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As for Orton I feel honestly as a heel that is where he does his best work, he's much more charismatic but also much more venomous in the fact that he is more ruthless, more emotionless much more aggressive and much more remorseless punting superstars in the skull not caring one iota about anyone except himself and being champion and that is what makes him entertaining to watch hence the reason why I am such an Orton mark but as a face I feel like he is coming into his own as a face but at the same ever since this newfound face turn he is starting to lose steam relatively quickly and not to mention he isn't the same Orton anymore in the sense that he is not punting superstars in the skull and isn't venomous anymore, yes sure he has his charisma but bring out his dangerous side as a face with bringing the punt back and you will be fine with this face turn as it moves along in my opinion

Personally as for Orton I can't wait to see what you have planned for him seeing as how WrestleMania is approaching soon
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Monday Night Raw
Monday 9th February 2009
Live from the Thomas & Mack Center
Las Vegas, Nevada




*Opening Video*
". . . To Be Loved"


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From No Way Out Last Night!

"My Time Is Now"

The crowd erupts to a very mixed reception for John Cena as he walks out into the arena, not saluting the crowd as he heads down the aisle very low key, guilty even. . . Cena gets to the ring holding a microphone and his music cuts, bringing out of the boos as he stands in the centre of the ring with those angry boos being thrown at him as well as some cheers from the younger & more sympathetic members of the crowd.

John Cena: I'm not gonna waste any time here. It's a big night f' me included but there's something that I just had t' come out here an' say. . . Friday night on Smackdown as I'm sure you all know I was part of a six man tag team match, an' one of my partners was The Undertaker.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: Unfortunately not f' the first time I accidentally hit The Dead-Man with a steel chair, but let me repeat that word accidentally. I get why Taker's mad an' I don't blame 'im. I just wan'ed t' come out here t'night an' apologise f' what happened a couple of nights ago as well f' what happened on Raw the other week. I want Taker t' know that in no way whatsoever did I mean to do what I did. Taker, I hope you can accept my apol. . .

*GONG*

"Rest In Peace"

The lights are out and the crowd are going nuts as smoke blows around the aisle and The Undertaker emerges from it, getting an even louder reaction from the Vegas crowd. Looking as menacing as ever he makes his way down to the ring, eyes focused on the ring and the man inside it, and as he takes the steps, he brings the lights on to another big roar from the fans as a growingly more concerned Cena watches on. Taker steps through the ropes, eyes locked firmly & menacingly at Cena, and The Dead-Man walks right towards him. Cena takes a big gulp as he looks up at Taker as the music stops, tension aplenty in the ring as Cena expectantly appears to be waiting for a reaction from the phenom staring coldly at him.

"Sexy Boy"

The fans are on their feet again as the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels walks out into the arena in a referee's shirt ready for the elimination match to determine who'll face him at Wrestlemania. Taker & Cena briefly turn away from each other & look up at Michaels as he heads down the ramp into the ring with purpose, and as he steps inside, he walks past them and Cena takes his leave, making his way to the back with Michaels going to collect a microphone. His music cuts and he gets one as Taker removes his jacket, giving Michaels centre stage.

Shawn Michaels: Like John Cena, I'm gonna get right t' the point. Nobody knows how important this match is more than me, but behind that curtain t'day I've heard a lot of rumours going round that yours truly is here t'night to abuse my power as the special guest referee. Let me make this crystal clear; I might've suggested that it be fatal four-way t'night but I never, not once asked or suggested I be the referee but here I am. My job is t' call this right down the line an' on my kids' lives that's exactly what I'm gonna do.

*The Opening Match*



First Elimination:
Orton turns his head towards the referee, then at Jericho, grudgingly having to accept the count. He does just that and retreats to the opposite corner, getting ready to take Jericho's head off with the PUNT!!!. . . . . Jericho unwittingly claws his way up on to his knees with the fans cheering in anticipation. Orton looks ready to explode, almost salivating, and as Jericho gets to his knees he bursts across the mat and swings his boot at Jericho's head.

Jericho pulls it back though and jumps back up as and turns round going for the CODE-BREAKER!!!. . . . . No, Orton pulls back and Jericho hits the deck. The Viper drops to his knees, banging his fists into the canvas, watching Jericho struggle back up, and as he makes it up to his feet, Orton leaps up and plants him with the RKO!!!. . . . . The crowd erupts as Orton shifts round to cover Jericho, hooking both legs with the fans counting along with H.B.K. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!

Elimination #1: Chris Jericho by Randy Orton (pinfall).

Second Elimination: Orton stands back up as Jericho rolls towards the apron and The Game enters the ring. Orton turns round and sees Trips running at him, then connects with a perfect standing dropkick. The fans are enjoying it too as both men make their way back up and Trips runs into a snap spinning powerslam. The fans continue to cheer as a pumped up Orton turns round on his knees and sets his sights on The Game, driving his fists against the mat. The roof's about to come off but Jericho stands back up and steps out towards Orton, and The Viper gets up as Michaels stops Jericho in his tracks.

Orton stands firm though and stares at Jericho, letting him know he's ready for what he's got as Trips drags his way back up behind him. H.B.K. gets Jericho to leave the ring, and Triple H spins Orton round to kick him in the gut, quickly forcing him down into the PEDIGREE, AND HE HITS IT!!!. . . . . Orton's head got driven into the mat and Trips turns him over in a flash to make the cover with Michaels dropping to his knees and making an honest count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!

Elimination #2: Randy Orton by Triple H (pinfall).

Final Elimination: The fans love it as an unwitting Triple H lifts his head up off the mat, and Taker gives him a massive helping hand. He pulls up off the mat and scoops him on to his shoulder for the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!. . . . . It's deafening but Trips fights for his life and slips down Taker's back to safety, then pushes him forward into H.B.K. The WWE Champion takes a tumble and stays down, looking like he clashed heads with the shocked Taker, but Trips takes advantage by dropping on to one knee and low blowing The Dead-Man from behind to a ton of heat.

The fan boo the hell out of him as he stands up without a care in the world looking down at Shawn out cold and Taker writhing around. The Game cracks a wry smile and leaves the ring to look under the apron, pulling out his sledgehammer to even more heat. The Vegas crowd make a right racket as he slides back in the ring, eying up Taker as he tries to make his way back up. Michaels is still out of it, face down on the mat as an intense Triple H locks & loads on the unsuspecting phenom when all of a sudden a big pop breaks out and John Cena charges down to the ring.

He slides in to the ring, catching Trips off guard and tackles The King of Kings down to the mat. The fans cheer Cena this time and as he stands up, he picks up the sledgehammer Trips just dropped. Looking like he's trying to make it up to The Undertaker, Cena gets ready to take off The Game's head with his own weapon as he makes his way back up with Taker doing the same behind him. Cena's bursting to take his head off and runs at him, DRIVING THE SLEDGEHAMMER IN TO TRIPS' FACE, BUT HE DUCKS AND TAKER WALKS RIGHT IN TO THE SHOT!!!. . . . . Trips breathes a sigh of relief as Cena looks down stunned at Taker laid out thanks to him again.

The Game grabs Cena's shoulder and spins him round, right into a PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . The sledgehammer falls to the mat and Trips kicks it out of the ring, then kicks Cena to the apron before dragging the dead weight that is Taker up to his knees, struggling to do so as Michaels starts to stir. The fans boo like mad as the former WWE Champion gets set to get the rematch he craves at Wrestlemania against the man who took his title in the Royal Rumble. Taker's helpless and Trips sets him up, then sends him spiralling in to the mat courtesy of a PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . Taker's not moving and The Game rolls him on to his back as H.B.K. lifts his head up off the mat to see Triple H making the cover. Michaels drags himself across the mat and makes the count to a chorus of boos. . . . .

1. . . . .

. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!!!

Michaels calls for the bell and "The Game" blasts out to even more heat from the Vegas crowd as a smug Triple H rises to his feet. The number one contender looks down with another wry smile as the WWE Champion drags himself up to his knees, watching as his Wrestlemania opponent throws his arms above his head again. It's clearly 'Game On' now, and as Shawn makes it back up to his feet looking unsteady on them, he & Trips stare at each other. There's so much tension between them with The Game looking very confident, almost laughing as Shawn shows some vulnerability.

To his credit he walks over and tries to raise The Game's hand, and he allows Shawn to do so, he takes serious pleasure in it, but as Shawn's about to let go, Trips turns him in to a kick to the gut and a Pedigree. His music cuts and the boos ring round the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the challenger for the WWE title stares down coldly at the man he'll meet in just less than two months on the biggest stage of them all. "The Game" hits again and he poses over Michaels, thrusting his arms back and taking great satisfaction in it with Cena coming to and Taker also starting to stir with The Game standing tall.



***



Punk's not down for long and tries to get out again but Cena stands up and drags him back, tries for an irish whip to the corner but Punk reverses it and runs in, nailing him with a high knee strike to the kisser. Punk grabs Cena's head on impact and spins round to run out of the corner for a bulldog, but Cena pulls back and shoves Punk forward into the pads. Punk hits them force and staggers out into Cena, F-U FROM CENA!!!. . . . . He got it and it's deafening in the arena, filled with cheers & boos as Cena hits the mat to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!!!

This time it's Punk who gets his shoulder up and Cena's in shock as he sits up, but he quickly shakes it off, turns Punk over and applies the STFU!!!. . . . . The crowd erupts and Cena tears away at Punk's face, and the World Champion has to fight to keep his title. He screams out in pain, face crimson as Cena tortures him, doing all he can to make him tap out. Punk keeps his right arm raised, desperately trying to keep it off the mat with the ref asking if he wants to quit. He screams no but looks in real trouble with Cena still putting the pressure on, but Punk starts to dig deep, dragging himself across the mat, trying to get to the ropes, and he gets closer.

Cena tries to hold on and Punk gets there, getting another mixed response from the fans as Cena lets the hold go, only to stand up and try to drag Punk back. The World Champion turns himself over though and kicks up at Cena, sending him back & down to the mat. Cena's not down for long though, and as Punk uses the ropes to get back up to his feet, Cena watches him, so focused & determined to put him away. Punk looks all over the place as he just manages to get his balance, and as he turns round to walk towards him, Cena again lifts him off his feet on to his shoulders and PLANTS HIM WITH THE F-U!!!. . . . . Punk is done for and Cena knows it, standing up to another huge mixed response from the Vegas crowd and he calls for the door to be opened again. . . . .

*GONG*

The crowd goes nuts as the lights go, turning the arena into darkness for about 30 seconds, and as they come back on, the cage door is open and standing outside it is The Undertaker. The fans are loving it, going absolutely mental as he glares menacingly at a stunned John Cena. Cena stands there in shock as Taker climbs the steps and enters the cage with the fans still cheering like crazy. Punk's rolled to the apron as Cena watches, still gobsmacked as the phenom walks slowly but intently towards him. Cena doesn't know what to do as Taker stares right through him, then grabs him by the throat with the ref trying to tempt him out of it, CHOKESLAM TO CENA!!!. . . . .

The fans continue cheering but Taker's not done and makes his cut throat gesture, then reaches down to drag the helpless Cena up, scooping him over his shoulder and into place for the TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!. . . . . BOOM, TOMBSTONE CONNECTS!!!. . . . . Punk sits up looking absolutely stunned as Taker slowly stands back up, eyes on Cena the whole time, then turns to look up at the Wrestlemania sign hanging from the rafters. He turns back to look at Cena before leaving the cage with Punk and the ref still shocked. Punk watches Taker leave the cage and crawls across the mat opportunistically to cover Cena with the ref reluctantly making the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!

Punk retains and "This Fire Burns" blasts out to a heavy mixed response again as the World Champion sits up looking thrilled with Taker turning back to watch without any shred of remorse. The World Champion stands up to get his arm raised by the referee in the ring, who shakes his head doing so as the ref on the outside collects the world title and hands it over to his fellow official. Punk receives it and throws it emphatically up into the air to more cheers & boos, grinning like mad with Cena flat out. Punk isn't done gloating and walks over to the corner and climbs up to the second rope, then stops & decides to climb to the top of the cage, sitting on top of it and raising his title again, this time with both hands, smug as hell with Cena starting to stir. The smile can't be wiped off Punk's face as he laughs away, clinging on to his world title as the show comes to a close!
"My Time Is Now"

A huge reaction goes off inside the Thomas & Mack Center as John Cena walks out to the stage, very low key tonight as he stops at the top of the stage and looks out into the crowd, clearly not sure how to take it or how to act after what went down last night at No Way Out. He sets off down the ramp, trudging down for a change and slides in the ring (with a steel cage looming above it for the main event) under the bottom rope, not acknowledging the crowd as he walks across the ring to get a microphone. He's passed one and he strolls back into centre stage, gazing into the crowd looking a bit sorry for himself as his music stops, bringing out a loud mix of both cheers & boos as he looks up at the cage too, shaking his head briefly.

