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Alright, first of all, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Hopefully a great day is had by all.

Onto SmackDown!: It's taken me far too long to get this show up, which is why in a couple of days - possibly even when I get back from the first day of the Boxing Day test - I will have the WrestleMania preview up. I challenged myself some time ago to make sure I at least get WrestleMania up this year, and if all things go to plan, then it'll be up before I go out on New Year's Eve.

I DON'T want any predictions for WrestleMania at this point. At all. Hold off until after the preview for that. Reviews (or feedback, whatever) are of course welcomed for SmackDown! though.

Anyway, on with the show.


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March 31st, 2006 | Kemper Arena; Kansas City, Missouri


We begin our broadcast by seeing Randy Orton announce that following what happened the previous week – which is quickly highlighted – he would NOT be in the building. Cutting forward to our main event, we find out that Orton had in fact lied, as, after Batista defeated John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, Orton would strike not on Batista, but rather on the SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long with a vicious RKO. As medics rush out to Long and Orton backs up the ramp, we fade away.

The show now kicks into gear the traditional way, showing the top stars of Friday Night SmackDown! in a montage, accompanied by the sound of Rise Up by Drowning Pool. Once that concludes we cut into the arena to see an array of pyrotechnics explode at the top of the stage. The Kemper Arena is absolutely buzzing, excited fans being shown as we fly around, before landing ourselves at ringside with Michael Cole and Tazz.


Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!, the final Friday Night SmackDown! before WrestleMania, live here from Kansis City, Missouri. We are just two days from WrestleMania 22, and Tazz, the road is almost over.

Tazz: It’s gonna be big, Cole. This is already the most excited I’ve been sittin’ here next to you, and we’ve still got two days to go! And what better way to top off a tumultuous road to WrestleMania than with a show full of surprises?

Michael Cole: It is indeed set to be a show full of surprises. We can confirm that Friday Night SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long will NOT be here tonight, instead resting and recuperating from the vicious and uncalled for RKO he received last week.

Tazz: I like Randy Orton and I think the kid is gonna become the World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday, but I gotta agree with you. I think that RKO to Teddy Long last week, that was outta line. The good news is that we now have a huge show for tonight.

Michael Cole: That we do, Tazz, with the only announcement coming from the mouth of Orton this past Monday night on RAW when he confirmed that tonight we will see the contract signing between Orton and Batista ahead of their World Heavyweight Title match this Sunday.

Tazz: And what a situation that’s gonna be. Batista ain’t gonna wanna hold anything back after what Orton did to his friend Teddy Long last week, but somethin’ tells me that’s exactly what Orton wants.

Michael Cole: And also-

*I’M BACK*


Say what? The crowd reacts by buzzing due to the surprise at first, however their true feelings soon come out as the Monday Night RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff steps out onto the stage.


Michael Cole: Oh no … don’t tell me … it can’t be.

Tazz: I think it is, and personally, I don’t mind this. I mean, sure, Bischoff runs down SmackDown! at every chance, but he’s a heck of a businessman, and this … well, this could be interesting.

Bischoff walks down the ramp with a purpose, before climbing up into the ring to receive a microphone. With the ever present smug look on his face, Bischoff waits for a moment as the crowd start to quieten down.

Eric Bischoff: Well, well, well, what do we have here? Is it … could it … could it possibly be? Is that … is that Eric Bischoff on Friday Night SmackDown!? It couldn’t be, could it? I mean with the way he talks about Friday Night SmackDown! … with the way he talks down on SmackDown!, Eric Bischoff … he must hate Friday Night SmackDown!, mustn’t he? He would have no reason to be here … right?

~ Bischoff pauses for a moment, looking out to the crowd as they shout their responses, before shaking his head.

Eric Bischoff: Wrong. Now I’ll admit that I’ve had some things to say about SmackDown! in the past that haven’t been … well let’s just say that they haven’t been too nice. Some of you may even think that I’ve had some derogatory comments for SmackDown! in the past, and that wouldn’t be far from the truth. As a matter of fact, I stand by what I’ve said. I stand by the belief that Teddy Long’s Friday Night SmackDown! … it is the ‘B’ show.

~ Bischoff ignores the abuse from the crowd, shrugging his shoulders casually.

Eric Bischoff: But hey, that isn’t SmackDown!’s fault. That isn’t even Teddy Long’s fault … no. It’s no one’s fault, because SmackDown! simply can’t be expected to compete when they’re up against Monday Night RAW … or should I say … Eric Bischoff’s Monday Night RAW.

~ The crowd boos as Bischoff proudly wears a shit eating grin on his face, looking awfully proud of himself.

Eric Bischoff: It’s true, it’s true, I am just that great. And being that great, being the man who took the empire known as the WWE to the limit with WCW, being the man that has revolutionised the wrestling business, being the man who has taken Monday Night RAW to new heights, you would think … you would think that I could make anything successful, right? You would think that I could take the tiniest wrestling company, and take them to the top of the sports entertainment world. So with that in mind … think … just think … what could Eric Bischoff do with Friday Night SmackDown!?

~ The crowd continues to boo the cocky Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: For the longest of times, that thought, the thought of Eric Bischoff running Friday Night SmackDown!, it seemed like a like a fantasy, like a pipedream. No matter how much you people wanted it, no matter how much I wanted it, it seemed like I would never get the chance to fix Friday – Night – SmackDown! … that is … until this morning.

~ Bischoff smiles as the boos once again pick up, the crowd expecting what’s coming.

Eric Bischoff: This morning I woke up to a phone call … but not just any phone call from anyone … no, I woke up to a phone call from the one and only chairman of the World Wrestling Entertainment, Mr. McMahon!

~ Huge mixed reaction from the crowd for the McMahon mention.

Eric Bischoff: And being the great businessman that he is, after seeing the unfortunate events that closed last week’s SmackDown!, Mr. McMahon thought … no, Mr. McMahon knew that there was only one right decision that could be made …

~ A cornucopia of heat from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: … Which is why he announced that, for one night only, the General Manager of Friday Night SmackDown! would be … me, Eric Bischoff!

~ A massive amount of heat from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: I know, I know, even I’m excited too, because to me, Friday Night SmackDown! isn’t that bad. In fact, you might look at it as a brand of lost opportunities. Because while the potential, while the talent is here, someone like Teddy Long is never going to bring it out.

~ Cheat heat, which the crowd is happy to deliver.

Eric Bischoff: I, however, know what I’m doing, which is why I’ve put together the best show here on Friday night that you’re ever likely to find.

~ Bischoff smirks as he begins to pace around the ring.

Eric Bischoff: For example, last week after Johnny Nitro beat Jeff Hardy, we heard Matt Hardy say that he was sick of losing to MNM. That he had a plan to stop it. Now while someone like Teddy Long may not have capitalised on this opportunity that has presented itself, I will.

~ More cheap heat from the crowd, bringing a small grin from Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: Y’see, I’ve decided to allow Matt Hardy to get one back on MNM and show his master plan if he really has one, because tonight it’ll be Matt Hardy going one on one with Joey Mercury!

~ A decent pop from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: Oh, but that’s just the beginning. Bobby Lashley and JBL seem to have themselves some major issues, so tonight, I’m gonna let Lashley and The Cabinet get their hands on one another before Lashley faces JBL at WrestleMania when Bobby Lashley goes one on one with one of JBL’s newest buddies, William Regal!

~ Another pretty good pop from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: Last week on RAW we saw Friday Night SmackDown!’s Money in the Bank participants invade and attack the RAW superstars. Well tonight RAW is returning the favour as I put together an interbrand match that Teddy Long could only dream of, because it’ll be an eight man tag team Money in the Bank preview match!

~ Once again, a decent pop sounds from the audience.

Eric Bischoff: Or how about last week on SmackDown!, when the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash was able to beat Nunzio? Now I hear Rey Mysterio thinks he can top Kid Kash as a cruiserweight, so tonight, Rey Mysterio is going to get the chance to do exactly that. He can prove that he’s better than Kid Kash when he has his chance to go one on one with Nunzio tonight!

~ Yet another decent pop for Bischoff, who continues to put an exciting card together.

Eric Bischoff: Last week we saw a debut that I personally … I thought it was quite special. I’m talking about the debut of CM Punk.

~ A small pop from the crowd to recognise the youngster.

Eric Bischoff: Last week CM Punk was able to beat the United States Champion, Booker T on his very first night here on Friday Night SmackDown!. Now while Booker might have a title defence against Chris Benoit and Orlando Jordan in a Three Way Dance in two nights time, this thing with CM Punk, it also needs to be taken care of, which is why tonight, Booker T and Orlando Jordan will team up to face the team of Chris Benoit … and CM Punk!

~ A solid pop for the tag match as Bischoff now holds his hand up.

Eric Bischoff: But the one thing … the one thing Teddy Long has gotten right is that tonight, we need to see Randy Orton and Batista state their case one more time. We need them to go face to face. We need them, watched over by Tazz, to sign the contract for their match at WrestleMania 22!

~ A big cheer from the crowd as Bischoff now pauses for a moment, before continuing.

Eric Bischoff: Now that just leaves one thing … or should I say … one man … one ‘Deadman’.

~ A pop from the crowd for The Undertaker being mentioned.

Eric Bischoff: Now while Teddy Long may have gotten the contract signing decision right, one thing he has gotten wrong is seemingly banishing The Undertaker from Friday Night SmackDown!. You people don’t want to see that, do you? You people are just like me. You people want to see The Undertaker here on Friday Night SmackDown!, don’t you?

~ A big pop from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: So do I, so do I! Because y’see, while there may be some crazy rumours out there that I have some kind of problem with The Undertaker on account of the fact that he’s facing a RAW superstar at WrestleMania 22, I know that as a good businessman, I should be putting on the best show possible. And after all, what better superstar is there to include in a show than The Undertaker?

~ Bischoff pauses, a broad smile on his face.

Eric Bischoff: So, with all of that in mind, I would now like to inform you that The Undertaker will be in action here tonight …

~ A gigantic pop from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: And he will be competing in another interbrand match that Teddy Long could never put on. The Undertaker’s opponent, Rob Van Dam competed against a SmackDown! superstar this past week on RAW, so I think it’s only fair that tonight, The Undertaker will be in action as he faces Monday Night RAW’s Lance Cade!

~ Bischoff smiles, leaving the crowd to buzz with confusion for a moment, until he raises the microphone again.

Eric Bischoff: And Trevor Murdoch!

~ Heat from the crowd due to Bischoff’s obvious bias.

Eric Bischoff: That’s right, tonight it will be The Undertaker facing The Redneck Wrecking Crew in … a handicap match.

~ More heat from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: So to all of you here tonight, all of you sitting at home, I suggest you enjoy seeing The Undertaker tonight here on SmackDown!, because it might just be the last time you ever see him.

~ The crowd boos as Bischoff grins sadistically.

Eric Bischoff: Enjoy the show … enjoy … my show.

*I’M BACK*


Bischoff drops his microphone as soon as his music kicks in, grinning at the heat that he receives from the audience as he remains in the ring.


Michael Cole: I can’t believe this. Eric Bischoff puts on a heck of a show, I’ll give him that, but The Undertaker in a handicap match against two of his goons from Monday Night RAW? I think we all know what’s going on there.

Tazz: Well Bischoff didn’t exactly try to hide it, did he? He just came out and said that this might be the last time we see The Undertaker tonight, meanin’ he’s tellin’ his boys to go in for the kill.

Michael Cole: As we just heard folks, there’s much more to come on the show, so please stay with us as we head to a commercial break on what is the final SmackDown! before WrestleMania 22.

Off we go.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to hear.

*LOADED*


The crowd gives a great pop as Matt Hardy charges out onto the stage, set for action and accompanied by his brother Jeff Hardy. Jeff bops up and down, moving with the beat of the music at the top of the stage while Matt tries to fire the fans up, shouting out to them to get excited.


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Cameron, North Carolina, weighing 230 lbs, MAAAAATT HAARRRDY!

Michael Cole: For the past two weeks The Hardy Boyz have been undone by the numbers game, falling to MNM in singles action due to outside interference from Melina. With just two days before their WWE Tag Team Title encounter with MNM at WrestleMania 22, can Matt Hardy pick up a vital win to get momentum back on the side of The Hardy Boyz?

Tazz: I dunno Cole, but you heard Matt last week. Apparently he has a plan. Now nothin’ looks any different with The Hardy Boyz to me here tonight, but who knows what Matt’s up to?

Matt charges down the ramp, followed by his brother Jeff, to slide into the ring, quickly heading from the canvas to climb up to opposite corners. The crowd responds in a big way, cheering them on as they continue to pose.

*PAPARAZZI*


The crowd now unleashes with boos as the red carpet is rolled out and the paparazzi flock to the top of the stage to see WWE Tag Team Champion, Joey Mercury strut out, accompanied as always by his fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, Johnny Nitro and the lovely Melina. The trio pose for the cameras, showing off the gold that they’ll be defending in two days time against The Hardy Boyz.


Tony Chimel: His opponent, from Los Angeles, California, weighing 220 lbs, JOEY MERRRRCURY!

Michael Cole: In the past few weeks MNM have been able to show The Hardy Boyz just why it is they’re the tag team champions, working together to beat The Hardy Boyz in singles action. If they can win tonight, Tazz, just how much confidence will this bring them going into WrestleMania?

Tazz: Look, I’ll put it this way – if MNM win tonight, they’re pretty much guaranteed to win at WrestleMania, because The Hardy Boyz won’t think they’ll be able to beat ‘em. MNM’ll be sky high.

The boos from the crowd turn into wild cheers as Melina does her splits into the ring before the heat once again picks up as the tag champs parade around with the gold. With all of the posing done, the three non-competitors scoot out of the ring, leaving this match to get underway.

Match One – Singles Match:
Matt Hardy w/Jeff Hardy vs. WWE Tag Team Champion Joey Mercury w/WWE Tag Team Champion Johnny Nitro & Melina

Matt immediately begins to clap his hands, prompting the crowd to do the same as the two combatants circle around the ring. Ready for action, both men now come forward and engage in a lockup. The two struggle at first, neither gaining an immediate edge until Joey Mercury is able to grab a side headlock. Hardy struggles a little, feeling at the face of Mercury before fighting him off by pushing him away to the ropes. Mercury bounces right back though, full of momentum that allows him to take Matt down with a shoulder tackle. A smirking Mercury now takes back off to the ropes, jumping over a flat Hardy on the rebound … only to run into an elbow on the way back!

The crowd cheers as Mercury goes down momentarily, climbing back up to his feet to be met with a flurry of right hands from V1. ‘The Sensei of Mattitude’ forces Mercury all of the way back to the ropes, setting him up perfectly so he can send him off with an Irish whip, then score with an arm drag on the rebound. Frustrated, Mercury climbs right back up, though he finds himself right back down thanks to a second arm drag. Thinking he’ll change things up, Mercury runs at the ropes this time, then bounces back to Matt … hip toss this time! Matt drops down and hooks the leg of Mercury … two!

Both men climb back to their feet, Matt keeping his dominance rolling as he hammers his foe back into the corner with right hands. Content that he’s got Mercury cornered, Matt jumps up to the second rope and starts to unload with some more right hands … ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR! FIVE! SIX! SEVEN … NO! Mercury grabs Matt by the legs, then drops him down face first across the top turnbuckle! A groggy Hardy reels out from the corner, swiping at the hair in hope as Mercury dashes off to the ropes, coming back to nail Matt with a big forearm smash that sends Hardy down.

Despite the occasional flair from Matt, Mercury is able to control the match for the next few minutes, keeping the attention on the face and neck of Hardy going as he uses a pretty basic striking offense to go with some variations of the neckbreaker. Growing frustrated at his inability to put Hardy down after yet another kickout, Mercury decides to change things up, continuing his focus on the neck as he locks in the kravat. An intense Mercury demands that Matt quit, but after a moment of struggle, Hardy, thanks to the support from his brother and the fans, begins to rally, fighting back up to his feet. Mercury panics, transitioning more into a more traditional sleeper hold as Matt gets up and begins to fire off some elbows to the midsection, stunning Mercury.

The tag champ quickly regains the moment, using a knee lift to halt Hardy’s … BEFORE SUDDENLY POSITION HIM FOR THE DOUBLE ARM DDT … but Matt forces him back into the corner! The crowd cheers as Mercury releases his grip, falling back into the corner. This allows Matt time to back away, then charge back in … right into a boot to the jaw from Mercury, sending him down! The wind is quickly taken out of the sails of the crowd, with Mercury now having time to slowly climb up to the second rope, before launching himself for a fist drop … but Matt gets his boot up, and Mercury goes face first into it, sending Mercury down beside Hardy like a sack of potatoes!

With both men down, Jeff Hardy now rallies the crowd, getting them behind Matt as he wills himself back up to his feet. With the assistance of the ropes Matt is able to get there, though not before Mercury, who looks for a right hand shot to the rising Matt, only for Hardy to duck both that and then a left hand. Having dodged Mercury’s shots, Matt now goes to town on his rival with some shots from both the right and left sides, forcing him back into the ropes. Matt is quick to take advantage of that positioning too, sending Mercury off with an Irish whip, before using his momentum against him by elbowing him square in the jaw on the rebound!

Matt picks his momentum up even more with a handful of clothesline, before whipping Mercury into the corner and charging in to hit a corner clothesline. Hardy looks to complete the combo from there, grabbing a dazed Mercury by the skull, but Mercury pushes him off when he looks for the bulldog! Matt turns and charges back at the tag champ, ducking a clothesline in the process, before hooking him up for and scoring with a reverse DDT! Matt hooks the leg … two!

Not wanting to dwell on the nearfall, Matt is quick to get up and head to the corner, climbing up to the second rope, before waiting on Mercury … then connecting with an elbow right to the back of the neck! Mercury goes right back down to the mat, prompting Hardy to call for the end! The crowd erupts as Mercury slowly struggles up … TO BE QUICKLY PUT IN POSITION FOR THE TWIST OF FATE … but Mercury pushes Matt away! Looking to get momentum back on his side, Mercury charges and looks for a desperate clothesline, only for Hardy to duck and get him in side effect position … but Mercury this time fights out with elbows, sending Matt stumbling back to the corner.

Again Mercury is quick to make a move, charging in at his foe … but Matt sidesteps him, leaving Joey to go chest first into the turnbuckle … then turn into another corner clothesline from Hardy! Matt quickly grabs Mercury by the head … and this time connects with the running bulldog! Matt makes the cover … TWO! Mercury just kicks out again! Matt looks a little frustrated this time, taking his time in getting on with the job. This allows Mercury time to recover, which is shown when he rams Hardy back into the corner as Hardy tries to lift him. Holding his back, Hardy peels himself from the corner … and walks right into a flapjack from the tag champ! Mercury hooks the leg … TWO!

