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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Friday Night Smackdown
Friday 13th February 2009
Live from the Rimrock Auto Arena
Billings, Montana




*Opening Video*
"Let It Roll"


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From Last Week

John Cena, The Undertaker & Randy Orton
vs. CM Punk, Triple H & Chris Jericho
Special Guest Referee: 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels

Orton stormed the ring and took Triple H down with a clothesline, ending up clotheslining him over the top rope to the floor. He stripped the announce table to another big pop with Cole & Striker shitting themselves in a panic. Orton smashed Trips' head into it and then shoved him on, climbed up himself with Michaels leaving the ring to try & stop Orton. The Viper had none of it and hit an RKO through the table to a huge roar from the Melbourne crowd. They loved it as Michaels then checked on both Orton & Trips who were barely moving, just as Punk dragged himself back on the apron with a steel chair in hand he got from under the ring. Michaels didn't have a clue, and as Taker was getting back up, Cena turned his head back to the action and tackled Punk in time. Cena then grabbed the chair for himself and lined up Punk, but as he swung it at him, he ducked like he did on Raw two weeks ago with Cena again nailing Taker by mistake with the chair. Taker fell back to the mat with Cena in shock, but he turned to see Punk go for a roundhouse.

This time Cena ducked and dropped the chair before sweeping Punk's leg and applying the STFU to another massive pop with some boos too. Punk was screaming out in pain, trying to hold on, not that Cena was the legal man. Michaels turned his head and saw what was going on and slid back in the ring, clearly thinking Cena was the legal man as he tortured Punk. Punk eventually tapped and H.B.K. called for the bell, confusing Cena but he got on with it, getting his hand raised. "My Time is Now" hit and Michaels went back to check on Orton who was moving and Trips who started to open his eyes. Punk rolled out of the ring and Cena posed for the crowd as Taker sat up behind him with a face of fury. As he then stood up glaring at Cena, Cena turned round and realised he might be in trouble. He walked over to Taker and tried to apologise, but Taker had none of it and grabbed him by the throat to chokeslam him down to the mat. The fans loved it and Taker turned to the side, looking at Michaels who was still by the wreckage as Orton & Trips were sitting up.


***

From No Way Out!

"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!
Michael Cole is stood in the middle of the ring, microphone in hand ready to address the fans.

Michael Cole:
I'd like to welcome you all t'night t' Friday Night Smackdown. . . Now No Way Out was just five nights ago but I think it's fair t' say there's still a whole lot of you as well as us here an' backstage talking about what happened Sunday night when The Undertaker entered the steel cage match for the World Heavyweight Championship between John Cena an' CM Punk.

That draws a big pop from the fans with some boos too.

Michael Cole:
I was sat at ringside and I f' one was shocked t' see The Undertaker cost John Cena the chance t' leave the cage an' become the new World Heavyweight Champion. It looked a formality but once again, CM Punk emerged with the world title.

*Mixed*

Michael Cole: Needless t' say that there's been a lot of speculation as to why The Undertaker did what he did, however given what happened earlier in the night when John accidentally hit him with the sledgehammer in the number one contender match for the WWE title, it shouldn't really have come as the surprise it was. It's certainly clear t' me that John was trying to make amends for what happened here on Smackdown last week, unfortunately it went wrong an' cost The Undertaker the chance t' challenge Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania, a place where he has never lost a match.

*Small Pop*

Michael Cole: With that incredible 16 an' 0 record in mind, it's hard to imagine that he would've failed to walk out with the WWE title had he become the number one contender at No Way Out. The frustration I can understand but it's spiralled into this huge talking point that isn't going away. . . So with that said, I've invited John Cena down t' the ring so we can get all this out in the open. John, if you will please, come join me.

"My Time Is Now"

A strong mixed response, largely positive comes from the crowd as John Cena walks out to the stage, stopping & taking in the atmosphere, more low key than normal as he was on Raw Monday night. He nods his head & makes his way down the ramp to the ring, climbing in under the bottom rope to shake hands with Cole before being handed a microphone by him. His music cuts and both cheers & boos are thrown at him by the Montana crowd.

Michael Cole:
Fist of all John, thanks f' coming out here.

John Cena: No problem Michael. Thanks f' having me.

Michael Cole: You don't need me t' tell you that ev'rybody's talking about what's happened over the past week between you an' The Undertaker. We've spoken about last Friday and No Way Out, but on Raw Monday night you yourself attempted to clear things up. For those of you that didn't see what happened, here's what went done four nights ago on Raw.

Both Cole & Cena turn up to look up at the tron.

Quote:
*Video Recap*
From Raw Monday Night

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.
Michael Cole: There's a lot of people including myself making assumptions as to what happened on Raw. It looked as if he was challenging you to a match at Wrestlemania. I know a challenge wasn't officially made but the belief is that is what he had or has in mind. If that is indeed the case which most believe it is, what is your response to the speculation? Also, what would your response be if indeed you were challenged to a match at Wrestlemania by The Undertaker?

John Cena: Y'know I've been asking myself those same questions all week long. There's no one who wants t' know what the deal is more than me let me tell ya. I was stood barely a foot apart from him an' ven I don't know if it was officially a challenge, but the impression I got, it sure felt like it.

Michael Cole: If you believe that t' be the case, how exactly do you feel about the prospect of accepting a challenge to face the man who is 16 an' 0 at Wrestlemania?

"UNDERTAKER. . . UNDERTAKER"

Cena turns & looks into the crowd.

John Cena:
Honestly? How exactly are you supposed t' feel about the thought of facing a man who's a legend even away from Wrestlemania? That's what The Undertaker is, an absolute legend, but at Wrestlemania, the biggest stage of them all, there are no words t' describe his accomplishments. He's had 16 matches there an' won them all. That simply is an unbelievable achievement. It's enough to have anyone going into Wrestlemania already thinking they've lost before the bell's even rung. The thought of facing The Undertaker's intimidating enough even before you look at that record. T' put it frankly Cole, you'd have t' be almost crazy t' want t' walk in t' Wrestlemania an' face The Undertaker.

Michael Cole: So you're saying that it's something that you wouldn't consider if indeed you were challenged by The Undertaker?

John Cena: You're putting words in my mouth Michael. That's not what I said. I was just stating the facts. The task of beating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania is as tough as it gets. It's a challenge like no other that comes along once a year. The streak year on year becomes more impressive. The streak has become as much of a legend as The Undertaker himself. It takes guts to accept that challenge but it takes more than guts to end the streak. One thing I've always had though is guts. The thought of walking down to this ring at Wrestlemania 25 against the legend and his streak is something that doesn't scare me. If the challenge is out there. . .

"No Chance In Hell"

Mr McMahon
walks out to the stage to a big pop holding a microphone looking to be in a very serious mood indeed with Cena & Cole turning to look up at him.

Mr. McMahon:
John I apologise for interrupting but there's something that I think I need t' say before you make any decision as far as The Undertaker is concerned.

Cena looks up at Vince, clearly unsure of what Vince has to say.

Mr. McMahon:
The situation you find yourself in in regard to The Undertaker's involvement in your match at No Way Out with CM Punk also needs t' be resolved. It was abundantly clear I think to ev'ryone that you had CM Punk beat and you were going to leave the new World Heavyweight Champion.

*Mixed*

Mr. McMahon: That John, yet again leaves us in the same position we've been in f' months as to who deserves t' be World Champion, you or Punk. Now it seems perfectly fitting t' me that we decide this once an' f' all with one final match between you an' Punk for the world title at Wrestlemania.

*Strong Mixed Reaction*

Cena looks shocked, completely thrown by Vince's twist in the tale.

Mr. McMahon:
That obviously would mean John that if this challenge exists or not from The Undertaker, you would be unable to fight for the chance to become World Heavyweight Champion.

John Cena: Wow. That really makes it easy f' me, thanks Vince.

Mr. McMahon: I appreciate you feel the need to resolve these issues you have with The Undertaker John. . .

John Cena: . . . Vince let me stop you there before this whole situation gets out of control. I already had a lot t' think about, but now. . . Y'know what I can't make a decision in the heat of the moment. Vince I appreciate what you're sayin', an' you're right. There's nothing I want more than t' beat CM Punk f' the World Heavyweight Championship, but at the same time I've never been one t' duck a challenge, if that's what this is. I need time t' think. Hopefully by Monday night I'll be able to make a decision that I can tell The Undertaker. . .

Mr. McMahon: . . . I respect that, but John I have t' tell you that unless you make a decision by then I'll have t' look elsewhere as t' who will challenge Punk at Wrestlemania. Just so we're clear you understand that right?

John Cena: Absolutely, 100%. I'll have my decision Monday night live on Raw. That's a promise.

"My Time Is Now" hits again as Cena looks into the crowd, taking in the reaction with Vince still far from satisfied looking down at the ring.

Matt Striker:
This just got a whole lot more int'resting. John Cena has arguably an impossible decision t' make as to whether he challenges CM Punk one more time t' find out once an' for all who deserves t' be the World Heavyweight Champion or he accepts what appears t' be a challenge to a match at Wrestlemania with The Undertaker. I f' one don't envy him. He's got three days t' make that decision. Just what will it be?

*Commercial Break*




*The Opening Match*
Non-Title Match
Paul London & Brian Kendrick
vs. The Pitbulls
It looked like being an easy victory for the tag team champions but it didn't turn out to be as easy as that. Noble & Kash were out to make an impression at their expense, and they did a good job of troubling the champions. They isolated London and just as it looked like he was going to make a vital tag to Kendrick with Noble down after an enzuigiri, Kash stormed the ring and ran at Kendrick, knocking him off the apron to leave no one for London to tag. The fans & referee were furious, and it meant that London had to continue to battle it out with Noble. They battled it out and Noble came close to making London tap in the camel clutch until London fought his way to the ropes. The fans loved it. Noble didn't though and he had to be held back by the referee as London used the ropes to make his way back up to his feet. Noble ran at him as soon as he was up, and London reacted with an extended elbow. It sent Noble staggering away from the ropes and London followed him out with a super kick. Instead of going for the cover he dived into his corner to tag in Kendrick to a big pop from the crowd who burst into the ring to make the cover. Noble kicked out at two and Kendrick took it well, going right back up to try & put him Noble away.

He hit the corner, climbing up to the top rope as Noble dragged himself back up. Kendrick had his back to the ring and turned his head to see Noble walking into his path and he walked into an asai moonsault. Noble again kicked out at two but Kendrick was fired-up to put the match to bed. He helped Noble up and sent him into the corner, running in at him with a backflip dropkick. He back tracked out as Noble staggered into his path, and Kendrick set him up for Sliced Bread. The fans were loving it and he ran into the corner, up the ropes but Noble threw him off his shoulder into the canvas. Noble took in some deep breaths as Kendrick clawed his way back up, and as he made it to his feet, Noble ran at him, taking him down with a running swinging neckbreaker. This time it was Kendrick who hung on before the ref could count to three. Noble brought Kash into the ring, and The Notorious K.I.D. tried to finish Kendrick off too. He fought to the ropes when Kash had the K.O.D. (Kash On Delivery) locked in. Kash was fuming and ran the ropes, looking for a double jump moonsault.

Kendrick got his knees up and reached up to roll him into an inside cradle Kash kicked out and they made their way back up with Kendrick ducking a wild right hand and jumping into the air for a hurricanrana. It was only two again, but as they made their way back up, Kendrick stomped him in the gut and drilled him with a tornado DDT. Noble this time broke the count, but not how he planned, racing into the ring to drop an elbow on Kendrick, but Kendrick saw him coming and pulled back. Noble's elbow hit his own partner, and as he stood back up he ran at Kendrick who helped him over the ropes and down to the floor. Kash was reeling as he made his way back up to his feet, and as Kendrick turned round, he made no mistake this time, hitting the Sliced Bread to pick up the win for him & London, who joined him the ring to celebrate the hard fought victory with the fans showing their appreciation. The champions were emphatic in the celebration, hugging & looking like they're ready for any challenge coming their way.

Winners: Paul London & Brian Kendrick by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
We might have two teams battling it later on out for the right t' face the tag champs, but London & Kendrick certainly showed t'night why they're going t' be tough t' beat. They can go put their feet up an' watch as the two remaining teams battle it out to become the number one contenders later this evening.


Maria is shown backstage, knocking on a locker room door & walking in to see Mexican Royalty, Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio watching London & Kendrick celebrating on a TV. They're both in their normal clothes (trousers & shirt) for now as Maria walks towards them.

Maria:
Excuse me. . . Chavo, Alberto, may I have a word with you about your match t'night?

Chavo Guerrero: Of course Maria, ask away.

Maria: Well later on this evening you'll be facing Bobby Lashley and Charlie Haas for a shot at the tag team titles. How confident are you of winning that match later?

Chavo Guerrero: Well it's really simple. We had confidence before this tournament even started. We have total belief in ourselves and each other. That's why we will win t'night, then when we get our shot at the tag team champions we will be successful too like we've said from the beginning.

Maria: It has t' be said though that since they got back t'gether, Paul London an' Brian Kendrick have been very impressive.

Chavo Guerrero: Indeed they have. There's only one problem though Maria. They're not as impressive as us. We all know they've had problems not that long ago before they got back together. I assure you if we needed to we could exploit these problems but we don't need to. We're already the best team there is on Smackdown.

Alberto Del Rio: Did you hear that Maria? We'll prove it t'night too, and when we have we will make all of Mexico proud because there'll be no stopping us winning the tag team titles.

Chavo Guerrero: Make no mistake about it Maria. We'll win t'night, then we'll win the titles. I assure you, t'night we will be victorious.

The shot switches to Power & Perfection, Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas getting ready in their locker room, lacing up their boots when there's a knock at the door and Josh Matthews walks in, towards the focused duo and sits alongside them on the bench.

Josh Matthews:
I apologise f' just walking in guys but I wan'ed to ask you about your match later on against Chavo Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio for a shot at the tag team titles. How are you feeling about that match t'night?

Charlie Haas: We both feel the same way. We do our talking in one place. . . in the ring. That's not going t' change. Our talking t'night will be done out there.

Bobby Lashley: He's right, and if you don't mind we need t' get ready.

Josh Matthews: Absolutely, good luck t'night guys.

Josh stands back up and takes their advice, leaving their locker room and shutting the door behind him.

Josh Matthews:
Clearly they mean business t'night folks. If I were Chavo or Del Rio, I wouldn't be getting too confident just yet.


A very purposeful looking Edge is shown walking through the back, walking right up to the office of Mr. McMahon and walks right in. Mr. McMahon stands up off the leather sofa, surprised to see him bursting in.

Mr. McMahon:
So what is it that has you bursting in here like that?

Edge: I actually think you're going t' like what I have t' say. See I know how much you wanna see CM Punk lose the world title, an' seeing what's going on with Cena an' The Undertaker, it looks like you might need a new number one contender, an' Vince, I'm your man.

Mr. McMahon: You're my man right? Why exactly is that may I ask?

Edge: First off we both know what I'm capable of. I've won ev'rything here there is t' win, ev'rything, plus I'm a two time world champion, an' five nights ago I beat Christian up so bad he's at home with a concussion with his wife nursing him all because of what I did t' him. That can be Punk too, no doubt about it. I want that world title badly. I proved it Sunday night. Just give me that chance an' you won't regret it.

Mr. McMahon: Actually Edge you make a compelling case. You're certainly very qualified and I have to admit your match Sunday was very impressive. The only problem I have right now is that John Cena's still first in line. Until I know what's happening with him I can't make a decision as to who will face Punk. I will however take you into consideration along with other superstars. F' now though my hands are tied.

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk & Homicide burst their way in with Punk looking very angry indeed.

CM Punk:
What the hell's going on Vince? How many chances you wanna give your boy Cena? How many times do I need t' beat him huh? You've gotta be kidding me if he gets one more final shot.

Mr. McMahon: Let me make it crystal clear f' you Punk. There's no agenda here whatsoever. It all comes down t' one thing, whether you can beat John Cena or not, and vice versa. Until we get a clean fight. . .

CM Punk: . . . Hey look, I didn't ask f' The Undertaker t' do what he did. That's all on your number one guy tryin' t' be the hero one time too many. He got what he asked for. It had squat t' do with me an' it's not my fault.

Mr. McMahon: Maybe so but you are still yet t' defeat John Cena fair an' square. . .

CM Punk: . . . Yeah yeah whatever. . .

Edge: . . . Look Punk. Cena's an idiot. He's gonna let his ego get the better of 'im an' take on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, meaning you won't have t' worry about 'im. What you do have t' worry about, or who you have t' worry about taking that title of yours is standing right in front of you.

Punk turns to look right at Vince, not at all happy.

CM Punk:
What are you lining up guys t' take the title off me now Vince?

