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WWE Championship
Jeff Hardy vs Kane (c)

>>> Just wouldn't make sense to put the belt on Jeff yet. SummerSlam perhaps. Although I've never liked Kane as champion, I still feel that he's a better option than Jeff right now.

World Heavyweight Championship
Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) vs CM Punk (c)

>>> Punk is money, plain and simple.

Million Dollar Championship
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c)

>>> Finlay is there to get new stars over, he shouldn't be holding championships.

The King of the Ring Tournament
From Raw: Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Kenny Dykstra & Santino Marella
From Smackdown: Elijah Burke, Matt Sydal, Chavo Guerrero & Shelton Benjamin

Winner: Kofi Kingston
Runner Up: Shelton Benjamin

>>> Wild guess, so open, therefore have no idea who will win, which is great.

Losing Semi Finalists: PASS: NO IDEA!!! LOL

(There’s one point for each of the four names guessed correctly)

Bonus Questions

How many title changes will there be, if any? zero

Keeping in mind the King of the Ring tournament in addition to the three other matches, which match will be the main event? (“The King of the Ring Final” will be a sufficient answer if you believe that to be the case) Kane V Jeff

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WWE King of the Ring 2008
Sunday June 15th 2008
Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

*Opening Video*
“Light It Up” by Rev Theory

Images: Bret Hart defeating Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, and then Bam Bam Bigelow to win the first King of the Ring in 1993. Owen Hart’s crowning the year later, followed by “Stonecold” Steve Austin stunning Marc Mero and Jake Roberts in 1996 to win the tournament, and then his famous 3:16 speech. The crowning of Triple H in 1997 is highlighted next, followed by Edge’s in 2001. We are then shown all eight of this year’s participants celebrating after their qualifying matches in this order; Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Matt Sydal, Elijah Burke, Shelton Benjamin, Kenny Dykstra, Chavo Guerrero & Santino Marella. We then see Elijah Burke winning the fatal fourway match on Smackdown, pinning Chavo Guerrero and ending with Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston celebrating after their victory over Kenny Dykstra & Santino Marella from Raw last week.

Voiceover: “It’s a night that holds a special place in many hearts, and tonight those hearts will race once again as eight gladiators compete for the chance to be called King. . . For many it’s seen as a chance to fulfil a dream, but these men are under no illusions as they know this ordeal is no dream. . . For those that will fight for the prestigious right will have to battle through three excruciating matches that lie in front of them with only of them at the end of this historic night being able to call himself King.”

{Cut to Ringside}


The camera circles the arena, capturing lots of extremely pumped WWE fans before cutting to the Smackdown announce table, consisting of Michael Cole & Matt Striker.

Michael Cole: Welcome everybody to the WWE King of the Ring, live on pay-per-view for the first time in six years, and Matt you can feel the electricity inside the Staples Center t’night.

Matt Striker: It’s incredible Michael. There’s an intense aura of anticipation as you would expect to mark this historic occasion.

Michael Cole: And here to join us as ever are our Raw colleagues, J.R. and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

The camera cuts to the Raw announce table.

Jim Ross: Good evening folks, and just like our Smackdown counterparts, me an’ The King are very excited to be here t’night.

Jerry Lawler: EXCITED? . . . Excited’s not the word J R. You need a whole other word to describe this.

Jim Ross: You’ll have to excuse The King, but tonight indeed promises to be one hell of a night as not only will we crown a new King. . . sorry King. Three titles will also be decided, including the WWE Championship when the “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy goes one on one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane in what promises to be a slobber knocker after what happened on Raw this past Monday night. . .

“S.O.S.” blasts out to a big pop with Kofi Kingston, the Intercontinental Champion walking out to the stage with a real look of excitement on his face, followed out by Kelly Kelly. Kofi’s pyro then goes off and he walks down the ramp with the glamorous yet casual Kelly, slapping hands as they both make their way down to the ring.

Jim Ross: What a way to start the show, with the electric Kofi Kingston. . . Just a few moments ago, literally seconds before we went live, we were finally advised of the how the tournament will shape up t’night.

*Video Promo*

Jim Ross: As you’ll see, we’re about to see Raw’s Intercontinental Champion take on Smackdown’s United States Champion in Shelton Benjamin.

Michael Cole: That’s right J R, and what a way to kick things off.

Jim Ross: Oh absolutely.

Kofi hands over his belt to the referee just as “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me” beams its way through the speakers of the Staples Center with the confident looking “Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin walking out to the stage. The United States Champion is booed as he walks down to the ring, still looking confident.

Matt Striker: I don’t believe we could have started with a more competitive match. Both these men are highly talented young athletes as well as being champions of their respective brands. . . We could well see the winner emerge from this match right here.

Michael Cole: You might be right. We all know Shelton Benjamin has no problem with pulling out all the stops to win, and he just escaped unscathed from the scramble match at Judgment Day three weeks back. . . However, Kofi has been on one hell of a roll on Raw if I’m right J R?

Jim Ross: Oh no doubt Michael. Kofi’s one of Raw’s most promising young stars, and I’m sure he’s going to enjoy a night off from having to deal with Cody Rhodes. . . I think we might just see Kofi at his very best t’night. . . What a match this promises to be.

{Cut to Ringside}

***The Opening Match***

King of the Ring ¼ Final
WWE Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston
w/Kelly Kelly
vs WWE United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin

ENDING: Kofi picks himself back up with Shelton standing up in front of him, eagerly waiting to pounce. He does so with a right hand, but Kofi blocks it and nails him with a shot of his own. He then hits him with a couple of hard forearm shots to the face before whipping The Gold Standard in to the ropes, and as Benjamin comes back, Kofi jumps up in to the air and nails him with a HIGH ANGLE REVERSE ELBOW. . . . . The fans cheer that, and Kofi looks to gain some serious momentum, hurrying to feet with Shelton doing likewise and walking in to a standing dropkick from the Jamaican Sensation.

That brings another pop from the crowd, and Kofi keeps them going as he stands up, runs back in to the ropes and comes back to hit the United States Champion in the chest with a DOUBLE LEG DROP. . . . . That looks to have taken the wind right of Benjamin’s sail, and Kofi decides to try for a cover, hooking both legs as the referee drops to the canvas to make a count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Shelton kicks out comfortably with Kofi leaning back straight away looking the slightest bit disappointed but not surprised. He then stands back up with Shelton trying to get to his knees, so Kofi gives him a helping hand.

He pulls him up and whips him in to the corner with Benjamin’s back hitting the pads. The Intercontinental Champion then runs in at him and jumps on to the second rope, getting a pop from the crowd and a momentary applause from Kelly before he starts unloading with right hands on Shelton. The Gold Standard reacts though and manages to shove Kofi away and down to the mat with quite a soft landing on his back. Shelton takes the small amount of time to recover, but as Kofi gets back up, he runs right back in at Benjamin, but he is able to step to the side and out of the corner as Kingston runs right in to the pads.

The predatory Benjamin then slips behind Kofi and grabs him around the waist, then tosses him back with a RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX. . . . . That was quite a suplex from Shelton with Kingston landing hard on his back and neck, but all it brings is a smirk from Benjamin. He then stands back up with Kofi struggling on to one knee. Benjamin walks over to the ropes as the concerned Kelly looks on the outside, seeing Shelton step through the ropes on to the apron. He turns round to face the ring and holds on to the top rope as Kofi tries to steady himself, and as he turns round, Shelton comes to life and continues the assault, looking to level Kingston with a SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE. . . . .

Kingston looks up though and rolls underneath Shelton in a ball. He rushes up to his feet and runs in to the ropes, runs back as Shelton turns round, bends down to lift Kofi off his feet and on to his shoulders to plant him with one hell of a SAMOAN DROP. . . . . Benjamin sits up with a cocky smile on his face, clearly thinking it’s over as he then turns round and makes a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Kelly looks very relieved on the outside, but Shelton is stunned, sitting up and staring at the ref in shock. The ref reassures him it was only a two count, and Benjamin just shakes his head in disbelief.

As Kofi starts to signs of movement, Shelton decides to get himself moving too, returning to his feet and urging the Intercontinental Champion back up to his. It takes Kofi a while longer, but as he manages to stand up, Shelton pounces straight away, kicking him in the gut and grabbing his head. He pulls Kofi’s head between his legs and then lifts him up in to the air, turning towards the corner, but as he looks to powerbomb him on to the pads, Kofi slips free and down Shelton’s back. Kofi lands on his feet and turns round right away with the shocked Shelton turning back to face him, only to fall victim to the TROUBLE IN PARADISE. . . . .

Kofi hit his finisher, and Shelton falls right by the ropes and rolls under the bottom rope to the floor below. Kofi sits up looking frustrated as he could have had the chance to get a pinfall, but the referee starts a count with Shelton barely moving on the outside in front of the announce tables, and feet away from Kelly. As Kingston then stands back up behind the referee counting Shelton out, we hear boos break out in the stands. The camera then cuts to Cody Rhodes racing down the ramp in casual clothes. He slides in under the bottom rope and walks right up behind Kofi.

Kelly sees it and jumps on to the apron, trying to tell the ref what’s going on, but he just tells her to get back down with the count now broken. She continues to argue, allowing the intense Cody the chance to spin Kofi round and plant him with the SILVER SPOON DDT. . . . . A ton of boos ring around the Staples Center as Cody sharply slides back out of the ring with Kelly furiously protesting while Shelton sits up. Cody looks across and smiles with a huge look of satisfaction on his face, angering Kelly, who then gives up the fight and steps down off the apron, allowing the ref to resume his count. Cody turns round and walks to the back, pleased with his night’s work as Shelton pulls himself up the apron with the count getting to four.

Kofi then starts to come round, turning on to his side with Shelton now climbing back on to the apron, hugging it instead of standing on it. Having broken the ref’s count after sliding under the ropes, he then stands back up using the ropes for support as Kofi struggles back to a vertical base. Shelton then watches on, biding his time as the dazed Kofi then turns round to see Benjamin running at him, and the United States Champion connects with the PAY DIRT. . . . . Boos ring out as the crowd don’t like what they’ve seen moments ago in addition to this now as Shelton hooks the leg for a cover with Kelly praying for a miracle on the outside, watching closely as the ref counts Kofi’s shoulders. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, Shelton Benjamin @ 13.38.

AFTERMATH: “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me” hits to heat from the crowd as Shelton stands back up, getting his arm raised with a massive smile on his face. He walks over to collect his United States Championship as it’s passed to him while Kelly gets in the ring to check over on Kofi, who starts to come round, looking fairly groggy. Benjamin turns back and walks past him, smirking at him in the process before stepping through the ropes and stepping down to the floor. He then walks up the ramp in a good mood as the United States Championship rests proudly on his shoulder with Kofi then sitting up, looking very angry with Kelly leaning beside him.


Matt Striker: Well J R, I can’t disagree with that glowing assessment of the young man in question, but the bottom line is that Shelton Benjamin is through to the semi finals later on t’night.

Jim Ross: I’m sorry, but he shouldn’t be. . . If it wasn’t for Cody Rhodes stickin’ his nose in Kofi Kingston’s business once again, this might ‘ave turned out a whole lot differently.

Jerry Lawler: Don’t worry about Cody J R, he’s gonna get his at Vengeance in two weeks. . . After screwing Kofi over t’night, you can be sure Kofi will be out for revenge when he gets his hands on Cody inside that steel cage.

Jim Ross: That’s a good point King. I just hope Cody gets what’s comin’ to ‘im.

Michael Cole: Well we’ll find out if that’s going to be the case in two week’s time, but all that matters now is that Shelton Benjamin has advanced to the semi finals and finds himself just one match away from the final itself.

***Video Promo***

Clips of John Cena, The Undertaker, CM Punk, Kane, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Batista, Jeff Hardy, Edge & Rey Mysterio hitting their finishers are shown.

The superstars of Raw and Smackdown will collide upon the return of one of wrestling’s most historic shows. . . WWE Superstars. . . Superstars will return to your television screens with some of the biggest names in sports entertainment today. . . Superstars will premiere Saturday 21st June, in just six days on WGN America at 5pm Central with a special guest performance from Flo Rida. . . Whatever you do, don’t miss the return of WWE Superstars, only on WGN America, replayed Sunday and Wednesday nights at 9pm.

{Cut Backstage}

Cody Rhodes is walking through the production area looking pretty pleased with himself with the curtain in the background, but he then stops dead as we hear a clapping sound. The camera then zooms out and pans to the right to show Eric Bischoff standing there, staring right at Cody. Bischoff doesn’t look happy at all, and Cody’s grin isn’t as wide as it was before.

Eric Bischoff: Well congratulations on marking the occasion by ruining the first match of the night. . . You know, I would ask if you’re pleased with yourself, but it seems that there’s not really much point.

Cody Rhodes: Oh I’m so sorry that I’ve ruined this whole extravaganza Eric. Just how will I sleep tonight?

Bischoff stares angrily at Cody, but the youngster doesn’t seem to mind.

Cody Rhodes:
See Eric, all I did was make a statement. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Oh, and what was that? That you’re a gutless, selfish. . .

Cody Rhodes: . . . Whoa, I’d stop right there if I were you. You might be the boss and all, but. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . That’s right. I am the boss and I think you should be very careful about just what you say t’ me, because your career Cody is in my hands. . .

Cody Rhodes: . . . That’s where you’re wrong. My career is completely in my own hands, just like I was trying to show everyone just now. . . See, I showed Kofi that I’m not gonna let up until I become the Intercontinental Champion at Vengeance. . . But you know what boss? That cage match idea of yours was genius, ‘cause I can do whatever the hell I want, and I can tell ya it’s not gonna be pretty. Kofi’s gonna go through things he’s never experienced inside that cage, and that doesn’t leave much considering the things they get up to where he comes from.

Bischoff looks at Cody with absolute disdain, but Cody just smirks right back at him.

Cody Rhodes:
And after I’m done beating him and I’m officially announced as the new Intercontinental Champion, I’ll personally. . .

Cody is jumped from behind by Kofi Kingston, who just clubs him across the back and his neck constantly.



Kelly Kelly enters the shot as Bischoff tries to get Kofi off of Cody, but some agents and officials quickly enter the scene and pull them apart. Despite that, Kofi & Cody glare right at each other while being held back.

Eric Bischoff: ENOUGH. . . Look, tomorrow night’s the contract signing for your match at Vengeance, but there’s gonna be no more of this. I’m gonna make sure of it. . . In fact, if either of you so much as breathes on the other. . . you can both forget about Vengeance. . . (Turns to Kofi) Now you go get changed and get the hell out o’here before you cause any more trouble. . . (Turns to Cody) You just get the hell out o’here.

Cody looks angrily at Bischoff before glancing back at the raging Kofi, and he then turns back round and walks out with Bischoff watching on with a very serious look on his face.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 2***

King of the Ring ¼ Final
Matt Sydal vs Santino Marella

ENDING: The solid looking Matt Sydal reaches down and pulls Santino back up, then whips him in to the ropes. As Marella hits them, he manages to hold on to the top one, catching Sydal by surprise. The high flyer then runs in at him, but Santino surprises him again by turning to the side and lifting his elbow up in to Sydal’s face. That sends him spinning round in a daze away from the ropes, and as he turns round, Santino follows him out and kicks him in the thigh before grabbing him by the head and planting him with a JAWBREAKER. . . . .

The crowd are somewhat stunned to see a more business like approach from the Italian Stallion tonight, and he looks to seal the deal, shifting round to cover his opponent as the referee drops to his knees in order to count the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Sydal gets his shoulder up, but he still looks in pain, remaining on his back as the frustrated Santino stands back up and stomps across Sydal’s chest. He then power walks in to the corner and steps through the ropes to climb up to the top rope with Sydal laying across the mat several feet away.

Marella turns to either side of the crowd, grinning with some real confidence, and he then dives off, looking to hit a DIVING HEADBUTT. . . . . But as he comes down looking to drive his head into his opponent’s upper body, Sydal rolls to the side as Santino’s head crashes in to the mat. He flaps around in pain, overselling it as Sydal slowly starts to pick himself up with Santino then trying to shake off the blow he just received. He looks a little starry eyed as he returns to his feet and turns in to an arm drag from Sydal.

Santino hurries back up as quickly as he can and walks right in to a standing dropkick, and then another. The Italian gets back up again, looking like a glutton for punishment, turning round into a JUMPING LEG LARIAT. . . . . That keeps him down for a few seconds this time, but Sydal races back up to his feet and in to the corner, where he climbs all the way up to the summit of the top turnbuckle. With Marella getting to his feet below, Sydal waits for him to turn round, and as he does, Sydal takes a chance and dives at his opponent for a CROSS BODY. . . . .

He lands on Santino’s chest and falls on top of him, holding on for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Santino kicks out as both men then try and get back up. Sydal’s the first one up, and he throws a right that Marella manages to duck. He then grabs Sydal’s head and takes him down to the mat with authority, connecting with a SNAP SWINGING NECKBREAKER. . . . . Parts of the crowd looked stunned as the serious looking Italian shimmies round to make a cover, shouting at the referee to make the count, which he does. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Sydal lifts his shoulder up to a pop from the L.A. fans and the sheer agony and frustration of Marella. He sits back up and looks stunned, dropping his head in to his hands. He then stands up and has a strop, stomping on the mat for a couple of seconds, and as Sydal rolls on to his side, Santino then reaches down with a hint of complacency in an attempt to pull his opponent back up. Sydal though shows his fighting spirit at he kicks his feet up at Santino, sending him staggering back for a couple of seconds. It allows Sydal the chance to climb to his knees, and as Santino turns back round to face him, Sydal explodes with an ENZIGURI. . . . .

The fans enjoy that as Marella just falls flat on his stomach, lying there motionless. Sydal sees that as he stands back up and drags him towards the corner, then kicks him over on to his back before turning back in to the corner. He then climbs through the ropes and all the way up to the top rope with the crowd cheering him on. Santino is out of it below as Sydal then leaps up in to the sky and comes down to hit the SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . He lands right on top of the Italian’s chest, then reaches to the side and hooks the leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, Matt Sydal @ 8.52.

AFTERMATH: “Axeman” hits to a big pop while Marella rolls out of the ring as the delighted Sydal stands up to get his arm raised by the referee. He then walks in to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, throwing his right arm up in to the air in front of the California crowd. They continue to cheer for him as the referee leaves the ring and tries to help Santino up the ramp, but Marella tells him he’s fine on his own and hobbles up on his own while Sydal continues to soak up the ovation having stepped down from the ropes. He then walks over to the apron and slides under the bottom rope to walk to the back, slapping fans hands in the process.

Michael Cole: That was a very impressive win for Matt Sydal right there, starting off his night in the best possible fashion. And that means later on he will face the winner of our next quarter final match between our very own Elijah Burke, and Raw’s Kenny Dykstra, someone we know only too well.

Jim Ross: You not want him back on Smackdown Michael?

Michael Cole: No, I think he’s best off where he is on Raw J R, but thanks for the kind offer.

Jim Ross: We could do with another draft to send him and his big mouth back over to Friday nights. . . Well, back to business, and these two guys aren’t exactly strangers after what went down two nights ago on Smackdown.

*Video Recap*
From Smackdown two nights ago

Elijah Burke winning the fatal fourway King of the Ring contenders match with Kenny Dykstra then appearing out of nowhere, attacking him from behind with a rolling cutter.

Matt Striker: I can assure you that Elijah Burke means business tonight gentleman. I spoke to him earlier on this afternoon, and he stressed that he was particularly keen to make Kenny Dykstra very sorry for attacking him on his own turf this past Friday night.

Michael Cole: Perfectly understandable. . . Let’s find out if he’ll do just that.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 3***

King of the Ring ¼ Final
Elijah Burke
w/Layla vs Kenny Dykstra

ENDING: With Dykstra getting to his knees, Burke bends down and gives him a helping hand up to his feet in order to whip him in to the ropes. As Dykstra then comes running back, Burke tosses him overhead with a back body drop. Kenny sits up straight away clutching his back, but Burke shows no sympathy whatsoever as he turns round, allowing the sore looking youngster the chance to get back up. Kenny turns round in to an inverted atomic drop from Burke, who then turns round and runs in to the ropes, but as he runs back, Dykstra surprises the hell out of him by landing a STANDING DROPKICK. . . . .

That takes both men down to the mat with Kenny rolling on to one knee straight away and taking a few deep breathes. Burke isn’t staying still for long either, but Kenny acts quickly to kick him in the gut. He then pulls Burke’s head under his arm and plants him with a SNAP SUPLEX. . . . . Layla looks a little worried for her man on the outside as a serious Dykstra stands back up and walks in to the corner. He then pulls himself up to the second rope as Burke starts to stand back up, and as he turns round, Kenny springs in to action and takes him down with a DIVING CLOTHESLINE. . . . .

