Monday Night Raw
Monday 1st September 2008
Live from the Van Andel Arena
Grand Rapids, Michigan
From Last Week
“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.
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
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
* * *
“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.
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. . . So at this time I’d like Ted DiBiase Junior to get his sorry ass down here right now
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.
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.
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?. . . I can’t believe I didn’t suspect a thing. . . 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!
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. . . 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.
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.
“Wanna Be Loved”
*Cut to the Arena*
Good evening ev’ryone where we come t’ you live
t’night from the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan f’ an extended edition of Monday Night Raw. Our returning Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff has secured us an extra twen’y minutes
t’night, an’ with the action we’ve got lined up for you, we might just need it. Joining me once again I’m glad t’ say is Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, an’ King I can’t tell you happy I am that you’re back sitting alongside me.
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler:
I’m happy t’ be back J-R. It’s not the same sat watching it at home I can tell ya, but I sure know there’s so much going on right now, even t’night.
There sure is King. We have two
huge matches here t’night including a steel cage match f’ the Intercontinental Championship between The Big Show an’ the man who didn’t just attack you King but Eric Bischoff too, Ted DiBiase Junior.
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler:
Don’t even get me started on him. I’m just looking forward t’ seeing The Big Show rough ‘im up in that cage. Then how about this J-R? We’ve got Triple H an’ Randy Orton.
I’m sure the fans here just like you at home aren’t exactly the biggest fans of either o’ those two guys, but there’s a whole lot at stake. Randy Orton’s already got a shot at Batista’s W-W-E Championship at Unf’given, an’ if he loses t’ Triple H here t’night, then The King of Kings will join them t’ make it a triple threat match
. I f’ one can’t wait t’ see that unfold King. However it doesn’t end there folks. You heard Eric Bischoff say last week that there’d be changes afoot with the random draft as well as the rookies who’ll be paired up with mentors, an’ you’ll get t’ see some of them right here this evening in Grand Rapids.
“My Time is Now”
hits the stage to a massive pop with some boos mixed in. Dressed casually as normal, he gives the fans what they want before heading down the ramp and getting in the ring where he continues to pose for the hot Michigan crowd. He now walks over to the apron and asks for a microphone, getting one from Lilian Garcia. He heads back to stand centre in the stage in the middle of the ring as his music cuts, revealing more cheers & boos too. He coolly nods through it looking very calm.
T’night, I’m not here t’ fight. That’s not just ‘cause of the injury I got two weeks ago in the battle royal. T’night I’m simply here t’ set the record straight. . . You all probably know by now anyway, but last Friday night Tazz let the whole world know he’s offered yours truly the chance t’ jump ship an’ go back t’ the place where it all began f’ John Cena, on Smackdown
F’ three years I had a blast on Smackdown. I won my first W-W-E title as a Smackdown superstar. I headlined and opened
WrestleMania as a Smackdown superstar, an’ I have a ton of great memories from my time as a Smackdown superstar. I’ll always look back at my time there as a great time in my life. See I was just an ordinary kid when I first went there, an’ I left as the W-W-E Champion. That’s why I find myself at a cross roads. Do I stay on Raw or go back t’ where it all began an’ had all those great memories?
F’ me it’s not an easy decision, an’ I’m not gonna lie, it’s a good offer, a real good offer in fact, but that’s not what it’s all about. I owe it t’ myself an’ t’ you the fans, the fans that’ve supported me from day one. The fans that’ve stuck by through the good times an’ the bad, an’ even t’ the fans that’ve had no problem tellin’ me they think John Cena sucks f’ the last three years.
Whether you’ve booed me or you’ve cheered me, whether you want me t’ stay on Raw, go t’ Smackdown or want me out of your lives f’ good, I’ve got the biggest decision of my entire t’ make right here right now an’ you’re all entitled t’ know the deal ‘cause at the end of the day, this business is about one thing an’ one thing only, an’ that’s you the fans.
All weekend I’ve had calls, emails an’ texts from fans, friends, family an’ even guys I’ve been t’ war with in this very ring askin’ me whether John Cena’s stayin’ on Raw or goin’ back t’ Friday nights. It’s gonna be the hardest decision I’ve ever had t’ make, ‘cause as much as I enjoyed my time on Smackdown, bein’ here on Raw has been a blast, FROM THE VERY MOMENT I STEPPED THROUGH THAT CURTAIN AS A RAW SUPERSTAR!
I’VE HAD THE TIME O’ MY LIFE AN’ NOTHIN’ WOULD MAKE ME HAPPIER THAN T’ STAY HERE F’ THE REST O’ MY CAREER.
Cena takes a few seconds to get his breath back and compose himself.
Y’can see my problem right? I could easily stay on Raw an’ be happy, but at the same time I could go back t’ Smackdown an’ start a whole new chapter in my career. Now I’ve got myself an injured shoulder, I can take some time out an’ figure out what’s best f’ me an’. . .
“Back in Black”
Here comes Raw’s Head of Authority
, Eric Bischoff
to a largely positive reception. Cena appears surprised to see him, and Bischoff is very relaxed as he walks down to the ring and picks a microphone casually left on the apron for him. He steps in to the ring, walks over to Cena and nods his head to greet him. Cena then extends his hand out to him and Bischoff shakes it.
Well I’ve gotta say John I didn’t expect t’ come back t’ this, an’ since you’re settin’ the record straight, I guess I should probably do the same. . . This might surprise a few people but I don’t have any problem whatsoever with Tazz offering you a contract as some people may believe. Don’t get me wrong John I want you t’ stay on Raw f’ years t’ come, but you just have t’ look at what I did in W-C-W. I had no problem doing whatever I had to t’ bring the biggest names t’ my company
. That’s business, an’ if an opportunity presents itself in the near future t’ do the same I guarantee I’ll do ev’rything in my power t’ make sure it goes my way.
Now I’m not gonna try an’ make this decision for you or push you in one direction, I’m just gonna tell it like it is. You know as well as anyone that Raw is and always will bet he A show
with or without John Cena, an’ if you wanna be one of the biggest stars or the best this company has to offer, there’s only place you can do that. That’s not on Smackdown, it’s right here on Raw
Nothing Tazz has or can offer you will change that, even though I know that’s not what John Cena’s about. I might be biased John but deep down you know that if you wanna be the very best in this business, Raw is the only place t’ be
However if you decide you’re happy being second best on the B show, then that’s your choice. I’ll accept it an’ move on. You’ll more than likely be the top draw on Smackdown like you may well have been on Raw ever since you came here but I’m not gonna beg you t’ stay, because at the end of the day John we both know that John Cena needs Raw more than Raw needs John Cena.
Cena nods his head, taking in all Bischoff has to say with a smile on his face.
Eric, you’ve made some good points I’ll give you that, but like we’ve both said, this is my decision, an’ when I’ve made it you’ll be the one of the first t’ know, I promise y’that.
Well thank you John, I appreciate it.
Cena shakes hands with Bischoff again and Cena hands his microphone back before heading back up the ramp. Bischoff watches him step through the curtain and then turns back round to face the crowd. . . oh and the camera.
