Monday 15th September 2008
Live from the Idaho Center
>The Last Stop Before Unforgiven!<
There was plenty of drama last week on Raw, and we can expect a lot more this week on the last stop now we’re less than a week away from Unforgiven.
It was an eventful night for one Triple H, and it ended in a bad way just like it might for the WWE Champion, Batista if last Monday night was anything to go by. The Animal was on his way to the ring for his scheduled match with Ted DiBiase Jr when he was attacked by The King of Kings, just moments after he was warned by Triple H to stay away from his wife, Stephanie. The Game’s growing problems got the better of him and he took it out on his bitter rival, on the same night he blamed the WWE Champion for his failure to book himself a spot in the title clash at Unforgiven.
However, the drama didn’t end there. The actual number one contender, Randy Orton made his way to the ring with his rookie, Darren Young to confront Triple H, ending in the King of Kings being punted in the head. Orton then declared that he would be the only one challenging Batista and that he would leave Unforgiven as the WWE Champion. We’ve learnt that on Raw this week, Darren Young will make his in-ring debut against Batista. You can be sure Orton will be nearby, and how will that affect The Animal? Tune in to Raw this week to find out and if there is any update on the condition of The Game.
Ted DiBiase escaped yet another match last week after the attack on Batista, and that is sure to infuriate Eric Bischoff. After enlisting the help of The Corporation the week before for his match with The Big Show, the Intercontinental Champion was up to his old tricks again last Monday. His self assigned rookie, Ezekiel Jackson was given a match against Kofi Kingston by Bischoff, but when Kofi was found attacked backstage with DiBiase & Jackson conveniently at the scene. DiBiase will be in action against Kofi at Unforgiven with the Intercontinental title at stake and Jackson & Maryse barred from ringside. This week we’ll get a sneak preview of that contest when Kofi teams up with Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore to take on DiBiase, Jackson and the team of Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig.
Hardy & Helms will be out for revenge this week when they meet Rhodes & Hennig after they were defeated by Raw’s newest team on the block last Monday night, Christopher Daniels & Kaval. A distraction from Rhodes and his rookie gave Daniels the chance to defeat Helms. The two teams will collide at Unforgiven after Bischoff changed the scheduled Hardy/Rhodes to a tag team match which will also be a first round match in the tag team title tournament. They have an early chance at revenge when Raw comes to Nampa, Idaho this week. Can they take it?
Daniels & Kaval lived up to the reputation that’s been spreading around the company before their impressive debut, and this week they will get their chance at booking themselves a spot in the semi finals of the tag title tournament when they face Goldust & Eugene. The winners will go on to face JTG and his rookie, Homicide. Will that be the impressive newcomers? Make sure you watch this week’s Raw to find out who’ll advance to within two matches of being the next World Tag Team Champions.
One match you would expect all Raw fans to be looking forward to this week is The Big Show’s clash with Mr. McMahon. A week ago we were led to believe by the Chairman of the Board that along with his sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, he would be taking on Show in a 3-on-1 handicap match at Unforgiven. However Raw’s Head of Authority & Show had different ideas. Despite Bischoff’s reluctance to make a handicap match, Show was adamant he wanted to face them in a handicap match, only his version of a handicap match involved teaming up with his rookie, Justin Gabriel.
Bischoff was happy to book that contest, and that wasn’t the only match he made. He made The Big Show versus JBL for the main event, only Gabriel wanted to take his mentor’s place in order to gain some experience heading in to Unforgiven. No one objected and Gabriel caused an upset by defeating the former WWE Champion, although he had some help from The Big Show. An added stipulation by Bischoff would see Mr. McMahon face Show one on one this week if Gabriel could win, but if Gabriel lost, his mentor would have to face the gauntlet against each member of The Corporation. With Gabriel being successful, it promises to be a difficult night for Mr. McMahon.
You’ll also see a No Holds Barred match this week when The Miz takes on John Morrison’s best friend, Matt Cappotelli. If we were in any doubt as to how low The Miz will go, we found out last week when he once again mocked Cappotelli’s faith and battle with cancer, but he wasn’t done there. All that was after he and his rookie, Heath Slater tried to intimidate Melina. He had the nerve to challenge Matt, who had to retire due to a brain tumour to a No Holds Barred match. It was easy to see how shocked he was however when Cappotelli said enough was enough and accepted. Mr. Hollywood wasn’t the only one shocked. Morrison, who faces The Miz at Unforgiven was clearly stunned, but Cappotelli said all he’s ever wanted is one match in the WWE, and this is it. Will it be a decision he will regret, or not?
Finlay & Sheamus will collide in the first ever Celtic Brawl at Unforgiven, and it’s clear to see that Finlay is getting to The Celtic Warrior. Last week Finlay joined forces with JTG & Homicide in a six man tag team match against Sheamus & The Colon Brothers, and when Finlay’s team ended up victorious, Sheamus took it out on his partners with Finlay there to see the damage. Will Sheamus be able to contain his frustration this week, or will Finlay get the better of him yet again?
Raw’s cocky host, Zack Ryder made his debut in the ring last week against another debutant in Mystico, the rookie of Ryder’s Unforgiven opponent, Rey Mysterio. In what was a fairly even contest, Ryder was the one who looked all set for victory when the lights went out and a gong was heard inside the arena. It spooked Ryder, and when the lights came back on, Mystico took full advantage and earned himself the victory. Unsurprisingly, Ryder wasn’t happy, but Mysterio was. Ryder will be asking himself why the lights went out, and so will a lot of people. Will he get an answer, and will he be able to react in time for his clash with Mysterio at Unforgiven?
With so much at stake at Unforgiven, expect the unexpected when Raw comes to you live from the Idaho Center this week. We’re also led to believe that John Cena may be in the house. Has he come to a decision as to whether he will take up Tazz’s offer and jump ship to Smackdown? Whatever you’re doing, you can’t afford to miss Raw this week for what promises to be an explosive night heading in to Unforgiven!
>Confirmed for Raw This Week<
Batista vs. Darren Young
No Holds Barred
Matt Cappotelli vs. The Miz
World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Goldust & Eugene vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval
The Big Show vs. Mr. McMahon
Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore
vs. Ted DiBiase Jr, Ezekiel Jackson, Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
It’s just been confirmed to us that not only is John Cena scheduled to appear on Raw tonight, he is to open the show.
We understand that he has an announcement to make regarding his possible switch to Smackdown. We know that Tazz made him an offer to leave Raw and return to the show he made his debut on six years ago, and it looks as if Cena may have come to a decision. Is Cena going to do the unthinkable and leave the ‘A’ show to appear on Friday nights. It looks like we might just find out later on tonight.
Monday Night Raw
Monday 15th September 2008
Live from the Idaho Center
From Last Week
“Behold the King, the King of Kings. . .”
Dressed in jeans and one of his own trademarked skulled T-shirts, Triple H walks out to the stage with a face of fury. He stops and gives the fans a death stare before pacing down the ramp to the ring, picking a microphone up off the apron in the process. As he steps inside the squared circle, he walks in to the middle and just stares furiously at the booing Canadians. The music stops but he continues glaring at them with the boos ringing round the arena.
Triple H: I should be standing here t’night getting ready t’ go to Unf’given f’ a shot at the W-W-E Championship. . .AND JUST WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE JUSTICE WAS ABOUT T’ PREVAIL, I WAS ROBBED ONCE AGAIN BY THE MAN WHO’S RUNNING SCARED OF ME. HE FEARS ME BECAUSE HE KNOWS I’M A THREAT TO HIS TITLE AN’ RANDY’S NOT. I’M THE VERY BEST THERE IS IN THE BUSINESS T’DAY AND THERE’S ONLY ONE PERSON RESPONSIBLE F’ ME NOT GOING TO UNF’GIVEN AN’ THAT’S YOUR W-W-E CHAMPION, BATISTA.
The camera cuts to a shot of The Game’s wife, Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey walking down the ramp. She appears to be in quite an emotional state, and her curious husband turns round in shock to see her approaching the ring. He watches her as she takes each step and then step inside the squared circle and he looks puzzled, then looks at her for an explanation as to why she’s there. She just stares at him blankly and he doesn’t know how to react, and she then walks past him to go and get a microphone. He watches her as she then turns round and walks towards him. They look at each other with Triple H asking her what she’s doing.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: Hun’er, you need to snap out of this. Can’t you see what this is doing t’ you? Can’t you see how out of control you are? Can’t you see how this is affecting us, how it’s affecting our children? Do you even remember them?. . . We have kids now. You and I have responsibilities. We have two beautiful girls who need and rely on us. They need us more than we need this business. This has been my life too from the very moment I was born but right now my children come first. If you can’t accept that, all you’ll ever have is your precious title. That’s if you even get it. . . I’m serious Hun’er. You have t’ decide. Do you want the W-W-E title or a family? If you don’t do the right thing like you should as not just my husband but as a father to our beautiful baby girls, I’ll make sure you never see them again.
The King of Kings looks shocked but not too happy at being pushed in to making this decision.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: When you’ve made your choice, feel free t’ let me know because I’ll be waiting. But Hun’er, don’t take too long, because I’m not putting myself or our girls through this a second longer. We deserve better, a lot better.
Stephanie kneels down on to one knee and drops the microphone, then walks past her husband without looking at him. She then leaves the ring and walks back up the ramp without turning back and giving her husband a second look. The Game watches her every step and he clearly doesn’t appreciate his wife’s ultimatum.
An emotional Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley is walking through the back, and it looks like she’s been crying. As she turns a corner, she bumps in to the WWE Champion, Batista. The Animal looks genuinely concerned for her as she looks on the verge of breaking down.
Batista: I know things aren’t great right now Steph, but I hope you know that if you ever need t’ talk, you know I’ll always try t’ help you anyway I can.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: Thanks Dave. That means a lot. I’m so sorry for ev’rything Hunter’s put you through lately. . .
Batista: . . . Hey that’s got nothing t’ do with you. It’s not your fault, it’s his.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: I know. I don’t know what’s got in to him lately. It’s like he’s a whole diff’rent person. He’s just been obsessed with you, Ric an’ the title. I just can’t handle it anymore.
Steph starts to cry again and Batista hugs her straight away. As he continues to console her, a livid Triple H turns the corner and sees them. Needless to say, he’s not happy. The King of Kings storms over and pulls Batista off his wife.
Triple H: GET YOUR HANDS OFF MY WIFE. STAY AWAY FROM HER DAVE. YOU GOT THAT?
Batista: Like you y’mean?
The Game goes right for Batista but Steph steps in between them straight away.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: Stop it both of you. This isn’t helping.
Batista: Steph, anytime you feel the need t’ talk, just call me y’hear.
Steph nods as Batista then turns round and walks away leaving Triple H fuming.
Triple H: You better not call him.
Stephanie McMahon-Helmlsey: I’ll call whoever I want.
Triple H: Like hell you will.
Steph slaps him across the face real hard, taking them both surprise. Steph tears up again and walks away blubbering, leaving her pissed husband behind, and he’s got a look that could kill.
“PRICELESS, baby I’m priceless. . .
The not so confident Ted DiBiase Jr walks out to the stage with the Intercontinental Championship draped over his shoulder and gets some boos thrown at him. He cautiously wanders down the ramp and curses the Canadian fans before getting in the ring where he hands over his title belt to the referee, still not looking happy at all as he prepares to do battle with the WWE Champion.
“In the End
Here comes The Animal. Batista runs out to the stage and then each side, sending the crowd in to raptures. With the WWE Championship strapped around his waist, he makes his way down the ramp and stops, then poses as a big pyro display goes off behind him. The WWE Champion is clearly pumped up and sets off down the ramp again but we see Triple H charging out behind him. Batista doesn’t have a clue and is hammered across the back by The Game’s right forearm. It sends The Animal down on to his knees and the music stops. The King of Kings is pissed that’s for sure, and he puts the boots to the back of his bitter & defenceless rival.
Trips pulls him back up and fires him in to the guard rail back first. Batista falls forward and lands back on the ramp, the rolls the short distance down to the bottom. The Game follows him with DiBiase grinning to himself. Triple H helps Batista up again and this time fires him in to the ring post face first, and The Animal falls to the floor. DiBiase leaves the ring with a smile on his face and goes to grab his Intercontinental title as Triple H drags Batista up and tosses him in the ring under the bottom rope. The smug DiBiase heads back up the ramp as the intense Triple H climbs up on to the apron. . .
“I hear voices in my head. . .”
Randy Orton and his rookie, Darren Young hit the stage looking very focused indeed, catching the shocked Triple H off guard. It brings another smile to DiBiase’s face as Orton & Young walk past him without giving him much attention at all as The King of Kings steps inside the ring with Batista squirming around on the mat. Orton & his rookie slowly enter the ring with their eyes firmly set on Triple H. He shifts in to the centre of the ring and prepares for war as Orton & Young shimmy round, circling him until The Game flips and fires at Orton and then Young as he looks to defend his mentor.
Young clubs Trips across the back as Orton falls to the mat. Orton’s determined rookie grabs The Game by the arm and tries for an irish whip, but it’s reversed and Triple H lifts Young off his feet as he comes back at him and sends him crashing in to the mat courtesy of a spinning spine-buster. It’s met by a mixed reception, and as the intense King of Kings makes his way back up staring down at Young rolling round in agony, Orton is getting up too. The Game turns round and walks right in to The Viper who leaps up and catches him with a thunderous RKO.
Orton crawls across to Triple H and stares right at his starry eyes, and in the corner of his eye, he sees Batista struggling up to his knees. The number one contender for the WWE Championship smiles sadistically and locks his eyes on The Animal. As Young too stands up, Orton makes his way across to the unsteady WWE Champion who has no idea of the danger he’s in despite the crowd desperately trying to warn him. Orton gets ready to strike and urges his Unforgiven opponent to turn round, and as he does, he plants him with an RKO, taking The Animal down to the mat.
With boos ringing out as he rushes back up, Orton smiles sadistically again, looking very satisfied with Batista laid out in front of him. Young admires his mentor’s work and now spots Triple H coming round. The rookie lets Randy know, tapping him on his shoulder and pointing right at The King of Kings. Orton switches gears and grins again with a plan clearly on his mind. He nods at Young and backs up in to the corner as The Game tries to get on to one knee.
The Viper charges out of the corner with a fierce determination written all over his face and punts The Game right in the head. That gets a decent pop and Orton takes several seconds to admire his work with Young doing the same as both Batista & Triple H lie motionless on the mat. Orton now asks Young to go and get him a microphone, and he does just that. The Legend Killer holds out his hand, not taking his eyes off Triple H for a second as Young hands him the microphone.
Randy Orton: Hun’er, if I’ve not made this clear enough already, this is my title shot, not yours or anyone else’s. At Unf’given I will once again become the W-W-E Champion, and if anyone gets in my way, I will put them including you Hun’er on the shelf permanently.
“Voices” plays again to a mostly negative reception from the Canadian fans, but there are some cheers in there as The Viper stares down remorselessly at the unconscious Triple H. Young looks down and smirks too, and as he & Orton turn to leave the ring, the still emotional Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley runs down to the ring and goes to check on her husband straight away. She panics and calls back for help, amusing both Orton & Young while Batista begins to sit up by the ropes. A couple of EMT’s race down to the ring and try to establish The Game’s condition as Orton & Young back track up the ramp, keeping their eyes on the damage they’ve caused.
“Wanna Be Loved”
*Cut to the Arena*
Jim Ross: Good evening ev’ryone and welcome t’ Monday Night Raw, coming t’ you live t’night from the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho just six days away from Unf’given where Batista will defend the W-W-E Championship against Randy Orton, and after last week King anything can and probably will happen.
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: Absolutely J-R. I know it was just a week ago but it sure doesn’t feel like it. It was an eventful night that’s f’ sure. It makes me wonder what’s gonna happen t’night.
Jim Ross: My guess is anything as far as Randy Orton is concerned. He’s on a mission right now an’ Triple H would testify t’ that if he could, but last week Orton punted him in the head an’ we hear that The Game is in a bad way ‘cause of that incident, an’ t’night King, the wildcard, Orton’s rookie, Darren Young will go one on one with Batista in what will be his W-W-E debut. He couldn’t ask f’ a bigger match than the one he’s got t’night, an’ y’can guarantee King that The Legend Killer won’t be far away.
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: Oh yeah, you can bank on that J-R, but what I’m really lookin’ forward to is The Big Show takin’ on Mister McMahon. I never thought I’d hear myself say that. God knows what’s going through Vince’s head right now.
Jim Ross: One could only imagine, an’ I’m sure there’s a lot of people who can’t wait t’ see that later on. But that’s not all folks as we’re going t’ see The Miz in action against John Morrison’s best friend, Matt Cappotelli in a no holds barred match. That really is something I never thought I’d see after ev’rything Cappotelli’s been through in recent years, but we will right here t’night in Nampa.
“My Time is Now”
A huge roar breaks out in the Idaho Center as John Cena makes his way out to the stage. Dressed as he usually is in his cut off jeans and T-shirt, the pumped up Cena hits both sides to pose for the fans. He smiles and salutes as normal before heading down the ramp to the ring. With the majority of the fans still cheering, he picks up a microphone placed on the apron and steps through the ropes to enter the ring. He walks across the ring and poses for the fans again, getting another big pop. He then backs up and his music cuts, bringing out the cheers & boos even more, and Cena soaks it up with a big smile.
John Cena: Well good evening Nampa!
John Cena: Y’know there’s nothin’ I’d love more than t’ compete in front of you all t’night, but unfortunately that’s not gonna happen courtesy of the number one contender for the W-W-E Championship this weekend at Unf’given, Randy Orton.
John Cena: Don’t get me wrong, it was one of those fluke injuries, an’ right now with ev’rything that’s been goin’ on, it’s given me more time t’ think things through. . . See as I’m sure you all by now, I’ve been made an offer, an offer t’ leave Monday nights an’ the bright lights of Raw t’ go back to where it all began f’ yours truly, Smackdown.
John Cena: I’ve had plenty of time t’ think it over an’ then some, and without doubt this has been the toughest decision of my whole career. Ever since comin’ t’ Raw, I’ve enjoyed ev’ry single moment. I’ve had some good ones an’ I‘ve sure as hell had some bad ones, whether it’s gettin’ injured at the hands of Randy Orton or bein’ told by tens of thousands of fans tellin’ me I suck on the grandest stage of them all.
John Cena: Oh I’ve had worse than that, not that I’ve ever let it get me down. I always have an’ always will soldier on ‘cause that’s what JOHN CENA IS ALL ABOUT!
John Cena: JOHN CENA HAS NOT AN’ WILL NOT QUIT, EVER! WHETHER I’M ON RAW OR SMACKDOWN, YOU’LL GET NOTHIN’ BUT THE BEST OF JOHN CENA.
John Cena: See this is where the problem lies. I’ve been goin’ back an’ forth f’ nearly a month tryin’ t’ figure this out. I could easily stay on Raw, or I could go back t’ Smackdown an’ start a new chapter in my career. An’ after weeks of thinkin’ this through, I think I’ve finally come to a decision. I’m not sayin’ it’s the right one but I’ve made my decision nonetheless, an’ I’m gonna announce it t’ the world this Sunday at Unf’given.
The moment seems to get to Cena as he looks in to the stands.
“I hear voices in my head. . .”
‘The Viper’ Randy Orton strolls calmly out to the stage with his rookie, Darren Young by his side. Cena turns and looks up with a wry smile as he watches the man who injured his shoulder and Young make their way coolly down the ramp and in to the ring. Orton stares coldly at Cena as he walks past him to collect a microphone with Young also staring at Cena with a smirk on his face. Orton turns round and walks back to the centre of the ring to face Cena with his music grinding to a halt.
Randy Orton: John I’m glad to hear you’ve finally come to a decision. I just hope it’s the right one. . . Between you and I, I think you know you should’ve left Raw a long time ago. However now is exactly the right time to walk away as you know better than anyone that I am on a mission to remove ev’rything in my path to ensure I reclaim the W-W-E Championship. The W-W-E Championship that I lost at WrestleMania, or should I say you lost on my behalf.
Randy Orton: I’ve not f’gotten that moment John and I won’t until I regain the W-W-E title this Sunday at Unf’given. You are the sole reason I’ve not been able t’ sleep since WrestleMania, and if f’ some reason I don’t beat Batista, you won’t be competing on Raw or Smackdown for a long time.
