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Nice way to start off as usual with the recap of the important happenings of the previous week, before the hype for tonight’s stacked show.

Shad jumping Carlito backstage? Even with the circumstances of it being looked upon as revenge for The Colons costing Cryme Tyme their match on Superstars, it seems a bit heelisj. I’m not sure if that’s a hint at a future heel turn or if you’re doing something with it just for tonight, but like I said, it seems heelish. Promo from Eddie Colon was short and sweet, and the announcement of Colon and Perez teaming up is fine, even if I’m not sure what the purpose of this whole angle is at the moment.

A pretty nice opening match here, using the regular tag formula to build up to a clean win for Cryme Tyme. Good to see the match getting some decent time, allowing for it to kick off RAW with a bang.

Hype for the two big faces, eh? Looking forward to their involvement tonight, in particular the Flair/Tripper contract signing.

Nice, aggressive match between Finlay and Sheamus. Usually a DQ finish would probably annoy me, but it makes sense here, as this was about two guys trying to beat the shit out of each other, and in the end Finlay did it, even if it meant a DQ finish. This should hopefully lead to a Belfast Brawl or something of the like down the line too, which should be good.

Good to see some more hype for Miz/Morrison with Miz getting on the mic, which has also been doing Miz himself some good, expanding his character out and if this was real life, it would be gaining him some good heat. The start from The Miz was good, building himself up as great with some good real life comparisons, while the line about thinking Morrison was from London was a pretty damn good cheap heat line. What came next almost seemed like the ending of the promo. I didn’t mind that The Miz talked about how he busted his ass, even if it doesn’t seem like his cocky “I’m the greatest attitude” that we’re used to, but saying he’ll show John Morrison at SummerSlam that he was always the better competitor seems the way that you would want to end Miz’s portion of the promo. What followed was of the same ilk, and I didn’t mind it, even if I think it should have been leading up to the previous part, then the Morrison interruption. Morrison’s speech was actually pretty good, talking of his drive and determination, and while I thought that after the line of it being about action we should have seen some action in the way of a little brawl, the way the promo finished worked fine for me. Pretty good promo here, giving this feud that final bit of hype before SummerSlam.

The little promo on Hardy from Rhodes was fine, getting some heat there, maybe even showing the feud won’t be ending tonight.

A pretty good match between Matt and Cody, although I have to say that I’ve never been a fan of finishes like this. With a brick in the purse it makes sense that Hardy would stay down, I guess, and is better than your average WWE version of hitting someone with a shoe, but something about a match ending like this always irks me.

@ the cheap heat from Regal. I thought you could have really followed up on that, having Regal talk about the promo from the previous week, and not doing so was a bit of a missed chance for mine.

Another screwy finish, which is a bit disappointing, but I guess Regal wanting to teach Helms a lesson by beating the absolute shit out of him makes sense after the promo Regal just had.

Interesting promo. The proposal from McMahon doesn’t surprise me, and the way Orton said no to it was pretty good, however, with that said, the way Vince went off seemed a little out of place seen as how Orton didn’t say anything all that offensive. I would have expected just from the “Y’know what?” part to have done the job, rather than Vince going ballistic. Still, this adds intrigue to the six man tag main event, where Show/JBL and Orton will probably now have some heat.

Pretty good women’s match, starting with some smart psychology, before continuing on at a decent pace to an exciting finish. I assume the ending meant a Reverse STO as opposed to STF, which had me lost a bit, but aside from that small typo it was a good match.

Nice bit of hype from Batista for the main event and SummerSlam with a pretty typical Big Dave promo. The only thing that was a little confusing was the ending part about the Flair/Triple H match where Batista said he can only hope Flair can win it, but he knows he can.

Nice hype for SummerSlam.

The continued heat between the DiBiases is good, although I can’t help but feel a swerve is coming. The mentions of it in the promo about Kingston was good, and while the promo was short, it did its job just fine in mentioning the situations that DiBiase currently finds himself in.

Nice match here, showing some good cowardice from DiBiase early to play up his character, while the fiery attitue of Kelly and Kofi was done well too. The aftermath of DiBiase attacking Kofi, hitting him with the belt right in front of his father continues the intrigue. Like I said before, I really feel a swerve is coming here and that DiBiase Sr. will help his son to the gold at SummerSlam, but whether or not that’s correct, you’ve done a really good job of selling this feud on the way into SummerSlam either way.

I’ve been looking forward to this segment immensely, so fingers crossed that it delivers. A bit surprised by Tazz shouting at Flair after seemingly trying to calm him down by soothing him, rather than being aggressive himself. Triple H showing his cold, cerebral side by talking of the beatdowns of Flair and Bischoff almost in joy was pretty well done, showing how dark Hunter’s character has become. The talk of how Triple H would be more punishing than the plane that broke Flair’s back was a really good use of Flair’s history, and quite chilling, while Triple H talking of how Flair cost him a shot at Batista was done pretty well too. The talk from Flair was okay, even if him saying he got underestimated, only to then say he’s called the greatest of all-time was a little bit confusing. I also would have liked to have seen you maybe follow up on the claim from Flair that he’s wanted to beat the shit out of Triple H for ages, maybe talking about the days of the original Evolution, and how Triple H always treated Flair like shit, only using Flair as a way to hold onto the world title for him, which you could then connect to Flair costing Trips a shot at Batista now. The statement from Trips before he signed the clipboard was pretty good too, but I feel like you’re missing some of his catchphrases that could work here, like calling himself ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ and saying he’ll have no problem looking down at Flair and finishing him once and for all. Flair seemingly being a little more calm than earlier before jumping Trips was pretty surprising, though the way the segment ended with Triple H sending the big message by hitting both Flair and Tazz with the Pedigree (which hopefully will come into a storyline in some way for Tazz) was a good way to end what I thought was a pretty good segment.

A nice little bit of hype before the main event and SummerSlam here.

Erm, a bit of an odd segment to say the least. It seemed like DiBiase pretty much said he did do it and he wasn’t admitting to it, but Triple H said that if that was the case he was going to smash him, which didn’t happen. I’m a bit confused with this.

Nice way to start the main event in picking up where last week left off, before we also got some good big man vs. little man stuff from Rey and Show. The finish to the match was pretty good, continuing the disintegration of The Corporation, while Cena tagging himself in to get the win adds a bit of heat for the faces too heading into the Elimination Chamber, making for an exciting match.


Overall, I thought his show did its job in terms of being a go home show. While I don’t think any of your feuds were really settled in the midcard, the match writing was still pretty good too, and all up it made for an enjoyable show, especially with all of your SummerSlam matches really getting the hype they warranted. I’m now looking forward to the special SmackDown! to see if you can do the same thing there.
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Smackdown Preview - Friday 15th August 2008
Live From the LG Arena
Birmingham, England




Smackdown comes to you live this week from the United Kingdom next Friday night in a special three hour spectacular, and with the five matches already lined up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride in Birmingham, England just 48 hours before SummerSlam this Sunday.



This week’s special three hour edition of Smackdown 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 week 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 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 week 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 this week even? Can The Showstopper follow up last week’s impressive win with another just two days before he takes on CM Punk for the world title? 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 two weeks 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 two weeks back when he levelled the series at 2-2.

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 this 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 this 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 this 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 week 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 this Friday night 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 this week she has a second chance to defeat The Glamazon and get her hands on the gold.

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


Chris Jericho is a man on a mission, and last week he sent The Undertaker a direct statement of intent for when they collide this weekend at SummerSlam. The dead man was in action against Shawn Michaels when Jericho entered the ring having been watching closely at ringside for some time and took his SummerSlam opponent off guard with a Codebreaker. That gave The Heartbreak Kid the victory and surely left The Undertaker furious. Maybe we’ll find out just how angry the dead man is this Friday in the UK.

It appears that there really is trouble brewing between Christian & Edge. The two brothers have been at war ever since Christian returned at Judgment Day and told The Rated-R Superstar that he hadn’t come back to help him become the World Heavyweight Champion again. After insinuating that there was some kind of history between him and Christian’s wife a few weeks back, Edge went to see her last week and Christian got to see it all. It left him fuming before his match with Shelton Benjamin, and he looked to follow on from the previous week when he blasted Edge with a steel chair, only this time Benjamin was able to save himself. With just two days to go before their huge match at SummerSlam, there could be fireworks too in the UK when these two come to town!

Also, we saw the return of Charlie Haas last week, and he went right for Chris Masters even before his match with Matt Sydal was over, causing the referee to disqualify Sydal. He was relentless in his attack on his former tag team partner and had to be dragged off by Sydal and the referee. The Masterpiece was stunned, something he won’t be this week as you have to imagine he’ll be ready for any kind of repeat attack. Will there be a repeat attack though? Judging by Haas’s intensity last week, he’lll surely be looking to get his hands on the man who turned on him several weeks ago.

Dolph Ziggler made his intentions towards Layla perfectly clear a week ago when she planned to give her boyfriend, Elijah Burke a birthday treat to remember. Ziggler interrupted what would have been a pleasant surprise for Burke. He claimed that Layla was too good for Burke and deserves someone better, someone like him. Burke told him that both he & Layla have had enough of him before knocking him on his ass. Ziggler didn’t count on that, and he didn’t like it, that’s for sure. Will he take Burke’s advice to stay away from Layla?



>Confirmed for this Friday on Smackdown!<

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

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Michael Shane vs. Johnny Jeter (c)

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

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

Plus

Shawn Michaels & Matt Sydal vs. CM Punk & Shelton Benjamin


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Smackdown Results - Friday 15th August 2008
Live From the LG Arena
Birmingham, England





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



*Video Recap*
From Last Week

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?

Inside the House

Denise: Why did you have to open your mouth t’ Christian? He’s been weird with me ever since. 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: 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.


Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin
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. After the match, 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.


CM Punk in the ring ready for action.

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. . . 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.

Bobby Lashley vs. CM Punk
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.

“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. 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.


Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
The Undertaker raised his right hand in to the air, getting ready seemingly for a chokeslam. On the outside, Chris 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.

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{Cut to the Arena}


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


Michael Cole: Welcome ev’ryone to a very special three hour edition of Friday Night Smackdown live from Birmingham, England. And Matt, what a show we have lined up just two nights before SummerSlam.

Matt Striker: That’s right Michael, we’re just forty eight hours away from the biggest spectacle of the summer, but we also have quite the spectacle of a show with no less than three titles to be decided here t’night.

Michael Cole: You heard right folks, three titles will be up for grabs t’night. Michael Shane will look to regain the Cruiserweight Championship he lost to Johnny Jeter at The Great American Bash last month. . . We’ll also see Beth Phoenix put the Diva’s Championship up for grabs when she takes on Mia Rain in another rematch from The Bash, and two teams from right here in the UK will battle it out for the WWE Tag Team titles when The Empire challenge The UK Pack.

Matt Striker: In addition to that Michael, Bobby Lashley and Jack Swagger will also go at it in the final match of their best of five series. . . You’ll also see the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk and the United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin team up t’ take on the men who will be challenging them for those titles at SummerSlam, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels and the current King of the Ring, Matt Sydal. . .

“Time to Shine”

Johnny Jeter, the Cruiserweight Champion
hits the stage and is met by a chorus of boos.


Michael Cole: Well here we go folks.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Michael Shane: . . . next week I’m gonna put in the performance of my life t’ once again become the WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION.

“Time to Shine” plays and the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter himself walks out in to the arena, 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.

Johnny Jeter:
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.

Michael Shane: 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. . . 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.
______

The serious looking Jeter is standing in the ring and hands over his title to the referee. Michael Shane’s music plays and he gets a decent pop as he walks out to the stage. He too has his game face on and focuses firmly on Jeter as he walks down the ramp and in to the ring with Jeter staring at him too.


{Cut to the Arena}


*The Opening Match*

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Michael Shane vs Johnny Jeter (c)

Both men were fired up from the bell and the intensity increased as the match went on. The determination of both Shane & Jeter made it a very competitive contest, and Shane managed to get some serious momentum going after lifting his knees up in to the champion’s chest when Jeter went for a springboard moonsault. The challenger got up firing, sending Jeter right back down with a belly to belly suplex and then following that up with a northern lights suplex, holding on for a cover which Jeter kicked out of two. Shane was feeling it and didn’t waste any time in getting back up to his feet and urging his opponent to do the same.

Jeter wasn’t comfortable on his feet as he stood back up and walked in to an inverted atomic drop. The Cruiserweight Champion was hobbling around while Shane then dropkicked him in the knee, putting Jeter on to his knees before getting up and running past him in to the ropes. He came flying back and connected with another dropkick, this time to the back of the head. Jeter was flat out on his front as Shane turned him up on to his back as quickly as he could in order to make a cover, but once again Jeter escaped at the count of two by lifting his shoulder up off the mat. Shane seemed a little bit deflated, losing some of the fire he’d built up in the last minute or so.

He stood back up and dragged the struggling Jeter up to his knees and then pulled him in to place for a leg hook DDT, and with the champion practically helpless, he couldn’t prevent Shane from driving his head in to the canvas to a pop from the crowd. Shane rushed in to making another cover, but Jeter survived once again, using up one more of his apparent nine lives. Shane then sat up with a look of desolation on his face, not sure as to what it would take to put Jeter away. The challenger then stood up with no real desperation and retreated to his corner as Jeter began to sit up.

The fans then cheered and clapped along with Shane as he started to tune up the band, and it appeared the fire was back in the belly of Shane as he watched the dazed Jeter struggle to get back up. The moment he got to his feet, Shane flew out of the corner and thrust his boot up towards Jeter’s chin, but the champion ducked his head. They both turned round immediately and it was Shane who reacted quickest with a hard right hand, knocking Jeter unsteady and putting him down on to one knee. The challenger then turned back in to the ropes, but as he came racing back, Jeter stood up and kicked him in the gut.