John Cena:
Y'know, f' the last 24 hours I've been thinking back an' forth. I didn't get a minute's sleep, playin' over in my head what went down last night an' what I wan'ed t' say, but as I stand here right now in front of you guys. . . I kinda don't know what t' say.

*Mixed*

John Cena: I've played it all back from the moment I walked out at the top o'the show to apologise to The Undertaker f' what happened on Smackdown Friday night. Right now I guess that was a mistake.

*Boos*

John Cena: Lookin' back I probably shouldn't 'ave been the nice guy I am an' gone to apologise f' what I did, but given what happened last night I kind o'have to explain why I did it. It ain't rocket science but after accidentally hitting Taker with a chair f' the second time I felt like it looked like it might not be an accident. All I wan'ed t' do was tell him that face t' face, an' after what happened Friday night when he chokeslammed me, I guessed he wasn't all that happy with me. That's why I felt the need t' walk on down t' the ring last night, an' since he didn't get chance to accept my apology I still felt like I had to let him know that I was sorry f' what I did, so when H-B-K got knocked out last night an' saw Triple H taking the sledgehammer into the ring I felt like I had my chance t' make it up to 'im. Right there in the heat of the moment I felt that was the right thing t' do so I ran on down t' the ring. All I had in mind was make sure Triple H didn't use that sledgehammer, but once you're in this ring something happens. I lost my head an' I picked up the sledgehammer. Obviously now I know I shouldn't have done that, an' f' the third time in less than a month I accidentally hit The Undertaker, only this time I cost him a shot at the WWE Championship at the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania, only it didn't end there.

*Heat*

John Cena: I respect that and I understand that reaction. If the shoe was on the other foot I'd be pissed too. The problem is I kind of am. The problem I have is I get why The Undertaker decided t' get even when he came down t' the ring during my match with CM Punk an' cost me the chance t' walk out World Heavyweight Champion.

*Mixed*

John Cena: Make no mistake about it, Punk just got the F-U, he was going nowhere an' that cage door was open. All I had t' do was walk out an' the world title was mine. I was seconds away from walking out of No Way Out into Wrestlemania 25 the World Heavyweight Champion.

*Mixed*

John Cena: Had it not been f' The Undertaker there's no doubt I'd be standing here t'night in a better mood with some a shiny gold title over my shoulder. The fact is I'm not an' I'm partly t' blame f' getting involved in business I didn't have to. Does that make it hurt any less? No, but like I said I understand it. It honestly doesn't make it any easier but right now the only way t' move on from all this is by clearing the air with The Undertaker. From his point of view I can see why he might think what's happened hasn't been a series of accidents how it's happened three times but I need you t' know dead-man that I have absolutely no beef with you whatsoever. I'm not gonna pretend I'm happy about what either of us did last night an' how yet again CM Punk escaped with the world title but we need t' get past this before it gets out of hand. Right now I wanna ask The Undertaker to come out here so we can settle this man-t'-man.

Cena turns & looks up at the stage, somewhat nervously anticipating Taker's arrival that he hopes to see with the crowd chanting "Undertaker."

*GONG*

A huge roar comes from the crowd as the lights go put the arena in darkness.

"Rest in Peace"

The fans go crazy as smoke blows across the stage and The Undertaker emerges from it to another massive pop from the Vegas crowd. His eyes are fixed firmly on Cena in the ring, and Cena also has his eyes on Taker, not looking too comfortable, still very sorry for himself. The Phenom walks round to the steps and slowly takes them one by one, then brings the lights back on to the joy of the fans in the stands. Cena looks on, still not comfortable as a very intense Undertaker steps inside the ring and removes his coat, making Cena even more nervous. Taker drapes it over the ropes and walks towards him, staring right at him with Cena looking very uneasy.

John Cena:
As I was saying dog, what happened last night, I apologise, an' I just think it's best we get all this cleared up so we can both move pas. . .

Taker grabs the top of the microphone and forces it out of Cena's hand, completely shocking Cena. He looks up at Taker and The Dead-Man turns his head, looking up to the Wrestlemania 25 sign hanging from the rafters, and Cena looks up too, seemingly reading Taker's mind, and as they turn to face each other with Taker looking incredibly serious, he grabs Cena by the throat. The fans cheer and Taker lifts him up off the mat for the chokeslam, but Cena jumps free, landing on his feet and reacts in a flash by lifting Taker up off the mat, on to his shoulders and plants him with the F-U.

The crowd erupts, mostly with boos as Cena looks down in shock at Taker flat on his back thanks to him and he takes another look up at the Wrestlemania sign before looking into the crowd that are mostly booing him. He looks down at Taker again, seemingly regretting his actions and he takes his leave, heading back up the ramp as Taker sits right back up to a pop from the Vegas fans. Cena turns round on the ramp and looks down to see Taker glaring fiercely at him, and Cena doesn't know what to think as he turns back and heads back up the ramp to walk backstage, leaving a furious Taker watching his every step from the ring.


Dressed for action, a pumped-up Kofi Kingston is shown walking through the back.

Jim Ross:
In just a few minutes when we come back, Kofi Kingston will be in action, next.

*Commercial Break*

We're shown footage of a sheepish John Cena walking through the back, and he walks past Leticia Cline, who tries to catch up with him.

Leticia Cline:
John, what just happened out there?

Cena stops & turns round, still looking confused as to what happened before the break.

John Cena:
Honestly? I'm not really sure. I remember The Undertaker grabbing me by the throat, I pulled away an' I just did what came naturally. I didn't do it on purpose t' make up f' last night if that's what anyone's thinking. The Undertaker attacked me an' I defended myself as I would with anyone else.

Leticia Cline: Well I have to ask John because I'm not sure how it came across t' you or I might be reading it wrong; did The Undertaker say anything while you were out there? He was looking up at the Wrestlemania sign. Did he make a challenge to a match at Wrestlemania?

John Cena: T' be honest Leticia, I didn't hear the actual words but yeah that's the impression I got.

Leticia Cline: He appeared t' do that too last night after he tombstoned you but I've got to ask John, how do you feel right now if that is indeed the case that The Undertaker, a man undefeated with the legacy he has at Wrestlemania possibly challenging you to a match there this year?

John Cena: Wow, I don't know what t' say about that right now. I mean we don't even know if. . .

Into the shot walks Triple H, looking right at Cena, plenty of tension between them as Cena stares right back at him, neither hiding their obvious dislike for each other.

Leticia Cline:
Triple H, congratulations on becoming the number one contender for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. In a way I suppose you might owe John some sort of thank you too.

The Game's still staring at Cena, not showing much love for him at all

Triple H:
I don't owe him anything. He stuck his nose in my business, Taker's too, and it looks like he's going t' deal with John. Also, for the record, I'd have won without his or anyone's help. I'd have won the title shot I'm owed, I deserve, the rematch Eric Bischoff took away from me, but he can't take this away from me now. I've got my rematch at Wrestlemania against Shawn where I'll get my title back too.

John Cena: Huh. Taker might've challenged me to a match at Wrestlemania, we don't know, but you, you've definitely got a match there with Mr Wrestlemania himself. I wouldn't take that f' gran'ed if I were you Hun'er. Besides I hear you've got a cage match with Randy Orton t'night. Judgin' by what I've seen with you two lately, you might not be goin' t' Wrestlemania by the time Randy's done with ya t'night.

Cena gives Trips the eyes and walks out of the shot with the number one contender clearly not amused.

Leticia Cline:
He is right. You do have a steel cage match with Randy Orton t'night. . .

Triple H: . . . Let me stop you there. As much as Cena and some other people may like t' think I won't be going to Wrestlemania after t'night, that's not going t' happen. Not only will I walk out of that cage later on and go on to Wrestlemania, I will beat Randy and send Shawn a message. He might be Mr Wrestlemania, but right now he's in a battle, a battle he can't win.

The King of Kings looks intently down the lens.


Jim Ross:
Well folks it's been an eventful start to t'night's show t' say the least after what was a chaotic night last night here in Vegas at No Way Out. If you didn't know before I'm sure you do now that Shawn Michaels will defend his WWE Championship against Triple H at Wrestlemania after a controversial finish to the number one contender elimination match 24 hours ago, leading to the heated confrontation between John Cena an' The Undertaker moments ago.

Jerry Lawler: Heated doesn't begin t' cover it, from The Undertaker's point of view anyway, but I can't believe what we saw. John Cena FU'd him in the middle of the ring JR.


Jim Ross: He did, but like he just said King, and I believe him when he said it was just a natural reaction to defend himself. The Undertaker was going to chokeslam him like he did when he cost Cena the world title in his steel cage match with CM Punk last night. We haven't heard the last of this that's f' sure, but later on t'night as we just heard, Triple H will go one-on-one with Randy Orton in our main event inside a steel cage too. They've been at each other's throats since Orton returned last month after being put on the injured list thanks to The Game an' the sledgehammer that has helped get him the chance to meet Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania in London England.

Jerry Lawler: It was only a couple of weeks ago JR that Randy an' Triple H went through this announce table, and the same happened last Friday on Smackdown. Plus you have to think about how angry Orton's going t' be that Triple H is going t' Wrestlemania an' he's not.

Jim Ross: That's right. Randy got caught cold last night an' that I'm sure will only make him even more determined when he enters that cage later on.


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From Last Week!

Kofi Kingston vs. Jay Lethal

Jay was pissed and was getting ready to hit the Trouble In Paradise he calls Enzufury. The fans were trying to warn Kofi and Kingston ducked it before exploding with the Trouble In Paradise himself. He absolutely levelled his brother who fell out of the ring under the bottom rope. He wasn't moving as Kofi tried to sit up himself, still struggling himself as the ref began the count. It got to 10 as Jay just managed to drag himself up the apron with Kofi just getting up too. "S.O.S." hit and Jay was pissed, then turned round in a strop to walk back up the ramp to the back. Kofi didn't look too pleased about it and went after him, catching him up close to the top and spinning him round. Lethal was taken by surprise and they talked some smack back before he dared Kofi to hit him, but Kofi couldn't and shook his head furiously, turned round and walked to the back leaving Jay not sure what to think.


***

An angry Jay Lethal was pacing backstage, shouting out for his brother Kofi Kingston walking in the distance. Kofi stopped and turned back to hear Jay calling him 'gutless'. Kofi asked him what he said, but as Jay walked up to his brother and reminded him how he beat him at the Rumble but how Kofi couldn't beat him just before. Kofi just about managed to keep his cool and told his brother he knew full well why he beat him at the Rumble, but Jay said it wasn't his problem that Kofi's gutless. This time Kofi couldn't keep his cool and threw a punch at his brother, and they went at it, slugging it out until officials stormed the scene to break it up, pulling them apart after a struggle with Kofi & Jay not appreciating it at all as they furiously stared at each other past the officials.
*The Opening Match*
Kofi Kingston
vs. Cody Rhodes w/Joe Hennig
Kofi was really up for this from the bell, showing some real intensity. It was bad news for Cody, but he too was up for the fight against his old rival. Kofi started the brighter and was looking the likeliest to win as it entered the closing stages, but after only getting a two count from the Boom Drop, he looked to put Cody away with the Trouble In Paradise. Hennig though on the outside jumped up on the apron, distracting Kofi who went to knock him right back down. Hennig dropped down in time though, but as Kofi turned round he walked out into an Alabama Slam from Rhodes. Kofi kicked out at two, pissing Cody off no end. He thought he had it won but went back to work, trying to set Kofi up for Cross Rhodes. The Jamaican pulled back though and reacted quickly with the S.O.S.

Cody kicked out this time, and as they raced their way back up, Kofi ducked a wild clothesline and ran forward into the ropes to hit a springboard back elbow smash. Cody was reeling, but then Jay Lethal ran down the ramp to the ring, sliding inside as Kofi stood back up. The ref got right in Jay's path, blocking him off from Kofi who was fuming to see his brother there, but he wanted at him. Jay reluctantly got ushered on to the apron with Kofi talking smack at him, getting some back, but it gave Cody the chance to sneak up behind him and drill him with the Cross Rhodes, getting himself a big win! The fans weren't impressed & Jay jumped down to the floor laughing as Cody enjoyed his celebration with Hennig joining him in the ring. As they then left and Kofi started to come round, he looked up to see Lethal laughing at him, making Kingston furious as he proceeded to batter the canvas with both hands.

Winner: Cody Rhodes by pinfall.

Jim Ross: It seems that the sibling rivalry between Kofi Kingston an' Jay Lethal is far from over, an' Cody Rhodes takes full advantage t'night t' get a win over his old rival.


The Diva's Champion from Smackdown, Beth Phoenix is not looking in the best of moods at all as she paces the halls of the arena, walking into the path of Eric Bischoff as he looks to head back into his office.

