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This'll be my first SD! of yours that I'll be reading, and I have to say, I'm liking it already. A Shawn/'Taker feud in idea alone is great, but judging from your previous work, I'm guessing it's a lot better than just the idea. From what I gathered, Elijah is the most logical feud at the moment for Mr. MITB, MVP, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens there, and the Punk/Matt feud also sounds amazing as well, I love a good heel Punk. I'm also a fan of women's wrestling, especially Beth and Mickie, so I'm also looking forward to their match, as well, and overall, it looks like a great show, I'll definitely be reading.
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Preview looks good man. I agree with the others and Im looking forward to did whole Punk and Tazz things, its going to be good. Will have a review up when its done.
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Smackdown Results - Friday 2nd May 2008
Live From The Alltel Arena
Little Rock, Arkansas

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

  • Shawn Michaels talking up his match with The Undertaker at Judgment Day, saying he respects him, but he knows he can and will beat him
  • The Undertaker defeating Johnny Jeter in the main event with Michael Cole saying that Shawn Michaels’ World Championship reign could be in danger

***Opening Video***
“If You Rock Like Me”


“This Fire Burns” as a very stern looking CM Punk walks down to the ring in jeans and a T-shirt. The fans don’t take to him kindly, booing him and telling him he sucks as he collects a microphone. He says that he’s going to get to straight the point, and that is to do what Linda McMahon and the Board of Directors should have done right after the show last week, review the performance of the new General Manger of Smackdown, Tazz. His name is greeted with a pop, but Punk says that they shouldn’t be cheering him for one very simple reason, he is not up to the job, claiming that he gave his buddy, Matt Hardy what he wanted at Judgment Day, a match with CM Punk. That also gets a pop, but Punk says that Tazz didn’t do it for the right reasons, he did it simply because just like all the naïve fans, he too has some kind of blind spot and favouritism towards any member of the Hardy family. He then tells Linda that what he has to say is as clear as he can possibly make it, he wants her to remove Tazz from his role of general manager, which doesn’t go down well with the fans at all.

Punk asks what it’s going to be, but all of a sudden, “I’m Comin” plays to heat from the crowd as Mr. Money in the Bank, MVP makes his way down to the ring. He looks just as serious as Punk as he then asks to borrow the microphone, and Punk allows him to. MVP tells the fans out that he couldn’t help but hear what Punk just said, and that he too had planned to do the exact same thing that Punk has, force the Board of Directors to see what a disgrace Tazz is. He then says that he has all the proof needed, and that if being forced to face Elijah Burke wasn’t bad enough last week, Tazz abused his authority even further by making a rematch for Judgment Day, a no disqualification match with a hot head like Burke. MVP looks like he’s going to speak again, but “13” blasts out to a big pop with Tazz walking out to the stage with a microphone in hand, grinning quite widely, clearly amused by Punk & MVP’s comments. The General Manager tells them that he’s sorry they feel that way, but reminds them that he said when he was appointed GM, he would be hands on and act as he sees fit, which is kind of funny because he sees fit to shut the both of the up right now.

A big cheer greets that line from Tazz, who continues to say that they might think he was in the wrong last week, but the fact of the matter is, they were, and that is why he dealt with them in the manner he did. He then tells them that they got away pretty lightly, but if they can’t face up to their actions, they’re in the wrong business. Punk & MVP stare back angrily at Tazz as he tells them that if they can’t see what they did wrong, then that’s their problem. He then says that they’ve done him a favour, and that since they wasted their time by coming out to the ring, it saved him the time of coming to find them and let them know that they’re both going to be in action tonight, in tag team action against Elijah Burke & Matt Hardy. A huge pop breaks out as Punk & MVP shake their heads in disapproval with Tazz then saying that if they’ve got a problem with that too, then they can call whoever they want, but tells them it’s not going to do them any good before wishing them luck in a sarcastic manner before turning round and walking to the back with “13” playing again. Punk & MVP turn to look at each other, and they don’t look happy at all, realising there is nothing they can do but do what Tazz tells them.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

The Masters of the Mat, Charlie Haas & Chris Masters are standing in the hallway with Masters bragging about Haas’s win last week over Harry Smith. He then tells Haas to imagine what it’s going to be like in just over four weeks time when they beat him again, and his partner to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. Haas grins, as does Masters, who seems to be getting a little carried away with things. Unknown to them both, Tazz is walking up the hall behind them as Masters is telling Haas that now they’ve got one over on the champs, nothing is going to stop them from taking the titles at Judgment Day. Tazz stops behind them and coughs, causing them both to turn round, and they don’t look best pleased to see him. The GM asks them if they think they’re maybe getting a little carried away with themselves, and Masters says that all of people, Tazz should know that they mean business. He then tells Tazz that there are no two men on Smackdown that he and Charlie can’t beat, and Tazz asks him if that’s right with Masters saying it’s exactly right.

He and Haas look very smug as Tazz then says that he’s going to put that to the test tonight by making a match between them and two of Smackdown’s best. Haas smiles and tells him to do just that, and that maybe he can break someone else’s ankle like he did Tazz’s. That gets a grin out of Tazz, who tells Haas he didn’t break it, but it was close, before saying that he really is going to test them to the limit tonight by not just putting them up against two of the best Smackdown has to offer, but the very best Smackdown has to offer. Masters & Haas look a little concerned for the first time as Tazz then tells them that they’ll be facing The Undertaker & Shawn Michaels later on. They look stunned at first, but Masters tries to act tough by saying he’s fine with it and that it’s not going to be a problem. Tazz smirks and says he thinks it’s going to be one hell of a problem, but Masters tells Tazz to trust him when he says they will deal with Michaels and the dead man, just like they’ll deal with The UK Pack at Judgment Day.

Tazz watches on as the stupidly defiant Masters and the focused Haas turn round and walk out of the shot. Tazz then turns round and walks up to the hall as Johnny Jeter turns a corner, walking right in to Tazz. Jeter grimaces slightly, looking like he’s in pain, but Tazz doesn’t show any sympathy. He tells Jeter that he doesn’t look so big right now, and that he better shake off the pain because tonight, he’s going one on one with Matt Sydal. Jeter flips, still holding his left shoulder as he tells Tazz that he’s not been cleared to compete tonight after what happened last week, and sarcastically thanks Tazz for putting him in a match with The Undertaker. Tazz replies with a sarcastic “you’re welcome” response before saying that he’ll give him a break tonight, but tells him that next week, he will be facing Sydal no matter what. Tazz slaps him across the back of the neck, irritating and hurting Jeter slightly as Tazz walks away, leaving Jeter very hot indeed.

{Cut To Ringside}

***The Opening Match***

Mickie James w/Michelle McCool vs Beth Phoenix

A real even match with Mickie showing some real spirit to overcome the sheer strength of Beth. With Beth reeling after a Lou Thesz Press, she makes her way back up to her feet with Mickie grabbing her by the arm straight away and trying for an irish whip in to the corner. The Glamazon’s strength comes through yet again as she reverses it to whip Mickie in to the pads. Luckily for James, the impact wasn’t that hard, and as Beth runs in at her, Mickie turns to the side and lifts her elbow up in to Beth’s face. That sends The Glamazon staggering out of the corner, and Mickie looks to take advantage by climbing up to the second rope. With the crowd cheering her on, Mickie then jumps off and takes Beth down with a DIVING BULLDOG. . . . . A big pop meets that with Mickie rushing to turn Beth on to her back and then going for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Beth just gets her shoulder up, leaving Mickie a little surprised, and McCool is the same on the outside as she leans against the apron. Mickie doesn’t look to waste a second though as she gets right back up, urging Beth back up too as she slowly comes round. And as McCool cheers her on from the outside, she receives a shock as a mystery woman jumps the barricade behind her. This woman grabs McCool by the hair and tosses her in to the barricade, getting the attention of James. She walks towards the ropes and looks down at this woman who just stares back intensely at Mickie with Beth getting back up behind her. Mickie looks confused as she turns her attention back to the match, but as she turns round, Beth kicks her in the gut and drags her away from the ropes before planting her with THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (Delayed Cradle Suplex). . . . . It looks elementary as Beth holds on for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Beth Phoenix by pinfall @ 7.45.

