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Old 03-22-2010, 05:09 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Well now being back to full force, and saying how I loved your Royal Rumble and couldn't wait for this thread to come back... I HAVE to start following this thread. So looking over the basic review, I have to say Van Dam/Lito' should be good bc even this is my first time saying anything in this thread the overview of their feud was amazing. With that said I would like to see Carlito get a win possibly bc of Masters.

Helms v. Michaels last week in fifteen minutes of action. Really? I know it was mentioned in the discussion thread about the way you use Helms, but I do remember he was one superstar who lasted very long in the Rumble around 46 minutes or so. So with that said, interested to see what he does/who he is in a match with. As for Mr.McMahon can't wait to see what he has to say.

I wish you good luck and can't wait for the show.
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February 13th, 2006 | Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, North Carolina


No pyro, no replay, no montage to open the show tonight ... no, instead we’re in the parking lot, where we see a long, black stretch limousine pull up beside the camera. The windows tinted, the first person we see is the chauffeur, who opens his door and climbs from the car, walking down to the next door, the camera following, before opening it ... to reveal MR. MCMAHON, who climbs out of the limousine.

The crowd gives a TON of heat as McMahon looks around with a smile on his face as only he can, readjusting his suit as he does so. Satisfied with what he sees, Vince walks through the parking lot towards the door ... AND COMES FACE TO FACE WITH KURT ANGLE! The crowd gives a huge pop as the two men go nose to nose, the intensity between the two being off the charts. After a good few frosty seconds, McMahon finally smiles, then walks on past Angle, leaving the camera to zoom out ... to reveal Angle holding a steel pipe in his right hand, and a steel chair set up behind him. Breathing heavily, Angle sits back down, as we cut away from the backstage area now.

And we now get the traditional RAW opening featuring the montage of the top RAW superstars and the theme song in the background. Following what usually begins the show, we cut to ringside to see an array of pyro exploding at the top of the stage. The crowd, of course, are excited, and they show this as we pan around the arena by making as much noise as possible as they hold their signs up, most of which are in support of John Cena, Kurt Angle or RVD. After seeing the inhabitants of the Greensboro Coliseum we settle down at ringside to now see our announce team of Joey Styles, Jerry Lawler & Jonathan Coachman.


Joey Styles: It is just over two months from WrestleMania 22, and we are live here in front of this raucous crowd in the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina here for Monday Night RAW. I’m Joey Styles, joined at ringside by my colleagues Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler & ‘The Coach’ Jonathan Coachman, and tonight it’s safe to say that all of us, both here and at home, are in for a treat, isn’t that right, ‘King’?

Jerry Lawler: Oh that is exactly right, Joey, because tonight we finally get to see the match that has been almost three quarters of a year in the making. Tonight there is no more running for Carlito, he can’t hide behind his buddy Chris Masters any longer, because tonight he has to face the music. It’s Carlito and the man who he put on the sidelines for an extra six months with a knee injury, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam, one on one here tonight!

Jonathan Coachman: And I for one, ‘King’, cannot wait to see Carlito prove all of you wrong when he goes out there and he beats that extreme wannabe RVD, one two three in the middle of that very ring. You say ‘Lito has been runnin’ from Van Dam? Trust me, babyboy, Carlito has been waiting for this moment just as long as, no, for LONGER than Rob Van Dam, and tonight he finally gets to prove that he is indeed the better man.

Joey Styles: The actions of Carlito that we’ve been seeing for months now beg to differ, ‘Coach’, but I digress, because there’s more to look forward to. As we just saw, for the first time in two weeks, the boss, the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, Mr. McMahon is in the building. The past few weeks following the Royal Rumble Triple H has been after Mr. McMahon, claiming, and some would say justifiably so, that Mr. McMahon cost Triple H his shot at the WWE Title at WrestleMania 22 after Triple H tried to help Mr. McMahon out.

Jerry Lawler: And don’t forget about Shawn Michaels. Ever since he told Vince that he has been leaving in the past and that he should move on from the Bret Hart situation, Mr. McMahon has been on a mission to humiliate Shawn to the point where he’ll snap and revert back to the old Shawn Michaels who agreed with what Mr. McMahon did that fateful night in Montreal!

Jonathan Coachman: Gentlemen, if either of those two men are smart, which until the last few weeks, I thought Triple H was, they’ll know to keep their hands off the boss and let him take care of whatever business he wants to take care of with them tonight. That is, if Triple H and Shawn Michaels know what’s good for them, of course.

Joey Styles: Another man who seems to think he has business to take care of here tonight is Kurt Angle. At the Royal Rumble Kurt Angle, just before entering the Rumble match itself, was jumped from behind and attacked. Angle, despite being injured, went on to be the last man to be eliminated by the winner of the Royal Rumble, SmackDown!’s Randy Orton. However, since then Angle has been seething, feeling that if it wasn’t for him being jumped from behind he would be going to WrestleMania. Angle has since pointed the finger of blame at either the WWE Champion, Edge, or the man who for the past two weeks he has Angle Slammed at the end of the night, John Cena. As we have already seen, tonight Angle is waiting at the entrance of the arena with a steel pipe, and this cannot be good news for Edge or Cena.

Jonathan Coachman: Kurt Angle is another man who I used to respect, Joe, who I used to think had the brains to be the best here on RAW. But these past few months, Kurt has gone crazy, and now ... now he wants to attack our WWE Champion, a man who represents this brand with the utmost prestige, with a steel pipe? That’s nothing short of barbaric, and I hope that somehow, in someway, Kurt gets what’s comin’ to him.

The commentators fall silent for a moment, as we wait.

*WORLD’S GREATEST*


Once again, the music of the old tandem fills the arena, but once again the only man to step out from the back is Charlie Haas. Getting a nice pop for his troubles, Haas acknowledges the fans and bounces up and down a little at the top of the ramp in a new white and blue jacket, which goes with his matching white and blue tights, before walking down the ramp. Like always, Haas is all business, his eyes focussed as he climbs up into the ring and readies himself for battle.


Joey Styles: Ever since making his return to Monday Night RAW, Charlie Haas has been trying to help his old partner Shelton Benjamin at every turn, saving him from beatings and offering him a friend to confide in during Benjamin’s slump in singles competition. Benjamin, however, has wanted nothing to do with Haas, and despite them teaming for the second straight week to take on The Redneck Wrecking Crew, it appears Benjamin wants to appear separate to Haas.

Jonathan Coachman: Of course he does, Joe. Shelton Benjamin is a real man, a real athlete, and he doesn’t want to associate himself with a whiny, neurotic, little girl like Charlie Haas. Benjamin is all about takin’ care of business, and if Haas is gonna’ get in the way of that, old friends or not, Shelton should do what’s right for himself and leave Haas behind.

Jerry Lawler: ‘Coach’, did you just call Charlie Haas whiny and neurotic? The man may have some sympathy inside him for Benjamin, but he is all business when he steps in the ring. If you disagree with that, then I think you should take a look in his eyes right now.

Jonathan Coachman: Take a look in his eyes so I can do what, ‘King’? Look into his soul? I’m sorry, but the ‘Coach’ is a man, and he doesn’t get himself involved with any of that.

Lilian Garcia: The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Dallas, Texas, weighing 243 lbs, Charlie Haas!

*AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW*


The crowd gives a decent pop as Shelton Benjamin walks out onto the stage in his black and red tights, and walks right down the ramp, thinking it best to not acknowledge the fans. Benjamin, much like Haas, appears to be all business, climbing up into the ring with a look of intent on his face, not even pretending to notice his tag team partner standing in the very same ring as him.


Joey Styles: I don’t know why he wouldn’t want to be associated with Charlie Haas, but tonight is a big night for Shelton Benjamin. Last week he was not the to get the fall in the match – Charlie Haas did, and if Benjamin wants to prove that he’s better than Haas, then he’s going to have to do it here tonight.

Jonathan Coachman: Shelton doesn’t have to prove a thing, Joe. He already knows he’s better than Haas, I already know he’s better than Haas, and deep down, you and ‘King’ both know that when it comes down to it, Shelton Benjamin is better than Charlie Haas.

Jerry Lawler: Well Shelton and Charlie should both want to worry about their opponents here tonight, and not just each other. They’re up against The Redneck Wrecking Crew, who are former World Tag Team Champions in their own right, so if they think this is going to be a walk in the park they’ve got another thing coming.

Lilian Garcia: His partner, from Orangeburg, South Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, Shelton Benjamin!

*SHOWTIME*


The crowd now gives some decent heat as The Redneck Wrecking Crew walks out onto the stage and throw their arms up in the air, Murdoch already talking trash to the fans. Walking down the ramp full of vim and vigour, the two talented rednecks are ready for action tonight, and they show that as they throw their jackets down before entering the ring.


Jonathan Coachman: ‘King’, that’s gotta’ be the smartest thing you’ve ever said. Cade & Murdoch are two of the toughest sons of guns that you’ll ever see, and they will prove it by punchin’ you right in the mouth if you even try to disagree with ‘em. I love it.

Joey Styles: Well tonight they’re going to want to focus that aggression, because this is a match they asked for. After having problems with both Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin over the past months, Cade & Murdoch requested to their buddy, our “esteemed” General Manager, Eric Bischoff that they face Haas & Benjamin in tag action, despite Benjamin wanting nothing to do with Haas ... and they came up short last week. They got themselves a rematch this week, but they’re going to have to take advantage of it, because they may just be out of shots otherwise.

Lilian Garcia: Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 502 lbs, the team of Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch, The Redneck Wrecking Crew!

Match #1 ~ Tag Team Match: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew


Plenty of talent right here in the ring, so much like last week, the four men get a chance to put on a nice opener. The Crew, hungry due to their loss to Haas & Benjamin last week, come out full of fire, getting Haas on the back foot from the beginning with their basic, yet epic, offense. Haas though, is equal to the task, which he shows when he ducks under a double clothesline attempt from The Crew, then nails both men with a clothesline at the same time, one on each side. Looking to continue the momentum for his team, Haas throws Murdoch from the ring and lifts the legal man, Cade, back to his feet so he can drag him across to the corner and tag in Shelton Benjamin. Haas looks at Benjamin as he slowly climbs through the ropes, then whips Cade off across into the vacant corner, before motioning for Shelton to come towards him for a double team move ... but Shelton ignores him, walking across instead to sock Cade right in the jaw! Benjamin continues to smash Cade in the jaw time and time again, unloading all of his frustrations out on him, while Haas just stands in the ring behind Benjamin, looking on in shock until the referee moves him on. Benjamin keeps this offense going for a short while, ignoring the outstretched hand of Haas a few times, which inevitably proves to be his problem, as Cade hits a jawbreaker to a turning Benjamin, forcing him to stagger back before Case charges in and clotheslines him over the top rope.

Cade then distracts the referee as Murdoch goes on the attack on the outside, putting The Redneck Wrecking Crew firmly in control of the match. The two, unlike Haas & Benjamin, are able to work like a well oiled machine, in what may prove to be the crucial factor in the match. It certainly works in their favour for quite some time, as they suppress the athletic Benjamin for several minutes, unrelenting in their ability to not let him breathe. Benjamin, at times, gets a glimpse of a comeback, but The Crew’s ability to manipulate the referee seems to save them every time. Finally, Benjamin is able to launch a comeback when Murdoch hits a scoop slam, then taunts the fans for a moment before heading up to the top rope and coming down with a double axe handle attempt ... ONLY FOR BENJAMIN TO PUNCH HIM IN THE MIDSECTION, SENDING MURDOCH FLIPPING OVER ONTO HIS BACK! The crowd claps as both men crawl to their respective corners, with Murdoch making the tag to Cade ... AND BENJAMIN TURNING HIS BACK ON HAAS ... ONLY TO GET HIS HEAD TAKEN OFF WITH A HUGE LARIAT FROM CADE! Thinking he has the match won, Cade makes the cover ... but Benjamin just kicks out at two. Cade can’t believe it as he motions to Murdoch on the apron for the tag, before the two again look to work together, sending Benjamin off with an Irish whip ... AND AS BENJAMIN HITS THE ROPES CHARLIE HAAS MAKES THE BLIND TAG!

The Crew, not knowing what has taken place, send Benjamin over with a double back body drop on the rebound ... BUT THEN TURN AROUND INTO A CROSSBODY BLOCK OFF THE TOP ROPE FROM HAAS THAT TAKES BOTH MEN DOWN! Haas gets up full of fire, and boy does he show it, rocking both members of The Crew down with right hands, sending them down each and every time they climb back up to their feet. Changing things up, Haas scoops Cade up and slams him down, then kicks a rising Murdoch in the midsection ... and snaps off a suplex ... sending Murdoch right down on top of Cade! The crowd cheers as Murdoch starts to struggle back up to his feet, allowing Haas to grab him by the hair and throws him from the ring, before turning to see a rising Cade ... GRABBING HIM FROM BEHIND FOR THE GERMAN SUPLEX ... BUT CADE QUICKLY STRIKES WITH AN ELBOW! Haas lets go of Cade, clearly in pain, turning back to Cade before getting kicked in the midsection ... AND BEING POSITIONED FOR THE SIT OUT SPINEBUSTER ... BUT HAAS TRIPS CADE UP WITH A DROP TOE HOLD ... AND LOCKS IN THE HAAS OF PAIN! The crowd goes wild as Haas leans right back ... AND CADE TAPS OUT!

Winners: Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin via submission @ 7:52


*WORLD’S GREATEST*


Lilian Garcia:
Here are your winners via submission, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin!

Haas gets right back up to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee in victory, having defeated Cade & Murdoch for the second straight week.

Joey Styles: Charlie Haas has done it again! Despite Shelton Benjamin doing all that he can to NOT work together with Charlie Haas, Haas’ determination has come through again this week, as for the second straight week he puts on a heck of a performance and manages to win the match for his team against former World Tag Team Champions, The Redneck Wrecking Crew.

Jonathan Coachman: I’ll admit, Haas was impressive, but if he thinks he won this match by himself, he couldn’t be more wrong. Shelton Benjamin spent the majority of the match in the ring for his team, and he took the brunt of the offense from Cade & Murdoch. What Haas did was come in and pick up the crumbs, and while he was good at that, he needs to do a lot more if he wants to be better than my man Shelton.

Haas is proud of his victory, as shown by him raising his hand now without the referee ... before he turns to come face to face with Shelton Benjamin! The two look at each other, tension clearly there as they both breathe heavily ...

... ONLY TO BE BLINDSIDED BY THE BASHAM BROTHERS! Monday Night RAW’s newest team take Haas & Benjamin down and stomp away on them to a decent amount of heat from the crowd, showing their aggression. After this assault, the dastardly duo communicate for a moment, before kicking Benjamin from the ring as they turn their attention back to Haas, with Doug lifting Haas up and grabbing him around the neck ... BEFORE DANNY CHARGES FORWARDS AND THE BASHAM BROTHERS NAIL THE BALL AND GAG!

Following their assault on the former tag team, The Basham Brothers raise their hands in victory, drawing heat from the crowd.


Joey Styles: It was just three nights ago on Friday Night SmackDown! that we saw Doug Basham fired and sent over here to Monday Night RAW, and immediately, these two men have made an impact, going right after the artists formerly known as The World’s Greatest Tag Team!

Jerry Lawler: They saw an opportunity, and they took it alright. I mean, Haas & Benjamin were just sitting ducks, and The Basham Brothers have learnt from the best to take advantage of those situations from JBL over there on Friday nights.

Jonathan Coachman: What a coup for RAW. You talk about Haas & Benjamin as The World’s Greatest Tag Team, but these two men aren’t too far off. Former two time WWE Tag Team Champions and members of JBL’s Cabinet – that’s enough for me to be VERY excited to see these two men here on Monday Night RAW.

We now cut from that scene to see RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff seated behind his desk. Bischoff seems to have been left alone for the first time tonight as he sighs, seemingly in relief, before picking up some paperwork and beginning to shuffle through it ... when he hears a knock at the door. Clearly annoyed, Bischoff’s face twitches, though he says nothing, perhaps hoping that whoever it is will go away ... but no such luck as a knock is again heard.

Eric Bischoff: (Clearly agitated) I’m a little busy, so whoever it is, I am SURE that you can wait ‘til a little later!

Bischoff waits for a moment, hearing no knock, prompting him to go back to his papers. Having read through a sheet for a moment, he reaches for a pen on his desk, which seems to have moved, as he can’t feel it. Becoming even more agitated, Bischoff throws his hand around the desk wildly, looking for the pen ... until he goes off the desk ... and grabs a man’s leg by their grey suit pants. Bischoff instantly knows he’s in trouble here as he looks up ... and sure enough, Mr. McMahon can be seen, holding a pen up.

Mr. McMahon: Looking for this?

Eric Bischoff: Mr. McMahon! I, uh, I wasn’t expecting you just yet.

Mr. McMahon: I’m not sure when you were expecting me, Eric, but let me assure you that when I get here, I expect a proper welcome. I mean, really, Eric, is this how you manage the superstars here on RAW? No wonder I keep hearing rumours of unrest. This simply ... isn’t, good enough, okay Eric?

Eric Bischoff: Okay ... okay, I hear you, Mr. McMahon, but you’ve got to understand that ...

Mr. McMahon: First Kurt Angle, and now this. Eric, you’ve got to learn to manage your superstars. Take me for example ... later tonight, I’m going to go out to that ring, and I’m going to address both Triple H, AND Shawn Michaels about the situation that has unfolded over the past few months, and when I do that, I will COMMAND their respect, because that’s type of boss that I AM, and that’s the type of boss I EXPECT you to be.

Eric Bischoff: Right, I got ya’, and believe me, I am working to ... wait ... what did you say about Kurt Angle?

Mr. McMahon: You mean you haven’t seen him?

Bischoff shakes his head.

Mr. McMahon: Good God, Eric, I expect you to at least have some sort of control over here.

Bischoff gulps.

Mr. McMahon: It seems that Mr. Angle – a man who over the past few weeks seems to have defied you many times, even coming in the arena and Angle Slamming John Cena when banned from the area last week – has anointed himself ... the welcoming committee, here, of Monday Night RAW by the parking lot, along with his friends ... a steel pipe, and a steel chair.

Eric Bischoff: Are ... are you serious?

Mr. McMahon: Eric, I thought you knew by now ... I’m ALWAYS ... serious.

Once again, Bischoff gulps, looking around nervously.

Eric Bischoff: I hate to leave you here, but I’ve gotta’ ... gotta’ go take care of this. I’ll see you later tonight.

Bischoff now gets up and rushes from his office, leaving Mr. McMahon to look on as we cut away to a commercial break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break back by the entrance to the arena, where Kurt Angle is sat on the steel chair still, holding his steel pipe and looking out into the parking lot with a look of steely intent. The crowd buzzes, but Angle remains still, not moving a muscle, instead just continuing to stare out stoically. The crowd continues to buzz ... before degenerating into heat as RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff walks into view, staring at Angle almost in disbelief.

Eric Bischoff: Kurt, what in the HELL do you think you’re doing?

Bischoff is clearly pissed off, but Angle is taking absolutely no notice of him.

Eric Bischoff: Listen, Kurt ...

Bischoff stops and waits to see if Angle moves. He doesn’t.

Eric Bischoff: Kurt, I know ...

Again, Kurt doesn’t bite.

Eric Bischoff: KURT!

This time Kurt looks up, still emotionless.

Eric Bischoff: Kurt, listen to me ... you CANNOT do this. You can’t just ...

Angle, clearly not interested in what Bischoff has to say, has turned his focus back to the entrance.

Eric Bischoff: KURT!

Angle continues to look straight away, beginning to shake with rage.

Kurt Angle: When Edge or Cena show up ... I’m gonna’ shove ... this damn pipe ... right up their ass.

Angle now looks up at Bischoff, a crazed look in his eye, leaving Bischoff to look concerned, perhaps even for his own safety.

We now cut away elsewhere to see Maria standing by backstage in the interview area.

Maria: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Gregory Helms!

The crowd gives some nice heat as Gregory Helms steps into view, wearing his usual ensemble of a jacket and beanie to go with his tights, as he is prepared for action.

Maria: Gregory, last week you beat Shawn Michaels in the biggest win of your career, but some people have said that the finish may have soured what would have been a big win for your career. Your thoughts?

Gregory Helms: Maria, did you see the match last week? Did you see what I DID to Shawn Michaels? Because if you did, you would have seen that last week, Shawn Michaels ... he showed why he has been a man who has been synonymous with the wrestling business ... he showed why it is that he is considered not just one of the greatest of this generation, but the greatest of all-time. Shawn Michaels put on MAYBE his best performance in YEARS ... BUT ... but I proved that I was just that ... much ... better.

Helms smirks a little.

Gregory Helms: Y’see, ultimately, everything I said last week ... I proved ALL ... of it right. I proved that it was time, that Shawn Michaels let it go ... I proved that the fans, that they were waitin’ for someone new to come along ... Shane McMahon ... he proved what I said, that everyone, whether they’re the guys in the back of the ones who do the hard work, the McMahons in Stamford, Connecticut, EVERYONE, they are all SICK ... of Shawn Michaels.

Helms pauses for a moment, taking it all in.

Gregory Helms: But most importantly ... more importantly than everything else, I proved, beyond a shadow, of a doubt, that I, Gregory Helms, am the leader of the new generation.

Big heat for this.

Gregory Helms: Can you hear ‘em? Can you hear ‘em, Maria? It’s just like last week – they ADORE me! And do ya’ know why? Do ya’ know why they adore me? Because unlike Shawn Michaels ... unlike the majority of the RAW roster, I give these people what they want, what they NEED. I give them inspiration. I give them someone to look up to, someone to aspire to be like, someone who they ALL ... want ... to be.

Pause.

Gregory Helms: Quite simply put, I provide hope for these people ... and that hope became a reality last week when I beat Shawn Michaels, one ... two ... three, in the centre of that ring. I showed just why it is that I am ... their HERO.

Helms pauses, prompting Maria to speak again.

Maria: Well up next you have a match against Viscera. What are your thoughts on facing a much bigger opponent?

Gregory Helms: Maria, it doesn’t matter how big, nor how small they are, because in the end, they all fall before ‘Your Hero’, Gregory Helms. Viscera, he may be big, he may be 500 pounds, but tonight, he falls too. Maria, for Viscera ... and for all of my fans ... it’s time.

Helms smiles and walks from view, leaving us to cut back to ringside.

*LOVE MACHINE*


The crowd gives a decent pop as Viscera struts out onto the stage and jives his way down the ring, nodding in recognition to the fans. Probably happy to be on RAW (two weeks in a row~!), Big Vis takes it all in from the fans on his way to and into the ring.


Joey Styles: In most cases Big Vis would be considered the favourite, but tonight he’s up against a man who has been on a role. Big Vis may be 500 lbs, he may be one of the most hard hitting guys on the RAW roster, but Gregory Helms has been on a role of late, in the past month making it to the final four superstars in the Royal Rumble match in what was a tremendous effort, before defeating ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels last week, albeit in dubious circumstances.

Jonathan Coachman: Dubious circumstances? What match were you watchin’, Joe? Because what I saw last week was a man on a mission, proving that he belongs in the main event here on RAW, and that all of these people appreciate that.

Jerry Lawler: Appreciate that? The crowd hates the guy, ‘Coach’, regardless of how talented he may be.

Lilian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Harlem, New York, weighing 487 lbs, Viscera!

“LISTEN”

*IT’S TIME*


It is indeed time, as Gregory Helms marches out onto the stage, the spotlight on him, before raising his hand as the beat of the song kicks in. Helms continues to nod his head and raise his hand as he walks down the ramp, taking in the “cheers” of the crowd, before climbing into the ring and whipping his jacket through on his way to pose to the crowd in the corner.


Joey Styles: None of us are disputing the ability of this man, ‘Coach’; it is there for us all to see. But his attitude, and the way in which he conducts himself in general is far from impressive, and even you have to admit that, ‘Coach’.

Jonathan Coachman: Why, because he’s got a little confidence? A little swagger? Helms may be confident, but he can back it up in the ring, which means that his confidence is justified. That’s more than I can say about the two of you and your commentating.

Lilian Garcia: His opponent, from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing 215 lbs, Gregory Helms!

Match Two ~ Singles Match: Viscera vs. Gregory Helms


A whole lot of talent on one side of the ring, a whole lot of fat on the other. You do the math. Despite a bit of a struggle early in which Viscera is able to push Helms away, Helms is able to overcome it, targeting the knee of Viscera and looking to wear the big man down. Viscera, though, is tough, and even manages to get to the ropes when locked in the Indian deathlock, prompting Helms to look for the Shining Wizard when Vis started to get up ... BUT VISCERA SPRINGS INTO ACTION WITH A SPINNING HEEL KICK! The athleticism of Viscera is there for all to see right there and then, leading to a comeback in which he wins an exchange of strikes with Helms, before whipping him off to the ropes and hitting a sidewalk slam. Viscera then follows up, gyrating over the body of Helms, and hitting him with the highly disturbing Visagra. Viscera then smiles as Helms, a look of pure disgust on his face, heads to the corner to pick himself up ... AND VISCERA CHARGES IN FOR A CORNER SPLASH ... BUT HELMS DODGES AND RUNS OFF TO THE ROPES, LEAVING VIS TO CRASH INTO THE TURNBUCKLE! Vis staggers back in pain, turning to see Helms leaping at him for a crossbody ... SO HE CATCHES HELMS AND GOES FOR THE SAMOAN DROP ... HELMS SLIPS OUT AND KICKS HIM IN THE BACK OF THE KNEE ... NIGHTMARE ON HELMS STREET! A moment of measuring Viscera and a Shining Wizard later and Helms picks up yet another victory.

