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post #1091 of 1878 (permalink) Old 05-16-2009, 01:20 AM
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Wow, shocked, really shocked to see DC in here, but i will be sure to check on this thread more often as i do love DC's booking style.

I like the concept, you seem to have a great roster and now it is just up to you to make it work.

Good luck, DC.

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Wow, good luck DC- not that you need it! This just made this thread even better but I would have thought DC would have taken over one of RAW or Smackdown. I think I need to go and sit down...

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Really great with the PRIDE-brand! Would've loved to see Kevin Thorn on it, but just my hope/opinion :P

Good luck DC! Will be following.
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When I saw that DC and Nige were together, I was thinking oh hell yeah. Roster looks good; so I hope you can make something of it. The decision to not have PRIDE on PPV is a curious one; it's really not good from a business perspective. I realize this is a BTB, but realism still matters.

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RAW PreviewMonday 19th May 2008
Live From the Norfolk Spoke
Norfolk, Virginia

Triple H felt the force of The Corporation’s intellect two weeks ago when Vladimir Kozlov made his WWE debut and helped The Big Show advance to the semi final of the Quest to be Champion tournament. That didn’t go down well with The Game or Eric Bischoff, who banned The Corporation from the arena last week. The only problem with that was that Vince McMahon and company decided that they weren’t going to listen to Bischoff, but maybe they wish they had. Despite a slight altercation between Triple H & Batista earlier in the evening, Evolution came out firing and set a trap that their bitter rivals fell in to. With The Game scheduled to face Kozlov as the remainder of The Corporation watched on from their sky box, Evolution spotted an opportunity to get even, and they did just that.

Triple H immediately cut the match short by getting himself disqualified to draw The Big Show & JBL down to the ring in order to come to the aid of Kozlov. That left Mr. McMahon and his son Shane all alone in the sky box, but they weren’t alone for long as Batista & Ric Flair joined the party, attacking them with intent to do some serious damage. That’s what they did with Flair smashing a bottle of champagne over Mr. McMahon’s head while Batista spine bustered Shane through a glass table. The head of The Corporation received more shots to his own head from The Nature Boy, and he was taken to a local medical facility along with Shane after receiving initial treatment.

Just what condition are the McMahon’s in? Tune in to find out.

Three first round matches are complete, and once this week’s Raw is over, only four men will be left to compete for the right to face Kane for the WWE Championship at the King of the Ring. Mr. Kennedy defeated Randy Orton three weeks ago, and The Big Show booked his spot in the semi final’s with his victory over Triple H two weeks back. Rey Mysterio became the third man to take a step closer to the title by defeating Kenny Dykstra last week, and the final spot will be decided this week when Jeff Hardy takes on JBL. You have to wonder what frame of mind JBL will be in after what happened to his father and half brother last week, and Jeff looked impressive on his return to Raw with his victory over Lance Cade.

Who will get that last spot and take on Rey Mysterio for a place in the final next week?

It seems that Randy Orton just isn’t able to catch a break at the moment. Losing the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania has seriously affected him, but so has Mr. Kennedy. Orton hasn’t recovered from that, or losing to Kennedy three weeks ago, and he desperately wants revenge. He was unable to get it last week when Kennedy was sent on a PR event by Eric Bischoff. It has been confirmed however that Mr. Kennedy will be present as Raw heads to the state of Virginia this Monday night.

Orton will be there too, and is this is his night to get back on track?

The turbulent relationship between Cody Rhodes & Kelly Kelly came to a head last week when Kelly finally said she’d had enough of Cody’s jealously over her friendship with the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston. Cody didn’t take it too well at all, and after failing in his bid to get Kelly to take him back after her match with Natalya Neidhart, he stunned the entire world by giving his ex a taste of the DDT. He didn’t show an ounce of remorse at his actions, but it appears that has changed after having time to think about what he did. We have been advised that he will issue a public apology to Kelly this Monday night despite the fact Kelly won’t be there due to the DDT she suffered last week.

Will Cody be able to talk his way back in to favour?

Kenny Dykstra made it clear a few weeks back that he wasn’t the biggest Rey Mysterio fan in the world, but he showed just his true colours last Monday after losing to Rey in the Quest to be Champion tournament. As Rey celebrated his victory, Dykstra cut the party short by attacking him in front of some very unhappy fans. Is this kid ever going to show any class?

Paul London & Brian Kendrick received their World Tag Team Championship rematch last Monday, but they were unable to defeat the new champions of John Morrison & The Miz for the second straight week. It was clear where Kendrick laid the blame as he shoved his partner down after the match. It looks like this friendship is over. Tune in this Monday night to see if that is definitely the case.

Finlay has managed to get under the skin of Ted DiBiase Jr in recent weeks, but the Million Dollar Champion was able to turn that around last week as he was victorious in tag team action with Santino Marella to defeat Finlay and Jimmy Wang Yang. This week however will see the arrogant youngster take on the fighting Irishman in non title action. Can DiBiase follow up his win from last week?

Natalya Neidhart picked up an impressive victory over Kelly Kelly last week, and she has already stated her intent to the Women’s Champion, Victoria. Does the champ have Natalya in her sights?

Cryme Time & The Colon Brothers have had their run ins as of late, and for the second successive week, Shad & JTG were decimated by Kane to the obvious delight of Carlito & Eddie. Will they be smiling again this week?


Quest To Be Champion First Round Match
Jeff Hardy vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

Non Title Match
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr


Cody Rhodes’ Public Apology

**Promos are in full**

Also, I would like to take the chance to welcome DC to the thread. I have to admit they would be words I never thought I would say, but I’m delighted to have him on board.

Like he said himself, he saw that I was looking to introduce a third brand at some point, and he offered me his services. With his booking skills and reputation, I would have been crazy to turn him down. It’s the ideal situation for him to ease himself back in to booking, and let’s face it, he’d book the third brand better than I would. It means that I get the third brand that I was looking to do with a similar set up and roster, and DC has a light schedule on his hands. It works out well for the both of us, and I’m really looking forward to this next step the thread is taking.

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Last week's close was fun, but did have its flaws. Looking forward to the next one to see what happens next.

Jeff vs. JBL seems like a good match, and knowing JBL, I'm sure he might want some muscle to help him out. Perhaps we'll see Evolution help Jeff here?

The feud between Kennedy and Orton has been building slowly, but it's had that slow-burn effect, because I want to see them go at it again. I doubt we'll see fists fly, but another promo should work just as well, especially since Kennedy advanced in the tournament at Orton's expense.

Ah, my favorite program. I never really thought I'd say that for a Cody Rhodes program, but this has been amazing since I started reading. The apology will be full of crap, I can imagine, and I can see Kofi coming out to defend Kelly. Should be awesome.

Seems as if we're going to see Kenny try to make it big again, only to shoot himself in the foot. I'm not exactly digging what you're doing with him, but I'm want to see where it goes.

Finlay's been a good choice for DiBiase's first opponent, and I'm looking forward to that match, to see how complacent the champ'll be. Not very, I hope. Nattie vs. Victoria should be a very good women's program, although I think some time was lost by giving Kelly the No. 1 Contendership at Backlash, and then not following up on it after their match. I get it was for her story, but I think it could've worked the other way. I'm looking forward to it, though, more than the Cryme Tyme/Colons stuff. It hasn't been very exciting, and been filler for Kane lately. I'm guessing Kane'll take out The Colons this week?

All in all, the show looks very good, Nige, and I'm especially loving the fact that promos will be in full. Cody's should be epic, and if you give JBL the mic to talk about last week and Jeff, then that'll be epic, too. Looking forward to it, man, and also to when DC gets his start in the thread.
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RAW ResultsMonday 19th May 2008
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***Video Recap***
From Last Week

The main event with Triple H low blowing Vladimir Kozlov straight away to get DQ’d and leaving the ring to look under the apron. The Corporation standing up from their seats in their sky box with Vince telling The Big Show & JBL to get down to the ring, and them climbing over the railing to walk down the steps, catching Triple H’s attention as he slipped back in the ring in with the sledgehammer. As Kozlov stood up, his back up didn’t get anywhere near the ring with Triple H smashing him in the face with the sledgehammer. Vince & Shane watched on in horror, and Show & JBL get to the barricade, but The Game was ready for them, taunting them to go at him with sledgy in his hands. Show & JBL looked cautious, but the shot changed on the tron to show the two security guards outside The Corporation’s sky box lying on the floor. Show & JBL saw it and looked concerned, but Triple H just smirked and looks up as Vince & Shane turn round to see Batista & Ric Flair behind them.

The Evolution members nailed them both with right hands. Batista grabbed Shane and threw him inside through the open door while Flair picked up a champagne bottle and smashed it over Vince’s skull. Show & JBL turned round and run up the steps as Flair stomped across Vince’s head continuously before joining Dave back inside. The Animal pulled a cloth off a glass table with all the food coming off with it. With Shane crawling by his side, Dave picked him up for a spinebuster and slammed him through the glass table, shattering it completely, leaving Shane motionless with glass all around and top of him. We then saw JBL & Show climb back over the railing to the sky box with Batista & Flair staring right at them. JBL looked very concerned for his father & brother and yelled out for some help while Show glared right at the remorseless Batista & Flair, who then left the room while JBL went to check on his dad as Show walked out in to the corridor to yell for that help with Triple H grinning in the ring as Raw came to a close.

***Opening Video***
“Wanna Be Loved”


***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

“Voices” hits to a ton of heat inside the Spoke as a very serious looking Randy Orton walks down to the ring dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. Once he gets in the ring, he turns to the crowd with a look of contempt on his face before going to get a microphone.

Randy Orton: It seems that our esteemed general manager, Eric Bischoff, or should I say independent head of authority is having some kind of difficulty understanding just what the word independent means. . . For weeks, he’s singled me out and refused to listen to a single word I have to say, and as of this moment, I am standing my ground as the biggest star on Raw and demanding that Eric Bischoff does his job.


Randy Orton:
It’s clear to me that Bischoff is deliberately targeting me. . . but as of right now, THAT STOPS. . . He refuses point blank to give me a rematch with Mr. Kennedy, and last week he rewarded Kennedy for costing me the WWE Championship at Backlash by sending him off on some pointless PR trip WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS RING BEING PUNTED RIGHT IN THE HEAD BY THE LEGEND KILLER.