Mr. McMahon: Actually I've done nothing of the sort. Edge came here an' asked me to consider him as the number one contender for the world title if John decides to face The Undertaker. If indeed that happens I do need t' decide on a challenger very soon as Wrestlemania is only six weeks away. As it happens I think Edge is a strong contender. In fact I'm going t' put you to the test t'night in our main event against someone else who I think warrants an opportunity.

Edge: Hang on a minute. I only competed in a brutal TLC match a few nights ago. You can't expect me t' compete again t'night?

Mr. McMahon: That's not what you want t' hear from someone who thinks they have what it takes t' be fighting for the world title at Wrestlemania.

Edge: Alright fine. I'll show you why I should get a shot t'night. Who's this worthy opponent anyway?

Mr. McMahon: You'll be going up against another superstar who won at No Way Out, a superstar who just happens t' be the current King of the Ring, the 2008 Breakthrough Star of the Year and the person some people think should still be the United States Champion. . . Matt Sydal.

Edge: Huh? The kid's got talent but he's not gonna stop me getting a shot at that title.

The Rated-R Superstar turns his head, looking right at Punk.

Edge:
Look out champ. That title won't be yours much longer.

Edge smirks right at him and brushes past him to walk out, leaving Punk to vent his frustration at the Chairman of the Board.

CM Punk:
Line up whoever you want Vince, it doesn't change the fact I'm gonna do something even worse f' you than walk in t' Wrestlemania as World Heavyweight Champion. I'm gonna walk out World Heavyweight Champion too, no matter who you put in my way. All you can do is deal with it.

Punk gives Vince in the eyes for a couple of seconds and turns to leave the room, followed by Homicide.

Mr. McMahon:
Yeah well we'll see about that. . . champ.

*Commercial Break*


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From No Way Out!




Wade drops to one knee and takes a little time to recover as Smith pulls back clutching his shoulder, and Barrett shoots back up to lift him up one more time for THE WASTELAND!!!. . . . . He hits it and Smith rolls towards the ropes with Wade crawling across on his knees to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!

Smith gets his foot on the rope, setting off a big pop in the Vegas crowd. Barrett looks up and can't believe it, then screams at the referee. They both stand up with Barrett getting right in his face, absolutely furious as Smith rolls on to his side. Barrett continues to go at it with the ref standing his ground, but as the ref goes to check on Harry, Barrett goes in to his trunks, pulling out some brass knucks like at Night of Champions. The fans boo and the ref sees them as he turns round.

Barrett looks stunned and the ref orders him to take them off, pissing Wade off no end but he has no choice and hands them over. The ref walks over to the apron to hand them over to the timekeeper with Barrett walking towards Smith, pulling him up but Smith levels him with a right hand that knocks Barrett stone out. He falls flat on his back and Smith takes some knucks of his own off and puts them back in his trunks, and as the ref turns back, Harry goes for the cover with the fans counting along with the ref. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!

Harry stands up to a big pop, getting his arm raised with "Britannia" playing. He's got a big smile on his face and heads over to the corner, standing on the second rope to soak up the moment, still smiling like mad on a big return victory. He stands down and sees Barrett coming round slowly, amusing Harry greatly before he leaves the ring and heads back up the aisle, slapping hands with the fans, stopping to raise his arms up in the air one more time, loving being back & back with a win as a starry-eyed Barrett sits up looking clueless as to what just happened.
*Match #2*
Harry Smith
w/Paul Burchill, TJ Wilson & Natalya Nedihart
vs. Jack Swagger
The Empire joined Michael Cole & Matt Striker at the announce table, unsettling Smith & Co from the moment they walked out into the arena. Barrett was the only one of them with a headset on and spoke of his anger at Smith beating him via brass knucks at No Way Out. He shrugged off Cole's counterpoint that he was about to use them himself too, just as he did to win the tag team titles at Night of Champions for him & McIntyre. Barrett said that it was the only way Smith was going to beat him, and Smith kept looking over at them with fire still there in the eyes. Smith had a fight in the ring though against an angry Jack Swagger. The All-American American was quickly getting frustrated at Smith hanging on in the match, again after a corner slingshot splash. He then tried for a spin-out powerbomb but Smith blocked it and escaped through a couple of elbow shots, allowing him to then duck a wild clothesline attempt before planting Swagger with a german suplex.

Swagger kicked out at two, but Smith seized the momentum, then came so close with a delayed vertical suplex. The All-American American again got the shoulder up, but only just. Smith's momentum was clearly angering The Empire at ringside while Burchill, TJ & Natalya all tried to will Harry over the line. Swagger was struggling and Harry had the crowd behind him too as he scooped him up for a running powerslam. As he turned he saw McIntyre & Regal walk towards the apron. Harry let go of Swagger and walked to the apron himself, warning The Empire members to stay away. Burchill, TJ & Natalya walked round to get them to back up too, resulting in Barrett standing up too. He & Smith were staring at each other, just as Swagger was getting back up on his knees. The All-American American saw the door opening in front of him to run up behind Smith and chop block him in the back of the leg.

He was back on his feet in a flash, so intense as he grabbed Smith by the ankle and pulled him away from the ropes to apply the Ankle Lock. He applied it to the just healed broken ankle of Smith, putting him through agony, much to the amusement of The Empire. They watched with smiles on their faces as Smith was screaming out in pain. He tried to hold on but couldn't despite encouragement from his friends on the outside. Swagger's music hit and he didn't look too happy at getting his arm raised before staring coldly down at Smith before leaving the ring, heading up the ramp looking straight ahead. The Empire left laughing, taunting their rivals as they jumped into the ring to check on Harry who was holding his ankle, but Burchill went back to get a microphone as Barrett & Co walked back up the ramp.

Winner: Jack Swagger by submission.

Paul Burchill: I think I speak for all of us, even you too when I say I've had enough of all this. We need to settle this once and for all. In fact I have just the idea. What better place than Wrestlemania at Wembley Stadium in front of our fellow Brits in not just any match? No we need something more than that. I propose that the four of us take on all four of you in a Battle of Britain?

*Big Pop*

Paul Burchill: You're not usually short of things t' say. This is one occasion I would actually like to hear what you have t' say.

Barrett turns round looking towards the back and calls for a microphone. A worker runs out and hands one to him with the UK/Canadian alliance awaiting their answer.

Wade Barrett:
Y'know what? F' you that's actually not a bad idea. You have a deal.

The fans cheer as "Rule Britannia" plays with the two factions eying each other up, all eight of them looking really up for the battle we'll see at Wrestlemania.

Michael Cole:
Well after months of these two rival groups going all out against each other, at Wrestlemania in the United Kingdom, a fitting place, they will collide in a Battle of Britain. I don't think battle is strong enough a word f' what we'll see when they clash at Wembley Stadium.


Maria is standing by at the interview set.

Maria:
Joining me at this time, Petey Williams.

The camera zooms out, letting us all get a glimpse of Petey Williams in his ring gear looking like he means business as he gently takes the microphone from her.

Petey Williams:
Look I wanna keep this t' the point. A lot of people are calling me selfish f' flying solo, but what they don't know is that me an' Johnny (Devine) go a long way back. We respect each other and each other's wishes. Right now I wanna focus on me, on one specific thing. That thing I've got my mind on is the Cruiserweight Championship, and for the record, Johnny respects my desire t' show I have what it takes t' be successful here in the WWE by becoming the Cruiserweight Champion. I came here to compete against the best on the biggest stage. This is where ev'ryone wants t' be. I'm no diff'rent. I wanna win titles like ev'ryone else. It just so happens that the person who currently has the title I want, we go a long way back too. We've had our problems an' we've both beat each other many times. I intend to beat him again here where it matters when it matters. I'm gonna do just that and take the cruiserweight title. If that upsets people too, too bad. It's gonna happen. It's going t' happen soon.

Petey lets Maria know he means it, giving her the eyes for a couple of seconds before passing the stick back, turning away and walking out of the shot.

*Commercial Break*

We're shown what appears to be a party going on in the back with Elijah Burke, Matt Sydal, Mickie James & Layla along with other Smackdown superstars. Burke, Layla & Mickie are all sipping champagne with Burke & Layla's Valentine's Day wedding less than 24 hours away.


*Match #3*
Jimmy Yang
w/Sonjay Dutt
vs. Petey Williams w/Johnny Devine
Johnny Devine came out to support his friend & on/off tag team partner while the Cruiserweight Champion, J-Red watched on a monitor in the back. Petey was all business but Yang was up for the fight too. Petey was well on top and he knew it, and he was too complacent when going to apply what looked like the Sharpshooter. Yang kicked off though, and as they picked themselves back up, Yang put him on the mat with an arm drag takedown. Petey was back up but Yang sent him into the corner, running in straight away with a heel kick. Petey fell forward and Yang landed on the apron. He climbed up to the top rope with the fans cheering as Petey made his way back up, and as he turned round Yang came off the top with a missile dropkick.

The fans cheered as he hit it and he followed up for the cover, only to get a two count. He kept the offence going but it came unstuck when he hit the top rope soon after, and as he dived off for a cross body, Petey countered with a standing dropkick. It was picture perfect and he wasted no time at all in dragging him back up, pulling him into place for the Canadian Destroyer, and he hit it to get the three count and the victory. Red was shown watching again clinging on to his title as Devine joined Petey in the ring to raise his arm along with the referee. Petey made a gesture of a title around his waist, making it clear he's after the cruiserweight title as a serious J-Red watched on.

Winner: Petey Williams by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
Petey Williams has talked a good in game in recent weeks and he's been backing it up in the ring. He's got the attention of the Cruiserweight Champion too. Going off what we've seen recently, Petey Williams could certainly give J-Red a run f' his money.


A split screen appears with Bryan Danielson on one side and the United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler on the other, both walking through the back looking ready & dressed for action.

Michael Cole:
When we come back folks, the United States Champion Dolph Ziggler will be in action against Bryan Danielson. The United States Champion will have a battle on his hands t'night that's f' sure. You won't want t' miss it.

*Commercial Break*

"Ride of the Valkyries"

Bryan Danielson walks out into the arena to a good reaction from the Billings crowd, stopping at the stage with a look of determination on his face before heading down to the ring with purpose. He steps inside and looks into the stands, taking in the positive response from the fans.

"This Fire Burns"

The fans respond with a heavy mix of both cheers & boos as CM Punk, the World Heavyweight Champion curiously walks out to the stage with Homicide by his side. He smirks at the fans' reaction, not bothered in the slightest as they walk on down to the ring, and the World Champion smiles at the confused Danielson as he walks past him to receive the microphone from Justin Roberts.

CM Punk:
It's been a long time right?

Danielson, still confused somewhat just looks at the slimy looking World Champion.

CM Punk:
What you guys don't know is that Bryan here, Homicide an' myself have travelled the word t'gether before we all turned up in the WWE, an' I've gotta say hand on heart that out of the many many talented guys I've worked with he's right up there.

Punk draws a calm reaction from the crowd, some clapping in approval of his endorsement of Danielson.

CM Punk:
I respect the hell out of this guy's talent, his desire, an' just like us he's still the same guy he was before he turned up here. He's kept his integrity, which is why Bry' I'm sure you understand what I've been saying all along. You haven't needed t' sell your soul t' get a spot on TV like so many have and continue to. That's why I want you to stand alongside Homicide an' I against the agenda t' hold back the real talent in favour of 'superstars' like John Cena who simply can't cut it against guys who are being held back despite being so much better but that there are exceptions like us who can make it.

*Heat*

Danielson turns round and walks to the apron, getting a microphone passed to him. He turns round and walks back into the middle of the ring, looking at Punk.

Bryan Danielson:
I appreciate the kind words Punk, really I do. I respect your ability too, I always have. The agenda thing though I kind of got a problem with that. You said y'self I'm still the same Bryan Danielson I've always been. I've not had t' change who I am t' get here or on TV. I'm still the same guy and I plan t' keep it that way.

*Pop*

Bryan Danielson: The way I see it, you've changed. You care about one thing. It's not looking out f' other guys. It's about keeping that title around your waist no matter what.

*Pop*

Bryan Danielson: One other thing you know about me Punk is that I've always been an individual, so despite the kind offer, unfortunately I have t' decline.

*More Cheers*

CM Punk: Well, well that's mighty naive of you Bryan. The same rules we're used to, they don't apply here. If you believe you'll get as far here as you have ev'rywhere else you're in for a mighty fall. This is the WWE. It's not about competition or respect. It's all about survival. It makes you do things you wouldn't normally do. It makes you do things you don't want t' do, kind o'like this. . .

Punk nails him out of nowhere with the microphone, putting Danielson down on the mat to a ton of heat. He steps back & drops the microphone as Homicide also steps back, both watching as Danielson makes his way back up, looking a little groggy. The fans try to warn him, some still booing as Homicide eyes him up, getting itchy feet. Danielson turns round and Homicide charges at him, turning him inside out with the West Brooklyn Lariat. More boos come from the stands as Punk revels in it, watching Danielson trying to sit up on the mat with his eyes all over the shop. He again claws his way back up as Punk hands his world title over to the Brooklyn native and turns his full attention to Danielson with the fans booing the World Champion. He locks his eyes on Danielson, and as he makes it back up, Punk pounces on him, lifting him off his feet on to his shoulders, then drops Danielson's head down on to his knee for the GTS! The fans throw a ton of boos at him as he looks down at him with a wry smile on his face, no remorse whatsoever as Homicide hands him his title back. Punk puts the title back over his shoulder and looks into the stands, still smirking through the heat. He turns to leave the ring, followed by Homicide, walking carefree back up the ramp.

"I AM PERFECTION. . ."

Out walks Dolph Ziggler, the United States Champion to the stage to more heat and he looks right at Punk as they meet with Danielson starting to come round in the ring. Ziggler doesn't look at all happy as he looks right at Punk who carries on past him, laughing to himself, not giving a damn about what he's just done. Ziggler shakes his head but looks down at the ring, then makes his way down as the referee checks on Danielson's condition. Ziggler enters the ring and poses with the title while looking over at Danielson who tries to stand back up, assuring the ref he's fine to compete despite looking unsteady initially.


*Match #4*
Non-Title Match
Bryan Danielson
vs. Dolph Ziggler
Danielson was struggling in the early going after the attack from Punk & Homicide with Ziggler taking full advantage. The United States Champion showed no mercy, but Danielson showed how courageous he is and came back fighting. The crowd were right behind him the whole way and Dolph was rattled. He was on the wrong end of a front missile dropkick, and as they made their way back up, Danielson came back off the ropes to nail him with a jumping high knee strike. Ziggler hit the deck but made his way back up, walking right into a LeBell Lock attempt. Dolph fought it right away, dragging himself towards the ropes before Danielson could get it locked in. It was a lucky escape, but as he stood back up, he ran into a drop toe hold and then a vicious kick to the head as Danielson stood back up. Dolph fell flat on his back from a seated position and Danielson went up to the top rope to a big pop, focused as hell as he then leapt off the top for a diving headbutt, and it connected. The fans were eating it up and Danielson shook off the impact he felt too before crawling across to make the cover, and with the crowd counting along with the ref, Ziggler just got his shoulder up at two.

They were gutted, as was Danielson as he sat up showing his disappointment initially. He shrugged it off quickly before taking advantage of Ziggler still in a bad way, turning him over to apply the LeBell Lock. The fans again got behind Danielson, cheering as Ziggler struggled to hold on, keeping his right hand off the mat with the ref asking him if he wanted to tap. The United States Champion held on with Danielson tearing away at his face, but he dug deep himself to try & get to the ropes. He started to drag himself towards them, and he got there to frustrate the crowd. Danielson was surprised but took it on the chin again. He watched as Dolph dragged himself up using the ropes, and he pulled him away, setting him up for a suplex, but Ziggler fought back with an elbow to the head. Danielson was knocked in a spin, allowing Ziggler to kick him in the gut and then drive his head into the mat courtesy of a leg drop bulldog. It was Danielson's turn to kick out again at two, and Ziggler was desperate to end it there & then, stalking him for the Zig Zag.

He backed up across the mat, getting ready to explode, but Danielson dodged it as Dolph hit the deck. As he stood back up Danielson was on him in a flash, looking to pull him into the LeBell Lock. Ziggler though tried to fight it and did, then pulling back to send Danielson shoulder first into the ringpost. The momentum put Ziggler on one knee and he used the time to get his breath back as a sore Danielson pulled away from the post, holding on to his shoulder as he tried to get back up. Ziggler's eyes were locked on him, staring intently at him and he ran across the mat at him, this time hitting the Zig Zag to secure the victory and earn a very hard fought victory after a spirited effort from Danielson. Ziggler was passed his title and got his arm raised, not that he looked all too pleased as Danielson rolled to the apron and under the bottom rope to the floor. Ziggler walked over to the apron too to collect a microphone.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
There's no doubt Dolph Ziggler had a big assist from CM Punk an' Homicide before the match, but don't take anything away from him or Danielson f' that matter. Danielson showed some real courage to put up the fight he did, but Ziggler dug deep himself to pick up the win here t'night.

