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Re: Being The Booker

Good to see you posting some shows, but I’m a little disappointed to see this in recap, man. Was looking forward to a big build to SummerSlam on the RAW side of things, especially with the WWE Title situation looking exciting.

Bischoff starting off pissed off about what happened the previous night isn’t something I expected to see, but having him talk about how he’s really a RAW man and is thus going to take action is a very interesting spin to put on this show, and a clever way to follow up on King of the Ring. The punishment idea is a little surprising, but it’s certainly set us up a huge card. Benjamin defending in a fatal four way gives the card an exciting feel, while Umaga should get to look like a beast here and Hardy’s problem with Shelton continues, setting up a solid card. A clever way to follow up on last night, using Bischoff’s character who takes pride in his business to make for a good show.

Simple win for Umaga works well to keep him looking beastly, while Regal isn’t really done any harm in his tough midcarder role because of who Umaga is and what kind of environment he’s in there with him.

I’m going to make a general comment on the tag division on RAW to start with and say that I thought MNM taking the titles back last week was maybe a step back in the wrong direction. It seems to guarantee there will only be more matches between Straight Edge and MNM, especially with no other possible face challengers. At least with Straight Edge on top, it looked like we could have seen an extended feud with The Brotherhood, which wouldn’t have been bad. No one really springs forward to challenge MNM in my mind aside from Straight Edge. With that said, it’s probably a good thing Straight Edge are staying in the title scene, even if their rivalry with MNM is played out, because you don’t really have any other strong teams right now. MNM wrestling in the main event as punishment is an interesting point as well, and should hopefully go a long way to getting them some momentum back after they’ve stalled in a big way since Backlash.

As you know, I’m really looking forward to SummerSlam in this thread. Not too sure what to expect on the SmackDown! side, but Christian/Kurt Angle on the RAW side seems big.

Gail getting a victory over Jillian for the second straight week is a good way to keep her momentum up since her return, while Jillian requesting a rematch is a nice excuse to use the same jobber twice.

Very nice match here, with a good pace being kept throughout following the big dive to the outside, as you probably should with a midcard multi-man match. All the tools you had at your disposal were utilized well here (the history between Shelton and Rey, Straight Edge being able to team up, Teddy Long being at ringside and Rhyno with the run in attack on Rey) to make for an exciting match. Nothing wrong with the typical heel finish either, as it’s typical for a reason – it works.

I was surprised to see an interview from MNM here that almost seemed a bit dark. Mentions of an entourage? Not something I’d expect from MNM, but I guess they’re just anonymous characters that serve the purpose of getting the titles back on MNM, as well as setting up a rivalry between The British Lions and MNM once the tag champs defeat Straight Edge.

Not surprised we’re seeing Angle come out for a promo after absolutely nothing was resolved last week to do with the title situation (I guess kind of because you never planned to have last week’s shows). You could have had Angle talk up his achievements and how he beat Cena, but I’m really glad you didn’t, because we had just seen him do that last week, so having him do it again this week would have been a tad repetitive. At the same time, having him instantly challenge Christian to the shot makes Angle appear really intense, just as he should. Kennedy interrupting was to be expected after last week resolved nothing, and while their exchange seemed fine, I’m not so keen on the heel vs. heel confrontation, just because I can’t see the crowd really wanting to cheer either man on, thus not really caring. What was said was fine though, using Saturday Night’s Main Event well up to build things up into threats before the interruption from Bischoff. I found it a little interesting that on a night of punishment, Bischoff didn’t take any action against Angle and Kennedy, two guys who attacked their partner in a match that RAW ended up losing. Everything else has made sense thus far to do with that, but these twop now getting almost rewarded with a title shot seems a little off. Still, the triple threat next week is big, and the rationale that neither man deserves a one-on-one shot, meaning there will be a triple threat works too. An alright promo, piecing together a big match for next week that will hopefully point us in the direction of SummerSlam’s main event.

Taking advantage of King’s use at Saturday Night’s Main Event by having Cody call him out is really clever, with the point that Lawler reminds Cody of the people he dislikes by parading around with the crown and not stepping aside being nice.

Having Cody beat Lawler in Tennessee is a good way to get the youngster some heat, while the way the match ended was certainly a surprise. I thought Goldust was done with in this angle, but having him stick around – as his normal self – is a great looking move, taking the angle somewhere I couldn’t see it going and showing why you’re the man around here. It’s just a midcard angle, but it’s these little things on your shows that I love.

Nice little promo from Matt to continue to build towards his move up the card (from the look of things), keeping the talk of the fire to move up going and giving Matt some real direction. The line about not being ashamed of losing to Albright, while also not being proud was really nice, as was the final line.

I like the idea of Rhyno’s promo just being him and the camera, allowing him to come off as more intense. The match for next week with Mysterio sounds good, making a big card even bigger.

The Brotherhood obviously had to win this match, but the way you had them punish Matt. then had Long slap Matt around after the match was a nice way to keep the heat up in Matt’s feud with Shelton.

I just want to once again reinforce how much I’ve enjoyed the Mickie/Melina angle before this promo. Reading it now is great, because the feud now seems like evolving on, while also providing closure for the Mickie/Melina aspect. The promo from Mickie was what you’d expect to begin with, thanking the fans and all that, before moving on to Melina. Having her thank Melina is something a little different, but it’s also something really clever, turning Mickie into that real motivational type figure as a face. Having her now want to focus on being the Women’s Champion is a good way to show she’s now got her head in the game too, before the interruption from Phoenix that HAD to happen. Keeping it short from Phoenix was probably for the best, as she’s never been the best speaker. The line about Beth not being able to move on with her life earlier, thus she’s not letting Mickie do the same now was really nice, while having her come for her revenge now is good, as Mickie vs. Beth is THE match for SummerSlam. Basic promo, but one that had to happen for Mickie’s problems to move on from Melina to Beth. With the history already between Mickie and Beth, plus the fact that they’re two of the better women’s workers on the roster, I’m really looking forward to seeing this one head to SummerSlam, and I don’t often say that about a women’s match. You’ve continued to book this division really well, so kudos on that.

WWE coming to Australia? Fuck yeah.

Reinforcing Cena’s slump by making it the theme of this interview is clever, making sure it’s in the front of everyone’s mind when they think of Cena at the moment. Cena acknowledging the issues, admitting to thinking about Vengeance and setting up his aim to get back into the title picture for SummerSlam is good on his part, typifying the fighting Cena attitude well. The little confrontation with Christian was nice too, perhaps adding a bit of tension before the main event.

MNM’s instant revival seems a little odd, but handing them the win here does the job in making them look like they begin again as tag team champions. Cena is kept looking strong with the way in which the finish went down, so he still feels like a main eventer despite his downward spiral continuing. The Kennedy interference didn’t feel like it was necessary, but I guess you wanted to hype up the main event for next week too.

The aftermath here was interesting. I’m glad to see you showing the situation getting to Cena, while Straight Edge chasing MNM off works to hype up their title match next week. Umaga and Estrada coming out to play mind games with Christian is a nice way to keep him in the picture, and Angle attacking Christian was the right way to end things, with his attack taking precedence over Kennedy’s. Good close to the show.


While the tag division is lacking depth at the moment, everything else on RAW seems to be firing. Your midcard angles are looking good, the Women’s Title scene is the best in BTB (sorry Legend, but he just has you beat ), and your main event scene certainly has plenty going on. SummerSlam is feeling like the big card that it should without any matches being announced yet and the show being two months away, and that’s all thanks to this build. Good stuff, mang.

P.S. Don’t worry, you don’t owe me anything – I’m just happy to have you posting, really.

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Re: Being The Booker

Hey Wolfy I'm just going to briefly cover the important points and threads that you've got running at the moment. I've been a long time fan of this thread for years.

RAW

Although I'm a peep and I think you've booked Christian's title run well, he's a babyface but he's kept that sarcastic edge to him, I'm hoping to see Kennedy win the belt. He's slowly evolved into my favourite main eventer on Raw and you've done a great job in elevating him to the main event without it seeming rushed. It remember you toyed with making him more sadistic and taking away the KENNEDY schtick but I'm glad to see you've left a bit of his over the top character.

I've never been a fan of Matt Hardy although I know you are so I'm bracing myself for a Hardy IC Title run. The Black Diamond is such a cool nickname by the way, did you invent that? Also a clever idea to give Shelton a mouthpiece in Teddy Long. I'm hoping Shelton somehow keeps the belt but I'm probably going to be wrong on that one.

I've always thought you're one slight weakness was in the tag division. It was still entertaining but there wasn't as many fun storylines like there were in the other divisions but that's changed now. The MnM/ Straight Edge feud has been pretty epic with lots of twists and turns. I was certain you were going to split them up and have Nitro go out on his own but I was wrong. Am I right in thinking his Entourage may involve a Broski?

I have no idea where the British Lions fit in with all this and to be honest I'm confused quite a bit about them. Burchill seemed to turn face without any explanation and the whole Katie/DH Smith affair thing hasn't really been addressed yet. I thought maybe Burchill would have turned on Smith by now and revealed he was always heel but that ship looks to have sailed now. I'm sure you'll be able to explain it all in time though.

I've gotten to the point where I think you've almost booked yourself into a corner with Umaga. Who in the hell can believably beat him at this point? As strong as you've booked Christian I don't see him capable. Nor Kennedy, Angle, Cena etc. He's been dominant and it's been fun to read. You've got Armando down perfectly by the way, great stuff

The Women's stuff from an originality standpoint might be your very best work. You built up this secret so much I was wondering what it could be that would be a satisfying pay off but I think you did it. You've also managed to keep Mickie the sympathetic babyface which is no mean feat. With bad writing she could have easily come as a the heel here so well done. You've had one really good feud out of it with Melina/Mickie and I imagine it will be an even bigger grudge feud with Beth. I've always thought that if I had my btb the biggest thing I'd struggle with would the Womens divisions so I'm very impressed.

The other major talking point is of course the business with Cena. Legend has covered most of my thoughts but I think it has to be said again. The reason you're my favourite on here is the long term planning. I remember the Angle/Hart stuff that was a year in the making with loads of lovely subtle hints. The HBK/Rock feud was the same as well, it was one of the best aspects of the brand extension era when they'd hint at a possible inter-brand feud, like Angle/HBK or Goldberg/Brock and I think you're the master of it. You started to remark on the "Cena/Cena Sucks" chants during the Christian feud. I'm pretty sure up until then you'd always had Cena get a positive babyface reaction. Then the stuff at Vince's farewell, the tapping out to Angle and the recent losing streak suggest a long awaited heel turn may be on the horizion. I cannot wait for that.

Smackdown

I've enjoyed seeing Orton dominate on Smackdown and become the "Viper". I thought pre Wrestlemania he'd sort of been left out in the cold with nothing to do so it's nice to see him rack up the victories and become the main man on the Blue brand. The stuff with Arn Anderson was a nice twist on the evil GM thing. Having a babyface try to stack the deck against a heel and then realise his mistakes was an original piece of writing. It also led to AA leaving which to be honest I'm in favour of. I think having Eric running both shows as a tweener is the best way to go.

I know you've said yourself that Edge has been incredibly lucky in never winning the belt but I think that much like Batista Edge has probably lost his chance now at being Champ. He's been on the verge too often and there's only so many times you can snatch defeat from the jaws of success before people give up on you. As a heel it gives him a little more time but still I hope it's not too late for him.

Much like Kennedy I've loved the slow realistic build you've given London. You didn't hotshot him and make it look daft but instead he's slowly rose through the ranks and it now doesn't look out of place to hear him talking about winning the WWE title one day. He's always an ex Crusierweight, Tag Team and current US champion isn't he? I hope his feud with Kendrick is a long one. I loved the original The Brian Kendrick run back in 2008. Maybe have them battle to become double champions? Either way I hope it lasts all summer. They need to have a ladder match at Summerslam by the way.

Albright was a surprise choice as KOTR but it's one I'm happy with. Heels always work better as KOTR winners for some reason and I imagine this is the start of his ascent into the Main event. With the loss of Jericho and RVD I think the Main event needs some new blood.

By the way you should definitely develop the London/Albright rivalry. It should be like Rock/HHH in that they feud with each other up the ladder from the mid card into the main event. I have absolutely loved their matches, I think they gel really well and I hope to see more from them in the future.

I know you've never liked Booker T so I guess we're going to see him leaving very soon. Possibly due to a heel turn and gimmick debut of The Pope? On the one hand I think it's the right decision to get rid of the old guard like Booker T and if means us seeing The Pope then I'm definitely in favour but on the other hand I think the WWE tag titles need to be taken off AMW. They seem to have been champions forever, I remember the heel turn freshened them up a little but I think they need to take a break. Maybe it's because I never saw their TNA run but I've never really warmed to them.

I don't have my own thread so you don;t have to worry about replying to this but I just thought you deserved to hear some feedback for all your hard work and I felt bad lurking. Hope this helps.

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Re: Being The Booker

Just to clear up, it was this week of shows that I hadnt intended on ever doing, as it occured at the same point as a 'certain event'. However, I needed the extra week to flesh out the build up for GAB over on Smackdown, hence the 'fillerish' nature of Raw.

Glad you're enjoying the current womens angle with Mickie/Beth, BKB. Unfortunately, you have to thank TKOW for it though because he kept bugging me to change Alexis to Mickie, and this was the result of it. One of the best decisions I've ever made though tbh.

I fully accept the criticisms on the tag division at the minute. I had intended on MNM and Straight Edge holding the division together in an extended feud right through the summer from January, but somewhere along the way (right after Backlash really) the feud lost it's way, but I'm hoping in the coming weeks it can begin to heat up again. And there are more tandems on the way. One of which I'm very excited about.

Thanks for your comments Ruud , and I certainly couldnt comment on any certain Broski being part of any entourage . The Burchill face turn was rushed, which was my fault, and while there has been little in the way of a follow up on the Katie/Smith romance, keep tuned.

Glad you've been enjoying the shows, hopefully you continue to do so

Anyway, no preview for Smackdown. I've taken long enough to get around to posting it. I'll also be making a news and notes kinda post at some point later in the week, which I meant to do after KOTR.

So, Superstars results and Smackdown in brief form...

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WWE Superstars | June 26 2007



X-Pac (with Tyson Tomko) defeated Val Venis @ 06:11 with an X-Factor.

Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy (referred to on commentary as Los Latinos) defeated two local jobbers @ 06:01, when Guerrero pinned Jobber A with the Gory Bomb to give the new tandem their second straight win.

Maria defeated Maryse @ 03:49 after Victoria provided a distraction, gaining revenge for last weeks actions from Maryse, where she distracted Victoria, costing her a victory.

Evan Bourne defeated Chris Masters @ 08:22, thanks to an assist from Elix Skipper - an assist that Bourne was unaware of. After the match, Skipper raises the arm of Bourne, with the up and comer unsure at how to react to Elix.


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Friday Night Smackdown | June 29 2007 | Nashville TN



Saturday Nights Main Event Recap Video; focusing on Brent Albrights King of the Ring victory.

Opening Video

Pyro

Just like last week, Joey Styles is the first voice to be heard - but no sooner does he speak, that Michael Cole speaks over him to handle the introductions. The uneasy tension on commentary continues…

**MEET YOUR MASTER**

Who else could open the show?? Six nights on from being crowned the 2007 King of the Ring, Brent Albright waltzes onto the stage joined by his good friend, Charlie Haas. Whilst making his entrance, Cole plays up the fact that he was at ringside to witness Albright being crowned KOTR at the weekend - to which Tazz responds, making a reference that he had been on hand to call the action, but Cole had played some politics backstage to get the gig at the last minute.

Once in the ring, Albright milks the heat from the fans, before recapping Saturday nights events, starting with the win over Carlito. Albright accuses Carlito of being a sore loser, and leads to Haas getting on the mic, talking about Carlitos later confrontation with Brent, moments before the KOTR final, where Haas would attack Carlito from behind. The two then discuss a challenge made by Carlito this week on wwe.com to EITHER Haas or Albright to face him at THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH!!! The Master Craftsmen both reject the challenge, before throwing out their own, offering Carlito the chance to face them BOTH at the Bash, if he can find a willing partner to take them on in a tag match.

Albright takes over the promo again, and recaps his gruelling and second MOTY contender with Paul London in two months, finally overcoming the U.S Champion - calling it “The sweetest victory of the evening”. Brent then moves onto the final, and reluctantly gives Matt Hardy credit for his fighting spirit, before saying “He simply delayed the inevitable” leading to his becoming King of the Ring … “And with it, the first strike in OUR quest to reclaim professional wrestling”.

Quickly. Albright requests that he isn’t referred to as ‘King Albright’, because he believes he’s bigger and better than a King … “If anything, I’m more of an Ace … the Ace of Spades”. Brent once again reiterates his desire to veer away from the over-the-top actions of previous ‘Kings’, and to use his victory as a stepping stone to bigger and better things for both himself and Charlie Haas. “And now that all of you are watching, the time to strike … is now”. Albright announces that he’s wasting no time, and that tonight, he goes one on one with the #1 Contender; BROCK LESNAR!! Once again, Haas gets on the mic to close the promo, basically restating Albrights KOTR speech, declaring that a victory tonight for Albright will be ANOTHER victory … for professional wrestling.

Commercial Break

**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
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Back from the break, Brian Kendrick is already in the ring, holding both the Cruiserweight and United States championships, with a mic in hand. He quickly hypes himself as a future dual champion, and when he defeats Paul London at the Great American Bash for the United States title, he’ll not just be seen by people as ‘that guy Brian Kendrick’ … instead, he’ll be recognized the world over, as … ‘THE Brian Kendrick’. And only THE Brian Kendrick has the ability, talent, and good looks, to be worthy of holding TWO championships on Smackdown. Kendrick then gets Chimmel back in the ring, and orders the announcer to re-introduce him … only this time as The Brian Kendrick. Chimmel does as he is told, as the opening contest gets the chance to finally get going…

Match 1 | Six Man Tag Team Match:
The Brian Kendrick & Americas Most Wanted vs. Paul London, Booker T & Elijah Burke
Intense, physical contest, with bad blood running on both sides, with the long running tag war between AMW & Book & Burke now coming to a sudden crescendo in less than two weeks, with Bookers career on the line helping to amp up the hostility, whilst London is hungry for revenge after Kendricks attack at SNME. Plenty of the commentary during the match focuses on the two matches involving these six men at the Great American Bash in nine days time, with Kendrick quickly tagging out to avoid London as he made a tag from Burke. Eventually, a cheap trick from Kendrick - low bridging the ropes from the apron - allows his side to get on top of London, and the beat down gets into full swing as we go to a commercial break.

