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WWE Unforgiven
The Preview


Sunday September 21st 2008
Live from the Cow Palace
San Francisco, California










Batista’s relationship with Randy Orton goes back a long way back, but for the first time ever, The Animal & The Viper will square off one on one for the WWE Championship live on pay-per-view this Sunday night at Unforgiven.

Ever since Orton lost the title back at WrestleMania earlier this year, he’s been on a mission to get it back at any cost. To this day he claims he never lost the title after John Cena was pinned during the triple threat match that saw The Legend Killer part way with the WWE Championship. He’s never given up, and despite being the last man fall in the elimination chamber at the hands of Batista last month at SummerSlam, Orton has fought back once again to book himself the one on one title match he’s wanted since that fateful night at the Citrus Bowl. To do that he won a battle royal, eliminating & injuring John Cena in the process to earn his opportunity at The Animal.

Batista has fought past deep personal issues with Triple H and the enforced retirement of ‘The Nature Boy’ to hold on to the WWE title. He’ll have to fight hard again this weekend as The Viper has been on a role as of late. As well as injuring Cena, albeit accidentally, he took out The King of Kings two weeks ago with a punt to the head after Triple H tried to muscle his way in to a triple threat title match, and Monday night on Raw, he sent the WWE Champion a very important reminder to never take his eye off him. After The Animal defeated Orton’s rookie and the potential wildcard this Sunday in Darren Young, The Viper snuck in the ring and caught him off guard with an RKO.

Will Batista have learnt his lesson, or will we see Orton standing over him again with the WWE Championship?





Just like Orton, Kofi Kingston will be aiming to regain championship gold this weekend, and in Kofi’s case, he has every reason to be aggrieved after being screwed out of the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam last month.

We all saw Ted DiBiase Jr’s father, The Million Dollar Man seemingly hit Kofi with the title that now belongs to his son by accident, only to find out that it was the culmination of a plan put together by father & son to ensure he would become the Intercontinental Champion. What they didn’t bank on however was that Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff had discovered their plan, resulting in the attack that left him in hospital for several weeks. When Bischoff returned several weeks ago, we too discovered the shameful actions of the DiBiase clam, and as you can imagine, the man who was robbed of the Intercontinental title wasn’t best pleased either.

He will however have a level playing field for his rematch this weekend as the champion will be without any help when he puts the title on the line. The Million Dollar Man was fired by Bischoff on his return, and both Maryse and his rookie, Ezekiel Jackson have been barred from ringside, and if they do attempt to help Ted Jr, he will be stripped of the title on the spot. Kofi’s chances have improved dramatically, and Monday night on Raw, he scored some huge momentum by pinning DiBiase Jr in an eight man tag team match.

If the African Sensation can do that again, he’ll be leaving as a two time Intercontinental Champion, but will he?





With the tag team titles now vacant, it’s opened up the doors for several teams on Raw a big opportunity to earn themselves some gold, and these two teams now have more to fight for than they did initially.

Only two weeks ago, Matt Hardy was scheduled to take on Cody Rhodes at Unforgiven in attempt at getting some retribution at the expense of the obnoxious youngster who has taunted him since he arrived on Raw. He even managed to defeat Matt last month with the help of the Bella twins, Brie & Nicole, a handbag and a brick. Matt wasn’t happy as you would expect and challenged him to a rematch, and Cody accepted in typical fashion, by attacking him from behind. However Cody didn’t count on Matt getting help from his long time friends in the shape of Raw newcomers, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore. Cody also found some help in the form of a newcomer ,his rookie, Joe Hennig, the son of the Hall of Famer, Curt ‘Mr. Perfect’ Hennig.

Rhodes then gave his rookie a helping hand in Hennig’s debut victory against Helms on Raw nearly three weeks ago, but that wasn’t enough for them. They were quick to target Hardy after the bell, bringing out Moore for his Raw debut to save the day after only being drafted from Smackdown a matter of days earlier. That didn’t go down well with the second generation superstars, and they reacted by costing Hardy & Helms their match with another new team on the block in Christopher Daniels & Kaval a week later. Bischoff reacted quickly by changing Matt’s scheduled match with Cody to a tag team contest with the winners progressing to the semi finals of the tournament to crown new champions.

Who will join JTG & Homicide and Christopher Daniels & Kaval in the semi finals stage? Make sure you order Unforgiven and find out!





