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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

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First of all, apologies for the tardiness of this review. I’ve taken FAR too long to get to this, and hopefully I won’t repeat it with RAW.

Like always, a good opening to the show with the video recap, bringing us to the main event for this week, which is rightfully one of the focuses of the show.

Surprised to see Tazz opening the show in the ring, but having him there right from the beginning to hype the arrival of John Cena back onto SmackDown! is a good move, driving home the equal biggest thing about this show along with the aforementioned main event. It was also nice to see Tazz playing the role of the GM who wants to give the fans what they want by hyping the action up as about to begin, playing his face role well, just before the interruption by Johnny Jeter. The little promo from Jeter was fine, getting some mic time in with the GM, while continuing his supposed disappointment in Tatsu. Not sure where it’s headed since I can’t see this turning into anything of more than a mini storyline when they do break up, but for now I’m happy to see you keeping these two together.

The match between Santino and Jeter seemed fine, even if the finish seemed to common a little too sudden (not too sure about the use of a jawbreaker to set up the finisher at all). I guess I wouldn’t mind a feud between these two just for the sake of allowing Jeter to do something as champion, although Santino still doesn’t seem like a serious threat to me after winning for only three or four weeks, meaning I feel like Jeter looks weak more than anything here, especially with the jawbreaker set up finish against him. Hopefully Jeter retains the gold should they meet, because he definitely seems more deserving in this thread at this time.

One thing I loved about this little backstage interaction here is that, despite Christian and Cena being the top two faces on the brand, you didn’t just gloss over their history and pretend they were cool with each other all along. It was a good way to play on their past, show Cena as a guy who is well liked, and maybe even hint at a match between the two in the future (I’m thinking WrestleMania is more likely than Night of Champions though).

I’m going to comment on the actual booking of this first, because I feel that’s what is taking priority in this instance. It seems to me like you almost want to change Sanders’ to Wade Barrett name because WWE calls him that – you may also like it better, I don’t know, but I do know it seems like an awfully weird little stunt to pull. I guess we’ve seen name changes in the past, but Stu Sanders and The Empire have been around in this thread for a while now, so the sudden change seems very weird. A match with a stipulation about a name seems even weirder. I understand it fits in with the whole “hiding from the past” type thing, with The Empire calling MVP and Killings criminals, thus giving the former criminals an opportunity to fire back, but having it be over something like a name seems a little weak. With that said, the characterization throughout this promo, especially with Sanders/Barrett, was very good, and probably epitomizes the improvement this thread has seen. The writing seems much more natural than it did even just two months ago, and that’s a real credit to you, so congratulations.

Nice match between McIntyre and MVP here, with some crisp action leading to a good finish. As I’ve said before, this feud has seemed to go for a long time, but you’ve done well to freshen it up before No Mercy, with only one show left now.

Not too sure what to make of the Shelton segment. It seemed almost like he was a face with the way he spoke, which is maybe what you’re setting him up to be in the future. He’s not too bad at just letting his wrestling do the talking – in fact, he’s probably better off doing that than actually talking himself unless he gets a character overhaul, so I don’t mind you moving him back in that direction. The arrogance was still there though, which keeps him looking heelish enough, even if I would have liked to see that again with the last answer. Still, a pretty decent promo.

While this kept in with the feud well, it almost seems like too little wrestling has been done on the part of both Dolph and Burke of late. This promo keeps things simmering around, but it’s all feeling a bit too repetitive. With that said, at least there’s only one show to go before it ends (or at least evolves).

Nice little promo from Chavo, keeping the storyline between himself and J-Red going by having him play up J-Red standing up to him as disrespect. Having Chavo find someone to beat some respect into him is a smart way to keep this thing going, while picking Benjamin makes for an exciting match.

A good match here, doing exactly as it should have in allowing Red to look brave in defeat, while Benjamin gets his momentum going ahead of his US Title match with Matt Sydal at No Mercy.

Okay little promo, even if it doesn’t do a lot for the feud between Sydal and Benjamin, other than keeping them connected until their final match at No Mercy.

I’m very glad to see Swagger getting some promo time here, because after RAW, I feel like all of the momentum of the Swagger/Michaels feud seems to have been taken away with Michaels’ focus on The Miz. Swagger talking himself up to start with was good, while talking up the way he attacked Michaels from behind as brave is a great way to get him cheap heat, and it really worked with the way you had Swagger explained it so it at least made sense to him, if to no one else. Good to see Swagger addressing the RAW situation too, with the way he addressed it being fine, before talking himself up in good fashion once again. A bit surprised Swagger would call Michaels out, but I guess it makes sense with the way you put it to prove that he’s not a coward. As I’ve said before, I think you’re writing Michaels pretty well in the grizzled veteran type of role, with the right characterization being there not just for the typical Michaels, but also for the guy who is opposing the young, cocky Swagger in the context of this feud. His retort to Swagger, saying it will all come crashing down for him was fine, while Swagger’s arrogance in simply deflecting it off was good too. The run in from The Miz certainly surprised me, although I guess connecting these two angles isn’t really a bad thing so long as it keeps Miz and Swagger both doing something. While showing off how desperate Miz and Swagger are to make an impact is all good and well with their attack on both Michaels and Shane, the one area I still think your writing needs to improve is conveying emotion, and this was one of the places that really showed just that. It’s all a bit cold for my liking. Still, with that said, a pretty good promo.

Not really much to say here. This was always the outcome that was expected, and it was executed just fine to set up for the Triple Threat Match at No Mercy. Simple as that.

The confrontation between Punk and Cena was going to come eventually, and while I expected it to be CM Punk to interrupt Cena when he was actually in the ring, the little trading of words here was done just fine in this backstage promo.

While I know this accomplished your aim of keeping your two tag feuds going, as I said in my comments on the preview, I think you could have just as easily had this be an eight man tag match without throwing out a gimmick that feels more special if it’s only done once every now and then. Still, good to see the Canadians picking up the win over The UK Pack because they needed momentum back after losing it a few weeks ago.

The Cena promo was always going to be one of the bigger aspects of the show, so I’m not surprised to see it nestled in close to the end. The little bit of pandering to the crowd was fine at the start, being the type of thing you expect out of Cena before he gets down to business. The addressing of the issue of what was offered to him to come to SmackDown! was good from Cena too, brushing things off in his typical fashion before going with his typical fighting type mentality. The hyping of SmackDown! after that from Cena was done really well, not just talking up the big stars, but also talking up the youngsters, which is great to see, along with the little clever shot at Jericho. Glad to see him talking a little longer on Punk too, because that seems like your money feud to run with over the next few months. Not too sure what to make of the end of the promo though, with Cena making his big statement, only to be attacked by Edge. It seemed like Cena could just sit around for a few weeks and then take up his feud with CM Punk, so Edge attacking him really adds a new aspect. I understand they have history, and you can play on that well, although I’m not really sure where this leaves all of those things Cena was offered to join SmackDown!. This certainly has me interested, because I’m not too sure where you’re going to go with this. An unexpected turn in the story to say the last.

Good to see you instantly following up on this too, driving home how big of a deal it is that Edge has returned to attack Cena.

Before I comment on the actual main event itself, I’d just like to say that I think there should have been more hype for the three way at No Mercy, as both this match and the No Mercy world title match seem to have received very little attention throughout the show. As far as the actual match goes, I thought it was for the best that you got rid of ADR, leaving this for the actual competitors at No Mercy to take the spotlight. The action seemed pretty good, and while the ending surprised me, I think it makes sense in that Jericho can simply say he did it to make an impact. Christian, meanwhile, gets to look strong, while Punk looks fine, losing in dirty fashion. Nice finish to the show.


All in all, this show accomplished what it had to do, giving your No Mercy card the build it needed. With a bit of a shock in there in terms of the return of Edge, you added some real excitement to the show too, making for a good show. As I’ve said before, this thread continues to improve, and I continue to enjoy it. Well done my mang.

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Nice start with the replay, at first it looked like a segment

Main thing about the show was John Cena returning so a video to hype that up at the beginning might have been good but anyway good move to bring him back to smackdown. Then a good promo by Johnny Jeter to start the show interfering Tazz, seems like a feud with Yoshi. An OK match to follow it up with Santino Marrela, Santino's on a kind of winning streak for 4 weeks, good way to make him look strong, but it makes Jeter look a bit weakk.

Nice segment, Good way to interact the two top faces and also to show the fans how Cena has some friends here on Smackdown, i would like a match between the two in the future.

The Sanders/Barrett Promo was good with back and forth comments. Its kinda weird the name change as a match stipulation and saying Barrett hides his name but i actually wanted you to have this name anyway. The Empire can be a really good team in your BTB, i see them beating MVP and Killings at No Mercy.

McIntyre vs MVP, was a good match, this feud looks good.

Shelton looked good in his promo, he looked kind of face but his arrogance was there. The Dolph/Burke feud can be a bit better, but i still like it and its getting the crowd hyped up for the match.

Chavo picking Shelton as Red's opponent was a good idea, nice way to continue the story between them. Good match, Making Red look strong and Shelton gets more momentum going into his match with Matt Sydal.

Great Promo here, Swagger explaining his attack and getting heat for talking about Michaels on Raw. I dont like how Michaels is in two feuds at the same time, one from raw and one from smackdown buti thik you can play it out well. Good involvement of Michaels although i didnt expect the attack from Miz, it was awesome! Miz getting some revenge and he will be ringside at No Mercy.

Nice trading of words between Punk and Cena, this makes me think they will have a feud really soon after.

Good match the canadians get their momentum back by beating The UK Pack.

Now the Cena Promo was the biggest part of smackdown for me, He has some shots at Punk and Jericho, their feud looks like a good one but spoils that Punk will be reatining at No Mercy. Edge attacking was good, they have a lot of history and i can see how this mini feud can go on really well.

Cm Punk vs Christian was a good match, hyping us up a bit more for their three way match at No Mercy

Overall great show, good at building up the intensity for the matches at No Mercy.
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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

Just so you know, progress will be very slow to say the least from now on. I’ve got full time hours now with one of the schools I’ve been working at, meaning I have way less free time. I’ve got work to do at home too and this isn’t high on my list of priorities it has to be said. It’s taken me two weeks just to write the five recapped matches for this show. Everything else was done, so I’ve been thinking about writing maybe one show in recap from now on. Nothing’s been decided yet. Anyway, here’s Raw. Enjoy.

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Monday Night Raw
Monday 29th September 2008
Live from Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, New Jersey





*Video Recap*
From Last Week

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

A chorus of boos breaks out inside the arena as one angry looking Triple H strolls out to the stage along with his trusty sledgehammer, swiftly removing Eric Bischoff from his good mood. Bischoff stares at him angrily as The King of Kings walks down the ramp and joins him in the ring after picking a microphone up off the apron. He walks towards Bischoff, staring back at him as his music stops, and they glare at each other with boos ringing round the Thomas & Mack Center.


Triple H:
However you see it, what I did last night was more than justified. After Randy Orton punted me in the head two weeks ago, he’s been a dead man walking. You could even say he got off lightly last night, and as for Batista, he stuck his nose in my personal business. He got what he deserved.

Eric Bischoff: What is it with you? What is it that makes you think that you can do whatever the hell you like around here? You’re not the one who calls the shots. I do. If you want a shot at the title, I’ll be the one who makes that decision, not you. No matter what you think, ruining a main event like last you did last night, you’re only going to make things worse for yourself. And after that stunt you pulled last night. . .

“I hear voices in my head. . .”

A mixed reception meets Randy Orton and his rookie, Darren Young walk out to the stage, both looking extremely pissed off. The Viper has a microphone and glares down at Triple H, who turns his attention to Orton. The music cuts and Bischoff looks on up at the seething Orton.


Randy Orton:
Last night, after six months of trying to get back my W-W-E Championship, the championship I never lost in the first place, yet again I was robbed. I had the match won. I HAD THE TITLE IN THE PALM OF MY HAND. ONE KICK TO THE HEAD AND IT WAS OVER, DONE. . . But that didn’t happen. The only reason I’m not standing here t’night as the W-W-E Champion is because not for the first time, a certain individual by the name of Triple H screwed me over.

Eric Bischoff: ALRIGHT I’VE HEARD ENOUGH. . . Look, there’s no way you guys are ever going to agree on anything. . .

Randy Orton: . . . Eric, if you don’t mind, I have a suggestion. I wasn’t the only one who was needlessly attacked last night. My rookie, Darren Young also got took a sledgehammer shot to the skull for no reason whatsoever. I’m suggesting that right here t’night, Triple H faces not just Darren Young but me in a handicap match.

Eric Bischoff: Y’know what Randy, you might be on to something there. I like it. T’night in our main event, it’s going t’ be Randy Orton and Darren Young versus Triple H in a handicap match.

Triple H: If that’s what you want Randy, fine. Just remember what I did to you both last night and that this was your idea, only last night will be nothing compared to what I do to you t’night.

“Voices” plays as Orton & Young glare down at the defiant Triple H with Bischoff looking on in the background.

***

Handicap Match
Randy Orton & Darren Young vs. Triple H

The King of Kings entered the ring to a deafening chorus of boos carrying his sledgehammer, not that he cared the slightest bit, staring intensely in to the crowd. He placed his trusty ally in the corner, and then Orton & Young strolled out to the stage with their eyes locked on Triple H. They stared at him the entire way down the ramp with The King of Kings staring back at them in his corner, and as Young entered the ring, Triple H kneeled down and picked his sledgehammer back up again.

Young was stunned and had no time to react with Triple H running at him and driving the weapon in to his skull for the second night in a row. Orton was fuming and stepped through the ropes to try and fight Trips off, nailing him with a european uppercut and a stomp to the gut. The sledgehammer fell out of The Game’s hand and Orton quickly went for an irish whip, but it was reversed and Triple H planted him with a spinning spine-buster. Orton was at the mercy of The King of Kings, who dragged him right back up and planted him with a Pedigree to a ton of heat.

He wasn’t done there though and went back to his sledgehammer when “In the End” blasted out to the biggest pop of the night. The WWE Champion, Batista hit the stage, catching The King of Kings by surprise. Intense as hell, Batista stormed down the ramp as Triple H got ready for him with the sledgehammer. Batista dived under the bottom rope, dropped his title belt and ducked the oncoming sledgehammer shot, ran through in to the ropes and speared the hell out of The King of Kings.

With the music stopping, the WWE Champion, full of rage, went right back after Triple H. He dragged him up in to place for the Batista Bomb, and with the fans cheering, The Animal lifted his bitter rival up above his head and then sent him crashing down in to the mat to a huge pop. “In the End” played again while Batista sat there glaring at Triple H flat on his back with J.R. talking to The King about how long Batista’s waited to do that to The King of Kings. The Animal stood up and grabbed his WWE Championship, then raised it above his head with Orton coming round and both Young & Triple H out of it as the show came to a close.


*Opening Video*
“Wanna Be Loved”



*Cut to the Arena*


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


Jim Ross:
Good evening ev’ryone an’ welcome to Monday Night Raw. We’re live t’night from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Joining me is Jerry ‘The King’ Lawl. . .

“PRICELESS. . . Baby I’m priceless. . .”

*Ton of Heat*


The angry Ted DiBiase, and now former Intercontinental Champion trudges out to the stage with his rookie, Ezekiel Jackson and girlfriend, Maryse behind him, and all three of them are in a foul mood this evening. DiBiase gives the fans some extremely dirty looks as he slowly makes his way down the ramp with Jackson & Maryse following, also glaring at the booing New Jersey crowd.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio w/Mystico vs. Ted DiBiase (c) w/Maryse & Ezekiel Jackson
vs. Sheamus vs. The Miz w/Heath Slater

Rey turned round in time to send the champion down on to the second rope with a drop toe hold, getting another big cheer. He only briefly called for the 619 before hitting the ropes, and he hit it, sending DiBiase back across the mat in a daze. He picked himself back up not knowing where he was as Rey stood up on the apron, just as Sheamus slid back in the ring. Rey went for the West Coast Pop on DiBiase, but Sheamus pushed him to the side and nailed Rey out of nowhere with a Brogue Kick. Mysterio was out of it and as DiBiase stood back up, Sheamus grabbed him by the head and tossed him over the top rope and down to the floor, clearing the path.

Maryse, Jackson, Mystico & Slater all looked on with concern as The Celtic Warrior, looking more menacing than ever went back to Mysterio and dragged him up. He set him up for the High Cross, backing up in to the corner with the crowd booing. There was nothing they could do as Sheamus stepped out of the corner and sent Mysterio crashing in to the canvas, then followed up with a cover to become the new Intercontinental Champion! The arena was in shock, and no one was more shocked than DiBiase as he was about to climb back on to the apron.

He just stared in shock on his knees on the floor in front of the apron as Sheamus was handed the title by the referee and raised it up in to the air to a ton of boos from the Vegas crowd. Sheamus was elated and took great pleasure in rubbing it in DiBiase’s face, and Maryse was shocked too. The Celtic Warrior then left the ring with the title, posing with it all the way back up the ramp as DiBiase threw a hissy fit, banging his hands against the apron. Sheamus couldn’t care less as he stood at the top of the stage with a big smile on his face and the title raised high above his head while DiBiase glared angrily up at him and the pissed Miz sat up on the floor.


*Cut to the Arena*


DiBiase is now in the ring holding a microphone, staring in to the stands with a face like thunder. Maryse is the same as she stands alongside her boyfriend, and Jackson too isn’t happy at the reaction to his mentor. The music stops and the boos echo around the arena with DiBiase standing there shaking his head in disgust.

Ted DiBiase:
There’s a whole lot I could say right now but I’m going t’ get right to the point. There’s only one thing that needs to be said, and even you people know what that it is. . . Last week, I was screwed, screwed out of the Intercontinental Championship by Eric Bischoff.

*Pop*

Ted DiBiase: You can enjoy it all you want because I’ll be getting it back real soon. Don’t think I won’t. You can all sit there and think whatever you want, but the fact is that I should never have had to defend my title twice in twen’y four hours. There’s only one person to blame for that, and that’s you Bischoff. You can make as many excuses as you like but it won’t cover up what you did. You’ve come out here ever since you came back and said you’d love t’ see me lose the Intercontinental title. Well congratulations. You finally did it. You got what you wan’ed, but if you think you’ve won Bischoff, you’re wrong.

*Some Boos*

Ted DiBiase: Let me make this clear for you because I know you’re watching this with a stupid big grin on your face. You might’ve thought up a way to get the title off me, the thing is there’s nothing you can do t’ stop me getting it back. Let me remind you, I’ve got a rematch clause. There’s nothing you can do about that and you know it. Try and stop me and I’ll go right over your head. I bet you’re not so happy now are you Eric? You know I’m right, and when I get the title back. . .

“Back in Black”

A big pop greets Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff as he strolls out to the stage smirking. He’s got a microphone in his possession, and he grins down at the angry former Intercontinental Champion.

Ted DiBiase:
So, are you here t’ tell us how you’re going t’ stop me getting my title back or to brag about how you got it off me last week? Either way it’s pointless, because I will get it back. I promise you.

Eric Bischoff: Oh come on champ’. . . sorry, my mistake Ted.

DiBiase doesn’t appreciate Bischoff’s attempt at a joke.

Ted DiBiase:
You’re a funny guy Bischoff. You won’t be laughing soon though when I. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Come on now, you even said it yourself. You know I’m not going t’ let that happen, rematch or no rematch. I told you all along you’d pay for what you did, and last week you did. However if you think I’m satisfied with just seeing you lose the Intercontinental Championship, you’re wrong.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: If you think we’re even after you jumped me and left me for dead, you’re even more stupid than you look.

*More Cheers*

Eric Bischoff: I said I was going to make your life hell, and if you think that what happened last week was it, I’m sorry t’ say this but that was nothing.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Trust me, losing the Intercontinental title will be the least of your worries. Besides, after what you said about being the next John Cena and stepping up to fill his boots, surely losing like you did last week is good for you. The way you were talking it was like the Intercontinental title was beyond you and was holding you back. Well now you don’t have to worry about that do you? This could be a good thing for you. It could be the start of you taking John Cena’s place as Raw’s next superstar.

*Mixed*

Eric Bischoff: I think I know you pretty well now Ted, and I’m sure that when you said that you weren’t joking. You actually believe you could step in to Cena’s spot don’t you?

Ted DiBiase: Yeah, you’re damn right I do.

Eric Bischoff: Well if that’s the case, I have a feeling you’re going t’ like what I’m about t’ say. . . As much as I’d love t’ be rid of you, I’m going t’ give you the chance t’ be the star you think you are or can be. If you really believe you have what it takes, we’re all going to find out very soon. I’ve got something very special in mind for you Ted, and if you really want the chance to make it here on Raw, this is your chance. This is your chance t’ prove it to yourself that you have what it takes t’ make it against the best in the business. More importantly, you have the chance to prove it to the fans and t’ me.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: What I have in mind is going t’ test you to the limit, and without giving anything away Ted, if somehow you come through what I have planned, you will have impressed me and I’ll be able t’ take you seriously. I’ll even put what happened between us behind me because I know that you are the real deal like you claim you are. . . Now with all that said, I have to ask you if you think you’re up to the challenge you said yourself you wanted, or were you just full of it?

Ted DiBiase: One thing I’m not or ever have been is full of it. There’s been a ton of people accusing me of being all talk ever since I debuted here, and just look at what I’ve done. You said I couldn’t beat Kofi at Unf’given without any help, but look what happened. I beat Kofi and retained the Intercontinental title just like I said I would. So if you’re asking me whether I think I’m up to the challenge Bischoff, the answer is a resounding yes.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase: I don’t know what it is you have in mind but I believe in myself and I always have. If I set my mind on something, I will do it. You might not like how I do it, but I’ll do it. The same goes for whatever it is you’ve got planned.

