS OF RAW AND SMACKDOWN WILL TRAVEL TO ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE”

Clips of some of the landmark sights in each continent.

“NORTH AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRAILIA, AND EUROPE”

Darkness.

“AND THE CROWN JEWEL OF THIS LANDMARK EVENT??”

The Summerslam logos from the years gone by.

“ON AUGUST 19, THE WWE PRESENTS IT‘S TWENTIETH ANNUAL SUMMERSLAM”

A sight of the globe, which zooms in … toward Europe … toward the UK … toward England … and into London … zooming in still …

“AT THE HOME OF THE BIGGEST SUMMERSLAM OF ALL TIME”

And hurtles toward Wembley Stadium.

“LONDON, ENGLAND”

Differing angles of the new Wembley, including a sight at the arc.

“THE NEW WEMBLEY STADIUM”

Clips of WWE stars in action, interspersed with clips of fans going wild.

“LONDON’S CALLING”

More fast clips of the WWE superstars in action, with fans reactions, including sights of London too.

“AND THE WWE HAS ANSWERED”

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WWE WORLDWIDE SUMMER TOUR

JULY 16 - AUGUST 31

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Jim Ross: What a wild ride it’ll be from July 16 next month. The biggest World Tour the WWE has ever done, with the biggest Summerslam of all time to boot, right bang in the middle. Over Seventy Five thousand tickets have been sold already, with more tickets due to be released in the coming weeks. And, ladies and gentlemen, I am once again being rejoined by The Coach.

Coach sits down, having been checking on Theodore Long, who is being helped out of the arena by trainers.

The Coach: Matt Hardy has gotta be held accountable for his actions, J.R. Surely you cant condone what that- that- that THUG has done here??

Jim Ross: Theodore Long just cost Matt Hardy one of the most prestigious championships in this entire industry!! Theodore Long put himself in danger by getting involved - he should’ve known the risks he was running, Coach.

The Coach: It’s not fair, J.R. That untalented loser should be made to apo-

Jim Ross: I have to interrupt you right there, Coach, I’m afraid. I’m getting word that Matt Striker is standing by with the Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff, who has an important announcement to make. Matt??

Cut to Striker…

Matt Striker: Thank you, J.R, I am indeed standing by with Eric Bischoff. And Eric, I believe you want to inform the fans of a change to one of tonight’s matches??

Eric Bischoff: That’s right, Matt. Unfortunately, I have the displeasure to inform the fans that one of the teams in tonight’s tag team title match have encountered transportation problems getting to Oklahoma, and will not be here tonight.

Some heat from the fans, not sure how to react until they know the name of the team.

Eric Bischoff: Therefore, instead of tonight’s advertised Fatal Four Way, the World Tag Team Championships will now be defended in a Triple Threat Match, with Straight Edge taking on JTG and Monty Brown from The Brotherhood, and … X-Pac and Tyson Tomko.

Heat, with The British Lions missing their opportunity.

Eric Bischoff: It appears that Paul Burchill, Harry Smith and Katie Lea were misinformed of their flight times this morning, and missed their scheduled flight to Oklahoma. My understanding is that there was a clerical error of some sort at WWE headquarters, but I will see to it personally that the employee to blame for this mix up will be severely reprimanded. I would like to sincerely apologise on behalf of World Wrestling Entertainment and the Monday Night Raw brand, to any fans for this change, but un-

Voice: I have an idea.

Johnny Nitro, with Joey Mercury, walk into the picture.

Johnny Nitro: Instead of changing the four way to a triple threat, why not put Joey and I in there instead, and let us take the Lions place??

Joey Mercury: It makes sense, Eric. The fans came here to see a Fatal Four Way. We’re here, we’re ready to compete. How about it??

Bischoff blankly stares at MNM, nonplussed by their offer.

Eric Bischoff: I’m not in the mood for any jokes, gentlemen. You two have had more than enough opportunities lately. You WONT be getting another one tonight. And quit pestering me.

Bischoff storms off, not in a good mood. Nitro and Mercury look on, both frustrated, looking at each other, out of ideas…

…

Back to ringside…


**MAN BEAST**

There’s no posturing, or any waiting. Rhyno charges down the aisle, eyes fixed directly on the ring, looking like he just wants to get to business.

During the entrance of Rhyno, J.R and Coach narrate over a few clips from the past month, where Rhyno has made Mysterios life hell, with a wave of attacks, week on week. Coach, of course, defends The Man Beasts actions, whilst J.R, of course, deplores them.

**BOOYAKA 619**

Mysterio pops from under the stage, to a big reception from the fans. Rey salutes the fans, and doesn’t rush to run down the aisle, taking his time to touch heads with young mask wearing fans (which is kinda creepy imo), whilst Rhyno is forced to pace the ring, dying to get his hands on Rey.

During the entrance, Coach accuses Rey of being scared, saying he’s trying to take as long as he can to reach the ring, knowing he’s about to get his ass handed to him, but J.R defends the master of the 619, saying that Rey will always have time for his fans, regardless of who is waiting for him in the ring.

Mysterio climbs up onto the apron, and inside the ring … but Rhyno doesn’t want to wait for another moment!!

One on One:
Rhyno vs. Rey Mysterio
The Man Beast sprints at Rey, looking for a clothesline, but Rey thinks quickly and ducks under, and then plants kicks to the legs of Rhyno, trying to chop him down like a tree. The kicks slow Rhyno down, and it allows Mysterio to run off the ropes … but he’s caught on the return - and HURLED into the corner by Rhyno like a rag doll!!! The pent up Man Beast instantly chases in after, looking for a shoulder thrust to the gut - but Rey darts free, and Rhyno misses!! The sudden impact of hitting the corner stuns Rhyno momentarily, and he stumbles out of the corner slightly, as Mysterio lands with another stiff kick, but Rhyno looks to grab him, only for Rey to kick free, and run - slipping out of the ring - with the Man Beast in hot pursuit around the ring, and Rey slides back inside, Rhyno closely behind, with Mysterio hitting the ropes - launching himself at Rhyno - BUT IS CAUGHT - AND POWERSLAMMED!!!!!

The wind is taken out of Reys sails, and Rhyno stands over him, sticking his boot into Reys face, stomping the masked luchador, over and over, before being warned by the referee. Rhyno stops, and drags Rey up, shoving him into the corner, chasing in and picking up where he intended to continue earlier, DRIVING his shoulder into the gut of Mysterio, OVER AND OVER. Rey crumbles to the mat, groaning in agony, as Rhyno puts the boots to him again, showing no remorse or feeling for the pain going through the body of his opponent. Wasting no time, the big man drags Rey back up, instantly throwing him with ease onto his shoulders, and charges across the ring - DRIVING Rey into the corner!!! Again, Rey crumbles on impact, with Rhyno issuing another half a dozen stomps to the defenceless body of his opponent. Rhyno stops, and turns, raising his arms in victory already, much to the chagrin of the fans, as the crazed Man Beast pounds his chest in defiance.

Rhyno turns his attention back to Rey, walking back to the corner, and picking him up again with ease, gripping him tight, delivering a Belly to Belly slam, and covers, 1...2...NO!! Rhyno nods at the kick out, almost looking happy that Rey got a shoulder up, stomping the masked face of Mysterio as he gets to his feet. The Man Beast stands, and grabs the legs of Rey … before freely spinning Mysterio around by his legs, showing off his superior strength advantage, before letting go, with Rey crashing onto the canvas again from the big spin. Mysterio holds his back in pain momentarily, before crawling toward the ropes, groaning in pain, as Rhyno refuses to let up, driving his knee into the head of Rey, pressing him against the ropes, before being ordered off by the referee.

Mysterio tries to pull himself up by the ropes, but Rhyno doesn’t want to wait, and drags him away, and up onto his shoulders, before DRILLING Rey with another power slam, piling on the pain!! He contemplates the cover, but shakes his head, before getting to his feet. The Man Beast backs up, standing in the corner, waiting for Rey to get up, sizing the little man up for THE GORE … BUT REY LEAPS OVER … AND RHYNO RUNS INTO THE RING POST!!! The fans suddenly pick up, as the rejuvenated Rey spots a window of opportunity … and races across the apron … NAILING A MODIFIED 619 AROUND THE RINGPOST!!!!!

Suddenly, Rhyno is in trouble, with the big man staggering out of the corner, in no mans land, with Mysterio hopping onto the ropes … AND SCORES WITH A SEATED SENTON!!! Rey desperately hooks a leg off the senton, 1...2...KICK OUT WITH AUTHORITY!!! Big Rhyno kicks out, pushing Rey off with ease. Mysterio tries to keep Rhyno at bay, landing with kicks with the tree trunk like legs of Rhyno as he gets to his feet, then attempts an Irish Whip - BUT - Rhyno doesn’t budge, and the Man Beast turns the tables, reversing the whip, AND SENDS REY into the corner instead!!! Rhyno tries to follow up, running in, but Rey lifts a boot up, catching his opponent in the jaw!! Rhyno reels away, turning his back to Rey, and Rey hoists up in the corner, launching off - DELIVERING A REVERSE HURRICANRANA!!! Rhyno bounces up from the impact to his knees, with Rey already on the move, running off the ropes, and comes back with a front dropkick to the face of Rhyno!!! Rey makes a cover …

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Rey looks up, mouth open in shock, and both hands on his head, before getting back up, and back on the Man Beast, hammering Rhyno with everything he’s got, then looks to run off the ropes again, bounding toward Rhyno - BUT GETS CREAMED WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!!! The fans respond with an ‘OHHHH’, with Rey contorted from the impact of the clothesline, whilst Rhyno leans up against the ropes, taking a chance to get his mind clear, before turning his attention back to Rey. Slowly, Rhyno pulls Rey to his feet, and goes behind, looking for a side suplex, but Rey rolls off, and behind the Man Beast, running into the ropes, and back at Rhyno, only to be caught in a wheelbarrow position - but Rey counters - BULLDOG!!! Cover is made, 1...2...KICK OUT AGAIN!!!

Mysterio cant keep Rhyno down for the three!! Both men slowly get up, feeling the effects of the breakneck pace of the contest, with Rey hitting the ropes once more, leaping up, looking to deliver a Hurricanrana, but Rhyno counters - AND POWERBOMBS REY BACK FIRST INTO THE CORNER!!!!! As the fans pop/gasp at the move, The Man Beast doesn’t waste time, and drags his opponent out from the corner, making the cover…

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Somehow, Rey kicked out, and Rhyno slams the canvas in frustration, before quickly refocusing, and rolls Rey to the ropes, pushing him OUT of the ring, and rolling out himself. The Man Beast sets Rey at the steel steps, then backs up … AND CHARGES TOWARD REY … BUT REY HOPS UP … DROP TOE HOLD … AND RHYNO GOES FACE FIRST INTO THE STEPS!!!!! Despite some struggling, Mysterio musters the energy to get Rhyno back inside the ring, and makes a cover, 1...2...NO!!! Still, Rey is unable to keep The Man Beast down, and it’s back to square one for the Master of the 619. Rey gets up, as does Rhyno - albeit slowly - with Mysterio running off the ropes, coming back, looking for a head scissors … but again, Rhyno counters - HURLING Rey off … and Mysterio lands FLAT on his face on the canvas!!! Again, the fans pop/gasp, at the car wreck landing of Rey, with Rhyno turning him over, hooking a leg …

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Once again, Rhyno pounds the mat in fury, then drags Rey up, pushing him into the corner, grabbing him by the throat and talking trash. The Man Beast pulls Rey back out, and kicks him in the gut, getting him up, looking for another power bomb … BUT REY FIGHTS BACK!!! Mysterio hammers with everything he’s got, trying to stop the power bomb … and eventually DELIVERS A HEADSCISSORS … SENDING RHYNO TUMBLING INTO THE ROPES!!! Mysterio doesn’t waste a second, and dials it up … DELIVERING THE 619!!! The fans pop, as Rhyno lands on his back in the middle of the ring, with Rey hopping onto the ropes, looking to DROP THE DIME … BUT MISSES!!! Rhyno avoids the leg drop, and gets up, catching Rey as he gets to his feet … AND DRILLS HIM WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!! Rhyno hooks the leg …

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Somehow, the heart of the masked Mysterio shines through, and he stays in the contest!! Rhyno is in disbelief, shaking his head profusely, hammering the canvas once again … then drags Rey up, shoving him into the corner, grabbing his face, telling Rey “I‘M GONNA BREAK YOU IN HALF LITTLE MAN. YOU SHOULDA STAYED DOWN!!” before pacing out of the corner, all the way to the opposite corner, crouching down … THEN RACES ACROSS FOR THE GORE … AND MISSES!!! The Man Beast hit’s the corner, with Rey leaping to the top rope, and gets a sunset flip, pushing all his weight down on Rhyno …

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Winner: Rey Mysterio @ 07:03

Instantly, Rey gets out of the ring, as Rhyno bounces up, leaping, but missing Rey by a whisker, before slamming the mat with both palms, FURIOUS that he’s lost this one!!! Rey escapes up the aisle, with his hand raised, whilst Rhyno looks ready to have a fit, getting back to his feet, and kicking the ropes in anger.

On commentary, Coach argues the count, saying it seemed a little quick, and that Rhyno kicked out before three.

J.R refutes the claim, saying Rey took a hell of a beating, but wouldn’t give in, and got his reward in the end. Coach though, responds, telling Ross that if it was a boxing match, it would’ve been stopped A LONG time ago. Of course, J.R uses the comeback of this being the WWE - not boxing, as Rey raises his arms again, whilst Rhyno boils over in the ring, missing out on getting full revenge tonight.


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**VIDEO PACKAGE**

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

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

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

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

“I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”

Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

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

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

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

Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.

“THE KING OF THE RING!!!”

Narrator: Stars have been born.

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

“IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”

Narrator: Legends have been made.

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

“THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”

Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

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

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

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

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

Quick clips again of the prominent former winners.

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



~ THE 2007 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT ~
!! LIVE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT ON NBC !!
JUNE 23 | THE PYRAMID, MEMPHIS TN

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Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: It is set to be the biggest summer in WWE history, Coach, and it officially begins next week in Memphis, where the 2007 King of the Ring will be crowned.

The Coach: Down to the nitty gritty now, baby boy. Seven losers and King Shelton Benjamin fighting it out for the honour that has made so many careers in the past.

Jim Ross: You just have to look at last years winner as an example. Mister Kennedy, one year on from becoming King of the Ring, finds himself on the brink of becoming World Champion tonight.

The Coach: I told ya Kennedy would be big business. You didn’t listen. Listen to me now though; Shelton Benjamin WILL be crowned King on Saturday Night in Memphis. And while we’re on the subject; what the heck is up with the WWE bringing a PPV to your home state, then holding a huge event a week later in that old glory hog Jerry Lawlers back yard?? What’s wrong with Kansas??

Jim Ross: I don’t think tonight’s event or Saturday Nights Main Events locations have anything to do with The King or myself coming from the two areas. And if you ask me, Memphis is a pretty fitting venue to crown a King, Coach, don’t you think??

The Coach: I think Kansas woulda been better.

Jim Ross: Well, we could sit here and talk about this nonsense all night long, but back to the important stuff - and it doesn’t get much more personal than this next match. Melina is scheduled to challenge for the Womens Championship. Mickie James - previously known as Alexis Laree - has not been since for over a month. If she fails to appear tonight, her championship will be taken from her, and Melina will be crowned champion for the second time.

The Coach: I don’t think Mickie has been seen tonight, yet.

Jim Ross: I havent saw the womens champion yet today, and I have yet to hear of anyone who has. There is a reason why Mickie has been AWOL for so long, and here is the story…


WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP | VIDEO PACKAGE
- Mickie (as Alexis) becomes Womens Champion at WrestleMania, and defeats Melina in a rematch soon after.

- Out of the title picture, Melina begins to hint at Alexis keeping secrets from the audience, referring to a certain ‘BETH’.

- Melina begins to blackmail Alexis, to the point where the champion is set to lie down and allow Melina to beat her … but changes her mind, and beats Melina again to retain the title.

- With the blackmail plot failing, Melina reveals ALL, and introduces Beth, who tells the world that not only is Alexis’ real name Mickie James … but, as a troubled youth, Mickie would severely injure Beths mother - a carer - forcing Beth to take care of her mother, having to put her dreams of becoming a wrestler aside.

- Mickie isn’t seen for weeks, with Melina once again earning a shot at the womens title, and Eric Bischoff would announce that if Mickie no-showed at Vengeance, not only would the champion be stripped of her title, but she would also be fired.

- Then, two weeks ago, Mickie - via satellite - would tell her side of the story, admitting to her misdemeanours, informing the fans of her troubled childhood, and how she turned her life around since … but now that Beth had come back into her life, and the memories came flooding back, she might never return to the WWE.

- And, last week, a heartfelt plea from Victoria - leading the remainder of the divas locker room - begging for Mickie James to return, saying that she can be forgiven, and that they, along with the fans, want her back, and to shut Melina up, once and for all.
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Back into the arena…


**PAPARAZZI**

Joined by Beth Phoenix, Melina - all smiles - makes her red carpet entrance, ahead of her womens title match/coronation.

As usual, J.R and Coach disagree on Melinas actions in recent months, with Coach stating that Melina has done all of this for our benefit, showing the fans the true face of ‘that schizo’ Mickie James.

Long pause, as Melina begins to smile, thinking Mickie has indeed refused to show up. The fans grow restless momentarily …





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**SO FINE**

A HUGE roar engulfs the Ford Centre … AS MICKIE JAMES RETURNS!!! The fans are on their feet, whilst Melinas face drops. Instantly though, Beth Phoenix BOLTS from the ring, AND RUNS to meet Mickie!!!

Beth charges toward her target, swinging wildly with a clothesline, but Mickie ducks under … THEN NAILS BETH WITH THE TITLE BELT!!!

J.R has a mini breakdown on commentary, barking his approval of Mickies return, whilst Coach stumbles over his own words, in shock that Mickie has indeed returned!!!

Mickie now runs down the aisle, running to the ring, as Melina looks close to soiling her pants, looking all around the ring, seeing Mickie slide in, and looking like a deer in the headlights!!

WWE Womens Championship Match:
Mickie James vs. Melina
Mickie charges at Melina, AND TAKES HER DOWN WITH A LOU THESZ PRESS - HAMMERING WILDLY AT HER TORMENTOR!!! The fans continue to cheer, as the referee is forced to drag Mickie off. In the background, we see officials ushering a dazed Beth Phoenix behind the curtain, making sure she doesn’t interfere. In the ring though, Mickie wills Melina up, with the challenger reaching a knee … and Mickie delivers a front dropkick to the face!!! Not resting for a single second, the champion grabs her grounded opponent by the hair, and swings the A-Lister around, by the hair, slamming her back onto the canvas!!!

Melina looks to be all over the place, dazed by the rapid fire offence of the champion, and stumbles up … RIGHT INTO A MICK KICK!!! The challenger drops again, as Mickie stands up, SMILING, looking delighted to be back, before raising an arm, with the fans fully behind her. She pulls Melina up, getting into position … AND DRILLS MELINA WITH A LAREE-DT (which will now be renamed as it was known in the WWE; the Mickie-T) the count is elementary, as Mickie gets the lateral press, looking up, smiling to the fans, nodding as the count is made …

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Winner: And STILL WWE Womens Champion - Mickie James @ 01:17

Retribution for Mickie!!! The champion returns, and in BLISTERING fashion, defeating her tormentor of the past two months, Melina!! The moment gets the better of the champion, who looks to be on the verge of tears, mouthing to the fans ‘THANK YOU’, blowing kisses to the audience, waving, as she shows her appreciation for the support she’s been given.

Mickie makes the most of the moment, taking to the corners, and celebrating with her title, whilst Melina is helped out of the ring. On commentary Coach calls it ‘sickening’, asking J.R how can these people ‘YOUR PEOPLE, JIM’, support Mickie, after everything she’s done, calling her a ‘menace to society’, saying this sends all the wrong kinds of messages to kids today.

J.R refuses to argue, ignoring everything said by Coach, and congratulating Mickie instead, saying ‘justice has been done’, much to the annoyance of Coach, as we watch the champion leave, up the ramp, slapping hands with fans, turning at the top of the ramp to once again thank the fans, and blow a few more kisses as we fade…


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** VIDEO PACKAGE **

A night time view from the sky of London is seen as the opening chords of ‘LONDON CALLING’ by The Clash plays.

As the opening chords continue, flashing shots of the WWE superstars {John Cena, Paul London, Christian, Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle & Brent Albright} appear as the focus zooms closer to the city … eventually zooming towards the newly completed Wembley Stadium…

LONDON CALLING TO THE FARAWAY TOWNS

Spliced together clips, going from sights in London (Westminster) with Edge spearing Brock Lesnar, and Rey Mysterio hitting the 619 to Mr. Kennedy.

NOW WAR IS DECLARED - AND BATTLE COME DOWN

Focus shifts between the Wembley Arc, to action with Shelton Benjamin leaping off a ladder at WrestleMania, then Batista shaking the ring ropes.

LONDON CALLING TO THE UNDERWORLD

Focus then shifts between the sights of London Cabs and Double Decker Buses in Trafalgar Square, to the sights of MVP bursting through his elaborate set, to Melina completing her banana split ring entrance.

COME OUT OF THE CUPBOARD, YOU BOYS AND GIRLS

We see Tower Bridge and then rowdy fans from WrestleMania, mixed with shots of Christian face to face with John Cena at WrestleMania to a backdrop of thousands inside the Superdome, along with a clip of Rob Van Dam soaring through the air to deliver a Five Star Frog Splash.

THE ICE AGE IS COMING, THE SUNS ZOOMING IN

Zooming shot of the London Eye, clips of more fans from big WWE stadium events, mixed with Umaga roaring at the camera, and Randy Orton crouched, lying in wait for an RKO.

MELTDOWN EXPECTED, THE WHEAT IS GROWING THIN

Flashing clip of Buckingham Palace, with a crazed Kurt Angle going for the Ankle Lock, then Brent Albright applying the Crowbar.

ENGINES STOP RUNNING, BUT I HAVE NO FEAR

Big Ben is shown, mixed with Straight Edge delivering the simultaneous Shining Wizard, then Carlito hitting the Apple Core off the ladder at WrestleMania.

CAUSE LONDON IS DROWNING AND I, LIVE BY THE RIVER

Another glorious shot of the new Wembley, as a rapid succession of shots of the top name stars flashes across the screen.

I NEVER FELT SO MUCH ALIKE, LIKE-A, LIKE-A …

The camera then zooms out, further and further, as the music fades.

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WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 20 | WEMBLEY STADIUM
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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Jim Ross: There has never been a Summerslam more hotly anticipated that this, the twentieth annual. Wembley Stadium the venue, in the midst of the WWE Worldwide Summer Tour. It’s almost like the kind of anticipation that is normally reserved for WrestleMania.

The Coach: It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before baby boy. Like you said, it’s like WrestleMania season has just started again. Biggest Summerslam of all time, and I cant wait!!


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Backstage, we see the arrival of Kurt Angle, to a hotly mixed reaction from the fans, with many fans respecting the Olympian, despite him being a heel.

Jim Ross: And later tonight, that man, Kurt Angle will face John Cena in a Thirty Minute, Ultimate Submission Match - and Coach - rumour has it, that the winner of that match tonight will be next in line for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. That’s the rumour going around the locker room today, but as yet, Eric Bischoff has not formally made that announcement.

The Coach: It’s been WAY too long since Kurt Angle got a shot at championship gold. After he makes Cena tap a dozen times tonight, he’ll be a worthy Number One Contender.

Jim Ross: Well, I have to stress Coach, it is merely a rumour right now. And if you’re continuing to write off Cena … well, that’s your prerogative, but Cena has proven time and time again that you can NEVER write him off.


**X-FACTOR / PROBLEM SOLVER REMIX**

To little reaction or fanfare, the team of experience and youth, speed and power, make their way to the ring, looking to spring a surprise tonight.

On commentary, J.R and Coach both try to put over the positives of Raws newest team, talking up the blend and attributes that both men bring to the table, rising fast, with a shot at becoming champions tonight.

**SOMEBODIES GONNA GET IT**

Sans Theodore Long (selling his Twist of Fate from earlier), The Brotherhood duo of Monty Brown and JTG make their way to the ring, suddenly at a disadvantage without their spiritual leader.

Coach bemoans the lack of Theodore Long, using NFL examples, asking if The Patriots or The Green Bay Packers would have won the Superbowl without Bill Belichick or Vince Lombardi, stating the importance of Theodore Long at ringside for his troops.

**MISERIA CANTARE**

CM Punk & Greg Helms, collectively known at Straight Edge enter to a raucous ovation. The Champions play to the fans as they make their way down the aisle, looking to bounce back after their recent blip in the tag division, now that they are both out of the KOTR.

J.R and Coach now touch on the removal of The British Lions from the match, with the change now giving Straight Edge greater odds of retaining the titles. J.R again puts over the abilities of the champs, whilst Coach accuses his colleague of bias.

World Tag Team Championships | Triple Threat Match:
Straight Edge vs. The Brotherhood vs. X-Pac & Tyson Tomko
Monty Brown and X-Pac kick things off, with Brown the aggressor right off the bat, shoving Pac into the corner and opening up on the smaller man. Brown looks for an Irish Whip, but Pac counters, spinning out from under Brown, and catching the bigger man with a spin kick, quickly getting a cover, 1...2...No. Brown pulls himself up, with X-Pac following him to the corner with kicks, then an Irish whip to the opposite corner, where Punk tags off the back of Monty. Punk hops into the ring, but runs right into an arm drag from the veteran. Pac applies an arm wringer, before bringing Punk to his corner, tagging in Tomko. In the corner, Tomko puts the boots to Punk, and drags him to his feet - when Punk stirs, battling back with stiff forearms, fighting his way out of the corner, but just as it looks like Tomko is in trouble, the big man rocks Punk with a knee, deep into the gut.

Tomko sends Punk off the ropes, with Punk avoiding a back body drop, landing behind the big man, before taking him down with a side suplex. Punk gets up, and reaches to his corner, bringing in his partner, and the other half of the champions; Greg Helms. Helms hops in, ducking under a clothesline from Tomko, then delivering a dropkick to the knee, sending Tomko onto one knee. Helms uses the opportunity to run off the ropes, but as he returns, Tomko shoots up, and delivers a sidewalk slam to the champion!! 1...2...Kick Out!! Tomko keeps on Helms, clubbing the back of his smaller opponent, then sends him into the corner with a whip, racing in at him - but Helms gets his feet up!! Tomko staggers away, and Helms hoists himself onto the middle rope, waiting for Tomko to turnaround, and delivers a beautiful Block Buster once Tyson turns!! Helms hooks the leg …

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Tomko powers out, and rolls away to the corner of The Brotherhood, with JTG tagging in. JTG bounds in, running past Helms, and off the ropes, but Helms catches him on the return, looking for a hip toss, but JTG lands on his feet, then ducks under a clothesline, before dropping Greg with a reverse neckbreaker!! He makes the cover, 1...2...X-Pac stomps JTG to break the count, though it looked as if Helms was set to kick out anyway. The referee admonishes X-Pac to the corner, giving The Brotherhood a chance to illegally double team in the corner, with Brown holding Helms, and JTG getting free shots aplenty. Punk tries to get in to stop it, but is cut off by the busy official, and forced to stay in his own corner. Meanwhile, JTG tags back out to Monty, and the duo deliver a double team, as Brown lifts Helms in the air, driving him across the knee of JTG. JTG exits, as Monty hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!!

Looking to wear Helms out, and applies a chinlock, but Helms doesn’t stay down for long, battling up, driving his elbows into the gut of Brown, looking to fight free, eventually doing so, and hit’s the ropes, but runs right into Brown, who puts the smaller man back down again, this time, with a back body drop, and follows with an elbow, and a lateral press, 1...2...NO!! Brown fails to put Helms away, and pulls the champion back up, sending him into the corner, but as Helms approaches, he hoists himself up, vaulting over the incoming Brown, and the Alpha Male hit’s the corner, and Helms quickly follows up, in behind, putting Brown down with a side Russian Leg Sweep!! The cover is made, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!! Helms stomps Brown as he reaches his feet, and tags Punk in, with the champions staying together momentarily to deliver a bit of double team action, hitting a double suplex on Monty, with Helms rolling out of the ring, as Punk hooks the leg, 1...2...Kick Out!! Punk pulls Brown up, delivering a few forearm shots to keep the big man at bay, then shoots him into the corner, charging in, delivering a running high knee, and holds on, running out of the corner, hitting a bulldog!!! The fans cheer for the signature spot, as Punk covers …

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JTG makes sure of a kick out by breaking the cover, despite it looking like Brown was able to get the shoulder up anyway. Punk puts the interference behind him, and gets Brown into the corner, tagging Helms back in the match. The champions put boots to Monty in the corner, before Punk is asked to get out of the ring. Helms then sends Monty across the ring with a whip to the corner, racing in to meet him … BUT MONTY BARGES OUT WITH A CLOTHESLINE TURNING HELMS UPSIDE DOWN!!! Monty rests on the ropes for a moment, shaking the cobwebs loose, then drives a boot through Helms to keep him down. The Alpha Male hauls Greg up, chucking him into the corner, and tags JTG, with his partner eagerly stepping inside, and pounding the ribs of Helms - exposed by Brown, holding Greg up - and snap mares Greg, before hitting the ropes, and delivers a throwback-like move his seated opponent, getting a cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!! JTG picks Helms back up right away, aggressively sending him into the corner, running in, hopping to the middle buckle, and delivers THE MUG SHOT!!! JTG goes for the cover again, hooking the leg…

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Once more, the referee is called into action, admonishing Punk to the corner, whilst JTG clubs the back of Helms, stopping him from fighting up, then runs off the ropes, coming at Greg - WHO SURPRISES JTG WITH A DROPKICK!!! Helms stays down after the move though, selling the effects of his beating, whilst Tomko tags in off the back of the grounded JTG, and looks to continue the punishment on one half of the champions, scooping him up, onto his shoulders, but Helms slips off, and runs off the ropes - with Punk making a blind tag - and Helms comes back, ducking under a clothesline from Tomko - unaware Punk is legal - as Punk hops onto the ropes, and springs off with a flying clothesline, TAKING THE BIG MAN DOWN!!!

