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HA Cage and Kim, you jumped the gun faster than we did. LOL. Great signings though man.
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Nice signings, but you do tend to bring in people who are coming in in real life, still Cage will kill in this thread, Cage/Edge feud plz. Goldust, let's just hope thats a rumour
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^^^I know, i try to look at it as if i was booking it in real life with the same talent pool to pick from. It'd be too easy just to bring anyone in, and stops it from being a challenge.^^^ Anyways.

We had the chance to speak the head of the WWE creative team, Nigel Smith just moments after Raw and 24 hours after Wrestlemania XXIV. To most who watched the show, it was one of the best Wrestlemania’s in recent years, but what did Smith think?

“I was very happy with it. There were some very good matches across the card, from top to bottom. The hardest part for me was choosing which match would be the main event. Either of the world title matches or the six man tag team match could quite easily have ended the show, but I thought that with Shawn Michaels retaining the World Championship in what I thought would be an incredible match as well would be the fairytale end to Wrestlemania. That’s the way it came across too, and I think Shawn as well as Edge stole the show with a great match.

“The triple threat for the WWE Championship was very good too, and I don’t think many expected the title change to be quite honest. Although the fans won’t like to admit it, there is a lot of support for Randy Orton, and no one likes him more than me, but I felt the decision was right based on Kane’s build up from winning the Royal Rumble. I pretty much felt that all the momentum he had from there would have been killed had he not walked out as the WWE Champion. We’ll also get to see another side to Orton now that he’s lost the title, as you saw on Raw earlier tonight. It will bring out the really maniacal side of his character.”

Going to speak to him, we were curious to find out whether if there were different plans at some stage for the biggest PPV in the calendar, and we weren’t disappointed to hear Smith say this, “Plans changed all the time, as did the eventual winners. The six man tag team match was always going to take place, but the rest of the upper card and main event matches changed quite frequently. The original plans would have seen John Cena take on MVP, Shawn Michaels defend the World Championship against Kane, and Randy Orton defeat The Undertaker, retaining the WWE Championship and ending the winning streak. I looked at guys who were missing out, such as Edge and Umaga, and I had to look at what would be great from a viewing and booking standpoint. I don’t think Shawn would have had such a great match with Kane like he did with Edge for a start. MVP has benefitted more by winning the Money in the Bank, but I have to say that I really would have liked to have seen what would have happened if Randy had beaten The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. There were a lot of positive and negative arguments for that outcome, but I was more than prepared to run with it.”

We also asked him whether Batista & Ric Flair joining Raw in the draft would mean a full time return for Evolution. He said, “I think that goes without saying. There’s so much left in this, and you’ve just got to look at who’s involved here. We’re talking about some of the biggest names in the history of this business, and there’s just so much left in terms of where I want to take this. You’ll see some rapid developments in the next month in terms of The McMahon’s trying to get their revenge for the defeat at Wrestlemania, but it’s all up in the air if they get it or not. You can safely say that The McMahon’s will do anything to get what they want.”

On Raw we saw Ted DiBiase Jr make his debut, along with Maryse after being introduced by his father, Ted Sr. It what was a surprise to see the youngster given the Million Dollar Championship by his dad, but why was that? Smith said, “I could have just brought him up and said he was the son of The Million Dollar Man, but this kid deserves a lot more than that. He has incredible talent and could go a long way, so I decided that to put some serious attention on him from the very moment he stepped out from behind the curtain. He’s just one of many young talents that will get a chance to shine.”

Smith is very high on pushing young talent, not just DiBiase Jr, “When you look at the roster, you see names like Matt Hardy, CM Punk, Kenny Dykstra, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Elijah Burke, Jeff Hardy, Gregory Helms, Matt Sydal. I’ve probably left some out, but my main priority is to help elevate these guys up the card. There’s a lot huh?! These are the stars of the future as far as I’m concerned, and they should be booked like them.”

Rumours had started to do the rounds regarding several former stars making a return to the company, and we took this chance to ask Nigel if there was any truth to them, “You’re always going to get rumours flying about. I think everyone knows the deal with Christian and Gail’s contracts now. Yes, Gail has signed a contract with us now that her TNA deal is up, and as far as I am aware, Christian’s isn’t far away either. I do have some say in bringing in talent now, and if a guy like Christian is available, you’d be mad not to take him. I was a big fan of his during his run in the company up until the point he left in 2005. He has everything you could want to be a top star, and if he does return, I’d love to make that happen.”

With Tomko also available having left TNA recently, we had to ask if that would add to Christian’s chances of coming back. Smith said, “With the history between the two, it isn’t hard to put two and two together and come up with six. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t watch TNA because I do, not regularly, but I do. Tomko had something going there that he didn’t when he was here, and I think as well as TNA built him up, they dropped the ball even quicker. I’ve not seen a great deal of his in ring work, but he would be someone I would certainly like to have a chance to talk with.”

There’s also a rumour going round about Goldust coming back, but is that true? Smith had this to say, “I’m aware his contract ended with TNA where he did some good work I believe as Black Reign. I always enjoyed his character when he was a serious challenger for the early part in his WWE career. His returns saw him come back as a comedy character and not much else. You have to ask yourself whether he can go beyond that if he is to come back for another run”

The subject of a Rob Van Dam return also came up, but Smith said that he would love to bring him back, but at the moment he knows and respects that RVD’s main priority is his wife’s battle with cancer. Like everyone else in the business, he hopes she can pull through.

That’s all for now folks!

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4th April 2008


Lawlor Events Center
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***WRESTLEMANIA & DRAFT FALL OUT***


THE SHOW STOPPER STEALS THE SHOW!

We were all wondering if “The Rated R Superstar” Edge would come good on his promise and upstage Mr. Wrestlemania himself this past Sunday to become the World Champion yet again, however it was not to be. The Heartbreak Kid put on the performance of his life to hold on to the title he won thanks to Edge back at Saturday Nights Main Event in December of last year. It really was an emotional end to what was an incredible Wrestlemania, but what obstacles will Michaels come up against now that Edge has been put to bed?

WHO’S THE GENERAL MANAGER?
One of the major talking points of the draft this past Monday has to be that of Smackdown’s General Manager, William Regal being drafted to Raw. Everyone connected with Smackdown has been asking the question of what happens to his position? Will we need to appoint a new General Manager? You’ll have to tune in to find out this Friday night!

THE STREAK LIVES ON
The Undertaker met arguably his toughest challenger yet to extend his Wrestlemania winning streak this past weekend, but the dead man pulled out a Shawn Michaels like performance to see off Umaga and emerge as the last man standing. With the news that Umaga was injured in the match and will be on the shelf for a couple of months, what does the future hold for Mr. 16 and 0?

MONEY IN THE BANK FOR MVP
With the odds stacked against the only Smackdown star in the Money in the Bank Ladder match at Wrestlemania, “The Franchise Player” Montel Vontavious Porter climbed his way to a guaranteed a title shot for any time of his own choosing in the next 12 months. The match could have gone any of six ways, but it was MVP who has the contract everyone would love to have themselves. The highest paid star in Smackdown history carried his win through in to Raw Monday night by defeating Raw’s Mr. Kennedy, earning Smackdown their first draft of the night. What is next for the man with his future in his own hands?

