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>Headlines!<


Earlier tonight we saw Triple H crowned the new WWE Champion, defeating former Evolution team-mates, Batista & Randy Orton to win the title for the 7th time, now making him a 12 time world champion. Smackdown’s World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk wasn’t defending his title tonight and he won’t be doing so against John Cena at Night of Champions after leading his team to victory over Cena’s on a controversial night for Team Punk.

Moments in to the Survivor Series pay-per-view, we were shown footage of an altercation in the parking lot between Christian & Edge as they both arrived at the arena, culminating in Edge slamming the hood down on his brother’s back. Captain Charisma was taken to a local medical facility in his hometown of Toronto before it was confirmed by Smackdown General Manager, Tazz that he would be unable to compete in the main event. Understandably angry, Tazz evened up the teams by going to Team Punk and telling Edge he was out of the match before being sent out of the arena.

However, that wasn’t the last we saw of The Rated-R Superstar. Just as it looked as if Cena was about to book himself a shot at Punk’s title his team were desperate to make sure he didn’t get after an F-U to the World Champion, Chris Jericho stood up on the apron, distracting the referee and allowing Edge to come out of nowhere to spear Cena and give Punk the simple job of covering him to become the sole survivor. With Edge & Jericho determined to free up the title shot Cena was fighting for, just what will happen now to that spot? Will it go to Punk’s team as they agreed on between themselves? It’s fair to say Tazz might just have something to say about that.

There was far less controversy as far as the WWE title is concerned, however Batista will surely be furious that Triple H took his title from him after a very heavy assist from his trusty sledgehammer. The Game took full advantage when the referee was sent tumbling to the mat after a collision with The Animal, using his sledgehammer to take out Orton before driving it in to Batista’s skull and following it up with the pedigree to secure his 12th world title reign, and we won’t have to wait long to see the new WWE Champion on Raw tomorrow night.

We also saw The Big Show emerge victorious in the Hell in a Cell Loser Leaves Town match, ending the career of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield which will be sure to infuriate Mr. McMahon. Raw also had new World Tag Team Champions crowned in the shape of the Mexican mentor & rookie combination of Rey Mysterio & Mystico. It was a good night for the Raw superstars as they came out on top in the Battle of the Brands with their team captain, Sheamus fighting back to win the match for his team to see off Smackdown’s Brian Kendrick & Ron Killings to earn the bragging rights for the ‘A’ show.

The Undertaker also tasted victory when he defeated Ted DiBiase after a brave effort from the cocky young superstar. There was also a victory for another veteran as Shawn Michaels led his team to glory over Team Miz in what proved to be a comfortable win for Team H.B.K. with Michaels surviving along with Bryan Danielson & Kofi Kingston.

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>Headlines!<

>End of 2008 for Orton & Christian!<

At Survivor Series last night we saw Christian taken away in an ambulance after an altercation with his brother, Edge in the parking lot. Also, Randy Orton was the victim of two sledgehammer shots at the hands of Triple H in the triple threat match for the WWE Championship.

We can now confirm that Christian has suffered some damage to his spine that will see him unable to compete for the rest of the year. Orton’s injuries relate to his ribs, and we’ve been advised that he suffered broken ribs as a result of the sledgehammer shots from Triple H. It’s believed that he too will out of action until the New Year.



>Rookies Learn Their Fate!<

Over the last couple of months we have seen rookies competing on both Raw & Smackdown fighting for the chance to earn a permanent spot on their respective shows, and today they were told of their fate.

Eric Bischoff has handed full time contracts to five of the eight rookies on Raw with Justin Gabriel, Homicide, Joe Hennig, Ezekiel Jackson and one half of the new World Tag Team Champions, Mystico. Those who were unlucky not to earn a contract are Heath Slater & Shantelle Taylor, as well as Darren Young who we saw learn his fate last Monday night on Raw when he & Randy Orton were defeated by Batista & Triple H.

Tazz has given half of the rookies on Smackdown a permanent place on the roster with Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez, TJ Wilson & Yoshi Tatsu gaining contracts in addition to J-Red who will challenge Johnny Jeter again this Friday night for the Cruiserweight Championship many feel would be his right now if it wasn’t for his former mentor, Chavo Guerrero. The ones who haven’t been handed contracts are Michelle McCool’s rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes, as well as Skip Sheffield & Nikki Roxx.

Starting tonight, these rookies will no long be rookies as they start their full time careers, and the hard work begins here.



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Huge Royal Rumble News!

Earlier today we learned of plans coming out of the Survivor Series and moving forward, including a massive spoiler for the Royal Rumble in two months.

The company are planning to celebrate the year of the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania, not just the event itself, starting with the Rumble.

Spoiler for Rumble Plans:
For the first time ever, one of the world titles will be defended in the Royal Rumble match and the winner will go on to the WrestleMania main event to defend the title. Right now it’s not been decided which title will be on the line but both brands will be represented in the match, meaning a superstar from the opposing roster could take possession of their rival brand’s title.

Plans have been touted for both world champions and a decision will be made very soon as to which option creative will go with.

We’ve also learned that at WrestleMania there will be a triple main event including both world title matches and an absolute ‘blockbuster’. The word is that both Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker will be part of those matches and both are strongly considering retiring after the event. John Cena, Triple H & CM Punk will also be part of the major plans, and a triple threat match for the WWE Championship between The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels & Triple H was also discussed but it appears that plan has been dropped, although it is still considered an option.

The Hall of Fame will induct eight new members and they will be announced in the build up, after the Royal Rumble. We understand that one of the men being considered for a Hall of Fame spot will be part of the WrestleMania card but probably not as an active competitor.

On a separate point, following Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley’s appearance at the Survivor Series in a segment with CM Punk, we’ve heard that she will be appearing on Smackdown for at least until the end of the year in what will be a big storyline with the World Heavyweight Champion.



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I wanted to post this today after reading that maybe a major twist in the Rumble match. I’ve had this planned for months and will be sick if the Punk/Ziggler match ends in a screw-job and the title is on the line in the Rumble. My storylines heading in to WrestleMania revolve around the outcome of the Rumble and I don’t want to change those plans, plus I wanted to do something big.

Also, just a quick note to say I’ll be posting all shows up to and including Night of Champions in recap form as I want to pick up the pace and get to 2009. Progress has been really slow this year for numerous reasons. Raw’s written and Smackdown is almost done. Raw will be up in the next week.
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Monday Night Raw
Monday 10th November 2008
Allen Fieldhouse
Lawrence, Kansas




A recap of last night’s Survivor Series was shown, highlighting Rey Mysterio & Mystico winning the triple threat tournament final to become the new World Tag Team Champions, Team Raw’s victory over Team Smackdown with Sheamus securing victory for Raw, The Big Show defeating J.B.L. inside Hell in a Cell in the Loser Leaves Town match, CM Punk leading his team to victory over John Cena thanks to a spear from Edge and ending with Triple H winning the WWE Championship after using his sledgehammer on both Randy Orton & Batista.


The show started with Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff standing in the ring looking very relaxed indeed. He spoke about how great a show Survivor Series was, talking up how Team Raw beat Team Smackdown and how happy that made him. He then mentioned that Raw has new World Tag Team Champions in Rey Mysterio & Mystico who would be in action later on as well Triple H becoming the new WWE Champion, letting everyone know he too would be in action, in the main event in a non-title match against the man who the night before ended J.B.L.’s career inside Hell in a Cell, The Big Show.

The crowd liked what they heard and even cheered when he announced that Randy Orton was injured in the WWE Championship match and would be out of action for at least two months. He went on to say that Melina too will be in action when she defends her Women’s Championship against Mia Rain, as will The Undertaker when he takes on The Miz, getting the approval of the fans. He wrapped things up by announcing that earlier in the day he made a decision on the futures of the rookies, two of which were going to open the show there & then and telling the crowd to enjoy the show.

He then left the ring as Joe Hennig made his way out to the stage with his now former mentor, Cody Rhodes. They were both looking very proud of themselves as they made their way down to the ring after their role in Team Raw’s victory 24 hours earlier. Hennig was looking very confident as he awaited his opponent with Justin Gabriel then making his entrance, getting a decent reaction from the crowd as he headed down the ramp and in to the ring.


*The Opening Match*
Justin Gabriel vs. Joe Hennig w/Cody Rhodes

The Big Show’s former rookie was out to impress and the crowd loved his quick, athletic & hard hitting approach, but one man who didn’t was Cody as he looked on from the outside to watch the South African take control of the match. Hennig went on to seize the initiative, but Gabriel took control when he came back off the ropes with a corkscrew flip over his opponent before connecting with a jumping heel kick. Hennig was rattled as he made his way back up and walked right in to an STO. Gabriel dragged him towards the corner and flew up top with Rhodes showing great concern, and he had every right to be as Gabriel connected with the 450 splash to pick up an impressive win.

He got his arm raised by the referee to a decent pop, but he didn’t count on Cody jumping him, clubbing him down to the mat and putting the boots to him. Hennig was sitting back up as an angry Cody backed away from Gabriel and urged him to get back up. It looked like he was gearing up for the Cross Rhodes when The Big Show ran down the ramp to make the save for his former rookie, quickly seeing off the startled Cody, and Hennig followed as he got back up. Gabriel looked a little worse for wear as he stood up with Show checking on him, both then staring back angrily at Cody with Hennig by his side as they back tracked up the ramp.

Winner: Justin Gabriel by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

The Miz was pacing through the back, not looking at all happy as he stormed in to Eric Bischoff’s office, catching his boss by surprise. He wasted no time and aggressively asked Bischoff what he was playing at, and Bischoff responded by telling him like Ted DiBiase, he was giving him an opportunity to really make a name for himself against The Undertaker. The Miz cut in and said that wasn’t what he meant, saying he wasn’t bothered about facing The Undertaker but wanted to know why Bischoff fired his rookie, Heath Slater. Bischoff said it was simple, that Slater didn’t impress him anywhere near as much as most of the rookies and that unlike some of them he let Raw down at Survivor Series, just like The Miz.

He told Miz it made Raw look bad how badly his team lost to Shawn Michaels’, but Miz was having none of it, making out it wasn’t his fault, blaming his team mates for claiming they were better than they actually are when they clearly weren’t up to the job, not awesome like he is. Bischoff told Miz that he would have to be awesome later on when he takes on The Undertaker and that he better forget about Slater because from now on he’s on his own. Mr. Hollywood wasn’t happy but had no response other than storming out of the office to Bischoff’s amusement.


*Match 2*
Non-Title Match
Rey Mysterio & Mystico vs. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson w/Maryse

The new tag team champions were greeted by a rapturous response from the Kansas crowd as they entered the arena, posing with their newly won titles. Their opponents were in a foul mood after The Undertaker defeated DiBiase the night before, and it showed with DiBiase showing his frustration throughout. Jackson though demonstrated just how much of a threat he can be. Mystico found out the hard way when he found himself on the wrong end of a fallaway slam in to the turnbuckle pads after a springboard cross body attempt.

He came back fighting though, and when DiBiase came back off the ropes looking to hit a clothesline from behind, the Mexican ducked it and then levelled him with a monster of a super kick when they both turned round. Mysterio was brought in to the match after DiBiase kicked out, and as they went back & forth, Mysterio rallied to seize control in the closing stages. DiBiase was reeling and just as he reversed an irish whip, Mysterio came back off the ropes and countered with tilt-a-whirl headscissors to send DiBiase on to the second rope. He dialled up for the 619 which brought a desperate Jackson in to the ring to try and save the day.

He ran right at Rey to take him down with a clothesline. Mystico though stormed the ring and ducked Jackson’s outstretched arm and hit the ropes, holding on to them and pissing Jackson off. The big man ran at him in a flash, but Mystico held the ropes down to send him down to the floor. The fans were cheering and the Mexican stepped through the ropes on to the apron as Jackson pulled himself back up to his feet. As soon as he was up, Mystico hit a springboard for an Asai moonsault to take him down again to another big pop as Rey & DiBiase clawed their way back up in the ring.

The angry DiBiase ran right at Rey by the ropes, right in to a drop toe hold on to the second rope. Rey dialled up again to another big roar, ran the ropes and connected with the 619 and then a springboard splash to pick up the victory, much to the delight of the Kansas crowd. Mystico joined his partner back in the ring as they were handed the titles by the referee before hitting the ropes to celebrate their win and showing off their titles to the disgust of Maryse on the outside, as well as Jackson as he sat up. As they left the ring to slap hands with the fans on their way back up the ramp, Ted sat up in the ring and smacked the canvas, clearly fuming.

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Mystico by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

A video was shown of the new WWE Champion, Triple H arriving in the arena, dragging a travel bag with one hand and the WWE title draped over his other shoulder, met by a ton of heat inside the arena. The Game though wasn’t smiling despite his success at Survivor Series, still as serious as hell as he walked through the halls with the gold in his possession.

We were then taken to the interview set where Todd Grisham was standing by with Christopher Daniels & Kaval. They weren’t too happy either and Daniels quickly interrupted Todd when he was talking about how they failed to win the tag team titles at Survivor Series. Daniels said that even though they weren’t holding the titles, everyone knew they should be as they were the only team who deserved to be in the final of the tournament, calling themselves the ‘Epitome of Excellence’, then reminded Todd that Rey & Mystico didn’t win their place in the final like they did.

He went on to say that the fact they had to compete against those two teams the night before was a joke, letting everyone know that they didn’t lose the match like they haven’t lost any match since they arrived. He then congratulated Rey & Mysterio on an undeserved victory but let them know that even though they are the new champions, he & Kaval aren’t done chasing the titles by any means, saying they deserve them more and they will get their hands on them one way or another.