Dolph Ziggler: Just so we're straight and before all the criticism comes my way again, I didn't know that was gonna happen before the match, just like I didn't at the Royal Rumble when I became the United States Champion.

*Heat*

Dolph Ziggler: That brings me t' Matt Sydal. I wanna congratulate on your win at No Way Out Matt but I want you t' know that you might have your rematch, the problem is I'm ready an' waiting. I know you're busy t'night with your buddy's party back there and your big match with Edge. All you've gotta do Matt is name the day. I'll face you wherever whenever t' settle this once an' for all, and just like the Rumble I'll be the one standing tall, only there'll be no doubt this time. That folks is a promise you can take t' the bank.

Looking a little rattled still, the United States Champion throws the stick down and leaves the ring, showing his title defiantly to the fans in the front row as he walks past them.

*Commercial Break*

In the back, the Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix is angrily pacing back & forth without the title belt Queen Kong stole from her on Raw Monday night. She's understandably not in a good mood tonight, and it might get worse as O.D.B. walks up to her.

Beth Phoenix:
I'm not in any kind of mood t' talk right now, let alone with you.

O.D.B: You're not the only one pissed y'know. I know that crazy bitch beat the crap out of you an' stole y'title the other night but she stopped me taking it from y'too. The only reason I don't have that title now is 'cause of that freak.

Beth Phoenix: Huh? You think she's a freak?

O.D.B: An' what's that s'pposed t' mean?

Beth Phoenix: Just funny hearing you of all people calling someone a freak, not that you're wrong in this case.

O.D.B: You're lucky I'm gonna let that go, but once I'm done getting even with that freak, don't think I ain't comin' f' you.

Mr. McMahon enters the scene, instantly calming the tension temporarily between the two divas just by his presence taking their attention away from each other.

Mr. McMahon:
Beth, am I glad I found you?

Beth Phoenix: You better have something good t' tell me.

Mr. McMahon: Well let's see. I've just been speaking with Eric Bischoff because after what happened at No Way Out and then on Raw Monday night, we both felt that we had t' deal with this as a matter of urgency before it goes any further. Now I know this is a little unorthodox but we felt this was too good an idea t' pass up. We've got both you and Kong as champions, so we felt that with Wrestlemania just around the corner, how huge it would be t' have the women's champion take on the diva's champion in a unification match?

That seems to calm Beth down but not O.D.B.

O.D.B:
Well that's great f' her but what about me huh?

Mr. McMahon: Ah yes. You do have a point but right now this is what. . .

Beth Phoenix: . . . Vince, thank you. I think it's a great idea, but it's not going t' stop me going t' Raw Monday night t' get my title back.

Mr. McMahon: I understand, but I must tell you t' be very careful.

Beth Phoenix: I'll do whatever it takes. She's not going t' push me around like ev'ryone else. I promise you that.

The Glamazon, much happier now walks away while O.D.B. stares at Vince, unnerving him slightly.

Mr. McMahon:
Yeah I think I'm gonna go.

Mr. McMahon wisely takes his leave, but O.D.B. is still looking very angry indeed.


"Don't Waste My Time"

Elijah Burke
is standing in the middle of the ring with his fiancée Layla, both looking very happy as you would expect with their upcoming nuptials.

Elijah Burke:
Hey, this is the groom speakin' I guess. I just wanna say a few words t'night. . . Whoa, before I f'get. Good luck t' my boy Matty later on too by the way. T'night though's about one thing. . . my beautiful fiancée here.

Layla is absolutely beaming at hearing her fiancé speak so delightfully of her.

Elijah Burke:
This is one time you're gonna hear me a little soppy 'cause this time t'morrow Lay's officially gonna be the ball an' chain.

Layla gives her fiancé a little slap on the arm in jest.

Elijah Burke:
I kid I kid. Lay', you know how I feel 'bout you girl but I want ev'ryone else t' know just how much I love this girl. She's made me the happiest guy in the world, an' I hope from now on I make the happiest girl in the world. I love y'Lay.

Layla sheds a little tear and he gives her a quick hug, and as they pull away she asks for the microphone and he hands it over to her.

Layla:
That was so nice, thank you baby. I just wanna say I love you too. You've already me so happ. . .

"Priceless"

*Tons of Boos*


A smug Ted DiBiase strolls out to the stage with his girlfriend Maryse, making Burke furious and Layla somewhat awkward. DiBiase walks down the ring with Maryse, smiling in a big way for some reason, and as he enters the ring he walks past Burke & Layla, he still smiles at them as he collects a microphone while Burke takes his back off Layla.

Elijah Burke:
You wanna explain what the hell y'think y'doin' comin' out here before I put you on y'ass? Wait, didn't you get fired the other night?

Ted DiBiase: First, thank you for the warm reception! As f' being fired, I left Raw. I still have a contract with the WWE, which means I'm free t' be here on Smackdown and wish you well on this special occasion for you both.

DiBiase turns to look right at a very uneasy looking Layla.

Ted DiBiase:
Are you alright? You wouldn't think it's the happiest day of your life t'morrow. Why is that?

Elijah Burke: Hey, you don't talk t' her y'hear? In fact I don't even know why you're out here. This isn't about you. Why don't you get t' steppin' an' go back t' wherever you came from?

Ted DiBiase: Oh I'm sure you'd like that wouldn't you? See like I told you Sunday night, which I'm sure you've f'got, no one tells me what t' do. That includes you, which is why I'm out here t' make my point.

Elijah Burke: There's a point to all this? Maybe you should get to it before I knock you the hell out.

Ted DiBiase: Oh I intend to. . . Now we heard all about how the divas were invited to a party your beautiful fiancée was having in Vegas on Monday night, so Maryse thought. . . well we both did that we'd go along. . .

Elijah Burke: . . . Just get t' the point.

Ted DiBiase: Okay, y'know what? Instead of me telling you about what happened, I'll show you.

Ted turns to look up at the tron and footage of what appears to be a bar is shown where Ted & Maryse turn up. They walk further into the room where Layla, Mickie James, Gail Kim, Natalya Neidhart, Kelly Kelly, Melina, Beth Phoenix, Maria are shown dancing and have a good time, but Layla turns round and sees them. She's furious and walks right up to them.

Layla:
You two? You're not invited.

Ted DiBiase: We're aware of that but we couldn't help but stop by since we were close by. We can't help but think that you're making a mistake. . .

Layla: . . . Ex-cuse me.

Ted DiBiase: Listen to what I have t' say. To outsiders it looks like you're settling. Look at Maryse. She's stunning right? I wouldn't settle and neither would she. We're the perfect couple unlike you and your fiancé. I'm sure Maryse wouldn't mind me saying that you're a very attractive woman. You can do far better than him.

Layla: Oh, like you right?

Ted DiBiase: Well of course but that's not what I meant.

Layla: You wouldn't stand a chance. I'd go f' her before I'd go near you.

Maryse looks disgusted as Layla looks her up & down. So much so she walks away and the shot goes back to the ring with Layla still looking very awkward. Burke looks totally confused with DiBiase loving stirring things up as Maryse stands by his side, not giving much away.

Ted DiBiase:
So, would you like me to show your fiancé the rest?

Layla turns to Burke and tells him she thinks they should leave.

Elijah Burke:
Na, I wanna know what he's up to.

Ted DiBiase: You heard the gentlemen.

The footage starts again where Ted is shown talking to Maryse who's still slightly riled up.

Ted DiBiase:
Baby I have an idea.

Ted takes her to a quiet spot in the distance and looks to be trying to convince into something. The footage then fast forwards to Maryse walking up to Layla as she comes out of the toilets, caught by surprise by Maryse.

Maryse:
Hey. I want to apologise for what Teddy said before and. . .

Layla: . . . And what?

Maryse: I don't know how to say this but before it looked like you were looking. . .

Layla: . . . I know where you're going and I'm sorry. It's just, I've gotta say, you're really sexy y'know, too good f' him.

Maryse: It's okay, it's just he doesn't know. . .

Layla: . . . Doesn't know what?

Maryse: Well, it's not just guys I go for.

Layla: Really? I would never've guessed. I mean it's not like we haven't all thought about that, experimenting. Y'know. I never did but if I did you'd be just the type I'd go for. Wait what am I saying? I'm sorry I shouldn't be saying that.

Maryse: No it's okay. I understand. I must say, what's stopping you? If you were going to experiment, now's the perfect time. You can get it out of your system before you get married.

Layla: Really, you think so? No I couldn't. I mean. . . no it's crazy.

Maryse: Is it? I don't think so. Trust me, it's amazing.

Layla: Yeah? I've heard that. I've always thought about it. Maybe you're right. No I can't. . . wait, oh who cares?

She grabs Maryse by surprise & kisses her. The footage stops right there, going back to the ring where Burke can't believe it, turning to look at his embarrassed fiancée.

Ted DiBiase:
Well, who would've thought we'd see that from a woman about t' get married? There's a whole lot more footage too but unfortunately we're not allowed t' show it, and it doesn't just feature these two lovely ladies either if you catch my drift.

Layla: He's lying. That's not true. Yes I kissed her but I was drunk. That's all it was baby, a silly mistake I promise.

Burke snaps, dropping the microphone to hammer DiBiase with a hard right hand, sending him down to the mat and rolling under the bottom rope down to the floor. Maryse follows him and Layla tries to apologise to Burke who still looks furious & stunned by what he's seen & heard. He goes to walk away and Layla panics, quickly picking the microphone back up.

Layla:
Please baby I'm so sorry. I swear it was just that kiss. It only lasted that second. Please f'give me, I'm so sorry.

Burke stops & turns round, looking right at her starting to cry. He walks towards her, looks at her again with DiBiase sitting up on the floor looking on with Maryse fairly ashamed by the looks of it. They watch as Burke takes the microphone from her, gently though.

Elijah Burke:
Sorry but I can't go through with it right now. The wedding's off.

He drops the stick & leaves, leaving Layla in tears with DiBiase watching on the outside with a big smile on his face. Burke stomps back up the ramp and Mickie James runs out past him to console Layla in the ring. She turns her head to give the amused DiBiase a look of pure disgust.

Michael Cole:
That was absolutely despicable if you ask me from Ted DiBiase t'night, absolutely disgusting. I feel f' both Elijah Burke and Layla. I just hope they can get over this.


Michael Cole: Coming up though when we come back, we'll find out who will be next to challenge our tag team champions. Will it be the team of Bobby Lashley an' Charlie Haas or the Mexican duo of Chavo Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio? Find out when we return in a couple of minutes.

*Commercial Break*



>44 Days!<


*Match #5*
Number One Contendership Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Power & Perfection (Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas)

vs. Mexican Royalty (Alberto Del Rio & Chavo Guerrero)
Both teams entered in different fashions with the Mexican duo very relaxed & confident while Lashley & Haas walked out meaning business. Lashley showed that in the early going, but as the match went on, Del Rio & Chavo did a good job of isolating Haas. Del Rio was revelling in the heat coming from the stands. He thought it was just a matter of time before they put the match to bed, but as he took his eye off of Haas, he turned back to help him up and got a shock as Haas fired at him with right hands. He fired the Mexican into the ropes and caught him with the kitchen sink, and as Del Rio made his way back up, Haas went for it, feeling the momentum switch his way. He went for a scoop lift and turned it into a reverse DDT, but Del Rio just got his shoulder up to stay in the match. Haas was feeling it and stood back up, circling the reeling Mexican. Just as Del Rio was about to get back on his feet, Chavo raced into the ring, but Haas ducked a clothesline and planted him with the Olympic Slam to a big pop. As Haas then stood back up, Chavo rolled out of the ring but Del Rio was back on his feet and nailed Haas as he turned round with a super kick. Haas fell to the mat and Del Rio wasted no time going for the cover, looking pissed as Haas managed to get his shoulder up at two.

Del Rio couldn't believe it and let the ref know it too. Haas was looking dazed as he sat up, struggling to make it back up as the now all business Mexican turned the attention back to him. Haas was looking in grave danger, and Del Rio ran past him into the ropes, hitting a springboard for an enzuigiri, but Haas ducked it to the surprise of everyone. Del Rio landed awkwardly and Haas took full advantage to hit the Olympic Slam to get the crowd going, and he crawled over to make the cover. Chavo though denied him by diving across, just saving the day to break up the cover. The crowd were gutted but Lashley was furious as he tried to get in the ring, but the ref blocked him off. It gave everyone else a chance to recover, but not longer after he was brought into the fold when Haas rolled out of the way of a diving senton, rolling across to tag in his partner. Del Rio was in shock as he stood up to see Lashley bursting out of his boots at him to the delight of the crowd. After a couple of clotheslines, Del Rio found himself on the end of a bone crunching spinebuster. He might've survived that but it wasn't long before he fell victim to a one arm delayed vertical suplex & a running powerslam.

Del Rio again kicked out, but Lashley was gunning for a spear, but before he could hit it, Chavo again entered the fray and took his attention off of his partner. The ref blocked Chavo off, allowing Del Rio to stand up, and as Lashley ran at him he caught him with a drop toe hold to the turnbuckle pads. That brought Chavo & Haas into the match, and after failing to get a three with the Three Amigo's, Chavo tried for a brainbuster and went up top for the Frog Splash. Haas though brought his knees up into the Mexican's guts, and as they both clawed their way back up, Haas ducked a wild right and hit an exploder suplex. The fans counted along with the ref but Chavo kicked out to the relief of Del Rio. Haas shook off the disappointment quickly to switch gears and lock in the Haas of Pain. Chavo was struggling to hold on big time, looking on the brink until Del Rio stormed the ring to break the hold to a chorus of boos by stomping on the head of Charlie Haas. Chavo showed no remorse and Lashley snapped, hitting the ring to level him with an almighty clothesline. Chavo rolled to the apron as Haas & Del Rio made their way back up with Haas looking the brighter, going for an Olympic Slam.

Del Rio though jumped down and pushed Haas into the ropes, then ducked his head, giving Haas the chance to kick him square in the head. Del Rio's head snapped up and Haas shifted behind to hit the Olympic Slam to a big pop. He went for the cover but Chavo again came to the rescue, pulling Haas away by his feet. Chavo & Lashley both had had enough and went after him, and he pleaded for mercy as the ref stood between them, trying to get Lashley & Chavo out of the ring. Del Rio sat back up and caught Haas with a low blow then rolled him up as Lashley pushed past the ref to nail Chavo and started to unload. The ref turned and saw the cover, so darted across to make the count as Del Rio held on to the tights, something the ref didn't see as he counted to three. The bell rang and Lashley turned round in shock as Del Rio stood up with his arms raised. Lashley snapped, shaking his head with steam coming out of his ears, and as Del Rio turned he got ripped in half by a spear to a big pop. Lashley stood up as Haas did too looking furious, trying to make his point to the referee who claimed not to see the tights being held with Chavo sitting up looking on clueless and Del Rio starting to sit up holding his stomach.

Winners: Mexican Royalty by pinfall.

Michael Cole: What a great contest that was but it doesn't change the fact that Chavo and Del Rio have stole one t'night, and as you can imagine, Lahsley an' Haas are furious. We might not have heard the last of this by the looks of it though.


Ready for action the 2008 King of the Ring, Matt Sydal is shown walking through back, then so is 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge with their match just moments away.

Michael Cole:
Well the action doesn't end there. We're just minutes away from our main event as two superstars looking t' challenge CM Punk for the world title at Wrestlemania battle it out when the King of the Ring Matt Sydal takes on 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge. Don't go anywhere folks.

*Commercial Break*


Michael Cole: Yes folks, you are seeing what you think you are. Monday night on Raw live in Miami, The Rock will be in the house to announce who will be the first inductee in the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame class. Finally The Rock has come back to the WWE! Make sure you're watching live Monday night when The Great One makes his long awaited return to Raw.

Quote:
*Video Recap*
From No Way Out!




The fans look nervous, and they have every right to be as Edge drags his way back up and clears the broken table out of the ring with the younger brother starting to come round. The Rated-R Superstar stares down with contempt at him, then backs away to the corner, watching Christian struggling to get up to his knees, much to Edge's amusement. Edge bends down and gets ready to explode out of the corner, and the fans know what's coming. They desperately try to warn the oblivious Christian, but as he turns round with his eyes all over the shop, Edge races out of the corner and TACKLES HIM WITH THE SPEAR!!!. . . . . Christian's done and Edge knows it, smirking into the crowd before hooking the leg. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!!!

Christian somehow gets his shoulder up and Edge can't believe it, sitting up with the fans going nuts. They're cheering like mad as Edge stares in bewilderment at the referee who lets him know it was definitely a two count. Edge drives both hands furiously into the mat as Christian starts to stir, and that fires Edge up even more. He stands up in a huff and goes back to the corner. He gets ready for another spear as Christian crawls towards the corner, using the ropes to help get back up, struggling desperately to do so by himself.