Eric Bischoff: Now if I were you Ted, for once in your life I wouldn’t get carried away. I mean you don’t even know what you’re getting in to here. This is going to be a huge step up. If you think a fatal fourway like last week was tough, f’get it. You’re going t’ be in for the toughest challenge of your life. You really will find out if you’re going t’ be somebody, and I have a feeling you mightn’t be so confident when you find out exactly what it is waiting for you. I also have a feeling you won’t have to wait that long t’ find out what it is either. However I’m going to take some of the pressure off you f’ now. The same can’t be said for those two friends of yours though. . . You see I know there’s still some tension between you three, Kofi Kingston and Kelly Kelly. Well t’night we’re going to try and work all that out.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: See Ted, that beautiful girlfriend of yours may enjoy fighting back there, well t’night she’ll be fighting in that ring you’re in right now when she goes one on one with Kelly Kelly.

*Big Pop*

Ted doesn’t seem too bothered, but Maryse doesn’t look happy and shouts up at the carefree Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff:
Now a few weeks ago, I seem to recall making a match between your rookie there and Kofi Kingston, but you decided that wasn’t going to happen and you did what you did best, attack Kofi from behind. Well Ezekiel, you might’ve got out of it that night, but not t’night, because later on you will make your Raw debut against Kofi Kingston right here in Atlantic City.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Oh an’ Ted, take it easy.

“Back in Black” plays again as Bischoff smiles down at the confused DiBiase, who really doesn’t know what to make of what Bischoff’s just said. Maryse tries to get his attention, clearly not happy about having to compete tonight, and Jackson looks very calm about his task. Bischoff takes one last look and smile at Ted, then turns round and walks to the back.


*Video Promo*

John Morrison, dressed to compete is making his way through the back with purpose and has the Women’s Champion, Melina by his side for his match with Zack Ryder coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*The Opening Match*
John Morrison w/Melina vs. Zack Ryder


Morrison was extremely focused for this one, and the cocky Ryder was in for a shock right away. He did though manage to find a way in to the match when he brought his knees up in to Morrison’s chest just as he was about to be on the wrong end of a split leg moonsault. Ryder had a real good go and looked the part, coming close in the closing minutes after leapfrogging Morrison and then connecting with the Rough Ryder. However the impact took Morrison closer to the ropes, and to the relief of Melina, The Monday Night Delight got his foot up on the rope at the last second.

Ryder wasn’t best pleased and urged his opponent to make his way back up, and as Morrison picked himself back up, Ryder got ready to strike. He went right at Morrison and pulled him up from his knees, but Morrison quickly slipped behind him and planted him with a release german suplex. That was followed up by a springboard enzuigiri as both men made their way back up. Morrison was in control, and with Ryder in a daze after just getting his shoulder up at two, he tried to get up to his knees.

The Monday Night Delight didn’t waste a second and pulled him right in to place for the Moonlight Drive, and he hit it to pick up the victory. Morrison’s music played to a big pop as he got his arm raised, and with Melina looking pleased on the outside, The Shaman of Sexy was more serious and threw his arm defiantly up in to the air by the ropes before leaving the ring. Melina joined him as he made his way back up the ramp with a solid win under his belt.

Winner: John Morrison by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


Eric Bischoff is sat watching the action on in his office, looking very comfortable on a black leather sofa. We hear the door slam and the Head of Authority’s mood quickly changes and instantly stands up.

Eric Bischoff:
What in the hell do you want?

The camera zooms out and an intense Triple H walks slowly towards Bischoff with both men showing a great deal of contempt towards each other.

Triple H:
I think you know what I want. It’s the same thing I’ve wanted f’ months. . . I want Batista and I want him t’night.

Eric Bischoff: Well Hun’er, as much as I admire your perseverance, nothing’s changed. There’s no way in hell I’m giving you a match with Batista t’night or any time soon. You need to get that out of your head right now.

Triple H: That’s not gonna happen. One way or another I’ll get my hands on Batista whether you like it or not. You might think you have this all under control, but you don’t. This isn’t going away, not ‘til I get what I want, and that will happen.

Eric Bischoff: Well then, you might have a long wait on your hands. And just so I’m sure nothing happens t’night, I think it’s for the best that you’re not here.

Triple H: So let me get this straight. Batista attacked me last week and you’re kicking me out?. . . Y’know what? I’ll do you a favour and leave right now before I do something I regret.

Eric Bischoff: You’re just gonna go? Just like that?

Triple H: Yeah, and I don’t need any help leaving either before you call for security again.

Eric Bischoff: F’give me for not trusting you Hun’er, but if it’s all the same, I’d like them to escort you out just for my own piece of mind.

Triple H: Fine, have it your way. Just you remember what I said. I will get what I want.

Eric Bischoff: And I’ll get what I want. You out of the arena.

Bischoff walks over to the door and opens it, then looks down the hall.

Eric Bischoff:
Excuse me gentleman, can you just see someone out of here for me?

Triple H stares at Bischoff with hate in his eyes, not that Bischoff is bothered. We then see several security officers appear at the door.

Eric Bischoff:
Right Hun’er, off you go.

Triple H slowly walks past Bischoff and out of the room, giving him one last dirty look before leaving the room. Bischoff shuts the door and cracks a wry smile.


*Commercial Break*


John Morrison & Melina are walking through the back and stop at what appears to be their locker room with Morrison pushing the door open.

Melina:
Are you hitting the shower now?

John Morrison: That’s the plan.

Melina: Okay, I’m just going t’ grab a drink. You want me to bring you one?

John Morrison: Na I'm fine thanks.

Melina: Alright, I’ll be back soon.

John Morrison: Cool.

Morrison enters the room and Melina happily carries on walking up the hall with the women’s title on her shoulder, and as she turns a corner, she bumps in to Mia Rain. Melina’s unsure of her, and Rain seems quite happy to see her in an odd kind of way.

Mia Rain:
Are my eyes deceiving me? When I came to Raw I heard there was a Women’s Champion, but I never saw or heard one. Now I’ve seen you and that title of yours, I guess it’s true, we do have a Women’s Champion over here. . . Let me ask you something though. Are you planning on acting like a champion or are you going t’ keep on hiding away like you have the whole time I’ve been here?. . . Either way, I’ve got my eye on you and that title. . . Hopefully I’ll see you around and sometime soon.

Rain smirks at Melina and then brushes past her, completely confusing the Women’s Champion.

Melina:
What the. . . ?

Melina looks down the hall at Rain as she wanders off, still confused.


*Cut to the Arena*


“Bringin’ Da Hood To You”

JTG and his rookie, Homicide hit the stage to a big pop, both ultra fired up as they go to either side of the stage and pose for the fans. Leticia Cline is standing by and calls them over, and they walk over to her with the music stopping.

JTG:
Sup Leticia?

Leticia Cline: Well guys, what I wanted t’ talk to you about is your match next week in the semi finals of the tag team title tournament against Christopher Daniels and Kaval, a team that have made quite a name for themselves here in a short space of time. You’ve got a match too t’night, but how do you guys feel about being just one match away from fighting for the tag team titles?

JTG: Well it’s like this. I’d still be one half of the champions right now. The only reason I’m not is ‘cause I got stripped when Shad got injured, but y’know what? That’s gone. It’s in the past. I’ve got an amazing partner who I’m proud t’ team with. Some people might call ‘im a rookie, but a rookie he ain’t, an’ he wants this as much as I do. We’re gonna show that t’night an’ send a statement to our opponents next week. . . They might be makin’ a name f’ themselves an’ they might be undefeated, but that can and will change next week ‘ticia, I promise y’that.

Leticia Cline: Alright. Well thanks for that and good luck t’night and next week.

JTG: Thanks girl. . . Come on bro’, let’s do this.

Their music plays again as the high energy duo make their way down the ramp and in to the ring, slapping hands with fans along the way.

“Out to Kill”

The cocky Cody Rhodes, who’s in a serious mood tonight walks on out to the stage along with his rookie, Joe Hennig & the Bella twins. They’re met my boos and Cody immediately looks at Leticia, and she seems a bit worried as Cody walks towards her with his music being cut.

Cody Rhodes:
What’s wrong Leticia? Do you not wanna talk to us? Is there nothing you want to ask me or Joe? Just because we’re not in the tournament like our opponents, it doesn’t mean they’re superior to us and deserve preferential treatment. Look back t’ last week when I beat Kofi Kingston and I think you’ll understand what it is I’m trying t’ say.

Leticia Cline: I’m sorry you feel that way. . .

Cody Rhodes: . . . Sure you are. I’m sorry but I don’t believe you. However you will be sorry after Joe and myself are victorious t’night. We might not be in the tournament and technically in the running to be the next tag team champions, but we’ll be first in line to challenge them. Just you remember that.

Leticia still looks very uneasy as Cody gives her the eyes for a second and then turns back with his music playing again. He, Hennig, Brie & Nicole walk down the ramp, taking their time with JTG & Homicide raring to go in the ring.


*Match #2*
JTG & Homicide vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig w/The Bella Twins


JTG & Homicide had more than just Rhodes & Hennig to deal with as the men they’ll be facing next week in Christopher Daniels & Kaval headed out to the top of the ramp to get a close look at the action. Both teams were made up of mentor & rookie, and it was JTG & Homicide who started the match the stronger with a point to prove going in to their semi final clash next week. Cody & Joe didn’t lie down for them either though and gave them a real tough battle. The tide turned in the favour of the heel duo when JTG missed with a diving leg lariat on Cody, who then dragged his opponent back up right away before sending him right back down again with an Alabama Slam.

It wasn’t enough to put JTG away, and Hennig then had the task of finishing the job. The resilient JTG fought hard and dodged a stinger splash with Hennig jumping in to the turnbuckle pads to a big pop inside Boardwalk Hall. JTG quickly shook off the cobwebs and caught the stunned Hennig with a sit down jawbreaker. The crowd were cheering as the desperate JTG scurried across to make a cover, but Hennig just got his shoulder up. Homicide was tagged in, and in he flew, racing in to action.

He ran at Cody and knocked him off the apron, then turned his attention to the struggling Hennig, who stood up and turned round right in to running lariat. JTG’s rookie wasn’t done there and went straight up to the top rope, but Cody was climbing back on to the apron. Homicide jumped down and knocked him off for a second time, then turned round to see Hennig getting back up. He ran right at him and in to a hard kick to the gut. Hennig then stepped back as Homicide slumped on to one knee, getting ready for the Perfect Cutter, a running swinging neckbreaker.

Homicide sidestepped it though and the shell shocked Hennig put the brakes on and turned round in a hurry, only to fall victim to the Gringo Killa, a back-to-back double underhook piledriver. The crowd were cheering as Homicide hooked the lifeless legs of Henning for the cover, earning himself and his mentor a morale boosting win heading in to next week with Daniels & Kaval standing at the top of the ramp not looking all that impressed. JTG & Homicide looked up at them looking very confident, nodding their heads as a frustrated Cody sat up on the outside.

Winner: JTG & Homicide by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

Along with Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson, a fired up Maryse in her ring gear is walking through the hallway. The shot then switches to Kelly Kelly, also looking pumped as she prepares to take on Maryse when we come back after the break!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

“No chance, that’s what you’ve got. . .”

Mr. McMahon
and his boys, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, The Corporation stroll out to the stage to a chorus of boos. The boos don’t bother them at all and they walk down the ramp with big grins on each of their faces. As they enter the ring, Mr. McMahon picks a microphone up off the apron with Shane & J.B.L. walking in to the middle of the ring in their ring gear. Mr. McMahon joins them as his music cuts.

Mr. McMahon:
We’ve always said that we didn’t need The Big Show, and last night we proved it. You all doubted us, and as ever we proved that it doesn’t matter how big a problem we face, we won’t shy away from a battle and we’ll damn sure win it. Whatever challenge we face, we will stick t’gether and we will overcome it like we overcame the largest athlete in the world. Let that be a lesson to you all. Cross us at your peril. . . Now since the three of us are in such a good mood t’night and that I’m not one to brag, both my sons are eager to taste the sweet smell of success again t’night and would like to extend an open challenge to any two men in the back right now.

All three members of The Corporation turn round and look up at the tron, all looking incredibly relaxed.

“Gold Lust”

A big pop greets the team of Goldust & Eugene as they walk out in to the arena, causing The Corporation some amusement. Eugene looks a little hesitant as he walks down the ramp, but Goldust is focused. He keeps his eyes on his opponents as he and his partner climb up the steps and enter the ring with the McMahon men still chuckling away.



Goldust & Eugene vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield & Shane McMahon w/Mr. McMahon
The McMahon boys were coasting after a great start, and boy were they full of themselves. Complacency set in on Shane’s part and Eugene took him by surprise, and the crowd responded by cheering him & Goldust on, worrying the hell out of daddy dearest on the outside. He had to watch on as Eugene lifted Shane off his feet and spun him round in an Airplane Spin, much to the amusement of the crowd. With Shane in a spin after Eugene dropped him down, he soon found himself on the wrong end of a kick to the gut and then a Battering Ram.

JBL knew he and his half-brother were in trouble, and when Eugene turned back in to the ropes looking for a Hulk Hogan Leg Drop, he kicked Eugene in the back. Eugene wasn’t happy as he turned round and tried to tell JBL off, but the ref did a better job. As he went back to his opponent, Shane was sitting up and low blowed him to a ton of heat. As the match went on, JBL took control after a pulling back from a one arm bulldog from Goldust and then ran at him to drill him with a big boot to the face. Goldust was all but out, and JBL soon finished him off with a Clothesline from Hell after knocking Eugene off the apron.

Vince joined his boys in the ring to raise their arms in victory, but that wasn’t enough for him. He instructed JBL to go back after Goldust, and he did, pulling him up and in to place for the Last Call. Just as JBL was about to lift him, “Crank It Up” played to a huge pop with The Big Show & Justin Gabriel making their way out in to the area to make the save, not going down well with The Corporation. Vince and his boys left the ring before the angry mentor & rookie made it in. Show went right after a microphone as Vince, Shane & JBL backed up the ramp and stared down at him.

The Big Show: Vince, if you think this battle you called it is over, you’re wrong. The only thing you guys proved is that you’re a bunch of cheats and cowards. You can smile f’ now Vince, but I promise you that by the time we’re done with you, you won’t be smiling for a long, long time.

“Crank it Up” plays to cheers from the Vegas crowd with The Corporation not too happy with Show & Gabriel’s defiance. They all stare at each other with Show especially not a happy camper.


*Cut Backstage*


Leticia Cline is standing by backstage outside The Corporation’s dressing room.

Leticia Cline:
Later on t’night, four teams will be battling it out for the final place in the semi finals of the tournament which will decide new World Tag Team Champions. One of those teams is made up of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield and Shane McMahon, and one of the teams that will be competing against them will be that of The Big Show and Justin Gabriel, who The Corporation defeated in a handicap match at Unf’given eight nights ag. . .

The door is opened by Mr. McMahon, taking Leticia by surprise.

Mr. McMahon:
Leticia, it’s good t’ see you. What brings you here on this fine evening?

Leticia Cline: Well I was hoping to get a word with you all about your match t’night.

Mr. McMahon: Well of course. Come on in.

The smarmy Chairman of the Board steps to the side and holds the door open for Leticia, and she walks in to see both of Vince’s sons, Shane McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield gearing up for their match later on. Vince then shuts the door and gives Leticia a big smile.

Mr. McMahon:
So what is it you wish to ask me my dear?

Leticia Cline: Well Mister McMahon, I was wondering what your reaction was to what The Big Show said last we. . .

Mr. McMahon: . . . Leticia my dear, let me stop you there. I don’t have any reaction to whatever it is Big Show said last week, or any week for that matter. We dealt with him as a family at Unf’given. As far as I’m concerned that’s the end of the story. What I will say is that if he is even considering for a second that he and his rookie are going to overcome my boys here t’night, then he’s in for quite the surprise.

Leticia Cline: One other thing I must ask you is how you would feel if your sons were to go on and become the new World Tag Team Champions at the Survivor Series?

Mr. McMahon: Without doubt it would be one of the proudest moments of my life. I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered that I have more than one son, and to see them t’gether as the tag team champions would be indescribable. It is however an incredibly strong possibility as they are in my mind the best team here on Raw, and they will be victorious both t’night and at the Survivor Series.

J.B.L. walks across the room and towards his father & Leticia.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
If you don’t mind dad, I’d like t’ say something.

Mr. McMahon: Of course son.

Vince steps to the side and J.B.L. pulls the microphone closer towards him, looking directly in to the camera.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
Show, I know you’re listening to this, I just hope you know that threatening us like you did last week was a big mistake. It will be a mistake that will come back to haunt you t’night. We proved that to you at Unf’given, and if you don’t realise it by now, we’re going to show you one last time t’night when Shane and I defeat you once again before going on to Survivor Series where we will become the new World Tag Team Champions.

J.B.L. turns his head and looks at his father.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
And dad, I assure you Shane and I will do just that and make you immensely proud.

Mr. McMahon: I know son. I have all the faith in the world in you two boys.

Shane & J.B.L. smile from opposite sides of the room with Vince beaming as the camera fades out.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

An angry Ted DiBiase, the now former Intercontinental Champion storms through the halls with Maryse & Ezekiel Jackson. Maryse really isn’t happy either, and Ted turns a corner to see several poles leaning up against the wall. He flips and shoves them down to the floor, catching Maryse by surprise.


Ted DiBiase:
I'M GONNA KILL BISCHOFF. THIS IS ALL HIS FAULT. HE'S NOT GONNA GET AWAY WITH IT.

Maryse rubs his arm, trying to settle him down.

Maryse:
You’ll get the title back. We'll make sure of it.

Kelly Kelly is in the distance and walks towards them, getting closer & closer. She looks down at the poles on the floor and then looks up at the not so happy to see her combination of Ted & Maryse, Maryse in particular. Kelly smiles at them both, laughing almost.

Kelly Kelly:
It’s good to know what goes around comes around. It’s about time you got what you deserved. . . both of you.

Maryse snaps and goes for Kelly, and the two divas grab each other’s hair, pulling away at it until DiBiase & Jackson pull Maryse away. The Million Dollar Woman stares at Kelly and mouths off at her in French while being dragged away by her boyfriend and his rookie with Kelly staring back at her.


*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #3*
Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse w/Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson


There wasn’t much to shout about here as you would expect, and it was Kelly that gained the upper hand and looked on the verge of victory when she connected with the Kelly Killer, a handspring back elbow smash. As Maryse then staggered out of the corner, Kelly gave her a stiff kick to the gut that sent the French diva to her knees. Kelly headed up to the second rope, bringing Ted DiBiase up on to the apron, distracting Kelly and angering the referee. He went across, and the distraction allowed Maryse to stand back up and pull Kelly down off the ropes.

She was irate and choked the hell out of Kelly with her boot on the mat, holding on to the ropes, not stopping, earning herself a disqualification after being told to stop. She didn’t, and even Ted had to step in and pull his relentless girlfriend away as Kelly struggled for breath on the mat with the ref checking over her. Ted managed to get her out of the ring, looking surprised by her aggression, but she wasn’t happy about being forced away. Jackson joined them on their way to the back with Maryse still not happy or showing any sign of remorse as Kelly sat up and glared up at her with the fans booing The Million Dollar Woman.

Winner: Kelly Kelly by DQ.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

“AWE-SOME!. . .”

A barrage of heat breaks out in the arena to greet the cocky duo of The Miz & Heath Slater. They just laugh off the boos as they make their way down to the ring in casual clothes, although The Miz is looking more smart/casual. He picks a microphone up off the apron and steps through the ropes, followed by his rookie in to the ring, where they still get boos thrown at them from each side of the arena. They continue to laugh them off as the music cuts, revealing the shocking extent of the heat Mr. Hollywood is getting, amusing him greatly.


The Miz:
I want to thank you all, really I do for this hero’s welcome t’night. Truly, I’m honoured that you enjoyed my vict’ry, and so you should. So you should. Not only did I beat John Morrison last night but I beat his poor old victimised buddy, Matt Cappotelli, all in one week. In fact, I didn’t just beat them. I destroyed them. I just hope that John an’ Matt are watching somewhere when I’m handed the title and raise it high in the air and shove it in front of all your bitter faces. WELL I’M SORRY PEOPLE BUT YOU’RE JUST GONNA HAVE T’ DEAL WITH IT, BECAUSE I WILL LEAVE THIS DUMP T’NIGHT AS THE NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION, AND YOU’LL JUST HAVE T’ FACE THE FACTS. THAT I’M THE MIZ AND I’M AWEEEE. . .

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

A massive roar breaks out in the Thomas & Mack Center as Smackdown’s Shawn Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid walks out to the stage to the absolute shock of The Miz and his rookie, Slater. They look up at him, and Michaels doesn’t seem the least bit impressed with Mr. Hollywood. The Showstopper walks slowly down the ramp, staring disapprovingly at the now unhappy Miz.

Michaels is focused on him and ignores the fans as he walks up the steps and enters the ring. He walks past The Miz but keeps his eyes on him at all times, and he’s passed a microphone by Lilian Garcia. With the crowd still cheering, Michaels walks in to the centre of the ring, joining Miz and his music stops. The cheers continue as Michaels stares right at The Miz, who looks confused as to Michaels’ presence.