Commercial Break

The show returns, with London beginning to make a comeback, but the expertise of the heel tag champions prevents him from making the much needed tag to Booker or Burke - infuriating the veteran and rookie on the outside. London fights on though, and after an enziguri to Storm, looks set to make the desperation tag, but Kendrick illegally drags his former friend back to the middle of the ring!! Momentarily, that sets off Book & Burke, but the referee soon diffuses the situation. Kendrick soon becomes the legal man, and has no worries about taking on The Golden Boy in this condition … but he comes in over-cocky, and nearly succumbs to an inside cradle, narrowly escaping at two. Kendrick gets on top of London after that, but as he loads up to hit Sliced Bread, London CROTCHES his foe on the top rope!!! The U.S Champion then leaps across the ring - TAGGING BOOKER T!!!

The former FIVE TIME WCW Champion steams in like a man possessed, hitting anything that moves, getting shots in on Harris and Storm, before delivering a Harlem Side kick on Kendrick … leading to the SPIN-A-ROONIE!!! After the crowd pleasing break dance, Booker is blindsided by Storm!!! The knockdown deflates the fans, and The Cowboy helps drag Kendrick to the corner, where Harris makes a tag, but as the tag is made, Burke steps into action, attacking Storm, whilst London dropsaults Kendrick to the floor, following out himself. In the ring, AMW get the better of Burke, and send him out of the ring, giving themselves the opportunity to set Booker up for the Death Sentence … but as Harris perches himself at the top rope, Booker bursts back into life, fighting off Storm, and throwing him over the top rope, where Burke is back up and waiting to tackle him down!! In the ring, Harris looks to improvise, and attempts an Axe Handle off the top - BUT IS CAUGHT - AND DRILLED WITH A BOOK END!!! Booker T makes the cover, hooking the leg tightly … 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Booker T, Elijah Burke & Paul London @ 12:38

Like a man with a new lease of life, the career threatened Booker T turns the clock back a few years, and picks up an impressive win over AMW!! On the outside, Kendrick is seen running up the aisle, wanting no part of London, whilst Burke leaves Storm laying, before he and London - with the United States Title back with it’s rightful owner - join the victorious Booker in the ring, with the faces standing tall, nine days away from the Bash!!



Clips then play from last weeks show, where MVP used Finlays own shillelagh to bust open the tough-as-nails Irishman, leaving the Belfast man laid out in the ring, leading to a challenge for a rematch tonight … FROM Finlay TO M.V.P … which has been accepted, and is up next!!

Commercial Break

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VIDEO PACKAGE

The scene opens with the face of NICK NEMETH, staring into a full length sized mirror. Smiling at his reflection, Nemeth runs a comb through his hair, before talking into the mirror.

Nick Nemeth: Hi again. Nick Nemeth here again.

Nemeth stops, patting a part of his hair with his hand to fix it to perfection.

Nick Nemeth: Y’know, some people use the word “Narcissist” like it’s a dirty word.

Nemeth stops smiling, and shakes his head in disgust.

Nick Nemeth: Some even use it as an insult; as a slight on someones character … a tool to make someone feel less good about themselves.

Head bowed momentarily, Nemeth continues.

Nick Nemeth: … Some people call me a narcissist.

Nemeths head slowly rises, looking up at the mirror with a grin on his face.

Nick Nemeth: I don’t take it as an insult though. To me?? Being called a narcissist is a compliment. I’m PROUD to be a narcissist. Yeah, I spend longer to make sure my hair sits perfectly … and I didn’t get this body by hanging out at McDonalds.

Nick stands, and shows off his perfect abs.

Nick Nemeth: I wear the tag of Narcissist as a badge of honour. Do you do the same with your tag of jealousy??

Nemeth pulls a white T-Shirt on, and runs his fingers through his hair again, making sure not one is out of place.

Nick Nemeth: Yes, I AM the most important person in my life … After all … if you cant love yourself … who can you love??

Nemeth winks, as the video fades out.

- ‘THE NARCISSIST’ NICK NEMETH -
~ COMING TO FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN ~
… SOON …
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Match 2:
M.V.P vs. Finlay
It’s obvious from the get go that Finlay isn’t interested in winning the match - he’s out for blood. The Irishman is extremely physical, with MVP trying to keep himself in it, but the veteran is hell bent on pure revenge tonight, and putting the hurt on the highest paid superstar on Smackdown. MVP tries to roll out to create some distance between himself and Finlay, but the fired up Irishman follows out, and tackles the unsuspecting opponent into the steel steps!!! Finlay then reaches for his trusty shillelagh … AND BASHES MVP!!!
Winner: Via DQ - M.V.P @ 01:58
The DQ is called, and Finlay gains a measure of revenge against MVP after his attack last week. Finlay kneels down, and hammers the weapon off the face of his opponent, with Porter now BUSTED OPEN!!! Officials rush to ringside to put a stop to the attack, as the manic Irishman makes his feelings known, having gotten a measure of revenge on Smackdowns highest paid superstar. Finlay - with a sadistic smirk on his face - is dragged away, whilst MVP looks like he just woke up in the middle of next week, is helped to a seated position at ringside, completely out of sorts.



Backstage, Josh Mathews conducts an interview with WWE Champion, Randy Orton, minus his New Wave. Asked for his thoughts on Lesnars actions at SNME, Orton responds by saying Lesnar is falling into a false sense of security if he thinks a cheap shot like this past weekend means he can do the same at the Great American Bash for the WWE Title. Orton reiterates that on July 8, it’s just the two of them, one on one … and it’s a fight that Lesnar simply cant win.

That leads Mathews to ask about the continued absence of Cade and Doane - neither man at the arena again tonight -, with Orton reminding Josh that Cade is still convalescing with a knee injury - at the hands of Lesnar - but Doane ‘has other issues to deal with at the moment’, being the reason for ‘The Future’ once again missing Smackdown. Orton does announce though, that BOTH Cade and Doane WILL be at Smackdown … NEXT WEEK. With a smile, Orton cryptically questions “But I‘m not sure we can say the same for Brock Lesnar” … but before Mathews can ask Orton to expand on his comment, the WWE Champion ends the interview, and walks off the set.



Back in the arena…

**LONGHORN**

The music of JBL hits, and attention immediately switches to his BURIED ALIVE match in nine days time against The Undertaker, with Cole again showing his fury at the match, saying it’s ‘inhuman’. After he exit’s the white stretch limo, we are told that the self made millionaire will be in action … NEXT!!

Commercial Break

Match 3:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. Funaki
Complete and utter squash. JBL roughs up the #1 announcer on Smackdown, running through his offence of big boot, swinging neck breaker, sidewalk slam, fall away slam, big shoulder, never even attempting a cover. However, JBL sends his message to the fans, eventually finishing Funaki off with a vicious Clothesline From Hell, and a cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield @ 02:59
Dominant victory for JBL, but no sooner has his hand been raised, does JBL call for the mic… and once he has it, Layfield shows his defiance, telling the audience that he doesn’t fear the Buried Alive match - he welcomes it. JBL goes into detail, reminding the fans that he has been chasing The Deadman for months - not the other way around - with the ‘end game - the whole purpose of his quest’ being to finish Taker once and for all … and he’s “salivating at the prospect of burying the Undertaker alive.”

As JBL then leaves the ring, Cole, Tazz and Styles discuss the match with Taker in nine days time, pointing out that JBL didn’t once mention the fact that HE could well be the one buried alive at the Great American Bash, putting over his belief that he can defeat The Deadman.



Now, backstage, we see BATISTA making his way down the hallway … on his way to the ring … NEXT!!

Commercial Break

{/SECOND HOUR}

**I WALK ALONE**

Batista - not dressed for action - makes his way to the ring, and quickly gets down to business, calling out his Great American Bash opponent - EDGE!! Batista is forced to wait though for a response, and while he waits, he tries to goad the Rated ‘R’ Superstar, saying “you can hide all you want tonight. You can hide all you want next week too … but you cant hide from me when it comes to next Sunday!!” It appears the final comment worked, as shortly after that…

**METALINGUS**

Edge makes his entrance, but has to think twice about getting into the ring, with the big man intimidating him, lurching toward the ropes, forcing Edge to back up. In the ring, Big Dave laughs, before stepping away, allowing Edge to enter, which he eventually does. The two soon get down to business with The Animal sarcastically thanking Edge for having the guts to come out to the ring tonight and face him like a man. Edge quickly responds, informing Batista that he isn’t scared of him - which is met by hearty laughter from The Animal, much to the chagrin of Edge.

Batista questions Edge’s lack of fear, telling the Rated ‘R’ Superstar that he has a list of evidence that suggests otherwise; the sneak attack to cost him the WWE Championship against Randy Orton … the sneak attack Spear the following week after Batista had called him out to the ring … and the cowardly Spear last weekend, when they were supposed to be on the same side. “All that stacks up, Edge … and it tells me that you‘re scared to face me one on one”

Edge shakes his head though, and whilst admitting to the previous two accusations ‘guilty as charged’, he tells Batista that the Spear last weekend WASN’T intentional, because he had aimed for Angle, but he moved out of the way - too late for Edge to stop himself from hitting Batista. The Rated ‘R’ Superstar then makes the point that he’s here now, face to face, and asks Batista if he looks scared now. Dave walks into the face of Edge, getting a good look into the eyes, and shakes his head, saying “No. You don’t look scared … BUT YOU SHOULD!!” And with that … BATISTA ATTACKS EDGE!!!

The Animal nails Edge with the microphone, then clobbers him at the ropes, completely overwhelming the unsuspecting Edge, throwing him off the ropes … AND DRILLS HIM WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!! Batista then goes through the motions; shaking the ropes, giving a thumbs up, then DOWN, to a big pop, setting up … THE BATISTA BOMB!!!!! Big Dave gets a measure of revenge for the recent attacks he has been on the end of from Edge, and grabs the mic again, standing over Edge before declaring; “Just so you know, that WAS intentional.” He slams the mic down, and storms out of the ring, up the aisle, sending a message to Edge, with their highly anticipated one on one match nearing … just nine days away.

Commercial Break

**VIDEO PACKAGE**

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

“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, Kristal Marshall conducts an interview with Jamie Noble, one week after falling short in an attempt to earn a Cruiserweight title match with THE Brian Kendrick at The Great American Bash. Noble talks about a rollercoaster couple of months, dealing with JBL - even defeating JBL - and getting his own identity back, stepping out of his former boss’ shadow. He talks about not being one to wear fancy suits, and driving in the back of stretch limos - “I‘m from the trailer, and I‘m damn proud of it boyyy!!!”

He then talks about his loss last week to Kendrick, but says that even though he lost last week, he knows now that he CAN beat Kendrick, and he CAN once again challenge for the Cruiserweight title … but that leads to an interruption … from KID KASH. Nobles opponent this evening cockily walks around the boy from the trailer park, before telling him that his ‘hopes and dreams are taking a back seat … to Kid Kash’s realistic road back to the title’. Just as Noble is about to respond to Kash, the CW champion himself enters the picture.

Kendrick - after eyeing Kristal - turns his attention to Kash and Noble, looking at both men, before shrugging. “You two?? Seriously?? Not even on my radar.” And then walks off the set, leaving Noble and Kash to respond. Noble mutters “I soon will be boy”, and Kash hears it, smirking, whispering into the ear of Noble “Not after tonight”, and leaves the set himself. Noble watches on as Kash leaves, and snarls in response, saying nothing, as we fade out.

Commercial Break

Match 4:
Jamie Noble vs. Kid Kash
Great Cruiserweight showcase match, with both men getting in plenty of offence in a highly competitive match up, full of near falls, and quick fire action. After a spell of dominance for Noble, Kash resorts to the cheap heel tactics to gain the upper hand, dragging the official in front of him in the corner. Noble stops before colliding with the referee, and Kash then catches Noble by surprise with an attack. Kash takes over, but gets overzealous, going for the Dead Level WAY too early, allowing Noble to counter out, and fight back into the contest.

Noble gets the upper hand again, but is nearly caught in a small package from Kash, and then the Notorious K-I-D takes the fight to the outside, side suplexing Noble onto the barrier. He then brings Noble back inside, but STILL cant finish the job, and the fury begins to build for Kash. He scores another near fall off a Hurricanrana, with the boy from the trailer park kicking out AGAIN, further infuriating Kash. Kash then drags Noble back up, looking for the Dead Level for a second time … BUT NOBLE COUNTERS IN MID AIR … INTO A DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Noble wraps his legs around the body of Kash, giving him nowhere to go … and Kash is forced … TO TAP OUT TO NOBLE!!!
Winner: Jamie Noble @ 11:11
Noble gets back on track after last weeks loss to Kendrick, and puts himself back into the title picture immediately, whilst Kash falls to the back of the line again. On commentary, the trio all give Noble credit, saying Kendrick should be very concerned about having to face Noble again some time down the line - rather the focusing all his energies on Paul Londons title belt.

Commercial Break

**VIDEO PACKAGE**

! CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF SUMMERSLAM !
1994

THE UNDERTAKER MEETS … THE UNDERTAKER. AFTER TED DIBIASE CLAIMED TO HAVE BROUGHT THE DEADMAN BACK AFTER A HIATUS OF SEVEN MONTHS, PAUL BEARER WOULD INFORM HIM THAT DIBIASE’S WASN’T THE REAL ‘TAKER … BUT HIS WAS. AND, AT SUMMERSLAM, THE REAL UNDERTAKER WOULD TRIUMPH … AND THE FAKE WOULD NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN.

WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 19 2007 | LONDON, ENGLAND
WEMBLEY STADIUM
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
***

Backstage, we go to the locker room, where a jovial Booker T is talking with fellow veteran, Hardcore Holly, whilst Jeff Hardy passes, congratulating Booker on his win tonight, whilst Evan Bourne passes, doing the same. Booker and Hardcore continue to talk … until JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD enters the fray. JBL, with a toothy grin, interrupts the conversation, with Booker taking exception. JBL plays innocent, and tells Booker he “Just wanted to take the chance to say goodbye”.

Booker screws his face up, and responds to JBL “Why?? Where you goin??”, which gets a laugh from Layfield, who smiles toothily as he retorts. “I‘m not going anywhere, Booker … but your storied career is most certainly coming to a screeching halt at the Great American Bash.” Booker though, defiantly shakes his head, “Nuh uh dawg. You gots it ALL mixed up … if dere‘s anyone whose career is comin to a halt at tha Bash … it‘s yo punk ass who aint comin back!! Cause yo punk ass gettin buried alive!!!”

The two continue to disagree over which of them wont be seen on Smackdown again after next Sunday … and a listening ERIC BISCHOFF has an idea. The interim GM of Smackdown intervenes, and tells the two of them that it could be the last ever time the audience sees one - or both - of them next week … so, BOTH of them will be in action … AGAINST EACH OTHER!! Bischoff then leaves having dropped the bombshell, whilst Booker and JBL square off, with Booker challenging JBL to make a move … but Layfield simply grins, backing away … saving the action for next week.



Elsewhere, Josh Mathews is with Finlay, and asks him about his recent run-ins with MVP, being bloodied by Porter last week, and gaining revenge tonight. Finlay talks up his fighting instincts, and his will to never lie down. The Irishman says MVP picked the wrong guy to make an example out of last week, and throws out the challenge to Porter to prove his toughness - if he has the guts after tonight - to meet him at the Great American Bash … in a BELFAST BRAWL!!! Finlay leaves the question out there, as we fade out.

Commercial Break

When we return from the break, Cole, Styles and Tazz run down the card - thus far - for the Great American Bash, and they confirm that Carlito HAS accepted the tag challenge from the Master Craftsmen, and he - along with whomever his partner will be - will take on the 2007 King of the Ring & Charlie Haas at the PPV. Then, as discussion turns to the Buried Alive match, Michael Cole again rants about the career ending aspect of the match - calling it a ‘freakshow’ - claiming the WWE Board of Directors should intervene to prevent the match from happening.

Tazz and Styles however disagree, telling Cole that JBL only has himself to blame for the match, as he gave The Undertaker the choice of match. Cole though, continues to argue, saying he wouldn’t expect the former ECW guys to see it from his perspective, calling them ‘bloodthirsty sadists’, and questions the decision to have the two ‘low rent bingo hall graduates’ calling a worldwide broadcast. He then gets up, to walk out - for the third straight week - and this time claims “I‘m not working with you pair again. I wont lower myself to it anymore!!” Cole storms off - YET AGAIN - leaving Styles and Tazz to finish the show together for the third straight week.

After that, Tazz and Styles settle things down, and to add more hype to the Buried Alive match in nine days time, they throw to a video package, hyping the match, and The Undertaker, putting over the career altering - career ending - nature of the match … but will it end the career of JBL … or the returning Undertaker??



Back in the arena…

**HERE COMES THE PAIN**

It’s main event time, and Brock Lesnar enters, ahead of his meeting with the newly crowned King of the Ring.

Commercial Break

The show returns with Albright now in the ring, accompanied by Haas. But, just as the match is set to begin…

**VOICES**

Randy Orton makes his way down the aisle, throwing Lesnar off his game, and makes the most of the distraction, taking his time to walk around the ring, before finally making a beeline for the commentary table. With Lesnars focus still on the WWE Champion though, Albright is able to attack, getting a kick start to this evenings main event!!

Main Event:
Brock Lesnar vs. Brent Albright w/Charlie Haas
Albright dominates the early going, thanks to his quick attack, but Brock is too big and too powerful to dominate for long. Lesnar gets back into the contest, using his overwhelming strength to get on top. Despite being on the receiving end of a beating from Lesnar, Albright is dogged, and battles back into the contest, surprising the Iron Man with a Belly to Belly for a near fall. Lesnar now knows he’s in a real battle, as the confidence grows for the King of the Ring, as he uses the advantage of having Haas at ringside, distracting the official, whilst Haas drags Lesnar out, and sends him into the steel steps!!! Haas gets Brock back inside, allowing Brent to cover, but he only manages a two, whilst Orton approvingly watches on at ringside - saying nothing on commentary - as we head into the final commercial of the evening.

