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Smackdown Results - Friday 8th August 2008
Live From the Prudential Center
Newark, New Jersey





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



*Video Recap*
From Last Week

>Chris Jericho proclaiming he is sick of The Undertaker and that the time has come for him to finish The Undertaker’s career, as well as saying he isn’t intimidated of the dead man one bit, and then saying that to The Undertaker’s face when he entered the arena before finally choke slamming Jericho.
>Christian confronting Edge in his locker room, asking Edge what he meant by what he said a week earlier when he said Christian’s wife was a caring woman and he would know about that, resulting in Edge winding his brother up and Christian grabbing him, just holding back from hitting his brother.
>The WrestleMania main event rematch between Shawn Michaels & Edge, ending in Christian storming the ring and stealing a steel chair away from Edge and hitting him with it to get Michaels disqualified, not going down well with Michaels who got in Christian’s face, who was then persuaded to leave by Tomko, and when he did, CM Punk (on commentary at the time) sneaked in to the ring and hit Michaels with the GTS.


{Cut to the Arena}


**Pyro**
**Pyro**
**Pyro**


Michael Cole: Hello ev’ryone and welcome to Friday Night Smackdown, coming to you live this evening from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and boy what a show we have lined up for you t’night as we get closer and closer to SummerSlam.

Matt Striker: Exactly right Michael. SummerSlam is now less than ten days away, and the two men who will be battling it out for the richest prize in this industry on what will be the hottest night of the summer will be battling it out here this evening against the opponent of each other’s choosing.

Michael Cole: That’s right Matt. Right here t’night, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk will pick each other’s poison so t’ speak, but it doesn’t end there folks. Also in action t’night is Christian, and Captain Charisma will go one on one with the man who will be defending the United States Championship at SummerSlam, Shelton Benjamin. . . We’re also going to see two divas finally get their claws on each other when Mickie James and Michelle McCool collide head on.

Matt Striker: We also have the pleasure of witnessing in what I can only imagine will be what our good friend JR would describe as a good old fashioned slobberknocker when MVP and Ron Killings clash with The Empire for the right to face the WWE Tag Team Champions next week in a very special three hour edition of Smackdown live in the United Kingdom.

Michael Cole: And after being attacked by The Empire last week, you have to believe that MVP and Killings will be out for big time payback t’night with a shot at the tag team titles up for grabs next week in the UK.

“Masterpiece”

A very focused Chris Masters walks out to the stage, dressed to compete. He’s met by a chorus of boos from the Newark crowd, but he doesn’t care less, looking at them with deep disdain in his eyes as he walks down the ramp. He then walks to the steps and climbs up them, picks up a microphone from the apron and climbs in to the ring to be met with more boos as he enters the ring and walks in to the centre of the ring. His music then stops and allows him to speak.

Chris Masters:
I’m gonna cut right t’ the chase. . . A couple of weeks ago, I gave any member of the Smackdown locker room the chance t’ take on and beat The Masterpiece, and unsurprisingly, it couldn’t be done. So here I am once again, giving anyone in the back the very same opportunity t’ come out here and take on The Masterpiece, but I warn you, you won’t be successful.

The Masterpiece turns round and walks towards the apron to hand the microphone over as a referee jogs down the ramp.

“Axeman”

A fired up Matt Sydal runs out to the stage. The King of the Ring runs across to each side and poses for his cheering fans before setting off down the ramp and slapping hands with the fans. Masters watches on and gets himself psyched up as Sydal slides in to the ring and races in to the corner, then jumps up to the second and poses for the crowd some more before stepping down and waiting for the bell.



*The Opening Match*

Matt Sydal vs Chris Masters


Sydal completely caught Masters off guard from the bell, quickly gaining the ascendancy and getting the crowd just as fired up as he was. The Masterpiece however turned that around when the King of the Ring dived off the top rope looking to connect with a cross body only to fall victim to a fall away slam. You could smell the crowd’s disappointment as Sydal rolled around in agony, but they were extremely relieved seconds later when the number one contender for the United States Championship broke Masters cover by lifting his shoulder up off the mat at two.

It didn’t go down well with The Masterpiece who stepped it up a gear from there and gave Sydal a real rough ride, but as he looked to send Sydal down with a double axe handle blow to the chest, the King of the Ring fought through the pain and ducked under Masters’ arms. As both men then turned round in a hurry, Sydal reacted first and exploded with a ferocious enziguri right to the face of The Masterpiece to get the crowd going again. It took the groggy Sydal a good few seconds before he could crawl desperately across the mat and throw his arm across his opponent’s chest for a cover. He was left disappointed as Masters got his shoulder up before the ref’s hand could come down to count to three.

Both men struggled to their feet looking worse for wear, but it was Sydal who gained the upper hand and looked on the verge of victory when he had Masters at his mercy. The King of the Ring raced up to the top rope with Masters laid out a few feet in front of him, and just as it looked like he was going to hit the Shooting Star Press, he and the fans in attendance could only watch in shock as Charlie Haas slid in to the ring and started pounding his former tag team partner with several right hands to the head. With Haas kneeling down and pummelling Masters, the referee was left with no choice but to call for the bell and award the match to The Masterpiece via disqualification.

Winner: Chris Masters by DQ @ 4.20.

Aftermath: Sydal jumped down to the mat and tried to pull Haas off of Masters, but Haas was relentless, and who could blame him after Masters’ attack several weeks ago? He pushed Sydal away and then the ref joined in, and together with Sydal they dragged Haas up and away from his former tag team partner. Sydal told him to calm down while the ref was more vocal and ordered him to leave the ring. Haas just glared at him, red faced and absolutely seething before looking down and seeing Masters holding his head. Seeming somewhat satisfied, he backed up and left the ring to quite a pop with the fans cheering him for unloading on The Masterpiece like that.

He immediately turned round and stormed up the ramp as the ref checked on Masters while Sydal turned to the stands, looking stunned at what just happened. We then heard some boos that confused Sydal, and we saw Shelton Benjamin slip in the ring behind him, surely having come through the crowd. The United States Champion had his eyes locked on Sydal, who then turned round in to a hard kick to the gut with Benjamin then following it up with the Paydirt to a ton of heat from the Newark crowd. He just grinned as he looked down at Sydal, who lay there completely out of it. The Gold Standard then looked up and smirked at the fans as “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me” played to even more boos with Sydal’s lights out while an angry and dazed Masters stared up at the stage looking for Haas.


*Video Promo*


We see ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge step out of a car and walk up a fairly big driveway. He’s wearing jeans and a T-shirt and looking very relaxed on what appears to be a cloudy day in an unknown location. He gets to the door of a nice looking house and rings the doorbell, then waits for several seconds when a woman with blonde hair (fairly glamarous, appearing to be mid 30's) opens it and looks both shocked and furious to see him.

Edge:
Hey Denise, long time.

Denise: You’ve got some nerve coming here.

Edge: You gonna let me in before you jump down my throat?

Denise: What do you want Adam?

Edge: I think it’s best we do the talkin’ in there don’t y’think? That’s if you don’t want the neighbours t’ hear ev’rythin’ we’ve gotta say.

Denise, still not happy with Edge’s presence, reluctantly stands to the side and pulls the door wide open to let him in. Edge smirks as he walks in to the house and wipes his feet on the doormat before walking in, followed by the camera (still out of shot). Denise then shuts the door quite hard, not a slam as Edge has a look around nodding.

Edge:
I like what you’ve done with the place, it looks real good. . .

Denise: Cut the crap Adam, why are you here?. . . Y’know what. Scrap that. Why did you have to open your mouth t’ Christian? He’s been weird with me ever since, constantly questioning me about it. He’s not letting up you know. He’s intent on hurting you, and I don’t mean a little bit. You have no idea how angry he is. . .

Edge: . . . I HAVE NO IDEA HUH? DID YOU NOT SEE WHAT HE DID T’ ME LAST WEEK? HE BARGED IN T’ MY DRESSING ROOM AND SHOVED ME UP AGAINST THE WALL, AND IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, HE ALMOST TOOK MY HEAD OFF WITH A STEEL CHAIR. SO YEAH DENISE, I THINK I KNOW HOW ANGRY IS.

Denise: IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT ANYWAY. IT WAS YOU THAT OPENED YOUR BIG MOUTH IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND FOR WHAT REASON?. . .

Edge: . . . Y’THINK I MEANT FOR THIS MEAN T’ HAPPEN?. . . Look, it just slipped out. But at the end of the day, he has a right t’ know.

Denise: WHAT, ARE YOU CRAZY?

Edge: Did you really think it’d never get out? Could you really live with yourself for the rest of your life, keeping it from him?

Denise: DO YOU REALLY THINK HE’D WANT T’ KNOW, AND AFTER SO LONG?. . . I don’t think so.

Edge: YOU REALLY THINK I WANNA GET MY HEAD SMASHED IN AGAIN? HE AIN’T GONNA STOP ‘TIL HE FINDS OUT, AND. . .

Denise: . . . NO WAY. I’M NOT TELLING HIM.

Edge: WHAT, Y’THINK THIS IS JUST GONNA GO AWAY?. . . HE’S GONNA FIND OUT IF Y’LIKE IT OR NOT.

Denise: I’M NOT TELLING HIM WHAT HAPPENED, IT’LL FINISH US.

Edge: Well if you don’t, I will. I’m not gonna let him beat the crap out of me for you and something that happened like ten years ago.

Denise shakes her head, and it seems the enormity of it all is sinking in.

Denise:
Well it looks like I don’t have much choice do I?

Edge: Nope, but if it makes y’feel better, I’m sorry. . .

Denise: Oh just get out.

Edge holds his hands up for a second, seemingly protesting his innocence.

Edge:
If that's what y'want. . .

Denise: . . . JUST GO!

He then walks to the door, smirking as he opens it and turns round to see the troubled Denise shaking her head.


{Cut Backstage}


A furious Christian is watching a television in his locker room with Tyson Tomko, and Tomko shakes his head in disgust. Christian then pushes the television down off its stand and Tomko grabs him straight away.

Tyson Tomko:
Easy, calm down.

Christian: CALM DOWN? I’LL CALM DOWN WHEN I GET MY HANDS ON MY BROTHER. NOW LET ME GO.

Tomko reluctantly lets the livid Christian go, who storms out of the room with Tomko taking a deep breath.


{Commercial Break}



“This Fire Burns”

CM Punk, the World Heavyweight Champion walks in to the arena to a barrage of heat, but he doesn’t care. In fact it amuses him as he carries on walking down to the ring with the world title resting proudly on his shoulder, dressed to compete. As he gets in the ring, he walks over to Justin Roberts and asks to borrow the microphone, and Roberts hands it over to him with Punk’s music cutting. He smirks as he looks in to the crowd, who continue to boo him, still not bothering him one bit.

CM Punk:
As you all know, this evening Shawn Michaels and I have been asked by Tazz to pick each other’s (air quote) poison if you will, and normally I distance myself from anything to do with poison, but t’night I’m making an exception. . . See where I’ve avoided alcohol, drugs and any kind of dangerous chemicals my entire life, my opponent at SummerSlam can’t say the same. In fact, it was chemicals and substances like those Shawn Michaels pumped in to his body just so he could make his big comeback and show the world he’s a changed person. . . However t’night isn’t like that. It’s about putting each other to the test and proving you’re ready for any challenge, and I most certainly am. That’s why I’m the World Heavyweight Champion and why I will be victorious against whoever it is Shawn has chosen to face me t’night and why I will defeat the showstopper at SummerSlam in just over a week’s time. And after I am declared the winner in just a few minutes, I will reveal just who I have picked t’ face Shawn later on, and I have a feeling you’re going t’ like it.

Punk hands the microphone back to Roberts, still looking very calm and composed as “Hell Will Be Callin’ Your Name” plays to a pop with Bobby Lashley making his way out to the stage. He is ready to go, looking very pumped up as he walks on down the ramp with Punk appearing to be surprised at the choice of his opponent while he psyches himself up for the match. Lashley gets in the ring and glares intently at Punk.

“CHECK ONE TWO, OH YEAH. . .”

A casually dressed Jack Swagger walks out to the stage and stares down at Lashley to a ton of heat. Lashley turns round and is pissed to see his rival who he will face next week in the final match in their Best of Five Series. Swagger isn’t smiling for a change as he walks on down the ramp and to the announce table, keeping his eyes on Lashley the whole time.



*Match #2*

Non-Title Match
Bobby Lashley vs CM Punk


While commentating on the match, Jack Swagger said that Lashley pulled out of the match of his life last week and he still got lucky to win and level the series. He also stated that he felt Lashley would have nothing left for this match with Punk, let alone the rubber match next week when Swagger said he would pull out the performance of his life to defeat Lashley and win the Best of Five Series. The match itself was a very physical contest with Lashley close to his aggressive best, and having to contend with Swagger watching his every move only spurred him on to send him a message through the World Heavyweight Champion.

CM Punk appeared a little too confident at the start of the match, but that quickly changed after Lashley really made him suffer in the first few minutes. The Straight-Edge Superstar demonstrated his resilience when he stepped out of the corner with the focused Lashley running in at him for a hard clothesline. Lashley hit the pads chest first as Punk took the chance to take a short breather, and as they both turned round, Punk caught him with a martial arts kick to the ribs and continued to pummel him with stiff kicks to the body that eventually sent Lashley down to his knees. The World Champion backed up and then ran back at his opponent, connecting with a shining wizard.

Lashley kicked out of a cover attempt to frustrate Punk, who well and truly got his focus back. He had the best of the next few minutes, that was before Lashley reversed an irish whip and caught him with a thunderous spinebuster. He then went for a cover, only for the courageous Punk to get his shoulder up again. Lashley was extremely focused, looking as menacing as ever as he dragged Punk up while glancing over at a serious Jack Swagger. He scooped Punk up on to his shoulder and charged across the ring to send the World Champion’s back hard and down in to the canvas with a running powerslam.

The crowd were expectant as the battered Punk lay there helplessly with Lashley hooking his leg, prompting the referee to drop to his knees and make the cover. Punk fought on again, leaving the crowd stunned and Swagger amused. Lashley sat up and took it on the chin, taking it firmly in his stride as he picked himself back up and dragged Punk up once again. He looked to hit the Dominator but Punk slipped down his back, and as they both turned round in a hurry, it was the World Champion who reacted first by connecting with a thunderous roundhouse kick.

Lashley’s feet collapsed from under him and he fell to the mat with fatigue affecting The Straight-Edge Superstar too as he fell to his knees. He took a few seconds to take in some deep breaths before crawling across the mat to make a somewhat complacent cover, only to see Lashley lift his shoulder up at two, much to the delight of the New Jersey audience. Swagger was far from delighted as he watched on from ringside as the World Champion returned to his feet, closely followed by Lashley. Punk was getting ready to hit the GTS, but as he tried to get Lashley up, the big man proved to be too strong for him.

Lashley spun him round and whipped him in to the corner before following in to level Punk with a stern shoulder thrust to the gut. Lashley didn’t waste any time in turning back round and hitting the ropes as Punk staggered out of the corner clutching his stomach. He just about saw Lashley coming back at him for a spear, and the World Champion caught him with a roundhouse kick out of nowhere. He didn’t get all of it though and the dazed Lashley fell to his knees. Punk went right after him and pulled him up and used every last bit of strength he had to lift him up on to his shoulders and send Lashley’s head crashing in to his knee, connecting with the Go To Sleep to pick up a hard fought victory.

Winner: CM Punk by pinfall @ 7.38.

Aftermath: “This Fire Burns” played to heat from the fans as the tired but extremely relieved and smug World Champion stood up to get his arm raised despite looking unsteady on his feet. He got steadier and thrust his title up in to the air with a big grin on his face, bigger even than the one on the satisfied face of Jack Swagger. Punk then walked over to the apron and asked for a microphone, getting one handed to him by Justin Roberts. The Straight-Edge Superstar then walked back in to the centre of the ring as Lashley started to come round behind him.


CM Punk: I said I would be victorious t’night, and I think it’s safe t’ say that is indeed the case, just like it will be in just over a week’s time at SummerSlam when I step in t’ the ring with Shawn Michaels, who I have t’ say might not even make it t’ SummerSlam. That’s because later on this evening he will walk through the gates of hell when he goes head t’ head with The Undertaker, just like he did at Judgment Day moments before he lost the World Heavyweight Championship. . . Shawn, I have two words for ya. . . good luck.

Punk’s music hit again to heat from the fans, and he coolly walked over to the apron and handed the microphone back to Roberts before posing with the title some more to generate even more boos from the disapproving Newark crowd while Swagger watched on approvingly from the announce table as Lashley sat up looking very frustrated.


{Cut Backstage}


A very confident looking Shelton Benjamin is shown walking through back with the United States title glistening on his shoulder with his match against Christian coming up next.


{Commercial Break}


Josh Matthews is standing by at the interview set.

Josh Matthews:
Please welcome my guest at this time, Michelle McCool.

The camera zooms out, and there is a rake with a blonde wig standing next to Josh, but at a closer look it appears to indeed be Michelle McCool, and she has a face like thunder, like someone's wrongly accused her of stealing moves from TNA guys or something.

Josh Matthews:
Michelle, later on this evening you will be going one on one with Mickie James, and it’s fair t’ say that the two of you have had problems for. . .

Michelle McCool: . . . Problems Josh? Mickie’s the one with the problem. See, she thinks the whole world revolves around her. She ain’t this little miss innocent like all those idiots out there think. . . Y’know it was her that stabbed me in the back an’ ev’ryone’s makin’ out Mickie’s the victim when all I did was return the favour, but I don’t care if I’m made out t’ be the villain in all o’ this, ‘cause at the end o’ the day all I wanna do is put Mickie freakin’ James in her place. And t’night, I’m gonna do just that an’ enjoy ev’ry single second of it.

McCool gives Josh a dirty look and then walks out of the shot.


*We’re shown a recap from last week where Christian burst in to Edge’s locker room and demanded his brother tell him what he was hinting at the week before when he said he knew just how caring Christian’s wife is. Edge was defiant and told Christian to ask her himself, and then later on in the evening during Edge’s match with Shawn Michaels, Captain Charisma stormed the ring and stole a steel chair from his brother before blasting him in the skull with it.


{Cut to the Arena}



*Match #3*

Non-Title Match
Christian w/Tyson Tomko vs Shelton Benjamin


Christian was irate from the moment he stepped foot in the arena, and he didn’t even acknowledge the huge ovation he got from the crowd, focusing firmly on walking down to the ring with Tyson Tomko by his side. Shelton Benjamin appeared slightly concerned by Christian’s obvious foul mood, and he had reason to be. As soon as the bell rang and they laid their hands on each other, Captain Charisma quickly hammered away at the United States Champion with a series of hard right hands, forcing Shelton back in to the corner where he continued the beating. The referee had to step in and pull Christian back, but he went right back at The Gold Standard who managed to stand his ground and caught his opponent with a stiff kick to the gut.

It sent Christian back tracking away from the corner and allowed Benjamin to pull himself up to the second rope. He wasn’t quick enough as Christian ran in and tossed him down to the mat which greatly pleased the Newark faithful. Christian then connected with another couple of right hands either side of Shelton getting back up from the first one. After the second one, Benjamin hit the deck and had to pick himself back up. He looked concerned as the incredibly intense Christian tried to hit the Killswitch there and then. The United States Champion managed to escape his grasp and then sent Christian down to the mat courtesy of a dragon whip. Not long afterwards, Christian was able to reverse an irish whip from Benjamin, but as Shelton hit the ropes, he held on to them, really agitating Christian who then charged at him.

