Re: WWL: The World Wrestling League
The World Wrestling League Presents: RAW
April 6, 2009
From Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas
A WrestleMania video package begins the show, and several of the amazing moments from WrestleMania 25 are discussed by Michael Cole and King. The broadcast team also talks about two confirmed matches later in the show – Chris Masters against Carlito and John Cena against The Big Show. They are soon interrupted by Triple H, who makes his way to the ring with the WWE Championship. Dressed in a suit and tie, Triple H has a large bandage across his forehead. The Game says that last night, he defeated Randy Orton to retain the WWE Championship, but as everyone in attendance and at home saw, his victory wasn’t shy of controversy. Triple H says that when the official went down, Mark Henry decided he’d seen enough of Randy Orton getting his ass kicked. Triple H says that after he was blasted by a steel chair, he can’t really remember all the details, but to make a long story short, Batista returned and came from nowhere to beat the hell out of Orton and Henry. Triple H says that he didn’t know Batista was going to save the day, and he certainly didn’t intend for it to happen, but the fact is Batista did in fact return – and he is still the WWE Champion. Triple H says that Randy Orton has been out to get him ever since winning the Royal Rumble, but at WrestleMania, it was Orton who got a dose of his own medicine. Triple H says that even if Orton had won, he would have proven nothing. Triple H says that sooner or later, if Orton wants to prove something, he’ll have to do it one on one against him – with nobody from the outside getting in the way.
Randy Orton makes his way to the ring. He too is dressed in a suit and tie. Orton asks for a microphone and tells Triple H that he has one thing to say – Triple H would not be the WWE Champion if it Batista hadn’t saved him. Orton says its ironic Triple H was saved by a man he held back for so many years. Orton says Batista may have forgiven and forgotten, but he never will. Triple H tells Orton that this isn’t about Evolution, and it’s not really even about him. Triple H says that Orton is angry and bitter because he failed last night. Triple H says that he and Batista have had their differences – that Batista was the first man to pin him in a Hell in a Cell match – that Batista made him question his purpose in the wrestling business, but ultimately, he realized that Batista’s progress, just like Orton’s, was just part of evolution. Orton says that Triple H is not the man he once was, and that Evolution always saved his ass just like Batista did last night. Orton says that Triple H talks about an encounter between the two in which no outside interference will take place, but Orton says that deep down, Triple H knows he cannot win in such an encounter. Triple H smiles, and gets in Orton’s face. Triple H says when that day comes, he will win, and Orton will be unable to do anything to stop him.
Batista’s music hits and the fans go crazy. Triple H steps away from Orton and turns to face The Animal, who is dressed in a white collared shirt and black slacks. Orton takes off his jacket, and stares down Batista. Batista says that last night, he returned after being punted in the head by Randy Orton. Batista says it feels great to be back on Raw, and it feels great to be able to tell Orton to his face that The Animal is back. Batista says that last night, Orton got a little dose of what is in store for him. Batista says that he’s not finished with Orton, and costing Orton the WWE Championship at WrestleMania was only the beginning. Batista says that if Orton and Triple H want to talk about Evolution, it’s only fair he participate in the discussion. Batista says that some called him the muscle, but when he became a world champion, people had to take him seriously. Batista says that Orton won a world championship first, but says Orton would have been unable to survive inside Hell in a Cell with Triple H. Batista says the fact of the matter is he was the big winner last night at WrestleMania 25, and he didn’t save Hunter’s ass for Hunter. “I saved Hunter for me,” Batista says. Batista says that one prize in this business will symbolize he’s back – the WWE Championship, and he wants it. Batista tells Triple H that he saved his ass at WrestleMania, but very soon, Batista will take the WWE Championship for his own.
Ric Flair makes his way to the ring and gives the crowd a big WOO! He asks what all the talk about Evolution is, and says that now every former member is involved in the equation. Flair says that since he’s the General Manager, he has the power to give everyone what they want. Ric Flair says that tonight, Triple H will get the night off – but Randy Orton and Batista will both get their opportunity to face Triple H for the WWE Championship in twenty days at Backlash. Ric Flair is soon interrupted by the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry and Teddy Long. Henry, unlike Batista, Randy Orton, and Triple H, is dressed to compete. Flair asks Long what he wants, and Long says that he only wants what is fair. Long says that Mark Henry is tired of doing Randy Orton’s dirty work, and when the world title is being discussed, Orton wouldn’t have had the opportunity to win last night if it Mark Henry hadn’t had his back. Long says that Randy Orton doesn’t have room to accuse Batista when Henry has been there for Randy since the Royal Rumble.