Commercial Break

And, from the return, Lesnar is in the midst of a comeback, overpowering Brent, and manhandles him with a Gorilla Press Slam!!! From there, the Iron Man hits successive high running knees in the corner, and looks to be on the verge of finishing the KOTR off, scoring a two count from a Belly to Belly … before signalling for the F5!!! He gets Albright up … but as he swings him around … ALBRIGHT COUNTERS … INTO THE CROWBAR!!!! A huge shift in momentum takes over, as the King of the Ring applies his potent submission on the #1 Contender … with Lesnar in all kinds of trouble, looking to find the ropes … and after a LONG struggle … LESNAR GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!

Albright is unable to finish Brock on that occasion, but the Ace of Spades smells blood, and targets the arm again, with Lesnar on the back foot - on the defence - and eventually, the eagerness of Albright backfires for the King of the Ring, as he charges down Lesnar - AND IS CAUGHT WITH A SPINEBUSTER!!! It’s not enough to end the contest, but the near fall helps get Brock back in control. The Iron Man scores another near fall off his delayed Fisherman buster, then attempts a German suplex … but Albright blocks it, and rolls through, getting a hook of the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!! Lesnar bounces up, but runs into a drop toe hold, falling face first into the top turnbuckle, with Albright wasting no time, swooping in - AND DRILLING HIM WITH A HALF NELSON SUPLEX!!! 1...2...LESNAR KICKS OUT AGAIN!!!

In shock, Albright quickly gets back on Brock, and now looks to deliver the move that won him the King of the Ring last weekend - THE SAMOAN DROP DRIVER - but once he has Lesnar up, the weight of the #1 Contender is too much, and Brock slips off, then batters Albright with a ferocious clothesline!!! The end could be near now for the KOTR winner, as Lesnar drags him up, trying to set up the F5 again for the second time … but Albright battles back, going blow for blow with Lesnar, catching him with a boot to the gut, and runs off the ropes, building up speed … BUT RUNS INTO LESNAR … ONTO HIS SHOULDERS … F5!!!!! The Iron Man covers … … NO REFEREE!!!

Charlie Haas is on the apron … and the referee is distracted!!! Lesnar could’ve had a ten count at this stage, and in a rage, Brock shoots up, swinging at Haas on the apron, but Charlie ducks, jumping off the apron, leaving Lesnar to get further riled up. On commentary meanwhile, Orton has left the desk … and slithered into the ring … SNEAKING UP ON LESNAR (whilst the official admonishes Haas) … SPINS HIM AROUND … RKO!!! Orton delivers the RKO to Lesnar, and slips right back out of the ring, crouching down by the steps so the official doesn’t see him … as Albright drapes an arm over Brock … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Brent Albright @ 16:34
Albright steals it!!! The King of the Ring winner continues his impressive winning streak - albeit under shady circumstances - and defeats the #1 Contender to the WWE Title!!! Orton quickly re-enters the ring, putting the boots to Lesnar, looking to put his enemy out of commission, whilst Haas helps Albright up … but as he does …

CARLITO SPRINTS TO THE RING!!! Carlito slides inside, and tackles down Haas, pounding away at Charlie, before being dragged off by Albright … BUT CARLITO TACKLES HIM DOWN TOO!!! The fiery Caribbean native pounds Albright, then looks to drag him up, getting him into position for the Apple Core … BUT ORTON SAVES ALBRIGHT!!! The WWE Champion clubs Carlito from behind, THEN DROPS HIM WITH THE RKO!!!

Orton stands over Carlito … but doesn’t realise Lesnar is getting back to his feet … but Haas cuts Brock off anyway!!! Albright aides Haas, with Orton now joining in, and the three men put the boots to Lesnar, with Orton instructing the two men to get the Iron Man up, before telling Albright to hit his move. Albright - seemingly grudgingly - picks Brock up, AND DELIVERS THE SAMOAN DROP DRIVER TO LESNAR!!!!!

Orton drops down, pounding the mat, veins popping from his forehead and bulging from his neck, as he grits his teeth, snarling at Lesnar, talking trash, whilst Albright and Haas take a look at one another, nodding at their work, before glancing over at Carlito. Before they can do any further damage to Carlito though, Orton is back up, and tries to raise the hands of Haas and Albright … but the Master Craftsmen reject the gesture, with Albright shaking his head. The King of the Ring then carefully tells Orton “Don’t confuse us as lackeys. This was simply convenient tonight … but we‘re not your buddies.”

Albright, with Haas then turn away, and after a glance over at Carlito again, they decide to let him fight another day, and exit the ring, leaving Orton to watch on, whilst Lesnar writhes, as the show goes off the air …

END OF SHOW

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Current Card for WWE Great American Bash:
Date: 8th July 2007
Location: Wachovia Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Event Music: Alter Bridge; Rise Today

WWE Championship Match:
Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar

WWE United States Championship Match:
Paul London vs. The Brian Kendrick

WWE Tag Team Championships Match;
~If Booker T & Elijah Burke lose, Booker T must leave the WWE~
Americas Most Wanted vs. Booker T & Elijah Burke

~THE RETURN OF THE PHENOM~
Buried Alive Match:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. The Undertaker

Grudge Match:
Edge vs. Batista

Tag Team Challenge Match:
The Master Craftsmen vs. Carlito & Any partner of his choosing

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Glad you're enjoying the current womens angle with Mickie/Beth, BKB. Unfortunately, you have to thank TKOW for it though because he kept bugging me to change Alexis to Mickie, and this was the result of it. One of the best decisions I've ever made though tbh.
Whilst I will take credit for bugging you to change Alexis to Mickie, you're the one who came up with the storyline. Stop being so modest and take credit where its due dammit.
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I'll start off with a few thoughts about Superstars...

What on earth is Sean Waltman doing in the WWE in 2007!? His torch burned out a long time ago (says the guy currently pushing Sabu )...

Glad to see you sticking Chavo and Super Crazy together in an effort to add a little spice to your rapidly dying tag team division. They couldn't really be any more generic at the moment, so I think you need to flesh their team out a little before you throw them into the title picture.

Maria can't wrestle. Maryse can't wrestle. Victoria can. Guess who I want you to push out of those three?

Kind of similar to the Chavo/Crazy stuff earlier, all this business between Bourne and Skipper shows you're at least trying to rebuild your Cruiserweight division, and this little mini storyline between the two is at least giving them some character before they head over to SD and joing the likes of Kendrick, Noble and Kash feuding over the belt. Good job.

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And onto SmackDown...

I just know I'm going to be irritated every single week by this Michael Cole bullshit

Like you said, no other way to start the show than with the NEW King of the Ring Glad to see that although you're not rushing Albright's push, you're not going to let him become stagnant either like what happened with Kennedy. This feud with Carlito actually seems like a pretty big deal, and the tag team challenge made for The Great American Bash should be absolutely awesome. I expect Primo to be 'Lito's selection, but I could possibly see you choosing someone else if you wanted to go another route. That, along with London/Kendrick, will probably be your MOTN right there. It's awesome seeing Haas getting all this exposure too. I wonder if you'll be adding to this little pro-wrestling stable you've got here... The Ace of Spades? Motorhead plz. I loved the challenge made by Albright to Lesnar. Makes him seem like a real big deal again after refusing Carlito's one-on-one challenge, plus it capitalizes on his momentum instantly.

Whose Great American Bash will be better? Yours or mine? Yours obviously

Well, it certainly took you long enough to get to the point of calling him THE Brian Kendrick didn't it? Well done on actually having the patience to book a character change properly and not just rushing it like most of the shit I read and, unfortunately, see on TV. You, sir, can book.

Pretty awesome match to open up with. Have I mentioned how much I love what you've done with the tag team title match at the GAB? I haven't? Oh well then. It's not like anyone is doubting that AMW will pick up the win, it's just that you've taken what most people would see as a nothing filler feud and turned it into one of the more intriguing angles and matches leading into the PPV. It's a great way to make your tag title seem important, and AMW are going to seem like absolute dicks when they retire Booker. Not sure what Burke is going to do next, but he's a very talented guy, so it could be anything really. Booker getting in his signature taunt AND getting the win over Harris virtually confirms he's leaving after the PPV, but it's a nice way to send him off. I would quite like to have seen Spanky hold onto the U.S Title belt for a bit longer to add a little more spice to the mix with London, but I see their feud lasting a while, so who knows what else you have in store.

I was quite surprised you ended MVP's feud with Carlito in the manner that you did, especially after what he did to Primo, and they've both already moved on to Finlay and Albright respectively.

The Narcissist? Lex Luger just called - he wants his gimmick back Seriously though, Nemeth is a great talent, but you've just chosen the the most clichéd gimmick imaginable. He could do with a manager too, as he can't talk for shit.

A bit of feud enhancement here between MVP and Finlay that sees Dave getting some revenge for last week. Seriously, your U.S Title division and potential World Title division would be so awesome if you just pushed some of these guys to those belts.

Ah, and here comes the most boring WWE Champion of all time. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but Orton honestly does absolutely nothing for me. I'm just glad you have him as a heel. He's a godawful babyface. He'll be going over Brock at The GAB I'm sure via some nefarious means, but I have no problem with that. I might dislike him as a champion, but Lesnar would absolutely suck. I'm not sure if I even want Cade and Doane to come back with the way you've been treating them. Those two guys should be tearing it up in the tag or U.S Title division, not being buried and made to look like dumb twats every week.

Simple enough stuff from JBL to carry this feud on his back. I've said it before, but I'm not the biggest fan of either guy, but I do like Bradshaw on the mic, so I hope you retain him as a manager or a commentator after 'Taker squashes him at the PPV - which he clearly will.

You've done a good job building this feud between Batista and Edge. Both guys were lacking direction right now after failing to become the number one contender, but you've really made it interesting. I love the fact that neither guy has ever been World's Champion in this thread, as it makes this angle seem all the more important. 'Tista gets the beat down on Edge, which is the first time he's had the upperhand in this rivalry so far I believe. Still, hopefully Edge goes over at the PPV in some shady way and we get a blowoff match inside a Cage down the road, because I think that would be great, despite Big Dave sucking.

I reckon your SummerSlam will destroy mine too

Glad to see you giving both Jamie Noble and Kid Kash a bit of exposure this week. You have a great Cruiserweight Champion, but he is seriously lacking challengers. These two are a perfect fit for him. Judging by Kendrick's appearance at the end, one or both of these men will probably be thrust into an angle with him down the line. Maybe you could do something about him disrespecting the Cruiserweight Title by going after the U.S one too.

Great match between Noble and Kash. Glad to see you giving them 10 mins+ to really show what they can do. Noble's been on a bit of a roll of late after beating JBL a few weeks back, so I guess you had to capitalize on that momentum, but I think Kash should be maintained as well because he's so damn good.

Look at that - 'Taker comes back an squashes a guy! Thirteen years later ... still doing it...

Not sure what all this old man squabbling was about between JBL and Booker. I guess they're both on their way out and you want to give them one last match against each other next week. Don't see that being a classic somehow.

A Belfast Brawl? That might be a nice addition to the card. I don't see the Buried Alive match being much more than a squash, so it's not gimmick overload or anything. Porter will likely go over somehow and should probably be the next in line for a shot at Paul London and the U.S Title.

Oh dear, more Michael Cole shenanigans. You tire me, Wolfy...

I might not like him, but I'm not an idiot, I knew that there was no way in hell Lesnar was losing clean in the main event, especially with a title shot in his future. I'm glad to see though that you're such an intelligent enough booker that you realise that a loss like this won't hurt Brock at all, but it will do WONDERS for the flourishing career of Brent Albright. It may have taken interference from both Haas and Orton to get it done, but he now has a victory over one of the most dominant men in professional wrestling history under his belt. That's such a great way to capitalize on all the momentum he earned at the KOTR. The aftermath was pretty great too with Albright and Orton taking out their respective enemies, but Albright completely punking Randy out at the end. Damn right he's not going to be his flunky. I smell a huge tag team match next week to send us into the PPV.

Enjoyable show as ever, Wolfy. The Michael Cole stuff is terrible and needs to end, but that aside, there's plenty of stuff here to keep me interested, and Brent Albright might just be the best character in BTB right now
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! BREAKING NEWS !

~ HATTON SIGNS ON FOR SUMMERSLAM ~



In a sensational surprise, Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton was unveiled today at the Summerslam Press Conference in London, England. With a raft of WWE superstars - including the currently inactive Triple H - headed by Shane McMahon in attendance to kick off the countdown to Summerslam, Shane caused a huge stir, just as it appeared the press conference was coming to a close, introducing Hatton as the WWE's special guest at this years Summerslam. An edited down video package is likely to air on Raw this coming Monday, showing the shocking announcement.

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Other News and Notes:

The signing of Ricky Hatton as a guest star at Summerslam has caused a huge stir, with details of the agreement remaining very tight lipped up until the moment of the announcement at Saturdays press conference. At this point it has already been confirmed from sources within the hierarchy that Hatton WILL NOT be competing at the event, due to contractual obligations the World Boxing Champion already has - with a meeting against Floyd Mayweather set to be announced soon - but it is expected he will be used as a Guest Referee, or Enforcer in one of the main event matches at the August 19 event.

While Hatton will be appearing on a 'one-shot' deal, the contracts of Bryan Danielson, Doug Williams and veteran performer Christopher Daniels have all been agreed. Danielson is set to join up with the company in the Autumn after completing RoH dates, whilst Williams and Daniels are likely to spend a month or two in DSW before being called up to Raw or Smackdown. It's beleived that both Danielson and Daniels have been earmarked for the rapidly improving Cruiserweight division, whilst Williams could be brought in to join William Regal. *Bookers note; Yeah, I dont care if it's a little unrealistic to bring Williams and Daniels in. It's not like they are - or even at this point were - the top stars in TNA. I've always liked both guys, and tbh, I dont know how much longer I'll be doing this, so why not 'cheat' and bring in a few guys I'd enjoy using*

It's also been confirmed that Arn Anderson WILL resume his duties as General Manager of Smackdown in September, after signing a contract extension. Anderson had been written off for the time being, due to his contract running out, and being unable to take part in the six week long World Tour.

However, one person not extending their contract is Tazz. The current colour commentator on Smackdown is set to depart the company after next Sundays Great American Bash in Philadelphia. It's expected Joey Styles and Michael Cole will be the new Smackdown announce team following that event, with Cole playing up a heel commentator role from this point forward.

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Monday Night Raw Preview:

A huge night is set for the superstars of the Raw roster, as Phoenix Arizona; the home of the upcoming WrestleMania 24 plays host to a Pay Per View worthy line up, with TWO Championships on the line.

And there is no bigger prize, than the World Heavyweight Championship. Last week, it looked like Umaga was set to cash in on his Money in the Bank title shot, but after simply playing mind games with Christian, Captain Charisma was given a stark reminder of the task he faces this Monday. Kurt Angle and Mr. Kennedy will both be gunning for the champion in a triple threat match. Last week, both men got a piece of the champion - for the third time in eight days no less - but this week, it's every man for himself. And with the World Heavyweight Title in the balance, there will be NO alliances. Can Christian overcome the odds?? As ever, the champion doesnt need to be pinned to lose his title in a triple threat match, adding to the level of danger for Christian. Who will walk out of Arizona holding the gold??

Two weeks ago, MNM shocked the world by reclaiming the World Tag Team Titles from Straight Edge - only after becoming a late substitute for the incapacitated British Lions - thanks to an assist from the strange 'Entourage'. Last week, MNM revealed that their Entourage was behind the attack on the British Lions, and thanks to their two friends, scored another priceless victory; this time over John Cena and the World Champion, Christian. This week though, Straight Edge get their rematch, and with Punk and Helms surely all too aware of the impact MNM's Entourage could have, they'll be on the lookout for any outside parties. Will order be restored to the tag team titles this Monday when these two great rival teams lock up once more??

There is no title at stake between Rhyno and Rey Mysterio - just a good, old fashioned grudge. And this Monday, the grudge will be settled once and for all, in an ECW Rules contest. Rhyno has been on the warpath since his return from injury, solely targeting Rey Mysterio. The Man Beast was beaten at Vengeance, but this time, he has Mysterio in a match that suits him much better. No rules.

One man that appears to be firmly on the outside looking in now is John Cena. The former three time World Champion has drastically fallen down the pecking order since Vengeance, where he shocking submitted to Kurt Angle, and now finds himself completely out of the World Championship picture. What does the future hold for John Cena?? As a man that has become used to being part of the title picture over the last two and a half years, can Cena come to terms with the fact that he faces a long road back to where he believes he belongs - on top?? What will Cena have to say this Monday??

And whilst Cena can only look on in frustration, Umaga - with the help of Armando Estrada - will simply continue to lie in wait. Mr. Money in the Bank sent a clear message to Christian last week, that he could strike at any time. With the look of fear in the eyes of the World Champion last week, could Estrada decide that NOW is the time to cash in?? And if not this Monday ... it must surely be coming soon??

Confirmed Matches;
World Heavyweight Championship Match; Christian vs Mr. Kennedy vs Kurt Angle
World Tag Team Championships Match; MNM vs Straight Edge
ECW Rules; Rhyno vs Rey Mysterio
Plus; Mickie James makes her in ring return to Raw!!

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I don't really like Doug Williams, but I have no issue with Danielson and Daniels both coming in. I enjoy both guys, especially Daniels, and they would definitely make your Cruiserweight division a lot more interesting. I'd be rather disappointed if Double A just came back and maintained the same character he had before leaving. I'm interested to see just what you decide to do with him as an authority figure, as you're going to have to attempt to keep him from getting stale when he returns.

On to Raw itself, you've got three matches that can all be pretty epic, as well as the character development of John Cena hopefully continuing. The show looks really appealing, I can't wait to read.
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Hatton? You might think that being from Manchester and all, I'd be the biggest Ricky Hatton fan there is. But you'd be wrong. He's a nice enough geezer and all, but he's a bit of an idiot really, and plus, he's not actually actually that good of a fighter. He's been utterly outclasses every time he's fought someone good, mainly because he has no defence. I see why you've gone with him though, rather than someone like Calzaghe for example, as Ricky is a much more sociable, 'Man of the People'. Glad he's not wrestling though; just keep his involvement to a minimum and it should be fine.

Great news about you bringing in Danielson, Williams and Daniels. Three brilliant workers right there, and three great talkers too who would slot in nicely anywhere on your current roster. They wouldn't just be great additions to your Cruiserweight division, they could all work much higher up the card in any capacity. I could definitely see Danielson turning up alongside Haas and Albright's new group at some point. He'd fit in perfectly.