Kenny then crawls back over, taking his time a bit before hooking Burke’s leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Burke comfortably kicks out, not to the amusement of Dykstra though. The extremely focused youngster gets back to work straight away, standing back up and bringing Burke up with him before whipping him in to the ropes. And as Burke comes running back, Dykstra lifts him off the ground and plants him with a SPINNING POWERSLAM. . . . . Kenny holds on for a cover as the ref rushes across and down to the mat in order to count Burke’s shoulders. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Burke kicks out again, and the frustration really shows this time as Dykstra sits up looking angry. As Burke then starts to shake a leg, Kenny stands back up with a very determined look on his face as he urges Burke up, getting ready to explode. The moment Burke’s managed to get to his feet, Dykstra kicks him in the gut there and then and grabs him by the head, setting him up for a ROLLING CUTTER. . . . . Burke fights back though and pushes Dykstra forward in to the ropes and hits him with a shoulder barge as he comes back.

That gets a pop from the crowd, but Dykstra picks himself right back up. Burke looks to scoop him up, but Kenny manages to pull himself back down almost immediately. He follows up with a kick to the gut and then drills the former boxer with a SNAP DDT. . . . . It looks as if the lights are out as Burke’s head was driven in to the mat, not moving at all now as he lies flat out on the canvas with Kenny showing off a sadistic smirk as he sits there right next to his opponent for a couple of seconds. He thinks it’s over, and he then looks to complete the formalities as he turns Burke over on to his back and hooks the leg for the cover attempt. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Burke just manages to lift his shoulder up as the ref’s hand came down for the third time. Dykstra sits up and shakes his head, not quite sure what it’s going to take to put Burke away while Layla claps aggressively in trying to encourage her man. Things look bleak for him though as he is barely moving, and Dykstra snaps out of feeling sorry for himself. He stands up and paces in to the corner, climbs through the ropes and up to the top rope with Burke still showing no real signs of movement. The fans boo Kenny before he then leaps off the top, looking to hit the GUILLOTINE LEG DROP. . . . .

As he comes out of the sky, looking to drop both his legs across Burke’s chest, his opponent rolls to the side with Kenny then hitting the mat and the mat only, setting up a big cheer from the crowd. Layla breathes a sigh of relief on the outside, and several seconds later, both men start to rise. They turn to face each other with Dykstra being knocked back a couple of paces from a hard right hand. He then runs back at Burke but in to a LIFTING SPINNING SIT-DOWN SPINEBUSTER. . . . . That could well be that as Burke holds on for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Shoulder Up! Somehow Kenny just escaped that one, and some of the crowd are stunned, gasping in amazement.

Burke doesn’t let it get him down as he looks to strike while the iron’s hot. He stands back up and pulls the weary Dykstra with him, then whips him hard in to the corner. Dykstra’s chest meets the pads in a full on collision, and he ends up leaning against them. Burke grins and looks in to the crowd for a second before pulling his knee pads down and running in to the corner, jumping up and driving his knees in to Kenny’s back for THE ELIJAH EXPRESS. . . . . A big pop breaks out in the stands, and as Burke backs out of the corner, the pain ridden Dykstra turns round and staggers out in to Burke’s clutches and THE ELIJAH EXPERIENCE. . . . . Kenny hits the deck with Burke following up to make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, Elijah Burke @ 11.49.

AFTERMATH: “Don’t Waste My Time” hits to a big pop from the sell out crowd as Burke stands up to get his arm raised from the ref. Layla stands up on the apron and claps her man, then sits on the middle rope with Burke walking over and smirking at her as he then joins her on the apron. He jumps down and holds out his hand for her to hold and then jump down safely. He turns back to face the ring, as does Layla and nods his head looking very pleased before turning back up the ramp and walking through the curtain. Dykstra sits up in a bad mood, and Burke’s music cuts as he stands up to heat from the crowd and some sarcastic cheers. He looks like he could quite happily kill them all, but he opts to leave the ring in a huff and walk back up the ramp in one hell of a bad mood.

Michael Cole: Well gentleman, this is turning out to be a clean sweep for Smackdown so far. That’s three from three in the semi finals.

Matt Striker: Michael, that means we’re guaranteed at least one Smackdown superstar in the final later on tonight.

Jerry Lawler: Don’t get too carried away fellas, we still have Rey Mysterio for now. There’s still plenty of hope.

Jim Ross: He is of course the only former world champion competing in the tournament itself. And you know what they say folks. . . never bet against Rey Mysterio. I know I won’t.

*Video Promo*
“Don’t Try This”

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 4***

King of the Ring ¼ Final
Rey Mysterio vs Chavo Guerrero

ENDING: Both Rey and Chavo make it back up to their feet, and Chavo looks to strike first with a right hand, but Mysterio blocks it and unloads with a couple of blows of his own, culminating in a hard kick to the gut. Chavo leans forward holding his stomach as Rey then turns back and runs in to the ropes, SPRINGBOARD TO HIT A REVERSE CROSS BODY. . . . . He lands on top of Chavo as the referee drops to his knees and counts the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Chavo lifts Rey off of his chest to stop the fall, and as both men get up, Chavo runs right at Rey and in to TILT-A-WHIRL HEAD SCISSORS. . . . .

Chavo ends up being thrust forward on to the middle rope, sending the crowd crazy. They all stand up as Rey dials up for the 619. . . . . He then turns to run the ropes, runs right back across the ring and swings between the ropes, but Chavo manages to pull his head back just in time. Rey steadies himself on the apron as Chavo goes back at him, but Rey ducks down and drives his shoulder through the ropes and in to Guerrero’s gut. Chavo is forced back from the ropes as Rey then spots an opportunity, spring boarding off the top and coming down on to Chavo with a SEATED SENTON. . . . .

He lands right on top of Chavo and falls on to him for another cover attempt. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Chavo kicks out to the disappointment of the crowd. Rey stands right back up with Chavo trying to do the same. Mysterio then turns back and runs in to the ropes, but as he comes back, Chavo takes him by surprise, planting him with a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER. . . . . Chavo signals that it’s over, crossing both his arms before leaning forward and hooking both of Rey’s legs as the ref then makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Rey gets his shoulder up, much to the anger of Chavo. He shakes his head, but quickly gets back to work.

He stands right back up and drags Rey up with him, pulling Rey’s head under his arm before lifting him vertically up in to the air and falling back for a suplex. Chavo then holds on to the grip and twists his hips, getting right back up for a second suplex, and then a third to complete the tri-fector, the THREE AMIGO’S. . . . . That gets a mixed reception, but the cocky Chavo gets back up with a very smug smile on his face. He lifts both arms up in the air, taunting the crowd before turning round and walking in to the corner, where he climbs up to the rope, taking his time as he then points up to the ceiling.

Despite wasting some valuable time, Rey remains flat on his back as Chavo finally takes the big leap off the top for the FROG SPLASH. . . . . But no, Rey rolls in to the corner as Chavo eats mat. That generates a massive pop from the sell out L.A. crowd, and after several seconds, both men try and pick themselves back up with Rey using the ropes on the corner to help him up while Chavo manages all by himself. As he turns round and sees Rey getting up, he runs right at him, but Rey holds on to the top rope at either side and lifts himself up to drive both his feet in to Chavo’s face, sending him staggering out of the corner in a spin.

Rey then pulls himself up to the second rope, and as Chavo turns round, Mysterio jumps off on to Chavo’s soldiers looking for a HURRICANRANA. . . . . But Chavo holds on and brings Rey crashing down to the mat on his back with a POWERBOMB. . . . . That had to hurt, and it could be all over as Chavo immediately drops to his knees and makes a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Rey somehow held on and got his shoulder up at the last second to the absolute disgust of Chavo, and the relief of the fans.

Chavo stands up and argues with the referee, claiming it was a three count, but the referee ignores him, and as Chavo looks back at his opponent, he sees Rey starting to come round. Chavo forgets about the argument and reaches down to drag Rey back up, setting him up for a BRAINBUSTER. . . . . Chavo looks very serious as he looks in to the crowd momentarily before lifting Rey vertically up in to the air, but Rey starts wriggling around and manages to force his way down to safety, jumping down on to his feet with his back to Chavo.

The incensed Mexican Warrior turns round and runs right at Mysterio, who catches Chavo with a drop toe hold as Chavo once again finds himself stranded on the middle rope. That sets the crowd going yet again as Rey stands up and forgets about dialling up this time, just running forward in to the ropes, charges back, swings through the ropes and connects with the 619. . . . . A massive pop breaks out as Chavo is sent back pedalling across the ring and down to his knees. As he then manages to stand back up, Rey had steadied himself on the apron and springboards once more to connect with the WEST COAST POP. . . . . With Rey holding on to Chavo’s legs for the cover, the ref makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, Rey Mysterio @ 12.47.

AFTERMATH: “Booyaka 619” blasts out to a huge pop as Mysterio stands back up to get his arm raised by the referee. He then walks in to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, posing for the joyous crowd before stepping down and going to do the same in the opposite corner. He then leaves the ring and walks back up the ramp slapping hands with the fans as Chavo sits up, and not in the best of moods.

Jerry Lawler: What did I say earlier? . . . We’re back in the game J R.

*Video Promo*

Jim Ross: We most certainly are, and that completes the make up of the semi finals yet t’ come t’night. . . That victory for Rey Mysterio means he will take on Shelton Benjamin for a place in the final against either Smackdown’s Matt Sydal or Elijah Burke. . . Business is just pickin’ up folks.

*Video Recap*

Raw (19/5) – 4 Weeks Ago: A non title match between Finlay & Ted DiBiase Jr, resulting in Finlay winning after a distraction from Hornswoggle allowed him to nail DiBiase with the shillelagh.
Raw (26/5) – 3 Weeks Ago: DiBiase blind siding Finlay after a victory, hitting him in the back of the head with the Million Dollar Championship before attacking Hornswoggle, who needed medical attention.
Raw (2/6) – 2 Weeks Ago: Finlay calling out DiBiase with The Million Dollar Man answering the call and explaining he told his son to stay at home to think about his actions, ending with Finlay telling DiBiase Sr to pass on a message to his son, that at the King of the Ring there is going to be nowhere to hide.
Raw (9/6) – Last Week: DiBiase Jr explaining that he wasn’t sorry at all and that he wished he hadn’t stopped where he did when attacking Hornswoggle, leading to Finlay coming out and accusing him of being a coward. DiBiase denied that before a brawl ensued that saw security forced to intervene and pull them apart.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 5***

Million Dollar Championship
Finlay vs Ted DiBiase Jr (c)
w/“The Million Dollar Woman” Maryse

ENDING: Finlay reaches down and pulls the very sore looking Million Dollar Champion back up to his feet, then whips him with force in to the corner. DiBiase hits the pads hard back first, and the Irishman doesn’t waste a second as he runs right in at him straight away, connecting with a hard clothesline across the chest. Finlay then backs out of the corner with DiBiase staggering out after him, walking right in to Finlay’s grasp, and the challenger lifts him up off his feet, trying to set him up for the CELTIC CROSS. . . . . DiBiase fights for his life, wriggling around on Finlay’s shoulder, and he manages to slip down to safety. He quickly turns round to face Finlay’s back and reacts sharply to lift Finlay up and down to the mat with a BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX. . . . .

That buys the champion some much need recovery time as he sits up and takes a couple of deep breaths with Maryse looking a lot calmer on the outside and she looks on. As DiBiase starts to make his way back up, the challenger to his title does the same, and they get to their feet at the same time with Finlay blocking a right hand. He then follows up by connecting with a European uppercut before hitting DiBiase with a low dropkick that sends him down to his knees. The intense Finlay then kicks him hard in the chest, knocking him flat on his back and then reaches down to grab his right leg and turn him over on to his stomach before locking in an ELEVATED BOSTON CRAB. . . . .

DiBiase looks to be in a great deal of pain straight away, lying in the centre of the ring and desperately reaching out for the ropes, but realising they’re a long way away. Maryse panics too, walking round to stand opposite her man, encouraging him to fight the hold. That seems to give DiBiase more fight as Finlay still applies the pressure, but the Million Dollar Champion manages to drag himself slowly towards the ropes with the crowd getting behind Finlay even more in the process. That upsets Maryse, and she blocks them out to encourage Ted even more, and he responds by crawling across the mat to get even closer to the ropes, getting within touching distance with Finlay now becoming worried. He becomes practically helpless as Ted Jr then reaches out with all he can to grab hold of the bottom rope to Maryse’s relief and joy.

Finlay looks pissed as the referee tells him to let the hold go, and he reluctantly does so as Maryse grabs Ted by the head, trying to help his recovery as Finlay backs away. As Ted then starts to pick himself back up while using the ropes for support, the still deadly serious Irishman trudges towards him. DiBiase reacts well to rake him in the eyes though, earning a ticking off from the ref in the process as Finlay turns round and staggers away from the ropes clutching his face for several seconds. As he turns round, he runs right at DiBiase, but Ted ducks down and pulls down the top rope with Finlay flying over and down to the floor below as Maryse has to step to the side quickly to avoid having an Irishman fall on top of her.

Finlay hits the padded floor just to the side of her, and she looks very relieved, taking a deep breath herself as he then starts to get up to his knees and climbs back on the apron, trying to roll under the bottom rope. As he does so, DiBiase walks back in to the centre of the ring with the referee checking he’s okay, and with their backs to Finlay, Maryse takes off one of her high heel shoes and hammers Finlay right in the side of the head as he slips under the ropes. She puts the shoe back on straight away with the fans booing to the confusion of the referee and DiBiase as they turn round to the sight of Finlay laid out under the ropes. They look at Maryse, but she lifts her arms up, protesting her innocence. As they look away, she turns to the fans in the front row and smirks.

The Million Dollar Champion then looks to take advantage of the situation placed in front of him as he walks across to his troubled opponent, pulling him up and hanging him on the ropes by his feet. He positions him with his head facing the centre of the ring and facing down to allow himself to then drill Finlay with a ROPE HUNG STUNNER. . . . . That could just be all as DiBiase sits up with a very smug look on his face, as does Maryse on the outside with Ted then turning Finlay on to his back and hooking the near leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Finlay manages to get his foot on the bottom rope at the last split second to stay alive. DiBiase sits back up in shock, not looking happy at all as Maryse looks shocked on the outside just a few feet away.

The angry third generation superstar stands back up, looking very determined to finish his opponent off, urging him up. The tough Irishman goes along with the plan to the point of trying to get back up to his feet, but he looks very uneasy on them as he walks away from the ropes. DiBiase then shifts behind Finlay and tries to lock in THE MILLION DOLLAR DREAM. . . . . With the fans booing and trying to encourage the Irishman, DiBiase manages to apply the hold perfectly, sending Finlay in to a deeper sleep second by second. The fans cheers become louder and louder, joined by strong clapping as the referee checks Finlay’s condition, lifting his arm up and letting it fall.

It drops right down by his side to the satisfaction of both Ted and Maryse, and the ref then tries for a second time, lifting the arm up once again with the same result. The arm falls right back down to Finlay’s side, and with the match now on a knife edge, the ref grabs and lifts the arm for the final time, letting go with everyone in the arena watching on as it drops, but just as it’s falling, Finlay shows how he tough is by keeping it up, lifting it right up in to the air to a huge pop from the crowd. DiBiase looks stunned and panics as Finlay then drives his elbow in to the champ’s ribcage, not once but twice. That forces DiBiase to let go of the hold as he leans forward after the blows to his ribs.

That allows to Finlay to turn back and run the ropes, but as he makes his way back, DiBiase shows his own fighting spirit by running at him to meet him with a vicious clothesline that sends Finlay down to the mat. Some boos meet that, but DiBiase isn’t done, and neither is Finlay. The Irishman starts to stand back up straight away with DiBiase then shifting behind him, stalking him closely, and as Finlay gets to his feet, DiBiase tries to set him up for DREAM STREET. . . . . Finlay doesn’t allow that to happen and slips out of his grasp and behind him straight away. He then drops to his knees and rolls Ted back for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

DiBiase kicks out with force as both men rush to make it back up to their feet. As they turn to face each other, DiBiase walks in to Finlay and an INSIDE CRADLE. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kick Out! They again rush back up to a vertical base, and DiBiase throws one hell of a wild right that Finlay ducks comfortably. The Irishman spins him back round and kicks him in the gut, then tries to lift him in to position for the CELTIC CROSS. . . . . DiBiase fights it right away and slips down Finlay’s back to quickly turn round and club him across the back before planting him with DREAM STREET. . . . . It looks to be over as DiBiase crawls over frantically to hook both legs as the ref makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, and still the Million Dollar Champion, Ted DiBiase Jr @ 13.50.

AFTERMATH: Maryse is elated on the outside as she rushes round to grab the Million Dollar Championship. Her man stands back up with “Priceless” playing to a loud collection of boos inside the arena, but he just pulls his arm away from the referee who tries to raise it in victory. Maryse climbs up the steps and through the ropes, then walks over to Ted to pass him the belt that he collects and walks over to the ropes straight away to lift it right up in to the air with a very smug look on his face, taunting the fans in the process as Maryse applauds behind him with a big smile on her face.

DiBiase then turns back round and hugs Maryse before walking over to the ropes and sitting on the middle on to allow Maryse through. He then helps her down to the floor below as they walk back up the ramp looking very satisfied with Ted turning round to lift the belt up in to the air once more. With the boos ringing out, he turns back round and puts his arm round Maryse as they then walk to the back with Finlay coming round and not looking all that happy.

Jim Ross: Well, I might not like him, but I have to give DiBiase credit for coming through t’night. It was far from easy, no doubt, but he battled through it against Finlay, who is tough as they come. . . Maybe, just maybe this brash young upstart might have a bright future on Raw.

{Cut Backstage}

Josh Matthews is standing by.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time. . . M V P.

Cheers filter through from inside the arena as the camera zooms out to reveal a relaxed MVP standing alongside Josh.

Josh Matthews: Later on t’night as we all know, you’ll be going one on one with CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship. How are you feeling right now about your chances of leaving here tonight as the new World Champion?

MVP: My chances? . . . I feel my chances are pretty good. See t’night’s gonna be payback at its best. From the very moment Punk took my money in the bank contract and became the World Champion, he’s got all wrapped up in himself ‘bout bein’ this great champion Smackdown needs. So wrapped up in fact, he forgot all ‘bout MVP and how he took away my shot at Judgment Day. But t’night Josh, Punk’s gonna find out if he ain’t already, that MVP ain’t goin’ anywhere. He can forget all about Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker an’ whoever else he’s been thinkin’ ‘bout, ‘cause there’s only person he needs to worry about here an’ now, an’ you’re lookin’ at ‘im. . . It don’t matter how y’look at it Josh, I was robbed plain an’ simple at Judgment Day, but t’night I’m gonna get even. You better believe it, an’ Punk better believe it ‘cause it’s the truth. . . He ain’t leavin’ here with the world title ‘cause you’re gonna see a new champ crowned right here t’night, an’ that champ goes by the name of M V P.

We hear cheers from the arena once again as he turns confidently in to the camera, sending a direct message to Punk before turning round and walking out of the shot, leaving Josh who looks quite impressed with MVP’s confidence.

*Video Recap*
From Earlier On Tonight

Matt Sydal defeating Santino Marella after a Shooting Star Press, and Elijah Burke’s victory over Kenny Dykstra to set up the first semi final match.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 6***

King of the Ring Semi Final
Elijah Burke
w/Layla vs Matt Sydal

ENDING: Burke makes his way back up to his feet with Sydal doing the same in front of him. Burke is first to react, grabbing Sydal by the wrist and whipping him in to the ropes. As Sydal bounces back off the ropes, Burke jumps up in to the air and hits a STANDING DROPKICK. . . . . He catches Sydal right in the face, sending him down to the mat. He looks a little dizzy as he sits up, but Burke looks to keep the momentum going as he stands back up. He helps Sydal up and whips him hard in to the corner, then runs in at him straight away and hits him with a hard clothesline, catching him across the chest.

Burke then backs away from the corner with Sydal then staggering out as Burke turns to run the ropes, charges back and takes Sydal down with a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE. . . . . Burke is in the ascendency now, and he returns to his feet straight away with Sydal also getting back up. Burke hammers him with a backhand chop, and then another two to force Sydal back and up against the ropes. The very focused Burke then grabs Sydal’s arm and whips his opponent in the opposite set of ropes, sending Sydal bouncing off, and Burke then runs at him to meet him in the middle of the ring, nailing him with a FLYING FOREARM. . . . .

The crowd cheer the ‘up and at ‘em’ approach from Burke, but the resiliency of Sydal shines through as he tries to stand back up once again with Burke helping him up. He then thrusts him in to the ropes once more, and once Sydal comes back, Burke takes a step closer in to him, lifts him off his feet and spins round to plant him with a ferocious LIFTING SPINNING SIT-DOWN SPINEBUSTER. . . . . Some Sydal fans boo, but most are enjoying the two fan favourites going at it, as Burke holds on for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Sydal just lifts his shoulder up to a pop from the crowd, taking Burke by surprise as he sits back up.

Layla tries to motivate him, and he stands back up again, then reaches down to drag the clearly hurting Sydal back up. He then whips him hard in to the corner, and Sydal ends up hitting the pads chest first, remaining there leaning up against them. Burke gets a pop with a few boos mixed in as he backs up in to the opposite corner and pulls his knee pads down, getting ready for the ELIJAH EXPRESS. . . . . Burke then charges towards the corner, but as he jumps up at Sydal’s back, the high flyer manages to pull himself to the side at the last second with Burke jumping into the pads.