The fans spring back into action, cheering for the high flying move, as Punk gets right back up, hopping onto the apron, and climbing the buckles, lying in wait for Tomko to get back up - but JTG gets involved, distracting Punk, grabbing his leg, but Punk shrugs him off - but by the time he does that, Tomko has recovered, and the big man winds the champion with a shot to the gut, and attempts to chuck Punk from the top with a press slam … BUT HELMS RACES IN … AND CHOP BLOCKS TOMKO … PUNK LANDS ON TOP…

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Punk looks up, as Pac is ushered out of the ring, and shakes his head, thinking he had it won, but gets to his feet regardless, watching as Tomko makes it to his feet, and gets him up FOR THE PUNK CARD … BUT MONTY BROWN STOPS IT!!! Brown hammers Punk from behind, with shots to the kidney, as Tomko topples down, whilst the referee berates Brown, ordering him out of the ring. As this goes on, Tomko takes advantage, driving a knee into his opponents mid section, and gets Punk up, onto his shoulder, DRIVING HIM DOWN with a Pumphandle Slam!!! The Problem Solver makes a cover …

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Tomko slaps his hands in frustration, then looks up, and drags Punk with him as he gets to his feet, tagging in X-Pac, who delivers a wide variety of kicks to Punk, knocking him down with a spin kick. The veteran plays to the audience, who - as always - give him heat, before he picks the champion up, and sends Punk into the corner, again playing to the audience as he signals for the Bronco Buster … and while his attention is diverted to the audience, JTG tags Punk in the corner. X-Pac then runs across, and indeed, delivers the BRONCO BUSTER!! The fans give the veteran heat, as he jigs out of the corner, and spots JTG in wait, wondering what’s going on, then looks for a clothesline, but JTG ducks under … AND DROPS X-PAC WITH THE SHOUT OUT!!! JTG makes the cover…

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CM Punk saves the titles, emerging from the corner to break a certain three count!! Tomko now steps into the ring, and shows his appreciation for Punk saving the match … by clothes lining the champion over the top rope!! Tomko then turns, and runs through JTG with a clothesline, before turning … AND CRACKS MONTY BROWN OFF THE APRON WITH A BIG BOOT!!! The official appears to have lose all control, as Problem Solver lets out an aggressive roar after his difference making interference, and turns around … RIGHT INTO A TOP ROPE SPLASH FROM GREG HELMS!!!!! It’s all suddenly breaking down, as we see both JTG and X-Pac back to their feet, with Pac catching JTG in the gut … AND FOLLOWS UP WITH THE X-FACTOR!!! The veteran hooks the leg…

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Once again, the match is saved, as Helms and X-Pac both reach their feet, trading blows, with Helms knocking the veteran out of the ring … then races off the ropes … DIVING THROUGH THE ROPES - LOOKING TO TAKE OUT X-PAC … BUT THE VETERAN MOVES!!! Greg Helms crashes and burns, as X-Pac leans on the barrier, having just avoided the suicide dive. Meanwhile, CM Punk climbs back onto the apron, and tags the back of the recovering JTG, stepping back into the ring, and makes a beeline for Tomko, but Tomko surprises Punk with a shoulder to the gut, quickly scooping him up … DRIVING Punk into the canvas with a Powerslam!!! Tomko gets to his feet, turning around … AND RIGHT INTO A POUNCE FROM MONTY BROWN!!!!! The Alpha Male goes nuts, pounding his chest, as the impact of the Pounce sends Tomko rolling out of the ring!!!

Monty now sets himself in the corner, eyeing up Punk, who slowly reaches his feet … AS BROWN CHARGES FOR A POUNCE … BUT PUNK SIDE STEPS HIM … AND BROWN POUNCES HIS OWN PARTNER!!! JTG falls out of the ring through the ropes from the move, as Brown turns around, looking to clothesline Punk, but again, Punk avoids, this time ducking under … and Brown runs right into a kick from X-Pac … AND AN X-FACTOR!!! Pac shoots up, crotch chopping Brown … but Punk is there, and spins the veteran around … HOISTING HIM UP … PUNK CARD CONNECTS!!!!! CM Punk hooks the leg tightly…

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Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - Straight Edge @ 08:21

The champions retain!!! Greg Helms crawls into the ring, recovering from his botched suicide dive to join Punk in the ring, as the champions have their arms raised in victory, as J.R gives them credit for overcoming a difficult obstacle tonight, knowing they could’ve lost the titles without being involved in the decision.

Still though, Coach doesn’t give the champions much credit, saying if it had’ve been a one on one match with one of the two challengers, it could’ve been a different outcome. Punk and Helms continue to celebrate regardless, and slap hands with fans as they make their way up the aisle, with the losing tandems coming to terms with the result, as X-Pac is helped out of the ring by Tomko, and The Brotherhood regroup on the outside, discussing the loss, shaking their heads in disappointment.


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**VIDEO PACKAGE**

| CLASSIC WRESTLEMANIA MOMENT | XII |
THE BOYHOOD DREAM COMES TRUE FOR SHAWN MICHAELS, AS HBK DEFEATS BRET ‘HITMAN’ HART IN OVERTIME OF A SIXTY MINUTE IRON MAN MATCH TO WIN HIS FIRST WWE CHAMPIONSHIP



WRESTLEMANIA XVII | MARCH 30 2008 | PHOENIX AZ
~ THE DESERT CLASSIC ~
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW

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Backstage, we see Matt Striker once again, standing by…

Matt Striker: I think we can all agree that the Boyhood dream coming true, will live on as one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history … and right now, I am standing by with the very man whose boyhood dream came true at WrestleMania Twelve … the one and only, HBK, Shawn Michaels.

Michaels steps into view, to a HUGE reaction.

Matt Striker: Shawn, you are just moments away from a match that many believe you simply cannot win. A Last Man Standing match against the undefeated Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga. Shawn, there are many that not only think you cant win … but there are many that believe this match could be the last of your illustrious career…

Shawn smirks, shaking his head.

Shawn Michaels: Y’know somethin Matt, I’m not gonna stand here and repeat ma’self over and over. If there are people out there that don’t believe I cant beat Umaga … fine. It’s obvious that no matter what I say, they wont be changing their opinion. So … what I gotta do, is go out there, and do what I always do, and show the world once again that you can never NEVER count out good ‘ol Aitch Bee Kay.

The fans pop.

Shawn Michaels: And as for this being the last match in my career?? Ha, I don’t think so, daddio. The only person that’ll decide when ma time is up, is yours truly. I know it’s gonna be rough, I know it’ll be tough, and I know I’m gonna take a helluva beatin tonight. But mark ma words sports fans, The Heart Break Kid WONT be leaving the hearty state of Oklahoma on a stretcher.

“PRECISELY” is the word heard in the background, as ARMANDO ESTRADA steps into view, smiling broadly.

Armando Estrada: For once, Aitch Bee Kay … we agree, ha ha. Ju wont be leaving Oklahoma on a stretcher, pero. Ju are gonna leave here … IN A BODYBAG!!!

Estrada snaps a cigar in front of Michaels, before walking off, whilst HBK sneers, watching the mouthpiece strut off, as we cut back to ringside…

And a graphic shows on screen, with each word thudding onto the screen;

~ TRIPLE ~

~ MAIN ~

~ EVENT ~


 

And followed by it, is the graphic for SHAWN MICHAELS VS UMAGA, with the fans cheering in the background.

Jim Ross: It is the first of our THREE main event matches Coach. And what a match it promises to be. Can The Showstopper somehow find a way to keep Umaga down for a ten count?? Umaga has never been pinned, he has never submitted. It’s arguably the most daunting task Shawn Michaels has ever faced.

The Coach: Say your goodbyes, J.R. I don’t think we’ll ever see HBK in a WWE ring after this match is over.

Jim Ross: For the past two and a half months, Shawn Michaels has been the intended target of Umaga. It culminates tonight in Oklahoma, and here is how these two got to Vengeance…

LAST MAN STANDING | VIDEO PACKAGE
- The video begins with Shawn Michaels promo on May 21, where he talks about the beatings from Umaga, with clips of each attack, beginning on April 2, and for the next six weeks.

- Michaels then talks about finally getting a measure of revenge, and challenges Umaga to a match … and the challenge is accepted, before HBK finally gets the better in a physical exchange against the Bulldozer - although it takes THREE doses of Sweet Chin Music to knock Umaga off his feet.

- Then, the following week, Umaga makes Michaels pay for the previous weeks action, and destroys HBK, sending him through a table, as Estrada counts Michaels down, announcing the Last Man Standing match at Vengeance.

- Lots of soundbites from commentators, asking how can Michaels keep Umaga down for a ten count, hyping the undefeated streak of Umaga.

- Michaels stuns Umaga the following week, sending him off the stage, and through a bunch of tables … signalling all ten fingers, one by one, with Umaga not up before he reaches all ten.

- More clips of Umaga dominating Michaels throughout the feud, as HBK talks from last week on Raw, saying he’s coming to Vengeance for victory … but the ominous words of Armando Estrada echo at the end of the package “Ju‘ll be lucky if you ever stand again”.

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Back into the arena…


**VIRTUAL VOODOO**

The daunting, downright scary visual of Umaga walks onto the stage, accompanied as ever by Armando Estrada, who carries the Money in the Bank briefcase.

J.R sells the match as the biggest test Umaga has faced in eleven unbeaten months in the WWE, saying that tonight we find out if Umaga is the real deal, and a genuine threat for the World Heavyweight Title with a title shot at his request whenever he chooses to take it.

**SEXY BOY**

And, to a heroes welcome, the legendary figure of Shawn Michaels makes his entrance, not looking worried, or scared by the prospect of having the task of ending Umagas undefeated streak - dating back almost twelve months.

Coach talks over J.R immediately, shouting “DRINK IT IN PEOPLE!! THIS IS THE LAST TIME YOU‘LL EVER HEAR THIS MUSIC. AND WHAT A DUMP TO RETIRE IN!!” And continuously, Coach refers to this as Shawn Michaels last match, whether HBK likes it or not. J.R though, defends The Showstopper, telling Coach to NEVER rule him out, touting Michaels big match performances.

Michaels finishes up his entrance routine, with Estrada keeping Umaga on the outside, giving his beast some last words of encouragement, before pointing him into the ring, with the match set to begin…

Last Man Standing Match:
Shawn Michaels vs. Umaga w/Armando Estrada
Both men stand in their corners, with the fans building anticipation, chanting the initials “H.B.K”, with Michaels soaking it up. Estrada hops onto the apron, barking instructions to Umaga, telling him to get on Michaels, to break him, bust him … SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! The fans go into overdrive, as Michaels shuts Estrada up from the get go, sending him off the apron with Sweet Chin Music!!! This sparks Umaga to life, and the Bulldozer bounds toward Michaels … BUT HBK KICKS UMAGA - RIGHT IN THE NUTS!!!!! Not even a monster like Umaga can withstand a direct shot to the nuts, and Mr. MITB shows the pain, as Michaels looks to make the most of every second he can get on offence, lighting up the chest of Umaga with knife edge chops, putting EVERYTHING into them, then turns, running off the ropes, bouncing back … BUT UMAGA TAKES HIM OUT WITH HIS ROLLING WHEEL KICK!!!

Nick Patrick begins a count, but doesn’t even reach two, as Umaga breaks it himself, choking Michaels, before hitting the ropes, and splashing onto the prone body of his opponent. HBK rolls away as Umaga get up, but the Bulldozer follows, booting the veteran into the corner, and lets out a flurry of stiff chops and punches to HBK who tries to cover up to little success. The Showstopper is beaten to the canvas, and the big man backs out, to the opposite corner … THEN CHARGES ACROSS THE RING … RUNNING BUTT SPLASH!!!!! Again, Patrick looks to administer a ten count, but the eager Bulldozer breaks it again, pulling HBK up, and throws him out of the ring, following himself. On the outside though, Umagas attention is turned to his fallen handler, with Estrada still out cold from Sweet Chin Music. Umaga brushes his foot over Estrada, trying to turn him over, talking in a tribal tongue, but Estrada still doesn’t move. Umaga continues to prod his handler with his feet, looking for a response … giving Shawn Michaels time to recover … and before he knows it … UMAGA GETS CRACKED WITH A STEEL CHAIR ACROSS THE BACK!!!

Michaels smashes the chair off the back of Umaga … and a second time, with the Samoan Bulldozer trotting away around the ring, but HBK is in hot pursuit, and smashes the chair off the KNEE of Umaga, bringing the big man down to a knee, then HBK slams the chair off the other knee, bringing Umaga to the canvas. On commentary, J.R praises the smarts of Michaels, taking out the legs of Umaga in order to make sure he cant get back to his feet to break the count. Another chair shot to the back puts Umaga down, and HBK then goes postal, working over the legs of Umaga with the chair, trying to make sure that his undefeated opponent cant beat the count!!! Shawn wails on Umagas legs with the chair, eventually ‘punching himself out’ in a sense, looking exhausted due to the effort put in, with Nick Patrick beginning his count…

1 … 2 … Umaga stirs, sitting up, but struggles to do much else, with his legs in bad shape after Michaels attack … 3 … 4 … showing somewhat of a human side, Umaga winces as he pulls himself up on the apron, as Michaels watches in the ring … 5 … still struggling, Umaga drops just about stands vertical, breaking the count, but drops to a knee again, feeling the effects of the chair shots. The Samoan Bulldozer pushes back up, and crawls back into the ring, where HBK awaits. Umaga gets up, as HBK piles on the pressure, landing blow after blow to his foe, then stomps the leg, before running off the ropes … AND RUNS INTO A SAMOAN DROP!!! In an instant, Umaga is able to regain control, and the beast sits on the canvas for a moment, whilst Michaels writhes, as Nick Patrick begins his count again…

1 … 2 … But it doesn’t last long, as Umaga again appears to be unsure of the rules of the match without his handler to guide him, and he drags HBK back up, shoving him into the corner, and delivering a succession of head butts to the veteran before sending him across the ring with a hard Irish whip, and Michaels CRASHES into the corner, hitting it with enough velocity to turn himself upside down!! Umaga clubs the back of HBK, and pulls him into the tree of woe position, stomping the abdomen of the legend, before backing away again … then runs across … hitting a running head butt to the helpless Showstopper!!! Umaga yanks Michaels down to the canvas like a rag doll, then sets HBK at the ropes, before leaping up, using the ropes for leverage and DROPS his body weight onto Michaels, Banzai style!!! HBK sits up in agony, groaning loudly, as Umaga stomps him back on the canvas, before repeating the same move, with the exact same result. Michaels sits up, turning to his side, slapping the mat, selling the pain, whilst Umaga climbs out of the ring again, and looks under the ring apron, pulling out none other than a FIFTEEN FOOT LADDER!!!

Umaga pulls the metal object out, as we see Armando Estrada slowly coming around in the background, sitting up at the barricade, nodding as he watches his savage at work. Umaga then looks around, and seems to have had another idea, and drops the ladder down, instead walking to the Spanish announce table, and strips the table of it’s covering, and removes the monitors, before turning around … WITH SHAWN MICHAELS SPLASHING OVER THE TOP ROPE ONTO THE BULLDOZER TAKING HIM DOWN!!! Michaels shows his spirit, hammering Umaga on the floor, with the fans picking up in voice, as Michaels gets to his feet, stumbling around the ringside area, and making a beeline for the forgotten ladder, as Estrada hops over the barrier in fear. Michaels picks the ladder up, and walks back around, with Umaga back on his feet, WITH HBK LAWNDARTING THE LADDER AT THE BEAST - KNOCKING HIM BACK DOWN!!!

A massive roar engulfs the Ford Centre, and HBK feeds off the energy, grabbing the ladder, setting it down, and setting Umaga in between each side, before slamming the other side into the massive frame of the Bulldozer, REPEATEDLY!!! With each slam, the fans pick up in voice, and Michaels gets more fired up with each slam too, eventually stopping with the ladder worn out!! Michaels turns away, and slams his hands on the table, before pulling Umaga up, struggling to lift the dead weight, and place the Bulldozer on the table, delivering a few shots to keep him there. Michaels then gets back on the apron, taking a look back at Umaga on the table, before climbing to the middle buckle … AND MOONSAULTS … ONTO UMAGA … CRASHING THROUGH THE TABLE!!!!! Instantly, the hot fans respond with the usual “HOLY SHIT” chant, as both Michaels and Umaga lay amongst the rubble, with the now recovered Armando Estrada back on the scene, padding his forehead with a handkerchief looking concerned for his savage, as the count is made with both men down…

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Umaga is up, but is on wobbly legs, as Michaels sifts through the wreckage, picking up a monitor - which Umaga doesn’t spot, as the Bulldozer stumbles toward HBK, grabbing Shawn, but Michaels swings around - AND NAILS UMAGA WITH THE MONITOR!!! The Samoan Bulldozer goes back down, with HBK falling over from the velocity of the shot, as Nick Patrick issues a count again …

1 … 2 … Michaels is back to his feet, but Umaga isn’t moving yet, despite the best efforts of Estrada, who urges the Bulldozer to get up … 3 … 4 … to Estradas relief, his savage begins to stir, shaking his head, trying to sit up … 5 … Umaga sits up, much to the chagrin of Michaels, who has thrown everything he’s got at Mr. MITB, yet cant keep him down … 6 … and Umaga reaches his feet, still spaghetti legged, with Michaels pounding his back, pushing Umaga toward the apron, and rolling the big man back into the ring. Michaels chops Umaga, forcing the Bulldozer to back up into the corner, and as he does, Michaels mounts the buckles, teeing off with right hands, and the fans count along, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 … but before he can hit Umaga a tenth time … UMAGA SHOVES MICHAELS OFF!!! The Showstopper bounces right back up, charging back at Umaga, but is shoved away again. For the third time, he jumps up, and runs at Umaga - but this time, the Bulldozer RUNS AT MICHAELS TOO and runs through him with a clothesline!!!

Michaels spell of dominance comes to an abrupt end, with Umaga taking back control, as J.R questions on commentary “WHO IS THIS GUY?? THE TERMINATOR???”, with Umaga stepping outside, being applauded by Estrada, as he kicks over the steps, lifting the bottom one, and brings it back into the ring, but before he can pick it up and use it, Michaels is up, and lights the chest of Umaga once more with knife edge chops, and ducks under a clothesline attempt from the big man, before scoring with an inverted atomic drop. Umaga, again, is reeling, with HBK taking over again, throwing his best right hands, softening Mr. MITB up further, and looks to score with a DDT on the steps … BUT UMAGA COUNTERS, AND BACK DROPS MICHAELS OFF THE STEPS!!!

Shawn writhes in agony, whilst his opponent rests against the ropes momentarily, before going back to work, fixing the steps into position, and dragging Michaels up, beside the steps … AND DELIVERS THE SPINNING POWERSLAM … ON THE STEPS!!!!! Gasps of shock fill the arena, as Michaels - with a notorious back condition - squirms on the step, his back taking an incredible piece of punishment, whilst Umaga stands over him, with the count beginning, and Estrada instructing Umaga NOT to break it.

1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … Michaels writhes, rolling off the steps, whilst Umaga merely watches on … 5 … HBK crawls on the canvas, beginning to pull himself up, using Umaga as a crutch … 6 … Umaga looks down on Michaels, who continues to slowly drag himself to his feet using Umagas tights to grip onto … 7 … Michaels reaches his feet, leaning against Umaga … BUT UMAGA RUNS RIGHT THROUGH HIM WITH ANOTHER BLISTERING CLOTHESLINE!!!!! Michaels is turned inside out with the ferocity of the move, and once again, a count is made, whilst Umaga slides the steps toward the apron to get them out of the way … 1 … 2 … 3 … Michaels stirs, rolling to his side, but looks dazed and out of sorts as he reaches at thin air to get up … 4 … 5 … HBK tries to get up, but before he can do it on his own power, Umaga meets him, pounding the back of HBK, pulling him up, and delivering a head butt, sending HBK back down.

The Showstopper tries to get back up, but struggles again, with the official making another count, as Umaga begins to rip the padding from the top turnbuckle. Michaels pulls himself up on the ropes, breaking the count at three, but once again, is met by Umaga, with the Samoan Bulldozer clubbing his back, sending him off the ropes, and knocking him down on the return with a stiff double chop, and the big undefeated savage drops a leg quickly across the chest of HBK. Umaga is right back up, as Nick Patrick begins another count, but the Bulldozer has other ideas, walking to the corner, hoisting himself onto the middle rope … AND SPLASHES OFF WITH A HEADBUTT TO MICHAELS!!!

The Showstopper is in a world of trouble now, with Nick Patrick restarting his count, and Umaga getting back to his feet, looking around the arena, who try to will HBK to his feet … 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … Michaels stirs, and begins to move … 5 … HBK gets on his hands and knees, crawling to the ropes, but Umaga sees red, furious that HBK wont stay down, and stomps Michaels, breaking the count. Umaga, in a fit of rage, grabs the steps, holding them up, as Michaels tries to get up in the corner … WITH UMAGA STEAMING IN WITH THE STEPS … BUT MICHAELS MOVES … AND UMAGA HIT’S THE CORNER - WITH THE STEPS BASHING OFF HIS OWN HEAD!!!!! Umaga stumbles out, having dropped the steps, and staggers around the ring, as Michaels senses an opportunity … and runs off the ropes … CRASHING INTO UMAGA WITH A FLYING FOREARM … TAKING THE BULLDOZER OFF HIS FEET!!!!! In an instant, the fans are full of life again, with Umaga off his feet and on the canvas. Michaels is down also as Nick Patrick begins to count both men out … 1 … 2 … 3 … Umaga moves first, turning over, and pushing to his knees … 4 … The Bulldozer reaches for the ropes, whilst HBK has yet to move … 5 … SHAWN MICHAELS NIPS UP!!!!!

A massive pop develops around the Ford Centre, as Michaels hit’s a second wind, nipping up, and feeding off the fans, and comes at Umaga, letting fly with big shots to the head, then leads Umaga to the corner - the corner with an exposed turnbuckle - and SLAMS Umagas head off the exposed steel, twice, thrice, four times, five, six … and Umaga staggers away from the corner, as Michaels then makes a beeline for the steps, struggling to get them up … but does … AND LAUNCHES THEM AT UMAGA … KNOCKING THE BEHEMOTH DOWN!!! Umaga is flat out on the canvas, as HBK falls onto the ropes, looking exhausted, whilst Umaga is counted down … 1 … 2 … 3 … Umaga begins to move, with words of encouragement coming from Estrada … 4 … 5 … Umaga grabs the ropes, pulling himself up … 6 … Michaels is back in action, meeting Umaga as he reaches his vertical base, and pounding the head of his savage opponent. Michaels delivers another few blows, then runs off the ropes, looking to hit a bit shot, but Umaga side steps the Showstopper, and sends Shawn over the top rope … but being Shawn Michaels, he hangs on. The fans cheer, with the legend SKINNING THE CAT … BUT GETTING CLOTHESLINED STRAIGHT BACK OVER THE TOP IMMEDIATELY BY UMAGA!!!!!

Michaels crashes onto the floor, his revival shortlived, with Umaga stepping onto the apron, waiting for HBK to pull himself back up, and once he does, he drops off with a double axe handle, knocking Michaels right back down. Continuing to PILE ON the punishment, Estrada peels away the protective mats whilst Umaga pulls HBK back up, lifting him with ease, and body slams Shawn onto the cold, hard floor. Once again, Michaels sits up in agony, wincing in pain … as Umaga sticks his foot through Shawns face, to keep him down. Estrada directs traffic, giving Umaga instructions as the Samoan Bulldozer looks under the apron, whilst Nick Patrick issues another ten count. Mister MITB pulls out a table, sliding it into the ring, as Patrick reaches four with Michaels only now beginning to move. Umaga stops the count, pulling HBK up, with the legend struggling to reach his feet … but from somewhere, Michaels finds another gear, and surprises Umaga with an inverted atomic drop!! Umaga backs up, as Michaels gets up to his feet, and charges at the Samoan Bulldozer - BUT UMAGA SIDE STEPS HIM … AND SHOVES MICHAELS DIRECTLY INTO THE RING POST!!!

Umaga walks away, clearing his head, whilst Estrada struggles with the ladder used earlier, trying to slide it into the ring. Meanwhile, the camera gets a close up shot of Michaels, and The Showstopper is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!!! On his hands and knees crawling around ringside, Michaels is bleeding like a stuffed pig, while Umaga helps his handler get the ladder into the ring. The Bulldozer now walks back around the ring, catching up with Michaels, and picks him up, rolling him back inside the ring, before grabbing a chair from the timekeepers position, throwing it into the ring before he climbs back in himself. Umaga goes for the table first, setting it up … but while he does, Estrada sees what’s happening behind him, yelling at the Bulldozer, telling him to turn around … as we see Shawn Michaels - bloody and all - with the steel chair in hand, waiting for Umaga to turn, and as he does, HBK jabs the chair into the mid section of the savage!!! Umaga doubles over, allowing HBK to SMASH him across the back with the chair … and a second time, putting Umaga on his knees!!! Michaels throws the chair down, and wills Umaga up, with the fans chanting the legends name, with HBK setting himself as Umaga gets up … AND HE DELIVERS SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!! The pop is deafening!!! Michaels puts Umaga down, AND IT COULD BE ENOUGH TO END IT!!!

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The fans start to cheer, as Michaels stamps the canvas, waiting for Umaga to get up, which he does … AND MICHAELS GOES FOR IT … BUT … STOPS??? Michaels stops, and the fans boo. The Showstopper shakes his head, as a smile develops across the face of the battered legend, with Umaga a standing target - out on his feet - but Michaels has an idea, and grabs the steel chair again, looking around the arena … then turns, and throws the chair at Umaga, who instinctively catches it … BUT MICHAELS STRIKES WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC … INTO THE CHAIR … INTO THE FACE OF UMAGA!!! UMAGA IS DOWN AGAIN … AND SURELY THIS TIME … IT’S ENOUGH???

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Shawn meets Umaga at the ropes, digging deep, throwing a chop with little behind it, showing the fatigue. Michaels rests his head against the chest of Umaga, preserving his energy, and delivers another feeble chop. Michaels drags Umaga to the table, setting him on it, making sure he stays down with right hands to the temple. Michaels looks up, breathing heavily, before stepping out of the ring, onto the apron, and slowly, wearily, climbs the buckles, setting himself up top, with Estrada only able to watch on the outside … AS MICHAELS SOARS … LOOKING FOR THE FLYING ELBOW … BUT UMAGA ROLLS OFF THE TABLE … MICHAELS CRASHES AND BURNS!!!!!

Both men stay down, as a faint “HOLY SHIT” chant stirs again, with HBK laid out amongst the rubble, and Umaga resting on the canvas …

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But for Shawn, there is no rest … Umaga is back on him, and clubs the back of HBK, before sending him into the corner - the corner with the exposed buckle - and Michaels hits it - HARD. The legend crumbles in the corner, whilst the undefeated Mr. MITB sets himself … AND HITS ANOTHER RUNNING BUTT SPLASH!!! The Bulldozer walks out of the corner, as Shawn is forced to try and beat the count once again …

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… Suddenly, the fans pick up, as Michaels moves a leg!! HBK is moving - there is STILL life in the Showstopper!!! Umaga is livid, and charges around the ring in fury, whilst Estrada tries to catch the Bulldozers attention to soothe his temper …

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… Slowly, Michaels moves, and it’s obvious that he surely WONT break the count at this rate of speed. On the outside though, Estrada shakes his head, mouthing something, before getting his savages attention …

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… Michaels is moving, but is only just rolling onto his front now, nowhere near the ropes … but it wont matter, as Umaga receives word from Estrada, and breaks the count …

!!!!!

On the outside, Armando pulls out ANOTHER table, quickly setting it up at the bottom of the entrance way, whilst in the corner, Umaga beats on his defenceless opponent, waiting for further instruction. Estrada gets the table set up, and now gives Umaga a call, with Umaga nodding, knowing what to do. He throws Michaels to the side, with HBK folding like a house of cards, crumbling back to the canvas, as Umaga picks up the ladder, setting it up at the ropes beside the entrance way. He then turns, and drags his lifeless opponent back up … with Michaels having one last throw of the dice with a shot to the gut … but the limp shot has no effect on the Bulldozer.

Umaga head butts HBK once again, and drags him to the ladder, bringing HBK to the top of it (using the electric chair method), resting Michaels at the top before climbing down, and then climbing up the opposite side … and once he reaches the top, he grips Michaels by the throat … AND DELIVERS A SUPER SAMOAN SPIKE … SENDING MICHAELS OFF THE LADDER … AND THROUGH THE TABLE ON THE OUTSIDE!!! “HOLY SHIT” rings through the arena again, whilst J.R is deeply concerned on commentary, declaring “WE NEED A GOD DAMN DOCTOR OUT HERE!!! SHAWN IS HURT!!!”, whilst Coach seems rather smug, saying “I told ya to say goodbye. I said this was it!!”

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… Michaels wont beat the count - he might not even be able to break a count of 100 at this point - with J.R urging for medics to tend to the veteran right away, as Estrada begins to climb the ladder to join Umaga …

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!!!!!!!!!!
Winner: Umaga @ 24:16

Mercifully, it’s over. Estrada joins Umaga at the top of the ladder, and raises the Money in the Bank briefcase, smiling heartily, as medics rush to tend to the stricken Shawn Michaels. On commentary, J.R continues to worry about the health of Michaels, whilst Coach shows little remorse, saying HBK didn’t listen to the advice, and he should’ve known what was going to happen.

Despite his championing of Shelton Benjamin, Coach now wonders aloud who can stop Umaga from becoming King of the Ring on Sunday, and muses that it’s simply a matter of time now before he cashes in the briefcase and becomes World Champion. “The future of the WWE is damn scary”, is the final summation of Coach, as medics strap up the neck of Michaels, whilst Umaga and Estrada remain on top of the ladder … as we fade …

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GAIL KIM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YAOFMasH0
~ RETURNS … TOMORROW NIGHT ~
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Back at ringside, J.R has his solemn face on …

Jim Ross: We are just minutes after watching one of the most hellacious matches I can ever recall seeing in all my time in this business. Shawn Michaels gave everything tonight to try and put the dominant Samoan Bulldozer down for the count of ten, but in the end, nothing that Michaels could throw at Umaga would keep the undefeated Mister Money in the Bank down for the count of ten … and as a result, Shawn Michaels will be leaving the Ford Centre on a stretcher …

The camera now shows Michaels being loaded onto a stretcher, with a neck brace on, whilst Umaga and Estrada are seen climbing down from their lofty perch on the ladder.

The Coach: We all knew coming into tonight that this could well be the sight we would see - Shawn Michaels leaving on a stretcher. Estrada issued the warning, he said this would happen. Mark this night down, J.R. This is the night that Umaga officially became a true player. It’s no longer a hype machine. This monster is simply unstoppable. Tonight - Umaga arrived, and stopped the show for Shawn Michaels.

The medics wheel Michaels up the aisle, with some fans chanting ‘H-B-K’ faintly, showing their support for the legendary performer.

Jim Ross: As hard as it is for me to say it, that, ladies and gentlemen, was just the first of our three main events. Coach, we’ve still got two to go. And coming up next, it’s the thirty minute, Ultimate Submission match, pitting Kurt Angle against John Cena.

The Coach: We’ve already seen history made tonight, baby boy, but get your cameras ready- Polaroid for you old timer, because you are about to see John Cena tap quicker than Michael Flatley.

Jim Ross: These two polar opposites have been wag- Wait. What is- WHAT IS HE DOING!!!

On the stage, UMAGA has caught up with the stretcher, and has shoved away the medics, gaining control of the helpless Shawn Michaels. Estrada is smiling heartily, and looks down at HBK, with the camera hearing him say “I TOLD JU SHAWN … YOU WOULDN’T STAND AGAIN!!!”