Now there’s other another urgent situation that needs my attention, maybe more so as last week one half of the World Tag Team Champions was jumped and injured in a similar fashion not too diff’rent t’ mine. The only diff’rence being that Shad has broken his ankle and will be unable to compete for at least three months, meaning that I’ve been left with no choice but t’ strip Cryme Time of the tag team titles effective immediately
Unpopular it may be but it’s the only option. I can’t have champions that can’t defend their titles for three months, it’s simple as that. However
that now creates an opportunity f’ a number of people including the rookies that will debut on Raw in the next few weeks starting t’night. Some of those rookies along with their mentors and a new team said t’ be one of the best, if not the best in the world right now I’ve signed personally
who will debut right here next week will be amongst eight teams taking part in an elimination tournament
t’ crown new WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS
That tournament st. . .
“BROOKLYN BROOKLYN. . . Bringin’, I’m bringin’ de hood t’ you. . .”
An angry JTG
walks out in to the arena, followed by his rookie, Homicide
. Bischoff turns his head and watches them enter the ring with JTG storming past Bischoff to get a microphone before turning back to stand alongside Homicide.
Let me get this straight dog. You’re gonna steal the titles off us ‘cause o’ what those punks did? It ain’t ‘Shad’s fault he got ‘is leg snapped is it?
You’re right it’s not, an’ you’re bound t’ be angry, I totally understand, but put yourself in my position for a second. If I don’t strip you of the titles, we’ll effectively have no tag team champions for at least three months, maybe more. What am I supposed t’ do? Those titles are meant t’ be defended. That’s just the way it is. What’d be the point of having the titles if they’re not gonna be defended? You can understand that surely?
A’ight I get where y’comin’ from but I got another idea f’ y’boss. How’s ‘bout my rookie Homicide here takes over Shad ‘til he gets back, not that y’can call really my boy Homicide a rookie wit’ what he’s done all ‘round the world? How’s that sound bro’?
I’d love nothing more than t’ do that but it wouldn’t be right on ev’ryone else, just handing the title over like that. What I was about t’ say before you came out anyway was that the tournament is going t’ start right here t’night.
Not only is it going t’ start t’night, it’s going t’ start with you and your rookie there taking on the Colon brothers in a first round match. Now how does that sound?
A’ight, I guess I can dig that. Y’got a deal boss but let me tell y’somethin’. When I get my hands on ‘em, y’might just have another big time injury on your hands.
You do what you’ve gotta do alright. Oh an’ before I forget, I’ve already told your opponents before we came on air, and that match, it’s next
. Good luck!
Bischoff drops the microphone on the apron as he leaves the ring with JTG & Homicide psyching themselves up for their match with the Colon Brothers coming up after the break.
From Last Week
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.
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 rush 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.
*Cut to the Arena*
“I spit in the face of people who don’t want t’ be cool. . .”
With JTG & Homicide watching on intently from the ring, the chuckling Puerto Rican siblings, Carlito & Eddie Colon walk out to the stage where they’re stopped by Raw’s host, Zack Ryder, bringing a halt to their music.
Evening guys. What you’ve gotta share about your match t’night an’ what went down last week with Shad getting his ankle broken?
Carlito steps in front of Eddie.
I got dis bro’. . . Zack, what I did last week t’ Shad, he had it comin’. He deserved it plain an’ simple. When he attacked me, no one said a thing. In fact my bro’ here got told t’ deal with it an’ go ahead with de title match without me. How’s that fair huh? An’ he’s runnin’ his mouth ‘bout bein’ stripped of de titles, well dat’s what I like t’ call justice. What goes ‘round comes ‘round an’ I‘m not gonna ‘pologise f’ dat, just like I’m not gonna ‘pologise f’ beatin’ ‘im an’ his rookie, an’ what kind o’ name’s Homicide anyway? Seriously, what is dat? Dat’s not cool. . . Anyway, all dat matters Zack is dat t’night we’re gonna beat dose two punks in de ring like I beat Shad’s ankle last week an’ become de new tag team champions. An’ dat Zack, dat’s cool.
That does sound cool my man, no doubt. Good luck guys, not that y’need it.
Their music plays again as they walk down the ring with Ryder smiling, but JTG & Homicide certainly aren’t, and JTG walks towards the apron and urges them to get in.
*The Opening Match*
World Tag Team Championship Tournament
(First Round Match)
JTG & Homicide vs. The Colon Brothers
JTG & Homicide were impressive from the bell, showing a great deal of intensity and taking the Puerto Ricans by surprise. They took charge of the match in the opening minutes, but it was JTG’s intensity and aggressive streak that allowed Carlito to get him & his brother back in it when JTG went after Eddie. He knocked the younger Colon brother off the apron, but as he glared down at him, Carlito snuck up behind him and pulled him away from the ropes to take him down with the Overdrive.
It wasn’t enough to get the job done though as JTG kicked out at two, and then took quite a beating from both brothers for the next few minutes. He managed to fight his way back in to the contest though after reversing an irish whip from Eddie and connecting with a diving leg lariat. As he made his way back up with Eddie doing the same, he levelled him with a sit down jawbreaker before heading up to the top rope.
The crowd were getting behind him as he watched intently as Eddie struggled back up not seeming to know where he was, and as he turned round, JTG leapt off the ropes and connected with a diving cross body to a big pop. Eddie just about managed to kick out at two, and as both men picked themselves back up, JTG was looking far more comfortable than his opponent and back tracked to his corner to tag in Homicide.
The Raw debutant stormed the ring and sent Eddie back down with a series of clotheslines before whipping him in to the corner. As the groggy Eddie was leaning against the pads in a bad way, Homicide charged at him with pace and drilled him with the Facewash. Eddie fell to the mat face first and was then pulled up to his feet and away from the ropes with the focused as hell Homicide planted him with a double under-hook power-bomb.
It looked as if it could be all over as Homicide made the cover, but Carlito raced in to the ring and broke up the cover with a stomp to the back of the head, much to the fury of JTG & the referee. JTG charged in and took both himself & Carlito over the top rope with a clothesline and down to the floor below. That left the squirming pair of Eddie & Homicide to make their way back up, and Eddie stole the march by shifting behind the debuting star.
He tried to hit the Backstabber, but Homicide stepped forward and Eddie fell down to the mat to a big pop. Homicide turned round and stepped back, then nailed him with a shining wizard to a big pop. He then hit the top rope with Eddie motionless below him and jumped off to connect with the Frog Splash and pick up the victory for him & his mentor as JTG crawled back in the ring. He was understandably thrilled and had a big smile on his face as he gave his rookie a big guy hug before celebrating and posing for the crowd in front of a furious Carlito but cheering crowd.
Winners: JTG & Homicide by pinfall.
From Last Week
“Back in Black”
‘The King of Kings’ Triple H 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 to join Eric Bischoff , giving the eye to the security officers assembled around the ring.
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?
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
. . . 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.
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.
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.