Benjamin reacted quickly by ducking and held the ropes down, sending Captain Charisma flying over them and to the floor below. Christian was still pissed as he got back to his feet close to the announce table, and as he stood up, he noticed Justin Roberts sitting on a steel chair. He then dragged him off it and grabbed the chair before heading in to the ring with it. Benjamin was gesturing to the crowd, winding them up while Christian slid back in the ring. As the United States Champion then turned round, he could only look on in horror as the irrational Canadian swung the chair at his head. Fortunately for Benjamin, he was able to duck the shot with the referee instantly calling for the bell and disqualifying the livid Christian.

Winner: Shelton Benjamin by DQ @ 2.42.

Aftermath: Benjamin scurried to safety and grabbed his United States title as Christian yelled at the referee, and he saw red. He stepped back and lifted the chair to swing it again, but Tomko saw what was coming and quickly slid in the ring behind him and grabbed the chair as it was swung backwards. Christian turned round as Tomko grabbed the chair from him, and he angrily questioned Tomko as to why he did that. Tomko stood firm and reasoned with him, gradually getting Christian to see sense. Captain Charisma then turned round, walked over to the ropes and demanded a microphone, getting one from Roberts.


Christian: Get a camera on me now. . . Adam, I know you’re watchin’ an’ y’need t’ hear this you son of a bitch. . . Y’can play all the games y’want with me, but I’m warnin’ ya, stay the hell away from Denise or I swear t’ god SummerSlam will be the last time you ever step foot in this ring.

“If You Close Your Eyes” played to a big pop as the still livid Christian stared down the camera for a couple of seconds before dropping the microphone, turning round and leaving the ring. Followed by Tomko, he then stormed up the ramp as the fans continued to cheer the extremely pissed off Canadian.


{Commercial Break}


A sweaty and heavy breathing Shelton Benjamin is walking through the back with the United States Championship on his shoulder, not looking too happy.

Shelton Benjamin:
That guy’s a total head case.

All of a sudden he’s jumped by Matt Sydal. The King of the Ring knocks him down to his knees with a forearm shot to the back and follows it up with a stiff kick to the back that throws Shelton forward on to his chest. A livid Sydal then kneels down alongside Benjamin.

Matt Sydal:
How d’ y’feel now huh tough guy?

Sydal stands up and glares down at the squirming Benjamin for a couple of seconds before walking away as the hurt and pissed United States Champion lifts his head up and stares right at his rival.


{Cut to the Arena}


Michael Cole: Well if you ask me Matt, Shelton Benjamin got exactly what he deserved right there. . . But putting that to one side, still t’ come t’night, we’re going t’ see two of the all time greats, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker go at it live here on Smackdown for the first time ever, and I for one cannot wait. . .

Michael Shane’s music plays and the former Cruiserweight Champion hits the stage. Looking quite relaxed and dressed in his casuals, he strolls down the ramp and enters the ring to a decent pop. He acknowledges the crowd’s reaction by raising his right hand as he walks towards the apron and asks for a microphone, getting one from Justin Roberts. Shane now walks back in to the centre of the ring and prepares to address the crowd as his music grinds to a halt.

Michael Shane:
Those who know me will tell ya I’m not the kind o’ guy who usually has a lot t’ say, but t’night’s diff’rent, t’night I’ve got big some news. . . Earlier on I had a talk with Tazz and I told him that I’ve decided when I wanna invoke my rematch clause for the cruiserweight title. He agreed, so I thought I’d come out here and let the world know, especially the man I’ll be facing right here on the special three hour edition of Smackdown next week. . . Johnny Jeter.

*Cheers & Boos* (cheers for the announcement of the match & boos for the mention of Jeter’s name)

Michael Shane: Next week I fully intend t’ take back the cruiserweight title that I should never have lost at The Great American Bash, and I know it sounds kind o’ crazy but I’m glad I did. See now I have my focus back. A lot of that’s down t’ my cousin who’s more like my brother, who by the way will walk out of SummerSlam as the new World Heavyweight Champion, and he made it real clear that if y’wanna be a success in this business, you can’t afford t’ have any distractions. Unfortunately I took my eye off the ball and I paid the price. It was a wake up call I needed, and next week I’m gonna put in the performance of my life t’ once again become the WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION.

*Pop*

Michael Shane: So Johnny, all I have t’ say you is rest up, get ready for next week an’ enjoy being the champ while y’can, ‘cause. . .

“Time to Shine” plays and the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter himself walks out in to the arena, getting a heated reception from the New Jersey fans. He’s smirking as he stands on the stage with the title over his left shoulder and a microphone in his right hand, and he too is dressed casually. Shane looks up at him, not that bothered by his presence at all. Jeter’s music cuts and he turns to look at the crowd, sn-iggering to himself before turning his attention back to Shane.

Johnny Jeter:
I’ve got some news for you too Mike my boy. It don’t matter when your rematch is, whether it be next week, next month or even t’night, ‘cause I’d beat you wherever whenever. Let me remind you, I’m the Cruiserweight Champion, you’re not and you’re not getting it back, and let me remind you why. My focus is on winning titles and not hittin’ my opponents’ moms.

*Mixed Reception*

Johnny Jeter: Quite frankly Mike, I don’t care if your focus is back or if you’re gonna put in the performance of your life next week ‘cause it’s just not gonna be enough, and I know you’re thinkin’ why that is people, but I’ll ease your curiosity for ya. The bottom line New Jersey is that I’m that little bit better than Michael Shane. . . Actually thinkin’ about it, I’m a whole lot better than Michael Shane. That’s why I’m the Cruiserweight Champion an’ still will be after I’m done beatin’ him next week, an’ the sooner you accept that the better because it’s gonna happen. I beat him at the Bash. . .

Michael Shane: Oh yeah, and why’s that? You wanna remind me of what happened that night? Please do.

Shane’s become a little rattled, and so is Jeter as they stare intently at each other.

Johnny Jeter:
Look, y’need t’ forget about what went down that night. Even though it was all your fault an’ y’pissed off my mom, that’s not the reason you lost the cruiserweight title. I’d ‘ave beaten you anyway, and if you don’t believe me, I’m gonna prove it t’ ya a week from now. Then you’ll have no excuses.

Michael Shane: No I guess I won’t. That’s if I lose I guess, but let me tell y’somethin’ Johnny. . . I don’t intend t’ lose. I want the title back and I’m gonna get it back fair an’ square, the complete opposite of the way you took it from me. What happened at the Bash is gone, and all that matters now is next week. . . No excuses? You’re right, ‘cause I won’t need one.

Johnny Jeter: Y’can think that all y’want, just don’t go cryin’ t’ Tazz after I’m done beatin’ you ‘cause it’s your last chance. You ain’t gonna get another shot Mikey, it’s all on next week. You have t’ beat me, I don’t have t’ beat you, an’ I’m gonna do whatever it takes t’ make sure I defeat you one more time and retain my Cruiserweight Championship.

Michael Shane: Hey, I wouldn’t expect anything less, but y’need t’ know I’m gonna be doin’ whatever it takes t’ make sure that it’s me that leaves the U K with the cruiserweight title. An’ you wanna talk about havin’ no excuses? Well Johnny, I’m not gonna be the one who needs one, ‘cause next week whether y’like it or not, I’m gonna be the Cruiserweight Champion one more time. . . no excuses.

Shane remains very composed and looks right at the incredibly serious Cruiserweight Champion, and he then extends his hand towards him. Jeter sni-ggers, looking surprised and amused by the gesture. He laughs in Shane’s face and turns round, laughing to himself as he leaves the ring to boos from the crowd with Shane not looking too shocked by Jeter’s refusal to shake his hand. Shane takes it on the chin and coolly nods his head as he & Jeter stare at each other with Shane’s music now playing to a pop.


{Cut Backstage}


The incredibly fired up MVP & Ron Killings are shown walking through the hallway for their upcoming No Disqualification match with The Empire.


{Commercial Break}


*A recap from MVP’s win last week over Stu Sanders is shown, followed by a revenge attack by Sanders & Drew McIntyre on MVP & Killings shortly afterwards in the backstage area. We’re then taken to a backstage promo filmed earlier in the day with The Empire.


Drew McIntyre, Stu Sanders (Wade Barrett) & Katie Lee are all shown standing looking very serious indeed with Katie in-between them.

Katie Lee:
M V P and Ron Killings are exactly what we despise about America and its culture. Both have served time in jail yet they’re adored by you, the American people, who believe it’s acceptable to go out and replicate their unacceptable behaviour on the streets of this country. . . We came here to make you people see the error of your ways and we’re going to put a stop to their behaviour t’night and earn ourselves a shot at the tag team titles next week back home in the United Kingdom, a place we can be proud to call our homeland, something you Americans will never be able to say about your country.

Katie, McIntyre & Sanders stare seriously in to the camera for a second before it fades out to black.


{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #4*

Winners Will Get A Tag Team Title Shot Next Week
No Disqualification Match
MVP & Ron Killings vs The Empire w/Katie Lee


These bitter rivals battled it out and beat the holy hell out of each other with The UK Pack (Paul Burchill & Harry Smith) watching a monitor intently backstage with the WWE Tag Team titles proudly draped on their shoulders. Killings & MVP were extremely fired up for this one and even shocked their equally determined opponents in the opening minutes. It didn’t take McIntyre & Sanders long to take advantage of the rules, or lack of them in this case. After low blowing Killings, McIntyre was then joined by Sanders as they double teamed MVP, whipping him in to the ropes and they both nailed him as he came back by driving their boots in to both sides of Porter’s face.

They didn’t stand around admiring their work like they have previously as Sanders stomped MVP under the bottom rope and to the outside so that he and McIntyre could work on Killings. They did just that with the Scot pulling him up to his feet and tossing him shoulder first in to the ring post. He quickly grabbed hold of him again and pulled the hurting Killings out of the corner and shoved him right in to the path of Sanders, the English member of the team. Killings fell at his knees and had to be dragged up to his own knees by Sanders, who then lifted him high up above his head before slamming him down back first in to the mat with a bone shattering power bomb.

He took his eye off his opponent for a second, smirking at the booing Newark faithful before shimmying across the canvas on his knees to make a cover which Killings kicked out of at the count of two. That brought a cheer from the crowd, but they were watching on nervously moments later as The Empire looked to wrap the match up early with an angry Sanders dragging Killings up, who looked to be struggling. He was then shoved in McIntyre’s direction, who set him up for the Future Shock DDT with Katie Lee happily watching from the outside. She didn’t see MVP slip back in the ring but Sanders did.

He turned round and ran in to a clothesline, forcing McIntyre to let go of Killings. The Scot charged at him with MVP reacting very quickly to grab him around the upper torso and plant him with a snap overhead belly to belly suplex. The crowd went nuts as the severely pumped up MVP stalked Sanders as he returned to his feet. MVP went right after him and stomped him in the gut before drilling his head in to the mat courtesy of a snap DDT to a big pop from the crowd. Sanders just got his shoulder up in time to keep him and McIntyre in the match, and as the match went on, MVP & Killings looked the more likely to win.

They managed to isolate McIntyre, and with Sanders on the floor after falling victim to a Playmaker from MVP. McIntyre realised he was in deep trouble as MVP & Killings smiled at him as he stood up to see them standing at either side of him. Katie was concerned too, and she had every right to be. Killings soon dropped the happy act and kicked him in the gut and sent him crashing down to the mat on his front thanks to the Truth Conviction, a sitout inverted suplex slam. MVP held his partner back and then stepped back himself as the groggy McIntyre tried to sit up with MVP starting to get very serious as he sized McIntyre up for the Drive By.

Katie panicked and stood up on the apron, getting the attention of both MVP & Killings. They turned and looked at each other with a big smile on their faces, and they then slowly walked towards her, unsettling Katie but delighting the fans. She wet her pants even more as they got closer and closer, but fortunately for her, Sanders had sneaked back in the ring with a steel chair in his possession. He made his way up behind MVP & Killings with the crowd trying to warn them. Killings sounded it out first and turned round to see Sanders standing there with the chair, and bravely he ran at him and ducked the initial shot, but got his head taken off when he turned round.

MVP then ran at Sanders and ducked a shot before stealing the chair from him. As he lifted it above his head, McIntyre low blowed him, resulting in a chorus of boos as MVP fell to the mat. The Scot then dragged MVP up and tossed him over the top rope as Sanders went after Killings. Sanders dragged Killings up and lifted him on to his shoulders for The Wasteland, and he hit the forward fireman’s carry slam to pick up the victory for him & McIntyre, earning them a shot at the tag team titles next week in the UK.

Winners: The Empire by pinfall @ 6.37.

Aftermath: Katie joined the Brits in the ring and raised their hands proudly while the crowd booed the holy hell out of them. Sanders & McIntyre looked down and clearly enjoyed the sight of Killings & MVP lying their motionless. The shot cut to the back and the tag team champions, Burchill & Smith were still watching and cautiously so as McIntyre & Sanders then left the ring looking very satisfied with their night’s work. They walked up the ramp and turned back at the top of the stage to see their MVP & Killings coming round looking very dazed and disappointed, amusing the hell out of The Empire.


{Commercial Break}


Maria is standing by at the interview set.

Maria:
Ladies and gentleman, joining me at this time is Chris Jericho.

The camera zooms out, revealing a very serious suited and booted Chris Jericho standing alongside her.

Maria:
Chris, in just over a week’s time you’ll be facing The Undertaker at SummerSlam. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . Let me stop right you there because I know exactly what it is you plan t’ say. . . Just like ev’ryone around the world, you’re under the impression that I should be intimidated of The Undertaker and come SummerSlam I will become the latest name on his long list of victims. . . I’m sorry to disappoint you Maria but that simply isn’t the case. In fact The Undertaker is the one that should be intimidated, and when he looked in to my eyes last week, he was. He saw that I do not fear him and that I see through his so called decade of destruction. That is why he panicked and reacted by chokeslamming me, a mistake that will come back to haunt him because no one makes a fool out of Chris Jericho. All I was trying t’ do was reason with him, and instead of respectfully listening to what I had t’ say, he let ev’rybody see that he is nothing more than a coward when he grabbed me around the throat and chokeslammed me to the delight of all those screaming parasites. But Maria I can tell you that all that has achieved has only made me even more determined than I already was to not just defeat The Undertaker but to humiliate him at SummerSlam. . . Now I realise that statement will fall on deaf ears but you have to understand that I am in the best in the world at what I do, better even than The Undertaker, and that is why in nine days the entire world will have no choice but to accept ev’ry last word I’ve said about The Undertaker because I vow to the watching world that I can and will defeat the dead man. . . Then nobody will ever doubt Chris Jericho ever again.

Boos cam be heard coming from the arena as the camera zooms back in on the very serious face of Jericho for a couple of seconds before it fades out.


{Cut to the Arena}


Michael Cole: We’re gonna find out in less than ten days folks whether Chris Jericho is capable of putting his money where his mouth is, because the time for talking will be over when he steps inside what many people call The Undertaker’s yard. . . T’night folks, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels, the man who will challenge CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Champion at SummerSlam will enter The Undertaker’s yard, thanks to CM Punk. And that’s coming up very soon ev’ryone. . . You can’t afford t’ miss that one, trust me.

“Move Along”

Layla
walks out to the stage wearing a white silk robe, getting a good reception. Looking smoking hot with her hair straight, she smiles at the fans in the crowd and walks down the ramp. As she gets in the ring, there’s a steel chair set up in the centre with a microphone on it, and she walks right over to it and her music cuts as she picks it up. All smiles, she gazes in to the crowd with a certain sparkle in her eyes.

Layla:
Good evening New JERSEYYY.

*Big Pop*

Layla: You may or may not know that t’night is a very special t’night, specifically for my wonderful boyfriend, Elijah Burke, because t’night is his birthday and I’ve organised a very special surprise for him. . . So right now I would like to invite my baby to come on down here and receive his special treat.

*Pop*

“Don’t Waste My Time” hits to a decent pop as a casually dressed Elijah Burke makes his way out in to the arena, and boy does he have a big grin on his face. Layla smiles at him lovingly from the ring and he walks down the ramp smiling in anticipation at what he’s about to receive. He smiles widely at his incredibly sexy girlfriend as he climbs up the steps and enters the ring, then walks over to her. They hug and she gives him a gentle kiss on the cheek and ushers him to the chair. His music stops and he takes a long hard look at Layla as he takes his time in sitting on the chair. As he sits down and looks in to the crowd, he rubs his hands together, clearly very excited for his present as Layla stands behind him.

Layla:
Okay baby, sit back, relax and enjoy.

She rests the microphone down on the canvas and then slowly takes off her robe to a huge cheer. She’s wearing very revealing white lingerie including stockings and looking very confident in herself, she gazes in to the crowd as the lights go out to be replaced by a single spotlight. She then seductively walks round the chair and sits herself down on Burke’s right knee as some music begins to play, and she then places one hand on her boyfriend’s cheek as they look deeply and lovingly in to each other’s eyes. She then stands up with the both of them not taking their eyes off of each other until she turns round and walks out in front of him and bends down. The fans cheer, but not for long.

“I Am Perfection”


*Ton of Heat*

Dolph Ziggler walks out to the stage, also dressed casually. He’s smiling and nods in approval while staring at Layla the entire time as he strolls down the ramp with the lights coming back on. Layla & Burke are very unimpressed, fuming even as Burke stands up from the chair and picks up her robe, and the microphone. He passes them both to her and she puts the robe back on first, looking truly disgusted by Ziggler’s presence as he enters the ring, heads past them and over to the apron to collect a microphone, barely taking his eyes off Layla for a second. As he gets the stick (I mean a microphone, not that he wouldn’t have another stick with Layla in there), he turns round and walks in to the centre of the ring, continuing to stare at Layla.

Dolph Ziggler:
Beautiful, what I have to say doesn’t have anything t’ do with you as there’s nothing more I would love t’ see than you strut your stuff, believe me. However as much, and I’m not going t’ lie, I really want t’ see this, I can’t allow it as this audience doesn’t deserve to.

*Major Heat*

Dolph Ziggler: I’m not talking about the people in the audience t’night, as undeserving as they may actually be. I’m referring to just one person, and that’s him (pointing at Burke).

Burke shakes his head in disbelief and frustration while Layla shakes hers clearly in disgust.

Dolph Ziggler:
In no way should someone like him be able to enjoy the delights of someone as desirable as you Layla. It’s obvious t’ me and should be t’ everyone else here in this arena that you are well and truly out of his league. You shouldn’t be wasting your body on someone who doesn’t deserve it. You can do a lot better. . . a whole lot better in fact. . .

Layla: . . . Excuse me, but as far as I’m aware, this is the twenty first century and I’ll decide that if it’s all the same with you.

Layla is hot in more ways than one, but so is Burke and he gently takes the microphone from her, surprising her at first, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

Elijah Burke:
A’ight I’m gonna take care o’ dis ‘cause I’ve had about enough as I can take. . . Let me make this real clear for y’grease ball. Neither me or Layla wan’ y’sniffin’ round her, y’got dat?

Ziggler just smirks, obviously not intimidated by Burke.