He then grabbed Shane by the head and pulled it under his arm for a DDT, and then ran in to the corner to hit a springboard for a tornado DDT. Shane got drilled and he was out of it, not moving at all as the desperate Jeter shifted round to make a cover, hooking the closer leg, but as the ref’s hand came down for a third time, Shane somehow got his boot on to the bottom rope, generating a big pop from the cheering Birmingham crowd. Jeter sat up in shock as he stared in disbelief at the ropes with Shane’s boot resting there, and it frustrated the champion massively. He reached across and pulled it off before going for another cover, and unsurprisingly Shane kicked out.

Jeter was full of rage as he got back up to a vertical base with Shane trying to sit up. Jeter was getting itchy feet as he eagerly waited for his challenger to get back up. He dragged him up and whipped him in to the ropes and walked towards the centre, and as Shane came back, Jeter jumped up looking to his the Genesis Kick. Shane ducked it though and Jeter hit the mat. He crawled on to his knees with Shane crawling towards the corner, using the ropes to help pick himself back up. As both men got up and turned round, Shane exploded out of the corner looking to hit the Sweet Shane Music, but Jeter ducked to his knees and low blowed the challenger, giving the ref no option but to disqualify him and call for the bell.

Winner: By DQ, Michael Shane @ 8.11, but still the WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter.

Aftermath: A chorus of boos broke out in the LG Arena and the crowd crapped all over Jeter’s cowardice. The tired Cruiserweight Champion sat up looking totally remorseless as the referee collected his title and took it back to him, and Jeter snatched it out of his hands. He then stood back up and stared down at Shane, who was squirming around on the mat still. Jeter then took his title and left the ring with it, turning round on the ramp to see Shane sitting up glaring back at him. Jeter stared back, still showing no remorse at all for what he did.


*Video Promo*

We’re shown a split screen with the Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix & Mia Rain both walking through the back on their way to the ring for their title clash coming up next!


{Commercial Break}


Tazz
is in his office with a very serious Charlie Haas.

Charlie Haas:
All I’m asking for is a match with Masters t’night. What’s so wrong about that?

Tazz: Like I said Charlie, I can’t do that.

Charlie Haas: Why not? After what he did t’ me, he’s lucky I’m even here asking you when I could. . .

Tazz: . . . WHEN Y’COULD DO WHAT Y’DID LAST WEEK AN’ SCREW AROUND WIT’ THE SHOW?

Haas looks surprised at Tazz’s reaction, and so does Tazz. He quickly calms down.

Tazz:
Look Charlie, I know what he did t’ ya an’ I understand why y’wanna get your hands on ‘im so bad. You’ve just gotta go ‘bout it the right way an’ not go after him like y’did last week when he was in a match. An’ the reason why I can’t give ya a match with ‘im t’night is he’s already in one. If y’can control yourself unlike last week an’ stay out o’ the match, I’ll see what I can do. How does that sound? Wit’ SummerSlam two days away, I don’t need any more problems, y’know what I’m sayin’?

Haas doesn’t look all that happy about it as he shakes his head for a few seconds.

Charlie Haas:
Alright, but I can’t wait much longer. One way or another I’m gonna make him very sorry real soon.

Tazz watches Haas then walk past him and out of the door, but as soon as Haas leaves, a pissed Michael Shane walks in, still in his ring gear. Tazz sees him and looks as if he knows what’s coming and not being best pleased about it.

Tazz:
Look I know what you’re gonna say.

Michael Shane: Good, then what you gonna do about it?

Tazz: As I just told Charlie, SummerSlam’s in two days an’ I’ve got so much stuff t’ deal with right now. I don’t need anythin’ else gettin’ in the way, but I promise ya I’ll take care of it next week.

Michael Shane: You’re not just blowing me off? You’re seriously gonna do somethin’ about it?

Tazz: Y’know me Mike, I’m a man o’ my word. I ain’t happy ‘bout what happened either, it’s just t’night’s a real bad night. Next week’s a whole new week an’ I can look it at dealin’ with it then a’ight?

Shane nods his head grudgingly.

Michael Shane:
Alright.

Tazz: Great, an’ I promise y’Mike, I will deal with it.

Michael Shane: Good, ‘cause if Jeter thinks he’s got away with it, he’s got another thing comin’.

Shane then walks past Tazz and leaves the room with the Smackdown General Manager looking stressed. He sits down on a leather sofa, leans back and takes a deep breath.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week


Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix (After the match)

As McCool 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 to the Arena}


*Match #2*

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


Much like the cruiserweight title contest before the break, both champion & challenger were bang up for this one. Rain even more so, obsessed even. She became incredibly frustrated every time Beth would break one of her cover attempts, especially when she was able to get her shoulder up after an inverted STF. She just glared at the referee like he had got it wrong, but he hadn’t, much to the anger of the challenger. She stood back up with a face like thunder and pulled the squirming Phoenix up with her and then whipped her hard in to the corner.

Beth hit the pads back first with Rain taking a second before running in at her, and The Glamazon stepped out of the corner and to the side with Rain running right in to the pads chest first. It had a definite impact and as Rain then turned and staggered out of the corner in to the path of the recovering champion, she fell victim to a sidewalk slam courtesy of The Glamazon. That brought a cheer from the crowd who watched on with their fingers crossed as Phoenix covered her, but Mia got her shoulder up at the count of two. It took the tired and sore Beth several seconds before she got back up to her feet, and when she did, Rain was trying to sit up too.

Beth watched her and pulled her up from her knees before whipping her in to the ropes and connecting with a double axe handle blow to the chest. That sent Rain back down and you could see the impact it had as she sat up struggling to breathe comfortably, and with Beth getting some momentum going, she kept it going by stomping her opponent in the gut and setting her up for a suplex. She lifted her up high and vertically in to the air, but instead of falling back straight away, The Glamazon walked over to the ropes and decided to hit a slingshot suplex. The crowd enjoyed that and cheered as Rain’s back hit the mat.

Beth was on top and she knew it, and after inflicting some pain to her challenger’s back, she decided to do some more instead of going for a cover. With Rain struggling and squirming on the mat, Beth give her a stiff kick before applying a cloverleaf. The Diva’s Champion put a lot of pressure on Rain who was clearly suffering as she desperately reached out for the rope that was a fair distance away from her. The desperation was there for all to see, as was the agony as she bravely fought the hold and told the referee she wasn’t going to give up.

The Glamazon kept the pressure on as Rain gave it everything she had to drag herself to safety of the ropes, and she got closer and closer. Beth held on firmly and didn’t panic as Mia found herself within touching distance, and with her hand just inches away, she thrust her arm forward and grabbed the bottom rope, holding on to it for dear life. The referee instructed Beth to release the hold, and she did just that, albeit reluctantly. She didn’t allow Rain any chance to recover and tried to drag her right back up with Rain desperately clinging on to the top rope.

Still suffering, she couldn’t fend off the Diva’s Champion who pulled her away and tried to lift her up for the Grand Slam. Rain wriggled around on her back, trying to get to safety and found her way to safety, landing on her feet to the obvious surprise of Phoenix. She turned round and tried to get her up again, but Mia swung her arm in to the face of The Glamazon, sending her round in a spin. Rain then sparked herself back in to contention and clubbed her across the back before grabbing her head and planting her with a reverse DDT. The crowd panicked as Mia then thrust herself on top of Beth to make a cover, yet the match wasn’t over there as Phoenix got the shoulder up at two.

Rain sat up and shook her head, not angrily at all like she’d accepted Beth was going to kick out. She then stood up as Beth began to sit up, watching on intently. As soon as Beth was about to get to her feet, Rain ran behind her and hit the ropes, came back and looked to connect with a bulldog, but Beth threw her forward and down to the mat to a pop from the crowd. As a stunned and struggling Rain stood back, Beth pounced on her straight away and didn’t give her a chance to escape this time by hitting the Grand Slam to an even bigger pop. The Glamazon followed up and made the cover, earning a three count and retaining her title in the process.

Winner: By pinfall, and still the WWE Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix @ 7.42.

Aftermath: The Glamazon’s music played and the crowd rose to their feet to applaud Beth as she was then passed the title and got her arm raised by the referee. She rose the title aloft while breathing heavily with Rain starting to come round behind her. The Glamazon then left the ring and stopped at the top of the ramp to turn round and pose with the title, lifting it up with both hands above her head as Rain sat up, looking very dazed and disappointed.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week


Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix

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.


{Cut to the Arena}


“You're Not Enough For Me. Oh yeah. . .”

Michelle McCool
strolls out to the stage with a smug smile on her face despite being met by heat from the English fans. Dressed casually, she makes her way down the ramp sn-iggering at the fans that are booing her. As she gets in the ring, she’s not lost the smug grin and walks over to collect a microphone from Justin Roberts. She gets it and walks back in to the centre of the ring as her music stops playing, revealing the true extent of the heat being aimed at her, not that it bothers her in the slightest.

Michelle McCool:
You can boo me all you want England, it doesn’t matter t’ me, I know you’re jealous an’ y’should be. I wouldn’t wanna live here either.

*Major Heat*

McCool smirks, clearly enjoying winding up the Birmingham people.

Michelle McCool:
Don’t worry, many people have been jealous of me for a long time. That’ll never change when you have it all like I do. Just ask Mickie James. Ask Mickie how smart I am. Ask her how I outsmarted an’ beat her last week, not that it was hard or anything. Mickie’s so dumb she could even be from Birmingham too.

*More Boos*

Michelle McCool: You just saw how stupid I made her look. I embarrassed her. I made a fool out of her an’ I loved it. . . Well actually, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, it’s just I thought I’d ‘ave enjoyed it a whole lot more if y’know what I’m sayin’. . . It’s not exactly hard to outsmart Mickie James. I know I did it an’ all, I just felt it’d feel better, then it did. As intelligent as I am an’ you all know I am, even I didn’t see this comin’.

McCool turns round and directs everyone’s attention to the tron. We see the aftermath of her match with Mickie last week when Mia Rain walked down to the ring and attacked her, much to the amusement of McCool at the time. The camera then cuts back to the ring and McCool is chuckling away.

Michelle McCool:
Y’know what? That gets funnier ev’ry time I see it.

*Heat*

Michelle McCool: Seriously, how great was that? I mean not only did I beat Mickie an’ make her look even more stupid than she is, it got even worse for poor Mickie. Poor Mickie got walked over by Mia Rain an’ she deserved it. She deserved it for stabbin’ me in the back an’ stoppin’ me from becomin’ the Diva’s Champion. That title was meant for me. Mickie told me she was my friend an’ later on the same night, she stabbed me in the back. So Mickie, all I’ve got t’ say is boo hoo.

*Heat*

Michelle McCool: I ain’t got no sympathy for y’girl. What goes round really does come around Mickie, an’ last week it came round alright. It sure was a shame for y’Mickie but right now, I’m movin’ on. . . See, a few moments ago, Beth Phoenix beat Mia Rain an’ retained the diva’s title. That means that Beth needs a new challenger, an’ since I was robbed by Mickie when I would’ve won the title anyway, it’s only fair that I’m the next one t’ challenge for the diva’s championship.

*Boos*

Michelle McCool: Let me tell y’somethin people. What you an’ your country thinks means nothin’ in my world.

*Heat*

Michelle McCool: Last week I beat Mickie James an’ now I want what I’m entitled to, the. . .

“Obsession”

*Massive Pop*


Dressed in jeans and a casual top, Mickie James walks out to the stage and poses for the fans. She smiles for the benefit of the crowd, but as she makes her way down the ramp and gazes at McCool, the smile goes and the hatred between them is there for all to see. Mickie slips in the ring under the bottom rope and poses half heartedly for the fans again before going to get a microphone of her own with McCool giving her an incredibly dirty look. Mickie’s music then cuts as she walks towards McCool, staring intently at her with the fans cheering, much to the annoyance of McCool.

Michelle McCool:
What the hell are you doin’ out here Mickie? Y’really wanna show your face after what happened last week?. . . Wow, you’re a braver woman than me. I’d be so embarrassed. . .

Mickie James: . . . If I was as up myself as you are Michelle, I’d be embarrassed too.

*Big Pop*

McCool looks stunned.

Mickie James:
You think you’re so much better than ev’ryone ‘cause. . .

Michelle McCool: . . . Mickie, I am better than you an’ all these people girl, I’ll tell. . .

Mickie James: . . . Actually, you’re not. You just think you are, but really you’re just a stuck up bitch.

*Cheers*

McCool doesn’t like that at all.

Mickie James:
What y’not like that Michelle? I’m sorry to burst your bubble. . .

Michelle McCool: . . . You wanna talk about bursting my bubble. D’ y’not remember what I did t’ you last week?

Mickie James: Yeah I remember. I remember how you cheated. . .

Michelle McCool: . . . Wait girl. . . Cheated? No. I was smart. I used my brain, somethin’ you wouldn’t know about. That’s not cheatin’, it’s bein’ clever, not that you’d know anythin’ ‘bout that.

Mickie James: No you’re right. In fact, maybe you could help me out with a problem I had coming over here. . . See I have a pet dog I take with me everywhere back home, but I had a problem at the airport and they said I couldn’t bring her over. I just wondered how you got in the country, just so I know for the next time we come t’ the U K.

*Laughs*

McCool is not amused.

