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The Great American Bash Feedback

Jeff Hardy getting a solid win over Daivari on Heat is alright. With that being said, I’ll be happy if Hardy stays on Heat.

Having the event placed on the July 4th weekend, it allows you to really celebrate America (no idea why you’d want to do that but whatever). I thought you incorporated that feel nicely into the opening video whilst not losing the wrestling feel of things.

I personally prefer the idea of the commentators running down all of the big matches at the beginning of a PPV. There was nothing really wrong with what you did, I just think ignoring a WWE Title match and perhaps Edge and Batista in the opening is a little weird.

Maybe it’s different in Hardcore matches and whatever, but I’ve always been under the impression that the bell never rings until both men have stepped foot inside the ring. iMac did something similar in his SNME, so just starting to doubt myself now. At this point in time, and well, overall to be honest, MVP was/is not the best in ring worker. Beginning the match with Finlay beating Porter down in the crowd makes sense. Not only is it a hot opening to the first match of the night, but it shows the hatred that these two men have built for each other recently. I don’t know why but I just didn’t expect this match to be fast paced enough to open up the show, but I feel like the beginning has made it acceptable. Porter gaining the advantage once they get back into the ring is clever, showing that he’s more in his element inside the ring. Again, heading back outside the ring was nice, although I felt maybe it was a little unnecessary. This is a Belfast Brawl, if the wrestlers go outside the ring; I expect some brutal action, not just Finlay performing his ring apron spot. Porter’s mini dominance was alright, and the match goes outside the ring AGAIN. This is where I think maybe you could have included the apron spot from earlier, and then just went on with what was to come. I hate when wrestlers go out the ring seemingly for barely anything, and that’s basically what I feel happened earlier in the match. The steel steps spot and the exposed turnbuckle spot were both placed well, cleverly contrasting the styles of the two. On one hand you have the brawler in Finlay, on the other you’ve got the thinker in MVP. The rise of intensity in MVP was done well, and I really liked the idea of Finlay blocking the 2X4 with the Shillelagh. Porter kicking out of a shot with the shillelagh puts him over as a real tough bastard as well. The ending was alright as well, and I think this match did a really good job of putting over Porter. After the loss to ‘Lito he could have went into limbo, but this puts him back on the right path, whilst not making Finlay look to bad in the process. A good job all around with this one.

Just so you know, it would have been way cooler if Summerslam was in Australia.

Carlito promo was kept short because he really didn’t have much to say. Kofi Kingston? Certainly didn’t expect that, but it makes sense with where Carlito is from and what not.

It was obviously a smart move to have Kingston begin the match on fire. You don’t want a guy debuting who you’re actually going to constantly use, and have them get beaten down right off of the bat. Much like with the first match, the contrast in styles is going to be really fun to read here, with ‘Lito and Kingston wanting to up the pace, and The Master Craftsmen wanting to just wrestle their opponents to the mat. As usual, I was happy once again to see Haas tag out when ‘Lito finally got his chance to shine. No disrespect to Haas, I actually think he’s a great wrestler, but after that KOTR match, I really feel Albright/’Lito going at each other is where the money is at. The isolation of Kofi was smart, as they were able to take out the more experienced member of the face team. All the offense was pretty much what I expected, and I noticed Albright and Carlito were left to get the hot tags again. I’m really hoping there’s another singles match somewhere between these two. The excitement definitely picked up as these two got into the ring, but damn I was surprised to see Carly nail the Back Cracker so, well quickly. You sold Albright’s resiliency well towards the ending, and a clean win by Albright makes me less sure of another match between these two. A nice win, continuing this ‘pro wrestling’ type push for Haas and Albright (which I love). I’m also not to sure on whether or not ‘Lito and Kingston will be teaming together permanently from now, as in the aftermath, you wrote Kingston comforting Carly because they’ll get another shot at the guys. I hope that’s not the case, because after his feud with MVP, Carlito has some serious momentum, and I don’t think a tandem with Kingston will continue that.

I’m really excited for the debut of Nick Nemeth. You’re hyping him a lot, so I’m expecting some good things.

Batista interview did the job, selling his condition by having him admit he’s in pain. Nothing special, but certainly did its job.

The video package for this next match shows me that this Edge/’Tista shows that this one has a lot of animosity towards it, and the fact that it has a video package alone, means it should be a good one. I do believe this one probably has legs though, regardless of the result. Obviously after the attack last week, Batista was going to be pissed, and you played on this well. Once again, Edge being a little timid is to be expected, and I liked how he was trying to get ‘Tista a little more frustrated. Despite being a little over the edge, no pun intended, Edge has always came across as a smart character, so I was a little shocked to see him fall for Batista’s ploy. Batista’s aggression coming out was to be expected, and I thought it was written pretty well. The way Edge stopped Batista’s momentum was marvelous though. Not only does it focus on the injury from the con-chair-to, but the Dropkick forcing Batista’s face to land onto the steel steps was awesome. at Edge imitating Batista, typical Edge arrogance. Absolutely no complaints about Edge’s period of dominance. It was all focused on the injury of Batista, and I couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Batista’s come back and offense was coming along nicely, but I hated Batista attempting to nail a high risk move. In booking terms, it makes sense with the commentators using the lame concussion excuse, but I just hate that excuse when wrestlers do something out of character. It almost makes the sense of failure of the actual move to predictable as well. Luckily, it was followed up with the Spear being missed by Edge, and then landed by Batista. I thought that would’ve been pretty cool. The reversal from the Spinebuster into the Russian Leg Sweep was pretty nice as well. I love those sort of exchanges with reversals and what not. I find them really fun to read. The ending was done well too, once again using Batista’s injury to save face, and allowing Edge to pick up the victory.

Edge searching for his title shot straight away was fun. at the ownage of Deuce and Domino. I also thought Bischoff laughing was funny, although I expected at least some sort of explanation. The change in Edge’s emotions make him appear damn near psychotic, so I’m very intrigued to see just what direction he goes from here.

I’m not to sure what then deal is with your motivation at the moment, but I hope we don’t have to wait long for Summerslam.

The US Title video package inspired me to go back and just see how awesome the heel turn of Brian Kendrick has been. I’m really hoping for some awesome sequences in this one, so here’s hoping it delivers. Just wow. Kendrick really is one of the most entertaining characters in this thread right now. The cockiness of Kendrick early was funny, and at him raising his arms in the air after the Hip Toss. I seem to have said this a lot tonight but it really shows the contrast in attitude between the two competitors. I liked London literally trying to slap Kendrick out of it, as he still believes Kendrick may have some good in him. Kendrick swiping London’s legs and forcing him crashing him into the barrier was a nice spot, cementing the advantage firmly with TBK. Some very nice sequences followed between the two, with some fast paced, flowing action, before both men ended up on the outside again. Easily thought the writing for that little period was probably the best of the night so far. Some more awesomeness with Kendrick Dropkicking the stairs into London after London dived onto the stairs impressively. Despite Kendrick dominating, it wasn’t just the average period of dominance. The ability of these two has allowed you to keep the match entertaining throughout, whilst not making this an all out spot fest. The belt shot was well placed, as was the counter of the Sliced Bread, as you’ve put over London’s resilience really well yet again. The rest of the match flowed really well, and I thought the ending was booked well. London picks up the win, but Kendrick still looks really good, with his newly found attitude JUST costing him the victory. Match of the night for me so far, although that was to be expected.

I think it’s cool that your thread is so good that you can use moments from its past as a ‘Mania classic moment.

I know you love AMW and dislike Booker, although I’m not sure whether or not you want to get rid of Booker and JBL on the same night. I’m really not sure as to what’s going to go down with this one. I thought it was a nice touch having Burke allow Booker to have his moment, possibly his last, in the spotlight. I thought the smart move was having the faces come out all guns blazing, as they have that extra bit of motivation with Booker’s career on the line. I will admit to being pretty damn excited that they were on the offense for such a long period of time. I liked how AMW finally got a breather, and then the advantage by heading to the outside, luring the faces in. It almost seemed like a set play in sport, which shows just how great of a tag team AMW are. As usual, AMW’s dominance was written pretty well, but I liked how you teased a tag several times. Booker, somewhat breaking the rules by grabbing Burke and preventing him from bouncing off the ropes was smart as well. It really shows just how all or nothing this situation is. Booker came in really strong off of the hot tag, although the relatively quick tag back to Elijah I didn’t like. I just really don’t think Burke would have been recovered well enough to get tagged back in after the beat down he took. Once all hell broke loose in this one, the match picked up a few levels in excitement. I’m surprised to see Booker leave, however I’ll talk a little more about that later. You wrote Booker’s farewell pretty well, with the roster showing him respect and what not.

Despite thinking that the WWE Championship match is going to be a lot better than the Buried Alive one, it makes a whole heap of sense for this match to go before it. The Buried Alive match is going to have a big event at the end of it, in the shape of one wrestler being buried, obviously. Wow, at the beginning bit of offense from Brock Lesnar. I honestly just didn’t think it was going to end; it was going for that long. Well, obviously I knew it was going to end, but you know what I mean. I didn’t like Lesnar toying with Orton though. A man who was just robbed of the title at Judgment Day should know how fickle the sport can be, and would probably just want to get the win. Maybe he’d punish Orton more, but I personally didn’t dig Lesnar being a little cocky. The crash through the barrier is not only a good spot, but it finally allows for Orton to get the advantage, without really doing much. A comparison just came to my head, and whilst Orton is nowhere near as good, it’s of heel Shawn Michaels. He’d constantly get his ass kicked for long periods at the beginning of matches when he was a heel champion. Orton’s offense really isn’t that great, although it was decent enough, until he locked in the Sleeper and Chin lock. I honestly just thought it was way too early. He’d barely done anything so to lock it in is just really boring. Lesnar coming back so early was a shock, so I was glad to see Orton nail the Scoop Slam on the outside. He’s playing the job as the weasel champion well, however I thought he needed more time to beat Brock around. at Orton trying to get the count out victory, such a pussy move. Once again, I’m a little surprised to see Lesnar recover so easily from the Hangman’s DDT. Maybe he’s seeming a little to invincible. Anyway, Lesnar’s offense was alright, but the finish was really good. The Triple H interference was predictable, but it was done in a different way which really pleased me.

Once again, the video package for this main event inspired me to go back and read those epic JBL promos again.

Triple H was very intense, and obviously still pissed off. I can’t wait to see just how Triple H and Lesnar develop heading towards Summerslam.

I think it was smart that you sold the consequences of this match, with JBL not playing to the fans as he usually would. The match began as a straight out brawl, which is pretty much what I expected, although I was surprised to see it be so fast paced. A pleasant surprise, but just a surprise nonetheless, as both men’s ring style is usually pretty methodical. A nice tease of the grave site was planted in, which lead to something of a comedic spot, with JBL just trying to run away. A predictable tide changer, with JBL using the steel chair, but it still does the job, and creates a buzz for the audience. By the way, saying it’s predictable, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad; I’m just throwing the fact out there that it’s a little predictable. After JBL was just so scared a moment ago, despite his arrogance, I don’t like the fact that he played to the fans. He should just be wanting to get this thing over as soon as possible. I like how you added some realism with JBL not just being able to carry ‘Taker the whole way, instead he had to stop at the bottom of the ramp. The Flying Clothesline was pretty good, but the Last Ride on the steps was insane! Definitely an epic spot. Another nice tease for the grave, with JBL actually getting thrown inside of it this time. JBL’s offense was pretty good to, before spotting the JCB. Now this bothers me, why would it take so long for the wrestlers to realize this? Why would they begin with the shovel? I get the whole drama thing for entertainment purposes, but it just makes the wrestlers seem stupid. It’s one of the main reasons why I hate these types of matches. Anyway, the teasing of the grave continues, and the ending was done well, with the druids coming out. If I’m totally honest, due to the dislike of the stipulation, I couldn’t really like this match. Before I give the quick, somewhat pointless, overall summary, I just wanted to voice my dislike for Booker and JBL both leaving on the same night. Whilst they are completely different circumstances, I hate the idea, that two big name wrestlers could possibly over shadow each other by leaving on the same night. Booking wise, you obviously wanted to do it, but in an emotion type way, I don’t like it.

Overall, this is why you’re still the man. The writing was great as usual, and the PPV was just a booking master class. I can’t really complain about anything, just a terrific PPV, as we now get onto the road to, judging by this (and pretty much all your other work), is going to be amazing.

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First thing's first, I absolutely love your opening video packages. They're always enjoyable and get me kinda pumped to read your shows. Love them.

The Belfast brawl seemed like the likely opener. It was a fun brawl, I enjoyed the competive violent style of the match. Finlay got enough offense in to like beating him was a serious accomplishment which is good for MVP because he needed his momentum back after not going over Carlito. MVP gets the win which needed to happen. Overall a very good opener.

I never thought've Kofi being the partner but I like the choice. I was actually thinking the last Raw I read where Kofi was in this thread. Well here he is I like. The match was very good, fantastic storytelling with Kofi coming in hot but then getting worked over the veterans. Albright got put over big time kicking out of Carlito's finsher. The Master Craftsmen weren't going to lose ever. I'd rather see Carlito and Albright go one-on-one if this continues. Even though I think it could very well end here.

Batista's promo was good. It established the intensity Batista had going into the match that he showed throughout the match. The story telling was very good switching from Batista killing Edge to Edge taking advantage of Batista's emotion. I'm glad Edge got the win he just seems like the bigger star. Hopefully he gets back in the title picture soon

Backstage segment was nothing short of amazing. It was simple and hilarious with the ownage of Deuce and Domino. Please give this man the belt soon, he's earned it.

Kendrick versus London was, awesome. Match of the night so far. The story telling at the beginning (while I feel like it dragged a little while too long) was still great with Kendrick's cockiness and London geting him to take this shit seriously. The action throughout was all good. I'm glad London went over clean because Kendrick's promos on why he lost should be epic come Smackdown. Overall Match of the Night so far

The Tag Ttiles match was a decent match that went to a very very good match at the end with Booker throwing every trick in his book at AMW and it still wasn't enough. I loved Burke trying to pull Harris off Booker at the end. I loved the last few paragraphs, Book getting to say good-bye was all well done.

I was a little suprised not to see the WWE Championship match main event but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. A very good match, Lesnar's dominance versus Orton's sneakiness. The ending was creatively done and better than Trips taking a sledgehammer to Brock after a ref bump or something but I'm just overally not excited about another Triple H-Lesnar match for a few reasons. There are really no more real challenges to Orton at this point unless you turn Edge face or bring someone one back (which you very well could considering Orton has got a laundry list of punt victims right now) and I'm thinking Triple H needs a face turn soon if he's going to stay on Raw after this Brock match. Raw has a ton of main event heels (Kennnedy, Angle, and Umaga) and not enough big time faces at this stage (Christian and Cena) and Cena might even turn heel. Trip's heel gimimick would be stale with no McMahons on Tv. I hope after this Lesnar match he finds a new respect for life or something because he needs to be a face.

The main event was as enetertaining of a match as you're gonna get with JBL and the Undertaker. I was fine with how everything went down here. I'm gonna miss JBL a little, you write him epicly, but theres nothing left for him to.

A great show, everything was enjoyable. Kendrick/London was the match of the night but it was a close contest, everything was a MOTN candidate with maybe the except for the main event and the opener and probably the tag titles match. I loved this show. I can't wait for SummerSlam so please don't disappear.

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Okay, so it's been nearly three weeks, time to let everyone know the thread isnt dead. I've been a bit slack lately with dishing out feedback (well, technically, I guess I'm back to how I was, with the recent spate of feedbacks I gave being out of the ordinary) but thanks for the feedback on the Bash, gents. Always appreciated.

Winner of the predictions contest is FlyinStyles with 17 points. Closely followed by Legend on 16, then a few on 15 & 14. Lowest score was 5 . I'll reward FlyinStyles with some of those credits later on.

I had intended on stocking up all the shows toward Summerslam before posting, but after running through 3 in seven days a few weeks back, I simply havent had the time to do anymore, and I dont want it to be 6 months or something like it before posting again.


Post Great American Bash News and Notes;

After the show went off the air, WWE cameras continued to roll, with filming taking place to show medical staff and officials 'rescuing' JBL from the tonne of dirt he was supposedly buried under. Of course, for safety reasons, Layfield was never literally buried alive, but the angle shot after the event is likely to portray that JBL was indeed lucky to be brought up alive. The severity of the issue is set to be acknowledged tonight on Raw, despite last nights show being a Smackdown exclusive event.

As a result, it has also been confirmed from sources within the company that it WAS the final match of JBL's career, and it's expected that JBL will be 'medically retired' on air, as a result of injuries suffered at last nights PPV. It is possible that JBL will make a return further down the line in a different capacity, but due to a culmination of injuries over the years, JBL has decided to call time on his in ring career.

The Undertaker meanwhile is said to be part of the upcoming World Tour - at some stage. The veteran had not intended to travel at all this summer, but it appears his services have been called upon to boost star power, most notably for Summerslam next month. Triple H is also now likely to return from his sabbatical - despite also intending to rest over the remainder of the summer - to conclude his long running feud with Brock Lesnar.

With Randy Orton remaining WWE Champion, it's unknown who he will face at Summerslam. Whilst RVD did sign a new contract in the spring, bosses are being tightlipped as to when he will make his full time return having been written off TV again at Judgment Day. Chris Jericho confirmed in an interview last week that he will not be back until the new year - although he is scheduled to be in the UK for shows with his band Fozzy at the same time as the WWE crew lands for Summerslam - and it's unlikely that Ric Flair will be called upon to jump directly into a feud over the WWE Title at this stage in his career. The likely options appear to be The Undertaker - although there is said to be a lukewarm feeling towards the match backstage - and Paul London - but some have argued that they want London to concentrate on defending the U.S Title as opposed to chasing another belt. It remains to be seen what direction Orton will head into for the big event, but it should become clear in the coming weeks.

JBL officially retired at the Great American Bash, but two other long tenured faces also departed the WWE as of last night - Booker T has indeed been released from his contract, with both sides agreeing to Booker sitting out the final two months of his contract, before the veteran will move on to TNA, who officially announced the signing themselves this morning. Also, Tazz has quietly departed the company too, and he is set to also take up a role in TNA.

Michael Cole - who had displayed more of a heel announcer persona in recent months in preparation for Tazz' departure - was set to take Tazz' position as colour commentator, but Cole is said to be in hot water currently, after conducting an online interview with PWTorch last week - an interview which was not given the go-ahead by the company - in which Cole (perhaps in character) buried a number of stars, and called out the WWE for not giving him his shot on Raw, which he feels he's 'earned'. There are thoughts that Cole might even find himself released for his comments, but for now, the announcing situation on Smackdown is said to be 'up in the air'.

With Booker T now gone, and no viable teams to challenge AMW for the Tag Team Titles on Smackdown, there is said to be a concerted effort now to build a 'number' of credible teams - quickly - over on Smackdown, otherwise the company knows they run the risk of killing any heat Harris and Storm have, if they dont have worthy challengers.


Right, so expect a Raw preview in a few days, and Raw to follow shortly after that.
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Monday Night Raw Preview:

Last week, Armando Estrada confirmed that his Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga, will cash in his Money in the Bank title shot at the main event of Summerslam - despite having World Heavyweight Champion in a perfect position, out cold, at the close of last weeks show. The main event for the biggest Summerslam of all time is now set ... or is it?? Rumours are swirling that Raw General Manager is unhappy at the title match being set already, ruining his own plans for the road towards Wembley Stadium ... and indeed, Eric Bischoff is set to address the Raw roster at the beginning of this weeks show. Just what does the General Manager have in store, and how will it affect the scheduled Christian vs Umaga showdown at Summerslam??

One championship match that WILL definitely go ahead though is the World Tag Team Championship Match - this week on Raw. MNM must face up to The British Lions after conspiring to remove the British duo from the title matches at Vengeance and the following night on Raw, with help from their mysterious Entourage. After escaping Raw last week in Phoenix with the titles in tact having defeated Straight Edge, MNM are once again thrown into the deep end, with not only revenge, but championship gold on the mind of Burchill and Smith.

Another championship picture that will become much clearer after this week will be the Intercontinental Title, as Matt Hardy and William Regal meet in a rematch from the King of the Ring semi finals, for the opportunity to face Shelton Benjamin. Hardy's history with Benjamin is well documented over the last couple of months, and the North Carolinian will be desperate to book another shot at the Black Diamond, but the tough veteran from Blackpool has been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in recent months, and will undoubtedly fancy his chances of making a run at the prestigious IC Title belt once again.