Randy Orton: You better hope I beat Batista and take back the title I never lost in the first place. Let me remind you John that the reason you’re not able to compete right now is because you were in my way of getting to Batista, and look what happened. I put you on the shelf again, and last week I did the same t’ Triple H.
Randy Orton: I’m not done there either. Batista’s next, and if you decide t’ stay on Raw John, you might just end up on the shelf permanently.
Cena’s not smiling now while Young laughs at his defiant mentor.
John Cena: You really think you could pull that off huh?
Randy Orton: We both know I could Cena. In the last year alone you’ve had two injuries because of me. . .
John Cena: . . . And both times I’ve come back, and I will do TIME AN’ TIME AGAIN.
John Cena: And the last time I checked Randy, I was still a Raw superstar.
Randy Orton: If you were smart, you won’t be f’ much longer. Still, if you make the wrong decision, the chances you are you’ll end up not being a Raw superstar after I’m done ending your career like I should have a long time ago.
John Cena: I like your optimism Randy, really I do, but there’s one problem. See as I’m sure you know as much as anyone here on Raw, I’m not intimidated by anyone an’ there’s nothing I love more than what J-R calls a good old fashioned slobber knocker.
Randy Orton: The problem with that John is it’s not just me you have to worry about. There’s Darren Young too. The man I’m going to take with me to the top of the W-W-E, someone who’s dying to make a statement. That statement could be taking you out f’ good. I know he could do that right here right now, only t’night he has more pressing things t’ deal with, as t’night he will be facing Batista, and he’s going t’ do the exact same thing I will this Sunday and beat Batista.
Young confidently nods his head at Cena and the crowd.
Randy Orton: By this time next week Cena, we will hold all the power on Raw whether you’re here or not. Surely you can see it’s in your best int’rests to make sure you’re not here.
John Cena: Y’know Randy, it’s real handy that this whole vow of destruction has all come about since you’ve got yourself a new sidekick t’ watch your back. That’s a smart move.
Randy Orton: HEY, LET’S GET THIS STRAIGHT. I INJURED YOU TWICE WITHOUT ANY HELP WHATSOEVER. IT WAS ALL ME CENA. THE LAST TIME MIGHT’VE BEEN AN ACCIDENT BUT IT WON’T NEXT TIME. I’VE GOT NO PROBLEM ASKIN’ HIM T’ LEAVE US TO IT. BUT MARK MY WORDS, YOU DON’T WANT THAT. ALL THESE GREAT TIMES YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT WILL BE ALL YOU HAVE LEFT BY THE TIME I’VE DONE WITH YOU. BEATING DAVE IS WHAT I WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING, BUT LET ME TELL YOU CENA, FINISHING YOUR CAREER WOULD BE MY DISTINCT PLEASURE.
John Cena: Well let me think about that Randy. It’s a tempting offer, it really is.
Orton stares intently at Cena with Young also watching keenly.
John Cena: Here’s how it is. Over the years John Cena’s never been one t’ back down from a fight. However there has been an’ always will be the odd exception, an’ t’night’s one of ‘em.
John Cena: See as much pleasure as it would give me t’ kick your ass all over this arena, one thing I’m not Randy is stupid. So as kind as an offer as it is, I have to politely decline.
Orton smiles slightly, seemingly expecting that answer from Cena.
Randy Orton: I can’t say I’m not disappointed, but let me congratulate you on making a rare sensible decision. I hope for your sake you make another one this Sunday, because I promise you Cena, you’ll regret it. The John Cena era is over. It’s my time. The Orton Era is upon us, and there’s nothing you or anyone can do about it. Not you and not Batista. Nobody can or will stop me.
John Cena: Is that so?. . . Well I guess we’re just gonna have t’ see about that aren’t we Randy?
Cena & Orton stare at each other as “My Time is Now” plays to a big pop with Young keeping an eye on Cena too. The injured Massachusetts native now kneels down and drops the microphone on the mat, turns round and leaves the ring. Orton & Young watch him closely though as he slaps hands with the fans as he makes his way up the ramp.
Christopher Daniels & Kaval, Raw’s newest team on the block are heading through the back with their game faces well and truly on with their World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round match coming up next.
During The Break
A very serious looking WWE Champion, Batista is shown entering the arena dragging his travel bag with the WWE title resting over his shoulder.
A somewhat angry Eric Bischoff is pacing through the halls of the Idaho Center and stops at a door marked ‘WWE Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Jr’. Bischoff takes a second to compose himself before opening the door and barging in, revealing to us Ted DiBiase Jr & Ezekiel Jackson sat down on the bench getting ready with Maryse standing inside too. DiBiase looks up and isn’t happy.
Ted DiBiase: Ever heard of knocking? Can’t you see we’re trying to get ready?
Eric Bischoff: Yeah about that. I guess I’m surprised t’ see you even bothering t’ change given what’s happened the last two weeks with your so called matches that have all for some reason or another not taken place.
Ted DiBiase: And?
Eric Bischoff: Well Ted, it’s real simple. See I caught your red handed once last week when Kofi was attacke. . .
Ted DiBiase: . . . Hey that was just a coincidence like we said.
Eric Bischoff: Sure it was, just like it was when the Corporation saved your ass the week before and Triple H attacked Batista before your match las. . .
Ted DiBiase: . . . Wait. I told you the Corporation an’ I had an arrangement, but I had nothing t’ do with what happened t’ Batista last week. Take that up with Triple H. Oh wait, you can’t.
Eric Bischoff: You’re right, I can’t. How fortunate.
Ted DiBiase: Look, for what it’s worth. I honestly didn’t have anything t’ do with Triple H jumping Batista. . .
Eric Bischoff: . . . Sorry you said that like your word counted f’ something.
Ted DiBiase: If you don’t like what you hear Bischoff, you could always turn around and get out. Believe me, I don’t mind.
Eric Bischoff: No I’m sure you wouldn’t, but you know what? I might regret it but I’m actually going to give you the benefit of the doubt t’night. You probably were oblivious as to what Triple H had planned last week. It might’ve worked out well for you again like it always seems to. However I just want you to be clear on something going in to Unf’given. Not only are these two banned from ringside, if I suspect the slightest bit of foul play from now until Sunday, it will give me great satisfaction t’ strip you of the Intercontinental title. Are you all clear on that?
DiBiase stands up and walks up to Bischoff looking very relaxed now.
Ted DiBiase: That’s perfectly clear, because after myself and the big man here are done with Kofi Kingston t’night, all I’ll have t’ do Sunday is pick up the pieces. . . Whether you like it or not, I’ll still be the Intercontinental Champion by the time Unf’given’s out of the way.
Eric Bischoff: I have a feeling Kofi might have something to say about that but I hope for your sake you stick to your word f’ once ‘cause trust me, nothing would give me greater pleasure than t’ take that title off you.
Ted DiBiase: It’s not gonna happen.
DiBiase grins right at Bischoff, looking very smug indeed. Bischoff is not impressed.
Eric Bischoff: Remember this though champ, I’m gonna be watching your ev’ry move. Put one foot out of line and that title comes with me. And between you an’ me, it won’t take much f’ me t’ take it from you. . . All the same though, good luck t’night an’ Sunday. You might just need it.
Bischoff turns round and leaves the room smiling having made his point. DiBiase’s not so smug now as the camera zooms in on his angry face.
*Cut to the Arena*
*The Opening Match*
World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round Match
Goldust & Eugene vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval
JTG & Homicide were watching on from a monitor in the back knowing that they would be facing the winners in the semi finals of the tournament as Daniels & Kaval looked to follow on from their debut victory last week over Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms. Despite not endearing themselves to the crowd, they got on with the job in hand, putting on a clinic and shrugging off the crowd’s negative reactions. After an even start where Goldust managed to frustrate Kaval, the newest team on the block gained the initiative. Kaval was able to pull back with a matrix from an uppercut attempt from a seated Goldust, and as the veteran was making his way back up in a hurry, Kaval ran the ropes, hit a springboard and connected with a gamengiri.
It sent Goldie down in a flash, and Kaval scurried across desperately to make a cover where Goldust just about got his shoulder up at the count of two. As the match progressed, they managed to isolate Eugene. That was until Kaval reacted badly after Eugene managed to drag himself to the safety of the ropes while fighting the Iron Octopus, a head-scissor arm bar submission hold. Kaval wasn’t happy and went right back at Eugene, but the referee held him back as Eugene used the ropes to help him get back up. Kaval flew at him but Eugene sidestepped him with Kaval hitting the ropes and getting rolled up right away, but Kaval kicked out at two.
As both men made their way back up in a hurry, Eugene struck first with an inverted atomic drop, and with Kaval hobbling around on the mat, Eugene lifted him off his feet and in to an air plane spin. The crowd cheered as Eugene spun him round before getting dizzy himself, leaving him no option but to let go of his opponent who fell to the mat. Eugene went for a cover and was left looking heartbroken as Kaval kicked out. Goldust was urging his partner to tag him, and he did just that, bringing the veteran in to the ring. Goldust watched the drowsy Kaval make his way back up, not seeming to know where he was.
Just before Kaval stood up, Goldust set off charging past him in to the ropes and came back looking to take him down with a one arm bulldog, but Kaval pulled his head back with Goldust hitting the deck. Kaval looked on with a face like thunder and then nailed his opponent with a thunderous double sit down dropkick to the face after running the ropes. That brought Daniels in to the ring and he looked all set to wrap the match up on a number of occasions. However he was unsuccessful after the best moonsault ever and a thunderous enzuigiri. He was getting very agitated, and as he watched the battered Goldust struggle to pick himself up, he pulled him in to place for the Angel’s Wings.
He didn’t anticipate a fightback from him, but that’s what he got when he was on the receiving end of a back body drop. Goldust had momentum on his side and looked on the verge of securing a huge victory for him & Eugene as he set Daniels up for the Final Cut. He lifted him up for the suplex, but as he spun round, Daniels stepped back and Goldust hit the mat. Daniels reacted quickly by charging at the shocked Eugene and knocking him off the apron with a raised knee lift while Goldust made his way back up in a real daze.
Daniels walked back towards him, kicked him in the gut and this time connected with the Angel’s Wings to send him & Kaval in to the semi finals of the tag team title tournament and book themselves a match against JTG & Homicide. Kaval joined his partner in the ring and they got their arms raised with satisfied smiles on their faces, revelling somewhat in the boos that were being thrown at them. As they then made their way back up the ramp, they were stopped by Raw’s host Zack Ryder for a quick chat.
Winners: Christopher Daniels & Kaval by pinfall.
Zack Ryder: Congratulations guys on that truly awesome performance. I gotta say that you guys really are living up to this reputation as bein’ one of the best tag teams in the world right now, an’ after that vict’ry you’re now just two wins away from becoming the new World Tag Team Champions. That’s gotta sound good right?
Christopher Daniels: Let me make this clear just so ev’ryone understands. . . Like you said, there’s been a whole lot of talk about myself and Kaval, and we’re here for one reason and one reason only, to become the World Tag Team Champions.
Christopher Daniels: Those titles have our names on them, and when we get them we won’t just be known as one of the best teams in the world but the absolute best bar none.
Kaval stands there and nods with Ryder looking impressed with the duo. Daniels looks in to the crowd and shows he means what he’s just said.
A concerned John Morrison is walking back & forth in a locker room with a focused Matt Cappotelli sat down on the bench pulling his knee pads in to place. The Monday Night Delight now sits down alongside his buddy.
John Morrison: Matt, I know we’ve been through a lot t’gether, but this whole thing with The Miz, well it isn’t your problem. You don’t have t’ do this t’night. It’s still not too late t’ pull out you know? You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, especially The Miz.
Matt sits up and looks at Morrison.
Matt Cappotelli: I know John, an’ I know you’re just tryin’ t’ look out f’ me, but you don’t need to, I know what I’m doin’. I’m gonna make sure The Miz gets what’s comin’ to ‘im after ev’rything he’s said since SummerSlam, an’ no one can change my mind John, not even you man. I’ve gotta do this.
John Morrison: Alright, but I’m gonna be out there with you. You can be sure he’s gonna have that Slater kid with ‘im too, and you just know he’s probably got something planned. I’m not going t’ let you go out there in to a trap Matt. No way.
Matt Cappotelli: I wouldn’t have it any other way bro’.
Morrison & Cappotelli smile and give each other a brotherly hug.
With his music playing, Raw’s host, Zack Ryder is standing in the middle of the ring wearing his ring gear and holding a microphone. There’s already a referee in there with Ryder, who’s looking very confident indeed. His music cuts and gives him a chance to address the crowd.
Zack Ryder: After what went down last week, I should be ragin’, but I’m not. There’s only one thing on my mind right now guys an’ girls, an’ that’s beatin’ Rey Mysterio this Sunday at Unf’given.
Zack Ryder: Nothin’s gonna get in my way of doin’ just that an’ that’s a promise. I’m so sure in fact that I’m gonna embarrass the hell out of ‘im that I thought I’d prove it to him an’ all of you right here t’night.
Zack Ryder: Now obviously I’m not talkin’ about facin’ Rey one on one. I’m gonna be doin’ that Sunday, but that doesn’t stop me issuing Rey an’ his rookie a challenge to a tag team match right now.
Zack Ryder: So what you gotta say Rey Rey? Are you up t’ the challenge or not? Let’s hear it.
Ryder looks up at the stage waiting for a response.
He doesn’t have to wait long as here come Rey Mysterio and his rookie, Mystico. They walk out to the stage calmly in their ring gear and Rey has a microphone in his hand. The Master of the 619 holds up his hand, calling for the production crew to cut his music, and they do.
Rey Mysterio: You want a match right now Ryder? With us?
Zack Ryder: Oh yeah Rey. That’s exactly what I want.
Rey Mysterio: Then I get a real simple answer f’ ya. You got it!
Rey & Mystico walk down the ramp while Ryder smiles and nods his head. He watches them walk up the steps with Rey dropping the microphone on them before entering the ring. The music stops and Ryder lifts the stick back up to his mouth.
Zack Ryder: Now as y’can see, there’s two of you an’ just one of me, but I’m gonna change that right now an’ intr’duce you to my partner. And just like me, he’s gonna be in action an’ victorious at Unf’given. He is the undefeated, the unstoppable Celtic Warrior, SHEA-MUS.
“Written in my Face”
‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus walks out to the stage looking fired up with the smug Ryder nodding his head at Rey & Mystico, and the Mexican duo look on with some reservation at Ryder’s partner. Sheamus enters the ring and walks past his opponents, staring right at them before shaking hands with Ryder. Raw’s host hands the microphone over to Lilian Garcia through the ropes as all four men prepare to do battle.
Rey Mysterio & Mystico vs. Zack Ryder & Sheamus
Sheamus was a man on a mission and was allowed to do most of the work by the passive Raw host. The Celtic Warrior was dominant in the opening minutes against Mystico, but Rey’s rookie showed similar spirit to that of the Master of the 619 when he looked in trouble. He was comfortably scooped up on to Sheamus’s shoulder, and the Irishman took the time to look in to the crowd, staring at them disapprovingly. He then ran out of the corner looking to take Mystico down with a running powerslam, but the Mexican rookie came to life and slipped to safety down the pasty Irishman’s back. Sheamus was stunned and Mystico reacted quickly to dropkick him in the back, sending him forward in to the pads.
Rey watched on with hope as his rookie snuck up behind him on his knees and rolled him up, but The Celtic Warrior kicked out with force at two. Both men raced back up to their feet, and Mystico ducked a wild right before levelling his opponent with a thunderous enzuigiri. Mystico was still showing the effects of the beatdown he’d received from Sheamus, taking him several seconds before he could crawl across on his knees to make the cover. The Mexican duo were left disappointed as Sheamus got his shoulder up at the count of two. Both men then made their way to their respective corners on their knees and tagged in their partners. Ryder didn’t look too keen but Rey went right after him, gaining the initiative for himself & Mystico.
Ryder was reeling and when it looked like Mysterio was in cruise control, Sheamus came to the rescue and nailed Rey with a big boot as the Mexican went for a springboard crossbody. He ended up falling to the mat with Ryder scurrying across to make a cover, only Rey got his shoulder up before the ref could count to three. Raw’s host was frustrated and went crazy in trying to finish Mysterio off. He failed and Rey came back fighting, dodging the Zack Attack and running right at Sheamus to send him off the apron with a dropkick to the knee. As he turned round by the ropes, Ryder ran at him and in to a drop toe hold that sent him down on to the second rope. Rey dialled up for the 619 to a huge pop from the Nampa crowd.
He charged across the ring, hit the ropes and ran back to swing through the ropes to nail Ryder in the face with the 619. It sent Zack spiralling back across the ring while Mysterio steadied himself on the apron as he watched & waited for his opponent to get back up. Ryder was in a daze, and as he turned round, Mysterio went for the springboard, but again Sheamus struck, standing up on the outside and jumping up on to the apron. He shoved Rey down to the mat after he hit the top rope. That allowed both men to tag their partners again, and a few more times after that, leaving Sheamus in the ring with Mystico at the end. It looked as if Mystico would score somewhat of an upset when he ducked the brogue kick and caught the shocked Irishman with a super kick.
However Sheamus lifted his shoulder up off the mat just as it looked like it could have been three. With Sheamus barely moving on the mat, Mystico went to hit a springboard moonsault but crash landed after Sheamus rolled to the side. The Celtic Warrior crawled forward to the ropes on his knees and used them to get back up to his feet as Mystico clawed his way up several feet behind him. As Sheamus got to his feet and turned round, he was overcame with anger and charged right at Mystico, nailing him with the brogue kick. The Mexican was knocked out and unable to kick out as the menacing Irishman dropped to his knees to make the cover and pick up the win for him & Ryder.
“Written in My Face” played to heat as the delighted Ryder entered the ring to get his arm raised along with the unsatisfied looking Sheamus. Rey got in there too to make sure Mystico was okay, and he was as he slowly lifted his head up off the mat, which caught the attention of the victors. Ryder gave Sheamus a look that told him to go kill Rey. The Celtic Warrior didn’t need the invitation and walked menacingly towards him with the Raw host smiling away. Rey realised the danger he was in and stood up to stand his ground. He tried to talk Sheamus out of it but didn’t need to as “Lambeg” hit and Finlay walked out to the stage to a big pop with his shillelagh in hand.
He gained Sheamus’s full attention and Ryder wasn’t best pleased as the veteran charged down the ramp and in to the ring. He stood alongside Mysterio and wielded his shillelagh, forcing Sheamus & Ryder back and eventually out of the ring, very reluctantly. Finlay didn’t take his eyes off of Sheamus, who was livid and mouthed the words “Sund’y fella” at his rival and fellow Irishman. As Mystico sat up in the ring, Ryder & Mysterio stared at each other too with Finlay & Sheamus still glaring intensely doing the same with the Celtic Brawl just six nights away.
Winners: Zack Ryder & Sheamus by pinfall.
Kofi Kingston is getting ready for his match coming up later on, and it’s easy to see he’s not in the best of moods to say the least. He’s got a face like thunder, and it gets much worse as he sees the door to his locker room open and Kelly Kelly walk in. Kofi shakes his head as his friend walks towards him and sits down next to him. She looks very sombre tonight, and has difficulty getting Kofi’s attention.
Kelly Kelly: Hey, how you doin’ Kofi? Are you okay?
The former Intercontinental Champion leans forward and laces up his boots, clearly trying to avoid a conversation with Kelly.
Kelly Kelly: Kofi, we need t’ talk. Please listen to what I have t’ say.
Kingston reluctantly sits up and listens, still not looking at her.
Kelly Kelly: You’ve not spoken to me all week and I just want to know you’re okay. Y’know, after what happened last week wi. . .
Kofi Kingston: . . . Kelly look. I’ve got a big match t’night an’ a bigger one on Sunday. The last thing I care about right now is this.
Kelly Kelly: I thought we were friends Kofi, and you knew that was all we could be. I’m sorry that what Ted said and showed you what happened with Zack hurt you. . .
Kofi Kingston: . . . I ain’t hurt Kel’, I’ve just got a whole lot more important stuff t’ deal with now than you an’ Zack whatever his name is right?
Kelly Kelly: I know you better than that Kofi. I know when something’s wrong, and clearly. . .
