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Solid and fast-paced match to kick things off. There were a few spots I didn't really get in the beginning, like what Sydal did to Jeter as he climbed through the ropes, and sent Jeter back. I also didn't get what Jeter did as Sydal went for his first SSP, the wording was a little confusing there. But aside from that, very good stuff. Jeter looked very good and I was thinking he might have a chance, but I'm glad Sydal pulled out the win. This is a very big one and he's got a lot of momentum right now, although I can see this program going for a little more. Great stuff overall here.

Chavo attacking Killings doesn't really surprise me, and I'm fairly certain Killings'll still compete in the Scramble. Still, this adds a lot more to the feud, and I'm really wanting to see how Killings'll get his payback.

Pretty intense stuff from Burchill. Really shows that he wants to go, and I also liked what Smith said at the end. I'm not sure how these two got together as a team, and I haven't really seen any team moments between them, but this was a good one, really showed that the two have a partnership. Good stuff, wonder if/how the cast'll come into play for the match.

Good match between the two lovely ladies. I'm glad there was some effort here, and that both women were strong here. Very good win for Mia to put her over, although I really don't think this program is over, there hasn't been enough done yet. Mickie's sure to want a rematch, and there's still that thing going on between Beth and Mia. But anyway, good Divas match, and I'm looking forward to more from them.

Decent segment with Killings and Tazz, although I didn't really like the "I'll make him wish he weren't born" line. Still, I'm glad we'll still see The Truth compete, and I really liked Tazz's line at the end, very funny.

Awesome match here, best of the night so far. Lots of hectic action, with lots of pinfalls. Like I was thinking, Jordan didn't do anything, Killings and Chavo went at it and it seemed as if Killings was the one with the last laugh in his own feud, and Shelton and Lashley seem to be heading into a singles program. The psychology here was well done in keeping guys out of the match for a bit, and the only thing I didn't like was that it didn't have any big multi-man spots. Aside from that, awesome stuff here, great opportunistic win for Shelton. Great job here.

Good segment here with Maria and the cousin champions. Shane built up Shawn's match well, and kept it basic for his own, which was good. Not much else to say here, other than that I'm really looking forward to both matches.

Another very good match here, fast-paced and exciting. Kash looked very impressive, and we didn't really see much his cheating during the match. Lots of good reversals from both men, and I liked how the only slow part of the match was the submission, which was to be expected. Shane definitely proved himself as champ, a very good win for the guy. One thing that I found a little odd, though, is that we saw Shane arriving right before this match. That's one cousin retaining, we'll see what happens next. Looking forward to seeing if this program'll continue, wouldn't mind if it did.

Not the best Punk/MVP segment we've seen, but still good. I liked Punk and his very self-grandiose attitude, and I also liked MVP firing back. I'd really like to see these two guys feud, but it doesn't seem all that likely since they've got their own stuff to settle, and I'm hoping the combined match isn't the end, still a lot can be done with them.

Fantastic match here, the new MOTN. You seem to be very good at writing multi-man matches, as this was another very good example. Everyone here looked impressive, getting to hit their finishers, and that ending was built up tremendously, with all the finishers getting hit and counts being broken. Again, the only thing that this seemed to be missing was a big multi-man spot, but it did great without it. Punk winning was unexpected, and I'm looking forward to the fall-out to this match, lots of things can be done.

Great segment here between Shawn and Edge. Shawn's definitely on edge for his match (no pun intended), and I'm pumped for it. Edge was really good here, and I'm seriously looking forward to the Cutting Edge and the surprise.

Decent match here, I felt it could've been better. The action was solid, although the ending wasn't really all that exciting. The breakdown didn't exactly get me pumped, although I liked Burchill using the cast to knock Masters out, poetic justice at its best. I don't see this program ending with this one, though, as I see the Masters with the Tag Titles soon enough. Good match, but again, felt it could've been better.

Awesome promo here by Edge. Christian's return was everything it should've been. Reliving the past, going on about what Christian was doing without naming names, and setting up a big-time feud between brothers. The wording was awesome, especially how Christian talked about he wasn't like Edge and done being second-fiddle. I also liked that Christian was calling him Adam, even though we've never heard that from him before, was a nice touch to cement their relationship that WWE seems to have retconned. Definitely looking forward to this feud, should be nothing short of brilliant. Great job here.

Now that, that was a phenominal match. So many twists and turns there, both men playing their roles as weary competitors starving for the World Title perfectly. The spots themselves were pretty basic, nothing we haven't seen, but the timing for them was spot on, and made this match the best of the night. Very exciting, the people go their money's worth here. I also loved the after-match, with 'Taker getting up and giving Shawn props.

Wait a sec... Punk cashes in? Totally didn't see that one coming. He just won the MITB about an hour ago, and he's going for it? Phenominal stuff. I understand that you'd be upset that the same happened in real life, I'd be a little pissed, too, but this still has that same shock value.

Overall, great show, one of the best I've read from you, or anyone in general. Delivered on all fronts. You promised major surprises, and didn't disappoint. You gave us great matches, made this a great read. And just like a good show should, it gave us plenty to look forward to on the next edition of SmackDown!. Awesome from the opener to the close, great job here, man, 9.5/10.
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RAW PreviewMonday 26th May 2008
Live From the Norfolk Spoke
Norfolk, Virginia

As the King of the Ring draws closer and closer, four men will battle it out this week to determine who will move to within one step of facing Kane for a shot at the WWE Championship when the King of the Ring returns to pay-per-view.

After defeating JBL last week, Jeff Hardy will look to extend his winning return when he takes on Rey Mysterio this week. Rey was able to knock off Kenny Dykstra to advance to the semi final stage, but only one of them being able to book a place in the final next week, who will go that extra mile to pull out a massive victory?

The other semi final will see the first two men who advanced go head to head with Mr. Kennedy facing The Big Show. Kennedy surprised many by overcoming his arch nemesis, Randy Orton four weeks ago, and The Big Show picked up a very controversial victory over Triple H a week later. Kennedy was attacked before last week’s main event by Orton, leaving him in a bad way. Just what condition is he in? Will Kennedy be able to overcome the odds again here, or is he in line for a BIG fall?

Make sure you tune in to Raw this week to find out which two men will compete next week for a shot at Kane and the WWE Championship come the King of the Ring.

Two weeks ago, we saw Evolution destroy Vince & Shane McMahon, hospitalising them both. We found out from JBL last week that his father and half brother were left in a bad way, leading to him vow retribution on the men responsible. His fellow Corporation members, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov received an opportunity to do just that as they were placed in an eight man tag team falls count anywhere match that pitted them against with Evolution and Mr. Kennedy, with Kane and Randy Orton as their partners. Thanks to Orton’s earlier attack on Kennedy, it became a four on three handicap match with Kane giving them victory after defeating Ric Flair.

Are The Corporation satisfied with this one victory or not? We’ll have to wait and see how they feel, and for an update on the condition of Vince & Shane.

Cody Rhodes’ public apology didn’t exactly go as we expected with the arrogant young superstar protesting he wasn’t sorry at all for what he did to Kelly Kelly two weeks ago. He made it clear that with her out of the way, he is setting his sights on Kofi Kingston and the Intercontinental Championship. Cody is adamant he deserves the title Kofi won two months ago, and he has been given the chance to put that right in his mind this week by William Regal. It looked like Cody & Kofi were going to tear each other apart last week until Regal stepped in after telling Eric Bischoff to take the rest of the night off. The Executive Assistant made sure there was no brawl and announced they would go at it this week in a match with the title at stake.

Will Cody finally get what he wants? Time will only tell, but you can’t afford to miss out when these two meet head on live on the USA Network this week.

In just under three weeks, a new King of the Ring will be crowned, and qualifying starts this week. Kenny Dykstra wasn’t happy at losing out on a shot at the WWE Championship to Rey Mysterio two weeks back, but he has the chance to make a name for himself as he takes on Paul London in a rematch from last week. It looked as if Dykstra was heading for the win over his surprisingly low key opponent when Mysterio raced down to the ring. The bitter rivals fought to the back after the referee was left with no option but to award Kenny the win by disqualification. That brought out Brian Kendrick, London’s former tag team partner. The tension was clear, but London was more than ready to fight if Kendrick went for him. Fortunately that didn’t happen with Kendrick backing off.

We need a winner this week, and with a place in the King of the Ring tournament at stake, who will be that lucky winner?

The way he acts, you would have thought that nothing would ever trouble Ted DiBiase Jr, but we found out last week that there is fire in that belly of his. Despite admitting his problems with complacency several weeks back in addition to a stern father son discussion, the Million Dollar Champion appeared to be slipping back in to his old ways.

However, after falling victim to Finlay and his shillelagh last Monday night, he wanted something to be done and went to Eric Bischoff. He was emphatically told however that he would have to do something about it, and he will have to do just that as he will be defending his Million Dollar Championship against the fighting Irishman at the King of the Ring. It was obvious that he was uncharacteristically rattled up by Bischoff’s announcement.

Will we see the Million Dollar Champion step up his game? If he’s to keep his title out of the hands of Finlay, he’ll have to buck his ideas up.

Victoria witnessed first hand last week that two divas are desperate to take the Women’s Championship from her. Melina & Natalya Neidhart might not be best friends, but they share the same goal in stripping Victoria of the title, and last week they worked together to send her a very clear statement of intent. They teamed up to take on Victoria & Candice Michelle, and it was Neidhart that made Candice tap out to the sharpshooter.

A tense exchange of glances was shared between the two partners, and it looks like Victoria has a fight on her hands if she wishes to hold on to the women’s title.