For Kurt Angle, it's a bittersweet homecoming, having expected to arrive this week in Pittsburgh with the World Heavyweight Championship in his possession. However, despite not being involved in the decision, Angle found himself on the losing end of last weeks triple threat match, as Christian surprised Mister Kennedy for the three count. With a title match seemingly no longer in his short term future, just what is next for Angle?? And, having lost his second consecutive title match, has Mister Kennedy pushed himself to the bottom of the list for the forseeable future?? Having spent the last two months chasing the elusive World Title, will Kennedy now be forced to change his goals too?? Both Angle and Kennedy perhaps now find themselves in the same state of limbo that John Cena is currently struggling in ... all three out of the championship picture ... on the outside ... looking in. Whilst Cena must 'work his way' back up the ladder, will Angle or Kennedy be forced to do the same??

Also, following the shocking conclusion to last nights Smackdown Brand PPV; The Great American Bash, Raw (and currently Smackdown) GM Eric Bischoff will show video footage AFTER the PPV went off the air, and the shocking developments surrounding JBL after he was buried alive by The Undertaker. Have we heard the famous 'Longhorn' and stock exchange bells for the last time??

And, having had a week to recover - and think - after his beating at the hands of Umaga, Christian will be in Pittsburgh, and the World Heavyweight Champion will surely address his scheduled opponent at Summerslam. Does Christian truly believe he can be the man to finally break the 'streak' forged by the Samoan Bulldozer over the last twelve months?? We'll find out on Raw.

Confirmed Matches
World Tag Team Title Match - MNM vs The British Lions
Intercontinental Championship #1 Contender Match - William Regal vs Matt Hardy
Victoria & Gail Kim vs Beth Phoenix & Maryse
Plus; John Cena is in action
And; Christian Speaks Out


Raw to be posted tomorrow.
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This may well be the lowest point in all my years here ... a triple post.


Monday Night Raw | July 9 2007 | Pittsburgh PA


World Heavyweight Championship | Triple Threat Match:
Christian vs. Kurt Angle vs. Mister Kennedy
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


John Cena: He’s a true Champ, J.R. No doubt.

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 storms out of the ring, walking around the ringside area, and leaving up the ramp. 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: 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.


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…


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!!!


Umaga pulls the champion back to his feet, holding him up … raising the thumb … AND SCORES WITH THE SAMOAN SPIKE!!!!!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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??

Final shot of Christian … still flat out on the canvas … as we fade …

NO opening video OR pyro

Instead, we go live, into the ring, where Raw General Manager, Eric Bischoff is stood - with the majority of the roster surrounding the ring - having just watched the previous video package. Eric points toward the titan tron, nodding…

Eric Bischoff: Now … THAT was impressive. THAT was a moment that I imagine will be remembered for years to come, replayed over and over down the years as a “Raw Moment” … and as it stands, the main event at Summerslam will be Christian defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Umaga.


Eric Bischoff: Note; I said as it stands.

Bischoff pauses.

Eric Bischoff: Because quite frankly, that incident last week potentially scuppered by own plans. Y’see, as you might have noticed, I’m a pretty big deal around here at the moment. I’m currently the General Manager of Raw AND Smackdown, all the way through to the biggest Summerslam of all time in forty one days.

Slight heat for the tooting of ones own horn.

Eric Bischoff: And beginning one week from tonight, the WWE embarks on it’s biggest world tour ever. Right now, there’s a lot of pressure on my shoulders to make the best impression of this company all around the globe, and my intention was to kick off the World Tour with a bang on Raw next week with a World Heavyweight Championship match.

Bischoff then turns his attention to the men surrounding the ring.

Eric Bischoff: And as far as I’m concerned … that’s STILL gonna happen!!

The Raw superstars all nod in agreement / happiness.

Eric Bischoff: Y’see, Umaga has his title shot. It’s signed, sealed and delivered for August Nineteen. So, gentlemen, the question is, which of you standing around the ring right now wants it badly enough?? Which of you wants that Summerslam main event the most?? The biggest Summerslam main event of all time awaits - potentially - for one of you … and the opportunity to meet the ONLY undefeated member of the entire WWE roster with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line!!! WHO WANTS THAT OPPORTUNITY!!!???

Predictably, there is a free-for-all at ringside, with shouts, arms raised etc, with everyone wanting the shot.

Eric Bischoff: I like that. Tonight, you ALL get to prove to me how much you want it, because right here in this very ring, you’re all going to compete in an over the top rope battle royal!!! And the winner- The winner meets Christian next week … FOR THE WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … TITLE!!!

Big pop, and cheers from ringside, with the superstars delighted.

Eric Bischoff: I said we’d be leaving the States with a bang, and if I don’t mind saying so myself, I th-


One of the men conspicuous my their absence at ringside, JOHN CENA, steps onto the stage for his typically mixed reaction. No smiles at the fans, or salutes, Cena motions to cut the music, as he talks on his way down the ramp…

John Cena: Yo Eric, I know y’said last week I’d have to work my way back to the top … but c’mon man … am I really behind Santino Marella??

Santino looks taken aback by the suggestion, whilst a few fans laugh.

John Cena: And- And I mean … no offence, but is Scotty Too Hotty, Val Venis or … (looks at the guys around the ring, and does a double take) hey, X-Pac?? When did you come back?? Are these guys honestly better equipped to challenge Christian?? These are guys that couldn’t get a sniff at the title TEN YEARS AGO!!! I just held the World Championship four months back!!! C’mon man!!!

Bischoff smirks at Cenas desperation.

Eric Bischoff: Look Cena, you said it yourself last week. You said you’d work your way back to a title shot. Now, I cant let you break your bond to your Chain Gang- all four of them … and just let you right back in the hunt, c-

John Cena: You’ve got me wrestlin’ with scrubs Eric. When I said I’d beat anyone and everyone, I meant guys that actually have some form of a reputation. Guys that have tenure around here … not some local farmhand that just bought a pair of tights.

Bischoff chuckles again.

John Cena: Glad this is all funny to you, frosty top. Look, I’ve got an proposal … you put me in that Battle Royal tonight-

Bischoff instantly shakes his head.

John Cena: Hear me out. You put me in that Battle Royal tonight … and the only way I win is if I eliminate every single guy, one by one.

Mixed response from the fans. Bischoff though, finds the proposal hysterical, and doesn’t hide his laughter in the ring. Cena looks angered by the reaction of the GM, as Bischoff tries to calm down to respond.

Eric Bischoff: As intriguing as that would be Cena … I think I’ll have to pass. No, tonight, you’ll continue your … rehabilitation towards main events, and seeing as you’re sooo insulted that Santino Marella has got a spot in the Battle Royal … why don’t you show me how much better you are than him?? Tonight Cena, you’ve got Santino Marella, one on one!!!

Barely a reaction from the fans. Cena though, is livid.

John Cena: You don’t get it, Bischoff. I need to main event Summerslam. I need that rematch with Christian. I need to hold that World Championship again … I’ll do whatever it takes. I’ll fight Umaga for chris’sakes!!! Gimme Umaga, I’ll take him on for his Money in the-


Cenas plea is interrupted by another man not already included at the ringside meeting … as Mister Kennedy steps into view, also carrying a mic, and ignores the boos from the fans, as he talks over his music, which eventually dies down.

Mister Kennedy: Hey- Hey John?? Why don’t you go back to the locker room, and borrow the deodorant from my bag … because the stench of desperation comin from you is UNBEARABLE!!!

Kennedy holds his nose, whilst a few fans laugh … but Cena doesn’t find it funny.

Mister Kennedy: Guess what ‘Yesterdays News’, I didn’t get an invite to this little get together either. Apparently, I’m also outta the running for a shot at the World Championship … But I’m not gonna cry about it. So why don’t you dry your eyes Tiny Tears, and go back to the drawing board, and focus on your big match tonight with Sa-

Kennedy cuts himself off, laughing.

Mister Kennedy: Okay, okay … go back and get ready for your match with Santino Marella later.

Cena remains angry, but nods, and after a look over his shoulder at the ring, continues up the aisle, walking toward Kennedy, past the loudmouth … but stops - to a big pop - and turns, walking into the face of the 2006 KOTR winner.

John Cena: See … there’s a difference between the best … and the rest. For the best … it kills them not to be involved in the main events of the biggest events.

Cena looks Kennedy up and down.

John Cena: For the rest … they’re happy to be “Close … but not close enough” … and laugh off the fact that they’re out of the big picture when it really matters.

Cena steps back, and scoffs at Kennedy.

John Cena: You’ve just shown me what category you fall under.

Cena walks off, leaving the stage, as Kennedy’s jovial smirk from earlier has long since disappeared … as we fade out.

Commercial Break

We return, with Gail Kim and Victoria already in the ring, with Maryse on her way, as we get set for tag team action…


Beth Phoenix enters the fray…

Jim Ross: We are back live, and for the first time tonight, good evening ladies and gentlemen, I’m J.R alongside The Coach, and Coach, we’re about to see some tag team action from the Womens division!!

The Coach: Yeah, with four ladies that all have their eyes on a shot at Mickie “don’t call me Alexis” James. And all four have had their problems as of late. Maryse and Victoria have had a number of battles on Superstars over the last few months, and both Gail Kim and Beth Phoenix have exchanged words; tonight they’ll be on opposite sides!!

Jim Ross: Of course, this isn’t the only tag team match tonight. MNM will defend the World Tag Team Championships against the British Lions, who finally get their shot at the gold, having had two previous title shots ripped away by the current champions, and their ‘Entourage’

The Coach: And after MNM bitch slap the Brits, we’ll also see Willy Regal and Matt Hardy battle it out to see which one of them is gonna lose to Shelton Benjamin next week on Raw for the Intercontinental Title.

Jim Ross: I love your optimism, Coach, but it may well be misplaced. And of course, unless you’ve only just joined us, our main event tonight will see the Raw roster battle it out in a Battle Royal for a shot at the World Heavyweight Champion next week from Mexico City!! Lot’s of guys set for double duty tonight, but for one of them, it could well be worth it; the opportunity to headline Summerslam could await!!!

The Coach: Oh, they will. Trust me, Christian doesn’t want ANYTHING to do with Umaga. He’d rather relinquish the belt next week, than face the Samoan Bulldozer and be humiliated at Summerslam!!!

Jim Ross: I don’t buy that, Coach. Not one bit. And we’ll be hearing from the World Heavyweight Champion later tonight, regarding the potential meeting with Umaga, should he retain the title next week in Mexico City!!

Match 1:
Gail Kim & Victoria vs. Maryse & Beth Phoenix
Excellent encounter - despite the presence of Maryse - but even the French-Canadian adds some flair to the contest with her posing and pouting, whilst Beth carries the workload for the duo. Gail Kim impresses once again with her athletic ability and speed, whilst Victoria - the veteran - holds it all together. The divas are given time to go too, and in an odd switch to formula, it’s the faces on top for the majority, with Maryse playing a ‘heel in peril’.

Eventually, the rookie of the foursome is able to trick Gail Kim, jumping the Korean born diva and gives herself a chance to tag out to her desperate partner, and Phoenix is reintroduced - and the pent up aggression is back on show - with Beth overpowering her two opponents, even the strong veteran Victoria. Phoenix hooks Kim up for the Phoenix Rising {Glam Slam}, but Kim manoeuvres out, into a roll up … 1...2...BETH ESCAPES THE PINNING COMBINATION!!!

Kim then ducks under a clothesline, tagging out to Victoria, and the faces double team Beth, hitting a double suplex, before Kim launches with a slingshot cross body to Maryse on the outside … BUT MISSES!!! Maryse again outsmarts Kim, and as Beth kicks out of Victorias pin, the French rookie slips inside, delivering a stiff boot to the back of her long term rivals head!!! Maryse then poses at the ropes (the hair swing thingy) whilst Beth regains her footing, picking the veteran diva up … delivering the Phoenix Rising!!! Beth hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!
Winners: Beth Phoenix & Maryse @ 06:02

The victors have their arms raised in victory … BEFORE BETH RATTLES MARYSE WITH A VICIOUS CLOTHESLINE!!! Phoenix attacks her own partner, and kicks Gail Kim back off the apron, before DEMANDING the mic from Lillian, shoving the announcer away once she gets the mic.


Pop from the fans, wanting to see Mickie and Beth fight it out. The raging Phoenix paces the ring, waiting for a response…

Beth Phoenix: You’ve made me wait for over five years Mickie. I could’ve came to the ring last week during your match and taken you out on the spot … but I decided to try and do it the right way … only … I CANT WAIT ANY LONGER!!!


The fans pop, as Mickie James enters the scene, dressed casually, but with her title belt in tow … only coming as far as the top of the stage, holding a mic.

Beth Phoenix: Oh no- don’t stop there. C’mon down here and meet me in the ring - FACE - TO - FACE!!!

Mickie holds a hand up, before bring the mic to her mouth.

Mickie James: I’m pretty sick and tired of this Beth. I’ve apologised for my actions in the past enough. There’s only so many times I can say sorry. I think all the fans are fed up with it too. Am I right??

Mickie looks to the fans, getting a cheer of approval from the majority.

Mickie James: We’ve all made mistakes, Beth. I’ve learned from mine. And honestly, I think it would be a mistake if I marched down the aisle right now to fight you in the ring.

Heat. In fury, Beth shakes the ropes, ready to explode.

Mickie James: Listen. Beth, I’ll fight you anytime - but not like this. It’s not fair on you, or me. I listened a couple months ago when Melina brought you in. (Points around the arena) THIS was your dream. (Holds up her title belt) THIS is what you’ve dreamt of holding ever since you were a little girl. I’d rather give you the opportunity of fighting me for this title, in an official match … than just fight it out with you in the ring right now, and let ‘God knows what’ happen.

Phoenix shakes her head, not seeing the sense in what Mickie is trying to say.

Mickie James: I know you’re angry. I know you want to break me into pieces … but Beth … I wont let you destroy your own dreams by getting yourself fired for whatever it is you might do to me. If you want me that badly Beth … earn your shot at this title. Because trust me, if you do that, I wont have any hesitation in meeting you in the ring.

Mickie turns, leaving the stage - to some boos - whilst Beth goes nuts in the ring, unable to keep a lid on her emotions.

Commercial Break






Back in the arena, CODY RHODES is warming up in the ring, joined by his brother Dustin - who is sporting bruises on his face after last weeks brutal beat down at the hands of Umaga. Rhodes turns, asking for a mic, and it’s delivered by Lillian Garcia, with the cocky upstart talking.

Cody Rhodes: As you are all now aware, tonight, Monday Night Raw is headlined by an Over-The-Top Battle Royal. And the victor will meet Christian, next week on Raw for the World … Heavyweight … Championship.

Cody licks his lips and smiles at the thought.

Cody Rhodes: And both I, and my brother Dustin, will be a part of that Battle Royal later tonight. Now, as it goes, I issued a challenge earlier tonight, in order to prove my abilities, and just how far I’ve come. Now, when I asked for the match, I was unaware of Mister Bischoffs announcement that was to follow. Yet selflessly, Dustin here has offered to replace me in this match in order to allow me to prepare and focus solely on the Battle Royal later tonight.

Dustin looks completely stunned - clearly unaware he ever offered to replace his brother - and mouths “WHAT??” at Cody, who steps through the ropes, standing on the apron, discussing the matter with his unprepared brother…


The Igloo COMES UNGLUED as their hometown hero - despite being a heel - makes his entrance, playing up the hero status, pounding his chest and pointing to the adoring fans, whilst Dustin Rhodes rolls his eyes in the ring, not wanting to face Kurt Angle, but begins to unbutton his shirt in preparation.

Looking fired up, the Olympian rushes down the aisle, raring to go, whilst in the ring, Dustin tries to call Cody back in, definitely not the sign of a man that ‘offered’ to replace his brother. Cody continues to beg off, pointing to the ring, telling his elder sibling to turn around to get on with it … and Dustin turns … RIGHT INTO A TACKLE FROM ANGLE!!!

Match 2:
Dustin Rhodes vs. Kurt Angle
Like last week, Dustin Rhodes is on the wrong end of a gruesome beat down. Angle hammers Dustin on the mat, before playing to the fans as he gets up to a huge ovation from his hometown. Angle runs in behind Dustin - AND FIRES OFF THE TRIFECTA OF GERMANS!!! He could finish it there, but Kurt wants to put on a show for his people, and hammers Rhodes in the corner, letting fly with a plethora of right hands, then grips him … DELIVERING A STUNNING OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!!!

Angle stomps around the ring, letting his emotions run, whilst his opponent is in dream land, using the ropes to get up, looking out at Cody who shakes his head in disapproval … and Angle swoops in, EXECUTING THE ANGLE SLAM!!! Angle shoots up, ripping off his straps - to a huge pop - then grabs the ankle … ANKLELOCK APPLIED … INSTANT TAP OUT!!!
Winner: Kurt Angle @ 01:44

Kurt Angle warms up perfectly for tonight’s Battle Royal, dominating poor old Dustin Rhodes, whilst we see young Cody Rhodes shaking his head in shame, already leaving up the aisle, not bothering to check on his brother.

Jim Ross: Coach, it’s gonna take a brave man to try and stop Kurt Angle from winning tonight’s Battle Royal. The Olympian is desperate to get a one on one shot at the World Heavyweight Champion, and he looks spurred on by his hometown fans here in Pittsburgh!!

The Coach: He’s my pick, J.R!! And you can bet, Kurt Angle wont shirk the challenge posed by Umaga!! He’ll fight the Samoan Bulldozer to the death if he has to at Summerslam!!! Kurt Angle isn’t a sissy like Christian!!

Jim Ross: But what about poor Dustin Rhodes. Once again, left for dead by his little spoiled brat brother.

The Coach: He was stupid enough to offer to replace Cody, J.R. He’s the one to blame.

Jim Ross: Are you seriously believing that??

The Coach: Of course I am. Dustin Rhodes is hanging onto the spotlight with his fingertips, and he’d play the victim to step in front of his brother!! Smart guy, and a typical old glory hog. Cody ought to drop him like a bad habit!!!

Jim Ross: That’s absurd. Nevertheless, those three men are all set to be part of tonight’s main event, and another two men that will be pulling double duty tonight are the tandem of Harry Smith and Paul Burchill, just moments away from finally challenging for the World Tag Team Championships. The British Lions are standing by with our broadcast colleague Matt Striker. Matt??

Backstage to Striker…

Matt Striker: Thank you, J.R, and yes, here I am, with the two men that are set to challenge for the World Tag Team Championships in just a moment. Harry, Paul … this shot has been quite a while in coming. How does it feel gentlemen??

Burchill smiles, rubbing his hands together.

Paul Burchill: Matt, the good things come to those who wait. Harry and I … and lets not forget Katie here … the three of us have waited for this shot for quite some time. Any shot at the World Tag Team Titles is an honour … but to get a shot at two toerags like Nitro and Mercury … to have a chance to make their lives miserable by taking their most cherished possession … after the stunts they’ve pulled on us?? Oh, believe me Matt … this is going to be awfully sweet.

Smith nods.

Harry Smith: Matt, I said it last week; for every action, there’s a reaction. And tonight, MNM - and their little ‘Entourage’ if they want to get involved - are about to find out the reaction to their actions. They looked really good by taking us out from behind. I don’t think they’ll fare quite as well one on one.

Katie Lea rubs her boyfriends back, before speaking.

Katie Lea: And as for Melina?? If you want to get involved darling, be my guest. Because it would give me great pleasure to sink my claws into your movie-star face, and take a few chunks out of your pretty red hair. The A-Listers had better keep the champagne on ice tonight Matt, because the British Lions are about to roar … all the way to championship gold!!!

Burchill and Smith agree, and high five one another, before walking off the set.

Matt Striker: There you have it ladies and gentlemen. The British Lions mean business, and they face MNM for the World Tag Team Championships … NEXT!!!

Commercial Break

And, we return with The British Lions on their way to the ring, slapping hands with fans.

Jim Ross: They look relaxed, but focused, Coach. The British Lions have been waiting for this moment for the last month, but tonight, there is no more shenanigans, MNM must pay the piper!!

The Coach: Oh you just LOVE to stick it to MNM. Just because they’ve proven themselves superior to your crush; Straight Edge. And now, you’re throwing them to the side, and declaring undying love for these wonky toothed Brits!!!

Jim Ross: Are you listening to yourself?? I don’t have any favourites Coach, I just don’t appreciate how MNM conduct themselves.