Randy Orton:
Bischoff, I suggest you carefully listen to what I am about to say because I’m going to say this just once. . . If this crusade to piss me off continues, I WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER IN TURNING MY BACK ON YOU AND RAW. AND WE BOTH KNOW THAT THIS SHOW NEEDS RANDY ORTON MORE THAN RANDY ORTON NEEDS IT.


Randy Orton:
So Bischoff I suggest you do the right thing for once and put your ego to one side, because all it’s gonna take for your number one star to walk out of the door. . .

“Longhorn” hits to heat as the equally serious John “Bradshaw” Layfield, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov make their way down to the ring. Orton looks confused and slightly frustrated by their presence as they enter the ring with JBL demanding a microphone from Lilian Garcia. He walks back in to the centre of the ring and stands facing Orton.

JBL: Randy, if you think your problems greater the need of ours then you are very mistaken. . . It is evident there is no need for me to remind you of what happened last Monday night. . .

*Big Pop*

JBL turns to the crowd and he doesn’t appreciate their reaction one bit

JBL: You people sicken me. My father and half brother were hijacked and decimated by a group of hooligans, and for some twisted reason, that amuses you. . .


The simple fact that brings satisfaction to your own miserable, monotonous lives just speaks volumes about how society has fallen, and there is one member of society who has to face responsibility for his actions more than anyone else, and that man is Eric Bischoff. . . Eric Bischoff can not and will not control the collective that is known as Evolution because he has no moral conscience whatsoever. . . I guarantee that while Ric Flair was inflicting the serious head trauma that my father was about to suffer, Eric Bischoff sat in his office watching the entire heinous acts unfold with one of the biggest smiles you are ever likely to see. . . I guarantee that the moment Dave Batista spinebustered my half brother Shane through a glass table, Eric Bischoff felt the same satisfaction as you blood thirsty animals.


As selfish as Randy Orton may be, he has a point. . . He is right when he points the finger of blame in the direction of Eric Bischoff, because wherever that man goes, he is a walking disaster zone. . . You only have to look at what he did with WCW to understand how he works. The man has no morals, and in no way is he capable of being independent with the family that drove his worthless, washed up hole of a company in to the ground. . . We have been punished time and time again by this shallow individual for matters that barely begin to comprehend what took place last Monday night. That is why I am left with no alternative but to call for the immediate resignation of Eric Bischoff.


Eric Bischoff either does not know the meaning of the word independent, or he egoistically chooses to ignore it and follow the same way of life he always has, to follow his own selfish needs. . . The very fact that Eric Bischoff was appointed to be independent in dealing with the McMahon family by an upset and vengeful money driven vagabond is a joke in itself. Eric Bischoff is the reason that two members of my family remain incapacitated and helpless. Eric Bischoff is the reason Evolution remain unpunished once again, and Eric Bischoff is the reason my father may not make a full recovery, and for that there is no excuse. That is why I demand that Eric Bischoff, for once in his life does the right thing by terminating himself, because Eric if you don’t, there are three men standing right here that are ready and willing to terminate you regardless.


It goes without saying Eric that even with someone of your low intelligence should be able to appreciate that this isn’t really a choice. . . For your own sake Eric, do the right thing and walk away to save yourself and this show before you run it in to the ground like you did World Crappy Wrestling. . . The time has come Eric. The time has come for you to finally accept responsibility for your actions. . . Let’s not waste any more time and tie up these formalities right now.


JBL, the remainder of The Corporation & Randy Orton look up to the stage with no sign of Raw’s Head of Authority coming out to the anger of all of them.


“I’m Back” plays as the quite relaxed Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand to a pop from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: Well John, it looks like you have it all figured out. . . There is however one slight drawback amongst that quite outstanding pitch you just made, and I’m going to say it very slowly just so you and your associates if you will have absolutely no problem digesting it. . . The self termination as you put it, or me quitting my job. . . Well quite frankly John, that’s just not going to happen.


Eric Bischoff:
It won’t happen tonight, and it won’t happen any time soon. . . See John, the way I see it is that there is an awful lot of blame to be handed out for what happened to both Vince and Shane last week. And from where I’m standing, Evolution are responsible. I am partly responsible, as are you, your father, your half brother and your hired muscle.





Eric Bischoff:
John correct me if I’m wrong, but did I or did I not tell every member of The Corporation to stay away last week because of your actions the week before? . . . Now the entire world knows the answer to that John, and had you followed my orders, we wouldn’t be standing here having this conversation, and two members of your family wouldn’t be laid up in a hospital bed as we speak. . . Like it or not John, I did the right thing by telling you all to stay away as it was for your own good, so don’t you dare hold me responsible for your own mistakes.


Eric Bischoff:
Now I’ll come back to you in a second John, but Randy I think you need to get a grip of reality. We both know that you’re not going to walk out on Raw, but if you feel that strongly about it, you know where the door is. Please don’t let me stop you.


The camera zooms in on a pissed off Orton before going back to Bischoff at the top of the stage.

Eric Bischoff: As for tonight though Randy, you are going to get what you want, because in that very ring you will face Mr. Kennedy in a falls count anywhere no disqualification match.

*Huge Pop*

Eric Bischoff:
However, you will be joined by six other men, because this won’t be any old falls count anywhere match. . . This is going to be an eight man tag team falls count anywhere match.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff:
Your partners Randy will be two of the men standing alongside you right now in Vladimir Kozlov and The Big Show. You three men will be joined by the WWE Champion, Kane to take on not just Mr. Kennedy, but the collective known as Evolution.

*Massive Pop*

Eric Bischoff:
Now John, I know you’re involved in a Quest to be Champion match tonight, but I want you to be perfectly clear that both your hit men will be barred from ringside, just as you will be during the eight man tag team main event, hence why I made it an eight man and not a nine man match. . . And if I so much as see you anywhere near the ring during our main event John, you will be the one that terminates them self because I will have no problem in firing you on the spot.

*Huge Pop*

“I’m Back”
hits again as the fans cheer like crazy while the smug Bischoff stares down at the disgusted Corporation (mainly JBL) and Orton.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

***The Opening Match***

Non Title Match
Finlay w/Hornswoggle vs Ted DiBiase Jr w/Maryse

Finlay makes his way back up after hitting a clothesline out of nowhere to knock DiBiase down to the mat. With DiBiase picking himself back up too, Finlay clobbers him with a european uppercut. DiBiase is knocked for six by that, and Finlay quickly follows up by sending him back down to the mat with a snap mare. With DiBiase sat upright on the mat, the fighting Irishman nails him with a seated dropkick. The Million Dollar Champion looks in trouble as Finlay shifts himself round to make a cover, but DiBiase gets his shoulder up at 2 to the relief of Maryse on the outside, who lets out a sigh of relief. Finlay doesn’t look too shocked as he quickly gets back to work, picking the youngster up after he stands back up. He then whips him in to the corner and follows in, turning to the side as he gets to his opponent, and driving his elbow in to the face of DiBiase. Finlay doesn’t let him escape either, driving his elbow right in to his face again with Maryse looking worried while Hornswoggle shows his delight.

Finlay then turns to face his opponent and nails him with another european uppercut before whipping him in to the opposite corner, and as Finlay is about to charge at DiBiase, Maryse reaches inside and grabs Finlay’s left boot. He turns round and looks down intensely at her, and she quickly lets go. Finlay takes a second before turning his attention back to DiBiase, running right at him, but the Million Dollar Champion steps to the side with the Irishman running chest first in to the pads. He then turns round and staggers out of the corner with DiBiase running back in to the ropes, coming back and taking him down with a falling clothesline. Both men remain down on the mat for several seconds, but it’s DiBiase who is up first, reacting quickly to pull Finlay up from his knees and plant him with a vertical suplex. The arrogant youngster isn’t messing about tonight as he scurries round on the mat to make a cover, but Finlay comfortably kicks out at 2. DiBiase gets back up sharply and urges Finlay up, and it doesn’t take him long while Ted Jr then shifts behind his opponent, stalking him for a Cobra Clutch grip.

With the fans booing, Hornswoggle panics as DiBiase manages to pull Finlay in to position, and the little fella decides to crawl in to the ring under the bottom rope. DiBiase sees it right in front of him and quickly lets go of Finlay, and then walks over to Hornswoggle, yelling at the referee to get him out. With his eyes now off of his opponent, Finlay crawls across to the corner and grabs his shillelagh while the ref tries to stop DiBiase hurting Hornswoggle. Finlay walks back in to the centre of the ring as Maryse fails in trying to warn Ted Jr, and as he turns round and walks away from the ref dealing with Hornswoggle, Finlay levels him across the skull with the shillelagh to a big pop from the crowd. He immediately slides it back in to the corner as Hornswoggle makes his way out of the ring. Finlay then drops to the mat to make a cover, and as the ref turns round, he rushes across to make the cover, counting to 3 to give Finlay a non title victory over the Million Dollar Champion.

WINNER: Finlay by pinfall @ 5.57.

AFTERMATH: “Lambeg” hits to a pop from the crowd as the delighted Finlay gets his arm raised and leaves the ring with the also ecstatic Hornswoggle. Maryse climbs up the steps and in to the ring before yelling at the referee, trying to tell him what happened as the very groggy Million Dollar Champion starts to come round. Finlay & Hornswoggle just laugh as they see Maryse spitting feathers at the ref fobbing her off. DiBiase then sits up holding his head while staring angrily in the direction of the two Irishmen.

{Cut Backstage}

Todd Grisham is standing by.

Todd Grisham: Please welcome by guest at this time. . . Natalya Neidhart.

Boos are heard from the arena as Natalya walks in to the shot

Todd Grisham: Last week Natalya, you were victorious in your tag team match against Kelly Kelly and Candice Michelle, and tonight you will be in the same ring as the Women’s Champion, Victoria when you team up with Melina once again. What are your thoughts on the match tonight?

Natalya Neidhart: To be totally honest Todd, I don’t see the point. I beat Kelly Kelly last week and proved why I should be the number one contender. If there was any justice around here, I would be facing Victoria for the title tonight, and just for the record. . . I’d win. . . The only good thing to come out of this is that I get to send Victoria a message tonight, up close and personal. . . She might be the Women’s Champion now, but she won’t be for much longer.

? ? ?: You are-a right about dat girlfriend.

Natalya looks confused and turns round to see Santino Marella & Melina walk up to her.

