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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Monday Night Raw
Monday 8th December 2008
Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
Fayetteville, North Carolina




A recap from last week was shown where Triple H took on Finlay in a Last Man Standing match, wrapping up the hard fought victory thanks to a sledgehammer shot to the head of the Irishman. The WWE Champion wasn’t satisfied though and hit him again as he eventually made it back up. With the fans booing like crazy, he went after a microphone. He issued a warning to Batista, stating that what just happened to Finlay was his future, but he also claimed it would be the end for Batista as he vowed to end his career. The crowd were then left stunned as “Sprach Zarathustra” hit to a deafening roar in the Jobing.com Arena. Triple H couldn’t believe it as he saw the retired ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair walking down the aisle with a microphone in hand, both staring at each other.

Flair got in the ring, joining Triple H to tell him to forget all about ending Batista’s career like he ended his at SummerSlam. Triple H didn’t like that one but, but Flair was only just getting started and said that he was enjoying his retirement, then told The Game that Batista won’t be as he’s not ready to retire yet, he’s not done and he’s praying that Dave kicks his ass at Night of Champions and takes back the WWE Championship. The fans were going nuts as Flair defiantly stared at The Game, and the WWE Champion came firing back, telling the world that no amount of praying is going to help either of them, calling it inevitable that Batista’s career will come to an end just like Ric’s did.

Flair then called The Game an opportunist, claiming he picked the right to time end his career but how he’s not had the guts to do the same right now with Dave as he knows he’s definitely not going to win at Night of Champions. The Game was seething and Flair continued to say that there’s no doubt that it’s going to be three stages of hell but that only one man can walk out victorious as WWE Champion and how he believed that man will be Batista, letting out a big “WOO” to get the crowd going too. It was met with a ferocious stomp to the gut from The King of Kings, who set The Nature Boy up for the Pedigree.

The fans were booing like mad until “In the End” blasted out to a huge pop and Batista stormed down the ramp and into the ring. Triple H shoved Flair to the side as Batista ran at him, ducking a clothesline and coming back off the ropes to take the champion down with a spear. The roof was nearly blown off by the Arizona fans, but Batista wasn’t done with his rival, pulling him back up for a Batista Bomb, sending the WWE Champion crashing into the mat, left lying their helplessly with the fans cheering like crazy again and Flair raising Batista’s hand and then hugging him to end the show on a big high.


J.R. & The King went over what the fans could expect to see throughout the show, mentioning that Ted DiBiase would be in action against The Big Show, and if he did another no show, he’d be fired. JR & King also plugged a potential barnstormer between Rey Mysterio & Christopher Daniels as well as plugging the No Holds Barred main event between Batista & The Miz.

We got a recap from the end of last week’s battle royal to determine the number one contender for the Women’s Championship at Night of Champions, coming down to Gail Kim & Queen Kong. Gail tried to take her over with head-scissors like she did Rain, but Kong held on, just. Gail didn’t stop trying and went up top looking for a diving cross-body. Kong though caught her and threw her up above her head before walking over to the ropes and sending her down to the floor right in front of the watching Women’s Champion as the bell rang and she was announced the winner.

Kong glared down at her for several seconds before menacingly stepping through the ropes and walking over to Melina, who grabbed her belt. Melina stood up, trying to show no fear and lifted her title up bravely, getting a pop from the crowd. Kong wasn’t impressed in the least bit and gave her a tame shove, but Melina came back at her and shoved her back, hard. Kong stood firm and boy was she livid. She glared at Melina and then tried to grab her, but Melina nailed her in the skull with the title, putting Kong down on the floor to a massive pop. “Paparazzi” played and Melina stared down at the squirming Kong, wondering if she’d done a wise thing or not while clutching onto the women’s title.


*The Opening Match*
Melina & Gail Kim
vs. Queen Kong & Rain

Melina & Gail looked tentative at the start of the match with Kong glaring intently at the pair of them, but as they found their way into the match their confidence grew. Like last week, Kim fought bravely against Kong, showing some real spirit & determination. She was on the brink of defeat when she managed to escape Kong’s clutches before nailing her with an enzuigiri. The crowd were urging her to tag Melina, and she did with both her & Kong crawling to their respective corners.

It brought Melina & Rain into the action, and Melina was fired up, taking it right to her former foe, and with the fans right behind her, she looked to have the match won when she caught Rain with a ferocious roundhouse kick. Kong though stormed the ring to break up the count, going for a leg drop on Melina, but the champion saw it coming and got out of the way with Kong’s huge leg falling down on her partner instead. The fans were loving it, and as Kong & Melina made their way up to their feet, Gail joined them in the ring, helping her partner to send Kong out of it with a double drop kick.

Melina turned her attention back to the squirming Rain, finishing her off with the California Dream to secure the victory, much to the satisfaction of the North Carolina crowd. She & Gail sure enjoyed their win and soaked up the ovation from the fans as the angry beast on the outside picked herself back up, once again staring furiously at them, not one happy bunny to say the least at seeing Melina defiantly raising her title into the air in her direction.

Winners: Melina & Gail Kim by pinfall.


Todd Grisham briefly interviewed the number one contenders for the world tag team titles, The Epitome of Excellence, Christopher Daniels & Kaval. Todd mentioned their match with Rey Mysterio & Mystico at Night of Champions in two weeks before moving on to ask Daniels about his upcoming match with Mysterio. Daniels gave him a very respectful answer, speaking of his great respect for Rey as a performer and stating how he’s always wanted the chance to get in the ring with him. He even called Mysterio an inspiration, saying that Rey gave people like him & Kaval the belief that it doesn’t matter what size you are, you can still be successful, citing Rey as one of their role models getting into the business. Daniels went on to say that as much as he respects Rey, he would be going all out to beat him later on and then at Night of Champions when he & Kaval become the World Tag Team Champions. He strongly stated that he & Kaval have set the standard for tag teams across the world since they came to the WWE, reminding us all that they’re undefeated, and that once they’re champions which they should be right now, they’ll set the standard for years to come.

{Commercial Break}

*Match 2*
Rey Mysterio w/Mystico
vs. Christopher Daniels w/Kaval

Rey & Daniels put on a show for the fans, both coming close on a couple of occasions to snatching the big win, but as the match entered its closing stages, Mysterio seized the upper hand. The Mexican lifted his knees up into Daniels’ stomach as he came off the top rope looking to hit the Best Moonsault Ever. The crowd were well behind Rey as he went all guns blazing at Daniels, eventually sending him onto the middle rope. With the fans cheering like mad, Rey dialled up for the 619 and nailed it to another huge roar from the capacity crowd.

They rose to their feet as Rey steadied himself on the apron, but Kaval tried to come to his partner’s aid by running round on the outside and grabbing Rey’s foot. The fans weren’t happy, and neither was Rey or Mystico. Rey’s partner ran round to try & see off Kaval with Rey doing the same, trying to pull his foot back. Daniels was clawing his way back up, and Mystico saw off Kaval on the outside, leaving Rey to focus on his opponent.

He hit the springboard for the West Coast Pop, but Daniels ducked it and caught Rey in a flash with the Angel’s Wings, wasting no time to go for the cover and pick up the win. Kaval swiftly joined him in the ring as he got his arm raised, staring down at Rey as he started to come round with a look of respect before leaving the ring with his partner, turning back and looking down at the ring with Rey sitting up and Mystico also in the ring looking right back at their challengers, knowing full well they have a battle on their hands in two weeks.

Winner: Christopher Daniels by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

The mystery man who’s been showing up in recent weeks was roaming around the back when he was stopped by Todd Grisham.

Spoiler for Mystery Man:



Todd got straight to the point and asked him who he was and why he was seemingly stalking Kofi Kingston. The mystery man didn’t look too happy with Todd’s question and gave him short shrift, telling him to go ask Kofi. Todd though told him that he already had and that Kofi wouldn’t tell him anything. The mystery man didn’t look too surprised and said it sounded about right before walking off, leaving Grisham frustrated not to have gotten an answer out of him, but as the mystery man walked out of the shot, JTG walked in.

He & Todd greeted each other and Grisham jumped into asking him about his match later on with his former rookie, Homicide and how things have gotten heated between them since Homicide was given a permanent contract. JTG told Todd he had no problem with Homicide doing his own thing but he wasn’t going to let him get away with what happened last week (the sneak attack before their scheduled match that didn’t go ahead). JTG then added that there was one thing they had in common, both being from Brooklyn, then spoke about how he was going to go all Brooklyn on Homicide’s ass later on.

We were then taken to the office of Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff, and he was pacing up & down the office when a casually dressed Ted DiBiase walked in with his girlfriend, Maryse. Bischoff was clearly pissed with him, but Ted was extremely laid back and casually said he heard Bischoff wanted to see him. Bischoff shook his head, trying to calm himself and failing before laying into him, asking him why the hell he’s not bothered to turn up the last two weeks without even a word to explain why.

DiBiase threw him what wasn’t even a half-hearted apology, then said that he was doing something useful, making some serious money in Vegas amongst other places. Bischoff couldn’t believe it and sat down at his desk, this time giving himself enough time to compose himself. He then told Ted that he had a feeling another fine wouldn’t bother him, so he decided that he was going to throw him back into action in a match later on against The Big Show. Strangely, DiBiase was fine with it and told Bischoff just that before heading back out, leaving the boss increasingly frustrated with the arrogant young superstar.

Elsewhere in the back, Zack Ryder was shown coming out of his locker room, all set for action. The Bella Twins, Brie & Nikki walked up to him and asked him if Justin Gabriel was in there, and that didn’t go down at all well with The Long Island Loudmouth. He asked them what all the fuss was about with him, why all the divas are talking about someone like Gabriel and how hot he is.

Ryder then told them that he, not Gabriel was the hottest thing on Raw period and that all they had to do was look at him to see it and how he left him flat on his back in the middle of the ring last week. The Bellas didn’t look too impressed though, but Zack wasn’t done and told them that if they or anyone else didn’t believe him, he was going to go show the entire world what The Big Z is all about. He then walked off with Brie & Nikki still not impressed and tutting at each other.


{Commercial Break}

Footage from during the break was shown where Batista & Ric Flair stepped out of the limo in the parking garage, getting a huge reaction from the fans inside the arena as The Animal & The Nature Boy made their way into the arena with Batista up against The Miz in the main event.

A recap from last week’s match between Justin Gabriel & Zack Ryder was shown where Ryder managed to gain the upper hand going into the closing stages, but after sizing the South African up for the Rough Ryder, Gabriel ducked it and caught him with an enzuigiri to a big pop from the fans. The job wasn’t done and he hit the top rope, sealing the deal with the 450 splash to another massive roar from the Glendale crowd. The action wasn’t done there though, and after Gabriel came down off the ropes celebrating, Ryder was back on his feet and took him down with the Rough Ryder to a ton of heat. The Long Island native just stared down angrily at him for several seconds with the boos ringing out before leaving the ring to the continuing heat without an ounce of regret.


*Match 3*
Goldust w/Eugene
vs. Zack Ryder

Ryder quickly gained control of the match, not to the amusement of the fans, but he got too cocky for his own good and Goldust came back fighting. After the Shattered Dreams, Goldust looked to have the match in the palm of his hand. He was gearing up for a running bulldog, but Ryder shocked everyone by shoving him chest first into the pads with force. It was strong enough to put Goldust down onto one knee, and as he struggled to make his way back up, Ryder stepped back and set his sights firmly on his opponent.

As Goldust clawed his way up and turned round, Ryder ran at him and took him down with the Rough Ryder, earning the victory in front of an unhappy crowd. He gloated with a smug grin as he got his arm raised, and as the ref let his arm go, he turned round to see Eugene in the ring checking on his friend. Ryder had evil intentions in mind and swiftly kicked Eugene in the head to a ton of heat. He then back tracked across the ring, stalking Eugene for the Rough Ryder too, but just as he was about to charge across at him, Justin Gabriel stormed down the ramp to a big pop and dived under the bottom rope.

Ryder was pissed and ran at him, but Gabriel ducked an outstretched arm and then nailed him with a jumping heel kick before clotheslining him over the top rope to another big pop. The South African stared down at him and offered him back into the ring with his music playing, but Ryder was not amused as he sat up on the floor staring back up at him shaking his head furiously with Gabriel going to check on Eugene & Goldie.

Winner: Zack Ryder by pinfall.


Ted DiBiase was walking backstage with Maryse, catching up with his former rookie, Ezekiel Jackson. DiBiase greeted him and asked him if he wanted the chance to make some easy money and get a big opportunity. Jackson was clearly intrigued and simply said “sure”, then asked Ted what he wanted him to do. DiBiase smiled and it cut straight to commercial.

{Commercial Break}

The WWE Champion, Triple H was raging backstage, walking up the hall and straight into Eric Bischoff’s office. Bischoff sat up from his desk as The Game went ballistic, asking him why Ric Flair was allowed in the building last week, reminding him he retired The Nature Boy at SummerSlam. Bischoff tried to calm the situation by telling him that Flair’s only retired from the ring but said that he’s a Hall of Famer and the fans love & respect him for everything he’s done, telling Triple H that he’d always be welcome on Raw as he’s earned that right as the greatest of all time in many fans’ eyes.

It didn’t set well with the WWE Champion and he told Bischoff he couldn’t care less what Flair’s accomplished, and that all he cares about right now is holding on to the WWE title, claiming that as long as Flair’s hanging around in Batista’s corner, he’s going to do everything he can to help Batista take the title from him. Bischoff said he could understand where he was coming from but it was up to The Game to keep hold of his title no matter what, but reassured him that if anyone tries to screw anyone out of any title, he’ll make sure that doesn’t happen as the Head of Authority.

With Triple H more relaxed, Bischoff did though go onto say that as long as Flair wants to show up, and since they’re in Flair country, he’s not going to stop him showing up and suggested he better deal with it. The WWE Champion didn’t like it but knew he was fighting a losing battle, and after a couple of seconds he turned round and left the room, leaving the door to slam shut, getting a smirk from Bischoff in the process.


*Match 4*
Kofi Kingston & JTG
vs. Sheamus & Homicide

Both teams and all four men were bang up for this match. It was very competitive until the end, and it looked as if Sheamus was on the verge of tasting defeat at the hands of Kofi again ahead of their Intercontinental Championship clash in two weeks at Night of Champions. Homicide saw the danger and hit the ring with Kofi gearing up for the Trouble in Paradise, nailing him with a clothesline to send him down to the mat. The fans weren’t happy and neither was JTG, and Kofi’s partner raced through the ropes, running at Homicide and taking him over the top rope with a clothesline.

The momentum took them both over and down to the floor, and as Kofi & Sheamus picked themselves back up in the ring, JTG & Homicide did the same on the outside. They went at it with Kofi on the inside coming back off the ropes to hit a springboard back elbow after an irish whip from Sheamus. On the floor, JTG tried to send his former rookie into the steps, but Homicide reversed it and sent his fellow Brooklyn native into the steel. Back on the inside, Kofi was getting set for the Trouble in Paradise again, but Homicide turned round to see the danger again. He grabbed the Jamaican’s foot, getting a furious reaction from Kofi and the referee.

The ref went over to the apron and told Homicide to let go, and he did with Kofi yelling at him. At the same time though, Sheamus was getting back on his feet, and as Kofi turned round, The Celtic Warrior ran at him and took his head off with the Brogue Kick. The Intercontinental Champion picked up the three count and a momentum boosting win going into his match with Kingston in 13 days, enjoying his victory as he got his arm raised along with Homicide who glanced across at JTG coming round on the floor while Sheamus defiantly posed with his Intercontinental title.

Winners: Sheamus & Homicide by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>13 Days!<

“Priceless”
hit to heat from the crowd as Ted DiBiase, Maryse & Ezekiel Jackson walked out to the stage. Jackson was in his ring gear and Ted wasn’t as they headed down to the ring with DiBiase smiling, still very relaxed as he was earlier on. Once in the ring, DiBiase announced that he was supposed to take on The Big Show but that there was a change of plan, that he’d arranged for his former rookie to take his place in the match, stating that Jackson was eager to make a statement at the expense of The World’s Largest Athlete. That brought out Eric Bischoff and he was furious as he stomped his way down to the ring, barging his way past DiBiase & Co to get a microphone before responding to Ted’s announcement.