The Colon Brothers didn’t react to well to Shad Gaspard’s victory over Eddie last week, and we were advised that after the show went off the air, the Puerto Rican double act extended a challenge to both Shad & JTG for this week. It was an offer that they accepted and that will see them take on not just Carlito & Eddie, but their close friend, Eric Perez in a 3 on 2 handicap match.

Can Cryme Time overcome the numbers game? Tune in to find out!


Quest To Be Champion Semi Finals
Rey Mysterio vs Jeff Hardy
& Mr. Kennedy vs The Big Show

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Cody Rhodes

King of the Ring Qualifying Match
Paul London vs Kenny Dykstra

Handicap Match
Cryme Time vs The Colon Brothers & Eric Perez

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Great preview. As I've said before, the Cody Rhodes, Kelly Kelly & Kofi storyline is one of my favorites in all of BTB at the moment. Your clearly very focused on the KOTR and that's exciting. I know your a big fan of the event as am I so I'm expecting something special from the tournament as a whole. You pretty much covered all the bases with this preview, with the Colon Brothers & Victoria mention as well as the continued focus on the Corporation, Evolution. The show should be jam packed, looking forward to it.

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Jeff vs. Mysterio should be an epic match, makes the show a must-read already. Show/Kennedy isn't a match I'm completely looking forward to, since there's a lot of negatives there (Show, first and foremost, and Kennedy probably won't be able to go %100), but I'm still looking forward to what might happen.

The Corporation/Evolution feud is the biggest on RAW (and my second-favorite behind Kofi/Cody), and I'm looking forward as to what rounds will be fired off between the two. Can't be pretty, but it'll sure as hell be entertaining.

And here's my favorite feud. I'm expecting the match to be awesome, but don't just have the match, give them time to talk. Kofi hasn't had much of a speaking role, which is alright, but Cody's been gold. Totally amped for what'll go down for this story.

Kenny/London should be a good match, as long as we keep it clean, and save the fireworks for afterwards. I'm glad things are kicking into gear for the King of the Ring tournament, should be great, and I'm looking forward as to who else can and will qualify.

I've been a little iffy with DiBiase's role. I get that it's going somewhere, and somewhere big, but it hasn't been my favorite story. Hoping he turns things around soon.

Divas. Love 'em, and their usage here has been very good. The interaction between Melina and Natalya (as well as Santino) has been very intruiging, and I'm hoping we get something from Victoria, as well. I'm hoping for a Triple Threat Match down the line.

I haven't really been feeling the feud between The Colons and Cryme Tyme much either, but it's started to pick up. The 3-on-2 Handicap Match should provide with some interesting results.

Show looks very good, Nige, looking forward to it.
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RAW ResultsMonday 26th May 2008
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***Video Recap***
From Last Week

Cody Rhodes’ unsympathetic apology to Kelly Kelly, resulting in William Regal preventing a brawl between Cody & Kofi and making an Intercontinental Championship match for this week.

Randy Orton & JBL whinging about Eric Bischoff & Evolution respectively, leading to Bischoff making an 8 man falls count anywhere match with Evolution & Mr. Kennedy facing Randy Orton, Kane, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov.

Mr. Kennedy being attacked by Randy Orton in the back just moments before the match.

Mr. Kennedy painfully making his way down the ramp towards the end of the match to get at Orton but getting beat down again while Kane beat Flair for the victory.

***Opening Video***
“Wanna Be Loved”


***Video Promo***

{Cut To Ringside}

“Longhorn” hits to heat from the crowd as a white limousine enters the arena by the side of the stage. The driver then steps out and opens the rear passenger door with JBL stepping out and two more members of The Corporation following, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov. JBL has a wry grin on his face as he walks towards the ring with Show also looking in good form while Kozlov remains as serious as ever. After collecting a microphone and walking back in to the centre of the ring dressed in a suit, the relaxed JBL prepares to address the crowd.

Just seven days ago, we stood before you in this ring as three men on a crusade to gain immeasurable retribution for the downright despicable acts of violence inflicted upon both my father and brother by the collective known as Evolution.

*Big Pop*

JBL: That’s exactly my point. We stood here and made our intent perfectly clear, yet you decided to write us off, and look what happened. The two men standing either side of me went in to battle with those no good thugs and gave them the treatment they deserved for what they did to my family fourteen days ago. And as of right now, in front of a worldwide audience, I am putting Evolution on notice that our quest for retribution has barely even begun. Last Monday night was just the initial step gentleman, you will be made to suffer the consequences of the deplorable assault that has left both my father and brother scarred for life.


JBL: That is why you people disgust me. . . In fact, you make me sick to my stomach. The fact you people get off on the misfortune of those better off than yourselves is typical of what this world has become. The fact my family were beaten to a bloody pulp yet the men responsible remain unpunished and are idolised by people like you identifies what is wrong with today’s society. . . Well let me tell you people something. You may idolise Evolution and despise my family, but let it be said that there will only be one winner out of all this, and I assure you it won’t be those thugs. . . Oh no, they are going to regret their heinous crimes until the very moment they draw their final breath as I am making it my soul duty to rid this world of Evolution.


JBL: And despite my participation in the quest to become the WWE Champion coming to an abrupt end last week only due to outside distraction, the remainder of The Corporation will continue to support The Big Show as he moves one step closer to the promised land this evening. And I would like to point out to all of you that it was The Big Show that ensured Triple H’s quest ground to a stern halt. That is just one of many reasons why he will prevail in this so called quest and defeat Kane at the King of the Ring to become the WWE Champion, and once that is out of the way, along with myself and the Moscow Mauler, we will continue our own quest to remove Evolution once and for all, dedicating our achievements to my father, Vincent Kennedy McMahon.

*Major Heat*

Show smirks as he stands next to JBL, who seems very happy in pissing the crowd off, passing the microphone to Show in the process with Kozlov remaining stone faced.

The Big Show: You people need to show JBL and the rest of us the respect that we deserve.


The Big Show: Alright have it your way, ‘cause when we’re done with Evolution, there’ll be no Triple H for you to cheer anymore. . . There’ll be no Batista either, and there’ll certainly be no “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. WE’RE GONNA MAKE SURE OF IT.


The Big Show: Vince McMahon brought me back to the WWE, and I’m not gonna stand by and let them get away with what they did to him. . . Triple H, you think you’re tough ‘cause you beat up a sixty year old man? Maybe you should worry about me instead and the damage I am capable of. . . I could eat you for breakfast and still have room the rest of the day. . .

“Line in the Sand” blasts out with Triple H & Ric Flair (but no sign of Batista) walking out to the stage in their casual clothes, looking fairly relaxed.

Triple H: Erm, Show. . . you might have a big appetite, but I think it’s affecting your memory. It wasn’t me that beat up Vince or Shane. . . it was Ric.

The Game turns to Flair who grins down and waves at the not so thrilled Corporation members.

Triple H: Hey, it’s not that I didn’t want to, it was just the easiest way to go about it. It made it easier when you two dummies fell in to the trap and let Dave and Ric right at ‘em. . . Thinkin’ about it, if anything, you really should look at blaming yourselves, not us. But since I’m out here fellas, I heard that the big guy has a big match tonight, and I was back there thinkin’, hey, maybe I should go out there and wish him luck, ‘cause it sure would be a shame if you were unlucky tonight like I was, when funnily enough you guys screwed me over.

The Big Show doesn’t look happy at all and JBL takes the microphone back.

JBL: Did you not hear what we had to say or is your memory evading you too? See when I said we’re not going to rest until we destroy each and every single member of Evolution. . .

JBL pauses and looks confused.

JBL: . . . In fact. Is it me or are you a man down tonight? . . . Has Dave let you down again? It looks like he’s got a habit of putting you two in the firing line, and since you’re teetering on the edge of the lion’s den already, maybe you should step back while you can. And since you’re outnumbered gentleman, I would suggest you. . .


*Big Pop*


*Big Pop* (With Woo’s also)

JBL: Well if that’s the way you feel, then don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Flair turns to Triple H and nods before dropping the microphone. They both roll their sleeves up with The Corporation doing the same, but as they get half way down the ramp, a dozen security guys run down the ramp and get in their way.


A very serious looking Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage as Flair & Triple H give up the battle with security.

Eric Bischoff: If you think I’m gonna let you tear each other apart tonight, you are very mistaken. . . Gentleman, escort them to the back. There’s not gonna be any trouble tonight you hear?


Bischoff stands to the side as security walk behind Triple H & Flair as they make their way back up the ramp and to the back with JBL & Big Show smirking in the ring. Kozlov stands there with no emotion on his face at all. As security see Triple H & Flair to the back, Bischoff turns back to face the ring.

Eric Bischoff: That goes for you too. I don’t want any trouble tonight alright?

JBL: Mr. Bischoff, you have my word.

Bischoff sn-iggers, not reassured at all as “Longhorn” hits with JBL grinning alongside the also smiling Big Show.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

Jeff Hardy beating JBL with the Swanton Bomb to advance to the semi final to take on Rey Mysterio tonight.