Beth Phoenix:
Hey, Bischoff, I need t' talk t' you.

Eric Bischoff: O-kay. I'm a bit surprised t' see you here since you're technically a Smackdown superstar, but after last night and we're still in Vegas I guess I can't be all that surprised. Needless t' say you're here about my Women's Champion right?

Beth Phoenix: In one. What I wanna know is if you knew what she was going t' do last night in my match, like getting one over on the Smackdown Diva's Champion. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Look Beth, I've always been a fan of yours. I was sorry t' see you leave Raw in the draft last year and I can honestly say that I had no part in or any idea Kong was going t' do what she did. With Vince sat alongside me last night too it wouldn't have been the smartest idea I've ever had.

Beth Phoenix: Right well, that leaves just one person f' me t' speak to.

Eric Bischoff: Whoa Beth. If I were you I'd be very careful about what you say or do as far as Kong is concerned. She's dangerous enough at the best of times. You don't wanna get her fired up believe me.

Beth Phoenix: Thanks for the advice but unlike the divas you have here on Raw, I'm not in the least bit scared of her.

Beth looks at Bischoff to let him know she means it before walking out of the shot, and Ted DiBiase walks up to him with his girlfriend, Maryse.

Eric Bischoff:
Oh f' crying out loud. What the hell d' you want?

Ted DiBiase: Well it's real simple. I want you to give me a place in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania. I think we both know that has my name all over it. I have plenty of money in the bank after all and we know I'll be money for this company for a long time t' come.

Eric Bischoff: Well you make quite the case. I do however have one question. Seeing you lost t' Matt Sydal last night, why should I give you a qualifying match? I'm sure you think you're worthy of a spot by rights but it doesn't work like that I'm afraid. Even Big Show had to earn his spot.

Ted DiBiase: Last night Bischoff was just one of those things that always seems to happen with Matt Sydal. It was just another fluke for a lucky, lucky superstar like him.

Eric Bischoff: As ever you never fail to disappoint me with your excuses. There is in fact no shame at all in losing to Sydal. He's one hell of a talent but f' me you've done enough t' show me you deserve an opportunity to. . .

Ted DiBiase: . . . I'm so tired of this. I'm tired of you disrespecting me, so much so I'm that close to walking out on Raw. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . What, really?

Ted DiBiase: Absolutely. Clearly you don't appreciate me like you should. We both know that I am without the question the next big star of this company. . .

Eric Bischoff: . . . Yeah yeah I've heard all this. If only you could back it up, but t'night I'm going t' let you attempt t' do that.

Ted DiBiase: Really, you are? You're going t' give me what I want like you should?

Eric Bischoff: Well, kind of. You will be in a match t'night, and if you win you will get a shot at qualifying for a place for Money in the Bank. . .

Ted DiBiase: . . . Great, that's all I ask.

Eric Bischoff: . . . Err I wasn't finished. Yes you will have a qualifying match next week if you win, but if you lose I'm going t' let you do something else you want t' do. . . you leave Raw.

Ted DiBiase: What? You can't be serious?

Eric Bischoff: I'm very serious. You're the one who said you were thinking of leaving Raw, and if you lose t'night you won't be getting a shot at Money in the Bank. It's up t' you. You win t'night you get a qualifying match right here next week, but if you lose you're no longer a Raw superstar. What's it t' be? For someone of your talent as you pointed out, you should be able to win t'night. I'm surprised you haven't accepted yet t' be honest.

Ted doesn't look too happy at the prospect it would seem about putting his future on the line.

Ted DiBiase:
Fine, I accept. Who's my opponent?

Eric Bischoff: Let me think about that. . . Great, I have it. Now it won't be a one-on-one match. You'll be teaming up with someone you know rather well. Actually it was you that brought him here, your handpicked rookie Ezekiel Jackson, and you'll be taking on a team really making an impact right now who go about their business without any fuss unlike you, and they win too. . . John Morrison an' Justin Gabriel.

Ted DiBiase: That's all? Trust me, I'll still be a Raw superstar next week. Not only that I'll be the red hot favourite to be the next Mr Money in the Bank.

Eric Bischoff: Good f' you. I guess maybe you should go get ready then?

Ted DiBiase: In my own good time. . . in my own good time.

Looking fairly confident now, DiBiase turns & walks away with Maryse following.

Eric Bischoff:
If there is a god up there, please let him lose t'night.

*Commercial Break*




"Glamazon"

The very angry looking Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix paces her way out to the stage to cheers from the crowd, heading straight down the ramp, eyes straight ahead, not stopping to acknowledge the fans for a change.


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From No Way Out Last Night!




O.D.B. just cleaned Beth's clock and stares down at her angrily, but quickly drags her back up to send her crashing back first in to the pads. Beth slumps against them as the challenger storms in at her, BODY AVALANCHE!!. . . . . Boy did she get all of that and she backs up with her eyes locked on The Glamazon as she staggers out in to the path of her challenger. O.D.B. doesn't mess about and lifts her up on to her shoulders, time for the BAM!!!. . . . . No, Beth counters, spinning round on her shoulders to hit a DDT!!!. . . . .

The crowd loved that. Beth fighting to keep hold of the diva's title but they both look wrecked as they try to make their way back up to their feet but the fans start to stand up looking towards the aisle. The camera switches to a shot of Raw's Women's Champion, Queen Kong worryingly headed down to the ring looking as menacing as ever with the two Smackdown divas completely unaware of her impending presence. As they get back up, Kong enters the ring and hammers O.D.B. down from behind her, leaving the ref no choice but to call for the bell.

The fans boo as Kong targets her fellow champion, nailing her with a devastating lariat. The ref tries to keep her away but can't as Kong drags Beth up off of the mat and lifts her high up into the air for a GORILLA PRESS SLAM!!!. . . . . The behemoth just drops Beth, staring eerily into the stands. O.D.B. makes it back up and Kong turns to see her on her feet again, but she's not on them for long as Kong plants her with a TWO-HANDED CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . . O.D.B. is down & out, Beth is trying to crawl towards the ropes, but Kong walks slowly towards her and drags her back and up to her feet.

Beth looks powerless as Kong scissors her between her legs, then hits a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!!!. . . . . Beth is flat out, but Kong isn't done it would seem, slowly standing up and dragging the helpless Diva's Champion towards the corner. The undefeated monster climbs up to the top rope with Beth motionless beneath her, and you can hear the nervousness coming from the crowd before she leaps off, DIVING SPLASH FROM THE WOMEN'S CHAMPION ON THE DIVA'S CHAMPION!!!. . . . . A ton of boos ring round the arena as Kong leans back on her knees surveying the wreckage with no emotion whatsoever.
The Glamazon is standing in the middle of the ring with a microphone in hand and her music is cut, allowing her to speak, and she's obviously got something to get off her chest.

Beth Phoenix:
I've been warned all day about what I came out here t' do, but despite what people think, I'm not scared of the woman who's been dominating Raw since she came here and for no reason whatsoever got involved in my match last night. You know who I'm talking about, the Women's Champion Queen Kong.

*Heat*

Beth Phoenix: Against a lot of people's genuine concern, Kong, I want you t' come down here right now.

*Pop*

Beth looks up at the stage, eagerly anticipating what she hopes is Kong's arrival, and she doesn't have to wait too long as the ever menacing looking sight of Queen Kong, the Women's Champion emerges from the back. She slowly but surely makes her way down to the ring with Beth watching her all the way into the ring, and as Kong steps inside she walks intently towards her Smackdown counterpart.

Beth Phoenix:
You can try and intimidate all you want, it won't work. I came out here for a reason. I want t' know why you interfered in my match last night. You didn't need to. I wanna know. Tell me. I'm not going anywhere until you give me an answer.

There's no response from Kong as she coldly stares at Beth.

Beth Phoenix:
Is that what you've got? Nothing? If you're not going to give me an answer there's only one other way I can get it, by beating it out of you.

Beth drops the microphone and hammers Kong to a big pop, continuing to unload, putting the Women's Champion on the back foot. She grabs her by the wrist and tries to send her into the ropes but Kong reverses it. The Glamazon comes back off the ropes into a massive lariat that puts the Diva's Champion down. Kong reaches down and helps her back up to send her crashing with force into the corner. Beth's back hits the pads and she slumps against them as Kong charges in at her, splashing the life out of her.

Beth falls forward face first and Kong glares down intensely at her, breathing heavily. She turns her head and sees Beth's title also on the canvas, and the Women's Champion walks over to it and picks it up, looking right it at before picking her women's title up too. She now turns to leave the ring with both titles to a chorus of boos without any remorse whatsoever, and The Glamazon comes too, lifting her head up to see Kong turn round with both titles in her possession staring down at her. The behemoth's music plays again with Beth in a bad way, slowly getting her breath back.

Jim Ross:
I understand why Beth Phoenix called Queen Kong out t'night King, but I don't think many of us will be surprised it ended up like it has.

Jerry Lawler: The Glamazon's tough but why would anyone get Kong angry? I don't get it, and now she's taken Beth's title. This might real ugly JR.

Jim Ross: It already has, and I think she might have a job getting that title back.


We get a glimpse of the Christopher Daniels & Kaval (The Epitome of Excellence), the World Tag Team Champions walking through back in their ring gear, also not in the best of moods like most people tonight.

Jim Ross:
It looks like when we come back folks, we'll be joined by the World Tag Team Champions. Don't go anywhere. We'll be back in just a couple of minutes.


*Commercial Break*

The music of the World Tag Team Champions, The Epitome of Excellence (Christopher Daniels & Kaval) hits to heat and they don't look at all pleased as they stop at the top of the stage in their ring gear, looking disapprovingly into the crowd.

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*Video Recap*
From Last Week!

Carlito w/Eddie Colon vs. Christopher Daniels w/Kaval

Carlito & Daniels both had a couple of close calls before Daniels was able to pull away from a Backstabber attempt. Carlito rushed back up and ran right at Daniels who stepped away from the ropes, ducked it and rolled Carlito up while resting his feet on the ropes for leverage. The ref looked like he was about to count to three when he looked up & saw Daniels' feet on the rope and stopped the count. Daniels wasn't happy as he stood up and got into it with the referee, allowing Carlito to sit up and roll Daniels up himself, and mid-count he grabbed the rope with one hand himself, only this time the ref didn't see it and counted to three. Carlito slipped out of the ring with the fans cheering & "Cool" playing as Daniels sat up furiously. Kaval slid in the ring and tried to tell the ref what happened as Carlito backed away smiling with Eddie, both revelling in the win as the tag team champions looked on furiously from the ring with their protests falling on deaf ears.
Daniels is standing in the centre of the with a microphone in hand, Kaval alongside him, both still looking ticked off as their music cuts, no ref in sight though.

Christopher Daniels:
It didn't take long. . . After finally winning the tag team titles three weeks ago having been disrespected an' cheated for months, it didn't take long for us to suffer all that all over again last week,

*Heat*

Christopher Daniels: The proof was there for you all to see, not that you care obviously. Time an' time again Kaval an' I have proved we are without question the epitome of excellence in this ring despite ev'rything we've had to endure, then last week we were cheated again. Carlito clearly held on to the ropes to help beat me. Of that there is no doubt. I am. . .

Raw's Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage, armed with a microphone.

Eric Bischoff:
We've been here before right guys? I don't exactly agree with all of that but it's clear you have a case about last week even though Christopher, you too tried to use the ropes yourself. I'm sure you wouldn't be complaining about that had you won, much like you weren't when you won the titles. Regardless we move on. T'night, right now actually you're going t' be in action and you'll have the chance to make up for last week because you're going t' team up with the Intercontinental Champion Sheamus t' take on both Carlito and Eddie Colon. Their partner will be a man you both know well, as will Sheamus after last night. . . Rey MYSTERIO.

"It's a shame that they lost their heads. . ."

A very serious looking Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus walks out to the stage, staring right at Bischoff before stomping down the ramp to the ring.


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*Video Recap*
From No Way Out Last Night!




Sheamus again gets his shoulder up and Mystico drops his head into his hands, devastated, thinking he had the match & title won right there. Mystico takes some time standing back up with Sheamus still down on the mat, giving Mystico the chance to run the ropes for a SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT!!. . . . . Sheamus rolls away as Mystico crashes into the mat. They both pick themselves back up with Sheamus gunning for Mystico and runs right at him as Mystico backtracks into the ropes to drop toe hold Sheamus on to the middle rope.

The crowd erupts as Mystico stands up nodding his head and turns back into the ropes, storming back across the mat for the TIGER FEINT KICK, AND NAILS IT!!!. . . . . Sheamus falls back to the mat, but not for long as Mystico steadies himself on the apron. The crowd are loving it as a dazed Sheamus drags himself back up, and as he turns, Mystico hits the springboard, coming through the air, down into a BROGUE KICK FROM SHEAMUS!!!. . . . . He caught him out of nowhere and Mystico is out, giving an intense Sheamus the chance to make the cover, hooking both legs as the ref makes the count. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3!!

