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Monday Night Raw
Monday 6th October 2008
Live from the Von Braun Center
Huntsville, Alabama





*Video Recap*
From Last Week

“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:
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:
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. . . Hunter, what I’m basically trying to say is, our marriage is over. I’m filing for divorce. . . 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. 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.

“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. 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.

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. 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?

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.

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.

***

Ted DiBiase
is 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. 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.

“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.


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. Trust me, losing the Intercontinental title will be the least of your worries.

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. . . 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.

“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.

***

Kofi Kingston vs. Ezekiel Jackson w/Ted DiBiase & Maryse

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.

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.



*Opening Video*
“Wanna Be Loved”



*Cut to the Arena*


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


Jim Ross:
Good evening ev’ryone an’ welcome to Monday Night Raw, live t’night from Huntsville Alabama. Joining me as always is Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, and King if last week was anything t’ go by, we’re in f’ quite the night t’night.

Jerry Lawler: You can say that again J-R. Just watching those clips from last week gave me goosebumps, an’ y’know what J-R? With The Undertaker here on Raw t’night, ev’ryone here might just get goosebumps too.

Jim Ross: I’m sure they will King, and even though ev’ryone’s talking about The Undertaker coming to Raw, it seems that Eric Bischoff’s huge announcement last week has been forgotten. At the Survivor Series, Batista will defend the W-W-E Championship in a triple threat match against Randy Orton and Triple H. That’s going t’ be something let me tell y’folks. T’ight we’ve also got the first of the semi finals in the tournament t’ crown new World Tag Team Champions when J-T-G an’ Homicide take on the undefeated team of Christopher Daniels an’ Kaval. I can’t wait f’ that. . .

“AWE-SOME. . . I came to, I came t’ play, there’s a price t’ pay. . .”

*Major Heat*


Here comes The Miz, not looking his usual cocky self tonight as he strolls out to the stage dressed to compete along with his rookie, Heath Slater. The rookie’s not in the best of moods either as he heads down the ramp with Mr. Hollywood to a ton of heat from the crowd. As they get in the ring, The Miz walks over to Lilian Garcia and demands the microphone from her. He gets it and stares angrily in to his not so appreciative audience.

The Miz:
After all the bravery, all the boldness I’ve shown proving just how big a star I really am to you pathetic no hopers, back there in that locker room I’m still shown nothing but disrespect.

*Heat*

The Miz glares furiously at the crowd and Slater looks appalled, so much so he grabs the stick from his mentor.

Heath Slater:
SHUT THE HELL UP AN’ SHOW THE MIZ THE RESPECT HE DESERVES.

*Tons of Heat*

The Miz nods appreciatively at his rookie and calmly takes the microphone back.

The Miz:
Thanks Heath but you have to appreciate that just like these losers in this toilet hole of a state, ev’ry single guy in that locker room is jealous of The Miz and why wouldn’t they be? However t’night I’m not here to tell you what you deny but already know. I’m here for one reason an’ one reason only, and that’s to put a stop to all this talk, all this talk running wild back there, on the net and out there with all of you losers.

*More Boos*

The Miz: Contrary to what people will have you believe, I categorically state that I The Miz did not in any circumstances whatsoever back down from a fight with Shawn Michaels last night and I damn sure am not a coward.

*Heat*

The Miz: I’ve done nothing but stand up for myself and my rookie Heath here against John Morrison, his poor buddy Matt Cappotelli and even The Heartbreak Kid. I don’t care what you say because we know the truth. I went to No Mercy last night for one simple reason, to let Shawn know I was watching him, that I have him in my sights. I didn’t go there to fight but let me make this clear for you Shawn, if you hadn’t just had a match, I’d ‘ave got in that ring and humiliated you.

*More Heat*

The Miz: Mark my words Shawn, it would’ve happened. You should be grateful I took pity on you after all you’ve done the last few weeks, however don’t think for a second you’re off the hook. I’m not done with you yet. I’m not even close. In fact I’m giving you a heads up that this Friday night I’m coming to Smackdown just for you. F’ now though we have some business to attend to, and safe in the knowledge that he isn’t here t’ get in our way again, we’re leaving here victorious t’night. Then Friday Shawn, I think I’ll have something you’ll want t’ here.

Miz & Slater stand there looking very determined with the crowd booing.

“Listen, this ain’t no make believe. . .”

Making his way out to the arena to a big pop without his friend/girlfriend, Melina, the focused John Morrison poses for the crowd to the slow-mo cam. He stares down intently at the two men he knows all too well and stands there as his music cuts.

“S-O-S, I hear ‘em callin’. . .”

A very focused looking Kofi Kingston walks out to the stage, far more serious than normal to another loud reception to join his tag team partner for the night. They give each other a quick glance before pacing down the ramp as Miz & Slater prepare for action in the ring.



*The Opening Contest*
Kofi Kingston & John Morrison vs. The Miz & Heath Slater


Kofi & Morrison were sure as hell up for this one, catching The Miz and his rookie off guard in the early going. The Jamaican Sensation was all business, giving Slater a rough ride. Thankfully for the rookie, his mentor came to his rescue, taking the chance to shove Kofi down off the top rope when the ref’s focus was on the struggling youngster. That brought Mr. Hollywood in to the action, and with a point to prove, he showed some serious aggression. Kofi came back fighting though, ducking the onrushing Miz and running through in to the ropes before connecting with a high angle reverse elbow.

It allowed him to make the tag to Morrison, and the Monday Night Delight wasted no time in taking it to his former partner and bitter rival. He came in all guns blazing and put Miz on the back foot, coming so close to picking up the victory after a super kick, but The Miz dug deep and got his shoulder up at the count of two. Morrison continued to dominate, and just as it looked like it he was going to seal the deal with Starship Pain, Mr. Hollywood came up with a roadblock, lifting his knees up as Morrison came falling down right on them, causing him great agony.

As Morrison rolled around clutching his chest, Miz was able to crawl across to tag in Slater. The rookie did a good job and almost managed to secure the victory, but Morrison wasn’t done. He came up with a much needed counter, a step up enzuigiri to bring Kofi back in to action. The Jamaican was all over Slater, but as he looked to finish the job, sizing him up for the Trouble in Paradise, The Miz stormed the ring. Morrison flew in and Miz back tracked with both Kofi & Morrison gunning for him. Miz just made it back to his corner as the ref tried to get Morrison out, allowing Slater to catch Kofi with a low blow to a ton of heat from the crowd.

Slater quickly tagged in his mentor and The Miz wasted no time in charging in to the ring and across it to knock Morrison off the apron before dragging the squirming Kofi up to plant him with the Skull Crushing Finale and earn him & Slater the victory. It looked like he enjoyed the victory to say the least, glaring emotionlessly in to the crowd, joined by his rookie as Morrison sat up on the outside. The Miz & Slater then left the ring and turned back to see Kofi sitting up with a face like thunder as his losing streak continues, banging his fists furiously in to the canvas, much to the smug satisfaction of mentor & rookie on the ramp.

Winners: The Miz & Heath Slater by pinfall.


*Video Promo*

The Independent Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff is shown walking through the back in a good mood, seemingly headed towards the ring for when we return.


*Commercial Break*


“Back in Black”

The Raw Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage looking fairly relaxed to a largely positive reception. He stops and looks in to the crowd before heading down the ramp to the ring. Still smiling, he enters the squared circle and walks all the way across the ring to ask for a microphone. Lilian Garcia hands one over to him through the ropes and he walks in to the centre of the ring, taking a look in to the stands as his music grinds to a halt.

Eric Bischoff:
Now it wasn’t so long ago, just a matter of weeks in fact that I was told I was crazy for allowing John Cena to leave Raw and return to Smackdown. Standing here t’night it goes t’ show that you should never doubt Eric Bischoff.

*Mixed*

Eric Bischoff: John Cena may be gone but t’night you’re going to see the official Raw return of The Undertaker!

*Massive Pop*

Eric Bischoff: It’s been over six long years since The Undertaker was a member of the Raw locker room but thanks t’ yours truly, the dead man is back on Raw!

*More Cheers*

Eric Bischoff: Who remembers John Cena now huh? I told you you shouldn’t worry and you were right not to. I did what I had t’ do and did what many of you thought wasn’t possible. I made Raw a whole lot better without John Cena. See that’s what I do. I make tough decisions and I make them work. Sometimes I might not like the decisions I make just like I’m sure some of you won’t, but sometimes they need t’ be made. I’ve never been afraid of making a tough decision if it’s right for the business, and as much as I didn’t want t’ do it last week I was left with no choice but to do something I really didn’t want to, and that’s make a triple threat match for the W-W-E Championship at Survivor Series between Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Believe me, the last thing I wanted t’ do was give Triple H a title shot af. . .

“PRICELESS, baby I’m priceless. . .”

An angry Ted DiBiase walks out to the stage to a deafening chorus of boos, followed by his rookie, Ezekiel Jackson & ‘The Million Dollar Woman’ Maryse. They all stop and stare down in disgust at Bischoff, especially DiBiase & Maryse. They then head down to the ring with DiBiase dressed in expensive looking jeans and a shirt. Maryse is looking as hot as ever in a smoking tight dress while Jackson is wearing just normal jeans and a T-shirt with Bischoff looking fairly amused by their presence as they enter the ring. The unimpressed DiBiase instructs his girlfriend to get him a microphone and she does just that as her boyfriend continues glaring at Bischoff. She brings him the microphone and hands it to him as his music is cut.

Ted DiBiase:
Bischoff, no one cares about you or your decision making skills. The only thing I car about right now is getting some answers.

“You Suck”

DiBiase shakes his head at the crowd but shakes it off, looking angry with Bischoff.

Ted DiBiase:
Last week you were all but laughing in my face talking about what you had in store for me, and all the talk back there isn’t about how The Miz walked out on Shawn Michaels last night, it’s about how I’m going to be facing The Undertaker at Survivor Series.

*Big Pop*

Ted DiBiase: The only problem with that Eric is that for some reason I’ve not got that message.

Bischoff looks very unapologetic, shrugging his shoulders and acting confused.

Ted DiBiase:
I’m not stupid Bischoff, we were in this ring last week and we were attacked for no reason whatsoever by The Undertaker and the whole world knows you were behind it.

Bischoff cracks a smile at him.

Eric Bischoff:
You’re right Ted I was. See as much as I loved seeing The Undertaker beat the hell out of you taking in to account what you did t’ me, it wasn’t all about retribution. It was about business too. Unlike you The Undertaker actually is a big star, arguably the greatest this business has ever seen.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: See, exactly. Bringing him to Raw is as big as anything I’ve done in my career and seeing I have you, this promising young superstar who thinks he can fill the boots of John Cena, it was an opportunity, an opportunity f’ you too. . . Now before you say another word, let me remind you that you were the one who wanted the chance t’ step up and this is that chance, so yes at the Survivor Series you will indeed be going one on one with The Undertaker.

*More Cheers*

Ted DiBiase: You. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . I think you’ll find I’m not finished. See t’night has been tagged as The Undertaker’s big return to Raw, and in some ways rightly so, and I thought what better way to mark his return than putting him in action in tonight’s main event. . . against Triple H.

*Huge Roar*

Eric Bischoff: Yeah that’s big, another big decision I’m not afraid t’ make. However Ted, you’re not going to miss out on all the fun. To make sure you’re in the best possible shape for your match at Survivor Series, which quite frankly you’ll need t’ be, you too will be in action t’night.

*Pop*

Eric Bischoff: Now I’m not sure if you remember or not but a few weeks ago I put you in a match with Batista, and just by chance that match didn’t take place, thanks in the most part to Triple H. T’night however you will be in action and there’s no way out of it this time. You will be facing Batista, but you won’t be alone. You’re going to be teaming up with your rookie there to take on the team of Batista. . . and Randy Orton.

*Big Cheer*

Eric Bischoff: I guess soon enough we’re going to find out whether you’re really up to the challenge or not.

Ted DiBiase: Is that seriously supposed t’ scare me Bischoff? Am I supposed to be worried about that? Are you expecting me to turn around and walk out the door any second? Well guess what? I’m not going anywhere. You can put me in any match you want, I don’t care. I was born f’ this business.

*Heat*

Ted DiBiase: These morons might not see it either but this is what generations of my family have done f’ decades. I’m not scared of Batista, Randy Orton, I’m not scared of you and I’m not scared of The Undertaker. I’m more than up for the challenge. I’ll show you, I’ll show them, starting t’night that I am the real deal. I just hope you’ll be watching somewhere as well as The Undertaker, then you’ll realise that you’ve got no choice but to accept that Ted DiBiase is going all the way the top whether you like it or not.

*Major Heat*

“Priceless” plays again to heat with the very serious DiBiase placing the stick down on the mat, giving Bischoff a stern look before turning round to leave the ring. Maryse & Jackson follow him, leaving a still smirking Bischoff all alone to watch as DiBiase walks back up the ramp ignoring the booing fans again.


*Video Promo*

The WWE Women’s Champion, Melina is dressed to compete and is making her way through back with the women’s title draped over her shoulder. Now we can see John Morrison, showered & changed run up her to join her, relaxing her even more as they walk through the halls together.


*Commercial Break*


“Paparazzi”

The WWE Women’s Champion, Melina walks out to the stage along with John Morrison to a large pop and Raw’s host, Leticia Cline walks towards them. Her music cuts and allows Leticia to speak to the Women’s Champion.

Leticia Cline:
Melina you’re about to defend your W-W-E Women’s Championship and I hear that you went and asked Eric Bischoff to defend your title t’night, but I have to ask if what Mia Rain said to you last week has anything to do with that.

Melina’s smile goes and she looks very serious right now.

Melina:
If you want me to be honest Leticia, yeah it does. What she said last week about me not being a fighting champion or even knowing I was a champion in the first place, it made me angry because I’ve worked so hard to be the Women’s Champion. It doesn’t matter who says it but it’s not nice. I don’t want anyone believing what she said, especially all these fans across the world and I’m going to do all I can to prove her wrong, starting t’night, then we’ll see what she has t’ say. And you never know Leticia, she may be next on my list.

Leticia Cline: Alright, well good luck t’night.

Melina smiles at her and heads down the ramp as her music starts to play. As she gets in the ring after her trademark entrance, she hands her title over to the referee and psyches herself up for the contest with Morrison clapping on the outside.

“You Can Look”

Accompanied by her twin sister, Nikki, Brie Bella struts out to the stage looking ready for action. Dressed identically, they walk down the ramp to the ring with Melina watching them every step of the way.



*Match #2*
WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) w/John Morrison vs. Brie Bella w/Nikki Bella


The Women’s Champion sure was out to impress, and one person she had to impress was Mia Rain who walked out to the stage early on in the contest and watched on from the stage. Melina was certainly aware of her presence and even upping her game, combating the swap tactics of the Bella twins. After kicking out of a single arm DDT, Brie rolled towards the apron, and with Melina’s as well as the ref’s attention locked on Rain, Nikki swapped places and rolled in to the ring after rolling her sister out.

Playing possum she allowed Melina to walk towards her before sitting up and rolling her in to a small package, but the Women’s Champion just survived. As they returned to their feet together, Melina struck first and barely a minute later she wrapped it up with the California Dream, an inverted STF to secure herself the victory and retain the title, leading to a sarcastic applause from the obviously unimpressed Rain at the top of the stage. Melina made a point of raising her title up in the air and facing Rain with Morrison joining her in the ring, but Rain just smirked and headed to the back leaving the Women’s Champion to enjoy her victory.

Winner: By pinfall, and still the WWE Women’s Champion, Melina.


*Cut Backstage*


The WWE Champion, Batista is getting ready in his locker room for his tag team match later on when Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley walks in. She’s looking far more composed than last week, still a little low key as Batista hears the door close and turns round, looking surprised to see her standing there.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
Hi.

Batista: Hey Steph, what are you doing here here?

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Actually, I’m fine. I feel a lot better now than I have in a long time. It feels like a weight’s been lifted you know and I wanted to thank you for looking out for me like you did last week. It’s nice to know that I have someone I can rely on right now, so I wanted to come by and say thank you in person.

Steph gently strokes his arm, again surprising The Animal.

Batista:
Hey don’t mention it. Of all people I know what Hun’er can be like, but y’know if he gives you anymore problems all you have t’ do is call me right?

Steph smiles and hugs an awkward looking Batista.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
You’re a big baby really aren’t you?

Steph pulls away just as Randy Orton & Darren Young walk in and they look stunned to see Batista & Steph in a compromising position.

Randy Orton:
Well I hope we’re not interrupting anything.

Batista: Oh you’d like that wouldn’t you Randy so you can go run tell Hun’er?