Raw’s Head of Authority told him that it didn’t matter what arrangements he’d made with Jackson, he’ll be the one facing The Big Show. Ted though got right in Bischoff’s face and told him to forget as that wasn’t going to happen. Bischoff took a step back and another few seconds to compose himself before issuing Ted with an ultimatum, that he had a decision to make. He told DiBiase that either he faces The Big Show as planned or he’s suspended without pay until the end of the year. The crowd liked the sound of that, but Ted still wasn’t bothered and laughed at the crowd & Bischoff, then simply said “whatever” before turning round and walking out with Maryse shell shocked.

Even Bischoff couldn’t believe it, looking on in shock as Maryse went after her carefree boyfriend with Jackson unsure of what was going on. After DiBiase & Maryse went through the curtain, Bischoff said that it looked as if Jackson was going to have to face The Big Show, then called Show down for the match. “Crank It Up” played & The Big Show was greeted with a big pop as he walked out into the arena, walking down the ramp with a big smile on his face, shaking hands with Bischoff halfway with a focused Jackson looking on.


*Match 5*
The Big Show vs. Ezekiel Jackson

Jackson gave The World’s Largest Athlete a real battle, but Big Show wasn’t about to let himself fall victim to an upset, despite a valiant effort from Jackson. It all became ominous for Jackson when he had an irish whip reversed and found himself on the wrong end of a sidewalk slam. Despite kicking out of that, he couldn’t fight his way out of a chokeslam or the subsequent cover that saw the seven foot monster get a win under his belt in front of the delighted North Carolina crowd who continued to show their approval after the bell with Show celebrating in front of him with a big smile on his face.

Winner: The Big Show by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>Next Week – A 3 Hour Special!<

*The Main Event*
No Holds Barred
Batista w/Ric Flair
vs. The Miz

The crowd went nuts before the match when Batista brought out ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair to the ring to a massive pop. The Miz was the only one not happy to see him, and Flair soaked up the reaction, clearly happy to be there in front of his adoring North Carolina fans. He watched on from Batista’s corner as The Animal tore into The Miz going into his huge 3 Stages of Hell match with Triple H at Night of Champions. The Miz didn’t let him have it all his own way though, and he used the rules, or lack of them to his advantage, especially when Batista had him set up for the Batista Bomb.

Mr. Hollywood gave him a low blow to escape the finisher, but the resistance didn’t last long enough to get him the upset. He was sizing the former WWE Champion up for the Skull Crushing Finale, but The Animal held firm and blocked it, escaping with a series of elbow shots to the head. The Miz was quickly fired into the ropes and found himself on the wrong end of a spear. The fans went crazy as Batista went to the ropes and shook them in a frenzy, going onto plant Miz with a spinebuster and then the Batista Bomb, getting the three count to secure the win.

The Animal couldn’t enjoy it for long though, and his music cut in an instant when Triple H charged down to ringside and attacked Flair, clubbing him across the back and sending him to the floor. Batista turned round and saw The Game slide in the ring, running right at each other with Batista taking him down with a tackle to a big pop. He pummelled Triple H with right hands before standing back up and dragging him into place for the Batista Bomb, but like The Miz, the WWE Champion low blowed him to a ton of heat. It gave Triple H the chance to go get his trusty ally, his sledgehammer from under the ring to a chorus of boos.

The fans were booing like mad and Flair was dragging himself up the apron and into the ring as The Animal too tried to make his way back up. The fans were clearly nervous as the menacing Triple H coolly slipped back inside the ring with the sledgehammer, eyes locked firmly on Batista. He calmly watched his challenger make it back up to his feet before running at him with the sledgehammer, but as he swung it at Batista, Flair stood up behind him and The Animal ducked, resulting in Flair being struck in the face with the sledgehammer.

Both Triple H & Batista stopped & looked on in shock, then Batista went at him with rage, but Triple H slid out to safety with his sledgehammer. The fans were all over The Game, booing the WWE Champion big time as Batista then went to check on Flair, but The Nature Boy was out for the count. EMT’s then flew down the ramp and into the ring with The Game looking on without a shred of remorse, and Batista stood up to glare right at the man he’ll meet in 13 days, letting him know he’s going to make him sorry for what he just did as the show came to a close with their eyes fixed firmly on each other, knowing hell is only a matter of weeks away.

Winner: Batista by pinfall.


{End of Show}

Quick Results

Melina & Kelly Kelly df. Queen Kong & Mia Rain
Christopher Daniels
df. Rey Mysterio
Zack Ryder
df. Goldust
Sheamus & Homicide
df. Kofi Kingston & JTG
The Big Show
df. Ezekiel Jackson
Batista
df. The Miz

Superstars Tapings
Justin Gabriel df. Joe Hennig
John Morrison
df. Hardcore Holly


___________________

>Confirmed for Night of Champions<

Night of Champions Homepage

Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (16 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool



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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Friday Night Smackdown ‘Live!’
Friday 12th December 2008
Verizon Wireless Arena
Manchester, New Hampshire




We were shown footage from last week’s show, starting with CM Punk interrupting Tazz in the ring at the top of the show. Punk told Tazz he’s turned out to be nothing but another corporate puppet who’s given up everything he’s ever believed in before saying that the man who brought him (Punk) to the WWE, Paul Heyman, would be ashamed of how he’s turned out. The fans were booing and Tazz took exception to that, telling Punk in no uncertain terms he didn’t care what he thinks of him and that it’s irrelevant what Heyman thinks despite the respect he has for him. He then let Punk know that as far as Stephanie goes, it’s not his business since it was Punk who put his hands on her and he should’ve known better than to mess around with a McMahon, making it clear that there were bound to be consequences.

Tazz then tried to move on and told Punk that he shouldn’t concern himself with Steph for the night at least as he has a big match with Batista, as well as letting him know Stephanie wasn’t there. Punk’s response was that it was a pity she wouldn’t be there to see him beat Batista but teased Tazz that he must’ve been happy to have his balls back for the evening. Tazz let some frustration out and accused Punk of trying to deflect the attention away from himself for being a coward, bringing up how Edge helped him beat Team Cena at Survivor Series as well as the attack on Cena last week by Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez, ending his mini rant by telling Punk that he was the one with no balls.

The World Champion remained somewhat calm but spoke with purpose as he told Tazz that he was wrong on so many levels and how he takes on any challenge thrown at him with everything he has. He said that he’s talented & smart enough to overcome any obstacle like he did at Survivor Series, stating that he didn’t ask Edge to do what he did but he wasn’t going to apologise for that, just like he won’t when he beats Batista later on and goes onto retain the world title at Night of Champions, and when he does, he’ll take great pleasure in sticking it to him, Stephanie and the fans who don’t appreciate him as the athlete & champion that he is. He then defiantly stated that he won’t let him, Cena or Stephanie take his title from him like how Stephanie took his (Tazz’s) balls.

The main event was shown next and The Animal was well & truly unleashed following a spinebuster as he kicked the chair away from a fallen Punk before retreating to the corner, stalking him for another spear, and this time he hit it. Punk though showed some serious resilience and kicked out at two, but Batista knew he had him on the brink and pulled him right back up, into position for the Batista Bomb. The Animal stared scarily into the crowd, all set to put Punk away when “The Game” blasted out through the speakers and into the arena.

The fans booed like mad as Batista pushed Punk aside and went to the ropes, waiting for Triple H to walk out on out. Batista was calling for him to bring his ass down, but he never came as Punk crawled across to pick up the chair. As the World Champion then stood up with the chair in hand, Batista saw him sizing him up on the tron. He turned round and ran at Punk, right into a chair shot to the gut. The music stopped and Punk then tossed the chair at Batista, and he grabbed it, holding it up close to his face, only for Punk to blast him with a roundhouse kick onto the steel that flew back into The Animal’s face.

It put the big man down and Punk was right on him to make the cover, getting a three count to pick up a very impressive notch for his résumé. “This Fire Burns” hit and The Straight-Edge Superstar slowly stood up to get his arm raised with his world title being passed to him, but the crowd were pissed. He then tapped his head with one finger, seemingly pointing out he used his head, possibly being behind Triple H’s music playing moments earlier. He was loving it and posed with his title, throwing it up into the air alongside a huge smug look of satisfaction as Smackdown drew to a close with Batista also coming round, not knowing where he was with Punk standing tall.


Michael Cole & Matt Striker talked up the night’s show, letting everyone know if they didn’t already that the number one contender for CM Punk’s World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions would be crowned in the main event. Cole reminded us that the tournament started with 32 superstars, leaving just four to battle it out in an elimination match, with those four being John Cena, Bryan Danielson, Dolph Ziggler & Edge. They both mentioned that there was a lot more they could look forward to with the makeshift tag team champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson teaming up for the first time to take on Petey Williams & Johnny Devine. The Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix was also brought up as it was announced she’d be in action against the undefeated O.D.B., and we also learned that the King of the Ring & United States Champion, Matt Sydal would team up with the Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red to take on the Mexican duo of Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.

“This Fire Burns” hit and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk entered the arena to a largely negative reception from the New Hampshire crowd, not that he was bothered by their reaction for a second. After picking up a microphone off the apron, Punk shrugged off the heat without a care in the world to talk about how they were all just a couple of hours away from finding out who he’d be facing at Night of Champions. That brought a cheer from the fans but he told them he didn’t want to disappoint them but that it was all irrelevant anyway even though it’s given the majority of the locker room an opportunity they wouldn’t usually get because it didn’t matter who becomes the number one contender because he’s going into 2009, still the World Heavyweight Champion.

The majority of the crowd didn’t like the sound of that but The Straight Edge-Superstar was emphatic in talking up his chances, saying how he’s risen to every challenge, how resilient he is and how much of a fighting champion he is. He then said that he showed how intelligent he is, referring to last week in his match with Batista, doing what he needed to do to win, stating that’s what makes him World Champion and why he’ll still be World Champion after Night of Champions. Again the fans didn’t like what he said and he moved onto say that despite how he’s going to retain the title, he was happy to see the likes of Bryan Danielson & Dolph Ziggler in with a chance of getting a shot at the world title, even wishing them luck and hoped one of them would win to, and although it would all end in disappointment initially for them, he said they could use it as a launch pad to make the breakthrough that he has.

Punk was then interrupted by Edge as “Metalingus” blasted out to a ton of heat. The Rated-R Superstar walked down to the ring with purpose, not looking too happy with Punk, and the World Champion seemed slightly confused by Edge’s mood as he entered the ring and walked straight past him to get a microphone of his own. The Toronto native didn’t hang around and told Punk that he respected him for what he’s done as far as John Cena is concerned, so much so that he went out of his way to help Punk because he felt the same way, but he quickly shifted gear and said that didn’t matter right now. He said that the only thing that did matter right now is the World Heavyweight Championship and beating three other men later on to make sure that he’s the one who’ll go to Night of Champions to face Punk.

The World Champion then cut in and told Edge he knew all this, then asked him what his point was, getting a frosty response from The Rated-R Superstar. Edge told Punk he was glad he brought it up because he went out there for a reason, bringing up Punk’s apparent lack of respect to him last week when he said he’d beat Punk at Night of Champions to take his title, resulting in Punk laughing at him. He then let Punk know in no uncertain terms that he’s a multi-time World Champion, King of the Ring and a grand slam winner, then taunted him by saying how most recently he saved Punk’s ass at Survivor Series and how Punk should take him more seriously. Punk was surprised by Edge’s comments and told him he respected him and all he’s achieved, then apologised for laughing at him, claiming he couldn’t even remember doing it.

He then told Edge that he believed he was the favourite for the match later on, but he then said that if Edge did win, it wouldn’t change anything as he stated he has the confidence in himself to beat anybody at Night of Champions or on any given night. He told Edge it wasn’t personal against him, it’s just the way it is, and if it was Edge who he meets in nine nights, he’ll leave Night of Champions empty handed. Edge told him he disagreed, and as they stared intently at each other, “I Am Perfection” hit and Dolph Ziggler strutted confidently out to the stage in his ring gear and headed down to the ring, taking Punk & Edge by surprise. Ziggler too collected a microphone of his own and let Punk know he disagreed with his claim of how he’ll retain his world title at Night of Champions.

He also said that Punk was right to laugh at Edge because there’s no way Edge will be leaving Night of Champions as World Champion for one simple reason, he won’t even be there. More boos met Ziggler’s statement with some cheers from the anti-Edge section, and Ziggler assuredly told Edge that the reason why Edge wouldn’t be getting the shot at Punk’s title is because he will. He then turned to Punk and told him once he’s officially the number one contender, he’ll make sure Punk’s the one who leaves Night of Champions empty handed. Punk & Edge didn’t seem too concerned by the cocky Ziggler, and Edge got him under the collar by jokingly asking Dolph just who he was. Ziggler said it was cute but told Edge that after he’s done kicking his ass later on, he’ll know exactly who he is, the next World Heavyweight Champion.

They then squared up with Punk enjoying seeing his two rivals going face-to-face, but they were quickly joined by Smackdown’s General Manager, Tazz. He hit the stage with a microphone and told Edge & Ziggler to wait for the match before turning his attention to Punk, bringing up last week’s win over Batista and calling it smart like Punk claimed. He then made sure Punk was crystal clear about how he better not try anything smart later on in the main event and getting involved, because if he did, Tazz stated that he’d strip Punk of the title on the spot and he could forget about going into 2009 as the World Champion. He quickly wished Edge & Ziggler luck for the match before leaving the stage having said his piece with tension aplenty inside the ring with so much at stake later on when the number one contender would be crowned.


{Commercial Break}

*The Opening Match*
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
vs. The Pitbulls

London & Kendrick sure looked like they’d put all their problems behind them, getting close to being the team they used to be, but they didn’t have it easy against Noble & Kash. The fan favourites got their fans behind them and toughed it out, coming strong in the final stages to gain the ascendency. London turned the tables in his favour, and after a leapfrog that caught Kash by surprise, he took his head off with a ferocious super kick. That gave him the chance to crawl across to his corner and tag in the fired-up Kendrick, and he stormed the ring to a big roar from the Manchester crowd. Kash was reeling, only just getting up himself, and he was circling the drain.

Kendrick was all over him, not letting up, and after a cyclone DDT, it looked like it was all over. Noble though had other ideas and charged into the ring to stop Kendrick making a count, but Kendrick saw him coming and ducked his head, pulling the ropes down to send Noble falling down to the floor to a big pop. Kash was clawing his way back up, and with Kendrick glaring down at Noble, it gave Kash the chance to take advantage, but Kendrick didn’t let him and managed to catch him with the Sliced Bread to get the win for him & London. They got a great reception again from the fans and celebrated like it was the good old days, looking like they’re getting back on track.

Winners: Paul London & Brian Kendrick by pinfall.


Josh Matthews was standing by backstage and introduced John Cena to the fans. Cena had his game face on and was asked about how he was feeling about being just one match away from challenging CM Punk for the world title at Night of Champions. Josh also brought up the tension shown between Edge & Dolph Ziggler earlier on, and Cena said that it shows how much a shot at the world title means to everyone. He said he was no different but he told Josh that there’s one big step left to take and he wasn’t taking it for granted, saying he knew it was going to be tough with three other superstars who are giving to fight like their lives depended on it too. He was emphatic in saying that he was ready for the fight, bringing up Survivor Series and how close he was in getting a shot at Punk then, talking this up as his second chance, also saying it could be his last chance and how he’s not going to pass it up.

Cena clearly meant business and said that after everything Punk’s said about him since he came back to Smackdown and being screwed over at Survivor Series, he’s going to do what everyone’s wanted him to do all along and earn the shot at the World Heavyweight Championship by being the last man standing later on. The majority of the fans inside the arena were behind him, and he then said that when he’s victorious, no one will be able to run their mouth anymore, Punk especially. Cena turned to the camera and directed a message to the World Champion, letting him know that he wants the world title and he wants nothing more to get his hands on him at Night of Champions, and after tonight, he told Punk he wants him & his title and to get ready because he’s coming to get some.


{Commercial Break}

Followed by the rest of The Empire, Wade Barrett headed down the ramp to a chorus of boos in his ring gear. Drew McIntyre, William Regal and Katie Lee (carrying a Union Jack) joined him in the ring, standing behind him as he grabbed a microphone to announce that in just a matter of minutes he was going to take care of an old rival of theirs but how later on, along with the entire world, they would get to see their opponents at Night of Champions team up for he first time. He carried on by saying it was absolutely ridiculous that the tag team champions haven’t ever teamed up before, but he stated that it didn’t matter as he & McIntyre would beat any team put in front of them, not just because they’re the best tag team in the world today but they’re a tight unit, something he said Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson aren’t or would ever be, which is why he can confidently say that in just over a week The Empire will be the new WWE Tag Team Champions, also saying they would be champions for a long, long time, getting a lot of heat from the fans. “I’m Comin’” played and M.V.P. made his way out to the stage to a decent pop, looking bang up for his match with Barrett. The Empire looked on calmly as M.V.P. walked intently down to the ring, getting another good reaction from the fans.

