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post #1141 of 1878 (permalink) Old 07-04-2009, 12:58 PM
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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

Nearly two weeks since you last posted a show, I was starting to worry. LOL. Granted that's half the time it takes me, but let's not talk about that. I'm sure Punk will find himself in a world of trouble going forward. HBK and Taker are both going be after him. Can't wait to see where you take Edge and Christian. Slow build please and try to do something that won't be too obvious.

Jericho and Hayger both debuting on the show, that's pretty epic. They're both money IMO, but obviously they can't both start out on top. Jericho obviously will get a mega push, but Hayger is green and need a good 12 months wrestling mid card guys.

It's unusual for you to announce just one match up in advance of a show. This show may have a lot less wrestling and a lot more talking, seems that way to me from the preview. Looking forward to it. PM me when it's up.

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Been looking forward to this show for awhile now, Nige, and it looks top-notch.

Punk cashing in was brilliant, and I'm anxious to see what's going to be said and done by everyone affected, including Punk, Shawn, MVP, etc. Looks to be awesome.

Edge and Christian is a money feud, and there's no doubt in my mind that you'll make it deliver. Should be great to see Edge's reaction to what Christian did.

Like it was suggested, the Masters of the Mat aren't looking to quit their hunt for the Tag Titles, and with the cast, it introduces a new dynamic, so this also looks to head in a new direction.

The Scramble Match was a great way to put Shelton over, and also give us a taste of Chavo/Killings. Looking forward to seeing what happens next for Shelton, and the Chavo/Killings program.

Sydal certainly has a lot of momentum after his big win, and I'm thinking he'll be next to step up against Michael Shane for the CW Title, who's also riding a wave of momentum himself. It'd also produce some great matches.

Loved the title for this, and I hope to see more from both Mia and Mickie. There's also something going on with Beth, and I'm looking forward to seeing how all this ties together.

Jericho' and Hayger's debuts look to be huge, they've been built up big time, and I'm certain they'll deliver. Elijah/Kash for a spot in the KOTR also sounds like a great match.

I could've said "looking forward to it" in basically every segment, and I would've too had that not sounded redundant. Show looks absolutely huge, I'll definitely be checking it out.
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Looks like a stellar episode coming our way. I've been waiting for the Judgment Day fallout since I read the PPV and, judging by the preview, I won't be disappointed. I will be reading and reviewing.

All my unrealistic expectations of WWE and TNA are met...or I can actually get the ball rolling on a BTB project whichever comes first!
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I just read your RAW, it was very good. Been reading other threads too, these 'BTB' seem good. Although I don't plan on making one, as I don't have the time sadly. Smackdown seems good, I'll be sure to check it out, just send me a private message when it's up and ready to read, will you? Thanks.

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Smackdown Results - Friday 30th May 2008
Live From Colisée Pepsi
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

*Video Recap*
From Judgment Day

Mia Rain defeating Mickie James thanks to Acid Rain.

Matt Sydal beating Johnny Jeter after a Shooting Star Press.

Michael Shane retaining the Cruiserweight Championship with some Sweet Shane Music.

Shelton Benjamin leaving the scramble match as the United States Champion thanks to a last ditch pinfall on Ron Killings after he was speared by Bobby Lashley.

The UK Pack emerging from their WWE Tag Team Championship defence with the titles intact courtesy of Chris Masters receiving a shot to the head by Burchill and his cast.

Christian being welcomed as the guest for The Cutting Edge, leading to their argument and Christian giving his brother a taste of the Killswitch.

CM Punk winning the fatal fourway match to take the Money in the Bank contract away from MVP having pinned Matt Hardy after hitting the Go To Sleep.

Highlights of the World Heavyweight Championship match that saw Shawn Michaels fight for his life and hold on to the title due to a super kick out of nowhere on The Undertaker.

CM Punk surprising Michaels after the match by planting him with a GTS before cashing in the Money in the Bank to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

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


*Video Promo*

{Cut to Ringside}

Michael Cole: Welcome everybody to Friday Night Smackdown, five days removed from Judgment Day where CM Punk not only became Mr. Money in the Bank, but the World Heavyweight Champion. . . Alongside me tonight is my new broadcasting partner, Matt Striker. . . It’s great to have you here Matt.

Matt Striker: Thank you Michael, I am very much looking forward to my new position here as Smackdown’s colour commentator. I couldn’t really have picked a better time to start.

Michael Cole: That’s right. Not only do we have a new World Champion, and of course a new colour commentator. . . King of the Ring qualifying begins right here tonight, in addition to the highly anticipated debut of Josh Hayger. And if that’s not enough for you folks, Chris Jericho and Christian will make their returns to Friday Night Smackdown. . . It really is going to be one hell of a show. . .

“This Fire Burns” hits with the new World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk walking out to the stage with a big smile on his face and the title belt resting on his shoulder.

Justin Roberts:
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new World Heavyweight Champion. . . CM Punk.

Punk slowly walks down the ramp to a ton of heat from the sell out crowd, but that doesn’t bother him one bit as the smug grins remains. The new champ, wearing a black T-shirt climbs through the ropes and walks over to collect the microphone from Justin Roberts, who then leaves the ring, leaving Punk in there to soak up all the heat.

CM Punk: I can’t say I’m all that surprised that this is the reaction I get, and I can’t really say that I care as no one is gonna ruin this moment for me, CM Punk, your new World Heavyweight Champion.


CM Punk: You can boo and shout as many obscenities as you like, it’s not gonna change the fact I am the cream of this crop known as Smackdown, but what I do expect is a little respect. Whether you like me or not isn’t the issue here. The issue is that thousands of people are disrespecting my accomplishment, and why? Because I spotted an opportunity deemed unacceptable to those people? Because I showed intelligence to take advantage of that opportunity? . . . Well guess what? That’s what bein’ a champion’s all about. I’m not gonna feel guilty about how this moment came to be as at the end of the day, it’s irrelevant. The fact of the matter is I’ve worked damn hard to get where I am today and I won the title fair and square. No one can look me in the eye and tell me any different. And that my friends of Quebec is a fact.


CM Punk:
Y’know, I never thought I’d see the day you people would feel sorry for Shawn Michaels, but I guess that’s why Canada is so special.


CM Punk: I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone that I speak my mind, and quite frankly, the truth. And in a way, I too feel sorry for Shawn Michaels. If you ask any superstar in the business today that’s come through in the last ten to fifteen years, they’ll tell you that Shawn Michaels was someone they looked up at and wanted to be. I myself am not afraid to say that includes yours truly, but that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t feel guilty for taking the title away from him as after years and years of hard work, I’m at that spot Shawn was when he won his first world title. I’ve reached the top of the ladder just like he did, and from this moment forward, a new legacy will evolve. . . the legacy of CM Punk.


CM Punk: You might not like it or how it came about, but if you asked Shawn Michaels and any other superstar in that locker room if they would’ve done things differently, you’ll be just as disappointed as you are right now. Don’t get me wrong, I can see how some of you might be under the impression that I ruined what was a historic moment when two of the greatest this business has ever seen went head to head, but as far as I’m concerned, it was the perfect opportunity for someone in my position. . . See after I won my match earlier on, and of course the money in the bank contract, I was walking through the back when some guy stopped to congratulate me and asked me who I thought would win between Shawn and The Undertaker later on, and that’s when it hit me. That’s when I knew what I had to do for me and for this show. You won’t agree but I did the right thing for this show as this business needs young, determined, ruthless, talented superstars in the position I am to represent it, not someone who’s ten years past their best and doesn’t know when to call it a day. I represent what this business should be. Shawn Michaels’ time in the sun has come to an end, and mine is only just beginning. Whatever the circumstances and however sorry you feel for Shawn, The Undertaker or even MVP for that matter, what’s done is done, there’s nothing anyone can do, I’m the champion and everyone has to deal with it.

Punk grins before turning round to walk towards the ropes when all of a sudden, “Sexy Boy” blasts out to a huge pop with some typical Canadian boos directed at Shawn Michaels as he walks out to the stage. Punk turns round to see the very intense sight of the former World Heavyweight Champion. Punk looks surprised to see him as he slowly walks down the ramp, still feeling the effects of his match with The Undertaker from Judgment Day. Punk isn’t worried as he turns back with Michaels picking a conveniently placed microphone up off the steel steps.

CM Punk:
Shawn, I can appreciate that you’re upset about what happened at Judgment Day, and out of respect for you, I’m willing to stand here and let you get things off your chest.

Michaels stares back at Punk with disgust.

Shawn Michaels:
You think you’re so wise. You can tell yourself what you did was right but the bottom line is you showed absolutely no class or respect for this business when you walked down to the ring after my match with The Undertaker and took away everything we achieved.

CM Punk: That’s not what I did. . .

Shawn Michaels: . . . That’s exactly what you did. When you first came to this company, we knew who you were, and we thought we knew what you were about. . . We thought you had the right approach for the business, we thought you respected it, but clearly that’s not the case. . . Sunday night was one of the most important matches of my career, and you know what I did? . . . I beat The Undertaker in the middle of this ring all by myself, something not many people can say, including yourself. And you know what you did then Punk? You took that away from me by disregarding any kind of appreciation or respect you have for me or this business, but at least there’s a happy ending for you. But if I were you, I wouldn’t get used to having that title for long. See you might’ve had the right to cash that contract in any time you wanted, but I too have a little clause of my own that states I get a rematch for the title and the chance to get my hands dirty with the man that stole it away from me. And from where I’m standin’, that appears to be you.