{Cut To Ringside}

***The Opening Match***

Quest To Be Champion Semi Final
Rey Mysterio vs Jeff Hardy

With both men tiring after a fast paced match, they’re slow to stand back up after a double clothesline. The fans are willing them both on, but it’s Jeff who’s up first with Rey still on his knees. Jeff turns to the side and runs the ropes, but as he comes back, Rey stands up and takes Jeff by surprise as he then sends him back down to the mat thanks to TILT-A-WHIRL HEAD SCISSORS. . . . . That gets a big pop from the crowd, and both men get up as quickly as they can with Rey back pedalling towards the ropes. Jeff runs right at him and is taken down on to the middle rope by a drop toe hold from Mysterio. The crowd go nuts as Rey stands back up and dials up for the 619. . . . . The fans are on their feet as Rey turns back to run the ropes, races back across the ring and swings through the ropes to kick Jeff in the face with both feet. Jeff is sent back to the mat as he rolls away from the ropes and towards the centre of the ring with Rey composing himself for the next piece of the jigsaw. Jeff struggles back to his feet, and as he turns round, Rey springboards off the top rope looking to hit the WEST COAST POP. . . . . Jeff sees it coming though and steps back before kicking Rey in the gut as he comes down through the air. The Charismatic Enigma follows up by planting Rey almost instantly with a TWIST OF FATE. . . . . Most of the crowd cheer that counter, and Jeff hurries back up to his feet, runs in to the corner and climbs up to the top rope. With the all fans on their feet, Jeff then leaps off the top and connects with the SWANTON BOMB. . . . . He got all of it as he lands on Rey’s chest and then rushes to make the cover with the referee making the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Jeff Hardy by pinfall @ 11.45.

AFTERMATH: “No More Words” blasts out to a big pop as Jeff stands back up to a standing ovation. The ref raises his hand before Jeff walks in to the corner and climbs to the top rope, posing for the ecstatic fans. He steps down off the ropes and does the same in the opposite corner. As he stands down this time, Rey is back on his feet, and they both look at each other for several seconds before Jeff walks up to him and shakes his hand. Rey then claps and leaves the ring as Jeff soaks up the reaction of the crowd.

{Cut Backstage}

Leticia Cline is standing by.

Leticia Cline: Please welcome my guest at this time. . . Cody Rhodes.

Boos can be heard coming from the arena as the very confident looking Cody walks in to the shot alongside Leticia, who doesn’t look too happy to be around him.

Leticia Cline: Cody, tonight you will be taking on your former friend, Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship. What are your thoughts?

Cody Rhodes: Well I happen to have a lot of thoughts about both Kofi Kingston and Kelly Kelly as you know, but I managed to get most of ‘em out of my system last week when I sent Kelly my must humble apologies. . . But tonight isn’t about Kelly, it’s about me, Cody Rhodes finally getting what I deserve. Do you know how long I’ve been waiting to get my hands on Kofi?

Leticia just shrugs her shoulders.

Cody Rhodes: Well it’s seemed like an age since Backlash let me tell you. That night just defined how my life was with Kelly getting in the way all the time. But now she’s out of the picture, I’m not just getting my hands on Kofi tonight. . . Tonight, I will finally get my hands on the Intercontinental Championship.

Cody smirks and turns to look right in to the camera.

Cody Rhodes: There’s no way round it Kofi. Kelly’s not here to protect you anymore, and William Regal won’t be helping you out either last week. You’re just gonna have to face up to it. . . Once I take the Intercontinental title from you tonight, you’ll be left with nothing, and I won’t be sorry one bit.

Cody smirks again before walking out of the shot with Leticia shaking her head in disgust.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

Jeff Hardy is walking in the curtain area, but he looks up and grinds to a halt, looking a little concerned as the camera then pans to reveal the WWE Champion, Kane & Paul Bearer standing by a wall.

Paul Bearer: Well I suppose I should offer you our congratulations. You must be extremely satisfied round about now, but you shouldn’t be. Take a good look at him Jeffrey and ask yourself how much bigger he is than the man you just defeated.

Bearer smiles as Jeff looks at the fearsome sight of Kane standing there dead still with the WWE Championship draped over his shoulder.

Paul Bearer: He’s a different specimen entirely to Rey Mysterio. He’s a monster who tortures souls and does unspeakable things to those who venture in to his path, like the man unfortunate enough to face him at the King of the Ring.

Jeff is still breathing heavily after his match as he keeps his eyes locked on Kane.

Paul Bearer: Let me ask you something young man. Do you feel lucky now at the prospect of having to face Kane? . . . Do you feel you stand any chance whatsoever of beating this monster, my monster should you win next week? . . . You can’t trouble him Jeff, no one can, and I suspect deep down you know that don’t you? . . . When you get home tonight, take a second to imagine how you’re going to be able to overcome him. . . But I’ll let you in on a little secret Jeff, it can’t be done. Not by you or whoever has the misfortune to walk through the flames, because you will get burned, I promise you that much. . . Now you go home and think about Jeff, because we will.

Jeff doesn’t know what to say and just stares at Kane for several seconds before walking past both of them with Bearer laughing.

Paul Bearer: That’s right my son. Nobody is taking this beautiful championship belt away from you, nobody. You’ll be the champion for a long time to come. Oh yesssssssssssss!

The camera zooms on Kane’s mask and face as Bearer continues laughing.

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

Shad Gaspard’s victory over Eddie Colon with JTG playing his part by distracting Carlito & Eric Perez on the outside.

Jim Ross:
After we went off the air last week, Carlito extended a challenge on behalf of him, his brother and Eric Perez to Cryme Time for a three on two handicap match here tonight, and they accepted, setting up this match we’re about to see.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #2***

Handicap Match
Cryme Time vs The Colon Brothers & Eric Perez

ENDING: Having made a hot tag, JTG has taken control, knocking Eddie off the apron and bringing Perez in to the ring to allow him to rake Carlito in the eyes, following up with a NECKBREAKER. Perez gets back on the apron as JTG makes his way to the corner and then the top rope. With the fans cheering on JTG, the oblivious Carlito stands back up and turns round in to a MISSILE DROPKICK. . . . . JTG scurries back across to make the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Carlito gets his shoulder up to the relief of Perez on the apron, and Eddie picks himself back up on the outside and slides in to the ring, immediately getting both JTG and the referee’s attention. The ref walks over to him immediately and tries to get him out, allowing Perez to slip in unnoticed and plant JTG with a TWISTING BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX. . . . . As he stands back up, Shad does the same on the apron with Perez then running at him and knocking down to the floor by driving his knee in to his gut. Carlito picks himself back up as Perez walks back in to his corner and steps back through the ropes, as does Eddie. The ref turns round to see Carlito help the slow moving JTG back up before nailing him with the BACKSTABBER. . . . . It’s elementary as Carlito shifts round to hook both legs with the ref making the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNERS: The Colon Brothers & Eric Perez by pinfall @ 5.39.

AFTERMATH: “Cool” hits to heat as Eddie & Perez join Carlito in the ring, laughing at the fallen duo of Shad & JTG. They then turn round and leave the ring with big smiles on their faces as they back up the ramp while Shad joins JTG as he sits up in the ring. They look up angrily at the smug Puerto Rican trio grinning back at them when “Ain’t No Make Believe” hits with John Morrison & The Miz looking as goofy as ever walk out to the stage with microphones in hand as the tag titles rest on their shoulders.

The Miz: Whoa, cut the cool music. . . How do we put this John in terms these guys will understand? . . . See, the thing about tag team wrestling is that what we call a team is made up of well, two people, not three. . . Now I know myself and John are the World Tag Team Champions and it must feel like you’re up against three men when you’re in the ring with us, but guys at the end of the day, three men in one team is cheatin’ plain and simple.

Miz looks happy with himself as he turns to Morrison.

John Morrison: As my very wise partner pointed out, we are the champions of the tag team division here on Raw, whether three men make up a team or not. . . Now quite frankly, we’re concerned champions. We’re concerned because the way we see things, we have no realistic challengers to these titles we represent better than any of the teams that preceded us. And having just watched your match, we turned to each other and said that the only way either of you will ever be a threat to us if you have at least three men to your respective team, and yet even then, that might not be enough to compete at the standard we’ve set. . . So gentleman, if you want to impress the modern day measuring stick of tag team wrestling, you’re gonna have to do more. . . a lot more.

“Ain’t No Make Believe” plays once again as both Cryme Time & The Colon Brothers with Eric Perez look up with slight anger and frustration at the smug tag champs.

{Cut Backstage}

Triple H & “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair are shown in their locker room with The Game pacing up and down with his cell phone in hand.

Triple H: Dave didn’t mention anythin’ to you ‘bout not bein’ here tonight?

Ric Flair: Nope, not a word. I don’t know where he could be, it’s not like him at all.

A seemingly angry Triple H sni-ggers, remembering full well what happened a few weeks back and decides to make another call.

Triple H: Voicemail again. . . I don’t know what you’re playin’ at Dave, but me an’ Ric are wonderin’ where the hell you are. Call me back when you get this message.

He flips his cell shut again and turns back to face Flair.

Ric Flair: I don’t know what he’s playin’ at.

Triple H: You and me both. We might as well just forget about Dave tonight.

Ric Flair: Why? What y’got in mind?

Triple H turns to Flair with a sly grin on his face, making Flair smile too.