Sheamus retains but what an effort from Mystico, but Sheamus doesn't look too happy as he stands back up, staring down at his beaten opponent. He's passed his title and gets his arm raised with his music played, but as the ref lets go of his arm, Sheamus looks back at Mystico, who lifts his head up, eyes all over the shop. Sheamus drops his title and walks back towards him, then grabs his head to pull him back up off the mat. The fans boo and get a dirty look from the angry Celtic Warrior as he again sets Mystico up for the High Cross! He stands there and looks into the stands, giving the fans more filthy looks, then raises Mystico up into the air. . .

"BOOYAKA BOOYAKA. . . ."

The crowd blow the roof off the joint as Rey Mysterio (injured three weeks ago by Sheamus) emerges from the back and runs down the ramp to the shock of everyone, especially Sheamus who lets go of Mystico to get ready for Rey. Mysterio's eyes are locked on Sheamus and he slides in the ring wearing jeans a T-shirt. Sheamus charges at him but Rey ducks a clothesline and unloads with some stiff kicks to the chest that put Sheamus down on to one knee. It gives Rey the chance to check on Mystico, but Sheamus is back up quickly and he's pissed.

He charges across at Rey who steps back towards the ropes and catches Sheamus with a drop toe hold on to the second rope to another huge roar. Rey dials up, getting the crowd going even more before he runs the ropes bursts across the mat and swings through the ropes for the 619!!! Sheamus staggers back across the mat as Rey stands up on the apron, sights set on the man who cost him & Mystico the tag titles, and the Intercontinental Champion turns round in a spin, inviting Rey to hit a seated senton.

He takes Sheamus down but not for long. Sheamus turns and stares furiously at Rey, then runs right at him, but Rey leans back into the ropes and pulls down the top rope to send Sheamus spiralling down to the floor. The Irishman hits the floor to another big cheer as "Booyaka 619" plays again with Rey going to help Mystico back up, and as Sheamus sits up on the floor, he stares angrily at the both of them, absolutely livid with Rey & Mystico staring right back at him.
"I spit in the face of people who don't want t' be cool"

Carlito & Eddie Colon
stroll out to the stage with a spring in their step, taking great pleasure from seeing the World Tag Team Champions looking furiously up at them, and the Puerto Rican siblings carry on laughing down the ramp where they stand still, waiting it would appear for their partner.

"BOOYAKA BOOYAKA. . ."

A huge pop breaks out as Rey Mysterio explodes on to the stage, and boy does he look pumped up as he hits both sides of the stage, posing for his fans as Sheamus stares up at him, livid to see Rey there as he heads off down to the ring, joining his partners and slapping hands with them before sliding into the ring. All three of them salute the crowd with their opponents leaving them to do so as they hit the floor, watching angrily on the outside with Rey gazing over at the irate Irishman.


*Match #2*
Rey Mysterio & The Colon Brothers

vs. Sheamus & The Epitome of Excellence
Both teams brought their A-games for this one, but Sheamus and the World Tag Team Champions were hell bent on revenge throughout. The 'champion' team had the better of the match, but that was until Mysterio found his step. He came in firing at the end after he was tagged by Eddie with Kaval getting the tag from Daniels. Kaval & Rey had the crowd eating it up as they went at it fast & furious. Rey got the upper hand, coming close with a frankensteiner. Kaval kicked out of it at two, but he turned the screw when he caught Rey with a tilt-a-whirl back-breaker. This time it was Rey who broke the count at two, getting his shoulder up to deny Kaval the win for his team. He was looking to put Rey away and went looking for The Tidal Wave, the springboard roundhouse kick, but Rey ducked it and backtracked into the ropes with Kaval turning into a drop to hold on to the middle rope. Rey dialled up for the 619 to a massive roar from the Vegas fans, but Daniels came to his partner's rescue, storming the ring gunning for Mysterio. The Colons came at him though with Sheamus joining the fun as it all went off in the ring.

Carlito took Daniels to the outside with a clothesline that took him over too while Sheamus sent Eddie out. Sheamus turned to see Rey getting back up after being knocked down by Daniels. Kaval too was making his way up to his feet, but Rey was the target of the Intercontinental Champion who ignored the referee to charge at Rey for the Brogue Kick, only Rey sidestepped it and Sheamus nailed Kaval instead. The fans loved it but Sheamus didn't, running right at Rey who back pedalled into the ropes, pulling the top one down to send Sheamus spiralling down to the floor, much to the delight of the crowd. Kaval was flat out and Rey stepped through the ropes on to the apron, hit a springboard to come down on Kaval for a splash, picking up the win for him, Carlito & Eddie. The fans were thrilled, cheering for Rey as he stood up to get his arm raised, joined by Eddie & Colon with Daniels & Sheamus sitting up looking on furiously from the floor. All three hit the ropes, celebrating, rubbing salt into the wounds of the pissed champions on the outside.

Winners: Rey Mysterio & The Colon Brothers by pinfall.

Jim Ross: Rey Mysterio is back King an' it looks like he's back with a bang.

Jerry Lawler: An' Sheamus doesn't like it one bit JR.

Jim Ross: Sheamus has only got himself t' blame King. He attacked Rey purely because he eliminated him in the Royal Rumble match. Stupidly he blames Rey but he might be regretting that right now 'cause Rey is back better than ever.


We go backstage and Chris Jericho is headed through the back, looking very serious and ready to roll it would seem in his ring gear.

Jim Ross:
It's time for a quick commercial break but when we return, we'll be joined by Chris Jericho. We'll be back in a few moments.

*Commercial Break*

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*Video Recap*



The fans think they know what’s coming and try to warn the squirming Batista. The WWE Champion has no idea how much trouble he could be in, and Young is watching on with a big smile on his face, looking very confident. Orton’s raring to go, holding on to the top rope at each side with both hands to stop him going for Batista already. The WWE Champion gets up on to all fours, giving Orton the green light to charge across the ring and he swings his boot at Batista’s head for the PUNT!!!. . . . . Batista sees him coming and ducks his head. He stands up and runs in to the ropes as Orton puts the brakes on. The Legend Killer turns round as quickly as he can with Batista coming back off the ropes to take him down with a SPEAR!!!. . . . .

BUT NO! ORTON STEPS TO THE SIDE AND BATISTA SPEARS THE REFEREE!!!. . . . . The Animal can’t believe it as he looks the ref in eyes, then realises there’s Orton to deal with. He races back up to his feet, unaware of Orton behind him on his knees, pounding the mat getting ready to strike. As Batista turns round, Orton leaps up and RKO!!!. . . . . HE HIT IT BUT THE REF’S DOWN!. . . . . Orton jumps on Batista for the cover only to see the ref laid out at the side of him. Orton’s livid! He sits up in anger, clueless of what to do next. He looks over at Young, and he too has no idea. Orton looks back at Batista, and The Animal’s eyes are open. Orton panics and stands up, then calls for Young to get him something, pointing towards the timekeeper’s table.

Young gets it and turns round, walks over to Lilian Garcia and grabs the WWE Championship. He heads back to the ring and slides the title in the ring to Orton, and the crowd boo like mad as Orton bends down and grabs the title. Batista’s clawing his way up on to his knees, and Orton steps back with the title in hand, getting ready to take his head off. The fans’ worry is obvious as Batista struggles up to his feet, totally oblivious as to what’s waiting for him. The focused Orton runs at him, but Batista ducks his head and lifts Orton up off the mat and plants him with another SPINE BUSTER!!!. . . . .

The fans are cheering now as the intense WWE Champion kicks his belt out of the ring, causing great concern for Young on the outside. He watches on as Batista bends down and drags the helpless Orton in to place for the Batista Bomb. The fans rise to their feet as Batista takes a quick look at Young, and it’s a mistake as Orton ducks down and low blows him to a ton of heat, and the ref’s still down and unable to disqualify him. Orton remains on his knees with a face like thunder, pounding his fists in to the mat again. He’s chomping at the bit, getting ready to explode when the crowd does just that, erupting with a barrage of heat. Orton’s too focused to see what his rookie can. . . . .

TRIPLE H IS PACING DOWN THE RAMP WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER!!!. . . . . Young tries to warn his mentor, shouting at him and pointing, but Orton doesn’t hear him or takes no notice if he can as The King of Kings slips in the ring. Young jumps up on the apron and gets Orton’s attention, pointing behind him to the menacing sight of Triple H with a sledgehammer. Orton turns round and can’t believe his eyes. He stands up and RUNS RIGHT IN TO A SLEDGEHAMMER SHOT TO THE SKULL!!!. . . . . Young steps inside and charge at The Game, but he too is on the receiving end OF A SLEDGEHAMMER SHOT TO THE SKULL!!!. . . . .

Triple H stares down at the both of them with the weary ref lifting his head up off the mat and calling for the bell, awarding the match to Orton via disqualification. The crowd boo as The King of Kings turns his head to see Batista making his way up. Triple H turns round and sets his sights firmly on the unsuspecting WWE Champion. Batista stands back up as The Game sizes him up, then NAILS HIM WITH A SLEDGEHAMMER SHOT TO THE SKULL!!!. . . . . The fans continue to boo the hell out of Triple H, but he’s not done. He surveys the wreckage with no remorse whatsoever as “King of Kings” plays. The Game lifts his head and looks around the arena at the fans that are booing him, giving them all one collective dirty look as Unforgiven comes to a close.


***



Batista turns round and sees the ref isn’t moving, showing some concern, but as he turns back to face Orton, THE VIPER LEAPS UP OFF HIS FEET AND CONNECTS WITH THE RKO!!!. . . . . Orton doesn’t see the ref down and goes right for the cover, then turns to see the ref flat on his back. Orton’s livid and bangs his hands in to the mat. He crawls across and tries to shake him back to life, to no avail. The fans start to boo as we see TRIPLE H SEE PULL A SLEDGEHAMMER OUT FROM UNDER THE APRON!!!. . . . .

Danger looms for Orton & Batista as The Game sneaks back in the ring behind the oblivious Legend Killer. The King of Kings stands up with his deadly ally in hand, and as Orton give up trying to wake up the ref, he stands up and turns round IN TO A SHOT TO THE GUT FROM THE SLEDGEHAMMER!!!. . . . . Orton drops to his knees and THE GAME BRINGS IT DOWN TO HAMMER HIM IN THE HEAD TOO!!!. . . . . A ton of heat comes from the crowd as Orton just falls back in a heap, not moving as the sadistic Triple H stares down at him without an ounce of regret before kicking him under the bottom rope down to the floor.


***

From Raw (5th January)

The Big Show & Shawn Michaels
vs. Triple H & Chris Jericho


Triple H storms the ring and breaks up the cover with a stomp to the back of the head. Michaels is furious, as are the fans, and The Heartbreak Kid flies through the ropes and runs across the mat to clothesline The Game over the top rope, and the momentum takes him with the WWE Champion. Show & Jericho are both down as Michaels & Triple H try and make it back up to their feet on the outside, and Michaels gets there first and helps The Game up, but the WWE Champion reacts in a flash to send Michaels crashing into the steel steps.

Boos come from the stands, and back on the inside Show & Jericho claw their way back up as The Game drops to his knees and leans against the apron. He stops and a light goes off above his head, and he reaches under the ring, pulling out a sledgehammer to a ton of heat. He stands up and lifts his trusty ally up, looking at it with a sadistic look on his face. He slips back in the ring with Show & Jericho clueless, but the ref sees him and The Game just shoves him aside to run at Show, NAILING HIM IN THE SKULL WITH THE SLEDGEHAMMER!!!. . . . .

The ref calls for the bell, disqualifying Trips & Jericho, and the Canadian stands up looking shocked to see Show knocked out. The Game turns round and stares right at his partner, worrying Jericho. He has every right to be as the WWE Champion paces across and DRIVES THE SLEGDEHAMMER INTO JERICHO'S FACE!!!. . . . . A barrage of boos are thrown at The Game as he stands amongst the wreckage, then glares over at the referee, and the ref looks like he's about to make a mess in his pants. Triple H walks menacingly towards him with the ref really panicking.

"I hear voices in my head. . ."

The crowd erupts and rise to their feet as Randy Orton, for the first time in almost two months walks out to the stage. The Game turns round, shocked to see a seething Orton standing there glaring down at him with a face like thunder. He slowly heads down the ramp, eyes fixed solely on the stunned WWE Champion as he watches the man he put out on the shelf at Survivor Series on his way for revenge. The Game gets ready to take his head off as Orton calmly steps through the ropes and continues staring at Triple H.

