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WWE No Way Out
A SmackDown!-Only Production



Date:
February 19th, 2006

Location:
1st Mariner Arena; Baltimore, Maryland

Event Music:
Deadly Game; Theory Of A Deadman


Opening Video Package:
We start off the video package with a figure sat at a table, a drink in hand, and back to the camera. The camera pans around to reveal the handsome features of Randy Orton, a shadowy smirk on his face, as he takes a sip of scotch.


Narrator:
Respect each peer
Respect each foe more
Attributes stand next to your conscience’s core…

A shot of Randy Orton in the ring, contract in hand, announcing his ultimatum to SmackDown!

We go to another figure sat at a bar, this time with his head bowed. It rises up slowly to show us the intense eyes of Batista. The image flickers, snapping in a quick shot of The Undertaker’s lifeless eyes.


Narrator:
Respect each night
Respect each day
Actions reveal your character in every way…

A shot of Batista receiving a Chokeslam from The Undertaker a few weeks ago, followed by the footage of their recent brawl on SmackDown! with the lights flashing on and off behind.

We go to yet another darkened bar, where a man nurses a drink, all alone in the corner of the room, with one hand clutching his face. The camera looks over his shoulder, at the reflection of his face in the glass … and we see the sad eyes of Matt Hardy.


Narrator:
Respect each creature
Respect each beast
Trust unveils truth hidden behind nature’s mist…

A shot of Matt Hardy standing up to JBL following the destruction of Ric Flair, ultimately leading to Hardy’s own destruction on Friday, where the footage of his bloody face flickers in the darkness.

Narrator:
Respect each cloud
Respect each grain of sand
Mercy will offer you her helping hand…

Footage of the assault perpetrated by MNM to The Hooligans, inter-cutting with a shadowy dive, where Paul London and Brian Kendrick sit alongside one another, eyes glazed over in rage.

Narrator:
Respect each colour
Respect each race
Equality speaks only of mercy and grace…

A shot of London and Kendrick making their return this past Friday, as they attack MNM after their match and brawl with them through the screaming crowd.

Narrator:
Respect each river…

Another figure raises his head in the gloomy bar, pint of Guinness in hand, and a smirk on his face. It is Finlay!

Narrator:
Respect each pond…

Shot of Finlay blasting Bobby Lashley with his shillelagh.

Narrator:
Mother Nature conveys here great wonders and beyond…

Shot of Lashley spearing Finlay, Hardcore Holly and others in half – in is inter-cut with flashing images of The Undertaker, and the footage of “The Phenom” eliminating Lashley from the Royal Rumble.

Narrator:
Walk into each day…

A small man at a table turns his head to reveal the masked face of Rey Mysterio, eyes blazing.

Narrator:
With your heart soaked in hope and joy…

Shot of Kennedy and Booker T assaulting Mysterio.

In the darkened bar, two men sit opposite each other, wary expressions on their faces. The camera looks over the first man’s shoulder to see the face of Ken Kennedy, before panning around to show us Booker T!


Narrator:
As day fades and night endures…

The champagne flows from the bottle, as one man slides a $100 bill across the bar and holds his glass up high for all to see. John Bradshaw Layfield smiles through the darkness.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Matt Hardy … ‘son’ … Ric Flair learned it … and now it’s your turn. NEVER poke your nose in the business of JBL … NEVER poke your nose into the business of a WRESSSSLIIINGGG GAWWWWWDDD!!!!


Shot of JBL putting Flair out of action at the Royal Rumble!

Narrator:
As the moon rises in the sky…

Randy Orton:
It isn’t arrogance that is making me do this to SmackDown, Teddy … it’s simply business … it’s simply … MY DESTINY!!!


Shot of Orton attacking stars such as Batista, The Undertaker and more.

Theodore Long:
SmackDown ain’t the Randy Orton show … and the sooner you understand that, the better playa. Ya feel me?


Shot of Long and Orton’s stare down from a few week’s ago.

Narrator:
As dawn resurrects our spirit…

Batista:
Tonight, I prove to the world that I fear NOTHING!


Shot of Batista winning the title at Wrestlemania 21, followed by a quick shot of him spearing The Undertaker last Friday!

The Undertaker:
We’ll see…

Batista:
CAGED!!!

Randy Orton:
TRAPPED!!!

John Bradshaw Layfield / Matt Hardy:
NO…!!!

Bobby Lashley / Finlay:
… WAY…!!!

The Undertaker / Batista:
… OUT!!!


***Flashing clips of all the major players flash by the screen again, ending with a shot of The Undertaker and Batista face to face.***

Narrator:
Respect will never destroy.

And now SmackDown! Presents…


NO WAY OUT!!!


*Pyro*

*Pyro*

*Pyro*

*Pyro*

*Pyro*


The crowd goes wild as the theme music for No Way Out, ‘Deadly Game’ by Theory Of A Deadman, plays throughout the arena. We quickly cut over to the SmackDown! announce team of Michael Cole and Tazz.


Michael Cole:
Hello, everybody and welcome to one of the biggest SmackDown pay-per-views of all time. Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to No … Way … Out!!!

Tazz:
Oh man, what a night it’s gonna be, Cole. Every match on the card is a must see, and I can’t wait!

Michael Cole:
That’s right, we’re going to see young Matt Hardy in the biggest match of his life as he goes one-on-one with the former WWE Champion and the man who took Out Ric Flair. Matt Hardy finally gets his shot at JBL!

Tazz:
But that’s not all. The WWE Tag Team titles are on the line, as MNM defend against the most exciting team I’ve ever seen in Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Also tonight, a very pissed off Bobby Lashley takes on Finlay, and Mister Randy Orton looks to hold SmackDown! to ransom!

Michael Cole:
Amazing! But that’s not even the biggest thing tonight, as for the first time EVER we will see the legend, one of the greatest of all time, The Undertaker take on one of the most popular and dominant Champions there ever has been, “The Animal” Batista!!! That’s right, The Undertaker and Batista, first time ever, the World Heavyweight Championship on the line! TONIGHT!!!

Tazz:
Oh baby, I cannot wait for that one. But it looks as though Baltimore is ready, Cole. Let’s hand over to my man Tony Chimel in the ring!

Indeed we do cut right into the ring, where the announcer Tony Chimel is waiting with his microphone in hand.

Tony Chimel:
The opening contest is the Kid Kash Cruiserweight Open! Now, ladies and gentlemen, earlier today the superstars drew numbers to determine their entrance in this match. Number one and number two will start; once a superstar is defeated, another one will enter. This will continue until we have a final winner and he will be the Cruiserweight Champion of the World!!!

***Trailer Park Trash*** The crowd gives an impressive reaction for the rough and tough Cruiserweight, JAMIE NOBLE, who strides down the ramp quickly, wasting little time. He appears slightly annoyed at drawing such an early number, but seems to not be letting it faze him, as he slides into the ring and jumps up and down on the spot.

Tony Chimel:
Introducing first, from Hanover, West Virginia … weighing in at 202 pounds … JAMIE NOBLE!!!

Michael Cole:
Well, Jamie Noble must be cursing his luck right about now. After what we saw on Friday night, how impressive Noble looked, I had him down as one of the favourites. But he faces an uphill struggle with this draw.

Tazz:
No doubt, Cole. Noble is one tough S.O.B, but I doubt even he can make it through this.

***Rising Sun*** As always, the crowd gives the veteran Cruiserweight FUNAKI a nice pop, as the Japanese star races out onto the stage in his usual ‘SmackDown!’ attire, trying to fire up the fans. He finally calms down and sprints down to the ring, where an unimpressed Noble waits with hands on hips.

Tony Chimel:
And from Tokyo, Japan … weighing in at 180 pounds … FUNAKI!!!

Michael Cole:
Bad luck for the veteran Funaki, but he won’t let this dampen his spirits.

Tazz:
Ha ha, Funaki doesn’t let anything do that, Cole, and he has a HUGE chance tonight.

The Kid Kash Open Invitational:
Cruiserweight Championship:
Kid Kash © vs. Funaki vs. Shannon Moore vs. Juventud vs. Scotty Too Hotty vs. Nunzio vs. Jamie Noble
Funaki jumps around in the ring, pumping himself up for the contest, whilst Jamie Noble appears much more focused, having not yet taken his eyes off of the plucky Japanese athlete. Referee Jim Korderas asks both men if they are ready, to which they both respond with a careful nod, as Funaki hurls his vest into the crowd. The official calls for the bell, and the opening contest of No Way Out is underway!

Cautiously, the two men approach each other, arms outstretched perhaps in search of a collar and elbow tie up. They lock up like bulls in the centre of the ring, jostling for position, but Funaki quickly shoves Noble away, rubbing his jaw, before locking up for a second time. This time, Noble quickly drops down and takes Funaki down with a double leg takedown, before pouncing on top of him for a quick cover. 1 … NO! Funaki shoves Noble off the top of him, and scrambles back up to his feet. But Noble is up straight away once again, grabbing Funaki’s legs and taking the Japanese high flier down. Noble holds onto Funaki’s legs, but the Japanese star quickly kicks the rough and tough grappler away.

Both men spring up furiously and race into yet another collar and elbow tie up, this time with Noble getting the advantage and muscling Funaki into the corner. The referee tries to count Noble out, but he does not even have to, as Noble backs off quickly, before driving his shoulder right into the gut of his Japanese opponent, who doubles over in pain. Pressing his advantage, Noble flattens Funaki back against the turnbuckle, rears back, and delivers a searing CHOP right across the naked chest! The crowd “OOOOS”, as Funaki gasps, gritting his teeth in pain, and staggers out of the corner.

Noble grabs hold of Funaki’s arm and goes for the Irish Whip across the ring, but the Japanese star reverses it, sending Noble crashing spine first into the opposite corner. Noble bounces out, and Funaki catches him with a HIP TOSS, from which Noble rebounds back up to his feet almost on instinct, before walking straight into a beautiful ARM DRAG, followed by a second one! After the second one, Funaki holds onto Noble’s left arm, cinching in the arm lock on the canvas.

Noble grimaces in pain, but swings away wildly with his other arm, even managing to force Funaki up to his feet, though still with the arm lock in place. Noble swings himself around, driving his knee straight into the gut of his opponent, breaking the hold and doubling Funaki over. After rolling his shoulder around gingerly, Noble takes a handful of Funaki’s hair and leads him over to the corner, where he attempts to drive the Japanese stars face into the turnbuckle … but Funaki blocks it, and instead throws Noble into the padding headfirst!

Noble reels in the corner, as Funaki spins him around and drills him with a sharp right hand, rocking the rough and tough Virginian. Taking Noble by the arm, Funaki attempts to shoot him across the ring with an Irish Whip, but Noble stops himself, reversing it and pulling Funaki in, where Noble ducks underneath the Japanese star’s arm and nails a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Noble jumps back up to his feet quickly, shaking the cobwebs out of his head, before putting a quick boot right to the skull of Funaki, keeping the Japanese man grounded.

Dragging Funaki back to his feet, Noble lifts him up and nails a SCOOP SLAM right next to the corner, slamming Funaki onto his spine. Pressing his advantage, Noble quickly leaps up to the second turnbuckle, balancing himself and leaping off with a SENTON SPLASH … but Funaki moves! Noble crashes and burns, clutching at his lower spine wildly, as both he and Funaki clamber back up to their feet. Noble gingerly stands up and turns around, right into a stinging right hand to the jaw.

Funaki rocks Noble with a series of blows, backing the Virginian against the ropes, before shooting him across the ring with an Irish Whip. Noble hits the opposite set of ropes and rebounds right back, allowing Funaki to catch him with a huge BACK BODY DROP up into the lights, dropping Noble down hard. Once again. Noble almost instinctively bounces back up to his feet, but Funaki comes off the ropes and takes his head off with a huge FLYING FOREARM! Funaki springs back up to his feet and bounces on his toes, trying to get the crowd behind him, which they are to an extent, but more so with Noble.

Pulling the young Virginian back to his feet, Funaki quickly hurls him into the corner with a short Irish Whip, before charging in and catching Noble with a HIGH KNEE to the face. Funaki backs off and sprints into the ropes, as Noble staggers out of the corner. Funaki charges in … and Noble counters with a SNAP POWERSLAM out nowhere! He hooks the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Funaki kicks out quite laboriously, forcing Noble off of him.

After giving the referee Jim Korderas a quick, frustrated glance, Noble brings Funaki back up to his feet and positions the Japanese athlete’s head between his leg, before getting both arms in a double underhook, perhaps setting up for the TIGER DRIVER … but Funaki grabs both of Noble’s legs and takes him down with a double leg. Positioning Noble opposite the corner, Funaki rolls backwards, catapulting Noble into the turnbuckle face first!

Having connected with the padding hard, Noble rebounds out and staggers into the centre of the ring. Funaki sees his chance and quickly comes off the ropes, catching Noble with a RUNNING BULLDOG in the centre of the ring! Funaki is back on his feet right away once again, whilst Noble lies in a prone state on the canvas. Funaki bounds around the ring like a mad man, seemingly wasting time, as he plays to the crowd and anticipates his opponent. Noble slowly makes it up to one knee, and Funaki grabs him by the head, helping him up … but Noble drives his knee into Funaki’s gut quickly!

Funaki almost falls over, as he doubles up, but Noble quickly takes hold of his arm and sends him into the corner with an Irish Whip. Funaki hits the turnbuckle hard, and Noble quickly charges in, only for Funaki to get a boot up, catching the Virginian right in the chest. With Noble reeling, Funaki quickly takes hold of his head an kips backwards up to the second turnbuckle, signalling for a TORNADO DDT, but Noble spins out of it and delivers a stinging CHOP right across Funaki’s chest, causing him to sit down on the top turnbuckle.

Noble rears back once again and slugs Funaki across the throat with a brutal KNIFE EDGE CHOP that actually knocks the Japanese veteran tumbling off the top rope, bouncing off the apron and to the floor below! The crowd gives Noble a slightly mixed reaction for his brutal offence, but he seems to show no remorse, and is all business, as he ignores Jim Korderas and climbs to the outside. He grabs Funaki by the hair and pulls him back to his feet, but Funaki slugs him in the gut with a knee of his own. Noble slumps down to a knee, and Funaki quickly jumps up onto the apron, before leaping off with a CROSSBODY … but Noble catches him! Noble throws Funaki up onto his shoulders and … FIREMAN’S CARRY DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER on the outside!!!

The crowd “OOOOS” at the surprise move out of nowhere, as Funaki crashes and burns on the floor, and Noble slowly gets back up to his feet, still with that business-like expression on his face. The referee is still threatening to count them both out, so Noble drags a nearly lifeless Funaki back up to his feet and rolls him back into the ring under the bottom rope. Funaki does not seem to have much fight left in him, as he barely makes it up onto his hands and knees. Noble comes up quickly behind him and pounces on him, applying the DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

Funaki fights as best he can, but Noble rolls backwards, wrapping his legs around the Japanese veteran’s small body ferociously in the body scissors and cinching in the Dragon Clutch. Funaki is desperate for breath, and flails his arms around wildly, searching for the ropes, but they are too far away. He stretches out, fingers searching and …

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ELIMINATION: FUNAKI @ 03:01


***California High*** The crowd gives another pleasant pop, as the enigmatic and unusual SHANNON MOORE jogs to the ring, hoping to make good on his big chance to shine tonight, with a title shot in hand.

Noble backs off a little in the ring, nodding in a show of respect for his new opponent, who slides into the ring and removes his long necklace, handing it to the referee, before turning to Noble. The two men begin to circle one another slowly, arms outstretched, although Noble is obviously breathing slightly heavier than the newcomer. Moore reaches out for a test of strength, but Noble drills him in the gut with a stiff gut, doubling the youngster over, before delivering some clubbing blows across Moore’s spine in that typical Pitbull fashion!

The Virginian brims with intensity, as he takes hold of the “Prince of Punk’s” arm and pushes him back against the ropes, going for the Irish Whip. Moore reverses it though, and sends Noble bouncing off the ropes. Dropping to his stomach, Moore forces Noble to skip over him and come off the other ropes … before Moore nails a smacking DROPKICK right to Noble on the way back! Noble staggers back up to his feet, clutching his jaw in agony, and Moore lifts him up, nailing an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP, before taking Noble’s head off with a SINGLE LEG LARIAT! With Noble flat on his back, Moore pounces on top of him with a lateral press, looking for a quick win. 1 … 2 … NO! Noble quickly kicks out, shoving Moore away from him, and rolling out of the ring to recover.

Noble rolls his shoulder around slowly, still feeling the effects of the previous bout with Funaki. Back in the ring, Shannon Moore plays to the crowd a little, showing his youthful rashness. Noble approaches the ring apron, and Moore bounces off the ropes, looking for a BASEBALL SLIDE, but Noble sidesteps the manoeuvre and drags Moore to the outside, delivering a stiff boot to the mid section. Moore doubles over, and Noble tries to drive his face into the apron, but the “Prince of Punk” blocks it, and instead slams Noble’s head against the apron, before rolling the tough Virginian back into the ring.

Whilst Noble tries to recover and get back up to his feet, Moore quickly ascends to the top turnbuckle with his arms up high, before flying off with a CROSSBODY … but Noble brings Moore crashing down on his knees! The crowd “OOOOS” at the crash and burn from Moore, who rolls around on the canvas in agony, clutching at his abdomen, whilst Noble regains his senses. Noble backs off slowly, before dropping a forearm right across the ribs of the young high flier, really zoning in on the injured area.

Grabbing hold of both of Moore’s legs, Noble turns him over onto his stomach and applies an ELEVATED BOSTON CRAB, pressing his knee right into the spine for extra leverage. Moore flaps about in pain, stretching out his gangly arms in search of the bottom rope, whilst Noble grimaces with the exertion he is applying. Moore stretches out in desperation … AND GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!

The referee forces Noble to finally release the hold, but it seems as though sufficient damage has indeed been done to the ribs of Shannon Moore. Noble brings Moore back up to his feet and goes for a right hand, but Moore blocks it and delivers a right of his own, rocking the former Cruiserweight Champion. Moore unloads with a flurry of shots to his opponent, but Noble quickly drives a knee right into the gut of the youngster, stopping him dead. Noble shakes the cobwebs from his head, before swinging for a huge right hand, which Moore ducks and nails a NECKBREAKER!

The move comes completely out of nowhere, and Noble goes down hard clutching at his head. Moore is in trouble though as well it seems, as he rubs his ribs painfully, before struggling back up to his feet. He waits, poised, as Noble stands up and turns around, before knocking him back down with a CLOTHESLINE. Noble bounces back up from the canvas in a daze, and Moore shoots him into the ropes with an Irish Whip, before nailing him on the way back with a SPINNING HEEL KICK!

The crowd is seemingly getting quite behind Moore’s sudden flurry, as drags Noble up once more and tries to Irish Whip him into the corner. Noble reverses it though, sending Moore towards the corner, but the “Prince of Punk” suddenly springs up onto the second turnbuckle with tremendous agility and leaps off with a FLYING CROSSBODY onto Noble! The referee makes the count. 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out desperately once again, looking rather shocked by this onslaught.

Noble scrambles back up to his feet, but Moore takes him right back down with a DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN, holding both of Noble’s legs up, before leaping up and connecting with a JUMPING LEGDROP! Moore quickly makes a hook of the leg! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble shows his true grit and kicks out yet again, frustrating the young Shannon Moore. The “Prince of Punk” pulls Noble back up to his feet and turns him over in search of another NECKBREAKER, but Noble counters and shoves Moore into the corner. Moore halts himself and catches Noble with a stiff elbow to the face as he runs in. Trying to take advantage, Moore leaps up onto the second turnbuckle and jumps backwards, but Noble catches him in an Electric Chair, before slamming him down to the canvas with an ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP!

The crowd “OOOS” as Shannon Moore crashes and burns on his already hurting ribs. Noble does not even think about going for the cover it seems, as he drags the lifeless Moore back up to his feet and positions his head between his legs. Noble gets him in the double underhook on both arms, before going for the TIGER DRIVER … AND HE HITS IT!!! Noble makes the cover!!!

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ELIMINATION: SHANNON MOORE @ 03:56 (06:57)


***No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn*** A fairly drab reaction from the crowd leaning towards the positive, as the “Pugnacious Pisant” NUNZIO comes racing down the ramp doing the ‘fangul’ taunt, clearly still angry at being pinned by Noble on SmackDown!

Nunzio slides right into the ring under the bottom rope, whilst Jamie Noble is standing in the centre with his hands on his hips, still with a look of concentration on his face. Dropping down quickly, Nunzio tries to take Noble by surprise with a double leg takedown, but Noble manages to hold on. Nunzio suddenly drops down onto his knees and takes Noble over with a Fireman’s Carry, before rolling across him and getting a waist lock on the slightly larger Virginian. Noble rolls across the canvas, trying to break Nunzio’s hold, but the little Italian holds on, schooling Noble in the art of mat wrestling it seems.

Noble finally manages to regain his footing, and powers his way back up to his feet, where he wrenches himself free of Nunzio’s hold and staggers away. Noble looks vaguely annoyed by the treatment he just received from Nunzio, but quickly shakes his head to regain some focus. Smirking, Nunzio taps the side of his head, taunting his opponent. Wasting no more time, Noble rushes in furiously, but Nunzio performs a quick sidestep and takes Noble down with a SIDE HEADLOCK TAKEDOWN.

The anger is clear on Noble’s face once again, as he is bested technically by the Italian. Nunzio grins as he applies the pressure, but Noble is quickly able to fight himself back up to a vertical base, though still in the side headlock. Noble drives his elbow into the ribs of Nunzio over and over again, loosening the little Italian’s grip enough, so that Noble can shove him right into the turnbuckle, which he hits with a thud. Nunzio staggers out backwards, and Noble rushes up behind him, grabbing him and hurling him over with a RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX! He hooks the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! A desperate kick out to avoid a fast defeat from Nunzio.

Noble shakes his head a little, before quickly jumping back up to his feet and racing off the ropes, dropping a quick SNAP LEG DROP across the throat and chest of Nunzio, followed by another hook of the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! The Italian refuses to die so easily, but he is given no time whatsoever to recover, as Noble yanks him back up by the hair … but Nunzio slugs him in the gut with a stiff right hand!

Noble is rocked momentarily, as Nunzio unloads on him with a flurry of blows. He goes for a big shot to the jaw, but Noble ducks and goes for a NECKBREAKER … but Nunzio spins around and shoves him into the ropes. Noble comes flying back and Nunzio hits him with a stiff CLOTHESLINE, taking him down. Noble staggers back up to his feet dazedly, and Nunzio bounces off the ropes, wiping the Virginian out with a FLYING FOREARM! Noble rebounds off the canvas once again and walks right into a charging Nunzio who leaps up and connects with a TILT THE WHIRL HEADSCISSORS, sending Noble crashing down! Nunzio drives his forearm across Noble’s face for a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out!

Really pumping himself up now, Nunzio drags Noble back to his feet and shoots him off into the corner with an Irish Whip. Noble hits the corner hard, and Nunzio races in wildly, only for Noble to catch the Italian in mid air and seat him on the top turnbuckle. Noble spins around and goes for a right hand, but Nunzio slaps him away brutally, before leaping off and nailing Noble with FLYING FRONT MISSILE DROPKICK! He covers Noble yet again. 1 … 2 … No! Noble kicks out angrily yet again.

Nunzio scowls at the referee, but quickly gets Noble back up to his feet, but the Virginian breaks out of the grip and goes for a right hand … BUT NUNZIO CATCHES HIM WITH A BACKSLIDE! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out, as the crowd gasps in shock! Nunzio rakes his fingers through his hair having almost picked up the surprise pin there, and he pulls Noble up again, but Noble spins the little Italian around and shoves him into the ropes. Nunzio come flying back … right into a LEG LARIAT to the face! Noble drops down into the cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Nunzio just rolls his shoulder up, but it seems as though Noble has stepped into another gear.

With Nunzio virtually helpless after the kick to the face, Noble sees his opportunity and picks him up onto his shoulders … BUT NUNZIO SUDDENLY COUNTERS INTO A SUNSET FLIP!

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Noble kicks out in shock, rolling backwards in a backwards roll of sorts, as Nunzio staggers back up too. Noble viciously kicks the “Pugnacious Pisant” in the gut and lifts him up over his shoulders … AND HITTING THE FIREMAN’S CARRY DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER!!!! Noble rolls over with the cover, hooking the far leg, as the crowd is in awe of this Cruiserweight dominance!!!

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ELIMINATION: NUNZIO @ 03:18 (10:15)



***Turn It Up*** The crowd gives a nice pop for the veteran SCOTTY TOO HOTTY, who comes down the ramp looking slightly less excited than usual, having witnessed the dominance of Jamie Noble.

Scotty leaps up onto the apron, seeing that Noble is only just getting back up to his feet, and climbs to the top rope. Noble shakes his head and turns around slowly … AND SCOTTY LEAPS OFF WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY … AND CONNECTS … BUT NOBLE ROLLS THROUGH … AND APPLIES THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!! Scotty fights like a mad man, as Noble roars with intensity, as he cinches in the deadly submission, with which he made Scotty’s partner, Funaki, submit to earlier. There is nowhere at all for Scotty to go, trapped in the centre of the ring as he is, reaching for the far way ropes. The crowd is buzzing for this incredible display for Noble, despite Scotty usually being such a fan favourite. He makes one final reach for the ropes, holding out his hand and …

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ELIMINATION: SCOTTY TOO HOTTY @ 00:34 (10:49)


***Muy Loco*** The crowd pops for the arrival of the first Mexicool of the evening, as the former Cruiserweight Champion, JUVENTUD, races down to the ring, showing no intimidation towards Jamie Noble, and not even bothering with the Juan Deere tonight.

Wasting no time whatsoever, Juventud slides straight into the ring and attacks the recovering Noble with an onslaught of right hands, pounding away on the man wildly. Juvy tries to back Noble against the ropes with his flurry, but Noble mounts a comeback, exploding with his own right hands, as well as some stinging chops, backing the Mexicool all the way across the ring and into the ropes. Noble takes Juvy by the arm and shoots him across the ring with an Irish Whip … BUT JUVY COMES FLYING BACK WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK!

Juventud dives on top of Noble, but instead of going for the cover, he just hammers down the right hands furiously, even drawing some heat from the crowd. Juvy looks around, quite surprised by such a reaction, but dismisses it quickly, as he pulls Noble back up and forces him into the corner, where he continues the onslaught of right hands and chops. Taking Noble by the arm, he goes for the Irish Whip across the ring, but Noble is able to reverse it and sends the Mexican into the corner. Noble charges in rashly, only to get a boot to the face from Juvy, knocking the tough Virginian away.

Noble clutches at his face, feeling the effects of the blow, and Juventud sprints out of the corner, connecting with a TWIRLING HEADSCISSORS to Noble, flipping him over once again, taking him for the ride! Noble staggers back up to his feet, almost on instinct, but a fired up Juvy drops him back down with a brutal CLOTHESLINE! Looking punch drunk, Noble clambers back up once again, and Juventud leaps up, nailing a HURRICANRANA! He follows it up with a quick hook of the leg! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out hurriedly.

Before Noble can even move again, Juvy pounces onto his arm and applies the ARM LOCK, the exact place that Funaki targeted earlier, causing Noble to cry out in pain. Noble tries to wriggle out of it on his stomach, and even forward rolls away, but Juventud keeps it locked in, holding him down. Noble struggles, a tired grimace across his face, and he goes for a backward roll this time, managing to roll up onto his feet. He swings around and slugs Juvy in the face, breaking the hold.

As Juventud backs into the ropes clutching his jaw, Noble rotates his left arm and shoulder gingerly, before continuing he onslaught. He rakes a terrific chop across the bare chest of the Mexicool, to terrific “OOOOS” from the fans, before shooting him off into the ropes with an Irish Whip. Stopping himself from coming back, Juvy grabs hold of the top rope and stays. Gritting his teeth in frustration, Noble sprints towards him … BUT JUVY BACK DROPS NOBLE OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR BELOW!!!

The crowd is almost split between the two superstars now, as Juventud continues his rapid paced assault. On the outside, a dazed Jamie Noble struggles back up to his feet, holding both his chest and his arm in agony, whilst Juvy waits in the ring with both hands on the top rope … BEFORE LAUNCHING HIMSLEF OVER AND ONTO NOBLE WITH A PLANCHA!!!

The crowd EXPLODES for the suicidal manoeuvre, as both Cruiserweights roll around in pain on the concrete floor. Obviously, it is Juventud who begins to stir first, using the crowd barricade to help pull himself back to his feet. Noble begins to do the same but using the ring apron. Juvy comes up behind Noble and slugs him hard across the back of the head, before grabbing a handful of hair and trying to throw him into the Steel Ring Post, but Noble blocks and shoves Juvy into the post instead, which his arm smacks into brutally!

Juventud lets out a cry of pain, as he stumbles backwards clutching at his shoulder, but Noble races up behind him, exposing the arm of the Mexicool, and hurling it straight back into the steel! The crowd lets out a slight “OOOO” as the sound of flesh smacking steel reverberates around the arena. The pit bull like Jamie Noble still seemingly has the crowd behind him, as he hurls Juvy back into the ring under the bottom rope. Grabbing Juventud’s injured left arm, Noble drags it towards the ring post … BEFORE WRAPPING IT AROUND THE STEEL!

Juvy screams out in absolute agony, but Noble shows no relent, as he continues on his intense attack, sliding back into the ring and dragging the Mexican to his feet. Noble folds Juventud’s arm behind his back and lifts him up, before plating him with a SCOOP SLAM! Juvy can barely register the pain in his arm, as Noble drops on top of him with a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Juvy kicks out defiantly, but Noble does not seem to let it faze him, as he quickly takes hold of the Mexican’s arm and delivers a series of smacking kicks to the injured joint, before applying the ARM LOCK!

Noble cinches it in furiously, his eyes glazing over in intensity, as he looks to eliminate his fifth competitor of the evening. He grabs hold of Juventud’s hair and wrenches his head back, delivering some stiff crossfaces to the Mexican’s jaw with viciousness. Juvy wriggles around desperately, gasping from the pain being inflicted on his arm and shoulder. He reaches out with one of his free arms and manages to grab hold of the bottom rope, causing Noble to reluctantly release the hold.

Noble does not let it faze him though, as he drags Juvy back up and charges with him across the ring … BEFORE HURLING HIM SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL RING POST! The crowd “OOOOS” at the sickening smack, as Juvy lets out a cry of pain, and Noble pulls him back up in the corner, before delivering a ripping KNIFE EDGE CHOP right across the chest of the Mexican.

Taking the Mexicool by the arm, Noble goes for the Irish Whip, but Juventud reverses it and sends Noble flying across the ring into the opposite corner. Noble hits the turnbuckle hard and Juvy races in immediately, nailing the Virginian with a stiff CORNER CLOTHESLINE! Noble rocks dazedly on his feet, but Juvy gives him no time to recover, pulling on his arm for another Irish Whip across the ring, but Noble reverses it and sends Juvy into the corner. Juventud tries to spring off the top turnbuckle and lock his legs around Noble’s head, perhaps for a HEADSCISSORS … but Juvy’s arm gives way, and he crashes down to the canvas.

Noble follows up on the Mexican, as Juventud rolls around on the mat clutching his arm. Noble drags him back up, folding the Mexicool’s wounded arm behind his back again, before nailing him down with another SCOOP SLAM, following it up with a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Juvy kicks out desperately, and Noble gives the referee a quick glance, before pulling Juvy back up and delivering a SCOOP SLAM RIGHT ACROSS HIS KNEE, this time putting even more hurt to the Mexican’s arm. He hooks the leg. 1 …2 … NO! Yet again, Juventud rolls his shoulder up.

Noble appears to be getting quite frustrated now, though showing amazing signs of his stamina still. He begins to pull Juventud back up to his feet … but Juvy explodes with a KNIFE EDGE CHOP! Noble staggers backwards in utter shock, as Juvy comes at him with a great flurry of chops, knocking the Virginian all the way back into the far corner. Taking Noble by the arm, Juvy shoots him across the ring with an Irish Whip into the opposite corner, before racing after him, but Noble sticks his boot up in Juvy’s face.

Noble quickly springs up onto the second turnbuckle and leaps off with an AXE HANDLE SMASH, but Juventud ducks and Noble flies over the top of him, landing on his feet. Juvy spins around and Noble nails a SCOOP SLAM, positioning the Mexican right in front of the turnbuckle. Noble hurries up the turnbuckle, wasting no time whatsoever, and flies over with DIVING LEG DROP … BUT JUVY GETS HIS KNEES UP! Noble crashes and burns on Juvy’s knees, and rolls around in agony clutching his lower body.

With Noble down, Juvy clambers back up to his feet, throwing his arms up in an attempt to get the crowd behind him. He heads over towards Noble and attacks him with a flurry of vicious KNIFE EDGE CHOPS across the chest, backing the Virginian against the ropes. Juvy shoots him off with an Irish Whip, before catching him with a BACK ELBOW on the way back. Noble rebounds back up to his feet quickly, and Juventud comes off the ropes with a FLYING FOREARM, dropping him back down straight away!

Instead of going for the cover, Juvy brings a dazed Noble back up to his feet and shoots him back into the ropes with an Irish Whip, before lowering his head in preparation for a BACK BODY DROP … but Noble counters with a SUNSTET FLIP! 1 …2 … Juvy backward rolls out of it and comes off the ropes, smacking Noble in the face with a cracking RUNNING DROPKICK! Juvy drops down on top of the Virginian for a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out wildly.

Juvy is moving at a very fast pace now in search of the victory, as he pulls Noble back up to his feet and sends him into the corner with an Irish Whip, before racing in after him. Noble gets his shoulder up, catching Juventud in the face, before quickly nipping up to the top turnbuckle in search of some top rope move … but Juvy nails him with a right hand! Noble is forced to fall down in a seated position on the top turnbuckle, and Juvy quickly scurries up after him, positioning both of them on the top rope, as the crowd buzzes in anticipation … BEFORE JUVY CONNECTS WITH A TOP ROPE HURRICANRANA!!!

The crowd EXPLODES for the huge manoeuvre, as Noble rolls around in agony on the canvas, and Juventud tries desperately to recover on the other side of the ring. The young Mexican crawls across the canvas and manages to hook one of Noble’s legs.

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NOBLE HAS HIS FOOT ON THE ROPES! Juvy drops his head in disappointment, as the crowd actually cheers in delight that Noble is still hanging in there. Still roaring with excitement, Juvy springs up to his feet and motions for the crowd to get behind him. He pulls Noble up, but Noble suddenly goes for a kick to the mid section. Juvy catches Noble’s foot and spins him around … BEFORE JUVY LEAPS UP AND CONNECTS WITH A STANDING ENZIGUIRI!!! He hooks the leg again!

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Noble kicks out yet again, and the crowd breathes a huge sigh of relief. Juvy rakes his fingers through his long hair in frustration, as he drags Jamie Noble back to his feet. He sets Noble up, before connecting with a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX … but he does not hold on for the pin, and instead rolls straight through and lifts Noble up for the JUVY DRIVER … but Noble slides off his shoulders and boots the Mexican in the gut. Noble gets Juvy in the double underhook and sets up for the TIGER DRIVER … he gets him up … but Juvy springs over Noble’s head and lands behind him. Noble spins around and Juventud scoops him up … GOES FOR THE JUVY DRIVER … AND HITS IT!!! He makes the cover!