Y’know Hun’er, that’s an int’resting idea, a real int’resting idea, it really is. 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 first though about a long time ago. T’ make that happen though Hun’er, next week you’re gonna have t’ win your match, and your opponent. . . will be Randy Orton
Randy Orton is shown entering the arena, not looking all that happy at all as he drags his travel bag along the floor.
Two of Raw’s newcomers, Gail Kim (drafted from Smackdown) and her rookie, Shantelle Taylor (Taylor Wilde) are in the backstage area, both looking very happy to be on Monday nights.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here on Raw, it’s a dream come true, and for you to be my mentor, it just makes it even better. I remember watching you win the women’s title on your first night on Raw. That was amazing, and I’m from Toronto too. I’ve always been a big fan of yours and now I’m here with you as my mentor. It’s crazy.
Gail seems a little distracted as she looks over Taylor’s shoulder.
Speaking of crazy.
Mia Rain, another draftee from Smackdown walks in to the shot, not pleasing Gail at all, and definitely unsettling the now nervous Taylor.
Well look who we have here. You must’ve been devastated when you found out I was drafted here too since you were just one of the many divas I dominated on Smackdown.
Gail sn-iggers and Rain hears it but chooses to ignore it, then turns to Taylor.
And you, if you’re unfortunate enough t’ get in my way too sweet heart, I’ll look forward t’ dominating you too.
I might be wrong but that sounds like a challenge t’ me.
It can be anything you want it t’ be, but if you’re challenging me, you’re making a big mistake and you know it.
That’s funny because I don’t. It might be me Mia but I don’t remember you ever dominating me, but if you want t’ try t’night, you can give it a try.
Maybe that’s because I knocked you unconscious, just like I will t’night.
Rain turns back and looks at Shantelle.
If you’re watching, maybe you should take a look at me. You might learn something. See you out there ladies.
A confident Rain walks off, leaving Taylor slightly concerned, not that Gail is.
Don’t worry about her. One thing you’ll learn quickly is to stand up to a bully, otherwise they’ll walk all over you.
Okay. You don’t mind me watching you t’night do you?
Of course not. I’ll reserve you a special spot in my corner if you like. There’s no need t’ bring a pen an’ paper though or anything like that.
You’re so funny. Thanks Gail.
Don’t mention it. . . Well I guess I better go get ready then.
Gail turns round and walks up the hall with Taylor smiling.
From Last Week
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. It was a back and forth encounter, 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.
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.
*Cut to the Arena*
Rey Mysterio w/Mystico vs. Orlando Jordan
Jordan was making his Raw debut after being drafted from Smackdown, and he gave Rey a real tough battle, much to the surprise of the Grand Rapids crowd. That was even after Mysterio started the match on fire, but that all changed when OJ held on to Rey as the Mexican went for a springboard cross body and then tossed him back with a fallaway slam. Jordan looked like he had a point to prove, and with Rey’s rookie, Mystico watching on, OJ took Rey to the limit, and that brought great pleasure to Zack Ryder who was also paying close attention as he watched on from the top of the stage.
Mysterio battled through Black Ice, a double knee breaker as well as a running swinging neck-breaker, a move Jordan calls Orlando Magic. He was clearly getting frustrated through his failure to put Mysterio away, and after a spirited fightback from Mysterio, Jordan again stole the momentum away from him, this time catching Rey as he came off the top for an Asai moonsault. Jordan quickly dropped Rey’s head on to the top turnbuckle and then rolled him up right away, only for Mysterio to kick out at two.
Jordan was clearly frustrated but got right back to work, dragging Rey up and scooping him up on to his shoulder, then charged across the ring and planted him with a running power-slam. Again the resilient Mexican kicked out, leaving Jordan angry once again, and as he urged the struggling Rey to get back up, he looked on the verge of exploding. He held tight and pounced when Rey got back to his feet, but Rey ducked under his arm and ended up against the pads. As both men turned round, Mysterio caught him with a drop toe hold on to the second rope to a huge pop.
The Master of the 619 dialled up and then charged across the ring, came flying back and connected with the 619 to an equally big pop as Jordan struggled back up to his feet while Rey steadied himself on the apron. Mystico was watching closely as Rey then hit the springboard and connected with the West Coast Pop, picking up the victory to the satisfaction of the sell-out crowd and the anger of Ryder at the top of the stage. Rey stood up and got his arm raised, and was then joined in the ring by Mystico, who gave Rey a pat on the back. Mysterio turned his head and looked up at Ryder, then headed back across the ring to get a microphone.
Winner: Rey Mysterio by pinfall.
, y’got somethin’ smart t’ say huh?. You not gonna come down here an’ try y’luck again like last week?
Ryder stares daggers at Rey from the stage.
Hey I don’t blame ya, it didn’t work out too good for y’last time did it? Y’not even fancy y’luck against my man Mystico here? Well y’shouldn’t let me tell ya. He might be a rookie in the W-W-E but he’s one o’ the biggest names in Mexico an’ won’t have a problem kickin’ y’ass.
Mystico stands there defiantly behind Rey with Ryder spitting feathers, getting very agitated.
I don’t care about him Mysterio. He’s not the one I’ve got a problem with. He’s not the most overrated superstar this whole business has ever seen. If you’re any doubt midget man, that’s you
Overrated? I’ve never heard that before.
Sarcasm doesn’t suit you Rey an’ you better be careful before you start running your mouth. F-Y-I Rey, I’m more than just an interviewer or a host, I trained as a wrestler too, and there’s nothing I’d love more
than getting in that ring with you and showing the whole world that you’re nothing but a joke.
Y’think y’can back that up do ya? How ‘bout we settle this once an’ f’ all. . . at Unf’given
Unf’given huh?. . . You’re on.
I’ve got another idea t’ run past you too. See even though I’m gonna embarrass you at Unf’given, I think I need a warm up match t’ get my feet wet, and I think your rookie there’d be just the perfect guy for it. And since he’s such a star in Mexico
, he’s not gonna be worried even though he should be. Plus you’ll be right there in his corner t’ get a close look at what’s waiting for you at Unf’given. What d’ y’say Rey?
Rey turns round and has a quick word in Spanish with Mystico without the microphone before turning back to face the stage after a nod from his rookie.
He says no problem, an’ yeah I’ll be right there next week watchin’ when he kicks y’ass just like I’m goin’ t’ at Unf’given.
“Booyaka 619” plays to a big pop from the crowd as Rey & Ryder stare intently at each other with Mystico looking up at Raw’s host too.
Gregory Helms is in the production area along with his buddy, Matt Hardy.
That Cody Rhodes sure is a piece o’ work. I wouldn’t ‘ave minded poppin’ ‘im one myself last week.
Don’t you worry ‘bout Cody, I’m gonna take care o’ ‘im at Unf’given I promise ya, but thanks for bein’ there last week buddy. It could’ve been a whole lot worse if. . .
Matt stops and shakes his head as the camera zooms out, revealing Cody Rhodes, his rookie, Joe Hennig & the Bella twins walking towards them. While Matt & Helms stare angrily at Cody, he & Hennig seem quite relaxed.