Matt only just kicks out that time, although the referee does signal two, gaining himself a stare from Mercury. Sure that he had it finished, Mercury decides that he’ll settle all doubt now once and for all as he calls for the end. Slowly but surely, Matt Hardy starts to struggle up … AS MERCURY QUICKLY LOOKS FOR THE DOUBLE ARM DDT … BUT HARDY SPINS OUT AND NAILS THE SIDE EFFECT! The crowd goes nuts as Hardy springs up and calls for the end … PROMPTING MELINA TO CLIMB ONTO THE APRON! The cheers now turn to boos as Melina attempts to distract both Matt and the referee …

… only to be suddenly pulled from the apron … BY SHANNON MOORE! The crowd cheers as Moore, with padding around his neck, grabs Melina and pulls her off the apron … AS JOHNNY NITRO SLIDES INTO THE RING BEHIND MATT, LOOKING TO STRIKE WITH A LOW BLOW … ONLY FOR JEFF TO PULL HIM FROM THE RING! With all of the chaos being at ringside, Matt continues to wait on Mercury in the ring as he gets up … BEFORE GRABBING HIM AND STRIKING WITH THE TWIST OF FATE! Matt makes the cover … and gets the three!

Winner: Matt Hardy via pinfall @ 7:07

*LOADED*


Tony Chimel: Here is your winner, MAAAATTT HAAARDY!

The crowd gives a great pop as Matt Hardy climbs back to his feet victoriously. Nitro is quick to pull his partner Mercury from the ring, leaving Jeff to slide into the ring to join his brother. As Melina makes her way across to her boys, Shannon Moore now climbs up into the ring to join his buddies.

Michael Cole: Shannon Moore! Shannon Moore is back, and he has come back in a big way, realigning himself with his childhood friends The Hardy Boyz against the team who took him out a month and a half ago, MNM.

Tazz: And suddenly that numbers game of MNM ain’t lookin’ the same. If they wanna back up their claims that they’ve passed The Hardy Boyz by, then it looks like they’re gonna have to do it on the up and up this Sunday at WrestleMania.

In the ring, Matt has grabbed a microphone and headed across to the ropes nearest the ramp, looking along with Jeff & Shannon at MNM, who are walking with their backs turned to the ring up the ramp.

Matt Hardy: Hey! Hey MNM! Up here, guys!

~ MNM turn to look at The Hardy Boyz in the ring, Mercury still looking out of it, Melina, meanwhile, glaring up at them.

Matt Hardy: You uh … you may know this guy. Have I … have I ever introduced you to Shannon Moore?

~ A good pop from the crowd, who react in quite the opposite way to the evil eye giving Melina.

Matt Hardy: No? Well Shannon … he’s our equalizer. So if you think that you’re gonna beat us at WrestleMania with your little numbers advantage now, then you’re wrong. If you think you’re gonna be able to pull one over on us this Sunday, then you’re wrong. And if you think that you’re gonna deny us of our dream to finally get ourselves a WrestleMania win, then – you’re – wrong, because The Hardy Boyz want, our need to win at WrestleMania?

~ Matt takes a moment, eyeballing the champions.

Matt Hardy: It will – NOT – die.

*LOADED*


The crowd cheers as the familiar tune of The Hardy Boyz once again kicks in as soon as Matt drops the microphone. The two trios now stare one another down, the WWE Tag Team Champions staying at the top of the ramp, while the challengers command the ring.


Michael Cole: The Hardy Boyz have sent their message, and they’ve sent it loud and clear. They simply will not be denied at WrestleMania.

Tazz: They don’t wanna be denied, but you’ve gotta remember that they’re not in the ring with just anyone. They’re in the ring with the WWE Tag Team Champions, and MNM are the tag champs for a reason. They’ve dominated SmackDown! for the past year, and they may well dominate The Hardy Boyz next.

We linger on the scene at ringside for a moment …

… Before cutting backstage to see one of the challengers for the United States Title, Orlando Jordan at the catering table, just like last week. Jordan, not yet dressed to compete, sips away from a cup, not doing anything of note … until he suddenly gets a tap on the shoulder, turning to see Sharmell.


Sharmell: Orlando? Come … the champ wishes to see you.

Sharmell then turns and leaves, prompting a surprised Jordan to stand still for a moment, before hastily following. We remain looking at the table for a moment …

… Before cutting away to see Bobby Lashley walking down a corridor dressed for action, presumably wrestling next. Before then, however, we have a break.


*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to see the United States Champion, Booker T seated in a rather lavish locker-room. ‘The Book Man’ is rummaging through his bag, not doing anything of any real importance, until he hears a knock at the door.

Booker T: Come in!

~ The door opens, revealing Sharmell, followed by Orlando Jordan.

Booker T: Ah, Orlando, what brings you here?

Orlando Jordan: Well your wife came and told me to follow her here.

Booker T: Ah yes. Sit down, sit down. I see you’ve got a drink there. Do you need a refill? Sharmell-

Orlando Jordan: No, it’s okay, I just got this from catering.

Booker T: From catering, you say? Would that be the very same catering you were at last week when you complimented a certain sucka about blindsidin’ me?

~ Orlando looks a bit worried, causing Booker to chuckle.

Booker T: Orlando, calm down. This isn’t about you. This is about that sucka … this is about Chris Benoit. Do you … do you remember what dat sucka said to you last week when you tried to talk to him? Do you remember what he told you?

Orlando Jordan: Yeah, he said … he said he’d do anything to win at WrestleMania.

Booker T: Exactly, Orlando. Chris Benoit, a guy who’s been talkin’ about how, unlike me, he respects you said he would do anything to beat you. Does dat … does dat sound like a guy who respects you?

~ Booker pauses, although he’s not really looking for an answer.

Booker T: No. Chris Benoit, dat sucka’s just out for his own personal gain. He’s not lookin’ out for you. He doesn’t respect you. But I … I do. Chris Benoit said I treated you like some kinda lackey, but dat’s not true. You know dat. You know dat I took you and I made you into somethin’ when I made you my protégé. You know dat I respect you. As a matter o’ fact, I respect you so much, dat dis Sunday … I at least wanna see one of us win.

~ Orlando looks a bit taken aback by that.

Booker T: Yeah, I mean, Chris Benoit, he don’t respect us. But I respect you, and I know you gotta respect me, so I got a little proposal for you. We gotta work together in a tag team match later tonight, right? Well how ‘bout we don’t stop it there. How ‘bout we work together at WrestleMania, and we make sure one of walks out United States Champion? How ‘bout we do … the right thing?

~ Orlando continues to remain silent.

Booker T: I’m not sayin’ you have to be in on this, Orlando. All I’m sayin’ … is think about it. And I’ll see you later tonight.

Jordan stays in the locker-room for a moment longer, before leaving a smiling Booker T and Sharmell to look on.

Back to ringside.


Michael Cole: Booker T, I guess doing what he does best by manipulating people. It’s how he won the US Title in the first place by manipulating Orlando Jordan.

Tazz: Booker ain’t manipulating no one, Cole. He’s just statin’ facts, and we both know that if he and Orlando work together this Sunday, that definitely increases their chances at walkin’ out as United States Champion.

*HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME*


The crowd gives a very nice pop as soon as the music begins, bringing about the arrival of the undefeated ‘Dominator’, Bobby Lashley. The youngster marches out onto the stage, full of energy as he gets the crowd to their feet, then sets off his pyro in typical fashion.


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, weighing 275 lbs, BOBBBYYY LAAASSSHHHLEY!

Michael Cole: Speaking of people who will be out for a win this Sunday, Bobby Lashley will be making his WrestleMania debut in just two nights time when he faces off against the experienced former WWE Champion, JBL.

Tazz: That’s gonna be a heck of a test for Lashley too. He may be undefeated Lashley, but JBL’s a former WWE Champion for a reason. He knows how to deal with the high-pressure situations, and WrestleMania is exactly that.

Lashley slaps hands with the fans on the way down the ramp, before jumping up onto the apron to send pyro flying from the ringposts. ‘The Dominator’ then steps through the ropes into the ring and quickly heads to the corner, posing for the fans.

*GLADIATORS*


The heat from the crowd now rolls in as William Regal steps out onto the stage, accompanied by his extended entourage of his tag team partner Paul Burchill as well as The Cabinet of John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield, Brent Albright & Jillian Hall. Regal is all business, quickly making his way down the ramp as his entourage worries about addressing the crowd.


Tony Chimel: His opponent, from Blackpool, England, weighing 245 lbs, WILLIAM REEEEGAL!

Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley may be facing an experienced JBL this week, but he’s also got a warm-up of sorts against another man with a wealth of experience in William Regal.

Tazz: That’s right, and big ups to Mr. Bischoff for makin’ this match. It should certainly give us just a little indicator of what to expect from Lashley against an experienced guy like a Regal ahead of his match with JBL.

The no nonsense Brit climbs up into the ring, looking ready for action as his entourage surrounds the ringside area.

Match Two – Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. William Regal

This one is underway quick as a flash as Regal launches himself forward and immediately begins to pepper Lashley with some left hand shots. Backing Lashley all of the way up to the corner, Regal begins to utilise some knees, forearms and elbows too, taking the fight to Lashley right from the get go. The referee soon steps in though, reminding Regal of the five count as he brings the Brit away. Regal is quick to move on from the referee, heading back to the corner to go for an Irish whip, only for Lashley to reverse and send Regal in. The power of Lashley is apparent as Regal hits the turnbuckle at an extreme speed, causing him to come off it and nurse his back. ‘The Dominator’ is right on him too, quickly grabbing Regal for a belly to belly suplex … but Regal fights free with a flurry of forearms.

Having staggered Lashley in the middle of the ring, the Blackpool native dashes off to the ropes … then comes back into a big shoulder tackle from Lashley! The crowd cheers as Lashley heads off to the ropes himself this time, before coming back with a running shoulder tackle to a rising Regal. Lashley goes to the well once more, running off to the ropes, only for Regal to roll to the sanctuary of the floor, escaping from Lashley for now.

The crowd is not at all appreciative of Regal’s tactics, abusing the Blueblood as he staggers around ringside to his entourage. The group huddle up, seemingly talking some strategy … UNTIL BOBBY LASHLEY SHOWS HIS ATHLETICISM BY CLEAN JUMPING OVER THE TOP ROPE TO CRASH DOWN ON TOP OF THEM! The crowd gives a huge pop as Lashley gets back to his feet and roars, showing the killer intensity that he’s willing to bring to the dance. Noticing Regal and co begin to struggle on the floor, Lashley heads back to ringside and lifts Regal up to throw him back into the ring. Lashley then looks to join his opponent … only to find himself stuck, as Brent Albright clings onto his feet from the floor. A frustrated Lashley is forced to struggle for a moment, eventually kicking himself free, before sliding into the ring … and Regal takes advantage of the time Albright bought him, diving on top of Lashley to hammer away on him with hard shots.

The experience of Regal comes into play now as the veteran smothers the rookie, not allowing him even a glimpse of gaining some space. Lashley has shown how tenacious he can be since debuting on SmackDown! though, and the rookie once again puts it on show here, refusing to allow Regal to keep him down. This seems to frustrate Regal a bit, prompting the Blackpool native to start to absolutely lambast Lashley in the corner with some vicious shots. The referee pulls Regal back, telling him that he has to leave Lashley once he’s on the ropes. Regal pays no heed to the referee’s commands though, going right back into Lashley … to receive a big right hand shot! The Englishman is absolutely stunned, and Lashley takes advantage, hitting some more big rights to force Regal all of the way back up against the ropes. The momentum now going his way, Lashley looks to follow up with an Irish whip … but Regal reverses, then pulls Lashley into a knee lift.

Lashley doubles over in pain, allowing Regal the chance to quickly sweep in and look for an exploder suplex … but Lashley fights free with a series of elbows to the temple! The Blueblood releases, holding at his head, before regathering himself and charging … right into a forearm smash from Lashley! Regal gets up to receive a clothesline, before being pushed back against the ropes and sent off with an Irish whip … big back body drop from Lashley to Regal! Lashley roars with intensity, then looks to continue his offense, sending Regal into the corner with an Irish whip … corner clothesline connects from Lashley! Regal flops forward from the corner, falling right into the arms of Lashley … who throws him over with a belly to belly suplex! Lashley scoots over to make the cover … TWO!

Lashley climbs back up and looks out to the crowd, letting them know he thinks it’s time to end things … before heading to the corner and crouching down! The crowd cheers, knowing what Lashley is thinking as Regal starts to struggle up … when Jillian Hall climbs up onto the apron! The crowd boos as Hall takes the attention of both the referee and Lashley momentarily, before she is finally convinced to climb down, allowing Lashley to turn, then charge at Regal … right into an exploder suplex! Lashley gets right back up, holding the back of his head … half nelson suplex from Regal! Regal makes the cover … TWO!

This time Lashley just kicks out, and Regal cannot believe it after that suplex combo. After a brief argument with the referee, Regal decides it’s his turn to finish things, calling for the end before setting himself as Lashley struggles up … KNEE TREMBLER … NO! Lashley manages to dodge it … then drill Regal with a huge exploder suplex of his own! The crowd erupts as Lashley points right at JBL at ringside, then waits for Regal to struggle up … SPEAR! LASHLEY SPEARS REGAL OUT OF HIS BOOTS! Lashley keeps his eyes on JBL as he drops down and makes the cover … to get the three!

Winner: Bobby Lashley via pinfall @ 7:59

*HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME*


Tony Chimel: Here is your winner, BOBBY LAAASSSHLEY!

The crowd erupts as Lashley gets back to his feet victoriously, raising one arm while keeping the other ready for a fight, his eyes still locked on JBL at ringside.

Michael Cole: What an effort! Bobby Lashley is looking absolutely dominant just two nights away from his WrestleMania match against JBL.

Tazz: They don’t call him ‘The Dominator’ for nothin’, Cole, but I’m tellin’ you, WrestleMania is gonna be somethin’ entirely different.

As we were just informed by Bischoff, JBL remains at ringside, watching Lashley rather than getting physically involved with him.

Michael Cole: That’s going to be a heck of a match come WrestleMania, but moving from one youngster to another, Kristal Marshall is backstage, and with her is SmackDown!’s newest superstar.

We cut away backstage to see Kristal Marshall standing by.

Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, SmackDown!’s newest superstar, C – M Punk!

The crowd gives a decent pop as CM Punk steps into view, looking focussed.

Kristal Marshall: CM Punk, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!, and what a debut you made last week. That had to be a big moment for you.

CM Punk: First of all, thank you, Kristal. Now, as far as last week goes, I think calling it a “big moment” … that might just be underselling it. Last week wasn’t just a big moment for me. Last week was more than a big moment. Last week was a lot more than a big moment. To be perfectly honest with you, last week was what my entire career thus far, my entire life had been leading up to. It was the biggest moment of my life.

~ A decent pop from the crowd.

CM Punk: Now I’m sure there’s people out there listening to me and wondering who I am and why I’m talking about this like it’s such a big deal to me, so allow me to reintroduce myself. My name … is C – M Punk, and my life … is professional wrestling. My life doesn’t revolve around going out, it doesn’t revolve around partying. I’ll admit, I like hanging out with my friends as much as the next guy, but my focus, it isn’t out at the clubs or at the bars, because I’m not into that stuff. I abstain from that stuff. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I definitely don’t do drugs. To sum it up in two simple words, I’m straight edge.

~ A small pop from the crowd as Punk pauses for a brief moment.

CM Punk: Now, what that means is that I don’t have any of those vices. I’m not addicted to pain medication, to cigarettes or to alcohol. I keep myself clean so I can keep my mind clean. That’s my choice. But, with all of that said, I still have … I’ll be honest … I have an addiction. Yep, that’s right, I’m an addict. I am addicted … to competition.

~ A small pop.

CM Punk: So I guess … I guess that’s where my love for professional wrestling comes from, right? Pro wrestling is competition, and for years now, for years, I’ve been all over the world seeking that pro wrestling, seeking that competition. And now … now I find myself here, and what better competition is there than the WWE?

~ Another decent pop from the crowd.

CM Punk: Right now I feel like a little kid. I’m here living my dream, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Kristal Marshall: Right, well last week we saw you try to shake hands with Booker T before your match despite the two of you not getting along, then you shook his hands after the match. Why?

CM Punk: Kristal, like I said, I compete in this sport for the competition, and there’s no greater sign of competition than two guys showing their respect for one another and shaking hands before a match. The same goes for after the match, with the only difference being that when someone shakes my hand after the match, they’re admitting that I am the better man. Does that make me sound arrogant? Maybe a little, but I’m not here to make a whole bunch of friends. I’m here to compete against the best.

Kristal Marshall: Speaking of the best, tonight you’ll be teaming with a former World Heavyweight Champion in Chris Benoit against the man you beat last week, Booker T, and a former United States Champion, Orlando Jordan. Your thoughts?

CM Punk: My thoughts? The competition doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

And with that Punk gives a cheeky smile, then turns on his heel and leaves the set.

Moving back to ringside, we now focus on the Money in the Bank briefcase, which is suspended above the ring, with a caption at the bottom of the screen telling us the eight man tag team match is next.


*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to be focussed once again on the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is an interbrand eight man tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall!

“MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KKKEEENNNNNNEEEDDDYYY … KEN – NAH – DAY!”

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE*


The crowd gives some great heat as the platinum blonde youngster with a swagger like no other, Mr. Kennedy sidles his way out onto the stage. Chewing his gum as obnoxiously as ever, Kennedy’s upper lip curls just enough to form a smirk as he chews, telling the crowd exactly what he thinks of them in comparison to him.


Michael Cole: In two nights time we will see eight men all trying to climb the ladder to success, the ladder to that briefcase in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. With a contract for a world title match any time over the next twelve months up until WrestleMania 23, could Mr. Kennedy be the one to claim the briefcase?

Tazz: Well Mr. Kennedy hasn’t beaten five former world champions without reason. If ya ask me, he’s a future world champion himself, and as I’ve said before, he reminds me a lot of a young Ric Flair, another man in the match, with the hair, the swagger and the brashness.

Kennedy swaggers on down the ramp, then climbs up into the ring to thrust his hand up into the air and receive his custom mic.

Mr. Kennedy: Ladies and gentlemen, at this time I would like you to cast your eyes above the ring and take a look at what is suspended from the rafters. Now look at me. Now back at the briefcase. Now back at me. You done that? Good, because what you people need to realise is that me and that briefcase … you’re gonna be seeing a lot of us together in the future.

~ Heat from the crowd.

Mr. Kennedy: Whether you people like it or not, the fact of the matter is that I am the most qualified man to win this Sunday. I’m in the prime of my career. I’m an accomplished singles competitor. I have beaten five – count ‘em one, two, three, four, five former world champions … and most importantly … I am the man who is single handedly changin’ sports entertainment.

~ A smirk appears on Kennedy’s face as he pauses slightly.

Mr. Kennedy: I hail from GREEEEEN BAY … WISCONSIIIIINNNNN … weighing an astonishingly cut 243 lbs … MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KKKEEENNNNNNEEEDDDYYY!

~ Heat from the crowd as Kennedy strides to the corner and climbs to the second rope, raising his hand up.

Mr. Kennedy: And the future … Mr. Money in the Bank … Bank.