In the arena, the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus walked down to the ring looking so smug after leading Team Raw to victory over Smackdown at Survivor Series. Dressed to compete, he asked Lilian Garcia for the microphone and got it. He wasted no time in bragging about how he was solely responsible for Raw defeating Smackdown, reminding everyone he was the sole survivor and eliminated no less than four of their team, overcoming the odds and a two on one disadvantage to remain undefeated like he will for a long time to come. He described his performance as nothing short of dominant and said it was appropriate as he was going to go on and dominate Raw for years to come, all the way to the WWE Championship.

He vowed to prove anyone who doubted him wrong by extending an open challenge to anyone in the locker room but sent them a warning, that they’ll end up like every member of the Smackdown team he destroyed & embarrassed at Survivor Series. He handed the microphone back to Lilian and awaited a response from the locker room, and he got one in the shape of the rejuvenated Kofi Kingston, who flew out to the stage to a big pop. He ran to both sides of the stage, fired up to the max after tasting victory the night before as part of Team H.B.K. over Team Miz. Sheamus handed his title over without a care in the world, completely confident as Kofi hit the ring to pose for the fans cheering him.


*Match 3*
Non-Title Match
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus

The Intercontinental Champion may have expected an easy ride, but he sure didn’t get one. It didn’t take him long to realise that Kofi was more than up to the challenge. The Celtic Warrior upped his game and took charge after Kofi countered with a pendulum kick in the corner. Sheamus was sent staggering away from the ropes, but as Kofi ran at him, the undefeated Irishman grabbed him around the upper torso and planted him with a side-slam backbreaker. Sheamus went on to dominate the match and thought he had it all but wrapped up, hitting the Irish Cross, but instead of going for a cover, he stood back up and stalked Kofi for the Brogue Kick.

He was laughing at Kofi as he slowly dragged himself up off the mat. The cocky Intercontinental Champion was laughing at the fans too, but as Kofi made it back up, he ran at him for the Brogue Kick. To the surprise of everyone, Kofi ducked it and then exploded in to the air and nailed Sheamus with Trouble in Paradise. The fans were going nuts as Kofi went for the cover straight away, hooking both legs to pick up the surprise win, handing Sheamus his first defeat in the WWE. Kofi sat up looking shocked himself but quickly went about celebrating the victory, hitting the ropes and looking in to the delighted crowd with a huge smile.

He left the ring still smiling like mad, but as Sheamus came round, he went after a microphone. He looked up at Kofi and called it a fluke, then told Kofi to get back in the ring so he could beat the crap out of him. Kofi stood there on the ramp almost laughing at Sheamus’s desperation, and he kept taunting Kofi, telling Kofi he knew he couldn’t beat him again. Kofi though turned his back on him, almost embarrassed for him and headed back through the curtain with Sheamus glaring up at him calling him gutless.

Winner: Kofi Kingston by pinfall.


Carlito was shown watching Sheamus’s strop in the back with his brother, Eddie Colon. Carlito was enjoying what he was seeing, referring to Sheamus’s semi-breakdown and then said so much for him being undefeated and that next week he’d be going to Eric Bischoff to get a shot at the Intercontinental title, then told his brother Sheamus is going to lose two weeks in a row and he’ll be the new Intercontinental Champion. Eddie then told Carlito that would be cool as they laughed amongst themselves.

{Commercial Break}

Todd Grisham was shown again in the back standing by, introducing The Big Show as his guest, talking about how he defeated J.B.L. to end his career in the Hell in a Cell match 24 hours earlier. Show though cut in and said before they spoke about Survivor Series & J.B.L., he wanted to congratulate Justin Gabriel on getting a full time contract on Raw, telling Todd he thinks Gabriel has a bright future ahead of him, calling him a star in the making with a great attitude & great talent. He then spoke about Survivor Series and how he hadn’t enjoyed a match as much as that in a long, long time, getting to beat the hell out of J.B.L. like he did, saying it might be called Hell in a Cell but it wasn’t hell for him, it was heaven, or it will be now with the McMahons gone from Raw.

Todd then asked him about his match later on with the new WWE Champion, Triple H. Show told Todd that it’s funny, even though J.B.L. talked a lot of crap, he was right about one thing, he’s not been as dominant as he can be, but he’s going to change that, claiming it started when he ended J.B.L.’s career. He then said that he had a chance to make a big statement against Triple H and said that he wants to be the WWE Champion, and once he’d beaten The Game, he’ll be going back for the title and will dedicate it to J.B.L.


*Match 4*
WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Mia Rain

Melina had a real battle on her hands against Mia, and the challenger was bang up for this one, really taking it to the Women’s Champion. She was well in command, looking to make Melina tap in an inverted STF, and it looked like she might and her title reign would soon be at an end. It wasn’t to be the case though as Melina made it to the ropes, frustrating the hell out of the challenger. Rain let her make it back up and then pulled her in to place for the Rain Drop, a falling reverse DDT. Melina though slipped behind her and took her down with a side russian legsweep.

Both divas made their way back up with the champion taking control, pulling her head back from a running bulldog attempt before drilling Mia with a single arm DDT. Rain got her shoulder up at two, keeping her challenge going, but that all ended when Melina caught her with a charging 180 degree spinning facebuster, giving the relieved Melina a successful title defence. The Women’s Champion enjoyed her win by raising her title defiantly in to the air in front of the cheering crowd before making her way back up the ramp, slapping hands with the fans and posing again with her title on the stage as the deflated Mia sat up.

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


{Commercial Break}



*Match 5*
The Undertaker vs. The Miz

Taker got an insane reaction from the fans as he made his entrance, but The Miz didn’t seem at all intimidated. The Miz was eager to make a statement, and it looked like he might when he was able to duck a big boot after the snake eyes to take the phenom down to the mat after a falling neckbreaker. He could only get a two count and tried to keep his opponent grounded. He failed though and Taker came back firing, dodging a leg drop bulldog before running the ropes and connecting with a flying clothesline. The Dead-Man went about finishing the job, following up with an irish whip and a sidewalk slam. Miz was in deep trouble, and as he clawed his way back up, Taker was getting ready for a chokeslam.

With his right arm raised and the crowd cheering, Taker grabbed Miz by the throat as he turned round and planted him with a chokeslam. The fans were cheering big time as he pulled down his straps and then signalled for the Tombstone Piledriver, but as The Miz made it back up to his feet and turned round, he saw what was coming. He panicked and quickly dodged a bullet and scarpered, dropping to his knees and scurried across the mat to pull himself under the bottom ropes, getting himself counted out to a ton of heat with The Undertaker looking on shocked, watching him head back up the ramp ignoring the jeers & jibes from the crowd. The Dead-Man was announced as the winner but he clearly wasn’t happy with the manner of the win, looking up angrily in the direction of the curtain.

Winner: The Undertaker by Count Out.


{Commercial Break}



>Coming Soon!<

“No Chance in Hell”
played and a very downbeat Mr. McMahon walked out in to the arena and down to the ring with the fans mocking him, cheering & chanting J.B.L.’s name. It upset him, not making him angry as he stood there looking very emotional before telling the audience that the last year has been by far the worst year of his life. He said that his family had been ripped apart and although he had the chance to spend so much time with Shane & J.B.L., which was the only good thing to come out of it, he saw them both decimated by The Big Show.

The crowd enjoyed that and let him know, and once they quietened down, he said that his relationship with both his wife, daughter & grandchildren was ruined, as was his daughter’s to Triple H, calling their family an absolute mess. He went on to say that somewhere down the line he forgot what was important to him, and only now does he realise just how bad things truly are, explaining that he doesn’t blame The Big Show or anyone else other than himself for letting things get to where they are.

He said that his father would be turning in his own grave if he knew what had happened to his family but that he’d come to a decision. He then said that he’d had the last 24 hours to think about things and he’s decided to take some time out away from the business to think about what the future holds, stating that he wasn’t sure how long that would be but they should get used to not seeing him for a while, something they’ve wanted for a long time. He then said he hopes they enjoy what they wished for and that for now, it’s goodbye.

He placed his microphone on the apron as he left the ring, and as he walked back up the ramp, “Crank It Up” played to a big pop and The Big Show walked out to the stage. In his ring gear and ready for action, The World’s Largest Athlete walked down the ramp and stopped as he approached Mr. McMahon. They stared right at each other, both incredibly serious before Show walked past him and headed to the ring, awaiting the arrival of the new WWE Champion.


{Commercial Break}

*The Main Event*
Non-Title Match
The Big Show vs. Triple H

Triple H’s arrival, announced as the new WWE Champion was met by a chorus of boos from the crowd with The Big Show psyched up for his non-title opportunity. It was a very competitive match with both men fiercely determined. Show certainly showed that he is more than a threat to the WWE Champion, and The Game definitely found out how dominant he could be. Triple H was in deep trouble and Show was wearing him down with a bearhug, but The Game dug deep and fought his way out of it.

Show though was on a mission but the tide turned when he ran in at The Game in the corner, looking for a giant splash. Triple H sidestepped it though and Show hit the pads, giving Trips the chance to chop block him from behind. The WWE Champion worked over his opponent’s leg and eventually applied the figure four leg lock, making life extremely difficult for the seven foot plus monster. He looked like he was going to tap but turned the tables, fighting for his life and turning himself over slowly on to his front to reverse the hold, putting all the pressure on The Game. Triple H was in trouble and it was his turn to fight for his life, and he did, managing to pull himself to the ropes.

Show tried to take full advantage, but he was sent staggering away from the ropes after The Game swung his elbow in to the giant’s face. The WWE Champion ran out at him and nailed him with a high knee strike, then tried to set him up for the Pedigree. Show countered quickly with a back body drop to a decent pop, and as The Game stood back up, Show grabbed him by the throat for the chokeslam. With the fans cheering, Show looked intensely in to the stands, preparing to finish off the WWE Champion. The Game though had other ideas though and swung his boot in to Show’s groin, getting himself disqualified to a ton of heat.

The fans booed like mad as the pissed WWE Champion left the ring and went looking under the ring, pulling out his sledgehammer to even more heat. He slipped back in the ring with Show sitting up, still feeling the effects of the low blow. The fans tried to warn him as The Game sized him up for a sledgehammer shot when “In The End” hit to a huge pop. Batista charged down the ramp with the fans going nuts, catching Triple H off guard. He switched gears and ran at Batista as The Animal dived under the bottom rope. Batista ducked the sledgehammer shot and ran the ropes, charging back to spear The Game out of his boots to another enormous pop.

Show stood up and looked down at Triple H on the deck with the sledgehammer by his side. Batista went right back after Triple H, pulling him back up and setting him up for the Batista Bomb, sending him crashing down in to the canvas to another massive cheer with Show watching on smirking too, nodding at Batista before leaving the ring. The Animal’s music hit again as he walked over to the ropes and kicked the sledgehammer out of the ring, pulled his T-shirt off and threw it in to the crowd, turning round and staring intensely at The Game flat on his back as the show came to a close.

Winner: The Big Show by DQ.


{End of Show}

Quick Results

Justin Gabriel df. Joe Hennig
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
df. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson
Kofi Kingston
df. Sheamus
Melina
df. Mia Rain
The Undertaker
df. The Miz
The Big Show
df. Triple H

Superstars Tapings
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms df. Eugene & Goldust
Homicide
df. Orlando Jordan



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Friday Night Smackdown ‘Live!’
Friday 14th November 2008
Carver Arena
Peoria, Illinois




A recap of Sunday’s Survivor Series was shown, highlighting Team Raw’s victory over Team Smackdown with Sheamus securing victory for Raw, The Big Show defeating J.B.L. inside Hell in a Cell in the Loser Leaves Town match, Triple H winning the WWE Championship after using his sledgehammer on both Randy Orton & Batista, and ending with CM Punk leading his team to victory over John Cena thanks to a spear from Edge.


The ring was set up for The Cutting Edge at the start of the show, and “Metalingus” hit to a ton of heat as ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge strolled out to the stage with a big smile on his face. He laughed off the jeers from the crowd as he walked down to the ring in his ring gear, T-shirt and leather jacket. He revelled in the heat and he started off by saying that as eventful as Sunday was, he first wanted to send his commiserations to his brother, Christian, hoping his back heals soon, again laughing off the heat from the crowd.

He then introduced all the members of Team Punk, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez before separately welcoming the man himself, the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk who received a big pop as well as some boos from the Illinois faithful. Punk soaked up the ovation and was incredibly laid back as he joined his team in the ring, shaking hands with all of them, finally Edge. The host of The Cutting Edge let the crowd now just what they accomplished at Survivor Series and how proud they were of beating Team Cena to make sure Cena didn’t receive the title shot on offer for him to challenge Punk at Night of Champions.

He went on to talk about how they stood up for the rest of the locker room to send the powers that be a message, that they’re not to be taken for granted. He then handed over to Punk and the beaming World Champion said that he wasn’t sure whether it was the fact he was close to home or what they achieved at Survivor Series but he was feeling pretty great. He said that walking in to the arena earlier in the day that the atmosphere was different, how many superstars shook his hand & thanked him for what he & his team did in standing up for them.

He went on to say that he hoped management had got their message that they weren’t going to let them have John Cena walk all over the locker room like he did on Raw, but then said that was now in the past. He moved on to say that he’s a man of his word and as promised, he’ll gladly defend his title against the members of his team, but there was one other piece of business he wanted to address, referring to Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley’s demand for an apology. He didn’t beat around the bush and said that like he said on Sunday night, he didn’t feel there was any need to apologise for what he said or that anyone deserves one.