Randy Orton: Whoa Dave, what makes you say that? Like I said last week my big problem’s Hun’er. After ev’rything we’ve been through I think you can appreciate that. You an’ I may not see eye t’ eye Dave but my only problem with you is that you’ve got the one thing I want, the W-W-E title. My problem like yours with Hun’er runs deeper than that. We’ve both been stabbed in the back by him. You know as much a I do how much either of us have forgot about that and that’s why I’m here. Right now he’s lost it and we know what he’s capable of when he’s like this. We need t’ make sure we’ve got each other’s back, and I know that’s going t’ sound strange but you have to know it makes sense. I know you understand and I know you hate Hun’er as much as I do.

Batista: You got that right but why in the hell would I trust you huh Randy? You’re just as bad as he is and nothing you can say will make me think any diff’rent.

Randy Orton: Look Dave I get it. In your shoes I’d feel the exact same but right now you know that Triple H will do anything to get his hands on the W-W-E title whether it means putting either of us out on the shelf. . .

Batista: . . . I could say the same about you.

Randy Orton: Dave listen, I’m here telling you to your face that I want nothing more than t’ be the W-W-E Champion but I’m going to do it in the ring at Survivor Series the right way. Can you say that about Hun’er? I know I can’t. You have t’ trust me on this, and later on you’ll have no choice but t’ trust me. . .

Batista: Yeah well we’ll wait an’ see won’t we Randy but the only person I’m looking out for right now is me.

Randy Orton: From where I’m standing it looks like there’s someone else and just ask yourself Dave what Hun’er would think if he was here right now. I don’t think he’d be too happy d’ you? Think about what I’ve said Dave and I’ll see you out there.

Orton calmly turns round and leaves the room, followed by his rookie, Young.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
Is it me or has he actually got a point?

Batista: I hate t’ say it but I think you’re right, not that I like it.

Dave & Steph look at each other with Orton’s words remaining firmly with them.


*Commercial Break*


“Live for the Moment”

A big pop greets the trio of Matt Hardy, Gregory Helms & Shannon Moore as the lifelong friends from North Carolina make their way out to the stage with Moore dressed for action. Matt poses for the fans as Leticia Cline walks towards them and the music cuts.

Leticia Cline:
Next week guys you’ll be competing in the second semi final of the tag team title tournament against the winners of t’night’s match and I have to ask you how you’re feeling with that huge match in just a week’s time.

Matt Hardy: ‘ticia, us three go back a long way. They’re like my brothers. These are the moments we’ve dreamed of all the way back to the Omega days back home in North Carolina an’ you can be damn sure we’re gonna make the most of it.

Leticia extends the microphone to Helms.

Gregory Helms:
Like Matt said, we’re like family. We’ve known each other practically our entire lives, an’ the chance t’ be World Tag Team Champions is what we got in this business for. I can’t speak f’ Matt but next week’s gonna be the biggest match I’ve been in f’ a long, long time, an’ after what I’ve been through the last year I know you’ve gotta make the most of any chance y’get ‘cause you don’t know what’s round the corner. One thing I gotta say though, the fact we’re gonna be in there with Rey Msyterio, a good friend of ours makes it even better. We know a lot about his rookie too, an’ I’m tellin’ ya he ain’t no rookie. Shannon’s gonna find that out f’ himself any minute but he can handle it right buddy?

Helms taps Moore on the shoulder and looking ready for action, Moore nods his head.

Leticia Cline:
Well thanks for me joining me guys and good luck t’night Shannon.

“Booyaka 619”

A huge pyro explosion goes off in the arena and the combination of Rey Mysterio & Mystico hit the stage to a massive pop. They hit opposite ends of the stage and get the crowd going before heading back to the middle of the stage to join Leticia. Again, the music comes to a temporary halt.

Leticia Cline:
Rey in just a few moments your rookie Mystico will be in action but next week you’ll be in action with him against Matt Hardy and Gregory Helms for a place in the final of the tournament to crown new World Tag Team Champions at Survivor Series. What are your thoughts on that match next week and the prospect of being a tag team champion with your rookie?

Rey Mysterio: Y’know Leticia I gotta say I wasn’t sure what t’ think when I heard about this whole mentor rookie thing, but when I found out I was going t’ be a mentor and t’ Mystico, I was excited. I know a lot o’ people don’t know much about him but I sure do. He’s one of the biggest names in Mexico and it’s an honour f’ me t’ have the chance t’ be tag team champions with him. I know how good he is and I know we can do it. Matt an’ Greg might be our buddies but next week it’s all about business an’ they’ll tell you the exact same thing. All I can say is we can’t wait either.

Leticia nods at Rey and then the music starts off again as they head down the ramp for action.


*Match #3*
Mystico w/Rey Mysterio vs. Shannon Moore w/Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms


With a lot of watching eyes around the ring, Mystico & Moore put on an exciting fast paced contest for the Huntsville audience. It was Mystico that impressed from the get go, and despite repeated encouragement from Matt & Helms, Moore couldn’t handle the talented Mexican. Rey was watching with pride as his rookie went at Moore all hell for leather, barely giving him a second to breathe. Moore did manage to get some momentum but after missing a missile dropkick, Mystico exploded back in to action. As soon as both men were back on their feet, Mystico leapt up in to the air to connect with a hurricanrana. Moore escaped that one at two but raced back up in to a springboard arm drag followed by tilt-a-whirl headscissors and a springboard moonsault.

To the relief of his buddies on the outside, Moore kicked out at two but the onslaught didn’t end there as Mystico urged him and caught him with a drop toe hold, sending Moore on to the second rope. Like his mentor, Mystico went for the 619, or as what he calls the El Pendulo, a tiger feint kick. He nailed it to a huge cheer with Rey loving every second on the outside. Matt & Helms tried to encourage Moore, but as he staggered back up, Mystico composed himself on the apron and watched on as Moore struggled back up in a daze to turn round to see his opponent springboard off the top and drill him with a single arm DDT to a massive pop.

The Mexican wasted no time in hooking the leg for the cover to pick up a big win heading in to next week’s semi final clash with a tag team title match waiting in the wings at the Survivor Series for the winners. Rey joined his rookie in the ring and congratulated him with a handshake and a brief guy hug. Matt & Helms then joined them as Moore came round, and the opponents next week all shook hands before Rey & Mystico left the ring to a big pop, slapping hands with the fans in the front row as they headed back up the ramp.

Winner: Mystico by pinfall.


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

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. 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. . . 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. . . 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.

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.

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.



*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #4*
Carlito w/Eddie Colon vs. Orlando Jordan


Carlito was waiting in the ring with his brother, Eddie for his opponent, but as Jordan made his entrance and walked down the ramp, he was jumped by The Celtic Warrior & Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. The intense Irishman clubbed him across and pummelled him on the ramp before firing him in to the barricade, surprising the hell out of the Puerto Rican siblings in the ring. They looked on as Sheamus glared at them and slowly walked towards the steps and menacingly entered the ring.

Realising he had no choice but to act, Carlito charged at him but ran right in to a big boot from the scary as hell Irishman. Eddie looked scared to say the least as Sheamus walked towards him and then exploded with a fury of right hands before whipping him in to the ropes and connecting with a Brogue Kick. Eddie was all but out for the count while his brother began to stir on the mat. The Celtic Warrior went right after Eddie and dragged him in to position for the High Cross as medics attended to Jordan on the ramp.

Sheamus was focused on one thing and one thing only, but fortunately for Eddie, big brother came to the rescue and dragged him down to safety and pulled him out of the ring while sliding out himself too to escape the frenzied Intercontinental Champion. Sheamus was livid and glared at them, watching them walk round the ring, getting out of harm’s way. He then went looking for a microphone, still fuming as he collected one from Lilian Garcia.

Result: Non-Starter.

Sheamus: You wanna run away again huh fella? Fine, have it your way, but let me make this clear for ya. Y’can’t escape f’ever Carlito. I will get my hands on ya I promise an’ it ain’t gonna be fun let me tell ya, an’ when I’m done it won’t just be your brother who gets hurt. Only this time neither of y’will be comin’ back. I’m gonna make sure of it if it’s the last thing I do.

“Written in Your Face” plays to a chorus of boos as Sheamus drops the microphone and glares up at the not so jovial Puerto Rican siblings on the ramp. Sheamus picks his Intercontinental Championship up off the mat and throws it over his shoulder, still very angry having left a definite impression on Carlito & Eddie Colon.


*Video Promo*

We’re shown some backstage footage of Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson along with Maryse making their way through back ready for action and looking very fired up, and then the camera switches to a shot of a focused Randy Orton with Darren Young walking through the halls. Now we cut to the WWE Champion, Batista heading through the back looking somewhat apprehensive as he prepares to team up with one of the men he’ll face at the Survivor Series, and that’s coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*Match #5*
Batista & Randy Orton w/Darren Young vs. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson w/Maryse


To the surprise of most, Orton & Batista managed to co-exist comfortably, but The Animal was very wary to say the least. The rivals came up against the determined mentor & rookie combination, and after a smart distraction from DiBiase, Jackson turned the tables on Orton, catching him with a thunderous clothesline that turned The Viper inside out. The rookie showed everyone just how strong & dangerous he is. He took it to Orton, inflicting some serious pain on him. Orton was in a bad way after being on the wrong end of a backbreaker and then a bearhug. The Legend Killer was struggling but managed to fight himself free, fighting for his life.

With the crowd torn, he managed to fight his way down on to his feet to a decent pop and ran the ropes but came running back in to a stomp to the gut. Jackson wasted no time in scooping him up off his feet and on to his shoulder, but once again Orton fought back and countered with an inverted headlock backbreaker to another decent pop. Both men crawled across to their respective corners and tagged their partners to a huge cheer as the WWE Champion hit the ring along with DiBiase. They charged at each other with Batista taking the youngster down with a clothesline and then another.

The resilient DiBiase picked himself back up and was whipped ferociously in to the turnbuckle pads. Batista charged at him and hit him with a series of shoulder thrusts. The Animal stepped back as the sore looking DiBiase staggered out in to his path and a spinning side slam. Batista went for the cover but DiBiase kicked out fairly comfortably before the ref could count to three. As the match entered its closing stages, Batista & Jackson were the legal men and the rookie was leaving his mark on the WWE Champion. He managed to dodge a spear and within a second he grabbed The Animal and tossed him about like a rag doll with a release belly to belly suplex.

DiBiase was looking very proud of his rookie, but The Animal wasn’t done yet. Jackson was on top but after an irish whip, Batista held on to the top rope and drove his boot down the onrushing Jackson’s throat, sending him staggering away from the ropes. DiBiase panicked and ran across the apron, only to get knocked down by the WWE Champion, and as the dazed rookie turned round, Batista flew at him and took him down with a hellacious spear. With the crowd cheering, Batista went for the cover only for Jackson to get his shoulder up before three. Looking slightly disappointed, Batista took his time in standing back up, watching Jackson squirm.

DiBiase was back up and sensed the danger, as did the worried Maryse on the outside too. Ted slipped back in the ring behind The Animal, but fortunately Orton saw him and raced in to the ring himself. He charged across and took DiBiase down with a clothesline, and as he picked himself back up he found himself on the end of an RKO. The crowd were cheering in a big way as DiBiase rolled out to the floor and Batista stared right at Orton, not sure what to make of his partner. Orton just stared back as Jackson made it back up to his feet, still showing the effects of the spear, and gaining Batista’s attention again. The WWE Champion went to the finish the job, nailing him with a spinebuster as Orton left the ring and went back to his corner.

Batista glanced back at his partner before dragging the fallen Jackson back up and setting him up for the Batista Bomb. The crowd were going nuts and they rose to their feet as The Animal showed off his own strength by lifting the rookie up above his head and sending him crashing down to the mat before covering him to pick up the victory for him & Orton to a huge pop. “In The End” played with the fans still cheering as Orton entered the ring as Batista was passed his WWE title. They looked awkwardly at each other as a frustrated DiBiase sat up on the outside, still a little groggy. Orton nodded his head at Batista in the ring and then left the ring to walk back up the ramp with his own rookie, Young, turning back and looking back in the ring, leaving the puzzled Batista with something to think about.

Winners: Batista & Randy Orton by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


Todd Grisham
is standing by at the interview set, appearing to be slightly nervous.

Todd Grisham:
Joining me at this time is one of the men who will challenge Batista for the W-W-E Championship at Survivor Series and who t’night will be taking on The Undertaker in the main event. . . Please welcome my guest at this time, Triple H.

A barrage of boos can be heard coming through the arena as the camera zooms out to show a very serious looking Triple H in his ring gear standing there alongside him.

Todd Grisham:
I’ll get to your match with The Undertaker later on in a moment but first I want to ask you about the triple threat match for the W-W-E Championship six weeks from now. You’ve made no secret of how much you want to be the W-W-E Champion, so much so that it led to your wife Stephanie demanding a divorce last week. . .

Triple H: . . . I’m not here to talk about Stephanie. As far as I’m concerned she can have her divorce. Right now I have far more important things to care about. As much as she thinks the world revolves around her, it doesn’t. She doesn’t care about what I want and like I’ve said all along, I’ll get what I want and I’m going to get it at the Survivor Series when I beat Batista and take what should’ve been mine in the first place. If Steph can’t handle that, that’s her problem. She’ll just have to deal with it like Dave will because it’s going t’ happen. I said I’d beat Ric at SummerSlam and end his career and I did. This is no diff’rent. I will walk out of Survivor Series as the new W-W-E Champion and there’s not a damn thing anyone can do t’ stop me.

Todd Grisham: Well we’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out whether that will indeed be the case but we won’t have to wait much longer for The Undertaker’s big return t’ Raw. What are your thoughts on having to face him later on in our main event?

Triple H: I’m sure Eric Bischoff is feeling pleased with himself but I’m the one who’ll have the last laugh like I did last week. I told him he’d have no choice but to give me what I deserved and look what happened. I’ve got my shot at the W-W-E title and I’m damn sure going t’ take it. He might think The Undertaker’s going to do his work for him t’night but that’s not going t’ happen either. Make no mistake about Bischoff, I will beat The Undertaker t’night and I will be the new W-W-E Champion. Maybe after t’night you’ll finally realise that there’s nothing you or anyone can do t’ stop that from happening.

Meaning business, Triple H stares down the lens before the camera eventually fades out.


*Video Promo*

The angry duo of Mr. McMahon & John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, the depleted Corporation are stomping their way through back, and it looks like they’re headed for the ring for when we come back!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

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

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.


***

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*


“No chance, that’s what y’got. . .”

Just as serious as they were before the break, Mr. McMahon and his son, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield enter the arena with faces like thunder, met by a ton of heat from the fans. They look in to the crowd with disgust as they stomp their way down the ramp and in to the ring where Vince wastes no time in demanding a microphone from Lilian Garcia. He stops & stares in to the stands, shaking his head with disgust as his music cuts, still having boos thrown at him, angering Layfield just as much.

Vince McMahon:
SSHHHHUT UP!

*Major Heat*

Vince McMahon: I bet you’re loving this aren’t you? I bet you’re all getting some sick kick out of what happened t’ my son Shane last week, but let me tell you this; myself and John certainly aren’t. You might’ve enjoyed seeing him carried out of the arena on a stretcher last week at the hands of The Big Show but let me assure you that we are going to ensure we get retribution for Shane.

*Heat*

Vince McMahon: What The Big Show did was nothing short of despicable, and thanks to his unprovoked actions, Shane will be lucky if he can walk by the New Year.

*Pop*

Vince McMahon: Oh you find that amusing do you? Let me ask you this. How would you feel had it been a member of your family laid up all helpless in a hospital bud huh? WOULD YOU FIND THAT FUNNY?. . . Y’know I’m sure you sick bastards would, however I’m not going t’ let you or anybody enjoy the pain an’ suffering my boy’s going through right now. If my bitter wife hadn’t have taken my authority away you can be damn sure heads would roll around here, make no mistake about it. Instead I’m going t’ have t’ stand idley by while Eric Bischoff lets his old buddy Big Show walk around here without a care in the world.

*Big Pop*

Vince McMahon: You might think that’s how this is going to work out but it’s not. I’m not going to allow any further miscarriage of justice. I’ve had about as much as I can take of Eric Bischoff and this time I’m going to ensure that there is justice. If I have t’ go to the board myself and ensure this is dealt with properly, I will. I’m going t’ do whatever it takes t’ make sure that. . .

“Back in Black”

Eric Bischoff hits the stage for a second time tonight, not looking as relaxed as he was earlier. With a microphone in hand, he looks down at what’s left of The Corporation, and they’re not at all pleased to see Raw’s Head of Authority.

Eric Bischoff:
Vince f’ once I can understand your pain. No one wants to see anyone get injured, least of all me, however as you know injuries, well they’re just a part of this business.

*Cheers*

Eric Bischoff: Had it been an unprovoked attack Vince then I would feel the need to take action, however as you and I both know, this wasn’t an unprovoked attack. Big Show an’ Shane were involved in a sanctioned match, meaning my hands are tied.

*Pop*

Vince McMahon: They’re tied because you want them to be. You were never going to punish Big Show, admit it.