Kennedy throws his mic back in the air to stare ominously out into the crowd, until …

*LONDON CALLING*


Kennedy’s attention suddenly turns to the stage to see Paul London stomping out from the back. London wastes no time, looking out at the crowd briefly before bolting down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: His partners, first, from Austin, Texas, weighing 195 lbs, PAUL LOOONNNNDON!

Michael Cole: Mr. Kennedy seems to share your sentiments, Tazz, although one guy who may especially disagree with him is this man Paul London. London has told Kennedy that he is going to do all he can to steal the show at WrestleMania, something that enraged Ken Kennedy.

Tazz: And so it should. Mr. Kennedy is after the spotlight himself, and these last few weeks, Paul London has been the one gettin’ all the attention here on Friday Night SmackDown!. Hopefully Kennedy can get it back startin’ tonight.

London slides into the ring, his energy at a high as he swiftly heads to the corner to get the crowd up, before backflipping into the centre of the ring. A brief face-off between himself and Kennedy ensues, with neither man backing down.

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

*LAMBEG*


The crowd gives a decent pop as Finlay walks out onto the stage with no fuss, simply holding his shillelagh up as he marches down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: From Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 225 lbs, FINLAYYYY!

Michael Cole: We just touched on the issues between Paul London and Mr. Kennedy – well what about the issues between this man Finlay and Mark Henry?

Tazz: Mark Henry announced himself as the man to beat last week, sayin’ nobody could touch him, and Finlay, who had been watchin’ Henry in the past, said he was up for the challenge. Is he? I dunno, but this Finlay is more guts than brains and I love it.

Finlay walks down the ramp quickly to climb up into the ring and join his partners as they wait.

*SOME BODIES GONNA GET IT*


The crowd now gives some great heat as the largest man in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Mark Henry storms out onto the stage, beating his chest intensely. Dripping with water, ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ is quick to walk down the ramp, abusing the fans as he does so.


Tony Chimel: Their partner, from Silsbee, Texas, weighing 387 lbs, MARK HEEENNNNNRY!

Michael Cole: The one man who perhaps gives SmackDown! the decisive edge in this match, and perhaps the favourite this Sunday, has to be this man, Mark Henry.

Tazz: Henry has to be one of the favourites, ain’t no doubt about that. The only concern is gonna be whether or not this guy is gonna be able to climb the ladder, but if he can, then there may be no stoppin’ ‘The World’s Strongest Man’.

Henry now joins the tense scene in the ring, icy stares being shared around by all four men.

“WOOOOOOOOOO”

*ALSO SPRAUCH ZARATHUSTRA*


The crowd erupts into a massive pop as the legend himself, the Intercontinental Champion, Ric Flair styles and profiles his way out onto the stage, making a rare SmackDown! appearance. Flair smiles out to the crowd, then walks his way on down the aisle, his title gleaming out from under his robe.


Tony Chimel: Their opponents, first, from Charlotte, North Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, he is the Intercontinental Champion, ‘The Nature Boooyyyy’ RIIIC FLAAAAIIIIIRRRRR!

Michael Cole: It’s not often we get to say this, but the living legend himself Ric Flair is here tonight on Friday Night SmackDown!, and Tazz, do you think there’s any chance, any chance at all, that he could be on his way to going for world title number seventeen this Sunday?

Tazz: There’s always a chance with Ric Flair, trust me – you never count out ‘The Nature Boy’. He may have never been in a Ladder Match before, but that don’t mean he doesn’t have a chance this Sunday.

Flair walks on down the ramp, then stops with a smile on his face, knowing he has to wait for his partners before climbing into the ring.

“I SPIT IN DA FACE OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE COOL”

*COOL*


The boos now come in as a former member of the SmackDown! roster, Carlito swaggers his way out onto the stage, accompanied by his buddy, Chris Masters. Tossing his apple up and down, Carlito looks as confident as ever here tonight.


Tony Chimel: From San Juan, Puerto Rico, weighing 225 lbs, CAAARRRRLITO!

Michael Cole: It’s been some time since we’ve seen Carlito here on SmackDown!, but we know from history that the youngster can make a big impact here tonight. He already did it this past Monday on RAW, so can he tonight, or possibly this Sunday?

Tazz: Without a doubt, Carlito has been one of my favourites ever since he debuted here, and I think that he may be one of those guys that’s gonna be tough to beat. He’s got the athleticism, he’s got the talent, but now he needs to prove that he’s got the drive to succeed.

The Caribbean joins his partner at the foot of the ramp, although he says nothing to him, instead choosing to talk to ‘The Masterpiece’.

“OOOOOOOOOO CHAVO”

*CHAVITO ARDIENTE*


A good pop sounds throughout the arena as Chavo Guerrero steps out onto the stage and rallies the crowd up onto their feet, getting them behind him. With his finger cast up to point toward the heavens above, the carrier of the great Guerrero legacy walks down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: From El Paso, Texas, weighing 215 lbs, CHAAAAVVVVO GUERRRREEERO!

Michael Cole: Chavo Guerrero has spoken lately about what this chance means to him. To him, this is a chance to not just allow the Guerrero legacy to live on, but to also step out of the shadow of his father, of his great uncle, and indeed of his uncles, including the late, great Eddie Guerrero.

Tazz: And Chavo’s got all the talent in the world. We saw him from a long time here on SmackDown!, and he was always a great competitor, winnin’ the tag team gold with Eddie, along with some Cruiserweight Titles along the way. He could be ready to step up to the big leagues this Sunday.

Unlike Carlito, when Chavo joins his partners at the foot of the ramp, ‘The Mexican Warrior’ warmly greets Flair, giving him a brief little hug, before looking on at the ring.











“LISTEN”

*IT’S TIME*


That’s right, we’re forced to wait before the resounding sound of the North Carolinian accent booms throughout the arena, bringing about the arrival of Gregory Helms. ‘The Hero’ Helms remains crouched down at first, before raising his head and moving to the music on his way down the ramp, arm cast up into the air.


Tony Chimel: And finally, from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing 215 lbs, GREGORY HELLLLLMMMMSSSSSSSS!

Michael Cole: Ever since becoming the first man to qualify for Money in the Bank, this man Gregory Helms has been anointed over on Monday night as the man to beat, and with good reason. Helms has had a breakout year since taking his mask off, beating the likes of Shawn Michaels, remaining undefeated and making it to the final four in the Royal Rumble, along with the likes of Kurt Angle, Randy Orton and The Undertaker. Will Helms continue what has seemed like a dream run with a win in Money in the Bank this Sunday?

Tazz: If ya ask Helms, he’ll tell ya he will. He has said he’s got a deposit on the briefcase, and he makes it hard to disagree with him. The kid’s got all the talent in the world and now is the time to use it.

Helms skips right on past his partners, ignoring them as he climbs up into the ring, his three partners quick to join him.

Match Three – Eight Man Tag Team Match:
Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Finlay & Marl Henry vs. Intercontinental Champion Ric Flair, Carlito, Chavo Guerrero & Gregory Helms w/Chris Masters

The dust settles as we move from having eight men in the ring to just two, our starting competitors being two former rivals in the form of Chavo Guerrero from RAW, and Paul London from SmackDown!. The two share a quick respectful handshake to a pop from the crowd, before circling around the ring and getting started. A lockup commences the match like usual, although Chavo is quick to go low and bust out a fireman’s carry, perhaps showing a willingness to try to control London with some amateur wrestling. Chavo continues to try to show that attitude by grabbing a front face lock, although London is able to quickly spin out of it with a hold of Chavo’s arm.

The SmackDown! superstar is able to then lock in a side headlock, pulling his opponent in close. Chavito is a wise man though, and he instantly shows it, using his size advantage to quickly bully London around and push him off into the ropes, before collecting him with a shoulder tackle on the rebound. Chavo is quick to dash off to the ropes, not bothered enough to taunt or anything as he skips over a flat London on the rebound, before coming back and finding himself on the receiving end of an arm drag! Chavo can’t believe it, springing up to receive a second arm, before London dashes off to the ropes … and runs right into a drop toe hold! His face having slammed off the mat, London quickly gets to his knees to feel at his nose … only for Chavo to crash down onto his back and flatten him with a hilo! Chavo shoots the half … two!

Chavo isn’t too bothered despite London’s kick out, quickly getting back to business as he assists London up, then hooks him up for a suplex. London is aware of what Chavo is doing though and is able to counter, landing behind him after the suplex attempt, before grabbing him around the waist and running him into the ropes to come back with an O’Connor roll … but there’s no count because Carlito made a blind tag! London is unaware of this as he continues to hold Chavo down … until Carlito suddenly cracks him in the back with a kick! London reels forward, holding his back, allowing Carlito to turn him around for a snapmare, then run off to the ropes to gain some momentum for a dropkick to the back of the head! Carlito makes the cover … two!

Knowing it’s early days, Carlito lifts London up without much notice of the count and tries to go to work on him, sending him into the corner with an Irish whip … but London floats over him when he charges in, then takes him down with a hurricanrana! The crowd cheers as London staggers to his corner … and tags in Mark Henry! There’s a collective “WHOOOAAAAA!” from the crowd as Henry steps into the ring, looking down at Carlito. Still down on the mat, ‘Lito regains his bearings, before looking up and seeing an angry Henry staring at him. Thinking back to Monday night, Henry points to Masters at ringside, then starts to walk over to Carly ominously. Thinking he has to escape, ‘Lito scurries to his corner … but his teammates drop from the corner, forcing him to compete! Carlito can’t believe his luck, shaking his head … when he’s suddenly grabbed by the afro and turned around … HUGE headbutt from Henry!

‘The World’s Strongest Man’ dominates Carlito for several moments, enjoying inflicting the pain as he measures his shots. Eventually Henry slams Carlito down in the ring, then looks to be thinking for an elbow drop as he walks away and raises his elbow … when Finlay tags himself in! Another “WHOOOAAAA!” from the crowd as Finlay steps through the ropes and eyes of Henry, before heading to poor Carlito and continuing where his enemy left off. Finally Finlay decides he’s made his statement and heads to the corner, looking to tag Paul London in, only for an opportunistic Mr. Kennedy to make the tag!

Kennedy climbs into the ring and talks a little smack to London, telling him to watch and learn … only to turn into a chop from Ric Flair, who had tagged Carlito in the time that Kennedy used to talk! The crowd cheers as RAW’s team suddenly starts to click, putting their differences aside for the most part to dominate Kennedy for a bit. The animosity is still there though, and it ultimately comes into things when Gregory Helms is the legal man. Having backed Kennedy into the corner, Helms eyes his partner Ric Flair off for a moment, before turning back to Kennedy … bam! Kennedy strikes with a right hand … only to be pushed right back into the corner and struck with a series of swift kicks. Content that he’s weakened Kennedy enough, Helms back out of the corner and dedicates his next move to Flair, before charging in to look for a knee to the jaw … but Kennedy moves, leaving Helms to strike turnbuckle! Moving gingerly, Helms turns … and Kennedy hoists him up, then slams him down with a rolling fireman’s carry slam!

The crowd claps on as both men look for hot tags … and they both get there, as Helms tags in Chavo, and Kennedy tags in the first man he can get to – Paul London! London is immediately all over Chavo, peppering him with right hands, before backing him off into the ropes and sending him off to come back into a hurricanrana! Chavo gets back up onto his feet … and is quickly taken down with a headcissors this time! London next whips Chavo into the corner, then charges in to strike with a corner spear! Chavo staggers from the corner, allowing London to climb up to the second rope, then strike with the mushroom stomp, sending Chavo face first into the second turnbuckle! London rolls Chavo up … TWO!

Knowing now is the time to try to finish the match, London gets Chavo up and hooks him up for the legsweep DDT … but Chavo spins out and suddenly gets London into position for a suplex … he strikes! Chavo lands one … then two … then three! CHAVO GETS THE THREE AMIGOS! Guerrero pops back up to his feet … and gets run straight through by Mark Henry! Henry roars with intensity … but Ric Flair takes him down from behind with a chop block! Ric Flair turns around … clothesline from Finlay … who is almost instantly then taken down by a springboard missile dropkick from Carlito! The crowd boos as Carlito stands tall in the ring … before being grabbed by Paul London and turned around … LONDON STRIKES WITH THE LEGSWEEP DDT!

London kicks Carlito’s body from the ring, then turns … RIGHT INTO CHAVO WHO THINKS THREE AMIGOS … BUT LONDON LANDS BEHIND HIM … SUPERKICK! London takes Chavo’s head off, knocking him practically out cold … before dragging him towards the corner! London goes to the top rope … WHEN MR. KENNEDY TAGS HIMSELF IN! London looks on in shock as Kennedy makes the cover … AND GETS THE THREE!

Winners: Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Finlay & Mark Henry via pinfall @ 9:24

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE*


Tony Chimel: Here are your winners, Mr. K-

Chimel suddenly stops … as Paul London turns Mr. Kennedy around in the ring … LEGSWEEP DDT! The crowd erupts as Paul London lays Kennedy out … THEN HEADS TO THE CORNER! London goes up to the top rope … AND DOES WHAT HE WAS STOPPED FROM DOING BEFORE, NAILING MR. KENNEDY WITH THE 450 SPLASH!

The crowd continues to cheer as London climbs back up to his feet … WHEN CARLITO AND CHRIS MASTERS SLIDE INTO THE RING BEHIND LONDON WITH A LADDER! London turns … THEN DUCKS THE LADDER … BEFORE DROPKICKING IT BACK INTO THE FACES OF CARLITO AND MASTERS!

The two youngsters go down and out, leaving the ladder in the ring … which London picks up … then puts around his neck! The crowd cheers as the other men roll into the ring … AND LONDON TAKES THEM DOWN WHIRLY BIRD STYLE! CHAVO GUERRERO, RIC FLAIR, GREGORY HELMS AND FINLAY ARE ALL WIPED OUT!

London keeps going, looking dizzy when he sees Mark Henry climbing into the ring, though he still goes at him with the ladder … ONLY FOR HENRY TO SWAT IT AWAY! The ladder falls from the neck of London … AND HE NOW HAS HIS HEAD TAKEN OFF BY A CLOTHESLINE! Henry doesn’t care too much for the ladder, kicking it away as he turns his focus back to London … TO SCOOP HIM UP AND NAIL HIM WITH THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!

The heat from the crowd rolls in as Henry stands tall in the ring, directly beneath the Money in the Bank briefcase that is hanging from the rafters.


Michael Cole: A win for SmackDown!, Tazz, but what a statement Mark Henry has just made! If he wasn’t the man to beat before, he HAS to be now.

Tazz: He absolutely smashed that ladder. It doesn’t look like there’s a single weapon that can stop Mark Henry this Sunday. We may be lookin’ at the next Mr. Money in the Bank.

We remain on the image of Henry as we head off to a break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to see the General Manager, Eric Bischoff walking towards the parking lot, surrounded by security officers.

Eric Bischoff: Gentlemen, I want to let you know just how important tonight is for you. Tonight could be make or break. You take care of business tonight, and you could have Eric Bischoff on your side for good. You don’t and … well, let’s just say things won’t be made easy for you.

~ The entourage gets to the parking lot to see a limousine pulling up.

Eric Bischoff: Ah, they’re here!

~ The chauffeur climbs from the limo and makes his way to the main door, opening it up … to reveal The Redneck Wrecking Crew. The Crew look completely out of place, dressed as always in flannelette shirts and denim jeans, despite their lofty standing with the boss. Cade & Murdoch make their way away from the limo and join their boss, shaking hands with Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: Cade … Murdoch … welcome to my Friday Night SmackDown!.

Lance Cade: Thank you, Mr. Bischoff. I’ve gotta say, it’s an honour to be here for you, but before we get any further … who are … who are those guys?

~ Cade motions to Bischoff’s security.

Eric Bischoff: Lance, for tonight, that is your personal security force. Should anyone have any problems with you or Trevor, then they can take it … to them.

Lance Cade: That’s uh … that’s all well and good, sir, but me an’ Trevor were thinkin’ on our way over here in the limo … if anyone has any problems with us here on Friday night ‘cause we’re gonna take out their precious Undertaker … how was it you put it, Trevor?

Trevor Murdoch: We’ll beat it out of ‘em.

~ Cade smiles to himself.

Lance Cade: That’s right, we’ll beat it out of ‘em. Anyway, we’ve gotta get a steppin’. We’ll see you later tonight Mr. Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: Good luck gentlemen.

The Crew make their way out of the shot, leaving the security team to look on …

… As we cut back to ringside.


Michael Cole: The Redneck Wrecking Crew sending a big message, showing they’re not scared of anyone – including seemingly The Undertaker.

Tazz: And that’s the way it’s gotta be. RVD’s gonna be takin’ in the same attitude this Sunday night.

We now cut to see Nunzio standing in the ring, bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet as a bell sounds in the background.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Brooklyn, New York, weighing 185 lbs, NUUUNNNNZIO!

*BOOYAKA 619*


The crowd suddenly explodes into a huge pop as the familiar tune plays, bringing about the arrival of Rey Mysterio, who springs out of the bottom of the stage. Mysterio is as enthusiastic as ever in getting the crowd fired up, heading to either side of the stage before beginning on down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: His opponent, from San Diego, California, weighing 175 lbs, REEEEYYY MYSSSTEEEEEERRRIIOOOO!

Michael Cole: For weeks now, Kid Kash and Rey Mysterio have been attempting to show one another up to prove who the better cruiserweight is. Tonight Rey looks to get another chance as he tries to beat the man who Kid Kash beat last week, Nunzio.

Tazz: And this could be a good thing or a bad thing for Rey with WrestleMania so close. If Rey is able to beat Nunzio here tonight, he could give himself a big boost goin’ into this Sunday. If he fails, then that could be terrible so close to WrestleMania.

Mysterio acknowledges all of his loyal fans in his merchandise before climbing up into the ring, and now setting himself for action …

*KASH MONEY*


Just like Mysterio last week, the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash strides out onto the stage, looking on as he tells the referee to start the match.


Match Four – Singles Match:
Nunzio vs. Rey Mysterio

Like last week, Mysterio seems distracted early on by Kash’s presence, looking out at him … and Nunzio goes for an O’Connor roll from behind … but Mysterio rolls through into a cover of his own … two! Both men get up, with Nunzio going for a sunset flip … but Rey sits down into a cover of his own … two! Nunzio this time looks for a backslide when both men get up, but again Rey is able to counter, scoring with a backslide of his own … two!

Frustrated, Nunzio is quick to charge at Mysterio, only for the smaller man to take him over with a couple of arm drags. Mysterio then gets back to his feet and runs at the ropes, looking to perhaps take Nunzio down with a headscissors … but Nunzio catches him and gets him in a wheelbarrow position … only for Mysterio to pull out a spectacular arm drag, sending Nunzio rolling from the ring! The Italian lifts himself up on the outside … ONLY TO BE WIPED OUT BY A SENSATIONAL TWISTING PLANCHA FROM REY MYSTERIO!