The World Champion and his team were then joined by Smackdown’s General Manager, Tazz who walked out to the stage with a microphone in hand. He half heartedly congratulated them on their ‘victory’ at Survivor Series but was emphatic in letting them know just what he thought of how they did it, reminding the fans how Edge took Christian out of the match and after being sent home for what he did, he reappeared and speared Cena to give Punk the chance to win the match when it looked like Cena had the match won and the title shot in the bag. He then let Punk & Co know that as far as the title shot goes, only he will decide on who gets an opportunity at Punk’s title.

That didn’t go down well with them but Tazz quickly carried on and said though that they’ll all get a chance, as starting later on there will be a tournament with 24 Smackdown superstars competing over five weeks to determine who will face Punk at Night of Champions. Team Punk and the man himself looked shocked, and even more so when Tazz announced that Cena too would be part of the tournament and he would face Jericho in the main event. He then told Edge that he too would be in action, just minutes later after the break against a member of Team Cena, Bobby Lashley. That didn’t set well with Edge as “13” played and the assertive General Manager wished him luck before heading to the back, leaving Team Punk to digest what they were told.


{Commercial Break}

Back from the break, the ring was cleared with Edge awaiting his opponent and Michael Cole & Matt Striker discussed the 24 man tournament to determine the number one contender tournament, reminding everyone that Edge was about to face Bobby Lashley and that John Cena will take on Chris Jericho in the main event. They also said that they were told during the break that there would be two more tournament matches later on with Elijah Burke meeting Chris Masters and that the Cruiserweight Championship match between J-Red & Johnny Jeter would now also be part of the tournament with the title and a place in the next round at stake. Cole explained he was told that there will be 12 matches over the next three weeks with the winners then competing in four triple threat matches and the winners of those four matches would battle it out in a fatal fourway elimination match with the winner going on to face CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

*The Opening Match*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
Bobby Lashley w/Charlie Haas vs. Edge

Edge found himself in quite the battle with Lashley extremely pumped up, and he took it right to The Rated-R Superstar. Lashley had him rattled & reeling after a flipping release german suplex. It was quickly followed up by a monster of a spinebuster, and after just getting his shoulder up at two, Edge was scooped up for a running powerslam. Lashley ran across the mat with Edge on his shoulder, but the Canadian slipped down to safety and pushed his opponent in to the pads. Lashley hit them chest first and Edge took him down in a flash with the Edge-O-Matic.

It wasn’t enough for the win, frustrating the hell out of Edge. He was livid as he stood back up, backing up in to the opposite corner, sizing Lashley up for the spear. The crowd tried to warn Lashley, and as Edge stormed across the ring, Lashley dodged it and ran the ropes to counter with a spear of his own. A massive pop broke out as Edge hit the deck, but just as it looked like Lashley had the match won, The Rated-R Superstar got his foot on the rope to stop the count.

Lashley showed some rare emotion, looking disappointed as he sat up, but he quickly went back to work and dragged Edge up with him, up for the dominator. Edge slipped down though and shoved Lashley in to the referee, knocking the ref down before turning Lashley round in to a stomp to the gut and planting him with the Edgecution. He then spotted an opportunity and left the ring, grabbing a steel chair. Haas saw him and went straight over, grabbing hold of the top of it.

Edge though shoved the chair in to him and forced him down to the floor, and as Haas flew right back up, Edge levelled him across the skull. Haas was out for the count, but as Edge slipped back in the ring, Lashley was already back on his feet. Edge ran at him but right in to another spear that sent The Rated-R Superstar down to the canvas. Lashley then saw Haas on the floor on the outside and then the chair by Edge’s fallen body. He wasn’t happy at all and bent down to pick the chair up to a big pop, but the ref came round and saw Lashley holding the chair with Edge flat on his back.

He called for the bell to a ton of heat and the anger of Lashley. The big man couldn’t believe it, and as soon as he came round, Edge rolled to safety with his music playing and the fans still booing like mad. The ref stood up and bore the brunt of Lashley’s anger, trying to protest his innocence, but it didn’t work much to his frustration as The Rated-R Superstar headed back up the ramp one relieved individual, smirking back at the pissed off Lashley.

Winner: Edge by DQ.


{Commercial Break}



>Coming Soon!<

*Match 2*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
Elijah Burke w/Layla vs. Chris Masters

Burke & Masters were next up to join Edge for a spot in the next stage of the tournament, and it was Masters who started the stronger. Burke though showed his resilience and came back fighting at The Masterpiece, just as Masters looked like he was about to book his place in the next round. Burke managed to escape just before Masters was about to apply The Masterlock, taking him down with a swinging neckbreaker. Burke was still hurting, but as both men made their way back up, he seized the momentum and rallied with a flying forearm smash and then a lifting spinning sit-out spinebuster.

It was The Masterpiece who had his back against the wall, and as he crawled in to the corner and used the ropes to help get back up, Burke pulled down his knee pads and charged at him, hitting the Elijah Express to a big pop before finishing his opponent off with the Elijah Experience. The fans showed their appreciation for him as he stood up looking delighted to have moved a step closer to a world title shot. His fiancée, Layla quickly joined him in the ring and gave him a quick kiss before then raising his hand, both looking very happy indeed.

Winner: Elijah Burke by pinfall.

A recap of the Cruiserweight Championship match from three weeks ago between Johnny Jeter & J-Red was shown where Red was about to hit the Red Alert on Jeter until Chavo Guerrero stopped him in his tracks to save Jeter his title by a DQ loss before attacking Red and leaving him laid out in the ring. Michael Cole & Matt Striker then spoke about the title rematch later on, letting everyone know Chavo would be banned from ringside.


{Commercial Break}

Backstage, Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger were walking through the hallway, neither looking in the best of moods after being part of Team Miz’s dismal defeat at the hands of Team H.B.K. at Survivor Series. As they carried on walking, they heard some chuckling. They stopped and looked right at M.V.P. & Ron Killings, leaning up against the wall without a care in the world. Ziggler & Swagger stared daggers at them, Ziggler especially, and he asked what they were laughing at, getting a quick response that they were the butt of their jokes.

Ziggler fired back and told them they had no reason to make fun of them, accusing them of embarrassing Smackdown at Survivor Series against Team Raw. Killings said his team at least came close unlike Ziggler’s, but Ziggler didn’t beat around the bush and laid all the blame at The Miz’s door, saying The Miz was full of it, running his mouth about how awesome he was when he wasn’t. Dolph then told M.V.P. & Killings that The Miz sure isn’t awesome but he is, and if he was the captain of Team Smackdown, they would’ve beaten Raw unlike them.

M.V.P. was trying not to laugh at him and then told Ziggler that there was only one way to find that out, challenging him to a match later on, but Ziggler said that wasn’t necessary as he’d just spoken to Tazz about the world title tournament. Dolph told M.V.P. that they’d be going one on one next week in the tournament and that he’s going to beat him before going on to Night of Champions when he’ll become the new World Heavyweight Champion. Ziggler showed no fear of M.V.P., staring intently at him before heading off down the hall with Swagger following and M.V.P. & Killings watching them.


*Match 3*
Paul London vs. Johnny Devine w/Petey Williams

London & Devine put on quite the show, bringing the crowd in to it, and as the match went on it was Devine who was in the ascendency. It looked like the Canadian was about to wrap it up, going for a springboard tornado DDT, but London countered, throwing him down to the mat after he hit the ropes. As Devine then made his way back up, London nailed him with a super kick to pick up the victory. He couldn’t enjoy his victory though as Williams stormed the ring and attacked him from behind.

He clubbed him down to the mat to a chorus of boos, but as he dragged London up and in to place for the Canadian Destroyer, Brian Kendrick charged down the ramp and in to the ring. The fans cheered as he ran at Petey who let go of London, only to get taken down by a clothesline and then a dropkick from Kendrick, who then hit the Sliced Bread to another decent pop. He helped London up, who looked a bit surprised to see his former partner there helping him out, seeming to indicate that their problems may well be behind them. “Hey You” hit with the fans still cheering as Kendrick nodded at London and then left the ring with London watching him head back up the ramp.

Winner: Paul London by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

Footage from earlier in the day was shown of John Cena entering the building, and boy was he ticked off. Josh Matthews tried to catch up with him for a few words but Cena ignored him and kept on walking, leaving Josh hanging.

Back in the arena, The Empire (Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, William Regal & Katie Lee) headed down to the ring with Katie carrying the Union Jack as always. They were all looking quite pleased with themselves and Barrett wasted no time in cutting to the chase, bragging about their actions last week, attacking Harry Smith and announcing for those who didn’t already know that Smith had broken his ankle as a result. With the fans booing, it only made Barrett more smug, stating his belief that the tag team titles should be vacated as a result as Smith will be unable to compete for some time.

He went on to say that when the titles are vacated, he & Drew would get their hands on them, fulfilling their promise to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions, giving the whole world, especially the UK, champions they could be proud of. That brought out Paul Burchill, holding his title belt with Smith’s former rookie & friend, TJ Wilson along with his girlfriend and Smith’s cousin, Natalya Neidhart. All of them were furious, glaring down with anger at The Empire, and Burchill didn’t beat around the bush.

He let them know exactly what he thought of them, calling them cowards for what they did to Harry, accusing them of taking him out because they knew full well they couldn’t win the titles by beating him & Harry in the ring. Barrett denied it but Burchill quickly interrupted and said that whatever happens to the titles if they’re vacated or not, he’d do whatever it takes to make sure they didn’t get their hands on them. Barrett said there was nothing anyone can do to stop them, but then someone who could, Tazz walked out to the stage alongside Burchill, Wilson & Neidhart.

He told them that only he could make the decision on what happens to the titles but he had made one after hearing about Smith’s injury. He said that Barrett was right in saying that the titles had to be vacated, announcing that he was left with no choice but to strip The UK Pack of the tag team titles. The fans didn’t like it, unlike Barrett & Co in the ring who were loving it. Tazz then changed that and said that The UK Pack was made up of Burchill & Smith, meaning he was stripping them as a team, but said that Wilson wasn’t part of The UK Pack.

Everyone looked on curiously as Tazz then said the only person he was stripping was Smith and that he was giving his half of the titles to Wilson, albeit temporarily. The crowd loved it, but The Empire didn’t. Barrett was livid and let Tazz know just that, but the General Manager told him to deal with it or to disappear if he didn’t like it. Burchill, Wilson & Natalya looked very uneasy about it given their problems as of late, but just before Tazz disappeared, he said that he’d made another decision earlier on, that they’re all going to collide next week with Burchill taking on Regal and Wilson facing Barrett in the World Heavyweight Championship number one contender tournament. He then left them to it with no one sure what to make of Tazz’s announcements.


{Commercial Break}

We were taken to the back where Tazz was walking from when a not so happy looking Michelle McCool walked right up to him and got in his face about not hiring her rookies, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes. Tazz didn’t hold back and let her know that he didn’t even need to consider it as he didn’t see them as rookies or even wrestlers, just someone to do her dirty work. McCool didn’t like it but did say she was at least pleased he didn’t hire Beth Phoenix’s rookie (Nikki Roxx) either, and then told Tazz she wasn’t happy about Beth calling her a coward last week either. Tazz said from what he saw, she can’t have any complaint and that next week for their special show down under in Australia, she’ll have no choice but to get in the ring with The Glamazon as that’s when their title match will take place. McCool played up slightly in making out she was fine with it and how she’d prove Tazz wrong by beating Beth and winning the diva’s title.

We went back to the ring and Mickie James was making her way down to the ring with her boyfriend, the United States Champion & King of the Ring, Matt Sydal. She was ready for action and asked Justin Matthews for a microphone. She said that she wasn’t sure if the fans were aware of her opponent who’s been getting in her & Layla’s face backstage over the last few weeks, telling the fans that this chick’s been saying things are about to get crazy. She then said that a few years’ ago she was called crazy and that she has news for ODB, she still can be and she’s about to get crazy on her ass. ODB then made her entrance, swigging from her flask with Mickie watching her every step of the way.


*Match 4*
Mickie James w/Matt Sydal vs. ODB

Mickie did get crazy and was up for the fight against ODB, so much so that when the action spilled outside, they got carried away. It all started when ODB landed on her feet and pulled Mickie out with force, but she wasn’t done there. With Sydal right next to the action, ODB forced herself on him, kissing him as Mickie sat up. She was livid and jumped back up, brawling their way to a double count out. Sydal managed to pull them apart and Mickie to the ramp with the two divas still glaring at each other as “Obsession” played.

Result: Double Count Out.


{Commercial Break}

A video of John Cena getting ready for his match later on with Chris Jericho in his dressing room was shown, and Cena had his game face on, looking well & truly pumped up for that match, the main event set for later on.

Back to back interviews with Josh Matthews from earlier in the day were shown with the two men competing in the Cruiserweight title match later on, starting with the challenger, J-Red. He was asked about the eventful start to his WWE career, going over his problems with and victories over his former mentor (Chavo Guerrero), winning the battle royal four weeks ago to earn a shot at the cruiserweight title and being robbed of the title a week later when Chavo interfered in the title match to cost him the chance to become champion. Josh also mentioned his victory over Chavo last week before asking Red how he felt about the chance of not just becoming Cruiserweight Champion but possibly getting a chance of competing for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

Red said it sure has been one wild ride but he’s always risen to the challenge like he did a month ago when he was seconds away from beating Johnny Jeter and winning the cruiserweight title. He then said that he’s not forgotten that night and he was going to make it right by winning later on, also saying that as great as it would be to get a shot at the world title, that’s not what he’s been thinking about, it’s just a bonus, but if he does win, he’ll do all he can to go all the way to Night of Champions to take on CM Punk. Josh then asked him how he felt about Chavo being banned from ringside, and Red said that it would sure as hell help, and if he does win, he hopes Chavo’s watching.