*Match 2*
M.V.P.
vs. Wade Barrett w/Drew McIntyre, William Regal & Katie Lee

Barrett may have been a bit too cocky for his own good, and it nearly bit him in the ass when he took his time running into the corner, allowing M.V.P. time to lift his boot up into his face. It sent the Englishman staggering away from the corner and M.V.P. didn’t waste a second, rolling him up in a flash, only getting a two count for his troubles. Barrett was teetering with M.V.P. feeling the momentum oozing through his veins, and after connecting with the Playa’s Boot, Barrett fell forward and flat on his face. He looked out for the count and M.V.P. had him in his sights for the Drive By, causing great concern for the rest of The Empire on the outside.

They tried to encourage Barrett as he slowly lifted his head up off the mat, not having a clue where he was in the slightest. M.V.P. got the fans going even more, urging them to make some noise as he got ready to explode out of his corner, and as he watched Barrett try to sit up, he ran at him for the deadly kick. Barrett though saw him coming and pulled his head back and helped shove M.V.P. into the pads chest first. He immediately crawled up behind him and tried for a roll up, holding onto the tights behind the ref’s back, but M.V.P. kicked out at two to the relief of the crowd.

Both men hurried back up to their feet as quickly they could with M.V.P. up first to stomp the Englishman in the gut, almost putting him down onto one knee. The American turned back and ran the ropes, but as he came back, Barrett greeted him with a massive boot, ramming it right down M.V.P’s throat. Sighs came from the crowd and things got worse for them as they watched Barrett drag him right back up, determined to end it there & then, and he did with The Wasteland to pick up a hard fought victory going into Night of Champions in nine nights, and he was one smug son of a bitch at the bell, smirking into the stands with his team-mates joining him in the ring.

Winner: Wade Barrett by pinfall.


The Empire’s opponents, the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson were watching on a TV screen in their locker room, both in their casual gear for now with Harry Smith (with a crutch) & Natalya Neidhart with them. They all turned away from the screen as Smith talked about the situation they’ve found themselves in, admitting it’s not easy for any of them after all that’s happened between themselves as well as with The Empire. He then spoke about how they’ve all resolved any problems they’ve had with each other and that they all have one common enemy in The Empire.

Smith said that he didn’t need to tell them that they’ve got a battle on their hands at Night of Champions when they defend the titles against Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre, and then told them that all they can do is go there ready, saying that’s what they need to focus on. He told them that they need to be as strong as they can as a team going into that match and their match later on is so important to get them ready, and he let Burchill & Wilson know that he believed in them and that he knows they can get the job done next weekend, also telling them that he’ll be there every step of the way to support them.

TJ rested his hand on his friend’s shoulder and told him that he appreciates all the support he’s had since joining Smackdown and that he’s going to do everything he can to make sure he & Burchill hold onto the titles at Night of Champions, and that when they do, nothing will make him happier than to hand Harry the title back when he’s ready to compete again. Burchill nodded and told his makeshift partner that was the spirit they needed before asking him if he was ready to go later on, getting an emphatic response from the Canadian as they all stood there in a positive manner with their match against Petey Williams & Johnny Devine up later on in the evening.


{Commercial Break}

A serious looking Bryan Danielson was strapping up his wrists in his locker room, getting ready for the number one contender elimination match later on when his former trainer, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels walked in and sat alongside him on the bench. H.B.K. told him that he didn’t want to disturb him knowing he had a big match later on but told his protégé that he knows some people would be fazed by coming such a long way in short space of time, but he said that he believed Danielson could get the job done and go all the way to Night of Champions and become the World Heavyweight Champion. Danielson smiled gratefully at Shawn who told him to keep his cool, believe in himself, forget what he’s fighting for and just focus on getting through the match, also telling him that he’s as good as anyone else in the match and to remember that.

Danielson thanked him and told Shawn how much he appreciated him for bringing him into the WWE as well as everything he’s ever done for him, mentioning the training for a long time ago. He then told Michaels that if he does go all the way and win the world title, he’ll dedicate the victory to Shawn and let him know if it was up to him, Shawn’d be the first person he’d defend it against. That brought a smile out of H.B.K. and he said it’d be an honour to get in the ring with him but to remember what he said, just focus on the match in hand before he thinks about anything else. Danielson said he’d do just that and Michaels stood up to wish him luck before leaving and getting a guy hug from Danielson who went back to getting ready for his massive match later on.


A recap from last week was shown, reminding us of the altercation in the back between Matt Sydal, Mickie James & Alberto Del Rio Ramirez where Matt & Mickie were laughing together, getting all close when the frustrated figure of Del Rio-Ramirez walked towards them, and he didn’t look at all happy to see them laughing at him. The Mexican was livid and asked them what it was they were laughing at, and Sydal let him know that they felt he got what he deserved for jumping John Cena last week, calling him a coward and saying how cowards always get what they deserve. Del Rio-Ramirez tried to fight his inner rage, seemingly managing to do so as he turned to walk away, but he then turned back in a flash to sucker punch the United States Champion, putting him on the floor.

He then knelt down and got in Sydal’s face, but Mickie grabbed his arm to get him up, and Del Rio-Ramirez instinctively swung his arm back, knocking Mickie back and she hit the floor too. She was clutching her face and the Mexican looked stunned as he turned round to see her there, even sorry for what he did. He stood up and looked like he wanted to apologise, but he didn’t get the chance as Sydal picked himself back up and shoved him hard in the chest, furiously yelling at him, calling him a coward again for hitting a woman. Mickie sat up and said she was okay, but her boyfriend was steaming and had to be pulled away from Del Rio-Ramirez by a group of officials as he continued screaming at him, goading him into a fight, not getting one though from an unusually restrained Del Rio-Ramirez.

We were then reminded of Chavo Guerrero’s victory over Yoshi Tatsu, picking up the win after a Frog Splash. Chavo looked extremely pleased with himself initially and then went after a microphone to talk about how earlier on the fans found out that J-Red isn’t as amazing as they all think and say he is. He then said that the huge run of luck he’s been on is coming to an end and that he wants to be the one to end it. Tazz then walked out to the stage to a pop and told Chavo he was going to give him the chance to do just that, making one last match between the former mentor & rookie at Night Of Champions for the Cruiserweight Championship in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Chavo was nodding emphatically, looking very excited at the prospect of that match as Tazz turned round and headed back through the curtain with the fans booing the smug Chavo.


After Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez, Chavo Guerrero & the Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red made their entrances, the United States Champion & King of the Ring, Matt Sydal hit the stage to a big pop along with his girlfriend, Mickie James. Sydal had a microphone and said that there was something he had to say, stating that in just over a week every title in the WWE will be defended at Night of Champions and how he didn’t yet have an opponent or a challenger for his United States Championship. With everyone looking on with intrigue from the ring, Sydal announced that he’d just spoken with Tazz and asked for a match with Del Rio-Ramirez after he hit Mickie last week.

Sydal & Mickie stared down at the Mexican who was still showing some sign of regret for what he did, and Sydal let him know that he wasn’t going to let him get away with what he did, saying that no one puts his hands on his girlfriend. He called Del Rio-Ramirez a coward for hitting a woman before confirming that Tazz agreed to the proposal of a match between them at Night of Champions where the United States title would be on the line. It went down well with the crowd and the focused King of the Ring dropped his microphone before heading down the ramp with his mean-faced girlfriend, all eyes still on the Mexican he’ll defend his title against in nine nights.


*Match 3*
Matt Sydal w/Layla & J-Red
vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez & Chavo Guerrero

All four men were up for this one with Night of Champions in mind, but it was the champions who were firing on all cylinders going into the final stages. Sydal looked to have it in the bag for them when he went all the way up to the top rope for the Shooting Star Press with Chavo down & out below him. Del Rio-Ramirez put up a roadblock by shifting along the apron, briefly distracting the United States Champion before the referee intervened and got the Mexican back in his corner.

However it gave Chavo enough recovery time to get his knees up when Sydal leapt up into the skies and came down with his stomach crashing into the extended knees. Chavo then rolled to his corner to tag in his fellow Mexican team-mate, and he went after Sydal, locking him in body-scissors. The resilient United States Champion toughed it out and turned the tables back in his favour, coming back off the ropes after an irish whip to slide through his rival’s legs. Del Rio-Ramirez turned round in a flash, right into a spinning wheel kick as Sydal jumped up to his feet.

Sydal hit the corner again as the Mexican pulled himself back up, turning round into a jumping double knee takedown. It was only enough for a two count, but Sydal could smell the victory around the corner, and as they both stood back up, Del Rio-Ramirez blocked a Cyclorama attempt, slipped away and exploded out of nowhere to take him down with the deadly rolling cross armbar. The fans were shocked, as were Mickie & Red, both doing all they could to encourage Sydal. The fans did the same, and after a brave fight he made it to the ropes, pissing Del Rio-Ramirez no end. Mickie was delighted and that made him even angrier.

They started taunting each other as Matt slowly started to sit up, and as he made it back up, he saw Del Rio-Ramirez yelling at his girlfriend. Sydal was livid and charged right at him, but the Mexican turned his head at the right time, side stepped and then rolled Sydal up, holding onto his tights and resting his feet on the ropes for more leverage, picking up a dirty yet significant victory. He quickly slipped out of the ring to join Chavo on the outside with the ref following to raise their arms with a pissed off Sydal staring back at them with Red doing the same having joined him in the ring as well as Mickie, all glaring in the direction of the smug yet victorious Mexican duo.

Winners: Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez & Chavo Guerrero by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>Monday Night – A Live 3 Hour Special From Madison Square Garden!<


We got a recap from last week where Michelle McCool was bragging about how she’s beaten Beth Phoenix two weeks in a row, quickly changing gear to say how much of a joke it is that she’s not standing there as the Divas Champion. The fans clearly disagreed with her but she continued to state her case, how because of a technicality two weeks ago, despite beating Beth, albeit by count out, she wasn’t awarded the divas title. The number one contender for Beth’s title then said that she proved she can beat Beth last week by pinning her 1-2-3 in the middle of the ring, and that when she gets her second chance in two weeks at Night of Champions, she will do so again, and this time she will be the Divas Champion.

The fans continued to boo her, but the boos quickly turned to cheers when “Glamazon” hit and Beth Phoenix, the Divas Champion made her way into the arena, not in the best of moods. She walked down to the ring with purpose and explained that there was a reason she’s not the Divas Champion and why the fans don’t believe she can beat her fair & square, it’s because she can’t. The fans cheered and Beth went onto say that a count out isn’t a fair way to win a title and last week it took a handful of tights and the ropes to beat her.

The Glamazon then firmly told McCool that even she knows deep down she can’t beat her and that all she’s doing is trying to convince herself as well as the fans. McCool didn’t like what she heard, but Beth wasn’t done there. She told Michelle that at Night of Champions she’ll find out herself what everyone else already knows, that she (McCool) can’t beat her and there’s nothing she can do to change that as she (Beth) will still be the Divas Champion. “Glamazon” played again and Beth raised her title up in the air, something McCool didn’t appreciate.

As soon as Beth turned round to leave the ring, she clubbed the champion across the back. The fans booed as the music cut and McCool continued to put the boots to The Glamazon before grabbing the title. She took a long look at it and then took it with her as she headed back up the ramp with her music hitting one more time, and as Beth sat up, she saw McCool at the top of the ramp holding her title with a big smirk on her face, and Beth was absolutely livid, glaring back at her and gesturing at her rival that she’s going to get even, only amusing McCool even more.

*Match 4*
Non-Title Match
Beth Phoenix
vs. O.D.B.

The Glamazon was one angry diva as she walked out into the arena, and before the bell rung for the match to start, ”You’re Not Enough for Me” hit and Michelle McCool casually made her way out to the stage posing with Beth’s divas title that they’ll fight for at Night of Champions. McCool then joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table, and she played a massive part in the outcome of the match. With Beth having fought her way into control in what was a very competitive match for, she was looking all set to go for the Grand Slam.

McCool though wasn’t too keen to see Beth get a win ahead of their collision in nine nights and jumped up from the announce table, flaunting the title she’d stolen from The Glamazon a week earlier. Beth was livid and went over to the ropes, threatening the incredibly relaxed number one contender, all while O.D.B. was making it back up to her feet. McCool kept her eye on O.D.B’s progress and told Beth to turn round at the perfect time for O.D.B. to stomp her in the gut and lift her up onto her shoulders.

With McCool watching with a big smile on her face, O.D.B. walked away from the ropes and nailed her finisher, a fireman’s carry cutter to continue her undefeated start to her career on Smackdown at the expense of the Divas Champion. McCool clapped as O.D.B. got her arm raised by the referee, and after she left the ring taunting the fans, McCool slipped inside with the divas title and laughed at Beth as she came round. The fans were all over McCool as she then walked towards Beth and held the title in her face, talking smack before getting a big shock when The Glamazon hammered her in the gut.

The crowd went mad for Beth as she shot up from her knees and knocked McCool down with a right hand. She wasn’t done there and tried to grab her for the Grand Slam, but McCool managed to slip away before she found herself in serious danger, leaving the title behind and back in the possession of its rightful owner. “Glamazon” hit and Beth picked her title back up, raising it high up in the air and letting McCool know just who it belonged to with the fans cheering, getting McCool even hotter under the collar.

Winner: O.D.B. by pinfall.


We were taken to the back where the Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red (showered & changed) was grudgingly walking through the hallway dragging his travel bag with his cruiserweight title still on his shoulder, but he had the misfortune of bumping into his former mentor and Night of Champions opponent, Chavo Guerrero. Chavo was still in his ring gear and had a big smile on his face after the victory earlier, and Red wasn’t in the mood to stick around. He tried to get past Chavo but the number one contender for Red’s title stepped in his way and gloated about the win, telling Red he would lose at Night of Champions like he did before, only there’ll be one difference, next time he’ll be the one holding the cruiserweight title, not Red.

With Red fairly subdued and just desperate to get away, Chavo rubbed it in and told him that when he’s the new champion, the fans won’t care about him anymore and will see him for what he truly is, one big fluke. Red didn’t take that well and dropped his bag and title, then called Chavo a joke and told him he could see right through him, unsettling him a fair bit. Chavo listened as the champion said that he’s taken everything Chavo’s said about him and at Night of Champions he can’t wait to beat his ass, pausing before saying “again” emphatically and getting right in Chavo’s face.

Guerrero though meant business too, letting Red know how much he’s up for the fight, telling Red that it’s about time his luck changed, that it will in just over a week and how he can’t wait to teach him the lesson he should have the first time they met. They stared deep into each others’ eyes before Chavo smirked and walked out of the shot, smirking away still to leave Red pondering what could happen when they lock horns in nine nights in their Falls Count Anywhere match for the Cruiserweight Championship.


{Commercial Break}

*Match 5*
Non-Title Match
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson w/Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

The Empire were watching every second of the tag champions’ first match in the back, and they saw Burchill & Wilson combine really well as a unit against their Canadian opponents. With Harry Smith watching closely from ringside, TJ proved he was a worthy replacement for him. The crowd thought the same, and they loved his high impact, hard hitting style, but Williams & Devine certainly didn’t. They did however use their experience to work their way into the contest to stall the champions’ progress when Williams was all set to be on the receiving end of a tornado DDT.

Devine though stepped through the ropes, getting the attention of both TJ and the referee, and when Wilson went back to Petey, he was on the wrong end of a swift stomp to the gut and a snap swinging neck-breaker. Petey was on a mission not to be outdone by his fellow Canadian cruiserweight, and he tried to rub salt into the wounds by applying the Sharpshooter. He didn’t get the chance though and Wilson pushed him away with the power in his legs when Petey tried to turn him over, and as both men made their way back up, TJ took him down with a drop toe hold and tried to apply the hold himself.

Petey escaped this time and kicked out, and when they raced up to their feet, TJ reversed an irish whip to the corner, firing Petey in hard to the pads, and Wilson charged in, nailing him with a thunderous high knee strike. Petey staggered out into his opponent’s clutches and a swinging cradle suplex, and Devine came to his partner’s rescue again to break up the count at two. Burchill was fuming and raced into the ring, planting the smug Devine as he turned round into a C4. The crowd were cheering as Burchill kicked Devine under the bottom rope and down to the floor before returning to the apron.