He then falls back and hits the mat with Layla watching on, concerned as Sydal then turns round and crawls across the mat. They then both start to stand back up, and as Burke turns round in the corner, Sydal runs in at him and connects with a DIVING LEG LARIAT. . . . . Burke then falls forward and flat on his face as Sydal climbs back up by the ropes. He then steps through them and climbs up to the top rope as Burke gets to his knees in front of him, and Sydal doesn’t mess about as he jumps down and sends Burke face first down to the canvas with a LEG DROP BULLDOG. . . . .

Burke doesn’t seem to be moving as Sydal then turns himself round and crawls across the mat to turn Burke on to his back and make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Burke gets the shoulder up to the relief of Layla on the outside, but he remains on his back as Sydal stands up and looks unsure of what to do next. He then turns back to the corner and decides to head back up to the dizzy heights of the top turnbuckle, but as he’s climbing up the ropes, Burke is climbing back up on to his feet. With his back to Sydal and being very close to the corner anyway, as he turns round, he sees Sydal getting in to position.

With time on his side, Burke then hits his opponent in the gut, sending Sydal down in to a seated position on the top turnbuckle. Burke then steps up on to the second rope and pulls Sydal’s head under his arm, setting him up for a suplex. With Sydal locked in place, Burke then takes the almighty step up from the second rope, all the way up to the top with the fans cheering in preparation for a SUPERPLEX. . . . . As he then looks to lift Sydal up, Sydal blocks it and holds on to the top rope. Burke desperately tries to hit the big time move, but it’s Sydal who takes control by pulling his head back and shoving Burke down to the canvas.

Burke lands on his back, right in front of Sydal and doesn’t move an inch. As Sydal then stands back up, the crowd cheer and rise to their feet as they see what Sydal has in mind with his eyes lighting up. He then takes a second before jumping up in to the air and comes down on top of Burke’s chest with a SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . Sydal hits it! Layla looks very nervous as Sydal reaches back and grabs one of Burke’s legs for a cover with the referee darting across to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3 . . . . . He’s in the final!

WINNER: By pinfall, Matt Sydal @ 13.06.

AFTERMATH: “Axeman” hits for the fourth time this evening as an obviously relieved but also delighted Matt Sydal gets his arm raised by the referee. As the ref lets go, Sydal shakes his head, clearly in shock he’s made it this far. Layla then slips in the ring and checks over on Burke as he starts to come round. Sydal then walks over to the ropes and throws his right arm up in to the air, getting a big cheer from the crowd. He leans against the ropes for several seconds, trying to get his breath back as Burke sits up behind him.

As Sydal then turns round, Burke makes it to his feet with both men looking at each other. There’s a slight sense of awkwardness as Layla looks on too, not sure what’s going on. They then walk towards each other with Burke offering Sydal his hand, and Sydal shakes it to a big pop. Burke then raises Sydal’s hand in the air for a second before slapping him on the back in a kind way before leaving the ring with Layla. Sydal soaks up the ovation as a disappointed but calm Burke walks up the stage with Layla.

*Video Promo*

Michael Cole: Well there you have it. Matt Sydal has booked his place in the final later on this evening, where he will either face Raw’s Rey Mysterio in what I believe would be a match for the ages, or the United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin, a man he beat on Smackdown in a non title action just over two weeks ago.

*Video Promo*
“Wanna Be Loved” by Papa Roach

Images: Eric Bischoff telling The Corporation (JBL, The Big Show & Vladimir Kozlov) a couple of weeks back they were to be suspended for two weeks and having security escort them out of the arena, followed by their attack on Triple H & Ric Flair in the parking lot the week before.

Voiceover: Two weeks ago, Raw Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff suspended all three members of The Corporation, but tomorrow night live on Raw, they will return. . . How will JBL and his two henchman react upon their return to Monday Night Raw? . . . Make sure you tune in to find out just what goes down when these three highly dangerous men aim to make their presence felt when they reacquaint themselves with Evolution. . . Raw comes to you live, only on USA, 9pm central.

*Video Recap*
From Earlier On Tonight

Shelton Benjamin’s controversial victory over Kofi Kingston thanks to interference from Cody Rhodes, and then Rey Mysterio’s win over Chavo Guerrero to set up the second semi final clash.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 7***

King of the Ring Semi Final
Rey Mysterio vs Shelton Benjamin

ENDING: Shelton pulls Mysterio back up and whips him in to the ropes, but as he watches Rey comes back, the Master of the 619 tries to slide through his legs, turning on to his stomach in the process. Shelton quickly grabs Rey by the legs and then pulls him up by the waist in a wheelbarrow lift, but Rey reaches up and grabs Shelton by the head, then forces himself down to the mat, hitting a BULLDOG ON BENJAMIN. . . . . That gets a big pop, and Mysterio doesn’t look to waste any time at all, turning Shelton on to his back before hooking his leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Shelton comes to life, lifting his shoulder up and leaning to the side. Mysterio doesn’t let the near fall get him down as he stands back up straight away and walks in to the corner with The Gold Standard sitting up and trying to shake off the cobwebs.

Rey then calmly climbs through the ropes and up to the top rope while Shelton now tries to get back up to his feet. He doesn’t seem to know where he’s at as he then walks slowly towards Rey as the Mexican then turns round to face the crowd before coming off the top to connect with an ASAI MOONSAULT. . . . . He lands on top of Shelton and takes him down to the mat, holding on to his legs as the referee makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kick Out! Shelton forces Rey off, and the little Mexican falls on to his side. He then makes his way back up with Shelton doing the same, both looking a little worse for wear with Rey looking to strike the first blow. He tries to kick Shelton in the chest, but Benjamin grabs his foot and holds on to it for dear life, smiling at a worried looking Mysterio.

The United States champion then lets go and spins Rey round, and as Rey is spun back round, Shelton looks to hit a spin kick. Rey ducks his head though and as Shelton turns back to face him, Rey turns the lights out with one hell of an ENZIGURI. . . . . Shelton just falls flat on his face with the crowd cheering, and Rey scurries across to turn the motionless Gold Standard on to his back to try for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Shoulder Up! Somehow, Shelton just saved his own skin to the shock of everyone in the arena. He still doesn’t appear to be moving as Rey then stands back up and walks across to the apron. He then climbs through the ropes and stands on the apron, halfway across it as he holds on to the top rope. With Shelton still not moving, Rey then springboards and looks to hit a SPLASH. . . . .

Shelton rolls to the side and under the ropes that Rey just came from as Mysterio’s body collides with the canvas. Gasps come from the crowd as Shelton then slowly makes his way back up on the apron using the ropes to aid his progress. Rey Rey then makes a return to his feet in the middle of the ring with his back to Benjamin, and just as he’s about to turn round, the United States Champion uses the top rope to hit a SPRINGBOARD FLYING NECKBREAKER. . . . . That looked bad for Rey, and Benjamin sits up with a real smug expression on his face, smirking in to the crowd. He thinks it’s over, and he then crawls across to Rey, who looks totally out for the count. Shelton then reaches over and hooks one leg, still looking confident as the referee then drops to his knees and makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Rey gets his shoulder up! A massive roar spreads across the arena as a stunned Shelton sits up and looks over at the referee, who too looks a little surprised. Rey starts to come round with Shelton’s frustration taking a turn for the worse. He then stands back up and urges Rey to get up, but all he can do is sit up with starry eyes. Benjamin gets even more angry, and enough’s enough as he then reaches down and pulls Mysterio up himself. He pulls him in to place for an EXPLODER SUPLEX. . . . . The emotional United States Champion stares intensely in to the crowd for a couple of seconds, and Rey takes advantage, swinging his elbow in to the side of Shelton’s head a couple of times. Shelton lets go of Rey, and the former World Champion back tracks to the ropes to try and get a short breather.

Shelton’s not in the mood as he sees Rey by the ropes, and he runs at him, but Mysterio catches him by surprise with a drop toe hold on to the middle rope. The crowd goes nuts and all jump up to their feet as Rey then stands up and dials up. He then runs forward in to the ropes, charges back across and swings through the ropes to kick Shelton in the face with both feet for the 619. . . . . It feels like the roof has just come off the Staples Center as Shelton is sent back across the mat. He tries to get right back up, not looking in the best shape as Rey stands on the apron waiting to pounce. As Shelton then gets up and turns round, Rey springboards and goes looking for the WEST COAST POP. . . . .

As he comes flying through the sky towards him, Benjamin reacts quickly to nail him with a JUMPING SPINNING HEEL KICK. . . . . Benjamin doesn’t mess about this time as he immediately reaches over and hooks both legs for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Shelton sits up frustrated once more, but he doesn’t look all that surprised this time. He makes his way back up and reaches down to drag Rey back up, then whips him in to the ropes. As Rey hits the ropes, Shelton ducks his head, and as Mysterio comes back, he kicks Shelton full in the face. Shelton’s head snaps back up, and Rey jumps up in to the air right away on to Shelton’s shoulders for a HURRICANRANA. . . . . He hits it and holds on desperately as the ref rushes across and drops down to make a count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Shelton powers out again, and despite both men feeling the effects of two matches, they rush back up to their feet with Rey grabbing Shelton’s arm. He tries to whip him in to the corner, but Shelton reverses it quite comfortably with Mysterio’s back hitting the pads somewhat tamely. The Gold Standard then charges across the ring and looks to hit a STINGER SPLASH. . . . . Rey steps out of the corner, but Shelton jumps up on to the second rope. He quickly jumps back down and turns round as a shocked Rey panics and runs back at him, but this time Shelton moves out of the way as Rey runs right in to the pads. Benjamin then creeps up behind him to roll him up, and he reaches to the side to grab hold on the middle rope for leverage, but the ref doesn’t see it as he counts the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, Shelton Benjamin @ 15.13.

AFTERMATH: “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me” hits to a ton of heat from the fans as Shelton quickly escapes through the ropes and Rey sits up in shock. He looks right back at a very smug Benjamin, who just smiles back at him. He then is then greeted by the referee, who passes him his United States Championship belt and raises his arm in front of a devastated Mysterio. He shakes his head and smacks the mat with one hand to the amusement of Shelton, who then turns round and walks towards the ramp. He then walks back up it while raising his belt up in to the air, mouthing the words “One to go” with Rey still looking disappointed in the ring.

*Video Promo*

Jim Ross: Well King, our worst fears have indeed come true, and it will now be an all Smackdown final between Shelton Benjamin and Matt Sydal.

Jerry Lawler: I’m in shock J R. I really thought Rey Mysterio would pull through for Raw, but despite getting lucky earlier on against Kofi Kingston, Shelton Benjamin pulled out all the stops to earn his spot in the final.

Michael Cole: I think everyone knows my feelings when it comes to Shelton Benjamin, but he certainly took it up a notch right there, and that sets up a very intriguing final. . . Think back to just over two weeks ago on Smackdown when the United States Champion was coming off a huge victory in the scramble match at Judgment Day to retain his title. He got caught short by Matt Sydal that night, and judging from comments made by The Gold Standard the last couple of weeks, he certainly hasn’t forgotten about that night and Sydal’s upset victory.

Matt Striker: Oh, that’s absolutely right Michael. It seems to me that Shelton has come out t’night with a point to prove, and he’s just one win away from erasing that night from his mind. . . The question is; will he be able to finish the job and put that memory behind him once and for all by defeating Matt Sydal here t’night to become the 2008 WWE King of the Ring?

*Video Promo*

We see Matt Sydal drinking a bottle of water in his locker room, getting ready for his huge match with Shelton Benjamin later on to determine the 2008 King of the Ring. The camera then switches to show Jeff Hardy warming up in his locker room in preparation for his WWE Championship showdown with “The Big Red Machine” Kane.

*Video Recap*

Smackdown (23/5) – Just Over 3 Weeks Ago:
CM Punk storming down to the ring while it was being set up for The VIP Lounge, bringing out the angry MVP, who let Punk know why he was just that. Matt Hardy & Elijah Burke then coming out, leading to an impromptu tag team match until MVP nailed everyone with his briefcase, setting up an announcement from Tazz that all four men would meet at Judgment Day for the Money in the Bank contract.
Judgment Day (25/5) – 3 Weeks Ago: Punk walking in to MVP’s locker room before the match, telling him that he (MVP) should be concerned about him and no one else.
Later on and the fatal fourway with Punk pinning Matt to win the contract.
Shawn Michaels celebrating his victory over The Undertaker to retain the World Heavyweight Championship when Punk attacked him before cashing in the briefcase to become the new World Champion.
Smackdown (30/5) – 16 Nights Ago Ago: CM Punk’s victory speech until being interrupted by Michaels, but the new champ telling Shawn that he did nothing wrong. Michaels then informing Punk that he would be using his rematch clause later on that night.
Punk defeating Michaels after a low blow and a GTS, and then trying to inflict a serious injury on Michaels by nailing him with a steal chair. MVP then coming to the rescue before Punk could hit The Heartbreak Kid again, clotheslining the champ to the outside and glaring right at him with Punk doing the same.
Smackdown (6/6) – 9 Nights Ago: Punk bragging about putting Michaels on the shelf but being interrupted by Tazz, who then put him in a title match later on against The Undertaker.
Later on that night with Punk awaiting The Undertaker’s entrance, only to see him being brutally attacked by Chris Jericho, watching on with a smile. That was until MVP struck again, coming out of the crowd to hit him with a Playmaker and announce that he’d be facing him at the King of the Ring for the World Championship.
Smackdown (13/6) – 2 Nights Ago: MVP going to Matt Hardy, talking about their mutual hate for Punk and asking him to be his partner in the main event against Punk & Jericho with Matt agreeing.
The main event and Punk walking out on Jericho, allowing MVP to win thanks to a Playmaker and stare right at Punk on the ramp with the champ lifting his belt up in to the air.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 8***

World Heavyweight Championship
Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) vs CM Punk (c)

ENDING: CM Punk watches on closely as MVP, the challenger to his World Championship tries to make his way back up to his feet. Just as MVP gets up, Punk steps forward and strikes with a martial arts kick to the gut, and then another, sending Porter down to his knees. The Straight Edge Superstar then turns back and runs in to the ropes, but as he comes back, MVP shoots up and grabs Punk around the waist, then tosses him overhead with a SNAP OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX. . . . . That gives the crowd something to cheer about, and as MVP sits up, so does Punk while holding his back as a result of the counter. They both stand back up and turn to face each other with Porter striking first with a hard right hand. He then follows up with the crowd egging him on as he puts Punk on the back foot, sending him back up against the ropes.

The Franchise Player then grabs Punk by the arm and whips the World Champion in to the opposite set of ropes, and as Punk comes back, MVP runs across to meet him half way and connects with a FALLING CLOTHESLINE. . . . . The crowd cheer again as MVP gets some serious momentum going, and as he returns to his feet with Punk getting to his knees, he helps his opponent up and whips him hard in to the corner with Punk’s back hitting the turnbuckle pads. He hit hard and MVP charges in at him, connecting with a vicious PLAYA’S BOOT. . . . . Punk slumps down the pads as a focused MVP steps out with the fans cheering him taking control of the match. MVP then backs out of the corner and urges his opponent up, but the World Champion remains leaning firmly against the pads.

As he slowly struggles to get back up, MVP gets ready to explode, and his eyes light up as a not all there Punk then walks right in to his grasp. MVP then kicks him in the gut and pulls him in to place for the PLAYMAKER. . . . . Before he can think about finishing him off, Punk fights back and slips away and behind him to the shock of Porter. He then turns round right away in to a kick to the gut by Punk this time, who follows up by pulling MVP in to his body and hitting a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK BACKBREAKER. . . . . That looks to have hurt MVP, and Punk isn’t waiting round to take advantage as he shimmies round to hook both legs with the referee hurrying to count the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . MVP kicks out to the frustration of Punk who leans back on to his knees and looks down angrily at his resilient challenger.

He then sees MVP rolling on to his side in an attempt to stand back up, provoking Punk to make his own way back up, which he does, standing right behind MVP and lurking with intent. Porter turns in to Punk’s body, and the World Champion grabs him across the upper chest, then lifts him up off his feet and takes him down to the mat and holds on for a submission hold, the ANACONDA VICE. . . . . Punk stitches it in and applies the pressure on MVP, who senses the trouble he could be in as he lies in the centre of the ring. The crowd start to encourage him and chant his name while clapping, but it doesn’t bother Punk at all as he keeps his sights firmly on the job in hand, making life very difficult for his opponent.

MVP then starts to respond to the support and drags himself slowly across the mat with Punk desperately holding on, but he seems to be waning as Porter pulls himself closer and closer to the ropes. With the crowd in full support as he gets within a hand’s reach, MVP reaches out with every last bit of fight in his body to grab hold of the bottom rope, setting off a huge pop in the stands of the Staples Center. Punk looks pissed and keeps the hold locked in despite the ref’s warning, and only lets it go at the count of four. The fans boo Punk as he stands back up and argues with the referee, and he then starts to stomp all over the worn out body of MVP to the extent that he forces the referee to warn him off once more. That doesn’t please Punk either, and he tries to get back to work, but the ref stands between him and the beaten up challenger.

The ref then turns round and checks on MVP as he uses the ropes to help him to his feet, and Punk doesn’t wait around in walking over to him, but Porter fights him off with an elbow to the side of his head, sending Punk back pedalling away from the ropes momentarily. As the World Champion walks back at him, MVP steps away and hits him with a SPINNING CAPOEIRA KICK. . . . . That sends Punk in to even more of a spin, and it allows MVP to respond by taking him down with a SWINGING NECKBREAKER. . . . . The fans like that and it shows as a cheer breaks out with MVP looking to wrap it up there and then, turning over and crawling across to make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Punk gets the shoulder up, but despite looking disappointed at first, MVP gets back to work straight away.

He stands up and turns back in to the ropes, and as he comes back, he stops dead by Punk’s body and gets the crowd going once again by taunting Punk for the BALLIN’ ELBOW. . . . . Porter then drops the elbow down on to Punk’s chest to a pop from the crowd. MVP stands back up looking very focused as Punk sits back up, and Porter looks to finish it, backing away from the champion before running back and looking to hit the DRIVE-BY. . . . . But Punk ducks his head with MVP hitting the deck. We hear sighs coming from the crowd, and both men try to sit up looking worn out, but it’s Punk on his feet first. MVP isn’t far behind, but as he turns round, Punk bends down and lifts him on to his shoulders for the GO-TO-SLEEP. . . . .

The fans boo frantically, but luckily MVP is able to slide down to safety and reacts quickly to plant Punk with a REVERSE DDT. . . . . More cheers break out in the crowd as MVP then crawls across and hooks the leg with the ref rushing over to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Punk kicks out, leaving his challenger frustrated. It seems to fire him up even more and he stands up, urging Punk back up. He doesn’t have to wait too long as he rolls on to one knee close to the ropes, and MVP strikes there and then, pulling him in to position once again for the PLAYMAKER. . . . . Punk reaches to the side and grabs the top rope, holding on to it for dear life.

He then drives his other arm in to the MVP’s head, forcing him to relinquish the grip and sending him away from the ropes. Punk recovers by the ropes as MVP shakes off the cobwebs for a second before running back at the World Champion, who steps out and explodes with a ROUNDHOUSE KICK. . . . . MVP just collapses in a heap, and Punk reacts instantly, reaching down to drag him back up. He lifts him up on to his shoulders and plants him with the GTS. . . . . MVP’s head just bounces off Punk’s knee, and Punk drops down and hooks the leg as the ref counts MVP’s shoulders. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, and still the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk @ 19.38.

AFTERMATH: “This Fire Burns” hits to heat from the Los Angeles fans, but Punk shrugs it off with a smirk as the referee collects his belt and takes it over to him. He hands it over and lifts Punk’s arm up in the air, and Punk’s smug grin gets even bigger as he holds his belt high up in the air. He then walks over to the ropes and holds it aloft, taunting the fans before dropping it down on to his shoulder and leaving the ring with the same smug look of satisfaction on his face as he walks up the ramp. As he gets to the top, he turns round to face the ring and holds the belt up once again, this time with both hands while still looking extremely pleased with himself as MVP comes round in the ring.

{Cut Backstage}

Maria is standing by.

Maria: Please welcome my guest at this time. . . one of the finalists in tonight’s King of the Ring final, Shelton Benjamin.

Shelton Benjamin appears in the shot with the United States Championship resting on his shoulder as the camera zooms out, looking very serious indeed.

Maria: Shelton. . .

Shelton Benjamin: . . . Maria, let me take care of this ‘cause there ain’t any questions left, just answers. . . I said I’d win this whole thing, and I’m just one match away from doin’ just that. But y’know what else I’m lookin’ forward to? . . . I’ve got the chance t’ show Matt Sydal, and everyone else for that matter that win he got over me the other week was nothin’ more than a fluke. Lightning doesn’t strike twice Maria, an’ it’ll be The Gold Standard that strikes a shot o’ reality t’ stop this Matt Sydal bandwagon once an’ for all right here t’night. And when I’m done doin’ that, CM Punk better take notice ‘cause I’m not gonna settle for just bein’ the United States Champion and the King of the Ring. . . See, I want the big prize. . . Imagine it Maria at The Great American Bash, champion versus champion with it all on the line. That’s what I call a headliner, an’ that’s what I’ll be come the end of t’night when I’m announced as King. . . King Benjamin.