Glad Arn's coming back. Pretty sick of Bischoff tbh. He's never done anything for me really, and having him in charge of both shows is just plain dull. I could see AA possibly turning heel when he returns though due to the way he's been treated and spicing things up, but probably not.

Tazz leaving saddens me only because it means more of this Michael Cole character, which is just plain awful

Onto Raw, and you have a quality card lined up for us. I'm amazed at this World Title match on free TV, as I was almost certain Angle would be challenging Christian at SummerSlam. I'd imagine that Umaga will be the one doing that now, as it wouldn't suit his character at all to cash in the contract in a sneaky fashion. He'll do it in a proper one-on-one match and win the title clean. The Triple Threat should be awesome though, with Christian retaining. If neither of them are getting a title shot at SummerSlam, I don't really know what Christian or Angle are going to be doing at that show.

You've certainly spiced up the current tag team scene on Raw in the last couple of weeks by revamping MNM and putting the belts back on them. Straightedge are a great team and I had them pegged as the ones responsible for the British Lions' problems, leading to an obvious heel turn, but instead you're going with 'The Entourage', who I'd imagine are probably Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins (hope I've got their names right?). Really intrigued by this angle now, though I suspect more shenanigans from MNM on this show.

This whole Mysterio/Rhyno feud has done absolutely nothing for me. Rhyno hasn't been relevant since 2001, so what he's doing in a high profile feud like this in 2007 is beyond me. The right guy went over at Vengeance, and hopefully Rey wins again tonight to send Rhyno packing once and for all, but unfortunately you seem to be a fan of the guy, so it looks as though he'll be going over. It's Rey Mysterio though, so it will undoubtedly be an excellent match.

Can't wait for more of Cena's angle too. Even without a feud right now, he's one of the most fascinating characters in the thread. Epic storytelling right here.

Looking forward to the show, Wolf. It's in full, right?
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Apologies, as I’m a little bit slow on this. Exam time at uni right now, so everything’s a bit hectic.

A few passing notes on Superstars: - Not too sure what’s going on with X-Pac and Tomko right now. They don’t really feel like anything. I guess giving X-Pac a win over Venis on Superstars has them doing something this week, but they really don’t matter at this stage, especially for two guys who just had a title shot on Pay-Per-View. They’re just … there, and that’s kind of a shame for Tomko, who felt like he was going to be big following on from his breakup from Christian.
- Chavo and Crazy teaming up is interesting. They’ve been played up as friends in the past, but I thought Chavo still had beef to settle with Kendrick. I’m not sure you can spread the cruiserweights over both their own division and the tag division right now, because both are pretty weak, and having a bunch of guys who don’t feel over, not doing a whole lot in either division isn’t going to help. With that said, it is good to see you forming teams.
- I feel bad for Victoria having to work with lesser talents on Superstars, but, at the same time, it does somewhat establish Maryse, plus she doesn’t fit into the title plans on RAW right now anyway, so it’s good to see her at least involved somewhere. It tells me that you do have an interest in involving her in the title scene in the future once again.
- For the Skipper/Bourne stuff, I guess you can basically see above. I’m actually a little disappointed Bourne hasn’t made it onto SmackDown! yet, as I really thought he could be the on to spark the cruiserweight division after being built up for months. It just doesn’t seem to be happened right now.

Anyway, enough of that. Onto the big stuff.

Hype for Albright winning the King of the Ring with the opening video package pretty much had to happen. I don’t mind you heeling Cole up, as it adds something to the announce team, although I hope you don’t go to over-the-top with it and basically make him the entire show like WWE did, because it’s starting to feel that way.

You pretty much summed it up yourself – there is no one else who could start this show off, other than Brent Albright. Even though he had his little speech after being crowned the King of the Ring, you feel like he has to command time at the beginning of SmackDown! too to show that he’s arrived. Albright recapping the events of Saturday night are fine, although I find the challenge to Carlito to be odd. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t feel like Carlito has still recuperated fully from his giant losing streak from last year, and that he doesn’t feel like more than just an average midcarder at this stage. For Albright to be involved with him following becoming the King of the Ring seems like a bit of a stalling point for him, despite me predicting it after what happened at Saturday Night’s Main Event. The fact that it’s a tag team challenge is a bit of a talking point though, as that adds something new to it. You could throw Primo in there with ‘Lito, but I don’t think you will, considering it was just a bit ago that Primo was taken out with a knee injury that was supposedly going to put him out for a year, not long after starting his wrestling training (or so you told us). I guess Jeff Hardy is a possibility, although I really don’t have any idea who Carlito’s partner will be. Anyway, moving on from that speculation, having Albright talk up the win over London as huge is good to see, as it really plays up their history and how much he’s struggled with London, while the line about it being The Master Craftsmen’s quest to reclaim pro wrestling is interesting. It certainly seems like they’re in for a big future, but their involvement with ‘Lito seems a little iffy. With that said, having Albright go after Lesnar tonight is a great way to instantly elevate him up a little bit, and I love the ‘Ace of Spades’ moniker, as it seems to fit Albright to a tee. A bit surprised no one interrupted Albright and Haas, but the final line was nice, and in some ways you seem to have these guys set to take SmackDown! by storm, yet in other ways they still feel like they’re not quite there yet. What happens next will be interesting, as it seems like you could do pretty much anything with them.

Both you and Legend coming up The Bash (and then SummerSlam after that) has me very excited. Hopefully you both keep rolling on.

The little promo from Kendrick before this match was nice, hyping up his match with London at The Bash and the whole dual champion thing. The Brian Kendrick becoming his official name is good to see too, as it basically completes his transformation, which I’ve quite liked, even if it feels like it’s come at the expense of the cruiserweight division in a way.

Simple match, throwing these two rivalries together, but it works just fine. Kendrick running from London in the early portions, before jumping in the ring when London was under control, only to lose that control was just some smart psychology, adding that little extra aspect to the match. The faces picking up the win builds their momentum ahead of The Bash, and while either team really could have won, I like that you’re really continuing to build Booker and Burke up ahead of their final shot at the gold.

Good way to get some jobbers who really only glanced over last week’s show up to speed. I may know one of them.

As I’ve said before, Nemeth should prove a welcome addition to the SmackDown! midcard. I’m not sure how exactly you’ll work him in there, but the whole narcissist gimmick should create some natural friction and feuds.

Not too sure what to make of this. I understand Finlay was seeking revenge, but the beatdown also seemed too heelish from him. This also seems like a bit of a thrown together feud for The Bash. It doesn’t look to have a whole lot of legs, and I can’t see it really doing any good for either man, except for maybe recuperating MVP following his loss to Carlito in their feud-ending match.

The Orton promo is simple, but it works fine, continuing to try to build towards the match at The Bash with Lesnar, as well as reminding us of the whole New Wave situation. Have to say, I really liked the clever little line at the end about Cade and Doane being at SmackDown! next week, although Lesnar may not be. It’s just a clever little line that really won’t get much recognition (especially with the disgustingly low number of reviews you get these days when pretty much everyone in the section should be reading these shows), but it shows what I love about your writing and booking – it’s just intelligent.

The squash victory for JBL works fine, building him up ahead of his big match with The Undertaker at The Bash. No one believes he can win at this stage, and perhaps rightfully so, so you have to do what you can to make him look like a threat.

The promo after the match does a good job of that too. By having JBL being so sure that he’s going to win, talking up the fact that he’s not scared of The Undertaker, at least it’s built up to be a big match in his mind, and that leaves you feeling like he maybe could win … even if he won’t.

Batista calling Edge out seemed a little random at first here, as he didn’t give any reason as to why he wanted to get his hands on him early. I understand you wanted to keep Batista’s part short and sweet because he’s a bit weak on the mic (well, as a face at least), but it just seems odd for him to call Edge out without any real reasoning being given. At least there was some reasoning given to it after, when talking about whether or not Edge fears Batista with the whole spearing him when they were on the same team thing, but again you didn’t really point out that that’s why this segment is happening, thus making it seem a bit random, despite the fact that these two are feuding. I’m not sure if the whole “whether the spear was intentional” thing really matters, but I did like Edge asking if he looked scared, only for Batista to respond that he should be looking scared. Batista laying Edge out is probably a good idea too, because it gives you the sense that he really does belong with him in the main event, moving Batista well and truly up from the midcard, where he was before. The little line at the end from Batista was nice too, capping the promo off well.

I expect a top notch card for the Australian portion of this world tour.

I like the fact that you’re having Noble step away from the whole JBL suit thing back into his old self, as it gives him that real feel good type thing – he’s a guy who’s proud of who he is. Having him chasing Kendrick is good to see too, as it actually brings some focus upon the Cruiserweight Title, which we probably haven’t seen enough of. The little three way confrontation at the end didn’t feel necessary, but I guess you are trying to keep Kendrick somewhat involved with the cruiserweights, being the champion and all.

I’m really glad to see you giving the cruiserweight match so long. As you know, I feel like the division has suffered since WrestleMania, but giving them more TV time is the perfect way to allow them to shine again. Jamie Noble is exactly the type of guy who could really rebuild the division too if he’s put in a big feud.

As I’ve said before, SummerSlam is looking like it’ll be a huge show, capped with the big Angle/Christian main event. Not too sure what to expect on the SummerSlam side, but I guess we’ll see after The Bash.

I’m not too sure if JBL and Booker have history in this thread, but throwing them together for a match next week isn’t the worst idea. Granted, it won’t be the best match, but the crowd should be into it. The idea that they’re both possibly going to have their careers ended at The Bash being used in the confrontation was nice too.

The Belfast Brawl gimmick was always going to come after the ending to the matches these guys have had over the past few weeks, but I can’t say I’m too excited for this feud. I’ll explain later.

Nice to see you taking time to hype The Bash card, even in recap, although things like Cole walking out and taking attention away is the type of overbearing stuff I was talking about earlier. I don’t think he needs to be too over-the-top to be an effective heel.

I really liked that you had a long match between Albright and Lesnar here, really letting Albright hang with Lesnar, albeit through help from Haas. The fact that he won, even with the interference, is great too, as it keeps his momentum at a high and almost makes him feel like he belongs in the main event immediately. Lesnar obviously isn’t hurt from the loss either, due to the interference from Orton, which only builds their issue. The ending was very interesting too, really announcing The Master Craftsmen by having them stand alone at the end of the show, looking like their own men. Very nice ending to the show.


As always, this was well written stuff, Wolfy. While I’m at it, I also thought I’d give you some thoughts on the card for The Bash. Generally, I feel like the card is a little lacking. From a wrestling perspective, things look pretty good – Orton/Lesnar, London/Kendrick and the two tag matches promise a lot, while the Edge/Batista match should be quite good too. What the card lacks is that edge. None of these feuds really feel that explosive. Edge/Batista is almost there, but Orton/Lesnar, which feels like it should be big considering it involves the two biggest stars on the show, really doesn’t feel that big. Maybe it’s because Lesnar was cost the title by the sledgehammer at Judgment Day and thus you feel like he’ll probably lose in the same fashion again, or maybe it’s because there’s other guys who could have a more heated feud with Orton (Jericho, Van Dam, Flair), but it just lacks that big thing. Things seemed to pick up a little this week, and Albright’s involvement in the main event is fresh, so maybe things will change by then, but The Bash card just seems to be lacking that pop.

RAW, on the other hand, has no such problem. I’m really enjoying basically everything that’s going on there, and the card this week looks great again. Looking forward to it.

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Sorry for not getting around to dishing out feedback. I had intended on doing that early in the week, but other shit got in the way. I'll be back on Sunday, and hopefully I'll put my ass into gear then.
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Monday Night Raw | July 2 2007 | Phoenix AZ



Opening Video

Pyro


Jim Ross: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, we are LIVE from the home base of next years WrestleMania, deep in the heart of Arizona in Phoenix, and tonight, Monday Night Raw is STACKED!!! A triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship is on the horizon. Tonight, Christian defends his title against Kurt Angle and Mister Kennedy-

The Coach: And we’re gonna be crowning a new champ, baby boy!!! Christian has pushed his luck for long enough, tonight, it runs out!!!

Jim Ross: Christian may not admit it, but another thing he MUST be worrying about now, is the fact that Umaga - the undefeated Samoan savage - is waiting in the wings with that Money in the Bank briefcase!! He could strike at literally any minute!!! Also tonight, an ECW Rules match, pitting Rhyno against Rey Mysterio in a Vengeance rematch, and of course, the World Tag Team Titles are on the line, when Straight Edge look to win back the titles they lost two weeks ago to MNM!!

The Coach: MNM are the champs old timer - and it’s gonna stay that way!!!

**MY TIME IS NOW**

John Cena enters the stage, getting a decent reaction, but as ever, there is a lot of hate for the polarizing figure.

The Coach: I’ve forgotten this guys name J.R!!! What was it?? Uh…

Jim Ross: He’s John Cena, Coach, and you damn well know it!!

The Coach: No, honestly, I’d forgotten. This guy has become so much of an afterthought lately, I’d forgotten his name!!

Cena makes his way to the ring, slapping hands with a few fans, and enters the ring, saluting the audience again, as the music dies down, and the former World Champion is handed a mic.

John Cena: YO!!! It’s gettin’ HAWT in Arizona TONIGHT!!!

Cheap pop / Heat. Cena smirks at the split reaction, and nods, before speaking again.

John Cena: And what a night it’s gonna be, huh!? Y’got the tag team titles on the line, an ECW Rules match … and the big one … the richest prize in the game, THE World Heavyweight Championship up for grabs!!!

Pop. Cena smiles, nodding … but the smile fades.

John Cena: And I aint involved.

Heat from the fans … but there are cheers too.

John Cena: I aint used to being outta the picture for so long. I lost the title at WrestleMania Twenty Three, and I still aint got my rematch. Now … right now, I aint been doin a whole lot to earn a rematch. Hell, I lost three matches in the space of eight days last week. I tapped out to Kurt Angle at Vengeance.

Ironic pop from some sections of the fans, and a faint “YOU TAPPED OUT” chant from a few corners.

John Cena: Right now … yeah, I’m down. I’m down more than I’ve been ever since I started in this company. I aint used to watchin from the sidelines … and I aint prepared to stay on the sidelines for long either.

Cheer from the pro-Cena fans.

John Cena: Startin TONIGHT, here in Phoenix-

Cheap pop.

John Cena: I am PLEDGING to all my fans, and all the haters too, that Imma do ANYTHING … AND EVERYTHING to get back in that title hunt. Imma beat ANYONE … AND EVERYONE that is thrown in my path to earn my rematch … and …

Cena pauses. He looks around the arena, with a few fans building with cheers, before he defiantly speaks up again.

John Cena: I’m sure you all know WrestleMania Twenty Four is bein held right here in Arizona?? Yeah??

Big pop from the excited fans.

John Cena: Well … here’s my promise, to you. Whether you like me, love me, or hate me, I am making a promise to every single one o’ ya. Come March 28, 2008 … I, John Cena, will march into the Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, WrestleMania 24 … AS WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPION!!!

Massively mixed response to Cenas ‘pledge’.

John Cena: I made a promise last month that I didn’t keep. Well now, I guarantee you all … this time … I … WILL … DELIVER!!!

Voice: That’s rather optimistic, don’t you think??

And suddenly, Cenas attention is averted to the stage … where ERIC BISCHOFF waltzes out, looking smug, as he makes his way down the aisle.

Eric Bischoff: I mean … who’s to say you’ll even get a shot at the World Heavyweight Title before WrestleMania??

Still grinning, Bischoff strides to the ring, climbing the steps, as Cena watches, looking far from impressed.

Eric Bischoff: You see Cena, as you pointed out yourself … you haven’t done a lot to earn your rematch for the title you lost at WrestleMania 23.

Bischoff steps in between the ropes, still smugly smiling.

Eric Bischoff: As a matter of fact Cena, you’re at the very bottom of the pecking order.

Heat. Cena looks unhappy, but nods.

Eric Bischoff: THAT … is how far you’ve fallen recently.

Bischoff smiles, a toothy smile, raising the ire of Cena.

John Cena: If I wanted a parrot, Eric, I’d buy one.

Decent pop.

John Cena: You’ve pretty much just repeated EVERYTHING I said three minutes ago. But, as for me working my way to a shot at the world title before WrestleMania?? Trust me … believe me Eric … whether you wanna gimme it or not … I am gonna make it IMPOSSIBLE for you to pass me up for a shot at the title. I am gonna win match after match, after match. Everyone you line up, IMMA KNOCK ‘EM DOWN … ONE … BY … ONE!!!

Pop for Cena again. Cena then steps into the face of Bischoff, full of intensity.

John Cena: And you will have no other option … but to give me a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship … and when you do, Eric?? For the fourth time, I WILL BE CROWNED … WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPION!!!

Big pop … but the boos resurface for Cena after that proclamation. Bischoff meanwhile, smirks all along, as he prepares to speak again.

Eric Bischoff: Well … how do I respond to that, huh?? Listen, Cena, I don’t have all night to respond to some of those claims … but lets just say there is ONE thing you and I can agree on. And that is the fact that you are going to have to earn your shot the hard way.

Mixed response.

Eric Bischoff: You’re gonna have to beat everyone that I throw in your path, and you’re going to work your way up from the bottom … the very bottom. And that journey starts … not tonight-

Heat.

Eric Bischoff: BUT RIGHT NOW!!!

Big pop.

Eric Bischoff: And allow me to introduce you to your opponent tonight. Ladies and Gentlemen, give this man a warm welcome. Making his Monday Night Raw debut, he hails from RIGHT HERE in Phoenix-

Cheap pop.

Eric Bischoff: He’s a former NFL and to a lesser extent XFL linebacker … he stands Six Feet, four inches tall, and weighs Two Hundred and Seventy pounds … without further ado, I present to you … RICH … YOUNG!!!

No music plays, as RICH YOUNG (known as Ricky Ortiz during his WWECW run) enters the arena to little fanfare, even after being billed from Phoenix. Looking less than pleased with his ‘challenge’ Cena gives Bischoff a piece of his mind before Eric exit’s the ring. Cena rips his t-shirt off in the ring, getting ready, despite not being enamoured with his no-name opponent.

Young, with a happy, excited look on his face, salutes the audience, and hops onto the apron, quickly stepping between the ropes, ahead of his big debut / try out on Raw.

