Friday Night Smackdown | August 10 | Johannesburg, South Africa
… LAST FRIDAY NIGHT …
Lesnar steps onto the apron, with Triple H backing up, allowing Lesnar to get into the ring … and he steps in … with THE GAME WALKING RIGHT UP TO HIM … AND THEY GO FACE TO FACE - INCHES FROM EACH OTHERS FOREHEADS!!!
Neither backs up an inch, and not a word is uttered for well over sixty seconds … before The Game finally blinks … and takes a step back, but doesn’t take his eyes off Brock, leaning his arm over the ropes, being handed a mic.
Triple H: Go on, Brock. Do it. Take your shot!! I’m standing right here, Brock. What are you waiting for, huh??
Triple H steps forward, ominously close to Lesnars face, leaving his chin out - OFFERING Lesnar the free shot.
Triple H: Here’s your shot … RIGHT HERE!! TAKE THE SHOT!!! Think about it. Think about what happened last week. Don’t you want to get some payback??
Lesnars fist clenches … and the Iron Man breathes heavily, boiling over … AND HE … RIPS THE MICROPHONE FROM TRIPLE H!!!
Brock Lesnar: You’d love that, right?? You’d LOVE for me to take a cheap shot, get suspended, and save you from going through hell at Summerslam.I’m not falling for that one.
Pop from the fans.
Brock Lesnar: Take one free shot tonight?? Or give you the beating of a lifetime at the biggest Summerslam of all time?? No brainer, really, is it?? It tells me everything I needed to know. You’re scared of what’ll happen come Summerslam. Scared, of what I’m capable of doing, and scared of what’ll be left of your career when I’m finished. Did you really think … that I’d fall for it?? That I couldn’t keep my cool tonight?? There’s nothing that’ll stop me from going to Summerslam, and there’s nothing - there’s NO ONE - that can save you on August 19 either.
Lesnar smirks, laughing almost as The Games futile attempts to draw a fight out of him, and offers him the mic, allowing him to speak again.
Triple H: I’ll hand it to ya, Brock. You’re smarter than I thought.
Disingenuously, HHH claps.
Triple H: I wasn’t sure that Jesse Venturas fax would be enough to stop you from wanting to tear me apart. I mean, I saw the look in your eyes on Monday. I didn’t think anything would’ve stopped you tonight from coming for a fight. But just when I thought I had you figured out … you go and prove me wrong.
Triple H nods, acknowledging a faint chant from the fans.
Triple H: I didn’t think you’d be the type to bow to authority. I didn’t think you’d be this calm.
Slowly, a smile forms on Triple H’s face. He looks to his left, then the right, before staring back at Lesnar.
Triple H: Sometimes … I even outdo myself.
“Huh??” Is the puzzled muffle from Joey Styles on commentary, as confusion filters around, with Lesnar looking puzzled. Triple H though, still smiles … then snarls.
Triple H: Check mate.
TRIPLE H KICKS LESNAR IN THE NUTS!!!!!
Joey Styles: NO!!! Wh- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!!
Lesnar drops to his knees, as the fans are stunned into silence - THE WRESTLEMANIA REMATCH AT SUMMERSLAM … IS OFF!!! The Game stands over Lesnar, quickly placing him between his legs … PEDIGREE!!!!!
Joey Styles: IS HE CRAZY!!
If the low blow didn’t do it … the PEDIGREE just killed it!!! The boos are twofold; for Triple H attacking Lesnar, AND for cancelling the Streetfight at Summerslam!!!
Joey Styles: Triple H has just got himself an indefinite suspension. He’s just killed off the streetfight at Summerslam!! Why??
Paul Heyman: Summerslam just became a whole lot less fun. Triple H is outta his mind!!!
The Game rolls out of the ring, and throws up the apron, quickly pulling a sledgehammer from under the ring, to a chorus of boos (plus some faint cheers) as we see a shellshocked Eric Bischoff walking onto the stage, waving behind the curtain, as POLICE file out.
Triple H: What’s wrong, Eric?? You just saw your marquee match at Summerslam go up in smoke??You really think I’d throw that match away?? THINK ABOUT IT!!! Where did that fax come from, huh?? WHO sent it?? THINK ERIC … think … about … who … I’m … married to. Jesse Ventura didn’t send any damn fax … Mrs Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley sent that fax.
Heat rings out, for the quite brilliant plan … AS TRIPLE H TURNS … AND BLASTS A RECOVERING BROCK LESNAR WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!!!!!!!!!!
Triple H turns back around, and we see Brock Lesnar BLEEDING - BADLY!!! Still, the superhuman Iron Man is TRYING to get himself to his feet, grabbing the ropes … but Triple H targets him again … AND DRIVES THE SLEDGEHAMMER INTO THE EXPOSED RIBS OF LESNAR!!!
Lesnar crumbles over the ropes, gasping in pain, as The Game strikes TWICE to the ribs with the hammer, then to the back, putting Lesnar on his knees, breathing erratically - possibly due to broken ribs!! Triple H swings the sledgehammer at the officers as they try to climb onto the apron, forcing them back off, before he sets himself … AND DRIVES THE SLEDGEHAMMER INTO THE BACK OF LESNARS SKULL!!!!!!!!
Paul Heyman: Shades of what Triple H did to Lesnar a few weeks out from WrestleMania. He bloodied and battered Lesnar on Smackdown a few months ago … but not to this level.
The Game drops the hammer, and drops to his knees, hauling the prone body of Lesnar up, hooking the head with his left arm … and proceeds to pound the bloody forehead of the defenceless Iron Man … blow after blow, forcing the cut deeper … and the taped fists of Triple H go from pure white … to blood red. It IS shades of March 9.
Joey Styles: (Despondent) This is … urgh … this is … too much, Paul.
Paul Heyman: (Shocked) I’m not sure how much more of this I can watch.
Joey Styles: (Lowly, but matter of factly) Relentless.
Triple H begins to slow down, tiring himself out with the punches, and eventually stops, letting go of Lesnar … and the Iron Man slumps onto the canvas, completely battered this evening.
Joey Styles: Please stop. Please.
But it isn’t over. Triple H reaches down, grabbing the sledgehammer once more - raising it high in the air - not even getting boos from the silent fans; stunned by the brutal beating. The Game warns the helpless officers to stay out, as he stands over Lesnar, raising the hammer again … AND DRIVES IT INTO THE RIBS AGAIN … AGAIN … AND A THIRD TIME!!!
Joey Styles: I- I cant watch this.
Heyman has already went silent, but we hear Styles taking off his headset, unable to call the action anymore, as Triple H drops the hammer once again … but drops to his knees … and opens up with more solid, SICK, right hands to the open wound on Lesnar, as the police officers finally manage to get into the ring, and put a stop to the madness.
Commentary is silent, as only the noises - and very few at that - from the fans can be heard, with medics already getting in the ring to tend to Lesnar, as Triple H is placed in handcuffs … but has a big smile on his face, looking down at the decimated Iron Man.
Triple H is led out of the ring by the cops, but is allowed to back up the ramp, looking back to the ring where medics look concerned for Lesnar, shaking their heads at the sorry sight of the bloody mess in the ring.
On the aisle, Triple H turns, and is escorted to the top of the ramp, still walking … with the sick, sorry sight of The Games bloodied taped hands is the final shot of the evening … before we fade … to black.
… END VIDEO …
!! SUMMERSLAM COUNTDOWN - 09 DAYS TO GO !!
Straight into the arena, with no video or pyro…
**ROAD TO TEXAS **
Unfamiliar music fills the arena, but the confusion doesn’t last long, as GARRISON CADE steps onto the stage, and is given heat from the on looking fans in South Africa.
Joey Styles: Welcome one and all to another Friday Night Smackdown, just NINE days away from Summerslam. You are looking at Garrison Cade, who made an impactful return last week in Australia … but Paul Heyman, I think even one week on, we are STILL in shock at what happened at the close of last weeks show.
Paul Heyman: I watched on television when Brock Lesnar was busted up in March by Triple H. I never thought I’d see anything like it again. Not to Lesnar. I still cannot believe the beating that Brock took last Friday.
Joey Styles: Needless to say, Paul, Brock Lesnar is NOT in South Africa this week. As far as we know, Lesnar will only arrive in the U.K next Saturday night, less than twenty four hours out from Summerslam - that is the orders from the doctors in Australia, where Lesnar is currently convalescing.
Paul Heyman: I’ve spoken with Lesnar twice since last Friday, and trust me, those doctors don’t even want to release him then. They believe he should be going straight back to Minneapolis and resting at home for four to six weeks, such is the extent of his injuries. He’ll be going to Wembley WAY OFF perfect condition.
Joey Styles: Well, I’d like to wish Brock a speedy recovery. He’ll be missed tonight, and next week of course when the Raw and Smackdown brands will merge for one week only - but tonight, Eric Bischoff has put together a tremendous line up, one that has been dubbed the Great African Bash, with TWO rematches from last months Great American Bash taking place - TONIGHT!! The United States Champion Paul London meets his former friend, turned bitter enemy, Cruiserweight Champion THE Brian Kendrick in a non title match up, and later, in a strap match no less, it’s Edge - nine days away from a career defining showdown with The Undertaker - versus Batista!!
Paul Heyman: And Batista will be absolutely chomping at the bit for a piece of the action tonight, especially after what this man right here did to him last week!!!
Joey Styles: Well, seemingly for no rhyme or reason, Garrison Cade cost Batista a shot at the U.S Championship at Summerslam, then assaulted The Animal after the fact, putting an exclamation point on it with a brutal - and rarely seen in recent times - Heart Punch!!
Paul Heyman: I haven’t seen the Heart Punch executed as precisely as that in DECADES, Joey. A truly heart stopping manoeuvre when delivered correctly, and a move that seemed to get lost in history, but made a big return with this man last week.
Cade grabs a mic, stepping into the ring, and doesn’t bother for the music to stop before speaking.
Garrison Cade: I’m six five. Two hundred seventy pounds. I’m a big unit. Hard to shift, and when I hit, I make a dent.
Cade pauses, with the fans rather quiet.
Garrison Cade: I’ve been scrapin a livin in the WWE for about four years now. And in that time I’ve been World Tag Team Champ twice, I’ve travelled the road with the likes of Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair. I’ve learned and honed my craft from two of the greatest of all time.
Garrison shoots a stare into the camera - a hard, furious look.
Garrison Cade: Yet for the best part of the last year, I was Randy Ortons LACKEY!!!
Garrison Cade: A year ago, I was bustin ma balls tryin to knock off Shawn Michaels an stake ma claim for the main events … yet just a few short months later, I found ma’self bein Ortons shield. What in the hell happened??
The bitter Texan stands still, body tensed, as the fans boo him.
Garrison Cade: Here I am … one of THE select few to hold wins over BOTH Shawn Michaels and The Rock - a select band if ever there was one. And yet I’m the one takin orders??
Cade shakes his head vehemently.
Garrison Cade: No more.
The big man starts pacing the ring.
Garrison Cade: I’ve been the lackey, the hired gun and the muscle for too darn long. After Orton left me to take a beatin - HIS BEATIN - from Brock Lesnar that took a month of ma own damn career!!!
Garrison tries to keep a lid on his anger.
Garrison Cade: I don’t blame Orton for that though. I blame ma’self for bein dumb enough to be his follower!!
Garrison Cade: From now on, I aint no mans follower. This unit travels alone. From this point forward, Garrison Cade is the LONE Star.
Garrison Cade: And seein as I wasted enough time in the past … I’m fixin to make up for lost time!!
The Lone Star stops, shooting a fiery look at a vocal fan.
Garrison Cade: So for all you people tryin ta work out why I’d attack Batista?? It’s pretty simple. He’s one of the big dogs round these parts, an’ I wanna knock him off.
Garrison Cade: The bigger they are the better, and there aint many bigger than Big Dave. I aint wastin time anymore … so with that bein said … BATISTA … I’M CALLIN YOUR ASS-
**I WALK ALONE**
Joey Styles: Whoa!! Cade never even got the chance to call him out!!!