The Coach: You don’t like the fact that they’re better than Straight Edge!!! You backed a loser J.R - and not for the first time!!

Jim Ross: But they haven’t proven anything. They escaped with the titles last week by the skin of their teeth. As far as I’m concerned, Straight Edge have MNM’s number … and deep down, MNM know it too!!


As ever, the champions get the red carpet treatment, and strut their stuff down the aisle, with Melina leading the way, whilst the Lions try to contain themselves in the ring, keeping their composure as MNM complete their entrance - banana split on the apron by Melina and all.

MNM w/Melina vs. The British Lions w/Katie Lea
But as soon as the bell rings, Smith and Burchill give chase, with Nitro and Mercury hopping out of the ring, running from the challengers around the ringside area, and back inside, with the champions pouncing on the Lions as they slide inside behind them!!! Quickly though, the fired up challengers turn the tables, and get the better of the champions, taking over, with Nitro and Mercury unable to stop the tide, as Burchill and Smith dominate the early going.

After a hot opening though, the challengers are outsmarted by the champions, and soon MNM take over, focusing on the weaker member of the challengers; Harry Smith, and by working on him, they are able to rile up the helpless Burchill on the apron - unable to make a difference - as Nitro and Mercury begin to show why they held the titles for NINE months last year, and won them back last month. MNM show off their teamwork, but are unable to finish Smith off as the match wears on, with their sweet and innocent (yeah, right) valet also getting involved behind the officials back, choking Smith on the ropes. Katie eventually spots the interference, and chases off Melina, who hops the barrier to escape Katie, with the challengers in big trouble as we go to a commercial…

Commercial Break

We return, with Melina now back at ringside after running from Katie, but Smith is still on the receiving end of an MNM beat down, trapped in a chinlock from Nitro, but now, Smith begins to fight back, with Burchill on the outside trying to gee him up, but as the second generation star looks set to escape the hold … MERCURY RACES INSIDE THE RING AND CLOBBERS THE UNSUSPECTING BURCHILL - KNOCKING HIM OFF THE APRON!!! As a result, even when Smith fights out of the chinlock, he has no one to tag out to!!

With the official now too busy admonishing Mercury for his actions, Nitro has a big window of opportunity … AND LOW BLOWS SMITH!!! Nitro follows up with a spectacularly flashy neck breaker, getting the cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Smith refuses to give in, and fights on, but Nitro tags in Mercury, who dropkicks Smith down again, scrambling for a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Now, Mercury applies a sleeper, but Smith again battles … and with Mercury on his back … SMITH RUNS BACKWARD … RAMMING MERCURY INTO THE CORNER!!! Squashed, Mercury loses his grip, letting Harry go, and Smith now lunges across the ring, ducking under Nitro who tries to cut him off … AND TAGS BURCHILL!!!

Burchill, like a freight train, rushes into the ring, nailing anything that moves, decimating MNM. It looks like the King of Pain might just win the whole thing single handedly, hauling Mercury up in the air for a Military Press … BUT MELINA TRIPS HIS LEG!!! Mercury lands down on the big man, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! On the outside, Melina flaunts her interference … but not for long … AS KATIE LEA TACKLES HER DOWN!!!

Katie beats the crap out of Melina, whilst in the ring, MNM try to finish off Burchill … getting him up for the SNAPSHOT … BUT SMITH TACKLES DOWN NITRO TO STOP IT!!! Mercury is unable to keep Burchill up, and the big nasty Brit gets the better of Mercury in the ring, whilst Smith throws Nitro to the outside - following out himself. But, on the outside, we now see THE ENTOURAGE!!! The as yet unnamed duo drag Katie Lea off Melina, grabbing the attention of Harry Smith, as the two men threaten to hit the female … leaving Smith in a dilemma … and he chooses the girl, letting Nitro go, and gives chase to the Entourage, who back up the aisle with Katie Lea kicking and screaming.

As The Entourage tell Smith to back off on the ramp, Burchill is now distracted by the commotion … allowing Nitro and Mercury to regroup … AND ATTACK!! MNM don’t waste any time, and as we see STRAIGHT EDGE now entering the scene to confront The Entourage and even the numbers … MNM DELIVER THE SNAPSHOT TO BURCHILL IN THE RING!!! With Punk and Helms taking care of the Entourage, Smith - and the freed Katie Lea - now race back to the ring to save their partner … but Nitro cuts Harry off at the ropes, with Mercury covering … whilst Melina traps the foot of Katie Lea to stop her from stopping the count … 1...2...3!!!!
Winners: And STILL World Tag Team Champions - MNM @ 12:11

MNM steal it again, and as The Entourage are seen escaping from Straight Edge, the champions get out of dodge too, once again, via the crowd, with their titles in tact, whilst the fuming beaten challengers take over the ring. Punk and Helms join Smith in the ring, as he and Katie Lea bring Burchill to his feet, but the proud, hot tempered Brit refuses the help, having a bit of a rant, whilst Smith tries to explain his own actions for racing up the aisle.

Burchill eventually cools off and calms down, nodding, accepting the reason given for his partner bailing in order to save his little sister. Burchill puts an arm around Katie, asking her if she’s okay, with the tough Brit nodding. The British Lions then also shake hands with Punk and Helms, thanking them for their assistance in trying to help even the numbers.

The Coach: I’m not sure if I’ve seen so many losers in one place before … but I’m sure these fans in Pittsburgh have, ha ha!!

Jim Ross: On your game tonight, Coach.

The Coach: On my game every night J.R. Since you phone it in every week, someone has to.

Jim Ross: I’m just fed up, Coach. I’m fed up of MNM squeaking out victory after victory, week after week … by any means necessary. And I know what you’re gonna say Coach; winning is all that matters, but that’s bull as far as I’m concerned. MNM will never get credit if all they ever do is win matches by any means.

The Coach: Rant over??

Jim Ross: It’s not on, Coach. Nitro and Mercury are two fabulous athletes, two terrific wrestlers, but they will never earned respect if they can only win matches and championships in that matter. If they want to be known as the best, they have to beat - soundly beat - the challenges of Straight Edge and The British Lions!!!

In the ring, the disappointed Lions continue to discuss the loss, and begin to leave the ring, with a lot of shaking heads, coming to terms with their defeat, as we fade out…

Commercial Break



A brief highlights package {still images with commentary} airs from last night’s Smackdown PPV event; THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH, focusing on the BURIED ALIVE MATCH.

From the eerie entrance of The Undertaker, to the brutal exchanges in the early going, the video tells the story of the match, before getting towards the finish with the action spilling to the gravesite, with both men coming close to being buried alive … before the sickening TOMBSTONE … followed by a CHOKESLAM INTO THE GRAVE from Taker to JBL … and the scary ending, with the druids filling the grave, before typical Undertaker tricks, filling the grave with the dirt held in the JCB.

What then follows is the graphic “OFF THE AIR” as footage plays, with medics desperately trying to get the dirt out, and rescue JBL … and the clips rush forward to when the grave is sufficiently emptied, and JBL is tended to, with a lot of shocked faces in the remaining members of the crowdand at the gravesite, as JBL is removed, and placed onto a stretcher, with scary scenes of drips already being attached and the self made millionaire being loaded into the ambulance.


Back live in the arena, J.R and Coach (with the sunglasses removed - so you know this is serious .) look into the camera before speaking.

Jim Ross: A very harrowing sight. Last night at the Great American Bash … John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield was legitimately Buried Alive by The Undertaker. Folks, as you saw in that video, paramedics arrived on the scene almost immediately, and thanks to their quick work, and thanks to the work of many officials and agents within the WWE to clear the dirt, JBL was rescued. However, as a result of the injuries sustained, and the sheer weight of dirt that collapsed onto him, JBL’s chest was crushed, his airways severely damaged, resulting in a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and almost life threatening damage to his mid section.

J.R pauses.

Jim Ross: Whilst JBL will make a recovery in due course, it has already been determined that due to the extent of his injuries last night, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield will never wrestle again. JBL’s career … is over.

There is a momentary silence on commentary, as J.R composes himself, and Coach shakes his head.

Jim Ross: I’d like to stress folks that JBL is extremely lucky that he will make some form of recovery. His wrestling career is over, but thanks to the quick work of WWE officials, he will still have quality of life.

The Coach: That heinous Undertaker should be hung, drawn and quartered for his actions if you ask me. Sadist.

Jim Ross: In fairness, JBL knew what he signed up for. He signed the necessary waivers. He was fully aware of the risk involved, and unfortunately for him, he felt the full cost of the Buried Alive match.

The Coach: He should still be punished. Fined, suspended. Something.

Jim Ross: Well folks, we hope that by this Friday, our colleagues on Smackdown will be able to give a more detailed update on the condition of JBL, but until then, we here on Raw can only express our deepest sympathy to Mr. Layfield. I know personally how much he loved this business. His contribution will not be forgotten, and I, along with everyone else, wish him a speedy recovery…

J.R and Coach remain silent, as the graphic shows up on screen; CHRISTIAN SPEAKS; NEXT~!!

Commercial Break

Straight back into the arena…


The music of the World Heavyweight Champion brings the fans to their feet, and the reigning champion is greeted with a big pop as he make his way out onto the stage, dressed casually with a shirt and jeans - and sporting a weeks worth of facial hair growth - carrying his precious title over his shoulder on the way to the ring.

During the entrance, J.R and Coach recap last weeks main event - and it’s aftermath - before reminding everyone that tonight’s main event will crown a new #1 Contender to meet Christian next week for the title.


Christian gets into the ring, and allows the fans to cheer, before beginning to speak … but as he brings the mic to his mouth, Christian looks up, and for the first time in years, doesn’t have the same confidence or swagger.

Christian: Y’know, I think this is a first … because I’m pretty much lost for words right now.

Very little noise in the arena, as Christian nervously smiles.

Christian: After what happened to me last week, when I got my ass kicked by Umaga … it’s pretty tough for me to show my face right now. When Armando Estrada marched down that aisle with Umaga last week … I’ll admit … my heart?? It sank. I thought I was done for.

Christian picks the title off his shoulder, taking a long hard look at it.

Christian: I thought THIS would be gone.

Captain Charisma shakes his head, as he places the belt back over his shoulder.

Christian: After all I had accomplished to win and retain this title belt … all the adversity I’d overcome, and all the doubters I proved wrong … I thought that last week … that was it. Over … done. There wasn’t a hope in hell I could beat Umaga … not in that condition.

The unshaven champion rubs his stubble, before continuing.

Christian: There may not even be a hope in hell of beating Umaga when I’m at my best with six weeks to prepare.

Heat from the fans. Christian shakes his head, still feeling sorry for himself.

Christian: Like I said, this is pretty galling for me to be standing out here right now, because for all the bravado I’d shown, and I’ll the wise cracks I’d made to Estrada over the last couple of months … it was pretty clear for the world to see that last week … with Umaga coming toward this ring … I was scared.

He rubs his beard again, before speaking.

Christian: After all, there I was, minutes after a twenty minute title match, seconds after taking a cheap shot from Kennedy … staring down the barrel, with a three hundred and fifty pound Samoan monster headed right in my direction. A guy that has been here for over twelve months and not lost a match. Not one.


Christian: And in that time he’s notched up a heck of a lot of wins. But not only has he not lost, he’s barely had any trouble. He has ripped through the entire Raw roster without breaking a sweat. Not only has he won match after match, he has torn his opponents to shreds. He doesn’t just win … he maims. Over this past year, he’s forged a reputation as THE scariest single individual - not just on Raw - but in the entire WWE. What he done to Shawn Michaels at-

Pop for HBK.

Christian: The number Umaga did on Michaels at Vengeance was like nothing we’ve ever seen around here. He ripped arguably the best ever - to shreds. There’s been talk that because of that beating, Shawn Michaels may never lace his boots again.

Heat, followed by a faint ‘H-B-K’ chant.

Christian: That’s what he’s capable of. He has earned the moniker “Samoan Bulldozer” … and for the last twelve months, that’s exactly what he’s been … a bulldozer. He has bulldozed his way through the Raw roster … right to the top. And credit where it’s due … he may have a big mouth, but Armando Estrada has managed the man to perfection. Absolutely flawless … until last week that is. Because last week, for the first time, Estrada made his first mistake…

The camera zooms in for a close up.

Christian: … They didn’t cash in the Money in the Bank contract right there, right then.

Pop from the fans.

Christian: Last week, they had me right where they should’ve wanted me … tired, spent … and out on my feet. Come Summerslam?? I’ll be ready.

Huge pop for Christian this time, finally showing some belief and steel.

Christian: Because if there is one guy in this company that’s capable of ending Umagas streak … you’re lookin’ at him. Allow me to remind you all, because it seems that Mr. Estrada forgot who eliminated his meal ticket from the Royal Rumble back in January. When the chips are down, when the stakes are at their highest … I’m the guy that rises to the occasion. And in front of ninety thousand people in Wembley Stadium … I WILL RISE … to the occasion.

Big pop, and a ‘CHRIS-TIAN’ chant begins. The champion nods, before raising his hand to bring the noise down, indicating that he hasn’t finished yet.

Christian: Of course, there’s still next week. Before I can focus all my attention on Umaga, I’ve got to fend off another challenger - the winner of tonights main event.

Pop from the fans, followed by a faint ‘ANGLE’ chant.

Christian: Now … I know who you’re all pulling for-

The chant for the home town hero grows louder at that mention.

Christian: And if it is him … I welcome the challenge. But no matter WHO wins tonights Battle Royal … let it be known … I WILL be leaving Mexico City next week - STILL - World Heavyweight Champion!!!

Almost mixed reaction, with a lot of people in Pittsburgh pulling for Angle to win tonight - and next week.

Christian: I have no other choice. There’s no way I can allow anyone to take this from me before Summerslam. After last week, I MUST go to Summerslam to face Umaga. Because like I said … if there’s one guy in this company that can beat Umaga … it’s me.


Suddenly, the mood changes, as Umaga enters the scene - joined of course by Armando Estrada, still carrying the Money in the Bank briefcase.


Jim Ross: It’s a case of dejavu for the World Heavyweight Champion!! For the past two weeks, he has saw this very sight coming his way … only this time, Christian is ready and waiting!!!

The Coach: But he still looks like he’s about crap himself!!! He’s admitted it himself, he’s scared of Umaga!!!

Jim Ross: He has every right to be!! No one in their right mind would want to face this SAVAGE!!!

In the ring, the champion sets the belt aside, and rolls up his sleeve, this time standing his ground, expecting a confrontation…

Estrada and Umaga arrive at the ringside area … but proceed to walk around the ring - Estrada forever smiling - as Captain Charisma keeps watch, prepared for an inevitable attack. Armando continues to lead the Samoan Bulldozer around the ring, back to the bottom of the ramp … and Estrada instructs Umaga to walk back up the ramp!!!

Jim Ross: What the-??

Estrada stops at the bottom of the ramp, laughing at Christian, who stands over the ropes, looking livid, knowing it’s all mind games, as Estrada begins to back up, still laughing, with Umaga walking on through the curtain.

The Coach: HA HA HA!!! They’re toying with him!!! Hey- Hey, J.R, better get a mop in that ring, I think Christian just made a puddle!!!

Christian calls Estrada back to the ring, but Armando continues to laugh, backing up, and turns, walking through the curtain, as Christian remains in the ring, shaking his head, as we fade out…

Commercial Break

Matt Hardy vs. William Regal
The two men engage in a stiff affair, but it’s built on respect for one another, building off their meeting just over two weeks ago in the King of the Ring semi-finals. This time however, both men come into the match in a much better condition than they did on that night, and the quality of the match up is greatly improved. Regal imposes himself on Matt after the intense struggle in the feeling out stages, and forces the tenacious Hardy to battle back against the ground based work of the British veteran.

Hardy does fight his way back into contention, scoring a near fall off the Side Effect, but after that, he misses a second rope leg drop, which gives Regal the upper hand now, and the experienced veteran takes over again, with Hardy fighting for his life to survive. And Matt is forced to dig down even further, as Regal tries to apply his submission manoeuvre - the Regal Stretch - but Hardy wisely reaches to the ropes, preventing the hold from being locked on.

From there, Regal continues to pour on the pressure, keeping on top of Matt … and after forcing a kick out from his Butterfly Suplex, the veteran sizes Hardy up for his deadly Knee Trembler … but MATT AVOIDS IT!!! Regal misses, and Matt hooks him up - TWIST OF FATE - NO!!! Regal runs Matt into the corner to break the grip of his opponent, then drags Matt out, looking for a reverse neck breaker - but Hardy breaks free, then ducks a wild clothesline … AND BACKSLIDES REGAL … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: And #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Championship - MATT HARDY @ 09:22

Regal kicks out - but is JUST a fraction too late!!! Hardy has his hand raised the victor, and earns his shot at Shelton Benjamin - a rematch from Vengeance where he came up just short. Regal extends a hand, able to admit he was bested by the better man on the night, and Hardy - ever the professional - accepts the offer, shaking hands with the respected veteran.

As Hardy and Regal share a few words of encouragement to one another, the camera switches backstage …

Where THE BROTHERHOOD are stood around a monitor watching the in ring events, with Kelly Kelly standing with them, waiting to get a word.

Theodore Long: Dat boy jus’ don’t know when to stop!! Shelton?? You got ‘im right??

Benjamin (with his title over his shoulder) nods. Long smiles at his golden goose, before turning his attention to Kelly, smiling (in a different way) at the interviewer.

Theodore Long: Like a vision from the good lord hisself. Kelly Kelly!!

Uncomfortably, Kelly nods, and half heartedly waves.

Kelly Kelly: Hey guys, I was just hoping to get your thoughts on Matt Hardy just earning a rematch with Shelton for the Intercontinental Championship??

Theodore Long: Well lemme stop ya right there, shuga. Right now, Matt Hardy isn’t on our thought process. Baby girl, Tha Brotherhood are ONLY thinkin’ bout this evenin’s battle roy-ale!!

Kelly Kelly: Well … Matt Hardy is going to be in that match too-

Theodore Long: Really?? Is there FOUR Matt Hardy’s in that Battle Royal??

Long indicates to his troops as a foursome - as one.

Theodore Long: Now, lemme holla at ya for jus’ a second. It’s not Tha Brotherhoods fault that Matt Hardy is obsessed wit us. We tried to tell the boy to stick his nose outta our bid’ness. But the white boy jus’ cant get it into his thick skull, ya feel may baby girl??

Long slaps the shoulder of Benjamin, bringing the I.C Champion forward into the picture.

Theodore Long: Matt is obsessed wit dis man. He’s obsessed with try’na take tha Black Diamon’s Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Everyone on dis planet can see dat Shelton Benjamin is the hottest commodity in the WWE - everyone … bar Matt Hardy.

Theodore lowers his head, doubling over as he chuckles to himself.

Theodore Long: In fact, Matt Hardy believes HE is hottest commodity; the brightest star. But Matt, my boy, know dis playa … you don’t measure up to Shelton Benjamin … not as a man, not as an athlete, and for as long as Shelton holds that championship … certainly not as a champion.

Benjamin now steps in, wanting to speak up himself, giving Theodore a look as if to say “Is it okay?”, as Long nods glowingly.

Shelton Benjamin: And most importantly Matt, I hope you’re a patient man. Because you might have to wait a while for that title match. After I eliminate body after body from that Battle Royal tonight … I’m going to become World Champion next week … and once that happens?? I’ll be a very busy man … too busy to deal with the likes of you.

Benjamin winks, and smirks, whilst Theodore looks on at his prized asset, patting his back, before reaching in to close the promo.

Theodore Long: With a great support group in place, (looks at the remaining three members of the group) the words; “Shelton Benjamin; World & Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion” is a real, beautiful likelihood. Belie’ dat baby girl.

Long clicks his fingers, doing a bit of a jig, whilst The Brotherhood all nod on, looking pleased, as we fade out.

Commercial Break


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


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


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


Clips of some of the landmark sights in each continent.




The Summerslam logos from the years gone by.


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


And hurtles toward Wembley Stadium.


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


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


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




Back at ringside, J.R and Coach welcome us back…

Jim Ross: The biggest summer in WWE history is ready to kick into high gear from next Monday in Mexico City, and the General Manager Eric Bischoff is certainly looking to ensure the World Tour kicks off with a bang. Captain Charisma Christian will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against the winner of tonight’s over the top rope Battle Royal. The prize for the winner of that match?? A main event in the biggest Summerslam EVER - in front of approximately NINETY thousand fans inside the new Wembley Stadium in London …

The Coach: To get DESTROYED by Umaga!!!