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NOBLE GETS A SHOULDER UP! The crowd pops excitedly for his survival, as Juventud rolls back in frustration, slapping the mat in frustration, unable to believe that he has not yet put Noble away. The Mexicool jumps back up to his feet angrily and signals to the crowd that it’s all over, before dragging Noble into position, and climbing up the turnbuckle. Juvy positions himself on the top turnbuckle, hands up high … BEFORE FLYING OFF WITH THE 450 SPLASH … BUT NOBLE MOVES AND JUVY CRASHES AND BURNS!!!

Noble scrambles back up to his feet using the ropes, breathing heavily, whilst Juvy does not move, having connected hard with the canvas. Noble quickly drags the lifeless Mexicool to his feet and brings him up looking for the TIGER DRIVER … NAILING IT!!! He covers!!!

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ELIMINATION: JUVENTUD @ 09:47 (20:36)


***Bawitdaba*** Despite still being in shock at the utter display of dominance from Noble, the crowd begins to boo the arrival of the defending Cruiserweight Champion KID KASH, who begins to come down the ramp with a very apprehensive gaze on his face.

Just as a ferocious Jamie Noble clambers back up to his feet, Kid Kash slides into the ring and rushes towards the challenger, clobbering him in the jaw with a vicious forearm! Noble staggers, stunned by the blow … but comes right back with a shot of his own! Kash reels and Noble quickly snatches him in a rear waist lock, tying the Champ up in the middle of the ring. Kash writhes around, but Noble lifts him up in the waist lock and dumps him onto the canvas, riding the “Notorious K.I.D” with tremendous skill. Rocking from side to side, Kash manages to roll back onto his feet and staggers over towards the ropes, which he grabs hold of in an attempt to get Noble to release him.

Noble refuses to do so though, maintaining the waist lock and dragging Kash away from the ropes, hurling him back down to the canvas to ride him again. Frantically, Kash rolls on his hips and gets back up to his feet, trying to force his way out of the predicament. Swinging backwards, he catches Noble in the jaw with an elbow, rocking the Virginian, before quickly turning the tables on him, swinging around and getting Noble in the rear waist lock! Kash quickly brings Noble up in a GERMAN SUPLEX position and throws him over … but Noble lands on his feet with incredible agility! Kash spins around wildly, and Noble catches him with an INSIDE CRADLE! 1 … 2 … NO!

Kash springs out of the pin rapidly, looking more surprised than anything, and leaps into the air with a STANDING ENZIGUIRI … but Noble ducks the first foot and grabs the back foot, taking Kash down onto his stomach, and looking to ride him again … but Kash catches him with a FRONT ROLL UP! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble bursts out of the predicament with a similar expression on his face to Kash, and the two men charge again … but this time Noble drops down and spins behind Kash with a SCHOOL BOY! 1 … 2 … NO! Kash rolls forward with a SINGLE LEG ROLL UP! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out quickly and rolls to his knees.

Noble jumps up, but Kash suddenly swipes his feet from underneath him and pounces on top for a quick LATERAL PRESS! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out desperately and lunges back up to his feet, dropping down and swiping Noble’s legs this time, with another cover! 1 …2 … NO! Kash shoves Noble away, and the two men finally jump back up to their feet and stand on opposite sides of the ring, eyes blazing, as the crowd applauds the impressive exchange.

Having been in the ring for over twenty minutes, Noble is breathing slightly harder, whilst Kash just looks around the arena arrogantly, not reciprocating the respect he is getting. Noble’s eyes slowly begin to follow Kash’s gaze to the fans, and the “Notorious K.I.D” spies his chance and rushes at the challenger with a huge right hand swipe, but Noble manages to duck and comes right back at the Champ with a crackling KNIFE EDGE CHOP across the chest! The crowd “OOOOS”, as Kash clutches his burning chest in agony … before coming right back with a thunderous CHOP of his own to Noble! Wincing, the double tough Virginian holds his chest, before connecting with yet another CHOP to Kash! The blow echoes throughout the arena, as Kash’s eyes bulge out from his head … but he quickly comes back with a thumb to the eye!

The crowd boos the tactics of Kash, who sneers in their direction and stalks after Noble, who staggers away towards the ropes, clutching at his eye. Kash takes the Challenger by the arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but Noble manages to block it and fires off his own right hand, knocking the Champ backwards. Noble quickly comes off the ropes and takes Kash down with a hard Shoulder Block, before rushing backwards and coming off the ropes again. Kash rolls over onto his stomach, and Noble looks to skip over him, but Kash trips him with a single leg take down, taking Noble into the middle of the ring. Kash nips back up and sprints back over to Noble, who catches the Champ with a DROP TOE HOLD, smacking his face into the mat!

Kash scurries away quickly in annoyance towards the ropes and holds onto the top one, AS Noble jumps back up to his feet. Angrily “K.I.D” charges towards his final challenger, but Noble manages to LEAP FROG over the top of the Champ, causing Kash to come off the ropes yet again. Noble quickly drops down onto his front and Kash skips over the top of him, coming off the opposite ropes … right into a LEG LARIAT to the face!

The crowd once again shows their appreciation for the athleticism of both men, as Kash goes down hard clutching his face and rolls under the bottom rope to the outside. Not wasting any time, Noble quickly comes off the ropes and charges towards the opposite ones with a BASEBALL SLIDE … but Kash side steps, and Noble lands on his feet on the outside, nailing a KNIFE EDGE CHOP to the back of Kash’s head!

The smack draws “OOOOS” from the crowd, as Kash tries to recover, but instead Noble hurls him backwards into the crowd barrier. Kash hits it spine first and crumples down against the wall, trying to stay on his feet. Getting himself pumped up, Noble rolls back inside the ring, breaking the referee’s count, but suddenly races off the ropes again AND NAILS A SUICIDE DIVE THROUGH THE MIDDLE ROPE ONTO KASH!!!

The crowd pops HUGE for the incredible maneuver from Jamie Noble, who shows his underrated athleticism. Both men writhe around on the floor outside, with Noble clutching his mid section, and Kash simply lying there. Unsurprisingly it is Noble who clambers back up to his feet first, and drags Kash back up with him. He rolls the Cruiserweight Champion back into the ring under the bottom rope and quickly follows.

Noble grabs a handful of Kash’s hair and brings him up to his feet … but Kash surprises him with a JAWBREAKER! Noble staggers backwards into the centre of the ring, whilst Kash slumps against the ropes to recover. Shaking his head, Noble heads back over to Kash, but the Champ gets his feet up, getting them around the head of Noble in a headscissor position. Noble grabs the legs though and yanks them out, trying to throw Kash into the air … but the Champ lands on his feet! Incredible agility from Kash, which not only shocks the crowd but also Noble, who gets caught by a drop toe hold from Kash, dropping him across the middle rope.

Noble falls away clutching his throat following the rope shot, as Kash slowly raises his arms in the air to heat from the crowd. The “Notorious K.I.D” simply smirks cockily and shakes his head at his fallen opponent. Not allowing his Challenger any time to recover, the Champ puts the boot to Noble with some hard shots, before dragging him back up to his feet. Kash backs Noble against the ropes with some forearm blows, before going for the Irish Whip across the ring, which Noble is able to reverse. Noble goes for the Clothesline, but Kash ducks and sprints off the opposite rope again … right into a SNAP SCOOP POWERSLAM! Noble hooks the leg!

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Kash barely kicks out, and the crowd groans in dismay, as does Noble. The two competitors clamber back up to their feet, and Noble slugs the Champ with a right hand … but Kash comes right back with a knee to the gut, doubling Noble over. Kash snarls viciously, as he hammers away on his Challenger, backing him into the corner with right after right. Noble slumps down in the corner, worn out seemingly, and Kash races back in, only to catch an elbow to the face!

The Champ staggers away clutching his jaw and Noble attempts to spring himself up to the top rope for some manoeuvre … but Kash catches his leg, and Noble lands awkwardly on the top rope. Quickly, Kash yanks Noble down in a Tree Of Woe position, before putting the boot to his mid section again and again. Kash smiles sadistically and mounts the second ropes, screaming at the crowd to “Take a good look”, before going to step up to the top turnbuckle … BUT NOBLE SWINGS HIMSELF UP AND GRABS KASH’S WAIST, HURLING HIM OFF THE TOP WITH A MODIFIED GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

Another HUGE explosion from the crowd at the amazing and innovative move from Jamie Noble, who is still trying desperately to free himself from the turnbuckle. Kash lies in a heap in the centre of the ring, eyes blinking upwards in a daze towards the arena lights, as the “Holy Shit” chants reverberate around Baltimore. Noble manages to get his legs free and tumbles down to the canvas, as Kash begins to stir and roll around.

A few “Let’s Go Noble” chants can be heard now from the crowd, as the growing face Jamie Noble pulls on the ropes to find his footing. There is no such support for Kid Kash, who appears to be very dazed, as he stands up, shaking from side to side and clutching the back of his head. He scowls at Noble and suddenly charges towards the Challenger, who ducks down and BACK DROPS the Champ over the top rope and onto the apron, where he poises … but Noble spins around a smacks Kash in the head with a CHOP, knocking the senses out of him!

With some old “Spaghetti legs”, Kash drops down onto the apron, and rolls slowly under the bottom rope back into the ring. Noble catches his breath briefly, before dragging Kash back up to his feet … but Kash drills him with a right hand … so Noble drills him right back … and Kash nails another blow … but Noble goes absolutely wild with shot after shot, spurred on by the crowd, backing the Champ against the ropes!

Taking Kash by the arm, Noble throws him out with an Irish Whip, but the Champ reverses it and sends Noble out instead … but Noble reverses again and brings himself underneath Kash’s arm, lifting the “Notorious K.I.D” up and dropping him right on the back of his head with a BACK SUPLEX! Noble quickly rolls on top for a cover!

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Kash kicks out wildly, a look of horror on his face. Noble fumes, but carries on nonetheless, pulling his opponent back up to his feet … but Kash drills him with a knee to the mid section. Roaring like a mad man, Kash tries to hurl Noble over the ropes to the outside, but Noble manages to land on the apron. Kash spins around angrily, and Noble drills him with a shoulder to the gut, before launching himself over the top rope with a SUNSET FLIP PIN!

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Kash rolls right through the pinning predicament and shoots himself off the ropes, clattering the still seated Noble in the face with a DROPKICK! He makes a rapid cover! 1 … 2 … NO! Noble kicks out defiantly, not giving at this point when he is so close. Kash drags him back to his feet and goes for the Irish Whip, but Noble is able to reverse it and he lowers his head for the back body drop … and Kash counters, getting his arms in the double underhook position AND NAILING THE MONEY MAKER PILEDRIVER!!! He hooks the far leg, smirking confidently!

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NOBLE KICKS OUT! Kash holds his head in his hands and slams his fist against the canvas in anger, staring a hole right through the official. Kash quickly clambers back up to his feet and yells at the cheering fans to “Shut Up”. He signals that it is all over, and waits for Noble to get back up to his feet. Noble stagger back up, looking dazed, and Kash boots him in the gut, before setting him up in a front facelock for the DEAD LEVEL … but Noble spins out of it and catches Kash in the gut, thrusting his head between his legs for the TIGER DRIVER … but this time Kash rolls through and gets him in position for the DEAD LEVEL again … HE GETS NOBLE UP … but Noble drops down behind the Champ and shoves Kash chest first into the turnbuckle!

Kash slumps down in agony, clutching his chest, and Noble stands poised behind him, almost salivating in anticipation. The “Notorious K.I.D” staggers out of the corner and turns around dazedly, right into a boot to the mid section, as Noble puts his head between his legs and goes for the TIGER DRIVER … HE GETS HIM UP … but Kash drops back down … NOBLE GETS HIM BACK UP … but Kash forces himself back down … NOBLE BRINGS HIM UP FOR A THIRD TIME … BUT KASH ROLLS THROUGH WITH A SUNSET FLIP!!!

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Noble rolls straight out of the pin with a backward roll and pounces forwards instantly with a JACKNIFE COVER!!!

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KASH KICKS OUT BARELY!!! The crowd lets out a gasp of disappointment and excitement, as Noble rolls away in dismay, and Kash hurriedly skirts away as well, darting under the bottom rope and heading right over to the timekeeper’s table, where he grabs hold of the title belt. Angrily, Kash rolls back into the ring, but the referee blocks him straight away and grabs the title belt, dropping it in the corner. Kash turns around wildly, and Noble races towards him. Kash avoids him and sends Noble crashing into the turnbuckle chest first, causing the tough Virginian to crumble away.

Kash glances down at Noble, who is trying to get back to one knee, but instead begins to remove the padding from the top turnbuckle. The crowd boos loudly, as Kash tries to expose the steel, and the official rushes over and snatches the padding away from Kash, warning him to “Cut it out” or he will be disqualified. Kash holds his hands up in innocence and waits for the referee to turn his back to cover up the turnbuckle again, before the Champ picks up the stray Cruiserweight title belt and stands directly behind Noble. The crowd screams in warning, but Noble cannot heed them and turns around … INTO A BELT SHOT TO THE FACE!!!

Quickly, Noble throws the belt to the outside to hide the evidence, as the crowd boos, and he smirks, pointing to his head to show how he outsmarted everyone. Lazily, Kash drops down on top of Noble with a cover, calling for the referee to turn around, which he does!!!

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NOBLE GETS A SHOULDER UP!!! Kash sits up immediately, yelling “NO!” The crowd cheers and chants for Noble, who lies on his back, a far away look still in his eyes. Furiously, Kash jumps back up to his feet and drags Noble up by his hair, before applying the front facelock once again and setting him up for the DEAD LEVEL … but Noble is the one who lifts Kash up and carries him over to the corner, where he places the Champ on the top turnbuckle.

Noble rears back and delivers a ripping CHOP right across the chest of Kash, who sits vulnerably on the top turnbuckle, clutching himself in agony. Gingerly, Noble climbs up to the second turnbuckle and gets Kash in position for a TOP ROPE SUPERPLEX … but Kash counters and throws Noble off face first! Noble hits the canvas with his chest and rolls over quickly … AS KASH LEAPS OFF WITH THE DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULT … AND HITS IT!!! Another hook of the leg!!!

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NOBLE KICKS OUT AGAIN!!! Kash hammers his fist against the canvas with fury, screaming at the official in a rage. He glowers down at the resilient Jamie Noble and shakes his head, before bringing the Challenger back up to his feet. He takes Noble by the arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but Noble manages to reverse it and sends Kash into the corner … BUT KASH SPRINGS UP ONTO THE TURNBUCKLE AND LEAPS OFF WITH THE REBOUNDED CORKSCREW SENTON THAT HE CALLS THE BANK ROLL … but Noble manages to avoid it, and Kash lands on his feet with his back turned … AND NOBLE GRABS HIM IN THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

Kash flails wildly, arms and legs flapping, as Noble cinches in choke, and brings him down to the canvas looking to get the body scissors in as well … but Kash flips his body over, pinning Noble’s shoulders to the canvas! Noble still has the Dragon Clutch in place, as the referee drops down!!!

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ELIMINATION: JAMIE NOBLE @ 29:58 (29:58)

Winner: Kid Kash @ 29:58
KID KASH RETAINS THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


The crowd erupts in HUGE heat for the result, as Kid Kash quickly escapes and rolls out of the ring, where he grabs his Cruiserweight Championship belt and holds it closely to himself, whilst the referee raises his hand, and Jamie Noble stands in the ring, a look of utter astonishment on his face.

Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner … AND STILL THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD … KID KASH!!!

Michael Cole:
Oh my lord!!! What a match up from our Cruiserweight’s here on SmackDown! Jamie Noble just tore it up in that ring for close to forty minutes, but Kid Kash, he – he stole the victory there!!!

Tazz:
That was EVERYTHING that makes the Cruiserweights great. Noble just put on a clinic for over thirty minutes and he’s unlucky not be walking away as Champ! It’s gonna be hard to beat that. What a match, baby, what a match!!!

Kash back up the ramp with his title belt in his arms, staring down at the ring, where Jamie Noble stands, still unable to believe that he is not the Champion after such an effort. A definite look of relief is on the face of Kash, as he seems to know how lucky he was, gazing into the eyes of one of the most impressive wrestlers in a long time: Jamie Noble.

Cut to the backstage area.

The camera waits by one of the doors into the arena, as it opens and in walks RANDY ORTON to major heat from the Baltimore crowd. Dressed in his smart, dark suit, Orton walks down the corridor, passing many other SmackDown! superstars on the way, receiving plenty of dirty looks in the process. One jobber eyeballs Randy quite badly, and Orton turns to stare at him.

Randy Orton:
Problem?

The young jobber shakes his head.

Jobber:
Nope.

Orton smirks.

Randy Orton:
You make sure it stays that way … kid.

The young jobber looks slightly offended, as Orton reaches up and pats him on the cheek.

Randy Orton:
‘Cause let me tell you now exactly what I’ll be telling Teddy Long later tonight. When it comes to SmackDown … I am what makes this place … not Batista, and not guys like you. You’re looking at a superstar, kid … get used to it.

Orton grins menacingly in the face of the youngster, before adjusting his suite lapels and arrogantly swaggering away, with the crowd still booing him loudly in the background.

Back to ringside.

Michael Cole:
Does Randy Orton have no respect for anyone?

Tazz:
Apparently not, Cole. But I still can’t wait for his confrontation with the GM later tonight.

Michael Cole:
Me neither, partner, it’s going to be intense. But next, two teams looking for a shot at tag team gold.

Tazz:
These two teams are as good as they come, Cole. This is all about respect in the tag division.

***Muy Loco*** The crowd gives a nice pop, as the familiar sight of the Juan Deere’s appears on the ramp, as SUPER CRAZY and PSICOSIS make their way down to the ring, slapping hands with the fans and trying to fire them up for the contest.

Tony Chimel:
The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first … at a combined weight of 421 pounds … Psicosis and Super Crazy … THE MEXICOOLS!!!

Michael Cole:
Great opportunity for the Mexicools tonight to make their mark in the WWE Tag team title hunt. Remember how this whole thing started; it was Psicosis who was pinned in the Number One Contender’s match.

Tazz:
Yeah, but that don’t mean a thing tonight. The Mexicools have a great chance to shine tonight, like you said, Cole.

***Motherland*** The crowd heaps heat as usual on the rough and tough English duo of WILLIAM REGAL and PAUL BURCHILL, who stride down the ramp in their long robes, rubbing their knuckles in delight, an air of confidence about them. As they enter the ring, Burchill gets directly in the faces of the Mexicools, forcing the official to separate them.

Tony Chimel:
And introducing their opponents … weighing in at a combined weight of 491 pounds … William Regal and Paul Burchill … THE BLUEBLOODS!!!

Michael Cole:
Well, here’s the team that had the audacity to blame the Mexicools for getting pinned in the Number One Contender’s match. Regal and Burchill are a dangerous combination, Tazz.

Tazz:
Ha ha, I love these guys, Cole. Nothin’ fancy, they just like beatin’ people up, and have fun doing it.


SmackDown! Showcase Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. The Bluebloods

Surprisingly it is The Mexicools who are fastest to lay down the gauntlet, as a pumped up Super Crazy scurries to the centre of the ring and waits to see who will be selected by The Bluebloods. The Englishmen waste plenty of time in their usual vain before Regal pats Burchill on the shoulder and steps out onto the apron, allowing his protégé to start things off.

Burchill swaggers to towards Crazy with his arms held wide open, inviting the Mexican in. Spurred on by the crowd, the plucky Super Crazy dashes forwards and tangles with Burchill in the collar and elbow tie up. The two men jostle for position, with Burchill seemingly overpowering his much lighter opponent, forcing him back towards the turnbuckle. Sensing this, Crazy switches his body around quickly and swings behind Burchill, grabbing him in a rear waist lock. The Englishmen flails his arms, trying to force Crazy’s hands off, before reversing and grabbing Crazy in the rear waist lock. The Mexican quickly scuttles out of it though, and bounces backwards towards his own corner.

Crazy rubs his hips gingerly, clearly feeling the effects of Burchill’s power, as the young English thug smirks, with Regal applauding loudly in the background. Not one to be intimidated though, Super Crazy immediately heads back towards Burchill and they meet with a second collar and elbow tie up. There is no messing around for position this time, as Burchill simply drives the Mexican all the way back into the nearest corner, smothering him with his forearms, whilst Crazy frantically rolls back and forth.

Quickly, the referee intercedes, telling Burchill to break the hold after the five count, which he reluctantly does. Backing off with his hands held high in a show of innocence, Burchill allows Crazy to stagger out from the corner … before grabbing him in a fast side headlock. Surprised by Burchill’s quickness, Crazy is unable to prevent himself being placed in the hold and flaps his arms desperately. Burchill performs a standing switch, rolling around and cinching in the headlock with his other arm, before throwing Crazy over to the canvas with a SIDE HEADLOCK TAKEDOWN. Burchill really applies the pressure, with Crazy flat on his back, trying to keep his shoulders up. He drops it once. 1 … NO! Crazy gets his shoulder back up quickly, breaking the referee’s count.

Burchill grins and begins to bring Crazy back up to his feet, still with the headlock in place, showcasing the ease with which he is able to dominate. Crazy has other ideas though, as he drives the Englishman backwards into the ropes and shoves him across the ring into the other set. Burchill bounds back and knocks Crazy on his back with a stiff SHOULDER BLOCK, displaying the clear power difference. Quickly, Burchill skips off the ropes, as Crazy rolls onto his stomach, and jumps over the Mexican, coming off the other ropes, and Crazy springs up with a LEAP FROG over Burchill, who flies off the ropes again … and Crazy catapults the thug head over heels with both feet!

Clutching his back, Burchill staggers up to his feet, a stunned expression on his face. He turns around and Super Crazy nails him with a RUNNING DROPKICK, taking the Englishman right back down! The crowd pops for the athleticism and speed of the Mexican, who quickly rolls back across the ring and tags in his partner, Psicosis! The slightly taller Mexicool springs into the ring with aplomb, rushing at the dazed Burchill and grabbing him in a side headlock.

Psicosis cinches in the hold, trying to capitalise on his partner’s work. Burchill struggles to break free and begins to slug the former ECW alumnus in the gut with some stiff blows, all the while backing towards his corner. Burchill finally shoves Psicosis away and drills him with a brutal European Uppercut, cracking the Mexican right in the mouth. With Psicosis reeling, Burchill quickly tags in the veteran William Regal, who nips into the ring. Regal grabs Psicosis by the arm, lifting it up high and delivering a stiff quick right to the mid section of the Mexicool. Regal follows up with another European Uppercut to the jaw of Psicosis, almost taking him off his feet.

Sneering with confidence, the brutal Englishman takes Psicosis by the arm and shoots him off into the ropes with an Irish Whip, before sending him up high into the lights with a big BACK BODY DROP … but Psicosis lands on his feet! The crowd pops, as Regal spins around in surprise and gets nailed with a STANDING HURRICANRANA out of nowhere! Regal looks stunned, as he rebounds off the canvas and staggers back towards Psicosis, who applies the side headlock, before leading the Blueblood over towards his corner. Reaching out his hand, Psicosis tags in Super Crazy; Psicosis lifts Regal up and drops him down with a SCOOP SLAM, before he and Crazy both leap into the air, nailing the TANDEM LEG DROP STANDING MOONSAULT combination, with a quick hook of the leg from Crazy. 1 … 2 … NO!

Regal gets a shoulder up quickly, but is given no time to recover, as Crazy snatches in the side headlock yet again, bringing the Englishman up to his feet. The more powerful Regal is able to shove Crazy away into the ropes though, and drops down onto his stomach, forcing the Mexicool to skip over the top of him. But Crazy grinds to a halt and spins around at the same time as Regal, leaping into the air and catching the thug with a HEADSCISSORS, whirling Regal around before sending him crashing down to the canvas!

Regal staggers back up to his feet in a daze, as Crazy drags him over to the Mexicool’s corner and tags in Psicosis. Crazy holds the Englishman in position, as Psicosis springboards into the ring, dropping the axe handle right across the back of Regal’s head. Crazy steps back out onto the apron, as Psicosis picks Regal up again in the side headlock, and tags Crazy back in yet again. This time it is Crazy who flies over the top rope and drives his fists against Regal’s skull, taking the Englishman down to one knee!

Psicosis steps onto the apron, as Crazy pulls Regal up and takes him down with a SNAPMARE, so that he is sat in the middle of the canvas. Reaching out his hand, Crazy tags Psicosis back in and sprints off the ropes, cracking Regal in the face with a DROPKICK … and Crazy nails one to the back of the head at the same time! Regal slumps down to the mat hard, as Crazy leaves the ring and Psicosis hooks the far leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Regal kicks out quickly, and Psicosis snatches him back into the headlock, bringing him up to his feet. Psicosis tries to lead the Englishman towards the corner of the Mexicool’s, but Regal manages to muscle Psicosis towards the Blueblood’s side of the ring instead … where Burchill makes a blind tag!

Regal shoves Psicosis across the ring into the ropes and drops down onto his stomach, forcing the Mexican to skip over the top of him. Seeing Burchill entering the ring, Psicosis rocks him with a right hand, before spinning around … AND IS NEARLY DECAPIATED BY A THUDEROUS CLOTHESLINE FROM WILLIAM REGAL!!! The crowd “OOOOS” as the ferocity of the manoeuvre, as Psicosis lies in a heap on the mat, and a smirking Regal steps out onto the apron to boos, allowing Burchill to hurry into the ring and hook the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Somehow Psicosis is able to kick out, as the crowd breathes a sigh of relief.

Burchill shakes his head disdainfully at the official and drags Psicosis back up. He lifts the Mexicool up and slams him down across his knee with a vicious BACKBREAKER! Psicosis writhes around in agony on the canvas, as Burchill stares around the arena arrogantly, drawing a plethora of heat. Lazily, he drops down on top of his opponent with the lateral press. 1 … 2 … NO! Psicosis kicks yet again and Burchill glowers at the referee. He drags Psicosis back to his feet and shoots him off into the ropes with an Irish Whip, going for a Clothesline on the way back. Psicosis ducks and comes off the other ropes … right into the arms of Burchill … who pops the hips … NAILING AN OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!!! Psicosis is tossed across the ring like a rag doll, and Burchill falls on top of him for a cover, forearm in the face.

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Psicosis kicks out frantically, frustrating the brutish Burchill once again. The Englishman angrily drags the Mexican back up to his feet by the hair and throws him into the corner, where Regal is waiting for the tag. Burchill tags in the veteran, and Regal lays into Psicosis with a flurry of very stiff knees and forearms in the corner, punishing the Mexicool until the referee forces him away and berates him. Regal professes his innocence to the official, who has his back turned … allowing Burchill to choke Psicosis ruthlessly in the corner.

The crowd boos the tactics of The Bluebloods relentlessly, but Burchill yells at them to “Shut Up”, as Regal returns to the corner and takes Psicosis over with a Snapmare takedown, before dropping his knee right across the Mexican’s throat and hooking the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Psicosis forces his shoulder up, but Regal snatches his head up immediately an cinches in the REAR CHIN LOCK, snarling wildly at the crowd as he does so. Psicosis flaps his arms limply, appearing worn out from all of the punishment he has sustained. Regal wrenches him from side to side sadistically, living up to what the Blueblood’s claim, that they love beating people up.

Out on the apron, a concerned Super Crazy begins to hammer away on the turnbuckle, trying to get the crowd behind his partner. Sure enough, the Baltimore fans begin to rally behind the popular Mexicools, and clap along with Crazy, trying to encourage Psicosis. Regal sneers around at them, but it does him no good, as Psicosis begins to fight back to a vertical base, forcing Regal up with him. Once on his feet, Psicosis begins to drive his elbow into the gut of Regal over and over again, trying to break the Chin Lock, and he nearly does … but Regal crushes the Mexican with a high knee right to the face! Psicosis reels and Regal kicks him right in the face, knocking him down to the canvas!

Regal gingerly touches his mid section, before hauling Psicosis back up to his feet and throwing him into the corner of The Bluebloods. After making the tag to Burchill, Regal holds Psicosis in place with his shoulder, allowing his protégé to hammer away on the Mexican with a barrage of stiff right and left hands. The referee berates both men, and finally forces Regal to leave the ring, which he does with a sinister smirk upon his face. Burchill pushes Psicosis against the ropes, before shooting him into the opposite ones with an Irish Whip, and flattening the Mexicool with a stiff DOUBLE FOREARM shot to the face, followed by a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Psicosis rolls his shoulder up, and Burchill quickly wraps his arms around the face of the plucky Mexican in a REAR CHIN LOCK, the second one Psicosis has endured.

Looking drained, Psiscosis screws up his face in agony, as Burchill rips and tears. Once again, from the apron, Super Crazy tries to cheer his partner on by pounding away on the turnbuckle. The crowd cheers the young Mexicool on, as he fights against the overwhelming strength of Burchill. A sneer on his face, Burchill wrings Psicosis’ head from side to side, almost as though he is trying to break the Mexican’s neck. Showing his spirit though, Psicosis keeps his arms raised to show that he still has some life left in him.

Gradually, Psicosis begins to stagger back up to his feet, despite the best efforts of Burchill. The Mexicool slugs at Burchill with some overhead right hands, catching the Englishman in the jaw, trying to break the grip. Burchill overpowers Psiscosis though and drives him all the way back into the corner of The Bluebloods. Regal accepts the tag and enters the ring, as Burchill holds Psicosis in place. Regal sticks his boot right into the gut of the youngster, as Burchill leaves the ring with a smile on his lips. In his usual rough and tough manner, Regal drags Psicosis from the corner and takes him down to one knee with a knee to the small of the back, before snatching the Mexicool in a variation of the CROSSFACE CHICKENWING submission!

Regal displays the sheer wealth of holds he has in his large arsenal of wrestling manoeuvres, as he wrenches back on Psicosis hard. The move does not seem to have been applied to the standards of Bob Backlund, but it is still causing the Mexican a great deal of distress seemingly. Crazy continues his cheerleading act from the apron, as his partner fades, tiring from the excessive work being done to his head. A very small “Mexicool” chant can be heard from the Baltimore crowd, spurring Psicosis on. He seems to feed off it too, as he struggles up from his knee onto his feet … AND SUDDENLY COUNTERS THE SUBMISSION INTO AN INSIDE CRADLE!!!

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Regal kicks out wildly, throwing Psicosis across the ring. The crowd groans in disappointment, as their favourite nearly pulled out a win there. Psicosis staggers up to his feet, but Regal is already waiting, and angrily charges, driving a knee right into the side of the Mexican’s head. A red, furious expression is on the face of Regal right now, clearly angered from almost being defeated by the youngster. He backs off, before dropping his elbow right down across the Mexican’s throat, staying on top for the cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Regal barely even waits for Psicosis to kick out, as he drives his knee into the skull of the Mexicool, forcing it right down, holding onto the top rope for extra leverage, despite the referee’s protests.

Burchill leans over the ropes and tags himself in, as the official counts Regal out of the ring. Burchill waits for the dazed Psicosis to clamber onto all fours, before delivering another sickening kick right to the side of the Mexican’s skull, taking him right back down! Michael Cole and Tazz begin to put over the damage that has been inflicted to Psicosis’ head throughout the contest, and that he must surely be suffering from a borderline concussion at this point. Burchill clearly does not share the same concerns, as he pulls the limp Psicosis up into a seated position, before driving his elbow right down against the Mexican’s skull … again … and again … and again … AND AGAIN! Psicosis looks like a beaten man, as Burchill lets out a roar of intensity, before wrenching the Mexican’s head backwards against his knee in a DRAGON SLEEPER VARIATION!

The crowd actually groans when they see Psicosis being contorted in such a way, his head and neck yanked backwards, almost suffocating him. Smothered, Psicosis’ face is hidden, so one can only imagine the pain he must be in. Burchill grimaces as he wrenches right back on the head of his opponent, whose arms continue to flail around blindly … they keep flailing … but they eventually slow down … and drop to Psicosis’ sides limply! Super Crazy looks worried on the apron, as the referee lifts one of Psicosis’ arms up … and it drops ONCE! The referee lifts it up again … and it drops TWICE! The crowd is desperately cheering Psicosis on, but it seems as though this contest is all over. Another “Mexicool” chant starts up in the background, as Burchill foams at the mouth, feeling the life leaving his opponent. The referee once again lifts the hand up again – for the final time, and … IT FALLS … but Psicosis quickly snaps it back up, showing the fight still remaining inside the Mexican!!!

Psicosis’ heroic revival is cut short though, as Burchill yanks him back up to his feet in a headlock and leads him over to where William Regal waits with hand outstretched. Burchill makes the tag and his thuggish mentor comes into the ring hurriedly, snatching Psicosis up and delivering a very stiff kick to the mid section. The Mexican goes to slump to the canvas, but Regal snatches him up, applying the FULL NESLON, rocking Psicosis back and forth like a rag doll, sapping the fight right out of him … but Psicosis suddenly slips out of it and spins behind Regal, getting him in a rear waist lock, looking for a GERMAN SUPLEX … but Regal then performs the standing switch and spins around behind Psicosis, grabbing him in a HALF NELSON … AND HURLING HIM OVER WITH A HALF NELSON SUPLEX!!! The crowd “OOOS” at the brutality of the manoeuvre, as Regal pounces on top with a hook of the leg!!!

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PSICOSIS HAS A FOOT ON THE ROPE!!! The crowd pops and Super Crazy jumps up and down in delight, whilst Regal pounds the canvas in frustration and holds up three fingers to the referee. With a malicious look in his eyes, Regal picks Psicosis back up and grabs his leg, lifting him up for the REGAL-PLEX … but Psicosis refuses to budge … Regal gets him up again … but Psicosis falls back down … so Regal gets him up for a third time … but Psicosis jumps onto Regal’s shoulder, reaching out for a tag to Super Crazy … AND MAKES IT!!!

The crowd EXPLODES for the popular Cruiserweight, as Super Crazy slingshots over the top rope and comes flying into the ring. He rebounds off the ropes and drills Regal right in the face with a RUNNING DROPKICK, taking him down! Wasting no time whatsoever, Crazy continues flying and nails Paul Burchill with a SPINNING WHEEL KICK as he tries to enter the ring! He lets out a huge cry in Spanish to get the crowd fired up behind him, which they are. Crazy spies Regal trying to sit up and shoots off the ropes, slamming into his face with a DROPKICK … before doing the same thing across the ring, but this time nailing Burchill right in the back of the head!!!

Burchill flops down to the canvas, as Crazy leaps up into the air and nails him with a STANDING MOONSAULT … but rolls right through, back up onto his feet and connecting with a SECOND STANDING MOONSAULT, this time onto Regal, with a hook of the leg!!!

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Regal gets his shoulder up at the last second, and the crowd howls in dismay. Crazy shakes his head and drags the Englishman back up to his feet … but Regal gets a quick kick to the gut of Crazy, doubling the little Mexican over. Regal quickly grabs him in position and hurls him over with an EXPLODER SUPLEX … but Crazy lands on his feet! Regal spins around in horror and catches a kick to the mid section, before Crazy leaps up and springboards off the middle rope, flying back and PLANTING REGAL WITH A SPRINGBOARD TORNADO DDT!!! The audience is on their feet, as Crazy covers the motionless veteran!