Paul Heyman: This could get messy!!!
Batista SPRINTS from behind the curtain, and charges down the aisle, with Cade, throwing his mic out, readying himself for the arrival of Batista …
AND THE FIGHT IS ON!!!
Cade stomps the back of Batista as the big man slides in, but Batista gets a double leg, taking Cade down, and the two swing wild blows on the canvas, rolling around, fighting to their feet and trade bombs, swinging for the fences!!! Batista begins to get the better of the fist fight, but Cade stops The Animal with a big knee to the gut, and tumbles Dave out through the middle rope.
Cade follows out, looking to attack with an axe handle off the apron - BUT BATISTA CATCHES HIM - and rams Cade into the ring post, back first!!! Cade slumps away, with Batista clubbing the back, and rams Cade into the apron. He then looks to send Cade into the steel steps - BUT CADE REVERSES - and sends the Animal through the steps instead!!!
Garrison picks Batista back up, and hurls him onto the table, with Big Dave rolling off, onto the floor with Styles and Heyman both moving for higher ground. Cade walks around, dragging Batista back up - BUT BATISTA EXPLODES - and tackles Cade onto the table, over the top, onto the floor!!! The Animal hammers down the big Texan, before dragging him up, and rolls Cade back into the ring, but as he looks to follow in … SECURITY AND AGENTS FILL THE RING!!!
The camera cuts to the top of the ramp, and we see Eric Bischoff issuing the orders, as Batista is held back from getting Cade in the ring, with Cade also being restrained, showing no signs of fear from The Animal.
Eric Bischoff: HEY!!! HEY!!! That’s right. UP HERE!!!
Attention turns to the GM on the stage.
Eric Bischoff: You two want to fight so badly, huh?? You wanna make up for lost time, Cade?? Fine. Tonight, you’re gonna be in action. Against the Number One Contender, ROB - VAN - DAM!!!
Big pop from the fans for the additional match tonight.
Eric Bischoff: And as for you Batista?? Seeing as you’re so keen for a fight, I’m bringing your match with Edge forward … TO RIGHT NOW!!!
Another big pop from the fans, as Batista is heard shouting “BRING IT ON!!”
Eric Bischoff: Cade, get your ass outta the ring!!! Get the ring cleared, and someone bring out a strap!!
Edge enters, as we see Garrison Cade being pulled away from the ring, still trying to goad Batista, as a stagehand runs down the side of the ramp with the strap for the upcoming match.
Joey Styles: This has been a wild start to proceedings tonight on Smackdown!! We’re going to try and restore some order here, but please, join us when we come back - it’s Edge and Batista in a rematch from the Great American Bash - but this time, they’ll be joined by a leather strap!!! We’ll be right back!!!
Match 1 | LEATHER STRAP MATCH:
*Victory obtained via pinfall or submission only*
Batista vs. Edge
The match begins just as the show returns, and Batista instantly uses his strength advantage to yank Edge toward him. Edge tries fighting it, but is unable to overpower his opponent, and eventually gets knocked down. On commentary, Styles points out that unlike most strap matches, this one can only end via pinfall or submission. It’s all Batista in the early going, almost toying with Edge, and using the strap to his advantage, choking Edge with it, whipping Edge with it, and anytime Edge tries to crawl away … he doesn’t get far. Batista appears to be enjoying himself, and sends Edge over the top rope - with the strap around Edge’s neck - choking the life out of his enemy, before reluctantly letting go, and Edge flops to the floor with a thud.
Batista follows out, whipping Edge all around ringside, stamping the head. Batista is then stopped by the official, who tries to urge him to get back into the ring. Big Dave spends too long arguing with the official, and once he turns back around, Edge is up, and he YANKS the strap, with Batista tumbling forward into the ring post - head first - and down. Batista struggles back up, but gets knocked down with a quick clothesline from Edge, who then proceeds to whip the back of his opponent, over and over with the strap, before wrapping it around the big mans neck, and proceeds to squeeze the life out of him, with Batista turning a beet red. Edge climbs onto the back of the bigger man, still choking his opponent … but in a last ditch move, Batista charges BACKWARD - ramming Edge into the ring post!!!
Both men recover, and make it back inside, with Batista catching Edge with a side slam for a near fall. From there, Batista proceeds to work Edge over in the corner with knees, punches and elbows, then whips him to the opposite corner, but yanks the strap, forcing Edge to switch momentum, and he hit’s the mat hard. Batista drops an elbow, and covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Batista scores another near fall off a shoulder block, then looks to shoot Edge off the ropes again, but Edge reverses, ducking down … but Batista surprises him on the return - and loads Edge up - LOOKING FOR A BATISTA BOMB, but Edge ducks out, and slips out of the ring!!! Edge though, has forgotten one thing; he’s attached to his opponent, and Batista YANKS the slack, with Edge tumbling back into the apron!!! Batista follows out, continuing to put the beating on Edge, as we cut to another commercial break.
We return with Edge now in charge, with Batista trapped in a rear chinlock, as clips are shown of during the commercial where Batista shot Edge off the ropes and ducked down, allowing Edge to recover and score with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall, which has led to Edge’s dominance ever since. Batista now begins to come back, elbowing out of the chinlock, and runs off the ropes, but Edge ducks under him, and scores with the Buzz Killer!!! He covers, 1...2...NO!!! Now, Edge begins to use the strap to his advantage, choking his adversary, with Batista sat in the corner, with Edge sat on the top turnbuckle, taking the air out of the big man. Eventually, Edge relents, letting go of the strap, and allows Batista to get back up, and once he does, Edge places himself on the top rope, flying off with a missile dropkick to The Animal, straight into a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Edge’s frustration begins to mount, and the Rated ‘R’ Superstar begins to take his anger out on Batista, choking him again with the strap, before lighting up his opponents back with the weapon, over and over. He sends Batista into the corner, rushing in behind with a shoulder tackle to The Animal. Batista staggers out of the corner, and Edge shoots in, executing an impressive suplex, floating into another cover, 1...2...NO!!! Edge cant put The Animal away, and after punching the mat a few times, he rolls out of the ring, and looks to make a beeline for the timekeepers table … but once again, it seems like he’s forgotten he’s attached to his opponent, and Batista pulls at the slack, stopping Edge from reaching the table!!! Edge tries to put up a fight, reaching out and wiggling his finger tips … but Batista is too strong, and Edge is YANKED into the ring apron again!!!
Batista now follows out, letting rip with the strap again, before bringing Edge back inside the ring. Now, Batista begins his comeback, running Edge into the corner and crushing him with a clothesline … then the same to the opposite corner, and looks to do it a third time, BUT EDGE SHOOTS OUT OF THE CORNER, with Batista hitting the buckles, and Edge runs off the ropes … SPEAR - NO!!! Batista kicks Edge away … then scoops him up … RUNNING POWERSLAM!!! He covers, 1...2...KICK OUT AGAIN!!! Edge survives, but Batista is in the ascendancy, and the big man starts to feel confident, climbing the ropes, with Styles reminding the folks at home that he tried - and failed - to come off the top at the GAB … and it backfires again, as Edge - in desperation - YANKS the strap, sending Batista tumbling to the canvas in a heap!!!
Edge smirks, as Batista slowly tries to recover … with Edge readying himself, perched down, willing Batista up … and when he does, Edge races across the ring - SPEAR - NO!!! Edge hit’s the corner, and right back into the path of Batista … SPINEBUSTER - NO!!! Edge manages to crawl off the back, then kicks Batista as he turns around … AND SCORES WITH THE EDGECUTION!!! He turns Batista over, making the cover, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!!! Edge cannot believe it!!! He runs his fingers through his hair, before climbing back to his feet, getting himself set again for the Spear, hoping it’ll be third time lucky … but Batista rises - AND YANKS THE STRAP!!! Edge buckles, forward, losing balance momentarily … and it allows Batista to strike with a SPEAR OF HIS OWN!!!!! The Animal hooks the leg, 1...2...EDGE KICKS OUT!!!!!
Now, it’s Batistas turn to be in a state of disbelief. He gets up, and lies in wait for Edge to get to his feet, which he slowly does. Edge climbs up using the knee pads and body of his opponent, and looks up, with a look of fear, then tries to run in the opposite direction … but Batista yanks him back again … RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER!!!!! The Animal shakes the ropes, signalling for the Batista Bomb, and turns around, bringing Edge up, into position for the finishing move … BUT EDGE WRAPS THE STRAP AROUND BATISTAS NECK!!! Edge begins to choke his rival, squeezing the breath from him … forcing him to lose his grip, and allow Edge back onto the canvas, and drops to a knee, coughing wildly as he tries to breathe, whilst Edge rests on the ropes, counting his lucky stars. Suddenly, GARRISON CADE HAS RETURNED AND HOPS ONTO THE APRON - AND BATISTA LUNGES - BUT EDGE YANKS HIM BACK - SPEAR!!!!!!!!!! Edge hooks the leg, 1...2...3!!!!!!!!!!
Winner: Edge @ 16:07
Cade costs Batista - AGAIN!!! And again, he didn’t even lay a hand on him to do it, with the distraction being enough!!! Edge scores another win, as he rolls toward his moment of truth at Summerslam.
Joey Styles: Edge has beaten Batista again … but I have to believe that Garrison Cade was instrumental in the ending to this match. It was right in the balance up until this jerk showed up!!
Paul Heyman: Hey, not for nothing, but Garrison Cade didn’t really do anything. The blame for this has got to lay with Batista only. He took his eye off the ball, and he paid the price.
Joey Styles: Nevertheless it’s a priceless win for Edge, nine days out from Summerslam. But- … now what??
Edge tears off the strap from his wrist, and rolls out of the ring as Cade climbs back in, standing over a recovering Batista, who continues to cough wildly, having already been winded by the strap before the impact of the spear.
Joey Styles: Someone get this bully out of the ring!!! I think Batista has had enough!!!
Cade shoves the official out of the way, before hooking the neck of Batista, dragging his enemy to his feet, and just like last week, he puts the Animals left arm behind his head, exposing his chest … winds up … AND PUNCHES THE EXPOSED CHEST OF BATISTA … THE HEART PUNCH CONNECTS AGAIN!!!!!
Joey Styles: NOT AGAIN!!!
Paul Heyman: Whether he’s in the right or the wrong, Joey Styles, I cant help but LOVE seeing Garrison Cade execute that Heart Punch!!!
Joey Styles: But just like last week, TOTALLY uncalled for!!!
Cade doesn’t bother to soak up the moment. He looks down on Batista for a brief moment, before turning on his heels, and exiting the ring again, having put The Animal down - AGAIN!!!
Joey Styles: For the second straight week, Garrison Cade has laid out The Animal-
Paul Heyman: Ya think he’s making an impression?? Are people taking notice of the big Texan now??
Joey Styles: Indeed, they are. But if you ask me, for all the wrong reasons. For now, Cade can smile, but sooner or later, he’ll have to deal with Batista when he’s fresh. And he also better start getting his mind on RVD later tonight. But coming up next, it’s the first of the two semi finals in the tag team number one contenders tournament. The Master Craftsmen meet Los Latinos - NEXT!!
Back into the arena…
**LATINO WORLD ORDER**
Chavo Guerrero & Super Crazy enter the arena to a mild pop, as they slap hands with fans on their way.
Joey Styles: Los Latinos are now just TWO wins away from obtaining a glorious opportunity to face Americas Most Wanted for the WWE Tag Team Championships at Summerslam, and earlier today the duo - still undefeated as a tandem - had this to say…
~ EARLIER TODAY ~
Inside a pre-tape studio…
Chavo Guerrero: One down … two to go. Los Latinos are on their way to Wembley, and Super Crazy and I cannot wait to explode all over AMW at Summerslam!! They’ve disrespected the tag teams here on Smackdown for too long, and now that they’re off enjoying the high life … we think it’s time for them to come crashing down to earth!!
Super Crazy spouts a bunch of excitable Spanish, whilst Chavo nods along in agreement.