Jim Ross: Indeed, Umaga awaits the winner of next weeks World Title match at Summerslam, and what as task it will be. Can anyone find a way to solve the puzzle of the Samoan Bulldozer??

The Coach: It’s not a puzzle, J.R. It’s pretty freakin simple. Umagas too big, too strong, too tough, too hard headed, too God-dammed savage. He CANT be beat!!! He cant be stopped!!!


Joined by Layla and Leyla, Santino Marella enters the arena to a minimal reaction.

Jim Ross: Despite his supposed involvement in tonight’s main event, I think I can safely say that Santino Marella will not be headlining Summerslam.

The Coach: For once, old timer … I agree. However, he could really build some confidence here by beating that nobody, John Cena.

Jim Ross: I think the treatment of John Cena by the General Manager has been nothing short of humiliating in the last few weeks, Coach. No disrespect to Marella, but he’s barely above Rich Young, who was thrown in at the deep end last week against Cena.

The Coach: John Cena swans around here like he’s owed a living. Like he should simply be put into the biggest matches. Eric Bischoff is just trying to humble Cena a little, make him see some perspective that Raw doesn’t revolve around him!!

Jim Ross: I agree that Cena has been a little bit ‘on the edge’ recently. He isn’t used to being on the periphery. His pride and his drive to be the best is what has given him the desire to be a three time World Champion over the last two years.


Cena rushes onto the stage in a hurry, foregoing his usual routine, and simply walking down the aisle, looking straight ahead instead.

Jim Ross: The frustration is evident. John Cena is NOT a happy man … and that can only be a bad thing for Santino Marella. And- WHOA!!!

Cena enters the ring - AND SLAPS SANTINOS HAND AWAY - then tackles him down!!

Match 5:
Santino Marella w/Layla El & Leyla M vs. John Cena
Cena pounds the prone body of Marella, then gets up, ripping his shirt off, and CHOKES THE LIFE out of Santino with it!!! He releases the grip after a count from the referee, then throws the item of clothing out of the ring, before getting into the face of the camera, proclaiming “ENOUGH OF THE CLOWNIN ERIC!!! THIS IS WHAT‘S GONNA HAPPEN FROM NOW ON!!!”

The furious Cena then scoops Santino up, effortlessly drilling him into the canvas with the FU, before gripping him tightly, applying the STFU … and gains an almost instantaneous submission from the pathetic, lightweight Italian.
Winner: John Cena @ 01:04

Jim Ross: Emphatic. But THAT should come to the surprise of absolutely no one.

The Coach: I do believe that Mister Cena has found his level. Oh- NOW what does he want??

Cena drops out of the ring, and proceeds to the announce position … HURLING OFF THE COVERING!!!

The Coach: Are you outta your mind, you moron!!??

Jim Ross: C’om John, think about this, will ya??

Cena ignores the pleas from J.R, and picks up a steel chair, then drags Santino out of the ring - and completely out of character - threatens Marellas two valets who try to reason with him!! Cena pulls the chair away, realising what he was about to do … THEN SMASHES THE CHAIR OFF THE SKULL OF SANTINO!!!

The Coach: UNCALLED FOR!!!

Jim Ross: Ohh John … what are you thinking??

Cena slams the chair down, before picking the Italian off the floor, onto his shoulders … as J.R and Coach quickly run for cover … AS CENA DRIVES SANTINO THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH AN FU!!!!!!!!!!


Jim Ross: John … what in the world have you done??

Marella lays in a crumpled heap, spread eagled, whilst Cena doesn’t even bother to look at his victim, instead storming away from the ring, back up the ramp, getting into the face of the camera again as he walks up the ramp; “IT‘S ON YO‘ HEAD BISCHOFF!!!” before disappearing behind the curtain.


At ringside, medics tend to Marella, as we hear one saying “DON’T MOVE HIS NECK”, whilst Leyla and Layla are hysterical, trying to console one another.

Jim Ross: Coach, if Eric Bischoffs intention was to rile John Cena, to push him to a breaking point with these ‘minor’ matches … he has passed-

The Coach: Forget the fine or suspension. John Cena ought to be fired with immediate effect. He’s gone too far now!! This was uncalled for. That isn’t the type of guy we want representing this company. He’s a guy that had a good run, and cant live with the fact that he couldn’t cut it at the top for longer!!! FIRE HIM ERIC!!!!

Commercial Break

We return with highlights from before the break, where John Cena completely lost the plot, and decimated Santino Marella … putting him through the announce table.

And, following that, we go backstage, where Eric Bischoff is seen on his phone, walking with a purpose from the parking lot, where an Ambulance speeds off; presumably containing Santino Marella.

Eric Bischoff: I can assure you Jesse, John Cena is going to be severely reprimanded for his actions … (listens on phone) … Of course I don’t condone that sort of violence, I- … (listens again) … I didn’t expect THAT kind of reaction. And trust me, it wont happen again … Hel- Hello??

Bischoff looks at the cell phone, shaking his head, putting it away, into his pocket, as he approaches his office … when he is met by Smackdown superstar; KEN DOANE???

The Raw GM does a double take at first, looking confused, before talking to the surprise visitor.

Eric Bischoff: Ken Doane?? What on earth do you want on Monday Night Raw??

Doane lifts his hands innocently before he starts.

Ken Doane: Mister Bischoff, I had to come and see you tonight. This couldn’t wait until Friday. I was thinking, now that you’re in charge of Raw and Smackdown for the time being … is there anyway at all that you can renegotiate my contract, and let me come over to Raw?? After everything that I’ve had to put up with on Smackdown with Randy … I could really do with the fresh start??

Bischoff scoffs at the suggestion.

Eric Bischoff: You want to come over to Monday Night Raw?? I can understand why. But- I’m not sure. Y’see, I look at you as somewhat of a … well, for lack of a better term, a floater. I’ll skip over your debut and what you spent the first six months of your career here doing … but after you packed that in and joined up with the New Wave … you really just became a background player. Just a glorified henchman for Randy Orton. And then … you grew tired of doing that. So, it’s hard for me to invest in you Kenny. It’s hard for me to get behind you, and bring you over to Raw … because I just don’t know if you’ve got what it takes to put your mind to succeeding here on your own.

Eric thinks for a second, before smiling again.

Eric Bischoff: It’s ironic really that you’re nickname is ‘The Future’ Ken, because I’m just not sure how much of a future you have in the WWE.

Doane doesn’t take the suggestion kindly, and stands up straight, ready to speak up for himself.

Eric Bischoff: You’re still extremely young, Kenny, aren’t you?? What age-

Ken Doane: Twenty One years old, sir.

Bischoff chuckles again.

Eric Bischoff: Barely old enough to drink, Ken. Look, how about I give you some advice. Take a week to think. Just think. About your future. You’re still young enough to take up a different line of work, a different career path. Perhaps wrestling isn’t what you were cut out to do, kid. But take the next seven days to make a decision. If you really want to make it in the WWE - on Raw - join us for the beginning of the World Tour, and next week, live on Raw, I’ll give you your shot.

Doane nods, perhaps already knowing his decision. Bischoffs friendly façade drops though…

Eric Bischoff: But know this, kid … it had better be the right decision, and not just another whim. Because once you come and sign on to Raw, I own you. And Kenny, I’ll warn you now … I intend on testing your resolve to your very limit … to the very point where you’ll question if you really made the right decision … only this time, you cant just run from your problems once you’re in over your head. You show up for work next Monday?? I assure you Ken, I’m going to see if you really are ready to step up and be a man … or if you’re still just a boy in a big mans world.

Bischoff snarls at the upstart, and proceeds on, reaching his office, and opening the door … and JOHN CENA is waiting inside!!!

Eric Bischoff: Who the hell let you in here!!??

John Cena: The mood I’m in Eric?? Wouldn’t be wise for any of your goons to try and stop me.

Eric pours himself a glass of water, continuing to speak.

Eric Bischoff: Yeah, about that. You went way beyond the line tonight, John. You’ve hospitalised another Raw superstar. First The Miz last month because he said a few things that annoyed you, and now this??

John Cena: I know I crossed the line, Eric. But that was a necessary evil to get your attention.

Eric Bischoff: Well congratulations, Cena. You got it.

John Cena: Good. Now, since Santino wont be part of this Battle Royal, how’s about-

Eric Bischoff: Forget it, John. I’m not rewarding you for what you’ve just done. Are you insane??

Suddenly, Cena grips Eric by the jacket, pinning the GM against the wall.

John Cena: Y’know what Eric … with the tricks you been playin lately?? I aint too far off it. You wanna keep tryin me Eric?? Fine. You keep throwin nobodies like Marella at me, week after week. I’ll keep doin what I did tonight … in fact, I’ll go even further next time.

Voice: Then why don’t you face me, tough guy??

Cena lets go of Bischoff, and turns … with MISTER KENNEDY standing by the doorway.

Mister Kennedy: Or am I below your high standards??

Cena smirks at the question, before he and Kennedy walk toward each other, meeting in the middle of the office.

John Cena: You wanna piece of me??

Mister Kennedy: Ohhh yeah, I want it, big shot.

Both men smirk at one another, but not in a friendly manner. Bischoff speaks up from behind Cena, as we see the GM fixing his jacket.

Eric Bischoff: Then that’s what it’ll be - NEXT WEEK!! John Cena and Mister Kennedy.

Both men nod, as the fans cheer in the background.

Eric Bischoff: Now I want you both to get the hell out of my office. Oh, and Cena, for your little stunt tonight out there, you’ve just earned yourself a month without pay- and for putting your hands on me?? I’m going to see to it that that first class travel deal you made for the World Tour is rescinded. You can fly economy like the rest of us.

Kennedy laughs.

Mister Kennedy: Check out the so called “everyman”. Flying first class?? What next superstar?? A personal driver?? Or ho-

John Cena: That mouth of yours has already got you in enough trouble. Save it.

Cena turns to Bischoff.

John Cena: This aint over, Eric.

Cena brushes past Kennedy to leave, but stops as Kennedy opens his mouth again.

Mister Kennedy: You know how you said earlier about the differences between the best and the rest??

Cena stops, but doesn’t turn. He stays to listen though, as Kennedy continues to speak.

Mister Kennedy: Well … you know what separates the bitter losers from the driven winners?? The driven winners will take their kicks, dust themselves off, and then try again … and be better next time. (Kennedy walks up slowly, behind Cena) The bitter losers wont realise they simply weren’t good enough for the main event of the biggest shows in the first place, and instead?? They’ll stamp their feet, whine, bitch, moan and complain because they didn’t get their way … even though they never earned it.

Kennedy steps around, face to face with Cena again.

Mister Kennedy: You’ve just shown me what category you fall under.

Showing his cocky smile, Kennedy walks out of the room, leaving Cena to fume … as we fade out.

Commercial Break



We return, at ringside, with the majority of the Raw superstars filling the ring for the main event, before a select few get their own entrances…


The entire Brotherhood empties from the entrance, led by the confident Theodore Long.

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw folks, and we are just about ready for tonight’s main event. A twenty three man field is ready to partake, with the last man standing set to earn a championship match next week in Mexico City!!


The tag team champions enter the stage, with no red carpet this time, whilst in the ring, Straight Edge and The British Lions are chomping at the bit for a piece of the A-List duo.

Jim Ross: And what a night it promises to be next week. In addition to that huge title match, we just found out moments ago that for the FIRST TIME EVER!!! John Cena will go one on one with Mister Kennedy!!

The Coach: Oh yeah, baby boy!! Let’s see Cena try his roughhousing on Kennedy. Let’s see how big he is then!!


The #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title hit’s the stage, looking refreshed after his battle with William Regal earlier, and has the chance to make history tonight by becoming the first man to be #1 Contender for BOTH the World and I.C titles at the same time.

Jim Ross: And we have also learned during the commercial that should both Matt Hardy and Shelton Benjamin fail to win this Battle Royal tonight, then they will meet NEXT WEEK on Raw for the Intercontinental Championship!!

The Coach: That would be huge, J.R, but lets not get carried away. Shelton Benjamin IS gonna win this battle royal.

**BOOYAKA 619**

Rey Mysterio pops up onto the stage, getting a nice reaction, before making his ay down the aisle, whilst we see his conqueror last week; Rhyno, pacing in the ring.

Jim Ross: And what a homecoming it would be for Rey Mysterio next week, if he could challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship!!! With his own people spurring him on, could Mysterio shock the world next week, and take the title from Christian??

The Coach: For his own sake, I hope not. He’d be murdered at Summerslam!!


Cue pandemonium. Kurt Angle storms onto the stage, letting off his pyro, and paces down the ramp, wanting to get on with this.

The Coach: And he’ll have to knock off tonight’s hometown hero to boot!!!

Jim Ross: Indeed, that will be a task - and then some. Kurt Angle is in the zone tonight. He already tore through Dustin Rhodes earlier this evening, and he is HELL BENT on getting his shot at the champion; one on one!!! Don’t dare go anywhere ladies and gentlemen - the main event IS NEXT!!!

Commercial Break

Kurt Angle, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, JTG, Monty Brown, Rey Mysterio, CM Punk, Greg Helms, Burchill, Harry Smith, Nitro, Mercury, Rhyno, Matt Hardy, William Regal, Cody Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes, X-Pac, Tyson Tomko, Val Venis, Scotty Too Hotty, Stevie Richards, Mike Knox

The match is joined in progress from the commercial, with WAAYYYY too much going on for the camera to follow, but as you’d expect, many of the feuding superstars are already at each others throats, with MNM trying to keep away from Straight Edge and the Lions, whilst Rey and Rhyno renew hostilities, and Matt Hardy tries to fight off the entire Brotherhood, with Regal also getting involved. It’s also noted early on that Dustin Rhodes appears to be shielding Cody in the corner, protecting his little brother from any attempted eliminations. Meanwhile, there is a big ovation, as the fans realise KURT ANGLE has already made one elimination, getting rid of STEVIE RICHARDS.

Eliminated: Stevie Richards by Kurt Angle @ 03:22

Soon, the bodies begin to fly, and it’s The Brotherhood doing the damage, listening to the instructions of Theodore Long on the outside, and hunting in a pack, quickly tossing the dead wood of Scotty and Val Venis.

Eliminated: Scotty Too Hotty by Mark Henry @ 03:58

Eliminated: Val Venis by Shelton Benjamin @ 04:03

And it begins to look rather bleak for the rest of the superstars involved, with the group taking control of proceedings, tossing out X-Pac moments after he delivers the silly Bronco Buster, and Tyson Tomko, trying to avenge his partners elimination, soon follows behind him.

Eliminated: X-Pac by Monty Brown @ 04:29

Eliminated: Tyson Tomko by Mark Henry @ 04:39

Quickly, the remaining superstars begin to get on the same page, knowing it will take a team effort to take The Brotherhood apart, and with Angle leading the charge, and soon Theodore Longs troops are in trouble, even though Cody soon backs off, calling Dustin off too, retreating to his corner and safety, with Dustin shaking his head in disappointment at his little brothers tactics. MNM also take the opportunity to try and eliminate Straight Edge when their guard is down - but fail. Still, the numbers on the Brotherhood are enough to put the group in trouble, and Angle is the first to dump one out, sending Monty Brown to the floor … and JTG soon follows, courtesy of the on fire Angle also.

Eliminated: Monty Brown by Kurt Angle @ 06:19

Eliminated: JTG by Kurt Angle @ 06:31

The remaining superstars struggle to topple the Worlds Strongest Man, and eventually the group gives up, and battle with each other, whilst Shelton and Matt have now found each other, and battle it out. Meanwhile, MNM are forced to live to regret their sneak attack on Straight Edge, and with the help of the vengeful British Lions, eliminate the tag team champions from the match in quick succession.

Eliminated: Nitro by Straight Edge @ 07:19

Eliminated: Mercury by The British Lions @ 07:23

As the match continues, the desperate Theodore Long does everything he can to save his prized asset from being eliminated, grabbing a steel chair, and setting it up for the teetering IC Champion to step on to prevent himself from being eliminated. Hardy doesn’t realise that, and thinks he has eliminated Shelton, and looks to move on, but Shelton hops onto the ropes, and springs back in, clothes lining Matt from behind!!!

Rhyno also finds Mysterio too difficult to get out, with the little man able to manoeuvre his way to safety, and the Man Beast is unable to try again, with Regal attacking him from behind, trying to get Rhyno out - to no avail. Elsewhere, Mark Henry helps out Shelton again, as they try to take out Hardy once and for all, but thankfully for Matt, Rey Mysterio saves him at the last second - either being stupid or brave - and attacks Henry!!!

The Worlds Strongest Man is too big for Rey though, and he squats Rey off like a bug, then throws him off the ropes … BUT REY SHOCKS HENRY WITH A HEADSCISSORS … AND THE BIG MAN TOPPLES OVER THE TOP ROPE … TO THE FLOOR!!!!! And, as Shelton charges at Matt against the ropes … HARDY LOW BRIDGES THE ROPES … AND BENJAMIN FALLS TO THE OUTSIDE … ONTO THEODORE LONG!!!

Eliminated: Mark Henry by Rey Mysterio @ 10:10

Eliminated: Shelton Benjamin by Matt Hardy @ 10:18

The entire Brotherhood ARE GONE!!! Benjamin is eliminated by his nemesis in Matt Hardy, whilst Mark Henry rips off the barricade cover in fury after being eliminated by little Mysterio!!! In the ring, Matt and Rey high five each other for their double elimination … but the joy is short lived as Kurt Angle and Mike Knox attack the pair, just as J.R and Coach head into the final commercial of the evening.

Commercial Break

We return with highlights of one elimination during the commercial, where Kurt Angle notched up yet another elimination, throwing Mike Knox to the floor, as he continues his rampage towards victory.

Eliminated: Mike Knox by Kurt Angle @ 11:55

Still, Dustin Rhodes is protecting his brother Cody … but not for much longer, as Harry Smith and Paul Burchill point out the pair in the corner, and get them involved in the action … by attacking them!! Meanwhile, Straight Edge look set to dump Rhyno out, but suddenly, there is an almighty commotion in the ring … AS MNM AND THE ENTOURAGE STORM THE RING!!! The British Lions and Straight Edge are distracted, and turn their attentions to dealing with their pesky foes … and just as MNM and the Entourage bail from the ring … CODY RHODES DUMPS OUT BOTH SMITH AND BURCHILL!!!!!

And just as the Lions are eliminated … RHYNO GORES PUNK!!! Then, just as Helms tries to save Punk, Angle attacks him … AND ELIMINATES HIM … WITH A BELLY TO BELLY OVER THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!!!!! Punk is dispatched by Rhyno too, joining his folded up partner on the floor - along with the fuming British Lions … much to the joy of MNM who escape up the aisle … having just got their revenge on their rivals.

Eliminated: Harry Smith by Cody Rhodes @ 13:46

Eliminated: Paul Burchill by Cody Rhodes @ 13:46

Eliminated: Greg Helms by Kurt Angle @ 14:00

Eliminated: CM Punk by Rhyno @ 14:04

Angle, Rhyno, Hardy, Cody & Dustin Rhodes, Mysterio and Regal remain, as things settle down for a few moments, with Cody again taking up his position in the corner, with Dustin standing guard, whilst Rey and Rhyno cross paths again, leaving Kurt Angle and Regal to match off, with Matt Hardy trying to help out both Rey and Regal in turns. However, Hardy soon has his hands full … as THE BROTHERHOOD now hit the scene again, jumping the #1 Contender to Benjamins I.C Title!!!

The run ins continue, moments after MNM’s siege on the ring, and the Brotherhood lay a beating on Hardy, before officials from ringside are forced to get in the ring, and instruct them to get off Matt and leave … and the group are all too happy to do so … BUT NOT BEFORE SHELTON DROPS MATT WITH PAYDIRT!!!!! The Coach is giddy on commentary, praising The Brotherhood, as Cody Rhodes looks to feed off the scraps again, instructing Dustin to pick Matt up, bringing him to the ropes and holding him up … allowing Cody to dropkick him … sending Matt to the floor!!!

Eliminated: Matt Hardy by Cody Rhodes @ 16:13

Cody begins to enjoy himself now, notching up his third elimination of the match, and again points to the corner to his safe spot … but now, the other four men remaining in the match refuse to stand for it … and Angle, Regal, Rey and Rhyno all come together … closing in on the Rhodes Brothers … and attack!!! Cody tries to throw Dustin to the wolves and run for cover, but Regal catches him, and gives the upstart a rough beat down, whilst Angle picks up from where he left off on Dustin … AND DUMPS HIM OUT OF THE RING WITH AN ANGLE SLAM!!!