Shawn Michaels: So guess what? I feel like cashin’ that in right here tonight.

*Huge Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I might be beat up from Judgment Day, but I’m not waitin’ around Punk. I’m takin’ back my title tonight, whatever it takes.


Punk smirks.

CM Punk: Y’know Shawn, it’s funny. You’re out here accusing me of having no class, yet you’re doing the exact same thing. You’ve shown me no respect whatsoever by interrupting my moment, but that’s fine. You’re Shawn Michaels, you can do whatever you want. You’d never sink so low as to do what I did at Judgment Day right? . . . Well I’ve got two words for you Shawn. . . Survivor Series. . . Survivor Series 1997. You remember that?


CM Punk: It’s funny how you forgot to mention that huh Shawn? But it’s okay right because you’ve changed, you’ve got your faith to fall back on now. . . I’ve always found that to be rather convenient, your faith that is. I think what it should be known as is convenient faith.

Shawn is livid as he stares a hole right through Punk.

CM Punk: See what I did Sunday was well within the rules, but what you did to Bret Hart back then was about as low as it could get. You screwed him over, you lied to him and get this Shawn, you swore that you had no involvement in it whatsoever. . . That’s my favourite part, and you can see why I find it all too convenient right? I can’t help but wonder what else you’ve managed to shove under the carpet. . . You can stand there and look at me all you want Shawn, you don’t fool me. If anything, I made a fool out of you at Judgment Day, just like I’m going to tonight. . . You wanna go ahead with your rematch tonight? That’s fine. And you know what? . . . You said you’d do whatever it takes, but so will I. This title is staying exactly where it is, and just like Sunday night, I’ll be the one standing proud and holding this title up in the air while you lie on back, totally helpless. . . Your days are numbered Shawn, and I hope when it’s all said and done, you remember that it was CM Punk that struck the final nail in the coffin of The Heartbreak Kid’s career.

Punk stares Shawn right in the eyes with Michaels glaring right back at him, somehow managing to keep his cool as “This Fire Burns” plays once again. Punk then steps to the side and turns round to toss his microphone down to the mat by Shawn’s feet, keeping his eyes on Michaels as he walks over to the ropes with the intense HBK looking over his shoulder. Punk climbs through the ropes and walks down the steps with the fans booing. As he walks up the ramp, he turns back and stares at Michaels, who turns round fully to stare at his opponent for later on with both men looking very serious indeed.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #1***

King of the Ring Qualifying Match
Elijah Burke w/Layla vs Kid Kash

ENDING: In what has been a very aggressive match, Kash ducks a right hand from Burke and chops him in the chest, following up for a second to put Burke on the back foot. As Kash then runs back in to the ropes, Burke takes the initiative, catching him by surprise to plant him with a LIFTING SPINNING SIT DOWN SPINEBUSTER. . . . . A big pop meets that, and as he holds on for the cover, the referee hurries to his knees as he counts Kash’s shoulders. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . NO! Kash just gets his shoulder up in time. Layla looks disappointed on the outside, but Burke stands back up and drags the sore looking Kash up with him, whipping him hard in to the corner. Kash is still feeling the effects of the spinebuster before as he leans against the pads with his chest up against them as Burke pulls down his kneepads in preparation for THE ELIJAH EXPRESS. . . . . The crowd cheer as Burke then runs in and connects, driving his knees in to Kash’s back. There’s only one thing left to do as Burke pulls his opponent in to position and sends him spiralling back down to the mat with THE ELIJAH EXPERIENCE. . . . . Kash isn’t moving as Burke hooks the leg and goes for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Elijah Burke by pinfall @ 5.12.

AFTERMATH: “Don’t Waste My Time” plays to a pop as Layla climbs inside the ring and kisses Burke after he gets his arm raised. They then hug before for a couple of seconds before leaving the ring as Kash starts to come round.

{Commercial Break}

Mia Rain is in the back, psyching herself up for her match later on when The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix walks up to her. Rain looks surprised to see her with Beth looking as serious as ever.

Beth Phoenix: Hey Mia. I saw your match with Mickie James, Sunday night. . . You did a good job. In fact, you almost impressed me, but if I’m being honest, it’s going to take a lot more than a win over Mickie James to impress The Glamazon. . . a lot more.

Rain doesn’t look intimidated at all.

Mia Rain: And the meaning of this is what exactly? . . . Bev is it?

Beth Phoenix: It’s Beth. . .

Mia Rain: . . . Beth, right. Well, maybe I should clear something up for you because it seems you’re obviously under the wrong impression yourself. . . I’m not sure why you think I’d be trying to impress you because that’s not the case at all. I mean, why do I need to impress you? . . . I can see why you might be threatened by my being here, but if you wanna be impressed that much that you felt the need to drop by. . . then despite the fact I don’t need to anyway, I’ll give it my best shot to impress you in my match later on tonight. How’s that?

The Glamazon is stunned as Rain shows no signs of being intimidated whatsoever.

Beth Phoenix:
Do you know who you’re talking to?

Mia Rain: If I needed to, I would.

Beth looks stunned and manages to keep her cool as Rain throws her a cheeky grin and walks out of the shot.

{Cut to Ringside}

“On Your Knees” hits as Josh Hayger walks down to the ring with a big smile on his face with the crowd not sure how to react to him as he climbs in the ring. He walks over to Justin Roberts, who just introduced him and Hayger asks him for the microphone.

Josh Hayger:
You Quebecians are very lucky as you’re about to witness the debut of the man with the most potential to ever hit this business. And as you’ve gathered over the last few weeks, I’m no ordinary athlete or wrestler. I am a cut above everyone else, and that’s why my agent came to speak with me today. He told me that for someone of my unique talent, I should have a name that matches the ability that will take me to the very top of this industry. . . So after going back and forth, we came up with a name that describes me perfectly. . . Jack Swagger.


Jack Swagger: See I have that certain swagger in my step as I ease myself around the ring, and since we’re going to do things correctly. . . mister ring announcer, announce me again please.

Roberts looks slightly taken aback as Swagger pushes the microphone in to his chest.

Justin Roberts: Weighing in at two hundred and sixty three pounds. . . JACK SWAGGER.


Swagger stands there smiling and nods his head at Roberts, then retreats to the ropes as the ever happy “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan makes his way down to the ring with his music playing and the fans cheering.

Justin Roberts: And his opponent, from Glens Fall, New York, weighing in at two hundred and eighty pounds. . . HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN.

*Big Pop*

Swagger looks on laughing as Duggan climbs up on the apron and waves the red, white and blue flag around.

***Match #2***

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs Jack Swagger

ENDING: With Swagger standing over Duggan as he tries to get back up, the debutant looks in to the crowd with a smug grin on his, generating heat from the Canadian fans. He smirks before looking back down at Duggan and pulling him up to his feet, grabbing him around the upper chest and tossing him back with an OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX. . . . . He grins once again as he crawls across the mat to turn Hacksaw over before hooking his leg for a cover attempt. . . . . 1 . . . . . . 2 . . . . . Swagger looks on and just grins once again as Duggan only just lifts his shoulder up off the mat. It’s clear he’s struggling as Swagger then stands up and stalks him with Duggan slowly getting back up, and the moment he manages to get to his feet, Swagger kicks him in the gut, pulls him in to position and plants him with SPIN OUT POWERBOMB. . . . . Hacksaw lies helplessly across the mat as Swagger calmly crawls over to make the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Jack Swagger by pinfall @ 2.19.

AFTERMATH: “On Your Knees” hits as Swagger stands back up with a stupid grin on his face as the referee raises his arm in victory. He smiles in to the booing crowd before leaving the ring and walking back up the ramp, looking very pleased with himself.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

Tazz is in his office and on his cell phone as he walks back and forth across the room.

Tazz: You were shocked? I couldn’t believe it, but what can y’do eh? He won it fair and square, there ain’t nothin’ we can do ’bout that. . . No, Shawn’s okay. I spoke to ‘im earlier. I do ’ave a few guys takin’ the night off ‘cause they got banged up Sunday. . .

We hear the door open and shut with Tazz turning his head and looking rather annoyed.

Tazz: . . . I’ll call y’back.

He flips his cell back up and puts it away as a smug Shelton Benjamin walks towards him with the United States Championship draped over his shoulder.

Tazz: And what d’you want? . . . Hmm, let me guess. . .

Shelton Benjamin: . . . Na eh, you ain’t takin’ this one away from me. I took that challenge you gave me and look what happened? . . . I’m still standin’ here the United States Champion. I just hope you’re not too disappointed your plan failed and came back to bite you in the ass.

Tazz: On the contrary, I’m glad, and clearly you are too. It’s good for you and for Smackdown that we have a champion that overcomes all obstacles, an’ y’know what? I’ve got another one for you tonight. Admittedly it’s not as tough as Judgment Day, but it should be a breeze now right?

Shelton Benjamin: Another challenge huh? . . . Y’know what I say? . . . Bring it on.

Tazz: Good, that’s what I like to see. . . pride and true grit. That’s why you’re goin’ up against someone else tonight with both those qualities too. . . Matt Sydal.

Shelton Benjamin: (Giggling) You’re kiddin’ right? . . . That Sydal kid. I don’t think y’can call this a challenge, but thanks all for the same boss. I’ll see y’later.