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REGAL BARELY KICKS OUT!!! The crowd screams in dismay, as Crazy scrambles back up to his feet, giving the grounded Englishman a quick glance, before racing towards the ropes and leaping off with a SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT … AND HITS IT!!! Another hook of the leg!!!

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BURCHILL BREAKS IT UP QUICKLY!!! The referee forces the young Englishman back out of the ring, as an angry Super Crazy pulls Regal back to his feet and goes for the Irish Whip. Regal is able to reverse it though, sending Crazy into the corner … but Crazy springs up onto the top turnbuckle AND FLIES OFF WITH ANOTHER MOONSAULT, NAILING REGAL … BUT REGAL ROLLS RIGHT THROUGH AND GRABS THE TIGHTS!!!

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PSISCOSIS BREAKS IT UP THIS TIME!!! The young Mexican stands up quickly, having saved his partner … but Burchill grabs his legs from the outside and drags him out to the floor. The Englishman takes Psicosis by the arm and sends him CRASHING HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS WITH AN IRISH WHIP!!! The crowd “OOOS” as Psicosis crumples in a terrible heap, not moving one inch after the blow to his head. Back in the ring, Regal shoots off the ropes, BUT RUNS STRAIGHT INTO A DOUBLE LEG LARIAT FROM SUPER CRAZY!!! He covers!!!

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The official is on the outside checking on Psicosis, as Crazy has Regal down and out. Crazy jumps up to his feet to get the referee, just as Burchill comes flying in with a huge CLOTHESLINE … but Crazy manages to duck it and swings behind Burchill to apply a rear waist lock. Burchill barely halts in his movement though, as he performs a rapid standing switch, shoving the head of Super Crazy right down, before leap frogging over him. Still with Crazy’s head down, Burchill reaches back with his arms and gets the Mexican up … AND PLANTING HIM WITH THE BACK TO BACK DOUBLE UNDERHOOK PILEDRIVER!!!

The crowd “OOOS” again, as Burchill nearly destroys Crazy with one of his old moves, before throwing a lifeless Regal on top for the cover. Wasting no time, Burchill rolls out of the ring and attracts the attention of the official, who hurriedly slides back into the ring and makes the count!!!

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Winners: The Bluebloods @ 10:54 via pin fall

The crowd erupts with heat, as Paul Burchill quickly slides into the ring and helps his partner up. The youngster demands that the referee raise both their arms, which he reluctantly does, whilst The Mexicools barely stir.

Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners … PAUL BURCHILL AND WILLIAM REGAL!!!

Michael Cole:
DAMMIT!!! The Bluebloods get the win here tonight thanks to some foul play by young Paul Burchill, and I can only hope that the injuries Psicosis has sustained aren’t serious.

Tazz:
Great match, Cole. It don’t matter how you get the job done, and that’s exactly what Regal and Burchill understand. Two very impressive teams tonight.

In the ring, Super Crazy begins to sit up, clutching his neck painfully, whilst on the outside, the referee continues to check on Psicosis. Burchill and Regal roll out of the ring and begin to back up the ramp with huge smirks on their faces, although Regal is stepping rather gingerly.

Cut backstage.

The camera focuses in on a black kneepad, with a pair of large hands pulling it on. Slowly, the camera pans up to reveal BOBBY LASHLEY, who receives a VERY loud mixed reaction from the Baltimore crowd. The young powerhouse has that same, rage-filled expression on his face, which we have grown used to over the past few weeks. He begins to pull on his other kneepad.

???:
Gearing up?

Lashley looks up quickly, just as a smiling PAUL HEYMAN enters the frame to heat from the crowd, clad in his familiar dark suit and baseball cap.

Paul Heyman:
Y’know, Bobby … wait, I CAN call you “Bobby” can’t I? I feel we’ve developed an understanding over the past month … so from now on, feel free to call me “Paul”.

Heyman gives a ‘sincere’ smile at Lashley, who returns to his kneepad.

Paul Heyman:
And that understanding comes from thing … or rather one individual in particular … a man who I think you’ll agree needs bringing down a peg or two … or TEN!

Lashley looks up quickly at the sudden ferocity in Heyman’s voice.

Paul Heyman:
(Grinning)
Oh, oh you know EXACTLY who I’m talking about, don’t you, Bobby? Just think about it … four WWE Championships, multiple tag team championships … A … DECADE … AND … A … HALF … thirteen and oh at Wrestlemania …

Heyman leans in towards Lashley conspiratorially.

Paul Heyman:
(Whispering)
And all of that could stand for NOTHING … all of that could END … tonight.

Heat from the crowd, whilst Lashley actually looks Heyman right in the eye.

Bobby Lashley:
It’s gonna happen … Mister Heyman … on MY terms. I don’t attack a man from behind.

Paul Heyman:
And why would you, Bobby? Why would you NEED to attack a man from behind? Just look at you … you’re SIX FEET FOUR INCHES TALL … you’re 275 POUNDS of nothing but UNADULTERATED MUSCLE … some guys are fast, but you, Bobby, are faster … some guys are strong … but you … are stronger …

Lashley even nods his head slightly.

Paul Heyman:
I never suggested that you should attack a man from behind, Bobby … all I suggest is that you take a good, long, hard look at the match that is headlining tonight’s pay-per-view …

Lashley folds his arms and stands up straight so that he dwarfs Heyman.

Paul Heyman:
On the one hand you have … the World Heavyweight Champion Batista …

THUNDEROUS pop.

Paul Heyman:
And what is he? He’s strong of course … but what else? Is he athletic? No. Is he fast? No. In a word, Batista is, quite simply … average.

Boos from the crowd.

Paul Heyman:
And as for … The Undertaker …

MONSTEROUS pop.

Paul Heyman:
I think we both know that if The Undertaker was THAT talented, he would have captured more than four titles in fifteen years. The (Air quotes) ‘Phenom’ is simply over … rated.

Huge heat from the crowd, as Heyman smirks, and Lashley stares ahead coldly.

Paul Heyman:
So I put it to you, Bobby, is it right that Batista and The Undertaker are out there tonight in front of thousands of people competing for the World Heavyweight Championship? Is it right that The Undertaker has received shot after shot after at the gold? Is it right that he was ALLOWED to eliminate you from the Royal Rumble illegally?

Lashley’s eyes widen.

Paul Heyman:
Attacking a man from behind, Bobby? No. Claiming justice? Most definitely so.

Heyman leans in close again to Lashley’s ear.

Paul Heyman:
(Whispering)
You just think about that.

Pulling away, Heyman gives Lashley a final flash of white teeth, followed by a pat on the shoulder, before Paul. E straightens his black tie and strolls away, leaving ‘The Real Deal’ Bobby Lashley staring straight ahead, with his cold eyes motionless. He stays like this for a moment or two, before ‘snapping’ out of it and storming out of his locker room towards the ring.

Cut to a different part of the backstage area.

The crowd “OOOOS” at the first gruesome close up of a bruised and bloody wound, all stitched up, over a black eye. The camera gradually pans out reveal MATT HARDY, who receives a huge pop from the Baltimore crowd. He is sat on the edge of the bed in the medical room in his ‘V-1’ vest, with a nurse hovering around nearby. From behind, KRISTAL MARSHALL enters the room with a microphone in hand.

Kristal Marshall:
Uh, Matt could I get a word?

Hardy only turns his head partly, but gives a slight nod.

Matt Hardy:
(Quietly)
Sure.

Kristal Marshall:
Tonight you step into the ring with JBL despite the injuries you sustained this past Friday Night. What are your reasons?

Matt shakes his head slightly, blinking through his injury.

Matt Hardy:
Kristal … (Sighs) Kristal, what did you think I was gonna do?

Kristal Marshall:
(Stammering)
Well … uh … I …

Hardy lets out a croaky, pained laugh.

Matt Hardy:
Kristal, when they carried me out of that building on Friday night … I was beaten … I was bloodied … I was battered … all thanks to John Bradshaw Layfield …

Huge heat from the crowd at the mention of the “Wrestling God”.

Matt Hardy:
JBL is a man who has NO IDEA what this business is really about. It’s about pride. It’s about honour. It’s about RESPECT. JBL doesn’t know the meaning of those words. He didn’t know respect when he left Ric Flair in a pool of his own blood at the Royal Rumble, he didn’t know respect when he MOCKED the legacy of THE GREATEST wrestler of all time … and he sure as HELL didn’t know respect when HE TRIED TO END MY CAREER!!!

The crowd pops at Hardy’s intensity, as he seethes.

Matt Hardy:
(Directly into the camera)
JBL, you can shout from the rooftops all you want about me stickin’ my nose where it didn’t belong. No, at the Royal Rumble it wasn’t Matt Hardy who you beat down, it was RIC FLAIR! But the weeks, the months before that … it was me! So, guess what, Bradshaw? I MADE IT my business! ‘Cause when you put your hands on “The Nature Boy” like that … you’re doing it to not only him … not only me … BUT THIS ENTIRE INDUSTRY!!!

Another eruption of cheers for the fiery youngster.

Matt Hardy:
JBL, I’m sure you’re sitting in your locker room right now watching this … with your money, your suit, your women and your arrogance … so lemme tell ya something, ‘champ’. On Friday night, you might have gained the upper hand, you might have made me bleed … but the one mistake you made, Bradshaw … is that you left me breathin’ …

A small “Hardy” chant can be heard in the background.

Matt Hardy:
(Glances at Kristal)
Kristal, you wanna know why I turned up tonight after the beating I took on Friday? Let’s just say I KNOW what JBL did to me, and it’s buried deep down … ‘cause tonight I’m going out there to do this not for Matt Hardy … BUT FOR RIC FLAIR! I’m gonna show the world that there is still some RESPECT left in this business … and that the legacy of “The Nature Boy” … WILL … NOT … DIE!!!

Hardy goes nose-to-nose with the camera, as the crowd goes wild.

Matt Hardy:
(Fierce whisper)
And neither will Matt Hardy …

The camera holds the intense gaze of the fan favourite for a moment or two, soaking up the crowd, before…

Back to ringside.

Michael Cole:
Wow. Well, I don’t really know what to say after that, Tazz. First we hear from the despicable Paul Heyman, followed by the heartfelt words of Matt Hardy.

Tazz:
I – I don’t think I’ve ever seen Matt Hardy like that, Cole. I mean, the guy took a poundin’ on SmackDown and he ain’t even backing down an inch. Gotta admire that.

Michael Cole:
Absolutely, partner. Speaking of admiration, I had nothing but admiration for young Bobby Lashley … until recently. I’m not really sure how to describe this change in personality of late from Lashley. Would unstable be the right word, Tazz?

Tazz:
Sounds about right, Cole. I tell ya, the fighting Irishman Finlay sure hasn’t helped matters. This is gonna be brutal.

***Lambleg*** The crowd rises to their feet to give heat to the WWE newcomer, yet grizzled veteran wrestler, FINLAY. The Irishman marches down to the ring, his usual stony expression upon his face, and the trusty shillelagh in hand. Finlay climbs into the ring, where he is immediately greeted by referee Jim Korderas, who demands he relinquishes the weapon. Finlay rolls his eyes and places the weapon in one of the corners.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall … introducing first … from Belfast, Northern Ireland … weighing in at 233 pounds … FINLAAAAYYY!!!

Michael Cole:
Well, what an impact this man has had since arriving in the WWE last month. He debuted in the Royal Rumble match, where he put in a very impressive performance, and then set his sights on one of the toughest men on SmackDown! That man? Bobby Lashley.

Tazz:
Finlay is one the most impressive guys I’ve seen in a long time. This tough bastard doesn’t want to spend a few months beating nobodies to impress the fans. He came here to fight ‘cause that’s what he loved to do.

***Unstoppable*** A major mixed reaction from the crowd, who are still a little confused by their favourite’s intense behaviour of late. BOBBY LASHLEY strides out onto the stage with a fierce look on his face. He sets off his pyro, but wastes little time in posing, and instead heads straight for the ring and Finlay. ‘The Real Deal’ slides into the ring and goes nose to nose with the Irishman, as referee Korderas tries to separate them.

Tony Chimel:
And introducing his opponent … coming down the aisle … from Colorado Springs, Colorado … weighing in at 275 pounds … BOBBBYYY LASSHHLLEYYY!!!

Michael Cole:
As much as I hate to admit it, there has been a definite change in attitude yet from Bobby Lashley. Ever since The Undertaker eliminated him from the Royal Rumble match, Lashley has had a chip on his shoulder, and he’s been trying to take that out on Finlay.

Tazz:
Lashley’s a young, hungry athlete and I guess he saw the Rumble as his big chance to break through the glass ceiling. Neither of these guys is gonna back down an inch.

Single Match:
Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley

As the two opponents go eye-to-eye, referee Jim Korderas heads over to the ropes to ring the bell. Momentarily dropping his guard, Lashley’s gaze follows the referee across the ring, and Finlay drills him with a huge right hand. The crowd boos the actions of the wily veteran, as Finlay backs Lashley into the corner with a series of blows, including a stinging European Uppercut across his jaw. The referee rushes back over to try and separate the two men, but Finlay seems rather relentless in his assault. The Irishman goes for another elbow, but Lashley shows his speed and drives his knee right into the veteran’s mid section, knocking him backwards.

Shaking the cobwebs away and regaining his intensity, Lashley rushes after Finlay and drives his knee into the mid section yet again. The Irishman drops to his knees and Lashley rains down some fierce blows across his spine. Before Finlay can begin to cover up, Lashley drives his shoulder into his stomach and forces the man from Belfast into the corner. Lashley draws back and delivers a brutal right hand, rocking Finlay in his boots. ‘The Real Deal’ seethes, as he takes Finlay’s arm and sends him across the ring with a hard Irish Whip. Finlay slams into the opposite corner spine-first and stumbles back out, wincing in pain. He walks right into the arms of Lashley, who scoops the Irishman up high over his shoulder in a devastating TORTURE RACK. The crowd pops at the impressive strength of Lashley, who walks around the ring with a 230-pound man easily over his shoulders. Lashley waits for a few moments in the centre of the ring, really cinching in the pain on the helpless Finlay, before dropping down with a huge TORTURE RACK BACKBREAKER!

Finlay goes down hard, clutching at his spine, as Lashley glowers ahead, showing no sign of letting up. ‘The Real Deal’ clambers back up to his feet and covers Finlay half-heartedly. 1 … 2 … NO! Finlay easily kicks out at this early stage, and Lashley does not appear too surprised. Lashley climbs back up, pointing to his forehead, which still beard the scars of the past week’s shillelagh blow. Lashley lifts Finlay back up, applies the front face lock and nails a stinging SNAP SUPLEX!

Quickly back to his feet, Lashley does not even bother to go for a cover, and instead just stares down at the writhing Irishman. ‘The Real Deal’ walks slowly towards his opponent, showing off his impressive physique. Taking Finlay by the head, Lashley brings him back up and holds him in position, showing off his incredible strength with a DELAYED VERTICAL SUPLEX, before finally bringing the Irishman crashing down into the mat! This time Lashley quickly follows through with a pin fall attempt. 1 … 2 … NO! Finlay kicks out, but Lashley quickly rolls him over onto his front, applying the front face lock on the canvas.

Showing off his impressive mat wrestling ability, Lashley cinches in the front face lock on the canvas, whilst Finlay’s head is hidden from sight, as he tries to fight for some air. The Irishman slaps at Lashley’s massive arm with a free hand, but ‘The Real Deal’ does not even notice. Eventually, Finlay is able to get one of his feet on the bottom rope and begins to elevate himself back up to a vertical base. Lashley, still with the front face lock applied, his forced up to his feet too, as the Irish veteran shows his grit. However, Lashley quickly grabs one of Finlay’s legs and nails a FISHERMAN’S SUPLEX out of nowhere! The crowd pops at the over whelming strength of Lashley to hit a move as explosive as that. Lashley follows up with a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Finlay kicks out desperately.

Lashley jumps back up to his feet quickly, as Finlay scrambles away towards the corner in desperation. Showing no let up though, Lashley continues the attack, putting the boot to the Irishman over and over again, as Finlay sits in the corner. The veteran begins to cover up, as the crowd cheers Lashley on for the majority. He pulls Finlay up to his feet and sends him across the ring with an Irish Whip. Finlay hits the turnbuckles hard and Lashley charges, but the Irishman gets his boots up, catching ‘The Real Deal’ in the face. Lashley staggers away clutching his jaw, and Finlay sees his chance by charging out … but Lashley catches him and connects with an OVERHEAD BELLY-TO-BELLY SUPLEX!

Finlay goes down hard, clutching his spine in agony, as Lashley roars with intensity. Visibly shaken by the assault, Finlay crawls on his hands and knees towards the ropes and begins to pull himself back up to his feet, whilst Lashley watches him from across the ring. Finlay hugs the top rope and slowly turns around, just in time as Lashley charges and CLOTHESLINES FINLAY TO THE OUTSIDE! Finlay hits the floor below hard, whilst Lashley quickly clambers through the ropes and heads after his rival. Before Finlay can even get to his knees, Lashley is on him. Grabbing him by the straps of his vest, Lashley takes Finlay and hurls him spine first into the announce table, sending a huge CRASH throughout the arena.

The crowd “Ooooos” as Finlay clutches the back of his skull in agony, as well as his lower back. Lashley stands in front of the announce table, where Michael Cole and Tazz look on. Lashley stares at them for a few moments, before dragging his opponent back up to his feet and rolling him back into the ring under the bottom rope. Finlay quickly crawls across the canvas on his hands and knees, as Lashley comes through the ropes after him. Taking the Irishman by the arm, Lashley pushes him into the ropes before sending him into the adjacent set with an Irish Whip. Finlay does not bounce back though, as he holds onto the top rope, before dropping down and rolling out of the ring to heat from the crowd. Lashley is still brimming with intensity and clambers to the outside as well, in hot pursuit.

Finlay is seemingly heading for the timekeeper’s area, as he goes to pick up a Steel Chair, but Lashley races towards him quickly and clubs him across the back, knocking him down. The velocity of the blow knocks down Tony Chimel, but Lashley shows no remorse, as he throws Finlay back out onto the floor. Lashley picks Finlay back up, driving his knee into the ribs of the Irishman, before pounding away with furious blows to his back. Taking Finlay by the arm, Lashley goes for the Irish Whip, but Finlay reverses it and SENDS LASHLEY CRASHING INTO THE STEEL STEPS KNEES FIRST!

The crowd groans with “Oooooos” as Finlay catches his breath. Lashley rolls around on the floor, clutching his knees in agony. Finlay is on him quickly, taking the head of ‘The Real Deal’ and driving it into the exposed Steps with a crash. Lashley clutches at his skull, whilst Finlay grins happily, seeing his opportunity. The camera closes in on Lashley’s face, and it can be seen that he has been
BUSTED OPEN above his left eye. Finlay lifts Lashley back up and drill him with a European Uppercut, sending him staggering to the floor.

Lashley is clearly disorientated by the wound over his eye, as he tries to wipe it away, but Finlay does not give him the time to tend to it. The Irishman pulls Lashley back up and throws him back into the ring under the bottom rope. Finlay follows quickly too, before Lashley can even sit up, driving his knee across his jaw and shoulders for an old school cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Lashley forces his shoulders up quickly, throwing Finlay away. The wily Irishman though, does not seem deterred, as he climbs back up to his feet. He grabs Lashley’s left leg and lifts it up, before aiming a kick to the inside of the knee.

Lashley yells out in pain, as the murmuring amongst the crowd begins, seeing the dissection of their favourite begin. Finlay brings Lashley’s left leg up and holds it in place, as he kicks at the knee viciously. Clearly now in discomfort, Lashley tries to fight Finlay away, but the Irishman is now relentless, as he drags ‘The Real Deal’ over to the ropes by the ankle. Finlay props Lashley’s left leg on the bottom rope and drops his full weight onto the fragile knee, causing Lashley to wince in visible pain. Keeping Lashley’s leg in position, Finlay jumps up and crashes across the knee again, all 233-pounds of pure Irish spirit. Finlay pulls Lashley away from the ropes and stomps on the knee again. After backing up, Finlay moves quickly towards his opponent and executes his RUNNING SEATED SENTON right across the legs of ‘The Real Deal’, most importantly hitting the knees too. Lashley writhes in agony, but Finlay wastes absolutely no time, giving Lashley no time to recover, and instead raises the leg of ‘The Real Deal’ and drops an elbow into the knee.

Now in the driving seat, Finlay drags Lashley by the ankle towards the corner. The Irishman rolls out of the ring the ring under the bottom rope still holding Lashley’s leg. He splits the legs of the youngster on either side of the steel ring post and pulls the left leg back… before wrapping the knee around the post! The crowd “Oooos”, as they hear the reaction of Lashley, who groans in severe pain. Finlay pulls Lashley’s knee out, so that it is dangling under the bottom rope and over the apron. Finlay backs up, before driving his elbow into the exposed knee of Lashley.

Pulling his leg back desperately, Lashley crawls back into the ring, trying to get his limbs away from the ruthless Irishman. Finlay is extremely methodical in his approach, as he rolls back into the ring. Lashley pulls on the top turnbuckle and tries to stagger back up to his feet. Finlay jumps on him and hammers down with a series of blows, before taking him by the arm and sending him crashing across the ring with an Irish Whip. Lashley hits the turnbuckle spine first and Finlay charges, but only gets an elbow to the face. Wincing in agony, Lashley limps out of the corner and drives a knee into Finlay’s mid section, before taking the Irishman’s arm and going for an Irish Whip. Finlay ducks under it though, keeping hold of Lashley’s arm, and taking him out with a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! Finlay drops down on top of Lashley for a cover.

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Lashley gets his shoulder up defiantly, as he blinks through the bloody side of his face. Finlay grimaces in frustration, before grabbing hold of Lashley’s legs once again and rolling out of the ring, pulling Lashley out with him. The Irishman pulls Lashley back up to his feet and shoves him INTO THE STEEL RING POST FACE FIRST with a sickening crack! Lashley goes down in a heap against the crowd barrier, clutching at his face, whilst Finlay smirks, drawing boos from the crowd. He advances on Lashley, pulling ‘The Real Deal’ to his feet and rolling him back into the ring. The Irishman quickly follows and drives his forearm over Lashley’s face for a cover.

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Lashley kicks out again, but Finlay’s covers are proving extremely effective in wearing down the powerful former Army sergeant. Finlay grabs Lashley’s left leg and pulls him into the centre of the ring, where he applies the HALF BOSTON CRAB! Putting an extraordinary amount of taught on the leg, knee and lower back of Lashley, Finlay wrenches back hard. Lashley grimaces in pain and looks towards the ropes, which are a good distance away. Blinking through his bloody complexion, Lashley begins to inch, scratch and claw his way towards the bottom rope. Finlay scowls, as the powerful Lashley drags him across the canvas, but there is little the Irishman can do to prevent it. Using his impressive upper body strength, Lashley gives one final heave and GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE!

The crowd cheers, whilst Finlay scowls at referee Jim Korderas in annoyance and frustration. Finlay bends down and drags the hurting Lashley back up to a vertical base, drilling him in the jaw with a European Uppercut. Lashley backs into the ropes, and Finlay takes his arm, going for the Irish Whip. Lashley reverses it though, and sends Finlay into the ropes, lowering his head for a Back Body Drop … BUT FINLAY COUNTERS WITH A DDT! Another cover.

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An emphatic kick out from Lashley, as he hurls Finlay across the ring in a display of brute force. The crowd pops, as Lashley tries to shake the cobwebs away and get back up to his feet after the DDT. Across the ring now, Finlay looks at being man handled in such a way. The Irishman glares at Lashley, who is barely up to his feet in a groggy fashion, and charges, full ahead … right into a SPINEBUSTER!!! Lashley falls on top of his opponent.

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Finlay throws his shoulder up at the last moment! Lashley closes his eyes in disbelief and rolls away from the Irishman, whilst the crowd buzzes in excitement. The two combatants begin to clamber back up to their feet, with a bloody Bobby Lashley clutching at his knee, and Finlay holding his lower back. The Irishman moves towards Lashley, but ‘The Real Deal’ slugs him in the ribs with a high knee, driving it in there several times, but Finlay connects with a JAWBREAKER! Lashley staggers around in no man’s land, holding his head, and Finlay drills him with a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! Another quick cover.

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Lashley kicks out yet again, to cheers from the fans, whilst Finlay holds his head in dismay. The Irishman drags the youngster over to the ropes once again, propping up his knee for the second time and proceeds to jump up and down on the damaged limb in a vicious manner. Lashley yells out in total agony, as Finlay puts the pain to the knee. The veteran quickly drags Lashley back into the centre of the ring and applies his version of the Indian Deathlock, known as the CELTIC KNOT!

Lashley has felt this move before and immediately begins to flap around in pain, as Finlay cinches in the devastating submission. Trapped in the centre of the ring, Lashley is a long way away from the ropes, and can barely summon enough power to drag himself there. Finlay yells at him to give it up, whilst the fans still behind Lashley cheer him on. Lashley screws up his face in agony and drops down to the canvas, allowing his shoulders to settle, which referee Korderas sees. 1 … 2 … NO! Lashley sits up quickly, having nearly cost himself the match up right there. Finlay wrenches back on the legs of ‘The Real Deal’, but the powerful athlete refuses to surrender. The crowd and Finlay cannot believe their eyes, as Lashley begins to drag himself towards the bottom rope once again. Michael Cole and Tazz put over the unbelievable power of the young Lashley, as he inches towards … reaches for the rope … AND GRABS IT!

The crowd explodes for Lashley, though he has not played up to them once tonight. The referee forces Finlay to relinquish the hold, which he reluctantly does. The Irishman is going wild at Korderas, seemingly blaming him for not being able to put Lashley down. Meanwhile, Lashley is pulling himself up against the ropes behind Finlay’s back. The veteran berates the official, until Jim Korderas points his finger in Finlay’s face, warning him, and the Irishman holds up his hands innocently. Finlay turns around and walks over towards Lashley … right into a SPEAR!!!

The arena erupts, as Lashley has just exploded out of the blue, almost cutting his opponent clean in half. Both men lie flat on their backs on the canvas, Lashley breathing heavily, whilst Finlay is barely moving. Referee Jim Korderas checks on both men, before deciding to start the count. 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 5 … 6 … but Lashley begins to stir. He grimaces in pain, as he rolls over and cover Finlay.

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FINLAY KICKS OUT!!! The shock does not even seem to register on Lashley’s face; such is the blood and exhaustion already visible there. ‘The Real Deal’ rolls over, blinking through the pain, but so does Finlay, the Irishman seemingly given too much time to recover. They crawl towards opposite sides of the ring, but it is Lashley who is the first to make it up to his feet, as he does so against the ropes. Lashley stares and Finlay intensely, waiting for the Irishman to get back up, which he slowly does. Lashley levels him with a CLOTHESLINE! Finlay hits the deck and bounces back up wearily, almost on instinct, and is nailed by a second CLOTHESLINE! Almost completely out of it, Finlay rebounds onto his feet in a daze, and meets a THIRD CLOTHESLINE!

The crowd is behind Lashley’s explosiveness now, as Finlay brings himself back up to his feet yet again. Lashley goes for a fourth Clothesline, but the Irishman ducks and runs off the ropes … but gets caught and nailed by a T-BONE SUPLEX!!! Lashley hooks the far leg.

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Finlay throws his shoulder up desperately, as Lashley holds his head in dismay. He clambers back up to his feet, pulling up a helpless Finlay in the process. Lashley charges, catching the Irish veteran right in the gut with his shoulder, driving him right back into the corner with almost a modified Spear. Lashley drives his shoulder into the abdomen of Finlay over and over and over and over again, ripping up the insides of the wearied Irishman. Finlay is seemingly on his last legs, as he doubles over in agony, clutching his ribs. Taking him by the arm, Lashley goes for the Irish Whip to the other corner, but Finlay reverses it, bringing Lashley’s gut right into his knee. Lashley keels over in pain, and Finlay quickly lifts him up over his shoulders in position for the CELTIC CROSS … but Lashley slides off Finlay’s shoulders and instead lifts the Irishman up onto his shoulder … before connecting with the RUNNING POWERSLAM!!! Lashley wearily covers Finlay as the crowd explodes.

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FINLAY HAS A FOOT ON THE ROPES!!! Lashley slams his fist into the mat in frustration, at Finlay having escaped from two of his finishing manoeuvres. Wasting little time though, Lashley drags Finlay back up to his feet and throws him back into the corner, before putting the pain to him with some more devastating Shoulder Thrusts. Finlay is visible gasping for breath right now, and Lashley takes his arm, going for the Irish Whip across the ring, but yet again Finlay reverses it and brings Lashley back the way he came, crashing sternum first into the top turnbuckle. Lashley staggers backwards and Finlay gets a SCHOOL BOY!

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Lashley kicks out desperately to the relief of those in the crowd still behind him. Finlay wearily rolls away, slapping the mat. He staggers up to his feet, as Lashley begins to do the same. The first one completely up to his feet, Finlay heads behind the doubled over Lashley, brings him up, and nails a SIDE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!!! Another hook of the leg.

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Lashley just barely gets his shoulder up off the canvas, as Finlay glowers at referee Jim Korderas. The Irishman gestures threateningly at the official, before grabbing Lashley by the head and pulling him back up to his feet … but Lashley gets his shoulder into Finlay’s gut and throws him into the corner in almost a Spear. Finlay’s head hits the top turnbuckle and he falls to the canvas, in the corner where his trusty Shillelagh lies. Lashley is in the centre of the ring on all fours, trying to catch his breath. Finlay stands up and begins to remove the padding from the turnbuckle, as to expose the steel buckle beneath. The referee spots him, however, and rushes over, grabbing the padding and pushing Finlay away.

Finlay is all too happy to oblige, as HE HAS THE SHILLELAGH IN HIS OTHER HAND! He swings at Lashley, but the youngster catches him on his shoulder and lifts him up in position for THE DOMINATOR … but Finlay slides off his shoulders and SWINGS THE SHILLELAGH OVER HIS HEAD … BUT LASHLEY BOOTS IT RIGHT BACK IN FINLAY’S FACE!!! Both the weapon and Finlay are sent crashing down to the canvas, just as Jim Korderas turns around to see it. Without hesitation, the official calls for the bell, disqualifying Lashley!

Winner: Finlay @ 15:03 via Disqualification

Finlay rolls out of the ring quickly, as the referee raises his arm in victory. Lashley stands in the ring with his hands on his hips, a look of fury upon his face. Finlay grins, ignoring the boos of the crowd, before heading up the ramp, his undefeated streak still intact.

Tony Chimel:
Ladies and gentlemen, the referee has disqualified Bobby Lashley (Crowd boos); therefore here is your winner … FINLLAAAYYYYYYY!!!

Michael Cole:
DAMMIT! Finlay just snaked his way out of this thing, keeping his undefeated streak intact, but not denting Bobby Lashley’s either.

Tazz:
I guess Finlay was just lookin’ for a way out, Cole. But Lashley don’t look too happy if you ask me.

Tazz is completely right, as Bobby Lashley is pacing around the squared circle like an animal, a scowl upon his face. Referee Jim Korderas sees him and goes over to explain the result to him … BUT LASHLEY LIFTS HIM OVER HIS SHOULDER AN NAILS THE OFFICIAL WITH THE RUNNING POWERSLAM!!!

The crowd erupts in shock, really not sure what to make of what they have just seen. Korderas is out cold and not moving one inch, as Lashley stands over him with furious eyes. ‘The Real Deal’ storms to the outside of the ring, kicking the Steel Steps so hard that they crash across the concrete. He picks one half of them up and hurls it against the crowd barrier to screams from those in the front row.

A host of other referees have entered the ring to check on Korderas, whilst a band of Security Guards are making their way down the ramp to make sure Lashley leaves. The genetic freak Bobby Lashley glares at the security, as he makes his way through them and back up the ramp, a look of rage on his face. He is receiving a VERY mixed reaction from the crowd, leaning somewhat towards heat.


Cut backstage.

The crowd gives HUGE heat, as we cut to the hallway/entranceway of the building, where JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD is only just arrival, with JILLIAN HALL and ORLANDO JORDAN in tow. JBL enters the building with his traditional toothy smile, whilst Orlando and Jillian struggle with his bags.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Talking over his shoulder)
Did you hear that sorry son of a bitch? “JBL made a mistake when he left me breathin’”. Gimme a break! The only mistake I made – the only mistake I EVER make, is that I’m just too damn compassionate for my own –

JBL stops in his tracks, as the SmackDown! General Manager THEODORE LONG enters the shot, standing right in front of JBL as they are walking in opposite directions.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Smirking)
Well look who it isn’t.

Theodore Long:
(Forced politeness)
JBL.

Bradshaw glances over his shoulder at the door to the arena, and turns back to Long with a chuckle.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Now, Theodore Long, you wouldn’t be tryin’ to make a quick getaway now would you? Didn’t fancy going face-to-face with Randy Orton after all, huh?

Theodore Long:
(Shaking head)
I’m just going to collect somethin’ from my car, playa. Now if you’ll ‘scuse me?

Teddy tries to walk by, but JBL blocks his way.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
‘Cause that’s sure as hell what it looks like to me, Teddy. The high and mighty Theodore Long … the General Manager of the WWE’s prime time show, SmackDown! … is running scared.

Theodore Long:
Listen up, playa. Rather than standin’ around here runnin’ your mouth off to me, how ‘bout you worry about your own problems tonight? How about you worry about Matt Hardy? ‘Cause one thing I am not, JBL … is scared. Ya dig?

The smile on JBL’s face falters slightly.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Oh, I’m gonna deal with Matt Hardy when the time comes, but until then I just thought I’d give ya a little friendly advice. How have people been describing Randy Orton lately, Orlando? Unstable?

Jordan nods from over his boss’ shoulder.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Grinning)
That’s right, Teddy. I’m just given you a heads up. Watch out for the RKO … I hear it stings a bit.

JBL and his associates burst out laughing and push past Long.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
What a joke.

As Bradshaw, Jillian and Orlando head off into the building; Teddy Long takes a good, long look after them, before letting out a very nervous sigh.

Elsewhere.

We cut to backstage where all hell has broken loose. Bobby Lashley has gone completely berserk, as he continues to hurl around crates and anything that isn’t nailed to the floor. Dozens of security and match officials are surrounding him, but no one wants to get too near. Before he can be stopped, Lashley shoves through the entourage and continues to rampage up the hallway.

Back to ringside.

Michael Cole:
Bobby Lashley has lost it! Someone needs to stop this youngster before he does some serious damage. He’s already assaulted a host of officials here tonight!

Tazz:
You really ain’t kiddin’, Cole. He is one pissed off man.

Michael Cole:
One man who has every reason to be pissed off is Rey Mysterio. For weeks now, the United States Champion Booker T and Mister Kennedy have been causing Rey trouble, but that could all change tonight.

Tazz:
You’re damn right. Title shot up for grabs, baby!

***Turn Up The Treble*** The Baltimore crowd rises to its feet and showers the arrogant MR. KENNEDY in heat, as he struts down to the ring with a sneer on his face, chewing his gun nonchalantly. Kennedy pauses on the apron with his usual theatrically delayed leg, before he steps in and raises his hand into the air, calling for his microphone from the Heavens. The microphone finally lowers and he waits impatiently for the crowd to die down before speaking.