Santino Marella: Natalie, Natalie, Natalie, let me-a introduce you to the next women’s champion of the entire universe, my beautiful Melina. . . Todd-a Gri-sham, take-a your eyes off-a my-a woman right now, not that I-a blame you for wanting to get a look at my-a hot mama.

Melina looks a little embarrassed by Santino’s over enthusiasm.

Melina: Thanks Santino. . . I think.

Santino Marella: You are-a welcome my dear.

Melina turns her attention to Natalya, looking right at her.

Melina: Do you not remember who your partner was last week? You didn’t beat Kelly Kelly. . . we did. Just like we’re going to beat Candice and Victoria tonight, only it’s not going to be you who gets a title shot, it’ll be me. . . Besides, anyone can beat that bimbo Kelly.

Santino Marella: That is-a true. Especially-a now with her broken head. . . (Screaming like a girl) Look at me, my name is-a Kelly Kelly Kelly and my head is-a broken.

Todd and the two divas just look at Santino like he’s an idiot.

Santino Marella: What are-a you goofs-a looking at?

They just ignore Santino and act as if he’s not there.

Todd Grisham: To be fair though ladies, Kelly did beat the both of you at Backlash.

Natalya Neidhart & Melina: SHUT UP.

Santino Marella: Yeah Todd, shut up-a your face.

Natalya Neidhart: Isn’t he cute Melina? You must be so proud.

Santino Marella: HEY. You don’t talk to-a my Melina like dat. If you are-a having a problem with-a her, you are-a having a problem with me, you. . . you. . . you. . .

Natalya doesn’t hesitate in squaring up to Santino

Natalya Neidhart: . . . You, what?

He looks quite intimidated, standing to the side straight away and pulling Melina in front of him.

Santino Marella: Leave me alone you-a crazy wo-man, Melina has the-a problem with-a you, not-a me.

Melina shrugs her shoulders and storms off, looking disgusted with Santino. Natalya’s eyes follow Melina as she walks away, but Santino turns to her.

Santino Marella: Are you-a happy? Look what you have-a done. You are-a lucky I don’t slap-a your face bee-hatch.

Natalya steps forward and Santino screams while running off with Todd just shaking his head. Natalya looks menacing as he just stares down the hall.

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

The in ring promo between The Colon Brothers & Cryme Time

The crowd cheer as Shad drops his microphone and walks up to Eric Perez with JTG, but “Burned” blasts out with Kane walking out to the stage and down to the ring with Paul Bearer standing at the top of the stage. Everyone in the ring is stunned as Kane climbs on to the apron, but The Colon’s push Shad & JTG towards Kane as he steps over the ropes. Eddie & Carlito make a sharp exit, followed by Perez as Shad & JTG try to reason with Kane, but it doesn’t work. Kane hits them both with uppercut thrusts, knocking them down. Shad got the first one and gets back up to face another one while JTG is met with an irish whip to the ropes and runs back in to a sidewalk slam. Shad gets up and walks right in to a big boot. The Colon’s walk round to the ramp and laugh as they watch Kane drag Shad back up and plant him with a chokeslam. Bearer also smiles at the top of the stage as JTG picks himself up and is scooped up on to Kane’s shoulder before being driven in to the mat head first with a tombstone piledriver. Carlito & Eddie can’t help but laugh with Perez also chuckling behind them. Kane sets his pyro off as “Burned” plays again with Eddie just tossing the bling in to the crowd as Kane stands tall in the ring.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #2***

Shad Gaspard w/JTG vs Eddie Colon w/Carlito & Eric Perez

Shad blocks a right hand from Eddie and reverses an irish whip, and as Eddie comes back off the ropes, Shad sends him crashing down to the mat with a thunderous sidewalk slam. He doesn’t waste any time in going for the cover, but Eddie just lifts his shoulder up to the relief of Carlito on the outside. Perez stands by Carlito’s side, showing no emotion and looking menacing. As Shad stands back up, he looks over at Carlito with the two of them exchanging words, leading to Carlito standing up on the apron. JTG walks round on the outside, but Perez stands right in front of him, blocking him off from getting to Carlito. JTG holds his hands up in the air and backs up as Eddie sits up on the inside while the ref tells Carlito to step down, and eventually he does. As Shad then turns back round and walks over to pull Eddie up to his knees, the younger Colon brother hammers him in the gut with a right hand and then lifts both feet of the mat, driving them in to Shad’s ducked head. That sends Shad down to the mat and allows Eddie time to make his way back up. He walks in to the corner and climbs up to the top rope with Carlito egging him on as Shad picks himself back up, and as he turns round, Eddie leaps off the top and connects with a missile dropkick.

With the fans booing, Eddie scurries back across the mat to make the cover, but Shad kicks out comfortably at 2. JTG punches on the air outside as Eddie sits up in shock, and Shad is already trying to stand back up. Eddie gets on with things too, rising to his feet and kicking Shad in the gut, then following up with an elbow to the back of his ducked opponent’s head. He then runs past Shad and in to the ropes, runs back behind him and tries to take him down with a bulldog, but Shad throws him forward and down to the mat. JTG again shows his delight on the outside, and as Shad urges his opponent to get back up, Carlito panics and hops back up on to the apron behind Shad. JTG runs round again with Perez also getting his way while the referee walks over to get Carlito down. JTG squares up to Perez while Shad turns round and runs at Carlito, knocking him off the apron with a back elbow smash. Carlito holds his face as he hits the floor, but he doesn’t look to hurt. Shad turns round with Eddie running at him, but the big man drives his boot in to Eddie’s face with one hell of an impact. Eddie just falls back to the mat while Carlito gets back up on the outside with Shad going for the cover and getting the 3.

WINNER: Shad Gaspard by pinfall @ 4.50.

AFTERMATH: “Bringin’ Da Hood To You” hits as Shad quickly slips out of the ring as Carlito & Perez make their own way inside, trying to get at him. JTG joins Shad on the ramp as they taunt the angry Puerto Rican duo.

{Cut Backstage}

An angry Ted DiBiase Jr storms down the hallway with Maryse, still dressed in his ring gear with the Million Dollar Championship in his possession.

Maryse: Do you want me to do the talking?

Ted DiBiase Jr: I’ll take care of it.

They stop at the door of the “Head of Authority”, and DiBiase doesn’t bother knocking, opting to storm right in with Maryse following. Eric Bischoff & William Regal are sat down on a leather sofa, but they both stand up looking very annoyed.

Ted DiBiase Jr: HEY, BISCHOFF.

William Regal: I beg your pardon young man. We’ll have less of that tone in here if you don’t mind when you’re speaking to your superiors.

Bischoff puts his hand on Regal’s shoulder, calming down slightly.

Eric Bischoff: Don’t worry Regal, I’ll take care of this.

He turns his attention back to the serious looking DiBiase.

Eric Bischoff: So champ, what’s so important that you have to barge your way in here?

Ted DiBiase Jr: I wouldn’t have to barge in anywhere if you did your job right.

Eric Bischoff: Huh. . . Is that it, or is there actually something to this?

Ted DiBiase Jr: Do you realise who you’re talking to? I’m the man who’s gonna headline this company for years, and you know what I have to put up with week in and week out?

Eric Bischoff: Why don’t you enlighten me?

Ted DiBiase Jr: Everywhere we go, Finlay and that pain in the ass leprechaun are there, biting me in the ass, hitting me in the head with that damn shillelagh and scaring the hell out of Maryse. . . She’s not called The Million Dollar Woman for nothing you know. She shouldn’t have to worry about being manhandled by that troll, and I’m telling you Bischoff you better deal with it and deal with it as a matter of great urgency.

Eric Bischoff: A matter of urgency huh? . . . What do you think? A scale four perhaps, or maybe even a five?

Ted DiBiase Jr: Did you not here what I just said?

Eric Bischoff: Oh I heard every word, and don’t you worry, Finlay will be dealt with. . . just not by me.

DiBiase & Maryse look confused

Ted DiBiase Jr: What?

Eric Bischoff: You want Finlay dealt with? Fine, you’re just going to have to do it by yourself. . . And since you’re going to be such a huge asset to this company for years to come, you won’t have a problem putting that belt of yours on the line either will ya when let’s say, you face Finlay at the King of the Ring.


Eric Bischoff: Does it look like I’m kidding? . . . No I didn’t think so. Now get out both of you.

DiBiase looks pissed and lost for words, and Maryse isn’t too happy either as she follows her boyfriend after he storms out. Bischoff’s eyes remain locked on the door as Regal tries to catch his attention.

William Regal: Mr. Bischoff if you don’t mind me saying, you look like you could do with a break. Why don’t you go home, get some rest and I’ll hold the fort here?

Bischoff looks tempted.

Eric Bischoff: No I’ll stick around and make sure we don’t get a repeat of last week.

William Regal: Mr. Bischoff, I really think you could do with some rest. Let somebody else worry about things for a change. If anything should happen, I will inform you immediately.

Bischoff looks at a very persuasive Regal for a few seconds.

Eric Bischoff: You know? You’re right, I could do with a night off. . . Thanks Regal.

William Regal: There’s no need to thank me Mr. Bischoff. I assure you everything will go smoothly. You can trust me.

Eric Bischoff: Alright. I guess I’ll see you next week, but if something does go wrong, make sure you call me right away.

William Regal: You have my word.

Bischoff smiles and turns round to the door, opening it and walking out.

Eric Bischoff: See you next week.

Regal smirks as the door closes. He then sits down and gets comfortable on the sofa with a satisfied grin on his face.

William Regal: I could quite get used to this.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Match #3***

Victoria & Candice Michelle vs Natalya Neidhart & Melina w/Santino Marella

Melina & Victoria both appeal for a tag as Candice & Natalya crawl across the mat after a collision. Natalya edges closer to Melina and is able to reach out to tag her partner. She races in to the ring and runs across to stop Candice making the tag, but she’s too late as Candice jumps up and makes the tag to the Women’s Champion. The crowd erupts as Victoria climbs through the ropes and nails Melina with a series of right hands, forcing her back across the ring. The champ then grabs Melina by the arm and whips her in to the ropes, tossing her overhead with a back body drop as she comes back. Victoria then turns round and shakes that body of hers in a frenzy before connecting with a standing moonsault. Melina looks in trouble as Victoria goes for the cover, but it’s only a 2 count as Natalya eagerly watches on from the apron. The champion stands back up and drags Melina up to her feet, then drags her head under her arm before lifting her vertically up in to the air and walking across to the ropes. She then drops Melina’s legs on to the top rope before pulling her back and connecting with a slingshot suplex. Victoria is cheered as she stands back up, and as she walks across to the ropes, she and Natalya stare right at each other.