Match 1:
John Cena vs. Rich Young
Despite looking imposing, Rich Young proves to be no match for Cena. After winning an initial lock up, it’s all downhill for the smiling newcomer, as Cena quickly overpowers him, then after a knock down, follows up with a running shoulder. No messing from Cena tonight, as he quickly drags Young back up, delivering the Blue thunder bomb. The Five Knuckle Shuffle (preceded by the ‘You Cant See Me’ taunt) follows, and Young is unable to prevent an elementary FU. It’s over, but Cena isn’t done yet … and turns Young over, applying the STFU … and the tap out from Rich Young is almost instantaneous.
Winner: John Cena @ 01:39

It’s not a huge win, but Cena finally gets back on the winning trail. Rich Young rolls right out of the ring … and back to DSW too (and unlikely to resurface again), whilst we see the smiling face of Eric Bischoff at the top of the ramp, clapping the performance of Cena this evening.

The Coach: Well … that proved nothing.

Jim Ross: It’s insulting if you ask me, Coach. John Cena shouldn’t have to be subjected to this. No disrespect to Rich Young; he’s a kid with a big upside, but he is nowhere near ready for this level of competition. John Cena wants to earn his way back into title contention, but he shouldn’t have to start at the very bottom.

The Coach: Yeah he should, old timer. Take those rose tinted glasses off!! It’s not 2005 anymore. John Cena doesn’t have a divine right to get title shots!!

Jim Ross: Apparently Eric Bischoff agrees. However, two men that WILL get their title shots tonight are Mister Kennedy and Kurt Angle!! A triple threat match - TONIGHT - for the World Heavyweight Championship!!

The Coach: And comin’ up next baby boy. Your boys versus my boys. Plain old boring Straight Edge taking on the A-Listers, MNM!! Nitro and Mercury are gonna end this saga once and for all!!

Commercial Break

As we return, CM Punk and Greg Helms are already on their way to the ring…

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, and we are getting set to determine the World Tag Team Championships in just a moment. And, if you missed it, let’s bring you all back up to speed on how MNM regained the titles they lost at WrestleMania. Firstly, The British Lions had been set to challenge Straight Edge for the tag team titles, but after being found unconscious, MNM stepped in to replace the would-be challengers.

The Coach: And they won the titles. The end.

Jim Ross: Far from it, Coach. After MNM’s so called ‘Entourage’ provided a distraction, Mercury and Nitro snuck in through the back door to steal the titles back. Not only that, but brazenly, MNM admitted that they were behind the attack on Burchill and Smith.

The Coach: A foolproof plan. The end.

Jim Ross: Well, it doesn’t end there, Coach. Tonight, MNM are gonna have to ‘pay the piper’. They’ll have to face Straight Edge, with the titles on the line, and don’t expect Punk and Helms to fall prey to any shenanigans tonight!!

The Coach: THEY WONT HAVE TO!!! My boys, MNM, are gonna prove, once and for all, that THEY are the number one team on Raw!!

**PAPARAZZI**

The red carpet is rolled out, and MNM - the REAL MNM - enter, minus the still MIA Melina, and their recently added ‘Entourage’. Nitro and Mercury strut down the aisle, looking confident … but STRAIGHT EDGE ARENT WAITING!!!

Punk and Helms meet Mercury and Nitro with the champions unable to even get a chance to take off their fur coats. The challengers hammer MNM down the ramp, to the ring, with Helms throwing Nitro into the ring, officially beginning the match, whilst Punk sends Mercury into the ring post!!!

Match 2 | WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS MATCH:
MNM vs. Straight Edge
It’s ALL Straight Edge in the early going, with Nitro unable to muster enough offence to make a tag - and would have no one to tag in anyway with Mercury incapacitated - and barely hanging in with Helms and Punk, with the challengers firing on all cylinders, wanting to win back the titles in double quick time. Somehow, Nitro weathers the storm, and manages to turn the tables, drawing Punk into the corner, and raking the eyes, slowing the Straight Edge superstar down. Nitro tries to make the most of the opening, placing knees to the gut and chest area, whilst hammering the back too, before making a tag to - a now freshened - Mercury.

MNM now begin to take over, with the champions keeping Punk isolated from Helms, and swiftly tagging in and out of the ring. Despite having the upper hand though, the champions still resort to the cheap tactics - seemingly out of habit - increasing Punks dilemma. Punk is able to kick out of a double suplex from MNM, but needs the help of his partner to break the count when Mercury executes a DDT for a near fall. Then just as it seems the Chicago born star is building up offence, Nitro - from the apron - delivers a sly knee to the back of Punk as he hit’s the ropes, allowing Mercury to swoop in, and nail a swinging neck breaker … 1...2...NO!!!

The champions continue to dominate, with Helms cutting a frustrated figure on the apron - helplessly watching on - with MNM like a well oiled machine. Nitro is tagged back in, and he perches himself on the middle buckle, with Mercury holding Punk up, giving Nitro the chance to attempt an axe handle - BUT PUNK SLIPS FROM MERCURYS GRASP … AND NITRO CLATTERS HIS PARTNER!!! Nitro’s mouth opens wide from shock, with Punk wasting no time, blasting Mercury with a roundhouse kick, sending him through the ropes!!! Nitro now races in, but Punk ducks down again, low bridging the ropes, with Nitro tumbling out of the ring onto his partner!!!

In the ring, Punk is fired up, and feeds off the fans, then tags in Helms, with the duo nodding in unison … AND RACING ACROSS THE RING … WITH A DOUBLE SUICIDE DIVE THROUGH THE ROPES!!! The fans come alive, as all four men remain motionless on the outside, as the show heads into a break…

Commercial Break

And, back live, the momentum has once again shifted to the challengers, with the high risk suicide dive paying dividends for Straight Edge!! Helms has Nitro trapped in a side headlock, but is unable to keep it locked on. He does though, knock Nitro back down, keeping him trapped as he tags in Punk, with Punk hopping onto the ropes, flying off with a clothesline on Nitro, and making a cover, 1...2...BROKEN BY MERCURY!!! In a rage, Helms enters the ring, chasing Mercury back out, just missing the champion by a whisker. Of course, Greg is admonished by the official, but whilst this happens, Punk sends Nitro to the corner, racing in with a running knee … AND LOOKS TO EXIT WITH A BULLDOG … BUT MERCURY RACES ACROSS THE APRON AND PULLS PUNK DOWN BY THE HAIR!!!

Punk lands badly on the canvas, and Nitro - after taking a couple of seconds to regain his composure - drops down, looking for a jack knife cover … 1...2...NO!!! Punk kicks out, with Nitro fuming!! Nitro gets up, quickly tagging Mercury, and the pair send Punk off the ropes … BUT PUNK REBOUNDS … WITH A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE!!! Both members of MNM are down, and Helms drags Nitro out of the ring, as Punk sizes Mercury up … AND SCORES WITH THE SHINING WIZARD!!! The cover is made … 1...2...NOOOO!!!!! Punk cant believe it!!! He looks up in shock at the referee, holding up three fingers, but Jack Doan vehemently shakes his head, saying two.

Punk gets back to his feet, and tags Helms back in, with Greg looking to put the finishing touches to the contest, dragging Mercury up, and into position for the Nightmare on Helms Street … BUT NITRO TRIES TO PREVENT IT … ONLY FOR PUNK TO TACKLE HIM DOWN!!! HELMS NAILS IT!!! He hooks the leg … 1...2...THE REFEREE HAS BEEN DRAGGED OUT OF THE RING!!!

BY THE ENTOURAGE!!! Nitro and Mercurys buddies - yet to be identified - come to their aid, with Helms absolutely astounded. He slaps his hands three times to indicate the match should be over, looking to the outside where Doan is telling off the two long haired men … BUT PUNK HAS HAD ENOUGH!!! CM Punk leaps off the apron, onto MNM’s Entourage!!! In the ring, Helms is too distracted by what’s going on outside … and doesn’t see MELINA - from the opposite side of the ring - sliding a title belt towards Nitro!!! Melina ducks down, hiding behind the steps, as Helms eventually turns, and looks to drag Mercury - the legal man still - to his feet, with Nitro playing dead on his front in the corner.

As Helms gets Mercury to his feet though, Nitro bounces up … AND CREAMS HELMS WITH THE TITLE BELT!!! Greg goes down, as Nitro places Mercury on top of the legal opponent, before exiting the ring himself - throwing the title belt away too - and clubs Punk from behind as he continues to attack the Entourage … whilst Jack Doan spots the cover in the ring, and slides back inside to make the count … 1...2...3!!!
Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - MNM @ 15:58

MNM steal it - AGAIN!!! They still cant defeat Straight Edge cleanly!! On the outside, it’s 3 on 1, with Punk taking a beating, whilst Mercury rolls off Helms, with Melina - making her first appearance since Vengeance - hugs him in victory.

Jim Ross: I am truly speechless folks. I c-

The Coach: SO AM I!!! MNM are without a doubt the cream of the crop!!! And finally, you’ve saw the light!!

Jim Ross: I’ve seen no such thing!! MNM have stolen the victory yet again, over their greatest rivals!! Mercury and Nitro KNOW that they cannot beat Straight Edge one on one!! They need help, they need to cheat, they have to stoop to any, and all levels to beat Helms and Punk!!!

The Coach: Winning is winning, old timer. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it - THAT’S what counts!!

Jim Ross: There’s no honour in winning like that, Coach. MNM have no right to celebrate this victory. You know it, and I know it, MNM cant beat Straight Edge!!

The Coach: No honour?? Who cares about honour??!! This is about championship gold!! And MNM are the ones leaving here with the belts!!

On the outside, the beating on Punk continues - 3 on 1 - with Mercury joining to make it four, all getting their kicks in on CM Punk, with Helms still out cold in the ring, whilst Melina laughs as she watches on … but the fans jeers soon turn to cheers …

… AS THE BRITISH LIONS RACE DOWN THE AISLE!!!

Melina soon spots the commotion … and quickly wails at MNM & The Entourage, as Burchill and Smith - out for revenge - race toward ringside … but JUST miss the champions and their buddies, as the foursome (with Melina) escape through the crowd!!! Smith and Burchill - joined by Katie Lea - kick the barricade out of sheer frustration, wanting to get their hands on the team that cost them their shot at the titles - two straight nights two weeks ago.

Jim Ross: MNM ARE RUNNIN OUTTA HERE LIKE A PACK OF SCALDED DOGS!!! BY GAWD, THE BRITISH LIONS WANT A PIECE OF THE CHAMPIONS!!!

The Coach: And they’ll have to wait in line!!! They missed their shot two weeks ago, they cant just get another like that!!! They’re not even supposed to be here!!!

Jim Ross: It’s a good thing Burchill and Smith turned up when they did, Coach … otherwise, God only knows what would’ve happened to CM Punk with that sickening gang attack!!!

Burchill and Smith help Punk to his feet on the outside, with Helms now joining the three men on the outside, as the four all shake their heads as they discuss MNM, pointing into the crowd too, with all four men having plenty of grievances with the tag team champions.

Jim Ross: MNM cant run forever, Coach. Sooner or later, they’ll have to answer for their actions. And by Gawd, they’ll have a severe price to pay when it happens!!

Commercial Break
**VIDEO PACKAGE**

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

“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
***





We return to the ring, where CODY RHODES is standing, waiting to speak … with his brother, DUSTIN, standing behind him…

Cody Rhodes: It is my pleasure to introduce to you all, my brother, Dustin Rhodes.

Rhodes smiles, and turns, allowing Dustin - who doesn’t look comfortable or happy with the situation - but steps forward, giving a half hearted wave; to heat.

Cody Rhodes: Finally, I can look at this man, and not be ashamed to call him family. For those of you that don’t know, or hadn’t realised, for years, Dustin has been otherwise known, as Goldust.

Mixed reaction, albeit only a small reaction in general.

Cody Rhodes: And for years, Dustin caused me embarrassment to no end. He gallivanted as some homoerotic freak, with a face painted gold, caressing himself … making a mockery - not only of himself - but me too.

Cody looks over at his elder brother, showing his disgust at his brothers former antics.

Cody Rhodes: But now, Dustin has seen the error of his ways. Dustin realised that he had been little more than a laughing stock for the past decade. Isn’t that right, Dustin??

With a cocky swagger, Cody turns to his brother, looking for a response. Less than enthusiastically, Dustin nods in agreement.

Cody Rhodes: Yes. And beginning tonight, your rehabilitation can finally begin. Tonight, you can begin to help make the ‘Rhodes’ family name mean something more … than laughing stock.

Heat for Cody.

Cody Rhodes: Which is why I went to Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff earlier today and requested a specific opponent tonight.

Cody turns again to address Dustin.

Cody Rhodes: Remember when you attempted to guide me towards the 2007 King of the Ring crown??

Dustin nods.

Cody Rhodes: Do you remember who my opponent was in the opening round??

Again, Codys elder brother nods.

Cody Rhodes: Well, in order to show you just how far I’ve come … I’ve requested a match tonight with that very man … Umaga.

Cody oddly smirks, and turns, looking up the aisle…

**VIRTUAL VOODOO**

Led out by Armando Alejandro Estrada, Mister Money in the Bank Umaga strides onto the stage, looking ominous as ever.

Jim Ross: What the-? Am I the only one that isn’t following?? Has Cody Rhodes lost his mind??

The Coach: No one calls out Umaga!! He’s got a death wish!!

Still, the young Rhodes smiles, as he does a few stretches in the ring, waiting for Umaga to make it inside. Meanwhile, Dustin looks flabbergasted, getting in his brothers face, asking him if he’s crazy.

Jim Ross: Why is he smiling??

The Coach: I don’t know, but I’m starting to wonder if being freaks runs in this goofball family.

Umaga steps onto the apron, with the smiling Estrada circling ringside, holding the briefcase proudly. As Umaga steps inside though … Cody HOPS OUT!!

Dustin spins around, looking confused, raising his arms, as Cody talks over the music, which begins to fade out.

Cody Rhodes: Well … what are you waiting for, Dustin??

Dustins eyes narrow, as he begins to realise that the match wasn’t for Cody … it was for him. Dustin points to his clothes, as if to say he isn’t dressed to compete.

Cody Rhodes: Oh Dustin, come on. Isn’t it your job to protect me?? Isn’t that what you said last week??

Cody cockily smiles again.

Cody Rhodes: Surely you wouldn’t want to see your little brother put his promising career at risk against someone like Umaga??

Dustin doesn’t respond initially, before begrudgingly acknowledging the sentiment. Outside, Cody looks pleased, and responds.

Cody Rhodes: That’s more like it. Oh, and … good luck.

Cody hands the mic off, as Dustin slowly turns around … to face the undefeated Samoan Bulldozer…

Match 3:
Dustin Rhodes w/Cody Rhodes vs. Umaga w/Armando Estrada
Dustin doesn’t stand a chance. Umaga dominates - as usual - from bell to bell, and Cody watches the entire thing - with a smile on his face - as Dustin takes a savage beating from Mr. Money in the Bank. Rhodes right hands to Umaga have no effect, and a crunching clothesline from the savage spells doom. With Dustin already woozy, Umaga rips the veterans shirt to pieces, and almost gets himself disqualified by choking him with the tattered clothes. The Samoan Bulldozer runs through his offence like clockwork, before finally putting the veteran out of his misery, with the Samoan Spike … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Umaga @ 02:42

It’s an eerily similar sight. Umaga standing victorious, side by side with Armando Estrada, who holds the ominous briefcase. Dustin Rhodes on the other hand is like road kill.

Jim Ross: He still hasn’t been pinned. I doubt he’d even know how to submit. Umaga remains to be an enigma that no one can solve - or even trouble. And the only man that came close - Shawn Michaels - may never wrestle again!! Is it simply a matter of time before the Samoan Bulldozer is crowned World Heavyweight Champion??

The Coach: Of course it is. He’s got Christian running scared, J.R!! Did you not see the look on the champions face last week??

Jim Ross: Indeed I did. Armando Estrada is enjoying the mind games with Christian, that’s for sure. But Coach, as we both know, by the end of this night, that may not be a problem for Christian any more. It could well be something for Kurt Angle or Mister Kennedy to worry about.

The Coach: It will. Christian’s scared, J.R. He’ll gladly lose the title tonight to avoid having to face the wrath of the Samoan Bulldozer!!

We see Cody Rhodes step back inside the ring now, with Umaga and Estrada leaving, and stands over the broken body of his brother. After a brief stare down at the writhing figure, Cody shakes his head in disgust, before heading to the ropes, and stepping out of the ring, leaving his older brother to pick himself up from the canvas.

Jim Ross: That’s simply insulting. That young man should have more respect for his brother!!

The Coach: Dustins a loser!! Why the hell would Cody want to have anything to do with him??!!

Jim Ross: After what Cody has said and done to Dustin in recent weeks, I cant fathom why Dustin Rhodes would even want to help his younger brother succeed in the WWE!! WHY!!??

The Coach: Probably because he’s an old glory hog.

In the ring, Dustin begins to move, turning onto his stomach, and looking out of the ring, at the disgusted figure of his brother, who continues up the aisle.

Commercial Break

**VIDEO PACKAGE**

! CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF SUMMERSLAM !
~ 1999 ~

THE CURRENT WWE COMMISSIONER, JESSE ‘THE BODY’ VENTURA OFFICIATES THE MAIN EVENT IN HIS HOME TOWN OF MINNESOTA; A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH BETWEEN WWE CHAMPION STEVE AUSTIN, TRIPLE H AND MANKIND. VENTURA EXERTS HIS AUTHORITY THROUGHOUT, AND IN THE END MANKIND PINS STONE COLD TO WIN HIS THIRD WWE CHAMPIONSHIP.

WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 19 2007 | LONDON, ENGLAND
WEMBLEY STADIUM
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
***



...

Backstage, Matt Striker is standing by with KURT ANGLE!!

Matt Striker: Well, Kurt Angle, we just witnessed a title change in a triple threat match from Summerslam past. My question to you is; Will we see such a moment tonight in the triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship??

Angle rolls his eyes.

Kurt Angle: What do you think I’m going to say, Matt?? No?? As far as I’m concerned Matt, this should’ve happened months ago. I should’ve been the number one contender at Backlash. I should’ve won the Beat The Clock challenge and faced Christian at Vengeance. And for what it’s worth, after I made John Cena TAP at Vengeance … tonight’s match should be one on one between myself and Christian.

The Olympian pauses.

Kurt Angle: But I digress. It is what it is. Kennedy wormed his way back into the picture, but he’s just a small obstacle in my path. Tonight, I WILL do something that should’ve happened months ago. I don’t care if it’s Christian or Kennedy … ONE OF THEM … WILL … TAP!!!