Mickie James:
Someone as smart as you can help me with that right Michelle?. . . Wow, you get really ugly when you’re angry y’know that? . . Hey, y’know I think it’s about time you got your roots done too. When was the last time you had them done? They make you look like a right skank.

Michelle McCool: Oh yeah, real funny Mickie. Y’wanna know what I find funny?

Mickie James: What?

Michelle McCool: What I did t’ you last week. See for some reason, the whole world thinks Mickie James is untouchable an’ I proved you’re not. You’re not even close. I’d beat you again an’ again an’ again. . .

Mickie James: . . . Really? Prove it.

*Pop*

Michelle McCool: What?

Mickie James: I said prove it. You were talking about how I stabbed you in the back. Do you not remember stabbing me in the back and costing me a chance at the diva’s title? I could’ve been in that match against Beth Phoenix at The Great American Bash, but I wasn’t because of you. So if anyone can just put their name forward for a shot at the title Michelle, then so am I.

*Big Pop*

Michelle McCool: You don’t deserve a shot. This is what I’m tryin’ t’ say Mickie. I beat you last week. That means I deserve it and you don’t.

Mickie James: Really? If you’re so confident Michelle, why don’t you put money where your mouth is?

Michelle McCool: I don’t need t’ prove anything t’ you Mickie. Y’can run your mouth as much as y’like, it’s not gonna change anythin’. I beat you. I’m better than you. I’d make a better diva’s champion than you. It’s that simple.

Mickie James: Okay I get it. You’re right, I’m sorry.

Mickie looks at a smug McCool, then stomps her in the gut and drops her microphone to a big pop. She then pulls Michelle’s head under her arm and drills her head in to the mat with an Implant DDT to a thunderous pop inside the LG Arena. Mickie stands up and looks down at McCool lying motionless on the mat with Mickie laughing ever so slightly. “Obsession” plays again and Mickie smiles at the fans before leaving the ring all smiles.


{Cut Backstage}


Maria is standing by at the interview set.

Maria:
My guest at this time is the two thousand and eight WWE King of the Ring. . . Matt SYDAL!

The camera zooms out and Matt Sydal is standing there in his casual clothes looking fairly relaxed and composed.

Maria:
Matt at SummerSlam on Sunday night you’ll be challenging for the United States Championship when you take on Shelton Benjamin. How are you feeling about that?

Matt Sydal: I’m feeling great y’know. I had the chance t’ compete at WrestleMania this year, something I’ve dreamed about all my life, and even though I didn’t win that night, it was an amazing experience. Now I’m gonna be fighting for the United States title at SummerSlam. . . that’s huge. Winning the King of the Ring was huge too, but this is even bigger. I mean this is SummerSlam. I still have t’ pinch myself sometimes t’ make sure it’s not a dream. If I win the United States title, it’ll be a dream come true.

Maria: We all know it’s been an amazing year for you Matt, and it might get even better at SummerSlam because you’ve never lost to Shelton Benjamin. That must make you must feel really confident and because you can win the title by disqualification or count out. It puts so much pressure on Shelton, you must really fancy your chances?

Matt Sydal: I don’t see it that way Maria. I mean yeah I’ve got a great record against Shelton and he’s never beaten me like ev’ryone’s sayin’, but that could all change an’ I’ve still got t’ beat him too. It’s not gonna be that easy. I wish it was but it’s not. He’s a great wrestler. That’s why he’s won the titles he has an’ I’ve gotta believe he’s gonna be at his best Sunday night. He’s not just gonna lie down an’ give me the title, an’ as much as some people are writing him off, there’s no way I am. . . It’s gonna be tough, real tough, but I’m ready for it. All I can do is go out there an’ give it my best shot, an’ that’s what I’m gonna do.

Maria: I know you’re a big Shawn Michaels fan, and t’night you’ll be his tag team partner against Shelton and CM Punk. How do you feel about that?

Sydal is smiling and nodding his head.

Matt Sydal:
As far as I’m concerned, Shawn Michaels is the best ever. To be his partner is awesome. I never thought I’d get the chance to team with The Heartbreak Kid. I really can’t wait t’ get out there later on. I just hope I don’t let him down.

Maria smiles, looking past Sydal. He’s confused and turns round to see Shawn Michaels standing there. Shawn’s dressed causally too and seems to be quite relaxed too as he puts his hand on Matt’s shoulder, who’s looking a bit overwhelmed.

Shawn Michaels:
Don’t worry about that kid. I know you’re not gonna let me down. You’ve got a lot o’ heart an’ a lot talent. I respect that an’ you’ve even accomplished somethin’ I’ve not in winnin’ the King of the Ring, an’ I know you’ll be on the winnin’ team t’night and at SummerSlam.

Matt Sydal: Thanks Shawn. You’ve got no idea how much it means t’ hear that from The Heartbreak Kid.

Shawn Michaels: Hey it’s the truth. There’s no need t’ thank me kid.

Maria: Shawn can I just ask you a few questions while you’re here?

Shawn Michaels: Of course. Fire away.

Maria: Last week CM Punk chose The Undertaker as your opponent and you beat him. . .

Shawn Michaels: . . . Hold on. You an’ I both know it’s not as simple as it sounds. Yes I beat The Undertaker, but I had a whole lot o’ help, unwanted help at that. . . Puttin’ that t’ the side, I gotta give CM Punk a whole lot o’ credit for pickin’ The Undertaker. He might not be so happy about his choice right now but he’s one smart individual. For that an’ the fact he’s a great athlete, I’m gonna have my hands full at SummerSlam Sunday night. I’m gonna have my hands full but that’s what The Heartbreak Kid thrives on. We’re gonna be fightin’ it out for the biggest prize in the industry an’ that’s when The Showstopper comes out t’ play.

We can hear the cheers coming through from the arena.

Shawn Michaels:
On the biggest stage, there’s no one better than Shawn Michaels, an’ CM Punk, this is a stage you’ve not yet reached. This is a stage where I’ve beaten some of the best this company’s ever seen, bigger names than you Punk an’ you’re gonna be added t’ that list when I walk out o’ SummerSlam as one more time, the World Heavyweight Champion.

*Big Pop*

Michaels turns to Sydal.

Shawn Michaels:
See y’later kid.

Matt Sydal: Sure will.

Maria: Thanks guys.

Shawn Michaels: Don’t mention it.

Michaels walks off with Sydal smiling as he watches him leave.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week


Matt Sydal vs. Chris Masters

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.

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.


{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #3*

Jimmy Yang w/Sonjay Dutt vs Chris Masters


We saw a very focused and a more intense than usual Chris Masters, who went right after Yang from the moment the bell rang. With Dutt encouraging Yang from his corner, the high flyer was able to make a fight of it when he caught The Masterpiece with a boot to the face when Masters ran at him after an irish whip to the corner. The boot sent Masters staggering out of the corner while Yang climbed up to the top rope.

As he got up there, Masters turned round and could only look on as Yang came through the sky and took him down with a missile dropkick to a pretty decent pop. The English crowd really got behind Yang and cheered him on as Masters then made his way back up with Yang hitting the ropes and then racing back to send the big man back down thanks to a spinning wheel kick. Yang went back to the corner and the top rope where he then connected with a flying cross body, getting himself a close two count.

Both men picked themselves up as quickly as they could, and it was Yang who was up first. He ran back in to the ropes and came charging back at Masters who exploded with a huge boot, drilling it right down Yang’s throat. Yang was out of it from that moment and was helpless as The Masterpiece then applied The Masterlock. Yang held on for a while before the referee was left with no choice to call for the bell.

Winner: Chris Masters by submission @ 4.28.

Aftermath: “Masterpiece” played but Masters kept the hold locked in until the count of four. He was still intense as the referee tried to raise his arm, but he just glared at him when the crowd started to cheer. Charlie Haas jumped the barricade and grabbed a steel chair before slipping in the ring. Masters turned round at the right time and ducked as his former partner swung the chair at him. He then left the ring before Haas could get to him, leaving Haas livid in the ring. He banged the chair against the mat and urged the irate Masterpiece to get back in the ring, but he backed up to the ramp as Dutt watched on cautiously. Haas & Masters continued to stare at each other as “World’s Greatest” played.


{Cut Backstage}


Petey Williams & Johnny Devine burst their way in to Tazz’s office, with the General Manager sitting at his desk on his cell phone.

Tazz:
A’ight give me a minute, I’ll call y’back.

Tazz puts his phone down on the desk and looks up at the not so happy Canadian duo.

Tazz:
An’ what is it I can do f’ you?

Petey Williams: Well it’s real simple actually. Now I know you brought us t’ Smackdown but I think it’s time you recognised what we’ve done since we’ve been here. Did you see Superstars last weekend? We beat Cryme Time, Raw’s tag team champions, and if anyone deserves a title shot here on Smackdown it’s us.

Tazz stands up from his desk.

Tazz:
Look guys, I know you’re doin’ a good job an’ I have been impressed with ya as it goes. . .

There’s a noise coming from outside the office like there’s some kind of struggle. It distracts Tazz, Williams & Devine, and Tazz rushes to the door. He walks out and sees Dolph Ziggler beating the hell out of Elijah Burke. Ziggler throws Burke in to the wall and stomps all over him relentlessly with Layla trying to pull him off her boyfriend, but Ziggler holds her off. Tazz then gets involved and drags Ziggler away. Dolph isn’t impressed and glares at Tazz while Burke wriggles around the floor with Layla kneeling down over him. Williams & Devine are watching on from the door.

Tazz:
WHAT THE HELL D’ Y’THINK YOU’RE DOIN’ HUH?

Dolph Ziggler: I’m just letting him know that no one makes a fool out of Dolph Ziggler like he did last week and gets away with it.

Tazz: Grow the hell up an’ get out o’ my sight NOW.

Ziggler stares at him, not budging an inch.

Tazz:
GO!

Dolph doesn’t look too happy and stares at Tazz before turning round and looking at Burke sitting up and glaring at him. Ziggler then walks away reluctantly and Tazz joins Layla in checking on Burke’s condition.

Tazz:
You okay man?

Elijah Burke: Yeah yeah, I’ll be a’ight.

Petey Williams: Er, HELLO!

Tazz looks up then stands up with Williams & Devine still standing by the door.

Petey Williams:
Look are you gonna give us a title shot or not?

Tazz: You’re kiddin’ me right?

Johnny Devine: Does it look like it?

Tazz: Look, leave it wit’ me. You’re timin’ ain’t great as y’can probably see.

Petey Williams: Okay, but you know we deserve it.

Tazz: I said leave it with me.

Petey holds his hands up and then walks off with Devine as Tazz takes a deep breath with Burke trying to stand up.

Layla:
You okay baby?

Layla helps hold him up as he gets to his feet.

Elijah Burke:
Yeah I’m good. I’ll be even better when I get my hands on that grease ball.


{Commercial Break}


*Video Recap*
From Last Week


MVP & Ron Killings vs. The Empire
No Disqualification Number One Contendership Match

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 this week.


{Cut to the Arena}


Drew McIntyre, Stu Sanders (Wade Barrett) & Katie Lee, The Empire
make their way out in to the arena with their music playing.

*Mixed Reception*

The members of The Empire walk on down to the ring and Katie gets a microphone while McIntyre & Sanders stand in the middle of the ring. Katie comes back and stands in between them with the microphone firmly in her hand.

Katie Lee:
T’night will be a historic night for not just The Empire but for each and ev’ry one of you too, because we’re bringing the tag team titles back to Great Britain.

*Boos & Cheers*

Katie Lee: For the moment, The UK Pack may well be the WWE Tag Team Champions, but we will be champions you can be proud of unlike the current champions. We went to America for one reason and one reason only, to make a diff’rence back home for the future of the people of this country. That’s what we’ve done since day one, something Paul Burchill and Harry Smith can’t say. For one, Harry Smith has spent most of his life in Canada. He’s more Canadian than he is British. He’s a fake where all three of us are Brits and proud of it.

*Mixed Reception*

Katie Lee: We’re not sell outs. We didn’t come here to win titles, but t’night that’s exactly what we’re going t’ do.

Katie goes to hand over the microphone.

“Britannia”


*Big Pop*

The WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul Burchill & Harry Smith walk out to the stage, and they don’t look happy. They walk down the ramp staring at the challengers to their titles before getting in the ring and handed the belts over to the referee, getting ready for action right away.


*Match #4*

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack (c) vs The Empire w/Katie Lee


This was a very aggressive match from start to finish as you would expect with four big athletes such as these four men. The champions started the match very convincingly and didn’t look too troubled until Katie Lee stuck her nose in, well her hand in the ring and on Smith’s boot when he ran the ropes. It stopped him dead and he turned round and stared down at her, giving McIntyre the chance to recover and charge at him, nailing him with a falling clothesline as Smith turned round in to it. McIntyre didn’t waste any time in putting the boots to Smith, stomping all over him before tagging in Sanders.

He too put the boots to Smith and did a number on him, giving him a real tough time. Smith fought through the onslaught and countered a power bomb attempt in to a back body drop. He couldn’t get back up and make the tag to Burchill as he was heavily worn down by the beating from Sanders. They stood up at the same time and Smith ducked a wild right hand from him then followed it up with a release german suplex. Smith then crawled across and just about made the tag to Burchill before Sanders could grab his foot and hold him back. Burchill hit the ring and took charge of the match, putting the champions back in control, but with Smith still struggling on the apron, it wasn’t long before The Empire used it to their advantage.