Johnny Jeter’s interview was shown next and the confident Cruiserweight Champion said that some people may have called Red’s ‘journey’ a fairytale but it was the night where it would be coming to a grinding halt, stating that not only is Red not going to get his hands on the cruiserweight title, he won’t get a shot at the world title either. Jeter said that he was the one who’d be victorious later on and the one moving a step closer to Night of Champions where he’ll become the new World Champion.


*Match 5*
Jimmy Yang & Sonjay Dutt vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

Ziggler & Swagger were dominant for the majority of the match, but Yang & Dutt did put up a fight to get the crowd going, although it just fired up the determined duo even more. Ziggler in particular was on a mission to make a statement, and it was Dolph that picked up the win after he hit Dutt with the Zig Zag. He wasn’t done there though, and when Yang entered the ring to check on his partner, Ziggler slid back in the ring and hit him with the Zig Zag too, met with a ton of boos from the fans, not that the intense Ziggler or the smirking Swagger cared.

Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

*Match 6*
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
& World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
J-Red vs. Johnny Jeter (c)

Red & Jeter put on a show for the fans and it was a real battle, both men coming close and fighting back at the other. Jeter was starting to get hot & bothered at the challenger’s resilience, and Red nearly snatched the title out of nowhere, ducking a super kick and running through in to the ropes, coming back and connecting with a Satellite DDT. It was Jeter who left Red frustrated that time, but as the match drew to a close, Jeter missed with a guillotine leg drop to the relief of the crowd. As both men clawed their way back up looking worse for wear, Red was the less steady on his feet, giving Jeter the chance to go for the Genesis Kick.

Red though ducked it and Jeter turned round in to a kick to the gut and a Brainbuster. The crowd were on their feet as the challenger crawled across to the apron, and as he got there, the champion was coming round. Red steadied himself on the apron with the fans cheering and he was feeling it, and with no Chavo there this time, he hit the springboard off the ropes and caught Jeter with the Red Alert, a diving swinging reverse STO to a huge pop. Red didn’t waste a second in going for the cover with the fans counting along with the referee, all the way to three, giving us a new Cruiserweight Champion.

The crowd erupted and Red dropped his head in to his hands in shock. Out of nowhere though, Chavo stormed the ring as Red remained on his knees while the ref collected the title belt. Chavo grabbed it from him, and as the unsuspecting new champion stood up, his former mentor laid him out to a chorus of boos with his own belt. The remorseless Mexican just glared down at him and eventually dropped the title on his former rookie before leaving the ring with the fans still booing and Jeter sitting up looking furious.

Winner: By pinfall, and the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red.


{Commercial Break}

CM Punk’s former rookie, Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez was backstage with Josh Matthews and Josh was told that the Mexican had some news for him. The all smiling Del Rio-Ramirez told Josh that he earlier learnt that he would be one of the men competing in the tournament to crown a new number one contender for the world title. He then said that Tazz told him he would be in action next week against the man he pinned at the Survivor Series, the King of the Ring & United States Champion, Matt Sydal.

Del Rio-Ramirez said he showed people that Sydal isn’t the hero the fans think he is and that he is going to beat him again next week to prove it. Josh asked him if it would be awkward if he did win the tournament as he’d have to face his former mentor for the title at Night of Champions. The Mexican replied by saying it wouldn’t be awkward but an absolute honour to step in the ring with a true champion which he hopes to be.


*The Main Event*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho

Cena & Jericho had quite the battle, but as the match was in its final stages, Jericho came close to the win, only to see Cena kick out of the lionsault and fight his way to the ropes when in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho was pissed, and so were some of the fans. He tried to pull Cena away from the ropes and apply the hold again, but Cena kicked up at him, sending Jericho back and down on his ass. As they made their way back up, Cena fought back, connecting with a diving shoulder tackle and a spin-out powerbomb.

With momentum on his side, he hit the five knuckle shuffle and went looking for the F-U again, only for Jericho to slip down his back and go for the Codebreaker. Cena though stood firm and Jericho hit the deck, and as he made his way back up, Cena took him right back down in to the STFU to an incredibly loud mixed reaction. Jericho tried to get to the ropes but couldn’t, eventually tapping out to put Cena in to the next stage of the tournament. Cena still wasn’t showing too much emotion at the bell, clearly still unhappy about what happened at Survivor Series.

As he left the ring, Jericho sat up in the ring looking extremely unhappy. When he got back up, he went to the apron and demanded a microphone. He got one and said he’s had enough, enough of Cena and how he can’t take another second of him being around. He then said that as long as Cena’s on Smackdown, he doesn’t want to be and announced that he’s going away and won’t return until Cena’s gone. The fans couldn’t believe it and booed him as he stomped his way back up the ramp.

Winner: John Cena by submission.


We were taken backstage to see a very serious looking Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley headed it seemed for the ring and the apology she demanded Sunday from the World Champion, CM Punk.

{Commercial Break}

“I’m All Grown Up Now”

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
made her way out to the stage, all business as she entered the ring and asked for a microphone, getting a mixed response from the crowd.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley:
F’ those of you that are wondering why I’m here t’night, Sunday night at the Survivor Series I had some business to attend to. See last week, the World Champion C-M Punk overstepped the mark in some of the comments he made about John Cena. I let him know just that an’ told him that I expect him to apologise here this evening. . . I’ve been waiting back there all night f’ him to come out here an’ apologise, however it appears he’s chosen to ignore my demands. The thing is Punk this isn’t going away. You need to apologise f’ what you said, and you will, right now. . . I’m not going anywhere, so I suggest you stop wasting everybody’s time an’ bring yourself out here an’ say what you need to.

Steph turned & looked up at the stage, waiting for Punk to show his face, and she didn’t have to wait long.

“This Fire Burns”

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk walked out to a rowdy Illinois crowd, mostly cheered by his home state fans, not looking the least bit bothered by Steph staring at him in the ring. He walked past her with a smile on his face to collect a microphone of his own.

CM Punk:
I know we’re running out of time Steph so I’m gonna cut right t’ the chase, not that it’s gonna make you happy. The fact of the matter is I don’t know what t’ tell you. I already told you Sunday that as far as this apology goes, I don’t have a clue who you want me to apologise to, an’ t’ be perfectly honest, the way I see it there’s nothing to apologise for. I spoke my mind, an’ this is the land of free speech after all, so I’m sorry t’ disappoint you Steph but this apology, it’s not gonna happen.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Look Punk, you an’ I both know you crossed the line last week, and you will apologise.

CM Punk: Really, you sure about that are ya? Just because you want an apology, it doesn’t mean you’re gonna get one. I know you’re used t’ getting what you want, but in the real world it doesn’t work like that. There’s a whole lot of things I want, like a trip to the playboy mansion for example. Hell I want the Cubs t’ win the world series an’ the Bears t’ win the Superbowl. However much I want all those things t’ happen, it doesn’t mean they will, an’ even the one thing I want more than anything right now, John Cena t’ disappear off the face of the earth, that won’t happen either. So Steph, this apology, you can shove it straight up your pampered little ass.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: You’re making a big mistake Punk. I hope you know that an’ just who you’re talking to.

CM Punk: Oh I know exactly who I’m talking to. I’m talking to someone who doesn’t have a clue about this whole situation f’ a whole load of reasons, namely one. That being that you’re in the same position as Cena, even more so in fact. See like Cena, you’ve had ev’rything handed to you on a plate, except you’ve had it since the first breath you took in this easy little world of yours. You’ve not had t’ bust your ass an’ work your way up from the very bottom of this business all the way t’ the top like I have. You’ve not had t’ sacrifice anything like we ‘superstars’ have but I’m not gonna get in t’ that right now. The bottom line is you don’t have the understanding or passion f’ this business I love, an’ y’know what the worst thing about you is Steph? No matter how bad a job you do, an’ believe me you do, you never have been or ever will be the one who gets blamed or loses their job because you’re bullet proof. You’re daddy’s little girl who can do whatever the hell you want around here. It makes me sick that people who actually know this business inside out, guys like Paul Heyman get the blame an’ get fired instead when they’re not the problem. That problem Steph is you.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Okay Punk, you’ve had your say, now I’ll have mine. You’re the one that doesn’t understand. Personally I don’t care what your opinion is of me, that’s not my job. You might not like it, an’ yeah you’re not alone in not liking John Cena, but the fact is he’s one of the biggest superstars in the company.

CM Punk: He’s really not, commercially maybe. . .

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: . . . Yeah, that’s the point. Whether you like it or not, this is a business an’ Cena brings us business. That’s a fact. He brings in a lot, an’ I mean a lot of money Punk, money that keeps this company afloat.

CM Punk: Like I care about that. Do you have any idea what damage Cena is doing t’ this business while he’s bringing you in some money that other people could if they were given at least one of the chances he’s had? Just one title shot, one movie role, that’s all it’d take. How long do the fans, an’ I mean the real fans like the ones here in Illinois who actually know what wrestling. . . yeah I said wrestling not sports entertainment. How long will it take f’ you t’ realise that when they chant Cena sucks that he does just that? Just because some clueless kids buy his shirts doesn’t mean Cena doesn’t suck. Legends that have graced this ring say the same thing like the guys back there who’ve been trampled on over an’ over again. Hell one of the best wrestlers of the last decade just walked out because he’s sick of Cena. What don’t you get Steph? He might bring in the cash that ups your inheritance but without the ‘superstars’ you won’t have a company. . . There’s a whole load of talent back there who feel the same way as me an’ Jericho, an’ the way things are goin’, you’re gonna end up without a locker room. As important as the fans are, an’ most of them are complete idiots, without us this company’s worthless. We’ve had enough. . .

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: . . . Look, we appreciate ev’ryone back there. There are no guarantees in. . .

CM Punk: . . . Oh please. You don’t appreciate anyone other than the guys who bring you in the megabucks. There are a ton of guys back there who’ve worked their asses off who at least deserve the chance t’ make the step up, get the ball handed t’ them f’ a change instead of Cena. You can talk all this corporate B-S, it doesn’t fool me. Cena’s had the ball f’ years an’ he’s not worthy of it.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Ev’ryone back there has a chance. If they’re not as popular as Cena, that’s not our fault.

CM Punk: Please. Ev’ryone has the chance? Just not as much as Cena right?

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: If anyone wants t’ make it t’ the top Punk, they can. It’s not difficult.

CM Punk: What, like Triple H did? But now he’s had enough of you an’ Batista knocked you back, maybe there is a chance f’ someone else t’ step up t’ the. . . y’know what we’ll call it the plate.

Steph wasn’t amused at stared right at the incredibly laid back World Champion.

CM Punk:
Thinking about it, is that what all this is about? I think we’ve got a case of the woman scorned here. You’re angry like anyone would be if they were playing second fiddle f’ just a belt an’ you’re lookin’ f’ someone t’ take it out on, an’ lucky me, I say something slightly controversial t’ you an’ here we are.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: I’ll tell you where we are Punk. This whole standing up for the superstars thing doesn’t wash with me. You’re just threatened by Cena being here ‘cause you know he can take that title from you. You’re looking out f’ yourself. You don’t fool me. . . Cena’s here t’ stay. I suggest you deal with it, but if you don’t an’ carry on the way you are, being controversial as you put it, you’re gonna find yourself in a world of trouble.

CM Punk: Hey, I’m not trying t’ be controversial f’ the sake of it. Trust me Steph ‘cause I promise you, you’d know if I was.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley: Is that supposed t’ be a threat? Am I supposed t’ be worried? Let me remind you who works f’ who here, who signs your pay cheque each month. Believe me Punk, making threats against me isn’t smart. If you want t’ keep working here, you’ll do what I tell you to, an’ that means apologise f’ what you said last week an’ f’ what you’ve said t’ me t’night.

CM Punk: Is that right? You want me t’ apologise?. . . Alright. . . Steph, I’m sorry. . .

Punk dropped the microphone in a flash and lifted Steph up off her feet and up for the GTS. Most of the crowd were cheering as the still calm Punk looked in to the stands with Steph wriggling around & screaming. The World Champion then shocked the fans by dropping Steph back down to her feet before picking his belt back up and leaving the ring with the ring with his title over his shoulder and a big smile on his face with Steph stunned & angry staring at him as he headed back up the ramp. Tazz then paced down the ramp, past Punk and in to the ring to make sure Steph was okay, not that Punk cared. He turned round at the top of the stage and looked down at Tazz & Steph looking right back up at him shaking their heads furiously at the unapologetic Punk as the show came to a close.

{End of Show}

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>Headlines!<

>New Cruiserweight Champion Crowned!<



We were left wondering three weeks ago whether J-Red would’ve defeated Johnny Jeter to become the new Cruiserweight Champion had it not been for his then bitter mentor’s despicable actions to make sure that didn’t happen.

However last night we were left with no doubt when he battled it out with Jeter with the title up for grabs, a week after defeating Chavo, and he was victorious again to win his first title in the WWE. Red has wowed the fans ever since debuting as Chavo’s rookie earlier this year, and last night he picked up another impressive victory, his most important to date. He wasn’t able to enjoy it though as Chavo made his presence felt again, storming the ring immediately after the match to attack Red, leaving the new champion flat on his back.