Heat.

Kurt Angle: And how fitting, Matt, for a true, genuine, American Hero to win his EIGHTH World Title just two days before Independence Day. And next week, I can hold the biggest celebration party of all time when I return home to Pittsburgh PA!!

More boos in the background.

Kurt Angle: If it were anyone else, Matt … I’d call it fate. But I don’t believe in fate … I don’t need it. You’re looking at the next World Heavyweight Champion. It’s true.

Angle turns from the camera, and glares into the eyes of Striker.

Kurt Angle: It’s … damn … true.

Kurt turns away from Matt again, and stares directly into the camera … as we fade.



Back into the arena…

**MAN BEAST**

Rhyno furiously rushes onto the stage, in a hurry to get to the ring, in order to get his hands on Rey Mysterio, as they get set for their Vengeance rematch.

Jim Ross: Well, we are getting set for this Vengeance rematch folks. And frankly, Rhynos obsession with Rey Mysterio is a little disturbing to say- HEY- WAIT!!!

REY MYSTERIO SPRINTS FROM THE BACK AND CRACKS A SINGAPORE CANE ACROSS THE BACK OF RHYNO!!!

The Coach: HEY!!! THAT’S NOT FAIR!!!

Rey repeatedly bashes the stick across the back of Rhyno, who writhes and rolls down the aisle.

Jim Ross: Turnabout’s fair play, Coach!! Rhyno has been making Mysterios life a living hell for weeks with sneak attacks and ambushes!!! It’s ECW Rules tonight!!!

The Coach: WHY CANT PEOPLE WAIT FOR THE DAMN BELL!!! Straight Edge earlier, and now this runt!! Anyway to get ahead!!

Mysterio continues to beat the shit out of Rhyno with the cane, and the Man Beast struggles to get to his feet, resting up against the steps. Rey attempts another whack with the cane, but Rhyno avoids it, and Rey smashes it off the steps, with the big man using the opportunity to roll into the ring. Rey is in hot pursuit though, and enters behind Rhyno, but the Man Beast instantly drops an elbow, ending the quick burst from the diminutive luchador.

Match 4 | ECW RULES:
Rhyno vs. Rey Mysterio
Now in the drivers seat, Rhyno continuously drops his elbow on Rey, keeping his rival down long enough for the Man Beast to pick up the Singapore cane, and wear out Rey with smack after smack, across the back, lighting the masked superstars back into a bright red. In a fit of rage, Rhyno throws the cane out of the ring, before roughhousing Mysterio back to his feet, throwing him into the corner, and driving his shoulder into the gut of Rey, over and over, driving the wind out of his opponent.

Rhyno then sends Rey across the ring to the corner, and sprints in behind … BUT REY KICKS HIM AWAY!!! Rhyno wheels away, staggered by the kick, as Rey follows up, with a dropkick to the back, sending the Man Beast into the ropes … AND LOOKS FOR THE 619 … BUT RHYNO AVOIDS IT!! The Man Beast ducks away, and slips out of the ring, sweeping the legs of Rey, whose face smashes into the apron, and slumps onto the floor. Rhyno stands over Mysterio, as J.R throws to a commercial…

Commercial Break

The show returns with Rey and Rhyno lost amidst a sea of fans, with the rowdy spectators adding to the atmosphere, as Rey holds his own against the bigger man, fighting back from each shot, with one of his own. Rey manages to reverse an attempted Irish Whip from Rhyno - AND SENDS THE MAN BEAST THROUGH THE SIDE DOORS!!! Rhyno bursts through the doors, and tumbles into the backstage area, falling into a wall, as Mysterio charges - AND THROWS HIMSELF AT RHYNO, CHARGING HIM INTO THE WALL!!! The flimsy (set up) wall smashes upon impact, with Rey and Rhyno collapsing onto the floor.

Both men are groggy after impact, but Rey is first to stir, and stumbles to his feet, kicking Rhyno in the chest as the Man Beast tries to sit up. Rey then tilts a wardrobe, TRYING TO DROP THE EQUIPMENT ONTO RHYNO … BUT RHYNO ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!! Rhyno just about saves himself from disaster, and crawls through the hole in the wall, with Mysterio in hot pursuit. Rey grabs a baking tray as they enter the hallway, smashing it off the skull and back of his tormentor, keeping Rhyno on the deck, on his hands and knees. Mysterio continues to be the aggressor, hammering the back of his opponent with both hands, letting off as much steam as he possibly can.

Rhyno eventually gets to his feet, as they reach the interview area, with Rey toppling the background set onto the Man Beast, putting him back onto the floor, covering up to protect himself. Mysterio picks up a steel rod from the set, and swings to bash Rhyno … BUT RHYNO ROLLS AWAY!!! Mysterio misses with another swing, and the impact against the wall bends the steel rod in half. Rhyno is now up, and kicks the arm of Rey, forcing the rod to be dropped, and Rhyno RUNS THROUGH REY with a thunderous clothesline!!! The tables are turned, and Rhyno aggressively pulls Rey up, AND TOSSES HIM THROUGH A DOOR!!!

Mysterio is folded up like an accordion, but the vengeful Man Beast shows no remorse, grabbing him by the mask, and trailing the smaller man down the hallway, toward the gorilla position, and lawndarts Rey across a row of three tables, crashing through all kinds of bits and pieces, with Mysterio eventually landing back on the floor with a hard thud!! Still, Rhyno doesn’t let up, and slams Mysterio against a wall, before tossing him away, as they re-enter the arena, through the curtain, with Rey tumbling out, and Rhyno quickly picks him up, SLAMMING Rey onto the steel staging!!!

{/SECOND HOUR}

Rey writhes in agony, as Rhyno begins to toy with his prey, kicking his ribs, forcing the diminutive superstar to tumble down the ramp, toward the ring area. Rhyno follows closely behind, and hauls Mysterio up, RAMMING HIM BACK FIRST into the ring post, and then SLAMS him again onto the hard floor!!! The Man Beast rolls Mysterio into the ring, then takes a moment to look under the ring for some ‘toys’, pulling out a trash can, and lobbing it over the top rope, and then slides in a table, before walking around ringside, and grabbing a chair, throwing that instrument over the top, before hopping back onto the apron - ONLY FOR MYSTERIO TO DROPKICK HIM BACK OFF!!!

The Man Beast tumbles to the floor again, as Mysterio gains some momentum, racing off the ropes, and SENTONS OVER THE TOP … TAKING RHYNO DOWN AGAIN!!! The fans are on their feet, as Rey stumbles back to his feet quickly, planting Rhyno with a stiff kick, before making a beeline for under the ring, where he pulls out a STOP sign, and measures Rhyno - SMASHING IT OFF HIS FACE!!! Rey makes the first cover of the match, 1...2...NO!!! Rey now lies in wait, as Rhyno struggles to get up, spaghetti legged. Mysterio now charges again … BUT RHYNO DROP TOE HOLDS THE ONCOMING LUCHADOR - INTO THE STEEL POST!!! Rey sees his momentum dashed in an instant, as Rhyno clobbers him with a clothesline, before setting up his next invention.

Rhyno moves both sets of steps, to the middle of the floor at ringside, and has Rey seated on a chair, a little over five yards away, as the Man Beast takes a few steps back … THEN RUNS TO THE STEPS … LEAPING OFF … BUT MYSTERIO MOVES … RHYNO CRASHES AND BURNS DIRECTLY INTO THE STEEL CHAIR!!! Stolen directly from his match with Raven at Backlash in 2001, Rhyno AGAIN crashes and burns on the attempt!!! Meanwhile, Rey jumps onto the apron, then leaps to the ropes … MOONSAULTING BACK ONTO RHYNO … BUT IS CAUGHT … AND GETS SLAMMED ONTO THE MANGLED CHAIR!!! Rhyno decides to make a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Somehow Rey survives, but he isn’t out of the woods yet. The Man Beast drags his foe up, and throws him back into the ring, entering himself, stomping Rey to keep him down, before picking up the trash can, and standing over Rey, looking to enjoy the moment before destroying Rey … BUT MYSTERIO STOPS HIM WITH A KICK … TO THE NUTS!!! Rhyno reels away, dropping the trash can, selling the agony of the low blow, as the desperate Mysterio gets back up, grabbing the unused chair, and smashing his enemies back, forcing Rhyno to a knee, followed by another shot, putting Rhyno down on both knees … and a third shot to the back sends Rhyno forward … IN A PERFECT POSITION AT THE ROPES FOR A 619!!! Before he dials it up though, Rey grabs the trash can … SETTING IT OVER THE HEAD OF RHYNO!!! He then runs off the ropes, AND DELIVERS THE 619 TO THE TRASH CAN WEARING FACE OF RHYNO!!!!!

The fans explode, as Rey perches himself on the top rope … AND SPLASHES ONTO RHYNO!!! The cover, 1...2...RHYNO KICKS OUT AGAIN!!! The U.S Airways Centre is in shock!! Rey sits up, mouth wide open, as the official shows him the two fingers, to indicate the kick out. Rey picks himself back up now, and grabs the chair, placing it in the middle of the ring in a seated position. He kicks Rhyno as the last ever ECW Champion gets to his feet, and shoves him down onto the chair, pounding him to keep him seated. Rey then charges across the ring, off the ropes, coming back … AS RHYNO BOUNCES UP … AND SMASHES MYSTERIO THROUGH THE CHAIR WITH AN ALMIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!!!!! The Man Beast hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!! WHAT???

Mysterio now shocks the fans, kicking out of a spine tingling spine buster - THROUGH A CHAIR!!! Rhyno is furious, and begins to wail, mercilessly at the masked man, right hand after right hand, over and over. Rhyno gets back up, and now picks the table up, setting it at an angle in the corner, as the fans begin to realise what’s coming next. The Man Beast now walks back around, setting himself in the opposite corner, as Mysterio struggles back up to his feet … and when he does … RHYNO STORMS ACROSS THE RING … GORE!!!!!!!!!! Rhyno GORES Mysterio, right through the table!!! ‘Holy Shit’ chants can be heard, as a worse for wear Rhyno drags the lifeless body of Mysterio by his legs out of the corner from the shards of wood … and hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Rhyno @ 12:51

The Man Beast gets the sweet victory he has craved since his return from injury!!! He defeats Rey in brutal fashion, as the fans fall silent, with Rhyno having his arm raised in victory.

Jim Ross: My Gawd, that was brutal, Coach!! Rhyno wins, but what has been taken out of these two men??

The Coach: I knew Rhyno would win, baby boy … but credit where it’s due, that little runt Mysterio is double tough!! In fact, I’d say he’s tougher than a two dollar steak!!!

Jim Ross: Indeed he is, but on this night, Mysterio couldn’t handle the hardcore expertise that Rhyno brings to the table. A brutal contest, and Mysterio should feel no shame in losing tonight.

The Coach: Yeah. Because he is a loser.

Rhyno leaves the ring now, still snarling - even in victory - as he proceeds up the aisle, whilst a trainer helps Mysterio sit up in the ring, trying to bring him back around, with fans cheering as a sign of admiration for the littlest big man, as we fade out.

Commercial Break

And, after clips from the ECW Rules match moments ago, with J.R and Coach narrating each big spot …

… The screen flickers … and static appears … before grainy footage begins to show, with a shaky, handheld camera effect taking over the picture, as it always does … for THE REALITY CHECK …

… Only this week … THE MIZ appears, sat in front of the camera … wearing a neck brace.

The Miz: Tonight is a very special edition of the ‘Reality Check’. As you may have noticed, tonight we haven’t planted a camera in a locker room, or the parking lot. Instead, here I am, at my condo … with a message. Last week, I was supposed to make my long awaited, in ring, Monday Night Raw debut.

Miz pauses.

The Miz: But thanks to a fit of jealous rage from John Cena, my highly anticipated debut has been put on hold, indefinitely.

Miz winces, and holds his neck momentarily, before continuing.

The Miz: I have been sat in this room for the last two weeks like an invalid, wearing this stupid neck brace-

He stops again sharply, wincing in pain, and grasping his neck again.

The Miz: But I wont be sat here forever. So, my legion of Miz-fits don’t need to worry. Because it will take a whole lot more than a thug like John Cena to FU me through a table to stop me from pursuing my hopes and dreams.

Miz chuckles.

The Miz: I’d also like to thank my fans for all the cards and e-mails I’ve received, wishing me well during my recovery. However, what I did notice … is that I didn’t receive one single card from ANY World Wrestling Entertainment employee. Not … one. Y’see, my ‘Reality Check’ hasn’t won me many friends it seems. My attempts to add some reality to the WWE hasn’t been appreciated by the old fuddy duddy’s that call the shots on Raw. As a matter of fact, they probably all thanked Cena for what he did to me two weeks ago. Even the guys that hate his guts.

He shakes his head, thinking about that prospect.

The Miz: “The Boys” don’t like me much, y’see. They seem to think I got a job because where I came from on MTV. Not because I put the hard work in to earn my contract. Since coming to Raw, I’ve been shunned, and treated like an outsider. And I guess they all thought that they would never lay eyes on me again after my ‘lesson’ at the hands of Cena. But guess what guys??

The reality star narrows his eyebrows, trying his best to look serious and/or threatening.

The Miz: You haven’t seen the last of me, people. I haven’t even got started yet!!

Miz now smiles.

The Miz: The Miz will be back on Monday Night Raw, sooner or later. And I’m not going anywhere. The Miz is a part of Monday Night Raw … and The Miz is here to stay.

Once again, he winces, to sell his pain, before mustering up the strength to finish his promo…

The Miz: HOO-RAH!!!

The Miz stares into the camera, as the grainy footage halts, and a freeze frame of Miz remains for a few seconds.



Back to ringside, where J.R and Coach both seem a little surprised by the promo, as if it wasn’t expected…

Jim Ross: Well that, uhh, … The Miz, Coach … well, quite a few interesting comments there, huh??

The Coach: I agree with The Miz completely. This guy is trying to get the WWE to get with the times, J.R. Reality T.V is the big thing these days. He’s trying to add some quality entertainment to Raw, just like me. I appreciate him, J.R. But it’s like he says, the old fuddy duddys - like you - want to live in the dark ages!! I understand The Miz’ frustrations, and I hope he’s back real soon!!

Jim Ross: The guy hasn’t even had a match yet, Coach. He’s a damn reality TV star, and he’s going the wrong way about it if he wants respect. When he wins a few matches, the guys in the back might just have a change of heart about him then.

The Coach: I just think it’s shocking that John Cena wasn’t reprimanded for his actions. That was an unprovoked attack, remember.

Jim Ross: I am well aware of it, Coach. So too, is Cena, and he regrets those actions two weeks ago.

The Coach: Yeah right.



Backstage now, we see the WWE Womens Champion, MICKIE JAMES, on her way toward the gorilla position, with a match coming up … NEXT!!

Commercial Break

Match 5 | NON-TITLE MATCH:
Mickie James vs. Layla El
Layla isn’t joined by Santino or the other Leyla tonight, as she attempts to take on the champion alone … but doesn’t fare too well. In her first Raw match in six weeks, Mickie dominates the majority of the match, proving too strong in the early going for her rookie opponent, as we see clips during the contest from backstage, where GAIL KIM is watching on a monitor.

But, during the match, we see BETH PHOENIX slowly stride onto the stage, and watches the match from afar … but once Mickie spots her, her focus is lost, and allows Layla to fight back, gaining some momentum with a near fall off a neck breaker. However, the champion soon rallies, and puts her opponent back down, dragging Layla back up, and make sure Beth has her attention … before planting Layla with the MICKIE-T!!! She covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Mickie James @ 03:03

Mickie has her arm raised, as we get another glance at the impressed Gail Kim backstage. On the stage however, Beth Phoenix looks less enthusiastic, but doesn’t proceed down the ramp, instead, having seen enough, she turns and leaves, as Mickie turns her attention back to the fans to celebrate.

Jim Ross: Congratulations to Mickie James!!! In her first Monday Night Raw match in nearly two months, she’s soundly defeated the 2006 Diva Search winner, Layla!!

The Coach: Yeah, but what’s up with Beth Phoenix?? She’s waited five years to track Mickie down and get her hands on her, and she just walked away tonight??

Jim Ross: Beth Phoenix sure does seem like something of a loose cannon if you ask me, Coach. She has had a turbulent time in recent years, remember, but perhaps - hopefully - she’s realised that Mickie James has changed, and more importantly has remorse for her actions back in that troubled time.

The Coach: Yeah, right. That Mickie James would sell her own grandmother if it helped her get ahead!! You can tell by the eyes, J.R. That little witch cant be trusted!!

Jim Ross: I’m just glad not everyone is like you, Coach. Well, ladies and gentlemen, still to come tonight of course, the main event. Captain Charisma, Christian, will defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match. Kurt Angle and Mister Kennedy will provide the opposition. And, after we heard from one of those challengers earlier in Angle, Kelly Kelly is now standing by backstage … with Mister Kennedy.

Backstage, with Kelly and Kennedy…

Kelly Kelly: Thanks J.R. Mister Kennedy, tonight, you have the chance to do what you failed to do at Vengeance, and become World Heavyweight Champion for the very first time. However, tonight, it’s not a one on one match between yourself and Christian, as Kurt Angle is also involved.

Kennedy fakes a shocked look.

Mister Kennedy: Kurt Angle?? What?? Kurt Angle’s in the match too?? Why didn’t anyone tell me??

Kelly steps back, looking a little scared of Kennedy, who pauses, and shakes his head at the interviewer.

Mister Kennedy: You’re lucky you got beauty, Kelly. I’m well aware it’s not a one on one match tonight between myself and Christian. I’m ALL TOO AWARE that Kurt Angle has stuck his nose in where it isn’t wanted. He shoehorned himself into my rightful title match. But y’know something?? None of that matters.

Kennedy smirks.

Mister Kennedy: Crazy Kurt can spout off all he wants about how fitting it’d be for him to walk outta Phoenix two days before July the Fourth, and into his hometown of Pittsburgh next week as World Champion … but allow me to inform you, that Carlsberg don’t do ‘Fitting Kurt Angle Championship Victories’, but hell, if they did, they’d probably be the best in the world.

Few chuckles from the audience.

Mister Kennedy: As for Christian?? He’ll probably still be changing his tights again after getting visions of Umaga coming for him last week. I mean, did you see that last week Kelly?? The guy looked like a deer in the headlights!!! I don’t even know if our esteemed World Champion is even here tonight. After what happened last week, he’ll maybe relinquish the title anyway!!