Chavo Guerrero: But before that, it’s the Master Craftsmen. Haas?? Albright?? You two think you’re so much better than everyone else, you‘ve probably written the two of us off. Well, Super Crazy and myself THRIVE on being underdogs. And tonight, these two Latinos intend on exciting the fans, and upsetting the odds.
Super Crazy spouts more crazy Spanish, as the picture fades.
Back live, Los Latinos wait in the ring…
**MEET YOUR MASTER**
Looking pissed off after last weeks loss in the triple threat match with Paul London, Haas and Albright don’t waste any time in getting to the ring.
Joey Styles: The Master Craftsmen fell short last Friday night in their individual goals to win the United States Title, but tonight, they MUST switch their focus back to the tag team gold. We caught up with Haas and Albright earlier today…
~ EARLIER TODAY ~
Inside a pre-tape studio…
Brent Albright: Chavo, Super Crazy … it’s pretty simple. You’re dealing with two pissed off guys, whose only outlet for fun is kicking peoples asses.
Albright nods to Haas, who takes over.
Charlie Haas: And we’ve had to wait for seven days to get our happiness back. We may have lost out on the United States Championship, but it’s just BAD news for the other three teams left battling out for the title shot at Summerslam.
Brent Albright: Damn straight. Because after losing out on the U.S Title, we REFUSE to miss out on a spot at Summerslam.
Charlie Haas: The James Boys got swept aside last week. Los Latinos … now it’s your turn. The Master Craftsmen are THE ultimate tag team, and in the next nine days, we intend on proving it.
The two motion around their waists, as we fade
Match 2 | WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT | SEMI FINAL:
Los Latinos vs. The Master Craftsmen
In the early going, Albright and Haas dominate the smaller men, letting off the accumulated steam after losing the triple threat last week. Chavo and Super Crazy don’t give in though, and battle back, bamboozling their opponents with their speed and unpredictability. The comeback doesn’t last long though, and the heel team take over once again, isolating Chavo from Super Crazy, and really going to work on Guerrero, with his partner having to save Chavo on a few occasions from losing the match. The turnaround comes though, as Albright tags in Haas, and holds Chavo up, allowing his partner to come off the middle rope with an axe handle … BUT CHAVO SLIPS FREE - AND HAAS COLLIDES WITH ALBRIGHT!!!
Haas doesn’t spend too long to check on his partner, knowing he cant allow Chavo to tag out … BUT CHAVO DROPKICKS HAAS … BEFORE TAGGING IN SUPER CRAZY!!! The crazy Mexican hops into the ring with an immediate slingshot splash onto Haas, before dropkicking Albright out of the ring!!! The insane luchador catches Charlie with a step up enziguri, before hopping to the top rope - AND SPLASHES ONTO ALBRIGHT ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!! Super Crazy climbs back onto the apron, climbing the buckles, perching himself as he waits for Haas to reach his feet, and when he does, Super Crazy MOONSAULTS ONTO HAAS … 1...2...HAAS KICKS OUT!!!
Haas gets up whilst SC tags in Chavo, and Haas runs right into an arm drag from Super Crazy, then bounces up … into arm drag from Chavo!!! He bounces up again; arm drag from Super Crazy … bounces up, arm drag from Chavo!!! Charlie stumbles up once more - but before Super Crazy can strike again, Albright BLASTS him with a running forearm smash!!! The blow sends SC crashing out of the ring, with Brent looking to hit Chavo too, but Chavo ducks under. Albright comes at him again, but this time, Chavo pulls down the top rope, with Albright toppling out of the ring!!! As his partner goes out of the ring, Haas rushes in, attacking Chavo. He shoots Chavo off the ropes, but Guerrero shoots back, rolling off the back of Haas, kicks him in the gut - TORNADO DDT CONNECTS!!!!! He covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!!!
Guerrero cant believe it, but has to get up quickly, seeing Albright trying to climb back onto the apron, and races across, connecting with a Baseball slide!! Chavo looks back, seeing Haas still down, and decides to take a risk, and slingshots over the top rope - looking for a splash onto Albright … BUT ALBRIGHT DRAGS SUPER CRAZY IN FRONT - AND CHAVO SPLASHES ONTO HIS OWN PARTNER!!!!! Guerrero stumbles back up, and as he puts his hands on his head at the sight of his mistake - ALBRIGHT SHOOTS IN - HALF NELSON SUPLEX ON THE OUTSIDE!!! In an instant, Albright picks Chavo back up, rolling him back inside, as Haas shakes the cobwebs loose … AND APPLIES THE HAAS OF PAIN!!! Chavo momentarily tries to fight it … but TAPS!!!
Winners: The Master Craftsmen @ 05:52
Haas and Albright advance to the final of the tournament, with The Daredevils and The Caribbean Connection set to battle it out later tonight for the right to face them for the title shot at Summerslam.
Joey Styles: Impressive as always, Haas and Albright advance to the final of this number one contenders tournament, and Paul, The Master Craftsmen have been touted as favourites from the get go for a reason.
Paul Heyman: Without a doubt!! Personally for me, these two are the highlight of my week. Unquestionably the finest grapplers in the business today. A work of art, and rightfully called the Master Craftsmen. No shame in defeat for Los Latinos, they came damn close to pulling off the upset.
Joey Styles: Indeed they did, but Los Latinos will need to fight another day in their quest for the titles. Later tonight, we’ll find out who will face Albright and Haas for that title shot at AMW at Summerslam, when Jeff Hardy and Evan Bourne meet Carlito and Kofi Kingston.
After Haas has his hand raised, he quickly joins Albright on the outside, with the tandem wasting little time celebrating - knowing they still have one more match to win to get their shot at the gold.
Paul Heyman: Look at that!! I LOVE that, Joey. No celebrations. This job isn’t completed yet, they wont celebrate until it is!!
In the ring, Chavo is joined - and consoled - by Super Crazy, with Los Latinos suffering their first loss as a team, and in the bigger picture; they miss out on the title shot at Summer slam … as attention shifts elsewhere, with the graphic showing on screen for The Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London later tonight.
Joey Styles: Well, still to come tonight, it’s the second rematch from the Great American Bash. Two friends turned enemies. Two champions, but neither belt is on the line tonight. The Brian Kendrick meets Paul London!! And also, announced earlier tonight, Garrison Cade makes his in ring return, and what a test for the big Texan - he meets the man that challenges for the WWE Championship at Summerslam, Rob Van Dam!!
Paul Heyman: And with that other tag team match to come too?? Wow. Sit back and relax, Joey. This aint a job!! I’m getting paid to call this stuff!!!
Joey Styles: We will be back in just a moment, and with so much still to come on tonight’s broadcast, you WONT want to miss it!!!
An array of clips of The British Bulldog, from his early days in Canada, to his move to the World Wrestling Federation with The Dynamite Kid, covered with sound bites from Jim Ross, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Jesse Ventura and his own son, Harry.
The clips then move on to his unforgettable Intercontinental Championship win at Summer slam ‘92, with classic commentary from Vince McMahon, and more sound bites from Bret and J.R.
We hear more sound bites from Michaels, Hart, and added pieces from Triple H as we see more clips of Davey Boy from later in his career, tagging with Owen Hart and winning the first European Championship.
The video then moves to a more sombre tone, and the Bulldogs untimely death in 2002, with comments from Bret and Harry, before they talk about his overdue induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, with the other commentators on the package declaring it a fitting tribute to the man to induct him on the weekend of the Twentieth annual Summerslam in his home nation.
‘THE BRITISH BULLDOG’ DAVEY BOY SMITH - HALL OF FAME; SUMMER 2007
We return with a view outside the arena, before cutting inside the arena, where Kristal Marshall is standing by with Edge, who is still in his ring gear, with a towel around his neck.
Kristal Marshall: I’m here now with Edge, fresh off his victory earlier tonight against Batista. Edge, your thoughts??
Edge pauses, then looks at Kristal, urging her to continue, before speaking himself.
Edge: Thoughts on … what, exactly?? The state of the economy?? Your pretty little dress?? Please …
Kristal cautiously pulls the mic up to speak, but Edge snatches it.
Edge: Forget it. Shut up. I beat Batista tonight, just like I did at the Great American Bash. Yeah- Yeah, I took some lashes tonight, and I’ll have the scars to prove it, but just like it always does, Kristal … the cream rose to the top. Just like it will at Summerslam-
Kristal Marshall: But wouldn’t you have to hand some credit to the distraction from Garrison Cade??
Edge’s eyes bug out, and he takes his time to respond to the interviewer, running his fingers through his hair, and smirks, cracking his neck.
Edge: First of all, you might want to go back to take a few more classes at interviewing school, sweetheart … because if you ever interrupt ME again?? I’ll see to it your cute little ass doesn’t hit the door. Got it??
Kristal nods, looking scared by the threat.
Edge: Good. As for your question?? It’s irrelevant. Lemme- lemme ask you a question, Kristal. Did Cade get involved?? Did he really help me?? Did he lay a finger on Batista out there during the match??
Kristal gulps, with Edge urging her own, and she shakes her head.
Edge: Precisely. It’s not my fault that Batista took his eye off the ball. He gave me … he gave me an opportunity. And if there’s one thing I am, it’s an opportunist. I saw the opportunity, and I GOBBLED it up. Good enough for ya??
Completely intimidated, Kristal can merely nod in response.
Edge: So, where was I before that interruption?? … Oh yeah … the phantom Phenom. In case you people hadn’t realised, I’m actually due to face The Undertaker in nine - COUNT ’EM - NINE days time at Summerslam. But it seems like in his old age, The Deadman has gone a little senile and forgotten all about it. He’s not been seen, he‘s not been heard. Now- Now I don’t know (puffs out his cheeks) maybe it’s reverse mind games. Maybe he’s trying to get in- (aggressively prods his forehead) in my head by NOT trying to get in my head … if that makes any sense.
Edge quizzically looks at Kristal, who shrugs.
Edge: Maybe (smirks) Maybe he just respects me too much to try his usual parlour tricks, or maybe he just knows they DON’T bother me. Either way … it hasn’t worked. Now that I can put that big dumb Gorilla Batista behind me?? ALL my focus is on Summerslam and beating The Undertaker, and staking MY claim, for MY WWE Championship!!
Heat from the fans, as Edge turns his attention to the camera to address The Undertaker.
Edge: So Deadman, wherever you’re hiding?? I don’t care what you’re doing, I don’t care what you’re thinking by not showing up, or what your mindset is about not playing the mind games you’re famed for … just make sure you show up for Summerslam.
Edge storms off the set, leaving Kristal to watch on, as we fade out…
And back into the arena…
**MAN WITH A PLAN**
It’s unbearable heat for the unbearable Cruiserweight Champion, who struts into view, holding aloft the title he has held since WrestleMania.
Joey Styles: Through hell or high water, The Brian Kendrick survived a scare last week on Smackdown, with Chris Masters helping him retain the Cruiserweight Title just when it seemed Jamie Noble had the title in his grasp. Tonight, Kendrick has the opportunity to gain redemption for the loss he suffered at The Great American Bash - a match, Paul, that he claims he cost himself.
Paul Heyman: And the kid has a point. He had Paul London right where he wanted him at the Bash, and he took WAAAYYY too long to decide which corner to use to execute Sliced Bread. That was what cost him the United States Championship.
Joey Styles: Well, his showboating cost him on that night, and it has - on occasion - very nearly seen him lose the Cruiserweight title too. Still though, he has that gold, and while tonight’s match isn’t for Londons title, a victory for Kendrick could see him put himself right back in the frame for a shot at the title.
Paul Heyman: Absolutely. Kendrick knows that, but he should also know that if he does earn a shot tonight, it might not be Paul London he eventually faces. MVP would certainly think so.
Joey Styles: Indeed, MVP will be a close observer of this match tonight, with his title shot coming up in nine days time at Summerslam.
Kendrick is in the ring, and unfortunately, he’s holding a mic.
The Brian Kendrick: Please, contain your excitement. Don’t blink, it is me, THE Brian Kendrick … THE Cruiserweight Champion.
