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Old 09-07-2010, 04:08 PM   #1401 (permalink)
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Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 22nd August 2008
Live from the U.S. Bank Arena
Cincinnati, Ohio





>Preview<

After an eventful Sunday night at SummerSlam, Smackdown’s superstars will come to you live from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, including the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. The Straight-Edge Superstar surprised a whole lot of people when he defeated ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels in an epic encounter that saw Punk retain the world title he’s been so desperate to prove he deserves. Now though, there can be no doubt after a mighty impressive performance from Punk that even impressed Shawn Michaels; so much so that The Heartbreak Kid extended his hand to the champion afterwards. Will there be a new found respect all round for the World Champion? Only time will tell.

There were impressive victories too for Christian as he overcame his brother, Edge in an extremely personal match between the two siblings, and for Matt Sydal as he defeated Shelton Benjamin to become the new United States Champion. The King of the Ring’s year continues to get better as The Gold Standard once again failed to beat the man who’s tortured him mentally for months. We may see some well deserved celebrations when Christian & Sydal roll in to Cincinnati.

Chris Jericho was also victorious last weekend when he controversially came out on top in his match with The Undertaker. The self proclaimed best in the world ....rted to using brass knucks after failing to put The Dead Man away, proving that even the best sometimes have to lower themselves to cheating. Having beaten The Undertaker, you have to believe that Jericho will be unbearably pleased with himself this week.

Last Friday night we saw Beth Phoenix retain her Diva’s Championship with a victory over Mia Rain, and Johnny Jeter also hung on to his title, the Cruiserweight Championship when he got himself disqualified against Michael Shane. That understandably infuriated the challenger, who made that point to Tazz later on, and the General Manager told Shane that he would deal with it this week. What does he have in mind? The Glamazon will have been listening too when both Mickie James & Michelle McCool declared their mutual intentions to challenge for her title in the near future. Will there be any clue as to which of them if any will get that chance?

New number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team titles will be decided though this week when five teams collide in an elimination with a shot at The UK Pack lying in wait for the winners. One of those teams had that same opportunity last week, only to have it cut short by another. The Empire were taking on their fellow Brits with the titles at stake when M.V.P. & Ron Killings made sure their bitter rivals weren’t going to steal the titles away from Paul Burchill & Harry Smith. Understandably, Tazz was less than happy, resulting in this five-way contest to establish who will be the next team to challenge the Englishmen?

One man who’s been making a name for himself on Smackdown as of late picked up the most impressive and important victory of his career so far last week; that man being Jack Swagger. The All-American American won the fifth and decisive match in his Best of Five Series against Bobby Lashley, showing some real grit and determination to put the former military champion away. What does the future hold for this talented young star?

Dolph Ziggler retaliated to the embarrassment he faced at the hands of Elijah Burke two weeks ago with a surprise attack on Burke last Friday night. Fortunately Tazz was there to break it up before it went too far, and so was Layla, the object of Ziggler’s affection. She was left disgusted by him yet again, and Ziggler appears to be going about wooing her in the wrong manner.

It also seems that Charlie Haas is going about getting his revenge on Chris Masters in the wrong way too. That’s how Tazz sees it, not liking Haas’s direct approach at going right after his former partner, who brutally attacked him after their failure to win the tag team titles from The UK Pack at The Great American Bash. Tazz has told them both that they’ll meet when he decides, no earlier. Surely these two aren’t willing to wait much longer.



Confirmed for This Week on Smackdown

Number One Contendership Elimination Match
M.V.P. & Ron Killings vs. Jimmy Yang & Sonjay Dutt
vs. The Empire vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine vs. The Pitbulls


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A hand shake seems like maybe a Punk face turn will be in the cards. To be honest with you, I think Punk's a ten times better heel, but I do enjoy when guys character's change whilst they still have the title, so I'll see what you do. Of course, I could be way off, but we will see, as we will probably get a Punk promo tonight. A possible Christian promo would be good too, but if Sydal gets on the mic, I may stop reading. I'm intrigued to see what Jericho will do also, as it wouldn't surprise me if he got a shot at Punk, whilst waiting for 'Taker to come for revenge. Diva and Cruiserweight Championship getting some more clarity on this show should be good too. The one match announced should be pretty good as well, and it is really going to be interested to see who gets matches and who gets promo's, because at the moment, it is really up in the air.

No matter how you deal with things, you've got HEAPS to work with, so I'll be reading.
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Hmm, lots of intrigue to this show. While you obviously have a lot to work with following SummerSlam, you pretty much have a blank canvas to work with for SmackDown!, with only one match announced and a multitude of things that you could do. That one match does look impressive, but I'm certainly more interested in finding out what we'll see from Punk, Michaels, Edge, Christian, Jericho, Sydal and Benjamin. What you've got in store for them right now is pure guesswork, but that just builds anticipation for the show for mine, so you've got me pretty damn excited.

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Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 22nd August 2008
Live from the U.S. Bank Arena
Cincinnati, Ohio





*Video Promo*
From SummerSlam

WWE United States Championship
Title Can Change Hands By Disqualification or Count Out
Matt Sydal vs. Shelton Benjamin (c)

Still looking very sore, Sydal stands up and walks in to the corner, then steps through the ropes on to the apron. With the crowd cheering, the King of the Ring slowly begins to climb up to the top rope with Benjamin coming round. Sydal attempts to steady himself as Shelton gets to his feet and spots his opponent’s plan. He paces towards him and punches him in the chest, bringing Sydal’s plans to a grinding halt. He then climbs up to the second rope and tries to get Sydal in to place for a SUPERPLEX!!!. . . . .

He grabs Sydal’s head and pulls it under his arm, but the King of the Ring fights back again and shoves Shelton down to the mat. The champ isn’t moving as Sydal stands up again and steadies himself with the crowd rising to their feet, watching on as Sydal leaps up in to the air and comes down on Benjamin’s chest, connecting with the SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!. . . . . HE HIT IT!. . . . . Sydal goes for the cover straight away, desperately clinging on to Benjamin’s leg as the referee gets in to place to make the count. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3!

“Axeman” blasts out to a huge pop as Sydal leans back on to his knees in shock. He then throws his arms up in the air as the referee walks over to the apron and collects the United States Championship belt that Sydal can now call his own. The new champion stands up with a huge smile on his face and he can’t take his eyes off the belt as the ref presents it to him and then raises his arm up in the air to another big cheer from the sell out crowd.


Christian vs. Edge
The Rated-R Superstar uses the ropes to help him up and he’s clearly in pain as he stares intently at his brother, who doesn’t appear to have a clue where he’s at as he gets to his feet. As he then turns round, Edge explodes out of the corner looking to hit the SPEAR!!!. . . . . Christian sidesteps it and Edge somehow puts the brakes on. Both men turn round as quickly as they can, and Christian acts first, stomping his brother in the gut and pulling him in to position for the KILLSWITCH!!!. . . . . HE HITS IT!!!. . . . . Edge is all but done and the hopeful Christian shimmies round quickly and hooks the leg for the cover. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3!

“If Your Close Your Eyes” plays to a big pop as an emotional Christian leans back on his knees and covers his head with his hands. He then stands up and gets his arm raised with Tomko then joining him in the ring.


The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho
The dead man stumbles back in to the referee with his back knocking the ref down to the canvas. Taker turns round and sees the ref isn’t moving as Jericho reaches in to his trunks and pulls out what appears to be brass knucks. Some of the fans realise and boo as Jericho slips them on to his fingers, and Taker turns round, not having a clue. He walks over to him and is about to pull him up when Jericho stands up and NAILS HIM WITH THE KNUCKS!!!. . . . . The fans boo like crazy and Jericho quickly disposes of them, putting them back in his trunks when he sees the referee is on the mat too. The dead man is flat out and Jericho goes to the ref.

He looks worried and tries to shake some life in to him, and it works. The ref comes to, much to Jericho’s relief. But as he turns round, he sees The Undertaker coming round too. The dead man looks like he is all but a dead man. The lights are on but no one’s home as Jericho shifts round and urges him to get back up. Slowly he does so, unaware of Jericho lurking with serious intent. Taker just about gets to his feet and turns round when Jericho explodes with the CODE BREAKER!!!. . . . . He got all of it and crawls round on his knees straight away and throws himself in to a cover as the shaky ref crawls across on his knees to count the dead man’s shoulders. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3!

“Break Down The Walls” hits to a ton of heat as Jericho stands up with a real smug look on his face. The groggy referee picks himself back up while Jericho smirks at the fans that are booing him, but when he gets up, he raises the cocky Jericho’s arm in victory.


World Heavyweight Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. CM Punk (c)

Michaels once again retreats to the corner as Punk picks himself using the ropes to help him to his feet. The Showstopper could well be on the brink of victory as he tunes up the band one more time. The fans clap and stamp their feet in tandem with Michaels’ boot, and he’s locked on Punk. The World Champion then turns round and away from the ropes with Michaels racing out of the corner for the SUPER KICK!!!. . . . . Punk ducks his head again, and both men turn round with Punk lifting the challenger up off his feet for the GTS!!!. . . . . The fans panic and so does Michaels, who slips down Punk’s back and steps back sizing him up for the SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!. . . . .

Punk turns round and ducks the boot again. They spin round in a hurry and Punk strikes with a ferocious ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!. . . . . Michaels’ feet fall from under him and he’s out of it. Punk sees that and hurries down to his knees to drag him up and on to his shoulders. The Showstopper doesn’t put up any resistance this time and the World Champion brings him crashing down on to his knees with the GTS!!!. . . . . Michaels is well and truly out of it and Punk wastes no time in throwing himself down on to his knees to cover Shawn with the ref doing the same and counting the fall. . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.

“This Fire Burns” plays and is met with heat from the California crowd as CM Punk stands up with a big smirk on his face. The referee walks back to him and presents him with the world title, then raises his hand in victory, which is met by more boos inside the HP Pavilion. Michaels comes round, not knowing where he is at all behind Punk, who then turns round and watches The Heartbreak Kid sit up.

They look at each other for several seconds, and as Michaels tries to stand up, Punk walks over to him and helps him up to his feet, keeping hold of his hand. Michaels looks in to his eyes and then nods, shaking Punk’s hand. There’s a mutual look of respect between both men as the disconsolate and defeated challenger leaves the victor in the ring to soak up the moment. Punk nods to himself as Michaels walks up the ramp looking very disappointed before the shot goes back to Punk in the ring standing proudly with the world title on his shoulder.


*Opening Video*
“If You Rock Like Me”



*Cut to the Arena*


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


Michael Cole:
Good evening ev’ryone and welcome t’ Friday Night Smackdown, coming to you live t’night from the U S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio after what was a truly incredible SummerSlam this past weekend.

Matt Striker: It really was, and the fallout starts right here t’night Michael. . .

“Check one two. OH YEAH!!!. . .”

*Heat*


‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger, dressed in jeans and a patterned white T-shirt walks out to the arena with a big smile on his face, totally shutting out the boos from the Ohio crowd. He makes his way down the ramp without a care in the world, smirking at the crowd before picking a microphone up off the apron and entering the ring, still smiling as he walks in to the centre of the ring. The music stops and allows the young star to speak.

Jack Swagger:
All the talk I hear right now is about how great a show SummerSlam was and how there were some incredible moments like Matt Sydal, the King of the Ring winning the United States title. There are even people talking about Christian beating his brother, Edge; Chris Jericho overcoming The Undertaker and how CM Punk defeated ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Then of course there’s the biggy, Triple H ending ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’s career.

*Heat*

Jack Swagger: However there’s one big talking point ev’ryone’s missin’, how last week right here on Smackdown I beat Bobby Lashley an’ won the best of five series.

*Boos*

Jack Swagger: You people need to f’get all about ev’rything that happened at SummerSlam an’ recognise that I, ‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger didn’t just beat Bobby Lashley, one of the toughest competitors of recent years not one time but on three diff’rent occasions. How many other superstars can say that? An’ not t’ mention I did it in a competitive environment like the best of five series. You all have to accept that I am the real deal, the future of the W-W-E like I’ve said from day one.

*Heat*

Swagger smirks, still not caring about the boos he’s getting from the Cincinnati fans.

Jack Swagger:
I said from the moment I arrived on Smackdown that I am destined f’ the top, an’ right now there’s no one who is capable of stopping me.

*More Boos*

Jack Swagger: As we speak, there’s a changing of the guard. The guys that have been at the top f’ so long like Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels an’ The Undertaker all fell on the scrap heap at SummerSlam. It’s time f’ them t’ make way f’ the likes of CM Punk, and of course, yours truly, Jack Swagger.

*Heat*

Jack Swagger: Michaels, ‘Taker, Flair, they’ve all had their chance, now it’s mine. No one wants t’ see them in the main event anymore. Those spots should go t’ the next generation, an’ the one man at the top of that pile is Jack Swagger.

*Ton of Heat*

Jack Swagger: The talent I possess is there for all t’ see, an’ soon enough you’ll realise that if somehow you don’t already. . . I’m heading straight t’ the top whether you like it or not, all the way to the World Heavyweight Championship, an’ it’s only a matter of time. That’s all it is. It’s not a question of if but when.

*Boos*

Jack Swagger: Boo all you want, it’s not gonna change anything. It’s my time now, my shot at the big time. No more Undertaker in my way. No more. . .

“I think I’m cute. I know I’m sexy. . .”

*Huge Pop*


Jack Swagger turns round to face the stage and sees ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels walk out to a massive cheer from the adoring Ohio faithful. He’s fairly low key as you might expect, and Swagger isn’t best pleased with the interruption. Michaels walks down the ramp and in to the ring, looking at Swagger the entire way before walking past him to collect a microphone of his own. He walks towards Swagger, who’s still not happy to be sharing his time with The Showstopper.

Jack Swagger:
Have you not been listening to a word I’ve said Shawn? This is my time now. You’ve had your chance. Nature’s taken its course Heartbreak Kid. Step aside an’ do the right thing f’ once. . .

Shawn Michaels: . . . You have no idea what you’re talkin’ about.

*Big Pop*

Shawn Michaels: You’ve been in the business a matter of weeks, got your first big win under your belt an’ you want it all t’ fall at your feet right here right now without liftin’ a single finger. . . Kid, you’ve got a lot t’ learn. One big win doesn’t make you a star, get you shots at a world title or in t’ the main event. You have t’ earn it. . . Me an’ The Undertaker might’ve been in the spotlight for more years than we care t’ remember, but I promise y’kid, that’s because we’ve earned it.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: Yeah I might’ve lost Sund’y night but I gave it ev’rything I had an’ came that close t’ being the World Champion one more time. It took a CM Punk no one’s seen before t’ beat me, an’ no offence Jack, even though y’might think so, you’re not at that level. . . He brought the best out of me an’ I brought the best out of him. It was his night an’ that’s just the way it goes. . .

Jack Swagger: . . . With all due respect Shawn, you don’t know what you’re talkin’ about. CM Punk might be the World Champion but that’s only because he’s not had t’ face me yet.

*Heat*

Jack Swagger: I am without doubt the best wrestler there is on Smackdown if not the whole W-W-E. Had it been you an’ me at SummerSlam, I’d ‘ave beaten you too.

*Boos*

Jack Swagger: I mean it’s time you faced the facts Shawn. With Flair finally doin’ what he should’ve a long time ago, don’t you think it’s time you thought about doin’ the same before you embarrass yourself like Flair has all these years?

*Major Heat*

Jack Swagger: Seriously Shawn, get out now while these people still respect you an’ people like me embarrass you in t’ retirement.

Shawn Michaels: You have no idea how many times I’ve heard young punks like you tell me the exact same thing, yet I’m still standin’ right here.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: Until you learn some respect, you an’ all the other glory hun’ers who’ve achieved nothing but want ev’rything handed to them on a plate aren’t goin’ anywhere. You wanna know how I know that? It’s because I was the exact same as you. I thought I had it all, an’ y’know how long it took me t’ win my first world title?. . . Eight years. It took me eight years t’ get t’ the top o’ this company. . .

Jack Swagger: . . . What makes you think I care about you Shawn? We’re talking about me. Just because it took you that long t’ get t’ the top, it doesn’t mean ev’ryone has t’ wait that long. Ev’ry so often, there’s this one guy that comes along, an’ that’s all it takes t’ take this business by storm, an’ I’m one of ‘em.

*Heat*

Jack Swagger: Just because you’ve been here so long doesn’t make you better than me. It doesn’t matter how many people have told you you’re past it because all it takes is that one person t’ come along who can back it up, ‘an Shawn, you’re lookin’ at ‘im.

*More Boos*

Jack Swagger: I’m an All-American American, a huge success story waiting t’ happen, an’ you’d be best off staying out of my way if you know what’s best for ya.

*Boos*

Michaels smirks and Swagger means business.

Shawn Michaels:
Like I said, I’ve heard it all before. I’ve met a whole lot o’ kids with big mouths in my time, but you, you’re on a whole other level.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I’m gonna do y’a favour an’ leave y’with some good advice an’ I suggest y’listen t’ what I have t’ say. . . If you wanna believe your own hype, go ahead, we’ll see where that takes ya. But f’ the sake of your career if you can call it that already, you’re best off staying away from me, ‘cause I’ll have no problem ending it before it’s even started, and that my friend is a promise.

“Sexy Boy” plays and Michaels kneels down, then drops the microphone with Swagger glaring at him, watching his every move as The Heartbreak Kid leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, slapping hands with the fans in the process.