Shawn Michaels:
You’re not awesome Miz. What you are is a no good son of a bitch. . . I’ve sat at home watching Raw the last few weeks and I’ve had to sit through watching you, listening to the despicable, blasphemous, sickening words that have come out of your mouth. Right now I’ve had about as much as I can take, and I’m not gonna sit around and listen to you insult Matt Cappotelli’s beliefs, my beliefs or anyone else’s a second longer.

The Miz: What makes you think you have the right to come here and give me a moral lecture huh? I mean really Shawn. What gives you the right to come here and interrupt me on my show you arrogant son of a bitch? This is my show. You get that Shawn? My show. Now you run along back to your family and Smackdown and we’ll pretend this never happened before I do something I really regret.

Michaels gets right in Miz’s face and grabs his shirt with one hand, holding the microphone with the other. The crowd cheers and Michaels glares right at Slater, letting him know he means business with The Miz shell shocked.

Shawn Michaels:
You wanna act like you’re the big I am, you better do something t’ justify it, ‘cause right now you’ve not done a thing but talk a whole lot o’ trash. Years down the line, you’re gonna look back on your career and see the defining moment was hitting the defenceless Matt Cappotelli, a man who has more class than you’ll ever have in the head with a steel chair. That I’m afraid speaks volumes about you as both a wrestler and a human being.

The Miz loses it and shoves Michaels away.

The Miz:
WHO ARE YOU TO GIVE ME A MORAL LECTURE? THE GUY WHO THREW HIS BEST FRIEND THROUGH A GLASS WINDOW TO MAKE A NAME F’ HIMSELF, SO DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME MICHAELS BECAUSE YOU’RE THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE ON GOD’S PLANET. . . You can call me any name under the sun Shawn, we can all see you’re jealous. Why else would you be here other than to steal my spotlight? I mean that’s what you’ve done throughout your career. And as for my defining moment, it’s not happened yet, but it soon will, and it’ll be big. NO, IT’LL BE HUGE. And you wanna know why Shawn? It’s because I’M THE MIZ, AND I’M AW. . .

Michaels explodes with a super kick to The Miz, but no, Miz ducks it and Michaels hits Slater instead. The Miz’s rookie falls to the mat with The Miz back tracking to the corner with the crowd cheering like mad. Slater is laid out and the intense Michaels glares across at the stunned Miz with “Sexy Boy” playing to an even bigger pop. Michaels carries on staring at The Miz, who looks worried as hell in the corner.

***

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio w/Mystico vs. Ted DiBiase (c) w/Maryse & Ezekiel Jackso
vs. Sheamus vs. The Miz w/Heath Slater

The Master of the 619 crawled to the ropes and used them to pick himself back up, and Mr. Hollywood set his sights on him, not taking his eyes off him. As Rey turned round, Miz charged at him and in to a drop toe hold on to the second rope to a huge roar. Slater was panicking big time on the outside as Rey dialled up with the fans on their feet, watching on as the Mexican hit the ropes and ran back to nail The Miz with the 619. Miz was sent spiralling back on the mat as Rey steadied himself on the apron, getting ready to strike.

He was holding on to the top rope as The Miz got back up, unsteady on his feet as Mysterio hit the springboard and went for the West Coast Pop! He jumped on to The Miz’s shoulders, but The Miz held on, causing Rey to panic. He managed to hammer away at The Miz, sending him forward in to the ropes, and Rey countered with a hurricanrana over the top rope, sending The Miz down to the floor to a huge pop. The Miz hit the floor with Rey taking a deep breath, turning round to see The Miz crawling around on all fours. Slater was concerned and then a big cheer broke out with Rey looking confused.

The camera switched to show Shawn Michaels making his way down the ramp with The Miz at the bottom trying to make it back up. Slater was on the opposite side of the ring and jumped up on to the apron, trying to point it out to the referee, but he didn’t want to know. As soon as The Miz did it make up, the intense Michaels sent him back down to the floor with some Sweet Chin Music to a massive cheer. The Heartbreak Kid backed away with Rey smiling at him, but Michaels was only focused on The Miz, showing a lot of contempt for Mr. Hollywood as he lay out cold on the floor. Slater rushed round to check on his mentor, but there was nothing he could do.


***

Eric Bischoff
is sat on his leather sofa in his office enjoying the show when the angry ‘Mr. Hollywood’ The Miz storms in with Heath Slater. Bischoff stands up and doesn’t appear to appreciate the interruption.

Eric Bischoff:
You ever heard of a concept called knocking?

The Miz: Shut your mouth Bischoff. I’m sure Shawn Michaels didn’t have t’ knock to get in the building t’night did he? I bet you knew he was here too didn’t you? I bet you. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . HEY! NO ONE COMES IN HERE AND SHOUTS THEIR MOUTH OFF AT ME. YOU GOT THAT?

The Miz: . . . I don’t care. Clearly you’re not going to deal with it which means I’ll have to all by myself, and I will.

Eric Bischoff: I’d think very carefully about who you’re dealing with. Even you said yourself t’night that Shawn’s not to be underestimated. Just remember that.

The Miz: You know what the problem is here Bischoff? Shawn. . . and you for that matter. . . you’re both underestimating me.

***

From Smackdown Last Friday

“Check one two, OH YEAH!. . .”

‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger
makes his way out to the stage, met by a chorus of boos. They don’t bother him one bit, and the casually dressed youngster heads down the ramp beaming & laughing off the fan’s taunts. Swagger is in the ring with a microphone, grinning big time at the jeering fans as his music stops. He carries on looking in to the crowd with the goofy smile for a few seconds.

Jack Swagger:
Shawn, I have to say that I was impressed with how you tried to brush that under the carpet with your trip to Raw Monday night. . . Y’see, where Shawn would like you to think he was playing the hero by giving The Miz a moral lecture, all he was actually doing was diverting what I did to him last week from your memory. That Shawn was smart, but you don’t fool me. I know that after what happened in this ring last Friday night, you’re worried. You’re worried about what might happen at No Mercy, and you’re right to be worried Shawn because I will prove to you yet again that I am not a coward.

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

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
hits the stage to a huge pop, but Swagger’s not giving him a warm welcome at all. He stares at Michaels as his rival walks down the ramp and looks back at him while slapping the hands of the fans in the front row. He climbs up the steps and enters the ring, then walks past Swagger to get a microphone from Justin Roberts. Swagger turns round and watches Michaels walk back towards him. The music cuts and they take a long look at each other with Swagger fairly relaxed, as is Michaels.


Shawn Michaels:
Jack my boy, I appreciate the concern but honestly, there’s no need t’ worry. Right now there’s only one person who’s got my attention, and you’ll be glad t’ know that person is you.

Jack Swagger: I’m glad t’ hear it.

Shawn Michaels: You pissed me off and you got my full attention, and Jack that’s not good news. You’ve lit a fire inside The Heartbreak Kid, and I might not be an All-American American jackass, but if you ask anyone in that locker room, that’s one thing history says you don’t wanna do.

Jack Swagger: . . . Oh really? What makes you think I should listen to you? Like The Miz pointed out Monday night, you don’t exactly have a hist’ry being honest do you Shawn? What I think you’re trying t’ do is dent my confidence because you know that after I left you on your back in this ring, you don’t have a hope in hell at No Mercy. You know it, I know it, and soon these people will know it.

More boos are aimed at The All-American American and Swagger backs away to the ropes smirking at Michaels. “On Your Knees” plays as Swagger steps through the ropes with Michaels shaking his head. Swagger walks to the ramp and turns round, shrugging his shoulders at Michaels, who appears to be amused by Swagger’s confidence. The fans start to boo with the camera focused on Swagger, but as it goes back to Michaels in the ring and The Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater slip in the ring behind him. Swagger’s smirking as the Raw superstars jump Michaels, clubbing him to the floor and stomping all over him to a ton of heat with the music stopping. The angry Miz & Slater put the boots to Shawn, and Swagger, smirking slips back inside the ring to get a closer look.

He slaps The Miz’s shoulder and tells him to step back, and then drags Michaels up to his feet. He sets him up for the gut-wrench powerbomb and looks in to the stands with a big goofy smile on his face, then lifts him up off the mat and sends him crashing down to the mat to a barrage of boos from the sell out crowd. He, Miz & Slater like what they see, sn-iggering away, and then The Miz instructs his rookie to go get something. Slater leaves the ring and comes back with a steel chair with Michaels squirming around on the mat. The smirking duo of Swagger & Miz queue up to take the chair from Slater, but Swagger gives in and allows Mr. Hollywood to have his turn at inflicting pain on The Heartbreak Kid.

As Shawn tries to claw his way up to his knees, his cousin, Michael Shane races down the ramp trying to come to his rescue. Slater nudges The Miz, and his mentor switches gear to nail the oncoming Shane with a steel chair shot to the skull. Boos are ringing round the arena as all three men look down with sick smiles on their faces at Shane, who is flat out. Michaels is on his knees and is trying to stand back up, but Slater sees him and quickly kicks him in the head, sending Michaels back down to the mat. That’s where Shane remains, and Swagger has something in mind. He takes the chair from The Miz and places it on Shane’s left leg, then stamps on it, causing Shane to scream out in agony.

Swagger enjoys seeing him in pain but isn’t done there. He removes the chair and grabs Shane’s injured leg, then turns him over, applying the Ankle Lock to even more heat, and Shane taps frantically straight away, screaming at the same time to the satisfaction of Miz & Slater. Swagger looks directly at Michaels while torturing his cousin, and Michaels sits up to see what’s going on. He panics and rushes up to his feet as quickly as he can, and Swagger lets the hold go to leave the ring, followed closely by Miz & Slater. They look back and laugh as the very worried Michaels checks on his cousin’s condition and immediately calls for help from the back. Swagger kneels down smirking and grabs the microphone he left there earlier.


Jack Swagger:
Shawn, just so you know, I have some news for you. . . I believe you know The Miz. Well in nine nights at No Mercy, he’ll be in my corner when I beat you. . . Oh an’ Shawn, I hope your cousin’s not too badly hurt.

Michaels stares daggers at the giggling Swagger, Miz & Slater as “On Your Knees” plays again to a ton of heat with a couple of EMT’S running down to the ring with a stretcher. They attend to Shane as Swagger, Miz & Slater heading back up the ramp with Michaels looking very concerned for his cousin.


*Cut Backstage*


Raw’s host, Leticia Cline is standing by once again, this time at the interview set.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, along with his rookie Heath Slater. . . The Miz.

Boos filter through from the arena as the camera zooms out to reveal the smug looking ‘Mr. Hollywood’ The Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater.

Leticia Cline:
Miz, it’s fair t’ say that it’s been an eventful week for you. . .

The Miz: . . . Eventful? I’d call it a lot more than that. In fact Leticia, I’d call it a defining week. See it was Shawn Michaels this time last week who was throwing insult after insult at me and mocking what he thought was my defining moment. I hope Shawn’s watching this somewhere with his cousin, nursing his broken ankle because after the week I had, one of the first words that comes to mind is eventful. I told people not to underestimate me and that I would deal with Shawn Michaels, and Friday night on Smackdown, I think you can say that I did just that. I showed the world and The Heartbreak Kid that I am not to be underestimated. Ev’ryone I’ve come across in this business. . . Michaels, John Morrison, Eric Bischoff, they’ve all underestimated me, but look at me now.

The Miz turns and smiles at Slater, and he too smiles back.

The Miz:
And t’night, we’ll prove ev’ryone wrong yet again.

Leticia Cline: That brings me on to what I wanted to ask you as you and Heath, your rookie will be competing for a spot in the semi finals of the tag team title tournament. How do you feel at the prospect of being the new World Tag Team Champions?

The Miz: Well thanks t’ Shawn and Shawn Michaels only, I’m not standing here as the Intercontinental Champion like I should be and would be if it wasn’t for him. However after we win t’night, no one will stop us being the new World. . .

The Miz looks stunned, as do Slater & Leticia as Shawn Michaels appears out of nowhere and knocks his teeth out with some sweet chin music. A massive pop breaks out inside the arena and Slater goes right for Michaels as Miz falls to the floor. The Heartbreak Kid blocks Slater’s punch and unloads on him, then sends him crashing face first in to the wall. Michaels is intense as hell and stomps all over Miz’s rookie, and Leticia quickly moves out of the way, fearing for her own safety.

Michaels is like a man possessed and shifts behind the small set and shoves it down on top of Miz & Slater and it sets off an even bigger pop in the arena. Leticia looks on in amazement with Michaels staring down with no remorse whatsoever as a group of concerned agents & production workers rush to the scene and try to help The Miz & Slater. Some of them try and clear the wreckage and some escort Michaels away from the scene, and he shrugs them off to walk away all by himself as the others continue to help The Miz & Slater who lie there motionless.



*Cut to the Arena*


“Written in Your Face”

The new Intercontinental Champion, ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus proudly walks out in to the arena and ignores the boos being thrown in his way. He stops at the top of the stage and raises his newly won title up in the air above his head with both hands, getting even more heat.



*Video Recap*
From Last Week

The new Raw host and smoking hot Leticia Cline is standing by in the back.


Leticia Cline:
Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest at this time. . . He is the new Intercontinental Champion. . . Sheamus.

The camera zooms out and there stands ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus looking incredibly proud with the Intercontinental title draped over his shoulder.

Leticia Cline:
Sheamus, congratulations on your victory t’night. How are you feeling after becoming the new Intercontinental Champion on top of defeating Finlay last night in the first ever Celtic Brawl? Things couldn’t be going much better for you right now.

Sheamus: Obviously Leticia I’m over the moon. By becoming the new Intercontinental Champion, I’ve joined an illustrious list of names that includes the likes of Bret Hart, ‘Stonecold’ Steve Austin an’ The Ultimate Warrior. Not only that, I’ve completed one of the most impressive journeys ever seen in the history of the dubya-dubya-e. I’ve barely been here a matter of months, yet here I stand undefeated and the new Intercontinental Champion. It don’t get much better than that. In fact it won’t be long until I’m the new dubya-dubya-e champion.

Leticia lifts the microphone back up to her mouth but then stops, looking surprised. The camera pans to the right and Carlito walks in to the shot, up behind Sheamus. Casually dressed and holding an apple, Carlito takes a look at Sheamus, looking impressed. The Intercontinental Champion doesn’t know what’s going on.

Carlito:
So you’re the new Intercontinental Champion huh? Dat’s cool. I caught your match last night too with Finlay. Dat was brutal Sheamus, real brutal, jus’ like what ju did to my brother Eddie, who by the way’s injured ‘cause of ju. That Sheamus. . . dat’s not cool, not cool at all.

Sheamus: Yeah well. that’s unfortunate. Dees t’ings happen. Get over it.

Carlito: Get over it huh?. . . Jus’ so ju know champ’, me an’ my brother, we look out f’ each other, we always have. Ju get that right?

Carlito takes a bite of his apple with Sheamus not looking so remorseful for what he did to Eddie.

Sheamus:
Y’know Carlito, that’s a touching story. . .

Carlito spits bits of apple in to Sheamus’s face, shocking both The Celtic Warrior & Leticia.

Carlito:
See ju around champ’.

Carlito calmly walks past them both with Sheamus staring daggers at him.


*Cut to the Arena*


Sheamus is standing in the middle of the ring with a microphone in his possession, and he sn-iggers at seeing the replay from last week on the tron. He looks up and looks at the crowd, still smirking as his music cuts.

Sheamus:
Y’know last week was a great week. I’ve not been here two minutes an’ pretty much ev’ry week’s been a great week. In fact, I’ve still not been pinned, an’ no one’s even come close t’ makin’ me tap out. T’at’s why it shocks me t’ hear people sayin’ they’re amazed that someone who’s been in the business f’ as long as I have is already the Intercontinental Champion. Well I’ll tell y’what people. No one should be shocked. The only thing shockin’ ‘bout all t’is is t’at it took me as long as it did.

*Heat*

Sheamus: Me bein’ a champion on Raw is a sign of t’ings to come, I promise y’ t’at. I’m gonna dominate this show f’ a long time t’ come, mark my words. T’is is only the beginnin’ f’ The Celtic Warrior. Ev’ryone in the locker room should be very afraid, an’ that goes f’ one person in-particular. That person goes by the name of Carlito.

*Mixed*

Sheamus: Carlito, y’made a big mistake fella, a very big mistake. Y’might’ve had the guts t’ spit in my face but y’crossed the wrong person Carlito. You’re gonna regret crossin’ me I tella ya. I’m gonna make sure y’do. No one spits in my face an’ gets away with it. . . no one.

*Some Boos*

Sheamus: It takes some guts t’ do what y’did, but y’couldn’t get away quick enough could y’fella? Y’ran away like a big girl, an’ y’should consider y’self lucky y’got away ‘cause y’won’t next time. In fact, y’won’t get away t’night ‘cause I’m callin’ you out right now tough man. Y’had the guts t’ spit in my face last week. Let’s see if you’ve got the guts t’ come down here an’ face me man t’ man t’night. An’ let me make this clear for ya, either y’come down here like a man or I’m comin’ back there f’ y’fella. It’s your choice. Either way, you’re in big trouble.

“I spit in the face of people who don’t want t’ be cool. . .”

Wearing his trunks and one of his own T-shirts, Carlito strolls out to the stage with a microphone, and Sheamus locks his eyes on him. Carlito looks a bit surprised as he looks down at the angry Irishman, and his music grinds to a halt.

Carlito:
Hey, there’s no need f’ that Sheamus. An’ just so you know, I’m not scared of jou. Jour the one who looks like he’s scared. Ju look like jou’ve seen a ghost. . . No wait. Jou just look like a ghost.

*Laughs*

Sheamus isn’t amused as he glares up at the laid back Carlito.

Carlito:
Jou need to calm down. Jou might be the Intercontinental Champion but I won the United States Championship on my debut. Now that’s cool. Jou say jou’ve not been here two minutes and you’re already a champion, but Sheamus, it took me just minutes. Look it up, it’s there. It kind o’ makes jou look stupid right now huh? Maybe now jou know why I’m not scared of jou either, and I didn’t run away from jou last week. I just got cold standing next to a human ice sculpture. That’s jou by the way, just so jou know.

*Pop*

Sheamus isn’t impressed, but Carlito looks very relaxed.

Sheamus:
You’re a funny guy Carlito, an’ since you’re not scared fella, why don’t y’get y’ass down here right now? That’s unless y’don’t wanna end up like y’brother.

Carlito: I would, but I don’t wanna embarrass jou anymore. I mean jou’ve got enough problems lookin’ like dat. Plus I have nightmares about the gingers. If it’s all the same with jou, I think I’m gonna stay up here.

Sheamus: That’s right. Stay up there like the coward that y’are. I don’t blame ya, but like I said before, y’don’t have a choice in t’is. Either y’come down here an’ get y’ass handed t’ you like a man or I come up there myself.

Carlito: Okay. Jou want some of dis? Jou got it. Remember jou asked f’ dis.

Carlito pulls his shirt off and throws it down as he makes his way down the ramp, psyching himself up as Sheamus takes his own T-shirt off and drops both the microphone and his Intercontinental title. He gears himself up for Carlito’s imminent arrival, but it seems Carlito is having second thoughts. He steps up on to the apron but steps back down. The Celtic Warrior isn’t happy and walks over to the apron, then urges Carlito to get him and starts calling him a coward, pissing off.

He teases getting back up again when we can see his brother, Eddie Colon sneaking in the ring and running up behind Sheamus. Eddie clubs him across the back, catching the Irishman totally off guard. He’s tough though and fights him off, shoving him back down to the mat. Carlito then gets in the ring and helps his brother out, spinning Sheamus round and pummelling him with right hands. He tries for an irish whip and Sheamus reverses it, firing him in to the ropes. Carlito grabs hold of them and holds on to them in desperation, pissing Sheamus off no end.

Sheamus charges right at him and in to a raised boot, sending The Celtic Warrior staggering away from the ropes, allowing Carlito to walk up behind him and plant him with the Backstabber to a big pop. Eddie stands up and joins his brother in smiling at the sight of Sheamus squirming round on the canvas. “Cool” plays and the Colon brothers have a brief hug before leaving the ring and heading up the ramp. They get to the stage and turn round to see the angry Intercontinental Champion sitting up. The Puerto Rican siblings continue laughing, angering Sheamus even more as he glares back at them.



*Video Promo*

The Corporation (J.B.L. & Shane McMahon are dressed for action and Mr. McMahon is in a suit) are shown leaving their dressing room looking fairly confident, and the shot quickly switches to Rey Mysterio and his rookie, Mystico making their way through the back. We then see The Big Show with his rookie, Justin Gabriel as they too walk through the halls with the final tag team title tournament first round match coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


An angry Sheamus is pacing through the back and kicks open the door to the parking lot to see a car with Carlito clearly in the driving seat reversing.

Sheamus:
HEY!

The Celtic Warrior chases after them as the car speeds off, getting away from the Intercontinental Champion. Sheamus admits defeat and puts the brakes on, then so does Carlito and leans his head out of the window to look back at Sheamus.

Carlito:
HEY, did jou want something?

Sheamus flips and chases the car again, and Carlito doesn’t hesitate in hitting the gas, just getting out of Sheamus’s reach, who manages to touch the back of the car before it gets away from him. He stands there breathing heavily and watches the car head off in to the night with a face like thunder.


*Cut to the Arena*


Leticia Cline
is standing by at the top of the stage, poised for an announcement it would seem.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies and gentleman, I’ve just been advised by Eric Bischoff that after what happened earlier on to The Miz and Heath Slater, they will not be able to compete in the upcoming match.