McIntyre entered the ring when Burchill had Sanders all set up for a neck breaker, and the angry Burchill let go of him to go after the Scot. The referee tried to get him out while Sanders stood up and knocked Smith off the apron, running at him and nailing him with a big boot. Burchill turned round and ran at Sanders looking to hit a clothesline. Sanders ducked it having seen it coming a mile off, then connected with a spinebuster. With Burchill in trouble and McIntyre arguing with the referee, Katie made her presence felt by grabbing one of the tag team title belts and sliding it in to the ring to her fellow Englishman.

McIntyre kept arguing with the referee as Sanders sized up the squirming Burchill while Smith was sitting up on the outside. A big pop broke out as MVP & Ron Killings then charged down the ramp and entered the ring. Killings ran at him and took him down with a clothesline. As Sanders tried to get up, the referee was oblivious while holding a yelling McIntyre back, MVP ran at him and nailed Sanders with the Drive By kick to the head. The ref turned round and saw what happened and immediately called for the bell, awarding the match to Sanders & McIntyre by disqualification.

Winners: The Empire by DQ @ 5.50.

Aftermath: McIntyre ran at Killings and in to a kick to the gut with Killings backing up in to the ropes and coming back to hit the scissors kick with the Scot leaning forward holding his chest. The crowd cheered as MVP & Killings stared down at the fallen Empire with a furious Katie looking on. Burchill sat up looking totally confused as Smith got in the ring and questioned them. Then Tazz made his way out to the stage with a microphone in hand, not looking very happy at all.

Tazz: A’ight, enough’s enough. This wasn’t supposed t’ go down like this, so what I’m gonna do is simple. . . Next week we’re gonna have ourselves another number one contendership match with the winners gettin’ a title shot somewhere down the line, only this time we’re gonna give ev’ry team on Smackdown a chance, ‘cause the way you guys are actin’, the last thing you deserve is a shot at the tag team titles.

“13” plays again and the angry Tazz stares down at them.


{Cut Backstage}


A fired up and ready to go Bobby Lashley is walking through the back, and he’s chased by Josh Matthews.

Josh Matthews:
Bobby can you spare a minute?

Lashley stops and turns round as Matthews catches up with him.

Bobby Lashley:
Sure Josh.

Josh takes a second to get his breath back.

Josh Matthews:
In just a few minutes you’ll be taking on Jack Swagger in the final match of the best of five series. How do you feel about Swagger and has he surprised you so far?

Bobby Lashley: I’ve got to admit Josh that I might’ve underestimated him at first. He’s got talent, there’s no doubt about that, but he’s also got an attitude that’s gonna get him in trouble. You can’t afford t’ take any match for granted here, and if he does that t’night, he’ll be making a big mistake. This is the biggest match of his life and he needs t’ take it seriously. I’ve heard him tell people that it’s already in the bag, showing me no respect whatsoever. He might come t’ regret that later because even if he is taking the match seriously like he should, he needs to. He might have the talent Josh but he needs the focus and the desire if he’s going to be successful and have a future in the WWE.

Josh Matthews: We know how much there is at stake for Swagger t’night. It could make or break his career, but what exactly are you fighting for Bobby?

Bobby Lashley: What I’ve always fought for Josh. . . pride. It doesn’t matter what’s at stake in any match. A match is a match and I try to win ev’ry match I’m in. It’s as simple as that and t’night is no diff’rent. I want to win and I believe I will win.

Josh Matthews: Okay thanks Bobby. Good luck.

Bobby Lashley: Thanks.

Lashley walks away, psyching himself up as we go to commercials.


{Commercial Break}


Shelton Benjamin, the United States Champion
is getting ready in his locker room. The Gold Standard is very serious tonight, and so is CM Punk. The World Heavyweight Champion, wearing a T-shirt and his trunks walks in to the room and towards his tag team partner for the evening. Boos are filtering through from the arena as an intense Benjamin gazes at the man he’ll be teaming up with later on.

Shelton Benjamin:
Yeah?

Punk obviously means business by the serious look on his face.

CM Punk:
From what I understand, you and I will be partners t’night and I thought it was for the best that I’d stop by and make sure you’re aware of what’s at stake. . . In forty eight hours I will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Shawn Michaels. I can’t afford one single thing t’ go wrong. I need you to understand that if anything does go wrong. . .

Shelton Benjamin: . . . Wait just a minute. Y’wanna come in my locker room an’ get up in my face?. . . Listen t’ me. You’re the not only one who’s got a big match at SummerSlam. I’ve gotta defend my title too, against Matt Sydal, an’ if that ain’t bad enough, I don’t have t’ lose t’ lose the title, so maybe you’ll forgive me if I don’t show the least bit o’ int’rest in your problems. I’ve got my own problems t’ deal with, an’ ever since Matt Sydal got in my way, he ain’t been nothin’ but trouble. Ev’rywhere I go all I hear is people tellin’ me I can’t beat Matt Sydal, an’ I mean ev’rywhere. I’m sick of it. . . T’night I’ve got the chance t’ beat ‘im, an’ y’better believe I’m gonna do it, t’night an’ Sunday. You don’t have t’ worry ‘bout me holdin’ up my side o’ the bargain. You hold up yours an’ we won’t ‘ave a problem.

Punk smirks, quite impressed by Benjamin’s outburst.

CM Punk:
Y’know what Shelton? I’m gonna let that attitude of yours slide for now, but if you don’t hold up your side of the bargain, Matt Sydal will become the least of your worries. Mark my words. . . I’ll tell you what. You bring that focus t’ the ring with y’t’night and we shouldn’t have a problem. . . I’ll see you out there.

Benjamin sn-iggers, not taking much notice of Punk as he goes back to taping up his wrists.


{Cut to the Arena}


*Match #5*

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


On a night of highly competitive matches, they were all blown out of the water by this one. Lashley was as focused and intense as usual, and Swagger was incredibly fired up. He gave Lashley a real fight and went toe to toe with the big man, not looking intimidated by him at all. It was Lashley who started the match the stronger, but Swagger showed some real grit and fight to hang on in there, and he found a way in to the match when he caught Lashley with a drop toe hold on to the turnbuckle pads as the big man ran at him in the corner. Swagger reacted quickly and rolled him up in to a cover, but Lashley kicked out comfortably at two.

The All-American American took a few seconds to get his breath back and regroup, and when Lashley got up to a vertical base, Swagger flew in to action and showed off his strength too by tossing him down to the mat with an overhead belly to belly suplex. He kept on top of his opponent and came close to the all important victory when he hit a corner slingshot splash, but Lashley broke the count at two. Swagger was feeling it and urged him to get to his feet too, and he pulled him up from his knees and in to place for the gut-wrench power bomb. Lashley held on and blocked it, not giving Swagger the chance to hit his finisher.

He broke free after swinging his elbow in to the side of the youngster’s head, and he quickly grabbed him around the waist and sent him flying back with a flipping release german suplex. The crowd showed their approval of that with a cheer, and Swagger was clearly struggling as he found his way on to his knees. Lashley didn’t look all that comfortable either as he made his way back up and went right after his opponent. He grabbed him by the head and under his arm, then lifted him high up in to the air and kept him up their before bringing him crashing down to the mat with a one arm delayed vertical suplex.

The fans certainly enjoyed that and cheered, and Lashley then shimmied round to make a cover, and he was left hanging as Swagger got his shoulder up just before the referee could count to three. Lashley didn’t relent and got ready to spear Swagger in half, and the very unsteady youngster was oblivious to what was waiting for him. As he stood up and turned round, he was greeted by the oncoming Lashley who connected with a spear to a huge pop. It had one hell of an impact and sent Swagger rolling towards the apron. Lashley crawled across the mat and hooked the leg as the referee rushed down to his knees and made the count, about to get to three when Swagger got his foot on the bottom rope.

The fans booed and even Lashley look surprised as the referee pointed it out to him. He took it on the chin and got right back up, bringing The All-American American up with him. He dragged him away from the ropes and set him up for the Dominator, and Swagger didn’t show any resistance at all. That was until Lashley got him on to his shoulder, and then the Okalahoma native reacted, trying desperately to get himself free, and he did, slipping down his opponent’s back. Lashley was surprised again, and as he turned round, Swagger tried for an irish whip but it was reversed easily by Lashley. The All-American American hit the ropes and held on to them for dear life, prompting Lashley to run right at him.

Swagger panicked and quickly lifted his boot up in to his face, sending Swagger back pedalling from the ropes. That brought a smirk to Swagger’s face, and as Lashley turned back round, Swagger ran at him but in to a spinebuster out of nowhere. Swagger was lying helpless on the mat as Lashley reached to the side and hooked the leg for a cover, however the gutsy young star got his shoulder up yet again just when he needed to. Some of the fans were shocked, and even Lashley seemed the slightest bit despondent as he leaned back and looked down at his squirming opponent.

He then calmly stood back up and dragged the aching Swagger back up, then scooped him up on to his shoulder and walked in to the corner, turning back round again, looking all set to hit a running power slam. He then charged across the ring with Swagger at his mercy, but the young superstar slipped to safety again and shoved Lashley forward in to the pads chest first. He then walked up behind and rolled him up, but Lashley powered out at two. They both got up and Swagger saw his right hand blocked and was whipped in to the opposite corner at force, such force that Swagger staggered slightly away from the ropes.

Lashley then ran at him looking to hit another spear, but Swagger dodged it at the last second with Lashley colliding with the turnbuckle pads. Swagger turned round right away and saw Lashley was in trouble, and he sprung to life, putting all the pain he was feeling to one side. He pulled the weary Lashley away from the corner and connected with the falling gut-wrench power bomb, then threw himself in to a cover, hooking both legs as the referee made the count, all the way to three to give Swagger a massive and the all important victory in the Best of Five Series.

Winner: Jack Swagger by pinfall @ 10.17.

Aftermath: “On Your Knees” played to heat from the crowd as Swagger leaned back and threw his arms up in the air in absolute delight. As he then stood up and got his arm raised, the trademark Jack Swagger smile was there, and he looked immensely proud of himself, as he should be. He walked over to the ropes and threw his arms up again while shouting in to the crowd with Lashley coming to behind him. The All-American American then turned round and walked past him, looking down at him before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp. He stopped at the top of the stage and turned round, posing once again for the crowd with Lashley sitting up looking up at him, not quite sure how to react with Swagger grinning like mad.


{Cut Backstage}


‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt is walking through the back, seemingly on his way to the ring.


{Commercial Break}


A sweaty and heavy breathing but excessively grinning Jack Swagger is walking slowly through the backstage area.

*Heat*

Josh Matthews then walks towards him and stops him.

Josh Matthews:
Jack, congratulations on the highly impressive vict’ry moments ago. How pleased are you right now?

Jack Swagger: Pleased doesn’t even begin t’ cover it. I said I’d beat Lashley an’ win this best of five series, an’ that’s what I’ve done despite some people telling me I couldn’t do it. But y’know what Josh? I have t’ give Lashley credit. He’s one hell of a wrestler. He’s tough. You could even call him a machine, but what does that say about me that I was able t’ beat him three times?. . . What it says Josh is that Jack Swagger, The All-American American is the real deal. My career starts here. The sky’s the limit an’ the future’s bright f. . .

Bobby Lashley walks in to the shot and takes Swagger by surprise. He looks slightly anxious and shuts up with Josh watching on nervously. The intense Lashley stares right at Swagger, unsettling The All-American American. He then holds out his hand to Swagger, who’s even more surprised by that. Still cautious, he shakes Lashley’s hand.

Bobby Lashley:
Good job t’night. Congratulations.

Swagger seems genuinely grateful for the kind words as Lashley then nods his head and walks off. The All-American American smirks and then pats Matthews on the shoulder.

Jack Swagger:
Later Josh.

Swagger then walks out of the shot looking very pleased with himself.


{Cut to the Arena}


“On this day, I see clearly. . .”

*Ton of Heat*

‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge
walks out to the stage after a deafening pyro display with a big smile on his face. He walks down the ramp looking very smug, and as he climbs up the steps, he picks a microphone up off the apron before getting in the ring. The fans continue to boo as his music stops and he walks in to the middle of the ring, smirking in to the stands.

Edge:
I came out here t’night for one very simple reason, to apologise t’ my baby brother, Christian.

*Cheers & Boos* (Cheers for the mention of Christian’s name and boos for Edge’s insincerity)

Edge: See a few weeks back I let somethin’ slip I’ve kept t’ myself for years, somethin’ I’ve kept secret from my baby brother f’ no other reason but t’ pr’tect him, even though he’s done ev’rythin’ he can t’ make my life a living hell.

*Pop*

Edge: Y’think that’s funny do ya?

*Big Cheer*

Edge isn’t amused.

Edge:
Two weeks ago he blasted me in the skull with a steel chair, an’ when I came round, I thought t’ hell with it. If he wants t’ make things difficult f’ me, I’m sure as hell not gonna keep my mouth shut f’ his benefit. So I took a trip t’ see his wife, my sister-in-law t’ tell her that it’s about time he found out just what it is we’ve kept to ourselves all this time. Now he knows somethin’s up an’ he’s more than happy t’ smash my skull, I don’t wanna be lookin’ over my shoulder ev’ry second of ev’ry day waitin’ for somethin’ else t’ happen. He’s well an’ truly lost it. I don’t know what he’s gonna do next. All I know is I don’t care what it does t’ him or his marriage.

*Boos*

Edge: It really doesn’t matter t’ me, but what does matter is that I’m still standing in time for SummerSlam on Sunday when I humiliate him in front of all of his peeps an’ make him see that he can’t beat me like he thinks. . . You think you can beat me bro? Well you can’t an’ you’re finally gonna that find out once an’ f’ all that your little dream of beating me is just that, a dream.