*Commercial Break*


“World’s Greatest”

*Pop*


A well and truly fired up Charlie Haas steps out in to the arena and makes his way down the ramp dressed to compete. He stomps his way up the steps and enters the ring, then walks over to the other side of the ring to collect a microphone from Justin Roberts. He clearly means business as he walks back across the ring and stares up at the stage.

Charlie Haas:
Chris Masters isn’t the only one who can make challenges around here, so t’night I’m gonna make one. The only thing is there’s only one person I want t’ come down here and you know who you are. So Chris, let’s not waste any time. COME DOWN HERE AN’ FACE ME RIGHT NOW.

Haas backs away from the ropes and it doesn’t take long for “Masterpiece” to play and for The Masterpiece himself, Chris Masters to make his entrance. He too is wearing his ring gear as he hits the stage, focusing solely on his equally serious as hell former tag team partner. Haas gets ready to go and gives the microphone back to Roberts as Masters gets to the ring.

“13”

*Pop*


Masters stops as he’s about to climb the steps and turns to face an unhappy looking Tazz standing on the stage with a microphone in hand.

Tazz:
Hold it right there Chris. . . . What did I tell you guys last week huh?. . . Nothin’s changed. It ain’t goin’ down like this. You two’ll go at it when I say so, an’ that ain’t t’night.

*Heat*

Tazz: But since you’re rarin’ t’ go Charlie, I’ve found you an opponent. An’ Chris, I’ve got a match for you too later on. So if y’don’t mind, turn aroun’ an’ walk y’way back up here so Charlie can go at it without worryin’ ‘bout turnin’ his back on ya.

Masters reluctantly turns round after staring at Haas and heads back up the ramp.

“Nothin’ but the Money”

*Heat*


Tazz steps to the side as Orlando Jordan walks out to the stage and past him and then Masters with Haas psyching himself up for his match.


*The Opening Match*
Charlie Haas vs. Orlando Jordan

Charlie Haas was at his impressive best in this one, putting on a wrestling clinic and fighting off a strong comeback from Jordan in the process. After countering Jordan and taking him down to the mat with an Olympic Slam, the intense Haas pulled down the straps and tortured his opponent in the Haas of Pain with the fans cheering him on. Jordan tried to hang on but was left with no choice to tap out to Haas, who looked like a man possessed with the hold locked in. He stood up not showing any real emotion, still looking down at the squirming Jordan as he was getting his arm raised by the referee.

Winner: Charlie Haas by submission.


*Cut Backstage*


An agitated Michael Shane walks in to Tazz’s office, who sits up from the leather sofa, seemingly watching the action in the arena.

Michael Shane:
I heard you wanted t’ see me. I guess it’s about what happened last week right?

Tazz: Yeah that’s right, but we’ve got t’ wait f’ someo. . .

In walks Johnny Jeter, the Cruiserweight Champion, and he & Shane are both surprised to see each other.

Michael Shane:
What’s he doin’ here?

Johnny Jeter: I could ask you the same question. What’s goin’ on?

Tazz: Well that’s real easy. . . See I asked y’both here t’ talk ‘bout what went down in your match last week. The whole world could see what y’did Johnny. Y’didn’t even try t’ cover it up. Y’got yourself disqualified on purpose t’ save the title an’ just like me, Mike wasn’t happy ‘bout it either.

Johnny Jeter: Sorry, am I supposed t’ care what he thinks? I retained the title it’s as simple as that. That’s all I had t’ do an’ that’s all that matters.

Michael Shane: You’re nothin’ but a coward y’know that?

Johnny Jeter: Think that all you want Mikey, I didn’t do anything wrong. The only thing I had t’ do is walk out with my title. It doesn’t matter how it happened. It just matters that it did.

Tazz: I’m sorry t’ disagree with y’champ but I see it a little diff’rently. . . Think back t’ how you won the title at The Great American Bash. Mike got screwed by y’mom that night, an’ last week you screwed him over too. Y’can kind o’ see my problem right Johnny?. . . Anyway, here’s the deal. You two are gonna go at it one more time sometime soon, an’ I’m gonna be at ringside myself t’ make sure nothin’ funny goes on. . . As f’ t’night, you’re both gonna be in action t’ get y’selves ready. . .

Johnny Jeter: . . . He had his chance an’ he blew it. I don’t have t’ face him again.

Tazz: I’ll think y’find y’do. That’s unless y’wanna hand that title t’ me right now an’ forfeit it instead.

Jeter shakes his head f...tratingly, then turns round and storms out of the room with Shane nodding his head. Tazz then pats him on the back.

Tazz:
Last chance Mike. Don’t screw it up.

Michael Shane: I won’t. Don’t worry about it.

Tazz smiles as Shane takes his leave, looking very satisfied and confident about his chances of getting his title back when his chance comes.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Michelle McCool is addressing the crowd in the ring.


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

Dressed in jeans and a casual top, Mickie James walks out to the stage and poses for the fans.

Mickie James:
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.

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 to the Arena*


Match #2
Maria vs. Michelle McCool

Mickie James joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table, not that McCool was happy about it despite pretty much squashing Maria. The fans were all over McCool, who took great pleasure in dragging the helpless Maria up after a ferocious roundhouse kick. Maria was out of it and put up no resistance whatsoever as McCool levelled her with the Faith Breaker to pick up the comfortable victory. She didn’t enjoy it for long as she was joined in the ring by the Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix, who walked out to the stage holding a microphone as well as the diva’s title.

Winner: Michelle McCool by pinfall.

Beth Phoenix: Michelle, I heard your speech last week. . . yours too Mickie about how you both want a shot at my diva’s title. Well I just came out here to tell you both that’s fine with me. I’ll take on anybody anytime, but I warn you, neither of you or anyone else for that matter will be able to take it away from me. Just you remember that.

“Glamazon” played and the defiant Diva’s Champion turned round and left McCool & Mickie to think about it.


*Cut Backstage*


Tazz is on his cell phone in his office, sat down at his desk.

Tazz:
Y’know what? I think that’s a great idea. I’m all f’ fresh’nin’ things up a bit. . . Yeah I’m up f’ that, checkin’ out the talent we’ve got down there. I hear there’s some serious potential. . . Great, when y’gonna announce all this?. . . Sounds good. I’ll be watchin’ Mond’y night anyway. . .

Chris Masters storms in to the room, catching Tazz’s attention, and he’s clearly not happy at the interruption.

Tazz:
Hey, somethin’s just come up. Call me later ‘bout tomorrow yeah?. . . A’ight, see y’later Eric.

Tazz puts his phone away and stands up.

Tazz:
What y’want Chris?

Chris Masters: You know what I want an’ you know what Charlie wants but you keep gettin’ in the way. What’s your problem?

Tazz: My problem is Chris, I’m the boss an’ I make the decisions roun’ here. . . ev’ry last one. . . Like I said, it’ll happen but on my terms. Y’got that?. . . Now ain’t y’got a match comin’ up any minute? Maybe y’should worry ‘bout that an’ not Charlie Haas.

Chris Masters: Alright, but the longer you leave it boss, the worse it’s gonna get, an’ there’ll only be one person responsible. . . you.

Tazz: I’ll take my chances if that’s all the same wit’ you.

Masters still doesn’t look too happy as he turns round and leaves the room with Tazz standing firm.


*Cut Backstage*


The new United States Champion, Matt Sydal is finishing up getting ready for his match and picks the U.S. title belt up from the bench, placing it on his shoulder when Elijah Burke (also in his ring gear) walks in along with his girlfriend, Layla.

Elijah Burke:
Hey champ, how’s it goin’? Y’ready t’ go?

Matt Sydal: Yeah I’m good, great even an’ more than good t’ go.

Elijah Burke: Good t’ hear bro’. Y’ready t’ show off that shiny new title o’ yours?

Matt Sydal: You bet. Are you ready f’ some payback after what happened with that grease ball Ziggler last week?

Elijah Burke: I couldn’t be more ready. I’ve had a week t’ think ‘bout gettin’ my hands on ‘im an’ I can’t wait t’ bust ‘im up like I should ‘o done in the first place. But hey, enough ‘bout me, what happened wit’ you an’ Mickie when we left the other night?

Layla: Yeah what happened? I’ve not seen her yet to ask her.

Sydal looks confused.

Matt Sydal:
What are you guys talking about it?

Elijah Burke: Come on bro’. . .

Layla looks a little worried.

Layla:
. . . It’s nothing, leave it ‘lijah.

Burke’s confused now and looks at her while Sydal seems to forget about it.

Matt Sydal:
Okay. Are we goin’?

Elijah Burke: I guess so.

Matt Sydal: O-kay. Let’s go buddy.

Sydal leaves the room, followed by Burke who looks back at Layla.

Elijah Burke:
What was all that about?

Layla: Let me talk t’ Mickie an’ find out what happened first.

Elijah Burke: ‘kay, you got it baby.

They both walk out of the door and it shuts behind them.


Michael Cole:
Coming up next folks, Matt Sydal and Elijah Burke will team up t’ take on the team of Chris Masters and Dolph Ziggler. Don’t go anywhere.


*Commercial Break*


Michael Cole:
Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown. We’re all set f’ tag team action, an’ still t’ come t’night, we will crown new number one contenders for the tag team titles when no less than five teams go at it in an elimination match. And in addition t’ that, we’re hearing that Shawn Michaels will be going one on one with the Cruiserweight Champion and his brother’s arch rival, Johnny Jeter. . .

“I Am Perfection. . .”

*Heat*


Dolph Ziggler struts out to the stage looking very smug as he laughs off all the boos being thrown his way. The fans continue to boo Ziggler as he walks down the ramp and enters the ring, still looking very confident.

“Masterpiece”

*More Boos*


Chris Masters makes his way out to the arena, and he’s not in a good mood like Ziggler. The Masterpiece is very serious indeed as he walks down to the ring and joins his partner inside in waiting for them.

“Don’t Waste My Time”

*Pop*


Here comes Elijah Burke and the stunning Layla, and Ziggler’s amused as he watches Burke walking down the ramp. Burke isn’t laughing though as he stares right back at him, and as he gets in the ring, he walks towards Justin Roberts. Burke continues to stare at his rival for a few seconds before turning away and asking to borrow Roberts’ microphone, then takes a couple of seconds, calming down as his music stops.

Elijah Burke:
Cincinnati, stand up an’ give it up f’ my partner t’night, my buddy an’ YOUR NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION. . . MATT SYDALLLL!

“Born To Fly”

*Big Pop*


Out walks the new United States Champion, Matt Sydal to the new music. He’s got a big smile on his face and poses at the top of the stage, raising his title aloft to a big pyro display with Burke clapping in the ring as the fans cheer Sydal some more, who then drops the title back on to his shoulder and heads down the ramp. Burke then hands the stick back to Roberts and glares at Ziggler again before retreating to his corner with Sydal then joining him in the ring, and the King of the Ring takes the chance to pose with his title on the second rope for the cheering Cincinnati crowd.


Match #3
Matt Sydal & Elijah Burke w/Layla vs. Dolph Ziggler & Chris Masters

Sydal & Burke were on fire from the bell, and the crowd got right behind them too, spurring them on even more. Ziggler & Masters did manage to put the brakes on their opponents’ momentum and took charge of the match in the late stages. That was until Burke dodged a leg drop bulldog from Ziggler and hit him with the Elijah Experience once he got up, then knocked Masters off the apron before dragging Ziggler to his corner.

He tagged in the United States Champion, and Sydal responded by climbing up to the top rope instead of entering the ring, then leaped up in to the air and came crashing down on Ziggler with the Shooting Star Press to earn him & Burke the win to the delight of the crowd. He, Burke & Layla celebrated, and as they left the ring, Ziggler sat up in the ring with a face like thunder, as did The Masterpiece on the outside.

Winners: Matt Sydal & Elijah Burke by pinfall.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Michael Shane vs. Johnny Jeter ©

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.

A cho... 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.


*Cut to the Arena*



Match #4
Michael Shane vs. Super Crazy

Shane & Crazy put on a competitive match with several close calls, both coming close to victory. It was Crazy that came closest, looking certain to have done enough when he caught the number one contender for the cruiserweight title with a springboard tornado DDT, but Shane got his foot on the bottom rope just before the ref could count to three. Shane was still all but out of it, and his Mexican opponent dragged him away from the ropes and closer to the corner, then he flew up to the top rope with Shane not moving below him.

Crazy leapt off looking to connect with a moonsault, but Shane lifted his knees up in to his opponent’s stomach. As they came round, Shane reacted first and dragged Crazy up with him, and Crazy was very dazed and unable to defend himself as Shane then planted him with a leg hook DDT. Crazy’s lights were out and Shane covered him with the ref then counting to three. Shane was both relieved and pleased at the bell, and he helped Crazy up to his feet with the two men shaking hands, showing each other a great deal of respect after a very competitive encounter.

Winner: Michael Shane by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


Matt Sydal, Elijah Burke & Layla are shown leaving the arena, all dragging their travel bags behind them. Sydal goes in the opposite direction to them towards his own car as Burke opens up the trunk (boot to us Brits).

Elijah Burke:
Have a good night my man, you earned it.

Matt turns round and smiles as he drags his bag across the parking lot while Burke tosses his & Layla’s bags in to their car. Burke then jumps in to the car, as does Layla with Sydal opening the trunk of his as Burke reverses out of his spot. We then see Sydal get jumped by Shelton Benjamin. The former United States Champion clubs him across the back and pulls him round to the side of the car, then fires him hard in to it. Sydal slumps down the car and we hear Burke’s car grind to a halt and Sydal’s buddy gets out, but not in time to stop Shelton open the door and slam it in to Sydal’s left arm. The United States Champion screams out in agony and grabs his arm as Burke runs over to help him out.

Elijah Burke:
GET THE HELL OFF ‘IM.

Benjamin stares down at Sydal for a couple of seconds before backing away as Burke runs across to check on his buddy, followed by Layla. Sydal’s clutching his arm with an intense Benjamin standing a few feet away from him with a sick grin on his face.

Elijah Burke:
Y’alright man?

Layla gets to the car and kneels down right away.

Layla:
Oh my god Matt, are you okay?

Burke stands up and turns his attention to the remorseless Benjamin.

Elijah Burke:
Get the hell out o’ here now before I do somethin’ I regret.

Benjamin sn-iggers for a second or two before turning round and walking away. Burke then kneels down as Matt clutches his left arm still.

Elijah Burke:
You’ll be alright buddy, we’ll get y’some help.

A livid Elijah Burke looks back to see Benjamin’s gone as Layla shows her concern for Sydal, who looks in a bad way.


*Video Promo*
The Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter & then Shawn Michaels are shown walking through the back on the way to the ring for their match coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*
During the Break


Matt Sydal is shown being attended to by paramedics in the parking lot and then walking in to the back of the ambulance holding his arm with Elijah Burke & Layla watching along with a furious looking Tazz.


*Cut to the Arena*


Match #5
Non-Title Match
Shawn Michaels w/Michael Shane vs. Johnny Jeter
Michael Shane came out to support his cousin a few minutes in to the match having showered and changed after his match. Standing in his corner, The Heartbreak Kid took it right to the Cruiserweight Champion. Jeter hung with Michaels and even gave him something to think about when he dodged The Showstopper’s attempt at an asai moonsault on the outside. Jeter slipped back inside, and so did Michaels before the ref could count to ten. Jeter looked impressive, keeping The Heartbreak Kid at bay, coming close to an upset when he hit a springboard moonsault.

Michaels turned it round when he threw Jeter off his shoulders and to the mat when the Cruiserweight Champion tried for a tornado DDT. Michaels reclaimed the momentum and eventually finished his cousin’s bitter rival after some Sweet Chin Music. Just as Michaels was getting his arm raised by the referee, Shane was jumped on the outside by Jack Swagger, who whipped him in to the steel steps. The bang caught Shawn’s attention, and he immediately went to check on his cousin as Swagger backed up the ramp smiling back at the furious Heartbreak Kid.

Winner: Shawn Michaels by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


Josh Matthews is standing by at the interview set.

Josh Matthews:
Ladies an’ gentleman, joining me at this time are the one of the teams who’ll be competing for a shot at the W-W-E tag team titles in just a few minutes. Please welcome Ron Killings and M-V-P.

The camera zooms out and we see the very focused duo of Ron Killings & M.V.P.

Josh Matthews:
Gentleman, we’re all aware of the problems you have with The Empire and how last week you. . .

M.V.P.: . . . Josh, listen up man. What we did t’ them last they’ve had comin’ for a long time now, an’ t’ be honest it weren’t nothin’ compared t’ what they’ve done t’ us. Ever since they arrived in this country they’ve done nothin’ but trash me, him, our backgrounds an’ America. Their attitude straight up stinks an’ we’ve had as much as we can take. We ain’t gonna sit back an’ let them run their mouths any more. They’re sure as hell gonna regret ev’ry last word they’ve said, mark my words.

Josh Matthews: Well t’night, it’s not just about Drew McIntyre and Stu Sanders but a shot at the tag team titles. . .

Ron Killings: . . . Look Josh, as far as we’re concerned it ain’t about the titles. This is personal. This is about one thing. . . payback. If we get a shot at the tag titles, great, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here t’ do one thing t’night, an’ that’s beat the crap out o’ The Empire. Anythin’ else is a bonus.

Josh Matthews: Well I guess I should wish you both good luck.

M.V.P.: Josh, we ain’t the ones who are gonna need it. T...t me.

MVP & Killings walk out of the shot leaving a serious impression on Josh.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack © vs. The Empire

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. 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” played again and the angry Tazz stared down at them.