Flair says he understands and says the solution is a simple one. Flair says that in twenty days at Backlash, Triple H will defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton, Batista, and Mark Henry, in a Fatal-Fourway. Triple H and Orton are livid, while Batista looks on with a smile. Henry beats his chest. Flair then says that Henry may be tired of having Orton’s back, but he’s going to have to do it one more time tonight, because in the Main Event, Randy Orton and Mark Henry, will go one on one with Batista, and the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. This time, it is Triple H who is smiling – thrilled that he has the night off. Ric Flair says that now everyone has what they want – even Flair, who has a blockbuster championship match at Backlash. Flair struts backstage as a commercial break begins. Orton, Triple H, and Batista stare one another down in the ring.
Back from the commercial break, Booker T makes his way to the ring with his Intercontinental Championship. Booker gets on the microphone and says last night at WrestleMania he retained his championship and got a win. Booker says that he’s going to get another win tonight, because that’s how he does business. Booker awaits his opponent, and Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring. Kingston offers a hand to Booker, who eventually accepts. The contest begins as the broadcast team anticipates the opening match of the evening.
Singles Match – Non-Title Match
Booker T(c) vs. Kofi Kingston
The contest between Booker and Kingston sees Booker pressure Kingston early, forcing him to wrestle from the ground up. Kingston flies around the ring, scoring with some big moves. Booker catches him with an axe-kick after Kingston takes a risk from the top turnbuckle, and Kingston is slowed. Booker once again begins a slow, physical dissection, working on Kingston’s arm. Kingston battles back, nearly surprising Booker on several occasions. Kingston eventually heads to the top yet again. However, Booker throws him from the top rope before connecting with a Spinebuster. Booker stalks Kingston, hitting a Scissors Kick to claim the victory.
Winner: Booker T (7:21)
Booker celebrates his victory before rolling from the ring with his championship. The Intercontinental Champion greets the fans, celebrating with them on his way backstage. The broadcast team praises Kofi Kingston for his valiant effort.
Jeremy Borash is standing by with Money in the Bank winner John Cena. Cena is holding his briefcase. Borash introduces Cena and asks Cena what it feels like to capture the Money in the Bank briefcase at this point in his career – having already been a multi-time world champion. Cena says that the men that have traditionally won the Money in the Bank briefcase – Rob Van Dam, AJ Styles, and Edge, have all gone on to capture their first world championship. Cena says that for him the situation is different. Cena says he doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone, and that he’s going to use the briefcase at the most opportune moment. Cena says that he’s putting the entire World Wrestling League on notice – Triple H, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and anyone else who happens to be a world champion. Cena says that everyone is on notice – and he’s going to ECW and Smackdown later this week to make sure everyone understands who Mr. Money in the Bank is. Borash then asks Cena about his match tonight against The Big Show. Cena says that last night, Cena threw a five hundred pound man twenty plus feet from the top of a ladder and caused him to crash through two more ladders on the way to the ground. Cena says the big man doesn’t scare him – especially when he’s coming into the match with a back that’s nearly broken back.
Backstage, Chris Masters is watching the match on a television monitor in a lounge area. Carlito appears and says that he’d be the Intercontinental Champion tonight if it hadn’t been for Masters. Masters tells Carlito that it wouldn’t have mattered, because he’d have beaten Carlito for the Intercontinental Championship in two seconds anyway. Carlito says that Masters thinks he’s so tough because of the Masterlock, but in reality Masters is just a roided up one move wonder. Masters gets in Carlito’s face, and tells Carlito that he’ll find out a thing or two about how touch he really is tonight. A commercial break begins
After the commercial break, Ric Flair is in his office. Triple H walks in, and says he’s on his way backstage to watch the rest of the show. Triple H says that Ric has made some good business decisions, but Ric didn’t make a wise decision by scheduling the Fatal-Fourway for Backlash. Triple H says Orton is a punk who doesn’t deserve another opportunity at the championship. Flair says that he saw Triple H overcome tremendous odds while he stood by his side, and he has no doubt Triple H can do it again. Flair says he has every confidence in Hunter. Flair says that Triple H can rest this week and take it easy, and make sure he’s ready for Backlash. Flair tells Hunter to relax before Triple H leaves.