Winner: Gregory Helms via pinfall @ 3:56


*IT’S TIME*


Lilian Garcia:
Here is your winner, Gregory Helms!

The crowd gives pretty good heat as Helms gets back to his feet and raises his hand in the air, basking in the reaction from the crowd.

Joey Styles: Helms impressive yet again here, picking up a good win over Viscera. He may be cocky, he may be arrogant and he may be damn near delusional, but when it comes down to it, he’s talented.

Jonathan Coachman: That’s what I’ve been tellin’ you all along, Joe. Just you wait – at one time or another, there is gonna’ be gold in this man’s future.

Jerry Lawler: As much as it pains me to say this, as long as he keeps his ego in check, you may just be right there, ‘Coach’.

We now cut away from ringside to once again be in the parking lot, where we see a four wheel drive pulling up in the arena, once again next to the camera. The crowd buzzes with anticipation, as the door opens ... and out steps Triple H! The crowd goes crazy as Tripper swings his bag over his shoulder and walks towards the entrance, stopping to smile at the sight of a black limousine that he is, knowing what it means, before going on to enter the arena ...

... And coming face to face with Kurt Angle! Much like Mr. McMahon earlier the night, the two stare at one another for a moment, before Triple H sneers and moves on, while we cut away to a break.


*Commercial Break*


We come back from the break to see the Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus in casual clothes by the catering tables, Women’s Title slung over her shoulder. The crowd of course cheers, watching on as Stratus takes a moment to survey the table when suddenly a second woman walks into view, a similar build and look to Trish, with light brown hair and a visitor’s pass around her neck.


???: Hey Trish!

Trish Stratus: Oh, hey Rebecca! How’ve ya’ been? Hadn’t seen you here tonight yet? Did you forget that I’m the one who gets you that pass every time we’re here in Greensboro.

Rebecca: Haha, how could I forget you, Trish? I’ve just been busy ... there’s some cute boys back here. That Chris Masters ...

Masters is pimpin’.

Trish Stratus: Ugh, you have to be kidding me.

Rebecca: Oh, come on. He’s not THAT bad.

The two smile for a moment, happy to see each other.

Rebecca: Soooo, Women’s Champ, eh? You’ve had that belt for awhile now. What’s it been – thirteen months?

Trish Stratus: Yeah, thirteen months ... not that I’m counting.

Rebecca: Oh yeah. Seems to have gotten you a few new fans. That Mickie James, she seems to like you.

Trish Stratus: Oh yeah, Mickie’s ... Mickie’s ...

???: HEY TRISH!

Trish turns around ... to see Mickie James standing behind her, looking as excited as ever.

Mickie James: So who’s your friend?

Trish Stratus: Oh, Mickie, this is ...

Mickie James: (At Rebecca) Hey, I'm Mickie ... what'd you say your name was?

Rebecca: It's ...

Mickie James: (Back with Trish now) So did you hear, you’ve got a Women’s Title match against Victoria next week?

Trish Stratus: Yeah, I heard about that.

Mickie James: Listen, I just wanna’ let you know that last week ... it was my fault, and I’m really, really sorry, and that I’m gonna’ make it up to you, because that’s what a friend does.

Trish Stratus: Really, Mickie, it’s okay ... accidents ... happen.

Mickie James: I know, but still, I think I’ve been a really bad friend lately which is why I went to Mr. Bischoff and I convinced him that tonight I should go one on one with Victoria so that I can beat her tonight and really dent her confidence before her match with you next week. How good is that?

Trish Stratus: That’s ... great, Mickie.

Mickie James: Yeah, so anyway, I’m gonna’ go finish getting ready for my match.

Trish Stratus: Alright, I’ll see you later.

Trish goes back to talk to Rebecca, only to be once again cut off.

Mickie James: Oh, and Trish, since we’re super close and since I’m wrestling Victoria tonight, I thought it would might be a good idea if you came to ringside with me tonight so that you can support me and scout Victoria.

Trish Stratus: Y'know, that sounds like a good idea, Mickie. I’ll see you there, hun.

Again, Trish goes to turn back to Rebecca.

Mickie James: But Trish, dontcha wanna’ help me get ready for my big match?

Trish looks at Mickie, then looks back towards Rebecca who she was talking to before.

Rebecca: It’s okay ... we can catch up later.

Trish Stratus: Um, okay, well, I guess I’ll see you later then. Bye.

Trish & Mickie walk off, leaving Rebecca to stand there, looking at them go.

We’re not there for too long, as we now cut off elsewhere to see Todd Grisham standing by in the interview area.


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Carlito!

Carlito steps into view to a fair amount of heat, tossing his apple up and down, with Chris Masters behind him looking very happy. Pimpin’.

Todd Grisham: Carlito, in tonight’s main event you go one on one with a man who many feel that, after you injured him and put him on the sidelines seven months ago, that you’ve been dodging. Your thoughts?

Carlito: ‘Ju know, Josh ...

Todd Grisham: Erm ... that’s Todd. Todd Grisham.

Carlito: Whatever, Tony. As I was saying, usually, Carlito, he would be mad if people were sayin’ that he has been runnin’ from Rob Van Dam. Usually, he would yell at ‘dem. But not tonight. No, tonight, Carlito will not be mad, Carlito will not yell at people, because tonight ... tonight is a great night for Carlito.

Pause from Carlito.

Carlito: ‘Ju see, seven months ago, when Carlito crushed RVD’s knee, and put RVD through pain that even he, a man who prided himself on using weapons like some sort of crazed animal in Extremely Crappy Wrestling, had never felt before. Carlito did something to RVD that had never been done before, and ‘dat was not just hurt him physically, but also emotionally. ‘Ju look at RVD, and do ‘ju see? Do ‘ju see a man who looks worried, concerned, or even caring about anything? No. But when Carlito took RVD’s ACL, and he snapped it in half ...

Carlito smirks and tosses his apple up and down.

Carlito: When Carlito did ‘dat, ‘den RVD showed some emotion. ‘Den ... he showed pain. ‘Den ... he showed anguish. And ‘den ... ‘den he showed weakness. When Carlito looks into ‘jour eyes, Rob, he doesn’t see a man ‘dat is bulletproof, ‘dat has never felt true pain. He sees a man ‘dat is scared ... ‘dat is scared of Carlito and what Carlito is gonna’ do to him. ‘Dat fear ... it’s never been ‘dere before ... an’ Carlito is gonna’ take that fear, Carlito is gonna’ take ‘dat emotional pain, and he is gonna’ increase it tenfold when Carlito hurts you physically again here tonight.

A sneer from ‘Lito.

Carlito: ‘Ju know, Carlito’s been hearing a lotta’ talk about how RVD has been waiting for ‘dis moment for so long. About how it’s all RVD has been waiting for, ever since Carlito injured him seven months ago. But do ‘ju know what? Carlito has been waiting for ‘dat moment even longer. Seven months ago, when Carlito first hurt your knee, Rob? He did ‘dat for a reason. Carlito did ‘dat, because he wanted to prove a point, and make a statement.

Pause.

Carlito: When ‘ju arrived here on RAW, Rob, the very next week after Carlito did, and ‘ju called ‘jurself ‘Mr. Monday Night’ ... Rob, ‘dat a fire under Carlito’s ass. Because ‘ju see, what ‘ju were doing was spitting in Carlito’s face. Here ‘jou are, Rob Van Dam, a man who has been in ‘da wrestling business for over fifteen long years ... and yet ‘ju’re no better off ‘den when ‘ju first begun. And yet, ‘ju wanna’ take up time on Carlito’s show. ‘Ju want to get ‘jur face out ‘dere, even though you have no chance of breaking ‘da glass ceiling? ‘Das not cool. So what Carlito did was he made a statement. He said ‘dat unless ‘ju’re here to make a difference, ‘den you get out of Carlito’s way, and stop trying to hog ‘da limelight ‘dat ‘ju’re never gonna’ truly get anyway.

Good heat for this.

Carlito: Seven months ago, Carlito made a conscious decision, and ‘dat was to make a statement and get ahead to where Carlito should be. And when Carlito decided ‘dat, he also decided ‘dat he should take RVD ... out. Now las’ time, Carlito didn’t quite do ‘dat. But ‘dis time ... ‘dis time, RVD, ‘ju’re vulnerable ... ‘ju’re hurt ... and Carlito ... Carlito’s is gonna’ take advantage of ‘dat and EMBARRASS ‘ju so badly ‘dat ‘ju will never wanna’ step foot in a WWE ring ever again.

Carlito smirks, again tossing his apple up and down.

Carlito: And ‘dat ... ‘das cool.

Carlito now smiles and heads from view, following by ‘The Masterpiece’ as we cut back to ringside to see Lilian Garcia and The Heart Throbs already in the ring.

Lilian Garcia: The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, Romeo & Antonio, The Heart Throbs!

“WELLLLL ... WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW”

*SLOW CHEMICAL*


The crowd gives a very nice pop as the twin tower World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show walk down the ramp briskly, titles slung over their shoulder, ready to make a statement. The duo climb up into the ring, over the top rope of course, where Kane sets off his pyro, causing The Heart Throbs to shit themselves, if they hadn’t already.


Joey Styles: Carlito with some bold words there, folks, but right here are two men who had been embarrassed two weeks ago, and both last week when they cost Ric Flair & Chavo Guerrero a match against Edge & John Cena, and this week when they face The Heart Throbs, look to reassert their dominance over the tag division, ahead of their titles defence next week against the aforementioned Flair & Chavito.

Jerry Lawler: And look at The Heart Throbs! They’re the unfortunate team that has to face these two angry giants, and I’m not sure any team in the back envies them for that.

Lilian Garcia: Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 818 lbs, they are the World Tag Team Champions, Kane & the Big Show!

Match Three ~ Tag Team Match: The Heart Throbs vs. World Tag Team Champions Kane & Big Show


I’d love to tell you that The Heart Throbs got some offense in. But they didn’t. They got absolutely squashed, and rightfully so. Match ends when Kane & Big Show Double Chokeslam Romeo, and Kane gets the pin. No story here, other than the complete and utter dominance of the World Tag Team Champions.

Winners: Kane & Big Show via pinfall @ 2:23

*SLOW CHEMICAL*


Lilian Garcia:
Here are your winners, the World Tag Team Champions, Kane & the Big Show!

Kane gets right back up to his feet and is handed his gold by Big Show, who also has his. Rather than celebrate the win though, the two get back to their feet and look around the arena, perhaps expecting to be sneak attacked by ‘The Dirtiest Player in the Game’, and a man who loves to lie, cheat and steal. The two continue to look around for a moment, before finally they catch sight of the Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair & Chavo Guerrero standing at the top of the ramp, looking down at them.

Joey Styles: A dominant, as expected performance from Kane & Big Show, but there are the men who they’ll be facing with the World Tag Team Titles on the line next week here on Monday Night RAW.

Jerry Lawler: And I, for one, cannot wait for that. Ric Flair & Chavo Guerrero, lifelong friends, challenging two the two titans of the RAW roster, who, since teaming up, have been unstoppable as World Tag Team Champions.

Jonathan Coachman: There ain’t no doubt about it, that match is sure to be a treat, but if ya’ ask me, we got some bigger a better things to look forward to here tonight.

With that we see none other than Mr. McMahon walking down a corridor backstage, perhaps headed to ringside.

Joey Styles: That’s right, ‘Coach’, as up next we get the much anticipated explanation from Mr. McMahon. Why did he do what he did to Triple H, why has he been dodging him, and what will he do about his problems both with Triple H, and Shawn Michaels? Find out next!

*Commercial Break*


We initially return to the break, not in the arena, but backstage where we see Kurt Angle, still seated, still clutching the steel pipe, and his eyes still full of malice.

We now cut back to ringside.

*NO CHANCE*


The crowd erupts into a MASSIVE mixed reaction, mostly boos, as the owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, Mr. McMahon swaggers his way out onto the stage as only Mr. McMahon can. Taking a moment to look around at the crowd, McMahon affords himself a smile, before walking down the ramp in exuberant fashion.


Joey Styles: There he is, the owner of the WWE, Mr. McMahon, and he has promised to deal with his problems with Triple H and Shawn Michaels here tonight. We know that Mr. McMahon’s way of dealing with problems aren’t quite what you’d call the normal way, so we have no idea what we can expect from the boss here tonight.

Jonathan Coachman: Joe, that’s a blatant lie, and you know it. What we can expect from Mr. McMahon is greatness, because that’s what he shows each and every time he graces us here on RAW. And if you watched SmackDown!, you woulda’ heard about that from the mouth of another man that we ALL respect, in JBL.

Jerry Lawler: That was something JBL said, ‘Coach’, but you’re almost saying that as if it’s a good thing.

Mr. McMahon is now in the ring, and he holds a microphone up, prepared to speak.

Mr. McMahon: Y’know, these past few weeks, I’ve been hearing a lot of rumours, and before I get down to business, I’d like to take some time to address them.

A small pause from McMahon.

Mr. McMahon: Y’see, even when I’m not here on RAW, I’d like to think that my presence ... it’s still felt around here. Because ultimately, my presence ... it never leaves here. I may not be on Monday Night RAW one week or another, but believe me, I still have eyes, and I still have ears here willing to tell me everything that they see and hear. And what they’ve been telling me ... well, it hasn’t exactly been good, I’ll say that much.

Pause.

Mr. McMahon: Y’see, it seems that the RAW roster ... it seems that they think that I’m SCARED of Triple H and Shawn Michaels.

Big pop.

Mr. McMahon: Now obviously, as I’m sure you all know, these rumours ... these persistent ... UNRELENTING, rumours ... simply put ... they’re NOT true. But if they come up again, the perpetrators ... the spreaders of these rumours ... they WILL ... be punished, and mark my words ... I know, who you are.

McMahon stares into the camera for a moment, driving his intensity home.

Mr. McMahon: Now, I’m sure that all of you people here tonight, like the superstars in the back, I’m sure that ALL of you are wondering just why it is that I have been away these past few weeks. I’m sure all of you, that you want some sort of explanation out of me. Let me make this ... perfectly clear ... you people ... you don’t DESERVE an explanation ... and that’s exactly why you won’t ... be getting one.

McMahon smirks, as the crowd gives some pretty damn intense heat.

Mr. McMahon: Now that I’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to move onto the REAL issue that is at hand here, and that is Shawn Michaels ... and Triple H.

Big pop.

Mr. McMahon: Y’see, it seems like the two of them ... that they have some sort of chip on their shoulder ... like somehow, in some way, I may have ... offended them. So what I’m out here to do is to address that right now. In fact, no, let me correct that ... I’m not out here to address their issues ... I’m out here to address ... Triple H, because y’see, there was some sort of mix up at the front offices back in Stamford, Connecticut, and it seems that Shawn Michaels is NOT here in Greensboro tonight.

Big heat.

Mr. McMahon: And I have to say, that in a way, I envy him.

Even bigger cheap heat.

Mr. McMahon: As I was saying, from my understanding of the situation, it seems that ever since the Royal Rumble, Triple H has had some kind of ... problem with me. Like he’s holding some kind of vendetta against me. In fact, it’s almost as if Triple H thinks ... I owe him something. Now, as I said before, I’m out here to address this issue, so that is exactly what I’m going to do right now, so Triple H, if you’re in the back, I want you to listen up, and listen up real good, because this may come as a shock to you.

McMahon pauses.

Mr. McMahon: Triple H ... just like these people here earlier tonight ... I owe you ... absolutely ... NOTHING. Let me ... let me make that clear Triple H ... ... ... NOTHING.

Big heat.

Mr. McMahon: But why? Why is it that I owe you nothing? Is it ... is it because I think of you as being on the same level as all of these people? No ... that’s not it ... that’s not it, at all. Triple H, I owe you nothing because I MADE you.

Heat.

Mr. McMahon: I mean, let’s talk some facts here, Triple H. Let’s talk some cold ... hard ... facts. Without Mr. McMahon, there would be no ‘Cerebral Assassin’. Without Mr. McMahon, there would be no ‘Game’. Without Mr. McMahon – and I think this is your newest one – there would be no ‘King of Kings’. Without ... Vincent ... Kennedy ... McMahon ... there would be NO ... Triple H. Without me, you’re just another meaningless face in the crowd. Another ... another CURTAIN JERKER. Hunter ... without me ... without ... Mr. ... McMahon ... you’re nothing.

Big time heat.

Mr. McMahon: Which is why I will be doing nothing ... NOTHING ... to appease you. Nothing ... to make you feel better. Nothing ... just ... like you would be ... without me.

More massive heat.

Mr. McMahon: Triple H ... I am ... your maker. I am ... your creator. And I am ... your downfall ... because if you cross me ONE ... MORE TIME ... I guarantee that everything I made you ... I’ll take it all away ... with the click ... of a finger.

Vince raises his hand and goes to click when suddenly ...

*THE GAME*


The crowd ERUPTS as the infamous music hits, leading to Triple H marching out onto the stage and down the ramp, looking deadly serious. Dressed in a jeans, a Triple H merchandise t-shirt and a denim jacket, Triple H is dressed the part of a badass, and he certainly exudes the part as he climbs up into the ring and receives a microphone.


Triple H: Did I hear you right? Did I REALLY hear you right? Did you just call yourself my “creator”? My ... “maker”? Did you, or did you not just say that that you were ... my “downfall”?

Triple H looks away for a moment, before swinging back at Vince, full of animosity.

Triple H: WHO IN THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Mr. McMahon: I’m Vincent Kennedy Mc ...

Triple H: Shut your damn mouth, because I don’t give a DAMN who you are!

Big pop.

Triple H: Because you may be my boss ... you may be the law around here ... but what you’re NOT is the man who created me. You are NOT the be all and end all of me. You are NOT my downfall. And you certainly ... ARE NOT ... my maker!

Another big pop for the scary intensity of ‘The Game’.

Mr. McMahon: Listen to me, Triple H ...

Triple H: No, you listen to me, Vince, because I am SICK AND TIRED of you thinking you can get away with whatever you want, whenever you want. You may be the boss, you may be the man in charge around here, but I’ll be DAMNED if you’re going to treat me like a footnote in the WWE if it weren’t for you. You know DAMN WELL that it wasn’t you that made me, you know damn well that you’re not my maker, and you know damn well that I got where I am today because I worked my ass off for it!

Pop as Vince looks away from Triple H, not wanting to be intimidated.

Triple H: I have worked every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every month OF EVERY YEAR that I have been here to make myself the BEST, and that’s exactly what I am! I am the cornerstone of this show – I am the diamond in the rough here on Monday Night RAW. You look at guys like John Cena, Edge and Kurt Angle, and sure, they’re good ... heck, they’re great even, but when it comes down to it, when you look at those facts that you were speaking of, they have done NOTHING ... nothing ... compared to me. They haven’t won the titles I’ve won ... they haven’t sold the merch I’ve sold ... and they haven’t shown up and been the man each and every damn week like I have, because when it comes down to it, they haven’t done what I’ve done, they haven’t done all of the hours like I have so that I can become that ... damn ... good.

Mixed reaction for this.

Triple H: You say you owe me nothing? You think that I’ve done you nothing? Let me ask you something ... before the Royal Rumble, when was the last time I did a favour for someone? When was the last time I went out of MY way ... to help someone else. Let’s forget the fact that I sell Pay Per Views, merchandise and DVDs for you. Let’s forget the fact that I’ve made you more money than you can count. Let’s forget, that for you, and your company, I’ve shed blood ... sweat ... and tears just so you can get a few extra bucks. Tell me, outside of all of that money I made you, before you ... when was the last time I tried to do something that in no way benefited me?

Triple H waits, but Vince says nothing.

Triple H: You can’t, can you? For the first time in years, I gave someone, I gave YOU MY word, Vince. You looked me in the eye, you gave ME YOUR word, then I turned and you stabbed me right ... in the back.

Triple H looks right at Vince, full of intensity.

Triple H: So y’know what I say? No more. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more of the guy that you’ve seen for the past four years. You want attitude out of your employees? You want people to go back to what they used to be? Good, because I guarantee you that you are going to RUE the day that you brought the old Triple H, the Triple H that invaded WCW, the Triple H that did anything to get what he wanted ... the Triple H that had ... ATTITUDE!

BIG pop.

Triple H: And Vince ... if you’re not down with that, I’ve got two words for ya’ ...

Triple H leans in close, while the crowd suddenly start to buzz. But why?

Triple H: Turn around.

SWEET CHIN MUSIC! SHAWN MICHAELS IS IN THE ARENA, AND HE JUST KICKED VINCE’S TEETH RIGHT DOWN HIS THROAT!

The crowd are going absolutely wild as Shawn looks around the arena, before looking down at Vince with disgust ... AND GIVING HIM THE OLD CROTCHCHOP!

*SEXY BOY*


The crowd goes wild as Shawn & Tripper now look at one another in the ring ... BEFORE SMILING AND HUGGING! DX ARE BACK!


Joey Styles: OH MY GOD! Shawn Michaels has just ... has just kicked Mr. McMahon’s teeth down his throat! And it looks like DX is back! Triple H said Mr. McMahon would regret bringing back the attitude of the old Triple H, the Triple H from his DX days, the Triple H that invaded WCW on live national television, but what Triple H didn’t say was that he was bringing an old friend with him!

Jonathan Coachman: This is just ... disgusting.

Jerry Lawler: You have to wonder what the consequences will be next week, but it seems like Triple H and Shawn are doing no such thing.

Jonathan Coachman: Well they should be, ‘King’, and be sure, there WILL be consequences. Mr. McMahon ain’t gonna’ take this lying down.

He’s currently lying down, ‘Coach’, and that’s exactly what we see as we cut away to the commercial break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break by the entrance to see Kurt Angle again, sitting, waiting.

We now cut away backstage to the interview area where Todd Grisham stands by.


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, he is ‘Mr. Monday Night’, Rob Van Dam!

The crowd gives a HUGE pop as Rob Van Dam steps into view, looking rather stoic compared to normal.

Todd Grisham: Rob, tonight you get your long anticipated match with Carlito after a seven month wait. Your thoughts?

Rob Van Dam: Y’know Todd, you’re right. You are exactly right. This match, I’ve been anticipating it for a long, long time. Seven months to be exact. Seven, long, hard months. And for those seven months, I’ve been thinkin’. I’ve been thinkin’ how great it would be, for me, to come back, and make an impact. Y’know, I heard what Carlito said, and he’s right. In fifteen, long years in this industry, I haven’t made the impact that I’ve been lookin’ to. I haven’t had my moment. I haven’t broken that glass ceiling. And for seven months ... I’ve been thinkin’ about it. I’ve been thinkin’ about finally doin’ it.

RVD pauses, taking a moment to think.

Rob Van Dam: My first chance came at the Royal Rumble. My big return, my first night in the spotlight following my layoff. I’ll admit, yeah, I was a little rusty. But I went into the match thinkin’ that it was time to shake things up, time to make an impact, time to break ... that glass ceiling. And y’know, despite me doin’ my best, despite me doin’ everything I could to make that impact, to break the glass ceiling ... I came up short ... my head bounced ... back off that ceiling.

RVD smiles a wry smile.

Rob Van Dam: So here we are ... tonight. And I get my chance to do the other thing that I’ve been thinkin’ about for seven months. And I’m gonna’ go ahead and let you in on somethin’, Carlito, it’s not fear. It’s not me bein’ scared. It’s not my “emotional scarring”, because as much as I know you’re gonna’ hate hearin’ this, but I just don’t sweat you, dude. I’m not scared of you. So nah, I haven’t been thinkin’ about the pain that I’ve gone through. I’ve been thinkin’ about the pain that I’m gonna put you through.

Little pause from RVD.

Rob Van Dam: You wanna’ talk about my days in ECW? Alright, fine, I’ll admit that even in ECW, yeah, I didn’t get that hurt. But my opponents? That’s a whole other story. Sure, I can’t get “extreme” tonight. I’m not gonna’ go out there and get myself DQ’ed. But rest assured. These past seven months of thinkin’ of these ways I’m gonna yurt you. To make you squeal. To make you scream. To put you through all of the pain that you put me through, and the same. And my impact? My impact is gonna’ be made with each and every move I hit you with. Because at the end of the night, I guarantee you’ll be seein’ stars, but the star that these people will see will be the one standin’ in victory ... R ... V ... D!

Big pop from the crowd as RVD nods and walks from view, allowing us to cut to ringside.

*OBSESSION*


The crowd gives a very respectable pop as Mickie James bounces out onto the stage, full of energy, before stopping and looking back with a smile spread across her face as Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus walks out after her, looking perhaps slightly agitated. Excited as all hell, Mickie gushes over Stratus for a moment, before bouncing on down to the ring, mini-skirt flying everywhere, and climbing up into the ring to play to the fans.


Joey Styles: As we learnt earlier tonight, next week it’ll be Trish Stratus, defending her Women’s Title against her long-time rival, Victoria, but right here and now, Trish’s friend – and I use the term perhaps a bit loosely – Mickie James will be going one on one with the vixen herself.

Jerry Lawler: Usually I’m excited to see Trish, but I can’t get excited if she’s not excited to be out here! Come, Trish; cheer up!

Joey Styles: Well ‘King’, she didn’t exactly look too enthused to be out here with Mickie, as she HAD planned on spending time with her friends backstage. It seems that Mickie had other plans.

Jonathan Coachman: And so she should. Trish Stratus is at work right now, wrestling is her job, so she should be spending time concentrating on that, not thinking about what she’s going to do with her other friends backstage.

Lilian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Richmond, Virginia, Mickie James!

*DON’T MESS WITH*


The crowd now gives some decent heat as Victoria walks out onto the stage, being accompanied by the beautiful yet useless Candice Michelle. Ignoring the fans, the two beauties walk down to the ring rather quickly and instantly get in the face of Mickie & Trish.