Shelton walks out with a big smile on his face, looking totally relaxed about his match later on.

Tazz: (Sarcastic) Yeah I can’t wait.

Tazz then walks over and falls back on to the leather sofa. He’s about to pull his phone back out when the door slams with the angry duo of Chris Masters & Charlie Haas walking in.

Tazz: Oh just what I needed.

Chris Masters: I think we need to have a talk boss.

Tazz stands up and gets back in to serious mode with Masters & Haas hanging on to his every word.

Tazz: Look, I’ll hold m’hands up, I told Burchill not to use that cast as a weapon, but we both now what happened. I’m not gonna make any excuses, but the fact is you guys are the reason he was wearin’ that cast in the first place. . .

Chris Masters: . . . Oh no, you’re not pinnin’ this on us. What we did last week might not be popular, but that’s not the issue here. We had that match won until he smashed me in the head with that cast. That is the only reason we’re not the tag team champions right now, but that’s gonna change. We deserve a rematch, and we’re not leavin’ ‘til you give us what we want.

Tazz mulls it over, knowing they have a point.

Tazz: Technically, I can’t give you a rematch for the titles tonight, but I’ll tell y’what I’m gonna do. . . Burchill should have been disqualified for what he did, I don’t dispute that one bit, so I’m gonna even it up. . . Right here tonight, you’ll face The UK Pack in a no disqualification match. If you guys win, then y’can have your title match alright?

Charlie Haas: We’ll take the match Tazz, but if it doesn’t work out, you’ll be sorry.

Tazz: If you do your job tonight, that won’t be a problem will it?

Chris Masters: We’ll do our job, don’t worry ‘bout that. It’s you who should worry about doin’ your job.

Masters & Haas turn round satisfied but not showing any sign of happiness as they leave while Tazz turns round and sits back down on the sofa.

Tazz: (Sarcastic) Why did I ever take this job?!

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #3***

Maria w/Mickie James & Michelle McCool vs Mia Rain

ENDING: With Mickie & McCool in her corner, Maria tried in the early going to get at Mia, but Rain has taken complete control following a boot to the face. With Maria turning round and staggering out of the corner, Rain runs out behind her and takes her down to the mat face first with a bulldog. Maria lands right on her head, and Mia turns her over on to her back straight away as she goes for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Maria kicks out with a cheer coming from the crowd as well as a boost of encouragement from Mickie & McCool. Rain looks infuriated that Maria dared kick out, and as the menacing diva stands back up, she keeps her eyes locked on the squirming Maria. The sweet young lady manages to pick herself back up, but she is totally oblivious as she falls right in to Rain’s clutches, who walks up behind her and quickly sends her crashing back down to the canvas with the Rain Drop (Falling Reverse DDT). . . . . Rain calmly reaches across with a menacing expression on her face as she then covers Maria. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Rain pulls Maria’s head and shoulders up off the mat before the count can reach 3 with Mickie & McCool looking both surprised and concerned. Rain drags Maria back up with her before planting her with the Acid Rain (Bridging Straight Jacket Electric Chair Drop). . . . . Maria isn’t moving as Rain once again, coolly goes for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Mia Rain by pinfall @ 2.51.

AFTERMATH: As Rain’s music hits and she stands back up, Mickie & McCool slip in to the ring to check on Maria. Rain turns round to look down at them, and realising the situation they’re in, McCool & Mickie get to their feet and stand up to her. Rain tries not to panic, but as the two divas slowly walk closer towards her with Rain now backing away, Beth Phoenix runs down the ramp and slides in the ring behind them. She grabs McCool from behind and quickly lifts her off her feet to plant her with the Grand Slam (elevated double chicken wing wheel barrow face buster). Mickie turns round in shock, but Rain takes advantage by pulling her back and planting her with the Rain Drop (falling reverse DDT). Rain gets back up and stares back in confusion at The Glamazon’s presence, with Beth staring back intently at her for several seconds before turning back and leaving the ring. As she hits the floor, she turns round and walks backwards up the ramp, looking right back at the still confused Mia Rain.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*

{Cut Backstage}

Josh Matthews is standing by.

Josh Matthews: Please welcome my guest at this time. . . Chavo Guerrero.

Chavo walks in to the shot looking fairly serious.

Josh Matthews: Chavo, last Sunday at Judgment Day, you attacked Ron Killings before you both competed in the first ever scramble match for the United States Championship. That attack resulted in Ron receiving medical attention, and we found out earlier tonight that he’s not here tonight because of complications he suffered later on in that match. . .

Chavo Guerrero: . . . Look Josh, I see where this is goin’, and I’m not gonna say sorry for somethin’ that I’m not actually sorry for. I’ve got no need to be sorry for what I did. In fact I should be praised for what I did. Someone like Ron Killings shouldn’t be allowed to compete for a championship with his background. You can’t reward someone like him after all that’s he’s done in his life, it just isn’t right. And since no one else did anything about it, I did what had to be done and stepped in. If he’s hurt, that’s not my problem Josh.

Josh Matthews: Well earlier today we also found out that right here next week on Friday Night Smackdown, you will in fact be going one on one with Ron Killings for a spot in the King of the Ring tournament. Are you not worried that he might be after revenge for what happened at Judgment Day? . . . From what I heard, it’s the only reason he agreed to stay home tonight.

Chavo Guerrero: Josh, he should be at home every night. . . in a prison cell. . . See this is what I’m talking about. For some reason that I completely don’t understand, our esteemed general manager wants to give this convict opportunities that quite frankly he doesn’t deserve. The shot at the United States Championship is one thing, but giving him the chance to be a king? That’s going way too far and I’m not gonna allow it. I’m not gonna let someone of his reputation cast a shadow over the business that several generations of my family have contributed to. That’s just the way it is Josh, and whether people like it or not, I’m not gonna stop until someone sees sense and gets rid of Ron Killings. . . And if the people in the right places don’t do anything, then I will get rid of him myself.

Chavo stares intently at Josh, making him see he’s very serious. After a couple of seconds, Chavo turns around and walks out of the set with Matthews a little shocked by Chavo’s intensity.

{Cut to Ringside}

“If You Close Your Eyes” hits to a huge pop as the casually dressed Christian makes his way out to the stage. He stops and looks in to the crowd for a second or two before walking down the ramp looking happy to be back. Once he gets in the ring, he walks over to the ropes and collects a microphone.

Christian: If you haven’t caught the news the last few days, well Captain Charisma is back!

*Big Pop*

Christian: That’s right folks. . . Now even though my brother Edge is under the impression this is his show, Friday Night Smackdown has just got a big fat dose of charisma, and there’s a whole lot more to come. . . I didn’t want my return speech to be about my brother, but I’m sorry it’s panned out that way. . . When I left the WWE two and a half years ago, I was here on Smackdown and Adam was on Raw, and there’s a reason for that. We all know what happened with him, Matt and Lita, and despite Adam thinkin’ he did nothin’ wrong, I had to be the big brother and give him the what for. See, I didn’t want anythin’ to do with him. We had our problems with the Hardys for a long time, but despite that, we patched that up and became the best of friends, hangin’ out and travellin’ together. The difference between me and Adam is summed up by the fact that I valued that friendship, but he changed to become the selfish son of a bitch he is today.


Christian: He seems to think he has to be that jackass to be successful, and that’s not the case. Part of the reason I came back here was to prove that to him by doing what I couldn’t before, and that’s become the World Heavyweight Champion.


Christian: Sunday night at Judgment Day when I made that perfectly clear to him, he told me in no uncertain terms that I couldn’t do it, that I didn’t have what it takes, but Adam. . . you’re wrong. I’m more than capable, that’s why I’m back here, and if I didn’t think I could compete with the best, I wouldn’t have come back in the first place. Well, either that or I’d take the easy way out like CM Punk.


Christian: I know. But I got to thinkin’, and thought what kind of person would take the easy way out to become world champion? . . . I figured out that it would take a selfish, egotistical, deluded son of a bitch like my brother to do it that way. I know I don’t wanna win a title that way, but my bully of a big brother would sell out our own parents and grandparents to get anything he feels like that day. That’s why I reeled him in and said enough was enough at Judgment Day. . . I’m not the same little brother that Adam used to get himself out of trouble. . . I’m the not same little brother that’s gonna do all his dirty work for him, and I’m not his little fetch boy anymore either. An’ you wanna know why? . . . ‘cause things have changed bro’. You can’t and won’t boss me around anymore because. . .

“Metalingus” hits as a very serious looking Edge walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand.


Edge: Cut the music. . . I SAID CUT THE MUSIC.

As he gets in the ring, the music stops.

Edge: How great it is to have y’back. You really should have let me know you’d be walkin’ back in to my life and screwin’ it up, so thanks for the heads up bro’. . . So let me ask you somethin’ C, was blind sidin’ me Sunday not enough for ya that you had to come out here and run me down again? . . . Well y’know what, I’m glad y’did ‘cause it just shows what you’re problem is, that you’re jealous. . . jealous of me.