Elijah Burke:
Look Ziggler ‘cause I’m gonna say this just once. . . Stay the hell away from us before I do somethin’ I regret.

Dolph Ziggler: Hey, I understand what you’re sayin’, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna do what you want. . . Have you got that?

*Heat*

Dolph Ziggler: No one tells me what t’ do, and when I say that your girlfriend deserves better, I mean it. I mean, she’s about as perfect as it gets. You could even call her the female equivalent of me, and until she comes to her senses and realises she’s better off with me, there’s nothing you can do but stand by and watch nature take its course.

Elijah Burke: Really? There ain’t nothin’ I can do huh?

Dolph Ziggler: That’s right.

Elijah Burke: Huh.

Burke turns to Layla for a second while the cocky Ziggler smirks, but as Burke turns his head again, he knocks Dolph on his ass with a vicious right hand after switching the microphone in to his left. That generates a big pop from the Newark crowd.

Elijah Burke:
Come on baby, let’s get out o’ here and enjoy ourselves somewhere we can’t be interrupted.

Layla likes the sound of it, nearly as much as she enjoys seeing Ziggler lying on the mat. Burke & Layla than leave the ring as “Don’t Waste My Time” plays again to a pop with Ziggler sitting up and staring angrily at them. They don’t turn back and focus on leaving the arena with Burke putting his arm firmly around Layla’s shoulders, something that clearly sickens Ziggler who’s spitting feathers in the ring.


{Cut Backstage}


Mickie James is shown walking through the back, looking very focused for her match with Michelle McCool, up next!


{Commercial Break}


*Match #5*

Mickie James vs Michelle McCool


We saw a very serious Mickie James from the get go, and Michelle McCool was just as focused. Both divas meant business and were set on hurting each other, and it certainly was a very competitive match. Mickie was on fire at the start of the match, taking control of the contest. That was until McCool played dirty and caught Mickie with a rake to the eyes, and she took control of the match from there. She really took it to Mickie, showing a real mean streak. No more so than when she drove her boot right down Mickie’s throat. Mickie looked in a whole world of trouble and on the edge of defeat when struggling to her feet with McCool stalking her for the Faith Breaker.

McCool may have been a tad too complacent as she just grabbed Mickie and pulled her in to position while taking the time to taunt her. The complacency bit her in the behind as Mickie countered with a back body drop. Mickie was in a great deal of pain as she picked herself back up, and she blocked a right hand from Michelle before whipping her in to the ropes and hitting a Lou Thesz press. From there Mickie picked up serious momentum and came close with a Chick Kick, but McCool got her foot on the rope at the count of the two. Mickie sat up in shock and looked devastated at seeing Michelle’s foot placed on the bottom rope right in front of her.

She quickly shrugged it off and tried to pull McCool up, rushing and with her foot on the rope, she tripped and fell flat on the canvas. Mickie wasn’t bothered and dragged her up to her feet, setting her up for some Stratusfaction. The crowd rose to their feet but McCool dropped to her knees and grabbed hold of her leg, showing serious signs of an injury to the leg she tripped on seconds earlier. Mickie seemed surprised and not concerned as McCool sat down with the referee worrying and asking her what was wrong. Mickie then walked over to her and asked her the same question, but McCool took her by surprise, snapping up and rolling Mickie in to an inside cradle that saw her pick up the victory.

Winner: Michelle McCool by pinfall @ 5.11.

Aftermath: As you can imagine, the crowd weren’t best pleased, and neither was Mickie. With “You’re Not Enough For Me” playing to a chorus of boos, the smug McCool snuck out of the ring as Mickie sat up in shock and stared at her shaking her head in sheer frustration that she just got outsmarted by her rival. The ref joined Michelle on the outside and raised her hand, and she just smirked back at Mickie, then pointed to her head to remind Mickie she just made a fool out of her.

As she then back tracked up the ramp, a serious looking Mia Rain walked out to the stage and down the ramp, shrugging her way past her. McCool looked surprised to see her but didn’t care and just carried on walking to the back. Mickie was confused and stood up as Rain got in the ring. Rain walked right up to her and threw a right hand at her. They went at it with Rain eventually coming out on top and hitting the Acid Rain on Mickie, who was then checked over by the referee while Rain went to get a microphone with the fans booing her.

Mia Rain: Beth, I hope you’re watching because what I just did t’ Mickie is nothing compared to what I’m going t’ do t’ you next week when I take your diva’s title, and believe me Beth, it will happen ‘cause. . .

“Glamazon” played to a decent pop and the Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix calmly entered the arena and walked down to the ring with the title she and Rain will be fighting for her next week sitting proudly on her shoulder. As the referee helped Mickie to the back, the fearless Beth stepped through the ropes and walked right up to Rain, showing no signs of being intimidated whatsoever. Rain glanced at Beth’s title, and the champion responded by taking the title off her shoulder.

She held it in her hands and then dropped it before then hammering the number one contender with a right hand. They went at it tooth and nail until a group of officials ran down the ramp and pulled them apart, not that it stopped them from trying to get at each other. The officials did a good job of keeping them away from each other as they continued to stare across with serious intent going in to their title match next week.


{Cut Backstage}


Shawn Michaels & Michael Shane are stood together in their dressing room with The Heartbreak Kid finishing up getting ready for his upcoming match with The Undertaker. He’s looking very focused indeed as he pulls his elbow pad up his arm and in to place.

Michael Shane:
You know what I think about Punk, but you gotta admit he was pretty smart in beatin’ Lashley an’ pickin’ The Undertaker as your opponent. How’d y’feel ‘bout. . .

Shawn Michaels: . . . about facing The Undertaker?

Michael Shane: Well yeah.

Shawn Michaels: Like I’ve told y’before kid, life’s all about challenges an’ overcoming them. . . Last time I got in the ring with the dead man, I beat him fair an’ square. And if I’ve gotta do that again t’night, then that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

Michael Shane: Hey, I know you can do it cous’, but good luck all the same.

The Heartbreak Kid smiles at his cousin and places his hand on Shane’s shoulder.

Shawn Michaels:
It’s not about luck, but thanks all the same.

Shane grins as Michaels then walks past him and out of the door.

Michael Cole:
Well you won’t have to wait long folks, because coming up next is our main event, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. Don’t go anywhere. We’ll be back in just a few minutes.


{Commercial Break}



*Video Promo*

Images: Batista’s WWE Championship victory at Vengeance and then retaining it the next night on Raw when Triple H would then turn on both his Evolution team mates, The Animal & “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Voiceover: It will be the hottest night of the summer and arguably the hottest night of the WWE year as hell will truly be unleashed like you’ve never seen before when the superstars of Raw and Smackdown enter The Golden State of California. . . SummerSlam comes to you live exclusively on pay-per-view, Sunday August 17th from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Call your local pay-per-view provider for more details.




{Cut to the Arena}


*The Main Event*

Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker


As you would expect, neither men took this one lightly, but it was The Heartbreak Kid who really came out firing and took the match right to The Undertaker. Michaels was incredibly determined and took it up a gear, showing no fear of the dead man whatsoever. However, The Undertaker didn’t let Michaels control the match, and after a strong start from the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, the phenom stole the momentum away from him after catching Michaels with a big boot when The Heartbreak Kid came down off the top rope looking to hit a double axe handle.

That led to The Undertaker seizing the initiative for a significant period and wearing Michaels down, and just as he looked very comfortable, Chris Jericho walked out in to the arena to a ton of heat. Boos echoed the arena as he strolled down the ramp staring at The Undertaker, who turned his head and stared right back at him. Jericho casually strolled around the ring until he found a view satisfactory enough for him to stand and watch this huge encounter. Taker turned his attention back to his opponent who was getting back to his feet anyway, and with the dead man’s focus divided slightly, Michaels took advantage and blocked a weak right hand before unloading with a series of chops to the chest of The Undertaker.

The intensity on Michaels’ face was there all to see and despite having an irish whip reversed, he came racing back at the phenom and sent him down to the mat with a flying forearm. The famous flip up from The Showstopper followed, as did the sit up from the dead man, which was met with a massive cheer from the Newark fans. Jericho obviously wasn’t best pleased to see his SummerSlam opponent recover so soon. He was smiling seconds later when Michaels clocked him with a leg feed enziguri that well and truly put the dead man to rest, albeit not for eternity. The Heartbreak Kid looked to take advantage and went all the way up to the summit, getting the crowd on their feet as he steadied himself on the top rope.

He then leapt off and connected with a diving elbow drop to a big pop. Taker wasn’t moving, giving Michaels enough hope to make a cover, but the dead man rose again, kicking out at the count of two. Michaels pulled himself back up to his knees looking very disappointed, and he even looked at the referee just in case he’d got it wrong, but he hadn’t. Michaels was clearly hurting as he got back up to a vertical base with the dead man trying to sit up in front of him. Jericho was still watching on intently and he saw The Heartbreak Kid grab The Undertaker’s legs in an attempt to apply the sharpshooter. Taker fought it instantly and was able to use his power advantage count, pushing Michaels backwards and down to the mat.

It took both men several seconds before they could get back up, and when they did, Taker’s chin was rocked by a couple of jabs from The Showstopper. Michaels then made a mistake in going for an irish whip as Taker reversed it and turned round to hit the ropes himself, and as they came running back at each other, the dead man absolutely drilled Michaels with a running DDT. It was met by a pop from the crowd and a deep look of distain from the disgusted Jericho. The Heartbreak Kid lived to fight another day and had to dig incredibly deep to survive another period of dominance from The Undertaker.

Somehow Michaels managed to hang on while Jericho’s frustration grew and grew on the outside, and when Taker grabbed hold of the worn down Michaels by the throat, it looked like only a matter of time before he would gain the win. As he then lifted Michaels for a chokeslam, The Showstopper jumped down and landed on his feet. He threw a wild right that rattled Taker and turned back in to the ropes, ran back and went for another flying forearm, but Taker ducked and Michaels collided with the referee. The crowd were stunned, as was Michaels. Still on his knees, he gazed down in shock at the referee lying there helpless.

Meanwhile, The Undertaker was only thinking about his opponent and not the referee, raising his right hand in to the air, getting ready seemingly for a chokeslam. Jericho looked round for some reason, as if he was checking the coast was clear before then sneaking in the ring. The fans tried to warn the dead man, but he was too focused on Michaels to notice as Jericho walked up behind him and sent him down to the mat in agony with a Codebreaker. The fans didn’t hold back in letting Jericho know what they thought of him, booing the crap out of him. He looked down and smiled sadistically at seeing his SummerSlam opponent out of it.

Michaels realised something was going on and stood up to see Jericho standing there. Michaels was confused for a second or two before he realised what had happened. He shook his head while Jericho just smirked looking so proud of himself, but not for long as the disgusted Heartbreak Kid leaned back and took Jericho’s head off with some Sweet Chin Music to a huge roar from the sell out crowd. Jericho rolled under the apron and to the floor with Michaels staring down at him lying there, showing the same amount of disgust as Jericho was earlier. As he then turned back to the inside of the ring, he saw both The Undertaker and the referee coming to, and Michaels didn’t have a clue what to do.

He thought about his next step for several seconds before grudgingly walking in to the corner where he started to tune up the band. He didn’t look too happy about it, shaking his head at the same time he was stomping his foot. Taker struggled up and turned round to see Michaels explode out of the corner and level him with a Super Kick to the chin that put the dead man down. Michaels dropped on top of him and hooked the leg with the referee then crawling across to make the count, counting to three to give Michaels a massive victory heading in to SummerSlam and his world title clash with CM Punk.

Winner: Shawn Michaels by pinfall @ 10.16.

Aftermath: “Sexy Boy” played to a huge pop with a few boos mixed in, presumably for Jericho’s role in the finish, and he started to lift his head up on the outside as Shawn Michaels got his arm raised. The Heartbreak Kid looked very tired and sore as the referee let go of his hand, and he still wasn’t too happy about how the win came about. Taker began to come to with a face like thunder as Smackdown came to a close with Michaels still not sure how to react.


{End of Show}


Quick Results
Chris Masters df. Matt Sydal
CM Punk
df. Bobby Lashley
Shelton Benjamin
df. Christian
The Empire
df. MVP & Ron Killings
Michelle McCool
df. Mickie James
Shawn Michaels
df. The Undertaker


Confirmed for Next Week’s 3 Hour Show from the UK!

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack (c) vs The Empire

WWE Diva’s Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs Mia Rain

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Michael Shane vs Johnny Jeter (c)

Best of 5 Series
The Rubber Match
Bobby Lashley vs Jack Swagger


_______________________


“WWE Superstars” Results
Saturday 9th August 2008
Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, New Jersey





Match #1
Goldust w/Eugene vs Jack Swagger

Swagger was as cocky as ever from the moment he entered the arena, and he definitely underestimated Goldust in the early going. He got a bit of a shock when Goldust got in some serious offence, and that brought out the competitive nature in the youngster. He clearly enjoyed tossing Goldust about and picked up the victory when he hit his finisher, the falling gut-wrench powerbomb in what was a tougher match than he initially expected.

Winner: Jack Swagger.


Josh Matthews walked out to the arena to meet Swagger on the ramp and ask him about his all important rubber match in the Best of Five Series against Bobby Lashley next week on Smackdown. Swagger told Josh he just proved he was ready and that he hoped Lashley was watching because just like Goldust, Friday night on Smackdown he’s going to fall at the feet of ‘The All American-American’Jack Swagger. His music continued playing throughout the interview and he then walked past Matthews and turned round to face the fans, throwing his arms up in the air with a huge smile on his face.


{Commercial Break}


Match #2
Sonjay Dutt w/Jimmy Yang vs Chris Jericho

We saw a very focused Chris Jericho in action and he was more aggressive than usual, sometimes too much as he allowed Dutt in to the match when questioning the referee’s count at one point. Dutt came flying back at Jericho and put him to the test, but it was Jericho who came out on top when he later trapped Dutt in the Walls of Jericho and forced him to tap out despite Yang & the fans encouraging him to fight on. Jericho didn’t look satisfied after getting his arm raised even though he was declared the winner. He glared right in to the stands for a while before the camera cut to the back.

Winner: Chris Jericho.


Josh Matthews interviewed Petey Williams & Johnny Devine ahead of their match with the World Tag Team Champions from Raw, Cryme Time. The Canadian duo were incredibly serious and Williams told Josh that they felt Tazz had overlooked them by leaving them out of the number one contendership match for the tag team titles the night before on Smackdown. He claimed that they deserve a title shot more than anyone and that they’ve been as good as any team, if not better and that he & Devine were going to make sure Tazz realises that by beating Cryme Time, and that once they’ve done that, they won’t be overlooked by anyone.


{Commercial Break}


Match #3
Non-Title Match
Cryme Time vs Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

This was a closer contest than some may have expected with the Canadians from Smackdown really looking to prove a point up against Raw’s tag team champions. Shad & JTG got the upper hand towards the end of the match. That was until The Colons, the team they face on Monday night with the titles on the line walked on down to the ring along with Eric Perez. That allowed Williams & Devine back in to the contest with Cryme Time heavily distracted, and even though Shad fought his way back in to the match and tagged JTG in, Carlito was able to sneak in the ring behind him while Shad was tied up with the referee. Eddie jumped up on to the apron to distract JTG, and it worked as Carlito hit the Backstabber before quickly slipping out of the ring. He & Eddie along with Perez backed up the aisle as Devine crawled across the mat and covered JTG with Shad rushing in to the ring to try and it break it up, but he was too late. Petey pulled Devine to safety and they celebrated on the outside as Shad stared angrily at the laughing Colon brothers as the show came to a close.

Winners: Petey Williams & Johnny Devine.


{End of Show}


Quick Results
Jack Swagger df Goldust
Chris Jericho df Sonjay Dutt
Petey Williams & Johnny Devine df Cryme Time

Dark Match
Zack Ryder df Eugene


Confirmed for SummerSlam



WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match

‘The Animal’ Batista (c) vs ‘The Champ’ John Cena vs ‘The Ultimate Underdog’ Rey Mysterio
vs ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton vs ‘The World's Largest Athlete’ The Big Show vs ‘The Wrestling God’ John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels vs ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
‘The King of the Ring’ Matt Sydal vs ‘The Gold Standard’ Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
‘The Jamaican Sensation’ Kofi Kingston (c) vs ‘The Million Dollar Kid’ Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending Match
‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs ‘The King of Kings’ Triple H

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‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker vs ‘The King of the World’ Chris Jericho

‘Captain Charisma’ Christian vs ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge

‘The Monday Night Delight’ John Morrison vs ‘Mr. Hollywood’ The Miz



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Decent SmackDown and Superstars Nige.Taker/HBK is always going to be phenomenal and you didn't disappoint this time, though you're on the verge of overdoing it IMO since you've had them face off three(?) times in this BTB, with two of the match-ups being on free TV. Nice to see Jericho and Swagger going over on Superstars, though I was kinda caught off-guard by Williams and Devine beating Cryme Tyme, even if the Colons did interfere.

Both of the Three-hour shows coming up look absolutely IMMENSE, so i'm definitely excited for those as well as SummerSlam.Nice job overall, as this is still my favorite BTB because your mix of realistic booking and great writing make this one of the few BTBs that gives me the feeling that I could see what goes down in the BTB actually happening in the real WWE(which would make me a very pleased viewer BTW ).
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Nice start, as always, with a recap of the important happenings of last week, before letting us in on what will be happening tonight, giving us some stuff to look forward to.

Masters kicking things off with an open challenge? Seems alright. Promo before the match wasn’t much, just making the challenge and showing a bit of arrogance. Have to say, Matt Sydal taking the challenge and not Charlie Haas surprised me, although I guess you’re saving that match, even if logically Haas would want to get to Masters before anyone.

Sydal had to look good in this match because he’s headed for a title match at SummerSlam and is still riding strong on his big King of the Ring victory a few months back, so the way this match went hardly surprised me. Haas also had to get involved, because if wasn’t going to accept the open challenge, which I still think logically that he should have and that you maybe should have just scheduled Masters/Sydal for the show, he had to make some sort of impact upon Masters. Benjamin’s attack after all of that was pretty nice, with him getting the jump on Sydal here tonight.

I maybe would have liked to have seen Edge invite Christian’s wife to the arena tonight instead of following him around during the week, because that seems kind of weird. This promo was okay in that in that it continues this story you’ve got going for the Edge/Christian feud, and it showed Edge’s paranoid side well, although I feel he wasn’t quite on with the writing, as you usually see Edge stutter and repeat himself, especially when he’s angry and paranoid. Still, not a bad promo.

As you would expect, Christian is mad. I guess his wife never told him. Oh well, seeing it on TV with the rest of the world is the way you always want to find out your wife cheated on you. Good to see you showing Christian’s rage, but, again, this seems like the wrong way for him to find out when Edge and Denise had just talked about how to tell him. To me, this should have been done as a backstage segment in the locker-room of Edge with Denise, Christian doesn’t see it but he sees Denise leaving the arena, then we get some sort of promo the following week where Edge and/or Denise confess to Christian, Edge possibly looking for forgiveness before SummerSlam.

Nice little promo from Punk, playing on the Pick Your Poison gimmick name well to have a shot at Shawn, while also talking himself and his straight edge ways up. Not sure about the ending, as I don’t think he would care if the crowd likes it, but still, a nice little promo.