Joey Styles: This woman Victoria has been one of the top divas here on RAW ever since she arrived here four years ago, and since has been the perennial rival of the woman she faces next week, Trish Stratus. Tonight will be a big warm-up for her though, as tonight she faces Mickie, who has almost emulated Stratus’ moveset, even going as far as to copy both the Chick Kick, and the Stratusfaction!

Jerry Lawler: Well, y'know what they say, Joey – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I just can’t work out if Mickie is trying to flatter Stratus, or if she is just plain crazy though.

Jonathan Coachman: She may be a little crazy, ‘King’, but Trish is just leadin’ Mickie along. Either way, Victoria is gonna’ prove here tonight why, next week, she will become the new Women’s Champion.

Lilian Garcia: Her opponent, from Los Angeles, California, Victoria!

Match Four ~ Singles Match: Mickie James w/ Women’s Champion Trish Stratus vs. Victoria w/ Candice Michelle


Two of the three divas with talent on the RAW roster are involved in this contest, and as such, we’re treated with a rare longer divas match. The two initially test each other out with a bit of mat wrestling, jostling around, before Mickie turns the match up a little bit, using the arm drag time and time again to gain an advantage over Vickie, ala Trish Stratus. Mickie, however, goes for one too many of Trish’s moves when, after a short period of dominance, she looks for a Thesz press on Victoria following an Irish whip, only for Victoria to hang onto the ropes, leaving James to land on her knees, before kicking her square in the head! Following the resultant two count, Vickie is all over Mickie, dominating her with her superior power to make a point of beginning to focus on the back of Mickie, looking at Trish while doing so, sending a message that she may just target Trish’s back that kept her out of action for multiple months the last year. Mickie, though, looks to make a comeback, following Victoria transitioning a pendulum backbreaker into a backbreaker submission hold by hammering away on her with some wildly swinging fists.

Vickie, no longer able to hold Mickie down, lets her up, however, when both women turn to face one another the vixen scores with a big time clothesline. Getting back up, Victoria looks almost as if Mickie’s will to fight ignored her ... PROMPTING HER TO LIFT MICKIE UP AND GO FOR THE WIDOW’S PEAK ... BUT MICKIE SLIPS THROUGH HER GRASP AND LANDS ON HER FEET, THEN BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES AND TAKES VICKIE DOWN WITH A JUMPING FOREARM SMASH! The crowd cheers as both women struggle back to their feet, Victoria looking to score instantly with a big right, only for Mickie to show her pluck by ducking, then unloading with a lighting series of right forearms, rocking Victoria back all of the way into the ropes. Wanting to keep her momentum going, Mickie goes for an Irish whip, only for Victoria to reverse it ... but Mickie scores with a running Thesz press and goes to town on the face of her foe with more lightning strikes.

Following the referee’s count of four, both women get back to their feet, with Mickie again looking for an Irish whip, only for Victoria to again prove to be too powerful, sending Mickie into the corner. Victoria, though, is unable to capitalise, as when she charges into the corner she gets caught with a boot from Mickie, before being pulled in by the legs of Mickie and taken over with a Mickiecanrana! Disorientated, Victoria staggers back to her feet ... right into a neckbreaker from Mickie for a two count! Getting back to her feet, Mickie signals for the end, before waiting as Vickie gets up ... THEN GOING FOR THE CHICK KICK ... BUT VICKIE DUCKS ... SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Much like she used the move to counter the Chick Kick against Trish, Victoria lays Mickie out, then goes for the cover ... but can only get two! The frustration of Victoria is clear as she thought she had the match won, before she regathers herself and tells Trish to watch carefully ... AS FOR THE SECOND TIME SHE GOES FOR THE WIDOW’S PEAK ... BUT MICKIE SLIPS THROUGH INTO A SUNSET FLIP ... TWO COUNT!

Both women launch back up to their feet, Mickie instantly scoring with a kick to the midsection ... AND SHE SETS UP FOR STRATUSFACTION ... BUT CANDICE CLIMBS UP ON THE APRON, CREATING A DISTRACTION! The referee, though, deals with Trish, who has also climbed up onto the apron. Vickie, meanwhile, finally throws Mickie overhead with a back suplex like move, only for Mickie to land on her feet ... THEN STUMBLE BACK INTO THE REFEREE WHO GOES INTO STRATUS AND SENDS HER CRASHING DOWN TO THE FLOOR! Thinking quick, Victoria instantly kicks Mickie in the midsection ... AND CONNECTS WITH THE WIDOW’S PEAK! Victoria makes the cover, gaining the three count from the groggy referee.

Winner: Victoria by pinfall @ 9:57


*DON’T MESS WITH*


Lilian Garcia:
Here is your winner, Victoria!

Victoria instantly gets her hand raised by the referee, although she is quick to look to ringside, a sick smile crossing her face. After dropping down and rolling from the ring, Victoria snatches the Women’s Title from ringside and throws it into the ring, then grabs an out of it looking Trish and rolling her back in. With that same sick smile still on her face, Victoria bends over and picks up Trish ... THEN DELIVERS THE WIDOW’S PEAK TO HER! The crowd gives some big time heat as Victoria gets back to her feet, then grabs the Women’s Title and lifts it into the air, perhaps giving us a preview for next week.

Joey Styles: Victoria with a double message here to Trish Stratus tonight. First she defeated Trish’s friend, Mickie, sending a message of her focus on Stratus’ bad back in the process, but then she laid Trish out with the Widow’s Peak, perhaps in what could be a preview for next week.

Jerry Lawler: And what about another mix-up between Mickie James and Trish? Trish keeps allowing these things to happen, saying that accidents happen, but surely enough has to be enough.

Jonathan Coachman: Hey, hey, Trish put herself in that position, and as far as I’m concerned, she deserves what she got for trying to involve herself in a match that she had no business sticking her Canadian nose in.

Joey Styles: Didn’t you say before that Trish should’ve been planning on being out here all along? And what about Candice getting herself involved in the match?

Jonathan Coachman: Joe, you’re both hearin’, and seein’ things. I guess that’s what ECW will do to ya’, though.

We cut away backstage now, to see Rob Van Dam walking down a corridor.

Jerry Lawler: Well another man from the original ECW is this man, Rob Van Dam, and he’ll be looking for vengeance against the man who took him out seven months ago in Carlito ... next!

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to be at ringside.

*COOL*


The crowd gives some considerable heat as the man from the Caribbean, Carlito walks out onto the stage, tossing his apple up and down confidently, followed by his buddy, ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters. The cool and cocky Caribbean makes his way down to the ring with a smile on his face, thinking that tonight will be his night.


Joey Styles: This man Carlito’s heinous attack seven months ago led to RVD spending near half a year on the sidelines, nursing an injured knee. Tonight, after running from Van Dam ever since his return, Carlito finally has to face the music, and if Van Dam has his way, it certainly won’t be playing a tune that Carlito will like.

Jonathan Coachman: Didn’t you hear ‘Lito earlier tonight, Joe? He’s been waiting for this moment even longer than Van Dam has, and tonight, he’s finally get what he wanted all along, and that is taking RVD out for good, advancing his own career up the card as a result.

Jerry Lawler: Carlito might have said that, ‘Coach’, but him hiding behind Chris Masters since RVD has been back, and even bringing Masters out here with him tonight, says otherwise.

Lilian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, weighing 225 lbs, Carlito!

*ONE OF A KIND*


The crowd goes WILD, as everyone’s favourite superstar, ‘Mr. Monday Night’, Rob Van Dam walks out onto the stage, playing it up to the crowd, despite looking more serious tonight. Having walked halfway down the ramp, Van Dam pauses to do his classic thumb taunt, before continuing on his way down the ramp and climbing up into the ring, staring down his adversary.


Joey Styles: Carlito may have said he’s been waiting for this moment, but we know that RVD has been too, as he said earlier tonight. The man spent seven months, seven LONG months on the sidelines thanks to Carlito, and in those seven months he has imagined every possible way to punish Carlito without getting himself disqualified. Tonight, RVD gets his chance, he gets his chance for redemption against the man who wronged him back in June of last year.

Jerry Lawler: Trust me, Joey, when you’re a wrestler and it’s all you think about, when professional wrestling is your passion, and someone tries to take it away, you are going to want to do anything and everything that you can to them. RVD looks exactly like that tonight.

Jonathan Coachman: I dunno’ what wrestling was like in the 18th century, ‘King’, nor do I care, but I know that you’re not lookin’ into RVD’s eyes, because all that there is there is fear. Fear for what Carlito is gonna’ do to him here tonight.

Lilian Garcia: His opponent, from Battle Creek, Michigan, weighing 235 lbs, Rob Van Dam!

Match Five ~ Singles Match: Carlito w/ Chris Masters vs. Rob Van Dam


No mat wrestling to begin this one, as instead we get the two men coming together and staring one another down. Carlito, being the type of guy that he is, has a lot more to say as he tries to get in the head of Van Dam. That ploy, however, appears to be unexpected, as RVD just smiles ... PROMPTING CARLITO TO SLAP THE TASTE RIGHT OUT OF RVD’S MOUTH! The crowd react with a gasp, while RVD looks to the side ... BEFORE SWINGING FOR A ROUNDHOUSE KICK ... THAT CARLITO DODGES, SHITTING HIMSELF AS HE FALLS ON HIS ASS THEN BACKS UP INTO THE ROPES! That moment sets the precedent for the first few minutes of the match, with ‘Lito not wanting to get involved in any sort of a physical altercation with RVD at all.

Eventually that all comes to an end when RVD chases Carlito around ringside, then slides into the ring after him as ‘Lito bounces off the opposite ropes ... and runs into a big clothesline from Van Dam! Careful to not let him slip away, RVD is right on top of ‘Lito, kneeling down over him to rain down on him with right hands. Again, this sets the trend for the next few minutes as RVD is able to stay on top of Carlito, although not by using his usually flashy offense, instead mainly reverting to right hands, trying to drill some sense into Carlito. Some respite seems to come for ‘Lito when he gets his boot up as RVD charges at him in the corner, leaving RVD to stagger back into the ropes, but when ‘Lito charges out at him, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ is able to back body drop the Caribbean all of the way to the floor. The crowd, of course, go wild as RVD looks around, before charging across the ring at the opposite ropes and bouncing back ... BEFORE LAUNCHING HIMSELF OVER THE TOP ROPE AND DOWN ON TOP OF CARLITO WITH A HUGE SOMERSAULT PLANCHA!

RVD staggers back to his feet, proud of himself following the move, taking a bow to the audience, before rolling in and out of the ring to break the count, not content with the damage caused to Carlito on the outside. Picking Carlito up by his awesome ‘fro, RVD hooks the Puerto Rican in a front face lock and lifts him in a suplex position ... THEN DROPS HIM RIB FIRST ACROSS THE BARRIER! After nailing a few right hand shots for good measure Van Dam climbs up to the apron and plays up to the crowd, doing his classic thumb taunt ... BEFORE LAUNCHING HIMSELF AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH A BIG SPINNING LEGDROP TO THE BACK OF ‘LITO! The crowd are at a fever pitch as RVD gets up, again rolling in and out of the ring to break the count, then setting himself as Carlito crawls across the floor to pick himself up with assistance from the ring post. With ‘Lito taking his time, Chris Masters feels it’s time to make his move, sneaking up behind RVD, who is intent on watching his foe ... only for RVD to turn to see Masters and warn him off, with the referee also doing his job and telling Masters he will be booted from ringside if he tries anything. Masters just shrugs innocently, leaving RVD to turn and see Carlito groggily leaning on the ringpost ... CAUSING HIM TO SPRING INTO ACTION AS HE GOES FOR A BIG ROUNDHOUSE KICK ... BUT CARLITO DUCKS AND RVD STRIKES THE RINGPOST KNEE FIRST!

The wind has been taken out of the sails of the crowd as their hero, RVD, staggers from the ringpost ... only for ‘Lito to take him down with a chop block to the knee he just struck on the ringpost, which Joey Styles in turn points out is the same one that Carlito injured last year. Smiling, the Puerto Rican rolls RVD back into the ring and makes a cover, gaining a two count before we head out to a break.

Back from the break, and Carlito is still on top in this match as he bends the knee of RVD around the bottom rope, before setting it up across the rope, AND JUMPING DOWN WITH A BIG STOMP ACROSS IT! RVD rolls around, obviously in some significant comeback, but Carlito is almost like a (Havana) pitbull (whoever gets the reference OWNS) here tonight, not letting up for a single second as he keeps punishing the knee of RVD for the next few minutes, going for the occasional pin attempt, but seemingly just enjoying punishing Van Dam. RVD gets a few glimpses of hope, the main one coming when Carlito looks to lock in his old foe Ric Flair’s finishing move, the Figure Four Leglock, only for RVD to kick ‘Lito off with his free leg ... LEADING TO CARLITO ROLLING INTO THE RING AND JUST TAKING RVD’S LEGS OUT FROM UNDER HIM AS HE GETS UP WITH A CHOP BLOCK!

Carlito keeps the punishment coming, eventually locking in the Indian deathlock, causing RVD great pain. ‘Mr. Monday Night’ has said that tonight will be his moment though, and he looks to be damned if he is going to tap out, instead pulling himself to the ropes and causing a break. This greatly frustrates Carlito, who jerks Van Dam back up to his feet, holding his leg, taking his time to mock RVD ... AND VAN DAM SUDDENLY SWINGS FOR AN ENZUIGURI ... BUT CARLITO DUCKS ... THEN GETS KICKED RIGHT IN THE JAW BY VAN DAM ON THE SECOND TRY, SENDING HIM DOWN!

The crowd cheers as both men start to slowly struggle back to their feet, Van Dam on one wheel, and Carlito on two wobbly ones. They’re both able to sluggishly get back to their feet so that they can duke it out, with RVD coming off on top thanks to some quick forearms, allowing him to send ‘Lito off with an Irish whip, then catch him with a back body drop on the rebound! Holding his back in pain, Carlito retreats back to the corner, allowing Rob Van Dam to hobble in after him and connect with a big shoulder block to the midsection. Following up, RVD hits a few more shots, then whips ‘Lito off to the opposite corner and follows him in ... WHAM! BIG SPIN KICK TO THE JAW OF ‘LITO SENDS HIM DOWN TO HIS HANDS AND KNEES! Thinking quickly, ‘Mr. Monday Night’ goes up to the top rope and waits for Carlito to turn ... THEN GOES FOR A BIG THRUST KICK ... BUT CARLITO STEPS OUT OF THE WAY AND RVD LANDS ON HIS FEET, CAUSING HIM TO CLUTCH FOR HIS KNEE ... KNEE LIFT TO THE HEAD FROM CARLITO ... AND A CLOTHESLINE ON THE REBOUND! Sure he’s got the win, Carlito goes for the cover ... two! Van Dam’s kickout seems to frustrate the youngster, as he bickers with the referee for a moment, before signalling to the crowd that he’s going to finish the match as he waits for RVD to regain his footing.

Slowly but surely, this is what RVD does, getting up and turning right into a boot to the midsection from ‘Lito ... BUT RVD CATCHES IT ... SHAKES HIS HEAD ... WINDMILL KICK! The crowd goes wild as RVD then looks around and runs off to the ropes, before bouncing back ... ROLLING THUNDER CONNECTS! The crowd cheers as RVD makes the cover ... but he can only get two! RVD shakes his head in disappointment, before getting back to his feet and looking around ... THEN HEADING ACROSS TO THE CORNER! RVD GOES UP TOP ... BUT CHRIS MASTERS JUMPS UP ON THE APRON ... AND RVD SENDS HIM DOWN ONTO HIS BUTT WITH A THRUST KICK!

Getting right up, RVD turns and sees Carlito charging at him, causing him to swing wildly for a clothesline ... BUT ‘LITO DUCKS, THEN SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE ROPES WITH A MOONSAULT BODYBLOCK! The crowd gives some heat as the athletically gifted Carlito gets back to his feet and looks around ... THEN JUST LIKE VAN DAM, HE HEADS TO THE CORNER! The crowd boos as Carlito climbs to the top rope ... DOES THE CLASSIC THUMB TAUNT ... AND GOES FOR THE FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH ... BUT RVD MOVES OUT OF THE WAY, AND ‘LITO CRASHES AND BURNS!

Again, both men are slow in their ascent back to their feet, with RVD being the first to reach a standing base ... BUT AGAIN CHRIS MASTERS DISTRACTS HIM! The two trade words on the apron as ‘Lito gets to his feet and sneaks up behind RVD ... BACKCRACKER ... BUT RVD HOLDS ONTO THE ROPES, THEN SENDS MASTERS DOWN TO THE FLOOR WITH A BIG ROUNDHOUSE KICK! Carlito struggles back to his feet, holding his back in pain ... SUPERKICK FROM RVD SENDS HIM RIGHT BACK DOWN! The crowd gives a MASSIVE pop as there are no more distractions, and finally, RVD can head up to the top ... which he does ... THEN CONNECTS WITH THE FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! The crowd erupts as RVD hooks the leg ... and he gets the three.

Winner: Rob Van Dam via pinfall @ 13:23


*ONE OF A KIND*


Lilian Garcia:
Here is your winner, Rob Van Dam!

The crowd are over the moon as RVD gets back to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee ... but rather than looking like celebrating, RVD looks rather subdued. He looks down at Carlito, then gives a slight shake of the head, before heading out of the ring.

Joey Styles: RVD has done it! He has overcome Carlito, and he has gotten his vengeance upon the man who over half a year ago, tried to end his career!

Jonathan Coachman: But look, Joe. That isn’t a look of satisfaction on RVD’s face, and do ya’ know why? Because Carlito has broken him mentally. Sure, RVD may have won one tiny battle, but look at Van Dam. Carlito has won the war.

Jerry Lawler: I dunno’ if that’s it, ‘Coach’, but there’s definitely something wrong with RVD right there. I hope Carlito hasn’t done any more serious damage to his knee.

We cut away from a slightly dejected looking Van Dam walking up the ramp to once again be backstage, where Kurt Angle is still seated. Despite the show almost being over, Angle just sits there, looking as intense as he did when the night began. It has obviously been a long night for Angle, but he doesn’t seem to care, as he still sits there, alone ... until he hears some footsteps ... and RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff steps into the picture. Angle, thinking he could have finally met his man, springs to his feet, only to be disappointed by the sight of Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: Give it up, Kurt. The night’s over. You’re not going to get what you wanted here.

Angle takes a moment to take in what Bischoff is said, taking some deep breaths.

Kurt Angle: Fine ... but I’m goin’ out to the ring ... and I’m takin’ this (Holds up the steel pipe) with me!

Angle looks at Bischoff for another moment, before walking off, leaving Bischoff to sigh. As the camera zooms out though, we see a figure behind a corner on a cell phone ... it’s Lita.

Lita: You’re clear.

Lita the hangs up the phone, as we head out to a commercial break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break at ringside.

*MEDAL*


The crowd EXPLODES as Kurt Angle storms out onto the stage, bellowing intensely, clutching the steel pipe in his right hand.


Joey Styles: This man Kurt Angle has been waiting all night for a sign, any sign of either of John Cena or Edge, and as a last ditch attempt, he here comes out to the ring, seemingly to call out either of the two.

Jonathan Coachman: Angle has no right to lay his hands on Edge. The man is our WWE Champion, and he represents our brand with dignity and respect. If Angle were to do anything to Edge, I’m sure that Mr. Bischoff or Mr. McMahon would have no problem suspending him!

Jerry Lawler: I dunno’ about that, ‘Coach’. It seems that Bischoff doesn’t like Edge any more than he does Angle.

Not worried about anything that’s happening around him, Angle steams on down to the ring and instantly climbs up into it, receiving a microphone.

Kurt Angle: Edge, Cena!

Mixed reaction from the crowd.

Kurt Angle: If either of you are back there, if either of you have sneaked into the arena, get our here so I can KICK YOUR DAMN ASS!

Angle waits, although no answer seems forthcoming, only further angering Angle.

Kurt Angle: COME ON YOU NO GOOD SONS OF BITCHES! Do something you’ve never done before and MAN UP, before I come back there and I find you!

Kurt waits a moment later, before hearing ...

*MY TIME IS NOW*


The crowd gives a HUGE mixed reaction as John Cena walks out in a Hustle, Loyalty, Respect merchandise shirt, and his usual jean shorts, a microphone in hand.


John Cena: Yo, Kurt, before anything happens, lemme' make one thing clear. You think I was sneakin' into here. I dunno' what you've been up to tonight, but I was here in this arena tonight before ANYONE, so there wasn't any need for me to sneak into anywhere. Now you wanna’ do this, ‘cause we can do this right here, right now. But how about YOU drop that your lil’ weapon you’ve got there, GROW A PAIR ... and face me like a man.

Kurt Angle: You wanna’ do it look this? Fine!

Angle throws the pipe over the top rope and to ringside as it lands with a crash.

Kurt Angle: Now get your ass down here!

John Cena: It would be my pleasure.

Cena smiles, then drops his mic with a thud and strips his shirt off (to a disturbingly big pop), before beginning to walk down the ramp ... WHEN HE IS SUDDENLY JUMPED FROM BEHIND BY THE WWE CHAMPION, EDGE! Edge knocks Cena over with a big forearm to the back, sending him tumbling down, before lifting him up by the tights AND THROWING HIM INTO THE CROWD BARRIER VIOLENTLY! The crowd begin to lambast Edge with heat ... BUT THEY SUDDENLY TURN TO CHEERS AS KURT ANGLE TURNS EDGE AROUND AND ROCKS HIM WITH A HUGE RIGHT!

Angle sends Edge down the ramp with right hand after right hand, throwing everything he’s got into each and every shot, before grabbing Edge by the hair and SLAMMING his head down into the ring apron. Not yet content, Angle starts to pull Edge around ringside by the hair again, but Edge suddenly comes out with a few elbows to the midsection, stunning Angle, before he grabs Angle around the skull and THROWS him into the crowd barrier rib first. Looking to follow up, Edge now tees off on Angle with right hand shots of his own, raining down on the skull of Angle with shot, after shot, after shot, after shot, AFTER SHOT ... AFTER SHOT! The manic Edge turns around, pulling his hair back ... AND WALKS RIGHT INTO A RIGHT HAND FROM CENA! Cena hits a few more rights, then grabs Edge by the hair and MANHANDLES him, SENDING HIM CRASHING RIGHT INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

The crowd cheers as Cena now turns back to Angle and goes for a right ... but Angle blocks, THEN HITS A SERIES OF HIS OWN, before going for a kick which Cena is able to catch and quickly throw down, leading into a BIG clothesline to Angle, sending him down onto the cold mats! Angle crawls around ringside with Cena following him, stalking him, waiting for him to get up ... and as soon as he does, BLASTING him with more right hands. The crowd is eating the brawl up ... but they then start to boo as the security team starts to make their way down the ramp. They go after Cena, looking to pull him off Angle ... BUT CENA BLASTS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM WITH RIGHT HANDS, SENDING THEM DOWN!

Cena then turns back to Angle and gets a kick to the midsection, before being thrown into the ring with Angle following him right in and starting to stomp away on Cena as he tries to struggle up. Not content with just laying the boot in, Angle gets down into a mount position and starts to go with the right hands ... but the security now rushes the ring and pulls him from Cena ... ALLOWING EDGE TO SLIDE INTO THE RING AND GET A FREE SHOT ON ANGLE! Edge then turns back to Cena, and like Angle, gets in a mount position, raining more right hands down across Cena.


???: Hey, hey!

The camera shows the top of the ramp where we see RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff walking out.

Eric Bischoff: What in the hell do you think you’re doing? SECURITY! GET MORE SECURITY OUT HERE!

On cue, more security rush out from the back and quickly get to the ring, pulling Edge from Cena, getting all three men into different corners of the ring, as Bischoff goes to climb up into it.

Eric Bischoff: Now I don’t know what the three of you think you’re doing, but let me makes this perfectly clear. The inmates do NOT run the asylum. Not on my show. Not on Monday Night RAW! The three of you have been giving me HELL for weeks now, and you think I’m just going to allow this? am no doormat. Eric Bischoff is NO doormat! LOOK ME IN THE EYE, ALL OF YOU!

Cena, Angle and Edge are all shown chewing at the bit, struggling to get away from their respective captors.

Eric Bischoff: The three of you are OUT OF CONTROL, and it’s about damn time that ...

BISCHOFF IS SUDDENLY CUT OFF AS ANGLE BREAKS FREE OF THE SECURITY AND LAUNCHES HIMSELF INTO CENA, STRIKING HIM WITH A WILD FLURRY OF RIGHT HANDS!

The security holding Edge panic and rush forward, allowing Edge to break free AND ALSO JOIN THE FRAY, as all three men brawl in amongst a giant heap of security guards. Bischoff, who is not at all pleased about this, moves towards the brawl.


Eric Bischoff: SEPARATE THEM! GET THEM OFF EACH OTHER, NOW!

Despite the continued efforts of the security guards, the trio of superstars continue to flail about, not being held down.

Eric Bischoff: NOW YOU LISTEN TO ME ALL THR ...

BISCHOFF IS STRUCK DOWN BY A WILD ELBOW FROM EDGE! THE CROWD CAN’T BELIEVE IT, AND NEITHER CAN EITHER OF THE THREE SUPERSTARS, STOPPING FOR A MOMENT, ALLOWING THE SECURITY TO PULL THEM APART!

Bischoff, now on the mat, clutches at his microphone.


Eric Bischoff: THAT’S IT! Fine ... you wanna’ make it like this? I’m all for it. Next week ... you get your wish ... because the inmates WILL be running the asylum.

We see the crazed look on Bischoff’s face, as he has seemingly been tipped over the edge tonight, leaving us to fade to black.

End.