Kofi Kingston: . . . Yeah clearly something’s wrong. I got screwed out o’ the Intercontinental title at SummerSlam an’ I’ve got a shot at gettin’ it back in less than a week. Whatever y’do Kel’ is your business. I ain’t got time f’ this right now, y’got that?
Kelly Kelly: I got it. I’m sorry Kofi. I’m sorry things have turned out like this but I think it’s for the best if we don’t hang out anymore.
Kofi Kingston: Whatever.
Kelly stands up looking sad with Kofi blanking her and going back to lacing up his boots.
Kelly Kelly: Take care.
Kelly walks out of the room and Kofi looks up, not happy at all. He pulls his untied boot off his left foot and throws it in to the wall with the camera zooming in on him before fading out.
The Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater are shown making their way through the back with the confident looking Mr. Hollywood just minutes away from his No Holds Barred match with Matt Cappotelli, coming up after the break.
From Last Week
The Corporation walk out to the stage, all smirking and revelling in the boos being thrown in their direction. Vince McMahon and both his sons, Shane & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield make their way down the ramp, chuckling at the fans in the process.
Vince McMahon: When I said last Monday night that I am sick an’ tired of being told what t’ do on my own show, I wasn’t joking. This is my creation and it’s farcical that my hands have been tied as far as running this show is concerned. That’s why I said last week that I’m taking the power back and that at Unf’given, we as a unit, The Corporation will take on the world’s largest athlete in a handicap match.
“Back in Black”
A big pop breaks out as Eric Bischoff, Raw’s Head of Authority walks out to the stage with a microphone in his possession. He’s looking fairly relaxed, and the same can’t be said for The Corporation now as they turn and look up at him.
Eric Bischoff: Now as far as this match you’ve decided you’re going to be in at Unf’given against The Big Show, I’m the one who makes the final decision on whether I feel that’s appropriate or not. I’m sure when you were running Raw with your own agenda, a three on one handicap match sounded like a good idea didn’t it? That’s exactly why I’m the sole authority figure now, and let me make this clear for you Vince. You will not be facing The Big Show in a three on one handicap match at Unf’given.
“Crank It Up”
A big pop breaks out as The Big Show and his rookie Justin Gabriel join Bischoff on the stage. Both are dressed casually and Show has a microphone, but neither of them appears to be in the best of moods after what went down last week. They stare down at The Corporation and Show casually shakes hands with Bischoff.
The Big Show: Y’know after last week, the thought of a handicap match at Unf’given sounds pretty good. . . Oh before I f’got t’ say that when I said I’m okay with a handicap match, I mean a three on two handicap match with my rookie, Justin Gabriel as my partner.
Eric Bischoff: I guess that’s fair. Now it’s official. In less than two weeks at Unf’given it’s going t’ be Vince an’ Shane McMahon and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield taking on Justin Gabriel an’ The Big Show in a handicap match. . . Now we’re all agreed on Unf’given, we need t’ move on. As far as Unf’given’s concerned, we’re all set. The same can’t be said f’ t’night, well until now. . . Later on in our main event we’re going to have ourselves a sneak preview of Unf’given, because right here live on Raw t’night it’s going t’ be The Big Show going one on one with. . . John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield.
Justin Gabriel: Eric, if you don’t mind I’d like to an ask you for a favour. I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to be on Raw and I want to repay you. . . t’night. . . Show I know how much you want t’ get your hands on J-B-L but I’d really like the chance to take your place and face him myself t’night. . . What d’ y’say boss?
Eric Bischoff: I think that’s a great idea. You’re on. It’ll be Justin Gabriel an’ J-B-L one on one HERE T’NIGHT. . . However there’s a catch. I’m gonna make this a bit more int’resting for ev’ryone. I’m gonna raise the stakes a little. . . See John if you win t’night, next week The Big Show will have t’ run the gauntlet against each member of The Corporation. . . On the other hand if you lose, next week will see The Big Show going one on one with Vince McMahon.
Justin Gabriel w/The Big Show vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield w/Vince & Shane McMahon
JBL had stolen the ascendency, but once again Gabriel hung on to fight another day by getting his shoulder up at the count of two. JBL was fuming and the ref was concerned for Gabriel, and went to check on the rookie as he tried to make it back up. There was no concern for him from JBL or the rest of The Corporation though as Layfield sized his opponent up. Looking unsteady as he stood back up, Gabriel turned round to see JBL charging at him and lift his boot up to drive it down his throat, but the South African ducked in time, only for JBL to drill the referee with his massive boot instead. Layfield was stunned, as was Gabriel, but it was the youngster who reacted first to take JBL down with an STO.
Vince panicked and gave Shane an order, resulting in Shane-O-Mac throwing himself under the bottom rope and in to the ring. Show was stunned and warned Gabriel right away, who turned round in to a falling clothesline. Show was fuming and joined in the action, not pleasing Shane one bit. He tried begging for mercy, but he didn’t get any and Show grabbed him for a chokeslam. He took his time and was waiting for the crowd’s reaction, while at the same time, JBL was getting back up just to the side of him. Show saw him moving and shoved Shane down to the canvas, then nailed Layfield with the knockout punch to a big pop, just as Gabriel was sitting up.
Shane stood up by the ropes and was quickly clotheslined over the top by the seven foot plus giant, who then turned round and dragged Show closer to the corner. He then looked right at Gabriel and instructed him to go to the top rope, nodding his head at his rookie. Vince was big time worried as he watched from the outside as Gabriel made his way up to the dizzy heights of the top rope with JBL lying helplessly several feet beneath him. The crowd were cheering as Gabriel looked in to the stands and Show tried to shake the ref to life. Gabriel then jumped up in to the air and connected with a 450 splash to a huge pop.
Vince was furious as he saw the referee come round and slowly crawl across to make the count, an agonising slow count that eventually made it to three to give Gabriel a huge debut victory. Show was smiling just as widely as Gabriel was as he raised his hand in front of the fuming Vince, and Shane too as he sat up on the floor with “Crank It Up” playing. Gabriel then made his way to the corner and climbed up to the second rope posing for the jubilant crowd while Show walked towards the apron and smiled down at the pissed duo of Vince & Shane as this week’s show came to a close, knowing that next week he’ll be facing Vince live on Raw.
Leticia Cline is standing by outside of The Corporation’s locker room looking as tasty as ever.
Leticia Cline: Hi ev’ryone. As you can see I’m here outside The Corporation’s dressing room, and t’night Mister McMahon will be going one on one with The Big Show. I’ve come here to try and get a word with the man himself. Just bare with me a second.
Leticia turns and knocks on the door.
It sounded like an angry Mr. McMahon.
Leticia Cline: Err, Mister McMahon it’s Leticia. I was just wondering if I could get a few words from you about your match t’night.
Vince McMahon: Fine, come in.
Leticia cautiously opens the door and walks in where we can see Mr. McMahon sitting up on the floor with his sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield standing either side of him. Vince is already in his ring gear and is sweating slightly, seemingly having gone through some kind of workout. Leticia tentatively walks towards the McMahons and Vince, breathing more heavily than normal stands up. The mood in the McMahon camp is very serious.
Leticia Cline: Mister McMahon, because Justin Gabriel beat J-B-L last week, t’night you will be taking on his mentor, someone you kicked out of The Corporation last month, The Big Show. How are you feeling about that right now?
Vince McMahon: How am I feeling? How am I feeling?. . . Let’s see. First off, that Gabriel kid didn’t beat John last week, meaning I shouldn’t have to wrestle The Big Show t’night. It was there for all t’ see that if anyone beat John last week, it was The Big Show. He had no right being in that ring whatsoever. I was there. I saw him punch John in the face with that huge fist and knock him out, but because Eric Bischoff has it in for us, he let it go. He’d love nothing more than t’ see me in the ring with his pal t’night.
Leticia Cline: You’re talking about The Big Show?
Vince McMahon: Exactly right, and he has the nerve to accuse me of throwing my weight around for my own benefit, which is clearly what he’s doing right now. But guess what? I’m not gonna stand for it, just like I didn’t stand for it when he tried to run me and my family out of business. I won that battle and I’ll win this one too like I have ev’ry battle my entire life. Vincent Kennedy McMahon doesn’t lie down and die for anyone. T’night, against all the odds, I will beat The Big Show, just like we will as a family six nights from now at Unf’given. And I assure you, we’re going to enjoy ev’ry second of it. Now is that all?
Leticia Cline: Yeah, thanks. Good luck t’night Mister McMahon.
Vince McMahon: Well thank you dear.
Leticia smiles ever so slightly before turning round and leaving the room. Vince turns round to face his sons, then gets back on the floor.
Vince McMahon: Right, where were we?
JBL & Shane watch on as Vince puts himself through his paces, doing some sits up.
*Cut to the Arena*
Boos fill the Idaho Center as The Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater enter the arena. Both young men seem very relaxed as Mr. Hollywood stops at the top of the stage, smiling & nodding. He then walks down the ramp with a certain swagger & purpose, followed by his smirking rookie.
Lilian Garcia: This contest is scheduled for one fall and is a NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH.
Lilian Garcia: Intr’ducing first from Cleveland, Ohio, being accompanied to the ring by Heath Slater, weighing in at two hundred and thirty pounds, THE MIZ.
As The Miz enters the ring with the fans still booing, he walks over to Lilian Garcia and asks for her microphone. He gets it and takes up centre stage with Slater joining him by his side as the music stops, bringing out the heat even more as The Miz stands there smirking.
The Miz: Well good evening Idaho.
The Miz: For once in your lives, t’night you people are lucky enough t’ get t’ see yours truly in action. However before we get t’ that, there’s something I need t’ get off my chest. . . It appears that over the last few weeks, some over sensitive individuals have taken offensive to some of the comments I may have made regarding one Matt Cappotelli.
The Miz: I have a message for each and ev’ryone of you who’ve taken a shot at me. . . get a life!
The Miz: I don’t regret a single word I’ve said, and if that upsets or offends anyone, I don’t care. I’m not here to tell you what the world needs t’ hear. I’m here for one reason and one reason only, to become the biggest star this company has ever seen.
The Miz: You can boo as much as you want, it’s not going to change a thing. I will be this company’s star attraction for years to come whether you people like it or not, and over the last week it appears something else you don’t like is me making a challenge to poor old Matt Cappotelli. There are actually people calling me a despicable, heartless human being all because I challenged him to a match. Well newsflash people, you might see me as the bad guy in all this, but one thing you need to remember is that I didn’t force him in to it. He accepted the challenge. Don’t blame me. Ultimately there’s only one person responsible for what may or may not happen t’night, and that’s not me. For those who are curious, it won’t be god either. It’ll be his close personal friend, Matt Cappotelli.
The Miz: The only way he could ever beat me is if god came downstairs, and rest assured people, that’s not gonna happen. He may have beaten cancer but he won’t beat The Miz.
The Miz hands the microphone back to Llilian Garcia, smiling away just like Slater with the fans booing the crap out of The Miz.
“Listen, this ain’t no make believe. . .”
The disgusted duo of Matt Cappotelli & John Morrison slowly walk out to the stage, and The Monday Night Delight shakes his head and stares down at his rival just grinning back at him.
Lilian Garcia: And his opponent, being accompanied to the ring by John Morrison, from Rochester, New York, weighing in at two hundred and twenty five pounds, MATT CAPPO-TELLI!
Cappotelli is one intense guy right now as he focuses on one person and one person only, The Miz. He & Morrison set off down the ramp with Cappotelli wearing cut off black jeans, a white T-shirt and boots as well as the all padding he needs on his elbows & knees. The Miz backs up in to his corner with Slater leaving the ring looking very confident of his mentor’s chances as Cappotelli climbs up the steps to enter the ring, glaring right at his opponent. Morrison takes up a position in his friend’s corner while the very overconfident Mr. Hollwood continues smirking at Cappotelli who looks ready to go.
No Holds Barred
Matt Cappotelli w/John Morrison vs. The Miz w/Heath Slater
As soon as the bell rang, Miz ran at Cappotelli and knocked him down with a thunderous clothesline leaving Matt in some pain on the mat. The Miz smirked and looked over at Slater, then nodded his head. Slater grabbed a chair from beside the timekeeper’s table and slipped it in to the ring to his mentor as Cappotelli started to make his way back up. Mr. Hollywood picked it up and got ready to take his opponent’s head off with Morrison looking very worried on the outside. He panicked and threw himself in the ring as Cappotelli got to his feet. With The Miz lifting the chair up high above his head and as Matt turned round, Morrison ran at him and shoved him out of the way, running right in to the chair shot meant for his buddy.
It amused The Miz and he had laughed at the sight of Morrison flat on his back and Cappotelli trying to get to his knees. The Miz stepped back and got ready to strike again with the fans booing and looking extremely worried for Cappotelli. He didn’t take his eyes off him, and as Matt stood up and turned round, he blasted him in the skull with the chair to a barrage of heat. Both The Miz & Slater enjoyed seeing both Morrison & Cappotelli flat out, and The Miz simply dropped the chair before placing his right boot across Matt’s chest for the cover.
Cappotelli was helpless and the referee counted to three resulting in yet more heat and “I Came to Play” playing again. Slater joined his mentor in the ring and applauded as the ref raised The Miz’s hand in victory. The Miz was in heaven, sn-iggering away as Melina, the WWE Women’s Champion ran down the ramp to check on both her friends, further amusing Mr. Hollywood & Slater. They then left the ring wearing big smiles as they laughed at the angry & concerned fans as well as taking a look back in the ring with Morrison beginning to come round.
He slowly sat up and stared up at his remorseless rival before seeing Cappotelli totally out of it. His attention turned to Matt, who wasn’t moving, and The Monday Night Delight called for help from the back. He got it and a couple of EMTs charged down the ramp to attend to Cappotelli, much to the amusement of Miz & Slater, who stood watching with pleasure from the stage. Morrison looked up at them with contempt while the EMTs continued checking Matt’s condition.
Winner: The Miz by pinfall.
Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore are shown walking through the back, and we then switch to a shot of Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig with the Bella twins doing the same with an eight man tag team match coming up next!
During The Break
Matt Cappotelli is shown being put in to the back of an ambulance on a stretcher with John Morrison & Melina. We can see that Cappotelli has regained consciousness and Morrison jumps in the ambulance with him, then turns back to Melina.
John Morrison: I’ll give you a call from the hospital okay?
Melina: Sure. I’ll meet you there.
Paramedic #1: We’ve gotta take off, sorry.
The paramedics slam the door shut, and as Melina turns round with the ambulance setting off, she’s greeted by The Miz & Heath Slater. They’re both grinning in a big way, disgusting Melina.
The Miz: Is he gonna be okay? I sure hope I’ve not done any more damage to that delicate brain of his.
Melina: You’re sick, you know that.
Melina storms off past them and they laugh out loud together as they watch her leave.
The Miz: Now that Heath, that was awesome.
Heath Slater: Oh yeah.
They carry on laughing as the ambulance leaves the arena in the distance.
The Big Show is shown getting ready in his locker room, definitely fired up for his match later on with Mr. McMahon, strapping his wrists with his rookie, Justin Gabriel in there with him.
*Cut to the Arena*
Jim Ross: Welcome back t’ Monday Night Raw folks. We just got some big news during the break that’s gonna have serious repercussions come Sunday night at Unf’given. Based on what happened before the break, the match between The Miz an’ John Morrison will now be a no disqualification match. I sure hope that Mister Hollywood gets what’s comin’ to ‘im this weekend. . .
Lilian Garcia: . . . This eight man tag team match is scheduled for one fall.
“Out to Kill”
Lilian Garcia: Intr’ducing first, at a combined weight of four hundred and forty seven pounds, Joe Hennig and Cody Rhodes.
Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig make their way out in to the arena with the Bella twins by their side, and they’re looking in a fairly serious mood tonight with their all important match against Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms coming up on Sunday night at Unforgiven. They walk down to the ring and hit the ring, getting more heat from the fans.
“PRICELESS, baby I’m priceless. . .”
*Ton of Heat*
The determined Ted DiBiase Jr, the Intercontinental Champion along with his rookie, Ezekiel Jackson & ‘The Million Dollar Woman’ Maryse walk out to the stage with Zack Ryder clapping at the side of the stage.
Lilian Garcia: And their partners at a combined weight of five hundred and forty four pounds, Ezekiel Jackson and the W-W-E Intercontinental Champion, Ted DiBiase Junior.
The Raw host walks towards them and gestures for them to come towards him, and they do just that with Ted’s music coming to a halt. Ted loosens up a bit as he shakes hands with Ryder, and the two of them share a joke and laugh.
Zack Ryder: Teddy boy, how’s it goin’ my man?
Ted DiBiase: Pretty good thanks buddy. Congrats on the win earlier on. You looked good.
Zack Ryder: Thanks bro’. I gotta tell ya, I loved what y’did last week t’ Kofi with Kelly.
Ted DiBiase: You liked that huh? I should be thanking you for treating her like the tramp that she is and kicking her to the curb like she deserves.
Zack Ryder: You’re right about that. Anyway bro’, what I wanted t’ ask y’was how you’re feelin’ right now goin’ in t’ Unf’given against Kofi Kingston with these guys barred from ringside.
Ted DiBiase: Well Zack it’s pretty simple. I guess I don’t blame Bischoff for trying to get even, but I have t’ say in some way I’m glad he’s making me prove myself. Not only am I going to prove t’ him I deserve to be the Intercontinental Champion, I’m going to prove all these ignorant doubters wrong too when I beat Kofi Kingston and retain my Intercontinental title Sunday night.
Zack Ryder: Well I know y’can do it Teddy boy. Y’know I’m behind ya. Good luck my man. I’m rootin’ for ya.
Ted DiBiase: Thanks.
They shake hands again and Ryder smiles at both Jackson & Maryse, getting a smile in return as “Priceless” plays again. DiBiase & co make their way down to the ring and join Cody, Hennig & the Bellas in the ring and get themselves acquainted.
“Live for the Moment”
The trio of Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore hit the stage, all fired up and pose for the cheering crowd.
Lilian Garcia: And their opponents. First, at a combined weight of six hundred and fifty three pounds, Shannon Moore, Gregory Helms and MATT HARDY!
The Carolina boys make their way down the ramp, staring intently at their opponents. They stop at the bottom and wait for their partner.
“S-O-S, I hear ‘em callin’”
Here comes the pumped up Kofi Kingston to an almighty pop, walking out to the stage firmly focused on his opponents, choosing not to pose for his fans as he usually does.
Lilian Garcia: And their partner, weighing in at two hundred and twenty one pounds, KOFI KINGSTON.
Kofi paces down the ramp with DiBiase watching, not sure what to make of his rival’s mood. Matt, Helms & Moore greet their partner and head in to he ring with the Bellas & Maryse doing the opposite.
Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore
vs. Ted DiBiase Jr, Cody Rhodes, Joe Hennig & Ezekiel Jackson w/Maryse & The Bella Twins
What stood out in this match was the aggression of Kofi Kingston. He demanded to start the match and went at it with his former bitter rival, Cody Rhodes. He had no answer for Kofi, who never let Cody get a second breath. He gave him a real pounding, whipping him in to the corner and jumping up to the second rope where he pummelled him with a series of right hands. He followed that up with a monkey flip, and then as Cody as made his way back up in a spin, Kofi ran the ropes and came flying back to take him down with a flying forearm smash. Kofi wasn’t best pleased to see Cody kick out at two, and stood up right away with a face like thunder.
He urged Rhodes to get up, and when he did, Kofi exploded with a series of stiff kicks to the chest that rattled Cody. Kofi then whipped him in to the ropes and nailed him as he came back with a jumping heel kick. Cody kicked out again at two and began to sit up with Kofi getting even more agitated. He pulled Cody up to his feet and fed him his leg before going for an enzuigiri, but Cody ducked and Kofi fell to the mat, giving Rhodes the chance to tag out and give his rookie a chance to prove himself. Hennig flew in and dragged Kofi up to instantly send him right back down with a devastating jawbreaker. Kofi was clearly hurt by that the determined Hennig wasn’t happy to see him get his shoulder up at two.
Hennig kept going, really making an impression as he worked over Kofi. However there was plenty of fight left in the African Sensation though, and after he flipped back from a side suplex, he caught Hennig with a side Russian legsweep. He dragged himself to his corner and tagged Shannon Moore, who climbed all the way up to the top rope instead of hitting the ring as Hennig made his way back up. Moore was calling for him to turn round, and as Hennig turned to face Moore, he was on the wrong end of a missile dropkick. Moore was on top but not for long as he ran right in to the pads chest first after Hennig stepped out and then planted him with a neckbreaker.