Mr. McMahon has been involved in many battles throughout his time, and this Sunday at Unforgiven he will be up against one of the biggest & toughest in the shape of the World’s Largest Athlete.

The Big Show was hastily removed from The Corporation last month after they decided the seven foot plus giant was to blame for their failure to leave SummerSlam with the WWE Championship in their possession, and since then he and his rookie, Justin Gabriel have managed to frustrate the McMahon men. Just two weeks ago on Raw, Show accepted Mr. McMahon’s challenge for a handicap match at Unforgiven, but made it clear that his idea of a handicap match was a three on two match with Gabriel as his partner. Eric Bischoff made the match there & then, not before announcing that later on that night in the main event, Show would be going one on one with John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield.

However Show’s rookie had other ideas, and the South African youngster declared his desire to gain some valuable experience going in to his pay-per-view debut this weekend by taking Show’s place against the self proclaimed wrestling god. There were no objections and Gabriel had a debut to remember, defeating J.B.L. after an impressive 450 splash and a helpful knockout punch from his mentor. This past Monday night, because of Gabriel’s victory the week before, Mr. McMahon was forced in to action against The Big Show. The match descended in to chaos when the Chairman of the Board was within touching distance of defeat, and Gabriel joined Show in fighting off his sons, leaving Gabriel with the opportunity to give Mr. McMahon first hand experience of the 450 splash.

If Gabriel connects with it again this Sunday in San Francisco, The Corporation will have no one to blame but themselves. Will that be the case to keep his impressive start going and give his mentor some sweet retribution, or will The Corporation bring them crashing back down to earth?





To say things have gotten personal between these former tag team champions would be an understatement, and with no disqualifications in place when they meet this Sunday evening, we could be in for quite the war.

When they met at SummerSlam last month, John Morrison brought a friend of his along to stand in his corner, and right now there’ll be no doubting it’s a decision he regrets in a big way. Matt Cappotelli was there to see Morrison defeat The Miz, and since then The Miz has shown the world just how despicable he is. Along with Morrison, Cappotelli won a WWE contract when they won Tough Enough back in 2002. However while Morrison has gone on to have a successful career, his friend was forced in to retirement after it was discovered he had a brain tumour.

There was no sympathy from Mr. Hollywood though, none whatsoever. He stunned everyone by launching a vicious tirade against Cappotelli, insulting & mocking his faith in god for helping him through his battle with cancer. The Miz even claimed that not even god was going to help Morrison beat him in their SummerSlam rematch, and after what happened on Raw Monday night, he showed that there is no level he won’t sink to in order to make up for the loss to Morrison last month. Along with his rookie, Heath Slater, he went head to head with Cappotelli in a No Holds Barred match after challenging him the week before and getting a surprising response.

No one expected Cappotelli to accept, but he did. He said he wanted one match, and on reflection he will be regretting that decision now. It was less of a match and more of an ambush. Miz & Slater were intent on hurting him, and when it looked like Cappotelli was about to get his brain rattled by a steel chair, Morrison came to his rescue and shoved him out of the way, taking the blow himself. It didn’t stop The Miz then getting his intended target, leaving him needing medical attention. He was taken to a local medical facility with Morrison going with him, much to the amusement of Mr. Hollywood?

The Monday Night Delight will be going all out to get some revenge for his buddy, and no one would begrudge him that after everything The Miz has said & done over the last month. Whether he gets it though is another story!





Not many superstars have made the impression Sheamus has since debuting on Raw, only The Celtic Warrior has met a stumbling block as of late in the form of his fellow Irishman, Finlay.

Sheamus had no problem running over several superstars, but when he met Finlay, it was a different story. Finlay stood firm and frustrated Sheamus, so much so that he became obsessed with not just defeating Finlay but hurting him too. When he called out Finlay several weeks ago, he got more than he bargained for. Finlay proposed they settle it, not just in any ordinary match but a Celtic Brawl. Sheamus was only too happy to accept and vowed to destroy the veteran. Since then he’s tried to give Finlay and the fans an indication of what’s store in the first ever Celtic Brawl this weekend.

He even went after the divas, and as ever, Finlay saved the day to frustrate The Celtic Warrior yet again. It was the same old story Monday night after Sheamus was successful when he teamed up with Zack Ryder to take on Rey Mysterio & Mystico. Mysterio was in the firing line when Finlay raced down to the ring armed with his shillelagh, reluctantly forcing Sheamus to flee the scene. The Celtic Warrior was seething as he stared at the defiant Finlay who he’ll finally collide with this Sunday evening.