*Heat*

Edge: That’s all it is C, a dream. You don’t stand a chance of beating me. You’re not in my league. You never have been an’ you never will be.

*Heat*

Edge: I told you that from the moment you came back here an’ nothing’s changed. You can dream all you want but this is my territ’ry. The bottom line is bro. . .

“GO. If You Close Your Eyes, Your Life. . .”

*Huge Roar*


A furious Christian storms down the ramp with a face like thunder, and Tyson Tomko follows behind him. Christian climbs up the steps, gets in the ring and glares at Edge as he walks past him to the apron to ask for a microphone. Tomko gets in the ring as Captain Charisma is passed a microphone by Justin Roberts, and Christian walks back towards Edge, who looks slightly cautious with his brother in one foul and possibly unpredictable mood.

Christian:
Do you have any idea of what you’ve done? Ever since you took your little trip t’ see Denise, I’ve not seen her. She’s gone in t’ hiding, (pokes Edge in the chest) all because of you.

*Heat*

Christian: So I just thought I’d come out here and thank you personally bro for going out of your way, and I’d like to thank you for giving me the chance t’ come out here and beat the holy hell out of you.

*Massive Pop*

An intense Christian glares right at a confused and slightly concerned Edge.

Christian:
See Adam, because I’ve not had the chance t’ talk to my wife, all because of you, I’ve still got questions that need answering, questions that you can answer for me right now and save yourself the ass kicking of a lifetime at the same time. Or you can carry on being the selfish, vengeful son of a bitch that you are an’ fast forward the ass kickin’ you’re gonna get at SummerSlam t’night.

*Big Pop*

Edge: Look, I already told ya I never wanted this t’ come out an’ t’ talk t’ Denise. You two need t’ talk it out. . .

Christian: . . . Like I just said, she’s gone. I can’t speak t’ her, but I can speak t’ you. It’s not like you’ve got a problem keepin’ your mouth shut is it? You’ve not had a problem runnin’ your mouth t’night about how you’re gonna humiliate me at SummerSlam an’ crush all my dreams, so what’s the problem huh? No one’s gonna think any less of you Adam. The whole world knows the only person you care about is yourself. I know it, you know it an’ Matt Hardy knows it.

*Pop*

Christian: We all know what Edge is like. We all know you didn’t give a rat’s ass about Matt when you were slippin’ it t’ Lita, just like you don’t give a rat’s ass now. That’s gonna change right here right now ‘cause you’ve got a choice t’ make, an’ I’m gonna make it real clear for ya t’ understand. . . Tell me the truth or I’ll beat it out of ya.

*Big Pop*

Christian lowers the microphone and stares at Edge, waiting for a response, and The Rated-R Superstar thinks it over, not looking entirely happy about it.

Edge:
Alright, an’ just so we’re clear, I’m only gonna say this ‘cause I think you have a right t’ know what happened, not ‘cause of these empty threats you don’t have a cat in hell’s chance of backin’ up. You’re not gonna beat the crap out of me t’night or at SummerSlam because you can’t. I’m telling you this ‘cause I’m a good broth. . .

Christian: . . . CUT THE CRAP, JUST TELL ME THE TRUTH BEFORE I DO SOMETHIN’ I REGRET.

*Pop*

Captain Charisma glares right at his brother.

Edge:
You wanna know the truth? Fine. Your wife an’ I, we. . .

Edge lowers the microphone and looks stunned as he gazes over Christian’s shoulder. The camera then cuts to a shot of Denise at the top of the stage, the same Denise we saw a couple of weeks back when Edge went to her house. Christian then turns round and sees her there, looking slightly relieved at first before turning back to Edge when the anger sets back in.

Christian:
What are you playing at Adam? Is this some kind. . .

Edge: . . . Hey I didn’t know she was here I swear.

They both watch her, so does Tomko as she hesitantly walks down the ramp with all eyes on her. Tomko then walks over to the ropes and sits on the middle rope so she can get in the ring. She appears to be quite emotional as she looks over at Christian like she could cry any second, then mutters the words “I’m sorry”. She walks over to him and asks to borrow the microphone, and with Christian not sure how to react, he just lets her pull it out of his hands. Edge hasn’t a clue how to react as he looks on with Denise facing her husband.

Denise:
I’m so sorry it’s turned out like this, I really am. You have to believe me. I’ve lived with this secret for nearly ten years, and when your brother let it slip, I panicked. I didn’t know what t’ do. You scared me and I ran t’ my parents. I know now it was wrong and that it was only going t’ get worse. I didn’t want things to get out of control and that’s why I’m here now, to get ev’rything out in the open.

Edge & Tomko watch on as an obviously sorry Denise looks at Christian, not showing any emotion as he waits to hear what she has to say.

Denise:
You know how much I love you, I know you do and you have to believe me that I’m telling the truth. . . Yes something happened with your brother, but it was a long, long time ago when we’d not been t’gether long. It was a mistake, a big mistake and it meant absolutely nothing I promise. You don’t know how hard it was and still is having you away from home five days a week. I’ve got used to it over the years, but at first it was really hard.

Edge starts smirking as the story unfolds, and despite looking pissed, Christian focuses on Denise, trying desperately to shut Edge out.

Denise:
I really missed you, you have no idea. It was so hard seeing you for just two days and then you were gone for the rest of the week. I didn’t know what t’ do so I spoke to Adam. He told me that it was part of the business and that I had to accept it. I didn’t think I could and was going to end it before I got really hurt, but he told me not to and to give it, you an’ me a chance.

Edge nods in Christian’s direction, smirking at the same time while Christian somehow manages to keep calm and listen to his wife.

Denise:
He was really nice about it and listened to me any time I needed t’ talk. Then one night when you were working and Adam was at home because he was injured, something happened.

Christian’s getting a bit hot under the collar now, clearly not comfortable at hearing the truth come out.

Denise:
I know it’s wrong and it should’ve ended there but it didn’t. It only happened a few more times after that, and that’s all it was I swear. It was just because I was so upset about being away from you that I got really confused about what to do. He was so nice and ev’rything that it just happened. When I realised what I’d done, I stopped it there an’ then. We both knew it was a big mistake and that we could never tell you because we knew what it would do t’ you, even thought it was nothing. . . I’m so sorry, I love you so much. Please forgive me. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

There are tears in Denise’s eyes and she drops the microphone then throws her arms around Christian. He just glares over her shoulder at Edge, who’s clearly enjoying the situation. He then pulls back ever so slightly, not forcefully at all and bends down to pick the microphone up, calming down as he focuses only on his wife.

Christian:
Hey, I’m not mad. We can go talk this out at home where I don’t have t’ look at his face the whole time.

He then turns to Edge.

Christian:
As for you Adam, I’ll see you Sunday, and I’m tellin’ ya, you better be ready.

Edge: Yeah? Don’t you worry about me. I can’t wait. I’m gonna finish your career as well as your marriage.

Christian drops the microphone and tries to get at him, but Tomko steps in between them and holds him back. He manages to get Christian & Denise to leave the ring, then follows them up the ramp with Christian putting his arm round her. The camera goes back to the ring as Edge watches on with a big smirk on his face.

Edge:
Hey Denise. Just before you go, I want t’ let y’know, that just in case y’need a shoulder t’ cry on, y’know where t’ find me.

Christian turns round with a face of fury. He immediately lets go of Denise and turns back, pushing his way past Tomko and charges back to the ring, sliding in under the bottom rope. He takes Edge by surprise and tackles him down to the mat, then unloads with a series of right hands to a huge cheer in the LG Arena. Tomko then gets back in the ring and pulls him away from Edge, just about dragging Christian up to his feet and towards the ropes. Christian isn’t happy and wants to go back for more as Edge gets to his knees.

Christian manages to break free from Tomko with his back to Edge and shouts at his problem solver. As he then turns round and runs at his brother, Edge connects with a spear to a chorus of boos in the arena. The Rated-R Superstar stands up sn-iggering as he looks down at Christian squirming on the mat holding his stomach. Denise looks concerned as she watches on from the ramp. Tomko goes over and shoves Edge out of the way to check on Christian, and Edge just continues to laugh as “Metalingus” plays to more heat with an upset and disgusted Denise looking on.



{Cut Backstage}


‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels & the 2008 King of the Ring, Matt Sydal are walking through the back with the main event up next.


{Commercial Break}


Michael Cole & Matt Striker 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.

Michael Cole:
In just two nights folks, SummerSlam will come to you live on pay-per-view from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, and what a show it’s going to be.

Matt Striker: It truly will be the hottest night of the summer and this is why.


Michael Cole: The WWE Championship will be on the line when ‘The Animal’ Batista steps inside the dreaded elimination chamber with five hungry challengers determined to snare the title away from him.

Matt Striker: The elimination chamber is without question the most destructive structure in the history of this industry. It is guaranteed to shorten careers. However it is also guaranteed that one of these men, only of them will leave the chamber as the WWE Champion.



Michael Cole: We don’t know who that man will be and we don’t know which one of the former World Tag Team Champions, John Morrison or The Miz will leave SummerSlam with bragging rights over the other.

Matt Striker: These two former partners are best friends turned bitter rivals. John Morrison believes The Miz’s heart isn’t in the ring, and what better way or place for Mister Hollywood to prove The Monday Night Delight wrong?. . . This sure is going to be one very interesting match up this Sunday.



Michael Cole: He’s the son of a Hall of Famer and Ted DiBiase Junior has the opportunity this weekend to become the Intercontinental Champion when he challenges Kofi Kingston.

Matt Striker: We’ve all heard the rumours that DiBiase could well be the one who attacked Eric Bischoff, but you heard him on Raw Monday night, he doesn’t want any distractions. All he wants is the Intercontinental Championship, and it’s Kofi Kingston’s job to stop him. Whether he can or not remains to be seen.



Michael Cole: There’s so much at stake this weekend, but there is nothing more important than Ric Flair’s career that right now is hanging by a thread. . . This could well be The Nature Boy’s last ever match when he goes one on one with ‘The King of Kings’ Triple H in what we’re now told will be a no holds barred match.

Matt Striker: We’re lucky to have been able to watch the career of ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, and it’s hard to believe it could all come to an end two nights from now. The fact is it is a distinct possibility. However you heard The Nature Boy himself tell Triple H face to face on Raw four nights ago that there is plenty of life left in the old dog yet and he should never underestimate Ric Flair. Words that The King of Kings could be wise to remember.



Michael Cole: The Undertaker’s career might not be at stake here. Chris Jericho on the other hand may disagree as he is hell bent on trying to prove the legacy of the dead man is worthless.

Matt Striker: There is no doubting the ability of Chris Jericho. He is unquestionably one of the greatest in-ring performers of his generation, as is The Undertaker. If Jericho expects this to be a walk in the park, he is very much mistaken as he will truly be walking through the gates of the hell.



Michael Cole: After what happened moments ago, this could well become a fight and not a wrestling match when the two brothers, Edge and Christian finally lock horns.

Matt Striker: I can only begin to imagine what these two will do to each other, Christian especially. He’s waited a long, long time to get his hands on his older brother, Edge. Will he finally get the vict’ry he’s craved for years this Sunday at SummerSlam?



Michael Cole: Matt there really is only question that needs answering when it comes to Matt Sydal and Shelton Benjamin. Can The Gold Standard beat Sydal?. . . If he doesn’t, the King of the Ring will walk out of SummerSlam as the new United States Champion.

Matt Striker: Ever since Matt Sydal beat Shelton Benjamin at the King of the Ring, Benjamin has been like a man possessed. The odds have well and truly been stacked against him as he can lose title if he is disqualified or counted out as well as being pinned or made to submit by Sydal. . . This truly is a defining night in the career of The Gold Standard.



Michael Cole: This is what it all comes down to on the Smackdown side of things folks. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels and ‘The Straight-Edge Superstar’ CM Punk will go at it for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Matt Striker: I for one cannot wait to see these two superstars collide in what will surely be one of the best world title matches in a long time.

Michael Cole: It should be an incredible match Matt, that’s for sure on what is going to be an amazing night. Go to WWE dot com for more details on how to order the show.

“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me. NOO. . .”

*Heat*

Shelton Benjamin, the United States Champion
makes his way in to the arena with his game face well and truly on. He stops at the top of the ramp and raises his title above his head, prompting a pyro explosion before carrying on down the ramp as Cole & Striker leave the ring. The Gold Standard gets in the ring and poses with the title again before handing it over to the referee.

“This Fire Burns”


*Major Heat*

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk strolls out to the stage in a fairly calm mood. He stops and looks in to the crowd with the fans still booing him, bringing a smirk to his face as he continues his journey down the ramp and in to the ring. The Straight-Edge Superstar enters the ring and walks over to the ropes, then unbuckles the world title and raises it in to the air, getting more heat from the Birmingham faithful with Benjamin standing in the corner not paying too much attention. Punk then hands the belt over to the referee and removes his T-shirt.

“Axeman”


*Big Pop*

Matt Sydal, the 2008 King of the Ring
races out to the stage, running out to each side of it and posing for the fans with Benjamin watching on intently. Sydal then makes his way down the ramp and locks his eyes on Benjamin while holding his hands out for the fans before he gets to the steps and enters the ring. He turns his back on his opponents and climbs up to the second rope to pose for the fans again, and he’s met by a very positive reception.

“I Think I’m Cute. I Know I’m Sexy. . .”