*Mixed*

Leticia Cline: Therefore, this match for a place in the semi finals of the tag team title tournament will now be a triple threat elimination match.

*Big Pop*

Leticia Cline: That means the winner of this match t’night will advance to the semi finals to take on Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms in a few weeks time.


*Match #4*
World Tag Team Championship Tournament First Round
Triple Threat Elimination Match
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel vs. Rey Mysterio & Mystico
vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield & Shane McMahon w/Mr. McMahon


Before all three teams made their entrances, Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore made their way down to the ring to join JR & King for commentary at the announce table. They talked about scouting the competition as they’ll be taking on the winners for a spot in the final at Survivor Series, and each team gave it their all. They all wanted it, and after a number of close calls, it was The Big Show & Justin Gabriel that were eliminated first, thanks to a major distraction from Mr. McMahon. It looked as if JBL had Gabriel in trouble moments before until the South African rookie turned the tables on the former WWE Champion.

Layfield had taken Mysterio & Mystico out of the equation, and Shane was going at it with Show on the outside. Gabriel slowly picked himself back up and was pulled in to place for the Last Call. JBL lifted him up above his head but Gabriel countered with a hurricanrana to a big pop from the New Jersey crowd. They slowly made their way back up with JBL stunned, walking right in to a stiff kick to the gut from the spirited rookie. He tried for an irish whip but JBL reversed it, only for Gabriel to come flying back off the ropes and flip over JBL’s ducked back. They both turned their way round in a hurry with Gabriel connecting with a jumping heel kick.

The crowd were getting right behind Gabriel, and he wasn’t done there. JBL was rattled in a big way and made it back up, only to fall victim to a super kick. Gabriel dropped to his knees immediately and went for the cover, but he and the crowd were left disappointed as Vince placed his son’s foot on the rope. The boos were deafening as Vince played all innocent, but Gabriel shrugged it off and went straight to the top rope, dragging JBL closer. The fans rose to their feet as Gabriel got ready for the 450, but Vince jumped up on to the apron to distract both the ref & Gabriel. The South African snapped & jumped down, going right after the Chairman of the Board.

Shane was fortunate enough to dodge an oncoming Show on the outside with the big man running right in to the ring post. It only sent Show down to his knees, but Shane entered the ring, sensing the situation and helped JBL back up to his knees behind the unwitting Gabriel. The rookie eventually turned round as the ref dealt with Vince, and Gabriel charged right at him, sending him down with a clothesline, and then another to send him back down to the floor over the top. Only as he turned back round, JBL was back up and took his head off with a Clothesline from Hell.

Boos rang all around the arena as Vince stepped down off the apron and allowed the ref to count the fall, resulting in Gabriel & Show being eliminated. Show didn’t take it so well, and Vince’s smugness didn’t help matters. With Shane crawling up close by, Show saw red. He stripped the announce table to the shock of JR, King and their guests, who stood up straight away. Shane was then dragged up by Show, who was absolutely fuming. The giant held on to him by the throat and sent him crashing through the table with a chokeslam, resulting in a huge pop.

JBL & Vince were shocked, and they were even more shocked when Mysterio slipped in the ring behind Layfield and rolled him up for a cover. JBL kicked out at two, but as he made his way back up, he followed Rey as he back tracked to the ropes and walked right in to a drop toe hold that sent him on to the second rope. The crowd rose to their feet again as Mysterio dialled up and connected with the 619. Vince was too busy worrying about Shane to care as the dazed JBL picked himself up with the focused Mysterio steadying himself on the apron.

Show helped Gabriel on the outside, looking over at the panicked Mr. McMahon, as back in the ring, Mysterio hit the springboard and a seated senton to pick up the win for him & Mystico, booking themselves a match against Hardy & Helms in the semi finals. Vince was calling for help as Mystico joined Rey to celebrate their win, and they were soon joined by Hardy, Helms & Moore. EMTs ran down the ramp to attend to Shane, who wasn’t moving with the intense Show and pissed off Gabriel still looking on. The semi final opponents all shook hands in the ring, showing each other a great deal of respect as Vince continued to yell at the EMTs to help his son.

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Mystico by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

A stretched black limo enters the arena and then parks up. The driver gets out and opens the passenger door. Out steps a very serious looking Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, and we can hear cheers coming from inside the arena, where she may well be headed. We’ll find out in a few minutes when we come back!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*
During the Break


We’re shown clips of Shane McMahon being carried to the back on a stretcher with Mr. McMahon looking very worried as he walks up the ramp with him. JBL also looks extremely concerned for his half-brother, who’s conscious but in a bad way. He’s got a neck brace on and Vince tells him he’s going to be okay.


*Cut to the Arena*


“I’m all grown up now. . .”

A pretty decent pop meets Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks out to the stage, not paying much attention to the fans as she heads down the ramp with the weight of the world seemingly on her shoulders. She steps through the ropes and collects a microphone up off the apron, then heads in to the centre of the ring, waiting for her music to stop.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
Three weeks ago I came here for a reason, in the hope that I could resolve my marriage and the problems I’ve been having with Hunter for the last few months. I’ve always known how much this business means to him, and he knows how much it means to me, but it’s come to the point where it’s gone too far. . . Things have changed for us as a couple and now as a family over the last few years, and because of that, we have a responsibility not to this business or even each other, but to our children.

Steph takes her time to compose herself.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
I’ve spent all my life, more than my husband has in this business, and I love it, really I do. I never thought I could love anything more than this company, its fans and ev’rything it’s brought to my life. However when I gave birth for the first time, that all changed. Becoming a mother changed my life. I love my two daughters more than life itself and that will never change. My priorities changed and I wish that Hunter’s had too. Where I’ve been able to move on with my life, he hasn’t. If anything, things are worse now than they ever have been. He’s obsessed with the W-W-E Championship and he doesn’t have any time for me or our girls, and that’s what forced me to deliver him an ultimatum the last time I was here.

There’s some cheers & support for Steph, and she looks like she could do with it.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
That night, he told me what I already thought I knew, but then something happened. He got kicked in the head by Randy Orton and because of that, he was back at home for two weeks recovering. I was hoping that time would help him see sense and he’d see the responsibility he has to our family. I quickly found out I was fooling myself. He didn’t want anything to do with me or the girls. All he could do was talk about getting revenge, and that made his decision for me. Me and my girls deserve better than this and I’m not going to let them suffer anymore. They deserve a proper upbringing, and that’s what they’re going to get.

*Pop*

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Hunter, what I’m basically trying to say is, our marriage is over. I’m filing for divorce.

*Big Pop*

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: I can’t take it anymore. I’ve tried, really I have, but I’ve had as much as I can take. My kids deserve better and so d. . .

Stephanie drops the microphone and drops to her knees in tears. It’s all got too much for her and the fans look concerned for her.

“In The End”

A huge roar breaks out in the arena as the WWE Champion, Batista makes his way out in to the arena. Stephanie turns her head and looks up to see the sympathetic Batista walking down the ramp. She’s still crying, but as Batista gets in the ring, he walks towards her straight away and she stands up to hug him. He holds her and comforts her, letting her cry all over his leather jacket. He then steps back and asks her if she’s okay, and she nods ever so slightly. He gives her a reassuring smile and then kneels down to pick up the microphone she dropped moments ago.

Batista:
Steph, I know how much this hurts, I do. I’ve been through a tough break up that affected my kids, and I’m telling you Steph, you’re doing the right thing.

*Pop*

Batista: Seriously, you’ve got nothing to worry about. You don’t need to blame yourself. We all know who’s to blame here and it’s sure as hell not you, you got that?

Steph smiles at Dave, clearly appreciating his words despite the tears.

Batista:
It’s been a long time coming but last week Hun’er finally got what was coming to him. You don’t need to worry about him. Let me deal with him Steph. You just worry about the kids.

Steph nods her head and smiles at Batista.

“I hear voices in my head. . .”

A ton of boos greet Randy Orton & Darren Young as they stroll coolly out to the stage, much to the displeasure of Batista & Stephanie. The Animal looks disgusted by Orton’s presence, and The Legend Killer doesn’t seem too happy with him either as he slowly makes his way down the ramp with his eyes firmly locked on the WWE Champion. He enters the ring with his rookie following, and Batista stares at them as they step inside with Orton walking past them to collect a microphone from Lilian Garcia. He gets one and his music stops as he walks back in to the centre of the ring with a great deal of tension between him & Batista.

Batista:
You’ve got a lot of nerve Randy you know that? This has nothing t’ do with you.

Randy Orton: From where I’m standing Dave, I have as much right to be here as you do. This has much to do with you as it does me. . . nothing.

*Heat*

Randy Orton: This isn’t a talk show Dave. Whatever problems she has, they don’t belong here, especially when I have one big problem I wish t’ discuss. You might’ve f’gotten all about what happened at Unf’given but I haven’t. I beat you Dave. However as you can see I’m not standing here with the W-W-E Championship when we both know I should be. I had you beat. You were in no man’s land Dave. There was no escape until Triple H stuck his nose where it wasn’t wanted. You should be thanking him, but there is one thing you can do, or should I say should do. Give me the rematch I deserve.

*Major Heat*

Batista: You want a rematch? I’ll tell you where you can stick your rematch coming down here an. . .

?: Hey. . . hey.

Everyone in the ring looks confused and then we hear some boos. They all look up at the tron and there stands Triple H in the parking lot. The arena’s full of heat for The King of Kings, and no one is happy to see his face on the tron.

Triple H:
I’m sorry to break this up, and Steph you can have you can your divorce. You said it yourself, there’s only one thing I want, and you all know what that it is. It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted, and Steph, that’ll never change. . . I want the W-W-E Championship and I’ll do whatever I have to t’ get it.

*Ton of Heat*

Triple H: Bischoff might’ve had me kicked out again t’night, but that’s not stopping you coming out here Dave. You might’ve enjoyed last week, and I hope you did, because it won’t happen again. You guys know better than anyone that I don’t f’get a thing, and I always get even. Randy, you know that after Unf’given, but Dave this is between you and me. If you enjoyed what you did to me last week, then why not come out here right now and give me what you’ve got.

Batista looks all up for it, but Steph grabs his arm and pleads with him not to go with Orton & Young watching on with interest.

Randy Orton:
Hun’er, f’get about Dave and listen t’ me. . . You’ve got no right whatsoever challenging him. If anyone’s going t’ be getting a title shot, it’s me. I’ve had enough of you Hun’er, and if you want a fight t’night, then why don’t you come down here?

*Big Pop*

Triple H smirks.

Triple H:
Fine by me.

The Game kneels down and the camera shows him holding his slegdehammer. Triple H lifts it ovr his shoulder and heads back in to the arena through the back.

?:
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!

Eric Bischoff stomps out in to the arena looking so angry, looking back towards the curtain.

Eric Bischoff:
SECURITY, KEEP HIM BACK THERE.

Bischoff enters the ring and stands in front of them all.

Eric Bischoff:
No one’s going anywhere alright. This isn’t happening.

The Head of Authority turns and looks up at the tron as security cut off Triple H.

Eric Bischoff:
Hun’er, congratulations. You’ve found a way to cause yet more trouble, and guess what? Most of all, you’ve forced me in to a decision I really didn’t want to make. But now I see there’s only one way we’re going to sort this out once and for all. . . I want you all to know I’m doing this against my better judgment. At Survivor Series we’re going to have ourselves a triple threat match. It’s going t’ be Batista versus Randy Orton, versus Triple H for the W-W-E Championship.

*Massive Pop*

Cheers ring round the arena as Triple H smirks in the back while Orton & Batista aren’t sure what to make of Bischoff’s announcement as “Back in Black” plays. Bischoff looks at both of them with a lot of tension up in the air, and Steph looks lost with her husband the only one smiling on the tron.


*Video Promo*

A split screen shows one fired up Kofi Kingston on one side and Ezekiel Jackson on the other along with his mentor, Ted DiBiase & ‘The Million Dollar Woman’ Maryse for our main event, which is just a matter of minutes away!


*Commercial Break*


*The Main Event*
Kofi Kingston vs. Ezekiel Jackson w/Ted DiBiase & Maryse


Kofi was extra fired up for this one, so intense from the moment he walked through the curtain, even surprising DiBiase & Jackson. It was Kofi that started the stronger too despite the size difference, using his pace to seize control and stun the helpless rookie of DiBiase. That all changed though and the size difference came in to play in a big way when Kofi went for a springboard reverse elbow smash. The monstrous Jackson caught him on his shoulder and walked in to the corner, then threw him forward in to the turnbuckle pads with force.

Even DiBiase & Maryse looked to feel some sympathy for Kofi, and the fans were looking on very concerned for the Jamaican Sensation. He didn’t let up though, and after taking one hell of a beating, he managed to jump down to the mat with Jackson looking to hit a chokeslam. Jackson was stunned and Kofi unleashed a fury of stiff kicks, sending him down to one knee. Kofi backed up in to the ropes and then came racing back with a sit down dropkick to the face.

He wasn’t done there and connected with a Boom Drop, but Jackson comfortably kicked out at two. Kofi was firing on all cylinders and came so close after ducking a big boot and catching the debuting Jackson with an enzuigiri. It wasn’t to be however, and DiBiase breathed a huge sigh of relief on the outside. Despite his bad run as of late, Kofi was feeling good and was getting ready for the Trouble in Paradise, bringing Jackson’s mentor up on to the apron in a panic. It gave Jackson the chance to make it back up to his knees, and Kofi was furious.

He charged right at Ted, who instantly jumped back and down to the floor. They exchanged angry words, but as Kofi turned back round, Jackson nailed him with a thunderous boot to the face. Kingston was in big time trouble. His lights were well & truly out, and Jackson dragged his helpless body up and finished him off with The Book of Ezekiel, an uranage. Believe it or not, the fans weren’t best pleased, and Kofi rolled under the apron to the outside where he later stood up looking angry & worse for wear as he walked to the back, much to the amusement of DiBiase, who went over to Lilian Garcia to get a microphone.

Winner: Ezekiel Jackson by pinfall.

Ted DiBiase: I hope you’re watching Bischoff. You’re little plan t’night didn’t work, and no matter what it is you have planned for me, I will get the Intercontinental title back. There’s nothing you can do t’ sto. . .

*Gong*

Ted DiBiase:
What’s going on?

A huge pop breaks out as the lights go out. The cheers echo around the arena as the lights remain off for several seconds, and then they come back on to a massive roar with the sight of The Undertaker standing behind DiBiase, Jackson & Maryse in the ring. The crowd is going nuts, and DiBiase has no idea of what’s waiting for him. Jackson’s curious and turns round with Taker grabbing his throat straight away. More cheers break out, and DiBiase turns round, looking stunned to see The Undertaker there. He goes right at him but gets a big boot for his trouble, getting another pop from the crowd. Maryse looks extremely worried and sees Jackson get chokeslammed to the mat. Ted claws his way back up and right in to The Dead Man’s clutches, and he is scooped up in to position for the Tombstone Piledriver.

With the fans calling for Taker to drill him, Maryse pleads with him not to, but Taker takes no notice and drops to his knees, driving DiBiase’s head in to the canvas to a massive cheer. The camera switches to a shot of an incredibly amused Eric Bischoff watching in his office before quickly switching back to Taker in the ring, sizing up the damage as Maryse checks on her flat out boyfriend. “Deadman’s Symphony” plays to another huge cheer as the lights go out with a purple spotlight shining down on Taker, who drops on to one knee and poses with the fans on their feet as Raw comes to a close with JR speculating that Taker is the Smackdown superstar who’s jumping ship to Raw.



*Credits*


>Quick Results<

John Morrison
df. Zack Ryder
JTG & Homicide
df. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Kelly Kelly
df. Maryse
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
df. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield & Shane McMahon and The Big Show & Justin Gabriel
Ezekiel Jackson
df. Kofi Kingston

>Superstars Tapings<
Mia Rain
df. Maria
Matt Hardy
df. Orlando Jordan


>Confirmed for Next Week<

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
Semi Final

JTG & Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval


>Confirmed for Survivor Series<



Date:
Sunday 9th November 2008
Venue: Air Canada Center
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WWE Championship
Batista (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Triple H

World Tag Team Championship
JTG & Homicide or Christopher Daniels & Kaval vs. Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms or Rey Mysterio & Mystico




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>The Dead Man Cometh?!<

Ever since Eric Bischoff announced that one of Smackdown’s top stars was heading to Raw, speculation has been running riot as to just who that would be. And last night we might just have found out who that man is; The Undertaker.

It seems obvious now given that over the last month, we have seen the lights go out for no apparent reason on several occasions, but last night when they came back on after the main event that saw Ezekiel Jackson defeat Kofi Kingston in his debut match, The Undertaker was there for all to see. He tore in to Jackson and his mentor, Ted DiBiase, much to the horror of ‘The Million Dollar Woman’ Maryse but the delight of the capacity Portland crowd. Earlier in the evening Bischoff told DiBiase that he had something special planned for him, and it looks as if there could be a dead man in the future of the former Intercontinental Champion.

Once we get more information on this or any confirmation, you’ll find out here first. We may though have to wait for an answer on Smackdown this Friday night. Even though Tazz managed to persuade John Cena to join the blue brand, you have to believe he won’t be too happy at the prospect of losing The Undertaker if that is indeed the case. Smackdown’s loss will truly be Raw’s gain!



>Huge Title Clash Set for Survivor Series!<


Batista’s had his hands full from the very moment he won the WWE Championship back at Vengeance, but now he really has a battle on his hands.

Randy Orton & Triple H have been far from shy in declaring their intent to take the title from him. They’ve pushed The Animal to breaking point time & time again, as well as each other and Bischoff, and Raw’s Head of Authority has been adamant that he wasn’t going to cave in and give The King of Kings a shot at Batista’s title, but last night he realised that he had to before things spiral even more out of control. Just as it looked like there would be fireworks again, he announced that at Survivor Series in around six weeks, Batista will be defending his WWE title against both The Viper & The Game in a triple threat match.

The Animal fought his way through the elimination chamber at SummerSlam. Can he overcome adversity again at Survivor Series and hold on to the title his former Evolution team-mates crave desperately?



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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

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As usual, a good start to the show with a recap of the major happenings of the previous week to catch us up to speed.

Starting off with DiBiase after what we saw in the opening video package was a bit surprising, although I liked the immediate impact of his arrival with him interrupting the announcers hyping up the show. DiBiase getting right down to it and claiming he was screwed by Bischoff to continue their thing along is a good start, while the defiance with DiBiase claiming he’ll be getting his title right back is good to see, making it really seem like the Intercontinental Title is important and that DiBiase, while being a coward, is also willing to fight at times, which is a good trait. The claim that Bischoff is yet to win the war against DiBiase because of Ted’s rematch clause hypes up the possible match for the Intercontinental Title as really important, which is another positive, before the early but expected interruption from Bischoff. The little dig from Bischoff to begin with was nice, before the playing on DiBiase’s claim that he would be the man to step in for Cena’s spot. Not so big on the line about the Intercontinental Title possibly holding DiBiase down, because I don’t think it exactly does the image of the title any favours, although apart from that, the rest of the speech about DiBiase being a chance to prove himself was good. It’s also interesting that you have something for DiBiase lined up by Bischoff to really test him. I have no idea what it could be, but if it’s a storyline for DiBiase to break out with, I guess it’s a positive. The only negative I see with that is that I’m not quite sure DiBiase has been around long enough to really be pushed to the top yet – I don’t think he had made his debut until after WrestleMania in this thread, although I could be ring – which is why I thought it was important he held onto the Intercontinental Title for longer to really prove himself and ready him for that big run. I thought DiBiase could have really talked up his family lines and put forward his spoiled type of attitude in his retort about being ready, but you’ve still got my interest up. The promo kind of ended on a flat note too, with neither match announcement being too exciting, but, at the same time, this was still a solid promo to start RAW and thrust DiBiase right into the limelight.

Solid little match here to allow Ryder to continue to look alright by hanging with some of the bigger boys on RAW, while Morrison regains some momentum after falling to The Miz at Unforgiven.

Good to see Triple H still pursuing Batista, even if it feels like it’s getting a little drawn out with a promo on it every week. Hopefully we get them in the ring in some form of confrontation soon.

I’m glad to see this confrontation between Melina and Rain. Melina’s been doing nothing for too long, and this is probably the best feud you can put together with the women right now, so hopefully this thing gets going soon.

The JTG promo before this match was a little meh due to the lack of promo, although the attitude from Cody was pretty good in his. While it’s unlucky that he’ll actually be challenging for the gold first, it’s certainly not a bad thing to give him some direction.

JTG and Homicide getting the win here was the obvious result due to the fact that they need to look good as they progress along in the tournament. Having Daniels and Kaval come out to watch adds that little bit of hype to their semi final match too, which is of course a positive.

I understand Vince is meant to be happy about supposedly moving on from his issues with Big Show, but having him call Leticia “my dear” sounded very much unnatural to me. Still, this was an alright promo to try to move on from that issue, at least in the mind of the McMahons, while hyping up the tag match later in the show. The sickening nature of it all being so lovey dovey in the family was a nice heel touch too.

The DQ finish to the Kelly/Maryse match makes it feel like a bit much of a waste of time imo. It doesn’t really settle anything at all, and with this match already feeling like one you wouldn’t want to watch, I would have liked to have seen some kind of real finish to it to make it worth while.