Lashley? That comes as a fairly big surprise, as I thought Michael Shane would be a better choice, considering it would probably do him a lot of good and give him a rub. Still, you need to have Lashley involved on the show, and having Swagger come down to ringside to commentate keeps their feud in mind. The match itself was nice here, and while I said it would do a lot for Shane to be competitive with Punk, it also allows Lashley to look good. I’m surprised you didn’t have Swagger interfere in the ending of the match, but I actually like that you didn’t when I think about it, as Lashley still looks good in defeat, while Punk, as world champion, should be able to get a clean win over a midcarder.

The Undertaker to face Michaels? Seems a good choice considering ‘Taker is one of the big stars of SmackDown!, and he and Michaels do have a bit of a past in here. Now that you had Punk mention it, I really would have liked a bit more time dedicated to this promo so Punk could really build up who it was before saying that it was Undertaker, then say what you had him say in that just like last time at Judgment Day, even if he beats The Undertaker, he’ll be losing to Punk in the end with the title on the line, only this time Punk won’t need the briefcase to beat him.

I don’t mind McCool that much, although apparently you have a bit of a different stance on the matter. Nice promo from Michelle, albeit a little short, with her view on the heel turn from her being used well, blaming Mickie for what happened. Simple, but it works.

Even though I’m not sure Shelton needed to be in action again, having already made a statement earlier in the night with his attack on Matt Sydal, I have to say I was still looking forward to this match, so to see it happen like it did was disappointing in a way. However, if instead of being selfish I look at it logically, Christian being mad and just wanting to smash Benjamin makes sense with the mood that he’s in, and having Christian get himself disqualified because of that is a smart way to play on his rage. Tyson Tomko saving the referee and playing the voice of reason was good, while Christian making an emphatic statement on the mic as good to see too. Nice little segment here to show Christian’s rage.

Sydal attacking Benjamin in revenge for what happened earlier makes sense, however, it doesn’t feel like this feud is moving with any real rhythm. I felt like after The Great American Bash you should really be playing on the Shelton not being able to defeat Sydal storyline, maybe even having Benjamin try to take Sydal out before SummerSlam so he doesn’t have to face him if you want to keep him looking strong, rather than continually losing. With the two just jumping each other though, it doesn’t feel like the feud is following the pattern it looked to start in.

I’m not really sure this next promo necessarily had to take place in the ring. I mean, both of what Shane and Jeter said was rather short and snappy, and could have easily just been done in two little backstage promos, rather than an in-ring confrontation, where a lot of the time taken would have just been on ring entrances. The promo itself was okay – Shane doesn’t appear to have much character going at the moment other than the modest thing which he’s got going on. I would actually like to see some transformation to make him more like a younger Shawn Michaels, because it would certainly give him an edge. Not sure if that’s already been done in here and he changed from that because I haven’t really been around that long when you think about how long this thread has been around, but to me it’d give him a little more character to utilise. Jeter’s portion of the promo was a bit off, for me, not in terms of character, because, well, he’s your character, but the way it went around. Jeter said he beat Shane because his focus was on winning titles and not hitting his opponent’s mum, only to then say he would have won the title anyway and that Shane needs to forget about what happened at The Great American Bash, only just after rubbing in what happened. Should also say, Jeter seems to be blurting out a mouthful at the time with long sentences that go in circles a bit. The last bit from Jeter was also a bit odd when he said he doesn’t have to beat Shane like it’s a major thing that he doesn’t, only to then talk about how he’s going to do everything he can to beat him. The ending to the promo was okay, but like I said, I don’t think it necessitated being out in the ring, nor was Jeter’s bit quite right.

This promo was pretty good from Katie Lee here, talking about why it is The Empire has gone after MVP and Killings, and also talking up their gimmick well, mixing it together. The start seemed a little odd, as it just began out of nowhere, but it was still a pretty good promo.

A bit surprised the no disqualifications aspect of this match didn’t lead to more weapon use, however, this was still a fairly nice match. I like The Empire going over and getting a shot at the titles next week in an all UK title match at the UK, because their push has been steady enough towards the tag titles, and the way that they’ve looked, I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see them take the titles. Either way, a feud will hopefully eventuate between the two teams, which could be really interesting considering Paul Burchill is part of The UK Pack, and Katie Lee part of The Empire.

Big block of text with no pauses from Jericho, but nonetheless, a good promo from Jericho, sounding his typical self, and continuing the shtick that he’s not scared of ‘Taker along well. No complaints here, as I thought the promo was good.

Now this was a brilliant way for Ziggler to hit on Layla. Interesting, but still great in its own way. Ziggler’s speech about he Burke didn’t deserve Layla was good, while the line that she was the female equivilent of Dolph was really clever. Burke having enough and smashing Ziggler was a nice way to end the segment, although of course, this won’t be the end of the storyline, which I’m enjoying.

Pretty nice match here, with McCool continuing to show her new heelish tendencies, while Mickie gets outsmarted, meaning this feud should kick up a notch since we won’t see such a forgiving Mickie. Nice booking to keep this thing going, making it even more personal. The aftermath of this surprised me, as these feuds haven’t really been connected, but I guess it was just a way for Rain to make a statement before the match next week, and show Phoenix and Rain as the beasts they are, going at it, which works fine.

Nice little promo to hype up the main event, showing what Shawn’s all about. It’s a big match, so it deserves all of the hype that it gets.

SummerSlam is agonisingly close. Should be a great event, with just the two go home shows to remain after this show.

Right away, good to see Jericho walking down to get a look at ‘Taker, showing the fearless attitude that he boasts of by being as calm as he can be. The match was good throughout with some cool spots, especially when Michaels kipped up and ‘Taker sat up in response. Jericho getting involved in the finish was expected, continuing to show his no fear attitude, while Michaels picking up the win, albeit not exactly cleanly, was to be expected. I thought the match would have maybe gone a little longer than ten minutes when you consider the two guys involved, but still a good way to finish the show.

I’ll get some brief comments on Superstars in here too. As I’ve said before, I’m not sure having someone like Jericho on the show is necessary, but apart from that I thought the show did a good job of allowing Swagger to continue to look good, and really giving Williams and Devine a rub by beating RAW’s tag champs, albeit thanks to interference. I’m not sure when, but Williams and Devine have to be headed to some sort of gold soon considering they’re still undefeated (or so I believe), and looking damn near dominant.


To be honest, I’m still not sure SmackDown! has been progressing as well as RAW, however, this show did a good job of catching some feuds up, especially Jericho/’Taker, which I thought was good tonight. Some booking decisions I didn’t quite agree with and some I liked a lot, so it was a mixed bag for me, but for the most part it was a good show, and certainly an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next week of huge shows, with two three hour blockbuster weekly shows before SummerSlam. Should be an epic event.
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Smackdown comes to you live from the United Kingdom next Friday night in a special three hour spectacular, and with the matches already signed and sealed, it’s going to be a bumpy ride in Birmingham, England just 48 hours before SummerSlam.



First thing this morning, we at WWE.com were informed by Tazz that the special three hour edition of Smackdown next week will be headlined by a tag team match consisting of two men hoping to win championship gold at SummerSlam, and their opponents will be the same men whose titles they will be challenging for come the hottest night of the summer.

Shawn Michaels picked up a huge victory last night over The Undertaker, CM Punk’s chosen opponent for The Heartbreak Kid, and the challenger for Punk’s World Heavyweight Championship will be looking to leave the UK victorious next week too when he joins forces with the 2008 WWE King of the Ring, Matt Sydal to face The Straight-Edge Superstar & the United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin. The Gold Standard is desperate to prove he can beat Sydal, and last night he jumped his arch nemesis before Sydal later returned the favour.

No matter what Benjamin does, Sydal always seems to have an answer. Will that be the case at SummerSlam or next week even? Can The Showstopper follow up last night’s impressive win with another just two days before he takes on CM Punk? Both he & the UK will surely be hoping so.




We’ve seen Bobby Lashley & Jack Swagger bring the best out in each other, and that was certainly the case just over a week ago when Lashley defeated The All-American American to level their Best of Five Series and move to within one match of snatching the series out of Swagger’s grasp.

The series has been up and down since the beginning with Lashley catching Swagger off guard to inflict his first defeat since joining the WWE. Swagger quickly brought himself level with his best performance to date at The Great American Bash, and he soon took the lead when he stole a victory on Smackdown by using the ropes as leverage. Despite his obvious arrogance, Swagger has been able to back his words up in the ring so far, and he brought the best out in Lashley eight days ago when he levelled the series.

Now there’s only one match left and there can only be one winner. Will it be the young pretender, or will Lashley’s experience be too much for him?




The problems between The Empire and Ron Killings & MVP forced Tazz in to decisive action last week, and he made the decision to book them in a No Disqualification match last night which would see the winners earn themselves a shot at The UK Pack’s WWE Tag Team titles next week in of all places, the United Kingdom.

With no rules in place, it was Drew McIntyre & Stu Sanders who took advantage of the situation to find themselves just one match away from becoming the WWE Tag Team Champions. And what better place for the match to take place than the UK, the homeland of both the champions and their challengers. We saw Paul Burchill & Harry Smith watching the match closely, and having defeated Edge & Chris Jericho only a matter of weeks ago in addition to seeing off the challenge of The Masters of the Mat at The Great American Bash, the champions must be in confident mood.

So will the challengers however as they’re yet to taste defeat as a team. Will that continue next week with them capturing championship gold in the process? We’ll have to wait and see?




The vision of Johnny Jeter’s mom all but costing Michael Shane the Cruiserweight Championship remains fresh in the memory of a lot of people, especially Shane, who next week will exercise his rematch clause and attempt to take back the title many believe should still be his.

We heard the former champion tell the world last night that his actions were a wake up call, and now all that matters is getting the title back. Jeter was keen to take the title from him in the first place and he’s even more determined now as he puts the title up for grabs for the first time.

Will it be the first and last time? Tune in to Smackdown’s special three hour blockbuster next week to find out!




If you were to ask any WWE fan who they thought was the most dominant diva in the company is, the name on most people’s lips would be Beth Phoenix. The current Diva’s Champion has wreaked havoc in the WWE ever since making her debut, but no one has stood up to her in the same manner that Mia Rain has.

Rain hasn’t been on Smackdown all that long, but she certainly has made an instant impression. Having defeated Mickie James at Judgment Day, she wasted no time in proving that she wasn’t intimidated one bit by The Glamazon, and it came as no real surprise when they were the last two divas standing in the elimination series to determine who would become the first ever WWE Diva’s Champion. Rain didn’t handle it all that well and hasn’t let up ever since, and next week she has a second chance to defeat The Glamazon and get her hands on the gold.

Can Rain overcome the mighty Glamazon or will Phoenix retain both her title and dominance? Either way, it will be one hell of a battle.



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Daniels Signs with the WWE


We’ve kept you informed over the last few weeks regarding the talks between Christopher Daniels and the WWE, and we can now confirm that he has finally agreed terms and signed a contract to join the company immediately.

Daniels left TNA last month and we’re led to believe that he will be heading to the main roster very soon. We’re told that he was firmly against being sent to Florida and would accept an alternative offer he received from Ring of Honor if the WWE were to assign him to the developmental base. Apparently Daniels had enough support from inside the company who urged Johnny Ace to sign him and put him on the main roster straight away.

From what we’ve heard so far, there are a couple of ideas being discussed regarding his debut. The obvious scenario would be to send him to Smackdown as part of the cruiserweight division, but with Low-Ki (Kaval) also set to debut on the main roster after SummerSlam, we understand that they could be reunited as a tag team on the Raw brand. Raw’s tag division is very light right now, and it’s thought that it’s a strong possibility Daniels & Kaval will end up going to Monday nights to fill the void as creative are very high on their in-ring work as a team as well as individuals. Low-Ki has been sounded out about the idea of debuting along with Daniels, and we hear that he reacted positively. We’ll just have to wait and see as to how they’ll both debut, and apparently it won’t be too long before we find out.


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Wow. The signing of Daniels is one which I think will do you a lot of good. As you said, the guy can do a lot for you, whether it be in the cruiser or tag ranks at this stage, but then potentially after that he can also move onto being a very strong midcard player. I'm definitely interested in seeing how you plan on using him.
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ZOMG Daniels !!!!!!! Though this signing is a wee bit unrealistic considering i'm pretty sure Daniels was happy with TNA around this time period, i'll give it to you since Daniels did end up leaving TNA in real life and because Daniels is awesome sauce .....
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RAW PreviewMonday 11th August 2008
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London, England




This Monday night will come to you live from Wembley Arena in the United Kingdom, and it will be a special three hour edition just six days before SummerSlam!


The six men that will compete for the WWE Championship in the Elimination Chamber at SummerSlam in under a week’s time will go at it in a six man tag team match this Monday in London.

Last week all six men were in action where John Cena was victorious over John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, The Big Show defeated Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton emerged as the victor in his non-title showdown with the WWE Champion, Batista. The Animal got himself disqualified when he blasted Orton in the skull with a steel chair before going on to plant The Legend Killer with a Batista Bomb.

They’ll all battle it out against each other just six days before they clash inside the sadistic structure. Who will gain an upper hand and some serious momentum going in to the Elimination Chamber?



This will be one of two title matches we’ll see this week, and after months of problems between these two teams, it will all come to a head when The Colon Brothers challenge Cryme Time for the World Tag Team Championship.

The two teams were part of the tag team turmoil match at Vengeance for the titles they’ll fight for on Monday night, and Carlito & Eddie looked to be heading for victory until Shad & JTG pulled the rug from under them to become the new tag champs on Raw. The Colons haven’t forgiven the Brooklyn natives for that, and they have one last chance to take the titles they believe should’ve been theirs in the first place. Can they take that chance? After being cost a victory against Smackdown’s Petey Williams & Johnny Devine on Superstars this weekend, the champions are likely to be out for some payback.



Melina is in a similar position to that of Cryme Time as Natalya Neidhart has been relentless in her quest to take the Women’s Championship that she feels should be hers.

Natalya & Melina were both challengers to Victoria at Vengeance, and it was Melina that came out on top with Neidhart claiming that the current Women’s Champion took advantage of the work she did on Victoria. Ever since that night, Natalya has hounded Melina and now with her title shot set in stone, will she be able to do what she failed to at Vengeance and leave the women’s title?



Over the past couple of weeks, Ted DiBiase Jr and his girlfriend Maryse have targeted Kelly Kelly, the close friend of the man DiBiase will face for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, Kofi Kingston.

It appears they’ve gotten under the skin of Kofi by going after her, and last week was no different. It didn’t go quite to plan when Maryse was scheduled to compete in her first match, a Bra & Panties match against Kelly Kelly. The Million Dollar Woman initially refused to take part, but that all changed when Kelly threatened to reveal something about Maryse. DiBiase’s girlfriend grudgingly gave in and agreed to the match, and she gained the win, mainly thanks to her decision to wear jeans. DiBiase then took the chance to sneak up on Kofi when the Intercontinental Champion thought the coast was clear to check on Kelly.

It definitely seems that DiBiase has got the better of Kofi in recent weeks. Will that be the case however when they lock horns this week as they head towards their title match at SummerSlam?



Matt Hardy’s arrival on Raw has brought the worst out in Cody Rhodes, and since the moment they laid their eyes on each other and Matt laid him out after a cheap crack, Cody has been hell bent on getting revenge on Hardy.

Even having the gorgeous Bella twins by his side has failed to divert Rhodes’ need for revenge, and last week when Matt was in action against The Miz, Cody made his presence felt at ringside by distracting Matt when it seemed he was on the verge of victory. The distraction proved costly as The Miz stole the win and Matt’s winning streak since retuning to Raw last month,

Tazz wasted no time in telling Cody he’d be facing Matt this week, and is Cody now going to regret angering Hardy last Monday night?



Sheamus has only been in the WWE for a couple of weeks, yet he’s already made a very strong impression on the Raw roster, mainly Hardcore Holly & Finlay.

The Celtic Warrior made his debut two weeks back after Finlay & Holly were defeated by The Colon Brothers, and he attacked both of them, leaving them lying helpless in the ring. He made his in ring debut last week and comfortably overcame Holly, but he didn’t anticipate what would happen next. Finlay charged down to the ring and took the fight to him, taking Sheamus well and truly by surprise.

Everybody knows Finlay is no pushover, and if Sheamus didn’t before, he’ll certainly find out Monday night in the UK.



After more than a year on the sidelines, you can understand the confusion and frustration of Gregory Helms when he heard William Regal complaining about being told by Tazz that he will return to being a regular member of the Raw roster.

Helms understandably made his point to Regal, but he was met with a very cold shoulder by the bitter former Executive Assistant to Eric Bischoff. He even went as far to accuse Helms of having a lack of respect, and Helms reacted by showing him the respect he felt Regal deserved by drilling him with a right hand.

Regal was furious as you would expect, and we quickly learnt that the two of them will meet in the ring again this week in singles action this time in Regal’s home country. Will Helms’ right hand spark Regal’s desire to get back in the ring? You would certainly think so.



Two weeks back at the end of Raw, we saw ‘The Nature Boy’ squirming and bleeding, raising many questions as to whether it was a copycat attack like the one on Eric Bischoff.

There’s no doubting that Triple H is the number one suspect as far as this one goes, and Tazz feels the same. He banned both men from the arena last week and announced that the contract signing for their highly anticipated match at SummerSlam will take place on Raw next Monday night in the UK.

Is Triple H responsible for the attack on Flair, on Bischoff, both or neither? We might find out this week, but it’s safe to say all hell could break loose when Ric Flair & Triple H meet face to face this Monday evening live in the UK.



It appears that the detectives leading the investigation to find Eric Bischoff’s attacker have hit a brick wall. That’s what they basically told Tazz last week, as well as that Bischoff is recovering well at home but has no memory of what happened on that night last month. Is the culprit off the hook?



>Confirmed for This Week on Raw!<

World Tag Team Championship
Cryme Time (c) vs The Colon Brothers

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

Plus

Batista , John Cena & Rey Mysterio
vs Randy Orton, The Big Show & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Kofi Kingston & Kelly Kelly vs Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse

Matt Hardy vs Cody Rhodes

Finlay vs Sheamus

Gregory Helms vs William Regal

The contract signing for the Ric Flair/Triple H match at SummerSlam



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This show looks very, very good match-wise. A lot of exciting matches here, some which will finialise the build to SummerSlam well no doubt (mixed tag, six man tag). What I'm most excited for though is the contract signing between Flair and Triple H. Really disappointed we didn't get to see anything between them last week, but this week should make it all worth it with the big signing.

Show looks very exciting. Expect a review when it's up.
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RAW ResultsMonday 11th August 2008
Live From Wembley Arena
London, England





***Opening Video***
“Wanna Be Loved”



*Video Recap*
From Last Week

John Cena vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

JBL was incredibly intense and focused as he watched Cena struggling to his feet by the ropes, and with the crowd willing on the groggy Cena, Layfield got ready to explode with the Clothesline from Hell. As Cena then got up, turned round and stepped away from the ropes, JBL turned back in to the ropes and charged right at his dazed opponent, Cena caught everyone by surprise by ducking under JBL’s arm. Layfield put the brakes on, and as both men turned round in a hurry, Cena reacted the quickest to lift JBL off of his feet and on to his shoulders for the F U. The crowd went nuts, but JBL fought his way down with a series of shots to the head with his elbow.