Eric Bischoff: Listen to me Vince, if I had to punish Show or anyone for that matter, I wouldn’t hesitate. The bottom line is Vince he’s done absolutely nothing wrong. What happened t’ Shane was unfortunate but like I said, these things happen.

Vince McMahon: Really? My son can’t walk because of something Big Show did and that’s your response? These things happen? Well Eric, let’s see what happens next shall we? You of all people know I don’t take things lying down. If you’re not going to punish him I’ll sure as hell make sure someone does and we’ll see what happens t’ you too.

Eric Bischoff: Vince that almost sounded like a threat.

A furious JBL grabs the microphone from his father.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
That’s because it was Bischoff. If you think for a second we’re going to see this travesty go unpunished, you’re a bigger fool than we thought you were. Just because these ingrates don’t see you for the disgrace that you are doesn’t mean you or your associate won’t be made accountable for what happened to Shane because they will. You can try to dismiss this all you want but it’s not going away. The more you distance yourself from doing your job properly the more you damage yourself. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . LOOK! Accuse me of whatever you want okay, that’s fine, I’ve already heard from the board about what happened last week, and that includes Linda Vince. They agreed like me that it was unfortunate and that it’s just one of those things that happens in. . .

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: . . . One of those things? ONE OF THOSE THINGS? BIG SHOW CHOKESLAMMED SHANE THROUGH THAT ANNOUNCE TABLE FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER AND YOU’RE TELLING US IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS?

*Pop*

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ERIC IF I MARCHED UP THERE RIGHT NOW AND THREW YOU IN TO THIS GATHERING OF PLEBIANS AND I PUT IT DOWN AS JUST ONE OF THOSE THI. . .

“Crank It Up”

A huge cheer breaks out as The Big Show and his rookie, Justin Gabriel walk out to join Bischoff on the stage, both dressed casually and with Show in a possession of a microphone. Vince & J.B.L. glare up at him with fury in their eyes, not amusing Show all that much as he stares back at them.

The Big Show:
Hey John, since it looks like you wanna make threats, why don’t you come up here right now? I’ve got no problem doing to you what I did t’ Shane.

*Big Pop*

The Big Show: This ain’t got anything t’ do with Eric. This is about you punks an’ me.

*Pop*

The Big Show: I said after Unf’given I was gonna get some payback an’ last week was just the start. From where I’m standin’, there’s still two of. . .

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: . . . Congratulations Show, there are two of us standing here, however I regret to inform you that last week wasn’t the start of any retribution you have in mind. It was the first and final act of retribution. I won’t allow you or anyone to inflict any further suffering on my father.

The Big Show: Well John, don’t worry. It’s not Vince I’m after. . . it’s you.

*Big Pop*

The Big Show: See John I know that hurting you an’ Shane will hurt your dad anyway. The thought of watching Vince suffer while I hurt you. . .

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: . . . YOU CAN GET THAT THOUGHT OF YOUR HEAD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT’S NOT GOING T’ HAPPEN. . . We told you before Unf’given we’re not threatened by anyone. You might’ve put Shane in the hospital but we’re not intimidated by you Show. We proved that when we beat you and pretty boy there. . .

The Big Show: . . . Yeah we both know how that happened and I guarantee you can’t do it again now you’re a man down.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: I admire your confidence however it’s very much misguided. You might’ve got t’ Shane last week but there is nothing you can do to overcome our family.

Eric Bischoff: Gentleman this is all very entertaining but. . .

The Big Show: . . . Hold on Eric I’m almost done. . . J-B-L, how about you put your money where your mouth is? You might think you’re untouchable and I’m gonna give you the chance t’ prove it. . . I wanna settle this once an’ f’ all, and there’s only one way or place I know t’ do it. You might know it as hell in a cell.

*Massive Pop*

J.B.L. & Vince are taken aback by that one.

The Big Show:
Oh that’s not all. I won’t be happy just crushing you. I want you gone John, f’ good. I want your career on the line, and when I win we won’t have t’ see you ever again.

*Big Roar*

The Big Show: And since you’re so confident, I don’t see any reason why you’d say no unless you’re full of it.

Vince takes back the stick from his son.

Vince McMahon:
Don’t listen to him John. There’s absolutely no reason for you to do what he wants, just ignore him.

A very serious J.B.L. asks for it back, and reluctantly he gives it him back.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
It goes without saying that I respect your opinion but this is my decision.

J.B.L. turns his head and looks up at Show.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield:
I’ll agree to your proposal on one condition, if you agree to put your career on the line too, then I’ll more than happily accept and end your miserable career.

The Big Show: Hey that’s fine with me. You’re on!

“Crank It Up” plays with the surprised looking Bischoff turning to Show with Vince doing the same in the ring with his son, but both Show & Layfield only focused on each other.

Jim Ross: Coming up after the break folks, we’ve got the first semi final in the World Tag Team Championship tournament where we’ll learn the first team who’ll challenge for the vacant titles at the Survivor Series. Don’t go anywhere!


*Commercial Break*


*Match #6*
World Tag Team Championship Tournament – First Semi Final
JTG & Homicide vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval


Both teams were up for this one with a shot at the World Tag Team titles at stake for the winners, and it was JTG & Homicide that started the stronger, catching the undefeated Daniels & Kaval off guard in the opening minutes. The Bronx born mentor & rookie duo teamed well, and after a tag from JTG, the rookie entered the ring as his mentor fired Kaval in to the ropes before connecting with a diving leg lariat. As Kaval then sat up, Homicide ran across the mat and nailed him with a shining wizard, met with a strong reaction from the Huntsville crowd. Unfortunately for the fan favourites, Kaval kicked out and their opponents came back at them, turning the tables and working well to gain the upper hand as the match went on.

Daniels was well in control, coming so close to ending the contest just as it looked like JTG was about to counter, only for Daniels to level him with an enzuigiri. JTG got his shoulder up and the contest continued. The boys from the Bronx came back fighting to get the crowd going, and after Homicide dodged a springboard roundhouse (Tidal Wave) from Kaval, he connected with a release exploder suplex. The fans were cheering but Homicide wasn’t done. He was up in a flash and dragged Kaval up with him before firing him hard in to the corner, then followed in and nailed him with the facewash. Kaval was in bad shape and the rookie just tossed him down to the mat with Kaval rolling on to his back.

Homicide flew up to the top rope with Kaval lying beneath him and the fans going nuts, then jumped up in the air came down on to him with a Frog Splash. JTG and the crowd were captivated, watching closely as Homicide desperately covered Kaval, but before the ref could count to three, Daniels hit the ring and pulled Homicide off his partner by his feet. Homicide was furious as he stood up, and so was JTG. The ref blocked JTG off as he ran across the ring, but his rookie didn’t let up. He fired away at Daniels, whipping him in to the ropes as Kaval started to stir. Daniels hit the ropes and fell victim to the West Brooklyn Lariat, and Homicide helped him right back up to send him flying over the top rope to a big pop.

He stared down at him furiously with Kaval making it back up to his feet behind him. Homicide turned round and panicked, running right out at Kaval and a spinning wheel kick. Both men picked themselves back up and Kaval reacted quickest, this time connecting with the Tidal Wave. Homicide wasn’t done and kicked out at two, and as Daniels climbed back up angrily up on to the apron, he called for a tag. He got it and stomped his way in to the ring, helped Homicide up to his feet before planting him with a spin-out powerbomb and then following it up with a split-legged moonsault. Homicide hung on, frustrating Daniels but he went right back to work, trying to finish the job.

It looked as if he would, but as he went for the BME (Best Moonsault Ever), Homicide rolled to safety and Daniels crashed in to the canvas. Homicide was able to tag JTG and he came in flying at Daniels, connecting with a series of clotheslines and then a missile dropkick. As Daniels then struggled back up, JTG was waiting in the wings and then planted him with a sit-out jawbreaker. Daniels was in deep trouble, not moving as the expectant JTG rushed in to making a cover, but to the disappointment of the crowd, Daniels just and only just managed to get his shoulder up at the count of two. JTG shrugged off his own disappointment and stood back up, watching the dazed Daniels lifting his head up off the mat.

Kaval panicked and hit the ring, but JTG saw him coming and ducked a clothesline before stomping him hard in the gut before taking him down with a front flip neckbreaker to a big pop. As he stood back up, Daniels was ready & waiting for him. He grabbed JTG by the arm and tried for an irish whip, but JTG reversed it and sent Daniels crashing in to the turnbuckle pads right by Homicide. JTG ran in but Daniels lifted his boot up in to his face, sending JTG staggering out of the corner in a spin. Daniels then blasted Homicide with a hard right forearm, knocking him off the apron before climbing up to the second rope. He watched JTG turn round and went for a cross body, but JTG rolled through for a cover only for Daniels to kick out at two. They both raced back up to their feet and JTG kicked him in the gut, then ran the ropes and came charging back looking to hit the front flip neckbreaker.

Daniels dodged it though and kicked him in the stomach this time before hitting the Angel’s Wings. Sighs echoed around the arena as Daniels turned his opponent over on to his back and made the cover, getting the three just before Homicide could get back in the ring and break it up, putting himself & Kaval in the final of the tournament, booking their place at the Survivor Series for a shot at the World Tag Team titles. Homicide sat up disappointed in the ring as a smug Daniels rolled out with a groggy Kaval coming to. He joined his partner along with the ref who raised their arms in victory at the foot of the ramp. Daniels was smirking back at Homicide as JTG began to come round, not all too sure of what happened. The victors made their way back up the ramp where Leticia Cline was waiting to speak them, but Daniels sharply grabbed the microphone from her.

Winners: Christopher Daniels & Kaval by pinfall.

Christopher Daniels: Let that be an example to each and ev’ryone of you as to what Kaval and myself can do in that ring. We’re fully aware of how you all believe and hope that whoever our opponents at the Survivor Series will be will defeat us and therefore win the tag team titles we’ve all been fighting for, but I urge you to stand up and take note of ev’rything we have done since we came to this company.

Daniels pauses and looks at his also serious partner with some boos coming from the crowd.

Christopher Daniels:
May I remind you that we have a one hundred percent record, meaning we have yet to be defeated and that will remain the case come the Survivor Series as neither of the teams you’ll see next week are at the standard we are. We are on a diff’rent level to ev’ry other team not only in this company but on the planet, and if you don’t believe us then you’re going to be left disappointed as I assure you there’s only one team who will be the new World Tag Team Champions and you’re looking at them right now.

Daniels hands the microphone over back to a wary Leticia as his & Kaval’s music hits with the title contenders standing there looking very confident of themselves.


*Video Promo*

It’s main event time coming up next and we’re shown pictures of a very focused Triple H walking through the back, just minutes away from going one on one with The Undertaker!


*Commercial Break*


*The Main Event*
The Undertaker vs. Triple H


The Undertaker came out to a huge ovation and was determined to put on a show for his Raw return, but so was The Game. Triple H wasn’t about to lie down & die for The Undertaker and he was the more aggressive. The King of Kings saw off some early dominance from The Dead-Man to gain the upper hand. He ensured that the phenom was subjected to some suffering for a change, giving him a taste of his own medicine. Taker though fought his way to the ropes when in an inverted indian deathlock, not going down well with Triple H. The Game was forced to let the hold go but wasn’t happy about it. He went straight back to work on the phenom, stomping all over him by the ropes.

He was quickly ushered away by the ref as Taker then used them to help him back up to his feet. The Game was right on him, pacing over to his opponent, but there was still life left in The Dead-Man. Taker blocked a right hand and unloaded with several jabs of his own to put Trips on the back foot. Taker then whipped him into the corner and ran at him, nailing him with a hard clothesline. He wasted no time in whipping him in to the opposite corner and repeating the attack. Taker backed out and The Game staggered out to be scooped up on to his opponent’s shoulder, and The Undertaker ran back in to the opposite corner to drop his head on to the top turnbuckle pad for the Snake Eyes.

As The Game’s head bounced off the pad, Taker turned back to run the ropes and then came charging back to level Trips with a thunderous big boot to a huge cheer. It wasn’t enough to see off The King of Kings, far from it. Taker looked to be on his way to a triumphant return to Raw when he grabbed The Game for a chokeslam, but he didn’t count on Triple H jumping back and landing on his feet. Taker was shocked and was quickly whipped him in to the ropes, and as Taker came back at him, The Game sent him crashing back first in to the canvas with a spinning spinebuster. With a sadistic smirk on his face, it was clear he wasn’t done.

He watched intently as Taker clawed his way back up until he couldn’t wait any longer, snapping and pulling his opponent in to place for the Pedigree. The crowd booed but for no long as the phenom countered with a back body drop. Trips wasn’t down for long and as he got back up to a vertical base, he reversed an irish whip and connected with a high knee strike. The Game then dragged his arm across his neck, signalling the end was near and then did the unthinkable, scooping Taker up in to place for a Tombstone Piledriver. The crowd were in shock, but to their relief & ecstasy, Taker managed to counter, only somewhat though as The King of Kings slipped down to safety behind him and low blowed The Dead-Man, earning himself a disqualification.

It didn’t seem to bother him one bit as he just stared down remorselessly at Taker writhing around on the mat. He then turned to the apron and left the ring, only to collect his trusty sledgehammer to a ton of heat. The crowd booed like mad, looking very worried for their hero who looked to be in impending danger as Triple H menacingly climbed back in the ring with his familiar ally. He slowly walked towards Taker as the phenom clawed himself back up, totally unaware of what was waiting for him with the crowd desperately trying to warn. The Game was gunning for him and lifted the sledgehammer up above his head, and as Taker turned round he brought it down, but Taker stopped him before it could hit his head by grabbing The Game’s throat.

The crowd cheered and Taker responded by planting The Game with a chokeslam to a huge roar. The sledgehammer fell out of Triple H’s hand as he hit the mat, and Taker’s eyes were fixed on it. He stared at it for several seconds before grabbing it to a massive pop. The Undertaker familiarised himself with The Game’s own weapon as Triple H began to sit up, and then we heard a ton of boos break out. We then saw Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson storm the ring and jump Taker, clubbing him down to his knees. The boos continued to ring round as the intense duo stomped all over him. They then backed away as Taker was squirming around on the mat and Triple H dragged himself back on his ass in to the corner. He watched on as DiBiase instructed Jackson to take action, and the rookie dragged him up like a rag doll as Maryse walked out in to the arena and down the ramp with a big smile on her face.

Jackson looked mean as hell as he then planted Taker with the Book of Ezekiel. More boos rang out as DiBiase then turned his head, looked down and saw the sledgehammer. A light bulb went off above his head and he bent down to pick it up, then shouted more instructions at his rookie. Jackson dragged the lifeless Taker up as DiBiase psyched himself up, getting extremely fired up, and as Jackson pushed Taker forward, DiBiase levelled him with the sledgehammer to a barrage of boos. Sat down in the corner, The Game smirked as DiBiase & Jackson stared down intensely at Taker, who lay flat out on the mat. DiBiase then dropped the sledgehammer as “Priceless” played and threw his arms up in the air standing above his Survivor Series opponent’s body. He then laughed at the crowd’s booing him before the curtain came down on this week’s Raw with The Game still smiling in the corner as DiBiase stood tall with Maryse cuddling up to him looking very proud of her boyfriend.

Winner: The Undertaker by DQ.


*Credits*


>Quick Results<

The Miz & Heath Slater
df. Kofi Kingston & John Morrison
Melina
df. Brie Bella
Mystico
df. Shannon Moore
Batista & Randy Orton
df. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson
Christopher Daniels & Kaval
df. JTG & Homicide
The Undertaker
df. Triple H

>Superstars Tapings<
Gail Kim & Shantelle Taylor
df. Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes
Justin Gabriel
df. Zack Ryder


>Confirmed for Next Week<

World Tag Team Championship Tournament
Second Semi Final

Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms vs. Rey Mysterio & Mystico


>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
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms or Rey Mysterio & Mystico vs. Christopher Daniels & Kaval

Hell in a Cell Loser Leaves Town Match
The Big Show vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Traditional Elimination Match
Team Cena vs. Team Punk

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The Undertaker vs. Ted DiBiase



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This is a pretty darn long thread lol. Right off the bat I got to give kudos for that. Now onto Raw...

-Batista/Orton/HHH/Stephanie is quite the storyline. The three Evolution members are all mixed up here. Throw in Stephanie and it makes for a very interesting foursome. Heel HHH is a sight for sore eyes and I think you write him really well. He doesn't seem to give the slightest shit about his marriage though. Maybe I need to read back a little to find out the reason behind his nonchalant behavior but it does seem a bit strange that his wife is in tears talking about their children etc and he doesn't give a crap. Also, Stephanie and Batista seem to be getting rather close. Well, Steph seems to want to get close while Batista is wary of her. Maybe this whole divorce thing is just a ploy to get Dave off guard so HHH can get back the title? But then you have to factor in Orton who seems to be caught in the middle of the whole thing. So many possibilities here and the triple threat for Survivor Series is a HUGE match up. I'll definitely be back to read it just for this match/angle alone.