SMACKDOWN DOES WELL IN THE DRAFT
MVP’s win brought Chris Jericho, the first of several high profile drafts to Smackdown. We also saw Ron Killings, Mickie James, Elijah Burke, Beth Phoenix, CM Punk, Maria, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Orlando Jordan & Michelle McCool have their Friday nights turned upside down by their additions to the blue brand. Layla has also made her way across by deciding to follow her boyfriend, Elijah Burke to Friday nights, taking advantage of the Open House rules. What can we expect from our newcomers?

BUSY TWO DAYS FOR THE US CHAMPION
Matt Hardy took one hell of a beating from an incredibly determined Shelton Benjamin in their highly contested United States Championship match at The Citrus Bowl, but Matt’s determination got him through. Shelton put on a wrestling master class, but it wasn’t enough to beat the United States Champion who went on to have an eventful night just 24 hours later on Raw. He won a draft pick for Smackdown by defeating Santino Marella, but no one could anticipate what would happen next. He ran in to CM Punk, the Intercontinental Champion at the time, who decided to make fun of Matt’s brother Jeff, having putting him on the injured lost the night before. The argument got very personal, and it was to Punk’s cost as Matt got one back for him and Jeff, storming the ring and costing Punk the Intercontinental Championship. With Punk now drafted to Smackdown, it could be another eventful night for these two in Reno.

THE BRITS COME OUT ON TOP OF THE CHASING PACK
With the possibility that one team could have left Wrestlemania with both sets of tag team titles, it certainly spurred on Smackdown’s champions, Paul Burchill & Harry Smith, The UK Pack. The British duo have taken their game up another notch as of late, and it certainly showed this past weekend as they won the four team match. However, they weren’t able to defeat Raw’s World Tag Team Champions of Paul London & Brian Kendrick to claim both titles. With the determined duo at the top of the game, will anyone be able to stop them marching on?

SHANE SHOCKS US ALL
Going in to the fatal fourway match for Kenny Dykstra’s Cruiserweight Championship, no one really gave Michael Shane a chance of being the one to walk out of Wrestlemania with the gold in his possession. That’s the way it went however as Shawn Michaels’ cousin picked up his biggest win to date, taking the title away from Dykstra, one of Raw’s newest acquisitions. Now Shane has the title firmly in his position, can we expect a different kind of champion to the previous loud mouth occupant?

PLUS
The Masters of the Mat were suspended by William Regal a couple of weeks back, but the dangerous duo of Chris Masters & Charlie Haas will make their return to Smackdown this Friday night without the possibility of not having to deal with Regal. Is there going to be trouble in store once these two walk through the door?

Don’t miss the first Smackdown since Wrestlemania and the draft show as a true new era starts here!



In addition, it has now been confirmed that at Backlash, “The Big Red Machine” Kane will defend his newly won WWE Championship against the former champion, “The Legend Killer” Randy Orton.





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4th April 2008


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***THE CLOSING VIDEO***
“Thanks for the Memories” by Fall Out Boy


  • The opening pyro display
  • Matt Hardy & Shelton Benjamin making their way to the ring
  • Matt dodging The Pay Dirt and hitting the Twist of Fate
  • Matt celebrating his victory with the United States title raised high in the air
  • Beth Phoenix & Victoria walking down to the ring
  • Victoria escaping Beth’s chicken wing lift for The Widow’s Peak
  • Victoria holding her newly won Womens Championship
  • MVP knocking Kennedy & then Jericho off the ladder with the smaller one
  • MVP climbing up the ladder and claiming the briefcase
  • Matt Sydal hitting the Shooting Star Press on Dykstra
  • Chavo going for the Frog Splash with Kenny getting his knees up and Shane connecting with the super kick
  • Shane lifting his new title in to the air
  • Jeff Hardy & CM Punk walking down to the ring
  • Punk’s suicide dive in to the steel chair shot
  • Punk stopping Jeff’s head on to the steel chair
  • Punk hitting the GTS and the ref calling for the bell
  • Punk grinning on the ramp
  • John Morrison nailing Brian Kendrick with a step up enziguri
  • Kendrick hitting the Sliced Bread #2 on Jamie Noble
  • The double suicide dive from London & Kendrick
  • Noble turning round in to the C4
  • The Undertaker & Umaga making their way to the ring
  • The leg drop through the announce table by the dead man
  • Taker choking Umaga with the rope
  • Taker’s signature pose at the end of the match
  • Evolution & The McMahon’s walking down to the ring
  • Shane McMahon leaping for the Coast to Coast, but getting speared by Batista
  • JBL’s Clothesline from Wall Street on Batista, turning round in to a double A spinebuster from Triple H
  • Vince tapping out to the figure four
  • Evolution posing in the ring with Eric Bischoff looking on
  • John Cena, Kane & Randy Orton walking to the ring
  • Kane chokeslamming Cena and then hitting the Tombstone Piledriver
  • Orton sliding in too late to see Bearer putting the title on Kane
  • Shawn Michaels & Edge making their way to the ring
  • Michaels’ elbow drop through the announce table
  • Edge trying to hit Michaels with the chair but hitting the ropes with the chair rebounding in to his face and turning in to a super kick
  • Edge spearing Michaels again but seeing the foot on the rope
  • Edge kicking Michaels away from the ropes but running in to the super kick
  • Michaels posing with the title as the fireworks go off


***OPENING VIDEO***
“Rise Up”



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Michael Cole & The Coach welcome us to the first episode Smackdown off the back off what was an incredible Wrestlemania this past weekend in Orlando. They talk about Shawn Michaels defeating Edge in the main event to retain his World Heavyweight Championship, The Undertaker extending his Wrestlemania winning streak to 16 and 0. Cole adds that during that match, Umaga suffered an injury to his shoulder that will see him on the shelf for around two months. He then says that later on tonight, we are going to see a Wrestlemania repeat tonight when Matt Hardy defends his United States Championship against Shelton Benjamin in what was one of the matches of the night. Coach then brings up the fact no one knows what’s going on with the General Manager’s position on Smackdown since William Regal got drafted to Raw Monday night. Cole says that he hopes there is going to be some clarification on that tonight when. . . . .



“Sexy Boy” blasts out to a huge pop as Shawn Michaels walks down to the ring with the entire crowd standing up to applaud the World Heavyweight Champion. Michaels smiles as he steps through the ropes, dressed in jeans, a white shirt and sandy jacket with the World Championship resting on his shoulder. He walks over to collect the microphone with the crowd not showing any sign of toning it down, leaving Michaels very emotional in the middle of the ring as he stops even attempting to speak, lowering the microphone away from his mouth on a couple of occasions. He then holds his hand up in the air, asking for silence, and he gets it. He says that first off, he wants to thank all his fans around the world for supporting him throughout the years, giving him the desire and passion to walk out on the grandest stage and put on the performance of his life like he did at Wrestlemania five nights ago. Big cheers ring out again, but Michaels carries on and says that over the years, he’s had to dig deep at Wrestlemania on a number of occasions, but none more so than Sunday night.

He says that he thought he had the match won several times, but Edge kept coming back at him. He then says that he persevered through it, kept fighting for every one of his fans just to stand here tonight as the World Heavyweight Champion. He says that he was tested to the limit and that there were moments, only small ones be it that he thought he was going to lose out, but luckily he found the spirit to keep on going and earn the right to remain at the top of the Smackdown tree. Cheers break out again, but it’s short lived as “Metalingus” blasts its way through the speakers with Edge walking down to the ring, looking very serious indeed. He gets in the ring with the fans booing him like crazy as he goes to collect a microphone. He walks back over to Michaels and says that he has something that he has to say right now that he never thought he would. He stops and looks Shawn in the eye, then says that at Wrestlemania, the better man won. Michaels looks surprised, but Edge carries on, saying he doubted Michaels’ desire, his hunger, saying he thought Michaels didn’t want it as much as he did, but he admits he was wrong.