Cena turned round in to a kick to the gut from Layfield, who then followed up with a release powerbomb. The crowd’s nervousness was obvious as JBL then crawled forward and hooked the leg for a cover, but Cena got his shoulder up at two to the relief of the crowd and the shock of JBL. He was furious and yelled at the referee as Cena began to sit up, and as he tried to get to his feet, the livid JBL turned his attention back to his opponent instead of the referee, but as he hit the ropes and went back at Cena, he ran straight in to a kick to the gut. Cena bent down and lifted JBL off his feet and this time connected with the FU to pick up the victory.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield later stormed back in to his & The Corporation’s dressing room/office with a face like thunder. The Big Show, Vince & Shane McMahon were all sat down on a leather sofa, and they were all low key. Show was sitting on the arm of the sofa as JBL slammed the door and stared directly at him, walking closer and closer towards him.

JBL:
WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU HUH?. . . Don’t tell me you just sat here and. . .

Show stood up, taking JBL by surprise, and it looked like he was surprised at just how big Show is.

The Big Show:
Did you not hear what Tazz said earlier? He made it pretty clear what’d happen if I, or anyone for that matter got involved in your match. . . We’d be out of the elimination chamber. . .

JBL: HEY, WE’RE SUPPOSED T’ BE A TEAM AND THAT COMES FIRST.


The Main Event

“I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD. . .”

Randy Orton
brings his game face with him down the ramp as he shuts out all the boos being thrown at him by the fans in attendance, and he really does look focused as he gets in to the ring and gazes in to the stands, then his music stops.

“I WALK ALONE. . .”

Out comes the WWE Champion, Batista to a huge roar, and he too has his game face on as he walks out to the stage. He runs to each side of the stage, getting really pumped up as the fans cheer for him even more with Orton watching on intently as Batista then walks halfway down the ramp and stops as his pyro goes off. The Animal then carries on down the ramp and gets in the ring, focusing his eyes firmly on The Legend Killer at all times as he takes off his belt and hands it over to the referee.

The Match
Batista made his way back up to his feet, clearly focused as hell as he then dragged the dead weight Orton up to his knees and set him up for the Batista Bomb. Orton then reacted and reached out to grab the referee’s arm. A struggle ensued and Batista let go of Orton, and as Orton got up, Batista went for a clothesline, but Orton ducked it and the referee took the brunt of it instead. He fell to the mat in a heap as Batista looked on in shock, and as he turned round, Orton ducked to his knees and low blowed him to an absolute barrage of boos from the crowd.

With both the WWE Champion and the referee on the mat, The Viper left the ring and took a chair from ringside before slipping back inside as Batista struggled back up, totally unaware of the trouble he was in. The fans again tried to warn him of the danger as Orton banged the chair in to the canvas, and as Batista turned to face him, he swung the chair at him, but The Animal ducked it, leaving Orton shell shocked.

They both turned round in a hurry with Batista reacting first to stomp Orton in the gut before then stealing the chair from Orton. He then lifted the chair up high above his head and brought it down to smash it in to The Viper’s skull to a huge pop. Unfortunately for the WWE Champion, the referee was sitting up and saw him use the chair, leaving him no choice but to disqualify him and award Orton the win.

Boos rang out and The Animal was furious. He threw the chair down and snapped, then dragged the helpless Orton up and set him up for the Batista Bomb, and this time he hit it, lifting The Viper up high above his head before sending him crashing down in to the canvas to a big pop. “I Walk Alone” then blasted out as Batista stood back up and stared down at Orton, who was lying motionless at his feet as the show came to an end with Batista clearly fired up going in to SummerSlam.



{Cut Inside the Arena}


***Pyro***
***Pyro***
***Pyro***


Jim Ross:
Welcome ev’rybody t’ Monday Night Raw, an’ t’night on a very special three hour edition, we come t’ you live from London, England just six days away from the hottest night of the summer.

The Million Dollar Man: Six days JR, that’s all it is. SummerSlam is that close you can taste it.

Jim Ross: We’re not there just yet Ted. Besides we’ve got one hell of a show lined up for ya t’night including two titles on the line. . . First we’ve got Cryme Time defending their World Tag Team titles against Carlito an’ Eddie, The Colon Brothers, an’ later on Melina will be putting the Women’s Championship on the line against Natalya Neidhart, an’ after bein’ attacked by her last week, you’ve got t’ wonder what condition the women’s champ will be in. . . We’re also gonna see the six men that will be steppin’ inside the elimination chamber at SummerSlam this weekend go at when Randy Orton teams up with The Corporation’s JBL an’ The Big Show t’ take on John Cena, Rey Mysterio an’ the WWE Champion, Batista. . . My broadcast colleague’s son will also be in action this evening when he an’ his girlfriend Maryse collide with Kelly Kelly an’ the Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston, just six days before Kofi’s title will be up for grabs when he defends it against Ted DiBiase Junior.

The Million Dollar Man: There might be a whole lot o’ matches t’night JR, but I can’t wait t’ see the contract signing for the Ric Flair Triple H match. I can’t imagine what’s gonna happen when they step inside that ring later on, an’ don’t forget JR, it might just be the last time we see Ric Flair here on Raw.

Jim Ross: I for one hope that’s not the case, but we’ll pass that bridge if we come to it. . . There’s still a lot of action t’ come before Sunday right here t’night in London with Matt Hardy goin’ one on one with Cody Rhodes. . . Gregory Helms takes on the UK’s own William Regal, an’ two Irishmen, Finlay an’ Sheamus will go at it too. It’s gonna be one hell of a night. . .

“I Spit In The Face of People who don’t want to be Cool. . .”

A fuming Eddie Colon makes his way out to the stage (with no black taxi, red phone box or double decker bus) followed by Eric Perez, getting a negative reception from the London crowd. They really don’t look happy as they walk down the ramp.

Jim Ross:
Y’can see that Eddie Colon’s in one foul mood folks, and this is why. . . Earlier t’day, there was an incident involving his brother Carlito an’ the World Tag Team Champions, Cryme Time that they’re scheduled t’ face for the World Tag Team titles right here t’night. . . Take a look.

*Footage of Carlito rowing with both Shad & JTG in the holding area is shown. It shows Cryme Time confronting him about him & Eddie costing them their match against Smackdown’s Petey Williams & Johnny Devine on Superstars two days ago. Carlito simply said he wasn’t sorry and claimed they deserved it, angering Shad who knocked him to the floor and stomped all over him. JTG tried to pull his partner away but Shad had completely lost it and grabbed a metal pole from amongst several leaning up against a stack of production boxes. He hammered it across Carlito’s back several times before JTG finally managed to pull him away. The footage cut forward to later on with Eddie & Perez rushing to see him being put an ambulance and asking Tazz what happened, but he said he didn’t know the full details.


Back in the arena, Eddie & Perez are stood in the ring shaking their head in total anger with Carlito’s younger brother holding a microphone. “Cool” cuts and allows the furious Eddie to speak.

Eddie Colon:
T’night me an’ my brother Carly were supposed t’ become the new World Tag Team Champions, but because of what you just saw, that ain’t gonna happen. . . We were gonna destroy Cryme Time in this ring, but instead of bein’ in this ring where he should be, my brother is in a hospital bed, meaning he can’t wrestle t’night.

*Pop*

Eddie Colon: It’s not funny.

*Laughs*

Eddie Colon: I SAID IT’S NOT FUNNY.

The laughs continue, further irritating the already angry Eddie & Perez.

Eddie Colon:
YOU WON’T BE LAUGHIN’ IN A MINUTE, ‘CAUSE TAZZ I WANT YOU T’ COME OUT HERE RIGHT NOW AN’ STRIP CRYME TIME OF THE TAG TITLES AN’ HAND THEM T’ ME.

*Major Heat*

While the fans are now not so happy, Eddie is smirking, as is Perez.

Eddie Colon:
Yeah, you’re not laughin’ now are ya?. . . Tazz, you saw what they did, now do the right thing an’. . .

“13”

*Big Pop*

Tazz
walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand, looking more serious than normal yet still fairly relaxed.

Tazz:
Eddie look, I sympathise wit’ ya I do, an’ I promise ya, I ain’t happy one bit that this match ain’t goin’ ahead either. I’ve had this match advertised for the last week, so y’can see that right?

Eddie doesn’t look too bothered.

Eddie Colon:
You think I care about that? Your tag team champions are nothin’ but a bunch o’ thugs an’ they should be punished.

Tazz: I agree, an’ they are gonna be punished. . . by you.

Perez & Eddie look very confused standing in the ring.

Tazz:
I ain’t gonna take the titles from ‘em, that’s up t’ you an’ your man right there.

Eddie Colon: What the hell are y’talkin’ bout?

Tazz: Just ‘cause Carlito ain’t here don’t mean you can’t leave wit’ the titles, an’ what better way f’ you t’ punish ‘em.

Eddie looks at Perez and they talk about it for a few seconds while Tazz calmly waits for a response, and he quickly gets one from Eddie.

Eddie Colon:
Alright you’re on.

Tazz: Great, now if y’don’t mind, we’ve got a busy night, so if y’don’t mind, it’s time t’ get things rollin’.

“Yo Yo Yo, Shad Gaspard, JTG, this is Cryme Time. Brooklyn Brooklyn. . .”

Out come Shad Gaspard & JTG, the World Tag Team Champions to a big pop with the hyperactive JTG soaking up the ovation and slapping the hands of the fans as he walks past Tazz and down the ramp. Tazz walks to the back while the more serious Shad strolls down the ramp staring at Eddie & Perez who back up in to their corner and get ready for their title clash.



*The Opening Match*

World Tag Team Championship
Cryme Time (c) vs Eddie Colon & Eric Perez


Colon & Perez were definitely rattled in the opening minutes, obviously not expecting to be competing. Shad & JTG took control very quickly, and after Shad had dominated Eddie in the early going, JTG flew in to action to take it to the younger Colon brother. He got a close two count after a missile dropkick connected, but when he then tried for an irish whip, he failed to see Perez step across the apron and make a blind tag by tapping Eddie’s back. JTG took him Eddie down with a leg lariat after the referee acknowledged the tag, but as he stood up, he was greeted by a huge running boot to the face by Perez. That well and truly turned the lights out on JTG for the time being, but not for long enough as he kicked out of a cover before the ref could count to three.

Perez controlled the match for the next few minutes and managed to keep JTG from making the tag to Shad. That was until he went looking for a big clothesline in the corner that saw JTG step out and to the side while the big Puerto Rican then ran chest first in to the pads. JTG then ran up behind him after taking a short breather and sent him head first down to the canvas with a bulldog. He tried for a quick cover that saw Perez comfortably kick out at two. JTG was still showing the effects as he sat up, and as he tried to crawl across towards his corner to make the tag to Shad, Perez crawled across and desperately grabbed his boot.

The powerhouse then rose to his feet with the boot in hand, but JTG fought for his life, managing to turn round and nail Perez with an enziguri. He didn’t get all of it but it still got a big pop, as did the subsequent tag to Shad. He stepped through the ropes as Perez was getting to his feet. After a couple of clotheslines to the Puerto Rican, the explosive and the focused Gaspard turned back in to the ropes as Perez picked himself back up. As Perez got to a vertical base, he was sent back down to the mat again courtesy of a diving shoulder block that brought a big pop from the crowd. Shad looked in control but that all changed when he whipped Perez in to the ropes and ducked his head.

Perez ran back and kicked him square in the head with Shad’s head snapping right back up before he was then sent down in to the canvas after a twisting belly to belly suplex from the Puerto Rican. Eddie called for the tag and got it a few seconds later, and he climbed all the way up to the top rope instead of entering the ring as Shad began to sit up. He watched closely as Shad got to his feet, and as the Brooklyn native turned to face him, Eddie threw himself at him for a diving cross body, landing on top of Shad and falling to the mat, desperately hooking Shad’s leg for a cover.

The big man kicked out, and as they picked themselves up, Eddie connected with a Russian legsweep, but again Shad kicked out. Eddie was getting very frustrated, and as he got back to his feet, he stalked the struggling Shad for a Backstabber. The crowd tried to warn Shad, as did JTG. Colon was itching to hit it as Shad got closer to his feet, he went after him and grabbed his upper body, but Shad leaned forward and Eddie hit the deck to a big pop. Shad took his time to regroup and leaned on the ropes, and before going back to Eddie, he turned to the side and drove his huge boot in to the face of Perez, sending him off the apron to a big pop.

Eddie struggled up to his feet as Shad then walked past him and made the tag to JTG before going back over to Eddie and lifting him on to his shoulder for a Samoan Drop. Eddie was helpless as JTG then ran at him, and together with Shad they hit the G9. The fans were on their feet and cheering as JTG then scurried across the mat and made the cover, picking up the victory for him & Shad, retaining their titles in the process.

Winners: By pinfall, and still the World Tag Team Champions, Cryme Time @ 7.21.

Aftermath: “Bringin’ Da Hood to You” played to a big pop inside Wembley Arena as the referee collected and then handed the titles over to Cryme Time after JTG & Shad embraced in a guy hug for a couple of seconds, both looking delighted with the win. They then went over to opposite corners and posed with the titles while a pissed Perez reached inside the ring and pulled the groggy Eddie out, who didn’t know what was going as Shad & JTG continued to celebrate.


{Commercial Break}


A sparking black limousine drives in to the parking garage and quickly pulls up. The driver gets out and walks round to the passenger door. Moments later, the WWE Champion, Batista steps out, then followed by ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. The cheers can be heard coming from inside the arena as the suited and booted duo, both in a serious mood make their way through the back.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Hardcore Holly vs. Sheamus

Holly was rolling around in his agony as the menacing Sheamus stood back up and just watched him struggle, and then allowed him to struggle back up to his feet before taking his head off with a ferocious bicycle kick. The Irishman then threw his arms up in the air and lifted his right foot up on to Holly’s chest as the referee then made the cover, counting to three to give Sheamus a successful and dominant debut victory.

“Written In Your Face” hit to heat from the crowd as the intimidated referee grabbed Sheamus’s already raised hand. The Irishman turned to him and gave him a very worrying look, and the referee quickly let go and left the ring. As Sheamus then walked over to the ropes and posed for the crowd, giving them dirty looks too, Finlay snuck in the ring and behind him, then clubbed him in the back, taking Sheamus completely off guard. He knocked Sheamus down on to one knee, but as he pulled him up and turned him round, Sheamus fought back with a series of right hands to send Finlay staggering back and then down to the mat.

An irate Sheamus then backed up as Finlay returned to his feet and then went to hit him with a bicycle kick, but Finlay ducked it as Sheamus almost hit the ropes. As both men turned round, Finlay ran at him and clotheslined him over the top to the outside. Sheamus quickly got back up to his feet as Finlay urged him to get back in the ring, but he just stared at him as “Lambeg” played and Holly sat up behind Finlay, who stood firm and defiant with Sheamus fuming on the outside.



{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #2*

Finlay vs Sheamus


This was a really aggressive match as you would expect with neither man backing down, both taking some stiff shots to the body and head. Sheamus proved that he could hang on in there with the tough guys like Finlay and took charge of the match after catching Finlay and sending him back first in to the mat with the Irish Curse, a side-slam backbreaker. The agony was there for all to see on the face of Finlay as Sheamus then showed no mercy as you would expect and followed up by going for a cover. He was left frustrated as Finlay then got his shoulder up, making The Celtic Warrior even more aggressive.

He didn’t let his opponent move and forcefully rolled him on to his stomach before driving his knee viciously in to his back. With Finlay at his mercy, Sheamus then put him through tremendous pressure by locking in the Camel Clutch. Despite fighting through it as Finlay always does, you could see he was in pain. The fans tried to encourage him by chanting his name and he kept on fighting with Sheamus beginning to look worried as Finlay dragged himself closer to the ropes. Sheamus was definitely panicking as Finlay got within touching distance and then reached out as far as he could and grabbed the bottom rope to a big pop from the fans.

Sheamus was livid and didn’t let go until the count of four, and even then he stood up right away only so he could stomp the hell out of his opponent. The ref then got in between him and the ropes to allow Finlay the chance to recover. Sheamus wasn’t happy about at all and went after him again, but Finlay sat up and grabbed Sheamus, catching him completely by surprise and tossing him through the ropes down to the floor below. That got another pop from the crowd and the fans in the front couple of rows with Sheamus and the announce table in front of them stood up and started throwing insults at him.

Finlay slid out under the bottom rope as Sheamus used the announce table to help him up. The Celtic Warrior turned round and blocked Finlay’s attempts to smash his head in to the table before grabbing Finlay’s head and driving it hard in to the table. Finlay slumped down on his knees as JR & The Million Dollar Man panicked, stood up and backed away from the table while Sheamus turned his head and caught a glimpse of a steel chair that might as well have been screaming at him. He scared Lilian Garcia to death and she panicked like JR & DiBiase, leaving her seat unattended.

Sheamus picked it up and went right back at Finlay who was getting back up to his feet. The referee stopped counting them out and left the ring to try and get the chair off of Sheamus, trying to grab it from him. Finlay had turned round in time to hammer Sheamus with a hard kick to the gut, and he then stole the chair from him before blasting him in the skull with it to a pop from the crowd. Sheamus fell to the arena floor and the referee called for the bell, disqualifying Finlay and awarding the win to Sheamus.

Winner: Sheamus by DQ @ 4.40.

Aftermath: Boos rang out and Finlay then dropped the chair, staring down at Sheamus who was squirming on the arena floor. “Written in Your Face” played as Finlay smirked at the sight of Sheamus on the floor for a split second before backing away as Sheamus gazed at him with absolute contempt. It didn’t worry Finlay at all as he just stared back at him.


{Commercial Break}


AWE-SOME. . . I CAME TO, CAME T’ PLAY, THERE’S A PRICE T’ PAY. . .”

The Miz
makes his way out to the stage, dressed in jeans with a really smug grin on his face.


*Tons of Boos*

He happily ignores the boos as he strolls down the ramp without a care in the world. As he climbs up the steps, he picks a microphone up off the apron and enters the ring to be met by a very negative reception from the London crowd. It doesn’t bother him one bit however as he just stands there grinning as his music then cuts, freeing him up to speak to his not so adoring public.

The Miz:
In the year twenty twelve, London will host the Olympic games, but t’night you get something much bigger. You get something AWES-OME, ‘cause t’night you get THE MIZ!

*Major Heat*

The Miz: That’s right London, The Miz is here to bring some excitement, some entertainment to your boring, tedious lives, but if that’s not enough for ya, this Sunday at SummerSlam, I The Miz will humiliate and embarrass John Morrison in front of a worldwide television audience.

*Boos*

The Miz: Oh believe it ‘cause it’s gonna happen. I’m gonna make John Morrison look an even bigger loser than he already is, so much so in fact that you’d think he was born an’ raised here in London, England.

*Chorus of Boos*

The Miz is just smirking as the fans boos the holy hell out of him, and he really doesn’t care at all.

The Miz:
Alright, alright, but seriously, this Sunday night I’m going t’ make John Morrison eat his words. . . See he told me, John Morrison told me that in this ring, he’s better than me.

*Pop*

The Miz: I mean come on, but I’m telling you all here an’ now he should’ve known better. He knows me better than t’ question me, an’ he should never ‘ave doubted The Miz. I’m the most determined individual you’re ever likely t’ meet. I’M A BORN COMPETITOR, I WAS BORN T’ BE A STAR AN’ I BUSTED MY ASS T’ BE THE STAR I AM T’DAY. . . An’ John, I’m gonna bust my ass at SummerSlam t’ prove t’ you exactly what I’ve said all along. . . I’M THE MIZ, AN’ I’M AWES-OME!