-So I take it that Undertaker and Cena switched brands? That's quite the trade lol. Having Taker vs HHH in the main event is all sorts of epic and a great way to debut the Deadman on Raw. I liked the DiBiase stuff throughout the show too. Once again, I don't know the history of the angle but I liked it and it will put DiBiase over BIG TIME simply feuding with Taker. I'm looking forward to their clash at SS.

These were obviously the big angles you got going on right now. I'll admit that I kind of skimmed over some of the rest. Maybe if I get some free time I'll come back and try to catch up. Either way, I'll be back to read Smackdown and the rest of the build to Survivor Series.

Great show.
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Wow i must say you have the most interesting story-lines going on when it comes to BTB's. The Triple-H/Randy Orton/Batista feud looks really good, the involvement of Stephanie really adds to it. I see maybe Batista and Stephanie marrying in your BTB or you pull of a surprise and reveal Randy Orton and Stephanie had a secret relationship.

Ted Dibiase has been build greatly throughout Raw, giving him Undertaker at Survivor Series was a great idea. I'm not sure about Big Show and JBL having a Hell In A Cell Loser Leaves Town match, maybe i need to read more into your old shows, but i think they needed to have something that really set up a Hell In A Cell match between the two. I would have preferred if these two had a big brawl which lead to the match, i just thought the two needed to be more involved in a feud with each other, because it looks more like its a feud between Big Show and Vince McMahon.

I think you booked the Sheamus/Carlito angle really well, but i was wondering if Carlito was a face or a heel, i didn't read Raw before this week so i didn't know, i thought this might have been a heel vs heel feud since Carlito was running away from Sheamus like a coward.

Overall, i liked Raw, i don't know if they have enough time on Raw to have 7 matches, 2 promo's and so many replays of last week. But that doesn't really matter, the show was good and fun to read.
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Oh baby it's been forever since I've done one these but I finally got all caught up with what's going on. Trust me there was a lot to catch up on. No Mercy was a great show and let's see how this Raw was.

Starting off with the Miz is an interesting route, I can see why you went with it. He's invovled in a major storyline with Shawn Michael that was just added to the night before and he was going to adress the crowd before his match anyway so why not have it kick the show. I'm a little suprised it wasn't something about the Undertaker considering it's big return to Raw, but I actaully like this considering Miz was just active last night with his storyline. What he said was all very good. I like the way you use Slater basically as a bitchier Alex Riley.

The match had some very good action. There was obviously no doubt the Miz was winning this match. I'm a little sad that both Morrison and Kofi are just being used as jobbers at this point. They're both very talented and looked to have some potential in this thread and now they're just jobbers that crowd likes and wll be sad when they lose.

The DiBiase-Bischoff interaction was fantastic. I absolutely love Bischoff's charcater in this thread. The high mighty badass guy that runs the show and puts up with no shit from no one. Huge Huge Main event. Trips for the Undertaker, I know theres no chance and hell at a clean finish but it still should be fantastic.

I honestly have never been interested in Raw's womens division in your thread. Like I forgot Melina was champ. Let's just move on.

Batista and Stephanie...the Romance angle is brewing...It's obviously going to add to the tension between Dave and Hunter(which you held out on their actual match for so long I feel like we might see you pull the trigger on that WWE Title Match at Wrestlemania). Anyway what Orton said was good even though I doubt it holds true and eventaully he gonna cost Dave. It seems logical that DiBiase would go over

Mystico versus Shannon Moore. It feels like a filler match honestly but this card is so huge it honestly doesn't fillers. I like how seriously youre taking your tag division. I'm sure part of it is to push your rookies (great idea btw) but this is probably the most credible tag division in Btw right now. Very Very nice. Mystico picking up the win a fast paced was a given. Glad he didn't go over Hardy or Helms though. This is clearly what Moore is here to do, job their opponents. And he did a great job.

Matches Matches Matches. Obviously this one didn't start but still. Sheamus was obviously going to get his on Carlito. It should be a good IC title fued. I like how Carlito is a face while maintaining his heelish ways, I like it I really do despite not partically caring about either of these men in real life.

DiBiase and Zeke are my favorite rookie pairing basically because Zeke works perfectly as DiBiase's bodygaurd. I'm shocked. Batista and Orton weren't best buds but they still won, Zeke got beat. I think Orton walking on Batista while DiBiase and Zeke beat him 2-on-1 would've been better. I just didn't like the way this was booked.

Triple H interview. It was short sweet and got it's point across. Not much else to say

The McMahons promo was all good and all. It was well written you booked everyone great. It's just honestly not a feud I care about anymore. Ever since Evolution stopped fighting the Corp I just haven't cared about them. Even a match as huge as that Hell in a Cell match. I just do not care. I don't care who wins, I just want it to be over. You booked yourself into a corner where the story is so big you can't just cut it, but damn it's just not something I'm interested in.

Again big props on the tag team division another great match. Daniels and Kaval are getting the belts, I can feel it. Hopefully you throw them against Rey and Mystico but that match would be epic.

The main event was great while it last, the ending with DiBiase made sense. Triple H just smiles and watches being the badass that he is. DiBiase despite going no where in real life has been great in this thread and this feud with Undertaker has major potential. Keep it up.

Great show. Raw has been amazing as of late. When I first starting reading this, Smackdown was great and Raw was just eh. Now it Raw is beyond words great and Smackdown is still solid. Keep up the great work, looking foward to Smackdown.
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>Headlines<


>A Hellacious end awaits. . . but for who?<


We learnt last night on Raw that The Big Show will be going one on one with his former Corporation team-mate, John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield in a Hell in a Cell match where the loser will leave the WWE forever.

After being chokeslammed through the announce table by Big Show last week, we discovered that Shane McMahon has sustained a serious injury that will see him lucky to walk by New Year. That’s what the remaining members of The Corporation said last night, and along with his father, Mr. McMahon, JBL swore revenge on the man they kicked out of The Corporation not so long ago. Show however is hell bent on getting his own retribution having been on the wrong end of another McMahon screw-job back at Unforgiven when he and his rookie, Justin Gabriel were controversially defeated in a handicap match.

Shane paid the price last week when he was slammed through the table during the triple threat tag team match to determine who would earn the final spot in the semi finals of the tournament to decide new World Tag Team Champions. Show hoever showed no remorse last night either and explained he wasn’t done with them just yet, adding it was just the beginning. He then issued a challenge to JBL, but it was no ordinary challenge. He challenged him to a Hell in a Cell match at the Survivor Series with the extra stipulation that if he was victorious over JBL, Mr. McMahon’s other son would have to leave his father’s company for good.

JBL agreed on the condition that Show accepted the same stipulation if he was to lose. The seven-foot plus monster wasted no time in accepting, meaning that these two men will go through hell and only one will live to tell the story.



>DiBiase to rise up against the Dead?<


It looks as if Ted DiBiase is finally going to get the chance to put his money where his incredibly mouth is, and as he finally found out after everyone else last night, he will indeed be going to the Survivor Series to take on Raw newcomer and a WWE legend in The Undertaker.

DiBiase has spoken in recent weeks how he is capable of filling the void left by John Cena after his switch to Smackdown, but in around six weeks he will come face to face with the man who replaced Cena, arguably the most feared superstar of all time. However despite tasting defeat in tag team action against Batista & Randy Orton, DiBiase and his rookie Ezekiel Jackson showed no fear and made a statement, showing no fear of The Undertaker when they attacked him after The Dead-Man’s match against Triple H. DiBiase took full advantage of Triple H’s sledgehammer lying there on the mat and used it to level the man he’ll meet at the Survivor Series.

Was it a smart move by DiBiase? Only time will tell.



>Daniels & Kaval March On!<

We saw the first semi final of the World Tag Team Championship tournament last night when JTG and his rookie, Homicide met the undefeated duo of Christopher Daniels & Kaval.

Both teams had yet to taste defeat and it was the impressive duo of Daniels & Kaval that came out on top to book their place in the final at the Survivor Series and a match against the winners of next second semi final between Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms and Rey Mysterio and his rookie, Mystico for the gold.

Mystico was in action against Hardy’s & Helms’ close friend, Shannon Moore last night and the Mexican newcomer earned himself a victory that he and his mentor will look to repeat next week when they collide with their friends for that all important shot at the tag team titles. They may all have shaken hands last night but will the competition be as friendly next Monday night when they battle it out for the right to take on Daniels & Kaval at the Survivor Series?



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On Raw last night we saw Randy Orton seemingly attempt to convince Batista to trust him heading in to the triple threat match for the WWE Championship with Triple H at the Survivor Series. They were forced to team together against Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson, and they came through it without any tension between them.

The initial belief was that this was all an angle that would lead to Orton keeping Batista on side going in to Survivor Series before catching him off guard, but we’re now hearing that Orton may well be in line for a face turn with The Animal supposedly leaving the company in the New Year. There is a split in creative as Batista’s departure would still leave The Undertaker & The Big Show as two top faces on the brand, and if Orton was to turn, that would leave just Triple H as the main heel as we understand that John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield will be leaving after the Survivor Series.

There is also a lot of talk surrounding The Undertaker’s future as it’s being mentioned that he will soon be leaving the company too, maybe after WrestleMania. This hasn’t been confirmed, where it’s all but confirmed that Batista & Layfield will be leaving. If The Undertaker does retire, some members of the creative team believe that Orton would be a better long term top level face than The Big Show. Apparently Orton isn’t opposed to the plans and is open to a change in his character. We’re hearing that no decision will be made until after the Survivor Series.

We mentioned last week that there was some interest from the WWE in signing Jay Lethal after his release from TNA, and now we can confirm that he has signed a contract to join the company very soon. We also understand that he will head straight up to the main roster, although it’s not been decided as yet to which brand he will go to.

It’s also been confirmed to us that Brian Danielson, Awesome Kong & ODB will all be making their debuts in the next few weeks. It’s believed that Danielson will be going to Smackdown, however there’s still a decision to be made between where Kong & ODB go. We believe that both will work as heels and that one will go to each brand. It’s just a decision of which diva goes where. There’s some concern for the Raw diva roster right now and the belief is Kong should go there as Smackdown have Michelle McCool already, and in addition to that, Katie Lee will be receiving a strong push along with Natalya very soon.

We saw The Bella Twins on their own last night without Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig. We’ve been told that they’ve been split so they can both focus as separate units. Rhodes & Hennig are being groomed to be the top heel team in the company moving forward.


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You've got a lot of guys leaving, it is interesting to see how you're gonna really push the new stars. I'm really interested in seeing Kong and Bryan debuting, i hope they are used well.
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Friday Night Smackdown Preview
Friday 10th October 2008
Live from the XL Center
Hartford, Connecticut





No Mercy was quite the show this past Sunday night, and it sure ended in controversial fashion in what turned out to be a chaotic finish to the main event for the World Heavyweight Championship. CM Punk thought he had put to bed the belief of some of his doubters that he was a fortunate World Champion after his impressive victory over Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam, however those doubters & critics may well be questioning his luck as champion after both Edge & John Cena made their presence felt in a big way.

When The Rated-R Superstar hit the ring, his brother, Christian was in control and had Punk on the edge. That was until he was speared out of his boots by Edge having gotten in to it with his brother earlier in the evening. Before Edge could do any more damage, Cena stormed the scene and gave him a big F-U, and as angry Jericho rose to his feet to see Cena standing there, he flew at him, only to get the same treatment as Edge. Punk was there to pick up the pieces though, and after catching Cena off guard with the G-T-S, the groggy Christian was next in line as Punk went on to retain the title in the dubious circumstances.

We now know that the World Champion will move on to the Survivor Series to take on John Cena in a traditional elimination match that will see Cena fighting for the right to earn a title shot against Punk at Night of Champions. After the chaos of Sunday night, we may well be in for a repeat when Smackdown and the two team captains roll in to Hartford this Friday night.

Shawn Michaels came through what was a tougher battle than many may expected from ‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger who pushed him right to the limit Sunday night. With The Miz watching from the front row, The Heartbreak Kid was at times distracted but fought through to earn what was a very hard earned victory. He wasn’t done there though and challenged The Miz to join him in the ring, and just as it looked like they were going to go at it, Mr. Hollywood had a change of heart and turned his back on both the ring & Michaels.

On Raw this week however, The Miz spoke of how he wasn’t intimidated by The Heartbreak Kid and would be heading to Smackdown this week as he has something he wants Michaels to hear. What on earth does the arrogant Raw superstar have to say? Michaels also has something else to contend with in the shape of a rematch from No Mercy against Swagger live from the XL Center. Tazz was obviously so impressed with their match he wants to see them compete again. Will Michaels be able to focus on Swagger and emerge victorious again? Tune in to find out. If Sunday was anything to go by, you simply have to!

Also in action this week will be the WWE Tag Team Champions, The UK Pack. Harry Smith & Paul Burchill were one of four champions to successfully defend their titles at No Mercy, and they will be in action against a familiar face in ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters. They will be taking on Masters and his rookie, Ryan Sheffield in a non-title match, and after being defeated by Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas at No Mercy, they will be looking for a victory in Hartford when they meet the champions.

Their conquerors, Lashley & Haas will also be competing this Friday when they meet the team that couldn’t take the titles away from The UK Pack, Petey Williams & Johnny Devine. The Canadian duo will be going all out to return to winning ways, but if No Mercy is anything to go by, that won’t be an easy task against the formidable team of Lashley & Haas.

Not for the first time, Matt Sydal defeated Shelton Benjamin in what was last chance saloon for The Gold Standard as the King of the Ring claimed victory in their ladder match for the United States Championship. There’s no stopping Sydal right now as his incredible roll continues, but what does this further defeat mean for Benjamin?

Beth Phoenix was the final champion to retain her title when she overcame the challenge of Mickie James & Michelle McCool in a triple threat match. The Glamazon was in fine form and had to be to fight off the hungry competition. She’s been able to fend off every challenge thrown at her since becoming the Diva’s Champion at The Great American Bash. Is anyone going to be able to defeat The Glamazon?

Elijah Burke pulled off a huge victory for him and his girlfriend, Layla at No Mercy when he defeated Dolph Ziggler with a potential date between his rival & girlfriend hanging in the balance if Ziggler could beat him. Fortunately he didn’t, thanks in a large part to Layla who came to her boyfriend’s rescue, taking a steel chair away from Ziggler before cracking it against his skull. That now means Ziggler has to stay away from them, and as happy as it will make them, how angry will Dolph be this Friday when he arrives in Hartford?

Santino Marella is quickly getting under the skin of the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter, and last week after he & Chavo Guerrero went all out to teach their rookies a lesson, the Italian flew down to the ring to save the day for J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu. It didn’t go down well at all with Jeter & Chavo, especially Jeter. Will the usually vengeful Jeter be out for revenge this week? History would say so, but you’ll have to tune in to find out.

Smackdown promises to be an eventful show this week, and with all the No Mercy fall out and the road to Survivor Series getting underway, it’s a show you’d be mad to miss! Make sure you don’t!



>Confirmed for This Week on Smackdown<

Non-Title Match
The UK Pack vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield

Plus

Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger

Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine



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Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 10th October 2008
Live from the XL Center
Hartford, Connecticut




*Video Recap*
From No Mercy

World Heavyweight Championship
Christian w/Tyson Tomko vs. CM Punk © w/Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez vs. Chris Jericho
Closing Minutes:
Captain Charisma takes a few seconds to compose himself and take a breather before standing back up. Punk too sits up and this time he is the one being stalked as Christian lifts both his hands up, looking like he’s getting ready for the KILLSWITCH!!!. . . . . The fans cheer as Punk unwittingly gets back up and turns in to his opponent’s path and a kick to the gut. Christian grabs the champion by the arms and tries to spin him round, but no! Punk counters and shoves him forward in to the corner pads. Christian puts the brakes on though and turns round. Punk’s not happy by that and runs right at him and in to a raised boot from the Canadian.

A pop breaks out in the stands as Christian grabs him by the head. Punk panics and swings his arm round, knocking the ref down while Christian explodes to drill Punk with an INVERTED DDT OFF THE SECOND ROPE!!!. . . . . Punk’s lights are out, but so are the ref’s and Christian doesn’t have a clue. He turns Punk over again to make a cover, then sees there’s no one there to make the count. He looks gutted to see the ref down and goes to help him, trying to shake him back to life when a chorus of boos rings out around the arena. Christian doesn’t know what’s going on and turns round to see EDGE CHARGE AT HIM AND SPEAR HIM OUT OF HIS BOOTS!!!. . . . .

Edge stares down with no remorse whatsoever, sn-iggering at the sight of Christian flat on his back. A huge cheer breaks out though, surprising the hell out of The Rated-R Superstar. He turns round and there’s John Cena sliding under the bottom race at speed. The fans are going nuts as Cena flies up to his feet and ducks a right hand to run through in to the ropes. Cena comes flying back off the ropes and sends Edge down courtesy of a flying shoulder tackle. It’s deafening in the Wachovia Center as Cena & Edge pick themselves up with Cena lifting Edge up on to his shoulders to plant him with the F-U!!!. . . . . Edge rolls under the bottom rope and on to the floor as Jericho looks shocked as he stands up to see Cena standing there staring right back at him. Jericho looks furious and runs right at Cena, right in to a kick to the gut and another F-U!!!. . . . .