The ref checks on Melina as Victoria then climbs through the ropes to stand on the apron, where she grabs the top rope. Natalya shifts round past the ringpost, catching Victoria’s attention. There’s clear tension between them, but as Victoria turns her attention back to Melina and looks to hit a slingshot somersault leg drop, Melina rolls to the side as Victoria crash lands on the mat. Melina slowly makes her way back up, and Victoria isn’t far behind her. Melina strikes first, dragging Victoria in towards her to plant her with a single arm DDT. She follows up for the cover, but Victoria just gets her shoulder up at 2. Melina looks slightly frustrated but not surprised. She makes her way back up and stomps across the champ’s stomach until the ref steps between them and keeps Melina away, allowing Victoria to slowly pick herself back up. Melina walks back over to her and whips her in to the ropes, ducking her head as Victoria then runs back and kicks her in the head. Melina’s head snaps back up as Victoria then steps back to take Melina’s head off with a savote kick. Melina falls in a heap as Victoria then drops to her knees to make a cover, but Natalya comes to the rescue, racing in to the ring and stomping on the back of Victoria’s head before the referee can count to 3. The ref quickly ushers Natalya out of the ring, but she looks very pleased with herself as both divas remain on the mat.

They both start to stir and crawl across to their respective partners, and as Melina reaches up to tag Neidhart, Victoria does the same to bring Candice back in to the match. Both Candice & Natalya race in to the ring with Michelle ducking a clothesline and running through in to the ropes, coming back and hitting a diving cross body. Natalya falls back to the mat with Candice on top for a cover, but lifts her off at the count of 2. They both rush back up to their feet with Natalya walking in to an irish whip and falling foul to a spinning heel kick. The crowd crazy as Candice then tries for another cover, but Neidhart kicks out once again at 2. Candice doesn’t lose the enthusiasm as she makes her way back up and urges Natalya to do the same, and as the second generation diva stands back up, Candice then sets her up for Tte Candywrapper. She looks in to the crowd for a couple of seconds, and it proves fatal as Natalya escapes her grip, lifting her up in to the air and slamming her down to the mat with a side suplex. It doesn’t take long for Neidhart to get back up, and once she’s up, she shifts round to Candice’s legs to lock in the Sharpshooter. Fans boo, and as Melina picks herself up on the apron, Victoria does the same on the other side. Santino walks round on the outside as Victoria looks to break up the hold, and he grabs her by the foot. Candice tries to fight the hold, but she can’t hold on and taps out with Santino then pulling Victoria down off the apron just to rub salt in to the wounds.

WINNERS: Natalya Neidhart & Melina by submission @ 5.50.

AFTERMATH: Natalya’s music hits as Melina steps back in the ring. As Natalya stands up and turns round, she and Melina stare right at each other. They might be partners, but there’s a lot of tension between them. Santino then climbs in the ring and walks over to Melina, who just focuses on Natalya, but Neidhart walks over to the ropes and leaves the ring as both divas remain firmly locked on each other.

{Cut Backstage}

Randy Orton is in his locker room, sat down on the bench as he pulls up his knee pads when the serious looking JBL walks in with The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov following. They are just as serious as they stand behind him and to either side as JBL approaches Orton, who looks surprised at their presence.

JBL: Randy, we need a moment to speak with you regarding the match later on tonight. . . As much as I yearn to get my hands on those no good hooligans, Evolution tonight, I am unable to do so, which is why I want to ensure. . .

Orton stands up and looks right at JBL.

Randy Orton: Look, you didn’t have to come here and remind me about what Evolution did last week. I am fully aware of what they did to Vince and to Shane, but quite frankly I don’t care one bit. That’s not my concern, but I assure you, you don’t need to tell me about how Evolution need to pay for what they did. . . You’re going back a week, but what they did to me four years ago will never be forgiven. . . I despise Evolution as much as you, if not more for what they did to me. When it dawned on them that I was the real star of Evolution, the heartbeat of the most feared group in the history of the WWE, they panicked to save their own egos and threw me overboard. . . So, tonight, you don’t have to worry about Randy Orton going through the motions because any chance that gets thrown my way to get retribution at Evolution’s expense. . . I take it in hand and send them a painful reminder of how and why I eclipsed them to be the star I am today, and tonight will be no different.

JBL smirks and turns to smile at the intense Kozlov and grinning Big Show before turning back to face Orton. He then holds out his hand to The Legend Killer.

JBL: Good luck.

Orton doesn’t shake as a confused JBL then pulls his hand back.

Randy Orton: Just in case you haven’t realised, it’s not just Evolution we’re competing against tonight, there’s Mr. Kennedy too. And if I’m not mistaken, Mr. Kennedy will be facing you Show in a semi final match to determine the new number one contender next week. . . If we all work together and do our job tonight big man, you might just earn yourself a walk next week. . . Tonight I have my chance at retribution at not just Evolution, but Kennedy too for costing me the chance to win back the WWE Championship. . . And Show, you’ve got more than retribution at stake, you’ve got opportunity. You take out Mr. Kennedy and you’re one match away from facing Kane for the title at the King of the Ring, the same man who will be out there too tonight. And if anything untoward should happen to him, then your task at the King of the Ring should you get there, just becomes a little easier.

The Big Show: Randy, just like you, I don’t need any extra encouragement. I know what’s at stake tonight, next week and at the King of the Ring. We’re not leaving tonight until we’re satisfied we’ve done enough to make Evolution pay for what they did to Vince and Shane. . . And if anybody else gets in the way of that, well they’re gonna get the same treatment.

Orton turns to the intense and oblivious looking Kozlov.

Randy Orton: What about you?

Kozlov just stares back without saying a word.

JBL: You have nothing to concern yourself with Vladimir. If you all work together out there later on, this could be a very productive night all round. . . Evolution will be destroyed and I, JBL, the wrestling god will be one step closer to once again becoming the WWE Champion.

JBL offers Orton his hand, and this time Orton shakes it.

The Big Show: See you out there man.

Orton watches on as The Corporation turn to walk out of the room and leave.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***
During The Break

Evolution are shown arriving through the door from the parking lot. Triple H, Batista & Ric Flair all look very serious as they drag their travel bags inside and through the hall.

***Video Promo***

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

The World Tag Team Championship Rematch between Paul London & Brian Kendrick and John Morrison & The Miz

The Finish:
The ref tells Morrison to get out, but Morrison argues with him. As London stands back up, he walks back over to The Miz and tires to pull him up to his feet, but The Miz low blows and rolls him to an inside cradle. Morrison quickly tells the ref to turn round, and he does to count the fall with the champs picking up the win.
The Aftermath: The champs grab their belts and raise them in the air, and Kendrick sees them taunt him. London sits back up and looks frustrated, but as he stands up, he looks at Kendrick and seems to apologise, but Kendrick just stares at him. London looks confused and tries to talk to him, but Kendrick seems like he doesn’t want to know, causing London to try even harder, resulting in Kendrick shoving him down to the mat. London sits up and he seems to be in absolute shock, while Kendrick storms out of the ring and up the ramp, causing Morrison & The Miz to laugh at the demise of their rivals.

The Quest To Be Champion First Round Match between Rey Mysterio & Kenny Dykstra

The Finish:
The fans all get to their feet as Rey dials up and runs back at Kenny for the 619, but Kenny ducks his head as Rey swings his feet at him. Dykstra backs away from the ropes to steady himself, but it allows Rey to do the same, and as Kenny then runs at Rey, it allows Mysterio to duck down and drive his head into Kenny’s stomach. Rey then grabs hold of the top rope and sunset flips over the top and rolls Kenny in to a pinning position, but again he kicks out at 2, pushing Rey off with his feet. It sends Rey back against the ropes, but as Kenny stands up and reaches down to grab Rey, Mysterio pulls him down on to the middle rope again. Rey hurries to his feet and races back off the ropes, comes back and connects with the 619 this time. Dykstra is knocked back and he falls to the mat as Rey stands up, springboards and drops the dime to pick up the victory.

The Aftermath: “Booyaka 619” blasts out with Rey standing back up to get his arm raised to a massive pop from the fans. He walks in to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, raising his arms up in the air, celebrating his win. He jumps down off the ropes and walks past the squirming Dykstra in to the opposite corner to climb up to the second turnbuckle again, posing for the delighted fans once again. He then motions that he will have the WWE Championship around his waist before pointing up to the ceiling, but as he jumps down and turns round, Dykstra levels him with a right hand. The music cuts and the crowd boo like crazy as Dykstra pulls Rey back up and plants him with a rolling cutter to even more heat from the crowd. He then walks in to the corner and climbs up to the top rope, jumping off and hitting the guillotine leg drop. He stands back up and just stares down intensely at Rey with the ref telling him to leave the ring, but Dykstra ignores him and continues to stare down at him for a few more seconds before deciding to leave the ring, still not looking happy at all.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #4***

Paul London vs Kenny Dykstra

London has looked very low key since making his entrance, allowing a smug Dykstra to take control. With London slowly making his way back up to his feet, Dykstra takes his time in walking over to him before smashing with an uppercut to the jaw. London’s head snaps up with Kenny then kicking him quite hard in the gut. London looks to be in pain as Kenny then whips him in to the ropes, and as London arrives back in the centre of the ring, Dykstra connects with a perfectly executed standing dropkick. The crowd boo the arrogant young superstar as he stands back up and poses with a very smug look on his face. He then walks in to the corner and climbs up to the top rope while London remains down on the mat. With the fans still booing him, Kenny looks in to the crowd and taunts them before turning back and leaping off the top for a guillotine leg drop, but the time wasting helps London, allowing him to roll the side and avoid falling victim to Kenny’s finishing move. That brings a pop from the crowd as both men then pick themselves back up looking slightly groggy. Kenny throws the first punch, but London ducks it and dropkicks him in the chest. That sends Kenny down to his knees and London explodes with a shining wizard to the side of Dykstra’s head. That could be it as London follows up for the cover, but Kenny lifts his shoulder up off the mat before the ref can count to 3. London sits up with gasps coming from the stunned crowd.