Eliminated: Dustin Rhodes by Kurt Angle @ 16:51

With Dustin gone, Cody wont be far behind, and Regal runs through the youngster with the dreaded KNEE TREMBLER!!! The veteran throws Cody onto the ropes, whilst Rey signals for the 619 … AND DELIVERS!!! Cody staggers around the ring on dream street … as the veteran Regal takes great pleasure chucking Rhodes high into the air, over the top, to the floor below!!!

Eliminated: Cody Rhodes by William Regal @ 17:03

The action settles down for a few moments, as the final four are known; Regal, Rey, Rhyno and Kurt Angle. They pair off, but switch pairs, with none of the four going over, although both Rey and Angle teeter at different points, with the fans extremely on edge when Angle nearly toppled out.


Then, William Regal produces his smoking gun; THE BRASS KNUCKS. The veteran begs off, looking to lure Rhyno in, and nails the Man Beast in the gut, then tries to dump him out of the ring, but as he struggles, Angle spots the opportunity … AND TOPPLES THE BRIT TO THE FLOOR!!!!!

Eliminated: William Regal by Kurt Angle @ 19:34

It’s down to three, and Angle and Rhyno soon make a pact … and team up on Rey, giving the masked luchador a 2 on 1 beat down, with the little man struggling to survive, twice saving himself by landing on the apron, and rolling back into the ring from attempted eliminations. Still, Rhyno and Angle stay on the same page, and try to finish Mysterio off once and for all, but a mix up gives Rey a glimmer of hope … UNTIL ANGLE TRIPS HIM … ANKLE LOCK!!!

Trapped in the submission, Rey takes a gamble, climbing UP on the ropes, AND TRIES TO TOSS OUT ANGLE USING HIS LEG … BUT ANGLE LANDS ON THE APRON!!! In the process, Kurt lets go of the ankle lock, but as he stands up … RHYNO CHARGES ACROSS THE RING AT REY … WHO LEAPFROGS … and the Man Beast looks set to collide with Angle and knock him off … BUT ANGLE LOW BRIDGES THE ROPES … SIDESTEPS … AND RHYNO TOPPLES OUT OF THE RING!!!!!

Eliminated: Rhyno by Rey Mysterio & Kurt Angle @ 22:29

Angle afford himself a smile as he looks down on the eliminated Man Beast … BUT REY TRIES TO KNOCK HIM OFF … ONLY FOR KURT TO HANG ONTO THE ROPES WITH ONE ARM … AND KICKS REY AWAY!!! Quickly, Angle steps back inside, and kicks the incoming Mysterio in the gut - AND UNCEREMONIOUSLY CHUCKS HIM OVER THE TOP TO THE FLOOR!!!

BUT HE HASN’T!!! Mysterio hangs on for dear life, ala Shawn Michaels in the ‘95 Royal Rumble … and whilst Angle drops to his knees in celebration (with many fans cheering too, believing the match to be over), Rey regains his footing on the apron … HOPPING ONTO THE ROPES … AND DROPKICKS THE BACK OF ANGLE … INTO THE ROPES!!! Rey quickly dials it up … HITTING THE 619!!!!! Dazed, Angle stumbles from the ropes … and with every ounce of strength left … MYSTERIO DUMPS HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE … TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!!!!!!!!

Eliminated: Kurt Angle by Rey Mysterio @ 23:07

Winner: And #1 Contender for the World Championship - REY MYSTERIO @ 23:07

There is heat for Mysterio inside the partisan Igloo, all pulling for the defeated Angle, but Rey drops to his knees in victory, looking up, blessing himself, as he has his hand raised by the official.


The Coach: This cant be J.R!! It was supposed to be Kurt Angles big night!!!

Jim Ross: And now, as a result, next week on Raw, Rey Mysterio will have the opportunity to become World Heavyweight Champion in HIS spiritual home. Mexico City will host the showdown; Christian versus Rey Mysterio - for the WORLD - HEAVYWEIGHT - CHAMPIONSHIP!!! BAH GAWD COACH!!!

The Coach: It should’ve been Angle…

On the outside, Angle picks himself up, and allows the defeat to sink in - hands on hips, spitting, shaking his head in bewilderment - as Rey climbs the corners, celebrating his huge victory, earning a title shot in HIS backyard next week on Raw.

Jim Ross: Just one week ago, Mysterio suffered a brutal loss to Rhyno, tonight, he eliminated BOTH Rhyno and Angle in quick succession to bounce back in incredible style!!! Down and out a week ago, Mysterio has picked himself up tonight to gain the last laugh!!

The Coach: This just isn’t right. What use will Mysterio be against Umaga if he beats Christian next week??

Jim Ross: What Mysterio has proven tonight Coach, is that with enough determination and belief - ANYTHING - ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING can happen on any given night!!!

Angle shouts as he exits, to the fans “I DIDN’T DESERVE TO LOSE. I SHOULD BE WORLD CHAMPION - NOT HIM!! THIS IS A JOKE --- HE‘S A JOKE!!!” walking on up the aisle, absolutely disgusted by the scenes in the ring, storming to the back.

The Coach: You hear that old timer?? Kurt Angle is speaking for us all!! That little masked midget is nothing but a sideshow freak. A joke!!! And he’s supposed to represent Raw next Monday??

Jim Ross: You try telling the fans in Mexico that Rey Mysterio is a joke. Kurt Angle will get over it. He’s came up short tonight, and yeah, I’m sure this defeat in his hometown will hurt … but Angle will surely accept that on this night, Mysterio just would not be denied!!!

In the ring, the final shots we see are of Rey Mysterio still riding high, posing to the (pretty pissed off) fans, basking in his victory, and his title match - with the Summerslam main event also in the balance - next week in Mexico City!!

Jim Ross: Ladies and Gentlemen, it promises to be a special, unforgettable atmosphere next week in Mexico City. Rey Mysterio will make an emotional return to where it all began, with the opportunity of a lifetime … to become WORLD … HEAVYWEIGHT … CHAMPION!!! Goodnight everybody.



Official 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 OR Rey Mysterio
Mr. Money in the Bank; Unbeaten & Undefeated Umaga w/ Armando Estrada


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I've rarely reviewed your shows, purely because i don't see why somebody like you needs feedback from somebody like me. But i figured i would give you some just to let you know i'm still reading, still enjoying and still admiring your work.

Kicking things off with Bischoff surprised me, i expected Christian after what happened last week to be honest. What Bischoff had to say was good, rallying the troops almost. Cena coming out had to be expected and he really sounded desperate here, you had to feel for his passion and Bischoff still refusing him was great. Kennedy getting in the mix was also a nice touch, your characterisation of Kennedy is excellent and a Kennedy-Cena feud would certainly give him a big rub. Cena-Santino later, can’t wait, end sarcasm.

Women’s match, not too bothered about. Nothing to do with you, just the women’s division in general.

I’ve also enjoyed your use of Cody and Dustin in this thread. Cody’s slow mini push is going well and the way he pushed Dustin into this was great. Only one winner here in Angle and he’s gotta be a contender in the main event.

The British Lions have certainly added to your tag division. I felt it would be a bit too soon for them to win the gold here and I’m glad you kept the titles on MNM. This was a good match and the interference added fire to the already rumbling tag division, interested to see where this next heads.

Sad to see JBL go, loved the character if not the wrestler. Hope you bring him back in another capacity, commentary please.

Very good promo here with Christian. The way he legitimately seemed phased by Umaga and even scared of what he’s capable of was great. And then the turning line of Estrada’s mistake. Very good line about how he didn’t cash in there and then. The toying from Umaga to Christian at the end of this just continues to build this up well. For as good as Christian is, Umaga has been unstoppable in this thread and I can’t see that stopping anytime soon. I would love to see an Umaga title run.

Hardy with a big win over Regal here to get a shot at Shelton. The Hardy dealings with the Brotherhood have been very good stuff to read and the match between these two should be a good one, could see Hardy taking the title.

Your Teddy Long character is genius and incredibly entertaining. Keep it up with him.

Easy as you like for Cena as it should be. And then the aftermath was brutal. Very much enjoyed seeing this pent up, angry Cena and it should get the message through to Bischoff.

Ken Doane on Monday night? I liked this segment a lot as I think the New Wave as a whole should come to an end pretty soon and it’d be better for all of them to go off on their own if you wanna go further with them. Doane coming to Raw next week, should be good.

Cena treading on Bischoff’s toes here and Kennedy’s the man to stick his nose in. I really liked Kennedy coming back with the falling under category line after what Cena said earlier. Good stuff and the match next week’s a big one, kicking off the world tour, which is a great idea by the way with Cena-Kennedy and Christian defending the title is a huge show.

Battle Royal time and the usual suspects go early on as they should well do. Glad to see the tag team rivalry continuing through to this, coulda just gone out the window but pleased you kept it going. Hardy eliminating Benjamin was a big call also, furthering his momentum. But Shelton gets his payback! Great job there and this feud is going up notch by notch now. Really glad to see you allow Cody Rhodes to get so far as it adds to his exposure. Angle looked a lock to me but Mysterio wins it?! Wow. Big, big call and it should be a great match next week now between Christian and Rey. I guess it makes a lot of sense with the Mexico City aspect. Nice job pointing that out in closing by the way.

Overall, a very good show here. Cena-Kennedy went very nicely indeed as well as the Hardy-Benjamin feud. Umaga continuing to strike fear into Christian was great and Mysterio getting the title shot should equal a great match next week. I hope this feedback was alright for you and I will definitely drop some more. Please keep going with this as it is great stuff week in week out to read, especially for newer bookers around like myself to learn from and enjoy.
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WWE Superstars | July 10 2007

Kid Kash scores an upset victory over Jeff Hardy in the opening match, using the ropes to leverage a pin, gaining a shock 1...2...3 @ 06:26. After the match Kash runs from the ring, knowing he stole the victory, whilst Jeff remains in the ring; incensed.

Katie Lea Burchill and Melina wrestled to a double count out @ 03:13 with all members of MNM (plus the Entourage) and British Lions barred from ringside.





Chris Masters defeated Finlay @ 07:00 with the Masterlock, with Todd Grisham and The King playing up Finlays condition following the Belfast Brawl at the Great American Bash as a reason for the surprising loss.

Straight Edge & Val Venis defeated X-Pac, Tyson Tomko & Mike Knox in the main event @ 10:32 when Venis hit X-Pac with the Money Shot for the 1,2,3!!


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Friday Night Smackdown | July 13 2007 | Wilkes-Barre PA


A brief highlights package {still images with commentary} airs from THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH, focusing on the BURIED ALIVE MATCH.

From the eerie entrance of The Undertaker, to the brutal exchanges in the early going, the video tells the story of the match, before getting towards the finish with the action spilling to the gravesite, with both men coming close to being buried alive … before the sickening TOMBSTONE … followed by a CHOKESLAM INTO THE GRAVE from Taker to JBL … and the scary ending, with the druids filling the grave, before typical Undertaker tricks, filling the grave with the dirt held in the JCB.

What then follows is the graphic “OFF THE AIR” as footage plays, with medics desperately trying to get the dirt out, and rescue JBL … and the clips rush forward to when the grave is sufficiently emptied, and JBL is tended to, with a lot of shocked faces in the remaining members of the crowd and at the gravesite, as JBL is removed, and placed onto a stretcher, with scary scenes of drips already being attached and the self made millionaire being loaded into the ambulance.

Cut to Eric Bischoff’s office, where the interim GM is sat at his desk.

Eric Bischoff: Good evening ladies and gentlemen. As you have just witnessed, this past Sunday at the Smackdown exclusive Pay Per View event; Great American Bash, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield was buried … alive.

Some sick fucks cheer in the background.

Eric Bischoff: And if you missed the announcement this past Monday on Raw, I have the unfortunate responsibility to inform you, the Smackdown audience, that as a result of the injuries Mr. Layfield has suffered from being buried alive … Mr. Layfield has been forced to announce his retirement from wrestling - effective immediately.

Again, the sicko’s cheer.

Eric Bischoff: At this time, on behalf of the WWE, I would like to thank the paramedics on stand by this past Sunday in Philadelphia for their incredibly quick work which undoubtedly saved Mr. Layfields life, and the staff at Hahnemann University Hospital for their round the clock care they have provided over this past week. As I understand, Mr. Layfields estate have arranged for him to be flown into his home of New York City, later this evening, where his treatment and recovery will be continue to be monitored by his own personal physicians.

Bischoff pauses.

Eric Bischoff: Once again, on behalf of the WWE, I would like to thank Mr. Layfield for his incredible contribution to this organisation over the past decade. His efforts will not be forgotten, and we wish him all the very best in his recovery, and of course, in all his future endeavours. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield; thank you.

Bischoff smiles, as we fade out…

Opening Video


Joey Styles: Shockwaves have ran right through the WWE this past week, and most notably here on Smackdown, where you could be forgiven for thinking a new era is now upon us. Two long time WWE stalwarts have departed the company for very different reasons …

Styles pauses, as the camera pans around the arena, to the announce position where Joey Styles looks across to the seat next to him … and the camera reveals …


Heyman sits back, hands behind his head, smug as ever, before leaning forward pointing to himself, looking at the camera, as if to say ‘me??’

Paul Heyman: If you’re confused watching at home - don’t adjust your sets. It appears the WWE decided to make me earn my pay check, rather than pay me to sit at home. Allow me to bring you up to speed if you don’t follow the internet. It’s well known that Tazz - the man that formerly occupied this seat - requested his release from his contract early. His last night was Sunday. The “plan” was for Michael Cole to take his place back alongside Mr. Styles effective tonight … but Mister Cole (makes gun gesture with his fingers) shot himself in the foot in an interview with one of the dirt sheets last week, and he is now licking his wounds with a demotion to “head of WWE.COM”. The brass didn’t trust Jerry Lawler for this seat because he’s past it, and The Coach is too *cough* valuable an asset to Raw, so who do they turn to??

Heyman - smugly - points to himself.

Paul Heyman: So, you people at home are the winners. I’m more handsome than those other options, and you don’t have to listen to Michael Cole, or hear Jerry Lawler exclaim ‘Puppies’, or put up with The Coach and his in depth knowledge. Instead, you’ll get analysis from a guy that knows what he’s talking about, and I’ll even throw in a few one liners; better than what the almighty Coach can anyway. As a result of Tazz not wanting to travel around the world for six weeks, and Michael Coles ego, yours truly gets to travel all around the globe for the next month and a half - AND - I’m getting paid for it. Sure, it’s a step down from being a mighty General Manager, and I’m technically working under Eric Bischoff for a few months, but I love the sound of my own voice, and with two hours a week to put my opinions across, my producers life is about to become a nightmare.

Heyman turns to Styles, patting his broadcast partner on the arm.

Paul Heyman: I imagine they’ll edit most of that out.

Joey Styles: Well Paul, it’s great to have you with me to call the action. And you couldn’t have chosen a better time to join the announce team on Smackdown. Off the back of the incredible Great American Bash-


Randy Orton’s music cuts off Styles, and the WWE Champion slowly enters the arena to vociferous heat from the fans.

Joey Styles: By the skin of his teeth, Randy Orton survived a pretty one sided beating from Brock Lesnar at the Great American Bash to retain the WWE Title, all thanks to the cunning of the Cerebral Assassin, who struck with his sledgehammer again to cost the Iron Man his fifth WWE Title.

Paul Heyman: Out of anyone in this business, NO-ONE knows Brock Lesnar like I know Brock Lesnar. Flat out Joey, I have no shame in admitting it; I’m Brock Lesnars biggest fan. But he made a fatal mistake on Sunday. He thought with the New Wave disbanded, Orton would be easy pickings. He assumed Triple H wouldn’t involve himself like he did at Judgment Day. Bad move Brock. He should’ve smelt a rat the minute a group - A GROUP - of fans tried to storm the ring.

Joey Styles: Indeed, it was a rather sublime plan crafted by Triple H to take out Brock Lesnar, but the question is, what kind of reaction will we see from Lesnar tonight?? How much longer can Triple H get away with costing Brock Lesnar the WWE Championship??

Paul Heyman: To answer your first question, Joe - expect a reaction on the level of a tornado. Any man that gets on the wrong side of Brock tonight may live to regret it.

Orton enters the ring, and waits for the music to die down, before clearing his throat to speak.

Randy Orton: First of all, let me state categorically that I DID NOT have any involvement in Triple H’s actions this past Sunday in my WWE Championship match against Brock Lesnar.

The fans don’t quite buy it, with some heckling ‘BULLSHIT’ at the champion.

Randy Orton: The fact of the matter is that I am STILL the WWE Champion.


Randy Orton: Now, as far as I’m concerned, the matter is closed. I beat Brock Lesnar. Any issue he has with how it happened, he can seek out Triple H himself, or discuss it with Eric Bischoff. Because I’m not here to talk about Brock Lesnar, or Triple H … I want to address two men who stabbed me in the back last week.

Cheer from the fans.

Randy Orton: I pulled Garrison Cade and Ken Doane out of the gutter nine months ago along with Nick Dinsmore. I gave the three of them a platform to build on, and an opportunity to make names for themselves. Apparently, they prefer life in the gutter. Because for nine months, I carried those three on my back-


Randy Orton: I carried them, and gave them everything. In return, they gave me nothing. I won the WWE Championship without them at WrestleMania. I’ve retained it, time after time without them. And now that they’ve decided to go out alone, I will keep it … without them. I’ve proven over the last three months that I don’t need them. But gentlemen, last week I was embarrassed and humiliated. And I don’t forget that kind of thing.

Orton pauses.

Randy Orton: And after watching Ken Doane show up on Raw this past Monday - begging - to move there from Smackdown, he obviously learned that himself. I suggest if you do get that move to Raw, you bring that big lump Cade with you.


Randy Orton: Because the next time I cross paths with the two of you … don’t expect to have the option of walking away from me again.

Close up on Orton.

Randy Orton: No one makes a fool out of me and gets away with it.


Ortons eyebrows narrow, as the music of the U.S Champion fills the arena, bringing a huge cheer from the fans, and Paul London walks out onto the stage, carrying a mic. Orton stands at the ropes, looking angrily towards London, who waits for his music to stop before speaking, taking a peculiar look at the mic, before putting it toward his mouth.

Paul London: Sorry guys, I don’t normally do this stuff … but Randy, this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. See, I’m more of a “I‘ll do my talking in the ring” kinda guy?? Annnnd … after listening to you for the last couple of minutes - that felt like hours by the way - I’d suggest you do the same.

Big cheer for the ballsy United States Champion. In the ring, Orton is less amused, and glances at the title belt over his shoulder.

Randy Orton: Funny. You kn-

Paul London: I’m not done, Randy.

Orton cocks an eyebrow, as London shifts his facial expression to something more serious.

Paul London: Yeah, that was just the warm up. As a matter of fact, I’ve got quite a lot to say to you right now - a lot that I’ve been saving for quite some time.

Orton smirks.

Randy Orton: Don’t bother, Paul. I remember a few months ago after I punted your buddy Rob Van Dam … you tried to confront me … (Orton speaks rather slowly, trying to recollect the conversation) and warn me about the entire locker room wanting revenge … and something about you wanting to be the one to get it?? Yet, here I am, nearly four months later-

London cuts in.

Paul London: Glad you remember, Randy. Saves me the time of saying it all over again.

Cheer again for London, with Orton getting agitated in the ring.

Paul London: And it’s nice to see you gloss over what you’ve done to RVD, and instead drone on about Doane and Cade abandoning you last week … making yourself out to be some kind of victim?? After all you’ve done?? Please. You’ve got some nerve, Orton. For a guy that kicked the heads off not just RVD and Chris Jericho, but his own friend Nick Dinsmore - not to mention how you drove Ric Flair into retirement … I think what happened to you last week was simply karma.


Paul London: Frankly, I think it’s about time that karma bit you on the ass, and last week was hopefully just the beginning.

Orton chuckles in the ring, whilst London looks less than impressed at the reaction of the champion.

Randy Orton: That’s all well and good Paul … but I don’t happen to see anyone around here willing to provide that karma.

Now, it’s Londons turn to smile.

Paul London: That’s where I come in.

Orton reacts as if the answer was a joke.

Randy Orton: YOU!!??