Mr. Kennedy:
The following tag team contest is scheduled for ONE fall … and it feature YOURS truly with biggest opportunity of his life … ‘cause tonight a GURAN-DAMN-TEED United States Title match WILL be on the line (Slight pop). I weigh in tonight at an absolutely earth shattering 245 pounds. I hail from GREEN BAY, WISCONS-IIIII-NNAAAAA (Heat) … MMIISSTTEERRRRRRRRR KKENNNNEEDDDYYYY …

Mr. Kennedy walks over to the corner and climbs the turnbuckle, as the crowd jeers.

Mr. Kennedy:
KEN - NA - DAY!!!!

The crowd boos, as Kennedy feints to throw his microphone into the air, but instead he waits for…

***Can You Dig It, Sucka?*** The crowd gives an even greater amount of heat this time, as the reigning United States Champion BOOKER T strides out to the top of the ramp, carrying his title belt in one hand, and his lovely wife SHARMELL in tow. Booker smirks cockily, before heading down to the ring, where Kennedy waits, poised.


Mr. Kennedy:
And introducing MY tag team partner … he weighs in tonight at a mildly impressive (laughter) 256 pounds … he hails from HOUSTON, TEX-ASSSSS … he is the reigning and defending UNITED STATES CHAMPION … BOOKAHHHHHH T!!!

Booker stands in the ring with his hands on his hips looking unimpressed.

Mr. Kennedy:
BOOK-AHHHH!!!

Michael Cole:
Uh, well, certainly a unique entrance from Mister Kennedy there, and he gave Booker T the ‘honour’ of announcing him as well.

Tazz:
Well, I doubt that these two guys are gonna be on the same page tonight, Cole. I mean … Kennedy could get a shot at Booker’s title!

***OOO Chavo*** A good face reaction for CHAVO GUERRERO, who makes his way down to the ring in his black tights and bandana, looking pumped up ahead of his ‘one night only’ outing on SmackDown! He steps in, eyeballing Booker and Kennedy on the outside, climbs the turnbuckle and slaps his chest, getting a very impressive reception from Baltimore.

Tony Chimel:
And introducing their opponents … first, representing Raw and back on SmackDown! for one night only … from El, Paso, Texas … weighing in at 210 pounds … CHAVO GUERRERO!!!

Michael Cole:
When Rey Mysterio was in trouble this past Friday night, who else but his good friend Chavo was going to come to his aid? Chavo has been on a roll of late on Monday Nights, but he has put all of that aside in order to help his good friend tonight.

Tazz:
I miss having Chavo on SmackDown! It’s gonna be great to see him in action again tonight.

***Booyaka 619*** The crowd gives a THUNDEROUS ovation, as REY MYSTERIO explodes from the stage, landing on his feet perfectly in his black and white tights and mask ensemble. He nips down to the ring, slapping hands with all of the fans on the way. Once inside the ring, Rey and Chavo share a hug, whilst Kennedy and Booker dither on the ring apron.

Tony Chimel:
And introducing his tag team partner … from San Diego, California … weighing in at 165 pounds … REYYY MYSSTERRIOOO!!!

Michael Cole:
What an opportunity for Rey Mysterio tonight. This pioneer of the Cruiserweight division has one of the biggest opportunities of his career, as he looks to earn a shot at Booker T’s United States title! And it would only be right, after all the trouble Booker has caused Mysterio.

Tazz:
This place is going nuts for Rey, and I can see why. He is so exciting to watch in the ring, but I just don’t know if he’s gonna be out powered tonight by Kennedy and Booker.

United States Championship Match on the Line:
Mr. Kennedy and U.S Champion Booker T vs. Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero

As match official calls for the bell, both teams confer in their respective corners to see who will begin the match. Mr. Kennedy and Booker T both wear smirks on their faces, whilst Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio seem much more focused. Finally, Chavo and Kennedy step out onto the apron and Mysterio and Booker head to the centre of the ring to kick things off. The two rivals circle one another warily, neither willing to back down an inch, before finally grabbing each other in a collar and elbow tie up. They barely have any time to jostle for position, before Booker completely overpowers Rey and shoves him stumbling back across the ring!

Booker T flings his hair out of his eyes and gives Mysterio a little smirk, opening up his arms as an invitation for more. Mysterio is back to his feet and the centre of the ring without hesitation, showing no fear, as he grapples with the United States Champion in a second collar and elbow tie up. Once again, it does not last long, as Booker switches around behind Rey, grabbing him in a rear waist lock and lifting him up high into the air, taking him down the canvas. Mysterio tries to scurry away, as Booker taunts him from above, before Rey makes it to the corner.

Holding up his arms, Booker draws plenty of heat from the crowd, as he gestures threateningly to Chavo on the apron. Rey shakes his head, as he scrambles back up to his feet, making Booker pay attention to him once again. The two enemies meet up, locking their arms, but Booker simply grabs Mysterio and lifts him up on his shoulder, before flinging him roughly to the mat in a dismissive manner! The crowd boos loudly, as Booker struts around the ring shaking his head and pointing at Rey, saying, “He ain’t NUTTIN’!” Kennedy gives his partner a sarcastic round of applause from the apron, whilst Chavo cheers Mysterio on.

On his feet, Rey looks at Chavo, and Booker T yells at Rey to tag Chavo in. Mysterio though, walks straight back to the centre of the ring and goes nose-to-nose with the arrogant United States Champion. Booker talks some trash to his pint sized opponent, before backing off with his hands in the air … before going for a quick CLOTHESLINE … but Rey sees it coming and ducks underneath it! Booker turns quickly, and Rey drops down to his knees, taking the Book Man over with a Fireman’s Carry takedown. Booker seems shocked as he rebounds back to his feet, but Rey comes flying at him once again, nailing him with a stiff DROPKICK to the side of the knee, dropping the U.S Champ onto his front. Before Booker can recover, Mysterio comes off the ropes and smacks him in the face with a FRONT DROPKICK!

Coming alive for Rey, the crowd cheers as Booker T staggers up clutching his mouth and leans in the corner. Mysterio is on him right away though, taking Booker by the arm and looking to shoot him across the ring with an Irish Whip. Booker reverses it though, sending Rey crashing into the opposite turnbuckle. Furiously, Booker charges in, but catches both of Mysterio’s feet right in his face. Booker staggers around, and Rey neatly nips up onto the second turnbuckle, before somersaulting off and nailing Booker with a ROLLING HEADSCISCISSORS, flinging the Champ across the ring!

The crowd explodes, as Booker is sent head over heels over the canvas. He rolls onto his feet in a very dazed yet angry way and sprints blindly back towards Mysterio, who side steps and catches Booker with a DROP TOE HOLD, smacking the Champ’s face off the canvas! Another pop from the crowd, as an energetic Rey rolls across the ring and tags in Chavo! A fuming Booker T leaps up to his feet looking for a piece of Mysterio, but instead finds himself staring down Guerrero. Chavo smirks at Booker, causing the U.S Champ to lose his focus and charge in immediately, meeting the young Guerrero in a collar and elbow tie up. Chavo swings behind with a rear waist lock, but Booker tries to reverse it, only for Guerrero to take him over with a SIDE HEADLOCK TAKEDOWN. 1 … NO! Booker kips up quickly, swinging behind Chavo with the hammerlock … but Chavo swings around and takes Booker down with a picture perfect ARM DRAG. Booker staggers back up to his feet and runs right into a second ARM DRAG! Booker rebounds off the canvas, and catches a STANDING DROPKICK from Guerrero right to the face!

The Champ rolls away in a fury, scrambling up to his feet in the corner, as Chavo plays to the crowd a little bit, spurred on by Mysterio on the apron. Booker holds his mouth and points threateningly at Chavo, who seems ready for some more … but Booker slowly trudges across the ring and makes a reluctant tag to Ken Kennedy! The youngest and easily the mouthiest man in the match, Mr. Kennedy steps through the ropes with his usual swagger, giving Booker a little grin, before pacing around Chavo in a circle, dropping his left shoulder as he does so. On passing Mysterio’s corner, Kennedy takes a ‘playful’ swipe, drawing some cheap heat from the fans. After stalling, Kennedy heads to the centre of the ring a meets Chavo with yet another collar and elbow tie up. Chavo shows his technical prowess yet again, switching behind KK with a rear waist lock, before swinging around and taking Kennedy over with a side headlock takedown. Kennedy manages to get Chavo in the leg scissors on the mat, forcing Guerrero to spring up onto his feet, right into a side headlock from Kennedy.

Chavo struggles against Kennedy’s superior strength, as he cinches in the headlock and finally flings Guerrero over with a takedown, going to the canvas with him. The referee gets down closely with both men to keep an eye on Chavo’s shoulders. He accidentally lets them drop. 1 … NO! He gets them up again. Chavo begins to fight back up to a vertical base, forcing Kennedy back up too. Once up, Chavo shoves Kennedy away into the ropes, but the stronger KK flies back and knocks Guerrero back down with a SHOULDER BLOCK. Kennedy races off the ropes again, as Chavo rolls onto his stomach, and Ken skips over the top of him and flies back off the other ropes … into a LEG LARIAT to the mid section, sending Kennedy flying head over heels!

Kennedy groans, as he hits the deck clutching his mid section. Chavo is quick to capitalise though, as he goes right to the injured body part, bringing KK back up and dropping him across his knee with a GUTBUSTER. Kennedy gasps, as Guerrero hooks the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! A quick kick out from Kennedy. Chavo pulls back though, and drives his knees against Kennedy’s ribs over and over again, before pulling the youngster back up once again. Positioning Kennedy’s ribs carefully, Chavo lifts him up and slams him back down with a BACK SUPLEX. Yet another cover from the technically sound Chavo. 1 … 2 … NO! Kennedy gets out of it once again, shoving Guerrero away and scrambling back to his feet.

Staggering over to the turnbuckle, Kennedy tries to get some more air back into his abdomen, but Chavo is after him quickly. Guerrero drives his shoulder into Kennedy’s mid section hard, nearly doubling the loudmouth over, before leaning back to deliver it again … but catches a thumb to the eye instead! The fans boo the cheap tactic, as Chavo turns around blinded, and Kennedy unloads a series of stinging right hands on the veteran. Backing Chavito against the ropes, Kennedy goes for the Irish Whip, but Chavo manages to reverse it, flinging KK off the ropes … RIGHT INTO A TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER! Kennedy crashes right onto his ribs, as Chavo quickly rolls him up.

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Kennedy manages to kick out once again, showing his grit, as Chavo nips back up to his feet quickly, and pulls the youngster up. Chavito drills the platinum haired loudmouth with a brutal European Uppercut, sending him staggering into the ropes. Wasting little time, Chavo takes Kennedy by the arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but KK reverses and shoots Guerrero across the ring off the ropes … right into a knee to the spine from Booker T! The fans boo once again, as Chavo slumps forward into a flurry of blows from Kennedy, whilst the referee warns Booker. Taking Chavito’s arm, Kennedy sends him into the ropes again with the Irish Whip. Chavo comes flying back and KK goes for the CLOTHESLINE … but Chavo ducks and keeps on running, drilling Booker T off the apron with a RUNNING DROPKICK!

The crowd pops, as Booker is sent flying in a heap, as Chavo spins around and is grabbed from behind by Kennedy in a rear waist lock. Kennedy tries to lift Guerrero in the air, but Chavito quickly turns the tables and gets KK in the rear waist lock … shoving him into the ropes and falling backwards with a ROLL UP! 1 … 2 … NO! Booker tries to step back into the ring, and Chavo knocks him back off the apron with a right hand, before turning back around … INTO A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE FROM KENNEDY! The crowd boos, whilst KK rests on his haunches, sticking his tongue out nonchalantly, scowling at the grounded Guerrero. He drags Chavo back up to his feet and slams him back down with a NECKBREAKER, followed by a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Chavo quickly kicks out, and Kennedy reaches out to tag in a very angry Booker T, who is still clutching his face. Kennedy lifts Chavito up and Booker delivers a stiff kick right to the gut, before the referee sends KK onto the apron.

Looking strangely wild, Booker comes at Chavo with a flurry, stomping away on the multiple time Cruiserweight Champion, forcing him towards the bottom rope. From across the ring, Mysterio tries desperately to spur his friend on, but Chavo is put in even more trouble, as Booker tries to choke him out with his boot, using the ropes for leverage. The referee finally forces the U.S Champion to break the illegal hold, and he does so reluctantly. Picking Guerrero back up, Booker brings his fist right back and goes for a right hand … but Chavo blocks and drills Booker with a series of his own blows. Stunned, Booker reels into the ropes and Chavito tries to Irish Whip him across the ring, but the Champ reverses it and sends Chavo bouncing off them … into a HOOK KICK! Booker nearly decapitates his opponent with a quick kick and falls on top with a hook of the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Showing his fight, Chavo kicks out, but Booker snatches the Cruiserweight up into a seated position and applies a ragged CHINLOCK.

Mysterio yells at his partner to keep fighting, as Chavo struggles for air against the bicep of Booker T. Kennedy leans against the ropes in a rather bored manner in his corner, as Booker wrings Chavito’s neck consistently, trying to sap all of the strength out of the plucky man from El Paso. But Chavo still has plenty left in the tank, and begins to wave around both of his arms frantically, spurred on by both Rey and the crowd. Despite Booker’s best efforts, Chavo begins to battle up to his feet, finally making it to a vertical base. Chavo spins his body around, breaking the chinlock and drives Booker backwards into the nearby corner. Pulling back, Chavo slugs the U.S Champion with some stiff right hands, before going for the Irish Whip. Booker reverses it though, sending Chavo flying across the ring into the opposite corner. The Champ charges in, only to catch both of Chavito’s feet right in the face! Booker staggers backwards and Chavo comes racing out … RIGHT INTO A SPINEBUSTER! Booker hooks the far leg.

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Chavo keeps on fighting, despite looking rather drained, and Booker drags him over to Kennedy and tags the youngster in. Slipping into the ring carelessly, Kennedy muscles Chavo over into the corner and begins to lay into him with blow after blow after blow. Chavo seems groggy, and so Kennedy hurls him across the ring with a vicious Irish Whip, causing Guerrero to slam chest-first into the turnbuckle and collapse to the canvas. Kennedy quickly pulls Guerreo back up to his feet and repeats the manoeuvre, this time hurling him into the opposite turnbuckle. Chavo staggers backwards, and Kennedy rushes up behind him, connecting with a SIDE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Kennedy slams Chavo’s head into the canvas viciously and thinks about a cover, but instead clambers back up to his feet.

Kennedy smirks down at Chavo and takes another swipe at Rey Mysterio on the apron, before signalling to the crowd that “It’s over”, and heading up the turnbuckle. Kennedy turns around and begins to position himself, as though going for the KENTON BOMB … but Chavo scrambles back up quickly and drills KK with a right hand, dropping him on his crotch. The crowd “OOOOS”, as Kennedy grimaces, and Chavo climbs to the second turnbuckle, applying the front face lock to KK, and stepping right up to the top rope … BEFORE BRINGING THEM BOTH CRASHING DOWN WITH A SUPERPLEX!!!

The crowd pops for the high impact move, as both athletes go down hard and stay down. The race is seemingly on as to who can reach their partner first to make the tag. Kennedy lies in a crumpled heap in the centre of the ring, showing hardly any signs of movement, whilst Chavo is at least stirring slightly. Mysterio leans as far over the ropes as his small frame will allow, hand stretched out desperately. On his stomach, Chavo crawls towards his partner, getting closer … and closer … and closer … and MAKES THE TAG!

The crowd comes alive, as Mysterio leaps into the ring and scuttles across the canvas, ignoring Kennedy (who is back up to his knees) and knocking Booker T off the apron with a big right hand. Turning around, Rey comes racing towards a groggy Kennedy and connects with a TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS, flinging KK head over heels! With the fans cheering him on, Mysterio waits, as Kennedy staggers back up to his feet, and goes for the Irish Whip. KK reverses it though, sending Rey into the corner. Frustrated, Kennedy sprints at his opponent … but Rey catches him with a drop toe hold, slamming KK’s face off the second turnbuckle! Kennedy rolls over in the corner clutching his face, and Mysterio comes flying in a second time, cracking KK in the mouth with a DROPKICK! Mysterio kips up to his feet and turns around, just managing to duck the oncoming clothesline attempt from Booker T, before nailing the Champ with a STANDING DROPKICK, knocking him from the ring!

Kennedy is desperately trying to pull himself back up to his feet using the ropes, as he stands on the apron, head between the middle ropes. Mysterio spots him and nails him in the face with a sickening kick right to the temple, drawing “OOOOS” from the crowd. Slumping forward, KK has his body positioned half in and half out of the ring. Rey scurries out onto the apron and SPRINGBOARDS off the top rope, DROPPING A LEG RIGHT ACROSS KENNEDY’S BACK!!! Mysterio follows up with a cover.

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Booker T breaks it up by clubbing Mysterio across the back of the head! The U.S Champ tries to drag Rey back up, but Chavo Guerrero races into the ring and wipes Booker out with a huge CLOTHESLINE, sending both Chavo and Booker over the top rope and to the floor outside!

Back in the ring, both Mysterio and Kennedy are barely up to their feet, as Rey comes flying off the ropes once again. KK goes for the Clothesline, but Mysterio ducks underneath it and shoots off the opposite ropes, leaping up … but Kennedy catches him in a Wheelbarrow Suplex position … but Rey looks to counter into a BULLDOG … but Kennedy counters again, throwing Mysterio up onto his shoulders and hitting the ROLLING SENTON!!! He hooks the legs!!!

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Chavo breaks it up just in time! The crowd breathes a huge sigh of relief, as Chavo stands back up … and Booker T grabs his legs from the outside, dragging him to the floor. Booker and Chavito trade blows by the crowd barrier, before Chavo manages to counter and slam the Champ’s face off the Steel Steps! In the ring, Rey and Kennedy stumble back up and KK tries to scoop Mysterio back up … but Rey slides off his shoulders and nails a DROPKICK to the back of Kennedy, sending him crashing over the middle rope! The crowd ROARS with delight, as they know what is coming next. Mysterio shoots off the ropes and swings around with THE 619 … BUT KENNEDY CATCHES HIM! KK carries the 165-pound Mysterio into the centre of the ring with a huge smirk on his face … MISSILE DROPKICK FROM CHAVO TO REY’S BACK!!! Mysterio covers Kennedy!

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Kennedy kicks out!!! The crowd gasps in anguish, as KK barely manages to fight his way out of that situation. Chavo shakes his head and moves back towards Kennedy, but the referee stops him, yelling at him to get back onto the apron. With the referee arguing with Guerrero, Rey staggers back up to his feet and begins to climb to the top rope, as Kennedy lies flat on his back on the mat. Mysterio makes it to the top and turns around … BUT BOOKER T SHOVES HIM OFF FROM BEHIND, SO THAT REY’S HEAD SLAMS INTO THE CANVAS!!! The crowd “OOOS” the impact of head meeting canvas, and gives heat as Booker slips back onto the apron, keeping the official oblivious. The referee turns away from Chavo in time to see Kennedy roll up Mysterio!

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Rey barely gets a shoulder up!!! The crowd cheers and Chavo applauds the fight of his partner. Kennedy, on the other hand, scowls at the referee, as he drags Mysterio’s limp form back up and throws him into the corner. He tags in an all too happy Booker T, who immediately slams Rey down to the mat and begins to stomp away on the legendary Cruiserweight. Chavo looks on anxiously from the apron, as Booker scoops Rey up and slams him right across his knee with a BACKBREAKER. He follows up with a forearm in the face for a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Mysterio kicks out breathlessly. Shaking his head at the official, the United States Champion quickly snatches Rey back up into a seated position again and grabs him in another CHINLOCK.

Much like Chavo did earlier; Rey shows his fighting spirit and tries valiantly to mount a comeback, whilst Booker shakes the plucky Cruiserweight like a rag doll. The crowd begins a small “619” chant, trying t help their hero. Using all of his strength, Mysterio makes it back up to his feet and drills his elbow into Booker’s ribs again and again, until the Champ finally breaks the hold. Rey spins around and begins to hammer away at Booker with a series of right hands, backing him into the ropes. Mysterio goes for the Irish Whip … but Booker reverses it AND PULLS REY RIGHT INTO A HOOK KICK!!! Another cover!

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Rey kicks out again! The fans cheer, whilst Booker berates the referee, holding up three fingers wildly. Angrily, the U.S Champ lifts Mysterio back up and flings him into the corner, where Kennedy is waiting, before tagging the youngster in. KK nips into the ring and slugs Rey in the mouth with a stiff forearm, before pushing him into the ropes and hurling him across the ring with an Irish Whip … mailing a HUGE BACK BODY DROP!!! Rey comes crashing down on the back of his head, and Kennedy pounces on him with a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Mysterio thrusts his shoulders up once again, as Chavo breathes a huge sigh of relief, and Kennedy scowls. Dragging Rey to his feet, KK throws him into the nearby corner and begins to lay into him with forearms and rights and lefts and knees to the gut, as Mysterio seems almost punch drunk. Staggering, Rey nearly falls, but Kennedy quickly grabs his arm and sends him across the ring with an Irish Whip.

Mysterio hits the turnbuckle hard, and KK follows in, only to catch both of Rey’s feet right to the face. With Kennedy reeling, Mysterio quickly spins around and, using the top turnbuckle, gets his legs around KK’s head for a HEADSCISSORS … before flipping Kennedy forward, so his SHOULDER SMACKS THE STEEL RING POST!!! The crowd “OOOOS”, as Kennedy crumples backwards to the canvas in agony, and both he and Mysterio begin to crawl towards their respective corners. With the fans cheering him on, Rey scrambles over towards Chavo … AND MAKES THE TAG … BUT KENNEDY TAGS IN BOOKER T AT THE SAME TIME!!!

Chavo comes sprinting into the ring and ducks underneath Booker’s clothesline, coming off the ropes and nailing a TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSORS, hurling the Champ head over heels to the mat! Booker staggers back up dazedly, and Chavo presses him against the ropes with right hands before shooting him off with an Irish Whip … AND BOOKER CATCHES A STANDING DROPKICK TO THE FACE!!! Chavo kips up athletically and spins around, just as Kennedy comes flying towards him with a CLOTHESLINE … but Chavo catches his arms, setting KK up … AND THROWING HIM OVER, HITTING A SAITO SUPLEX!!!

The crowd pops, as Kennedy rolls away, and Chavo leaps back up again, only for Booker T to grab Guerrero from behind in a rear waist lock. Chavito quickly performs a standing switch though, as he spins around behind Booker. But the U.S Champ spins too, and so CHAVO BRINGS HIM CRASHING OVER WITH A NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX … AND BRIDGES!!!

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KENNEDY BREAKS IT UP!!! Still holding onto the back of his head, Kennedy tries to hammer away on Chavo, but Mysterio comes flying back into the fray, nailing KK with some right hands, backing him into the corner. Chavo joins Rey in hammering away on Kennedy, before they both send him crashing across the ring with an Irish Whip. Chavo takes hold of Rey and hurls him across the ring, so he slams into Kennedy, crushing him in the corner, before Chavo follows up, as Rey nips out of the way, squashing KK yet again!!!

Kennedy looks dazed, as he collapses to the canvas in the ring, and Chavo heads over to where he spies Booker T in another corner. Guerrero drills the Champ with a stiff European Uppercut, rocking him, before getting his shoulder into Booker’s gut and lifting him up to the top turnbuckle. Chavo delivers a rasping CHOP across Booker’s chest to “OOOOS” from the crowd, before turning around, just as Mysterio comes sprinting towards him … AND CHAVO ALLEY-OOPS MYSTERIO UP AND OVER HIS HEAD, CATCHING BOOKER IN A TOP ROPE HURRICANRANA, HURLING HIM DOWN TO THE CANVAS!!! The crowd goes wild for the old style manoeuvre, as Chavo quickly covers Booker!!!

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KENNEDY FLIES OFF THE TOP WITH THE KENTON BOMB … BUT CHAVO MOVES … AND KENNEDY NAILS BOOKER T!!! Booker thrashes around in agony on the mat, whilst a stunned Kennedy staggers back up to his feet, unsure what he just did … and Mysterio DROPKICKS him through the ropes to the outside! The crowd screams with delight, as Chavo pounces on top of Booker for another cover!!!

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SOMEHOW BOOKER GETS A SHOULDER UP!!! Chavo hangs his head in dismay, as the crowd groans collectively. Wearily, Guerrero staggers back up to his feet and drags Booker back up with him … BUT BOOKER SWERVES AND NAILS THE BOOK END OUT OF NOWHERE!!!

The crowd gasps in disbelief, as both men lie on the canvas in a heap, struggling for air. Booker can barely make the cover it seems, as he rolls over and pulls himself back up. He lifts Chavo up as well and delivers a stiff kick to the gut … BEFORE RACING OFF THE ROPES AND GOING FOR THE SCISSORS KICK … BUT CHAVO COUNTERS WITH A DROP TOE HOLD … RIGHT INTO A SICKENING KICK TO THE TEMPLE FROM REY MYSTERIO!!! The crowd pops, as Rey slides away again, and Booker dazedly staggers around, into a hook of the arm from Guerrero and … ONE VERTICAL SUPLEX … Chavo rolls the hips to huge cheers … HE NAILS A SECOND VERTICAL SUPLEX … he brings Booker back up and gets ready to lift him for the THREE AMIGOS … but Kennedy rushes up behind and breaks it up!!!

Booker slumps down to the mat, as Kennedy slugs Chavo across the spine, before lifting him up onto his shoulders and trying to step up the turnbuckle, clearly in search of the GREEN BAY PLUNGE … but Chavo fights it, throwing his elbow against Kennedy’s head, causing the youngster to step down off the turnbuckle and slip to one knee against the ropes, still with Chavo on his shoulders … BUT REY MYSTERIO COMES FLYING IN AND SWINGS AROUND, NAILING THE 619 TO KENNEDY!!! KK and Chavo go crashing across the ring, as Mysterio scuttles back into the ring … RIGHT INTO A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE FROM BOOKER T!!!

The crowd boos, as Rey rolls away in agony, and an arrogant U.S Champion drags a motionless Chavo back up to his feet … BUT GUERRERO WAS PLAYING POSSUM AND CATCHES HIM WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE!!!

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BOOKER BARELY KICKS OUT!!! The Champ looks quite stunned, as Chavo rolls away breathlessly. The two men leap up to their feet, and an angry Booker drives his shoulder right into the gut of Guerrero, forcing him all the way into the corner. Booker smacks Chavo in the side of the head roughly, before lifting and placing him on the top turnbuckle. Booker clambers up after his opponent and hooks the arm, looking for a SUPERPLEX … BUT CHAVO SHOVES HIM OFF … BOOKER CARSHES AND BURNS IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING … AND CHAVO LEAPS OF, NAILING THE FROG SPLASH!!! The crowd pops, as Chavito hooks the leg again!!!

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KENNEDY BREAKS IT UP!!! The youngster drags Chavo back to his feet and drills with him with right hands, backing him into the ropes, and sending him off the ropes with an Irish Whip … where Mysterio makes a blind tag!!! Chavo comes flying back and Kennedy goes for the Back Body Drop … but Chavo lands on his feet! Kennedy spins around, and Chavo low bridges the top rope, sending him crashing to the outside. As KK staggers around on the outside, Chavo takes hold of the top rope … AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF ONTO KENNEDY WITH A PLANCHA!!!

The crowd is cheering for Chavo loudly, whilst back in the ring, Booker T scrambles back up to his feet looking dazed. Rey Mysterio steadies himself on the apron … BEFORE SPRINGBOARDING OFF THE TOP ROPE TOWARDS BOOKER … BUT CATCHES KICK RIGHT TO THE GUT INSTEAD!!! Rey doubles over in pain, as a smirking Booker lifts him up, positioning him nicely … BEFORE COMING OFF THE ROPES AND GOING FOR THE SCISSORS KICK … BUT MYSTERIO SIDE STEPS AND WAITS FOR BOOKER TO TURN UP … REY LEAPS UP AND SNAPS OFF THE HURRICANRANA, HOOKING BOTH LEGS!!!

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Winners: Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero @ 19:02 via pin fall
MYSTERIO IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER TO THE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


The crowd EXPLODES, as Mysterio bursts out of the pin and slides out of the ring in jubilation and exhaustion, whilst Booker stands with his hands on his hips, unable to believe what just happened.

Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners … Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero This means that Rey Mysterio now the Number One Contender to the WWE United States Championship!!!

Michael Cole:
Mysterio did it!!! What a match from these four men, and in the end it is the heart and soul of Rey Mysterio that means that he is GUARANTEED a shot at the U.S title!

Tazz:
Well, you can’t say he didn’t earn it, Cole. Rey just worked his ass off to get the win – all of these guys did – great, great match.

Rey staggers towards Chavo at the foot of the ramp, and the two close friends share a warm hug, and Chavo raises Rey’s arm high into the air to a big pop from the crowd. Back in the ring, the referee hands Booker T his United States title, which he clings to dearly, whilst Rey signals that it will be his soon.


Cut backstage.

The camera closes in on a muscular chest, as the individual pounds down the hallway. It quickly pulls out to reveal the hulking frame of Bobby Lashley, who is still storming around like a caged beast. Several backstage workers scurry out of the way at the sight of him … before he stops dead in his tracks.

Turning around, Lashley looks behind him, and sees A DRUID standing, hidden by its dark robe, at the end of the corridor. One of The Undertaker’s?


Bobby Lashley:
(Wildly)
SON OF A BITCH!!!

Lashley charges down the hallway towards the Druid, but the spectral figure quickly turns on its heel and scurries out of shot, though with “The Real Deal” in hot pursuit!

Back to ringside.

Michael Cole:
What the – was that of The Undertaker’s Druids following Lashley?

Tazz:
I – I think it was, Cole. You don’t usually see Druids run away though.

Michael Cole:
Strange developments backstage here at No Way Out certainly. But up next, the WWE Tag Team Championships will be on the line, as the youngsters Paul London and Brian Kendrick face the reigning champs, MNM!

Tazz:
Two of the best and brightest, Cole. London and Kendrick have some serious beef with MNM. This one should be off the charts.

***Paparazzi*** The crowd rises to their feet and gives heat, a the paparazzi rush out down the ramp with their cameras and the red carpet is unfurled. Finally, clad in their long fur coats, the WWE Tag Team Champions Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro strut out onto the top, with the beautiful Melina in tow. MNM show off their impressive physiques, before heading down to the ring, ignoring the fans.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall … and it is for the WWE Tag Team Championship!!! Introducing first … accompanied to the ring by Melina … at a combined weight of 439 pounds … they are the WWE Tag Team Champions … Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro … M … N … M!!!

Michael Cole:
One of the most impressive teams in a long time, Tazz. MNM have held those titles for almost three months now, having defeated Rey Mysterio and Batista for them at the end of 2005. One thing we do know, MNM hate new challengers, which they showed when they assaulted Paul London and Brian Kendrick a few weeks ago on SmackDown!

Tazz:
No doubt, Cole. That was brutal what we saw on Friday night.

***London Calling*** A nice pop from the fans, as the athletic and high-flying duo of PAUL LONDON and BRIAN KENDRICK race out down the ramp towards the ring. London is still touching his jaw rather gingerly though, but staring a hole right through MNM, who leave the ring quickly. London and Kendrick climb the top turnbuckle and back flip off to a big pop.

Tony Chimel:
Introducing their challengers … at a combined weight of 385 pounds … Paul London and Brian Kendrick!!!

Michael Cole:
This young, hungry team earned the right to this title shot a few weeks ago in a Triple threat match, but suffered the consequences thanks to the Champions.

Tazz:
I love watchin’ these guys, Cole. They go at a hundred miles per hour all the time, and it looks as though they want a piece of MNM tonight.

WWE Tag Team Championship:
MNM © vs. The Hooligans:

MNM reluctantly re-enter the ring, having handed their fur coats to Melina, and watch arrogantly, as referee Charles Robinson holds their WWE Tag Team title belts up high for all to see. The two teams glower at one another from their respective corners, with Paul London in particular looking ready to go. The referee calls for the bell, as Brian Kendrick asks to go first, allowing London to step out onto the apron to cool down. As young Kendrick walks forwards slowly, so does the nominated member of MNM, Johnny Nitro.

The two athletic superstars begin to circle each other cautiously, before snapping together with a collar and elbow tie up. Nitro quickly swings behind Kendrick, dropping down and grasping hold of the Cruiserweight’s loose left leg, trying to ground him. Spanky kicks out at the larger athlete, trying to fight him off. Nitro pulls him back in and applies the rear waist lock again, falling down to the canvas with Kendrick, showing off his mat wrestling ability. The resourceful Kendrick scurries away across the mat though, displaying his speed, and quickly grabs hold of the ropes, forcing the referee to count Nitro out of the hold.

The Hollywood A-lister backs off with his hands raised innocently, smirking down at Kendrick, knowing that he almost schooled the youngster. Nodding his head slowly, Kendrick clambers back up to his feet gingerly and approaches Nitro once again. The two men look to lock up again, but Kendrick quickly fires off a quick kick to the calf of Nitro, causing him to grab at it in pain. As Nitro bends down, Spanky fires off on him with a series of brutal right hands, showing his fury towards the man, backing him right into the ropes.

Kendrick takes Nitro by the arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but Nitro reverses it and shoots the challenger off the ropes. Spanky wraps his arms around the top rope, preventing himself from rebounding back. Seething, Nitro races in, but Kendrick gets his boot up and knocks him away. Nitro swings around wildly looking for a Clothesline, but Kendrick ducks underneath it and comes off the opposite set of ropes. Nitro tries to catch Spanky with a Hip Toss, but Kendrick lands on his feet and drills Nitro with a big right hand. Nitro staggers back into the ropes, and Kendrick goes for the Irish Whip, but once again Nitro overpowers the Cruiserweight and shoots him into the ropes.

Spanky comes flying back, leaping into the air, wrapping himself around Nitro and connecting with a huge FLYING HEADSCISSORS! The crowd pops for the high flying move, as Nitro crashes to the mat in a complete daze, and Kendrick bounds energetically across the ring to tag in his partner, Paul London!

Spanky drags Nitro back up to his feet, as London enters the ring. Shooting Nitro off the ropes, Kendrick takes him down with a Drop Toe Hold, just as London comes off the ropes himself and nails Nitro right between the eyes with a dropkick! As Kendrick heads onto the apron, London covers his nemesis. 1 … 2 … NO! There is still far too much left in the tank for Nitro to stay down right now.

The look on London’s face is clearly one of anger still, as he rubs at his wounded jaw, before dragging Nitro back up to his feet and sending him off the ropes with an Irish Whip. London goes for a Hip Toss, but Nitro blocks it. London kicks him in the gut and flies over backwards with a Back Flip, before ducking the oncoming Clothesline from Nitro and rebounding off the ropes. Nitro tries to scoop the onrushing London up, but London wraps his legs around and twirls round with another amazing TWIRLING FLYING HEADSCISSORS!

The crowd cheers for Johnny Nitro being taught a lesson once again, as he stumbles back up to his feet and a pumped up Paul London helps him out. London backs him against the ropes and tries to go for the Irish Whip, but Nitro manages to duck underneath it and brings London’s gut crashing into his knee. London doubles over, and Nitro quickly grabs a handful of hair, before slamming the former Cruiserweight Champion into the mat skull first!