Moore then had the misfortune of being the first person in the WWE to get in the ring with Ezekiel Jackson. The human tank threw Moore around like a rag doll with Matt & Helms looking very concerned for their fellow Carolina native. There was some light at the end of the tunnel for him though as Jackson brought his eager to impress mentor in to the match. The Intercontinental Champion kept the pressure on Moore, but when he looked to grab him for a Cobra Clutch, Moore slipped behind him and took him down with an overdrive. Matt & Helms were willing him on from the corner, and he crawled his way across looking worse for wear and managed to tag in Matt to a huge pop as DiBiase got to his knees.
Matt ran at him and knocked him down with a clothesline and then another before whipping him in to the corner to nail him with a third. Only this time Matt held on to DiBiase’s head and ran out of the corner, driving his head in to the canvas with a bulldog. The crowd were cheering like mad as Matt followed up for a cover, but this time it was Ted’s turn to kick out. Matt kept the momentum going with a diving leg drop and then a side effect, but as he went for the Twist of Fate, the Intercontinental Champion fought back and shoved him in to the ropes. As Matt hit them, Hennig kicked him in the back, causing Matt to turn round and drill Hennig off the apron with a right hand.
Matt then turned round and walked right in to a flapjack. From there it went back and forth with both teams having their turn to take control. However as we got to the closing stages, Jackson was on top for the heels and was making his mentor’s Unforgiven opponent suffer. That changed however when Kofi held on to the ropes after an irish whip, and as a furious Jackson ran at him, he raised his boot up in to the big man’s face. It sent Jackson staggering away from the ropes, giving Kofi the chance to run at him with speed, but the big man broke him in half with a spinning side slam. DiBiase called for his mentor at the point and asked to be tagged in, and he was despite Jackson not being overly keen on doing so.
Ted made the cover but somehow the battle scarred Kofi kicked out before the ref could count to three. The Intercontinental Champion surprisingly took it on the chin and stood back up, shifting behind the squirming Kingston, stalking him seemingly for Dream Street when just like last week during Zack Ryder’s match with Mystico, a gong hit and the lights went out to a deafening pop. The lights were off for a few seconds, and when they came back on, there was no sign of The Undertaker, also just like last week. It was met by boos and confusion by DiBiase, who took a good long round. With his eye off the ball, he didn’t see Kofi getting back up.
And as he turned back to face Kofi, the African nailed him with the Trouble in Paradise to a big pop. Everyone else was still shocked and didn’t react quick enough to stop Kofi making the cover and the ref counting to three. Hennig, Rhodes & Jackson looked on in shock and anger as Kofi stood up and got his arm raised, staring down with intent at the man he’ll challenge this Sunday in a SummerSlam rematch. Matt, Helms & Moore joined him in the ring and congratulated him, winding up Rhodes & Hennig, but Kofi’s attention was firmly on the groggy & irate DiBiase who sat up staring at him with Kofi staring right back.
Winners: Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore by pinfall.
Gail Kim and her rookie, Shantelle Taylor are walking through the hallway, both dressed casually.
Shantelle Taylor: You mind if I go get a drink? I’m so thirsty.
Gail Kim: Yeah sure, go ahead.
Shantelle Taylor: Can I get you one Gail?
Gail Kim: Yeah that’d be nice, thanks.
Shantelle Taylor: No worries. I’ll catch up with you in a sec’.
Gail Kim: Alright.
The two divas reach the locker room and Shantelle turns the corner while Gail opens the door to the locker room and walks in. Shantelle then carries on and walks right in to Mia Rain, a fearsome sight for the rookie with Rain staring right at her and making her very uncomfortable.
Mia Rain: Well hello. How are you enjoying life in the W-W-E little girl?
Shantelle Taylor: Fine.
Mia Rain: That’s good.
Mia Rain: Well you take care. There’s some nasty characters to look out for. I don’t know if your mentor’s told you that.
Shantelle Taylor: She has.
Mia Rain: Good, then you don’t need me to tell you then. I’ll just leave you to it.
Taylor looks confused and Rain walks past her, but as soon as Taylor goes to walk away too, Mia turns round and knocks her down to the floor, catching Shantelle completely by surprise. Gail then opens the door and walks out.
Gail Kim: What’s going on?
Kim sees the carefree Rain standing there and then turns her head to see Shantelle on the floor. She panics and goes right to her as the rookie sits up, not looking hurt, just stunned.
Gail Kim: What happened?
Taylor turns her head and looks right at Rain.
Shantelle Taylor: She happened.
An angry Gail now looks at Rain, who just smirks back at them.
Gail Kim: You feel big do you Mia?
Still smirking, Rain turns around without a care in the world and leaves Gail and her rookie to stare daggers at her.
Mr. McMahon is ready to go as he walks through the hallway with his sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield for his match with The Big Show coming up in just a few moments.
Todd Grisham is standing by at the interview set.
Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, the W-W-E Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista.
We can hear an incredibly loud cheer coming from the arena as the camera zooms out to show us Batista standing alongside Grisham in his ring gear with the WWE title resting all shiny & proudly on big Dave’s left shoulder.
Todd Grisham: Batista, in just six days you’ll be defending the W-W-E title against someone you know very well in Randy Orton, and t’night in our main event you’ll be facing his rookie, Darren Young. However first I wanted t’ get your thoughts on what happened last week when you were attacked by Triple H before your scheduled match with Ted DiBiase Junior.
Batista: My thoughts? Yeah I can give you my thoughts Todd. Hun’er should consider himself lucky he’s in no shape t’ be here t’night after what he did. It’s not my fault he can’t handle a few home truths. What Stephanie said to ‘im last week, ev’ry word was true. I just wish it’d been me not Randy that beat the hell out of ‘im. But one good thing’s come out of this Todd. Now Hun’er’s out of the way, I can focus on one thing an’ one thing only, Randy Orton.
Todd Grisham: Well earlier on Randy sounded very confident of regaining the W-W-E title. . .
Batista: . . . Randy’s always been confident, which is strange considering I beat him at Vengeance and at SummerSlam. . .
Todd Grisham: . . . I’m sorry to interrupt Dave but it seems that Randy is on a mission right as of late, and he’s found himself what some people are calling a wildcard in the shape of your opponent t’night, his rookie, Darren Young.
Batista cracks a wry smile.
Batista: I know as well as anyone what Randy’ll do t’ get what he wants, only t’night I’m gonna send him a message by beating the crap out of his rookie, showing him he’s gonna be in for the fight of his life at Unf’given and that this title belongs to one person an’ person only. . . me.
Batista’s attention and Grisham’s are diverted and as they turn their heads, the camera zooms out again and standing there is John Cena. Again we hear cheers coming from inside the arena.
John Cena: Hey Dave. How’s it goin’?. . . Don’t answer that, I know how it’s goin’. You’ve got a huge match Sunday with Randy. I just wanna say big man an’ I know y’will already, but give him hell.
Cena taps The Animal on the shoulder and is about to walk away, causing Grisham to jump out towards him.
Todd Grisham: JOHN.
John Cena: Whoa easy Todd. What’s up?
Todd Grisham: Well earlier on we heard you say that you’re going to announce your decision as to whether you will be staying on or leaving Raw at Unf’given. I just wondered if you could give us any indication as to what that decision will be.
Cena laughs a bit, admiring Grisham’s forthrightness.
John Cena: Nice try Todd but I can’t. You’re just gonna have t’ wait like ev’ryone else, but I will say this. After my talk with Randy t’night, I’ve got a whole lot more t’ think about than I thought. That enough of a scoop for ya?
Todd Grisham: I guess, and for what it’s worth John. I hope you stay here on Raw. It won’t be the same without you here.
John Cena: Thanks Todd. Maybe you won’t be disappointed after all. Then again, maybe y’will. Take care now man. I’ll see y’Sunday.
Cena smiles at him again and this time walks out of the shot with Grisham turning back to the focused Batista.
Todd Grisham: Dave do you have any thoughts on the future of John Cena?
Batista: The only thing I care about right now is keeping the W-W-E title whether Cena stays here or not. This is the only thing that matters.
Todd Grisham: Well thanks for your time Dave and good luck t’night.
The WWE Champion nods his head slightly at Grisham, clearly focused on the task in hand both tonight and Sunday at Unforgiven.
*Cut to the Arena*
The Big Show w/Justin Gabriel vs. Vince McMahon w/J.B.L. & Shane McMahon
As you can imagine, this wasn’t the most entertaining of matches in a wrestling sense. However the fans in attendance quite enjoyed seeing Vince getting tossed around by The Big Show, and he was enjoying himself too. As was Gabriel, but not so were Vince’s sons. Shane-O-Mac & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield were watching on with concerned looks for the most part. As we got to the conclusion, Vince was in a really bad way and had the referee checking on him too. Vince struggled to his feet as Show sized him up for the knockout punch, looking like he was so psyched to knock his lights out.
The seven-footer stepped forward and drove his punch in to Vince’s face, but Mr. McMahon ducked and the referee was the one to get his lights knocked out. Vince breathed a deep sigh of relief as the stunned Show looked down at the referee lying at his feet. Gabriel was shocked too, but he was even more so a couple of seconds later when his mentor turned round to see Vince drop to his knees and low blow the giant. Shane & JBL applauded their father on the outside, and with the ref down they took the chance to join him in the squared circle.
They both took their jackets off and placed them on the top rope with Gabriel now the one concerned with his mentor rolling round in agony on the mat and the entire Corporation standing over him. The rookie then decided to fight fire with fire as JBL was getting ready to strike. Gabriel slid in the ring and hammered him from side on, then unleashed a ferocious kick to the back of his ankle that sent JBL down to his knees. Vince & Shane pounced on the South African youngster, but he was gutsy and fought them both off with help from Show, who was now back on his feet. Show tossed Shane over the top rope and then kicked JBL square in the head.
Vince’s turn was next as he was grabbed around the throat and planted with a chokeslam to a huge pop from the Idaho crowd. Gabriel looked at Show with a twinkle in his eye, getting a smile out of his mentor. Gabriel then dragged Vince in to the corner and climbed up to the top rope with the fans cheering. The South African looked in to the stands with a big smile on his face before leaping up in to the sky and coming down on top of Vince with the 450 splash. The fans were going nuts as Show high fived Gabriel with a pissed JBL sitting up by the ropes. “Crank It Up” played and they threw their arms up in to the air before laughing at the sight of the fallen Chairman of the Board with JBL & Shane sat up watching, fuming at what’s happened to their father.
Result: No Contest.
A split screen of the WWE Champion, Batista & Darren Young with his mentor, Randy Orton is brought up as the rookie prepares to make his WWE debut against The Animal, coming up next!
*Cut to the Arena*
*The Main Event*
Batista vs. Darren Young w/Randy Orton
The WWE Champion was up for this one in a big way, and he made sure Orton knew it, constantly looking towards him when he’d inflicted some damage to his rookie. The Legend Killer was definitely worried for both himself & Young, but the debutant did make a decent impression. He didn’t let The Animal have it all his own way, and his mentor played a part in it. After Batista dominated the early minutes, Orton was definitely concerned and gave Young a helping hand when The Animal ran the ropes. Orton grabbed his boot, resulting in Batista turning round and staring down at him.
Understandably he wasn’t happy and gave Orton a clear warning, giving Young the chance to run up behind Batista and knock him down with a hard clothesline to the back. Young managed to keep Batista at bay for a while, and even when it looked like the WWE Champion was about to get back in the match, he slammed the door shut on him. The Animal had reversed an irish whip and hit Young with a diving shoulder tackle, and as they both made their way back up, Batista prepared to rip him in half with a spear. Young turned round and sidestepped it at the last minute with Batista charging right in to the turnbuckle pads.
As Young took control, Orton nodded coolly at his rookie. However it didn’t stay that way for long, and as the match approached its final stages, Batista gained the initiative after blocking a suplex attempt and taking Young down with a suplex of his own. As both men made their way back up, Batista turned to the side to hit the ropes and went flying towards his opponent, connecting with a spear. Orton was getting seriously worried for his rookie as the fiercely determined Batista stood back up and stalked Young, who was in obvious pain as he used the ropes to help him get back to his feet.
The Animal went right after him and whipped him in to the opposite side, walked in to the centre of the ring, lifted him up off his feet and sent his back crashing down to the mat with a spinebuster. The crowd were cheering for the WWE Champion, sensing victory was within his grasp. Batista thought the same, and it appeared Orton did too. After Young just about got his shoulder up, Batista got to his feet and walked over to the ropes in front of Orton, then shook them in a frenzy. With the struggling Young desperately trying to get on to his knees behind him, Batista turned round and walked towards the pain ridden debutant.
The Animal lifted both his arms in to the air, signalling the thumbs up before then bringing them down to a huge pop. The fans were on their feet as Batista pulled his opponent between his legs with an angry Orton watching from the outside. The WWE Champion was met with no resistance by Young, who was then lifted up above Batista’s head and sent crashing down to the canvas courtesy of the devastating Batista Bomb. The fans were cheering as Batista shifted across the mat on his knees to hook Young’s legs for a cover and stared right at the frustrated Orton as the referee counted to three.
“In The End” played to a massive cheer and the referee went to collect Batista’s WWE Championship with Orton & Batista staring right at each other. The ref then handed the victor his title and raised his arm in victory, and The Animal turned round to pose with the title, naively turning his back on The Viper. Orton slipped in the ring immediately and snuck up behind him. The fans tried to warn him while Orton stalked his prey, and as Batista did turn round, The Viper jumped up and caught him with an RKO.
The Animal’s music stopped right away and Orton coldly remained on his knees and locked his eyes on the fallen champion. The WWE title lying beside Batista caught Orton’s eye and he shifted round to grab it before rising to his feet. Young began to sit up too and saw his mentor staring intently at the title he’ll be fighting for at Unforgiven. The Legend Killer then lifted the title up in to the air, standing over Batista with “Voices” hitting to a ton of heat from the Nampa crowd as the curtain comes down on this week’s Raw and the final stop on the way to Unforgiven this Sunday night.
Winner: Batista by pinfall.
Christopher Daniels & Kaval df. Goldust & Eugene
Zack Ryder & Sheamus df. Rey Mysterio & Mystico
The Miz df. Matt Cappotelli
Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore df. Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, Joe Hennig & Ezekiel Jackson
The Big Show NC. Vince McMahon
Batista df. Darren Young
Mia Rain df. Kelly Kelly
Cody Rhodes df. Shannon Moore
I believe you’re the last one I need to catch back up on before I’m completely up to date, so expect feedback to become far more regular from here on out.
Good way as usual to start off by showing the major happenings of last week and then giving the show some good hype courtesy of your commentators. Beat the Clock sounds good to me, especially with the two matches you mentioned there.
Seemingly a bit of an odd choice to start with in Chavo, as, while he’s not a bad wrestler or anything, apart from his recent interaction with his rookie, he hasn’t really been seen since Ron Killings beat him awhile back (or at least to the best of my recollection). I guess it works as a segue into a Beat the Clock match between he and his rookie well though, and having Chavo talk up how he’s the pro and how he’s the superior one before making the challenge to J-Red to prove himself was done well.
A smart match to start with, considering not only are the two cruiserweights that can get the crowd excited, but with the crowd already excited to start the show that should give J-Red some extra support, plus these two actually get to finish their match due to it being the first. Having Red pick up the win seems like the right move as it keeps him looking strong and allows him to keep gaining momentum after his debut. Chavo attacking post-match is a great way for him to come out looking strong though and gaining some real heat, opening up the possibility of a match between these two down the line well.
While Shelton isn’t the best speaker on the mic (and that’s an understatement), I’m glad you’re having him come out and cut an in-ring promo, because this feud between Sydal and Benjamin has been going for quite some time, and it really needs big in-ring promos to keep it going strong without dragging. Benjamin heeling it up by pretending he’s not a bad guy despite injuring Sydal and then challenging him when injured was nicely done, gaining some good heat, while Benjamin’s claims that Sydal doesn’t have the guts it takes to be a champion and that he should be stripped of the title due to not defending it thanks to Benjamin taking him out is a good way to explain the actions of Benjamin, showing the lengths he’ll go to to get his title back well. Burke coming out to stand up for his friend was done well, as was his aggression in challenging Benjamin to a match. Benjamin trying to shake off the challenge because he has nothing to prove to Burke is a good way to show him as the true coward too, while Burke calling Benjamin out on his actions again was a nice way to respond, and having him sum up what the feud about was a good way to show how everything has tied together and why it is that Benjamin took Sydal out, before the surprise interruption of Sydal. Sydal accepting the challenge of not just a match, but a Ladder Match was good to see, and I feel like a Ladder Match is probably a good way to end a feud between these two, especially considering how long it has gone for and the athleticism they both have. Sydal playing Benjamin by pretending his arm was broken was a nice little gimmick, although I feel like the promo maybe should have ended with that, rather than Sydal’s explanation that it’ll be Benjamin’s last match with him. While that was all well and good, and IU actually think it was some of the better work you’ve done, especially considering the guys you’re using, I just feel like the big statement was the arm not being broken, and that with that, plus maybe a kick to knock Shelton from the ring, that would be a higher impact way of ending the promo. Still, a good promo here and a nice way to set up the final match of this feud.
Nice basic way to continue Michelle’s momentum along while also allowing the newly debuting Roxxi to look strong in the process. The post-match stuff was good too, with Michelle continuing to go after Beth, while having Mickie interject herself to continue the path to the Triple Threat Match is good. I find it a little odd that Mickie is in two of the situations here with Sydal too since it seems she’s diverting her attention, but this is still working pretty well itself isolated.
Jeter talking himself and his victory over Shane up is all well and good, but I don’t get why he would have entered Tatsu into the Beat the Clock Challenge and not himself. I don’t mind you giving rookies a chance, but Jeter’s a dick in this thread, and while he has a rookie, he seems like the type of guy who should only be looking out for numero uno. Having him do something for Yoshi’s benefit, especially when it means a possible World Heavyweight Title shot is on the line, doesn’t seem right.
This match has been ready without anything really happening between these two for awhile now, so I’m happy to see it finally going ahead. Haas not caring about the Beat the Clock Challenge and just wanting to put Masters through as much punishment as possible was a nice way to show how personal this thing has gotten. It was good to see Sheffield getting involved too, while Lashley making the save gives him something to do, possibly making for a tag team feud that I wouldn’t mind. Nice little way to set up some possible future matches while picking the heat back up in the Masters/Haas situation.
Like I said earlier, I find it a bit weird that you’ve got Mickie seemingly working two angles here, but regardless this was still a good promo to show how sleazy Dolph is in his advances towards Layla, especially with the “Oh I have” line in response to being told to keep dreaming. More good progression here as you build to the match between Burke and Ziggler at No Mercy.
Nice simple way to set up a match between Masters and Lashley next week. The characters were fine, and the match next week should be good too.
Again, I’m really not sure about Jeter not caring for a spot in the Beat the Clock Challenge, especially when he went out and got his rookie one. While I thought Tatsu surviving the Codebreaker was a little unnecessary, I was glad to see you try to make another one of your rookies like good here. Having Jericho beat a rookie was also a good way to get him the new time to bat without burying anyone, meaning he’s in the position expected considering his recent interaction (along with Christian) with Punk.
Nice way to start the promo off by having The Empire garner some cheap heat by calling the Canadians out for being just like the Americans. Sanders calling MVP and Killings out on their past and calling them criminals is also a really clever way of gaining some more cheap heat, while also making it seem like the common American is a criminal just like them. It’s a simple insult considering it’s been used before in the WWE, but it’s smart in this context. The rest of Sanders’ speech centred around that was done well too, especially when it came to relating back the whole view they have of America to their issues with Killings and MVP, and why they wanted to wrestle them. Having them use the criminals as an example is a smart way to go about why The Empire are going after them. MVP and Killings coming out with MVP immediately calling Sanders out on being a hypocrite is a smart way to go, while having MVP address the whole “criminal” issue was good too, as ducking it would seem odd. MVP bringing up that The Empire would be buried under the American flag before challenging them to a fight was clever, while the way you set up the brawl breaking out was well done too, making The Empire seem heartless, while MVP and Killings represent the people. Killings and MVP prevailing in the brawl was a good way to go, and while this feud has been dragging a bit, this promo itself was well done.