Estrada then points Umaga toward the side of the stage … AND UMAGA RUNS PUSHING THE STRETCHER … SENDING IT OVER THE EDGE … OFF THE STAGE!!!!!

The Ford Centre is brought to it’s knees, with little reaction - just concern for HBK, whilst the savage Umaga stands over the edge of the stage, peering down at the carnage he has created, and Armando Estrada stands by his side, nodding, smiling, patting the Samoan Bulldozer on the back.

On commentary, J.R simply mutters “Oh god” over and over, sounding shocked by what he has just witnessed. Coach meanwhile, says nothing at all, with silence filling the Ford Centre, as MORE medics rush out to the side of the stage, in a bid to tend to HBK.

There is still silence in the Ford Centre, as the focus shifts, and the graphic appears for JOHN CENA VS KURT ANGLE. Jim Ross and Coach still remain quiet on commentary, not even moving on to discussing the upcoming match, as the scene cuts to the video package…

ULTIMATE SUBMISSION MATCH | VIDEO PACKAGE
- Clips of the showdown on May 28, where Angle and Cena talked over their history - with clips interspersed of what they talked about -, and the challenge of the Ultimate Submission match being accepted without a seconds thought from Cena.

- Angle then talks up what he’ll do to Cena, and promises to take away the ‘invincibility cloak’ that Cena has been wearing for the last two and a half years, by making him tap, over and over and over, also getting at Cenas wrestling ‘ability’ making insulting comments.

- Cena snaps on Raw, and chokes out Angle in the STFU after Angle attempted a sneak attack.

- The face to face showdown last week on Raw, with both men talking up their chances.

- Lots of sound bites, with Angle saying he’ll make Cena tap, Cena saying he’ll overcome the Wrestling Machine etc, with clips of the two men battling one another back and forth over the last two months, with sound bites of J.R and Coach etc hyping the match, talking up the two men as polar opposites, and questioning if Angle can make Cena tap, or if Cena can hang with Angle in this environment.

- Final clips of Angle and Cena; head to head, with Angle’s words; “I understand that you may not fear what’s coming at Vengeance … but trust me … you WILL regret ever accepting the Ultimate Submission Match. It’s true … (whispers) it’s true.” … and the end of the package comes with Cenas statement; “When it’s all said and done … VENGEANCE WILL BE … MINE!!!”
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Backstage, Shawn Michaels is seen being rushed out of the building on a stretcher, with Eric Bischoff showing concern, asking the medics to be careful with him, whilst J.R and Coach talk solemnly about the situation.

Jim Ross: Umaga, led by Armando Estrada crossed the line. There is no other way around it. They went too far. They won the match. Shawn Michaels was already being stretchered out of the building. Why??

The Coach: Uhm … I don’t know what to say, J.R. I’ve been out here calling Raw every Monday for the best part of two years now … and I don’t think I can recall seeing that level of violence. I gotta agree, J.R … a step too far.

Jim Ross: Estrada simply wasn’t happy enough to put Michaels on the shelf, and make no mistake about it, after that Last Man Standing match, Shawn Michaels would’ve been out of action for a month, maybe two months - THAT’S the level of beating he took tonight - but that sick, sick act after the match … that callous, cowardly act, carried out by Umaga … has quite possibly ended the career of one of the all time greats … for good.

The Coach: Yeah.


J.R and Coach stay silent, as the camera pans around the quiet Ford Centre … before cutting backstage … and the face of MISTER KENNEDY fills the screen, to initially little reaction from the exhausted audience. As the camera pans out to something a little less extreme, Kennedy cockily chews gum, before finally speaking.


Mister Kennedy: To-night … is the night … you have ALLLLL been waiting for.

Heat for Kennedy.

Mister Kennedy: In just a little over thirty minutes time, you people have the honour, and the privilege to bear witness to history, as a new era officially begins in the WWE. Unfortunately … it has to happen here in the Sooner State-

Cheap heat.

Mister Kennedy: But I’ll get over it. While tonight may not be WrestleMania … and this dump isn’t Madison Square Garden … those details aren’t important … the most important thing … is what happens tonight.

Kennedy stops talking in his relaxed tone, and amps up the intensity a little.

Mister Kennedy: And for the last month, I have been warning you people, telling you people, and preparing you people for what’s to come tonight … and one last time, I’m gonna spell it out.

Kennedy grabs the camera, and shouts into the lens.

Mister Kennedy: THERE WILL BE A NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION TONIGHT!!!

Heat.

Mister Kennedy: And you ALL know who that’s gonna be. So get the cameras at the ready, capture your piece of history, because tonight you will hear Lillian Garcia utter the immortal words; THE WINNER … AND NEWWWWWW WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPIONNNN-AHHHH … THE 2006 KING OF THE RING … THE MONDAY NIGHT JUGGERNAUGHT … MISTERRRRRRRRRR KEN-NA-DAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

Mix of heat, and some ‘KENNEDY’ calls from the fans. Kennedy stops, nods, and pauses, looking straight into the camera, then whispers.

Mister Kennedy: Kennedy.


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Back into the arena…


**MEDAL**

It’s a mixed reaction for the much respect Olympic Gold Medal winner, Kurt Angle, ahead of what will be a thirty minute war. Angle, focused and as intense as ever, briskly makes his way down the aisle, letting off his pyro, staring straight ahead.

J.R - still sombre after what has happened with Shawn Michaels - talks up the intensity and focus in the eyes of Angle, shilling the importance of the match, referring to it as an ‘unofficial #1 Contenders match’, and of course, it being the last match to settle the score between Kurt and Cena.

**MY TIME IS NOW**

And it’s a similar mixed reaction for Cena - but it’s a mixed reaction for different reasons than Angle. Cena stands at the top of the aisle, basking in the crowd response, before saluting, and runs down the aisle, whilst Angle hunches down in the ring, chomping at the bit to get his hands on Cena.

Coach questions Cenas ‘submissions knowledge’, but J.R quickly retorts, saying that Cena addressed that issue on Raw, and that while Cena may not be as technically proficient as Angle, ‘he’s no slouch’, before warning that Angle had better not take him lightly.

30 Minute Ultimate Submission Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle
The bell rings, with both men circling, with Angle quickly shooting in, but Cena avoids a takedown. Angle continues to hunch down low, stalking Cena, looking for the opening, shooting in again, but again, Cena avoids the takedown. Angle stands up straight, evilly grinning, nodding at Cena, with Cena looking pent up, face full of focus. It’s a slow, tentative opening exchange, with the fans still coming down from the rollercoaster Last Man Standing match moments ago. After some more stalling, Angle initiates a collar and elbow tie up, going behind, taking Cena to the mat, and looks to go to work, but to his surprise, Cena wriggles free, and spins to his feet - adding further to Angles early frustrations. The Olympian slaps the mat, before getting up, circling the ring once more, as he and Cena close into the centre of the ring, and cautiously link hands, then press up against one another, testing their strength, and Cena wins this duel, overpowering Angle, bringing the Gold Medal winner to his knees, but Kurt shoots up, and takes Cena over with a firemans carry, instantly working to the back, and applies a front face lock.

Angle holds Cena down, taking time to think of his next move, but doesn’t bank on the power of his nemesis, with Cena forcing himself up, fighting out, going behind, and tripping Angle to the canvas!!! The fans show a slight spark for Cena, who out-Angles Angle on this occasion. Cena hooks behind Angle, looking to gain control on the mat, but the superior mat wrestler scrambles up, and switches, with another firemans carry like move to regain control, only for Cena to kick free, and both men scramble to their feet - stalemate. The fans give a generous round of applause, as neither man takes his eye off the other, before both meet in the middle again, this time engaging in a collar and elbow tie up, with Cena overpowering Kurt, backing him into the corner, where Charles Robinson intervenes, forcing the clean break … which he gets. Cena backs up, whilst Angle stands in the corner, slapping his cheeks, looking to fire himself up, before slowly walking out of the corner, and hooks up into another collar and elbow, but this time, shoots under, going behind, looking for a take down, but Cena switches, only for Angle to execute a headlock takedown, and apply a side headlock. Once again though, Cenas superior power plays a part, and the Boston native powers up, to his feet, still caught in the headlock, but elbows free, and sends Angle off the ropes, knocking him down with a shoulder block, and Angle rolls out of the ring.

On the outside, Angle kicks the barrier, frustrated with the opening exchanges of the contest. In the ring, Cena nods, knowing he’s got Kurt rattled, and waits patiently, as Angle walks around the ringside area, thinking over his game plan, before climbing back onto the apron, and slowly re entering the ring, wary of Cena coming after him, but Cena keeps his distance. They look set to lock up again, but this time, Angle drops, and shoots in, with a double leg take down - INSTANTLY REACHING FOR THE ANKLE - but Cena kicks free, and the two men tussle for supremacy on the canvas, rolling, both looking for a body part to grab, but eventually, they roll into the ropes, with Charles Robinson forcing the break from both men, making them get back to their feet. The process continues as Cena and Angle lock up again, with Angle again getting the takedown, but cant pick a submission, with Cena able to wriggle free, and turn Angle over, but he too is unable to apply a submission. Again, the two foes wrestle on the mat, battling to apply any sort of submission hold, but once again, it’s a stalemate, and both men are forced to stand up once again. They get up, but still, Kurt looks visibly frustrated, with Cena proving to be up to the task, and equal to his supposedly superior opponent.

Once more, both competitors circle the ring, waiting for one or the other to make a move, with Angle first to strike again, trying to pick the leg, but Cena again tries to wriggle free, but Angle has a firm grip, and trips the standing leg, bringing Cena down, and Angle quickly applies a knee bar, with Cena trying to shift his weight to no avail. Angle cranks the knee joint, and Cena feels the effects, before reaching out, trying to find the ropes, and after initially missing them, Cena shifts closer, and makes them second time around, forcing the break. Angle is right up, and stomps Cena at the ropes, ignoring the referees calls to back up, but does so eventually once Robinson intervenes. The official admonishes Kurt for his illegal attack, with Kurt raising his hands innocently.

Meanwhile, Cena pulls himself to his feet, and dusts himself off, surviving his first scare of the evening, before moving away from the ropes, and again circles the ring, with Angle now more aggressive moving forward, locking up with Cena, going behind, applying an arm wringer, but Cena shifts his weight, taking Angle over his shoulder, and quickly locks on a headlock, surprising the Olympian again. Cena clamps the headlock on, with Angle trying to battle to his feet, eventually doing so, and elbows away from Cena, running off the ropes, but Cena takes him over with a hip toss!!! Cena again goes back to the headlock, outmanoeuvring Kurt, who struggles in the hold, but remains calm, thinking about his next move, then slips free, running off the ropes again, ducking under a clothesline from Cena, and off the opposite side … but Cena outthinks him again, with a drop toe hold this time … AND SCRAMBLES FOR THE STFU … BUT ANGLE DESPERATELY REACHES OUT AND GRABS THE ROPES!!!

Angle grabs the bottom rope, and rolls out of the ring, barely avoiding the STFU of Cena, and Cena looks buoyed by Angles reactions, keeping up with - and indeed for periods thus far - outwrestling the Olympian at times. On the outside, Kurt shakes his head, walking around the ringside area, hands on hips, head down, head shaking, berating himself. He looks up, and at Cena in the ring, who has a smile on his face, knowing he’s got Angle rattled, and makes a gesture with his index finger and thumb, suggesting he was “this close” from getting the STFU on. Angle reacts to the taunts, yelling back at Cena, then hops onto the apron, but hops right back off as Cena approaches. Angle points to Charles Robinson, demanding he forces Cena to back off, with Robinson obliging, and giving Angle space to enter the ring. Kurt steps back inside, and approaches the middle of the ring, looking to lock up with Cena once again, and Cena all too happy to oblige.

They lock- but Angle CHEAP SHOTS CENA!!! Angle has had enough of being embarrassed at his own game by the man he feels is inferior to him, and stoops to Cenas level, hammering John in the corner with stiff overhand rights, and follows up with a couple of stiff, deliberately paced uppercut forearms. Angle hauls Cena out of the corner, pulling him in, and SCORES WITH A BELLY TO BELLY!!! Wasting no time at all, he scrambles on the mat, applying an arm breaker, aiming for a submission. Again, Cena is on the lookout for the ropes, trying to reach for them with his feet, but needs to shift forward slightly more. Cena battles the pain, as Kurt torques on the arm, but Cena is able to inch his legs forward, and wraps them around the bottom rope, once again forcing a break.

The hold is broken, and Kurt allows Cena up, but doesn’t give him a second to recover, and hammers Cena with right hands, shooting him off the ropes, knocking him down with a stiff shoulder block. The Olympian stomps the arm of Cena, looking to target the body part for the time being, having already made a start on it with the arm breaker moments ago. He drops a knee across the joint of the elbow, and follows up with sharp, short elbows of his own to the arm of Cena, trying to push the pain, and goes for an arm breaker again, but desperately, Cena struggles free, surviving from the submission attempt. Angle though, is like a dog with a bone at this point, and stomps the arm again, with Cena covering up … but it’s all a smokescreen from Angle … AS HE SHOOTS FOR THE ANKLE!! Angle forced Cena to focus on defending his arm, giving the Olympian an opening to the ankle, AND THE ANKLELOCK IS APPLIED - BUT CENA ROLLS THROUGH TO FREE HIMSELF FROM IT!!!

Angle bounces right back up, and tackles Cena back to the canvas (he was on his hands and knees) driving elbows to the body of Cena, and then makes another move for the precious ankle, but Cena squirms, knowing he cant afford to give up his ankle to Kurt, and kicks wildly at Angle in order to avoid the submission. Cena scrambles to the corner, finding the ropes, with Angle forced to back up by Charles Robinson, as Cena slowly pulls himself to his feet. Cena now realises how big a task he faces, with his opponent lifting it up a gear, and closing in again as Cena exit’s the corner, looking to pick the ankle again, but Cena shrugs Kurt off, and lands with a right hand as Angle gets up, rocking the Olympian, forcing him into the ropes, and looks for an Irish Whip, but Angle reverses, pulling Cena in, and attempts a Belly to Belly, only for Cena to block it, and knees Angle in the gut, then runs off the ropes, but Angle chases in, knocking Cena down right off the return with a reverse elbow.

Kurt quickly applies a front face lock again, and transitions into a reverse armbar, targeting the arm of Cena again. Cena struggles, and reaches for the ropes, inching forward, scratching his way across, and makes it, AGAIN, forcing Angle to release the hold, and once again, Cena gets to his feet, with Angle smelling blood, coming in for the kill, but Cena fights him off, going back to what brought him to the dance, nailing his enemy with right hands, forcing Angle to back off, but Kurt comes back with a right of his own, and sends Cena into the corner, racing in, but Cena gets a boot up!! Angle takes a boot to the face, and reels away, with Cena eyeing an opportunity … AND SCOOPS ANGLE UP FOR THE FU … BUT ANGLE ESCAPES WITH A VICTORY ROLL … INTO THE ANKLELOCK!!!!!!

Cena is trapped, and is dragged to the centre of the ring by Kurt, with the hold firmly applied!! He torques at the body part, and a huge groan comes from Cena, with Cena wincing in pain, pushing his head off the mat, trying to push himself up. Angle yanks at the limb, with Cena trying to push himself to the ropes, he crawls … and is soooo close …

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………AND REACHES OUT………

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…AND NEARLY GETS TO THE ROPES…

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… BUT ANGLE PULLS HIM BACK TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING …
!!!!

The reaction from the crowd begins to grow, many willing Cena on to reach the ropes, but many also hoping to see him tap out, as he puts his head down, and hand up …

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………LOOKING SET TO TAP………

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………NO………
!!!!!!!!!!!!

He once again fights the crippling pain, REFUSING TO TAP, as J.R questions the thinking of Cena, with so much time left in the match, saying he could tap now and live to fight on the rest of the contest, but the longer he stays in this position, the worse his ankle will become!! Meanwhile, Cena crawls his way to the ropes …

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…AND IS ONE STRETCH AWAY…

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…AND REACHES OUT…

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… BUT ANGLE PULLS HIM BACK AGAIN …
!!!!!

Cena yells out in agony, his hands around his head, and Angle then clamps down with the GRAPEVINE!!! Cena is in REAL trouble now, caught dead in the middle of the ring … WITH NOWHERE TO GO. The official lies in front of Cena and asks if he wants to give it in, with the desperate Cena pushing up, ROARING in agony, as he reaches out …

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…………… NOWHERE NEAR THE ROPES ……………

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… CENA IS IN DEEP, DEEP TROUBLE … WITH NO OPTIONS LEFT …

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… AND …

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… CLAWS TOWARDS THE ROPES AGAIN …

!!!!!

Cena looks up at the clock, seeing they are only TEN MINUTES IN to this thirty minute contest, and could well have to deal with twenty minutes on a bad ankle, after a lifetime locked in Angles deadly submission hold. Coach laughs on commentary, calling Cena ‘boneheaded’, whilst J.R nearly agrees, saying that Cena could tap, and save his ankle from further damage, and get back in the match, with twenty minutes left. Still though, Cena refuses to give it in …

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…… And he PULLS … AND CLAWS toward the ropes ……

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… Gaining closer … getting closer … DRAGGING ANGLE WITH HIM …

!!!!!

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… Angles eyes open in shock at the brute force of Cena, and desperately torques, looking for the submission before Cena can reach out, frantically looking to make him tap … AS CENA PUTS HIS HAND UP …

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… AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE …

!!!!!!!!!

Angle is LIVID!!! He releases the hold, and slams the mat, whilst Cena rolls out of the ring, and onto the outside, hobbling on one leg, as J.R questions how wise Cena was to fight that ankle lock for so long, with EIGHTEEN minutes still on the clock to survive with a severely damaged ankle. Angle doesn’t give Cena long to recover, and follows out, instantly chop blocking the leg, and stomping the bad ankle, ramping up the intensity, showing his frustration at not getting the submission. Angle sets his opponents leg on the steps, and stamps on the ankle, forcing another yelp out of the injured Cena. The Olympian drags Cena up, and hurls him onto the apron, and back into the ring, rolling back inside himself, and looks to target the ankle once again, but Cena desperately kicks him away, doing everything he can to avoid the ankle lock, and has to do everything he can, as Kurt is like a rabid dog, coming back, again and again - AND GETS THE ANKLE - but Cena rolls through, breaking Angles grip, only for the Olympian to shoot up, and go for the ankle again, but once more, Cena kicks him off, using both feet to do so. Angle hit’s the corner, and clutches his neck for a moment, selling he impact of the hit, giving Cena time to get to his feet.

Cena pulls himself up, but is still struggling on the bad ankle, and Kurt senses it, shrugging off his own pain, and zones in again, grabbing the ankle, forcing Cena onto one leg … BUT CENA RESPONDS WITH AN ENZIGURI!!!!! The fans pop, as Cena stuns Angle, knocking him down, giving himself time to recover, with Kurt looking dazed after the kick to the head. Both men are slow to reach their feet for differing reasons, with Cena selling his ankle, and Angles brain scrambled from the enziguri. Meanwhile, the fans raise their voice, with duelling chants; “LETS GO ANGLE” … “LETS GO CENA” as both men have their supporters, and Cena seems to thrive off it more, feeding off the energy of the women and children, reaching his feet first, and meeting Angle as he gets to his feet with a kick to the gut, then looks for a release Fisherman suplex - BUT ANGLE MANAGES TO AVOID IT AND LAND ON HIS FEET BESIDE CENA - AND QUICKLY APPLIES A CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING!!!!!

The suddenness of the hold takes Cena by surprise, and Angle is able to bring his opponent down to the canvas, clenching in a hold he hasn’t used in nearly seven years!!! Angle cranks back, looking to choke Cena out … but CENA TURNS OVER … AND SOMEHOW ESCAPES FROM THE CHOKE!!! Cena escapes, and does so quickly, rolling to safety, but Kurt shoots in, tackling Cena into the corner, driving his shoulder into Cenas sternum, and follows up with a big uppercut, dragging Cena back out of the corner, and goes behind, looking for a German Suplex - but Cena grabs onto the ropes to block it. A few boos ring out for Cenas avoidance tactics, as Kurt hammers the back, forcing Cena off the ropes, and looks for a German again, but again, Cena finds a way to block it, then rips Angles hands from his waist, and elbows his adversary, forcing Angle away. Angle shoots back again, but Cena knocks him down, and knocks him down as he gets back up again.

Now, Angle is slower to his feet, less rabid, as Cena looks to kick but the Olympian catches the leg, AND DELIVERS A DRAGON SCREW!!! Kurt holds onto the leg, spinning over … AND APPLIES THE FIGURE FOUR!!!!!! Angle finds yet another submission in his arsenal, with Cena immediately groaning in agony. Angle, emulating one of his heroes - Ric Flair - leans back into the move, and with the shape of Cenas legs (mainly the ankle) it may just bring the first fall of the contest!!! Angle clenches back, with Cena covering his face with his hands, and yells out as he sits up, and tries to turn over, and switch the pressure … but Angle doesn’t allow it!!!

J.R sells the shit out of the submission, talking about the pain that is moving through Cenas body at this point, and questioning how much more of this punishment Cena can take. Cena pounds the mat - not a tap - and looks to fire himself up, as he reaches toward the ropes, and moves closer!!!

…

… Cena reaches out, hoping he can stretch to the ropes …

…

…… BUT CANT ……

!!!!!

Again, Cena pounds the mat, trying to fire himself up even more, as Angle yells at him to ‘TAP OUT YOU SON OF A BITCH. TAP OUT!!’. Cena yells out again, and sit up, with Angle right in his face, telling him to tap - but Cena defiantly shakes his head in refusal. Cena closes his eyes, sucking up the agony, and …

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……… BEGINS TO TURN ANGLE OVER ………

!!!

… Cena, willing himself on, feeding off the energy in the arena … continues to turn …

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…………… AND DOES ……………

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… PUTTING THE PRESSURE ON ANGLE NOW INSTEAD …

!!!!!

The Olympian winces, with all the pressure on his legs now, whilst the rejuvenated Cena nods, over and over, dying to hear Angles hands slap the mat for the submission … but Kurt has other ideas. Angle reaches out, looking to find a rope, but is too far away. Cena pushes up further, applying even more pressure for the Gold Medallist, who looks to be in deep trouble … but finds the strength …

…

…… AND PUSHES HIMSELF FORWARD ……

!!!

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… Kurt reaches out … NOT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THE ROPES …

!!!!

The Olympian puts his head down, head butting the canvas, looking to get himself together for another surge … and pushes up … yelling out, as Coach wills him on, telling Kurt he can make it … as we see Angle pushing forward, one last time …

…

… And reaches out, one last time …

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………… MAKING THE ROPES …………

!!!!!!!

The fans simmer down, flattened slightly, having gotten themselves pumped up for the first potential submission, with SIXTEEN minutes now gone. Both men show the toll the match is taking on them, with both men slowly reaching their feet, both wincing in pain, having gone through incredible amounts of pain already. They both get to their feet, and meet in the middle of the ring, with Kurt throwing a right- but Cena blocks - and clocks Angle with one of his own!! Kurt drops to a knee, and gets up throwing another wild right - but it’s blocked again - and Cena fires back with another right that sends Angle into the ropes, but as tenacious as ever, Angle is back, and ducks under Cena - HOOKING HIM - AND GOES FOR THE ANGLE SLAM - BUT CENA LANDS BEHIND, AND GRIPS THE WAIST OF ANGLE, GOING FOR A GERMAN SUPLEX OF HIS OWN … BUT ANGLE BLOCKS … AND ROLLS THROUGH … GRABBING THE ANKLE!!! The Olympian clutches on … BUT CENA ROLLS THROUGH … AND ANGLE TOPPLES THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE AND OUT OF THE RING!!! Once more, Cena avoids the ankle lock, with Kurt landing on the floor outside, grabbing his neck, pounding the mat in pain. Cena meanwhile, pulls himself back up, shaking his ankle loose, before eyeing up Kurt on the outside, sensing an opening - having had VERY LITTLE offence in the entire match - and hobbles out of the ring, picking Kurt up, but Angle stamps the ankle!!

Cena reels away, limping on the bad ankle, with Angle shaking the cobwebs loose, before swinging his leg at Cenas ankle, taking his opponent off his feet again. Kurt picks Cena up, slamming his face off the steel steps, and rolls him onto the apron, putting Cena back inside the ring, with Cena struggling up, not being helped with Kurt stomping him as he crawls to the corner, and Angle hauls Cena up, striking with another big uppercut. Cena though, digs deep, and fires back, rocking Kurt, forcing him to back up, with Cena fighting out of the corner, building up some momentum, with Kurt staggering back. But- just as it seems Cena is set to build momentum … Angle knees him in the gut!! The knee winds Cena, with Cena doubling over, and Kurt runs off the ropes, but Cena side steps as he returns, and ducks under a clothesline from the next return off the opposite side, hoisting Angle up - AND DELIVERS WITH THE BLUE THUNDER BOMB!!! Daylight for Cena finally!!!

The fans pick up with Cena finally scoring with an offensive manoeuvre, but the toll of his beating stops Cena from capitalising, as he struggles to reach his feet, hobbling on his ankle, with Kurt getting up at the same time as him, and Angle swings at his opponent - but Cena blocks, and fires back, rocking Angle, backing him into the ropes, and fires Kurt off, but Cena misses with a clothesline, as Angle shoots off the other side … but is caught on the return - SPINEBUSTER FROM CENA!!! Cena follows up right away, grabbing the legs of Angle, turning him over … AND APPLIES THE BOSTON CRAB!!! Angle is trapped, and now has to answer the questions on his own pain threshold, as Cena leans back, applying pressure on Angle, with the fans on song, anticipating a submission, with Angle reaching forward, knowing he cant afford to lose the first submission - not at this stage anyway - and he claws forward … reaching … AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!

The Ford Centre reacts in a 50/50 manner for the break, as Cena falls backward, but quickly gets back up, meeting Angle as he gets to his feet, and looks for another Irish whip, sending Kurt into the corner, chasing in after him, but Angle surprises him, and flapjacks Cena, with Cena landing face first on the top turnbuckle, staggering out of the corner … RIGHT INTO A BELLY TO BELLY!!! The life is taken out of the fans, as Angle puts out Cenas comeback, and makes the most of the impact taken to the head of Cena from the turnbuckle collision, applying the oldest of submission holds - the tried and tested, timeless … SLEEPER HOLD!! Cena drops to a knee almost instantly, and Angle clenches in deep, with the circulation no longer flowing … and the proud Massachusetts native closes his eyes … going to sleep??? Charles Robinson steps in, and checks Cena, asking him if he wants to give it up … but gets NO response. Robinson moves in for a closer inspection, with Cena out - eyes closed, head bowed at this point …

…

…… And the official raises his arm ……

………

… AND IT FALLS …

!!!

… Some fans cheer, whilst Angle demands Robinson “RING THE FUCKIN BELL!!” But, still, the referee lifts the arm a second time …

………

… AND IT FALLS AGAIN …

!!!!!

… Robinson signals one more time … and raises the arm …

…

… AND CENA KEEPS IT UP …

!!!

Once again, Cena survives, and now Cena, feeding off the fans, starts to battle, pushing to his knees, as Kurt desperately tries to crank on more pressure, but Cena is battling on adrenaline, getting to his feet, and elbows, elbows, elbows … FREE!!! Angles grip is finally broken, and Cena bounds off the ropes, running back at Angle … AND RIGHT BACK INTO THE SLEEPER!!!! Cena is caught again, and drops to a knee, with Angle climbing the back of Cena, trying to put his rival to sleep once and for all … but Cena pushes up again … and runs backward, crushing Angle into the corner … BUT ANGLE HANGS ON!!! Cena stumbles out of the corner, with Angle still on his back, cranking with the sleeper, as Cena runs backward into the next corner … BUT KURT IS STILL HANGING ON!!! Cena staggers around the ring, dropping to a knee again, but pushes himself - somehow - and gets up, charging backward one more time crushing Angle in the corner … AND ANGLE RELEASES HIS GRIP!!! Cena finally frees himself, and throws an elbow behind, cracking the skull of Angle, and Kurt slumps down in the corner, whilst Cena staggers away, only standing thanks to the help of the ropes. Both men are spent are this point, with NINE MINUTES still remaining in the match.

Slowly, both men recover, with Cena acting first, beating Angle to the punch, softening him up, and runs off the ropes, coming back, DELIVERING THE THROWBACK!!! Cena gets to his feet again, still moving slowly, and steps through the ropes, taking a huge risk - climbing the turnbuckles - whilst Kurt slowly stirs in the ring. Cena struggles, selling his exhaustion, but reaches the top rope, with Kurt in a perfect position … AND CENA LOOKS FOR THE TOP ROPE GUILLOTINE LEG DROP … BUT MISSES!!! Cena lands hard on the canvas … AND ANGLE SHOOTS IN … AND APPLIES THE ANKLELOCK AGAIN!!!!

Again, Cena is caught dead centre of the ring, in the ankle lock, with J.R reminding us now of the abuse the ankle has already taken tonight. Cena still refuses to give in, begins to claw along the mat, trying to scratch his way to the ropes, with the capacity crowd on it‘s feet. Angle desperately tries to yank the ankle around as much as he can, looking for the first - and at this point crucial - submission, but the will of John Cena might carry him through again!!!

…

… He inches closer …

…

…… Wiggling his fingers to reach out ……

…

… AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROP-
NO!!!!!!!!!!

Angle drags Cena back out at the last second!!!! Kurt Angle twists the right ankle, trying to break the ankle in half in order to claim the submission, roaring at Cena “TAP!!! FUCKIN TAP!!!” Cenas guts are being severely tested now, and the proud warrior has his forearm covering his face, trying to hide his anguish … before trying desperately to find any way of breaking the submission hold. He gets a surge of energy, and turns over, kicking Angle with his free leg, and kicks again - catching Kurt in the face - with Angle almost losing grip, but with one sudden twist of the ankle from Kurt forces Cena back around, with the excruciating pain too much to bear … and he may find his breaking point …

…

… AS ANGLE DROPS DOWN …

………

… AND APPLIES THE GRAPEVINE …

!!!!!!!!!

… The pain now appears to be just too excruciating for Cena to handle … the ankle is surely ripped to shreds now … perhaps even broken … and now it looks like his will could be broken too … he yells out once more, and reaches out …

………

… BUT IS NOWHERE NEAR THE ROPES …

!!!!!!!

… Cena pushes up, and looks up, seeing the clock - 23:31. There is simply no way Cena can hang on for another six minutes in this condition … he lifts his hand …

…

… READY TO DO THE UNTHINKABLE …

………

… BUT CANT BRING HIMSELF TO DO IT …

!!!