*Cut to the Arena*


The Main Event
Number One Contendership Elimination Match
M.V.P. & Ron Killings vs. Jimmy Yang & Sonjay Dutt vs. The Empire w/Katie Lee
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine vs. The Pitbulls

Yang & Dutt were the first team, eliminated by Sanders (Wade Barrett) when the Englishman sent him crashing in to the mat with the Wasteland (a forward fireman’s carry slam). Sanders & Drew McIntyre were fired up from the start, but it was their rivals, M.V.P. & Killings who scored the next elimination by seeing off The Pitbulls. Killings was the illegal man when he & M.V.P. were battling it out with Noble & Kash, and after hitting a scissor kick on Kash, M.V.P. clotheslined Noble over the top and then nailed the squirming Kash with the Drive By.

Before Porter could stand back up, McIntyre stormed the ring and clubbed him down to his knees. Sanders pulled Killings down to the floor and took him out of the match while McIntyre levelled M.V.P. with the Future Shock DDT. The Brits & the Canadians went at while both Killings & M.V.P. came round at ringside, and a timely distraction from Killings allowed M.V.P. to enter get on the apron and snap McIntyre’s neck on the top rope while Sanders & Devine slugged it out on the outside.

He quickly jumped down to the floor as Williams sneaked up behind the shell shocked Scot and rolled him up to earn him & Devine a shot at the The UK Pack’s tag team titles. Killings & M.V.P. backed up the ramp laughing as the stunned Sanders got in the ring with a pissed off McIntyre. They glared right at their rivals as Petey snuck out of the ring to join Devine on the outside, as did the ref to raise their arms as the victors and the number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team titles.

Winners: Petey Williams & Johnny Devine by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

A suited and booted Chris Jericho is walking through the back, seemingly heading to the ring.


*Commercial Break*


“You know I got ya. Yeah. G’n, break the wall down, break down the walls. . .”

*Heat*


Chris Jericho with a smug smile on his face walks down to the ring, laughing off the boos being thrown in his direction, and once he gets in to the ring, he walks over to the apron and asks for a microphone. He gets one and walks back in to the centre of the ring and his music stops, but the boos don’t, and they still don’t bother him.

Chris Jericho:
Five nights ago at SummerSlam, I walked through the gates of hell and stared the dead man in the eye. However that’s not all that I did. I overcame adversity and defied the critics including all you narrow minded parasites when I not only defeated The Undertaker but ended his career once and for all.

*Major Heat*

Chris Jericho: For months I’ve told each and ev’ry one of you that I was going to do just that, and last Sunday night it became a reality like I said it would all along. I vowed to end the career of The Undertaker and expose his legacy as a fraud, and I did. And because of me, you won’t have to endure the tediousness that his career has become. In fact, you won’t ever see his face in this ring again.

*Cho... of Boos*

Chris Jericho: His career now is effectively worthless and he won’t dare show his face after I defeated him, embarrassed him and wounded him so severely. You have my courage and determination to thank, and now that I have achieved one of my objectives that I set out to do when I returned to Smackdown, it’s time for me to move on and begin the next chapter in my own legacy. That chapter will be entitled Chris Jericho, the World Heavyweight Champion.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: I wasn’t the only Smackdown superstar to defeat an over the hill so called legend at SummerSlam in Shawn Michaels, and since CM Punk was victorious, there’s a spot open for a new number one contender. No one is more deserving of that spot than I, and just like I vowed to defeat The Undertaker, I guarantee that I will not only challenge CM Punk, I will defeat him and become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

*Ton of Heat*

Chris Jericho: You can boo and jeer all you like, nothing is going to stop me from accomplishing my goal, just like it didn’t when I. . .

“This Fire Burns”

*Mixed Reception*


CM Punk, the World Heavyweight Champion enters the arena and stops at the top of the stage with the glistening title belt draped proudly on his shoulder. He smiles then wanders on down to the ring with most of the fans still booing him, not that The Straight-Edge Superstar is bothered by their reaction. Punk gets in the ring and walks past the disgruntled Jericho to the apron to collect a microphone. The World Champion walks back across the ring and towards Jericho, who’s clearly not impressed by him. They stare at each other for a few seconds as Punk’s music stops.

CM Punk:
Good evening Chris, it’s good t’ see ya. Y’know I saw you Sunday night too. . . See I was getting ready for my world title defence against Shawn Michaels and I had your match with The Undertaker on in the background in my locker room, and I have t’ say you did a good job. I mean how many people can say they’ve beaten The Undertaker fair and square in the middle of the ring right?. . . Well yu can’t.

*Pop*

Jericho doesn’t look happy and Punk shrugs his shoulders.

CM Punk:
You had t’ cheat to beat The Undertaker where I beat Shawn Michaels, The Showstopper, The Main Event, The Headliner, The Icon without ....rting to the tricks you did t’ win your match. And from what I hear Chris, it seems t’ me you’re getting a bit carried away with y’self as far as The Undertaker goes. See I’ve heard all he’s got is a leg injury but t’ say his career’s over is a little premature t’ say the least don’t y’think?

Chris Jericho: We’ll see about that.

CM Punk: I’m sure we will, but it just goes t’ show that these people an’ ev’ry one of us in the back can’t believe a word you say. Your head’s so far up your ass an’ you can’t even see it. No pun intended.

*Pop*

CM Punk: No one believes a word you say Chris. You’re full of crap, unlike me. I speak nothing but facts. That’s why my opponents respect me. After I defeated Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam, he shook my hand. That’s respect I earned, not that I need it from these ignorant, ungrateful, clueless. . . What was it you called them? Parasites?

*Boos*

CM Punk: These people are a lost cause an’ their opinion’s worthless. You can lie to them all you want Chris, it doesn’t make any diff’rence. As far as they’re concerned we’re the bad guys an’ they don’t wanna hear a bad word said about Shawn or The Undertaker. . . Look at it this way; they still believe I don’t deserve t’ be the world champion, an’ that’s even after I defied all the odds at The Great American Bash in the scramble match against you, ‘taker, Edge an’ Christian with Shawn as the special referee t’ retain my title. Still they doubted me.

*Cheers & Boos*

CM Punk: Then five nights ago, I got the chance t’ live my dream. I got the chance to headline SummerSlam against the one man I always wanted t’ be. . . Shawn Michaels.

*Pop*

CM Punk: Ev’ryone doubted me, believing Shawn would beat me an’ take the world title from me, but that didn’t happen. I defeated the best this business has ever seen, an’ like Shawn said earlier on, it took a CM Punk the world has never seen before t’ get the job done. That speaks volumes, coming from an icon like him. He respects my ability, but these idiots don’t. That says it all. You people have t’ accept that right now, I’m not just the World Heavyweight Champion but a worthy champion.

*Heat*

CM Punk: Are you people actually that ignorant you think you know better than Shawn Michaels?

*Boos*

CM Punk: Exactly. Of course you do. Your ignorance astounds me but I can sort of understand it. What you do have to understand though is this is only the beginning of my title reign. In fact, earlier t’night Jack Swagger said something along the lines of there being a new era on Smackdown, an’ he’s right. The problem is Chris, there’s only room for one man at the helm. I’m sorry t’ tell you this but it’s not you. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . You know you’re right. This is the beginning. . . the beginning of the end for you and your title reign.

*Mixed*

Chris Jericho: It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past as when you and I meet for the World Heavyweight Championship, you won’t be the world champion any longer.

*Heat*

CM Punk: Chris, that’s your opinion an’ your entitled to it. Just because you beat The Undertaker it doesn’t mean you’ll beat me. . . Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re not actually the number one contender are you?

Chris Jericho:It’s just a matter of time Punk.

CM Punk: Maybe so, but even if you an’ I do collide head on, you won’t take this title away from me. You might think you’re the best in the world at what you do. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . I am the best in the world at what I do, it’s a fact. The only reason you’re the world champion right now is because I had bigger fish t’ fry. . . Now that The Undertaker is gone, my eyes are firmly set on you and your title that will soon belong to me, a true worthy champion, the first ever undisputed champion.

*Heat*

CM Punk: I’m glad you think that Chris because it will only make it even sweeter when I put you t’ sleep.

*Mixed*

Punk & Jericho stare at each other and shift forward, going face to face, much to the delight of the crowd.

“GO! If you close your eyes, your life will. . .”

*Huge Pop*


‘Captain Charisma’ Christian strolls out to the stage holding a microphone with Tyson Tomko walking behind him. Both are dressed casually and Jericho & Punk turn round to look up to the stage, both confused by his presence.

Christian:
Ladies please, stop it before you put us all t’ sleep.

*Pop*

Christian: But hey, in all seriousness you did both have impressive victories at SummerSlam, an’ guess what? You’re not the only ones.

*Pop*

Christian: As much as I hate my brother f’ bein’ the jackass that he is an’ what he did with my wife, he’s still a former world champion, an’ unlike you mister best in the world at what I do, I beat him fair an’ square in the middle of that ring at one of the biggest events in sports en’ertainment hist’ry.

*Big Pop*

Christian: That’s what I came back for. T’ beat Adam on the big stage like SummerSlam in front of millions of my peeps watching ‘round the world was something I’ve dreamt about f’ years an’ years, an’ just like you Chris there’s something else I’ve dreamt about. . . It’s the same thing. . . being world champion.

*Massive Pop*

Christian: Since I too am in the SummerSlam vict’ry club Chris, I figure I’ve got just as much right as you to a shot at straight-edge Sally there.

*Laughs*

Punk shakes his head, not amused one bit.

Chris Jericho:
There’s one ever so small problem with that theory of yours. . . you’re a joke.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: One big win doesn’t change that. Anyone can get lucky once. . .

Christian: . . . You’re right. Anyone can get lucky, especially if you’ve got brass knucks stuffed down your pants. An’ from what I hear, you need all the help y’can get in that department.

*Pop*

Christian: But maybe you’re right after all. I guess it was just one big win, an’ yeah I used t’ joke around an’ not take myself too seriously, but that’s all changed. I proved it at SummerSlam an’ I’m more than happy t’ prove it t’ you any time any place.

*Big Pop*

Chris Jericho: I don’t need to prove myself to you Christian. You’re not in my league and you never will be.

Christian: It sounds t’ me like you’ve got a big case of the chicken disease. . . What do my peeps right here in Cincinnati think? Do you agree Chris Jericho is nothing but a big chicken?

*Huge Cheer*

Chris Jericho: A coward or a chicken as you referred to is something I certainly am not. Need I not remind you of how courageous I was to not just challenge The Undertaker but defeat The Undertaker.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: In no way would you ever be able to defeat The Undertaker, and that’s why I accept your challenge.

That brings a smile to Christian’s face as he stares down at the very serious Jericho.

CM Punk:
Well I’m so happy that you two have come to an agreement, but if either of you think that in some way you’re fighting it out in an attempt t’ take my title, you’re wasting your time. This is my show an’ will be f’ a long long time. But hey, good luck next week fellas.

Punk drops his microphone and leaves the ring as “This Fire Burns” plays with Jericho & Christian staring at each other. Punk smirks as he walks up the ramp and turns back to look at Jericho as Smackdown comes to a close.


*Credits*


Quick Results
Charlie Haas df. Orlando Jordan
Michelle McCool
df. Maria
Matt Sydal & Elijah Burke
df. Dolph Ziggler & Chris Masters
Michael Shane
df. Super Crazy
Shawn Michaels
df. Johnny Jeter
Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
df. The Empire, MVP & Ron Killings, The Pitbulls, Jimmy Yang & Sonjay Dutt


Confirmed for Next Week

Christian vs. Chris Jericho



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‘WWE Superstars’ Results
Saturday 23rd August 2008
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri




Match #1
Matt Hardy vs. Santino Marella

Matt started the match on fire, taking the match to his Italian opponent who used his underhand tactics to get a foothold himself. He surprised the fans in attendance by taking control for a few minutes, only for Matt to roll to safety as Marella came down off the top rope looking to connect with a diving headbutt. Matt seized the initiative from there and didn’t look back, effectively ending Santino’s chances with a Side Effect, then a running bulldog and a diving leg drop before finishing him off with the Twist of Fate to a big pop.

Winner: Matt Hardy.


*Commercial Break*


Match #2
Non-Title Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Jillian Hall

The Glamazon & Diva’s Champion found herself in a more competitive than anticipated encounter with Raw’s Jillian Hall, who proved to be a real test. Beth’s courage and strength proved decisive as she took charge after reversing an irish whip and subjecting Jillian to a ferocious tilt-a-whirl back-breaker. The Diva’s Champion left her opponent helpless before eventually ending the match and earning herself the victory courtesy of the Grand Slam, much to the satisfaction of the fans in the arena.

Winner: Beth Phoenix.


Todd Grisham interviewed Sheamus, and The Celtic Warrior was one angry man. He said that Finlay’s the reason he won’t be challenging Batista for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven and for that he’s going to make him pay, he’s going to make him suffer like he’s going to make Goldust suffer in just a few minutes. He then told Finlay that he hoped he was watching because however much he hurts Goldust, he’s going to hurt him so much more and that he’s going to enjoy every single second of it.


*Commercial Break*


Match #3
Goldust w/Eugene vs. Sheamus

The Celtic Warrior was more intense and aggressive than we’ve seen so far in his short WWE career so far, and he certainly left a lasting impression on Goldust. Eugene watched on with deep concern from his tag team partner’s corner as Sheamus battered Goldust, but his f...tration got the better of him at one point as the referee warned him not to use closed fists as he was in the corner. As the Irishman went back at his opponent, he was left stunned by a Goldust onslaught, who eventually battled hard to take him down to the mat with a one-arm bulldog.

It was met by a pop and some hope from the Kansas City crowd. It all amounted to nothing as Sheamus fought back and levelled the former Intercontinental Champion with the hellacious bicycle kick to the face, almost knocking his opponent out. The angry Celtic Warrior wasn’t satisfied with that and dragged the defenceless Goldust up before planting him with the High Cross to get the win. Sheamus didn’t look pleased at all to have won and just glared in to the stands as the show came to a close.

Winner: Sheamus.


*Credits*


Quick Results
Matt Hardy df. Santino Marella
Beth Phoenix df. Jillian Hall
Sheamus df. Goldust

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Monday 25th August 2008
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>The Bisch’ is Back!<

We learnt last week of the stunning news that Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff will return tonight live on Raw almost two months after being brutally attacked by who we can only assume is a member of the Raw roster. The investigation in to the attack drew a blank, but now that Bischoff is coming back, he surely won’t rest until he finds out just who was responsible for the heinous attack.

We also found out that Randy Orton will be challenging Batista for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven after The Legend Killer was the last man standing in last week’s battle royal to determine the new number one contender by eliminating and injuring John Cena at the same time. He later shocked everyone, especially The Animal when he paid his respects to ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. The WWE Champion joined the fans in giving Flair a big send-off after he lost his career ending match to Triple H at SummerSlam just over a week ago. It’s now time for the two former Evolution team mates to worry about their own legacies, starting at Unforgiven in four weeks.

Tazz bid farewell to Raw last week having filled in as the temporary general manager, and he left a big mark on one man in particular. Triple H had his sights set on the shot Orton ended up getting, but Tazz wasn’t in a forgiving mood after being on the wrong end of a pedigree a week earlier. He told The King of Kings that he wouldn’t be part of the battle royal and was quickly escorted out of the building to ensure all hell didn’t break loose. Many believe that Triple H is the one who attacked Eric Bischoff, and the two men have had their share of problems to say the least. There could yet be more problems around the corner for The Game.

One other decision Tazz made last week will see Kofi Kingston get his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship against Ted DiBiase Jr at Unforgiven. The African high-flyer was understandably angry last Monday night after the events of SummerSlam the night before. He even went as far to accuse The Million Dollar Man of working together with his son to screw him out of the title. The new champion laughed it off, but will he be laughing when he meets Kingston again at Unforgiven when it’s his title up for grabs this time? He’ll get a sneak peak at his rival’s mood this week when Kofi goes one on one with William Regal, who more than likely will be equally as angry after losing to Gregory Helms last week.

Another man in action this week is Matt Hardy when he meets Brian Kendrick. Hardy got some retribution on Cody Rhodes last Monday night after his controversial defeat a week earlier, costing Cody & the Bella twins their match against John Morrison & Melina. How will Cody react to that?

It also looks like there could be a reunion between Morrison & the Women’s Champion after a heart to heart with Matt Cappotelli following the match. The Monday Night Delight also discovered he would have to face The Miz at Unforgiven. Moments after beating Rey Mysterio with some help from Raw’s new host, Zack Ryder, Mr. Hollywood announced that he felt Morrison’s win at SummerSlam was nothing a fluke before revealing that he had been to talk to Tazz about getting a second chance at Morrison. We’ll soon find out if it was a fluke enough or not.

Ryder certainly made an impression on his first night on Raw when he made fun of Rey’s failure to win the elimination chamber the night before, only for Rey to give him the cold shoulder, cutting short their brief interview. That clearly didn’t go down well with Ryder, who quickly got his revenge when he interfered in Rey’s match with The Miz, resulting in Mr. Hollywood picking up the shock victory and leaving Mysterio in an understandably bad mood. Will Ryder change his attitude this week?

We were wondering if The Big Show & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield’s professional relationship was on the edge after the events of SummerSlam in the elimination chamber. It seemed as if they found a way to move on, but we found out that wasn’t the case as J.B.L. showed his true sneaky colours when he tried to eliminate Show from the battle royal. Unfortunately that’s not the way it panned out as Show eliminated him instead, leading to a brawl between them that spilled in to the back while the battle royal was still going. Just what does the future hold for The Corporation now?