The Brian Kendrick: A month ago, I should’ve added another title to my waist. No - not the “Worlds Sexiest Man”, and no, not “Mister Universe”…
Kendrick flexes his “gun”.
The Brian Kendrick: I should’ve become … THE United States Champion.
The Brian Kendrick: I know- I know. I was pretty upset too. Given your reaction, obviously you people know that Paul London is nothing more than a Brian Kendrick wannabee. But never fear, people. Tonight, is a night for injustice to be rectified. Whilst the “Powers That Be” have protected the “Golden Boy” and not put his title on the line … I’ll still give you all the result you - and I - expected at the Great American Bash.
More boos for the smiling Cruiserweight Champion.
The Brian Kendrick: And once I beat London, I want you all to make your voices heard!! I want you all to bombard wwe.com, and I want you all to protest at the injustice that THE Brian Kendrick isn’t United States Champion!! And once your calls for justice to be served are heard … the decision makers back in Stamford will have two choices.
Kendrick holds up two fingers.
The Brian Kendrick: One, insert yours truly into the United States Title match at Summer slam … or two … just flat out hand the title over to me now!!!
TBK nods, smiling broadly, expecting support … but doesn’t get it.
The Brian Kendrick: Because let’s face it. You cant have THE biggest Summerslam of all time without THE Brian Kend-
**STAY IN SHADOW**
Suddenly, the fans EXPLODE, as London puts an end to the incessant, vain spiel from Kendrick. In the ring, Kendrick is irate, slamming his mic down, and pointing up the aisle, furious with his rival.
Joey Styles: Paul London has heard enough - and he couldn’t have interrupted that jackass quick enough if you ask me!!!
Paul Heyman: A lot of big talk from Brian Kendrick, Joey. I don’t know if a victory will result in his inclusion in the United States title match at Summerslam, but if he genuinely believes that, we’re gonna see him put it ALL on the line here.
Joey Styles: It’s London versus Kendrick - no titles on the line - it’s simply personal, and it is NEXT!!
Match 3 | CHAMPION VS CHAMPION | NON-TITLE MATCH:
The Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London
Joined in progress, with the action still in the feeling out process, with both men trying to out do the other. Plenty of fancy flips and dives, trying to avoid each other, with counters and reversals. Eventually, London takes charge, applying a headlock, but TBK counters with a switch, then trips London down, riding around his opponent, and slaps the U.S Champion around the head - really trying to humiliate him. London picks himself up, nodding at the disrespect. They circle again, locking up, with Paul quickly taking Kendrick over, applying a side headlock, then mounts TBK, and rides around the CW Champ, giving HIM a playful slap - repaying the ‘compliment’ to his former friend - and Kendrick isn’t happy.
He gets up, and berates the official for allowing it to happen … but as he concentrates on arguing with the official, it allows his opponent to come from behind, spin Kendrick around - AND SLAPS THE TASTE OUT OF HIS MOUTH!!!!! From here, London takes control, moving away from his usual high flying antics, keeping it simple for now with a beat down in the corner, kicks and punches to his former friend, dragging him out with a snap mare, and KICKS the back of TBK - twice; HARD - with Kendrick wincing in pain. London works Kendrick over, with the fans rather quiet - surprised by the slowed down action in the early going. With the U.S Champ in full control, he scores a number of near falls in the ensuing period, with Kendrick forced to show his credentials in order to survive. But just as everything is going swimmingly for London …
The music of M.V.P fills the arena, and takes EVERYONES attention from the ring, with the #1 Contender for Londons title stepping onto the stage - dressed smartly - and confidently strides down the aisle. London is completely thrown off, and watches as his opponent at Summerslam makes his way to ringside, walking around the ring - IGNORING - the Golden Boy, and joins the commentary team … as Kendrick takes full advantage of the distraction, and attacks London from behind, with a big knee to the back, sending London stumbling into the ropes, and follows up with a big side suplex, into a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Kendrick throws London to the outside, letting the action break down and become a little more gritty, dropping his foe onto the barrier, and rams him into the side of the ring apron. On commentary, MVP sounds extremely confident, saying every time he watches London, he sees more weaknesses. For now, Kendrick begins to get rather cocky, toying with London on the outside, slapping the U.S Champion around, but his cockiness costs him, and London catches him with a drop toe hold - sending Kendrick face first into the steel steps!!! London rolls in and out of the ring to break the count, but now unloads on Kendrick, hammering the CW Champion with blows, as TBK tries to scramble away from the fired up Golden Boy. London picks Kendrick up - AND FIRES HIM OVER THE ANNOUNCE TABLE - KNOCKING OVER MVP IN THE PROCESS!!!
It’s carnage on the outside, with Kendrick and MVP both down, whilst Heyman and Styles look for cover. London ignores Porter, and drags Kendrick up, bringing him back to the ring, and inside. There, it’s still all London for the time being, with a mushroom stomp to Kendrick, followed by a roundhouse kick!! He covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Kendrick survives again, as MVP readjusts his headset - but let’s his anger be known - saying London owes him an apology. In the ring, London shoots his opponent off the ropes, but Kendrick returns with a kick to his ducked down opponent, and charges at London, but The Golden Boy responds with an arm drag, SENDING KENDRICK CRASHING THROUGH THE ROPES AGAIN!!!! TBK falls to the outside once again, as London picks up speed … AND ATTEMPTS A SUICIDE DIVE … BUT KENDRICK SIDE STEPS HIM!!! London crashes and burns on the outside … as we cut to a commercial.
And the show returns with Kendrick now back in charge, wearing London down in the ring, focusing on the neck area of the United States Champion. Kendrick wears down London, as Styles calls out MVP on commentary after numerous comments from MVP based on ‘when’ he becomes U.S Champion, as opposed to ‘if’. In response, MVP tells Styles he respects what London has accomplished, but after such a long, hard summer, he believes London is at the point of exhaustion, but HE is primed and ready to take the title. Heyman starts to see the point, commenting that he’s noticed London tiring during this match, and he looked extremely tired at the end of the title match last week.
The question has been raised though - is London on the point of burn out?? The theory is being put to the test, as London desperately tries to battle back, fighting to his feet, and breaks free of Kendricks grip. London delivers an array of dropsaults, dizzying TBK, and executes a German Suplex - WITH A BRIDGE - 1...2...KENDRICK KICKS OUT!!! London follows up with a front slam, setting himself to climb the ropes … but he does so slowly. Again, MVP uses the slowness of the champion as a reason for his theory, saying that a few months ago, London would’ve leaped to the top rope. And the time it takes London to get up top costs him - AS KENDRICK CROTCHES THE GOLDEN BOY ON THE TOP BUCKLE!!!
He tumbles off, and as he gets back up, Kendrick races in, DOCTOR SMOOTHS SECRET RECIPE!!! London is in ALL kinds of trouble here, as Kendrick follows up, hooking him into position, and unlike at the GAB, he doesn’t waste a moment - RACES UP THE ROPES - SLICED BREAD!!!!! Kendrick has the champion beat, and hooks the leg, 1...2...FOOT ON THE ROPE!!!!! It’s pandemonium in Johannesburg, as London JUST survives - albeit via the ropes -, whilst Kendrick is furious. He cant believe it, and argues with the official for a LONG time about the count being slow, and the foot getting to the ropes AFTER the three. Eventually he gives it up, and drags London back up … AND GOES FOR IT AGAIN - BUT LONDON COUNTERS - AND SHOVES KENDRICK OFF AT THE LAST SECOND - BUT KENDRICK COLLIDES WITH THE REFEREE!!!
Instantly, Porter rips off his headset, whilst London catches Kendrick with a quick DDT. London climbs the turnbuckles again - slowly - perching himself … as we see MVP sneakily coming around the ring, - ducking down by the side of the apron so the Golden Boy doesn’t spot him - and just as London stands on the top rope for the 450 Splash, Montel hops onto the apron, SHOVING his future opponent OFF the top!!! London crashes and burns, and Kendrick soon recovers … and DRILLS London with a step up Enziguri!!!!! The referee slowly comes around, as Kendrick makes the cover, pulling back with all he has on the leg of his former friend, whilst MVP is already backing up the ramp with a knowing grin on his face … 1...2...3!!!!!
Winner: The Brian Kendrick @ 16:13
Joey Styles: KENDRICK STEALS IT!!!!!
Kendrick - worse for wear - peels off London, and gets on his knees, seemingly on the brink of tears, pumping his fists in jubilation … even though it’s a NON-title match.
Joey Styles: And apparently, Brian Kendrick just won the main event at WrestleMania!!!
Paul Heyman: It’s called PASSION, Joey Styles, try having some sometime. This kid has been dreaming of this moment for a LONG time. He has always believed HE was the star of the team, and tonight, this victory - for him - proves it!!!
Joey Styles: Please, Paul. Tell me you’re kidding!! MVP SCREWED Paul London tonight. Brian Kendrick didn’t prove anything. He’s celebrating like he just lasted an hour in a Royal Rumble for God sake!!! This guy is a joke!!!
With his title in tow, Kendrick exit’s the ring, getting in the faces of the fans, telling them “I KNEW I WOULD DO IT!!!”, before turning to the camera and saying “I SAID I WAS THE STAR!!!” … “NOW GIMME MY SHOT AT THE TITLE!!”
Joey Styles: Insufferable. I am praying for the day that someone shuts this goof up once and for all. He’s lucky to be still holding the Cruiserweight Title, and NOW he believes he’s due another shot at the U.S Title??
Paul Heyman: Well isn’t he?? He just beat the champ, Joey. That’s pretty good credentials if you ask me.
Joey Styles: Regardless, he’ll have to wait until AFTER Summerslam. Right now, MVP is next in line for a shot at the gold, and let’s remember, MVP cost London this match tonight.
Paul Heyman: First blood to Mr. Porter. For what it’s worth, the guy made a helluva point out here. London looks tired. He’s had a busy summer schedule, and it’s starting to take it’s toll, Joey.
In the ring, London is back up, talking with an official, as he tries to piece together what just happened at the closing stages of the contest, as we cut away…
~ CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF SUMMERSLAM ~
IN THE FINAL OF AN EIGHT MAN TOURNAMENT TO CROWN A NEW WWE CHAMPION, CHRIS JERICHO MEETS ROB VAN DAM IN A SCINTILLATING CONTEST. JERICHO LOOKS TO HAVE THE ADVANTAGE, BUT IN THE END, VAN DAM ENDS HIS QUEST FOR ‘THE BIG ONE’ FINALLY CAPTURING HIS FIRST WWE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND BRINGING AN END TO THE MONIKER OF “THE BEST TO HAVE NEVER BEEN A WORLD CHAMPION”
WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 19 2007 | LONDON, ENGLAND
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
We rejoin Josh Mathews, standing by backstage.
Josh Mathews: Without a doubt, a special moment in the career of Rob Van Dam, and one year on, RVD will look to win his second WWE Championship. And joining me right now is the man of the hour himself, the number one contender for the WWE Title, Rob, Van, Dam.
The camera shows RVD, smiling at the intro, as Mathews continues.
Josh Mathews: Rob, the wait is almost over. Just nine days remain until you take on Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, and after waiting for over four months, surely you are chomping at the bit to get in the ring with the man that almost ended your career??
RVD simply nods.
Rob Van Dam: Josh, I’m normally a pretty laid back dude. I let most things slide, and usually I don’t hold a grudge. When I get in the ring, usually I go with the flow, relax, enjoy myself, and do my thing for the fans. But I think for you, the fans, and all the boys in the back … it’s pretty obvious that it’ll be a different mindset from Rob Van Dam at Summerslam. Chomping at the bit?? That’s an understatement dude.
Tentatively, Mathews brings the mic to his mouth to speak again.
Josh Mathews: But with what Orton has done to you - and others - in the past five months, will you go into the match at Summerslam with at least some modicum of fear for your wellbeing, knowing - first hand - just what Orton is capable of??
With a steely determination, Van Dam shakes his head.
Rob Van Dam: None at all, Josh. Orton injured me at WrestleMania when I was exhausted, and he injured me at Judgment Day because I came back too soon. I’m back now, at one hundred per cent. Josh, you’re lookin at the real Whole … Damn … Show, and there is no way that one to one, face to face, on an even playin field that Orton can hurt me.