Benjamin smiles, liking the sound of that before turning away looking very confident as he walks out of the shot.

*Video Promo*
“Move To The Music” by American Bang

Images: CM Punk cashing in the Money in the Bank contract at Judgment Day, taking Shawn Michaels by surprise and hitting the GTS out of nowhere to become the World Heavyweight Champion, after Michaels’ victory over The Undertaker. Punk’s celebrations are then shown as well as his defeat of The Heartbreak Kid on Smackdown five days later to retain his title. The video ends with location shots of Punk posing with the world title belt before cutting to the poster below.

Voiceover: “One man’s crusade to become champion and fulfil a lifelong dream went according to his underhand plan, but as champion, life is far from a dream. . . With his back against the wall, he will have to fight for his life to hold on to what he holds dear at The Great American Bash. . . The Great American Bash comes to you exclusively live, Sunday July 13th on pay-per-view from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.”

Michael Cole: The great thing about The Great American Bash folks is that if you’ve ordered the King of the Ring t’night and will also be ordering Vengeance in two week’s time, you will get The Great American Bash completely free of charge. All you have t’ do is contact your local pay-per-view provider for more details.

*Video Recap*

Raw (28/4) – 6 Weeks Ago:
Eric Bischoff announcing that there would be a Quest to be Champion tournament to decide who would face Kane for the WWE Championship at the King of the Ring.
Raw (12/5) – 5 Weeks Ago: Jeff Hardy returning to Raw and beating Lance Cade before being told by Eric Bischoff that he would be taking on JBL a week later as part of ‘Quest to be Champion’.
Raw (19/5) – 4 Weeks Ago: Jeff defeating JBL to advance to the semi finals after a swanton bomb.
Raw (26/5) – 3 Weeks Ago: The semi final match between Jeff & Rey Mysterio with Jeff coming out on top, and later being warned by Paul Bearer in the back about the prospect of facing Kane.
Raw (2/6) – 2 Weeks Ago: The final of ‘Quest to be Champion’ with Jeff beating Mr. Kennedy thanks to Randy Orton coming out of the crowd to RKO Kennedy. Kane then coming down after the bell and attacking Jeff, standing over him and setting his pyro off.
Raw (9/6) – Last Week: Jeff facing Randy Orton in a No Holds Barred match, ending with Kane getting involved, pulling Jeff down off a ladder only for Jeff to fight back and smash Kane in the head with the ladder, sending him off the stage and through empty boxes below. Jeff then climbing up the scaffolding by the side of the stage before leaping off and hitting a swanton bomb through all the wreckage. EMT’s then coming out and checking on both men with neither moving at the end of the show.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match 9***

WWE Championship
Jeff Hardy vs Kane (c)
w/Paul Bearer

ENDING: With Jeff struggling to his feet, the WWE Champion lurks dangerously close by, getting ready to pounce, and he does just that as Jeff stands back up only to walk right in to an uppercut thrust. That sends Jeff back pedalling, and The Big Red Machine grabs his wrist straight away to whip him hard in to the corner. Jeff’s back is thrust right in to the pads, and as he slowly walks out with agony written all over his face, Kane walks towards him, lifts him off the ground and plants him with a SIDEWALK SLAM. . . . . Jeff’s back is driven in to the mat, but Kane doesn’t appear to be done there as he returns to his feet, allowing Jeff to roll on to one side while the monster walks towards the corner and makes his way up to the top rope.

With Kane climbing up to the summit, Jeff once again struggles to make it back up, and as he turns round, Kane leaps off the top and connects with a FLYING CLOTHESLINE. . . . . The ring continues to shake after Kane just hit the mat with Jeff, and the defending champion doesn’t waste any time in standing back up. Jeff isn’t far behind, but as he gets to his knees, Kane reaches down and grabs him with two hands across the throat. He then lifts him up in the air while sustaining to the two handed choke lift, trying to make Jeff submit. The crowd try to get a reaction out of Jeff, cheering “Hardy, Hardy” continuously, and it looks to be having an effect as Jeff stays strong with Paul Bearer looking slightly concerned on the outside.

Kane holds on tight though, not making life easy at all for Jeff, but the challenger fights back, kicking his legs and trying to free himself, managing to do so as he then lands on his feet. Kane then throws a right hand with Jeff successfully ducking it and running in to the corner with Kane following behind, and Jeff takes him by surprise, exploding with the WHISPER IN THE WIND. . . . . That gets the crowd going even more, cheering like crazy as both men return to a vertical base. Jeff’s the one who gets up first, and as Kane turns round to face his challenger, he is met with a swift SIT OUT JAWBREAKER. . . . . That gets a big pop too, and Jeff doesn’t look like he’s prepared to waste the opportunity as he scurries across to hook The Big Red Machine’s leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

Sighs of disappointment echo around the arena as Jeff leans back looking slightly disappointed too, but the sight of Kane rolling on to one knee forces him back in to action. As he stands back up with Kane on one leg, Jeff turns back to run the ropes, and as he comes back with Kane now fully upright, he sends the monster right back down with a SPINNING WHEEL KICK. . . . . With the crowd cheering once more, Jeff stands back up with Kane also returning to his feet. Hardy turns back and runs in to the ropes again, and as he runs back at Kane, The Big Red Machine steps forward to lift Jeff up off his feet and nail him with a TILT-A-WHIRL SLAM. . . . . Gasps ring round the Staples Center as Jeff rolls around in agony until pulls him on to his back and goes for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

Jeff fights back and lifts his shoulder up to the relief of the crowd, but Kane’s not that impressed as he stands back up and does a cut throat signal while Jeff rolls on to his side. With Kane stalking him as he slowly climbs on to one knee, Jeff unwittingly picks himself up and then turns round in to the WWE Champion who scoops him off his feet. He lifts him on to his shoulder, trying to set him up for a TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER. . . . . The nervousness of the fans is clear, but Jeff shows his determination and digs deep, sliding down Kane’s back and shocks Kane by hitting a ONE ARM SLEEPER SLAM. . . . . Jeff is still feeling the effects of the match, and it takes him several seconds to respond, but by then, Kane also starts to stand back up.

As they meet standing in front of each other, Jeff grabs Kane by the arm and tries to whip the big man in to the corner. Kane’s not having it and demonstrates his strength advantage by reversing it and sending Jeff in to the corner instead. The Charismatic Enigma doesn’t hit the pads that hard, and as Kane runs in at him, Hardy steps out of the corner and to the side with Kane running in to the pads chest first. Cheers ring round once again, and as Kane turns round and staggers out of the corner, Jeff kicks him hard in the gut, pulls Kane’s head under his arm, setting him up for the TWIST OF FATE. . . . . But Kane’s shows he has just as much fight as Jeff as he shoves Jeff in to the ropes, and nails him as he comes back by driving his boot right down Jeff’s throat.

The sighs we heard earlier make another appearance as Jeff lies helpless on the mat with Kane then lifting his right arm up in to the air to the approval of Bearer, who smiles away in his son’s corner. Slowly but surely, Jeff sits back up despite looking very frosty, but as he attempts to stand up, the fans cautiousness is obvious with Kane lying in wait right behind him. As the still dazed Jeff turns round, Kane grabs him by the throat and lifts him up in to the air for a CHOKESLAM. . . . . Jeff manages to slip down however and land on his feet, catching Kane off guard and he then kicks him in the gut before grabbing him by the head, and this time he explodes with the TWIST OF FATE. . . . . Roars echo all around the arena as Jeff reacts quickly, scurrying round on the canvas to turn Kane on to his back and make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! Kane just gets his shoulder up to the shock of both Jeff and the crowd. Bearer’s beaming on the outside as Jeff pulls himself back up to his knees and holds his head in his hands. As he pulls his hands back down, he sees Kane rolling on to his side. Jeff then sees he has to act quickly and rushes back up to his feet, then pulls his vest off and throws it out of the ring to a huge pop as Kane makes it back up. He turns in to another kick to the gut from Jeff, who plants him with another TWIST OF FATE. . . . . They both hit the mat with Kane rolling closer to the corner and the ropes while the crowd all rise to their feet, as does Jeff who heads right in to the corner, racing to climb all the way up to the dizzy heights of the top rope with the WWE Champion laying beneath him.

With the fans cheering him on, Jeff then leaps off the top and hits the SWANTON BOMB. . . . . It could be all over as Jeff scurries back across and hooks the closest leg with the referee rushing across to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Kane gets his foot on the rope, and the referee looks up in time to see the foot resting there to prevent a three count. The boos are deafening as Jeff sits back up in shock, looking towards Bearer who is standing by the ropes in front of him. Jeff suspects there’s something fishy going on, but he pulls Kane away from the ropes slightly and hooks both legs this time for another pin attempt. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kane kicks out, and Jeff looks frustrated as hell as he sits up to see Bearer grinning on the outside, suspecting he had something to do with Kane’s foot being on the rope. Jeff isn’t pleased at all and upon standing back up, he walks over to the ropes after Bearer has turned his back to wind up the crowd.

Jeff then reaches over the top rope and down to grab Bearer by the head, trying to drag him up, but it isn’t working because of Bearer’s substantial weight. He decides to let go, and Bearer turns round to shout angrily at Jeff as The Big Red Machine sits up behind him and sharply makes his way on to both feet. Bearer smirks, resulting in Jeff sensing something’s wrong. He turns back round and runs at Kane, but right in to the monster’s huge right hand and a huge CHOKESLAM. . . . . Jeff lies out of it on the mat, but Kane isn’t done as he signals for the end once again with a cutthroat gesture and then reaches down to drag Jeff right back up. He scoops the non-responsive challenger on to his shoulder easily and then lowers him down his chest to then drill him with the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER. . . . . The WWE Champion then crosses both of Jeff’s arms as the ref drops to his knees and makes the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: By pinfall, and still WWE Champion, Kane @ 20.26.

AFTERMATH: “Burned” blasts out to heat from the crowd as Bearer walks towards the ring steps and walks up them to join Kane in the ring, who is then passed his WWE Championship belt by the referee. Bearer then straps the belt around his son’s waist before The Big Red Machine raises both his arms up in to the air and then brings them down to set off his deafening pyro in all four corners of the ring. Bearer continues to laugh throughout and then leads his son out of the ring with Kane climbing over the top rope while Bearer walks down the steps.

They meet by the ramp and walk up it to boos from the angry fans as Jeff starts to come round in the ring, moving his head ever so slightly. As Bearer & Kane get to the top of the ramp, Bearer turns round while Kane barely turns his head to see Jeff trying to sit up, looking a bit groggy. Bearer smirks before turning back to walk to the back, followed by Kane, whose music cuts. Jeff then struggles up to his feet and gets a big cheer from the crowd as he does so. He thanks them for their support by clapping, and he gets an even bigger pop in the process.

Jim Ross: You have t’ feel for Jeff Hardy t’night King. He gave it his all, and on another night, he might just have won the WWE Championship.

Jerry Lawler: I don’t know J R, but you have t’ give Jeff all the credit in the world for putting up one hell of a fight here t’night. It just goes t’ show it’s gonna be one hell of a challenge for anyone t’ beat the big red machine and take away his WWE Championship.

*Video Promo*
“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Images: Batista & Ric Flair coming to Triple H’s aid back on Raw before WrestleMania, helping him fight off JBL & The McMahon’s. Evolution reuniting and defeating The McMahon Men at WrestleMania, followed by The Big Show’s return at Backlash to help The McMahon’s gain revenge. Evolution decimating Vince & Shane McMahon on Raw a while back, ending with The Corporation retaliating in a parking lot attack on Triple H & Ric Flair, resulting in Show chokeslamming them both on car bonnets.

Voiceover: “Three friends reunited to fight one man’s battle. Now they find themselves in the line of fire once more. Together they must stand to fight off one common enemy. . . one Vengeance. . . Vengeance comes to you exclusively live, Sunday June 29th from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, only on pay-per-view.”

Jim Ross: Like Michael Cole said earlier folks, for those that have ordered the King of the Ring and plan on ordering Vengeance in two weeks. . . you will be able to watch The Great American Bash for absolutely nothing. . . All you have t’ do is contact your local pay-per-view provider for more details on how t’ take up this amazing offer.

*Video Promo*

Michael Cole: Well this is what it all comes down to folks, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It’s time t’ find out who will become the 2008 WWE King of the Ring.

{Cut to Ringside}

***The Main Event***

King of the Ring Tournament Final
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin

ENDING: Both men make a slow return to a vertical base while looking worse for wear, and it’s Sydal out of the two that strikes the first blow, hitting a right hand and then goes to follow up with a martial arts kick. As Sydal’s boot comes in to contact with Shelton’s body, The Gold Standard grabs his foot, quickly lets go and spins Sydal round to shock him with a DRAGON WHIP. . . . . The United States Champion picks himself back up, but Sydal is also close behind him. Shelton turns him round and whips him in to the ropes, and as Sydal comes back off the ropes, he leapfrogs Shelton and runs through in to the opposite set of ropes. This time as he comes back, Shelton turns round, ducks down and lifts Sydal on to his shoulder before sending him crashing down to the mat courtesy of a SAMOAN DROP. . . . .

The impact can be felt as Sydal tries to sit up to take the pressure off his back, but Benjamin is having none of it. He shuffles round on the mat and shoves him back down so that he can make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Sydal lives to fight another day, getting his shoulder up to the slight frustration of The Gold Standard. He stands back up as Sydal rolls on to one side, and Shelton decides to take a walk over to the ropes. He steps through them and watches on from the apron while clutching the top rope as Sydal tries to get back up. As Sydal manages to steady himself, Shelton then springboards off the top and hits a SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE. . . . .

Sydal hits the deck once again with Shelton falling too, but the United States Champion looks incredibly serious, and he appears to be on a mission as he returns to his feet and retreats to the corner, stalking Sydal. Benjamin lunges forward and urges his opponent up, and Sydal does just that with his opponent not too far behind him and ready to pounce. Sydal then slowly and unwittingly turns round with Shelton charging right at him for the PAY DIRT. . . . . Sydal sees it coming though in time and steps to the side as Shelton runs past him but manages to put the brakes on before he hits the corner. As he then turns round and runs back, Sydal demonstrates his quick reactions by hitting him with a LEG LARIAT. . . . .

Shelton’s the one who hits the deck this time, and Sydal senses an opportunity as he stands back up with Shelton getting to his knees. Sydal helps him up and sends him back down in to a seated position this time with a snap mare, then follows up by running forward in to the ropes, races back and nails Shelton with a seated dropkick right to the face. That forces Shelton back, and Sydal looks to take advantage by shimmying round to hook the leg to try for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Shelton gets his shoulder up, but Sydal isn’t moping around at all. He stands back up and reaches down to drag the United States Champion closer to the corner. Sydal then steps through the ropes and climbs all the way up to the top with the crowd cheering, knowing what he has in mind with Shelton squirming as he lies on the mat.

Sydal stands above him and leaps off the top, looking to hit the SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . But no, Benjamin just rolls closer in to the corner as Sydal crash lands on the mat with a very sore chest. They both then try and make it back up with Shelton up a second ahead of Sydal, allowing him to walk out of the corner and closer towards his opponent. Sydal spots him coming though and throws a wild right that Shelton is able to duck and quickly counter with a T-BONE SUPLEX. . . . . That came right out of nowhere, and Sydal is flat out by the looks of things. Shelton sits up and takes a quick breather before hooking the leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Sydal somehow got his shoulder up, resulting in a massive cheer from the fans. Shelton sits up in absolute shock. He can’t believe it, but the momentary delay may just have helped Sydal.

The look of sheer amazement on Shelton’s face tells its own story, but it quickly turns to sheer frustration as he stands back up and tries to pull Sydal back up. As he reaches down though, Sydal catches him by surprise as he sits up and rolls him in to an INSIDE CRADLE. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Kick Out! The two wannabe Kings hurry back up as quickly as they can, and as Shelton turns round, Sydal reacts quickly to take him down to the mat with a drop toe hold. Sydal rushes back up to his feet once again and stands above Shelton’s body for a moment before hitting a STANDING MOONSAULT TO THE BACK OF BENJAMIN. . . . . Sydal shimmies round and turns him on to his back before hooking the leg in order to try for a pin as the ref rushes down to his knees to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

Shelton kicks out and sits up quickly with Sydal then standing back up. With Shelton close to getting back up, Sydal just watches on and gets ready to strike, and he does just that by hitting a FEINT ENZIGURI IN TO A HEAD SCISSORS TAKEDOWN. . . . . The crowd like that and a pop breaks out, but as both men make an attempt to stand back up, Shelton turns round in to Sydal once again and allows Sydal to jump up and connect with a HURRICANRANA. . . . . The cheers get even louder as the crowd as Sydal desperately holds on to both of Shelton’s legs as the referee dashes across to count Benjamin’s shoulders once again. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . .

No! We hear sighs coming from the crowd as Shelton kicks out. Sydal stands back up and tries to pull Benjamin back up, but The Gold Standard sits up and shoves him back and down to the mat. He’s not down for long, but as he gets up, Shelton also stands up and takes Sydal’s head off with a SUPER KICK. . . . . The thud sounded sickening as Sydal just falls back with the United States Champion slowly dropping to his knees, looking tired before leaning forward and hooking Sydal’s leg for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No, shoulder up once more! Sydal just saves himself, but maybe only for a short while as Shelton leans back on to his knees in shock. He doesn’t know what he needs to do put this man away. He then stands back up and pulls the glazed over Sydal back up with him, then whips him hard in to the corner. Benjamin takes a second before then running in at him for a STINGER SPLASH. . . . .

But no, Sydal steps to the side as Shelton jumps right on to the turnbuckle pads. That raises another cheer from the pro Sydal crowd. Sydal shifts behind Benjamin, and as Shelton turns round and staggers out of the corner, Sydal grabs him around the upper body and plants him with the CYCLORAMA (Overhead Belly to Belly Moonsault Slam). . . . . The crowd are going nuts, but they get even louder as Sydal hurries to his feet and drags the United States Champion in to the corner. He then races all the way up to the top rope with the entire crowd rising to its feet, watching on as Sydal leaps up in to the sky and comes down to connect with the SHOOTING STAR PRESS. . . . . He got all of it and lands right on top of Benjamin, reaches across and hooks the leg as the ref rushes over to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3. . . . . It’s over! He’s done it!

WINNER: By pinfall, Matt Sydal @ 18.41.

AFTERMATH: “Axeman” hits to an enormous pop with Sydal just dropping his head in to his hands in absolute shock. He can’t believe what he’s just accomplished, but as he sits back up with a slight tear in his eye, he sees the crowd all on their feet, applauding his incredible victory. He then stands up with a huge smile on his face and gets his arm raised as Justin Roberts announces him as the 2008 WWE King of the Ring. It’s clearly an emotional moment for Sydal, who drops to his knees again and looks up to the sky, not seeming to believe it himself while the crowd continue to cheer. He then stands back up, smiling as he walks in to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, throwing his arms up in to the air to the delight of the ecstatic crowd in Los Angeles.

He then does the same in all four corners, and as he gets to the final one, a huge pyro display takes place on the stage with Sydal turning to look up, shaking his head and smiling at the same time. However, Shelton Benjamin looks on with absolute contempt as he walks round to the ramp, but Sydal seems too caught up in the moment to notice him. He then steps down off the ropes and walks back in to the middle of the ring, dropping down to his knees once again with the camera zooming in on the look of disbelief on his face as the show comes to a close.

Matt Striker: Unbelievable Michael. Matt Sydal has done the unthinkable.

Michael Cole: I’m speechless. We all knew this kid had talent, but he’s shown everyone here t’night that he has more than that. He has heart, belief, determination, and right now he’s in dreamland, because he has just won the 2008 WWE King of the Ring.

Matt Striker: What a moment this if for this gifted young superstar. He’s accomplished something incredibly special here t’night, and this could well be just the start of a glittering future.

Michael Cole: It’s clear for us all t’ see just how much it means t’ him, and I’m pretty sure it’ll take a while t’ sink in for him, and everyone for that matter that Matt Sydal is the King of the Ring. . . Thanks for joining us on this very special night here in the Staples Center. . . Good night everyone.

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Nige's King of the Ring Review!!

Nice video package to open the show, and the bracket looks nice, seeing Burke/Dykstra, Benjamin/Kofi, Rey/Chavo really made me happy lol and I guess that only left Santino/Sydal. Should be some good matches coming our way, and you always deliver.