AFTERMATH: “Glamazon” hits with Beth Phoenix looking stunned as this mystery woman backs up the ramp with a sick smile on her face. McCool starts to come round on the outside, as does Mickie in the ring, but Beth seems put out by this woman’s presence.

{Cut Backstage}

Maria is standing by, and she introduces her guest to us, The Notorious K.I.D., Kid Kash. He looks a lot more relaxed than he usually does as Maria mentions that he beat Matt Hardy, and the footage is shown with CM Punk distracting Matt to allow Kash to roll him up. The camera cuts back to a wide smiling Kash, but the smile vanishes when Maria tells him that a lot of people were surprised to see him win, and then asks Kash if he was surprised. He stares back at her and asks her if she’s serious, and she doesn’t know how to respond. Kash then says that he doesn’t care what most people think as he knew he could beat Matt, but says that there is one person who has got to him, and that’s the Cruiserweight Champion, Michael Shane. Kash tells Maria that when he told Shane last week that the title would look good around the waist of The Notorious K.I.D., Shane looked at him like he was a joke, something which he clearly showed he wasn’t by beating Matt last week and Chavo Guerrero the week before that. Kash looks to be very agitated, and he looks back in to the camera, directing a message at Shane, telling him that he should learn to take him seriously, and if he doesn’t see him as a threat, Shane should watch his match later on tonight. He stares in to the camera for a couple of seconds before turning to the side and walking out of the shot, leaving a slightly worried Maria behind.

{Commercial Break}

Orlando Jordan is stood in the middle of the ring, and he says that since coming back to Smackdown in the draft, he’s been overlooked by Tazz, and that he has been forced to take matters in to his own hands. With the crowd booing, he goes on to say that he went to Tazz and demanded a match last week for tonight, and that Tazz did at least give him that. He then tells us that Tazz said he would find him an opponent too, and he then tells him whoever it is to walk on down and make his day. After several seconds, “Hell Will be Callin’ Your Name” blasts out to a pop from the sell-out crowd as Raw’s Bobby Lashley makes his way down to the ring looking very intense with Jordan looking quite shocked to say the least.

***Match #2***

Bobby Lashley vs Orlando Jordan

Jordan ducked Lashley straight away by leaving the ring and teasing a count out before Lashley went and dragged him back from the ramp after a slugfest. More dirty tactics from Jordan have kept him alive, and after escaping a gut wrench powerbomb with a low blow with the ref’s back turned, OJ makes his way back up with a smug look on his face. Standing over Lashley’s body, he taunts him to get up, and as the monster starts to come to life, Jordan stands back, preparing his attack. Just as Lashley is able to stand up fully, OJ turns back and runs in to the ropes, but as he comes back, Lashley absolutely drills him with one hell of a SPINEBUSTER. . . . . A big pop breaks out in the stands as Lashley hooks the legs for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Jordan shows some resilience in kicking out, but it may just be delaying the inevitable as Lashley stands back up and retreats to the corner, stalking his prey with Jordan squirming on the mat. It takes OJ a while to get back up as Lashley prepares to explode, and being the predator that he is, as soon as Jordan stands up and turns around, Lashley charges at him and rips him in half with a SPEAR. . . . . Jordan hits the deck with Lashley following up to hook both legs for a cover attempt. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Bobby Lashley by pinfall @ 5.21.

AFTERMATH: “Hell Will Be Callin’ Your Name” hits again as Lashley stands up to get his arm raised by the referee. He poses for the crowd who give him a very strong reception as Michael Cole & The Coach point out that it looks like Lashley has taken advantage of the open house rules and switched to Smackdown. Back in the ring, Lashley’s all smiles before deciding to make his way to the back as Jordan sits up in the middle of the ring, not looking best pleased as he clutches his chest.

{Cut Backstage}

Elijah Burke is in his locker room, opening his travel bag as he tells Layla that MVP made a big mistake last week and that he’s going to pay the price not just at Judgment Day, but tonight. He also says that he was prepared to wait to mess him up, but now that he’s got another chance tonight, he’s going to remind MVP of just what he’s got coming to him in their no disqualification match in four weeks. Layla kisses him and tells him to go show MVP who he’s dealing with, just as Matt Hardy walks in. Burke puts his arm round Layla as they both look surprised to see him, and Matt tells them not to worry because he’s here for the same thing they are. He then says that he knows they’re not friends and that they’ve never really spoken, but tonight, they both want the same thing, and that’s to get even with MVP & CM Punk. Burke nods his head in approval as Matt carries on to say that when they go out there later on; he wants to let him know that he’s got his back. Burke lets go of Layla and walks closer to Matt, then tells him he respects that, and that he’s got his back too because he knows just what Punk & MVP are capable of, and together they can make sure MVP & Punk get what’s coming to them. Matt says he likes the sound of that with them both then shaking hands. Matt then says that he’ll see him out there later as Burke puts his arm back around Layla with the camera fading out.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

We see Josh Hayger working out in a gym and a wrestling ring, cutting to a still image at the end.

VOICEOVER: There are always going to be defining moments in history. . . However, for that moment to take place, it requires something or someone who is capable of changing the landscape of their craft that they choose to enter. . . Luckily, such a man exists, and his name is Josh Hayger, and he’s coming to change the landscape of Friday Night Smackdown.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #3***

Super Crazy vs Kid Kash

Michael Shane came out to the stage in the early going to cast an eye over Kash after being told to earlier on. Kash has been very aggressive the entire match, but Crazy hasn’t made it easy for him, fighting back at him. With both men down after a double clothesline, they try and get back to their feet, looking dazed as Kash throws a right at the Mexican. Crazy blocks it though and fires right back at Kash, knocking him back in to the ropes. Super Crazy then whips Kash in to the opposite set of ropes and runs at him straight away, but Kash uses the ropes to elevate himself and to lift his knee up in to Crazy’s face, sending him spinning away from the ropes in a daze. Kash climbs the through and holds on to the top rope, lying in wait, and as the Mexican turns round, Kash surprises everyone by nailing him with a SPRINGBOARD FRONT FLIP DROPKICK. . . . . Gasps meet that one as Kash quickly follows up for the cover, hooking both legs as the referee makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Crazy just gets his shoulder up, taking Kash by surprise. He looks very shocked, as does Shane as he stands at the top of the ramp. Kash is pissed and he hurries back up to his feet before dragging Crazy back up too, setting him up for THE DEAD LEVEL (Brain Buster DDT). . . . . Crazy fights it though and blocks it by placing his foot over Kash’s, and he then lifts Kash up for a suplex of his own. The Notorious one shows his fighting spirit this time as he wriggles down off Crazy’s shoulder and slips behind him. He quickly spins Crazy round and kicks him in the gut before dragging the Mexican’s head under his arm and grabbing his leg, setting him up and planting him with THE MONEY ROLL (Leg Hook Brainbuster). . . . . Crazy isn’t showing any signs of life as the ref counts his shoulders to the mat . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Kid Kash by pinfall @ 6.38.

AFTERMATH: Kash’s music hits, but as the referee tries to raise his arm, Kash pulls away and walks over to the ropes. He demands a microphone as Shane watches on. Kash then walks over to the other side of the ring to stare at Shane, and he asks Shane if he’s taking him seriously now. Shane just looks back as Kash then says there’s one sure fire way for Shane to find out just how serious he is, and that he is proposing that at Judgment Day, Shane puts his title on the line against The Notorious K.I.D. Shane stares back at him and simply nods before turning round and walking to the back with the Cruiserweight Championship resting on his shoulder, leaving a very satisfied Kid Kash in the ring.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***
“Break The Walls Down”

{Cut To Ringside}

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me”
hits as Shelton Benjamin, the WWE United States Champion walks down to the ring with streamers falling from the ceiling. A heavy pyro display comes with it, followed by red, white and blue balloons falling down in to the ring. Dressed in a navy suit and smiling like you wouldn’t believe, Shelton steps in to the ring and raises his title up in to the air as he walks up to the ropes. He then goes to collect a microphone and says that he’s been looking forward to this since he won the United States Championship, but because of having to go Japan and Australia, he’s had to wait to throw a celebration like this, because it would be wrong to do so in any other country except the United States of America. The fans boo his smugness, but it doesn’t remove his smile as he says that tonight is going to mark the future for Shelton Benjamin, and that he vows to represent the title with the respect and the dignity that it deserves in the way that only someone of his standard can do, The Gold Standard. He then tells the crowd that he is their champion, the representative of the people of the United States of America, and that he will fight off any challenge that is put in front of him, showing the true American fighting spirit and that where America is the greatest country in the world, he is the greatest athlete in the world. That just gets more heat, but he goes on to say that he’s fought off some minor challenges in recent weeks, and that they should be a warning to anyone who thinks they have what it takes to step up to his level of competition, because no one will be able to compete on his level.