They thought it was over, and by the looks of London, so did he. He looks very subdued still, and even more so now following the close call. He takes his time in standing back up while Kenny struggles to sit up, clearly dazed by that vicious shot to the side of his head. London isn’t rushing as he stands back up and waits for Kenny to get back up. Once Kenny is up, London walks over with no real purpose and whips him in to the ropes. As Dykstra comes back, London sends him down to the mat with a hip toss, and as Kenny makes his way back up, London turns back and runs the ropes. As he runs back though, Dykstra catches him with a rip-roaring falling clothesline that echoes around the arena. The youngster sits up and smiles at his work before then getting back up to his feet and dragging London with him, setting him up under his arm. Dykstra looks in to the crowd again for a couple of seconds before planting London with a snap suplex. As Kenny stands back up, he mocks London by nudging him in the side with his boots, teasing him. The fans boo, but that doesn’t bother him one bit as he just laughs it off. He then reaches down and sits London up before slapping him in the face for the ultimate insult. That draws more heat from the crowd, but that just spurs him on as he then bends down and drags London back up. He holds him up by his head and urges London to hit him, and to his surprise, London unloads with a right hand. Kenny is stunned by that, and London follows up with another.

He then grabs Kenny’s arm and tries for an irish whip, but Dykstra reverses it. As London comes back off the ropes though, he slides through Kenny’s legs and sweeps them as he slips through. With Kenny lying on his chest, London runs in to the ropes to the side and runs back, hitting a baseball slide dropkick in to the ribcage. The fans cheer him on as he turns Kenny over for a cover, but Dykstra lifts his shoulder up at 2. London seems to be fired up as he gets to his feet and urges his opponent up. Dykstra isn’t all there as he stands back up and turns round in to an inverted atomic drop which London follows up with a frankensteiner, but once again, Dykstra kicks out at 2. London stands up and drags Dykstra to his knees before turning back to run the ropes, and as he comes back, he looks to hit a sit-down dropkick, but Dykstra sees it coming and leans to the side with London hitting the deck. As both men then make their way back up, London tries to kick Kenny in the gut but Dykstra grabs his foot, spins him round and levels him with a rolling cutter. That looks to be lights out for London as Kenny grins in to the front row before walking in to the corner and climbing through the ropes, but a huge pop breaks out as he does so. He turns round to see what’s going on, and he sees Rey Mysterio right by his feet having run down the ramp. The Master of the 619 pulls Kenny down off the apron with his head hitting it as he falls, causing the referee to call for the bell and disqualify London.

WINNER: Kenny Dykstra by DQ @ 6.07.

AFTERMATH: Kenny crawls across the floor and grabs hold of the barricade to try and help himself back up, but Rey hammers at him with right hands. Kenny reacts though, fighting for his life by kicking Rey in the groin, and before Rey hits the deck, Dykstra grabs him and tosses him over the barricade and in to the crowd. He then climbs over the barrier himself and stomps across Rey’s back with fans giving Kenny shit, but he shrugs it off to pull Rey up and fire a shot at him. He doesn’t count on Rey fighting back though as they exchange blows, fighting all the way in to the back. As the camera goes back to the ring to show London sitting back up, Brian Kendrick is shown walking down the ramp. He doesn’t appear to be in the best moods, but as he’s about to climb on to the apron, London spots him and stares right at his former partner, catching him by surprise. Kendrick pauses and doesn’t know what to do as London angrily stares back at him, and Kendrick eventually backs away, realising London is ready for him. The fans boo Kendrick as he slowly back tracks up the ramp as London stands up and walks over to the ropes, inviting him in. Kendrick doesn’t want any part of him, and he looks pissed.

{Cut Backstage}

Leticia Cline is standing by.

Leticia Cline: Joining me at this time is the man who will face JBL in just a matter of minutes in the final first round match of the Quest to be Champion tournament. . . Jeff Hardy.

Jeff Hardy walks in to the shot with a big pop coming from inside the arena.

Leticia Cline: Jeff, welcome back. . . Before we talk you about your match tonight, how did it feel to make your return on Raw last week?

Jeff Hardy: Oh it was awesome. To hear those fans screamin’ my name and goin’ crazy gave me that adrenaline rush I’ve been missin’ the last six weeks. And now I’m back, I’m gonna savour every last second of it. . . After what CM Punk put me through the last five months, he tested me physically and mentally. But when I walked down to that ring last week, all that emotional torture that built up inside my body for months and months wasn’t there anymore, it was gone. All those problems are in the past, and now I’m only lookin’ one way, and that’s forward.

Leticia Cline: That next step could well be the WWE Championship, and if you beat JBL tonight you will go through to the semi finals to face Rey Mysterio next week. . . How do you feel about that?

Jeff Hardy: Leticia, there’s only one thing goin’ round my head right now, and that’s the WWE Championship. I want it more than anything. After everything I’ve been through, I owe it to myself, and I need to prove it not just to myself but all the fans that have supported me throughout my career, and that starts tonight. . . I will beat JBL tonight. I will face Rey Mysterio next week, and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to be the next WWE Champion.

Cheers can be heard from the arena as a focused Jeff Hardy walks out of the shot leaving a positive impression on Leticia Cline.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #5***

Quest To Be Champion First Round Match
Jeff Hardy vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

JBL takes control after an impressive up and at ‘em start from Jeff Hardy was ground to a halt following a big boot counter. It takes JBL a few seconds to recover before he sticks the boots to Jeff, stomping him across the chest repeatedly. He then steps back in to the ropes, walks back and drops an elbow across the chest. He gets back up straight away and drops another, and then another hard elbow in to the chest of Jeff Hardy. JBL then stands up again and raises his arms up in to the air as Jeff rolls on to his side and clutches his stomach. With the fans booing, JBL shows off one of his smug grins and then yells at Jeff to get up, and slowly but surely, the resilient Hardy does just that. As he turns to round to face JBL, the big Texan stomps him hard in the chest and grabs him by the arm to pull him in to a short arm clothesline. Jeff hits the deck again, and the smug JBL reaches down to pick him up and then whips him in to the ropes. Jeff runs back and dives at his opponent, but JBL catches him and tosses him behind with a fallaway slam. JBL rubs his hands together as he sits up before turning round to go for a complacent cover, but Jeff kicks out comfortably. It doesn’t go down well with JBL as he then stands back up in a hurry, dragging Jeff up with him and lifting him on to his shoulder, setting up and placing him in a torture rack. The fans try to encourage Jeff to fight the hold, but JBL’s determination is clear for all to see.

Jeff looks in real pain as he fights the submission manoeuvre with the referee asking him if he wants to give it up, but Jeff isn’t giving up. He continues to fight the hold, and the confidence fades away from JBL’s face as Jeff continues to hang on in there. He then strikes with all he can, swinging his arm at JBL’s head and despite trying to keep the hold locked in, a second shot to the head forces JBL to drop Jeff down to the mat. While Jeff rolls towards the ropes, JBL tries to shake the effects of the shots to the head off, and as he turns back round, he sees Jeff using the ropes to help him back up on to his feet. Jeff struggles but he gets back up, and as he turns round, JBL runs right at him, but Jeff lifts his boot up in to JBL’s face, sending him staggering back in to the middle of the ring. It allows Jeff to regain some composure, and as JBL turns round, Jeff runs at JBL and takes him down with a clothesline. JBL gets right back up and walks in to another clothesline, but again he’s not down for long. This time as JBL gets up, Jeff runs past him and in to the corner, jumping up to the top rope and connecting with the Whisper in the Wind. That gets a huge pop as both men hit the mat. Jeff races back up to his feet and grabs both of JBL’s legs, lifting them up and then dropping both of his own legs in to the groin of JBL. The crowd cheer again as JBL lets out a shudder of his discomfort while Jeff stands back up and urges JBL to get up, and it doesn’t take that long.

JBL looks uneasy as he gets to his feet, but he is able to reverse an irish whip to the corner from Jeff. As JBL then runs in at him, Jeff steps to the side with Layfield running right in to the pads, and as he turns round, Jeff takes the initiative back by stepping back in to the corner and nailing his opponent with a rope aided dropkick. JBL just slides down the pads as Jeff makes his way back up to a big pop and steps out of the corner. JBL looks in real trouble, but the referee allows him time to pick himself back up, and he does just that. With Jeff eagerly anticipating his opponent, the dazed JBL steps out of the corner in to a kick to the gut, and Jeff pulls him in to position for the Twist of Fate. The crowd goes nuts, but as Jeff spins round, JBL pushes him forward in to the ropes, and as Jeff bounces back with his back still to his opponent, JBL drives his forearm right in to Jeff’s spine. Jeff drops to his knees but JBL pulls him right back up and plants him with a swinging neckbreaker. That could be all as JBL hooks the leg, but Jeff gets his shoulder before the ref can count to 3. The frustration is clear on JBL’s face as he stares angrily at the ref before returning to his feet. He then reaches down and drags the squirming Hardy up too, setting him up for The Last Call. JBL raises his right arm up in to the air to signal the end and then lifts Jeff high up in to the air.

There’s no reaction from Jeff as JBL then sends him crashing down to the mat back first, and JBL thinks that could be it as he leans forward and makes the cover, but Jeff somehow gets his shoulder up to the clear delight of the crowd. JBL sits up in shock as cheers echo around the arena. JBL stares blankly at the referee who just confirms once again that it was a 2 count. With Jeff rolling on to his side, JBL realises he has to act quickly to finish the match off, and he gets back up to his feet with Jeff trying to get to his knees. JBL stares down at Jeff with absolute contempt with bad thoughts in mind, and as the groggy Jeff picks himself up and turns around, JBL turns back to run the ropes and races back, looking to hit the Clothesline from Hell. Jeff ducks under the arm though, and as JBL puts the breaks on and turns round, Jeff kicks him in the gut and sharply connects with the Twist of Fate. A massive pop breaks out as Jeff then fights off the cobwebs and picks himself back up. He walks in to the corner, still showing the effects of the match as he climbs up to the top rope with the fans willing him on while JBL remains flat on his back just off centre of the ring. Jeff fires himself up with his signature taunt before leaping off and connecting with the Swanton Bomb. It’s deafening inside the Norfolk Spoke as Jeff scurries back across the mat and hooks both legs for the cover, and he gets as the ref counts to 3.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy by pinfall @ 10.05.