*Massive Pop*

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
hits the stage to a deafening reception. It’s a more relaxed Michaels than we’ve seen since his return as he walks halfway down the ramp and then drops to his knees. He flexes his muscles and a pyro display goes off behind him to another big cheer with a very serious Punk watching on from the ring. The Heartbreak Kid meets him in there several seconds later and walks over to the corner, then climbs up to the second ropes and points in to the crowd, then claps, looking very happy to be in the UK. He turns round and jumps down to the floor, then walks over to his partner and slaps hands with him before removing all his unnecessary attire.


*The Main Event*

Shawn Michaels & Matt Sydal vs CM Punk & Shelton Benjamin


These four men sure were up for this one, and of all four of them, CM Punk looked a little nervous. The World Heavyweight Champion was reeling when Sydal made a tag to The Heartbreak Kid, and the number one contender for the world title came in firing, nailing The Straight-Edge Superstar with a series of jabs to the chin. It knocked Punk off balance and Michaels whipped him in to the ropes and caught him as he came back with a Lou Thesz press, then pummelled him with several hard rights to the head. The crowd were cheering as The Heartbreak Kid then stood back up and hit Punk with several backhand chops to the chest when Punk got back up, forcing him back in to the corner.

Michaels continued to chop his bright red chest before then whipping him in to the opposite corner and charging across the ring to hit a Stinger Splash. Shawn then back pedalled as Punk staggered out in to Michaels’ path with The Heartbreak Kid reaching down and sweeping his legs, allowing him to then apply the Sharpshooter to a massive pop inside the LG Arena. The crowd were going nuts as Punk was turned on to his back and dragged in to the centre of the ring with Michaels putting a ton of pressure on the World Heavyweight Champion. Punk was panicking big time and did everything he could to hang on with Benjamin encouraging him from the apron.

The Straight-Edge Superstar was suffering and he put himself through even more pain as he gave everything he had to pull himself to the apron, and as he got closer, Michaels tried desperately to hold firm, but Punk fought for his life and managed to reach out and grab the bottom rope. The fans were left disappointed as Michaels was then told to let the hold go, and he did while Punk rolled under the bottom rope and down to the floor. The Heartbreak Kid went right back after him and stood by the ropes, holding on to them as Punk struggled to stand up, and when he did, he was left helpless as Michaels came down on top of him with a slingshot cross body.

Michaels immediately stood up and tossed the World Champion back in the ring, but before he could get back in, Benjamin jumped down to the floor while the ref was checking on Punk’s condition. Michaels was distracted and got caught by a super kick from the United States Champion. Boos rang out as Benjamin then dragged Michaels’ dead weight body and rolled him back in under the bottom rope before climbing back up on the apron. The referee saw Michaels down and out before looking in Benjamin’s direction, who protested his innocence. Punk was standing back up as Michaels began to come round, and the World Champion watched on grinning.

He allowed Michaels to sit up and then flew at him to nail him with the shining wizard and followed up for a cover, but Michaels kicked out. The Straight-Edge Superstar made the tag to Benjamin, and The Gold Standard went right after The Heartbreak Kid, pulling him up and whipping him in to the ropes, then planting him with a samoan drop. He hit it good and hard with Michaels now in trouble, but he got his shoulder up at two. Benjamin was seriously pumped and did a number on Michaels, looking very impressive until Shawn ducked a roundhouse kick and caught him out of nowhere with some Sweet Chin Music to a huge pop.

Both men were flat out on the canvas, and they then crawled across towards their respective corners to tag their partners. Sydal & Punk raced in to the ring and charged at each other with Sydal ducking a clothesline and hitting a series of stiff kicks to Punk’s body. He then whipped Punk in to the ropes and sent him down to the mat with a diving leg lariat. Sydal was on fire and connected with a standing moonsault after returning to his feet. He held on for a cover but Punk kicked out comfortably at the count of two. It didn’t bother Sydal as he rushed back up and went to the corner, climbing all the way to the top rope as Punk picked himself back up.

The King of the Ring turned round and then came down to hit an asai moonsault, holding on again for a cover, and again Punk kicked out at two. Sydal was keen to keep the momentum going, and as he got back up with Punk not far behind him, he grabbed him around the upper torso and hit the Cyclorama, a belly to belly moonsault slam. The crowd were going crazy as Sydal hopped right back up with Punk lying several feet away from the corner. The King of the Ring climbed up to the summit, seemingly going for the Shooting Star Press, but Benjamin ran across the apron and shoved him down to the floor below. Boos rang out and the referee warned Shelton there and then.

Punk had the time to recover and tagged in Benjamin as Sydal was sitting up on the floor. The United States Champion yelled at the referee to count Sydal out, and he did with the challenger to Shelton’s title just about getting back in the ring before the ref could count to ten. Benjamin was incredibly focused and did some serious damage to his SummerSlam opponent, but whatever he did, Sydal always fought through it, frustrating the hell out of The Gold Standard. He was like a man possessed as he urged the battered Sydal to get up, getting ready to hit the Paydirt.

As soon as Sydal was up, Shelton charged at him, but Sydal dodged it to the delight of the crowd. As they both made it back up, Sydal ducked a wild clothesline and nailed him with an enziguri to a huge ovation. Sydal was able to make the tag to Michaels and tuned up the band the moment he got in the ring. Punk panicked big time and raced in to the ring, running right at Michaels, who emerged out of the corner and connected with a super kick that sent the World Champion under the bottom rope and to the floor. With Benjamin getting back up behind him, Michaels turned round and was whipped hard in to the corner.

Benjamin went right after him and went for a Stinger Splash, but Michaels ducked and ran through as The Gold Standard jumped right on to the pads to a big pop. As he then turned round out of the corner all dazed, The Heartbreak Kid leaned back and took his head off with the Sweet Chin Music. The fans were on their feet and Michaels dragged Benjamin to his corner and tagged Sydal. The King of the Ring looked confused and Michaels told him to go up to the top, and he did with the fans going crazy to hit the Shooting Star Press and then cover Shelton to pick up the victory.

Winners: Shawn Michaels & Matt Sydal by pinfall @ 17.39.

Aftermath: “Axeman” blasted out with the fans showing their appreciation for Sydal & Michaels who shared a brief congratulatory guy hug after getting their arms raised. Punk sat up on the outside, and he wasn’t happy. Michaels & Sydal then posed for the jubilant crowd in opposite corners with Sydal especially looking delighted with the victory while Michaels applauded the crowd before looking down in Punk’s direction, who just sat there staring at him with anger. Michaels simply smiled back at him, further angering the World Heavyweight Champion and leaving him with a lot to think about heading in to SummerSlam on Sunday.


{Cut Backstage}


Chris Jericho, wearing a suit is walking through the hallway, apparently heading for the arena.


{Commercial Break}


“Break The Wall Down. . .”

*Major Heat*

Chris Jericho
, suited and booted walks out to the stage and shows a look of total disgust at the reaction of the English crowd. He continues down the ramp looking very serious and displeased with the negative reception of the crowd. With the same frown on his face as he gets in the ring, he walks over to the apron and asks for a microphone, then walks back in to the centre of the ring. The music cuts and the boos echo around the LG Arena, continuing to frustrate Jericho.

Chris Jericho:
It doesn’t surprise me that you uneducated morons share the same false perception of me that the Americans do seeing that your government allows itself to be manipulated by their American counterparts in to doing whatever they’re asked to. It’s the same false perception in America that they actually believe my opponent at SummerSlam this weekend is some kind of legend. You people will know him by the name of The Undertaker.

*Huge Pop*

Chris Jericho: For nearly twenty years, it is said that The Undertaker has reigned supreme in the WWE, destroying ev’ryone in his path when in fact that is simply not the case.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: The reputation that The Undertaker has earned is false and nothing short of scandalous. The American people don’t want to accept that, but I am afraid to say that this Sunday at SummerSlam they will have no choice as I, Chris Jericho will force upon the world the realisation that The Undertaker is not the legend he is seen to be.

*More Boos*

Chris Jericho: I have lost the will to make the Americans see the truth, however I hold out a small amount of hope that you people will be able to see what has been staring you in the face since the first time The Undertaker stepped inside a WWE ring. . . T’night I am going to share with you, the history of the dead man.

*Pop*

Chris Jericho: Upon his debut in the WWE at the nineteen ninety Survivor Series, he quickly became the most feared superstar in the history of the company, beating ev’ry opponent that dared cross his path. Exactly a year later, he became the WWE Champion, defeating the immortal Hulk Hogan to do so.

*Pop*

Chris Jericho: The reign however did not last long, a matter of days in fact. However, the legacy had well and truly begun. With that said, it took him another five and a half years before he would become the WWE Champion for a second time. Some claim that is in part down to some serious injuries when the sole reason is that he was and remains today, an average wrestler with an over inflated reputation.

*Lots of Boos*

Chris Jericho: The naïve wrestling world failed to see what was staring them in the face. The Undertaker is not and never has been a success as far as championships are concerned. His legacy has been built on the supposed fear he puts in to his opponents and the remarkable WrestleMania winning streak, the streak that includes victories over other legends like Giant Gonzalez, ‘The Supreme Fighting Machine’ Kama, A-Train and Mark Henry. That is the point I’ve been trying to make all along. The record of The Undertaker is not what it appears to be. In fact I guarantee that I would have been able to end that streak had I challenged the dead man at WrestleMania.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: There is no doubt in my mind that I would have beaten The Undertaker on the greatest stage of them all. There may still be time for that to happen and for me to create a vast blip in that record and finally add a defeat to the loss column that remains empty. I am not greedy however as I would happily accept the victory I will gain at SummerSlam two nights from now at his expense.

*Boos*

Chris Jericho: You can boo and doubt me as much as you like as it will not make a blind bit of diff’rence to the outcome the world needs to see. The world needs to see that The Undertaker isn’t the legend you all make him out to be. To put it in perspective, in the near eighteen years he has been in the WWE, he has held the world title on five occasions where Batista for example has four world titles to his name in just the last three years. Surely that gives you an indication of how The Undertaker’s legacy has been blown out of all proportion. I would even go as far to say that it is worthless.

*More Boos*

Chris Jericho: It may not be completely worthless at this moment, however it will be when I expose him for the fraud that he has been for so long.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: I am only pointing out the faces that no one else in the company has dared to do all these years. That is not all I will do as I will end this sham of a legacy and bury it once and for all along with the remains of the defeated Undertaker.

*More Heat*

Chris Jericho: The Undertaker has to accept his fate, and last week I gave him a brief preview of what the future holds for him.

Jericho turns round to face the tron, which then brings up the end to The Undertaker’s match with Shawn Michaels from last week where Jericho entered the ring when the referee was down and hit a Codebreaker on Taker. The Sweet Chin Music from Michaels isn’t shown, going straight to the pinfall that saw Michaels win the match. The shot went back to a smug Jericho in the ring.

Chris Jericho:
Just like last week, The Undertaker will suffer defeat at SummerSlam, this time at the hands of Chris Jericho, and let me remind you that I am the best in the world at what I do. That is why the dead man will. . .

*GONG*

The lights go out inside the LG Arena to a massive cheer as a casket is wheeled out by six druids. A white spotlight in the ring shines down on Jericho, who does look slightly spooked. He watches the druids’ every move as they push the casket down the ramp and up against the apron. The druids then walk back up the ramp with the lights still out while Jericho nervously looks towards the casket with no sign of The Undertaker. As the druids walk through the curtain, the lights are still out except the one spotlight and Jericho hesitantly walks over to the apron, staring at the casket the entire time. He looks down at it and thinks about reaching over to open the lid, changing his mind as he’s about to do it.

He then plucks up the courage and grabs the lid, then pulls it slightly and all the lights go out to a big pop. As they come back on, there’s a big pop and the casket is being held open by Jericho, but he doesn’t see that The Undertaker is standing behind him looking as menacing as ever. The tron has zoomed in on the side of Jericho’s face, and he can’t see the dead man lurking behind him with his right arm raised for the chokeslam. A worried Jericho drops the lid, and as he turns round slowly, Taker grabs him by the throat to a huge roar and steps back away from the ropes, turns round and chokeslams The King of the World.

The fans cheer like crazy as Taker then signals for the Tombstone with Jericho laid out at his feet. The phenom reaches down and drags the lifeless Jericho up, then scoops him over his shoulder and it to position for the Tombstone Piledriver. The fans are going crazy and Taker now drops to his knees and drills Jericho’s head in to the canvas, generating another massive cheer from the English fans. “Graveyard Symphony” plays and the lights go out with a purple spotlight shining down on Taker who leans back and lifts his right hand up as if he was signalling for the urn. He then drops the arm and stares down at the lifeless Jericho as Smackdown comes to a close.



{End of Show}


Quick Results
Michael Shane df. Johnny Jeter
Beth Phoenix
df. Mia Rain
Chris Masters
df. Jimmy Yang
The Empire
df. The UK Pack
Jack Swagger
df. Bobby Lashley
Shawn Michaels & Matt Sydal
df. CM Punk & Shelton Benjamin

_________________


“WWE Superstars” Results
Saturday 16th August 2008
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California




Match #1
Eugene w/Goldust vs William Regal

Regal was very aggressive from the moment the match started and took it right to his former tag team partner. Eugene did manage to give the crowd some hope, but Regal countered his attempt at a Stonecold Stunner by pushing him in to the ropes. As Eugene then came bouncing back, Regal hit him with a jumping knee lift. He then applied the Regal Stretch and dialled up the pressure to make Eugene tap out. As soon as Regal got his arm raised, he was jumped on by Gregory Helms. The crowd cheered as Helms clubbed him to his knees then backed up before exploding with the Shining Wizard. The crowd cheered as an intense Helms stood over Regal’s body.

Winner: William Regal.