Ehh, mixed feelings about this one. While the match itself was good and I understand your want to make your rookies look good, having Devine lose cleanly to Wilson, despite it being his debut and it being in Canada, seems like an odd choice when Devine and Williams are about to challenge full-fledged superstars for the WWE Tag Team Titles at No Mercy. A good start for Wilson, but a bit of a momentum breaker for Devine and Williams.
Okay backstage promo here as a nice way to put over Del Rio-Ramirez’s in-ring abilities, although his lack of a gimmick at this stage is a bit disappointing considering how good he is at portraying one. Hopefully that develops over time.
Swagger talking himself and his match with Shawn Michaels up at No Mercy was nice and effective, while the way you portrayed Swagger’s arrogance was also good. Nice to see him making Santino seem like a big deal jokingly before their match too, as that’s probably the best way to show what an egomaniac he is.
Having Michaels cost Swagger a match against a guy like Santino Marella in a matter of seconds is a nice way to continue this feud, along with having Michaels lay Swagger out to make his big statement. The little promo from Michaels was fine too, perfectly in character, making for some good hype for No Mercy.
No Mercy should be good.
Simple but effective booking to set up the Triple Threat Match at No Mercy. We’ve seen it before, but having Jericho cost Christian the win and causing the time to expire, bringing Tazz out worked just fine, along with also allowing Alberto to hang with one of the best. Good way to finish the show with the big announcement, getting the crowd excited at the end of the show.
Honestly, after reading that, I think that was probably the best show that I’ve seen you put out. While not all of the feuds have had me enthused in the past as a few feel like they haven’t been going anywhere, they all seemed to progress well with this show, and the promo writing throughout was at the standard where I feel like you could have been reaching all of this time, but you hadn’t quite been extending yourself. Match writing was fine like always too, making for an impressive show. Good way to build towards No Mercy as things really begin to pick up now on SmackDown!. Good stuff.
As per usual, the video recap at the start of the show is a good way to catch us up, while the commentary afterwards also does a good job of selling the show that’s to follow.
Starting off with John Cena is a bit of a different way to go considering he hasn’t been the focus of any of the major angles, but having him address the whole SmackDown! situation is good. Cena talking up about how he’d like to wrestle if it wasn’t for Orton was a good way to show that he’s a fighting type of guy, which is what you expect from a Cena promo, while the segue across to him talking about the possible move to SmackDown! was done well. The way he talked about his time on RAW was done well, as was the usual Cena motivational speech about how he will not quit. The internal struggle in his mind was characterized fine, although I’m not sure about him coming out to start the show to tell us he’ll talk to us again at Unforgiven. At the same time, the interruption from Randy Orton is very interesting, especially considering Cena did mention earlier in the promo that Orton was the one to injure him. Orton telling Cena that he should leave and bringing up that Cena was the one who lost the match back at WrestleMania with Kane was a nice way to show the history between these two, while the threat that if Orton doesn’t win the title at Unforigven then he’ll take him is a nice way to show how desperate Orton is to win the title back and how much he blames Cena for losing him the title. Having Orton then bring up that he took out Cena before and that he also took out Triple H, before making the threats and claiming he could back them up is a nice way to show the type of badass that Orton is. Cena coming back from Orton’s threats in his typical fashion was done well as the two continued the exchange, while I was glad to see you having Orton talk about Young here too. Cena getting Orton all fired up only to shake it off was done nicely, although having Cena decline a fight seemed really odd. I know you had Cena explain himself, but after having Cena spout off how much he loves to fight, how he always comes back and how he never backs down earlier in the promo, it now seems odd to have him decline a fight, despite being injured. Orton having the final statement after that probably would have been better imo, as what he said seemed like a better note to end the promo on, while he’s also the one heading into a title match at Unforgiven, so any type of momentum is welcome, even if it’s coming out with the last line in a promo. Still, a good way to open the show, giving us something else to look forward to at Unforgiven.
This seemed a bit like a filler segment for a week to keep DiBiase and Bischoff connected, but I guess it also worked as a good way to remind us of the stipulation of the Intercontinental Title match at Unforgiven. No real advancement, but you’re keeping Bischoff and DiBiase’s feud simmering just fine.
This is probably the type of match I thought you would have been better off debuting Kaval and Daniels with, because while it’s a victory over jobbers, it’s still a clean win to back up their claim that they’re the best tag team in the world. I thought the win could have been a little more decisive; even if it is in a tournament, I think a squash would have worked fine to showcase these two, but a clean win is pleasing.
Simple post-match promo from Daniels to show that they’re not all that interested in talking, but rather that they’re men on a mission as they chase the tag titles. Good to see them bringing that real serious edge, especially with Kaval.
Nice simple way to hype up the match between Capotelli and Miz tonight and what it means with Capotelli’s state. It should be a good way to head this feud off as you go to Unforgiven.
The little challenge from Ryder to Mysterio and Mystico to a match was fine. Rey accepting, like you’d expect, shows him to be the fighting little man that he claims to be, while Ryder getting Sheamus as a partner is a clever way to not just put Sheamus over as a beast, but also Ryder as a sneaky, slimy bastard, having revealed his partner after the challenge was accepted by Mysterio.
I thought that this match did a lot to continue to show Sheamus as an absolute beast by having him do the brunt of the work and get the pinfall. Ryder looked good in his own way too, playing the coward that didn’t actually want to get involved with Rey, which he’ll obviously have to do at Unforgiven.
The post-match was good too, with Ryder again trying to get Sheamus to take Rey out, only for Finlay to make the save. Not the biggest hype job for the Celtic Brawl at Unforgiven, but it still does the job considering it’s an undercard match.
Not too sure what to make of this. While the main part of the Kofi/Kelly relationship (or non-relationship) was to do with the feud with Cody Rhodes, ending it now as a storyline kind of stops you from going as far as you could with it. Everything here was written fine, and having Kofi be pissed off is good, but I just hope this isn’t where you stop it, because this has the potential to bring out something else in Kofi, especially if it leads to a heel turn, which is something I don’t believe we’ve seen in BTB.
Basic promo from Mr. McMahon, but I thought it hyped the match with Big Show later on in the show just fine. McMahon was good in terms of character, and the talk about how Bischoff is throwing his weight around like he was accused of and thus removed from his position for was good, as was the talk about beating Bischoff in a war in the past and connecting with the The Corporation’s issues with Show. Like I said, your promos are looking better and this was no exception.
The promo from The Miz was alright, if not really necessary. Nothing of note throughout it apart from the last line, which was chillingly good. Apart from that though it was a bit of a nothing promo and not something that I really saw a point of including.
This match was only going to go in two simple ways, but I’m a little surprised with the direction you went. I honestly thought you were going with a surprise inspirational win from Capotelli thanks in part to Morrison, but having The Miz show what a sick bastard he is by having him lay out Morrison and Capotelli is a good way to get him even more heat. It surprised me, but at the same time I have no problem with it.
Nice way to drum how just how despicable The Miz is. A small, simple promo, but it does wonders for him. The no DQ stipulation to the match between Miz and Morrison seems okay now, I guess adding to the match. It probably fits qith how personal it has become between the two.
Again, not sure this was necessary considering DiBiase already made his big statement to Bischoff, but I guess this works as a nice way for Ryder and DiBiase to heel it up together after you first connected them last week.
Pretty good match here, especially in portraying the anger of Kingston, which I was glad to see you follow up on once he got in the ring. A bit odd that Gregory Helms never seemed to get in on the action, but outside of that this seemed like a good contest. I’m not so sure what to make of the lights going off, but I really hope The Undertaker isn’t signaling a move to RAW by interrupting midcard matches. Whatever the case I’m sure you have something planned, so I guess we can only wait and see.
Not a bad way to start a feud between the divas on RAW who aren’t champions by taking advantage of Rain’s bully persona. Not so sure about the way the people interacted in this promo as it didn’t quite seem as natural, but it was still nice enough. I find it a bit odd that your actual champion Melina isn’t doing anything right now, but hopefully that comes with time.
Okay promo here from Batista, keeping the intensity up throughout like you have to with Batista, who really can’t do much else as a face. Some good decisive statements from Big Dave in relation to what went down with Triple H and to do with Orton were good. Also a nice way to get some more hype for the Cena announcement at Backlash.
Since you didn’t have the feel good moment with Capotelli earlier in the show, then it was probably necessary to have it here with Show and Gabriel. The match went pretty much as you would expect, with the finish to it all being the 450 splash from Gabriel to Mr. McMahon being a nice way to finish it and continue to thrust the youngster into the limelight.
Batista winning here was the natural choice, although Young had to also look good since it was the main event. I wasn’t so sure about the ending to the show, as Batista should and would know better than to turn his back on Orton considering how well he knows him. Still, with that said, not a bad way to go into Unforgiven with the challenger standing tall over the champion.
As I said with SmackDown!, I feel this show was probably a step above all of the other shows that I’ve read from you. The promos seem to be clicking a lot better, and the booking all looked to be headed in the right direction, making for a good go home show before Unforgiven. With a pretty stacked card and a good build up off the back of this show, it’s now a card to really look forward to, along with the next SmackDown!. Good stuff.
PS: I’m now officially up to date.
michael owen @themichaelowen Dec 26
Frustrating when it takes 30 seconds to defrost the rear window of my car when its not essential yet 5 minutes to do the front.
For weeks, every fan & member of the WWE have been wondering if John Cena will take up Tazz’s offer to leave Raw and return to Smackdown.
Last night we heard from the man himself and he announced that he has made his decision, and he will inform us of that decision this Sunday night at Unforgiven. While making that announcement, he was interrupted by his long time rival, Randy Orton. The Viper, who will be challenging Batista for the WWE Championship at this weekend’s exclusive Raw brand pay-per-view made it clear to Cena that the time is right for him to leave Raw for his own sake. Orton told him that Cena’s time is up and that we will soon be heading in to the Orton era.
There’s still plenty of tension between the two men who have battled it out for this year, and the number one contender for the WWE Championship still holds Cena responsible for the fact he isn’t the champion right now after Cena was the one who took the loss at WrestleMania earlier this year that cost Orton the gold. It looked as if they were going to clash again, only Cena was sensible enough not to put his return from injury in jeopardy, after being injured, ironically by The Viper. Later on in the show, we saw Cena tell Batista to give Orton hell at Unforgiven, and when asked by Todd Grisham for a clue as to what his long term future holds, Cena said he might have to think some things through again.
Did Orton get to him? Has Cena been swayed one way or the other? Was he all set to stay on Raw and is now fearful of The Viper, or is he thinking about staying to prove him wrong? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to make sure you watch Unforgiven this weekend to see what the future indeed holds for Cena.
Friday Night Smackdown Preview
Friday 19th September 2008
Live from the Donald L. Tucker Center
>Odds Against the Champ Again!<
Last week we learnt, as did CM Punk who he would be defending his World Heavyweight Championship against at No Mercy in just over two weeks. The superstars of Smackdown battled the clock in the Beat the Clock Challenge, and with Chris Jericho having set the time to beat going in to the main event, it looked as if Jericho was on his way to No Mercy and a shot at the world title. However he made a mistake in attempting to ensure Christian or Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez wouldn’t beat his time.
Just as it looked like Christian was going to defeat CM Punk’s rookie, Jericho distracted him with the help of Punk who was distracting the referee to aid his Mexican rookie. The clock ran out on them both, but Tazz wasn’t about to let Jericho have things all his own way and announced that because of his role in Christian’s failure to eclipse the set time, the world title match at No Mercy will be a triple threat with both Jericho & Christian challenging Punk. Just how is The Straight-Edge World Champion feeling about having to defend his title against both men? Is Jericho regretting his actions, and how does Captain Charisma feel at getting to fight for the world title?
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels came back firing at Jack Swagger last week, causing The All-American American a great deal of embarrassment in the process. Fresh from jumping Michaels and accepting his challenge to a match at No Mercy the week before, Swagger was all set for action against Santino Marella last Friday night when The Heartbreak Kid made his presence felt. Swagger switched off and appeared to be unaware of the bell, giving Santino the chance to sneak up behind him and roll him up for a shock victory.
The embarrassment was enough revenge for Michaels, and he headed to the ring to confront his No Mercy opponent, and after a brief confrontation, Swagger fell victim to some sweet chin music. If he hopes to defeat The Showstopper when they meet in just over two week’s time, he’ll have to avoid the same fate. As will Shelton Benjamin this coming week when he takes on Michaels live on Smackdown from Tallahassee, Florida.
The Gold Standard was all set to demand Matt Sydal be stripped of the United States Championship last week, and boy was he in for a shock. We all thought that Benjamin had broken Sydal’s arm in the attack by Shelton five days after he lost the title to Sydal at SummerSlam. However we discovered last week that Sydal was playing his bitter rival with the belief that Benjamin was desperate to avoid having a rematch with the man he’s never beaten.
Sydal let him know that he will be ready for his rematch that we now know will be a ladder match at No Mercy. Sydal will also be in action this week when he takes on a former rival, the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter with neither title on the line. There’s going to be some great action this week, that’s for sure!
Two men who were competing against each other in the Beat the Clock Challenge were the former tag team partners, Chris Masters & Charlie Haas. They’ve been desperate to get their hands on each other for nearly two months, and when they got their chance last Friday night, the shot at the world title was purely a bonus. It looked as if Haas was about to set the best time of the night when he had The Masterpiece locked in the Haas of Pain. Masters was screaming in pain, on the verge of tapping out. However he managed to hold on until the clock forced Haas to forget his chances of meeting CM Punk at No Mercy.
It didn’t mean he let the hold go, but Master’s rookie, Ryan Sheffield did by entering the ring and stamping on the back of his head. It was Haas’s turn to suffer as both mentor & rookie roughed him up. That was until Bobby Lashley came to the rescue, confusing everyone. It ticked The Masterpiece off, and minutes later he was told by Tazz that he would be action against Lashley this coming week. Will Masters, or the rest of us for that matter find out why Lashley came to Haas’s aid? More importantly though, will he be able to overcome him in the ring?
Chavo Guerrero’s early frustrations with his rookie, J-Red got a whole lot worse last week when he decided it was a good idea to put him in his place by facing him in a match. Their battle was also part of the Beat the Clock Challenge. In fact it kicked it off, and Red caused an upset and a whole lot of upset for Chavo by defeating his mentor to set the time to beat. His mentor reacted badly and laid him out with a brainbuster.
It looks like these two may just struggle to build a relationship. Chavo does however have the chance to make up for his disappointment last week when he takes on Santino Marella this week. Both men had contrasting nights last week. There’s no doubt the Mexican will be looking for an altogether different kind of week in Tallahassee this Friday night.
Another rookie who tasted success last week was TJ Wilson, when he defeated Johnny Devine, one of the men his mentor, Harry Smith will face at No Mercy when he & Paul Burchill defend the WWE Tag Team titles against Devine & Petey Williams. Wilson impressed many including his mentor, who both he and his girlfriend, Natalya Neidhart have known for a long time. It looks like the tag team champions have strength in numbers heading in to their title defence at No Mercy.
The divas are also struggling to get along, and last week we saw Michelle McCool defeat Beth Phoenix’s rookie, Nikki Roxx. The action didn’t stop there as McCool and her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes went after both the DIva’s Champion and her rookie. Thankfully Mickie James rushed to see off McCool & Co, not pleasing McCool at all. She & Mickie have been at loggerheads for a while, and both divas haven’t been shy in declaring their intentions of challenging The Glamazon for the Diva’s title. Will the divas be able to get along for a change this week? Doubtful!
Dolph Ziggler’s pursuit of Layla could pay off when he meets Elijah Burke at No Mercy, and this week he will step up his preparations for that match when he enters the squared circle. Also in action will be The Empire, and last week Drew McIntyre & Stu Sanders (Wade Barrett) were left even angrier after M.V.P. & Ron Killings once again came out on top in their impromptu brawl. They will collide in a flag match at No Mercy, and after last week, you have to imagine Sanders & McIntyre will be eager to send their American rivals a message.
While there's no match listed that stands out as one that necessary belongs as a big main event, this is still a pretty damn good looking card. Sydal/Jeter, Michaels/Benjamin and Lashley/Masters all have potential to be at the very least good matches. Santino/Chavo is a good way to continue making Chavo look like a joke too, although I would be careful with overdoing that type of thing with Santino, since it just happened to Swagger too. Ziggler getting involved in some action should be good too, because he has probably taken a bit of a backseat lately, despite his feud with Elijah going nicely. The Empire being in action could be good too, following up on a strong promo from last week.
Looking forward to the show. Expect feedback to come once it's up.
michael owen @themichaelowen Dec 26
Frustrating when it takes 30 seconds to defrost the rear window of my car when its not essential yet 5 minutes to do the front.
*The matches are shorter than usual, mainly because I went a bit overboard with Raw’s and I’ve got Unforgiven to write. These are only TV matches and I’m not really that bothered about them anyway other than the finish.
Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 19th September 2008
Live from the Donald L. Tucker Center
From Last Week
Beat the Clock Challenge
Yoshi Tatsu w/Johnny Jeter vs. Chris Jericho
Tatsu was using the ropes to help himself get to his knees. Jericho didn’t let him get any further and went after him but walked right in to a stiff kick to the gut that sent him down to one knee and then staggering around holding his chest. Yoshi stepped through the ropes and composed himself on the apron before going for a springboard, but as he came through the air, Jericho grabbed his legs and pulled him down to the mat before looking in the Walls of Jericho.
The crowd tried to encourage the Japanese debutant and he held on for as long as he could with Jericho desperately applying a ton of pressure, and it eventually gave him no option but to tap out. “Break The Walls Down” played to a mixed reception as a relieved Jericho stood up and got his arm raised with Jeter looking slightly disappointed on the outside. Jericho left the ring with a small but satisfied grin on his face as Yoshi sat up, and the camera went back to Jericho throwing both his arms up in to the air at the top of the ramp after setting the new time to beat.
Beat the Clock Challenge
Christian w/Tyson Tomko vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez w/CM Punk
With the fans cheering, Christian pulled himself up to the second rope and connected with a diving cross body. Once again Del Rio-Ramirez kicked out, and as both men got back up, Christian looked sure to hit the Killswitch, but the Mexican pushed him forward in to the ropes. This time though as Christian came racing back, he took his opponent down with a spear to a big pop. Christian went for another cover, and it came as no surprise when Del Rio-Ramirez got his shoulder up again. Captain Charisma was in total control now, and Punk knew it.
He watched on as Christian stalked Punk’s rookie for the Killswitch with the clock ticking down, bringing a worried Chris Jericho out in to the arena. Despite the boos coming from the crowd, neither Christian & Punk saw him making his way down as Christian’s full attention was on Del Rio-Ramirez who was struggling to get back up. Punk panicked and jumped up on to the apron with ten seconds to go. With the ref distracted, Jericho slipped in to the ring and caught Christian’s attention. He let go of Del Rio-Ramirez and went after Jericho, who just backed away towards the ropes.
Christian noticed the clock ticking down leaving him all but any chance of equalling the time. So did Jericho and he left the ring under the bottom rope as Christian went over to Del Rio, but it was too late and the buzzer sounded to a ton of heat from the crowd. Jericho smirked on the outside as Christian walked right over to the ropes and urged him to get in the ring. A groggy Del Rio-Ramirez left the ring and joined Punk on the outside as the announcement was made that the match was a draw as neither man had beaten the time set by Jericho. However we saw a not so happy looking Tazz walk out to the stage with a microphone in hand.
Tazz: Chris, all y’had t’ do was stay out of it, but you’re lucky. . . See I’m gonna make what might turn out t’ be an unpopular decision, but from where I’m standin’, this is the best thing t’ do. . . Chris, you will be takin’ on C-M Punk f’ the World Heavyweight Championship. . .
Jericho smiles and punches the air while a curious Punk looks on.
Tazz: . . . But Chris, you won’t be the only one. . . At No Mercy it’s gonna be C-M Punk, Chris Jericho and Christian in a triple threat match.
Jericho & Punk don’t look happy about that at all, but Christian does and he nods down at Jericho with Tomko now in the ring with him. Punk (with Del Rio-Ramirez) & Jericho then look towards Christian in the ring as he takes in turns looking at both as Smackdown comes to a close with the world title match at No Mercy now confirmed.