It certainly seems that Guerrero can’t get his former rookie out of his head, and it’s fair to say that Red will struggle to get that out of his head on what was supposed to be the best night of his career.



>Four Men Closer to Title Clash at Night of Champions!<


Red’s victory last night didn’t just see him become the new Cruiserweight Champion as he & Jeter were competing in a 24 man tournament to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

Tazz decided that he was going to give as many of the Smackdown locker room as possible a chance to fight for the world title at the end of year pay-per-view, stating that there will be a series of 12 matches over three weeks with each winner going on to compete in four triple threat matches, and the final four men will then meet in an elimination match to decide who will challenge CM Punk on December 21st in Cleveland.

John Cena was one of those men looking to advance and he did, overcoming Chris Jericho, which led to Jericho making a shocking announcement afterwards. There were also wins for Elijah Burke over Chris Masters and Edge defeated Bobby Lashley in a controversial match that ended in a disqualification going against Lashley when Edge brought a steel chair in to the ring. It was Edge however that advanced, and we can now confirm the next four matches that will take place next week when the WWE goes down under in Brisbane, Australia:











>New Tag Champions. . . Of Sorts!<

Last week we saw The Empire attack Harry Smith, resulting in him being taken to a local medical facility where it was later announced that he had broken his ankle as a result of the attack.

When Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre & William Regal walked in to Peoria last night, they demanded that Tazz strip The UK Pack of the titles with Smith out of action for an indefinite period. Smith’s partner, Paul Burchill made his way out along with Smith’s long term friend and former rookie, TJ Wilson and cousin, Natalya Neidhart. Burchill let his fellow Brits know exactly what he thought of them, calling them cowards for taking Smith out in the manner in which they did to try & give themselves a better chance of taking the titles.

Tazz however agreed with The Empire and stripped The UK Pack of the titles. He stripped Smith but not Burchill, deciding to hand Smith’s title temporarily to Wilson for him to defend on Smith’s behalf. It wasn’t a popular decision at all with The Empire, and even the new champions weren’t sure how to react to the news. The Smackdown General Manager also announced that next week, Burchill will face Regal and Wilson will take on Barrett with both matches being part of the tournament to crown a new number one contender for the world title at Night of Champions.

How will the new champions and their rivals fair next week when they collide head on?



>Jericho Quits & Punk Pushes His Luck!<

In a night of controversial moments & decisions, Chris Jericho shocked everyone when he let the world know just how much he despises John Cena being on Smackdown, deciding to leave Smackdown until Cena is no longer part of the locker room. Jericho made the bombshell after losing to Cena for the right to take on CM Punk at Night of Champions, and even the World Champion himself was shocked.

Punk was told to apologise for his own outburst at Cena last night by Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. However he didn’t do as he was told, letting Stephanie know he didn’t feel the need to apologise or who it was he owed the apology to. He told her how Cena’s presence was negatively affecting the locker room, bringing up Jericho’s decision to take his ball and go home.

It didn’t end there though, not by a long shot, and as Stephanie continued to press for an apology, Punk uttered the words “I’m sorry” before instantly lifting her up for the Go To Sleep. For a moment it looked like the World Champion was going to do something he would surely regret, and for whatever reason, he chose not to and put Stephanie back down on her feet with a smile on his face. As you would expect, Stephanie wasn’t smiling, and neither was Tazz as he made his way out to make sure she was okay and see that the controversy ended there.

Will Jericho & Punk be regretting their decisions? Punk may have felt an apology wasn’t due last week but even he will surely understand that putting his hands on a McMahon is something he will quickly regret.



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Monday Night Raw
Monday 17th November 2008
Osaka-jo Hall
Tokyo, Japan




A recap of last week’s main event was shown where The Big Show took on Triple H in a non-title match, ending in a disqualification against the new WWE Champion, Triple H after a low blow to avoid a chokeslam. The Game wasn’t done there and went looking for his sledgehammer, and just as he was about to hammer The World’s Largest Athlete right in the skull, ‘The Animal’ Batista’s music hit and he stormed the ring, ducking the onrushing Triple H before taking him down with a monster of a spear to a massive pop. He wasn’t done and went right back after the man who took his title 24 hours earlier at Survivor Series, dragging him right back up before planting him with the Batista Bomb. The incredibly intense former WWE Champion pulled off his T-shirt and threw it in to the cheering crowd as the show then drew to a close with Batista staring down at The Game, lying flat on his back.


The show started to a massive roar when “In the End” played and ‘The Animal’ Batista walked out to the stage with Japanese flags either side of it. He stopped & stared in to the deafening crowd before heading down the ramp looking like he had business on his mind. After picking a microphone up off the apron as he entered the ring, the former WWE Champion told the Japanese fans that he didn’t need to tell them what happened at Survivor Series because everyone knew that Triple H beat him to take away his WWE title.

He then said that he didn’t need to tell them that he didn’t need to tell them what happened last week on Raw because they just saw it, reminding them how he left The Game flat on his back in the middle of the ring. He told them that it felt good and he sent Triple H a message that he’s not going to watch him parade around with the title that would still be his had The King of Kings not resorted to using a sledgehammer at Survivor Series to beat him.

The Animal quickly went on to say that he had a rematch and he’s going to get his title back. That brought out the WWE Champion, Triple H to a ton of heat. With “The Game” playing, he headed down to the ring and went nose to nose with Batista, staring right in to each other’s eyes before going to get a microphone of his own. He told Batista that he expected a reaction and he got the message loud & clear about wanting his title back, but he told The Animal that he might have a rematch, but it doesn’t mean he’ll get his title back because he won’t.

He said that he would beat him anytime any place like he did at Survivor Series, even later on that night, going on to say that like he did to Ric Flair and now Randy Orton, he’d put Batista on the shelf, telling him to forget being WWE Champion ever again. Batista fired back and told The Game that he wasn’t intimidated by him one bit and if he wanted the rematch later on, that was more than fine with him, then dared him to take him out too.

They both dropped their microphones and went face to face again, talking smack at each other when Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff purposefully walked out to the stage with a microphone in hand, not looking at all happy at the prospect of them going at it. He told them both to pipe down and forget about a rematch taking place later on but said that the rematch will happen in five weeks at Night of Champions, getting a big pop after initial disappointment from the Japanese fans.

Bischoff then told them that he was going to give the locals what they wanted as Batista & Triple H were going to compete against each other in the main event with Triple H teaming up with The Miz to take on the team of Batista & The Undertaker. The crowd loved that and Bischoff left Batista & Triple H staring intently at each other with “Back in Black” playing.


{Commercial Break}

*The Opening Match*
Homicide w/JTG vs. Orlando Jordan

Homicide started the match the stronger, but Jordan fought his way back in to it, coming close to the victory after hitting a shoulder jawbreaker. Homicide got his shoulder up though, and frustration got the better of OJ. He missed with a leg drop bulldog, the Miami Hangover and paid the price. With JTG, his former mentor urging him on in his corner, Homicide nailed Jordan as he made his way back up with the West Brooklyn Lariat.

Jordan was all over the place and Homicide took full advantage as Jordan bravely clawed his way back up. OJ was in a spin and as he turned round, the Brooklyn native levelled him with a running arched big boot, turning the lights out on OJ. Homicide dragged him back up and wrapped up the win courtesy of the Gringo Killa, a back to back double underhook piledriver.

After the match was done though and Homicide got his arm raised by the ref, JTG stepped inside the ring and tried to offer his former rookie his congratulations. Homicide wanted no part of it and unapologetically shrugged his way past JTG, heading straight back up the ramp, confusing the hell out of his former mentor and getting a negative reaction from the Japanese fans.

Winner: Homicide by pinfall.


Back in his office, Eric Bischoff was in his office on his cell phone, and just as he ended his call, Carlito and his brother, Eddie Colon walked in to the room. Carlito was in positive mood and told Bischoff how they’d talked about him getting a shot at Sheamus’s Intercontinental Championship before Survivor Series and how he wanted that shot later on. Bischoff said he remembered what they said but asked Carlito if he thought the timing was right after Sheamus lost for the first time week, reminding him how angry The Celtic Warrior got. Carlito wasn’t worried at all and said he was going to strike while the iron was hot, surprising Bischoff who told Carlito that if that’s what he wanted, it was fine by him after he played his part in Team Raw’s victory over Smackdown at Survivor Series.

He wished him luck which Carlito appreciated before leaving the room in positive spirit with Eddie, but as soon as he left, a very angry Ted DiBiase barged right in. Bischoff wasn’t best pleased to see him to say the least and Ted asked him what he was playing at putting him in a pointless tag team match last week, letting Bischoff know how he took The Undertaker to the limit 24 hours earlier. Bischoff put him in his place and told him that what he did at Survivor Series was irrelevant, reminding him that he lost both matches and telling him that he had to deliver week in week out if he wants to be the star that he thinks he is and that he isn’t going to get opportunities handed to him on a plate.

He then told DiBiase that if he wanted to be Raw’s next superstar he needs to go prove it or keep his mouth shut. DiBiase didn’t look happy at all, and it got worse for him when Bischoff said that he was going to give Ted the chance to prove himself next week against The Undertaker, not going down well with DiBiase either who turned round and stormed out of the office, much to the amusement of Bischoff.

A video of Kelly Kelly was shown as she made her way through the back, headed to the ring to take on Queen Kong in her debut match on Raw.


{Commercial Break}

Todd Grisham
conducted an interview backstage with the team of Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig, asking them about their match later on with The Big Show & Justin Gabriel and if they’d bitten off more than they can chew after Cody attacked Show’s former rookie last week after he defeated Hennig. The very smug Cody asked Todd if he knew who they were and what they’re made of, reminding him that they both come from iconic wrestling families.

He also talked about how both their fathers are in the Hall of Fame and how they were inducted in the same year, then stating that he & Joe too will join them one day in that elite group. With Grisham not looking as if he was buying it, Cody continued, saying that The Big Show might be the largest athlete in the world, but said it was just a title. He went on to say that he & Hennig were born to succeed, to climb to the very top and it was in their genes to do just that, and later on they were going to defy the odds and slay the giant.


*Match 2*
Kelly Kelly vs. Queen Kong

Kelly quickly found herself in a whole world of trouble with Kong meaning business from the moment she stepped out to the stage. She was menacing throughout and wasted no time in destroying Kelly, squashing her with the body avalanche, resulting in Kelly falling forward, flat on her face. Kong wasn’t done punishing her and finished the job with the Amazing Bomb, a sit-out powerbomb for the comfortable debut victory.

The Women’s Champion, Melina & Gail Kim were shown watching in the back as the referee bravely & hesitantly raised Kong’s arm, getting a dark stare from her in the process. She then left the ring, turning her head to look at Kelly flat out before walking back up the ramp, still very menacing as she stared in to the crowd.

Winner: Queen Kong by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

*Match 3*
Team Omega (Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms) w/Shannon Moore
vs. The Epitome of Excellence (Christopher Daniels & Kaval)

The new World Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio & Mystico were watching from the announce table with JR & King as the two losing teams at the Survivor Series went head to head. Daniels & Kaval kept glancing across at them with Rey speaking highly of both teams, staring back at Daniels & Kaval on numerous occasions. It was Daniels & Kaval that started the stronger, gaining the ascendancy early on.

Team Omega didn’t lie down and came back firing at them to the delight of the crowd, and as the match entered its closing stages, Hardy looked on the verge of winning the match when he dodged the Warrior’s Way from Kaval and planted him with the Side Effect. Kaval got his shoulder up but Matt took it on the chin and urged him up for the Twist of Fate. A distraction from Daniels though put the brakes on for Matt & Helms, and the latter entered the ring to take Daniels out of the equation.

He connected with a clothesline to send them both over the top and down to the floor. Matt went back to work on Kaval and pulled him up from his knees, getting a surprise as Kaval caught him off guard with a hard right hand to the gut before whipping him in to the corner. Matt reversed it though and charged at him, nailing him with a clothesline and held on to Kaval’s head to run out of the corner and take him down with a running bulldog.

As Daniels & Helms made their way back up on the outside, Matt went to the second rope and hit a diving leg drop on Kaval, getting a two count. On the outside, Daniels reversed Helms’ attempt to send him in to the steps, taking Helms out of the equation. Daniels turned his head to see Matt once again getting ready for the Twist of Fate, and he dived in the ring under the bottom rope in a flash. Matt wasn’t happy at all, and with the ref they tried to get him out, telling him to get back on the apron as Kaval pulled his way back up to his feet.

Daniels was watching him and kept arguing, and as Kaval was back up, he stepped back through the ropes. Matt turned back round and fell victim to the Tidal Wave, a springboard roundhouse kick, enough for the Epitome of Excellence to secure a big victory in front of the tag champs. After being announced the winners, Daniels & Kaval turned their attention to the champions at the announce table, signalling they want the titles around their waist with Rey & Mystico staring back intently at them.

Winners: The Epitome of Excellence by pinfall.


Justin Gabriel was leaving his locker room with his now former mentor, The Big Show, both ready for action. Gabriel thanked Show for saving his ass last week, saying that he didn’t need to do it since he’s not his mentor anymore. Show told him not to mention it and that even though he’s no longer officially his rookie, it doesn’t mean he’s not going to look out for him anymore. He told Gabriel that he’ll always have his back and that he doesn’t like guys like Cody Rhodes going round doing whatever they want, saying that Cody picked the wrong guy.