{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 Recap***
From Last Week

Finlay’s win over Ted DiBiase Jr thanks to the shot with the shillelagh. Later on and DiBiase going to Bischoff with Maryse, demanding that he does something about Finlay, leading to Bischoff making Finlay versus DiBiase for the Million Dollar Championship at the King of the Ring.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #3***

Finlay w/Hornswoggle vs Lance Cade

ENDING: With Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse watching on keenly from the announce table, Cade hammers away at Finlay in the corner until the referee backs him up. Hornswoggle urges Finlay on, and as Cade steps back in to the corner, the Irishman fights back with a couple of chops, forcing Cade back in to the ring. Finlay then nails him with a european uppercut before taking him down with a snap mare and following up with a vicious kick to the back. Finlay drops to his knees straight away and shoves Cade’s back by the chest as he tries for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Cade kicks out quite comfortably as DiBiase practically stares a hole through Finlay with the Irishman staring right back at him as he makes his way back up to his feet. With Cade getting to his knees, Finlay tries to give him a helping hand back up, but having taken his eye off the ball temporarily, Cade takes full advantage by throwing a right hand in to Finlay’s gut. The Irishman clutches his stomach as he leans forward with Cade standing up and whipping him in to the ropes, ducking his head in the process, and as Finlay comes back, he swings his boot up in to the face of Cade. The redneck’s head snaps back up with Finlay lifting him up and planting him with THE CELTIC CROSS. . . . . A big pop breaks out as he readjusts his position on the mat to make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Finlay by pinfall @ 5.11.

AFTERMATH: “Lambeg” hits to a pop, but it cuts quickly as DiBiase slips inside the ring behind Finlay and smashes him in the back of the head with the Million Dollar Championship belt. Boos echo around the arena as DiBiase stares down at Finlay with a smug smile on his face. Hornswoggle looks on from the outside with horror on his face as Finlay lies out cold on the mat. DiBiase looks up and sees the poor little guy’s face, and he takes pleasure in that too. He then backs away from Finlay and is about to climb through the ropes and drops his belt on the apron when Hornswoggle slides in the ring to check on Finlay. With one leg resting on the apron, DiBiase stops and steps back in to the ring, walking across to Hornswoggle as Maryse looks on. Hornswoggle looks up and sees the danger he’s in, then begs DiBiase not to hurt him, but the Million Dollar Champion shows no compassion at all as he kicks him right in the head. That gets even more heat from the Tennessee fans as they let DiBiase know exactly what they think of him. Finlay starts to come round, and DiBiase sees that, but he walks over to the leprechaun and picks him up, lifting him up off the ground with a cobra clutch grip locked in, applying the Million Dollar Dream. The intense champion filters out the boos coming from the crowd and Hornswoggle’s screams as Finlay starts squirming on the mat. As Finlay sits up and sees what’s going on, he stands up as quickly as he can with DiBiase just letting go of Hornswoggle and racing to safety on the outside to join Maryse, picking up his belt in the process. Finlay rushes to the little guy’s aid as DiBiase and Maryse back up laughing, but Finlay stands back up and walks over to the ropes, gesturing at DiBiase and yelling that he’s going to be sorry.

{Cut Backstage}

Todd Grisham is standing by.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time. . . Mister Kennedy.

Kennedy walks in to the shot with a big smile on his face as the fans cheers filter through from the arena.

Todd Grisham: Later on this evening you will be taking on The Big Show for a place in the final of the Quest to be Champion tournament. How are you feeling about your chances of facing Jeff Hardy next week for a shot at the WWE Championship come the King of the Ring?

Mr. Kennedy: Todd, Todd, Todd, I feel. . . I feel GREAT. Tonight is indeed the night Mr. Kennedy puts the last eighteen months behind him and throws himself firmly where he should be. . . competing against and beating the best. . . Everyone knows what I’ve been through with the injuries, but I can tell you right now Todd, that’s all in the past and I’ve got one solitary thought in mind going round and round inside my head. . . BECOMING THE NEXT WWE CHAMPION.

The cheers filter through in to the back as Todd smiles.

Todd Grisham: It’s fitting you spoke about the injuries you’ve previously suffered, and I have to ask you how you’re feeling after Randy Orton attacked you last week and took you out of the main event.

Mr. Kennedy: You know on a night like this, I was hopin’ I wouldn’t have to talk about Randy Orton, but such is life huh Todd? . . . As far as I was concerned, once I beat him and got revenge for puntin’ me in the head after Wrestlemania, it was all in the past, but it appears he doesn’t feel the same. But after what he did last week, jumpin’ me like the coward that he is, well let’s just say he’s got my attention back. . . See I know he’s more than capable of doin’ the same tonight and costin’ me my shot at the title since I repaid the favour at Backlash, and quite frankly the guy’s obsessed. Not that I can blame anyone for bein’ obsessed with Mr. Kennedy, but he has to see the full picture. That’s why I gave him first refusal on a title shot when I beat Kane at the King of the Ring and become the WWE Champion. . . See I’m gonna play Randy at his own game, and I know he wants to be the champ just as much as me, and surely even he’s not that stupid to screw himself over in gettin’ back at me. . . The best thing he can do is sit back and watch me beat The Big Show tonight, Jeff Hardy next week and Kane at the King of the Ring, because then it’s on. . . If he wants a piece of Mr. Kennedy, he can. . .

Kennedy starts chuckling.

Mr. Kennedy: . . . Well what d’y’know?

A very serious Randy Orton walks in to the shot and stands right in front of Kennedy as the camera zooms out.

Mr. Kennedy: You come to wish me luck Randy, ‘cos I do without it if it’s all the same to you.

Randy Orton: You’re gonna need more than luck if you’re gonna beat The Big Show tonight, but you’re right about one thing. I am gonna sit back and watch. I’m gonna watch you realise you’re out of your depth. . . But like you said, there’s no reason for me to get involved, because if somehow you do get lucky tonight like you did against me, it’s not just you that gets closer to the WWE Championship, so do I. It’s a win win situation, but if you lose like everyone expects, I’ll be just as happy watchin’ The Big Show tear you limb from limb, because that’s exactly what’ll happen if you win the title and defend it against me. You can count on it.

Orton gets right in Kennedy’s face.

Randy Orton: Good luck.

Orton remains very serious as he backs away and walks out of the shot with Kennedy’s good mood well and truly out of the way as he storms out of the shot in the opposite direction with Grisham looking a little shocked.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

Eric Bischoff is in his office talking to William Regal. Bischoff is sat down at his desk with Regal standing by the side of him.

Eric Bischoff: There’s no way I’m letting things get out of control after what happened to Vince an’ Shane, and to Kennedy last week. Oh and thanks for letting me know about that by the way.

William Regal: Quite honestly Eric, I didn’t think it was that big of an issue, and I dealt with it in the correct manner. If you want me to keep you informed of every insignificant incident, I would have been calling you every bloody minute.

Eric Bischoff: Alright, alright. It’s just that with Vince injured, I’ve had the board of directors on my back, telling me to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Otherwise, I could find myself in hot water.

William Regal: Oh, we certainly can’t have that.

Regal’s insincerity is fairly obvious, but not to Bischoff, and there’s a knock on the door.

Eric Bischoff: Come in.

We are greeted by the presence of Melina and her boyfriend, Santino Marella.

Eric Bischoff: So, what’ve I done to deserve this pleasure?

Santino Marella: No-a offence Mister Bischoff, but the only-a pleasure Melina gives out is to me. . . Santino Marella.

Melina: Santino, will you let me talk for a second?

Santino Marella: Oh I’m-a sorry miss thing. You take-a the floor why don’t you.

Melina just shakes her head and ignores him.

Melina: Eric, you said you’d give me a shot at Victoria if we beat her last week, and we did. I just wanted to know. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . .Whoa, that’s not what I said at all. And anyway, if I remember rightly, Victoria didn’t lose the match did she? Natalya beat Candice right?

Melina: Well. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Well it’s hard to see why I should give you a title match for doing pretty much nothing if we’re being honest with each other. . . But I’ll tell you what I’m gonna do. . . I propose we resolve this sensibly, and that means next week right here on Raw we have ourselves a number one contendership match between you and Natalya Neidhart. How’s that sound?

Santino Marella: I don’t know, Natalie’s a dangerous woman. You could almost call her a man t’ing. You really-a think you can take her?

Melina doesn’t appear to be pleased with Santino.

Melina: Of course I can.

Santino Marella: I’m not-a so sure. . . (Turns to Bischoff) She-a needs me you see for lots of reasons. . . She’s-a very demanding on Santino if you-a know what I mean.

Melina slaps him across the face with cheers being heard from inside the arena.

Melina: You’re wrong Santino, I don’t need you, not for anything.

Melina turns round and storms out with Santino looking shocked and panicking, going after her.

Santino Marella: MELINA. . . COME-A BACK HERE.

Bischoff has a little chuckle, as does Regal.

Eric Bischoff: Looks like she could be back on the market very soon. Maybe you should go and give her a shoulder to cry on if you know what I mean.

William Regal: Oh, I don’t think so. I mean she’s a lot younger than I am, it would be wrong. . . So very wrong.

Regal is clearly thinking about Melina in a way that’s getting him flustered, and he picks a teapot up off the desk to cover his groin area, looking very embarrassed with Bischoff laughing.

Eric Bischoff: You gonna pour that or just let it hang there?

William Regal: Not just yet thank you.

Eric Bischoff: Well I’ll erm. . . leave you to it.

Bischoff stands up and leaves the room grinning with the embarrassed and angry Regal looking down.

William Regal: How dare you laugh at me. (He puts the teapot back down on the desk) We’ll soon see who has the last laugh Mister General Manager.

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

The ending to Paul London’s match with Kenny Dykstra as Rey Mysterio ran down to the ring and pulled Kenny down to the floor, fighting all the way to the back. Brian Kendrick then coming out with London willing him to go at him, but Kendrick backing down.