{Commercial Break}


Match #2
Charlie Haas vs Santino Marella

Haas was on fire in this one and showed off his mat wrestling skills by putting on a clinic at the expense of Santino Marella. The Italian barely got a look in, and after planting him with a thunderous Olympic Slam, Haas pulled down his straps and locked in the Haas of Pain, resulting in Marella tapping out within seconds to the satisfaction of the crowd.

Winner: Charlie Haas.


Todd Grisham interviewed Eddie Colon, who was with [b]Eric Perez[b/] and asked him about what happened on Raw with Carlito being taking out by Shad, resulting in Perez taking his brother’s place in the tag team title match. Eddie was furious and said that he & Carlito were promised a title shot, not him & Perez. He told Grisham that he’s spoken to Carlito and that his brother is just as pissed off as he is and that they’re not going to let Cryme Time get away with it. He then said that was why he asked for the match with Shad tonight and he was going to beat the hell out of him like Shad did to Carlito, then he & Carlito will get the title shot they were promised and take the tag titles like they would have if Carlito wasn’t jumped for no reason last week. He ended by directing a message to Cryme Time, especially Shad by saying that they he was going to be sorry for what he did.


{Commercial Break}


Match #3
Shad Gaspard w/JTG vs Eddie Colon w/Eric Perez

Shad dominated the majority of the match, and that only changed when Perez distracted him and allowed Eddie to get back up to his feet and catch his opponent off guard with an enziguri. The younger Colon brother desperately tried to finish his opponent off but couldn’t, and when Shad reversed an irish whip and caught him with a huge Samoan Drop, it looked a formality for him with JTG cheering him on at ringside. Shad was serious as hell as he urged Eddie up, and that brought Perez on to the apron. Shad went after him, and so did JTG & the referee. Perez & JTG went at it with Shad & the ref watching on, and then Carlito raced down the aisle and slipped in to the ring. As Shad backed away from the ropes, Carlito sneaked up behind him and caught him with a Backstabber. He left the ring and Eddie crawled across to cover Shad as the ref then turned round and counted to three. Perez tossed JTG in to the steps as he & Carlito then joined the victorious Eddie in the ring, all looking very pleased with themselves as the show came to a close.

Winner: Eddie Colon.


{End of Show}


Quick Results
William Regal df. Eugene
Charlie Haas df. Orlando Jordan
Eddie Colon df. Shad Gaspard

Dark Match
Yoshi Tatsu df. Shannon Moore


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 No Holds Barred 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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Nice intro, as usual, with the key points of the previous week to get us up to date. The commentators also did a good job of hyping up the show at hand.

Not at all surprising to see the Cruiserweight Title match kick off the show here. I thought that the action was maybe a little less crisp than it could have been, as a few more counters to show the flashy and fast styles of the cruiserweights would have been nice. The finish to the match really surprised me, but looking back at the previous promo with Jeter talking about how Shane has to beat him and he doesn’t have to beat Shane, along with Jeter saying he would hold onto the title any way possible, it really makes sense. A nice bit of booking from you, and one I didn’t see coming.

Interesting promo between Tazz and Haas, A bit surprised by Tazz’s anger, which doesn’t seem right. I mean, he’s never showed this kind of frustration in the past when he’s had to deal with far more stressful situations, so it seems very sudden and random. A future match between Haas and Masters sounds good though, even if I was hoping for one tonight. Good to see a follow up on the Cruiserweight Title match, even if I thought you could have made more of a storyline out of this, with Shane really trying to earn one last shot. I have to say, Shane recovered from the ballshot awfully quickly too.

I have to say, really happy to see a clean finish to this one, as over the past two shows we haven’t seen a whole lot of them. Pretty nice match here between Phoenix and Rain with an exciting enough finish, leading to what looks like a close to the feud. Not sure what you’re going to do from here, but I’d imagine Beth and McCool will get involved.

A bit surprised to see you giving McCool in-ring mic time, but I really like it because it should give her a chance to really develop her heel character and get some heat. The cheap heat from McCool to start the promo was pretty good, and I liked the way you connected it to Mickie James really well, transitioning through McCool’s points in a way that flows properly. Showing Mickie getting jumped the previous week and really playing it up as great was another good way to get some heel heat, and I like the justification from McCool that Mickie was in fact the one that stabbed her in the back, not the other way around, allowing McCool’s actions to make sense. McCool talking of a rematch with Phoenix is pretty good too, and again, her justification makes sense, even if she was always going to be interrupted by Mickie here. Mickie was decent here, really just insulting McCool to make up for a lack of mic skills, but it works fine to get a reaction, and the insults were pretty good. Mickie laying out the challenge to McCool and saying she wanted a title shot was done pretty well too, with the way Michelle rejected her leading to Mickie laying Michelle out pretty well. Honestly, I think this was actually one of the more consistent promos I’ve seen from you, and that’s really good considering it was from the divas, who really aren’t that talented when it comes to speaking on the mic. Good stuff.

Decent stuff from Sydal speaking on Benjamin, putting forth his kind of generic face type of character, showing off his modesty. While I would like to see him show a bit of personality, the way you had him speak fits him well for his face role, I guess. The little showing of respect from Michaels to Sydal was pretty nice, and a good way to put Sydal over really well. Michaels’ little promo was pretty good too, putting Punk over strongly now, while also really talking about SummerSlam in a way that sounded like typical Michaels, talking up the big match well. Pretty good promo all-round here.

When I saw that you had Masters already in a match, I was hoping for a little better of a match than this, but oh well. This at least provides a good win for Masters, and the staredown with Haas after the match keeps them locked while also having Haas behaving, as spoken about earlier on the show.

Good to see Devine & Williams asking for a title shot, because they’ve been looking good lately while not doing a whole lot. I’m not sure where it’ll go, but it’s good to see the Burke/Ziggler program escalating too, as that’s been one of my favourites. Interesting segment, building for a few things.

Nice to see a little promo from Katie before the match, although I would have thought she would have gone more along the lines of trying to get some heat, calling the crowd pigs or something of the ilk, just like the Americans, saying that The Empire represents the upper class Britain and not people like this.

The action in this match was pretty nice and crisp, although I was kind of disappointed in the finish. It just seems like the feud between MVP/Killings and The Empire ended last week, and there’s not a whole lot that can be done in the feud after a no DQ type of gimmick match. Interesting little promo from Tazz afterwards, hinting maybe at a tag turmoil match, which could be interesting.

Again, like Sydal’s promo, this was very bland and generic. I’m not sure it was necessary, as a Swagger promo maybe would have been better hype, unless you’re trying to really exploit this seriousness of Lashley, perhaps for a future turn.

Interesting promo between Shelton and Punk. I thought they maybe talked in too big of blocks of text, with no real exchange between the two and thus reactive talking, but the heat there is still interesting, as it gives the main event that extra dimension.

Pretty nice match here between Lashley and Swagger, putting Swagger over big time by having him take just about all of Lashley’s offense, then coming back to pick up a clean victory. I guess this was the way the series was set out all along, with the design being to put Swagger over, and in the end I feel like it did its job.

Again, this promo did a good job of putting Swagger over, with Lashley acknowledging him as the better man. I’m actually a bit more interested in what this means for Lashley, as a heel turn wouldn’t really surprise me from here.

Hmm, the Edge promo started very suddenly, if you know what I mean. I would have maybe liked Edge to have built up that he was just out there to apologise to Christian, maybe making a point of how the crowd are reacting to him, saying that they’re booing him when he’s just out there to do the right thing. I found it a bit odd that Edge didn’t really speak of how he slept with Christian’s wife either, and that he doesn’t care anymore, because you’d think if that was his attitude, then Edge would really want to rub it in. I also think that you’ve missed the key part of how Edge speaks on the mic, as hat intensity, the repetitiveness and the drilling in of a point that we see from Edge, especially crazy Edge, just wasn’t there. Christian was okay, giving a real mouthful, though I have to say that I liked the Lita mention, making it seem like a real habitual thing of Edge. The Denise interruption was okay, but I don’t think the writing was quite right for her emotional state. You would expect her to be spluttering and stammering her way through it all, but really, we didn’t get any of that. The ending to the promo with the lines from Edge was pretty nice though, and the finish, with Edge capitalizing on Tomko trying to restrain Christian worked well. Like the rest of this angle, I thought this promo could have been done much better, but it was still okay.

Nice plugging of SummerSlam here.

A good main event match here, with the action seeming pretty nice throughout. I have to say, I liked the ending with Sydal getting the rub by getting the pin, especially over his opponent at SummerSlam, keeping the logic that Shelton can’t beat him going along.

Very surprised that Jericho is closing the show, as I thought the tag match would be, but I guess you have been really pushing this angle. I quite like the history of The Undertaker idea, as it gives Jericho a way to continue his propaganda, although the way in which he spoke here sounded like it was meant to almost be too Jericho, if you know what I mean. I just think you tried to go a little too far with how sophisticated the speech was meant to be. The talk of how Jericho would expose ‘Taker as the fraud he is was good, although I would have liked one last line about the crowd getting to remember Undertaker as a legend while they can, before Jericho ends that myth at SummerSlam. The ending, with ‘Taker again playing his mind games and getting the attack on Jericho was a fine way to end the show, as you could have gone either way with who got the final word. A pretty good finish here.


While for the past few weeks I’ve felt that SmackDown!’s hype maybe wasn’t up with RAW’s, I thought that tonight’s show did just as good of a job as RAW as a go home show, putting over all your major angles before the big show. Your other angles all progressed pretty nicely too, and for the most part, I thought this was a pretty consistently solid show. There were a few little things I didn’t like, but things still looked good. Superstars all looked fine too, with some squash victories and a bit of feud advancement for Helms/Regal and Cryme Tyme/Colons, which is good. All in all, a pretty good way to head out to SummerSlam. Looking forward to the big event now.
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>No Holds Barred!<



On Smackdown earlier this evening, Michael Cole mentioned that the possible career ending match this weekend at SummerSlam between Ric Flair & Triple H will now be a No Holds Barred match.

We can officially confirm that this is indeed true and Tazz made the decision to add the stipulation following the events on Raw this past week during the contract signing. Both he & The Nature Boy ended up on the end of a pedigree from The King of Kings after a brawl broke out between the two men who will now compete with no limitations whatsoever. Flair will be trying desperately to prolong his already illustrious career while Triple H will have no restrictions as he looks to end that career.

Now with no holds barred, who does that favour? All we can be sure of is that this already massive clash will become a whole lot more brutal with so much at stake and no rules!



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Summerslam looks great, Nige. The only concern I would have IRL would be the possibility that the crowd could become dead at some point because it's such a stacked card....or they could just cheer the fuck out of everything like they should.

Also, it is probably more fitting for HHH-Flair to be No Holds Barred considering the hate they have for each other and the fact that Flair might as well go out with a crazy war against HHH if he is indeed defeated and has to retire.
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SummerSlamPreview
Sunday August 17, 2008
Live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California






The WWE Championship will be contested inside the most destructive structure in the history of the entire industry, the Elimination Chamber.

‘The Animal’ Batista more a less stumbled across the WWE Championship at Vengeance after Jeff Hardy was suspended, leaving Eric Bischoff without a number one contender. With the incentive of a shot at the title then placed in front of Evolution & The Corporation, it was Batista that emerged victorious from the six man tag team match before going on to win the title later on that evening. From there it’s been a rough ride for The Animal with Evolution being torn apart by the jealous Triple H, but it’s going to become a whole lot rougher come SummerSlam when he has to defend the title against five former world champions inside the career shortening structure.

It was Tazz’s decision to deny the match Batista & Triple H both wanted, and it’s a decision that will see Batista taken to the limit by John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, The Big Show & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. Ever since losing the title at WrestleMania, Randy Orton has been hell bent on getting it back, and that’s not changed over the last six weeks or so as he’s made it clear to The Animal that he believes he is the one who will take the title from him this Sunday night in San Jose.

John Cena’s return has given Batista another reason to be concerned, and Cena sure has been on fire since coming back. He left a definite impression on the champion this past week when he made a blind tag on Batista before earning their team a victory against Orton & The Corporation. The Big Show & JBL have had their problems too it seems, and the tension between them wouldn’t have been helped after JBL accidentally hit the Clothesline from Hell on his Corporation team mate.

Rey Mysterio will looking to pull out another shock when he enters the chamber for the very first time, and could he be the one who ends Batista’s title reign? The Animal will have to fight off all five of his challengers if he is to hold on to the WWE Championship. Can he do just that and walk out of SummerSlam still the WWE Champion?




CM Punk has been on a crusade to prove he is deserving of the World Heavyweight Championship having won the title by cashing in the Money in the Bank contract at the expense of Shawn Michaels moments after The Heartbreak Kid defeated The Undertaker at Judgment Day. Now he has the perfect opportunity to prove himself when he defends the same title some people say he stole from Michaels in the biggest match of his career so far.

The Straight-Edge Superstar proved some of his doubters wrong back at The Great American Bash when he retained the title in the scramble match despite receiving the shock of his life just minutes the match started, learning that Shawn Michaels would be the special guest referee for the all important match. Punk’s victory in the unpredictable environment went a long way to convince himself and many others, yet it wasn’t enough to repair the damage between himself & The Heartbreak Kid, and he ended up on the receiving end of some sweet chin music, something he will hope to avoid this weekend.

Surprisingly enough it wasn’t the loss of the title that got to Michaels, it was Punk’s mocking of his faith that spurred The Heartbreak Kid’s return after Punk temporarily put him on the shelf when they met on Smackdown just five days later in Michaels’ rematch for the gold. Tazz decided to bring Shawn back and to give him another opportunity to reclaim the world title at SummerSlam, a decision that wasn’t too popular with the champion.