He watched as TJ & Petey clawed their way back up where TJ ducked a wild right and drilled him with a tornado DDT. With the fans, Burchill, Harry & Natalya encouraging him, TJ wasted no time in going to the apron, watching intently as Petey slowly made his way back up. Petey didn’t have a clue where he was and was helpless as TJ hit the springboard for the Code Blue, a front-flip neck-breaker to seal the deal and pick up an impressive win for the champions on their first outing. Even The Empire looked quite impressed in the back, still confident though as the champions were joined in the ring by Harry & Natalya, all fired-up and all set for their massive title defence at Night of Champions.

Winners: Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson by pinfall.


The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk was shown walking through the back, and as he turned a corner, he got a glimpse of Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley on her cell phone. He stopped and Steph saw him, wrapping up her call quickly with a wry smile on her face. They both casually walked towards each other and she clapped, congratulating him on his victory over Batista last week. Punk though jokingly said he couldn’t take all the credit before saying he could and then thanked her for giving him the opportunity to show just how resourceful he is and how he can overcome any challenge or obstacle thrown at him. Punk was so smug and he then told Steph how much he knows she wants him to lose the world title at Night of Champions whether it be on a professional or personal level or both, but he let her know that he wasn’t going to let that happen and she should better get used to it before she’s disappointed.

Steph though stayed fairly cool and told him not to get ahead of himself as there are four guys who all want a shot at him & his title and are going to beat the hell out of each other just for the chance to face him at Night of Champions, then whoever it is who gets the title shot will do everything in their power to walk out of Night of Champions with his title. Punk too wasn’t fazed and sarcastically told her that he appreciated her concern before reminding her that it’s his title for a reason and that no one, not even her or in fact any member of the McMahon family will take it from him, it’s his and it’s staying that way. He gave Steph another smirk before walking off without a care in the world, but Steph too was very composed as she watched him walk away.


{Commercial Break}



>9 Days!<

*The Main Event*
World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contender Tournament Final
Elimination Match
John Cena vs. Bryan Danielson
vs. Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler

The four wannabe challengers were joined by the man they were hoping to face at Night of Champions when CM Punk, the World Heavyweight Champion brought out a fold-out chair to watch from the stage just before the ref was going to call for the bell. He saw four men give it everything they could to meet him for his title in nine nights. The fans were so into it and split between Danielson & Cena with some even getting behind Edge, but despite giving it all he had and making a strong impression, Ziggler was the first to bite the bullet. It looked as if he was all set to put Danielson away, but when Shawn Michaels’ protégé dodged a leg drop bulldog, Ziggler was taken down in a flash and found himself tied up in the LeBell Lock.

The fans were urging him to tap, and he held on for as long as he could before tapping out to a big pop. Danielson was on fire and the crowd went nuts when he was able to slip down from the F-U and pull Cena into the LeBell Lock. Edge was coming to on the outside as Cena fought for his life with a huge portion of the crowd screaming for him to tap. He wouldn’t though and hung on in as Danielson put him through the hell, doing all he could to make him tap, and eventually Cena managed to drag himself to the ropes to grab hold of the bottom rope. There were a ton of boos as Danielson was told to break the hold, reluctantly doing so as Edge slipped back into the ring, dragging himself back in behind Danielson’s back.

The Rated-R Superstar set his sights on him, devastated as he stood back up and backed away from the ropes. The crowd tried to warn him about what was lying in wait, but as he turned round, his fate was inevitable and Edge charged across the ring to take him down with the Spear. It was enough to get the three count, much to the disappointment of the crowd after a massive effort from the impressive Danielson. Even Punk looked impressed, applauding him back up the ramp, but Danielson was too disappointed to pay the World Champion much attention and headed backstage. It was left to the long-time rivals, Cena & Edge to battle it out for the right to face Punk for a shot at the world title at Night of Champions, and they both came close to securing that shot.

The fans were split on them and Edge was staring up intently at Punk, letting him know how much he wanted it, and he was milliseconds away when he landed on his feet after an F-U attempt and stomped Cena in the gut before drilling him with the Edgecution. The Rated-R Superstar couldn’t believe it and once again set his sights on Punk before stalking Cena for the Spear. Cena was slowly clawing his way back up and Punk stood up to watch with the fans going nuts. Edge was ready to explode out of his boots and he stormed across the ring to spear Cena out of his, but Cena caught him with a drop toe hold and locked in the STFU to a hugely mixed response from the capacity crowd.

Edge was shocked but quickly had to fight for his life and the chance to face Punk with Cena wrenching away at his face, the crowd still torn but blowing the roof off the joint with Punk’s eyes fixed firmly on Edge’s struggle to survive. He fought with everything he had, dragging himself closer to the ropes, inch by inch, but just as he was about to grab hold of them, Cena stood up and dragged him back to the centre of the ring to apply the hold again. The fans weren’t crazy about it and the fight was draining away bit by bit from Edge and he was left with no choice but to tap out.

The crowd erupted and Cena rose to his feet, getting his arm raised and walking over to the ropes, throwing both arms up into the air in front of the fans, and then he turned round to look up at the man he’ll face at Night of Champions for the World Heavyweight Championship. He walked across to stare directly up at Punk, and the World Champion was applauding the number one contender for his title with Cena staring right at him. Punk then lifted his title up into the air defiantly as the show drew to a close with them talking smack at each other, all set for quite the battle in nine nights at Night of Champions when they’ll finally lock horns one-on-one for the gold.

Winner: John Cena by submission.

{End of Show}

Quick Results

Paul London & Brian Kendrick df. The Pitbulls
Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez & Chavo Guerrero
df. Matt Sydal & J-Red
Wade Barrett
df. M.V.P.
O.D.B.
df. Beth Phoenix
Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson
df. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
John Cena
df. Bryan Danielson, Edge & Dolph Ziggler

Superstars Tapings
Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas df.Jimmy Yang & Sonjay Dutt

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Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (9 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool


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>Headlines!<



>Cena vs. Punk. . . It’s Official!<

Last night on Smackdown the last four superstars left in the tournament to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship met in an elimination match, and the last man standing was none other than John Cena.

Cena fought his way through Dolph Ziggler, Bryan Danielson and finally Edge to earn himself a shot at CM Punk’s world title, something he’s been looking to do since returning to Smackdown three months ago. Danielson in particular made a strong impression and looked like he was going to cause a giant upset in his early WWE career, but it was Cena that came through after making Edge tap out to the STFU with the World Champion watching closely from the stage.

Now the stage is set for these two to finally collide head on, will Cena be able to silence Punk and walk out of Night of Champions and into 2009 as the new World Champion in line with the agenda Punk has spoken of so much? Only time will tell.





>Can a Mexican become the new United States Champion?<

We learned last night from the United States Champion, Matt Sydal that he will defend his title next weekend against the man who struck his girlfriend last week, albeit accidentally it would seem in Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez.

The Mexican did appear to show some remorse for his actions, but the King of the Ring was adamant he wanted to get his hands on the Mexican who’s managed to get two fortuitous wins over Sydal in the last month or so. If he can pick up another at Night of Champions then he’ll be leaving Cleveland with some gold.



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I'm going to try and start reading this from the beginning. Might take a while but if I ever catch up I'll post a message and tell you the key moments I liked. Respect on working at this for so long and I hope some day I can say that I did the same.
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>The Slammys Return This Monday Night from MSG!<

Monday night will see the return of the Slammys and the categories & nominees have now been announced.

Superstar of the Year
Batista
John Cena
Randy Orton
Shawn Michaels
Triple H
CM Punk

Tag Team of the Year
The UK Pack
Christopher Daniels & Kaval
The Empire

Diva of the Year
Melina
Beth Phoenix
Michelle McCool

Breakout Star of the Year
Matt Sydal
Ted DiBiase
Sheamus

Match of the Year
Shawn Michaels/Edge – WrestleMania
Shawn Michaels/CM Punk – SummerSlam
Ric Flair/Triple H – SummerSlam

Moment of the Year
Matt Sydal wins the King of the Ring
John Cena returns to Smackdown
Ric Flair’s Farewell Address

All awards with the exception of the 'Superstar of the Year' will be voted for by you the fans. So what are you waiting for? Get voting and see if your favourites pick up a Slammy live on Raw from the most famous arena on the planet!


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Monday Night Raw
3 Hour Slammy Special
Monday 15th December 2008
Madison Square Garden
New York City




The ending from last week’s main event between Batista & The Miz was shown where the fans went crazy as Batista went to the ropes and shook them in a frenzy, going onto plant Miz with a spine-buster and then the Batista Bomb, getting the three count to secure the win. The Animal couldn’t enjoy it for long though, and his music cut in an instant when Triple H charged down to ringside and attacked Flair, clubbing him across the back and sending him to the floor. Batista turned round and saw The Game slide in the ring, running right at each other with Batista taking him down with a tackle to a big pop. He pummelled Triple H with right hands before standing back up and dragging him into place for the Batista Bomb, but like The Miz, the WWE Champion low blowed him to a ton of heat. It gave Triple H the chance to go get his trusty ally, his sledgehammer from under the ring to a chorus of boos. The fans were booing like mad and Flair was dragging himself up the apron and into the ring as The Animal too tried to make his way back up.

The fans were clearly nervous as the menacing Triple H coolly slipped back inside the ring with the sledgehammer, eyes locked firmly on Batista. He calmly watched his challenger make it back up to his feet before running at him with the sledgehammer, but as he swung it at Batista, Flair stood up behind him and The Animal ducked, resulting in Flair being struck in the face with the sledgehammer. Both Triple H & Batista stopped & looked on in shock, then Batista went at him with rage, but Triple H slid out to safety with his sledgehammer. The fans were all over The Game, booing the WWE Champion big time as Batista then went to check on Flair, but The Nature Boy was out for the count. EMT’s then flew down the ramp and into the ring with The Game looking on without a shred of remorse, and Batista stood up to glare right at the man he’ll meet in 13 days, letting him know he’s going to make him sorry for what he just did as the show came to a close with their eyes fixed firmly on each other, knowing hell is only a matter of weeks away.


J.R. & The King talked up the special three hour ‘Slammy’ show, saying that there were a lot of big awards to be handed out throughout the evening and that the stars of both Raw & Smackdown were in attendance, mentioning that the two men who will meet for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions, CM Punk & John Cena were there and that both were up for the biggest award of the night, Superstar of the Year!




Slammy Presentation - Match of the Year
Shawn Michaels/Edge – WrestleMania
Shawn Michaels/CM Punk – SummerSlam
Ric Flair/Triple H – SummerSlam

Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff walked out to the stage to “Back in Black” all smiles, then headed over to the lectern at the side. He talked up the return of the Slammys, taking credit for suggesting the idea to the Board of Directors and how the three hour show was just six days away from Night of Champions, also taking credit for suggesting the only pay-per-view where every title is decided end the year. He also hyped up how Smackdown’s superstars would be joining his Raw superstars and that the main event would see former Raw superstar John Cena team up with Batista to take on the WWE Champion, Triple H and the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk.

The crowd loved that announcement but Bischoff quickly moved onto the first Slammy award of the night for the Match of the Year, going over the nominations with some highlights on the tron. Then after a brief drum-roll, Bischoff announced that the award went to the Ric Flair/Triple H match from SummerSlam, met with a ton of heat as “The Game” hit & the WWE Champion, Triple H walked out to the stage with the WWE Championship draped over his shoulder. Wearing a trademark T-shirt and his trunks, he coolly walked over to collect his award, giving his boss a dirty look, and Bischoff quickly took his leave, not sticking around to listen to The Game.

The King of Kings gave his acceptance speech, talking about how much satisfaction it gave him, not the award but how he not just beat the so called greatest of all time but retired him and put him on the unemployment line, proving that he is now the greatest of all time and will go down in the history books as just that. He even said that he wasn’t satisfied with ending Flair’s career and how he intends to do the same to Batista at Night of Champions, saying that even though The Animal’s career isn’t on the line, he’s damn sure going to make sure it’ll be the last time he ever steps foot in the ring. The fans booed the hell out of the WWE Champion and his music hit again as he gave the fans a disapproving look before heading back through the curtain.


{Commercial Break}

Leticia Cline was standing by in the back with a serious looking Women’s Champion, Melina. She was asked about the challenge facing her at Night of Champions when she defends her title against the undefeated Queen Kong. Melina said she knew how difficult the task in front of her was and how she’d heard everything people were saying in the back, that Kong already had the title in the bag. She said that she was determined to prove everyone wrong and that she’s got a 50-50 chance of beating Kong.

She then mentioned how she & Gail Kim beat Kong & Mia Rain last week and that she showed everyone that she’s capable of proving them wrong. Melina was then asked about the prospect of facing Kong again later on when she joins forces with the Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix to face Kong & Michelle McCool. She was fiercely determined as she said that she knew how tough The Glamazon is and that she’s always up for any fight, just like she was, bringing up last week’s win again and saying how it gives her confidence to win again later on and again Sunday so that in a week’s time she’s still the Women’s Champion.

JR & King talked up the rest of the show, mentioning that Melina & Beth Phoenix would indeed team up later on to take on the divas who’ll challenge them at Night of Champions in the shape of Queen Kong & Michelle McCool respectively. They also announced that the former mentor & rookie, JTG & Homicide would meet in a Brooklyn Streetfight, plus Justin Gabriel meeting Zack Ryder, all on top of John Cena & Batista teaming up to face CM Punk & Triple H in the main event.


*The Opening Match*
Kofi Kingston
vs. Joe Hennig w/Cody Rhodes

There was still some animosity from Cody on the outside towards his former friend & rival in Kofi, and he used his presence at ringside to help his current tag team partner. Hennig took advantage of a distraction from Cody to get himself into the match after an electric start from the high-flying Jamaican Sensation. Kofi though fought his way back into the contest, not going down well with Cody on the outside. The number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions came back firing in a flurry, hitting a pendulum kick as a counter with Hennig charging in at him in the corner.

Kingston raced up to the top rope and came down on his opponent for a high impact cross body. Hennig managed to kick out but he was fighting a losing battle and Kofi came close to wrapping up the win with the S.O.S. but Hennig again managed to hang on by kicking out, barely. The crowd were right behind Kofi as he got ready to hit the Trouble in Paradise, really pissing Cody off, and he jumped onto the apron as his partner unwittingly made his way back up. Kofi wasn’t happy and charged at Cody, but he just about jumped back down to the floor in time.

They exchanged heated words as Hennig got back up, raring to take Kofi’s head off, and as Kofi eventually turned round, he raced across the ring at him, but Kofi ducked and levelled him with the Trouble in Paradise to a huge pop, picking up the win heading into his title clash with Sheamus Sunday night. However Kofi couldn’t enjoy his win for long, getting his arm raised to see the same guy who’s been stalking him the last few weeks walking up to the security wall and clapping him sarcastically. Kofi got a glimpse of him and went straight over to the apron as his stalker turned his back on him to walk back through the crowd.

Winner: Kofi Kingston by pinfall.


Spoiler for Mystery Man:



Kofi called for him to get back and into the ring, saying he saw him and to stop running away from him. The mystery man did stop and looked back, staring at Kofi for a couple of seconds before heading down the steps and climbing over the barricade, picking a microphone up on the way from the timekeeper’s table. Kofi watched him every step of the way as he then joined him in the ring, and the mystery man finally broke his silence and told Kofi that since he wanted him to talk, he wouldn’t mind explaining to the fans exactly who he was.

Kofi didn’t seem too enthusiastic at all and he was goaded into telling the crowd who he was, but he said that Kofi couldn’t bare to tell everyone what he’s really like. Kofi looked nervous as the mystery man explained the reason Kofi couldn’t speak was because he was his brother, not a normal brother but a brother he walked out on with the rest of his family, leaving them high & dry without a single dime so he could become a big star. Kofi’s brother then told the fans that not once did Kofi try to contact them, then called him selfish and no brother of his. Kofi tried to defend himself, trying to get a word in, calling his brother ‘Jay’, but Jay didn’t let him.

He told Kofi that the rest of their family have turned their back on him too but how he wasn’t going to settle for his family turning on Kofi, talking about how much he hated Kofi for what he did and the hell his family went through when he left them without a care in the world. He carried on, saying that what really hurt the most was that he thought they were close and one day his big brother had gone and didn’t come back and that he would never forgive Kofi for that. The fans started to boo loudly as Kofi tried to apologise and Jay had a big smile on his face, confusing Kofi. Jay then pointed at him to turn round, and Kofi did, letting curiosity get the better of him, only to see the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus charge right at him and take his head off with the Brogue Kick.