AFTERMATH: “No More Words” blasts out to a huge pop as Jeff stands back to get his arm raised. He then walks in to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, posing for the crowd and celebrating his victory, getting one hell of a reaction as JBL starts to stir. Jeff then jumps down and climbs through the ropes to hit the floor below, walking round to slap his fans’ hands as he then backs up the ramp. JBL looks disgusted as he sits up and sees Jeff turning round on the ramp and saluting the crowd.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

The Aftermath of Natalya Neidhart’s win over Kelly Kelly:
Natalya’s music hits and she leaves the ring pretty quickly as Cody Rhodes slips inside. He walks over to Kelly and tries to help her sit up, but she doesn’t want to know, telling him to go away. Cody drags her up and points towards Kofi and can be heard saying that she can’t finish with him because of that loser. Kelly shouts back at Cody, telling him it’s not because of Kofi, it’s because of him. That doesn’t go down too well with Cody who grabs her by both arms. She screams hysterically and tells him to get off her, which he does, and she slaps him straight away to the delight of the fans. Cody looks stunned and stares right back at Kelly who seems surprised herself, but Cody shakes his head and kicks her in the stomach. He quickly pulls her head under his arm and plants her with a DDT. Boos ring out throughout The Credit Union Center as Cody looks down with a sick smile on his face as Kelly lies helpless on the mat. Kofi starts to stand up on the outside, and he can see something is wrong, so he rushes in to the ring with Cody getting out of there as medics race down the ramp to attend to Kelly. Kofi looks really worried as he kneels down beside Kelly with Cody backing up the ramp with no look of regret on his face as the fans boo him out of the arena. The medics check over Kelly and put a neck brace on her and call for a stretcher which comes pretty quickly. Kelly is then placed on to the stretcher with Kofi staying by her side as she is taken from the ring to the back.

{Cut To Ringside}

“Out To Kill” hits as a very serious looking Cody Rhodes walks down to the ring dressed in trousers and a shirt with the top button open, getting a ton of heat from all the fans inside the arena. He climbs through the ropes and stops to look at the crowd who continue to jeer him. He doesn’t know what to make of the reaction for several seconds before walking over to collect a microphone. He then walks back in to the middle of the ring.

Cody Rhodes: I guess there’s only thing for me to say right now, and that is Kelly. . . I’m sorry.


Cody Rhodes:
Kelly, I’m sorry, I really am. . . I’m sorry that I’ve been forced to go through with this pretence for your apparent benefit, because you’re not going to like what I have to say. In fact, none of you are.


Cody Rhodes:
All day long I’ve had Eric Bischoff in my ear, telling me how I have to come out here and apologise whether I like it or not. . . And quite frankly, I don’t like it. . . I have nothing to apologise for, and if anything, Kelly should be apologising to me. She was the one that caused all this crap, not me. From day one, everyone saw us as the golden couple, the loyal son of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and the sweet girl from next door. . . Well let’s just say that Kelly’s been in every house in the street if you know what I mean. Why else would she lead on her boyfriend’s best friend? . . . Like it or not Kelly, you did. You led Kofi on and made his goofy crush grow week after week after week. So in all honesty Kelly, you’re the reason I’m out here having to apologise for something that you effectively did to yourself.


Cody Rhodes:
But you know what? I’m real happy you forced my hand Kelly, because I don’t have to pretend anymore. I don’t have to worry about protecting the image of my father. I don’t have to worry about what people think of me because I don’t have to pretend any longer. . . I’m Cody Rhodes and what you all think means jack shit.

*Major Heat*

Cody Rhodes:
Truth hurt does it? Well, it’s long overdue. I’ve been a pushover for too long, and let me assure you that stops right now. . . And that brings me to a certain Kofi Kingston. . .


Cody Rhodes:
Yeah, everyone’s favourite guy in the world huh, Kofi Kingston. The nice guy, the entertainer, the high flier, the most chilled out guy to walk the face of the earth, and let’s not forget that he’s the Intercontinental Champion. . . You see, I can’t forget the fact he’s the Intercontinental Champion because he’s wearing that title at my expense. When Kofi won the title, he didn’t win it by himself, he won it because of me.


Cody Rhodes:
We won that match as a team. Together we eliminated six men, and just because he got the winning fall, he became the Intercontinental Champion when I carried his ass all the way through that damn match. Hell, at Backlash when he beat me, the only reason he did so was because I was making sure Kelly was okay, and Kofi sure as hell took advantage of that didn't he? . . . Deep down he knows he can’t beat me, and if it wasn’t for the slut from next door, I would be standing in front of you even prouder than I am tonight as the Intercontinental Champion.


Cody Rhodes:
But don’t you worry. Now I’ve taken out the trash, nothing is stopping me from finishing the job and taking the title that I deserve. There’s no distractions anymore, I’m stating my intent right now. . . Kofi. . . You’re living on borrowed on time my friend. . . I want that title, and I want it right now. . . Come on Kofi, there’s no point dragging this out. That title’s gonna be mine soon enough, so let’s just get this over with right now.

Cody smirks as he drops the microphone and turns to face the stage.

“SOS” blasts out to a huge pop as an angry looking Kofi Kingston walks through the curtain to an enormous pop. He has the IC title round his waist as he takes off his tracksuit top while glaring right at Cody who urges him to get in the ring. Kofi walks slowly but with purpose, taking off his Intercontinental Championship belt and dropping it on the floor as he reaches the ring. He reaches up and grabs one of the ropes.

???: Hold it right there.

The camera reveals William Regal, Eric Bischoff’s Executive Assistant rushing out to the stage with a microphone in hand, and it doesn’t go down well with the fans as Kofi stops and turns round, looking pretty annoyed, and so does Cody.

William Regal: Listen up gentleman. There is to be none of that tonight, DO YOU HEAR? . . . Now, I have a solution, and it’s very simple. We’re going to resolve this one way or another, and we’re going to resolve it next week on Monday Night Raw.


Kofi & Cody look curious as they look up at Regal.

William Regal: Next week it is going to be Cody Rhodes challening Kofi Kingston, for the Intercontinental Championship. . . Now let that be an end to it.

*Big Pop*

“Born Naughty”
hits while Cody grins as Regal stays to make sure nothing happens between them. Kofi turns back and stares at Cody who just smiles right back at him, telling him “it’s over”. Kofi bends down and picks his title up to put it back on his shoulder, but Cody remains smug, saying “it’s mine”. Kofi’s hot, not happy as the arrogant Cody smirks at him.

***Video Promo***

{Cut Backstage}

Mr. Kennedy is walking out of his locker room and in to the production arena, but as he turns the corner, he’s jumped by Randy Orton. The Legend Killer knocks Kennedy down to his knees with a club across the back and follows up with a boot to the side of his head. Kennedy falls on to his side and Orton strikes with a vicious swipe to the ribcage, and then another with referees and agents running in to break it up.

Mike Chioda: What the hell do you think you’re doin’? . . . Get outta here.

Orton just backs up with a big smirk on his face as Kennedy winces in pain, looking very uncomfortable.


The camera zooms in on Orton’s sadistic smile before going back to show Kennedy lying on the floor in agony.

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

Clips of classic King of the Ring moments are shown, such as Bret Hart winning the first tournament in 1993, followed by Owen Hart in ’94 and being crowned. It then shows Stonecold Steve Austin’s famous 3:16 quote from 1996, Triple H winning a year later and Kurt Angle’s victory in 2000, and ending with Edge’s in 2001.

Voiceover: For years, there have been only memories. . . For years, we have seen superstars grow in front of our eyes. . . Many of these moments stem from one glorious night. . . The King of the Ring. . . However, once again, this special night will create memories, champions and hall of famers. . . The King of the Ring returns to the WWE calendar very soon.

***Video Promo***
During The Break

William Regal
is shown walking through the back and up to the group of referees, agents and medics surrounding Mr. Kennedy. The shocked Executive Assistant doesn’t look too pleased at all.

William Regal: What the bloody hell’s happened here then?

A medic spins round on his knees.

Medic: He’s taken a couple of hard shots to the ribcage. I think it’s best we take him to the local hospital to get them checked over.

The groggy Kennedy is squirming around on the floor, trying to lift his head up.

Mr. Kennedy: No. Orton did this and he ain’t gettin’ away with it.

William Regal: And what do you think you’re going to do in that condition hmm? . . . (Turning to the medic) Take him to hospital.

Medic: Sure thing, there’s an ambulance on stand by.

Mr. Kennedy: No way. Orton’s gonna pay for this.

William Regal: Forget about Randy Orton for one minute will you and let these men do their job. You might have broken some ribs for crying out loud.

Kennedy sits up and looks at regal.

Mr. Kennedy: I’m not going anywhere until I make Orton pay.

William Regal: Don’t be so bloody stubborn. . . In fact, do you know what I’m going to do? I’m going to withdraw you from the match altogether, making it a 4 on 3 handicap match.

Kennedy shakes his head in frustration.

Mr. Kennedy: No. . .

William Regal: . . . The decision has been made. Now let these gentlemen take care of you.

Kennedy looks pissed as Regal shakes his head and walks off.

William Regal: Honestly.

{Cut To Ringside}

***The Main Event***

No Disqualification 4 on 3 Handicap Falls Count Anywhere Match
Evolution vs Kane w/Paul Bearer, Randy Orton, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov

Kozlov is the legal man in the ring, doing a job on Batista. With The Animal struggling back up to his feet, Kozlov walks across with malicious intent, grabbing him around the upper chest and showing his strength by tossing Batista behind with an overhead side belly to belly to suplex. The Russian stands back up and screams out in satisfaction as Batista rolls around on the mat. Kozlov then turns his attention back to The Animal, walking round to his legs and turning him on to his back to lock in a single leg boston crab. Batista looks in pain as he tries to fight the hold, but Kozlov holds on for dear life, not letting him get anywhere near the ropes. The crowd try to encourage Batista, and it looks to motivate him as he starts to drag himself across the mat. Kozlov frantically tries to keep the hold locked in and keep Batista where he is, but The Animal is getting closer and closer to the ropes with the fans really getting behind him. Kozlov panics and stands up to drag him back, but Dave turns himself over and kicks Kozlov off of him with the Russian falling back to the mat. Triple H leans over the top rope, calling for the tag as Kozlov rushes back to his feet to try and get to Dave, but the big man manages to jump up and make the tag to The Game. Triple H rushes in to the ring and hammers away at Kozlov, pushing him further back across the ring. He then whips him in to the ropes and levels him with a high knee strike as he comes back. Kozlov falls to the mat but he’s not down for long as he picks himself back up.