*Heat*

The Miz: All those weeks ago when John Morrison questioned my desire t’ be a wrestler, deep down he was sure as hell he could beat me, but d’ y’think he believes that now, really? I don’t think so. All y’need t’ do is look back t’ last week when he blind sided me after I beat Matt Hardy. He’s had t’ resort t’ cheap shots because now he knows what I’ve known all this time, that I’m better than him and I will defeat him this Sunday.

*Boos*

The Miz: I’m sorry t’ tell you all that but it’s the truth. I know you’ve not got a lot t’ look forward to aside from oh boy the Olympics, I just don’t wanna get your hopes ‘cause if you all think John Morrison’s gonna beat me at SummerSlam, well let’s say you’re gonna be disappointed, just like you were when your soccer team didn’t even make it t’ your precious European Championships this summer

*Heat*

The Miz: John Morrison is going t’ regret the day he ever questioned The Miz an’ my desire t’ be a star in this ring because he’s going t’ get The Miz at his absolute best, an’ there’s nothing he can do but accept inevitable defeat like all you have your entire lives.

*Major Heat*

The Miz: John I know you’re listenin’ back there so I’ll make this real clear for ya. . . In six days at SummerSlam when we step inside this ring, I’ll force you to eat your words, because your less talented, less driven former tag team partner is going t’ beat you an’ show the entire world that he’s going to be the WWE’s headline star for the next decade while you. . .

“LISTEN, THIS AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE. . . COME ON, OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE. . .”

*Big Pop*


‘The Monday Night Delight’ John Morrison hits the stage and cracks a smile for the fans, but his attention is firmly on The Miz, and The Miz doesn’t look happy at all at being interrupted by the man he’ll face Sunday at SummerSlam. Dressed in his casual clothes like The Miz, Morrison coolly walks down to the ring already holding a microphone, and as he steps in to the ring, The Miz glares at him with intense hatred. Morrison stares back with less anger as his music grinds to a halt.

John Morrison:
You know my friend, I applaud you for finally getting some focus. We all know that’s one of the main problems you’ve always had. Well that and being the world’s biggest jackass.

*Big Pop*

The Miz is the only one who doesn’t see the funny side as he glares angrily in to the stands.

John Morrison:
Hey look, you’re never going to change I get that, but I warn you, you’re going to look very foolish when you can’t back up these big words. . . I mean, star of the decade, really as you might say. Come on now, even you must see you’re getting a little ahead of yourself there.

It appears The Miz doesn’t think so as he stares right at his former partner, showing him he means what he says.

John Morrison:
Okay then, look at it this way. We’ve not had our match yet and you’re already talking about embarrassing me and going on to be the next megastar in the world of sports entertainment. You do realise that there’s the possibility things might not go your way because you’re not the only one who’s going out to make a name for yourself. . . See I didn’t get in this business because it was cool and there was a reality contest I thought I could win, even though I did in a manner of speaking. . . I did it because I’ve wanted it my entire life. For years I dreamed about the mere thought of having the chance to perform at events like SummerSlam and WrestleMania, and now I have my chance, I’m going to show you and everyone watching around the world what John Morrison can do, and I couldn’t wish to do it against a more selfish, arrogant and deluded individual like you.

*Big Pop*

Miz stares right at Morrison, who is also very serious now.

The Miz:
You think I’m deluded do you John, really? We’ll see won’t we when I beat you an’ make you look stupid for thinkin’ otherwise.

John Morrison: You’ll never learn will you? Talk is cheap and the time for talking is nearly over. Then it all comes down to SummerSlam, and there Miz, the better man will win. . .

The Miz: . . . Yeah an’ you’re lookin’ at ‘im.

John Morrison: We’ll see, we’ll see.

The Miz: Yeah we will.

Morrison grins and turns to walk away but The Miz walks up behind him and tries to grab him. The Monday Night Delight turns quickly and squares up to him, then stares at him, practically daring him to try something.

The Miz thinks better of it though and backs off with Morrison standing firm, unsettling and angering The Miz, who then just watches as Morrison backs up and climbs through the ropes while keeping his eyes firmly on The Miz.

“Ain’t No Make Believe” plays again as he jumps down to the floor with The Miz watching him the entire time, and they both clearly mean business as they head in to SummerSlam this Sunday.



{Cut Backstage}


Cody Rhodes is walking through the hallway with the Bella Twins, Brie & Nikki on either arm. Looking quite serious and ready to compete, he bumps in to Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham:
Cody, have you got a minute?

Cody stops and doesn’t seem to mind.

Cody Rhodes:
Sure Todd, fire away.

Todd Grisham: In just a matter of minutes you’ll be going one on one with Matt Hardy. I just wanted t’ get your thoughts.

Cody smirks, clearly amused by something.

Cody Rhodes:
You want my thoughts on Matt Hardy do y’Todd?. . . Yeah I can do that. . . To put it simply, Matt Hardy is nothing but a joke. He’s come over here to the ‘A’ show t’ try and make a name for himself on Raw, but at the end of the day all ev’ryone sees when they look at Matt is Jeff’s brother. . . Basically Todd he’s living off the reputation of someone who’s got more suspensions for being nothing but a junkie to his name than titles, and Jeff’s the more successful of the two. . . Quite frankly Todd it’s pathetic, and that’s what I’m going t’ make Matt look like t’night when I beat him in the middle of the ring. I guarantee it.

Cody grins in to the camera but Grisham looks like he doesn’t agree or approve of Cody’s comments or attitude. Cody then turns to look at both the Twins.

Cody Rhodes:
Come on ladies, let’s go.

Rhodes then walks out of the shot with a disapproving Grisham shaking his head while watching Cody & the twins walk away.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Matt Hardy vs. The Miz

With Matt on the brink of victory and urging his struggling opponent back up, anger got the better of Cody, who stood up at the announce table, took his headset off and threw it down, and Matt saw him. Cody then walked towards the apron, causing Matt to turn his back on The Miz, who was getting to his knees at the time. Hardy called Cody to get in the ring, but he wasn’t having any of it and just taunted Matt, who was then caught off guard by The Miz who crawled up behind him and rolled up while using the ropes as leverage, resting his feet on them as the oblivious ref counted to three.



{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #3*

Matt Hardy vs Cody Rhodes w/The Bella Twins


Matt was insanely over with the English fans who continuously chanted “Hardy”, much to the frustration of Cody. It was a more focused Cody than we’ve seen in recent weeks, and he felt the benefit of having the Bella Twins in his corner. Matt started the match on fire and Cody couldn’t get a look in. That was until Matt went up top for a moonsault with Cody flat out on the canvas. Brie or Nikki, it’s hard to tell which stood up on the apron and distracted the referee, who immediately walked over to her and told her to get down. And at the same time, the other twin stood up on the apron several feet away from Matt and shook the ropes, and he fell backwards and hit the mat.

The fans booed as both twins stepped down off the apron smiling while the ref turned around and saw both men barely moving on the canvas. When they both made it back to their feet it was Cody who finally found a way in to the match when he ducked a clothesline, and with nothing but desperation clubbed him in the back and planted Matt with a reverse DDT. He managed to control the match for the next few minutes but Matt came back firing, rolling out of the way of a pointed knee drop and getting to his feet to duck a wild right from Cody and send him down with a ricochet.

The crowd cheered as Matt took a few seconds to get his breath back, but Cody was up for the fight and didn’t stay down for long. That spurred Matt back in to action and he picked himself back up too, watching Cody struggle to his. He grabbed Rhodes’ arm as soon as he was up and whipped him in to the corner, then followed in with a hard clothesline. He grabbed Cody’s head as he hit him and turned round with Cody’s head under his arm before running out and driving his head down in to the canvas with a bulldog, resulting in a big pop breaking out inside Wembley Arena.

Matt then stood up with the fans still cheering and headed back in to the corner where he climbed up to the second rope and then jumped off to hit a diving leg drop on Cody. Matt didn’t waste a second in going for cover, but Cody kicked out before the ref could count to three. Matt was fired up and was back up on his feet straight away, urging his opponent to get his, and slowly but surely, Cody began to sit up. The Bellas looked worried and watched on as Hardy then pulled Cody up from his knees before sending him right back down courtesy of a Side Effect. The fans were going nuts as Matt then stood right back up and urged Cody to get up again, seemingly getting ready to hit the Twist of Fate.

The Bellas really did panic then, and one of them jumped up to the apron, getting the referee’s attention again. He wasn’t happy and yelled at her to get down, but she didn’t. Matt turned round and walked across, then told her to get down too as Cody sat up, not seeming to know exactly where he was. She eventually backed down and stepped down to the floor, allowing Matt to get back on track. He walked over to Cody and pulled him up from his knees and set him up for the Twist of Fate, getting the crowd going again. The other Bella twin then stepped up on to the apron, really angering both Matt and the referee. Matt let go of Cody and walked over to the apron, then grabbed her by the arm.

The English fans were urging him to hit her, but that never looked likely. The other Bella slid her purse in to the ring to Cody, who grabbed it right away like he knew it was coming. The ref told Matt he’d deal with the Bella, and as Matt then turned round while the ref dealt with the troublesome twin, Cody nailed him with the purse and Matt immediately fell to the canvas. He wasn’t moving at all and the lights were out as Cody slid the purse back to the twin and then covered Matt before shouting at the ref to turn round. He did just that as the other Bella dropped to the floor and watched on in delight as the ref counted to three.

Winner: Cody Rhodes by pinfall @ 8.33.

Aftermath: “Out To Kill” played to a ton of heat and Cody stood up with a real smug look on his face. He revelled in the reaction of the crowd as the Bellas then joined him in the ring and raised his arm in victory, generating even more heat inside Wembley Arena. He then directed them to leave the ring with him, and as they got to the ramp, Matt was coming round but was still very dazed.

He looked towards Cody & the Bellas, and Cody then told her to do something, looking in direction at the purse. She then opened it and pulled out a brick, amusing Cody greatly. Matt wasn’t amused as he looked on with Cody laughing with the Bella twin waving the brick at Matt before dropping it by the side of the ramp. She, her sister and Cody were all giggling away as Matt sat up holding his head in the ring.


{Cut Backstage}


Leticia Cline is looking very glamorous as is the norm, and she’s standing by at the interview set.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time, the United Kingdom’s own, William Regal.

*Massive Pop*

The camera zooms out, showing a very serious and angry looking William Regal standing alongside Leticia while the deafening cheers filter through to the back, having no effect on him whatsoever.

Leticia Cline:
William in a few minutes you’ll be competing in your first match for quite some time now. How are you feeling about getting back in the ring after so long here in your home country, and have you had a change of mind since last week about becoming a full time wrestler again?

Regal looks quite confused and angry with Leticia’s comments.

William Regal:
Home? Do you really think is my home?. . . Listen dear, my home is the north of England, not the bloody south. Being in London is like being back in the disgusting United States of America, full of arrogant, selfish individuals who think they’re better than ev’ryone else.

*Boos*

William Regal: And as a matter of fact I am very much looking forward to the prospect of giving that disrespectful potty mouth Gregory Helms a damn good hiding for the way he spoke to me last week. Now if that’s all young lady, I shall bid you good night.

Regal turns round and walks off straight away, slightly surprising Leticia.

Leticia Cline:
O-kay.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

William Regal:
. . . now that my contract as his executive assistant has been terminated, I was informed earlier this evening that I am expected to return to being a full time wrestler. . . I want you to know Tazz that I will be consulting my lawyer about the way in which I have been treated as it is nothing short of appalling and I will not stand for it. I’ve worked for this company for ten years and I deserve to be treated. . .

“Firestorm” played to a pop and Gregory Helms walked out in to the arena. Dressed casually, he shook his head as he looked at Regal on his way down to the ring, and Regal was both stunned and disgusted by the interruption.

Gregory Helms:
What the hell’s wrong with you huh? You’re standin’ in the middle of a wrestlin’ ring complain’ about bein’ told y’have t’ wrestle again? . . . if you don’t wrestle, what the hell are you doin’ here?. . . I mean, I’ve only just got back after over a year on the sidelines when I thought I might never get in the ring again, an’ here you are whinin’ about havin’ to do what ev’ryone else in that locker room’s dreamed about for years an’ years. . . If you don’t wanna be here, why don’t you just get lost and piss an’ moan at home?

William Regal: You think you’re so wise don’t you young man? Let me give you an important lesson that’ll set you well. Respect goes a long way and you should show some if you wish to avoid being dealt with like you would have been had you got in to this business when I started out. . .

Gregory Helms: . . . Respect huh? I can show you respect, the respect you deserve.

Helms then slapped Regal across the face out of nowhere, taking everyone by surprise, especially Regal, who then threw a wild right at Helms. He blocked it though and nailed Regal with a right hand of his own, getting a huge cheer from the fans as the Englishman hits the deck. Helms stared down at Regal who sat up holding his face, glaring right back at him.


{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #4*

Gregory Helms vs William Regal


As soon as Helms stepped inside the ring, Regal went right after him, catching him by surprise. The ref was able to pull him away from Helms when he started pummelling him in the corner with a series of closed and hard right hands. Helms was able to fight back for a short period when he caught Regal with a boot to the face when the Englishman stepped back in to the corner. The boot sent him staggering back out of the corner as Helms then pulled himself up to the second rope before diving off and connecting with a cross body.

Regal lifted him off at the count of two and caught him with a vicious jab to the chin when they both got to their feet. Helms fell in a heap and Regal dropped to his knees immediately. He grabbed and lifted Helms’ head off the mat and pummelled him again with some brutal right hands. The ref told him to pack it in, but he didn’t. Regal then stood up and got in the referee’s face before shoving him to the mat with no regard whatsoever. He left the ref with no option as he sat up to call for the bell and disqualify him.

Winner: Gregory Helms by DQ @ 1.12.

Aftermath: Regal went back to Helms and unloaded with more right hands before eventually letting go of his head as Helms’ head fell back and hit the canvas. He was all but out of it as the relentless Englishman turned him on to his back and then locked in the Regal Stretch. There were a mixture of both cheers and boos from the English fans as they watched the ruthless Regal make Helms scream like hell, and the Carolina native was clearly in agony and started tapping out.

The referee got back to his feet and tried his best to pull Regal off of Helms. It took him almost ten seconds to do so but he managed it, much to the annoyance of Regal, who just glared angrily at the defiant referee who then told him to leave the ring, and reluctantly he did. The ref then went to check on the squirming and hurt Helms as the irate Regal watched on from the ramp.


{Cut Backstage}


Randy Orton is in his locker room taping up his wrists, and then the intimidating sight of JBL & The Big Show walk in to his room. As they walk towards him, Vince & Shane McMahon follow them with Orton looking confused, not showing any signs of being intimidated by them despite the serious expressions on each member of The Corporation.

Vince McMahon:
Randy, you mind if we have a word with you?

Orton tilts his head to the side for a second, not showing much interest in what he has to say.

Vince McMahon:
Look we need t’ talk things through. See Sunday at SummerSlam, my boys here are gonna be working t’gether in the elimination chamber t’ get the job done, and t’night when you join forces with them, the task is the same. The one diff’rence is we can make life a whole lot easier for ourselves, and so could you. Between us we can all but eliminate Cena, Batista and Mysterio before they even step inside the chamber.

Orton seems to be a little more receptive in to what Vince is saying, and it appears he may be interested.

Vince McMahon:
Now even though we want t’ bring the WWE Championship home t’ The Corporation, I know how much you want t’ get your hands back on the title, but t’gether Randy we could be the strongest unit ever assembled in the hist’ry of sports entertainment. We could wreak havoc in the elimination chamber and then it doesn’t matter who leaves with the title. The best man will truly win. . . Think about it, we could destroy ev’ryone in sight and dominate Raw for years t’ come. What d’ y’say?

The deadly serious Orton glances at both JBL & Show as well as Shane before turning back to Vince.

Randy Orton:
I appreciate the offer Vince but the only person I fight for is myself. Evolution found that out for themselves four years ago and I’ve done fine for myself ever since, just like I’m going to at SummerSlam when I reclaim what should be mine, the WWE Championship.

Vince is obviously very angry at not getting the response he wanted or expected. There are also angry faces behind him.

Vince McMahon:
ALRIGHT HAVE IT YOUR WAY YOU UNGRATEFUL SON OF A BITCH. I BROUGHT YOU T’ THIS COMPANY AND THIS IS THE THANKS I GET?. . . Y’know what? Fine. We don’t need you. Just you remember Randy that if you’re not with us, you’re against us.

The red faced Vinny Mac stares furiously at the resolute Orton for a couple of seconds before turning round and walking out of the room, followed by his son and the also unhappy pair of JBL & The Big Show. Orton watches them leave, remaining very serious indeed as we go to the commercial break.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Melina
walking across the apron before her match when she was attacked from behind by Natalya Neidhart. Melina fell to her knees and Natalya pushed her inside the ring, then slid in herself and stomped all over the Women’s Champion with the crowd continuing to boo. It doesn’t stop the relentless Canadian who grabbed her by the legs and pulled her in to the centre of the ring to apply the Sharpshooter to a ton of heat. Melina furiously tapped out with the sadistic Natalya taking no notice whatsoever, continuing to make her suffer as three officials ran down the ramp and in to the ring. They begged her to get off Melina, but she didn’t budge as Melina continued to scream and tap. The refs then used force to get the livid Neidhart off of her rival, and she was furious. She glared at them as Melina lay there helpless on the mat. The sadistic & remorseless Neidhart’s expression turned to a sick smile, clearly satisfied & amused by the sight of the women’s champion in a world of hurt.


{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #5*

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


Melina, the WWE Women’s Champion was like a different woman as she made her way down to the ring. She ignored the paps as she walked down the red carpet with her eyes fixed on only one person, Natalya. They both had their game faces on before the bell had even rung, and Melina caught Natalya cold in the opening part of the match, sending her challenger the message that she was up for the fight and determined to hang on to her title. As the match progressed, it became more of an even contest with Neidhart obviously frustrated at both hers and Melina’s start.

She soon exercised her ruthless streak and dominated the champion, putting her in real trouble when she reversed an irish whip and took her down to the mat with a bone wrenching tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Melina was rolling round in agony, but not for long as Natalya found the opportunity to inflict even more pain on the already damaged back by applying the Sharpshooter. Boos echoed the arena as she put Melina through absolute hell in the middle of the ring with seemingly not much hope for the Women’s Champion. Despite the suffering there for all to see on her face, she held on for as long as she could and reacted to the support she received from the crowd.

She slowly dragged herself towards the ropes, getting very close to the sheer anger and frustration of Natalya who dialled up the pressure to put even more on Melina and her back. She kept on fighting and sent the crowd crazy when she fought her way to the ropes and grabbed hold of the bottom rope, holding on to it for dear life while Natalya turned round in horror. She was stunned and let the hold go with Melina dragging her whole body on to the apron while Neidhart stood up and stared down at her with nothing but evil intentions. The challenger then dragged her up and away from the ropes with Melina looking in real trouble.