More heat broke out as Jay stood back and enjoyed seeing Sheamus drag his opponent in six nights back up, setting him up for the High Cross before sending him crashing him into the mat, getting more boos from the crowd. Sheamus laughed on his knees, loving every minute of seeing Kofi lying their motionless, as did Jay. Sheamus’s music hit and he then stood up with his title he dropped entering the ring before leaving looking so smug and headed back up the aisle with Jay showing no sympathy for his brother, looking down at him with a smile on his face.


{Commercial Break}

The Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus was shown walking backstage looking very pleased with himself, turning a corner and walking right into the path of Eric Bischoff. Raw’s Head of Authority wasn’t pleased with him though and told him just that, telling him what a good number he did on Kofi with Night of Champions just six days away, giving himself a better chance of retaining in the process, calling it a coward’s move. Sheamus took offense and told Bischoff that he didn’t need to take Kofi out or need any more help beating him at Night of Champions because he was going to beat him anyway, claiming he just gave Kofi a taste of what’s to come so he’s not disappointed when he comes up short. Bischoff didn’t agree it was needed and told Sheamus that since he clearly wanted to make a statement and get his hands dirty, he was going to put him in a match later on, pausing before revealing the Intercontinental Champion would go one-on-one with The Undertaker later on. The Celtic Warrior looked genuinely concerned for a change as Bischoff then wished him luck and walked out of the shot smirking, leaving Sheamus to ponder stepping inside the ring with the phenom later on.

We were reminded of the aftermath to last week’s match between Goldust & Zack Ryder. As Goldust clawed his way up and turned round, Ryder ran at him and took him down with the Rough Ryder, earning the victory in front of an unhappy crowd. He gloated with a smug grin as he got his arm raised, and as the ref let his arm go, he turned round to see Eugene in the ring checking on his friend. Ryder had evil intentions in mind and swiftly kicked Eugene in the head to a ton of heat.

He then back tracked across the ring, stalking Eugene for the Rough Ryder too, but just as he was about to charge across at him, Justin Gabriel stormed down the ramp to a big pop and dived under the bottom rope. Ryder was pissed and ran at him, but Gabriel ducked an outstretched arm and then nailed him with a jumping heel kick before clotheslining him over the top rope to another big pop. The South African stared down at him and offered him back into the ring with his music playing, but Ryder was not amused as he sat up on the floor staring back up at him shaking his head furiously with Gabriel going to check on Eugene & Goldie.

*Match 2*
Justin Gabriel vs. Zack Ryder

Gabriel & Ryder were both up for this one from the moment they stepped out into the arena, no love lost between them at all. Ryder was infuriated by the fans cheering for Gabriel, getting himself hot under the collar and taunting them when he turned the tables on his rival. He took great pleasure in sizing him up for the Rough Ryder, all set to seal the win as he then charged across the mat, only for the South African to duck it and nail him with a jumping heel kick enzuigiri. The Bellas were shown watching on a monitor in the back, smiling at each other as Gabriel went up top after a kick-out from Ryder.

The fans were cheering as he climbed up to the top, but Ryder was coming round with the ref checking on him. Ryder looked up and saw the danger, then pushed the ref into the ropes, forcing Gabriel down off the ropes and into the canvas. The Long Island Loudmouth didn’t waste a second, reacting in a flash to hook both his legs, clutching his opponent’s tights and using the ropes as leverage to secure a cheap win. The fans crapped all over him, but he couldn’t care less as he got his arm raised and quickly left the ring in front of the announce table.

He grabbed a microphone from Lilian Garcia and said that he just showed everyone who the hottest star on Raw is, stating categorically that it wasn’t Gabriel but ‘The Big Z’ Zack Ryder. He soaked up the heat without a care in the world and handed the stick back to Lilian before heading towards the apron with the Bellas not looking impressed at all as Gabriel sat up in the ring, also not looking at all happy, staring up furiously at the sn-iggering Long Islander.

Winner: Zack Ryder by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

We were taken backstage where an angry Batista was shown arriving in the arena, not a happy bunny at all. As he paced through the halls, Leticia Cline tried to get a word with him. She brought up what happened last week and then broke the news about Batista teaming up with John Cena later on to take on Triple H & CM Punk, asking The Animal if he was aware of the match being made. Batista stopped and said it was the first he’d heard of it, and that after what Triple H did to Flair last week, he was looking forward to getting his hands on him and getting some payback for Ric. He even said that The Game would be lucky to get to Night of Champions but how at that moment he didn’t even care about their match Sunday, he just wanted the chance to beat the hell out of him and whatever happens happens. He then carried on walking up the hall, leaving Leticia in no uncertain terms that he meant business.




Slammy Presentation - Moment of the Year
Matt Sydal wins the King of the Ring
John Cena returns to Smackdown
Ric Flair’s Farewell Address

The Smackdown General Manager, Tazz was standing by at the lectern, ready to present the next Slammy award for Moment of the Year with another highlight package shown after he went over the nominations. After the short video, Tazz announced that the winner was none other than John Cena for his return to Smackdown. It was met by a largely negative reaction, getting even worse when “My Time is Now” hit and John Cena walked out to the stage, looking genuinely pleased to win the Slammy. He shared a brief guy hug with Tazz who told the fans he wanted them to know how proud he is of Cena and how he wouldn’t change the decision to bring him back to Smackdown for the world, no matter what anyone’s said about it.

He then said that he believes Cena is the biggest superstar in the company and will be for a long time to come, ending by stating his belief that he will beat CM Punk to become the new World Heavyweight Champion Sunday night at Night of Champions in a match that he said even Raw fans have to watch. He then stepped to the side and allowed Cena to give his acceptance speech, getting some heat from the fans before thanking Tazz for the kind words and more importantly giving him the chance to go back to Smackdown.

He accepted that he knew it wasn’t ever going to be easy but how Sunday night he has the chance to make it all worthwhile when he finally goes one-on-one with CM Punk. He then said that for so long it’s all been about things that have been said but how right now it’s all about fighting for the biggest prize in the industry and the only thing he wants to hear is his name being announced as the new World Heavyweight Champion. A mixed reaction met that line from Cena as he wrapped up by thanking the fans and then Tazz again before his music hit and he raised his Slammy up, then headed to the back with his boss.


{Commercial Break}



Slammy Presentation - Diva of the Year

Melina
Beth Phoenix
Michelle McCool

“Crank It Up” hit to a big pop and The Big Show walked out to the stage in a suit, then headed over to the lectern to present the Slammy award for Diva of the Year. He announced that there was going to be a big divas tag team match in a matter of moments but he first had to present the award for the Diva of the Year, going over all three nominees before revealing the winner was the Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix. He clapped and “Glamazon” played as Beth Phoenix made her way out to the stage and took possession of her Slammy after shaking hands with The Big Show.

He stepped to the side and The Glamazon thanked the fans for voting for her before saying that as happy as she was to win the Slammy award, there’s one thing she really wants and that’s to beat Michelle McCool at Night of Champions and shut that big mouth of hers once & for ll. The fans certainly agreed with that and Beth said that Sunday night she’s going to make sure no one has to listen the rubbish that comes out of McCool’s mouth for a second longer, promising to do just that, starting there & then and then thanked the fans again before heading off down the ramp for her tag match with Show taking his leave.


A recap of the tag team match from last week that saw Melina team up with Gail Kim to take on Queen Kong & Mia Rain was shown. All fired-up, Melina raced into the action after a tag from Gail, taking it right to her former foe, and with the fans right behind her, she looked to have the match won when she caught Rain with a ferocious roundhouse kick. Kong though stormed the ring to break up the count, going for a leg drop on Melina, but the champion saw it coming and got out of the way with Kong’s huge leg falling down on her partner instead.

The fans were loving it, and as Kong & Melina made their way up to their feet, Gail joined them in the ring, helping her partner to send Kong out of it with a double drop kick. Melina turned her attention back to the squirming Rain, finishing her off with the California Dream to secure the victory, much to the satisfaction of the North Carolina crowd. She & Gail sure enjoyed their win and soaked up the ovation from the fans as the angry beast on the outside picked herself back up, once again staring furiously at them, not one happy bunny to say the least at seeing Melina defiantly raising her title into the air in her direction.

*Match 3*
Melina & Beth Phoenix
vs. Queen Kong & Michelle McCool

Melina & Beth made quite the team up against the divas who’ll challenge them at Night of Champions, but their opponents were fired-up too. As the match was coming to a close, Melina was on fire, looking like she had Kong circling the drain. Although she had a whip to the corner reversed by the desperate Kong, she managed to lift both her feet up into the onrushing behemoth’s face before pulling her way up to the second rope. As Kong then turned round in a spin, Melina jumped off the second rope for a cross body, but Kong caught her, only for Melina to counter with a tornado DDT.

The fans were going nuts, thinking Melina had the match won again, but McCool stormed the ring to break it up, diving on top of her to break up the count. The fans and the ref were furious, as was The Glamazon. The Divas Champion raced through the ropes and went right after McCool, knocking her down and sending her over the top rope with a clothesline. She followed her out and they went at it as Melina & Kong made their way back up on the inside. Melina was dazed, as was Kong, but the Women’s Champion was hell bent on ending it there & then, getting all set for the spinning 180 degree face-buster.

Kong though countered, dodging the incoming attack and countering with a thunderous clothesline, just as McCool caught Beth on the outside with a drop toe hold, sending Beth face first into the steps. Back on the inside, Kong dragged Melina up and fired her into the corner before running in, hitting a Body Avalanche. Melina just slumped forward, down to the mat, and with the fans praying for a Melina recovery, Kong dragged her up once more to seal the deal, planting her with a sit-down power-bomb, pinning the Women’s Champion just six days ahead of their collision with the title at stake.

The fans booed Kong as she stood up to get her arm raised, joined by the smug McCool who taunted the fans while the scary sight of Kong simply glared down intensely at the squirming Melina, clearly not happy just yet. She then turned her head slowly towards the crowd, staring ominously at them as Beth came round on the floor, not sure where she was as Kong & McCool stood tall as they hope to at Night of Champions.

Winners: Queen Kong & Michelle McCool by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



Slammy Presentation - Tag Team of the Year

The UK Pack
Christopher Daniels & Kaval
The Empire

‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels strutted out to the stage to “Sexy Boy” with the fans rising to their feet. Michaels walked over to the lectern and said it was his job to present the next Slammy for the Tag Team of the Year. He spoke about how he started his career as one half of a tag team and that he loved every second of it, well almost all of it before talking up the current tag team division and how happy he was he didn’t have to choose the winner. He went over the nominees and another brief video package was shown before Michaels announced the winners were The UK Pack.

“Britannia” hit and Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson, the makeshift WWE Tag Team Champions, walked out into the arena with Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart to a decent pop, all shaking hands with Michaels who was genuinely pleased for them. Burchill took possession of the Slammy and joked that he wasn’t sure which of them gets the award given the situation with the titles and Harry’s injury but thanked the fans regardless for voting for them. He said that the past 12 months despite the many ups & downs have been the best of his career, probably all of theirs in speaking for them all, but he went onto say that even though they’ve been champions for a year, they all knew how big of a challenge they face at Night of Champions to hold onto them.

Burchill continued by saying that as tough it’ll be, he & TJ are going to make sure that they keep the titles for themselves, Harry, Natalya and their fans across the world, not just those in the UK. The fans showed their appreciation and Burchill thanked them once again for their support and how they plan to thank them for it at Night of Champions by beating The Empire. Their music played again and they all took it turns to grab hold of the Slammy before heading backstage, posing one last time for the fans (Harry with the Slammy and Burchill & TJ with the titles) before walking back through the curtain all smiles with Michaels.


{Commercial Break}

We got a recap from last week’s match between Rey Mysterio & Christopher Daniels. With the fans cheering like mad, Rey dialled up for the 619 and nailed it to another huge roar from the capacity crowd. They rose to their feet as Rey steadied himself on the apron, but Kaval tried to come to his partner’s aid by running round on the outside and grabbing Rey’s foot. The fans weren’t happy, and neither was Rey or Mystico. Rey’s partner ran round to try & see off Kaval with Rey doing the same, trying to pull his foot back. Daniels was clawing his way back up, and Mystico saw off Kaval on the outside, leaving Rey to focus on his opponent.

He hit the springboard for the West Coast Pop, but Daniels ducked it and caught Rey in a flash with the Angel’s Wings, wasting no time to go for the cover and pick up the win. Kaval swiftly joined him in the ring as he got his arm raised, staring down at Rey as he started to come round with a look of respect before leaving the ring with his partner, turning back and looking down at the ring with Rey sitting up and Mystico also in the ring looking right back at their challengers, knowing full well they have a battle on their hands in two weeks.

*Match 4*
Non-Title Match
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine

The World Tag Team Champions had company at ringside with their challengers watching at the announce table. The Epitome of Excellence, Christopher Daniels & Kaval spoke of their intention to finally win the titles at Night of Champions that they claimed should’ve bern theirs all along, and they watched on as Mysterio & Mystico put on a clinic against their Canadian opponents. The Mexican duo got the crowd going from the get go, and Petey & Devine really had no answer.

Just as Rey was about to dial up for the 619 on Devine, Petey tried to come to his partner’s rescue, but Mystico was on him like a rash, cutting him off with a dropkick before sending him onto the opposite middle rope with a drop toe hold. The crowd were loving it as the champs then both hit a 619, or a tiger feint kick on their opponents to a massive pop. Mysterio & Mystico both steadied themselves on the apron as Petey & Devine struggled back up to their feet with Daniels & Kaval watching closely.

Mystico took Petey down with a seated senton while Rey hit the West Coast Pop on Devine to pick up the win to another almighty roar from the MSG crowd. They celebrated emphatically as the bell rang and they got their arms raised, but Daniels & Kaval had something they wanted to say with Daniels grabbing a microphone and heading into the ring with his partner following.

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Mystico by pinfall.


Daniels told Rey, Mystico and the fans that everyone knew by know how they felt about the situation they find themselves in, not being the World Tag Team Champions when they should be, but he said that he & Kaval knew they had to get past that and they have. He told Rey & Mystico that they respected them both immensely, and even though it doesn’t change the facts, they have the chance to get their hands on the titles at Night of Champions to make up for it and they’re going to do everything they can to make that happen.

With all four men looking intently at each other, Daniels held out his hand, and so then did Kaval as he said “let the best team win”. The fans booed, not trusting The Epitome of Excellence, and neither did the champions, but Daniels & Kaval stood firm. Rey & Mystico turned to each other, relenting before shaking hands with the challengers who then left the ring with Daniels placing the microphone on the apron. Rey & Mystico watched them leave, the challengers turning back at the top of the stage and staring down one last time all set for the epic battle in six nights.


{Commercial Break}

*Match 5*
Non-Title Match
The Undertaker vs. Sheamus

The Celtic Warrior put up a brave fight against The Dead-Man, and he had to be. The phenom had to tough it out too, and his resilience made Sheamus furious when he tried to put The Undertaker away. After ducking a flying clothesline, he connected with a side-slam back-breaker, but it wasn’t enough to put Taker away. He tried & failed as he looked to put the phenom down, and he then furiously stalked his opponent for the Brogue Kick.

He was almost salivating as Taker clawed his way back up to his feet, and Sheamus exploded as soon as Taker was up. Taker though ducked it and grabbed him around the throat for a chokeslam. The fans cheered as Taker got ready to send the Intercontinental Champion into the canvas, but Sheamus had other ideas and kicked the phenom square in the groin, getting himself disqualified to a ton of heat. The fans were pissed big time as Sheamus took in a few deep breaths while staring down at Taker before leaving to a chorus of boos.

He turned back to look at the ring with Taker sitting up with a face like fury, staring right at Sheamus when a big pop broke out. Kofi Kingston then ran down the ramp behind him and clubbed him across the back, then tossed him into the ring. The fans were going nuts, and as Sheamus stood up he turned round to have a pop at Kofi, forgetting all about The Undertaker rising to his feet behind him. Kofi was smiling, and Sheamus then turned round to see the phenom standing there.

He begged for mercy but Taker had none of it, walking over to him and kicking him in the gut before this time connecting with a chokeslam. Kofi was enjoying it, as were the fans as Taker then signalled for the Tombstone, bringing Sheamus back up to his feet before drilling him with the piledriver to a huge pop. Taker’s music hit to another massive pop with Kofi laughing on the outside as Taker dropped to one knee for his trademark pose, as menacing as ever with Sheamus flat on his back.

Winner: The Undertaker by DQ.