The fans cheer Edge, but he then says that might have been the case last Sunday, but all it proves is that Michaels can pull it out of the bag at Wrestlemania, but on any other night, they both know that it would be a different story. Edge says that brings him on to tonight and asks Michaels to prove he’s wrong. Michaels turns to look in to the crowd for a couple of seconds before looking back and says if Edge wants another shot tonight, he’s got it. The fans cheer, but we then see Linda McMahon walking out to the stage with her music playing. As soon as her music stops, she says that after the General Manager of Smackdown was traded to Raw on Monday night, along with the Board of Director’s, she thought it was best that she filled in until a suitable replacement is found, as well as ensuring that no one runs riot here tonight with no one to keep them in check. She then turns her attention to Edge and says that it is not up to him or even Shawn Michaels to book a championship match, and therefore, there will not be a rematch tonight.

Edge looks angry and says straight away that he deserves it, Michaels had it all in his favour at Wrestlemania, but Linda cuts him off quickly, saying that there was no unfair advantage in either man’s favour and that she doesn’t believe Edge is deserving of a rematch based on the fact he was unsuccessful again at Wrestlemania. Edge looks furious, but can only watch on as Linda says that as much as she thinks Edge has had his chance, she is willing to give him one more, and that chance will come tonight. A pop breaks out as both Edge and Michaels look on with interest as Linda then says that Edge won’t be facing Shawn tonight, but he will get that opportunity if he can beat a man she feels is deserving of a championship opportunity having seen him extend his Wrestlemania winning streak to 16 and 0 last Sunday night. A huge pop roars across the arena as Edge looks on in frustration as Linda announces that tonight in a number one contendership match, it will be Edge going one on one with The Undertaker. Michaels has a reserved grin on his face as Linda’s music hits to a pop from the crowd, leaving Edge staring blankly in to space as we go to our first commercial break.



[Commercial Break]


Josh Matthews is standing by with the new Cruiserweight Champion, Michael Shane at the interview set, and just as he says that Sunday night at Wrestlemania, Shane won the fatal fourway to become the new champion, Shawn Michaels walks up to them after walking back from the ring. The crowd cheer Michaels’ entrance as Shane stares at him and asks him what it is he wants, and Michaels says that despite everything that’s happened with them the last couple of months, he’s proud of him for winning his first title in the WWE. Shane calms down and listens as his cousin tells him that he didn’t bring him to the WWE himself as it would be taking the easy route, but now he says that all the hard work has paid off. He says he didn’t want to just give it to him on a plate like he could have, and this way, no one can say he hasn’t earned it. There’s a nervous silence for a couple of seconds before Michaels holds his hand out and says he’s proud of him. Shane doesn’t look too happy about it, but says since he’s in such a good mood he’ll say thanks and shakes Shawn’s hand. HBK walks off and Shane turns round, watching him walk up the hall. Josh then asks him how it felt to walk out of Wrestlemania as the new Cruiserweight Champion. A low key Shane then says that it felt great, but he’s not sure what to say right now as all he ever wanted in his career was support from his cousin, and he’s real happy that Shawn just told him he’s proud of him. Shane looks away from the camera and smiles, then walks out of the shot after thanking Josh, who looks a little confused what got in to Shane.


***CUT BACKSTAGE***


A confused looking Mickie James is stood talking to Linda McMahon in her office. She asks Linda what’s the deal now that some divas have been drafted over from Raw to Smackdown. Linda says that she’s been caught a little off guard by this as she’s been so busy dealing with a lot of things after Wrestlemania. Mickie then asks her just what she and the rest of the divas are supposed to do. Linda says that she’s going to arrange a meeting to discuss exactly what to do, but for now, she’s going to allow Mickie to compete tonight against one more of the diva draftees. Mickie seems pretty content with that, smiles, says okay and thanks Linda as she leaves. Just as Linda turns round, the door opens again with Armando Alejandro Estrada walking in. He doesn’t look very happy and asks Linda how The Undertaker is rewarded with a chance to fight for the World Championship after he injured Umaga at Wrestlemania, calling it scandalous. Linda stands up to him and says what The Undertaker did was nothing short of impressive, winning the last man standing match five nights ago. She points out that he hasn’t been given a title shot, but says that she believes that The Undertaker well and truly deserves the opportunity she’s given him tonight in fighting for the right to challenge Shawn Michaels. She then tells Estrada that since Umaga won’t be around for a good while, there’s no need for him to be here either, and tells him to take some vacation. Estrada looks pissed but knows he can’t argue as he storms out of the room with Linda showing signs of a small grin.


***CUT TO RINGSIDE***


***THE OPENING MATCH***

Ron Killings vs Orlando Jordan

ENDING:
Jordan reaches down and pulls Killings back up to his feet. He nails the groggy star with a hard right hand, then turns back to run the ropes, but as he comes back, Killings kicks him in the gut. He then turns back to run the ropes, runs back at Jordan and takes him down with a JUMPING CORKSCREW FLYING FOREARM SMASH. . . . . The crowd sure enjoyed that, and as both men get back up, Killings tries to take control by throwing a right at his opponent, but Jordan ducks it and spins Killings back round. Killings reacts quickly though by grabbing Jordan’s foot as he tries to kick him. He spins Jordan round as he lets go of his foot and stomps him in the gut, runs back in to the ropes, comes back and nails him with a SCISSOR KICK. . . . . The fans cheer as Killings crawls across and covers OJ with the referee making the count . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.


WINNER: Ron Killings by pinfall @ 5.15.


[Commercial Break]


***MATCH #2***

Mickie James vs Beth Phoenix

ENDING:
The Glamazon drags Mickie back up to her feet and takes her time, looking very confident before going for a right hand, but Mickie blocks it. She then kicks Beth in the gut, knocking Beth back a couple of paces, and as The Glamazon walks back towards her, Mickie goes to take her head off with a MICK KICK. . . . . Beth ducks her head and grabs Mickie by the arms and lifts her up in the air for a CHICKEN WING LIFT. . . . . Mickie surprises Beth yet again as she rolls forward and holds on to Beth’s leg, rolling her in to a pinning position. . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Beth just kicks out. Both divas rush back up to their feet, but it’s Beth who reacts first as she stomps Mickie in the gut and pulls her in to position for THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX. . . . . Just as Beth lifts Mickie off the ground and up to her shoulder for the cradle suplex, Mickie counters and plants The Glamazon with THE MICKIEDT. . . . . Mickie scurries across to make the cover . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . 3.


WINNER: Mickie James by pinfall @ 6.38.

AFTERMATH: “Obsession” blasts out as Mickie stands back up to get her arm raised. She looks a little surprised for a second before walking in to the corner and posing for her fans. She then goes and does the same in the opposite corner before sliding under the bottom rope and walking up the ramp as The Glamazon sits up and looks up in total shock seeing Mickie celebrating.