The shock seems to hurt London’s jaw just as much as the back of his head, and he goes down in pain. Nitro reaches out and tags in Joey Mercury quickly, before heading back onto the apron. Mercury rushes into the ring and goes for a quick roll up on the grounded London. 1 … 2 … NO! London shows his spirit and kicks out, but Mercury wastes little time in grabbing the youngster in a firm side headlock, cinching it in hard. London forces himself back up to his feet, hammering away at Mercury’s mid section with right hands.

London manages to shove Mercury away into the ropes, but as soon as the MNM member comes back, he takes London down with a stiff shoulder block. London hits the deck, and Mercury quickly comes off the ropes, but London rolls over onto his stomach, and Mercury skips over him. Mercury comes off the ropes, and London manages to leap over him with a huge LEAP FROG, before catching him on the way back with a huge FLYING FOREARM to the face! London leaps on top of the Champion with a quick cover. 1 … 2 … NO!

London does not show much disappointment at the kick out though, as he tries to yank Mercury back up to his feet. Mercury manages to drive his knee right into the gut of London as he stands up, doubling the youngster over, before pounding across his spine with some stiff forearm blows and knocking him across the middle rope. Viciously, Mercury sits across London’s throat and rains in the crossface blows to his face and jaw, whilst the referee Charles Robinson counts him out of the ropes.

Robinson pulls Mercury out of the ropes, despite the vehement protests of the WWE Tag Team Champion, who is booed mercilessly by the crowd. Mercury shoves the referee aside and races back to where London is still caught in the ropes, looking to crush his throat … but London quickly rolls out of the way, and Mercury gets himself tangled up in the ropes painfully. London quickly grabs hold of Mercury’s head and stretches him out in position, before reaching out with his free hand, which Kendrick tags in. With London holding Mercury in position, Kendrick quickly springboard vaults over the top rope, nailing a DOUBLE FOOT STOMP across Mercury’s abdomen, slamming him into the canvas!

Spanky quickly hooks the leg, as Mercury gasps. 1 … 2 … NO! Nitro quickly breaks it, much to the annoyance of the referee, who ushers the tag Champ back over to his corner. Smarting from Nitro’s blow to the head, Kendrick drags Mercury back up to his feet and backs him into the ropes with some stiff blows to the face. Spanky grabs Mercury’s arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but Mercury overpowers the Cruiserweight and sends him into the ropes. Kendrick shoots back at high speed, and Mercury swings towards him violently with a Clothesline attempt, but Spanky ducks underneath it, and catches Mercury when he turns around with a HURRICANRANA … but Mercury counters into a SIT OUT POWERBOMB! The crowd gasps at the impact, as Mercury hooks the far leg.

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Kendrick kicks out in desperation, despite the ferocity of the manoeuvre. Mercury scowls at the referee angrily, before clambering back up to his feet and delivering some stiff kicks to the spine of the Challenger. Mercury brushes his long hair from his eyes and drags Kendrick up by the arm, before wrenching back and hurling him across the ring into the turnbuckle chest first! Kendrick smacks the corner and goes down hard, clutching at his chest. Mercury once again rakes arrogantly through his dark locks, looking around the arena to heat from the Baltimore fans.

Mercury brings Spanky up in the corner once again and tries to Irish Whip him across the ring, but Kendrick reverses it and sends Mercury in that direction … but Mercury pulls Kendrick back and sends him into the original corner with a crash. Spanky comes staggering out, clutching at his spine, and walks right into the arms of Mercury, who grabs him and connects with a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!

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Kendrick kicks out yet again, showing his fighting spirit, much to the delight of the crowd. Mercury screws up his face in disappointment, but quickly recovers, as he drags the Cruiserweight by the leg over to MNM’s corner, before tagging in Nitro. The former gymnast Nitro races into the ring before Kendrick can escape and puts the boot right to his back, keeping him down, before finally deciding to get him up to his feet. Taking Spanky by the arm, Nitro shoots him across the ring and off the ropes, before catching him on the way back and sending him up into the light with a huge BACK BODY DROP! Kendrick comes down hard on his sore back once again, as the crowd shows their discontent, and Nitro drops down on top of him for a lazy cover. 1 … 2 … NO!

Nitro looks at Charles Robinson in much the same way that Joey Mercury did, with frustration at being unable to get the pin fall there. Kendrick lies on his back trying to recover, but Nitro refuses to give him the opportunity, grabbing him in a noose-like headlock, before wrapping Spanky up completely in the BODY SCISSORS too, putting a lot of strain on his back and abdomen. As Kendrick tries to hold on for dear life, despite turning a terrible shade of pink, his partner Paul London tries to cheer him on from the apron.

Spanky fights the hold valiantly, rolling back and forth, before finally beginning to clamber first onto his knees, before eventually making it up to his feet. Nitro snarls in annoyance, trying in vain to overpower the smaller man, but Kendrick shows too much fight. Kendrick forces Nitro back towards the corner, trying to squash him, but Nitro quickly breaks the headlock and spins around, instead forcing Spanky into the corner and drilling him with a right hand.

Kendrick reels, clutching at his face, and Nitro shoots him across the ring with an Irish Whip into the opposite corner. As soon as Spanky hits the turnbuckle, Nitro races in after him, but catches both boots of the Cruiserweight to the face, knocking the tag Champ backwards. Kendrick races out towards Nitro, but the Hollywood A-Lister quickly gets underneath him and gets him with an ALLEY OOP POWERBOMB over his head towards the top turnbuckle … but Kendrick lands on his feet, springboarding off backwards with a SPINGBOARD ELBOW that catches Nitro in the face!

The crowd EXPLODES for the highly innovative move from Brian Kendrick, but he is still in no position to capitalise on it, as he lies on the canvas trying to recover. Nitro sits against the ropes shaking his head in a dazed fashion, clearly stunned by what just happened. Both Paul London and Joey Mercury lean over the ropes in desperation, trying to will their respective partners to them.

Nitro struggles along the ropes and makes a huge lunge, tagging in Mercury, who rushes into the ring quickly … but Spanky leaps forwards and tags in London! London comes into the ring like a man possessed, ducking Mercury’s oncoming clothesline and catching him instead with a huge DOUBLE LEG LARIAT to the face! Nitro staggers back into the fray, and London bounces back to his feet, dropping Nitro with a STANDING DROPKICK!

With the crowd fully behind him, London springs back up to his feet instantly, as a dazed Joey Mercury staggers towards the ropes. London quickly takes hold of his arm and flings him across the ring with an Irish Whip, before catching him on the way back with big BACK BODY DROP! Mercury hits the mat hard and rebounds onto his feet almost instantaneously from the impact, walking right back into London. London grabs Mercury and connects with an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP, before leaping up instantly and nailing a HEADSCISSOR TAKEDOWN! London quickly covers Mercury.

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London holds his head in his hands, as the crowd groans in disappointment at Mercury’s survival. Not wasting much time though, London drags the Champ up to his feet and goes for the Irish Whip, but Mercury manages to reverse it and sends London crashing into the corner of MNM. London quickly stops himself with his hands and flings himself up, getting his legs around Mercury as though going for a headscissors … but Mercury spins him around on his shoulder, setting him up for the SNAPSHOT … Nitro slides into the ring and heads towards him, but Kendrick grabs his foot and drags him to the outside!

Kendrick quickly slides into the ring and starts towards his threatened partner, but Nitro reaches back in and grabs his leg. Spanky thrashes around violently and manages to kick Nitro backwards on the outside. With Nitro standing on the outside, and Kendrick in the ring, Spanky glances briefly over at his partner, BEFORE HURLING HIMSELF OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A PLANCHA ONTO NITRO!

The crowd explodes loudly at the move, as Spanky and Nitro lie in a heap on the floor, Back in the ring, London slides off the shoulder of Mercury into a HEADSCISSORS counter, sending Mercury flying across the ring! Nitro hits the mat and staggers up to his feet against the ropes. London charges towards him, but Mercury gets right underneath him and BACK BODY DROPS him over the top rope … but London lands on the ring apron! Mercury turns around and gets a shoulder right to the gut, which Kendrick leaves in place to lift Mercury up and BACK DROP him over the ropes, apron and to the floor outside!

Mercury nearly lands on top of his partner, Nitro, who is barely back up to his feet. Nitro helps his partner up, as London is left in the ring all alone. He looks around the fans, who are cheering for him wildly, willing him to do something, and he seems to agree. London mounts the second rope, putting one foot on the top … BEFORE SPRINGING OVER WITH A SHOOTING STAR PRESS ALL THE WAY TO THE OUTSIDE ON TO MNM!!!

The “Holy Shit” chants begin in earnest, as Johnny Nitro, Joey Mercury, and Paul London all lie in a crumpled heap on the concrete floor following London’s death defying move. Unsurprisingly it is Brian Kendrick who is back up to his feet first, and he stares down at the carnage in awe. Spanky drags Mercury up to his feet and rolls him back into the ring under the bottom rope, before heading over to a stirring London to bring him back to reality. Shaking the cobwebs away, London staggers over to the ring and slides in after Mercury and hooks both of his legs.

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The crowd groans in annoyance, as Mercury kicks out, and London holds his head his hands, having come so close to tag team gold there. He finds his fight once more though and clambers back up to his feet, bringing Mercury with him. The Hollywood A-Lister is rather groggy, as London sends him into the ropes with an Irish Whip. Mercury grabs hold of the top rope to stop himself bouncing back, and catches London with a BACK BODY DROP as he charges in, sending him hurtling over the ropes … and landing on the apron!

Mercury seems to sense that London is still behind him and spins around, looking for a right hand, but London blocks it and fires off his own furious blow to Mercury, sending him staggering across the ring. Spanky spies Mercury in a vulnerable position and tries to enter the ring to get at him, but referee Charles Robinson quickly rushes over to prevent him from doing so. London steadies himself and leaps up onto the top rope for a SPRINGBOARD … BUT JOHNNY NITRO SUPERKICKS HIM OFF THE TOP ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

London lands in a heap on the floor outside against the crowd barrier, as the crowd “OOOOOS” at the devastating manoeuvre and Nitro quickly scurries back over to his own corner as the referee turns around. Charles Robinson looks suspiciously at Nitro, but the former gymnast holds his hands up in a show of innocence, before smirking down at the nearby Melina. Mercury rolls to the outside and throws the limp London back into the ring, before following up with a lateral press.


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London gets his shoulder up! The fans scream in delight, whilst Mercury slams his fist into the canvas in frustration. The tag Champ reaches out and tags in Nitro, before dragging London up to his feet. With Mercury holding him in place, Nitro leaps up and connects with a STEP UP ENZIGUIRI, rocking London’s skull with a sickening crack! London crumples to the mat, as Mercury leaves the ring, and Nitro makes the cover.

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Brian Kendrick breaks it up with a swift kick to the side of Nitro’s head, but referee Charles Robinson forces Spanky back across the ring to his corner. Nitro clutches at his head and scowls at Kendrick, before wrapping his arms around the seated London in a CHINLOCK, really cinching in on London’s damaged area.

London flails wildly with his loose arms, grimacing in agony from the pained in his bruised jaw. On the apron, Spanky hammers away at the turnbuckle in an attempt to get the crowd behind his partner, and they respond accordingly with a “Let’s Go London” chant. Nitro tightens his grip, scowling at the fans and yelling at them to “Shut Up!” But London seems to feed off the support and fights up to his feet once again, battling against Nitro’s vice-like hold, and slamming his elbow into his mid section over and over again. Nitro is finally forced to relinquish the hold, and London races towards the ropes … BUT NITRO YANKS HIM DOWN BY THE HAIR!

The crowd boos mercilessly at the tactics of Nitro, and referee Charles Robinson berates him fiercely. Smiling sinisterly, Nitro takes hold of London’s leg and drags him over to MNM’s corner, where he tags in Mercury once again. Mercury comes into the ring quickly and puts the boot to the jaw of London, causing the youngster to cry out in agony.

Mercury drags London back up to his feet and shoots him off into the corner with an Irish Whip, which he hits chest first. Mercury follows in slowly and methodically, leaning in over and around London’s body, and drilling both of his forearms across London’s lower face. London groans with each blow, and referee Charles Robinson struggles to get the tag Champion out of the corner.

Mercury pushes his way past the referee and charges back into the corner, only to catch an elbow to the face from London. Mercury stumbles away and London drops down to one knee, trying to recover desperately. Furious, Mercury spins around and races back in … only for London to trip him, sending the tag champ tumbling through the ropes to the floor outside!

Johnny Nitro looks on in panic at his partner’s fall, but Melina quickly hurries over to check on Mercury. Back in the ring, London begins the slow, steady crawl towards his corner, where Kendrick is waiting with his hand outstretched hopefully. Spanky spurs his partner on, whilst Melina tries desperately to get Mercury back into the ring. Nitro steps into the ring suddenly, prompting Charles Robinson to hurry over and get him back out … JUST AS LONDON TAGS IN KENDRICK! Spanky comes flying into the ring … BUT THE REFEREE SENDS HIM BACK OUT ONTO THE APRON, HAVING NEVER SEEN THE TAG!

The crowd boos relentlessly, as Robinson berates Spanky on the apron, his back turned to MNM, who each grab hold of a leg of London and drag him across the ring. Nitro and Mercury bring London up once again and hook an arm each, before nailing a DOUBLE VERTICAL SUPLEX! Mercury hooks the leg, as Nitro leaves the ring to avoid the official.

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London still refuses to die, kicking out at the last possible second. Mercury sighs, but is quick to press the advantage, as he reaches out to tag in Nitro. Johnny waltzes into the ring and drags London to his feet, before sending him into the turnbuckle with an Irish Whip, where Mercury’s knee is waiting, catching the former Cruiserweight Champion in the spine! London staggers out backwards clutching his back, and Nitro quickly comes up behind him, grabbing around the waist and nailing a RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX! London hits the mat hard, and Nitro makes another cover.

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Nitro looks at the referee in disgust for not counting to three, but does not dwell on it. He clambers up to his feet and drags London towards the corner, before springing up with a SPLIT-LEGGED CORKSCREW MOONSAULT … BUT LONDON MOVES!!!

The crowd cheers, as Nitro’s abdomen connects with nothing but solid canvas, taking the breath right out of him. Seizing his opportunity, London rolls onto his stomach and begins the slow crawl towards his own corner and Brian Kendrick. The fans spur him on wildly, whilst Nitro writhes around in pain, clutching his chest, before climbing to his knees in pursuit of London … WHO TAGS IN KENDRICK AT LAST!

The crowd explodes, and Kendrick bursts into the ring with a leap over the top rope, catching the oncoming Nitro with a FLYING FOREARM to the face, knocking him down! Like the jack-in-a-box that he is, Kendrick springs back up almost immediately and races over to where Mercury is standing on the apron, clocking him with a big time right hand.

Spanky turns around and drops down just in time to avoid a huge kick from Nitro. Kendrick spins around, as Nitro does the same and drills him with a LEG LARIAT! Hitting the deck. Kendrick rolls back up to his feet, as a furious Mercury comes charging into the ring towards him. Kendrick backs off and backs off and backs off, leading in the bigger man at full speed towards the ropes, before LOW BRIDGING the top ropes, sending Mercury crashing over the top to the outside!

As Mercury hits the ground outside, Spanky climbs out onto the apron, and gets in position with his hands on the top rope, watching as Nitro staggers back up to his feet. As soon as the A-Lister turns towards him, Kendrick springboards off the top rope and catches Nitro with a CYCLONE DDT!!! He hooks the leg!

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Nitro kicks out wildly, as the crowd screams in disappointment, and Spanky holds his head in dismay. He gives the referee a quick glance, before jumping back up and racing over to the corner, where he springs onto the top turnbuckle, poised in position. Groggily, Nitro scrambles up to his feet and turns around … AND KENDRICK FLIES OFF WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY!!!

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Nitro kicks our forcefully, throwing Kendrick away from him. Spanky leaps up, as Nitro begins to get up too. Kendrick runs into the ropes quickly, but Joey Mercury kicks him in the back. Spanky thrusts back quickly with his elbow, hitting Mercury in the face, before lunging out and nailing Nitro with a right hand. As Nitro staggers backwards, Kendrick leaps out with a forward roll underneath Nitro’s clothesline … BEFORE LEAPING OUT AND TAGGING IN PAUL LONDON!

New and fresh, London races into the ring like a man possessed, greeting Johnny Nitro with a flurry of right hands, rocking the tag team Champion. London sprints into the ropes and comes flying back, drilling Nitro with a RUNNING DROPKICK! Nitro goes down hard, and London, all pumped up, waits for Nitro to scramble back up to his feet … BEFORE TAKING HIS HEAD OFF WITH A SINGLE LEG HEEL KICK! London bounces off the ropes again and snaps an elbow across Nitro with a cover!

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Mercury breaks it up! Referee Charles Robinson screams at him to get out of the ring, which he does happily. London scowls at him, but quickly turns his attention back to Nitro, kicking him in the gut and shooting him off into the corner with an Irish Whip. Nitro hits the turnbuckle hard, and London charges in, only to be met with a BACK DROP, sending him over the ropes and onto the apron.

Nitro spins around and London drives his shoulder into his mid section, doubling the tag Champ over. Rapidly, London scurries up to the top turnbuckle before jumping down with a DOUBLE FOOT STOMP right across Nitro’s spine, knocking him to the mat. He makes a quick cover.

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Nitro gets his shoulder up at the last second! London seethes with fatigue, but looks to press on anyway, climbing up to the top rope instead, signalling for a high risk manoeuvre. London looks ready to leap off with the 450 SPLASH … but Mercury grabs his leg, dropping London crotch first onto the top turnbuckle! The crowd boos, as Kendrick flies into the ring, drilling Mercury in the gut with a boot, before grabbing him by the head, racing towards the turnbuckle and flying off the top to the outside with some SLICED BREAD #2 ON THE FLOOR OUTSIDE!!!

Another “Holy Shit” chant rips through the Baltimore arena, as both Mercury and Kendrick lie on the hard floor almost dead, with Mercury virtually unconscious. The referee looks at the two men nervously, as though he should help them, but has to turn his attention back to the action in the ring quickly, as Nitro has pulled himself up to his feet. He spies London caught straddling the top turnbuckle, and leaps up onto the top rope, SMACKING LONDON IN THE SIDE OF THE HEAD WITH A SPRINGBOARD ENZIGUIRI!!!

Another sickening crack echoes around the building, to “OOOOS” from the crowd, as London rocks on the top turnbuckle, a far away look in his eye, almost knocked out by the manoeuvre. He tumbles forwards, but Nitro catches him, so that London’s legs are suspended on the second turnbuckle, holding him in position. Nitro holds the young challenger by the neck, before signalling up high AND SLAMMING LONDON DOWN WITH THE CORKSCREW NECKBREAKER!!! The impact is devastating, as London lies in a heap, and Nitro falls down on top of him for a weary cover.

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Winners: MNM @ 16:14 via pin fall
MNM RETAIN THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


The crowd releases a groan of anguish, as the bell rings to indicate MNM’s triumph once again. Despite this, Johnny Nitro can barely even move from on top of Paul London, such is his fatigue. Charles Robinson bends down and holds Nitro’s arm up in triumph, before heading to the outside of the ring to check on the conditions of Joey Mercury and Brian Kendrick, who are yet to stir. The EMTs come rushing down as well.

Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners … AND STILL THE WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS … M … N … M!!!

Michael Cole:
Wow! MNM pull out the win here tonight to retain the titles in a hell of a battle, but Paul London and Brian Kendrick have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. A tremendous effort from both of these young teams.

Tazz:
No doubt, no doubt, these four young guys put it all on the line for the gold, and in the end, it was MNM’s night this time, baby, but I’ll betcha’ anything that this ain’t the last Nitro and Mercury have seen of Paul London and Brian Kendrick.

Melina quickly grabs the WWE Tag Team title belts from the timekeeper and slides into the ring with them quickly. The crowd are actually applauding the efforts of both teams, as Melina helps Nitro back onto his feet and drapes one of the belts over his shoulder. They then exit the ring and get Joey Mercury, before making their way up the ramp.

Cut backstage.

A shot of Randy Orton in the hallway, contract in hand, clearly on his way down to the ring.

Elsewhere.

We get a brief glimpse of Matt Hardy, who is still in the medical room, receiving his final examinations from the doctors and nurses, as we…

Cut elsewhere.

JBL sits on the edge of his bench staring at a monitor, a broad smile on his face. He is dressed to compete now in his trunks, with his training jacket, hat and scarf over the top, whilst Jillian Hall rubs his shoulders.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Under his breath)
Pathetic.

There is a knock at the door, and Bradshaw motions to it with his head. Orlando Jordan stands up, still clad in his all black suit, and opens the door, revealing JOSH MATTHEWS, who enters with a microphone in his hand.

Josh Matthews:
JBL, your match is up soon; I was just wondering if I could get a few words?

JBL grins and beckons Matthews inside the locker room.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Laughing)
Who out there DOESN’T wanna get a few words from JBL?

Josh Matthews:
Uh, well, anyway, last Friday on SmackDown you and Orlando Jordan ambushed Matt Hardy and beat him –

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Ambushed him? (Angrily) I AMBUSHED him? It sounds to me … SON … that you’re sayin’ I attacked a man from behind? Don’t EVER call me a coward, do you understand?

Matthews cowers, as the crowd boos.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
What I did on Friday night was quite simply … a statement. I do what is necessary to be the best, and that is why I AM the very best in this industry. That is why I held the WWE Championship for ONE GODDAMN YEAR! That is why I am better … than Ric Flair … and that is why I am better … than Matt Hardy.

Heat from the crowd.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
I have showed time AND TIME again that I am the very best in the world, and yet … AND YET you people continue to doubt me. Brawn means NOTHING when you don’t have (taps head) this, and Matt Hardy, son, you just don’t have it up here. If you are STUPID enough to come down to the ring when I call you out … then you deserve every bit of blood that gets taken from your sorry body!!!

More boos.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Tonight, I’m gonna show the WORLD that John Bradshaw Layfield is a man of his word. At the Royal Rumble, I promised that I would throw that bleached dinosaur over the top rope, and I did JUST that … and a little bit more. Tonight, I give you my WORD that Matt Hardy will be following Ric Flair in taking early retirement…

JBL looks hard into the camera.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
‘Cause this is the era of JBL … this is MY time … not 1988 and Ric Flair … not 2034 or whenever the HELL Matt Hardy finally becomes a man. The sooner ya’ll understand that better, ‘cause this time around, Matt, ya ain’t dealing with a mere mortal man … or your regular, run of the mill athlete … you are dealing with a true AMERI … CAN HERO!!!

Intensity flashes across Bradshaw’s face.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
(Whispering)
And you’ll be steppin’ into the ring with a Wrestling … God …

Final close up of JBL’s hard gaze at the camera, before we fade away.

Back to ringside.

Michael Cole:
The sheer arrogance of JBL is unbelievable.

Tazz:
We’ve heard some intense words from both Matt Hardy and JBL tonight. That one’s gonna be wild.

Michael Cole:
It sure is – oh … no…

***Burn In My Light*** Michael Cole has been stopped dead in his tracks by the ominous theme of the one and only RANDY ORTON, who steps out onto the top of the stage to THUNDEROUS heat. Looking dapper in his black suit, Orton stares blankly at the audience with his cold blue eyes, before finally setting off down the ramp towards the ring.

Michael Cole:
I have nothing to say about this man, except for … disgraceful.

Tazz:
I know what you mean, Cole. I’ve always been a fan of Randy, but the way he’s holdin’ SmackDown to ransom, it – it just ain’t right.

Without a glance in the direction of the fans, “The Legend Killer” steps up onto the ring apron and enters through the middle rope. Under one arm he clutches a paper contract, and in the other hand he holds a microphone. Jaw clenched, he waits as his music dies down.

Randy Orton:
Respect…

Crowd boos.

Randy Orton:
You would think … you would think that a superstar of my calibre wouldn’t have to stoop to this level … but, Tony Chimel … stand up!

Both the fans and Chimel seem rather bewildered.

Randy Orton:
Get up! NOW!

Chimel reluctantly rises to his feet, as Orton stares at him.

Randy Orton:
You forgot to say something.

Chimel shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders, as if to say, “What?”

Randy Orton:
I … have just entered the ring … (coldly) so announce my goddamn name to the world and show me the respect I deserve!!!

The crowd erupts in tremendous heat, whilst Chimel looks around nervously.

Randy Orton:
(Eyes Blazing)
DO IT NOW!!!

Tony Chimel:
(Stammering)
L – Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome … “THE LEGEND KILLER” RANDDAAAAYYY OORRTTTOOONNN!!!

A small smirk flickers across Orton’s usually emotionless face, as the crowd erupts in MONSTROUS heat, and Chimel looks rather guilty.

Randy Orton:
(At Chimel)
Now sit … down.

Humiliated, Chimel slumps down to his seat again, whilst Orton returns to the centre of the ring.

Randy Orton:
It is this EXACT … this exact kind of DISRESPECT that I have had to put up with week in and week out ever since I came to Friday Night SmackDown! And it is this disrespect that has forced my hand, and is making me do what I came to … Baltimore to do tonight.

Heat from the crowd.

Randy Orton:
Ever since I set foot in the WWE, I have proved to be the BEST. I held the Intercontinental Championship for over six months … and let’s not forget that I was AND STILL AM the youngest World Champion IN HISTORY!!! But all that … counts for nothing.

More boos, whilst Orton remains cold.

Randy Orton:
I have KILLED countless legends … Harley Race (pop) … Jake Roberts (pop) … Ric Flair (great pop) … Mick Foley (great pop) … Shawn Michaels (VERY mixed reaction) … even THE UNDERTAKER (HUGE pop)!!! The list is endless! I’VE BEATEN THEM ALL!!! But … it doesn’t mean a thing.

Orton shakes his head solemnly.

Randy Orton:
Despite all of that … all of MY accomplishments, I am still overlooked! I am still ignored! I am still left in the dark! Time and time again!!! BUT THAT ALL ENDS TONIGHT!!! Tonight … tonight Teddy Long is gonna do the right thing … tonight he is going to give me EVERYTHING that I want and ensure that the “One Man Dynasty” … “The Legend Killer” … STAYS on Friday Night SmackDown!

Heat.

Randy Orton:
‘Cause if he doesn’t … I’m sure that Eric Bischoff will be all too happy to –

***MacMillitant*** The crowd actually gives a bigger pop than usual for the arrival of General Manager THEODORE LONG, who strides down the ramp with a very stern look on his face. Not a shred of emotion crosses Orton’s face, as he watches Long scurry up the steps and enter the ring, showing no intimidation.

Randy Orton:
You actually showed up, Teddy. I’m surprised.

Theodore Long:
I wouldn’t be too surprised if I was you, playa. Did ya really think that I was gonna sit in the back and letcha run ya mouth week after week ‘bout me? I ain’t afraid of bullies, Randy. Never will be.

Orton smirks.

Randy Orton:
(Maliciously)
Then this should run smoothly now …shouldn’t it?

Theodore Long:
Drop the intimidatin’, Randy. Let’s get one thing straight … I ain’t out here to talk witcha, I’m out here to find out just what it is ya want? Ya terms, playa?

Orton rubs his chin thoughtfully.

Randy Orton:
My terms –

***I’m Back*** The crowd erupts in heat, as the familiar music of Raw General Manager,ERIC BISCHOFF, hits and he steps out onto the stage. Dressed in his usual smart suit, Bischoff smirks arrogantly, before striding down to the ring with his microphone in hand, whilst both Orton and Long watch him closely. Bischoff steps into the ring and looks smugly around him.

Eric Bischoff:
You’ll have to excuse my lateness, gentlemen, but running the A Show like Monday Night Raw requires a lot of work.


The crowd boos wildly, whilst Long shakes his head.

Randy Orton:
Thank you, Mister Bischoff … and welcome to Friday Night SmackDown! But let’s get one thing clear … Monday Night Raw is not the “A Show” … it isn’t there … yet. You see, Raw cannot hope to be the “A Show” without the likes of Randy Orton on its roster.

Eric Bischoff:
Then why not make the smart descion and come to Raw, Randy? Think of all the success you had there … EVOLUTION … six months as the Intercontinental Champion … and your ONE AND ONLY reign as World Champion!!! But since you left for SmackDown, what exactly have you accomplished? You might have beaten The Undertaker … but that has lead to ONE title shot in almost a year, Randy … one.


Heat from the crowd, as Orton nods.

Eric Bischoff:
It doesn’t matter what your terms are, Randy, ‘cause we all now that Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff can match every single one of them. It’s the right decision to make.


Randy Orton:
Well, I hate to tell you this, Eric … but the ball isn’t in your court. It’s in (points at Teddy Long) yours. What I want is for you and all of SmackDown to show me the respect that I deserve, to acknowledge me as the GREATEST superstar that your show has ever has … and the SAVIOUR of the brand! What I want … is power.

Long looks confused.

Theodore Long:
So … what’re sayin’?

Randy Orton:
(Eyes narrowed and evil)
What I want … is the Wrestlemania Main Event.

A HUGE mixed reaction for this solemn demand, as Orton’s eyes remain hungry, and Teddy Long looks stunned … as does Eric Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff:
Randy, I – I’m not sure if that is possible on Monday Night Raw. I mean, Kurt Angle and John Cena already have GUARANTEED spots in the Raw Main Event. I can’t change that.


Randy Orton:
I understand that, Eric. Randy Orton does NOT play bit parts on the grand stage. That’s why my eyes aren’t looking at you, Eric.

Teddy Long raises his head slightly, as Orton is staring a hole at him, almost salivating at the mouth.

Randy Orton:
It’s all on your shoulders, Teddy. Don’t waste the opportunity of a lifetime. Don’t throw away the greatest superstar to ever set foot in a wrestling ring. You know I’ve earned it. Give it to me! C’mon!

Theodore Long:
Now, listen…

Randy Orton:
(Icily)
Give it to me.

Theodore Long:
It ain’t that…

Randy Orton:
(Breathing heavily)
Come on.

Theodore Long:
I am –

Randy Orton:
Give it to –

Theodore Long:
No!!!

ORTON FREEZES! The crowd goes completely wild for Long’s defiance, as Orton’s body seizes up tight, as though he cannot actually believe that Long would defy him. Across the ring, Eric Bischoff looks equally surprised, but actually begins to back away…

Theodore Long:
Ya don’t bully ya way into a Wrestlemania Main Event, playa. Ya feel me?

But Orton has not moved at all. He is still frozen in the exact same position, eyes planted squarely on Teddy Long, and jaw clenched. His body is almost trembling with rage or shock … or both.

Theodore Long:
I’m sorry.

Long drops his microphone to the ground with a thud and turns around to leave the ring … BUT ORTON MOVES QUICKLY AND SPINS HIM AROUND, LEAPING UP AND NAILING A SICKENING RKO!!!

The crowd erupts into boos and screams, as Long lies in a heap in the centre of the ring, with Randy Orton kneeling over him, staring into his face. Eric Bischoff rolls from the ring quickly and begins to back up the ramp fearfully. Orton slowly rises back to his feet, glaring around at the crowd with his soulless eyes to THUNDEROUS heat. He slowly removes his suit jacket, so that he is only wearing his ‘RKO’ t-shirt over his pants. He then drops down onto his front and begins to pound the canvas with his knuckles.

On his front, Teddy Long has fallen in such a way that he is almost on all fours already, despite being barely conscious, with his head raised in the air. The crowd have no idea what the hell Orton is planning, as he stares at the General Manager viciously, before backing up into the corner. Orton waits, watching Long like a lion might watch its prey … BEFORE RACING OUT AND DELIVERING A CRIPPLING PUNT RIGHT TO THE SIDE OF LONG’S HEAD!!!

Orton spins away, still with his eyes fixed on the GM, who lies flat on his back, eyes closed, damn near dead. The crowd is frozen in shock, as an entire entourage of officials begin to charge down the ramp towards the ring to swarm around Teddy Long and keep Randy Orton away. Though still looking hungry for more, Orton slowly begins to back away, eyes still locked on the lifeless General Manager.


Michael Cole:
Oh my god … this is absolutely hideous. Randy Orton has just … just …

Tazz:
I dunno what to say either, Cole.

Orton stands at the top of the ramp, almost like a serial killer admiring his work, as the EMT’s file past with a stretcher and slide it into the ring, where the officials and paramedics begin to load Teddy Long up. The crowd shows Long some nice respect, as he is carried away, whilst Orton stands proud and psychotic … having just ended the career of Theodore Long?

Cut backstage.

The camera goes to a split screen of John Bradshaw Layfield and Matt Hardy, as they head towards the ring for their upcoming match. Both men’s demeanours are very different.

Elsewhere.

We return to the rampage of Bobby Lashley, as the camera gets a shot of him from behind, as he jogs down a corridor backstage furiously. He passes a young worker, and quickly grabs him by the collar.

Bobby Lashley:
Where did he go?

Backstage Worker:
Wh – who?

Bobby Lashley:
(Angrily)
The guy in the robe … THE DRUID!!!

The worker looks at Lashley as though he is insane, and the young powerhouse rears back violently…

???:
BOBBY!!!

Lashley spins around to see Paul Heyman rushing towards him up the corridor, clutching a rucksack dearly.

Paul Heyman:
I – I thought I saw him too, but he isn’t in the parking lot, Bobby … he must have gone back into the building!

Bobby Lashley:
(Walking away)
THAT SON OF A …

The backstage worker scurries away in fright, whilst Heyman smiles and hitches his rucksack up onto his shoulder, and we get a glimpse of something poking out from the corner … some black material? The crowd boos, at this, as Paul E. marches away.

Cut to Video.

Matt Hardy/JBL Video Package
~ Matt Hardy and JBL begin their rivalry at Armageddon 2005, with JBL cheating to steal the win.

~ The two continue to go at it over the weeks, with JBL continuing to have Hardy’s number in the ring.

~ Hardy costs JBL the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble the SmackDown! before.

~ At the Royal Rumble itself, JBL gets into a confrontation with the legendary ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, when Bradshaw proclaims himself to be ‘The Man’. During the Rumble match, Flair eliminates JBL, but the former WWE comes back into the ring and tosses ‘Naitch over the top rope. JBL proceeds to bloody and batter Flair.

~ It is announced that Flair will be out of action indefinitely, whilst on SmackDown! JBL makes his case to be the #1 Contender at No Way Out, mocking Flair, and causing Matt Hardy to get in his face.

~ JBL blames Hardy for him not being #1 Contender, and Teddy Long sets up the match between the two at No Way Out, with JBL promising to do to Hardy what he did to Ric Flair. Hardy claims that this is no longer about him, but about standing up for ‘The Nature Boy’.

~ On the final SmackDown! before No Way Out, JBL cuts a scathing promo on both Hardy and Ric Flair, talking about Ladder Matches and losing the title 16-times. Hardy interrupts, but is assaulted from behind by former Cabinet member Orlando Jordan, allowing JBL to place Hardy in the Figure Four Leg Lock.

~ The video package ends with a shot of Hardy and JBL face to face, with an image of Naitch in between.


Back to ringside.