Carlito returned to action last week following the controversy seven days earlier when he was scheduled to challenge Cryme Time for the World Tag Team titles along with his brother Eddie Colon. He vowed to get the title shot they were promised seconds before they defeated Eugene & Goldust, sending a message to the champions that they’re still in the Puerto Ricans’ sights.

The problems between the two Irishmen, Finlay & Sheamus continued to escalate last week when Sheamus got himself involved in his rival’s match with Brian Kendrick, leaving Finlay laid out in the middle of the ring before declaring his intent to win the battle royal later on in the night. It didn’t quite work out that way thanks to Finlay, who snuck in the ring and nailed The Celtic Warrior with the shillelagh. When Sheamus came round, he eliminated himself and went right after Finlay. Will he have calmed down in time for Raw tonight live in Austin, Texas?



>Confirmed for this week’s Raw<

Kofi Kingston vs. William Regal

Matt Hardy
vs. Brian Kendrick

Plus

Eric Bischoff Returns!

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WWE Signs 5 New Faces!

We broke the news earlier in the week that the WWE were at least interested in signing several independent and former TNA stars, and we can now confirm that they have signed five of them.

They are Bryan Danielson, Homicide, Awesome Kong, ODB & Tyler Black.

Danielson & Black are currently working for Ring of Honor and have commitments up until mid October when they will then join the WWE. We understand that Danielson’s contract states he will bypass development while Black will be assigned to the company’s training base in Florida.

Homicide, Kong & OBD were all free to join the company after being released by TNA, and from what we hear, we might see all of them debut in the next couple of weeks. We’re being told that there will be a large number of new faces on the main roster very soon due to a new initiative believed to be revolving around Eric Bischoff he will apparently launch upon his return.

We’re being told that the WWE were keen to sign Kong when she was released from TNA, but due to her demands and stalling, their attention turned to ODB when her contract was terminated. We were then led to believe that they would only sign one of them. However that obviously is not the case, and we’re not sure as to which brand any of them will be assigned to just yet.


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Like on RAW a fine way to start by showcasing the events of the SmackDown! side of SummerSlam, reminding us of what’s brought us to this show.

Wow, extremely surprising way to start off the show by having Jack Swagger come out when I was sure we would see something relating to SummerSlam, like CM Punk coming out and explaining why he shook Shawn Michaels’ hand despite being a heel. Swagger coming up and talking up all of the events of SummerSlam was fine, although I would have liked for him to really use it to build up like he was talking up a huge moment by talking of the individual events of SummerSlam for a little longer, building up what happened and what the events meant. Still, I like the idea of Swagger talking about how they don’t compare to his win against Lashley, and the way he talked about what him beating Lashley means, and how big it is was good, as was the self hype in general from Jack. Bringing up SummerSlam again by talking it up as a passing of the torch, and saying that he is at the top of the pile as far as youngsters was good from Swagger, only to be interrupted by one of those veterans in Shawn Michaels. Michaels coming out and playing the veteran card works fine in this context, and I thought the way you did it, really having Michaels emphasize his experience, talking up both himself and The Undertaker and also telling Swagger that he can’t expect to vault up the card with one win all at the same time was done well. Michaels showing Punk respect here was nice again, really putting Punk over as someone who is worthy to be champion, while Swagger’s arrogant response was perfect for the way he’s spoken through the promo. The little talk about Michaels not wanting to end up like Flair was good too, while Michaels again playing the experience card in the little closing exchange between the two was a good way to finish it, with no real action, but a big message to Swagger to no doubt get him f...trated a kickstart a feud between these two. A surprising way to kick off the show, but apart from maybe the start, which I thought could have been done better, this was a good opening to the show.

Haas calling Masters out only to be shut down again by Tazz is a little silly from Haas, imo. as we just saw the same thing last week. I get that Haas wants to get his hands on Masters, but to me it would make a lot more sense if Haas just attacked him backstage or something, rather than calling him out when you know Tazz is going to interrupt. Still, this match itself was a fine way to show Haas at his intense best, and give some hype for when he does face Masters, looking like a machine ready to go after him.

Interesting route to go with this promo, really giving Jeter the feeling of that spoiled little brat, almost like this was a school type scenario with the principal. I actually don’t mind that either, especially considering the way Jeter won the title from Shane in the first place. Tazz taking control is good to see too, and the final match between the two taking place with Tazz at ringside makes sense. Nice little promo to set it up.

McCool picking up the squash victory is fine to keep her momentum rolling following the heel turn. Nice to see Mickie kept involved with her by being at ringside, and Beth also getting involved with the two of them following her now truly getting rid of Rain. The Phoenix promo wasn’t much, but it did its job in showing that she’ll be a fighting champion, happy to face anyone as seemingly a face now.

Interesting conversation between Tazz and Biscoff. It seems like something involving FCW, and if it means the debut of some new talent, it may be a good chance to inject some more excitement into the midcards of both shows, which is of course a positive. Tazz’s reasoning for holding off the match between Masters and Haas was honestly a little weak, but I’m still looking forward to it.

Interesting little promo in terms of something being hinted at between Sydal and Mickie, although I’m not quite sure if now is the right time for it since Mickie appears to be involved with McCool and Phoenix elsewhere.

Jeter vs. Michaels? Sounds good. Honestly, it’s a match in here I’ve been waiting quite awhile to see, so it should be good tonight.

Sydal and Burke picking up the win here to continue their momentum is fine, especially for Sydal, although I’m a little disappointed that Haas was allowed to look so good earlier, only for Masters to not be allowed to look the same as him. If they’re not looking like equals in the leadup and Haas ends up winning, I just can’t see it doing much for either man.

While this match always had to be about making Shane looking good ahead of his Cruiserweight Title match that is coming up sometime soon, I liked the fact that you made this match competitive, allowing Super Crazy to look good, as well as giving the crowd some good cruiserweight action.

It’s the boot to us over here in Australia too. Honestly, I’m not sure how much longer you can keep Shelton/Sydal going, but if this brings about a whole new ruthless streak from Benjamin, as shown here, then I’ll be happy about it. The feud has been going on for quite some time though, so hopefully these two can find something else to do soon.

Honestly, I really thought this match should have had the main event slot, even if you are trying to really push the tag division, because it just has a bigger feel to it. Anyway, the match itself seemed fine, with Jeter being allowed to look good, which is great, even if he wasn’t ever going to pick up the win. I would have thought Swagger would have wanted to attack Michaels directly after what Michaels had to say to him earlier in the night, showing some real anger, but I like the idea of a feud between these two.

MVP and Killings making the big statement to The Empire is fine, although as I said last week, I’m honestly not sure where this feud can go after you’ve already had the two teams go at it in the No Disqualification match. Regardless, the intensity here from MVP and Killings was good, making for a fine little promo.

The way this match was booked seemed to be pretty much what was required. Williams and Devine have been doing well without doing anything of any real substance for quite awhile now, so I’m glad to see you giving them some direction. The way the eliminations of Killings and MVP and The Empire went worked as well to keep their feud going onwards, while the two lesser teams going first makes sense too. Good stuff.

Jericho coming out for the last segment of the show seems like the perfect slot for him following his big victory over The Undertaker at SummerSlam. Honestly, while what Jericho talked about was fine, I expected more from him to start the show. It just seemed like he could have really dwelled on not just the fact that he proved the critics wrong, but also that he saved the crowd from their false hero, as he had built up as his objective in the run up to SummerSlam. It seemed like he spent most of his time talking about those two issues before SummerSlam, and to almost just b...h them off as minor details on his way to declaring his intentions of a world title shot seemed wrong. I have no problem with him entering the world title fray, however, I thought you just could have done so much more with the start of the promo. Punk getting a mixed reception after shaking hands with Michaels at SummerSlam is interesting too, and could signal a face turn. I’m not sure how much I would like it because he seems to be so good as a heel, but we’ll see how you go about it, if it happens at all. The way Punk came out and acted like a face was an interesting way to go about things, although the way you did it was really good, seemingly building Jericho up, only for Punk to tear down what he had said. The way he then heeled it up afterwards seems a bit confusing though. To me, it seems like you’re trying to go down the route of making Punk a tweener, but having him swing between the face and heel roles in just a single promo isn’t going to do him any good. In fact, I think it would just confuse people. Punk talking up how he proved the fans wrong was actually something I wanted to see from Jericho earlier, so it was good to at least see someone run with it, though the exchange between Punk and Jericho seemed to just be the two arguing a little over who would be champion, with no one for the fans to really get behind, making it a joy to see Christian, as a face, interrupting proceedings. Christian coming out and declaring his intentions in the fun fashion you’d expect from him was done well, as was the little ownage of Jericho, although Christian saying he no longer jokes around after using some jokes was a little odd. Still, the announcement of the match between the two next week was done well, and even if Punk got a little lost in this promo, I was glad to see him make the final statement. A pretty good way to close the show, especially in theory, although the writing could have been a little better.


First of all, I apologise that this feedback is so late. I was going to get to it earlier, but I’ve been a bit busy. Still, the booking of this show, for the most part, was what I’ve come to expect from you, and that’s a good thing. At times I feel like you’re not pushing yourself in terms of writing and are happy to get away with the bare minimum, especially with the beginning of that Jericho promo, so that’s something to work on. Still, as I said, the booking was fine for the most part, and it felt like a good way to follow up on SummerSlam, really putting the focus on some of your younger talent. Good stuff.

As far as RAW goes, I’m very much excited for the show. Two good matches announced, a lot to work with in terms of feuds, and the huge return of the Bisch bodes for a very exciting show. I look forward to it, and I’ll hopefully be getting feedback to you a lot quicker.
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Monday Night Raw
Monday 25th August 2008
Live from the Frank Erwin Center
Austin, Texas





*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Battle Royal
Number One Contendership Match for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven

Carlito was eliminated by John Cena, and as Sheamus stood up, he was furious and eliminated himself, walking over to the apron and stepping over the top rope to go in pursuit of Finlay. That left John Cena, Matt Hardy, Randy Orton, The Big Show & JBL. Not surprisingly, it was Matt who was next to go, falling victim to a double team from JBL & The Big Show. As Show was looking down at Matt on the floor, JBL stepped back and then tried to lift Show’s feet off the mat and over the ropes, not that it worked. Show swung his arm back and glared right at JBL, who pleaded for mercy before trying to joke about it.

Show was furious and knocked him out with his huge right hand before dragging him up and tossing him out. Vince & Shane were seething on the outside, but as Show glared down at him, Cena managed to do what JBL couldn’t and lifted him off his feet and down to the floor. As the two Corporation members stood up on the outside, they went at it with Vince & Shane failing to separate them as they fought to the back. In the ring, Cena & Orton went at it and it looked like Orton was out when he tried to clothesline Cena over the top but was lifted over the ropes.

Orton landed on the apron and nailed Cena with a right hand before stepping back in the ring. He ran in to Cena who lifted him up for the F U, but Orton slipped down and back pedalled towards the ropes. Cena turned round in a hurry and ran at Orton, who grabbed him by the head and tossed him over the ropes and out of the battle royal. Cena landed awkwardly on his shoulder and seemed to be legitimately hurt, not that Orton was bothered as he celebrated earning himself a title shot against Batista at Unforgiven in just under five weeks.


***

“WOO!. . .”

‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
walks out in to the arena to a deafening ovation. The fans are on their feet as Flair stops at the top of the stage and bows his head to them before walking down to the ring.

Ric Flair:
T’night is one of the most emotional nights of my entire life. . . Last night, I put my career on the line knowing full well what would happen if I lost my match t’ Triple H, and unfortunately it did. . . I lost. . . Before SummerSlam, I had a lot of time to think things through, and I said t’ myself that if I lost, I would make a clean break and leave the business for good.

*Heat*

Ric Flair: Deep down I’ve known for some time that I can’t compete on the same level I have my entire career. I realised that the time was right for me to hang up my boots, and had I beat Triple H last night, I would’ve come out here t’night and announced my retirement regardless. . . For me, knowing I took someone like Triple H to his very best at the very end of my career fills me with pride as no one, and I mean no one will ever be able to do that at my age, an’ that’s a promise.

*Big Pop*

Ric Flair: I might not ‘ave gone out the way I intended but there’s no getting away from the fact I’ve had an incredible career full of so many wonderful memories. Now I have the chance t’ finally spend some time with my family that have grown up an’ lived without a father or a husband all these years, the people I love more than anything else in the world after my fans, even wrestling. My family’s what matters now an’ I’m looking forward to spending time with them. I regret not spending more time with them, but that doesn’t mean I regret a single thing I’ve done in my career. I’ve loved ev’ry minute of it an’ if I could, I’d do it all over again.

*Massive Cheer*

Ric Flair: That leaves me with one thing left to do, and that brings me to each an’ ev’ry single one of you. . . If it wasn’t for you, there’d be no Nature Boy, and for all the support you’ve given me my entire career, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It’s meant so much t’ me an’. . .

“I hear voices in my head. . .”

*Major Heat*

Randy Orton
walks down the ring with a T-shirt on top of his tights with Flair confused and slightly angry at the interruption as The Legend Killer calmly enters the ring.

Randy Orton:
Just so we’re clear Ric, you can relax. I assure you I’m not out here t’ cause trouble. The reason I’m here is simple. I’m here t’ pay my respects to one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but more importantly Ric, I’m here t’ thank you.

Flair looks surprised and eases up.

Randy Orton:
You made me The Legend Killer. You took me to a whole other level, an’ then I achieved the impossible, becoming the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion. Thanks partly t’ you Ric, I’ve become the greatest there is right now, an’ that’s why at Unf’given, I will beat Batista an’ reclaim the W-W-E Championship. . . You may well go down in history as the greatest of all time Ric, but I promise you I’m gonna give you a run for your money. That’s thanks t’ you an’ I just want you t’ now how I grateful I am f’ all that you’ve done f’ me.

Orton extends his hand out to The Nature Boy with the crowd showing some concern for Flair, and he too is wary of his former protégé’s intentions. keeps his hand out and Flair thinks about it for a few seconds, then shakes it with Orton nodding at him. He then drops the microphone and leaves the ring to walk back up the ramp.

“IN THE END. . .”

Here comes the WWE Champion, Batista to a huge roar. The Animal walks down the ramp and comes face to face with Orton, the man he’ll face at Unforgiven. They stop and take a look at each other before Orton steps to the side and carries on the ramp with Batista then joining Flair in the ring. He gives Flair a big hug before bending down and picking up the microphone Orton left behind as his music cuts.


Batista:
Ric, if anyone’s gonna pay tribute t’ you Ric, it’s not gonna be Randy.

Flair smiles at his close friend.

Batista:
You might’ve made an impression on Randy, but he’s the not only one. No one’s had a greater effect on my life than you Ric, an’ I’ve got t’ say, millions of fans across the world will remember you as the greatest wrestler of all time and an absolute legend. . .Words can’t describe just how much I respect you Ric an’ what you’ve done f’ me. . . If it wasn’t f’ you, I might never have been a world champion, but you’ve made me a better person too. . . I can honestly say Ric that it’s never gonna be the same again without you but I respect your decision, an’ as you would say, the show must go on. . .The show will go on but before this show comes to an end, I want ev’ryone here t’night t’ stand up an’ show your appreciation for the one an’ only ‘Nature Boy’ RIC FLAIR.

*Standing Ovation*

The whole crowd rises to its feet and both applaud and cheer The Nature Boy, who gives Batista a big hug as “Sprach Zarathustra” plays one last time. It’s getting very emotional as the tears start to flow from Flair as they stand back and share a few words without the microphone. Jim Ross & The Million Dollar Man are shown clapping at ringside along with Lilian Garcia as Batista then raises Flair’s arm to all four sides of the ring. He then gives him another hug and leaves the ring, motioning to Flair that it’s all his, and The Nature Boy waves to each section of the crowd. The show then comes to a close as the teary Flair says his goodbyes to the WWE.


***

Raw July 7th 2008

The camera cuts to the back and there’s a lot of noise with several officials & backstage workers rallying round and calling for help. We then see one of the referees turn round and drop to his knees, and we’re greeted by the sight of Eric Bischoff laid out face down across the floor. EMT’s ...h over to him while the camera switches back to the arena with the footage in the back being shown on the tron for the fans to see, as well as a smirking Triple H as Raw comes to a close.


***

Last Week

Todd Grisham is standing outside Tazz’s office with the temporary General Manager of Raw.

Todd Grisham:
I have to ask Tazz, what’s the big news?

Tazz: Well I just received a phone call from Eric Bischoff an’ he had somethin’ real important t’ say. He wan’ed me t’ pass on a message to ev’ryone in the locker room an’ ev’ryone watchin’ Raw around the world. . . I think it’s common knowledge now that the investigation in t’ findin’ his attacker didn’t work out. They couldn’t find any concrete evidence in to who did it an’ no one owned up to it, not that y’can blame them. . . I spoke to him not so long ago an’ he said he was gettin’ better, an’ he said just before that he’s feelin’ back t’ normal. So much so that he’s ready t’ come back t’ Raw next week.

Grisham looks stunned.




*Opening Video*
“Wanna Be Loved”



*Cut to the Arena*


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


Jim Ross:
Welcome ev’ryone t’ Monday Night Raw, comin’ t’ you live t’night from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas where we will see the return of Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff. . . It’s been nearly two months since he was left lying in a pool of his own blood right here on Raw, an’ we still don’t know who was responsible. It’s safe t’ say that Bischoff won’t rest ‘til he finds out who that man was who left him unconscious without a care in the world, an’ I hate t’ say this Ted but your son, Ted DiBiase Junior was made one of the main suspects along with Triple H.