{Cut To Ringside}

***Match #4***

King of the Ring Qualifying Match
Paul London vs Kenny Dykstra

ENDING: London’s looked slightly low key again, but not as bad as last week as Dykstra whips him in to the corner. He takes a couple of seconds before running in as he turns to the crowd and grins, but as he runs at his opponent, London lifts both his feet off the mat and drives them in to Kenny’s face. The cocky Dykstra staggers out of the corner as London pulls himself up to the second rope, and as Kenny turns back round, London dives off the top for a cross body, but Kenny reacts very quickly by dropkicking him in the chest. Sitting up and looking in to the crowd with a smile on his face, it takes Kenny a few seconds before he goes to make a cover, hooking both legs as the ref counts London’s shoulder. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . London just lifts his shoulder up off the mat and rolls on to his side, and as he does so, his former tag team partner, Brian Kendrick walks out to the stage to observe with the fans booing his arrival. Kenny stands back up and drags London up with him, noticing Kendrick and looking slightly confused before whipping London in to the ropes, but as London comes back, he slides through Kenny’s legs and races back up to his feet with Kenny turning round in to a JUMPING HEEL KICK ENZIGURI. . . . . That gets a pop from the crowd, but as London stands up, he spots Kendrick standing at the top of the stage. He stops and stares right at his partner, who glares right back at him. After several seconds, London walks the short distance in to the corner and climbs to the top rope with Dykstra lying close by. London takes a second look at Kendrick before going for a SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . With valuable time wasted on his former partner, London’s opponent is able to roll closer to the corner as London crash lands on the mat, bringing a wry smile to Kendrick’s face. It takes him a while to get back up, but London is up first with Kenny using the ropes to help him up, but with London distracted as he tentatively reaches out to his opponent, Kenny ducks the grip and pulls London in to position for a ROLLING CUTTER. . . . . He drags him further away from the ropes before sending London crashing down to the mat. Kenny sits up smirking again before going for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Kenny Dykstra by pinfall @ 6.22.

AFTERMATH: “Superstar Fallin’” hits with the crowd booing Dykstra as he stands back up to get his arm raised. As he walks over to the ropes and talks smack to the people in the front row, Kendrick turns round and walks to the back with a smile on his face.

***Video Promo***

Kofi Kingston is shown getting ready in his dressing room. He’s sat down on the bench putting his knee pads on with the Intercontinental Championship attached to a rail behind him.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

Kenny Dykstra is walking down the hall when he bumps in to Rey Mysterio walking up the hall with his travel bag in hand.

Kenny Dykstra: Well look who it is. . . Unlucky tonight Rey. I don’t know if you saw my match, but unlike you, I’m goin’ to the King of the Ring. . . You know what? Scratch that, I’m gonna be the King of the Ring.

Rey Mysterio: You think I’m impressed? . . . You wanna impress me mister big shot, show me what y’got.

Dykstra just grins back at Rey with Rey dropping his bag.

Rey Mysterio: Come on homes, what’s wrong? You got a problem pickin’ on the small guy now huh?

Rey shoves Kenny, but Dykstra just laughs it off with Rey standing there pissed and ready to go.

Kenny Dykstra: Not at all. It’s just we both know what’d happen if I fought back. And since I’m in a good mood tonight, I’m not gonna make your night any worse by sendin’ you to the hospital. But if you wanna come join the party, feel free. Although you’d probably be drownin’ your sorrows again huh Rey? . . . I’ll catch ya later.

Dykstra brushes his way past Rey laughing with Mysterio left there seething, and he gives his bag one hell of a kick before picking it up, still staring down the hall.

***Video Promo***

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #5***

Quest To Be Champion Semi Final
Mr. Kennedy vs The Big Show w/JBL & Vladimir Kozlov

ENDING: With Show seeming to be in control of the match, he pulls Kennedy back up and whips him in to the ropes, but the Green Bay native grabs and holds on to them as he comes in to contact them. He then urges Show to come at him, and the angry giant does just that, running right at him, but Kennedy lifts his boot up in to Show’s face. The fans cheer as Show staggers away from the ropes and back in to the centre of the ring, and as he turns round, Kennedy runs right at him, but the giant takes control of the match right back as he plants him with a SIDEWALK SLAM. . . . . Kennedy’s back is driven hard in to the canvas with Show looking to take full advantage as he shimmies round to cover his opponent as the ref drops to his knees and makes the all important count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kennedy gets his shoulder up to the relief of the crowd with JBL and Kozlov watching their fellow Corporation member from ringside. Show doesn’t look that surprised, but as he gets back up, he decides to go for an elbow drop, but as he falls dangerously close towards Kennedy’s chest, Kennedy rolls to the side at the last second with Show elbowing the canvas and the canvas only. The fans cheer and encourage Kennedy, who crawls towards the ropes and uses them to help himself back up to his feet. As Show gets back up, Kennedy walks over and nails him with a succession of right hands, taking him off guard. Kennedy then turns back and runs the ropes, but as he comes back, Show cuts short his momentum once again by driving his huge boot down Kennedy’s throat.

He grins at JBL and the ever frowning Kozlov. The Big Show then lifts his right arm in the air, signalling for the CHOKESLAM. . . . . The fans boo, but they quickly turn to huge cheers, confusing the hell out of The Corporation. We then see the camera switch to a shot of Ric Flair walking down the ramp, and Show’s face turns in an instant with absolute anger written all over it. JBL & Kozlov walk round to the ramp and block him off with the ref then walking over to the ropes to try and deal with the situation with Show now laughing at Flair, but unbeknown to him, Triple H has jumped the barricade and slipped in to the ring behind him. With Kennedy getting to his knees, Show focuses back on him, but as he turns round, he sees The Game and is met with a swift kick to the groin before he can react. Before Show falls to his knees, Triple H kicks him in the gut and plants him with the PEDIGREE. . . . . The crowd are going nuts while JBL, Kozlov and the referee remain oblivious as the tron has a close up of Flair taunting Show’s buddies. The Game stands back up and sn-iggers before leaving the ring with Kennedy standing up, looking totally stunned to see him. He just stands by and watches The Game leave the ring and jump back over the barricade while Flair continues to distract JBL & Kozlov. Kennedy shrugs his shoulders and decides to climb up to the top rope where he then leaps off and hits the KENTON BOMB. . . . . Cheers ring out as he then scurries back across to make the count, shouting at the ref who turns round and rushes to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Mr. Kennedy by pinfall @ 10.17.

AFTERMATH: “Turn Up The Treble” hits as Mr. Kennedy stands back up and leaves the ring with a big smile on his face with the camera quickly cutting to Randy Orton watching in the back with no emotion on his face before cutting right back to the arena. As JBL & Kozlov turn back and get back in to the ring, the ref joins Kennedy on the outside to raise his arm before Kennedy walks round to the ramp and makes his way to the back, grinning in to the crowd while The Big Show looks furious as he sits up. Triple H is watching on in the crowd, surrounded by four security workers with The Corporation spotting him and not looking pleased one bit.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***
During The Break

Triple H & Ric Flair are shown in the parking lot, loading up their car when The Corporation storm through the door with an almighty thud as it’s thrust in to the wall.


The Game & Flair slam the boot and look over at the irate trio of Show, JBL & Vladimir Kozlov. Triple H has a grin on his face with The Corporation standing by the door, around 30 yards away from them.

Triple H: (Sarcastically) Is there some sort of problem?

Show steps forward, but JBL holds his arm out to stop him.

JBL: I told you Hunter that you would have to deal with the consequences of what you did to my father, but you just made things a whole lot worse for yourself.

Triple H: (Sarcastically) Is that right? Well if it makes you feel better, I’m very sorry.

He just smirks back with JBL not at all happy with the sarcasm of The Game.

JBL: I did warn you Hunter. I made myself as clear as I could be, but since you chose to disregard my warning, you will suffer the consequences.

JBL pulls his arm back with Show and then both JBL & Kozlov stepping forward. The Game’s face becomes very serious, as does Flair’s while The Corporation walk closer towards them, and being outnumbered, Flair & Triple H realise they’re in trouble, and if they have any chance, they have to take the fight to The Corporation. They shift forward and meet all three men with Flair going for Kozlov, chopping him across the chest and then firing at him with right hands as JBL & Show fight off the desperate onslaught of The Game. The numbers game takes its toll as they beat him to the floor with Kozlov shoving Flair to the ground close by. JBL & Show put the boots to The Game as Kozlov does the same to Flair until both men can’t fight back. Show & JBL take a step back while Kozlov continues to stomp away at Flair.

JBL: Pick him up.

Show drags Triple H back up with JBL pointing at the car bonnet, and Show grabs The Game by the throat, then chokeslams him down on to the bonnet. JBL & Show stand there smiling sadistically at the sight of HHH on the bonnet, completely out of it. Show then grabs him and drags him down to the floor before turning round and walking over to Flair.

The Big Show: I’ll take it from here.

Kozlov steps back with Show then picking Flair up and dragging him to another car right next to them. He then chokeslams The Nature Boy down on to the hood of the car with JBL & Kozlov watching on with great satisfaction. Show just stares down menacingly as Flair’s lies on the floor, totally out of it with his shirt torn. After about five seconds, Show steps back and turns round to walk back inside, followed by Kozlov and a grinning JBL as the camera zooms in on Flair and then Triple H as they lie on the floor completely helpless.

We then see the scene a minute later with EMT's coming to the scene and checking over Flair & Triple H with both men slowly showing signs of movement.

{Cut To Ringside}

Jim Ross: Folks, we’ve had no update on the condition on Triple H and Ric Flair after the events we just witnessed, but when we hear something, we’ll be sure to let you know. But the show must go on, and right now, it’s time for our main event for the Intercontinental Championship.