***Longhorn*** The crowd rises to their feet with an initial pop, before it rapidly turns to heat, as the infamous white limousine pulls out on the entrance ramp. It parks at the top of the stage and the driver climbs out, opening the door for JOHN ‘BRADSHAW’ LAYFIELD and his image consultant JILLIAN HALL. JBL has a steely expression on his face, as waves his Cowboy hat to the audience, before swaggering down to the ring in his American flag ski jacket. Bradshaw waits for Jillian to hold up the top rope for him before entering, where he salutes the fans to boos. Jillian applauds wildly.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall … introducing first … accompanied to the ring by Jillian Hall … from New York City … weighing in at 287 pounds … JOHNNNN ‘BRADSHAWWWW’ LAYFIELLLDDDD … J … B … L!!!

Michael Cole:
Well, Tazz, JBL really only has himself to blame for this match with Matt Hardy tonight. Months ago, JBL disrespected Hardy to his face, and then at the Royal Rumble, Bradshaw destroyed assaulted and side-lined a bonafide legend, the greatest of all time, a hero of Matt Hardy’s, in Ric Flair.

Tazz:
No doubt, Cole. Matt Hardy is lookin’ to stand up for ‘Naitch tonight by taking it to JBL.

***Live For The Moment*** A massive pop from the fans greets the arrival of MATT HARDY, who rushes out onto the stage in his usual energetic fashion, though still sporting the scars (a black eye and stitches) from Friday night. Clad in his dark, ‘I Will Not Die’ vest, Matt throws up a V-1 sign to the crowd, before heading down to the ring, set for action.

Tony Chimel:
And introducing his opponent … coming down the aisle … from Cameron, North Carolina … weighing in at 227 pounds … MATT HAAAARRRRRDDYYY!!!

Michael Cole:
Make no mistake about it, Matt Hardy has been on the cusp of the Main Event since he returned to the WWE. A victory over a former WWE Champion in JBL could take him one step further.

Tazz:
Matt Hardy’s got a ton of potential for sure, and against a guy like JBL he’s gonna have to step it up big time.

Grudge Match:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. Matt Hardy

The referee Charles Robinson calls for the bell, the crowd buzzing with excitement, as Matt Hardy does some last minute stretches against the ropes, and JBL casually leans through the ropes to hand Jillian Hall his towel. Bradshaw’s face changes from a scowl to a toothy grin, as he locks eyes with Hardy, strolling towards the centre of the ring. Matt walks towards JBL too, but Layfield suddenly begins to ‘Strut’. The crowd pours heat upon the former WWE Champion, who does his own ‘Stylin’ and Profilin’ towards the centre of the ring. Hardy shakes his head angrily, as JBL comes to a halt in front of the young superstar. Bradshaw smiles and lets Hardy have it, with a huge “WHOOO” right in Matt’s face. Hardy wipes the saliva from his head … and JBL slaps him across the mouth.
Hardy reacts angrily, as does the Baltimore crowd. Matt quickly grabs JBL, and the two engage in a collar and elbow tie up, jostling for position. The superior strength of ‘The Wrestling God’ is clear though, as he easily shoves Matt back across the ring. Hardy stops himself in the corner, blinking in surprise, whilst JBL smirks in the centre of the ring. Cracking his neck, Hardy shows no trepidation, as he approaches the confident Bradshaw yet again for a second collar and elbow tie up. But JBL just shoves the former tag team champion away again.

JBL is all smiles now, whilst Jillian applauds wildly at ringside. Hardy looks slightly put off, but still goes right back with a third straight collar and elbow tie up. JBL quickly applies the side headlock, taking Matt over and down to the canvas with a side headlock takedown. Hardy counters with a leg scissors around the neck of Bradshaw, but the powerful ‘American Hero’ powers out of it and clambers back up to his feet. JBL turns and Hardy quickly takes him down with a drop toehold, cinching in an armbar in the process. The crowd applauds the brief display of mat wrestling (though it looks odd from JBL), as Hardy brings Bradshaw back up to his feet, the armbar still in place.

JBL grimaces, swinging backwards with his elbow, but Hardy evades the swipes … until Bradshaw grabs a handful of Matt’s long hair and throws him down to the canvas. The crowd boos the blatantly illegal manoeuvre, whilst the referee berates JBL. Bradshaw just ignores the official in his usual arrogant manner and looks to pull Hardy back up to his feet … but Hardy counters with a second drop toehold and an armbar. JBL groans in annoyance more than pain, as he is being schooled by the youngster Hardy. Matt, the armbar still in place, brings Bradshaw back up to his feet … but JBL suddenly scoops him up, looking for a Scoop Slam … but Hardy counters with a arm drag, cinching in the armbar once again!

Another pop from the crowd, who are fully behind Hardy right now. The youngster wrenches on the shoulder of JBL for a few moments, causing the veteran to screw up his face in annoyance and pain. Matt comes back up to his feet, with JBL powering up to, using his momentum to force the young superstar back into the ropes. Hardy cannot hold onto the armbar and JBL Irish Whips him across the ring into the opposite set of ropes. Hardy springs back, ducking the clothesline from Bradshaw and coming off the other ropes with a quick CROSSBODY! Charles Robinson quickly drops down. 1 … 2 … NO! JBL powers out, still with plenty of fight left.

Bradshaw’s kick out sends Hardy across the canvas, where he crawls under the bottom rope and jumps up onto the apron. JBL approaches, visibly angry at almost being pinned … but Hardy slides under the ropes and through JBL’s legs. Bradshaw turns … into another drop toehold and an armbar. Another pop from the fans at Hardy showing off his very underrated technical mat wrestling skills. Bradshaw does not really allow Matt to keep him down for long and instead powers up, with Hardy hanging on with a hammerlock instead. Showing his brute strength again, JBL pushes Hardy off into the ropes. The former tag champion comes flying back, ducking another Clothesline attempt from JBL and coming off the opposite ropes … into a BIG BOOT.

JBL sneers down at Hardy, whilst Jillian Hall claps wildly outside the ring with her clipboard. Bradshaw reaches down and grabs another handful of hair of Hardy and pulls him up, slamming him back down to the canvas. More heat floods in, which JBL ignores arrogantly. Charles Robinson gives ‘The Wrestling God’ a stern warning, but JBL pays him no heed, and instead picks Hardy up and throws him into the nearest corner forcefully. With the youngster reeling, JBL proceeds to lay into him with a series of clubbing right hands, rocking Matt on his feet. Bradshaw forces his knee into the mid drift of Hardy, taking the wind out of him, before assaulting his gut with boot after boot.

Bradshaw backs off momentarily from the onslaught, and Hardy crumples down to the canvas, gasping for breath and clutching his chest. Smiling at the hostile crowd, JBL drags Hardy back up by the hair and pulls him into the middle of the ring, dropping him down to the canvas and cinching in a very physical looking headlock. The crowd boos, as JBL grimaces with the effort he is putting into the hold, whilst Matt Hardy begins to turn a horrible tinge of purple. Sneering around the arena, JBL fumes as the “Hardy” chants begin in earnest.

JBL yells at the crowd to “Shut Up”, but Hardy begins to stir somewhat, his legs shaking. JBL wrings Matt’s necks back and forth, trying to sap the fight out of ‘The Man Who Will Not Die’, but it does not seem to be working. Hardy’s arms rise up, as he begins to rise up to his feet, pulling the hapless Bradshaw up with him too. JBL tries to fight it, but Hardy is able to finally make it up to a vertical base … and drills Bradshaw with a right hand to the gut. JBL rocks but hangs onto the headlock, but Hardy pummels the mid section of the former WWE Champion over and over again.

JBL finally relinquishes the headlock, as Hardy, spurred on by the crowd, races away and springs off the ropes. Bradshaw turns and Hardy swings himself up onto JBL’s shoulders, looking for a Crucifix Pin … but JBL drops him crashing down to the canvas with a modified SAMOAN DROP! The impact of the move seemingly takes the fight out of Hardy, as JBL quickly clambers back up, rebounding off the ropes and dropping a massive elbow across the youngster, followed by a cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Hardy shows his determination to honour Ric Flair and kicks out. Bradshaw glowers at the referee Charles Robinson, ignoring the crowd’s cheers, and applies a second headlock on the mat.

His arms in a python-like grip around Hardy’s neck, JBL seethes at the crowd, but still establishes his control forcibly. Matt’s face begins to redden again, as JBL squeezes his head dry. Hardy begins to stir a bit more quickly this time round though, as he rolls backwards and forwards, pulling himself back up to his feet. JBL struggles to hold on once again, as Hardy slugs him in the mid section with a series of elbows, finally forcing ‘The American Hero’ to break the headlock. Matt quickly rushes away towards the ropes … but JBL yanks him by his hair down to the canvas.

JBL smiles at both the baying fans and the referee, before reaching down to pull Hardy up, laying him across the middle rope. Bradshaw places Hardy’s neck across the middle rope and steps down on the back of Matt’s head with his large boot, choking the life out of the youngster. Pulling on the top rope, JBL sneers with the effort he is exerting on Hardy’s throat, whilst Matt flails wildly, barely able to breathe. The crowd boos loudly, and Charles Robinson finally steps in to pull JBL away from the illegal manoeuvre.

Bradshaw holds his hands up in protest, causing the referee to turn his back on Matt Hardy, who is still propped up on the middle rope. With the referee not watching, Jillian Hall sneaks up and bashes Matt across the face with her clipboard, before scurrying away to huge heat. Hardy falls away from the ropes clutching his face and JBL rolls him up from behind! 1 … 2 … NO! Hardy kicks out quickly to the relief of the crowd, whilst JBL seethes and applies the third straight headlock, really adding the pressure to Matt’s weakened neck.

Jillian applauds her man manically from ringside, whilst the crowd boos JBL’s targeting of Matt’s neck. JBL squeezes for as long and as hard as he possibly can, whilst Hardy rocks his hips back and forth, looking for a way back up to his feet. Spurred on by the crowd support he is receiving, Hardy clambers back up to his feet, pulling Bradshaw up with him. With his head against JBL’s chest, Hardy manages to force Bradshaw into the corner, locking up with ‘The Wrestling God’, whilst Charles Robinson tries to separate them. Hardy backs off, as JBL releases his neck, and Matt slugs him in the gut with a right hand. Seizing his opportunity, Matt grabs JBL’s arm and goes for the Irish Whip … but Bradshaw reverses it and sends Hardy crashing sternum first into the turnbuckle!

JBL takes his time in following up, dropping over Hardy with a lateral press. 1 … 2 … NO! Matt rolls his shoulder up quickly, as the crowd gives a huge sigh of relief. Bradshaw pulls Hardy up by his arm, forcing him against the ropes before sending him across the canvas with an Irish Whip, and nailing a huge BACK BODY DROP, sending Matt crashing spine first to the canvas. Hardy cries out in agony, clutching at his back, but barely has any time to recover, as JBL pounces with another headlock!

The crowd gives a collective groan, whilst JBL grins at them sinisterly, his tongue sticking out just a little bit with exertion. The “Hardy” chants are in full flow once again, which angers both JBL and Jillian Hall. On the outside of the ring, Jillian screams at the crowd to “Shut Up”, whilst in the ring, still on his knees with the headlock cinched in, JBL yells the same thing. Matt Hardy’s arms flap up and down limply, but still showing some signs of life, as he rolls onto his knees, grabbing JBL around the waist. Holding JBL’s waist, Hardy struggles back up to his feet and backs into the ropes, before trying to shove the former WWE Champion across the ring … but JBL holds onto the headlock and brings Matt crashing back down to the canvas.

Hardy struggles against the hold, whilst JBL laughs loudly, yelling “C’mon, Matt” at the top of his voice to huge heat from the fans. Reaching out with his left hand, Hardy is able to grab hold of the rope and begin to pull himself back up to his feet once again. Hardy shows his determination, forcing JBL against the ropes, before shoving JBL across the ring into the opposite ropes. Bradshaw comes flying back and knocks Hardy clean off his feet with a brutal Shoulder Block. Smirking, JBL quickly turns and comes off the ropes again, but Hardy rolls onto his stomach, and JBL skips over him. Hardy gets his feet up as JBL bounces back and Matt catapults ‘The Wrestling God’ head over heels across the ring!

JBL stumbles back up to his feet shaking his head dazedly, whilst the fans spur on Hardy’s revival. Hardy slugs Bradshaw in the face with a hard right hand, followed by several more cracking shots, before spinning around and connecting with a hard DISCUS PUNCH, taking JBL off his feet. Utilising his superior speed, Hardy quickly pulls JBL up to his feet and sends him across the ring into the corner with an Irish Whip. JBL hits the turnbuckle hard and Hardy charges, connecting with a hardy corner Clothesline … before capitalising with a BULLDOG! Hardy hooks the leg!

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JBL kicks out desperately. Hardy holds his head in annoyance, as do his fans around the arena, but Matt doesn’t waste any time. Hardy lifts JBL back up to his feet, drilling him with some more of his famous, stinging right hands, knocking ‘The American Hero’ back towards the ropes. Hardy takes JBL by the arm and goes for an Irish Whip, but JBL reverses it and sends Hardy into the ropes. JBL makes a critical mistake, lowering his head a split second too early in preparation for a Back Body Drop … and Hardy quickly counters with a NECKBREAKER! The crowd pops loudly, and Hardy crawls over with a hook of the leg!

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JBL again gets his shoulder up, much to the dismay of both the crowd and Matt Hardy. The plucky youngster shows no letting up though, keeping the pace fast just as he likes it. He drags the massive frame of Bradshaw up to his feet, slugging him in the face with right hand after right, backing him into the ropes. Hardy takes JBL by the arm and Irish Whips him across into the opposite set. Hardy catches JBL on the way back with a right hand to the mid section, doubling him over, before rolling behind and nailing a SIDE RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Another explosion of cheers, as Hardy reaches down to hook the far leg!

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….. NO!

Another kick out from JBL, who is really showing his resilience during this onslaught. The fans groan collectively, but Hardy doesn’t show much disappointment, instead making sure that JBL is fully spread out on his back on the canvas. Hardy quickly heads over to the turnbuckle, ascending to the second rope to the cheer of the crowd, not even bothering with his usual antics, before crashing down with the DOWNFALL LEG DROP ACROSS JBL’S CHEST! The hook of the leg!

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JBL throws his shoulder up in desperation, and even Hardy this time shows a slight look of frustration, as his nemesis survives. He glances around the arena in exhaustion, but sees the fans cheering for him, and goes right back to work. Hardy pulls JBL up by his arm and pushes him into the corner. Getting his shoulder right underneath Bradshaw’s rib cage, Hardy begins to slowly lever the 287-pounder up onto the top turnbuckle, showing a great deal of strain under the weight of JBL. The crowd spurs him on, but Hardy takes a breath, leaving JBL sat on the top turnbuckle.

Hardy sees his opportunity and climbs up onto the second turnbuckle, applying the front facelock to JBL, as the crowd buzzes, seeing that Matt is going for a Superplex. Matt gets JBL in the position and steps up onto the top rope as well for maximum height … but JBL counters with the front facelock, dropping Hardy crotch first onto the top rope! The crowd explodes with “Oooos”, as Hardy winces and falls to the outside of the ring.

JBL gingerly clambers down from the top rope and catches his breath, trying to recover from the onslaught of high-impact moves he just took. On the outside, Matt Hardy struggles to pull himself up against the apron, whilst referee Charles Robinson counts. 1 … 2 … 3 … 4, but JBL exits the ring as well. ‘The Wrestling God’ grabs Hardy from behind AND TOSSES HIM HEAD FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

The crowd explodes in heat for JBL, as Hardy crumples to the concrete, clutching his face. Bradshaw quickly rolls in and out of the ring to break the referee’s count, as Charles Robinson reaches 8. JBL, sneering venomously now, pulls Hardy back up to his feet. Matt’s face is obscured by his matted hair, so we can’t quite get a clear shot of what effect the Steel Steps have had. Bradshaw quickly lifts Hardy into the air in an almost Bear Hug like position, before rushing across the floor and DRIVING HARDY’S SPINE INTO THE STEEL RING POST!

The sickening crack echoes around the arena to the dismay of Hardy’s legions of fans, as the young superstar crumples to the floor, clutching at both his face and his spine. JBL smirks sadistically; clearly delighted with the message he is sending. The referee quickly goes to check on Hardy, who is on his hands and knees, but Matt waves him away defiantly. JBL moves roughly past the official, grabbing Hardy by the hair and lifting him up, exposing his face for all to see. The crowd howls in horror at the sight of Matt Hardy’s face, which has been
BUSTED WIDE OPEN by Bradshaw’s assault. The blood is literally pouring from the wound in Hardy’s face, and Michael Cole and Tazz quickly apologise to the younger viewers for the brutality of the match.

JBL, still holding Hardy by his hair, slams the former tag champion’s face into the crowd barrier, smearing the blood over the railing. Bradshaw smirks into the faces of the fans in the first row drawing major heat. After being berated angrily by Charles Robinson, JBL finally decides to take Matt back into the ring, rolling the bloody superstar under the bottom rope. The canvas is instantly stained with a crimson mess, and Tazz and Cole once again put over the horrific nature of Hardy’s injury.

Like a shark smelling blood, JBL raises Hardy up to his feet and pulls right back, drilling him in the face with a huge right hand. Matt can barely stand and staggers backwards into the nearby corner. Grinning, Bradshaw takes Hardy’s arm and Irish Whips him across the ring, causing Hardy to collide with the turnbuckle with tremendous velocity. Matt falls back to the mat, bloodied and in agony.

But JBL isn’t done yet it seems, as he raises Hardy back up to his feet. Bradshaw goes for the Irish Whip into the ropes, but Matt shows some fight and reverses it, sending JBL off the ropes. Just too early, Hardy lowers his head for the Bock Body Drop, and JBL counters, quickly shoving Matt’s head between his legs, lifting him up, and NAILING THE JBL POWERBOMB! The impact is sickening as ever, as the crowd cries out in dismay, and JBL makes a elementary cover.

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Somehow Matt Hardy kicks out, and Bradshaw cannot believe it, staring at Charles Robinson with wild eyes. The crowd is on their feet for their hero Matt Hardy, who is showing extraordinary courage tonight. JBL staggers back up to his feet, wiping Hardy’s blood off his chest with the back of his hand, before doing the ‘Longhorn’ taunt to massive heat from the Baltimore fans. Sneering at his reception, JBL pull his opponent back up, hooking the arm and lifting Hardy up into the air. JBL holds him there for a second or two, before bringing Matt crashing down with a VERTICAL SUPLEX! Another cover!

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Hardy gets his shoulder up to cheers, whilst JBL pounds his fist against the bloodied canvas in frustration, and Jillian Hall screams at the referee to do his job properly. Bradshaw grabs Hardy by his arm and yanks him up to his feet, NAILING A SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE! Hardy is down and seemingly out, but JBL pulls him up for ANOTHER SHORT-ARM, eventually followed by a THIRD SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE! JBL hooks the leg to make sure this time!

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Hardy kicks out defiantly, refusing to die, and JBL looks at Charles Robinson threateningly. The crowd is still booming out with “Hardy” chants, but their hero is seemingly running on nothing but instinct right now, as his eyes, covered in blood, stay closed. Bradshaw lifts Hardy up and connects with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Another very quick lateral press!

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The crowd explodes for Matt Hardy, whose shoulder popped up like a springing snake, before dropping back down again. JBL punches his fist into the mat in rage, glancing helplessly at Jillian Hall. ‘The Wrestling God’ yanks ‘The Man Who Will Not Die’ back up to his feet and sends him into the ropes with an Irish Whip. JBL lunges on his way back, but Hardy ducks and comes off the other ropes, but JBL is waiting … SLEEPER HOLD, but Hardy drops down and rolls through with a SMALL PACKAGE!

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JBL kicks out at the last possible second and lunges on top of Hardy with a furious, clubbing blow to the back of the head, seemingly angered by a near defeat. The crowd gasps in disappointment that their hero did not pull the victory out of the hat there. JBL kicks Hardy in the head with a huge boot, before pulling the youngster up in a side headlock, trying to squeeze any more fight out of him. Hardy shoves Bradshaw away into the ropes though, but JBL comes right back with a crushing Shoulder Block that knocks Hardy down to the canvas and rolling under the bottom rope to the floor outside!

Bradshaw smirks, resting with his hands on his hips, trying to get some air back into his large body, whilst the referee begins the count on Matt Hardy. 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … spurred on by the crowd Matt pulls himself up using the bloody Steel Steps, and begins to drag himself back up onto the ring apron. JBL shakes his head in annoyance when he sees this and heads over to where Hardy is. JBL leans over the ropes and pulls his opponent up by the hair, applying the front facelock, and lifting him over the top rope with a VERTICAL SUPLEX … but Hardy lands behind JBL and catches him with a VICTORY ROLL!

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Bradshaw kicks out! ‘The Wrestling God’ survives another surprise counter from his young opponent, much to the dismay of the crowd. Both superstars are laid out on the blood stained mat, but it is JBL who makes it back up to his feet first. A furious expression upon his face, JBL brings Hardy up too and goes for an Irish Whip, but Mat reverses it, sending JBL off the ropes. Hardy rolls onto his stomach and Bradshaw jumps over him, only for both men to come off the ropes and meet each other with a DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Both men are down!

The two gladiators lie upon the bloody canvas, chests heaving from exhaustion, whilst the fans continue to try and cheer on their hero. He responds by lifting up his hand and wiping some of the blood from his face, but it is already a crimson mask. Matt Hardy and JBL slither towards opposite sides of the ring in search of the ropes. JBL is slightly the faster, yanking on the top rope to get to his feet, whilst Hardy takes a little longer, his knees unsteady. Seeing Hardy vulnerable, JBL charges at him, but Matt low bridges the top rope, SENDING JBL CRASHING TO THE OUTSIDE!

The crowd pops loudly, as Bradshaw hits the floor hard, knocking his head against the crowd barrier. Hardy falls backwards momentarily; gasping for breath, but quickly grabs hold of the top rope, blinking through all of the blood. Jillian Hall rushes around to check on her man on the outside, helping JBL up to his feet. Both of them look up, and Jillian scurries away, as Matt Hardy clutches hold of the top rope, BEFORE FLYING OVER WITH A PLANCHA ONTO JBL!

Another explosion in the arena, as Hardy crashes onto ‘The Wrestling God’ and both men lie in a heap on the concrete floor. The “Hardy” chants are in full force now, whilst Jillian Hall stares at what just happened with her mouth and eyes wide open in complete shock. Slowly, Hardy mounts JBL and begins to lay into him with a series of hard right hands, as the crowd cheers the young superstar on.

Venting his anger on JBL, Hardy hammers down on him, before rolling away and climbing back up onto the ring apron. JBL holds his face and struggles back up to his feet as well, whilst Matt Hardy watches him do so from the apron. Suddenly Hardy leaps off with a CROSSBODY … but JBL catches Matt in mid air, turning around and nailing the FALL AWAY SLAM ON THE OUTSIDE!!!

The crowd pops for the devastating move, but boos JBL, who rests against the crowd barrier, trying the catch his breath, but with a smile on his smug face. Hardy lies flat on his back, arms spread out, his eyes closed on his bloody face. Jillian Hall urges Bradshaw on, and the former WWE Champion staggers over to the other side of the ring area, and begins to pull up the protective covering, scowling at the motionless body of Matt Hardy with sinister eyes.

Hardy rolls over slowly, his first movement in a while, but does get the chance to stand, as JBL, grabbing his rival by the hair, proceeds to drag Matt over to where the concrete floor is exposed. JBL shoves Hardy’s head between his legs and lets out an almighty “WHOOO” to huge heat from the crowd, who hate the mockery of Naitch. Bradshaw makes to Powerbomb Hardy, but Matt suddenly counters, BACK BODY DROPPING JBL ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR!

Hardy drops to his knees, as the crowd cheers for him, whilst JBL lies on his back in total agony. Wiping his bloody, matted hair off his face, Matt bends down and pulls Bradshaw back up to his feet. Hardy slowly rolls ‘The American Hero’ back under the bottom rope into the ring, before following. Hardy clambers back up to his feet, as JBL does the same in the centre of the ring. Matt advances on Bradshaw and spins him around … THUMB TO THE EYE! The fans boo JBL blatant cheating, but JBL quickly takes advantage, running off the ropes quickly, looking for a CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL … but Hardy ducks and counters with a SIDE EFFECT! Matt drapes his arm across Bradshaw’s chest!

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JBL gets his shoulder up! The crowd groans in dismay, but still seem happy that the epic meeting will continue. Hardy rolls away, holding his head in his hands. Jillian Hall screams for Bradshaw to get to his feet, and Hardy helps him do exactly that, pushing him over towards the corner yet again. Matt gets his shoulder right under JBL and elevates him up onto the top turnbuckle, leaving the former WWE Champion straddling it. Hardy backs off, collecting his breath, before heading up after Bradshaw, hooking his arm, climbing to the top rope … AND NAILING A HUGE SUPERPLEX!

The crowd explodes at Hardy actually pulling off the Superplex on the 287-pounder, but it has seemingly taken a hell of a lot out of the young superstar. Both men lie in total exhaustion on the crimson stained canvas, with Matt seemingly suffering just as much, if not even more than JBL. Suddenly, Hardy’s right arm rises into the air and falls over Bradshaw!

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Jillian Hall has placed JBL’s foot on the bottom rope, but Charles Robinson only sees the foot and breaks the count. Hardy closes his eyes in frustration and glowers at Jillian. Wheezing with exertion, Matt drags his body up using the top rope, asking the referee if he saw what Jillian did. Hardy steps towards Charles Robinson … but JBL suddenly reaches up and gets a SCHOOL BOY!

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Hardy rolls through!

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JBL just barely kicks out at the last possible second, and the crowd cannot believe it. Both men fall back to the canvas with exhaustion after an incredible and gruelling contest. Hardy begins to stir first and clambers back up to his feet. JBL follows suit eventually but is greeted by a big right hand shot to the mouth from Matt, backing him into the ropes. Hardy grabs JBL’s arm and tries to shoot him across the ring with an Irish Whip, but JBL reverses it and sends Hardy into the ropes … and JILLIAN HALL CATCHES HARDY’S FOOT, TRIPPING HIM!

The fans boo, whilst Jillian quickly runs away innocently, and JBL stares at his fallen opponent with wild eyes. Hardy struggles up to his feet, and Bradshaw suddenly comes off the ropes, going for a CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL … but Hardy gets a boot to the gut of JBL and goes for the TWIST OF FATE … but JBL shoves Hardy away into the ropes. Matt manages to grab hold of the top rope, frustrating JBL, who charges, only to catch both of Hardy’s feet to the face. JBL lands on his back, and Hardy suddenly leaps on him with a JACKNIFE COVER!!!

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Winner: Matt Hardy @ 20:37 via pin fall

The crowd explodes and rises to their feet, as both Matt Hardy and JBL fall to the mat with exhaustion after an incredibly gruelling match up. Bradshaw looks completely stunned, whilst Hardy tries desperately to catch his breath once again. Jillian Hall enters the ring to check on her man, but JBL shoves her aside angrily, his eyes still fixed on Matt’s.

Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner … MATTTT HARDYYYYYYY!!!

Michael Cole:
Matt Hardy has done it! He has defeated JBL in one hell of a match up. What an upset, and what a way to stick it to the man who put Ric Flair out!

Tazz:
I – I’m in shock, Cole, I mean; I honestly didn’t think that Matt could pull it off, but he did. What away to do it too. That’s was, like, a twenty minute match and Hardy just beat a former WWE Champion. He’s on the map now, baby!

Hardy struggles to pull himself up on the ropes, whilst the fans give him a huge round of applause for his performance. Smiling slightly, Matt turns around and … CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!!

The crowd boos like crazy, as JBL stands over the fallen body of Matt Hardy with a psychotic look in his eye. Bradshaw quickly pounces on Hardy, hammering down a succession of thunderous blows to the already bleeding face. JBL screams audibly, “I’M THE MAN! I’M THE MAN!”

JBL yells something at Jillian and she quickly scurries to the outside, where she slaps Tony Chimel aside and grabs a STEEL CHAIR! She brings it back into the ring and hands it to her boss. Bradshaw glowers down on young Matt Hardy and raises the weapon up high…











***ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA***

The crowd EXPLODES into a thunderous outcry of “WHOOOs”, as the one and only ‘Nature Boy’ RIC FLAIR comes charging down the ramp, wearing a neck brace over his shirt and jacket. Flair is also wielding a BASEBALL BAT!

Bradshaw has a look of horror upon his face, gulping slightly in his throat. ‘The Wrestling God’ looks from side to side before looking at the Steel Chair in his hand and yelling at Flair to come on. ‘Naitch slides into the ring and heads for JBL, who swings the weapon … but Flair ducks, and slams the bat against the chair, causing both men to drop their weapons.

JBL drops the Chair straight away, as Naitch lights him up with Chop after Chop across his bare chest, with the crowd “WHOOing” in delight. Bradshaw is against the ropes now in agony, but Jillian Hall sneaks up behind Flair. ‘Naitch turns threateningly on the image consultant; his hand raised … AND JBL ROLLS OUT OF THE RING!

Tremendous heat for the cowardly actions of Bradshaw, who backs up the ramp straight away, clutching his crimson chest. Flair looks back at JBL, and Jillian quickly escapes the ring too, scampering away to join her boss. JBL leaves via the ramp, staring wide-eyed at ‘The Nature Boy’, a look of fury upon his face.

Flair picks up his baseball bat once again and waves it around manically, pointing threateningly at the fleeing Bradshaw, before going to tend to the fallen Matt Hardy. JBL looks on his horror, as the arena shakes with “WHOOs”.


Cut to backstage.

Out in the parking lot, an ambulance waits, as a group of paramedics wheel General Manager Teddy Long through on a stretcher. A crowd of wrestlers has formed nearby, stern faced and concerned; to watch as Long is lifted up into the back of the ambulance and driven away.

Elsewhere.

Presumably on the other side of the arena, a group of security guards are leading RANDY ORTON along by the arm. The sight of Orton draws HUGE heat from the crowd, but the face of “The Legend Killer” is still as emotionless and cold as before. As he is lead down the corridor, Orton passes a series of lower level SmackDown talent, all of whom look upon him with complete and utter disgust. The security guards and Orton finally reach the doorway leading into the other parking lot, and once it is opened we get a brief glimpse of the red flashing lights of a police car…

Cut to Video.

World Heavyweight Championship Video Package
~ The Undertaker returns to SmackDown! and almost wins a #1 Contenders Battle Royal, but is cheated out of it by Randy Orton, prompting Teddy Long to make a Triple Threat Match at the Royal Rumble.

~ The Undertaker abandons Batista during a tag team match, allowing “The Animal” to be destroyed by Orton and Booker T.

~ At the Royal Rumble, Batista retains his title after a Batista Bomb on Orton, but Undertaker is clearly angered by not being pinned, and later enters the Rumble match, eliminating Bobby Lashley in the process.

~ The Undertaker is named the #1 Contender on the following SmackDown! to face Batista at No Way Out, and marks the occasion by Chokeslamming “The Animal” in the ring.

~ The Undertaker and Batista go face to face during their official contract signing, where Batista claims that he does not fear the ‘Deadman’, who continues to play mind games with the Champion and promises to take his soul as well as his title.

~ Batista gives a very intense speech just two days away from No Way Out, even calling out The Undertaker, leading to a huge confrontation between the two. Security is forced to break them up, but not before Undertaker gets the upper hand. Later that night, following a gruelling tag team match with MNM, Batista Spears The Undertaker, but the “Deadman” sits right back up.

~ The video package ends with a shot of Batista and The Undertaker face to face.


Back to ringside.

***I Walk Alone*** The crowd rises to its feet in a thunderous ovation for the arrival of the World Heavyweight Champion, BATISTA. The impressive superstar marches out on to the stage in his usual manner, with the title around his waist, playing to the fans and pounding his chest, before setting off his HUGE pyro. The crowd is cheering for a favourite of theirs, as he strides down to the ring, before sliding in and climbing to the second turnbuckle, where he holds his title belt up high. ‘The Animal’ clambers down and begins to pace, eager to get his hands on his opponent.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall … and it is for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! Introducing first … from Washington D.C … weighing in at 300 pounds … he is the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION … ‘THE ANIMAL’ BATISSSTTTTAAAA!!!

Michael Cole:
When you think of great title reigns, you think of men like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Harley Race, and Bruno Sammartino. But now I think you can add this man to that list, because in just under two months, Batista will surpass the year mark in his first EVER title reign. But the man he faces tonight may have something to say about that.

Tazz:
Without a doubt, Cole, this man has held the title for ten impressive months, beatin’ guys like Triple H, JBL, Eddie Guerrero and Randy Orton. But, like you said, he’ s never faced The Undertaker in singles competition. This is his toughest test yet.

***GONG***

***GONG***

***GONG***

***Graveyard Symphony*** A deafening reception from the fans in Baltimore, probably the loudest pop of the night, heralding the arrival of THE UNDERTAKER. With the arena in darkness and the mist flowing, ‘The Phenom’ begins his long walk down to the ring, where Batista waits. The Undertaker waits on the ring steps and gradually brings the lights up, before entering the ring, where he removes his coat and hat, rolling his eyes up into his head.


Tony Chimel:
And introducing the challenger … from Death Valley … weighing in at 305 pounds … THHHHHEEEE UUNNNDDEERRRTTAKKKERRRR!!!

Michael Cole:
One of the greatest of all time. A sure fire Hall Of Famer. The Undertaker has held the WWE title on four different occasions over the course of his illustrious career, but he has never held the World Heavyweight Championship. That could all change tonight.

Tazz:
I get got goosebumps, Cole. These guys have been at each other’s throats for weeks now, and it’s time to get it on!

World Heavyweight Championship:
Batista © vs. The Undertaker

Batista is pacing up and down like a caged beast, as referee Mickey Henson holds the World Heavyweight Championship belt up high for all to see, before calling for the bell. Batista explodes out of the blocks … BUT RUNS STRAIGT INTO A RIGHT HAND!!! The crowd gives a mixed reaction, as “The Animal” goes down hard. The Undertaker backs off quickly, before dropping a stiff elbow right across the World Heavyweight Champion … followed by another and another, trying to wear down the powerhouse Batista in the early going.

Undertaker drags Batista back up to his feet and throws him into the nearby corner, before delivering one of his famous right hands, rocking the Champion. The crowd is split between the two men, as Undertaker takes Batista’s arm and sends him flying across the ring with an Irish Whip. “The Animal” hits the turnbuckle hard, the breath knocked out of him, as The Undertaker comes charging in … but Batista catches him with an elbow to the face! Undertaker staggers away clutching his jaw, and a furious Batista comes out of the corner with a flurry of right hands to the Challenger.

Undertaker reels under the power of Batista’s blows, and stumbles back into the ropes. The Champion grabs the arm of the ‘Phenom’ and sends him into the adjacent ropes with an Irish Whip. Batista goes for a Clothesline, as Undertaker rebounds back … but Undertaker ducks, and Batista turns and is grabbed by the throat! Undertaker hooks under “The Animal”s’ arm and goes for an early CHOKESLAM in the contest, but Batista shows his pure grit, slamming his elbow against the back of The Undertaker’s skull until he releases the Champion’s throat. Undertaker stumbles away, and Batista drills him with another flurry of right hands, backing him against the ropes.