Starting things off with the Intercontinental Champion vs. the United States champion is a great idea, both for booking and it would be in real life too, as these two would deliver instant classics every time imo. I liked how Kofi hit the Trouble in Paradise, and Benji rolled out of the ring so as to not get pinned, and also distracting the ref as he has to make the count, for Cody Rhodes to come in and cost Kofi the match. But I dont think it's very realistic that Kelly could distract the ref, both from the count and the slamming of bodies less than ten feet away from him. But it was necessary and the most logical idea for that part. I liked seeing Shelton advance as I think he is great, and also seeing Kofi go down, while I love Kofi to the max! His feud had to be continued and this was the way to do it.

Cody backstage acting like tough shit after costing Kofi one of the biggest matches in his career, and then telling Bisch' off. See what I did there? Kofi attacking right away I didnt see coming but I like the idea of the contract signing for what should be an amazing Cage match at Vengeance, and the no touch clause is a great asset to this feud.

I did not see Santino going over once in this match, but it was nice to see him still getting in some offense on the smaller and quicker Sydal. Sydal with a huge Enizguiri and then a Shooting Star press, pretty good finish to the match and now Smackdown has 2 in to Raw's 0. Hmm...

The commentary on Dykstra had me laughing as nobody wants him on their brand cause of his cockyness, but they cant deny his skills. I seriously saw Dykstra going over, mainly because I picked him to win it all lol. Dykstra still looked stron which is great in any match, and it took both the Elijah Express and Experience to put him down for good, hopefully this doesnt mess with Dykstra's momentum and he can continue his rise to the top. Now smackdown has 3, out of 3.

Because of the score right now, Smackdown at 3, Raw at 0. I dont see Chavo going over whatsoever. A nice fast paced match with both men getting in some good offense. Rey kept countering all of Chavito's signature moves, The Frog Splash, Brainbuster etc. I think it would've been good for the match and the tourney if he took one,(although I liked the Rana into a Powerbomb, nicely done.) but maybe It's cause I dont like drug users Raw finally has 1 in the Semi Finals, but I dont know how its gonna play out.

Now the end of the first round, or Quarter Finals. I really liked this match for some reason, as I dont like Finlay or Dibiase, it was weird as to why I liked this match so much. Not really anything to review as I thought this was a solid match and the finish was pretty good with some close falls and then slipping out of the Celtic Cross and hitting the Dream Street. Then I can just picture that smug look on his face as him and Maryse walk to the back. Nice job Nige.

The MVP interview was kinda bland, but it got the point across that MVP is still pissed off at the fact that Punk took his breifcase and cashed it in. I still see Punk going over but these two feuding for a good chunk of time, hopefully with MVP winning the title, but I wouldnt complain if Punk held it until the Mania or even further.

The Burke and Sydal match was a huge shocker! I thought for sure that Burke was going to go over here, but Seeing Sydal go over is great in my mind because I love the guy, and how he's being pushed so far. Seeing Sydal go into the Finals pretty much gaurantees me that Benjamin is going to defeat Rey Rey, and have that one final match, or even continue their feud futher on. Sydal hitting the Shooting Star Press after countering the superplex was a nice touch, and this was a solid match in my opinion.

The Corporation to return tomorrow night!! Woo! I love the stable and what your doing with em, cant wait for Raw.

Rey and Benjamin as I already pointed out, was very obvious in my mind who the winner was going to be, but this was an amazing match! So fast paced and exciting to read. I'm interested in seeing how you play off the fact that Shelton won both matches by cheating, whether he realized it earlier or not. Could make something out of that. Nice heel tactic to get him over though. The final should be a great match, if not MOTN.

Wow, The Punk and MVP match was nothing short of spectacular. I like how Punk went over cleanly but MVP was made to look like a worthy contender for The World Heavyweight Championship. This feud has the potential to be great and I hope that I get to read you write a match between them in full, as I would love to read that match lol. Great booking and writing there Nigel. I loved this match, and feud.

Benjamin being Cocky going into the Final = Ratings. "Maria, let me take care of this ‘cause there ain’t any questions left, just answers" That line was amazing and I could see him saying that. King Benjamin does have a nice ring to it as I see all king of the rings being heels as it just fits the moniker. Meh, could go either way.

Great match writing once more, very solid match between both superstars. I'm not a huge fan of Kane or Jeff Hardy, but the way you have written them has got me very intrigued. Jeff gave it his all, but still came up short. Story of his career eh? I can see a rematch coming, maybe at Vengeance. But I still dont see Jeff winning the title just yet. I say Jeff keeps coming up short, and wins Money in the Bank, but hey, what do I know? Your the booker. Anyways, great match and thats pretty much all I can say.

The King of the Ring Finals!!! This match was definitely the match of the night! Both men getting so close to winning, and puling out all the stops, even a Cyclorama got pulled out of the hat. The third Shooting Star press from Bourne finishes off the match and we have one of the biggest upset stories in WWE History, Matt Sydal is the King! Great to see him get such an ovation and I think he'll do fairly well against CM Punk at The Bash. Great choice for Sydal to go over. <3

Overall this was a very solid show and I think it was one of the top PPV's you have produced in a while at least. Great Job Nige, keep up the good work. But most importantly, have fun with it! lol

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King of the Ring Tourney looks good, for some reason I see Sydal winning now I know I picked Kofi but if I would've typed of a comment I was going to say I garuntee Sydal beats Benjamin to advance their fued. That would have to be the finals. I still that happens and Sydal will win now unless you want to the Ultimate Small Man match Rey vs. Sydal but I see Shelton vs. Sydal in the final with Sydal coming out on top.

Shelton vs. Kofi, great choice for an opening match should be very good.

Good match, For some reason I didn't get that into it but it was still good. I was kind of expecting Cody to eff this up because considering your sig says Kofi gives you wood and it would kill you to take him out cleanly in round one. The only thing I really didn't like was Kelly slapping Shelton, Kofi is a face that jsut doesn't seem like something that would happen if Kofi and Kelly are faces. But overall it was a good match I'm fine with the ending, but a good match but I think it would've probably been better in real life.

Backstage segment was going good but I can't picture Kofi attacking anyone, but it works contract signing on Raw I'm sure there will be a fight.

Santino vs. Sydal ended being basically a squash Sydal which is fine because Santino should really be doing is jobbing and comedy segments so I'm good with that.

I'm a little suprised you went with Elijah vs. Dykstra round one considering the build up you had for it on Smackdown with Dyskstra attacking Burke but I guess really you can't because I'm pretty sure you want to have Sydal and Shelton in the finals and that can't happen if this match was farther along.

By far the best match of the night so far. I really enjoyed this, I liked the ending Elijah wins, I would've liked to see Dykstra win just because I think him vs. Rey would almost be better then Rey vs. Elijah but oh well I loved this match best one so far.

I'm absolutely shocked that Rey went over cleanly it was a great match but I kept waiting for Killings to come out and it never happened but a great match none the less. I really did want this match to happen considering their past together it was great.

Going into the semis you already no my pics by now, Sydal and Shelton will win, GET IT! (Sorry to steal from you Sean lol) Million Dollar Title Match coming up next should be good, no way DiBiase loses the title either he wins cleanly or gets a dirty victory and they have a Belfast Brawl at Vegence.

Very good match for the Million Dollar Title, Finlay did a great job of getting DiBiase over which is what it was supposed to do. I'm assuming that the Million Dollar Man's belt won't be defended at Vegance because two weeks isn't long enough for a feud to start. But I really enjoyed this great ending to a great fued.

Whoops I guess I didn't realize it'd be Mysterio vs. Shelton not Mysterio vs. Elijah. But oh well Elijah vs. Sydal you know who I think will win.

Damn it you got to cool it with these great match, making me feel like a terrible booker when in reallity I'm probably just average. Matt Sydal wins, I will take my bow because I feel like I'm getting more and more right with each King of the Ring match. Too bad I didn't put this in my predictions lol.

Banjamin vs. Rey good match again I just doesn't feel I'm really getting into the matches envovling Shelton, I don't why it's just not happening for me. Maybe other people will think these are outstanding matches and that's fine but I'm just not getting into them, they have been good but I'm really feeling them which is weird because Shelton vs. Rey and Shelton vs. Kofi should be great on paper.

FWR, with Sheltons dirty wins over Rey and Kofi I could acutally see him getting the third dirty win to win King of the Ring but I don't know because that could burry Sydal or it could help their fued. I'm not sure how it will go now.

Punk vs. MVP started out solid, ended up great. I really enjoyed this I feel like you kind of hurt MVP with having Punk this convincingly. I see Punk keeping the belt at least until SummerSlam but I really wonder where MVP is going because he shouldn't get another world title shot after losing like this, so we'll see. I'm calling Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk at GAB.

King of the Ring finale in the main event?? I guess it makes sense because that is what the PPV should be based around is the King of the Ring tourney and it's a great chance for Bourne and Sydal to show there skills. I'll mark out if Jeff wins the title.

Kane vs. Jeff I guess it's ok Kane retaining with the way it ended I'm hoping this fued continues just so Jeff can win the belt and get it off Kane. I never liked him as champion. The match was great though so far it's in the top five matches with Rey-Chavo, Elijah-Kenny, Finlay-DiBiase, and MVP-Punk. I can't decided which one, it became obvious that Kane would win when Jeff basically every near fall until the end.

Coperation returns Monday I'll defanately be reading, that fued got more interesting with the lack of Batista I could see a six man tag main event at Vengance or a co-main event with Jeff and Kane if they do have another match because Jeff is the only one who would really face Kane with any kind of build up to it what so ever.

Main event time, Money is on Sydal wouldn't be shocked if Shelton won with a low blow or grabbing the tights or some other dirty victory way.

DAMN! I really enjoyed the main event not match of the night but this card was stacked so it's not a problem and was I right, like I said at the beginning Sydal beats Benjamin in the final. Too bad I didn't pick this earlier in the week oh well great match, really really does wonders for this fued and I do see Matt Sydal becoming the United States champion at the Great American Bash or maybe even on one of the next couple of smackdowns. Nice win for Nige's (and my) favorite underdog.

Overall: I really enjoyed the show everything made sense the way you booked it, some amazing matches, some that were good but not great but overall it really good. It took me like an hour to write this review so you better enjoy. Overall Score: 9/10
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First of all nice opening video and voiceover, I don’t like reading long ones so this was about right. The brackets look decent as well, although I can see already that my Dykstra/Sydal final prediction is wrong!

Opening Match: Nice choice for the first match, some good wrestling here and it was fast paced which is great for the first match. Liked the unpredictability and counters in this match and I also liked Kofi hitting the trouble in paradise only for Shelton to fall out the ring, makes Kofi look fairly strong by hitting his finisher despite not picking up the victory. The finish was done quite well and I expected Rhodes to get involved and cost Kofi, which can only be good for their feud to heat it up even more. Kelly Kelly inadvertently distracting the ref leaves it open for her to turn and join Rhodes again sometime in the future too, although I doubt it. Ideally I enjoy seeing a fast paced match with a clean ending to start off a PPV, but at least the dirty finish helps to progress the storyline. Good match to kick off the action and Shelton progresses, but I don’t see him taking the prize simply because he already has a title, so he doesn’t need it as much.

Bischoff/Kingston/Rhodes backstage: Well it was smart to have this segment straight after the match, or at least it would be if it was IRL before Kingston has a chance to settle down so we see him more aggressive than usual. Cody Rhodes was just how I expected him to be, arrogant, disrespectful and I like the fact that he’s not scared of Kingston too, that really does make him look stronger. The contract signing I am looking forward to as it should give Kingston a chance to develop his character on the microphone, as I haven’t seen him talk that much.

Matt Sydal vs Marella: Impressive win for Sydal this, I expected him to win but it didn’t seem like a total squash which is good for Santino, and the tournament. I liked how you had Santino hit a couple of moves with the fans surprised, I can see him continuing to develop in the ring down the line now. You showcased Sydal’s talents pretty well although I’m sure you’re saving his best for the next match(s).

Dykstra vs. Burke: This is a good choice of match with what happened on Smackdown, and it was once again a good match. I like both these guys a lot and I’m into Burke even more again after seeing him back on my screen, so it was a good match to read. From what you wrote Dykstra pretty much dominated which makes him look impressive, but it also made the result fairly predictable as I was just waiting for Burke to turn it around. It was done well though with the missed leg drop, with the height he gets on it I can imagine the impact of that, and it was great to see Burke hit both his finishers for the win, makes his win even more emphatic. I am slightly surprised at the result though as Smackdown have won every match so far and I think Dykstra would’ve benefited from a good run in this. There goes my KOTR winner prediction then! Damn you Nigel!

Rey vs Chavo: I expected the next match to be shorter than it was but Chavo ended up putting up a decent challenge. These two seem to work pretty well together and it was no different here, some nice moves like the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker which I love to kill momentum, and the counter from Chavo from a hurricanrana into the powerbomb was great. The Smackdown domination is finally broken as well, but I don’t see Rey winning, and if he does I would be disappointed as he really doesn’t need it.

Million Dollar Title Match: Ted DiBiase was always going to win this match so it was just about making him look impressive in doing so, which you did. You made it sound like he was in one hell of a fight with him being sore and everything which was good, and with him countering and catching the veteran out for the win makes him look really impressive. Maryse’s shoe attack was awesome as I didn’t expect it, but I like that she’s becoming more involved. Another good match.

MVP interview: Very good interview from MVP, this is the sort of thing I think we needed on Smackdown as he hasn’t had enough time to put himself over as a main eventer yet to be honest. There is absolutely no chance he’ll win tonight, but I’m hoping that after tonight he will go on to stay in the title picture and grow into a main eventer on Smackdown.

Burke vs. Sydal: The King of the Ring tournament sure is delivering some exciting matches, once again an entertaining match here. I liked how you mixed it up a bit this time by having their first attempts at finishers blocked, and Sydal failing to hit the SSP the first time makes it that much more special when he hits it. If he does end up winning though I think he should’ve used a different finish here like a rollup or the Cyclorama, otherwise it won’t be as special when we’ve seen it twice already. It’s a shame that Burke has been eliminated as I like him, but this is one huge win for Sydal that makes him even more impressive. Still things are looking good for Matt Sydal and he’s been impressive in both matches, I’m just wondering if he’ll do it in the final now.

Mysterio vs Benjamin: What an entertaining match this was, MOTN so far no doubt. The styles of these two guys came together very nicely and once again the unpredictability with all the counters and near falls were really exciting. Some nice moves again and my favourite part of the match was the spinning heel kick to counter Mysterio, that’s twice so far that you’ve countered that move well after the powerbomb from Chavo earlier. The finish was nicely done to keep Mysterio looking fairly strong, yet shows that Benjamin is able to take advantage of any slip up. The final sounds great and it’s still tough to predict who’ll win it, I think once I see the placement and results of the title matches it’ll be a bit clearer.

MVP vs Punk: This match was excellent to read and you did a good job of making MVP look like he could actually win, but it’s almost a shame to see MVP lose after only just being elevated. I know I normally don’t like them, but a DQ or a dirty win for Punk would’ve worked really well in terms of keeping MVP strong in his first title match and also setting up a rematch, which I reckon you might do. It’s also not the main event as well, so it wouldn’t have left the fans frustrated, that’s what I would’ve done anyway. Very good match again though and at least MVP looks fairly strong by going nearly 20 minutes with the champ. The consistency of the matches has been incredible so far, not one has disappointed in terms of entertainment for me.

Hardy vs Kane: Despite not being much of a fan of these two guys this was one of the matches I was most looking forward to, I only wish it was under some sort of stipulation as these two could work an exciting hardcore style match. It was a strong match if not lacking a big moment in it, but it was still an exciting title match. I didn’t like the ending though at all, just didn’t really come off well for me at all, and if Kane needs anything it’s a clean, dominating win. Maybe it’s a way to set up a rematch or something, but I would’ve preferred a controversial ending like this for the last match, as Hardy is at the point where a clean loss doesn’t really hurt his credibility, whereas MVP has just risen to the main event. Good match, but I didn’t like the ending.

KOTR Final: Great main event and a great way to end the show, the match was very entertaining, flowed well and had some good moves with both guys looking strong. Maybe seeing Benjamin missing the splash in the previous match, as well as Bourne already hitting the SSP twice and failing once in the night already took the shine off the finish, but it was still a great moment. It's great to see Matt Sydal win the tournament as he has a lot of potential and this will obviously help him rise up, and it was a wise move to use this tournament to help a younger star.

Overall: It was a very good PPV and the consistency with the matches was impressive, as every match was entertaining. I think you handled the tournament well as it gave us some good matches, while it also progressed feuds between Rhodes/ Kingston and possibly Bourne and Shelton. The two title matches were much more predictable than they usually are with you, but I think this PPV was all about the tournament with the bigger title matches taking place on the next few PPV’s. I didn’t really like the ending of the Hardy/Kane match, neither did I particularly like the handling of MVP’s loss, as I don’t think he had enough time going into the PPV to look like a main event star, so a dirty loss or a DQ would’ve worked better IMO to set up a rematch later on, therefore giving him more time to be built up.

I also think I would’ve had less of the Shooting Star Press before the final to make the ending really special and the highlight of the night, although it's not a big problem. Overall though it was a great PPV, MOTN for me was Benjamin/Mysterio followed by the final. I’m really looking forward to the fallout of this now especially on Smackdown with Bourne, and I’m not sure if he gets a title shot now? It’s annoying that I got the Dykstra prediction so wrong, but I think I should get bonus points for predicting that Rhodes would cost Kofi, Sydal would beat Benjamin again and Sydal would be in the final! Good job with this mate.

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Good intro in the video/voiceover, followed by the commentators, gave us some insight as to what can go down for the winner. Getting right into it with Kofi, huh? Not surprised, really. The brackets are good, should make for some great matches. This first one got us off to a great start, fast-paced action that put both guys over as tremendous competitors. I had a feeling we'd be seeing Cody sometime tonight, and he definitely made a statement here, costing Kofi his chance at the crown. That put over their hatred and match at Vengeance over very well, so looking forward to that as well. Also looking forward to seeing Rey take on Chavo, should be fantastic.

Awesome segment with Bischoff and Rhodes. Their exchange about Cody's career being in whoever's hands was great, and Kofi's attack was also executed well. Their contract signing for their Vengeance match should be huge, definitely looking forward to that.

Good win for Sydal in a match that was surprisingly a little more competive than I first though. I see that you're trying to distance Santino from being just a comedy character, and this was a good step towards that, as he looked better than I expected him to. Regardless, Sydal moving on is good, no way it would've or should've gone the other way.

Kenny already being out is good. Just what he deserves. Good match between these two, really put over Elijah as he kept coming back after everything Kenny hit him with, and he hit him with some pretty big moves. Good to see him advancing while Kenny walks away in the first round, and Sydal vs. Elijah in the next round sounds fantastic.

Best match of the night right here so far. Fun, fast-paced, lots of good moves, these two always have good outings, and the trend continued here. The only thing that I felt off about this match was the lack of Ron Killings, but that's more than likely on me for believing that he'd interfere in Chavo's match. Besides that, awesome stuff here, and I'm sure it'll only get better.

Impressive stuff from DiBiase. One thing that surprised me was the lack of Hornswoggle. He was on the graphic, thought he might've shown his face, only for it to get smashed in. That would've been tremendous. Anyway, Finlay was shown as resilient as always, not giving in to the Million Dollar Dream, and actually kicking out of a shoe to the head/rope hung stunner. That's tough, but again, the whole feud was designed to put Ted over, and that's exactly what happened here. Looks a lot more legit than he did before the match, and I'm looking forward to what he'll do or say over on RAW. Good stuff here.

Great interview by MVP. I noted this before (at least I think I did), but I love that even though he's a face, you're keeping his attitude, his edge. That's what I like most about MVP, and now that it's been taken away in real life, he's not as entertaining. So this was a very enjoyable MVP promo, made me look forward to the title match that I've been clamoring for for what seems like forever now.

Another good match here, although it was a little too one-sided for my taste. Sydal only got three big moves in, including the SSP, while Burke was just busting them out right and left, it seemed. Regardless, I would've been content with either of these guys moving on, and it bieng Sydal is good stuff. He's in the finals, didn't really see him get that far, but I'm alright with it. A match against either Rey or Shelton should be top quality.

Another fast and exciting match with Rey involved. Very nice counter offense and quickness on both men, I like that series of kicks thrown until Rey finally hit one. I didn't exactly like the ending sequence that saw Shelton roll-up Rey, I think maybe Shelton should've gotten a clean pin after a finisher. I was also hoping to see Rey advance here and win the tournament after a phenominal high-flying contest with Sydal, but Shelton should still make a tremendous opponent. Solid match, but didn't like the ending.

Really enjoyed this match between Punk and MVP, didn't disappoint. The finish was built up very well, and both guys looked incredibly strong, adding a lot to both guys. MVP looked like main-event calibur in this match, and also helped do the same for Punk, who looks more legit with all of his big matches. I liked that he won cleanly here, but a dirty win would've been just as acceptable, to add more fuel to the fire so this program can continue. I don't know if that'll be the case, but I hope so, because I want to see more from these guys. Great job here.

Strong promo from Shelton, really liked that opening line of his about all there being left was answers. I doubt that even if Shelton wins tonight, we won't be seeing him and Punk headline the Bash, but it's all good. Could be a tremendous match, just like the one I'm sure we'll be getting for the finals.