Can Finlay frustrate him even more by beating him in what promises to be a battle to the end in the first ever Celtic Brawl? We’re going to find out very soon.





Many people were surprised to see Raw get a host in Zack Ryder, but it was more his attitude that surprised us, and Rey Mysterio especially.

On his first night, he mocked Rey’s failure to win the WWE Championship in the Elimination Chamber the night before, and even went as far to say that Mysterio didn’t deserve a spot in the match. No one could blame Rey for giving Ryder short shrift, but the newcomer wasn’t best pleased. He went as far as to interfere in Rey’s match, costing him a defeat at the hands of The Miz.

A week later and after a defeat against Randy Orton, Mysterio found himself at the centre of Ryder’s jokes once again, and this time Ryder got what he deserved, a 619. Mysterio had a challenge for him the next week, and Ryder accepted. He also made a challenge of his own, to Rey’s rookie, Mystico. They went at it on Raw almost two weeks ago, and with Ryder vowing to send a message to Rey through his rookie, he failed in dubious circumstances. However he had the last laugh this week when he & Sheamus overcame the Mexican duo.

He’ll be looking to come out on top again at Unforgiven, but will he be able to defeat Rey one on one?





John Cena may not be in action this weekend, however he’s the main talking point right now with his decision on his future due to be announced at Unforgiven.

Despite not having the best year, Cena is still considered by many as the biggest name on Raw and the whole WWE. Come Sunday night though, he may not be a Raw superstar any longer if Tazz has his way. The Smackdown General Manager was made of aware of Cena’s contract coming to an end at the end of this month, and subsequently made him an offer to return to the brand he made his debut on six years ago. That’s despite the ‘Open House’ rules that allow a superstar to switch shows whenever they may want to.

We didn’t have to wait long before realising that Cena was considering the offer, and he said that despite loving his time on Raw, he also enjoyed his time on Smackdown. Last Monday night, we thought that we may well discover Cena’s intentions, only he announced that he will be making his decision public this weekend. He was then given some advice by Randy Orton to pack up & leave for his own good, stating that Raw will soon be in the ‘Orton Era’. There was some definite tension between them, and it was Orton that injured his shoulder recently.

Could Orton have swayed Cena? Is it possible that Raw may have seen the last of Cena? We don’t have to wait long to find out.



>Prediction Template<

WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory:

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory:

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory:
Which two men will be involved in the finish?

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory:
Which two men will be involved in the finish?

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory:

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory:

Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory:


>Bonus Questions<


1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown?
2. How many title changes will there be?
3. Which match will open the show?
4. Which match will end the show?

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Batista v Randy Orton
RKO

Kofi Kingston v Ted DiBiase
Trouble In Paradise

Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms v Cody Rhodes and Curt Henning
Rhodes pin Hardy

Big Show and Justin Gabriel v The Corporation
JBL Clothesline From Hell on Gabriel

Morrison v Miz
Heath Slater

Rey Mysterio v Zach Ryder
619

Finlay v Sheamus
Celtic Cross

John Cena goes to Smackdown

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>Prediction Template<

WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory: Pinfall

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory: Pinfall

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Rhodes pinning Hardy

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory: Submission.
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Show and Vince

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory: Pinfall.

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory: Pinfall.

Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory: DQ


>Bonus Questions<


1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown? Leave for Smackdown
2. How many title changes will there be? One - The WWE title
3. Which match will open the show? Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms vs Cody Rhodes and Joe Hennig
4. Which match will end the show? Batista vs Randy Orton


Can't wait to read it, a very impressive card, not one bad match on there!

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WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory: Pin

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory: Pin

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory: Pin
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Matt Hardy and Joe Hennig

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory: Pin
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Vince and Gabriel

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory: Pin

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory: Pin

Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory: Pin


>Bonus Questions<

1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown? Smackdown
2. How many title changes will there be? 1
3. Which match will open the show? Finlay vs Sheamus
4. Which match will end the show? Batista vs Orton

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Backstage Unforgiven News

There’s currently a lot of speculation backstage in regard to a number of storylines going in to Unforgiven tonight.