The crowd breaks out into a huge cheer, showing their appreciation for Mysterio as the master of the 619 climbs back to his feet. Having readjusted his mask, Mysterio looks to go back to work on Nunzio, when Kid Kash starts to make his presence known, heading for Mysterio. Mysterio realises, stopping to look at Kash, warning him to stay where he is, before then advancing towards him. The crowd cheers as Rey continues to go towards Kash … when Nunzio suddenly rushes him from behind, pushing him rib first into the ring apron, before flinging him back into the crowd barrier!

This signals the beginning of a period of dominance from the former Little Guido, picking Mysterio apart and targeting his ribs. Intent on making his point ahead of his title match at WrestleMania, Mysterio does his all to fight on, looking to get back into the match when Nunzio changes things up and locks in a bodyscissors. Squeezing his thighs into Mysterio’s ribs, Nunzio tenaciously tries to force his opponent to submit. Mysterio seems to have no plans to quit though, refusing to submit each and every time, instead fighting through the pain … before beginning to kick away at the head of Nunzio! This forces the feisty Italian-American to relinquish the hold, freeing Mysterio to climb back to his feet and run off to the ropes … rebounding right into as kick to the midsection from his opponent. Nunzio then hoists Mysterio up onto his shoulders, thinking of something big … but Mysterio is able to swing around, then get a victory roll … two!

Both men climb back to their feet and run off to the ropes, with Nunzio being the aggressor, going for a clothesline that Mysterio is able to duck, before bouncing back off the ropes and nailing a headscissors takedown! A dizzy Nunzio regains his footing, walking right into a series of stinging kicks to the hamstring from Mysterio, who then runs off to the ropes and comes back with a springboard crossbody block! Rather than keeping the cover, Mysterio rolls off and runs to the ropes, this time coming back with a springboard moonsault body block! Nunzio sits up as Mysterio rolls off … BAM! Mysterio kicks Nunzio square in the temple! The little man makes the cover … TWO!

Mysterio looks as if he almost can’t believe the kick out, climbing back to his feet, before telling the crowd to get ready … AND DROPKICKING NUNZIO DOWN ACROSS THE SECOND ROPE! The crowd gets excited as Mysterio dashes off to the ropes, then comes back … 619 TIMES … NO! NUNZIO AVOIDS IT, THEN RUNS OFF TO THE ROPES … A SINGLE LEG DROPKICK WIPES MYSTERIO OUT! Nunzio hooks the leg … TWO!

The Italian-American can’t believe it, questioning the referee’s count before climbing back to his feet and lifting Mysterio up … grabbing him for a German suplex … but Rey won’t go over! Nunzio continues to struggle, trying to hoist Mysterio up … only for Rey to wrap his legs around Nunzio … AND NAIL A WHEELBARROW BULLDOG! Nunzio’s face slams over the mat … before he pulls himself into position over the second rope! Mysterio’s eyes light up as he turns to dash off to the ropes … RUNNING RIGHT INTO THE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE! KID KASH BRANDISHES THE CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE ACROSS THE SKULL OF MYSTERIO, CAUSING THE REF TO CALL FOR THE BELL!

Winner: Rey Mysterio via disqualification @ 5:42


The crowd absolutely shits on ‘Double K’, who storms around Rey, peeling back the sleeves of his shirt. Telling him that he can expect the same fate at WrestleMania, Kash throws the Cruiserweight Title by the wayside, then bends down to pick up Mysterio, holding him in a front face lock.


Michael Cole: Oh no! Kid Kash has him in position!

Tazz: The champ’s about to make a statement!

The Cruiserweight Champion holds Mysterio coldly for a second, before lifting him up … AND LAYING HIM OUT WITH THE DEAD LEVEL! KASH DROPS MYSTERIO CLEAN IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING!

The crowd boos as Kash gets back to his feet, then goes to grab his title so he can bring it across and hold it over Rey, shouting at him “You’ll never be better than me! Never! This title … this title is mine, boy!”


Michael Cole: The Cruiserweight Champion has just laid out the number one contender just two days before their match at WrestleMania! Kid Kash has laid Mysterio out!

Tazz: Message sent, Cole, plain an’ simple.

We continue to look on at the image of KK holding his gold over Mysterio as we fade out to a break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break back at ringside.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown!, where still to come we have the contract signing for the World Heavyweight Title WrestleMania main event between the champion Batista and the challenger Randy Orton, along with The Redneck Wrecking Crew taking on The Undertaker in handicap action.

*WHATEVER*


The crowd gives a great pop as ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ Chris Benoit makes his way out onto the stage. Benoit doesn’t make much of a fuss, briefly raising his arms before walking down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: The following contest is a tag team match and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, weighing 225 lbs, CHRIS BENNNNOOOIITTTT!

Michael Cole: And here comes a man who this Sunday hopes to win back the United States Title that he never truly lost to Booker T in the first place.

Tazz: As much as I respect Benoit, I believe he’s had enough bites at the carrot. He may have never lost the title, but he never won it back either.

Benoit makes his way down the ramp quickly, then climbs up into the ring and waits for his partner.

*MISERIA CANTARE*


The crowd gives a solid pop as the lights go out initially, then begin to flicker as the beat comes in. Sure enough, when the spotlight shines down on the stage, SmackDown!’s newest superstar CM Punk is crouched down at the top of the stage. Punk runs his hand along the ground, before climbing to his feet and shouting out to the crowd that “It’s clobberin’ time!” His black jacket on, Punk looks all business as he makes his way down the ramp, slapping hands with the fans.


Tony Chimel: His partner, from Chicago, Illinois, weighing 222 lbs, C – M PUUUNNNNNKKKKKK!

Michael Cole: This man won’t be appearing at WrestleMania, but the impact he made on debut was absolutely unreal. Ladies and gentlemen, this man CM Punk is all about competition, and he showed it last week when he pinned Booker T, the current United States Champion in his very first match.

Tazz: No doubt, that was a huge moment for Punk, but was it a fluke, or is he the real deal? Punk’ll get a chance to show us tonight by steppin’ in the ring with the three guys who’ll be competin’ for the United States Title at WrestleMania.

Punk climbs up to the second rope from the apron and yells out to the crowd, before jumping into the ring and res[ectfully shaking hands with his partner.

“CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?”

*RAP SHEET*


Some great heat from the crowd as the reigning United States Champion, Booker T walks out onto the stage, arm in arm with his wife Sharmell, with Orlando Jordan following them out.


Tony Chimel: Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 501 lbs, ORLANDO JORDAN and the United States Champion, BOOOOOOKER T!

Michael Cole: For some reason, despite trying to break away from Booker, Orlando Jordan just can’t do it, and he finds himself coming out here with him tonight.

Tazz: Orlando may not be strong enough to break away from ‘The Book Man’ just yet, but trust me, that’s a good thing, because he’s gonna be learnin’ from the best when it comes to the current United States Champion, who, if everything goes to plan, will still be champ after this Sunday.

Booker & OJ climb up into the ring, Booker posturing at the front while Orlando takes a back seat.

Match Five – Tag Team Match:
Chris Benoit & CM Punk vs. United States Champion Booker T & Orlando Jordan w/Sharmell

Keen to start the match, Chris Benoit stays in the ring, prompting Booker T to send in his partner, Orlando Jordan. Jordan begins the match a little cautiously, not wanting to rush into anything, weary of Benoit like we’ve seen in their last few encounters. This results in a cautious lockup between the two, with Benoit not looking for a submission victory tonight, perhaps wanting to get to Booker instead at some time in this match, as he goes to a side headlock. Jordan struggles, not wanting his neck to be cranked on too much, prompting him to fight free by pushing Benoit off to the ropes. The steam Benoit picks up off the ropes is considerable, and actually works against Jordan as ‘The Canadian Crippler’ ploughs right through his opponent with a shoulder tackle.

Wanting a piece of Booker, Benoit then instructs Jordan to tag Booker into the match to no result. ‘The Book Man’ instead chooses to just stand on the apron, leaving Jordan to get up and again engage in a lockup, with a side headlock being the result. The same chain continues as Benoit scores with a shoulder tackle, before this time running off to the ropes to keep things going. Benoit skips over Jordan on the first rebound, then bounces off the ropes again, coming right back into a hip toss attempt … which he’s able to block … before striking with a huge knife edge chop!

The crowd cheers as Benoit screams at Jordan to tag in Booker, only for OJ to refuse, prompting Benoit to fling him into the corner, then light up his chest with some hard chops. Perhaps realising that he’s not going to get to Booker right now, Benoit decides to head to his corner and tag in CM Punk for the first time. ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ climbs into the ring and looks at Orlando, asking him to shake hands with him, which Orlando looks to do … only for Booker to call him across and tag himself in! With a point to prove, Booker storms into the ring and faces off with Punk, talking some trash … when Punk extends his hands out to him. Booker scoffs at Punk, not wanting to shake hands with the rookie … prompting Punk to instead reach his hand out Benoit! Panicking, Booker heads back to his corner, looking to tag Orlando in should Punk tag Benoit in. Punk again changes his attention, this time holding his hand out to Booker, telling him one of them is going do something, leaving Booker no option but to shake hands with CM.

Content that his handshake offer has been accepted, Punk now begins to circle the ring along with Booker, before going into a lockup that Booker is able to win. The US Champion looks to be headed for a clean break, backing away, before suddenly ramming his fist right into the jaw of Punk! Taking out his anger from having lost to Punk the previous week, Booker absolutely hammers his foe with any shots he can get in the corner, before going for an Irish whip, only for Punk to float over him in the corner. Punk then dashes off to the ropes, before springboard back and scoring with a crossbody block on a rising Booker into a cover … two!

Both men now climb back to their feet … WHEN PUNK SUDDENLY LOOKS FOR THE KNOCKOUT KICK … AND BOOKER FALLS BACK ON HIS ASS TO DODGE! A smile on his face, Punk looks down at the fear in Booker’s eyes, before kicking him in the side of the head! Punk makes the cover again … two! This time Punk looks to lift Booker up himself, although the United States Champion is all over it, rolling away to the apron to lift himself up. Grabbing him by the dreads, Punk looks to get Booker back into the ring … but Booker suddenly rakes his eyes, sending Punk reeling away! After a moment to recover, Booker pulls Punk back in and tries to get him up for a suplex … only for Punk to fight free, then kick him under the arm, sending him tumbling from the apron down to the floor!

The crowd cheers as Orlando quickly goes to tend to his partner, prompting Punk to call his partner into the ring as they both eye off their opponents … THEN RUN AND TAKE THEM DOWN WITH TWIN SUICIDE DIVES! A big cheer roars through the crowd as the face team regain their feet, young and old, before we head away to a commercial break.

Back from the break and we now see Booker T holding CM Punk in a sleeper hold, demanding that he quit. Cole informs us that momentum swung in the ad break due to some interference from Sharmell, and since then it’s been all downhill for Punk, who now looks to fight back to his feet and get back into his second ever WWE match. With the crowd behind him, Punk is able to use his remaining energy to get back to his feet, then elbow himself free from Booker’s grip, before looking to run off to the ropes … only for Booker to grab him by the hair and slam him back into the mat! A smile on his face, Booker now drops a knee and makes the cover … TWO!

Punk narrowly survives the pin attempt, kicking out at the last moment. The fact that Punk is struggling at this stage isn’t lost on Booker as he doesn’t worry about the referee or even immediately following up, heading across to tag Orlando Jordan back into the match as Punk struggles away to a corner. Even Jordan is showing some confidence at this stage, making his way across to Punk somewhat slowly, before measuring some nice right hands jabs to the jaw of his opponent, staggering him. Content with the damage he’s caused, Orlando now backs off, before charging back … right into a boot to the jaw from Punk!

Unlike OJ, with his opponent staggered, Punk is quick to act, throwing Jordan back into the corner before backing off … bam! A running knee lift to the head from Punk … following by a bulldog from the corner, laying OJ out! Punk hits the combo! The crowd now cheers as both men start to struggle towards their corners, looking for the tags to their respective partners. A nervous Booker glances up and gleefully sees Orlando a lot closer to their corner than Punk is to his, making Booker think he may be able to stop Benoit getting into the match. Immediately after getting the tag, Booker charges in to grab CM Punk by the leg, looking to stop him going any further … but ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ kicks free, then dives towards his corner and tags in Chris Benoit!

The crowd erupts as Benoit charges into the ring and hits a series of scintillating chops, allowing him to back Booker off into the ropes so he can send him off with an Irish whip, scoring with a big elbow on the rebound. Benoit follows that up with a clothesline, before kicking a rising Booker in the midsection and snapping off a quick suplex! Benoit floats over into the cover … two! Wanting to do some more damage to the US Champion, Benoit climbs back to his feet and lines Booker up, drilling him with some big chops that drive him back to the corner.

Benoit continues on with the chops in the corner until the count of four, at which point he sends Booker off with an Irish whip into the corner, then looks to charge in at him … running right into an elbow! Benoit staggers away, allowing Booker time to recover, before running out and going for a calf kick to the jaw, only for Benoit to duck, then grab Booker by the waist … German suplex! Benoit nails the German suplex … and keeps the hands clasped … allowing him to hit a second German suplex … and then a third! Benoit nails the trio!

The crowd gives a great cheer as ‘The Canadian Crippler’ pops back up and looks around, before making the throat slashing motion! ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ heads to the corner, then goes up to the top rope, ready to try to finish Booker … when Orlando Jordan rolls into the ring and nails him with a right hand. The crowd boos as Jordan cuts Benoit off to hammer him with some right hands, before joining him up at the dizzy heights of the top rope, looking to hook him up for a superplex.

Benoit is more than experienced in these situations though, and he gives OJ more than he bargained for, struggling free of his grip before starting to use his head as a battering ram, eventually sending OJ falling back down to the mat! With Booker having rolled away to the apron, Benoit looks around … THEN DECIDES TO NAIL ORLANDO JORDAN WITH THE DIVING HEADBUTT! The crowd cheers as a groggy Benoit gets up … BAM! SUPERKICK RIGHT ON THE BUTTON FROM BOOKER T!

The crowd boos as Benoit goes down … but before Booker can make the cover, he’s turned around … AND KICKED RIGHT IN THE TEMPLE BY CM PUNK! Booker goes down with a thud, prompting Punk to turn and see Orlando holding himself up with the ropes … so he charges across and takes him out of the ring kamikaze style with a crossbody block!

Booker and Benoit are the only two men in the ring now, slowly struggling to their feet, looking completely out of it … WHEN BENOIT LOOKS FOR THE CROSSFACE … NO! Booker elbows free, dazing Benoit and allowing him to boot him in the midsection … SCISSOR KICK TIME … BENOIT DUCKS OUT OF THE WAY AND TAKES BOOKER DOWN FOR THE SHARPSHOOTER … BUT BOOKER FIGHTS FREE! Booker gets back to his feet to see Benoit charging at him for a clothesline that he ducks … BOOK END … BUT BENOIT TAKES THE ARM, SPINS OUT OF IT AND LOCKS IN THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE! The crowd goes nuts as Booker tries to fight, looking to get himself to the ropes …

… ONLY TO TAP OUT!

Winners: Chris Benoit & CM Punk via pinfall @ 9:59

*WHATEVER*


Tony Chimel: Here are your winners, CHRIS BENOIT AND C – M PUNK!

A big cheer rings in from the crowd as Chris Benoit relinquishes the hold and climbs back to his feet, having made his chief rival tap out just two nights before the two of them – along with Orlando Jordan – compete for the US Title. On the outside we see CM Punk shake hands with Orlando Jordan as both men regain their senses, before Punk rolls in the ring and shakes a reeling Booker’s hand. Benoit is still the main focus though, celebrating and motioning that he wants the gold this Sunday.

Michael Cole: Chris Benoit has just made a big statement here Tazz, making the US Champion tap out just two nights before they’ll be in the same ring again at WrestleMania.

Tazz: Yeah, but you gotta remember, there’s gonna be no CM Punk this Sunday to help Benoit out. He’s gonna be in the ring with both Orlando Jordan and Booker T at the same time, and that don’t bode well for Benoit, no matter how well he’s wrestling.

Michael Cole: Well Benoit has been in the form of his life of late, so who knows? He could well beat both men this Sunday at WrestleMania 22.

Benoit now climbs down from the turnbuckle to see CM Punk applauding him, bringing about a nice moment as the two shake hands. Punk then raises Benoit’s arm in the air and declares to the live crowd that Benoit is the next United States Champion.

Cutting away from there, we’re suddenly backstage where we see a split screen of the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista and the challenger Randy Orton arriving in the arena. Both men look to mean business in their own way – Batista looking as intense as ever, despite being dressed casually, while Randy Orton is dressed stylishly in a suit.


Michael Cole: Well Tazz, there are the two men who will be competing in the main event at WrestleMania, the World Heavyweight Champion Batista and Randy Orton, and later tonight you’ll be handling the contract signing between those two men.

Cutting from there, we now see The Redneck Wrecking Crew making their way through a corridor backstage.

Tazz: Sure will be, but before then, it’s gonna be The Redneck Wrecking Crew takin’ on ‘The Phenom’ The Undertaker in a two on one handicap match.

Michael Cole: It will be and that’s next on Friday Night SmackDown!.

Off we go.

*Commercial Break*


We return back from the break at ringside to hear the ring bell sounding.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is a two on one handicap match, and it is scheduled for one fall!

*SHOW TIME*


Some nice heat comes in as The Redneck Wrecking Crew storm out onto the stage, mouthing off to the crowd. Murdoch looks almost like he wants to get at the crowd, but Cade holds him back as they make their way down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 502 lbs, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, THE RED – NECK WRECKING CREEEWWWWWW!

Michael Cole: Well here they are, the henchmen of our General Manager for the night Eric Bischoff, and they’re two of the nastiest henchmen you’re ever likely to find. Can The Undertaker possibly survive the onslaught tonight from The Redneck Wrecking Crew?

Tazz: I dunno Cole, because as you said, these two guys, Cade an’ Murdoch, they’re just flat out nasty, ain’t two ways about it. They’re gonna do whatever they can to put ‘The Phenom’ down before he meets RVD this Sunday night at WrestleMania.

The Crew continues to talk trash even as they climb up into the ring, letting the crowd know exactly what they think about ‘em. Once the music stops however, EVERYONE, Cade and Murdoch included, falls quiet and waits …











*GONG*

*GONG*

*GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY*


The arena descends into darkness, the entrance way fills with smoke and the crowd begin to buzz as the ominous presence of The Undertaker steps through the curtain and enters the arena. Shrouded by darkness, the mysterious and powerful ‘Phenom’ begins his slow march down the ramp.


Tony Chimel: Their opponent, from Death Valley, weighing 295 lbs, THEEEEE UNDEEERRRRRTAKERRRR!

Michael Cole: There is no other wrestler, no other athlete who has the presence of ‘The Deadman’. Undefeated at thirteen and oh at WrestleMania, The Undertaker is headed into a match with Monday Night RAW’s Rob Van Dam in just two nights, but before then he’s going to have to get through Cade and Murdoch.

Tazz: Cade and Murdoch said they weren’t scared, but Cole, I defy anyone, anyone to look on at this man enter an arena and not get chills down their spine.

Michael Cole: Well RVD has proven himself to be that man over the past few weeks, but whether or not that’ll mean he can beat The Undertaker this Sunday should ‘The Phenom’ get there, I don’t know.