It looked as if there was nothing left in the tank for the Women’s Champion as Natalya then pulled her in to place for the Nattie By Nature, a sitout spinning powerbomb. She lifted Melina up above her head and was about to bring her crashing down on to the already battered back, but Melina continued to fight for her life and her title by using all her energy to counter in to a hurricanrana to the delight of the crowd. She kept the momentum going by continuing to frustrate her challenger, ducking a loose attempt for a clothesline and planting her out of nowhere with a single arm DDT.

She couldn’t take full advantage for a few seconds but then crawled across on her knees still looking in a bad way as she threw her arm across Neidhart’s chest for a cover, only for Natalya to kick out just before the ref’s hand could come down for a third time. Melina lifted her head up looking absolutely gutted and worn out. With Natalya also struggling, it gave Melina some respite too, and she only stood back up when Natalya showed signs of moving. Melina pulled her weary opponent up to her feet and whipped her in to the corner with no real impact due to the fatigue.

Natalya’s back hit the pads and Melina ran in at her only for Natalya to turn to the side and drive her elbow in to the face of the Women’s Champion who was sent staggering out of the corner in a spin. As she turned round, Natalya ran out at her super kick. The crowd cheered like mad and thought it was over with Natalya laid out on the canvas. Melina almost crumbled at the knees and fell down on top of her opponent and hooked a leg. The ref rushed to his knees and made the count, but somehow someway, Natalya got her shoulder up just in time to prolong her title challenge that little bit further.

Melina leaned back on to her knees and held her head in her hands looking devastated and shell shocked that Natalya escaped that one. She quickly got back on with business and stood back up as the very weary looking Natalya lifted her head up off the mat. Melina pulled her up and set her up for the Last Call, a leg trap sunset flip powerbomb. She took a second too long as Natalya proved she was up to the fight by lifting her over her head with a back body drop. Both divas fought through the pain they were feeling and got back up to their feet.

Melina blocked a right hand and hit Natalya with a couple of european uppercuts, putting her on the back foot. The champion then turned round and hit the ropes, but as she came back, Natalya reacted like a cat, grabbing her around the waist and sending her down to the mat with a belly to belly suplex. With Melina obviously suffering, Natalya tried to end the match there and then, but Melina kicked out at two. Natalya got back to business immediately, standing back up and bringing the champion with her before then whipping her in to the corner.

She then ran at Melina and in to a raised boot from the Women’s Champion. Neidhart staggered out of the corner holding his face as Melina followed her out and caught Neidhart totally by surprise to hit an inverted STF, the California Dream to a big pop. Neidhart wasn’t moving as Melina desperately hooked both her opponent’s legs as the referee counted to three to give the champion a very impressive and huge victory.

Winner: By pinfall, and still the WWE Women’s Champion, Melina @ 8.09.

Aftermath: “Paparazzi” played to a big pop as a delighted yet suffering Melina stood up to get her title passed to her. She then got her arm raised and lifted her title aloft too in the other hand, still breathing heavily but clearly appreciating the response she was getting from the fans. She then left the ring as Natalya started to come round, and as Melina got to the ramp and turned round to face the cheering crowd, the result dawned on Natalya and she looked stunned. Melina smiled back at her and thrust her title up in the air again to a big pop with Neidhart still looking shocked.


{Cut Backstage}


A smiling Leticia Cline is standing by once again.

Leticia Cline:
Joining me at this time is the WWE Champion, BatistAAA!

*Huge Pop*

The camera zooms out and Batista’s standing there in his ring gear with the WWE title shining on his shoulder, and it appears to be the more serious than usual Batista that we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks.

Leticia Cline:
Batista, we’ve just seen one champion defend her title successfully, how do you feel about your chances of doing the same as Melina in retaining the WWE Championship when you defend it against five other men in the elimination chamber at SummerSlam?

Batista: First and foremost, no matter what Triple H or anyone else says, I deserve t’ be the WWE Champion. I won it fair an’ square, an’ I can tell ya it means a hell of a lot to hold this title. That’s why I’m gonna fight like hell t’ keep it, an’ ‘cause I have t’ defend it in the elimination chamber, I’m gonna have t’ fight like hell t’ even stand a chance of walkin’ out with the title around my waist. . . But the best thing about the chamber is Leticia, it is hell an’ I can’t wait t’ get in there.

*Cheers*

Batista: I can’t wait t’ get in there an’ beat people up. It’s what I do best, an’ if I’m gonna walk out of SummerSlam as the WWE Champion, I’m gonna have t’ be at my best an’ give it absolutely ev’rything I have. As long as I’m still breathing, then I’ll still be fighting.

Leticia Cline: Well t’night you’re involved in another fight with all of the men you’ll be facing this Sunday. How do you feel about that?

Batista: The way I see it, it’s a chance t’ put ev’ryone on warning, even my partners who’ll find out just what they’ll be up against at SummerSlam. . . Randy Orton wants t’ talk about how I should be worried about him. The only thing I’m worrying about is doing whatever it takes t’ get the job done an’ make sure I remain the WWE Champion.

Leticia Cline: One last question Dave. I can’t let you go without asking you about Ric Flair and his match with Triple H at SummerSlam. Many people are questioning whether he has what it takes to beat Triple H at this stage of his career. Do you think he has what it takes to beat Triple H and save his career?

Batista: Leticia, there’s no doubt in my mind that on any given night, Ric Flair can beat anyone, even me. I just hope he can do it but I know he can.

Leticia Cline: Thanks Batista and good luck t’night, and Sunday.

Batista: Thanks.

She smiles widely and what could be described as flirtatiously at the WWE Champion who smiles back before walking out of the shot leaving a glowing Leticia all alone.


{Commercial Break}


Jim Ross & The Million Dollar Man are stood in the centre of the ring, both with microphones in their hand with “Ready to Roll” by Jet Black, the theme song for Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view playing in the background.

Jim Ross:
Well folks, we’re nearly there. We’re just six days from SummerSlam, the hottest night of the summer an’ what a night it’s gonna be.


Jim Ross: From the Smackdown side o’ things, we’re gonna see ‘The Straight-Edge Superstar’ CM Punk defend the World Heavyweight Championship against ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels.

The Million Dollar Man: Y’know JR, I don’t know a whole lot about CM Punk, but I’m very familiar with Shawn Michaels. . . We all know on his night, not many people can touch ‘im. But I gotta say JR, what I’ve seen from CM Punk, he’s a competitor alright. He surprised the hell out o’ me when he walked out o’ The Great American Bash with the world title, an’ he looked great against Bobby Lashley, a real tough cookie on Smackdown last week. I think we’re gonna have quite the contest on our hands when these two guys square up Sunday.



Jim Ross: No doubt about that Ted, but CM Punk’s not the only champ’ on Smackdown with a major challenge on his hands. . . Shelton Benjamin has failed t’ beat Matt Sydal on no less than three occasions, an’ if he can’t beat Sydal this weekend, we’re gonna have a new United States Champion.

The Million Dollar Man: Of all the guys I’ve seen JR, this Matt Sydal kid’s impressed me time an’ time again. I know he beat Benjamin at the King of the Ring, somethin’ I’m sure the champ’ doesn’t need pointin’ out to him. . . For me Sydal’s got it all an’ I think he’s got in Benjamin’s head so much so he’s got ‘im questionin’ whether he can beat ‘im. An’ like y’say JR, he has t’ beat him or else he won’t be the champ’ much longer.



Jim Ross: Well there’s no title at stake here but this is as personal as it gets when two brothers, Edge an’ Christian finally go at it.

The Million Dollar Man: Trust me JR, you don’t need a title waved in front o’ your face t’ make y’wanna beat the holy hell out o’ someone, an’ that’s exactly what these two guys are gonna do Sunday, make no mistake about it.



Jim Ross: I might be Raw through an’ through, but I can’t tell y’how much I’m lookin’ forward t’ seein’ The Undertaker get his hands on Chris Jericho.

The Million Dollar Man: What, you’re sayin’ Jericho’s got a big mouth JR? I’m sure The Undertaker sees it that way too, an’ I’ve been watchin’ this closely I can tell ya. I’m very int’rested t’ see if Jericho can put his money where his mouth is. I hope for his sake he realises before Sunday just how big a hole he’s dug f’ himself, ‘cause he’s pushed the dead man so far it might be too late for him t’ find his way out of it.



Jim Ross: Well Ted, Jericho’s not the only one with a big mouth, an’ SummerSlam is gonna be a big night in the careers of both The Miz an’ John Morrison.

The Million Dollar Man: I always love it when former friends go at it an’ this is no diff’rent. . . We all know how big a mouth both Jericho an’ The Miz have, but at least y’can say Jericho’s kind o’ earned the right. The Miz hasn’t done a thing just yet. He’s got talent, an’ unfortunately f’ him, so does his opponent. . . John Morrison’s one hell of an athlete an’ he’s not got the attitude The Miz does. I’m really lookin’ forward t’ see how these kids do JR.



Jim Ross: Well speakin’ o’ kids Ted, that brings us on t’ yours, an’ this weekend he’ll be challenging Kofi Kingston f’ the Intercontinental Championship. . . We all know your relationship with Ted Junior isn’t great right now, but I have t’ ask y’Ted, how would it make y’feel if he does indeed become the Intercontinental Champion at SummerSlam?

The Million Dollar Man: I think ev’ryone knows by now that I’m not exactly happy about Ted’s attitude an’ his actions as of late, but even so, if he can beat Kofi, who I think is one hell of a talent, then I’d be happy f’ him. He’s my son after all an’ I’d love t’ see him succeed. Whether he does or not is another question entirely ‘cause he’s gonna be in for a real tough night against Kofi Sunday night.



Jim Ross: He may well be the greatest of all time, but this may well be the last time we see the greatest of all time doin’ what he’s done better than anyone else in hist’ry when he meets ‘The King of Kings’ Triple H.

The Million Dollar Man: JR, I consider myself very lucky to have stepped in the ring with a ton o’ great wrestlers throughout my career, but there’s no one better than ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Some would say his career’s gone on too long an’ some would say they’d love t’ see nothin’ more than The Nature Boy go on an’ on, but if he’s gonna do that, he’s gonna have t’ beat Triple H. . . As far as I’m concerned, if he can do that then he deserves t’ go on for as long as he wants.



Jim Ross: This ain’t a match you’ll ever ‘ave been in Ted I guarantee it, the elimination chamber, a match that shortens careers f’ sure. An’ if that’s enough for ya, the WWE Championship will be on the line with Batista havin’ t’ defend the gold against no less than five men.

The Million Dollar Man: Y’know JR, there’s a whole lot o’ talk about how the guys ‘ave got it so much easier these days than we did, but I’m tellin’ ya, we never had anythin’ like this. I’ve been a ton o’ tough matches an’ had the crap beat out o’ me in my time, but I don’t mind sayin’ I’m glad I never went in one o’ these.

Jim Ross: Oh yeah, me too. I can only imagine the pain an’ the torture those guys must go through. I’m sure whoever walks out o’ the elimination chamber an’ SummerSlam as the WWE Champion will feel it’s worth it though. . . Well there y’go folks, that’s what we’ve got lined up for y’this weekend. I hope y’can join us, an’ all y’have t’ do t’ do so is contact your local cable provider or log on to WWE dot com for more information.

“Priceless”

*A Lot of Boos*

Ted DiBiase Jr
enters Wembley Arena in his ring gear, along with his gorgeous French girlfriend, Maryse, also dressed to compete. They both have their game faces on and ignore the boos being thrown in their direction by the English fans, and there’s some definite tension between DiBiase Jr and his father. As the junior member of the family gets closer to the ring, he & The Million Dollar Man give each some extremely dirty looks.

Ted Jr then gets in the ring and sits on the middle rope to let Maryse in. He then walks over to his father and continues to give him an evil stare before stealing his microphone from him. Both JR & DiBiase Sr look disgusted with Ted Jr, and they leave the ring with Maryse giving them a sarcastic wave goodbye. Ted’s music cuts and he finally takes his eyes off of his dad to address the crowd.

Ted DiBiase Jr:
Before we get down to business, there’s something I have to get off my chest once and for all. . . For the last few weeks, I’ve been harassed non-stop and been accused of attacking Eric Bischoff, and it doesn’t seem t’ matter how much I say I had nothing t’ do with it. . . So here I am saying this for the last time, I had nothing, absolutely nothing t’ do with what happened to him and there’s no evidence t’ say I did. And if the harassment and the accusations continue, I will contact my lawyer and sue anyone who says diff’rent.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase Jr: I’m sick of it. I’m six days away from an Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam, the biggest match of my career. I don’t need anymore distractions getting in the way of becoming the Intercontinental Champion when I beat my dad’s golden boy, Kofi Kingston.

*Big Pop*

Ted DiBiase Jr: I know that just like my dad, you all love Kofi Kingston, but I’m telling you here and now that Kofi’s not this hero you all make him out t’ be. The only reason he’s the Intercontinental Champion is because until now he’s not faced anybody worthy of the title, just like him. That’s why you better soak it up t’night ‘cause it’s the last time you’ll see Kofi Kingston on Raw as the Intercontinental Champion.

*More Boos*

Ted DiBiase Jr: But don’t worry about it Kofi ‘cause you’ll still be left with the one thing you care about more than the title. . . that bimbo Kelly Kelly, not that you’ll admit it though. . . We see it Kofi and that’s why we’ve been screwin’ with the pair of ya. We’ve got in your head through her Kofi and that's why I'll beat you Sunday and take the Intercontinental title from you. . . I don't need to pay people off like my dad did. I. . .

“S.O.S. I HERE ‘EM CALLIN’. . .”

*Massive Pop*


A hot Kofi Kingston storms through the curtain in to the arena, locking his eyes on DiBiase Jr right away. He’s followed by a nervous Kelly Kelly with DiBiase & Maryse laughing in the ring, but it’s not long before an unusually irate Kofi climbs in the ring and goes right after DiBiase. The referee manages to hold him back, much to the amusement of DiBiase & Maryse. Kelly cautiously enters the ring, not looking all that comfortable with being there as the ref tries to calm Kofi down.


*Match #6*

Kofi Kingston & Kelly Kelly vs Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse


We saw a very focused and more serious Kofi than normal, surprising DiBiase who clearly didn’t expect to see Kofi that fired up. The Intercontinental Champion was desperate to get at the man he will face at SummerSlam on Sunday night, but DiBiase wasn’t feeling it and told Maryse to start the match. That pissed both Kofi and the crowd off as Kelly had to start the match. She quickly changed the mood inside Wembley Arena as she tried to get some payback for recent weeks, taking out some frustration on the French diva. Maryse was rattled and found herself unable to get any offence in earlier on as she found herself on the wrong end of a tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown.

As she then stood up in the corner, Kelly followed in and hit a dropkick to the chest, taking all the wind out of Maryse’s sails. Kelly wasn’t done by any means and pulled her right back up before whipping her in to the opposite corner. She got the crowd going and then ran in at her opponent to hit the Kelly Killer, a handspring back elbow smash. Maryse fell forward and on her face with Kelly then turning her over and making a cover, but DiBiase’s girlfriend managed to get her foot on the bottom rope to stop the count. Kelly looked all set to pick up the win early with Maryse really struggling, but as she went to hit the K2 (leg drop bulldog), Maryse pulled her head back and Kelly hit the mat.

Both divas crawled across to their respective corners and tagged in Kofi & DiBiase, generating a massive roar from the English crowd. DiBiase got in first and went for Kofi, missing a clothesline and ending up on the receiving end of a series of stiff kicks to the ribs and stomach. That hurt Ted’s ribs and Kofi looked to take advantage by stepping back and dropkicking him in the gut, sending him down to his knees. The Intercontinental Champion then turned back in to the ropes, charged back and connected with a sit down dropkick to the face of DiBiase.

That sent the youngster down to the mat but Kofi got right back up and turned back to hit the ropes, came back and hit a double leg drop to the chest, the Boom Drop. Kofi then scurried round to make a cover and DiBiase kicked out somewhat comfortably despite looking uncomfortable. The tide turned when DiBiase dodged an attempted springboard reverse cross body attempt and then caught Kofi when they both got up with a ferocious running clothesline. The stunned and angry DiBiase unloaded on Kofi by clubbing him across the back continuously before pulling him up and instantly getting him in and executing a perfect snap suplex.

From there DiBiase took charge of the match and had Kofi in trouble after he only just managed to get his shoulder up following a rope hung stunner. DiBiase stalked the groggy Intercontinental Champion as he found it incredibly difficult to get back to his feet, totally oblivious to the challenger to his title at SummerSlam looking to apply the Million Dollar Dream or hit Dream Streets. As soon as Kofi got to a vertical base, DiBiase struck but couldn’t get a proper grip before Kofi slipped to safety by slipping behind him. DiBiase turned round in a hurry, as did Kofi who exploded with the Trouble in Paradise.

The crowd went nuts but Kingston wasn’t able to take advantage for several seconds before he could finally crawl across on all fours and make a cover. DiBiase disappointed the fans when he got his shoulder up, and then both he and his SummerSlam opponent crawled with severe desperation to their respective corners and tagged their partners. Kelly got caught short moments later when she caught an oncoming Maryse with a spinning side slam backbreaker. That brought out the nasty side of the French diva who made Kelly fight for her life in a modified figure four leg lock, and Kelly hung on and pulled herself to the ropes.

That really ticked off Maryse who didn’t give Kelly the chance to recover and dragged her up to her knees and then her feet, but as she tried to pull her away from the ropes, Kelly grabbed hold of the ropes. That pissed Maryse off even more and she tried desperately to drag her away, but Kelly slapped her and sent her staggering away from the ropes. She then followed out and looked to strike Maryse as she turned round with a roundhouse kick. Maryse ducked it and quickly pulled her in to position for the French Kiss, but Kelly wriggled free and pulled her in to an inside cradle to pick up the win for her and Kofi.

Winner: Kofi Kingston & Kelly Kelly by pinfall @ 7.10.

Aftermath: “Holla” played to a big pop as a delighted Kofi raced in to the ring to give the also thrilled Maryse a big hug while Maryse sat up in shock with DiBiase looking astonished and furious on the apron. As Kofi then raised Kelly’s hand, DiBiase stormed the ring and barged him down to his knees from behind. DiBiase watched him intently as he got back up and pounced seconds later to hit Dream Street to a ton of heat.

The music had stopped and Kelly was then shoved down to the mat by Ted before he then walked over to the ref who had just collected Kofi’s Intercontinental title. Ted then stole the belt from him and shoved him down too with Maryse standing up and watching closely with a sadistic smile on her face as Ted stalked the squirming Kofi. He slowly picked himself up when we then saw The Million Dollar Man take off his headset and leave the announce table. He didn’t look very happy as he then climbed in to the ring and walked up behind his son. He then spun him round and gave him a piece of his mind, not that Ted Jr took any notice as Kofi got to his knees.

He just shook his head and then looked as if he was going to hit his dad with the belt, but all of a sudden turned and blasted Kofi in the skull, sending the Intercontinental Champion back down to the canvas. The fans booed like crazy as Ted Jr’s dad shook his head in disgust and watched on as his son dropped the title and left the ring with Maryse, both grinning and looking very satisfied with the job just done on the Intercontinental Champion. DiBiase Sr then checked on both Kelly and Kofi, who wasn’t moving as “Priceless” played to a chorus of boos with Ted Jr & Maryse smirking at him as they watched on from the ramp.


{Cut Backstage}


‘The King of Kings’ Triple H, looking very intense indeed is walking through the hallway, seemingly headed to the ring for the big contract signing up next.