Gabriel then stopped & pointed down the hall, then the camera panned to show the WWE Champion, Triple H walking in their direction. The Game didn’t stop and asked them if they had a problem, and Show sure did, staring at him angrily. He told Triple H that had it not been for Batista last week, he’d have got a sledgehammer smashed in his face. He then told The Game that he’s going to regret not hitting him, then called him a coward for how he won the title and got himself disqualified last week when he had him beat.

Triple H said that was Show’s opinion, but The World’s Largest Athlete let him know in no uncertain terms that when Batista’s done with him after Night of Champions, he’ll be going after him whether he’s champion or not. The Game didn’t look intimidated despite Show’s obvious clear intent, and the WWE Champion simply told him to get in line before heading up off the hallway, leaving Show & Gabriel unimpressed.


{Commercial Break}

We got a recap of last week’s match between Justin Gabriel & Joe Hennig where Gabriel came out on top, only to get jumped by Rhodes after the bell before The Big Show made the save, seeing off the angry Cody as well as Hennig.

*Match 4*
The Big Show & Justin Gabriel
vs. Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig

Cody may have been regretting his words from earlier on as they quickly found out it wasn’t going to be to easy to slay the giant. They did however do a good job in isolating his former rookie, and the South African struggled to get his partner back in to the action. He managed to turn the tables though when he countered a running cross body attempt from Hennig with a standing dropkick.

Gabriel followed it up with a top rope springboard moonsault, only enough for a two count. He then tagged Show in to the match and the seven foot plus giant quickly took control back, and from then on it looked like it was only a matter of time. It proved to be the case, and despite Cody’s attempts to save his partner from a chokeslam, he ran right in to a knockout punch that put him down & out.

Hennig tried to take advantage of the distraction but couldn’t. Show found himself on the end of a couple of forearm shots, but he easily reversed an irish whip before grabbing him around the throat one more time, this time connecting with the chokeslam to pick up the win, celebrating with Gabriel afterwards along with the satisfied Japanese crowd.

Winners: The Big Show & Justin Gabriel by pinfall.


The Miz was interviewed by Todd Grisham, and Mr. Hollywood was not in a good mood whatsoever. Todd asked him how he felt about teaming up with the WWE Champion, Triple H later on in the main event against Batista & The Undertaker. The Miz strongly said that he’s finally main eventing Raw like he should be and that people all over the world need to realise how a big of a star he is. He also said that he’s aware of how people have been talking about how his team lost to Shawn Michaels’ at Survivor Series, but he said they were just jealous and it wasn’t his fault he was let down by a team of losers and how that wouldn’t be an issue later on.

He was then asked by Todd about facing The Undertaker again after walking out on their match last week, getting himself counted out, but The Miz said that he didn’t need to answer that and walked away. Todd then turned to the camera and said that like last week, The Miz once again, was walking away. Unfortunately for Grisham, The Miz heard exactly what he said and came storming back in to the shot, grabbing Todd with both hands and asking him if he wanted to repeat what he said.

It was met with no response from Grisham who was panicking big time, and Miz told him to apologise, still holding him by the shirt with both hands. Todd did what he was told and said he was sorry with Miz then slowly letting go, but still glaring at the worried interviewer. He then feigned a right hand before turning round angrily and walking out of the shot, leaving Grisham standing there looking like he crapped his pants.

A split screen with the relaxed Carlito and his brother, Eddie Colon on one side and the very serious looking Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus was shown as they made their way through the back with their Intercontinental title match coming up after the break.


{Commercial Break}



>Coming Soon!<


We got a recap from last week where the gloating Team Raw captain & Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus was bragging about leading his team to victory over Smackdown before extending an open challenge to anyone in the back. Kofi Kingston took up the challenge and the fired-up Jamaican was on fire in what was a very competitive non-title match, ending in an upset when Kofi caught him with Trouble in Paradise, leading to a furious reaction from Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior begged him to get back in the ring and dared him to beat him again, claiming he couldn’t and called him gutless when Kofi laughed at him and headed back up the ramp.

In the arena, Sheamus made his way down the ring with a face like thunder, but it got worse as Carlito with his brother, Eddie Colon walked out to the stage. With a microphone in hand, the very relaxed Puerto Rican taunted the Intercontinental Champion, asking him how it felt to be a loser before telling him that he was going to lose again and lose the Intercontinental title at the same time. Sheamus then grabbed a microphone and urged Carlito to shut his mouth and get his ass down to the ring, which he did looking very confident with the extremely pumped-up Irishman watching his every step.


*Match 5*
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Carlito w/Eddie Colon vs. Sheamus (c)

The loss last week sure affected The Celtic Warrior with the no longer undefeated Irishman getting hot & bothered very easily. After a warning to open up his fists by the referee, he got in to it with him, giving Carlito the opportunity to recover. The challenger took the chance, and he stuck on in there with Sheamus all the way, coming within a split second of winning the title when he ducked a Brogue Kick and sent the Irishman spiralling down to the mat with the Overdrive.

Unfortunately for Carlito it wasn’t enough as Sheamus got his shoulder up just before the ref could count to three, leaving both the Colon brothers disappointed. The Puerto Rican shrugged off the disappointment and urged the struggling champion to pick himself back up, stalking him for the Backstabber with Sheamus using the ropes to help him up. Carlito couldn’t wait any longer and went to the ropes, looking to hit the Backstabber, but Sheamus held on to the top rope and the challenger fell to the mat.

Sheamus smirked and pulled Carlito up from his knees to set him up for the High Cross. Carlito though slid down his back to safety and clubbed him across the back to put Sheamus down on to one knee. The fans were cheering as the focused Carlito ran past him in to the ropes, hitting a springboard for a back elbow smash, but Sheamus dodged it by stepping to the side.

The Celtic Warrior was incredibly intense, shimmying round the mat as he watched Carlito claw his way back up, and as soon as Carlito was back on his feet, Sheamus charged at him and took his head off with one hell of a Brogue Kick to retain his title to the disappointment of Eddie and the fans. Sheamus stood defiantly in the middle of the ring as he got his arm raised by the referee with the Irishman lifting his title high up in the air in his other hand.

As he then turned round and saw Carlito flat on his back, Sheamus dropped his title and walked over to his beaten opponent to drag him back up to his feet, setting him up again for the High Cross. His music cut and he stared in to the crowd sadistically, getting ready to slam Carlito in to the canvas again. Just as he was going to lift him up off his feet, “S.O.S” hit & Kofi Kingston charged down the ramp to a massive pop.

Sheamus was livid and he tossed Carlito aside, getting ready for Kofi’s arrival. The Jamaican slid in the ring and ducked the onrushing Irishman before hitting a springboard cross body, and as soon as both men made their way back up, Kofi levelled him with the Trouble in Paradise to another massive roar from the Japanese fans. Kofi stood up and his music hit again, staring down at the fallen Intercontinental Champion with Eddie checking on Carlito.

Winner: By pinfall, and still the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus.


A shot of Batista walking with purpose through the back, game face on with the main event up after the final commercial break.

{Commercial Break}

Sheamus was shown walking backstage, not at all happy with the Intercontinental Championship draped over his shoulder, and after walking past Eugene & Goldust, he heard them laughing. He wasn’t amused and turned back to ask them what they laughing at, whether they laughing at his expense and if they think he’s joke, then telling them that they need to look in a mirror. Having given them his two cents, he turned round only to hear them laughing again.

He lost it and flew at them, dropping his belt to pummel the both of them, firing Eugene in to the wall before putting the boots to Goldust. That was until Eugene’s uncle, Eric Bischoff arrived on the scene, yelling at Sheamus to pack it in. The Head of Authority was furious and asked him what the hell he was doing, getting a response from the Irishman that no one calls him a joke, stating that they certainly won’t call him one again, and neither will Kofi when gets his hands on him.

Bischoff told him that he won’t get his hands on anyone if he goes round attacking people like his nephew because he’s got no problem dealing with him even though he led Raw to victory at Survivor Series. He told Sheamus not to take that night for granted and reminded him that at the end of the day he’s just another superstar like everyone else, telling him to remember that and to get out of his face before he did something he’d regret. Sheamus was pissed but did the sensible thing and walked away as Bischoff checked on Eugene as both he & Goldust tried to sit up.


*The Main Event*
Batista & The Undertaker
vs. Triple H & The Miz

All four men were bang up for this one from the moment the bell rang, but it was Batista who was out to make a statement and he took it right to Triple H & The Miz. Mr. Hollywood was in serious danger of tasting defeat after being caught with a spinebuster. The Game though saved the day, causing a distraction when Batista was all set to finish The Miz off. His attention was quickly gained by the WWE Champion as he stepped inside the ring, and The Animal wanted a piece of him, turning his back on The Miz.

It gave The Miz the chance to sneak up behind when Triple H did leave the ring, taking Batista down with a neckbreaker. The Miz couldn’t finish off The Animal and gave his partner the chance. Triple H couldn’t either, failing to hit the Pedigree after Batista countered with a back body drop and then a spear, getting a close two count. The Undertaker & The Miz were brought in to the action and The Dead-Man had the match in the palm of his hand after a chokeslam.

As he then scooped Miz up in to his place for the Tombstone Piledriver, The Game slipped in the ring and pulled his partner down before taking The Undertaker down with a spinning spinebuster. Batista raced through the ropes to get at the WWE Champion, knocking him down with a right hand and then clotheslining him down to the floor. Taker then tagged Batista back in with The Miz clawing his way back up, getting sent straight back down courtesy of a clothesline and then a diving shoulder tackle.

The Animal caught him with a spinning side slam and another spinebuster before shaking the ropes in a frenzy, getting ready for the Batista Bomb. The Game stepped back up on to the apron, but he wasn’t there for long as Batista ran across and knocked him right back down before turning his attention back to The Miz and sending him crashing down in to the canvas with the Batista Bomb to a huge pop, picking up the win for him & The Undertaker.

The fans loved it as “In the End” played and Batista hit the second rope, posing for the crowd as Taker stepped in the ring. The Game sat up on the outside, looking up at the fired-up Animal, staring right back at him as the show came to a close in Japan with The Animal & The Game staring right at each other.

Winners: Batista & The Undertaker by pinfall.


{End of Show}

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Date:
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Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

WWE Championship
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>Batista’s Rematch Set for Night of Champions!<



Last night live on Raw, Batista wasted no time in declaring his intention to take back the WWE Championship he lost at Survivor Series, letting Triple H know in no uncertain terms that he’ll be taking full advantage of his rematch clause at Night of Champions in five weeks.

The Animal was clearly still seething at losing the title to Triple H in the triple threat championship match just over a week ago, putting it down to The Game’s use of his trusty sledgehammer. It looked like we were going to see them collide for the title last night until Eric Bischoff intervened and made sure it didn’t happen until Night of Champions. He did however promise the Japanese fans that they would see the two former Evolution team-mates go head-to-head later on in the main event where Batista teamed up with The Undertaker to take on the WWE Champion & The Miz.

Batista let everyone know, especially The Game that he’s hell bent on taking the title back and he’s not to be underestimated, winning the match for himself & The Dead-Man after The Miz fell victim to the deadly Batista Bomb. The Animal’s intensity definitely unsettled Triple H as he could only look on from the outside with the Japanese crowd cheering Batista. Will the crowd in Cleveland at Night of Champions be cheering Batista after being announced as the winner too and as the new WWE Champion? As things stand right now, Batista is looking as good as he ever has, and maybe it’ll be a brief title reign for The King of Kings.



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Friday Night Smackdown ‘Live!’
Friday 21st November 2008
Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Brisbane, Australia




A recap from last week’s show was shown, featuring Tazz’s announcement that there would be a 24-man tournament to determine the number one contender for CM Punk’s world title at Night of Champions. We also saw John Cena’s victory over Chris Jericho along with Jericho’s subsequent bombshell announcement that he was leaving Smackdown until Cena was gone.

The video package ended with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley calling out CM Punk and demanding the apology she asked of him at Survivor Series, resulting in the World Champion saying sorry before instantly lifting her up for the Go To Sleep only to put her back down and heading back up the ramp, turning back and smirking at the shocked & angry Stephanie with Tazz joining her in the ring and also staring up at the remorseless Punk.


Michael Cole & Matt Striker hyped up the show, live down under in Brisbane, Australia and spoke of how there would be four more matches in the tournament to crown a new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions. They also hyped up the Diva’s Championship match between Beth Phoenix & Michelle McCool as well as mentioning that the new Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red would also be in action.

“This Fire Burns” hit and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk strolled out to the stage in jeans and a T-shirt with a big smile on his face, showing no remorse for what he did last week. He headed down to the ring to a mixed reception and collected a microphone up off the apron to address the Australian fans, still looking very pleased with himself. He spoke about how the long flight they had gave him the chance to think about what’s been going on lately, what happened with Stephanie last week and whether he was wrong to put his hands on her. He said that after much thought, he was there to issue an apology, not to Stephanie but to Tazz. He spoke about how he’d given Tazz such a hard time recently for bringing John Cena over from Raw but praised his decision from last week to give 24 guys in the locker room a chance to face him for the world title at Night of Champions.

He did say that it was about time Tazz made a good decision but also said that it was good to see him listening to the locker room for a change, making Smackdown a land of opportunity again instead of the John Cena show. He also said that he realised Cena may still end up being the one to challenge him at Night of Champions but at least if he did, this way he would’ve earned it. That brought out ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge to the surprise of Punk, and also in his casual gear, Edge entered the ring and collected a microphone before asking Punk if he realised that if Cena does go on to win the tournament, their win at Survivor Series becomes worthless. He said all they did to overcome Cena would amount to nothing, but he quickly switched gears to say that luckily they won’t have to worry about that because Cena won’t be going to Night of Champions, he will.