A pretty good promo here from Miz, really making it seem like a big deal what he had done to Miz over the past week. The glee with which he spoke about his actions on SmackDown! was nice too, while Michaels attacking Miz to get back at him makes sense. I would have thought that the writing required a little more emotion in it, which I still feel is the biggest thing you need to work on, but this was still a well booked segment.

Giving Sheamus some in ring mic time after winning the Intercontinental Title last week is something I’m really happy to see, as it gives both Sheamus some good exposure and makes the IC Title seem like a big deal. Sheamus talked himself up pretty well, making himself look good and also making it seem like a pretty big deal that he was Intercontinental Champion, which is what you want. The way he transitioned into talking about Carlito after what went down last week was pretty nice too, although I wasn’t so big on what he had to say to ‘Lito before calling him out. It seemed like he was just repeating himself over and over again for two paragraphs by talking about Carlito having guts yet making a mistake up until Carlito came out. The little exchange was a little lame too, with Carlito’s insults honestly seeming lame more than anything else. Not too sure about The Colons double teaming Sheamus either, because if anything it really does make them look like the cowards that Sheamus claims they are. Having them run away after the break only really reinforces that they’re cowardly, which is a real negative coming off a face turn. Honestly not a big fan of this so far.

The three way tag was nice, accomplishing what it had to in continuing the McMahon/Show feud along, while also getting Mysterio and Mystico through to the next round of the tournament.

While I don’t mind you bringing Stephanie back to cut a promo again, I thought it could have been given a little more hype throughout the show since it’s a rarity and should really be made to seem like a big deal. While I don’t mind the whole marriage thing being used as an angle, it seems a little odd that you’d have Stephanie come out and talk about it when Triple H isn’t actually in the building. Still, the whole speech from Stephanie was pretty good, using her experience in growing up in the wrestling business really well to show how involved in it she has been, while the way you used Triple H being out for two weeks to add to the whole thing was good. Batista coming out to play the knight in shining armour is a little weak, but I have no doubt he’s going to keep involved with Steph until the title match so that she can turn heel and join Tripper (yup, there’s my prediction ). Orton coming out and playing the dick in interrupting a serious moment like that just because he wants a title match is a real good heel move. I absolutely loved the fact that he tried to claim his rematch was more important than a divorce as well. Triple H appearing makes sense in that he’s involved in the situation, but after being kicked out of the arena, I’m not sure how he’s supposed to get a camera crew in the parking lot. Still, the intensity from him was good, and the announcement of the Triple Threat is a good one. Not so sure how this was Triple H sending Bischoff over the edge, but at the same time I’m looking forward to what is a worthy main event for Survivor Series. A pretty good segment here for the writing, even if I’m unsure about some of the booking.

I know DiBiase is meant to be seen as a big player on the up now, but after what we just saw, I don’t think Zeke/Kofi is anything other than underwhelming going on last, regardless of the circumstances. Still, the way the match went makes sense, continuing Kofi’s downfall thanks to the interference from DiBiase, while Ezekiel looks good in victory. The ending was obviously big due to The Undertaker’s RAW debut and attack on DiBiase, although I’m not quite sure DiBiase is big enough for such a feud yet. He just hasn’t done enough to prove himself on a midcard level to be elevated to the status he’s at, imo. At the same time, it’ll be interesting to see how you go about this feud with The Undertaker, and it certainly was a big way to end the show.


Like I said with your last show, I’m not too sure about some of the angles you’re running in the midcard. The main event, however, is looking in good shape, and the writing throughout is up at the standard that you’ve set yourself. Looking forward to seeing what you can do with what I believe is the last SmackDown! before No Mercy now.

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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

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Friday 3rd October 2008
Live from the Memorial Coliseum
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>The Clock is Ticking!<


When Smackdown comes to you live this Friday night from the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, we’ll be just 48 hours away from No Mercy. With so much riding on Sunday night, it’s going to be interesting to see what will go down with No Mercy just around the corner.

No one has more to think about than the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. He doesn’t have just one challenger to worry about Sunday evening but two, and last week those two conspired against him, resulting in Christian earning himself a huge confidence boosting victory going in to No Mercy at the expense of the World Champion. Chris Jericho played a huge part in that victory, firmly getting one over on The Straight-Edge Superstar. That’s not going to go down well with Punk, and he has the chance to make up for last week when this week he meets both of the men he’ll face at No Mercy. Punk will team up with his rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez to take on Christian & Jericho, who have plenty of bad blood between them. You have to wonder how they will be able to co-exist as they both look to become the new World Champion this weekend. Will they be able to or will they leave the World Champion with a whole lot more to worry about going in to his title defence in just a matter of days?

We all saw John Cena’s return to Smackdown last week. However he wasn’t the only one making his return. ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge shocked us all when he cut Cena’s return speech short when he speared him out of nowhere. No one knows why he chose to spear Cena. Maybe we’ll find out why this week, and one man who’ll be desperate to find out why will be Cena. You can be sure of that!

If you didn’t catch Raw earlier this week, it appears that The Undertaker may well be heading to the bright lights of Monday nights. We’ve heard Eric Bischoff state over the last few weeks that he had signed one of Smackdown’s top stars, and on Raw this week we saw The Dead-Man unleash hell on Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson. Has The Undertaker really left Smackdown for Raw? We might find out whether that’s the case this week, and despite Cena joining Smackdown, there’s bound to be a reaction to The Undertaker leaving.

Shawn Michaels has had to deal with a lot more than just Jack Swagger over the last couple of weeks, but he’s risen to the challenge and stood up to both Swagger & The Miz. After seeing his cousin, Michael Shane taken to hospital with a broken ankle courtesy of those two & Heath Slater, The Heartbreak Kid headed to Raw this week with retribution in mind. He got it too, finding Mr. Hollywood and his rookie. He attacked them during The Miz’s interview with Leticia Cline and demolished the set, bringing it crashing down on them. Michaels will take on Swagger at No Mercy where The Miz will be in The All-American American’s corner. Knowing The Miz, he won’t take what happened on Raw lying down, but will Michaels be able to stand up to them both again?

It seems that Shelton Benjamin has had a change in attitude as of late, becoming far calmer, and maybe that will help him regain the United States Championship he lost at SummerSlam when he meets Matt Sydal, his arch nemesis in their ladder match at No Mercy this weekend. The Gold Standard came through a competitive encounter with Chavo Guerrero’s rookie, J-Red last week. However he will have a far tougher challenge on his hands when he takes on Sydal Sunday night, still looking to beat him for the first time. The King of the Ring and current United States Champion will be in action this week when he faces Kid Kash this week. It looks like Sydal will be the one involved in a tough encounter this week.

Like CM Punk, Beth Phoenix has two contenders trying to take her title at No Mercy. Mickie James & Michelle McCool went at it last week for the right to face The Glamazon for the diva’s title this weekend, however the match ended in a double count-out. McCool and her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes didn’t let that stop them beating on Mickie. That was until Beth and her rookie, Nikki Roxx came to Mickie’s rescue. Tazz then cleared up the confusion and announced that both Mickie & Michelle will be challenging The Glamazon in a triple threat match at No Mercy, and we’ve since learnt that Michelle will be facing Beth this Friday night in Portland in non-title action. With their title clash just 48 hours away, it promises to be an interesting clash to say the least!

Also this week we’ll see Charlie Haas & Chris Masters collide head to head days before they meet at No Mercy in tag team action. The former partners have been at each other ever since The Masterpiece viciously turned on Haas back in July after they failed to win the tag team titles from The UK Pack. Make sure you don’t miss these two clash, and with No Mercy in mind it makes it all the more important for both men. Who will come out on top in what will surely be one physical contest to say the least?

Petey Williams & Johnny Devine caused somewhat of an upset last week when they were the last team standing in the tag team turmoil match that saw them defeat The UK Pack, the WWE Tag Team Champions and the men they’ll meet at No Mercy this weekend for the titles. They’ve been able to defeat the champions as a team & individually, but can they do it when it matters with the titles on the line? They certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Dolph Ziggler’s pursuit of Layla will come to a head at No Mercy when he meets her boyfriend, Elijah Burke. First though, he must take on Ron Killings this Friday night. Killings himself has a tough night ahead this Sunday when he & M.V.P. meet The Empire in a flag match. They embarrassed Stu Sanders, or should we say Wade Barrett last week. With so much tension in the air, anything could happen when these men roll in to Portland this week.

Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero have had problems with their rookies as of late, but last week Chavo managed to put his in his place. He organised a match for J-Red with Shelton Benjamin, and the rookie tasted his first defeat. It was a different story for Jeter as he looked to set an example for Yoshi Tatsu. However the Cruiserweight Champion was in for a shock when he lost to Santino Marella in a non-title match. Will there be a reaction from Jeter this week? Knowing Jeter, you would assume so.

Whatever you’re doing, make sure you don’t miss this week’s Smackdown. With No Mercy just a matter of days away, you can’t afford to miss a minute!



>Confirmed for This Week on Smackdown<

Non-Title Match
Matt Sydal vs. Kid Kash

Non-Title Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool

Plus

Christian & Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

Charlie Haas vs. Chris Masters

Ron Killings vs. Dolph Ziggler



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A pretty good looking card that you've got yourself here. Perhaps most interesting is the possible explanation from Edge, although, with the possibility of it being rather vague in the preview, I get the feeling we won't see it until No Mercy. On the match side of things, the Christian and Jericho/Punk and ADR tag match looks to have huge potential, while the rest of the card is looking solid too.

Looking forward to seeing what you can put on for the go home show here.

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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 3rd October 2008
Live from the Memorial Coliseum
Portland, Oregon




*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Tazz is standing at the top of the stage holding a microphone and is positively glowing, looking immensely proud.

Tazz:
Ladies an’ gentleman the time has come. I want you all t’ stand up an’ welcome the latest addition to the Smackdown locker room. . . He is the one, the only. . . JOHN CE-NA.

“My Time is Now”

John Cena
flies out to the stage to a deafening reception, mostly cheers. He runs past Tazz to the left of the stage and throws his arms up in the air in front of the pumped crowd, and they’re just as pumped as he is. He runs over to the other side and does the same before joining Tazz to shake hands with his new boss, who passes the microphone to him and then takes his leave, turning round and walking to the back.

Cena does his trademark salute for the fans and heads down the ramp beaming, looking very happy to be on Smackdown. He runs & slides under the bottom rope and jumps up to poses for the fans again with the atmosphere electric inside the arena. He looks on in amazement, gazing in to the stands as his music stops, letting us hear the true extent of the reception he’s getting. It’s nuts! There’s a few boos but the cheers are huge, and Cena looks genuinely appreciative of them.


John Cena:
I gotta admit I was worried about coming here t’night. I know not ev’ryone back there’s not exactly happy I’ve made the jump from Raw, an’ I’ve gotta clear somethin’ up some right now. I’ve heard some of the guys back there aren’t that happy about how I’m gonna be goin’ t’ Survivor Series leading a team t’ take on a team led by whoever the World Champion is after No Mercy and that if I lead my team t’ vict’ry, I’ll be goin’ t’ Night of Champions for a shot at the world title. . . The last thing I wan’ed was t’ come here an’ cause all this trouble like some would have y’believe. I’m tellin’ ya, that’s the last thing I want. That’s why I wanted t’ come out here an’ set the record straight. I’m not here t’ steal the spotlight from anyone. That’s never been what I’m about. All I’ve ever done IS BUST MY ASS DAY AN’ NIGHT AND THAT’S NOT GONNA CHANGE NOW I’M BACK RIGHT HERE ON SMACKDOWN.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: I didn’t come here f’ the chances Tazz gave me, but now I’m here I’m gonna do ev’rything I can t’ find a team f’ Survivor Series, lead them t’ victory an’ go on t’ Night of Champions t’ become THE NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.

A ton of boos break out and we see ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge sneak in the ring and stalks Cena, getting ready to explode out of the corner. Cena has no idea and turns round curiously to get speared by the returning Edge.

Michael Cole: What’s going on? We’ve not seen Edge since SummerSlam. What’s he doing here, and why’s he just speared John Cena? I don’t get it.

Matt Striker: Nor do I Michael but he sure has made a statement t’night.

Boos ring out as the intense Edge stares down on his knees at Cena and runs his hands through his air with Cena rolling around holding his stomach. Edge looks up and smirks in to the crowd as “Metalingus” blasts out. He stands up and continues smirking at the crowd as he steps through the ropes and makes his way up the ramp. Cena sits up in the ring, still clutching his chest but now glaring at Edge, who turns round and just laughs to himself at both Cena and the jeering crowd.

***

Non-Title Match
Christian w/Tyson Tomko vs. CM Punk w/Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

Chris Jericho joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table and told them that he wasn’t there to scout his rivals in the triple threat match at No Mercy for the World Heavyweight Championship as he claimed it didn’t matter who would win this contest because he is better than both of them and everyone else in the world. He was saying that he was making sure the entire world was told that to avoid false hope as far as their hope for Christian to win the world title is concerned.

The fans were going mad, and so was Punk, literally. He stood up and dragged the apparent dead weight that was Christian up and lifted him up on to his shoulders for the GTS. With the fans trying to will Christian to a fightback, he managed just that and stunned Punk by slipping down to safety by Punk’s back. The World Champion turned round in a flash, and Christian immediately tried for an irish whip, but Punk reversed it and sent Christian in to a collision with the referee. Christian was stunned & concerned for the ref, but Punk took the opportunity by turning him round and lifting him up on to his shoulders for the GTS.

Then out of nowhere, Jericho slid in the ring to the shock of everyone, especially Punk, who dropped Christian and ran right in to a Codebreaker from Jericho. The fans weren’t sure how to react to that, but Jericho just looked down and smirked at the sight of the World Champion flat on his back. He then left the ring and made his way up the ramp as Christian sat up not sure as to what just happened, but he stared up angrily at Jericho who had taken up to watch the final moments from the stage. Punk began to come round as Christian sensed his opportunity, making his way back up and watching Punk struggle on to all fours.

The referee too was shaking off the cobwebs as the crowd got behind Captain Charisma, and as Punk made it back up, he didn’t know where he was. Christian took full advantage and grabbed the champion’s arms, spun him round and planted him with the Killwitch to a massive pop inside the arena. Jericho was smiling like mad at the top of the stage as Christian turned the lifeless Punk on to his back and made the cover with the referee crawling across, slowly counting to three to give Christian a huge victory.

Jericho was smirking away as the tired but proudly satisfied Christian sat up on his knees and lifted his right arm up in the air with the crowd going nuts. Tomko joined him in the ring and helped him on to his feet, then raised his arm with the ref still in a bad way. Punk rolled to the apron and Jericho caught Christian’s attention. Still smiling, Jericho looked down at him with the curious Christian glaring up at him as the show came to a close.



*Opening Video*
“If You Rock Like Me”



*Cut to the Arena*


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


Michael Cole:
Welcome ev’ryone to Friday Night Smackdown. We’re just two nights away from No Mercy this Sunday, and with that said Matt we could be in for a rollercoaster ride here t’night in Portland Oregon.

Matt Striker: Exactly right Michael. No Mercy is an important night for absolutely ev’ryone involved, and t’night is their last chance to send their opponents a message. The phrase expect the unexpected is particularly relevant this evening.

Michael Cole: Absolutely. It’s already been an eventful week, and Monday night on Raw The Undertaker shocked us all, Ted DiBiase especially. As you can imagine there’s been a lot of speculation ever since regarding that incident and if The Undertaker is indeed the superstar Eric Bischoff claims has signed to Raw. We can now confirm that is indeed the case. The Undertaker has indeed left Smackdown for Raw, but Matt, with John Cena now on Smackdown, does it really make any diff’rence that we won’t see The Undertaker anymore?

Matt Striker: Well Michael someone of The Undertaker’s reputation and ability would be a loss to anyone. However I do believe that now we have John Cena, the void left behind isn’t as great as some would have you believe.

Michael Cole: I’m sure The Undertaker will be missed but we have to look forward to the future, and the immediate future is No Mercy, and right now we’re just two days away. Whatever happens t’night will have a huge impact come Sunday night. No more so than when the World Heavyweight Champion C-M Punk collides with the two men who’ll challenge him for the world title Sunday in our main event later on t’night with Christian and Chris Jericho joining forces to take on Punk and his rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.


*The Opening Match*
Charlie Haas w/Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters w/Ryan Sheffield


Haas was absolutely pumped for this one from the moment he stepped through the curtain, but it took The Masterpiece a while longer to reach the same intensity levels. It took an early onslaught from his former tag team partner to get him in the mood, and then he was angry. After fighting free from a waistlock and reversing an irish whip, he nailed Haas with a double axe handle to the chest. He went right after his former partner, stomping all over him before pulling him up and giving him a good going over in the corner. Haas got a pummelling but he came back in to it and put Masters on the back foot again, frustrating The Masterpiece and his rookie, Sheffield on the outside a great deal.

As the match went on and in to its closing stages, the vengeful Masters was looking good for the win with Haas having taken a beating. He was sizing him up for the Masterlock, and with the fans booing Masters, the frustration boiled over and he jumped right on his former partner. Haas though came back fighting again and slipped through Master’s clutches before connecting with a german suplex to a decent pop from the crowd. Lashley watched on closely, quietly willing his friend on, and Haas was still really fired up. Masters was rattled and walked right in to an atomic drop and then an Olympic Slam.

The fans were cheering as Masters rolled across the canvas in pain, but The Masterpiece managed to get his foot on the rope at the very last second to deny the gutted Haas a big win. Haas quickly shrugged off the disappointment and pulled Masters away from the ropes, and it looked like he was about to lock in the Haas of Pain. With Masters in squirming and in trouble, a worried Sheffield jumped up on to the apron, distracting the referee. Haas wasn’t happy, and neither was Lashley, who stepped up on to the apron too, urging the ref to get Sheffield down.

The ref took exception to it and went over to Lashley, arguing with him and allowing Sheffield to distract Haas as Masters came round and then low blowed Haas from behind by the ropes. Masters rolled him up and held on to Haas’s tights, and the ref turned round to see the cover, then ran across the mat to make the count with Masters then using the ropes as extra leverage to pick up the win. A ton of heat broke out in the arena as Lashley slipped in the ring and Masters slipped out, joining his rookie on the outside. They took great pleasure in rubbing it in, laughing right back at the pissed off duo they’ll be facing in two nights at No Mercy.

Winner: Chris Masters by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

A very serious looking Shawn Michaels in his casual clothes is making his way through the back, seemingly headed for the ring.


*Commercial Break*


Josh Matthews is standing by in the back at the interview set.

Josh Matthews:
Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guests at this time, Chavo Guerrero and the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter.

The camera zooms out to reveal Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero in their ring gear, both looking fairly relaxed for a change.

Josh Matthews:
Gentleman, I think it’s fair t’ say that you’ve both had a fair share of problems with your rookies as of late, and Johnny last week you. . .

Johnny Jeter: . . . Don’t go there Josh. What happened last week was nothing but a fluke, a total one off. The only reason I lost was because I’ve had t’ deal with this whole mentoring crap. I mean, how am I supposed t’ go about my business as the Cruiserweight Champion with some idiot who doesn’t speak a single word of English following me ev’rywhere I go? However that’s nothing compared to the crap Chavo’s had t’ go through. His rookie’s got one hell of an attitude problem, and that’s why we’ve put our heads t’gether t’ do something about it ourselves since our boss won’t do a thing. We’ve been left with no choice but to gout and handle things our way and we’re gonna deal with this t’night.

Chavo steps forward and Josh pushes the microphone his way.

Chavo Guerrero:
Ev’ry word you just heard is exactly right. Both our rookies need to learn some respect, mine especially. His ego’s out of control and it’s about time he learned some respect, and that’s what’s going to happen t’night. What happened last week was nothing. What we’ve come up with is perfect. We’re taking action in to our own hands, and later on we’ll be teaming up to take on both our rookies in a tag team match. We’re going to teach them more than a lesson. They’re going to learn to respect what we’re doing for them if they like it or not. And after t’night, I’m sure they will.

Jeter & Chavo laugh, sn-iggering away as they then walk out of the shot leaving Josh not quite sure how to react to their comments.


*Cut to the Arena*


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

A huge pop breaks out inside the arena as ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels hits the stage. He means business tonight as he heads down the ramp, not paying too much to the fans holding their hands out to him.



*Video Recap*
From Last Week

“Check one two, OH YEAH!. . .”

‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger makes his way out to the stage, met by a chorus of boos. They don’t bother him one bit, and the casually dressed youngster heads down the ramp beaming & laughing off the fan’s taunts.


Jack Swagger:
May I remind you I’m an All-American American, a true athlete and the breakout superstar of the decade. The worrying thing for ev’ryone in the W-W-E is that you’ve not seen the best of Jack Swagger yet. You’ve not seen what I’m capable of doing in this ring, and Shawn, that’s why I’m going to beat you in nine days, especially if you allow yourself to get distracted like you did on Raw. . . I don’t have to do this Shawn, but if your attention is on anything over than Jack Swagger, you should f’get about turning up at No Mercy if you don’t want me to embarrass you again. That’s exactly what will happen, and that’s a promise.

Swagger soaks up the boos, and there are a lot of them.

Jack Swagger:
I understand you don’t want to hear this but it’s the truth. If the truth hurts, that’s tough. I’m just pointing out the facts. I promise I will beat Shawn Michaels and prove once and for all that I’m not a coward. . . In fact, I’d like to put an end to that myth t’night. . . So Shawn, if you think I’m a coward, do you think I’d do this? I’m calling you out right now.

Swagger looks up at the stage looking very determined, waiting for Michaels’ response.