Paul London: Yeah, me.

Randy Orton: Listen London … forget it. I don’t like you as it is. The fact you seem to have some kind of obsession with me, and getting revenge for your buddy Van Dam - it really bugs me. If you were to step into this ring with me, one on one?? You wouldn’t survive.

London thinks it over for a second.

Paul London: I’m willing to take the risk.


Randy Orton: You’ve got a lot of guts London. It’s a shame you don’t have the brains to match. Either that … or you really miss RVD and you want a bed next to him.

‘OOOH’ from the fans.

Paul London: Hey, if that were to happen?? At least I wouldn’t have to listen to you speak week after week on Smackdown.

Few laughs / cheers from the fans. Orton shakes his head though.

Randy Orton: That’s good. Let’s see how much you joke about it when it becomes a reality.

London nods, as if to say ‘well, let’s do it’

Paul London: Do you w-

**I‘M BACK**

Eric Bischoff briskly walks onto the stage, alongside Paul London, with his music cutting off quickly, allowing the GM to get straight to business.

Eric Bischoff: Let’s cut to the chase here gentlemen. You both want the match?? You got it … TONIGHT!!!

Big pop from the fans.

Eric Bischoff: As a matter of fact, this is a match I’ve wanted to put together ever since I got my hands on this show. Anyone that knows me and my history, knows how much I respect the cruiserweights in wrestling. And Paul, let me tell you this, you are without a shadow of a doubt, one of - if not, THE - best cruiserweight I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Over exaggeration. Some fans boo the ‘putting over’ by Easy E.

Eric Bischoff: I know getting a compliment from someone like me mightn’t do you too many favours with the fans Paul, but I don’t care; if I could handpick one talent to jump from this show to mine, it’d be you. You’re fast, furious, exciting, ballsy, and you can go with the best of ‘em.

London nods, unsure of how to react to the words of Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: And as for you Randy?? Well, quite frankly, you’ve proven yourself … as the most fortunate champion in the WWE.

Orton looks furious at the comment, having expected some kind of compliment instead.

Eric Bischoff: Twice now, Triple H has been instrumental in you keeping hold of that WWE Title. And after the events of this past Sunday, I think the fans deserve some kind of refund for the way you escaped with that title belt. And, seeing as tonight is the last show in the United States for six weeks … how about tonight you face Paul London … WITH THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE!!!

Big pop from the fans, and London nods excitedly. In the ring, Orton bows his head, unable to comprehend what he’s hearing.

Eric Bischoff: After all, you made it sound like Paul London shouldn’t be a problem to deal with, so what’s the issue??

Bischoff smirks, whilst Orton remains livid. London shrugs toward Orton at the question from Eric, before Bischoff wraps up proceedings.

Eric Bischoff: So … it’s official. Tonight, Randy Orton will defend the WWE Championship against Paul London!!!

**I‘M BACK**

Bischoff strides away from the stage, leaving London and Orton to stare up and down the aisle at one another, as we head to a commercial break…

Commercial Break






We return with ELIX SKIPPER already on his way to the ring.

Joey Styles: We are back, and Paul, how huge is this; the WWE Championship will be defended - TONIGHT!! The United States Champion Paul London will challenge Randy Orton, is London ready??

Paul Heyman: Oh, trust me, that kid is ready. Paul London has been climbing for years, and he IS ready for the step up. But- just because he’s ready doesn’t mean he will. It’ll take a superhuman effort to upend Randy Orton tonight.

Joey Styles: We’ll discuss that match a lot more as the night goes on, but we have a tremendous line up in addition to that match. Kofi Kingston, who made a scintillating debut on Sunday - even in a losing effort with Carlito - faces the daunting task of facing Brent Albright, the 2007 King of the Ring, AND, just five days after missing out on becoming a dual champion, The Brian Kendrick is back in action, teaming with Deuce and Domino to take on Jamie Noble and Los Latinos in six man action!!

Paul Heyman: To steal a phrase from my predecessor; we’ve got a real couple of “rocketbusters” to look forward too.

Joey Styles: And in the ring right now, an issue that has developed from Superstars will spill over to Friday Night Smackdown. Elix Skipper debuted a month ago, and after scoring a win over the up and coming Evan Bourne, the youngster had been determined to earn a rematch, and it had appeared that Skipper wanted to take Bourne under his wing, but Bourne didn’t quite agree with the veterans “principles”, and as a result, the rematch happens tonight.


Evan Bourne enters to a fairly muted cheer.

Paul Heyman: Well credit to Bourne for sticking to his own morals. Elix Skipper has been around - and then some - he knows what how to be successful, and unfortunately for Bourne, he’s still a little bit too naïve to appreciate it. Mark my words though, young Evan here - as talented as he is - will one day live to regret not listening to the sage advice of Skipper.

Match 1:
Elix Skipper vs. Evan Bourne
The two pick up from where they left off from their first meeting on Superstars a few weeks ago, with Skipper too clever for Evan in the early stages, using some of his well known ‘experience’ to leverage himself into the advantage. Bourne though, continually causes the veteran plenty of problems with his speed, dazzling the fans after throwing Skipper out of the ring, following up with a CORKSCREW PLANCHA TO THE VETERAN!!!!! Bourne takes Skipper back in, but the older man rolls right into the ropes; again showing his intelligence.

Still, it’s Bourne that is in the ascendancy, and has Elix dizzy at one point with a succession of cradles and roll ups, forcing Skipper to be on high alert, kicking out at two numerous times, before finally regaining control, catching the incoming Bourne from the ropes, and delivering a back breaker. Skipper then really goes to work on Bourne, focusing on the back, all eventually leading to his variation of the Octopus Stretch … putting Bourne in serious danger … but the youngster refuses to tap, and with enough struggling in the submission, Evan forces Elix to lose his grip, and Bourne escapes!!!

Skipper then rushes in, trying to keep on top of Bourne … BUT EVAN RATTLES HIM WITH A DROPKICK … and follows up with a running high knee into the corner!!! Skipper looks to be on dream street, staggering out of the corner, and Evan strikes again, delivering a scintillating hurricanrana … setting Elix in perfect position for AIR BOURNE!!! Bourne doesn’t waste a second, and climbs the ropes, setting himself up … BUT SKIPPER KICKS THE REFEREE INTO THE ROPES … AND BOURNE CROTCHES THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!!!!!

Once again, the veteran uses his ring smarts, and pleads innocence with the official as he gets to his feet. He drags the kid up, hoisting him in the air for a delayed suplex, mouthing at the fans … BUT IT BACKFIRES … AS BOURNE COUNTERS INTO A DDT!!! The veteran makes a HUGE error in judgment, and it could cost him, as the youngster quickly climbs to the top rope again … AND FLIES WITH AIR BOURNE … AND LANDS!!! Bourne covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Evan Bourne @ 08:14

Joey Styles: WOW!! What an incredible performance from one of the brightest and fastest rising wrestlers in the Cruiserweight division!!!

Paul Heyman: Helluva win for the kid, but what was Elix Skipper thinking?? He had ‘im right where he wanted ‘im, and he showboated!!!

Joey Styles: I believe the veteran overlooked the grit and tenacity of the younger man tonight, Paul.

Paul Heyman: Elix Skipper will be kicking himself tonight. So much for all that experience!!

Joey Styles: But Paul, lets not take anything away from Evan Bourne. He’s been causing waves around the WWE on Superstars, but tonight, he has announced his true arrival on Smackdown with a performance that people wont forget in a hurry. Evan Bourne is a name you’ll be seeing a lot more of on Smackdown from this point forward if you ask me.

Paul Heyman: Yeah, but don’t think you’ve seen the last of Elix Skipper either. It’s one to one now. I think we’ll need to see a rubber match down the line.

Bourne celebrates his win with loads of enthusiasm, and his beaming smile is obvious to see, whilst Elix Skipper is helped out of the ring, trying to shake the cobwebs loose and realise he’s just been beaten by the relative rookie.

Joey Styles: Evan Bourne has most certainly announced himself on the big stage tonight, and another man that intends to announce his arrival will be Nick Nemeth. Over the past month, we’ve seen a variety of promotional features for the youngster, and next week, we believe he will make his official in ring debut on Friday Night Smackdown.

Paul Heyman: And Joey, I’ve been doing my homework on this young man. Sure, he’s very conceited, very narcissistic, very shallow, but what those videos don’t tell you is that Nick Nemeth is an accomplished collegiate wrestler with Kent State - he holds the school record in St. Edward High, down in Ohio for most pins in a career. This kid’s no slouch in the ring.

Joey Styles: Certainly an interesting nugget of information, as for the most part, we have only been privy to Mr. Nemeths extravagant lifestyle. But, a little later tonight, I believe there will be one more promotional video for the newcomer, and in that, I’m told he will touch on his amateur career. BUT- coming up next, Kofi Kingston will make his Smackdown debut, his first singles match, and what a task he faces; a meeting with the King of the Ring himself, Brent Albright. We’ll be right back!!

Commercial Break

A brief video package airs of highlights from the Great American Bash where Kofi Kingston was revealed as Carlitos tag team partner.

And, as a result, we see highlights of the newcomer in action, with plenty of soundbites from Styles and Tazz on the night, putting over the exciting new talent, with the video showcasing Kingstons best bits from the match

It does end though with the finish to the match, where Albright scores the submission from Carlito

Back into the arena…


Entering with Carlito to The Cool Ones music, Kofi is greeted with a decent reaction, and shows his energy and excitement with a bouncy entrance, slapping hands with fans, smiling broadly, as Carlito follows, endorsing his friend from the Caribbean.

Joey Styles: Paul, you are in for a treat here. Despite the unfortunate result, Kofi Kingston made a real impact with his debut on Sunday night. The question is though, can that carry over to singles competition tonight??

Paul Heyman: He’s really jumping in at the deep end, Joey. Brent Albright is right at the top of the food chain on Smackdown right now, and this is a huge jump for Kingston, who just a few weeks ago was competing on beaches in Jamaica. I do admire his balls for wanting this match though.


It’s the usual heat for Brent Albright, as he strides onto the stage with Charlie Haas, cranking his neck from side to side as he loosens up.

Paul Heyman: Now THIS GUY excites me, Joey. Brent Albright made a name for himself with a big run holding the United States Championship, but he got EVERYONES attention by winning the King of the Ring. THAT was a star making night if ever I saw one, and Albright deserves a huge round of applause for taking the bull by the horns, and making it happen himself. He cant be ignored anymore, Joey.

Joey Styles: I don’t recall ever ignoring him, Paul. Albright and Haas are two of the most talented ring technicians in the entire WWE, and their efforts are being recognized and respected.

Paul Heyman: Not enough.

Match 2:
Kofi Kingston w/Carlito vs. Brent Albright w/Charlie Haas
Kingston again starts like a house on fire, catching Brent with a plethora of arm drags in the early going, and stops the KOTR from rolling out of the ring to catch a breath, before scoring with a spinning running elbow, and covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!! Kofi, despite his hot start, cant keep it up, and Albright reverses a whip into the corner, then catches Kingston with a deep knee to the gut as the Jamaican Sensation rushes back out at him, taking over.

Albright tries to punish the newcomer, trying to break his will with a methodical beating on the canvas, whilst Haas applauds the mat-work, and Carlito shouts some words of encouragement to his friend. Albright though makes a mistake, bringing the rookie back to his feet, and throws him off the ropes … but Kingston holds onto the ropes, forcing Albright to come at him, and when he does, Kofi gets his feet up, kicking Brent in the face, then performs a sunset flip, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!

Angered, the KOTR shoots up, but he’s not quick enough, and Kofi strikes first, landing with a succession of chops and punches, backing Brent into the corner, then fires him across the ring, but Albright reverses, only for Kofi to jump onto the middle buckle, and springs back with a cross body!!! Kofi takes over, scoring a couple of near falls, before getting the fans rowdy by delivering the BOOM DROP!!! Kofi looks set to follow up … but Albright rolls out of the ring to safety, getting the fans angered, and Kofi too … BUT KOFI DIVES TO THE OUTSIDE ONTO BOTH ALBRIGHT AND HAAS!!! The fans cheer loudly, with three men down on the outside, as we cut to a commercial.

Commercial Break

And, the show returns, but with Albright back in the driving seat. Highlights play from during the commercial, where Kingston threw Brent back into the ring, then looked to spring off the ropes back in on the KOTR, only for Haas to sweep the legs - with the referee somehow missing it - and Kingston toppled to the canvas in a heap. Carlito then nearly got into a brawl with Haas, but Charlie managed to keep his distance, raising the ire of the hot tempered Puerto Rican.

Albright continues to dominate Kofi, testing the newcomers resolve with a number of holds and locks. Kingston tries valiantly to battle to his feet, but has the momentum cut off quickly with Albright catching the Jamaican with a release Belly to Belly for a near fall, and follows up going for THE CROWBAR … BUT KOFI SLIPS OUT OF HIS GRASP … AND BEGINS TO FIGHT BACK!!! Kofi ducks a clothesline, AND SCORES WITH THE S.O.S!!! He covers, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!

With the King of the Ring dazed, Kofi senses his big opportunity, and seems to be setting himself up … AND LOOKS FOR THE SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE KICK … BUT ALBRIGHT DUCKS IT … and grabs Kingston … HALF NELSON SUPLEX - RIGHT ON HIS HEAD!!! Albright covers, 1...2...KOFI KICKS OUT!!! Brent is furious, pounding the mat, but thanks to the calming influence of Haas on the outside, Albright keeps cool. The King of the Ring drags Kofi back up now, making sure to bad mouth Carlito, who is ready to snap on the outside … before Albright gets Kofi up … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE SAMOAN DROP DRIVER (which Styles refers to as the Ace in the Hole) quickly hooking the leg … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Brent Albright @ 10:39

Albright wins it, but after having his arm raised … HE DROPS DOWN AND APPLIES THE CROWBAR TO HIS FALLEN OPPONENT!!!

Joey Styles: What the hell is that for!!!

Paul Heyman: It’s called tough love, Joey.

Carlito slides inside, looking to stop the submission, but Charlie Haas attacks The Cool One stopping him from breaking it up.

Joey Styles: COME ON!!! THAT’S ENOUGH!!!

Carlito fights back at Haas, rocking Charlie into the ropes, then sends him out, before jumping on Albright, finally breaking the Crowbar. Carlito unloads on Albright who tries to cover up as he gets to his feet, but the fired up CCC wont be denied, and he hooks his dazed rival up; DRILLING HIM WITH THE APPLE CORE!!!

Immediately, Haas drags his partner out of the ring by his legs, whilst Carlito tends to his friend on the canvas, with Kofi selling his arm.

Joey Styles: There was simply no need for that Paul. Brent Albright won the match, he could’ve broke Kingstons arm!!

Paul Heyman: Yeah, well maybe now Kofi Kingston wont waste Albrights time. He might be somethin someday, but right now, he shouldn’t be mixing with the big boys.

Joey Styles: I couldn’t disagree more. Kofi Kingston gave a helluva showing here, he only just came up short, and for a debut match on Smackdown, that’s about as good as I can recall.

Paul Heyman: You must have a fuzzy memory, Joe.

Carlito helps Kingston to his feet, and the duo look menacingly up the aisle at Haas and Albright who hobble to the back, having come up second best in the aftermath of the match.

Joey Styles: I know one thing, this issue between the Master Craftsmen and Carlito and Kingston wont end here.

Paul Heyman: Why not?? Albright and Haas won on Sunday, Albright won tonight, AND he won at the King of the Ring. That’s what happens when any two of these four get put together. The Master Craftsmen win, Carlito and Kofi don’t.

Backstage, we see EDGE, dressed casually tonight with a t-shirt and leather jacket, walking through the hallway - stopping at the General Managers office. He takes a deep breath, then knocks the door, not waiting for a response, and instead opens the door, walking straight in.

Eric is sat watching a television - a DVD of WrestleMania 23 - which just happens to be showing the aftermath of the triple threat match for the WWE Championship, with the beaten Edge spearing RVD. Edge sees the footage, and rolls his eyes, before speaking up.

Edge: You uh … must be real busy.

Bischoff sighs, and finally looks around at Edge, pausing the DVD.

Eric Bischoff: I know why you’re here Edge. It’s about this title match you believe you have a God given right to, correct??

Edge tilts his head, running his tongue around his cheek, not enamoured with Eric’s wording.

Edge: Not- Not a God given right, Eric. But yeah, I beat Batista on Sunday. I’m the-

Eric Bischoff: Don’t be thinking that little issue has been resolved by the way. I had to have Batista physically removed from this office earlier today. He’s still baying for your blood.

Edge: Quit dodging the subject Eric. Forget that shaved ape. I’m best guy you’ve got and you know it. I mean, Paul London?? You’re trying to tell me that Paul London is better than me??

Bischoff, rather matter of factly, nods.

Edge: OH- COME ON!!! Eric, I’m twice the guy Paul London is.

Eric Bischoff: He hasn’t blown opportunity after opportunity, let’s put it that way. You held the Money in the Bank briefcase for an entire year, and you couldn’t decide when to cash it in. You blew the best chance you’ll ever have at winning the big one. You choked at WrestleMania … and then Randy Orton showed you how to cash in successfully.

Edge pulls a face, looking furious.

Eric Bischoff: You had a one on one shot at Orton in April, you got another crack at Judgment Day too … and you lost two- TWO Number One Contenders matches in three weeks. Face it Edge … you’re a choke artist.

Edge snaps back.

Edge: I’m not a choke artist Eric.

Bischoff shows a look of confusion.

Eric Bischoff: Okay. Ten years you’ve been in this company … ZERO world titles. Your biggest achievement was winning the King of the Ring … in 2001. That was six years ago. If you were ever going to be a world champion … it would’ve happened by now. Sure, you’ve notched up plenty of tag team titles … and for the majority of them, you were partnered up with Christian. Whatever happened to him, huh??

Eric leaves the question out there, as Edge looks away, getting frustrated.

Eric Bischoff: Oh- that’s right … he’s over on Monday Night Raw, holding the World Heavyweight Championship … headlining WrestleManias, Summerslams, winning big matches when it counts. I guess it’s safe to say which one of you really was the star of the team.

Edge shoots Eric a glare, ready to snap.

Edge: What are you saying, Eric?? I’ll never get another shot??

Bischoff scoffs.

Eric Bischoff: What do I know?? I’m only here for another couple of months before Arn Anderson returns. But I doubt he’ll think any different to me. Personally speaking?? I think you ought to accept the fact you’ll never be a World Champion.

Edge slams his fists on the table, leaning over, getting into the face of the GM, then speaks through gritted teeth.

Edge: You’re WRONG!!! Wrong Eric. I WILL be WWE Champion, and whether it’s you or Anderson or whoever in charge … I’ll make it IMPOSSIBLE to be ignored.

Bischoff sits back, slightly intimidated, as Edge just leans over the table for a few more seconds, before standing up. Edge glares at the GM again, before turning and leaving - SLAMMING the door.

Commercial Break


The scene opens with Nick Nemeth standing, looking into a mirror … but, as the camera pans out … it reveals the room is FULL of mirrors.

Nick Nemeth: This is my favourite view in the entire world.

Nemeth touches his face, looking up close in the mirror.

Nick Nemeth: Skin is as smooth as silk, not one hair is out of place, teeth perfectly aligned, and my eyes are as dazzling as the stars.

The Narcissist steps back, and strikes a pose, showing off his biceps.

Nick Nemeth: I understand I was fortunate not to be weighed down with protruding ears, or a disgustingly massive nose. But I’ve had to work hard to look this good. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be half the man I am today … I’d be like one of you.

He opens the door to the room (also a mirror) and steps out, walking down his hallway, pointing the camera into the direction of the wall, which showcases trophies, medals and certificates from his amateur career.

Nick Nemeth: You maybe think it’s all good looks, and a perfectly sculpted body. But like I said; I’ve worked hard in life … I’m simply reaping the rewards now, and having fun while I do it.

Nemeth stops, standing over his balcony at the top of the stairs, with another camera picking him up from downstairs.

Nick Nemeth: The time and effort has clearly paid off for me. Look where you are in life … look at where I’m heading.

Nemeth smiles, as the picture fades…


Back in the arena, we see HARDCORE HOLLY in the ring, waiting for his opponent…


Bursting through his set, MVP is welcomed with boos, but the highest paid superstar on Smackdown brushes off the abuse, striding towards the ring.