… Cena covers his head with both hands, racked with pain, as Angle continues to contort the ankle … with the fans split down the middle … J.R wondering what can be keeping him from tapping … Coach saying that Cena is too proud for his own good … as Cena lifts his arm again …

…

………… AND PAUSES …………

……………

… SHAKING HIS HEAD …

…

………………………………………………………

……………

…

… AND …


…………………………………


…


……… TAPS ………

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUBMISSION 1: KURT ANGLE - ANKLELOCK @ 23:58 {1-0}

*THIRTY SECOND REST PERIOD*

A scary hush rumbles around the Ford Centre, as the fans sit back in shock at what they just saw - John Cena … TAPPED. Kurt Angle is even taken aback momentarily, but then raises his arms, celebrating - prematurely, with six minutes still left in the contest - whilst Cena keeps his head on the canvas, before pounding it in frustration … having broken his word to the fans.

Jim Ross: I have seen it … but I still don’t believe it. For the first time since breaking through as a top class competitor … John Cena … has tapped out.

The Coach: I ALWAYS KNEW HE WAS A COWARD!!!

Jim Ross: He hung on for as long as anyone could possibly do so. I don’t recall anyone ever surviving the ankle lock for as long as John Cena just has.

The Coach: And hey, there’s five minutes left in this thing!!! He might tap again!!! HA HA HA!!!

Angle is kind enough to wait for the thirty second interval to end, and even once it does, he is in no rush to follow up - he’s got the lead, and it appears he’s intent on holding onto it!! Cena is slow to get up, using the ropes to rise to his feet, as time ticks down, and his pride gets dented with each passing second. He manages to find a vertical base … but can barely stand, as Angle decides to switch up his gameplan, having seen Cenas condition … and shoots in behind … GRIPPING CENAS WAIST … AND LAUNCHES WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

… AND HANGS ON!!!

Angle clutches the waist of Cena, dragging his battered opponent to his feet, and LAUNCHES WITH A SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX!!!!! He STILL hangs on, and drags Cena up, one more time … looking for a third … BUT CENA BLOCKS … ROLLS THROUGH … AND GRABS ANGLES ANKLE … AND APPLIES THE ANKLELOCK!!!!! Angle is caught, dead centre, IN HIS OWN SUBMISSION HOLD!!!!!

Cena - DESPERATELY cranks the joint, forcing more agony onto the Olympian, as he now begins to feel the kind of pain that Cena has had to withstand … and tries to scratch and claw, and scratch and claw, but gets nowhere near the ropes!!!! Cena torques the ankle more, looking up, YELLING TO THE SKIES, increasing the pressure on Kurt, who holds his hand up, as the pro-Cena fans begin to chant ‘TAP, TAP, TAP, TAP’, and Angle looks set to concede …

…

…… BUT ROLLS THROUGH ……

………

… BUT CENA ROLLS BACK OVER …

…………………

……… WITH THE ANKLELOCK APPLIED AGAIN ………

!!!!!!

Angle is right back where he started, locked, dead centre of the ring, with nowhere to go, locked in his own submission hold!!!!! Again, he tries to crawl to the ropes, SCRATCHING AND CLAWING towards the ropes … with Cena still looking to the heavens … NEEDING to draw level at this crucial stage. Angle inches forward … nearing the ropes …

…

…… BUT CENA DRAGS HIM BACK TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING ……

!!!!!

… The Ford Centre is in hysterics now, as Angle looks set to HAVE TO tap out - TO HIS OWN SUBMISSION HOLD … and he contemplates the submission, with Cena pulling back even further again, causing more distress …

…

…… BUT ANGLE PUSHES HIMSELF AND ROLLS THROUGH ……

……………

… BREAKING THE HOLD …
!!!!!

AND CENA IS FLUNG INTO THE CORNER - CRASHING HIS SHOULDER INTO THE RINGPOST!!! Cena is left in a heap in the corner, whilst Angle now feels the effects of the ankle lock, struggling to reach his feet. He limbers up, hobbling on his own ankle now, but looks to finish off Cena once and for all now, dragging him out of the corner … LOOKING FOR THE ANGLE SLAM … BUT CENA LANDS BEHIND AND DUCKS UNDER A WILD CLOTHESLINE ATTEMPT … COMING OFF THE ROPES … AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF WITH A SHOULDER TACKLE TAKING ANGLE DOWN!!!!!

Instantly, he reaches at his ankle, having somehow overcome the agony for a split second to run the ropes. He rolls around the canvas, whilst Angle has a glassy eyed look, as he sits up. Both men - again - are slow to get up, with time not running out for Cena - THREE MINUTES - to be precise!!! He looks up at the clock, and nods, knowing what he has to do at this point - time not being his friend - as he pushes through the pain barrier … and gets to his feet … stalking Angle … WILLING his rival to get to his feet … AND HE DOES … WITH CENA SCOOPING HIM UP … FU … NO!!!!!!!

Angle holds the ropes, blocking the move, and holds on for dear life, with Cena desperately trying to execute the move, but he cant break Kurts grip … SO HE FU’S ANGLE … OVER THE TOP ROPE … BUT ANGLE LANDS ON THE APRON … NOT THE FLOOR!!!!!! Angle survives what would’ve been a match changing move, and hangs on, as Cena swings, but Kurt ducks, and drops Cenas throat across the top rope!!! Cena reels away, clutching his throat, as Angle steps back in … AND GOES BEHIND … ANGLE SLAM … CONNECTS!!!!

Kurt shoots up - surely with victory in the bag now with less than TWO MINUTES remaining … Angle poses, with the fans booing, the match seemingly dead in the water now with Cena down … but Angle wants to add insult to injury, with his smirk fading, and his attention switching back to Cena … AND RIPS OFF THE STRAPS … LOOKING TO APPLY THE ANKLELOCK AGAIN!!! He homes in, grabbing the ankle … AND APPLIES IT- NO!!! CENA FREES HIS LEG … AND TRIPS ANGLE … FLOATING OVER WITH A HOOK ON THE LEG … AND APPLIES THE STFU ON ANGLE!!!!!

Suddenly, the fans are on their feet, as Cena - with little over sixty seconds on the clock - looks to level the scores, with Kurt closing his eyes, flailing his arms unable to see the ropes with Cenas arms covering his view!! J.R asks how much Angle can take, with Cena ripping at the Olympic Gold Medallist … as Coach pleads with Kurt to ‘HANG ON!!’

In the arena, the buzz grows, with the fans unsure if Angle has enough in the tank - enough of a pain threshold - to hang on for the final FORTY FIVE SECONDS!!!!! He reaches again, hopelessly - as he’s nowhere near the ropes - whilst Cena frantically cranks back, NEEDING the submission in order to save face, still haunted by his submission just five minutes ago. Cena, at the top of his voice roars “TAAAAP” …

………

… AND ANGLE BEGINS TO CONTEMPLATE IT …

…

… With Charles Robinson right in front of him, asking Kurt if he wants to give it up …

……………

… AND HE RAISES HIS HAND MOMENTARILY …

………

… But then refuses … and tries to rip Cenas arms off to no avail …

…

… AND CENA WRENCHES BACK FURTHER …
!!!!!

… Angle is out of options … with TWENTY SECONDS REMAINING … as he raises his arm again … ready to tap …

…

……… BUT HIS ARM GOES LIMP ………

!!!!!

Angle doesn’t tap … but he could well have passed out … and Robinson quickly checks on him whilst Cena leans back, still pulling with everything he’s got … as the official raises Angles arm …

…

… AND IT DROPS …

!!!

In the background, the fans begins to count down from TEN …

…

……… {NINE} ………

………

………… Robinson raises the arm again …………

…

…… {EIGHT} ……

………

… AND IT DROPS A SECOND TIME!!! …

…

… {SEVEN, SIX, FIVE} …

………

… Robinson looks to the timekeepers, indicating one more raise of the arm …

…

…………… { … FOUR … THREE … TWO … } ……………

………

… The official lifts Angles arm …

………

………………… {ONE} …………………

…

…… AND IT DROPS ……

…

… BUT THE BELL RINGS TOO …
!!!
Winner: ???

Confusion reigns around the Ford Centre, as Cena releases his grip, and Angle is clearly OUT COLD, having passed out from the STFU … but did his arm drop before or after the time expired?? J.R and Coach ask the same question on commentary, as Charles Robinson whispers to Lillian Garcia, informing her of the decision, whilst Cena limps around the ring, hands on hips, looking to the fans for an answer on what they think happened…

Lillian Garcia: Ladies and Gentlemen, I have just been informed that at the expiry of the thirty minute time limit … the result of this match … is … Kurt Angle; One … John Cena … Zero-

Mixed reaction from the fans, whilst Cena throws his hands up in despair.

Lillian Garcia: Therefore, the winner of this match … KURT … ANGLEEE!!!

Winner: Kurt Angle {1-0} @ 30:00

Cena slumps into the corner, hands on top of his head, looking completely shattered by the decision … whilst the ‘winner’ is having to be helped out of the ring, with trainers seen to be bringing him around with smelling salts.

J.R and Coach talk up the intensity of the match, the fighting spirit of both men, and whilst J.R tries to cover for Cena doing the unthinkable and tapping, Coach is loving it, saying TWO careers have been put to rest tonight, claiming Cenas time is DONE. J.R disagrees, saying Cena shouldn’t be ashamed of tapping to Kurt Angle, and says had the match been one second longer, he would’ve tied it up at 1-1, making the point that Angle is one being carried out of the arena.

In the ring still, Cena looks up to the rafters, shaking his head in disappointment, having broken his promise … and Angle has been proven right. On the ramp, it seems like Angle has finally been told he’s won, and the dazed Olympian has his arm raised, before turning around, stumbling backward, smirking down the aisle, as he looks at the forlorn John Cena.

Angle is escorted behind the curtain, whilst J.R questions where this leaves Cena; “ON THE SCRAPHEAP WITH LEX LUGER” is the quip from Coach, but J.R ignores it, asking out loud how Cena can bounce back from this, with Coach again quick to reply “HE WONT!!”, as J.R gets a little irritated by his colleague, as we get another shot of Cena as he leaves the ring - still limping - before fading out …


…


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

Opening shot of the American Flag waving proudly.

“What makes a GREAT American?”

Clips of Booker T & Elijah Burke high fiving, Paul London celebrating at Judgment Day with the United States title and Brock Lesnar fighting off The New Wave.

“Pride? Honour? Fighting spirit?”

Fade to darkness, then clips of the cocky THE Brian Kendrick holding the Cruiserweight and United States titles, Edge screwing Batista out of the WWE title, and Randy Orton punting Nick Dinsmore.

“Or is it Greed? Callousness? Malice?”

Shot of JBL looking cocky, arms spread wide, soaking up heat most likely, before switching to the rugged Batista, shaking the ropes in the ring during a match.

“In todays society, it becomes more and more difficult to decipher just who are the noble, and who are dishonourable by looks alone”

Clip of Americas Most Wanted, decked out in their ring attire containing the American Flag.

“There are those that bring shame to the stars and stripes”

Shot of M.V.P throwing money away, whilst sporting an overload of bling necklaces, and JBL assaulting Jamie Noble.

“There are those that have brought shame to living the American Dream”

Clip of Randy Orton hitting the Hangmans DDT on RVD at Judgment Day, Americas Most Wanted getting in the face of young fans at ringside, and THE Brian Kendrick attacking his ‘friend’ Paul London.

“Champions with no class, dignity, honour or respect”

Darkness.

“But a true hallmark of ALL Great Americans … is hope”

Euphoric music kicks in, and lots of rapid shots are shown now, of Paul London soaring through the air, Brock Lesnar with an F5 on Orton, Brian Kendrick running like a scalded dog, Booker & Eli getting the better of AMW … and a flashing image of a dark figure (The Undertaker??) in the distance??

“On July 8, the WWE welcomes ALL Great Americans to gather as one, and HOPE for justice … HOPE for righteousness … HOPE that good overcomes evil … ”

The euphoric music stops, and slow images of the cold Randy Orton, the bitter Edge, the cocky Brian Kendrick, then the toothy grin of JBL.

“HOPE”

…



WWE GREAT AMERICAN BASH | JULY 8 | WACHOVIA CENTRE, PHILADELPHIA
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW

***


…


Backstage now, we see John Cena exiting the curtain, and walking by the Gorilla position, head bowed, seemingly embarrassed by his loss this evening, as Kelly Kelly approaches…

Kelly Kelly: John??

Cena looks up, giving Kelly a nod, but continues walking.

Kelly Kelly: Uhm, we’re just after witnessing your historic Ultimate Submission match with Kurt Angle … a match which you … lost. How are you feeling, having been forced to submit to Kurt Angle and the Anklelock??

Cena stops walking, and nods. He looks at Kelly, then bites his lip, looking to the left, huffing as he tries to think of what to say, then turns to Kelly, and shows a smile - the smile of a beaten man though - before shaking his head.

John Cena: I don’t know what to say Kelly.

Cena looks to the left again, shaking his head.

John Cena: I ... just ... don’t know.

Cena shrugs, and walks away, leaving Kelly dumbfounded, as focus shifts back to ringside…


…


Back into the arena, with J.R and Coach.

Jim Ross: Well, a tough loss for John Cena here at Vengeance, but I still cannot believe what I have saw tonight. I don’t blame Cena for tapping, he’s withstood insurmountable pain for such a long period, it’s a testament to his will and heart to not only have hung on for so long, but to come back and try to rectify the submission, pushing through the pain barrier-

The Coach: Are ya done?? Quit eulogising Cena, old timer. That pretender had his run at the top - it lasted much longer than it had any right to anyway. Let’s focus on the real deal, shall we?? How about that Kurt Angle?? The unofficial number one contender!! He said he’d make Cena tap, and he did just that tonight!! THAT is why he’s YOUR Olympic Hero, and that’s why he is MY Olympic Hero.

Jim Ross: Kurt Angle can count himself fortunate that Charles Robinson didn’t raise his arm a second earlier. Otherwise we would’ve been looking at over time, with Angle out cold.

The Coach: Very bitter attitude old timer. Kurt Angle had his arm raised, AND John Cena raised his too … but that was to tap!! HA HA!!

Jim Ross: I could sit here all night and listen to your one liners, Coach, but I’d like to inform everyone at home on the condition of Shawn Michaels. We have received an update from the local medical facility that HBK was rushed to just a little over thirty minutes ago, and thankfully, The Showstopper is said to be in a stable condition, but the early prognosis was that he had suffered a herniated disc … only that … that was before he was callously wheeled off the stage. God knows what kind of damage has been done to Shawn Michaels.

The Coach: Play with fire … you’ll get burned.

J.R stays silent, looking at Coach with disgust, and shakes his head.

Jim Ross: Should we get any further developments folks, we will inform you immediately. But we will no doubt have a full update on Michaels condition tomorrow night on Raw.

The graphic now appears for CHRISTIAN VS KENNEDY, as the third of three main events is set to take place.

Jim Ross: For one reason or another, this will no doubt be a night none of us will forget, and we’ve still got the third of the three main events; THE main event, for the richest prize in the game. Can last years King of the Ring winner, Mister Kennedy, shock the world, and dethrone Christian from the top of the mountain, where he has been ever since winning the title for the second time at WrestleMania??

The Coach: Oh he can. And he will.


WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP | VIDEO PACKAGE
- Clips from the ‘Beat The Clock’ challenge, which determined the #1 Contender at Vengeance; a challenge which Mister Kennedy won raising a few eyebrows.

- Sound bites of Mister Kennedy talking through Christian not taking him seriously as a threat, as clips are shown of Kennedys progression in recent months, along with clips of Christian taking on ‘worthy’ opponents like Triple H, John Cena, Stone Cold & The Undertaker over the last two years.

- Sound bites of Kennedy likening his sudden rise recently to that of Christians two years ago, stating that Christian has now become ‘one of those guys’, ‘in a comfort zone’.

- Christian rejects the claims … but Kennedy gets the better of Christian for two straight weeks, with Christian seemingly not focusing enough on the threat Kennedy is bringing to the table.

- Eventually, Christian snaps, and sends Kennedy a message with an in ring beat down, telling his challenger “You‘ve got my attention”.

- Clips and sound bites of both men, talking themselves up, with Christian claiming he’s not ready to step aside, and Kennedy claiming it’s his time to stand at the top of the mountain.

- Final clips of the mirror images; the hungrier Christian getting the upper hand on ‘top dog’ Steve Austin in ‘05 … and a hungry Kennedy standing over ‘top dog’ Christian in ‘07.
***


…


Back into the arena, where it all quietens down for a moment …


**KENNEDY**

It’s heat for Kennedy, with one or two cheers heard for the brash, cocky #1 Contender. Kennedy makes his way down the aisle, not looking nervous or affected by the occasion.

On commentary, Coach sings the praises of Kennedy, saying he had said for months that the 2006 King of the Ring was on the cusp of the main events, with J.R begrudgingly accepting that fact, before also saying that this time last year, Kennedy was being crowned King - a year later, he finds himself with the opportunity to become World Champion, making the point that all eight men competing for the illustrious crown next week should look at Kennedy as an example of what can happen after becoming KOTR.

**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

The Champion strides onto the stage, nodding, knowing what is expected of him this evening. He looks down the aisle, and points to Kennedy, before turning his attention to the fans, pounding his chest. Christian makes his way down the aisle, whilst Kennedy waits patiently in the ring.

J.R puts over Christian heavily, talking up his title retentions over Triple H inside Hell in a Cell, and Shelton Benjamin in a Ladder Match, saying that Kennedy has consistently accused Christian of not taking him seriously as a threat, but when it comes to game time, and the bell rings, Christian will be viewing Kennedy as a major threat to his most prized possession. Coach, however, has a different outlook, claiming that Christian sees Kennedy as nothing more than an annoying pest … and that viewpoint is about to bite him on his ass.

Christian reaches the ringside area, and steps onto the apron, and into the ring … WITH KENNEDY RUSHING HIM - AND KICKSTARTING THE MATCH!!!

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Christian vs. Mister Kennedy
The bell rings, as Kennedy jumps the gun, surprising the champion, and striking his opponent into the corner, but CHRISTIAN STRIKES BACK!! The champion rocks Kennedy, forcing him backward, letting fly with right hands, but the momentum is stopped by the #1 Contender, who drives a knee into the gut of Captain Charisma, and wildly clubs his back, forcing Christian onto the canvas, keeping him there with stomps to the back too. Kennedy, thinking he has Christian under control, pulls him back to his feet - but Christian throws a right hand to the gut as he rises, and another to the chin, with Kennedy taken aback, back peddling, but blocks another potential right, firing back himself, as the two men slug it out in the early going, trading blows in the centre of the ring - and the champion looks to be winning the exchange again - until Kennedy RAKES the eyes, and Christian spins away, holding his face.

Kennedy follows up, sending Captain Charisma into the corner with an Irish Whip, and runs in all guns blazing … BUT CHRISTIAN GETS HIS FEET UP!!! Kennedy reels away, momentarily dropping to a knee, but gets back up, as Christian follows out, connecting with an uppercut forearm, then sends Kennedy off the ropes, ducking down for the return - but Kennedy rebounds and KICKS Christian away, and looks to follow up, attempting to clothesline the champion over the top rope; but Christian ducks under, and elevates the challenger over the top rope, with Kennedy crashing onto the floor below!!!

Christian waits momentarily, as Kennedy tries to find his bearings, and once the challenger is on his feet, Christian attempts to elevate himself over with a splash, but Kennedy darts out of the way … but Christian reacts quickly enough, and lands on the apron himself … ONLY FOR KENNEDY TO RUSH IN AND SWEEP CHRISTIANS LEGS OFF THE APRON!!! Christian lands face first off the apron, with Kennedy quickly following up from behind, and rushes the champion chest and shoulder first into the ring post!!!!! Christian slumps to the mat, as Kennedy wheels away, fired up with his big rush of offence, whilst Christian writhes on the floor. Kennedy doesn’t waste any time, and comes back, kicking Christian in the ribs, and stamping his face as he turns over. The challenger drags Christian back up, pulling him around ringside, then attempts to whip the champion into the steel steps … BUT CHRISTIAN REVERSES - AND SENDS KENNEDY INTO THE STEPS INSTEAD!!! The challenger crashes through the steel, and clutches at his shoulder, with the champion wisely taking the time to catch his breath after a ferocious opening two minutes at a break neck pace.

Taking control, Christian drags Kennedy up, and rolls the champion back into the ring, then steps in himself, softening Kennedy up against the ropes, and shoots him off with an Irish Whip, but Kennedy thinks fast, and hangs onto the ropes rather than return, as Christian leaps into the air, expecting the return, but obviously not getting it, and once he lands back on the canvas, Kennedy bounds out from the ropes … BUT RUNS RIGHT INTO A DROPKICK FROM THE CHAMPION!!! Christian doesn’t waste any time, and goes for the first cover of the match on the challenger, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!! Christian doesn’t waste time thinking about the kick out, and instead gets right back to his feet, bringing Kennedy with him, and walks to the corner, setting himself onto the top turnbuckle … AND LOOKS FOR THE TORNADO DDT … BUT KENNEDY COUNTERS … AND DUMPS CHRISTIAN OVER HIS HEAD!!

The Champion SPLATS onto the canvas with an awkward landing, as Kennedy stumbles into the ropes, taking a second to clear his head before quickly getting onto the champion, not looking to give Christian any time to breathe, keeping on him, making sure he has no time to think, and stomps the grounded Captain Charisma, keeping him down. The challenger pulls Christian to his feet, and sends him off, into the corner, racing in after, but Christian shoots out, looking for a clothesline, only for the challenger to duck under, then turn, AND GRABS THE ARM OF CHRISTIAN, LOOKING TO SURPRISE HIM WITH A KROSSFACE … Christian drops to a knee, but fights the submission, and pushes up to his feet, AND COUNTERS THE KROSSFACE … INTO A CRADLE …

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…NO…
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Kennedy kicks out, and pops up, bounding at the champion, but Christian outwits him, and trips him with a drop toe hold into the ropes. Captain Charisma follows up, standing on the back of the challenger, and leverages the ropes, choking the loudmouth, who flails his arms in desperation, as Mike Chioda issues a standard five count, forcing Christian to break the illegal choke, which he does. Kennedy struggles back up, choking as he breathes, whilst Christian swoops in behind the challenger … LOOKING FOR THE UNPRETTIER EARLY … but as he turns … KENNEDY WRIGGLES FREE and hurls Christian over the top rope - only for the champion to land on the apron, feet first!! Kennedy turns, spotting that, and charges at his opponent, but Christian stops him with a knee. The challenger doubles over, allowing Christian to deliver a sunset flip over the top rope … BUT KENNEDY DROPS DOWN - AND LEANS ON THE ROPES FOR A LEVERAGE PIN …

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Kennedy nearly cheaply stole the win, but Christian JUST escapes the pinning predicament in time!!! Both men get to their feet, with Kennedy ducking under a clothesline attempt, and on the turnaround, kicks Christian in the gut, AND DROPS HIM WITH A DDT!!! The challenger covers, 1...2...NO!!! Christian shoots a shoulder up again, but Kennedy is in the driving seat now. The 2006 King of the Ring winner looks to capitalise, and pulls Captain Charisma up, quickly drilling a knee, deep into the gut of Christian, and places a front face lock, looking for a vertical suplex … BUT CHRISTIAN FLOATS OVER … INTO A COUNTER … AND DELIVERS HIS INVERTED FACELOCK BACKBREAKER!!! The champion hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!!

The momentum continues to swing, back and forth, with the champion now back in control, but knowing he could be in for a long night against a game challenger that seems up for the battle. Christian gets to his feet, taking a brief moment to look at his challenger recovering, and decides to step onto the apron, and climbs the turnbuckles, perching up top, as he awaits Kennedy to get up and turn around … with the loudmouth pulling himself up on the ropes and pushing off them … WITH CHRISTIAN LOOKING FOR A SPLASH … BUT GETTING CAUGHT WITH A DROPKICK INSTEAD!!! Kennedy scores with a beautiful counter to the champion, and scrambles to make a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

The element of surprise wasn’t enough for Kennedy on that occasion, but once again, the momentum shifts back to the challenger. Both men are a little slower to recover this time, with both taking their time to get up, but Kennedy appears more aware of his surroundings, as he rests on his knees against the ropes, watching as the champion tries to reach his feet on the opposite side of the ring. Christian gets up, and Kennedy races across the ring at him … BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS DOWN … AND PROPELS THE CHALLENGER OVER THE TOP - AND CRASHING TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!

Kennedy hit’s the mat with a solid thud, as Christian takes a second to compose himself and catch his breath. He watches, as the challenger starts to stir on the ground, and once Kennedy makes it to his knees, Christian springs into action, running to the corner … AND HOPS ONTO THE ROPES, THEN SPRINGS OVER THE TOP - CRASHING ONTO KENNEDY - DELIVERING A TRIANGLE PLANCHA TO THE CHALLENGER!!! The high flying assault brings a big cheer from the fans, and a small, but vocal ‘CHRISTIAN’ chant reverberates through the arena, as the champion shows off his high flying abilities.

Again, both men are slow to move, but it’s the champion that’s first to act, pulling himself up on the apron, and keeping Kennedy at bay with a solid straight right hand. The champ drags Kennedy around the ringside area, thinking he has the challenger under control, but Kennedy surprises him, and delivers an atomic drop. Christian loses grip of Kennedy from that, and the challenger quickly follows up, ramming the champion - back first - into the barricade, once again stopping the momentum. Kennedy drags Christian back, and takes him off his feet with a double leg take down … THEN CATAPULTS CHRISTIAN INTO THE STEEL RINGPOST!!!!! The catapult could be a game changer, as Christian hit’s the steel with an almighty thud, and Kennedy jumps up, delivering a stiff, running lariat to the back of the champions neck to knock him down!!!

The challenger drags Captain Charisma up, and rolls him back inside, before stepping back into the ring himself, delivering a stiff boot to the face of Christian - who was on hands and knees. Now in the ascendancy, Kennedy backs his weary opponent into the corner, and weighs up his position, before striking with a forearm to the face, and follows up with another, and another, with Christian slowly slumping down, and Kennedy continues to punish the champ, driving his shoulder into the gut, as Christian continues to crumble, ending up on his ass on the canvas, with Kennedy now racing away, off the ropes, sprinting back off them … AND DELIVERS THE FACEWASH KICK TO CHRISTIAN!!!!!

Kennedy leans over the ropes, and brashly smiles, knowing he has the upper hand at this stage, and feeds off the fans negativity towards him. He nods, and tilts his head from side to side, making a ‘yapping’ gesture with his hand, before turning his attention back to the ring - and the World Champion. He stands over Christian momentarily, and grazes the depleted champions face with the sole of his boot … before suddenly turning, and racing off to the ropes, sprinting back … AND LOOKS TO DELIVER ANOTHER FACEWASH … BUT CHRISTIAN MOVES!!! The champion avoids contact, with Kennedy following through, getting his leg caught in the ropes, giving the champion an opportunity, and rolls the challenger up from behind with a school boy, 1...2...NO!!!

Kennedy manages to kick out, and both men make it back to their feet, with the fresher challenger the first to act, looking to regain control, but Christian ducks a clothesline attempt, catching Kennedy on the turnaround with a kick to the gut, then sends him to the corner - hard - with Kennedy bouncing out from the impact, as the champion delivers a back body drop. Kennedy rises back up again, pushing himself from the canvas, but Christian is ready to strike, and clotheslines Kennedy right back down!! The champion raises his intensity a little more now, and stomps the challenger on the canvas, with Kennedy trying to crawl away, looking for solace in the corner. Christian though, continues to pulverise his challenger, and continues to hammer the King of the Ring in the corner, before dragging him out, and delivering a hip toss. Kennedy slowly moves, feeling the effects of Christians flurry, and doesn’t seem to be overly sure of his bearings, as Captain Charisma hoists himself up onto the middle rope, waiting patiently for the #1 Contender to turn around … AND ATTEMPTS A REVERSE ELBOW OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE … BUT KENNEDY SIDE STEPS OUT OF THE WAY!!!

Christian crashes and burns on the canvas, and Kennedy now eagerly waits for the champion to regain his footing, looking to strike and regain control. He crouches, waiting for Christian to get up, as the champion sells his elbow, shaking his arm loose as he turns around … with Kennedy looking for a Roundhouse Kick … BUT CHRISTIAN DUCKS … only for Kennedy to spin around … AND SCORES WITH A SECOND ATTEMPT AT THE ROUNDHOUSE!!! He quickly makes the cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Christian kicks out, much to the chagrin of the loudmouth, who now mounts the champion, and UNLOADS with a barrage of right hands to his defenceless opponent, only stopping due to the persistence of Mike Chioda, threatening to disqualify the aggressive challenger. Kennedy gets to his feet, and ignores the stern words of Chioda, instead focusing on what Christian does, and quickly gets on the weakened champion, shoving his face and neck over the middle rope, and choking the life out of Christian - perhaps a little payback for the champions earlier misdemeanour.

Again, Kennedy is instructed to back off, and begrudgingly does so, backing away, but only for a moment, before rushing to the ropes, and shoving his knee into the back of Christian at the ropes. He drags the champion out from the ropes, and makes a cover, 1...2...Kick Out!! Christian rolls over, trying to regain his senses, but the challenger is on him IMMEDIATELY, and drags him up, slowly turning him over, with little fight … AND DROPS CHRISTIAN WITH A NECKBREAKER!! He hooks the leg again, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The challenger grits his teeth, trying to keep his cool, knowing the champion is vulnerable, and looks to keep the pressure on, dragging Christian up, forcing him back into the corner, and begins to relentlessly stomp the gut of Captain Charisma, with sharp kicks, over and over and over, with the champion slumping down, before Chioda is forced to step in and break the action, with Kennedy again being warned about his reluctance to break when told. Kennedy nods, but doesn’t really acknowledge the words of the office, and moves back into the corner, dragging Christian up, and UNLOADS with right hands, BATTERING the champion relentlessly in the corner!!! Again, Chioda is forced to get involved, and gets in the way to stop the attack, getting Kennedys attention, telling him it’s his last warning. Kennedy sneers at Chioda, and pushes past, dragging Christian out from the corner, and hooking a leg, 1...2...NO!!!

Immediately as he gets up, Kennedy stomps the champion, then drops an elbow, making a cover, 1...2...NO!!! He rises, and drops another elbow, cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Again, Kennedy gets up, and immediately drops an elbow, lateral press, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Kennedy is piling on the punishment, with Christian having to withstand a sustained period of dominance from the challenger, as Kennedy drags the champion to his feet, and shoots him off into the corner with a HARD Irish Whip, and Christian bounces out, back into Kennedy, with the #1 Contender shooting him to the opposite corner, HARD, with another Irish Whip, and Captain Charisma stumbles out of the corner again, into the clutches of Kennedy, who throws Christian onto his shoulders, and drills him with a rolling plunge!! Again, the challenger covers, 1...2...SHOULDER UP AGAIN!!! In sheer frustration, Kennedy lets fly with a series of right hands to the champion, before getting up to his feet again, thinking about his next move. He quickly drags Christian up, driving his forearm into the back to keep the champion at bay, then goes behind, and with ease, delivers a Russian Leg Sweep, floating into the hook of the leg, 1...2...CHRISTIAN KICKS OUT AGAIN!!!