Edge is steaming though. It's coming out of his ears, and as Christian struggles back up and turns round, Edge bursts across the canvas again for another SPEAR!!!. . . . . Christian sidesteps it and Edge runs into the pads! The fans cheer, and as Edge turns round in a spin, Christian grabs him by the arms and PLANTS HIM WITH THE KILL-SWITCH!!!. . . . . Edge is out and the fans are on their feet going crazy as Christian shimmies round, turns his brother over on to his back and makes the cover, sloppily hooking the leg. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

NO!!!

Edge this time somehow gets the shoulder up to the frustration of the crowd as Christian looks up stunned at the ref and drops his head back down instantly, devastated, thinking he had it won right there. Edge lives to fight another day and Christian's clearly gutted, sure as he hell he had the win in the bag. He shakes his head as he stands up, then sees the steel chair and takes another glance back to see Edge sitting up but looking in bad shape. Captain Charisma goes for the chair and turns round with Edge desperately dragging himself back up to his feet. He can't get his balance initially, but as he does, Christian psyches himself up one more time and walks towards him, lifting the chair up above his head.

Edge turns round and ducks his head in time, catching Christian off guard, and as Christian turns round, Edge stomps him in the gut. Christian drops the chair and Edge drills his head into the CHAIR WITH THE EDGECUTION!!!. . . . . Captain Charisma is out! Edge pulls back on the mat with a sick smirk on his face, revelling in seeing the crowd looking on disappointed to see Christian n trouble. Edge though thrives on it and he has an idea, standing up and leaving the ring to grab another chair. Boos ring round the arena as he slides back in, letting go of the chair before walking towards Christian, still completely out of it.

The Rated-R Superstar makes sure the chair Christian's head crashed into is under his face with him face down against the chair & canvas. Edge then stands up with that sadistic smile, getting more heat from the fans as he gets the other chair and goes back to stand over Christian, still motionless. Edge lifts the chair up above his lead like Christian did to him on Friday night then, then BRINGS IT DOWN, SMASHING IT INTO CHRISTIAN'S SKULL FOR THE CON-CHAIR-TO!!!. . . . . . That surely has to be it and Edge definitely thinks so, dropping the chair before confidently dropping to his knees and rolling Christian on to his back to make the cover. . . . .

1. . . . .

2. . . . .

. . . . .

. . . . . 3?

YES!!!

"Metalingus" blasts out and Edge leans back on his knees looking into the crowd with that smug grin with Christian lying in front of him. He slowly stands back up to get his arm raised, revelling in the heat, raising both arms in the air as the ref lets go, looking down smugly at his defeated brother who remains out of it. EMT's rush down to check on him, amusing Edge more as he looks on, turning to the crowd still too, leaving us in no uncertain terms how pleased he is to have beaten his brother.
*The Main Event*
Matt Sydal
vs. Edge
Sydal was left to fight alone with his girlfriend Mickie James seemingly still supporting Layla, but it didn't change anything as he approached the match in a typical fearless fashion against the determined Rated-R Superstar. Edge didn't take Sydal lightly at all, and it was a good thing he didn't. The fans were supporting Sydal throughout, and they quickly had the belief he could get the win to add to his incredible year in the WWE. Edge was rattled as Sydal battled away, reversing a whip to the corner, following in to drive his elbow into the head of the Canadian. Edge fell on his ass against the pads and Sydal backed up to run in, driving both his feet into Edge's kisser to a loud cheer. He pulled Edge away to get a two count, but he kept the fight going until Edge sidestepped a missile dropkick. He quickly pulled him up to send him into the ropes and hit a release back body drop. If that wasn't enough, he went up to do what Sydal couldn't and connected with a missile dropkick. It wasn't enough for the victory and he continued to take the fight to Sydal, getting more & more frustrated as Sydal continued to cling on for survival.

Edge's frustrations were starting to boil over and as the match was drawing closer to the end, he was left furious when Sydal got his shoulder up at two after the Edgecution. The Rated-R Superstar retreated to the corner, getting ready for the spear. The fans were desperately trying to warn Sydal, and as he dragged himself back up, Edge burst out of the corner at him to finish him off. Sydal had different ideas though and sidestepped it as Edge ran into the pads. He turned round and staggered out into the path of the King of the Ring, walking into a feint enzuigiri into a headscissors takedown. The fans were buzzing and Sydal felt the adrenaline running through his body, going to the dizzy heights of the top rope as a stuttering Edge picked himself back up, turning into a double knee takedown. It was getting seriously loud in the arena as Sydal gained the initiative, and despite Edge kicking out, he kept going. Edge was reeling and Sydal looked to take full advantage by kicking him in the gut and drilling him with a tornado DDT.

Edge wasn't moving and the fans were bursting with hope as Sydal turned him on to his back to make another cover, but he was denied as Edge just about managed to get his shoulder up before the ref was about to count to three. The former United States Champion didn't let it bother him too much and dragged Edge closer to the corner before climbing up to the top rope, setting off a huge pop from the crowd thinking the Shooting Star Press was coming. As he made his way up, Edge sat up and saw what was about to happen and panicked, pushing the ref as he checked on him into the ropes. Sydal fell into a seated position to a ton of heat and Edge just smirked at the crowd as he stood up and took his time going after Sydal. He climbed up to the second rope, and then the top, setting him up for a superplex, and he hit it, but it was only enough for a two count. Edge couldn't believe it and shook his head in sheer frustration and went back to the corner, stalking the wrecked looking Sydal for the spear again. Edge was getting agitated as the fans again tried to warn Sydal, and as Edge charged at him, the King of the Ring leapfrogged his opponent.

The Rated-R Superstar put the brakes on and turned round in a flash, right into a spinning savote kick. It floored Edge to a massive pop from the Billings crowd and Sydal took a couple of seconds to regroup before going back up to the top rope. The fans were on their feet unlike Edge as he lay flat out beneath Sydal who looked down briefly before leaping up into the air for the Shooting Star Press, but Edge rolled into the corner and Sydal crash landed into the canvas with one almighty thud of an impact. He rolled into the centre of the ring clutching his recently recovered broken ribs as a relieved Edge sat up in the corner breathing a sigh of relief. He watched as the hurting Breakthrough Star of the Year struggled to make it back up to his feet with the fans sensing there could be trouble ahead. There was, and as Sydal made it up, Edge exploded out of the corner and at the third time of asking connected with the spear to pick up the victory despite an incredible effort from Sydal. "Metalingus" blasted out and a relieved & serious looking Edge stood up to get his arm raised, taking an almost respectful looking glance down at Sydal.

Winner: Edge by pinfall.

Michael Cole:
What a great match that was. Matt Sydal gave it ev'rything he had but The Rated-R Superstar persevered t' get the hard fought victory here t'night.

The World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk walks out to the stage with a microphone in hand with Homicide by his side.

CM Punk:
I guess I should congratulate you on your victory but that's not what I came out here t' say. What I have t' say is a message for you, Vince an' anyone else he thinks is going t' take my world title off me at Wrestlemania. The bottom line is no one will take it from me. It doesn't matter if it's Edge. . .

*Heat*

CM Punk: . . . John Cena. . .

*Mixed*

CM Punk: . . . Hulk Hogan. . .

*Pop*

CM Punk: . . . Hell it doesn't matter if it's Vince himself. It's not enough that I'm finally headlining Wrestlemania as a defending world champion. It's gone way past that. This is about proving without a shadow of doubt I am the benchmark f' all aspiring 'wrestlers', not 'superstars' by walking in and out of Wrestlemania as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

*Mixed*

CM Punk: F' those of you who don't like it, especially the McMahon family and all the puppets beneath him, you can all kiss my underappreciated ass.

*Mixed*

Punk drops the stick & lifts his title up into the air with "This Fire Burns" playing. Edge looks up at him from the ring, and we also get a quick glimpse of an unimpressed Mr. McMahon watching in his office before it goes back to Punk defiantly showing off his world title looking so smug.

Michael Cole:
CM Punk absolutely emphatic in his statement. Will anybody be able to take the world title from him at Wrestlemania? Who'll face him? Will it be John Cena, or Edge? Mr. McMahon has made it clear he wants that decided next week. Make sure you're with us next week live to find out just who will face Punk at Wrestlemania. Until then folks, good night an' take care.

*End of Show*

Quick Results

Paul London & Brian Kendrick df. The Pitbulls
Jack Swagger
df. Harry Smith
Petey Williams
df. Jimmy Yang
Dolph Ziggler
df. Bryan Danielson
Alberto Del Rio & Chavo Guerrero
df. Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas
Edge
df. Matt Sydal

Superstars Tapings
J-Red df. Shelton Benjamin


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>Confirmed for Wrestlemania XXV<
Date:
Sunday 29th March 2009 (6 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. ?

Unification Match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Queen Kong (c)

Battle of Britain
The UK Pack, TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart vs. The Empire


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DiBiase is already making an impact on Smackdown, just gotta love Ted, he is basically the reason why Elijah Burke and Layla's wedding is being called off because of Layla cheating, she kissed Maryse all be it that she was drunk when she did it but still that was enough for Burke to call off the wedding but I wonder if this will cause Burke to turn heel or cause Layla to turn heel because of this while with DiBiase now that he is on Smackdown he has quite a future ahead of him here on the blue brand and he could go after the World Heavyweight Championship even if he wants to

CM Punk/Edge rivalry I could get behind a heel vs heel rivalry between these 2 especially with the World Heavyweight Championship in the mix, with Punk having to defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Edge who is another heel, which is even better because I love heel vs heel matches but I see Edge being the face in this feud or at least being a tweener in this feud but showing face tendencies

But I hope Cena/Taker happens at WrestleMania 25, I really do

But as for Sydal/Ziggler if this happens at Mania 25, I really hope these 2 go at it in a Ladder Match with the United States Championship on the line
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>Wrestlemania XXV<



It's been less than seven days since last week's No Way Out in Las Vegas but we already have three matches lined up in addition to the Money in the Bank match for the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania which will be held for the first time outside of the United States of America & Canada when it comes to you live six weeks from now from Wembley Stadium in London, England.




It's a relationship that goes back years, but for the first time in their long history they will meet on the grandest stage of them all with the richest prize in the industry on the line.

It was back at the Royal Rumble four weeks ago that Triple H was forced into defending his WWE Championship by Eric Bischoff in the Royal Rumble against 29 other men as the number one entrant. The Game claimed at the time it was an impossible task to go all the way to the end to retain his title, and ultimately he failed. It was ironic that the only other person to start the match did the impossible and won the Rumble as well his WWE title. It was almost fate that Shawn Michaels was that man who went on to win his fourth WWE Championship to dethrone The King of Kings.

After Bischoff nullified the rematch clause from Triple H's contract after he was on the receiving end of a Pedigree, The Game had to fight to earn a rematch last weekend at No Way Out, emerging victorious in the number one contender match to get his rematch against The Heartbreak Kid. Battle lines were drawn on Raw with Triple H vowing to regain his title and end his long time friend's career. Michaels stood up to him and let him know he's up for the fight on the stage that he has always shined. With so much at stake as well as taking their history into account, it'll be a match for the ages when they meet at Wrestlemania in six weeks.




We were all shocked to see Queen Kong, the woman who's dominated Raw since her arrival show up at No Way Out last weekend when she attacked the two divas battling it out for Beth Phoenix's Diva's Championship. Along with The Glamazon, O.D.B. was left flat on her back at the hands of the Women's Champion, and after going to confront Kong on Raw, the Diva's Champion fell to the same fate she did 24 hours earlier. On this occasion, Kong also left with her diva's title too.

Last night on Smackdown, Beth was understandably furious and vowed to get her title back this coming Monday despite a stern warning to be careful by Mr. McMahon, who went on to tell her that she will meet Kong at Wrestlemania in a unification match for both her diva's title and Kong's women's title. O.D.B. wasn't happy either as she felt she would've gone on to beat Beth in Las Vegas last Sunday. Her feelings now are irrelevant as we'll see two of, if not the two most dominant women in WWE history collide with two titles at stake. What a collision this is going to be!




These two groups have been at each other's throats for months now, but everything will be settled once & for all at Wrestlemania next month when they meet in a fitting showdown; a Battle of Britain.

All eight of them will go at it in their homeland in front of 80,000+ of their fellow Brits. It was The Empire who controversially ended the year long reign of The UK Pack at Night of Champions after breaking Harry Smith's ankle beforehand. TJ Wilson, Smith's friend & rookie was able to defend his title on Harry's behalf, but still Wade Barrett & Co stole the titles with the aid of brass knuckles. A couple of weeks later though, The UK Pack got their revenge when they played a part in Paul London & Brian Kendrick culminating in their successful reunion by winning the WWE tag team titles from Barrett & Drew McIntyre. Just over a week ago when the two teams were a couple of matches away from a shot to regain the titles from London & Kendrick, The Empire were defeated by Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas, much to the amusement of the UK/Canadian alliance.

The Empire retaliated though, furious at being laughed at by their rivals, distracting them to see the Mexican duo of Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio overcome Wilson & Paul Burchill. Then, last Sunday with Smith cleared to compete, he was able to take on the man who broke his ankle, and he beat Barrett at his own game, using brass knuckles when Barrett was about to do the same and was stopped from doing so by the referee. He didn't see Harry use them though and he was able to gain some retribution by defeating The Empire's leader. Understandably he wasn't happy last night on Smackdown and decided to get a close look at Smith in action. His presence along with the rest of The Empire distracted Harry in his match with Jack Swagger, who may have come close to breaking Harry's just healed ankle. Burchill was furious and proposed the challenge of a Battle of Britain with all eight of them going at it, and Barrett was only happy to accept in what will truly be one hell of a battle in England's capital city.




It's become a tradition in the last four years that allows a superstar the opportunity to become a world champion, and this year will be no different.

Each time the Money in the Bank contract has been cashed in we have seen that superstar become a world champion. On the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania we will see the 5th anniversary of Money in the Bank, and at this moment we have two former world champions who have earned their spots in the match. They are The Big Show & Chris Jericho, and they have had their issues as of late. This past week Jericho qualified after calling The Big Show the biggest failure in the history of the business. It doesn't look like the rivalry that's developed between them will be quietening down anytime soon.

These two are incredibly strong contenders already, but who will join them in fighting for the huge opportunity that awaits them and can take their careers to a new level?


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Re: WWE: A Strong Response




>SMACKDOWN<

>What Is Cena Going To Do?<



Going into Smackdown last night we were expecting to hear John Cena's response to what appeared to be a challenge to a match at Wrestlemania from The Undertaker. It looked like we were going to get it too until Mr. McMahon threw a spanner in the works. As there is still serious doubt as to whether CM Punk should be World Heavyweight Champion given how his matches with Cena have ended, including last weekend's at No Way Out, the Chairman of the Board has thrown Cena another lifeline.

Mr. McMahon is adamant that Cena should meet Punk one last time to determine who is the undisputed World Champion at Wrestlemania, and Cena was told last night he will have to decide by the time Raw goes off the air on Monday night so if a new challenger is needed for Punk, Mr. McMahon can find one quickly. Cena has promised to make his decision on Monday night, but what will that be? What a dilemma he faces, having to choose between one last shot at CM Punk's world title or going up against the man undefeated at Wrestlemania.

Make sure you tune into Raw in two nights to see whether he chooses to attempt to win the world title or try to do what no one ever has and defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.



>The Mexicans Are Coming for The Gold<

Last night we saw the final of the tournament to crown new number one contenders for the WWE tag team titles, and after one gruelling contest, it was Mexican Royalty, Chavo Guerrero & Alberto Del Rio who emerged victorious against Power & Perfection.

The Mexican duo had to fight to survive a massive effort from Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas, and they did survive, only they gained the victory in controversial fashion when Del Rio rolled Haas up after a low blow and grabbed a handful of tights. The referee failed to see it, but a seriously angry Lashley did and speared Del Rio out of his boots. Once Del Rio recovers from the spear, he & Chavo will have the chance to take the titles back to Mexico as planned, adding to the success their respective families have had in the business.

Will they be able to overcome Paul London & Brian Kendrick whenever it is they meet for the titles?



>DiBiase Causes Heartbreak!<

Last Monday night Ted DiBiase was forced to leave the Raw after failing to win the tag team match he had to with Ezekiel Jackson to earn the opportunity to fight for a spot in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania. He didn't, and because he lost his spot on the Raw roster, and last night on Smackdown we saw him turn up on Smackdown in cruel circumstances.

Today was supposed to be Elijah Burke & Layla's wedding day, but DiBiase with the help of his girlfriend, Maryse put a stop to that. DiBiase admitted he went out of his way to put Burke in his place for talking down to him last Sunday after he lost to Burke's friend & best man, Matt Sydal. DiBiase showed footage of him & Maryse turning up at a party in Las Vegas after Raw. The bride-to-be was a little drunk to say the least after enjoying a night out with fellow divas & friends, and after showing a very small interest in Ted's girlfriend, he put her up to coming on to Layla. We then saw Maryse awkwardly encourage Layla's brief interest in 'experimenting' while she could, and then Layla kissed her before the footage stopped suddenly. Ted teased Burke that the fun didn't end there and he too joined in, fiercely denied by Layla though. It was too much for Burke to think about and he said he couldn't go through with the wedding after knocking the remorseless DiBiase on his ass.