Edge: Don’t look like that bro’, it makes total sense. Think about it. . . Y’know who the real star of Edge and Christian was. And see right there, who’s name came first huh? You can’t handle the fact I was Edge and Christian like Bret Hart was The Hart Foundation and Shawn Michaels was The Rockers. You’ll be nothing more than a no hoper clingin’ on to your partner’s reputation, just like Marty Jannetty and The Anvil ‘cause that’s all you are. You’ve lived on my reputation for so long, and now you’re back, you’re doin’ the exact same thing all over again. You might have won titles at Disneyland, but this is the big leagues right here. You’re gonna be a failure like you were the first time round, and I’m gonna enjoy every second of seein’ you crash and burn. . . Everyone knows that’ll happen C, like they knew I would be the one out of the two of us who was destined to be a star, and they were right. I’m the one who’s a two time WWE Champion, and the last time I checked Captain Charisma, you’ve not been in the main event of WrestleMania either have you? Or have I got that wrong? . . . Simply put bro’, I’m the star and you might as well put your tail back between your legs, walk back up that ramp and never come back before you show the world why you’re the disappointment of our family.


Christian: I’M THE DISAPPOINTMENT? . . . SO WHICH ONE OF US SPENT CHRISTMAS ALONE HUH? . . . WHICH ONE OF US WAS ALL BY HIS LONESOME WHILE THE OTHER WAS WITH HIS FAMILY TO CELEBRATE THE START OF 2008? . . . COME ON EDGE, TELL THESE PEOPLE THAT PERSON WAS YOU. . . Oh you can’t can ya? ‘cause that wasn’t you was it? These people don’t know that our parents hate your guts as much as I do. They hate what you’ve become like everybody sat in this arena tonight.


Christian: You might think you’re this big star Adam, but your claim to fame is full of screw jobs and cowardice. . . We heard you say you’re a two time WWE Champion, but why is that? Is that because you pulled a CM Punk? . . . Twice? . . . Yeah that sounds about right, just like how you flunked that WrestleMania main event you talked about. . . So if you wanna come out here and call me a disappointment, that’s fine. I’d rather have no world championships here in the WWE than be the selfish, lonely, bitter, twisted excuse of a human being you’ve become.


Christian: You can talk down to me all you want Adam, it’s not gonna make the slightest bit of difference ‘cause I don’t have to take this crap from you anymore. I’m just as confident about my ability as you are of me failing, and the way I see it bro’ is there’s only one way to find out who’s tellin’ the truth. . . There’s only one way to settle this Adam, and that’s by me, your baby brother challenging you to a match.

*Big Pop*

Edge: Let me get this right. You’re challenging me?

Christian: That’s right. It’s good to see you’re finally gettin’ the hang of the English language at last.

Edge: Yeah, good one, and you call me deluded? . . . But as far as the challenge goes, we’ll have to put it on the back burner ‘cause I’ve still not been cleared to compete since my injury.


Edge: Shut up, it’s true.

Christian: Yeah of course it is, but don’t worry ‘bout it ‘bro, I can wait. I can wait as long it takes. You just make sure that injury of yours heels up nicely and I’ll see y’soon.

Christian smiles at him before walking past him, but as soon as he does, he turns back round immediately to face is brother.

Christian: Whoa, I don’t know what I was thinkin’ there, turnin’ my back on you of all people. . . the ultimate opportunist. . . See I’m not gonna give you a chance to get one up on me ‘cause I can tell that’s what you’re dyin’ to do. And to be honest, it’s no wonder since we all know you’re a coward, or an opportunist as you so nicely put it. . . But do you know what my favourite word to describe you is Adam? . . . A problem. I see you as a problem, but luckily people, well I have a way of solving problems. That’s what I call a problem solver.

Christian turns his head to the stage, as does Edge with the menacing sight of Tyson Tomko, dressed in jeans and a white vest walking out to the top of the ramp.


Christian: You let me know when you’re ready to go bro’. . . See y’round.

“If You Close Your Eyes” hits again to a big pop as Christian smirks at his infuriated brother while walking to the ropes. He then walks up the ramp to join Tomko, turning round to see the rage in Edge’s face as he glares right back at them laughing.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

The UK Pack are getting ready in their locker room with Harry Smith lacing up his right boot while looking across at Paul Burchill. Both men are very serious with Burchill putting his knee pads on while sat down. Smith takes his foot off the bench and sits down, still looking over at his partner.

Harry Smith: Paul, I know I asked you Sunday if you were alright to go out there, but we don’t need to tonight if your arm’s still in a bad way. If we talk to Tazz, I’m sure he can put this off for a while.

Burchill lifts his head up and stares blankly at Smith, meaning business.

Paul Burchill: Put it off? You think Masters is gonna let us or Tazz get away with that? . . . I don’t think so. . . It doesn’t matter how much this hurts Harry (Lifting up his cast). It didn’t matter how much it hurt when I smashed him in the face with it at Judgment Day because we held on to the tag titles. It doesn’t matter how much pain it takes if we can get them out of the way for good, because I’ll do whatever it takes. . . If that means we can finish the job tonight and beat the hell out of them to boot, then that’s just a risk I. . . sorry, we are going to have to take.

Smith nods his head down slowly.

Harry Smith: You’re right I guess. The sooner this is over the better.

Paul Burchill: Exactly. Just do me a favour and make sure you don’t worry about me during the match. We both need to focus and give a hundred percent if we’re gonna do this.

Harry Smith: You can count on it.

They both stand up and Smith holds his hand out to his partner. Burchill looks at him and smirks, indicating his cast.

Paul Burchill: Maybe not this time 'ey?

Harry Smith: (Grinning) Yeah maybe not, but when we win.

Burchill grins too and they both sit back down smiling.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #4***

Non Title Match
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin

ENDING: Sydal makes his way back up along with Benjamin, and as The Gold Standard throws a wild right at his opponent, Sydal ducks underneath it and runs forward in to the ropes. As he comes back and Benjamin turns back round, Sydal dives at him for a cross body, but Shelton ducks with Sydal hitting the deck. The Gold Standard just smirks and watches on with a big grin on his face as Sydal struggles back to his feet. Shelton then turns back and runs the ropes, but as he runs back, Sydal takes him by surprise, taking him down to the mat with a diving leg lariat. Sydal then scurries across the mat to make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Sighs echo around the arena as the disappointed Sydal sits back up and looks glumly at the referee. Shelton starts to sit up straight away, reminding Sydal to act quickly, which he does. Sydal runs back in to the ropes, comes back and nails Shelton with a sit down dropkick. Racing back up to his feet, Sydal then connects with a STANDING MOONSAULT. . . . . The crowd love it, and once again, Sydal goes for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

The United States Champion kicks out once again, and as he sits up, he drops his head in to his hands. He realises he has an opportunity in front of him, and after making his way back up, he reaches down and helps Shelton back up to his feet too. He grabs him around the upper chest, but Shelton fights back and is able to shove Sydal away. And as Sydal comes running back at him, Shelton goes for a clothesline, but Sydal ducks it, and as Shelton turns round, he blocks a kick to the stomach and nails Sydal with a DRAGON WHIP. . . . . That floors Sydal, and the angry champion takes his chance at a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Sydal kicks out to the delight of the crowd, but Benjamin isn’t the least bit delighted. He stands back up and urges his opponent to do the same, with Sydal crawling towards the corner. Shelton watches on as Sydal uses the ropes to help him back up, and as Sydal stands up, Shelton runs in to the corner, looking to hit a STINGER SPLASH. . . . . But Sydal steps out of the corner with Benjamin hitting the pads, and Sydal quickly rolls him up. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Matt Sydal by pinfall @ 8.27.

AFTERMATH: “Axeman” hits with the fans cheering as Sydal quickly slips under the bottom rope to the outside. He looks slightly surprised, but not as much as Shelton as The Gold Standard sits up. The referee joins Sydal on the outside and raises the delighted youngster’s arm in to the air with Shelton staring at them in shock. Sydal smiles and punches the air before back tracking up the ramp and slapping hands with the fans with Shelton’s shock quickly turning to frustration.

{Cut Backstage}

A deadly serious Shawn Michaels is getting ready in his dressing room, strapping up his wrists with his cousin, Michael Shane, the Cruiserweight Champion leaning against the door.

Michael Shane: Shawn, I don’t wanna sound negative or anythin’, but are you sure tonight’s the best time to use your rematch? . . . I mean you’re still beat up from Judgment Day an’ your match with The Undertaker.

Shawn remains focused on strapping his wrists, but talks back, sounding serious.

Shawn Michaels: Cous’ don’t worry about me. I was beat up Sunday and I beat The Undertaker to keep the world title. I’m beat up tonight and I’m gonna beat CM Punk to win back my world title.

Michael Shane: I’m not sayin’ I don’t think y’can win ‘cause I know you can, but you don’t have to do it tonight, that’s all I’m sayin’. The King of the Ring’s two weeks away, why not wait ‘til then?

Shawn finishes taping his wrists up and looks at his cousin.

Shawn Michaels: This is just somethin’ I have to do. I beat The Undertaker at Judgment Day. Punk took that and the world title away from me, I’m not prepared to wait a second longer than I have to to get it back.

Michael Shane: Alright, I’m not gonna talk you round, I see that, but I’ll be out there with you, supportin’ y’through it.

Michaels doesn’t look so happy to hear that.

Shawn Michaels: No disrespect intended, but this is something I need to do on my own, like beating The Undertaker the other night. You understand that right?

Michael Shane: Yeah I get what you’re sayin. I guess I’ll see y’back at the hotel then?

Shawn nods his head.

Shawn Michaels: Thanks. It might not sound like it, but I appreciate it.