John Cena makes his way to the ring, and after Cena makes his entrance, the fans see a replay of the horrific fall Big Show suffered from the ladder and through two more on his way to the floor. The Big Show makes his entrance, but he is obviously hobbled. He stares down Cena, and gives him a big shove as the referee calls for the bell.
Big Show vs. John Cena
Big Show is obviously angry, and he mauls Cena early in the match, taking the fight outside the ring. Show sends Cena into two sets of ring steps, and hurls him over the guard rail into the crowd. Cena fights back after ramming Big Show’s back against the ring. After surviving Big Show’s initial assault, Cena is able to begin working on the back. Cena works the back with hard offense, but the big man does not give up easily. Show fights like a large animal that has been wounded, but Cena keeps up the pressure on the back. Surprisingly, Cena is able to work the back with several submission holds that usually are not his weapon of choice. The physical contest culminates as Big Show manages to muster another rally. He nails Cena with several chops in the corner before whipping him across the ring. Show charges at Cena, who ducks out of the way. Show nails the corner and is staggered long enough for Cena to lift him in the air. Show powers out of the FU, landing on his feet before grasping Cena’s throat. Cena fights out, tackling Show to the ground and rolling the big man over, expertly applying an impressive STFU. Big Show is in obvious pain, and he is unable to reach the ropes due to his back. With his injury obviously worse, the big man eventually passes out. The official calls for the bell, and Cena quickly releases the hold for the victory.
Winner: John Cena (10:28)
After the match, Big Show is out cold. Even Cena seems surprised. After bidding Cena from the ring, the official begins to check on Big Show. After noting the severity of Show’s injury, the official calls for more assistance. Several officials and medics make their way to the ring and roll the big man over on his back. Show wakes up, and begins to scream in agony. He nails an official, demanding everyone leave him alone. The team backs up, as Show desperately crawls out of the ring, cringing in agony. As he stumbles up the entrance ramp, Show falls to the ground, clutching his back yet again. The team eventually begins to help Big Show again, and they assist him to the back. While this is going on, the broadcast team notes they’ve never seen the Big Show in this position. Even the most powerful superstars in the World Wrestling League are vulnerable. They note that Show’s injury is likely very severe and needs to be taken seriously.
A video package plays, showcasing the soon to debut Hart Foundation. Teddy Hart, Harry Smith, and T.J. Wilson speak of their family’s history in the wrestling business, and how it is their turn to carry the torch. They say they have a legacy to continue, and the same fire that burned in the Harts of the past burns in their “hearts” as well.
Backstage, Batista is watching the Big Show-Cena contest from his personal lockeroom. The big man stretches for the main event tonight, remaking, “I know what that’s like…I know what that’s like.” Further backstage, Jeremy Borash is standing by with The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Borash says that Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania, and he showed the world why last night. Borash asks Michaels about his contest with Sting, and Michaels says that the match really wasn’t about him – it was about Sting. Michaels says that Sting has left a legacy that will carry on after him, and the older Michaels gets, he begins to do the same thing. Michaels says that he needs to begin to give back to the younger wrestlers, to truly leave his mark on the younger talent on Raw before he departs. Michaels says he still has a lot of fight left in him, and The Icon has quite a few more matches in the tank, but when the time comes, Michaels wants to ensure that his character, as well as his accomplishments, is remembered as being one of the best. Borash remarks as Michaels leaves that The Heartbreak Kid is a true legend. A commercial break begins.
Back from the break, Konnan enters a public lockeroom and finds Homicide and Hernandez there. Konnan remarks that what happened at WrestleMania cannot be allowed to happen again. Konnan says it was Hassan that cost them their match at WrestleMania, and if they want to continue to be the top tag-team on Raw, they cannot allow their interests to be compromised by anyone. Hernandez and Homicide then begin to speak Spanish and joke about Big Show’s injury.