They then charge at each other, TRIPLE H SWINGING THE SLEDGEHAMMER AT HIM, BUT ORTON DUCKS AND HITS THE RKO ON THE GAME!!!. . . . . It's absolutely deafening as Triple H hits the mat, sledgehammer falling alongside him. Orton stays on his knees but shimmies round, sticking his head right next to The Game's staring at him as he lies there out cold on the canvas. "Voices" hits again with the fans still cheering, and Michaels sits up on the outside, groggy and looking on shocked too with Orton still glaring intensely at the fallen WWE Champion as the show comes to a close.


***



Michaels is flat out, but Orton's not done as he stands back up and turns his attention to The Undertaker. With the fans cheering, Orton watches him turn into his path and leaps up for the RKO!!!. . . . . Taker avoids it and throws Orton down to the mat. The Dead-Man stares down at Orton and lifts his right hand up for a CHOKESLAM!!!. . . . . The fans are enjoying this as Orton claws his way back up, turning round with Taker grabbing him by the throat. With the fans cheering, Taker lifts Orton up off his feet but ORTON COUNTERS IN MID AIR WITH AN RKO!!!. . . . .

It gets a mixed reaction from the crowd as Orton stares over at Taker, watching him rolling around on the mat. The Viper picks himself back up again, as does The Game by the ropes. Orton turns his head and sees him getting up, and he runs right at him, right into a HIGH KNEE STRIKE FROM THE WWE CHAMPION!!. . . . . It sends Orton staggering away from the ropes, and Triple H follows him out with Orton turning into a SPINNING SPINEBUSTER!!. . . . . The incredibly focused WWE Champion picks himself back up, seeing the finish line in sight against all the odds.

He pulls Orton back up, once again setting him up for the PEDIGREE!!!. . . . . The fans boo as The Game gets ready to drill Orton, but The Viper counters again with the BACK BODY DROP!!. . . . . Both men pull themselves back up, and as they turn to face each other, Orton tries for an RKO!!!. . . . . The Game counters and shoves Orton into the ropes. Orton holds on, pissing Triple H off no end. The WWE Champion stares angrily at Orton and runs in at him, AND ORTON DROPS TO HIS KNEES AND PULLS DOWN THE ROPES TO SEND TRIPLE H TOPPLING DOWN TO THE FLOOR AND OUT OF THE MATCH!!!

The now former WWE Champion sits up on the floor in shock, livid to be out of the match and losing his WWE title. Orton stands there smirking back at him, very much enjoying the satisfaction of eliminating the man he blames for costing him the same title at Unforgiven and putting him on the shelf for two months at Survivor Series. The Game mouths something to Orton, not that it bothers The Viper one bit, but Triple H stands up and tries to get back on the apron. He's blocked by the two officials with Orton still watching as the angry former WWE Champion tries to get back at him. He's held back as Orton smirks and turns round, only to see Taker back on his feet and running at him, CLOTHESLINING HIM OVER THE TOP AND OUT OF THE RING & MATCH!!!

Orton hits the floor to a mixed reaction with The Game stepping back. He looks down at Orton without remorse, then shoves his way past the referees to drag Orton back up. The Game takes all his anger out on Orton and sends him face first into the ringpost. The Viper falls to the floor as the referees again grab Triple H and pull him away. He doesn't put up much resistance this time and retreats, still staring at Orton who remains on the arena floor, face down with the fans booing as Triple H finally relents and leaves ringside one angry S.O.B.


***

From Raw Two Weeks Ago

Randy Orton vs. Triple H

The Viper stared intently at The Game, getting ready to explode with the running punt. The fans were willing him to hit it as the oblivious Triple H dragged his way up to his knees, giving Orton all the invitation he needed to charge at him. The Game saw him coming though and pulled down the ropes with Orton falling over them all the way down to the floor. He sat up having dodged a bullet, and he knew it as Orton crawled across the floor towards the announce table. Triple H took some time to shake off the cobwebs before slipping out of the ring under the bottom rope to go after Orton, pulling him up from his knees to drive his head into the table. Orton fell to the floor again and a black cloud came over The Game as he stripped the announce table, prompting JR & King to shoot up from their seats. The referee panicked and joined him on the outside, pleading with Trips to rethink and get back in the ring, but he didn't, brushing past him to drag Orton back up and shove him on to the table.

Some of the fans were cheering but most were nervous as Trips jumped up on it, setting him up for the Pedigree dispute the ref's pleas. The Game looked into the crowd with Orton unresponsive, but not for long as he sprung to life, catching Trips completely off guard with the RKO to send them both crashing through the announce table. The fans went nuts and the ref couldn't believe what he was seeing, jumping up & down before checking on them, both laid out in the wreckage. He then called for help from the back and EMT's quickly came running out to attend to them with Bischoff shown watching on surprised from his office, stood up watching the TV. Orton started to show some sort of movement, lifting his head up and responding to the medics while the others checked on Triple H, who started to open his eyes too like Orton, leaving everyone concerned & confused as Raw came to a close.

Footage of 'The Viper' Randy Orton arriving in the arena is shown, game face well & truly on with his main event Steel Cage match against Triple H later on.


Leticia Cline is standing by backstage at the interview set.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies an' gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels.

The camera zooms out and we get a glimpse of the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels looking fairly relaxed with the shiny WWE title resting over his left shoulder.

Leticia Cline:
Thanks for joining me Shawn but right now there's only thing I need to ask you. That being how you feel about Triple H becoming the number one contender for the WWE title you will defend against him at the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania.

Shawn Michaels: Well Leticia I think when I won the title a few weeks ago some people thought I wasn't exactly telling the truth about wan'ing t' face Hun'er at Wrestlemania. The truth is I meant it. Regardless of our relationship now we go a long way back. Many times we talked about going at it on the grandest stage of them all an' now, finally we've got the chance t' do just that.

Leticia Cline: I think it's fair t' say it's a match a lot of people have always wanted to see, but as you pointed out, the relationship between you both isn't as strong as it was. In fact it's quite the opposite, and last night after you counted his victory, he pedigreed you in the middle of the ring. How do you feel about that?

Shawn Michaels: I've known Hun'er a long time an' he's never missed an opportunity to stick the knife in. He does that better than anyone but he knows full well what he's up against at Wrestlemania. He's not been happy ever since I won the Royal Rumble an' took his title from him. Now he's got his rematch too, he's still not happy. He won't be 'til he gets the title back. He might say he's gonna beat me an' get it back but he knows I know him better than anyone in 'the game'. If that's not enough t' get him worried he knows that he's not just up against Shawn Michaels, the guy he knows knows him inside out. He's up against Mr Wrestlemania at you know where Leticia. He talked about it being impossible to overcome 29 men at the Royal Rumble. Well if he's gonna get his title back he'll have to overcome Mr Wrestlemania at Wrestlemania. He knows it's gonna be the fight of his life at Wembley Stadium. That's why he took the cheap shot last night. I promise y'though, it'll be the last one he makes. I'm ready f' whatever he's got in mind. He made it clear it's personal from now on in, an' that I'm fine with.

The Showstopper turns to camera looking more serious now.

Shawn Michaels:
Whatever you wanna throw at me my man, bring it on. I'm ready f' the ride Jack.

Leticia Cline: Well thanks f' joining me Shawn.

Shawn Michaels: You're more than welcome.


"BREAK THE WALLS DOWN. . ."

Out to the stage walks Chris Jericho to a ton of heat, stopping & looking with disgust into the crowd before heading down the ramp to the ring with no referee, seeming to indicate Jericho has something he wants to say. He enters the ring and heads across it to ask for a microphone, and he gets one. His music cuts and the boos are thrown at him from the Vegas fans, not making him any happier at all.

Chris Jericho:
I've not been back on Raw two months having left Smackdown because of John Cena, however in that short space of time he is already stealing the spotlight on Raw too without being a member of the Raw roster. All this because yet again he got involved in business that didn't concern him, costing me the opportunity to be a world champion, just as he did last year when I was a Smackdown superstar. The reason I left Smackdown to return t' Raw was to get away from the John Cena fanfare but yet again he has deprived me of proving I am in the best in the world at what I do by having the title I should and deserve to back it up.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: The opportunity for me to prove that has been taken out of my hands on two diff'rent occasions by John Cena, however there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is an opportunity that has my name written all over it. It's an opportunity that originally was my creation. That creation, that opportunity is Money in the Bank.

*Mixed*

Chris Jericho: Money in the Bank guarantees the superstar in possession of it an opportunity at the world title of their choosing at any given time within a 12 month period. Given it was my creation as well as the opportunities I've missed out on thanks to Cena, I should be given a free pass to the match itself. Also, the first person to qualify for Money in the Bank last week is a man I've beaten twice in the last month. That man is The Big Show.

*Pop*

Chris Jericho: Big Show may be the largest athlete in the world but he is also without question the single biggest failure in the history of this business.

*More Heat*

Chris Jericho: Let me put this in perspective. The Big Show is seven foot plus and 500 pounds. He should be unstoppable. He is the biggest superstar and the biggest underachiever the WWE has or will ever see, which is why he will not be the winner of this year's Money in the. . .

"Crank It Up"

A big pop greets The Big Show as he strides out into the arena from behind the curtain, getting a filthy look from Jericho in the ring. Show, in his casual gear stares down at Jericho, not pleased at all with the Canadian's comments. He stays where he is, a microphone already in his hand as his music is cut.

The Big Show:
You done running your mouth f' a change?

Chris Jericho: If you have something to say that can prove me wrong, feel free to enlighten me.

The Big Show: Yeah I've got something t' say. Sure I'm the biggest athlete in the world, but you Jericho, you've got the biggest mouth. You're a liar and you're a hypocrite.

*Pop*

The Big Show: You're out here making excuses we all know are nothing but crap. John Cena wasn't the reason you lost last night. You got laid out with an RKO, 1-2-3 that simple. The Cena thing is bull. You're just full of crap like those two wins you talked about. You know as well as I do one was a count out and one was a wrong call. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . That doesn't change the fact they were victories none the less.

The Big Show: Not victories t' be proud of or brag about it. You wanna talk about my career, about my accomplishments? I'll be the first to admit I've not achieved what I can but I've still got time, starting at Wrestlemania with Money in the Bank, which I will win. I just hope I get t' knock you out when I do it.

*Pop*

Chris Jericho: They're just words Show. They mean nothing until you back them up. You have next to nothing to show for your career here which coincidentally began 10 years ago last night which was a failure in itself. All you have to show for 10 years in the WWE is two short and incredibly forgettable world title reigns. You've been happy being a laughing stock which is what your career has become, and after I win Money in the Bank I'll be laughing at you again.

*Heat*

Chris Jericho: You're looking at someone half your size, someone who is the first ever undisputed champion. I went on to main event Wrestlemania as the first undisputed champion. I will main event Wrestlemania once again, something you will not do.

The Big Show: You sure about that are ya?

Chris Jericho: 110%.

The Big Show: You wanna back that up? I've got a challenge for ya. Right here t'night, you an' me one-on-one? How about it Chris?

*Big Pop*

The Big Show: Wait that's not it. If you beat me, not by count out or anything like that, you pin me or make me tap out, I'll give you my place in Money in the Bank.

*Pop*

Jericho stands there contemplating it, not exactly sure by the look of it as to what he should decide.

?:
Hey, up here.

Eric Bischoff is shown on the tron, standing up in his office.

Eric Bischoff:
As much as I think we'd all like t' see that, I can't sanction that.

*Major Heat*

Eric Bischoff: Your place is locked in Show. That's not up f' debate. If you want a way in Jericho I'll give you a shot. In fact I'll give you that shot right now.

Chris Jericho: May I ask who my opponent is? You know what? Don't tell me. It doesn't matter who it is. I will beat whoever is put in front of me, just as I will at Wrestlemania when I became Mr Money in the Bank!

*Ton of Heat*

Jericho drops the microphone, smiling up at The Big Show.

Jim Ross:
It's time f' a quick commercial break, but when we come back in just a couple of minutes, Chris Jericho will be in action with a place in the Money in the Bank match up f' grabs. Who will he be up against? Find out when we return in a few moments.

*Commercial Break*

*Match #3*
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Mystico
vs. Chris Jericho
The Big Show joined JR & The King at the announce table to watch as Mystico received a pretty good reaction from the Vegas fans. He troubled a cocky Jericho too, and he nearly got caught cold when the Mexican rolled out of the way of the Lionsault with both men standing back up and Jericho turning into a super kick. Mystico and the fans thought he had it won but Jericho just about managed to get his shoulder up before the ref could count to three. He shook off the disappointment and went up top, hitting a diving cross body, but he could only get another two count. Jericho was on the edge and Mystico looked to push him over, going for a hurricanrana. Jericho countered with a power-bomb, but he held on to the legs and in no time at all applied the Walls of Jericho, putting Mystico under massive pressure.