It appears that this piece of work will be a permanent addition to the Smackdown locker room, but after last night he won't be a popular one, especially with Burke & Layla.

If you missed Smackdown tonight, click here to read the full results.


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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Monday Night Raw – Preview!
Monday 16th Febuary 2009
Live from the AmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, Florida





Tonight's Raw is shaping up to be one of the biggest in recent history as we continue on the Road to Wrestlemania, rolling into Miami, Florida.



Last week we saw a confrontation between The Undertaker & John Cena, 24 hours after both were responsible for the other missing out on becoming a world champion. Cena wanted to apologise for his part in accidentally costing The Dead-Man his match the night before and settle things before all hell broke loose. The Undertaker answered Cena's invitation to join him in the ring, but it didn't seem he wanted to put things to bed, looking right up at a Wrestlemania sign looming above the ring. There's been speculation ever since as to whether it was a challenge or not, but just as Cena looked back at him, he was grabbed around the throat for a chokeslam.

Cena though acted on impulse and fought his way free before hitting an F-U to the phenom. He clearly regretted his actions but defended them as self-defence. Just when we thought we were going to get an answer last Friday night on Smackdown as to whether he was challenged or not, if he knew what he would do if it was, Mr. McMahon threw a spanner in the works. The Chairman of the Board was keen to give Cena one more chance at fighting for the world title against CM Punk to find out who truly deserves to be the World Heavyweight Champion. It's a decision Mr. McMahon wants by the end of tonight's Raw, and Cena has promised to make his decision live tonight from the AmericanAirlines tonight.

What will that be? Will he decide to take up Mr. McMahon's offer of another shot at Punk's world title, or will he decide to try & do what no one has been able to by taking on the legendary streak? Make sure you tune into Raw tonight to find out.




We're also going to witness the return of Miami's own, The Rock when he announces who will be the first inductee into this year's Hall of Fame class. We learnt last week that after going into the Hall of Fame himself last year, The People's Champion will be live on Raw in his hometown to welcome a new member to join him. Who will that man be? You'll have to watch Raw live later on when we'll be greeted with the presence of The Great One. It's fair to say there'll be a lot of electricity in Miami as the hometown here returns to Raw to electrify the millions & millions of his fans. You won't want to miss it whatever you do!

The battle lines are well & truly drawn between Shawn Michaels & Triple H as they move towards their WWE Championship showdown at Wrestlemania. After securing his title shot at No Way Out the night before, last week on Raw The King of Kings made it clear to The Heartbreak Kid that this is going to be a war, going as far to say he'll end his career if he has to to get the WWE Championship back. Michaels though was defiant in his response, slamming the door to the steel cage in Triple H's face during his match with Randy Orton. The WWE Champion cost the number one contender the match, allowing The Viper to pick up a big win over The Game. Michaels wasn't done there though and said that he was ready for anything his long time friend plans to cause him, showing just that as he gave him a taste of some sweet chin music. Both men will be in Miami later on tonight, and after last week you know it's war now!

We'll also see the Women's Champion, Queen Kong in action when she takes on Gail Kim, a few days after finding out she will meet Smackdown's Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix at Wrestlemania in a unification match. Last week on consecutive nights, the undefeated Kong left The Glamazon flat on her back, and on Raw last week in Las Vegas she took the title she'll hope to call her own in six weeks. Will the behemoth send a message to Beth tonight? History suggests she will.

We also witnessed the return of Rey Mysterio last week after being put out of action last month by the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus. He returned at No Way Out after Sheamus defeated Mystico to retain his title when it looked like The Celtic Warrior was going to continue his assault of Rey's tag team partner. Last Monday they met in six-man tag team action where Rey was victorious, pinning one half of the tag team champions, leaving the Intercontinental Champion furious. Rey will be in singles action tonight when he meets The Miz. Will it be another win for the Master of the 619?

It's guaranteed to be an amazing night live in Miami on a Raw that you won't want to or can afford to miss with Wrestlemania drawing closer & closer.


>Confirmed for Raw This Week!<

Non-Title Match
Gail Kim
vs. Queen Kong

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Rey Mysterio
vs. The Miz


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Re: WWE: A Strong Response


Monday Night Raw
Monday 16th February 2009
Live from the AmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, Florida




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


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From Last Week

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.


***

From Smackdown Last Friday

Michael Cole: There's a lot of people including myself making assumptions as to what happened on Raw. It looked as if he was challenging you to a match at Wrestlemania. I know a challenge wasn't officially made but the belief is that is what he had or has in mind. If that is indeed the case which most believe it is, what is your response to the speculation? Also, what would your response be if indeed you were challenged to a match at Wrestlemania by The Undertaker?

John Cena: Y'know I've been asking myself those same questions all week long. There's no one who wants t' know what the deal is more than me let me tell ya. I was stood barely a foot apart from him an' ven I don't know if it was officially a challenge, but the impression I got, it sure felt like it.

Michael Cole: If you believe that t' be the case, how exactly do you feel about the prospect of accepting a challenge to face the man who is 16 an' 0 at Wrestlemania?

"UNDERTAKER. . . UNDERTAKER"

Cena turns & looks into the crowd.

John Cena:
Honestly? How exactly are you supposed t' feel about the thought of facing a man who's a legend even away from Wrestlemania? That's what The Undertaker is, an absolute legend, but at Wrestlemania, the biggest stage of them all, there are no words t' describe his accomplishments. He's had 16 matches there an' won them all. That simply is an unbelievable achievement. It's enough to have anyone going into Wrestlemania already thinking they've lost before the bell's even rung. The thought of facing The Undertaker's intimidating enough even before you look at that record. T' put it frankly Cole, you'd have t' be almost crazy t' want t' walk in t' Wrestlemania an' face The Undertaker.

It's a challenge like no other that comes along once a year. The streak year on year becomes more impressive. The streak has become as much of a legend as The Undertaker himself. It takes guts to accept that challenge but it takes more than guts to end the streak. One thing I've always had though is guts. The thought of walking down to this ring at Wrestlemania 25 against the legend and his streak is something that doesn't scare me. If the challenge is out there. . .

"No Chance In Hell"

Mr McMahon
walks out to the stage to a big pop holding a microphone looking to be in a very serious mood indeed with Cena & Cole turning to look up at him.

Mr. McMahon:
John I apologise for interrupting but there's something that I think I need t' say before you make any decision as far as The Undertaker is concerned. The situation you find yourself in in regard to The Undertaker's involvement in your match at No Way Out with CM Punk also needs t' be resolved. It was abundantly clear I think to ev'ryone that you had CM Punk beat and you were going to leave the new World Heavyweight Champion.

*Mixed*

Mr. McMahon: That John, yet again leaves us in the same position we've been in f' months as to who deserves t' be World Champion, you or Punk. Now it seems perfectly fitting t' me that we decide this once an' f' all with one final match between you an' Punk for the world title at Wrestlemania.

*Strong Mixed Reaction*

Cena looks shocked, completely thrown by Vince's twist in the tale.

Mr. McMahon:
That obviously would mean John that if this challenge exists or not from The Undertaker, you would be unable to fight for the chance to become World Heavyweight Champion.

John Cena: . . . Vince let me stop you there before this whole situation gets out of control. I already had a lot t' think about, but now. . . Y'know what I can't make a decision in the heat of the moment. Vince I appreciate what you're sayin', an' you're right. There's nothing I want more than t' beat CM Punk f' the World Heavyweight Championship, but at the same time I've never been one t' duck a challenge, if that's what this is. I need time t' think. Hopefully by Monday night I'll be able to make a decision that I can tell The Undertaker. . .

Mr. McMahon: . . . I respect that, but John I have t' tell you that unless you make a decision by then I'll have t' look elsewhere as t' who will challenge Punk at Wrestlemania. Just so we're clear you understand that right?

John Cena: Absolutely, 100%. I'll have my decision Monday night live on Raw. That's a promise.

"My Time Is Now" hits again as Cena looks into the crowd, taking in the reaction with Vince still far from satisfied looking down at the ring.
Jim Ross: Welcome ev'ryone. We're live t'night in Miami Florida from the American Airlines Arena, six weeks away from Wrestlemania, an' what a night it's gonna be. . .


Jim Ross: . . . 'cause right here live t'night, after a week of non-stop speculation, John Cena will tell the world just who he will face at Wrestlemania, whether it will be The Undertaker or if he'll challenge CM Punk one more time for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Jerry Lawler: What a dilemma JR. Personally I wouldn't wanna face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania but I understand why John Cena likes the idea of that challenge, but at the same time he has the chance to beat CM Punk after ev'rything they've been through for the world title. I don't know what he's going t' do.


Jim Ross: I don't think anyone does but what we do know is what The Rock is going t' do. He's back on Raw in his hometown of Miami to announce the first inductee of the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame. It's been a long time since we've had The Rock on Raw.

Jerry Lawler: It sure has JR. I f' one can't wait. He's going t' blow the roof of this place t'night.

"Sexy Boy"

Everyone in the arena jumps up to their feet and give the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels a rapturous standing ovation as he walks out to the stage with his WWE title draped over his shoulder. The Heartbreak Kid's looking fairly relaxed tonight in his casual gear, looking out into the stands, clearly appreciating the reception with a smile on his face, clapping them as he heads down the ramp towards the ring.


Quote:
*Video Recap*
From Last Week

Triple H
pours water over his head and sets 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:
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.

*The Main Event*
Steel Cage Match
Randy Orton
vs. Triple H
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.

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.

The WWE Champion is standing in the middle of the ring holding a microphone and his music cuts, bringing out a whole host of "HBK" chants.

Shawn Michaels:
It's always great t' be back in Miami.

*Big Pop*

Shawn Michaels: It's that time of the year boys an' girls. We're on the road to Wrestle-mania.

*More Cheers*

Shawn Michaels: I can tell Miami's excited. I'm excited too. Hell ev'ryone's excited. It's the sports entertainment version of the Superbowl an' you should be excited. There's nothin' like it. I've been with this company over 20 years an' ev'ry year the feeling stays the same, but this year it's even bigger. That's because this year is the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: 25 years of Wrestlemania an' once again, look who's the main event.

*More Cheers*

Shawn Michaels: This'll be my third straight year in the main event of Wrestlemania, an' this year f' the first time ever we're takin' the party t' the UK.

*Mixed*

Shawn Michaels: It's been a long time comin' let me tell ya. 17 years ago yours truly went over t' Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 screamin' fans, an' that without question was one of the best nights of not just my career but my entire life. I've been lucky enough t' take part in some incredible events, but that night was somethin' else. Goin' outside the United States was a big deal, as it is now an' I can't wait t' go back. I love this country as much as anyone but Wrestlemania at the new Wembley Stadium is going t' be something special.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: There's just me an' The Undertaker left from that incredible night but hist'ry plays a part in another way. This year I'll be competing against someone I have a whole lot o'hist'ry with. You know him by the name Triple H.

*Major Heat*

Shawn Michaels: T' me he's Hun'er, an' even though we've talked about this moment f' years an' how great it is t' be doing it on the 25th anniversary f' the WWE title, it seems that's not enough f' my old buddy. It seems he wants t' send me back t' my ranch in Texas. Not just that he wants t' send me back t' my wife an' kids crippled and end my career.

*Major Heat*

Shawn Michaels: Y'know what? That's fine 'cause that doesn't mean it's gonna happen. If you wanna end my career Hun'er, give it y'best shot my man. You might think this is a battle I can't win but you know as well as I do Jack that this, this is my stage. You can play it down all you want, there's a reason I got the name of Mr. Wrestlemania, an' in six weeks you're gonna find out why when I stand in this ring like I am right now, standing tall with the WWE Championship.

Shawn lifts the title up and gets a big pop from the Miami crowd.

Shawn Michaels:
We've met before an' we might meet again, but against The Main Event in the main event on the stage The Showstopper shines, you have no idea Hun'er. You won't be the first t' take it f' gran'ed, an' yeah you might've ended Ric Flair's career last year an' played a big part in Batista calling it a day, but that doesn't mean you're gonna stop me too.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: You said last week this is gonna be a battle, a battle apparently I can't win, so I thought I'd show you that there's plenty of fight left in the old dog yet.

*More Cheers*

Shawn Michaels: I'm ready f' a battle. I'm ready f' a war. I'm ready f' whatever you're gonna throw at me Hun'er. I've been in many battles no one thought I could win. Hell I was in one you thought was impossible at the Royal Rumble, an' look what happened. Even at this stage of my career I still came out on top because despite all the nicknames one thing I've got that I've always had is heart. I've got one big heart Jack, an' at Wrestlemania it takes me t' levels like no other, a level that you Hun'er won't be able t' deal with.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: The sooner you realise this is a battle I can win, the better f' your sake. Make no mistake though my man, I know how bad you want this. I know it's personal an' that's fine by me but I'm ready. I'm ready for it all. I retained the world title last year in the main event an' this year I'll do it again.

*Big Pop*

"Behold the King, the King of Kings. . ."

'The King of Kings' Triple H
with fury written all over his as face slowly walks out to the stage, stopping & staring right down at Michaels who stares right back up at him. The former WWE Champion turns briefly to the crowd, giving them mean looks too before making his way down to the ring, eyes fixed firmly on The Heartbreak Kid all the way with Shawn also not taking his eyes off his Wrestlemania opponent. The Game makes his way up the steps and enters the ring, getting even angrier as he walks right up to Michaels, staring right at him but brushes past him to walk over to the apron, getting a microphone handed to him. His music stops, bringing out the heat as he turns back and walks into the centre of the ring, again sights set firmly on Michaels.

Triple H:
You're right about one thing. After last week an' that cheap shot it's not just a battle, it's a war. That's if I don't beat the crap out of you right here right now.

Shawn smirks, clearly not intimidated despite the anger on Triple H's face being there for all to see.

Shawn Michaels:
Hun'er you're the one who declared war on me. Last week was my way of letting you know I'm ready. I know just how much you wanna kick my ass an' take this title back, an' like I said, that doesn't mean it's gonna happen. This whole man on a mission thing you've got going on, we both know why it is. The whole reason you wanna beat me up so bad is 'cause I did the impossible, the thing you said couldn't be done at the Royal Rumble. You're the one that said that it was impossible t' defend the WWE title by starting the Royal Rumble match an' going all the way t' the end t' be the last man standing. You were right about one thing too. You couldn't do it. There's only one problem though right Hun'er? I did. I did the impossible.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: You might've been number one but we both know that number one or number two like I was it makes no diff'rence. When that bell rung I was there at the start with you, only when the bell rang at the end it was just me. . . just me an' the WWE Championship.

Shawn looks to the title and smiles, winding The King of Kings up even more.

Shawn Michaels:
It's not the first time I've gone the whole way in the Rumble, an' like so many people have said f' a long time Jack, you've tried t' fight your way past the shadow of The Heartbreak Kid.

*Big Pop*

Triple H is fuming but somehow manages to keep it all inside as he stares furiously at Michaels.

Shawn Michaels:
All your career you've known that an' done ev'rything in your power to eclipse Shawn Michaels, but even now you still can't do it, an' that hurts doesn't it? I can see it in your eyes how much that pisses you off.

Triple H: You're kidding yourself Shawn. You may have won the Royal Rumble but the fact is I've accomplished way more an' won more world titles than you ever have. I never had t' resort t' screwing someone over either like you did in Montreal.

*Heat*

Triple H: Believe what you want Shawn. You've always had a big mouth. I know how much you fear getting in the ring with me at Wrestlemania. You more than anyone know what I'm capable of. You know that I can end your career at Wrestlemania, Mr. Wrestlemania or not, I guarantee that it will be your last match. If you're so confident you'll beat me in London, prove it. Put your career on the line Shawn, I dare you.

Again that brings a smirk to the face of the WWE Champion.

Shawn Michaels:
Hun'er, I'm not gonna do that.

*Big Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I'm not gonna do it f' a couple of reasons. F' one the title's already on the line. My career doesn't need t' be. You beat me you get the title back, you win regardless. Most importantly though Hun'er, only one person's gonna decide when it's time my career comes to an end, an' that's Shawn Michaels.

*Pop*

Shawn Michaels: I'll call it a day when the time's right. You don't get t' decide that, I do.

Triple H: Just as I thought. As always you're all talk. You've left me with no choice. You f'got t' realise that there's another way your career can end, if someone ends it for you. The decision can be taken out of your hands Shawn. That's what'll happen when I beat you within an inch of your life.