Joey Styles: Montel Vontavious Porter has really got himself rolling again after being derailed by Carlito last month. He picked up a huge win this past Sunday at the Great American Bash, defeating Finlay in Finlays own environment; a Belfast Brawl. A real eye opening win for MVP on Sunday.

Paul Heyman: Sit up and take notice. MVP has the make up to make it far. And any man that can weasel THAT kind of money out of Vincent Kennedy McMahon is worthy of a thumbs up from me.

Joey Styles: And as you can see, Hardcore Holly will provide the competition for MVP tonight.

Paul Heyman: Stiff competition Joe, in every sense of the word with tough as nails Bob Holly. They sure don’t get any easier for this kid.

Match 3:
Hardcore Holly vs. M.V.P
Holly gives it to Porter right away, overpowering him, and letting loose with his notorious chops, but MVP digs deep, and fights back, taking over with an overhead release Belly to Belly, following up with the DRIVE BY KICK!!! That only gets him a two, but the momentum has clearly shifted. MVP pours on the offence, but cant put the tough veteran away.

The opening arises, and Holly starts to mount a comeback, but not for long, as MVP catches him with a face breaker knee smash!!! Again, that only scores a two, but Holly is easy pickings now, and Porter finishes the veteran off with the PLAY OF THE DAY!!! He makes the elementary cover, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: M.V.P @ 04:07

Joey Styles: MVP continues to roll with momentum building, week on week!! ANOTHER tough opponent pushed aside, and in impressive fashion.

Paul Heyman: I admire that mans grit, Joey Styles. MVP has turned himself around after the crushing loss in the King of the Ring to his hated rival, Carlito. Many guys would just fold their tent on the back of that kind of defeat. Not Montel Vontavious Porter. Kudos to MVP. Any man that can make quick work out of a guy like Hardcore Holly deserves all the praise in the world.

Joey Styles: Well it has been quite the turnaround, and you have to wonder just what is next on that mans agenda??

Commercial Break

We return, backstage, to see a rather downbeat (The) Brian Kendrick, staring into his Cruiserweight Championship belt.

Voice: Uhh, Brian??

Kendrick looks around, seeing Josh Mathews, and quickly stands up tall, clearing his throat, nodding at the announcer, whilst running his fingers through his hair.

Josh Mathews: I was uh, just hoping to get your thoughts, five days after falling short in your attempt to win the United States Championship ag-

Kendrick stops Mathews.

The Brian Kendrick: Did you think I cost myself that match Josh??

Mathews looks stumped, unsure of how to answer.

The Brian Kendrick: That’s all I’ve been hearing Josh. I cost myself the United States Championship. That’s what the girls told me at the after party. That’s what my homies kept saying all week long.

Mathews slowly brings the mic to his mouth to interject.

Josh Mathews: Are you trying to say you’ll change your attitude in the ring in f-

Kendrick looks taken aback by the suggestion.

The Brian Kendrick: Uh- no. Didn’t you hear me Josh?? Paul London didn’t beat me on Sunday - I beat myself.

TBK gives Josh a playful slap.

The Brian Kendrick: I proved to the world that I’m better than Paul London. I’m the star of the show. I’m so good, I can beat myself!!

Mathews looks extremely confused, but Kendrick continues before he can say anything.

The Brian Kendrick: And I was really confused earlier too. See, I went to Eric Bischoff, and I told him; “Hey Eric. How‘s about a rematch with Paul London??” And would you believe it when he looked me in the eye and said; “No rematch.”

Kendrick shakes his head in disbelief.

The Brian Kendrick: But then I saw what Eric said to London earlier. I don’t know about you Josh, but I honestly thought the guy was talking about me when he was paying all those compliments. After all, I AM the WWE Cruiserweight Champ.

He holds up his championship.

The Brian Kendrick: It’s obviously obvious to everyone that saw it, because everyone is telling me; “You cost yourself the U.S Title man!!” It’s common knowledge that I can beat Paul London. You said it yourself

Mathews is heard asking “I did??” whilst Kendrick rambles on.

The Brian Kendrick: For some reason, Eric Bischoff is protecting Princess London, and he wont give me the opportunity to hold double gold. How unfair is that?? But don’t worry, there WILL be a next time, and next time, I WILL be taking that U.S Title.

Voice: But if y’do … it’ll be without that Cruiserweight title boy.

Jamie Noble steps into view, with Kendrick stepping back.

Jamie Noble: I aint goin anywhere Brian. Y’can have all the fancy little dreams y’want, but you need to start facing up to the fact that there is a long list of boys in the back that are lining up for a crack at that Cruiserweight belt.

Noble steps into Kendricks personal space, with TBK trying to look disgusted, turning up his nose, trying to give off that Noble has a stench.

Jamie Noble: An’ I’m at the top of the list.

Mathews looks stumped, unsure of how to answer.

Jamie Noble: It’s about time y’got yurr head outta the clouds boy, because if you aint careful, yurr not gonna be dreaming of double gold … yurr gonna have NO gold.

Noble nods, having sent his message, and walks on, leaving Kendrick to chew on those words as we fade away…

And elsewhere, we see BROCK LESNAR - and he doesn’t look happy. The Iron Man appears to be walking with a purpose, as Joey Styles proclaims that Lesnar is making his way to the ring - NEXT!!

Commercial Break

We return, and instantly hear…


A massive cheer greets the Iron Man, with Brock Lesnar wasting no time making his way to the ring, dressed in his training gear; jogging bottoms, trainers, with one of his own t-shirts on (minus the sleeves).

Joey Styles: He has the look of a bear with a sore tooth. Brock Lesnar is NOT a happy man.

Paul Heyman: And he has no right to be either. He missed out on a fifth WWE Championship on Sunday, and it was because of a factor that HE overlooked. The title was there, but Brock took his eye off the ball, and he probably knows it too.

Joey Styles: I imagine at some point here, Brock Lesnar might just mention a certain Triple H.

Paul Heyman: I’ll have a wager on that too, thanks.

Lesnar snatches a mic from Tony Chimmel, and paces back and forth, waiting for the music to stop, and once it does, he continues to walk around the ring, still doing so when he begins to speak.


Brock Lesnar: Screw me once?? Shame on you. Screw me twice?? Shame on me. I should’ve expected Triple H to get involved on Sunday, and I didn’t. That’s my fault. But Triple H?? I expected you to have some balls, and at least try and take me out face to face.

He finally stops pacing around like a madman, and stands firm in the middle of the ring.

Brock Lesnar: I also expected you to show up on Raw this past Monday to gloat over what you done. I guess you’re not as tough as I thought you were. Hunter, if all you’re capable of now is screwing people over when their back’s turned … I suggest you turn your sabbatical … into a retirement.

Small pop.

Brock Lesnar: Either way … the minute- no. The SECOND you bring your sorry ass back to Raw - I don’t care about the brand split, and the fact I’m exclusive to Smackdown … I’ll be heading to wherever it may be to welcome you back personally.

Lesnar stops, and nods, agreeing with something from the crowd.

Brock Lesnar: Now … Eric Bischoff?? I want a word.

Lesnar now stands and waits … patiently.

The wait is rather long, with Brock remaining silent, but begins pacing again, back and forth waiting for…

**I‘M BACK**

Bischoff quickly rushes onto the stage - he’s been busy tonight - and makes his way to the ring, with Brock standing watching, waiting. The GM steps inside, offering a handshake, but Lesnar blanks the offer, with Eric quickly moving on, taking a mic from Chimmel. Lesnar quickly gets in first, and doesn’t waste time with any niceties.

Brock Lesnar: What’s it gonna take Eric?? To make it happen. Me and Triple H.

Bischoff, ever the politician, tries to answer without answering.

Eric Bischoff: It’s a very complicated, complex situation Brock. You said it yourself … Triple H is currently on sabbatical … an undetermined leave of absence.


Brock Lesnar: I asked what it will take.

Eric pauses, falsely smiling, feeling the intensity from Lesnar.

Eric Bischoff: Well … for starters, there’s the logistics. I mean, you’re a Smackdown guy, and he’s a Raw guy. We cant just-

Bischoff, feeling the glare from Lesnar, stops in his tracks, then starts again.

Eric Bischoff: But at this moment in time, I’m in a very fortunate position. I’m the sole General Manager for the next few months, which means I can do any, and all cross promotional matches that I like.

Lesnar nods, liking that answer.


Excitedly, Eric smiles broadly at Lesnar, but Brock doesn’t reciprocate, and instead nods in agreement.

Eric Bischoff: That would be huge, Brock. And I’d love to sign it … but like I said, Triple H is on a leave of absence, and I cant just … force him … into taking this match.

Brock shakes his head, and then begins to intimidate Eric, with Bischoff backing off, into the corner, retreating.

Eric Bischoff: But trust me Brock, I will do EVERYTHING in my power to make this match happen.

Brock stops. He backs away, allowing Bischoff to walk free, and seemingly looks content with the GM.

Brock Lesnar: You’re gonna try your best, huh??

Eric mouths “YES” off mic, adding a smile, trying to appease the Iron Man. Again Lesnar nods, accepting the word of the GM … THEN KICKS BISCHOFF IN THE GUT … SCOOPS HIM UP … AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE F5!!!!!

{Paul Heyman: BEAUTIFUL!!!}

Heyman is giddy with glee on commentary, not hiding his contempt for Eric, as Lesnar picks his own mic back up again, standing over Bischoff.

Brock Lesnar: I don’t want you to try Eric. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!


Lesnar slams the mic onto the prone body of Bischoff, and exit’s the ring, getting right into the lens of a camera, mouthing “GROW A SET HUNTER!!” before storming up the aisle.

Joey Styles: Paul, Brock Lesnar has reached a breaking point. Twice now, he has been screwed out of the WWE Title by Triple H, and now, he wants revenge.

Paul Heyman: But it remains to be seen Joey, if Triple H will end his sabbatical to take the match. We still don’t know what plans Triple H has for his future. If he knows deep down that he cant be the Cerebral Assassin … if he knows in his heart of hearts that he can no longer claim to the “THE GAME” … then he will know he cant match a guy like Brock Lesnar. Taking time off to heal is one thing, taking time off to re-evaluate your career is another. But IF, he does feel he can be that same competitor, oh boy, I want a front row ticket for THAT explosion.

Joey Styles: Well, so long as you keep your nose clean, you’ll have that front row seat. The seemingly proposed location will be Wembley Stadium for Summerslam, and what a fitting stage, what a fitting venue for such an anticipated WrestleMania rematch.

Paul Heyman: They’ll blow the roof off that place, Joey. Wembley Stadium has a roof now, right?? Because it’s always raining in England. They’ll need a roof-

Joey Styles: As far as I’m aware, the new Wembley Stadium DOES have a roof, Paul.

Paul Heyman: They’ll need a new one after Summerslam if that clash goes down.

Joey Styles: As you said though Paul, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The match rests on the shoulders of The Game. Triple H holds the power right now. He is still on an indefinite leave of absence … he might not return … at all. But getting back to tonight, the WWE Championship WILL be defended tonight, on our last event on these shores for six weeks, when Randy Orton faces the United States Champion, Paul London … and coming up next, the Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick teams with Deuce and Domino to face three men he knows very well; Jamie Noble, and the tandem of Chavo Guerrero and Super Crazy!! Don’t go away!!!

Commercial Break

Match 4 | Six Man Tag Team Match:
Jamie Noble & Los Latinos vs. The Brian Kendrick, Deuce & Domino
Fast paced action, and despite the presence of the less than impressive jobber tandem of Deuce and Domino, the quality of the contest is pretty high. Kendrick tries to spend as long as he can out of the ring, well aware that Noble, Chavo and Super Crazy are ALL gunning for him, all having issues with the Cruiserweight champ. Kendrick spends plenty of his time not actually focusing on the match, but jaw-jacking with members of the audience, telling anyone that’ll listen that he should be U.S Champion.

Eventually, the faces have had enough of Kendricks games, and Noble takes it upon himself to hurl TBK into the ring, attacking the CW Champion, until Deuce - the legal man - attacks Noble from behind, giving the heel side the upper hand … and with Noble severely weakened, Kendrick decides it’s a good time to get involved legally, adding to his rivals suffering. The boy from the trailer park though builds a fight back, and quickly, Kendrick looks for a way out, tagging back out to Domino.

From here though, the faces hit the ascendancy, with Noble able to tag into the fresh men, and after Super Crazy picks up the pace, dazzling Deuce and Domino, Chavo takes over, hitting Domino with a Gory Bomb, but the count is broken, leading to a wild brawl between the six men … but Kendrick bails from the fight … leaving D&D at a 3 on 2 disadvantage, as Noble becomes the legal man, and traps Domino in the Dragon Sleeper, scoring the tap out, as Kendrick watches on from the middle of the stage, knowing Noble is breathing - heavily - down his neck.
Winners: Jamie Noble & Los Latinos @ 08:39

Noble, Chavo and Super Crazy have their arms raised in the ring, whilst Kendrick is handed his Cruiserweight title, clutching onto it - his ONLY gold, regardless of what he believes he SHOULD hold - knowing that Noble isn’t far from a shot at the gold.

Joey Styles: I don’t know what you think Paul, but The Brian Kendrick needs to get his focus back on what’s important. And that’s not what may or may not have happened this past Sunday in the United States Championship match at the Great American Bash - it’s the Cruiserweight Championship. Because right now, Jamie Noble is on a roll. That kid has the hunger and desire that Kendrick lost a long time ago!!

Paul Heyman: Focus is the key, Joey. Brian Kendrick is the top dog in the Cruiserweight division, and on his day he’s proven to be the best. But if his focus is lost elsewhere, you’re absolutely right. Jamie Noble is like a dog with a bone. He is pugnacious, tenacious and absolutely driven to reclaiming the Cruiserweight gold. If he were to get a shot tonight?? Kendrick wouldn’t stand a chance, Joey.

Joey Styles: You’ve just gotta wonder, what more will Jamie Noble have to do to earn himself a shot at Brian Kendricks Cruiserweight title?? Whilst Noble will still have to be patient for his shot at the gold, one man that gets to live out his dream tonight is none other than Paul London. The United States Champion challenges the WWE Champion, Randy Orton TONIGHT!!!

Commercial Break


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


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


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


Clips of some of the landmark sights in each continent.




The Summerslam logos from the years gone by.


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


And hurtles toward Wembley Stadium.


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


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


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




Back into the arena, ‘Fans’ by Kings of Leon can be heard playing, as we cut to the announcers again.

Joey Styles: It feels as if we have been waiting for the World Tour to come around for quite some time, but now, it IS finally here. After tonight, the WWE is packing it’s bags and leaving home turf for SIX whole weeks, starting just over the border in Mexico.

Paul Heyman: I’ve got my sombrero packed Joey, and plenty of sun block-

Joey Styles: To cover that bald patch, right??

Paul Heyman: How- That’s not very nice Joey, and for your information, I’ll be wearing my cap in the sun, thank you very much.

Joey Styles: It’s Mexico City next Friday, then we’re off to Asia, Australia, Africa before finally hitting Europe, which of course will be when we’re closing in on the Twentieth Annual Summerslam from Wembley Stadium. The biggest Summerslam of all time, Paul, and it is getting closer and closer with each passing day.

Paul Heyman: And how lucky am I?? Brought in from the dark to call the biggest Summerslam of all time. A paid vacation all around the globe, and I get to bug you every Friday.

Joey Styles: And there was me thinking bugging people was a natural instinct you had Paul.

Paul Heyman: People tend to think that.

Joey Styles: Well, moving on, two men who will surely be eyeing a spot on that Summerslam bill will be the 2007 King of the Ring Brent Albright and Charlie Haas; The Master Craftsmen. Albright was successful once again tonight against Kofi Kingston, and right now, both men are backstage with Kristal…

Cut to Kristal, flanked by Haas and Albright.

Kristal Marshall: That’s right guys. Brent?? Charlie?? I have just been informed that Carlito and Kofi Kingston have issued a challenge to the two of you to face them in a rematch from the Great American Bash, next week on Smackdown. How do you respond to that??

The two men look at each other, and shrug in response, before Haas speaks first.

Charlie Haas: If they really did challenge us for another schooling next week?? I guess Brent and I can take some time out of our busy schedule.

Albright pipes in, with very much a sense of sarcasm about him.

Brent Albright: After all, it’s not like we’ll be busy doing anything else. Less than three weeks ago, I was crowned the 2007 King of the Ring. Six days later, I beat Brock Lesnar, 1,2,3. Since then?? What?? Nothing. I’ll admit, Charlie and I took a little detour to deal with Carlito, but as far as we were concerned, that issue was settled at the Great American Bash on Sunday. After all, considering my King of the Ring victory, and subsequent victory against Brock Lesnar … shouldn’t I be the one facing Randy Orton for the WWE Championship tonight??

Haas interjects, in order to offer some further reasoning.

Charlie Haas: Not to mention that Brent here also defeated Paul London on his way to winning the King of the Ring. But, Kristal, we’re not surprised. Paul London fit’s a certain mould that the top brass love. Let’s ignore the fact that Brent never got the rematch he deserved for the United States Championship after losing it to Paul, and even after defeating the so-called ‘Golden Boy’ in the King of the Ring Semi-Finals … Brent didn’t get his shot. See … it’s obvious to us that London is being protected by Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, and the McMahon ‘Machine’.

Albright nods.

Brent Albright: Charlie and I are really beginning to worry the execs. We’re starting to worry the margin watchers who pump out the t-shirts and the magazines. One by one, we’re beating each and every single guy that they want to succeed. We’ve already noticed that our efforts aren’t being rewarded, we’ve noticed how the likes of London and Lesnar are being shielded from us … but soon, everyone else will begin to see it. The watching audience will soon see how the Master Craftsmen are being shunted away, kept from ruining the burgeoning careers of the likes of the favourites such as London.

Haas takes over again.

Charlie Haas: And once that happens … they will have no choice but to acknowledge us as the premiere athletes - not only on Smackdown, but in the entire WWE.

Albright affords himself a smile, taking the mic, and putting an arm on the shoulder of Kristal.

Brent Albright: But in the meantime, we’ll just have to settle with toying with the likes of Carlito, and Kofi Kingston.

Albright shakes his head, dismissing the challenge, before he and Haas take off, leaving the set, as Kristal nods, watching the pair walk off.

Commercial Break

We return, straight into the arena, where … strangely … recently released former Raw superstar GENE SNITSKY is stood in the ring, wearing plain clothes, but with a mic in hand.

Gene Snitsky: I got a special invite to be here tonight, expecting to be offered a contract to resign with this stinkin’ company-


Gene Snitsky: But I’ve been stuck in the back all night long, and not one person has come near me!! Nothin!!! No one has approached me about offerin a new contract, or even just asked me how I’ve been. So I’ve taken it upon myself to take a live mic, and ask YOU - the fans - if you’re missing Pennsylvania’s own GENE SNITSKY!!!

The goofy looking giant looks for a reaction - even trying to get the cheap, hometown pop - but it doesn’t work. He’s met with apathy instead.

Gene Snitsky: That’s great. I bring my trunks and boots all the way from Nesquehoning to this rotten no good town hoping to earn myself a job again, and this is the thanks I get!?


Looks like Snitskys impromptu promo has been brought to a shuddering halt … as BATISTA - wearing his wrestling gear - makes his way down the aisle, looking really angry, as the big Snitsky snarls and grunts in the ring. Batista gets in the ring, and rips the mic from Big Gene.

Batista: Angry, huh?? No match?? Me neither.

Batista and Snitsky come nose to nose, with Batista speaking again, staring a hole through the man standing opposite him.

Batista: And I’m pretty pissed off too. You want your shot?? Try me.

Batista shoves the mic into Snitskys chest, and bellows “C‘MON” as a referee is spotted rushing down the aisle to the ring, with Snitsky trying to take a cheap shot … BUT BATISTA BLOCKS IT, AND TACKLES SNITSKY DOWN!!!

Match 5:
Batista vs. Gene Snitsky
The Animal unleashes his aggression on the big man from Nesquehoning hammering him on the mat, ripping Genes shirt off, tossing it out, before opening up on him in the corner. Batista shoots Gene across the ring, rushing in with a corner clothesline, and follows up with an impressive running power slam!!! After a near fall, he drags Gene back up, but the former superstar runs The Animal into the corner, and follows up with a clothesline, scoring a near fall for himself.