It seems that the subject on everyone’s lips is that of John Cena’s possible switch to Smackdown. We’re hearing that it may all be a smokescreen leading to a storyline with Randy Orton, and maybe costing him the WWE Championship against Batista this evening. It was Orton that injured Cena last month for the second time in a year, and Orton has constantly blamed Cena for losing him the WWE title at WrestleMania. It would appear that creative could be setting a storyline up between them as Orton interrupted Cena this past week on Raw, and it was clear there is still some tension between them. Later on in the show, Cena told Batista to give Randy hell. There may well be something to this and despite many believing Cena will be announcing he is leaving Raw tonight, he may well be staying where he is.

There’s also talk of Eric Bischoff’s possible involvement in the Intercontinental Championship match between Kofi Kingston & Ted DiBiase Jr. We’re being told that he may well be present at ringside for the match and could play a role in the finish, costing DiBiase the title. With their recent problems, it would not be a surprise, and it would also allow creative to propel DiBiase up the ladder where they believe he could do a decent job.

Creative are supposedly torn on several of the outcomes for tonight, namely the tag team clash between Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms and Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig, and the handicap match that will see The Big Show & Justin Gabriel take on The Corporation. The original decision was for Rhodes & Hennig to progress to the semi finals of the tag title tournament, but there’s been a change of heart in the last week or so we’re led to believe. As for the handicap match, we hear that creative are split on pushing The Big Show & Gabriel and having The Corporation come out on top leading to a huge pay off match at Survivor Series.

The toughest decision lies with who to put over in the John Morrison/The Miz match. We believe the original plan was to have The Miz gain his revenge after losing to Morrison at SummerSlam, but right now the feeling is that he should get his just desserts in terms of his treatment of Matt Cappotelli, who we are told will be at the Cow Palace tonight. Whether he will play a role on screen remains to be seen though.

From what we’ve been told, Triple H & Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley are both in San Francisco and are expected to be backstage later on. This isn’t exactly a surprise due to their behind the scenes roles, although Stephanie has been on maternity leave having recently given birth to their second daughter and hasn’t been on the road up until now with the exception of the Raw show she appeared on two weeks ago. Their daughters are with them, and it’s expected that both Triple H & Stephanie won’t actually appear on the show tonight as a result of the punt Triple H was on the end of on the same Raw show two weeks ago. They will both have a big role to play very soon though as Triple H’s obsession with the WWE Championship & Batista will continue to affect their on screen relationship.


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>Prediction Template<

WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory: Pinfall after RKO

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory: Submission

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Henning & Helms

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Vince & Show

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory: Pinfall

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory: Pinfall

Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory: Pinfall


>Bonus Questions<

1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown? Raw
2. How many title changes will there be? One
3. Which match will open the show? Mysterio/Ryder
4. Which match will end the show? Orton/Batista
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]>Prediction Template<

WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory: Pinfall


WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory: DQ, Dibiase retains

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Henning & Helms

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Show and JBL

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory: Cheating

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory: Gonna go out on a limb and say KO
Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory: Pinfall


>Bonus Questions<

1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown? SD
2. How many title changes will there be? None
3. Which match will open the show? Tag
4. Which match will end the show? Orton/Batista


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WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victoryin fall

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory:submission

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victoryin fall
Which two men will be involved in the finish?helms and Rhodes

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victoryin fall
Which two men will be involved in the finish?vince and show

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victoryin fall

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victoryin fall

Plus

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victoryin fall


>Bonus Questions<

1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown?stay on raw
2. How many title changes will there be?zero
3. Which match will open the show?rey vs zack
4. Which match will end the show? wwe title

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Like usual, a good start by showing the important happenings of last week. The announcers hyped the show just fine too, which, like I said, is looking nice despite that standout candidate for a main event aside from perhaps Benjamin/Michaels.

A bit surprised at the choice of The Empire to start the show, but after the momentum I thought this feud recaptured last week, it’s probably a good idea to capitalise on that, and having them kick off the show is certainly doing that. Solid promo to kick things off from Sanders, using the basic cheap heat tactic just fine in talking up how disgusting America and Americans are. The little convict lines were done well like last time, especially the partner in crime one, while the bawling line was pretty nice too. Pretty good promo from The Empire to get things started.

A bit odd that Dutt and Yang are The Empire’s opponents considering you would expect a team a little more, well, American to be used as an example. Still, I guess you were working with what you had, and laying the Union Jack over the fallen Yang after the match as a preview of sorts for No Mercy was nice.

A bit surprised MVP came out afterwards for a brief promo with Killings by his side, but the short promo with the references to wars and calling it a war was simple and effective. Nice little promo.