The Game is ready and waiting for him though as he chops him back in to the corner and then stomps the hell out of him, kicking him right in the gut. The Game backs out of the corner as Kozlov then staggers out in to a face buster knee smash. Kozlov’s head snaps back up and as he spins round in a daze, Triple H grabs him around the waist, lifts him off his feet and plants him with a spinning spinebuster. The roof is in danger of coming off as Triple H stands back up, but as he leans back and raises both his arms in to the air, signalling for the Pedigree, The Big Show enters the ring behind him and drags him back in to the mat. It’s not against the rules but Show leaves the ring with a smile on his face. Kozlov then shows signs of movement as he crawls across to his corner and makes the tag to Show. The giant steps over the top rope as The Game gets back to the feet, and Show grabs him by the head, then headbutts him down to the mat. Show likes what he sees and he then drops a leg across the upper chest of The Game with the ring shaking ever so slightly to demonstrate the impact. Show adjusts his position on the mat to make a cover, but Triple H gets his shoulder up at the count of 2. Show stands back up and walks right across the chest of The Game, and the pain is clear to see. He then takes a couple of steps away from his opponent, allowing him to stand back up, and The Game slowly picks himself back up with The Big Show lying in wait.

As HHH turns round to face him, Show grabs him around the throat for a chokeslam, but with the fans booing, Triple H swipes his foot up in to the groin of the big man, and it grounds the giant as he slumps to his knees and down to the mat. Triple H struggles to his feet and walks over to his corner to tag in The Nature Boy. Show stands up looking uncomfortable as Flair chops him across the chest. It doesn’t shift Show at all as Flair then tries again, but it doesn’t register at all as Show shoves him down to the mat. Still feeling the effects of the kick to the groin, Show walks back in to his corner and tags in the WWE Champion, Kane. Flair doesn’t know what to make of him as he steps over the top rope and walks across to him. With Flair on his knees, he throws a right hand in to the gut of The Big Red Machine. He then stands up and chops him across the chest before firing at him with a right hand. It doesn’t do much to affect Kane, and Flair turns back to run the ropes, but as he comes back, he falls victim to one hell of a tilt-a-whirl slam. Kane calmly goes for the cover, but Flair just kicks out at 2. Kane takes his time in standing back up, and Flair rolls away from the centre of the ring and to the ropes. Kane just watches on as Flair uses the ropes to help him get back up, and once he’s up, Kane runs at him, but The Nature Boy ducks and pulls down the top rope with Kane falling over the ropes and to the floor below.

The crowd cheer as Flair then makes his way to the top rope, looking to hit a double axe handle to the champion as he makes his way back up to his feet, but Randy Orton races round on the apron to shove Flair off the top and down on to the padded floor. Boos ring out, but Orton could be regretting it as Batista jumps down off the apron and makes his way round, followed by The Game. The Animal pulls Orton down off the apron and hammers at him with right hands, then whips him in to the barricade. Orton slumps down to the floor as Kane then knocks Batista down with an uppercut thrust. Triple H decides to take a pop at Kane, hitting him with a succession of right hands, but he’s quickly pounced upon by Show & Kozlov as they step off the apron. They both grab him by one arm and whip him in to the steel steps, causing an ugly thud that reverberates around the arena. They look very satisfied with themselves, but as Kane walks over to Flair, Batista is standing back up and he charges at Kozlov as he turns round, taking him down with a spear. Show immediately stomps all over Batista and pulls him up to his feet, but Batista fights back with right hands and grabs Show around the waist, pushing him back in to the ringpost with Show slumping down to his knees after his spine crashed in to the post. Orton comes to life though and grabs The Animal from behind to take him down to the floor with an inverted headlock backbreaker. Kane tries to pull Flair up to his feet, but Naitch sits up and low blows the champ, sending him to his knees and down to the floor.

A big pop meets that, but as Flair stands back up, The Legend Killer walks round to meet him, but as he stalks his former mentor, a big pop breaks out in the stands as an angry Mr. Kennedy walks down the ramp clutching his chest after the attack earlier. He catches Orton’s attention, and Orton doesn’t hesitate in storming up the ramp as he and Kennedy exchange blows. Kennedy takes control too until Orton reacts with a shot to the midsection that clearly hurts Kennedy. Orton then levels him with a hard kick to the gut that sends Kennedy down to his knees, and Orton follows up with a vicious swipe to the ribs. Kennedy rolls around screaming on the ramp as Orton looks down grinning sadistically. While all this is going on, Flair stomps away at Kane, but Paul Bearer looks to get involved, walking round and taunting Flair. The Nature Boy quickly forgets all about the WWE Champion and walks after Bearer who back tracks. Flair gets closer as he walks round the ring, but as he grabs Bearer, he doesn’t see Kane is back up and behind him. The WWE Champion fires a shot in to the back of Flair and pulls him down to the floor. Bearer breathes a sigh of relief as Kane then drags Flair up and whips him in to the ring post. Flair just falls to the floor, but Kane isn’t finished as he drags Flair back up once again and scoops him up on to his shoulder. He can’t be thinking of doing this, surely. Back on the ramp, Orton takes a couple of steps back before running at Kennedy and kicking him in the ribcage again. Kennedy is helpless and he just lies motionless on the ramp with Kennedy standing over his body like a predator while Kane gets Flair ready for the Tombstone Piledriver, and he nails it on the padded floor. He crosses Flair’s arms as the ref makes the count of 3.

WINNERS: Kane, Randy Orton, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov by pinfall @ 9.21.

AFTERMATH: “Burned” blasts out as Kane stands back up with Orton still admiring his work on Kennedy as Show and Kozlov slowly make their way back up with Triple H & Batista starting to stir. Bearer walks round and grabs Kane’s belt, then passes it to him as the camera zooms in on Flair, completely out of it. The camera then switches between Kane & Orton before focusing back on Kane as the show comes to a close.

{End of Show}

Finlay df. Ted DiBiase Jr
Shad Gaspard
df. Eddie Colon
Natalya Neidhart & Melina
df. Victoria & Candice Michelle
Kenny Dykstra
df. Paul London
Jeff Hardy
df. JBL
Kane, Randy Orton, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov
df. Evolution


Quest To Be Champion Semi Final Matches
Mr. Kennedy vs The Big Show

Rey Mysterio
vs Jeff Hardy

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Cody Rhodes


Million Dollar Championship
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c)

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I asked for it, and I received it. A full Nige promo, and man, that was a hell of a promo. Everyone here that spoke was tremendous, especially JBL. He was the one that really built this, and overall, I think it was one of the best promos I've ever read. Orton was very good, although I feel as if his thunder was somewhat stolen by JBL, and Bischoff, who's so smug I though I'd never think he'd work as a face, is working as a face. Great job. The 8-Man No DQ FCA Match should be awesome, although I'm slightly puzzled as to why Kane is on the heel team. Obviously because there wasn't any room for him on the face side, but it seems a little weird to me. Two big matches on the show that should be very fun, so I'm looking forward to both after this great opening.

Again, Ted doesn't have the best showing. He was pretty hot when I first started reading, but over the weeks, he's lost quite a bit of momentum, with lackluster performances. From what we saw here, he didn't get much offense, with the biggest move he hit being a suplex, not good for the champ. The finish was basic Finlay, nothing special, but I'm starting to get a little worried about Ted. This might be all part of the plan, but he needs a big, decisive win soon. I'm guessing that this'll give Finlay a shot at the Million Dollar Title now?

Noticed an error right off the bat here, when Todd said Natalya was victorious against Kelly and Candice in a tag match last week, when it was just Natalya and Kelly on the previous RAW. In fact, that tag match never actually happened (since I started reading, anyway), so I'm not sure what you did there. Anyway, aside from that, hilarious stuff. Santino was brilliant, pure awesomeness, while the women weren't bad themselves. Melina didn't have much to say, but Natalya was good, and this built up hype for their match, as well as tension to add to the storytelling. Golden segment, especially Santino's last line. Great stuff.

Not a bad match by any means, but not all that exciting. I'm glad it was competitive, though, moreso than Ted vs. Finlay. Eddie fought back with some nice moves, which I liked, but showed Shad's dominance in the ring as well. Perez was also utilized well in blocking off JTG, covering for Carlito to try and interfere. Again, this wasn't the best or worse match, although it was executed well.

This segment was much better than Ted's actual match, I really enjoyed it. It got across DiBiase's anger and point well, (and I just had a case of deja vu) and it's starting to seem as if all the heels are trying to get Bischoff away from power. Regal convincing to go Bischoff home is sure to end in catastrophe, and I'm looking forward to seeing what goes wrong. Good segment here, really liked Ted and what he said, and it also got me to like Bisch a little more (dang it!).

Solid Divas match. Everyone got a good showing here, Candice as well, and I like what you did here. You could've had either Natalya or Melina pick up the pinfall on Victoria to more or less determine the next contender, but by having Candice take the fall, it sets up even more tension, since neither got to the Women's Champ, although Natalya still got the win. Very good booking here, might seem basic on the surface, but very good upon closer inspection. This has raised interest in the women's division, so I want to see more of what's going to happen with the Divas.

Very good segment here. It provided hype and build towards the main event, the Quest, and the Evolution/Corporation and Orton/Kennedy feuds. Great job all around, and I love that Orton talked about his past with Evolution. I also like what you've done with his character, he speaks a lot more eloquently here than he does in real life, which I like. Also glad that Kozlov didn't talk, he's not good at it, although it might've helped give him some credibility back after what happened last week if he just muttered a few menacing words. Great stuff here, looking forward to what's going to happen.

Good match, both men looked good. Once again, I'm expecting too much of Kenny, as he didn't have as much control as I thought he'd have. I'm glad I was wrong in this instance, though, because this gave London quite a bit of momentum after his strong showing. I wasn't expecting Rey to come out and cost Kenny the match the way he did, it didn't really seem like something he'd do, but it's fine. The fighting in the crowd was fun, and I also liked Kendrick coming down, only to back up. Classic chickenshit heel, made me look forward to see how he's going to get one over London.

Very good Jeff promo. His character doesn't have a lot of substance (although you might've given him some), so he can be hard to write for sometimes, but this interview here was simple, but still complex enough to make it interesting, you know what I mean? It told the story of Jeff Hardy, one that the fans can get behind, while still being something he'd say in his relaxed character. I liked it, and I'm looking forward to his match with JBL.