***CUT BACKSTAGE***


Matt Sydal is sitting down on a bench in the locker room, looking down at the floor when Johnny Jeter walks in. Sydal looks up, but doesn’t acknowledge Jeter, who sarcastically asks Sydal if he remembers him, the guy he came to Smackdown with, old JJ. Sydal just looks at him, looking very glum as Jeter then sits alongside him and says that he’s got them a tag match tonight. Sydal doesn’t look bothered as Jeter says if they win tonight, they might have a shot at going for the tag team titles, then asks Sydal how great that’d be. Sydal murmurs the words “Yeah, great”, causing Jeter to get a little angry, asking Sydal just what the hell’s wrong with him. Sydal remains silent and just looks back at the floor as Jeter then realises and asks him if this is about him not winning the Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania Sunday night. Sydal looks up at him, and seems to open up, telling Jeter that he came so close to winning the title, but Jeter tells him to get over it and get ready because they could have a shot at becoming the tag champs if they win tonight. Sydal stands up after hesitating, but he doesn’t look as if he cares that much while Jeter stares at him, looking concerned as he stands back up.


[Commercial Break]


Maria is standing by and introduces us to her guest at this time, the WWE United States Champion, Matt Hardy. Matt walks in to the shot with a big smile on his face to a big pop from inside the arena. Maria asks Matt how he feels about defending his title in a Wrestlemania rematch tonight against Shelton Benjamin. Matt says that it’s not going to be like Wrestlemania, saying it was a great honour to open the show, and even better to walk out with the title still in his hands. He then says that as great as Sunday was, Shelton made him fight for his title all the way. He says that Shelton pushed him every step of the way and that it took everything he had to beat him, just like he knows it is going to tonight, but then says that he’s going to do everything it takes to make sure he leaves here tonight like he did Wrestlemania, as still the United States Champion. Maria thanks Matt and wishes him luck as he walks out of the shot to a pop from the fans in the arena.


***VIDEO PROMO***
“Break The Walls Down”




***CUT TO RINGSIDE***



Before the two teams make their way down to the ring, “Britannia” hits to a pop as The UK Pack, Paul Burchill & Harry Smith walk down to the announce table. Wearing casual clothes, they join Michael Cole & The Coach, with Cole congratulating them on a tremendous outing Sunday night at Wrestlemania to retain their titles that they rest on the top of the table. Both men thank him, but Coach asks them just what they’re doing out here. Burchill says that they’re just out to take a look at some contenders with Cole saying it makes sense, especially since Jamie Noble was injured Sunday night. He even hints that the C4 from Burchill could have done the damage, and Burchill & Smith say it might well be the case with smiles on their faces. Coach tries to get a dig in by asking them where the Raw tag titles are. Smith has none of it and says they won the match, winning the World Tag titles would have been nice but it the important thing is they still have their own titles.

“Masterpiece” hits as Chris Masters & Charlie Haas, The Masters of the Mat walk out on to the stage to heat from the crowd. They can’t stop grinning smugly as they make their way in to the ring with Masters asking for a microphone.

Masters says that it’s great to be back, and it’s even better with the news that William Regal is no longer the General Manager of Smackdown. He says that Regal singled them out for no reason, and that suspending them was an absolute joke. He then says that what they did to Tazz and his ECW rejects was necessary as no one wants those three guys on a wrestling show, taking the spotlight away from two real athletes who are a perfect example for any aspiring young team. He then says that now they’re back, they’re going to show everyone just how much they mean business, and that no one, and he means no one, is getting in their way of stopping them becoming the most dominant tag team ever to step foot in this ring.

Johnny Jeter & Matt Sydal then make their way out to the arena with Jeter looking pumped, slapping hands with the fans, but Sydal looks reserved as he walks down the ramp.



***MATCH #3***

Matt Sydal & Johnny Jeter vs The Masters of the Mat

ENDING:
Sydal & Masters crawl across the mat and both make the tag to their partners. Charlie Haas & Johnny Jeter race through the ropes and charge at each other, but Jeter slides through Haas’s legs and takes him down with a dropkick after standing back up. Both men race back up to their feet, but it’s Jeter up first as he runs back in to the ropes and takes Haas back down with a BACK ELBOW SMASH. . . . . As both men hit the mat, the referee checks on Haas, and just as Jeter stands back up, Masters does the same behind him and clubs him across the back, sending him to his knees. Masters then climbs back on to the apron as Sydal remains on his knees on his corner while Haas stands up and walks up behind Jeter as he gets up. Haas then explodes by grabbing him by the arm and foot, lifting him up in to the air and planting him with THE OLYMPIC SLAM. . . . . Haas stands back up and pulls his straps down looking very intense as he turns Jeter on to his back and locks in THE HAAS OF PAIN. . . . . Sydal slowly stands back up on the apron, but it’s too late as the relentless Haas forces Jeter to tap out, causing the ref to call for the bell.


WINNERS: The Masters of the Mat by submission @ 7.21.

AFTERMATH: “Masterpiece” hits as Masters joins Haas in the ring, getting their arms raised as The UK Pack watch on from the announce table. Sydal looks disappointed for a second on the apron, but shrugs it off as he stands and watches Masters & Haas pose for the crowd, only for Stevie Richards & Tommy Dreamer to jump the barricade behind them. They slide into the ring, and Dreamer armed with his trusty Singapore cane, swings it at Masters as he turns round, knocking him down to the mat with a shot to the head. Haas looks stunned as he turns round, only for Stevie to take him down with a Stevie Kick. The fans cheer as they stand above the Masters of the Mat with Burchill & Smith looking impressed.


***CUT BACKSTAGE***


We see a very focused looking Edge getting ready in his locker room, lacing up his boots as Michael Shane walks in with the Cruiserweight Championship placed on his shoulder. Edge asks him just what the hell he’s doing there, and Shane says he’s come to support him for his match later on against The Undertaker. Edge asks him if he means just like Sunday when he was nowhere to be found and celebrating winning a worthless little piece of trash title when he should have been at his side to help him beat Shawn like he brought him here to do in the first place. Shane says that he came here to make a name for himself, not just to help Edge win the title before saying that at least Shawn acknowledged his win at Wrestlemania. Edge sn-iggers and asks Shane if he expects him to congratulate him after he turned his back on him after he brought him in to the WWE, reminding him that he did and not Shawn. Shane shakes his head and smirks, then calls Edge a selfish son of a bitch and that he hopes Taker kicks his ass tonight. Edge looks on in shock as Shane turns round and storms out of the room. Edge shakes his head and smirks too, not seeming to care as he continues lacing up his boots.


[Commercial Break]


***VIDEO PROMO***

We see an unknown superstar working out in a gym and a wrestling ring, cutting to a still image at the end.

VOICEOVER: There are those who are born to dream, and there are those who are born to compete. . . This one man’s dream is to compete, and very soon this will become reality when he comes to Friday Night Smackdown.




***CUT TO RINGSIDE***


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is stood in the middle of the ring. He says that he is honoured at this time to introduce us to the winner of the Money in the Bank Ladder match just five days ago at Wrestlemania, Montel Vontavious Porter, MVP. “I’m Comin” hits as a very happy Mr. Money in the Bank, MVP walks down to the ring, dressed smartly in a suit with the briefcase in his hand. Boos ring out as he steps through the ropes and walks in to the middle of the ring to shake hands with The Coach. He walks to the ropes and lifts the shiny briefcase in to the air, and then turns back to the middle of the ring. The Coach waits for the crowd to die down, but MVP’s smile doesn’t. He says that it was a very competitive and dangerous match Sunday night, but when it was all said and done, it was MVP that claimed the contract that guarantees him a shot at any title of his choosing during any time in the next 12 months. He then asks MVP if it’s sunk in yet that he could well be a world champion in less than a year’s time. MVP smirks and says that if isn’t the word, it’s when. He says that everyone who has won Money in the Bank and cashed it in has gone on to become a world champion, then says that all those men put together don’t come close to him on any level whatsoever.