Michael Shane: Well then, I guess all I can say is good luck. . . Knock him dead.

Shane turns round, opens the door and walks out as the camera zooms in on the very serious looking Shawn Michaels.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #5***

Non Title, No Disqualification Match
If The Masters of the Mat win, they will receive a WWE Tag Team Championship match
The UK Pack vs The Masters of the Mat

ENDING: Smith takes a chop from Haas, but as Haas tries to follow up for a right hand, Smith blocks it and nails him with a series of shots of his own, putting Haas on the back foot. He then whips him in to the ropes, and as Haas comes back at him, Smith sends him flying overhead with a back body drop. That brings a cheer from the crowd, and Smith doesn’t let Haas rest at all, pouncing on him right away and pulling him back up to a vertical base, setting him up for the DELAYED VERTICAL SUPLEX. . . . . Smith then lifts Haas up in to the air, keeping him up for five seconds before Masters races in to the ring and runs at Smith to chop him in the knee, resulting in both men falling to the mat. The ref has a go at Masters, but The Masterpiece proceeds to stomp away at Smith as the ref can’t do anything to stop him. That brings Burchill in to the ring, and he unloads with a couple of left forearm shots. He then tries for an irish whip, but Masters reverses it with Burchill holding on to the ropes as he gets there. Masters looks livid and runs right at his opponent with Burchill then lifting him over his shoulder and out to the floor below. Burchill grins and walks back in to his corner as both Smith & Haas start to move around. Burchill calls for the tag, and Smith just makes it as he jumps up in to his corner with Haas failing in his diving attempt to prevent it. Burchill climbs back through the ropes and stomps on Haas’s back. Masters gets up on the outside and grabs a steel chair. The fans boo as he slips back in the ring with the chair in hand.

Burchill sees it and runs right at Masters, taking him down with a clothesline. The chair falls out of Masters’ grasp as he rolls back on to the apron. Burchill doesn’t appear to be satisfied as he walks across the apron, but Haas crawls over and picks up the steel chair as he stands back up. Haas then walks up behind Burchill and SMASHES HIM IN THE BACK WITH THE CHAIR. . . . . Smith stands back up in time to see it, and he isn’t happy at all. Haas drops the chair and tags Masters as The Masterpiece stands back up. Smith races in to the ring and runs at Haas, clotheslining him over the top rope to the outside, but Masters quickly tosses him through the ropes too. With Burchill getting back up to his knees and the chair by his feet, The Masterpiece picks it up before DRIVING IT ACROSS BURCHILL’S BACK. . . . . The Englishman falls to the mat, but Masters isn’t down as he drops the chair and then places it on Burchill’s right arm and on top of the cast. The fans boo as they know what’s coming, but they’re powerless to stop it as Masters then brings his foot crashing down on to the chair and cast, crushing Burchill’s already broken wrist. Heat rings round the arena as Masters just watches on with Burchill screaming out in pain and writhing around in agony. Masters then reaches down and pulls Burchill back up to plant him with a SCOOP FALLING POWERSLAM ON TO THE CHAIR. . . . . It’s all over as Masters holds on for the cover with Smith trying to get back in as Haas grabs his legs while the ref counts the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNERS: The Masters of the Mat by submission @ 8.33.

AFTERMATH: Masters lets go of the hold as Haas lets go of Smith, who slips back in the ring to check on his partner. The Masterpiece leaves the ring straight away with Haas walking round to join his partner by the ramp. The referee does the same to raise their arms in victory while Smith shows concern for his partner as Burchill winces in pain, holding on to his arm with The Masters of the Mat smiling back at them.

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*

{Cut to Ringside}

“Break The Walls Down” hits to a big pop as Chris Jericho walks down to the ring, dressed in jeans and a white shirt with the top button undone. He picks up a microphone from the apron before stepping through the ropes to another big pop from the Canadian crowd.

Chris Jericho: Well, it’s been a long time, but Chris Jericho is back on Smackdown BABY!

*Big Pop*

Chris Jericho: As happy as I am to once again step foot in this ring, I’ve been thinking all day about what I was going to say when I got out here, but for once in my life I had no words. . . Sure I could talk about being drafted back over to Smackdown, something a lot of people consider to be the B show in the WWE with some proportion of justification, or I could even talk about how I will climb the Smackdown ladder and become the World Heavyweight Champion.


Chris Jericho: However I thought speaking about either of those subjects would be somewhat boring and redundant. You don’t need to hear me tell you about just how great I am. I mean I’m the king of the world, everyone knows that, and let’s face it with the talent here on Smackdown opposed to Raw, I should be challenging to become the world champion. And that’s what I decided to talk about. . . the World Championship. Not me and my chances or desire to be the World Champion, but the World Championship match we witnessed at Judgment Day between two of the biggest names ever in this business. . . Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.

*Huge Pop*

Chris Jericho: And just like everyone else, I was excited. I was pumped. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker could headline WrestleMania year in year out, but that didn’t matter as I sat down with my kids to watch what was no doubt an excellent match with two legends competing for the richest prize in our industry. . . However, as I sat there watching, it became clear to me that only one of these legends was at the top of their game. . . and that was Shawn Michaels.


Chris Jericho: He gave the match his absolute all, treating it like it was his last taking every last act of punishment The Undertaker threw at him, coming back for more each and every time he could stand back up. It was abundantly clear that he wanted to win the match a whole lot more than The Undertaker did. It was also clear to me that The Undertaker seems to have lost his way. He doesn’t have that same aura of invincibility about him anymore. He was fighting for the world title, but not once did he push himself to the levels that Shawn Michaels did, doing whatever it would take to make sure he was the one that walked out of the match as the World Champion, and that’s what he did while all The Undertaker was left to do was to reflect an opportunity spurned. . . During the match with my obvious look of bewilderment, one of my children turned to me and asked me just what was so special about The Undertaker. He hasn’t grown up and seen first hand what The Undertaker’s achieved over his glittering career, but at that very moment with my son staring at me searching for an answer, I had to think deeply about what I was going to say, and that’s what I did. It’s then that I realised that right now, there is only one conclusion. . . That is that there is nothing special about The Undertaker anymore.


Chris Jericho: Hear me out. . . Watching that match as a wrestler myself, and as someone who has stared in to the eyes of the phenom, it was painfully obvious that The Undertaker has become a mere shadow of what he used to be, clinging on to the reputation he’s managed to build up over all these years. You have to understand that I am in no way trying to disregard or question the legacy of The Undertaker, but there’s no getting away from the fact that he’s heading towards his own final journey.


Chris Jericho: It’s not. . .

A gong hits and the lights go out, followed by “Deadman’s Symphony” with The Undertaker walking down to the ring. Jericho remains calm as Taker climbs up the steps with the lights then coming back on. Taker steps through the ropes and walks in to the middle of the ring, staring Jericho in the eyes from a couple of feet away.

Chris Jericho: Taker, I can understand how you would be upset or even angry by what I’ve said, but I assure you there’s no element of personal interest or resentment here. It’s just my own honest opinion of what I saw at Judgment Day, so I ask you to hear me out.

Taker’s expression remains the same with his eyes firmly locked on Jericho.

Chris Jericho: I can only ask you to think about what I’ve said, and how you feel deep inside that dark soul of yours in regard to your own performance at Judgment Day. Is there not a part of you that feels you threw away possibly your last ever chance to be World Champion? Because based on that performance, you won’t be getting another shot, and rightly so. . . Where was The Undertaker of old that had his opponent beat before the match even started? . . . What happened to the man that struck fear in to the heart of each of his opponents? . . . See Undertaker, I’m asking you this to your face as I myself simply don’t know anymore. You’re the only person that can convince us that your career isn’t on a rapid decline, because everyone that ordered and sat down to watch Judgment Day is thinking exactly what I am right now, and that it’s just a matter of time before they watch The Undertaker walk away in to the night once again, knowing this will be the time that he doesn’t come back.

Taker steps forward, getting right in Jericho’s face, but Jericho isn’t fazed.

Chris Jericho: Whoa chill. . . Huh, probably not the best choice of words to say to a dead man, but anyway. I’m telling you this for your own good Undertaker, and I’m going to leave with you something to think about. I want you to think about why you’re still here, where that burning desire is and if it will ever come back. . . And if it’s not there, I think you need to take a very long look at your next career step, because believe me these people don’t want to see the same tired old Undertaker that turned up at Judgment Day. . . If you can’t get back to the old Undertaker that we all remember, I think we both know it’s time you walked away once and for all.

There’s a look of blankness on The Undertaker’s face as Jericho then steps back and walks over to the ropes, stepping through them and walking to the back with Taker looking very much in deep thought.

*Video Promo*

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*

{Cut to Ringside}

***The Main Event***

World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs CM Punk (c)

ENDING: Michaels is fighting through the pain and giving Punk a real match. With both men making their way back up, Michaels blocks a right hand from Punk and hammers away at the World Champion with a series of right hands, but Punk fights back and reverses an irish whip. The Heartbreak Kid is whipped in to the ropes, but as he comes back, he ducks under an outstretched arm from Punk and runs through, races back and connects with a flying forearm. That brings a big pop from the crowd, but it gets even louder as Michaels then flips up. He has his game face on despite looking to be in some discomfort while Punk makes his way back up to his feet. Michaels goes right at him, not letting him relax for a second, nailing him with an inverted atomic drop and following up with a scoop slam. The former World champion retreats in to the corner and climbs up to the top rope with the majority of the crowd cheering him on, and as he leaps off, he connects and drills Punk with a DIVING ELBOW DROP. . . . . With cheers ringing out, Michaels hooks both legs and goes for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Punk lifts his shoulder up off the mat to a chorus of boos from the crowd, mixed in with some cheers.