Josh Mathews: And of course tonight, you have another opportunity to prove to any remaining doubters that you are fully recovered from your previous injuries suffered at the hands of Orton, when you take on Ortons former stablemate, Garrison Cade. Your thoughts on that match??
RVD ponders for a moment.
Rob Van Dam: Hey man, I’m all for seein guys standin up on their own two feet like Cade has finally done. But the way he’s gone about it?? Not cool, dude. He’s took a few weeks off and come back with a chip on his shoulder … and I know just the guy to take him down a peg or two. (Finally loosening up, Van Dam smirks at Josh) And you know him too Josh…
Van Dam sticks his thumbs up to his shoulders, with the fans heard chanting along in the background.
Rob Van Dam: ROB … VAN … DAM!!
RVD nods and smiles, as we see an arm come around his shoulder - the arm of WWE road agent Tommy Dreamer. The two hug, looking happy to see each other.
Rob Van Dam: Tommy, great to see you, bro. And congrats on the promotion.
Tommy bashfully nods, smiling.
Tommy Dreamer: Thanks Rob. It’ll take a little gettin used to, but I think I’ll get there. But hey, I just wanted to have a quick word.
Rob Van Dam: I hope you’re not tryin to steal my thunder, dude!!
RVD smiles, and Dreamer laughs too, patting his friend on the back.
Tommy Dreamer: If I could, I would!! But, no, in all seriousness, I want to talk to you about Orton. I saw what he tried to pull last week. And I’m not sure whether to believe that he and Cade aren’t actually on the same page. Now … maybe I’m just a little cynical, but I’ve got this horrible feeling that the two are in cahoots, and the way I see it, Orton wants no part of you at Summerslam.
Van Dam listens, as Dreamer continues.
Tommy Dreamer: Look, as much as I’d love to … it’s not really my place to say “I‘ve got your back” anymore, not now I’ve gone “corporate”. Apparently I have to be “impartial”.
Dreamer cheekily smiles at his last line, as Van Dam gives an understandable smile back.
Rob Van Dam: Dude, say no more. I appreciate the advice, and I agree. Ortons nothin more than a low down snake. I don’t know what Cades deal is, but rest assured, I’ll keep my head on a swivel out there tonight. You know how much I want that match at Summerslam, and there’s nothing that’ll stop me getting’ there.
Tommy nods, patting Van Dams back, wishing him luck, as we fade out.
Back into the arena…
Entering to Hardys music, Jeff and Evan Bourne rush onto the stage, full of energy, bringing the fans to their feet ahead of the second Semi Final match of the #1 Contenders tournament.
Joey Styles: And we are getting set to find out who will face The Master Craftsmen in the final of the #1 Contenders tournament!!
Paul Heyman: And someone better call the local airports!! Four of the highest fliers in the WWE today are set to collide!!
Joey Styles: It’s sure to be an incredible showing from four supreme athletes. But before that, we’re going to take a quick commercial break!! We’ll be right back, after these…
And the show returns with The Daredevils in the ring, awaiting their opponents.
Joey Styles: Jeff Hardy and Evan Bourne saw off Elix Skipper and Kid Kash in the first round of this tournament a few weeks back on Superstars in their first ever match together, and they looked right at home, Paul. And earlier today, the duo nicknamed The Daredevils had this to say…
~ EARLIER TODAY ~
Inside a pre-tape studio…
Jeff Hardy: For a few months, I was drifting aimlessly on Smackdown. I lost sight of my goals, and started to dig myself into a pit of mediocrity. But ever since I struck up a friendship with Evan, and this tag team contenders tournament came along?? It’s like I’ve been reborn. Tagging with Evan has reopened my mind, and seeing Evan float inside the ring like a butterfly has helped remind me of who I used to be - who I want to be!!
Hardy slaps his partners chest, getting fired up.
Evan Bourne: And being able to tag with a guy like Jeff - an inspiration to a guy like me - has helped me learn more in a few short weeks than I did in the first few months I’ve been in the WWE.
Jeff Hardy: You’re looking at THE most high flying, death defying, risk taking tag team to hit the WWE since …
Evan Bourne: The Hardy Boys??
Jeff Hardy: And The Daredevils are here to stay.
Evan Bourne: So AMW, it’s about time you started to pay attention to the competition that’s rising for your titles. Because if you’re not careful?? Those titles are gonna be gone … in a flash!!
Bourne smiles, with Hardy patting the shoulder of his partner as we fade out.
To a bigger pop than their opponents, Carlito and Kofi Kingston make their way to the ring, chatting to each other and slapping hands with fans on the way to the ring, whilst Hardy and Bourne bounce up and down, patiently waiting.
~ EARLIER TODAY ~
Inside a pre-tape studio…
Kofi Kingston: Carlito mon, we’re jus’ two wins away from that shot at the titles!!
Kofi excitedly looks to Carlito.
Carlito: Jus’ like you and Carlito should be!! Americas Most Wanted want to belittle the tag teams on Smackdown?? Das there problem. Anyone with a pair of eyes in dere head can see that in the month they’ve had dere holiday, this division EXPLODED.
Kofi Kingston: An’ right at de top of de pile is de Caribbean Connection mon!!
Carlito: And if AMW don’t want to take notice … dey soon will.
Kofi Kingston: Damn straight Lito!!! Now lets get out dere and show de world jus’ how good da Caribbean Connection is!!!
Carlito takes a chunk out of his apple, chewing into it, as we fade out.
Match 4 | WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT | SEMI FINAL:
The Daredevils vs. The Caribbean Connection
The face vs. face match kicks off with a good ‘ol fashioned handshake in the middle of the ring between the four men to a nice ovation. Carlito and Hardy kick proceedings off, and in a good struggle, neither is able to gain an advantage from numerous lock ups, resulting in a stalemate between them. They try again, and Carlito applies a side headlock, but Hardy goes behind for an arm lock, only for Carlito to escape, tripping Jeff, but the two then try to out pace one another, with leaps and slides from both men to avoid contact, before CCC smartly stops, holding the ropes, waiting for Jeff to stop, and once he does, Carlito lands with a clothesline. He tags in Kofi, and Kingston executes a suplex quickly on Hardy, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Kofi immediately tags his partner back in, sending Jeff off the ropes, and leaps as Jeff returns - as Carlito hit’s the opposite ropes in the mean time, dropkicking Hardy as he passes Kofi!! Cover, 1...2...NO!!!
Carlito sends Jeff across the ring, to the corner, but Jeff manages to stop his momentum, hopping over the ropes, onto the apron, blocking a shot from CCC as he comes in, and looks for a slingshot dive back into the ring, but is met with a BIG right hand shot from Carlito, catching Hardy in mid air. CCC tags Kofi back in, with the pair hitting a double elbow for another near fall. Kingston sends Jeff into the corner, running in - but EATING boot!!! Jeff knocks Kofi down with a clothesline, and drags him to the corner, bringing Bourne in for the first time in the match. Jeff slams Kofi down, and recreating an old Hardy Boys move, Jeff holds Kofis leg, whilst Evan gets to the middle rope, diving off with a leg drop, whilst Jeff drops both his legs into the mid section!!! Evan covers, 1...2...NO!!! Bourne follows up with an array of fancy kicks to Kingston, and attempts a whip to the corner, but it’s reversed, and Kofi charges in, HITTING THE KORONCO BUSTER!!! The fans pop, as Kofi tees off on Bourne, before tagging CCC back in.
The Connection work over Bourne in the corner with both men putting the boots to the smallest man in the match, before Carlito shoots Evan off the ropes, but Bourne slides through the legs, rolling Carlito up … 1...2...NO!!! Carlito bounces up, but misses a clothesline, and Evan responds with another array of fancy kicks, backing his opponent up, into the ropes. Bourne speeds at Carlito, but CCC drops his shoulder, and elevates Bourne, OVER THE TOP, sending the smaller man to the floor!! CCC regains his composure, and watches as Bourne picks himself up … AND LOOKS FOR A PLANCHA … BUT EVAN DODGES IT!!! Bourne slides back into the ring, immediately tagging Jeff … and together, the Daredevils go for the turnbuckles - BOTH flying from corners - DIVING ONTO CARLITO SIMULTANEOUSLY OUTSIDE THE RING!!!!! With three of the four men down, the onus falls onto Kofi who steps into the ring, getting a reaction from the fans … BEFORE CHARGING ACROSS THE RING - SUICIDE DIVE TO THE OUTSIDE!!!!! All FOUR men are down, with the fans showing their excitement, as we go to a commercial…
And we return, with the Connection in control, as Carlito applies a chinlock to Evan, but Bourne is soon battling back, elbowing free, proving too quick for his bigger opponent, and knocks CCC down with his spinning savate kick!! It gives Bourne the chance to tag Hardy, and brings the experienced hand back in. They send Carlito into the corner, and dip into the Hardy Boys playbook again with Bourne on all fours, allowing Jeff to race across to deliver POETRY IN MOTION!!! CCC staggers out, and Jeff follows up with a succession of clotheslines, before hitting the ropes, and delivering a flying forearm!! He covers, 1...2...NO!!! Jeff drags Carlito back up, and goes for a whip to the corner, but Carlito reverses, only for Jeff to run up the buckles, and corkscrew moonsault back onto CCC - and a cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Jeff meets Carlito as he gets back to his feet with a kick to the gut, and shoots him off the ropes, ducking down … which invites Carlito to hit a million dollar knee lift on the return!!! Hardy spins around from the impact, allowing CCC to follow up with a clothesline!!! Carlito quickly tags a fresh Kofi back in, and as Kofi runs off the ropes, Carlito executes a drop toe hold on Jeff, allowing Kofi to rebound and execute his BOOM DROP!!! Kofi covers as Carlito exits, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Kofi waits for his opponent to stir, and hops onto the ropes, springing off with a flying clothesline, knocking Jeff right back down. Kofi brings Jeff up, booting him in the gut, and sends him across the ring, but Jeff tries to outsmart Kofi like he did Carlito, hopping to the middle rope … but Kofi ducks under as he dives back - leaving Hardy to hit fresh air and land on his face!!! Dazed on the mat, Hardy is easy pickings for Kofi, who rushes in with an Oklahoma roll … 1...2...JEFF KICKS OUT!!!
It was close, and Kofi opens his mouth wide in shock, thinking momentarily he had it, but quickly gets back on Jeff, meeting him with a kick to the gut. He backs him into the corner, tagging Carlito in again, but as the two look to double team in the corner - JEFF EXPLODES - and starts to throw wild shots at both, rocking Carlito and Kofi, fighting out of the corner, and running off the ropes … RIGHT INTO A SIT OUT SPINEBUSTER FROM CARLITO!!! The Cool One covers, 1...2...NO!!! Hardy kicks out, but Carlito stalks as he watches Jeff try to get back to his feet … AND GOES FOR THE BACK CRACKER - BUT JEFF GRABS THE ROPES TO STOP HIM FROM FALLING - AND CARLITO LANDS ON THE MAT!!! Hardy quickly responds with a jackknife cover … 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Carlito kicks out, shoots back up, and knocks Hardy back down with a quick clothesline!! He drops an elbow to keep Jeff down, then follows up, leaping onto the middle rope, bouncing back with a CORKSCREW SENTON!!!!! Cover again, 1...2...SHOULDER UP!!!
Hardy kicks out, but the end may be nigh … as Carlito looks to set up the APPLE CORE … and goes for it … BUT HARDY COUNTERS WITH A JAWBREAKER!!!!! Both men are down from the move, with fatigue playing against Hardy now … as both crawl to their corners, looking to make a tag … HARDY TAGS BOURNE … AND CARLITO TAGS KOFI!!! Bourne and Kingston BOTH hop into the ring, and Evan slides under a kick from Kofi, and catches him on the turnaround with a leaping knee to the face!! Staggered, Kofi is there for the taking, and Bourne follows up with a head scissors!! Wasting no time, Bourne hoists himself up top, standing - and flying as Kofi gets up - SCORING WITH A DIVING DOUBLE KNEE OFF THE TOP!!! The fans respond with a level of respect for the excitement from Bourne, as he stands back up, and dropkicks an incoming Carlito - BEFORE DELIVERING A STANDING MOONSAULT TO KINGSTON!!! Cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!!