He then mentions that he has had to put up with accusations of not living up to the hype that was placed on his head from day one, and that some people have looked down on him because of that. He says that certain figures have stood in his way, like former partners and former general managers, but he states that is all going to change from this day forward as the United States Championship has given him the confidence and desire to go all the way to the top like everyone expected since the day he first stepped in the middle of this ring. He then says that from this very day, he promises to fulfil the expectations in him by becoming the greatest and most dominant United States Champion of all time before moving up the food chain to become a future World Heavyweight Champion. His smile infuriates the fans as he stares in to the crowd, but he’s interrupted as “13” blasts out with Tazz walking down to the ring, clapping Shelton as he walks up the steps. He then collects his own microphone as he walks over to the ropes through all the confetti and balloons. He tells Shelton that’s some big statement he’s just made before saying that he hopes he can live up to the expectation he’s put on himself. Tazz then says that he didn’t have to agree to this ceremony that Shelton wanted, but he felt it was worth it to show that as general manager, he’s supportive of recognising worthwhile achievements such as winning the United States Championship.

Shelton smiles and Tazz then tells him that just like he agreed to arrange this little celebration for him, he’s also gone along with something else Benjamin wanted. The champ looks confused, but Tazz quickly reminds him by saying that last week, Shelton came to him after he beat Shannon Moore and asked for a challenge. Shelton nods his head and Tazz tells him that he’s gone and got him one hell of a challenge, something that’s not been done before. Shelton looks curious, and Tazz says that Shelton will be defending his title against four other men in the first ever scramble match. The United States Champion looks confused, and Tazz acknowledges that, telling him he’s going to explain it. He says that all five men will compete for 15 minutes with any superstar who gains a successful pinfall, submission or DQ at any time in the match will become the new United States Champion. That doesn’t go down well with Benjamin who angrily tells Tazz that he has to be kidding, saying it’s not a challenge and calling it impossible. Tazz tells him that nothing is impossible, and that the person who wins the last fall will walk out as the champion, and if Shelton is such a great champion as he’s so gracefully made out, he won’t have a problem. Shelton stares back at him and shakes his head in frustration with Tazz then stomping on a balloon and saying that it looks like the party’s over. “13” plays again as Tazz leaves the ring with Shelton clutching on to his belt tightly and staring angrily at Tazz as he walks up the ramp.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #4***

Matt Hardy & Elijah Burke w/Layla vs CM Punk & MVP

MVP has got on top in the match after raking Burke in the eye and following up with a SNAP OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX. . . . . As MVP stands back up, he takes a couple of seconds to admire to his work, looking down and grinning as Burke feels the pain. Instead of going for the cover, the cocky MVP decides to send a message to his opponent by stepping back in to the ropes and coming back for THE BALLIN’ ELBOW. . . . . He hits it too! This time he does go for a cover, hooking both of Burke’s legs as the ref makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Burke easily kicks out to the frustration of MVP, who decides to blame for the referee for a non existent slow count. He eventually gives up the argument and stands back up with Burke crawling over on to one knee. MVP gets ready to pounce, and as Burke stands back up in front of him, MVP grabs him around the waist from behind, but Burke fights back, swinging his elbow back in to the side of MVP’s head.

The grip is broken, and Burke turns round straight away, then whips him in to the ropes, and as MVP comes back, Burke takes him crashing down to the mat with a thunderous LIFTING SPINNING SIT DOWN SPINEBUSTER. . . . . A big pop echoes around the arena as he holds on for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO!!!. . . . . So close, but MVP just lifts his shoulder off the mat to the relief of Punk and the shock of both Matt & Layla. Burke takes it worse though, and he looks like he thought he had the match won, but he takes it on the chin eventually and stands back up. He reaches down to pull the squirming Porter back up, taking his time, and it allows MVP to throw a right in to Burke’s mid section. Burke nearly falls to his knees as MVP stands back up and grabs Burke by the head and plant him with a DDT. . . . . Both men hit the mat and it takes MVP a couple of seconds before he can take advantage and reach an arm out across Burke’s chest for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Burke’s not giving up, and he gets his shoulder up at the last second to the relief and joy of Matt as he stands on the apron.

MVP lifts his head up off the canvas and looks frustrated as Matt tries to encourage his partner by clapping his hands, and the fans get behind him too. Both Burke & MVP start to crawl towards their corners, and they make the tag to Matt & Punk respectively. Both men charge at each other, desperate to get their hands on each other as they exchange vicious right hands. It’s Matt who takes charge too, forcing Punk on to the back foot, and he quickly grabs him in to place for a SIDE EFFECT. . . . . Punk’s not allowing him to hit it though as he drives his elbow in to the side of Matt’s head, breaking the grip. Punk then unloads with a vicious series of martial arts kicks to the chest, forcing Matt to drop to his knees. Punk then turns back and runs in to the ropes, but as he runs back, Matt stands up and ducks under Punk’s outstretched arm and turns round straight away to connect with a SIDE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP. . . . . Both men make an attempt to get back up right away, and they do so with Matt taking control, whipping Punk in to the corner and following in with a clothesline. He holds on to Punk’s head as he levels him and turns round to face the centre of the ring again before running out and drilling Punk with a bulldog to the delight of the crowd.

Matt looks to end it right here as he turns Punk over and goes for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Punk kicks out with MVP coming round on the apron as Matt then stands back up and stalks Punk for the TWIST OF FATE. . . . . The fans all rush to their feet, but MVP sees the danger and grabs his briefcase while Burke stands back up in the opposite corner and panics as he sees what MVP is up to. He rushes in to the ring, but the referee goes right over to him and tries to get him as Punk makes his way back up with MVP also slipping in to the ring. With the ref’s back turned, MVP sneaks up behind Matt while Burke points at him to turn around, and as he does, MVP SWINGS THE BRIEFCASE AT HIS HEAD. . . . . BUT MATT DUCKS IT AS THE GROGGY PUNK WALKS RIGHT IN TO IT. . . . . MVP lets go of the briefcase looking stunned as Punk falls to the mat, but Hardy reacts quickly to kick MVP in the gut and plant him with the TWIST OF FATE. . . . . The impact takes him under the bottom rope, and Matt kicks the briefcase out there too before turning his attention back to Punk as Burke gets back on the apron, allowing the ref to make the count as Matt goes for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Matt Hardy & Elijah Burke by pinfall @ 10.49.

AFTERMATH: “Live for the Moment” blasts out to a huge pop as Burke joins Matt in the ring for an ever so small guy hug before raising their arms in victory. Layla climbs inside and hugs Burke as Punk starts to come round, not looking sure of what just happened as MVP also shows signs of life on the outside with Matt climbing to the second rope in the corner to celebrate the win over Punk.

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

Highlights of Hell in a Cell from Bad Blood 1997 are shown. We then see a secluded dark indoor location with candles with Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker.