Kennedy, seemingly relaxed and confident, pauses again, before starting over.

Mister Kennedy: Look Kelly, it’s as simple as this. Triple Threat, Fatal Four Way, Six Pack Challenge, or a 30 Man Battle Royal - it doesn’t really make a difference to me. My goal remains the same, and so does the outcome. After tonight is over and done with, no one will care about Kurt Angle. And no one will give a rats ass about Christian either. Because the only thing anyone will care about after tonight … is the NEW Worrrrrrrld Heavy-weight CHAMPION-AHHHHH!!! And that’s me … THE MONDAY NIGHT JUGGERNAUGHT … MISTERRRRRRRR … KEN-NA-DAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

Kennedy motions around his waist, that the belt will soon be there, before eyeing up Kelly.

Mister Kennedy: Kennedy.

The mouthpiece winks at Kelly, before leaving the set.

Commercial Break

Match 6:
The Brotherhood w/Theodore Long, Shelton Benjamin & Mark Henry vs. Matt Hardy & William Regal
Fairly short contest, with time running low before the big main event tonight. Hardy and Regal fall foul quickly to the numbers of The Brotherhood, with distractions from the outside allowing Monty Brown and JTG to get a jumpstart, and the upper hand from the opening bell. Hardy is quickly tossed to the outside, with the tandem focusing on Regal … and on the outside, Benjamin takes the opportunity to attack Hardy, sending him through the steel steps!!!

Regal, ever the veteran, plays the face in peril role well, and after a few fight back attempts, he looks to make a tag - to no one, with Hardy still down on the outside - leaving Regal to fight off JTG, but a distraction from Long allows Monty Brown to enter, and help his partner, double teaming Regal, to put him back on the canvas, and back on the back foot. Once again though, Regal doesn’t stay down for long, and valiantly fights back, avoiding a Mug Shot from JTG, pushing him away, then DRILLING him with the KNEE TREMBLER!!!

Once again though, the outside influences come to the Brotherhoods aid, as Theodore Long hops onto the apron to distract the referee … but as Monty Brown races in to illegally attack Regal - BAM!! REGAL CONNECTS WITH THE POWER OF THE PUNCH!!! The wily old veteran uses the distraction to HIS advantage, nailing Brown with the Brass Knucks!!! Meanwhile, on the outside, Matt Hardy is up, and he sweeps the legs of Shelton, as the Intercontinental Champion jumps onto the apron … AND THEN BLASTS BENJAMIN WITH THE I.C TITLE BELT!!!

On the outside, Henry now tries to attack Hardy, but Matt sees him coming … and drop toe holds the big guy … FACE FIRST into the steel steps!!! It’s all falling apart for the Brotherhood now, as Theodore Long realises he’s in danger … and jumps off the apron … AND RUNS up the aisle in fear, as Regal allows Matt now to tag in, with the veteran throwing (the unconscious) Monty Brown out too. Matt enters the ring, and stalks JTG, as he stumbles to his feet … then kicks him in the gut … TWIST OF FATE CONNECTS!! Hardy makes the cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Matt Hardy & William Regal @ 04:45

Hardy and Regal - opponents nine days ago in the KOTR semi finals - are victorious together tonight! The pair congratulate one another, as Hardy makes a “wink wink” joke, pointing to the hand of Regal, with the Brit displaying his ‘powerful’ fist, as we see the remainder of The Brotherhood picking themselves up, and stumbling up the aisle.

Jim Ross: The numbers game wasn’t enough for The Brotherhood tonight, Coach!! Matt Hardy and William Regal beat the no good lowlifes at their own game tonight!!

The Coach: Did you just call Hardy and Regal lowlifes?? Anyway, that doesn’t matter, because Regal and Hardy STOLE this win tonight!! William Regal blatantly cheated, and Matt Hardy put his hands on the Intercontinental Champion!! He hit Shelton Benjamin with his own title belt!!

Jim Ross: Surely you can see why though, Coach?? The Brotherhood have been making Matt Hardys life hell!!

The Coach: Oh really?? Well Matt Hardy has been making The Brotherhoods life hell too!!! He cant get it through his thick skull that he’s not on Shelton Benjamins level!!!

Jim Ross: Oh, I think he is, Coach, and I think Shelton Benjamin, and ALL of the Brotherhood know it too. And their gang warfare tactics wont scare him off either!! He desperately wants that Intercontinental Title belt-

The Coach: And he came as close as he’ll ever get to it tonight, when he attacked Shelton Benjamin with it!! How disgraceful!!

Jim Ross: Until Shelton Benjamin can defeat Matt Hardy - on his own merits - he wont shake that man off, I guarantee it. Hardy believes he has Benjamins number, and right now, he has no reason to think otherwise!!

Commercial Break

** 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.





WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 19 | WEMBLEY STADIUM
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
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Back in the arena, where J.R and The Coach are in view.

Jim Ross: The countdown sure is on. EIGHTY THOUSAND tickets have already been sold in anticipation. MORE are set to be made available in the coming weeks - Summerslam is coming up fast, Coach.

The Coach: I hear LONDON CALLIN’ BABYYYYYY!!!

Jim Ross: And this past weekend, WWE officials - headed by Shane McMahon - along with a number of big names from Raw and Smackdown were at the Wembley Conference centre to officially kick off the countdown to Summer slam … and a huge announcement took the entire watching press and select few fans by enormous surprise…

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LAST SATURDAY
~ Wembley Conference Centre; London, England ~
*Background music; Kings of Leon, Fans*

Shane McMahon: Ladies and Gentlemen, on August 19, the WWE will be taking over London, England for Summerslam. In 1992, it was big. It was huge. But now, fifteen years on, we’re coming back to Wembley Stadium - bigger, and better.

Fans cheering, as clips follow, of WWE stars in attendance; both World Champions; Christian & Randy Orton, John Cena, Triple H, U.S Champion Paul London, and 2007 King of the Ring Brent Albright.

Shane McMahon: You can expect to see the biggest names in the WWE today, with the biggest prizes in our industry on the line. They’re gonna have to keep the roof of the new Wembley stadium open, whether the sun is shining; or even if we get some of that typical British summer weather, because the WWE is going to blow the roof off that place on August 19.

More shots of the six superstars interacting with fans at the conference; having photos taken, posing etc.

Shane McMahon: And as you should all be aware, the WWE reaches out to all levels of sports and entertainment, and this years Summerslam is no different. In fact, we’ve just signed perhaps the biggest sports star in the world today, and he’s going to be a part of Summerslam. And better still, he hails from right here in jolly ‘ol England … Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the WWE’s special guest at Summerslam this August; England own, UNDEFEATED World Champion … RICKY ‘HITMAN’ HATTON!!!

A huge (overblown) cheer from the fans in attendance greet Hatton, who steps onto the podium, shaking hands with Shane, and posing to the fans.

Ricky Hatton: It’ll be an honour for me to be a part of Summerslam in Wembley Stadium on August Nineteenth. But I’m warnin all of ya, don’t be stepping out of line, fellas!! There’s over forty boxers around the world that regretted getting on my bad side!!

Hatton chuckles over the mic, whilst typically, the faces (Cena, Christian & London) smile at the joke, whilst the heels (Randy Orton, Triple H & Albright) seem less than impressed at the threat. Hatton, taking a look more musclebound figures; Triple H and Cena, imitates a grimace, pulls at his collar, and speaks again.

Ricky Hatton: Actually … on second thoughts…

As a joke, Hatton tries to run from the podium.

Cut to Hatton speaking again.

Ricky Hatton: On August Nineteenth, I promise all of you that along with everyone in the WWE, I intend on giving all the fans - like I do in all my fights - their moneys worth. It’ll be an unforgettable night at Wembley Stadium, and I’m delighted to be a part of it!! DON’T MISS IT!!!

Hatton turns, and shakes hands with Shane, as McMahon stands side by side with the British legend, raising each others arms, as the video comes to a close.
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And back to ringside…

Jim Ross: Huge news, Coach. Ricky Hatton, at Summerslam!!

The Coach: Yeah, well he better not have his eyes on my job!! I missed out on calling the King of the Ring because someone thought Jerry Lawler deserved a bit of nostalgia. Stick to the day job, Hatton - don’t mess with The Coach!!

Jim Ross: I’m sure he’ll be quaking in fear at the prospect of getting on your bad side Coach.

The Coach: He should be. There’s a reason no one makes enemies with me, old timer.

Jim Ross: Be that as it may … let the focus come back to Summer slam … just FORTY EIGHT days away now, folks. I cannot wait, Coach. And backstage, there are two other men who I am sure cannot wait either. Standing by with Kelly Kelly - it’s The British Lions!!

Cut to Kelly, with the Lions and Katie Lea.

Kelly Kelly: Hey again, guys. Paul, Harry, tonight, you made your return to Raw after being brutally assaulted two weeks ago by MNM’s ‘Entourage’. How does it feel to be back??

With a rather unsettling grin, Burchill pipes in first.

Paul Burchill: Well Kelly, it’ll feel much, much better … when Harry and I get our hands around the scrawny necks of MNM, and their two chums.

Harry Smith: Yeah. MNM screwed us outta our title shot at Vengeance by messing up our flights. Clever. Then, they arranged for their friends to attack us from behind the night after, costing us our shot at the tag titles for a second straight night?? Not clever. Because for every action, there’s a reaction.

Katie Lea, rubbing Smiths back, takes over.

Katie Lea: And believe me when I say this, Kelly … You don’t want to raise a reaction out of Paul or Harry. Unfortunately for MNM … they’ve already made their choice. They’ll have to deal with the consequences.

Voice: And they will!!

Attention turns … as ERIC BISCHOFF steps into view, approaching the trio.

Eric Bischoff: Before you were heinously taken out, gentlemen, you were set to challenge Straight Edge for the World Tag Team Championships. And as far as I’m concerned, you’re title shot should be honoured. And next week it will be.

The Lions nod, realising what Bischoff is offering.

Eric Bischoff: That’s right. Next week on Raw, MNM will defend the World Tag Team Championships against The British Lions!!!

Pop in the background, as the Lions look delighted. Bischoff nods, before leaving the picture.



Back at ringside…

Jim Ross: MNM have hell to pay, Coach!! As Harry Smith put it; for every action, there is a reaction!! And they’ll find that out next week in Pittsburgh!!

The Coach: That’s not fair, J.R. MNM JUST defended the titles TONIGHT!!

Jim Ross: Sounds fair to me. MNM stole the titles two weeks ago, and they stole another win tonight!! And now, we are just getting word from Eric Bischoffs office … that also next week … a number one contenders match for the Intercontinental Championship … the two men who teamed tonight will be opponents next week in a rematch from the King of the Ring semi-finals … Matt Hardy takes on William Regal!!

The Coach: W- WHAT???

Jim Ross: Next week. Hardy and Regal for a shot at the Intercontinental Championship.

The Coach: I- uh … WHAT???

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, whilst The Coach tries to regain his vocabulary, we’re gonna take a quick commercial break. And when we come back, we’ll hear from Captain Charisma, moments before his World Heavyweight Championship defence. It’s all coming up … NEXT!!!

Commercial Break

And we return, with Matt Striker standing by…

Matt Striker: It is I, Matt Striker, once again, and we are just moments away from the main event this evening. A triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Already tonight, we’ve heard from Mister Kennedy and Kurt Angle … but right now, let’s hear from the World Heavyweight Champion himself, Christian.

Christian enters the picture, to a huge response from the fans.

Matt Striker: And Christian, so far in your second reign as World Champion you’ve already defended the title inside Hell in a Cell, a ladder match, and a hungry first time challenger in the form of one of your two opponents tonight, Mr. Kennedy. To say you’ve been through it all would perhaps be an understatement. However tonight, you face arguably the biggest challenge of them all, in a match where you don’t have to be beaten in order to lose the title. How do you prepare for a match like this, champ??

Christian smirks for a second.

Christian: First off, I guess I should belittle you, Matt. Isn’t that the running theme tonight?? I mean, that’s what I saw from Kurt and Kennedy earlier. Well guess what?? I’m not in the mood for kidding tonight. Tonight is all about business. It’s all about this.

He holds up the title.

Christian: And yeah, in a crazy way, tonight’s match is the most dangerous match I’ve had to defend the title in, so far. Hell in a Cell was brutal, hell, it probably took a few years off my career. The Ladder match with Shelton Benjamin wasn’t much fun either. But at least in those matches, the outcome was in my hands. Tonight, it’s not.

Taking a moment to collect his thoughts, Christian adjusts the belt on his shoulder.

Christian: Tonight, Kennedy could pin Angle, or Angle could pin Kennedy, or one could make the other tap out … and win the World Championship. I don’t need to be pinned, and I don’t need to submit to lose this title. So yeah, my career might not be on the line tonight … but something far more important is … and it’s in greater jeopardy than it’s ever been … and that’s my World Heavyweight Title.

Christian looks set to wrap up the interview, until Striker interjects with another comment.

Matt Striker: And just quickly, could I get a few comments on what went down at the end of Raw last week with Umaga?? What went through your mind when you saw the Samoan Bulldozer charging down the aisle, with Armando Estrada in tow, carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase?? What tho-

Christian cuts Striker off, putting his hand over the top of the mic.

Christian: I haven’t given Umaga a seconds thought. Successfully defending my title tonight is all I’ve got in my head. Interviews over, Matt.

The Champion glares at the interviewer, before storming off, irked by the mention of Umaga, as Striker sheepishly looks around, slightly embarrassed by his ticking off from Christian.



Back to ringside…

Jim Ross: Coach, the time is almost upon us. The triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship is just about-

**MY TIME IS NOW**

Jim Ross: What the-??

The Coach: This buzz kill?? Again??

John Cena enters to an - as ever - polarizing response for the second time tonight, slapping hands with fans as he makes his way down the aisle.

Jim Ross: John Cena, ladies and gentlemen, is not due to be part of this match. We already saw Cena in action earlier tonight, as Eric Bischoff declared he would have to start at the bottom and work his way back to the top if he wanted a shot at the World Title.

The Coach: GO AWAY CENA!!! He has no reason to be out here!!

Jim Ross: Well … I just don’t know what purpose this serves, in all honesty. We’re moments away from the main event-

The Coach: He’s always sticking that nose in where it isn’t wanted!!

Cena walks around the ringside area, and appears to be pointing toward the announce table.

The Coach: NO!! No way!! A three man announce booth didn’t work on Smackdown. It’s not happening here. Especially with this goofball!!

Jim Ross: You’re calling someone else a goofball??

Cena joins the announce table, shaking hands with J.R, picking up a headset … and Coach suddenly changes his attitude.

The Coach: It’s great to have a former World Champion join us here!! I was just saying to J.R, wasn’t I??

Jim Ross: Uhm, sure.

John Cena: Glad to be here, guys.

The Coach: Great to have ya out here, John!!

Jim Ross: Well John, as ever, it’s a pleasure to have you out here with us, but I’ve gotta ask the question … why are you out here??

The Coach: C’mon J.R!!! He doesn’t need to answer that. John, you don’t need to ans-

John Cena: It’s okay, it’s a fair question. I mean, after all, I’ve just been told less than two hours ago that I’m at the bottom of the barrel right now, and I’ve got to work my way back up. But that doesn’t mean I’ve given up on my quest to get a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam.

Jim Ross: But with all due respect, John … Summerslam is seven weeks away. You’ve been relegated to matches with guys that haven’t earned a contract on Raw yet. How c-

John Cena: I don’t care how. Look, there’s seven week until Summerslam, right?? I’m prepared to have six matches a night for the next seven weeks. I will do whatever I can humanly, possibly do to earn that title shot. I swear to God, I will take on as many guys a week as Bischoff wants. I’m willing to face every single guy on the Raw roster between now and Summerslam if that’s what it takes.

The Coach: Now THAT’S the mark of a Champion!! Good for you, John!!

Jim Ross: Well John, I … it’s a lot to ask.

John Cena: Listen, I’m throwing down the gauntlet. I’m out here tellin the world what I’m prepared to put myself through for the title shot. Eric Bischoff, I’m sure you’re listening backstage. Make it happen, you aint got nothin to lose.

Jim Ross: Well, ladies and gentlemen, when we return, John Cena will be joining myself and The Coach on commentary for our main event. A triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship!! Can Christian hold off the challenges of Mister Kennedy and Kurt Angle?? Don’t go anywhere!!!

Commercial Break

Main Event | WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP | TRIPLE THREAT MATCH:
Christian vs. Kurt Angle vs. Mister Kennedy
And from the bell, Angle and Kennedy look to one another, nod, AND DOUBLE UP ON CHRISTIAN!!! The champion tries to fight the challengers off, but cant overcome the odds, and the opening minutes is ALL Angle and Kennedy beating down Captain Charisma. Neither man attempts a pin or submission in the early going, working perfectly as a unit, obviously with an agreement to take out Christian completely, before fighting it out themselves.

The two take turns to hold Christian up, whilst the other pounds mercilessly at the defenceless champion. The attack eventually spills to the outside, where Angle and Kennedy take turns to batter Christian, whilst at the announce table, both share words with the watching Cena. Eventually, Kennedy removes the padding from the floor, allowing Angle to deliver an ANGLE SLAM TO CHRISTIAN … ON THE PAD-LESS FLOOR!!!!!

And with Christian now indefinitely out of the picture … ANGLE AND KENNEDY INSTANTLY TRADE BLOWS!!! The two men battle all around ringside, with the union now officially dead, and no love lost!!! Angle gets the upper hand, but as he attempts an Angle Slam to Kennedy, Kennedy lands behind on his feet, and charges Angle into the ring post!!!

Kennedy brings the fight to the inside, and scores the first near fall of the contest with a suplex, as he now attempts to wear Angle down. Kurt though, after a few moments of being on the receiving end of Kennedys attack … EXPLODES WITH A BELLY TO BELLY TO THE ONCOMING MISTER KENNEDY!!!!!

Angle only gets a two from that, but is quickly back on Kennedy. Kurt looks to wear the 2006 KOTR down with a front face lock, but Kennedy refuses to stay down for long, battling up, and the two men engage once more in a fist fight around the ring, with Kennedy eventually going low with a knee to the gut, and flapjacks Angle, getting a two count off that.