Cena leans forward and waves his hand at the out cold Jericho, but as he stands up, Punk sneaks up behind him and takes him by surprise, lifting him up on to his shoulders and nailing him with the GTS!!!. . . . . Boos ring out as Punk smirks down at the fallen Cena and kicks him over to the apron and down to the floor. The World Champion turns round to a ton of heat to see Christian and the referee struggling to make it back up. The smug champion walks over to Christian and gives him a helping hand up off the mat and in to place for the GTS!!!. . . . . More boos ring out as Punk smirks at the crowd and then sends Christian’s head crashing in to his knee and down to the mat. It’s deafening in the arena as Punk coolly shimmies forward and makes the cover with the drowsy referee slowly crawling across to count the fall. . . . .

1. . . . .

. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!

IT’S OVER!!!

“This Fire Burns” plays with the fans continuing to boo as the smug champion rises to his feet with a big smile on his face. Del Rio-Ramirez heads back down the ramp and applauds his mentor. The Mexican walks round the ring to collect the World Championship and heads in to the ring. As Edge & Cena come round on the outside, Del Rio-Ramirez straps the title around his mentor’s waist and then raises his hand in victory to even more heat. Punk walks over to the apron and throws his arms up in the air in front of the unimpressed Cena.

Jericho lifts his head up not looking too sure of what’s happened, and the same goes for the angry Edge. Punk heads to the corner and poses for the jeering crowd while Del Rio continues to applaud him. The Straight-Edge Superstar then steps down, cocky as hell as he leaves the ring with is rookie. They turn round on the ramp and looks back to see Jericho & Cena glaring back at them as the show comes to a close with Punk & Del Rio-Ramirez smiling without a care in the world.


*Opening Video*
“If You Rock Like Me”



*Cut to the Arena*


Standing proudly in the ring with the fans jeering is CM Punk’s rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez and he’s holding a microphone with a big smile on his face. Looking very smart in black trousers and a white shirt, he calmly waits for the crowd to quieten down. Eventually, they do!

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez:
At this time it is my pleasure to announce t’ you, the man who was not only was victorious at No Mercy but left still the World Heavyweight Champion. . . my mentor, C-M PUNK!

“This Fire Burns”

A barrage of heat is thrown in the direction of CM Punk as he walks out to the stage with a huge grin on his face. Wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a black leather jacket with the world title draped over his shoulder, he looks down to see his rookie applauding him in the ring. The World Heavyweight Champion nods at him and makes his way coolly down the ramp, taking great pleasure in seeing the fans fury at him holding the world title still. As he steps inside the ring, he walks over to Del Rio-Ramirez and shakes hands with him and is passed the microphone. He continues to revel in the fans’ frustration as his music cuts, bringing out the sheer volume of the heat even more. He soaks it up and laughs it off with his rookie.

CM Punk:
You know by now you’d think I’d be angry that you blind ignorant so called wrestling fans continue to show me this ill-founded disrespect, but the fact remains that I am still your World Heavyweight Champion.

Punk raises his title in the air with great pleasure, winding the crowd up even more, much to Del Rio-Ramirez’s amusement.

CM Punk:
Quite frankly I don’t care about what you people think anymore. The fact remains that this prestigious title belongs t’ me no matter what obstacle is put in my place, whether that be a scramble match against no fewer than four challengers, a challenge from one of the greatest of all time in ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels in the main event of SummerSlam or a triple threat match this past Sunday night. Just so you’re left without any confusion like I’m sure you people are ev’ry day of your lives, each of those predicaments ended in the same outcome; me with my hand raised and announced as still the World Heavyweight Champion.

*Major Heat*

CM Punk: Whatever your opinion of me as champion or even as a person, I don’t care. All that matters is ev’rytime I defend this title I fight as if my life depends on it and the end result is always the same no matter how much that disappoints you and your pathetic lives.

*Boos*

CM Punk: However despite my latest triumph at No Mercy, I have to tell you that it’s been tainted. It’s been tainted in a way that I said could happen and would happen if a certain general manager of ours followed through with his ridiculous idea of bringing a superstar by the name of John Cena over from Raw.

*Huge Pop*

CM Punk: Yeah, John Cena. Ev’rywhere he goes ev’ryone knows who John Cena is, but the problem that I pointed out unsurprisingly has happened in front of my very eyes. I said with total confidence that if John Cena was brought to Smackdown he would steal the limelight away from ev’ryone else, most notably the one person most deserving of it, the one person who’s beaten ev’ryone put in front of him for the last six months, your World Champion C-M Punk.

*More Heat*

CM Punk: I said that Cena would swan over here without a care in the world wanting to be the headline attraction like he was on Raw and look what happened. He had no right getting involved in my match Sunday night, but did that stop the legend that is John Cena, the man you all worship? Of course not. He wasn’t happy not being in the main event and he had to get under the spotlight like he always does. Well guess what Cena? I welcome you to Smackdown, really I do, because John this isn’t Raw. This isn’t the John Cena show. This is Smackdown. There’ll be no fanfare for you each week here. See this is a place where we appreciate being away from the world that revolves around John Cena on Raw. Here we can express ourselves as we wish. We don’t have to worry about John Cena acting as he sees fit, disrespecting ev’ryone who can actually wrestle.

*Heat*

CM Punk: Now I’m not going t’ stand here an’ lie an’ tell you I didn’t enjoy my time on Raw because I did, all until one moment, the moment John Cena came back and did what he did best, made ev’rything about him at a time when I was really making a name for myself. I was making noises over there. The spotlight was finally shifting in my direction but when I became the Intercontinental Champion at the Royal Rumble, no one cared all because it was the big return of John Cena.

*Pop*

CM Punk: It didn’t matter that I was successful that night and Cena wasn’t, as was also the case at WrestleMania, then in a moment that changed my career forever, I escaped from the land of no recognition to come t’ Smackdown where I stand before you right now as the headline star of this company.

*Heat*

CM Punk: In the short time I’ve been here I’ve climbed to the top and overcome challenges no one else before me has time an’ time again. Like I said before; you don’t have t’ believe me, I have the title here to prove it.

Punk smirks at the crowd again with Del Rio-Ramirez sn-iggering while the fans make their feelings clear.

CM Punk:
So Cena you can do whatever you have to t’ try and take the spotlight away from me, only this time you’re not going t’ get it. I won’t allow it t’ happen, and if you don’t believe me, take a look at this.

A recap from No Mercy is shown where Cena stormed the ring during the main event for Punk’s world title and FU’d Edge before doing the same to Chris Jericho and then being caught out by Punk to fall on the receiving end of a GTS. As the camera cuts back to the ring, Punk and his rookie are still grinning arrogantly at the crowd.

CM Punk:
See John, I’m ready for anything you have to throw at me. I’ve been through tougher challenges than you, and this incentive you’ve been thrown by Tazz to bring here you, giving you the chance to lead a team to take on a team chosen by me isn’t going to go the way you Tazz or these people would like to think. I sent you a clear message at No Mercy that I’m not afraid of you Cena, and unlike you I’m not going to have a problem going back to the locker room and finding a team of men who’ll jump at the chance to beat the hell out of you and send you on your way back to Raw.

*Ton of Heat*

CM Punk: You can forget all about beating me at the Survivor Series and earning yourself a shot at my world title at Night of Champions because it’s simply not going to. . .

“On this day, I see clearly, ev’rything has come to. . .”

Punk, Del Rio-Ramirez and the fans look stunned to see ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge in a serious looking mood walk out to the stage to a mixed reception, largely boos though. He paces his way down the ramp and in to the ring, past Punk and his rookie to collect a microphone. The music stops and Punk stares at Edge, still shocked to see him standing there.

CM Punk:
I don’t mean t’ be rude. . .

Edge: . . . Whoa hold on there champ, I’m just going t’ say what it is I have t’ say if y’don’t mind?

Punk stands back, seemingly allowing Edge to get whatever it is off his chest.

Edge:
See Punk, it seems that we’ve both got a similar problem here as far as John Cena goes. Both of us have been vocal in saying how much we don’t want him over here, and for the record no one hates Cena more than I do.

*Heat*

Edge: Cena an’ me have taken each other t’ hell an’ back an’ back again, so I guess you can imagine just how pissed I was t’ see him here when I came back, just as much as I was t’ see my brother get a shot at that world title you’ve got resting on that shoulder of yours. An’ since we’re on the subject of that champ, you might wanna thank me, ‘cause if it weren’t for me spearing Christian the other night, the odds are you wouldn’t be World Champion right now.

*Mixed*

Punk doesn’t look happy about that at all.

CM Punk:
Alright Edge just what it is you came out here t’ say because. . .

Edge: . . . Whoa take a chill pill, I’m not here t’ cause trouble. I’m here t’ help. . . See we all know that at Survivor Series you an’ Cena are gonna be puttin’ teams t’gether t’ go against each other, an’ since we both hate Cena an’ want him gone, I’m here for one reason only Punk, to offer you my services.

*Heat*

CM Punk: Let me get this straight; you want to be part of my team to take on Cena at Survivor Series right?

Edge: Exactly, however there’s a bit more to it than that, just like the match at Survivor Series. Like you said before, our joke of a general manager has promised his good buddy Cena a shot at the world title if his team can beat yours, but with me on board that’s not gonna happen. That’ll leave you not having t’ face Cena at Night of Champions, leaving a shot open for someone else t’ face you instead.

Punk smirks, sensing where Edge is going.

CM Punk:
Right, now I get it. You wanna help me beat Cena and get yourself a world title shot? Nice thinking! Seriously it is, an’ you know what? I respect that. I respect you coming out here an’ being honest. It might be somewhat selfish but I believe you when you say how much you wanna beat Cena and I have to admit that having someone of your experience and ability on board along with myself and Alberto here would definitely help, so Edge, you can count yourself in.

Punk extends his hand to Edge and the two men shake, and then Edge turns to Del Rio-Ramirez to shake his hand. . .

“My Time is Now”

John Cena
hits the stage to a huge roar, and the crowd are going crazy as he runs out to each side of the stage, obviously not at the same time! He might be known as Superman but actually he’s not kids! He heads back to centre stage with a microphone in hand as his music cuts to reveal the full extent of the noise the kids & women are making. Cena looks like he’s loving the attention, unlike Punk, Edge & Del Rio-Ramirez as they stare up at him with disgust.

John Cena:
It’s great t’ see my fan club is in full force t’night.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: Thanks guys.

He turns to the crowd and shakes his head, then points down to the ring.

John Cena:
No I mean you guys. I can feel your love an’ you have no idea how much I appreciate it so thanks.

Cena smiles down at them but they’re really not happy to see him standing there making jokes.

CM Punk:
Alright Cena cut the crap. It’s not exactly a surprise you felt the need to come out here and do what you always do, and by that I mean suck up t’ these gullible morons and make sure the whole world knows John Cena’s in town, but for once why don’t you just cut t’ the chase and say what you’ve gotta say so we can get out of here before our ears start t’ bleed?

Cena’s the one smirking now, quite enjoying Punk’s bluntness it seems.

John Cena:
Y’know for a man who’s just got lucky t’ hold on to the world title one more time, you’ve got yourself a whole lot o’ confidence Punk.

*Pop*

John Cena: An’ as far as me stealin’ this limelight you’re talkin’ about, well it ain’t exactly my fault these guys don’t care about you an’ you bore them t’ death is it?

*Huge Cheer*

Punk glares up at him.

CM Punk:
I don’t have to entertain them. That’s not what I’m here t’ do. I’m the World Heavyweight Champion and I’m. . .

John Cena: . . . Blah blah blah blah blah blah.

*Pop*

John Cena: We’ve heard it all before Punk. You’ve overcome so many challenges; scramble matches, triple threat matches, we get it. The fact is these people don’t like you, they don’t respect you an’ they don’t have to.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: They don’t respect you because you go about your business the wrong way, by hook or by crook. Me, I go out an’ fight f’ my life, an’ if that ain’t enough, at least I’ve given it all I’ve got. You Punk, you wonder why these people don’t respect you? It’s because you’re a hypocrite. You go on an’ on about this journey t’ being the best the business has to offer. Well from where I’m standin’, an’ I don’t often agree with Edge. . . if it weren’t f’ him you wouldn’t be standing there World Champion right now.

*Big Cheer*

There’s some awkwardness between Punk & Edge as they turn and look at each other with Edge trying to play it down.

John Cena:
But y’know what champ? You ain’t gotta worry ‘bout that right now. You’ve gotta worry ‘bout Survivor Series, an’ even if no one back there wants t’ help me out an’ be on Team Cena, so be it. I ain’t got no problem goin’ through the whole locker room if I have to t’ get a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship come Night of Champions. An’ Punk, when I get t’ Night of Champions, I promise y’this; you won’t have t’ worry ‘bout who saved you the title ‘cause you won’t have it.

*Massive Pop*

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez: Excuse me but who do you think you are coming out here and disrespecting the heavyweight champion of the world like this?

*Heat*

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez: Do you have any respect? Clearly it would seem not, but since you’re here Cena, I would like t’ tell you some home truths, literally. See where I come from back in Mexico, our wrestling fans respect C-M Punk because he is a wrestler, a great wrestler. You Cena, you’re not even an okay wrestler. I wouldn’t even call you a wrestler. And as these American fans would say. . . you suck.

*More Boos*

Cena laughs it off, not taking Punk’s rookie that seriously.

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez:
My mentor is ten times the wrestler you will ever be and I’ve already learned so much from him about American wrestling. In fact tonight I want to sure you how much I’ve learnt from watching him, only this time I want to do it in the ring.

*Pop*

Punk looks curiously at his rookie. Del Rio-Ramirez is looking very self assured and looks up at Cena.

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez:
What better way John Cena than to show you just how good a mentor he is by beating you here t’night in your first official match back as a Smackdown superstar?

*Huge Pop*

John Cena: Whoa hold it there Alby ‘cause you look like you’re kinda serious ‘bout this.

Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez: Hey, my name is not Alby, it’s Alberto and I am serious, deadly serious. I want you in this ring tonight.

Punk tries to talk to the Mexican, but Del Rio-Ramirez is fixed on Cena.

John Cena:
Well if you’re serious Alby I ain’t got a problem with it. I guess I’ll see y’later on. ‘til then, take care!

“My Time is Now” plays to a big cheer in the arena with Punk questioning Del Rio-Ramirez, but he is very self assured and tries to reassure his mentor with Edge looking up disapprovingly at the all smiling face of Cena who salutes back at him before turning round to walk backstage.


*Video Promo*

We cut to the back where we see the angry duo of Petey Williams & Johnny Devine dressed for action making their way through the back, and we switch to a shot of the fired up team of Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas as they too walk through the halls of the arena as they prepare to lock horns when we come back after the break!


*Commercial Break*


Michael Cole:
Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown, live t’night from the X-L Center in Hartford Connecticut, and boy what a start we had before the break. We found that out later on in our main event, we will see John Cena in action in his first match back as a Smackdown superstar when he takes on the rookie of the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.

Matt Striker: That is indeed going to be in an interesting contest Michael, not just because it will be John Cena’s first match back here on Smackdown but of the implications it’s going to have on the elimination match between Cena and Del Rio-Ramirez’s mentor C-M Punk at the Survivor Series. You can be sure that Punk and Edge won’t be too far away and we’ll get to see just how much Del Rio-Ramirez will add to that team too.

Michael Cole: Well as exciting as our main event is folks, we’ve got a whole lot more than to look forward to t’night. We’re going to see a rematch from No Mercy when Shawn Michaels goes one on one with Jack Swagger, and we heard The Miz say on Raw Monday night that he will be here t’night as he has something he wants to say t’ The Heartbreak Kid. God knows what that will be, but in addition to that we’ll see the W-W-E Tag Team Champions The UK Pack in action too after their successful title defence Sunday night, and speaking of tag team action, we’re about to kick things off with some right now.

“Hell Will Be Callin’ Your Name”

The team of Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas make their way out to the stage to a decent pop, both looking pretty focused for the upcoming match.



*Video Recap*
From No Mercy

Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield
Closing Minutes:
Masters furiously turns round and runs right at him with Haas lifting his boot up in to his former partner’s face, sending him staggering out of the corner to a pop from the crowd. Haas follows him out and connects with the OLYMPIC SLAM TO A FEROCIOUS POP FROM THE PHILADELPHIA CROWD!!!. . . . . Masters is flat on his back with Sheffield panicking like mad on the apron, but Haas can’t take advantage. Slowly he lifts his head up of the mat, still dazed, and Masters shows signs of life too. He can’t stop Haas crawling towards his corner with the ultra pumped Lashley desperately holding out his hand for the cover, and he gets it too to a massive roar in the Wachovia Center.