Kennedy shakes his head, and gets to his feet, taking a look at Christian, who is in a bad way on the mat, and the #1 Contender senses the end could be near. With Christian seemingly softened up, Kennedy stalks, looking to strike, waiting for the champion to get to his feet … and after a struggle, Christian is up, and turns around … INTO KENNEDY … WHO HOOKS CHRISTIAN INTO POSITION … FOR THE MIC CHECK … BUT THE CHAMPION ELBOWS KENNEDY … AND COUNTERS … INTO POSITION FOR A REVERSE DDT … AND DELIVERS!!! Christian stalls for a brief moment, selling the effects of Kennedys beat down, but gathers the energy, and drapes an arm over the game challenger …

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!!!

The fans reaction is split, many booing, but many cheering, happy to see the match continue. Meanwhile, Christian begins to rise to his feet, shaking his head at the kick out, but putting it behind him and thinks about his next move. The champion is on his feet, and takes a look behind at Kennedy on the canvas, before stepping onto the apron, and climbs the turnbuckles, reaching the top rope, with the fans rising to their feet, waiting for Christian to soar through the air. He sets himself, with J.R and Coach both speculating he’s going for the Frog Splash … BUT WE WONT FIND OUT … AS KENNEDY - on the canvas - THINKS QUICK, AND KICKS THE REFEREE INTO THE ROPES … WITH CHRISTIAN CROTCHING THE TOP ROPE!!!!! Heat rings out for Kennedy, and the #1 Contender now begins to get to his feet, with the official berating him for his cheap move, although Kennedy protests his innocence, arguing that what happened was merely a coincidence.

The challenger now makes his way to the corner, where Christian winces in pain, momentarily paralysed from his balls crashing into the buckle. Kennedy climbs the ropes now, softening up Christian with a few right hands to the temple, and now tries to position himself under Christian … FOR THE GREEN BAY PLUNGE!!! Kennedy gets the champion onto his shoulders, with anticipation around the arena growing … BUT CHRISTIAN BEGINS TO ELBOW THE CHALLENGER!!! With the title in serious jeopardy, Christian desperately fires his elbow into the face of the challenger, knowing the Plunge from the top would see the end of his title reign … AND HE MANAGES TO ESCAPE!!! Christian, delicately, is balanced on to the top rope, and kicks Kennedy off, with the challenger landing on the canvas … AND CHRISTIAN DOESN’T HESITATE … FROG SPLASH … MISSES!!!!!!!!!!

Kennedy rolls out of the way, and AGAIN, Christian crashes and burns!!! J.R makes the comment that it seems Kennedy has had Christians number at every turn tonight, avoiding another offensive manoeuvre from the champ. Now though, the challenger isn’t wasting time, and isn’t prepared to wait for Christian to get back up. He drags the groggy champ to his feet, and hauls him into position … GOING FOR THE MIC CHECK AGAIN … BUT CHRISTIAN CHARGES KENNEDY BACKWARD … INTO THE CORNER … CRUSHING THE REFEREE!!! Mike Chioda accidentally finds himself crushed in the corner, with neither Kennedy or Christian aware of the officials whereabouts. In the mean time, Christians quick thinking has helped him avoid the Mic Check, but - still unaware the referee is crushed in the corner - Christian slams Kennedy into the corner again, crushing Chioda once more. With that, Kennedy stumbles out, and Christian sends him off the ropes, putting the challenger onto the canvas with a reverse elbow on the return. Despite spotting the incapacitated referee now, Christian still sees the opening as he drags Kennedy up to his feet … AND HOOKS HIM INTO POSITION FOR THE UNPRETTIER … BUT KENNEDY DROPS DOWN … AND DRILLS THE CHAMPION WITH A LOW BLOW!!!

Seemingly, Christian wasn’t the only one aware of Chiodas incapacitation, as Kennedy blatantly breaks the rules to avoid the sure fire finisher. The fans boo the challenger for the low blow, but Kennedy shrugs off the reaction, as he watches the champion drop to his knees in agony. Once again, Kennedy lies in wait, with his focus purely on Christian, as Captain Charisma gets to his feet, as we see him stagger around the ring … WITH KENNEDY POUNCING … AND SCORES - THIRD TIME LUCKY - WITH THE MIC CHECK!!! The challenger hooks the leg tightly, making sure Christian has as little chance as possible to kick out …

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… BUT THERE IS NO COUNT!!! MIKE CHIODA IS STILL OUT COLD …

!!!!!

Kennedy releases the grip of the cover, and bangs his head - then fists - off the mat in frustration, with the champion BEATEN, but no referee to make the count. Kennedy gets up, and grabs the shirt of Chioda, shaking the official, desperate for him to come around. He turns Chioda over, giving the referee a few slaps around the face to try and bring him around, with Chioda showing signs of life - finally - as Kennedy now drops back down for the cover on Christian again, looking for the elusive three count … with a JACKNIFE COVER … AND HIS FEET ON THE ROPES FOR LEVERAGE, with Chioda still too groggy to notice the illegal cover … AND MAKES THE COUNT … SLOWLY …

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………CHRISTIAN KICKS OUT………
!!!

In a pent up rage, Kennedy pounds the mat, unable to fathom how the champion kicked out. He eye balls Chioda with fury, looking tempted to attack the official for the slow count, but naturally, his better judgment kicks in. The #1 Contender turns his focus back to Christian, and pulls the champion back to his feet, grabbing him by the sides of the head, yelling in Christians face, before sending him into the corner with an Irish Whip. Kennedy backs into the opposite corner, and lets out an aggressive roar … THEN CHARGES ACROSS THE RING … BUT CHRISTIAN SHIFTS OUT OF THE CORNER … AND KENNEDY HIT’S THE BUCKLES HARD … WITH CHRISTIAN NAILING THE SEESAW KICK OFF THE ROPES!!!!! The challenger is rocked by the sudden turn of events, and staggers out of the corner, with the champion coming out from the ropes, and looks to go for the finish … ATTEMPTING TO HOOK KENNEDY UP FOR THE UNPRETTIER … AND TURNS HIM OVER … BUT KENNEDY COUNTERS … GRABBING THE ARM … AND BRINGS CHRISTIAN DOWN … APPLYING THE KROSSFACE!!!!!!

Christian is caught, in the middle of the ring, in one of the most famous submission moves in the history of wrestling!!! Kennedy PULLS back, forcing more agony onto the champion, as he bravely holds on … and tries to scratch and claw, and scratch and claw, but doesn’t appear to be making enough ground to reach the ropes!!!! Kennedy, sensing this is his moment, leans back further, increasing the pressure on the champion, who holds his hand up, as the fans try to will him on, chanting “CHRISTIAN”, but it looks like Christian - with his hand raised - is set to concede … BUT ROLLS OVER, PINNING THE CHALLENGER …

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……KENNEDY ROLLS BACK OVER……
!!!!!!


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…WITH THE KROSSFACE APPLIED AGAIN…

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!!!!!!

Captain Charisma is right back where he started, locked, dead centre of the ring, with nowhere to go, locked in the Krossface!!!!! Christian, AGAIN, tries to crawl to the ropes, dragging his nails along the canvas to crawl … but AGAIN, is unable to reach out and touch them!!! Kennedy nods defiantly, feeling the submission is imminent, and Christian lifts his hand … will he AND Cena both do the unthinkable on the same night?? The champion has his hand raised, contemplating the submission, with Kennedy pulling back even further again, causing more distress … and the champion looks set to give up … THE HAND IS COMING DOWN … BUT CHRISTIAN PUSHES HIMSELF OVER … PINNING THE CHALLENGER AGAIN, HOOKING THE LEG WITH HIS FREE HAND THIS TIME …

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…KENNEDY MANAGES TO ROLL OVER AGAIN…
!!!!!!!!!


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…AND THE KROSSFACE IS STILL LOCKED IN…


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!!!!!!!!!

The Champion now tries with one last surge to reach the ropes, knowing time is running out fast, and sooner or later, he‘ll begin to fade. He tries to push forward frantically, but Kennedys grip is VICE LIKE, and shows no signs of letting up. The referee drops down onto his stomach, getting face-to-face with the fading champion, asking him if he wants to give it up. Christian doesn’t respond … AND SEEMS TO BE FADING!!! Again, Chioda asks Christian the question, with the champion flailing his arm listlessly … possibly out cold … BUT THEN HAS A SUDDEN SURGE!!! Captain Charisma brings the crowd to their feet, and the champion, feeding off adrenaline, pushes, and pushes …

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… REACHING OUT …

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… WIGGLING HIS FINGERS …

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… PUSHING …

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… INCHING …

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… AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE FOR DEAR LIFE …

!!!!!

The fans pop, as Chioda instantly orders the break, with Kennedy reluctantly letting go, but letting the count reach four before doing so!! Christian survives, but the damage has surely been done!!! The champion looks a mess, as Kennedy is forced to back away, whilst Christian tries to get to his feet, looking exhausted, gasping for air after being trapped in the Krossface for what seemed like an eternity. Christian remains on the canvas, whilst Kennedy jaw jacks with Chioda, who admonishes the challenger for not releasing the hold right away once Christian made the ropes, and stops Kennedy from attacking the weary champion who is still trying to recover from the eternity in the Krossface.

He struggles up, but Kennedy is sick of waiting, and wants the title NOW - he shoves Chioda out of the way, and grabs the champion, hooking him up FOR ANOTHER MIC CHECK … BUT CHRISTIAN COUNTERS … TURNING KENNEDY OVER … INTO THE UNPRETTIER … AND CONNECTS WITH IT!!! Christian, with whatever energy he has left, turns the challenger over, and drapes an arm over him …

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……3……
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion - Christian @ 21:29

Despite a Herculean effort from the incredible #1 Contender, Christian overcomes the challenger and RETAINS his championship!!! The fans inside the Ford Centre are on their feet, as Christian lays on his back, relieved after an almighty scare tonight, as Mike Chioda stands over him, waiting with the World Championship in his possession.

Christian rises to his feet, and has his hand raised, as J.R and Coach put over the main event as a true test for Captain Charisma, and Kennedy as a more than worthy challenger, with BOTH agreeing that the 2006 King of the Ring WILL be back in the title hunt again. Beaten, Kennedy rolls out of the ring, with the focus sharply returning to Captain Charisma, who stands on the turnbuckles, celebrating his hard fought victory, clutching his title gratefully.

J.R then goes into hyperbole mode, declaring tonight’s event as ‘one for the ages’, saying it will live on, long in the memory, whilst Christian glances up the aisle at his beaten foe, with Kennedy still selling the effects of the Unprettier, holding his head in agony, but making sure he has the attention of Christian, and gestures with his index finger and thumb that he was ‘THIS CLOSE’ to victory, before backing away, out of sight, behind the curtain.

For Christian, the celebrations continue, as he salutes the fans, with J.R and Coach signing off, on the image of Captain Charisma on the middle turnbuckle, World Championship slung over his shoulder - victorious.


END OF SHOW

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First off all, those people who avoid feedbacking you coz you don't do Review 4 Review need to get their Shineboxes imo, you're still the man around here...

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Hardy/Shelton was a good choice to kick things off with. There wasn't anything overtly exciting for the majority of the match except the Twist Of Fate which Teddy Long pulled the ref out for. Pretty nice way to end things with Hardy chasing Long and Benji scoring the Paydirt outta nowhere, gotta feel as Shelton won here, Matt will avenge the loss in the KOTR and these two will meet again at Summerslam I'm thinking. As I said, the match perhaps wasn't as exciting as it had the potential to be, but it was still a good opening contest. ***1/4

I really wish MNM had been added to that tag match, really do. No ratings for you Wolf

Rhyno looked pretty beastly here and I gotta say, I'm not happy he's lost. Honestly, everytime you tease to use him well, you then go and stick him back in mediocrity and I feel this time it's gonna lead to Rhyno being released, which I will not be happy about, should it happen. Match was shorter than I thought it would be but with the LMS and 30 Min matches to come, it makes sense. Couple of cool spots with the Drop Toe Hold with the steps and the Turnbuckle Powerbomb. Let's hope Rhyno sticks around. Do it for me plz . ***

. the Women's match. Quite hilarious to see Melina buried so quickly, but it's a nice feel good moment for Mickie to come back to. Now it's obviously gonna be Mickie/Beth next and Phoenix is looking odds on favourite to take the strap in that one. SQUASH.

trolololololol @ Coach saying Teddy Long was the equivalent of Lombardi. Brilliant. Match was better than I thought it would be although I really wish you had stuck MNM in there, would've been even better. Liking X-Pac being around, keep him plz. He's a veteran yet only 35 in thread time. LOLZ. Monty could do with a better partner than JTG who I don't rate, and the finishers galore at the end was nice, Punk beating X-Pac makes sense but I wish it had been that jobber Tomko. All in all, pretty good match with some chaos as expected. ***1/4

Last Man Standing was hellacious stuff. I know you love Umaga and want to put him over as a monster and all that but really, a Sweet Chin Music into the chair and Mags still getting up was a bit surprising, as that should've been enough but with the push you're giving Umaga, I was expecting him to get up. Moonsault through the table was awesome, and HBK missing the Elbow spot surprised me, as I was thinking you'd have Mags get up from that. Brutal ending tho a Samoan Spike off the ladder seems weak, knowing what kind of move it is, perhaps a Chokeslam or something like that would've been better to end it. Still, HBK got owned. Nasty match ****

Kennedy promo was good, he's confident, but there's no way he's winning tonight. Far too predictable that Christian's staying as the man, for now

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I fucking love you. This almost makes up for jobbing Rhyno out earlier. Cena tapping just made my day. Fantastic ending to the match aswell, I really thought it was gonna end up at 1-1, but Angle just managing to hold on gives him the win heading into a programme with Christian (I hope) while Cena doesn't look weak tapping to the master of the submissions and coming a second away from a tie. Really good match overall, a gripping last 10 minutes or so. Great stuff. ****1/4

lol Cena. OWNED

Gotta be honest I was shocked you had Kennedy look so strong in this one, and after a 24 and 30 minute matches, this one breaking the 20 mark was a bit over the top. Kennedy using the KROSSFACE is nice to give him an alternative to the Mic Check imo, I'm a fan of that. Overall the match was better than I expected it to be, and whilst not as good as the last two matches, still deserving of a main event spot. Some false finishes, some long submission holds in the Krossface especially. Well done old timer . ***3/4

A damn good PPV Wolfy, well done. You're still the King
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Thanks Reney for the feedback. I keep saying it, but I'm still trying to be less lazy and give feedback back, although I just never get around to it. Hopefully that changes soon

Anyway, the lack of reviews for Vengeance was disappointing, but fully expected. It's a little disheartening, but I understand why. I'll still push on for the timebeing, at least making it to Summerslam (I hope). It'll be a few weeks before I get Raw written, so dont expect anything much in the coming weeks. Ideally, I'd like to get Raw, Smackdown and the SNME KOTR show done before posting anything, but we'll see how it goes.

For now though, I'll announce the results from the predictions competition (which looking at the scores, either I made the questions too easy, or the thread has become overly predictable )

Renegade - 20
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TKOW - 21
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Cubstommy - 24
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Shock - 21
DaveTheJags - 22
CM Dealer - 16
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So, silivain93 nipped in right at the end to steal the contest by one point. Congrats. I'll issue a points reward later today or tommorrow when I can be bothered.
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Before I begin with the actual PPV, I was happy to see Regal to get some sort of recognition with his win on heat. I’m really liking the way you are managing to keep him relevant.

The opening video package as usual with you is pretty spot on. I definitely thought it was perfect, nothing wrong. This triple main event is going to be epic, and I’m glad to see it’s being hyped accordingly.

at Coach running down JR’s hometown in the early going.

Opening the show with Hardy and Benjamin is definitely a good choice. Before I get into it, I just want to say I love Shelton Benjamin in this thread. I don’t even mark for the guy, but if you keep booking him the way you do, with Teddy by his side, I’d love to see him get a main event push. A good start for Benji, and one I liked in general, putting over his pure wrestling ability, and his arrogance. Nothing special with Hardy coming right back, keeping things even in the early going. It’s common sense to allow Teddy Long to give Benji the advantage, so I was glad you went down that route. I won’t say disappointed, or that it was wrong, but there are still heels out there that do high risk moves, and throughout his time, Benji has been one of them. I understand you were using this as a way for Benji to annoy the crowd, but I just didn’t really feel it. I was rather happy that Shelton applied an Abdominal stretch to slow down the pace of the match. He had been beating down on Hardy’s ribs for the whole match, and it would have been pointless for him to lock in a Reverse Chinlock. It was good for Hardy to get a bit of offense in, teasing a comeback, but the reversal of the Suplex into a Neckbreaker from Benji was nice. From here, the match seemed to flow along pretty nicely, with nothing really standout taking place, but nothing bad either, although I enjoyed the counter of the Twist Of Fate into a Northern Lights Suplex. If I’m honest, after Hardy nailed the Twist Of Fate and Teddy Long pulled the referee out of the ring, I got a little annoyed. I felt as if maybe you let Teddy get to involved in this match, as I’m pretty sure he’s tried to run three different types of interference now. Given the fact that Hardy will be winning next week, it would have been nice to see Benji maybe win with a little less help. The Pay Dirt coming out of nowhere for the finish was pretty nice though.Honestly, I’m torn on Hardy getting his hands on Long tonight as well. I definitely feel like this thing has some major legs, so maybe could have held back on that a little bit. Obviously, you know what you’re doing though. Also surprised the rest of The Brotherhood didn’t make their way to the ring once Hardy put his hands on Teddy. Anyway, a pretty fun opening contest to read, I enjoyed myself all the way through.

If you reach Summerslam this year, it’ll be PPV of the year. If not, it’ll win it next year. I can’t wait for Christian/Angle either way.

A decent enough interview from Eric Bischoff, although I hate matches being changed on the night of the PPV. It just feels like a rush job, or a “I made a mistake and need a quick fix” move. If these are part of your original plans, then it’s a little weird, but I’m sure I’ll like them down the line, but for now, just doesn’t really favour me. I’d mark if MNM, who casually appeared had something to do with The Lions not making it here tonight. By the way, Bischoff owning MNM was great.

Before I get onto the next match, , it is creepy when Mysterio does that shit with the kids. Honestly, you captured Rhyno’s intensity really well, and Mysterio’s pace was added in, and I thought that opening promo, ending with the Powerslam was a pretty simple, yet awesome exchange. Rhyno’s offense was pretty dull, and repetitive, but I don’t know, maybe it’s your writing, maybe it’s the intensity of a man I mark for, but I still found it rather enjoyable. The modified 619 around the ring post was a good spot, and one I always enjoy. Rhyno kicking out of the Seated Senton was definitely a shock, but one I liked. The match went along pretty nicely, with Rey continuing to try to pick up the pace, but the Powerbomb into the corner was sick. The ending with Rhyno hitting a bunch of power moves I thought really put him over well, but the ending, with Mysterio getting the cheap win makes me thinks this will continue. Much like the opener, without being anything amazing, I enjoyed the match thoroughly, and I’m really hoping this win will send Rhyno even more over the edge.

The Mickie/Melina video package was nice, and I must say, you’ve booked this whole thing perfectly so far. It has been one of the best Divas storylines I’ve ever read in all honesty.

Mickie James actually showing up is something I expected from the get go, so was happy to see it. It was smart to get Phoenix out of the way, and you did it in a way that doesn’t make her look weak. I was surprised to see Melina not get ANY offense in. I thought this match would be rather quick due to the triple main event, but I didn’t think that quick. I’m almost certain Melina must be out of chances now, so I’m intrigued to see what happens between Beth/Mickie and even Beth/Melina, as I doubt Melina will want to take a back seat to Phoenix. Not much else to say about this one considering how short it was.

Oh, so I just realised now the video earlier was for the world tour. Well that, much like Summerslam, should be good.

Kurt Angle MUST win tonight, Wolf.

Tag match is probably the one I’m least excited for, so If I seem a little unenthusiastic bare with me. The match I guess started off okay, but not being into either X Pac or Tomko at this stage, made it a little hard to get into. The first part of the match I genuinely liked was when Helms got involved, simply because he owns, and because the champions are the only ones in this match with REAL credibility. Plus, The Blockbuster is all kinds of awesome. As I said, the match wasn’t all that entertaining; the one thing I liked though is that the champions were constantly involved. As much as I love Monty Brown, I would have cringed if we received much The Bortherhood against Pac and Tomko action. Anyway, the action was solid throughout, and I thought the ending with everybody getting involved was a nice climax, easily the most important part of the match. In all honesty, you did a good job for something that I really wasn’t looking forward to.

Just a quick prediction, Edge will finally become champion before or at Mania.

Shawn Michaels interview was pretty good, although I didn’t like him calling the people sports fans. AAE’s last line was awesome too, can’t wait for this triple main event.

Nice video recapping the HBK/Umaga feud. It’s a shame you didn’t use that body bag line earlier, would have been a rather chilling way to finish the video, imo.

Wow. An absolutely awesome way to start the match, with Michaels taking out AAE so early on. Add in the kick in the nuts, only for ‘Mags to quickly come back, and that was a very exciting start. It reminds me a little of your Jericho/’Taker match at Mania, with the different start. You seem to be VERY good at these. I’m not going to lie, Umaga is a savage, and I’m not too sure he really would stop and try and revive AAE. I personally think he would have just kept pursuing Michaels. Either way, it lead to something big, as Michaels going crazy with the chair was good stuff. I’m enjoying how you have Michaels build some momentum, and then have Umaga just snatch it away with one move, ala the Samoan Drop. It really shows just how much of a beast Umaga is. Considering the build we’ve had for this match, with Michaels taking out Umaga and counting the ten fingers, and Umaga dropping Michaels with AAE counting, I’d expect Umaga to know the rules of the match. I think you should have just put over his love for inflicting pain, because I know he can’t speak English, but this made him look a little stupid, imo. With that being said, the tree of woe Headbutt was rather brutal, and I marked like a little girl at all the possibilities that could come when Umaga pulled out the ladder. I was surprised to see him just drop the ladder, and for AAE not to warn him that Michaels was back to his feet, although the Splash, ladder spot and Moonsault through the announce table were all great. I loved the comparison of Umaga to the Terminator, it just shows what you are trying to build towards, and it’s amazing. Every time you think you’ve got him, he beats the living crap out of you. The Back Drop and Power Slam on the steps was smart, as they are pretty cool spots to watch, and you also put over Michaels’ bad back history. How did Umaga run through Michaels with a Clothesline, if Michaels was leaning on Umaga to stay standing? Maybe I read that wrong, but it didn’t really seem right. Once the nip up came back I knew Shawn was going to have a little run of dominance, but I didn’t expect Umaga to end it so soon. The Clothesline after the Skinning of the Cat was something different that I liked as well. The ring post spot busting open HBK was good, as he always does a pretty good blade job. The way Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music was good, although how long did Umaga take to set up the table? Maybe HBK got up a little too quick? I was torn on this when I first read it, but looking back, I’ll say it was fine. It just kind of felt right after a while. The whole HBK stopping before Sweet Chin Music is something that reminded me of ‘Mania 22 against McMahon which I don’t like. You’ve built ‘Mags up to be a terminator like character all match, and I feel as though, allowing him to get to his feet, and then Shawn stopping, grabbing the chair, throwing it to him, and then nailing Sweet Chin Music again hurt that a little bit. I thought maybe Shawn had too much time, and the monster Umaga would have made some sort of move toward Michaels at least. I liked the spot with Michaels crashing and burning through the table as well. Umaga breaking the count later on and then landing the Super Samoan Spike was an epic ending to the match. To be honest, I was a little surprised that Michaels got as much offense in as he did, but I definitely think it helped make the match. Awesome indeed, with Umaga coming out of this one looking absolutely beastly.Terrific work, match of the night so far for sure.

Gail Kim is sure to help out your divas division. With the current Women’s Title situation, I’m interested to see just what Kim does first up, can’t see her getting involved straight away.

Umaga looks like more of a fucking animal after this. I’m definitely guessing Michaels will be taking some much needed time off now.

Much like all the others for tonight, Cena/Angle video package did the job nicely.

A nice little interview from KK, hyping the actual main event for tonight.

This is probably the match I really want to see more than anything, because as much as I expect Angle to win, after what you pulled at Superbrawl, a Cena victory certainly wouldn’t shock me. Honestly, I thought the match started off alright, simply contrasting Angle’s style, and how he is making Cena feel uncomfortable. Maybe I’m a little biased but I didn’t like just how much Cena out Angled Angle in the early goings. I can understand on the first occasion he outwrestles him, but not the second and third. The early tease of the Ankle Lock was good, as it constantly comes out of nowhere, so whilst I never believed he’d lock it in, it adds some excitement. Both men trying to get submissions early is good, although I’m really hoping this match breaks down a little. I really think Cena is the wrong guy to be trying to write a straight wrestling match with. Almost just as I wanted it to break down, you had Angle nail a cheap shot, so I think you had the match break down, or begin to at around the perfect time. I was just about to question why Angle was focusing so much on the elbow, but I loved the way he was using it as a diversion, awesome stuff. Angle constantly going for submissions is what I expected from this match, so I was happy to see it. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the Victory Roll into the Ankle Lock as well. The acknowledgement of the mixed crowd was good; it’s always something I enjoy with Cena matches. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Cena perform an Enziguri before, or if he’d be able to, tbh. The counter of the Suplex into the Crossface Chickenwing was fairly good to. A bit off topic, but it really made me reminisce about the Angle from 2000. Angle utilizing the Dragon Screw was smart stuff, definitely something I could picture, and the Figure Four was alright because Angle can do just about anything. As for Flair being his hero, I think that’s a weak excuse for why Angle used the move, no excuse was needed, Angle is just that good. Besides, Angle grew up idolizing amateur wrestlers, and I don’t think I’ve ever really heard him speak of Flair to complimentary. I could be wrong, but I thought I’d throw it out there just in case I’m not. Angle’s intensity is always awesome, so I was glad you had him screaming at Cena, and Cena reversing the hold was smart, as it puts Angle in risk of tapping, whilst also not making it look like he’s a technical mastermind. The sequence where Angle went for the Angle Slam, then Cena went for the German; all ending up with Angle being sent to the outside was epic. Also, I just wanted to make a note that I’ve noticed you’ve mentioned Angle’s neck a few times. Maybe you’re planting seeds for a STFU submission a little later? I’ve noted it just incase. I was surprised with the Sleeper Hold being used, although I guess it’s rather realistic, and both men would need a bit of a break. The tenacity of Angle came across nicely though, with him just not wanting to release the hold. Honestly, I thought the way you wrote Cena tapping was pretty amazing. The anticipation built as you strung us along, I definitely thought that was great stuff. I must admit the counter from the German’s into the Ankle Lock by Cena was pretty damn exciting, as was the time in the submission itself. One thing you’ve done brilliantly throughout is build the intrigue as to whether or not the person is going to tap through your writing. The ending was another very exciting piece to what was a damn good match. Maybe it’s because of my man love for Umaga, but I still enjoyed the LMS match more. Anyway, top stuff, and the commentators recap after the match makes me think more than ever that we might finally see that John Cena heel turn.

With Bischoff now in charge I’m expecting GAB to be just as good as what Vengeance has been so far. Good luck with that.

Cena’s speechless interview just makes me more certain that the heel turn is getting really close now.

I love the contrast between Christian back in the day, and KK now. Video package brought that across extremely well.

I love the way you started this main event so fast paced, it takes away from KK’s, ahh, lack of wrestling ability I guess. Anyway, I think the frantic start did good for the match, especially all of the action that took place on the outside of the ring. I like the Krossface for Kennedy, and I think you used it really well in his early attempt, it adds that excitement to his matches, that Benoit and Angle are always able to generate with their awesome submission moves. A pretty cool exchange which lead to KK trying to get the pin whilst holding the ropes. The constant counters have been really entertaining so far, whilst also putting KK over as an equal to Christian, which is extremely important, imo. The Triangle Plancha was definitely a well placed spot, breaking up all the constant momentum changes. The match continued to chug along nicely from here, with KK beginning to establish an advantage. My only real issue is that I don’t really like KK using the Roundhouse Kick, he doesn’t come across as quick or flexible enough to make it work. The dominance of KK was decent enough, although it definitely showed how flawed his offense is, imo. The counter of the Mic Check into the Reverse DDT was nice as well. A nice false finish type spot with KK landing the Mic Check, but the referee being knocked down, nice swerve. I thought the counter from the Unprettier to the Krossface was very good. Now I know there’s only a limited amount of things you can do with KK, but after the Ultimate Submission match, I felt like the prolonged Krossface was maybe a little bit of overkill in regards to submissions for the night. Honestly, despite KK giving a very good account for himself, I can’t help but feel that the Unprettier happened a little too soon after the Krossface. Despite this, it was an alright match, you did a good job with it, considering what it was, however I don’t think it was to the standard of the other two main events.

Much like Reney said, the fact you don’t get much feedback these days isn’t really fair, but what can you do? Anyway, there’s been an influx of full PPV’s posted as of late, some pretty damn enjoyable, but this proves why you’re still the best. This PPV was head and shoulders above the rest, with your match writing just being so graceful to read. As you can probably tell by now, I absolutely loved the show, the triple main event certainly delivered.
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The opening video package was very good focusing mainly on the triple main-event but I would've like to see some mention of the IC match, it's a championship match after all.

Hardy/Benjamin was the best choice to open. The beginning was nice with Shelton dominating with his wrestling. Honestly I don't really like when a champion has to be help to keep the advantage, I know that Benjamin is a heel but I don't like it. I think that Benjamin not doing the plancha is different, it's not usual, it gives him more heat. Benjamin being in control was nice and after the side effect of Hardy, the match was back and forth. Once again Teddy Long being the deciding factor of the match was something I didn't really like. It's too much for me, he can be use to help Benjamin to regain the advantage in the match but to give the win is too much. In my opinion, it takes the spotlight away from Benjamin. Anyway, good opener with nothing wrong in the match but the implication of Long was too much for me.

The British Lions absent is something surprising, honestly it feels TNAish to not have your wrestlers being present.

Rhyno/Mysterio was the typical big man/ReyRey match. Every time that Rey tries to build some momentum, Rhyno shuts him down. Mysterio getting the cheap win makes me think that this feud is not over. In this match everybody wins, Rhyno looks like a beast and Rey looks like the resilient face who never gives up.

Mickie/Melina needed to be like this to allow the future Beth/Mickie feud. Even though you did the right way, it's a shame that we didn't get what could've been a pretty good women match but it's okay for the developpement of the storyline.

Not really interested of your tag team division so I'm not really excited for this match. The match was decent, nothing bad and nothing good either. I think that your division needs a boost, something big to make it interesting again.