The Undertaker slowly but surely makes his way down the ramp, then, after lifting the darkness, climbs into the ring and readies himself for battle.

Match Six – Two On One Handicap Match:
The Redneck Wrecking Crew vs. The Undertaker

The ever-present eerie buzz caused by The Undertaker’s presence runs through the arena as ‘The Phenom’ stands in the ring, looking on as The Redneck Wrecking Crew talk strategy. Finally it’s Lance Cade who decides he’ll start the action, sending Murdoch out so he can cautiously circle around The Undertaker. ‘The Phenom’ keeps a close watch on Cade, not wanting to let him out of his sight … when Trevor Murdoch suddenly clubs him from behind! A smiling Cade scurries from the ring, revealing Murdoch to be the legal man. Murdoch takes advantage of having ‘The Deadman’ down too, hammering away on him with any shot he can take.

Knowing that they can’t match ‘The Phenom’ alone as individuals, The Crew make frequent tags right from the beginning as they attempt to wear The Undertaker down. It’s not until they try to work together that The Undertaker gets his first offense for the match in though, smashing Cade and Murdoch both with some big right hands when they look to double up on him in the corner. The illegal man Cade goes rolling from the ring, leaving Trevor Murdoch at the mercy of ‘The Deadman’ as he takes him and rams him down headfirst into the top turnbuckle.

His opponent cornered, ‘Taker is now able to absolutely go to town, lambasting Murdoch with a series of elbows right to the temple. Murdoch is eventually allowed to stumble free when ‘The Phenom’ tells the referee to back away, only for the redneck to move right into a kick to the midsection as ‘The Deadman’ takes his arm. The crowd buzzes as The Undertaker pulls his opponent towards the corner, everyone in the crowd knowing what’s coming as he heads up to the top rope, then walks across it with impeccable balance … until Lance Cade runs along the apron and pushes ‘The Phenom’, causing him to hotshot his own jaw off the top rope!

That shot is enough to completely daze The Undertaker, allowing The Redneck Wrecking Crew to take control of the match as they look to pick ‘The Phenom’ apart. The Crew don’t go for too many covers, instead choosing to batter away on The Undertaker instead, perhaps showing their purpose is to cause damage to The Undertaker, rather than actually pin him. Bit by bit, the life is beaten out of ‘The Deadman’ thanks to The Crew continually keeping him in their corner, allowing the illegal man to put out any little spot fires that signal an Undertaker comeback. ‘The Phenom’ hasn’t dominated for years on end for no reason though, and The Crew find this out for themselves when Cade gets a little cocky, leaving ‘Taker in a neutral corner to tell the crowd what he thinks he of them, allowing The Undertaker enough time to recover and boot him in the midsection when he turns around.

‘Taker lands another boot, before starting to go to town on Cade with some big right hands, forcing him back into the ropes. Looking to keep his momentum going, ‘The Deadman’ goes for an Irish whip, only for Cade to reverse … sending The Undertaker right into a knee to the back from Trevor Murdoch! ‘Taker staggers forward … right into a running STO from Lance Cade! Cade hooks the leg … TWO! The Undertaker just kicks out.

Cade can’t believe it, the want to beat The Undertaker perhaps taking over from the general mission of inflicting pain as he questions the referee. Deciding that enough is enough, Cade walks across to Murdoch and tells him it’s time to end it, before tagging him in. Cade stays in the ring too, making it a two on one situation as The Crew circles around The Undertaker … getting in position to finish him off as he starts to rise … SWEET ‘N’ SOUR FROM THE CREW … NO! ‘Taker ducks under the clothesline attempt from Cade and runs off to the ropes … before bouncing back and taking both of his opponents down with a double flying clothesline! ‘The Phenom’ gets back to his feet and runs off to the ropes as his opponents struggle up … this time connecting with a double running DDT! The Redneck Wrecking Crew is down … but The Undertaker isn’t, as ‘The Deadman’ sits up to a huge ovation!

Cade is the first of his opponents to pick himself up, using the ropes to help him, allowing The Undertaker to run across and clothesline him out to the floor! ‘The Phenom’ now turns to Murdoch, before grabbing him to hurl him into the corner, then charging in to connect with a corner clothesline! Murdoch struggles out of the corner … bam! The Undertaker takes his head off with a running big boot! Murdoch goes down … and the hand of The Undertaker goes up! The Undertaker is poised to finish the match, waiting as Murdoch starts to get up … GRABBING HIM FOR THE CHOKESLAM WHEN HE DOES! UNDERTAKER STARTS TO GET MURDOCH UP … CRACK! LANCE CADE SLAMS A STEEL CHAIR INTO THE SPINE OF THE UNDERTAKKER, BRINGING ABOUT THE DQ!

Winner: The Undertaker via disqualification @ 6:43


The match is over, but that doesn’t matter to Cade, who watches as The Undertaker falls to his hands and knees, raising the chair up again …


Michael Cole: Oh come on! This is disgusting.

Tazz: The Redneck Wrecking Crew may just put The Undertaker down.

… When the crowd explodes … AND ROB VAN DAM RUNS OUT FROM THE BACK!

Michael Cole: RVD! RVD is here!

Van Dam hits the ring, ducking under a clothesline from Trevor Murdoch … BAM! SUPERKICK! A confused Cade comes at him next with the chair, but Van Dam ducks … THEN NAILS CADE WITH THE VAN DAMINATOR WHEN HE TURNS AROUND!

The crowd goes nuts as Van Dam looks on at The Crew, who roll from the ring in a heap …


???: Hang on just a damn minute!

~ We shift our view to the stage … to see the General Manager, Eric Bischoff walk out.

Eric Bischoff: Van Dam, what in the hell do you think you’re doing?

~ Heat from the crowd.

Eric Bischoff: I mean really? Is that “extreme” heads of yours screwed up so badly that you couldn’t see what this was all about?

~ Bischoff pauses, continuing to walk down the ramp and point at Van Dam.

Eric Bischoff: The whole point of tonight was to help you, RVD. It was to help you. I mean, let’s face it, right now, at WrestleMania, you don’t really stand a chance, do you? You may think you’re good, and I’ll admit, you’re not bad, but The Undertaker is thirteen and oh at WrestleMania. Thirteen and oh! So what chance, what possible chance did you think an extreme reject like you had against him at full strength at WrestleMania?

~ Big heat from the crowd as Bischoff climbs up into the ring.

Eric Bischoff: The only way you’re going to beat The Undertaker is if he doesn’t go in at one hundred percent, and you’ve already embarrassed me enough tonight – I don’t want you doing it this Sunday when my reputation is on the line in an interbrand match, so here’s what you’re going to do. You see that chair?

~ Bischoff points to the chair that Cade dropped, staying next to a still struggling Undertaker.

Eric Bischoff: You’re going to take that chair, and you are going to bash The Undertaker’s brains out with it! You got it?

~ The heat from the crowd is now deafening.

Eric Bischoff: You leave me no choice, Van Dam. You’re going to accept my help one way or another, because this Sunday, I’m going to give it to you whether you like it or not. So how about we skip the middle man, and you do the dirty work for me now?

~ Van Dam looks around, obviously uncomfortable.

Eric Bischoff: Do it now or I’ll fire you on the spot!

~ Monstrous heat, as Van Dam slowly starts to head towards the chair …











*NO CHANCE IN HELL*


The crowd EXPLODES into a huge mixed reaction as none other than the chairman of the board, the boss of the WWE, Mr. McMahon walks out onto the stage in typical fashion, already holding a microphone.


Mr. McMahon: Cut my music!

~ The music instantly cuts out, allowing McMahon to walk down the ramp and talk.

Mr. McMahon: Van Dam, don’t you move another muscle! You stay right there while I talk to Mr. Bischoff.

~ Pop from the crowd as McMahon walks up the steel steps and makes his way into the ring.

Eric Bischoff: Mr. McMahon, it’s an honour to see you here-

Mr. McMahon: SHADDUP!

~ A big pop from the crowd.

Mr. McMahon: Cut the crap, Bischoff. I’m not here to hear it. What I’m here to do is to maintain order, something that I thought I put you in charge of. But do you know why I did that, Eric? Do you know why I really put you in charge? No? I’ll tell you.

~ McMahon pauses.

Mr. McMahon: Eric, do you remember a couple of months ago back on RAW when you lost control of your superstars, and I told you to get things back in order?

Eric Bischoff: Y – Yes, si-

Mr. McMahon: You don’t talk now. I may have asked a question, but I don’t want an answer. Not now. Not from you.

~ Pop.

Mr. McMahon: I’m glad you remember though, because since then, I’ve been watching, and I haven’t been impressed. Sure, you’ve taken charge, but do you know what else you’ve done? You’ve lost that connection. You don’t do what’s best for the superstars. You don’t do what’s best for the WWE. Take this RVD and Undertaker match at WrestleMania … what would be best is for them to settle it one on one, yet you see the need to interfere in this … in this ‘Interbrand Spectacular’.

~ A pop from the crowd.

Mr. McMahon: Now I put you in charge tonight so that you could prove that with a different roster of superstars, this could be different, but you haven’t done that, have you, Eric? Instead, you’ve proven me right again. You’ve proven that you’re nothing but a corrupt bastard. So here’s what I’m gonna do … first of all, at WrestleMania, RVD vs. The Undertaker will truly be one on one, because anyone who interferes will be fired on the spot!

~ A HUGE pop from the crowd.

Mr. McMahon: Second of all, Eric Bischoff, you are now officially on … probation!

~ Another big pop.

Mr. McMahon: One more mistake, and I won’t hesitate to fire your ass!

~ Another big pop as McMahon looks around to see The Undertaker and RVD standing on opposite sides of the ring.

Mr. McMahon: So now, what do ya say you get your ass out of the ring, and we give these people what they really want to see?

~ The crowd goes nuts as Bischoff leaves with his tail between his legs, followed closely by McMahon … LEAVING THE UNDERTAKER AND RVD TO COME FACE TO FACE! The crowd goes wild as the electricity runs through the air as both men try to intimidate one another …

… WHEN THE UNDERTAKER SUDDENLY GRABS RVD BY THE THROAT! The pop is MASSIVE as ‘The Phenom’ looks to get RVD up … but he slips out … THEN NAILS THE UNDERTAKER WITH A SUPERKICK FOR THE SECOND TIME IN FIVE DAYS!

RVD lays ‘The Phenom’ out … THEN HEADS TO THE CORNER! RVD GOES UP TO THE TOP ROPE … LOOKS OUT TO THE CROWD … THEN LEAPS UP … AND NAILS THE FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! RVD GETS ALL OF IT!

The Undertaker is left to roll away in pain as Van Dam gets up, looks around, then raises his arms in the air.


Michael Cole: Oh my! RVD … RVD has just hit RVD with the Five Star Frog Splash again.

Tazz: Maybe he does have a chance at WrestleMania!

Michael Cole: Well we now know that it’ll be one on one, so if he does, he’ll only have himself to rely on. What a match that should be!

We continue to look on at Van Dam standing in the ring victorious, before going to a break.

*Commercial Break*


We come back from the break to hear the sound of I Dare You by Shinedown.

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night SmackDown!, where right now you can hear the sound of the official WrestleMania theme song, I Dare You by the boys from Shinedown just two days away from WrestleMania.

Tazz: Just two days to go, and I can’t wait! The chills are runnin’ down my spine!

Michael Cole: And what an event it should be, perhaps epitomised by the match we just saw a little preview for. It has been coined by Mr. McMahon the Interbrand Spectacular, and it will see SmackDown!’s ‘Phenom’ The Undertaker going one on one with Monday Night RAW’s RVD.

Tazz: RVD’s focus has been at a high, so he could well have a chance in this one. You know I’ll be pullin’ for SmackDown! here though, so I gotta go with ‘The Deadman’.

Michael Cole: Staying with SmackDown!, it’ll be a rookie making his WrestleMania debut going against a former WWE Champion when Bobby Lashley meets JBL.

Tazz: Lashley has been undefeated thus far in the WWE, but WrestleMania is somethin’ completely different, I’m tellin’ ya. I think the experience of JBL will prevail.

Michael Cole: The World Tag Team Titles from RAW will be on the line when the recently reunited World’s Greatest Tag Team take on Kane and the Big Show.

Tazz: The World’s Greatest Tag Team are former three time WWE Tag Team Champions, so if anyone can beat Kane an’ Big Show, it’s gonna be them. WrestleMania could be their time.

Michael Cole: SmackDown!’s WWE Tag Team Titles will be on the line when the champions MNM defend against The Hardy Boyz, who we learnt tonight will have Shannon Moore in their corner.

Tazz: An’ as we saw earlier, that could prove the big difference. This one’s gonna be close, but I’m gonna say MNM may just prevail.

Michael Cole: The Women’s Championship will be on the line when former best friends Trish Stratus meet as Trish defends the gold.

Tazz: Trish escaped with a win this past Monday on RAW, but Mickie’s lookin’ for revenge for what Trish has done to her, and I think that may just come at WrestleMania.

Michael Cole: In a battle to determine who can perhaps call themselves the greatest Cruiserweight Champion of all-time, the champion Kid Kash will defend his Cruiserweight Title against Rey Mysterio.

Tazz: Kash made the big statement by layin’ Mysterio out with the Dead Level. If you ask me, with that in mind, we’re gonna see the same thing this Sunday.

Michael Cole: Also from SmackDown! we will see the United States Title defended as the champion Booker T meets his on and off again protégé Orlando Jordan, along with his heated rival Chris Benoit in a Three Way Dance where elimination rules apply.

Tazz: I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again. With Orlando back on his side, there’s not gonna be any stoppin’ Booker from retaining the title that Benoit shouldn’t be gettin’ another shot at in the first place.

Michael Cole: There’s no title on the line here, but boy, is it personal. In what will be their last ever one on one match, former friends and now mortal enemies Triple H and Shawn Michaels will meet in a No Holds Barred Match.

Tazz: I dunno who’s gonna win this one. All I know is that we can expect violence, and lots of it!

Michael Cole: Eight men will compete for the chance to climb the ladder to success and grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, which guarantees them a world title shot at any time up until WrestleMania 23. Who will capture the briefcase and speed along that road to success?

Tazz: There’s a lotta talented guys in here, but as we saw earlier, not even a ladder is gonna stop Mark Henry. ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ is on a warpath, and he’s gonna take out the seven men that stand in his way this Sunday.

Michael Cole: The WWE Title from Monday Night RAW will be defended in a Triple Threat Match as Edge finally has to meet his makers. It’ll be Edge defending the title against the man he stole it from in John Cena, and the man who he cost a shot at the title back at the Royal Rumble in Kurt Angle.

Tazz: We saw this past Sunday that Edge has got what it takes to slip out of a sticky situation, so that may just be enough for him to pick up the win this Sunday against two guys who are gonna be gunnin’ for him.

Michael Cole: Finally it’s the main event from here on Friday Night SmackDown!. Two former stable-mates will meet as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista defends against the 2006 Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton.

Tazz: If Batista can defend the title this Sunday, then he’s gonna make it to an entire year as champ. Unfortunately for Dave, I just don’t see it happenin’. Orton’s got too much talent to be stopped.

Michael Cole: Also the night before WrestleMania we will see the Class of 2006 go into the WWE Hall of Fame, but Tazz, as we can see in the ring, up next we’ll see the contract signing between Randy Orton and Batista. You’ll be handling that, and it’s next on Friday Night SmackDown!.

We cut to see the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista and Randy Orton standing up in their respective locker-rooms, before cutting to a break.

*Commercial Break*


We return from the break to see the traditional WWE contract signing set there, complete with the table, chairs, red carpet and announcer (who for this one is Tazz) with a microphone in hand.

Tazz: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back here to Friday Night SmackDown!. We’re just two days away from WrestleMania, and I think it’s fair to say, you’ve seen it all tonight! Have ya had a good night Kansas City?

~ Cheap pop from the crowd.

Tazz: That’s good to hear, an’ after the show we’ve seen, there’s only one thing we could see to top it off. Who wants to see the two guys who this Sunday will be competin’ in the main event of WrestleMania here in the ring together?

~ Another cheap pop. Tazz is on fire.

Tazz: Well how ‘bout we bring the challenger out first?

~ Oops, wrong move, Tazz – the crowd boos that one.

Tazz: He hails from St. Louis, Missouri …

~ A bit of a muffled pop.

Tazz: He is a former Intercontinental Champion, a former World Heavyweight Champion, the youngest world champion in WWE history, the 2006 Royal Rumble winner, and he’s a third generation superstar.

~ Tazz pauses, letting the crowd buzz.

Tazz: He is ‘The Legend Killer’, Randy Orton!

*BURN IN MY LIGHT*


The crowd explodes into heat as the tune kicks in, signalling the arrival of ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton, who cockily sidles out onto the stage. Dressed stylishly in a suit, Orton has no problem doing his signature pose, causing a rain of pyro to fall behind him, before walking down the ramp. The arrogant Orton pays no heed to the abuse from the crowd, striding down the ramp to climb into the ring and take up a seat on one side of the table after a handshake with Tazz.


Tazz: It’s good to see you, Randy. But ladies and gentlemen, who’s ready … for the champion?

~ A huge pop from the crowd.

Tazz: He hails from Washington D.C. … he is a former three time tag team champion … the 2005 Royal Rumble winner, and the reigning World Heavyweight Champion … ‘The Animal’ Batista!

*I WALK ALONE*


A huge pop from the crowd as the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista now explodes out onto the stage, absolutely full of energy. The champion, dressed casually in a singlet to go along with his jeans and a pair of stylish sunglasses shows off the gold he has around his waist, making it clear to everyone (Orton included) that he is the champion. Like Orton, Batista sets off his pyro, then walks down the ramp, slapping hands with the fans at ringside, before climbing up to shake hands with Tazz and take up his position on the opposite side of the desk to Orton.


Tazz: Alright, guys, you know how this works. You’ve both read the contract, and you both know what’s involved. You’ve each got a pen in front of you, but before I get you to sign, I’m gonna let you make your final statement ahead of your match this Sunday. Randy, you’re up first. Have ya got anything to say?

Randy Orton: As a matter of fact Tazz, I do.

~ Heat from the crowd, who were perhaps hoping for a different answer.

Randy Orton: You might think I’ve already set every I possibly could, Dave, but looking at you, I can’t help but feel that some things, they just can’t be said enough. I mean look at you … you’re the World Heavyweight Champion!

~ A good pop from the crowd as Orton holds his hand up, then leans forward in his chair.

Randy Orton: Wait … no … I didn’t mean it like that. I meant that you’re … you’re the World Heavyweight Champion? Please tell me that’s some kind of joke!

~ The crowd absolutely shits on Orton, who continues to gesture at Batista.

Randy Orton: Like I said before, Dave, look at you … look at you! Do you look like a World Heavyweight Champion? Do you look like someone who should be representing this brand, or this company? Heck, do you even look like someone who deserves to call himself a WWE superstar?

~ The boos continue from the crowd.