VOICEOVER: They are two of the greatest superstars to have ever graced the squared circle. . . They have given us moments to cherish, both together and separately. But for the first time in over ten years, Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker will battle it out for the richest prize in the industry. . . the World Heavyweight Championship. . . Smackdown presents WWE Judgment Day, live exclusively on pay-per-view. . . Coming soon.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #5***

Matt Sydal vs Shannon Moore

Sydal has been in charge for the most part, seeing off an abrupt Moore fight back, dodging a missile dropkick, but he falls on to his knee doing so. The high flying Sydal now gets up from his knees with Moore also making an attempt to get right back up. Sydal sees Moore moving and grabs his arm, then tries an irish whip. Moore reverses it though, but as Sydal comes off the ropes, he takes Moore down with a SPINNING WHEEL KICK. . . . . That brings a cheer from the crowd, and as both men make their way back up, Sydal runs at Moore and connects with a FEINT ENZIGURI IN TO A HEAD SCISSORS TAKE DOWN. . . . . Sydal stands back up, and Moore isn’t far behind, but he’s looking very groggy, allowing Sydal to capitalise by walking up to Moore practically unnoticed to plant him with THE CYCLORAMA (Belly to Belly Moonsault Slam). . . . . Moore isn’t moving this time as Sydal hurries to his feet and drags the lifeless Moore towards the corner before climbing up to the top rope. The fans know what’s coming, and as they cheer him on, he soaks it up to nail a perfectly executed SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . The fans rise to their feet and count in tandem as Sydal goes for the cover 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Matt Sydal by pinfall @ 5.19.

AFTERMATH: Sydal’s music hits to a pop as he stands up to get his arm raised before running in to the corner to celebrate the win as a shot of Johnny Jeter is shown as he watches on a monitor in the back, not looking best pleased by his rival’s victory.

{Cut Backstage}

Josh Matthews is standing by. He then brings in his guest, the very serious looking Chavo Guerrero. Josh asks him just why he felt the need to attack Ron Killings with a steel chair last week after Killings went to apologise to him. Chavo says that he doesn’t need to explain himself when all the answers are already out there. He asks Josh if he remembers Killings putting his hands on him two weeks ago, and reminds Josh that Killings accused him of being on a losing streak last week. Josh then tells Chavo that Killings is kind of right and says that ever since Wrestlemania, it seems Chavo can’t seem to buy a win. Chavo takes exception to it and grabs Josh before pushing him up against the wall. He tells Josh that it’s not a good idea to get on his bad side, and to ask Killings if he doesn’t believe him. With Josh looking very worried, Chavo tells him that just like everyone else, he should learn to keep his (Josh’s) nose out of his business, but then, Ron Killings appears from behind Chavo and clubs him across the back. Josh is freed and he regains his composure as Killings then grabs Chavo and shoves him face first in to the wall. Chavo slumps down the wall, clutching his face as he hits the ground with Killings staring down menacingly at him, telling him that if he wants to play dirty, he’s got it. He then asks Josh if he’s okay, and he says that he is as Killings then walks away from the squirming Chavo.

{Cut Backstage}

Shawn Michaels is sat down in his locker room, lacing up his boots with Michael Shane sat down on a fold out chair. Shane seems a bit concerned, and he asks his cousin if he’s happy about having to team with The Undertaker with all these rumours flying about that he’s scared of him. The focused World Champion tells him that he and The Undertaker understand each other, saying that it’s not going to be a problem and that no matter what anyone says, he’s not scared of him, reminding Shane he’s been to war with the dead man on many occasions and come out on top many times. Michaels finishes lacing up his boots and stands up, picking up his world title with Shane also standing up. He tells Shawn to be careful out there just in case, and Shawn says that there’s nothing to worry about as he and the dead man will put their match at Judgment Day to one side and focus on giving these two young punks a lesson they won’t forget for a long time. Shane looks a little reassured, and Michaels then tells him to hang on, and that once the match is over, his uncle go can get him something to eat. Shane grins and says that’s cool with Shawn then saying he’ll see him later as he walks out of the room as Shane wishes him luck, still looking a little concerned.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***The Main Event***

Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker vs The Masters of the Mat

Michaels looks in trouble as Masters pulls his lifeless body back up and whips him hard in to the corner, but as he runs at Michaels, HBK lifts his boot up in to Masters’ face. The Masterpiece staggers out of the corner with Michaels pulling himself up to the second rope, but Haas races along the apron and pulls his foot down. The World Champion then falls in to a sitting position on the top rope as Masters turns round and smiles, taking a short breather before walking back in to the corner and climbing up to the second rope. He tries to set Michaels up for a superplex, but HBK blocks it and pushes his opponent down on to the mat. He then stands up on the top and leaps off, connecting with THE HEARTBREAK ELBOW DROP. . . . . It gets quite a pop from the crowd, and it takes a couple of seconds for Michaels to recover and reach out an arm to place over Masters’ chest as he tries for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

Masters just gets his shoulder up as he and Michaels both try and crawl towards their corners, and they both get there to tag in their respective partners. Haas races in to the ring as Taker slowly climbs through the ropes. Haas tries pummelling away at the dead man, but it doesn’t work. Taker blocks his right hand and fires back with a shot of his own, and then another, putting Haas on the back foot. He then grabs Haas by the arm and whips him in to the corner before running in and nailing him with a hard clothesline. Haas staggers out with Taker following him out and whipping him in to the opposite corner, running in and nailing him again with another clothesline. This time as Haas staggers out of the corner, Taker walks out and runs back in to the ropes, and as he runs back at Haas, he drives his huge boot down the throat of his opponent to a huge pop. Haas looks in real trouble as Taker signals for the end, dragging his arm across his neck, just as Masters starts to stand up on the apron.

The dead man reaches down and drags the motionless Haas back up and grabs him around the throat. Masters panics on the outside, but he’s powerless as Taker plants Haas with a CHOKESLAM. . . . . A big pop rings out as Taker follows up with a cover, dropping to his knees and hooking the leg as the referee makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Masters breaks it up with a stomp across the back of Taker’s head. Michaels is furious as he then races in to the ring, but Masters reacts well, driving his boot in to the face of the World Champion. The ref then tells Masters to leave the ring, which he does, but he makes his way to the timekeeper’s table, grabbing a steel chair as Taker slowly stands back up with his back to both Masters & Michaels. Masters then slips back inside behind Taker as Michaels & Haas also sit up. The Masterpiece then walks up behind Taker and drives the chair in to his spine. He looks stunned as Taker only just feels the effects, and Masters panics, throwing the chair to Michaels, who catches it and doesn’t have a clue what’s gone on while the referee calls for the bell, disqualifying Masters & Haas.

WINNER: Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker by DQ @ 12.40.

AFTERMATH: Masters quickly slips out of the ring with Haas as Taker turns round to see Michaels holding the chair. Michaels panics and drops the chair immediately as The Undertaker, looking more menacing than ever, walks slowly towards him. HBK tries to explain as the dead man stares right at him with Masters & Haas watching on from the ramp, clearly enjoying it. Michaels points in their direction as he tries to make Taker see what happened, but the dead man snaps and grabs Michaels by the throat, then chokeslams him down to the mat. Masters & Haas laugh as the evil looking Undertaker turns his head to the side, looking in to the crowd with “Deadman’s Symphony” hitting. The fans don’t what to make of it as the World Champion lies motionless in the ring with The Undertaker stood over him as the show comes to a close.

{End of Show}

Beth Phoenix df. Mickie James
Bobby Lashley df. Orlando Jordan
Kid Kash df. Super Crazy
Matt Hardy & Elijah Burke df. MVP & CM Punk
Matt Sydal df. Shannon Moore
Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker
df. The Masters of the Mat


Matt Sydal vs Johnny Jeter


Theme Song
“Take It All” by Zididada

Shawn Michaels (c) vs The Undertaker

The First Ever Scramble Match

Shelton Benjamin (c) vs ? ? ?

The UK Pack (c) vs The Masters of the Mat

Michael Shane (c) vs Kid Kash

Elijah Burke vs Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP)

Matt Hardy vs CM Punk

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I'm not going to be able to write much on this seeing as how it is in recap so I may waffle on a bit...

CM Punk is all kinds of awesome in this thread and I have loved him ever since his feud with Jeff. It's nice to see he has turned his attention to Matt for the time being until we see Punk/Jeff HIAC Punk being a disgruntled son of a bitch is a character I can engage with and his personal crusade against Taz has so many routes. After the seeming stagnation of your Smackdown shows after 'Mania things finally seem to be picking up because it can't be easy building up for a show that is two whole months away. I don't see Tazz coming out an grinning, I would like to see his more serious side once in a while and not as a loveable cuddly Foley-esque guy. It was interesting decision for an opening promo but, surprisingly enough, it worked. It compacted a main storyline (Tazz being GM) and the two matches at JD and gave them some good hype and gave them both a match later on (despite the old cliched tag match). Phenomenal booking.