“If You Rock Like Me”
*Cut to the Arena*
Michael Cole: Good evening ev’ryone and welcome to Friday Night Smackdown live from the Donald L Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida where t’night ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels will go one on one with the former United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin, who in two weeks at No Mercy will be looking to regain the very same title. . . Also in store t’night folks, ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters will be in action against Bobby Lashley in what I can only imagine will take physical to the extreme.
Matt Striker: You can say that again Michael. Both men are absolute powerhouses. It’ll be a battle to say the least.
Michael Cole: Well last week Matt we had the Beat The Clock Challenge to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Mercy, and it resulted in a controversial conclusion to the show with Chris Jericho doing everything within in his power to ensure he would be the one to challenge C-M Punk in just over two weeks. However, even though his time remained unbeaten, he won’t be the only one facing C-M Punk. He will be part of a triple threat match with Christian where the winner will leave No Mercy as the World Heavyweight Champion. Each of those men are in the building t’night and there may just be fireworks if last week is anything to go by.
“On A Mission”
The Empire, Stu Sanders (Wade Barrett), Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee make their way out in to the arena, all stone faced and getting boos thrown at them by the Tallahassee faithful. Sanders & McIntyre are in their ring gear and they give the crowd some serious disapproving looks as they walk down the ramp with Katie behind them carrying a Union Jack.
From Last Week
“On A Mission”
The Empire slowly make their way out in to the arena with Katie Lee carrying a Union Jack as Drew McIntyre & Stu Sanders (Wade Barrett) walk down the ramp to heat from the crowd. McIntyre & Sanders aren’t in a great mood to say the least and they show nothing but contempt for the fans as they head down the ramp and in to the ring. Sanders walks over to the apron and asks for a microphone. He gets it and rejoins his fellow Brits in the centre of the ring as their music cuts. The boos continue as Sanders stands there with McIntyre & Katie Lee not looking impressed at the reaction they’re getting.
Stu Sanders: If there was ever any doubt as to how the Americans conduct themselves, we found out for ourselves last week just how underhand and shameful they are. Just like they have in the past, Montel Vontavious Porter and his partner in crime, literally, Ron Killings, the two men we know as the common criminals forced their way in to our own dressing room and attacked us for no good reason whatsoever. . . It just proves our point that the Americans have absolutely no shame or respect for anyone else but themselves. In fact, they don’t even show any respect for each other. . . We realise that something needs to be done about this, and we are the people t’ do it. We’re going to make America see that it has a problem by going after the very people that epitomise what their country is all about, and the only way to get our message across is by treating them like the criminals that they are. In turn that will show the children of America the consequences of breaking the law, and in just over three weeks time at No Mercy we are going to beat some sense in to. . .
“I’m Comin’. No one can stop me, no one can hold me. . .”
The angry duo of M.V.P. & Ron Killings hit the stage to a big pop. Understandably, they’re not happy as they stare right at The Empire, who also aren’t pleased with their rivals’ presence. McIntyre, Sanders & Lee step back as the Americans enter the ring with M.V.P. picking a microphone up off the apron. You can feel the tension between them threatening to explode as the music stops and M.V.P. & Killings glaring right at the Brits.
M.V.P.: You wanna set an example f’ the whole world, stampin’ out crime by beatin’ the hell out o’ us two. Y’can see my problem right? I mean it’s not like you’ve not attacked us time an’ time again like the typical American criminal you go on an’ on an’ on about since you two punks showed up. . . Now even though y’don’t think so, we’ve paid f’ what we’ve done. We served our time an’ that’s all that matters. We’ve also had enough o’ you two as we can take. . . What we did last week ain’t gonna be nothin’ compared t’ what we’re gonna do come No Mercy. Only this time it ain’t gonna be that flag o’ yours you’re gonna be covered in, it’s gonna be the red white an’ blue, the stars an’ stripes of the United States of America.
Stu Sanders: Typical. That’s the typical American response right there. You’re so sure of yourselves it’s sickening. That’s why we can’t wait to show you up in front of ev’ry single American. . .
M.V.P.: . . . Well if that’s the way y’feel bro’, there’s only one way t’ find out how it’s gonna pan out.
M.V.P. drops the stick and both he & Killings charge forward and hammer away at the stunned Sanders & McIntyre to a huge pop from the Canadian crowd. Katie Lee flees from the ring and drops the flag by accident. The Americans gain the advantage with Killings ducking under a right from McIntyre. As the Scot turns round, Killings kicks him in the gut and then sends him crashing down in to the mat with a sit out suplex slam to a big pop. Sanders is in trouble as his partner rolls under the bottom rope to the outside with Katie rushing round to check on him.
M.V.P. whips him in to the corner and races in at him, levelling him with a huge boot to the face. The Englishman staggers out of the corner as M.V.P. backs out and walks right in to the Playmaker. The fans go nuts as Killings picks the Union Jack up off the mat and snaps it across his leg, then throws it down on the motionless Sanders to another big pop. “I’m Comin’” hits and M.V.P. & Killings look down and nod their heads in approval at their handy work. They then turn towards McIntyre as he sits up with Katie on the floor, getting very dirty looks from the Brits.
*Cut to the Arena*
The Empire are in the ring and Sanders has a microphone in his hand with McIntyre & Katie stood at either side of him as their music cuts.
Stu Sanders: This is going to sound a lot like déjà vu, but that’s because we were yet again shown absolutely zero respect by a couple of your own people last week. However America, we’re used to it by now. We’ve come to terms with just how ignorant and disrespectful you people are.
Stu Sanders: It’s not like it’s a well keep secret. We already knew the problems with this country when we came here, but we never expected that the problem was as serious as it is. This country is nothing short of a disgrace, and fortunately for you and the rest of the world, we are going to sort this mess out starting at No Mercy.
Stu Sanders: We’ve been serious from day one about resolving the problems this so called great country has and I urge you all not to underestimate us like two people we could mention. And just for their benefit, we’re going to show them right now what they’ll have to deal with in two weeks time, and let me tell you this. It’s going to be nothing short of a full blown war, a war which only one team will win, and that will be myself and Drew McIntyre.
Stu Sanders: Mark my words, it’s a war your convict role models can’t win, and the only ballin’ M-V-P will be doing is bawling his eyes out when we beat him and his partner in crime to a pulp before covering them with this flag of ours in the middle of this ring.
Stu Sanders: Now to show them and ev’ryone of you what’s in store for them at No Mercy, we asked for a match t’night and that’s exactly what we’ve got. So without wasting another second, whoever our opponents are, I urge you to walk on down here right now so we can show this pitiful country that we mean business.
Sanders turns round and hands the microphone over to Justin Roberts with a referee also in the ring. The music of Sonjay Dutt hits and he walks out to the stage along with his friend & tag team partner, Jimmy Yang to a pop. Sanders & McIntyre don’t look too impressed by them as Katie leaves the ring, carefully stepping through the ropes with the Union Jack.
*The Opening Match*
Sonjay Dutt & Jimmy Yang vs. The Empire w/Katie Lee
Sanders & McIntyre were all over Dutt & Yang. They sure as hell meant business from the off, and apart from a few minor blips, they controlled the match from start to finish. In the end, Sanders was able to counter a moonsault, catching Yang and shifting him on to his shoulders for the Wasteland. He sent him crashing down to the mat with McIntyre then taking care of Dutt as Sanders made the cover to pick up the win for the Brits. They were booed loudly by the fans, and the boos became even louder when Katie Lee got in the ring with the Union Jack. Sanders & McIntyre then took great pleasure in placing the flag over Yang’s lifeless body to a ton of heat, only then they were interrupted by M.V.P. & Ron Killings, who walked out to the stage with M.V.P. holding a microphone. The fans’ cheers eventually died down, allowing M.V.P. to speak, much to the annoyance of the angry Brits in the ring.
Winners: The Empire by pinfall.
M.V.P.: Very impressive, but just so we’re clear, we ain’t underestimatin’ you guys, not f’ a second. An’ if you want a war, well you’ve got one.
M.V.P.: The problem you guys ‘ave got is pretty obvious to us. Since you’re used t’ gettin’ help from other countries like ours, there ain’t no way in the world you’re gonna win this one.
M.V.P.: In two weeks you’re gonna be lyin’ in that ring covered in the stars an’ stripes, an’ that’s straight up ballin’ baby.
“I’m Comin’” plays to a solid pop as M.V.P. & Killings stare defiantly at the now ticked off British duo & Katie.
The happy looking Matt Sydal & Mickie James are walking through the back with Sydal in action after the break.
TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd), Harry Smith’s rookie & Natalya Neidhart are walking through the hallway smiling and looking generally content with life on Smackdown when Wilson is jumped and knocked to the floor. Natalya screams and looks mortified as the incensed duo of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine stomp all over her boyfriend.
Natalya Neidhart: GET OFF HIM.
She tries to pull Petey away but he just throws his arm back without looking and sends her falling back to the floor. She didn’t catch it full in the face though (like she may do from TJ on a nightly basis). She was just overpowered, and the number one contenders for the tag team titles at No Mercy continue to put the boots to Wilson. Petey then backs away with Wilson not looking in good shape at all.
Petey Williams: J, that’ll do.
Devine looks like a man possessed and doesn’t look too happy at stepping back. They both turn round and see Natalya sitting up, and they show no remorse whatsoever. The Canadian duo turn back and look down at Wilson rolling around in agony.
Johnny Devine: How you feelin’ now kid? Last week doesn’t feel as good right now does it? It was nothing but a fluke. When you get up, go tell your mentor that and that at No Mercy, he and his partner are gonna end up like you are now.
Williams smirks as he & Devine turn round walk away with Wilson struggling to sit up. He sees Natalya on the floor too and tries to shift towards her.
From Last Week
A very laid back Shelton Benjamin, dressed in his street clothes strolls out in to the arena to a chorus of boos looking very smug indeed. He smiles through the boos as he casually makes his way down the ramp and in to the ring, collecting a microphone from the apron in the process. As he walks in to the middle of the ring, he takes a look in to the stands, still smiling widely. His music cuts and frees him to speak his mind.
Shelton Benjamin: I told you this would happen Matt. I told you, I told your girlfriend an’ I told all these dumb ass fans o’ yours what I’d do if you didn’t do what I asked. You’re the only one t’ blame here. All you had t’ do was say one simple word. . . yes. That’s all you had t’ say. All y’had t’ do was prove y’had the guts t’ be a champion, an’ clearly you don’t.
“Don’t Waste My Time”
Shelton turns and looks up at the stage to see an angry Elijah Burke walking out in to the arena along with his girlfriend, Layla. She too doesn’t hide her contempt for Benjamin as she & Burke walk on down to the ring, both giving The Gold Standard a dirty look. He’s not over the moon to see them either.
Elijah Burke: YOU WANNA TRY ME HUH SHELTON? Y’FEEL LIKE THE TOUGH GUY NOW D’ YA? Y’WANT ME T’ TURN ROUND AN’ MAKE IT EASIER FOR YA WHILE I’M AT IT?
Burke’s not messing about and Shelton gets the message now. He watches as Burke rolls his sleeves up and takes his watch off, then hands it to Layla and turns round.
Elijah Burke: We gonna do this or what? Go ahead. Take y’best shot.
The crowd jeer as Benjamin gets fired up and really thinks about it with Burke staying ice cool, unlike Layla.
“Born to Fly”
A huge pop breaks out inside the Ottawa Civic Center as Matt Sydal, the King of the Ring & United States Champion hits the stage with his girlfriend, Mickie James to the shock of almost everyone in the arena, especially Shelton. Burke nods his head and smiles at his buddy and then turns round smiling to face Shelton, looking like he knew all along. Layla’s grinning too as the somewhat serious looking Sydal joins his buddies in the ring with a sling on his arm while Mickie holds on to the United States title. Sydal smiles at them before staring right at the shocked Benjamin, and Burke hands him the microphone as Mickie & Layla enjoy the moment.
Matt Sydal: Shelton, these guys have been telling me that you want some kind of answer from me. . . Well you’re not going to be disappointed because I’ve got one for you. . . You got it.
Shelton Benjamin: I don’t think you do, an’ it certainly ain’t cool. You’ve got a broken arm f’ cryin’ out loud. You ain’t got a hope in hell.
Sydal turns round and looks at Burke with a surprised look on his face, and then does the same to Mickie & Layla. They all act surprised too, worrying The Gold Standard slightly.
Matt Sydal: Who said anything about a broken arm Shelton? I didn’t.
Benjamin looks very confused.
Shelton Benjamin: What y’talkin’ ‘bout? I broke that arm. I smashed it up, I saw it. Take a look at your arm f’ god sake.
Matt Sydal: Oh that.
Sydal hands the microphone over to Burke and then takes the sling off without a care in the world before dropping it on the mat to the amazement of Benjamin and the joy of the crowd. It looks like his jaw has dropped and hit the mat.
Matt Sydal: Yeah about that Shelton, I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick somehow. I can’t think how that happened.
Shelton shakes his head angrily at Sydal.
Matt Sydal: What? You got a problem or something Shelton? You asked f’ this. . . I’m sick of having to look over my shoulder ev’rywhere I go, and the longer this has gone on and the more I beat you, you lose it more each time. The thing is this time Shelton, when I retain my United States title at No Mercy, we’re done. This is your rematch, your only rematch an’ you’re the one that has t’ win. ‘Cause if you don’t, that’s it. You won’t get another shot at beating me ever again.
*Cut to the Arena*
“Born to Fly”
A massive pop breaks out inside the Donald L. Tucker Center as the United States Champion & King of the Ring, Matt Sydal hits the stage all fired up. He flies to one side of the stage with Mickie James following him out and clapping her boyfriend as he poses for the Tallahassee fans. He then runs across the stage to the other side and throws his right arm up, which was greeted by another big pop. He turns round and smiles at Mickie, then walks towards her and gets a kiss from her. They walk gradually down the ramp and stop with Sydal unbuckling his title and throwing it up in to the air, and a pyro explosion goes off behind him, slightly catching Mickie by surprise. Sydal laughs and gets a cheeky elbow bump from his girlfriend before they head down the ramp to the ring where the United States Champion poses some more, this time with his title on the second rope with Mickie looking proud & happy to be there.
“Time to Shine”
The Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter strolls out to the stage along with his rookie, Yoshi Tatsu. They’re met by boos that you would assume are for Jeter, and he has his title draped over his shoulder despite not being in his ring gear as he should be. His rookie on the other hand is dressed to compete and we can now see Jeter is holding a microphone. Sydal looks a bit confused, as does Mickie as the United States Champion looks up at his former rival. The music cuts and frees the cocky Jeter to speak.
Johnny Jeter: I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you all. . . As you may or may not be aware, I should be on my way down t’ the ring for a match with my long time friend there. Not only is he the United States Champion, but he’s also the current King of the Ring. . . Matt Sydal.
Johnny Jeter: However I regret to inform you that’s not going t’ happen.
Johnny Jeter: See now I’m a mentor to Yoshi Tatsu here, who did a great job against Chris Jericho last week, I thought this would be a big opportunity for him. It’s not like I have anything to prove, but he does. So I’m sorry Matt for this late change, but I’m sure you won’t mind.
Sydal smirks & shrugs his shoulders.
Johnny Jeter: Great, I didn’t think so. It’s why you’re the great all round guy that you are Matt. . . Come on Yoshi, let’s go.
Sydal shakes his head as Jeter puts the microphone down and heads down the ramp with his rookie. His music plays again as Mickie leaves the ring and Sydal gets ready for action with Tatsu and his smug mentor getting to the ring.
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James vs. Yoshi Tatsu w/Johnny Jeter
Sydal showed a few minor signs of ring rust and Tatsu followed on from his impressive debut display last week against Chris Jericho by making Sydal work hard on his first match for almost a month. During the match, Michelle McCool and her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes raced down to the ring and attacked Mickie James, distracting & worrying her boyfriend (Sydal). The trio of divas backed up looking very proud of themselves, and Mickie looked in a bad way, barely moving on the floor. Matt went to check on his girlfriend, then Elijah Burke & Layla rushed down to help her to the back. Sydal was distracted as he got back in the ring after being told to by Burke.
Jeter was highly amused as Tatsu went on to trouble Sydal. However the King of the Ring & United States Champion came back fighting as ever and after ducking a roundhouse kick, he connected with a Cyclorama (belly to belly moonsault slam). Tatsu was in deep trouble and despite clearly being preoccupied, Sydal capitalised, dragging him to the corner in a hurry before climbing up to the top rope and hitting the Shooting Star Press to pick up the victory. He quickly collected his title belt and left the ring, probably to find out how Mickie was doing as Jeter entered the ring with a microphone. He watched Tatsu make his way back up, not looking too impressed with his rookie.
Winner: Matt Sydal by pinfall.
Johnny Jeter: Yoshi, you disappoint me. That’s two defeats in two weeks, and that doesn’t just reflect badly on you, which if I’m honest, I don’t really care a rat’s ass about. It reflects badly on me.
Tatsu just looks blankly at his mentor.
Johnny Jeter: If you want me to carry on being your mentor, you’re gonna have t’ step up your game. And since I’m the Cruiserweight Champion of the world, there’s no one better t’ help you, so you better get your act t’gether quick if you wanna stick around.
Jeter drops the microphone and keeps looking at Tatsu, who clearly doesn’t understand a word his mentor’s just said. The Cruiserweight Champion’s music plays again and he leaves the ring with an unsure Yoshi following him awkwardly.
Michelle McCool is laughing and joking with her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes as they walk back through the production area.
Michelle McCool: That was a good job t’night ladies, far better than the last two weeks. I sure hope Mickie’s not too badly hurt. . . not!
Alicia & Rosa continue laughing with their mentor, but they suddenly stop, as does McCool. The camera pans to the right and standing there is the not so happy General Manager, Tazz.
Tazz: I could ask you ladies what you’re lookin’ so pleased about but I already know. . . Y’think that was smart or helpful Michelle t’ let your rookies jump Mickie like that. I mean what did they learn from that exactly apart from doin’ your dirty work?
McCool doesn’t have an answer and shrugs her shoulders at Tazz.
Tazz: Well I’ll tell y’what Michelle, I’ve got a way t’ settle this problem o’ yours wit’ Mickie. . . The way I see it, you both want a shot at Beth Phoenix an’ the diva’s title, an’ in two weeks at No Mercy, one o’ you is gonna get it. An’ right here next week we’re gonna find out who that’ll be, ‘cause you’re gonna go one on one wit’ Mickie an’ the winner will face Beth at No Mercy.
That brings a smile to Michelle’s face.
Michelle McCool: That’s a great idea. I love it.
Tazz: Yeah I thought y’might. The only thing is, I’m gonna be watchin’ t’ make sure neither o’ these two help you out again next week. An’ if they so much as breathe on Mickie, they’ll get you an instant disqualification an’ it’ll be Mickie who gets the shot. You understand that?
Michelle McCool: Loud an’ clear boss. I don’t need any help beatin’ Mickie, trust me.
Tazz: Glad t’ hear it, ‘cause if y’do get any help, you won’t be gettin’ a shot at the diva’s title anytime soon.
That wipes a smile off McCool’s face a bit as Tazz turns around and starts to walk away.
Tazz: See y’next week ladies.
The camera zooms in on the determined face of Michelle McCool as she ponders her vital clash next week with Mickie.
Matt Sydal looks very panicked as he makes his way back to the locker room and as he gets there, he sees some flowers left in front of the door. He looks surprised to see them and bends down to pick them up, then takes a look out the card.
Matt Sydal: You gotta be kidding me.
He then pushes the door open and Elijah Burke & Layla are there waiting for him.
Matt Sydal: Is she okay?
Elijah Burke: Don’t worry buddy, the doc’s just takin’ a look at her but she said herself she’s alright.
Sydal breathes a sigh of relief.
Matt Sydal: Thank god f’ that. I better go an’ see her.
Elijah Burke: Where d’ y’get the flowers from man?
Matt Sydal: Oh yeah. They’re not for me or Mickie. They’re from you know who.
Elijah Burke: What d’ y’mean?
Burke & Layla look confused so Matt hands the flowers over to Layla and she grabs the card. As soon as she reads it, she doesn’t look happy and turns to her boyfriend.
Elijah Burke: What’s up baby?
She hands him the card and he looks at it.
Elijah Burke: It won’t be long now, keep smiling beautiful, Dolph. . . I’m gonna kill ‘im.