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

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels
hits the stage to a huge pop, but Swagger’s not giving him a warm welcome at all. He stares at Michaels as his rival walks down the ramp and looks back at him while slapping the hands of the fans in the front row. He climbs up the steps and enters the ring, then walks past Swagger to get a microphone from Justin Roberts. Swagger turns round and watches Michaels walk back towards him. The music cuts and they take a long look at each other with Swagger fairly relaxed, as is Michaels.


Shawn Michaels:
Jack my boy, I appreciate the concern but honestly, there’s no need t’ worry. Right now there’s only one person who’s got my attention, and you’ll be glad t’ know that person is you. . . You pissed me off and you got my full attention, and Jack that’s not good news. You’ve lit a fire inside The Heartbreak Kid, and I might not be an All-American American jackass, but if you ask anyone in that locker room, that’s one thing history says you don’t wanna do.

Jack Swagger: . . . Oh really? What makes you think I should listen to you? Like The Miz pointed out Monday night, you don’t exactly have a hist’ry being honest do you Shawn? What I think you’re trying t’ do is dent my confidence because you know that after I left you on your back in this ring, you don’t have a hope in hell at No Mercy. You know it, I know it, and soon these people will know it.

More boos are aimed at The All-American American and Swagger backs away to the ropes smirking at Michaels. “On Your Knees” plays as Swagger steps through the ropes with Michaels shaking his head. Swagger walks to the ramp and turns round, shrugging his shoulders at Michaels, who appears to be amused by Swagger’s confidence. The fans start to boo with the camera focused on Swagger, but as it goes back to Michaels in the ring and The Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater slip in the ring behind him. Swagger’s smirking as the Raw superstars jump Michaels, clubbing him to the floor and stomping all over him to a ton of heat with the music stopping. The angry Miz & Slater put the boots to Shawn, and Swagger, smirking slips back inside the ring to get a closer look.

He slaps The Miz’s shoulder and tells him to step back, and then drags Michaels up to his feet. He sets him up for the gut-wrench powerbomb and looks in to the stands with a big goofy smile on his face, then lifts him up off the mat and sends him crashing down to the mat to a barrage of boos from the sell out crowd. He, Miz & Slater like what they see, sn-iggering away, and then The Miz instructs his rookie to go get something. Slater leaves the ring and comes back with a steel chair with Michaels squirming around on the mat. The smirking duo of Swagger & Miz queue up to take the chair from Slater, but Swagger gives in and allows Mr. Hollywood to have his turn at inflicting pain on The Heartbreak Kid.

As Shawn tries to claw his way up to his knees, his cousin, Michael Shane races down the ramp trying to come to his rescue. Slater nudges The Miz, and his mentor switches gear to nail the oncoming Shane with a steel chair shot to the skull. Boos are ringing round the arena as all three men look down with sick smiles on their faces at Shane, who is flat out. Michaels is on his knees and is trying to stand back up, but Slater sees him and quickly kicks him in the head, sending Michaels back down to the mat. That’s where Shane remains, and Swagger has something in mind. He takes the chair from The Miz and places it on Shane’s left leg, then stamps on it, causing Shane to scream out in agony.

Swagger enjoys seeing him in pain but isn’t done there. He removes the chair and grabs Shane’s injured leg, then turns him over, applying the Ankle Lock to even more heat, and Shane taps frantically straight away, screaming at the same time to the satisfaction of Miz & Slater. Swagger looks directly at Michaels while torturing his cousin, and Michaels sits up to see what’s going on. He panics and rushes up to his feet as quickly as he can, and Swagger lets the hold go to leave the ring, followed closely by Miz & Slater. They look back and laugh as the very worried Michaels checks on his cousin’s condition and immediately calls for help from the back. Swagger kneels down smirking and grabs the microphone he left there earlier.


Jack Swagger:
Shawn, just so you know, I have some news for you. . . I believe you know The Miz. Well in nine nights at No Mercy, he’ll be in my corner when I beat you. . . Oh an’ Shawn, I hope your cousin’s not too badly hurt.

Michaels stares daggers at the giggling Swagger, Miz & Slater as “On Your Knees” plays again to a ton of heat with a couple of EMT’S running down to the ring with a stretcher. They attend to Shane as Swagger, Miz & Slater heading back up the ramp with Michaels looking very concerned for his cousin.

***

From Raw (4 Nights Ago)

Raw’s host, Leticia Cline is standing by once again, this time at the interview set with The Miz & Heath Slater.


Leticia Cline:
Miz, it’s fair t’ say that it’s been an eventful week for you. . .

The Miz: . . . Eventful? I’d call it a lot more than that. In fact Leticia, I’d call it a defining week. See it was Shawn Michaels this time last week who was throwing insult after insult at me and mocking what he thought was my defining moment. I hope Shawn’s watching this somewhere with his cousin, nursing his broken ankle because after the week I had, one of the first words that comes to mind is eventful. I told people not to underestimate me and that I would deal with Shawn Michaels, and Friday night on Smackdown, I think you can say that I did just that. I showed the world and The Heartbreak Kid that I am not to be underestimated.

Leticia Cline: That brings me on to what I wanted to ask you as you and Heath, your rookie will be competing for a spot in the semi finals of the tag team title tournament. How do you feel at the prospect of being the new World Tag Team Champions?

The Miz: Well thanks t’ Shawn and Shawn Michaels only, I’m not standing here as the Intercontinental Champion like I should be and would be if it wasn’t for him. However after we win t’night, no one will stop us being the new World. . .

The Miz looks stunned, as do Slater & Leticia as Shawn Michaels appears out of nowhere and knocks his teeth out with some sweet chin music. A massive pop breaks out inside the arena and Slater goes right for Michaels as Miz falls to the floor. The Heartbreak Kid blocks Slater’s punch and unloads on him, then sends him crashing face first in to the wall. Michaels is intense as hell and stomps all over Miz’s rookie, and Leticia quickly moves out of the way, fearing for her own safety.

Michaels is like a man possessed and shifts behind the small set and shoves it down on top of Miz & Slater and it sets off an even bigger pop in the arena. Leticia looks on in amazement with Michaels staring down with no remorse whatsoever as a group of concerned agents & production workers rush to the scene and try to help The Miz & Slater. Some of them try and clear the wreckage and some escort Michaels away from the scene, and he shrugs them off to walk away all by himself as the others continue to help The Miz & Slater who lie there motionless.



*Cut to the Arena*


Michaels is in the ring holding a microphone, standing centre stage and his music cuts. The crowd are still cheering for The Heartbreak Kid, who’s still showing no signs of cracking a smile.

Shawn Michaels:
Based on what you’ve just seen, it’ll come as no surprise that I was asked t’ leave the building Monday night.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: Let me tell ya, it’s been a long time since that’s happened, but hell it was worth it.

*More Cheers*

Shawn Michaels: It’s been a long time since someone’s got t’ me like that, and as much as I try to control my temper these days, there’s still fire inside The Heartbreak Kid. Yeah I might have changed over the years, but one thing that’s never changed is the fire that lies inside Shawn Michaels.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I admit that I might have gone too far in what I did Monday night, however that doesn’t change the fact that I don’t regret what I did. . . A lot’s been made of my beliefs f’ a long time and they’ve been questioned time an’ time again. That’s not new t’ me. People have questioned my integrity for over fifteen years. They’ve questioned a lot of things, even my loyalty, but let me make this clear. The one loyalty I’ve always had an’ always will is to my family. Last week right here in this very ring where I stand right now, a member of my family was brutally attacked for no reason whatsoever other than just to get at me.

*Major Heat*

Shawn Michaels: I understand what it’s like trying t’ make a name for yourself in this business more than anyone, and I’ve said many a time that I’ve done things I regret, but last week not one but three young kids crossed the line. Ambushing me is one thing, ruthlessly attacking and injuring my cousin is a whole other. When someone puts their hands on a member of my family like they did last week, they have to answer t’ me.

*Big Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I had t’ watch my own flesh an’ blood suffer at the hands of those punks last week, and since some people wanna question my beliefs, here’s one I’ve had with me f’ as long as I can remember. . . an eye for an’ eye, a tooth f’ a tooth.

*Cheers*

Shawn Michaels: No matter who you are you have to answer t’ your actions an’ deal with the consequences. The Miz an’ his little lapdog found that out on Raw, and two nights from now, Jack Swagger, so will you my man.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: However there is just one small problem with that Jack. After what you did last week, I don’t really wanna wait around ‘til Sunday. I want you t’ come down t’ this ring right now an’ face me man t’ man, if y’know what that is.

*Big Pop*

Michaels looks on up at the stage, waiting for Swagger to walk through the curtain, but he doesn’t.

Shawn Michaels:
Jack no matter what you do, you’re gonna get what’s comin t’ ya, whether that be t’night or Sunday. It makes no diff’rence. You might as well get it out of the way right now. Keepin’ me waitin’s just gonna make things worse.

The tron switches to a shot of Jack Swagger sat with The Miz & Heath Slater in what appears to be an expensive looking bar. They’re sat away from everyone else, and despite Swagger looking fairly relaxed, The Miz & Slater don’t look too happy.

Jack Swagger:
Shawn, I’m so sorry I can’t be there t’night to answer your challenge, really I am. It’s just after seeing what you did on Raw the other night, I knew you’d be coming after me, and I wasn’t going t’ let that happen.

There are a lot of boos ringing round the arena, and Michaels doesn’t seem too surprised as he looks on up at the tron.

Jack Swagger:
See Shawn, No Mercy in two nights is the most important night of my career t’ date, and in no way am I going to let you ruin that for me. That’s what truly matters and nothing is going t’ stop me beating you like I beat your cousin last week. How is he by the way? I hope I didn’t hurt his ankle too bad.

Swagger smirks, and he’s the only remotely happy right now as Michaels’ mood swiftly changes, glaring at the tron with Miz & Slater still not happy after the events of Raw.

Jack Swagger:
In all seriousness though Shawn, I’m glad you’re taking this seriously because you have t’ realise that at No Mercy you’re not going t’ turn up and beat just another young punk as you put it. I think you found out that’s not the case last week when my plan went exactly like I hoped it would, only your cousin was an added bonus. I set you up and you fell right in to my trap, just like you will Sunday when I make you tap out for the biggest win of my career so far.

*Major Heat*

Jack Swagger: And Shawn, after your little trip to Raw the other night, these two guys can’t wait t’ get a nice up close an’ personal shot of you tapping out like a baby, just like your loser cousin did last week.

Swagger laughs, and even Miz & Slater crack a smirk as an angry Michaels looks on from the ring.

The Miz:
He’s right Michaels. What you did on Raw was a disgrace and I don’t just mean this week, especially for a so called man of a god. I mean last week too. In just two weeks you’ve cost me the chance to be both the Intercontinental Champion and a tag team champion. What happened to that cousin of yours was nothing. That was, what did you call it? An eye for an eye, a tooth f’ a tooth? It’s your fault he got a broken ankle, not ours. That’s something else you have t’ live with. That an’ the fact that Jack’s gonna embarrass you at No Mercy. An’ you know what Shawn? I can’t wait. I can’t wait t’ see it. You can call me, Jack or Heath whatever the hell you want, it just proves you’re nothing but a hypocrite after what you did to us on Raw, and I can’t wait t’ see you scream like a baby when Jack applies that ankle lock and makes you tap. I only wish it could be me.

Shawn Michaels: Well that’s the problem. If you wanna make me tap out, bring it on. The problem you all have is, you’re cowards.

*Big pop*

Shawn Michaels: If you weren’t you’d be here right now, not hidin’ away in some bar. Just know this, cowards always get their comeuppance, an’ trust me you guys are no diff’rent.

Jack Swagger: Yeah well we’ll just see about that won’t we?

?: Alright listen up.

Tazz walks out to the stage, getting a pop from the crowd with Michaels watching on from the ring with interest, still looking very serious.

Tazz:
Now Jack, y’might think you’re smart settin’ Shawn up last week. Y’might think it was smart askin’ Miz t’ be in your corner Sund’y night, an’ y’might think it was smart not t’ turn up t’night. Well guess what? I’ve got a newsflash for y’kid. Only I decide who gets a night off or not, but that ain’t what I’m concerned about. What I am concerned about is the match at No Mercy, an’ if y’think f’ a minute that I’m gonna let The Miz be in your corner, then you really ain’t as smart as y’thinnk you are.

*Pop*

Swagger, Miz & Slater don’t look happy at all.

Tazz:
Y’can complain all y’want, it ain’t gonna make any diff’rence. I’m not lettin’ what went down last week happen again Sund’y, so if you’ve got any flights booked Miz, cancel ‘em ‘cause you ain’t gonna be in ‘is corner, end of story.

Michaels nods up at Tazz and Smackdown’s General Manager smiles & nods back at The Heartbreak Kid. “Sexy Boy” plays with Swagger & Co digesting Tazz’s news, clearly not happy one bit as Tazz walks to the back leaving Michaels to soak up the cheers from the Portland crowd.


*Video Promo*

The pumped up rookies, J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu are walking through the halls with their tag team match against their mentors coming up after the break!


*Commercial Break*


*Match #2*
J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero


Jeter & Chavo were very determined to put their rookies to the test, and to beat the hell out of them, but Red & Tatsu were more than up to the challenge. The rookies stood up to their mentors and matched them most of their way, causing them a whole host of problems. It even looked as if Yoshi had his mentor beaten when he avoided a tornado DDT by throwing Jeter off his shoulders and down to the mat. Both men were struggling as Jeter picked himself up, and as he got to his feet, Tatsu stepped back and then exploded with a shoot kick to the face. Jeter fell to the mat and Tatsu jumped on top of him to make a cover, but the Cruiserweight Champion just got his shoulder up at two.

Yoshi tried to finish the job but couldn’t and Jeter managed to make the tag to Chavo after catching his rookie with a super kick out of nowhere. Chavo raced in to the ring and looked to wrap the match up, pulling him up and planting him with the Three Amigo’s. Chavo was looking very confident and headed up to the top rope for a frog splash, but thanks to a distraction from Red and a brief argument, it gave Yoshi the chance to recover and then roll to the side as Chavo came out of the sky to crash chest first in to the canvas. The fans were urging Yoshi to make the tag to Red, and he did to a massive cheer. Red went up top straight away as Chavo struggled back up to his feet, only to get sent straight back down courtesy of a missile dropkick.

Red was chomping at the bit, so desperate to beat his mentor, watching the veteran squirm as he tried to make his way back up. Red watched him every step of the way and then turned back in to the rope before nailing Chavo with a 360 spinning heel kick. The crowd were right behind him, cheering him on as he stood up and brought his mentor with him. Chavo managed to reverse an irish whip, but as Red came back he countered with tilt-a-whirl headscissors in to a DDT, a satellite DDT. Red was on fire and sensed the end was near. With the fans cheering like crazy, Red rushed up to his feet and hit the dizzy heights of the top rope. Jeter panicked in a big way and ran across the apron, but Red saw him coming and knocked Jeter out to the floor by Yoshi with a boot to the head.

Chavo was very groggy as he made it to his knees, and with the path cleared, Red went to end it, looking for the Red Alert, a diving swinging reverse STO. Guerrero dodged it though and Red crash landed to the disappointment of the crowd. As they made their way back up, so did Jeter on the outside. He was glaring in the ring at Red, and after pulling Yoshi down off the apron, whose head hit the apron, he slid in to the ring. He got Red’s attention, and the rookie ducked a clothesline from the Cruiserweight Champion before falling foul of a roundhouse kick.

However, as Red turned back to Chavo, his mentor pounced and kicked him in the gut, then connected with a brainbuster to secure the victory. Chavo enjoyed it big time, looking so smug to have finally got one over his rookie. The dazed Jeter picked himself back up to join the celebrations, but Jeter wasn’t satisfied. He told Chavo to pick him up, and he did. Chavo held him up for the pissed Jeter to yell insults at him, and then the Cruiserweight Champion nailed him with a right hand. He wasn’t done there and watched Red crawl around on his knees, backing away getting ready for the Genesis Kick.

That was until Santino Marella’s music hit and the Italian charged down the ramp to make the save, sliding in the ring and sending Jeter down with a clothesline. The fans were cheering as Santino then ducked a right hand from Chavo and caught him with a jawbreaker. Jeter got up by the ropes and Marella charged at him, but Jeter pulled himself out of the ring at the last second. The fans carried on cheering as Santino looked down at him signalled he wanted the title as he did last week after beating the Cruiserweight Champion. The music hit again as Marella checked on Red with Yoshi also sitting up on the outside and Jeter steaming as he stared right at Santino back in the ring.

Winners: Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


A very calm & smug looking Chris Jericho sits down in the locker room and takes off his watch, and then we hear the door slam. The shocked Jericho stands back up and looks over in anger as we see Christian with Tyson Tomko walking right towards him. Christian isn’t happy and Jericho lightens up, smiling at the pissed off Christian.

Christian:
You’re a real piece of work aren’t y’Chris? You couldn’t help but get involved could ya? F’ just once you couldn’t keep out of the spotligh. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . I’m sorry Christian but I fail to see your problem. From where I’m standing, I did you a favour last week. . . a big favour. You would never have been able to beat C-M Punk if it wasn’t f’ me, but you don’t need me to tell you that do you?

Christian: Let’s get this straight right here right now. Not once did I ask for your help and I don’t need it.

Chris Jericho: Well I beg t’ differ. However since you’re being your usual stubborn self, I’ll show you myself later on t’night, and I’ll do the same at No Mercy when I become the new World Heavyweight Champion. And since we’re on the subject of t’night, whatever it is we think of each other, we have to f’get about that and work t’gether against Punk.

Christian: Listen up Chris, I do what I want, not what you want. Yeah we might be partners t’night but I hate your guts. Make no mistake about it, I’m gonna be watchin’ you all night. You can f’get all about walkin’ out of No Mercy with the world title ‘cause the only person who’ll be leavin’ as the World Champion won’t be you. . . it’s gonna b’ me.

Christian gives Jericho the eyes, and Jericho clearly doesn’t like Christian or his confidence at all. Captain Charisma turns round and leaves with Tomko and the angry Jericho watching him go.


*Video Promo*

We’re shown a split screen of Beth Phoenix with Nikki Roxx & Michelle McCool with her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes making their way through the back with Beth versus McCool coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Number One Contender Match
Mickie James w/Matt Sydal vs. Michelle McCool w/Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes

Both divas looked up for this one with a shot at Beth Phoenix’s Diva’s Championship lying in wait for the winner at No Mercy, Mickie particularly so. The contest was competitive and fairly even when it spilled to the outside around the three minute mark after Mickie sent McCool flying over the top with a hard clothesline. She didn’t think twice about staying in the ring and slipped under the bottom rope to go after Michelle. She helped her up and fired her in to the security wall. McCool’s rookies, Alicia & Rosa were concerned for their mentor, and despite their warning from Tazz last week not to get involved, they tried to sway Mickie’s attention from Michelle to them.

They did just that by walking towards Michelle and telling Mickie to stay away. Mickie wasn’t having any of it and pushed them aside to get back at McCool, but as Michelle was helped up, she fought back at Mickie and drove her head in to the security wall. Mickie fell to the floor with Sydal looking worried on the opposite side, and McCool put the boots to Mickie, oblivious to the referee’s count, who counted to ten. McCool turned round in shock at hearing the bell and looked at the referee for answers, but she quickly went back to work on Mickie.

With the match over, Rosa & Alicia joined in the attack on Mickie, pulling her up and whipping her in to the ringpost. Sydal was pissed and immediately went to check on his girlfriend, and at the same time, Beth Phoenix and her rookie, Nikki Roxx made their way out to the arena to even it up. McCool and her girls didn’t want anything to do with her as the Diva’s Champion entered the ring with Roxx and called them in. McCool, Mendes & Fox stayed where they were, shaking their heads at Phoenix when an unhappy looking Tazz hit the stage with a microphone in hand.

Tazz: Well it kind o’ looks like we’ve got ourselves a situation here. The whole point o’ this match was t’ determine who’s gonna face Beth at No Mercy, but we don’t have a winner, leavin’ me in a bit of a pickle. Luckily I’ve got an idea. . . In just over a week at No Mercy, Beth, you’ll be defendin’ your diva’s title against both Mickie James and Michelle McCool in a triple threat match.

“13” plays as Tazz stares down at the smirking McCool as Mickie sits up on the floor with Sydal alongside her. The defiant Diva’s Champion stares right at McCool with Mickie not looking too happy either.


*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #3*
Non-Title Match
Beth Phoenix w/Nikki Roxx vs. Michelle McCool w/Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes


With these two divas going at it on Sunday at No Mercy, the third wheel in their triple threat match (Mickie James) came out to watch from the announce table. She watched on as The Glamazon let McCool see how much of an obstacle she’s going to be at No Mercy. However McCool’s rookies also showed how much of an influence they can be, coming to their mentor’s rescue on a couple of occasions. When it looked as if Beth had it in the bag, Alicia hopped up on to the apron and Rosa tried to get in the ring. Nikki Roxx made sure that didn’t happen and pulled her out, and Beth made the mistake of taking her eye off her opponent.

McCool took full advantage and drilled the Diva’s Champion as she turned round with a big boot. The Glamazon had to fight for survival, and she proved just how resilient she was, escaping with a few close calls before lifting McCool up & over when we were about to see the Faith Breaker. The fans encouraged the Diva’s Champion and she responded. McCool was well & truly on the back foot, and after kicking out of a sidewalk slam, she looked in desperate trouble. Beth was hell bent on putting her away, and it looked as if she would, only Alicia & Rosa tried to help their mentor out again. It wasn’t just Roxx that had seen enough.