The match was good, but I was expecting a little more energy from Jeff. His fast-paced face comeback was brief, and he didn't get another until the end of the match, which I felt hurt it a little. Still, I liked the chemistry used here, well done in mixing their styles. Very glad that Jeff continues in the Quest, and I can see JBL going to try and stop him from going any further.

Awesome promo. Again, I've never been a fan of Cody Rhodes and I never really thought one of my favorite programs would involve him, but he is a great heel here. I loved it. It's reasonable enough to accept, but still jackass-y to the point where you can't stand the guy. His shots at Kelly were all great, and it also caught me up with the story for the triangle, and why/how Kofi became IC Champ. I really wanted to see a fight here, but good thing we didn't get it. The title match next week should be great but I don't see it ending clean, giving us a PPV rematch with some sort of hardcore stipulation with it. Again, great stuff here, I'm loving this feud more and more with each episode.

I liked this, gave a little more story to the main event, but I think with the show nearing closing, I thought this might've been a little more effective earlier on in the show. I would've seemed like a bigger deal if that was in the back of our heads longer, instead of just for a few moments before the match starts. The segment that happened during the break furthers this thought. It was good, showed Kennedy's resilience and will to kick Orton's ass, although it seems a tad obvious that we'll be seeing him anywho. Regal was really good there, though, I liked him and his line at the end.

Kind of confusing match, really. I was expecting that, but I thought it would mostly be really clustered, with a lot of fighting on the outside with a lot of weapons. This was more controlled than I thought, but it was still clustered, and I had to look back a few times at what had happened to Triple H and Batista. At least Kozlov didn't totally job out this time, which was good, although I'm still a little confused as to why no one started using weapons, or just enter the ring and start a huge brawl. It would've been a little more reasonable, considering the stipulations of the match. Didn't really like this, but I'm glad Kennedy came back, only to get beaten down again. Good stuff, and also made the right choice in having the least credible of Evolution, take the fall for the guy that didn't have much riding on this match. Allowed for bigger victories down the line for the Evolution/Corporation feud.

Great show. There were a couple issues I had with this, like the matches being a little too long for my taste, and a few didn't deliver like I hope they would've, but the promos were exceptional. The opening was great, but the best promo had to be Cody's, it was full of awesomeness and it proved why it's the best program on the show, even better than the Evolution/Corporation one. That can be bad, but it can also be very good, because it really shows that you have a very strong midcard. I was a little surprised at the lack of Tag Champs on the show, they need a good feud to work with, but other than that and a few other things, very solid show. Great job here, Nige, looking forward to more. 8/10.
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Well it's great to see you write a full promo and it was certainly a good one to start the show. The transition to full after doing recap for quite a while can be difficult but you wrote this promo very well, Orton was in character especially with the sudden bursts of shouting which I liked and it set it up very well for someone to come out. I do feel Orton could've had a bit more time though but I guess there was no need to drag it on and you captured his frustration well. I was surprised that it was The Corporation who came out but they all have problems with Bischoff so it creates an interesting situation. JBL was awesome, loved the way he insulted the crowd while showing his anger for Bischoff and some of the words he was using were typical JBL so you wrote him well, but what the hell is a vagabond? LOL i've never come across it, a vagrant/rogue I assume. And the reference to WCW worked well. It was obvious that he wasn't going to resign and when he came out I liked how he established his authority once again immediatley, and what a match that is later, and with the stip it should be crazy. I know Kane was built as a tweener but I prefer him as a heel especially in the masked gimmick, and the heel team especially is monsterous. Very good promo.

I didn't really like Ted DiBiase losing this match. I know you can't push him forever and you don't want to over push him but I don't think a loss to Finlay was needed, as he's still fairly new. Perhaps a DQ or a walk out would've been better. Still the use of the weapon makes him look better, although even when Finlay wins he can't do it cleanly so it's not as good for him. At least it progresses the feud more though and it should mean Finlay gets a title shot. I remember that promo with his Dad and I am wondering when and how you are building towards that being re introduced, or if you already have.

I really enjoyed the next promo just for the comedy really, although you did a good job of progressing the women's title issue at the same time. I don't remember that tag match they mentioned though, although I don't have the best memory. Santino was hilarious with so many funny moments. Loved his opening line, him calling Melina his hot mama and him getting scared of Natalya. But the best part was his impression of Kelly Kelly Brilliant. I imagine he is quite difficult to write at as well to keep him funny. Good segment for comedy and Natalya came out of this really well too.

Decent match here, Shad and Cryme Time needed this win really after getting destroyed last week and they get their revenge with this win. I liked how you kept the partners involved too as I can't imagine the two guys putting on a good match on their own, but I do like Cryme Tyme. This will obviously continue next week so it should be good to see what happens.

The next segment I liked, showed Dibiase's anger for what happened and gave Bischoff a good opportunity to make the match for the king of the Ring. I think they are right that Bischoff isn't appearing so independent recently but I like it. It was a bit odd that he called William Regal just by his surname as you would assume they are friends with them working closely together, but that's a very minor thing, and maybe thats the point. I personally don't think he would go home just like that as his character loves the control, but it works with this storyline of Regal wanting more and more power. His last line suiggests it will continue with Regal wanting the power too. Interesting.

The diva tag match was pretty good. The focus appears to be more on melina and Natalya than on the champ but it creates an interesting situation between Melina and Natalya. Then right person lost too. Victoria's title reign hasn't been the best for her so far though now that I think of it, with more attention on the challengers since her win but what's going on is intresting.

The segment with Orton and The Corporation was good, you did a good job of hyping the main event. I liked Orton especially in this as his lines were very well written, It could've ended after what he said about Evolution as it came off very well, but of course his feud is with Kennedy and he did well in showing his anger with him too. I liked JBL talking for Kozlov too, keeps his character quite mysterious by not sayign anything as in this thread we haven't heard him talk. Good segment.

The match between Dykstra and London worked out well. Perhaps Dykstra should've picked up the win over London considering their current standings, but I guess it works well for Rey to intrude in the match. The brawl between Rey and Kenny was a good way to keep the rivalry going while getting them out of the way at the same time for London and Kendrick. That was a bit strange but it worked well, creating further tension between them. It's been brewing for a while now and I am looking forward to when this really gets going.

Jeff's interview was OK, probably as good as it could've been really. It was fairly low key yet it was effective in putting over what he's been through as well as his desire to become the next Champ. He is the best choice to win the tourney for me with other things going on for the other participants and it would no doubt create a crazy match between him and Kane in the final.

Well Jeff gets the win which is probably the right decision, it seemed like a very competitive match as well so he had to work hard for the win. It doesn't hurt JBL too much either especially with it going ten minutes. The finish was done well too with the counter to the Clothesline. So Jeff will be facing Rey next then, that should be a great quarter-final match and I hope we get as much detail for that as well.

The promo from Cody was what I was looking forward to and it didn't dissapoint, very good promo once again. Cody was great because he has so much more personality in this thread and the promo was great for him to look even more like a bad guy. I liked how quickly he turned as it looked like he was sorry, only to show his true colours so quickly and have the crowd hate him even more. The line about him being Cody Rhodes and the people's opinions meaning jack shit was great to gain heat and shows his arrogance, so I liked that. Also the decision to keep Kelly off the show was a wise one to sell what happened and to give Cody his time to shine. The way he described Kofi was good too only to then talk about how he doesn't deserve the title was good too. Kofi coming out was expected but it was the right decision to stop the match. The match Regal made was huge, but I don't like giving the match away on TV though as this feud has been so good and it deserves it have it's match on a PPV as it's where everything builds up to, but it seems to be the norm now. Very good promo and this storyline continues to shine on Raw.

While this was a great way to take Kennedy out of the main event and to furtehr his feud with Orton, is that really enough to keep Kennedy out of the main event? Yeah he got hurt, but they get much worse in a match and continue don't you think? Maybe he should've used a chair or something to put it over a bit more. Still though it creates a very interesting situation next and the odds are firmly in favour of the heel team.

Well the main event was a bit crazy as expected but it was exciting and very dramatic. So it didn't keep Kennedy out then, fair enough, and it gave Orton the chance to look dominant against him which is good for him. Kane getting the win was good for him as well and the Tombstone on the floor was a great way to end it considering the stipulation. And by having Kane in the finish it didn't end anything with Evolution against the Corporation which is good to keep that feud going. Both teams looked good in this and it was a good end to the show, but what happens next week should be great as there should be a lot of fallout from what's happened tonight. Overall it was another very good show from you and your shows always keep us wanting more, so i'm looking forward to next week.

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Re: WWE: A Strong Response - By Nige™ & Emperor DC



We learnt last night who the final four will be in the Quest to become the WWE Champion, and the remaining foursome will meet in two semi final matches next Monday night, live on Raw.

After defeating Randy Orton in what seems a long time ago now, Mr. Kennedy will take on The Big Show after his return to the WWE and controversial victory over Triple H two weeks ago.

The second semi final promises to be one hell of a contest when two of Raw’s high flyers and fan favourites in Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio go to head to head for the first time in Raw history. The two winners will advance in to the final with the winner heading to the King of the Ring to take on the WWE Champion, Kane.

In what was supposed to be an apology, Cody Rhodes showed the entire WWE audience his true colours last night. He blamed Kelly for all the problems he has had with Kofi Kingston as of late, and best of all, he directed a message to Kelly saying that she was ultimately responsible for the DDT she received at his hands a week ago. Rhodes then turned his attention to the Intercontinental Champion and his former friend, bringing out Kofi. However, filling in for Eric Bischoff, William Regal wasn’t allowing them to go at it there and then, instead making a championship match between them for next week.

It sure promises to be a wild night next Monday in Chattanooga!

We also discovered that the WWE Championship won’t be the only title on the line at the King of the Ring, as Ted DiBiase Jr will be defending his Million Dollar Championship against Finlay in just less than four weeks.

DiBiase has been unable to shake the Irishman off in recent weeks, and last night they met in singles action with Finlay picking up a somewhat dubious victory. The Million Dollar Champion was fuming afterwards and went to see Eric Bischoff in the hope that Raw’s Head of Authority would deal with the Belfast native. Bischoff however opted for DiBiase to deal with him himself, and made the date for the King of the Ring.

It looks like being one tough night for young Ted!

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