The LMS was awesome, one of the best matchs I ever read. The Sweet Chin Music to Estrada was a great way to start this match and just like the Rey/Rhyno match, everytime HBK tries to build momentum, Umaga shuts him down withone big move. The splash of Michals and the moonsault were huge moments of the match but they might be placed a little too early but it could also be seen as a tactic from HBK. Nothing much to say about this match just the ending seemed a bit too much but amazing match. The aftermath makes me think that we won't be seeing Shawn for a long time also I have a concern. Umaga is just too dominant at this point, he's the favorite for the KOTR and he's Mr. Money in the Bank, it's too much for one man even as good as him.

The Submission match was very good but not as good as HBK/Umaga in my opinion. You put over the determination of Cena very well, the moveset of Angle was very nice. I'm suprised that Cena didn't got much offense in this match but anyway the way you described Cena tapping out was great and the final portion of the match were great even though I knew that Cena wouldn't gain the submission because a tie would've make their feud continue and in my opinion this should end their feud. Anyway great match with a shocking result but it was needed to plant the seeds of Cena's heel turn or of a major storyline for him.

The WHC was excellent considering who was involved. The fast and furious pace at the beginning was nice as was the domination of Kennedy. Then the action picks up in the end and Christian retaining was obvious but you made Kennedy looked like a million bucks, I won't be surprised if he's got another chance in the future.

Overall a pretty good PPV with nothing wrong in it and HBK/Umaga as the MOTN. My only problem was Teddy Long in the opener but that's not a real important issue. So just like I said an excellent Pay-Per-View maybe the best of the year so far.
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Couple of things;
1) Thanks for the reviews for Vengeance gentlemen, means a lot to me
2) Had a few things planned for a 'News and Notes' piece, but cant be bothered right now, so expect that some other time
3) Those of you keeping a close eye on things will know that I had planned for the week after SNME to be a week off with no Raw or Smackdown, playing it off as officials giving the roster a week off before gearing up for the world tour etc etc (the real reason of course is because of a certain incident that occured in real life at this point), however, I need the extra week to build the Great American Bash on Smackdown, so ignore that previous thing, and expect a 'filler' edition of Raw on that week
4) Moving on...

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Monday Night Raw Preview:

Vengeance is in the books, and the memorable triple main event that headlined last nights PPV will live long in the memory, kicking off the biggest summer in WWE history ... and next on the agenda will be the culmination of the King of the Ring tournament this weekend in Memphis on Saturday Nights Main Event.

The Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin, Matt Hardy, 'Mr. Money in the Bank' Umaga and William Regal are the four remaining superstars in the tournament from Raw, and with Benjamin shadily retaining his title against Matt Hardy last night - albeit thanks to Theodore Long - the battle between those two men in the Quarter Finals has suddenly become a rather personal affair. With bad blood rising between Benjamin and Hardy, could this open the door for the winner of Umaga and Regal to ease their way to a place in the finals, should the tension boil over in the first Quarter Final??

For Regal, the task at hand seems almost impossible. For the veteran to become King of the Ring he will need to find a way by the undefeated Samoan Bulldozer ... then wrestle again twice in the same night. Surely the challenge is too great for the weathered Blackpool native?? Umaga is the odds-on favourite to walk out of Memphis this weekend with a crown and septer to match his briefcase, and coming off the back of his biggest win to date last night; a last man standing victory against Shawn Michaels, he rightfully holds the distinction of being the man to beat. But, is the Samoan Bulldozer capable of competing three times in one night?? That question will be answered on Saturday Night.

Another question that will be answered is the condition of Shawn Michaels. The Heart Break Kid was already being stretchered out of the Ford Centre following his loss to Umaga last night, when the Samoan savage recklessly, and brutally wheeled the stretcher over the edge of the stage, sending Michaels into a world of pain. Rumours have been circulating that the extent of Michaels injuries are so severe that he may never wrestle again. Has Umaga really stopped the show for Shawn Michaels?? Find out on Raw.

As saddening as the attack on Michaels was, perhaps the biggest shock coming out of Vengeance was the sight of John Cena - TAPPING OUT to the Ankle Lock. The submission proved vital, as Cena lost the Ultimate Submission match to Kurt Angle 1-0. Having promised his fans he wouldnt quit to Angle, Cena now must face the humiliation of apologising to his fans for not backing up his promise, as well as the humiliation that Angle got the final word in their long running blood feud. What's next for Cena after this confidence draining defeat?? The former World Champion now finds himself further away than ever from reclaiming the richest prize in the game...

... But if rumours are true, Kurt Angle may be on the cusp of a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion. Yesterday afternoon, rumours were abound that the winner of the Ultimate Submission match would be next in line for a shot at the World Champion, and with Angle JUST doing enough to earn the victory at Vengeance, the Olympian, and former SEVEN TIME World Champion will now surely be focused on Christian, and a shot at becoming champion for an EIGHTH time.

Christian himself had a night to remember at Vengeance, holding off a game challenger in the form of the 2006 King of the Ring, Mr. Kennedy, to retain his World Heavyweight Championship. However, with Kurt Angle likely to be on the champions tail, Captain Charisma may not have long to catch his breath before putting his title on the line again. And, after Kennedys near loss last night, Kennedy himself will likely be looking to get back in the hunt for the title. Life could end up getting VERY complicated for the champion in a very short space of time.

Mysteriously, The British Lions missed out on their chance to challenge for the World Tag Team titles last night at Vengeance, with Raw GM Eric Bischoff citing a 'clerical error' at WWE HQ as the reason for the team missing the PPV ... but- as a result, Bischoff HAS granted Burchill and Smith a shot at the titles TONIGHT on Raw!! Twenty four hours removed from their gruelling defence in a triple threat contest, Straight Edge will put the titles up for grabs again, but will they once again prove themselves as the number one team on Raw??

Elsewhere, Gail Kim will make her return to the WWE, after eighteen months out of the company. Has the time away refreshed and revitalized the Korean diva?? All will be answered on Raw.

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Video package {of still images} from last night at Vengeance, focusing solely on the ‘Triple Main Event’; firstly, Umaga DESTROYS Shawn Michaels to win the Last Man Standing Match, with Michaels being stretched out of the arena … until Umaga wheels the stretcher OFF THE STAGE!!!

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Then, John Cena does the unthinkable, and TAPS OUT to the Ankle lock during the Ultimate Submission match … and Angle passes out to the STFU … but the officials ruling deemed that the time had expired BEFORE Angle submitted, and declared Angle the winner 1-0.

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And, Mr. Kennedy gave Christian the fright of his life, coming within a whisker of becoming World Heavyweight Champion … but ultimately, Captain Charisma would prevail, defeating Kennedy with the Unprettier.

Opening Video

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Jim Ross: The biggest summer in WWE history has BEGUN!!! We are live from the Ford Centre, just twenty four hours removed from last nights incredible Vengeance Pay Per View from this very building, and now just five nights away from Saturday Nights Main Event; which of course will host the conclusion of the 2007 King of the Ring tournament. I’m Jim Ross, alongside The Coach, and Coach, have you had a chance to catch your breath after last nights historic event??

The Coach: I’m spent baby boy!! But- The Coach is here, and I’m still raring to go, even if I’m still stuck in this pig pen.

Jim Ross: Tonight, we can expect ALL the fall out from Vengeance, and indeed, on a sombre note, we will have an exclusive update on the condition of Shawn Michaels, after he was brutally assaulted - AFTER - his hellacious war with Umaga. More on that later folks. But in ac-

**KENNEDY**

Heat greets the overbearing “KENNEDY” proclamation, and the man that came within a hairs breadth of becoming World Heavyweight Champion at Vengeance briskly walks onto the stage - then stops - soaking up the reaction of the Oklahoman fans, before stomping his way down the ramp towards the ring.

Jim Ross: Last night, despite a defeat, Mister Kennedy announced himself as a main event player. To say the 2006 King of the Ring was a match for Christian last night would be an understatement!!

The Coach: On another night, that man woulda been walkin outta here with the World Title over his shoulder. It’s a matter of when - not how - if you ask me old timer. You’re looking at a future World Champion.

Kennedy steps into the ring, and picks up a mic, talking a walk around the ring, giving the fans a chance to settle down, before putting the mic to his lips.

Mister Kennedy: …

Kennedy pulls the mic away, and lets the fans react again. He taps the top of the mic against his forehead three times, then looks up to the rafters, before putting the mic to his mouth again.

Mister Kennedy: Go on … get it out of your systems … I deserve it.

The 2006 King of the Ring pulls the mic away, and allows the fans to give him abuse. He doesn’t wait for too long though, and soon begins to talk.

Mister Kennedy: Last night at Vengeance, in this very arena, I challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time ever. Many of you didn’t even think I was capable of getting that far, so I guess I should be proud of that achievement alone, right??

Kennedy pauses.

Mister Kennedy: WRONNNGGGGG!!!!

Heat.

Mister Kennedy: What kind of loser just settles for second place?? Who in their right mind would be content with a silver medal?? I don’t want to be a ‘nearly man’ … ‘Close, but no cigar’ aint gonna cut it for this cat.

Kennedy pauses again, settling down.

Mister Kennedy: Before last night, I thought I wanted the World Heavyweight Championship badly.

With a knowing smirk, he shakes his head.

Mister Kennedy: Nuh-uh. Until you come (holds up his index finger and thumb barely a millimetre apart) this close to having that title, and have it ripped away from ya at the last moment, in the bottom of the ninth … you simply don’t understand how much you want it.

Eyes narrowed, Kennedy breathes heavily over the mic, with the fans in the arena falling silent.

Mister Kennedy: Last night, I thought I wanted it badly. I thought I was desperate. But now … after coming so close that I could taste it?? I realise how much I wanted it … and now Iwant it THAT MUCH MORE!!

Kennedy looks around, looking for a reaction, before stopping, and looking out at the fans again.

Mister Kennedy: Simply put … I NEED that World Championship. I’ve got the taste for it now, and I want to taste it again so bad. Up until last night, I never understood the stories I heard about drug addicts, and how they could become so addicted, so dependent on their drug of choice. Now?? Now, I understand. Now I understand why they steal from their families and friends to fund that addiction. Now I understand why they beg in the streets, why they rob little ‘ol ladies, and hold up food stores…

Pause. Kennedy waits for pure silence, before resuming - softly.

Mister Kennedy: They cant live without it … and neither can I.

Once again, Kennedy pauses, before turning his attention to the camera, getting right up in the lens, looking to deliver a message to Christian.

Mister Kennedy: Christian?? I’m gonna come straight outta the gate here and say it; After the hell I put ya through last night, how about you do the right thing, and grant me a rematch??

Heat for the blatant request, but Kennedy shrugs off the response.

Mister Kennedy: If I were you?? I would, and make this easy on yourself. Because lemme assure you … I WILL NOT STOP … until I get it. Imma harass you … Imma stalk you … I’m gonna follow you everywhere you go, Champ. I’m gonna be on your back, I’m gonna be in your face … every minute of every single damn day, until you r-

**MEDAL**

Whoa. The music of KURT ‘FREAKIN’ ANGLE brings the Ford Centre to it’s feet, as the ‘Wrestling Machine’ - victorious last night in the 30 Minute Ultimate Submission Match - walks onto the stage … and straight down the ramp!!

Jim Ross: Folks, business … has picked up.

The Coach: I don’t like this, J.R. I cant see this ending well.

Jim Ross: By hook or by crook, Kurt Angle was victorious in that hellacious Ultimate Submission match last night; and of course, let’s not forget the rumour that spread around the locker room yesterday - the winner of that match would be the next contender to the World Heavyweight Championship.

The Coach: Hook or by crook?? Are you serious?? Or just a bitter old Cena fan??

Jim Ross: The facts speak for themselves Coach. Had the match lasted another second- had the referee raised Kurts arm for a third time a second sooner, we’d have been headed to overtime, with Kurt Angle unconscious and unable to continue.

The Coach: He won the match!! Deal with it!!!

Angle is in the ring now, and stands across from Kennedy, with neither man looking overly pleased by the sight of the other.

Kurt Angle: I’m not sure how to break this to you Kennedy, so I wont try to dress it up. As good as you were last night, as close as you came to beating Christian … the fact is you didn’t. You lost.

Mixed response.

Kurt Angle: On the other hand, I won. (Talks over crowd heat) Not only did I win, but I made ‘The Invincible’ John Cena TAP!!!

More heat, with a few deep cheers from the Cena haters.

Kurt Angle: Ever since I came to Raw in the draft I’ve been getting title shots ripped from my grasp. It should’ve been me and Christian at Backlash. It should’ve been me and Christian last night. But because of John Cena, I’ve had to wait my turn. Ken … I’m SICK of waiting.

Mixed reaction.

Kurt Angle: So, while I agree that you deserve another shot at the title … I’m here to tell you it’ll have to wait, because I’m at the front of the line now.

The fans are split for that announcement, as Angle and Kennedy move to the centre of the ring, inches from one another. Kennedy cracks a smile, and chuckles over the mic momentarily.

Mr. Kennedy: Those sixty seconds locked in that STFU last night musta done some sort of damage to your ears communicating with your brain, Kurt

Kennedy drops the smile, and gets in Angles face.

Mr. Kennedy: Since you obviously didn’t understand what I said out here a moment ago, let me make it a little more clear … I … WONT … STOP … until I get my rematch. Which means I wont step aside, and wait in line. I don’t care if you made John Cena tap, I wouldn’t even care if you made the good lord himself tap out to the ankle lock … there is no accomplishment that you - or anyone else for the matter - can achieve that will make me step aside, and wait in line. Comprende??

Some cheers for Kennedys retort, as Angle nods.

Kurt Angle: Okay. I get it. There’s nothing I can say that’ll make you step aside, right??

Kennedy nods.

Kurt Angle: Then in that case, I’ll have to remove you from the situation.

Angle drops his mic, and takes off his jacket … and Kennedy - without a moments hesitation - does the exact same!!! The two men continue to trash talk off mic, as they unbutton their cuffs to roll them up for an impromptu fight … but before they can get into it…

**I‘M BACK**

To heat - after all, he’s just stopped Angle and Kennedy from beating the shit out of each other - the Raw (and interim Smackdown) GM walks briskly onto the stage.

Eric Bischoff: ENOUGH!!! Hold it … right there.

Boos, as Kennedy and Angle both stop what they’re doing, paying attention to the GM.

Eric Bischoff: I’ve got a lot of business to deal with tonight, so I’m getting straight to it. First of all, the King of the Ring tournament climaxes this weekend on NBC on Saturday Nights Main Event, and as the current sole General Manager of the WWE, it’s my duty to deliver a line up worthy of the name. Now, of course, the King of the Ring tournament is the headline grabber, and rightly so. But with the power I possess currently … it’d be a shame to put it to waste.

Bischoff smiles.

Eric Bischoff: Which is why in addition to the culmination of the King of the Ring tournament, there will also be a “Special Attraction” … Monday Night Raw versus Friday Night Smackdown. Four on Four in a tag team match for brand supremacy. Lining up for Smackdown will be the WWE Champion, Randy Orton (heat) … the man he meets at the Great American Bash, Brock Lesnar (pop) … Edge (heat) and his opponent at Smackdowns next Pay Per View, Batista!!!

Pop for ‘The Animal’.

Eric Bischoff: And on the opposing side for Raw will be none other than the two men in the ring right now; Kurt Angle and Mister Kennedy-

Heat for Angle and Kennedy, who turn and look one another eye to eye.

Eric Bischoff: And the two men they faced last night at Vengeance, John Cena (pop, followed by boos) … AND, the World Heavyweight Champion, CHRISTIAN!!!

Big ovation for Captain Charisma.

Eric Bischoff: But-

Bischoff smiles, with his hand raised, as the fans quieten down.

Eric Bischoff: That’s this Saturday. We’ve still got ourselves a show … TONIGHT!!!

Bischoff MILKS the cheap pop, and evilly grins, turning his attention to Angle and Kennedy.

Eric Bischoff: Kurt … congratulations on your victory last night … but allow me to inform you that despite whatever rumours you might’ve heard that your match with John Cena was an unofficial number one contenders match … that simply wasn’t true.

Mixed response, with Angle clearly livid, as Kennedy shows a wry smile in the background.

Eric Bischoff: Kennedy?? While you DID lose last night, you gained a whole helluva lot of respect … not just from me, but from EVERYONE. You pushed Christian to within a fraction of breaking point, and on another night you may have walked out of Vengeance as the World Champion … but … you didn’t.

Another mixed reaction from the fans, as Angle now shows a glimpse of a smirk, with Kennedy the one not so pleased.

Eric Bischoff: And no matter how it’s dressed up, you did lose, and in my book, losing isn’t grounds for an immediate rematch. HOWEVER-

Bischoff piques the interest of the fans again, milking them for all they’re worth.

Eric Bischoff: We need to decipher the next Number One Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship … and we’ll do that … TONIGHT!!!

Huge pop.

Eric Bischoff: And in the spirit of the King of the Ring tournament this Saturday … it’ll be decided between two former Kings of the Ring; that of course being … YOU TWO!!!

Bischoff points down the aisle at Kennedy and Angle in the ring, with both men nodding, pleased with the announcement, as the fans cheer, but aren’t necessarily rabid, with both men being heels.

**I‘M BACK**

The General Managers music hits again, as Bischoff exit’s the stage, leaving Angle and Kennedy to stare one another down … as we fade to the first commercial break of the evening.

Commercial Break

We return, straight to the ring, where Scotty Too Hotty is waiting…

**A NEW DAY**

To minimal heat, Cody Rhodes - using new music - makes his way down the aisle, looking to kick-start his career having shaken off his older brother, Goldust as a mentor.

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, and momentarily, Cody Rhodes - on a mission to redefine what the Rhodes family name means to the wrestling business - will be in action, but folks, if you missed what happened moments ago, we found out that tonight’s main event will see Kurt Angle meet Mister Kennedy in a Number One Contenders Match.

The Coach: And that aint all, baby boy. After no showing Vengeance last night, The British Lions have somehow been rewarded with a tag team title shot against Straight Edge tonight!! How does that work??

Jim Ross: Well, the rumour I have heard is that there was NOT a clerical error at WWE Headquarters. It appears that the Lions were set up, most probably by one of their rivals in last nights tag team title match, and were misinformed on their flight arrangements to ensure they didn’t make it. If you ask me, I think a title shot is exactly what Harry Smith and Paul Burchill deserve after yesterdays incident.

The Coach: I don’t understand how that can be fair. Last night they were set to compete in a four way match. Tonight, they get Punk and Helms to themselves. A set up?? Yeah, by Burchill and Smith to get this shot tonight.

Jim Ross: And also tonight, Gail Kim will make her highly anticipated return, whilst twenty four hours removed from gruelling matches at Vengeance, Rey Mysterio and Mister Money in the Bank, Umaga will be in action, when they go one on one!! Both men are coming off victories last night-

The Coach: And Umaga got a lot more than just a victory last night. He-

Jim Ross: He went too damn far, Coach. And don’t you dare try to glorify his actions last night!! We’ll have an update on the condition of Shawn Michaels later tonight, and the news isn’t good.

Match 1:
Scotty Too Hotty vs. Cody Rhodes
It’s pretty much a squash to kick start Rhodes heel turn, with the youngster making pretty quick work of Scotty. Before he can finish the job though with the Cross Rhodes, Scotty finally puts up a fight, and puts Cody down with a swinging neck breaker for a two count. Rhodes soon puts a stop to the brief comeback with a clothesline as he gets up, but misses a corner splash, allowing S2H to deliver a running bulldog … setting up for the WORM!!! It’s 2007 though, and the fans don’t exactly blow the roof off the Ford Centre, but politely chant along W-O-R-M … but as he gets up to deliver the move, Cody rolls away, forcing Scotty to miss. From there, Cody doesn’t mess around. He roughly drags Scotty up, and into position, drilling the jobber with the CROSS RHODES!!! 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes @ 02:45

Cody has his arm raised, and looks like he’s considering a further beating to Scotty, but instead sneers at the fallen jobber, and leaves the ring, content to take a victory tonight.

…

Backstage now, Kelly Kelly is standing by…

Kelly Kelly: Hi!! It’s Kelly here, and I’m with William Regal, who in five days time will look to become King of the Ring. However Mister Regal, to do that, not only do you have to win three matches in one night, you’ll have to find a way past Umaga in the Quarter Finals. But with Umaga being undefeated how do you see yourself progressing past him??

Regal, with a wry smile replies.

William Regal: It’s hard to see anyone going toe to toe with that behemoth and coming out victorious, isn’t it, Kelly??

The young blonde nods.

William Regal: So to say I’m a relative underdog this Saturday would be somewhat of an understatement, yes??

Again, Kelly nods.

William Regal: Which is understandable my dear. But whilst You-Manga may be bigger and stronger, and never pinned or made to submit … I have a lifetime of ring smarts, experience and knowledge to fall back on. Kelly, I know by going toe to toe with You-Manga that I don’t stand a chance … but I’ve got a game plan - a meticulous gameplan - to slay Goliath this Saturday Night at the King of the Ring.

The veteran smirks again.

William Regal: Not only do I have a plan on how to get around the conundrum that is You-Manga, I have a gameplan worked out - to the very last detail - on how to defeat each and every other man remaining in the King of the Ring tournament, so that on Saturday evening on NBC, it will be I, William Regal, crowned King.

Generous reaction in the background.

William Regal: And who better to be crowned a King, than a noble English gentleman, eh?? Long live … the King.

Regal kisses the hand of Kelly Kelly, before walking off the set, as we cut away.

Commercial Break

We return, as suddenly, the camera switches backstage, where there appears to be a lot of commotion as trainers surround the scene, with Eric Bischoff just arriving with a worker leading him there…

Eric Bischoff: What the hell has happened here???

Bischoff clears a few trainers out of the way … as HARRY SMITH AND PAUL BURCHILL HAVE BEEN FOUND LAID OUT - COLD!!

Random Worker: Mister Bischoff, I found them here. I heard some noise, but it started and ended so quickly that I didn’t think anything of it. Then though, I heard a girl shriek. I’ve never heard anything like it, Mister Bischoff. I ran here as quickly as I could, and here they were. Katie Lea must’ve been running behind a few seconds. She didn’t see who attacked them, sir. That girl was in pieces.

Bischoff, looking down at the two unconscious men being treated, sighs, and shakes his head, putting his index finger and thumb to his temples, trying to think of what to do next, with the Lions scheduled to challenge for the World Tag Team Titles tonight. He makes eye contact with a medic, and speaks to them.

Eric Bischoff: Dare I ask … will they be able to compete tonight??

The medic instantly shakes his head to indicate a ‘no’.

Medic: I’m afraid these two men will be spending the night in a hospital bed. They’ve suffered severe head trauma, sir. Whoever attacked them didn’t want them to compete tonight, that’s for sure.

Bischoff sighs again, and mutters, sarcastically.

Eric Bischoff: Great.

…

Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: Well … I … for the British Lions to be taken out of the equation for the tag team titles once would be unlucky. For it to happen twice; on consecutive nights to boot?? That’s not a coincidence. Someone doesn’t want the Lions to get a shot at those World Tag Team Titles.

The Coach: And if you ask me, it’s your boys; Straight Edge!! The champions see Burchill and Smith as their biggest threat, and they’ll go to any length to prevent themselves from having to defend the titles against them!!!

Jim Ross: Oh, come on. That’s a crock ‘o you know what, Coach. Straight Edge don’t need to stoop to those kinds of levels. They are a walking definition of fighting champions!!

The Coach: Well, all I know is that two nights straight, Punk and Helms have benefited from the British Lions being removed from a title match.

Jim Ross: Well, we were set to have ourselves a World Tag Team Title match tonight, but with the challengers out of the equation … well … I honestly don’t know what will happen with that situation now. Will Straight Edge still have to defend their titles??

**VIRTUAL VOODOO**

The music of Umaga brings an ominous hush around the Ford Centre, just twenty four hours removed from his destruction of Shawn Michaels, as Armando Estrada - briefcase and all - leads his savage to the ring.

Jim Ross: He is undefeated in almost twelve months of competition, on Saturday Night he aims to become the 2007 King of the Ring, he has a guaranteed World Title shot any time in the next ten months. Umaga is creating a path of destruction that simply shows no signs of slowing down. He quite possibly finished the storied, certain hall of fame bound career of Shawn Michaels last night, and tonight, he’s back in action, when we return, against Rey Mysterio!!

Commercial Break

We return with Armando Estrada standing by the side of his Samoan Bulldozer, with a mic in hand.

Armando Estrada: Tudos, excutchame … everybody listen … to me. I want ju all to take a good look. Take a good, long look at the future of the W-W-E, ha ha.

Heat for Estrada, as the camera shows a close up of the beastly Mr. Money in the Bank.

Armando Estrada: Until last night, ju people didn’t know what to make of this man- this monster. Ju people didn’t know if it was just, como se dice? … hot air, ha ha. NOW … ha, now ju people know that this monster isn’t just hype. For weeks, I told Aitch Bee Kay that Vengeance would be the end of his show. I told him, and I told ju people that the Last Man Standing match would be his last stand!! But ju people- ju- ju DUMMIES(!!) didn’t listen!!!

Heat.

Armando Estrada: But now?? After what he did last night to Shawn Michaels, ju people know that this monster, this wrecking machine … is just that!! Aitch Bee Kay is GONNNEEE!!!

Major heat from the fans, and a brief ‘H-B-K’ chant can be heard.

Armando Estrada: HE’S NOT COMING BACK!!! This beast has stopped the show FOR GOOD, HA HA!!!

More heat, with Estrada grinning broadly, nodding, before speaking over the noise of the fans.

Armando Estrada: That fool done everything he could possibly do. He delivered Sweet Chin Music after Sweet Chin Music, used a steel chair, used a ladder … he como se dice … threw the kitchen sink, ha ha … and it wasn’t enough to keep this monster down. But Shawn Michaels was simply one more name in a long line of losers. For twelve months- TWELVE … MONTHS!!! … the superstars of Raw and Smackdown have tried … and failed to defeat this monster. In twelve months, this monster hasn’t been beaten. He hasn’t lost once!!! He hasn’t been pinned, he hasn’t submitted … He is unbeaten … undefeated … un- … stoppable.

Estrada grins again, with the fans dropping fairly silent.

Armando Estrada: And this is simply … the beginning. First was this-

Estrada holds up the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Armando Estrada: Which ju all know means he gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion whenever we want. Last night, he finished Shawn Michaels, once and for all-

Heat from the fans cut him off again.

Armando Estrada: And this weekend on Saturday Nights Main Event, this monster will become KING … OF THE RING, HA HA!!!

More boos.

Armando Estrada: And after that … there will be nothing left to stop us. After becoming King of the Ring, all that remains is to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase, and crown a NEW … WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPION, HA HA … THEEEE SAAAAAAAA-MO-ANNNNN BULL-DOZERRRRR…

AAE pauses, and waits for silence, smiling broadly.

Armando Estrada: OOOOOOO-MA-GAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Heat for the grinning Estrada, as he pats his savage on the shoulder, before …

**BOOYAKA 619**

Rey Mysterio pops up from under the stage to a raucous ovation, but has the unenviable task of taking on the red hot Samoan Bulldozer, and the look in his eyes shows he knows he’s up against it tonight.

Jim Ross: I would not want to be Rey Mysterio right now, Coach, that’s for sure.

The Coach: I’ve never wanted to be Rey Mysterio. Ever.

Jim Ross: Mysterio is coming off a huge win last night at Vengeance, after defeating Rhyno-

The Coach: No wonder the guy wears a mask- he’s a low life thief!! He stole the win last night at Vengeance, and don’t try to dress it up any other way baby boy!!

Jim Ross: Mysterio didn’t steal a damn thing, Coach. He beat Rhyno fair and square in the middle of the ring. Rhyno allowed his emotions to get the better of him last night, and he lost focus of what he was there to do, and that was win the match, not end a career.

The Coach: Umaga got to do both, so why couldn’t Rhyno??

Coach laughs at his zinger, as J.R huffs, then mutters “disgusting”.

Match 2:
Umaga w/Armando Estrada vs. Rey Mysterio
It’s the typical big man/little man routine, with Rey having to do a lot of running, trying to pick his spots, and infuriate Umaga … before getting caught. Once in charge of the match, Umaga - with the vocal Estrada calling the shots on the outside - puts together a bit of a beating for Rey, with the little man making a good victim for the Bulldozer. Throughout the match, we cut backstage to see William Regal (Umagas Quarter Final opponent this weekend) watching closely, as J.R and Coach reference this weekends King of the Ring tournament, calling Umaga the outright favourite, although Coach still sticks with Shelton Benjamin, claiming “Somehow, someway, Shelton Benjamin will be crowned King of the Ring this weekend”.

In the ring, Rey manages to survive the onslaught, and begins an unlikely, but spirited comeback, picking up the pace after avoiding the running butt splash in the corner, but fails to take Umaga off his feet. Eventually though, he manages to trip Mr. Money in the Bank into the ropes, and races off, looking for the 619 … BUT UMAGA CATCHES HIM!!! The savage drags a helpless Rey through the ropes, AND DRILLS HIM WITH A SICK SWINGING POWERSLAM!!! Umaga has it won right there, but decides to prolong the beating - punishment for having the temerity to put up a fight - and drags Mysterio up … NAILING THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!! He covers … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Umaga @ 05:00

In dominating fashion, Umaga remains undefeated, and sets the tone for what his seven fellow Quarter Finalists can expect this Saturday in the King of the Ring tournament. He has his arm raised, with Estrada joining him in the ring, as we see Regal again, watching on a monitor, knowing the severity of the challenge awaiting him at SNME.

Jim Ross: Unbeaten … undefeated. As Armando Estrada said earlier, perhaps, unstoppable.

The Coach: The WWE is on notice, J.R. How can anyone beat this beast??

Jim Ross: Mysterio gave a heck of an effort. Never say die as always from the big hearted little man, but in the end, the challenge was just TOO great, TOO much for him to handle.

The Coach: After what he did last night, I call that karma, old timer. Mysterio deserved that beating.

Jim Ross: Oh he did not, Coach. Myst- HEY, HEY!!!

Suddenly, in the ring, RHYNO has appeared!!! Umaga and Estrada have already left … and the Man Beast - damn near foaming at the mouth - is demanding that the beaten Rey Mysterio get to his feet … and he slowly does … not knowing what is about to come … UNTIL HE TURNS … AND GETS GORED!!!

Jim Ross: DAMMIT!!!

Rhyno stands over Rey, letting out a tirade of abuse at his foe, before pounding his chest, and raising his hands, to the displeasure of the fans.

The Coach: OH YEAH!!! GOOD FOR YOU RHYNO!!!

Jim Ross: What in the hell is this mans problem!!?? You no good-

The Coach: I wish I was Rhyno right now, baby boy!!! How great must that feel!!!

Jim Ross: A sickening assault!!! AGAIN from Rhyno!!

Rhyno exit’s the ring, having sent a clear enough message to Rey tonight - it’s not over. Rhyno continues up the ramp, as J.R and Coach argue over who’s right and who’s wrong in the scenario, before we fade out to a commercial.