Randy Orton: I’ve said it before, Dave, and I’ll say it again. You look like what you truly are, and that’s a common … street thug … a criminal.

~ Big heat from the crowd.

Randy Orton: You don’t deserve to be here, Dave. You don’t deserve to be in a WrestleMania main event. You deserved to be fired! You deserve to be locked away!

~ Some more great heat.

Randy Orton: But for one reason or another, thanks to one person or another, things just keep fallin’ your way, don’t they? You’ve always had someone watchin’ your back, and it’s gotten you to where you are today. We tried to fix you, Dave … I tried to fix you … back in the days of Evolution, we saw the potential in you. We saw the potential in you to be one of the greatest musclemen this industry has ever seen, which is why you were recruited. You were told how to play the part, how to behave, and how to look the part … but look at you now. Look at you! You disgust me!

~ The crowd gives some great heat.

Randy Orton: We could try to compare you to me, Dave, but let’s face it … there is no fair comparison. I mean you … you’re a street thug. You’re a criminal … but I … I am your model superstar. Look at the way I dress. I look the part, and do you know why? Because I am the part. There’s no point being modest – I am the greatest superstar in the WWE today!

~ The crowd obviously doesn’t take too kindly to this.

Randy Orton: Like I said to you before, you had the potential to be a great muscleman, and while you mightn’t look the part, you’ve fulfilled your potential. That’s why you’ve held that title for almost an entire year. The only problem for you is that just like you, I too have fulfilled my potential … the only difference is that while you may be a great, while you may be the best muscleman in this company right now … I am … the best.

~ Heat from the crowd that Orton continues to talk over.

Randy Orton: I have it all. I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m technically correct, I’m charismatic and I’m smart. There is not one thing, not one single thing that anyone is better than me at. I’m the total package.

~ Poor Lex.

Randy Orton: While you may not deserve to be here, I do. I was born to be here, I was born to be in this situation! I am a third generation superstar. Third generation! You know who else was a third generation superstar? A little guy called The Rock!

~ A big pop from the crowd for the Rocky namedrop.

Randy Orton: I’m like a new and improved version of The Rock.

~ And back we go to heat.

Randy Orton: My dad, unlike yours, wasn’t just an upstanding man, but he was also there with Mr. T, with Hulk Hogan. He was there for the main event of the very first WrestleMania! Like I said, being here, being in the main event of WrestleMania is in … my … blood. Winning the World Heavyweight Title is what I was born to do, it’s what I’ve been made to accomplish, and this Sunday when I do it, there will be no excuses. You’re at a hundred percent. There will be no one to hide behind, because I took care of Teddy Long!

~ Some great heat from the crowd.

Randy Orton: Instead, it’ll be just you and me, Dave, and I promise … I [i]promise[/I that I will walk out of WrestleMania 22 as the NEW World – Heavyweight – Champion!

~ Some great heat from the crowd.

Randy Orton: And Dave … that’s not arrogance … that’s destiny.

~ Orton calmly looks his foe in the eye, letting him know he’s dead serious, before putting down the microphone. Orton then grabs the contract and pulls it towards him, before, with a smirk on his face, scrawling his signature on it. An arrogant smirk on his face, Orton admires his work, then tosses the contract across the table to Batista and tells him (off microphone) “Sign it”.

Batista looks at the contract, then looks to grab his pen … before suddenly grabbing a microphone and rising to his feet!


Batista: Get your ass up Randy!

~ Orton stays seated, smirking calmly.

Batista: I said be a man for once in your life, and get your ass up!

~ A big pop for the crowd, although Orton stays seated.

Batista: Y’know what? That’s fine. You stay seated. You do this your way, and I’ll do it mine … although then again, I guess you’re gonna say that my way is the wrong way, aren’t you Randy? Credit where credit is due though, while a lot of you said was … well, it was crap, you did get one thing right. You and me? There is NO comparison there.

~ A pop from the crowd for the forceful statement from the crowd.

Batista: You may be right when you say that right now, yeah, I don’t look like a regular champion. For a while I dressed like you do, but that isn’t me. That’s never gonna be me, so I’ll dress how I damn well feel like.

~ Another pop for the intensity of Dave.

Batista: To you I may look like a thug, and in the past I may have been a bit of a thug, but y’know what? I’m not ashamed. No, I’m proud. I’m proud of where I’ve come from, because I can prove that even though I didn’t get here in the traditional way, that if you’ve got a dream, no matter who you are, you can accomplish it!

~ A strong cheer.

Batista: Unlike you, I have worked my ass off to get where I am today, which is why I can’t believe that you would come out here and talk about how I don’t deserve this. Now I’ll admit, there were times when I probably should have been punished. There were times when I probably should have been locked up, but what you don’t seem to get is how hard it was for me to change. I’ve changed from a guy that had seemingly no future; that was headed for a life in jail, and I’ve become the World Heavyweight Champion!

~ The crowd is eating up Batista’s spiel, giving him another cheer.

Batista: I’ve worked my way here, but you, Randy, what have you done? What have you done to get here? Why do you deserve to be here? Because your daddy is Bob Orton? Randy, that’s a load of bull. The fact of the matter is that you haven’t worked for a single thing in your life. You’re just a big baby who has had absolutely everything handed to him on a silver platter. And you may think that you’re better than me … you may think that you’re gonna beat me at WrestleMania, but I promise you, I am NOT going to hand you this World Heavyweight Title on a silver platter this Sunday!

~ A big pop from the crowd.

Batista: This Sunday, I’m going to be in the main event of WrestleMania, the granddaddy of ‘em all, and I’m gonna be there representing everyone like me. I’m gonna be representing those who have had to fight for what they’ve earned. And I’m going to be representing those people who have believed in, those people like Teddy Long.

~ The crowd cheers.

Batista: For you Randy, this Sunday there will be no excuses either when you’re shown up by a guy who, according to you, belongs in jail. This Sunday, I will … I WILL … retain … MY … World – Heavyweight – Title!

~ And with that Batista drops the microphone with a thud, then grabs a pen and signs the contract emphatically.

Tazz: Well-

Randy Orton: You just signed away your title reign, Dave. You’ve got nothing that can get the best of me.

~ Batista raises his eyebrow, mouthing “Oh yeah?” …

… BEFORE SUDDENLY TIPPING THE TABLE OVER ON TOP OF ORTON! The crowd erupts as an embarrassed Orton flops around under it, before scurrying from the ring and looking up at Batista in shock. ‘The Animal’ meanwhile picks up his title and holds it up at Orton, telling him to come and get it.


Michael Cole: ‘The Animal’ Batista has made a huge statement, showing Randy Orton up here just two days before WrestleMania! These two men will meet for the World Heavyweight Title, we’ll see the Interbrand Spectacular between RVD and The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H will face off in a No Holds Barred Match, Edge will defend his WWE Title against Kurt Angle and John Cena and Randy Orton and Batista will meet for the World Heavyweight Title! This Sunday it’s WrestleMania, it’s going to huge – don’t you dare miss out! I’ll see you then, live on Pay-Per-View at WrestleMania 22! Good night folks.

An outraged Orton slides into the ring, although no fists are exchanged as the two men just go to face to face, nose to nose as we fade … to … black.

END SHOW


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April 2nd, 2006 | Allstate Arena; Rosemont, Illinois


World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©


WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©


Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker


No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels


United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©


World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©


WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©


Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©


Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©


Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry


Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
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I would usualy think a WM contract signing would happen before its 2 days away but at least it is something good to look forward to later in the show. Bischoff owning from the get go. Good job at getting the crowd pissed at him and good logic as well. I like that you are bringing in Punk, He is awesome to write for, face or heel, hope he gets involved in a Mania match. Not really sure with the making loads of matches in the first segmant thing but ok... Most of the matches sound good... Good Openning Promo anyway, Bischoff was on form...


Good detailed match between Matt and Joey. Shannon Moore as an equaliser is hilarious considering Melina is MNM's, so it makes him sound like a bit of a bitch. It's good though as it will edd to the Mania match with it being more of a level playing field.


Good work by Booker, I was convinced tbh so Orlando must have been ha. It does make sense and now it gives a good angle to The Mania match, will he won't he ? I liked how Orlando did not respond at all. It makes it look like he was deep in thought and was being convinced.


Another good match, forgot how good you were at match writting, even for the lower card matches. Glad Lashley won, don't like Burchill at all tbh. Relaistic, simple but effective having Lashley stare at JBL while pinning. I thought more would have happened after the match but no big deal.


Punk!! The explanation of straight edge was perfect and how he got into it was really well done also. I hope you use him well because he really could be awesome. I hope the build up continues longer though and he is not just elevated right to the top straight away which im sure you won't do. His words about tonight's match make for an interesting main event as well.


Always a good idea for the MITB compettitors to be involved in a Eight Man Tag match in the final show before Mania. Kennedy is sounding good. I have no time for Paul London...Hnery in The MITB is going to be funny. Another good match, not as detailed as the other Two, different due to the amount of people in it but you still did a good job involving everyone. London ? Really ? Good thing you got a ladder involved and I was so happy to see Henry beat down London after!


Its good you have Bischoff looking out for his Raw stars, It's realistic, The twist was nice. Having them turn down the help and want to do it alone, makes them out to be strong heels...


Ok match with Mysterio and Nunzio but just one thing about the ending, It was a good idea but you never mentioned where Kid Kash was when he hit Mysterio with the Title, was that on purpose ? After the match a really good beat down by Kash leaving alot to happen at Mania. You are building every match up well.


Orland comes out with Booker ? This was best match of the show I thought... I don't know if I like Punk shaking both men's hands though and I don't know if Booker would agree to it after loosing ?


This match is what it is, none of them the best of wrestlers anyway. You picked the right ending i think. I could imagine RVD coming out and saving Taker, loser ha. Bischoff does a good job of bossing RVD and I was interested to see him do it til Vince came out. Bischoff sucking up haha. Probation ? Bischoff was doing a good job though... Why would Taker grab RVD after he save him ? Ha and RVR nails RVD ? Was that meant to be a mistake by Cole ?


New improved version of The Rock? So I'm nit the only One who thinks he tries to be like him ? I was unsure about Orton's reasons when he was speaking, He was heel which you weregoing for but most of the stuff he accused Batista of was all wrong, especially if he has been Champion for a year ha. He did draw some good heat though which was the plan. Can't a contract signing ever finish nicely ha. Good words by batista during his words. Batista looked dominant.


Overall it was a good show, a really good show. All The Mania matches were built up well, there were some good matches and the openning and closing promo's were top class. Good luck with Mania man
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Yes, so here it is - the WrestleMania 22 preview. Hopefully everyone who sees this can have a predict at what's going to happen, because while I don't expect to get many (if any) reviews due to the show being in full, it'd be nice to get everyone involved in some way. So if you're a BTBer reading this, then please have a go at predicting.

Plan is still for the show to go up early on New Year's Eve. It won't go up any later than that, and probably not earlier either. Until then ...


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April 2nd, 2006 | Allstate Arena; Rosemont, Illinois


World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©

It was just two years ago that, under the tutelage of ‘The Game’ Triple H and ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton were being groomed as the future of the business as part of Evolution. Two years later these two men have truly become the present of the business as the reigning World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista meets with the winner of the 2006 Royal Rumble, ‘The Legend Killer’ Randy Orton with the grandest prize of them all, the World Heavyweight Title on the line.

For Batista the past year has been nothing short of a dream. Having overcome his former teacher Triple H in the main event of WrestleMania 21 to capture the World Heavyweight Title, ‘The Animal’ has reigned supreme initially over the RAW roster, and more recently over the SmackDown! roster, taking on all comers. Having defeated the likes of Triple H, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, Mark Henry, Kane and Big Show, the World Heavyweight Champion has beaten almost everyone there is to beat. For Batista, victory at WrestleMania would mean a feeling of fulfillment, having done what no other man has done for years: reign supreme over the WWE for an entire year. Failure would result in a feeling of emptiness, a feeling of incompletion. For ‘The Animal’, this match means the world.

It has been eighteen months since Randy Orton has held the World Heavyweight Title. Having defeated Chris Benoit to become the youngest world champion in history at SummerSlam 2004, ‘The Legend Killer’ could hold onto the gold for only a month before falling to his former teacher, Triple H. Since then Orton has been unable to recapture the magic that took him to the top, challenging but ultimately falling to The Undertaker for the majority of 2005. However, since 2006 began, Orton has been on a mission back to the top, dominating SmackDown! en route to a Royal Rumble win to guarantee him a shot at the World Heavyweight Title in the main event of WrestleMania 22. For Orton, WrestleMania is all about the chance to get to the top. Orton believes that success is in his blood, and he believes that to succeed he must be world champion. Anything short of that will be considered failure.

The history of these two men is self-explanatory. Ever since the early days of Evolution, the comparison has been there, and it has always been Orton who has been looked upon as the better man. Orton looks at things the same way too as he’s constantly reminded both Batista and us, calling himself the total package. Meanwhile Batista wants to not just prove himself, but also shut the mouth of Orton and all of his fellow doubters. Nothing would silence them anymore than a win at WrestleMania, making it a year at the top for ‘The Animal’.

So with WrestleMania near, the question must be asked: who was the better man to come out of Evolution? Who has become the best in the world? Will Batista complete his year of dominance, or will Randy Orton prove Triple H right all of those years ago when he anointed Orton as the next big figure of the WWE?



WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©

New Year’s Revolution 2006: the night the face of Monday Night RAW would change for good. When Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become WWE Champion for the very first time, the landscape on Monday nights changed, bringing the ire of not just one, but two men to ‘The Rated R Superstar’. Two men who believed that while Edge was indeed champion, that he had taken a shortcut, and that they wanted the title. Those two men were the man Edge won the title off in the first place, John Cena, and ‘The Olympic Hero’ Kurt Angle.

John Cena had been on the roll of his life. Having won the WWE Title from JBL at WrestleMania 21, Cena had carried been a fighting champion, defeating all of those who dared to step into the ring with him for nine months. Cena even managed to successfully defend his WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber at New Year’s Revolution after entering the Chamber first – something that had never been done. That dream night soon turned to a nightmare though when a fresh Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on a vulnerable Cena and defeated him to become the new WWE Champion. Since then Cena has persistently hunted Edge and the title that many feel was stolen from him. After losing his initial rematch at the Royal Rumble thanks to interference from Lita, Cena continued to chase Edge, leading all of the way here to WrestleMania. This year at WrestleMania Cena will look to do the same as last year in capturing the WWE Title. While it won’t be easy, many feel Cena deserves the title back after having it “stolen” from him – as Joey Styles would put it – by Edge in the first place.

After arriving along with John Cena on RAW back in mid-2005, Angle spent the better part of 2005 chasing John Cena and the WWE Title. With the assistance of a General Manager who wanted to see nothing more than for Cena to lose the title in Eric Bischoff, Angle found himself in numerous title matches against Cena, many of which favoured Angle greatly. Angle could never get the job done though, losing out to Cena each and every time, unable to match the heart of the champion. Despite this, Angle headed into New Year’s Revolution full of confidence, believing that he would finally capture the WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber. That, as we now know, would not to be though, with Cena retaining. What came next would tip Angle over the edge as Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to become champion. Angle was absolutely furious, immediately going on a tirade against Edge in the weeks to follow on Monday Night RAW, claiming that Edge was unworthy of being champion, having stolen the belt while guys like Angle had worked their asses off to get to it. Angle severed all ties with Eric Bischoff, deciding the only man he could rely upon to win him the WWE Title was himself as he headed into the Royal Rumble. Angle looked damn near unstoppable in the weeks leading up to it too, seeming the unbeatable favourite come Rumble time; that is until Edge jumped him before he entered the Rumble, beating and bloodying Angle. While ‘The Olympic Hero’ would put on a brave effort, he would ultimately fall, last eliminated by Randy Orton. This only sent Angle crazier, causing him to come after Edge with much more vim and vigour in the past few months leading to WrestleMania. While winning the WWE Title at WrestleMania would mean all of his work would be worth it, for Angle, winning would be just as sweet due to Edge losing the title as him winning it.

The reigning and defending WWE Champion Edge has fast become one of the most controversial superstars in recent memory. Having won the title originally by taking on a man who had just been through the most brutal match of his life and prevented the challenge of Kurt Angle by attacking him backstage, Edge hasn’t exactly been a model champion. However, under the hardened outside is a child inside who just wants to accomplish his dream of walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE Champion. Edge has that chance to do that this year, and for him to follow in the footsteps of his heroes like Hulk Hogan, it would mean the world. After seeing the lengths to which Edge has gone thus far in his reign, one has to wonder to what lengths he will go to retain on the grandest stage of ‘em all.

These three men were brought together by Edge interfering in a number one contender match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, and now they’re in a position to do all they can to walk out of WrestleMania 22 as the WWE Champion. Can Cena regain the title that he never fairly lost? Can Angle finally get the title that he has seeked for the longest of times? Or will Edge accomplish his childhood dream and retain the WWE Title? What we do know is that these three men will be doing all they can to walk out as champion. Which of them will do it?



Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker

‘Mr. Monday Night’ Rob Van Dam’s career can be defined by just one word – almost. Despite being one of the greatest wrestlers to ever come out of ECW, having held the Television Title there for almost two straight years, RVD was never able to truly break through the glass ceiling in ECW. When ECW went under, Rob decided to make the jump to the WWE and continue his quest for success, his quest to become a world champion there. Sick of being branded as ‘the greatest wrestler to never hold the world title’, Van Dam did his utmost to try to get to that elusive top spot. Once again, despite being one of the best on the WWE roster, despite holding numerous tag team titles, the Intercontinental Title, the Hardcore Title and the European Title, like in ECW, RVD was unable to go on and capture the big one.

By the time he went down to a torn ACL in January of last year, RVD was fed up with falling short. Setting himself to return at the Royal Rumble after Carlito extended his time on the sidelines upon arrival on Monday Night RAW, RVD decided that he simply HAD to win the Royal Rumble Match. There was no way around it. He HAD to win a world title, and the way to guarantee himself a title match was via the Rumble. Upon entering many thought Van Dam was on course to do just that too, looking as good as ever as he eliminated numerous superstars, including getting some revenge on Carlito by eliminating him. Unfortunately for Van Dam, he too was thrown over the top rope, as The Undertaker eliminated him, dashing his dream of main eventing WrestleMania.

In the weeks after Van Dam continued to look good, winning in every situation he found himself in. He didn’t appear happy though; his victories almost seemed hollow, for they weren’t getting him where he wanted to be. This is when RVD decided to take a stand and make an impact, which is exactly what he did when he attacked The Undertaker at No Way Out, costing him his match against John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. Having already decided that he was going to make a big impact at WrestleMania, RVD’s motive was simple – if he wasn’t going to be able to shed his tag of being ‘the greatest wrestler to never win a world title’ by winning a world title, then he was going to gain himself a new tag: the man to end the streak of The Undertaker.