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Raw Review:

Since this is my first time reviewing and the fact I’m not caught up on some storylines, as of late some things might be a bit fuzzy to me, so I won’t understand them, but I’m sure they all serve a purpose.

Opening: Mr. McMahon arriving of course is a great way to open up Raw. Angle with the steel pipe I had no idea what that was all about until it was mentioned in commentary, so thanks a lot of clearing that up. Anyway Angle/Edge/Cena makes for good TV (or in this case reading) and with WM approaching, this can be one hell of a storyline.

Haas/Benjamin vs. Cade/Murdock: Solid opening match, with Haas gaining the pinfall over Benjamin for the second week in a row. Sure Benjamin is now pretty pissed, off but now the Basham’s get involved. This is good in my book, a solid way to hold off on a Benjamin/Haas feud which I believe you will possibly be waiting to book for WM.

Bischoff/Vince: The boss will always be bigger than the GM. Anyway Bischoff, has to get his brand together. Not knowing what Angle is up too, is a huge mistake on his part. I don’t know if this is only a minor hiccup or this once again is another thing to pile on to firing the Raw GM, but Vince made Eric look bad.

Bischoff/Angle: Short and sweet. Angle right now is psychotic, and I love this type of Angle. People have praised him in this thread and so do I. Short promo but got the job done.

Helms Promo and Match: Now we move onto Helms, who seems to be getting pushed as of late. He beat Michaels last week? Wow, I have no idea what you have planned for him (possibly early MITB winner) is the only thing I can forsee right now since Edge/Angle/Cena are all over the title right now. It was a great promo up to the Hero part. It matches up with his Hurricane gimmick, but honestly considering Helms has that new generation/cocky angle/gimmick to him now, I think staying away from the word hero, would be my only advice. Anyway the match was nice and quick, and once again Helms continues his roll, as of late. Defeats a legend in Michaels last week, this week takes on Viscera who weighs 500 pounds and defeats him rather quickly, maybe too quickly? Either way big things for Helms.

Trish/Mickie: Ah crazy fan Mickie James, personally my favorite gimmick, for Mickie James. I love her back and forth with Rebecca (or lack thereof) completely asking her a question then cutting her off, and focusing herself back on Trish, I love it. Anyway thirteen months for Trish pretty impressive, anyway Mickie/Victoria later tonight with Trish at ringside great booking.

Carlito Interview: Accent on Carlito was good… maybe a bit overdone. The promo started off slow, with Carlito’s first few lines sounding like he was a child. I won’t get mad or yell at people, was kind of weak, to me but when he attacked the character of RVD, calling ECW “Extremely Crappy Wrestling” and saying he wanted RVD out for longer and stuff was all good. With that the promo picked up towards the middle and the end, which redeemed it’s childish beginning.

Big Show/Kane vs. The Heart Throbs: Uhm yeah basic squash match. These two as tag team champions are dangerous. Ric Flair and Chavo trying to take down the champs to me makes the Raw roster for tag teams look weak. Your really don’t have a better team than that? I see Kane and Show keeping the titles for a while.

Mr. McMahon/HHH: Y’Know, Y’see Now, three times in a row to start off a new sentence maybe try to switch that up. Anyway golden promo mainly based around the ego of the boss. While we don’t get answers about Michaels, I’m glad we get a bit something about Triple H. All those things are simply true to me. The Game coming out no surprise at all, and his promo was amazing. I can’t really remember what Triple H was like with the WCW Invasion since I stopped watching wrestling at that point, but it is clear to me, that HHH will be an amazing character for the next couple of months. Michaels coming in and hitting a little music on Vince is awesome. DX is Back but I am sure hell will be brought against them, next week.

RVD Promo: Eh, I was in-different about this. It had plenty of emotion, but honestly I liked the Carlito promo a lot, better and I guess that is why I really didn’t care much for the RVD promo. I do like the use of the glass ceiling, and such because RVD to this point in your BTB, hasn’t broke it yet, so it was good. Other than that I just was blah, about the promo. However I’m still pumped up for the match.

Mickie vs. Victoria: Diva matches I usually hate to read, but this angle you have is great. With the ending result how things went down its all good. Nine minutes is a huge stretch to me six maybe seven tops. I understand they are probably the best woman wrestlers on the roster but a bit too long still. So Mickie hits into the ref that bumped into Trish and Victoria has momentum for her match with Trish next week. All good booking.

Main Event: I’m not going to lie at first I was a bit angry with RVD winning. Why didn’t Masters get involved, I found that a bit strange? Anyway with RVD winning I felt the feud was done, and RVD got his revenge but the ending was perfect. I don’t know what is going on with RVD. Not celebrating at all and such. As Coach said “Carlito won the war” I really see this feud continuing with RVD not celebrating, IMO.

Angle: Cena’s charcter so good, in this case I really liked it. Kind of angry we didn’t get to see Cena v. Angle because of Edge but it was smart and either way the brawl that pursued was amazing. Anyway I think you kind of over did it, with what seemed to be an army, a huge army of security against only three guys, but I understand you want that hatred effect that all three men have for each other, especially the way this angle has been developing the past couple of weeks. With that said Bischoff, once again can’t control his roster and even gets hit. Great wait to end Raw, with Bischoff saying the inmates will run the asylum. I have no idea what you have planned but can’t wait to see.

Overall: Well, you have a new reader in me. I really enjoyed the storylines as we are on the Road to Wrestlemania. Anyway three storylines that have intrigued me are the Edge/Cena/Angle, Trish with crazy Mickie, and HHH/Michaels vs. McMahon. The show was really good, and I’m interested to see what more you do with someone like Helms. Anyway only two problems I had was the way Carlito started his promo off. Like I said a bit childish at first but strong after that. Nine minute divas match I’m not a huge fan of either, but other than those minor things I really can’t complain. Good work man.
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If I ever needed a recap, it was here. Oh well, it was a sit up and take notice start to the show. When you get anyone arriving in a limo at the top of the show, let alone Vince, you know something's going down. Creating that intrigue from the get go was clever booking. I've not seen much of this thread recently, but I can't wait to find out what he has to say. Also adding Angle in to it was sensible to kill two birds with one stone.

The intro from the super sized announce team was good and helped me catch up. It was very detailed and helped sell the Carlito/RVD match in a big way. Without knowing what happened before, I know all I need to now. With WrestleMania so close, I was a bit surprised you didn't hold off on putting the match on the card. They're probably better off in Money in the Bank anyway. I'm not familar with the HBK/Vince/HHH situation, and you said Michaels told Vince he was 'leaving' in the past as far as Bret goes. Was that supposed to be 'living in the past'? Careful now!

I was a bit disappointed we didn't see Vince come out as that's what I expected from the way you started the show. Anyways, great opener, written well with a great story tied in too. What more can you want? The body language of both Haas & Benjamin was described brilliantly from start to finish, and the booking of the match with Haas doing it all on his own was also very good. I'd have liked Benjamin to bow down to Charlie's greatness at the bell, but the awkward glances were the right way to go. I obviously didn't expect The Boring Basham Brothers to jump them. I feel there was enough of a story with Benjamin & Haas and The Rednecks, but Doug & Danny can add to it. Time will tell though.

Now we get Vince though. I always wondered what paperwork GM's do, but having Bischoff agitated certainly put his character in to an ideal mood for the confrontation with Vince. Vince was written well and his character was great, laying down the law to Bischoff but not too much. Pushing the GM to do a better job is always interesting as you know he has to step up and do something. Let's see what he does, and mentioning Vince's plans to address the crowd later gives us another reason to stick around.

Wow, Angle & Bischoff both mean business. There's no better than Kurt Angle when he's in a bad mood, and he certainly was here. His body language was also written well, as was Bischoff's increased frustration. I'd have thought Angle would've shouted his line about shoving the pipe up Edge & Cena's ass though. Otherwise, solid promo and still we await Angle's blow up. You do know how to keep your viewers hooked in.

Great promo from Helms and an ideal situation for him to talk up his victory over Shawn Michaels. It was great too, real arrogance shining through to put himself over as the new star, and by beating Michaels, you gave him the ideal launch pad. Personally, I loved how he deliberately mistook the crowd's reaction in saying they loved him. Great job all round here.

Helms was always going to beat Viscera, it was just a job of whether he could do it clean. It's an impressive victory for him even though Mabel is a jobber, but when someone as small as Helms beats him, it's still a big scalp. It was realistic too with the moves he used at the end, and the Helms push continues well.

Selling Triple H's arrival helps get us geared up for whatever Vince has to say, and maybe more. Again adding Angle in to the mix keeps us aware of his bad intentions. Simple and effective booking.

Reading the Mickie/Trish promo made me remember how great their feud was. You're going to have your work cut it out to match it, but this was good I have to say. Mickie was written really well. She was so in your face it was creepy, and Trish handled it well. The booking of the title match, Mickie taking on Victoria this week and having Trish join her out there was all very good and put together well.

Man you like your promos don't you. I guess it's okay when you write them as well as you do. Carlito was in great character, just as he was when he was at his best. His attitude was on the money, dialled up maybe but it was fine. I thought maybe it went on a little too long, but with it being such a big match, it's understandable really to sell it that little bit more than any run of the mill match. This did a good job of hyping the match and making Carlito look like a right prick. It was great!

The Heart Throbs, god they sucked, and they got exactly what they deserved for sucking at the hands of Show & Kane. No surprises obviously, and the champions get to look dominating as they should. Flair & Chavo's presence was the talking point, and they seem like an odd combination at first reading. I'm interested to learn a bit more about them for sure.

Another glimpse of Angle. It's pushing overkill now a bit.

The Vince/Triple H promo was pretty good, and it certainly got better as it went along. I thought Vince's part went round in circles at bit (similar maybe to Carlito earlier), but Triple H made up for that. With Vince's actions and accusations, it was always going to bring out the aggression and bluntless from Triple H. You wrote him perfectly, and the ending of it was just awesome. I didn't see it coming at all, and to be honest, I was expecting a pedigree. The "turn around" and super kick was a lot better way to end it. Reading through it though, I was confused as to why some words were emphasised in italics and some in capitals. Most of the ones in caps didn't seem to warrant a raised voice and should maybe have been italics too.

Angle again? He's been shown enough now, and he's been there so long, he should really have a newspaper with him.

RVD's interview was great, and I loved that it had a kind of shoot feeling to it with RVD talking openly about his failure to reach the glass ceiling. It was honest and I think that's why it worked so well. The hype for his match with Carlito has been great all night.

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Honestly, that's awesome. I love the bluntness in your writing at times.The match itself was equally brilliant. It's rare for any women's match, title or non-title to get ten minutes on pay-per-view, let alone TV. Mickie looked good, and more importantly, it was booked so well with the title match in mind next week. Victoria had to win really going in to it, and where some would say Mickie needs to win early in her career, she did well enough in the match without winning. It didn't harm in her any way and the right diva won. Taking it further in having Victoria send Trish a statement ahead of their title match was sensible too. It's all Mickie's fault, and I wonder if Trish will point that out to her next week.

Wow wee! I wasn't expecting the RVD/Carlito match to be quite so long, but I'm glad it was. I was instantly drawn in to it when he missed the roundhouse kick and hit the ringpost. I was intrigued as to what finish you would go with as with the build tonight, it could've carried on. With that said, having the match now so close to Mania with all the build up seemed to rule that out. Seeing RVD fight through the pain pointed at a victory for him, and rightfully so.

At least we see something else from Angle, but telling us he's going to the ring means we have to come back after the break. Has Lita just got Edge in trouble? We'll find out any minute.

Action time! Little grammar slip from Angle "get our here". It was an awesome end to the show with Edge striking like a coward as always. The brawl was great, so physical, and security getting battered made it look better too when Bischoff called for more.I thought that he was going to drop a bombshell with the pressure on him from Vince, so the ending was kind of a surprise. I wonder what his thinking is for that, but the inmates running the asylum next week is going to be crazy, a must see for sure.

Man, I was impressed big time. There's nothing apart from the over use of the shots of Angle in the back that I thought was bad. The quality of the matches, the promos and the booking of both was amazing. You've got a permanent reader from now on, and in time for WrestleMania too! Great job.

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Have to be honest, I’m a bit out of the loop with Raw at the moment. Hopefully I’ll get back on track here.

Kurt Angle is quite obviously pissed off. And rightly so. Last time I checked in, he was assaulted before the Rumble match, which surely is what ultimately cost him victory. Having him wait for (I assume) Edge to arrive gives us something to keep us in suspense for the evening.

Van Dam vs. Carlito seems like a big match on free TV, considering the hype surrounding it being over six months in the making. With that kind of build up, I’m almost surprised this wasn’t carried over to WrestleMania, but I guess there are differing plans for both guys when it comes to the big dance.

The one argument I’d put up with what Lawler says here;

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Is that Shawn Michaels of ‘06 didn’t disagree with what McMahon did in Montreal. In fact, I think he may have said he’d do it again. He simply believed it was time to move on from the past.

Seems like you could be heading towards a DX reunion?? I’ll be interested to see how that develops, and the commentary on Angle helped me clear up who he’s waiting for, thanks

I’m keen to see where this estranged reunion between Haas and Benjamin is leading. Right now, it would appear Benjamin isn’t warming to the idea of teaming with Haas again, and as long as that’s the case, it would appear this is a short lived comeback for the WGTT, before splintering, and feuding once again. However, if he soon begins to warm to his old friend, they will likely take the tag division by storm on Raw. Haas looked incredible here, and by the sounds of things on commentary, it was the case last week too, with Shelton doing his best to cost the team any sort of success.

Aftermath sets up an intriguing curveball, with the recently reunited Bashams taking out TAFKATWGTT. I’d imagine this allows Haas and Benjamin a few more weeks to team, whether Shelton likes it or not, but whichever path you choose to take with TWGTT in the end; whether it be with Benjamin finally coming around to the benefits of reforming, or a turn on Haas, or even to continue the pair as a team, but with Shelton unhappy with the set up, is likely to work out terrifically in the long run.

Excellent little piece of dialogue between The Bisch and Vince. Vince very much came off as ‘The Boss’, giving Eric plenty of abuse for failing to control the roster, with the example of Kurt Angle lying in wait outside proving perfect evidence. Not sure whether or not to read much into it, as it did seem like Vince has had to put up with some not so positive reviews for the GM. I guess we’ll see in time…

I was into the maniacal side of Angles character here, completely ignoring the pleas of Bischoff to see sense … right up until …

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Just seemed overly homo-erotic, and killed the tension for me

Is Bischoff just going to leave him there??

Calling it now; Gregory Helms; Mister Money in the Bank. Let’s back that prediction up; a helluva showing in the Rumble (final four, right?), and now, a win over HBK. Personally, I don’t see the appeal in Helms for a massive push, but all credit to you for making the effort to make someone else a top name amongst the usual suspects. And imo, there is no doubt that is exactly where Helms is headed.

Not sure what to make of his attitude, as it diverted from confidence and cockiness and onto delusion toward the end, playing himself up as a hero, and who the fans all want to see. A win over the worlds largest love machine is a foregone conclusion.

Visagra?? Is that the dry humping?? Not something I’d suggest should happen to a guy you’re looking to put over as a serious threat on Raw, especially on his way up. Not so bad if it‘s someone that‘s already established in the upper reaches of the show, but Helms needs to look as strong as possible for the foreseeable future. Something I’d expect to see a joke of a jobber be on the receiving end of. If Visagra isn’t what I assumed it was … ignore that last paragraph

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Tremendous. Loved that little bit of complete disrespect for Trish’ actual friend. I have no qualms with the psycho stalker route you’re going with Mickie, although I’m expecting you to put some sort of twist on the angle, which I expect will kick into high gear next week after Victoria challenges Trish for the belt.

Nice interview from Carlito to add further hype to the main event, and reveals the motivation for CCC tonight, which helps give us more to invest in, rather than just a revenge mission for RVD.

The only surprise in this one for me, was that the Heart Throbs lasted as long as two minutes against the champs. Don’t quite get where you’re going with Flair & Chavo as a team, but they cant be anything more than a stop gap, with grander plans in mind for both in the long run outside of tagging. Just doesn’t seem like a good fit - not even as an odd couple team.

Been anticipating this. The curious Triple H / Shawn Michaels / Mr. McMahon triangle has me all kinds of confused, as the signs are pointing toward a DX reunion, yet at the Rumble, The Game was in the pocket of Vince (albeit for a price), so I was hotly anticipating this promo from the beginning of the show.

Good job of Vince easing into the main topic of why he’s here, and the cheap heat was executed to perfection too, commenting that he envied HBK for missing the nights show.

Like I said with Smackdown and the term ‘vanilla midget’, I’m not a fan of the term ‘curtain jerker’ for much the same reasons. Having said that, I think curtain jerker has been used previously on TV, so maybe I should cut some slack there. Still, coming from a voice of authority, it doesn’t sit right with me.

Triple H channelling the spirit of The Rock?? Rightfully, The Game OWNS Vince, getting the fans onside, but some of his dialogue rambled a little, and could’ve done with being broken up a little better. Even jumping in with cheers and boos for the mention of Cena etc would’ve done the trick.

Really enjoyed the end of the promo too, with Triple H using Vinces own words against him, telling him he would do what he wanted, and bring back his old attitude … which just so happened to have dire consequences for McMahon!!

The DX reunion appears to be complete, even if it does seem a little quick, given their battle during the Rumble match, but still, I’m rather intrigued to see how you handle DX in 2006, as the real life reunion fell pretty flat for me. If you can keep away from shilling merchandise, and Laurel & Hardy esque comedy skits, you’ve got a good chance of making it work.

Not a brilliant promo, but pretty darn good, and sets up a money angle toward WrestleMania, with DX (seemingly) back in tune to face the McMahons??

Good to see you give RVD an interview too, adding further hype for the main event, which, thinking about it, is a good - possibly even necessary - idea, as it’s a main event between two guys that havent been showcased as main eventers too often, but have the chance to make the impression tonight. Very strong promo from RVD, who personally, I find hard to nail down, given his laid back demeanour, when trying to deliver a serious promo. But, you nailed it here, shifting from laid back to serious nicely, and the final few lines really hit the mark, in the final chance for build up in the main event.

Good write up for the Micke/Vickie contest, and the description of Mickie using a good bit of Trish’ own offence was a nice touch to keep the obsession angle in the forefront. The finish was able to add another crease to the ongoing problems between Trish and Mickie, as Mickie screwed things up, allowing Victoria to grab the win. A little surprised we didn’t see any of Mickie trying to help Trish up or anything, although I guess we can put that down to wanting to focus on Victoria standing tall ahead of next week, with a beat down on Trish and the visual of holding the belt.

A little surprised by the way the match started, as I expected to see RVD come out all guns blazing, and tear it up with a brawl. Saying that, I liked the cat and mouse story in the opening stages too, and eventually, it did lead to a hammering from RVD anyway. Glad you eventually let RVD show off his awesome ability, and the transition to get Carlito into control was rather creative to say the least, whilst also playing into the history of the feud, with Carlito homing in on the knee.

The short lived comeback for RVD came at the right time, and the eventual lead in to a period of back and forth with the further knee problems served nicely not to undersell the long period of work on the knee, coupled with the previous injury. The interference of Masters was also well timed, and at that point, I expected that distraction to lead to a Carlito win, and an ‘out’ for RVD, but that wasn’t to be.

Got a laugh out of Carlito using the thumb taunt, and, as it always seems to be … it was the kiss of death for the Puerto Rican. Great counter of Van Dam to the Backcracker, which allowed him to rid Masters from the scene, and set up the finish, and a deserved victory, to finally gain revenge on Carlito. Strong main event.

The reaction of Van Dam is what stumped me though. Having waited all that time to gain revenge … why no celebration?? Further knee problems?? Does he want to really destroy Carlito?? Puzzled as to where it’s leading, but very much looking forward to find out.

Kurt Angle must be freezing out in the cold this long . Seems like Edge has been hiding out all night long too.

For as little as it was, Angles opening promo in the ring was SUPERB. Captured the manic Olympian to a tee. As for Cena … where the heck was he all night if he was backstage?? Seemed a bit odd that this is the first and only time we saw him all night long. Liked the ‘to the point’ dialogue between Kurt and Cena, with no time wasted in getting right to the point. Then just as we get pumped for an old fashioned brawl … well …

It wouldn’t be like Edge to attack from behind. Didn’t do the champ much good though, with Angle desperate to get his hands on him. Wild, mass brawl, with the three rivals beating the snot out of each other - and anything else that moves too - with security taking a battering for getting in the way.

Loved the fact that even Bischoff wasn’t able to get the three men to stop. The shot from Edge (couldn’t tell if it was accidental or not) may just have tipped Easy E over the edge, and the vague cliffhanger at the end was great, and will undoubtedly lead to mass speculation over the next seven days. My prediction is some kind of twist on the Pick Your Poison concept, where Edge, Cena and Angle take turns to pick an opponent for each other (Helms over Cena or Angle, anyone??) … or it could be something completely different. A brilliant hook though to get us tuning in next week to find out.

Overall, a solid show, although we could do with more mentions of WrestleMania, even if it is still seven weeks away. The WM moments could even help or have some jobbers talk about aiming for a spot in MITB, but there needs to be more focus on WM imo. The build toward (what I assume will be) a triple threat for the title is also shaping up very nicely, and by the time we get to an announcement, it wont feel like a forced three way feud, it'll actually feel right.
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Muchos gracias for the reviews, gentlemen. Very happy to see so much feedback, which was possibly the most I've ever got in the thread. Looking to get things moving, with SmackDown! soon to follow.

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This week Friday Night SmackDown! comes to you from The Scope in Norfolk, Virginia, and what everyone has been talking about all week long is the ending to last Friday night’s huge SmackDown! in which a bombshell was dropped. After months of build-up, finally, on free TV, the rematch between Mark Henry and Batista was set, with Batista’s World Heavyweight Title on the line. The impending main event gave the whole show a special feel, and when the time for the match came, the anticipation could not be any higher. Slugging it out, the two behemoths hit each other with everything but the kitchen sink – literally, as Batista would end up getting disqualified as he hit Henry with a steel chair, which despite the force it was swung with, did not floor Henry. Batista, however, did take Henry down following that, forcing security to break up the altercation. Meanwhile, SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long made his way out and announced that at No Way Out, the two would fight one final time, and a winner would be guaranteed as it would be a Street Fight. However, at wasn’t all, as sticking a regular referee between these man in such conditions was such a risk that Long announced that there would also be a special guest referee ... the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, Randy Orton! What affect will Orton have on proceedings this week, and will he cross paths with the two men who he would be adjudicating for this Sunday?

We do know that Batista and Henry, as well as crossing paths this Sunday, will be doing it on Friday night too, as they and another rivalry developing rivalry get entangled up when Batista & Rey Mysterio take on Mark Henry & Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy has spent the last few weeks telling Rey Mysterio that he’s too small and that he will never be a true success in the heavyweight ranks, gaining a fire out of Mysterio the likes of which we have never seen. Last week, after Mr. Kennedy defeated Chris Benoit – who had also disputed Kennedy’s claims that size does in fact matter – through shady circumstances thanks to the United States Champion, Booker T and his protégé, Orlando Jordan, Mysterio attacked Kennedy, challenging him to a match at No Way Out. We are yet to hear a response from Kennedy, and one is expected this Friday. Will he except the match with Mysterio, and how will he and ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ fare against the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista & Rey Mysterio this week?

Speaking of Booker T, this week the United States Champion has said that he will publicly address his once friend and now bitter rival Chris Benoit, and his claim to a shot at the United States Title. What will Booker have to say, following his attack, thanks mostly to his protégé Orlando Jordan, last week? And will we hear a response from Chris Benoit?

Two weeks ago we saw John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield attack The Undertaker, leaving him in a pool of his own blood for what JBL described as revenge for The undertaker eliminating him from the Royal Rumble match. Last week JBL promised to make a public apology to The Undertaker, which he did, only to again beat Undertaker down, along with Brent Albright and former members of The Cabinet in The Basham Brothers to leave Undertaker again surrounded by both his blood, as well as The Boogeyman. While JBL & Brent Albright will face The Undertaker & The Boogeyman at No Way Out respectively, following Teddy Long sending both of The Basham Brothers to Monday Night RAW, Teddy Long announced that this week The Cabinet will team up to face their opponents for No Way Out. Will The Undertaker & The Boogeyman get the revenge they oh so desperately seek, or will JBL & Brent Albright be able to continue their run of seemingly denying fate?

Last week we saw Cruiserweight Champion Kid Kash again successfully defend his title, defeating Scotty 2 Hotty. Kash, however, wasn’t done there, bragging about how he could beat any cruiserweight, only for Juventud to come out and chase Kash off. Juventud and Kash have a lot of unsettled issues following the events of last month in which Kash concussed Juventud to avoid defending his title against him; however, tonight Juventud will make his return in a match against Jamie Noble? Will Juventud be able to overcome ‘The Pitbull’ in what is sure to be a testing match, and what will happen between him and Kash?

Also last week we saw Finlay assault Bobby Lashley from behind, smashing his knee with his shillelagh. Lashley is said to have some harsh words for Finlay, while the challengers to the WWE Tag Team Titles at No Way Out, Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore are also set to be in action against Super Crazy & Psichosis. For all of this, and more, tune in to 9/8C on The CW Network.
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After reading Raw, I'm excited to see what you've got going on with Smackdown.

I have to admit it's hard to get pumped up about seeing Mark Henry in the main event. I read back and looked over the last show, and he did look like the legit threat he could be if pushed right. It'll be a big scalp for Batista when he retains at No Way Out. Booker/Benoit looks promising too, as does Taker/JBL.
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Looks like this will bridge splendidly into No Way Out. All the focus is on that show, and I suspect a massive push here for the final PPV before WM.