***The Main Event***

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Cody Rhodes

ENDING: Kofi started the match on fire, but Cody has managed to gain the initiative with some dirty tactics. Cody is smiling and looking very confident as he pulls Kofi up to his feet and whips him in to the ropes, but as Kofi comes back, he sends Cody down to the mat with a high angle reverse elbow smash. That gets the crowd going as both men make their way back up as Kofi explodes with a whip to the corner. Cody hits the pads back first, and Kofi runs in right away to connect with a splash. The crowd cheer, but Kofi’s not done as he then sends Cody back to the centre of the ring courtesy of a MONKEY FLIP. . . . . The fans continue to cheer as Kofi then stands back up and runs at Cody before hitting him with a double leg drop to the chest. The champion hurries as he hooks both legs for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Cody kicks out somewhat comfortably, and it’s no surprise to Kofi as he gets right back up to a vertical base. With Cody also getting to his knees while clutching his chest, Kofi steps behind him and looks to set him up for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP. . . . . Cody manages to slip away and behind Kofi before clubbing him across the back. He then grabs Kofi around the head and runs across the ring to plant him with a bulldog.

Cody rushes to turn him over for a cover as the ref makes his way over to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kofi gets his shoulder up, and Cody looks frustrated. He stands back up with a look of real intensity and determination on his face as Kofi gets to his knees, Cody looks to strike straight away, grabbing Kofi by the head, but Kofi reacts and slips behind him. He then grabs Cody by the arm and spins him round, but Cody blocks it and tries for an irish whip, and as Kofi is thrust forward, he is sent crashing in to the referee. The ref just falls to the mat as Kofi falls to his knees. He looks down in shock and concern, but Cody isn’t showing any as he tries to take advantage of the situation, stalking Kofi, and as the Jamaican stands up and turns round, Cody plants him with THE SILVER SPOON DDT (Flowing Snap DDT). . . . . Kofi is out of it, but the referee’s out of it. Cody doesn’t look happy and tries to shake the referee back in to life, but he’s not responding. Cody stands up and turns to the crowd, looking absolutely pissed. He then turns to the side and sees the Intercontinental Championship resting by Lilian Garcia. He smirks and walks over to the ropes, climbing through them to jump to the floor below, where he snatches it off of the table and slips back in the ring as Kofi open his eyes, still lying across the canvas.

Cody walks over to him and circles his body with the title belt in his hand. He then steps back with his back to the ramp and urges Kofi to get up, ready to finish the job as he clutches on to the belt until a big pop breaks out. Cody shuts it out as we then see Kelly Kelly running down the ramp and slipping in the ring under the bottom rope. She walks up behind Cody and grabs hold of the belt, trying to wrestle it from him. Cody looks shocked to see her and tries to hold on to it, but as they fight over it, he pushes her down to the mat with the belt falling out of his hands too. He doesn’t seem to care as he stares down at Kelly in anger and stands over her with her begging him not to hurt her. The fans will Kofi back up, and as he sits up, he sees the belt on the mat and picks it up. He stands up and sees Kelly in danger with Kelly then looking behind Cody and smiling to see Kofi’s up. Cody senses something’s wrong and turns round in to a shot to the face with the belt. The crowd cheer as Kofi tosses the belt back across the mat to the apron with Kelly dragging herself to the apron too and to the outside, away from danger as Kofi looks over to check she’s okay . He then drops to the mat and hooks Cody’s right leg with the referee slowly coming round and crawling across to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, and still the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston @ 12.10.

AFTERMATH: “S.O.S” hits to a big pop as Kelly watches on from the bottom of the ramp. She smiles at Kofi as he stands up before turning round and walking back up the ramp. The groggy ref then struggles to his feet and collects the title belt from the arpon before passing it to Kofi and raising his arm in victory. He turns to see Kelly walk through the curtain, then walks in to the corner and poses for the crowd with his title belt raised high in the air as Raw comes to a close.

{End of Show}


Jeff Hardy df. Rey Mysterio
The Colon Brothers & Eric Perez
df. Cryme Time
df. Lance Cade
Kenny Dykstra
df. Paul London
Mr. Kennedy
df. The Big Show
Kofi Kingston
df. Cody Rhodes


Quest To Be Champion Final
Mr. Kennedy vs Jeff Hardy

Number One Contendership Match
Melina vs Natalya Neidhart


WWE Championship
Mr. Kennedy or Jeff Hardy vs Kane (c)

Million Dollar Championship
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c)

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>>> JBL must of swallowed a dictionary before he came to the ring. LOL. I’m all for intelligent dialogue and JBL is an intelligent guy, but at certain points during his opening speech his word choice seemed odd. Not out of character, just odd. I totally got into JBL and his speech about morals within modern society. He was spot on, honest and insightful. Odd that, as he is a heel, but it worked well. The Big Show’s lines were kept to a minimum. I liked the line about eating HHH for breakfast. Koslov did nothing in the promo, though I’m sure he would of added to the visual. Flair stole the show with two lines. It’s amazing how the use of capitals can put over emotion. Batista not being there and JBL’S not so subtle attempt to stir the pot was nicely done. The hatred factor was played to the max here and it came across on both sides. Bischoff spoils the fun, but it was the right booking move. All in all a nice opener that adds to tonight’s show and takes this angle another step forward.

>>> I know this may sound off coming from me, but I expected more from this match up. Rey vs. Jeff hardy as an opening match to a TV show rocks, but I expected you to do more with it, instead we got just one paragraph. It’s not a big deal. Jeff goes over clean and they have a little mutual respect, bonding session after the bell. All in all it was nicely done, with the future main event player going forward.

>>> I find it ironic that a Ted DiBiase promo followed Cody’s promo, as in my opinion, Rhodes is money! The promo was subtle. Lets face it, Rhodes could just of easily gone off the deep end in recent weeks and who’s to say he won’t, but right here, he was held it all back. The lines about finally getting his hands on Kofi added to the intensity of the promo and the anticipation for the match itself.

>>> Paul Bearer, I mean the man can do no wrong and anybody who fails to utilize him in BTB are idiots in my opinion. This was so brilliantly done. Subtle undertones of evil menace. Paul comparing Rey and Kane was also a nice touch. This promo didn’t so much effect Hardy, although it painted him as the underdog nicely. No, this was about Kane and you feeling the need to push the champion as it were, to make us believe in him. This helped me buy him as champion, though I still have my doubts.

>>> The tag team match up itself was forgettable as was the promo that followed by The Miz and John Morrison, but none of that really matters. The whole point of the match and the promo was to place the spotlight on the tag team division as a whole and to make us realize that there are several teams gunning to be the best on Raw. The match and the promo screamed “competition” and making the tag team division completive is important, something the WWE has forgotten.

>>> Although the Flair, HHH promo only last a few lines, it established a lot. Flair is oblivious to the growing animosity between Batista and HHH. HHH is starting to resent Batista for not being there for him when he’s needed and most importantly, HHH has a plan tonight in order to get revenge for last week. All in all, a smart promo.

>>> Finlay against Holly won’t ever set the world alight, but at least you kept it short. This was all about the aftermath. DiBiase attacking Finlay and then destroying Hornswaggle in front of his dad. Well I saw it coming and it reminded me a lot of the JBL, Finlay storyline that happened in the WWE. It was unoriginal and I dislike the feud overall, It just does absolutely nothing for me. I’m all for placing focus on the under card and I can see that your using Finlay, a veteran, to get DiBiase over and that’s great booking, but I still dislike the storyline overall.

>>> I’ve never been too high up on Kennedy, having felt from the early days that he was over rated and stick by that here. I just dislike the guy. However this promo was very nicely done. Although I don’t see Kennedy getting through tonight, I liked Orton,s line about being in a win, win situation. That being if Kennedy wins the gold, he gets the first shot at it. Both men are exceptional talkers and I see great in ring promos with these two down the line. Kennedy’s future right now is in a feud with Orton, not in a match up with Kane for the title at the KOTR.

>>> A fun backstage segment here. For weeks I’ve predicted dissention between Regal and Bischoff and it looks like something may finally be happening. With Eric in trouble with the board, it’s the perfect time for Regal to try and steal the GM role for himself. Melina slapping Santino and storming out surprised me. I think they’ll stay together, until Santino screws up next. Nice to see you continuing to focus on the women’s division, making that title seem important is a good idea. Melina vs. Natalya is a great match on paper.

>>> There’s not much to comment on in relation to Dykstra advancing, only that it was the right booking move. What I liked however was him segment with Rey. Rey has been shown in poor light tonight and this was another example. I’m not sure whether or not this was about laying the foundations for a future feud, if so, I look forward to it.

>>> I must admit, I was surprised by the fact you choose to book The Show, Kennedy match second last, but I’ll talk more about that in a moment. HHH & Flair’s big plan, well it wasn’t all that big and it made the corporation look like idiots, especially because JBL should of seen HHH on the big screen. Oh well, it advances the feud. Kennedy going through had to happen, given the fact this was booked around The Corporation and Evolution and not his feud with Orton.

>>> Now while the corporation looked liked idiots during the match, it was HHH and Flair who looked like idiots during this backstage segment. With their car loaded up and ready to go after achieving their aims and getting revenge, instead of leaving they opt to fight, outnumbered by the Corporation and get their asses handed to them. It makes no sense. The only thing you must have been thinking was that if HHH and Flair run they’ll look like cowards, but that’s not how they would of looked, they would of looked smart!

>>> Back to the match order and your decision to close with this match. BRAVE!!! In BTB you can get away with it, but in real life, this just couldn’t of happened. The Show versus Kennedy match up was the bigger match up and would of pulled a better rating. As for the match up, it was great. I liked the fact that even though Kofi won by pinfall, you can still say that had it not been for Kelly, the outcome may have been a lot different. Also, because of the ending I feel that this feud is far from finished.