Michaels struggles to his feet, fighting the pain as he once again retreats in to the corner, but this time he doesn’t climb up to the summit and instead, he starts to tune up the band. With the crowd stomping their feet and clapping their hands in tandem while the unwitting Punk picks himself back up, Michaels gets ready to explode, and as Punk gets to his feet and turns round, The Heartbreak Kid emerges out of the corner and looks to hit the SWEET CHIN MUSIC. . . . . Punk ducks his head though, and as both men turn round to face each other, Punk nails Michaels with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE HEAD. . . . . Michaels just falls to the mat in a heap while Punk falls to his knees and takes a couple of seconds to compose himself before scurrying across and trying for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Michaels gets his shoulder up to the relief of the majority inside the arena, but Punk doesn’t appear to be happy at all. He stands back up and urges the challenger to his feet, and slowly but surely, HBK manages to pick himself back up, but as he gets up still dazed, Punk lifts him up on to his shoulder for the GO TO SLEEP. . . . . Boos ring out, but Michaels wriggles around and down off the shoulders of the worried looking Punk, and as the champ turns round, Michaels connects out of nowhere and hits the SUPER KICK. . . . .

Both men collapse to the canvas, and after several seconds, Michaels crawls over and places his arm on to the chest of Punk. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Punk just and only just manages to lift his shoulder up off the mat and prevent a 3 count. Boos echo around the arena, and as Michaels then lifts his head up, it’s clear he doesn’t totally know where he is. He then slowly stands back up, as does Punk, but once again, Michaels retreats in to the corner where he again tunes up the band. As Punk picks himself back up with the ref checking he’s okay, Michaels rushes out of the corner, looking to hit another a SUPER KICK. . . . . But Punk drops to his knees, pushes the ref to the side and low blows Michaels with the ref oblivious to the low blow. HBK slowly drops to his knees in front of Punk, but the Straight Edge Superstar doesn’t waste a second as he stands back up and brings Michaels with him as he once again lifts him on to his shoulders, and this time he connects with the GTS. . . . . The fans boo the World Champion as they are forced to watch him hook the leg of The Heartbreak Kid as the referee makes the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: CM Punk by pinfall @ 13.47.

AFTERMATH: “This Fire Burns” blasts out through the speakers as CM Punk stands up to get his arm raised with a smug grin on his face. He then demands the referee gets him his world title, and he does just that with Punk snatching it away from him as he brings it over. He stands over Michaels’ and lifts the title belt up in to the air with the fans continuing to boo. He then walks over to the ropes and throws the title up in to the air once again as Michaels rolls on to his side behind him, starting to come round. As Punk turns back round, he sees The Heartbreak Kid squirming and decides to drop his belt to the mat, just by the apron. He then slips through the ropes to the outside and grabs a steel chair, then slides back in, stalking Michaels as he tries to get to his knees. With Michaels able to get to his knees, Punk stands behind him, ready to explode with the chair in hand.

But with the crowd trying warn him, the dazed former World Champion struggles to his feet and turns round in to a vicious steel chair shot with the thud echoing around the arena. Boos ring out for several seconds until a huge roar comes from the crowd, as MVP races down the ramp and in to the ring. He takes Punk off guard as he runs at him, ducking a swing of the chair and nailing Punk with a series of right hands as the chair drops to the floor. He then whips Punk in to the ropes, but as Punk hits them, he holds on to the top and pulls himself under the bottom rope to safety, then quickly reaches inside to grab his world title. MVP walks over to the ropes and looks down at Punk, kicking the bottom rope and showing his frustration as Punk just smirks back at him. MVP offers him back in the ring, but Punk walks round to the ramp, still looking very smug with MVP not taking his eyes off him as Smackdown comes to a close.

{End of Show}

Elijah Burke df. Kid Kash
Jack Swagger
df. Jim Duggan
Mia Rain
df. Maria
Matt Sydal
df. Shelton Benjamin
The Masters of the Mat
df. The UK Pack
CM Punk
df. Shawn Michaels


King of the Ring Qualifying Match
Ron Killings vs Chavo Guerrero


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

Million Dollar Championship
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c)

The King of the Ring Tournament
Qualified So Far
Kenny Dykstra & Elijah Burke

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>>> Oh now I get it, you went with the same main event as I did on RAW. LOL. I actually expected this to be honest, the confrontation between these two that is. I didn’t however expect you to book the match for tonight. You know how I hate giving away big matches on TV, but this is a PPV match. Still, looking forward to the match up immensely. As for the content of the promo, it was spot on for the most part. Punk trying to claim what he done was right, when it clearly wasn’t, was typical heel tactics. The line about convenient faith” and the survivor Series mentions were fun, though with a hostile Canadian crowd I believe those reference may have gotten HBK heat tonight, not what a booker wants going into a world title matches. The SS 97 references are fine, but they seem to get used in Canada all to often. Overall this was a great way to start what should be a killer show.

>>> Kash goes out. This was a fine way to start the wrestling portion of the show. I’, always amazed how a tournament can make the most ordinary of matches seem important. Great for bookers. Not much else to say here really.

>>> Very solid promo here with Mia and Beth. I sense something was being planned between these two on the last show. They’re both heels however, so turning Beth I guess could be an option. Judging by the segment as a whole, I think you may just want a good TV match that makes Mia look even better and then leave it at that. If you want go long term with this, obviously turning beth will have to done, something I‘m all for. Her character is stale. “Bev, is it?” FUNNY!

>>> Didn’t you knock me a few months back when I brought in Hayger as Jack swagger? I think you did, but granted I could be wrong. The way you did it seems like you changed your mind at the last minute having aired promos with the “Josh Hayger” name on them… So if felt a little silly that a debuting wrestler would change his actual name on TV, I mean who is he, prince? The squash was fine, it’s either have him do that or get a big win on his debut. The squash root works well.

>>> Tazz is growing on me with each passing show. His breezing, no BS attitude is a welcome relief. The fact he has beef with Benjamin, stems from his hate of cocky, arrogant types and by challenging Benjamin, he may actually grow to respect him somewhat. Benjamin, Sydal should be class. I sense an upset, given the way you had Benjamin react. You transitioned between Benjamin and the Masters of the Mat well. TBH I see no reason why Tazz couldn’t of signed a no DQ rematch for the belts, but your way drags out the feud more, so either way it works really.

>>> Now this surprised me. Mia gets the pin, that part was obvious, but the aftermath was very surprising indeed with Beth coming to Mia Rains aid. I didn’t see you booking it this way and now that you have, it’s brilliant. In the end it was Beth showing Mia how impressive she was and to not disrespect her. Maybe these two will join forces now instead of feuding, who knows.

>>> Why the WWE refuse to use Killings real life past to change up the character is beyond me. The same goes for MVP. I’m liking Chavo being painted as a moral crusader who believes it’s OK for him to do bad things in order to punish bad people as it were. Very right to censor…

>>> I think Edge and Christian are going to steal the show for many weeks to come on SmackDown. This was just a great promo. The reference to Bret and Shawn etc. brought a sense of realism to the promo. Edge trying to put down his brother, yet Christian seems the happier of the two and we found out why . Edge is no longer welcomed by his family, that could go a long way to explaining his erratic behaviour. I was worried when you had Christian issue the challenge so early on, but luckily Edge had a decent excuse. I want to see this build and build for several months before we get the payoff match. Tomko, wow, I mean how stacked is SD now. Jericho, Tomko, Christian, Swagger…… who’s going to fall in order to allow these to rise???

>>> The UK Pack segment fell flat, mainly because it followed the Edge/christian promo and also because it was mostly filler. I like the UK Pack, but I question Tazz’s decision to make an injured man wrestle two matches back to back within 24 hours.

>>> I called it, Sydal gets the upset victory. This screamed Razor Ramon and the 123 Kid. It worked very well and the finish was fluky. I think you constructed the match in such a way that Benjamin remains strong and Sydal seems lucky, yet competent. This is obviously not over between these two and I think a long term feud could be a whole lot of fun.

>>> Again much like the UK Pack segment did earlier, this HBK, Michael Shane segment was a little flat. I don’t want to call it filler, because it shed further light on Shawn, how he’s feeling and what’s motivating him and I’ve continued to enjoy this family relationship. An OK segment I guess.

>>> I always feel that when you book a match up such as this, with the stipulation being that a team must win to get a rematch and a title shot, that you’re almost giving away the outcome before the match up starts. This was a great match and you’re playing up the Burchill injury well and how effected the team are by it. If anything I come out of this match question Burchill’s intelligence. He has an injury, he doesn’t have to put himself in this situation. I’m guessing they drop the belts next week.

>>> With Christian, Swagger and a world title match up on this show, Jericho got lost in the scuffle somewhat. I would of waited until after the KOTR to bring him back as tonight there is just to much going down for this to stand out as it should. I’m guessing you brought him back now, so you could get a start on his storyline with Taker before the WWE starts there’s IRL. I liked the heel turn, but Taker looked like an idiot, standing there so long, taking so much shit and doing fuck all about it. I’m excited about this, but I felt it didn’t stand out as much as it should have done, given the amount of stuff going on.