*Heat*

Triple H: Taking that title isn't enough. Your career's in my hands at Wrestlemania and I will end it. Not only that, I'll enjoy it too.

Michaels clearly isn't fazed or worried by the threats, keeping his cool.

Shawn Michaels:
You really wanna end my career so bad? How about you try it right now?

*Massive Pop*

The WWE Champion drops his title to the mat.

Shawn Michaels:
Come on Hun'er, show me how you're gonna finish The Heartbreak Kid.

Michaels means business and drops the microphone too.

?:
Oh no you don't, hold it right there.

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

Eric Bischoff:
There's no way the Wrestlemania event is getting ruined on my watch. There's only one way we're gonna deal with this. Hun'er you're gonna leave this arena right now, 'cause later on t'night I made a match that will see Shawn Michaels go one-on-one with a former Wrestlemania opponent. . . Chris Jericho.

*Big Pop*

Eric Bischoff: I don't want you anywhere near it Hun'er so you either walk out right now or I have you removed. . . your call.

The King of Kings takes a long angry look at Shawn, then drops the microphone, turns his back and leaves, heading back up the ramp with Bischoff watching closely, getting a filthy look from Triple H too.

Jim Ross:
This just got real personal, and we're still six weeks away from Wrestlemania. It looked like it was going t' boil over t'night, but later on we're going t' see Shawn Michaels in action when the WWE Champion goes one-on-one with Chris Jericho. That will be one hell of a match that's f' sure on what already is sure t' be one hell of a night here on Raw.

*Commercial Break*

A video of Triple H leaving the arena during the break is shown with security watching him leave through the door to the parking lot.


*The Opening Match*
The Colon Brothers
vs. Ezekiel Jackson & Orlando Jordan
The World Tag Team Champions, The Epitome of Excellence (Christopher Daniels & Kaval) joined JR & The King at the announce table to get a closer look as they put it at the Puerto Rican siblings who have gotten to them the last two weeks. Carlito & Eddie were out to impress as well with the champions watching, and they sure did that. The fans were behind them too, and despite a great start, Jackson proved to be a major roadblock. When Jordan just about managed to tag him into the match, the big man put the match in their favour, and he came close to securing an upset when he caught Eddie in a diving cross body attempt. He swiftly lifted him up into a torture rack, and Eddie sure looked like he was being tortured. Thankfully Carlito saw how close it was to being over and ran the ring to dropkick Jackson in the chest, and he let go of Eddie who fell to the mat. Carlito got a ticking off, but Eddie's pain didn't end there. Jackson continued to dominate him, but Eddie dug deep.

He survived a bearhug and got his shoulder up at the count of two after a thunderous running powerslam. Jackson was quickly getting angry and looked to hit a body avalanche on the younger brother, but Eddie sidestepped out of the corner and rolled him up after Jackson jumped into the pads. It was only two though and Jackson powered out, but as the big man made his way back up, Eddie caught him with a springboard dropkick and then made the tag to Carlito. He came in flying, connecting with a springboard back elbow smash and then a running knee lift to the side of the head. As he came back off the ropes for a clothesline though, Jackson caught him with a monstrous lariat. It turned Carlito inside out, and after he kicked out, Jackson stood up to bring Jordan back in. Jordan entered very smug, and Daniels & Kaval were happy to say the brothers weren't looking so good. It wasn't over though, and when Jordan missed with the Miami Hangover, a leg drop bulldog, Carlito reacted quickly with a lifting reverse STO.

Jordan though just got his shoulder up, but the writing was on the wall. The fans encouraged Carlito to end it, and he was on the way, urging OJ to get up, shifting behind for the Backstabber. Jackson saw the danger though and stormed the ring, but Carlito saw him coming and ducked a clothesline with Jackson running into the ropes. Carlito turned and dropkicked him through the ropes, but Eddie ran along the apron and knocked him off with a double leg kick to the knees. Carlito smiled with approval, but as he turned round, Jordan was back up on his feet and ran at him. Carlito ducked underneath though and caught him with the Backstabber to get the win for him & Eddie, met with joyous approval from the fans. Daniels & Kaval didn't look happy as they got their arms raised by the referee, and Carlito signalled that they want the titles around their waist, not going down well with the champions at all at the announce table.

Winners: The Colon Brothers by pinfall.

Jim Ross: There's no doubt that Carlito an' Eddie are on a roll right now. They've got their eyes on the two men set alongside us as well as their titles.

Christopher Daniels: They can look as much as they like. These titles are ours and it will remain that way I assure you.


Leticia Cline is standing by backstage at the interview set.

Leticia Cline:
Ladies an' gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, Chris Jericho.

The camera zooms out and there stands Chris Jericho in his ring gear looking fairly relaxed.

Leticia Cline:
Chris, last week you won a spot in this year's Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania which guarantees the winner a world championship match of their choosing at anytime in the next 12 months. How confident are you that you can become Mr. Money in the Bank this year?

Chris Jericho: How confident am I? Let me put it this way Leticia. Not only will I be part of this year's Money in the Bank match, I will without question be the winner of this year's Money in the Bank match. It doesn't matter if it's between just me and The Big Show or if the entire roster is in the match as well, I will be the one who claims that contract that will entitle me to a shot at the world title of my choice. It's not just confidence. It's because I am without question the best in the world at what I do. . .

Into the shot walks the menacing sight of The Big Show, looking right at Jericho who turns right round, not at all impressed by his presence.

The Big Show:
. . . Jeez, I've not heard that before.

Chris Jericho: You've heard it because it's true. It's something you won't have heard or ever will about yourself though.

The Big Show: Maybe, but if you were the best in the world you wouldn't need money in the bank. You'd be the champion right now or you would've won the number one contender match at No Way Out. You won't win this either. . . I will. All the talk in the world won't change that, but hey, if you're really the best in the world, you go an' beat Shawn Michaels t'night.

Show smiles at Jericho and takes his leave.

Leticia Cline:
Like Big Show just said, you'll be in action against Shawn Michaels later on t'night. . .

Chris Jericho: . . . Yes I am, and just like I will be victorious at Wrestlemania, I will be victorious t'night when I beat Shawn Michaels as I would have at Wrestlemania if there was any justice in the world. The money in the bank will be consolation though, and you never know. I might just cash that in at Wrestlemania too.

Jericho looks right down the lens with a confident smile before walking out of the shot.


Rey Mysterio is shown looking ready to go, walking out of his locker room.

Jim Ross:
It's time f' a quick commercial break, but when we come back, 'The Human Highlight Reel' Rey Mysterio will be in action an' you won't wanna miss it.

*Commercial Break*

Quote:
*Video Recap
From Last Week

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.
*Match #2*
Rey Mysterio
vs. The Miz
Rey got a rousing reception from the fans when he walked out into the arena. Miami though weren't taken with The Miz, and it was clear that the feeling was mutual. He was a man on a mission though, not looking at all happy as he stepped out to the stage. He looked to take his frustration out on Rey, but Mysterio took advantage of it in the early going, starting fast to make Miz even angrier. Mr. Hollywood got a foothold after catching Rey with the kitchen sink, and as the match went on he was more than in it. Rey's spirit was there as always, but Miz turned the tide in his favour with a great counter, catching Rey with a standing dropkick when the Mexican went looking for a springboard reverse cross body off the second rope. Miz wasn't happy to see Rey get his shoulder up at two and went about trying to make sure he didn't kick out the next time.

He hit a springboard bulldog and then a falling neckbreaker, but that still wasn't enough. The anger was rising to the surface again, and the Clevelander drove both his hands into the canvas. He watched Rey trying to claw his way back up and stalked his prey for The Skull Crushing Finale. Rey though slipped behind him and put him in a waistlock, then ran into the ropes, trying for a roll up, but Miz held on to the ropes. Rey raced back up and Miz turned round to run at him, right into a hurricanrana. Miz kicked out, and as they made their way back up, Rey back pedalled into the ropes and Miz walked right into a drop toe hold. Rey dialled up for the 619 with the crowd going nuts, and he hit it to a huge pop.

Miz fell back and hit the deck as Rey steadied himself on the apron, then hit a springboard splash, coming down on The Miz for the pin, getting the three count and a good win. "Booyaka 619" hit to another big pop as Rey got his arm raised by the referee, but boos came from the crowd, fans standing up, and as Rey turned round, Sheamus, the Intercontinental Champion had slid in the ring. The Celtic Warrior burst at him going for the Brogue Kick but Rey ducked it and ran into the ropes to slide out of the ring to piss off the already livid Irishman. Rey backtracked up the ramp watching Sheamus glaring at him, but the Intercontinental Champion turned round and went after a microphone.

Winner: Rey Mysterio by pinfall.

Sheamus: Hey, Mysterio. Y'might've got away dis time fella, but let me tell y'somethin', sooner or later I'm gonna get my hands on ya. I should be goin' t' Wrestlemania t' replicate The Ultimate Warrior's feat of walking out of Wrestlemania as both Intercontinental and WWE Champion, but I'm not, because of you.

*Heat*

Sheamus: It's your fault Rey an' I'm gonna make y'pay. It's gonna be worse than de last time. Dis time you won't be comin' back.

Eric Bischoff walks out to the stage holding a microphone.

Eric Bischoff:
Sheamus Sheamus Sheamus. You're not gonna let this go are y'fella? Well guess what? I'm gonna make your dreams come true. Just like The Ultimate Warrior did, you'll be going t' Wrestlemania with the Intercontinental title which you will defend, only you won't be challenging for the WWE title. You'll be defending your Intercontinental Championship against this man right here, Rey Mysterio.

*Big Pop*

Rey looks really happy at that, Sheamus less so as he looks up at Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff:
But since I'm in a good mood t'night, I'm gonna give you a chance later on t' take on the man who defended the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania last year so you're ready for your first Wrestlemania. Your opponent t'night is The Viper, Randy Orton.

*Huge Pop*

Sheamus shakes his head, not happy at all.

Eric Bischoff:
Good luck fella.

Bischoff turns round and walks backstage again with a happy Rey looking down at Sheamus, and the Intercontinental Champion can't hide his frustration as "Booyaka 619" plays again.

Jim Ross:
What a match that is going t' be at Wrestlemania, but later on Sheamus will have another massive challenge when he goes one-on-one with Randy Orton who last week beat Triple H inside a steel cage. We'll see how he copes up against The Viper later on.

*Commercial Break*



The Miz
doesn't look too happy as he's shown walking back from the ring, walking right into the path of a sn-iggering Zack Ryder, not making Miz's mood any better at all.

Zack Ryder:
Hey look who it is. Who looks like the loser now huh oh awesome one? Great job man.

The Miz: You're calling me a loser, really? Really? I'd rather lose one match than be a loser my entire life.

Zack Ryder: One match? Seriously bro?

The Miz: Yeah bro, seriously. I'll prove it. Next week, you an' me. How about it?

Zack Ryder: You an' me next week? Oh you know it's on.

Zack smiles, clearly looking forward to the match before walking off with the angry Miz watching him walk away with contempt.



Jim Ross: As we just found out before the break, later on t'night we'll see Rey Mysterio get the chance t' face Sheamus at Wrestlemania for the Intercontinental Championship. The Celtic Warrior put him out of action for a few weeks after Rey eliminated him from the Royal Rumble. . .

Jerry Lawler: . . . Not just that JR. Sheamus cost Rey an' Mystico the tag team titles the next night too. I think ev'ryone's rooting f' Rey at Wrestlemania.


Jim Ross: I agree, but King, I think ev'ryone here t'night is looking forward to the return of The Rock when he reveals who will be the first inductee in this year's Hall of Fame.

Jerry Lawler: I can feel the electricity. It's been balding all night. I think this place is gonna erupt when he walks out here later on.


*Match #3*
JTG
vs. Hardcore Holly
JTG got a good reaction from the Miami fans, but not long into the contest he & Holly found themselves on the outside after the momentum of a clothesline from JTG took them both down to the floor. They along with the fans were both in for a surprise when Smackdown's Jack Swagger ran down the ramp, grabbing Holly and tossing him into the steps. The ref called for the bell as The All-American tossed JTG in the ring and followed him in, helping him up and planting him with the Swagger Bomb. He was like a man possessed and turned him over on to his front, then applied the Ankle Lock, making JTG scream out in agony, quickly tapping, not that it stopped Swagger. The referee tried to get him off, and eventually Swagger relented with the fans booing as he stared into the stands and then down at JTG without a shred of remorse. The boos continued as he left the ring, taking a quick cold glance at Holly writhing around the floor before heading back up the ramp, giving the fans dirty looks too, shrugging off the heat without a care in the world.

Result: No Contest.

Jerry Lawler: What was that all about JR? Why's he here?

Jim Ross: I don't know King. What I do know though is my fellow Oklahoman, Jack Swagger has made a statement here t'night live on Raw.


We're shown a split screen of the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels & Chris Jericho as they both make their way through the back ready for action.

Jim Ross:
What a treat in store when we come back, a Wrestlemania rewind between Chris Jericho and the WWE Champion Shawn Michaels. Whatever you do folks, don't go anywhere. You won't wanna miss this.

*Commercial Break*

'The All-American American' Jack Swagger
is shown walking through back with a wry smile on his face, and suddenly he stops. We now see that Eric Bischoff is standing right there, not looking too impressed at all.

Eric Bischoff:
What the hell was that? What are you even doing here?

Jack Swagger: This is the A-show, the place t' be right?

Eric Bischoff: Y-e-s.

Jack Swagger: Well if this is the A-show, it needs Jack Swagger.

Eric Bischoff: Is that so?

Jack Swagger: Yeah, it is. Raw needs The All-American American, believe me.

Eric Bischoff: Oh I've seen you in action. You've sure got talent alright but you should've just called me. I've got no problem bringing talent t' Raw. If you want in, that's fine by me. Just so you know though Jack, what I say goes around here. Taking matters into your own hands like that, that won't do you any favours alright, just so we're clear.

Swagger smiles again and walks off without a care in the world.


*Match #4*
Non-Title Match
Shawn Michaels
vs. Chris Jericho
Jericho may have been very calm walking out into the arena and once in the ring he looked very complacent too. Michaels on the other hand wasn't, and he had the Miami fans cheering him on throughout. The WWE Champion was on fire in the early going, but Jericho came back and his complacency vanished. The Canadian rose to the challenge and was more than a match for The Heartbreak Kid. Jericho showed why he calls himself the best in the world at what he does, turning the tables late on when he ducked a leg feed enzuigiri to lock in the Walls of Jericho. The fans were shocked as Michaels was forced to fight like mad to stay in the match with Jericho begging Shawn to tap out. Michaels struggled to hold on, slap bang in the middle of the ring. The fans were worried but chanted "HBK" over & over, supporting the WWE Champion, and he responded, desperately dragging himself slowly across the canvas. Jericho started to panic, keeping the hold locked in though as Michaels dragged himself closer to the ropes.

The fans were willing him to get there, but Jericho responded, standing up slightly to try & drag Michaels back. Shawn responded though, taking advantage to turn himself over and kick Jericho off him, getting a big pop from the fans. Michaels struggled to get back up while Jericho easily made it up to his feet, and he went right after Shawn by the ropes, chopping him across the chest. He fired him into the opposite side and walked out to meet Shawn, but the WWE Champion came back with a flying forearm smash. Again the fans loved it and cheered as both men picked themselves back up. Michaels blocked a right hand and unloaded on Jericho to then fire him into the ropes, and as Jericho came back he was sent high up into the air with a back body drop. With the fans loving it, Jericho dragged himself back up, walking into a scoop slam from Michaels who then headed to the corner, climbing up to the top rope to get the fans even more excited.

It was getting incredibly loud in the arena as Shawn then leapt off the top for a diving elbow drop, but Jericho just rolled out of the way at the last second. The fans' disappointment was clear, and as both men clawed their way back up, Jericho was looking the brighter and set his sights on Michaels, looking determined to put Shawn away, and he ran at the WWE Champion, planting him with the Codebreaker. He hit it and the momentum took Shawn rolling across the mat towards the apron, and just before the ref was about to count to three with Jericho looking smug, Michaels got his foot on the bottom rope to a huge roar. Jericho couldn't believe it and took his anger out on the referee before going back to Shawn, grabbing him by the legs and pulling him to the middle of the ring. Michaels though swung his legs forcefully to send Jericho down, and as they made their way back up, Michaels ducked a clothesline and took Jericho down with a swinging neckbreaker.

It gave him the chance to regroup, and as he stood up he retreated to the corner as Jericho slowly dragged his way back up, oblivious to The Heartbreak Kid tuning up the band. The fans joined in, stomping their feet in the stands and clapping their hands. Michaels locked & loaded, watched Jericho stand up, and as he turned his way Michaels exploded out of the corner for the super kick. Jericho ducked it though and smirked into the stands at doing so, too cocky for his own good, and as he turned again, Michaels took his head off with the sweet chin music. Jericho wasn't laughing this time as he fell flat on his back to a huge roar again with Michaels falling on top of him to make the cover and secure the victory. "Sexy Boy" blasted out to get the crowd going even more as Shawn was handed his WWE title and got his arm raised by the referee. He hit the corner to applaud the fans again as Jericho rolled to the apron a little worse for wear as he came round with the WWE Champion looking good heading into Wrestlemania.