He tried to hold on despite the pain to his lower back with Big Show hoping he could fight it. Jericho didn't let up even though Mystico was getting closer to the ropes, and the Canadian stood up and dragged him back to the middle of the ring, giving the Mexican little option but to tap out. The fans didn't like it but Jericho did, looking so smug as he got his arm raised. He walked over to the apron and looked over right at Show, smirking at him before pointing up at the Wrestlemania sign, continuing to talk smack at Show. The World's Largest Athlete stood up and took off his headset, prepared to take Jericho on, but the Canadian turned away and left the ring, still smug as he headed up the ramp laughing down at Show.

Winner: Chris Jericho by submission.



Jim Ross: Well Show, Chris Jericho will be joining you at Wrestlemania in the Money in the Bank match.

The Big Show: Y'know what? I'm glad. This way I can run him over myself.

Jim Ross: It's shaping up that's f' sure. We've got two former world champions who'll be fighting it out for the chance t' be just that again. It's always a highlight at Wrestlemania and it will be again this year I'm sure.


The Miz is walking around the back in casual gear and he stops dead, and the camera pans to the side to show Zack Ryder on his cell phone. A black cloud comes over The Miz and he walks up towards him, grabbing his shoulder and spinning him round as Ryder puts his phone away.

Zack Ryder:
Get your hands off me man, unless you want a repeat of last week that is.

The Miz: Oh yeah, a lucky punch. I'm really scared, and just so you know Zack, I never wan'ed to team with you. Bischoff forced us into those matches. You're a loser you Jersey punk.

Zack Ryder: You got anything else you wanna throw at me dude?

The Miz: As it happens yeah. You're lucky I don't knock you on your ass f' last week.

Zack Ryder: Go f' it. Lay it on me oh awesome one!

Miz smirks, clearly tempted but sees Ryder is ready & waiting.

The Miz:
Y'know what? Not t'night.

Miz backs away and Ryder pulls his phone back out, turning his back on The Miz, but Miz comes back, clobbering from behind with a cheap shot to put Zack down. Miz sn-iggers and walks away this time as a pissed off Ryder sits up holding the back of his head looking in Miz's direction.


Ted DiBiase, ready for action is shown leaving his dressing room with Maryse, huge match moments away.

Jim Ross:
Well folks, after the break Ted DiBiase will fight t' stay on Raw and a shot at Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania. Will it be his last match here on Raw or is he going t' get a crack at Money in the Bank? Come back after the break t' find out.

*Commercial Break*


Jim Ross:
You saw right folks. Next week live in Miami, The Rock will be in the house to announce who will be the first inductee in this year's Hall of Fame class.

Jerry Lawler: The Rock here next week? I can't wait JR. That's gonna be amazing t' see him in the ring again. I can't wait.

Jim Ross: You won't be the only one King. The Rock next week on Raw, don't miss it!


*Match #4*
John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
w/The Bella Twins
vs. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson w/Maryse
The Bellas walked out to ringside to support Morrison & Gabriel, and the fans already were. DiBiase spent most of the match on the apron, asking Jackson to do the work until he had an opportunity to win it. The fans were all over DiBiase and they were panicking when he dodged a springboard enzuigiri from Morrison to lock in The Million Dollar Dream. He had it applied and Morrison was in deep trouble. He fought hard to stay in the match & managed to break it to a huge pop by forcing Ted back into the ropes. Ted was rattled and he stepped out of the corner into a super kick attempt he just managed to duck and quickly tried for Dream Street. Morrison slipped round and hit the Moonlight Drive, only for Ted to get his foot on the rope, and the ref only just saw it before he could count to three. Morrison was gutted but shook it off, tagging in Gabriel to try & put him away. Ted was a fighter and he managed to sidestep a jumping double knee takedown from Gabriel, and he jumped right on him for the Dream Street. He hit it too, but this time he was denied by the ropes as Gabriel got his foot on there before a three count. He was fuming and had a real go at the referee, giving Gabriel time to drag himself back up. Ted turned round in time to help him from his knees, but Gabriel shot up and kicked him in the gut, then exploded with a tornado DDT.

DiBiase was done for and Jackson knew it, as did the crowd. They were cheering until Zeke entered the ring, gunning for Gabriel, but he was cut off by a super kick from Morrison. Maryse was looking horrified as Jackson rolled out of the ring and Gabriel had time to go all the way up top, cheered all the way up, and he leaped up into the Vegas sky for the 450 splash, and he got all of it, landing on Ted to get the three count. The fans went crazy, cheering Gabriel as he stood up getting his arm raised with Morrison as the Bellas applauded, whistling away on the outside. Maryse couldn't believe it, looking on in shock as Gabriel & Morrison soaked up the ovation before leaving the ring, getting cosy with the Bellas who they've got up close to in recent weeks. They headed back up the ramp as Ted sat up looking shocked to the core. As the music came to a halt he stood up looking blankly into the stands, getting no sympathy whatsoever. Maryse didn't know what to do as a rendition of "Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye" started to come from the crowd, pissing him off big time. He didn't appreciate it but he had no choice but to leave the ring, and Maryse walked round to join him, walking back up the stage with the fans in full voice taunting him. He stopped & took one last look back before storming off to the back leaving an ecstatic crowd behind him.

Winners: John Morrison & Justin Gabriel by pinfall.

Jerry Lawler: Hallelujah JR. Thank god we don't have t' put up with this punk anymore. Good riddance.

Jim Ross: It's always sad t' see someone lose their job, maybe less so on this occasion but you have t' wonder what this means f' Ted DiBiase. On the other hand though King, John Morrison an' Justin Gabriel, their roles just goes on an' on.


John Morrison & Justin Gabriel along with The Bella Twins, Brie & Nikki are in the back walking back from the ring, all laughing & joking, until they walk towards the duo of Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig.

Cody Rhodes:
Well look who we have here, it's the golden boys. Well guess what? You're not the only ones who won t'night, but I'm still not all that happy. I don't know why that it is. Maybe it's because so many people are talking about how you two are Raw's next big tag team when anyone with any kind of brain knows that's me an' Joe.

Nikki Bella: Yeah whatever. Jealous much?!

John Morrison: Hey you're entitled to your opinion but I think we're all sick of listening t' you. But hey, congratulations on your win t'night all the same. You enjoy it and we'll enjoy ours.

Morrison & Gabriel walk away all smiles with Bellas.

Cody Rhodes:
They better be careful with those two. God knows what they might catch.

Both Cody & Hennig smirk.

Cody Rhodes:
What I said though about being sick of ev'ryone making out they're better than us, I mean it, but we'll show 'em.

Joe Hennig: F' sure.

Rhodes & Hennig turn & watch the foursome walking away, jealousy it may seem in the air.


The camera switches across the back & shows Triple H walking through the halls, looking up for the fight ahead as it switches to a shot of Randy Orton doing the same, also fired-up.

Jim Ross:
We're just a matter of minutes away from our main event, a steel cage match between Triple H an' Randy Orton. Whatever you do, don't you go anywhere. This is one you just can't afford t' miss.



*Commercial Break*



>48 Days!<


We're shown footage from during the break where Ted DiBiase & Maryse are walking backstage, met by a group of superstars laughing at them, Eric Bischoff included in the background with DiBiase's bag being thrown at him by Finlay. Ted looks around and storms off with Maryse following, leaving the rest of the locker room very happy indeed, Bischoff too as he walks away smirking.


We go back to the arena as the steel cage is lowered to the ring, getting the crowd going no end.

"TIME T' PLAY THE GAME. . ."

An enormous eruption of boos breaks out as Triple H makes his way out to the stage, stopping there, briefly turning to the crowd before pouring water over his head and setting off down the ramp to the ring. He stops & looks at the cage, tosses the water bottle to the side and walks to the door, then steps inside to join the referee & Lilian Garcia. He walks towards her and demands the microphone, worrying her slightly and she hands it over as the number one contender for the WWE title's music is cut, bringing out the boos even more.

Triple H:
This t'night is a match Eric Bischoff wants t' try an' punish me f' getting my rematch at the WWE Championship. I've got news for y'Bischoff, you're gonna be disappointed like you were last night. Randy Orton is about to suffer defeat at my hands like he did last night at No Way Out, just like Shawn Michaels will at Wrestlemania.

*Major Heat*

Triple H: Shawn, I know you're watching. I've got a simple message for you. Now I have my rematch it doesn't matter what our history is. It's about one thing. It's about one goal, reclaiming what should still be mine, what you stole from me at the Royal Rumble. . . the WWE Championship.

*More Heat*

Triple H: I don't care how good friends we once were. As of right now you are the enemy. I will do whatever I have to t' get my title back. If I have t' beat you up so bad it ends your career, that's what I'll do. I did it t' Ric an' I did it t' Batista. I've got no problem making you the next victim if that's what it takes.

*More Boos*

Triple H: I will win back the WWE title. I don't care if you call yourself Mr Wrestlemania where you claim t' be king. The thing is I'm the King Shawn, The King of Kings, but most importantly I'm the next WWE Champion. All that's waiting f' you is your ranch in San Antonio you'll be going back to crippled without the WWE title and with your tail between your legs. That Shawn will happen. I guarantee it.

*More Heat*

Triple H: In seven weeks at Wrestlemania when I step inside this ring with Mr Wrestlemania, The Showstopper, I WILL stop the show, once and for all.

With boos ringing round the arena The Game stares intently into the crowd as the camera briefly goes backstage to Shawn Michaels watching backstage, and he's clearly not taken those comments at all well. The shot goes back to the ring as Lilian receives the microphone back.

"I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD. . ."

The fans go wild as Randy Orton steps out into the arena, stopping & staring intensely down at the ring & Triple H inside it. He slowly & intently heads down to the ring, stopping again looking at the cage and then the crowd before walking round to enter the ring, staring straight ahead at Triple H, the man who put him out of action for two months, letting him know he's bang up for this.


*The Main Event*
Steel Cage Match
Randy Orton
vs. Triple H
The Viper & The Game didn't hold back & went all out to secure an important victory over the other. The crowd were behind Orton the entire way and they loved it when he managed to save the match, jumping up to the ropes in time to pull Triple H back in and take him down with a side suplex off the top rope. He was ready to explode with the RKO, driving his fists into the mat when they both started to stir. The fans were chanting "RKO" too, but The Game countered, pushing Orton into the ropes. The Viper held on though and Trips ran into it, given a helping hand face first into the steel though by Orton. Trips hit the deck but Orton pulled him back up, resting his feet on the second rope to hit a spike DDT to another big pop. The Game dug deep though and got his shoulder up at the count of two. Orton then looked to leave the cage, but as the door was opened he turned back to see Trips stirring, and The Viper decided to turn back to a massive roar, getting ready to surge out of his boots. He burst across the mat looking to hit the punt to the head but Trips pulled his head back and low blowed him to a ton of heat. The number one contender for the WWE title then crawled across eventually to try & leave the cage, but Orton followed to drag him back in as he was half way out. They both made their way back up with Orton reversing an irish whip to catch Trips with a spinning power-slam. Orton was picking up the momentum, catching Trips as they got back up with an inverted side back-breaker. The fans were willing him on again as he was once again got ready for the RKO, but again Trips dodged it, pulling back as Orton leapt up into the air.

Orton hit the deck, and as he got back up, he turned into a spinning spine-buster from The Game. The King of Kings was looking fierce now and could smell the blood in the water. He helped Orton up from his knees and set him up for the Pedigree, only for The Viper to counter with a back body drop. Both men had to drag themselves back up, and as they turned to face each other, Orton drilled him with a snap DDT. Again it wasn't enough and went to climb the cage. Unfortunately for him and the crowd, The Game caught up with him and brought him back on to the top rope, hitting a super-plex. Both were in a bad way but Trips was first to react and he started crawling towards the door. The ref opened it and a massive pop broke out in the stands, and as Triple H made it up to his knees and stuck his head through the ropes with Orton crawling behind him, Shawn Michaels appeared by the door, grabbed it and slammed it into Triple H's face to an almighty cheer from the Vegas fans. The Game turned back in a spin, right into an RKO from Orton who dived on top of him to make the cover, getting the three to get another huge pop from the crowd. They were cheering like mad as a very serious Heartbreak Kid walked over to the timekeeper's table and grabbed a microphone as a tired & sore Orton got his arm raised by the referee. He left the ring and had a brief awkward exchange with the WWE Champion before Michaels entered the cage with the microphone & his WWE title. With The Game slowly coming to, eyes all over the shop though, Michaels walked right towards him, kneeling down to get up close to his Wrestlemania opponent.

Winner: Randy Orton by pinfall.

Shawn Michaels: You wanna take this from me Hun'er? You wan' a battle? You got it.