>>> It would seem as if MVP, Punk and to a certain extent Jericho have stepped up to the detriment of HBK and The Undertaker. Punk’s win signals to the world that he is the best, better than HBK and Taker. MVP however ends the show looking like the man, undoing some of what was achieved when CM Punk pinned HBK. There’s just much happening on SD and this show in particular, it’s so exciting. What next for HBK though as it would seem that Punk is going on to compete with MVP.

OVERALL: You weren’t lying when you said this was full of promos. It’s like one of my shows, jammed packed and pushing the two hour limit. Whilst everything was done brilliantly, I question you willingness to have so much happen so soon, on one show, coming off a PPV. Did we really need Jericho tonight? I don’t think so. His promo with Taker would have been perfect post KOTR and allowed it to build to a match at SummerSlam. CM Punk was the man tonight. He looked so strong. MVP obviously is going to get a further push. Undertaker looked weak tonight after the Jericho promo and HbK loosing to Punk. Swagger is on his way as is Sydal. All in all, probably the best show in some time.

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As I said in the Judgment Day review I am really looking forward to HBK/Punk feud, it has the potential to be fantastic and this was a nice start to their feud. Loved CM Punk in this and I liked how he focussed on the fact that he was opportunistic rather than cowardly, and I liked the line about him deciding to it when someone asked him who'd win Taker/HBK. HBK was always going to come out and he didn't dissapoint, I liked what he had to say, typical face move by wanting to get the rematch straight away but maybe Tazz should've come out and stopped it. Like I've said numerous times in my Raw reviews I'm not big on having huge matches on TV rather than a PPV, especially when it's such a new and exciting feud like this one so I don't really agree with that. Liked Punk bringing up SS '97 and trying to make HBK out to be the bad guy and the last part especially was brilliant and he made hismelf look so strong by making all those big statements, especially the last line. On another night some Sweet Chin Music would've been a perfect end to this with Punk getting in his head, but tonight is Punk's night so I'm glad it ended with Punk getting the last word. Great promo.

Decent enough match, although it's not exactly best to open the show with a squash, which it seems like it was, it had two good wrestlers so I reckon it could be good enough. It seems like Kash is going to be going downhill from here after being built up in order to put Michael Shane over well, I hope you bring Noble back now for the return of the Pitbulls. Elijah Burke I like so I'm glad to see him qualify, and he hit his two big moves which I like also.

Very good yet quite odd segment here. Rain said that Phoenix has the wrong impression and so do I, as I was also under the impression that she was trying to impress Phoenix. I'm interested to see where you go with this now, a feud between the two would be great as they're both very talented and dominant Divas, but I wouldn't rule out an alliance between them yet. This did lots for Rain as well, really showed how mentally tough she isn't afriad of The Glamazon.

I liked the debut of Jack Swagger, it seems like you changed your mind and changed his name again. It's the right decision to be honest as he's already in our heads as Jack Swagger and it suits him really, and it gave him a reason to have the introduction again which would probably get his name sticking in people's heads. Keeping matches short is good for TVs with the focus on promos, but the only problem with it is that you can't showcase the skills of a debutant as well with so little detail, which kinda happened here. I'm sure he'll have lots of promo and match time in the future though and it was a good little squash for him tonight, so I can see him doing well in this thread. Perhaps he'd be forgotten as well with everything going on tonight, but I think it's wise to start everything after a PPV to mark the start of a new era on SD.

Nice way of hyping two diifferent matches in one segment. Bejamin against Sydal should be a very good match and hopefully it'lllead to Sydal rising to the US Title division. The bit with Haas and Masters was also pretty good, they were understandably angry and a No DQ match should be great, although the fact that it's non-title puts the odds in the favour of Haas and Masters. I don't understand why he said he couldn't make the tag title match though? I win for them would be good, it'd regain them some momentum after looking so good only to lose at JD.

I like the progression of this Rain/Phoenix situation, looks like they will be forming some sort of alliance after all. Another squash for Rain as well is good, she looks very impressive at the moment. I didn't really like Rain backing away as if she's afraid though, although I'm focussing on a tiny detail here, as she was only just disrespecting the most dominant Diva in the WWE earlier and now she was acting a little scared of Mickie and McCool. Nitpicking as I said, and there were two of them I guess.

The Chavo interview was written really well, came off great. I'm really liking Chavo's aim with Killings as it has a serious story behind it by bringing up his past all the time. I hope this is just about putting Killings over in a big way though, as Chavo doesn't have that much to offer long term IMO.

The promo with Christian and Edge was just brilliant. This was such a strong return for Christian, he talked himself up well, made some good points as to why he's come back and also put down Edge so well. I liked how you brought their family life into it as well by mentioning how Edge isn't loved anymore, really personal and very effective. I also loved the line about Christian prefering to have no titles than... and so on. Edge coming down was great, really liked what he had to say as well and I lol'd at the Disneyland comment. I'm glad to see Tomko back with Christian as well, they work well together and Tomko has improved so much since his last stint in WWE. I like Christian challenging him now and leaving it in the hands of Edge, should lead to some more great promos in the future. Really strong SD debut from Christian as I said, and this promo was as good if not better than their great promo at JD.

The UK Pack segment was okay I guess, it didn't do much for me but it was decent enough to add more hype to the tag match, which could slip to the back of people's minds with eevrything else going on. The focus on the cast was probably needed as well, raising the question as to whether he'll use it again or whether it'll end up costing them. Anything would struggle after Christian/Edge though.

So it does look like Sydal is stepping up to the US division then, this feud would deliver some great matches although not the best promos. The way you ended it was great, loved the smooth finish with teh rollup after the attempted splash, better a rollup than the SSP as well to make it even more surprising. Nice start to this feud which could be very good.

I'm not overly keen on these segments with HBK and Shane, but thats partly because I can't work out your reasoning! At the moment it does just seem like your doing it to bring them together, but I don't know what that really does, apart from give Shane a little more credibility. That's why I think this may eventually lead to a family betreyal way down the line when Shane is capable enough. This was good though to give us an idea as to what HBK is thinking, and you certainly showed how focussed he is to win the title back tonight. I guess you needed to give HBK some extra mic time as well to try and convince us he has a chance. Decent enough segment.

The tag match played out pretty well with an impressive win for Masters and Haas as I expected, and it makes sense to have them go over tonight to get them right back in the hunt for the titles. They needed this as well, as I said, after losing at JD. But I hope they don't end up taking the belts now, as if they are going to win them they should've done at JD. I like what you did with the cast as well, creates a very interestign situation as surely he won't be up to competing this time.

Jericho's return was great and I love that you have started a feud between he and The Undertaker, that's something I really want to see and has the potential to be epic. I like the heel turn also,as he has shown IRL once again just how awesome heel Jericho is. There were some great parts in this, liked the line about there only being one legend in the JD match as it set up his criticism of Taker so well, and I LOVED the part about Jericho's son asking him what's special about Undertaker with him not being able to give him an answer.
It was perhaps questionable that he started to talk about The Undertaker rather than just himslef, and also perhaps questionable that The Undertaker would just stand there without trying to Chokeslam him or whatever, but I'm trying to find some problems there. Very nice start to Jericho on Smackdown.

The result wasn't surprising but this seemed like a very good title match, with Punk doing very well in his first title defence. I'm glad that Punk retained and although a clean win would've done wonders for him, a dirty win works well with his heel persona and leaves HBK wanting revenge. I'm shocked you had Punk kick out of the Superkick though, didn't you say in a review that you hate wrestlers kicking out of finishers? The aftermatch was very good as well as MVP looked great making the save. A MVP/Punk feud would be interesting to say the least, whether or not MVP is quite ready to be in the top feud I don't know, so maybe HBK should stay involved for now until you build MVP up a little more. It would seem you are also going to turn MVP face, I loved him as a heel but I guess a change is good, but then again if HBK stays involved for a triple threat MVP could stay heel. Very good ending.

Overall it was a brilliant show and one of your best in a while IMO in terms of promos. It was great to see Christian debut on Smackdown and his promo with Edge was the highlight of the night for me. Also great to see Jericho come to SD and I am so happy that it looks like we're getting Y2J/Undertaker. The title situation looks very interesting as well and I'm looking forward to MVP being involved around the title. Great show mate.

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~ Matt Striker on commentary FTW. Punk as Champion FTW. Hayger, Jericho, and Christian debuting FTW. This is the most I've looked forward to any BTB show in a long time. Let's get into it!

~ All I can say about the opening segment is 'wow'. VERY strong promo work between Punk and Michaels. Both were very in character and Punk played his heel role as great as he would have IRL. I loved him bringing up Survivor Series 97 when questioned about his actions at Judgment Day, I loved him bringing up HBK's faith, I loved his 'I got two word for you'. Everything about this opening promo was awesome. This is he first time I have officially marked out over a BTB.

~ Sort of a squash match for Elijah Burke, but the right person went over. It will be great to see Burke compete alongside Dykstra and, what I'm assuming will be, a lot of other young, hungry guys waiting to be pushed up the card.

~ Good interaction between The Glamazon and Rain. This was bound to happen somewhere down the like, and it got started off right. I love how Mia was not intimidated in the least, putting "Bev" in her place pretty well. Good segment, good start to the feud.