Batista takes Undertaker’s arm and hurls him across the ring with another Irish Whip, looking to connect with the Clothesline this time … but Undertaker ducks underneath and comes off the other ropes. Batista turns around and walks right into a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! The crowd pops at the unbelievable athleticism of The Undertaker, who presses his weight quickly on top of the Champion. 1 … 2 … NO! Batista still has plenty of fight left, and kicks out hurriedly.

Undertaker is back up to his feet quickly, dragging Batista up with him. The ‘Deadman’ pulls back and nails the Champion with a thunderous headbutt, causing Batista to grasp at his forehead in agony. The Champion is in trouble, as The Undertaker cracks his skull against Batista’s once again for a second sickening headbutt. The 300-pound World Heavyweight Champion is dazed by these blows to the skull, and staggers backwards.

Undertaker grabs Batista’s left arm and proceeds to twist it around painfully, pulling down for some extra taught on the shoulder. The crowd gives a great reception, knowing what is coming next, as Undertaker slams his own shoulder into Batista’s, causing “The Animal” to wince in pain. Unable to shake the Challenger off, Batista is dragged over to the corner, where The Undertaker proceeds to ascend the turnbuckle, the crowd cheering along with him. Undertaker steps onto the top rope and begins to walk the tightrope, still holding onto Batista’s twisted left arm tightly. Undertaker walks the top rope, before leaping off and connecting with OLD SCHOOL!!!

Surprisingly though, Batista only falls to his knees, not floored by the manoeuvre that puts normal men to the canvas. A glimpse of surprise passes over Undertaker’s face, but it quickly disappears, as the ‘Phenom’ continues his assault on the World Heavyweight Champion. Undertaker drills Batista with a stiff right hand, with “The Animal” still on his knees, before putting a hard boot to his mid section. Wasting little time, The Undertaker brings the dazed Batista back up to his feet and delivers another stinging headbutt, sending the Champion staggering back towards the ropes.

Batista clutches at his face, as Undertaker slugs him with another right hand to the jaw, before grabbing his arm. Undertaker goes for the Irish Whip, but Batista overpowers the veteran and sends him bouncing off the ropes. Undertaker rebounds back and Batista catches him with a POWERSLAM!!! Batista quickly covers the Challenger. 1 … 2 … NO! Undertaker kicks out, much to the obvious fury of the Champion.

Batista angrily reaches down and drags The Undertaker back up to his feet by his dark hair, before slugging him right in the face, causing the ‘Phenom’ to stumble and fall through the ring ropes. Undertaker lands on the floor, and Batista is right out after him, still brimming with intensity. “The Animal” grabs the fallen ‘Phenom’ and slams his face off the crowd barrier! Referee Mickey Henson works hard to try and get them back into the ring, but he shows some leniency too, as Batista nails Undertaker with another right hand, knocking him staggering across the floor.

Like a man possessed, Batista pushes past the referee and grabs The Undertaker by the head once again. The Champion leads the Challenger over to the Steel Steps and tries to bounce The Undertaker’s head of them … but the ‘Phenom’ blocks, driving his elbow into the gut of Batista. Undertaker suddenly reaches up and grabs Batista’s head, slamming it off the Steel Steps! Batista stumbles backwards, almost falling over in a daze, but Undertaker does not give him any time to recover, instead delivering another hard headbutt, which knocks “The Animal” against the apron.

Exposed and vulnerable, Batista tries to come to his senses against the apron, but Undertaker spies his opening, and delivers a stiff kick right to the hamstring of the Champion. Batista growls in pain and clutches at the spot that has taken a lot of punishment of late, mainly thanks to Randy Orton and a Steel Chair. Almost on one leg, Batista hobbles over towards one of the announce tables to gain his balance, but Undertaker delivers another kick to the hamstring, this time almost taking the legs from under “The Animal”. Batista clings onto the table for dear life, as Undertaker advances on him … but Batista gets a right hand to the face of the ‘Deadman’!

Batista shows his fight and resilience, coming back at The Undertaker with stiff blows to the face … but Undertaker just kicks out his leg once again, dropping “The Animal” to one knee and breaking the comeback. Referee Mickey Henson is furiously threatening to count out both men, but Undertaker gives him a dark look, and Batista can just be heard desperately saying “No”.

Undertaker bounces Batista’s head off the apron quickly, before shoving the Champion back into the ring under the bottom rope. This breaks whatever count Mickey Henson was about to begin, but Undertaker is not finished it seems. He drags Batista’s upper body so that it is perched hanging over the apron, helpless. Rearing back, coiled, The Undertaker lunges and delivers a stiff kick right to the side of Batista’s exposed head. “The Animal” rocks but does not fall from the apron, as The Undertaker climbs up the Steel Steps onto the apron. With Batista unable to protect himself, Undertaker races across the apron and delivers a 300-pound LEG DROP right across the chest and oesophagus of the World Heavyweight Champion!!!

The crowd explodes for the display of vintage Undertaker, as “The Animal” crumples off the apron and down to the floor below, a far away look in his eye. Mickey Henson lectures the Challenger sternly, but The Undertaker pays him no heed whatsoever and drags Batista back up to his feet. “The Phenom” takes the Champion by the arm and goes for the Irish Whip, but suddenly Batista reverses and sends Undertaker CRASHING INTO THE STEEL STEPS!!!

The crowd “OOOOS” and gives a very mixed reaction, as The Undertaker collapses to the ground, clutching his legs and lower back in agony. Batista tries desperately to shake the cobwebs out of himself, and hobbles over to his opponent. Batista drills The Undertaker with a stiff right hand, dragging him up to his feet in the process, and rolling him back into the ring under the bottom rope. “The Animal” slides in after and makes a cover! 1 … 2 … NO! There is still too much left in the tank of the ‘Deadman’, and he kicks out!

Batista glances around anxiously and heads over to the nearby turnbuckle, where he proceeds to do something extremely out of character: climb the turnbuckle! The crowd buzzes with anticipation and surprise at Batista’s risky strategy, as he deviates from his usual arsenal. Undertaker is back up quickly too though, and Batista is in a vulnerable position on the top turnbuckle. Undertaker lunges and drills “The Animal” with a brutal uppercut, causing the Champion to drop down, crotch first, on the top turnbuckle.

More “OOOOS”, mostly from the male members of the audience, as Batista winces in pain, stuck on the top turnbuckle. The Undertaker slugs the Champion in the face once again, rocking “The Animal”, but then “The Phenom” begins to climb the turnbuckle too! The crowd is cheering with excitement at seeing these two ground and pound strikers, all 600-pounds of them, fighting it out on the top rope. Undertaker tries to hook Batista’s arm, but the Champion refuses to allow it, nailing blow after blow to The Undertaker’s ribs. “The Phenom” teeters on the second turnbuckle, but slams his skull against Batista’s with a headbutt, putting an end to the resistance. Once again, Undertaker hooks the arm of the Champion and ascends one further to the top turnbuckle, before bring Batista crashing down with a huge SUPERPLEX!!!

The ring almost gives way with the unbelievable force of two huge men slamming down into the canvas. The crowd is on their feet in appreciation for the manoeuvre, but neither man is moving yet. Mickey Henson checks on them both, and is about to start a count, when The Undertaker rolls over and covers the Champion.

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Batista gets a shoulder up, much to the surprise of both The Undertaker and the fans. “The Phenom” begins to pull himself up, using the ropes for leverage, as Batista begins to stir also. Undertaker grabs “The Animal” and helps him up to his feet too, before nailing him with a huge right hand … but Batista hits The Undertaker right back! Undertaker reels, but connects with another blow of his own … but Batista comes right back with one too! The two monsters exchange thunderous blows in the middle of the ring, with Undertaker seemingly getting the better of the exchange. Batista stumbles backwards and The Undertaker pulls back for an almighty hit, but “The Animal” ducks underneath and sprints off the ropes. Undertaker turns around, and gets levelled with a thunderous CLOTHESLINE!!!

Batista crawls on top of The Undertaker with a lateral press. 1 … 2 … NO! The Undertaker refuses to stay down, and “The Animal” grimaces with frustration. Batista clambers back up to his feet and backs off towards the corner, where he waits like a beast waiting to pounce. Undertaker struggles back up to a vertical base, groggily turning around … into another CLOTHESLINE!!! Batista nearly takes the head of “The Phenom” clean off, and he drops on top of the ‘Deadman’ for another quick cover. 1 … 2 … NO! Undertaker kicks out yet again, frustrating the World Heavyweight Champion and delighting the fans.

Furiously, Batista drags The Undertaker back up to his feet, lifts him up and nails him back down with a SCOOP SLAM! “The Animal” glowers down at his opponent, obviously thinking about a cover, but instead backs off and bounces off the ropes, dropping a thick thigh of a LEG DROP right across The Undertaker’s throat! Batista makes another quick and desperate hook of the leg. 1 … 2 … NO! Yet again, The Undertaker fights out of the pinning predicament, and Batista thumps the canvas in annoyance.

Batista clambers back up to his feet and advances menacingly on referee Mickey Henson, holding up three fingers and slapping his hand. Henson warns “The Animal”, and Batista slowly turns around, seeing that The Undertaker has stumbled back up to his feet against the ropes. Batista charges, looking to hit a boot to the skull, but Undertaker counters, low bridging the middle rope and sending Batista crashing to the floor outside!

Once more, the ferocity of the brawl spills near the announce tables, as Batista crashes nearby on the ground. Undertaker drops down and rolls out of the ring as well, but instead of going after Batista, he heads straight for the announce table, where Michael Cole and Tazz are sat, and proceeds to rip the protective covering away. Both Cole and Tazz protest vehemently, but The Undertaker pays them absolutely no heed and dispatches of both montors also. Referee Mickey Henson is almost in a panic, trying to get Undertaker to stop, but his words are useless.

Having exposed the table, Undertaker heads back over to where Batista is struggling up to his feet. “The Phenom” grabs him by the arm and tries to Irish Whip the Champion, but once again “The Animal” overpowers The Undertaker and reverses the Irish Whip, sending the ‘Deadman’ crashing into the crowd barrier! Batista wipes his face in an attempt to recover and advances on the fallen Challenger. “The Animal” takes one glance at the exposed announce table and seems to have made up his mind. He drags The Undertaker up and tucks him between his legs … going for the BATISTA BOMB through the table. The crowd explodes, despite it being The Undertaker who is in peril. Batista prepares to lifts the ‘Phenom up … but Undertaker fights out of it with blow after blow to the wounded hamstring of the Champion. Batista falters in pain, and Undertaker stands up, nailing a vicious DDT on the floor!!!

The crowd “OOOOS” once again, but also sounds a little disappointed that they did not get to see the huge move through the table. Batista lies on his back, blinking dazedly, his heading having just smacked the floor, whilst The Undertaker works hard to drag himself back up against the crowd barrier. “The Phenom” reaches down and pulls “The Animal” up too, taking him by the head and racing across the floor, hurling Batista skull-first against the STEEL RING POST!!!

Another mixed reaction from the crowd, as the sickening smack of Batista’s skull echoes around the arena. “The Animal” falls to the ground instantly, whilst The Undertaker tries to catch his breath against the apron. “The Phenom” heads after the Champion and pulls him up, revealing to the camera and the world the
BLOOD that is now pouring from the wound on Batista’s forehead. The blood is trickling down the face of the Champion, who looks completely gone from this contest, as the crowd can be heard groaning at the gruesome sight. The Undertaker is like a shark smelling blood though, as he hones in on the wound and delivers another hard right hand to the forehead!

Batista can barely can his hands up to protect himself right now, and The Undertaker continues the onslaught on the Champion. “The Phenom” drags Batista over to the exposed announce table and drills him with another right hand, causing “The Animal” to fall across it in a sprawl. Undertaker heads round to the other side of the table, causing Tazz and Michael Cole to hurry out of the way. “The Phenom” positions much like he did earlier on the apron, with the Champion’s neck only sticking out slightly over the table. The Undertaker backs off, and then drives his elbow right down across the chest of Batista, taking the last bit of fight out of “The Animal”.

Undertaker begins to clamber up onto the crowd barrier, backing off towards the Spanish announce table, where the two commentators scurry away. Referee Mickey Henson yells at The Undertaker to get down, but there is no response from the ‘Deadman’, who proceeds to walk the rail … BEFORE LEAPING OFF WITH A HUGE LEG DROP ON BATISTA THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The crowd explodes in a frenzy for the move, with a large proportion of them chanting “Holy Shit” thunderous. Both the Challenger and a bloodied Champion lie in a complete heap amongst the rubble of what used to be the SmackDown! announce table. Mickey Henson holds his head in his hands and heads towards the ring to start a count, just as The Undertaker begins to stir. “The Phenom” grabs hold of the barrier and tries to pull himself up to his feet again. Groggily, Undertaker staggers towards the ring, where he rolls in and rolls out again very slowly in order to break the referee’s count.

Batista is yet to move, but Undertaker heads towards him anyway. The ‘Deadman’ drags “The Animal” up to his feet, pushing him towards the ring and shoving him back under the bottom rope, smearing the canvas with even more blood on this violent WWE evening. Undertaker follows in, by falling on top of the Champion for a cover.

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BATISTA KICKS OUT! The crowd gives a thunderous ovation; as Batista manages get his shoulder off the mat. The Undertaker glowers at the referee, and stares down at Batista in slight surprise. “The Phenom” pulls the Champion back up to his feet and sends him into the corner with an Irish Whip. Undertaker retreats to the other corner, before racing across the mat and nailing a huge CORNER CLOTHESLINE! Batista slumps against the turnbuckle, but Undertaker backs off and delivers another crushing CORNER CLOTHESLINE, almost taking the Champion’s head clean off!

Batista staggers out of the corner groggily, right into the waiting arms of The Undertaker, who scoops him up onto his shoulder. The crowd gives their usual pop, thinking that Undertaker is about to hit the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER … but instead he drops Batista face first across the top turnbuckle for some SNAKE EYES! Batista bounces out of the corner, as The Undertaker comes off the ropes and comes flying towards him … BUT BATISTA COUNTERS WITH A SPEAR!!! The crowd is on their feet. Weary cover from Batista!

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THE UNDERTAKER GETS A SHOULDER UP! Batista holds his head in his hands and staggers back up to his feet, trying to catch his breath. “The Animal” drags Undertaker back up to his feet and nails him with some hard right hands, backing him into the ropes, before going for the Irish Whip. Undertaker counters it though, and sends the Champion off the ropes. “The Phenom” swings with a Clothesline … but Batista ducks, and Undertaker turns … SPINEBUSTER!!! Another huge mixed reaction, but Batista wastes little time in hooking the leg of his challenger!

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AGAIN, THE UNDERTAKER KICKS OUT! Another thunderous roar from the crowd, at seeing their hero keeps on fighting. Batista hangs his head in dismay, glancing breathlessly at Mickey Henson. The frustration of “The Animal” is quickly replaced by rage though, as he pulls “The Phenom” back up and shoves his head in between his legs, gesturing for the BATISTA BOMB … but Undertaker uses his shoulders and drives Batista all the way into the corner turnbuckle spine first!

Batista doubles over in pain, as Undertaker escapes the Batista Bomb predicament and staggers backwards into the centre of the ring. Angrily, “The Animal” explodes out of the corner with a Clothesline attempt … but Undertaker ducks, and catches the Champion by the throat when he turns around! Batista tries frantically to fight him off, but the grip of The Undertaker is just too strong, as he nails a CHOKESLAM!!! The crowd spurs the ‘Deadman’ on, as he falls on top of Batista with a lateral press!

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BATISTA THROWS HIS SHOULDER UP! Barely, barely, but Batista is just able to hang onto his World Heavyweight Championship for now, showing his fighting spirit. Undertaker clambers back up angrily, as Batista rolls away towards the corner. “The Animal” grabs hold of the top turnbuckle and uses it to pull himself up to his feet, where he leans in the corner. Undertaker advances and mounts Batista in the corner, stepping up to the second turnbuckle in order to rain down the blows on the Champion. The crowd chants along with every punch, one … two … three … four … five … Batista reaches up and grabs the underside of Undertaker’s legs, getting him in the Powerbomb position, and walking out from the corner … NAILING THE BATISTA BOMB!!!

The crowd explodes in shock at Batista hitting his finishing manoeuvre out of nowhere! Undertaker lies on his back, motionless, but Batista is lying on the canvas too, breathing heavily, his face still a crimson mask, unable to make the cover. “The Animal” is obviously still feeling the effects of all the punishment he has taken, including the injury to his leg and all of the blood loss. He tries to sit up, but falls back down with exhaustion. Referee Mickey Henson looks as though he is planning on starting the count, but “The Animal” begins to stir again. The Champion rolls onto his stomach and slowly begins to crawl across the mat towards his opponent, before finally draping a weary arm over The Undertaker’s torso!

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THE UNDERTAKER GETS A SHOULDER UP! Another huge ovation for The Undertaker, as he somehow gets a shoulder off the canvas, almost purely on instinct. At ringside Michael Cole and Tazz put over the fact that the cover was delayed, but there can be no denying the grit and determination of the ‘Deadman’. Batista staggers back up to his feet, a look of total surprise on his face. “The Animal” grabs Undertaker once again and shoves him back in between his legs, going for another BATISTA BOMB … but Undertaker nails a back body drop, sending Batista crashing to the canvas!

Undertaker staggers away quickly, sizing up the fallen Champion, who clutches his spine in agony, as he rebounds back up to his feet. In a daze, Batista walks right into the arms of The Undertaker, who scoops “The Animal” up onto his shoulder and sets him up for the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER … but Batista reverses it and lands on his feet this time, bringing Undertaker into the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER position. The crowd gives a huge mixed reaction, as Batista prepares to deliver the devastating manoeuvre … but Undertaker reverses it once again, this time dropping backwards and lifting Batista back up in the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER position to huge roars from the crowd … AND HE HITS IT!!! Undertaker folds Batista’s arms across his chest in the Darkness Cover!!!

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BATISTA KICKED OUT OF THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! The crowd are in shock and split right down the middle for the incredible show of resilience from the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. Undertaker sits on his haunches, a look of surprise and bemusement on his usually emotionless face. After glancing down at “The Animal” one more time, “The Phenom” angrily staggers back up to his feet, still shaking with fatigue, and drags a glazed Batista back up with him. The Undertaker scoops Batista up onto his shoulder and sets him up in the centre of the ring … BEFORE NAILING A SECOND TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!! It looks to be all over now, as Undertaker makes another weary cover, and the fans chant along!!!

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MICKEY HENSON GETS DRAGGED FROM THE RING AND HURLED AGAINST THE BARRICADE!!! IT’S BOBBY LASHLEY!!! The crowd is in a state of total shock, as the young and angry powerhouse scowls down at the unconscious referee, before sliding into the ring. Undertaker finally turns around to see just what the hell is going on … AND WALKS RIGHT INTO A THUNDEROUS SPEAR FROM LASHLEY!!!

The fans are booing Lashley mercilessly, as “The Phenom” lies in a heap on the canvas, almost broken in half. Lashley stares down at The Undertaker, eyes blazing … before rolling from the ring. Showing his brute strength, Lashley rips the top half of the Steel Steps away and slides them under the bottom rope. Following them, Lashley raises the steps above his head with ease, and beckons for The Undertaker to get back to his feet. Refusing to stay down, “The Deadman” drags himself up, face clenched in agony, using the ropes, and turns around … AND LASHLEY SMASHES HIM IN THE HEAD WITH THE STEEL STEPS!!!

The “OOOOS” erupt from the Baltimore crowd, as Undertaker is knocked nearly lifeless from the sickening shot. Lashley hurls the steps from the ring with a animalistic roar, his chest still heaving. The Undertaker is lying on his back, arms spread out, and eyes closed, BLOOD seaping from the wound in his skull. Lashley looks around to where Batista is lying prone, and grabs hold of “The Animal”, dragging his lifeless frame across the mat AND PLACING IT ON TOP OF THE UNDERTAKER!!! The crowd is booing wildly, whilst Michael Cole and Tazz are going insane, as Lashley nips back out of the ring and shoves Mickey Henson back into the ring. It takes a few moments, but Henson finally regains his senses and sees the pin … AND MAKES A VERY, VERY SLOW COUNT!!!

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Winner: Batista @ 20:24 via pin fall
BATISTA RETAINS THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!!


After the bell is rung, neither combatant even moves and remain in the exact same position. The crowd does give a THUNDEROUS reaction for the result, but it is undeniably mixed, even leaning slightly towards heat, given the popularity of “The Deadman”. A battered Mickey Henson grabs the title belt from ringside and lays it alongside Batista.

Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner … AND STILL THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION … BASTISTAAAA!!!!

Michael Cole:
Oh … my … God. What has Bobby Lashley done? He just – he just cost The Undertaker the World title! Batista was seconds away from winning the title, and went toe to toe with “The Deadman”, but Undertaker had this thing won!

Tazz:
I – I’m in shock, Cole. I dunno what the hell Bobby Lashley was thinkin’! I know the guy’s pissed off an all at Undertaker for eliminating him from the Rumble, but I gotta think that Paul Heyman’s been feedin’ his mind with all that crap about making a statement!!!

The referee raises Batista’s lifeless hand, and tries to drag him away from The Undertaker, which he manages to do barely, moving him over to the ropes. Back in the centre of the ring, a battered Undertaker struggles, spurred on by the crowd … AND SITS UP … BUT BOBBY LASHLEY CRACKS HIM OVER THE HEAD WITH A STEEL CHAIR!!!

The crowd gives huge heat, as a still fuming Lashley stands over the fallen Undertaker with a dead expression on his face. The wound in The Undertaker’s head is sickening, but Lashley shows no relent, as he drags “The Phenom” to the outside of the ring. “The Real Deal picks “The Deadman” back up, lifting him in a Bear Hug position … AND SLAMS HIS SPINE AGAINST THE STEEL RING POST!!! The crowd roars in anger, as Undertaker crumples down to the floor in a heap, unable to stand up anymore.

Lashley pulls The Undertaker up though and lifts him up with ease, carrying the 300-pound carcass of “The Phenom” around the ring towards where Michael Cole and Tazz are sat next to their broken announce table. Lashley drops The Undertaker to the ground and turns menacingly towards the Spanish announce table. With a snarl, he begins to tear the covering away from the table, monitors and all, as the crowd looks on in paralysed horror. Lashley walks back to where Undertaker is lying, and pulls him back up, throwing the ‘Deadman’ over his powerful shoulder, before racing across the floor and … SLAMMING THE UNDERTAKER THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE WITH THE RUNNING POWERSLAM!!!

The crowd is in complete shock, as their hero, The Undertaker, lies in a broken heap amongst the rubble of the Spanish announce table, bloody and motionless, his eyes closed. Bobby Lashley stares down at the fallen ‘Phenom’, a look in his eyes that can only be described as soulless. The crowd are so shocked that they can barely muster a boo for the young powerhouse, who just single handily annihilated the legendary Undertaker. We get a final shot of the stunned audience, before slowly fading to black.


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This looks awesome, Jonathan. I'll try to get the review up in few days too. Great work.
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No Way Out Review (Legend Presents: World Wrestling Entertainment)

I haven't dropped any review, but, I've not been familiar with your BTB, I've been trying to follow your storylines up to here and, I must say, I like you style and like what I'm reading. I'm dropping this No Way Out review quite excited with what I am about to read. It was my pleasure.

S1 (Opening Video + Cole & Taz Intro) = Awesome opening video, I could really see it in my head and picture the superstars in that dark bar that would look more like a saloon, anyways, awesome job with that.

S2 (Kid Ka$h Cruserweight Open) = the Gibson/Funaki match was quite good, although the Gibson Driver on the outside should have taken a lot more out of Gibson than it did, we'll have to wait and see if it comes back to haunt him or his adrenaline rushing through his body like never before, could be! Boy, Gibson is on a roll, that is quite nice indeed, it would be quite something to have Gibson & Kash battle at the very end, a nice mix of styles but, Gibson better eliminate his opponents quickly, or else, Kash will walk in there and run circles around James. Woah, this could have really turned in into an all night affair, but I guess Guido tried to hard and too quickly to get a win over Gibson that it backfired, well S2H's next and I think he's going down as well. Wow, that was quite quick, but, that was a really nice spot, and really showed just how much Gibson is an accomplished pro wrestler. Who's next?! Yikes! What a showing by these two, boy, will Gibson have anything left in him, he's a former ROH Champ but, Kid Kash is no slouch... Oh my, what a great bout. Kash & Gibson will cross paths and this time I hope Kash keeps his feet away from the ropes!! Hope this leads to some more unbelievable action between these two wrestling gems. That was a magnificient exhibition of wrestling brilliance.

S3 (Backstage, Orton) = Good way to build up to the confrontation.

S4 (Blue Bloods v. Mexicools) = Good tag team matchup the way tag team matchups should be. I liked the ending very much so, not too familiar with Burchill's former work but I guess the maneuver he used at the end was a variation of the "Vertebreaker" or "Cop Killa"?! Nonetheless, this was a great contest, boy, the heels are getting their cheap wins here tonight, I smell a huge face win in the works. Side note: Psicosis' injury looks serious, hope it doesn't take him out of action for too long.

S5 (Backstage, Lashley & Heyman) = Boy, do I miss the good ol' days of Heyman & Lesnar! But, this right here made me realize that what Lashley reallys needs right now is a manager like Heyman, because boy, who better than Paul E. to get you heat in the flash of a pan, whilst you wrote something that's far too good for WWE Creative, I can't wait to see how this develops further on in the night.

S6 (Backstage, Kristal & Matt Hardy) = Good, good, good promo right there. I say, give this man the mic! Because he deserves it. Can't wait for the match, it's bound to be brutal and intense, and, maybe we'll have a different outcome then what happened to Flair at the Rumble.

S7 (Finlay v. Lashley) = Boy, that was one beatdown of a match. Too bad it had to end that way, but, I guess if Lashley's going to make an official heel turn tonight, from the looks of it anyways, then, he needed this extra bit of rage to make one of his veins on his chest pop right out. Poor Korderas, first he gets the Money Shot from Val Venis at Summerslam '98, and then this! Is it because he's a french guy???? 'Cause I am and I don't like that!!! (lol)

S8 (Outside, the Triple J's + Long) = Nice to see a segment take place outside of the building for once, hope it wasn't too cold though, Baltimore in February is kind of windy, isn't it? Oh well, Jillian was the probably the only one affected though...

S9 (Backstage, Lashley) = The picture I had in my head was..... ARRRGHH!! GODDZILAAAA!! GODZILAAAAA!!! Hope this leads to something good, because it does smell quite good from where I'm sitting and when something smells good, it's usually because something goods cookin'.

S10 (Booker/Kennedy v. Chavo/Rey) = Boy, I wasn't really looking forward to this match at first, but it turned out to be a brilliant exhibition of wrestling cunning. The size and power of the Book & KK was depicted perfectly in contrast to Chavito & Rey Rey's high flying prowess. The ending was a bit meh, but, in retrospect, played to Mysterio's quickness and ability to pick up wins in the flash of an eye. So, great job there.... are we going to see Chavo screw Rey out of the US title like he did back in 06? The question has been asked.... now, let's see how this turns out and where it'll lead Kennedy to.

S11 (Backstage, Lashley) = What in the name of .... Okay, where is this going?

S12 (Kendrick/London v. MNM) = Awesome bout that finished cleanly in the middle of the ring with the ever so popular spot of "Okay, here's a sick move baby... ohh shoot, that was just a bit too good, now, we lost because we tried to impress people too much". The fact that it ended up being MNM retaining their titles could only mean we could see both of these team wrestle on the grandest stage of them all in an even better contest. Wow, that could be something else.

S13 (Backstage, Orton) = Great, this should be good.

S14 (Backstage, Matt Hardy) = Okay.

S15 (Interview, the Triple J's + Josh M.) = JBL at his best, nothing more to say there. Unless maybe that, even though Hardy's the face here, after hearing JBL, I jsut hope Matt gets beaten up tonight, now that's being more than just a heel right there, that's why he's called a "Wrestling Gawd".

S16 (In the ring, Orton + Long + Bischoff) = A great promo. I wasn't expecting Orton's demand at all and, felt as though with Bischoff coming out, Orton would move over to RAW. But, instead, Orton RKO'ed poor Teddy and putted his "peanut" head right off his shoulders. I don't think Orton'll get what he wants now, but, where will this all lead. The night's not over yet too, but, what about Lashley then?

S17 (Bacsktage, Lashley + Heyman) = Boy, this is getting weirder and weirder, what will be the climax of all this?

S18 (Video Package, JBL & Matt Hardy) = Good recap, this match should be good.

S19 (JBL v. Matt Hardy) = Wow, this match was what their Armageddon bout would have looked like given 10 more minutes. It was exactly what bot these men were all about. Hard-hitting action for JBL & a never say die attitude of Matt Hardy. The ending came out of nowhere, but, this match was looking just about to end when Jillian came into the picture and this all sets up for not only a continuation of the Hardy & JBL feud on SD!, but a Flair v. JBLK match at Mania! I mean, the entrance of the Nature Boy was what probably made this match even better. It compensated for the quick finish and Hardy beatdown and that was great booking through and through.

S20 (Backstage, Long) = Like the angle but would have booked it sooner, makes me wonder how, almost 25-30 minutes later, the ambulance didn't already leave. Did one of Ashley's breasts implant pop out right in front of the EMTs?

S21 (Backstage, Orton) = Same here, like the angle very much, but, I would have placed both of these right after the video package for the Hardy & JBL match. With the match going a full 20 minutes, you can almost forget about this whole incident, especially since the team of Cole & Tazz can't at each turn remind fans of this whole incident, no matter how big it is, or else, jeopardizing the importance of the match at hand. But it doesn't really affect the show at all thus far, I'm a bit harsh sometimes I guess, just want people to suceed flawlessly. Oh well, shame on me.

S22 (Video Package, 'Taker & Batista) = This should be a grueling bout, but an intriguing one too....

S23 (Undertaker v. Batista) = What can I say, this match was what it should have been, back and forth between the two SmackDown! larger than life wrestlers. The Lashley interference is exactly what I was hoping for after a night of "Ministry-esque" Lashley skits, but, even though the Undertaker endured a lot of punishment in this match, ending it with Lashley smashing the Undertaker in the face with steel steps is not what I call a Main Event Caliber Ending. One thing that is quite good, on the upside, is that Lashley didn't stop his attack there. Other positivie point is that this rivalvry between the Animal & the Phenom won't just die out just yet and could last easily a year with all the twist and turns and interlocking challengers to both men. I guess that, since this was No Way Out, a secondary PPV, you hadn't the obligation to put all your eggs into one basket. By saying that, I can't but anticipate the fallout from the robbery on the Undertaker and can only hope that Wrestlemania 22 will be off the hook.

Side note = I like how you've depicted Cole & Taz throughout the show, except for one slight thing, don't make Taz present matches at the opening of the show, it makes him look even more like a corporate midget and makes me die inside just a little bit more thinking of how much of a bad ass he once was.... lol, no but really, colour guys, imb, shouldn't announce matches and stuff, it makes their speech sound cheesy, which it's not supposed to be. But, apart from that, you had the voice mannerisms and expressions right down to a tee, especially for the One Man Crime Spree.

Realism = 8.5/10
Length = 10/10
Quality/Entertainment = 9/10
Spelling/Grammar = 8.9/10
Matches/Booking = 9.5/10

Overall = 90.8/100 (A)
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Legend, I've briefly skimmed the show and it looks immense. Just to let you know, I've started on my review and will hopefully have it up soon for you, mate.
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Legend’s NO WAY OUT Feedback.

Nice opening video mate, it set the scene and gave the Pay Per View a much needed feeling of importance, which is sometimes lacking for No Way Out. As usual you created a very clear cut picture for its entirety.

Pretty stock-standard commentary to open the show. Pretty much what you’d expect, everything seemed to be in order here.

Match 1: The Kid Kash Open Invitational.
Cruiserweight Championship.
What a great match to chose to kick off the show. You definitely made the right choice mate, for mine anyway. Noble is grand, I’m not to sure how I feel about him being the first man into the match, I’m hoping you use it as a way to really get him over and have him last the distance, but I’m not sure whether that will happen. I’m fairly confident he will go over Funaki, though. The Double Knee Gutbuster to Funaki on the outside was a cool spot. The culmination of the first encounter came about pretty quickly as I wasn’t expecting to see the Dragon Clutch get locked in as soon as Funaki got rolled under the rope. Solid start to the match and as expected Noble rolls on in his quest to win the Cruiserweight Title, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Funaki didn’t get totally squashed. It was good to see him put up a bit of fight. The exchange between Moore and Jamie was good as well while once again it was good to see Shannon Moore get in a good amount of offence so that he doesn’t look like a total fraud although we all knew that he ultimately had no hope. It looks like you’re going to give this match quite a bit of time, I’m lovin’ that. Noble’s dominance has really shone through thus far and it is clearly getting him over with the fans. Nunzio is the fourth entrant and Noble’s third opponent thus far. I’m still waiting for someone that has a chance of beating Jamie because at this stage none of the three opponents for him thus far have looked like threatening although you have done a good job at making them look somewhat reputable. Nunzio goes on his way courtesy of the Double Knee Gut Buster. I’m really liking that you’ve had Noble use a different finisher for each elimination thus far, that’s great booking in my opinion but I think you might just be running out of finishers for Jamie. HAHAHAHA! Scotty’s elimination was awesome. I knew he wouldn’t last long but I didn’t expect it to go down like that. Very cool. Juvi is the next one out. That’s cool, I’m a big fan of Guerrera although I can’t see him winning as it seems Noble is going the distance. Awesome back and forth between Guerrera and Noble, it was certainly run at a frenetic place. I liked that in some points you pointed out that it was obvious that the fact that Noble had been in the match for so long was starting to catch up with him but I felt at other times you neglected to mention it. I wasn’t a fan of Noble kicking out of the Juvi Driver as it’s a move that you certainly expect to see put an opponent away and I feel it certainly weakens the move. I’m not sure how I feel about Noble hitting the Tiger Driver so soon after copping a Dropkick, an Enzuigiri, a Hurricanrana and the Juvi Driver in quick succession. Although after the four moves, and Juvi misses the 450, Noble scrambles to his feet seemingly fairly quickly and is able to muster up enough energy to hit the Tiger Driver. I mark for the Tiger Driver but it would’ve been better suited having Noble roll Juvi up for the pinfall here this way Juvi looks a little stronger as well, particularly after Noble kicked out of the Juvi Driver. Great stand off between Juventud and Jamie though, definitely the best of the match thus far and I’m glad to see you give it so much time. This will be hard to top. Great match thus far. Wow. Just wow. That’s all I can say about the opening stanza between Kid Kash and Noble. The way you wrote the chain, mat wrestling that started with Noble landing on his feet following the German and ended with the stand off was absolutely fucking brilliant. You wrote it perfectly and created such an atmosphere equal to exactly what you’d expect in reality and did such an awesome job of portraying it. Woah. Noble kicks out of a belt shot. This match would be getting him over huge, he is looking awesome. Either way the outcome for either guy will be great. Woah. The ending came out of no where again but both guys come out of this looking immense. The win for Kid Kash in such a heelish fashion following Noble going the distance really does wonders for his heel persona, as what crowd wouldn’t boo the fuck out of him after cheating Noble like that? While Noble naturally looks great having lasted so long. Awesome match man, it really was. Very well written, it was at an electrifying pace, very typical of what we’d expect from the Cruiserweights but this was so much more than a fast paced match. Your knowledge of moves was great, the flow was great and you didn’t overuse Noble’s major moves at all to be honest. The only thing I didn’t really like mate was Juventud Guerrera’s elimination, I think it made him look a little weak, but that’s just my opinion. Never the less man, this was an awesome match. Best match I’ve seen kick off a Pay Per View from any BTB PPV event that I’ve read. Really well done mate, your spelling and grammar was flawless too which made is an even better read. Great to see you give this match so much time and really get the Cruiserweight’s noticed. ****

The aftermath added even more to the importance of the match man. If you don’t put Noble v Kash on the card at Wrestlemania, I’ll be pissed. You hear?