Matt it’s nice t’ see you on your feet t’night.
Cody turns to his protégé.
See Joe, the last time I saw Matt he was lying on the floor after I’d given him quite a beating, almost as bad as the one he’s going t’ get at Unf’given in a few weeks.
You’re lucky y’didn’t get a beatin’ y’self but I’d be more than happy t’ give y’one t’night tough guy, that’s if y’can fight without doin’ it from behind.
That’s very funny. Do you know what else is funny? I have no idea who you are
and I don’t have t’ justify myself to’you. However I do have a better idea. I’m going to accept your challenge on Joe’s behalf, as just like me his father is a legend in this business and he’s ev’ry bit as talented as his father was.
Cody then turns back to Hennig.
How would you like the chance t’ prove that t’ these losers? You’re fine with that right?
If that’s the way y’wanna play it, fine, only let me make somethin’ clear f’ ya. When I’m done goin’ through your boy, I’m comin’ f’ you, then Matt’ll finish the job at Unf’given.
Oh I’m scared, really scared. Come on Joe, let’s go talk strategy.
They turn round to leave but Matt has other ideas, putting his hand on Hennig’s shoulder. Both he & Cody turn round curiously.
Hey before y’go, let me give you some advice. F’ your own sake, be careful an’ don’t do all his dirty work or he might get you in some serious trouble.
I can take care of myself, and I’m going t’ take care of your buddy t’night too.
Helms & Matt look at the defiant Hennig as he and the smug Cody turn round and walk out of the shot.
They won’t be smilin’ once the show’s over I promise ya.
*Cut to the Arena*
Gail Kim w/Shantelle Taylor vs. Mia Rain
Both divas were looking to make an impression on their first night on Raw, and Shantelle Taylor was watching on as her mentor showed no fear of Rain whatsoever. Despite starting the match the stronger, Rain’s momentum was thwarted when Gail pulled back from a running bulldog that saw Mia hit the mat all by herself. With the crowd cheering as a stunned Rain picked herself back up while Kim pulled herself up to the second rope and then connected with a diving cross body as Rain turned round.
Rain fell to the mat again with Gail this time on top of her, but Rain powered out comfortably. As both divas made their way back up, Gail reacted first and sprung to life with a hurricanrana to a decent pop, but once again Mia kicked out. The match went back and forth and it looked as if Rain was going to pick up the win. That was until she helped up her defenceless opponent, but she took her time and was too complacent, resulting in Kim catching her off guard with an inside cradle.
Rain was shocked enough to lose there but kicked out at two, and as she stood back up and took a wild swing at Kim, the Toronto native ducked and caught her with a snap neck-breaker and then finished the job with Eat Defeat, an inverted stomp face-breaker. The fans enjoyed it and gave her a big cheer as she stood up to get her arm raised. Shantelle joined her and they had a brief girly hug, only to be interrupted by “Written in my Face” as a smirking Sheamus made his way down to the ring, confusing and both worrying the Canadian divas. The Celtic Warrior hit the ring and walked past them to collect a microphone.
Winner: Gail Kim by pinfall.
Welcome t’ Raw ladies. I thought I’d come down here an’ intr’duce myself. Me name’s Sheamus an’ I also t’ought I’d give you a welcome gift, well really it’s more f’ dees fans. I t’ought since I’ll be takin’ on Finlay in de first ever Celtic Brawl at Unf’given, I’d give de fans an idea of the sheer brutality dare goin’ t’ see when I destroy ‘im
an’ leave him unconscious in a pool of his own blood.
Gail & Shantelle look very worried and back away to the ropes with Sheamus following them and dropping the microphone.
A pissed off Sheamus turns round to see Finlay
charging down the ramp with his shillelagh in hand. The Celtic Warrior prepares himself for battle as Gail & Shantelle take the opportunity to escape. Finlay throws himself under the bottom rope to be greeted by some vicious stomps to the back of his head and neck from Sheamus. The Belfast native lets go of the shillelagh as the intense Sheamus pulls him up to his feet and whips him in to the ropes, and as Finlay comes back, Sheamus goes to take his head off with the Brogue Kick.
Finlay ducks it though and runs through, then picks up his shillelagh he dropped moments ago. Both men turn round and Finlay strikes first, nailing his rival in the chest with his deadly weapon. He then hits him with a shot to the head, sending Sheamus down to the mat and crawling to the ropes with the fans cheering. Sheamus picks himself up, looking very unsteady on his feet as he uses the ropes to help himself up with Finlay getting ready to strike again.
The Celtic Warrior makes it to his feet, and as he turns round, Finlay runs right at him and swings the shillelagh at his head, but Sheamus reacts quickly to pull himself to safety under the bottom rope. He flips on the outside and shows his frustration by driving his fists in to the apron. Finlay’s eyes are locked on him, not too pleased that his rival escaped. “Lambeg” plays again and Sheamus continues to lose it on the outside, kicking the steps and pushing them over as he heads to the ramp with Finlay still watching his every step.
A very serious Triple H is lacing up his boots in his locker room, getting ready for his massively important match with Randy Orton in the main event later on.
The Big Show is getting ready in his locker room for his Steel Cage Intercontinental Championship match with Ted DiBiase Jr later on when Justin Gabriel, Show’s rookie walks in to the room looking very cautious. Show seems very relaxed though on the other hand.
Hey, I’m Justin. . . Justin Gabriel, the rookie you’re mentoring. I know it’s not the best time. . .
The Big Show:
. . . It’s fine, come on in an’ sit down.
You sure? I can come back later if you want? I know you’ve got a big match t’night.
The Big Show:
Seriously it’s fine, I’m happy t’ help you out. Me an’ Bischoff go back a long way an’ he asked me if I wanted t’ mentor one of you lot. He even said he sees you as a star of the future. You’ve got a lot t’ live up to my man.
Really? He said that? Wow. That is a lot t’ live up to.
The Big Show:
Don’t worry about that. I’m gonna help you as much as I can an’ make you the star Bischoff thinks you can be. Besides, I could do with an extra pair of hands right now with the McMahons on my case.
I guess so. Any help you need, you can count on me.
The Big Show:
You’re a good kid Justin, an y’know what? I think we’re gonna get on just fine.
Both men smile as the camera fades out, and Gabriel’s far more relaxed now than he was when he first walked in the room.
*Cut to the Arena*
“Listen this ain’t no make believe. . .”
Out walk John Morrison & Matt Cappotelli in to the Van Andel Arena to a pop from the Grand Rapids crowd. Both are dressed casually and they don’t seem to be as laid back as they have been in previous weeks, and it looks like they’re trying to put a brave face on it, Morrison especially as they greet the fans. As they enter the ring, Morrison picks a microphone up off the apron and his music stops as he & Cappotelli step inside.
Unfortunately I’ve had the misfortune of knowing The Miz for some time, and just when I thought I’d heard it all, last week he sunk to new depths even f’ him. He’s never been the most subtle of individuals and he has no problem running his mouth without thinking about the consequences. He’s not changed in the entire time I’ve known him and he never will.