Liked the add for the Bash, good stuff. Punk and 'Taker on the poster, huh? Wonder if that'll mean anything...

Jeff vs. Kane was another tremendous match here. Jeff looked awesome and like a true main event star, coming back from Kane's onslaught and being just cheated from actually winning. Million-dollar showing from him, while Kane continued to be a monster. A monster that's not unbeatable, but a monster nonetheless. Bearer's interference was a good heelish move, made Jeff lose focus for a second and cost him the W. I can definitely see this program continuing, as it should, there's a lot more to be explored after this.

Vengeance's ad wasn't as good as the Bash's, and Flair in the center is a no-no for me. Anti-Flair is what I am. Should be a strong event, but only two weeks more to go for it! Will you be able to fill out the card? I'll tune in to find out.

Damn, Sydal's the King! Totally didn't see it happening. I know you're big on him, but I never really considered him taking the crown. Anyway, the match again was very good. Some good quickness shown by both men, with big moves being hit here, there, everywhere, made for a very exciting sequence to finish the match-up. I really don't know if this should've gone on as the main event, though, but it's fine. It is the King of the Ring Finals at the King of the Ring PPV, after all. Tremendous stuff, great ending moment for Sydal's huge win. His push is in full swing, definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next here with him, and Shelton.

Awesome show as usual, Nige. All the matches were great, can't really think of one that disappointed. The one thing that I think could've really helped was the use of exclamation marks after big moves during the matches. Without them, everything seemed a little underwhelming, even with the all-caps letters. That's really all the negatives I've got for you. The matches were consistently great throughout, got to experience the feel-good journey to the top with Sydal, the continuous rising of the new stars. This show made me look forward to what happens from here on out, just like a PPV should, SmackDown! in particular. Great job with this one, man, 9/10.
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RAW PreviewMonday 16th June 2008
Live From the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Jeff Hardy worked his way through three gruelling Quest to be Champion matches in order to earn himself a WWE Championship match with Kane at the King of the Ring, and last night he had the chance to upset The Big Red Machine and take the title away from him. It wasn’t to be however despite Jeff’s best efforts, and the Charismatic Enigma came away proud of his efforts after coming so close to defeating the WWE Champion and sending the Staples Center in to a frenzy.

After coming so close to winning his first world title, how will Jeff react? And with Vengeance two weeks away, what lies in store for the WWE Champion? Find out live on Raw this week.

The Corporation were suspended by Eric Bischoff, but when the doors open to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Monday night, they will be among the thousands that enter the arena on Rhode Island. After showing no remorse at the time for their attack on Ric Flair & Triple H in the parking lot that left both Evolution members hospitalised, will the time off to reflect have changed the outlook of JBL, The Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov?

We were also treated to a strange meeting between Batista & Triple H last week as The Game went to his Evolution team mate’s house, and his apparent motives didn’t set well with The Animal, who promptly told Triple H to leave. It appeared that The Game was attempting to find out if Batista’s alibi for leaving his friends outnumbered against The Corporation was legitimate, and he found it from the horse’s mouth that it was. Batista’s daughter told him what he wanted to hear, that her father did look after her because she was ill on the Monday night in question.

Is all not well amongst Evolution? How will that affect The Corporation upon their return to Raw? So many questions need to be answered. Make sure you tune in to see what goes down!

If things weren’t personal enough between Kofi Kingston & Cody Rhodes, they sure are now after the challenger to Kofi’s Intercontinental Championship in two weeks at Vengeance cost the Jamaican Sensation his King of the Ring Quarter Final match with Shelton Benjamin last night. Cody stormed the ring and showed Kofi what he hopes to do to him at Vengeance in giving him a taste of the Silverspoon DDT. It was enough to eliminate Kingston from the tournament, but the usually cool customer reacted furiously and attacked Cody on his way back from the ring while Rhodes was involved in a heated discussion with Eric Bischoff. The duo were pulled apart and then informed by Bischoff that when they head to Raw this week, the contract signing for their Steel Cage match at Vengeance will take place. That wasn’t all however, as Bischoff told them that if either of them so much as even thought about putting their hands on the other, he would cancel the match on the spot.

With so much tension and contempt in one ring, will both men be able to keep their cool? It doesn’t seem likely.

After Mr. Kennedy was on the wrong end of Randy Orton’s anger two weeks ago, we assumed that the Green Bay native would be demanding answers as to why The Legend Killer cost him the chance to face Kane at the King of the Ring. However it was Orton that shouted his answers from the rooftops without receiving any pressure. He was only too happy to boast about screwing Kennedy over in his match with Jeff Hardy the week before, making Kennedy clear that he only does what he wants. Before things got out of control, Eric Bischoff raced to the scene and quickly dealt with the situation that was threatening to spill over, and announced that they would compete in a match at Vengeance.

Both men have retribution in mind, but only one of them will get what they want. They will both be present when Raw comes to you live from Providence, but will they be able to control their emotions this week?

The tension floating around on Raw has made its way in to the General Manager’s office as of late, but Eric Bischoff was very quick to deal with his Executive Assistant last Monday night. He left William Regal under no illusions that he makes all the big decisions and wants any important decisions made by his assistant run by him. Regal told Bischoff that he fully understood, but it seems that there could be more than meets the eye as far as the Englishman is concerned.

If Regal is planning something, will we get wind of it this week in Providence?

Ted DiBiase Jr picked up his biggest victory to date last night at the King of the Ring after seeing off the fighting Irishman, Finlay. The third generation superstar looked like he had bitten off more than he could chew several weeks back when he attacked Hornswoggle, but the Million Dollar Champion faced up to his actions in Los Angeles last night and surprised many by fighting his way past the tough veteran.

You would have to assume he’s feeling pretty good about himself right now. With Finlay out of the way, is it onwards and upwards for the young prodigy?

Former friends and tag team partners went at it last week when Paul London exploded with anger during his match against Brian Kendrick. London saw himself disqualified after repeatedly beating Kendrick with a series of open handed shots, something that angered Kendrick afterwards. He went to Eric Bischoff and demanded action against his former team mate, but it was William Regal that rather abruptly made a match between the former tag team champions for Vengeance. Bischoff walked in however and did in fact give his approval on the match that ought to be an explosive encounter in just under two weeks in Detroit.

Will London have calmed down in time for this Monday night?

The World Tag Team Champions made an open challenge last week, but were quickly regretting it as The Miz was left raced when the call was answered by the returning Goldust. The former Intercontinental Champion made the shock return and was able to take advantage of a distraction by Cryme Time at ringside while the Colon Brothers also watched closely.

It appears that John Morrison & The Miz have plenty of people watching them, but will they make amends for last week when they head to Rhode Island this week?

Victoria has her hands in full in two weeks at Vengeance when she defends her Women’s Championship against both Melina & Natalya Neidhart, and last Monday saw her step in the ring with them both challengers at the same time. She went head to head with Neidhart while Melina was acting as the special guest referee. The problems between Melina and Neidhart threatened to boil over on a number of occasions, and it came as no surprise when they finally did, with Melina hitting Natalya and costing her the match. One woman who wasn’t amused was Victoria, and she made her feelings perfectly clear to Melina later on. She discovered however that Melina had spoken to Eric Bischoff earlier, and that they will compete in a match this Monday night.

Will the champ defeat her other challenger this week and head in to Vengeance on a role?

It wasn’t to be for the Raw superstars last night at the King of the Ring as only Rey Mysterio was able to make it in to the semi final’s before losing in somewhat controversial fashion to the eventual runner-up, Shelton Benjamin. How will Rey and the rest of the contenders react when they return home on Monday night?


Non Title Match
Victoria vs Melina


Intercontinental Championship Contract Signing for Vengeance

The Corporation Return from Suspension

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RAW's going to be epic, I can tell, and it also seems to be stacked.

Jeff's main event push has been strong so far, red-hot, and I really hope you continue it. I can't really think of another viable title match for Vengeance, anyway.

The Corporation/Evolution feud has also been going very well, mostly due to the slow implosion in the face stable. Definitely looking forward to what unfolds between these two forces, as well as within them.

The contract signing should make for another tremendous promo in this awesome saga between Kofi and Cody. A no-violence ruling, eh? Can be by-passed, methinks.

The Orton/Kennedy feud's been going a tad slow, but things picked up over the last few weeks with Orton's true colors showing. Should be fun to see what these two'll say, or do.

I've really been enjoying the interaction between Regal and Bischoff, very captivating stuff. Regal's got the knife, when will he stab Bischoff in the back?

DiBiase's on a roll, and I don't see that stopping right now. Slow down a bit, maybe, but his ascent up the ladder's been going well. Wonder who'll step up against him now?

London/Kendrick on PPV should be phenominal. Their build-up could use a little more oomph, though, if you get what I'm saying.

Would I be wrong to think that Goldust will find himself a partner and join in on the Tag Titles scene? I'll just have to read and find out what goes on with him, and the three teams surrounding the belts.

The Women's Title program, I've felt has scaled down a bit since the Triple Threat Match was made. I think things'll start rolling again after tonight, because now, two weeks away, should be the time to pull the trigger on something big.

In regards to the KOTR contenders, I can see Rey and Kenny continuing their rivalry, while Santino will do a comedy bit, and Kofi's already got his own stuff going on. That's what I'm thinking will go down with them.

Yep, show looks stacked, and I'll definitely be reading.
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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

RAW ResultsMonday 16th June 2008
Live From the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Providence, Rhode Island

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

Triple H surprising Batista at his home, asking his daughter if she was feeling better, angering Batista for checking up on him, who later threw him out after telling The Game he didn’t appreciate him coming in to his house, grilling his daughter and doubting his word.

From The King of the Ring last night

The highlights of Jeff Hardy’s WWE Championship match with Kane, including a swanton bomb by Jeff that saw Kane get his foot on the rope to stop a three count. The finish that saw Kane take advantage of Jeff’s distraction with Paul Bearer, ending in a chokeslam followed by a tombstone piledriver.

***Opening Video***
“Wanna Be Loved”

{Cut to Ringside}


“Longhorn” hits as a white limousine enters the arena by the side of the stage. Boos ring out as the driver then steps out of the car and walks towards the back passenger door. He opens it and out steps JBL to even more boos from the fans. Vladimir Kozlov & The Big Show, the remaining members of The Corporation also step out of the car and on to the arena floor, all dressed in sharp suits with Show & JBL smiling as the menacing Kozlov remains as intense as ever. They walk down to the ring and enter it to a chorus of boos, but that doesn’t bother them whatsoever as JBL then collects a microphone from Lilian Garcia and stands in the middle of the ring with a big smile on his face.

There’s no need to avert your eyes Rhode Island, we are living proof that you can’t keep a big man down, or in our case, three. . . Two weeks ago, we stood in this ring and were unjustly suspended by Eric Bischoff in as clear a case of discrimination as you are ever likely t’ see.


JBL: You might as well save your breath because you’re even more biased than our so called Independent Head of Authority.

*Tons of boos*

JBL: All you have t’ do is look at the facts and turn back the clock t’ see that I am entirely justified by that statement. You all saw what Evolution did t’ both my father and half brother, and while they escaped unpunished, we were then vilified for an act deemed more severe and suspended for those actions. But now that time has passed, we can get back t’ business. . . As you all know, Triple H and Ric Flair were in some sort of unfortunate accident a few weeks ago, and now more importantly, Jeff Hardy failed t’ win the WWE Championship last night at the King of the Ring. And as far as we’re concerned, that leaves an opening open for us. It’s an opportunity that we feel we deserve after Evolution cost us the opportunity t’ compete for in the first place, and it’s the least we deserve for our unwarranted suspension.


JBL: For once, will you people please show us the respect that we deserve by shutting your pie holes for just one minute?


JBL: Had it not been for Triple H and Ric Flair, The Big Show would be the WWE Champion right now. That’s a fact. All we’re campaigning for is justice, with justice being that this unstoppable force gets what he is owed at Vengeance. . .

“I Walk Alone” blasts out to a massive pop as a casually dressed Batista walks out to the stage looking very serious, taking The Corporation by surprise. He walks down the ramp and in to the ring, picking up a microphone from the apron in the process. The Corporation just smirk at his presence, but The Animal looks fired up as he waits for the crowd to die down.

Batista: What’s wrong with you guys? . . . Y’know what, don’t answer that. We’ve all come t’ learn that whatever comes out of your mouth is nothing but total crap.


Batista: Ric and Hun’er might have had something t’ do with that, but if my memory serves me right, you did the exact same thing to Hun’er, so don’t even go down the whole victim path ‘cause you guys certainly aren’t victims. They see it, and so does everyone else. The only thing you guys are owed is retribution for what you did t’ Ric and Hun’er when I wasn’t here. And since you’re suspension is over, now seems as good a time as any.

*Huge Pop*

Show takes the microphone from JBL.

The Big Show: Batista, if you really think you’re gonna fair any better than your two buddies did in the parking lot against the three of us, then go ahead, give it your best shot. Let’s see how far it gets ya.

Batista drops his microphone and rips off his shirt to a huge roar from the crowd as The Corporation remove their jackets and roll their sleeves up. They then walk up to The Animal, about to circle when him “Line in the Sand” plays to another massive pop from the sell out crowd in Providence. The cheers get even louder as Batista turns round to see Triple H & Ric Flair walking intently down to the ring with The Corporation backing off, looking a little surprised to see them. Batista looks a little stunned too as Flair walks over to him and gives him a very brief guy hug. The Game then picks up the microphone and offers to shake Batista’s hand with a little tension between them before The Animal shakes his friend’s hand. Triple H then turns his attention to The Corporation, looking deadly serious.

Triple H: What’s up fellas? You look like you’ve seen a ghost?

They just stare right at him in total frustration.

Triple H: Did you seriously think that you’d never see me or Ric again? . . . Well I’m sorry t’ disappoint you, but it’s gonna take a whole lot more than that t’ get rid of us. You can piss and moan as much as you like about what happened t’ Vince and Shane, but they got what they deserved.

*Big Pop*

Triple H: I’ve gotta say, your memory selection is impressive, but it seems you’ve forgot about how you screwed me over time an’ time again, but I assure you, you can sure as hell can forget about the WWE title. The only thing you need t’ worry about right now is starin’ you right in the face. YOU NEED T’ WORRY ABOUT EVOLUTION.

*Huge Pop*

Triple H: Forget about parking lots, glass tables, ambushes, all we need is right here and we’re gonna settle this once for all, right here, right now.

*Massive Pop*

Triple H drops the microphone and pulls off his shirt to another huge cheer from the fans inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center until “I’m Back” hits to a mixed reception with a not so happy Eric Bischoff walking out to the stage with a microphone in hand.



Eric Bischoff: That’s not t’ say however, I’m not gonna let you beat the holy hell out of each other later on t’night.

*Big Pop*

Each member of Evolution & The Corporation turn and look up at Raw’s Head of Authority.

Eric Bischoff:
See, JBL somehow managed t’ make a good point for once. That being that Vengeance is creeping up on us and we need t’ find ourselves a new number one contender for the WWE Championship, and that’s what we’re gonna do right here t’night.


Eric Bischoff: Because in t’night’s main event, all six of you will compete with other Raw superstars who aren’t currently booked in a match at Vengeance in a battle royal to determine who will face Kane in two weeks for the WWE Championship.

*Massive Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now, you both get what you want. You’ve both got a chance t’ earn yourselves a shot at the WWE Championship, and y’can all beat the crap out of each other here t’night.

“I’m Back” hits to another pop as Bischoff turns round and walks to the back with Evolution & The Corporation glaring right at each other in the ring.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

***Video Recap***
From Last Week

Victoria’s match with Natalya Neidhart and Melina as acting as the special referee, ending with an argument between Melina & Natalya, allowing Victoria to win the match.

Later on in the night with Melina about to leave when Victoria caught up with her and asked her what that was all about earlier. Melina then telling Victoria that she and Natalya have problems, and one common problem, they both want the WWE Women’s Championship from Vengeance, as well as telling her that she will be facing Victoria this week.

{Cut to Ringside}

***The Opening Match***

Non Title Match
Victoria vs Melina

ENDING: A couple of minutes in to the match, an angry Natalya Neidhart walked down to the ring, catching the attention of the equally curious duo of Victoria and Melina. The menacing sight of Natalya has been watching on ever since from the bottom of the ramp, lurking with intent as Victoria tries to steal a march after rolling to the side and escaping a diving double knee drop. She hurries to her feet and pulls Melina up from her knees, then quickly connects with a snap suplex. The Women’s Champion rushes up once again and hits a STANDING MOONSAULT. . . . . With Melina lying across the mat, Victoria looks to go for a cover with the referee dropping to his knees in order to make a count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Melina gets her shoulder up quite comfortably as the camera cuts to a shot of the stone faced Natalya still watching on. Victoria looks to get back on with the match, and she feels the end is near as she stands back up with Melina struggling to her knees. The champion then pulls Melina up and tries to lift her in to position for the WIDOW’S PEAK. . . . . Melina fights the hold though and starts to wriggle around on Victoria’s back. She manages to free herself and jumps down to her feet, right by the ropes in front of Natalya. After just standing there for several minutes, the dangerous diva comes to life and walks over to the ropes as Victoria walks up behind Melina. Natalya climbs up on to the apron and looks to throw a punch at Melina, but she ducks it as Victoria almost walks in to it but manages to put the brakes on in time. She looks angrily at the dead pan Natalya for a couple of seconds before turning round and walking in to a ROUNDHOUSE KICK FROM MELINA. . . . . Natalya doesn’t look happy as Melina rushes to take advantage and go for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Melina by pinfall @ 6.27.

AFTERMATH: “Paparazzi” hits to a pop from the crowd, but as soon as Melina gets to her feet, Natalya has entered the ring and nails her from behind, knocking her down to her knees with a series of shots to the back. The intense Neidhart then grabs Melina around the waist, lifts her off the mat and plants her with a painful looking backbreaker. Melina joins Victoria on the canvas, but Natalya isn’t satisfied as she reaches down and drags her back up before lifting her sending her right back down in a heap courtesy of a sit out spinning powerbomb. Boos ring out as Natalya stands back up with no look of remorse whatsoever. She then walks over to the ropes and leaves the ring with a smirk on her face as she turns back while Victoria starts to come round. The Women’s Champion doesn’t look too happy as she sits up and stares at the very satisfied Natalya, who just smirks back at her.

{Cut Backstage}

Todd Grisham is standing by at the interview set.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time. . . The Legend Killer, Randy Orton.

Boos filter through from the arena as the camera zooms out to show Randy Orton standing next to Todd with his usual stone faced expression.

Todd Grisham:
Randy, last week you explained your actions for preventing Mister Kennedy from earning himself a chance to face Kane for the WWE Championship at the King of the Ring, but you later found out that you will be facing Kennedy himself in just under two weeks at Vengeance. What are your thoughts on that?

Randy Orton: Todd, I thought I made myself clear last week. I thought I was clear as I could possibly be in saying that my mind is set on exacting the most emphatic revenge possible on Mister Kennedy, and it’s been that way for a very long time. . . Yes I wanna be the WWE Champion again, but until I’m done with Kennedy that can wait, as quite frankly it’s only a matter of time before I get my hands on it once again. You can trust me on that Todd, but right now there’s only one thing and one person on my mind, and I am going t’ make that man pay for sticking his nose in my business. He had no right in getting involved in my match with Kane at Backlash, and for that he quite simply had t’ pay the price of messing with my personal business. . . Let me assure you that what happened two weeks ago was just the start of the retribution he’s responsible for. The only person he can blame for what’s gonna happen to him at Vengeance is himself. He started all this, and in two weeks I’m gonna finish the job by kicking him and his big mouth out of the WWE once and for all. Then Todd, there’s only one thing left t’ do, and that’s take back my WWE Championship. . .

We hear a sn-igger, and it interrupts Orton. He turns round as the camera pans to the right, revealing Rey Mysterio standing a couple of feet away from Orton. The Legend Killer doesn’t look impressed to see Rey.

Randy Orton:
What do you want?

Rey Mysterio: Are you ever gonna give it a rest?

Orton tilts his head and stares at Rey, trying to intimidate him.

Randy Orton:
It’s funny Rey how one joke always follows another, and look what we have here. . . the smallest but at the same time, the biggest joke of them all standing right here in front of me, just not eye to eye, ‘cause you can’t even look your own kids in the eye can you Rey?

Rey Mysterio: Joke huh? You think Kennedy’s a joke too? . . . He didn’t look like a joke when he beat y'in the middle of that ring a few weeks ago, an’ I don’t remember you callin’ me a joke when I won the Royal Rumble and beat y'at Wrestlemania two years ago.

Orton looks very angry and somehow manages to keep calm.

Rey Mysterio: Tell y’what Randy. If that wasn’t enough, how ‘bout I prove it to you in a match t’night? And when I beat y'like I did at Wrestlemania, I’ll go an’ win the battle royal t’ become the number one contender, just like I did at the Royal Rumble when I eliminated you.

Orton keeps a lid on his obvious anger.