{Commercial Break}


“13” is playing and the ring is set up for the contract signing with a red carpet and a table placed in the middle with a chair at either side of it. Tazz is stood behind the table close to the apron with a microphone in hand, and there are two microphones on the table in front of each seat. Tazz is also holding a clipboard, and as his music cuts, he lifts the clipboard up.

Tazz:
In my hand is the contract for the massive Ric Flair Triple H match this Sunday night at SummerSlam where Ric Flair’s career is at stake. . . In just a few minutes, this contract will be signed by both men an’ the match will officially be on.

*Big Pop*

Tazz: I ain’t gonna keep y’waitin’ any longer, so let me introduce t’ you, The King of Kings, ‘The Game’. . . TRIPLE H.

*Eruption of Boos*

“BEHOLD THE KING, THE KING OF KINGS. . .”


The incredibly intense figure of Triple H steps out to the stage to be met with the deafening heat being thrown at him by the unwelcoming English crowd. He couldn’t care less as he walks down the ramp serious as hell before climbing up the steps and entering the ring. He stops and stares at Tazz before walking past him, and instead of sitting down, he glares menacingly in to the stands of the Wembley Arena.

Tazz:
An’ his opponent this Sund’y, the man whose career is on the line. United Kingdom stand up an’ give it up for ‘The Nature Boy’ RIC FLAIR.

“WOOOOOO”

The King of Kings turns his head and focuses on the stage.


*Huge Pop*


The roof may well be in danger of being blown off as Ric Flair makes his way out to the stage with the fans going absolutely nuts for The Nature Boy. He walks down the ramp and locks his eyes on the man who is hell bent on ending his career at SummerSlam. If looks could kill, they would be right now as Flair enters the ring, continuing to stare at Triple H, who’s glaring right back at him. Flair walks towards Tazz and tries to get past him, but Raw’s temporary general manager holds him back and manages to calm him down. The music stops and Flair settles down with, well he appears to before pushing his chair to the mat.

Tazz:
LOOK, THERE AIN’T GONNA BE NO TROUBLE HERE T’NIGHT, Y’HEAR?

The King of Kings watches on and smirks, then walks towards the table and picks up his microphone.

Triple H:
Ric, before you sign the dotted line and all but end your career, there’s something that needs t’ be said. . . Two weeks ago Ric was left bloodied and bruised, just like he will be six days from now at SummerSlam. . . Ric, you and I both know who was responsible. The whole world thinks they know who was responsible, and yes I am the one who attacked Ric two weeks ago because he stuck his nose in my business. However it seems some people have put two an’ two t’gether, making out I was responsible for what happened to Eric Bischoff.

*Heat*

Triple H: I’m going to say this for the very last time. . . As much as I don’t regret what happened t’ Bischoff, in no way shape or form was I involved. . . That doesn’t make me sorry for what happened, just like I’m not sorry for what I did t’ you Ric. It felt good, as much as it will at SummerSlam when I end yo. . .

The furious Flair reaches forward and picks up the stick placed in front of him.

Ric Flair:
. . . DON’T EVEN SAY IT ‘CAUSE IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.

*Big Pop*

Triple H: Oh but it is. Y’have t’ face facts. I may not have attacked Bischoff, but I could have. You of all people now what I’m capable of Ric. You should be relieved because we both know I could’ve ended your career there and then. But that’s not the way I want it to end Ric. I stopped for one reason, that being that I could finish the job and you once and for all at SummerSlam.

*Major Heat*

Triple H: Face it Ric, it’s long overdue. You’ve been in this business way too long, but not for much longer. What you’re going to experience at SummerSlam will be like nothing else you’ve ever been through. In fact, when I have you at my mercy with your career in my hands, you’ll see your whole life flash through your very eyes. You’ll think back t’ the days your kids were born and how you weren’t there. You’ll think back t’ the plane crash that broke your back, an’ Ric, you’ll wish you were back on that plane ‘cause I’m not gonna settle for just breaking your back. . . The plane, god, fate might have taken mercy on you Ric, but I promise you, I won’t. I’m going t’ break ev’ry bone in that battered, tired, fragile body of yours, and most importantly, I’m gonna love ev’ry last second of it.

*Chorus of Boos*

Flair just stares right at Triple H, who just smirks back at the Nature Boy, who is keeping surprisingly calm.

Triple H:
It didn’t have t’ be this way, and had it not been for your stupid pride gettin’ in the way, things might’ve been diff’rent. Fortunately for you an’ I Ric, you’re one of the most stubborn, deluded people I’ve ever come across, an’ I knew exactly how t’ get what I wanted. I gave you the rope and when you chose t’ put your career on the line at SummerSlam, you all but hung yourself an’ end the legacy of The Nature Boy for good.

*More Heat*

Ric Flair: You done?

Triple H: Not just yet. See I wanted you t’ remember that you were the one who asked t’ get in the ring with me, an’ I’m gonna make sure you regret that day for the rest of your life by taking the most precious thing in your life. . . your career.

*Heat*

Triple H:
Of ev’ryone who knows me Ric, you knew how much the WWE Championship means t’ me. YOU KNEW I WANTED BATISTA AT SUMMERSLAM AN’ YOU’RE THE REASON, THE ONLY REASON I DIDN’T GET WHAT I WAN’ED.

*Pop*

Triple H: But Ric, now you’ve opened the door to an opportunity, an opportunity I hadn’t even thought about. It’s an opportunity created by your ego Ric. I just hope that when you’re laid up in a hospital bed Sunday night you’ll realise that through ev’rything you’ve achieved in your illustrious career, you threw it away through your own stupidity. That Ric will haunt you for the rest of your life, an’ for what?. . . I don’t understand it Ric, I can’t understand why you would do that t’ yourself. . .

Ric Flair: . . . YOU WANNA KNOW WHY HUN’ER? IT’S REAL SIMPLE, ‘CAUSE I’VE WAITED A LONG, LONG TIME T’ BEAT THE CRAP OUT O’ YOU.

*Big Pop*

The smirk has gone from The King of Kings’ face as he stares right at the red faced Flair.

Ric Flair:
You are without doubt the most selfish SON OF A BITCH I’VE MET MY ENTIRE LIFE.

*Huge Pop*

Ric Flair: I CAN’T WAIT T’ GET MY HANDS ON YOU AN’ MAKE YOU SUFFER. . . I’M GONNA RIP YOUR HAIR OUT, BITE YOUR FACE OFF AN’ MAKE YOU BLEED LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BLED BEFORE. THEN YOU’LL FIND OUT THAT THERE’S A WHOLE LOT O’ LIFE LEFT IN THE NATURE BOY YET.

*Big Pop*

Ric Flair: YOU WANNA COME OUT HERE AN’ TELL ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT MY CAREER’S OVER, YOU’RE MAKIN’ A BIG MISTAKE ‘CAUSE IT AIN’T OVER YET. . . PEOPLE ‘AVE UNDERESTIMATED RIC FLAIR FOR YEARS AN’ YEARS, BUT LET ME TELL Y’SOMETHIN’ HUN’ER, I’VE SURPRISED PEOPLE ALL MY LIFE.

*Pop*

Ric Flair: It’s why they say I’m the greatest of all time, something no one will ever say about you. If I get my ass handed t’ me at SummerSlam, then that’s a risk I’m happy t’ take, ‘cause it’ll be worth it. . .

Triple H: . . . Worth it? Will it be worth it with so much at stake Ric? Will it be worth losing ev’rything you’ve ever had? Your whole life has been in this ring Ric. After SummerSlam, you’ll have nothing.

*Heat*

Triple H: Think about it Ric without the Ric Flair ego an’ you’ll see that you’ve got absolutely nothing left to offer. You’re done. I know it, these people know it, an’ at SummerSlam you’ll know it. . . There’s only one outcome Ric and you have to face it. I am going to end you career and there’s not a thing you can do about it. There’ll be no more Ric Flair, no more Nature Boy, an’ it’s about damn time.

The King of Kings drops the microphone and leans forward to pick up a pen and the clipboard, then signs the contract. The crowd boos as he then slides it across the table with another smirk on his face with Flair staring right at him.

Ric Flair:
You might think it’s time for me t’ walk away in t’ the sunset, and I admit that I’ve thought about the possibility my career could come to an end at SummerSlam. I’ve seriously considered that this might just be my last match, ‘an that’s a feeling that scares the hell out o’ me. But like I said before, there’s still life left in The Nature Boy yet, an’ if you don’t believe me, there’s only one way I can show you.

Flair pushes the table over, steps forward and nails Triple H with the microphone, sending him down to the mat. The Nature Boy then drops to his knees and hammers away at The King of Kings, but Tazz gets involved and pulls him off of Triple H. Flair watches on as his SummerSlam opponent rolls on to his side, and that gives him the opportunity to find the contract and sign it. He shoves it in to Tazz’s chest before going back over to Triple H, who gets to his knees and shoves Flair back in to Tazz, who falls to his knees.

Flair turns round in surprise, but it gives The King of Kings time to stand up and spin Flair round in to a Pedigree. Boos ring out as Triple H stands up and glares down at Flair, who’s not moving at all. Tazz is though and he doesn’t look happy. The temporary GM gets to his feet not looking too happy, and he has a go at The King of Kings, who then slowly turns his head to give him an incredibly dirty look.

Tazz isn’t intimidated though and continues giving Triple H the what for, but he’s regretting it now as Trips kicks him in the gut and drills him head first in to the canvas courtesy of a Pedigree. The English fans’ boos get even louder. They’re deafening in fact as Triple H looks up in to the stands and at the fans with Flair & Tazz motionless in the ring. It’s carnage and “King of Kings” blasts out, failing to cover up the boos as the remorseless Triple H stands tall in the ring assessing the damage.



{Cut Backstage}


Rey Mysterio is in his locker room putting his elbow pads on when John Cena walks in with both cheers and boos filtering through from the arena.

Rey Mysterio:
John, what’s up dog?

John Cena: Rey Rey Rey Rey Rey, we’re six days from SummerSlam, the hottest night of the summer, it don’t get much better than that. . . Wait a minute. . . What am I thinkin’? We’re in the UK dog. Now it really don’t get much better than that.

Rey smiles and lifts his foot up on to the bench and starts to tie up the laces to his boots.

John Cena
: But Rey I gotta talk t’ y’bout Sund’y? You don’t know what the elimination chamber’s gonna be like. It’s pure torture. It’ll cut you open, it’ll rip your flesh an’ make you bleed like crazy. . . All I can say is Rey, you’re gonna love it.

Cena pats Rey on the back.

John Cena:
You know how it works though bro’, t’night we’re on the same team an’ I’ve got your back. I respect the hell out o’ you as a performer an’ a person, but Sund’y night it’s ev’ry man f’ himself.

Rey stands up and faces Cena.

Rey Mysterio:
Hey it’s cool, but y’know what? It ain’t Sund’y yet dog. Y’ready t’ go take care o’ bus’ness?

John Cena: Oh yeah. Let’s do it.

Cena & Rey slap hands and have a brief guy hug before leaving the locker room to a big pop from the fans inside the arena.


{Commercial Break}


An intense Triple H is walking through the back, and as he turns a corner, he bumps in to Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse. They’re clearly surprised to see him, and The Game doesn’t appear to be all that happy to see them.

Triple H:
At long last. . . I don’t believe we’ve had the pleasure.

He holds his hand out for a confused DiBiase, who’s about to shake his hand when The Game pulls back, confusing Ted Jr even more and the unimpressed Maryse also.

Ted DiBiase Jr:
What the. . .

Triple H: . . . I’m the one doing the talking.

DiBiase really does look stunned now and keeps his mouth well and truly shut. It’s probably wise as The King of Kings is in one foul mood.

Triple H:
See I’ve heard all about your supposed involvement in what happened t’ Bischoff an’ you can deny it, but listen t’ me very carefully. If I find out you had somethin’ t’ do with it, the police are gonna be the last of your worries ‘cause I’m not taking the fall for you or anyone. . .

The young star gets real angry real quick.

Ted DiBiase Jr:
. . . Wait just a minute. With all due respect, I’ve done nothing wrong. I’m in the same boat as you. All the evidence they have on us is circumstantial, an’ as much as they’re tryin’ t’ pin it on you, they’re doing the same with me. . . Do you know why that is? It’s because they have nothing. If they did, we’d know about it. That’s why they won’t leave us alone. They have nothing, an’ even if y’did do it, all y’have t’ do is keep your mouth shut ‘cause they can’t prove who did it.

Triple H: You’re missing the point kid. I didn’t do it.

Ted DiBiase Jr: Of course you didn’t, an’ neither did I. . . Well that’s what they think. Come on baby, let’s get out of here.

DiBiase then coolly walks away with Maryse while the serious as hell Triple H watches on.


{Cut to the Arena}


*The Main Event*

Batista, John Cena & Rey Mysterio vs
The Big Show, John “Bradshaw” Layfield & Randy Orton w/Vince & Shane McMahon


All six men were trying their very best once inside the ring with Cena being very relaxed from the moment he walked in to the arena, despite also getting some serious heat as well as some cheers from the English fans. He started the match with JBL and followed on from where he left off last week when he beat Layfield in singles action. He cut short any brief momentum JBL had, none more so than when he ducked a big boot and applied the STFU in the opening few minutes. He couldn’t get JBL to tap as The Big Show quickly entered the ring and broke the hold by stamping on the back of Cena’s head.

JBL was then able to make a tag to Show, who got in the ring and took the match to Cena straight away as Cena stood up and turned round in to a thunderous clothesline. Show had only just started there and helped Cena up to his knees before whipping him in to the ropes and sending him down to the mat after a sidewalk slam. Instead of going for a cover, Show stood back up, backed up in to the ropes and went back at Cena, dropping his huge tree trunk of a leg on Cena’s upper torso to a mixed reception from the crowd. Cena fought through the pain as he always does and turned the tables on Show and his partners when he dodged an attempted chop in the corner.

He ducked under the angry giant’s arm and Show turned round in to a hard kick to the gut with Cena then trying to whip him in to the opposite corner. It didn’t work as Show reversed it and Cena hit the pads back first. Show took a few seconds before charging in at him, and Cena ran out of the corner and in to the ropes as Show ran in to the pads. As Show turned round, Cena came back off the ropes at speed and hit a flying shoulder tackle to a mix of both cheers and boos. Cena then made the tag to Mysterio who flew in to the ring as Show stood up and got nailed by a spinning wheel kick that couldn’t put him down. Rey stood up, turned back in to the ropes and ran at Show for a diving cross body.

Show caught him and pulled him up on to his shoulder, but Rey slipped down and dropkicked Show in the back of knee, putting the giant on his knees. The Master of the 619 turned back to run the ropes, and as he came back this time, he dropkicked him in the back. That got a big pop from the Wembley crowd and resulted in Show being thrust forward and down to the mat. Rey looked extremely fired up and did a good job on the seven footer until he went for a springboard seated senton only for Show to catch him and walk backwards towards the corner before tossing Rey back and in to the pads face first.

Rey was hurt by that and Show took the chance to tag in the ultimate predator, Randy Orton. The Legend Killer didn’t waste any time in entering the ring, pulling Rey away from the ropes and making a cover with Rey only just surviving by getting his shoulder up. Orton wasn’t in the mood to wait around and put a beat down on Rey, looking very dominant in the process. Mysterio demonstrated his fighting ability and got himself to safety when he held on to the ropes after an irish whip from Orton. The Viper immediately ran at him and in to a raised boot that sent him staggering back in to the centre of the ring.

By that time Rey had stepped through the ropes and climbed on to the apron, and as Orton turned round, Rey hit a springboard and then a cross body, falling on top of Orton. But instead of trying for a cover, he scurried across the apron on his knees as quickly as he could to tag in The Animal. Orton was up and was quickly on the receiving end of a couple of clotheslines from the WWE Champion. Boy was he pumped up, almost as much as the explosive crowd. Orton wasn’t staying down either, and after being whipped in to the ropes, he was on the receiving end of a spinning side slam from Batista.

The Animal was on fire, but a distraction from JBL gave Orton the chance to put him down by sneaking up behind him and hitting an inverted headlock backbreaker. JBL entered the fray and stomped all over the WWE Champion with The Big Show then taking his turn. As the match entered its closing minutes, Batista had come in and taken the fight to The Big Show. The seven footer seemed to be up against it, but that all changed when Batista was sizing him up for a spinebuster. JBL got in the ring and distracted Batista and the referee, and when The Animal turned round, he walked right in to a spear.

The WWE Champion kicked out of a cover at two, and Show then looked to finish him off, stalking him for a chokeslam, but when the giant grabbed his throat, he kicked Show in the gut and followed it up with a spinebuster. Orton then panicked as Batista was getting ready to go for the Batista Bomb and raced in to the ring, and he too fell victim to a spinebuster that sent him rolling under the bottom rope to the floor below, much to the annoyance and concern of Vince & Shane McMahon. Show was getting back up while Batista made sure Orton hit the floor.

When the WWE Champion turned his attention back towards The Big Show, JBL was in the ring. With Show getting up behind Batista, JBL ran right at The Animal and went for the Clothesline from Hell, and he hit it when Batista ducked and Show took the brunt of it, falling on to one knee and looking very groggy as Batista then clotheslined JBL over the top and down to the floor. Cena then tapped Batista’s shoulder and stormed the ring, confusing The Animal who could only watch on as Cena pulled Show up on to his shoulders for the FU, demonstrating his strength before sending the big man crashing down to the mat and then covering him to pick up the win for his team.

Winners: Batista, John Cena & Rey Mysterio by pinfall @ 15.28.

Aftermath: “My Time is Now” hit mainly to a pop with Rey racing in to the ring to hug Cena with Batista staring right at Cena, still not happy seemingly regarding the blind tag. Vince & Shane looked on in disgust as the referee raised Cena & Rey’s arms with Cena then asking Batista to join them, which he did despite not looking all that comfortable about it. He continued to stare at Cena with both Cena & Rey confused by his reaction. Orton sat up looking very pissed on the outside, as did JBL, and the referee then passed Batista the WWE Championship that he took and held on to tight while still looking very uneasy around Cena as the show came to a close.


{End of Show}


Quick Results
Cryme Time df. Eddie Colon & Eric Perez
Sheamus
df. Finlay
Cody Rhodes
df. Matt Hardy
Gregory Helms
df. William Regal
Melina
df. Natalya Neidhart
Kofi Kingston & Kelly Kelly
df. Ted DiBiase & Maryse
Batista, John Cena & Rey Mysterio
df. The Big Show, JBL & Randy Orton


Confirmed for SummerSlam
This Sunday




WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match

‘The Animal’ Batista (c) vs ‘The Champ’ John Cena vs ‘The Ultimate Underdog’ Rey Mysterio
vs ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton vs ‘The World's Largest Athlete’ The Big Show vs ‘The Wrestling God’ John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels vs ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
‘The King of the Ring’ Matt Sydal vs ‘The Gold Standard’ Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
‘The Jamaican Sensation’ Kofi Kingston (c) vs ‘The Million Dollar Kid’ Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending Match
‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs ‘The King of Kings’ Triple H

Plus

‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker vs ‘The King of the World’ Chris Jericho

‘Captain Charisma’ Christian vs ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge

‘The Monday Night Delight’ John Morrison vs ‘Mr. Hollywood’ The Miz



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