Morrison takes a second to compose himself.
I’ve got used to blocking out all the selfish, deluded, malicious nonsense that come out of his mouth. However last week he hit a nerve in a big way. He went too far and I’m sure he knows it, although I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why he said it. I’m also sure he doesn’t care what he said, but I do
. . . For those of you who didn’t happen to hear what he said, you’re about to. See even though Matt and I are friends and have been through so much, both winning W-W-E contracts at the same time in what I can only describe as the most amazing experience of my life, Mr. Hollywood
is of the belief that the only reason I invited Matt to Raw is because I feel sorry for him.
Morrison takes another brief respite to compose himself with Cappotelli also looking unhappy next to him.
I’m sure some of you know what I’m referring to and I’m sure some of you don’t. . . Where I was fortunate enough to have the chance to perform in front of each and ev’ryone of you and millions more fans across the world watching at home, that chance was taken away from Matt, or more specifically, cancer took that chance away from him. The hell he’s been through, that I saw him go through made it impossible not to feel sorry for him, but now he’s beaten it in a fight tougher than any you’ll ever get in this ring, the only thing I feel is pride. I’m proud of him for coming through it.
I invited him to SummerSlam for one reason, because he’s my best friend as The Miz himself knows, and I wanted him there in my corner on one of the biggest nights of my career. Matt knows that too and if he felt for a second I was taking pity on him, he’d know and he would never have turned up at SummerSlam. Isn’t that right buddy?
Cappotelli smiles and is passed the microphone by his friend.
Yeah that’s right J, no doubt. I even felt bad standing there listening to all that. I’ve never wanted sympathy an’ John knows that better anybody. That’s why I wasn’t that bothered by what The Miz said last week. After all I’ve been through, you find out that life really is too short t’ put up with people like him. I’m just thankful that I had god by my side to help me beat the cancer.
As much as it didn’t bother me directly what he said, it kind of bothered me that he took that shot at John. He can say what he wants about me but John’s a diff’rent story. He was there ev’ry stretch of the way f’ me an’ I. . .
“AWE-SOME. . . I CAME TO, CAME T’ PLAY. . .”
Clearly amused, The Miz hits the stage dressed in jeans, T-shirt and casual jacket along with Heath Slater, his rookie who’s wearing jeans and a hoodie with the hood down. Mr. Hollywood is holding a microphone and his music cuts. Morrison & Cappotelli look up at them and Morrison is very unhappy to say the least at The Miz’s interruption.
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an’ you get all hot an’ bothered like this? What I don’t get Matt is how you don’t want sympathy yet here you are crying like a baby about how god
helped you an’ how god saved your life
. . . You wanna know what I think?. . . It’s crap. It’s all crap.
The Miz: Really
it’s total B-S. You know how many people die ev’ry week of cancer across the world? You’re okay though right Matt because god chose to ignore ev’ryone else an’ save you.
*Ton of Heat*
The funniest thing about that is you actually believe that don’t you? You actually believe that god, if there is one that is cured your cancer in some kind of miracle. . . Well let me make this as clear as I possibly can, there is no god and you’re a moron f’ believing he actually helped you.
Morrison & particularly Cappotelli are disgusted and angry in the ring. Miz is showing no remorse whatsoever, and Slater seems to be amused by his mentor’s comments.
In fact, maybe there is a god. Yeah there could be something to that seeing it was some kind of miracle that John beat me at SummerSlam. It had t’ take something extraordinary an’ the more I think about it, the clearer it gets. Maybe you’re right. How does it work exactly? Do you have t’ go an’ ask ‘im personally f’ a favour or what? Maybe you could have a word with him about turning up at Unf’given, ‘cause that’s the only way you’ll ever beat me again John.
Morrison’s pissed and he snatches the microphone back from Cappotelli.
What’s wrong with you? You. . .
. . . WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME, REALLY
? I’LL TELL Y’WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. I don’t wanna have t’ listen t’ some god botherer comin’ out here on what I’m told’s a wrestlin’ show tryin’ t’ make out he’s on the level with the big man upstairs. . . Matt, anyone can see the only reason you’re here is ‘cause he feels sorry for ya an’ that you can’t be in the ring like him. The fact is you were never meant t’ be a star. Did y’think of that? You’re lookin’ at a success story right here. I didn’t need god’s help t’ be the star I am t’day, an’ as f’ that mighty friend of yours high in the sky, there’s nothin’ he can do t’ stop me beatin’ John at Unf’given like I should’ve at SummerSlam.
Not even god can stop The Miz. GOD’S NOT GONNA STOP ME BEIN’ THE BIGGEST STAR THIS BUSINESS WILL EVER SEE. HE’S NOT GONNA STOP ME TAKIN’ HEATH SLATER HERE WITH ME TOO. . .
. . . FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, GIVE IT A DAMN REST.
It’s The Miz’s turn to be angry as he & Slater glare down at the also pissed off Morrison and disgusted Cappotelli.
I CAN’T WAIT F’ UNF’GIVEN, ‘CAUSE WHEN I GET MY HANDS ON YOU YOU’LL BE ON YOUR KNEES PRAYING F’ MERCY.
YOU ARE WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THE MOST APPALLING HUMAN BEING I’VE EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE T’ MEET. . .
. . . Yeah yeah whatever John. What you think doesn’t matter. It never has an’ it never will. You’re nothing. No one cares about you or god’s best friend there. The only person these people care about is me, The Miz
. . .
. . . No that’s what you want t’ think. The only person you care about is The Miz. The only person who cares about The Miz is The Miz. . . Heath is it? I feel very sorry for you. You need a mentor who’s going to care about helping you, and that’s not him. We’ve been both been through Tough Enough just like him, only we did something your mentor couldn’t. . . we won.
The Miz is furious as he stares down at Morrison with Slater listening.
You’d be better off with mentors like us, me an’ Matt who would actually help you. . .
. . . A mentor like Matt. What’s he done, seriously? He’s not even had a match, ever
. I’m the only one who can turn him in to a star like me, not losers like you.
Us losers? From what I remember, the only loser at SummerSlam was you, and you will be again at Unf’given. And when I do beat you again
, your rookie will see that too and realise he’s better off learning from someone else because the last thing The Miz is awesome. He’s a straight up jackass
The fans cheer again as “Ain’t No Make Believe” hits with The Miz going nuts, shaking his head in frustration and screaming down at the now calmer Morrison & Cappotelli with Slater not sure what to make of what’s going on.
Leticia Cline is standing by at the interview set looking at her dazzling best.
Joining me at this time is the Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Junior
Boos can be heard filtering through from the arena as the camera zooms out to show Ted DiBiase Jr in his ring gear standing a matter of inches away from Leticia with Maryse by his side, and she too is looking good enough to eat. Neither of them are in the best of moods tonight though.
First off I have to ask you about the bombshell that was dropped on us all last week when we found out that you were the one that attacked Eric Bi. . .