{Commercial Break}



Slammy Presentation - Breakout Star of the Year

Matt Sydal
Ted DiBiase
Sheamus

Maria was ready to present the next Slammy and she directed the fans’ attention to the tron for a quick run through of the nominees for Breakout Star of the Year. After the short presentation, Maria declared Matt Sydal the winner. “Born to Fly” blasted out and the United States Champion, Matt Sydal & Mickie James made their way out to the stage to a big pop. The King of the Ring (in his ring gear) and his girlfriend both hugged Maria as she stood aside and allowed a slightly overwhelmed Sydal the chance to thank the fans, calling it the best year of his life, winning the King of the Ring, then the United States title and now a Slammy. He told the fans he couldn’t have done any of that without them and that he hoped 2009 would be just as good, if not better and thanked all the fans of Raw & Smackdown for their support. He then told the Raw fans that he asked for a match on Raw, saying he always wanted to be on Monday Night Raw, and that now he got his wish. After thanking them & Maria again, his music hit and he & Mickie headed off down the ramp to another pop, ready for action.

*Match 6*
Non-Title Match
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James
vs. The Miz

The United States Champion was out to put on a show ahead of his title defence against Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez Sunday night, but The Miz wasn’t going to make it easy for him. When it looked as if the King of the Ring was all set to hit the Shooting Star Press and pick up the win, Mr. Hollywood brought his knees up into Sydal’s gut. The Miz went all out to get the win from there, but Sydal hung on in to frustrate the Clevelander. Sydal got a boot up into his opponent’s face as he ran in at him in the corner, then pulled himself up the ropes, sitting on the top when The Miz turned round and hammered him in the gut.

Miz then climbed up to the second rope, looking to hit a super-plex after stepping up onto the top. The fans tried to encourage the United States Champion, and it worked as he countered by sending Miz crashing into the mat. The fans then rose to their feet as Sydal stood up on the top and then leapt up into the air to this time hit the Shooting Star Press and get the win to a big pop from the New York crowd. Sydal celebrated with Mickie afterwards, posing with his title, all set for his match with Del Rio-Ramirez at Night of Champions.

Winner: Matt Sydal by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



>This Sunday!<

*Match 7*
Brooklyn Streetfight
JTG vs. Homicide

These two were hell bent on beating the hell out of each other, and the rules, well lack of them allowed them to do just that. JTG let out weeks of frustration & anger on his former rookie, giving him a real lesson with a baseball bat. Homicide though took it, demonstrating how tough he is, and he came back firing at JTG with a stop sign and then mowed him down with a shopping cart. JTG shocked everyone, especially Homicide by fighting through the pain. He was at the mercy of his former rookie who set up a table on the outside, putting JTG on it before climbing back on the apron, setting himself up for a frog splash.

JTG got the fans going when he sat up just at the right time and stepped off the table as Homicide went crashing through it. To the shock of many, Homicide kicked out in amongst the wreckage, leaving JTG stunned & frustrated. As the match was then coming to a close, JTG was in the driving seat having rolled Homicide back in the ring. Homicide crawled across the mat as JTG once again picked up the baseball bat, not seeing Homicide grab a steel chair, keeping it close to his body. As he then dragged himself back up, he hid the chair out of JTG’s sight who was getting ready to strike with the bat, but as he stepped into his opponent’s path, Homicide smashed him in the skull with the chair.

The fans weren’t happy but Homicide was, staring down with no remorse at all at seeing JTG flat on his back. He then threw the chair down before dragging his former mentor back up, up into place for the Gringo Killer, a back-to-back double under-hook piledriver, driving JTG’s head into the steel chair on the mat. JTG was out of it and the incredibly determined Homicide made the cover, gaining the biggest win in his WWE career. He didn’t show any sign of satisfaction at the bell, just staring down at JTG with contempt before eventually leaving the ring with the majority of the crowd booing him back up the ramp.

Winner: Homicide by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}



Slammy Presentation - Superstar of the Year

Batista
John Cena
Randy Orton
The Undertaker
Triple H
CM Punk

“I’m All Grown Up Now” played and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley made her way out to present the final award of the year, the Superstar of Year as voted for the by the powers that be. After another video package going over the nominees, Stephanie announced that the winner was the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. It was met by a mixed reception, mostly negative and she introduced him as the superstar who’s had a year like no other, rising all the way to the top of the company. “This Fire Burns” blasted out and CM Punk strolled out in his ring gear and a trademark T-shirt with the world title draped over his shoulder, simply looking over at Steph and shaking his head before walking over to her. She applauded him and went to shake his hand, but The Straight-Edge Superstar was having none of it, just staring at her like she was stupid. He stepped in front of her and looked at the Slammy, picking it up and looking at it some more, hardly impressed.

He then asked the somewhat bemused Steph if it was some kind of joke, to which she shook her head and told him it wasn’t. Punk though told her what he thought, claiming that this was hers and the powers that be way to try to keep him quiet by recognising the year he’s had, which he also stated was actually more than enough to warrant him winning the award anyway. He told Steph that he did deserve it more than anyone but he could see through her, her actually coming out and presenting him with the award too he called a really special touch. Steph remained calm and told him to think what he liked before walking away and back through the curtain. It amused Punk and he said that she just proved he was right by walking away like she did, explaining that it’s not because she’s bad at her job which she is, but because he saw right through her and she’s ashamed that he realises just how much better an understanding he has of the business than her and the rest of her family trying to buy him off with a pretty much meaningless award.

He called it as convenient as it was when Tazz presented Cena with his award for Moment of the Year, and he then said that the true moment of the year will happen in six nights at Night of Champions when he not only defends the World Heavyweight Championship against John Cena but retains it against Cena, saying it will mean a whole lot more than some pointless Slammy award. With the ‘smark’ New York fans split on their reaction to the World Champion, he went onto say that he wasn’t only going to do what the powers that be don’t want him to in beating Cena at Night of Champions but he was going to lay down a marker by beating him live on Raw in Madison Square Garden. That got a pop and he headed off down the ramp, just about remembering his Slammy and then raising his world title, ready for the huge main event up next.


{Commercial Break}

A recap of Smackdown’s main event from last Friday night was shown where the elimination match to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship was determined, coming down to John Cena & Edge with CM Punk watching from the stage. The fans were split on them and Edge was staring up intently at Punk, letting him know how much he wanted it, and he was milliseconds away when he landed on his feet after an F-U attempt and stomped Cena in the gut before drilling him with the Edgecution. The Rated-R Superstar couldn’t believe it and once again set his sights on Punk before stalking Cena for the Spear. Cena was slowly clawing his way back up and Punk stood up to watch with the fans going nuts.

Edge was ready to explode out of his boots and he stormed across the ring to spear Cena out of his, but Cena caught him with a drop toe hold and locked in the STFU to a hugely mixed response from the capacity crowd. Edge was shocked but quickly had to fight for his life and the chance to face Punk with Cena wrenching away at his face, the crowd still torn but blowing the roof off the joint with Punk’s eyes fixed firmly on Edge’s struggle to survive. He fought with everything he had, dragging himself closer to the ropes, inch by inch, but just as he was about to grab hold of them, Cena stood up and dragged him back to the centre of the ring to apply the hold again. The fans weren’t crazy about it and the fight was draining away bit by bit from Edge and he was left with no choice but to tap out

The crowd erupted and Cena rose to his feet, getting his arm raised and then walked over to the ropes, throwing both arms up into the air showing his delight in front of the fans, and then he turned round to look up at the man he’ll face at Night of Champions for the World Heavyweight Championship. He walked across to look directly up at Punk, and the World Champion was applauding the number one contender for his title with Cena staring right back at him. Punk then lifted his title up into the air defiantly as the show drew to a close with them talking smack at each other, all set for quite the battle in nine nights at Night of Champions when they’ll finally lock horns one-on-one for the gold.

*The Main Event*
Batista & John Cena
vs. Triple H & CM Punk

All four men meant business with Sunday in mind and all went about making their own statements of intent. Batista in particular was out for blood and was warned on a number of occasions by the referee about his aggression. Triple H played on that to put him & Punk on top, distracting Batista to allow Punk to catch him off guard with a thunderous roundhouse kick. The Game entered the ring and worked over The Animal, but Batista came back at the WWE Champion, fighting a sleeper hold with elbows to the gut. After running the ropes he ducked a high knee to take Triple H down with a spear to a massive pop from the MSG crowd.

He couldn’t take advantage straight away, but as he & Triple H clawed their way back up, he reversed an irish whip and planted him with a spine-buster. Again the fans went nuts and Batista could sense victory, full of determination to put The Game away, setting him up for the Batista Bomb. The fans rose to their feet as he then went to lift The Game up above his head, but the WWE Champion dropped down to his feet, quickly stomped him in the gut and drilled him with the Pedigree. He couldn’t take advantage straight way before eventually making the cover where Batista got his shoulder up.

The fans were loving it, and they were even more moments later when both men crawled to their corners to tag in their respective partners. Cena & Punk went at it tooth & nail, and when the World Heavyweight Champion missed a roundhouse kick on Cena, he found himself on his opponent’s shoulders for the F-U. He slid down to safety and went for the GTS, but this time Cena slipped down and quickly knocked him forward down to the mat, then hit the mat to lock in the STFU. Punk held on with Cena desperately trying to make him tap, and when it looked like Punk was going to tap, The Game stormed the ring and stamped on the back of Cena’s head to break it up.

The crowd were majorly split, but they cheered like mad when Batista hit the ring and slugged it out with Triple H, ending up on the outside after a back body drop by The Game, only for Batista to land on his feet and drag him outside too. The Animal found himself in trouble though when The Game kicked him in the knee, then drove his head into the announce table. With Cena & Punk still down but squirming in the ring, Triple H stripped the announce table, then shoved Batista on it, setting him up for a Pedigree with the crowd going crazy. The WWE Champion took his time, staring into the crowd, getting ready to enjoy the moment, but Batista came to life out of nowhere and pulled back to send them both through the table with a spine-buster to The Game.

It was deafening inside MSG as they hit the floor, and on the inside Punk was watching by the ropes, not believing what he was seeing. Cena too was almost back on his feet in the centre of the ring, and when the World Champion turned round, still in disbelief, he panicked at seeing Cena on his feet too and ran right at him, right into the F-U. The divided crowd were going crazy as Cena then locked in the STFU for a second time to put Punk through hell again, and after doing all he could to hold on, he eventually tapped out to another mixed reception from the New York fans.

Cena sat up, clearly delighted to have got one over on Punk heading into Night of Champions as Batista too sat up on the outside in amongst the wreckage with The Game barely moving. The Animal then joined Cena in the ring, slowly getting there to congratulate his partner as they then posed for the fans on the ropes with “My Time is Now” blasting out throughout MSG to end the show with the challengers standing tall with the champions slowly coming round, seething at seeing their rivals celebrating at their expense.

Winners: Batista & John Cena by submission.

{End of Show}

Quick Results

Kofi Kingston df. Joe Hennig
Zack Ryder
df. Justin Gabriel
Queen Kong & Michelle McCool
df. Melina & Beth Phoenix
Rey Mysterio & Mystico
df. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine
The Undertaker
df. Sheamus
Homicide
df. JTG
Matt Sydal
df. The Miz
Batista & John Cena
df. Triple H & CM Punk

Superstars Tapings
Carlito & Eddie Colon df. The Pitbulls
The Big Show
df. Chris Masters

___________________

>Confirmed for Night of Champions<

Night of Champions Homepage

Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (6 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool


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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Friday Night Smackdown ‘Live!’
Friday 19th December 2008
MetraPark Arena
Billings, Montana




A recap from last week’s main event to determine the number one contender for the world title at Night of Champions was shown. The four wannabe challengers were joined by the man they were hoping to face at Night of Champions when CM Punk, the World Heavyweight Champion brought out a fold-out chair to watch from the stage just before the ref was going to call for the bell. The fans were so into it and split between Bryan Danielson & John Cena with some even getting behind Edge, but despite giving it all he had and making a strong impression, Ziggler was the first to bite the bullet. It looked as if he was all set to put Danielson away, but when Shawn Michaels’ protégé dodged a leg drop bulldog, Ziggler was taken down in a flash and found himself tied up in the LeBell Lock.

The fans were urging him to tap, and he held on for as long as he could before tapping out to a big pop. Danielson was on fire and the crowd went nuts when he was able to slip down from the F-U and pull Cena into the LeBell Lock. Edge was coming to on the outside as Cena fought for his life with a huge portion of the crowd screaming for him to tap. He wouldn’t though and hung on in as Danielson put him through the hell, doing all he could to make him tap, and eventually Cena managed to drag himself to the ropes to grab hold of the bottom rope. There were a ton of boos as Danielson was told to break the hold, reluctantly doing so as Edge slipped back into the ring, dragging himself back in behind Danielson’s back.

The Rated-R Superstar set his sights on him, devastated as he stood back up and backed away from the ropes. The crowd tried to warn him about what was lying in wait, but as he turned round, his fate was inevitable and Edge charged across the ring to take him down with the Spear. It was enough to get the three count, much to the disappointment of the crowd after a massive effort from the impressive Danielson. The fans were split on them and Edge was staring up intently at Punk, letting him know how much he wanted it, and he was milliseconds away when he landed on his feet after an F-U attempt and stomped Cena in the gut before drilling him with the Edgecution. The Rated-R Superstar couldn’t believe it and once again set his sights on Punk before stalking Cena for the Spear.

Cena was slowly clawing his way back up and Punk stood up to watch with the fans going nuts. Edge was ready to explode out of his boots and he stormed across the ring to spear Cena out of his, but Cena caught him with a drop toe hold and locked in the STFU to a hugely mixed response from the capacity crowd. Edge was shocked but quickly had to fight for his life and the chance to face Punk with Cena wrenching away at his face, the crowd still torn but blowing the roof off the joint with Punk’s eyes fixed firmly on Edge’s struggle to survive. He fought with everything he had, dragging himself closer to the ropes, inch by inch, but just as he was about to grab hold of them, Cena stood up and dragged him back to the centre of the ring to apply the hold again.

The fans weren’t crazy about it and the fight was draining away bit by bit from Edge and he was left with no choice but to tap out. The crowd erupted and Cena rose to his feet, getting his arm raised and walking over to the ropes, throwing both arms up into the air in front of the fans, and then he turned round to look up at the man he’ll face at Night of Champions for the World Heavyweight Championship. He walked across to stare directly up at Punk, and the World Champion was applauding the number one contender for his title with Cena staring right at him. Punk then lifted his title up into the air defiantly as the show drew to a close with them talking smack at each other, all set for quite the battle in nine nights at Night of Champions when they’ll finally lock horns one-on-one for the gold.


Michael Cole & Matt Striker had no chance to talk up the show as the General Manager of Smackdown, Tazz was standing in the middle of the ring and he introduced the number one contender for CM Punk’s World Heavyweight Championship Sunday night at Night of Champions, John Cena to a deafening reaction. The fans were split as “My Time is Now” hit with John Cena flying out to the stage, hitting both sides of it with a big smile on his face, in one hell of a good mood with his Slammy for Moment of the Year in hand. After saluting the fans he headed down the ramp and into the ring, getting a round of applause from Tazz but another mixed response from the fans. Cena shook hands with his boss and was passed the microphone, and with his music coming to a halt, the split of cheers & boos became clearer, but Cena was in too good a mood to let anything get him down.

He started by talking about what he’s had to face since he returned to Smackdown, all the pure hate & negativity he’s had thrown at him about how he was brought over to be the number one guy on Smackdown and how CM Punk’s cried non-stop like a baby about him taking his spot & his title. He then said that was all in the past because after last week no one can say he hasn’t earned the right for a shot at the world title, but now he has and then reminded everyone how on Raw Monday night he made Punk tap out. With the fans again giving a mixed response, Cena brought up how that’s not all that happened on Raw, mentioning his Slammy victory and holding it up, promising that the true moment of the year wasn’t him returning to Raw but what he’s going to do at Night of Champions when he makes Punk tap out again to become the new World Heavyweight Champion.

Again the fans were split on that as the ice cool Cena looked into the stands, taking a moment when “This Fire Burns” blasted out with the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk walking out to the stage to another mixed reaction. He too was holding his Slammy for Superstar of the Year with the world title over his shoulder as he coolly walked down the ramp into the ring, smiling at the also relaxed Cena. As Punk got in the ring, he walked past Cena to get a microphone of his own and then congratulated Cena for his victory last week, then Tazz for getting what he’s wanted since he brought Cena over from Raw. The Straight-Edge Superstar told Cena he might’ve sounded like a baby but said he had every right to be angry about him being hand picked to be his replacement, stating his belief that he’s sure Tazz stood there as confident as he was when Cena came back, thinking that at Night of Champions, Cena would beat him and take his world title from him.