Punk’s been forced to raise his game by The Heartbreak Kid, who told him a few weeks ago that he’s going to face the biggest challenge of his career to date when he meets The Showstopper. Michaels himself has been on a role as of late, defeating The Undertaker just over a week ago when Punk chose the dead man as his opponent when they had to pick each other’s poison. He had some unwanted help from Chris Jericho along the way, but he left Punk with a lot to think about last night when he & Matt Sydal beat Punk & Shelton Benjamin.

It does appear that Michaels is one step ahead of Punk right now. Can he keep that going and regain the title Punk ‘stole’ from him at Judgment Day? Only time will tell.




Ted DiBiase Jr has the chance to prove to his father tomorrow night that he can be a proper champion when he challenges Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship.

All this started when The Million Dollar Man filled in for Jerry Lawler, who was injured at the hands of DiBiase Jr when he took exception to the way The King was looking at his girlfriend, Maryse. The Hall of Famer was quick to praise Kingston after seeing him in action, and that rubbed his son up the wrong way. It spurred Ted Jr in to going after the Intercontinental Champion, challenging him to a match at SummerSlam and to put the title on the line after his father took back the Million Dollar Championship he handed over to his son when he made his debut just 24 hours after WrestleMania.

Kofi was happy to accept the challenge, but his mood quickly changed when DiBiase blind sided him, showing his true colours and further enhancing the reputation that his father is disgusted with. DiBiase Jr has gone out of his way to get under the champion’s skin, and he’s definitely found a way to take the smile off the face of the fun loving Intercontinental Champion. His girlfriend Maryse has even got in on the act as they targeted Kelly Kelly, Kofi’s close friend, and it’s worked. This past week on Raw however, it escalated. Kofi & Kelly finally got one over on the Million Dollar couple when they met in tag team action, with Kelly pinning Maryse.

It was what happened after the match that caused the controversy though as DiBiase struck again, from behind with a Dream Street on Kingston after shoving Kelly down too. He wasn’t done there and grabbed the title they’ll be fighting for tomorrow night, and that’s when his father felt he had to intervene. He begged his son not to hit Kofi, putting himself in danger, and it looked like Ted Jr was going to hit his father before turning round and blasting Kofi in the face with his own belt. The Million Dollar Man was appalled and immediately checked on both Kofi & Kelly as Ted Jr & Maryse watched on without a care in the world.

It’s gone way beyond trying to prove a point to his father, but can DiBiase at least win the Intercontinental Championship like he set out to? Is that even enough for him, and what will Kofi have to say about it?




>Title Can Change Hands By Count Out or Disqualification<

The question on everybody’s lips as far as this rivalry is concerned is can Shelton Benjamin beat Matt Sydal?

On no less than four occasions, the United States Champion has been defeated by Sydal, including their most high profile match to date. That came at the King of the Ring back in June in the final where Sydal surprised everyone to claim the prestigious title, ‘King of the Ring’. That went down like a lead balloon with Benjamin, and The Gold Standard reacted to it badly, very badly in fact. He attacked Sydal during his crowning ceremony on Smackdown five days later, going as far as to break a sceptre across Sydal’s skull.

Tazz wasted no time in giving Shelton the chance to prove he could beat the King of the Ring by making a rematch with Benjamin’s United States title up for grabs for The Great American Bash. Sydal’s never say die attitude got the better of him once again, and it all boiled over inside Shelton, who got himself disqualified to save his title when he came to the conclusion that he couldn’t beat Sydal having come so close on a number of occasions during the match. Sydal wasn’t happy as you could imagine, and neither was Tazz.

He was only too happy to give Shelton a further opportunity to beat Sydal, and he will have to if he is going to retain the title this weekend at SummerSlam. He made it very clear to The Gold Standard that he wasn’t going to let him take the easy way out this time, telling him that if he gets himself disqualified or counted out, he will lose the title and it will go to the King of the Ring, who earned another pinfall victory over his arch rival on Smackdown last night in tag team action.

Will it be a familiar story tomorrow night when in San Jose, or will Benjamin finally get the victory he craves?




>No Holds Barred<

To many, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair is the greatest the business has ever seen, but for how much longer will he be in the business?

This Sunday night could mark the final match in the illustrious career of the so called ‘dirtiest player in the game’ when he takes on one man he knows only too well, ‘The Game’ himself, Triple H. The ink was barely dry on the contract when the decision was made to make this all or nothing match for Flair a No Holds Barred match. For years the relationship between The Nature Boy & The King of the Kings has been a rocky one, but in recent times they’ve been tighter than ever. So much so that along with the current WWE Champion, Batista, Flair made the move to Smackdown in order to help Triple H in his battle with The Corporation.

It was a battle they would win, only for The Game’s selfishness to rise to the surface and stab both those men in the back when Batista won the title. He even thought Flair would forget all about it and simply sit back while he could challenge The Animal for the title he calls his own. He quickly discovered that it would be a costly mistake as Flair intervened and ensured that wouldn’t happen, persuading Tazz to make a match between him & Triple H. The King of Kings reacted furiously and goaded him to put his career at stake, and he agreed. Then only a few weeks ago, he battered The Nature Boy in his own locker room, leaving him lying there bleeding.

This past Monday night on Raw during their contract signing, he claimed he could’ve ended Flair’s career there and then but made the choice to stop and finish the job at SummerSlam. He vowed to make him feel pain he’s never experienced before, and he even said that ending Flair’s career isn’t enough for him. The Nature Boy came back fighting and promised to do so tomorrow night as well as making Triple H aware that there’s still life left in Ric Flair and it would be incredibly stupid for The King of Kings to underestimate him after all he’s achieved throughout his career.

It would be naïve for Triple H to underestimate The Nature Boy, but will he? Is there enough fight left in the greatest of all time or will the curtain come down it once and for all?




Whereas Triple H is attempting to end the career of Ric Flair, Chris Jericho is hoping to prove that The Undertaker’s isn’t as glittering as everyone but he appears to believe.

For almost twenty years, The Undertaker has created has a legacy that leaves his opponents crippled with fear from the moment they step in the ring with him. However it’s a legacy that hasn’t impressed Jericho one bit. It’s become an obsession, an obsession that started since the moment Jericho came to Smackdown almost three months ago, and it’s only got worse with every passing day. It didn’t take all that long for the obsession to become physical, and when it did, Jericho certainly made one hell of a statement at the dead man’s expense.

After pushing The Undertaker too far, Jericho received a chokeslam, and it was a chokeslam he didn’t forget in a hurry. Later on in the same night when the dead man was scheduled to challenge CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship, a title Jericho stated The Undertaker didn’t deserve to be anywhere near. Jericho, the man who claims he is in the best in the world at what he does went out of his way to ensure that he wasn’t going to get anywhere near it, jumping him as he made his way to the ring. He battered The Undertaker with a steel chair, making sure he would be in no condition to compete for the title.

If he didn’t have The Undertaker’s attention already, he had then. He hasn’t relented in holding back his opinions of the dead man, and last night was no exception. He tore in to The Undertaker’s career, undermining the legacy and the unrivalled WrestleMania winning streak. He even mocked the amount of titles he has won in his near twenty year career, comparing his five world titles to the four Batista has won in the last three years alone. The time for talking is over and now he has the chance to back up every single word he’s said since his return to Smackdown.

Can he defeat The Undertaker, or will he end up on the receiving end of a chokeslam like he did last night?




Together they were one of the most successful tag teams in WWE history, winning numerous tag team titles. However tomorrow night will see Christian and his brother, Edge compete against each other.

It’s a match that Christian came back to the WWE for back in May, much to the anger of The Rated-R Superstar. It was back at Judgment Day that Edge held a special edition of The Cutting Edge, reintroducing his little brother to the WWE audience. He was expecting Christian to help him regain the World Heavyweight Championship, but it became clear very quickly that wasn’t going to be the case. Captain Charisma told his irate brother that he had come back to win the title himself, and he revealed there was one other victory he craved, one over his brother. They were both presented with the opportunity to win the world title at The Great American Bash last month in the scramble match, yet it was CM Punk who held on to the title to deny the Canadian siblings.

However that did little to cool the problems between them, and less than a week later, Christian found himself on the receiving end of a con-chair-to. Edge reintroduced that to him, and a week later when he was revelling in his actions, he let something slip that he & Christian’s wife, Denise have kept to themselves for nearly ten years. Christian was understandably furious when he was able to return, and he went right after his brother looking for answers. The Rated-R Superstar kept his mouth shut like he should’ve done in the first place, and that only wound his brother up even more. Later that same night, Christian got involved in his match with Shawn Michaels, blasting him in the head with a steel chair.

That seemed to get Edge talking, and he took a trip to see Denise two weeks back where we discovered that they had a brief fling a long time ago. There were still answers Christian needed, and last night he got them when his wife came out of hiding and told him exactly what had gone in, in front of a gloating Edge. It appears that she had difficulties with being away from Christian for so long when they first got together, and Edge was there to help her, then things got physical. She admitted that she knew it was a big mistake, and just when it looked like she & Christian were going to go talk things out properly, Edge’s mouth got in the way again. Captain Charisma had heard enough and lost the plot, going right for his brother, only to end up on the wrong end of a spear.

He’ll be doing all he can to make sure he doesn’t fall foul of one tomorrow night when Edge will be going all out to leave his brother lying helplessly in the middle of the ring. Just which brother will end up standing above the other victorious?




Both John Morrison & The Miz are determined to be superstars, and these two young guns have the opportunity to showcase their talent at SummerSlam in the sunshine state.

The Miz, who also calls himself ‘Mr. Hollywood’ already believes he is a star, but his former friend & tag team partner believes that his priorities lie outside of the ring, to become a Hollywood star. Morrison spoke of his desire to be a star inside the square circle last week on Raw, and ever since he & Mr. Hollywood went their separate ways, he’s not held back in expressing his opinion that The Miz cares more about the lifestyle than the profession he has dreamed about being a part of since he was a young boy.

That sure did get the attention of The Miz, and he was quick to make Morrison see that’s not the case. He sent a very strong message to make The Monday Night Delight aware of that, jumping him before their scheduled match on Raw last month. He wasn’t done there and told the referee to call for the bell, which he reluctantly did as Mr. Hollywood drilled Morrison with the Skull Crushing Finale, a move that would end in the same result it did that night if The Miz hits it tomorrow evening in San Jose.

Tazz was less than impressed with his actions, and he announced that they would meet properly at SummerSlam. The Miz got a stern warning too, being told he would be fired on the spot if he so much as pulled any more stunts like that. He got a reaction out of his former partner, who blind sided him a week later after The Miz’s victory over Matt Hardy, catching him with a super kick as The Miz made his way back up to the stage.

This past Monday night on Raw we heard both men tell the world how much they crave victory this weekend and what it would do for their respective careers. However, only one of them can win and give their career a significant lift. Will it be Morrison, or will it be Mr. Hollywood? Make sure you catch SummerSlam to find out all that and more tomorrow night!



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WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match

Batista (c) vs John Cena vs Rey Mysterio
vs Randy Orton vs The Big Show vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending No Holds Barred Match
Ric Flair vs Triple H

>Plus<

The Undertaker vs Chris Jericho

Christian vs Edge

John Morrison vs The Miz


>Bonus Questions<

1.
Which match will be the main event?

2. Which match will open the show?

3. How many titles will change hands?

4. What will the order of elimination be in the WWE Championship match? (1 point for the exact order, not each correct elimination)


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WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
Batista (c) vs John Cena vs Rey Mysterio
vs Randy Orton vs The Big Show vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending No Holds Barred Match
Ric Flair vs Triple H

>Plus<

The Undertaker vs Chris Jericho

Christian vs Edge

John Morrison vs The Miz


>Bonus Questions<

1. Which match will be the main event? Elimination Chamber

2. Which match will open the show? Intercontinental Championship

3. How many titles will change hands? Two

4. What will the order of elimination be in the WWE Championship match? (1 point for the exact order, not each correct elimination)
1st Big Show
2nd Rey Mysterio
3rd JBL
4th John Cena
5th Randy Orton
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Can't wait for Summerslam Nige.

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WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
Batista (c) vs John Cena vs Rey Mysterio
vs Randy Orton vs The Big Show vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending No Holds Barred Match
Ric Flair vs Triple H

>Plus<

The Undertaker vs Chris Jericho

Christian vs Edge

John Morrison vs The Miz


>Bonus Questions<

1. Which match will be the main event? Elimination Chamber

2. Which match will open the show? Intercontinental Title match

3. How many titles will change hands? None

4. What will the order of elimination be in the WWE Championship match? (1 point for the exact order, not each correct elimination)

1.Mysterio
2.JBL
3.Show
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WWE Championship
Elimination Chamber Match
Batista (c) vs John Cena vs Rey Mysterio
vs Randy Orton vs The Big Show vs John “Bradshaw” Layfield

World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs CM Punk (c)

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change On A Disqualification or Count Out
Matt Sydal vs Shelton Benjamin (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston (c) vs Ted DiBiase Jr

Career Ending No Holds Barred Match
Ric Flair vs Triple H

>Plus<

The Undertaker vs Chris Jericho

Christian vs Edge

John Morrison vs The Miz


>Bonus Questions<

1. Which match will be the main event? Elimination Chamber

2. Which match will open the show? Morrison vs Miz

3. How many titles will change hands? One

4. What will the order of elimination be in the WWE Championship match? (1 point for the exact order, not each correct elimination)
1. Big Show
2. JBL
3. Rey Mysterio
4. Randy Orton
5. John Cena
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