The crowd erupts as Lashley hits the ring with Masters oblivious to it as he sits up. Sensing the danger, Sheffield races in to the ring, but Lashley sees it and charges at him to level him with a SPEAR!!!. . . . . The crowd are on their feet as Masters makes it up to his knees and up to his feet, trying to steady himself as Lashley locks his eyes on him with Sheffield rolling out to the floor. Haas stands up on the apron and watches on as Masters turns round to see Lashley charging at him to connect with the SPEAR!!!. . . . . Cheers are ringing out as Lashley shifts across on his knees to make the cover. . . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3!


*Cut to the Arena*


Petey Williams & Johnny Devine walk out in to the arena with their music playing and they’re certainly not in a good mood at all. The fans throw some boos their way, and the Canadian duo give them some dirty looks as they stomp their way down the ramp.


*Video Recap*
From No Mercy

WWE Tag Team Championship
The UK Pack © w/TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
Closing Minutes:
Devine gets his shoulder but is obviously struggling as he lifts his head up off the mat. There’s no sympathy from Harry who quickly stands back up and brings his opponent up with him, connecting with a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!. . . . . Holding on for a cover, Smith waits for the ref to rush across and make the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

No! Devine holds on again as Petey makes it back up in the corner. He sees Smith getting back up and runs right at him, but Harry sees him coming and grabs him by the head to send him flying over the ropes down to the floor below. The crowd are cheering now as TJ watches on approvingly with his mentor hell bent on finishing the job. Devine’s struggling to make it back up on to his knees, but Smith gives him a helping hand, scooping him up on to his shoulder. Retreating to the corner with Devine putting up no resistance, the crowd rise to their feet as the focused Smith runs across the ring and plants him with the RUNNING POWERSLAM!!!. . . . . It’s all over or so it seems as Smith reaches to the side and hooks Devine’s legs for the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3!


*Cut to the Arena*



*The Opening Match*
Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine


Lashley & Haas were on fire in this one, up & at it from the moment the bell rung. Cole & Striker were in awe of them, commenting on how quickly they’re becoming an effective unit, and their Canadian opponents were left frustrated by their opponents. They didn’t seem to have gotten over their failure to win the tag team titles at No Mercy either, and Petey especially was in one foul mood. He did manage however to find a way in to the contest for himself & Devine. Haas was in control and looking sharper than he has in a long time with his sights set on Williams, but as he tossed Petey behind for an overhead belly to belly to suplex, the Canadian landed on his feet.

He steadied himself and turned round as quickly as he could, surprising the hell out of Haas as he too turned round and ran right in to an enzuigiri. Petey & Devine took it turns to isolate Charlie from there, but when Devine went looking for a split-legged moonsault that he calls the Love Gun Moonsault, Haas lifted his knees up and Devine’s gut crashed right in to them. It gave Haas the chance to crawl across to his corner and tag in the monster that is Lashley, and at the same time Devine just about managed to drag himself across to tag Petey back in. He & Lashley ran at each other with Lashley striking first with a clothesline.

Petey stood up to walk in to another, and his punishment for showing some resiliency to get up again was a military press gutbuster. The crowd were cheering Lashley on, and despite Petey kicking out at two, Lashley took it on the chin and went right back to work, showing no frustration whatsoever. He showed off his impressive strength by dragging Petey up and holding him up in the air for almost ten seconds before sending him crashing down in to the pads with a delayed vertical suplex. Devine slowly stood up on the apron and could only watch on as Lashley once again made his way back up bringing Williams with him.

Petey was in deep trouble, quickly fired in to the ropes and the victim of a bone-crunching spinebuster. The crowd were cheering as Lashley’s dominance shone through, and as he retreated to his corner with his eyes locked firmly on the squirming Canadian, Devine panicked knowing his partner was in serious danger. He rushed in to the ring and ran across at Lashley, but the former military man ran at him to meet him halfway and take him down with an explosive spear. The cheers broke out again as the impact sent Devine rolling out to the floor while Petey unwittingly struggled to get back up.

Lashley watched him up every step of the way before losing patience to pull him in to place for the Dominator. Petey was defenceless and was quickly slammed in to the mat, putting up no resistance whatsover as Lashley made the cover, picking up the three count to give him & Haas another impressive victory. The two men got themselves a very decent pop and show of appreciation from the crowd as they had their arms raised by the referee while Cole & Striker raved about how much of a threat they’re becoming to the rest of the tag team division.

Winners: Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


An impressed John Cena is watching on a monitor in the back, nodding his head.

John Cena:
Alright. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.

Cena’s eyes take him away from the screen, looking in another direction.

John Cena:
There he is; the United States Champion, the two thousand an’ eight King of the Ring, Matt I’m on a one hell of a roll Sydal.

The camera zooms out and there stands an almost embarrassed looking Matt Sydal along with Mickie James. The United States Champion has the title over his shoulder in his casual gear and his other arm round Mickie.

Mickie James:
Hey John, how’s it goin’?

John Cena: How’s it goin’ y’say? Here I am standin’ with the man of the moment, Smackdown’s next big star. . .

Matt Sydal: . . . Stop. . . Wait, don’t! Carry on!

Cena offers his hand to Sydal and the youngster is only too happy to shake it, and Cena then hugs his old friend, Mickie from their Raw days.

John Cena:
I gotta say man, you’ve made quite the name f’ y’self the last few months. All the guys on Raw have been talkin’ ‘bout you Matt, an’ I watched your match Sunday with Tazz an’ you impressed the hell out o’ the both of us. That shooting star press on the ladder. Man that was sick.

Matt Sydal: I don’t know about that.

Mickie James: I do. He won’t tell anyone else but he’s still in pain because of that, and there was no need for you to do it.

John Cena: Come on now Mickie, he did what he had t’ do t’ keep the title, an’ he did it.

Matt Sydal: I sure did.

John Cena: Damn straight y’did an’ while you’re here bro’, there’s somethin’ I wan’ed to ask ya. You might’ve heard C-M Punk an’ Edge earlier talkin’ bout Survivor Series an’ how no one wants me here, well what I wan’ed to ask y’was whether you’d be the first member of Team Cena. I know it’s a lot to ask with how much those guys are on my bac. . .

Matt Sydal: . . . You want me to be part of your team?

John Cena: First choice champ.

Matt Sydal: Wow I’m honoured.

John Cena: You’re honoured but you’re in right?

Matt Sydal: Oh yeah, you can count me in alright. Thanks f’ asking me.

John Cena: Hey, no need t’ thank me, it was a no brainer. Just make sure those ribs get better an’ you’re ready f’ war at Survivor Series.

Matt Sydal: Yeah I’ll be ready. Bring it on!

John Cena: Great, well I guess I better go find someone else t’ help us out. I’ll see y’later champ. Take care y’hear.

Cena taps Sydal on the shoulder before walking away, leaving Sydal smiling away alongside Mickie, and she too is looking pleased for her boyfriend.

Matt Sydal:
Me on Team Cena? Can you believe that? I can’t wait.

Mickie James: Well Survivor Series is about six weeks away. You’ll have to, let those ribs heal up.

Matt Sydal: There’ll be fine but I like how you worry about me.

Mickie James: It’s my job baby, and since you’re happy jumping off ladders f’ no reason, it’s a good thing somebody does.

They smile and look in to each other’s eyes before moving in for a kiss, getting quite steamy as the camera fades to black and we go to another commercial break.


*Commercial Break*


We’re at an undisclosed location, outside what appears to be a restaurant and now we head inside what looks like a very nice establishment, cutting to a table where Elijah Burke is sitting with his girlfriend, Layla. They’re both looking extremely relaxed for the first time in months after Burke’s win over Ziggler this past Sunday at No Mercy. A waiter pours them both some champagne and they tap glasses, both smiling widely.

Elijah Burke:
Cheers baby.

Layla: Right back at you baby.

Again they look in to each other’s eyes and smile, looking so happy.

Layla:
This is so nice ‘lijah. Thanks for doing this. You really didn’t need to, but I’m glad you did!

Elijah Burke: Hey, anything for my beautiful woman. After all you’ve been through lately it’s the least you deserve. You’ve got no idea how worried I was before that match wit’ Ziggler the other night. The thought of you havin’ t’ go out wit’ him; man I was so scared it was gonna happen. I was so sure he was gonna. . .

Layla: . . . Hey it’s fine. Look around, it all worked out fine. I just want us to forget all about that creep and just about us.

Elijah Burke: You got it. I’m not gonna let anyone get near you like that again I promise. The only good thing ‘bout that was he made me realise just how much y’mean t’ me baby girl. I ain’t ever met anyone like you my entire life an’ I don’t ever wanna let you go. It made me realise that I love you more than anything else in the world an’ I want you t’ know that.

Layla: Aarh that’s so sweet. I love you too.

Burke smiles and they lean across the table to give each other a quick kiss. They then lean back and Burke looks round, then clicks his finger. A violinist dressed in a suit walks over and starts playing a romantic number for Layla, and she tilts her head to the size, gazing blissfully at her boyfriend. Burke smiles at the violinist and then stands up from his chair, surprising Layla. He then drops down to one knee beside her chair.

Layla:
Oh my. . . I don’t believe it.

He grins at her and reaches inside his blazer pocket to pull out a small jewellery box. He then opens it and holds it in front of him, causing Layla’s jaw to drop. She’s almost in tears.

Elijah Burke:
Layla, my whole life I’ve been lucky enough t’ do so many of the things I’ve loved an’ always wan’ed to. I’ve travelled the world, met some amazing people but no one compares t’ you. No one comes close t’ you; your beauty, your heart, your soul. I love you more than anything else in the world an’ I can’t imagine spending my life without you in it. . . Layla, will you do me the honour of making me the happiest man in the world an’ being my wife?

Layla wipes away the tears and jumps off her chair to hug Burke.

Layla:
Of course I will.

A big round of applause breaks out in the restaurant as they kiss, and as they pull away, Layla looks at the ring. Burke takes it out of the box and places it slowly on to her finger, smiling the whole time. Layla kisses him again and the violinist stops playing.

Violinist:
Congratulations.

Layla: Thank you.

Burke stands up and hands him some cash then turns round as Layla stands up.

Elijah Burke:
WAITER, can I get some champagne for ev’ryone. We’re celebratin’ t’night an’ so are all of you.

Layla throws her arms round her new fiancée as they prepare to party with the rest of the restaurant.


*Video Recap*
From Last Week

J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Johnny Jeter & Chavo Guerrero

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.


*Cut to the Arena*


“Time to Shine”

The WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter walks out in to the arena with his rookie, Yoshi Tatsu following him out. The fans boo Jeter and he doesn’t appear to be in the best of moods tonight, and as usual Tatsu isn’t best pleased to be around his mentor. Both in their ring gear, they enter the ring and Jeter goes to get a microphone, staring angrily at his rookie as he heads back in to the centre of the ring.

Johnny Jeter:
For the last few weeks I’m used t’ being pissed me off, but last week f’ the first time it had nothing t’do with this joke standing behind me. It seems that I’ve got another joke causing a great pain in my ass, an’ he goes by the name of Santino Marella.

*Pop*

Johnny Jeter: Oh yeah, there y’go people, encourage him. You encourage that loser. Give him all the encouragement he needs t’ believe he can actually beat me an’ take the cruiserweight title away from me but the fact is he can’t, an’ t’night I’m gonna make him see that. T’night I’m gonna deal with him once an’ f’ all. Correction, I’m gonna deal with him right now. Yeah you heard me right you little goofball. This might be the cruiserweight division but it’s not the midget division. I want you t’ bring your ass out here right n. . .

“La Vittoria é Mia”

And here comes Santino Marella to a strong reception from the Hartford crowd. The Italian waves & smiles at the crowd as he makes his way down to the ring in his wrestling attire, and Yoshi goes to get a microphone for him, surprising everyone, especially Jeter. He asks Yoshi what he’s doing, but the Japanese rookie shrugs his shoulders, not understanding a word his mentor is saying.

Santino Marella:
I’m-a so sorry to see you’re grumpy t’night, but what is it you-a have on your minds that you-a feel the need to call me out here?

Johnny Jeter: What? Is that how you really talk? You mean you really are a goofball? It’s not just an act t’ get these morons t’ like you?

Santino Marella: I don’t know what you’re-a talking about. All I heard-a you say was not for the first time you have a pain in your ass, but that’s not for me to talk about. I think you-a need to tell your friend to be more gentle.

*Laughs & Cheers*

Even Yoshi laughs and Jeter asks him why, but again Tatsu plays dumb.

Johnny Jeter:
Alright I was gonna play this the nice way but again you’ve pissed me off big time.

Santino Marella: I’m-a so sorry to hear tha. . .

Johnny Jeter: . . . Shut the hell up, I’m speaking. I called you out here for one reason, to challenge you to a match right here right now.

*Big Pop*

Johnny Jeter: What’d y’say then huh?

Santino Marella: I-a say you’re on.

Johnny Jeter: Great then let me intr’duce you to your opponent; my incredibly talented rookie, YOSHI TATSU!

*Heat*

There’s confusion in the ring as Santino looks at both Jeter & Tatsu.

Johnny Jeter:
What, did you think I was going to let you face me? You’ve not earned the right. Beat him and I might think about it.

The fans continue to boo as Jeter leaves the ring with a big smirk on his face as both Yoshi & Santino look very awkward with Santino trying to explain it to him.


*Match #2*
Santino Marella vs. Yoshi Tatsu w/Johnny Jeter


With Jeter watching on and getting agitated by his rookie’s performances at times, he showed no hesitation in yelling at him from the outside, even upsetting his opponent. Santino was on top but let himself get distracted by Jeter when the Cruiserweight Champion grabbed his foot as he ran the ropes. It gave Yoshi more time to steady himself, and as the Italian eventually turned round, he ran at his opponent and right in to a spinning heel kick. Jeter enjoyed that one and even applauded his rookie. Yoshi was fired up and kept on going, putting on a show for the Hartford faithful.

It looked as if he was heading towards victory, but when he went for a roundhouse kick, Santino ducked and quickly took him down with a jawbreaker. After a delayed two count, both men picked themselves back up and continued to push each other to the limit. It was Yoshi that gained the upper hand in the closing minutes to the surprise of his mentor, who amazingly started to show him support. Santino only just got his shoulder up after a bridging german suplex before escaping a rolling inside cradle just in time, and just as it looked like there was going to be upset, Marella lifted his boot up in to the rookie’s face after being fired in to the corner.

Yoshi staggered out holding his face and Santino followed to send him spiralling down in to the canvas courtesy of a rolling cutter to pick up a victory at the expense of his rival’s rookie, infuriating Jeter at ringside. The Cruiserweight Champion threw a strop, waving his arms around in the air as a delighted Santino stood up to get his arm raised by the ref. He was chuckling away at seeing Jeter throw a hissy fit and then went to the apron to ask for a microphone.

Winner: Santino Marella by pinfall.

Santino Marella: I’d just like to-a say Jonathan that I totally understand-a why you won’t get in this-a ring with me. I know you’re-a scared of me taking your Cruiserweight Championship, but sometime somewhere it will happen and I-a will be the next Cruiserweight Campione of the World.

A big pop breaks out as Jeter lifts his title aloft, staring defiantly at Santino as Tatsu sits up behind him. Santino turns round and helps Yoshi up, not going down well with Yoshi's mentor at all


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*

We’re shown shots of a fairly big blonde woman with tattoos on her arms wearing a sleeveless top and jeans in a bar having a good time with a group of nearly ten people, both men & women. She grabs a beer from the bar and chugs it, getting a loud cheer of encouragement from her group and shocking others. She just stares at them and gets in to it with them, then shoves a guy down to the floor and goes back for another beer, chugging it again.

Narrator:
She’s not your ordinary diva. She’s not your ordinary woman. She won’t be pushed around by any woman or man. . . She’s the definition of unpredictable. She’s O-D-B and she’s coming soon to Smackdown. . . Look out Smackdown because things are about to get dirty!




*Cut Backstage*


One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul Burchill is in his locker room, getting ready for his match later on without his partner, Harry Smith but Josh Matthews is there with a microphone standing by.

Josh Matthews:
You ready Paul? You good t’ go?

Paul Burchill: Sure.

Burchill turns round and despite retaining the tag team titles at No Mercy, he doesn’t appear to be too happy this evening.

Josh Matthews:
Well first off I’d like to congratulate you and of course your partner Harry on successfully retaining the tag team titles this past Sunday at No Mercy, however t’night you will be in action against an old rival of yours in Chris Masters and his rookie, Ryan Sheffield. You’ve both been through a lot with The Masterpiece and I wanted to get your thoughts on locking horns with him and Sheffield t’night.

Paul Burchill: Masters? We’ve dealt with him before and we’ll deal with him again t’night, if Harry ever gets here that is.

Josh Matthews: I have to admit I was surprised he wasn’t here when I got here. If you don’t mind me asking, where is he?