Punk said that even though the plan didn’t work out the way Tazz planned at Survivor Series, everything’s now fallen into place to set up the clash of the titans for the title Sunday night, the one thing he said Tazz didn’t bank on is what actually will happen, John Cena walking out without the World Heavyweight Championship. The fans were torn in how to react to that and Punk said that he hates to disappoint his boss but there’s no way in hell he’s going to let Cena take the title from him. It was getting serious in the ring and Punk continued, saying that regardless of how convenient he thinks his Slammy was, he deserves the title of Superstar of the Year as much as he does World Champion before going onto say that his accomplishments since his debut on Smackdown earlier in the year haven’t been given the credit they deserve.

He said that he has single handedly revolutionised Smackdown and that he’s worked his ass into the ground in the process, which is why he sure as hell isn’t going to just turn up and let Cena & Tazz have their moment. Cena had enough and told Punk he’s listened to him run his mouth for months and now it was Punk’s turn to listen. Cena told Punk that all he’s spoken about is him earning the right to fight for his title, which he said he has, but then told Punk how ironic it was given how Punk won the title, cashing in the Money in the Bank. Punk cut in and told Cena that was the whole point of Money in the Bank, and it’s irrelevant as he went onto successfully defend the title at the King of the Ring, The Great American Bash & SummerSlam and how he would’ve done the same at No Mercy had Cena and his big ego not get involved. He told Cena he has nothing to prove and like at Survivor Series but in less controversial circumstances, he’s going to beat him in the middle of the ring again.

Cena though said they were big words and there was only one way they were going to find out if he could back it up but how they didn’t have to wait long to find out. He told Punk to get ready for the fight of his life because he’s bringing the fight like never before, telling Punk he better be ready or he won’t have that title of his for much longer when he makes him tap out like he did on Raw. The World Champion confidently told Cena that he was more than ready, how he’s been getting ready to face him for a long time and how he can’t wait for the opportunity to show in front of the whole world that what he’s said all along about Cena being overrated and not fit to lace his boots is true. Cena stood there and just nodded his head as Punk carried on, saying that people like Stephanie who don’t have a clue about the business or people like Tazz who don’t have the guts to man up might not see things the way he & others do but said he’s not worked his ass off his whole career to get to this point to simply hand it all over to some hand picked management poster boy like Cena.

That touched a nerve with Cena as he stared at Punk who went onto say that beating him would send a message to everyone in the back that you can get to the top through hard work even if management try and stop you in your tracks. With Cena listening closely to every word, Punk said that he won’t settle for anything less than a victory and how he’ll celebrate it more than any other in his entire career, saying it’ll be a victory for everyone in the business when he beats Cena and makes sure he’s nowhere near a world title ever again. Punk & Cena stared intently at each other and Tazz had something to share, saying that the time for talking was done and later on they were both going to fight, Cena against ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge and Punk against the man he beat for the title, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels. “13” played as Tazz left the ring with Punk raising his world title, talking smack at the serious Cena, not letting Punk get to him.


{Commercial Break}

Josh Matthews
was standing by with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels. He was asked about his match with CM Punk later on, and Michaels spoke about how he has unfinished business with the World Champion, not because he took the world title from him but how Punk & Edge jumped him a few weeks ago before their tag match with John Cena. He told Josh he’s been looking forward to the opportunity of getting some good old fashioned payback, saying he now had the chance and he was going to enjoy every second of it.

He then said that he had a reputation like Punk for running his mouth but he’s heard about what Punk’s said about being some kind of locker room hero for standing up to Cena, but The Heartbreak Kid said Punk was kidding himself. He did say that having had the opportunity to get in the ring with Punk at SummerSlam, he agrees Punk’s almost as good as he claims but that he’s no locker room here and how he’s got Cena all wrong. Michaels said that he respects Cena and there’s many more that do, but he was then joined by ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ Edge.

He didn’t look all that happy and told Michaels that he’s wrong about Punk and that there are a lot of people who happen to agree with him and hope he beats the hell out of Cena Sunday night. Edge then told Michaels he was going to let him into a secret, saying that Cena wasn’t going to Night of Champions, claiming that when he got his hands on him later on in he’d make sure he wouldn’t make it to Sunday night. Michaels didn’t seem all that convinced or impressed by Edge who turned round and walked out of the shot with Michaels smirking.

Michael Cole & Matt Striker had chance to go over what was in store for the rest of the show, including the two matches announced before the break with Shawn Michaels taking on the World Champion, CM Punk as well as John Cena meeting Edge. They also mentioned that Matt Sydal would be in non-title action against Dolph Ziggler and that J-Red, the Cruiserweight Champion would warm up for his title defence against Chavo Guerrero at Night of Champions by taking on the former champion, Johnny Jeter in a Falls Count Anywhere match. They also mentioned that Michelle McCool, the number one contender for the Divas Championship at Night of Champions would be in action against a former foe in Mickie James.


*The Opening Match*
Bryan Danielson, Paul London & Brian Kendrick
vs. Jimmy Yang, Sonjay Dutt & Super Crazy

All six fan favourites put on a decent show for the opening contest with Danielson and London & Kendrick very over with the live crowd, and it was that trio that came out on top. With London & Kendrick looking back to the team they once were, they dominated the match for the large part and sealed the deal when Kendrick connected with the Sliced Bread on Crazy, setting off a big pop in the crowd. Kendrick was joined in the ring by his tag team partner, London and then Danielson, all sharing some guy love before celebrating in the front of the fans.

Winners: Bryan Danielson, Paul London & Brian Kendrick by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

We got a recap from last week where Beth Phoenix took on O.D.B. in non-title action. The Glamazon was one angry diva as she walked out into the arena, and before the bell rung for the match to start, ”You’re Not Enough for Me” hit and Michelle McCool casually made her way out to the stage posing with Beth’s divas title that they’ll fight for at Night of Champions. McCool then joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table, and she played a massive part in the outcome of the match. With Beth having fought her way into control in what was a very competitive match for, she was looking all set to go for the Grand Slam.

McCool though wasn’t too keen to see Beth get a win ahead of their collision in nine nights and jumped up from the announce table, flaunting the title she’d stolen from The Glamazon a week earlier. Beth was livid and went over to the ropes, threatening the incredibly relaxed number one contender, all while O.D.B. was making it back up to her feet. McCool kept her eye on O.D.B’s progress and told Beth to turn round at the perfect time for O.D.B. to stomp her in the gut and lift her up onto her shoulders.

With McCool watching with a big smile on her face, O.D.B. walked away from the ropes and nailed her finisher, a fireman’s carry cutter to continue her undefeated start to her career on Smackdown at the expense of the Divas Champion. McCool clapped as O.D.B. got her arm raised by the referee, and after she left the ring taunting the fans, McCool slipped inside with the divas title and laughed at Beth as she came round. The fans were all over McCool as she then walked towards Beth and held the title in her face, talking smack before getting a big shock when The Glamazon hammered her in the gut.

The crowd went mad for Beth as she shot up from her knees and knocked McCool down with a right hand. She wasn’t done there and tried to grab her for the Grand Slam, but McCool managed to slip away before she found herself in serious danger, leaving the title behind and back in the possession of its rightful owner. “Glamazon” hit and Beth picked her title back up, raising it high up in the air and letting McCool know just who it belonged to with the fans cheering, getting McCool even hotter under the collar.


With Mickie James & Matt Sydal in the ring, “You’re Not Enough For Me” played and Michelle McCool, the number one contender for Beth Phoenix’s Divas Championship at Night of Champions calmly strutted out to the stage with a microphone in hand. As her music cut, a chorus of boos were thrown at her and her former friend & rival, Mickie James looked up at her with a look of disgust on her face with her boyfriend alongside her. McCool spoke about how in just 48 short hours she’d be taking on Beth Phoenix for the divas title and that she was about to prove she was ready for the challenge by beating a multi-time Women’s Champion in Mickie James. She went onto say that once she’s done beating Mickie again, she’ll make her way to Cleveland for Night of Champions where she’ll also Beth again and become the new Divas Champion. She dropped the microphone and her music hit to more boos before heading down the ramp with Mickie getting psyched up for the match.

*Match #2*
Mickie James w/Matt Sydal vs. Michelle McCool

Mickie didn’t make life easy for McCool at all, still some needle there from their problems earlier in the year, and The Glamazon walked out to the stage to watch her opponent in action. Mickie came close to gaining the win, getting frustrated when McCool just about managed to get her foot on the rope after a Chick Kick. The match turned there in McCool’s favour when she used the ropes to pull herself back up to her feet, and Mickie didn’t want to wait around. She was held back by the referee, giving McCool more time to recover before stepping out to meet her with a big boot right to the face. Mickie was down & out and McCool knew it, soaking in the knowledge she had her opponent in the bag before pulling her back up to finish her off with the Faithbreaker, earning herself an impressive win heading into Night of Champions, looking right up at Beth while getting her arm raised. She then turned round and went to get a microphone, then turned her attention right back at the Divas Champion.

Winner: Michelle McCool by pinfall.


McCool asked Beth if she believed her now about taking her title and beating her at Night of Champions. She congratulated The Glamazon on her Slammy but told her to keep it close because it’ll be the only thing she’ll have to hold onto after Night of Champions when she vows to win the Divas Championship. “You’re Not Enough For Me” hit again to a lot of boos as she looked up at Beth very sure of herself, but The Glamazon wasn’t impressed at all as she stared down at her very confident rival.

{Commercial Break}

Video footage from earlier on in the day was shown where Natalya Neidhart was talking in the back with Mickie James & Layla about Layla’s upcoming wedding to Elijah Burke when The Empire’s Katie Lee along with Wade Barrett, Drew McIntyre & William Regal walked into the scene. The three divas stopped laughing & joking with Katie winding Natalya up, asking her where her boyfriend and the rest of her gang were, joking in speculating that they’d gone into hiding knowing they were going to lose the WWE Tag Team titles at Night of Champions Sunday night. Natalya wasn’t intimidated one bit and told Katie that they couldn’t wait to get their hands on them and beat the hell out of them, then promised her that TJ & Paul Burchill won’t lose the titles and how she can’t wait to see everyone in The Empire embarrassed when that happens. Katie turned round and laughed with her fellow Brits before turning back to slap Natalya across the chops to the shock of Mickie & Layla. Natalya held her cheek for a second, staring at Katie before slapping her back and going at it, ending when Katie shoved her down to the floor. Mickie & Layla immediately checked on the angry Natalya as she sat up with Katie & The Empire laughing at her before walking away.

Michael Cole & Matt Striker
announced at ringside that since then The UK Pack had issued a challenge for later on with TJ Wilson & Natalya Nedihart taking on Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee. They then said that Josh Matthews was standing by backstage. Indeed he was with the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson along with Harry Smith & Natalya Neidhart. They were all looking very serious and Josh confirmed that TJ would be teaming up with his girlfriend to take on Katie & McIntyre, mentioning what happened earlier on. TJ said that was exactly what The Empire are all about, calling them cowards for picking on Natalya on her own and in numbers, and for what they did to Harry to try and get the titles without a fight. He then said that The Empire were going to get what was coming to them at Night of Champions anyway but McIntyre & Katie were going to get it even sooner.

Wilson was clearly livid and said that even though he’s only carrying the title temporarily for Harry, he’s going to fight to keep it like his life depended on it and to make sure those gutless SOB’s didn’t get their hands on them. Burchill stepped in and said he agreed with TJ that The Empire are nothing but cowards and how they made a mistake earlier in what they did to Natalya because they just made them even angrier. He looked into the camera and let The Empire know that if they thought they already had a fight on their hands Sunday night to think again because it was going to be ten times worse. Burchill said that the match had gone way beyond just the titles and it was personal, and told them TJ & Natalya were going to send them a message personally later on when they beat the holy hell out of them like he & TJ will at Night of Champions.


*Match #3*
Non-Title Match
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red vs. Johnny Jeter

Red & Jeter went at it with the former Cruiserweight Champion really eager to get some payback on Red, but the current champion was all out to go into Night of Champions in style. He fought through some serious offense from Jeter, and just about to managed to duck the Genesis Kick before connecting with an enzuigiri. Jeter rolled down to the floor, leaving Red unable to take advantage, or so we thought. Red walked over to the apron as Jeter eventually clawed his way back up, eyes not on his opponent as Red then hit a springboard to head towards the floor, hitting the Red Alert on the padded floor to a huge pop as the fans watched on in shock. Jeter was flat out and Red took advantage to make the cover, earning a solid win before his title defence against his former mentor, Chavo Guerrero at Night of Champions. As Red then got his arm raised back and was handed his title, Chavo walked out to the stage with a microphone and applauded his former rookie who wasn’t best pleased to see Chavo standing at the top of the stage.

Winner: J-Red by pinfall.


Chavo said he personally wanted to congratulate Red on his victory and told him to enjoy it, claiming it’ll be his last as Cruiserweight Champion, because in two nights the title will belong to him. “Chavo Ardiente” played as Chavo gestured down at Red that he was going to be champion, not going down well with Red at all.

{Commercial Break}

*Match #4*
Non-Title Match
Shawn Michaels vs. CM Punk

Punk was put through his paces against The Heartbreak Kid, and Michaels certainly wasn’t there just to be just a tune-up match for the World Champion ahead of his huge title clash with John Cena. Punk though was fired-up too, knowing full well he was in a contest. If there was any doubt he quickly got reminded when he came off the top rope looking for a double axe handle, only for Michaels to counter by grabbing his legs and applying the Sharpshooter. Punk had to fight for his life to hang on, and he did, just about managing to get to the ropes before he was forced to tap out. Michaels could sense victory and tuned up the band as the World Champion used the ropes to help get back up, and with the fans stomping their feet in tandem with The Heartbreak Kid, Punk turned round and stepped away from the ropes.

Michaels exploded at him going for the Super Kick, but Punk ducked it and reacted in a flash to nail him with a thunderous roundhouse kick. Michaels was out for the count, or so Punk thought, getting a shock when The Showstopper got his shoulder up as the ref’s hand came down for the third time. Punk was in shock and quickly became hot under the collar, and to the shock of everyone in the arena he went to the corner and tuned up the band, not getting a good response from the fans at all. Michaels sat up, eyes glazed over and totally oblivious, but just like Punk did, he managed to duck it and lifted Punk up onto his shoulders, seemingly for a GTS.

The World Champion reacted quickly and lashed out with elbows, slipping down to safety to then lift Michaels up off his feet. The Heartbreak Kid quickly landed back on his feet and pushed Punk into the ropes. The Straight-Edge Superstar held onto them though and Michaels ran at him, right into an extended elbow. It sent Michaels staggering away from the ropes and Punk quickly followed him out, taking advantage to lift him up onto his shoulders and nailing the GTS. Punk wasted no time in dropping to his knees and making the cover, picking up a very impressive win just two days from his match with Cena, and you could see how much it meant to him, emphatically celebrating with his title after the bell.

Winner: CM Punk by pinfall.


{Commercial Break}

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk was shown walking backstage from the ring, walking right into Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. Breathing somewhat heavily still, Punk wasn’t best pleased to see Stephanie standing in front of him with a big smile on her face. The World Champion told her to just say what she had to so he could to take a shower, and Steph said she had no problem with that and cut right to the chase, unconvincingly telling him she was impressed with his victory. Punk didn’t buy it for a second and didn’t let her talk anymore, letting her know he knew she didn’t like him and was hoping & praying that Cena beats him at Night of Champions, for (air quote) the good of the family business.

He was pissed and told her that he hates to ruin the company’s vision for what a champion should be or who exactly should be in this case, but let her know that she and the rest of her out of touch family members were going to be disappointed as he was still going to be World Champion after Sunday night. Steph didn’t seem fazed and told Punk that she admired his confidence but didn’t share it, then let him know that she was going to be there in Cleveland to see how the match first hand, then wished him luck before turning round and walking away, leaving a very angry Punk behind watching her go.


{Commercial Break}

*Match #5*
TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart w/Paul Burchill & Harry Smith
vs. Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee w/Wade Barrett & William Regal

Both teams were bang up for this one with their stable mates watching on with interest on the outside. Natalya & Katie really tore into each other, but TJ especially was on a mission, and McIntyre found out to his cost. The Canadian stand-in tag team champion lay into him with some ferocious kicks to the Scot’s body. McIntyre though did manage to get some control in the match, helped by his team-mates on a couple of occasions, but TJ wasn’t done and blocked the Futureshock DDT. He pulled away from McIntyre and ducked a wild clothesline, then ran through into the ropes and came back at speed, connecting with a diving double foot stomp to the knees of the Scot. McIntyre fell to the mat and TJ raced back up to this time connect with a double foot attack to the face.