Mickie stood up at the announce table and threw down her headset to help fight off Alicia & Rosa. McCool wasn’t happy at seeing her rookies being taken care of as she sat up. Taking her mind off Beth, she effectively beat herself. She quickly realised she was in trouble as Beth approached behind her and grabbed her for the Grand Slam, hitting it to secure an important victory going in to No Mercy in two days. There were some awkward looks between Beth & Mickie after the match as The Glamazon held her title tightly with Roxx joining her in the ring and congratulating her on the win. McCool and her rookies sat up looking very angry with the Diva’s Champion standing there looking very comfortable indeed.

Winner: Beth Phoenix by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


Josh Matthews is standing by at the interview set.

Josh Matthews:
Joining me at this time with his rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez is the World Heavyweight Champion, C-M Punk.

Boos can be heard coming from the arena as the cameraman zooms out, and there stand the serious duo of CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.

Josh Matthews:
Two nights from now Punk you’ll be defending the world title in a triple threat match against Christian and Chris Jericho, who you’ll meet t’night in tag team action in what will be our main event. In last week’s main event, you were defeated by Christian thanks in a large part to Jerich. . .

CM Punk: . . . In a large part? No Josh, there were no parts involved. It was all down to Jericho. There’s no doubting that. It was there for all t’ see. There’s no way in the world I’d lose to someone like Christian without him getting a huge helping hand or a slice of luck. Jericho likes to act the smart guy and he thought he knew what he was doing, but he’ll regret it t’night. See the advantage I have is I have a partner I can rely on, someone I can trust. Alberto here is the real deal, and he’s still got a point t’ prove after Tazz left him out of No Mercy when he has as just as much right t’ be there as Jericho and Christian. But you know what? Like we said, his time will come, unlike my opponents this Sunday. They can talk up their chances all they want, it doesn’t mean they’re going to take this title from me because they can’t and more importantly Josh, they won’t. If they don’t see that, they will once we’re done t’night when I get my arm raised in victory, just as I will in two nights at No Mercy. . . This title is mine and it’s staying that way.

Punk stares defiantly in to the camera with Del Rio-Ramirez nodding at the side of him before it fades out.


*Video Promo*

The laid back duo of M.V.P. & Ron Killings are making their way through the back with Killings carrying the red, white & blue as he gets ready to take on Dolph Ziggler when we come back!


*Commercial Break*


“I’M COMIN’. . . No one can stop me, no one can hold me. . .”

M.V.P. & Ron Killings
hit the stage to a big pop with M.V.P. flying out to pose for the fans, throwing both his arms up in the air. Killings follows him out and waves old glory before they head down the ramp all smiles and enter the ring. Killings continues to wave the flag as his buddy & partner goes over to the apron and asks for a microphone. He gets it and goes back to join Killings in the middle of the ring, still smiling as his music grinds to a halt. M.V.P. tilts the microphone over towards The Truth, and Killings leans forward.

Ron Killings:
PORTLAND, WHAT’S UP?

*Big Pop*

M.V.P.: Yeah it looks like we ain’t the only ones poppin’ here t’night.

*More Cheers*

M.V.P.: We might be all chilled out right now, but Sund’y’s a diff’rent story. For the first time ever, the both of us are gonna be in a flag match, representin’ the u-s-of-a, fightin’ f’ old glory against a bunch of hypocritical jackasses who are just dyin’ f’ a the ass kickin’ of a lifetime.

*Heat*

M.V.P.: Yeah Wade, I’m talkin’ bout you. You an’ y’buddy ‘ave done nothin’ but run your mouths from day one, an’ at No Mercy we’re gonna shut ‘em, an’ let me tell ya, we’re gonna love ev’ry second of it.

*Pop*

M.V.P.: In fact I ain’t looked forward t’ somethin’ so much f’ a long time. I can’t wait t’ get my hands on the both o’ ya an’ beat the livin’ crap out o’ ya.

*Big Pop*

M.V.P.: We’ve had a long time to imagine all the things we could do t’ ya, an’ in just two nights we’re gonna that chance, an’ if you think f’ a second we’re gonna let that pass us by, f’get it. This is somethin’ we’ve waited for f’ a long, long time. It might not be all that long to a lot o’ people, but to us, we’re ready. We’re more ready than you could ever believe. We’ve taken all the crap, ev’ry last insult an’ Sund’y night it’s all gonna come back in y’face, an’ that’s a promise.

*Pop*

M.V.P. takes a back seat and hands the microphone over to the ultra pumped Killings, still holding the American flag.

Ron Killings:
EMPIRE, get a close look at this, ‘cause in just two nights, we’re gonna get this flag, win our match an’ cover y’asses with it. An’ that. . . that’s the truth, the whole truth an’ nothin’ but the truth.

*More Cheers*

“I am perfection. . .”

A chorus of boos & jeers meet Dolph Ziggler as he walks out to the stage, not looking to be in a particularly good mood this evening, two days away from his match with Elijah Burke. M.V.P. leaves the ring and takes ownership of the red, white & blue as Killings pulls his shirt off and prepares for battle. As Ziggler gets closer to the ring, the camera switches to a shot behind Ziggler that lets us see Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre jump the security wall at the side of M.V.P. He doesn’t have a clue and is quickly thrown in to the steel steps, and the thud catches Killings’ attention. He’s livid and rightly so. His partner is in a bad way on the floor, and the Brits roll inside the ring with Ziggler putting the brakes on.

Ziggler laughs as he watches Killings charge right at them, stomping over Barrett as he tries to get up. He can’t and the furious Killings puts the boots to him, but McIntyre quickly puts a stop to that, clubbing away at Killings. The Scot grabs him by the arm and fires him in to the ropes, but Killings holds on. McIntyre wastes no time and runs at him, right in to a raised boot. The crowd cheer as McIntyre is sent staggering away from the ropes, and as he turns round, Killings flies at him and connects with a spinning wheel kick. The fans are going mad, and Killings tries to get up in a hurry, fired up to the max, but Barrett is up and he spins him round to lift him up on to his shoulders.

Killings tries to wriggle away desperately to safety but he can’t escape the Wasteland. A ton of boos ring out as the very serious Englishman glares down at him with Katie Lee walking down the ramp waving the Union Jack. Ziggler turns round smiling and heads past her. Katie climbs up the steps and enters the ring as McIntyre picks himself back up with the groggy M.V.P. sitting up on the floor. Barrett walks over to the apron and demands a microphone with M.V.P. glaring at him with nothing but contempt. Barrett gets the microphone and continues to look down at M.V.P.

Wade Barrett:
You’re not laughing now are you Porter? Let me tell you, you won’t be on Sunday either, because the only flag you’ll see is that one right there (pointing to Katie Lee with the Union Jack).

*Heat*

Wade Barrett: We’ve made it our mission from the moment we first stepped inside this ring to make an example out of you and this disgrace of a country, and at No Mercy that’s exactly what we’re going t’ do. And the best thing about all this is Porter is there’s not a damn thing you or anyone from this repulsive country of yours can do t’ stop us.

“On a Mission” plays to a barrage of boos with the serious looking Barrett staring down and nodding at the irate M.V.P. while the also serious McIntyre looks on as Katie waves the Union Jack with Killings squirming in the ring.


*Cut Backstage*


A very smug Dolph Ziggler is making his return to the back and he’s stopped by Josh Matthews and his microphone. Ziggler seems quite happy to stop and listen to Josh.

Josh Matthews:
Dolph, moments ago you were scheduled to compete against Ron Killings, however as we just saw that didn’t take place. You will however be in action against Elijah Burke two nights from now at No Mercy, and if you win that match you will be able to take his girlfriend Layla ou. . .

Dolph Ziggler: . . . Oh yes I will. It’s been a long time coming my friend, but now it’s just around the corner. She can play all the games she wants, the whole world knows she wants a bit of Dolph Ziggler, and who can blame her? Trust me, she’ll be just as pleased as I will be when I beat that loser boyfriend of hers, and I’ve gotta say Josh, up until last week, f’ me this has been about one thing, and that’s Layla. Last week though, that loser put his hands on me f’ no reason. Now I can’t wait t’ return the favour, and I will. Then that beautiful girlfriend of his who he doesn’t deserve will be with someone who does deserve her. . . Dolph Zig. . .

Something seems to get Ziggler’s attention over Josh’s shoulder, and off he goes in a hurry losing the smile. The camera quickly follows him as we see him jump Elijah Burke, knocking him down to his knees. Layla’s with him and tries to stop the attack, but Ziggler doesn’t stop the attack and pulls Burke up, then sends him crashing in to the wall. Burke slides down the wall and to the floor, and Layla loses it. She gets in Ziggler’s face and pushes him back.

Layla:
GET AWAY FROM ME!

Ziggler smiles at her.

Dolph Ziggler:
You don’t mean that.

He touches her cheek and gets a firm slap for his troubles from the livid Layla. Ziggler looks stunned as Layla kneels down and checks on her squirming boyfriend. Dolph grazes his cheek and stares down at her, but she’s not paying him any attention.

Dolph Ziggler:
You’ll come round. You’ve got no choice.

Still holding his cheek, he walks up the hall past the furious Layla as the dazed Burke sits up, not looking happy at all, looking off in Ziggler’s direction.


*Video Promo*

The Canadian duo of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine, the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team titles this Sunday at No Mercy are making their way through the back in their ring gear. Action could well be on the cards after for them when we return!


*Commercial Break*


Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
make their way out in to the arena with their music playing, and they’re greeted by some heat from the Portland crowd. The boos don’t bother the Canadians as they smirk their way down the ramp.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Tag Team Turmoil
Non-Title Match
The UK Pack w/TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart vs. Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield

Smith was more intense than he’s ever been and had Devine on the ropes. Williams knew it after his partner fell victim to a delayed vertical suplex. He hit the ring but quickly got tossed out by Smith, landing in front of TJ & Natalya. Devine tried to claw his way back up with the intense Smith urging him up to his feet. Just as Devine made it up, so did Petey on the outside, and he wasn’t happy to see TJ there. Smith scooped Devine up on to his shoulder for the running powerslam, but as he turned round, he saw Petey & TJ shoving each other, and he let go of Devine to walk over to the apron.

Burchill jumped down to the floor and backed TJ up, and with everyone ignoring Devine, the Canadian sneaked up behind Smith and rolled him up, holding on to his tights to pick up a big victory heading in to No Mercy when he & Petey challenge Smith & Burchill for the WWE Tag Team titles. Devine quickly slipped out of the ring with Smith sitting up fuming. Petey made his way over to the foot of the ramp to join his partner, and they revelled in their victory, winding the champions up big time. Smith & TJ were seething, and Burchill wasn’t happy either as number one contenders to their titles laughed back at them to heat from the crowd.


*Cut to the Arena*


Williams & Devine are in the ring with Williams holding a microphone as their music cuts.

Petey Williams:
Last week we all saw the big return to Smackdown of John Cena. . .

*Big Pop*

Petey Williams: Alright get over it. . . What I was going t’ say before I was rudely interrupted was that John Cena talked about some of the up and coming stars here on Smackdown, but it seems that he’s got his wires crossed. Just like a lot of you idiots, he thinks The U-K Pack are some kind of unstoppable team. What you an’ Cena fail t’ see is that we’ve got their number, and that this Sunday at No Mercy, this incredible title reign of theirs is coming to an end.

*Heat*

Petey Williams: What, you don’t believe me? Take a look back t’ last week and I think you’ll see that we beat them yet again. It wasn’t just them. There were two more teams, proving that we’re without a shadow of a doubt the best team on Smackdown.

*More Heat*

Petey Williams: Ignore it all you want, come Sunday we will be the new W-W-E Tag Team Champions whether you like it or not.

*Major Heat*

Petey Williams: But hey, Sunday’s two nights away. We’ve still got t’night t’ worry about, so what we thought we’d do is give the so called great champions an offer they can’t refuse. So at this time, I’d like to ask Harry Smith and Paul Burchill. . . oh and those two tag alongs to come out here and listen to what we have t’ say.

They don’t have to wait too long, and after a few seconds, “Britannia” plays and the WWE Tag Team Champions, The UK Pack (Harry Smith & Paul Burchill) with TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart walk out to the stage to a big pop. Not surprisingly, they seem suspicious of their rivals, and we can see Smith has a microphone as they wander down the ramp and in to the ring. The music cuts and frees them to speak.

Harry Smith:
Alright, what is you want us t’ hear?

Petey Williams: Well first off, there’s no need to be so rude. Although it must be hard knowing you won’t have those titles much longer. . . Sorry I digress.

The English & Canadian combination isn’t amused by the cocky Williams’ comments.

Petey Williams:
Well it’s real simple. See we know how much that little pipsqueak right there’s wanted to get in the ring with us, and we thought of a great idea. . . What we have in mind is a six man tag team match right here t’night. Right now in fact? What ‘ave you got t’ say about that?

TJ looks well up for it, but Smith & Burchill seem a bit confused still.

Harry Smith:
A six man tag match?

Petey Williams: That’s right?

Harry Smith: Six men?

Petey Williams: That’s what I said.

Harry Smith: Well pardon me for being a bit lost, but from where I’m standing, there’s only five men here right now.

Petey Williams: Don’t you worry about that. We’ve got a friend of ours back there ready t’ go if you are.

Smith turns and looks back at TJ, not Burchill, and TJ nods at him.

Harry Smith:
Alright you’re on.

Burchill questions his partner, and Smith just plays it down as they back up in to their corner.

“Metalingus”

An absolute ton of heat breaks out inside the arena as ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge runs out to the stage with smoke drifting across it. The UK Pack, Wilson & Natalya look shocked as Williams & Devine laugh between themselves as the fired up Edge walks down the ramp with purpose in to the ring, passing the tag champs & Wilson with Natalya leaving it. William & Devine smile & nod at Edge as he steps on the bottom rope and poses for the jeering crowd. Burchill has another word with Smith, not looking all that happy about the situation they’ve found themselves in, but again Smith plays it down as Edge joins his partners and shares a few laughs.



*Match #4*
The UK Pack & TJ Wilson w/Natalya Neidhart vs. Edge, Petey Williams & Johnny Devine


Smith & Wilson in particular were taking this very seriously, and the Canadian duo of Williams & Devine were given a stark reminder of why the tag team champions have held the titles for the last ten months. Edge and his experience did help them out a great deal though, and after a blind tag by The Rated-R Superstar, Wilson found himself flat on his back courtesy of a spinning wheel kick. Wilson did kick out at two but he quickly wished he hadn’t as the very focused Edge dragged him right back up and fired him in to the ropes. The rookie came charging back right in to a flapjack that sent his face crashing in to the canvas. This time he only just managed to get his shoulder up, and The Rated-R Superstar continued to punish him, but there was still enough fight left in the young Canadian.

With The Rated-R Superstar sizing him up for the spear, things looked bleak for Smith’s rookie as he unwittingly picked himself back up. Drowsy and not seeming to know where he was, Smith turned round to see Edge charging at him for the spear. Wilson reacted quickly to jump up and leapfrog Edge, who ran in to the pads to a big pop. Wilson got his breath back as Edge got back up to his feet in the corner, and Wilson took his opportunity to follow in, kick him in the gut and drill him with a tornado DDT to a big pop. He desperately threw himself on top of Edge to make the cover but was left devastated when Edge only just got his shoulder up off the mat. Smith was desperate for a tag, and he got it. He went right after Edge, and after a delayed vertical suplex, he was hoping to seal the deal with a running powerslam.

The fans were hoping & praying he could do it, but he couldn’t with Edge slipping down to safety as the last second and pushing Smith forward in to the pads. The British Canadian stumbled in to them and staggered back out of the corner with Edge taking full advantage, catching him with the Edge-O-Matic. Smith denied Edge by kicking out, and The Rated-R Superstar sent Petey in to action, tagging him in. Petey was fired up, intent on finishing Smith off. He raced in to the ring and dragged Smith in to the centre, then applied a single leg lock, working on Harry’s right leg. Burchill & Wilson got the crowd to get behind Smith, and the encouragement worked. He managed to break the hold and get back up to his feet before reversing an irish whip. Williams hit the ropes and held on to them with pure desperation, pissing Smith off so much he charged right at his opponent.

Petey reacted quickly to lift his boot up in to Smith’s face, sending him staggering away from the ropes. Williams flew in to action and ran out to take Smith down with a swinging neckbreaker. It wasn’t enough to get the job done as Smith got his shoulder up at two. Petey was fuming and urged Smith to get back up, and when he did Petey kicked him in the gut and set him up for the Canadian Destroyer. It came as no surprise that Smith countered with a back body drop. It brought both Burchill & Devine in to the ring, and Burchill quickly gained the upper hand. He had Devine in serious trouble, and after coming close with a two count thanks to a rolling fireman’s carry, he was getting ready to finish Devine off with the C4. Chaos ensued when Petey entered the ring, bringing Wilson in, and they both ended up on the outside after a clothesline from Wilson sent them both flying over the top rope.

Edge looked to use the distraction to his team’s advantage, entering the ring and stalking Burchill for a spear. Fortunately Smith put pay to that and ran at Edge, but The Rated-R Superstar saw him coming and held down the top rope to send Smith out to the floor as well, causing concern for Natalya. Burchill was then able to deal with Edge, or so he thought. He ran at Edge as he turned round against the ropes, but Edge lifted his boot up in to Burchill’s face. Edge followed him out and planted him with the Edgecution. He wasn’t done there and retreated to the corner, looking mean as hell as he stalked him for the spear. Burchill wasn’t aware of what was waiting for him as he made his way up to his knees, and neither did Edge as “My Time is Now” blasted out to a massive roar. The fans jumped out of their seats as John Cena charged down the ramp gunning for Edge.

He threw his cap off before sliding in the ring to the amazement & anger of Edge, who switched gears and charged at Cena, running right in to a big clothesline that got The UK Pack & Wilson disqualified. Burchill & Devine sat up looking totally confused as Edge stood up and found himself on the end of a series of right hands from the pissed Cena, who then clotheslined him over the top to another big pop. The brawling carried on the outside as Cena tossed Edge over in to the crowd, and they battled to the back with everyone around ringside looking on in shock as Williams, Devine & Edge were announced as winners by disqualification, much to the amusement of the number one contenders, and to the annoyance of the champions & Wilson.

Winners: Edge, Petey Williams & Johnny Devine by DQ.


*Video Promo*

Ready for action, the United States Champion, Matt Sydal makes his way through the back with his girlfriend, Mickie James.


*Commercial Break*


There’s chaos in the back with John Cena & Edge being pulled apart by officials & agents, both desperate to get at each other when an angry Tazz arrives on the scene.

Tazz:
HEY, BREAK IT UP.

Tazz shows some guts and gets right in between them with Cena & Edge slowly easing up but still glaring intensely at each other while the officials & agents take a walk.

Tazz:
Look, I don’t care what problems you guys had in the past, I ain’t lettin’ you run riot round here, y’got that?

Edge: What? This ain’t got anythin’ t’ do with what’s happened in the past. This is about the here an’ now. . . If it ain’t bad enough that Christian’s got a shot at the world title, I come back t’ him takin’ over. That’s even worse and I’m not gonna stand f’ it boss. Do whatever it is you want, I don’t care. I’m not gonna stop ‘til he’s back on Raw or out of here f’ good.

Tazz: Yeah? Well he ain’t goin’ anywhere. Deal with it.

Cena stares back at Edge, and the tension could spill over all again with Tazz somehow keeping them apart.

John Cena:
You heard what he said. Deal with it. I ain’t goin’ anywhere. You wanna try an’ change that? You know what I say Edge. . . You want some? Come get some.

Edge glares at Cena, almost salivating. He sees sense though and realises he’s fighting a losing battle tonight.

Edge:
I’ll come get some alright, on my terms and I will get you off o’ this show. Believe it Cena. I’m gonna make sure of it.

Edge turns around and walks off with Cena & Tazz watching him go, and then Tazz turns to Cena.

Tazz: Remind me why I brought you here.

Cena cracks a smile and puts his hand on Tazz’s shoulder as the camera cuts away.


*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #5*
Non-Title Match
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James vs. Kid Kash w/Jamie Noble


The United States Champion was put through his paces by the impressive Kid Kash as he looked to go in to his title defence against Shelton Benjamin at No Mercy on a high, and The Gold Standard came out to get a closer look at his rival. He watched from the top of the stage looking very serious indeed, and there was a ladder placed halfway down the ramp to remind everyone of their vital clash in two nights. He certainly had a good workout and was put to the test by one of The Pitbulls.

Jamie Noble was there to support his partner, and Mickie at times was looking worried for her actual partner. Kash made a definite impression on the King of the Ring, but Sydal’s spirit shone through. He clung on to survival by lifting his knees up in to Kash’s stomach when his opponent went looking for a double jump moonsault. The tide was turning and Benjamin watched closely as Mickie showed some support & encouragement for her boyfriend. Sydal came out fighting and put Kash on his backside with a snapmare, ran through in to the ropes and connected with a sit down dropkick to the face.

Noble felt the pain of that one, but Sydal wasn’t done there. The resilient Kash showed how tough he can be by fighting through the pain. He might have wished he hadn’t as he quickly found himself on the end of a diving leg lariat and then a feint enzuigiri in to a headscissors takedown. That wasn’t it as Kash kept on going, looking shaky as he got up and turned in to a Cyclorama, a belly to belly moonsault slam. Kash’s fight saw him survive again, just getting his shoulder up at two.