He told Punk he was going to make sure Cena doesn’t get anywhere near the world title like he did at Survivor Series, that it was going to be him who faces Punk while Christian sits at home to make it even better. “My Time is Now” then hit and John Cena flew out to the stage to a huge pop with some boos mixed in. He had a microphone in hand and headed down the ramp and into the ring, not getting a good reaction from Punk & Edge. He congratulated them on their success at Survivor Series, giving them credit for all their effort paying off. He then told Edge that he strangely agreed with him for once, that he’s still got a shot at going to Night of Champions and how he’s going to do what they wanted him to since he returned to Smackdown; he’s going to earn it and that they might’ve stopped him the first time but not this time, stating his intent to go to Night of Champions and beat Punk for the world title.

Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley surprised everyone by making her way out to the ring, and when she got down there she wished Edge & Cena luck in the tournament before asking them to leave her & Punk to it so she could have a world with the World Champion. They did as they were told and she asked the intrigued Punk if he was his enjoying his trip to Australia, then talked about how the company takes its superstars all over the world and that the fans get to see their favourite superstars, then pointed out that there were a whole lot of fans with Cena shirts & signs. Punk wasn’t in the mood for small talk and asked her to get to the point before he threw up on her. She obliged, showing no signs of being intimidated by him, going on to remind him of what he did to her last week.

She said that no one has ever shown her that much disrespect and put her hands on like he did, but Punk saw the funny side and said that were a few guys in the back who would disagree with that. It didn’t go down well with Stephanie and she told Punk that she was well within her rights to suspend him or even fire him for what he did, even saying it crossed her mind on her way from the arena last week. Punk taunted her in to doing it, saying he knew full well she wouldn’t. She replied by saying she could and how there & then nothing would give her more satisfaction but how since he’s the World Champion it’d be bad for business. Punk was loving it, smirking back at Stephanie who told him not to get carried away because if he so much as touches her again, he’ll be gone like that, clicking her fingers to a pop from the crowd.

She then said that Punk needs to realise who calls the shots and that he was going to be in the main event later on, teaming up with Edge to take on two of the company’s biggest stars, John Cena & Shawn Michaels. That drew a massive cheer from the Australian fans, but Punk didn’t seem bothered at all and asked if that was it, but she let him know that she and the board of directors are watching him closely, as is Tazz, and if he wants to keep his job, he’ll keep his mouth shut and his hands to himself. “I’m All Grown Up Now” played again and Stephanie left, walking back up the ramp having made herself perfectly clear, but Punk didn’t seem too worried as he watched her step back through the curtain.

A split screen was shown with the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson and Natalya Neidhart on one side and The Empire on the other, both heading through the back with Burchill & William Regal in action after the break, the first of four matches in the tournament to crown a new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions!


{Commercial Break}

We got a recap from last week’s show where The Empire called for Tazz to strip The UK Pack of the WWE Tag Team titles after Harry Smith was declared unable to compete indefinitely due to a broken ankle as a result of their attack on him the week before. Paul Burchill, TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart hit the scene and Burchill called them cowards for taking Harry out as they knew they couldn’t win the title fair & square. Tazz made his way out and did strip Harry of his half of the titles before stating that Wilson would take his place until he was fit for action again, not going down well with The Empire.

*The Opening Match*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
Paul Burchill w/TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart
vs. William Regal w/Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee

Burchill & Regal were both fired up for this one, Burchill especially. With their respective partners watching on very closely, they entered the closing stages with Burchill closing in on victory. He fought his way free of an exploder suplex attempt with a series of elbows and followed up with a swinging neck-breaker to take Regal down, only for his fellow Englishman to get his shoulder up at two. Burchill was feeling it and urged Regal to get up, getting ready for the C4 when it all kicked off on the outside. Barrett jumped up to the apron to cause a distraction, pissing Burchill off no end.

Wilson & Natalya were furious too and walked round the ring, getting in to it with McIntyre & Katie. They all went at it as the ref & Burchill tried to get Barrett down off the apron, but he wouldn’t budge, arguing with them both. Regal took full advantage of the distraction, sitting up and reaching in to his tights to pull out some brass knucks. The fans continued to boo as he slid them on to his hand, and as Burchill turned round, leaving the ref to deal with Barrett. He walked towards Regal who jumped up to his feet and nailed him in the face with the knucks to a ton of heat.

Burchill fell in a heap and wasn’t moving as Regal put the knucks right back where they came from before making the cover with Barrett stepping down, allowing the ref to make the count which Burchill couldn’t break. Regal stood up with a big smile on his face and was joined in the ring by his fellow Empire team mates as Wilson & Natalya sat up on the floor looking on at their smug rivals.

Winner: William Regal by pinfall.


We were taken backstage where Johnny Jeter was getting ready for action, lacing up his boots and not looking at all happy when an also angry looking Chavo Guerrero, also dressed to compete walked in. The Mexican told Jeter he wasn’t going to patronise him, telling him he knew he was going to be angry after losing the Cruiserweight Championship last week but said that they both have one thing in common; they hate the fact Red is the champion. Jeter stood up and said that he was more than angry, that Chavo didn’t have a clue how angry he was, but Chavo said that it was good as they both had the chance take their frustration out on him later on.

He told Jeter that they had the chance to really hurt him and make him suffer, knowing Jeter wanted that as much as he did. The now former Cruiserweight Champion agreed and said he’d thought of nothing else the last week and all the way over from the States to Australia. Chavo told him he felt the same way and that the only way he wants Red leaving the arena later was on a stretcher and that together they can make that happen.

Jeter nodded and told Chavo that as much as they both hate Red’s guts and want to do a number on him later, he wanted to make it clear that as far as the cruiserweight title is concerned, he’s the one with the rematch and to get in line. Chavo though reassured him that this wasn’t about the title for him, it was about putting Red in his place and nothing else. Jeter said he was glad to hear it and told Chavo they should go get the job done, and off they went with real purpose.

We then saw a shot of the new Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu, both pumped up making their way through the back as they prepared to take on their former mentors!


{Commercial Break}

Footage from last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match between J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu was shown where Red connected with the Red Alert to become the new Cruiserweight Champion, only to be attacked immediately after the bell by his former mentor, Chavo Guerrero, being laid out by a Brainbuster.

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

The new Cruiserweight Champion got a big pop from the Australian crowd as he made his entrance, but he was met with a very angry reaction from his opponents. Chavo & Jeter both glared at him with absolute fury as he made his way down to the ring, and they didn’t hold back when they got their hands on him. Fortunately for the Brisbane crowd, Red was up for the fight, as was Yoshi Tatsu. It made for a competitive contest and Yoshi turned the match in their favour when he lifted his knees up in to Chavo’s gut as he leapt off the top looking to hit his trademark frog splash.

Both men then crawled to their respective corners and tagged their partners, bringing in the new & former champion. They went back & forth, and just as Jeter gained the momentum and went looking for the Genesis Kick, Red ducked it and ran the ropes before coming back to counter with a Satellite DDT, a tilt-a-whirl head-scissors into a DDT. Jeter was down & out it seemed but he managed to get his shoulder up at the count of two. Red didn’t let that bother him and went straight over to the apron, but before he could step through the ropes, Chavo ran at him across the apron going for a clothesline.

Red ducked it and ran in to the corner to hit a springboard dropkick. Chavo fell to the floor as the groggy Jeter picked himself back up not having a clue where he was with Red steadying himself on the apron before hitting the Red Alert, a springboard diving reverse STO. Jeter couldn’t kick out this time and Red celebrated a second win in successive weeks over him, raising his title up in the air and flaunting it in Chavo’s furious face as he sat up on the outside with the fans cheering Red & Yoshi.

Winners: J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu by pinfall.


Footage of a focused Dolph Ziggler, dressed for action and then an also serious looking M.V.P. was shown as they made their respectively through the back with their match moments away!

{Commercial Break}

Josh Matthews
interviewed the Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix ahead of her title defence later against Michelle McCool, and The Glamazon told Josh that she’s been waiting a long time to get her hands on McCool. She told him how disappointed she was two weeks ago when McCool weaselled her way out of the challenge she made but said that now she had the chance, she couldn’t wait to get in the ring with her. She also said that it was made even better that she had the chance to do it on a special night, down under in a great country like Australia, going on to say that’ll make it even more special when unlike what McCool thinks, she beats her and retains the diva’s title.

*Match 3*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
M.V.P. vs. Dolph Ziggler

Both M.V.P. & Ziggler were up for this one, both determined to book their place in the next round of the tournament, and after a few close calls each, it was M.V.P. who found himself in the driving seat. Ziggler missed with a leg drop bulldog and M.V.P. took full advantage, helping him up from his knees to whip him in to the corner before nailing him with the Playa’s Boot. Ziggler slid down the pads and M.V.P. dragged him away from the corner by his feet to hook his near leg, but Dolph got his foot on the rope before the ref could count to three.

It gave M.V.P. the chance to wrap the match up with Ziggler in a real bad way, and Smackdown’s team captain at Survivor Series stood up and urged his opponent to do the same, getting ready for the Drive By. Ziggler was slowly clawing his way up to his knees, and as he did just that, M.V.P. charged at him and threw himself foot first at him. Ziggler though threw himself forward and M.V.P. hit the deck, and as both men then desperately pulled themselves back up, Ziggler ducked a wild clothesline and planted him with the Zig Zag.

He covered him in a flash and secured arguably his biggest win to date, securing his place in the last 12 of the tournament for a shot at the world title at Night of Champions. He sure enjoyed the victory, looking very smug as he got his arm raised before walking over to the apron and demanding a microphone. As M.V.P. then rolled under the bottom rope and left the ring for the victor, Ziggler directed a message to everyone in the back.

He said he hoped they were all watching his victory as he was putting anyone left in the tournament to crown a new number one contender on notice that there’s only one person who can face CM Punk for the world title at Night of Champions. He said that it wasn’t going to be Edge, Shawn Michaels or John Cena, emphatically saying it was going to be Dolph Ziggler. He dropped the microphone and stared in to the stands as his music hit again with a smug smile on his face despite the Australian fans booing him.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.


Michelle McCool was shown heading through the back purposefully with her title clash with Beth Phoenix up after the break.

{Commercial Break}

*Match 4*
WWE Diva’s Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool

The two divas battled it out in the early going, neither holding back with the diva’s title at stake. McCool showed an intensity she’s rarely shown and surprised The Glamazon at times, ducking a double axe handle shot to the chest before nailing her with a big boot. It sent Beth down to the mat and she crawled to the ropes which she then used to help her make her way back up. The challenger didn’t take her eyes off her and ran right at her as she made it back up, clotheslining her over the top and down to the floor.

She wasn’t done there though and didn’t look too happy to see Phoenix sitting back up straight away. As Beth then crawled back towards the apron, McCool turned back to hit the ropes and went charging across the mat, going for a baseball slide. The Glamazon saw it coming and sidestepped it to McCool’s surprise. Beth hammered with a european uppercut before shoving the challenger in to the security wall in front of the rowdy crowd.

Beth had turned the screw and put the boots to McCool, but as she then tried to pull her up, her opponent shoved her away. It didn’t make Beth happy and she helped her up from her knees before trying to send her face first in to the ring post. To the surprise of the fans in the first few rows, they saw McCool reverse it and send The Glamazon into the steel post, putting the champion down on the floor.

McCool heard the ref’s count getting rapidly close to ten and dived back inside before they were both counted out, but Beth couldn’t do the same. McCool was then announced as the winner but didn’t look happy when Beth was declared still the Diva’s Champion. She argued with the referee who stood his ground, getting her even angrier before he collected the title and walked round the outside to hand it over to the groggy Beth as she sat up with McCool glaring furiously at her from the ring, still shouting at the ref.

Winner: Michelle McCool by count out, but still WWE Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix.


Josh Matthews was again standing by backstage, this time interviewing ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels. Josh asked him first about how he felt about the chance to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship come Night of Champions, mentioning that The Showstopper would be in action next week for a place in the next round. Looking very relaxed, Michaels talked about how he thought his run as World Champion earlier in the year would probably be his last but how he’s never given up hope and how now he’s got another chance, he’ll do all he can to be there at Night of Champions and climb to the top of the mountain one more time.

The Heartbreak Kid went on to say that when it gets to this time of the year, WrestleMania is in sight and how much he’d love the chance to headline once again, walking in & out World Champion like he did this year. He then reminded Josh that it was this time last year that he beat Batista to win the world title and how Night of Champion is a great way to see out the year and how his fans can count on him doing everything in his power to make sure he gets there to step inside the ring with CM Punk again. Josh then asked him what he thought about teaming up with John Cena later on to take on Punk & Edge as well as what he thought of Punk’s comments about Cena.

The Showstopper said that there’s no doubting the controversy that follows Cena and he can see both sides, but at the end of the day he’s danced the dance with Cena on the biggest stage of them all and lost. He told Josh that no one’s given him a fight at WrestleMania like Cena did and he respects the hell out him, stating that Cena’s got the heart, the guts and he backs it up night in night out in the ring. He said that Cena works harder than anyone he’s ever seen and that’s why most of the fans love him, saying that no one will ever be liked by everyone, but at that point, Michaels was jumped by CM Punk & Edge. Josh was shocked as Punk & Edge put the boots to the defenceless H.B.K.