He says that he has every tool in his locker to be the stand out star of the century, let alone world champion. The Coach says he can’t argue with that and asks MVP if he’s decided when he’s planning on cashing the contract in and taking his shot at the title of his choosing. MVP grins and says that he doesn’t have a clue, but it doesn’t matter as when the time is right, he will know, and that’s when he will strike like the opportunist that he is. He says that he picked his spot to climb the ladder of success at Wrestlemania, and it will be exactly the same when he decides to cash in. He stops for a second, then carries on to say that when he does, he’s going to make it count, it will be the defining moment of his career, but most importantly in the history of sports entertainment. He says that there has never been or never will be anyone after him who can represent like he can, he is the one man everyone wants to be, the one man who holds the key, and the one man who will rise to the very top and reach levels that no one else could ever dream of. He takes a short breather, then turns to Coach to say that he has always been a star, but when he becomes a world champion, he will be thee mega star.

Just as finishes that sentence, “Don’t Waste My Time” plays as Elijah Burke & Layla make their way down to the ring in their casual clothes. MVP & Coach look surprised to see them at first, but MVP smiles as Burke enters the ring. He offers Burke his hand, but Burke just stares at him before grabbing Coach’s microphone. He tells Coach to get back behind the desk where he belongs. As both men and Layla watch Coach walk on back to the announce table, MVP speaks first and says that he knows things got a little heated last week going in to Wrestlemania, but he totally forgives Burke for yelling at him and says he’s glad that Burke has come out here to congratulate him on his victory. The fans boo, but Burke says that there must be another Elijah Burke because he’s not out here to congratulate anyone. MVP looks stunned, and the crowd cheers as Burke follows on by saying that it’s his first night on Smackdown, and asks what happens? He says he was just trying to get used to the new surroundings, but he hears MVP as always running his mouth. More cheers ring out as Burke says that just like the Smackdown fans, he’s sick and tired of hearing MVP talk crap week after week after week.

MVP gets a little angry as Burke then says that he’s been right by MVP’s side for nearly two months, and he says he feels stupid for not realising sooner that there’s only one person MVP cares about, and that’s himself. MVP cuts in and says that this is more than business, it’s his life, and like everyone else, he’s out for number one and no else, and if Burke doesn’t like that, then that’s tough shit. Burke gets right in MVP’s face and says he realised the same thing, and that’s why he’s out here right now to tell MVP that from now on, he’s only thinking of number one, and that’s Elijah Burke, and that’s why he has to do this. MVP looks confused as Burke turns to the crowd for a split second before turning back and nailing MVP with a hard right hand. Mr. Money in the Bank just got dropped by his former ally, and Burke stands above MVP as Mr. Money in the Bank remains on the deck. Burke looks in to the cheering crowd as his music hits again before looking back down disapprovingly at MVP. He then turns round and leaves the ring with Layla as MVP sits up and stares angrily at Burke, who turns round as he walks up the ramp. Both men stare menacingly at each other as we head to our next commercial break.



[Commercial Break]


***MATCH #4***

WWE United States Championship
Matt Hardy (c) vs Shelton Benjamin w/Shannon Moore

ENDING:
A desperate Shelton stands in the corner, urging the grounded Matt to stand back up. The groggy champion slowly makes his way back up and gives Shelton what he wanted as he runs right at him, but Matt sees him coming and reacts quickly to nail him with THE SIDE EFFECT. . . . . A big pop breaks out in the crowd as Matt readjusts his position on the canvas and makes the cover . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . Shelton gets his shoulder up, leaving Matt to carry on fighting. He stands back up and walks in to the corner, climbs up to the second rope and jumps off for a DIVING LEG DROP. . . . . Shelton rolls to the side and dodges it as Matt crashes in to the canvas. Shelton slowly makes his way back up, then reaches down and pulls Matt up from his knees, whips him in to the corner and runs in, connecting with A STINGER SPLASH. . . . . Shelton backs out of the corner as Matt staggers out in to Shelton’s grip for A T-BONE SUPLEX. . . . . Matt fights it with elbows and is able to escape Shelton’s clutches.

He then grabs Shelton by the arm and whips him back, but he runs right in to the referee, knocking him down. Shelton stops and looks down for a couple of seconds as the ref hits the deck, but Matt spins him round and plants him with THE TWIST OF FATE. . . . . A big cheer breaks out, but Matt then realises there’s no one to make the count. Matt then tries to shake the referee to life, and we start to see the ref showing some response, but we also see CM Punk charging down the aisle. Matt doesn’t see him, and as he stands up, Punk spins him round and lifts him on to his shoulders and plants him with THE GTS. . . . . Boos ring out from the pissed off crowd as Punk stares down intensely at Matt before walking back over to the ropes and climbing down to the floor below as Shelton crawls across the canvas and reaches his arm out across Matt’s chest with Shannon Moore encouraging him from the outside. Slowly the referee crawls across too and makes the count . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 3.



WINNER: By pinfall, and new WWE United States Champion, Shelton Benjamin @ 9.40.

AFTERMATH: “Ain’t No Stoppin Me” blasts itself out through the speakers as Shannon Moore walks round and collects the United States title belt and then pulls Shelton out of the ring, then passes him the belt. The dazed new champion lifts the belt up in to the air as Punk slides back in the ring and kneels down in front of Matt’s face, then grabs him by the head and talks smack to the out cold and now former United States Champion. Punk gets booed heavily from the crowd, but he eventually lets go of Matt’s head and leaves the ring to a ton of heat.


[Commercial Break]


CM Punk is walking through the back towards the parking lot as we then see Josh Matthews trying to catch up with him with his microphone in hand. Josh then shouts Punk’s name as he then stops by the door to the exit. He then asks Punk why he just cost Matt Hardy the United States Championship. Punk shakes his head in disbelief and asks Josh if he has a short term memory problem, because if he had done his research properly, he would know that Matt did the exact same thing to him Monday night on Raw when he cost him the Intercontinental Championship. He then says that it’s a very simple theory, saying what goes around comes around. Punk then tells Josh to get out of his face and turns round with a sick smirk on his face as he walks out of the building. A couple of seconds later, Matt Hardy comes charging down the hallway and asks Josh if that was Punk he was just talking to. Josh says it was as Matt Hardy then storms his way through the door, only to see Punk already in his car and reversed before accelerating away as Matt runs after him but gives up. A pissed off Matt shouts out “damn it”, standing there in the parking lot as the camera fades out.