Randy Orton:
I accept your challenge, but let me make something perfectly clear Rey. . . times have changed. You were lucky t’ beat me that night, but that won’t happen again. Not t’night, not ever. I guarantee it.

Orton moves his head towards Rey’s, nearly touching as he stares menacingly in to Rey’s eyes for several seconds before pulling back and then walking past him as the very serious looking Mysterio turns round to watch him walk away.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

***Video Promo***
From Earlier Today

Jeff Hardy is shown arriving in the arena, dragging his travel bag along the corridor when he’s stopped by a very eager Leticia Cline.

Leticia Cline: Jeff, could I get a few words with you?

Jeff doesn’t look very enthusiastic, but he stops and listens anyway.

Leticia Cline: Last night you came so close t’ becoming the new WWE Champion. How are you feeling today after what happened at the King of the Ring last night?

Jeff Hardy: I thought I had it in the bag y’know. . . At the end of the day, I gave it my best shot, an’ I can’t do much more than that.

Leticia Cline: Everybody was wondering how you were feeling after the huge risk you took last week when you jumped off the stage on to Kane. Was that part of the reason you weren’t able t’ win last night?

Jeff Hardy: I’m sorry Leticia, I don’t really feel like talkin’ all that much right now if y’don’t mind.

Leticia Cline: Oh, okay. Thanks anyway Jeff.

Jeff grabs his travel bag again and walks down the hall with a glum look on his face with Leticia looking slightly surprised to see him like that.

{Cut to Ringside}

Jim Ross: You have t’ feel for Jeff Hardy King. Like he said, he gave it his all last night, and at one point he looked like he had the match after a swanton bomb, but Kane showed at that very moment just why he is the WWE Champion.

Jerry Lawler: I have t’ admit it JR, Jeff surprised the hell out of me last night, and I know what you mean. I thought it was all over when he hit that swanton.

“Burned” blasts out to heat from the crowd as the WWE Champion, Kane makes his way down to the ring with the exceedingly happy Paul Bearer following him. Bearer is beaming as he walks down the ramp and watches on as Kane steps over the top rope and walks in to the middle of the ring, setting his pyro off, scaring some fans half to death.

Jerry Lawler:
That gets me ev’ry time JR.

Jim Ross: Well King, Kane might have had a lucky escape last night, but he’ll be finding out later on t’night just who he’ll be facing at Vengeance in thirteen nights. But right now, he knows who he’s facing in Paul London.

“Rocker” hits to a pop from the crowd as a not so fired up Paul London walks out to the stage, looking wary of his opponent as he then slowly makes his way down to the ring.

Jim Ross:
You have t’ feel for this kid t’night King. The word is that Eric Bischoff decided t’ put him in this match following his actions last week in his match with Brian Kendrick.

Jerry Lawler: That was crazy JR. I’ve never seen Paul London like that. He totally lost it, but from what I hear, Brian Kendrick might just have had something t’ do with this match being made.

Jim Ross: Well Paul London willl get another chance at his former friend and tag team partner at Vengeance. That’s if he’s able t’ make it through t’night first.

***Match #2***

Non Title Match
Paul London vs Kane
w/Paul Bearer

ENDING: London looks to be in trouble as he struggles back up to his feet with Kane looking to pounce. The Big Red Machine nails London as he turns round with an uppercut thrust that sends the cruiserweight heavily off balance. The WWE Champion then grabs him by the arm and whips him hard in to the corner. London’s back feels the force of the pads, but he has a chance to recover as Kane takes his time before running in at him, and London fights for his life by lifting both his feet up in to Kane’s face as he pulls himself up the ropes. The crowd cheer as Kane is sent back pedalling out of the corner with London climbing up to the top rope. As Kane then turns round, London jumps off and hits a MISSILE DROPKICK. . . . . It’s not enough to send the big man down, but he looks unsteady on his feet as London then turns back and runs the ropes. As he races back though, Kane explodes with a ferocious big boot to the face that sends the spirited London down in a heap. Kane doesn’t waste any time in signalling for the end as he then reaches down and scoops the motionless London up on to his shoulder before lowering him down his chest, setting him up for the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER. . . . . There is nowhere for London to go as Kane then drops to his knees and drills London head first in to the canvas, crosses his arms for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Kane by pinfall @ 3.47.

AFTERMATH: “Burned” blasts out to boos from the Providence crowd as Kane stands up and sets his pyro off once again with Bearer collecting his belt and a microphone on the outside. As he climbs up the steps, a shot of Brian Kendrick smiling in the back watching on a monitor is shown. The shot cuts back to the ring with Bearer standing next to his son with the microphone in hand.

Paul Bearer: Let that be a warning to all of you people competing in the battle royal later t’night. You might be putting your body on the line just for one small chance to be the WWE Champion, but it’ll be nothing like the pain and the agony you’ll face when you meet my son Kane at Vengeance. . . In fact, you could put all the people competing t’night together in the same ring against Kane and still no one will take the WWE Championship from my son, because he’s unstoppable. Your hear me? . . . He’s unstoppable, and no one, and I mean no one will ever take the WWE title away from him. If you don’t believe me, ust ask Jeff Hardy.

Bearer laughs and “Burned” hits again with the fans booing as Bearer looks proudly at his monster of a son.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

Clips of John Cena, The Undertaker, CM Punk, Kane, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Batista, Jeff Hardy, Edge & Rey Mysterio hitting their finishers are shown.

The superstars of Raw and Smackdown will collide upon the return of one of wrestling’s most historic shows. . . WWE Superstars. . . Superstars will return to your television screens with some of the biggest names in sports entertainment today. . . Superstars will premiere this Saturday on WGN America at 5pm Central with a special guest performance from Flo Rida. . . Whatever you do, don’t miss the return of WWE Superstars, only on WGN America, replayed Sunday and Wednesday nights at 9pm.

{Cut to Ringside}

***Match #3***

Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton

ENDING: Both men make their way back up to their feet, and they’re both a little dazed as Orton looks to be the one to strike first by throwing a right hand. Rey blocks it though and connects with a forearm shot of his own, then follows up with another to knock Orton slightly off balance. The Master of the 619 then steps back and sends Orton down to his knees with a dropkick to the knee. Rey picks himself back up sharply and turns back to run the ropes, races back and hits The Legend Killer right in the face with a sit down dropkick to the face. The crowd cheer as they show their appreciation while Rey hurries across to make a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No! Orton gets the shoulder up, but Mysterio doesn’t let it faze him as he stands back up and pulls Orton up with him. The Legend Killer catches him off guard though with a hard shot to the face that sends Rey round in a spin, and as he turns back round, Orton grabs him around the neck and takes him down to the mat with an INVERTED HEADLOCK BACKBREAKER. . . . . Mysterio rolls around in agony and is helpless as Orton coolly hooks him by the leg with the referee making the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . No!

This time it’s Mysterio who escapes at the last second, not settling well with Orton. He stands back up and urges Rey to do the same, and the Mexican high flyer starts to do what his opponent wants. As Rey manages to stand up and then turns round, Orton steps forward and leaps up in to the air for the RKO. . . . . Rey puts on the brakes though and steps back as Orton hits the deck to the delight of the fans in attendance. Rey leans back on the ropes to take a short breather with an angry Orton standing back up. He then turns back round to face Rey and runs right at him, but Mysterio reacts quickly to take Orton down on to the middle rope thanks to a drop toe hold. The crowd go nuts as Rey dials up and then turns to run the ropes, charges back across the ring and connects with the 619. . . . . The fans rise to their feet as Rey steadies himself on the apron while the groggy Orton struggles to his feet, and as he manages to stand up and turn round, Rey springboards for the WEST COAST POP. . . . . As he comes through the sky, The Legend Killer reacts so quickly to jump up in to the air and plant Mysterio with an RKO. . . . . Gasps echo around the arena as Rey lies helpless on the mat with the intense Orton instantly going for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNER: Randy Orton by pinfall @ 7.29.

AFTERMATH: “Voices” hits as Randy Orton stands back up to get his arm raised with a smug look on his face. As the referee then lets go of his arm, “Turn Up The Treble” plays to a big pop from the crowd as Mr. Kennedy walks out to the stage with the lights going out and a white spotlight shines down on him as a small microphone is lowered down from the ceiling. Spotlights shine down on the ring too as Kennedy smiles at a now angry Orton.

Mr. Kennedy: Congratulations Randy, that was a pretty impressive performance, kinda like the one you put in a couple o’ weeks ago when you were at home attending t’ that family emergency. . . Yeah, that was seriously impressive Randy, you fooled us all. Y’might even get yourself an Oscar nomination for that one, but we’ve got an even bigger event comin’ up called Vengeance in just under two weeks. . . Y’know it’s funny Randy ‘cause I caught what y’said earlier t’night about revenge and me stickin’ my nose in your business, but Randy, it’s not gonna happen. I got my revenge first time round after you kicked me in the head for no reason, but I feel the need to spell somethin’ out for y’Randy. . . After what you did two weeks ago, I’m not gonna be satisfied this time round with just beatin’ you at Vengeance. No, no, no, that ain’t gonna be enough. I’m gonna hurt you Randy, I promise y’that, and all I’ve gotta wait is thirteen days. You’re lucky I can wait Randy, and it might not look it, but I’m lookin’ forward to it a hell of a lot more than you are, and even more than these people are lookin’ forward to seein’ you get your ass handed to ya by the one, the only, MISTERRRRRRRR KENNEDYYYYYYYYYYYY. . . KENNEDYYYY!

“Turn Up The Treble” plays again as Kennedy lets go of the microphone and stares down grinning at the highly agitated Legend Killer.

{Cut Backstage}

Todd Grisham is stood in the backstage area talking to a worker when he looks to the side and looks confused. The camera then pans to the right, and we see Goldust standing by a locker room door.

Todd Grisham:
What are you doing?

Goldust: Shushhhhh. We need to be quiet.

Todd Grisham: Why, what’s goin’ on?

Grisham walks away from the worker and up towards Goldust.

Goldust: Todd, we need t’ keep quiet for a few moments. Do you think you can manage that?

Goldust looks Todd up and down, winking at him too and visibly worrying him.

Goldust: But maybe you could press your lips up against mine just t’ make sure you’re not tempted t’ talk.

Todd Grisham: Thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll pass.

Shad Gaspard & JTG then walk out of the room with what appears to be John Morrison’s jacket and The Miz’s hat.

Shad: Yo goldie, take a look at that bro’.

Goldust reluctantly turns away slowly after licking his lips and clearly freaking Todd out.

Goldust: Oh my, what a beautiful garment. May I?

Shad: Turn round man, let’s get a fit on.

Todd Grisham: Just what are you guys up too?

Shad puts the jacket on Goldust as JTG watches on with a big grin on his face with Todd looking confused.

Shad: We’re tryin’ this on for size Todd. What y’think?

JTG: Whoa, hold on.

He then puts The Miz’s hat on Goldust too. He takes a step back and nods his head with Shad smiling too.

Shad: Looks good Goldie.

Goldust: It feels so soft. I'm sure it’d feel even softer up against my skin.

Shad: Whoa not here bro’. We don’t all need t' see that.

We then hear some laughing, and the camera pans to the right to show an overexcited Eugene clapping his hands and giggling.

Eugene: Yay, dress up. I love to play dress up. Can I play?

Shad & JTG look at each other and smile while Goldust looks too engrossed in the comfort of the jacket.

JTG: Yeah, come on ‘Gene, let’s hook you up.

Eugene: The jacket, I want the jacket.

Goldust: NO. You can have the hat but nothing more.

Shad: A’ight, the hat it is.

Shad takes the hat off of Goldust as the excited Eugene walks over and allows Shad to put the hat on him.

Eugene: Does it look okay?

Todd shakes his head in shock while JTG tries hard not to laugh, making Shad giggle.

Goldust: Ignore them Eugene, you look fabulous.

Eugene starts jumping up and down again, still smiling as he claps his hands when Shad’s eyes light up.

Shad: Yo fellas, I got myself an idea I think you’re gonna like. Come with me.

JTG: What y’got in mind?

Shad: You’ll see.

Eugene goes to follow Shad & JTG while Goldust rubs the jacket with Todd then touching it.

Todd Grisham:
Is it really that soft?

Goldust: You wanna come inside and find out Todd? It’s incredibly hot too, just as I like it.

Todd looks horrified with Goldust looking deeply in to his eyes.

Shad: Goldie, come on man.

Goldust: Okay, okay. I’ll be back soon Todd. . . oh so very soon. Don’t you move a muscle.

He blows Todd a kiss and then walks off to join Cryme Time & Eugene as Todd looks on in horror.

{Commercial Break}

*Video Promo*
“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Images: Batista & Ric Flair coming to Triple H’s aid back on Raw before WrestleMania, helping him fight off JBL & The McMahon’s. Evolution reuniting and defeating The McMahon Men at WrestleMania, followed by The Big Show’s return at Backlash to help The McMahon’s gain revenge. Evolution decimating Vince & Shane McMahon on Raw a while back, ending with The Corporation retaliating in a parking lot attack on Triple H & Ric Flair, resulting in Show chokeslamming them both on car bonnets.

Voiceover: Three friends reunited to fight one man’s battle. Now they find themselves in the line of fire once more. Together they must stand to fight off one common enemy. . . one Vengeance. . . Vengeance comes to you exclusively live, Sunday June 29th from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, only on pay-per-view.

{Cut Backstage}

Leticia Cline is standing by.

Leticia Cline:
Please welcome my guest at this time, the Million Dollar Champion, Ted DiBiase Junior.

The smug looking Ted DiBiase Jr appears in the shot with the Million Dollar title gleaming on his shoulder as the camera zooms out to show “The Million Dollar Woman” Maryse standing by her man, looking as glamorous as ever with some boos coming from the arena.

Leticia Cline: Last night at the King of the Ring, you managed to defeat Finlay and hold on t’ the Million Dollar Championship when a lot of people thought you might have got yourself. . .

Ted DiBiase Jr: . . . Got myself in t’ what exactly?

Leticia Cline: Well some people thought that you pushed Finlay too far, and that he might make you regret what you did t’ Hornswoggle.

Ted DiBiase Jr: Well they were wrong weren’t they Leticia? And you know what? They should be giving more credit for what I did last night. After I got Finlay so angry, I looked him in the eyes and beat him in the middle of the ring. I didn’t shy away from what I did, and like I told everyone last week, I’m not a coward. I faced up t’ my actions against one of the toughest men in this business and came out on top, just look I’m going to t’night.

Leticia Cline: The battle royal?

Ted DiBiase Jr: That’s right. You know you’re a lot smarter than you look, but you’re right. T’night I’m gonna go above and beyond what I achieved last night when I do something that my father couldn’t. . . become the WWE Champion. . . I won’t need t’ pay anybody off t’ win the battle royal t’night or at Vengeance in two weeks for the big pay off. . . I’m gonna do it by talent alone and all by myself. Watch this space.

He then smiles at Leticia and walks out of the shot with Maryse following after giving Leticia a very dirty look that she seems surprised by.

{Cut to Ringside}

“Bringin’ Da Hood To You” hits to a pop from the crowd as Cryme Time, Shad & JTG walk down to the ring, slapping the hands of the fans in the process. They collect some well placed microphone off of the ring steps and enter the ring with big smiles on both their faces.


*Big Pop*

Shad: Providence. . . t’night, have we got a surprise for you. We got a little fashion show for all o’ you t’ enjoy, so sit back an’ chill ‘cause we’re comin’ at your fast. Hit it!

A fast paced beat plays as we then see Goldust & Eugene walk out to the stage, modelling John Morrison’s jacket and The Miz’s hat respectively. The crowd cheer and laugh as Goldust struts a very serious pose at the top of the stage with Eugene trying to touch it again, but Goldust shrugs his shoulder to pull it away. They then walk down the ramp with Goldust still very serious while the more laid back Eugene enjoys the moment with Shad & JTG clapping. Shad then walks over to the ropes and sits on the middle rope to let them in.

JTG: Give it up for our awesome models. Top job guys!

Goldust walks over to the ropes in a catwalk strut while Eugene runs in to the corner and waves to the crowd with Shad & JTG slapping hands behind them. “Ain’t No Make Believe” then hits to heat as the angry World Tag Team Champions, John Morrison & The Miz walk out to the stage with microphones in hand.

John Morrison: Cut the music please and bring this farce to an end right now.


They walk down in to the ring with Eugene & Goldust then walking alongside the now more serious Cryme Time.

John Morrison: I’m only going to say this once. . . well with your combined intelligence, I might have to repeat myself just to be sure, but we have a very simple instruction for you. . . Give us our things back immediately before we take this further.


Shad & JTG turn and laugh at each other to the anger of the already livid tag champs.

Shad: Look, I’ll tell y’what we can do. Since you’re here an’ these guys are here, how ‘bout we have ourselves a little competition?


John Morrison: Not all that surprisingly, I don’t think you understand what we’re trying t’ say. . . Those items of clothing belong to us and we want them back right now.

Shad: Yeah, yeah, whatever. It don’t always work like that, an’ t’night, you’re playin’ things our way, Brooklyn style. . . You wan’ your stuff back pretty boys? You’re gonna have t’ fight for ‘em.


Shad turns to the side and to Goldust.

Shad: Now Goldie, I’m gonna leave this up t’ you a’ight. All y’gotta do is pick one of those two. Beat ‘em an’ the jacket’s yours for good.

Goldust stares right at Morrison, locking his eyes on him and freaking The Shaman of Sexy out big time, and he then points at him.

Goldust: I want that one.

Shad: A’ight, that’s cool. You beat dork number two last week, we understand y’wanna go two for two, I feel that, but we gotta make this a bit more interestin’. . . See Johnny boy, if you win, you get your jacket back, but we need t’ even that up. If Goldie wins, he needs a lil’ somethin’ too.

John Morrison: On top of my jacket? I don’t think so.

Shad: Whoa, y’wan’ the jacket back or not, ‘cause we could jus’ go sell it on the street like that?

Morrison looks incensed but realises he pretty much has to go with it.

John Morrison: You know what? It’s irrelevant anyway because there’s no way that freak of nature will be able t’ beat someone as talented as me. You’re on.

Shad: Y’gotta love the confidence right? . . . A’ight Goldie, it’s your call. If you beat ‘im, what y’want?

Goldust stares right at Morrison again.

Goldust: I wanna watch him shower afterwards, and maybe rub some lotion on ‘im.

John Morrison: WHOA, HOLD ON. . .

Shad: You wan’ your stuff back or not, ‘cause the way I see it, y’only got one choice.

The Miz: He accepts. Go get ‘im John.


Morrison shakes his head and can’t believe what he’s got himself in to as The Miz tries to fire him up as the ring then clears except for Morrison & Goldust, who reluctantly takes the jacket off and hands it down to Shad.

***Match #4***

Goldust w/Cryme Time & Eugene vs John Morrison w/The Miz

ENDING: Morrison looks to take control of the match, but as he returns to his feet, Goldust isn’t far behind. Morrison runs back in to the ropes, but as he does so, Eugene grabs his foot and turns round to the face crowd while clapping and laughing at what he’s just done. Morrison isn’t as happy though as he looks to reach down and grab Eugene’s hair, but Goldust stops him as he walks up behind him and pulls him away from the ropes. He turns him round and chops him across the chest, then whips him in to the opposite set of ropes and walks in to the middle of the ring. As Morrison comes back off the ropes, Goldust drops to the mat and sits up to hit Morrison with an uppercut. That knocks Morrison off balance, and Goldust looks to take advantage, standing up and hitting an inverted atomic drop. Morrison hobbles around on the mat as Goldust then runs behind him and in to the ropes, runs back and takes him down with a one arm bulldog.

The crowd cheer, and he then shimmies round on the mat and turns Morrison on to his back to go for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Morrison gets his shoulder up to the relief of The Miz on the outside, but Goldust senses the end could be near as he returns to his feet. He then reaches down and looks to help Morrison up when The Colon Brothers & Eric Perez charge down the ramp and attack Cryme Time & Eugene from behind, clubbing them down to the knees with Perez also tossing Eugene in to the steps. Goldust takes his eyes off of Morrison and walks over to the ropes, trying to get The Colons to back off. With their victims lying at their feet, they hold their hands up, but as Goldust turns round and walks over to Morrison, his opponent jumps up to his feet and kicks him in the gut. He then pulls him in to position for the MOONLIGHT DRIVE (Corkscrew Neckbreaker). . . . . He doesn’t waste a second and sends Goldust crashing down to the mat, then follows up for a cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

WINNERS: John Morrison by pinfall @ 5.44.

AFTERMATH: The Colons then enter the ring with Perez, but Morrison quickly slips out while The Miz grabs their belts and belongings as “Ain’t No Make Believe” hits again. They shift round to the mat and to the safety as Cryme Time start to sit up with the World Tag Team Champions looking very relieved as they stare back at the ring, confused by The Colons actions. They glare back at Morrison & Miz, unsettling the champs as they back up the ramp.

{Cut Backstage}

Batista is by a refreshment table and is swigging a bottle of water when JBL walks up to him. The boos in the arena easily replace the cheer Batista got with JBL smirking widely with The Animal not looking too happy at all.