*Big Pop*

Shawn Michaels: But at Wrestlemania Jack it's gonna end one way an' one way only my man.

The Heartbreak Kid backs up to the corner and drops the microphone and the WWE title, tuning up the band with the fans going nuts, stomping their feet in tandem, clapping their hands too. The Game has no idea as he claws his way back up, eyes all over the shop, and as he turns round, Michaels explodes out of the corner and takes his head off with some sweet chin music. It's deafening in the Thomas & Mack Center as Michaels stares down at him and does a DX chop. "Sexy Boy" blasts out to a huge pop as Shawn turns back to pick his title up off the mat. The Showstopper lifts his title up into the air, standing over the fallen number one contender he'll meet at Wrestlemania.

Jim Ross:
Randy Orton gets a big win t'night but if Triple H thought he was going t' have it easy at Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels showed him that's just not going t' be the case. Battle lines have well an' truly been drawn here t'night. If there's any doubt about whether or not we're on the road to Wrestlemania, they've been answered. It's going t' be a bumpy ride that's f' sure. We'll see you next week ladies an' gentleman when this wild ride continues in Miami with the return of The Rock. That you will not want t' miss I assure you. Until then, good night all.

*End of Show*

Quick Results

Cody Rhodes df. Kofi Kingston
Rey Mysterio, Carlito & Eddie Colon
df. Sheamus, Christopher Daniels & Kaval
Chris Jericho
df. Mystico
John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
df. Ted DiBiase & Ezekiel Jackson
Randy Orton
df. Triple H

>Superstars Tapings<
Matt Hardy & Gregory Helms
df. The Pitbulls
Queen Kong
df. Maria


______________________________________


>Confirmed for Wrestlemania XXV<
Date:
Sunday 29th March 2009 (7 Weeks)
Location: Wembley Stadium (London, England)

WWE Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Triple H

Money in the Bank
The Big Show vs. Chris Jericho vs. ?


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I loved RAW especially knowing that next week The Rock is coming back, but I wonder what Rock could be coming back for or more importantly why? I know he is coming back for introducing the first inductee for the 2009 Hall of Fame class, why do I get the feeling Rock is either going to introduce Mick Foley or his long-time rival Stone Cold Steve Austin as the first inductee for the 2009 class but I really wish this is not a one-off appearance from The Rock and here is hoping Rock sticks around maybe Rock can feud with Cena, Punk, Taker, HBK, Orton, sky's the limit

But the ending of RAW, I loved it, now HBK vs HHH is personal
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I haven’t really left any proper feedback in a while, so just bare with me. I also might be a little slow on some things, as I don’t really know what’s going on in the thread. Well, here goes anyway...

Opening the show with John Cena tonight was definitely the right choice. Whilst I fully expect Cena to be the heel in this situation with ‘Taker, it was pretty obvious he’d deny having any beef with the Dead man. That’s all well and good and I thought you captured Cena’s character pretty well early on. From there though, I didn’t fully agree with the direction you decided to take things. As much as Cena’s a good guy and all that jazz, he loves the World Heavyweight title, so to see him apologise, even though ‘Taker got revenge, made him seem like a pussy. Cena should have been mad, regardless of what he did earlier in the night. The epic face to face confrontation and Cena getting the upper hand was a nice way to end the segment, and is probably just the beginning of what will be many more on the road to ‘Mania.

In a booking sense, I noticed you’ve booked a steel cage match as tonight’s main event. That seems strange considering there was just a steel cage match as the main event of last night’s PPV. Wow, way to really overkill the stipulation. Not much else to say other than I just think that one is a simple booking mistake.

Cena’s interview straight after the situation was a good move, just adding to the situation even more. You’ve made it seem majorly important right off the bat, just like it should be.

The confrontation between Cena and Hunter was done well. Obviously you’re still using Cena as a face, I’m just intrigued to see if that will change in the coming weeks. This just came across as a typical Triple H promo really. He wants to beat Orton, and he wants the title at ‘Mania. Nothing else really to add.

Not really too sure what’s been going on with the whole Kingston/Lethal situation. It seems you’re booking some sort of sibling rivalry storyline. No idea how that is going to go, but I’ll give you marks for doing something different. Jay interfering obviously adds more fuel to the fire, and this is a nice win for Rhodes to get under his belt as well.

Phoenix/Kong feud? Wow, that’s all kinds of awesome. I like Phoenix playing the bad ass who isn’t scared of Kong as well. A match at ‘Mania between these two would be a sight to see. I pray you make it a unification match though, two women’s titles in one thread make me want to throw up slightly.

Okay, so I’ve just finally realised now that Bischoff is playing a face in this thread. His interaction with DiBiase was decent enough, and butting heads with the GM is a good way to get DiBiase over. No idea what your plans for Ted are, but you’ve definitely put him in an interesting situation for tonight. Smart booking if I’ve ever seen it.

I like the segment to build some hype, with Phoenix being a Smackdown star and being here making the situation even more exciting. I feel like Beth could have said a little more. It just seemed a little rushed, probably could have been better if she recapped Kong’s dominance a little more, before mentioning her own. Even still, what she said was okay, and Kong looks like a monster coming out of this one. Again, a nice segment to build hype towards what will obviously become a ‘Mania match. The fact that Kong took both titles makes me think you might actually make it a unification match as well, great.

Typical dickish heelish stuff from Daniels, complaining about things he wouldn’t think twice about doing. Bischoff interrupting, and booking a pretty neat six man tag match is good booking. If I’m honest, I probably would have liked a little more length with the promo, as it all seemed a little rushed. With that being said, it looks like you might just prefer condensed promos.

A nice win for the faces in a six man tag, in a match that clearly just adds fire to both respective feuds.

I really enjoyed the massive video package, highlighting everything that’s taken place between Orton and Triple H. If I’m honest though, with how long this feud has gone on for, it seems a little lacklustre for the blow off match to take place on an episode of Raw.

Shawn Michaels interview was pretty good as well, getting his perspective of things. Nothing overly special, just mentioning their past a little, which has happened about a MILLION times before. I’m already not sold on HBK/HHH headlining ‘Mania just because of how many times they have battled in the past. Now, If I’m catching up on things right, I hear they just wrestled a few weeks ago with Shawn winning and now he has his rematch? If that’s the case, I’m even more against this feud heading into ‘Mania.

Chris Jericho promo time? Okay, sounds good. I didn’t necessarily like Jericho using the Cena angle here. I mean, Cena is clearly going to be busy with The Undertaker, so it more or less just seems like Jericho threw it in there for an excuse. I get that excuses suit his character, but mentioning Cena randomly, in my opinion, does no good for anybody. Jericho running down Show’s career was pretty well done, and I like the idea of building some legitimate heat between guys who’re going to be in the MITB ladder match. So often it’s just a bunch of spot monkeys, if you can add some decent build, and throw some psychology into the match it can be an absolute winner. I feel like you’ve started to do that well here.

A nice little chance here for Mystico to shine, but let’s be serious, he was never going to win this one. Jericho’s now in the MITB, which is a great move, and I’ve loved the way you’ve started things with Jericho/Show tonight.

Not too sure what’s going on between The Miz and Ryder but the segment was pretty heated. The little hyphen to stop yourself from writing ...... made me laugh slightly. Back on topic, Ryder just pulling his phone back out and allowing himself to be attacked came across as dumb. He grabbed his phone way to soon, not even bothering to stare down Miz, instead he just turned his back. Really seemed dumb, which probably wasn’t necessarily what you were going for. I guess the attack does still build some heat between the two though.

The Rock on Raw next week? Awesome. It looks like I decided to start following at the right time.

Morrison and Gabriel seem to be a team you are working towards pushing which I like. Not too sure about having The Bellas with them though, but I’ll withhold judgment at this stage. DiBiase being gone from Raw shocks me... but he’s a great talent, so I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before he makes an impact on Smackdown.

A decent confrontation between two young tandems. A feud between the four men could really do magic for all their careers. This is a decent start to that, although Morrison’s line about you enjoy your win, we’ll enjoy ours was way to cheesy and nice for my liking. I loved the god knows what they might catch from Rhodes though, and hopefully this escalates in the coming weeks.

Random Finlay appearance? Okay then...

I don’t want to give you the wrong idea, I’m all for ‘Mania hype. I feel as if every show in this thread up until ‘Mania itself, should all just be flat out hype for the event. With that being said, judging by how big this HHH/Orton thing has been, for Trips to come out right before a big blow off match with Orton, and just talk about Michaels only is a huge mistake. All you’ve done is basically make this match between Trips and Orton seem unimportant. Definitely a big mistake there, imo.

Steel cage match? Big time main event? Blow off of a major feud? All signs said this should have been brilliant, but I just continue to disagree with how it was done. Orton was ready to lose until Shawn makes the save, and being that Orton is still pretty fresh off a return he should have looked really good here. And again, Michaels getting involved and then even the aftermath all being about Michaels really over shadows the Orton/Trips situation. I don’t agree with the way this was done, and to be honest, I think you’ve sort of blown a massive storyline if this is now the end of Orton and Triple H.

Overall, you seem to know where you want to go with Mania, and I’m not going to lie, the show is already shaping up be a good one. Everything seems to be ready to explode during the lead up to the big event which is brilliant. I feel like the whole main event situation was handled incorrectly here tonight though, and it did leave a damper on the show for me. With that being said, the show was still solid, and there’s enough brewing to make me want to come back for more. Keep it up.
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Cheers for that mate. There's some really good stuff in there, some of which I knew would be questioned & rightly so. There's also a few things I wanted to clarify.

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Opening the show with John Cena tonight was definitely the right choice. Whilst I fully expect Cena to be the heel in this situation with ‘Taker, it was pretty obvious he’d deny having any beef with the Dead man. That’s all well and good and I thought you captured Cena’s character pretty well early on. From there though, I didn’t fully agree with the direction you decided to take things. As much as Cena’s a good guy and all that jazz, he loves the World Heavyweight title, so to see him apologise, even though ‘Taker got revenge, made him seem like a pussy. Cena should have been mad, regardless of what he did earlier in the night. The epic face to face confrontation and Cena getting the upper hand was a nice way to end the segment, and is probably just the beginning of what will be many more on the road to ‘Mania.
There will be a further twist in the tale on Smackdown as far as Cena is concerned but I didn't want to go overboard with Cena's anger & character too soon. Knowing the F-U was coming I thought I'd play it gentle for now and let his intensity build over time. As far as a heel turn goes, I'm open to it but it's not planned tbh.

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Shawn Michaels interview was pretty good as well, getting his perspective of things. Nothing overly special, just mentioning their past a little, which has happened about a MILLION times before. I’m already not sold on HBK/HHH headlining ‘Mania just because of how many times they have battled in the past. Now, If I’m catching up on things right, I hear they just wrestled a few weeks ago with Shawn winning and now he has his rematch? If that’s the case, I’m even more against this feud heading into ‘Mania.
Shawn won the title at the Rumble from him but the title was on the line in the Rumble match. Triple H had to defend it against everyone so it wasn't a one-on-one match and he had his rematch taken off him by Bischoff for giving him a pedigree. Also, Trips had to defend it as the number one entrant, calling it an impossible task but Shawn coincidentally won it as number two.

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Chris Jericho promo time? Okay, sounds good. I didn’t necessarily like Jericho using the Cena angle here. I mean, Cena is clearly going to be busy with The Undertaker, so it more or less just seems like Jericho threw it in there for an excuse. I get that excuses suit his character, but mentioning Cena randomly, in my opinion, does no good for anybody. Jericho running down Show’s career was pretty well done, and I like the idea of building some legitimate heat between guys who’re going to be in the MITB ladder match. So often it’s just a bunch of spot monkeys, if you can add some decent build, and throw some psychology into the match it can be an absolute winner. I feel like you’ve started to do that well here.
He mentioned Cena because he left Smackdown because of Cena going there & taking the spotlight, now Cena was on Raw too I wanted it to get him more heat.

As for Money in the Bank, I've discussed this with Oz and there are plans to make a change to the match itself. I'm not a big fan of the clusterfuck spotfest match myself and I am looking at alternatives for a refreshing change & spin too, and what better place than the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania?!

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I don’t want to give you the wrong idea, I’m all for ‘Mania hype. I feel as if every show in this thread up until ‘Mania itself, should all just be flat out hype for the event. With that being said, judging by how big this HHH/Orton thing has been, for Trips to come out right before a big blow off match with Orton, and just talk about Michaels only is a huge mistake. All you’ve done is basically make this match between Trips and Orton seem unimportant. Definitely a big mistake there, imo.