Good to see Devine and Williams getting their heat back after suffering what seemed like a needless defeat last week, although I’m hoping this feud takes some real direction in the weeks to come. It’s sort of just there with the angle not really having much meaning at all, if you know what I mean.

While I think starting it off by giving away a spot Jeter would (or at least should) actually want in having a chance to qualify for a World Heavyweight Title match at No Mercy last week, I like the idea of him showing what a coward he is by having his rookie Tatsu compete in his matches instead of him. The way Jeter puts it over as giving Tatsu an opportunity rather than admitting his own cowardice really tops it all off. Admittedly, I think it would work better against a larger superstar at first, like your Big Show or whatever before Jeter applies it to everyone, but I still like the idea of the angle.

Nice sounding little match here between Sydal and Tatsu. The idea of having McCool and co attack Mickie mid-match here works fine to continue their issue along (also intertwining her relationship from Sydal, which, as I’ve said before, I feel has been taking away from the focus of Mickie being an actual wrestler), while using it as a distraction to get Tatsu in the match is clever. Sydal was always going to get the win, which he needed on return with the momentum he’s had in this thread, but good to see this continuing another few angles along at the same time.

Jeter talking down on Tatsu for losing two straight matches and claiming it’s hurting him is some more nice heat for Jeter, talking down on Tatsu while talking himself up well. As I said, it’s a pretty basic type of angle, but I like it.

Tazz being angered by McCool and co attacking makes sense, while the match for next week is a nice one. It’s been headed to this for quite some time with Phoenix loosely connected, and it’s good to see the match between Michelle and Mickie finally announced. It should be a good way to continue their actual feud too. Good little stip with no rookies allowed to interfere too for next week.

Ziggler sending flowers for Layla is a good way to have him continue to make advances on her, with him doing it so blatantly that Burke will know a good way for him to continue to play the antagonist in the feud. Simple but effective, much like this entire feud.

Not really any depth to the explanation from Lashley, but there didn’t really need to be. You established his motive and firmly entrenched Haas as a face by having him be the good guy, even when teaming with Masters. While I think it may be an odd permanent pairing, a temporary team between Lashley and Haas to combat Masters and Sheffield doesn’t sound bad.

Masters running away from a fair fight with Lashley despite wanting it badly last week show his attitude since breaking up from Haas, playing a real coward. Good way to keep this thing going along with nothing decisive happening.

It’s nice to see you establishing just how personal the relationship is between Smith and his rookies, possibly allowing for them to break away from Burchill and team up themselves in the future, although right now this is feeling a bit like a filler feud. It just seems more about setting up Smith’s future more than a serious competitive feud between the two teams. Maybe it’s just me though.

Simple win for Ziggler, keeping his momentum going as he heads to a match with Burke at No Mercy. I’m not sure the aftermath was necessary, as it didn’t really further anything, but the rest of the build for this match thus far tonight has been good.

Having a promo is probably the ideal way to follow up on the Beat the Clock Challenge last week, but I feel like it’s a bit randomly placed in the middle of the show. As the big event of last week, I feel like it either had to be followed up on at the beginning of this show or, if you didn’t have any plans for any of the superstars involved in this later in the show, at the end. In the middle is okay for a lesser feud, but this is your major feud with a match that was just announced last week. Regardless, Jericho coming out and complaining that he finds himself in a Triple Threat Match after technically winning the Beat the Clock Challenge last week was pretty much what had to happen, and the way in which he went about it was pretty good. At times I thought you tried to go too over the top in intelligent lingo from Jericho, but the way he went about talking about how Tazz’s friendship is what blinded him and calling him unintelligent was pretty good. The talking up of the concept behind Beat the Clock to back up his claim was done well too, while I liked Jericho bringing up his victory over The Undertaker at SummerSlam to claim he should have been number one contender anyway. The inclusion of talk about not having a rookie seemed like a bit of a tangent despite it staying in the same ballpark of the bias against Jericho, but up until the interruption this was all pretty good from Jericho. Christian coming out and putting Jericho in his place, insulting him before claiming he was going to be the man, not Jericho to win at No Mercy was done well. The retort about being undeserving of the shot from Christian was good too, as was the exchange about whether Christian is good enough, with Jericho talking himself up well. Christian did the same, making for a good exchange up until the interruption from Punk. Punk making the decisive statement to begin was good, as was the talk about Alberto as the man who should have qualified. I actually didn’t expect it at all, but I thought it was clever and done in a way that made Alberto look really good. Christian’s reply and the little exchange between Jericho and Punk to follow about their past history was good. The little shot at Cena seemed very random, and while I get that you seem to be building a program between him and Punk as soon as he gets to SmackDown!, it really didn’t seem like it had a place in this promo, at least not where you placed it in. Punk making the challenge to Christian seemed a little weird, despite him being a fighting champion, although you’ve definitely got a match for us to look forward to next week. The ending line from Punk was okay, although I thought the ending of the promo maybe missed the big feel it needed. Still, a pretty good exchange between these three, setting up a huge match next week.