Snitsky gets back up, setting himself up for a running big boot … but Batista ducks it … THEN DRILLS HIM WITH AN ALMIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!!!!! Snitsky could be finished with that alone, but the fired up Animal shoots to his feet, rattling the ropes, letting off his pent up fury, before hauling Snitsky up … and digs deep to get him up … DRILLING HIM AGAIN … THIS TIME WITH THE DEVASTATING BATISTA BOMB!!!!! Batista covers, 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Batista @ 02:13

Joey Styles: Thanks for coming Gene Snitsky!! Batista’s frustration from losing to Edge on Sunday has spilled over to tonight, and unfortunately, our guest has found himself on the wrong side of the Animal.

Paul Heyman: I think Snitsky should count himself unfortunate that Batista made quick work of him. Had he drawn that beating out a little longer, Big Gene could’ve been beaten good looking!!

Joey Styles: All joking aside, Gene Snitsky certainly didn’t do himself much good in terms of earning himself a new contract with the WWE. But as for Batista, what could be next for The Animal?? His loss to Edge will have seen him fall in the pecking order for a WWE Championship match, and everyone knows that THAT is what is driving Batista right now. He is desperate to become a World Champion.

Paul Heyman: I just don’t understand how it hasn’t happened already for that man. Look at the size, look at the power. The fact that he has learned from the likes of Ric Flair and Triple H sure as hell helped him to no end too. Why that man has not already held a world title puzzles me, Joey. And I’m convinced it’s eating him alive, seeing Randy Orton of all people; a guy he shot up the ranks with in Evolution, doing so well out on his own.

Joey Styles: Of course, Randy Orton will be defending that very championship in tonights main event. Can Paul London bring Ortons reign to a shuddering halt tonight and become the first ever man to hold BOTH the United States and WWE Championships at the same time?? Our main event is still to come!! But coming up next, we’ve already discussed the sudden departure of JBL from the WWE, but Booker T, after six years with the WWE was forced to leave the company this past Sunday also as a result of his failure to win the WWE Tag Team Championships with Elijah Burke against Americas Most Wanted. When we come back, we’ll have a tribute, dedicated to the departed five time WCW Champion…

Commercial Break


The show returns, as promised, with a tribute video for Booker T, highlighting his WWE tenure, but also with clips from his best days in WCW, before finishing off with the Great American Bash this past Sunday, and the loss to AMW, before the send off backstage.

The video finishes though with Booker performing his final spin-a-roonie on Sunday, getting a big cheer from the fans.



Back in the arena, the fans cheer again, showing their appreciation for Booker…

Joey Styles: A sad, sad departure to say the least, Paul. Booker T was a highly re-

Sobbing can be heard over a mic, cutting Styles off momentarily.

Joey Styles: What the- … oh no. What do these guys want!!??

AMW appear on the stage, with Harris consoling a supposedly upset James Storm, who continues to sob into a mic.

James Storm: It’s just so- (sobs) so SAAAD!! Why (sobs) did it- have to be- BOOKER!!!???

Storm overacts his sadness, pushing his head into Harris’ chest, with his partner patting his back.

James Storm: If I- could get- my hands- … on those punks who retired that poor- old man … I’d- I’d …

Storm suddenly pulls away, and stops sobbing, acting normal.

James Storm: Oh yeah, it was US!!!!

Heat descends on AMW, as the tag champs high five each other, laughing it up.

Chris Harris: Just like we said we would, we retired ‘ol five timer, Booker T. We put that ‘ol dog outta his misery!!! You morons ought to be thanking us, and shaking our hands for having the heart to do it.

More heat rains on the pair of douche bags.

James Storm: People, what happened on Sunday not only proved Chris and I right … it also proved that we are far and away the premiere tag team in the WWE today.

Harris looks at Storm, and shrugs, as if to motion that he doesn’t quite agree.

Chris Harris: About that … I don’t know … don’t you think we’re the premiere tag team in the HISTORY of the WWE???

Storm laughs, and nods in agreement, but the fans boo.

Chris Harris: For seven months, we’ve fended off every challenge thrown at us, with consummate ease. Whether it was a team thrown together at the last minute, or a supposedly legendary team like the Hardy Girls, or even the crap that cant even get a match on Superstars like the Murdochs … to a team made up of a so-called legend in Booker T and his little protégé, Elijah Burke … none of them have come close to ending our reign.

More heat from the fans.

James Storm: But- But, credit where it’s due, Booker and Burke came closer than any other team so far. They really did give us a hard time. But, uhhh … that team bit the dust on Sunday … sorry bout your damn luck boys.

Storm grins broadly.

Chris Harris: We’ve eliminated our biggest threat folks. And now who is there?? Super Crazy and Chavo Guerrero?? Like the team name guys, but uh … you haven’t really made waves, have ya??

James Storm: Well, you’ve got Deuce and Domino…

The two pause for a moment, staring at each other … then crack up, laughing at the suggestion.

Chris Harris: What next?? The Murdochs again??

The two laugh once more, but the fans are less than enthused.

James Storm: Basically what we’re tryna say here is that Chris and I have cleaned out the tag team division. We’ve beaten ’em all, boys and girls.

Chris Harris: And frankly, we’re a little embarrassed that there isn’t a genuine challenge for us to face now. None.

Boos, but Storm nods.

James Storm: So, Chris and I have taken it upon ourselves to take a leave of absence during this ‘World Tour’, and our interim GM has accepted our request. I mean, what else could he do?? He knows there’s no one to challenge us right now.

Heat again, but Harris acts as if the fans are booing that they’ll not be part of the show, and raises his hands to try and settle them.

Chris Harris: But hey- don’t worry … we’re still gonna travel with the crew ALL around the globe on our holiday. And, we’re gonna bring a camera with us, to keep you all up to date with how we get on during our break all around the world.

Storm then motions for the camera man to come closer, as he ends the promo.

James Storm: And boys, how’s about you pull the finger out, get your acts together, and provide us with some kind of challenge for when we get back??

Storm laughs, dropping the mic down, along with Harris, as the champs exit the stage, cutting back to Styles and Heyman.

Joey Styles: This is absolutely ridiculous-

Paul Heyman: How so?? Harris and Storm have beaten THEM ALL on Smackdown. They’ve pushed every challenge to the side, and their toughest challenge to date?? One half of the team had to leave the company on Sunday because THEY couldn’t get the job done. You ask me, AMW’s biggest challenge is gonna be FINDING a new challenge!!

Joey Styles: How can Eric Bischoff let this happen though?? AMW are the freakin CHAMPIONS!!! They’ve got responsibilities, they shouldn’t just get time off because there isn’t a challenge to them at this moment in time!!

Paul Heyman: What else are they gonna do?? It’s about time the tag teams on the Smackdown roster had a long hard look at themselves, and step up to the plate to provide AMW with a challenge!!!

Joey Styles: Well, one man that ISNT short of challenges is Randy Orton!! The WWE Championship is in jeopardy tonight, with the high flying United States Champion Paul London aiming to knock off the Career Killer. CAN London overcome Orton and fulfil a lifetimes dream?? It’s still to come - TONIGHT!!! And NEXT, we will hear from the challenger - Paul London speaks, NEXT!!!

Commercial Break



We return, backstage, with Josh Mathews standing by.

Josh Mathews:
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, my guest at this time, the United States Champion, Paul London!!

The fans pop for the Golden Boy, who steps into the picture.

Josh Mathews: Paul, at the close of the spring, you declared that you had three goals this summer; to win the United States Championship, win the King of the Ring, and become WWE Champion. While you may have fallen short in your quest to win the King of the Ring, tonight, you have the opportunity to complete two of those three goals - and the biggest of them all; win the WWE Championship.

London lets it soak in, nodding.

Paul London: Nearly two years ago Josh, I had my first shot at the WWE Title. I’ve admitted myself that back then, I wasn’t ready. But I did tell myself that one day I WOULD be ready. Josh … I’m ready … NOW!!!

Big cheer from the fans. London smirks before he speaks again.

Paul London: I know I’m not the most threatening guy to look at, or all that strong … but trust me when I say this … it’s time for Randy Orton to pay for what he’s done over the last eight months. I’m dedicating this match tonight to Ric Flair {WOOO from the fans} Chris Jericho, Nick Dinsmore, and (thumb taunt) Rob … Van … Dam!!!

London, with a determined look on his face, turns away … and is met by BATISTA!!! The two stand across from each other, with London nodding at his friend, and despite his bad mood … Batista pats London on the back, offering a handshake that is quickly accepted.

Batista: Good luck kid. It’s your time.

London nods appreciatively, and looks to move on, when a third body enters the picture; M.V.P!!! Porter looks London up and down, with Batista watching on, as MVP speaks.

M.V.P: Good luck tonight. But don’t you being takin’ your eyes off the ball.

MVP taps the U.S Title belt, and smirks, with London pulling the belt down, but before he speaks, Batista butts in.

Batista: Hey, why don’t you clear off … before I make you disappear.

Porter quickly backs up, cockily stepping away, smiling.

M.V.P: Ease up, short fuse. Just a friendly warnin boy. I’ll be watchin.

Porter continues to back away, whilst Batista and London shake their heads as we fade out…

And elsewhere, we see Randy Orton making his way down the hallway, towards the ring…

Back into the arena…


There’s a long pause before Paul London emerges from behind the curtain, to a rapturous response!!!

Joey Styles: Is this Paul Londons moment?? Will the Golden Boy realise his lifelong dream tonight, and become WWE Champion!? Does the journey culminate here?? We’ll find out after the break - THE WWE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH … IS NEXT!!!!!

Commercial Break

We return with London in the ring, taking deep breaths, awaiting his opponent…


And the reaction is quite the opposite for Orton, with the WWE Champion met by heat. Orton takes his time walking to the ring, as predictable as ever, making London wait, as we get set for the main event; and the championship match.

Randy Orton vs. Paul London
Orton predictably overpowers London in the initial lock ups, aggressively shoving the smaller man into the corner, trying to intimidate his challenger, but gets a little too overconfident, which allows London to fight his way into the battle, putting Orton on the back foot, as he opens up with big - consistently stiff - forearms, backing Orton into the corner, before grabbing the champions head and driving forearms into the face of Orton at speed. Eventually, Nick Patrick forces a break, and immediately, Orton tries to escape out of the ring for a break - but the hungry challenger doesn’t let it happen!!

With Orton on the back foot, London is growing in confidence, but as he sends the champion off the ropes, Orton hangs on, and kicks London away as the challenger bends down. Orton then comes at The Golden Boy, but Paul back body drops him over the ropes, sending the champion to the floor!!! The fans pop, with London standing at the ropes, waiting and watching as Orton struggles up … THEN SPRINTS OFF THE OPPOSITE ROPES … ACROSS THE RING … AND CONNECTS WITH A SUICIDE DIVE TO THE CHAMPION!!!!! Both men are down, and the fans are in ferment … as the show goes to it’s final commercial …

Commercial Break

And we return, with Orton miraculously in control, and yep, you guessed it, he’s got the CHINLOCK (OF DOOM~!!) applied. As this goes on, we get clips of during the break, where London got Orton back inside, but got hung up on the ropes by Randy, then fell victim to the INVERTED HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER resulting in a LONG two count, and the balance of power shifting back into the champions favour … leading to the interesting (sarcasm) hold now.

He has the hold locked in tight, but London musters a fight back, elbowing out of the hold, and ups the pace again, with Orton unable to catch him, as London delivers with a succession of snap arm drags, dizzying the champion, then connects with his dropsault, and hooks the leg, 1...2...NO!!! Orton, looking worse for wear, struggles to his feet, trying to shake the cobwebs loose, but London is right on him - from behind - rushing him into the ropes, and rolling the champion up … 1...2...NO!!! Orton shoots up, right into an inside cradle, 1...2...NO!!! Orton survives again, but he’s being ran ragged, and London now rolls him up again, this time with a school boy, 1...2...ORTON POWERS OUT AGAIN!!!

Orton tries to get up quickly to retake control, but swings wildly with a clothesline - missing, allowing London to duck under, then jumps onto the shoulders of the champion … rolling through for a VICTORY ROLL … 1...2...NO AGAIN!!! Orton is in serious trouble, completely off the lightning pace being set by the challenger, and looks gassed as he tries to get up, on his hands and knees, allowing London to shoot in again, applying the La Magistral, and another pin … 1...2...NO AGAIN!!! Orton again just survives, and London waits for the champion to get to his feet … then rushes up, hopping onto Ortons back … looking for a CRUCIFIX … BUT ORTON COUNTERS - out of sheer desperation - AND RUNS BACKWARD, RAMMING THE CHALLENGER INTO THE CORNER!!!

Londons momentum is cut by the champion, and Orton looks to give himself a moments break, toppling the challenger over the top rope to the floor, before reeling away, shaking his head wildly, trying to get his senses restored. Meanwhile, London is dragging himself onto the apron, and Orton moves in to get him - but London ducks under, driving a shoulder into the gut of the champion, then looks to spring back into the ring, but as he jumps - ORTON DROPKICKS HIM!!! London gets tangled in the ropes, eventually crashing onto the apron!! The champion now roughly reaches out, pulling the challenger up, through the middle rope … taking his time … AND DELIVERS THE HANGMANS DDT!!! Orton covers instantly in the ring … 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!

PAUL LONDON WILL NOT BE DENIED!!! Orton is beside himself, and takes out his frustration on the challenger, stomping him aggressively in the corner, over and over, with Nick Patrick trying to warn the champion of his actions, but Orton refuses to listen and continues to drive his boot into the chest of his defenceless opponent, eventually being dragged away by the official. Orton though pushes past, and gets back on London, dragging him up - and shoots him across the ring with great velocity, sending him into the corner, toppling upside down - ala Shawn Michaels!! Orton then sets him in the middle of the ring, driving down with a big knee, making a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT AGAIN!!!

Orton now mounts the challenger, hooking his head, and letting go with a succession of straight rights to the temple, driving his fist, over and over, into the face of the tenacious Paul London, again, being forced to break eventually by the referee. Orton stands up, pulling London with him, striking with another straight right, putting the challenger down, then grabs Londons legs open … and stomps the challenger, deep into his gut!!! London rolls around, selling the pain, as Orton stalks, waiting for the challenger to get up, backing him into the corner, and shoots him across the ring again … but this time, London hops onto the middle rope … AND SPRINGS BACK WITH A CROSSBODY TO THE CHAMPION!!! He has the cover, 1...2...NO!!!

The champion survives the scare, and scrambles back up … BUT LONDON CONNECTS WITH A DROPSAULT!!! London looks like he’s beginning a stirring comeback, setting himself in the corner, as Orton struggles up, and races across at the dazed champion … BUT ORTON CATCHES HIM WITH A SCOOP POWERSLAM AND A COVER, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The lightning fast counter isn’t enough to put the challenger down!!! Orton though is livid!! The champion begins to snarl, and grimace, pounding his fists on the canvas … and on commentary, Styles indicates it might be time for the RKO!!!

Orton begins to position himself, readying himself … lying in wait … as London peels himself off the canvas, pulling up on the ropes, pushing off … AND ORTON POUNCES … BUT LONDON SHOVES HIM AWAY … then ducks another wild clothesline attempt … BEFORE LANDING - PICTURE PERFECT - RIGHT ON THE CHIN … WITH A SUPERKICK!!!!! London falls onto the champion, covering Orton … 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!! For an instant, London thought he had it won!!! The challenger climbs to his knees, looking up ahead, praying to God for the three, but the match continues!!!

The Golden Boy digs to get back to his feet, willing Orton back up also … and as the champion slowly stirs, getting to his knees, London refuses to wait any longer, and pours on the offence to Orton, again striking with stiff forearms, pulling Orton to his feet, kicking him in the gut, hooking him … AND LAUNCHES TO THE ROPES … DRIVING ORTON INTO THE CANVAS WITH A TORNADO DDT!!!!! London again looks to cover and claim the title to realise his dreams, and hooks the leg … 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!!

NO!!!!!!! Londons hands cover his face in despair, but the fans are beginning to feel that a change is in the air. London nods, knowing that despite the kick out - HE is the in ascendancy here, and he gets to his feet, with Orton still down, and points to the corner - signalling for the 450 SPLASH!!! The fans are on their feet, as London reaches to find the extra push of energy, and the challenger climbs to the top rope … setting himself … BUT BEFORE HE CAN FLY … ORTON ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!!!!! The fans boo, as Orton rolls out, avoiding the sure fire finisher, protecting his title, and scrambles to the timekeepers table, grabbing his title belt, and WAVES THE MATCH OFF!!! Orton stumbles around ringside, ignoring the deafening heat from the fans, looking to escape up the ramp … but as he begins to leave … London refuses to let it slip so easily, and hops off the top rope, sliding out of the ring … AND GIVES CHASE TO THE CHAMPION!!!

London spins Orton around, and TACKLES THE CHAMPION DOWN!!! London explodes on Orton with right hands, and tries to pick the champion up to get him back to the ring … but Orton shoves him away!!! The champion makes a lunge to pick his title back up … BUT LONDON IS ON HIM AGAIN!!! The determined challenger attacks Orton, scoring with a side suplex - ONTO THE STEEL RAMP!!! Nick Patrick has reached the count of SEVEN as Orton tumbles down the ramp, as London gets up, stomping the champion toward the ringside area, picking him up, trying to throw him back inside the ring … but Orton counters, and sends London into the ringpost instead!!! Orton again looks to create some distance {EIGHT} and staggers away, falling over himself at the ramp … {NINE} … but just about stays up, and grabs his precious title, as London recovers … but knows the opportunity has slipped … AS THE BELL IS RUNG!!!
Winner: Double Count Out - Randy Orton is STILL WWE Champion @ 17:29

“BULLSHIT” is the cry from the fans as Orton doesn’t stay to feel the hatred of the angered fans, disappearing behind the curtain with his title belt, leaving London to think of what may have been…

Joey Styles: Some champion Randy Orton is!! What a JOKE!!!

Paul Heyman: Randy Orton got scared to death by the passion, drive and the sheer WILL of Paul London. He couldn’t keep him down, he couldn’t BREAK the will of the United States Champion!! Randy Orton, make no mistake about it, KNOWS he has escaped here tonight. I don’t think he expected to get that kind of performance from London, I don’t think he expected such a battle, such a war, and I think he knows that on THIS night, he couldn’t beat Paul London.

Paul London re-enters the ring, not even able to claim a victory tonight with the double count out, and even though Orton walked out, London is unable to smile knowing he had Ortons number, but instead has a look of ‘what may have been’ etched on his face.

Joey Styles: Paul, this issue cant be settled just like that. Randy Orton is gonna have to face up to Paul London again, at some point down the line for that WWE title.

Paul Heyman: Absolutely. I don’t see how London can be ignored after this performance. He just scared the champion of the world half to death tonight. Whether he can repeat the performance in a rematch is another question, but regardless; yes, he sure as hell deserves another shot at Randy Orton.

Joey Styles: Ladies and Gentlemen, Randy Orton will depart the United States with the WWE Championship still in his possession, and next week, the biggest World Tour in WWE history will kick off … but what is the fate of Paul London?? Will the U.S Champion be given another shot at the WWE Champion?? Goodnight everybody.


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

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Re: Being The Booker

Hi wolfy, good booker thread you have going on

one thing is missing though, can you put links in your opening post linking to the PPV where it is

for example if i have to find a particular WM or RR, its a huge fight to find it, can you link it in the OP

if and when u have time, just start with the important PPV's like WM and RR, it will really help someone to follow as the BTB amasses loads of pages

keep up the good work.
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Re: Being The Booker

Originally Posted by philbrooks223 View Post
Hi wolfy, good booker thread you have going on

one thing is missing though, can you put links in your opening post linking to the PPV where it is

for example if i have to find a particular WM or RR, its a huge fight to find it, can you link it in the OP

if and when u have time, just start with the important PPV's like WM and RR, it will really help someone to follow as the BTB amasses loads of pages

keep up the good work.
Couldn’t get the exact post links, but the major events (and some of my personal favourites) are on the following pages… - Summerslam 2004 - Survivor Series 2004 - Royal Rumble 2005 - WrestleMania 21 - Judgment Day 2005

*At this point, things become a bit blurry due to the forum meltdown of 2005, months of weekly shows were lost, but the PPV events were re-posted* - Summerslam 2005 - Clash of the Champions 2005 - Nemesis 2005 - Survivor Series 2005 - Armageddon 2005 - Royal Rumble 2006 - SNME; February 2006 - WrestleMania 22 - Summerslam 2006 - Survivor Series 2006 - Royal Rumble 2007 - WrestleMania 23 - Backlash 2007 - SNME; 2007 KOTR
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