Ted DiBiase Jr:
. . . Do I look like I wanna talk about what happened last week? All that matters now is it’s out in the open. Ev’ryone knows, there’s no going back now, but I’m not sorry for what I did. I’m not gonna apologise either, get down on my hands an’ knees an’ beg f’ f’giveness. Don’t get me wrong, I never set out to attack Bischoff but I can live it with as I did what I did set out t’ do, and that’s become the Intercontinental Champion
. No matter what Bischoff tries t’ do to change that, it won’t happen because I won’t allow it to. This is my title now and I’ll do whatever it takes t’ keep it that way.
Well you have a big challenge t’night when you defend the Intercontinental title inside a steel cage against The Big Show. What are your thoughts on that match we’ll see later on?
Ted DiBiase Jr:
Y’know when Bischoff made that match last week, I could see that ev’ryone sat there in the crowd thought it’d bother me that I have to step inside a steel cage with a seven foot giant. Well it doesn’t. The Big Show doesn’t scare me. He might be a giant freak of nature but he’s not smart like me. I found a way to win this title and I’ll find a way to keep it. In fact I already have. Just you watch, and that especially goes for Bischoff because he’ll soon see that I’m up to anything he throws at me.
There’s some commotion not so far away and Leticia, DiBiase & Maryse all turn round to see what’s going on.
Oh my god.
The camera pans to the right and John Morrison is being pummelled by The Miz & Heath Slater with Matt Cappotelli trying to fend them off with Melina there also. She’s concerned as Slater shoves Cappotelli down to his knees before he & his mentor put the boots to The Monday Night Delight.
STOP IT, PLEASE.
Cappotelli stands back up and pulls Slater away by the arm, causing The Miz to stop his own attack on Morrison.
I’d let go of him right now Matt unless you want yet another trip t’ the hospital.
Cappotelli doesn’t want to as he stares at the deadly serious Mr. Hollywood while Melina kneels down to check on Morrison. Cappotelli then reluctantly lets go of Slater.
Melina stands up and gets in The Miz’s face.
You’re pathetic, you know that?
Really? You just wish you had a chance with me don’t you Melina? Let’s face it. You wouldn’t ‘ave got back with mister personality otherwise.
Why don’t you just get out of here?
My pleasure. Come on Heath. Oh yeah, that’s your first lesson. Be prepared!
Melina & Cappotelli look disgusted with them The Miz & Slater walk off laughing with Morrison squirming on the floor. They turn their attention back to him.
Are you okay?
Morrison doesn’t have too much of an idea where he is, looking very groggy as the camera zooms in on him.
*Cut to the Arena*
Gregory Helms w/Matt Hardy vs. Joe Hennig w/Cody Rhodes & The Bella Twins
Helms was really fired up for this one and took the match to Hennig, who didn’t anticipate the onslaught he got. Neither did Cody as he watched his rookie struggle to make any impact in the early going. That eventually changed when Helms turned back to run the ropes as his opponent was getting back up. Cody grabbed Helms’ boot with the ref’s back turned, provoking an understandable angry reaction from Helms, who turned round and gave Rhodes a piece of his mind.
That gave Hennig the chance to sneak up behind the Cameron native to lift up off his feet and on to his shoulder where he then took him down to the mat with a side suplex. The debuting third generation superstar did an impressive job of doing a number on Helms, not letting him in to the match at all until Helms held on to the ropes and dodged a dropkick as Hennig crashed and burned on the canvas. That got the crowd going and they got behind Helms, as did Matt on the outside.
Cody was looking worried in his rookie’s corner, as were the Bellas. They were helpless to stop Helms as he levelled Hennig as he sat up with a shining wizard. That was met by a big cheer and a punch to the air from Matt, but Henning showed some resilience and kicked out at two. If Helms was frustrated at not putting him away there and then, he didn’t show it. He got right back up and urged the groggy Hennig to do the same, and slowly but surely, Joe made his way back up.
He didn’t seem to know where he was, and Helms pounced immediately, grabbing the back of his head and setting him up for the Nightmare on Helms Street. Henning fought back and stood up straight, then shoved Helms in to the ropes. Helms held on to them again, and Hennig ran right at him and in to an extended elbow that sent him staggering away from the ropes. Helms was about to go after him when Cody grabbed his boot again. Matt saw what was going on and went right for Cody, charging round the floor, causing some concern for the referee.
Cody backed away, and as Helms walked towards Hennig, he got a poke to the eye. The ref didn’t see it, preferring to make sure Cody & Matt kept their hands off each other, and with Helms struggling to see, Hennig took full advantage and planted him with the Perfect Plex, a bridging cradle suplex to earn himself a debut victory. It didn’t go down well with the crowd or Matt, and neither did Cody’s gloating. Matt snapped and swung at Cody, knocking him down to the floor. Hennig saw it and quickly left the ring as Cody got back up, leading to a two on one mugging.
They clubbed Matt to the floor and put the boots to him until Shannon Moore, new to Raw and long time friend of both Matt & Helms charged down the ramp and took Cody & Hennig by surprise. Moore shoved them and checked on Mat before getting in Cody & Hennig’s face, and thankfully for him, Helms was back on his feet and joined Moore on the outside. Cody & Hennig then decided enough was enough and left ringside with the Bellas as Matt sat up with Moore & Helms keeping one eye on him and one on the not so happy mentor & rookie.
Winner: Joe Hennig by pinfall.
*Cut to the Arena*
WWE Intercontinental Championship
(Steel Cage Match)
The Big Show w/Justin Gabriel vs. Ted DiBiase Jr © w/Maryse
Just as the bell rang and Show stepped towards the defending champion, “No Chance in Hell” played to a barrage of heat from the Michigan crowd. The Big Show immediately turned round and saw The Corporation making their way out to the stage, much to the amusement of the smug DiBiase. It looked as if DiBiase knew something about it, but Show certainly didn’t, and neither did the confused Justin Gabriel who was watching from his mentor’s corner as J.B.L., Vince & Shane McMahon, all looking very serious, walked down the ramp.
Show’s eyes were locked on them, allowing DiBiase to climb the cage, but then Show did notice as the crowd made it clear something else was going on. He then went after DiBiase with Maryse worrying ever so slightly on the outside, just as The Corporation got to the ring and demanded the key to the cage door from the panicking referee. Gabriel didn’t know what to do initially and then decided to make a stand and help his mentor while the irate Vince snapped and hammered the referee down to the floor before picking up the key.
On the inside, Show dragged DiBiase off the cage and down to the mat, just as Gabriel ran round in to a big boot from JBL and Vince opened the cage door. Show turned round and saw Gabriel hit the floor, and then Vince ordered JBL & Shane in to the ring. Show raised both his fists and prepared for the fight as Vince’s sons entered the ring and rolled their sleeves up after throwing their jackets down to the mat. They then charged at Show together and attacked him with right hands, but Show fought back and gave as good as he got, first sending Shane down and then JBL.