Burke’s fuming as you can imagine.
Layla: Hey, take it easy. I’m not happy about it either but this is what he wants. Don’t let him get to you okay.
Elijah Burke: Easier said than done baby.
Layla puts the flowers down on the bench.
Layla: Like he said, it won’t be long until No Mercy. Then you can finish this. And when you do, there’ll be no one happier than me, I promise.
Burke begins to calm down as Layla gives him a caring little cuddle with Matt smiling.
Matt Sydal: How sweet. Anyway, I’m gonna go check on Mickie. I’ll catch up with you guys in a bit, and take it easy ‘lijah like she said.
The camera zooms in on Burke, and even though he’s playing it cool, it’s clearly just for Layla’s benefit as he stares angrily over her shoulder while holding her (lucky bastard).
A focused Bobby Lashley is walking with purpose with his match against Chris Masters coming up in a matter of minutes. He gets to the interview set where just by chance, Josh Matthews is talking to a production worker. Matthews sees Lashley and he turns his attention to him.
Josh Matthews: Bobby, have you got a minute?
Lashley stops and looks at Josh, breaking out of serious mode for the time being.
Bobby Lashley: Sure.
Josh walks towards him with the microphone and the devastated to be ditched production worker takes off, maybe to take his own life.
Josh Matthews: I won’t keep you long ‘cause I know you’re match with Chris Masters is coming up next week, but I have to ask you what’s on ev’ryone’s mind right now. That being why you came to Charlie Haas’s aid last week and saw off your opponent t’night and his rookie, Ryan Sheffield.
Bobby Lashley: Josh, I love this business. I think ev’ryone knows that, but there are some things that I don’t like. One of those things is a bully, and that’s what Chris Masters is. I don’t know Charlie Haas that well if I’m being honest. What I do know by his reputation with most people in the locker room is that he’s a really good guy. Masters took advantage of that when they were a team, but even more so last week when he and his rookie attacked Charlie for no good reason. He’s done it before, and when I saw him doing it again last week, I snapped. He needed to be taught a lesson. . . There’s nothing I despise more than bullies Josh, and I’ve dealt with a lot in my time believe me. I’ve found the way t’ deal with bullies is to stand up to them like I did last week and I’m going to t’night when I really teach him a lesson.
Josh Matthews: Okay, thanks f’ clearing that up Bobby. Good luck in your match t’night.
Bobby Lashley: Thanks.
It’s obvious Lashley means business as he walks away with his match against The Masterpiece coming up after the break.
From Last Week
Beat the Clock Challenge
Charlie Haas vs. Chris Masters w/Ryan Sheffield
With Masters hobbling around on the canvas, Haas pulled down the straps and this time connected with the Olympic Slam to a big pop. Instead of going for the cover which he may now regret, he decided to lock in the Haas of Pain. The Masterpiece was screaming in agony as the relentless Haas did everything he could to make him tap with Sheffield doing his best to encourage his mentor. The clock was running down and had just ten seconds, not that Haas could see it or seem to care, and fortunately for Masters he held on as the clock expired and the bell was rung to bring the contest to a halt.
Haas didn’t care and kept the hold locked in, and the crowd loved it. Sheffield didn’t though and slid in to the ring right away to break the hold with a kick to the back of Haas’s head. He then pulled him up to his feet and in to a piggy back lift for a Backpack Stunner, and he hit it to heat from the crowd as Masters slowly sat up. He then struggled to his feet, still hobbling slightly as an intense Sheffield stared down remorselessly at the non-moving Haas. The Masterpiece then stood up and glared sadistically at his fallen rival, and slowly walked towards him.
As Haas started to come round, Masters stalked him for The Masterlock but was interrupted by “Hell Will be Callin’ Your Name” and Bobby Lashley walking out to the stage. The crowd cheered and Masters & Sheffield were shocked to see the hot Lashley standing there, and he then ran down the ramp and slid in the ring, to see off the panicked duo. Lashley then made sure they backed away from the ring and they did just that, looking pissed as hell with Lashley staring a hole through them as Haas sat up in the ring.
*Cut to the Arena*
Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters w/Ryan Sheffield
Early in to the contest, Charlie Haas walked out to ringside, probably to ensure that there would be no repeat of what happened to him last week and to return the favour. He watched on as Lashley hit The Masterpiece hard. Sheffield looked concerned for his mentor, and he managed to cause a distraction that allowed Masters to get a foothold in the match. Ultimately it didn’t prove decisive as Lashley fought off everything The Masterpiece had to throw at him, and after ducking a double axe handle blow to the chest, he sent him flying down to the mat with a flipping release german suplex. To his credit, Masters didn’t stay down. He made a decision he’d later regret and picked himself back up.
He found himself on the receiving end of a gut-wrench suplex and then a devastating spinebuster. Masters was struggling and rolled towards the ropes with the intense Lashley stalking him for a spear. Sheffield was worrying for his mentor and pulled him out of the ring and to safety as he tried to get up. The Masterpiece was looking worse for wear and decided enough was enough, turning his back on the match and heading back up the ramp, getting himself counted out to the absolute disgust of the crowd as well as Lashley. Haas got in the ring and shared his frustration with Lashley while the hurting Masters stared down at them with Sheffield doing the same by his side.
Winner: Bobby Lashley by count out.
The ever smug Dolph Ziggler is shown walking through the back in his ring gear, ready for action after the break.
A furious Harry Smith is pacing through the halls with his tag team partner, Paul Burchill trying to catch up with him. The incensed mentor of TJ Wilson stops and barges open a couple of locker room doors before heading up the hall.
Paul Burchill: Harry, this isn’t the way to deal with this.
Smith isn’t listening to Burchill and carries on walking, stops at another door and opens it. He stares in to the room like a man possessed and Burchill catches up with him again just as Smith goes right in, followed by Burchill and the camera follows them both. We can see a look on surprise on both the faces of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine, and Smith explodes in a fury. He goes right for Devine, grabs him and shoves him up against the wall.
Burchill holds Petey back as Devine appears he may just be close to wetting himself with Smith absolutely livid.
Harry Smith: You think you’re tough do you after what you did earlier on? Make you feel big did it, jumping T-J like that? Well I’ve got news for you. You’re not tough. Far from it, and last week, well it wasn’t a fluke. We were all there when he made you tap out. Trust me, that was no fluke, just like it won’t be when I break you in half at No Mercy for what you did t’night you gutless son of a bitch.
Smith stares in to his eyes, clearly intimidating Devine.
Paul Burchill: Alright Harry, you've made your point.
Petey Williams: Yeah you heard him. Get off him.
Smith lets go of Devine instantly and grabs Petey by the shirt, and now Petey looks worried.
Harry Smith: Alright, I’m not touching him now, are you happy? Were you happy when you put your hands on a woman like you did with Natalya?. . . You’re just as bad as he is, and I’m telling you right now that if you so much as put your hands on either of them again, it’ll be the last thing you do, you got that?
Petey’s too panicked to answer.
Harry Smith:I SAID, HAVE YOU GOT THAT?
Petey Williams: I got it.
Smith lets go of the relieved Petey who takes a deep breath.
Harry Smith: Good, ‘cause they’re not just my rookies, they’re my family. You mess with them, you’re messing with me.
Smith stares back at Devine, who’s still intimidated. He then leaves the room, shrugging past Williams with Burchill looking at them both before following his partner out of the room, giving their challengers something to think about.
*Cut to the Arena*
Michael Shane vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler was his usual confident self and backed it up with an impressive performance. Shane put up some resistance to make Ziggler work for it, and after fighting free from a german suplex attempt by driving his elbow back in to Shane’s head, he turned round and ducked a clothesline before nailing his opponent with an enzuigiri. From there Ziggler was on top, and despite Shane managing to hang on for a while, Dolph eventually wrapped up the victory after dodging a diving cross body. He shifted behind Shane as he was getting up and connected with the Zig Zag to secure the win. He wasn’t able to celebrate for long though as Elijah Burke paced down to the ring with the flowers Layla was sent by Ziggler earlier on.
Ziggler didn’t seem fazed at all as Burke slid in the ring and threw the flowers right at him. Burke wasn’t done there and got right in Ziggler’s face, then shoved him in the chest. A worried Layla then rushed down to the ring and tried to pull her boyfriend away from her admirer, but Burke wasn’t having it. Layla tried to reason with him and Ziggler goaded Burke, who looked ready to explode with fury, but Layla managed to dissuade him. Burke then backed away but gestured to Ziggler that he’s going to get his hands on him soon. Ziggler just smirked back at him as Burke & Layla left the ring, and Burke didn’t take his eyes off of him for a second. It’s fair to say Layla wasn’t happy either as she stared angrily at her grinning admirer.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.
A typically serious and suited & booted Chris Jericho is walking through the halls, seemingly on his way to the ring.
*Cut to the Arena*
“You know I got ya. . . yeah. G’on, break the walls down. . .”
*Chorus of Boos*
A very serious Chris Jericho makes his way out in to the arena with a scowl on his face despite last week earning himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship in two weeks at No Mercy. He gives the jeering fans nothing but looks of contempt before entering the ring and walking across to collect a microphone. He turns back and stands centre stage in the middle of the ring with his music cutting, giving us a taste of how loud the boos are for Jericho. He’s definitely not appreciating the response at all.
Chris Jericho: Once again I have been the victim of favouritism by our esteemed general manager. One week ago I was just one of the superstars competing in the beat the clock challenge to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, and after I was successful in my match, I set the time to beat. It was a time that no one else was able to beat, and with that factual information in mind, you would assume that I would be the only one to find myself in the World Championship match at No Mercy. However that is not the case even though I set the best time. Therefore I should be the only one who deserves the opportunity to challenge C-M Punk for his world title.
Chris Jericho: The concept of the beat the clock challenge is as straightforward as it sounds. The person who sets the fastest time in their match is declared the winner, and with a shot at the most prestigious prize in this industry at stake, that one person would go on to No Mercy to compete for that prize. Seeing that I was the one who set the time that was not eclipsed by anybody else, surely you can understand my frustration and confusion as to why I find myself in a triple threat match along with someone else who wasn’t even victorious last week. That person couldn’t be any more undeserving of a world title opportunity, but since he has an ally in our general manager, he has managed to sneak his way in, and the person I am referring to is the definition of failure you know as Christian.
Chris Jericho: Regardless of how his match transpired, the only matter of relevance is that he failed like ev’ryone else in trying to better my time. In no way should he be involved in what should be just my title match. It’s not a difficult situation to understand, even for our uneducated general manager, who just happens to be friends with Christian. It just goes to show that Tazz looks after his friends. However despite all the obstacles that have been put in my path, I will still be the one who will walk out of No Mercy as the World Heavyweight Champion.
Chris Jericho: I’m sure that Tazz is hoping that will not be the case. Any objective general manager would have seen that I deserved to be the number one contender having defeated The Undertaker at SummerSlam and that there was no need for any kind of challenge or match necessary to determine who is worthy of fighting for the World Championship. I am by far the most deserving individual on this show, and I will make Tazz see that for himself when I am victorious at No Mercy.
Chris Jericho: I will also prove to him that he made a mistake in not assigning me a young superstar to mentor like he has many other inferior individuals. If anybody on this show should be a mentor, it should be me. I am the best in the world at what I do and I have the knowledge and the expertise to pass on to them to give them the best chance of succeeding in the W-W. . .
“GO!. . . IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES. . .”
‘Captain Charisma’ Christian strolls out to the stage to a big pop in jeans and a T-shirt, looking quite relaxed. His problem solver, Tyson Tomko is by his side, and they’re both getting dirty looks from the unhappy Jericho in the ring. Christian smiles and points to his fans as he gets in the ring, and even throws a smile Jericho’s way as he walks past him to get another microphone. Tomko stares right at Jericho, unsettling him ever so slightly as Christian turns back and walks towards his problem solver with his music cutting.
Christian: Chris, I’m sorry to interrupt, but I couldn’t help come out here and back you up. You’re right. You are indeed the best in the world at what you do. The only problem is that wouldn’t exactly help if you were a mentor seeing that when it comes to being the best in the world at what you do seeing that’s not being the best wrestler but a liar and a pissy little bitch.
Chris Jericho:How dare you. Just who do you think you are?
Christian: Who do I think I am? I think just like you, I’m the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The face on Jericho is a picture. He’s absolutely disgusted.
Christian: See you might be a pissy little bitch Chris, but at least you’ve got something to look forward to. Actually I take that back, because I’m sorry to disappoint you, but even though you’ve already told all my peeps. . .
Christian: Oh yeah, that’s some love right there!. . . Anyway. I’m sorry t’ be the one to tell you this Chris but you won’t be walking out of No Mercy as the new World Champion. . . I will.
Christian: And while I’m settin’ the record straight, I need t’ talk about what went down last week. Now I heard your side of the story Chris about how no one beat your time an’ all, but the only reason I didn’t was because you did ev’rything you could to make sure that didn’t happen. You know as well I do that had you kept your ass in the locker room where it was supposed t’ be, you wouldn’t even be going t’ No Mercy.
Christian: So if I were you, I’d consider myself lucky to even have a shot, and even though it should just be an’ Punk, I really don’t care if you’re there or not. All I care about is that I’ve got the chance to be the World Champion. This is what I’ve dreamt about my entire life. This is what it’s all about, and I’ll do whatever I have to. . .
Chris Jericho: . . . Let me stop you right there. There’s nothing you can do to win the world title. Your absolute best wouldn’t be enough, and the reason why it is a dream instead of a reality is because it’s out of your reach. You’re out of your depth.
Chris Jericho: Do you actually believe you’re on the same level as me? And despite your mature comments about me being the best in the world, when it comes to competing in this ring on the big occasion, there is no one better than Chris Jericho.
Christian’s smile has gone and he stares right at the defiant Jericho.
Chris Jericho: When I say that, I’m not being arrogant. I can back it up. I was the first ever W-W-E Undisputed Champion. I beat ‘Stonecold’ Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night where you could only dream of such an accomplishment.
Christian: Yeah you’re right. So far that’s all it’s been. . . a dream. But in two weeks Jericho, I’ve got a chance t’ make it reality, just like you did that night that you never let us f’get about and talk about ev’ry chance you get.
Chris Jericho: At least it happened.
Christian: Yeah it happened, but at No Mercy it’s gonna happen f’ me too. This is my time. Whether you think diff’rently or not doesn’t matter. That’s just your opinion. All that matters is that I believe in myself. I believe that I deserve this chance. I deserve this shot and I’m not going to No Mercy just t’ make up the numbers for you an’ C-M Punk, I’m going there t’ win.
Jericho & Christian stare at each other, both incredibly determined.
“This Fire Burns”
Here comes the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk to a chorus of boos. He walks out to the stage with his rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez, and ‘The Straight-Edge Superstar’ is carrying a microphone. He smirks down at his No Mercy opponents, who now set their sights on him instead of each other, as does Tomko. Dressed casually and with the world title draped over his shoulder, Punk turns and shares a private joke with his Mexican rookie.
CM Punk: Guys seriously, all this arguing is pointless. You can argue all night if you want. It’s still not gonna the change the fact that neither of you are going to take this title from me.
CM Punk: What we should be arguing about is how someone other than you two was screwed over last week, and that’s the man standing by my side, my rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.
CM Punk: See I can agree with you Christian to a point as I think we all know Jericho, hey Chris, wet his pants when he saw the clock ticking in your match with Al’. Our problem is that you’re discounting the possibility that Alberto could’ve beaten you in the time left to not just set the best time but challenge me at No Mercy.
CM Punk: Seriously. If anyone got screwed last week it was him. Yet unlike Captain Charisma, he’s not been given a free pass t’ facing me in two weeks. It’s nothing short of a travesty, and this is where I actually agree with the pissy little bitch. Had it not been for Tazz, you wouldn’t be anywhere near a title match. I don’t know if you guys are close or not, but what I do know is that my so called rookie is more talented than the two of you combined.
CM Punk: He’s the only one who is worthy of a title match, and the only reason we’re letting this go is because his day will come soon enough. That and Tazz will never allow me to be in the ring with you, my rookie with the title at stake with an ulterior motive.
Chris Jericho: That’s understandable. You. . .
CM Punk: . . . I’m not finished. Oh and Chris, while we’re at it. I heard your little speech about how you’re not mentoring anyone, and all I have t’ say is that Tazz actually made a good decision for a change. See how could you even expect to be a mentor? You’re the most selfish person I’ve ever met, and if there’s anyone to learn from, it’s the World Champion. And Chris, I’ll think you find that’s me.
CM Punk: There’s no doubt in my mind. . . In fact I’m sure there’s no doubt in Alberto’s mind that I’m the one to get the best out of him and make him as good as he can be, which is already better than the pair of you.
Del Rio-Ramirez nods his head and smiles at his mentor and then at Jericho & Christian.
CM Punk: I have to admit that I’m fortunate enough to be assigned a rookie who’s already better than the majority of the roster. He’s done it all in Mexico and he really shouldn’t be labelled a rookie, and I guarantee he’ll be a World Champion before either of you.
Chris Jericho: I think you’ll find I’ve already been World Champion, and I will be again in a matter of weeks. . .
Christian: Hold on Chris, I just wanna say Punk that you might be the World Champion f’ now, but you’re out of your mind.
CM Punk:Excuse me.
Christian: You can talk up your boyfriend all you want, but if you actually believe for a second he was gonna beat me last week, you’re insane.
Chris Jericho: As are you along with anyone who seriously believes you’ll be the new World Champion.
CM Punk: That’s true. However the same can be said f’ you too Chris. All you both have t’ do is look back to The Great American Bash where if I remember correctly I didn’t just defeat the two of you, I also saw off both The Undertaker and Edge to retain the same world title I will when I beat the pair of you again.
CM Punk: You just have t’ do the maths. I beat four of the best this show has to offer that night, and at No Mercy there’s just two of you. . . you two. It’s a foregone conclusion, just like it is that John Cena will be staying on Raw if he has any sense. And while I have the chance, I’d like to take this time to send a message to John Cena on behalf of the Smackdown locker room. . . If you’re seriously thinking about coming here, don’t. You’ll be even more unwelcome here than you already are on Raw. . .
Christian:Hey, man of the people, who made you the King of the locker room huh? Like a lot people, I’ve had my run ins with Cena, but if he wants t’ come here, I say bring it on.
Christian: But champ, if I were you I’d f’get all about John Cena. You’ve got a whole lot more t’ worry about right now like No Mercy.
CM Punk: I know full well what I have to deal with and how to handle my business. I certainly don’t need any advice from you, but if you’re so worried about my focus, I’ve got a proposition for you. . . How about next week you prove to the world that we’re wrong about you by accepting a match with the man who will actually walk out of No Mercy as the World Heavyweight Champion. . . C-M Punk?
Christian smiles, not overawed at all while Jericho grins away too, looking quite happy at the thought of his two rivals going at it so close to their triple threat match.
Christian: You an’ me next week? You got it.
Christian & Punk stare at each other with Jericho & Del Rio-Ramirez smiling.
Chris Jericho: I’d just like to say that I wish you both the best of luck next week and I look forward to picking up the pieces for myself at No Mercy and leaving as the. . .
CM Punk: . . . You can get that out of your head right now. By the time I’m done with the dreamer next week, you’re next. No one will take this title from me. That’s a promise.
Punk lowers the microphone and “This Fire Burns” plays to heat from the crowd as Punk and his rookie smirk down at the serious duo of Christian & Tomko with Jericho smiling in the background.
Shelton Benjamin is looking very focused as he pulls up his knee pads, sat down on the bench in his locker room, and the camera zooms out to reveal Josh Matthews sat alongside him.
Josh Matthews: I’m here with Shelton Benjamin who will be taking on ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels in our main event t’night, and Shelton I’d like to thank you for allowing me this time to speak with you. The first thing I want to ask you is for your reaction to what we learnt last week regarding Matt Sydal’s injury or lack of it as it turns out and your ladder match with him for the United States title in two weeks at No Mercy.
The Gold Standard sits up and turns to face Josh, and more importantly the microphone.