The Million Dollar Man: Even though we’ve had our diff’rences as of late J R, I have t’ believe he’s innocent and incapable of doing something like that.

Jim Ross: Of course, he’s not the only suspect. Many people believe that Triple H is the guilty par. . .

“Back in Black” by ACDC

Here he comes, Eric Bischoff strolls out to the stage to a huge pop. Wearing a very expensive black leather jacket (but not just that as that might be weird despite this not being a PG show), Raw’s Head of Authority looks in to the crowd looking very serious indeed before walking down the ramp with purpose. He picks a microphone up off the steps and enters the ring to another a big pop, but he’s not in the mood to waste any time.

Eric Bischoff:
Alright cut the music.

The guys in the truck give him what they want to avoid an ear-bashing and do as he wishes by stopping his music.

Eric Bischoff:
It’s been nearly two months since I stepped foot in this ring, not that I had any say in that, but rest assured, Eric Bischoff is back.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: I’m sure I don’t need t’ tell you all just what happened that night, and for now I’m going t’ skip past that, just for a few moments. It’ll just be a few minutes as there’s something I think you will all be int’rested t’ here first, an’ that especially goes to a few people back there sitting rather comfortably, but not f’ long.

Bischoff takes a brief pause and takes a look around the arena.

Eric Bischoff:
F’ now there is some business I need t’ tell you about as far as t’night and the immediate future of both Raw and Smackdown are concerned. . . See even though I’ve not been here it doesn’t mean I’ve not been kept up to speed about what’s been going on around here. I’ve been watching at home for the last couple of weeks like ev’ryone else while I’ve been restin’ up, and there’s a few things that need t’ be tied up right here t’night.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: One of those situations being the World Tag Team Championship. . . Two weeks back we saw someone else attacked backstage, and because of that attack Carlito was injured and he couldn’t take part in the scheduled tag team title match later on that night. . . However t’night, you will see Carlito and his brother take on Cryme Time for the World Tag Team Championship right here live on Raw.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: You’re also going t’ see the man who won the battle royal last week t’ become the number one contender for the WWE Championship at Unf’given as well as injuring John Cena in the pr’cess, Randy Orton go one on one with Rey Mysterio.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now, I also said there was some other business to attend to, and let me tell you that the landscape of both Raw and Smackdown is about t’ change. As of this weekend myself an’ Tazz are going t’ shake things up starting with a random draft, and those changes will be announced before Raw next week on W-W-E dot com. . . That however is not all. . . See one thing I never did in my time at W-C-W was rest on my laurels. If I felt changes needed t’ be made, I made them like that and t’ hell with the consequences.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: That’s not changed and I’m going t’ make sure that not one single superstar in that locker room right now takes it easy and rests on their laurels, and how am I going t’ do that you ask? Well it’s simple. This weekend myself and Tazz took a trip to Florida to check out all the hot talent the W-W-E has at it’s national training base, and let me tell you that there is some amazing talent there. Some are teenagers and some of them have been wrestling all around the world for a long time. You don’t have to take my word for it though as just a week from now, you’ll get t’ see that for yourself. Tazz and I will be taking another look at them this week and will give those young hungry superstars a chance to make a name for themselves under the bright lights, and just like the draft, you’ll get a first look at those new faces you’ll see on WWE dot com this weekend. Then starting next week, you’ll see those young hungry superstars before your very eyes for the first time.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: I’m sure there’s a few guys back there who might not be too happy about that, but that’s tough, and some of them will have t’ get used to it an’ quick because a number of them will have t’ mentor these rookies. Regardless of whether they’re going t’ be a mentor or not, ev’ry single member of the Raw locker room will have t’ raise their game if they want t’ stay right here on Raw.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now that’s taken care of the time has finally come t’ break my silence on the very incident that left me unconscious and in hospital for a number of weeks. . . I was kept up t’ speed with the investigation t’ find out who was responsible, and t’ the surprise of many of you, the search came up short. It appears that the person responsible for putting me in the hospital has got away with it.

*Heat*

Eric Bischoff: That may be the way it seems, however that’s not exactly the case. . . See when I was asked if I had any recollection of that incident, I told the detectives that questioned me that I couldn’t remember a thing when in fact, I do.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: I know exactly who attacked me and why, and the reason I kept that t’ myself is simple. It’s so that I can get justice my way, and believe me, that’s exactly what I’m going t’ do.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Had I let the cat out of the bag, the man responsible would’ve been whisked away and escaped the retribution he’s about t’ face. I wasn’t going t’ let that happen. No one, and I mean one screws around with Eric Bischoff and gets away with it, and I’m sure that person is feeling slightly uncomf’table right about now, but I can assure you’re I’m going to make him sweat a little while longer. See I’m going t’ give him the chance t’ make his life slightly more comf’table because I’m going t’ give him the opportunity to come out here, admit responsibility and personally apologise t’ me. If he chooses not t’ take that chance, well whatever hell he’s thinking about right now is going t’ be nothing I assure you.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now I realise that you may believe there is the possibility I’m bluffing, but let me make this perfectly clear. . . I’m not. And if you don’t have the balls to come out here and admit what you did by the end of the show, I will call you out myself and make your life a living hell. That is no bluff, it’s a promise.

“Back in Black” plays again to a pop with a deadly serious Bischoff the focus of the camera that’s zooming in on him.

Jim Ross: I f’ one wasn’t expecting that, an’ if I was the one responsible, I’d heed Bischoff’s advice an’ confess while I had the chance. He’s more than capable of making someone’s life hell, believe me.


*Commercial Break*


*The Opening Match*
Paul London vs. Santino Marella

The bell was about to ring when Sheamus’s music hit and the menacing Irishman made his way down to the ring, confusing and worrying both London & Marella. Sheamus stepped over the top rope and stared a hole through both men. London took the big decision to take the fight to him but soon regretted as he ran right in to a big boot. Marella back pedalled towards the ropes holding his hands up and begging for mercy as Sheamus walked towards him. The Italian realised he was in deep trouble and was then on the receiving end of a right hand and an irish whip.

The Celtic Warrior then ran out to meet him and level him with his deadly bicycle kick that left Santino flat out on his back as London struggled back up to his knees. Sheamus went after him and pulled him head first between his legs before planting him with the High Cross to a ton of heat. With both men out of it, Sheamus walked over to the apron and demanded a microphone from Lilian Garcia. He was passed one and snatched it out of her hand, then walked in to the centre of the ring, staring angrily in to the stands with the fans continuing to boo him.

Result: Non-Starter.

Sheamus: Because of one man, I won’t be challengin’ Batista for de dubya-dubya-e championship at Unf’given, an’ dat’s man name is Finl’y.

*Pop*

Sheamus: Well let me tell y’somethin’ fella, I’m not gonna f’get what y’did last week, comin’ in dat ring when y’had no right bein’ dare whatsoever an’ throwin’ dat stupid shillelagh of yours in my face.

*Big Pop*

The Celtic Warrior turns and looks up towards the curtain.

Sheamus:
Dis isn’t exactly gonna surprise ya, but I’m not a f’given man, an’ Finl’y’s gonna find dat out f’ himself. . . Finl’y, if you’ve got de guts t’ face me man t’ man, I’m beggin’ ya t’ get your ass down here right now.

*Big Cheer*

Sheamus: Come on fella, you’ve got two choices. Either y’come down here yourself or I come back dare an’ do t’ you what I just did t’ dees two jokers. It’s your call. What’s it t’ be?

Sheamus drops the microphone away from his mouth and waits, and he doesn’t have to wait long.

“Lambeg”

A casually dressed but serious Finlay walks down to the ring in jeans and a T-shirt, then gets in the ring and shrugs his way past a furious Sheamus to get a microphone before going back to face his rival, almost going face to face, glaring at each other. Finlay then backs away and lifts the microphone to his mouth.

Finlay:
Guts?. . . You’re askin’ me if I’ve got guts?

Sheamus nods his head once, slowly with Finlay staring right at him.

Finlay:
Never in all my life has one person ever said I’ve not got guts. I’ve never backed down from a fight, not one, an’ I never will.

*Pop*

Finlay: So fella, I’m sorry t’ disappoint ya, but you don’t scare me one bit, y’got that? An’ de reason I’m out here Sheamus isn’t t’ fight, it’s t’ make a challenge. . . You wanna prove you’re some kind o’ big man? How ‘bout y’stop beatin’ up kids an’ face someone your own size, me in a real fight, somethin’ we call in our part of the world a celtic brawl?

Sheamus smirks, clearly not worried about the prospect of facing Finlay.

Sheamus:
A celtic brawl y’say fella?. . . You’re on.

*Big Pop*

Sheamus: Not only am I gonna take y’up on your challenge Finl’y, I’m gonna destr’y ya like the old man dat you are, an’ that’s a promise.

Sheamus drops his microphone out of nowhere and kicks Finlay in the gut, forcing his fellow Irishman to drop his microphone too as he slumps forward to his knees. Sheamus then backs up and stalks Finlay, then runs at him for the Bicycle Kick, but Finlay ducks it. Sheamus turns round in a spin against the ropes and Finlay reacts quickly to run at him and clothesline him over the top, resulting in a big cheer from the fans. Sheamus sits up in shock on the arena floor and then stands up, spitting feathers as he locks his eyes on Finlay, who stands defiantly in the ring staring back as “Lambeg” plays again to another pop.


*Video Promo*

A focused as hell Kofi Kingston is walking through the back, dressed to compete and on his way to the ring with Kelly Kelly.


*Commercial Break*


Still fairly angry from before the break, Sheamus paces through the halls and turns a corner, walking right in to the path of Eric Bischoff. It’s clearly awkward and there’s silence for several seconds.

Sheamus:
Eric Bischoff, it’s good t’ finally meet ya, me name’s Sheamus.

Eric Bischoff: There’s no need f’ intr’dcutions, I know ev’rything I need to about you. You’ve made quite the impression since comin’ t’ Raw while I’ve been away, and I’ve made it my business t’ find out ev’rything that’s been going on. Then I get here t’night on my first night back an’ get ready t’ watch the first match, an’ what do I see? I saw you. I saw you when you weren’t supposed t’ be anywhere near the damn ring. You might’ve got away with things when Tazz was around but you won’t anymore. . . You might be in a brawl at Unf’given but you’re gonna be in one t’night too, in the main event against the man you wanted at Unf’given anyway. . . the W-W-E Champion, Batista.

Cheers can be heard coming from the arena and Sheamus doesn’t seem sure how to react as the very business like Bischoff just walks past him and leaves him to think about his match later on.


*Cut to the Arena*


“Born Naughty” is playing and William Regal is in the ring, ready for action.

“S-O-S, I hear ‘em callin’. . .”

Kofi Kingston walks out to a big pop along with Kelly Kelly, and they’re stopped by Zack Ryder, Raw’s host who’s standing on the stage. Kofi doesn’t appear all that happy to talk but he stops, not that he’s looking at Ryder as his music stops.

Zack Ryder:
Last week Kofi you were a little hot headed about what happened at SummerSlam when you lost the Intercontinental Championship t’ Ted DiBiase Junior, maybe understandably so, but now you’ve got your rematch at Unf’given, have you at least cooled down from last week an’ all the accusations you made going in t’ your match t’night with William Regal?

Kofi turns and looks a bit wound up by the unbothered Ryder’s question.

Kofi Kingston:
Cool? You’re askin’ me if I’m cool?

Zack Ryder: You got that did ya?

Kofi shakes his head as Ryder shrugs his shoulders at him.

Kofi Kingston:
The only time I’m gonna be cool is when I get the Intercontinental title back at Unf’given, an’ believe me I’m gonna do jus’ that.

Kofi then shoves the microphone back at Ryder and walks down the ramp while Ryder smiles at Kelly. She seems quite flattered and smiles back at him before following the oblivious Kofi down the ramp to the ring with a fired up Regal waiting for his opponent.

*The Official Opening Match*
Kofi Kingston w/Kelly Kelly vs. William Regal

The African Sensation and the stern faced Englishman were involved in a short but competitive match, and Kofi was pumped up for this one from the moment the bell rung. Regal got off to a slow start but quickly found some motivation after an early onslaught from the former Intercontinental Champion. He managed to halt Kingston’s momentum when he held on to the ropes after being fired in to them.

As Kofi then ran at him right away, Regal turned to the side and lifted his elbow up in to his opponent’s head, sending him staggering away from the ropes. Regal followed him out and chop blocked him in the back of the leg. He worked over Kofi’s leg for a while with Kingston fighting for his life, f...trating Regal. Kofi battled through it and both men had a few close calls, but it was Kingston that picked up the victory after blocking an attempt from Regal to put him in a figure four leg lock, kicking him off with both his legs.

As both men stood up, Regal turned round right in to the Trouble in Paradise to a big pop with Kofi scurrying across to make the cover and pick up the win. As his music hit and he struggled up to get his arm raised by the referee, his music cut and “Priceless” played instead. Ted DiBiase Jr & Maryse, both equally as smug as each other headed out to the stage with DiBiase holding a microphone and Maryse carrying the Intercontinental Champion’s title belt.

Winner: Kofi Kingston by pinfall.

Ted DiBiase Jr: Congratulations Kofi on what might well be your last win for some time because you’re certainly not going to be walking out of Unf’given victorious like you said you would be a few minutes ago. I just thought it was for the best that I came out here and did you a favour after what my dad did t’ you at SummerSlam.

*Heat*

The camera cuts to the announce table and shows The Million Dollar Man looking a little guilty as well as disgusted with his son.

Ted DiBiase Jr:
I feel like I owe you one, so Kofi please for your own sake, don’t get your hopes because you’ll just be even more disappointed when I beat you without any help from my dad.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase Jr: I will beat you Kofi I promise you that, and this time there’ll only be one person you’ll be able to blame, and that’s yourself.

“Priceless” plays and DiBiase hands the microphone back over to Ryder and shakes hands with him before giving a steaming Kofi one last smug smile as he heads to the back with Maryse.


*Commercial Break*


Randy Orton is in his locker room getting ready for his match with Rey Mysterio later on and Batista walks in, not in the best of moods it seems. Orton doesn’t seem all that bothered to see his Unforgiven opponent though, looking quite relaxed.

Randy Orton:
To what do I owe this pleasure Dave?

Batista: Cut the crap Randy, what the hell was that last week with Ric?

Randy Orton: Dave, you’re not Ric’s son, you do realise that? What makes you so special that you should be the only one allowed t’ pay your respects t’ Ric?. . . He’s done a lot for a lot of people other than you, me included. He’s part of the reason I became the youngest world champion of all time, and if you’ve got a problem with that Dave, I’m sorry, not as sorry as you’re going to be when I become the W-W-E Champion once again at Unf’given. Then you can go crying to Ric and spend all the time alone with him you want.

Batista: You’re not capable of respecting anyone. You’re just tryin’ t’ play games an’ get inside my head, but it’s not gonna work.

Randy Orton: Dave think what you want. Whether you think I respect Ric or not isn’t what’s important. What’s important is that I will go down in hist’ry alongside him as one of the greatest of all time, something you can only dream of. And whether you like it or not Dave, Ric’s gone and he’s not coming back. Get used to it, move on. If you can’t accept it it’ll just make my job of taking back the WWE title from you even easier than it already is, and you might even find yourself on the injured list like John Cena, and Rey Mysterio when I’m done with him later on. . . Now if that’s all Dave I’ve got a match t’ get ready for, and from what I hear, so d’ you. So if you don’t mind. . .

Batista: I’m goin’, but Randy if you think Unf’given’s gonna be easy, you’ve got another thing comin’.

They share a quick exchange of looks before Batista turns round and leaves the room with Orton smirking, knowing he’s gotten in The Animal’s head.


*Video Recap*
From Raw Last Week

John Morrison & Melina w/Matt Cappotelli vs. Cody Rhodes & The Bella Twins

The Monday Night Delight fought back, and it was the Bellas again that stopped his momentum. The ref wasn’t impressed and tried to get them out of the ring as Cody was sizing up Morrison for the win when an angry Matt Hardy raced down the ramp and slipped in the ring behind everyone. He spun Cody round and planted him with the Twist of Fate to a massive pop. He stared down at him for a few seconds before leaving the ring with the Bellas trying to tell the ref about it, but he was too busy with them.

The dazed Morrison sat up and then stood up as Melina joined him in the ring to see of the Bellas. Cody came round too and fell victim to a Moonlight Drive from The Monday Night Delight, who then covered him to earn him & Melina the win with Hardy watching on intently from the ramp, smirking for a few seconds before turning round satisfied with himself and walking up the ramp.


*Cut to the Arena*


“Man With a Plan” is playing and Brian Kendrick is ready to go in the ring.

“Live for the Moment”

Matt Hardy walks to the arena to a big pop. He walks to each side of the stage and poses for the crowd before being stopped by Zack Ryder for a quick interview.

Zack Ryder:
Matt if I can get a quick word with you, I have to ask you why you felt the need to get involved in Cody Rhodes’ match last week.

Matt Hardy: Well that’s real simple Zack. Cody got what he deserved for what he did t’ me the week before, an’ there was no need for him to’ say what he did about my brother Jeff. . .

Zack Ryder: . . . Well that’s a matter of opinion.

Matt gives Ryder a dirty look but quickly moves on.