Masters and Haas both getting pushes is something I am a big advocate on, especially Haas. People will generically say Haas can't work a heel role in this thread but you're the booker and you seem (it's hard to decipher from the recap but the past has shown it) to have nailed his cockiness and you could say this is the World's Greatest Tag Team V2. An obvious response from Tazz to put them up against the two biggest guys on the roster, give 'em the rub... I dare ya. I also like seeing you push people by having them go against the Undertaker, I remember you putting Dykstra and, I believe, Benjamin against them and they seem to have come off pretty well but I hope we don't get a Tazz overdose because I won't be able to survive, even if you let me.

Oooh a mystery woman angle... I don't know who this is going to be but I hope you don't let us down. Phoenix continues to look strong but I hope Mickie gets a match at JD against this woman because she needs some sort of direction, promo later for her should sort things out. This could also be interesting for Phoenix, a new rival for her would do wonders for the decision... I am not too knowledgeable on your women's division but it could be Gail Kim unless she is on RAW or Smackdown.

Kash getting a push? Me likey. I've always loved your CW division and you love building up the lesser known stars so I expect good things and Kash really is on a roll but more Guerrero wouldn't go amiss.

Still open house rules? Jesus that's been on for a good while. I would laugh out loud if all of RAW invaded Smackdown for no reason and took advantage of open house roles and RAW was left with Doink the Clown... Anyway, I am actually disappointed to see you job out OJ, hopefully the two can have a mini feud while Lashley should be odds on to face Benjamin next.

The Hardy/Burke segment was a bit bland if I am honest with you. No real interaction and it was just filler. The commentators could have done the sane job building that up.

Swagger... sorry Hayger has been 'Coming Soon' for the last millenia it seems, when is he coming? Judgement Day would be a logical guess, then again you aren't always predictable...

Kash is looking good and I expect him to beat Shane at JD. Shane seems a bit of a faceless character at the moment, give him some sort of interaction instead of an enigmatic nod.

Why would the fans boo when Benjamin said that it wouldn't seem right to do it anywhere but the USA. Them crazy Yanks would go positively ape shit for that gushing patriotic remark. OHDEARGOD TAZZ??? Does he just lurk behind the curtains waiting for mic time after being held back all of these years? Yep, the parade was nice (the detail was minimal though) and the match is a good idea but I don't see Benjamin losing and being a transitional champion and you seem to just be throwing together people for the sake of it here.

Ahhhh, this is what (arguably) made you famous. I used to love sitting down, by the ol' log fire and reading one of your TV matches that were packed with excitement from your old thread 'The New Era' (your combined threads mean you have around 186 pages of BTB, probably the second highest ever behind Wolfy) and this was no different. A lot of back and forth action and it was good to see you holding back the inevitable clashes until Judgement Day and not having the opponents face off just yet. Punk won't be happy, possible teaser for Punk/MVP? Now that would be good. One thing I don't like (in wrestling in general) is that the Money in the Bank goes through some boring, lame feuds that mean nothing until he cashes it in. IMO the guy has to cash it in within two months so it doesn't become stale.

Sydal wins... fine. Jeter/Sydal could be quite the feud if it is given some more time. Ahhh my main man Chavo is here and he is a heel! YES! He seems a bit schizo (I'm not spelling the full word) and this could be very interesting. Not a fan of Killings at all but whatever floats your boat.

Michaels to turn heel. He HAS to to keep this feud running along at a good pace. I see Michaels going crazy from all the rumous and attacking the Deadman.

I would have preferred Masters and Haas to get more offense in as Haas basically wasn't there, then again neither was The Undertaker. A nice ending to freshen things up with 'Taker thinking it was HBK. I wonder what HBK will do now after that but I don't think he will take it lightly...

A good show once again, focusing around the main feuds. A little more emphasis could have been placed on the main feud between HBK and The Undertaker and Tazz featured a little too much but it was still a solid show and I hope you keep it up.

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Punk/MVP/Tazz segment:
Typical heel behavior by CM Punk and MVP, complaining about their matches, with both Matt Hardy and Elijah Burke, asking for Tazz's decisions to be reviewed by the Board of Directors. I'm not sure if that's gonna work, and here comes Tazz, he puts CM Punk and MVP in their place, which is in a tag team match against their opponents at Judgment Day, which was the logical thing to do, and what the WWE would do.

The Masters of the Mat/Tazz segment:
The Masters of the Mat seem so full of themselves, and are so sure that they're going to win the Tag Team Titles. And again, here comes Tazz. He asks them how can they be so full of themselves, and they say that there isn't anyone on Smackdown that they can't beat. Uh...oh, usually when someone says that they get put in a match with a main-eventer, and this time wasn't an exception, and they got put in a match with the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, all I have to say is, ouch!

Beth Phoenix vs. Mickie James:
I'm not a really good reviewer of matches, and I'm just gonna say something about the mystery woman. After the match ended, I just couldn't make out the surprised reaction of Beth. Was she surprised because that woman helped her win the match, or was it someone she hasn't seen in a while, and she's surprised to see her.

Kid Kash interview:
Awww, Kid Kash wants to be taken seriously, and I guess that he's going to really prove himself in his match later.

Bobby Lashley vs. Orlando Jordan:
Man, these open challenges really never end good, except when Ted DiBiase is the one challenging the locker room, and it seems that always some jobber comes out. Anyway, we're not here for Ted DiBiase, we're here for Orlando Jordan, who got his ass kicked by Bobby and cemented his status as a jobber.

Elijah Burke/Matt Hardy segment:
If I'm not mistaken, this segment was just to build up to the match later in the night, and this was typical face behavior from both Elijah and Matt, shaking hands and telling that they have got eachother's backs. I'm cool with that, and I'm looking forward to the tag team match.

Super Crazy vs. Kid Kash:
So this was Kid Kash's opponent, Super Crazy. He is a really good cruiserweight, and if Kid Kash beats him he's going to be considered as a serious contender for the cruiserweight title at Judgment Day. And beat him he did, which has impressed Michael Shane and Kid Kash got his title match at Judgment Day.

Shelton Benjamin/Tazz segment:
So, Tazz really did show the heels in this show, putting them in tough matches and really making their stay on Smackdown a living hell. It turns out that Shelton isn't going to be much of an exception, being put in a CHAMPIONSHIP SCRAMBLE MATCH!!! At least, that was what Adamle called it and I'm really looking forward to it, since it is an interesting match, and I'm interested to see how will you write it and I'm interested to see who'll be the participants.

Matt Hardy and Elijah Burke vs. MVP and CM Punk:
This was a good match, with both teams getting ahead of each other in various portions of the match. I'm not so sure what was the reason for MVP hitting CM Punk on accident with the briefcase, was it to start a feud between the two of them, or just to give Matt and Elijah the win.

Matt Sydal vs. Shannon Moore:
Nice little match with Matt Sydal showing off his skills, and then finally getting the win against Shannon Moore.

Chavo Guerrero interview:
So Chavo is a little bit touchy about his whole little "losing streak", and Josh just had to say it and he is just going to get his ass kicked by Chavo Guerrero, but Ron Killings makes the save, and fights Chavo off to protect Josh, maybe building up to a match between the two at Judgment Day?

Shawn Michaels/Michael Shane segment:
Well, Shane seems a bit worried about Michaels and rightfully so, who knows what is going through the mind of the Deadman now and will he and Shawn be able to be focused on the match and not on their problems, I guess that we'll just have to wait and see.

The Masters of the Mat vs. The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels:
A good match, but the Undertaker and Shawn dominated the whole match and the Masters of the Mat got really little offense in. But they showed their really big minds, hitting Taker with a chair and then throwing it to Shawn, making the Undertaker think that Shawn hit him with it, and then chokeslamming him to the mat. I'm not sure who's going to be the heel in this feud, since it could be either of the two. The Undertaker could be the heel because he reacted too fast, and didn't let Shawn explain to him that he wasn't the one that hit him. But it also could be Shawn, saying that he shouldn't have been attacked by the Undertaker, but after Taker chokeslamming him, it's all out war, and that the Undertaker needs to watch his back.