Kennedy follows up with a beating in the corner, as Kurt slithers to the floor from the blows … allowing Kennedy to back out … and set up THE FACEWASH!!! Kennedy drags Kurt back out of the corner, and hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!! Kennedy now looks to pile on the pressure, dropping knees onto the grounded Angle, over and over, before covering again, but only scores a two again, much to the zero times World Champions chagrin.

Kennedy drags Kurt back up now, BUT ANGLE SHOOTS AROUND, going behind, AND LOOKS TO FIRE OFF A GERMAN SUPLEX … but Kennedy elbows free, and runs off the ropes … ONLY TO BE BLASTED WITH A CLOTHESLINE FROM THE OLYMPIAN!!! Angle hauls Kennedy into the corner, and lets fly with stiff overhand rights. Kurt softens Kennedy up, and shoots him across the ring to the opposite corner, but as he charges in behind - KENNEDY STICKS A BOOT UP, CATCHING KURT IN THE MUSH!!! Angle reels away, with Kennedy quickly following up, looking for THE MIC CHECK … BUT ANGLE FIGHTS HIM OFF, and eventually counters into an arm drag!!!

Kennedy shoots back up, but gets clobbered again with a clothesline. Angle - starting to get caught up in the moment - looks to the corner, and climbs the buckles, setting himself for his rarely seen moonsault … BUT KENNEDY HOPS UP … AND SHOVES ANGLE OFF THE TOP … AND ONTO THE FLOOR BELOW!!! A huge rush of ‘OOOOOOH’’s reverberate around the arena, as Angle writhes on the floor, whilst Kennedy remains the only man standing in the ring … but CHRISTIAN has now recovered on the outside, with Kennedy spotting this development … as we head into the final commercial of the evening…

Commercial Break

And, we return with Kennedy and Christian going at it, hell for leather, in the ring, with Christian gaining the upper hand, shooting Kennedy off the ropes, ducking down, only for Kennedy to kick him away!! Captain Charisma reels away, with Kennedy shooting him off to the corner, running in behind … but Christian swings on the ropes … and DELIVERS THE SEESAW KICK!!! Kennedy staggers away, allowing the champion to follow up, coming in from behind … with a REVERSE DDT!!! He covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

With the champion now in control, he backs Kennedy into the corner, lifting him to a seated position on the top rope, climbing himself, firing off a few right hands to soften the challenger up … and now looks to deliver A SUPERPLEX … BUT BEFORE HE CAN … KURT ANGLE IS BACK IN THE RING … AND HE POSITIONS HIMSELF INTO A POWERBOMB POSITION ON CHRISTIAN … AS CHRISTIAN GOES FOR THE SUPERPLEX ON KENNEDY … TOWER OF DOOM!!!!!!!! Still looking weary, Angle slowly makes the cover on Christian … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Angle doesn’t show much emotion from the kick out, and instead proceeds across … and covers Kennedy … 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!

This time, Angle IS fuming. Kurt closes his eyes, and blurts out a few expletives, before pushing himself to his feet … AND AGAIN he makes a move to the turnbuckles … climbing the ropes, with both Christian and Kennedy still down … positioning himself … AND MOONSAULTS PERFECTLY … ONTO … THE CANVAS!!! BOTH Kennedy and Christian roll from danger, with it being questionable as to who Angle was aiming for … but he got neither regardless … and Kennedy crawls over, looking to pick up the scraps … 1...2... CHRISTIAN PULLS KENNEDY OFF … WITH A SCHOOL BOY ON HIM … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Kennedy just kicks out, and now, both men are slow to get up, but Christian beats Kennedy to the punch, and quickly scores with a GUTBUSTER!!! He makes the cover, 1...2...NO!!! Kennedy is able to kick out, but doesn’t have long to recover, as the champion pulls him back up, and shoots him off the ropes, but ducks down on the return, with Kennedy running on … RIGHT INTO ANGLE … AND A BELLY TO BELLY OVER THE TOP ROPE … TO THE FLOOR!!! The fans ROAR at the big move, with Kennedy landing like a sack of shit on the floor, leaving just Angle and Christian to battle it out in the ring!!

{/OVERRUN}

The two men stare across the ring from one another, with the fans raising in voice - rather split, due to the admiration the fans have for Angle - and a LETS GO CHRISTIAN / LETS GO ANGLE duel begins. The two men come face to face in the middle of the ring … AND GO RIGHT AT IT!!! The fans come alive as the two men trade blows, back and forth, with Angle trying to snap off a Belly to Belly, but the champion shifts free, running off the ropes … RIGHT INTO A KNEE TO THE GUT ON HIS RETURN!!!

Angle looks to follow up, backing Christian into the corner, tagging off with more trademark rights, and shoots Christian off to the opposite side … but as he races in to attack again, Angle is met with an elbow!! Kurt spins away, as Christian perches himself on the middle turnbuckle … AND FLIES OFF WITH A REVERSE ELBOW!!! He covers, 1...2...NO!!! Now, Christian attempts to get the fans going, slapping his hands … as he sets Angle up … AND GOES FOR THE UNPRETTIER … BUT ANGLE DROPS DOWN … AND GRABS THE ANKLE … ANKLELOCK APPLIED!!!!!

The most feared submission in the WWE today is locked on … AND CHRISTIAN IS IN A WORLD OF PAIN!!! The Champion tries to desperately turn over to kick his rival away, but tenaciously, Angle holds on, turning Christian back over!! On commentary, despite licking up to Cena throughout, Coach cant help but make a dig, asking Cena to describe to the fans how it feels in the Anklelock. In the ring, the champion refuses to submit, clawing his way toward the ropes … REACHING OUT … WITH ANGLE TRYING TO STOP HIM … BUT CHRISTIAN MAKES THEM!!!!!

Christian forces the break, but Angle refuses to back off, and after relinquishing the hold, he’s back on the champion, stomping the leg and ankle, homing in on the ankle again, and grabs it … looking for the Ankle Lock, but Christian stays vertical, hopping on the spot … AND CATCHES KURT WITH AN ENZIGURI!!! Slowly, the weary champion crawls over, making the cover … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Christian looks up in shock, shaking his head, realising he hasn’t don’t enough yet. He slowly gets back to his feet, and spots Kennedy, pulling himself back onto the apron. The champion looks set to move toward the ropes … BUT ANGLE SUDDENLY GRABS THE ANKLE … AND TAKES HIM DOWN … APPLYING THE ANKLELOCK!!!

Angle suddenly has his submission hold back on … with Christian caught right in the middle of the ring!!! Kennedy though, has other ideas, and re-enters the ring … but instead of breaking the hold … HE DROPS DOWN … AND APPLIES THE KROSSFACE TO CHRISTIAN!!!!! The pain intensifies twofold for the champion … now locked in the ANKLELOCK AND THE KROSSFACE!!!!! The fans are on their feet at the impressive sight, and Christian appears to be on the verge of submitting … unable to withstand the pain … but Angle, realising the title may well be disputed if Christian submits to both men, breaks the ankle lock, and stomps Kennedy, breaking his hold too!!!

Kennedy fights back to his feet, and shoves Angle away, with Angle shoving back … before the two come head to head … AND BEGIN TO TEE OFF ON EACH OTHER AGAIN!!! Angle and Kennedy trade blows, back and forth, with Kennedy winning the fist fight, and looks for a Roundhouse kick - but Kurt ducks under - BUT GETS CAUGHT ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT!!! Kennedy scrambles for the cover now, hooking the leg, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Kennedy is quickly back on the attack though, pulling Kurt up, looking for a whip, but Angle reverses, and turns Kennedy inside out … AND DELIVERS A RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!!! He makes the cover, 1...2...KENNEDY KICKS OUT!!!

Neither man can put the other way, but Angle looks to be going in for the kill now as he gets back to his feet. The Olympian stalks, as Kennedy struggles to get up … AND SHOOTS IN … GOING FOR THE ANGLE SLAM … BUT KENNEDY LANDS ON HIS FEET, SPINS ANGLE AROUND … MIC CHECK CONNECTS ON ANGLE!!!!! Kennedy now makes the cover, hooking BOTH LEGS, looking to guarantee victory … 1...2...CHRISTIAN BREAKS THE COUNT AT THE LAST SECOND!!!!!!!!!! Captain Charisma saves the championship, much to the chagrin of Kennedy, who thought he had made history momentarily.

Kennedy, in a fit of rage, bounces up, and charges Christian into the corner, letting out his rage, delivering shoulder thrust after shoulder thrust after shoulder thrust to the gut of the champion, shoving him down to the canvas in the corner, and backing out … RUNNING IN FOR THE FACEWASH … BUT CHRISTIAN MOVES!!! Kennedy gets caught on the ropes, in a bad position, mouth open wide in agony … whilst the champion musters the energy to come in, and tie up Kennedy into position … dragging him from the ropes … AND LOOKS FOR THE UNPRETTIER … AND DELIVERS IT!!! Christian hooks the leg … 1...2...ANGLE BREAKS THE COUNT!!! Angle breaks the count, and hammers Christian, pulling him back to his feet, letting go with a uppercut forearm, before following up, going behind, looking for a German … but the champion uses his hips to toss Angle over, breaking the grip, and puts Kurt down on the follow up with a dropkick.


Christian makes a move to the corner now, and begins to climb the turnbuckles … BUT AS HE CLIMBS … ANGLE RACES UP BEHIND … LOOKING FOR A TOP ROPE ANGLE SLAM … BUT CHRISTIAN SHOVES HIM OFF!!! Christian turns … AND FLIES WITH A FROG SPLASH … AND NAILS IT!!! It’s surely over, as the champion hooks the leg … 1...2...KENNEDY DRAGS CHRISTIAN OFF … AND APPLIES THE KROSSFACE!!!!!

CHRISTIAN IS CAUGHT … DEAD CENTRE … AND ANGLE IS OUT … UNABLE TO BREAK THE HOLD AND SAVE THE TITLE!!! Kennedy cranks back, desperately searching for the submission win … BUT CHRISTIAN TURNS IT OVER … AND HOOKS THE LEG OF KENNEDY, completely surprising the challenger … 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion - CHRISTIAN @ 22:01

Jim Ross: HE DID IT!!! CHRISTIAN GOT ‘EM!!! BAH GAWD - WHAT A MATCH - WHAT A CHAMPION!!!

John Cena: Bravo, Christian. Bravo.

Jim Ross: For a moment, I thought Kennedy was about to realise his dream-

The Coach: SO DID I!!! He should’ve won!! This is an outrage!!!

Jim Ross: Christian though, showed his resourcefulness as a champion, and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat!!

John Cena: He’s a true Champ, J.R. No doubt. And it’ll be an honour for me to face him at Summerslam in that WrestleMania rematch.

In the ring, Christian - spent - is on his knees, as the referee brings in the World title belt, looking to present it to the champion … but just as Christian rises to take it from him … KENNEDY RIPS IT FROM THE OFFICIAL … AND BLASTS CHRISTIAN WITH IT!!!

Jim Ross: DAMN YOU!!! Damn you Kennedy!!! You no good rotten-

John Cena: Oh come on, man. That’s uncalled for.

Kennedy holding the title belt, stands over Christian talking trash, pointing to himself as he holds up the title, before slamming it down, and exit’s the ring in a fit of rage. As he jumps off the apron, Cena steps forward from the announce table, looking to confront the loudmouth, with his words heard clearly, due to his head set.

John Cena: Hey!! What the hell was that about?? You cant do that.

“GET OUTTA MY FACE, SUPERMAN” is the loud and clear response, picked up on Cenas headset from Kennedy, as the self proclaimed Monday Night Juggernaut storms on by, walking around the ringside area, and leaving up the ramp, as a disgusted Cena walks back to the announce table.

In the ring, Angle slowly comes around, and realising he has missed out on the title, lets out a few more expletives, kicking the ropes, before leaving the ring, with Christian still down from Kennedys belt shot.

Jim Ross: This isn’t right!! Christian has retained his title, yet he’s ending this night looking like he’s lost!!

The Coach: He should’ve lost, J.R. Mister Kennedy should be walking outta here right now with the gold around his waist!!

John Cena: I honestly don’t think Christian will care guys. Sure, he’s not lookin like a winner right now, but he’s leaving Phoenix tonight with the title. And honestly, I was pullin for Christian the whole time tonight. I’m dyin to get that WrestleMania rematch, and I know the fans wan’ it too. Like I said, I’ll do anything and everything to make that happen. Any-

**VIRTUAL VOODOO**

Jim Ross: Oh no.

Oh no is right … it’s UMAGA … flanked by Armando Alejandro Estrada, who is carrying the ominous Money in the Bank briefcase, with a huge, knowing grin on his face.

John Cena: Not now. Please not now.

Jim Ross: WAS LAST WEEK SIMPLY THE WARM UP?? OR IS THIS MORE MIND GAMES FROM THE SAMOAN BULLDOZER?? WHAT THE HELL IS GOIN ON HERE!!!

The Coach: HISTORY J.R!!! It’s history in the making, HA HA!!!

Umaga stands at the ring, as Estrada walks up the steps, still smiling - still carrying the briefcase - whilst Mike Chioda tries to get Christian to his feet, trying to ready him for the seemingly inevitable impromptu title match…

John Cena: GET OUTTA THERE CHRISTIAN!!! DAMMIT!!!

Jim Ross: Christian doesn’t even know where he is right now!!

The Coach: He’s about to be knocked into next week, J.R!!!

Estrada now steps inside the ring, raising the briefcase high in the air - to massive heat (although with some cheers of excitement there too) - as Umaga climbs into the ring too. Christian is helped up in the corner, and sees what awaits him … as Estrada turns, and nods at Umaga … AS THE SAMOAN BULLDOZER SPRINTS ACROSS THE RING … AND CRUSHES CHRISTIAN IN THE CORNER WITH A RUNNING BUTT SPLASH!!!

Jim Ross: NOOO!!! GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY - THE MATCH HASN’T EVEN STARTED YET!!!

In the ring, Umaga drags Christian out of the corner, as Chioda is seen in the background, asking for the briefcase … but Estrada doesn’t hand it over, instead, shaking his head and laughing. Umaga pulls the champion back to his feet, holding him up … raising the thumb … AND SCORES WITH THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!!!!

Jim Ross: DAMMIT THAT’S ENOUGH!!! END IT NOW!!!

Now, we see Estrada - still clutching the briefcase - calling for a mic, and struts around the ring, soaking up the heat from the fans, whilst Umaga simply stands over the lifeless World Champion, looking down on him, as Estrada begins to speak.

Armando Estrada: EVERYBODYYYYYYYY LISTEN … TO ME!!!

Heat. But Estrada continues to grin.

Armando Estrada: A few months ago, this little man on the floor - JURE WORLD CHAMPION - told THIS monster, that he would be ready … ANYTIME!!!

Estrada walks beside Umaga, and looks down at the lifeless champion.

Armando Estrada: HA HA … does this little … como se dice … WEAKLING … look ready for Umaga??

Heat for the cocky Estrada, who shakes his head, answering his own question.

Armando Estrada: No. Not only that … but this so-called champion claimed that Umaga wouldn’t be taking ANYTHING for him.

Estrada shakes his head again, then snaps his fingers.

Armando Estrada: Umaga could take … EVERYTHING … if he so wished pero, ha ha.

Heat.

Armando Estrada: And … what was that phrase?? What was it ju said, little man?? “I want … doesn’t get??” … HA HA!!! Umaga WANTS ju’re World Heavyweight Championship, Christian. And if he wanted to … he’d take it … TONIGHT!!!

Heat again. AAE shakes his head, and wags his finger.

Armando Estrada: But that would be too easy, el mono.

Estrada smiles, looking at his savage.

Armando Estrada: After the trash ju talked hombre … ju deserve the most humiliating loss imaginable … on the biggest stage. And Umaga?? He deserves to announce his arrival as THE dominant force … on the biggest of stages … in the most destructive way possible.

Heat.

Armando Estrada: Captain Charisma?? Ju are officially on notice. No excuses pero … ju’re gonna know when, ju’re gonna know where, and ju just found out how … AUGUST 19 … WEMBLEY STADIUM … SUMMERSLAM!!!

Heat / Cheer for the announcement, whilst Estrada laughs.

Armando Estrada: It’s gonna be ju, el mono … little man … ju weakling … ALL ALONE … ONE ON ONE … with THE scariest force in the entire HISTORY of this company … THEEEE … SAAAAAAAAAAA-MO-ANNNNNNN BULLDOZERRRRRRR … OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-MAG-AAAAAAAA!!!!!

Big shot of Umaga, standing over Christian, as Estrada stands by his savage, tapping the briefcase.

**VIRTUAL VOODOO**

Jim Ross: Oh my God. Christian and Umaga at Summerslam!? For the World Heavyweight Championship!?

The Coach: Ohhhhhhhh BABY!!! I CANT WAIT!!!

On commentary, Cena is pure white, as the realisation kicks in that his Summerslam dream has just gone up in smoke. He takes off his headset, and leans forward, simply watching, as Umaga and Estrada are seen leaving the ring, with Christian still down.

Jim Ross: BAH GAWD!!! HOW IN THE HELL CAN CHRISTIAN STOP UMAGA?? HE’S NEVER BEEN PINNED … HE’S NEVER TAPPED OUT … HE’S DAMN NEAR UNSTOPPABLE!!!

The Coach: Near unstoppable?? He IS unstoppable, J.R!!!

Jim Ross: How can Christian even prepare for such a match?? How do you prepare for someone like Umaga??

The Coach: You prepare to simply make it outta there alive, old timer!! HA HA HA!!!!

Jim Ross: It’ll be like a damn death sentence over Christian. He’s got seven weeks to prepare for the biggest challenge of his entire career. The biggest threat to his championship … how can Christian overcome Umaga??

The Coach: He cant!!! How many times do you need to be told!!! And hey, you’re stayin real quiet Cena, ha ha!! Your master plan just went up in smoke!!!

Cena simply shoots Coach a look, before standing up, and storming away from the announce table, fuming at what he’s just saw.

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen … I am still in shock here. Christian is STILL the World Heavyweight Champion … but now, he faces a greater challenge - the greatest challenge - it’s Christian versus Umaga … at SUMMERSLAM!!!

The show closes on a final shot of Christian … still flat out on the canvas … as we fade … to black.

END OF SHOW


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Current Card for WWE SummerSlam:
Date: 19th August 2007
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Event Music: Kings of Leon, Fans & The Clash, London Calling

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Christian
VS.
Mr. Money in the Bank; Unbeaten & Undefeated Umaga w/ Armando Estrada

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