Matt Hardy:
Like I was sayin’, Cody had it comin’ an’ I’m not gonna apologise f’ what I did. In fact what I had in mind was a challenge, a challenge to a match at Unf’given without bricks in his girlfriends’ purses. That’s if he’s man enough, but I guess we’ll find out soon.

Zack Ryder: Yeah I’m sure we will.

Matt’s music plays again and he walks past an unimpressed Ryder and down to the ring all smiles with the fans cheering him all the way.


*Match #2*
Matt Hardy vs. Brian Kendrick

Matt had the fans on his side from the get go, and they had a lot to cheer about as he took Kendrick apart in the opening minutes. There were a few scares for the former United States Champion though as Kendrick refused to back down. At one point Hardy was on the verge of hitting a corner sit-down power-bomb until Kendrick countered with a hurricanrana. The pace picked up and so did the action with Matt whipping his opponent in to the ropes, and Kendrick caught him off guard as he came racing back with a flying forearm.

Kendrick followed that up with a missile dropkick, but Matt kicked out at two when Kendrick then made a cover. Kendrick taunted his opponent as he stood up before going for the Sliced Bread only for Matt to throw him forward and down to the canvas. Hardy exploded with a series of clotheslines before whipping him in to the turnbuckle pads and connecting with a clothesline.

He held on to Kendrick’s head and turned round to face the ring, then charged out with Kendrick to drill his head in to the canvas with a bulldog. He didn’t go for the cover and instead hit the dizzy heights of the second rope where he jumped off and nailed his flat out opponent with a leg drop. Kendrick got his shoulder up at the count of two and even escaped a Side Effect, only to then see Matt duck an attempt at a super kick and end up on the receiving end of the Twist of Fate, ensuring Matt was victorious.

Winner: Matt Hardy by pinfall.


*Commercial Break*


Matt Hardy looks quite pleased with himself after his victory before the break, but all of a sudden he’s jumped by a ticked off Cody Rhodes and knocked down to the floor with Rhodes stomping all over him. He then kneels down and gets in the squirming Matt’s face.

Cody Rhodes:
Would you like an answer to that challenge of yours Matt?

Cody’s grinning as the camera zooms out to show the Bella twins standing a few feet away smiling.

Cody Rhodes:
If you haven’t figured it out already, I accept.

?: HEY!

Cody turns round and stands up in a hurry as Gregory Helms runs up to them.

Gregory Helms:
Get out o’ here.

Cody Rhodes: Gladly. . . Come on ladies.

Helms stands there glaring at a remorseless Cody, who then turns round and walks away with Brie & Nikki as Helms kneels down and checks on Matt, who tries get to his knees.

Gregory Helms:
You okay buddy?

Matt shakes off the cobwebs and turns his head to watch Cody walking away, giving the second generation star daggers, as does Helms.


*Video Recap*
From Raw Last Week

The Big Show is getting ready in his locker room, looking very serious as he’s joined by Vince McMahon, who’s also very serious. There’s tension in the air as Show turns round and looks right at Vince’s angry face which is staring right back at him.


The Big Show:
What do you want Vince?

Vince McMahon: What do I want?. . . Well let’s see. What I want is t’ pretend last night didn’t happen. I want t’ forget that the two men who I believed would clean up inside the elimination chamber and bring the W-W-E Championship back to the Corporation made a fool of themselves, and more importantly, you made a fool out of me. But like I just told John, you have one last chance t’ get the job done t’night in the battle royal. . . You and I both know that when you two work t’gether, you are unstoppable. . . I just need to know that out there later on, you’ll put your diff’rences to the side and do what’s best for the Corporation.

The Big Show: Vince, we both know I don’t need J-B-L t’ win the battle royal or the W-W-E Championship, but I respect what you’ve done f’ me. . . As long as J-B-L’s fine with it, then so am I.

Vince McMahon: Good, I’m glad t’ hear it.

***

Battle Royal
Number One Contendership Match for the WWE Championship at Unforgiven

Carlito was eliminated by John Cena, and as Sheamus stood up, he was furious and eliminated himself, walking over to the apron and stepping over the top rope to go in pursuit of Finlay. That left John Cena, Matt Hardy, Randy Orton, The Big Show & JBL. Not surprisingly, it was Matt who was next to go, falling victim to a double team from JBL & The Big Show. As Show was looking down at Matt on the floor, JBL stepped back and then tried to lift Show’s feet off the mat and over the ropes, not that it worked.

Show swung his arm back and glared right at JBL, who pleaded for mercy before trying to joke about it. Show was furious and knocked him out with his huge right hand before dragging him up and tossing him out. Vince & Shane were seething on the outside, but as Show glared down at him, Cena managed to do what JBL couldn’t and lifted him off his feet and down to the floor. As the two Corporation members stood up on the outside, they went at it with Vince & Shane failing to separate them as they fought to the back.


*Cut to the Arena*


“No Chance, that’s what y’got. . .”

*Ton of Heat*


A deadly serious Vince McMahon makes his way through the curtain and out to the stage, followed by his two sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. They’re not in a great mood tonight either, and they don’t take the boos that well either. All three men stare angrily in to the crowd as they take their time walking down the ramp before heading in to the ring with Vince going to get a microphone from Lilian Garcia. Shane & JBL continue to stare at the booing crowd as Vince then walks back to join them in the middle of the ring, and the music comes to a standstill.

Vince McMahon:
First off I just want t’ say that despite being cleared of any involvement in the attack on Eric Bischoff there are still some people who still believe that we played some role in what happened to him, and whether he’s bluffing or not, I’d like to publicly state once again that we categorically had nothing to do with it whatsoever. I f’ one hope that he finds the man responsible. Maybe then he’ll stop making our lives difficult f’ a change.

*Heat*

Vince McMahon: However we didn’t come out here t’ talk about Eric Bischoff. We came out here t’ talk about someone else, someone who without a shadow of a doubt whose life is going t’ become a living hell from this moment forward. . . that man being The Big Show.

*Big Pop*

Vince McMahon: Had it not been for that giant liability, the W-W-E Championship would be where it should be, in the hands of The Corporation. At SummerSlam he was a walking disaster. He was solely responsible for The Corporation walking away empty handed from the elimination chamber, all because he’s a big, clumsy, useless failure.

*Heat*

Vince McMahon: Just as he and John were sending a warning to ev’ryone in that match by decimating Rey Mysterio, somehow someway he managed t’ knock John out and get him eliminated, not before he got himself eliminated too. He was a disgrace, an absolute joke. He brought ridicule to my name, something that I will not accept under any circumstances. Never in my life have I been a failure, and neither have my sons. We’ve never accepted failure and we never will. That is why I took the decision to get rid of The Big Show so that we can regain the reputation the McMahons have upheld for years an’ years.

*Boos*

Vince McMahon: We don’t need The Big Show and we never did. The only people we can rely on is each other, and from this day forward. . .

“Crank It Up”

*Big Pop*


The Corporation members turn to look up at the stage as The Big Show walks out and glares down at them. Their eyes are locked on the seven-footer as he slowly makes his way down the ramp and to the ring, picking up a microphone up off the steps in the process. He enters the ring and the tension is there for all to see.

Vince McMahon:
What the hell do you think you’re doing huh? Who do you think you are to interrupt me?

The Big Show: What am I doing out here?. . . Hmm. Well Vince I’m out here to set the record straight.

*Pop*

The Big Show: I admit I made a mistake at SummerSlam when I accidentally knocked J-B-L out, but I’ve got t’ say I wasn’t sorry. I’d been dying to that f’ weeks.

*Big Pop*

JBL is fuming and Shane has to hold him back.

The Big Show:
What’s up John? You want me to knock you out again? I’ve got no problem putting you and the rest of your family on your ass right now if that’s what you want.

*Pop*

Vince McMahon: You wouldn’t dare.

Show walks up close towards Vince.

The Big Show:
Try me.

*Big Cheer*

The Big Show: Y’know Vince, you’re a real piece of work. You actually came out here t’ tell these people you kicked me out of The Corporation when it’s pretty obvious to ev’ryone here that I had enough last week and walked out on you.

*Pop*

The Big Show: I saw through your plan to screw me over in the battle royal. See I was waiting for J-B-L t’ make his move, and when he did, I tossed him over the top rope an’ out of the match.

*Big Pop*

The Big Show: I’ve waited a long time t’ do that John. Do you have any idea how annoying you are?. . .

JBL sees red and grabs the microphone from his dad.

JBL:
. . . ANNOYING? BECAUSE OF YOU I’M NOT THE W-W-E CHAMPION. THAT’S WHAT I CALL ANNOYING YOU OVERGROWN BUFFOON.

Show smirks, firing JBL up even more.

JBL:
How dare you laugh at me you. How dare you laugh at me after ev’rything you’ve done t’ me and my family. We brought you back t’ this company, gave you a second chance and you threw it back in our face. Then after all that you have the nerve to come out here and make jokes about our family, the family that made this business what it is t’day.

*Heat*

JBL: You’re making a big mistake. You more than anyone should know that you shouldn’t cross us. You know that sooner or later you will have to face the consequences, the consequences of damaging the McMahon family name. . .

The Big Show: . . . Is that supposed t’ scare me? Do I look scared t’ you?. . . You wanna talk about jokes John? Well there’s no bigger joke than you.

*Pop*

The Big Show: You’re all mouth. You’re a coward. You get other people t’ do your dirty work for you, just like your dad. You’re all gutless.

JBL shakes his head and turns round momentarily to look at Vince & Shane but quickly turns back and throws a wild right at Show. The giant grabs his hand and laughs at him, then nails him with a right hand, sending him down to the mat. Shane then charges at him and Show grabs him before headbutting him, putting Shane on the mat too, leaving Show & Vince the only ones standing up in the ring. The crowd cheer like crazy as Show walks slowly towards the panic stricken head of The Corporation.

Show smiles and then grabs him around the throat for a chokeslam, getting the crowd going even more. Vince is scared to death as Show prepares to lift him off his feet, but he doesn’t get the chance as JBL gets up behind Show and clubs him across the back. Vince is freed and takes some deep breaths as both he & Shane watch on as JBL urges Show to get back up, and he does just that.

JBL runs the ropes and comes back looking to hit the Clothesline from Hell, but Show ducks his head as JBL puts the brakes on and turns round in a hurry. Show grabs him around the throat and chokeslams him down in to the canvas to a big cheer and to the shock of Vince & Shane. They quickly slip out of the ring as “Crank it Up” hits with The Big Show glancing intensely at both Vince & Shane, who look both very concerned and angry with JBL laid out in the ring.



*Video Promo*

The World Tag Team Champions, Cryme Time make their way through the back with their title defence against The Colon Brothers coming up next.


*Commercial Break*


Leticia Cline is standing by at the interview set backstage.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies and gentleman joining me at this time are Matt Cappotelli and John Morrison.

The camera zooms out, showing the casually dressed duo of John Morrison & Matt Cappotelli, both looking fairly laid back.

Leticia Cline:
John, what’s your reaction to The Miz’s announcement last week that you two will meet again in a rematch from SummerSlam in four weeks at Unf’given?

John Morrison: Well to be honest I was a little surprised at first. I wasn’t expecting him to go ask for a rematch after I beat him at SummerSlam, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense. This is The Miz we’re talking about after all. He’s one of the most deluded people you’ll ever meet. He even called my victory at SummerSlam a fluke. If that’s what he actually thinks then that’s fine, because he’s going to find out at Unf’given that it wasn’t. Then maybe he’ll realise he’s not this big star he seems to think he is.

Leticia Cline: Okay. I also wanted to ask you about the rumours going ‘round the locker room concerning you and Melina. We saw you team up with her last week and I hear that you two could be back together. Is that true?

Leticia stops talking as The Miz walks in to the shot, looking very serious indeed. Morrison & Cappotelli aren’t exactly pleased to see him either.

The Miz:
Let me answer that for you Leticia; no one cares. No one cares about him or his incredibly boring personal life. There’s only two things people are talking about ‘round here and I can assure you that no one’s talking about John Morrison and Melina. What they are talking about blondie is who attacked Eric Bischoff, and more importantly my vict’ry last week over Rey Mysterio.

Morrison & Cappotelli shake their heads.

The Miz:
With that said I do however have a question, not for you John but you Cappotelli. What the hell are you still doing here? Seriously, what business do you have being here huh? Please, I’d love t’ know.

John Morrison: It’s got nothing to do with you.

The Miz: Really? If I remember rightly he was in your corner at SummerSlam. He was a distraction in that fluke of a win, and by the looks of it he’ll be there again at Unf’given doing ev’rything he can t’ help you screw me over again ‘cause you know you can’t beat me by y’self.

John Morrison: Come on, get real. He did nothing at SummerSlam and he had ev’ry right being there, just like he does t’night and any night I choose to ask him here.

The Miz: He could quite as easily do nothing at home where he should be, but that’s alright we both know he’s only here out of sympathy right John? You know you’re only here ‘cause he feels sorry for you an’ ev’rything you’ve been through don’t you Matt? I mean why else would he bring you here?

Matt Cappotelli: You’re a jackass y’know that?

Matt’s disgusted and shrugs his way past The Miz, followed by the also disgusted Morrison. The Miz & Leticia watch them leave, and she gives him a dirty look, confusing The Miz.

The Miz:
What?

The camera zooms in on the not so sorry face of The Miz for a couple of seconds before fading out.


*Video Recap*
From Raw Last Week

Carlito & Eddie, the Colon brothers make their way out to the stage, and neither of them look in the best of moods. Zack Ryder walks towards them as they hit the stage, and they stop, as does their music.


Carlito:
Shad, J-T-G, you better be listenin’ ‘cause let me tell y’somethin’. Me an’ Eddie ain’t goin’ anywhere. We’re gonna get our shot at the titles whether y’like it or not, an’ when we do, we’re gonna be the new World Tag Team Champions.

***

Eugene & Goldust vs. The Colon Brothers

It looked as if Eugene was going to hit the Stunner which brought Eddie in to the ring, and then Goldust as he spotted his opponent’s attempt to get at his partner. The ref saw Goldust first and held him back while Eugene ran at Eddie and caught him with a clothesline. Carlito was back up behind him and connected with the Backstabber, then knocked Goldust off the apron before going back to cover Eugene to pick up the victory.


*Cut to the Arena*



*Match #3*
World Tag Team Championship
Cryme Time © vs. The Colon Brothers

With the tag team titles at stake and so much tension between the two teams, they both gave it their all, and even the champions were as sneaky as the challengers. Despite that, it was the Colons that looked to have the titles in the bag when Carlito ducked a big boot from Shad and levelled him with the Backstabber. JTG broke up the count at two, much to the f...tration of Eddie who stormed the ring and went right after JTG. They went at it with the referee trying to break it up and get them out of the ring, but he couldn’t.

Carlito tried to take advantage of the opportunity presented in front of him with the ref distracted. He rolled under the bottom rope, grabbed one of the title belts and snuck back in the ring with it as Gaspard unwittingly stood back up while JTG & Eddie continued brawling away with the ref in the middle. Carlito sensed victory as Shad then turned round, but it went wrong for the Puerto Rican as Shad ducked his head and being smashed in the head with the belt.

Shad stomped him in the gut and the belt fell from Carlito’s hands with Gaspard then planting him with a sidewalk slam. As he got up, Eddie had escaped from JTG and went after Shad, but ran right in to a big boot and rolled under the bottom rope to the floor with Shad then kicking the belt with him. JTG got back on the apron and received a tag straight away as Shad then went back to Carlito and lifted him up on to his shoulders for the G9.

JTG hit the ring and then the front flip neck-breaker to send Carlito down to the mat, then covered him to pick up the victory and retain the titles. Carlito then rolled to the floor as celebrated their victory for quite a while, long enough for Carlito to sneak back in the ring with a steel chair where he levelled JTG and then Shad. He lost it and battered Shad’s leg with the chair three times.

It was clear Gaspard was in pain as he screamed out in pain and grabbed hold of his right leg instantly. A combination of the referee & Eddie pulled the angry Carlito away and allowed EMTs to ...h down and check on Shad. Carlito backed up the ramp with no remorse whatsoever, followed by Eddie as JTG came round and sat up, quickly noticing Shad was in trouble despite his own dazed state.

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


*Video Promo*

Randy Orton & then Rey Mysterio are shown walking through the back as they prepare to go one on one after the break.


*Commercial Break*


Todd Grisham is following, well chasing JTG up the hall with Shad Gaspard being stretchered through the hallway by the EMTs.

Todd Grisham:
J-T-G. HOW’S SHAD?

JTG stops and turns round for a split second before turning back to Shad & the EMTs.

JTG:
I’ll catch y’up.

He then turns back as Grisham walks up to him.

Todd Grisham:
How’s he doing?

JTG: Not good bro’. They’re takin’ ‘im to the E-R an’ gonna do an x-ray but they think he’s got a broken ankle or somethin’ like that.

Todd Grisham: That doesn’t sound good at all.

JTG: You’re damn right it doesn’t, an’ I’ll tell y’what, the Colons better hope it ain’t broken or they’re gonna be in big time trouble let me tell ya.

He turns back and walks quickly back towards his injured partner.


*Video Recap*
From Raw Last Week

Rey Mysterio hits the stage to a huge pop and he walks to each side of the stage to pose for his adoring fans. As he walks back to the centre, Zack Ryder walks towards and tries to get a word with him. His music stops, and so does Rey.