It was a good show, but you've done better. It was mainly focused on the current feuds, and I'm interested to see who the mystery woman was that interfered in the Beth/Mickie match. My rating for the show is 9/10
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>>> A short opening that served a purpose, it set up a hot tag team match up for tonight. This was a lot shorter than we’re used to from you, but there was no need to drag it out just for the sake of it! I like the idea of Punk and MVP coming together in their mutual discontent. I like Tazz, but when I was reading his lines, I realized that his delivery in real life might be to OTT for long, serious speeches so I think you should use him sparingly when it comes to delivering promos. I like the new graphics tonight, I know certain people knock you for using them, but I feel it adds to the show!

>>> Scheduling wise I was surprised to see you opt to go with a lengthy promo following the opening segment, though on second thoughts the opener wouldn’t of went more than ten minutes. Anyway, I ramble. Jesus, Tazz is in fine form tonight. Normally I’d knock you for using him in two back to back segments like this, but you needed to in order to announce two more big matches for tonight’s show. Very smart to announce these early on. The show is pretty stacked tonight!

>>> I love a little mystery me! Okay so that’s a huge understatement. I’m liking how good Mickie looked here, people have a habit of burying her these days. I’m hoping the mystery women doesn’t turn out to be Mendez, logically it will be somebody from FCW knowing you.

>>> Not a bad promo here from Kash. His desire to be taken seriously is novel and the fact that you’ve given him TV time suggests you have plans for him in the near future. Now this was exciting as hell. Lashley coming out was a shocker. I’m surprised the match last longer than five minutes if I’m honest, normally under these circumstances we would get a straight up squash. Fun segment all round.

>>> I liked how you put focus back on the CM Punk, MVP versus Burke & Hardy tag match with this simple backstage segment. Often after a match is announced bookers fail to hype it through the show. As I suspected, you’ve decided to push Kash and give him a cruiser weight title shot against Shane at Judgement Day. Have to give you props, you really do go out of your way to make the cruiserweight division entertaining, I’m not sure I could do it personally.

>>> I have no problem with you using Tazz a lot, although I do feel him coming to the ring during both in ring promos was a little much. He’s dominating the proceedings. Even if he appeared on the big screen and delivered one or two lines from his office would be better. I liked this segment because it placed importance on being the United States Champion. It made the strap seem important again. Now we all know Shelton is not the best talker, so how well he would of carried this is debatable. I like the scramble idea, even if it does seem like Tazz is being a hard ass once again.

>>> PPV quality match up here. The action was so fast, would have been awesome to watch IRL. I think the outcome of this match up was meaningless as in a win didn’t help or hinder either team. I’m surprised this didn’t go on last as it has had the most hype tonight. Granted taker and HBK are the money men, but we’ve not seen or heard from them all night!

>>> You had two backstage segments after the match up, logically you should of placed one before the match up and one after, but that doesn’t really matter all that much. Sydal, I keep having to remind myself who he is whenever I read his name as it doesn’t stick in my head at all. LOL. This was a filler match, but a fun match no less. This backstage monitor mentions are cool, a lot of people use it, it’s effective.

>>> The angry, aggressive new Chavo Guerrero character is working for me. I found him bland and forgettable in the past, but this new mean streak is working a treat. I’m not a Ron Killings fan, but this again shows your commitment to mid card talent. HBK, Michael Shane segments have been a mainstay of this BTB for some weeks now. I don’t think this would of got people hyped up for the main event, I know I would of preferred to see this top the first hour instead.

>>> If it was a DQ finish wouldn’t Taker have realised that Shawn couldn’t of hit him with the chair, otherwise the match up would still be going on? Anyway, this was a nice, but predictable way of injecting some much needed spark into the taker, HBK feud which hasn’t exactly been the centrepiece of the brand like it should be.

OVERALL: Probably the best edition of SmackDown since Mania time. Just so much going on from the divas to the cruiserweight and all the way to the top. Tazz annoyed me tonight due to his over exposure, then again I’m not his biggest fan anyway. I think Punk is by far the best character on the SmackDown brand these days so more of him please.

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Opening Promo: Great promo, even in recap, I could just imagine what was going on. I'm not exactly sure what to think of Tazz in an official's role just yet, but I like what went down here. I remember Punk taking on Jeff Hardy at WrestleMania, and effectively taking him out, too, so I'm liking that Matt's sticking up for his brother, and the match between Matt and Punk should be a great one. I'm a fan of both MVP and Elijah, and even though I've yet to see how you handle him as a face, I like the sound of them in a No DQ Match. Both of these men being in the opening promo further establishes the apparent pushes you're given them, so good job there, a well-written promo that's promising us a very good tag team match later on. Good stuff here.

Masters of the Mat/Tazz/Jeter Segment: Master and Haas as a team is a good pairing, and I like the cockiness that they exuded here, especially Masters. I'm guessing that Haas and Tazz had a run-in at some point? In any case, I like the worry the two showed when Tazz put them up against Shawn and 'Taker, should be a great match to put over the Masters of the Mat, as well as the story between the World Champ and the challenger. Jeter's match with 'Taker must've been pretty brutal, especially if he isn't cleared to compete here tonight, but his match next week against Sydal should be a great one. Got to know a bit about Jeter's character here, a cowardly-heel type, so that's good. Smooth transition between the two segments, both of which I liked.

Mickie/Beth: Mickie and Beth are two of my favorite Divas, and have good chemistry together. You captured that well here, but I don't know what the relationship between Mickie and Michelle is. The one thing about this match was that it wasn't so much about the wrestling, but more about the introduction to this mystery woman. I know you want to keep her identity a secret for now, but it would've helped to get a brief description, like hair color, maybe. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing what she's got to do with anything, and overall, a solid win for Beth, keeping her momentum going, and a strong showing by Mickie. Good job here.

Kash Interview: Powerful interview by Kash, who I've never really liked. Still, it seems as if he's getting a push towards the Crusierweight Title, especially after two big consecutive wins. I felt the attitude and the intensity well here, so good job there, and I'm also wondering who he'll be wrestling later on.

Jordan/Lashley: Orlando Jordan? There's a name I haven't heard in awhile. The role he played here tonight is pretty much all I'd ever do with him, a jobber to the stars. Lashley being from RAW is interesting, is there some sort of talent agreement going on? The match was really just a glorified squash to show Lashley's dominance, although there was a bit of toughness on the part of Jordan by kicking out after the spinebuster. "Open House rules"? Not too sure what that means, but if it allows people to show up on other's brands, then I'm fine with that. Anyway, seems as if Lashley might be on some sort of push, so we'll see what happens there with him.

Elijah/Layla/Matt Segment: Elijah's with Layla? Lucky him. Anyway, I liked this segment. It had some tension in it, considering the fact that the two hardly know each other, but also a feeling of respect, shown at the end with the handshake. Their respective feuds, as well as the tag match later on, got some good hype from this segment, and I've really got no complaints about this. Good job here.

Hayger Promo: A good candidate to bring up from SD!. I like this guy, so I'm looking forward to what you do with him, but I'm not too keen on the name. "Josh" has never sounded all that great to me, and "Hayger" looks a little weird with the "y" and the "g" next to each other. But that's just me being picky.

Crazy/Kash: Glorified squash, but still, showed what Kash can do and that he should be taken seriously, and Crazy didn't look too bad here, either, so good job. Shane being out here put a little more importance on the match, a nice touch, and that front flip dropkick sounds sick. Would probably fit a face better, but still, a good move nevertheless. Crazy kicking out of it and preventing one of his finishers kept him strong, but ultimately, jobbed out. Kash making the challenge for the CW Title after the match was good, and even though I'm not a fan of his, and don't know too much about Shane, you got me to look forward to it, so great job.

US Title Ceremony: Very good promo here by Shelton, it really made him seem proud of being the US Champion, putting importance on the title, and overall, I just liked what he had to say. He made himself sound like a very big deal, which is good, but there's one thing he said that I didn't like, the "warning to anyone who wants to level of competition, because no one can compete on his level." It sounded redundant. Aside from that, Tazz coming out here and saying that he agreed to give Shelton this celebration seemed really biased, something I don't really like in GM (I prefer neutralness), but again, you put even more importance on the US Title by having the first scramble match for it. It sounds the same as it was in real life, so I know how that one works, but it'd be good to know if you made some modification on it. Looking forward to seeing who the four guys'll be, and overall, a great segment here, great job.