For fifteen years now ‘The Phenom’ has cast his shadow across the WWE and engulfed all of those who have tried to stop him. His legacy is cemented in the annals of WWE history not by the number of title victories, nor by the matches he’s competed in – for The Undertaker, his legacy is all about WrestleMania. The Undertaker has competed thirteen times at WrestleMania against thirteen different men, picking up thirteen victories. Having defeated men such as his brother Kane, Jimmy Snuka, Ric Flair, Triple H, Sycho Sid, Big Show and Randy Orton, The Undertaker has seen them all and he’s beaten them all on the grandest stage of ‘em all. Rob Van Dam, however, seems to bring an entirely new challenge.

One of the keys to victory for ‘The Phenom’ is his ability to strike fear into the heart of his opponents, defeating them before they even step into the ring with him. Unfortunately for ‘The Phenom’, one of the greatest qualities of RVD is his calm and cool demeanour. RVD never looks out of place and is never scared, which has been shown time and time again since The Undertaker accepted RVD’s challenge for a match at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Many say this is a challenge that RVD simply cannot complete, but could the challenge of facing someone he can’t psych out perhaps be too much for The Undertaker? We do know that twice in the last week, we’ve seen RVD lay out ‘The Deadman’ out with a big kick, then hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash on him.

Could the same thing happen at WrestleMania? Could the streak be broken, or will ‘The Deadman’ reign supreme?



No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

For Shawn Michaels and Triple H, there was always a chance the relationship would end this way. To call the road they’ve gone down rocky would be a massive understatement, because, as we’ve seen, in the past ten years they have been both the best of friends and the worst of enemies. However, despite their on again off again friendship, there is not a chance that anyone thought that things would get this volatile.

The friendship of Shawn Michaels and Triple H dates back almost ten years to the formation of D-Generation X. Feeling almost like outcasts in the locker-room, the two formed a bond together and began to run roughshod over the WWE, all while ensuring that they had a place in the company due to Michaels holding the WWE Championship. However, that would all change at WrestleMania 14 when Shawn Michaels lost the WWE Title to Steve Austin, effectively causing him to walk out on the WWE due to him “losing his smile”. Between that and a combination of a broken back, Shawn had decided that enough was enough, turning his back completely on his friend Triple H and DX.

For Triple H this was a blessing in disguise, as without Michaels, ‘The Game’ became the leader of DX and one of the top stars of the WWE. In the time that Michaels was absent from the WWE, Triple H would go on to capture the world title a total of five times, well and truly breaking out of the shadow that ‘The Game’ found himself under when Shawn Michaels was around. This is why when Shawn Michaels returned in 2002, ‘The Game’ decided that he wouldn’t stand for it, attempting to break Shawn’s back once again. The two would have some of the most violent wars we’ve ever seen over the years following Michaels’ return, facing each other in an Unsanctioned Match, Three Stages of Hell, Last Man Standing and even Hell in a Cell, which was thought would finally put to bed the issues between the two.

That was until Shawn Michaels and Mr. McMahon crossed paths. Initially sparked by Shawn telling McMahon to move on from the Montreal screw job, McMahon tried his utmost to bring the old Shawn Michaels out, trying to change Michaels to be like him, rather than changing himself. Michaels refused, causing McMahon to attempt to make Michaels’ life hell. Triple H was brought into the situation when McMahon told him to eliminate Shawn Michaels from the Royal Rumble Match and kill Shawn’s WrestleMania dream, an offer that Triple H decided to take up because he said he would be eliminating him en route to victory anyway. That, however, never eventuated, as Shane McMahon also appeared at the Rumble and attempted to eliminate Shawn Michaels, inadvertently eliminating Triple H. In the weeks following the Royal Rumble, Triple H then sided with Shawn Michaels and told him that he would have to bring out the old Shawn Michaels, that he would have to bring back the old DX to finish the McMahons off. Shawn agreed, and a war on RAW between DX and the McMahons raged until it was set to end at Saturday Night’s Main Event when Shawn Michaels and Shane McMahon faced in a Street Fight. Despite interference from The Spirit Squad and Mr. McMahon, Michaels looked set to finish Shane thanks to some help from Triple H when he suddenly blasted ‘The Game’ in the head with Sweet Chin Music, before barraging him with sledgehammer shots in an attempt to take Triple H out.

Shawn Michaels would come out and explain his actions two nights later on RAW by saying that he was in a dark place. Explaining that he had come back to get his smile back, Shawn said that he still hadn’t found it, and he blamed the fans for that, because all he had tried to do since returning was please the fans. For Shawn it was time to look out for number one, to regain his smile, and the only way he could do that would be to win the world title. For Shawn, WrestleMania is about moving one step closer to that goal by taking out his former best friend, who he now refers to as an obstacle on his path to glory. With retribution for what Triple H did to him four years ago also on his mind, Shawn Michaels will be looking to take Triple H out permanently so that he can never get in his way again.

For Triple H, WrestleMania is all about revenge. ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ has never been a guy to go out of his way to help others, and when he did for Shawn Michaels, he expected Shawn to be grateful. Of course what Hunter got was the complete opposite, as Michaels tried his best to take Triple H out at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Knowing how selfish Shawn can be, at WrestleMania Triple H will be trying to do what he tried to do four years ago in taking Shawn Michaels out for good. While Triple H would also like the world title, for Triple H, WrestleMania is about redemption more than anything.

This past Monday night we learnt that this would be the final time these two men would go one on one – the final battle in the war, if you will. So with that in mind, who will land the knockout punch? Will Shawn Michaels be able to take Triple H out for good, or will ‘The Game’ end ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ once and for all?



United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©

For the three men who step will step into the ring with the United States Title on the line this Sunday, it will be all about the title. That’s what it’s been for the past twelve months for these three men after all. For over the past year, they’ve been the only three men to hold the US Title, and after WrestleMania, one of them will either continue to hold the title, or hold it once more.

A year ago it was Orlando Jordan who was holding the United States Title. As part of JBL’s Cabinet, Jordan had captured the title off John Cena, and whilst he didn’t set the world on fire as champion, he held the title for five months, winning most of his matches by hook or crook. The issue for Jordan would come when he was forced to step into the ring and face Chris Benoit one on one. A former World Heavyweight Champion, Benoit had set his sights on the US Title, and for Jordan that posed a massive problem. While he was a champion, Jordan hadn’t looked like he had improved, and he had never faced a man like Chris Benoit. With that in mind, when the two finally did meet one on one, Benoit indeed proved to be far too much for Jordan, who simply didn’t look up to it mentally, tapping out to Benoit. Over the next few weeks, Jordan would face off with Benoit numerous times, resulting in him losing to Benoit numerous times. The thing that got to Jordan wasn’t that he was losing to Benoit though; no, what mattered was that Jordan had lost each and every time in under a minute. Benoit had embarrassed OJ, turning him into a laughing stock.

After seeing off the challenge of Jordan, Benoit started a friendly rivalry with Booker T. The two longtime friends showed the respect they shared when they stepped in the ring for the gold too, engaging in a tough yet fair battle – at least until the ending, when Booker T’s wife Sharmell interfered, costing Benoit the title. Initially Booker claimed he wasn’t in on the plan, instead pretending to tell Sharmell off. That would be proven to be a ruse though when Booker assaulted Benoit with the title, then proclaimed that he deserved to be champion more than Benoit ever did. The two would meet again with the title on the line not long after, with the end result showing how even they were when they pinned each other for the three at the same time, resulting in a draw. Sick of hearing Booker complain, SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long decided to strip Booker of the title, saying the only fair way to decide who deserved to be champion would be via a best of seven series between the two.

Booker stormed out to a lead of three to zip, looking sure to land himself the title until Benoit started to make a comeback, bringing the series back to 3-1 when Booker mysteriously went down with an injury. Despite this, the series continued as Randy Orton replaced Booker and failed twice, allowing the series to go to 3-3. Sensing an opportunity for redemption, Orlando Jordan begged Booker to be a substitute for his substitute in the seventh match, only for Booker to reject him and tell him he wasn’t good enough. When the seventh match rolled around, Benoit was again rolling, looking like he could become champion when Orlando Jordan interfered to hand Randy Orton the victory, and subsequently hand Booker the title.

Since then Benoit has chased Booker T, winning against Orlando Jordan in what many regarded to be a breakout performance for OJ to earn a title shot at Saturday Night’s Main Event. Benoit would once again be screwed there though by Orlando Jordan, despite Jordan earning Benoit’s respect in his match with Benoit at No Way Out, allowing Booker to continue to hold the title. This prompted Teddy Long to set up a one on one rematch between Booker and Benoit at WrestleMania, but with a twist. If Orlando Jordan was able to reverse the result from No Way Out on SmackDown!, then he would be included in the match at WrestleMania and it would be a Three Way Dance. After telling Booker he wanted to win this himself so he could recapture the US Title at WrestleMania, Jordan would indeed beat Benoit thanks to Booker T’s attempt to interfere and stop him backfiring. Since then Booker has managed to manipulate Orlando once more though and get him back onside, telling him this past week on SmackDown! that he thinks they should work together so one of them walks out champion.

So with two falls having to occur, can Booker T again sneak out with his title, or will we see a new champion? Will Orlando Jordan cause a surprise result? Will Chris Benoit get back the title he was screwed out of? After a year of all three chasing the title, only one can walk out of WrestleMania 22 as United States Champion.



World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©

At WrestleMania we will see one of the most dominant tag teams of recent times, the World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show face off against one of the most dominant tag teams of the past joining back up in The World’s Greatest Tag Team with the World Tag Team Titles on the line.

It was five months ago that Kane & Big Show first won the World Tag Team Titles from The Redneck Wrecking Crew at Saturday Night’s Main Event, and since then the duo haven’t looked back. Taking on all comers on Monday Night RAW, the two giants have taken the tag division by storm and shown well and truly that size does matter. Thus far almost every team on Monday Night RAW has attempted to step up and challenge these two behemoths, but none have even looked like being successful once the bell has rung and they’ve been left in the ring with the two. Yearning for a true challenge, the champions made the call, requesting someone step up at WrestleMania.

It’s fair to say that The World’s Greatest Tag Team haven’t been on the same page for the most part in the run up to WrestleMania. Although Charlie Haas was excited to team up with his old partner, Shelton Benjamin seemed to think he was beyond the team, creating friction between the duo. Despite this, Haas & Benjamin won every tag match they participated in, including a Fatal Four Way Number One Contender Match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, with Charlie Haas absolutely dominating. Benjamin continued to doubt him though, saying he didn’t want to be a tag wrestler, prompting Haas to tell Benjamin he was going to prove himself by beating the Big Show. In spite of the odds Haas was able to do just that too, knocking the Big Show off in surprising fashion. Benjamin’s opinion was swayed – he wanted to team with Haas, but Haas didn’t want him yet. He wanted Benjamin to prove himself ahead of the WrestleMania match against Kane. Benjamin would try to do this on this past week’s Monday Night RAW, only to ultimately fall short as his singles losing run continued thanks to Kane picking up the victory. Down in the dumps, Benjamin thought that Haas wouldn’t want a piece of him. Haas, however, told Benjamin that was the passion he wanted to see, meaning that The World’s Greatest Tag Team was back in town for WrestleMania.

So with The World’s Greatest Tag Team back on the same page for the first time in years, can they win the tag team gold for the fourth time in their careers and the first time in almost three years, or will Kane & Big Show survive yet another team of challengers to extend their dominance over the tag team division?



WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©

Monday Night RAW isn’t the only one featuring a tag team reunion, as The Hardy Boyz will reunite on the Friday Night SmackDown! side of things to challenge MNM for the WWE Tag Team Titles in what has been dubbed as a tag team dream match.

The issues between MNM and The Hardy Boyz started with Shannon Moore picking up victories over both Johnny Nitro & Joey Mercury back in January. Feeling that they were above losing to someone like Shannon Moore, MNM took personal offense to their losses and decided that they had a problem they needed to settle with Moore. The tag champs would attempt to assault Moore the week before the Royal Rumble, wanting to remove their little problem before one of the biggest nights of their career. This wouldn’t happen though, as the odds would be evened when Matt Hardy made the save for Shannon.

The two childhood friends would team up over the next few weeks and go on a winning streak, earning themselves a shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles against MNM at No Way Out. However, a victory for the friends was not to be, as MNM seriously injured the neck of Shannon Moore on their way to victory, pinning Matt Hardy in what turned into a handicap match. MNM weren’t done there though, as they decided to gloat to the media following their victory, telling anyone who would listen that true A-listers such as themselves could never lose to a couple of bumpkins from Cameron, North Carolina. Matt Hardy took offense to that, and even without Shannon Moore, challenged MNM to a handicap match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, with the stipulation being that if Matt won, he would get a shot at the titles with a partner of his choosing. MNM accepted the challenge, feeling there was no way they could lose. Matt Hardy’s words that they would be facing the whole of Cameron would prove prophetic though, as Jeff Hardy made his return from a three year absence in the WWE to interfere and hand Matt the victory.

Since then, MNM have gotten the best of The Hardy Boyz in singles action twice thanks to the ringside presence of Melina, cheating to pick up the wins. Realising they needed to even the odds, The Hardy Boyz brought back Shannon Moore this week to be in their corner, which had an immediate effect as Matt pinned Joey Mercury on SmackDown!.

With the odds now even, MNM will have to win cleanly to back up their claims that they have passed The Hardy Boyz by as the greatest tag team of the 21st century. With three tag title reigns in under a year under their belt, many feels there may be some validity to the claims of MNM too. Now they’re going to have to prove it straight up.

The Hardy Boyz will come into WrestleMania 22 not just wanting to prove themselves to MNM, but they’ll also have a lot to prove to the masses. The duo have had some of the greatest tag matches in WrestleMania history, having been involved in both the Triangle Ladder Match at WrestleMania 2000 and the TLC Match at WrestleMania 17. The Hardy Boyz have never had that true WrestleMania moment though – they’ve never won a tag match at WrestleMania. If they can do this Sunday, then that may just be their WrestleMania moment.

Both MNM and The Hardy Boyz will go into WrestleMania wanting to prove themselves on the grandest stage of ‘em all. With pride, winning a personal grudge and the tag titles all on the line, which team can prevail and walk out of WrestleMania as the WWE Tag Team Champions?



Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©

Usually when you think of the WWE divas, you think of style and beauty. Logically you would then think that on the grandest stage of ‘em all, with the top diva prize on the line, that this would be a match that would be all about style and beauty, right? Well in this case that’s wrong, because this match isn’t about style and beauty – it’s about blood and revenge.

It was six months ago that Mickie James arrived in the WWE, introducing her to Trish Stratus as her biggest fan. Being a Trish fan, Mickie immediately found herself siding with Stratus & Ashley Massaro against Victoria, Torrie Wilson & Candice Michelle. It wasn’t long that tension started to arise between Mickie and her new friends though, as the new diva grew jealous of how close Trish and Ashley were, thinking that Ashley was trying to steal her friend. This resulted in Mickie attacking Ashley, running her away from RAW to get Trish all to herself. Things between Mickie and Trish weren’t so peachy either though thanks to a series of unfortunate accidents on Mickie’s behalf, who constantly either inadvertently cost Trish matches or hurt either her of her friends. This resulted in Mickie coming out at Saturday Night’s Main Event to apologise to Trish in front of the world.

Mickie would wear her heart on her sleeve, detailing her troubled childhood and explaining why she struggled to be a good friend. Mickie then begged Trish to come out, hopeful that she would accept her apology. Trish, however, would have none of that as she instead came out and mocked Mickie about her childhood, before telling her she knew that Mickie was really after a match at WrestleMania between the two. Mickie denied that was her motive, but it didn’t matter to Trish, who snapped, leaving Mickie in a bloody mess.

In the weeks after Mickie would try to convince Trish that it was all a misunderstanding, even bringing back Trish’s old friend Ashley. Trish, however, wouldn’t have a bar of it, even attacking Ashley, who had to be saved by Mickie. That was the breaking point for Mickie, who decided that enough was enough – she was going to stand up for herself. That’s what WrestleMania is all about for Mickie James. It isn’t just about winning the Women’s Title and accomplishing her childhood dream; it’s also about proving that she can be her own woman and that she can stand on her own two feet. Trish Stratus, on the other hand, wants to dispose of her Mickie James problem for good by breaking her both mentally and physically.

So now at WrestleMania it’ll be Mickie James and Trish Stratus battling it out for the Women’s Title. Will Mickie be able to overcome the woman she once idolised, or will Trish break Mickie once and for all?



Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©

When you think of some of the greats of cruiserweight wrestling in mainstream America, you think Brian Pillman, Dean Malenko and of course Rey Mysterio. That is until recently, because suddenly there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s already declared himself as the greatest cruiserweight of all-time during what is only his first reign as Cruiserweight Champion. That man is ‘The Notorious K.I.D’ Kid Kash.

‘Double K’ won the title back in December of last year at Armageddon by defeating Juventud, and since then he hasn’t looked back. While his aggressive style hasn’t made him everyone’s biggest fan, Kid Kash can say one thing that perhaps no other cruiserweight in the history of professional wrestling can say: he has beaten every man who competes in the cruiserweight division. Or he had until Rey Mysterio signaled his arrival back in the cruiserweight division.

Mysterio recently found himself in a battle to prove that size doesn’t matter against the brash youngster Mr. Kennedy. Kennedy insisted that Mysterio should get out of his spotlight because he wasn’t big enough to compete with the heavyweights. Mysterio disagreed, and while Kennedy threw everything he could at Rey at No Way Out, Rey proved himself correct when he defeated Kennedy. Some thought that Mysterio would then move onto going for some titles in the heavyweight ranks, which is why it came as such a shock when he interrupted Kid Kash a few weeks later.

After taking Juventud out with a concussion at No Way Out, Kash was on a high, defending his title week in and week out until he had decided that it was time that he was declared the greatest cruiserweight of all-time. This is where Rey disagreed, citing his own history as a six time Cruiserweight Champion to make an argument for him being greatest. Kash wouldn’t have a bar of it, telling Mysterio that until he was in the cruiserweight division once more, he didn’t get a say in this. This brought Mysterio into announcing his comeback in the division, where he immediately signaled his direction in going after Kid Kash. While Kash wouldn’t accept Mysterio’s challenge at first, saying he instead had to prove himself, it was just a few weeks later that ‘Double K’, perhaps jealous of the fanfare that Mysterio had gained in the cruiserweight division, that he decided the match was on. Since then two have done all that they can to one up their opponent in an attempt to prove them as the better man.

WrestleMania is all about that for both men. Both men want to put their name forward as THE name of the cruiserweight division. Will the younger, more brash Kid Kash be the man who can do it, or will the old guard of Rey Mysterio succeed to win Cruiserweight Title number seven?



Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry

For just the second time, the Money in the Bank briefcase will be on the line when this year, for the first time, eight men, four from Monday Night RAW and four from Friday Night SmackDown!, will compete for the chance to capture the briefcase that guarantees them a world title shot any time over the next year.

For different superstars it means different things. For the veterans of the match, Finlay and Ric Flair, this may prove the final chance for them to grab the brass ring. For Chavo Guerrero, it could be the chance to finally make a name for himself. For Mark Henry, it could be the chance that allows him to capture the World Heavyweight Title that he was so close to capturing over the past few months. And for the youngsters, Gregory Helms, Carlito, Paul London and Mr. Kennedy, this could be the chance for them to make a name for themselves and set themselves for a future of greatness.