The two tag matches should do their job, and I could envisage a pinfall for Kennedy over Batista for some reason, and give Ken another win over a (former) champion. The safe bet though would be Henry pinning Rey to gain a final push of momentum ahead of No Way Out. Orton is sure to be involved here too (possibly appointing himself as ref here as a preview?) in order to hype his involvement at No Way Out.

Should be interesting to see how you lead into No Way Out with the other tag match, as Taker has been owned for the last two weeks by JBL. Also looks like we should expect Benoit/Booker and Kash/Juvi to be announced for the PPV to nicely round the show up.

Looking forward to it
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February 17th, 2006 | The Scope; Norfolk, Virginia


We open the show with a replay of last week’s happenings, with a particular emphasis being put on Michael Cole’s comments on how big the show is because the scheduled World Heavyweight Title contest between the champion, Batista, and the challenger, Mark Henry. We cut from that to see both men in the ring, the referee raising the title in the head, before we see scenes of the two men slugging it out, with highlights of Henry’s offense coming first, namely the pounce, avalanche splash and World’s Strongest Splash, before we see Batista make a comeback with the diving shoulder tackle from the top rope, diving clothesline and counter into the Spinebuster, leaving the screen to go black as we hear the referee’s count only reaching two. Batista is shown in a state of disbelief as he looks to follow up, clotheslining Henry over the top rope, with a short brawl eventually leading into Henry dismantling the announce table, then going after Batista and getting SMASHED IN THE HEAD WITH A STEEL CHAIR! The referee calls for the bell, DESPITE THE BLOW NOT TAKING HENRY DOWN, as Batista then starts to brawl with the big man, taking him down as staff rush out to ringside. This is followed with SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long coming out and announcing that the two will face off one more time with the title on the line in a Street Fight at No Way Out, with a special guest referee who reveals himself to be Randy Orton! The last thing we see is the smug smile of the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, leaving us to fade away from the video package.

And we now get the mandatory opening montage that features the SmackDown! superstars, before we cut to ringside and see pyro explode all over the stage. We pan around the arena, seeing the crowd go wild, holding up signs and acting crazy, before settling down on our SmackDown! announce duo of Michael Cole & Tazz.


Michael Cole: An air of excitement runs through the arena tonight as we are just two nights away from our final Pay Per View stop on the road to WrestleMania 22. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!, I’m Michael Cole, joined here at ringside by my partner Tazz, and partner, could there be a bigger feel to tonight’s SmackDown! with just two days remaining until No Way Out then there is here tonight in the sold out Scope?

Tazz: I dunno’, Cole. This place is off the chain! These people are here, and they’re excited to see some SmackDown!, and heck, who can blame ‘em? I’m excited to see some myself, especially with just two nights to go until No Way Out.

Michael Cole: Well at No Way Out we know that for one final time, our main event will be Batista, defending his World Heavyweight Title against ‘The World’s Strongest Man’, Mark Henry. But as we learnt last week, that’s not all these is to it. Not only is that match a Street Fight, but it also has a special guest referee, the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble, and the man who will challenge the winner of the No Way Out main event in the main event of WrestleMania 22 for the World Heavyweight Title, ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton!

Tazz: That’s gonna’ to be crazy, there ain’t no doubtin’ that, Cole. But what about tonight’s main event? The two men Batista and Mark Henry will be on opposite sides of the ring, along with possible No Way Out opponents, as Batista teams with his good friend Rey Mysterio, to take on Mark Henry, and Mr. Kennedy!

Michael Cole: That match is set to have implications on No Way Out for sure, in more ways than one. But we can’t forget that last week Rey Mysterio challenged Mr. Kennedy to a match at No Way Out. What will Kennedy’s answer be? We’ll have to hear from him tonight at some stage to find out.

*I WALK ALONE*


The crowd ERUPTS into a huge ovation as the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista storms out onto the stage, not overly dressed tonight, instead wearing a pair of jeans and a merchandise shirt, with the World Heavyweight Title over his shoulder. Having played to the fans on both sides of the stage, Batista moves to the centre of the stage, then begins to walk down the ramp, before stopping to set off his pyro.


Michael Cole: In two days time, this man Batista has possibly his biggest challenge in facing ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry in a Street Fight, an environment which you would think would suit the violent challenger, but perhaps Batista’s biggest worry, perhaps the man who is taking most of Batista’s attention is the special guest referee for that match, Randy Orton.

Tazz: There ain’t no doubt that Orton has gotta’ be firmly implanted in Batista’s mind. I mean, these guys are old buddies from Evolution, they know each other well, and well, they don’t like each other! Batista is gonna’ think that he can’t trust Randy, and a lotta’ people would say that you can’t blame the champ for thinkin’ like that.

Batista now walks down the ramp pretty quickly and climbs up into the ring, holding his title up in the air before receiving a microphone.

Batista: Y’know, normally ... normally, comin’ out here, and I’d feel a lot different. I mean, last week, I had a match for MY World Heavyweight Championship ... and I walked out of that match, STILL World Heavyweight Champion.

Pop.

Batista: Usually, a title defence, that has me pretty psyched, it has me excited. But this week, nah, I’m not feelin’ so good about that.

‘Tista pauses and takes a few steps around the ring, moving back and forth, before stopping back where he began.

Batista: Don’t get me wrong. Bein’ the World Heavyweight Champion, it means everything to me, it means the world to me. But that match last week? Nah, it’s just not cuttin’ it. I’m not feelin’ too good about it.

Pause from Big Dave.

Batista: These past few months, they’ve been tough. They’ve been REAL tough. Mark Henry ... he hasn’t made my life easy. Each and every time I’ve stepped into the ring for him, I’ve known I’ve been in for a battle, I’ve known I’ve been in for a war. But it’s more than just that. It’s more than just the fact that Mark Henry is one of the toughest men you will ever find, more than just that he’s ‘The World’s Strongest Man’. This thing between me and Mark ... it’s personal.

Batista pauses.

Batista: Every time I’m out here, every time, I’ve gotta’ watch my back. I’ve gotta’ have eyes in the back of my head, because Mark Henry will not miss a chance to hit me from behind, and try to take ... me ... out.

Another small pause.

Batista: And do ya’ know why he does this? According to him, it’s because I have somethin’ that he wants. He says he’s doin’ it all ... for this.

Batista raises his title into the air.

Batista: For days ... for weeks ... for MONTHS, Mark Henry has been jumpin’ me from behind, ASSAULTING me, doin’ everything he can to take me out ... all for this. Last week, I got a chance to end all of that. I got a chance to not just beat Mark Henry, but to see off his challenge last week ... for good. And y’know, I went out there, and I tried to do it, but just like it has always happened throughout my life, my emotions, they got the best of me. And like I said, I’m not happy about that. I’m not happy at all about that. That is NOT what I set out to do last week. But y’know, somethin’ else that happened last week does have me feelin’ a little better about things. Two words ... two, sweet, words ...

Batista pauses, a smile now coming across his face.

Batista: STREET FIGHT.

Big pop from the crowd.

Batista: My whole career ... no, my whole LIFE, the one thing that I’ve had problems with, the one thing I’ve struggled to do ... is keep ... my temper. The one thing I’ve been unable to do is control myself. To let things go. Last week, I showed that again. I let my emotions get the best of me, and it cost me the chance to get rid of Mark Henry for good. But each cloud has its own silver lining, and mine is that in two nights ... oh yeah, in two nights, I can LET my emotions take over. I can LET myself lose control. I can unleash ... ‘The Animal’.

Huge pop.

Batista: Mark, you’re big, and you’re bad, I’ll give you that much. But you’ve already shown your hand. You have already shown me EVERYTHING that you can do to me. You’ve thrown it all at me. And look at me, Mark, look at me. I’m still standin’ here. Everything that you’ve thrown at me, everything that you’ve done to me, I’ve stood through it all, and I’ve remained World ... Heavyweight ... Champion.

Another big pop.

Batista: So Mark, you’ve done all that you can, you’ve thrown everything you’ve got at me, and I’ve withstood it. But what happens when I do all that I can? What happens, when I show you what I’m truly capable of? What, happens, when I show you just how BIG and BAD I can be?

The crowd roars, loving the intensity of ‘Tista.

Batista: What will happen ... this Sunday?

Batista smiles and again begins to pace the ring.

Batista: I’ll tell you what’ll happen. I will walk IN ... to No Way Out, World Heavyweight Champion ... and I will walk OUT of No Way Out ... STILL ... World ... Heavyweight ... Champion!

Another very favourable reaction.

Batista: I will PROVE that I am the king of this jungle ... that is, if the man who is supposed to keep order this Sunday, Randy Orton, stays OUT of my way.

Mixed reaction for Orton.

Batista: Don’t get me wrong. I understand why Teddy has appointed a special guest referee. I know, a Street Fight, with me and Mark Henry, yeah, that’s a dangerous environment. But Randy Orton? Teddy, the man is a cocky, conniving, SELFISH son of a bitch, and if you think that he’s gonna’ be out there lookin’ out for ANYONE other than himself ... well then I guess you just don’t know Randy well enough. I do, though. Everyone knows the story ... me and Randy ... together, in Evolution. Trust me, Teddy, I know Randy better than anyone else in the SmackDown! locker-room, and choosing him to keep control of a match? Choosing him to stay impartial? It’s a big mistake.

Mixed reaction.

Batista: So here’s ...

*SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT*


The crowd erupts into a huge heated reaction as the man who will challenge Batista this Sunday for the gold, Mark Henry marches out onto the stage in his wrestling gear with a look that could kill. Henry is quick to make his way down to the ring and receive a mic, standing right in front of his foe as he clutches it.


Mark Henry: Randy Orton? RANDY ORTON? Big man, Randy Orton is the least of your worries.

Heat as Mark stands down ‘Tista.

Mark Henry: You think I’ve given you all I got? You think that this Street Fight favours you? Do you need me to remind you what I did to you at the Royal Rumble? Do you need to be reminded that I broke you in half? Yeah, I got DQed, but this Sunday ... this Sunday that ain’t gonna’ happen, that can’t happen, so what makes you think I’m not gonna’ break you in half ... all over ... again?

Heat as Henry smirks.

Mark Henry: Y’know, I’m gonna’ give you some credit, big man. You’ve been tougher than I thought you’d be. I thought for sure that I’d already have that belt ‘round my waist. But that doesn’t matter, ‘cause this Sunday, I’m gonna’ fix that, and prove that I, not you, but I, ’The Silverback’ am the king ... of the SmackDown!, jungle.

Big heat as Henry smirks again.

Batista: Oh yeah? Is that right?

Mark Henry: That’s right.

Batista: Well let me tell you somethin’, Mark. I do remember what happened at the Royal Rumble. I do remember you crushing my body in amongst the rubble, the destruction that you caused. But y’know what? That doesn’t ... scare me. It motivates me.

Big pop.

Batista: I’m not scared of you, Mark. I’m not afraid. You try, you just try to do what you did to me at the Royal Rumble, but know this ... the ONLY way that you’re gonna’ take this title from me is if you take it from my COLD, DEAD HANDS!

Massive pop, as Henry steps forward and starts to get right into Batista’s face.

Mark Henry: Well maybe that’s what I’m goin’ to have to do. Maybe I should give you a preview of this Sunday.

Batista: ... Try me.

The two men continue to stare each other down, the animosity between them seemingly set to explode.

*BURN IN MY LIGHT*


The disappointed crowd unload with big time heat as the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble, Randy Orton walks out onto the stage, looking as cocky as ever, a microphone in hand ... and a referee shirt on. Wasting no time in talking, Orton begins as he walks down the ramp.


Randy Orton: Gentlemen, gentlemen. Calm down. Save yourselves ... for this Sunday.

Orton now climbs up into the ring and stands between the two men.

Batista: What do you want, Randy?

Randy Orton: What do I want? Dave, you misunderstand me. I’m not out here for myself. No, I’m out here for the two of you. I’m out here ... to maintain order.

Orton smiles as the crowd boos his arrogance.

Randy Orton: I mean, let’s face it. The two of, you need me out here. You can’t control yourselves. Just last week you were tryin’ to tear each other’s heads off. What kind of a referee ... what kind of a person would I be, if just two days away from your match, just two days away from No Way Out ... what kind of a person would I be if I let you two go at it now?

Heat.

Randy Orton: I’m not out here to annoy you, Dave, nor am I out here to annoy Mark. I’m out here because I care. I’m out here because without me, the two of you wouldn’t make it ... to No ... Way ... Out. So think of me as your saviour, think of me as your guiding light, because I fully intend to guide the two of you and maintain control over you this Sunday at No Way Out.

A pause from Orton, as he looks at both Henry, and then with more intensity, at Batista.

Randy Orton: And y’know, Dave, I heard you ... I heard what you said earlier. I heard that for some reason ... for some, unknown reason ... you think I’m going to screw you this Sunday.

Heat as Orton again pauses.

Randy Orton: Now, I have no idea where you would get these ideas from, but Dave, let me tell you, I will not screw you this Sunday, nor will I screw you, Mark. I have no reason to. All I want to see is a good, fair contest, and I fully intend on making it that, I fully intend on calling that match right ... down ... the middle.

Mixed reaction.

Randy Orton: Now, as far as that preview goes that were talkin’ about just before, Mark, y’know, I agree. That’s right, I agree, I think we should have a preview for this Sunday, and that’s exactly what Teddy Long has let me have, because in tonight’s main event it will be Batista & Rey Mysterio vs. Mr. Kennedy & Mark Henry.

Pop.

Batista: We already ...

Randy Orton: Uh, Dave, did I ... did I say I was finished? Was I done?

Orton smirks.

Randy Orton: That’s better.

Orton pauses, his eyes gleaming.

Randy Orton: Tonight it will be Rey Mysterio & Batista vs. Mr. Kennedy & Rey Mysterio ... and the special guest referee will be me ... Randy, Orton!

Big mixed reaction as Orton smiles.

Randy Orton: Gentlemen ... good luck, and I’ll see the two of you ... later tonight.

*BURN IN MY LIGHT*


Orton continues to smirk, dropping his microphone with a thud before backing out of the ring, leaving both Henry and Batista to look on at him as we head off to a commercial break.


*Commercial Break*


We return from the break at ringside with our esteemed commentating crew.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown!, live here from the beautiful Norfolk, Virginia, and what a start to the night we have seen partner! Not only will Randy Orton be refereeing the Street Fight for the World Heavyweight Title between Batista and Mark Henry this Sunday, but tonight he will have his very own warm-up as a referee in the match between the team of Rey Mysterio & Batista and Mark Henry & Mr. Kennedy.

Tazz: An’ y’know, I think it’s a good call from Teddy Long. Randy Orton is a changed man, you heard him say it himself, an’ tonight, he gets a chance to prove that, not just to all the fans, but to Batista and Mark Henry ahead of this Sunday.

*MUY LOCO*


The crowd gives a decent pop as The Mexicools make their way out on their Juan Deeres, represented here tonight in tag team action by Super Crazy & Psychosis. The two ride down to the ring and do a quick lap of the ringside area, slapping hands with Tazz on the way through.


Michael Cole: Later tonight the third member of The Mexicools, Juventud will wrestle his first match in over a month when he faces Jamie Noble, but Tazz, a big test for Shannon Moore & Matt Hardy right here as they team for the first time in over two years to face the established team of Super Crazy & Psychosis.

Tazz: A big test is right, Cole. These two guys work together as good as anyone, and you don’t wanna’ be caught in first gear against these guys, because they’ll take advantage of it with their speed and quickness.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is a tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 435 lbs, Super Crazy & Psychosis, The Mexicools!

“OH YEAH”

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT*


The crowd now gives a very positive response as Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore energetically make their way out to the top of the ramp, Hardy flashing the V1 sign, while Moore just plays it up to the fans at ringside. The duo make their way down to the ring with the same energy, slapping hands with the fans before climbing up into the ring and continuing to play to them.


Michael Cole: These two men grew up together, going to the same school in their hometown of Cameron, North Carolina. Tonight, for the first time in over two years, they team up just two days ahead of their shot at the WWE Team Champions, MNM. Tazz, how crucial is this match in the landscape of things for Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore?

Tazz: This is a big match for Moore & Hardy. Usually, it takes two guys awhile to get on the same page as each other, and these guys have gotta’ do it in just two days. The good news for them is that they knew each other well, but tonight should be a measure of how far that’s gonna’ get them this Sunday.

Tony Chimel: Their opponents, from Cameron, North Carolina, weighing a combined weight of 440 lbs, Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore!

The two teams look set to face off until ...

*PAPARAZZI*


The crowd gives some very nice heat as the red carpet is rolled out and the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM parade out onto the stage, surrounded by the paparazzi. The trio swagger their way down the ramp, before stopping and looking up into the ring at the four men who stare right back at them.


Match One ~ Tag Team Match: The Mexicools vs. Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore


With two face teams involved in this match, we see a mutual sign of respect from the two starting competitors, Shannon Moore and Super Crazy, as they shake hands. The two men then go at it for the first few moments in a fast-paced manner, using their cruiserweight stylings to counter one another, before, after a series of quick pin attempts, both men nod at each other, then tag in their respective partners. Much like Crazy and Moore at the start of the match, Matt and Psychosis shake hands, before engaging in battle, with Hardy gaining the initial control due to his superior size. Psychosis, knowing he can’t win if he allows the match to continue in this way, begins to speed things up, catching Hardy with a few arm drags, only for Hardy to show how nimble he is by hitting some arm drags of his own and taking control for his team.

This allows Hardy & Moore to show their abilities as a team, as they tag in and out in the early going and use tag team moves, reminiscent of The Hardy Boyz, until Psychosis is able to change the momentum by scoring on a running Moore with a leg lariat, after Moore took his time to exchange insults with MNM at ringside. Despite being faces, The Mexicools work more of a heel game here, staying on top to build sympathy for the face. However, the luchadors refuse to cheat and Super Crazy actually wards Melina off at one stage, buying an unknowing Moore a slight reprieve as he fires off rights to the midsection of Crazy, before running off the ropes, only to be met with a dropkick. Despite taking all of this punishment, Moore still shows the will to fight, and he looks to eek out a win when he rolls through with the force of a crossbody block from Psychosis, gaining a two count. Both men then get back to their feet with Psychosis immediately going for a clothesline, only for Moore to duck and run up the corner ... THEN CONNECT WITH THE HALO!

The crowd clap both men on as they struggle towards their corners, looking to enter their fresh partners into the match ... which they both do successfully! Hardy, the fresher and more frustrated of the two, charges out of the blocks, immediately scoring with a succession of clotheslines, then lifts Crazy up, and whips him off into the ropes and scoring with an elbow on the return that knocks Crazy down to the mat for a two count. Immediately looking to follow up on that move, Hardy kicks the rising Crazy in the midsection and this time sends him to the corner, leading into him charging in after his foe, and scoring with a corner clothesline! However, instead of going for the bulldog, Hardy hears the shouts from across the ring of Shannon Moore, prompting him to drop to his knees as Moore runs across the ring ... AND THEN CONNECTS WITH THE POETRY IN MOTION! Super Crazy is on jelly legs, and Hardy takes advantage, now scoring with a bulldog. Super Crazy springs right up, holding his face in pain, but Hardy is ready and quickly hits the side effect! He now signals for the end, waiting for Super Crazy to pull himself up one last time ... as Psychosis looks to enter the ring ... BUT MOORE SENDS HIM TO THE FLOOR FROM THE APRON WITH A RUNNING DROPKICK ... AND HARDY NAILS THE TWIST OF FATE ON SUPER CRAZY! Hardy makes the cover ... and gets the three!

Winners: Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore via pinfall @ 5:43

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore!

The crowd gives a good pop as Hardy & Moore get back to their feet and have their hands raised into the air ... BEFORE THEY ARE SUDDENLY SENT DOWN TO THEIR HANDS AND KNEES AS THEY ARE HIT FROM BEHIND BY MERCURY & NITRO! The tag team champions stomp away on their challengers for this Sunday for several moments, before Melina climbs up on the apron and tells them that it’s time for the Snapshot.

The duo smile as Nitro goes after Moore, lifts him back up and throws him through the ropes, although Moore does not land on the floor, instead landing on the apron! Nitro, however, does not notice this, turning back to the centre of the ring and waiting alongside his partner as Matt Hardy struggles to his feet. Slowly but surely, Matt starts to get there, and the two members of MNM ready themselves ... MERCURY LIFTS HARDY ... BUT MOORE SPRINGS OUT OF NOWHERE AND TAKES NITRO DOWN WITH A BIG CROSSBODY BLOCK! Mercury, still holding Hardy up, turns around to see what has happened ... AND HARDY SLIPS FORWARD AND HITS THE TWIST OF FATE!

The crowd goes nuts as MNM roll from the ring, with Melina gathering up their remains while hardy, holding his head, receives a microphone.


Matt Hardy: MNM ...

The crowd pops as Hardy breathes heavily.

Matt Hardy: Let that preview of what’s to come this Sunday, because just like we’ve done these past few months, me and Shannon ... we’re gonna’ embarrass you one ... more ... time!

Nice pop.

Matt Hardy: And we will become, the NEW WWE, Tag, Team, Champions, because no matter what you do, like our heart, and our passion, we will, not, die!

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT*


The crowd cheers as Hardy drops the mic and hugs Moore, before the two make the classic signal that shows that they want the gold.


Michael Cole: Oh my, a message sent right there from Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore, direct to MNM! Not only did Hardy & Moore look impressive in defeating The Mexicools, an already established team here on Friday Night SmackDown!, but they have also beat MNM at their own game, laying out the tag champs after they attempted to attack their challengers for this Sunday night!

Tazz: This thing has just kicked up a notch, Cole. I’m not gonna’ deny that Hardy & Moore were impressive, because really, they were, but they’re gonna’ have a tough time tryin’ to top my buddies MNM at No Way Out, no matter how high they’re flyin’ right now.

We see who are possibly the next tag team champions standing in the ring once more, before heading out to a break.

*Commercial Break*


***

We start off the video package by seeing Kid Kash defeated Juventud for the Cruiserweight Championship at Armageddon by hitting him with the Dead Level. A tired Kash is then shown holding the belt up following the victory.

Cut away to the January 20th SmackDown!, where Kid Kash is backstage with Josh Matthews.


Josh Matthews: Kid Kash, tonight we find out who your challenger for the Cruiserweight Championship will be at the Royal Rumble. Going into the match between former champions Juventud and Jamie Noble, do you have any preferences to who you want to win?

Kid Kash: I’ll give it to both Noble and Juventud, they’re world class cruiserweights. Jamie Noble’s one of the toughest sons of bitches not just in the WWE, but in the whole world, and Juventud, well he was the best cruiserweight around these parts ... until I got here that is. So while I’ll watch the match, you better believe I ain’t scared of either of these men. All they’re doin’ by winnin’ is sealin’ their fate at the Rumble.

Cut forward to the match between Juventud and Jamie Noble, with Juventud picking up the win thanks to the Juvi Driver and becoming number one contender to the gold. Kash then climbs into the ring and shakes hands with Juvi ... BEFORE SMASHING HIM OVER THE HEAD WITH A TITLE ... AND THEN KICKS HIM SQUARE IN THE TEMPLE AND DRILLS JUVENTUD’S HEAD DOWN INTO THE TITLE WITH THE DEAD LEVEL! Kash smiles and raises the gold, standing over the body of Juventud as agents and medics rush from the back.

Now on the January 27th SmackDown!, we see Kid Kash walk into the office of SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long, smirking away.


Theodore Long: I’d wipe that grin of mah’ face right now if I were you.

Realising that’s probably a good idea, Kash does just that.

Theodore Long: Now I’m sure you know why you’re here, so there’s no real reason to beat ‘round the bush. Last week, your actions were unacceptable. As a champion you are a leader of the locker-room, and last week, your actions were nothin’ short of despicable. For a week now, I’ve wracked mah’ brain, thinkin’ just how I should punish you. I considered strippin’ you of your Cruiserweight Title, but then I went back on that. I considered SUSPENDIN’ you, but that wouldn’t be fair on the rest of the cruiserweights; you’re the champ, after all, and after what you did, not only do they wanna’ get their hands on your belt, but they also wanna’ get their hands on YOU. And y’know, Kash, that’s exactly where I got my idea from. I’m gonna’ lay this down for ya’, Kash: I ain’t gonna’ punish you. At least not directly. Y’see, the way I see things is that you’re now an outcast, and any time you’re jumped from behind, any time you’re attacked, I’m not responsible; you are. Now as far as the Royal Rumble goes, Juventud will not be fit to compete ...

Kid Kash: (Smugly) Which means, no defence for me, right? Good to see ya’, Teddy, but that’s all I needed to hear. I’ll see ya’ ‘round ...

Theodore Long: Not so fast, champ. I said I wasn’t gonna’ directly gonna’ punish you, but your match at the Rumble – that’s right, you will be in action – well, you’re gonna’ get punished ... just not by me.

Pop.

Theodore Long: Instead, I’m gonna’ leave it up to the cruiserweights of SmackDown! to do the punishin’, because at the Royal Rumble, you, Kid Kash, will be defendin’ your Cruiserweight Championship ... against ALL the cruiserweights of SmackDown! in a Cruiserweight Open!

We cut forward to the Cruiserweight Open at the Rumble, with Kid Kash getting beaten down by all of the other cruiserweights. However, when we cut to the end of the match we see him rush into the ring following Super Crazy hitting Scotty 2 Hotty with the Moonsault and steal his pin, picking up the win.

We’re now at last week’s SmackDown!, with Kash standing in the ring.


Kid Kash: Y’see, these past few months, Teddy Long, he’s made it his mission to get this here Cruiserweight Title away, from my gorgeous waist. Why did he do that? Why did Teddy Long feel the want, the need to screw over ‘The Notorious K.I.D’?