Zack Ryder:
Rey, as we all can see, you’re about t’ go one on one with The Miz, but last night you were one of the six men who were in the elimination chamber for the W-W-E Championship. . . It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone that you weren’t successful. Some people even went as far t’ say that it was a wasted place. . . Do you think you’ll be successful t’night though against The Miz, and do you plan on being in the battle royal later on too?

Rey Mysterio: What? Who the hell are you?. . . Y’know what? Never mind.

Mysterio carries on down the ramp leaving Ryder stunned and slightly pissed.

***

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz

Both men raced up with Zack Ryder watching on from the ramp, seemingly not happy after his interview with Rey and getting a closer look at the action. Miz ran right in to a drop toe hold from Mysterio, getting the crowd on their feet. The Mexican didn’t dial up this time but he didn’t see Ryder walking even closer to the ring and to the apron. Ryder grabbed Rey’s foot as he hit the ropes, confusing Mysterio who turned round and questioned Ryder as The Miz got back up to his feet.

Ryder & Rey were exchanging words with Mr. Hollywood sneaking up behind Mysterio, and he clubbed his opponent across the back before rolling him up. He threw both his feet on to the second rope too for more leverage, and it worked as the unwitting referee counted to three to give The Miz the win. He quickly slipped out of the ring and got his arm raised by Ryder as an angry Rey sat back up.


*Cut to the Arena*


“Booyaka 619”

Rey Mysterio hits the stage to a massive roar from the Texas crowd and walks to each side of the stage, delighting the fans even more. As he walks back to centre stage, Zack Ryder dares to approach him despite his role in Rey’s defeat to The Miz last week. Mysterio can’t believe it and looks at him in disgust as his music cuts.

Zack Ryder:
Rey. . .

Rey Mysterio (No microphone): Stay the hell out o’ my way y’got that?

Mysterio’s music plays again as he storms past the angry Raw host, slapping hands with fans as he walks down the ramp. He gets in the ring and poses on the second rope in front of the hot Austin fans. As he steps down off the ropes, he retreats to the corner and takes off his sleeveless shirt.

“I hear voices in my head. . .”

A cho... of boos breaks out as ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton makes his way out in to the arena with Ryder applauding his arrival. Orton pays him little to no attention and heads straight to the ring with his game face on, and so does Rey as he awaits The Viper’s arrival.



*Match #4*
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton

In front of a very interested Zack Ryder, this week sticking to his place at the top of the stage, the number one contender for the WWE Championship tried to make a statement going in to his title clash with Batista at Unforgiven. Largely he did just that, only Rey Mysterio didn’t make it as easy for him as you would expect. Despite pretty much dominating the opening part of the match, Orton found out he wasn’t going to have it all his own way when dodged a jumping knee drop by rolling to the side.

As both men made their way back up, The Legend Killer reversed an irish whip and looked to hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, only for the Mexican to counter with a head-scissors takedown to a big pop from the sell-out crowd. It was a back and forth encounter from there, and Mysterio looked on verge of what some would consider an upset after he pulled back from an RKO attempt. As he crawled back to the ropes, an intense Orton made his way back up and charged at him, only for Rey to catch him with a drop toe hold on to the middle rope to a huge cheer.

The Mexican dialled up and then connected with the 619. A groggy Orton stood back up in a spin as Mysterio steadied himself on the apron and then hit the springboard for the West Coast Pop, but The Viper countered with a power-bomb out of nowhere. Orton watched him squirm, remaining on his knees a while banging his fists in to the apron, and as Rey managed to get back up, Orton jumped up in to the air and planted him with the RKO.

Orton then covered him and earned himself another victory heading in to the all important battle with Batista at Unforgiven in less than four weeks. Orton got his arm raised and didn’t hang about long afterwards before heading back up the ramp and past an applauding Zack Ryder, who then walked down the ramp and climbed in the ring as Rey began to come round. Raw’s host walked right over to him and kneeled down with a microphone in hand.

Winner: Randy Orton by pinfall.

Zack Ryder: Rey, Rey, Rey, Rey. . . Including SummerSlam this is three defeats in just over a week, a pretty bad run even f’ you. How does it feel to lose again?

Mysterio stands up and hammers Ryder with a right hand, met by a big cheer from the fans. Ryder’s furious and holds his cheek before going at Rey, and Mysterio back pedals to the ropes, then drop toe holds Ryder on to the second rope. Rey’s livid and doesn’t even dial up before running across the ring, hitting the ropes and coming back to nail him with the 619.

It sends Raw’s host back across the mat, and as he struggles back up to his feet, Rey steadies himself on the apron, then springboards and connects with the West Coast Pop to a deafening roar. “Booyaka 619” plays and Mysterio stands up and looks down at Ryder, well and truly making a point.



*Video Promo*

A split screen shows both Batista & Sheamus through the back and heading to the ring for their upcoming match.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*



Coming Soon!


*Cut to the Arena*



*The Main Event*
(Non-Title Match)
Batista vs. Sheamus

The undefeated Irishman showed no signs of being intimidated at being in the ring with the WWE Champion and the Raw main event, and he made a big impression at the expense of a somewhat distracted Batista. The Animal didn’t seem to have his head in the game in the early going, and The Celtic Warrior took advantage of that, putting the WWE Champion under some serious pressure. After levelling him with the Celtic War Sword, a discus double axe handle, Sheamus jumped right on his fallen opponent and applied the Camel Clutch while also driving his knee in to the spine of The Animal.

Batista had the crowd encouraging him, and he dragged himself to the bottom rope and safety with the referee having no choice but to force Sheamus to release the hold. The Irishman wasn’t happy about it at all, and went right after Batista within seconds, pulling him up to his feet and whipping him in to the corner. He followed in, charging right at him at speed, and The Animal fought some more, lifting his boot up in to his opponent’s face, sending Sheamus staggering out of the corner. He was in a spin and Batista charged out of the corner, exploding with a spear.

The crowd thought that was enough, but it wasn’t as Sheamus kept his undefeated streak going for the time being at least by getting his shoulder up at the count of two. The WWE Champion stood up with a real determination about him as he dragged Sheamus up with him, fired him in to the rope and planted him with a spine-buster. The Irishman kicked out again, and he wasn’t done as he countered Batista’s attempt of the Batista Bomb in to a back body drop, much to the crowd’s disappointment. As they made their way back up, Sheamus took control again by connecting with the Irish Curse, a side-slam backbreaker.

He didn’t waste a second in making a cover, but he was left disappointed as Batista kicked out at two. From there it was a real battle, and with Sheamus on top, he looked to hit the deadly bicycle kick, but Batista ducked it and sent him back first in to the mat with another spine-buster. The crowd were going nuts as Batista then stood up and shook the ropes in a frenzy, getting ready for the Batista Bomb, but unbeknown to him, Randy Orton had slipped in the ring behind him.

As the WWE Champion then turned round with the fans trying to warn him, he fell victim to an RKO that resulted in him being awarded the match via disqualification. The Viper stood up to a barrage of heat and stared down intensely at Batista, who was totally out of it. The Celtic Warrior picked himself up and didn’t look pleased as he saw Orton standing there. The number one contender for the WWE Championship turned his head and stared at the angry Sheamus as “Voices” played to even more heat from the Texas crowd.

Winner: Batista by disqualification.


*Video Promo*

Eric Bischoff
is strolling through the corridor, seemingly ready to confront his attacker.


*Commercial Break*


“Back in Black”

Out walks the smirking Eric Bischoff, not looking too bothered that his assailant hasn’t come forward as he heads down the ramp with a security team of eight men. He then steps in to the ring and collects a microphone from Lilian Garcia as his music is cut. The fans are cheering as the Head of Authority smiles in to the stands, giving off the impression that he’s only too happy to make someone’s life very difficult from this moment forward.

Eric Bischoff:
Well here we are. It appears that a certain someone has failed to take any notice of what I said earlier about making their life a living hell if they declined the chance I gave them to come forward, and from this night forward, they’re going to wish they had.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: So with that said, I would like to invite. . . sorry scrap that, I am ordering William Regal to come out here right now.

*Heat*

“Born Naughty”

A shocked William Regal, now dressed in a suit having showered and changed after his match earlier walks slowly down the ramp and in to the ring with security watching his every move. The confused Englishman questions Bischoff straight away without the microphone.

Eric Bischoff:
There’s no need to get worked up okay, I know it wasn’t you. That’s not why I called you down here, but you and I both know that you are guilty of something else. . . See the night I was attacked, and to prove there’s nothing wrong with my memory, I fired you did I not? I fired you for conspiring with the McMahons so they could get rid of me and you could get my job. Yet when I turned on my T-V to watch Raw, they you were after I fired you.

*Heat*

Eric Bischoff: Now I talked this through with Tazz at the weekend and it appears there was some kind of confusion. It appears that Tazz thought I’d just fired you from your role as my executive assistant when in fact I tore up your whole Raw contract. That means you’re effectively here when you shouldn’t be, so to quote Vincent Kennedy McMahon. . . William Regal. . . YOU’RE FIRED!!. . . AGAIN!

*Big Pop*

Regal looks stunned and tries to plead his case.

Eric Bischoff:
I don’t wanna hear it, now leave.

The Englishman realises he has no choice and leaves the ring with his tail between his legs, then heads up the ramp.

“NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, HEY HEY HEY, GOODBYE”

Eric Bischoff:
Now I have that bit of business taken care of, I’d like to move on. . . So without a further ado I’d like it for Triple H to come down here too. . . right now.

Bischoff lowers the microphone and waits with his eyes locked on the stage.

“Behold the King, the King of Kings. . .”

*Major Heat*


Here comes ‘The King of Kings’ Triple H, and he doesn’t seem to be in the best of moods it has to be said as he takes his time walking down to the ring, giving the eye to the security officers assembled around the ring. He then steps inside and walks past Bischoff, giving him a dirty look too before collecting a microphone and heading back in to the centre of the ring. The two men stare at each other for several seconds with clear tension between them, and The Game’s music stops. He then takes a step back.

Triple H:
What’s the meaning of this Bischoff? If you know who attacked you like you say you do, what the hell am I doing here?

Eric Bischoff: I’m glad you asked that Hun’er I truly am. See you and I have unfinished business. Let me remind you of what happened that night. I clearly remember suspending you and having you removed from the arena, but from what I learnt later, you completely disregarded what I said and attacked both Batista and Ric Flair. Since then you’ve carried on doing whatever the hell you want. You even put your hands on Tazz, and let me tell you something Triple H, had you done that t’ me, you’d ‘ave been out of that door f’ good.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: You can count your lucky stars you’ve got a job here, irrelevant of which family you married into. You’re also lucky that I know you’re not the one who attacked me, but let me tell you Hun’er, if you think you’re gonna get away with half the things you did when Tazz was around, you’re very much mistaken. Although I have to admit it was maybe a bit lenient in my book, I did like Tazz’s decision to keep you out of the battle royal last week to determine a new number one contender. Maybe now you’ll see that you can’t go ‘round doing whatever the hell you want when you want. The only person who can do that ‘round here is me.

*Pop*

Triple H: Let me tell you something Eric; it doesn’t matter who I married, what family I may have; the fact is I’ve always done whatever I want whenever I want, and I always will. It doesn’t matter who tries to tell me any diff’rent because there’s no one who can stop me.

*Heat*

Triple H: You can suspend me, send me home, but I will always come back, because I can. You know better than anyone that I’ll do whatever it takes t’ get what I want. You knew that when I took D-X t’ W-C-W, and who won that battle Eric huh? You didn’t. You lost. You lost ev’rything you put in t’ that company, and now you’re just a bitter lost broken down individual trying to throw your weight around again to make us all think you’re still that same Eric Bischoff. . . Any respect you had Bischoff as an innovator or a despicable genius has gone. Even I respected that despicable genius, the man who did whatever the hell it took t’ make his company the best he could. You took risks, big risks in fact. Now that’s all in the past, but you can change that.

Bischoff looks very confused as to what The Game’s talking about.

Triple H:
No one’s going to stop me from getting my hands on the W-W-E Championship. Ev’ryone can see that I should be the one challenging Batista at Unf’given, but I’m not. You’ve got the chance to make the match ev’ryone here’s wanted t’ see since the day Evolution was formed, and now I’ve put Ric out of his misery, it’s time I get what I deserved in the first place.

*Boos*

Triple H: You used t’ pride yourself on giving the fans the biggest names, the biggest matches, and you can do that t’night if you add me t’ the Batista Randy Orton match at Unf’given and make it a triple threat match for the W-W-E Championship.

*Major Heat*

Raw’s Head of Authority gives it some thought with Triple H staring at him the entire time.

Eric Bischoff:
Y’know Hun’er, that’s an int’resting idea, a real int’resting idea, it really is. My problem is the decision was made t’ leave you out of the battle royal last week and Randy Orton won that fair and square. I can’t change that. He earned that match with Batista. I can’t just f’get all that, but I’ll tell you what I can do. I can make a match f’ next week, and if you win it, you’ll have earned your way in to it to make a triple threat match.

*Cheers & Boos*

Triple H: I earned my shot when I ended Ric Flair’s career at SummerSlam.

Eric Bischoff: If you don’t want a way in, that’s fine with me. I don’t have to give you this chance anyway, and if you’re intent on throwing it back in my fa. . .

Triple H: . . .Wait.

Eric Bischoff: Y’know, I thought you might just change your mind, and I have to admit the idea of Batista, Randy Orton and Triple H in a triple threat match at Unf’given sounds very good indeed. It’s something I think the fans would pay t’ see too, but t’ make that happen though Hun’er, next week you’re gonna have t’ win your match, and your opponent. . . will be none other than Randy Orton.

*Heat*

Triple H stands there intensely and then nods his head slowly.

Eric Bischoff:
Now we’ve got that out of the way, I’d appreciate it if you left me to get on with the business in hand.

The King of Kings is a lot calmer now and smirks at Bischoff before turning round and leaving the ring to head back up the ramp. Once he’s through the curtain, Bischoff gets back to business.

Eric Bischoff:
Okay, on to that business in hand. I’ve given the son of a bitch who attacked me all night t’ come forward and admit what he did, but as of right now his time’s run out.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: He’s had his chance and I assure you he’s gonna regret the fact he didn’t take it, because I promise you his life is going to be nothing short of a nightmare.

*Cheers*

Bischoff turns to the stage as he prepares to call out the man his assailant.

Eric Bischoff:
So here we are, the moment of truth. It’s time the man responsible faced up to his actions, and now he will. . . So at this time I’d like Ted DiBiase Junior to get his sorry ass down here right now.

*Heat*

Bischoff looks mean as hell as he stares up at the stage, waiting for the man who supposedly is the one who attacked him almost two months back.

“Priceless, baby I’m priceless. . .”

The Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Jr makes his way out to the stage in an expensive looking shirt and trousers with the Intercontinental title draped proudly over his shoulder. Maryse is as ever by his side, and the pair of them look very coy as they walk slowly down the ramp and in to the ring. As they get there, Bischoff throws him his microphone, surprising DiBiase Jr who just about catches and holds on to it as Bischoff turns round to collect another. DiBiase watches Bischoff walk back in to the centre of the ring, and the youngster can’t help but grin as they stare at each other.

Eric Bischoff:
Come on Ted, talk. It’s not like you usually have a problem keeping your mouth shut.

Ted DiBiase Jr: What do you want me to say Bischoff? You want me to get on my knees and beg f’ f’giveness, well that’s not going t’ happen, and do you want t’ know why that is? It’s because I didn’t do anything. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Cut the crap, we both know full well you did.

Ted DiBiase Jr: Apparently not. It seems t’ me you’ve got your wires crossed. . . Now I know you’ve been through a terrible ordeal an’ all but you’re looking in the wrong direction. The detectives might’ve made out I was one of their chief suspects, and just like you they had nothing on me. There’s no proof, you’re on a fishing trip. You might’ve said you weren’t bluffing earlier on but you obviously are. So if you don’t mind boss, I’m going t’ get the hell out of this hell hole of a state with my beautiful girlfriend here, go home and relax, but good luck trying t’ find out who actually attacked you.

DiBiase turns round with the microphone in hand and walks over to the ropes, followed by Maryse.

Eric Bischoff:
So by that I assume you don’t want me to share you’re an’ your dad’s master-plan to guarantee you won the Intercontinental title at SummerSlam?

DiBiase Jr & Maryse slowly turn round and stare in shock at the smirking Bischoff. The camera then cuts to a shot of the stunned Million Dollar Man at the announce table.

Jim Ross: What the hell’s he talkin’ ‘bout Ted?

Bischoff turns round to face the announce desk.

Eric Bischoff:
Why don’t you come join us too dad? I think it’s best we all got this out in the open at last don’t you think?

Looking very sorry for himself, DiBiase Sr stands up, leaves the desk and enters the ring, standing on the opposite side of the ring to his son, both glancing at each other nervously.

Eric Bischoff:
You two are very clever I have t’ say. You’ve well an’ truly pulled the wool over ev’ryone’s eyes haven’t you? And the plan worked too it didn’t it? You’re standing here as the Intercontinental Champion. You must be very proud of yourself, and you’ve made daddy proud too so congratulations.

*Heat*

Eric Bischoff: Do you still think I’m on a fishing trip? Have I got this wrong? No I haven’t have I? I’ll never f’get hearing you brag to that bimbo there about this genius plan you an’ your dad came up with to not just screw Kofi Kingston out of the Intercontinental Championship but t’ take out Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler as well, just so daddy dearest was right on hand when the time was right. . . Hey it worked perfectly, except not for the first time and surely not the last your big mouth got you in trouble. You really should’ve thought about where you were, and I have to ask; did you really think you were going t’ get away with it? How far were your prepared t’ go huh? You’d have been happy if I’d never woke up, and f’ what? A title! One title means that much t’ you? Clearly it does. You had no problem beating the crap out of me when you realised I’d heard all this did y’Ted?