McIntyre was in serious danger and Katie knew it, trying to distract TJ as he got back up. Natalya hit the ring and took her out as TJ headed to the apron, watching closely and getting ready to explode as McIntyre unwittingly clawed his way back up to his knees. Barrett walked round towards him but Burchill & Smith made sure he didn’t get near, allowing the Canadian to hit a springboard and then a front flip neck-breaker to beat McIntyre and pick up the win for him & his girlfriend. Regal & Barrett tried slipping into the ring to get at TJ but he escaped before they could get to him, heading back up the ramp with Natalya, Burchill & Smith, staring back intensely at the furious Brits in the ring. Barrett was seething and went after a microphone.

Winners: TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart by pinfall.


Barrett was fuming but told The UK Pack not to get carried away and how they might have their Slammy for Tag Team of the Year, which he said he wasn’t sure which combination it actually went to before saying that he hopes the Slammy is consolation enough when he & McIntyre take their titles and bring their year long run to an end, promising to do just that. “Britannia” hit again as The UK Pack defiantly raised their titles at the top of the stage with The Empire watching on angrily from the ring.

{Commercial Break}

*Match #6*
Non-Title Match
Matt Sydal w/Mickie James vs. Dolph Ziggler

Sydal didn’t have it easy against Ziggler who wasn’t downbeat after his disappointment in the World Championship tournament final last week. He gave Sydal a real battle and came close to earning the victory when he ducked an attempted enzuigiri and followed it up with a leg drop bulldog at rapid speed. The United States Champion kicked out though, not going down well with the pissed off Ziggler. He stood up and urged his opponent to get up, taunting him to do so as he stalked him for the Zig Zag. Dolph was bursting to hit it, but as he went for it, Sydal snuck away to safety and then came back off the ropes to take him down with a spinning wheel kick.

As they both then made their way up, Sydal went to the corner, climbing up to the top rope and connected with a double knee takedown, holding onto Ziggler’s legs for the cover. Dolph kicked out, but as he made his way back up, this time he didn’t escape the enzuigiri into a head-scissors takedown. The King of the Ring had Ziggler where he wanted him and went up top for the Shooting Star Press, but he didn’t count on Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez walking down the ramp. His Night of Champions opponent got his attention and Sydal looked towards him with concern, forgetting about Ziggler lying beneath him.

The Mexican gestured towards Sydal, allowing Ziggler time to come round, and by the time Sydal went for the Shooting Star Press, Ziggler had time to bring his knees up into the gut of the United States Champion. Ziggler jumped up in a flash and grabbed the staggering Sydal to plant him with the Zig Zag, pulling him away from the ropes to make the cover and pick up somewhat of a shock win, met with a big smile on Del Rio-Ramirez’s face. Dolph got his arm raised and quickly left the ring all smug, taunting the fans as the Mexican then walked round to the timekeeper’s table. He grabbed a microphone and Sydal’s title as Mickie slipped into the ring to check on her boyfriend as he tried to sit up.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.


The slimy Mexican coolly entered the ring and walked towards the squirming King of the Ring, telling him to say goodbye to his United States title before dropping the belt and the microphone to lock in the deadly arm-bar submission hold to a ton of heat. Mickie was screaming at him to get off and tried to drag him off of Sydal, just about managing to eventually, infuriating Del Rio-Ramirez. He stood up and got right in Mickie’s face, starting to worry her slightly as he shouted at her and then grabbed her arm as she tried to slap him. Sydal though saw what was going on and grabbed his foot, but the Mexican turned round and kicked him right in the face with his other boot. He let go of Mickie and just stared down at him before turning back at Mickie, giving her a menacing stare before leaving the ring to a ton of heat from the Montana crowd, stopping and looking back as Sydal sat up furiously in the ring.

{Commercial Break}



>2 Days!<




Cole & Striker ran through the card for Sunday night, starting with the Raw side of things and the WWE Championship 3 Stages of Hell match. Cole said that the first fall would be a No Holds Barred match, the second a Tables match and the final fall if needed would be a Last Man Standing match. He & Striker weren’t sure who the stipulations favoured but were in agreement that Triple H would be a fool to believe he was going to retain the title he only won six weeks ago at Survivor Series. Striker said that these rules would indeed allow The Animal to be unleashed, but that The Game is one of the most resourceful superstars in these situations and that either of them could win, saying that it won’t be pretty but one hell of a must see contest.



Cole talked about how Queen Kong is probably the most dominant diva he’s ever seen and that Melina has arguably the toughest challenge of all the champions when she defends against the undefeated monster that is Kong. Striker agreed with Cole and said that he couldn’t see how Melina was going to be able to win the match, even after saying he was a fan of the Women’s Champion, although he didn’t think that would be a title she’d hold for much longer.



Cole spoke of his admiration for Rey Mysterio & Mystico as a unit but said that he couldn’t help but agree with Christopher Daniels’ & Kaval’s claims that they are unfortunate not to be World Tag Team Champions given how they were the only team to qualify for the tournament. He did say that they had the chance to make up for that when they challenge the Mexican high flyers for the titles, and Striker said that the bottom line is Rey & Mystico won the tournament final at Survivor Series and that The Epitome of Excellence would have to beat them to earn the right to be champions.



Cole said that he was looking forward to seeing the Intercontinental title clash between Kofi Kingston & Sheamus, stating his belief that if Kofi can shake off everything that’s happened with his brother, Jay in recent weeks, he can do what only he’s done in Sheamus’s career and beat The Celtic Warrior to regain the title he lost in controversial circumstances to Ted DiBiase at SummerSlam. Striker agreed with Cole in his belief that Kofi was able to beat Sheamus given how big a heart he has, saying he would need every last bit of fight if he was going to come through what will be a tough match against the big Irishman.



Both Cole & Striker said they hoped justice would be done and that the makeshift champions, Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson came through against The Empire, talking about how hypocritical & underhand The Empire have been since coming to Smackdown. Cole said he believed they would be the opposite of what they claim to be in role models as WWE Tag Team Champions but how he had a bad feeling that they might just have something up their sleeve to end the year long run of The UK Pack. Striker said he wouldn’t put anything past The Empire either but was highly positive about how united the makeshift champions are, which they proved earlier on, going onto say that if they can fight as they did earlier, he believes they’ll retain the gold come Sunday.



Cole spoke about how Matt Sydal, like The UK Pack has had an incredible year, but how determined Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez is to end it on a bad note by taking the United States Championship. Striker said that the King of the Ring was in for a battle and after what happened earlier, he knows he’ll be in one against someone in Del Rio-Ramirez who is hell bent and on a mission to take the United States title to Mexico.



Cole was very positive about The Glamazon but said he had a feeling that Michelle McCool will do anything she can to win the divas title, telling the audience that he doesn’t trust her one bit and that Beth will need to be careful when she steps inside the ring with her Sunday evening. Striker also spoke of McCool’s determination & ‘resourcefulness’, believing that The Glamazon might well need eyes in the back of her head if she wants to retain her title.



Cole & Striker said they were both looking forward to seeing Red & Chavo meet in the Falls Count Anywhere match and how it should be one of the most hotly contested battles of the night given their history. Striker said that he knows Chavo very well and that as angry as we’ve seen him at failing to beat Red and the Cruiserweight Champion’s quick success, it will be eating him up even more inside, making him desperate to finally beat his former rookie. Cole said that Red’s rise to the top of the cruiserweight division has been incredibly quick but highly deserved, making sure everyone was aware that he’s beaten Chavo in each of their matches, making him the favourite for this one too, to which Striker was sceptical.



Both Cole & Striker said they simply couldn’t wait to see John Cena & CM Punk lock horns one-on-one for the World Heavyweight Championship and could only look forward to seeing just how much they beat the hell out of each other. Neither could pick a winner and said that they’re both as determined as each other but that Punk has a point to prove, even though he’s the champion, it’s Cena who really has nothing to lose. Cole said that Punk has backed himself into a corner with his criticism of Cena and how much the win will mean to him and the locker room, putting a lot of pressure on his own shoulders to beat Cena and retain his title. Cole went onto say that he’s seen Cena fight his way to big title victories on the biggest stages in sports entertainment and how he won’t be fazed by the occasion, speculating as to whether Punk will be able to.


*The Main Event*
John Cena vs. Edge

Like Punk, Cena went up against an opponent who wasn’t there to make up the numbers. The Rated-R Superstar was intent on beating Cena and looked like he might just do it, dodging the Five Knuckle Shuffle and racing up to his feet to hit the Edge-O-Matic. Cena got his shoulder up but Edge was desperate to get the win, falling short with a missile dropkick and then an Edgecution. He was quickly getting very angry and stalked Cena for a Spear, but as he ran at him, Cena countered with a drop toe hold to lock in the STFU to a loud mixed reception. Edge held on for dear life, flat out refusing to tap. Cena furiously kept the pressure applied, but to his credit, The Rated-R Superstar fought his way to the ropes. Cena didn’t want to let go of the hold but had no chance and quickly shifted gear, getting ready for an F-U.

Edge though fought his way down and pushed Cena forward, accidentally into the referee before Cena down with a reverse DDT, but there was nobody to make the count, leaving Edge furious. He couldn’t believe it and eventually retreated to the corner, once again getting ready to take Cena down with the Spear. To everyone’s shock, ”If You Close Your Eyes” hit and Christian walked out to the stage to a deafening pop. He stared down intently at the stunned Edge, then charged down the ramp with Edge getting ready to throw himself at him. Christian slid in the ring and ducked a wild clothesline before slugging it out with his brother who put him on the shelf at Survivor Series, and it was Captain Charisma who managed to do what Edge couldn’t and hit a Spear.

His music hit again as he glared down at his brother just lying there before leaving the ring, still not satisfied as he headed back up the ramp and to the back as Cena sat up in a state of confusion, seeing Edge and the referee down. The crowd then booed as CM Punk raced down the ramp and slid in the ring behind Cena, and as Cena then turned round, Punk took his head off with the world title they’ll be fighting for Sunday at Night of Champions. ”This Fire Burns” then hit as Punk stood over Cena with a smirk on his face, raising his title up in the air, laughing into the crowd as Tazz & Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley were then shown watching it in the back in his office, not looking too happy as the camera went back to the all smiling World Champion standing over Cena to end the show.

Result: No Contest


{End of Show}

Quick Results

Bryan Danielson, Paul London & Brian Kendrick df. Jimmy Yang, Sonjay Dutt & Super Crazy
Michelle McCool
df. Mickie James
J-Red
df. Johnny Jeter
CM Punk
df. Shawn Michaels
TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart
df. Drew McIntyre & Katie Lee
Dolph Ziggler
df. Matt Sydal
John Cena
NC. Edge

Superstars Tapings
Elijah Burke & Layla df.Chris Masters & Jillian Hall

___________________

>Confirmed for Night of Champions<

Night of Champions Homepage

Date:
Sunday December 21st 2008 (2 Days)
Location: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, Ohio)

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool



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I was hoping to have this up sooner but I’ve had appendicitis and spent almost a week in hospital, which is definitely the best place for your appendix to burst for sure, especially when it’s gangrenous. Obviously I’ve got a bit behind with the show but thankfully I’ve been off work since getting out a week ago so I’ve had some more time to work on it as well as resting. It’s coming along nicely and I’ve just got to write up the two world title matches. The promos are recapped but I’ve done the matches in closing minute styles, writing as the action unfolds, not recapped. After this show I’m hoping to write shows with full promos heading into the Royal Rumble and Road to WrestleMania XXV.




>Night of Champions 2008<



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

>Preview<




For the last three months since John Cena returned to Smackdown from Raw with a guaranteed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions if he could lead a team to victory at Survivor Series, resentment & jealousy instantly rose to the surface in the locker room. The most resistance came from CM Punk, and the World Champion wasn’t short of finding any allies, and despite defeating Team Cena at Survivor Series, he finds himself going head-to-head with Cena for the title. After all he’s said about Cena, will Punk live to regret or his words or will he be able to back them up in style and head into the New Year still the World Heavyweight Champion?




Having lost the WWE Championship at Survivor Series in a triple threat match against Randy Orton and the new WWE Champion, Triple H, ‘The Animal’ Batista has exercised his rematch clause for Night of Champions when he will go one-on-one with The Game. They will meet in a 3 Stages of Hell match that will leave us in no doubt whatsoever who deserves to be the WWE Champion. Can Batista overcome his former Evolution team-mate and regain the title he lost at Survivor Series?




‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sheamus has been nothing short of impressive since debuting earlier this year, quickly working his way to the Intercontinental Championship almost three months ago, however having now tasted defeat for the first time, he looks vulnerable. The man to inflict that defeat was Kofi Kingston and now he’s looking to repeat that upset to regain the title he lost to Ted DiBiase at SummerSlam in highly controversial circumstances. It’s clear he’s got to the Irishman, and now he appears to be back in the groove he has every chance of getting his hands on the Intercontinental Championship for a second time if he can put the issues with his brother, Jay to one side.




It’s been an incredible year for Matt Sydal, and the United States Champion & 2008 King of the Ring will be looking to end it in style by retaining the United States title when he locks horns with Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez. The Mexican newcomer has an impressive track record in Mexico and already has two victories over Sydal to his name, both somewhat controversial it has to be said, but he has the chance to make it three and become the new United States Champion if he can pin Sydal for a third time. Will he be able to do just that and without the use of the ropes this time, or will Sydal end 2008 the way he’s stormed through it until now?




These two men have had their problems from pretty much the moment J-Red was announced as Chavo Guerrero’s rookie, and it didn’t take long for Red to make an impression, not that his mentor was pleased for him. A win over Chavo certainly didn’t help matters, neither did Red winning a shot at the Cruiserweight Champion, battling his way past Chavo to get there. Now Red has the title, things still haven’t improved, and with the title at stake, they both have something more to fight for in what will be one incredibly competitive contest.




These two groups will collide head on for the WWE Tag Team titles The Empire wanted vacated after they broke Harry Smith’s ankle, only for Tazz to hand Smith’s title to his long term friend & former rookie, TJ Wilson. He will join forces with Paul Burchill to take on Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre in what is sure to be one almighty battle to the end.




The Epitome of Excellence still feel as if they were robbed of the World Tag Team titles after being placed in a triple threat match at Survivor Series having already won their place in the final of the tournament final where their opponents drew in their semi final clash. Rey Mysterio & Mystico went on to win that match and claim the titles Daniels & Kaval felt should be theirs, however now they have the opportunity to fight for the titles once again, but whether they will leave Night of Champions with the titles they believe should belong to them remains to be seen.




Standing in front of Melina isn’t just arguably the biggest challenge of her career to date, but the most intimidating diva in WWE history in Queen Kong. This behemoth has run riot for weeks, running over the Women’s Champion on a couple of occasions too. After earning a shot at the women’s title having emerged victorious in a battle royal, the title & Melina are firmly fixed in her sights. The odds are stacked highly against Melina, but does she have what it takes to overcome those massive odds and derail Kong’s unstoppable charge?




It takes a lot to get under the skin of The Glamazon but Michelle McCool has well & truly done that. Her antics may have been underhand & cowardly at times but McCool has managed to score two victories over Beth in back-to-back weeks recently. With that said she doesn’t hold the Diva’s Championship, but she will get that chance again when they meet again one-on-one for Beth’s title, and McCool must know she’ll have to do a hell of a lot to wrestle it away from The Glamazon.


>Prediction Template<

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool



>Points Breakdown<
1st
– 3,000
2nd – 1,250
3rd – 750



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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)
WHY? It seems like just about all the heels are winning in the PPV, and since this feud is fairly even, I think this match is the most likely to have the challenger go over. Wouldn't surprise me if Punk won this one. Either way, this will be MOTN.

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)
WHY? Triple H has only had the title for one months, I don't see any point in taking the title off him yet. I think Triple H will pick the victory 2-1 in what I believe will be the second best match on the night..

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere

J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool

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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)

WWE Championship
3 Stages of Hell
Batista vs. Triple H (c)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus (c)

WWE United States Championship
Matt Sydal (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio-Ramirez

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

World Tag Team Championship
Rey Mysterio & Mystico (c) vs. The Epitome of Excellence

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere
J-Red (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero

WWE Women’s Championship
Melina (c) vs. Queen Kong

WWE Divas Championship
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Michelle McCool

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