Paul Burchill: I wish I knew, just as long as he gets here. . . soon.

Josh Matthews: Well I’ll keep a lookout. If I see him I’ll let him know you’re looking for him.

Low key, Burchill nods ever so slightly at Josh before taking his shirt off and throwing it across the room as Josh takes his leave.


*Video Recap*
From No Mercy

Elijah Burke w/Layla vs. Dolph Ziggler
If Ziggler wins, he gets a date with Layla
If Burke wins, Ziggler must stay away from them

Closing Minutes:
Ziggler just and only just gets his shoulder up. Layla can’t believe it on the outside, slumping forward on to the apron in shock. Burke takes it on the chin and leans back on his knees as Ziggler crawls away and towards the corner. Burke watches him as he pulls himself up the pads, and the intensity builds inside Burke. He stands back up and retreats to the opposite corner, pulling down his knee pads to a big pop as he prepares for the ELIJAH EXPRESS!!!. . . . . The fans stand up as Burke gets ready and charges at Ziggler, jumping up at him with his knees, but no! Ziggler turns round and steps to the side.

Burke reacts quickly and grabs the top rope. He turns round in a flash and Ziggler nails him with a right hand, then tries for an irish whip, but Burke reverses it and sends him right in to the path of the referee to send them both down! Burke & Layla look on in shock with the ref seemingly out of it as Ziggler rolls to the side. Burke looks genuinely concerned for the referee and goes to check on him, taking his eyes off of his opponent. The ref still isn’t moving, and Burke shaking him isn’t helping. He tells Layla what she should already be able to see, and they look as confused as each other as what to do while Dolph claws his way back up behind Burke unnoticed.

Not for long though as Layla tries to warn her man, but it’s too late and he falls victim to the ZIG ZAG!!!. . . . . Ziggler shimmies round in a flash and goes for the cover, not knowing the ref is down & out. He looks across the mat and sees the ref lying there totally out of it, and he’s not happy at all. He looks gutted and drops his head in to his hands, knowing he has Burke beat. He then takes another look and shakes his head furiously, then spots an opportunity as a big smile appears on his face, causing yet more concern for Layla. He heads out of the ring and grabs a chair before slipping back in as Burke sits up, totally oblivious as to what’s waiting for him.

Layla’s freaking out big time as the ref remains motionless on the mat with Ziggler almost salivating at the sight of Burke struggling back up to his feet. The fans boo, getting increasingly nervous as Ziggler raises the chair up above his head. Layla can’t take it any longer and rushes in to the ring behind him. She reaches up and grabs the chair from him, shocking the hell out of Ziggler who turns round and stares at her. He asks her what she’s doing and she just stares at him with contempt, threatening to blast him with the chair, and he begins to laugh.

He shakes his head and tells her she’s not going to do it, angering her further and she snaps, SWINGING THE CHAIR AND NAILING DOLPH IN THE FACE WITH THE CHAIR TO A HUGE ROAR INSIDE THE WACHOVIA CENTER!!!. . . . . Burke stands up and looks surprised himself with Layla glaring down at Dolph, completely out for the count on his back in the middle of the ring. Burke looks impressed and nods at her, then takes the chair before tossing it out of the ring and telling her to leave him to it.

The ref begins to come round, all starry eyed on the mat as Burke smiles at the cheering crowd and then reaches down to pull the defenceless Ziggler back up. He puts up no resistance whatsoever as Burke sets him up for the ELIJAH EXPERIENCE!!!. . . . . More cheers break out as Burke enjoys the moment, looking in to the stands with Layla watching intently as Burke then seals the deal, driving Ziggler down in to the mat and hooking the leg with the drowsy ref crawling across to make the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!!

“Don’t Waste My Time” plays to a big pop and a delighted Layla flies in to the ring as Burke gets up and jumps right at him. He catches her and she gives him a kiss and a big hug (lucky sod). He then places her back on her feet, both smiling at the sight of Ziggler not having a clue where he is on the mat. They hug & kiss again before leaving the ring with their arms round each other, pissing Ziggler off as he sits up in the ring, glaring at the happy couple as they simply laugh down at him, pissing him off even more.


*Cut to the Arena*



*Match #3*
Super Crazy vs. Dolph Ziggler


Ziggler was one angry man from the moment he stepped through the curtain, and he certainly let Super Crazy know just how angry he was. He earned himself a couple of warnings from the referee early on for his over aggression, not that they had much effect on him. Dolph didn’t show too much appreciation for the crowd’s jeers either, responding with death stares on a number of occasions. He did let himself get distracted by the fans at one point and paid the price as Crazy came back fighting.

Crazy pulled himself up by the ropes thanks to some extra time to given him, and as Ziggler walked towards him, the Mexican unloaded with a number of right hands, putting him on the back foot. He went for an irish whip only to see it reversed, but as he came back off the ropes he took Ziggler down thanks to some tilt-a-whirl headscissors. With the fans cheering, he tried to keep the momentum going. He grabbed Ziggler by the arm as they made it back up, then fired him in to the ropes before connecting with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.

Dolph was in danger and just kicked out at two, but Crazy wasn’t done there and wasted no time in racing back up to his feet and running on to the apron as Ziggler sat up in clear pain. The Mexican climbed up to the top with the fans urging him on, and as Dolph stood up, he was quickly sent back down after a missile dropkick to a huge pop. To his credit, Ziggler tried to get back up right away. Feeling momentum was well on his side, Crazy gave him a helping hand, helping him up before running in to the corner with a firm grip of his opponent’s head to drill him with a rope run tornado DDT to a loud cheer inside the XL Center.

Some of the fans were on their feet as a hopeful Crazy threw himself on top of Ziggler to make the cover, but Dolph just & only just got his shoulder up to deny the Mexican and the Hartford crowd. For the first time Super Crazy showed his disappointment, dropping his head in to his hands. To his credit he shook it off fairly quickly and went back to trying to pick up an unlikely victory. He dragged Ziggler towards the corner and once again went up to the top rope with his back to the ring. Ziggler however sat up and saw what was going on, panicking and racing back up on to his knees.

He dived in to the ropes to send Crazy in to a sitting position on the top rope, draining a lot of energy from the hopeful crowd. Ziggler was furious as he stood up and threw Crazy’s head back, putting him in almost a tree of woe position to level him with several furious stomps to the chest. Dolph kept up the relentless attack, and after another momentary fightback from his resilient opponent, Ziggler was able to earn himself a hard fought victory courtesy of the Zig Zag. He didn’t seem too happy about it though at the bell and pulled his arm away from the referee before staring angrily at the crowd. He then left the ring and stomped his way back up the ramp to the back as the disappointed Crazy sat back up in the ring.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.


*Commercial Break*


The WWE Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix is in the locker room along with her rookie, Nikki Roxx, and The Glamazon seems to be in a good mood after her title defence at No Mercy.

Nikki Roxx:
You did a great job Sunday Beth. It’s great having you as a mentor. I hope you know how grateful I am for you helping me. I’m learning so much from y. . .

We hear the door slam and so do Beth & Nikki. They turn their heads and don’t look too pleased at all as we see Michelle McCool and her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes walk in, and boy is McCool not happy.

Michelle McCool:
I hope you’re happy Beth. I hope you enjoyed your win if you can call it that. You’re just lucky Mickie was in our match too, ‘cause if she wasn’t, we both know that belt would be mine right now. You know it and I know it. I’m going t’ take that title I promise you, an’ it’s going to be sooner rather than later.

Beth Phoenix: Wow, it sounds like you almost believe that.

Michelle McCool: Oh I do and you better believe it. That title will be mine Beth, make no mistake about it. You’ve been warned.

McCool stares intently at Beth, and The Glamazon’s not intimidated one bit and just stares back at her before McCool calmly leaves the room with Fox & Mendes, leaving Beth & Roxx looking on in shock.


*Video Promo*

We’re shown a split screen of Shawn Michaels & Jack Swagger walking through the back with their No Mercy rematch coming up next!


*Video Recap*
From No Mercy

Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger
Closing Minutes:
The Miz claps ferociously in support for Swagger, but The All-American American looks spent. Michaels can’t believe it, looking very disappointed as he regretfully lets the hold go. He goes after Swagger and pulls him away from the ropes and up to his feet, turns back to the ropes and comes racing back to take him down with a FLYING FOREARM SMASH!!. . . . . The Heartbreak Kid flips up to a huge roar from the capacity crowd, but Swagger too is on the up. Michaels heads to the corner and climbs up to the top rope with The All-American American walking towards him. Shawn takes a look back and comes off the top for an ASAI MOONSAULT!!. . . . .

Swagger catches Michaels on his shoulder and plants him with a SHOULDER BREAKER!!. . . . . Michaels hits the mat and rolls around in agony with The Miz loving it and shouting out for his buddy, and Swagger doesn’t need any advice as he grabs Michaels’ arm and drags him across to the corner. He wastes no time in climbing the ropes, and this time he doesn’t mess about and connects with the SLINGSHOT CORNER SPLASH!!!. . . . . Swagger lands right on Michaels’ chest and reaches to the side, grabbing Michaels’ leg for the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!

Swagger flips out and bangs his head in to the canvas, staring at the referee. He doesn’t get much sympathy, only from The Miz. The All-American American is urged by him to finish Michaels off and that’s what he looks to do. Swagger stands back up and urges Shawn to do the same, and slowly he does, walking right in to his path and a stomp to the gut. The promising youngster lifts him up off his feet for the SPIN-OUT POWERBOMB!!!. . . . . BUT WAIT!. . . . . MICHAELS SLIPS DOWN TO SAFETY DOWN SWAGGER’S BACK!. . . . . The stunned Swagger turns around and goes for a wild clothesline but Michaels ducks it, leans back and BOOM!!!. . . . . SWEET CHIN MUSIC!!!. . . . . . Swagger drops back to the mat and the tired Michaels falls on top of him for the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!

“Sexy Boy” blasts out to a thunderous reception and to the anger of The Miz. He just glares at Michaels as The Heartbreak Kid stands up to get his arm raised by the referee as Swagger rolls to the apron and down to the floor. Michaels poses for the crowd, climbing up to the second rope and pointing to them and then clapping them. He then switches sides and does the same again when The Miz catches his eye. Mr. Hollywood just stares at him, and as Michaels jumps down off the ropes, he asks Justin Roberts for a microphone, and he gets it. He walks right over to the ropes and in front of The Miz, staring right back at him.

Shawn Michaels: Cut my music. . . (Stops). . . Miz, now your buddy’s out of the way, how d’ y’fancy your chances? You wanna prove you’re the star you think you are? How ‘bout you an’ your big mouth step in here with me like a man for once in your life an’ prove it big man?

*Big Pop*

Michaels drops the stick and The Miz glares at him with a face like thunder and stands up with the crowd cheering, anticipating The Miz about to get his ass handed to him. Mr. Hollywood acts all confident and climbs over the security wall with Michaels psyching himself up in the ring. The angry Miz stomps up the steps and through the ropes, then gives Michaels one dirty stare. He’s hot and he rips off his jacket, throwing it down to the mat in a strop, not impressing Michaels one bit though. The Miz raises his fists and urges Shawn to come at him, yelling at him with The Heartbreak Kid looking on in a state of shock at The Miz’s bravery.

Michaels doesn’t know how to react, pissing The Miz off even more. The Clevelander throws another strop and turns his back on Michaels to leave the ring to a ton of heat as he climbs through the ropes and jumps down to the floor. The heat is deafening as Michaels shakes his head, watching on as Mr. Hollywood backs up the ramp staring back at Michaels as “Sexy Boy” plays again to a big pop. Shawn’s still shaking his head, not looking all hat surprised as Miz, still acting like a spoiled brat as he gives the fans some dirty looks, then turns back to Michaels and tells him it’s not over!



*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #4*
No Mercy Rematch
Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger


Even after their fiercely competitive matchup at No Mercy five days earlier, Michaels & Swagger put on another good show here. The All-American American was incredibly fired up for this one, not looking too pleased to have lost at the weekend. He went after Michaels from the get go but The Heartbreak Kid quickly took advantage of his opponent’s over aggression. Swagger however did get in to the match and seized the initiative, keeping on top of Michaels. As the match went on he was on top, and he put Michaels through hell when the veteran went for a leg feed enzuigiri. Swagger held on to the boot and countered by applying the Ankle Lock.

Swagger was intense and applied a ton of pressure to Michaels, and The Showstopper was struggling. He reached his arm out with desperation despite being in the middle of the ring in absolute agony. He tried to reach the bottom rope but was no nowhere near and Swagger kept it that way, holding on tight with ruthless determination. Michaels managed to drag himself towards the ropes, getting closer to the frustration of Swagger. He held on for dear life but couldn’t stop The Heartbreak Kid fighting his way to them to a huge pop inside the XL Center.

The All-American American was fuming and ignored the ref’s count, but Michaels shocked him & everyone by turning over and kicking up at him to send Swagger back and down to the mat. Michaels then tried to pull himself up the ropes as Swagger stood back up in a foul mood. Swagger charged right at him, but Michaels saw him coming and pulled down the top rope to send him down to the floor below. The crowd wee cheering, but even more so several seconds later when Michaels grabbed hold of the rope and came falling down on top of Swagger with a slingshot cross body.

Michaels wasn’t in tip top condition as he made his way back up and rolled Swagger back in to the ring, and as he hopped back up on the apron, he went to the top rope instead and went for a diving elbow drop, but Swagger rolled to the side. As both men picked themselves back up, Michaels blocked a right hand and fired at Swagger with a series of backhand chops before whipping him in to the ropes. Michaels ducked his head as Swagger came back to kick him square in the head. Shawn’s head snapped back up as Swagger then reacted in a flash to send him crashing in to the mat thanks to an overhead belly to belly suplex.

The All-American American scurried across the mat on his knees to make the cover, but Michaels got his shoulder up at two. Swagger wasn’t happy but kept on going, dragging Michaels closer to the corner and then hitting the second rope to come down on him for a corner slingshot suplex. Again Michaels kicked out, but Swagger was focused on finishing the job. He urged Michaels up, watching his every move, and as Shawn managed to get to his feet, he went right for him. He looked to grab Shawn, but The Showstopper ducked underneath and reacted in a flash, exploding with a super kick to a massive roar from the Hartford crowd.

The momentum took him down too and he couldn’t take advantage for almost five seconds before crawling over and stretching his arm out across Swagger’s body for the cover. Swagger showed some fight too and only just got his shoulder up at two. The fans were left disappointed, but as the weary Michaels clawed his way back up with The All-American American sitting up, he headed to the corner to tune up for the band. The crowd were banging their hands together and stomping their feet in synch as the unwitting Swagger tried to pick himself back up, not looking to have a clue where he was. We then heard a sudden burst of boos and saw The Miz & Heath Slater slide in the ring.

Michaels saw them and aimed his finisher at The Miz, but Mr. Hollywood ducked and clubbed him down to his knees, getting Swagger disqualified. Slater & Swagger then joined The Miz in pummelling Michaels to a barrage of heat. The Miz then ordered them back and watched sadistically as the battered Michaels attempted & struggled to claw his way back up, and the moment The Heartbreak Kid made it up to his feet, The Miz jumped on him and drilled him with the Skull Crushing Finale. The fans were booing like nuts as the remorseless Miz just glared on his knees at the out-cold Michaels before taking his time in getting back up and going to collect a microphone.

Winner: Shawn Michaels by DQ.

The Miz: I told you I’d be here Shawn. I told you I’d have something t’ say, and here it is Heartbreak Kid. . . Like I said on Raw, I didn’t back away from a fight with you at No Mercy. You don’t scare me Shawn, not one bit. I came here with a challenge, a challenge to a match at Survivor Series, but it’s no ordinary match I want Shawn. What I’m proposing is a traditional Survivor Series elimination match. Your team versus mine, and right now I’d like you all to say hello to the first two members of my team. . . I give you Heath Slater and Jack Swagger, and alongside their captain they will be victorious at the Survivor Series because WE’RE TEAM MIZ, AND WE’RE AWE-SOME!

“I Came to Play” plays to a ton of heat as Team Miz leave the ring laughing, watching the pissed off Michaels stirring in the ring.


*Commercial Break*


Shawn Michaels is hobbling through the back, looking in a great deal of pain as he walks towards Josh Matthews. Josh sees him and instantly goes towards him.

Josh Matthews:
Shawn, can I get a quick word with you about The Miz’s challenge before the break to an elimination match at the Survivor Series?

Michaels is doing his best to keep calm right now, clutching his stomach as he stares at Josh.

Shawn Michaels:
If that’s what he wants, then that’s exactly what he’s gonna get.

The Heartbreak Kid turns to face the camera with a face like thunder and then carries on walking tentatively through the back.