***CUT TO RINGSIDE***


***THE MAIN EVENT***

Number One Contendership Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
The Undertaker vs Edge

ENDING:
Taker bends down and pulls Edge up to his knees, but The Rated R Superstar throws a right at the dead man’s chest, knocking him back. Edge stands up and runs back in to the ropes, but as he runs at Taker, the dead man drives his huge boot down Edge’s face. Edge looks totally motionless for several seconds as the phenom lifts his right hand in to the air, signalling for a chokeslam. Very slowly, Edge makes his way back up to a vertical base as Taker lies in wait. The crowd cheer the dead man on, and as Edge stands up, The Undertaker grabs him around the throat and lifts him in to the air to a pop from the crowd. Just as Edge is lifted off his feet, he manages to wriggle free and drop back down to his feet where he kicks The Undertaker in the chest and shocks everyone by hitting THE EDGECUTION. . . . . He rushes to turn Taker over and hook the leg as the ref makes the count . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . 2 . . . . . The phenom lifts his shoulder up off the mat, leaving Edge frustrated. He stands back up and retreats to the corner, stalking his prey for A SPEAR. . . . . Taker slowly makes his way back up to his feet with Edge looking ready to explode, and as he stands up, Edge charges at him, but Taker sidesteps it.

Edge runs through in to the pads, and Taker turns to walk up to him as Edge staggers out of the corner. Again The Undertaker grabs Edge around the throat, but Edge dodges it again as he kicks him in the stomach to escape the grip. Edge holds on to the top rope to recover, but Taker shocks him by taking him over the top rope with a clothesline. A pop meets that, and Taker opts to join his opponent on the outside as he climbs over the top rope and steps down to the floor below, only for Edge to get to his knees and push Taker back first in to the apron. Edge then stands up and rolls back inside to break the count, then out again and grabs Taker by the arm, trying to whip him in to the announce table, but the dead man reverses it with Edge’s back crashing in to the table and falling on the floor. Taker walks over and seems distracted as he then strips the announce table and pulls Edge up to his feet, then CHOKESLAMS HIM THROUGH THE TABLE. . . . . A massive pop rings out across the arena as Taker sees the count getting to eight and walks back to the apron and climbs back in to the ring as the count gets to ten. The referee calls for the bell and counts Edge out.



WINNER: The Undertaker by count out @ 10.54.

AFTERMATH: “Deadman’s Symphony” hits to a massive pop from the crowd with the referee raising Taker’s arm. The ref then leaves the ring as the lights go out and spotlights shine down on Taker as he bends down on one knee, doing his signature taunt. We then see a shot of Shawn Michaels watching it in the back on a monitor, looking very serious before it cuts back to Taker posing in the ring to end the show.


[END OF SHOW]


QUICK RESULTS

Ron Killings df. Orlando Jordan
Mickie James df. Beth Phoenix
The Masters of the Mat df. Matt Sydal & Johnny Jeter
Shelton Benjamin df. Matt Hardy NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION
The Undertaker df. Edge

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~ Before I even get started on Smackdown, let me say that I skimmed Wrestlemania and what I read of it was amazing. Raw was also good witht he draft and the aftermath.

~ Good opening segment here. I like Shawn Michaels as champion. He's such a good worker, he never disappoints in big match situations, and he can tell a story in the ring like nobody else, so I'm looking forward to his reign being a great one. Michaels thanking the fans is awesome, very face. And here comes Edge! C'mon rematch clause! Edge says the better man won? Wow. Good stuff here as Edge shows him moment of respect for Michaels, but slips right back into heel mode to demand his rematch. I knew since he asked for a rematch on the show it wouldn't happen on the show lol. Pretty good swerve though with Linda coming out as the GM replacement to put Edge in a #1 Contender's match with The Undertaker. Now the main event is set and Michaels' title defense will own no matter who wins.

~ I don't really know what's been going on with Michael Shane and Shawn Michaels in your BTB, but I like that they are interacting. It's also nice to see that Shawn keeps Shane at a distance when it comes to the special perks that coudl come with being related to a superstar, but still congratulates him on his Cruiserweight title win. I'm curious to see where this goes as (what I'm assuming is) a heel Shane leaves the interview smiling because Shawn acknowledges his good work.

~ The Mickie James interaction with Linda seemed kinda like filler, but I guess it served its purpose by setting up for a later match. AAE is always good. His bit seemed kinda like filler as well though as all it really did was set up for his leave.

~ Killings defeating Jordan was ok. Nothing really exciting there, but it was a good way to establish Killings on Smackdown. I don't know where exactly your going with that match as there was no talk from the commentators or any sort of action from the wrestlers before or after the match, but if the purpose was just to introduce Killings to the blue brand, then it did its job.

~ Good win for Mickie here, looks like she doesn't have to worry much about those new divas. I see this feud continuing simply because both women looked surprised by Mickie's victory. No complaints from me here, but then again I've never had a complaint when talking about Mickie James or Beth Pheonix .

~ I'm not sure what to make of the Sydal/Jeter interaction. I like that they're being used and moving forward in a storyline, I'll just wait until I see the match to comment.

~ No complaints about the Matt Hardy promo.

~ A lot happened in the tag match. Burchill and Smith coming down for commentary was good, and the Masters of the Mat (which is a great team IMO) returning was good. I didn't feel like there was enough emphasis on Sydal and him really nto caring about the match. I know you pointed out that he was reserved on the way to the ring, and shrugged off the loss after the match, but during the match we got no indication that he was not fully into it. Plus the ECW attack at the end on Haas and Masters was good as it reopens their feud, and pointing out that The UK Pack looked impressed kinda adds them to the equation.

~ My thoughts about a change of heart in Michael Shane are furthered by his interaction with Edge. This could open up a program between those two or, at the very least, make the Cruiserweight champion Shane look important for mingling with top talent like Michaels and Edge.

~ The Burke turn was great. I love MVP as Mr. MITB. I love him coming out and being the arrogant prick that he is. I love Elijah Burke turning on him. I love the idea of a feud between these two. Very very good segment, no complaints whatsoever.

~ NEW CHAMPION! Shleton as the US Champion is good. Perfect way to blow off Shleton/Hardy and begin Hardy/Punk. I'm loving heel Punk, especially heel Punk feuding with Matt Hardy. I know he had a match with Jeff at your Wrestlemania, and when I get time I may go back and read what led up to it, but Punk feuding with Matt has epic written all over it. Oh, and Shannon Moore as Shelton's urm..."Shellion" was good too

~ I liked the main event, but I didn't really dig the finish. There's no DQ for a chokeslam though a table? And a count out victory doesn't exactly establish the Deadman as a worthy contender for the title. But with that out of the way, UNDERTAKER V. MICHAELS!!!!! I see this being a long term feud as it's WAYYYY to epic for just Backlash.

OVERALL: Aside from a few minor gripes, this was a good all around show. I love this fed. Your storylines are progressing well. Your matches were great. Some of your backstage stuff seemed like filler, but every show can't be perfect, so that is expected sometimes. 8/10
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HOMEPAGE

NUMBER ONE CONTENDER PUTS EDGE ON THE SHELF, AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Last night on Smackdown we crowned a new number one contender to Shawn Michaels’ World Heavyweight Championship. The show stopper quickly learnt that his Mr. Wrestlemania performance is firmly in the history books now as The Undertaker & Edge met in the main event, resulting in Edge suffering an injury to a muscle in his back that may keep him put for up 6-8 weeks. He suffered the injury as the dead man chokeslammed him through the announce table, setting up a count out victory for the new number one contender, giving The Heartbreak Kid a very sleepless night with the phenom coming after his title.