Kash pauses, getting a more intense look on his face.

Kid Kash: ‘Cause I took out ... the trash. Juventud ...

Pop.

Kid Kash: Juventud may be y’all, “golden boy”, Teddy. He may y’all “role model”. But what he is not is deserving of shot, at my Cruiserweight Title!

Heat.

Kid Kash: I already beat him, I already beat him to win this damn title! He doesn’t deserve a rematch with me. An’ yet, that’s what you let him have. That’s what you handed ta’ him ... on a silver platter. So I did what was right ... I took out ... the trash.

Heat.

Kid Kash: Now, y’all here tonight may think it’s ‘cause I’m scared of Juventud, but lemme’ tell ya’, ‘The Notorious K.I.D’ is scared of no man. Ever since I removed Juventud from this brand, I have had ta’ defend this title against ALL a’ the cruiserweights, and I have WON every damn time. I have proved that I am what I’ve been sayin’ all along, and that is the greatest cruiserweight on this brand.

Small pause to some heat.

Kid Kash: So y’know what ... I’m ready to do it all again tonight. Bring out ... my next victim.

We see quick scenes of Kash defeating Scotty, before kicking him from the ring.

Kid Kash: Y’see ... this ... this is just another win ... another successful title defence ... for the K.I.D. I told y’all I’d do it ... I told y’all I’d beat ‘em all, and I’ve done it yet again. There ain’t nobody who can stop me!

Heat for this as Kash smirks.

Kid Kash: So y’know what? I think ...

*MUY LOCO*


The crowd gives a very nice pop, as the music of the ever popular stable starts up, but nobody comes out.


Kid Kash: Come on Super Crazy! Come on Psichosis! I already beat the two a’ you, and I have no problem doin’ it again!

Kash has a look of complete and utter confidence as he looks up at the ramp, prepared to take on whichever of The Mexicools appears ... until the former champion, the man Kash has been ducking, Juventud slowly makes his way out, a look of pure, unadulterated hatred on his face ... and a look of shock now on Kash’s. Juventud shakes his head, then points at Kash in the ring ... BEFORE CHARGING DOWN THE RAMP! JUVENTUD WANTS KASH RIGHT NOW ... BUT KASH ESCAPES FROM THE RING, ROLLING AWAY TO SAFETY JUST AS JUVENTUD SLIDES IN! The crowd boos as the cowardly Kash backs up the ramp, title in hand, while Juvi points at him from the ring, telling him that his time is coming.

*MUY LOCO*


Michael Cole: Juventud! Juventud is back, and Kid Kash is running scared!

Tazz: And the champ’s hightailin’ it, Cole.

Michael Cole: He’s going to have to face up to Juventud one day, and by the look of things, that day might be coming sooner than Kash would like it to.

We then see Juventud standing in the ring, with Kash backing up the ramp looking worried, as the video package ends.

***

We’re now backstage where we see SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long seated backstage, sorting through the stuff on his desk. Thankfully, we only have to see a few seconds of this, before a knock on the door is heard.

Theodore Long: Come in.

Long goes back to moving papers and the like, before looking up to see the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash standing next to him. Kash, wearing jeans and a white singlet with the title slung over his shoulder, looks in no mood to muck around tonight.

Kid Kash: Well?

Theodore Long: Well what?

Kid Kash: What are you gonna’ do ‘bout it?

Theodore Long: Do about what? I’m not followin’ ya’ here.

Kid Kash: Do about what? Did you not see last week? That ... that THUG Juventud, he tried ta’ attack me. He tried to lay his hands on this. He tried to lay his hands on the Cruiserweight Champion of the World!

Theodore Long: Yeah, I saw it. I’m not sure what you want me to do about it though. Juventud is your problem, he ain’t mine.

Kid Kash: My problem? MY problem? When I did the right thing and I made sure that took that common street thug out, removin’ him from the Cruiserweight Title picture that he had no right ta’ be in, do ya’ know what you did ta’ me?

Theodore Long: I have an idea.

Kid Kash: Ya’ punished me! You made me put my Cruiserweight Title on the line against not just one cruiserweight, not just two cruiserweights, hell, not even three cruiserweights. You made me defend my title, the title I won when I beat that thug for the first time, against ALL of the cruiserweights. You’re just lucky I’m as talented as I am, ‘cause any normal cruiserweight, and of them, includin’ Juventud, and you woulda’ had a new champion. You woulda’ lost your most valuable investment, ‘cause you know that I, Kid Kash, am money.

Theodore Long: So what you’re sayin’ is you want me to punish Juventud?

Kid Kash: Exactly.

Theodore Long: Well I’m not gonna’ do that, and I’ll tell ya’ why. When you attacked Juventud over a month ago, you did it unprovoked. Now I don’t care if ya’ think that he wasn’t worthy of a shot at your title, because you don’t run this show; I do. Juventud, other the other hand, was just lookin’ for some revenge, which quite frankly, I, along with the SmackDown! audience, AND, the board of directors, wouldn’t mind seein’ him get a chance at that. So, here is what I’m gonna’ do.

Slight pause from Long.

Theodore Long: I am gonna’ give Juventud his chance at revenge in TWO NIGHTS ... at No Way Out, because you, Kid Kash, will defend your title against Juventud!

Pop.

Theodore Long: But ... that’s not all. Y’see, tonight, Juventud’s got a match, so to guarantee that we don’t get a repeat of las’ time, if you put your hands on Juventud before your match this Sunday, I will STRIP you of your Cruiserweight Title.

Big pop.

Theodore Long: And to make sure this goes down the right way, if you get counted out or disqualified this Sunday, you will FORFEIT your Cruiserweight Champion to Juventud!

Another big pop, as Kash looks shocked.

Theodore Long: Kid Kash, this Sunday, there will be no ... way ... out.

We see Long smiling, then cut back to ringside.

*HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME*


The crowd gives a very nice reaction as ‘The Dominator’ Bobby Lashley marches out onto the stage and sets off his pyro. The smile not on his face this week, Lashley instead scorns at no one in particular, instead quickly walking down the ramp, jumping up onto the apron and receiving a microphone once he climbs into the ring.


Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley has been a superstar on the rise here on Friday Night SmackDown!. Since his debut last September he has taken this brand by storm, epitomised by his performance at the Royal Rumble, where he eliminated more superstars than anyone else this year, including the gargantuan World Tag Team Champions from RAW, Kane & the Big Show, in a matter mere of seconds.

Tazz: But the one thorn in Lashley’s side has been ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay, an’ he one upped Lashley again last week.

Michael Cole: One upped? Finlay attacked Lashley from behind, before his match had even began, mind you, with that damn shillelagh, leaving him to be carried away in the hands of backstage staff.

Lashley is now standing in the middle of the ring with a microphone, ready to speak.

Bobby Lashley: Y’know, it’s been awhile now that I’ve been here on SmackDown!. Almost half a year. And in that time, I’d like to think that most of the guys in the back have been pretty cool with me. Guys like Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Paul London & Brian Kendrick, they’ve welcomed me here to SmackDown! with open arms. In fact, the rest of the locker-room has too, and they’ve made me feel really welcome here. Like this is my home, where I belong now.

Small pause from Lashley.

Bobby Lashley: That is, except for this one guy.

A fair amount of heat from the crowd who know who Lashley is referring to.

Bobby Lashley: This one guy ... he’s gone out of his way to bully me. To make himself seem tough. To pick on the new guy. This one guy ... he says he’s been out for a fight, but whenever we come face to face ... MAN ... TO ... MAN ... he chickens out. He backs away. I’m gonna’ keep this short and sweet ...

HARDCORE HOLLY.

Bobby Lashley: Finlay!

Damn.

Bobby Lashley: Get your ass out here and let’s settle this like men!

Lashley drops the mic and starts to storm around the ring, waiting for his foe.

“MY NAME IS FINLAY, AND I LOVE TO FIGHT”

*LAMBEG*


The man himself Finlay walks out with that gap-toothed smile on his face, NOT holding his shillelagh for a change. Instead, he looks at Lashley, who is ready for action in the ring, then stops and turns behind him ... as The Bluebloods emerge from behind the curtain.


Michael Cole: Oh no. That damn Finlay has done it again, pulling the numbers advantage, and of course The Bluebloods, just like last week, are up to help him in his dirty work. Get out, Bobby, get out while you still can

The crowd boos as the three foreigners advance down the ramp, then begin to circle the ring. Lashley, not heeding the advice of Michael Cole, stays in the ring in his fighting stance, eyes darting between the three men who look ready to pounce. The three men on the outside look at one another, smirks on their face ... BEFORE REGAL MAKES THE FIRST MOVE, SLIDING HALF INTO THE RING ... AND LASHLEY CHARGES ... BUT REGAL DARTS BACK OUT AND BURCHILL TRIES TO STRIKE LASHLEY FROM BEHIND WITH A SNEAK ATTACK ... BUT LASHLEY TURNS AND KNOCKS HIM DOWN WITH A HUGE RIGHT!

The crowd erupts as Regal now slides into the ring, and he too runs into a big right hand from Lashley. Fired up, Lashley nails the rising Burchill with numerous rights, backing him up into the ropes, before sending him off with an Irish whip and scoring with a back body drop on the rebound! Regal too climbs back to his feet, with Lashley kicking him in the midsection, then backing him up into the corner and RAMMING his shoulder into the midsection of Regal, driving the air out of his lungs time after time.

Not yet content with what he’s done, Lashley pulls Regal out of the corner by the hair, then lifts him up for a suplex ... AND CONTINUES TO HOLD HIM UP WITH ONE ARM ... BUT FINLAY SUDDENLYS COMES FROM BEHIND LASHLEY AND CLIPS HIM WITH A CHOP BLOCK TO THE KNEE HE ASSAULTED LAST WEEK! The crowd boos as Lashley falls in a heap, Regal landing on his feet though, allowing The Bluebloods & Finlay to now go right after the injured wheel of the monster rookie to some tremendous heat from the crowd.

Smiling, Finlay backs away for a bit, directing traffic as The Bluebloods continue the beatdown ... when the crowd suddenly starts to cheer ... and Paul London & Brian Kendrick slide into the ring. The Bluebloods immediately go after the duo, looking for a clothesline, but the duo duck under them, then hit the ropes and come back with a headscissors takedown each, taking down the team of The Bluebloods. Finlay, though, is still up, and he attempts a sneak attack, only for London & Kendrick to kick him in the midsection ... THEN GRAB HIM AROUND THE HEAD AND THROW HIM INTO THE BLUEBLOODS AS THEY PICK THEMSELVES UP, SENDING THE THREE VILLAINS OUT TO THE FLOOR!

The crowd goes wild as Lashley gets back to his feet and the three faces stand tall, a look of mutual respect on their faces.

*MACMILLITANT*


More cheers now come, as the SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long makes his way out to the top of the ramp, microphone already in hand.


Theodore Long: Playas, it seems that we’ve got ourselves a little problem out here, so rest assured that I am here to fix it. Now, these past few weeks, the six of you, in different combinations, have had some problems with each other, and believe me, I’ve noticed. So, what I’m gonna’ do is schedule a match for you at No Way Out!

Pop.

Theodore Long: It’ll be The Bluebloods & Finlay takin’ on the team of Paul London, Brian Kendrick ... and Bobby Lashley!

Big pop.

Theodore Long: But that’s not all, because right here tonight, these people here in Norfolk, Virginia, they’re gonna’ get themselves a preview of that right here tonight when The Bluebloods take on Paul London & Brian Kendrick!

Another strong cheer.

Theodore Long: And that match? It’s gonna’ happen right now. Get me a referee!

Long waits for a moment, before a referee rushes out and heads to the ring, while the two lots of three men look at each other and maybe talk a bit of strategy.

Michael Cole: Folks don’t go anywhere. The Bluebloods vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick ... it’s next!

*Commercial Break*


Back from the break and we’re ready for action with the two teams in position, Finlay and Lashley still at ringside.

Match Two ~ Tag Team Match: The Bluebloods w/ Finlay vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick w/ Bobby Lashley


It’s the two Pauls starting us off here, and they provide us with some good early action, as Burchill, despite being big, is able to keep up with London momentarily, until London then takes the edge and he & Kendrick begin to tag in and out frequently, using their teamwork to keep Burchill on the defensive. Despite his youth, Burchill is able to show some smarts, escaping from the predicament he finds himself in with a jawbreaker to London, then tagging in his mentor Regal, who despite a flurry of strikes from London, is able to take control of the match for The Bluebloods thanks to his smarts as he holds onto the ropes instead of rebounding back off them, leaving London to dropkick air, before he runs across and kicks London square in the head. This sets the tone for the old school, smashmouth style of The Bluebloods, which has London reeling for several moments until he fights out of an attempted Regal Stretch attempt, kicking him off and getting to the ropes. Regal, however, is able to tag Burchill in, and the younger Pommy runs into the ring and drops an elbow across the back of London, then goes for a vertical suplex ... but London slips out and lands behind Burchill.

London then runs back at the ropes and looks to bounce off them ... but Finlay looks to trip him ... only for London to avoid it! London looks down at Finlay and mouths of, leading to Burchill charging in at London ... AND RECEIVING THE DROPSAULT! The two men are down, slowly recuperating as they crawl towards their respective corners ... and make the tags! Regal climbs into the ring full of energy, ready for an exchange in fists, but Kendrick outthinks him, jumping up onto the top rope and knock him down with a springboard forearm! Regal gets back up having not expected the blow, full of shock, then receives a wild flurry of forearms and gets whipped into the corner, where he receives a running dropkick right to the jaw! Regal is only jelly legs here, staggering around the ring as Kendrick climbs up to the second rope ... then jumps off with a double foot stomp right to the back of Regal, sending him down! Kendrick is full of energy as he turns around ... AND GETS HIS HEAD KICKED OFF BY A BIG BOOT FROM BURCHILL! Burchill snarls at the crowd, then turns ... SUPERKICK FROM LONDON, SENDING BURCHILL TUMBLING THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE FLOOR!

Full of energy, London jumps up and down, then dashes across to the opposite ropes and bounces back towards Burchill ... THEN NAILS HIM WITH A CRAZY SUICIDE DIVE! The crowd goes wild as both men are down on the outside, with Kendrick and Regal pulling themselves up on the inside. Surprisingly, the first man back to his feet is Kendrick ... ALTHOUGH HE IS DISTRACTED AS FINLAY CLIMBS UP ONTO THE APRON ... ONLY FOR HIM TO BE PULLED DOWN BY LASHLEY AND THROWN INTO THE STEEL STEPS! The crowd give a big pop as Kendrick looks on at the chaos ... AND REGAL SUDDENLY GRABS HIM AND THROWS HIM OVERHEAD FOR A HALF NELSON SUPLEX ... BUT KENDRICK LANDS ON HIS FEET ... AND, MUCH LIKE HIS PARTNER, CHANNELS HIS MENTOR AND HITS A SUPERKICK! Regal is out on his feet, allowing Kendrick to grab him around the head ... THEN RUN TO THE CORNER AND HIT SLICED BREAD #2. The crowd cheers as Kendrick makes the cover ... and gets the three!

Winners: Paul London & Brian Kendrick via pinfall @ 7:43


*LONDON CALLING*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, Paul London & Brian Kendrick!

The crowd cheers as London & Kendrick celebrate in the ring, soon joined by Lashley, as the trio look down at their opponents for this Sunday, who regather on the outside, signalling their intent for No Way Out.

Michael Cole: London & Kendrick pick up a big victory ahead of their match this Sunday, and partner, that has gotta’ give them and Lashley some momentum heading into this Sunday.

Tazz: Oh, most definitely, Cole, but this Sunday is gonna’ be a bit different when Finlay and all of his experience and skill is involved, especially with all the added chaos of an extra two men in the ring.

London, Kendrick & Lashley continue to celebrate in the ring, as we now cut backstage to see Kristal Marshall in the interview area.

Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Kennedy!

Big time heat as Mr. Kennedy walks into view.

Kristal Marshall: Mr. Kennedy, obviously this past week has been big for you with a win last week over Chris Benoit, but what everyone wants to know is will you accept the challenge of Rey Mysterio for a match at No Way Out this Sunday?

Kennedy just looks at Kristal for a moment, chewing his gum, almost in frustration, before motioning for her to move on by shooing her away, taking the microphone from her as he does so.

Mr. Kennedy: Rey ... Mysterio. You think you’re sooooo clever, dontcha Rey? Huh, dontcha? Well lemme’ tell ya’ somethin’ Rey ... you’re not. Last week, you thought you’d come you, and you’d make me look bad. You thought that you would embarrass me, Rey. But ya’ know? Ya’ couldn’t have been more wrong, because all you did, Rey, all you did was prove ... me ... right.

Kennedy takes a small pause.

Mr. Kennedy: I want ya’ to think back, Rey. Think back to last week. Think back ... to The Open Mic. What did I say about you? Somethin’ about you bein’ ... ‘The Human Highlight Reel’? And why was it I said you were called that? Was it because you’re entertaining? No. Was it because you’re exciting? No. Was it because you’re high-flying? No. Because you steal the show? Bingo. You can’t help, but STEAL ... the show, can ya’ Rey? Ya’ can’t, and last week, you proved that all over again.

Heat from the crowd.

Mr. Kennedy: Last week, Rey ... last week, you had NO business bein’ out there. As much as you don’t wanna’ believe it, Rey, last week wasn’t about you. Last week wasn’t about the hard luck story, who STOLE my first show to come out and cry about his little problems. Last week wasn’t about you at all, Rey. It was about ME. Last Friday night was about me, the fastest rising star on Friday nights, and I did everything, and I mean everything to make sure that you, not even YOU ... could ruin it. But I guess nothing’s quite Mysterio proof, now is it?

KK smirks.

Mr. Kennedy: Guess not. What can I say, Rey? Ya’ got me last week. You challenged me to a match at No Way Out. And I’ve gotta’ ask, Rey. Did ya’ see me last week, Rey? Did ya’? I don’t think ya’ did, because if ya’ did, you’d have known that I was un – freakin’ – stoppable. I took Chris Benoit, a man, who while not big, is STILL, bigger than you, and was STILL, big enough to win a World ... Heavyweight ... Title. So y’know what? Chalk another one up to Kennedy and his victories over world champions. And while you’re at it, chalk another stupid mistake up to Mysterio, because that’s exactly what last week was. I mean honestly, Rey, honest to God, what in the hell were you thinkin’? Do you think you can beat me? Your buddy Chris Benoit, he couldn’t beat me, and he’s a former world champion for crying out loud. You?

A sneer from KK.

Mr. Kennedy: You’re nothing, Rey. You’re out of your league. So yeah, I accept. You and me, Rey, at No Way Out.

Pop from the crowd.

Mr. Kennedy: But let me assure you, Rey, this Sunday, you’ll see that you can’t run with the big boys. While the winner, and future World Heavyweight Champion will be MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!

Kennedy pauses, eyes shut, taking it all in.

Mr. Kennedy: KEN - NAH - DAY!

Kennedy smiles, then walks from view, as we head off to a commercial break.

*Commercial Break*


We come back from the break at ringside, where Sharmell is shown already in the ring.

Sharmell: Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce to you, the future of the wrestling business, Orlando Jordan, and the former five time WCW Champion, and the current reigning and defending United States Champion ... BOOOOOOOOKER T!

“CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?”

*RAP SHEET*


The crowd gives some damn fine heat as none other than our esteemed United States Champion, Booker T walks out, flaked by his protégé, Orlando Jordan. Dressed as finely as ever in a nice suit, Booker’s ensemble is completed by the US Title slung over his shoulder, which glistens in the light as he walks down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, his accomplice in tow.


Michael Cole: There you have it, folks. This Sunday at No Way Out, it’ll be Mr. Kennedy and Rey Mysterio, one on one in a match that has become very personal. And last week, even this man, our “esteemed” United States Champion Booker T got involved in the situation last week when he cost Chris Benoit a match against Mr. Kennedy.

Tazz: Cost Benoit the match? Listen, Cole, I’ll give credit where credit’s due and Benoit put on a heck of a performance last week, but Booker didn’t cost him anything. Kennedy was at the top of his game, an’ Booker or not, he was gonna’ beat Benoit.

Booker stands in the ring, Sharmell and Jordan surrounding him.

Booker T: Thank you. Thank you.

Big heat from the crowd.

Booker T: Ta’night ... is a great night. Y’know, usually, I come out here each an’ every week, before you, my loyal followers, an’ I have somethin’ to be unhappy ‘bout. Somethin’ I need ta’ get off muh’ chest. Whether it was Teddy Long sprayin’ his hatorade on me and tryin’ ta’ deny me MUH’ United States Title, or Matt Hardy injurin’ me, and renderin’ me useless, on ‘dese here crutches, usually, ‘dere’s someone out ‘dere, JEALOUS about all ‘dat I got. Muh’ title ... muh’ protégé ... and muh’ beautiful wife. I got it all, and jealously, yeah, ‘dat’s just natural to come for a person of muh’ standin’. But ‘dis week ... that’s just not happenin’, dawg. Naw, instead, I’m out here in pleasant circumstances.

Booker pauses, laughing a little to himself.

Booker T: Y’know what? Let’s get on wit’ ‘dis. Why don’t I just show y’all what I’m talkin’ ‘bout? Monkeys in the back ... roll, muh’ footage.

***

KENNEDY CLOTHESLINE ... BENOIT DUCKS ... GERMAN SUPLEX! Benoit isn’t done though, hoisting Kennedy back up ... SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX ... AND THEN A RELEASE THIRD! The crowd cheers as Benoit sluggishly gets back to his feet, then motions that it’s time to finish the match, before heading across to the corner and climbing up to the top rope ... ORLANDO JORDAN CLIMBS UP ONTO THE APRON ... AND BEHIND THE REFEREE’S BACK BOOKER T SLAMS HIS CRUTCH INTO THE HEAD OF BENOIT! Benoit is out of it on the top rope as Booker & Jordan both climb down, with Kennedy rising, unsure of what has happened (not that he really cares), before he triggers into action, headed for the corner then climbing up with Benoit ... AND LIFTING HIM UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS ... GREEN BAY PLUNGE CONNECTS! The crowd gives some solid heat as Kennedy makes the cover ... and gets the three.

Winner: Mr. Kennedy via pinfall @ 11:52


*TURN UP THE TROUBLE*


Kennedy gets back to his feet and has his hand raised by the referee, his other hand pointed at Tony Chimel, telling him to not say a word. Meanwhile, Kennedy’s very own microphone descends upon him, allowing him to make his own announcement.


***

We come back live where we see Booker and co laughing in the ring.

Booker T: Did ya’ see ‘dat? Benoit, he up top ... then BAM, right to the back of the head! Oh man ... oh man, now ‘dat ... that’s somethin’ to be happy ‘bout. ‘Dat’s quality TV right there, ‘dat’s what ‘dat is. Did y’all enjoy ‘dat?

The crowd boos as Sharmell & Jordan clap, cheesy smiles on their face.

Booker T: But not only was ‘dat quality TV ... not only, was ‘dat a riot, but what ‘dat was ... was a message. ‘Dat was a message from me ... ta’ Chris Benoit.

The crowd pops at the mention of Benoit, shocking Booker.

Booker T: Oh you like him? You people like Chris Benoit? You, muh’ loyal followers, like muh’ enemy, muh’ nemesis ... Chris Benoit?

Big cry of yes.

Booker T: Chris Benoit ain’t nothin’ but a PUNKASS BITCH!

Oooo, big heat.

Booker T: Y’see, I used ta’ be like you people. I used to like Chris Benoit ... I used to RESPECT Chris Benoit. But y’know what? Respect is a two way street, dawg, and Chris Benoit, he ain’t never shown any respect to no one. Y’see, Chris Benoit, he used to be muh’ friend. He used to be muh’ best friend, but I could never trust him, I could never take him on his word. Back when he was United States Champion he used ta’ tell me “Book, man, I’ll get you a title shot. Book, you’re next in line. Book, I can’t wait ta’ defend muh’ title against you.” But y’know what? He never did. He never gave me anything. Not a title shot, not a straight up answer and not even respect! Chris Benoit, he played me like a sucka’! But fast forward ta’ today, and you tell me who the sucka’ is now.

Heat.

Booker T: I used to trust Benoit. I used ta’ think that we were friends. But when muh’ wife, when she wisened me up, when she helped me see through ‘dat sucka’, I finally got what I want. When I ditched Benoit like the little punkass ‘dat he is, I finally got what I deserved. I finally got muh’ United, States, Title.

Booker smiles and holds his title up in the air, drawing some significant heat.

Booker T: But Chris Benoit, he jus’ can’t leave it at ‘dat. He kept on comin’ at me. He kept on tryin’ ta’ take muh’ United States Title! And y’know what? He even managed to do ‘dat, at least for a little while thanks to our biased General Manager, Teddy Long when he stripped me of muh’ title. But despite ‘dat, despite a best of seven series, despite muh’ groin BEIN’ TORN IN TWO, DESPITE ALL O’ ‘DAT, I have once again proved that I am the better man! I have proved once again that Chris Benoit ain’t nothin’ compared to me. An’ I have proved, once again, that ‘dis here ... ‘dis is MUH title!

Heat.

Booker T: After all o’ ‘dat, after all the chances ‘dat his punkass has had, two weeks ago, Chris Benoit came out, and he said he wanted ANOTHER, ANOTHER shot, at muh’ United States Title! Well y’know what, Benoit? No more.

Booker pauses to some heat.

Booker T: ‘Das righ’ ... no more. I’ve had enough ... I’m givin’ you ... the Benoit treatment. You had your chance. You had it time and time again. You had it more times than I can count. You di’nt wanna’ give me a shot when you were the champ? When we were supposed ta’ be friends? Y’know, ‘das fine. You think you’re the only one ‘dat can pull ‘dat? Naw man, ‘cause two can play at ‘dat game. So here it goes.