Winner: Shawn Michaels by pinfall.

Jim Ross: That's a great win f' Shawn Michaels t'night heading into Wrestlemania. Jericho made a real fight of it but he got too cocky. Ultimately it cost him the match and the WWE Champion comes out on top like he intends to at Wrestlemania when he meets Triple H.


The shot goes to the back and John Cena is shown, seemingly on his way to the ring.

Jim Ross:
When we come back though, we'll find out the decision John Cena has made as to who he'll face at Wrestlemania, CM Punk or The Undertaker. We'll all find out when we come back in just a few minutes.

*Commercial Break*


Jim Ross:
Still t' come t'night, live in his hometown of Miami, The Rock will be here on Raw!


"My Time Is Now"

The arena erupts with fans rising to their feet as John Cena walks out to the stage, stopping to take in the cheers & boos being thrown at him. He smiles through it and does his trademark salute before running down to the ring, looking back to normal after last week's troubles despite the decision he plans to make. He hits the ring to more thunderous cheers & boos as he poses for the fans, then walks across to the apron to collect a microphone. The music stops and the noise is deafening as Cena soaks it in, enjoying the moment.

John Cena:
Is it me or is Miami EXCITED T'NIGHT?

*Big Cheer*

There again are some boos too, not that they bother Cena.

John Cena:
Yeah it sounds t' me like you people are excited an' y'should be. Not only is it Wrestlemania season, right here t'night live from his hometown of Miami, The Rock will be in the house.

*Huge Pop*

John Cena: It doesn't get much better than this right? This is what this time of year's all about. Wrestlemania is like nothing else. The slightest mention of Wrestlemania gets the hair on the back of my neck standing up. I've been lucky enough t' main event a fair few in recent times. In fact ev'ry match I've had at Wrestlemania, a title's been on the line. The first time I won the United States Championship. The last four years it's been f' the WWE title. All but one of those matches, last year as it goes, I've won. This year though I'm in the position where I can fight for the World Heavyweight Championship against the man who just manages to escape ev'ry timeI face him, CM Punk.

*Mixed*

John Cena: Vince McMahon has given me one more chance, an' after ev'rything me an' Punk 'ave been through the last few months, you have no idea how much I wanna beat that guy an' become the World Heavyweight Champion. It's what I've been trying t' do the last six months it feels like, but one thing after another keeps happening t' stop me, whether it be Stephanie McMahon, Punk getting his buddies t' help him out or a certain dead man chokeslams me in the middle of this ring when I'm about to walk out of the cage an' grab that title.

*Mixed*

John Cena: That, that's the twist in the tale. . . That twist goes by the name of. . .

"Undertaker. . . Undertaker. . ."

John Cena: Yeah that's him, The Undertaker.

*Pop*

John Cena: F' the last week, ev'ryone's been talking about if at Wrestlemania 25, the 25th anniversary of the showpiece event in this business, The Undertaker's gonna face John Cena.

*Big Pop*

John Cena: Exactly. Ev'ryone wants t' know, including me. That's the problem. I don't know if that's really on the cards or not. Nobody knows but The Undertaker himself if he challenged me last week, leaving me in this position of whether I accept Vince's challenge or not, or do I find out if he challenged me or not last week? If he did, do I instead choose t' try t' do what no one else ever has? Do I dare walk through the gates of hell an' face the man who at Wrestlemania is 16 an' 0? Do I choose t' do what almost ev'ryone thinks can't be done? Do I go t' Wrestlemania an' try t' beat the streak?

*Mixed*

John Cena: I've gotta admit I'm still not sure I know the answer, but I think, I think I know what I want. . . no, what I have t' do. . . F' months now I've tried t' beat CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship, an' at Wrestlemania I have the chance t' do just that. It's a no brainer, or so you'd think. As much as I wanna beat Punk an' win the world title, if he defends that title at Wrestlemania I'll still have that chance another day. The opportunity t' face The Undertaker an' end the streak comes along once a year, an' man do I love a challenge?

*Pop*

John Cena: I've been in this business a long time now an' one man I've always respected the hell out of is The Undertaker. In fact after my first match here he came t' me an' told me "good job kid". I won't f'get that. He helped me out in my early days but now I'm in the position that I have the chance, or at least I think I do t' step inside the ring with one of the all time best on the biggest stage, the stage where he's been invincible. But you know what they say right? All good things must come to an end!

*Heat*

John Cena: I've always been true t' myself. I always try t' be honest an' I can stand here t'night an' say that I've always thought The Undertaker couldn't be beaten at Wrestlemania. I've thought that the streak would never come to an end an' that it shouldn't. Now I'm stood here with maybe the chance t' be the man to achieve the unthinkable. I don't see it as the chance to end it an' rub it in his face. I see this as a challenge, simple as that. I've never ducked a challenge in my life. I never have an' I never will. That's why if the challenge is there, I. . .

*Gong*

The fans go nuts and the lights go out and "Rest In Peace" hits to more cheers, then The Undertaker slowly emerges through the smoke blowing across the stage. He carries on slowly down the ramp with Cena watching, smile gone completely, taking The Dead-Man very seriously. Taker gets to the steps, takes them up on to the apron and brings the lights back on to a deafening roar, staring straight ahead at Cena who keeps his eyes on Taker. The phenom enters the ring with his special microphone, menacingly walking towards Cena as his music comes to a halt with the cheers continuing with both men staring right at each other.

The Undertaker:
The challenge of which you speak implies you have a choice.

*Pop*

The Undertaker: 41 nights John, you will walk through the gates of hell, and just like ev'ryone before you, you will fall and become another victim of the streak.

*More Cheers*

John Cena: You might be right. Hist'ry dead man says you are. No one has beaten you f' a reason. Hell, you may well be invincible. That's what makes this the biggest challenge of my life or f' anyone who tries t' beat the streak, but like I've said, I've never backed away from a challenge. This, this is no diff'rent. If you say I've got no choice, that doesn't make any diff'rence either. My mind was made up. Wrestlemania 25, The Undertaker versus John Cena. . . it's on.

Cena looks right at Taker, showing he's not intimidated and drops the stick to walk past him and leave the ring, heading back up the ramp as Taker turns to watch him leave. Cena turns back and looks down to the ring and the man he'll face at Wrestlemania as the shot focuses on the Wrestlemania sign above the ring visible behind Taker with Cena looking down at him.

Jim Ross:
There we go. We now know. As John Cena said himself, it's on. At Wrestlemania it will be a real clash of the titans. It'll be John Cena taking on the streak when he challenges The Undertaker. What a match that is going t' be.

Jerry Lawler: You're not wrong. It's going t' be incredible JR. Cena an' The Undertaker, I can't believe it.

*Commercial Break*


Jim Ross:
If f' some reason you weren't watching before the break, it's official. At Wrestlemania in six weeks we will see perhaps the biggest challenge to The Undertaker's streak when the man who is 16 an' 0 faces John Cena. That truly is something worthy of the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania.

Jerry Lawler: It sure is JR.

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*Video Recap
From Last Week

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.


***

From Smackdown Friday Night

In the back, the Diva's Champion, Beth Phoenix is angrily pacing back & forth without the title belt Queen Kong stole from her on Raw Monday night. She's understandably not in a good mood tonight, and it might get worse as O.D.B. walks up to her.

Beth Phoenix:
I'm not in any kind of mood t' talk right now, let alone with you.

O.D.B: You're not the only one pissed y'know. I know that crazy bitch beat the crap out of you an' stole y'title the other night but she stopped me taking it from y'too. The only reason I don't have that title now is 'cause of that freak.

Mr. McMahon enters the scene, instantly calming the tension temporarily between the two divas just by his presence taking their attention away from each other.

Mr. McMahon:
Beth, am I glad I found you?

Beth Phoenix: You better have something good t' tell me.

Mr. McMahon: Well let's see. I've just been speaking with Eric Bischoff because after what happened at No Way Out and then on Raw Monday night, we both felt that we had t' deal with this as a matter of urgency before it goes any further. Now I know this is a little unorthodox but we felt this was too good an idea t' pass up. We've got both you and Kong as champions, so we felt that with Wrestlemania just around the corner, how huge it would be t' have the women's champion take on the diva's champion in a unification match?

That seems to calm Beth down but not O.D.B.

O.D.B:
Well that's great f' her but what about me huh?

Mr. McMahon: Ah yes. You do have a point but right now this is what. . .

Beth Phoenix: . . . Vince, thank you. I think it's a great idea, but it's not going t' stop me going t' Raw Monday night t' get my title back.

Mr. McMahon: I understand, but I must tell you t' be very careful.

Beth Phoenix: I'll do whatever it takes. She's not going t' push me around like ev'ryone else. I promise you that.[/COLOR]

*Match #5*
Non-Title Match
Gail Kim
vs. Queen Kong
Kong was even meaner than normal as she walked out with both her women's title but the diva's title she stole from Beth Phoenix last week. Gail though was fearless. She gave almost as good as she got, only making Kong's mood worse. The Women's Champion was showing off her strength when she had Gail up in the air for a gorilla press. Kim though wriggled her way down to safety, landing on her feet. Kong was shocked and turned into an enzuigiri that floored the Women's Champion, falling right on her face. Kim turned her over for the cover but Kong kicked out at two. Gail went on the offensive and connected with a front missile dropkick off the second rope.

Kong was back up and easily reversed an irish whip, but as Gail came back off the ropes she surprised everyone, Kong especially with tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Gail then ran the ropes as they both made it back up, going for a springboard cross body. Kong caught her though and swung her round in a flash for a spinning side slam. Kim got the Women's Champion even angrier when she got her shoulder up before the ref could count to three. The fans cheered, but as Kong menacingly stood back up, bringing Gail with her to set her up for the Awesome Bomb, a cheer broke out as Beth Phoenix, the Diva's Champion Kong will face in a unification match at Wrestlemania made her way out into the arena.

She walked down to ringside and past the ring to take back the diva's title Kong stole last week. Kong saw her and let go of Gail to go after Beth, but The Glamazon stood firm as Kong tried to block her off on the floor. Beth though cracked a wry smile before driving her title belt into Kong's face, not once but twice to put Kong on the floor, resulting in the ref calling for the bell to award Kong the win by DQ. Beth taunted her before walking back up the ramp as a confused Gail stood up to see Kong on the floor, sitting up looking furious with the ref explaining what happened to Gail. The Glamazon turned back to defiantly raise her title to a pop from the Miami crowd.

Winner: Queen Kong by DQ.

Jim Ross: You have t' give Beth Phoenix credit King. Kong left her on lying on her back twice last week but The Glamazon came back fighting t'night. It's going t' be a real ding dong battle when these two women get their hands on each other in their unification match.

*Commercial Break*

Beth Phoenix
is shown walking in the back, and she walks towards the oncoming Leticia Cline.

Leticia Cline:
Beth, can I speak with you for a moment?

Beth Phoenix: Sure.

The Diva's Champion stops.

Leticia Cline:
Well you must be pleased you've got your title back?

Beth Phoenix: Of course I am, it's my title. I don't care what Kong or anyone might think. We might be in a match at Wrestlemania to unify both our titles, but if she beats me, if, then she can have this title. I'm going to prove her wrong. She might not've lost a match yet but she will when I get my hands on her at Wrestlemania. Then Leticia, I'll have her title too.

?: QUICK, CAN WE GET SOME HELP?

The cameraman turns round to show some workers/agents running towards what looks to be the entrance to the parking lot. The camera follows and runs outside where the workers are crouched down by a car, and they part as a medic rushes out, and now we can see that the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels is down by what appears to be his car with some blood coming from his forehead. He's conscious but barely moving with the camera panning to the side to show Triple H standing there smirking.

Medic:
Shawn, can you hear me?

Triple H: Have a safe journey home champ.

The King of Kings walks away with a sadistic smile on his face as Eric Bischoff runs outside.

Eric Bischoff:
What happened?

He immediately looks and sees Triple H walking away as medics check on Shawn's condition.

Eric Bischoff:
Is he okay?

Medic: I'm not sure. I think we need to get him to the emergency room.

Eric Bischoff: Okay. Whatever you need t' do doc.

[Bischoff shakes his head looking in The Game's direction, absolutely furious as the medics attend to the WWE Champion who looks in a bad way, still struggling to move.


*Match #6*
Kofi Kingston, John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
w/The Bella Twins
vs. Jay Lethal, Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Before the match started, Morrison & Gabriel were introduced by the Bella Twins with them calling the two men not just the two hottest guys on Raw but the hottest team that they're lucky to be dating. They also said they call Morrison & Gabriel J & J, or J'n'J. Kofi came out all fired up as he has been lately, gunning for his brother. Lethal did his best to stay away from Kofi, but when he saw Kofi struggling he jumped at the chance to get in there with him. He slapped Cody on the back for a blind tag and jumped over the top rope, urging Kofi to get to his feet, and when he did he slipped behind Kofi, hitting a flipping release dragon suplex. He wasn't done there and again was jumping up & down, begging Kofi to get up. He gave in waiting and helped him up from his knees to hit the Lethal Combination, an STO backbreaker into a reverse STO.

He hit it and the fans looked nervous as the determined Lethal made the cover, devastated to see Kofi get the shoulder up. Jay was furious and got in the ref's face, but as he turned & looked down to see Kofi stirring, he went back after him to finish him off, but as he lifted him up off his feet for the Lethal Injection, Kofi slipped down. The Jamaican Sensation landed on his feet behind Jay, who turned round into a Trouble In Paradise. Kofi couldn't take advantage straight away, and by the time he crawled across to make the cover, Lethal got his shoulder up just as the ref looked like he was going to count to three. Kofi sat up disappointed but crawled across to make a tag to Gabriel, and the South African didn't waste much time in stepping through the ropes as a groggy Jay made his way back up to his knees.

Gabriel ran at him, corkscrew flipping over Jay before connecting with a jumping heel kick. The Bellas were applauding on the outside, and with Lethal rattled, Gabriel took full advantage to nail him with a super kick. Lethal was down & out and Gabriel dragged him towards the corner before jumping up to the top rope with the fans cheering. Cody though burst across the apron, just as it looked like the 450 splash would end the match, but Cody sent Gabriel crashing down to the mat to a ton of boos. Kofi & Morrison were furious too, and it gave both men the chance to crawl to their corners and make tags. It came down to Kofi & Hennig with Hennig on top having avoided the Boom Drop and quickly following up with a jawbreaker as they raced back up. Kofi just got his shoulder up, and after again failing to put Kofi away, Hennig pulled him into place for the Hennig-Plex.

Kofi fought it though with elbows, getting himself free. Joe wasn't happy and ran at him for a clothesline, but Kofi ducked it and reacted quickly to hit the S.O.S. Hennig kicked out at two, and he stood up ready to explode, but Lethal and then Cody burst into the ring. So did Morrison & Gabriel though, taking care of Cody & Lethal, leaving Kofi to hit the Trouble In Paradise on Hennig to get the win for him & J'n'J. The fans loved it, cheering as J'n'J & Kofi celebrated their win with the Bellas joining them in the ring, throwing themselves all over J'n'J as a pissed off Lethal sat up on the outside staring angrily at Kofi who stared right back as JR announced that he just received word that next week, Kofi & Lethal would meet one-on-one in a Money in the Bank qualifying match!

Winners: Kofi Kingston, John Morrison & Justin Gabriel by pinfall.

Jim Ross: That's a big win t'night f' Kofi Kingston. Next week he has another big match when he meets his brother Jay Lethal for a place in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania. So much at stake there folks.


A split screen pops up with the fired-up Randy Orton & Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus both making their way through the back looking more than ready for action.

Jim Ross:
Our main event is just a matter of moments away. When we return Randy Orton will go one-on-one with the Intercontinental Champion Sheamus. That'll be live when we come back in a few moments.

*Commercial Break*



>41 Days!<


*The Main Event*
Non-Title Match
Randy Orton
vs. Sheamus
The Viper received a warm reception as he made his entrance to the ring with Sheamus not exactly looking forward to his impending arrival. The Intercontinental Champion though did prove to be a challenge for Orton. Sheamus took the opportunity to make an impression against the former WWE & World Heavyweight Champion. Orton might've started the stronger but the Irishman took his chance when he rolled away from a pointed knee drop and reacted first of the two as they got back up with a swinging neckbreaker. He stepped up to the plate and made it a real battle for Orton, but The Viper showed how much he loves a scrap too. As the match went into the closing stages, Sheamus watched Orton getting back up by the ropes and ran at him for a clothesline. Orton lifted him over the top rope and on to the apron. Sheamus landed on his feet but Orton blocked a right hand and dragged Sheamus through the ropes, resting his feet on the rope before drilling him with a spike DDT.