Bischoff stares right at the now uncomfortable looking Intercontinental Champion.

Eric Bischoff:
Y’see folks, I had some time t’ think about it before I decided t’ confront Ted here, only when I told him what I’d heard, he didn’t think when you’re gonna wish you had, t...t me. . . And that brings me to you.

Bischoff turns round to face The Million Dollar Man.

Eric Bischoff:
Y’know I can’t believe I fell f’ it. I can’t believe I didn’t suspect a thing when you so generously offered t’ take The King’s place after your boy attacked him. I mean you just happened t’ be there offering me your services. Well guess what? You’re not gonna be there any longer. You’ve called your last match here Ted, and like I told Regal a few moments ago, YOU’RE FIRED!

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Gentleman if you don’t mind, I’d like you to escort this man out of the arena. Not all of you. I don’t want boy wonder here taking another shot at me.

Four of the security team get in the ring and grab hold of DiBiase Sr, who glares right at Bischoff.

Ted DiBiase Jr:
GET THE HELL OFF ‘IM. DO YOU KNOW WHO HE IS?

Eric Bischoff: Oh they know who he is alright. I think you should worry about yourself right now and not him.

Ted Jr watches on as his dad is escorted up the ramp.

Eric Bischoff:
In fact guys, maybe the rest of you can step inside and join us just to make sure he doesn’t try anything again.

The rest of the security team join Bischoff, DiBiase Jr & Maryse.

Eric Bischoff:
Well then, are you starting to have any regrets about what you did now huh?. . . If I were you I would, but of course you didn’t think things through did you? You might’ve thought taking me out of the equation was the ideal solution but how wrong you were.

*Cheers*

Ted DiBiase Jr: I don’t regret what I did one single bit.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase Jr: You don’t scare me Bischoff. I don’t care what you have planned for me. I’m. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Oh I think you will. You might think you’re untouchable just because you were brought up with ev’rything a kid could ever want an’ more, but let me remind you that isn’t home, this is Raw, my Raw where I make the rules.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Are you getting that? Your fate is in my hands each an’ ev’ry day, and as I said earlier on I have the power t’ make any one of my superstars a living hell. That includes you, and from now on that’s what life is going t’ be like f’ you.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: So guess what? I’ve had fun coming up with so many diff’rent ideas of what hell I could subject you to, and I finally thought of something I thought was fitting. . . See I was trapped in your locker room not so long ago, completely defenceless against someone bigger than me, and that’s how you’re going t’ feel next week live right here on Raw.

*Pop*

DiBiase’s looking worried now, as is Maryse as they wait for Bischoff’s announcement.

Eric Bischoff:
Now I know you’re supposed t’ be defending your title against Kofi at Unf’given, and you still might. Whoever leaves Raw next week as the Intercontinental Champion will meet Kofi at Unf’given, and just so you know what I’m saying, you will be defending your title for the first time next Monday, and it’s not going to be any ordinary match. Oh no, it’s going to be a steel cage match. . . against The Big Show.

*Huge Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Oh and Ted, that’s just the start.

DiBiase Jr flips, much to the amusement of Bischoff. Raw’s Head of Authority is sn-iggering as “Back in Black” plays again as the show comes to a close with DiBiase spitting feathers.


*Credits*


>Quick Results<

Kofi Kingston df. William Regal
Matt Hardy
df. Brian Kendrick
Cryme Time
df. The Colon Brothers
Randy Orton
df. Rey Mysterio
Batista
df. Sheamus


>Confirmed for Next Week<

Randy Orton vs. Triple H
If Triple H wins, he will face Orton & Batista at Unforgiven for the WWE Championship

Intercontinental Championship
(Steel Cage Match)
The Big Show vs. Ted DiBiase Jr ©


>Confirmed for Unforgiven<



WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton

Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. The Big Show or Ted DiBiase ©

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus

Plus

John Morrison vs. The Miz

Matt Hardy vs. Cody Rhodes



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>2 More Matches Set For Unforgiven!<


These two tough Irishmen have been beating the hell out of each for the last month, and they’ll be doing so again in less than four weeks time in a Celtic Brawl.

Sheamus has made an emphatic impression on the Raw locker room since his debut and last night was no different. He definitely wasn’t in the best of moods after being on the receiving end of Finlay’s shillelagh the week before during the battle royal to determine the new number one contender, in which he was looking like a legit threat. The Celtic Warrior didn’t waste much time in venting his anger, taking Paul London & Santino Marella by surprise just as they were set to go at it.

He battered the both of them before calling out the man he really wanted to get his hands on. Finlay obliged within seconds and subsequently challenged Sheamus to a match at Unforgiven, but no ordinary match though. The Belfast native challenged him to a Celtic Brawl that will see them really tear in to each other, making everything they’ve done to each other look like nothing. There’ll be no holding back when they clash with no rules to hold them back.




Two weeks ago, Matt Hardy faced Cody Rhodes on Raw and lost in controversial fashion, but at Unforgiven he’ll be out to settle the score.

After being jumped by Rhodes last night just moments following his victory over Brian Kendrick, Matt got the answer to the challenge he made earlier on. Cody took great satisfaction in kneeling down to tell his groggy rival that he’ll be taking him up on his offer of the match at Raw’s exclusive pay-per-view in just under four weeks. It seems to be that Cody has a habit of catching Matt off guard. Will he be able to do it again at Unforgiven?



>Bischoff’s Back & Making His Mark!<


Eric Bischoff returned to Raw last night, and we quickly discovered that he knew all along who was responsible for the vicious attack on him over six weeks ago.

That man was Ted DiBiase Jr, the Intercontinental Champion. He was also quick to find out that Bischoff isn’t the most forgiving of bosses either. Raw’s Head of Authority confirmed Kofi Kingston’s suspicions that DiBiase Jr & his father were in cahoots at SummerSlam, costing him the title that DiBiase now holds because of what we now know wasn’t a mistake by The Million Dollar Man. On the night of the attack on Bischoff, he overheard DiBiase Jr bragging to Maryse about the plan to ensure he would become the Intercontinental Champion. When he was confronted by Bischoff, he panicked and attacked him, leaving him unconscious and in desperate need of medical attention.

Kofi also confronted the DiBiases last week with his suspicions, and Tazz granted him his rematch at Unforgiven. However, the understandably angry Bischoff threw a spanner in the works last night, starting off in his mission to make the champion’s life a living hell, not that DiBiase Jr could be champion for much longer. He will have to defend his title for the first time next week live on Raw inside a steel cage against The Big Show with the winner going on to face Kingston for the gold at Unforgiven. This may well be just the beginning of a very difficult time for DiBiase Jr.




With DiBiase finally been revealed as the assailant, another man was cleared. That man being Triple H.

The King of Kings made it clear to Bischoff that he wants the WWE Championship and a shot at Batista, that being despite Randy Orton’s success in last week’s battle royal that saw him earn the title match Triple H so desperately wants. However, he may still get it. Raw’s returning Head of Authority was very interested in The Game’s proposal of a triple threat match between the three former Evolution members. He wasn’t about to bow down and give Triple H what he wanted on the back of Orton earning the right to face Batista a week earlier, but he has given him the chance to fight his way in to Unforgiven and a three way battle with Batista & Orton.

If he is to join them in the WWE Championship clash next month, he will have to defeat The Legend Killer on Raw next week. Having ended ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair’s career at SummerSlam, The King of Kings is well on his way to getting everything he’s wanted since turning his back on Flair & Batista. Can he take down The Viper next Monday night in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earn himself the chance to get his hands on the title he craves? What does Orton think of all this, and what about the champion himself?

It promises to be one eventful evening indeed next week, that’s for sure!



>Tag Champ Injured!<

Eric Bischoff certainly made his presence felt on his return last night, and one of his decisions was to book a tag team title match between long term rivals Cryme Time & the Colon Brothers.

JTG & Shad Gaspard have had their hands full with the Puerto Rican siblings for a long time now, and with everything at stake it was the defending champions that prevailed. However minutes later the champions weren’t celebrating like they should have been as Shad was attacked by a very angry Carlito armed with a steel chair. He battered Gaspard’s leg with the chair, who was then attended to by EMTs.

We’ve been told that he refused to be put on a stretcher and was helped through the back and in to an ambulance that took him to a local medical facility in Austin, Texas. We understand that he has broken his ankle and will be out of action for several months, raising serious doubt as to what that means for his partner, JTG & the World Tag Team Championship. We may have to wait until Raw next Monday to see what action Bischoff will take.



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I usually like a quick recap to start the show, but I thought you had too much going on here. Just too many different angles all jumbled up into one, particularly with different shows intertwining. I would have just preferred to have seen the announcement of Bischoff’s return and the state he was in last we saw him, since that’s obviously the big selling point for this show.

Bischoff opening the show is the obvious choice to go with, and I liked that you had him wanting to get right down to business straight away, announcing to the world that he’s back. While I don’t mind the big matches for tonight’s show being made, it seems a little weird for Bischoff to go on a tangent about making those matches when the focus has been on what happened to him and who was responsible. It just seems like a bit of an unnecessary distraction from the issue at hand, and while I get that you want him to show his authority, I’m not too sure it worked here. Mentioning John Cena’s injury in such a passing manner, almost like it’s insignificant and doesn’t matter isn’t something I liked at all either. He’s one of your biggest stars, and for the first mention of his injury on-screen to kind of just be a “yeah, Orton injured him last week” type thing doesn’t seem right. The random draft happening within the week is a bit sudden too. I don’t mind it being a bit of a way to freshen up the rosters, but it all seems very sudden. I don’t mind the NXT type thing though, with the rookies from FCW being brought up and mentored by some of the superstars on your shows. It should actually prove a good way to introduce new talent if done right. Back to the main issue of this promo, which has kind of gotten lost here, Bischoff wanting to take action himself is good to see, and I’m glad this storyline is leading somewhere with the assailant being revealed tonight. The offer of them coming out and admitting it or facing the consequences gives you something to look forward to on the show, and will no doubt make for an exciting ending. A pretty good start to the show, although I thought the announcements kind of got in the way of the main point of the promo.

Sheamus coming out and making a big statement is fine, although I’m not sure the placement of it happening in the first match of the card is right, denying the crowd action early. You might be able to get away with it if it’s someone the crowd would be really excited to see, but Sheamus is still only new on the scene in this thread. Regardless, I thought his little promo was spot on, giving him a real reason to call Finlay out with last week’s Battle Royal, and also giving off that intense vibe that you need for Sheamus. Finlay not backing down was good to see, talking up his fighting personality, and while I liked the challenge, Finlay telling someone to pick on someone his own size when Finlay is actually about Marella’s size was a bit odd. The challenge was still done well though, as was the little brawl that followed, giving the fans something to cheer for with Finlay coming out on top. Nicely booked segment, even if I was unsure of the placement.

Good to see you continuing along with Bischoff making use of his power. Batista vs. Sheamus is a pretty good match to look forward to, and the explanation given for it by Bischoff was good. Good to see him taking charge.

I’m liking these little annoying interview segments from Ryder. It’s a nice way to introduce him.

A nice win in a competitive match to make good use of Regal and also allow Kofi to look strong as he nears in on his title match. This does its job of allowing Kofi to look good just fine.

I’m not sure the post-match promo from DiBiase was necessary. I guess you wanted interaction between Kofi and DiBiase, but this really didn’t add anything new or build upon anything.

Interesting to see you following up on both Orton and Batista paying their respects to Flair last week. I thought Orton ranted a little too much in this promo, especially in the second portion, and him talking about Batista going crying to Ric and that Ric was gone, almost disrespectfully just after paying respect to him was very odd though, so I’m not too sure what to think about this promo.

Again, good little segment from Ryder to show off some heelishness, although I wouldn’t mind a few Ryder mannerisms coming into things. Hardy picking up the win, like Kofi before, is a nice way to allow him to look good against an okay opponent.

Rhodes attacking Hardy from behind to accept his challenge is a nice way to show some real aggression from Rhodes, keeping their feud going on in a personal way. Nice to see you connecting Helms and Hardy as on-screen buddies too, even if just for this segment.

McMahon coming out and acknowledging the Bischoff thing to start his promo was a nice way to start it off, keeping the main storyline of this show in the everyone’s mind. The way McMahon addressed Big Show was okay, but it felt like the promo lacked any real depth. It was just kind of there, and while I like the whole thing about the McMahons only being successes and that they can only rely on each other now, it just felt like there wasn’t a whole lot to the start of this promo. You could have talked about how Big Show had come to be with The Corporation and how he was always the weak link, but just using the past few weeks left it feeling like there wasn’t much behind the storyline. Big Show coming out and admitting his mistake, only to say he enjoyed it was good, and I really liked the way you had him threatening all of the McMahons, really allowing the crowd to get behind him in his newly position face role. Big Show saying he was the one to walk out on the McMahons was again a nice little face thing, as was calling JBL annoying, and I love how you used that to set JBL off with something you could really see JBL saying. JBL’s rant about the McMahon family was also great, and again, Show standing up to him was done well. Much like earlier with Finlay and Sheamus, the brawl was also done well here to close the promo. While the start of this promo was just kind of there, it really picked up when Big Show came out. You just need that consistency in your writing throughout.

Decent little promo from Morrison to keep the attention on his feud with The Miz, continuing to talk about how big of a star Miz thinks he is to keep the storyline going. Miz interrupting and calling Morrison’s personal life boring, than putting his victory over Mysterio over as big as the Bischoff storyline was a great way to show Miz’s arrogance. The Capotelli thing was fine too, even if it seemed to be a little random, but I guess it’ll come into play in the next few weeks.

Okay match here to seemingly end the feud between The Colons and Cryme Tyme, at least for now, although obviously the focus is on the post-match attack. While I’m not sure about having one of your tag champs taken out, what was most disappointing about this was the lack of emotion in the writing. I’ve said it before, but it just seems like there’s no urgency in the situation, and when someone has been jumped from behind with a steel chair and is being battered, there should be, because as readers we should be feeling sympathy. Your writing is just a little too matter of fact for that sympathy from the reader. Nice to see you following up on it after the break though.

Loved the interaction between Ryder and Mysterio to follow up on last week. Honestly, this match feels like a main event level match, and it feels a little weird seeing it in the midcard, but regardless of that I thought it did a good job allowing Orton to keep his momentum rolling. Ryder getting in Rey’s face, only for Rey to get the last laugh over him is okay, but I would have liked to have seen Ryder mock him for a few more weeks before Rey retaliated, starting to get physical himself which triggers Rey to do so as well.

Unforgiven card is looking pretty good right now.

Honestly, having Sheamus get a good go at Batista due to Batista being a little distracted is a great way to really let Sheamus look good, and I thought you went about it well. The DQ finish protects both Batista and Sheamus too, plus it gets the heat in Orton/Batista going. Smart booking.

It’s no surprise that this is closing the show, as it’s what the whole show built to. Bischoff showing his intensity early be ordering Regal out to the ring is a good sign, really showing what Bischoff is all about in this promo. Bischoff really showing off the kind of mood he’s in by firing Regal completely is an interesting development. Honestly, I’m kind of disappointed due to Regal’s awesomeness, but I think it works really well in the context of this situation. Again, Bischoff telling Triple H to get to the ring “right now” is another good little showing of his intensity. Addressing the night of the attack on Triple H’s part, just like he had Regal, was good from Bischoff, while again, saying he would have been harsher on Trips than Tazz had it been him and that he’d be out the door if he attacked Bischoff was a good way to show Bischoff throwing his weight around. I thought Bischoff saying he could do whatever he wants whenever he wants was maybe a little much, bordering on the point of heelish arrogance, but I like the idea. Trips talking up how badass he is and giving the DX/WCW example was pretty nice, although asking for himself to be inserted into the title match at Unforgiven was a little odd, even if the way he went about it was done well with the no one can stop him anyway type stuff. Bischoff giving him the match with Orton next week to get into the match due to Triple H not being in the battle royal last week doesn’t seem right at all though after Bischoff earlier said he liked Tazz’s decision to keep Triple H out of the match. While I like the Evolution three way, I’m not sure I like this, nor do I like the heel vs. heel match next week, because either way it’s likely to diminish someone’s heat. DiBiase being revealed as the attacker, honestly, is a little disappointing just because I would have liked a surprise, and it seemed to be practically revealed during the investigation. The connection of the Intercontinental Title thing with the attack on Bischoff seemed a little odd too, and I’m not sure I like DiBiasr Sr. being fired, because that seems like a built of a throwaway to that part of the storyline. On top of that, you’d like to see Kofi get some revenge on DiBiase Sr., but he’s obviously nowhere to be seen at the moment. The talk about how DiBiase won’t have RAW his own way like he’s had his life was good though, and the explanation of the title match in the cage next week was good. Not so sure, overall about DiBiase being revealed after being the obvious choice all along, as it felt like one of those big storylines like you’d have a swerve, but I’m interested in seeing where you go from here.


Overall, another solid edition of RAW here, Nige. Like normal, the booking was pretty good throughout, with only a few little gripes, although like I’ve said, the ending was a little deflating for mine. The writing was pretty good though, even if I think there’s a few improvements that can be made. At the same time, everything has progressed pretty well, and the direction is looking good. Looking forward to seeing where everything goes next.
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