The explanation from Benjamin about it being a Ladder Match at No Mercy was really good, building on the whole way the feud has been played up, with the declaration that it’s his match and the one match he can’t be beaten in making a lot of sense in the context of the feud. Benjamin talking up his last meeting with Michaels was done well, with his respect being good to see in a way as it continues to show he still feels the same way about Michaels, despite being cocky at the same time. Good promo from Benjamin.

The promo from Chavo was very short and abrupt to say the least. I was just expecting a little more than we had delivered before the interruption from Santino. Marella was written pretty well, his accent not overdone like you usually see, while the way he talked up Chavo being jealous of Chavo, pointing it out for all to see was fine too. The little quirks were done well throughout the promo, with the finish leading into the match well.

I’m surprised you’re turning Santino into what seems to be a serious wrestler when in the ring, although I can’t say I mind considering he can go in the ring. Simple booking, much like the ending to last week with Chavo losing (keeping Santino’s momentum going) before he goes on the attack. Having J-Red make the save and attack Chavo as redemption for last week was a nice way to close the segment off too.

Having Swagger come out and do commentary during the main event keeps them connected just fine. Having Swagger’s presence cause a distraction to allow Benjamin into the match. The exchanges seemed nice enough, while Swagger coming in and causing the DQ finish was expected. Still, having him lay out Michaels to conclude SmackDown! is a big way to put both him and the feud over. Nice finish.


Another solid show as you build towards No Mercy here. As I’ve said before, I feel that you’ve upped your game lately in terms of your writing, especially on the promo side, while the angles seem to be matching it too. I was a little disappointed with the build in the World Heavyweight Title feud mainly by the placement of the promo on the card, but apart from that I thought this was another good show from you. Keep up the good work man.


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WWE Championship
Batista © vs. Randy Orton
Method of Victory: Pinfall
A bit of an upset, although looking through the RAW main event scene, the only thing I can see coming next is a continuation of Orton/Cena, meaning Cena must stay and Orton must retain. If not then I guess you've got me fooled.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Ted DiBiase ©
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Ted is on his way up.

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
First Round Match
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms
vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Hardy and Rhodes
It seems like it's time Hardy gets a clean big win over Cody.

Handicap Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. The Corporation
Method of Victory: Pinfall
Which two men will be involved in the finish? Mr. McMahon and Justin Garbiel
To even this thing up.

No Disqualification Match
John Morrison vs. The Miz
Method of Victory: Pinfall
I think you're going to push Miz harder than Morrison, but perhaps I'm wrong.

Celtic Brawl
Finlay vs. Sheamus
Method of Victory: Pinfall
This is all about Sheamus.

Rey Mysterio vs. Zack Ryder
Method of Victory: DQ
I see this one continuing along as well, and this seems the most obvious way to do it.

>Bonus Questions<

1. Will John Cena decide to stay on Raw or leave for Smackdown? I now think stay.
2. How many title changes will there be? One.
3. Which match will open the show? Morrison/Miz.
4. Which match will end the show? Orton/Batista.

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The WWE can today announce its prospective pay-per-view and overseas television schedule for the first quarter of 2009.

The pay-per-view schedule for January-March is as follows:


RAW & SMACKDOWN PRESENT:
Royal Rumble (3 Hours)
Sunday 18th January
From The Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina

RAW & SMACKDOWN PRESENT:
No Way Out (3 Hours)
Sunday 15th February
From The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

RAW & SMACKDOWN PRESENT:
Wrestlemania XXV (4 Hours)
Sunday 29th March
From Wembley Stadium in London, England



The WWE will be taking its flagship shows Raw & Smackdown down under in the first week of February.

Raw will be live from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria on Monday 2nd February with Smackdown being held four days later in Adelaide, South Australia at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre (AEC). Ticket details will be available in the next few weeks. Check back soon for further details.



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