Commercial Break


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

An image of the sun rising, getting brighter and brighter, as the Kings of Leon track ‘Fans’ plays in the background…

“THIS SUMMER”

Clips of John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Christian, The Brian Kendrick, Straight Edge, & Randy Orton

“THE WWE PRESENTS IT‘S BIGGEST EVER WORLD TOUR”

Clips of Kurt Angle, M.V.P, Shelton Benjamin, Paul London, Mister Kennedy & Edge

“BEGINNING ON JULY 16, THE SUPERSTARS OF RAW AND SMACKDOWN WILL TRAVEL TO ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE”

Clips of some of the landmark sights in each continent.

“NORTH AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, AFRICA, AUSTRAILIA, AND EUROPE”

Darkness.

“AND THE CROWN JEWEL OF THIS LANDMARK EVENT??”

The Summerslam logos from the years gone by.

“ON AUGUST 19, THE WWE PRESENTS IT‘S TWENTIETH ANNUAL SUMMERSLAM”

A sight of the globe, which zooms in … toward Europe … toward the UK … toward England … and into London … zooming in still …

“AT THE HOME OF THE BIGGEST SUMMERSLAM OF ALL TIME”

And hurtles toward Wembley Stadium.

“LONDON, ENGLAND”

Differing angles of the new Wembley, including a sight at the arc.

“THE NEW WEMBLEY STADIUM”

Clips of WWE stars in action, interspersed with clips of fans going wild.

“LONDON’S CALLING”

More fast clips of the WWE superstars in action, with fans reactions, including sights of London too.

“AND THE WWE HAS ANSWERED”

…

WWE WORLDWIDE SUMMER TOUR

JULY 16 - AUGUST 31
***



…

Backstage, Matt Striker is standing by…

Matt Striker: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is I, Matt Striker, standing by, with the General Manager of Raw, Eric Bischoff. And Mister Bischoff, I believe you have an announcement to make regarding tonight’s tag team title match??

Bischoff nods, and speaks.

Eric Bischoff: Indeed I do, Matt. It is with regret that I have to inform the you, the fans, that tonight’s advertised World Tag Team Championship match … has been cancelled.

Heat.

Eric Bischoff: Unfortunately, a short time ago this evening, both Harry Smith and Paul Burchill were found unconscious backstage, and as a result, neither man is able to compete tonight.

More boos.

Eric Bischoff: Once again, I can only- (Bischoff sees someone in the distance, distracting him. He rolls his eyes) what in the world do you two want??

Nitro and Mercury (minus Melina) walk into view, to heat from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: The answer is no, gentlemen. You-

Joey Mercury: Mister Bischoff, please. Hear us out. Who else is gonna get a shot at the titles tonight?? You don’t want to disappoint the fans and cancel the match, do you??

Bischoff looks bored listening, then suddenly, it seems like a light bulb has just went off.

Eric Bischoff: Hold on a minute. Last night, Smith and Burchill conveniently had their flights changed, meaning they missed their title shot … and the two of you were on hand to offer your services as a replacement. Tonight … Smith and Burchill get jumped, meaning they cant compete … and the two of you-

Mercury immediately interjects, not waiting for the accusation.

Joey Mercury: Victims of circumstance, Eric. Nothing to do with us.

Johnny Nitro: Yeah. Joey and I were with our masseuse when all that went down. We only just heard, and came right away to see you.

Eric Bischoff: And how kind of you. Let me guess … you’re offering to replace The British Lions, right??

Nitro nods.

Johnny Nitro: Hear us out. The Brotherhood aren’t here yet. X-Pac and Tomko lost the match last night at Vengeance. We’re here though. We’re ready to go.

Eric Bischoff: And you can remain ready. Read my lips, gentlemen, no title shot. Not tonight, not next week, not-

Voice: I’m getting bored of this.

Both MNM and Bischoff turn around, as STRAIGHT EDGE walk into the picture.

CM Punk: How long is it gonna take for the two of you to realise your days of being the top tag team around here are done??

Greg Helms: Face the facts, you two held the titles for much longer than you had any right to. You lost the titles to us, and you failed - TWICE - to win them back.

Nitro and Mercury are furious, as Punk turns to Bischoff.

CM Punk: Eric, why not do us all a favour. Give Hollywoods fallen starlets one last shot. We’ll take the challenge …

Helms takes over, looking at Bischoff.

Greg Helms: But how about, when they lose … they’re done. Not just no more title shots … no more MNM, full stop.

Bischoff ponders, thinking it over, whilst MNM look a tad worried at the prospect of breaking up if they lose.

Eric Bischoff: Y’know what?? I like it.

Bischoff looks at MNM, and smiles.

Eric Bischoff: One more time, Straight Edge versus MNM tonight. MNM win, they get the titles. Straight Edge win?? … MNM are no more. Take it or leave it, gentlemen.

MNM look to one another, but nod, taking the challenge.

Johnny Nitro: You’re on.

The challengers leave the scene, and Straight Edge prepare to walk off too, before Bischoff stops them.

Eric Bischoff: Hey. I know they have an alibi … but where were you two earlier when Burchill and Smith went down??

The champions seem stunned by the accusation, and look to one another first, before Punk smirks.

CM Punk: Seriously Eric?? C’mon.

Punk shakes his head, whilst Helms speaks up.

Greg Helms: Looking at the wrong guys Eric. Not our style. Like you just saw, we prefer to do things face to face, in the ring.

The two turn to leave, before Punk chips in sarcastically.

CM Punk: But thanks for the faith.

Straight Edge leave the scene, as Bischoff watches on, and we fade out…

…


****

GAIL KIM RETURNS
~ NEXT ~

****



Commercial Break

We return, with JILLIAN HALL already in the ring, awaiting her opponent…

Lillian Garcia: Ladies and Gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall. In the ring, from Louisville, Kentucky, Jillian Hall. And, her opponent … making her RETURN to the WWE … please welcome … GAIL … KIM!!!

**STRONG AND SEXY**

To a nice ovation, Gail enters, saluting the fans, looking excited to be back in the WWE, and quickly makes her way to the ring, with J.R welcoming her back on her return, whilst Coach just says she’s looking hotter than ever.

Match 3:
Jillian Hall vs. Gail Kim
It’s a competitive match, in order to showcase Kim properly, with Hall holding up her end well, and the two divas putting on a watch able contest. During the match, the conversation turns to Mickie James and the Womens title, with J.R pointing out that due to the emotional nature of last nights events, Mickie has been granted tonight off, but she WILL be back next week on Raw. After Gail impresses the crowd with some neat athleticism, Hall slows the match down, building up the big comeback, which comes, and Gail gets the better of her opponent, but is unable to finish her off initially.

Hall then stops Kims momentum with a surprise clothesline, and attempts to finish the contest off herself with a facebuster, but again, Gail fights back, avoiding the move, but gets overpowered and sent into the corner. Hall then races in for a splash, but the returning Kim athletically leaps over the ropes to avoid contact, then hops back in, sizing the groggy and dazed Jillian Hall up … and scores with a Hurricanrana, hooking the legs in the process … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Gail Kim @ 05:02

Gail Kim is victorious on her return!! The former Womens Champion is back with a bang, earning a hard fought victory over another former champion, as J.R and Coach both praise her performance, saying she’s put the entire divas locker room on notice with that victory.

…

We then cut backstage … and see JOHN CENA, looking expressionless, walking through the hallway, seemingly on his way to the ring, as we cut to commercial…

Commercial Break

We return, into the arena…

**MY TIME IS NOW**

The music of the former World Heavyweight Champion evokes a crazy reaction from a heavily split crowd. And, as Cena enters the stage, the noise levels crank up a few extra notches, with Cena standing at the top of the ramp, acknowledging the cheers and jeers, before saluting the fans, and makes his way down the aisle, looking less enthusiastic than normal, as the camera focuses on a heavily taped leg, with Cena limping slightly, selling the effects of the ankle lock last night.

Jim Ross: I cant begin to imagine what thoughts are running through that mans mind tonight. John Cena suffered perhaps, the most humiliating defeat of his career last night at Vengeance. A proud, stubborn individual, Cena was eventually forced to tap out to the Ankle lock during the Thirty Minute Ultimate Submission Match, and in the end, that one submission was the deciding factor. Time simply ran out for Cena in the end, with Angle surviving by a solitary second.

The Coach: But he didn’t tap. And that’s all that matters, old timer. Kurt Angle refused to tap. Cena didn’t. Cena had enough, and he give up. He’s a quitter!!!

Jim Ross: John Cena is no quitter, I assure you that, Coach. He submitted last night, sure. But Cena is no quitter.

The Coach: Yeah. Right.

Cena enters the ring, mic in hand, looking far from his energetic self. Slowly, the music dies down, with the defeated looking former champion stood in the middle of the ring.

{/SECOND HOUR}

Slowly nodding, he listens to the boos and the muffled cheers of the divided fans, with the boos currently far outweighing the cheers … and there is even a hint of a ‘YOU TAPPED OUT’ chant developing.

John Cena: First of all, last night … after the match, I was lost for words. I was asked for my thoughts or feelings or whatever by Kelly Kelly, and I had nothin. I guess I was just overcome with … emotion or somethin … because the first thing I shoulda said … was sorry.

Cena shrugs, feeling completely humiliated, nodding to the fans.

John Cena: For the first time, I made a promise to my fans … and I let ya down. I said I wouldn’t tap to Kurt Angle … and … I did.

He puts his head down, shaking his head, trying to come to terms with it himself.

John Cena: I aint got any excuses. I had no other option. Kurt done a number on me, he had me trapped, I couldn’t get to the ropes … an’ I done somethin I never thought I’d ever do again. As much as it killed me to do it … I … tapped out.

Cena stops again, allowing the cheers to be fought with jeers, as the ‘YOU TAPPED OUT’ chant can be heard in sections again.

John Cena: For the first time, my mouth wrote a cheque my ass couldn’t cash. Last month, Kurt Angle called me out here to make a proposition for our match at Vengeance, an’ I accepted before he could even make the challenge.

Cena shakes his head, thinking back.

John Cena: All I can say … is sorry. I’m sorry for lettin ya down, sorry for not holdin up my end of the bargain … but you aint seen the last of me.

This time, the cheers outweigh boos, but it’s a divided audience for the former champion.

John Cena: So all you people out there that hate me?? I aint done yet. I may have lost last night at Vengeance, but had the match been one second longer - one second - I’da been all square. It woulda been one submission each, with Kurt Angle out for the count, with overtime t‘come. That’s how close it was.

Boos ring out, with the vocal Cena haters not liking the excuses. Cena though, looks to be fired up a little more now.

John Cena: They say you learn more about yo’self in defeat than you ever do in victory, and boy, did I learn about myself last night in defeat. I learned that I aint indestructible. EVERYONE has a breakin point, an’ mine is a great deal tougher than most other guys in the back. I may have tapped last night … but I don’t regret accepting the match.

The fire inside of Cena begins to boil over.

John Cena: I stand by my decision to take on the so-called ‘Wrestling Machine’ in his environment, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Cena takes a deep breath, then turns, and looks toward the titan tron.

John Cena: So … whaddya say Kurt?? How about it?? You an me … one more time??

Mixed reaction.

John Cena: Huh?? How ‘bout it??

Cena continues to stare up the aisle … but there is no sign of Kurt Angle accepting the challenge. Cena nervously smiles, looking to the side, then back up the aisle.

John Cena: C’mon Kurt … one more match. Let’s settle this once and for all.

Still … nothing. Looking desperate, Cena nervously smiles again, with Angle clearly having no intention of accepting the challenge after winning their ‘Final Battle’ last night.

John Cena: No??

Looking really uncomfortable now, Cena looks to the fans for some kind of reaction, looking embarrassed to have been ignored by Angle.

John Cena: …

**REALITY**

To little reaction, with no one recognizing the theme, we see THE MIZ enter the picture, walking through the curtain, getting heat. Cena, in the ring, doesn’t look impressed.

Jim Ross: Now what does this guy want??

The Coach: Is it time for the “Reality Check” already??

Jim Ross: I don’t even understand what this kids role is?? Is he a wrestler?? Or a voyeur??

The Coach: This kid is what the future is about!! The Miz is bringing the WWE into the new millennium!!

Jim Ross: I thought that started seven years ago??

The Coach: You still got it, old timer. You still got it!!

Miz cockily strides into the ring, smiling excitedly, as he salutes the irritated Cena, before passing by, and picking up a mic.

The Miz: Who woulda thunk it, huh?? The Miz sharing a ring with the one and only himself, John Cena … HOO-RAH!!!

Some boos from the fans.

The Miz: This is one of those moments that will live on for-ever … and ever … in the annals of sports entertainment. Like that first electrifying confrontation between The Rock and Hulk Hogan … like when Scott Hall gate crashed Nitro … or when Austin stunned McMahon for the first time.

Miz nods, then second guesses himself.

The Miz: Only … it’s not … is it??

Miz walks around Cena, who looks to be irritated by the newcomers presence alone.

The Miz: Because after you slapped your hand off the mat like a hungry seal last night and tapped against Kurt Angle … you lost all that lustre the surrounded ya.

More heat for Miz.

The Miz: You’re not a larger than life superhuman anymore, Cena, are ya?? You are just like … them.

Miz looks at the fans, and sneers in their direction, with the fans giving him heat.

The Miz: You see John Cena, it’s time for you to wake up and smell the coffee. Ever since WrestleMania, you’ve been on a downward spiral. You’re no longer the face of Raw, you’re no longer the poster boy for the WWE. You’re not the guy that the fans turn to anymore when they need a hero.

Miz is pushing it, getting right into the face of an angry Cena.

The Miz: Kurt Angle didn’t answer your call tonight … not because he was scared of facing the challenge … but because the challenge was simply … beneath him.

Heat.

The Miz: Basically Cena … it’s time for you to face the facts. I’m here to give you … a reality check. And the reality is … (scoffs) well … as your own entrance theme says … Your time is up … my time … is now.

More heat for Miz.

The Miz: Because with every cloud, comes a silver lining. And that silver lining is that while John Cenas star has faded … my star is about to shine. That’s right Miz-fits, NEXT WEEK on Raw is the official in ring debut … OF THE MIZ!!!

Heat for Miz, who looks over enthusiastic.

The Miz: And my first opponent?? Well … how about you Cena??

Cena remains unmoved, completely unimpressed by the cocky upstart.

The Miz: How would you like to be my first opponent??

Miz points the mic in Cenas direction … then pulls it back.

The Miz: On second thoughts-

Heat.

The Miz: No. John Cena, you simply aren’t worthy of being my opponent next week. No, John Cena … you … are beneath The Miz now. You’re beneath me, you’re beneath Stevie Richards, you’re ben-

Cena suddenly scoops Miz up … FU!!!!!

Without saying a word, Cena snaps on Miz, with the cocky reality star rolling comically out of the ring. Cena contemplates leaving the ring to head up the aisle … but changes his mind, and exits out of the opposite side of the ring … picking Miz up … AND SENDS HIM THROUGH THE STEEL STEPS!!!!!

On commentary, Coach lambastes Cenas actions, whilst J.R is almost speechless, unable to really defend Cena, as Cena drops down … AND APPLIES THE STFU ON THE MIZ!!!

Miz taps instantly, with both hands, desperate for Cena to release the hold, which he eventually does, as trainers rush to ringside to peel him off. Cena gets up, raising his hands, as if to apologise for his actions, whilst Coach bellows on commentary “ARREST THAT MAN!!!”

Cena looks to be getting set to walk out … but turns around again, and lunges at the commentary desk, ripping off the top, and the monitors, with Coach still furious at his actions, with Cena pushing past the trainers, and dragging Miz back up, bringing him toward the table … AND DELIVERS AN FU TO THE MIZ … THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!!!!

**MY TIME IS NOW**

Cenas music hits, as Cena stands over Miz, clenching his jaw, having went over the edge tonight, with The Miz laying in a heap amongst the rubble.

Jim Ross: MY GOD!!! CENA HAS LOST IT HERE!!! John Cena just FU’ed The Miz!!!

The Coach: In an unprovoked attack, J.R!!! This thug needs locked up!!! YOU’RE WASHED UP CENA!!! DEAL WITH IT!!!

Jim Ross: What in the hell has gotten into the head of John Cena?? The Miz damn sure picked the wrong time to announce his debut, and he maybe crossed the line with some of his comments … but John Cena went too far tonight.

The Coach: Big time. It’s gotta be bad if you don’t even defend Cena. He needs to be punished for this, J.R!!!

Cena continues to stand over The Miz, with trainers surrounding the cocky loud mouth, as we fade to a commercial.

Commercial Break


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

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

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

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

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

“I‘M THE KING OF HARTS!!!”

Narrator: It has immortalized greats forever.

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

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

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

Clip of Triple H having his hand raised in 1997.

“THE KING OF THE RING!!!”

Narrator: Stars have been born.

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

“IT‘S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE”

Narrator: Legends have been made.

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

“THE NEXT BIG THING, BRRRRROCK LLLLLESNARRRRR”

Narrator: Careers have skyrocketed.

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

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

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

Narrator: This 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

***



…

Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, and indeed, this Saturday Night will see the climax of the 2007 King of the Ring tournament, but Coach, before we talk about Saturday Nights Main Event, well- let’s look at the carnage. During the commercial we’ve had to have a wooden table constructed-

The Coach: No thanks to that loose cannon, John Cena.

Jim Ross: John Cena is a man on the edge right now, and The Miz pushed him tonight.

The Coach: The Miz didn’t deserve that, old timer. He was wheeled outta here with a neck brace.

Jim Ross: It’s a shame you didn’t show so much concern for Shawn Michaels last night, Coach.

The Coach: Shawn Michaels best days are far, far behind him. In fact, his days are done after last night. The Miz best days are just beginning, no thanks to John Cena.

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, last night, the curtain may well have been brought down on the career of arguably the greatest of all time. Shawn Michaels was beaten in a gruelling Last Man Standing match … but the real story, was what happened after the match…


***
LAST NIGHT - VENGEANCE
POST MATCH; MICHAELS VS UMAGA

The medics wheel Michaels up the aisle, with some fans chanting ‘H-B-K’ faintly, showing their support for the legendary performer.

Jim Ross: As hard as it is for me to say it, that, ladies and gentlemen, was just the first of our three main events. Coach, we’ve still got two to go. And coming up next, it’s the thirty minute, Ultimate Submission match, pitting Kurt Angle against John Cena.

The Coach: We’ve already seen history made tonight, baby boy, but get your cameras ready- Polaroid for you old timer, because you are about to see John Cena tap quicker than Michael Flatley.

Jim Ross: These two polar opposites have been wag- Wait. What is- WHAT IS HE DOING!!!

On the stage, UMAGA has caught up with the stretcher, and has shoved away the medics, gaining control of the helpless Shawn Michaels. Estrada is smiling heartily, and looks down at HBK, with the camera hearing him say “I TOLD JU SHAWN … YOU WOULDN’T STAND AGAIN!!!”

Estrada then points Umaga toward the side of the stage … AND UMAGA RUNS PUSHING THE STRETCHER … SENDING IT OVER THE EDGE … OFF THE STAGE!!!!!

The Ford Centre is brought to it’s knees, with little reaction - just concern for HBK, whilst the savage Umaga stands over the edge of the stage, peering down at the carnage he has created, and Armando Estrada stands by his side, nodding, smiling, patting the Samoan Bulldozer on the back.

On commentary, J.R simply mutters “Oh god” over and over, sounding shocked by what he has just witnessed. Coach meanwhile, says nothing at all, with silence filling the Ford Centre, as MORE medics rush out to the side of the stage, in a bid to tend to HBK.

END PACKAGE
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…

Back at ringside, J.R solemnly speaks.

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, Shawn Michaels suffered ruptured discs in his lower back, nerve damage to his spine, and severe head trauma. Given Michaels history with herniated discs - it took four and a half years from his career - the early prediction is that The Heart Break Kid may have tuned up the band … for the last time.

The announcer lowers his head, choking back (fake) tears, as Coach remains silent, for once, showing some respect. The graphic then shows, hyping tonights main event between Mr. Kennedy and Kurt Angle.

The Coach: Uhm, we’ve still got that main event to come tonight everyone, Kurt Angle and Mister Kennedy. Two former Kings of the Ring fighting it out tonight for the right to challenge Christian next for the World Title. But coming up next, Straight Edge - who should have been defending their titles against the British Lions tonight - will instead face MNM. And, if MNM lose, they’re gonna disband - forever. That one is next!!

Commercial Break

We return, backstage, where Matt Striker is standing by.

Matt Striker: Hello again, Matt Striker here as ever, and right now, let me introduce one of the eight men vying to become the 2007 King of the Ring this weekend. Matt Hardy.

Matt enters the picture, getting a great response from the fans.

Matt Striker: Matt, last night you suffered a tough loss against Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship, but this Saturday night, the two of you will meet again, this time in a King of the Ring Quarter Final. After coming within a whisker of becoming Intercontinental Champion last night, do you believe you have learned the strengths and weaknesses of the Black Diamond??

Hardy nods, before speaking.

Matt Hardy: Absolutely, Matt. He’s got a lot of strengths, no doubt. He’s athletic, quick, innovative … but I guess his main strength is having a weasel in his corner to save his ass every time he’s in trouble.

Matt gets a big pop, but has a serious face etched on.

Matt Hardy: Theodore Long is the reason that it’s Shelton Benjamin and not myself that’s holding the Intercontinental Championship right now. After Vengeance last night, I now know what Sheltons biggest weakness is too … Matt … Hardy.

Pop in the background.

Matt Hardy: I beat him in the Beat the Clock challenge last month, I had him beat last night, and this coming Saturday, it doesn’t matter if he’s got Teddy Long, or the entire Brotherhood by his side - I’m gonna beat him again, on my way … to becoming King of the Ring!!

Another pop. Matt gets set to speak again … but stops short … as ERIC BISCHOFF WALKS INTO THE SCENE.

Eric Bischoff: That’s an interesting point, Matt. One I certainly concur with; to an extent.

Hardy seems a little bit pensive, before speaking.

Matt Hardy: And what would that be, Eric??

Bischoff smiles at the rather uppity reaction of Matt.

Eric Bischoff: Well, you just said it wont matter who Shelton Benjamin has in his corner this Saturday night … and I agree. But no matter who he has in his corner, the odds aren’t in your favour. And while I admire your spirit … your judgement seems a little clouded.

Matt looks slightly insulted, but Eric continues.

Eric Bischoff: Personally, I don’t think you can overcome the odds in that scenario Matt, which in the spirit of competition … doesn’t seem fair now, does it??

Hardy thinks it over, still not sure whether or not he should be insulted by the GM, but agrees.

Eric Bischoff: Which is why I am announcing that ALL outside parties are hereby BARRED from ringside in this Saturdays King of the Ring tournament finale!!!

Big pop from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: And that doesn’t just apply to Theodore Long and The Brotherhood … that goes to EVERYONE!!! Theodore Long, Armando Estrada, Charlie Haas and Brent Albright for one another … EVERYONE is barred from ringside this Saturday Night.

Another pop, with Matt nodding at the announcement.

Eric Bischoff: Now we can really say … may the best man win.

Eric walks off having made a HUGE edict ahead of the King of the Ring climax this weekend, whilst Matt looks HIGHLY confident all of a sudden, more so than before.

…

Back into the arena…

**MISERIA CANTARE**

To a strong ovation as always, CM Punk and Greg Helms enter the arena, ahead of another Tag Team title defence, looking to prove themselves as the fighting champions they claim to be.

The Coach: There they are, J.R … the cowardly duo!!!

Jim Ross: What!!??

The Coach: They’re as guilty as sin!! They took out the British Lions tonight so they didn’t have to defend the titles!!

Jim Ross: What?? Why would they do that, if they insisted on defending the titles tonight anyway against MNM??

Coach is left speechless, with his argument instantly falling flat.

Jim Ross: Well ladies and gentlemen, I believe history has been made. The Coach is speechless.

The champions reach the ring, with J.R recapping what has happened to the British Lions over the last two nights, as we wait for the challengers, and J.R explains the stipulation that if MNM lose, they must disband.

**PAPARAZZI**

Nitro and Mercury walk onto the stage, as always, with the red carpet rolled out, and dressed in fur coats … but something seems … off. The camera doesn’t go for a close up, and remains away from the challengers, as the shot switches to Punk and Helms in the ring, with Punk looking confused, pointing up the aisle at MNM, shaking his head. Helms looks out over the ropes, and also begins to shake his head, with the champions looking extremely perplexed …

Jim Ross: HEY- HEY!!! LOOK OUT!!!

Suddenly, Punk and Helms are jumped from behind … by … Nitro??? And Mercury???

Jim Ross: WHAT IN THE- WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN ON HERE???

On the stage, we see the duo believed to be MNM … are NOT them at all … it’s just two long haired men, who watch the action in the ring, smiling, jumping up and down, happy to see what’s going on.

In the ring, MNM hammer the champions, with the bell sounding … and the match begins!!!

Match 4 | WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH:
~ If MNM lose, they MUST disband ~
Straight Edge vs. MNM
Charles Robinson looks to restore order, trying to get a member from each team out of the ring, with Mercury sorting the issue, dumping Helms out of the ring, and stepping onto the apron, taking a tag from Nitro. Mercury drops Punk back down quickly with a dropkick, before calling his partner back in … and they get Punk up … into position … FOR THE SNAPSHOT!!! It’s chaos inside the Ford Centre, as Mercury covers Punk, with Nitro baseball sliding the recovering Helms, stopping him from breaking the count … 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: And NEW World Tag Team Champions - MNM @ 01:22

The Ford Centre is brought to a sudden halt - WE’VE GOT NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!!!! Exactly three months to the day that MNM lost the tag team belts at WrestleMania, they win them back in typical MNM fashion - by the backdoor.

Jim Ross: I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT I’M SEEING HERE!!!

The Coach: NEITHER DO I BABY BOY!!! HOW GREAT IS THIS!!!

Jim Ross: This is a disgrace!!! It’s a God damn HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!!

The Coach: I love it!!! I told ya J.R. I told ya, MNM are BETTER than your boys, I told ya all along!!!

Jim Ross: But-

The Coach: But NOTHIN old timer. We’ve got new champions!! Now how about that!!

MNM don’t wait for the former champions to congratulate them - instead, they hightail it out of the ring, and up the aisle … and confirm the suspicions that the two long haired guys at the top of the ramp were planted there as a ruse, by hugging the duo, with all four all showing smiles.

Jim Ross: This is ridiculous, Coach. These two conmen know they cant beat Straight Edge in a straight match. They have to stoop to any, and all lengths to beat Punk and Helms, and somehow, they wormed their way into contention tonight, and by Gawd, they weren’t gonna blow this one.

The Coach: Destiny waits for no man, old timer. MNM have made their own luck here tonight. WOW!!!

Jim Ross: It wouldn’t surprise me Coach, it would not surprise me in the slightest if those two DID have something to do with what happened to Paul Burchill and Harry Smith earlier tonight. MNM have snuck their way back to the tag team titles tonight, folks. Heartbreak for Straight Edge.

In the ring, Helms and Punk come to the realisation of their loss, and discuss what happened with each other, both furious, with no answers, as we fade out…

Commercial Break

We return, straight backstage somewhere … (to the grainy footage of THE REALITY CHECK) … where the celebrations have already begun for MNM, who pop open a bottle of champagne with their unnamed helpers, as J.R and Coach watch along, and comment on the scenes.

Jim Ross: That disgusts me, Coach. Nitro and Mercury have committed daylight robbery tonight. No other way to put it. Damn daylight robbery here in Oklahoma-

The Coach: It’s night time-

Jim Ross: You know what I meant, Coach. MNM have stolen the tag team titles tonight. Straight Edge had to deal with months of that kind of nonsense when MNM were champions. Punk and Helms bust their asses to win the tag team titles. They fought twice as hard to keep them too. Straight Edge were fighting champions, and in the end, that fighting spirit is what’s cost them.

The Coach: Yeah, they picked a fight with the wrong team!!!

Jim Ross: Oh c’mon Coach.

Back in the arena … in the ring … THEODORE LONG is stood, standing by, with a cheesy old grin on his face …

The Coach: SSSSSHHHHHHH!!! The greatest manager of all time has something to say, J.R.

Theodore Long: LEMME HOLLER AT’CHA PLAYAS!!!

Heat.

Theodore Long: Before y’all start to show y’ concern fo may after last nights assault at the hands of that white boy, Matt Hardy-

Cheer for Hardy.

Theodore Long: Theodore R. Long is made of strong stuff playas, and I’ve already made a full recovery!!

Long throws his arms up for a cheer … but gets heat.

Theodore Long: Matt Hardy, you’ll get yours boy, I’ll see to that, but we’ll come to you later. Now, you mighta heard that old cracka Eric Bischoff’s ruling earlier that any an’ all managers, valets and friends have been barred from ringside at any stage of this weekends King of the Ring tournament. That’s no s’prise to the Brotherhood though. Any time our wheels getsta motoring, there’s always been a white boy lookin to cut off the engine … y‘feel may??

Heat for the racist overtones.

Theodore Long: Now, in the past, I mighta been upset at the meddlin ways of the top brass … but not anymore playas. Because now, The Brotherhood has a champion that rises above prejudice, a Diamon’ in the rough playas, that refuses to be held down by the man. An’ on Saturday Nights Main Event, he will make hist-o-ray, by becoming the W-W-E King of the Ring.

More boos.

Theodore Long: An’ in the process, this man will not only bring some much needed class to roy-al-ty, but he will also bring some soullll.

Long does a bit of a jig, much to the chagrin of the fans.

Theodore Long: Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you, the Intercontinental Champion, and the 2007 KING … OF THE RING … The Brotherhoods shinin’ light; Tha Black Diamon’ … KING … BENJAMIN!!!

**DEAD WHITE GUYS**

The unfamiliar (King Booker never happened here, remember) theme fills the arena … as JTG, Monty Brown and Mark Henry walk out with JTG dressed up, playing the role of Court Jester, whilst Brown and Henry both play serious …

…

AS SHELTON BENJAMIN IS CARRIED TO THE RING ON A THRONE {ala King Haku back in the day}, with it being duly noted on commentary that the four men carrying Benjamin out are all white boys.

Benjamin is dressed for the occasion too, wearing a crown and cape, waving nobly to the fans, hamming it up in the role, whilst Theodore Long claps in the ring, trying to get the fans to join in, as Coach stands up to applaud.

The Coach: STAND UP FOR THE KING, J.R!!!

Jim Ross: I’m fine right here.

The Coach: SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR ROYALTY J.R!!! Unless you want beheaded!! I guess that’d be an improvement for the likes of you!! Jerry Lawler ought to take some notes. THIS is how a King should conduct himself!!

Jim Ross: He hasn’t even won the tournament yet, Coach. This is absurd.

And it seems like J.R isn’t the only one to be angered by the stunt … AS MATT HARDY CHARGES OUT FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN … AND RUNS DOWN THE AISLE …. SHOVING ONE OF THE SLAVES OFF …

… WHICH FORCES THE THRONE TO TIP, AND BENJAMIN TOPPLES OFF!!! It’s chaos on the aisle, with bodies all over the show, and the fans come alive, as Matt pounds his stunned rival, getting a measure of revenge after last nights loss at Vengeance!!!