As Shane got back up, Show scoop slammed him back down and DiBiase began crawling towards the cage door with Maryse getting excited on the outside. Vince was looking worried, and with both his sons on the deck, Show turned the attention back to his opponent and grabbed him by the feet. The panic was there for all to see on the face of DiBiase, but Show didn’t count on JBL crawling up behind him on his knees and low blowing him. The giant fell to his knees and then forward on to his front as DiBiase crawled away and to the door with Vince grinning sadistically on the outside.
Maryse ran round to the door and shouted at her boyfriend to escape, and he did just that with ease to an absolute ton of heat from the crowd. He grinned as his feet hit the floor and shook hands with Vince before going to pick up his Intercontinental Championship. He threw the title over his shoulder and headed up the ramp with Maryse and didn’t look back as JBL & Shane stood up and watched Show squirm while a shaken Gabriel sat up on the floor. Show then started to stir, and as he did so, Gabriel pushed his way past Vince, who wasn’t looking at him.
Show’s rookie dived in under the ropes and went flying at Shane, knocking him down from behind before going at JBL. They exchanged blows and Gabriel fired him back in to the ropes, but as he tried for an irish whip, JBL reversed it and once again caught him with a big boot. The angry Texan stared down with nothing but contempt at Gabriel, and then dragged him back up, setting him up for the Last Call, and he hit it, just as Show was getting back up to his knees with the salivating Vince watching on. Shane too was back up and JBL nodded at him, then stepped back.
Layfield then wound his right arm up and hit the ropes before connecting with a Clothesline from Hell. It knocked Show off balance, astounding JBL who panicked and hit the ropes again to hit him with a second Clothesline from Hell, and this time it sent the big man down. Both Shane & JBL dragged his almost dead weight body in to the corner and sat him up against the pads, and Shane left the cage to have a look under the apron where he pulled out a trash can. Vince was loving what he was seeing as Shane got back inside and set it up in position in between the ropes.
Shane-O-Mac then hit the adjacent corner and scaled the dizzy heights of the top rope with the fans booing, then he took the giant leap to hit the Coast to Coast. It was met by more boos as you would expect, as well as an applause from his father, who went to Lilian Garcia and took her microphone. He then joined his sons and the motionless Show & Gabriel, and all three members of The Corporation were smiling and admiring their work, but Vince’s was more sadistic.
Result: No Contest, and still the Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Jr.
I’ve put up with this ridiculous situation long enough. This is my company DAMNIT
and I’m sick of being told what t’ do on my own show, so I’m making a decision right here right now
At Unf’given Show, you’re going t’ be in action, against me
, VINCENT KENNEDY MCMAHON. . .
. . . and both my sons
, Shane an’ J-B-L in a handicap match
. And I promise, this is nothing compared t’ what we’ll do t’ you an’ this snot nosed punk if he gets in our way again.
Mr. McMahon grins as the boos echo around the arena, as do Shane & JBL. “No Chance in Hell” plays again as the McMahons smirk at the sight of Big Show & Gabriel barely moving on the mat.
We’ve just been advised that Eric Bischoff has spoken to representatives of the U-S-A network an’ we’ll be here until the conclusion of our main event comin’ up next, so there’s need t’ worry folks. We’ll be back in just a few moments. Don’t go anywhere.
The Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Jr is walking smugly through the back with Maryse holding his title belt, but as he turns a corner, he’s met by a waiting Kofi Kingston. The former champion stares at the shocked DiBiase and shoves him up against the wall. Maryse tries to pull Kofi away but he’s having none of it and turns his head to give her a chilling stare of a warning. She’s worried too as Kofi turns round and glares right in to his bitter rival’s eyes.
Listen up you two faced son of a bitch. I’m gonna make you pay f’ screwin’ me over at SummerSlam. Y’better believe it. Y’might’ve got lucky t’night but you ain’t at Unf’given ‘cause I’m gonna take my title back. Y’know, the one y’stole from me in the first place.
Ted DiBiase Jr:
Dream on Kofi. You know as well as I do that’s just not going t’ happen.
Kofi smirks and steps back, much to the amusement of DiBiase. As he steps away from the wall, Kofi drills him with a right hand, knocking him down to the floor. Maryse drops to her knees straight away as Kofi looks down intensely at him with Maryse cursing him in French. DiBiase sits up holding his cheek and stares right at Kofi who’s standing over him.
Ted DiBiase Jr:
You have no idea how much you’re gonna regret that.
Yeah? We’ll see, but let me tell y’somethin’ champ
. Bischoff should be the least o’ your worries.
Kofi then turns round and walks away from the fuming couple, but as DiBiase stands back up rubbing his chin, he & Maryse are in for another unpleasant surprise as Eric Bischoff walks towards them. He too isn’t in the best of moods either.
Well it looks like Kofi beat me to it. . . Now, even though none of the detectives could figure out you attacked me, it doesn’t take a genius t’ figure out you had something t’ do with what just happened out there. You might be thinkin’ y’did somethin’ real smart by getting out of that match, but let me tell y’Ted, it wasn’t smart at all. I told you last week no one crosses me an’ gets away with it, an’ you’re no diff’rent. So next week when you arrive here, I’ll let you know what I have planned, just so there’s no repeat of t’night. . . Oh and’ Ted, it’s gonna be somethin’ bad, mark my words. You have a good week though an’ I’ll see y’next week.
Bischoff grins at an even more ticked off DiBiase, and Maryse isn’t happy either as the Head of Authority turns round and walks away leaving the Intercontinental Champion with something to think about.
*Cut to the Arena*
“I hear voices in my head. . .”
Boos ring round the arena and a very focused Randy Orton makes his way out to the stage along with his rookie, Darren Young. The Legend Killer is stopped by Zack Ryder, although he doesn’t appear to be too happy about it but goes along with it, making Ryder slightly uneasy with Orton’s eyes burning a hole on his face. The music stops and allows Ryder to interview the number one contender for the WWE Championship.
Randy we know you’ve got a very important match in just a few moments, but along with several other Raw superstars, you’ve been given the task of mentoring one of the numerous rookies signed by Eric Bischoff. What can you tell us about your rookie, Darren Young?
If you cast your mind back two weeks, I told Ric Flair how grateful I was for how he helped me in the early part of my career, and now I have the chance t’ help Darren Young in the same way that Ric helped me become the best wrestler in the world t’day. Come Unf’given he won’t just be being mentored by the best in the business but by the W-W-E Champion
, because in less than three weeks I will defeat Batista and become the W-W-E Champion once again.
Ryder nods his head and takes a step across Orton, moving towards Young.
Darren, can I get a word from you about how you feel about Randy Orton being your mentor?
It’s an honour t’ be mentored by this man. When I found out that I would be coming t’ Raw an’ getting’ a mentor, there was only person I wanted, an’ that’s the man I’m stood next to right now, The Legend Killer an’ the next W-W-E Champion, Randy Orton.
I respect this man an’ ev’rything he’s done in this business an’ I’ll do anything he asks of me t’ show him how much I respect him an’ how hard I’m prepared t’ work t’ be the best that I can be.