There was another twist in the tail as Sydal went up top, seemingly for the Shooting Star Press. Kash made it up to his knees and dived in to the ropes, putting Sydal in to a sitting position. Noble enjoyed that, and Kash was focused on the job in hand. He climbed up to the second rope and set the United States Champion up for a suplex, but Sydal fought back and pushed Kash down off the ropes and to the mat below. The crowd were cheering as Sydal steadied himself on the top rope and then connected with the Shooting Star Press to earn a hard fought victory, much to the fans’ and Mickie’s delight.

Noble was disappointed for his partner, who rolled out to the floor while Mickie joined her boyfriend in the ring to congratulate him with a hug and a kiss. Shelton looked down, still very serious and simply nodded at him before leaving for the back with Sydal not completely sure how to react to that. He then posed for his cheering fans and left the ring, walking to the ladder and taking a close look at it before turning back and raising his title up in to the air to another big pop.

Winner: Matt Sydal by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk and his rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez are shown walking through the hallway, and they’re both looking ready to go, and the shot switches to Chris Jericho and then Christian with Tyson Tomko, both making their way through the back, headed to the ring for the main event coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*



>9 Days!<

Michael Cole: Well folks, we’re less than forty-eight hours away from No Mercy, and Matt, what a show it’s going to be.

Matt Striker: I couldn’t agree more Michael. There’s so much t’ look forward to.


Michael Cole: Well one of the matches I sure can’t wait t’ see is this one between the old guard and the new school when Shawn Michaels and Jack Swagger lock horns, and we learned earlier on t’night that The Miz will no longer be a factor as Tazz has made it clear he won’t be allowed t’ be in The All-American American’s corner.

Matt Striker: And that Michael will allow ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels to focus firmly on Jack Swagger and his match instead of having to worry about The Miz. Because of that I think we’ll see a far more relaxed Heartbreak Kid at No Mercy, and that certainly isn’t good news for The All-American American.

Michael Cole: Jack Swagger has been hell bent on making an impression at Michaels’ expense and he’ll finally get his chance t’ back up his strong words when he steps inside the squared circle with one of the greatest the business has ever seen. Only he’ll have to do it all alone.


Michael Cole: Earlier on this evening we saw Chris Masters controversially come out on top in his match with Charlie Haas, and the former tag team partners will meet again Sunday night, each with new partners, and Matt, after what happened t’night, how much of a confidence boost will that win give The Masterpice and his rookie Ryan Sheffield.

Matt Striker: Undoubtedly it will give them a significant boost in confidence, but you have to remember that one win doesn’t mean a thing. Sunday is a blank sheet and they’ll be up against two of the most determined and technically gifted superstars on the Smackdown roster. Personally I’m very excited to see how this contest pans out as I firmly believe that both of these teams may well have a bright future here on Smackdown.


Michael Cole: Well one team who have made quite the impression as of late will get the chance to become the new W-W-E Tag Team Champions when they take on the team that has dominated Smackdown for the last year in The U-K Pack.

Matt Striker: Well Michael, there’s no doubting the run Harry Smith and Paul Burchill have been on this year. At times they’ve looked unstoppable, until recently. I’m convinced not many people are giving Petey Williams and Johnny Devine a chance of leaving No Mercy as the new tag team champions. You have t’ remember that they have continuously upset the champions, and from what I’ve seen over recent weeks, it wouldn’t be the surprise many think it would be if they were to defeat The U-K Pack, who you have t’ say haven’t looked the same since they first stepped in the ring with the men they’ll meet in forty-eight short hours.


Michael Cole: It’s very rare you see so many tag teams on one card, but Sunday night we will see three separate very personal encounters, and you could make a case for this one being the most personal in what will be no ordinary match but a flag match.

Matt Striker: Without a shadow of doubt the rivalry and pure hatred between these two teams is on a completely diff’rent level. The Empire have made it their mission to single out M-V-P and Ron Killings, labelling them and the United States of America as bad role models to the rest of the world. They’re the first guys to admit they’ve made mistakes, and maybe Sunday night, The Empire will see they made a mistake in calling them out.


Michael Cole: These three divas won’t be fighting it out for a flag. Instead they’ll be battling it out for the W-W-E Diva’s Championship, the title that Mickie James and Michelle McCool think they were screwed out of by each other that Beth Phoenix went on to win at The Great American Bash almost three months ago.

Matt Striker: Has it really been three months? It sure doesn’t feel like it. All I know is that all three of these divas desperately want to leave No Mercy with the diva’s title, but I have t’ say Michael that as dominant as The Glamazon may be, she doesn’t have to be involved in the fall to lose the title. That’s the beauty of a triple threat match. Anything can and may happen.


Michael Cole: We’ll see titles an’ pride up for grabs, but here we have a woman as the prize when Elijah Burke will attempt to defend his girlfriend’s honour against the sleazeball that is Dolph Ziggler.

Matt Striker: Dolph Ziggler may be many a thing Michael, however you could call him very intelligent in going about this in the way he has. He played on Burke’s anger to find a way to getting what he’s wanted for a long time. . . Layla. It’s clear that she doesn’t want anything to do with Ziggler, but she may not have a say in the matter as Ziggler pointed out earlier t’night.


Michael Cole: After months an’ months of this bitter rivalry, it will all come down t’ this when Matt Sydal, the King of the Ring defends the United States Championship against the former champion Shelton Benjamin in a ladder match.

Matt Striker: I f’ one have been very surprised by the change in Shelton’s mindset in the last few weeks. He’s become far calmer and composed, and as he has said, he has a tremendous track record in ladder matches where this will be Sydal’s first. This may well be the night when The Gold Standard finally defeats his arch nemesis, and you have to wonder what the future holds for him if he fails yet again, which he simply can’t afford t’ do.


Michael Cole: And folks, this is what it all boils down to, the triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship that will see Christian and Chris Jericho challenge ‘The Straight-Edge Superstar’ C-M Punk.

Matt Striker: Moments ago I said anything can happen in a triple threat match, and this isn’t any diff’rent. When C-M Punk says he hasn’t been shown the respect he deserves as World Champion, he’s right. However he has it all t’ do at No Mercy. He’s come through a scramble match where both Christian and Jericho were amongst his challengers. Then at SummerSlam he defeated Shawn Michaels to retain his title. . . As we’ll see in just a matter of moments, both challengers are extremely hungry and crave the title of World Champion. It promises to be an intriguing contest and an incredible night all round.


*Cut to the Arena*


*The Main Event*
Christian & Chris Jericho w/Tyson Tomko vs. CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez


Somehow Christian & Jericho were able to coexist for the large part of the match, very much to the surprise & frustration of the World Heavyweight Champion. Christian was hell bent on making a statement going in to the triple threat match at No Mercy, and he proved that he is going to be a real threat when they meet for the world title. He had Punk reeling early on, sending him flying across the mat with a monkey flip before heading up to the second rope and then nailing him with a diving european uppercut. Captain Charisma wasn’t done there and caught The Straight-Edge Superstar with a fireman’s carry gutbuster. Punk was rolling around on the mat clutching his stomach, giving the Canadian hope he had a chance to end it right there. He couldn’t and Punk kicked out, and moments later Punk turned the screw.

He was able to slip away from Christian’s clutches and an inverted facelock backbreaker. Christian turned round as quickly as he could, and Punk wrenched his arm before stepping over in to a mule kick. The World Champion brought his rookie in to the ring, and Del Rio-Ramirez made a strong impression on Captain Charisma. Even when it looked like Christian had turned the tables after a springboard sunset flip, the Mexican reacted first when they made it up to their feet to level Christian with an enzuigiri. His mentor was very impressed, but Jericho wasn’t. He watched on stone faced from the apron as Del Rio-Ramirez took his partner to the limit after the resilient Christian got his shoulder up at the count of two to hang on in. He continued to defy the Mexican despite being on the wrong end of a gutwrench suplex and a german suplex.

Del Rio-Ramirez was getting more & more frustrated the more Christian hung on, and after ducking a super kick, the Canadian drilled his opponent’s head in to the canvas with a snap one arm DDT to a big pop. Both men were down for a while before they were able to tag in their respective partners. Jericho & Punk went back & forth, testing each other greatly with No Mercy just 48 hours away. As we got in to the closing stages, Punk & Del Rio-Ramirez had gained the upper hand on their opponents. It was the Mexican that found himself on the brink of a huge victory, only Jericho had other plans and dodged an attempt for the deadly rolling cross armbar to take him down with a double underhook backbreaker. Jericho spent the next few minutes trying to defeat the brave Mexican, hitting a one arm bulldog and the lionsault before locking in the Walls of Jericho.

With loud vocal encouragement from his mentor, Del Rio-Ramirez was able to make it to the ropes, severely angering Jericho. He stood up and tried to pull Del Rio-Ramirez away from the ropes, but the Mexican held firm and wouldn’t budge. Jericho had enough and let the hold go before dragging his opponent up. He whipped him in to the ropes and ducked his head, which proved to be a mistake as the courageous so called rookie kicked him square in the head. Jericho’s head snapped up and Del Rio-Ramirez took him down with a jawbreaker. It wasn’t enough to get the win and Punk wanted in. He tried to finish the job and was on the verge, or so it seemed until Jericho ducked a shining wizard and sprung up catching with a Codebreaker out of nowhere. He wasn’t able to take advantage and eventually crawled across the mat to tag in Christian, who flew in to the ring as the struggling Punk made it back up.

Christian caught him with a couple of clotheslines followed by a dropkick, and he then hit the dizzy heights of the top ropes to take Punk down again with a diving crossbody. Punk escaped at two, but Christian came back at him like a steam train. Captain Charisma connected with an inverted facelock backbreaker within a split second of them making it back up, and he headed up to the top rope again. This time he took his time with Punk lying motionless on the canvas and Del Rio-Ramirez looking concerned in his partner’s corner. He had every right to be concerned as Christian flew through the air and hit a frog splash to a huge pop. The fans thought it was all over, and it would’ve been had Punk not got his shoulder up just when it looked like it was all over. It wasn’t, but Christian quickly shrugged off the initial disappointment as he stood up and stalked Punk for the Killswitch Engage. The fans were cheering & urging him on, but Jericho looked a bit envious. He reached out across the rope and slapped his partner’s back, which was acknowledged as a tag by the referee.

Christian turned round and was fuming as Jericho entered the ring, blanking him with his eyes locked on Punk. Christian spun him round and got right in his face. Jericho tried to make his point but Christian wasn’t having it, angering Jericho in a big way as Punk sat up. Jericho saw red and swung at Christian, but Captain Charisma blocked it and countered with the Killswitch. The fans were cheering, but not for long as Punk stood up and nailed him with a roundhouse kick that sent Christian rolling towards the apron. The Straight-Edge Superstar soaked up the boos and dragged the helpless Jericho up off the mat and on to his shoulders, then smirking and taking great pleasure in the moment, he brought Jericho’s head down on to his knees for the Go To Sleep.

Still smirking, Punk dropped to his knees and made the cover, picking up a huge confidence boosting victory going in to No Mercy Sunday night. He stood up to a ton of heat as “This Fire Burns” played. Del Rio-Ramirez entered the ring and congratulated his mentor with the ref then handing Punk his world title. He raised it up in to the air defiantly with a big smile on his face with Christian & Jericho lifting their heads up behind him looking very groggy. Punk then left the ring with his also smug rookie, and then turned round as he got to the stage, raising his title again with the dazed challengers sitting up and looking up at him. Both Christian & Jericho glared up at him with contempt, amusing the World Champion as Smackdown came to a close.

Winners: CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez by pinfall.


*Credits*


>Quick Results<

Chris Masters
df. Charlie Haas
Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero
df. J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu
Beth Phoenix
DCO. Michelle McCool
Edge, Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
df. The UK Pack & TJ Wilson
Matt Sydal
df. Kid Kash
CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez
df. Christian & Chris Jericho

>Superstars Tapings<
Elijah Burke
df. Brian Kendrick


>Confirmed for No Mercy<

Date:
Sunday October 5th 2008 (This Sunday)
Venue: Wachovia Center
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

World Heavyweight Championship
Christian vs. CM Punk © vs. Chris Jericho

WWE United States Championship
Ladder Match
Matt Sydal © vs. Shelton Benjamin

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack © vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

WWE Diva’s Championship
Beth Phoenix © vs. Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool

Flag Match
M.V.P. & Ron Killings vs. The Empire

Plus

Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger

Elijah Burke vs. Dolph Ziggler
If Ziggler wins, he gets a date with Layla
If he loses, he must stay away from her


Charlie Haas & Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield


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>The Dead Man Cometh!<



Going in to Smackdown earlier this evening, we were awaiting confirmation that The Undertaker had indeed left Friday nights for Raw, and we didn’t have to wait long to find out The Dead Man will be going to Raw.

We saw The Undertaker catch Ted DiBiase by surprise last week on Raw, and it seems that could well be the future for both The Dead Man & DiBiase. Michael Cole wasted no time in confirming that The Undertaker will now be seen exclusively on Monday nights, starting this coming week, 24 hours after No Mercy. The Undertaker won’t have any role tomorrow night when the stars of Smackdown come to you live on pay-per-view, but what role will he be playing on Raw as we head towards Survivor Series?



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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

It feels like a long time ago now that I posted in the advertisement thread that I’d be bringing the thread back with No Mercy. I didn’t really get in to the new thread and missed this one so I’ve come back to it. I’m excited to get back to it and have enjoyed writing (some of) the show! I had some big plans for the thread beforehand but now I’ve got some more big ideas and Survivor Series was already a show I was looking forward to with Night of Champions after it, then heading in to the Road to WrestleMania.

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No Mercy 2008The Preview
Sunday 5th October 2008
Wachovia Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania






CM Punk has reminded us of how he has managed to defy the odds in retaining his World Heavyweight Championship on numerous occasions, but this weekend we’ll see if he’ll be able to do so again when he meets two extremely determined Canadian challengers who are hell bent on taking the title from him.

Ever since claiming the title back at Judgment Day in May when he cashed in the Money in the Bank contract he won earlier in the evening, The Straight Edge Superstar’s title credentials have constantly been questioned. Despite emerging victorious at The Great American Bash in which he had to defend his title against no less than four men and then overcoming Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam, Punk has failed to silence all of his critics. He also has to contend with the knowledge of John Cena waiting in the wings for him or the eventual winner at Survivor Series in a traditional elimination match, followed by a championship match at Night of Champions if Cena can lead his team to victory.

Punk has a lot to contend with, and with two hungry challengers also fighting for the right to meet Cena, can Punk overcome the odds again? Only time will tell!




For months & months Shelton Benjamin has failed to beat Matt Sydal, and tomorrow night will mark his last chance to do so when they battle it out in a ladder match for what is now Sydal’s United States Championship.

Sydal claimed the title at SummerSlam when he once again defeated The Gold Standard having been denied victory at The Great American Bash due to a blatantly intentional disqualification from the then champion. Benjamin will look to take advantage of his rematch clause, and if he isn’t able to do what he has failed to do on every occasion he’s stepped inside the squared circle with his bitter rival, he won’t get another chance at regaining the title as long as the King of the Ring is champion. It was back in June that Sydal defeated Benjamin to become the King of the Ring, leading to Shelton’s obsession with getting even, something which he has failed to ever since.

There’s only one question that needs to be answered and we’ll find out tomorrow night if Benjamin can indeed beat Matt Sydal? Can he finally do it or will he be left frustrated once again?




The UK Pack have arguably been the most dominant champions in the WWE over the past year, but recently they’ve found themselves having some difficulty with the Canadian duo of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine, and in just over 24 hours they will have to defend the titles they’ve held for almost 10 months against the confident duo.

Williams & Devine have been able to rattle Harry Smith & Paul Burchill as of late with several controversial victories at the expense of the champions and one more tomorrow night will see them become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. It does seem that they have gotten under the skin of the champions, especially Smith having targeted his rookie and long term friend, TJ Wilson. It’s a clever strategy from the challengers, but will they be able to follow it through and complete the job and defeat the Englishmen? Tune in tomorrow night to find out!




Like CM Punk, Beth Phoenix will have to defend her title against two challengers, and they too have been desperate to be champion for a long time.

Mickie James & Michelle McCool were close friends up until Tazz decided to introduce the diva’s title on Smackdown, and when Mickie eliminated McCool from the series to crown the first ever Diva’s Champion, McCool exacted revenge by costing Mickie the chance to compete for the title with The Glamazon at The Great American Bash. Beth went on to defeat Mia Rain to capture the title and now finds herself in the middle of this personal rivalry between Mickie & Michelle, and like McCool, The Glamazon has been assigned a rookie to mentor in Nikki Roxx. McCool even felt the need to assign herself a second rookie since she has so much to offer.

With having so much to offer, can McCool prove herself to her rookies by becoming the new Diva’s Champion? You can guarantee that both Mickie & Beth will do everything they can to ensure that doesn’t happen!




Shawn Michaels was once a young, arrogant, brash superstar like Jack Swagger, however tomorrow night his mission is to put the loud mouth in his place.

‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger has been impressive since debuting earlier this year on Smackdown, coming out on top somewhat against the odds in a Best of 5 Series against Bobby Lashley. That has however only increased the size of his ego, much to the annoyance of The Heartbreak Kid. If that wasn’t enough for Michaels, he has also had to deal with a second superstar who makes Swagger look shy. When The Miz displayed no human decency on Raw in regard to Matt Cappotelli last month, Michaels felt the need to step in, something that the Raw superstar has never been able to forget. Up until last night, Mr. Hollywood was intending to be in Swagger’s corner at No Mercu, however Tazz made sure The Miz knew he wasn’t welcome.

Will that stop him showing up? Whether he does or doesn’t, will Swagger be able to shock us all and justify his massive ego? We certainly look forward to finding out when he meets one of the greatest the business has ever seen. Make sure you don’t miss it as we know that as far as The Miz is concerned, anything can happen.




To say tensions between these two teams are strained would be the understatement of the century, but finally tomorrow night in Philadelphia they will have the chance to resolve things once and for all.

The Empire were quick to make us clear how they felt about America upon debuting in the WWE and Ron Killings & M.V.P. especially, referring to them as the bad example that America represents to the rest of the world. Referring to their criminal past, Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre have described their rivals as a bad influence to everyone back home in the United Kingdom, blaming them for the street culture they believe has developed in their own country. Killings & M.V.P. weren’t shy in admitting their past failings and made it clear that’s exactly what they are, and it seems fitting that when these two teams battle it out tomorrow evening, it will be in a flag match in which the only way to be victorious is to retrieve their own country’s flag.

Will that be the British duo of Barrett & McIntyre fly the flag for the UK or will it be red, white & blue and old glory that shines through?




Where those two teams will be looking to claim their flag to earn themselves glory, Dolph Ziggler has his mind firmly set on claiming one of Elijah Burke’s prize possessions; his gorgeous girlfriend, Layla.

It certainly didn’t take long for Layla to catch Ziggler’s eye, understandably so, but he hasn’t been able to take his eyes or his mind off of her ever since. His pursuit of her has in no surprise angered Burke, so much so that he was left with no choice but to put his relationship at stake in order to make sure Ziggler leaves the both of them alone. It was the only way in which Ziggler would agree to leave her alone and face Burke, giving Layla a lot to worry about. On no occasion has she shown Ziggler any encouragement whatsoever and she’s all set for a very uncomfortable evening tomorrow night when she watches her boyfriend fight to ensure she won’t have to go on a date with the obsessed & creepy Ziggler.

Can Burke do his girlfriend proud or will Dolph finally get his hands on the lovely Layla? Let’s hope not for her sake!




It seems like a long time ago now that ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters savagely turned on his then partner in Charlie Haas after their failure to win the WWE Tag Team titles. Tomorrow night will finally see them go at it live on pay-per-view with new partners by their side.

When Haas did return after the beating he received at the hands of Masters, he was quick to find out that his former partner had a rookie in Ryan Sheffield to help him carry on where he left off after The Great American Bash. What The Masterpiece didn’t bank on however was that Haas would find a helping hand in Bobby Lashley. The man mountain let Masters know that he doesn’t like bullies and wasn’t about to let him punish Haas any longer, and that has indeed been the case.

With Lashley by his side, can Haas get the revenge he so deserves against The Masterpiece & Sheffield, or will Masters yet again come out on top of his former partner?

Whatever plans you have for tomorrow night, cancel them and order No Mercy as it will be a night to remember!



>Prediction Template<

World Heavyweight Championship
Christian vs. CM Punk © vs. Chris Jericho
Winner:
Method of Victory:
Who will leave with the title?
Will John Cena make an appearance during the match?

WWE United States Championship
Ladder Match
Matt Sydal © vs. Shelton Benjamin
Winner:

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack © vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
Winners:
Method of Victory:
Who will leave with the titles?

WWE Diva’s Championship
Beth Phoenix © vs. Mickie James vs. Michelle McCool
Winner:
Method of Victory:
Who will leave with the title?

Flag Match
M.V.P. & Ron Killings vs. The Empire
Winner:

Plus

Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger
Winner:
Method of Victory:
Will The Miz be present despite Tazz’s orders?

Elijah Burke vs. Dolph Ziggler
If Ziggler wins, he gets a date with Layla
If he loses, he must stay away from her

Winner:
Method of Victory:
Will Layla turn on Elijah Burke?

Charlie Haas & Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield
Winners:
Method of Victory:


>Bonus Questions<
Which match will open the show?
Which match will be the main event?
How many titles will change hands?
How many run ins will there be, if any?


>Points Split<
1st – 1bn
2nd – 500m
3rd – 250m




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