Orton’s brief cameo was a good idea to add to the hype to the deal with Teddy Long and Eric Bischoff. Randy was in his typically arrogant character here, nice segement.

The Mexicools v The Bluebloods
SmackDown Showcase Tag Match.
This match really could be the surprise packet of the PPV. This match started out very solidly and you had some very regular tags for both teams which made it seem very realistic from the get-go. The vastly contrasting styles of these two teams actually proved to provide an entertaining contest. The team of Regal and Burchill unleashed some very typical moves that you’d expect to see from wrestlers of their nature, with the vast array of suplexes and such while Super Crazy and Psicosis provided the some luchadore like moves that you’d really expect from them and it really made the match light up. Again this one flowed very well and you did a very good job of creating a clear cut visualisation as to what was going on during the match. I was pleasantly surprised by the pace this match was written at also, I was expecting it to be a slow, deliberate affair but the pace was still at a good pace to follow up it’s predecessor. The ending was interesting, at first I thought you’d had a referee bump which I am certain you will use in the Main Event to introduce Bobby Lashley into the equation. Anyway, having the referee go out to check on Psicosis while Burchill “destroys” Super Crazy was a good decision. Your booking decisions for the first two matches tonight have both been great, you went about this very smartly here, Regal and Burchill pick up the win while Crazy and Psi’ don’t come out of this looking too weakened. Solid match up, Legend. ***

Awesome promo from Heyman here. I love the way you capture and portray his character, it’s always spot on.

Very intense promo from Matt Hardy here. I think it was much better than anything we’d ever see from him because I doubt he’d even come over as that intense. Regardless of that, a good promo, this really makes this match feel very personal. I think Matt will pick up the win tonight somehow, although not entirely cleaning. He could be headed towards a big match at Wrestlemania.

Bobby Lashley v Finlay
The opening for this match was written in a very intense style and a style that you’d expect in a match featuring Finlay. I did feel that the early exchanges of this one actually lacked a little bit of direction and the description was a little bit lacking. The Torture Rack Backbreaker being hit so early on was a great way to showcase Lashley’s strength and power and it showed that it doesn’t matter what stage it is during the match because Bobby can hit his power moves out of no where. Lashley really looked strong and dominant for the entirety of the opening as Finlay got in a really limited amount of offence and Bobby got off a lot of his brutal, power moves and it wasn’t until the action went to the outside and Finlay managed to send Lashley in the steel steps that the momentum swung and it actually gave the impression that Finlay actually stood a chance in this match. The psychology you portrayed for the match with Finlay centring his assault on Lashley’s leg was excellent and the fact that Finlay was using different means of foreign objects to ware him down as well, makes look even stronger again. The build to ending was good too, both of them got in some strong offence while the eventual finish was okay, but not what I expected to be honest. I totally expected Lashley to be disqualified, but not like that. I was expected something a little more brutal, but not to be. None the less, still a strong match. A brutal brawl, the power of Lashley really shone through and he looks strong heading into his impending feud with the Undertaker. Solid match. ***1/4

The hype for the Orton announcement continues to grow. Solid stuff from JBL here, he was very much in character.

Lashley continues going nuts backstage. This is why I would’ve liked to have seen a more brutal ending, a more brutal disqualification, to really further establish Lashley. Although he does look fucking awesome right now.

Booker T & Mr Kennedy v Rey Mysterio & Chavo Guerrero
US Title Match on the Line
I’m expecting big things from this match, especially after your news bit saying that it will get some time. Wow. The start of this one didn’t disappoint at all, it was like lightning. Rey really did light it up and Chavo did the same once he got in there too. I like the fact that you’re getting away from the whole “Heel dominates the face” demographic for the start of the match as most of your faces have got in a good amount of offence in the early stages of all the matches thus far. Again this match told a good story and it had a very clear momentum swing once again, just like it did in the earlier matches. The illegal knee from Booker to Chavo provided that exact momentum swing. Rey’s Hurricanrana to Booker from the top rope after Chavo through him up there was an awesome spot and really well written too. Your match writing ability really has shone through in this match to be honest mate. It’s been of a very high standard, you’ve painted a crystal clear picture as to just what was going down. The Kenton Bomb from Kennedy straight after that particular spot with the top rope Hurricanrana totally caught me off guard and I can imagine a huge pop of surprise from the fans there but it had me re-reading the spot a couple of times thinking “wtf?!... how did that happen?” The Book End after the Kenton Bomb actually makes Kennedy’s finisher look a little weak. Ahahaha. But that doesn’t matter since they’re team mates. I liked that you really had Booker sell how weary he was after he hit the Book End though, well written, mate. One thing that has actually surprised me about this match is the lack of tags made between both teams. I can understand the whole isolation thing, but there really hasn’t been a lot of tagging in and out. The ending was tops, it really was. Except I didn’t see the blind tag!!!! When Rey got the pin, I was like WTF?! HE’S NOT THE LEGAL MAN! Then I re-read it! And still couldn’t find it. Then after a third time I saw that Rey made the blind tag. The final exchanges certainly were action packed and they were very well written… EXCEPT THE BLIND TAG! HAHA, JOKING It was a little hard to visualise the kick to the gut from Booker following Rey’s springboard, but it wasn’t terribly difficult to read. Finishing it with the Hurricanrana was cool as it’s always a move that gets the crowd pumping and given the way this match was written, at such a frenetic pace I think it was the perfect way to end it. Awesome match, I’m not sure that it betters the Cruiserweight Open, though. None the less, still a great read. ****

Hmm. Lashley and a Druid now, huh? I’d bank on Heyman being the one dressed up as the druid just to piss Lashley off even more, and it was Tazz’ comments after that spot that drew me to that conclusion. Anyway, I’m loving this storyline. No one else makes me enjoy Lashley. Except you. Ass. Lol.

MNM v Paul London & Brian Kendrick
WWE Tag Team Championships
Another tag match, three in total tonight. That’s quite a lot, but on a PPV like NWO I find that to be perfectly okay. I thought you might’ve had a promo for MNM somewhere preceding the match just to build more hype for the match following the ending of the last SD! I know I predicted this match would be the match of the night but following the previous tag match and the CW Title match, I just can’t see it happening. Hopefully it’s still a good read. Once again, another fan friendly opening stanza with the challengers really looking to get the better of the champions. The heel champions. London and Kendrick bought immense pace to the match up, which once again you portrayed very well, although at some points I thought some of the descriptions were a little sloppy and I found myself having to re-read to figure out just what went down. I was glad to see you didn’t go totally nuts with moves in this match like you very well could’ve, you kept them well measured for the entirety. The Sliced Bread #2 to the outside was an awesome spot, definitely very original. This was a very enjoyable match for the most part, the content was great and you created a clear visual with your portrayal once again, for the most part, but I felt your descriptions were lacking a little bit at times during this one and for you that is quite uncharacteristic. Some of the spots you had in this one were great and as I said, you didn’t go overboard. This type of match would’ve really got the crowd into it and you mentioned this accordingly and incorporated the fans well. I think a match of this nature would’ve really got the fans pumping. The ending I felt was excellent, one of the better of the show thus far, as it was clear that you put a lot of effort into building towards it. I was pleased to see that you gave MNM a relatively clean victory although this does leave me questioning… Where too for MNM now? Rematch with Londrick at ‘Mania? Do they even get a match at ‘Mania? I’m not sure but it keeps me interested. A good match, but not as good as I’d expected it to be. I genuinely expected you to pull out all the straps for this match but given that you did that for the Booker/KK v Rey/Chavito match, I think it’s totally understandable that you didn’t really go off with this one, although there were some really great spots in this one. You really captured the wrestlers emotions and their physical states very well in this one, too. Full props to you for putting three tag matches on the card tonight and making them all vastly different encounters, to often can things get repetitive in this sort of case, but you’ve done a wonderful job of keeping this different and within the realms of realism. ***3/4

Solid interview with Bradshaw here. You captured him very well, as usual. I can see Hardy picking up the win tonight, but Bradshaw will have the last laugh, I think we’ll see a post match beat down.

Solid promo. Orton was in character but as bland as ever. I hate him. As expected he demanded the ‘Mania Main Event and also as expected, Bischoff can’t provide. Long promises nothing either and shows that he isn’t gonna look like a bitch. I like that. RKO to Teddy! That was out of no where. Awesome. Still the demands aren’t answered… that’s great. Makes us keep reading, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see what goes down now. I liked the fact that you mentioned the mixed reaction that Shawn Michaels received too. You’re always thinking . Great booking.

AHAHAHAH! I WAS RIGHT! It WAS Heyman. That’s awesome. I love him. He might actually make Bobby Lashley enjoyable.

Nice video package for JBL/Matt. I’m really looking forward to this match.

John Bradshaw Layfield v Matt Hardy
I’m kinda split about the opening of this one to be honest. I absolutely loved the arrogance that JBL portrayed, but it did kind of make this match feel a little bit like it was simple a stepping stone toward the Flair v Bradshaw match, but since Hardy has gone on like Flair is his hero and that he is wrestling in his honour, then I don’t have a big problem with it. This one had a little more typical type of demographic about its structure in comparison to the earlier matches as JBL really did dominate Hardy for extended periods on a couple of occasions, but in a match like this, that’s exactly what you’d expect to see, so well done there. The crowd incorporation in this match has been absolutely awesome, you’ve mentioned them all the times where you’d certainly expect that to be the case and they’ve reacted absolutely accordingly. Hardy getting busted open was really no surprise, I would’ve been more shocked had it not happened. The ending of this one was really quite brutal without going overboard. Bradshaw’s power was clearly evident, and it didn’t look like Matt had a hope in hell until he was ultimately rolled up out of no where before he managed to get in the jacknife cover. As expected, Hardy sneaks the victory, but Bradshaw still comes out of this looking a force. This was a really well written match, you portrayed both men’s character and physical well-being almost perfectly. My favourite part of this match was the arrogance of which you had JBL display for the most part of this one. It was there just about the whole time and it was definitely there for the points you’d expect it to be. This was probably the best written match of the night in terms of description and creating a visual, a very easy read indeed, but it wasn’t quite there as MOTN over all. ***3/4

Well, as predicted there is the post-match beat down. No real shock there. WOAH! FLAIR IS HERE! I didn’t expect that. AND HE HAS A BASEBALL BAT! Flair running off Bradshaw and coming to Matt’s aid is a great touch and it really signifies the beginning of this particular feuds build towards Wrestlemania.

Orton is gone. Bye Orton.

Batista v The Undertaker
World Heavyweight Championship
Well, certainly didn’t expect Batista to go down straight away to kick off the match. That certainly builds some solid momentum for ‘Taker. This match turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be in the long run – a really brutal, physical, power match. You certainly pulled out all the straps for both guys. The flow was excellent for the most part and your descriptions and crowd incorporation was as flawless as the match before. This match was such an easy read that I ready just about the whole thing before I even thought about writing anything on it. It really was an easy read, and it really drew me in as a reader. The leg drop from ‘Taker through the table was awesome, most definitely a wholy shit moment, as you mentioned. The way you portrayed the state of both competitors after that spot was of the highest order. The Spear as a Counter to the running boot following Snake eyes was a nice spot too, but I would’ve expected to see Batista down and out a little longer before he even contemplated a cover. When ‘Tista hit that Spinebuster, I thought the end was near and we wouldn’t even get to see Bobby Lashley, but thankfully, the match had enough left in it and sure enough, Lashley made his presence known, pulling the referee out of the ring after a 2nd Tombstone. Batista kicking out of the Tombstone was imperative following ‘Takers kick out of the Batista Bomb. Lashley really was the story of the ending of the match. His strength, once again, was very obvious with him using the Steel Steps shot to Taker to have him in a heap. I now understand why the ending of the Finlay/Lashley match wasn’t as brutal. You got me again, I didn’t think you noted that Mickey Henson got back in the ring but sure enough, I re-read and there it was. Very good. Great match writing. You covered all bases here mate, great match. The way you portrayed Batista’s, in particular, physical state in this match was brilliant. He endured a hell of a lot and I think it’s fair to say that he kinda got forgotten about towards the end because the story was essentially all Lashley-Undertaker, but none the less, still a great finish. I was a bit disappointed to see that Paul Heyman wasn’t lurking around somewhere with Lashley, either btw. Awesome match, up there for the best of the show. There really were no real glaring problems with this match at all. Very well written, I can't really praise it enough, probably my favourite Batista v Undertaker match that I've read on BTB. It was physical, intense and brutal. Everything you'd want to see as a fan. ****

Another announce table spot after the match? Nice. Lashley is now a full-fledged heel and the aftermath was extremely intense. It definitely hypes their impending match at ‘Mania. Batista was totally forgotten about at the end, though.

Overall, a great show mate. 3 standout matches, obviously. Your spelling and grammar was flawless, as usual. The flow of both your matches and promos was spot on for the most part too, not many problems at all. I'm stoked that the Cruiserweights got the longest match, that's awesome! Well done mate, I’m really looking forward to Wrestlemania! Great job, Legend. Sorry for the double post too, btw.
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No Way Out Review
Awesome video package. The notes of the narrator, and the clips of every superstar described were written brilliantly, Jonathan. I’ll give you 10/10 for this video package. I’m now pumped up for the rest of the show even more. This looks amazing.

Cruiserweight Championship; Kash Invitational:
Action kicks off with a brilliantly written cruiserweight match up. Jonathan, this is by far your best written match ever. Although the WWE doesn’t provide this much to the cruiserweights, I appreciate how you gave these great guys a lot of time – almost 30 minutes, which is awesome. Noble was used amazingly throughout the match up, but there were some points in this match up when he totally looked like an unstoppable guy. What I meant by that is, that you should’ve made his opponents (especially Kash) look strong too. Even though it was expected that Noble would take out all the guys, I loved how you made him eliminate Funaki, Moore, Nunzio, Scotty 2 Hotty, and Juvy. I appreciate your work here, as you made these guys look great too (expect S2H). Funaki, Moore, Nunzio (technically), and Juvy (The match actually got better at Juvy vs. Noble, and the counters, etc, was just amazing.) The chemistry in Juvy vs. Noble, and Kash vs. Noble was showed brilliantly.
It looked slightly unrealistic though in the last two matches of this overall bout (especially because Noble is there for more than 20 minutes) when you had Noble connect his finishing moves easily. You must’ve mentioned that Noble struggles to connect his moves in the last, etc. Anyway, the last part (Noble vs. Kash) was brilliant though, with the fast-paced action, amazing roll ups counters, and everything else was brilliant. Finish was also excellent, but I think you made Noble too strong here, which wasn’t needed in my opinion. Nonetheless; amazing match up to kick off the night. Flow was brilliant though. And the excitement factor was 100% present. Kash vs. Noble – WM!? YEAH!!
Rating: 9/10

Btw, was the cruiserweight mach up over 40 minutes? You said 29:58. But when I used the word count; it said 8,701 words, which means more than 40 minutes. Oh my God, more than 40 minutes? Great work, but now I think you made Noble TOO strong. He must’ve looked weak (at the ending part) for being more than 40 minutes in the ring.

You’ve hyped Orton’s situation pretty well so far, and this was good too. Nice work.

SmackDown! Showcase Tag Match:
The Mexicools vs. The Bluebloods

Solid match up. I don’t know why, but the few opening paragraphs of the match didn’t entertain me that much, but then; the action started to pick up. I liked how this match had everything – from brutal spots, to high flying spots, to the toughness of The Englishmen. Length was alright for me here, whilst the flow was just good (Mainly because of that opening few paragraphs that didn’t entertain me that much), which could’ve been better. The excitement factor was great, and the fans’ involvements were written nicely too. I just didn’t like one thing; Regal, as being a Southpaw, uses his left hands more, and I’m surprised that you didn’t mention this. I think you probably forgot, but this should’ve been present, especially because of Regal. The finish was awesome though, with The Bluebloods trying to get a cheap victory, but The Mexicools come back strongly time after time, but in the end; they finally get defeated by the tough team of Regal and Burchill. I like the team of Regal and Burchill; so that’s a good booking choice to me too. Nice match up, with lots of excitement, and tough spots in it.
Rating: 8.5/10

More hype to the impending WM Match between Lashley and The Undertaker? Oh, this was awesome. Lashley probably screws The Undertaker tonight, but let’s see how you do it. That’ll be interesting to see.

Strong promo from Matt Hardy. He’s getting pretty over with the fans in this BTB (Feuding with JBL = overness). I’ve started to like Matt Hardy in this BTB, and in the real WWE too. I liked the theme (Respect) of this promo too. More hype to JBL (vs. Flair) vs. Matt = ratings.

Singles Match
Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley

I love how you describe the expression on the wrestler’s faces, and I love the way you write the crowd reactions too. They really add the “feel” into the match up. The knowledge and variety of moves were good. Realism, length, and excitement factor were perfect in this match up, whilst there were few parts in this match up when I didn’t get that much excited to be honest. And those parts were when Lashley and Finlay were having a back to back contest. What I meant by that is, that in one paragraph, I saw Lashley having an upper advantage, and just right after it, Finlay comes back. It happened few times in this match during the middle part, which made the flow go down a little bit for me too. Other than that; it was a great (brawly) wrestling match. Finish was great too, with Lashley surprisingly disqualifying himself out of nowhere. So finally, Lashley gets even more pissed off, and now Lashley’s going to vent out all of his frustrations on The Undertaker later tonight. Nice. Wow! I read the aftermath now. So Lashley finally turns heel now. Great way.
Rating: 7.5/10

I liked the concept of this promo. Hyping two storylines from one promo. JBL looked a little generic to me to be honest with you, but Teddy Long was great. The way you write Teddy’s accent is awesome too. Nice promo.

Heel Lashley = awesomeness. Nice way to hype this more.

United States Championship:
Booker T © & Mr. Kennedy vs. Rey & Chavo

The quality of this match was superb. Length; I’d say that 19 minutes for Booker, Kennedy, Rey, and Chavo, is actually good. Flow; it was almost perfect. I think that the flow went down at only one point, and that was when Booker T, after getting drilled with a Kenton Bomb, nailed Book End to Chavo out of nowhere. That seemed a bit unrealistic because it looked like this happened within few seconds, and therefore, it made the flow look weak at that point. Realism; Just read the “flow” part. Everything else was perfect in this department apart from one thing that I already mentioned in the “flow” part. Excitement; No problem here. Your writing style, delivering big moves, weak moves, spots, high spots, the crowd’s reactions, wrestler’s facial expressions, and everything else is just phenomenal. Knowledge and Variety of Moves; I think nothing was over used in this department, and this department was actually solid too. Finish; Even though there wasn’t any build up, I loved the way it was. It came off as a surprise finish, and that’s what I think was a good call for a match like this. Great match again. I hope you don’t mind how I’ve reviewed this match. I just thought I’d review matches like we did in the tournaments and world cups from now on.
Rating: 8/10

Okay, the build up of Lashley turning heel is getting interesting now. I’m loving this. And yeah, I also think that the druid was Heyman.

WWE Tag Team Championship:
MNM vs. The Hooligans

Third tag team match of the night. Um, I’m now starting to get bored from the first few opening paragraphs because all of your match ups had started with a collar and elbow tie up. That’s getting older now. But anyway, I like how you go completely go in detail, telling the story in a good writing way. For example, like this “Mercury once again rakes arrogantly through his dark locks, looking around the arena to heat from the Baltimore fans”. It really gives us the “feel” of the match. Nice work so far. I like how you’ve had three tag team matches at one show, but all the matches were different from each other. Now this match had its excitement factor present 100%, and your story telling and writing was, once again, great. I thought that the length would be somewhere around 10 – 12 minute mark, but I like how you went over this, and gave these four amazing workers more than 16 minutes. The content in this match was yet again, superb. But to be honest, the flow could’ve been worked on. Your knowledge and variety of moves were used perfectly. I loved the Sliced Bread #2 at the outside. It was a huge move. Great spots in this match, and I like how you didn’t over use them, and used them with a good gap in between them. Finish was good too because I wanted to see a clean heel victory. Nice match up, yet again, Johnny boy.
Rating: 8/10

JBL was in character here, but the last line didn’t look right to me. I don’t know why, but I didn’t like how JBL whispered. Really. I don’t know why, but I didn’t found that attractive. Maybe because his feud with Hardy is only to have JBL do something before Flair comes back. JBL wins tonight. I know. Not really.

Well, in terms of the “content”, the promo looked short to me, and Randy Orton really looked bland. But there were some parts when Orton looked good. I liked how Theodore Long quickly shut up Orton’s mouth, and Orton RKO’d him out of nowhere. I see Orton staying on SmackDown, and Batista coming out for Long’s aid. Batista vs. Orton for WM’s main event after ‘Taker is out from the title picture tonight? I think that this’ll happen since you haven’t got any other main eventer at SmackDown that should get a shot at the WHC.

Lol @ Heyman. I’m loving the build up of this man. Tremendous.

Grudge Match:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. Matt Hardy

I didn’t really expect Matt to beat JBL, but I thought if he will, Ric Flair will probably come back to screw JBL. But I must say that this was a nice surprise to see Matt beating JBL out of nowhere. Length of the match was perfect. Realism was perfect. Excitement factor was good, but the flow and the start of the match up wasn’t really that good. Once again the match started with a collar and elbow tie up, which is too bad now. I liked how the story of this match up was. Like, JBL isolating Hardy, who comes back out of nowhere in the end, picking up a victory over the former WWE Champ. Loved how JBL isolated Hardy at most of the time, also getting good heel heat from the fans. And Hardy’s come back at first was great too. Nice match, but I say that the Cruiserweight Championship Match is still my favorite one.
Rating: 7.5/10

RIC FLAIR~?! OMG~! That was awesome, Legend. Great to see him back, and I must say; it was a surprising way to bring him back because I’m sure that everyone guessed that if Flair had to come, he’d screw JBL in the match up. Nice surprise and great aftermath.

World Heavyweight Championship:
Batista vs. The Undertaker

To be honest with you, I didn’t like the start of this match up. It started with a rocket pace, so there wasn’t any build up to this. There should’ve been a build up to this match because it’s a World Heavyweight Championship match. Onto the rating system now – Length; I’d say that anything around 20 minute is perfect for a World Championship Match. So that was good. Flow; The start wasn’t good, but the flow picked up after it when The Undertaker and Batista brawled with each other more. Knowledge and Variety of Moves; well, this was perfect. No problems in this department at all. Excitement Factor; due to the start of this match, the excitement factor didn’t look that much good to me, but the excitement factor also picked up its pace after the start, and it looked good then. Realism; perfect. I’m glad that this match was a back and forth contest, and well, it had to be like that because it is a face vs. face match. The spots were used nicely, and the announcing table spot was the spot of the night. Finish; the exchange between Batista and The Undertaker at the finish got amazing, but I just didn’t like seeing Batista kicking out from the Tombstone Piledriver. He should’ve just put his feet on the bottom rope to break the pinning predicament in my opinion. Great match, but the CW Match IS the MOTN for me.
Rating: 8.5/10.

Aftermath was pure destruction by Lashley. Solid job.

Well, this is your first sole pay per view, and it’s off the hook! Amazing match ups, and great delivery. The Cruiserweight Championship Match was better than anything else to be honest. Amazing pay per view. Overall rating; 57/70
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Much thanks to LegendofBaseball, Paranoir and Apple Spitter! for their No Way Out reviews. I really appreciate the effort, guys. I'll be getting back to Raw soon, whilst starting work on Mac's Wrestlemania, and Paranoir and Renegade's respectives SmackDown's. Here's some updates:

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Despite the initial outburst of assumptions from wrestling fans and viewers around the world, the actions of Bobby Lashley are not said to be his OFFICIAL heel turn. Although it definately turned the fans against him through attacking an icon such as The Undertaker, the story will continue that Lashley was merely 'writing a wrong'. Expect the full heel turn to come in the Road To Wrestlemania, as the angle with Paul Heyman continues. Word backstage is that another MAJOR confrontation between Lashley and 'Taker, on par with No Way Out, is planned for either this coming Friday or the following week's show.

Having now written The Undertaker out of the World Heavyweight Championship feud, expect Batista's Wrestlemania opponent to make himself know sooner rather than later. As of right now the only information we have heard, is that a Road To Wrestlemania tournament is planned, with the victor ultimately going on to face Batista for the strap. The original plan had been for Randy Orton to get the shot, but this seems to have been pushed to one side in favour of two different angles for both men.

As for the assault on Teddy Long this past Sunday, it served several purposes. For a few months now, Long has been pulling backstage for some time off, and the writers thought it would work well to use Orton to take him out, gaining some more momentum in the progress. Don't expect a return from Long any time soon. The plan right now is for a series of interim General Managers to take control in the run up to Wrestlemania {see Vince and Shane McMahon}, before a permanent character is established later in the year.

The WWE is said to be absolutely delighted with the Cruiserweight Championship match at No Way Out, feeling that the 30 minute showcase really put the division back on the map. Not only that, but for the first time in a few months, the wishes of Jamie Noble to have the Cruiserweight title defended at Wrestlemania, are being heard. Expect quite a lengthy feud from Kid Kash and Noble.
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No Way Out Review

Well-done, rather innovative video package to kick off the night. Never thought about using nor seen a bar concept and the fact that you did makes it all the more impressive. Strong way to kick off the show.

Cruiserweight Championship - Kash Invitational: Smart move kicking off with what should be a fast-paced Cruiserweight Title match up. Noble up first? We’re probably in for an awesome, superhuman performance by Mr. Jamie ‘By God’ Noble. That Dragon Clutch is a sick move. Noble off to a strong start, though I’m a little shocked Funaki managed to get ANY offense in. Moore and Nunzio are taken out relatively easy and you have Noble looking like a phenom, which is what I predicted () and definitely the right call. By far the most talented cruiserweight on the roster outside of maybe your champion, Kash. The crowd getting behind Jamie Fucking Noble?? Awesome. Don’t know if he can realistically sustain the momentum from this match since he’s not a wizard on the mic. But you’ll find a way. Juventud actually manages to put up a decent fight, hanging with him for 10 minutes. I don’t know if that’s because you wanted Juventud to stay strong or because Noble is wearing down here. I got to say though, I like the fact that Noble didn’t run through him, and took advantage of the situation, in this case, a missed 450 splash. KASH~! Awesome opening exchange. A bit surprising that Noble is able to hang with Kash this deep into the match, but the piece about Noble breathing harder was a nice touch. Phenomenally exciting match up between Noble and Kash. The German Suplex spot is something rarely used and gave this match even more of a special feel. The longer this goes on, the more I doubt Noble actually losing this match up. He’s on fire. I see you’ve done some serious research. MONEY MAKER PILEDRIVER~! Fucking awesome. Noble being booked as a god here, kicking out of everything Kash throws him - refusing to stay down. John Cena V2.0. :P Kash retains, and with the unclean finish, we’re getting that one on one match at WrestleMania. Phenomenal effort, booking and match up here to kick off the night. Noble comes off looking like a monster and everything involved was boosted up several notches - the Cruiserweight Title, the Cruiserweight Division, Noble, Kash, and even Juvi. STRONG way to kick things off. Very impressive.

Little segment that just adds a bit of intrigue to Orton’s announcement, giving it some build. Thumbs up.

SD Tag Showcase: After reading the opening couple of paragraphs, I thought this match up would turn from a tag team showcase to merely a showcase for Paul Burchill, but that was quickly removed from my mind as Crazy (and Psichosis) got in some offense. Honestly, I like the fluidity, style and tag teamwork of Burchill and Regal. Major push for the Englishmen plz. Awesome~! Bob Backlund reference. Maybe I was right earlier, as despite a couple of short spurts of offense, The Blue Bloods have completely dominated this match up with various submission hold. Leads me to believe that we could be looking at the next challengers for the tag team titles after tonight. Nice change of pace when Super Crazy got back into the match up. Needed to be cranked up to third gear after the methodic offense of Burchill and Regal. Back to back double underhook piledriver?? Sounds sick but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never head of it. Vertebreaker? Strong match up, and though The Mexicools got some offense in, this was more of a exhibition for the Blue Bloods - and a great one at that. Hopefully, these two are continued to be pushed.

Another top flight promo from Heyman to Lashley. You know I marked out when Heyman started to trash The Undertaker. The way you write Heyman is scary - in more ways than one. This demonic, but yet very calm and composed demeanor of Paul E. is devil-like and works perfectly in conjunction with Lashley’s stoic personality. I expect Lashley to cost Undertaker his title match somehow here tonight.

Strong promo from Matt Hardy. At times, it tightrope walked between emotionally intense and melodramatic but in the end, it came off well. Hardy’s got to have a spectacular performance after getting his ass kicked numerous times during the build up. Naitch with the assist?


Lashley vs. Finlay: Three matches into it, and I must say I enjoy the way you write your matches out. Nice detail without getting overly into semantics. Much like the tag showcase match, the early going seemed to be a vehicle to show off the skills of Bobby Lashley; nice array of suplexes from The Real Deal in the early going. I see you kept your word and borrowed my BLOOD shtick. No worries. :=) I love Finlay’s offense in both BTB and reality. Brutally straightforward, much like the Blue Bloods. Celtic Knot? Never seen that one, though I’ve always thought adding a finishing submission move to Finlay’s arsenal could only help him. Nice work. The side Russian leg sweep was a bit of a step down from the other moves which garnered near falls in that sequence. Hurt the flow a bit. Wow, copout but understandable finish to the match as Finlay and Lashley seem to be on the receiving end of pushes and can’t take a loss at the moment. POWERSLAM, and the heel turn continues. Awesome. Fuck Korderas~!

What a prick; JBL is awesome. Long getting something from his car?? I’m guessing it has to do with the contract, and Orton later tonight. Much like the short Orton segment, this added a bit of hype to two of the main hooks for the PPV. Jordan and Jillian carrying JBL’s bags was a nice touch.

Booker/Kennedy vs. Chavo/Mysterio: Loved the opening advantage by Rey and Chavo. Just fun and realistic. Hopefully they stay in control as Booker and Kennedy have more of a lumbering offense at times. Guerrero completely owning Kennedy in the early going. I’m looking forward to see how you push Chavo in this thread. I know you’re a fan of his, but without great charisma or mic work, it’s gonna be a struggle, imo. This match is a strong start though. Much like the tag match prior to this, this match wasn’t attempting to blow you away, just solid action throughout. Stop using moves I’ve never heard of before plz. WTF is a Saito Suplex? Awesome finishing sequence. A bit hard to keep up with since a lot of it was based on in-ring positioning that wasn’t focused on until the time of impact but still great stuff. Mysterio picks up the win? A bit shocking in my opinion. I thought we’d get ourselves a triple threat between Booker, Kennedy and Rey but it’s gonna be one on one it seems. KK and Chavo will be meeting again imo however (MITB! )

Tag Team Title Match: Looking forward to this one, and kudos on having it go on so late in the night. In my opinion, it’s that important. Nothing much to critique in the opening few minutes of the match; everything was on point. You’re much more adept at getting in all the moves of your wrestlers than I am. Reading this, I just realized how much of the Hooligans’ and MNM’s arsenal I left out in my Mania. Nice counter Alley Oop spot from Kendrick. Shooting Star Press spot was a starmaker. Splendid spot. I noticed a bit of an over reliance on the back body drop spot throughout this match; no biggie. Got to love the ref-doesn’t-see-tag spot. You don’t see it in BTB but it’s pretty awesome. Pretty shocked that these two teams have gone on this long with no end in site. Quite a few near falls throughout, allowing both teams to look really strong. Sliced Bread on the floor!? We’re reaching ‘upstaging’ territory as Hardy/JBL and Batista/Taker have got a hell of a match to top. Nitro finally puts it away. Tremendous match up. Best tag match I’ve probably ever read in full. My only minor gripe would be that Melina didn’t play a more visible role throughout. Outside of her unintentional distraction at the midway point, she was a background piece. I don’t think she needed to necessarily interfere or anything because it seems you wanted to keep it clean, but just more of a mention. Still … incredible match.

Simply take whatever level of praise I gave you for JBL promos over the past month and insert it here. I don’t know whether it’s your writing, or the character, or a mixture of both, but your JBL promos are some of the most entertaining on a consistent basis that I’ve ever read. The line about Hardy and 2034 is the highlight of the night so far.

Orton segment: Orton's filler promo before Long and Bischoff came out was nothing special, but everything afterward was spot on. Long refusing to be bullied with Orton in complete and utter shock. Nice beat down as well and it's always a plus when somebody gets hurt. PUNT KICK~! I haven't a clue as to what Orton is gonna do at WrestleMania though.

Layfield vs. Hardy: Right off the bat, liked JBL mocking Flair and in essence, piss off Hardy. Ties everything together. I think you’ve exaggerated the size and strength advantage of Bradshaw over Hardy. While JBL has a clear weight and height advantage, he’s not a real ‘power’ wrestler nor is Hardy that small. Matt booked very strongly in the early going here. Not sure if that is an indication of a win or loss though. Strong way to illustrate the never say die attitude of Hardy by having him take some ungodly punishment (blood, steel, etc.). Nice exchange between Hardy and Bradshaw to even things back up. Liked getting Jillian involved. I was about to say she needs to do something to earn her keep (where’s OJ?). The finish came out of nowhere a bit but I would assume that was the point as Hardy picks up the shocking victory. Good move getting him the win, as it manages to give him a definite boost without hurting the credibility of JBL. Strong match up. NAITCH IS BACK~! Nice post-match angle with Flair returning without getting too much of an advantage against JBL. Promo exchanges plz.

Orton arrested? Weird.

Batista vs. The Undertaker: Batista dropped with a right to start things off? Lame. ~_~ Though this isn’t the first time they’ve met in the ring, I thought the bigness of this moment warranted a bit more appreciation/focus than it got. Really good match though it failed to surpass the tag team title match for MOTN, in my opinion. Heading in I was a little worried about how you would treat Big Dave against The Undertaker but he came off well throughout, managing to get in his major spots, kicking out of a couple of Undertaker’s finishers. Of course, Taker has to ‘come out on top’ before taking the loss, so I don’t think it hurt too much to have him hit with a second Tombstone and have Taker get the virtual three count. Lashley’s attack was well done, though I’m not too sure if the ref would have revived that quickly after being thrown into a barricade by someone as huge as Lashley. The post match attack was SICK!! After reading the news and note, I’m not too sure how you can possibly top that with a ‘heel turn’. Phenomenal way to finish a phenomenal pay-per-view.

Incredible matches, solid storyline advancement and your Mania card is coming along nicely. Take a bow. Greatness.
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