Ryder’s impressed by Young’s attitude, as is Orton. Ryder steps back and prepares another question for The Viper.
Now Randy, understandably there’s some controversy about your match with Triple H after you won the battle royal an’ the title shot at Unf’given. How are you feeling about having t’ face The Game t’night an’ the prospect of a triple threat match for the W-W-E Championship at Unf’given?
T’ sum it up in one word, it’s a joke, but that’s what Eric Bischoff’s all about. He’s had it in f’ me f’ along time. If it wasn’t f’ him I’d be the W-W-E Champion as we speak
. He’s not been back two minutes and he’s already getting involved in my business. Anyone can see I won the battle royal fair an’ square. Therefore I should be the only one t’ receive a shot at the W-W-E Championship
, and you can be sure I’m going to do whatever I have to t’night t’ make sure that remains the case.
“Voices” plays again to heat as Orton & Young walk down the ramp to more boos, both displaying very serious expressions in the process. Orton steps inside the ring and prepares for his opponent’s arrival, and he’s waiting a fair few seconds after his music grinds to a halt. . .
“In The End”
The WWE Champion, Batista hits the stage to a huge reaction. The crowd are shocked to see The Animal, as is The Viper who looks confused and angry at seeing Batista (wearing jeans, shirt and a leather jacket) hits both sides of the stage and poses for the fans before heading down the ramp to join JR & King at the announce table, unsettling Orton even more. The Legend Killer watches him every step of the way.
Well we weren’t expecting this folks. It looks as if we’re gonna be joined by the W-W-E Champion, Batista. . . It’s good t’ see y’Dave. What brings y’hear?
The Animal shakes hands with both JR & King before putting on his headset.
Jerry ‘The King ‘Lawler:
Let him get settled first J-R.
So what brings you down here Dave?
Well I thought I’d take the chance t’ do some scoutin’ since I’ll be defendin’ the W-W-E title against Orton at Unf’given, an’ maybe Hun’er too if y’can believe that.
Jerry ‘The King ‘Lawler:
How d’ y’feel about that champ? It was just supposed t’ be Orton, now it could be Triple H too.
If it happens I say it bring on King. I’ve waited a long time as it is t’ get my hands on Hun’er. If it happens at Unf’given that’s fine by me.
“Behold the King, the King of Kings. . .”
*Ton of Heat*
Triple H, a very intense Triple H makes his way out to the boo filled arena. He stops and takes a quick look at Ryder at the top of the stage before walking down the ramp and shutting out the boos from the fans. Orton’s eyes are now on The King of Kings, and he too focuses on his opponent as he takes each step at a time and enters the ring.
As he steps inside, he walks across the ring and locks his eyes on Batista, and there’s a great deal of tension between them as you would expect. After a good five or so seconds, he turns to the side and climbs up to the second, then throws his arms back, posing for the crowd and staring at Batista at the same time, still getting a huge amount of heat. He then steps down and heads in to his corner with Darren Young watching on with deep interest on the outside.
*The Main Event*
(If Triple H wins, he will face Batista & Randy Orton at Unforgiven for the WWE Championship)
Randy Orton w/Darren Young vs. Triple H
Batista wasn’t the only interested spectator for this contest, and the fans were leaning towards Orton as the match progressed. Young was also watching keenly from his mentor’s corner in what was a very competitive contest with both men desperate to win. It was The King of Kings who started the match the stronger, really demonstrating how much he wanted in to the WWE Championship match at Unforgiven. The Viper fought back and showed his former Evolution team mate he wasn’t going to lie down either, rolling to the side and dodging a pointed knee drop from Triple H.
As both men then picked themselves back up, it was the current number one contender that struck first, catching Triple H with an inverted headlock backbreaker. The Legend Killer put his opponent through the mill for a long time, forcing him to endure the agony of body scissors and several (uncharacteristic :rolleyes) chin-locks. Endure them he did, and he came back fighting by rising to his feet using every bit of strength he could manage and shoving Orton in to the ropes, and as The Legend Killer came back, he was introduced to The Game’s knee with a high knee lift.
Orton didn’t stay down for long and got up as quickly as he could, looking very determined as a concerned Young watched on. Triple H followed that up with an irish whip and a spinning spine-buster, putting Orton in some serious danger and on the verge of defeat. He was in no mood to mess about and waste any time, and was incredibly intense as he watched Orton squirming on the mat and then attempt to get back up. Orton was hurting and struggled to get back up, and as he turned round in a daze, The King of Kings stomped him in the gut and pulled him in to place for the Pedigree.
Boos rang out and Triple H sensed victory, and then he made a mistake. He turned his head and took a look at the very serious looking WWE Champion at the announce table. Just as The Game turned the attention back to Orton, he immediately realised he was in trouble, and Orton countered with a back body drop. There were a lot of cheers in the crowd as well as some boos, and both men looked spent as they made their way back up. Orton looked to strike first and stalked Trips for an RKO, but as he jumped up in to the air, The Game pulled back and Orton hit the deck.
Again he got up as quickly as he could, but he wished he didn’t as he walked right in to a face-buster knee smash. Orton was in deep trouble, and Triple H once again looked for the pedigree. Before he could hook his opponent’s arms, Orton fought back and lifted him over his back again. Orton then took a few seconds, watching The Game roll around on the mat and try to sit up. The sadistic looking number one contender then back tracked to the corner, getting ready to take Trips’ head off with the Punt. Orton was foaming at the mouth before he then raced out of the corner and swung his boot at The King of Kings, but Trips pulled his head back as Orton ran through in to the ropes.
He managed to put the brakes on and held on to them, and as he turned round, he saw Triple H running right at him. The Viper reacted in a flash, ducking and pulling down the top rope to send his opponent over the top and down to the floor below, right in front of Batista at the announce table. The Game used the table to pull himself back up to his feet and was met with a stern look from The Animal. He gave one back as he got back to his feet with the referee making a count, not that Triple H was aware of it. The two rivals glared at each other, and Triple H took a look at the shiny WWE title belt.
Batista stood up and grabbed it, then made sure he knew it was his. They got in each other’s face, and it looked like they were going to go at it until the referee counted to ten and called for the bell. The Game turned round in shock with Orton smirking, as was Batista. The shock turned to anger as Trips stared a hole through the referee, who just looked down at him and explained he was counted out. Orton posed in the ring looking very satisfied to have got through it, and he was joined by Young, who congratulated him. That wound The King of Kings up even more, and he slowly turned round and stared right at Batista, seemingly blaming him for the loss.
Batista smiled through it, just getting Triple H even angrier, who slapped the headset off of him. It wasn’t a wise move as Batista then responded with a right hand, resulting in Triple H throwing one back and a fierce scuffle at ringside. The ref quickly tried to break it up but couldn’t and called for help from the back. Orton & Young left smirking as Batista & Trips went at it, and the help came flying down the ramp past Orton & Young. It was boiling over between Batista & The Game but the refs eventually managed to separate them and hold them apart but they continued staring at each other, desperate to tear each other apart as the show came to a close.
Winner: Randy Orton by count out.
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