Kingston kicks out, but Bourne has other things on his mind, pointing to the top rope, with the fans cheering. He climbs, perching himself for the SHOOTING STAR … BUT CARLITO SHOVES HIM OFF!!!!! It’s a mixed reaction from the fans - wanting to see the high risk move - as Carlito shrugs in the ring, but Jeff is back in, and he spins Carlito around, and tees off on The Cool One, backing him into the ropes … then rushes at him, TAKING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE AND BOTH HIT THE FLOOR BELOW!!! In the ring, Bourne slowly reaches his feet, with Kofi back up too … and Evan walks into the path of Kingston … AND THE S.O.S!!!!! Kingston covers, 1...2...BOURNE KICKS OUT!!!!! Again, Kofi is shocked by the kick out, but nods in respect to his opponents efforts, before standing up, readying himself for Evan getting back up … AND LOOKS FOR TROUBLE IN PARADISE … BUT JEFF HARDY TRIPS HIM FROM THE OUTSIDE!!!!!
Hardy, having knocked Carlito down for the time being, slides back into the ring, kicking Kofi in the gut, and dropping him with a front suplex. Just as it looks like the Daredevils have the upper hand though, Carlito slides back into the ring, rushing behind a recovered Bourne … AND DROPS HIM WITH THE BACK CRACKER!!!!! Hardy sees it, but is too late to stop it. Instantly though, he’s on Carlito, hammering down his opponent, pounding him at the ropes, then runs at him, but Carlito low bridges the rope, with Jeff toppling over. Hardy lands on the apron though, and gets to his feet, but as he swings at Carlito, The Cool One drops him - neck first - on the top rope, with Jeff falling off the apron onto the floor. CCC doesn’t even give it a seconds thought - AND SPRINGS ONTO THE ROPE, AND ANOTHER - DOUBLE SPRINGBOARD SOMERSAULT TO HARDY ON THE OUTSIDE!!!!! In the ring, Kingston and Bourne slowly make it to their feet … as Evan peels himself off the ropes … turning … RIGHT INTO TROUBLE IN PARADISE!!!!! He covers, 1...2...3!!!!!
Winners: The Caribbean Connection @ 13:34
Joey Styles: WHAT A MATCH!!! WHAT AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE RE-EMERGING TAG TEAM DIVISION ON SMACKDOWN!!!
Paul Heyman: Incredible, Joey. Incredible. What a story of guts, will and determination from four guys desperate to prove themselves!! You try telling me there’s no competition for AMW!!!
Joey Styles: And this means that Carlito and Kofi Kingston will meet Brent Albright and Charlie Haas for the title shot at Summerslam!! The Caribbean Connection have another opportunity to face The Master Craftsmen, and this time, the reward couldn’t be greater!!!
In the ring, Carlito clutches his partner, hugging Kingston tightly, with the two enjoying the moment, earning a hard fought victory tonight over an impressive tandem of Hardy and Bourne. On the outside, Hardy throws his head up, showing the difference between elation and despair, whilst Bourne simply lies on the canvas - hands over his face.
Paul Heyman: Without wanting to sound corny, Joey, Jeff Hardy and Evan Bourne have nothing - NOTHING - to be ashamed of tonight. They gave it everything they could’ve. But on this night, they just found themselves ONE STEP behind the better team on the night. They oughta be proud of their effort.
Hardy now joins Bourne in the ring, helping up his beaten partner, giving him words of encouragement as Evan apologises. The beaten duo then turn their attentions to the winners, with Jeff grabbing the arm of Carlito to grab his attention. There is a moment of tension … before Jeff extends a hand, which is accepted, as Bourne joins in, shaking hands with Kingston.
Joey Styles: Well, they may have just beaten the tar out of one another for fifteen minutes, and there may have been one or two underhanded moves thrown in - all in the spirit of competition - but in the end, these four clearly have respect for each other. A great sight to see!!
Paul Heyman: These four know they’ve been in a battle, Joey. And I’d love to see ‘em do it again soon!!
Joey Styles: Maybe even for the WWE Tag Team Titles next time??
The shot cuts from the four in the ring … to the stage … where Brent Albright and Charlie Haas; The Master Craftsmen, are seen watching intently, not gesturing, or clapping … simply standing and watching. Carlito and Kingston spot them, and stare back, over the ropes - saying nothing - but like their rivals for the title shot at Summerslam, they simply stare.
Joey Styles: What a final it promises to be, Paul. These two teams have already met a number of times over the last month, but next week, it’s not for bragging rights, it’s for a shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles!!!
Paul Heyman: The stakes have been raised, Joey. These two have proven themselves as the cream of the crop - after AMW of course - and on Monday, when the pressure is REALLY cranked up, we’re gonna find out once and for all which of these two teams are the best.
Joey Styles: I cannot wait.
As we fade to a commercial, The Master Craftsmen and The Caribbean Connection have yet to budge, staring down their opponents, as they prepare to renew hostilities next week.
We return to Smackdown, with ‘The Narcissist’ Nick Nemeth in the ring - laying across the top rope, looking bored, checking out his nails, as Tony Chimmel completes his introduction … then introduces a local jobber; “Ethan Jacobs”
Nick Nemeth vs. Ethan Jacobs
Nemeth remains on the top rope as the bell rings, with the local jobber unsure how to react. He looks at the referee, with Scott Armstrong approaching Nemeth, telling him to get on with the match, but Nemeth argues, pointing at the jobber, saying “THIS IS A JOKE”, completely insulted by the calibre of opponent. The official orders Nemeth down, starting a count, with Nemeth finally dropping down - albeit in protest - and continues to argue with the referee, not even acknowledging the opponent … until he cheap shots Jacobs with a right hand, then a boot to the gut … and a Fame Asser - referred to as ‘THE EGO BOOST’ as Nemeth covers, berating the referee as he makes the count, yelling at Armstrong; “THIS IS A WASTE OF MY TIME” … 1...2...3!!!
Winner: Nick Nemeth @ 00:40
Quick, emphatic victory for ‘The Narcissist’ who has yet to break a sweat since his debut a month ago. Nemeth has his hand raised, but isn’t happy, pulling away instantly, and getting into the camera, yelling “SOMEONE GIVE ME A CHALLENGE” before leaving the ring in a huff, pulling away as a few fans try to reach out and touch him.
Joey Styles: Another quick, impressive win for Nick Nemeth on Smackdown.
Paul Heyman: He wasn’t happy before he even got here tonight. He is STILL furious he wasn’t on the show last week, and he’s even more upset that his calls for stronger competition are being ignored.
Joey Styles: Maybe he should think about taking a leaf out of Garrison Cades book, and go looking for competition, rather than wait for it, if he’s so desperate to make an impression here.
Nemeth continues to the top of the ramp, stopping to address the camera again; “YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE HALF OF MY TALENTS YET. I‘M STILL IN REVERSE GEAR!!” before pushing the cameraman away, and exiting through the curtain.
We cut backstage, and straight to the office of ERIC BISCHOFF, where the GM is sat ON his desk, ready to address the camera.
Eric Bischoff: As you’ll all be aware, the WWE, with Eric Bischoff steering BOTH the Raw and Smackdown ships, will present the biggest Summerslam of all time in just nine days time. Thanks to my match making, it is shaping up to be the most glorious event in history, but before we come to Summerslam … we’ve got TWO more stops next week.
Some boos for the GM for blowing his own trumpet.
Eric Bischoff: And to commemorate such a milestone as the twentieth annual Summerslam, tied in with the incredible World Tour we- I have put together, next week, the Raw and Smackdown rosters - for one week only - will merge as one. And as a special attraction, a Smackdown match will headline Raw, whilst a Raw match will headline Smackdown next week.
Small reaction from the fans.
Eric Bischoff: Already, an eight man tag team match has been confirmed, and in addition, The Master Craftsmen will meet The Caribbean Connection on Raw, with the winners - as I’m sure you’re all aware - set to move on to Summerslam to face Americas Most Wanted for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Another small pop.
Eric Bischoff: So, on top of that, right now I’d like to officially announce the Smackdown match to main event Raw … and trust me … it’s a big one. Featuring two men heavily involved in next Sundays Summerslam … it’ll be the WWE Champion Randy Orton…
Eric Bischoff: Going one on one, with a man who hasn’t appeared on Raw - or Smackdown for that matter - since WrestleMania … THE UNDERTAKER!!!
Big pop for the mention of The Deadman, making his first (live) TV appearance since Saturday Nights Main Event.
Eric Bischoff: I told you people it would be big. And if I say so myself … I don’t think it disappointed. So, how about Raw main eventing Smackdown next Friday, huh?? How about another two men heavily involved with Summerslam?? How about … TRIPLE H!!!
Eric Bischoff: Going one on one … with … REY MYSTERIO!!!
Big pop for the ever popular Mysterio.
Eric Bischoff: And, as if that wasn’t enough-
Bischoff stops, looking off camera.
Eric Bischoff: What do you want??
The camera turns, showing TRIPLE H. The Game steps forward, walking up to the GM, with a confident smile on his face.
Triple H: I was just looking for Brock Lesnar. You haven’t seen him??
Knowing Lesnar isn’t even in the country, The Game chuckles, whilst Bischoff scowls.
Eric Bischoff: Very funny.
Bischoff turns to the cameraman, pointing to the camera.
Eric Bischoff: Turn that off please.
The cameraman is heard saying ‘YES’, but clearly disobeys his orders … leaving the camera rolling.
Eric Bischoff: You know you’re an asshole, right??
The Game smirks, and nods.
Eric Bischoff: You know Brock isn’t here. Why did you even show up tonight.
Triple H: Because I could, Eric. Because I wanted to walk around Brock Lesnars stomping yard, and looking every single one of his friends in the eye, with not a single one having the balls to stand up in my face. Not one person tried to save him last week, and I’m here to throw it in all their faces. The Smackdown roster turned in fear … at me.
Voice: Not everyone.
FINLAY of all people, walks into the room, and walks right up to Triple H, not backing up a step.
Finlay: I don’t fear ye, big fella. And the only reason I didn’t step in last week is because Brock Lesnar is a man that stands on his own two feet. He’d rather have taken that beatin last week, than be saved by anyone.
Triple H smirks.
Triple H: Is that right??
Finlay steps into The Game.
Finlay: That’s right.
Triple H sneers, losing his smile, and rips off his sunglasses, trying to rattle the veteran Irishman.
Triple H: You think you could do any better?? Seein as you love to fight an all.
Finlay says nothing, but nods.
Triple H: Well how about Eric here puts a little match together. Raw’s in your home town next week, right??
Triple H: Well why don’t we give you a homecoming to remember??
Finlay: Suits me.
Bischoff, both tentative at the prospect of a fight breaking out in his office, but excited at the prospect of the match, tries to step in.
Eric Bischoff: Alright, sounds good to me. Monday Night on Raw, Triple H, one on one, with Finlay. And to get into the spirit, it’ll be a Belfast Brawl.
Triple H and Finlay both look agreeable to the match, with Triple H placing his glasses back on.
Triple H: Look on the Brightside, pal … at least you’ll get an extended vacation back home …
The Game gets in the face of Finlay again.
Triple H: … from the comfort of a hospital bed.
Quickly, Bischoff gets between the two, as Finlay leans back to throw a blow, but prevents himself. Bischoff instructs Triple H out of the room, with The Game backing out, taking another look at the fired up Irishman, as we fade out…
PRE-TAPED ON LOCATION; JOHANNESBURG
Just like last week, ANOTHER dank hotel room is the scene of this weeks AMW video diary, as we look around a messy room, with clothes strewn all over the place, on top of food boxes, cartons, crisp bags, and dozens of beer bottles…
Cameraman: We were supposed to be cutting the video out on a safari trip this week…
Then, we see Chris Harris, crashed out, sleeping on a couch, with a slice of pizza on his vest top … before cutting to James Storm - also asleep - resting his head on a table, with bottles of beer surrounding him.