Tag Match: Solid match here, but I was sort of expecting better. It wasn't as high-paced as I was hoping, but it was still good, and I like the ending, too, it keeps the heels strong. It'll also make for an interesting segment with MVP and Punk, and it gave Matt and Elijah some good momentum over their Judgement Day opponents. I liked the ending with the small guy hug, that was a funny description, and another good match. Good job here.

Judgement Day Promo: Very nicely done here. Undertaker vs. Shawn for the World Title will be a must-see, or read, for that matter. That's also a cool poster, too, it works well and tells a story with Shawn looking over his shoulder.

Sydal/Shannon: Poor Shannon, at least with the other squashes, the others had a moment of strength, but Shannon, not so much. As exciting as this was, had this been more competitive, it'd would've been a lot better. I've always liked how the feint enzuigiri headscissors looked, so it was great to bust that out, and I also liked the usage of the Cyclorama, doing that with someone like Shannon would look very effective. Just a match to showcase Sydal, giving him some momentum for his encounter next week with Jeter (and it was a good move to get a shot of him watching), but could've been handled better as to not make it seem like a total squash.

Chavo Interview: Intense segment here, I liked it. Chavo and Killings would make a very good feud, and this was a solid start to it. Killings getting retribution plays into his character well, that is, if he's The Truth, with the criminal background thing. If not, then it adds edge to his character, which is good. Obviously, Chavo won't take this lying down, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's going to happen next here. And poor Josh Matthews, he can't ever seem to catch a break in any BTB that includes him.

Shawn/Shane Segment: I was wondering if you acknowledge the relationship between the two, and I'm glad you do, but the names could get confusing at times. Anyway, this segment was good, it made it seem that either Shawn is definitely not scared of 'Taker, or he's just lying to himself. Either way, it's something you see a lot in 'Taker feuds, but it's a little more significant here considering it's over the World Title. Good hype for the main event, as well as the World Title Match.

Main Event: Solid in-ring action, which made Masters look good, but Haas, not as much, considering his punches had little effect on 'Taker. As a whole, though, it put the team over as a legit team, and the ending definitely made things more exciting for the World Title Match. I thought it was a little odd for Masters to grab the steel chair when it seemed as if his team was about to mount a comeback, but I loved the result of it, with him tossing it to Michaels. It definitely furthers the feud between the two, and makes it all that more exciting for next week. Definitely made me look forward to the next episode.

Overall: First SmackDown! of yours that I read, and I really liked it. It had one too many squashes for my taste, but aside from that, it was very good. The matches were all good, and the segments all furthered a story or feud, no wasted segment. While I think I may have enjoyed RAW more, SD! was still a very good read, with its own intruiging storylines and feuds. I'm wondering what happened to Edge, since I think it was he who challenged Shawn at 'Mania for the title, and his presence could've been helpful here, but aside from that, and the number of squashes, I don't have much to complain about. Great read here, I'll be back for more, so great job, Nige. 8/10.
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The opening promo was very good, Punk opening the show was a nice surprise and having MVP come down as well was good. I liked the point of the promo with the two frustrated heels coming together to call for Tazz to be fired, as it set up perfectly for Tazz to come out and shut them up, which would get the crowd on his side and build him up further as GM. Good set up for the tag match announcement too which should be good, I think these two have learnt that you don't mess with Tazz.

It looks like Tazz is going to be a busy man again tonight! This was a great promo to announce the tag match as it worked really well to announce their opponents and shut them up. There was a little mistake with one of the lines though I think. Undertaker and Shawn Michaels teaming makes sense, this normally happens with a face vs face feud and it should be interesting to see how they do. The Sydal bit was good too, Tazz is dealing with all the cocky heels well. His response to Sydal's sarcasm was funny and the match should be good.

Good first match up, these two can put on a good match so giving them the opening slot and seven minutes isn't a problem. I liked the way it played out as it gives Mickie and excuse for losing and it keeps it going. I don't know who this woman is, I know there was something similar IRL but I didn't really pay attention to it so I don't know who it could be. I think a description would've been good though, as unless its a promo with the intention of keeping the identity a secret I think you should desribe her at least, as we would see what she looks like if we were watching. Interesting situation this.

Very good promo from Kash. I think he can pull of a serious promo like this and it builds him up as a serious threat to Shane. I think you maybe placed a bit too much emphasis on him being taken seriously though, if anything you would think it would be Shane who would say that.

I love a Bobby Lashley squash match! Would've loved it if he ran through him in like a minute though. That little OJ promo was a great little idea as he obviously didn't expect Lashley, it almost built up the anticipation of who was going to challenge him as well. I don't like wrestlers appearing on different brands, but you mentioned the open house rules so I am liking it. Lashley on SD should be good.

Decent segment between Hardy and Burke, not much to it really apart from building anticipation for the match later. Just the sort of respect you would expect between two faces about to team together, and Layla on screen is always a good thing!

Impressive win for Kid Kash, he really needed to make a statement with Shane at ringside and he did. Looked like he won impressively as well with moves like that dropkick and that sick brainbuster. The match between he and Shane should be good, and its not really a big feud but putting it on the PPV again gives it some importance.

Is Jericho going to turn up already?

First of all I love the importance you placed on this ceremony with the streamers and the suit and so on, Shelton would do his best to make a big deal out of this. Little thing though, there is no way the fans would boo after the line from Shelton about there not being a better place than America, as well as the other lines about the US. Having seen American crowds pop at every little US line I just can't see it, but its a minor thing. Tazz coming out was awesome to ruin the party and the Scramble match should be great. It would've been good for Shelton to have his time with no interruptions, but Tazz coming in worked really well and he is dealing with all the heel stars really well. Loved the stamping on the baloon and the last line from Tazz as well, great ending to the promo.

Wow this seemed like a very good match. Loved the detail in this one and it was a good little preview of JD with the enemies facing off. The ending was well done which once again means noone loses much credibility and I think the right team won.

Decent Crusierweight match here to put over Sydal ahead of his match next week. He looked impressive and finished the match in a reasonable time. The short clip of Jeter backstage was a nice touch to show his reaction, and its a useful way of keeping someone in our minds without having a confrontation between the two.

I'm not a fan of either of these two men but this looks like it will be a good feud. I like what you have been doing with Chavo over the past few weeks with his anger but Killings looks like he is angry too now. You would think he would continue the beat down there and then though. Should be interesting to see what happens between these two.

You have had these two in promos together for a while now, I don't know if they are actually going anywhere in the future or if its just character development for Shane. You used him well though by telling HBK to be careful as it allowed HBK to hype the main event and his feud with 'Taker.

The main event worked out very well, I was expecting HBK and The Undertaker to pick up an impressive win after teaming together well but I prefer this result, as problems between the two is a more exciting build rather than it all just being about respect. I don't think Masters has the brains to come up with that idea though haha but I don't think he meant it. Would HBK panic though? I'm not sure. I don't think he would care that much if Taker thought it was him or not as he is very laid back and he did say he wasn't afraid of Taker, but maybe that is the point. Still it was a great ending to create problems between the two. This has furthered the feud and it should really heat up from here, I am looking forward to seeing what happens next between them. Very good ending to a very good show as usual mate.

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We saw Bobby Lashley appear on Smackdown last night, and it has been confirmed by sources backstage that he will be switching to the blue brand on the “Open House” rules. Creative had nothing for him on Raw and felt he would be more beneficial on the Smackdown roster. It must also be noted that Lashley’s contract expires later this year, towards September time, and he has been talking about the prospect of going in to the world of MMA.

During Mickie James’s match with Beth Phoenix last night, a mystery woman attacked Michelle McCool and distracted Mickie, leading to The Glamazon winning the match. To those who didn’t know her, it was Rain, otherwise known as Peyton Banks from her spell in TNA. She signed a deal a couple of months ago and is expected to join the brand on an active basis as of next week, but there is no news on what name she will be using.