~ Strong debut for Jack Swagger. I'm surprised you had him change his name in a promo, but I see where it may add a tad more arrogance to the character by making the announcer re-announce him under a different name. Anyhow, it's good to see Swagger in your BTB, I know you will do him justice.

~ Good backstage segment here with Benjamin and the Masters talking to Tazz. Benjamin/Sydal should be a great one, and hopefully it leads to a solid feud. Benjamin's reaction to the match was great too. The Masters were their typical awesome heel selves, especicially when Tazz pointed out that they basically cost themselves the match. Great setup for later matches, and great interraction.

~ Wow, there have been squashes aplenty tonight. I was not surprised in the least to see Rain go over here, or to see Mickie and McCool stand up to her after the match, but Beth's run-in on Rain's behalf was certanly eyebrow-raising. It'll be interesting to hear Beth's reasoning for all this, and even more interesting to see where things go. Good stuff.

~ Strong Chavo promo. It continued the feud and promoted a match for next week, no complaints here.

~ Very strong promo between Edge and Christian. Almost as awesome as the HBK/Punk one from earlier. I loved Edge being his usual cocky self, calling Christian the Anvil and Marty Jannetty of the team and even going as far as pointing out that Edge comes first in Edge & Christian, and then refusing the match. I also liked Christian bringing the holidays into it, adding the personal effect. There were only two downsides IMO, one was the overuse of bro, and the other was Tomko’s return seemed kinda lost in the shuffle compared to everything that was already going on. Other than that this was gold.

~ The UK Pack segment was just kinda there. I don't really know its purpose other than more emphasis on the cast.

~ I kinda expected teh Sydal win here. The prospect of a long program between these two is enough to keep my attention. Both are gold in the ring, and I think you just wanted to wet our appetites here with a mere portion of the awesomeness to come.

~ I'm not sure the point of the Shane/Michaels segment other than to show how focussed Michaels is. If that was all, mission accomplished.

~ The Masters/UK Pack match was nto really as action packed as I had hoped. The No DQ stipulation could have been played up a lot more, but for a free TV match it was fine. However I didn't really see why so much emphasis was placed on tagging in and out when it was a no DQ match. Other than that small detail, this was a solid match that continued a solid program.

~ I'm not sure what to make of the Jericho/Taker segment. A feud between these two would be epic, IRL or in BTB, I'm just not sure this was the right way to kick it off. Jericho gave a great promo, but it was sorta random for him to just call out The Undertaker's lackluster Judgment Day performace, especially if Jericho was supposed to be a face. Had he been the heel, dictionary-loving douchebag Jericho from TV, I would have no question. Overall I'm excited about the feud, and the story behind it will probably take a backseat to the action eventually anyway.

~ Wow, what a main event! Punk looked like a real fighting champion here, kicking out of the flying elbow and the super kick, and at the same time he looked like a great heel, using a low blow to ultimately pick up the win. It was nice to see an MVP run-in at the end of the match, especially since Punk won the MITB breifcase from MVP. A title program between these two should be great, maybe not quite Jericho/Taker or Edge/Christian levels, but nevertheless it should be a fun read. I expect Michaels to take some time off as much as you played up his physical condition in the match, but if not it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

OVERALL: Incredible show Nige. I don't know if I've ever used that word in a review, but I'll have to here. This show is the kind of show that inspires other people to start BTBs. Your main promos were fantastic, especially Punk/HBK and Edge/Christian. Your action was solid; you had a great main event with a solid undercard. There was not much at all wrong with this show, I'd rank the Judgment Day fallout episode almost as good as Judgment Day itself.

All my unrealistic expectations of WWE and TNA are met...or I can actually get the ball rolling on a BTB project whichever comes first!
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Originally Posted by sc2004 View Post
Didn’t you knock me a few months back when I brought in Hayger as Jack swagger? I think you did, but granted I could be wrong. The way you did it seems like you changed your mind at the last minute having aired promos with the “Josh Hayger” name on them…
I think I might have said something about his name, but I’m positive I did knock you for the storyline you brought him in to as a character instead of a wrestler as that’s what I feel he is. Anyways, I did change my mind on his name after getting used to it from real life. It does suit him, and I realise that now. I thought it would also give him something extra when he debuted.

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Tazz is growing on me with each passing show. His breezing, no BS attitude is a welcome relief. TBH I see no reason why Tazz couldn’t of signed a no DQ rematch for the belts, but your way drags out the feud more, so either way it works really.
Good. I’m trying hard with Tazz to make him exactly the way you described. It is designed to drag it out for a while.

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If anything I come out of this match question Burchill’s intelligence. He has an injury, he doesn’t have to put himself in this situation. I’m guessing they drop the belts next week.
The earlier promo summed up why he was competing, to try and get The Masters of the Mat for good. A win here would have done that, but unfortunately it didn’t and the feud continues.

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Now this surprised me. Mia gets the pin, that part was obvious, but the aftermath was very surprising indeed with Beth coming to Mia Rains aid. I didn’t see you booking it this way and now that you have, it’s brilliant. In the end it was Beth showing Mia how impressive she was and to not disrespect her. Maybe these two will join forces now instead of feuding, who knows.
Beth has competition, that’s all I can say. I’m glad it’s intriguing you somewhat as the Smackdown divas division will pick up very shortly with these two at the heart of it.

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I would of waited until after the KOTR to bring him back as tonight there is just to much going down for this to stand out as it should. I’m guessing you brought him back now, so you could get a start on his storyline with Taker before the WWE starts there’s IRL. I liked the heel turn, but Taker looked like an idiot, standing there so long, taking so much shit and doing fuck all about it. I’m excited about this, but I felt it didn’t stand out as much as it should have done, given the amount of stuff going on.
The reason I went with it here wasn’t because of any plans the WWE might have to book a program between them but because of the timing of The Undertaker’s lack of desire to win the title at Judgment Day, and his decline. I couldn’t of held off until the King of the Ring as the Judgment Day match was the main focus of Jericho’s argument. The reason I had Taker stand there and listen was because Jericho was trying to get him to listen like he asked him to, and Taker was realising that there was something to it. That’s why I didn’t have him go ballistic.

Originally Posted by D-K-L View Post
I didn't really like Rain backing away as if she's afraid though, although I'm focussing on a tiny detail here, as she was only just disrespecting the most dominant Diva in the WWE earlier and now she was acting a little scared of Mickie and McCool. Nitpicking as I said, and there were two of them I guess.
It was only because there two of them and they were trying to intimidate her. With their backs to Beth, it would set up what was going to follow with both Rain & Beth destroying one each for the staredown.

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I'm shocked you had Punk kick out of the Superkick though, didn't you say in a review that you hate wrestlers kicking out of finishers?
I do, that's why i had the delay in Michaels crawling over after a short delay, giving Punk some time to recover.

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I'm not sure what to make of the Jericho/Taker segment. A feud between these two would be epic, IRL or in BTB, I'm just not sure this was the right way to kick it off. Jericho gave a great promo, but it was sorta random for him to just call out The Undertaker's lackluster Judgment Day performace, especially if Jericho was supposed to be a face. Had he been the heel, dictionary-loving douchebag Jericho from TV, I would have no question.
I can see why you thought it was random, and as for the Jericho character, it’s the beginning of a heel turn. I was trying to make the transition from his face character.

Thanks for the reviews guys, much appreciated. Here are some notes that might help as well.

Backstage WWE News

Following the events of the past week at Judgment Day and Smackdown, we’ve learnt that Shawn Michaels will be taking some time off. That explains why he had his rematch with CM Punk so soon, but there is the distinct possibility that they could pick up from where they left off when Michaels does return. We’ve been told that Michaels has been pretty beat up for a while now having worked non stop since the Survivor Series. We all know that his body isn’t anywhere near what it used to be, and he’ll be given time to regroup in time to be 100% for SummerSlam.

It was believed by some that Bobby Lashley would go in to a singles feud with Shelton Benjamin after Judgment Day, but it appears that is not the case. A separate storyline was devised for Lashley that will begin to unfold very soon, while it seems that Benjamin will be starting a program with Matt Sydal after their match on Smackdown this week. Based on that, Sydal’s victory over Johnny Jeter brings the curtain down on their feud. Creative remain positive on Jeter’s future as well as Sydal’s, and we’re being told that there are strong plans in place for him too.

Christian’s return took many by surprise, and it won’t come as a surprise that he will be feuding with Edge throughout the summer. We also hear that the introduction of Tomko to their program won’t be the last, so keep an eye on developments there.

Chris Jericho will be turning heel now he has debuted on Smackdown, and a feud with The Undertaker is all but confirmed following their promo on Smackdown. While Jericho turned heel Friday night, MVP went the other way and began a face turn when he came to Shawn Michaels’ aid, fighting off CM Punk. It looks to be the case that he will be challenging Punk while Michaels takes some time off.

Matt Hardy picked up a minor elbow injury at Judgment Day that kept him off television this week, and he might be out of action for a little while longer.

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I just went back and read from Judgement Day on and this is absolutely amazing, this is probably the best BTB I've ever read. The lastest Smackdown was particaully good I could only find one tiny, tiny flaw and that was the HBK-Punk promo was really similiar to the real life Jeff Hardy-Punk promo after Punk cashed in on Hardy, but it was a pretty standerd whied you cash in on me after such a great match promo kind of thing I really wom't knock it. This BTB is just pheonimal
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