Cameraman: But they just wanted to stay in the hotel and drink beer.
We see an alarm clock on the table - it’s only 2pm.
Cameraman: This isn’t the first time this has happened. It’s not even the first time it happened today. These two have gone completely off the rails. I’ve been with them for the last four weeks, and they haven’t worked out once.
The shot cuts to a pair of ripped jeans on the floor.
Cameraman: Storm musta gained about twenty or thirty pounds. The man cant fit in his jeans anymore. That’s the second pair he’s ripped this week, and some of his t-shirts are starting to fit like tank tops.
The cameraman turns the focus to takeaway food cartons.
Cameraman: They’ve completely forgotten about any kind of diet. We haven’t seen a piece of fruit in their hands yet. Harris has been throwin up everywhere we go - his insides are a mess.
And he then takes a look at a pile of beer bottles … before switching to an ALMIGHTY stack of beer bottles.
Cameraman: That’s just since we landed in South Africa. Not one of those bottles was drunk by me. Just the two of them. And they’ve drank more elsewhere.
He turns, with Storm moving on his chair, leaning back - showing off a mighty gut - poking out of the bottom of his shirt. The camera zooms in on the rotund sight.
Cameraman: Look at that.
The cameraman moves a few things around, to show the tag team title belts - stained with a substance - possibly curry.
Cameraman: These two have gone so far off the rails. They’ve not watched ONE week of Smackdown since the tour started. Anytime I try to talk to them about the tournament, or the title match at Summer slam … they blow it off, and tell me to get a number for a decent take out service, or go out and get more beer.
He turns the camera to show the two slobs sleeping again.
Cameraman: I honestly think they believe they can retain the titles in this condition. Look at them…
Harris - in a half dream / half awake state - scratches his ass, before turning over, and sleeping again.
Cameraman: No cardio, no weights, no healthy eating, no scouting the competition … Storm had to take a break halfway up a flight of stairs at the airport yesterday … and I had to stop Harris from getting beat up by an elderly dude yesterday after Harris tried to steal his bottle of Cola. And I’m serious, that old guy had Chris pushed up against a wall.
The cameraman turns the camera to himself, showing him to be a middle eastern looking fellow (it’s Ranjin Singh for the benefit of this) who shakes his head.
Cameraman: These two need a serious wake up call if they want to keep their titles at Summerslam … if it’s not already too late…
He turns the camera back around, and shows the two once again … in bad, bad shape.
** VIDEO PACKAGE **
Back in the arena, backstage, GARRISON CADE is seen walking down a hallway, cranking his neck side to side, looking ready for his match with RVD that’s coming up in a few moments time. As he walks down the hall though, he is stopped … BY RANDY ORTON!!!
There’s an awkward silence between the pair, with neither showing much emotion toward the other, before Orton breaks the ice.
Randy Orton: Look. I know you left me high and dry a few weeks back … but I guess … I deserved it. Hows about we put that water under th-
Garrison Cade: That hand comes out any further, and Imma shove it down your throat.
Orton looks surprised by the reaction, but before he can say anything, Cade speaks again.
Garrison Cade: I already know what you’re gonna say. I know why you’re here being all nice to me … but it’s okay. I intend on taking out Van Dam anyway.
Sadistically, Orton grins.
Garrison Cade: But y’can wipe that silly grin of your kisser. I aint doin it for your benefit. Naw. I’m takin out Van Dam tonight so I can move in on his spot … for your title.
Cade eyeballs Orton, and puts an arm on the champions chest, easing him aside, before walking off, as Orton watches on … with his mood changing from surprise … to flat out anger.
Lots of clips of excited fans, buying tickets for Summerslam, showing them to a camera airs, as the chords of ‘Fans’ by Kings of Leon plays in the background, before the following words fill the screen.
SOMETHING BIG IS COMING…
Flashing shots of a deranged Umaga, a jubilant Paul London and an intense Kurt Angle appear on the screen.
… ON AUGUST 19 …
Cut to Randy Orton posing, John Cena running down the aisle, and Edge tearing at his hair in despair.
… WEMBLEY STADIUM HOSTS …
Zooming shot of the newly built Wembley Stadium.
… THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SUMMERSLAM!!
Explosion of fast and furious finishers; Rey Mysterio with a 619, Lesnar with an F5, RVD soaring, Straight Edge hitting a double shining wizard and Shelton Benjamin nailing Paydirt.
‘London Calling’ by The Clash takes over now, as the next series of big screen filling words begins.
~ BIGGER THAN EVER BEFORE ~
Shots of fans from Summerslam 1992, before a shot of the new look Wembley.
~ BIGGER VENUE ~
Shots of Triple H, Lesnar, Orton, RVD, Christian, Umaga, Kennedy and Cena.
~ BIGGER NAMES ~
Cut to Umaga standing over Christian, then Lesnar and Triple H face to face.
~ BIGGER MATCHES ~
Clips of MNM & Straight Edge; in action against one another, spliced with shots from previous TLC matches, and other random shots of both teams using chairs in the past, and MNM putting Booker T through a table last December.
~ BIGGER STAKES ~
Clips of The Undertaker walking toward the ring; cut to the Deadman chokeslamming JBL into the grave last month, then to Edge spearing the mannequin last week.
~ BIGGER CHALLENGES ~
Orton punting RVD at WrestleMania, then the Hangmans DDT at Judgment Day … before RVD smashes Orton with the Van Terminator in Japan.
~ BIGGER COMEBACKS ~
Kurt Angle attacking Rey Mysterio in Mexico; applying an American flag to the face of the proud Rey in his spiritual home … then cut to Mr. Kennedy and The Miz bloodying Cena that very same week with the video camera.
~ BIGGER FOES ~
Shots of Christian getting owned by Umaga over the previous weeks, then the soundbite;
“In my corner on August 19 at Summerslam … will be … RICKY … HATTON!!!”
~ AND THE BIGGEST NAME IN BRITISH BOXING HISTORY ~
Stock footage of Hatton at his best, with vicious knockouts, and raising his title belts aloft, sat on the shoulders of his trainers.
IT’S THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE SUMMER …
Big collection of showdowns; RVD & Orton, Kennedy & Cena, Triple H & Lesnar …
… AND IT’S NEVER BEEN THIS BIG!!
Then flashing shots of Umaga … and Christian … before darkness.
“I NEVER FELT SO MUCH A-LIKE, LIKE-A, LIKE-A”
WWE SUMMERSLAM | AUGUST 19 | WEMBLEY STADIUM
ONLY ON PAY PER VIEW
Back into the arena, and ‘Fans’ by Kings of Leon plays on the PA.
Joey Styles: We’d like to thank Kings of Leon for the use of the song ‘Fans’ as one of the Summerslam theme songs this year, and Paul, it’s just nine days away.
Paul Heyman: The only Pay Per View I’ve ever been involved in with this company that had this much hype behind it, was a little event called WrestleMania Seventeen. I think you might’ve heard of it.
Joey Styles: And indeed, this years Summerslam, the twentieth annual of it’s kind, has a WrestleMania feel to it. Five hours on Pay Per View, with a glorious setting in the form of Wembley Stadium, and a main event that has captured the imagination like no other. Captain Charisma, Christian, defends the World Heavyweight Championship against the imposing figure of the Samoan Bulldozer, the undefeated Mister Money in the Bank, Umaga. Ricky Hatton will be in the corner of Christian, but will that be enough for the champ to inflict Umagas first ever defeat and retain his title, and send shockwaves through the wrestling world??
Paul Heyman: He cant even put up a fight, Joey. Week after week, Christian has had his ass handed to him by Umaga. The man cant give us a reason to believe he can even pose a threat to the Samoan Bulldozer, never mind beat him. He’ll get destroyed if you ask me.
Joey Styles: An uphill struggle for Christian for sure. Another undefeated powerhouse gets a title shot in the Womens division at Summerslam, as Beth Phoenix meets the woman that halted her ambitions for five years. The Womens Champion Mickie James faces the biggest threat of her reign. Can Mickie overcome Beth??
Paul Heyman: Now that’s a question. I cant tell if Mickie James is flat out scared of Beth Phoenix or not. She wont tangle with Beth at all. She refused to fight the number one contender on Raw, and instead decided to fight The Coach - nice kick by the way, Mickie. Personally, I’d rather fight The Coach than take on Beth Phoenix myself. But come Summerslam, Miss James has no choice in the matter.
Joey Styles: And after witnessing the latest home video from AMW, it would appear, Paul, that the champs have … well, they’ve let themselves go. They’ve got nine days to get in shape, but is nine days enough to get ready for the challenge of either the Caribbean Connection or the Master Craftsmen?? As good as the champs are, I don’t think they’re good enough to get away with that.
Paul Heyman: It could be the rudest of awakenings at Summerslam. AMW bemoaned the lack of competition in the tag team division. Well boys, you’ve got some now, and if you don’t get into shape, you’re gonna find yourselves without the gold, and stuck in a deep division, full of teams vying for a shot at the titles.
Joey Styles: Two men that certainly wont go into Wembley Stadium under prepared next Sunday will be John Cena and Mister Kennedy. They’ve forged quite the rivalry in the last month, and it comes to a head at Summerslam, when the brash, outspoken loudmouth looks to overtake the proven force John Cena on the ladder.
Paul Heyman: As far as Kennedy is concerned, Cenas time is just about up, and he’s ready to pick at that carcass to help get himself noticed and recognised as a true, main event force. In my opinion, it’s make or break - for both men. A loss for either man will be fatal.
Joey Styles: And over on Smackdown, Edge - not dissimilar from Kennedy - will look to knock off The Deadman, as he continues his quest for a one on one shot at the WWE Championship. Surely, Paul, victory over Taker at Summerslam makes Edge the next in line for a shot at the richest prize in our sport??
Paul Heyman: Has to. It simply has to. What else would this man have to do to get a shot he should’ve had months ago anyway?? But he has to beat The Undertaker first at Summerslam. Failure to win on the big stage, and it all becomes a moot point anyway!!
Joey Styles: From title aspirations to a match based purely on a personal issue. Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio have developed a rivalry over on Raw that has quickly captured the attention of the entire audience. It’s bad blood, and it runs deep, and these two will wage a war at Wembley, no doubt.
Paul Heyman: Ohh, it’s never been this personal, Joey. Angle - slighted by the fact that Mysterio beat him in a battle royal in Angles hometown - paid the favour back in Mexico City. Leaving aside Angles comments about Mysterios heritage, and his actions with the Mexican flag, Kurt Angle very nearly committed the ultimate sin a week ago, and tried to remove Mysterios identity - his mask. If it wasn’t personal before, you can bet your behind it sure as hell is now.
Joey Styles: Perhaps only one other match holds as much - if not more - personal animosity than that one, and it’s the streetfight between Brock Lesnar … and Triple H.
Paul Heyman: Helluva point. Brock Lesnar will not arrive in London at anything near one hundred per cent after last weeks brutal assault, but he will give it absolutely everything he has. Once that adrenaline starts pumping, it’s go time, and perhaps, MAYBE, Triple H might live to regret the day he bloodied and battered Brock Lesnar … without finishing the job.
Joey Styles: Could there be the ultimate feel good story at Summerslam for Englands own William Regal?? The veteran from Blackpool is part of a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship, with Matt Hardy in the mix, battling for Shelton Benjamins gold.
Paul Heyman: Shelton Benjamin. One of the brightest prospects to ever grace a professional wrestling ring. He does things you couldn’t even imagine. Matt Hardy. Like a dog with a bone, Hardy will NOT let up in his quest to capture that title and finally take the steps to becoming the star he believes he can be. And William Regal. Fairytales don’t happen, but thankfully, Regal doesn’t need to rely on fairytales. He’s in the match on merit, and his knowledge, his experience, his nous could see him outsmart his younger, more naďve opposition.