Steel cage match? Big time main event? Blow off of a major feud? All signs said this should have been brilliant, but I just continue to disagree with how it was done. Orton was ready to lose until Shawn makes the save, and being that Orton is still pretty fresh off a return he should have looked really good here. And again, Michaels getting involved and then even the aftermath all being about Michaels really over shadows the Orton/Trips situation. I don’t agree with the way this was done, and to be honest, I think you’ve sort of blown a massive storyline if this is now the end of Orton and Triple H.
This was what has been driving me mad for months & months. I went back & forth on having this blow off match or not. I thought I'd get criticised either way and I need Randy to get a big win going into Wrestlemania to look strong as he did on his return. I didn't want to have the number one contender look weak by losing clean just after getting his Mania title shot, and by having Shawn cost him the win to start the fire between them was the best way I felt to do that.

I was always going to open myself up to it and like I said I was so torn on whether going with this match or not. There were strong reasons both to go for it & not. Maybe I should've left it but I felt I couldn't ignore it. With that I booked myself into corner with how to make both look strong. I totally agree with all you said about that match though 100%.

Thanks again for all that. It's much appreciated. Hopefully the Hawks don't give the Pies too much of a hiding tomorrow now!
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>The Rock Returns Next Week; Cena & Taker at Wrestlemania?!<



After a controversial night 24 hours ago at No Way Out, there were more shocks still waiting in Las Vegas earlier tonight on Raw live from the Thomas & Mack Center.

The biggest shock was that we discovered that next week in his hometown of Miami, The Rock will be live on Raw to announce who will be the first inductee of the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame. The Rock never fails to entertain and he's sure to do so again a week from now. You sure won't want to miss the return of The Great One!

All the talk coming out of No Way Out last night revolved around John Cena & The Undertaker, and it's the same again tonight after Cena turned up on Smackdown to try & bury the hatchet before things threatened to spiral out of control. He was however too late, as it looked like The Undertaker was in no forgiving mood. He looked up to the Wrestlemania sign hanging above the ring and then grabbed Cena for a chokeslam like at No Way Out and Friday night on Smackdown. This time however Cena avoided it and as he described moments later in an interview with Leticia Cline, he reacted on impulse by defending himself, hitting an F-U on The Dead-Man in the blink of an eye. He was asked about whether he was challenged or not to a match by The Undertaker as it was unclear if that was the phenom's intent. Cena too couldn't be sure but it surely will become apparent soon enough, maybe even this Friday on Smackdown.

We witnessed a second steel cage match in 24 hours when Randy Orton stepped inside the unforgiving structure to take on Triple H. He's been gunning for him since his return, and despite eliminating him from the Royal Rumble where The Game was looking to retain his WWE Championship, it was Triple H who was victorious in the fatal four-way elimination match last night to earn his rematch for the WWE title at Wrestlemania, eliminating The Viper after a distraction from Chris Jericho who Orton pinned moments before he fell victim to a pedigree. They went all out earlier on and it looked like the number one contender for the WWE title was about to leave the cage victorious until Shawn Michaels slammed the door in his face, letting The Game know he's ready for the war sworn on him by Triple H. It gave Orton the chance to hit the RKO and win the match, gaining much craved retribution after being injured by Triple H at Survivor Series.

Chris Jericho became the second entrant in this year's Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania, joining The Big Show. They've had their problems as of late to say the least, and Jericho continued to put down The Big Show this evening, calling him the biggest failure in the history of the business. Now he's qualified along with The World's Largest Athlete it's already shaping up to be a monster of a Money in the Bank this year.

There was another Smackdown superstar who confronted a Raw superstar earlier on when Beth Phoenix, the Diva's Champion, still furious that the Women's Champion, Queen Kong got involved in her title defence against O.D.B. at No Way Out. The Glamazon was warned by Eric Bischoff to be careful and maybe she should've listened to his advice as Kong left her on the mat as she did last night. The Women's Champion also took her title too which is bound to make Beth even angrier. There could be a whole lot more to come with these two dominant women.

We also got to see the final Raw appearance of Ted DiBiase as his mouth finally got the better of him. He went to Eric Bischoff demanding a place in Money in the Bank, claiming he was also close to walking out on Raw because of so called 'mistreatment'. Bischoff called his bluff and gave him the chance to earn a qualifying match in the Money in the Bank match. He was put in a tag team match with his previously handpicked rookie, Ezekiel Jackson to take on the exciting team of John Morrison & Justin Gabriel, and if he & Jackson lost he would have to leave Raw, but if he won he would gain a qualifying match for Money in the Bank. It didn't however go in DiBiase's favour as he & Jackson were the latest victims of the impressive team of Morrison & Gabriel, meaning DiBiase is no longer a Raw superstar. He received no sympathy as you would expect from the fans and it'll be interesting to see what the future holds for him now, if he even has one!

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Big news coming out of Raw last night is that The Rock will return live next Monday night in Miami to announce who will be the first inductee into this year's Hall of Fame class. We reported recently that the WWE was interested in bringing back some past superstars as a way of marking the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania, and we can confirm that The Rock will very likely be competing at this year's showpiece event. We understand that a program may start on Monday night to build that up. It is very unlikely though that it will be a full time return though for The Rock, although there are also talks in place for him to be involved in the ring at Backlash the month after Wrestlemania.

There are also talks going on to bring back a couple more former superstars for non-wrestling roles at Wrestlemania, one of which will be a major surprise if it comes off. From what we understand creative are torn as to whether the match in question would be better off with or without this person involved, and at the moment it's not known whether the person in question has agreed to it in principle.

We previously reported that The Rock was one of the names mentioned touted to return for Wrestlemania along with 'Stonecold' Steve Austin, Goldberg & Brock Lesnar. Talks never took place with Lesnar as he's contracted with UFC but the WWE would be very interested to do so if there were any changes in that regard. Austin was strongly considered but with The Rock having a big pull commercially outside of wrestling as well as being in better shape physically, he was the one seen as the safer & better option. Goldberg was always a reserve from what we're told.

Everything points to John Cena facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania and we can confirm that is the plan in place but there is also an alternative option being considered too that would see him face CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship with Mr. McMahon in his corner. There has been strong speculation for a while that The Undertaker could be retiring or working a part-time schedule after Wrestlemania, and it's our understanding that he could well be retiring along with another top level superstar. He is expected to make his decision very soon and we believe that is why he is facing Cena this year as that is the match considered he needs to have at Wrestlemania above anyone else on the roster.

It also appears to be the case that Beth Phoenix & Queen Kong will meet at Wrestlemania, and after Kong took Beth's diva's title from the ring, the speculation has grown that they could meet in a unification match. From what we're being told, that does indeed appear to be the case, although there is also a possibility that O.D.B. may be part of the match too with three monsters involved, and she was part of the match at No Way Out which Kong interfered in.

There's also talk of changing the Money in the Bank match from a ladder match to another type of match yet to be decided. A number of initial ideas have been thrown about and the latest rumblings we hear are that the fans may get to vote on the choice of match.

Ted DiBiase's departure from Raw doesn't mean he will be leaving the company. He's expected to become a Smackdown superstar in the next couple of weeks, maybe even this Friday night.

The Hall of Fame class this year is expected to feature between 6-8 legends. The final choices have tentatively selected and among those being mentioned are Bruno Sammartino, The Road Warriors, Mick Foley, The Von Erichs, The Brisco Brothers, The Funks, Arn Anderson & Jake 'The Snake' Roberts.

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I think this thread is awesome Mania 25 should be the best mania in BTB HISTORY! and who in the blue hell is the Fucks (I do know it's The Funks) the HOF looks stacked from Mick Foley to Bruno to Road Warriors and The Snake. I am excited for Mania 25.
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The Rock competing at Mania? Awesome. I really am interested to see who he feuds with, and hopefully you use him correctly, putting a newer, younger talent over in the process. Cena/'Taker is definitely the way to go with the way you've started booking things, that other potential plan is just a swerve. Kong/Phoenix is probably the best match you can muster at Mania for the divas, so I'm all for that as well. I'm also intrigued to see just what direction you decide to take the MITB ladder match. Hopefully you don't listen to Oz to much, because he's a jobber.

Anyway, news and notes did a good job of wetting my appetite for Mania. Just get there already.
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The Road to Wrestlemania is always a bumpy one, and No Way Out lived up to the tradition, but we're still feeling the fallout to Sunday's controversial pay-per-view. There was nothing more controversial than the World Heavyweight Championship yet again when John Cena locked horns with CM Punk. This time they met inside a steel cage to ensure there would be an undisputed World Champion. That unfortunately didn't happen after another incident between Cena & The Undertaker came back to haunt Cena, just as it looked as if he was going to emerge from the cage as the new World Champion. The Dead-Man got his retribution for what appeared to be another innocent mistake earlier in the evening, leading to a confrontation on Raw Monday night that saw Cena F-U The Undertaker in what he called 'instinctive' and in 'self-defence'. There's also some confusion as to whether he was challenged to a match at Wrestlemania by the man who is 16-0 at the showpiece event with the phenom looking up above the ring to the Wrestlemania sign looming above the ring, something he did too at No Way Out. If he was gunning for Cena before Monday night, surely he'll be hell bent on making Cena rest in peace now. The speculation remains and Cena will be in Billings, Montana live this Friday night, and he too will be looking for answers. Will we get any clarification on this, and what will be Mr. McMahon's reaction to CM Punk once again escaping with the world title? What response will we get from the man himself? Punk is never short of words and that surely won't be any different this time around!

We expected a brutal encounter between Christian & Edge in their TLC match at No Way Out and they didn't disappoint. After losing to his younger brother at Summerslam last year, The Rated-R Superstar evened the score after a con-chair-to Christian who put up an incredible effort in a match that both men came close to winning. It was Edge ultimately who prevailed and he'll be in Billings this week too while we understand that Captain Charisma is recovering from a concussion suffered in that match and won't be on hand. Now that Edge has got the win over his brother to make up for the defeat at Summerslam, you can safely say he'll be in high spirits this Friday night when he steps foot inside the Rimrock Auto Arena.

We'll also find out who will become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team titles when the two teams left in the tournament collide. Power & Perfection, the team of Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas knocked off The Empire in a very impressive victory last week before the men who refer to themselves as Mexican Royalty, Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio went on to defeat Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson thanks to a distraction from The Empire. These two teams will go at it with the winners guaranteed an opportunity to fight for the titles that belong to Paul London & Brian Kendrick. Make sure you watch Smackdown this week to find out which team that is.

The problems as we just said there between The Empire & The UK Pack, TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart show no signs of dying down, and last Sunday we saw Harry Smith's long awaited return to the ring when he met Wade Barrett, the main man responsible for breaking his ankle last year. Smith was gunning for revenge and got it when he played Barrett at his own game, using brass knuckles after the referee saw Barrett trying to use some of his own, just as he did at Night of Champions when he & Drew McIntyre won the titles from Burchill & Wilson, weeks after breaking Smith's ankle which led to Wilson defending the title on his friend's behalf. Barrett is bound to be seething and he might be happy to learn that Smith will be in action again this week when he goes up against someone who he might prefer not to in Jack Swagger. The All-American American will have no problem in going after his ankle with his ankle lock submission hold deadly enough as it is in normal consequences. Can Harry overcome this challenge too from Swagger like he did Sunday against Barrett?

Another man victorious at No Way out was Matt Sydal when he defeated Ted DiBiase, the man who claimed he not Sydal should've been named the Breakthrough Star of 2008. Sydal settled the score after DiBiase's part in him losing the United States Championship to Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble. The reigning King of the Ring still has a rematch for the title many feel he should still have, and this week the man who holds that title will meet Bryan Danielson in a non-title match. Danielson & Ziggler have both been on fire lately and it's bound to be a terrific contest you won't want to miss.

Sydal may be able to take it easy after Sunday's win as he has best man duties to perform the night after Smackdown when Elijah Burke ties the knot with Layla on Valentine's Day. All DiBiase has to look forward to is time off after he was forced to leave Raw on Monday night. He lost a challenge that would've seen him earn a Money in the Bank qualifying match had he won his match, but after losing he lost his place on the Raw roster. You can imagine Sydal will have enjoyed seeing that too!

One very unhappy Smackdown superstar after two bad nights in Vegas is the Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix. She & O.D.B. were left helpless when Raw's Women's Champion, Queen Kong interrupted their match and left them both flat on their backs, and The Glamazon may be regretting her decision to go to Raw to confront Kong. The Women's Champion answered Beth's call to go down to the ring, and when they
went at each other it was Kong who again was standing tall, only this time she left with Beth's diva's title. Will Beth be regretting that decision now? We'll probably find out this Friday night.

It's bound to be another explosive edition of Smackdown live this week, and it'll be one you won't want to miss!

>Confirmed for this week on Smackdown!<

Non-Title Match

Bryan Danielson vs. Dolph Ziggler

Number One Contenders Match
Power & Perfection (Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas) vs. Mexican Royalty (Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio)

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Harry Smith vs. Jack Swagger


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