*Cut to the Arena*


*Match #5*
Non-Title Match
The UK Pack w/TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield


Masters & Sheffield were revelling in the prospect of having to face just one half of the tag team champions as Paul Burchill made his way out to the ring alone, and he was understandably angry at having to do so. However as he stepped inside the ring and handed his title belt over to the referee, a flustered Harry Smith along with his rookie, TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart walked out to the arena. Burchill turned and saw Smith there, getting an instant apology as his partner entered the ring in his normal clothes, jeans and a T-shirt.

Burchill questioned him without things getting aggressive and TJ & Natalya entered the ring to help explain, frustrating their opponents who told the ref to get a move on. Once the match started there was no questioning Smith’s commitment. Masters & Sheffield looked like they had a point to prove and the rookie was impressing. He was doing so at the expense of Burchill, and the Brit didn’t seem his usual self at all, allowing Sheffield the chance to put him & Masters in control.

He was impressing his mentor and the announce team as he did a number on Burchill, almost picking up the victory after a Body Avalanche followed up by double knee gutbuster from a double underhook lift. Burchill just got his shoulder up, and after asking for the tag, Masters entered the arena and looked to seal the win by with The Masterlock. The fans were trying to warn Burchill, and he avoided the hold by slipping out of Masters’ grasp, only to run the ropes and back in to a double axe handle blow to the chest. The Masterpiece didn’t let him even attempt to get back up, dragging him back up to his feet and in to a bearhug.

Again the fans showed their support for Burchill with Smith doing the same on the apron, getting the fans going even more. Burchill fought the hold and made it down to his feet to the anger of Masters. The Masterpiece went at him for a clothesline which Burchill ducked before taking him down with a reverse DDT and then quickly followed it up with a standing shooting star press. The fans were cheering as he reached out for a cover, but Masters kicked out. Smith wanted in and took the match to Masters, and it looked like victory was on the cards when Smith scooped him up on to his shoulder for the running powerslam.

Sheffield had other ideas though and entered the ring, resulting in Smith letting go of The Masterpiece. The rookie ran at Smith and connected with a clothesline before being ordered out of the ring by the referee. Masters then crawled across to tag his rookie in to the match, but as Sheffield set Smith up for the Silverback Attack, a jackhammer, Smith blocked it and then caught him with a delayed vertical suplex to a big pop. It was Smith’s turn to make the tag to bring Burchill in to the action, and he charged at Sheffield to send him down with a clothesline, a high knee and then a swinging neckbreaker. Sheffield was in trouble and Masters knew it.

Burchill was sizing his opponent up for the kill, causing Masters to panic and storm the ring. He ran at Burchill for a clothesline but the Englishman ducked, resulting in Masters nailing his rookie instead. Burchill quickly tossed the shocked Masters out of the ring before planting the groggy Sheffield with the C4 to pick up the win for the tag team champions. At the bell though, after initially celebrating together, the champs were split as TJ & Natalya joined in to congratulate them. They ended up doing so with Smith, leaving Burchill standing on his own awkwardly, and he left the ring looking a bit put out, confusing Smith & Co in the ring as they watched the unhappy Burchill walk to the back without looking back.

Winners: The UK Pack by pinfall.


*Cut Backstage*


The Empire (Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee) are watching on a monitor in the back, looking to be somewhat enjoying the issues with the WWE Tag Team Champions. Barrett especially seems to be amused by it and turns to face Drew & Katie.

Wade Barrett:
Well it appears there may well be trouble in paradise as far as the so called tag team champions are concerned. That’s even without us. . .

Barrett looks surprised and we then see the camera zoom out to reveal William Regal walk towards the British trio, now making it a foursome.

William Regal:
Good evening gentleman, oh and of course you my dear. Let me introduce myself. My name is William Regal, and like yourselves I’m very proud to tell you that I too am from the United Kingdom.

Wade Barrett: Believe me no intr’duction is necessary. As it happens Mister Regal, you’ve been an idol of mine for some time. In fact I grew up not too far from you back home. You were an inspiration for a lot of people back home and I can honestly say it’s an honour to meet you. I must ask though since we were all somewhat confused I think it’s fair t’ say as to why you were watching our match at No Mercy.

William Regal: Well I’m very glad you asked, and let me assure you it’s no coincidence we’ve bumped in to each other this evening either. The answer to your question is a simple one. I’ve had plenty of time to sit back as of late since I was fired by Eric Bischoff and you three certainly caught my attention. You may well have upset or offended some people here with your actions, however I have to say that not only do I respect what you’re trying t’ do, I absolutely back your cause one hundred per cent. It’s about time someone made a stand against this shameful country and I believe you are just the people to do it. I would even like to offer you my services to help you every step of the way.

Barrett turns & smiles at McIntyre & Katie, and they too are smiling.

Wade Barrett:
I think we’d very much like to take you up on that offer.

Barrett extends his hand to Regal, and it doesn’t take long for Regal to shake hands with his fellow countryman.

Wade Barrett:
It’s my pleasure to welcome you aboard. Now I think we should all go and get a drink to celebrate.

Regal then shakes hands with McIntyre & Katie, all four of them smiling.


*Video Promo*

We’re shown a split screen of John Cena & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez with CM Punk, both walking through the halls of the arena for the main event coming up next!


*Commercial Break*


*Video Promo*



>Coming Soon!<


*Cut to the Arena*



*The Main Event*
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez w/CM Punk


Before the match could start, ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table, much to the annoyance of John Cena. He shook his hard before smirking, almost expecting to see Edge swing by. He didn’t let it put him off, but his opponent was pumped up to the extremes for this one. With Punk by his side, Del Rio-Ramirez came through a tough start to show everyone what he’s capable of. Punk enjoyed seeing his rookie dodge the Five Knuckle Shuffle, laughing away at ringside as both Cena & Del Rio-Ramirez made their way back up to their feet.

Cena tried for an irish whip only for it to be reversed and the Mexican caught him as he came back with a perfect standing dropkick. It didn’t put Cena down for long, but as they picked themselves back up again, the rookie sent him back down again, crashing in to the pads courtesy of a gut-wrench suplex. Cena comfortably kicked out at two and the Mexican went on to take the match to him, showing some serious aggression & promise. As the match was drawing to a close, he was well in with a shout, and with Punk willing him on and giving some advice, he had the crowd worried.

Cena was up against it, but when he ducked an enzuigiri he came back fighting the way he always does. The Mexican was quickly back on his feet but not for long after Cena hit the ropes to hit him with a flying shoulder block. That got the crowd going and Cena stole the momentum, quickly following it up with a spin-out powerbomb before this time connecting with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Punk was looking worried & annoyed on the outside as Cena got back up to his feet getting well & truly in the groove. He watched on as Del Rio-Ramirez struggled back up to his feet and then ran past him in to the ropes before running back to take the Mexican down with a one arm bulldog.

The momentum was definitely with Cena, causing great concern for the World Heavyweight Champion. He could only watch as Cena set his sights on his rookie, and as Del Rio-Ramirez got to his feet and turned in to Cena’s path, Cena bent down to lift his opponent on to his shoulders for the F-U. A big pop broke out and Punk lost it, jumping up on to the apron. Cena wasn’t impressed and let go of Del Rio, then walked towards Punk along with the referee. Cena was quite laid back about it and challenged him to get in the ring, which of course Punk declined.

He backed down and stepped off the apron, and as Cena turned round and walked towards his opponent, Del Rio-Ramirez sat up and rolled Cena in to an inside cradle. Cena kicked out at two and both men picked themselves up. It was Cena up first and he fired the Mexican rookie in to the corner before running in at him. Del Rio-Ramirez reacted well to turn to the side and lift his elbow up in to the side of Cena’s head to send him staggering back across the ring. It brought a smirk to the Mexican’s face as well as his mentor’s. As Cena then turned round, Del Rio-Ramirez charged at him only for Cena to counter with a drop toe hold in to the S-T-F-U.

The fans were on their feet as Cena tortured the rookie, putting him through hell. He reached out with desperation for the ropes while Punk watched on, shouting encouragement at his rookie. He held on for dear life, holding his hand up off the mat to stop himself from tapping. He tried to drag himself towards the ropes but Cena was holding on tight with the fans urging the Mexican to tap. He didn’t however and fought his way to the bottom rope, pleasing the hell out of Punk, who turned round laughing at the disappointed crowd. Cena stood up, quite impressed by Del Rio-Ramirez’s resilience. He turned round and saw Punk sn-iggering at him.

Cena was slightly amused by it and then turned back to go after his opponent as he used the ropes to help himself back up. Del Rio-Ramirez was unsteady on his feet and Cena went right after him to scoop him up for the F-U but the Mexican held on to the top rope. He swung his elbow back at Cena’s head, fighting his way down to safety. It sent Cena staggering back in to the middle of the ring, and as he spun back round Del Rio-Ramirez ran right at him and again in to the S-T-FU. A huge pop broke out again as Cena wrenched away at his opponent, and this time there was nowhere for Del Rio-Ramirez to go and he eventually tapped out to the delight of the Hartford crowd.

As Cena’s music hit, he got his arm raised to a massive pop and walked towards the apron, smiling down at an angry World Champion. Punk glared back at him, showing nothing but disgust for him as Edge jumped up from the announce table. With his back turned, Cena had no idea as Edge slipped in to the ring, bringing a smile to the face of CM Punk. Cena smelt something was up and turned round, only to see Edge charge at him and plant him with a spear. The music stopped and Edge stared down at him intensely. Punk joined him in the ring and Edge stood up to see Punk nodding his head in approval.

Del Rio-Ramirez sat up looking across as Punk then dropped his world title belt, watching Cena writhe around on the mat. He then went to give him a helping hand when a big pop broke out. The camera cut to a shot of Matt Sydal racing down the ramp, coming to the aid of his captain at the Survivor Series. He slipped in the ring and ducked a clothesline from Edge to send him down with a jumping spin kick. He then ran and ducked under a clothesline from Punk before catching him with a feint enzuigiri in to a head scissors takedown. As Sydal made his way back up, Edge was back on his feet and connected with a spear to send him down.

Cena was picking himself back up as Edge & Punk were doing the same. An angry Punk walked towards him and lifted him up on to his shoulders for the G-T-S when “Just Close Your Eyes” blasted out to a huge roar. Christian stormed down the ramp with a face like thunder to the shock of Punk & Edge. Punk dropped Cena, focusing on Christian as Edge slid out of the ring and went after his brother. Christian blocked a right hand and levelled him with a right hand of his own before sending him flying in to the steel steps. He then glared at Punk with the World Champion staring back at him. Christian hit the ring and Punk pounced on him, stomping on his back.

He then pulled Christian up and tried for an irish whip but Captain Charisma held on to the ropes, pissing Punk off. The Straight-Edge Superstar ran right at him in to a raised boot from the Canadian. Christian followed him out and hit the Killswitch to a huge pop. Punk rolled to the outside by Edge as his rookie stood up and clubbed Christian across the back. He then grabbed him by the wrist but Christian reversed it in to a short arm clothesline and then clotheslined him down to the floor alongside his mentor & Edge. Christian was on fire as Cena sat up looking surprised to see him, and Sydal too sat up as Christian then went to get a microphone.

Winner: John Cena by submission.

Christian: Cena, we might’ve had our problems in the past but right now it looks like we’ve both got our fair share of problems with those guys right there. So what I came out here for is real simple. . . I know it’s your team an’ your decision but if you want someone to help kick their asses at Survivor Series, I want in.

Cena stands up and looks at Christian without the microphone and holds his hand out for it, and Captain Charisma hands it to him.

John Cena:
You want in?

Christian nods back at him emphatically and says "you're damn right I do", then stares back at Team Punk.

John Cena:
You got it.

“My Time is Now” plays to a big pop as Cena & Christian engage in an intense staredown with Punk, Edge & Del Rio-Ramirez on the floor. Sydal picks himself back up, given a helping hand by Cena and stares right at the Survivor Series opposition too as the show comes to a close.


*Credits*


>Quick Results<

Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas
df. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
Santino Marella
df. Yoshi Tatsu
Dolph Ziggler
df. Super Crazy
Shawn Michaels
df. Jack Swagger
The UK Pack
df. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield
John Cena
df. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

>Superstars Tapings<
J-Red
df. Brian Kendrick


>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
Christopher Daniels & Kaval vs. Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms or Rey Mysterio & Mystico

Hell in a Cell Loser Leaves Town Match
The Big Show vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Traditional Elimination Match
If Team Cena wins, Cena will challenge CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions

Team Cena (John Cena, Christian & Matt Sydal) vs.
Team Punk (CM Punk, Edge & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez)
*More names to be added*


Traditional Elimination Match
Team Michaels vs.
Team Miz (The Miz, Jack Swagger & Heath Slater)
*More names to be added*


Plus

The Undertaker vs. Ted DiBiase



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First show coming off No Mercy, hopefully it's a good one building towards Survivor Series. Let's see what we got.

Punk opening the show obviously makes sense. He won the main event at a Pay-Per-View. I like everything he said, he's probably the best thing you have going on Smackdown at the moment other than maybe Sydal. Very good stuff from Punk. I was expecting Edge to be on Punk's team. I was suprised we saw him before Cena in this segment. Oh well. Edge and Cena were both good. Del-Rio was also good here standing up for Punk the way he does him facing Cena will be good but I could see a glorified squash with it being Cena's first match back on the Blue Brand.

While were on the subject of the Survivor Series match, I really just wanna say I hope it brings how should I say this, direction to Smackdown. Because right now, and really for most of the Summer, fall area on Smackdown. It's felt like you've had a ton of great main eventers who are randomly fighting each other with very little rhyme or reason to whose fighting who. Like that triple threat last night felt really thrown together. This Punk-Cena if well built can be Punk, I'm looking foward to it.

This tag match was very very good, but are you really pushing Lashley and Hass as a team? Like I just don't see it. Unlike Raw's tag division, Smackdown's is getting stale. I felt like a title change needed to happen last Sunday as Devine and Petey were the hot tag team the Pak would've had enough time to win the belts back before Mania to set up what it seems you're going for UK Pack vs. Empire. I don't know, please quit jobbing a good tag team. Though I will be interested to see if you can pull off Lashley and Hass as a team because I really don't see it.

Now this on the other hand is something I loved. This segment was perfectly written and I love Sydal on Team Cena. He's an upcoming face and if he gets a big elimination in this match it could do wonders for him. Sydal ftw.

I was expecting Dolph to win at No Mercy and take Layla and eventually she’d turn heel and I could still see something like that happening despite this engagement. I don’t know yet. I hope you do something with Elijah though, the man is a talent.

I’ll admit, I laughed at Santino’s promo on Jeter. It gave me a good chuckle. I’m almost positive that he’s just in there for a while to build tension between Yoshi and Jeter, but I still not liking him in the title picture. The Cruiserweights are your wrestlers, an X Division of sorts, Santino just feels off in that setting. Get his title shot out of the way so Yoshi and J-Red can step up. And a few more entertaining Santino promos along the way wouldn’t hurt anyone

Hmmmm…Maybe Empire vs. the Pack isn’t as obvious as it seems, considering I forgot about the addition of the Harts into their storyline. I’m going to be interested to see where you take this as Burchill appears to be the odd man out.

Ziggler and Crazy had a very good, and also necessary match. The action was all solid and it really got Ziggler back on track. Being as new as he is losing his first big pay-per-view match could’ve been hurtful. This should get him turned around. Very good job

All I have to stay about the Diva’s segment. Smackdown Diva’s Division = 1000x better than Raw’s. I’m really interested to see where you go from here. As it looks like were gonna get Beth versus Michelle 1v1

Though it wasn’t as good as the original the rematch between HBK and Swagger was still a fantastic match. I kinda saw the DQ coming. Michaels wasn’t gonna go cleanly over Swagger twice in a row. Miz getting his in on HBK Was all fine and dandy, I’m looking forward to see who else is added to Michael’s team on the Survivor Series considering most of Smackdown’s top faces will be on Cena’s team. I’m sure Morrison and Kofi will make an appearance somewhere. All around great segment though

A good tag match, it seems like you’re really pushing this Hart Dynasty splitting up the UK Pack angle which is fine looks to be a good story, but I’m more concerned about whose challenging for the belts. Next two of your better heel teams took losses tonight, it seems like the Empire has to be the choice at this point.

Speaking of the Empire. Regal added to the bunch? All right. We’ll see what you do with it, I’m not going to right off it because both Regal and the Empire are great so this could end up great, though I don’t see what roll he fits as he Barrett already does all the talking for the group. None the less this could be very good.

The main event was exactly what it should’ve been. I was hoping Del Rio wouldn’t get buried here because I feared that could happen being a rookie against Cena and you didn’t disappoint. Throwing Christian into the fray makes perfect sense having the match in the ring and the teams battling outside was great. I all around enjoyed this main event and I’m really really looking forward to that match at Survivor Series. Can not wait.

Overall, A quality show, the way the main storylines progressed was fantastic. Had a handful of good matches and as well some good promos. Really nothing to complain about with this show (even though it probably looks like I complained a lot up there) I enjoyed it.
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