Joey Styles: United States Championship also up for grabs in nine days time, as the Golden Boy defends against the highest paid superstar in Smackdown history. Has the champion really hit the wall?? Has Paul Londons tank run empty?? Or will London find another reserve to pull out the victory against the confident challenger??
Paul Heyman: M.V.P is convinced that London is feeling the strain of a busy summer. He’s convinced that London is exhausted, on the point of burn out, and like any good opportunist, MVP has booked his title shot just at the right time. We could be crowning a new champ at Summerslam, Joey.
Joey Styles: Then, it’s Tables … Ladders … Chairs. But that’s not all. The World Tag Team Titles are up for grabs, and the losers will leave Monday Night Raw. It’s the final chapter of a rivalry that has dominated Raw all year, but will it be MNM or Straight Edge that gets the last laugh??
Paul Heyman: Numbers game, Joe. MNM has back up in droves. The Entourage are never more than two steps away from their idols, and the delectable Melina is always by their side. That, my friend, is too much for any two men to handle, least of all Punk and Helms. Look on the Brightside, Straight Edge will be free to join us over on Friday Nights!!
Joey Styles: And finally. For us Paul, this is the main event. The Smackdown main event will see Randy Orton finally meet Rob Van Dam one on one, with the WWE Championship at stake.
Paul Heyman: RVD lost four months of his career - and luckily no more - thanks to Orton and his boot at WrestleMania. Come Summerslam, it’s redemption time, and there would be no bigger revenge for RVD than to take back the title that was cruelly snatched from him at WrestleMania in March.
Joey Styles: It’s a simply phenomenal line up. How can you afford to miss it?? It is unquestionably - THE event of 2007. The biggest Summerslam of all time, just NINE days away from Wembley Stadium. You HAVE to order this event.
**ONE OF A KIND**
The fans stand up, in anticipation, as ROB VAN DAM marches onto the stage, cool, calm and collected, soaking up the admiration of the fans.
Joey Styles: There he is!! The man with revenge firmly on his mind ahead of Summerslam. But he must wait nine more days for Orton. Tonight, he must negotiate a way around a rejuvenated, refocused Garrison Cade. It’s our main event, and it’s next!!!
We return, with Cade just finishing up his entrance, slowly entering the ring, trying to intimidate Van Dam - to no avail.
Rob Van Dam vs. Garrison Cade
It’s a short match, with Cade overpowering Van Dam early on, shoving RVD hard into the corner - twice - before Van Dam dances with what brought him, and backs Cade up, using his feet - not landing with any - but making an impression, forcing the big Texan to step between the ropes, and force RVD back. They both tentatively move closer again, wary of their opponents strengths, but Cade strikes with a boot to the gut, and drives his forearm into the back of Van Dam, putting his opponent onto his knees, and hit’s the ropes, looking for a boot to the face, but Van Dam rolls out of harms way, then trips Cade, and rolls him up … 1...no more than that. Cade shoots up, as does RVD, and the two stand off again.
Van Dam begins to quicken the pace, too quick for Cade, landing blows with his well touted educated feet, but as he looks to leap off the middle buckle, Cade attacks him from behind, and takes over after dropping the #1 Contender with a side suplex and a quick two count. From there, Cade looks to rough Van Dam up, taking the fight to him in the corner, but as he sends RVD across the ring, Van Dam leaps to the middle rope, and strikes back with a kick to Cade, and knocks him down with a succession of clotheslines. Cade pulls himself up in the corner, but RVD is on him, landing with ten unanswered mounted blows - to which the fans count along - before leaping off, and running back, executing a monkey flip to the big Texan!!! With an opening, RVD hit’s the ropes … ROLLING THUNDER!!! Cover, 1...2...CADE POWERS OUT!!!!!
Cade shows his power, but Van Dam tries not to let the big man get to his feet, attacking with an array of kicks to the legs and body, before shooting him off the ropes, but Cade comes back off … WITH A BIG BOOT!!! Quickly, Cade drops elbows - half a dozen in rapid succession - to Van Dam, punishing Mr. Friday Night, and covers, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! The Lone Star drags Van Dam back up, sending him to the corner, rushing in behind, but RVD gets a foot up!! Cade staggers, and RVD leaps onto the middle buckle again - ONLY FOR CADE TO SNUFF IT ONCE MORE!!! Cade hammers the back, stopping Van Dam, and now hooks RVD into position - HE’S LOOKING FOR THE RAZORS EDGE!!! Van Dam tries to wriggle free … but Cade gets him out of the corner … BUT RVD DOES SLIP FREE!!!
Van Dam lands on his feet, and Cade turns, rushing the former champion - BUT GETS CREAMED WITH A SPIN KICK!!! RVD looks around, then hit’s the top rope … SPLIT LEGGED MOONSAULT!!!!! Cover, 1...2...KICK OUT!!! Van Dam puts the kick out behind him, moving on, and leaps up top again - FOR THE FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH … BUT CADE ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!!! The fans boo, as the popular RVD looks disappointed from the top rope … BUT THEN SPLASHES TO THE OUTSIDE ONTO CADE … BUT CADE CATCHES HIM … AND RUNS VAN DAM INTO THE RING POST!!!!! The Lone Star picks RVD up again, and runs him into the other ring post, before slamming RVD against the barrier, with Rob wincing in pain on the floor, clutching his back.
After posing to the fans - getting them riled up - Cade throws RVD back into the ring, following inside, and cleaning RVD with a lariat. He doesn’t cover, but instead shows a wry smile whilst standing over the #1 Contender. He reaches down, dragging RVD back to his feet … and looks to be setting up for the dreaded HEART PUNCH!!! On commentary, Heyman is giddy … as Cade positions Van Dam … then winds up … BUT VAN DAM BREAKS FREE!!! Van Dam frees his left hand, and fights Cade off, trying to go toe to toe with Cade, only for Cade to stop the momentum with a knee to the gut. Cade then runs off the ropes, rushing back at Van Dam … but RVD backs up, and drops the ropes, with the big Texan tumbling over the top, and onto the floor below!!! In the ring, Van Dam stands, looking to get the fans rocking, before motioning to the outside for a dive onto Cade … but as he backs up … RANDY ORTON SLIDES INTO THE RING AND BLASTS RVD FROM BEHIND WITH THE WWE TITLE BELT TO THE SKULL!!!!! Instant disqualification.
Winner: Via DQ - Rob Van Dam @ 06:21
Joey Styles: God dammit!!! You just knew that that snake, Randy Orton would show his face at some point!!
Orton smirks, as he stands over RVD, who struggles back to his feet … and as soon as he does, he’s spun around … RKO!!!!! Orton puts RVD DOWN … but before he can do anything more … he’s confronted by Garrison Cade!!! The Lone Star is FUMING with Orton for getting him disqualified, as it becomes crystal clear that they are NOT in cahoots.
Joey Styles: Now this could get interesting. Garrison Cade is FURIOUS with Randy Orton here. He didn’t want to lose this match, especially not by a DQ.
Before anything can happen between Orton and Cade though, their stand off is soon broken off … AS BATISTA COMES CHARGING DOWN THE AISLE!!! The Animal rushes down the ramp, with one thing on his mind - GARRISON CADE!! Orton is quick to point it out to Cade too, wanting to get rid of his former running buddy … and Cade tries to act quick, leaping on Batista as he slides into the ring … but Big Dave brings Cade down … AND DRAGS HIM UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE!!!!!
Paul Heyman: OH BOY!!! We gotta fight here, Joey!!!
On the outside now, the two big units trade bombs, throwing massive right hands at one another, going back and forth … all the way up the aisle … as we cut back to the ring … and the ungodly … sickening sight of Randy Orton backing into the corner, watching his prey … as RVD climbs to his knees … as the fans quieten … with Orton lining up the dreaded, sickening PUNT KICK …
Joey Styles: (Sombre) Oh dear God no. Someone- Someone please … not again.
Just as Cade and Batista disappear from view, Orton looks set to strike … ready, waiting … for the perfect moment … AND RUSHES … BUT TOMMY DREAMER SLIDES INTO THE RING AT THE LAST MOMENT TO STOP HIM!!!
Joey Styles: Thank God for that!!!
The fans cheer at the timely interruption, as Dreamer stands in front of RVD, protecting his former ECW brethren from the dreaded punt kick. Orton looks ready to explode, his veins popping from his neck, as Dreamer tries to reason with him to stop.
Paul Heyman: Nice job, Tommy, but you might not want to stay in there too long. Get Rob outta there, and get out yourself.
Orton says nothing, still seething from rage that he’s been stopped from playing out his plan, as RVD is seen being pulled from the ring by Dean Malenko and Michael Hayes, with two trainers also on stand by, quickly shining a torch in his eyes - concerned his head problems may have resurfaced.
Joey Styles: I hope this is just a precaution for Van Dam. He took a hell of a shot to the skull with that WWE title belt.
Paul Heyman: Yeah, I think- I hope it is just that. The last thing he needs is more head problems.
Joey Styles: Just think how much worse this would’ve been if Tommy Dreamer hadn’t showed up though, Paul.
In the ring, it looks like Orton has calmed down, with Dreamer seemingly thinking he has soothed the situation … UNTIL ORTON EXPLODES WITH AN RKO!!!!!
Joey Styles: WHA- SON OF A-
Paul Heyman: Why didn’t Dreamer get outta there sooner!!
Joey Styles: Orton cant get away with this!!!
On the ramp, the agents, trainers and RVD turn, seeing what just happened, as RVD tries to come back to the ring, but Van Dam is held back … and can only watch, as Orton peers out of the ring at Van Dam on the ramp … and smiles.
Joey Styles: (Sombre) That sick bastard. I hope he isn’t-
Paul Heyman: That’s a sick smile. I don’t like it one bit.
Van Dam finally shoves the trainers away, and runs to the ring … BUT IT’S TOO LATE … ORTON RUNS ACROSS THE RING … AND PUNTS TOMMY DREAMER!!!!!
Joey Styles: GAWD NO!!!
Paul Heyman: Son of a bitch.
Joey Styles: You piece of trash!!!
Instantly, Orton slides under the bottom rope, as RVD slides in, diving - BUT JUST MISSING - the WWE Champion, who escapes, and doesn’t look back, hopping over the barrier, and running into the darkness, through a sea of fans.
Joey Styles: Like the scumbag he his, that- that BASTARD is running into the darkness!!! We need help out here. Orton has struck again.
Paul Heyman: Dreamer is hurt.
Joey Styles: He is the lowest of the low. He deserves to rot in hell.
Van Dam grabs at the ropes, boiling over, before quickly turning his attention to his old time friend, instantly waving for help, as Hayes, Malenko, the two trainers and now more medics and officials rush to the ring. We hear both Heyman and Styles taking their headsets off, as both become visible on camera, looking highly concerned for the well being of their long time friend and associate, who is sprawled out in the ring … another victim of the dreaded PUNT.
The show closes with Rob Van Dam stepping back from the scene, turning, and burying his head on the top turnbuckle, showing the anguish, as his friend is taken out by Orton … and he must live with the guilt that Dreamer got kicked for coming to his aid.
END OF SHOW
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 w/ Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton
Mr. Money in the Bank; Unbeaten & Undefeated Umaga w/ Armando Estrada
WWE Championship Match:
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam
World Tag Team Championships | Tables Ladders and Chairs Match:
!!THE FINAL CHAPTER - LOSERS LEAVE RAW!!
MNM vs. Straight Edge
WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
Americas Most Wanted vs. The Master Craftsmen OR The Caribbean Connection
WWE Intercontinental Championship | Triple Threat Match:
Shelton Benjamin vs. Matt Hardy vs. William Regal
WWE United States Championship Match:
Paul London vs. M.V.P
Womens Championship Match:
Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix
!!THE WRESTLEMANIA REMATCH!!
~ STREETFIGHT ~
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
~ FIRST TIME EVER ~
John Cena vs. Mr. Kennedy w/The Miz
One on One:
Edge vs. The Undertaker
Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle
Special Hall Of Fame induction ceremony
~ ‘The British Bulldog’ Davey Boy Smith ~