OVERALL: This was a solid and entertaining show as always. I think I went into detail enough throughout the review, so I won’t go on to much here. Out of everything, The Paul Bearer promo was the highlight of the night. Not into The Finlay, DiBiase storyline. Evolution and The Corporation both looked like fool, all be it at different times. In saying all of that, it was still a great read mate

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HHH & Flair’s big plan, well it wasn’t all that big and it made the corporation look like idiots, especially because JBL should of seen HHH on the big screen.
I made sure that wouldn't be the case.

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The fans boo, but they quickly turn to huge cheers, confusing the hell out of The Corporation. We then see the camera switch to a shot of Ric Flair walking down the ramp, and Show’s face turns in an instant with absolute anger written all over it. JBL & Kozlov walk round to the ramp and block him off with the ref then walking over to the ropes to try and deal with the situation with Show now laughing at Flair, but unbeknown to him, Triple H has jumped the barricade and slipped in to the ring behind him. With Kennedy getting to his knees, Show focuses back on him, but as he turns round, he sees The Game and is met with a swift kick to the groin before he can react. Before Show falls to his knees, Triple H kicks him in the gut and plants him with the PEDIGREE. . . . . The crowd are going nuts while JBL, Kozlov and the referee remain oblivious as the tron has a close up of Flair taunting Show’s buddies.

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Now while the corporation looked liked idiots during the match, it was HHH and Flair who looked like idiots during this backstage segment. With their car loaded up and ready to go after achieving their aims and getting revenge, instead of leaving they opt to fight, outnumbered by the Corporation and get their asses handed to them. It makes no sense. The only thing you must have been thinking was that if HHH and Flair run they’ll look like cowards, but that’s not how they would of looked, they would of looked smart!
In real life, i believe that they wouldn't run. It paves the way for the next step of this storyline, and it was very crucial. I can see what you mean by allowing themselves to get beat up, but i do believe with things being so personal, they wouldn't back away. How many times has Triple H gone after Legacy in real life? I see your point, but i'm happy with how i booked it.

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Solid win for Kenny, he might have a good run in the KOTR tournament, but I don't see him taking it. Quick question, will there be SD! Superstars involved in it, or is it a RAW-only party?
It's inter-promotional. Qualifiers will start this week on Smackdown.

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And forgive my ignorance here, but what's a car bonnet? I'm not a big car enthusiast, but I've never heard the term before. Is it British?
It is British, and i believe you call it the hood in the States.

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Awesome opening promo. JBL was fantastic. No other word for it, he was fantastic. The self-grandeous use of big words was right on for him. Show was also good, and I'm glad you kept Kozlov quiet. I didn't really like Triple H here, though, mostly since he sort of felt like DX Triple H, which isn't the persona to use here. I also noticed how he threw Ric under the bus when he was accused of taking out Vince, and as it was pointed out, how there was a lack of Batista. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how these two parties will clash again during the night, as I'm sure they will.

Normally, I prefer short matches like this one, but I feel this one should've been longer. It was just the straight-forward ending, which was good, and I'm very glad Jeff's advancing, maybe he'll be able to go all the way and start a main-event push. I was also surprised that this was the opening match of the night, could've easily been the main event. Good show of respect between the two afterwards, good stuff.

Strong words from Cody, great stuff all around. You know I'm huge on this angle, and while I'm expecting the two to have a great match, I really hope it doesn't end tonight. These two deserve a good spot on PPV, but I'm fairly sure it'll come to be that way. Also liked how Leticia didn't like doing this interview, nice touch.

Awesome segment between Bearer and Jeff. Bearer was brilliant, just brilliant, and I like how Jeff remained silent. Worked just as much as if he'd had a few lines, and again, Kane stays immoving. Wonder if he'll ever snap out of it. Anyway, if this is any sort of indication, it does seem like it'll be Jeff that gets the shot at KOTR, which should be awesome.

Decent match that made good use of the outnumbered factor. What I enjoyed more was the promo by Miz and Morrison, mostly Morrison. Lot of good lines there, especially the concerned champions bit. They've been pretty unoccupied since they won the Tag Titles, and I can see the program between The Colons and Cryme Tyme coming to a close soon to give them something to do. Unless, you decide to pair up to guys and let them have at it.

Interesting segment here between Hunter and Flair. The disappearance of Big Dave is a little suspicious, but I'm smelling a swerve. Either way, it seems like the Dirtiest Player in the Game's looking to keep his rep intact. Looking forward to seeing what he's got planned.

The match saw Finlay take on Lance Cade, but the heading above it says "Finlay vs. Hardcore Holly". Anyway, not the best match, but alright win for Finlay. The aftermath was much more interesting, especially since Hornswoggle got what he deserved in that glorious beating. DiBiase deserves to destroy Finlay at KOTR just for that. No, not really, but it was just great. I didn't really like Finlay recovering from the shot so quickly, since it was to the back of the head by a legit gold belt, but details. Looking forward to their match even more now if it means Horny getting more punishment.

Great Kennedy interview. I'm glad it seems that he's 100%, and his match with Show and feud with Orton got some very good hype here. I found what he said about his scenario with Orton a little confusing, though, but once I re-read it and got it, it was solid stuff. Orton was also very good here, and I'm surprised you didn't bag on Todd here like normal. Good stuff all around.

Awesome segment here. Santino was great all throughout, but his first line was hilarious. I'm looking forward to the No. 1 Contender's Match next week, I'm expecting some sort of ending that'll lead to both ladies getting the shot at Victoria in a Triple Threat, and I also had a laugh at Regal using the teapot not in its intended use. Also looking forward to seeing how he'll sabotage Bischoff out of his GM spot, awesome job here, Nige.

Decent match, but this wasn't really about the wrestling here, more to continue the dissent between the former partners, and build to their feud. I'm looking forward to it, as the two should be able to put on great matches. Solid win for Kenny, he might have a good run in the KOTR tournament, but I don't see him taking it. Quick question, will there be SD! Superstars involved in it, or is it a RAW-only party?

Good post-match segment between Rey and Kenny, if not a little confusing. Maybe I missed something, but what did Kenny mean "drown your sorros again"? Did Rey ever get drunk during the show or something once? Maybe I'm looking too much into things. Good arrogance from Kenny, but again, I don't see him winning the KOTR.

Decent match that put Kennedy over strong against Show, even if he did have some help in taking him down. The two things big things going on in my mind right now are: 1) Jeff or Kennedy have huge opportunities ahead of them, and both would benefit greatly from winning the tournament, and 2) what'll Bischoff do to Evolution for what they did tonight. One thing I noted, though, and it's totally unimportant, is that both Jeff and Kennedy used a senton bomb to get to the finals. Poetic, but rather unimportant. Looking forward to night week's finals.

Well, seems that The Corporation took it upon themselves to act against Evolution. Anyway, I thought that was a good beatdown to have them come out on top, but I didn't really like JBL's dialogue here. He's very proper, except when he was mad, which was the case here. And when the guy's mad, he's more APA Bradshaw than JBL. And after looking at what you addressed on this segment, I agree that Evolution not backing down was the right move. I also thought it was a little funny that they were arguing across a parking lot for some reason. And forgive my ignorance here, but what's a car bonnet? I'm not a big car enthusiast, but I've never heard the term before. Is it British?

The IC Title Match as the main event? Definitely wasn't expecting it, and I'm not really sure what to think of it. On one hand, it certainly delivered in putting on a great match and continuing the awesome program with Kelly's return to cost Cody, but on the other hand, neither of these guys are what you'd call top players for the brand, even if they have arguably the best program going right now. It's not as likely that you'd let two guys in their position on the card main-event a show on RAW, it could work better on SD!. But regardless, like I said, good match, and I'm very glad it won't end here. Should be totally awesome to see what else happens between the three, pumped for it.

This week's show was very good, but next week's looks totally awesome. So much to look forward to. The finals between Jeff and Kennedy, the No. 1 Contender's Match for the Women's Title, more from Evolution/Corporation and Kofi/Cody. I'm glad you kept the matches relatively short but still good for this edition, let me read it faster, and as per usual, the segments and promos kicked ass. Great job with this one, Nige, and not only am I looking forward to the next RAW, but SD! should also be amazing after what happened at Judgment Day. 8.5/10.
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I liked the opening promo, you obviously chose the right person from The Corporation to do the talking as JBL was great, very in character and I liked the criticism of the crowd as well, as them talking about getting their revenge for a brutal attack could make them appear like the babyface group. Big Show was decent enough on the stick too, and although the breakfast line came off well I don't know if he would say that, as it's kinda admitting he's fat. The line about Triple H beating up a sixty year-old man again makes Evolution look more like the heels as that would probably get a negative reaction from some, but I guess that's how effective their words have been. The way Triple H shifted the blame onto Flair straight away was quite odd however you fixed it immediatley by having him say he wanted to as well, although HHH was perhaps a little too light-hearted considering what's been happening recently, but again I'm kind of looking for problems now. Flair on the mic was great and totally raised the intensity, and Batista missing is interesting as well so i'm looking forward to his reasoning. Having Bischoff come out and sort it out is the perfect way to end it and save the trouble for later on, while showing how in control he is once again which is good for a GM. Great start to the show.

I'm surprised by how little detail you gave us in this one, these two guys could put on a great match and I thought you liked writing more for these sorts of matches. But oh well, the focus is clearly on promos as it should for TV's. This is a great match to kick off the action I really liked the smooth finish with the kick from Jeff as Rey came off the top, such a little thing yet it would set up for the Twist of Fate so well. Interesting to see Jeff go over clean, no problem with it and it's better than another interference. I'm happy though as although I'm not a fan I could see Jeff putting on a good match against Kane, if he gets there that is.