Shelton Benjamin: Y’know, all I’ve had t’ deal with f’ months is Matt Sydal this an’ Matt Sydal that. I’ve had about as much as I can take of ‘im, an’ in two weeks after I’m through gettin’ the United States title back, I won’t have t’ listen t’ the whole I can’t beat ‘im crap anymore. Quite frankly Josh, I don’t give a rat’s ass if I hurt ‘im or not, ‘cause all that matters is that this match at No Mercy is a ladder match. It’s right up my street. It plays t’ my strengths, not his. This is one match he can’t beat me in. I guarantee I’ll be walkin’ out o’ No Mercy the United States Champion once again.
Josh Matthews: Moving on t’night Shelton, you’ll be competing against one of the best this business has ever seen and someone I know you have a lot of respect for in Shawn Michaels. Do you see this as a chance to prove the people that doubt you wrong heading in to No Mercy?
Shelton Benjamin: The people who doubt me don’t know what they’re talkin’ about. The only person I have t’ prove somethin’ to is myself. I don’t care what anyone else says, but it is gonna be sweet when I make them all see I can beat Sydal in two weeks. As far as t’night goes, yeah this is a chance f’ me t’ prove I can hang with the big guns, an’ over the last fifteen twen’y years, there ain’t been anyone better than my opponent t’night. An’ Josh if you asked Shawn, he’d be praisin’ me like I’ve praised him. That ain’t me bein’ all cocky an’ arrogant as some might think, it’s the truth. After the first time we got in the ring t’gether, he said I was up there with the best he’s been in the ring with. T’night though, despite how much I respect ‘im, I’m gonna beat Shawn Michaels like I’m gonna beat Matt Sydal. Now if y’don’t mind, I need t’ get ready.
Josh Matthews: Alright I’ll leave you to it, and thanks for your time.
Matthews up and leaves as the camera zooms in on Shelton continuing to get ready for his match later on.
From Last Week
Beat the Clock Challenge
J-Red vs. Chavo Guerrero
The mentor & rookie put on an exciting & competitive contest, and Red had the crowd behind him from the start. As the match went on, they took to him even more, but Chavo sure didn’t. Guerrero looked like he had gained the upper hand and was on the verge of victory as he headed up to the top rope for the Frog Splash. He was very smug and was gloating in front of the disapproving Canadian crowd, but was totally unaware that J-Red was getting back up. As Chavo then turned round, he saw his rookie running at him and was nailed by a step up enzuigiri. It knocked the life out of him and Red then jumped up to the top rope himself before connecting with a top rope head scissors takedown to a huge pop.
Chavo was in a really bad way as his rookie stood back up and went right back to the corner and the top rope with the dazed Chavo attempting to get back up. Red struck the moment his mentor made it up to his feet, jumping off the top and connecting with Red Alert, a diving swinging reverse STO. The crowd were cheering like crazy as Red scurried across the mat to make the cover and earn himself a huge victory as well as the time to beat in the Beat the Clock Challenge. The fans gave him a great ovation as he celebrated his win with his mentor starting to come round despite not seeming to have a clue where he was.
Red hit the second rope and posed for the crowd and did the same in the opposite corner. As he stepped down the second time, Chavo was standing back up. J-Red wasn’t sure what to do as his unhappy mentor gazed right at him. Chavo grudgingly held out his hand to his rookie, and Red walked towards him and shook his hand, only for Chavo to pull him closer and kick him in the gut. The angry Mexican then planted him with a brain-buster to a ton of heat from the sell out crowd. Red was out of it and Chavo just looked at his rookie with nothing but contempt as he stood up to then give the crowd a dirty look too.
*Cut to the Arena*
“OOOH CHAVO. . .”
An unhappy looking Chavo Guerrero walks out to the stage dressed to compete and to a negative reception.
Justin Roberts: This contest is scheduled for one fall. Intr’ducing first from El Paso, Texas, weighing in at two hundred and fifteen pounds, Chavo Gue-rerro!
He shakes his head at the crowd as he makes his way down the ramp in one foul mood. As he gets in the ring, he walks towards Roberts and the referee, then asks for the microphone. Roberts doesn’t think twice and gives it to him. The music stops and Chavo walks in to the centre of the ring with a big frown on his face.
Chavo Guerrero: What you just saw, what happened last week was nothing but a fluke.
Chavo Guerrero: It’s true. He’s only a rookie, an’ the sooner he understands that the better. T’night he spat his dummy out. He refuses t’ talk t’ me after I set him straight last week. I did what I did for his own good. It was a lesson he needed, only his already massive ego is out of control. I’m out here t’night to make him see that it was a fluke by not just winning my match but. . .
“La Vittoria é Mia”
Santino Marella (in his ring gear) hits the stage to a decent pop, interrupting & angering Chavo even further.
Justin Roberts: And his opponent, weighing in at two hundred and twenty seven pounds, Santino Ma-rella!
The music stops as we can Santino standing there all happy with a microphone in hand.
Santino Marella: A fluke you say Chavo? Well-a the way I see this is you are a horrible mentor. I am-a not surprised he is not talking to you after you-a beated him up the way you did last week. I wouldn’t want to-a talk to you either. . . You are a bad man Chavo, a very bad man and I-a have also noticed that you are a jealous man that these-a people like your rookie, mister J-Red.
Chavo Guerrero:JEALOUS? OF HIM? I don’t think so.
Santino Marella: Oh I-a do think so. In fact, I think these-a people will agree with me too. . . If you-a think Chavo is jealous of his rookie, give me your-a biggest cheer.
Chavo’s fuming in the ring and points angrily at the crowd with Santino smiling on the stage.
Santino Marella: It-a is official. You are-a jealous of the J-Red. I also have another question for you-a lovely people. Do you-a think I will beat Chavo t’night like-a the J-Red last week?
Chavo Guerrero: Well guess what Santino? What these people think doesn’t matter. I am going to beat you, I promise you.
Santino Marella: Well I'm-a afraid to say I disagree Chavo. See-a last week on the Friday Night Smackdown’s, I beated ‘The All-American’s American’ Jack Swagger, and t’night I am-a going to beat you too.
The crowd cheers and Santino places the microphone down on the stage as his music plays once again. He heads down the ramp, smiling at all the fans with a furious Chavo watching his opponent’s every move.
Santino Marella vs. Chavo Guerrero
Santino & Chavo put on quite the show in a very even contest, and with the crowd on his side, Santino quickly frustrated the Mexican. Chavo didn’t react well to the heat from the crowd either, playing a part in his frustration. Just as it looked like he was on top after the Three Amigo’s and went up to for the Frog Splash, Marella rolled away and Chavo landed horribly on his chest to the joy of the crowd. As both men then made their way back up, Chavo went to kick his opponent in the gut but Santino grabbed his boot. He then spun The Mexican Warrior round before rolling him in to an inside cradle to score another upset victory, setting off a big pop inside the arena.
The stunned & elated Santino stood up and got his arm raised with Chavo sitting up in shock. He wasn’t happy as he watched Santino celebrating in front of the cheering crowd. Chavo snapped and stood up, then went after Santino, turning him round and planting him with a brainbuster. The fans booed and Santino’s music stopped. Chavo then went to the corner and started to make his way up to the top rope when his rookie, J-Red raced down the ramp and climbed up on to the apron. Chavo was furious and told his rookie to get lost, but he didn’t and a row ensued, resulting in Red shoving Chavo down to the mat to a huge pop.
With Chavo clawing his way back up, inspiration struck for his rookie. Red climbed up to the top rope and watched closely as Chavo stood up, Red stepped off the top and hit the Red Alert, a diving swinging reverse STO to a big pop for the second week in a row. The rookie sat up and enjoyed the sight of his mentor struggling in a big way, squirming around on the mat as the dazed Santino sat up. Red stood up and helped Santino up to his feet and raised his hand with Santino’s music playing again, met by another pop as they both took satisfaction in Chavo getting his just desserts.
Winner: Santino Marella by pinfall.
We’re shown a split screen of Shawn Michaels & Shelton Benjamin as they both make their way through the back for their match coming up after the break.
“AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME, NOOO!. . .”
Boos greet Shelton Benjamin’s entrance in to the arena, and boy does he look fired up as he walks out to the stage, blanking out the crowd’s reaction.
Justin Roberts: This contest is scheduled for one fall. Intr’ducing first from Orangeburg, South Carolina, weighing in at two hundred and forty five pounds, SHELTON BEN-JAMIN!
He means business as he makes his way down the ramp and in to the ring, paying no attention to the crowd still as he prepares for the arrival of his opponent.
“I think I’m cute. I know I’m sexy. . .”
It feels like the roof could have been blown off as ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels hits the stage to a rousing reception. Michaels is fired up too and greets his adoring crowd with his traditional spin at the top of the stage.
Justin Roberts: And his opponent, from San Antonio, Texas, weighing in at two hundred and twenty five pounds, SHAWN MICHAELS!
From Last Week
“Check one two, oh yeah!. . .”
‘The All-Amercian American’ Jack Swagger struts out to the stage to a large number of boos with a very big smile on his face wearing his ring gear. He doesn’t care about the negative reception as he walks down the ramp and in to the ring, where he walks up to Justin Roberts and asks to borrow the microphone. He’s given temporary ownership of it and his music cuts as he walks in to the centre of the ring with the fans still booing him.
Jack Swagger: Last week, Shawn Michaels made a mistake, but at the same time, he also made me a challenge. He challenged me to a match at No Mercy. However that’s not what I am here t’ talk about, because last week Shawn Michaels also called me a coward. . . I am an All-American American. I am not a coward and I proved that last Friday when I showed Shawn first hand that he doesn’t intimidate me. His reputation doesn’t intimidate by. That’s why I accepted his challenge to a match at No Mercy in person, and Shawn I will beat you in person at No Mercy. That’s a promise.
“La Vittoria é Mia”
One of Smackdown’s newest superstars, Santino Marella walks out to the stage to a decent pop from the Canadian fans. He shows no fear of the cocky Swagger as he makes his way down the ramp and enters the ring looking in a competitive mood tonight.
Santino Marella vs. Jack Swagger
Just before the bell was about to ring, “Sexy Boy” played and Shawn Michaels walked out to the stage to a largely positive reception. Swagger wasn’t happy and walked to the apron to stare up at The Heartbreak Kid, who just stood there looking back at him. The bell then rang as Michaels’ music cut, but The All-American American either didn’t here it or ignored it and continued to focus his attention on his No Mercy opponent as Santino sneaked up behind him and rolled him, holding on to the tights too as the referee counted to three, sending the fans crazy. Marella immediately left the ring and got his arm raised in victory as the ref joined him on the outside.
Swagger shot up and stared down in shock as the victorious Italian dropped to his knees for a second before jumping back up and throwing both his arms up in the air. Michaels then coolly walked down to the ramp and past an ecstatic Santino, who slapped hands with the fans as he walked the opposite way. Swagger was seething and backed up, preparing himself for Michaels getting in the ring, and The Heartbreak Kid did just that. As soon as he had stepped through the ropes, Swagger charged at him and threw wild shots at him, pummelling away at him in the corner with the music grinding to a halt.
Michaels came fighting back though and knocked him down with a jab. He then pulled Swagger back up and tried for an irish whip, but the youngster reversed it and fired the veteran in to the ropes. Michaels grabbed hold of them on impact, infuriating Swagger. He didn’t waste a second in running right at Michaels, and The Showstopper stepped out and took his head off with some Sweet Chin Music. The majority of the Canadian crowd cheered, however there were some boos as Michaels took a quick look down at Swagger before walking over to the apron to collect a microphone.
Shawn Michaels: Jack m’boy, the only person who made a mistake last week was you. You should’ve accepted my challenge like a man. At No Mercy you won’t be able to attack me from behind. It’s time f’ you t’ step up an’ prove you’re not a coward or you’ll end up like you are right now, flat on y’back thanks t’ some sweet chin music.
Most of the Canadian fans cheer The Heartbreak Kid as his music plays, but there are some boos as Michaels calmly kneels down and drops the microphone on the mat. He looks right at the out cold All American-American as he stands up before leaving the ring and slapping hands with the fans on his way back up the ramp.
*Cut to the Arena*
Michaels is now halfway down the ramp. He leans on to one knee and flash his guns with a pyro display behind him, generating a bigger pop from the crowd. Shelton watches on as his opponent slaps hands with the fans in the front row before heading in to the ring, where he again poses for the crowd, getting them all pumped up too. He then backs up in to his corner and strips himself of his pointless attire, and just as he & Benjamin get ready for the bell. . .
“Check one two. Oh yeah!. . .”
‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger, dressed casually walks out to the stage to a ton of heat. He doesn’t care and is only focused on one thing, well person. That being Shawn Michaels. He stares right at him, and Michaels does the same as he turns rounds not looking too happy with his No Mercy opponent’s presence. Swagger strolls down the ramp to ringside with Michaels watching his every step, and Swagger doesn’t take his eyes off him either as he walks round to the announce table and sits down alongside Michael Cole & Matt Striker, not going down well with The Heartbreak Kid at all.
*The Main Event*
Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin
Upon joining Cole & Striker for commentary, the bitter Swagger said that Michaels embarrassed him last week and that losing to Santino is something he’d never forget for as long as he lived but promised to make up for it at No Mercy. He also pointed out his belief that he’s got inside Michaels’ head, and that’s why he will defeat him when they meet at No Mercy in two weeks.
Benjamin was fired up for this one, as was Michaels. It made for a great spectacle, and Benjamin upped his game. Michaels was very aware of Swagger’s presence, and it helped Benjamin take charge when Michaels took him down with a Lou Thesz press and then let Swagger know he was watching him. The Heartbreak Kid kept his eyes on him and off his opponent for too long, allowing Benjamin to pick himself back up behind him. When Shawn did turn round, Benjamin nailed him with the dragon whip. The former United States Champion did a good job of keeping Michaels at bay. He even came within an inch of winning when he whipped Michaels in to the ropes for a Samoan Drop, only for Shawn to kick Shelton’s ducked head.
Michaels then looked to take his head off with the super kick, but Shelton ducked and then reacted instantly, catching Michaels with a T-Bone suplex. Unfortunately for him, Michaels rolled towards the ropes and managed to get his foot on the rope before the ref could count to three. Benjamin was fuming, but to his credit he stood up and focused on finishing the job. He dragged Michaels away from the ropes and backed up in to the corner, then urged him to get up for the Paydirt. The crowd tried to encourage Michaels as he stood up, not looking in the best of shape. Benjamin was almost foaming at the mouth, and the moment Shawn got to his feet, he ran at him, but Michaels stepped forward and Shelton hit the mat to a big pop.
Shawn then helped him up to his knees before slamming him right back down and heading to the dizzy heights of the top rope. With the crowd cheering, he levelled Benjamin with a diving elbow drop and then retreated to the corner where he tuned up the band for some sweet chin music. The fans were on the feet as well as clapping and stomping their feet in tandem with The Heartbreak Kid’s boot. As Shelton then sat up, Swagger saw red and threw off his headset before sliding in to the ring.
He went right after Michaels, who saw him coming up and tried to take Swagger’s head off instead. The All-American ducked his head though and stomped Michaels in the gut as he turned round, resulting in an instant disqualification for Shelton. With Michaels slumped forward, Swagger then planted him with his trademark spin-out powerbomb to a ton of heat from the sell out crowd. He stared down with no remorse whatsoever as Michaels lay out cold in front of him. A confused Shelton sat up and looked over, not too happy as Swagger then threw his arms up in the air with his music playing again as this week’s Smackdown came to a close.
Winner: Shawn Michaels by DQ.
The Empire df. Sonjay Dutt & Jimmy Yang
Matt Sydal df. Yoshi Tatsu
Bobby Lashley df. Chris Masters
Dolph Ziggler df. Michael Shane
Santino Marella df. Chavo Guerrero
Shawn Michaels df. Shelton Benjamin
Beth Phoenix df. Rosa Mendes
>Confirmed for Next Week<
Christian vs. CM Punk
Number One Contendership Match
Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool
Interesting that once again you start the show with one of your midcard feuds, altough this time The Empire makes more sense to do so and considering the heat they have, it's also credible that they do so. More so than Chavo Guerrero last week. I still find it interesting that only Stu Sanders and MVP do the talking for their teams. I could easily see this translate into a singles feud between the two, since they have been carrying all the weight of this rivalry.
Great move with the rookie getting attacked. It will get the tag champions mad in some sort of protection sense kinda way and will make the title rivalry that more personal. I can picture Natalya trying to step up against the men. The next match was kinda interesting. I am all for Matt Sydal vs Yoshi, but Yoshi continues to lose steam after the great showing with Jericho. Tatsu did bring it to Sydal, but isn't Sydal still injured?
Michelle vs Mickie next week? I like it.
It's interesting to see how much TV time you devote to the quartet of Burke/Layla/Bourne/James. I can't say all of their segments are riveting TV, but they arent exactly boring, and Ziggler's antics are great, so this segment was one of those that clicked and worked great. Layla seemed to accept Ziggler a little bit more, so my theory of the turn seems closer and closer.
We needed Lashley's explanation, because it was indeed kinda random he came out to help Charlie Haas. However, I don't know if I can buy Lashley was ever bullied. Of course he wasn't that big when he was a child (I've see the pictures), but still, when you see Lashley, you don't think he was bullied. Then again, that might be the point of all of this.
Ive notived the matches have been shorter this week. Anyways, Chris Masters got his ass handed to him by Lashley. Complete domination. These two aren't over by a longshot after the ending, as Masters will get his heat back one way or the other. Maybe via his rookie....
Damn, Harry got mad. I didn't picture the confrontation going like that, but reading it, it made sense for Paul Burchill to not be as angry as Harry, yet to stay supportive of his tag team partner. But damn, DH wanted to rip the heads off from those two guys indeed.
See? More of the quartet. Layla can act as angry as she wants, she seems to be taking Ziggler more and more fondly.
Damn, it took some time to finally see the main actors of the show in action. If you ask me, these show needs more appearances from them and less from the midcard. Chris Jericho's explanation made a lot of sense altough of course it was biased. I don't think he would actually want a rookie, but his ego was hurt when he didnt get one. There was some parts with Christian that dragged, and the asskissing between CM Punk and Del Rio has to lead somewhere (Del Rio face?), otherwise it's just weird. The promo was awesome though, with everybody insanely in character, and booking Punk vs Cage makes sense. I think Christian will win, since this promo presented him as undeserving of being in the title match.
Having an arrogant guy like Shelton be respectful of HBK is great. It also feeds the HBK vs Swagger feud, as it presents Swagger that much arrogant with him having no respect for the legend.
I felt the mic time for Santino and Chavo was unnecessary, specially Santino's. It seems Santino will be up for a push, winning two weeks on a row.
HBK vs Benjamin was good. In fact it was great, altough you just know Swagger would get involve leading to the end of the match. Of course it happens and he ends the show on top of HBK. The game of oneupsmenship continue. Let's see if there is follow up between Shelton and Swagger after Shelton wasn't pleased with losing via DQ.
Good show, altough I feel you are devoting too many segments to the wrong guys. I saw Burke three times on the show, yet the ones in the title match, only once. HBK wasn't seen until the very end of the show, yet we saw Petey Williams twice. Besides that, it was a really good show that advanced all the storylines well.
Just over a week ago, we learnt that CM Punk will be defending the World Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match at No Mercy against Christian & Chris Jericho, and last night they all had their say on that match.
All three of them disagreed on who should be in that match, but Punk was adamant like Jericho in the opinion that Christian shouldn’t. The Straight-Edge Superstar even challenged Captain Charisma to a match next week in an attempt to prove that point. It was a challenge that Christian was only too happy to accept, meaning that two of the men who will compete for the world title in two weeks at No Mercy will collide live on Smackdown next Friday night.
You can guarantee that Jericho will be keeping a close eye on that contest, and make sure you do too when Christian goes up against the World Champion to prove he deserves the chance to fight for the world title.
It’s been over two months since Michelle McCool stabbed her then friend, Mickie James in the back when Mickie was just one match away from competing for the Diva’s Championship at The Great American Bash.
However next week they will clash for the chance to challenge Beth Phoenix, the eventual winner of the elimination series and the current Diva’s Champion. Mickie & Michelle have been at each other’s throats ever since their controversial eliminations in that series, and last night when Mickie was watching her boyfriend, Matt Sydal in action, McCool and her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes jumped her. Mickie needed some medical attention, and Tazz was quick to inform McCool that she & Mickie will go at it next week for a shot at The Glamazon.
Just who will prevail to take on the dominant Beth Phoenix at No Mercy? Tune in to Smackdown live next week to find out!