WWE.com also added confirmation of Michael Shane’s Cruiserweight Championship defence against Kid Kash at Judgment Day.


The Badstreet Boys & The DiBiase Brothers’ Streetfight was stopped by the referee after Mike & Brett ambushed York & Matthews before it could start.

James Reiher called out The Empire and blamed Hade Vansen for him having to defend the FCW Championship against Afa next week. Vansen apologised and said it was a mistake, and that he had an idea in making it up to him, by facing Afa himself later on.

Colt Cabana asked Joe Hennig to forgive him for costing him his match last week, but Hennig wouldn’t have any of it and told Cabana to leave him alone. Cabana then asked him for a match, and Hennig accepted.

“The Natural” Nic Nemeth df. CJ Red in a Semi Final match of the FCW Television Championship tournament.

Joe Hennig df. Colt Cabana. After the match, Cabana got up and wanted to shake Hennig’s hand, but Hennig nailed him with a right hand.

Roucka was interviewed just before a break by Lena Yada, and she said that in a few moments, she will not only beat Shantelle Taylor, she will embarrass her and take the FCW Women’s Championship away from her.

Shantelle Taylor df. Roucka to retain the FCW Women’s Championship thanks to interference from Shawn Spears.

Hade Vansen df. Afa Jr with interference from The Empire & James Reiher. Afterwards, Teddy Hart & TJ Wilson ran down and attacked Drew McIntyre & Stu Sanders, but Reiher got out of the way, not wanting to get involved. Reid Flair then ran down to fight off Vansen ahead of their Semi Final match next week.

Confirmed for Next Week

FCW Heavyweight Championship

Afa Jr vs James Reiher (c)

FCW Tag Team Championship

TJ Wilson & Teddy Hart vs The Empire (c)

FCW Television Championship Tournament – Semi Final Match

Reid Flair vs Hade Vansen
(The winner faces “The Natural” Nic Nemeth on Raw two days later)

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RAW PreviewMonday 5th May 2008
Live From The Honda Center
Anaheim, California

After making a shocking return just 24 hours earlier, The Big Show stepped foot in a WWE ring again last Monday night as we saw the reformation of The Corporation. Mr. McMahon couldn’t have been happier having defeated Evolution at Backlash the night before with his sons, Shane & John “Bradshaw” Layfield, and he couldn’t hide his delight at adding the largest athlete in the world in to the mix. With Evolution unable to travel to Raw due to the injuries they sustained in the Non Sanctioned match, The Corporation had the comfort in not having to face up to the consequence of their recent actions, but that all changes this week. As they were leaving the arena, William Regal (Eric Bischoff’s Executive Assistant) caught up with them and advised them that this coming week, The Big Show will be going one on one with Triple H with every single member of Evolution & The Corporation barred from ringside. That is not all however, as this will also be a First Round match in the “Quest to be Champion” tournament that will see the winner take on Kane for the WWE Championship at the King of the Ring.

With this serious bounty placed in front of them, it promises to be one hell of a match when The Big Show returns to the ring this Monday night. Just who will come out on top and move towards a shot at the WWE Championship?

Ever since losing the WWE Championship, Randy Orton has been on a mission to get it back. However at Backlash, he was unable to get his hands on the when with his previous actions came back to haunt him. Or to be more pacific, it was Mr. Kennedy that came back to haunt him. The Legend Killer may be regretting the needless punt to the head now after Kennedy returned the favour at Backlash, and especially after another chance to reclaim his title fell by the wayside last week. Eric Bischoff put the two of them in the first “Quest to be Champion” match, and Orton’s frustration proved to be the key as Kennedy came out on top after a steel chair shot intended for Kennedy rebounded off the ropes and in to the skull of Orton. Kennedy took advantage and wrapped up a huge victory to give Orton a further but even bigger headache.

One can only wonder how The Legend Killer is going to be when he arrives in Anaheim this week, but it’s safe to assume that a certain Green Bay native will be relatively satisfied with his week.

It was a surprise to a lot of people when Paul London & Brian Kendrick left Backlash with the World Tag Team titles, but no one was more surprised than John Morrison & The Miz. The champions were in action last Monday night against The Colon Brothers, and this time it didn’t go so well, not to the surprise of Morrison & The Miz. A mistake by London allowed the brothers’ cool to pick up a big win, but the champs’ rivals weren’t far away to gloat. They didn’t hesitate in mocking London & Kendrick again, but there was another reason for their presence. It was announced that they would be meeting this week in a rematch from Backlash with the titles up for grabs once again.

Morrison & The Miz accused the champs of getting lucky at Backlash, but we’ll find out if it was luck or not when they compete for the gold live this Monday night.

Backlash certainly was a night for shocks, but maybe the greatest shock of all was Kelly Kelly becoming the number one contender for the Women’s Championship having defeated Melina in a fatal fourway match. The girl-next-door like diva has had her fair share of problems lately with the problems between her boyfriend, Cody Rhodes, and her friend, the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston. It appeared that Kelly & Cody had come to the end of the road at Backlash after she walked out on his ultimatum to choose between wrestling and him. Cody’s appearance after the match was another shock as he raised her hand and left right after, confusing a lot of people. All seemed to be back to normal last Monday as Cody once again talked down to her, telling her it would be difficult for her to beat Victoria this week and become the new WWE Women’s Champion. Cody even found himself something better to do and left Kelly on her own, but she wasn’t to be on her own for long as Victoria stopped by to pass on her congratulations. However, she also told her challenger that as impressed as she was, the Women’s Championship is staying where it is.

Will that be the case? Can Kelly pull another rabbit out of the hat and become the new Women’s Champion? Find out this week when Raw comes to you live from The Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Two weeks back, Jim Ross commented that the then undefeated Million Dollar Champion, Ted DiBiase seemed to be slightly complacent in his victory over Hardcore Holly. The arrogant youngster didn’t waste a lot of time in addressing JR’s opinion, and he looked to set him straight by opening another challenge to anyone in the back at Backlash to compete for his Million Dollar title. It also didn’t take long however for DiBiase to slip back in to his complacent manner, and it was only thanks to the “Million Dollar Woman” Maryse that he defeated Jimmy Wang Yang. He was in the same care free spirit last Monday when he took on Finlay, and for the first time in his WWE career, DiBiase Jr suffered the bitter taste of defeat. It was only by disqualification, but it looks like the arrogance of this young man could dent his aspiration to go down as the greatest wrestler of all time. If JR’s opinion wasn’t enough for him, DiBiase Jr was given a pep talk after a surprise visit by his Hall of Fame father, Ted Sr, who told his son that JR was right and he has become complacent already. Despite telling his father he would change, it doesn’t look like he plans to after he accused him of being jealous over the success he has achieved already.

Just what is wrong with this kid? Will he ever learn?

We learnt last week that we will see the return of Rey Mysterio this coming week in his home state of California. One man who wasn’t so pleased with the news was Kenny Dykstra. Having lost to John Cena the night before, he wasn’t in the best of moods at hearing about Rey’s return. It could be quite a return for Rey on his first appearance since WrestleMania and his injury in the Money in the Bank ladder match.

The WWE Champion, Kane followed up his victory over Randy Orton by defeating the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston last week in what was a valiant effort from Kofi. What can we expect from the two gold carriers this Monday?

Cryme Time made sure The Colon Brothers didn’t enjoy their victory over the tag champions a week ago when they stole their clothes before Carlito & Eddie had chance to return to their locker room. They were told that there was an auction outside, and they were surprised and angry to see that Shad & JTG were selling their clothes to fans. It appears that these two teams can’t get along, and you have to wonder how the duo from Puerto Rico will react this week.

Jimmy Wang Yang was unlucky not to become the Million Dollar Champion at Backlash, but he made up for that disappointment by defeating Santino Marella last week. Needless to say it didn’t go down well with the Italian Stallion or his girlfriend Melina. She was confronted by Natalya Neidhart during the match, catching her off guard. Just what was that about? No one seems to know. We may find out when Raw heads to Anaheim for another blockbuster episode of Raw.


Quest To Be Champion First Round Match
Triple H vs The Big Show

World Tag Team Championship
Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs John Morrison & The Miz

WWE Womens Championship
Victoria (c) vs Kelly Kelly

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