Loved the Cody Rhodes interview, he is such a great heel in this thread and you wrote his promo really well once again. Loved the arrogance and him putting the attention onto himself, and him not being able to wait to get his hands on Kofi is good rather than him being a cowardly sort of chcracter. He certainly seems confident but I don't see him taking the title tonight. I would still rather them have their big match on a PPV though, but I'm sure they will be having a rematch.

This next segment was brilliant. Bearer was just great here and he talked up Kane so well, and Kane almost needed it too after not getting as much attention as a Champ usually does. Loved the line about the flames and Hardy getting burned in particular. He talked up Kane so well that it makes it look like Jeff stands no chance if he faces him, which I assume he will now. Whether or not Jeff would stay silent like that or not I don't know as you would think he would speak up for himself, but at least it shows that even Jeff himself isn't too confident around Kane.

Decent enough match between the Colons and Cryme Time, I think the right team won as they have more of a chance of being a success in this thread in the future. The promo after the match was pretty good too, nice lines from Miz and Morrison as usual and it sets it up well for the other teams to try and impress in the coming weeks. If this is about other teams competing to impress and get a shot I hope Miz and Morrison remain heavily involved though, which i'm sure they will anyway.

Nice segment to show the growing trouble between Batista and Triple H. I still don't think they'll split though and I reckon Evolution will end up even stronger, as you don't seem like one to repeat too many past feuds. But Evolution look outnumbered as it stands which seems like the point. It'll be interesting to see what they have in mind for later on.

I didn't exactly like this next match but it was useful to put over Finlay a little bit more as a big threat to DiBiase's title reign, and it was more about the aftermath really. His win is pretty much forgotten once he got attacked from DiBiase but it's such a heel move to attack him from behind and it worked well. What followed would work so well to gain DiBiase a lot of heat and I don't like Hornswoggle so it would be good to see, should add a little more intensity to this feud as well which is good to make it more than just DiBiase establishing himself.

I liked the confrontation between Kennedy and Orton, but wouldn't Kennedy attack Orton after last week? Obviously that wouldn't be as entertaining as the promo though which was very good once again. I liked what Kennedy had to say and I liked how you mentioned the tournament as well as Orton with there still being a chance he can win it, as it could've been easy to have him just talk about Orton knowing that he probably won't be winning. Orton was good too, the win win situation line made a lot of sense and the good luck line would come off really well, leaving us wondering whether or not he really will stay away.

Next segment was good again, nice mix of comedy and seriousness and I guess you need some comedy with the other things going on. Melina is a good talker when I've seen her and we all know about Santino, so I can imagine it pulling off. nice set up for the match next week as well and hopefully it will lead to a proper one-on-one feud with Victoria, whose reign has been a slight dissapointment so far tbh. I'm looking forward to how Regal goes about taking Bischoff's job, I assume that's what he wants to do. The teapot thing was funny and set up Regal to be angry at Bischoff. I know I'm English so I should like him but I've never really been that much of a fan of Regal, hopefully this can change that.

Solid win for Kenny Dykstra, he's been doing pretty well on Raw and every win makes him look more impressive. I'm glad you didn't go for another Rey Mysterio interference and let Kenny have his moment as well. It's a shame to see London pretty much jobbing as he's got a lot of talent, but I'm liking the slow progression of this London/Kendrick feud, which could be brilliant.

It made sense to have this here with Kenny walking to the back and it was needed to progress the Kenny/Rey feud. I loved the arrogance from Doane and you did well to show how strong he is mentally as well by getting into Rey's head. I'm looking forward to this continuing.

Evolution's plan worked well then, it was a sneaky tactic but one I could see them using, and it works well as neither Kennedy or Show could really afford a clean loss. Kennedy in the final against Jeff Hardy should be a good match, and maybe Orton will leave it until the final to screw Kennedy over. The Corporation will be mad so it will be interesting to see how they react to this, I have a feeling it won't be good for Evolution.

Well I didn't expect to see the fallout from the previous result happen tonight. I liked what happened, very intense and a very brutal attack with nice use of the cars, and I like that The Corporation showed what they are capable of, but it kills Evolution's momentum when they just got one over on The Corporation once again. I imagine HHH and Flair will be even angrier at Batista now which should be very interesting, and I wonder if they'll even make it next week.

Well I'm surprised that this is the main event, it's a big call but it's great for Kofi and Rhodes, and also good for the IC title as well to have a main event spot on Raw. It was a good match and I liked the way the ending played out with the surprise return of Kelly Kelly, and a finish like this works well to keep it going and gives Rhodes a reason for a rematch. Kelly also returning makes this even more interesting as I'm not sure what you have planned for her now, whether or not she joins up with Kofi I don't know. So next week should be great. Good ending to a great show as usual.

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The entire wrestling world was eagerly anticipating the World Championship match between two of the greatest ever to enter the squared circle this past Sunday night at Judgment Day. Everyone was looking forward to the prospect of a match for the ages, and they got it when Shawn Michaels outfought The Undertaker to retain the world title. However, that achievement paled in to insignificance when CM Punk turned Shawn Michaels’ night on its head. Punk won the Money in the Bank contract in a fatal fourway match less than an hour earlier before deciding to cash it in and take advantage of the weakened state of The Heartbreak Kid to become the World Champion for the first time.

It’s something that it isn’t going to bode well with a lot of people, especially the former World Champion you would think. Just how will Punk be welcomed as the new King of Smackdown?

Edge did tell us he had a major surprise in store at Judgment Day in The Cutting Edge, but there was a big surprise for him too. He welcomed back his brother Christian as his special guest, but no one could believe what followed. Christian made it clear to his brother that he wouldn’t be come back to help Edge win the World Championship as he said he has firmly sights set on that target himself. With both brothers then trying to outwit the other, it was Christian that struck the fatal blow when taking his brother down to reality with the Killswitch in the middle of the ring.

How is Edge going to react to his baby brother upstaging him? Find out this Friday.

Chris Masters & Charlie Haas might well call themselves The Masters of the Mat, but they’ve looked to have masterminded their own failure to win the WWE Tag Team titles this past Sunday. Just two days earlier, they attacked the champions, Paul Burchill & Harry Smith as they arrived in the parking lot to give themselves an advantage going in to Judgment Day, breaking Burchill’s wrist in the process. However, the resilient Burchill decided to try and get back at them by competing with a cast, and it was the cast that earned him and Smith the victory that saw them hold on to their titles.

If Masters hadn’t have broken Burchill’s wrist last Friday night, the outcome might have been different. And you have to think that won’t settle well with him or Haas.

Shelton Benjamin asked for a challenge after becoming the United States Champion, and he got just that with Tazz making the first ever scramble match. The Gold Standard only just escaped with the title following a last gasp pinfall in what was a very exciting match at Judgment Day. Beforehand, Ron Killings decided to compete despite being attacked earlier in the day by his bitter rival, Chavo Guerrero.

It looks as if there’s unfinished business between those two, but what lies in store for Benjamin’s next challenge?

Matt Sydal came out firing at Judgment Day having sent Johnny Jeter a strong reminder of what he would face last Friday night on Smackdown. Sydal was attacked by Jeter several weeks back as he made his way to the ring when they were due to go head to head after Jeter stabbed his former friend in the back. It was Sydal who came up trumps in a very personal battle, defeating Jeter with the shooting star press.

With a massive victory under his belt, what lies ahead for this very talented young star?

Kid Kash made it no secret that he didn’t see anything special in Michael Shane and that he was living off of Shawn Michaels’ reputation. Shane put that to the test as well as putting his Cruiserweight Championship on the line at Judgment Day, and he had the last laugh as he saw off Kash to retain the title and show him that he is more than just Shawn Michaels’ cousin.

Will that victory remind everyone else what this youngster is capable of doing inside the squared circle?

Mickie James might not remember it was her that asked for the match with Mia Rain this past Sunday at Judgment Day. In what was a very competitive match, it was the impressive newcomer that came out on top and beat Mickie in the middle of the ring.

Rain has made an impressive start to her Smackdown career, and you have to wonder just how long it will continue. Based on her performance Sunday night, you would have to say a long time.

Chris Jericho will make his return to Smackdown this week having been drafted after WrestleMania. Now he’s shaken off an injury he suffered in the Money in the Bank ladder match, Y2J will head back to the blue brand in his home country of Canada this Friday night.

Whereas Jericho is returning, Josh Hayger will be making his debut. For weeks we have seen vignettes of this very talented young superstar, but this week we will see him in the flesh? Will he live up to the hype? There’s only one way to find out!

King of the Ring qualifying started Monday night on Raw, and we will see Smackdown’s stars start their journey on Friday night in Quebec. Elijah Burke & Kid Kash both tasted defeat at Judgment Day, and they will be looking to put that behind them as they compete for a spot in the last eight of the King of the Ring tournament and the chance to become a star in just over two weeks’ time when those eight men battle for survival and a whole lot more at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Who will take that chance out of these two men? Make sure you catch Smackdown this Friday to find out.


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Elijah Burke vs Kid Kash

<I just wanted to say that since it was commented on following the Raw show, my matches were shorter than usual. That was done for a couple of reasons. 1)I was burned out after writing Judgment Day, and 2)I want my TV shows to be about the promos now. There will still be some long matches on TV like the main event of this show, but I felt I had to explain why they were shorter, especially the Jeff Hardy/Rey Mysterio match.>

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