We also saw Shelton Benjamin defeat Matt Hardy in a Wrestlemania rematch, becoming the new United States Champion after CM Punk appeared out of nowhere to cost Hardy the gold. Punk was drafted to Smackdown on Monday night, not long after an altercation with the now former United States Champion, which in turn led to Matt costing Punk the Intercontinental Championship on Raw. Matt was livid moments later, just like Punk on Monday evening. It promises to be one hell of an interesting show next Friday night.


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This was a good promo to kick off the show. It was only right that we got to hear from HBK after his big win at Mania, and he was right in character thanking the fans and everything. I was waiting for someone to interupt and I'm glad it was Edge. Surprised he admitted HBK was the better man but i'm glad he went back to his usual self, and playing on the whole Mr. Wrestlemania thing gives him an excuse for losing. The rematch was never going to happen tonight and Linda made a great main event, i'm torn on who I want to win that tbh, as Taker-HBK would be epic but I like Edge. I'm guessing there will actually be a new GM though rather than Linda ending up staying full time right? Linda would do a decent job but there are better options. The Coach!!! Just kidding LOL. Good promo to kick off the show and a nice set up for the main event.

This was an interesting interview and I don't know what you have planned, but it seems like a face turn for Shane. As you know I wasn't too keen on him winning the CW title but already you have me interested in what he's going to do. That was a good little segment.

Three segments before the opening match seems a bit unusual for you but it works fine. I am wondering what you have planned for the divas too so this made sense, I guess she'll be facing Beth Phoenix tonight. Linda ordering Estrada to go on holiday would be quite funny to see, although I don't really get the real point to the Estrada part, I guess you wanted to show Linda's authority or just remind everyone that Umaga is injured.

Good win for Killings on his debut, not so great for OJ though on his. Its clear that Killings is the one you like though and this was a good little debut win for him, not sure if this will lead to anything though or if he'll move on.

I'm quite surprised you gave this match away so soon after they only just came to SD, as I assume the main feud in the divas division on SD will be between these two. But it was a good win for Mickie James and it certianly seems like she is the top diva now over here. I expect a rematch though and you'll probably introduce a belt in the coming weeks.

Another interesting segment with JJ/Sydal, and its good seeing Jeter back. I'm not sure which way this will go.

So Maria is interviewing now? Why did you move Leticia to Raw I wonder? The interview was very good, just what you would expect from Hardy and I am looking forward to the rematch. I wonder if my prediction will be right.

I liked the little bit before the match, nice hearing from the UK Pack after their two big wins. LOL at Coach though trying to get a dig in. Its good to see Haas and Masters back too, I liked what you had going with them. It was a good win for Haas and Masters, I was thinking J+S might get the win after the earlier segment but I guess you're going the other way by having Sydal looking a bit off. The Extremists get some more revenge too which is cool, and this division is looking interesting.

This was a very good segment with Shane seemingly splitting away from Edge. Should be good and I can just imagine Edge's face when Shane stood up to him. Shane should get a lot more mic time now he's got the belt and split from Edge which will develop his character further.

I look forward to seeing Hager on Smackdown, you develop these young talents very well so I'm sure he'll be great. I'm getting confused now though as I now know him as three different names. Oh well.

Now this was a really good segment and you made it work with two slightly similar arrogant characters. What MVP had to say was great and once again its great him being the Mr. MITB. Burke interupting was slighlty unexpected but I liked it, and I like how you made MVP think he was out to congratulate him. What Burke had to say was good and he made a big statement by dropping MVP to the floor. Now it seems he's going face now as the crowd were cheering, I really like the heel Burke but a badass face Burke would work I guess. This feud should be great with two of my faves, and they should have some good matches, possibly for the briefcase as well. We could have a repeat of MVP getting knocked out in a boxing match too lol.

Punk costing Hardy the belt was expected after what happened on Raw but it was a perfect way of developing the feud. I'm glad Shelton has the US gold too as i'm a fan of his, and the Punk-Hardy feud doesn't need the belt. Punk has made a big impact on his SD! debut too, and this feud is so intense already. This should be awesome.

Typical parking lot escape segment here with Punk getting away and Hardy showing his anger. It was good to get a few words from Punk too. I wonder what will happen next week.

The main event seemed like a very good match, and Taker picking up the win is great as HBK vs. Taker is a dream match of mine. It deserves a Mania-type build tbh. It wasn't the best way for Taker to win to make a huge impact as he didn't actually pin Edge and he could've got DQ'd for what he did, but we all know what a threat the Deadman is and it means Edge doesn't look too weak. I wouldn't rule out you still adding Edge to this though for a triple threat, but HBK vs. Taker should be great and I look forward to this feud.

Overall Nige it was another very entertaining show, good job man and I look forward to Raw.
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>>> Great way to start the show off, hyping the rematch between Hardy and Benjamin. I also liked the GM mention as it instantly got my attention and made me want to read on!

>>> I personally am not a fan of Shawn’s whole puppy dog eyes, I’m about to cry routine that he so loved to so these days, but you described it perfectly, it was very well done. Edge coming out and interrupting was predictable, but I do it a lot, so I’m not knocking you for it. I liked how Edge praised Michaels and then knocked him seconds later, that was great. Edge asking for a rematch it’s a big surprise. Linda McMahon has less charisma and personality than a plank of wood and I’m not happy about her being used on TV. It should never happen IMO, but I guess without a GM, your hands were tied. Taker, Edge number 1 contendership match is a stroke of booing genius and a huge TV main event.

>>> The Michael Shane segment with HBK and Mathews was different and it came off very real. It liked it a lot. However mate, I’m going to have to knock your for using Linda again. She is a terrible actress and can’t show personality. She should of left the damn building after the opening promo. Good use of Mickie here and it’s smart for you to book her in a match and leave her opponent a mystery. Estrada still being around with Umaga gone is odd, I’m interested to see how you use him!

>>> Well, well, well. I’ll be damned, two matches back to back and both of them are super short!!! I guess you are changing things up! Not happy about Beth loosing in under 4 minutes, even if it is to Mickie James.

>>> The Sydal, Jeter segment much like the HBK, Michael Shane segment earlier marks a big change in direction for you and how you write IMO. These segment may seem insignificant, but they’re both so real, well written and focused. The emotional level is great, understated, yet powerful. Just great writing.

>>> Great tag team match. Your ability to use mid-card, underrated talent in such an effective way never fails to amaze me and the fact you have a credible tag team division with entertaining feuds is a credit to your booking ability.

>>> The MVP in your BTB is a striking contrast to the MVP on our screens every week. This in ring interview is a throwback to the old days. I remember when Vince used to interview superstars on Raw each week in the 90’s. The segment was flat until Burke came out. Great interaction between him and MVP. You described it beautifully and it’ nice to see you followed through with this angle from last week. Just great booking.

>>> Great match up with Benjamin and hardy. Punk interfering works on so many levels and I look forward to a Matt hardy, MVP programme. Benjamin and Moore as a duo doesn’t work for me, so I hope you split them up ASAP.

>>> Great follow up with Punk. His explanation was logical. The interaction with him and Hardy here was fun and furthered the angle. I’m happy to see you didn’t write a big brawl segment as it would have been a mistake.

>>> You surprised me here, I fully expected Edge to go over. In saying that, I’m betting on a 3 way match up for the title. Can’t see you giving away Taker, Michaels anytime soon. Not until SS anyway, it just wouldn’t make sense not to have that match on a big PPV event.