The Irishman was out for the count but somehow managed to get his shoulder up to deny Orton the win, surprising Orton slightly. The fans were shocked but Orton took it on the chin, turning himself over and driving his fists repeatedly into the mat, full of focus & intensity as the starry eyed Sheamus tried to sit up. The fans were chanting "RKO", and as Sheamus managed to drag his way back up, eyes all over the place, Orton leapt up for the RKO. Sheamus pulled back though, and as they both turned to face each other, the Intercontinental Champion caught him with the Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus wasted no time in going for the cover, only getting a two count to the frustration of The Celtic Warrior, not that he looked too surprised. He stood back up and watched Orton sitting back up, and Sheamus was desperate to put Orton to bed. He dragged him back up and set him up for the High Cross.

He lifted him up off the mat, but as he stepped out of the corner, The Viper slid down his back, and as both men spun round in a hurry, Orton stomped him hard in the gut before turning back to run the ropes. Orton hit them but ran back into a Celtic war sword, and as he made his way back up to his knees, Sheamus dragged him up to hit the White Noise, only to be frustrated again as Orton got the shoulder up. Sheamus battered the canvas before standing back up reluctantly, but he quickly realised what he had to do and backed up into the corner, watching Orton struggling to pick himself back up. Sheamus started banging his chest, and as Orton made it up and turned round, the Irishman burst out of the corner, going for the Brogue Kick. Orton ducked it though and they turned round in a hurry with Orton again stomping him in the gut, but this time he drilled him with a snap DDT.

The fans were enjoying that, but instead of going for the cover, he turned himself over and again prepared for the RKO, furiously banging the mat with his fists as Sheamus began to sit up, and seeing what was coming he rolled to the ropes and under the bottom rope. The fans booed like crazy as Sheamus turned his back on the match, surprising the hell out of Orton and the referee. Sheamus turned round looking at the ring, staring at Orton when a big pop broke out with Rey Mysterio running down the ramp to grab Sheamus by the tights & head to send him back in the ring. The fans were cheering again but Sheamus was pissed, staring down furiously at Rey who told him to turn around, and when he did, Orton hit the RKO to a massive cheer and made the cover to get the win. The crowd rose to their feet & cheered with Rey backing away smiling. The Viper didn't show much emption as he got his arm raised, staring into the stands defiant after two strong wins back-to-back on Raw with Sheamus sitting up looking up at Rey with a look of contempt.

Winner: Randy Orton by pinfall.

Jim Ross:
Randy Orton picks up another win t'night heading into Wrestlemania season on a roll. As f' Sheamus he got what he deserved f' trying t' walk out on this match.


Jim Ross: Well the time has come folks. After what will be our last commercial break of the evening, The Rock will be here live on Raw. You'd be a fool t' go anywhere. The Rock will be here when we return live from Miami.

*Commercial Break*

A limo pulls up in the parking lot and the driver gets out, walking to the passenger door and opens it, and out steps The Rock to a massive pop that can be heard coming from inside the arena. He heads into the arena and walks through the back, making his way to the production area as the shot goes back to the ring.

"IF YA SM-E-L-L WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN'. . ."

The crowd goes absolutely nuts as they await the arrival of The People's Champion, and they don't have to wait long as The Rock walks out into the arena to another rapturous reception, stopping to take it all in. He smiles, revelling in the response from the crowd and walks to both sides of the stage, getting them going even more before heading down to the ring. He steps inside and the crowd goes wild again, and he heads to the opposite corner, climbing up to the second rope and throwing his right arm up into the air. The fans are eating it up big time as he looks into the Miami crowd, loving every minute. He steps down and is handed a microphone by the timekeeper and walks into the middle of the ring with his music coming to a stop.


"ROCKY, ROCKY. . ."

The Rock: It's been a long time since I've done this so bear with me . . FIN-ALLY THE ROCK HAS COME BACK. . . HOME.

*Huge Pop*

The Rock: It really has been a long time, too long people, but one thing that's not changed all this time is you, the people. The Rock has always had the support of people, and there's no people quite like The Rock's people right here in Miami, and let me tell you I appreciate ev'ry single one of you.

There are more cheers for the hometown hero.

The Rock:
You've continued t' support The Rock and I love you for it, but there are some things that have changed since the last time I was here. It appears there's a World Heavyweight Champion by the name of CM Punk.

*Heat*

Punk's mention gets some cheers from the fans.

The Rock:
I've told a lot of people in my time t' know their role an' shut their mouth, but if I ever met this CM Punk I'd have t' tell him t' turn around know his role an' shut his ass.

*Pop*

The Rock: I've never heard someone talk as much as crap as that guy does, and one thing I won't allow is a jabroni like that talking crap out the people, hell no. . . Then, then there's the man I hear's the new number one guy. His name is John Cena?

*Mixed*

The Rock: Yeah I hear he's not the most popular guy in the world, but that's what walking round like an 8-year-old at a summer camp might do that for ya.

Laughs come from the crowd.

The Rock:
I kid I kid of course. As a matter of fact I got a lot of time f' John Cena. That guy's got some serious heart. I mean seriously. Anyone who chooses t' fight The Undertaker at Wrestlemania's got my respect. That though, that one thing hasn't changed. It might've got bigger, what 16 straight wins now right? The Undertaker is still, still undefeated at Wrestlemania.

*Pop*

The Rock: 16 times he's walked on down t' the ring on the biggest stage of them all, and ev'ry time he's walked back from it he's walked back a winner. That, that is unreal. People tell me this might be the year that changes but I doubt it. The only way that would've changed is if The Dead-Man met The Great One.

*Pop*

Rocky turns to the side and sees Lilian Garcia sitting at ringside.

The Rock:
Who do we have here? Wow momma, lookin' good baby. As it happens we used t' have a hot ring announcer. Lilian she was called if I remember rightly.

Lilian smiles, thinking he's joking.

The Rock:
She had a smile just like that. That chick was hot, loved some pie she did too. . . Wait. . .

Rock looks closer, realises it is Lilian.

The Rock:
. . . That's not Lilian as I live an' breathe is it?

Lilian nods at him with a grin.

The Rock:
Wow, looking good momma. Let me ask you something Lilian, you still like pie? It's cool I'm single now. You can be honest.

She blushes and The Rock laughs.

The Rock:
I'm playin' people. I'm here t' have fun t'night. I'm here t' see the people but I'm actually here f' another reason too. See last year after having a great career here in the WWE, I had the huge honour of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

*Big Pop*

The Rock: That's right, a great honour. As much as I've achieved in this ring, in this business and the movie business, that was without question the greatest moment of my career. Aside from the birth of my daughter it was the best moment of my life. T'night I have the honour of naming the first person to be inducted this year. Not just that, the night before Wrestlemania I will be in London England to personally induct this person myself.

*Pop*

The Rock: As I just said, I had a great career with some great moments. World titles, main eventing Wrestlemania, Hall of Fame I've done it all. There's nothing I haven't done. . .

"One More Match, One More Match. . ."

Rocky laughs, amused by their chant.

The Rock:
It's a cliché I know but as they always say, never say never.

*Big Pop*

The Rock: Like I was saying, I've done it all an' had some great moments but I've also had some crazy moments I've loved just as much, which ironically is why I'm here t'night apart from t' see the people of course. . . In life we all need someone a little crazy t' keep us en'ertained. That's what I had with this person I'll induct into the Hall of Fame. We had a blast. We had fun, we en'ertained an' we had a connection, a special connection, something which had a special name. . . the Rock an' Sock connection.

*Huge Pop*

The Rock: That's right. We had some fun an' we kicked some ass. We were even the tag team champions f' a while. I think you know who I'm talking about, so with that said Miami, I want you all t' stand up an' give this very soon t' be Hall of Famer the response he deserves. Ladies an' gentleman it is my honour, my pleasure to announce that right here right now to announce an' welcome t' the Hall of Fame, and this ring, MICK FOLEY.

"Wreck"

Another huge pop breaks out as Mick Foley walks out to the stage with a big smile on his face, embarrassingly holding his right hand up before making his way down to the ring. He steps inside and walks up to The Rock, getting a big guy hug from his former tag team partner and he's a handed a microphone by The Great One. The music cuts and the cheers continue with chants of "Foley" as he looks into the crowd, taking in their admiration.

Mick Foley:
The Rock will know how strange this is but this is one of the rare moments I don't know what t' say.

Rocky smirks & nods his head.

Mick Foley:
I won't make a big speech t'night. I'll leave that 'til the night itself. I do though want to thank the WWE of course for choosing to induct me. It really is a great honour, as is having arguably the greatest of all time being here t'night as well as inducting me too.

The Rock: Mick, it's absolutely my honour.

Mick Foley: All the same I appreciate you being here, just like all the people here t'night, right here in Miami Florida.

*Big Pop*

Mick Foley: Without the support of you and the fans all over the world I wouldn't have had the career I've had and enjoyed so much, so from the bottom of my hearts I want to thank each and ev'ryone of you for supporting me through the years. Without it this wouldn't be possible, but I don't wanna talk about me Rock. I wanna talk about you. Five years ago you had your last match with me when The Rock an' Sock Connection reunited f' one night only, and I couldn't help but hear earlier that the people were chanting "one more match". I did hear that right?

*Big Pop*

"One more match, one more match. . ."


Mick Foley:
It sounds t' me Rock the people wanna see The Rock have one more match. They're not the only ones. I. . .

"Metalingus"

The arena erupts with a chorus of boos as 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge hits the stage with a serious look on his face, looking down at the ring not happy at all. In jeans and a T-shirt he stomps his way down there with Rocky & Foley confused, and The Rock looks furious.

Edge:
I'm sorry f' interrupting this big occasion but when I heard what was going down t'night I just had t' be here. I mean you going in the Hall of Fame. What a joke.

*Major Heat*

Edge: The only thing better than that is we get The Rock here too. I guess it's appropriate you're the one who's going to induct him, 'cause just like Mick you're weren't a great wrestler either.

*More Heat*

Edge: You truly do make the great combination. We've got the big movie star an' the man who made a career being a wannabe stunt man.

*More Boos*

Edge: That sums you both up in a one easy sentence. Wait I've got another. We've got one guy who made a career out of making jokes and the other who made a career of being a joke.

*More Heat*

Edge: Me on the other hand, I didn't need to throw myself off the roof of my house, fall off a cell through a table, cut myself in barbwire like you Mick or make jokes like you Rock. I'm the real deal. I proved it when I beat Mick in his own stupid match at Wrestlemania three years ago. . .

The Rock: . . . Hey listen up you disrespectful son of a bitch.

*Big Pop*

Edge doesn't take that at all well, glaring furiously at The Rock.

The Rock:
Who the hell do you think you are coming down here? Do I even know who you are? You do look a little familiar. Remind me of your name jackass.

Edge: You don't remember be? Come on. You know who I am. I'm. . .

The Rock: . . . It doesn't matter what your name is.

*Huge Pop*

The Rock: You're lucky I don't slap that huge chin off that even uglier face, an' yeah I know who you are. You were that weird kid with long hair who'd sneak around the back in stupid big ass glasses. Now you call yourself The Rated-R Superstar. With that long ass jacket you usually wear with that stupid long hair you look more like The Rated-R Transvestite.

The crowd reacts with most laughing, not at all going down well with the furious Edge.

The Rock:
Was it you I saw prancing up an' down some highway pretending you were Ric Flair in a robe? What the hell is wrong with you? You really are a transvestite, but y'know what? I'm not here t' judge. I'm here f' one thing, to show a legend in Mick Foley the respect he deserves. You, you need t' get the hell out of this ring before I whoop your candy ass all over Miami.

*Massive Pop*

Edge tries to laugh it off but keeps his cool, just.

Edge:
Y'know what? I said what I came here t' say, so fine, I'll go. . . right after I. . .

Edge out of nowhere nails The Rock with a microphone, putting him on the mat to a ton of heat. The crowd are pissed, and so is Foley as he spins Edge out to hammer him. The Rated-R Superstar ducks it though and runs the ropes, coming off them to take the future Hall of Famer down with a spear. Edge glares down at him on his knees, running his hand through his hair as The Rock sits up watching, absolutely incensed with anger all over his face. He makes his way back up behind Edge, and as the Canadian slowly stands back up he turns round to see Rocky pissed, and The Rock plants him with a thunderous Rock Bottom to a huge pop. He stands back up and stares down at him, still livid as his music plays again, and he turns to see Foley sitting up. Rocky walks over to him and gives him a helping hand, asking him if he's okay as they both look down at Edge before Rock raises Foley's hand, pointing to him as the fans cheer the hometown Hall of Famer and soon to be Hall of Famer with Edge slowly coming round.

Jim Ross:
I don't think anyone expected The Rock's return t' go down like this. Firstly I've gotta say I'm so happy f' Mick Foley, but Edge got exactly what he deserved f' coming out here when he didn't need to. The bottom line is folks, The Rock has electrified his hometown Miami fans here t'night like only he can. It was great t' see The People's Champ here again even if it is f' one night, a night where we found out that at Wrestlemania, live in London England, John Cena will go one-on-one with The Undertaker with the streak on the line. It's been an amazing night on this wild ride of a road to the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania. That's all we've got time for t'night but thanks f' joining us once again. We'll see you next week, but from Miami it's good night all.

*End of Show*

Quick Results

The Colon Brothers df. Ezekiel Jackson & Orlando Jordan
Rey Mysterio
df. The Miz
Shawn Michaels
df. Chris Jericho
Queen Kong
df. Gail Kim
Kofi Kingston, John Morrison & Justin Gabriel
df. Jay Lethal, Cody Rhodes & Joe Hennig
Randy Orton
df. Sheamus

>Superstars Tapings<
Melina
df. Mia Rain
The Epitome of Excellence
df. Team Omega


______________________________________


>Confirmed for Wrestlemania XXV<
Date:
Sunday 29th March 2009 (6 Weeks)
Location: Wembley Stadium (London, England)

WWE Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Triple H

Intercontinental Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Sheamus (c)

Plus
The Undertaker vs. John Cena

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

Unification Match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Queen Kong (c)

Battle of Britain
The UK Pack, TJ Wilson & Natalya Neidhart vs. The Empire



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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

Good Raw show here Nige. The Shawn Michaels and HHH stuff is good in this fed. Never was a fan of their actually feud. John Cena Vs Taker should be good. I hope Edge doesn't face Rock at Mania, I hope that's reserved for my boy Orton. I hope he's not in Money in the Bank that's beneath him IMO. Beth Phoenix put queen kong down can't mess with Phoenix. I wonder what you got install for Punk should be good. All in all Good Show.


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It was awesome that The Rock returned but I was hoping Rock's return would be more permanent but at least he did return even though it was for one night only to induct Mick Foley into the WWE Hall of Fame but I loved Rock laying Edge out with a Rock Bottom, that was funny especially the way Rock tore down Edge but then when Rock mentioned Cena and Punk, that is what I am hoping for when Rock does come back that he does feud with those guys maybe we even get a Rock/HHH feud or even a Rock/HBK feud

It seems HBK/HHH's feud over the WWE Title is getting more personal especially now, but I am hoping no I am praying Shawn Michaels retains the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 25 because I don't know if I will be able to stand yet another Triple H title reign

Cena/Taker at the 25th Anniversary of Mania, will it be 16-1 or 17-0? Cena is perhaps Taker's biggest threat ever as far as the Streak goes, and I for one think that this match will be the Match of the Year by far, that this match will be better than HBK/HHH by a landslide

But Punk is left without an opponent for WrestleMania, so I wonder just who Punk will defend his World Heavyweight Championship against?

Rey Mysterio vs Sheamus for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 25, I see this being Sheamus' coming out party, Sheamus will retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship starting his own WrestleMania undefeated streak since this is Sheamus' first Mania

Chris Jericho is my pick for Money in the Bank, finally winning a MITB match since he was the inventor of the match, he deserves the win the most

I wonder what's in store for Orton since he doesn't have a match at WrestleMania
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Re: WWE: A Strong Response




>Breaking News<

>H.B.K. Taken To Miami Hospital<



We can confirm that following an incident in the parking lot earlier this evening that the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels was taken from the AmericanAirlines Arena to a local medical facility in Miami.

From the information we have been given he was concussed at the scene after seemingly being attacked by Triple H in addition to having lacerations on his head & arms. We understand that he may too have broken his nose or cheekbone but that is not confirmed as he is awaiting X-rays at the moment.

We will update you on his condition when we receive more information.

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Re: WWE: A Strong Response

I hope Shawn Michaels the WWE Champion is okay or at the very least that he is able to go for WrestleMania 25 and here is to hoping Triple H gets what's coming to him at WrestleMania 25 with Shawn Michaels putting Triple H out of action, Shawn Michaels puts Triple H on the shelf
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