JBL: How’s it goin’ Dave? I have t’ say I’m not all that surprised t’ see you here. . . I guess you must be the outsider in the Evolution dressing room t’night huh big man? . . . But you know Dave, I can’t help but think you have the same thoughts going round inside that head of yours as I do in mine.

Batista: You think so do ya?

JBL: I do, but the only difference is that those thoughts bring me immense satisfaction, whereas I can see you’re not exactly sure how t’ deal with the prospect of both Triple H and Ric Flair dying t’ get their hands on you later on in the battle royal. . . See Dave, myself and the rest of The Corporation have no such problem as we’re fully focused on the task in hand, working as a unit with the end goal in sight. I just wish I could say the same for you and your friends if that’s what they still are, because we both know that’s not the case and whose fault that will be don’t we?

JBL then puts his hand on the very serious looking Batista.

Good luck Dave. I look forward to seeing you out there, I truly do.

Batista shrugs his shoulder slightly as the still smirking JBL then walks off, leaving a very intense Batista standing there to digest his comments.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

Eric Bischoff & William Regal are stood in the ring with the ring set up for the contract signing. A red carpet is laid across the ring as a table with a black cloth and two chairs are placed set up as Bischoff & Regal (holding a clipboard) stand behind the table.

Eric Bischoff:
Ladies and gentleman, in just under two weeks, Raw has its next exclusive pay-per-view, Vengeance. And on that night, not only will we see Kane defend his WWE Championship against the winner of the battle royal still t’ come t’night. . . we’re gonna see the Intercontinental Championship up for grabs when Cody Rhodes challenges the current Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston in a steel cage match.


Eric Bischoff: Now, as I promised last night at the King of the Ring, the contract for that match will be signed t’night, and if either Kofi or Cody so much as even think about putting their hands on the other, then the match will be cancelled just like that.


Eric Bischoff: Like it or not, that’s the way it is, but right now it’s time t’ complete the formalities. . . First up, let me introduce t’ you the man who will be defending his title thirteen nights from now. . . Kofi Kingston.

“S.O.S” hits to a big pop as a more focused than usual Kofi Kingston walks out to the stage dressed in more casual clothing with the Intercontinental Championship draped over his shoulder while being accompanied by Kelly Kelly. They walk down to the ring and shake hands with both Bischoff & Regal. An incredible serious Kofi walks to one side of the table with Kelly following behind him, but neither of them sits down.

Eric Bischoff:
Now, his opponent for that match, Cody Rhodes.

“Out To Kill” hits to heat from the crowd as the smug Cody Rhodes walks out to the stage with a big grin on his face, looking down at Kofi who glares right back at him. Kelly shakes her head in disgust as Cody coolly walks down the ramp and in to the ring. He offers his hand to an unimpressed Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff:
Let’s begin shall we.

Cody sn-iggers and shrugs his shoulders calmly before walking over to the chair on his side of the table. He then leans forward and picks up the microphone.

Eric Bischoff:
Before we get started, I just wanna remind you about what I said last night and a few minutes ago. . . Kofi, I understand how angry you must be right now after what he did last night in costing you your match, but under no circumstances will I allow any kind of repeat performance of what happened last night alright. The whole point of this match at Vengeance is t’ settle things once and for all. It doesn’t need t’ get out of control until then you hear? . . . You both want the match t’ take place for both reasons, and I know how much these fans wanna see you two go at it inside the steel cage, so you better be able to control yourselves t’night or the match is off.


Cody Rhodes: Eric, if you don’t mind me saying, I think we understand that. Well I know I do, but Kofi’s a different matter. If he’s still upset with me for me getting involved in his little match last night, then that’s his problem. Quite frankly Kofi, I don’t see why you got so angry in the first place. I mean it’s not as if you were actually gonna win the King of the Ring was it?


Cody Rhodes: I’m only telling the truth, and just like these people Kofi, you need to accept that, much like I had to when I watched you win that title resting on your shoulder right now. Despite the fact we were a team and we won the match, you were the one who came out of it with all the glory. And ever since when all I’ve been guilty of is trying t’ get what I’m entitled to, that bimbo right there has managed t’ come t’ your rescue on each occasion. But Kofi you need t’ know something. In two weeks at Vengeance, she can’t help you, because I’ve finally got what I’ve been asking for all this time. . . just you and me for the Intercontinental title with no distractions. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Thanks for the history lesson Cody, but if you don’t mind, can we just get t’ the formalities please?

Cody is then passed the contract by Bischoff after Regal gave it to the Head of Authority. There’s a pen attached by a string to the clipboard as Cody looks through it and is about to sign it when he suddenly stops.

Cody Rhodes:
You know, there’s just a couple of things I need t’ know first. . . Kelly, we see you out here every week with Kofi, and I just have t’ ask, what exactly is the deal with you two? Maybe it’s me, but have I missed some kind of official announcement confirming what we already knew, that while we were together, you were slippin’ it t’ him too?


An angry Kofi leans forward and picks up the microphone while an offended Kelly looks on.

Kofi Kingston:

Cody Rhodes: Well I’m not sure what t’ think Kofi, and you can’t really blame me. Everybody else came t’ the same conclusion I did, but I guess I missed the obvious one. As easy as Kelly is, not even she would stoop as low as to. . . In fact, you know what I think? I think that’s kind o’ sweet. . . kind o’ pathetic, but sweet too and probably for the best huh Kofi? I mean, you already got screwed once last night. Twice would have been too much t’ take right?!

An enraged Kofi drops the microphone and shifts forward, but Kelly & Regal react quickly to hold him back.

Cody Rhodes: What’s wrong Kofi? Did I touch a nerve? It sure looks like you can’t wait for the chance t’ get me all alone in that cage, but I bet you’d rather have Kelly in there wouldn’t ya? Just think of all the things you could do t’ her in there. Sorry Kelly, but that’s how he really feels.

Kofi turns back and shakes his head, denying it with Kelly looking upset at all the arguing. She then grabs the microphone Kofi dropped earlier.

Kelly Kelly:

*Big Pop*

Cody Rhodes: Whoa, what are we seeing here? Some actual emotion from the much loved Kelly Kelly? . . . Wow, I never thought I’d see the day, and Kelly I’m sorry, you’re not gonna see Kofi kick my ass at Vengeance. The only one who’ll be getting their ass kicked will be you Kofi when I finally take the Intercontinental Championship from you and make it a complete 360 turn of events, ‘cause it’ll be you who has the bimbo, and I’ll have the Intercontinental title, something else that has been around the waists of dozens of men huh Kelly?


This time it’s Kelly who loses it and Kofi has to hold her back.

Eric Bischoff:

Cody smiles and signs the contract while Kofi holds Kelly back.

Cody Rhodes:
All done. It’s over t’ you know Kofi. It’s time you signed the contract and made it official, but be careful. Once it’s signed, there’s no going back. Not only will you lose the Intercontinental Championship at Vengeance, I bet even Kelly will walk away from you, leaving you with what you deserve. . . absolutely nothing.

Kofi is incensed and reaches forward to grab the contract and signs it straight away, then drops it on the table.

Cody Rhodes:
Congratulations Kofi, you’ve now officially got only two weeks left t’ hold on t’ that belt before it comes in to the hands of someone who is actually deserving of it. And when that happens Kofi, and it will I promise you, any interest Kelly does have in you will disappear in to thin air, just like your reign as Intercontinental Champion. . . See it’s my time Kofi, and at Vengeance, you’re gonna find that out first hand when I strip you of not just your title, but of everything you have, and there’s not a thing you can do t’ stop me.

“Out To Kill” plays once again as Cody smiles and puts the microphone on the table before turning round and leaving the ring to a chorus of boos. Bischoff picks up the contract, not looking too impressed at Cody’s behaviour as Kofi & Kelly stare at Cody as he turns round on the ramp to face them. He just smirks back at them as they then turn to face each other, both looking a little awkward around each other to the amusement of Cody.

***Video Promo***

{Commercial Break}

***Video Promo***

{Cut Backstage}

Eric Bischoff & William Regal are walking through the hallway with a little bit of awkward tension.


Bischoff & Regal stop walking as John Morrison & The Miz walk towards them, and they’re not happy despite getting their stuff back earlier.

The Miz:
What the hell do those two lame attempt for gangsters have t’ do for you t’ do somethin’ about Bischoff?

John Morrison: What I think my partner is trying to say Eric is that they’ve been making a mockery of not just us, but everyone on this show for sometime now because you’ve allowed them to. Quite frankly it’s time that someone made a stand, and as Raw’s Head of Authority, you are the one who should be preventing such events from occurring. . . However Eric, t’night we stood up t’ them and we are more than happy t’ deal with this our way if push comes t' shove. We just feel that you might not like our way all that much.

The Miz: You better believe that Bischoff. We’re not the tag team champions for no reason. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . You’re right. You are the tag team champions here on Raw, and with that, it’s your job t’ see of any challenge you face. . . The way I see it it’s simple. Cryme Time or whatever you like to call them are indeed worthy challengers for those titles of yours, and that’s why in two weeks time at Vengeance, you will be defending them or making a stand as you put it against them. . . But since you’re here gentleman and you like t’ think of yourselves as a star attraction, I’ve got an idea. . . See this Saturday is the return of WWE Superstars, and I think an appearance from two huge megastars like yourselves is exactly what the debut show needs. Am I right?

The Miz: Oh yeah. Now you’re talkin’.

Eric Bischoff: Great, then it’s settled. Well, I wish you luck Saturday then.

The Miz smiles widely while Morrison is more serious as they turn round and walk away with Regal turning to Bischoff.

William Regal:
Can I just say Mister Bischoff that I felt you dealt with that admirably.

Eric Bischoff: Look, we cleared the air last week, there’s no need for the kiss ass approach alright. We’ve got over our problems, t’night’s gone well and as far as I’m concerned, that’s that.

Bischoff’s cell phone rings and he goes to answer it straight away.

The Miz:
Hey. Hold on a sec. . . I’ve gotta take this. I’ll catch up with y’later Regal okay. . . Sorry about that, you were sayin’.

Bischoff then walks out of the shot with Regal’s expression changing dramatically as a sinister grin appears on his face.

{Cut to Ringside}

***The Main Event***

Number One Contendership Battle Royal
Triple H, Batista, Ric Flair, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, Finlay, Hardcore Holly, Val Venis, Jimmy Wang Yang, Santino Marella, The Big Show, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Vladimir Kozlov, Ted DiBiase Jr, Kenny Dykstra, Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch.

ENDING: We’re down to ten; Triple H, Batista, Ric Flair, Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, The Big Show, JBL, Vladimir Kozlov, Kenny Dykstra & Ted DiBiase Jr after DiBiase lifted Finlay over the top rope as the Irishman looked to force Dykstra overboard. DiBiase looks down and grins at the man he beat at the King of the Ring last night, but as he turns round, Dykstra looks to show his ‘appreciation’ by clotheslining him out of the ring. DiBiase reacts well and ducks it as the force takes Dykstra over the top rope, but he manages to hold on the apron. As DiBiase turns round again to face the ring thinking Dykstra is out, Jeff Hardy runs at him and goes for a FLYING FOREARM. . . . . DiBiase ducks it once more, and Jeff nails Kenny instead and sends him down to the floor below and out of the match as DiBiase walks in to a head scissors takedown from Rey. The Big Show has Triple H in trouble in one corner, and JBL has Flair in a similar predicament in the adjacent corner.

Kozlov turns away from Batista with The Animal still down and turns his attention to Jeff. He pulls Jeff up from his knees and lifts him above his head, but Mysterio runs at him from behind and dropkicks Kozlov down to his knees with Jeff falling down his back to safety and landing on his feet. Rey dials up to a big pop then turns back to run the ropes and hits Kozlov with the 619, sending the big man back across the mat and in to Jeff’s clutches and a TWIST OF FATE. . . . . Rey holds on to the top rope and then springboards to drop the dime on Kozlov. He and Jeff then shake hands in the ring, but DiBiase is back up and he knocks Jeff down to the mat with a clothesline from behind. He then looks to hit Rey, but Mysterio blocks it and then tries for an irish whip. DiBiase reverses it and sends Rey in to the ropes. Rey reaches out and grabs the top rope, angering DiBiase who then runs at Rey and looks to clothesline him over the top, but Rey ducks and DiBiase goes over the ropes.

Somehow he manages to hold on, but as Rey remains on his knees, DiBiase tries to get back up to his feet on the apron and Jeff stands back up and runs at them, stepping on to Rey’s back in the process and hits a modified POETRY IN MOTION ON DIBIASE TO ELIMINATE HIM. . . . . The crowd cheer as the Million Dollar Champion hits the floor below, but Maryse isn’t happy one bit as she goes to attend to her man. As Jeff stands back up by the ropes, so does Rey, but as they turn round, Kozlov is back on his feet and runs at them, but they duck a clothesline with Kozlov going over the top and out of the match. The Russian hit man is livid as he is told to go to the back with Jeff and Rey looking on and smiling. They then run at Show from behind and hit him with a double dropkick to the back of the knees that send Show down to the mat, giving Triple H a chance to recover.

Batista makes his way back up too and goes to help Flair, pulling JBL away from him and whipping him hard in to the corner. The Animal then runs in for a shoulder thrust, but JBL steps to the side as Batista drives his own shoulder in to the ringpost. JBL then is faced with the sight of Mysterio running at him, but he manages to duck his head in time and lift Rey over his head, over the ropes and down to the floor, eliminating Mysterio. Boos ring out, and as JBL stands up fully once more, he sees Jeff running at him and manages to drill Jeff with a big boot to the face, sending Jeff down to the mat. He slowly starts to stand up, but JBL means business as he stares down at him, and as Jeff gets up by the ropes, JBL runs in to the opposite set of ropes. He charges back across the ring and looks to nail Jeff with a thunderous clothesline, but Jeff ducks his head and lifts JBL over his shoulder and over the ropes with JBL hitting the floor.

JBL is eliminated, and we’re down to five. With Show and Triple H both getting back up and battering each other in the corner, Batista recovers in another. Jeff sees Flair getting back up and runs right at him, but The Nature Boy ducks an outstretched arm and as Jeff turns back round, Flair hits him with a series of chops to the chest, forcing him back against the ropes. He then tries to force Jeff over the top, lifting his legs up off the ground, but Jeff holds on for dear life as Triple H hammers away at Show, fighting out of the corner and putting Show on the back foot. He then turns round and runs back in to the ropes, but as he runs back at Show, he runs right in to a big boot that sends him straight down to the mat. Show then turns his attention to Flair and Jeff, and with Jeff holding on still, Show lifts Flair up by his legs and lifts him over the top to the outside.

Flair is eliminated, but Jeff manages to hold on to the top rope and pull himself back inside. Show looks down and smiles at the sight of Flair on the deck and out of the match, but as he turns round, Batista is back on his feet and charges right at him, nailing him with a SPEAR. . . . . The giant falls to the mat and lies in a heap next to Jeff, but Hardy tries to get back up. The Animal grabs him straight away and whips him in to the ropes, and as Jeff bounces back, Batista plants him with a SPINEBUSTER. . . . . The Animal’s in charge, and as both Show & Triple H start to sit up, Batista locks his eyes on Show, who stands up by the ropes. With The Game now on his feet, he turns to look at Batista, and he looks back. They then turn to look at Show, run across the ring and send him over the top rope with a double clothesline. . . . . The Big Show is eliminated, and JBL stands up just in time to see it. A huge cheer breaks out with Batista and Triple H both looking down at Show, who looks surprised as hell.

Flair sits up just at the side of him, and as he looks up, he sees Triple H back away slightly and lift Batista’s feet up off the mat and over to the ropes, sending him down on top of Show. JBL laughs from the other side of the ring as The Game ousts his own partner, but Flair is stunned and seems to be looking for answers from Triple H. The Game just shrugs his shoulders as Jeff starts to stir in the middle of the ring, but as Batista sits up, he is pissed. He stares right at his Evolution team mate, and as he gets to his feet, he starts yelling at Triple H, asking him why he eliminated him. The Game doesn’t seem too bothered by it, but Batista is. He walks over to the apron, and Triple H then tries to reason with him, but Jeff stands up behind him and sees what’s going on. He can see his opportunity and runs over to the ropes, then lifts Triple H up off the mat and over the ropes with Batista stepping to the side straight away as The Game hits the floor. It’s over!

WINNER: Jeff Hardy @ 13.06.

AFTERMATH: “No More Words” blasts out to a big pop inside the arena as Jeff steps away from the ropes with the referee entering the ring to raise his arm while. Triple H sits up and then slowly stands up, staring right at Batista to the amusement of JBL, and then The Big Show as the Evolution team mates start to argue. Flair tries to get between them, but as he does so, Jeff’s music cuts as “Burned” hits to heat from the crowd with a huge pyro explosion startling everyone inside the arena as Kane & Paul Bearer walk out to the stage. Jeff turns round and stares up at the man he will face in 13 days at Vengeance, showing no fear as Flair continues to play peacemaker between his two buddies on the outside, with Show walking round to join JBL, both enjoying the sight of their rivals’ argument. Jeff continues to stare down Kane from the ring with Bearer laughing as the show comes to a close.

{End of Show}

Melina df. Victoria
df. Paul London
Randy Orton
df. Rey Mysterio
John Morrison
df. Goldust
Jeff Hardy won a number one contendership Battle Royal


WWE Championship
Jeff Hardy vs Kane (c)

Intercontinental Championship
Steel Cage Match
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Cody Rhodes

World Tag Team Championship
Cryme Time vs John Morrison & The Miz (c)

WWE Women’s Championship
Victoria (c) vs Melina vs Natalya Neidhart


Mr. Kennedy vs Randy Orton

Paul London vs Brian Kendrick

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First show after King of the Ring been a long time coming, it's been almost three weeks i think. You told me this would be good so I expect a great show.

Nice opening promo suprised to see Batista coming out alone right away, oh now Evolution is there, you tend not to do brawls to the show that often so I wasn't suprised by Bischoff. A Top Contenders Battle Royale, ok I like it I expect Evolution Coperation action but Jeff will probably win his fued with Kane and rise to the top needs to continue. Nice opening promo

Opening with a women's match? That's different I guess. You usually use them as a mid show filler but ok. Decent women's match for the time you gave. Natayla comes out at the end and beats up Melina. I really don't know how to pick the triple threat because it seems like the real fued is between Natayla and Melina with Victoria and the title thrown in their. It's hard to pick.

Good Orton promo, the part with Rey kind of fell falt but a match a between them should be good expect what's the point of it? Rey is the only guy besides Jeff I could winning that bad Royale and you're sticking him in a match with Orton. I don't get that. But the promo overall was good

Hardy segement was really good, really made me feel like Jeff is legimentally mad that he didn't win the belt.

Kane vs. Paul London, why? I guess it puts Kane over as the dominate chanp but it pretty much squashed London two weeks before his PPV match with Kendrick I didn't get it. Santino couldn't have been in this match? Bearer promo ok did what's its suppose to.

Orton versus Rey very good match, I really enjoyed this match of the night so far but was the point? I thought Rey acutally had a Battle Royale chance but he just got beat for no real reason. I guess it pumped up Orton for Vengance, Kennedy's after promo was good.

Nice comedy segment with Goldust.I almost cried when Goldust asked Grisham if he wanted him to kiss him. Eugene and Cryme Time could we get a Cryme Time vs. Miz and Morrison vs. The Colons vs. Eugene and Goldust for the tag titles?

A fashion rofl, I love this. Morrison and Miz come out, the build to this has been great. Morrison vs. Goldust if Goldust wins I'll shit a chicken

Ok no chicken coming out of my ass, nice win by Morrison thanks to the invovlement of the Colons. If my predicted four way happens it should be good.

Batista-JBL segment interesting, a Batista heel turn seems way way too obvious to me. If you do Evolution Coperation in some kind of gimmick match it should be good espacailly with Batista beeing on the fence.

The contract signing was great, Kofi isn't going out with Kelly? Didn't realize that I would like to thank Kofi for telling me that. This has been by far the best part of show and this fued is probably the best thing you've going on Raw. Cody has some great lines, "you wouldn't want to get screwed twice lol" Calling Kelly slut and setting Kofi was really good. I wish the no violence rule wasn't there because I think you just made the first contract signing with no one going through a table

Another tag team segment you're building the shit out of this match. Wait just Cryme Time is getting a title shot? I atleast expected the Colons to be in their even if Goldust isn't. Miz and Morrison on Superstars interesting I expect something invovling the Colons

The Battle Royale was a great match, I really enjoyed this, match of the night by far even though the contract signing was still the best part. The ending was great with Triple H eliminating Batista, Batista freaking out was reasonable but I'd side with Triple H considering you do what you have to get the title and it was going to come down to them any way if Triple H didn't. Jeff wins yes keep this fued alive!

Overall: I give an 8/10, a lot of stuff was hit and miss or just kind of there. But the contract signing, Battle Royale, Orton-Rey match (even if it was pointless) and Cryme Time-Goldust stuff saved it for me. Good show, can't wait for Smackdown.

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