OVERALL: Great show. What struck me most was how much you’ve shortened your matches, I think it’s great. I’ve said it a million times, but in my opinion TV shows aren’t about the wrestling they’re about the promo’s and storyline development. Apart from your use of Linda McMahon, this show was flawless. Great work man.
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“FCW” TV Results
(Saturday 5th April)




The show started with TJ Wilson & Teddy Hart entering the building. Lena Yada quickly pounced and asked them how they were feeling about their tag team championship match with The Empire tonight. They were looking very serious, and TJ said that the chance to become the first ever FCW Tag Team Champions is a huge honour and something they want to make happen, and that they know they can make happen. He then said that chances like these are the very reason he and Teddy got in to this business, and they’re going to go out there and do everything to make sure that they fulfil their dream tonight. Teddy then said that they weren’t only going to beat The Empire tonight, but they’re going to shut them up and their big mouths once and for all.


The DiBiase Brothers, Mike & Brett made their way to the ring, and said that Dusty Rhodes was a disgrace to fire their brother; Ted Jr. Mike went on to say that he has moved on to bigger and better things, and that very soon, they are going to do the same whether it means pissing Dusty off or not, they will not be shown the disrespect as DiBiase’s, they demand it. That didn’t go down too well with the fans, but there was a shock in store as two guys in street clothes by the names of JJ Matthews & Cameron York walked down to the ring. JJ took the lead and said that they might be familiar to some people, but this is their first time in an FCW ring. He then said that they were just back talking to Dusty about coming in to FCW when they heard two whiny idiots demanding respect, but he told them that on the street, respect is earned, telling them you have to work and fight for respect like he and Cameron have all their lives. He then said that they’re more than happy tonight to beat some respect in to them, and that soon they’ll forget about their brother, and the only name they remember will be that of The Badstreet Boys. Mike accepted the challenge and said that they have no problem in sending two punks back to the street, because once they’re done with them, it will be their first and only ever match in FCW. JJ smirked and threw the microphone down before motioning for them to bring it on.



The Opening Match
The Badstreet Boys (JJ Matthews & Cameron York) vs The DiBiase Brothers (Mike & Brett)

Matthews & York were very over with the crowd and they looked great in this match. The DiBiase’s used some cheap tactics, but Matthews made a hot tag to York which changed the match. He took down Brett, the legal man with a whip and a backbreaker. Mike stormed the ring and ran at York, who ducked underneath and planted him with a reverse tornado DDT. Mike rolled out of the ring as Matthews got back in, and along with York, nailed Brett as he got up with a double enziguri. Matthews left the ring as York picked up the win.

Winners: The Badstreet Boys by pinfall.


**Commercial Break**


Shawn Spears & Mike Kruel were in the locker room, along with Roucka with Spears explaining that it was a mistake last week that cost them the match. Kruel said that he knew that was the case and that he shouldn’t worry about it. Roucka wasn’t happy with Kruel at all, and told him to stop letting Spears ruin things for him, saying it’s one thing after another. Kruel shook his head and told Roucka that it was an accident and to calm down. She didn’t take it well, telling Kruel to grow a pair and that she had her own match to worry about before storming out of the room. Spears apologised, but Kruel said there was no need and told him he’d be in his corner for his match tonight no matter what Roucka thinks.


Match 2
Brie Bella vs Roucka

Both divas looked good in this one, but a fierce looking Roucka was able to reverse a whip in to the corner and followed it up with a stinger splash. As Brie Bella staggered out, Roucka nailed her with The Roucka Bottom, an inverted suplex slam to seal the victory.

Winner: Roucka by pinfall.


**Commercial Break**


Match 3
Television Championship Qualifying Match

CJ Red vs Shawn Spears w/Mike Kruel

Spears looked to have this wrapped up, but just as the referee was checking on Red as he sat up, Mike Kruel slid in the ring. He walked up behind Spears, spun him round and took him down to the mat with an inverted facelock neckbreaker slam. He quickly left the ring and smirked on the outside as CJ made his way back up, saw Kruel on the mat and was confused. He then walked in to the corner, climbed up to the top and leaped off, hitting a Corkscrew Neckbreaker for the win.

Winner: CJ Red by pinfall.


The Empire were getting ready in their locker room with Katie Lea telling them to leave nothing to chance tonight and to be nothing short of ruthless. Just then, Lena Yada walked in and asked if there was any chance of a few words. Katie didn’t look happy to see her and was very abrupt with her, telling Lena that it was a disgrace that she was taken out of the title picture last week, but that nothing is getting in the way of The Empire picking up gold tonight. She stopped and stared at Lena, who then asked if that was it. Katie told her she was clever and then told her to go, which she did, leaving a smug smile on Katie’s face with Sanders & McIntyre grinning with two British flags in the background.


**Commercial Break**


Dusty came down to the ring and said that Television Championship Qualifying matches will continue next week, and he has agreed with the powers that be that the final will be held live on Monday Night Raw when the time comes. A pop met that announcement, and he said that he wanted to thank Linda McMahon and the rest of the board of directors for supporting him and FCW, but then, James Reiher, the new FCW World Heavyweight Champion walked down to the ring, along with Afa Jr. The champ was dressed smartly, with Afa in jeans and a T shirt. Dusty seemed surprise to see them, but Reiher wasn’t happy. He said that after he won the title at Wrestlemania, this night should all be about me, but it came as no surprise that Dusty tried to push him under the carpet. He then said that if anyone should be getting praised or being put on Raw, it should be him since he’s the first FCW Champion. Dusty told him that he got the chance to wrestle on the Wrestlemania pre show last weekend when he won the championship, then reminded him that FCW is about more than just James Reiher. The champ stared back angrily and told Dusty that he should remember who truly has the stroke around here, and that set Dusty off. He got right in Reiher’s face and told him that he did, The American Dream might be older, but tells Reiher not to push him because he would have no problem showing him who really is boss. After a short pause, Dusty then said that he’s going to show him just who has the stroke around here because next week, Reiher will be making his defence of the FCW Championship, against Afa. Reiher looked stunned, but not as much as Afa with Dusty dropping the microphone and leaving the ring to a pop with Reiher and his hired help staring uneasily at each other.


**Commercial Break**


The Main Event
For the Vacant FCW Tag Team Championship

TJ Wilson & Teddy Hart vs The Empire (Stu Sanders & Drew McIntyre) w/Katie Lea

A really great match with Teddy and the contrast in styles. It was TJ & Teddy who looked to be in control until Katie Lea distracted the referee, allowing McIntyre to enter the ring and drill TJ with a big boot. That gave both men a chance to make a tag as they crawled to their corners, but after a succession of Teddy assaults fell by the wayside as McIntyre dropped to his knees and low blowed him while Sanders ran across the apron and sent TJ flying off the apron. With the referee trying to get Sanders out of the way, McIntyre picked himself back up and finished Teddy off with a swinging side slam in to a sit down face buster. The new champs celebrated with Katie Lea as the show came to an end, getting a lot of heat from the crowd before placing one of the British flags they carried down to the ring, over Teddy as Katie waved the other in front of McIntyre & Sanders.

Winners: By pinfall, and new FCW Tag Team Champions, The Empire.


**End of Show**


CONFIRMED FOR NEXT WEEK

FCW World Heavyweight Championship
James Reiher (c) vs Afa Jr

PLUS

Television Championship qualifying matches continue.



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