Booker pauses for a moment.

Booker T: I, Booker T, am officially announcin’, ‘dat from this day forth, Chris Benoit, after all o’ his chances, won’t be ever, EVER, gettin’ another shot at me, and muh’ United States Championship!

Big heat.

Booker T: Now can you dig ‘dat, su ...

*WHATEVER*


The crowd gives a big pop as Chris Benoit makes his way out onto the stage, microphone already in hand. Benoit walks down to the ring swiftly, not wasting any time, but before he can even get to the ring we hear the sounds of shouting from the ring.


Booker T: WHAT THE HELL? CUT THE MUSIC, CUT HIS DAMN MUSIC!

The music cuts out as Booker stares at Benoit, eyes bulging from their sockets.

Booker T: What the HELL do you want?

Chris Benoit: I want what I think everyone else in this arena wants, and that is for you to shut, the hell, up!

Big pop, causing Booker to look shocked.

Chris Benoit: Seriously, Booker we get it. You’re the champ, you’re the man, and you won’t defend the title against me. We get it. I get it. I understand, Book ... you’re scared.

HUGE pop.

Booker T: WHAT?

Chris Benoit: Face it, Booker, you could never beat me. I mean, how did you win that title in the first place? Did you beat me, or did you have Randy Orton and your little lackey who’s standin’ right there behind you do all the work? Huh Booker? Huh?

Sharmell snatches the microphone from Booker, getting right in Benoit’s face.

Sharmell: Listen, Benoit, you had better show my man some respect, or you might just find yourself where you did last time ya’ with Book.

Chris Benoit: Your man? A real man does his own bidding. He doesn’t hide behind Randy Orton, he doesn’t hide behind Orlando Jordan, and he certainly doesn’t hide behind his wife who is more manly than he’ll ever be!

Another big pop, leaving Sharmell to now look horrified.

Chris Benoit: Booker isn’t a man ... in fact, he’s more like ... a sucka’.

Booker has been tipped over the edge now, as he grabs the mic back.

Booker T: Tell me you di’nt just say ‘dat! TELL ME YOU DI’NT JUST SAY ‘DAT! I’M A SUCKA’? I’LL LAY YOUR ASS OUT AS ‘DA FIRST CHANCE ‘DAT I GET YOU LITTLE SNOT NOSED PUNK!

Chris Benoit: You wanna’ try me? Fine. You an’ me for the United States Title at No, Way, Out!

Pop.

Booker T: Is ‘dat some kinda’ joke? Did you not hear me? You ain’t never gettin’ another shot at me an’ muh’ title. Not here tonight, not tomorrow, not at No Way Out, not ever! An’ even if I wanted to, even if I wanted to embarrass you one more time, I can’t? You blind? I’m still incapacitated from what yo’ lil’ buddy Matt Hardy did ta’ me back in December!

Chris Benoit: I hear you, so y’know what ... how about somethin’ a little different? I’m not challengin’ you to a match at No Way Out now Booker ... I’m challengin’ ... you ... Orlando, Jordan.

Jordan, standing behind Booker, looks quite surprised.

Chris Benoit: What was it last year? You tapped out to me three times in under thirty seconds? Why don’t you step up and prove to me, to Booker, that you belong here on Friday nights? Prove yourself Orlando ... if you beat me ... I’ll never challenge Booker T for the United States Title again.

Small heat.

Chris Benoit: But if I win ... I’m next in line for a shot at the United States Title.

Jordan snatches the mic away from Booker eagerly.

Orlando Jordan: YOU’RE ON!

BOOKER CAN’T BELIEVE IT! He looks at Jordan, his mouth wide open, his eyes bulging, as Benoit just smiles.

*WHATEVER*


The crowd cheers, as Benoit now exits the ring, leaving Booker to question Jordan about what in the hell he was thinking, to which OJ simply responds with that he’s got it, as we cut off to an ad break.


*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to see Josh Matthews standing by.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, ‘The Hired Gun’ Brent Albright and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield!

Big heat as The Cabinet steps into view, JBL taking prime position next to Matthews.

Josh Matthews: JBL, coming up shortly you and Brent Albright face the team of The Boogeyman, and the man that you face this Sunday, The Undertaker. I’ve gotta’ ask, going into two matches in three days with The Undertaker, how worried are you?

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Worried? Josh, my boy, I do not get worried. Look at me. Look at me! What do you see?

Josh Matthews: Uh ... I dunno’.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Berrrr, wrong, the answer you were lookin’ for is success ... success. I have succeeded in every single thing that I have done in my life. Self-made millionaire, media mogul, the LONGEST reigning WWE Champion in the HISTORY of Friday Night SmackDown! ... the list ... goes on. And these past two weeks, haha, these past two weeks have just been further proof of that. How many people do y’see take out The Undertaker? How many people do y’see take him out? How many do y’see leavin’ the so-called “Phenom” layin’ in a POOL of his own blood? The answer? Not many. But then tell me ... how many men ... have done it two weeks ... in a row?

Heat as JBL smirks.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: They call The Undertaker, they call him the “conscience of the WWE”. And for fifteen plus years, he has been exactly that, takin’ on all comers and weedin’ out all those who didn’t belong. But then ... then he met me.

Pause to heat again.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: The fact of the matter is, I have done to The Undertaker what no man has done to him before. I’ve taken him out of his comfort zone. Normally, he’s the one playin’ the mind games. Normally, he’s the one who has his opponent backpedallin’. But not this time. No, this time, he’s the one on the back foot. This time he’s the one sufferin’ at the hands of mind games. This time he’s facin’ J ... B ... L.

More heat as JBL radiates confidence.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: The Undertaker ... he may be a ‘Phenom’ ... he may be ... ’The Deadman’, but what he is not is everything that I am. I am the ‘Wall Street Warrior’, a media mogul, a self-made millionaire, the greatest success story in the history of this great country, a true ... ‘American ... HEEEERROOO’. The Undertaker has NEVER met anyone like me ... he has NEVER been through someone that stepped right through the fire and came out no different to when he first stepped in. He may be the lord of the underworld, he may have the devil in his palm, but I am what I say am, and that is a ‘Wrestling Gawd’.

Heat as JBL cocks his head, taking the moment in.

John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield: Tonight, haha, tonight me and Brent Albright are gonna’ prove just how worried The Undertaker and that worm eatin’ freak The Boogeyman should be. Gentlemen, you can think of tonight as a little preview of what’s to come this Sunday, because I guarantee, I GUARAN – DAMN – TEE, that both tonight, AND this Sunday, The Cabinet, will stand tall.

Layfield gives a little smirk before walking from view, followed by Jillian & Brent Albright, leaving us to cut back to ringside.

*KASH MONEY*


The crowd gives some decent heat as the ever arrogant Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash comes out, dressed much like he was when we saw him earlier. Kash walks down the ramp like a man on a mission as he makes his way quickly around ringside to join Michael Cole & Tazz at ringside.


Michael Cole: Well we are now being joined here at ringside by the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash. Welcome, champ.

Kid Kash: ...

Michael Cole: Okay then.

*SLAM SMACK*


The crowd gives a lukewarm reaction, neither really positive, nor negative, as a former Cruiserweight Champion in Jamie Noble walks down the ramp, not paying attention to the fans, instead looking all business. When ‘The Pitbull’ makes it to the ring he decides to acknowledge the fans, climbing up onto the middle rope and raising his hands ahead of his match.


Michael Cole: Kid Kash, two weeks ago this man Jamie Noble had a great match with you where he almost captured your Cruiserweight Title. Since that match, has your respect gone up for Jamie Noble, and do you think he could be a future threat to your title, should you retain this Sunday?

Kid Kash: ...

Tazz: Come on, Cole. The champ’s tryin’ to concentrate. Cut him some slack.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Hanover, West Virginia, weighing 202 lbs, Jamie Noble!

*MUY LOCO*


The crowd now gives a pretty nice pop as Juventud rides out onto the stage atop a Juan Deere. The charismatic Mexicool rides down the ramp, talking to the audience as he does so, before doing half a lap around the ring and stopping in front of the announce table to stare down his opponent for this Sunday, Kid Kash. The two share the heated exchange for a moment, before Juventud climbs up into the ring and climbs up onto the turnbuckle to look down at Kash.


Michael Cole: Champ, there’s your challenger, and he’s getting right up ...

Kid Kash: Y’know what, Cole? How ‘bout you shut your goddamn mouth. I know that’s the man that’s gonna’ be challengin’ me this Sunday, but that don’t mean a thing, ‘cause this Sunday, I’m gonna’ show you that I am the greatest cruiserweight of all-time. You got that? Any more questions or comments you wanna’ make? No? Good.

Tony Chimel: His opponent, from Mexico City, Mexico, weighing 170 lbs, Juventud!

Match Three ~ Singles Match: Jamie Noble vs. Juventud


With this being his only match since returning before his title match this Sunday, this is a chance for Juventud to prove himself as ready just two days out from his shot. The match doesn’t start as Kash would want it to though, as he is distracted by Kash at ringside, allowing the aggressive Noble a window to attack which he of course takes, instantly hammering away on Juvi with a barrage of rights. Juventud looks to fight back in the early stages, hitting some arm drags, but Noble presses his advantage and keeps it rolling on with his tenacity, targeting the head and neck of the recently concussed ‘Juice’. Despite being very groggy, Juventud escapes an attempt at the Dragon Clutch, getting to the ropes, before stopping the charging Noble with a boot to the face when in the corner. In an attempt to make the best of his opportunity, Juventud charges from the corner at Noble ... and gets hit with a scoop powerslam ... for a two count! Noble looks up at the referee with a look of desperation, before getting back to his feet ... AND GOING FOR THE TIGER DRIVER ... BACKDROP FROM JUVENTUD ... NOBLE IS RIGHT BACK UP ... AND HE TURNS RIGHT INTO A SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK TO THE JAW FROM JUVI!

The crowd cheers Juvi on as he struggles back to his feet, then takes Noble back down by ducking a right from him and coming back off the ropes with a running hurricanrana. A disorientated Noble climbs back to his feet, turning to Juvi again to again be taken down as the Mexicool jumps up and nails a headscissors takedown. Noble gets up, still dazed from being sent head over heels twice in a row ... and walks right into a spinning heel kick from ‘The Juice’ for a two count. Juvi, looking to follow right up, instantly lifts Noble back up to his feet, then whips him into the corner and charges in after him ... just to score a boot to the jaw for his troubles! Juvi staggers back and Noble looks to take advantage, charging out at his foe to attempt a clothesline ... Juvi ducks and lifts Noble up in a back suplex position ... then sits out with a wheelbarrow facebuster! The crowd pops as Juvi again makes the cover ... and again only gets two!

Juventud gets back to his feet, glancing at the referee to make sure it was just a two count, before heading across to the corner ... but Juventud is distracted as he climbs up to the top rope by an angry Cruiserweight Champion, who hurls abuse his way ... allowing Noble to get back to his feet and rush towards Juvi, catching him with a right hand. Juventud is dazed and confused following the blow, allowing Noble to climb up the ropes to join Juventud ... AND HOOK HIM UP FOR A SUPERPLEX ... BUT JUVENTUD HOLDS ON ... THEN HITS A FEW SHOTS TO THE MIDSECTION AND THROWS HIM DOWN TO THE MAT! The crowd pops as Juvi looks around ... THEN GOES FOR THE 450 SPLASH ... BUT NOBLE GETS HIS KNEES UP AND JUVENTUD LANDS RIGHT ON TOP OF THEM! Juventud sprawls around in pain, clutching at his midsection ... WHEN HE IS HOISTED UP ONTO THE SHOULDERS OF NOBLE ... DOUBLE KNEE GUTBUSTER! Juventud is double over in extreme pain as Noble hits the ropes ... BIG BOOT ... JUVENTUD LIFTS HIS HEAD OUT OF THE WAY ... NOBLE TURNS ... JUVI DRIVER! The crowd pops as Juventud looks around, then heads up top ... looks at Kash ... AND HITS THE 450 SPLASH FOR THE THREE COUNT!

Winner: Juventud via pinfall @ 4:59


*MUY LOCO*


Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner, Juventud!

The crowd pops as Juvi gets back to his feet and has his hand raised in the air, looking directly at Kid Kash at ringside as he does so.

Michael Cole: Juventud picks up a huge win over Jamie Noble, and he is rolling into No Way Out, where he will finally get his rematch against Kid Kash for the Cruiserweight Title!

Tazz: An’ Kash don’t look too happy. He woulda’ came here tonight hopin’ that Juventud wasn’t gonna’ make it to No Way Out, but instead Juventud has got some serious momentum goin’ into this Sunday.

Michael Cole: Kid Kash vs. Juventud for the Cruiserweight Title – it finally happens this Sunday at No Way Out!

We see Juvi smiling once more and signalling for the title, before we cut away backstage to see Kristal Marshall standing by.

Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, Rey Mysterio!

The crowd gives a BIG pop as Rey Mysterio steps into view, adjusting his mask.

Kristal Marshall: Well Rey, earlier tonight Mr. Kennedy accepted your challenge for a match at No Way Out. Your thoughts?

Rey Mysterio: To tell you the truth, Kristal, I’m surprised. Surprised and happy. Y’see, Mr. Kennedy, yeah, he’s tough. He’s tough when you’ve got your back turned. He’s tough when you’re not lookin’. He’s tough when he KNOWS that he can’t lose. So for him to accept my challenge? Yeah, I’m surprised. I’m surprised that he would accept knowing full well that he’ll be face to face with me. That there won’t be any running. That there won’t be any hiding. Just two men in the ring, not talkin’ trash, not bragging about how big they, but showing how tough they are.

Nice pop.

Rey Mysterio: Lately, Mr. Kennedy has done a lot of talking. He’s said that he’s bigger than me, and y’know, that’s true. I’m not denyin’ that. But to say that that ... that it makes him better than me? Nah, I’m not gonna’ stand for that.

Another good pop as Mysterio pauses.

Rey Mysterio: For weeks, I’ve been tellin’ Mr. Kennedy that it’s not the size of the man that matters, but instead it’s the size of the heart. But Kennedy, he hasn’t listened. So this Sunday, I’ve got no choice, but to show him. When me an’ Mr. Kennedy step into the ring this Sunday, it’s not just about winning for me. It’s not just about beating Mr. Kennedy, but it’s about proving a point to him. He says that I don’t belong in the ring with the heavyweights? That I don’t belong? You think that’s somethin’ new to me, don’t you?

Mysterio chuckles and readjusts his mask.

Rey Mysterio: I have been hearin’ that, my whole life. Everyone, everyone has told me that. My own uncle said to me that I was too small. He said “Rey-Rey, you’re not big enough. They’re just gonna’ throw you ‘round, Rey-Rey. They’re just gonna’ hurt you.” And do y’know what I did? I proved him wrong. I worked, and I clawed my way in the ring, until he finally admitted that I had made it. That my size didn’t matter.

Another slight pause.

Rey Mysterio: Mr. Kennedy ... I respect you. I respect what you can do in the ring. But I also respected my uncle a whole lot more than I respect you, and I did everything I humanly could in my power to prove him wrong. So now you have to ask yourself, just what is it that I am willing to do to you to prove you wrong? At what lengths will I stop? At which point will I relent? But y’know what ... the answer to that ... is nothing. I will stop at nothing to prove my point to you. I will never relent. I will never admit defeat ... to you, because my heart, it won’t allow me to.

Rey looks set to leave, when Kristal asks him one more question.

Kristal Marshall: Oh, and Rey, I was wondering what your thoughts were on Mr. Kennedy's comments on you stealing his spotlight.

Mysterio smiles.

Rey Mysterio: Mr. Kennedy ... prepare for the spotlight to be stolen once again, this Sunday.

And with that Mysterio walks from the scene as we head off to a break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break, again in the interview area, this time with Josh Matthews standing by.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, they are the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM!

The crowd gives some very nice heat as the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM step into view.

Josh Matthews: MNM, in just two nights you defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore, and it seems that all of the momentum is against you. Your thoughts about this headed into this big match?

Melina: Our thoughts? OUR THOUGHTS? We think ... no, we know, that we are sick to death of those ... those cretins, Matt Hardy and ... ugh ... Shannon Moore, thinking that they ... that they can beat my boys. They didn’t even belong in the same ring as Mercury & Nitro!

Heat.

Melina: Not only are Mercury & Nitro obviously socially above those two country hicks, but they are also a far better tag team. They are three time WWE Tag Team Champions for a reason, and that reason is because they are the it team on the scene, the greatest tag team not just now, but to ever hit Friday nights. They have taken this show by storm, and at the end of every night, they’re the team that everyone is talking about for all of the right reason. But tell me, how many times have those two bumpkins Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore held the WWE Tag Team Titles together? How many times have they won the gold?

Josh Matthews: Uhhh, zero?

Melina: Exactly, and that is because they are losers, and we, MNM ... are winners. So Matt ... Shannon, you can take all of that potential that you’re “supposed” to have, you can take all of that “momentum” that you have, you can take all of that belief that you have, and you can shove it, because this Sunday, we are going to embarrass [/i]you[/i] and retain our WWE Tag Team Championships.

Heat.

Melina: So enjoy your run while it lasts boys, because this Sunday, when we’re partying up our victory with Paris and J’Lo, you’re gonna’ be at home crying, wallowing in self-pity, with only the knowledge that you got the privilege of stepping in the ring with MNM being able to comfort you.

Melina now gives Josh the evil eye, before walking from view, being followed by her boys.

*LONGHORN*


The crowd gives some very nice heat as the sound of a bell rings throughout the arena, and out from the side of the stage emerges a white limousine with the emblem of JBL emblazoned upon the side of it. Sure enough, once the limo stops and the chauffeur climbs from the front and opens the door, The Cabinet step out, Jillian & Albright first, with JBL following, making himself the centre of attention as his accomplices look on at him. The trio walk down the rest of the ramp and climb up into the ring, with JBL raises his hands and smirking arrogantly.


Michael Cole: We are just two days away from No Way Out where these two men will be finally meeting their fate as Brent Albright meets The Boogeyman, and JBL faces The Undertaker in one on one matches. Tazz, I’ve got to ask, with their one on one matches this Sunday, what are JBL and Brent Albright going to look to do tonight against the same opponents in tag team action?

Tazz: They’ve gotta’ look to make an impact, plain an’ simple. This Sunday, goin’ in, they’re facin’ two monsters, two men who no one else on SmackDown! wants to wrestle, so if they’re gonna’ have a chance, they’re goin’ to have to make an impact here tonight.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is a tag team match scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 550 lbs, the team of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield & Brent Albright, The Cabinet!

*I’M THE BOOGEYMAN*


The crowd gives a respectable pop as red smoke begins to protrude throughout the arena, leading into The Boogeyman emerging from it, shaking uncontrollably, clock and stick in hand. Boogey makes his way down to the end of the ramp, then turns back and waits for his partner.


Michael Cole: The Boogeyman has had problems with The Cabinet for the longest of times, dating back three months ago when he and JBL crossed paths for the first time. In two days he goes one on one with Brent Albright, who as of late has taken his attention, but tonight he teams with The Undertaker in what could be the biggest match of his career.

Tazz: I’ll tell ya’ this, Cole. I sure as heck wouldn’t wanna be either JBL or Albright. Havin’ this freak across from the ring, that’s one thing, but when he’s teamin’ The Undertaker, that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Tony Chimel: Their opponents, first, from the Bottomless Pit, weighing 265 lbs, The Boogeyman!

GONG

GONG

*DEADMAN’S SYMPHONY*


The crowd now gives a MASSIVE pop as smoke starts to cover the red smog, and out from the back steps The Undertaker. ‘The Phenom’ walks to the ring at his usual slow pace, before joining The Boogeyman at ringside as the two paranormal men climb into the ring together.


Michael Cole: ‘The Phenom’ of SmackDown!, The Undertaker made his return to Friday nights for the first time in 2006 to in-ring action two weeks go, only to find himself on the end of a bloody beatdown at the hands of JBL. The dose was repeated last week from JBL and his Cabinet, and now the question has to be asked, just how bad does The Undertaker want to get his hands on JBL?

Tazz: As JBL said earlier tonight, no one has ever done what he’s done to ‘Taker over the past few weeks, so I would think that ‘Taker is chompin’ at the bit to get JBL. JBL has gotta’ be smart about this.

Tony Chimel: His partner, from Death Valley, weighing 295 lbs, The Undertaker!

Match Four ~ Tag Team Match: The Cabinet w/ Jillian Hall vs. The Boogeyman & The Undertaker


The Undertaker is keen to start this match, ready to face JBL after weeks of assaults; however, JBL will have no part of it and sends the youngster Albright in there to face the veteran from Death Valley. Despite the gulf in experience between the two Albright shows no fear, going face to face with ‘The Deadman’ before they engage in a lockup. ‘Taker, obviously her bigger and more powerful man, forces Albright back into the corner and actually looks to give a clean break ... BUT ALRIGHT SLAPS HIM RIGHT ACROSS THE FACE! ‘Taker takes a moment to register what happens, shocked at the attitude of Albright, before going for a right ... BUT ALRIGHT DUCKS HIS WAY OUT OF THE CORNER, TURNS ‘TAKER AROUND AND GOES FOR A SERIES OF RIGHTS OF HIS OWN! Albright will not back down, instead staggering ‘Taker, before dashing back off to the ropes ... AND COMING RIGHT BACK INTO A BIG BOOT THAT SENDS HIM DOWN!

‘Taker is mad now as he picks Albright up and throws him into the corner, before UNLEASHING with a series of rights, throwing fists perhaps harder than ever before. Albright is reeling as ‘Taker continues his onslaught, rocking him for a few more moments with strikes, before hitting old school for a two count and tagging in The Boogeyman. Boogey comes in and immediately does all that he can do – hit Albright with right hands, backing him into the ropes, before whipping Albright off into the ropes – allowing JBL to make a blind tag as Albright rebounds back – then knocking Albright down with a clothesline. Boogeyman looks out to the crowd following the move, getting quite a reception, before bending down to pick Albright up ... and getting booted square in the head by JBL!

Boogey falls awkwardly from this blow, leading to a beatdown at the hands of JBL & Albright for a short period of time (mainly because Boogeyman selling for too long isn’t a good thing). Throughout this time The Boogeyman shows glimpses of making a comeback, hitting sporadic blows, before he is finally able to launch a comeback by escaping from a sleeper hold from JBL, then blocking being rammed headfirst into the turnbuckle, following a kick to the midsection, and throwing JBL down into it headfirst! JBL staggers back, clearly dazed from the shot ... and Boogey runs through him with a clothesline! Both men are down and begin to crawl to their respective corners ... with Boogey making the tag first and bring Undertaker into the ring!

JBL, meanwhile, is almost there ... BUT UNDERTAKER RUNS ACROSS AND KNOCKS BRENT ALBRIGHT FROM THE APRON WITH A BIG RIGHT ... THEN TURNS TO STARE DOWN THE MAN WHO HAS LEFT HIM IN A BLOODY MESS FOR TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS! JBL quickly gets back up from a seated position ... AND GETS SENT RIGHT BACK DOWN WITH A RIGHT ... THEN A SECOND ... THEN A THIRD TIME! Undertaker is on fire as he pushes JBL back into the ropes, then goes for an Irish whip, which JBL reverses, before ducking a JBL clothesline attempt on the rebound ... AND HITTING A FLYING CLOTHESLINE ON THE SECOND REBOUND! The crowd pops as ‘Taker gets back to his feet and lifts Layfield up, whipping him into the corner ... then charging back into the corner and squashing JBL with a corner clothesline! ‘Taker, though, isn’t done, backing away ... then squashing him again!

JBL is clearly in pain as he staggers from the corner, right into the clutches of The Undertaker who scoops up JBL ... THEN DROPS HIM ACROSS TO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE WITH SNAKE EYES ... AND COMES BACK TO TAKE JBL’S HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT ON THE REBOUND! ‘Taker, thinking he’s got the job done, makes the cover ... but Brent Albright breaks it up at two with a last ditch effort elbow. Albright then picks ‘Taker up and hammers away on him with right hands, before looking to throw him from the ring ... only for ‘Taker to reverse the momentum and throw Albright up and over the top rope to the floor! ‘The Phenom’ now turns back to Layfield and sees him struggling to his feet ... PROMPTING HIM TO RAISE HIS HAND IN THE AIR AND MOTION FOR THE CHOKESLAM!

Slowly but surely, JBL gets to his feet and turns to face The Undertaker ... AND HE GETS GRABBED BY THE THROAT ... CHOKESLAM ... NO, JBL LANDS BEHIND HIS FOE AND BACKS INTO THE ROPES ... ‘TAKER TURNS ... CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL ... DUCKED ... CHOKESLAM! JBL is down, and ‘Taker gets right back to his feet, motioning for the end ... WHEN JILLIAN HALL CLIMBS UP ON THE APRON! ‘Taker stares at her for a moment ... WHEN SHE IS SUDDENLY TAKEN DOWN FROM THE APRON BY THE BOOGEYMAN! The Undertaker turns and sees JBL standing groggily on his feet ... SO HE SCOOPS HIM UP FOR THE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER ... BUT JBL LANDS BEHIND ‘TAKER AND AGAIN BACKS INTO THE ROPES ... CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL CONNECTS! The crowd are in shock as JBL makes the cover ... Boogeyman slides into the ring ... but not soon enough!

Winners: The Cabinet via pinfall @ 8:38


*LONGHORN*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, The Cabinet!

JBL quickly slides from the ring and joins Brent Albright at ringside, who is holding Jillian up, with the trio celebrating the victory with wide grins all over the place.