He told them to stop but they ignored him and Punk pulled Shawn up and threw him against the wall when officials raced in to save The Heartbreak Kid. Edge & Punk backed away admiring their work without a shred of regret as officials called for someone to get help for Michaels. Then John Cena walked in to the shot and asked what was going on, then realising Michaels was in trouble, and he then saw Punk & Edge standing there. He was pissed and stood up in a flash, telling them to back up and if they want to play dirty, that’s how it’s going to be. Punk & Edge weren’t fazed and left the scene as Cena checked over his partner for later on with EMT’s arriving to attend to Michaels who was barely moving on the floor, not having a clue as to where he was.


{Commercial Break}

*Match 5*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round Match
TJ Wilson vs. Wade Barrett

Before match, Tazz hit the stage and told everyone outside the ring, Paul Burchill, Natalya Neidhart, Drew McIntyre, William Regal & Katie Lee to leave ringside and make their way to the back after what happened earlier in Regal’s win over Burchill. No one was particularly happy about it as you would expect, but it allowed for a fairer match with Wilson’s resiliency rapidly getting under Barrett’s skin. After ducking a big boot, TJ stomped Barrett in the gut and drilled him with a tornado DDT to a big pop from the Australian crowd, but he only got a two count with Barrett showing some resiliency of his own.

Wilson then really got the crowd going when he applied the Sharpshooter, putting Barrett through the mill, but again the Englishman denied him, this time by getting to the ropes. The Canadian could smell victory, and as Barrett pulled himself using the ropes, he jumped right on him, nailing him with a forearm shot. As he then tried for an irish whip, Barrett reversed it but ducked his head. It was a mistake TJ took full advantage of by running back and kicking him square in the face. Barrett’s head snapped back up and Wilson jumped in to the air for a hurricanrana.

He got all of it, and as they both made their way back up, TJ ran to the corner and went up to the dizzy heights of the top rope. With Barrett all over the place, the Canadian leapt off the top for a diving cross body, but Barrett caught him and held on, then tried to lift him up onto his shoulders for The Wasteland. Wilson slipped down his back though and rolled him up to a pop with the ref quickly dropping to his knees to make the count. Barrett kicked out at two again to deny TJ, and as they clawed their way back up as quickly as they could, TJ ran in to the ropes at speed, but as he came racing back, the Englishman levelled him with a devastating falling clothesline.

It looked like TJ was hurting, dragging himself to the ropes where he held his neck, causing some concern for the referee who went over to check on him. Barrett though was amused and watched on with a smile on his face when a big pop broke out with the camera then switching to a shot of Harry Smith hobbling down the ramp on crutches. He had his eyes locked firmly on Barrett who turned round looking shocked to see the man he put on the shelf heading down to the ring. The fans were cheering while the ref stayed with Wilson who sat up by the ropes, but Barrett tried to get rid of Smith, sticking his head through the ropes and telling him to get lost.

Smith glared at him with total contempt, standing firm to anger Barrett more, and as Barrett then yelled at him some more, Smith nailed him with one of his crutches to a massive pop. Barrett fell back and hit the deck with the fans still cheering, getting the ref’s attention who turned round surprised to see Smith there. He went over and asked questions of him, why he was there with Smith playing innocent.

Wilson looked over smiling and stood back up, stepping through the ropes on to the apron as the groggy Barrett picked himself back up in a spin. Wilson then hit a springboard and connected with a front flip neck-breaker to pick up the win to the delight of the Australian fans. TJ wasted no time in joining Smith on the outside, hugging his long time friend before the ref followed him out with his tag title belt to raise his hand as a furious Barrett sat up on the inside staring at them shaking his head furiously, only amusing Smith & Wilson who took great pleasure in laughing back at him.

Winner: TJ Wilson by pinfall.


A split screen of the United States Champion, Matt Sydal along with his girlfriend, Mickie James on one side and Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez on the other was shown, minutes away from their non-title match with a shot in the next round of the tournament to crown a new number one contender for the world title.

{Commercial Break}

The Empire (Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre, William Regal & Katie Lee) furiously barged their way in to Tazz’s office with Tazz not at all appreciating the interruption, asking them what the hell they were doing. Wade Barrett was seething and angrily asked Tazz what was he doing letting Harry Smith get involved in his match and demanded he reverse the decision, reminding him that he removed everyone from ringside. Tazz said it was true but he didn’t know Smith was there. That didn’t set well with Barrett and he said that was no excuse and Tazz half agreed before saying that he could reverse the decision but he’s not going to as he believes they got what they deserved for taking Smith out in the first place and how William Regal won his match earlier on.

He firmly told them what goes round really does come around and they’ve got no right to complain about anything. Barrett then turned to his Empire stable mates and told them they were right and they should’ve gone to Stephanie since she so obviously calls the shots. Tazz sn-iggered and told them they could go to Stephanie if they wanted but they might want to hear him out first. They were intrigued and heard him out as he told them that after what he’d seen between them as of late he was left with no choice but to make match between themselves and the makeshift tag team champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson at Night of Champions for the titles. That calmed Barrett down and he told Tazz it was about time he made a good decision and for his sake he was glad he did.

They then turned round much calmer and left the ring, but as the door slammed shut, in walked a pissed John Cena. He asked Tazz if it was true what he heard about Shawn Michaels, that he couldn’t compete later on in the main event, to which Tazz regrettably told him it wasn’t looking good and that he might have to cancel the match. Cena though told him not to do that and he’d take on CM Punk & Edge by himself if he had to, but Tazz didn’t seem as keen and asked Cena if he was serious, and if he was he thought he was crazy. Cena replied by telling Tazz maybe he was but it’s what he wanted, and Tazz told him if he was sure then the match would go ahead. Cena nodded defiantly, well & truly fired up before leaving the office with Tazz looking very concerned.


*Match 6*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament
First Round (Non-Title) Match
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

Sydal & Del Rio-Ramirez put on quite the show with the fans firmly behind the United States Champion. His speed was too much for the Mexican in the early going who clearly underestimated his opponent. As the match went on though, Del Rio-Ramirez more than fought his way in to it and looked on the verge of victory until Sydal countered an attempt at locking in the rolling cross arm-bar. Both men raced back up to their feet and the King of the Ring caught him with a feint enzuigiri into a head-scissors takedown.

Del Rio-Ramirez made his way back up to his credit and found himself on the wrong end of a spin kick and then a springboard tornado DDT. With the fans cheering, Sydal scurried across to make the cover, but Del Rio-Ramirez got his shoulder up at two. The Mexican was barely moving and the United States Champion made his way back up and hit the top rope, all set for the Shooting Star Press. The fans were going nuts but Del Rio looked up and rolled closer to the corner.

Sydal anticipated it though and landed on his feet as Del Rio used the ropes to pick himself back up. Sydal ran right at him, and the Mexican quickly stepped out and behind him before rolling him up, holding on to Sydal’s tights as well as using the ropes for leverage like at Survivor Series to again pick up a pinfall victory over the United States Champion. Del Rio-Ramirez celebrated like he’d won the United States title as he got his arm raised with Sydal sitting up unhappily.

He walked right over to the referee and tried to plead his case, pointing to the ropes and pulling his tights. The ref told him he didn’t see it and went to get his United States title while Del Rio-Ramirez hit the ropes, celebrating again with a smug look on his face. Sydal was passed his title, and as the Mexican stepped down off the ropes and turned round, he laughed at Sydal before walking over to him and poking fun at him.

Sydal got in his face, getting no sympathy at all from Del Rio-Ramirez who just laughed at him, resulting in a firm shove from Sydal. That wiped the smile off Del Rio-Ramirez’s face and he went face to face with Sydal, talking smack and getting a hard right hand from the United States Champion who then left the ring with Mickie on the outside and the fans cheering to the bitter annoyance of Del Rio-Ramirez.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez by pinfall.


The all smiling combination of the World Champion, CM Punk & Edge were shown walking through the back with the main event just moments away!

{Commercial Break}



>Coming Soon!<

*The Main Event*
John Cena & Shawn Michaels
vs. CM Punk & Edge

Punk & Edge were looking incredibly proud of themselves as they waited for their opponents, or opponent as it turned out as only Cena walked down to the ring to face them. However several minutes later, H.B.K. surprised everyone by slowly walking down the ramp and onto the apron, showing obvious signs of the mugging from earlier on. Punk & Edge weren’t amused one bit, and it affected them in a big way. Cena got a lift from it too and he & Punk were going at it in the closing minutes with Cena firmly in the ascendancy.

He countered Punk’s attempt at a running bulldog out of the corner by tossing him forward and down to the mat. He followed that up with the throwback, then a flying shoulder block and a spin-out power-bomb. The crowd were going nuts as he came off the ropes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, and after hitting it, he was getting ready for the F-U, causing Edge to panic big time. The Rated-R Superstar hit the ring and ran at Cena, but Cena back tracked to the ropes and sent Edge flying over the top and down to the floor.

As Cena then went back to Punk to lift him up on to his shoulders for the F-U, the World Champion slipped down and then lifted Cena up for the GTS. Punk dropped him towards his knee but Cena countered, grabbing Punk’s knee to take him down for the STFU to a huge pop along with some boos. Punk was in trouble and he knew it as he reached out for the bottom rope, but Edge climbed back on the apron in front of Cena. Michaels jumped down to the floor and pulled Edge down to slug it out with him on the outside as Punk fought his way to the ropes.

Cena wasn’t happy and had no choice to let the hold go, and just as he had, Edge reversed a whip to the steps from Michaels to send The Heartbreak Kid into the steel. The Rated-R Superstar slipped back in the ring as Cena stood back up to run at him for a spear, but Cena dodged it and caught him with the F-U before kicking him under the ropes and out of the ring, then staring down at him while Punk pulled his way back up by the ropes.

He then sneaked up behind the intense Cena, who turned round into a roundhouse kick, followed up with the Go To Sleep to pick up the win for him & Edge, much to the disgust of the majority of the Australian crowd. Punk got his arm raised looking very pleased with himself while looking down at Cena before leaving the ring to get a microphone. He told the guys in the truck to cut his music as Edge, Cena & H.B.K. all began to sit up.

The World Champion then said that he had a message for Cena, his fans, his critics & Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, saying that he doesn’t care what they think of him and if they’re watching him, they can all kiss his ass because no one is taking the world title away from him and how it was his time, calling it a defining era in the future of the business which is only just beginning. His music hit again as he lifted his title high up in the air again with Cena, Edge & Michaels looking towards the extremely confident World Champion as the show came to a close.

Winners: CM Punk & Edge by pinfall.


{End of Show}

Quick Results

William Regal df. Paul Burchill
J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu
df. Chavo Guerrero & Johnny Jeter
Dolph Ziggler
df. M.V.P.
Michelle McCool
df. Beth Phoenix
TJ Wilson
df. Wade Barrett
Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez
df. Matt Sydal
CM Punk & Edge
df. John Cena & Shawn Michaels

Superstars Tapings
Bryan Danielson df.Chris Masters


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Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (30 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

WWE Championship
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Tag Team Championship
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson (c) vs. The Empire



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>The Brits Set for War at Night of Champions!<



The problems between The UK Pack & The Empire have increased week on week for the last month or so, and after another chaotic night, Tazz was backed into a corner and gave Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre a shot at the WWE Tag Team Champions next month at Night of Champions.

Just over two weeks ago, Barrett & McIntyre, along with William Regal crashed the ring to battle it out with Paul Burchill & Harry Smith, resulting in Smith breaking his ankle. They then had the nerve last week to demand The UK Pack be stripped of the titles, but they didn’t bank on Tazz taking Smith’s half of the titles and giving it to his former rookie and long time friend, TJ Wilson to defend until he recovers. Then last night they had the chance to get their hands on each other in actual competition with Burchill taking on Regal and Wilson facing Barrett in the tournament to determine a number one contender for CM Punk’s World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

Regal scored the first of two controversial victories, using brass knucks to defeat his fellow Englishman before Smith’s return & crutches helped Wilson to victory over Barrett, leaving The Empire’s leader furious. He barged his way into Tazz’s office afterwards after everyone had been barred from ringside for his match, only for Smith’s surprise appearance to cost him a shot at Punk’s world title. Instead they will now meet Burchill & Wilson for the tag titles in the four hour end of the year spectacular. If the past month is anything to go by, it’s going to be an absolute war at Night of Champions when they collide with the gold The Empire want so badly at stake.



>Four More Advance, One Step Closer to Night of Champions!<


William Regal & TJ Wilson weren’t the only ones who advanced to the next round of the number one contender tournament. Joining them, John Cena, J-Red, Elijah Burke & Edge were Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez & Dolph Ziggler.

The World Champion’s former rookie, Del Rio-Ramirez came out on top in a non-title match against the King of the Ring & United States Champion, Matt Sydal in what was almost a carbon copy of the cheap victory he got over him at the Survivor Series when they part of the elimination match between Team Cena & Team Punk. The Mexican’s underhand actions didn’t go down well with Sydal, and he uncharacteristically let the Mexican know how he felt, responding to the smug victor’s taunts by knocking him down with a right hand.

Ziggler meanwhile overcame M.V.P. in what was an impressive victory, arguably his best since arriving on Smackdown earlier this year. After the big win, he addressed the audience and announced that he would be the last man standing in the tournament before becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion at Night of Champions.

Next week the final four first round matches will take place, and the line-up has been confirmed. The matches you will see are as follows:









Once next week is out of the way, there will be 12 superstars left in contention for the opportunity to meet Punk for the world title, and those 12 superstars will then meet in four triple threat matches with those four subsequent winners meeting in a fatal four-way elimination match. Whoever emerges victorious from that contest will be the one to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.


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