Big Show is being assisted by officials backstage. He is in absolute agony. Clutching his back, he falls to one knee. One official mentions that he should consider going to the hospital, and Show calls Cena a son of a bitch. Show falls to the ground, and the officials comments that more assistance will be needed. Randy Orton is backstage and he charges into Mark Henry’s lockeroom. Orton says that Henry had no right interjecting himself into his business, and the Legend Killer says he’s coming for Triple H – not Henry. Henry grabs Orton and slams him against a wall, holding him there. Henry tells Orton to listen – that he is no longer Orton’s bodyguard. Henry says he’s nobody’s servant, and it will be a cold day in hell when Orton disrespects he or Teddy again. Henry says tonight, they’re on the same page, but at Backlash, it’s every man for himself.
Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin make their way to the ring. Shelley and Sabin greet the fans and then await their opponents. Their opponents are The Queen’s Men, William Regal and Paul Burchill. The British men mouth to Sabin and Shelley before the match, and the Machineguns respond in kind. The bell rings, as Shelley and Regal begin the contest.
William Regal & Paul Burchill vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin
This is the classic big team against little team match through and through. Sabin and Shelley mouth throughout the match, but the Queen’s Men do their share of smack talking as well. The big men are able to isolate Sabin and Shelley in spurts, but the Machineguns always battle back. At one point, Sabin takes Regal and Burchill out with a flying Senton over the top rope. The match changes pace and dynamic, as both teams struggle for supremacy. The match culminates after a long isolation of Sabin by Burchill and Regal. Sabin is able to hit an Enzenguiri out of nowhere on Burchill before making the tag to Shelley. Shelley cleans house on Regal and Burchill and the Machineguns finish the job with a kicking combination to Burchill for the victory.
Winners: Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley (7:49)
After the match, Sabin and Shelley celebrate their victory. Burchill and Regal are furious in the ring. The broadcast team compliments both teams on a well fought contest. A commercial break begins as Shelley and Sabin celebrate on the entrance ramp.
Back from the commercial break, a video package heirs for Backlash. The broadcast team announces that a Fatal-Fourway for the WWE Championship is already confirmed for the event between Triple H, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, and the returning Batista. Backstage, Borash is standing by with Batista. Borash asks Batista what’s on his mind as he prepares to return in the main event tonight. Batista says that there’s one thing that rehabbing gives you a chance to do – reflect. Batista says he’s reflected on a lot during his time off – his injury, his career in the World Wrestling League thus far, and his relationships with figures like Triple H and Randy Orton. Batista says that at one time he considered both of them friends, but that has changed – especially in Randy Orton’s case. Batista says that no matter how much he and Triple H hated one another, there was always a common respect – a certain warrior’s code, but that’s not the case with Randy Orton. Batista says that Orton values nothing but himself, and that will ultimately be his demise. Batista says that at Backlash, he will show the world how much he’s missed being a champion.
Chris Jericho sits alone in a foyer, his head down and a defeated look about him. Jericho is then greeted by Vince McMahon. McMahon says that’s no way for a superstar of the year to look, and Jericho admits he doesn’t feel like a superstar of the year after WrestleMania. Jericho says it’s as if the Undertaker took something from him, and after pondering the statement, Vince says he thinks he can give Jericho a chance to get that “something” back. Vince says that Ric Flair discussed a number one contender’s match for the WWE Tag-Team Championships to take place next week on Raw, and if Jericho can find a partner, Vince will allow him to participate. Jericho tells McMahon that tag-team titles won’t make him feel better, and Vince agrees, but says winning will make Jericho feel better. Jericho stands up and tells Vince he’ll find a partner before walking off.
Chris Masters makes his way to the ring, set for action against Carlito. Carlito soon follows, and the two men stare one another down before the contest. As the bell rings, they continue to angrily stare each other down.
Chris Masters vs. Carlito
Carlito and Chris Masters know one another well, and thus are able to wrestle expertly against one another. Several times the two men are able to anticipate what the other is thinking. Carlito is sly throughout, quickly countering Masters and attempting many quick pins. The Masterpiece is able to survive, and slowly begins to wear Carlito down as the contest continues. Masters is able to force Carlito to carry his weight at times with several headlocks and chinlocks. Masters slows the pace to benefit him, but he is unable to apply the Masterlock. The match culminates when Carlito comes back off the ropes at Masters with a Springboard Elbow attempt. Carlito connects and then cockily applies the Masterlock to Masters. The Masterpiece soon reverses and applies his version of the Full-Nelson to Carlito. Carlito attempts to counter the move by kicking off the turnbuckle, but his attempts are futile as Masters merely gains more leverage. Carlito eventually succumbs to the move and the official calls for the bell. Chris Masters has earned the last laugh on this day.