Michael Cole: JBL’s done it! He has pinned The Undertaker! Two nights away from their match at No Way Out, and he has pinned The Undertaker! By hook or crook, JBL has picked up a win, and that has got to build his confidence going into this Sunday.

Tazz: That’s a big win for JBL, ain’t no doubt about it. He’s got all the momentum in the world goin’ into this Sunday, so if he’s ever gonna’ beat The Undertaker, this Sunday is his chance to do it.

We see the elated Cabinet one more time before cutting to a break.

*Commercial Break*


***

We return from the break to see a vignette, which is accompanied by the sound of ‘This Fire Burns’ by Killswitch Engage. We see images of a mystery man performing some of his in-ring moves (running knee/bulldog combo, urange/anaconda vise combo and the GTS, along with some big kicks).

???: It’s time for a new breed of wrestler.

The moves continue.

???: A breed of competitors. A breed that realises that things like luck, are for losers.

We now cut away to see a close-up of the man’s arms, which are covered by tattoos.

???: A breed of competitor which understand just what wrestling is all about – and that is the art ... of battle.

The left bicep is featured.

???: I don’t drink.

The right bicep.

???: I don’t smoke.

The man is now shown holding up his knuckles, which spell out the words ‘DRUG FREE’.

???: And I don’t do drugs.

His stomach is now shown.

???: I’m primed, I’m focussed and I know what I want. I am ... straight edge, and my only addiction ... is competition.

The man’s face is now shown, where we now get a close-up on his long, black hair, and a confident smile, with a snakebite piercing his lip.

???: My name is CM Punk ... and I am coming to Friday Night SmackDown!

CM Punk – Coming Soon To Friday Night SmackDown!

***

We’re now back at ringside, where we are of course with our commentary crew.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown! where we are just days out from No Way Out, the last stop on the ‘Road to WrestleMania’, and partner, what a card we have to look forward to.

Tazz: From top to bottom No Way Out is full of personal, intense matches, an’ I for one can’t wait to see it.

Michael Cole: Moments ago we of course saw JBL pinning The Undertaker. Well in two days these two men go one on one. Can The Undertaker gain revenge after two straight bloody beatdowns at the hands of ‘The Wrestling God’, or will Layfield do as he did just moments ago and defeat The Undertaker for the second time in three nights?

Tazz: If there’s any time when JBL is gonna’ beat ‘Taker, it’s gonna’ be this Sunday. He has ‘The Deadman’ shaken – he’s left him layin’ in a pool of his own blood twice, and he’s now pinned him once. This Sunday may just be JBL’s night.

Michael Cole: JBL’s ‘Hired Gun’ Brent Albright burst onto the scene when he took care of The Boogeyman for him. Now, over a month later and numerous times where Albright has got out of dodge, the two will finally be in the ring one on one. Will it be a successful one on one debut for ‘The Hired Gun’, or will The Boogeyman prove too much for him?

Tazz: The Boogeyman is one scary dude, but Brent Albright is a future star here on SmackDown!, and I wouldn’t wanna’ bet against him.

Michael Cole: The WWE Tag Team Champions put their gold on the line when they defend against long-time friends Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore. Moore & Hardy have had the number of MNM in one on one action, and now they team up against their mutual enemies. Can the friends overcome the champs and achieve their childhood dream of been tag team champions, or will the champions retain the gold?

Tazz: Moore & Hardy are great competitors, ain’t no doubt about it, but MNM are the best tag team goin’ here on Friday nights, and they’re gonna’ be damn near impossible to top.

Michael Cole: After assaulting Juventud over a month ago to get out of defending his title against him, this Sunday Kid Kash puts his title on the line against Kash, in a match where if Kash gets DQed or counted out, he will lose his title to Juventud. As Teddy Long put it, this Sunday there is no way out for Kash.

Tazz: It’s d-day for Kid Kash. If he defeats Juventud he’ll have conquered his biggest threat into the division, but if he loses he’ll have failed the ultimate test.

Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley, Paul London & Brian Kendrick team up to take on Finlay & The Bluebloods in six man tag team action. These six men have been having trouble with one another for weeks now, and now they combine into one big match.

Tazz: It’s gonna’ be chaos this Sunday, no doubt about it. You gotta’ go with Finlay & The Bluebloods here though, ‘cause you gotta’ feel that the chaos with their experience benefits them.

Michael Cole: Orlando Jordan puts not just his pride on the line, but also a shot at his mentor Booker T’s United States Title on the line when he faces Booker’s rival, Chris Benoit. If Orlando wins, Benoit will never challenge Booker for the title again, but if Benoit wins he is next in line for a title shot.

Tazz: A big day for OJ this Sunday. The guy fell to Benoit three times last year in less than thirty seconds. Can he prove to the world that he can go at it with the best? I dunno’.

Michael Cole: After weeks of saying that Rey Mysterio is too small, that he can never make it in the heavyweight division, Mr. Kennedy has to put his money where his mouth is when he goes one on one with Rey Mysterio in a match where both men have a lot to prove. Will Kennedy prove that he is indeed a future champion, or will Mysterio show that it doesn’t matter how big a man is, rather how big the size of his heart?

Tazz: This is a tough one. Kennedy has been on fire ever since arriving here on Friday nights, provin’ himself to be one of the most exciting young prospects we’ve ever seen. Mysterio, though, won’t ever be denied, and Kennedy’s gonna’ have to put on the performance of a lifetime if he wants to beat Mysterio. Personally, I think Kennedy’s got it in him, but we’ll find out this Sunday night.

Michael Cole: And finally the big one. Batista defends his World Heavyweight Title in a Street Fight against ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry in a Street Fight! These two have been goin’ at it for months on end, and finally they are been allowed to let loose, with special guest referee and winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble, Randy Orton is charge of proceedings.

Tazz: We heard Orton say earlier tonight that he won’t be the deciding factor, and I believe that. Mark Henry seemingly has had ‘The Animal’s’ number, and this Sunday I believe he’s finally gonna’ take the World Heavyweight Title.

*BURN IN MY LIGHT*


The crowd now gives some very good heat as the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble and the special guest referee for the following contest, Randy Orton steps out onto the stage. Orton arrogantly tugs at his referee shirt and walks down the ramp, the smirk on his face seemingly unmovable, his joy at being able to officiate this match shining through.


Michael Cole: Our main event is up next. Randy Orton is the special guest referee when Mr. Kennedy & Mark Henry take on Rey Mysterio & World Heavyweight Champion, Batista ... next!

We now fade away from seeing Orton standing in the ring.

*Commercial Break*


We’re back at ringside with Orton still in the ring.

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE*


The crowd gives some very nice heat as the platinum blonde Mr. Kennedy strides out onto the stage chewing his gum obnoxiously, his cockiness shining through. Kennedy strides down to the ring at a fast pace, before climbing up into it, affording a quick glance at Randy Orton as he does so, then posing as his microphone falls into his mitt.


Michael Cole: Mr. Kennedy is in with a big chance tonight to adapt to the different style of Rey Mysterio here tonight before they meet in their big match this Sunday at No Way Out. If Kennedy learns the patterns in the style of Mysterio, you’ve got to believe this Sunday is going to be made that much easier for him.

Tazz: That’s right, but you’ve also gotta’ remember that Kennedy is a professional, and he’ll have learnt everything he can about Rey Mysterio before he accepted his challenge earlier tonight. Believe me, Kennedy is ready for Mysterio.

Mr. Kennedy: Ahem. The following contest is a TAG, TEAM, MATCH, and it is scheduled for one fall with a twenty minute time limit. Introducing first and foremost, I am the fastest rising star on Friday Night SmackDown!. I hail, from GREEN, BAY ... WISCONSIN ... WEIGHING AN AMAZING 244 LBS ... MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KENNEDY!

Kennedy has his mandatory pause, going to the corner to pose up on the second rope.

Mr. Kennedy: KEN – NAH – DAY!

*SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT*


The crowd now gives some great heat as Mark Henry marches out, thumping his chest, causing beads of sweat to fly everywhere. Henry too is fast in making it to the ring, not wasting any time, eager to get his hands on Batista. Unlike Kennedy, Henry’s focus when in the ring is on Orton, as the two lock eyes for a moment.


Michael Cole: Here is the man who in just two days has a chance to become the World Heavyweight Champion and guarantee himself a spot in the main event of WrestleMania 22 against Randy Orton. Can he do some damage tonight, though, and make his job this Sunday that much easier?

Tazz: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. No matter what goes down tonight, Cole, I firmly believe that this Sunday, Mark Henry is gonna’ become World Heavyweight Champion, because quite simply he has the mental advantage over Batista.

Tony Chimel: His partner, from Silsbee, Texas, weighing 387 lbs, he is ‘The World’s Strongest Man’, Mark Henry!

*BOOYAKA 619*


The crowd gives a very big pop as Rey Mysterio jumps up on out of the SmackDown! set, pyro flying out from under him, before making his way down to the ring, slapping hands with the fans at ringside as he does so. Looking up at his foe this Sunday, Mysterio stays at ringside and waits for his partner.


Michael Cole: This man Rey Mysterio has a lot to prove this Sunday. Ever since the beginning of his career, Rey Mysterio has been told he is too small to succeed. He has shut up the critics time and time again, but one man who won’t be silenced is Mr. Kennedy. This Sunday Mysterio finally gets the chance to silence him once and for all.

Tazz: Rey’s got a lotta’ heart, and as far as I’m concerned, the guy CAN go at the highest level in there with almost any heavyweights. Mr. Kennedy though, he looks like a standout, and he’s gonna’ be hard for Rey to beat.

Tony Chimel: Their opponents, first, from San Diego, California, weighing 175 lbs, Rey Mysterio!

...

...

...

*I WALK ALONE*


The crowd now ERUPTS into a MASSIVE reaction as the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista runs out onto the stage, title gleaming in the light. The crowd cheers as Batista plays it up to the crowd on both sides of the stage, before moving back to the middle and setting off his pyro. The champ walks down the ramp, a smile on his face, before joining his friend Mysterio and sliding into the ring.


Michael Cole: Batista has stood on top of the world for eleven long months as World Heavyweight Champion, but could this be the last time we see him as World Heavyweight Champion here on Friday nights?

Tazz: Batista has been a great champ, and he has accepted all challenges, but this Sunday is a new challenge for him, and it ain’t like anything he’s faced before. There’s a good chance that by next Friday he’ll be the former World Heavyweight Champ.

Tony Chimel: His partner, from Washington D.C., weighing 295 lbs, he is the World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista!

Match Five ~ Special Guest Referee: Randy Orton; Tag Team Match: Mr. Kennedy & Mark Henry vs. Rey Mysterio & World Heavyweight Champion Batista


The anticipation is high as Mark Henry and Batista stand in the ring, the legal men to begin this contest with Randy Orton standing in between them. The two men take their time to talk some trash, walking around the ring as they do so, before locking up for the first time. The two struggle for a moment, with Batista then taking the advantage and pushing Henry back into the corner, perhaps looking to strike ... but Randy Orton climbs between the two men and makes sure we get a clean break. Orton tells Batista to back off to the middle of the ring, gaining himself a stare from ‘The Animal’ before he complies and backs back into the middle of the ring. Henry slowly comes out of the corner too, leading to the two men once again locking up, with Henry this time able to get the advantage as he pushes Batista back to the corner ... and Orton again enforces a clean break! Much like Batista, Henry stares Orton down and also talks a little trash as he backs away. Henry, though, continues to talk trash ... allowing Batista to explode out of the corner and hit him with a big right!

Batista hammers away on Henry, hitting several rights, backing him up into the ropes before trying to send him off with an Irish whip ... but Henry reverses and sends Batista off ... Batista ducks under a clothesline on the rebound ... then knocks Henry down with a big jumping shoulder tackle, much to the delight of the crowd. Henry gets back to his feet as Batista recommences his onslaught of right hands, backing Henry up into the corner, allowing Batista to tag in Rey Mysterio. Mysterio comes in to a big pop from the crowd, with Batista continuing to hammer away on Henry, before turning as Mysterio charges towards Batista ... AND BATISTA THROWS HIM UP ONTO THE SHOULDERS OF HENRY! Mysterio hammers away on the skull of Henry with big right hands, throwing everything he has at the big man before flipping down and running back to the ropes as Henry staggers from the corner ... AND HENRY RUNS STRAIGHT THROUGH MYSTERIO!

The crowd boos as Henry shakes off the cobwebs, before walking across and tagging in a very eager Kennedy, who is quick to get into the ring and begin to kick away at the now cornered Mysterio. Kennedy shows no mercy, ignoring the commands of Randy Orton to lay off Mysterio ... prompting Orton to pull Kennedy away and get in his face! The two men have a heated staredown which Kennedy finally breaks by smirking and turning ... RIGHT INTO A HURRICANRANA FROM MYSTERIO, WHO COMES OFF THE SECOND ROPE! The crowd cheers as Mysterio follows Kennedy around the ring, kicking him the legs with all his might, the sound of boot to hamstring reverberating around the arena until Mysterio then hits the ropes, ducks under a clothesline from Kennedy, then comes back and nails a headscissors takedown.

Mysterio pops back up, grabbing Kennedy in a front face lock as he does so, before dragging him across to his corner and tagging Batista back in. The two friends push Kennedy back into the ropes, then send him off with a double Irish whip with Batista taking Kennedy down with a drop toe hold ... then Mysterio hitting Kennedy square in the side of the head with a low dropkick! Mysterio quickly scurries from the ring, and Batista makes the cover ... only two! Batista, however, looks prepared for that, getting up and hammering away on Kennedy with right hands as he gets back up, hitting him time and time again in the corner, until Randy Orton intervenes and pulls Batista away, much to the disgust of ‘The Animal’. Batista takes his time before turning back to see KK charging towards him ... so he kicks him in the midsection, then throws him overhead with a suplex for a two count. Batista takes a slight issue with the count, shooting Orton a look, before climbing back to his feet and kicking a rising KK in the midsection, scooping him up and slamming him down right near the corner so he can tag in Rey Mysterio ... WHO COMES IN WITH A SPRINGBOARD SPLASH ... for just a two count!

Mysterio too glances a look at Orton, before going back to pick up Mr. Kennedy ... but Mr. Kennedy rushes Mysterio back to his corner, then tags in Mark Henry! Henry comes in and instantly hammers away on Mysterio with a series of big right hands, before going to work with some kicks to the midsection as Kennedy leaves the ring. Orton, though, continues to take no rubbish, dragging Henry back from the corner which ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ takes exception to, mouthing off to Orton. He then turns back to see Mysterio staggering against the ropes, prompting Henry to charge in ... BUT MYSTERIO DUCKS DOWN AND LOWBRIDGES THE TOP ROPE, SENDING HENRY OVER TO THE OUTSIDE! Mysterio climbs back up, waiting as Henry gets back to his feet, before running off to the opposite ropes, coming back ... AND HITTING A BASEBALL SLIDE THAT STAGGERS HENRY! Mysterio isn’t done though, climbing out to the apron ... THEN RUNNING ACROSS IT AND COMING OFF WITH A SEATED SENTON THAT SENDS HENRY DOWN AT RINGSIDE! The crowd gives Mysterio a huge ovation as he gets back up, and we head off to a commercial break.

Back from the break, and Mr. Kennedy is now in the ring dominating Mysterio with a barrage of kicks in the corner as we are informed and shown of Henry manhandling Mysterio at ringside before the break. Kennedy, wanting to add insult to injury for Mysterio, gets the masked man down in the corner and rubs his boot into the face of Rey, before running off, bouncing back off the ropes and booting Mysterio clean in the head! From here KK and Henry continues to use a basic offense, punishing Mysterio with their size advantage, although not yet able to pick up the victory, as Mysterio kicks out each and every time they go for a pinfall attempt, with Orton remaining impartial.

Mysterio looks to find a window back into proceedings when KK has him locked into a surfboard stretch, with the littlest big man not willing to give in, instead fighting back to his feet, managing to go behind Kennedy and dropkick him in the back ... SENDING HIM DOWN ACROSS THE SECOND ROPE! Mysterio is too excited to make the tag, instead bouncing off the opposite ropes ... THEN COMING BACK FOR THE 619 ... BUT KENNEDY DUCKS UNDER IT ... THEN TAKES MYSTERIO’S HEAD OFF WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK ... FOR A TWO COUNT! Kennedy looks slightly annoyed at only getting two as he heads to the corner, taking Mysterio with him, before sitting Mysterio on the ropes and climbing up himself ... LOOKING FOR THE GREEN BAY PLUNGE! KENNEDY MOVES MYSTERIO AROUND, ATTEMPTING TO GET HIM UP ON HIS SHOULDERS ... BUT MYSTERIO FIGHTS BACK WITH A BARRAGE OF ELBOWS, THEN PUSHES KENNEDY DOWN FROM THE TOP! Kennedy gets back up, holding his back in pain ... AND HE GETS TAKEN DOWN WITH A SEATED SENTON THAT SENDS BOTH MEN HURTLING DOWN!

Both men slowly struggle to their corners, bit by bit, inch by inch getting closer ... and they make the tags! Batista and Mark Henry come charging into the ring, with Batista coming out with a flurry of right hands, sending Henry back into the ropes, before looking for an Irish whip ... but Henry reverses ... and Batista comes back with a clothesline that DOESN’T send Mark Henry down! Batista looks stunned, but he doesn’t waste much time, instead backing into the ropes again and going for another clothesline that only just staggers Mark Henry! Again, Batista goes back and hits the ropes, then runs past a dazed Mark Henry who turns ... AND GETS TAKEN DOWN WITH A JUMPING CLOTHESLINE! Batista gets back to his feet full of energy and sees Henry getting up to his feet, prompting him to bulrush Henry back to the corner and begin to drive the air out of the lungs of Henry with a shoulder thrust after shoulder thrust! The crowd is on fire as Henry backs away ... THEN CHARGES IN AND SQUASHES MARK HENRY WITH A CORNER CLOTHESLINE! ‘The Animal’ once again backs away from the corner, Henry staggering after him ... AND THEN GETTING SLAMMED ALMOST THROUGH THE MAT WITH A SPINEBUSTER!

The crowd are going crazy as Batista shakes the ropes, then turns back to Henry and sees him hanging over the second rope ... prompting Batista to tag in Rey Mysterio! Mysterio climbs into the ring, then runs off to the ropes ... ONLY FOR MR. KENNEDY TO STAND IN THE WAY! Batista complains to Randy Orton, but Orton will have none of it, telling Batista to climb out of the ring as Mysterio now sends Kennedy down with a right hand ... THEN LOOKS FOR THE 619 ON HENRY ... BUT HENRY CATCHES HIM! HENRY HOLDS MYSTERIO UP ... AND HE NAILS THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Henry isn’t done though as he bounces off the ropes ... THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SPLASH! The crowd boos as Henry makes the cover and Orton turns to make the count, with Kennedy restraining Batista ... and we get the three!

Winners: Mark Henry & Mr. Kennedy via pinfall @ 12:12


*SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, Mr. Kennedy & Mark Henry!

The crowd now boos as Henry has his hand raised by Orton, a smile now on his face as Batista enters the ring ... and he heads right for Henry ... but Orton jumps in the way ... leading to an intense staredown between Batista and Orton.

Michael Cole: Randy Orton may have just cost Batista this match, but what happens when he is again the special guest referee this Sunday with the World Heavyweight Title on the line? Ladies and gentlemen, I implore you, tune in this Sunday to see No Way Out and see if Randy Orton CAN call the match down the line, see if Batista can retain the World Heavyweight Title, or see if Mark Henry will become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion. Good night here from Norfolk, and we hope to see you again in two days time at No Way Out.

Batista, Orton and Henry continue to stand in the ring, the animosity at an all-time high as we fade to black.

End.


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February 19th, 2006 | 1st Mariner Arena; Baltimore, Maryland

World Heavyweight Championship; Special Guest Referee – Randy Orton:
Mark Henry vs. Batista (c)

WWE Tag Team Championships:
Matt Hardy & Shannon Moore vs. MNM (c)

Cruiserweight Championship:
Juventud vs. Kid Kash (c)

Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan

Mr. Kennedy vs. Rey Mysterio

Six Man Tag Team Match:
Bobby Lashley, Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Finlay & The Bluebloods

The Undertaker vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

The Boogeyman vs. Brent Albright


*DO NOT MAKE PREDICTIONS YET*
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Smackdown Review

Similar to Raw, this is my first time really reading a SD! from you, so with that said, let’s get everything under way shall we?

Batista vs. Henry with Randy Orton as the ref, and pretty much the man to determine who he will face at Wrestlemania is great especially since the match is going to be a street fight. Should be one hell of a main event. The first few lines I seemed to stumble over a few words, however the sentence structure got much better as Batista explained his feud with Henry. It seems you have built up Henry good, however I’m still not buying he could be a great main eventer, or he could even win the championship for that matter. Henry saying his wording was good, because Batista got a bit sidetracked by Orton when he should really be focusing on Henry. Orton coming out I originally wanted to see some more craziness but then I realized this was o6’ Orton so the cockiness of Orton was placed perfectly. All the small little details of smirks, and such was good and added much more to his side of things. Just one thing you have Orton saying “Rey Mysterio & Batista vs. Mr. Kennedy & Rey Mysterio”. Just change that to the real main event.

Good little interaction right here by the two competitors for No Way Out. MNM vs. Hardy and Moore, is tough to call, however MNM to be seems to be the more legit team even though Hardy and Moore were able to counter the attack of MNM and gain some momentum for themselves.

Long and Kash: I did enjoy the little description of how we got to this point where now we have a match between Kash and Juventud. Anyway an interesting stipulation, to punish Kash a bit more I think instead you should have had Kash in a match. I feel that Juventud is getting punished by having a match. If Long doesn’t like Kash, wouldn’t he place the champ in action with two days to spare before a huge match?

I like the team you have assembled for the Bluebloods. I was a bit surprised that Lashley and Finlay didn’t get into any scuffle during the match but whatever. Anyway I like that Finlay seems pretty legit in this thread, and is going up against someone like Lashley, who I always loved in the E.

Kennedy promo was pretty good, and Kennedy seems to be on a tear as he defeated a former champion last week in Benoit, which is good to see. The stealing of the show remark by Kennedy was a bit odd to be, considering he called him a human highlight reel? Wouldn’t you call him something along the lines of a “Stealer of the Show.” I guess that is not much better but that was a bit odd to me, as for the rest Kennedy’s cockiness was on point.

Two promos, in a row…alright I guess. Orlando Jordan as the protégé of Booker T is something I like. The whole respect thing a two way street was a great analogy since these guys have been wrestling together for so long and such. Booker calling him a Punkass Bitch, was a bit strong, but I guess screw whatever the rating of the show is, but Booker was very strong, and then out comes Benoit. LOL at Benoit calling Sharmell manly and calling Booker SUCKA!! That was pretty golden right there. With Booker injured, I really like Orlando vs. Benoit and if Benoit wins he is next in line for the title. The only problem I seem to be having is so far tonight up to this point we have had three matches booked on the fly it seemed. This one, Kash vs. Juventud, and Kennedy vs. Mysterio. I just feel you’re leaving yourself no room for hype in these matches.

A third straight promo….really? I usually like promos stretched throughout. Maybe split up a match in here in between. Juventud maybe here? Anyway JBL promo was really on point, and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m not too familiar with The Cabinet, but I like how JBL makes a guarantee, they will be standing tall at No Way Out.

No surprise by the win by Juventud, as it was a good match. With the stare down, maybe would of liked to hear what Kash has to say since he is at the announce table with Cole and such, get to get his thoughts as both men are doing the stare down.

Mysterio promo was excellent, talking about how he has always been considered the underdog, and how size doesn’t matter. Really, it doesn’t have much to do with Kennedy since he doesn’t have the size of let’s say a Taker or Henry, but the way Kennedy has been on a tear as of late, I guess Mysterio is still considered a huge under-dog. I like Mysterio saying he is going to steal the spotlight this Sunday at No Way Out a nice way to close the interview up.

MNM Promo: Eh, maybe should have left this out. We didn’t even get to hear from the champs, but instead Melina the whole time. I felt you could have easily saved this little speech for NWO, to be honest. Nice little touch with partying with Paris and J’Lo lol.

I was very surprised by JBL and Brent picking up the win. Especially JBL pinning Taker was simply amazing. Three weeks now JBL has conquered Taker. One thing Jillian was taken from Boogeyman, wanted to at least know if Brent beatdown Boogey to get Jillian back unharmed as it seemed when all of them were walking back up the ramp. Otherwise a very flawless match, and a huge surprise. However I am expecting JBL’s luck to run out, as Taker has been getting owned as of late.

Punk to SD! Simply cannot wait.

Main Event: First you went to a commercial break, maybe signify it in the thing, with the way you usually place your commercial breaks. Anyway it was a very good main event, the ending kind of tripped me up a bit, how was Kennedy restraining Batista when he was on the ground from a right hand from Mysterio about a few seconds ago. Anyway besides that I really enjoyed Orton seeming to screw Batista. Henry and Kennedy both have all the momentum heading into NWO. I do like the stare down between Orton and Batista, and nothing other than that. This is good to show, Batista won’t let his hatred for Orton get the best of him, and this also makes us have no idea how Orton is going to call the match, because Orton could have just as easily RKO’d Batista during the stare down but I’m glad he didn’t.

Overall: Well like I said my first Smackdown, and with Henry as the top guy on SD! challenging Batista it is very unique, and it wasn’t bad. He looked strong, as a matter of fact the whole show in general was good. Anyway it was a good read, I wasn’t lost at all, as you gave great descriptions of stuff that was going on in the past. My only problem possibly was the promos, at one point three in a row. I felt there was a lot more talking than actual wrestling, but all in all it was good and I can’t wait for NWO.
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