Mark Henry looks to put a stop to the madness, pulling Hardy off Shelton, but the Hardy Boy picks up the crown on the way up, and as soon as Henry spins him around, Matt KICKS HENRY IN THE NUTS!!!

He then BLASTS Henry with the crown, sending the big man stumbling, before Matt shoves Henry into the oncoming Brown, with the two clashing heads and falling over. JTG then attempts to interject, but Matt throws him off the ramp, and into the barrier!!!

Shelton tries to crawl away up the ramp, but Matt steps on the cloak, stopping him from getting away, and stomps Benjamin, as Theodore Long looks set to have a kitten in the ring. Matt drags Shelton up, pulling the cloak over his head, then kicks him in the gut, LOOKING FOR A TWIST OF FATE … BUT MONTY BROWN SAVES SHELTON!!!

The Alpha Male clubs the back of Hardy, forcing Matt to let go, allowing the IC champion to scurry away, down the aisle. Brown pounds Hardy repeatedly … until Matt fights back, stunning Monty with his stiff right hands, then kicks him in the gut … TWIST OF FATE ON THE RAMP!!!!!

The fans are in hysterics, as Matt causes all kinds of carnage, getting to his feet now, looking for Shelton … who has scurried to the ring, joining Theodore Long, as Mark Henry and JTG also recover, and stumble toward the ring. Hardy - wisely - doesn’t pursue Shelton again, but makes sure he has all of their attentions, picking up the crown again, and placing it on his own head.

In the ring, Long is beside himself, fuming with Matt, yelling “THAT‘S NOT YO CROWN PLAYA!!! YOU RUINED OUR NIGHT!!!” And Shelton also leans over the top rope, pointing up the aisle at Matt, who points back, taunting his rival, before backing up, repeating “SATURDAY, SHELTON … SATURDAY” over and over.

He then reaches the top of the aisle, and CURTSIES to The Brotherhood, further infuriating the group, as he exit’s the scene, with Theodore Long stamping his feet in the ring, complaining to Mark Henry that Hardy ruined it all, whilst Benjamin - sans cloak - glares out of the ring, still looking up the aisle, irate with Matts actions tonight.

The Coach: WHAT THE HELL IS THAT GUYS PROBLEM!!! WHAT A SORE LOSER!!!

Jim Ross: I think your precious Brotherhood have counted the proverbial chickens before they hatched!! Shelton Benjamin has a long way to go still before becoming the King of the Ring. He has to get by Matt Hardy for starters, and he struggled to do that with the aide of Theodore Long last night. How is he gonna fare on his own!!??

The Coach: And that’s a joke too!! Theodore Long has EVERY right to be out there with The King on Saturday!!! It’s a conspiracy, J.R!!! THE MAN is holdin The Brotherhood down!!! They don’t want them to succeed!!

Jim Ross: Get off the koolaid, Coach. The decision wasn’t made with bias against your boys. The decision was made in the interest of fairness!!! And that’s how the King of the Ring will be crowned this weekend - fairly!! The best of the eight men remaining will be crowned King, and that’s that!!

The Coach: I agree. With or without T’Lo, King Benjamin is gonna be officially crowned in Memphis this Saturday!!

Jim Ross: Don’t get too confident, Coach. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have still got our main event to come; a clash of two former Kings of the Ring, battling it out for the right to face Christian for the World Championship. Will it be the former seven times champion, Kurt Angle, or will it be the man that was narrowly defeated last night for the very same title, Mister Kennedy?? We will find out shortly. But in just a moment, we are set to take one more, in depth look at the final eight competitors in the King of the Ring tournament. Join us, when we return…

Commercial Break


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

THE 2007 KING OF THE RING QUARTER FINALISTS
(Set to POD; Youth of the Nation - (just the chorus))
*The package consists of highlights of each mans victories in the tournament thus far in the corner of the screen, with the info on the remainder of the screen*

UMAGA
Credentials; Mister Money in the Bank. Never been pinned. Never submitted.
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Cody Rhodes @ 02:10
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Paul Burchill @ 06:30
Previous KOTR Best; First appearance
Vegas Odds; -200 | Fraction; 1/2

~

WILLIAM REGAL
Former Intercontinental, United States, European and Tag Team Champion.
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Mike Knox @ 04:46
Sweet Sixteen - defeated CM Punk @ 06:01
Previous KOTR Record; First Round 2002
Vegas Odds; +1200 | Fraction; 12/1

~

SHELTON BENJAMIN
Current Intercontinental Champion, former Tag Team Champion.
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Harry Smith @ 04:24
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Rey Mysterio @ 09:12
Previous KOTR Record; Quarter Finals 2006
Vegas Odds; +300 | Fraction; 3/1

~

MATT HARDY
Former Intercontinental, United States, European, Hardcore and Tag Team Champion.
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Tyson Tomko @ 05:59
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Greg Helms @ 07:29
Previous KOTR Record; First Round 2006
First Round 2001
First Round 2000
Vegas Odds; +300 | Fraction; 3/1

~

PAUL LONDON
Current United States Champion, former Cruiserweight and Tag Team Champion
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Nick Dinsmore @ 13:44
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Ken Doane @ 05:17
Previous KOTR Record; Semi Finals 2006
Vegas Odds; +200 | Fraction; 2/1

~

CHARLIE HAAS
Former United States and Tag Team Champion.
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Super Crazy @ 06:11
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Finlay @ 13:55
Previous KOTR Record; Quarter Finals 2006
Vegas Odds; +600 | Fraction; 6/1

~

BRENT ALBRIGHT
Former United States Champion
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated The Brian Kendrick @ 07:42
Sweet Sixteen - defeated Jeff Hardy @ 06:07
Previous KOTR Record; Quarter Finals 2006
Vegas Odds; +300 | Fraction; 3/1

~

CARLITO
Former Intercontinental Champion
Route to the Quarter Finals; Round of 32 - defeated Chris Masters @ 08:04
Sweet Sixteen - defeated MVP @ 16:53
Previous KOTR Record; First Round
Vegas Odds; +200 | Fraction; 2/1

~ END PACKAGE ~
***



…

At ringside, J.R and Coach are shown on camera.

Jim Ross: Well folks, we have been waiting for MONTHS for Saturday Nights Main Event, and Coach, the wait is almost over. One of those eight men will take a step closer to immortality this Saturday. I know who your pick is-

The Coach: KING BENJAMIN BABY BOY!!! It’s ALLLL about the Benjamin!!!

Jim Ross: But which Smackdown superstar do you see competing in the final with your boy??

The Coach: Really tough call J.R. I love Brent Albright, but credit has gotta go to Carlito right now. The guy is on an incredible roll right now, as is Paul London … and then, Charlie Haas cant be counted out either. Oh boy, it’s a tough one, but I think the United States Champion could go all the way … well, to the runners up spot at best, ha ha. Who are you jinxing this year old timer??

Jim Ross: I just don’t see a way past Umaga, Coach. I don’t see how anyone can topple that Samoan Savage. I’ve got Umaga and London contesting the final. But really, ANYONE in that Smackdown quartet could get to the final. That’s how close it is.

The Coach: And how about this; JBL wants an answer once and for all. Will The Undertaker answer AND accept his challenge to a match?? Is The Undertaker really the Phenom … or just a big phoney!!!???

Jim Ross: Awwww, Deadman aint no phoney, Coach. When the time is right, I’m confident The Undertaker will be back, but he answers to no man. JBL could well live to regret this challenge. And of course, there is also the special attraction, eight man tag team match. Four rivals on both sides, forced to team together for one night only, Raw meets Smackdown. Mister Kennedy, Kurt Angle, John Cena and Christian … taking on Brock Lesnar, Edge, Batista, and Randy Orton.

The Coach: It don’t GET much bigger than that baby boy.

Jim Ross: Indeed it does not, and it all comes your way this Saturday Night; a special THREE HOUR event, on NBC. History WILL be made, when the 2007 King of the Ring is finally crowned!!!

…

Now, backstage, we see a split screen of Mister Kennedy and Kurt Angle … with the main event coming up next.

Jim Ross: Folks, we are just moments away- the number one contendership will be contested, when we come back!!

Commercial Break


**VIDEO PACKAGE**

! CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF SUMMERSLAM !
~ 1998 ~

IN THE WORLDS MOST FAMOUS ARENA, TRIPLE H AND THE ROCK CONTEST A THRILLING LADDER MATCH FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP, WITH TRIPLE H FINALLY OVERCOMING THE CHAMPION, TEMPORARILY ENDING A FEUD THAT WOULD COME TO THE BOIL TIME AND TIME AGAIN IN THE COMING YEARS.

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…

Backstage again, and Kelly Kelly is standing by with GAIL KIM.

Kelly Kelly: Gail Kim, congratulations on your winning return to the WWE tonight. It was like you’d never been away, really. How does it feel to be back, and, now that you’ve returned, what are your main goals??

Gail Kim: Thanks Kelly, it feels great to be back. I missed this place like you wouldn’t believe … but I’m back now, and I’m not going anywhere soon. Tonight was just a taster of what’s to come, because I didn’t return to just make up the numbers, Kelly. I’m back … and I want the Womens Championship.

Small pop.

Gail Kim: I have an incredible amount of respect for Mickie James, especially after all the abuse she has suffered with Melina the past few months. For her to have come through all of that with her title still in tact shows how much heart she has. It’ll be an honour to face her for the title down the road-

Voice: You’ll have to make do with me.

BETH PHOENIX enters the scene, to heat from the fans, with Gail standing her ground against the hulking female.

Beth Phoenix: Because after I’m done with Mickie James, there wont be much of her left … and I’LL be holding the Womens Championship.

Gail nods, thinking about the statement for a moment.

Gail Kim: And who says you’re going to get a shot first??

Beth doesn’t flinch an inch, eyeballing the returning diva.

Beth Phoenix: Me … and don’t you forget it. I’ve had to wait long enough for Mickie James. Anyone that tries to stand in my way from now on … is making a lot of trouble for themselves.

Phoenix backs up, and leaves the scene, with Gail standing firm, but not responding.

…

Back into the arena…

**JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES**

The fans rise to their feet, as we get the first sighting of CAPTAIN CHARISMA this evening!! The World Champion walks onto the stage, patting his precious championship, looking out, into the sea of ‘Peeps’, before making his way down the aisle.

Jim Ross: Well … this is an unexpected surprise.

The Coach: I don’t like surprises.

Jim Ross: We had been under the impression that Christian had the night off-

The Coach: What type of World Champion takes a night off???

Jim Ross: Not this one, Coach, he’s here.

The Coach: The sooner he loses that belt the better. His head gets bigger by the week.

Christian approaches the announce table to join J.R and Coach … and Coach immediately gets up to greet the champion, acting as if he is in the middle of a sentence.

The Coach: AND WHAT A FINE CHAMPION HE IS, J.R!!! Christian has earned the respect of just about everyone-

Christian: Give it a rest, Coach.

Christian by passes Coach, and shakes hands with J.R, as Coach sits back down, looking angry, muttering “That‘s the last time I‘m making an effort with you”.

Jim Ross: Well, Christian, last night, you once again came through a stern challenge to retain the World Heavyweight Title. Mister Kennedy must’ve earned your respect with his showing last night??

Christian: Absolutely. J.R, I always knew Kennedy was going to be a tough challenge last night, and I have no doubt he’ll earn another shot - possibly as soon as tonight - but right now, I’m peaking. Kennedy seemed to have it in his head that I had maybe lost a step from after the Hell in a Cell match at Backlash with Triple H, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I proved that last night, and believe me, I’m here to stay as World Heavyweight Champion.

The Coach: Yeah, for now.

Christian: Speak up, Coach.

The Coach: Don’t wanna.

**KENNEDY**

For the second time this evening, the music of the 2006 King of the Ring fills the building, and gets a similar mixed reaction, but leaning way more on the heat.

The Coach: Here is the man that SHOULD be World Champion already, ladies and gentlemen. Mister Kennedy dominated Christian last night at Vengeance, had him on the verge of submitting to the Krossface-

Christian: And he still lost. J.R, how do you work with this guy week in, week out??

Jim Ross: I’ve got bills to pay, champ.

The Coach: Best two hours of your week, and you know it.

Kennedy walks around the ringside area, stopping at the announce table, and eyeballs Christian, with the champion nodding, looking comfortable, at ease, telling Kennedy “Anytime”. Kennedy replies with “Soon.”, before getting onto the apron, and stepping inside the ring.

Jim Ross: Tense.

**MEDAL**

And to a fairly robust reaction from the fans, Angle steps onto the stage, and paces right down the aisle, wasting no time.

Jim Ross: Well, ladies and gentlemen, I am just receiving word from the General Managers office, ahead of Saturday Nights Main Event, Eric Bischoff has sent an open invitation to all four members of the Raw roster competing in the eight man tag team showcase match, to appear on Smackdown … and in addition, Eric Bischoff has signed ANOTHER former king versus former king match … Brock Lesnar, one on one, for the first time in two years … against … THAT MAN, Kurt Angle!!!

The Coach: WOW!!!

Christian: That is pretty impressive.

Jim Ross: Can we expect to see you there, Christian??

Christian: Without a doubt, J.R. I’ll be there.

The Coach: Cant wait for that.

Christian: Like you’ve anything better to do on a Friday Night, Coach.

Jim Ross: When we come back, it’s Angle and Kennedy, one on one, and the winner will go on to face Christian at some stage down the road. You CANNOT miss this one!!!

Commercial Break

{/OVVERUN}

Main Event | #1 CONTENDERS MATCH:
*World Heavyweight Champion, Christian on commentary*
Mister Kennedy vs. Kurt Angle
Joined in progress, with both men letting loose, beating the tar out of one another, trying to get the crowd fired up to make up for the heel/heel dynamic. They brawl to the outside, each getting the opportunity to slam the others head off the steel steps, with Kennedy eventually reversing a whip into the ringpost to get the upper hand. He takes the brief moment of respite to make a beeline for Christian on commentary, talking trash, before turning his attention back to Angle, but misses a clothesline … AND ANGLE SCORES WITH A BELLY TO BELLY!! The Olympian rolls his opponent back inside to break the count, and gives Christian a piece of his mind before entering the ring again himself.

After a near fall off the Belly to Belly, Angle continues to press, and wears down the 2006 King of the Ring winner with a front facelock, but Kennedy soon battles back, fighting out of the hold, and reignites the fist fight. The two trade near falls, going back and forth again, before a brief counter period, with Angle attempting to apply the Ankle Lock, but Kennedy reversing/countering the attempts, and nearly locks in the Krossface, but Kurt avoids it.

Angle though, doesn’t avoid a roundhouse kick from Kennedy, giving the loudmouth a near fall on the Olympian. KK drags Angle up after, sending him to the corner and racing in after, but Angle gets an elbow up to wobble Kennedy, and manages to deliver a German for another near fall. Kennedy struggles to get up now, as Angle looks to be shaping up for the Angle Slam … and goes for it, but Kennedy drops off behind, with Kurt running off the ropes, charging at Ken, but the 2006 KOTR low bridges the ropes, and Angle topples to the outside!!!


Kennedy follows out, and pulls his opponent up, SENDING ANGLE INTO THE TIMEKEEPERS TABLE!!! Kennedy pushes through the carnage, dragging Kurt back out, and around the commentary position - BUT ANGLE FIGHTS FREE!!! The two men trade blows with Angle knocking Kennedy backward, and Ken stumbles backward, falling onto Christian, with the champion getting up to move, but Angle SHOVES HIM out of the way!!

Kurt drops Kennedy face first onto the barrier, but before he can continue - CHRISTIAN GRABS HIM!!! Captain Charisma gets in Angles face, taking liberty with the way he was treated seconds ago by Angle, but Kurt argues back, telling the champion to get out of the way, and looks to grab Kennedy, but Kennedy rares back with a right hand, rocking Kurt, and he shoves Angle into Christian, with the champion getting really angry now, shoving Kurt away, and getting in the face of Kennedy, who gives plenty of mouth back. Angle gets back up, but instead of coming after Kennedy, HE CHEAP SHOTS CHRISTIAN!!!

Angle is heard shouting “GET OUTTA THE DAMN WAY!!”, as Kennedy JOINS IN, and puts the boots to Christian!!! The two opponents TEAM UP momentarily, to put the champion down, BEFORE GETTING TORN INTO EACH OTHER AGAIN WITH RIGHT HANDS!!! They brawl back around ringside … going punch for punch … as the bell is rung!! BOTH MEN HAVE BEEN COUNTED OUT!!!
Winner: Double Count Out @ 09:37

The fans boo, with neither man earning a title shot like they had intended to tonight, and both simultaneously stop their assault on one another, to show their displeasure at the result. They shake their heads, and momentarily look set to start fighting again by blaming each other for the count out … but it seems they end up agreeing that THEY aren’t to blame … and look to CHRISTIAN instead!!

Angle points to the champion, who is trying to pick himself up, and Kennedy nods … with the two rivals for the #1 Contendership now moving toward Christian - AND TEAM UP TO ATTACK HIM!!!

Kennedy and Angle batter Christian, pounding him onto the ground, again taking turns to put the boots to him, before dragging Christian up, and rolling him back inside the ring, looking to take the beating further. Meanwhile, on commentary, Coach declares that ‘Christian deserves this for meddling’, whilst J.R defends the champion saying that he had been minding his own business.

In the ring, Kennedy and Angle conference as to what to do with the champion, before Kennedy pie faces the official, who had been pleading with them to stop the attack, getting rid of him. Angle takes Christian to the corner, and begins to hammer the champion, beating him to a seated position … WHICH ALLOWS KENNEDY TO RACE IN … WITH THE FACEWASH!!! Kennedy laughs at his actions, whilst Angle now DROPS THE STRAPS … and drags the champ into the middle of the ring … AND ATTEMPTS TO APPLY THE ANKLELOCK …

**MY TIME IS NOW**

Suddenly, the Ford Centre COMES ALIVE, as JOHN CENA makes his second appearance of the evening - to a mixed reaction, especially after his actions earlier - and hobbles onto the stage, CARRYING A STEEL CHAIR!!!

Angle and Kennedy see the arrival of Cena, and decide to stop the attack there, slowly leaving the ring, and making their way over the barrier to leave through the crowd.

Cena walks down the ramp, still wielding the chair, saving Christian from a beating tonight, and stays at the bottom of the ramp, pointing off into the distance at Angle and Kennedy, whilst Christian slowly comes around in the ring. On commentary, Coach yells out that Cena is just trying to keep himself in amongst the prime time players, but he doesnt belong in this company anymore.

The show now comes to an end, with J.R shilling the fact that these four will have to co-exist at Saturday Nights Main Event, before questioning if they can, with the World Heavyweight Championship on the mind of all three of Christians partners…


END OF SHOW


***

Official Card for WWE Saturday Nights Main Event:
Date: 23rd June 2007
Location: The Pyramid, Memphis TN
Event Music: POD, Lights Out

2007 KING OF THE RING TOURNAMENT:

*

~ QUARTER FINALS ~
Umaga vs. William Regal
Shelton Benjamin vs. Matt Hardy
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Carlito vs. Brent Albright
Charlie Haas vs. Paul London

*

~ SEMI FINALS ~
Umaga / William Regal vs. Shelton Benjamin / Matt Hardy
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Carlito / Brent Albright vs. Charlie Haas / Paul London

*

~ GRAND FINAL ~
Umaga / William Regal / Shelton Benjamin / Matt Hardy
vs.
Carlito / Brent Albright / Charlie Haas / Paul London

***

Special Attraction | Eight Person Tag Team Match:
Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, Edge & Batista vs.
Christian, John Cena, Kurt Angle & Mr. Kennedy

Phenom?? Or Phoney??
~ John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield awaits The Undertakers response ~

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First off, Wolfy, don't know if I ever have, but I must applaud for having stuck with this so long. Truly the G.O.A.T. anywho...

Starting off with Kennedy is an interesting way to do things, given the circumstances from Vengeance the night before. Good job with this. Not the KK I'm used to hearing but it's good that you have him in a different persona/character because the comedy shtick can get old after a while. So marks for that. Good start. Here comes Kurt, and he starts off hot and I thought you did a good job of capturing him down to a tee. KK/Angle exchange of words was done well, and didn't think anything seemed out of the ordinary. Here comes the Bisch. Special Attraction Match sounds pretty awesome. Angle/KK for the #1 Contender's Spot sounds nice. Pretty good overall start to the show. Nothing too fancy or amazing, but solid work.

Squash match for CODY RHODES. Nothing more that needs to be said, except he could use some sort of push (unless you are, been out of the loop for a while. Though with the squash that suggest he is getting some love)

at Regal. This guy is so awesome and fun to write with. Well done promo here and if Regal does well at SNME I'll mark.

British Lions taken out? Probably the doing of MNM given what happened at Vengeance. This seems interesting.

Not that it's really important but just being picky due to me knowing some Spanish, it's 'escuchame,' Man I miss Estrada and his awesomeness on the microphone. Good job capturing him well enough, and while Regal is his opponent with what I said before, it seems inevitable that off the big win over HBK that Umaga could very well be the King of the Ring and the holder of the MITB Briefcase. But anything can happen I suppose. Just seems likely to me. Anywho good stuff so far. Not minding the promo heaviness. Damn, making Umaga look like a TOTAL beast by having him beat Mysterio in 5 minutes. King of the Ring almost looks like a lock at this point, especially after that.

LOL @ Mysterio getting owned by Rhyno. All I have to say.

World Tour sounds awesome. Reminds me of what Grendrill did once before. Should own quite frankly.

Well now it really seems like MNM is behind the attack now even though they seemed to have a defense for everything that was said. That IS how it usually works though. Straight Edge enters the fray and things get interesting. I like the idea but somehow, by hook or crook, can see MNM pulling something out of their asses and winning.

Marks for Gail Kim imo. Good addition and good depth to the Women's Division. Obvious choice here to put her over and make her look good, and I expect her to make a splash. No hotshotting though plz.

CENA~

3 hour Raw? Must have missed that. Any explanation would be nice just a tad confused here. Anywho, Cena promo was good though I didn't really like him looking like a total bitch by apologizing to the fans and what not. THough given his character I guess that's the only option. Came off awkwardly idk. MIZ. @ Coach. Love him. Don't personally think Miz/Cena could be in the cards yet (unless you have him elevated to that status, not really sure) as it, with a blind eye, looks like a bit of a dropoff for Cena. So not sure what will come of this, but it intrigues me. Yeah, nvm. Cena owns Miz and Miz looks like a jobber. Cena's aggressiveness is something that I would not mind seeing being extenuated. Looking forward to seeing where you take him.

HBK fucked up big time. Don't think that Vengeance was the last of Umaga/HBK though.

Hardy promo seemed a little bit generic and bland but you made it work well enough to make it readable. Eric making the all outside parties banned announcement is huge quite frankly. The fairness factor should play a vital role in what happens in those matches imo. Don't see it being made for no reason, something will definitely be impacted from that. Just a matter of what.

at the bait and switch by MNM. Awesome stuff. Good work though I was surprised the match went so short, and now it definitely appears that MNM was behind it all, booking wise by giving them the straps. Expect British Lions/MNM at SSlam with the Lions getting the duke in London, imho.

The unnamed guys sticking around makes me think they might be important.

TLO! Awesome stuff from Long, who I think is probably a better manager than a GM but that's another story. I really like how you've booked The Brotherhood, especially Shelton, who fucking owns in this thread thus far. Main event push plz. OMG at the throne. Fucking awesome. I could deal with "King Shelton" on a personal level, but I really feel like Umaga is going to win. Regardless, good way of making things look more interesting and as I said, Shelton fucking owns in this thread. Hardy getting his say makes sense from a booking stand point, but hopefully he's owned by Benjamin. No marks for a Hardy victory at SNME tbh.

Gail/Beth confrontation was decent stuff, not much really to say here though. Glam or Gail being Women's Champ would sit well with me, both are great. Good work with both divas there.

Pretty good main event though the dusty finish was not what I was expecting, but it definitely blurs the WHC scene that's for certain. Cena coming out clouds it even more, as you have a few possibilities here. Christian/Angle would be a fresh approach, you could also go with a F4W. Or Cena could get a shot, though from a booking stand point after he just got beat by Angle, wouldn't make sense. Or KK could scheme his way to getting another shot. Regardless, it's definitely an interesting scenario but hopefully the two situations (F4W, Christian/Angle) occur, with Christian/Angle being the most preferred by me personally.

Overall, solid solid shit as always. Not world-beating, but very exceptional. You're still the man around here Wolf, no doubt about it.
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Solid opening to the show overall, Kennedy sounded fine to me. You put Ken's hunger for another shot at the title over well here and I don't think he'll be challenging for it just yet, he's defo got a future chance coming to him. KURT ANGLE! RATINGS. I marked for Angle telling Kennedy he'll remove him from the equation, awesome line. Bischoff coming out and making matches was alright, big 8 man tag should be epic. Nice and typical of Bisch to milk his time on the mic and booking Angle/Kennedy is wise, Kurt had better fucking win tho

ugh Cody Rhodes. Funny thing is Scotty 2 Hotty was more over than this guy can ever hope to be. I don't have a problem with you pushing younger talent aslong as they have the talent to make it (Kennedy, Carlito, MVP) but Cody is so God awful, do not approve of this push at all. S2H should've no sold him and squashed him with THE WORM. Fuck Cody Rhodes and his bland, boring and talentless self

YOUMANGA! . I love Regal. I see you enjoy writing him, he sounded spot on. Can't see Regal beating Mags unless HBK gets involved, and I cant see that happening after what happened at Vengeance

Armando Estrada promo was nice, putting over the domination of HBK and his usual bigging up of his boy Umaga. Rey got fucked up not only by Mags but then by RHYNO. YES! Keep Rhyno around plz, and use him well. I approve of Mysterio being owned by The Man Beast

Lions out again? Surely it's gotta be MNM but I dunno, maybe you'll swerve us. Interesting segment here, I can see you having MNM lose sadly and basically kill your tag division in the process and have John Morrison go solo, which would suck, coz well, he sucks. lol @ Bischoff accusing Punk/Helms at the end

Gail Kim? Meh. Whatever. Decent enough talent, doesn't get enough love. Push plz

Cena promo was alright, not a fan at all of his suck up face character so I can't say I enjoyed it. The Miz? Oh dear, please don't push. I actually marked for Cena destroying Miz at the end, thats how much I feel Miz isn't deserving of running in the big leagues. Heel turn for Cena has gotta be close after this

Solid and short Hardy promo, Bischoff banning outside parties is a nifty move, defo will work in Hardy's favour

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! MNM are the champs again. Fucking love it. Tag division is saved for now. Such an epic way to steal them aswell, Punk/Helms got totally out crafted. Well played sir, I'm so happy you didnt have MNM disband and go with the boring John Morrison crap

King Shelton. Teddy Long was in fine form on the mic here, he's damn fun to write. Well done there. Matt Hardy coming out and fucking shit up was awesome too just coz I was expecting him to get owned by The Brotherhood. Still think Matt's winning on SNME but this was a cool segment to get their rivalry over

Kim/Beth segment? Eh. Wasn't much at all thankfully, Phoenix is defo next in line tho. Summerslam seems likely

Main event was entertaining but a double count out finish? Ugh. Kennedy doesn't deserve another title shot right now, but hopefully come Summerslam it will be Christian/Angle and Ken won't be in there. Talking about the 8 man tag, Kennedy seems the weak link compared to the other 7 names in there

You continue to entertain and impress. Of course you're pushing some absolute gutter shite with your new found love for "NEW TALENT" but overall, hey, you're still the man
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WWE Superstars | June 19 2007

Layla El defeated Victoria @ 03:16 after Maryse provided a distraction, screwing over the veteran diva, with Victoria livid after the match, cementing a double turn from the two divas, as the upstart French Canadian turns heel.

Evan Bourne & Elix Skipper defeated Deuce & Domino @ 08:12 when Bourne hit the Air Bourne on Deuce for the victory. Skipper again praised Bourne after the match, with Evan unsure how to react, still wanting the chance for a rematch against the veteran cruiserweight.

Tyson Tomko (with X-Pac) defeated Val Venis @ 04:23 with a Big Boot.

Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy defeated Kid Kash & Daivari @ 11:29 when Crazy hit the triple moonsault on Kash.


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Friday Night Smackdown Preview:

Tulsa hosts Smackdown this Friday, when we will be a mere twenty four hours away from Saturday Nights Main Event, with plenty of buzz surrounding the culmination of the 2007 King of the Ring tournament. Could the 2007 King be one of the four remaining Smackdown competitors?? All four are in action on Friday, with good friends Brent Albright & Charlie Haas aka The Master Craftsmen taking on Carlito and the United States Champion, Paul London. It's a final chance to build momentum going into tomorrow nights marathon; which duo will do just that??

Elsewhere, Eric Bischoff - the interim GM of Smackdown - has yielded his power, and put together an eight man tag match this weekend, pitting Raw against Smackdown. This Friday, tensions could boil over on both sides with Mister Kennedy, Kurt Angle, John Cena and the World Heavyweight Champion Christian all invited to attend Smackdown, and Angle will even be in action, as he battles former long time adversary, Brock Lesnar, in a battle of two former Kings of the Ring. Can the Raw and Smackdown superstars remain on the same page this Friday AND Saturday?? There are no friends on either side, but rather, bitter enemies. What kind of chaos can we expect this Friday??

Also, JBL has set a deadline for The Undertaker to accept or decline his invitation to a match at the Great American Bash - and the deadline is Saturday Nights Main Event. For weeks - MONTHS even - Layfield has been trying to goad the Deadman out of hiding, to little avail ... have we really seen The Phenom for the final time?? JBL is sure to make his presence felt this Friday following his shocking loss to Jamie Noble last week on Smackdown, due perhaps, to parlour games of The Undertaker?? Curiously, the lights went out twice last week during JBL's match, eventually costing him the contest. What will the self made millionaire have to say about that loss this week??

While Noble may have been fortunate to escape with a victory against the Wrestling God, he could reap the benefits this week, as he takes on Brian Kendrick. If he wins, he will challenge for the Cruiserweight title at the Great American Bash, but should Kendrick overcome Noble, he gets his wish of a title match - the opportunity to hold two titles - against the United States Champion, Paul London at the Great American Bash instead. Which man will book himself a title match at Smackdowns next PPV??

Elsewhere, AMW have promised to offer Booker T & Elijah Burke one final chance at the WWE Tag Team Championships - but have revealed they want something from the challengers in return. What could Harris and Storm have up their sleeves for the veteran and the rookie??

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Smackdown will be posted in recap folks. Apologies. In advance, I'll say now that next weeks Raw and possibly Smackdown too will be in recap form. Just want to get to the build for Summerslam now tbh, although SNME will be in lengthy recap - matches wont be in full I'm afraid. Bit burned out after Vengeance tbh.

Smackdown (in recap) to be posted sometime in the next 24 hours.
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