Winner: Chris Masters (8:10)
Masters cockily kicks Carlito from the ring, and celebrates his victory. Masters then heads from the ring, and demands a microphone. As Masters makes his way to the back, he says that tonight he’s proven he’s stronger, smarter, and a hell of a lot better looking then Carlito. Masters says that even his hair looks better than Carlito’s. Masters makes his way backstage as the broadcast team anticipates the main even that is next. The four participants, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Batista, and Shawn Michaels, are shown making their way to the ring. A commercial break takes place before the main event.
Back from the commercial break, Big Show is shown entering a limousine. The officials instruct the driver to carry him to the nearest medical facility for an examination. Big Show is still in obvious pain, clutching his injured back. Shawn Michaels is the first to make his way to the ring followed by Batista. Mark Henry follows, and then Randy Orton. The official calls for the bell, as Batista and Mark Henry are set to start things off.
Main Event – Tag-Team Match
Shawn Michaels & Batista vs. Randy Orton & Mark Henry w/Teddy Long
The contest is a worthy main event – keeping the fans on the edge of their seat throughout. Shawn Michaels and Batista work well as a team throughout the match, while Randy Orton and Mark Henry struggle with their consistency. Teddy Long does not become involved throughout the match, although on one occasion he exchanges words with Shawn Michaels. The match goes back and forth, with neither team able to gain an advantage. When Michaels and Batista seem on the verge of isolating Orton, the Legend Killer is able to opportunistically wriggle out of the compromising situation. The match spills outside the ring on several occasions. At one point, Henry and Orton team to hurl Batista into a set of steps. Batista is a powerful force throughout the match however – showing the world that he is indeed back. Orton and Henry try to focus on the head and neck of Batista with stomps, right hands, and locks, but The Animal proves healthy and able. Shawn Michaels also seems at the top of his game, at one point countering a slam from Henry into a DDT that amazes the fans. Michaels also skins the cat on one occasion against Orton, nearly surprising him with Sweet Chin Music. Orton is able to duck the kick, countering with a missile dropkick that sends Michaels sprawling out of the ring. After a long, hard fought affair, the contest culminates when Michaels is finally isolated by Orton and Henry. The Heartbreak Kid is punished, but he manages to survive. Orton drags him back towards he and Henry’s corner on several occasions. Michaels survives a splash from the second turnbuckle from Mark Henry, before enduring a series moves courtesy of Randy Orton. The Legend Killer is poised for an RKO, but Michaels is able to counter, sending Orton crashing into Mark Henry. Michaels makes the hot tag to Batista, who cleans house. Batista nails Orton with a hard clothesline before sending him out of the ring. Batista then hits Henry with a Leviathan Spinebuster. Batista is poised attempt a Batista Bomb on Henry, but Orton comes from behind to nail a low blow. The official sees this, and disqualifies Orton and Henry.
Winners: Shawn Michaels & Batista via DQ (15:14)
Batista is down and out, and Orton and Henry begin to beat him down. Shawn Michaels reenters, nailing Orton with right hands, but Henry soon takes him down with a shot from behind. Michaels is exhausted, allowing Henry to throw him from the ring with ease. Henry and Orton continue their beat down on Batista, and Long slides a chair into the ring. Henry grabs the chair, and as Batista rises, Henry crashes it into Batista’s skull. Batista is busted open by this blow. Batista staggers on the ground, attempting to rise, as Henry and Long look on. Orton is poised to deliver another punt to Batista’s head. Orton’s eyes are filled with hate, but suddenly Triple H makes his way to the ring, still dressed in his slacks. As Triple H enters the ring, Henry and Long get the hell out of dodge. Triple H and Randy Orton nail one another with big right hands, but Triple H sends Orton off the ropes before hitting a Spinebuster. Triple H grabs the chair and his poised to nail the Legend Killer, but Orton expertly rolls out of the ring. Batista rises, and is furious. The broadcast team states that Batista saved Triple H last night, but The Game has certainly returned the favor tonight on Raw. Henry and Triple H exchange words, while Batista stares directly at Randy Orton as the show comes to a close.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. - John 15:13