We all know the success of last year’s winner. Edge sat on the briefcase for nine months, biding his time until the perfect opportunity presented itself and he cashed in to take the WWE Title off John Cena. At WrestleMania he will now walk in champion. What man could possibly set themselves up to do it next year? Will a youngster stamp themselves as a future star? Will someone break out when no one really expected them to? Or will an old timer get a final chance to make a run at the title? At WrestleMania there will be eight men, but only one dream and one success story.



Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

It’s the typical story of a youngster trying to make his name, while the veteran attempts to resist and stay ahead of him in the food chain. It’s a battle all about respect, a rivalry sparked by the way of respect and a war where no respect has been shown.

It all started when, following a victory over The Undertaker (thanks to the interference of Rob Van Dam), John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield decided he deserved a reward for his accomplishment, and because Theodore Long wasn’t prepared to give him a title match, he was going to give himself an award. He was going to give himself an award to recognise himself as what he truly thought he was: a true American hero. And so a lavish award ceremony was organised by Jillian Hall where JBL spoke glowingly of what it took to be an American hero, speaking of the qualities that are required. He had everyone agreeing with him; that is until he decided to announce the winner as himself. The crowd wasn’t the only one disagreed either – Bobby Lashley did. The undefeated rookie made his way out and spoke of the disgust he felt after hearing JBL present himself with an award. Bringing up his time in the army, Lashley spoke about what it meant to be a true American hero, before branding JBL a coward and running him out of the ring.

Since then, JBL has done all he can to try to one up Lashley, only to find himself on the receiving end of a beating each and every time. At WrestleMania, JBL will be attempting one last time to beat some respect into young Lashley and take what means the most to him in the form of his undefeated streak. Meanwhile Lashley will be attempting to gain the respect of both JBL and the wrestling world by not just extending his undefeated run, but also by beating a former WWE Champion in his very first appearance at WrestleMania.

So who will win this battle for respect? Will the veteran beat it out of the youngster, or will the youngster prove he deserves the respect of the veteran?


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World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©

Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker

No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©

World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©

WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©

Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©

Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry

Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order?
2. How many titles will change hands?
3. Which match will be the longest?
4. Which match will be the shortest?
5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance?
6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match?
7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who?


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World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©

Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker

No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©

World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©

WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©

Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©

Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry

Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order?

The opposite of the order you put the template out in...

2. How many titles will change hands?

4 out of 7

3. Which match will be the longest?

HHH and HBK

4. Which match will be the shortest?

WGTT v Kane and Show

5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance?

Benoit

6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match?

Edge

7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who?


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World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©

Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker

No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©

World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©

WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©

Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©

Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry

Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order?

Lashley, Kane, Cruiserweight C, MITB, Women’s C, US C, WWE Tag Team C, Undertaker, WWE C, Triple H, WHC.

2. How many titles will change hands?

5

3. Which match will be the longest?

Orton vs Batista

4. Which match will be the shortest?


Lashley vs JBL

5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance?

Orlando Jordan

6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match?

Edge

7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who?

The Rock, durr hurr.

Not sure, maybe Al Snow.
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9-World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©
Orton needs a good World title run here and Batista, eh, he done his part.

11-WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©
Edge needs to hang on to the title.

8-Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker
Van Dam can't break the streak, no one can...

7-No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
I'm tired of Triple H getting a chance to go over, HBK all the way!

1-United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©
I was pulling for Benoit but eh, just have a feeling.

5-World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©
Kane and Show could go a month longer, would kill for WGTT as Tag champs.

4-WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©
Hardyz don't need this win.

10-Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©
Starting a lengthy title run with this gal, please.

3-Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©
Mysterio needs another title run, imo.

2-Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry
It's time!

6-Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
Let the face go over.

Bonus Points

1. Predict the match order? Did so

2. How many titles will change hands? 3

3. What will be the longest match? HHH vs HBK

4. What will be the shortest match? Women's Championship

5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance? Chris Benoit

6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat match? Kurt Angle

7. Will there be any surprise appearances? Nah
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World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©

Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker

No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©

World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©

WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©

Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©

Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry

Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order?

Lashley/JBL, MITB, Cruiserweight, World TT, Women's, US, WWE TT, RVD/Taker, WWE, HHH/HBK, Heavyweight

2. How many titles will change hands?

4

3. Which match will be the longest?

HHH vs HBK

4. Which match will be the shortest?

Lashley vs JBL

5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance?

Orlando Jordan

6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match?

Kurt Angle

7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who?

Nope
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10. World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton
vs. Batista ©

I can't believe this is what I'm going for, but I am. It took me ages to come to this decision, but I think you'll go for it, because Orton's 'push', if you can call it that, has been done beautifully and I actually think it would be the better booking decision to put Orton over here, Royal Rumble winner or not. With Orton going over, I doubt this will finish the event.

11. WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©
I therefore think this one WILL headline, and I'm gonna go with Angle to win the title. I'm predicting a big face, feel-good, pay-off moment (unless you swerve me and do Edge-throws-Angle-out-after-Angle-Slam-to-Cena-and-wins-it-for-the-heat), and if you give it to Cena you're pretty much to where you were at the start of the thread, after Edge cashed in. Giving it to Angle would keep the scene fresh and exciting, imo, and so that's my pick.

8. Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker
You've built RVD up brilliantly, and I can even buy into the idea that he'll come ridiculously close, but unless you decide to go for it and put RVD over to the max, I just can't see him winning. And I can't see you writing him to win, either. Close but no cigar for RVD. Again. Keeps building up his whole gimmick, anyway.

9. No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
I'll call WM pay-off on this one and give it to HHH on that, but I'm looking forward to it the most. Should be brilliant, especially after that amazing promo on Raw to hype this match up to the absolute maximum.

3. United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©
Though I like how you've shaken up things by bringing Jordan into the mix, this feud is, to me, and always will be, Chris Benoit vs Booker T, and that's why I see Benoit winning this.

2. World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©
I'll be daring here and say the WGTT won't win. I'll predict either this will go on to Backlash where they do capture the titles, or we get a heel turn from one of the WGTT to surprise us all. I doubt the latter, but I'm just throwing it out there so I can pretend I was right if you do it.

4. WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©
WM feel-good moment again, tbh. I'm feeling a Hardy Boyz win.

7. Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©
One of the most entertaining women's division feuds I've read in the section, though keeping in mind I haven't read around as much as some other people have, but still, it's been highly enjoyable. This would be the ultimate feel-good payoff after all these two have done, so Mickie winning seems the obvious call to me.

1. Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©
While it wouldn't surprise me at all if Rey wins, I figure you might as well just give Kid Kash the rub. That, plus I need a couple of heel wins in here, because I keep calling WM feel-good moment and I'm bound to get one of those wrong.

5. Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry
The back four probably have little to no chance, though everyone in the match has been built nicely. You seem intent on pushing London well, and Carlito has the whole potential of a Masters feud over the briefcase (given that 'Lito was the reason Masters didn't get in the match himself, it's begging to happen). Kennedy has been pushed nicely by you, despite the small bump in the road with his loss to Rey at NWO, but to me, it's always been about Gregory Helms for you. You love the guy, and you write him so well too, I'd love to see him with the briefcase, possibly leading to the eventual (gasp) World Title reign, though he'd probably have to be a mega-chickenshit Champion. Helms to win. It's motherfucking time, son.

6. Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
I'd rather see someone like Kennedy end the undefeated streak in heelish fashion for the extra heat, so might as well keep Lashley's momentum rolling with a WM win against JBL, tbh.

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order? I'll write it above. Boom.
2. How many titles will change hands? How many did I say? I count five.
3. Which match will be the longest? Triple H vs Shawn Michaels. It's their last match, they might as well go all out.
4. Which match will be the shortest? Hardyz/MNM.
5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance? Orlando Jordan.
6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match? Good question... hm... Edge.
7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who? Putting it like that makes me think yes, but no clue who. Vito? Who the hell knows. Do the Spirit Squad count? I don't think they were on Raw.


Best of luck BkB. Looking forward to it.
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Bischoff to open Smackdown is a real surprise, I didn't saw it coming. Anyway his speech was quite good, putting himself over and dissing Teddy Long, I agree with him, Long sucks. You made a mistake when you said that Jeff faced Nitro last week, it was Matt Hardy vs Joey Mercury. A rematch of last week is a bit disappointing, I would've prefered Jeff vs Mercury since you have 4 talented workers, it would've been nice to use them all against each other.

Lashley vs Regal again ? Another rematch and that is really disappointing because I was looking forward to Lashley vs Albright. Albright is direction-less, he's just there doing nothing. I was also expecting a Lashley vs Burchill but anyway last week, Lashley won in 6 minutes so I hope that this week Regal will do better.

The 8-man tag team match is okay to hype the MITB but Mysterio/Nunzio is meh. Nunzio is a jobber, he doesn't have to be on the last show before Wrestlemania. I think that Brian Kendrick would have been a better opponent for Rey.

Booker and Orlando vs Benoit and Punk is something I don't really like because it looks like Punk is going to be added to the US title picture but we are too close to WM. I think that a seated interview with the 3 guys would have been really useful. But at least we have a good match for tonight and it will be interesting to see the dynamic between Booker T and Orlando Jordan.

Taker in a handicap match is logic considering what happened between those two. I like the spotlight that you're giving to the Redneck Wrecking Crew and I believe that they should be the new number one contenders for the tag titles after Mania. The threat of Bischoff was a nice way to build the tension and I liked his last line because it doesn't matter if it's Nitro, Raw or Smackdown, it is his show. Anyway it was a good segment to begin the show but I disagree with some of the matches he made.

Much like last week Matt dominates the first half of the match but this time Melina doesn't have to be involved for Mercury to gain the advantage. The two going back and forth until Shannon Moore interferes ! So here's the equalizer for the Hardyz. While the addition of Moore was good, it makes him and Melina looking too important. It seems like the result of the match is based on their actions, it would've been better to prevent any interference with a stipulation.

Booker trying to manipulate Jordan is a good way for Booker to try to retain his title. Since he has ZERO momentum heading to Wrestlemania, trying to cheat his way to win the match is okay by making Benoit the manipulator.

Lashley being distracted by the Cabinet is nice manner to show that the threat is evrywhere. Wow Lashley jumping on the Cabinet is huge and I think that you could've saved this spot for Wrestlemania, anyway it shows the determination of Lashley. Regal recuperating the advantage with his experience is good. Despite the presence of the Cabinet, Lashley won the match. The build-up of the WM match has been really one-sided, JBL never really look like the longest WWE champion in history. Lashley has been dominant maybe too much for me.

CM Punk interview was the usual one after his debut, talking about the competition, straight-edge and the sportsmanship. A nice segment anyway.

The MITB preview was really good with a lot of talents involved. While you have a great action in the ring, you managed to show the evident tensions between the contestants (Finlay-Henry, Flair-Helms, Kennedy-London). I think that all of those six qre going to feud in the future. Kennedy getting the win was nice and London being the highlight was good too. I believe that this is what we are going to see at WM. Mark Henry standing tall at the end was not necessary I think, I would've prefered to see everybody down to hype the fact that this is the most dangerous match on the card.

The RWC being badass, showing that they are not afraid.

Mysterio vs Nunzio was a nice little match but I don't like the fact that Rey looks frustrated after the kick out of the kick. Nunzio is a jobber, Mysterio shouldn't be worried about Nunzio in my opinion. Kid Kash attacking Rey was needed to hype the match putting Kash as the dominant champion. The match at Mania should be good.

I would like to stated that for the first time in a while, you had two back-to-back matchs without a promo or an interview, it is a nice change to your usual routine. I like the line of Tazz about Orlando Jordan, he can't stay away from Booker T, it's what may cost him the title this Sunday. Booker T being afraid of Benoit isn't surprising since he may be the worst champion in history. Benoit making the champ tapping out is a way to show that Benoit has been unstoppable as of late. He's on the roll of his life and he's the favorite for WM. I liked the handshake of Punk after the match justifying his interview.

Wow a third match in a row, this must be a big show. Cade and Murdoch using the number to gain the advantage show that they are not only muscles but they can be smart too. The Undertaker makes his comeback but the RWC keep using their number to keep the adavantage. Taker sits up and this time he dominates the tag team until the DQ. I think that Taker should've won this match because if I remember correctly he hasn't won a match by pinfall in your thread. JBL beat him down, the Spirit Squad beat him down, Rob Van Dam beat him down,v he hasn't been truly the "Phenom". Van Dam saving Taker is something I disagree with because in the last Raw, Van Dam said that it was personal with Taker and now he's saving him from a beating. I agree with Bischoff and I would've liked to see a promo from Van Dam to explain why he's helping the Undertaker.

VKM is back and he looks like a face, it almost like the feud with HBK never happened but that's not a major problem. Bischoff on probation is surprising and it creates a major angle for him but if Bischoff is on probation what about Long, he should be fired, he sucks !

Van Dam gaining the upperhand on Taker again is shocking but he's the "challenger" so he needs momentum heading to Wrestlemania but for the Undertaker, it looks like JBL in a way, he's on his way out and he has to put someone else over. Maybe it's me who can't accept to see Taker being dominated.

The final promo was a bit of a recap for Orton but I really don't like the comparison with The Rock. For some people, The Rock was the GOAT, he was the total package and having Orton, saying that he was better the better version of The Rock was a mistake in my opinion, because while it shows his arrogance well, it mostly shows his flaws. I don't think that anyone should be compared with The Rock but that's just my opinion. Batista finally respond to Orton's comments, it showed his evolution from a thug to the World Heavyweight Championship. I think that he could've gone further when he talked about Randy Orton and everything being handed to him, that he was the favourite in Evolution because of his look and his father and not because of his abilities. The spot with the table wasn't necessary because the build-up of the match was done but at least it gave Batista confidence heading to Mania.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this show not because it wasn't good but because in comparison with Raw, this show looks pale and it was the last one before Mania. It was a strong effort but it missed something to make it truly unforgettable in my opinion.


11-World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©
Batista to retain the title to began the slowly transformation of Randy Orton to the Viper.



10-WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©
To allow Edge and Angle to have their true one-on-one feud because Edge was the attacker at the Rumble.


8-Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker
It's the Streak.


9-No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
Tough match but HBK to come out on the end as the winner to become number one contender.



4-United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©
It can't be possible to have such a weak champion at this stage so Booker T retain to launch his real title reign.


2-World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©
Kane and Big Show were just keeping the titles warm, the Redneck Wrecking Crew to challenge them next.


6-WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©
The WM feel good moment, they deserve it.


7-Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©
Trish is hotter, better, stronger and there's a lot more possibilities with her as champ.


5-Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©
For Eddie Guerrero.


1-Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry
Kennedy, Kennedy


3-Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
Putting over younger stars should the priority for veterans.

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order? Done
2. How many titles will change hands? 4
3. Which match will be the longest? Triple H vs Shawn Michaels
4. Which match will be the shortest? Lashley vs JBL
5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance? Orlando Jordan
6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match? Kurt Angle
7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who? Maybe The Rock backstage, Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon and The Boogeyman.

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World Heavyweight Championship:
Randy Orton vs. Batista ©
Ever since its beginning, the storyline between these two has focused solely on the character of Randy Orton. From his Royal Rumble win, to the promos, to the sheer influence he has held over his opponent, I'd go as far as to say there has not been one show since you started where Orton hasn't been booked better than his opponent. As a result, I'm going with Batista to retain the championship. From the way this feud has been booked, Batista has everything to lose if he drops the title here, whereas Orton can afford the loss since he is both a heel, and has had all the momentum heading into the event. You could argue that Orton "needs" to win the title or his push will be "killed" ala Booker T at WrestleMania 19, but I don't think that's the case here. He's a heel, so he can win the title at another event at a later time. I don't see the feud ending at WrestleMania, so Orton can win it down the road. That being said, I think you could still go with Orton winning the title anyway. If you went as far as to have the heel Orton win the Rumble, I could see you having him win the title. In the end though I'm just too worried about Batista after this match, and just cannot see him losing. I will go as far as to say that if Orton does win the title then you will have destroyed what WWE spent most of 2005 building. Simply put, Batista HAS to win, or you'll have destroyed a whole YEAR of great booking of a character within only two months.

WWE Championship; Triple Threat Match:
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. Edge ©
I'm probably going to be in the minority here, but I think the sun is about to set on Edge's title run. You've done well so far to have him hold on to the championship, but I think with the way Edge won the title, Cena was always meant to regain the title. Quite honestly, I think the main event would've been Cena vs. Edge, but in your mind you convinced yourself that Angle needed to be involved to keep things fresh, and that everyone would've slated you for going for the "obvious" choice of RAW main event at WrestleMania 22. Anyway, as well as that, Cena should walk away with the title. Angle is a add-on in this feud, and him winning the championship is completely unnecessary. Edge has had the upper hand for quite some time, and as I said, I think he's had a good title run, but the time has come for Cena to regain the gold. That's not saying that Edge couldn't regain the title in a few months, but for now, a title change is needed. Cena to either pin Edge or make him submit to regain his stolen WWE Championship title.

Interbrand Spectacular:
Rob Van Dam vs. The Undertaker
I'm not going to talk about this match too much since the outcome is obvious. Everyone and their mother will be guessing, rightfully so, that The Undertaker's streak is in absolutely no jeopardy of ending, especially at the hands of a lesser star like RVD. However, what I will say here is that in the past two weeks of your shows, you have sold me on the match, and that is what is important. Originally, when things began, I didn't buy into it. Once the initial shock of Van Dam's attack at No Way Out wore off, I thought he was a completely underwhelming choice to face Taker. However, you've done a superb job in making this feud one of the most important heading into WrestleMania, and the match itself one of the most anticipated matches on the card, so well done.

No Holds Barred Match:
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
This is one feud that unfortunately, I can't say I've been overwhelmed with. The logic behind Shawn Michaels' heel turn is good, but I think the execution of the turn and the lateness of it before WrestleMania were two mistakes made. Nonetheless, I think the feud has a lot more to offer, and in order for it to continue and for you as the booker to save this feud from being potentially the best feud heading into Mania to one of the most underwhelming, Shawn Michaels NEEDS to win this match. I think the No Holds Barred stipulation will give you a solid opportunity to book Triple H strongly, but ultimately, give Shawn Michaels the win, and hopefully in some sort of cheap fashion, but not a cheap victory, if you seen what I mean.

United States Championship; Three Way Dance:
Chris Benoit vs. Orlando Jordan vs. Booker T ©
Again, much like the WWE Championship match, I feel this match could (and IMO should) have been a one-on-one affair between Benoit and Booker. I think Jordan's presence in this match is only to serve as a add-on, much like Angle in the RAW main event. That being said, Benoit is the face, and has been chasing the title for a while now. I know that you may want to have a heel win here if I am right and Cena is regaining the WWE Title, in order to differentiate the two, but I'd urge you not to go with a balance in the results, but with the right results. Jordan does need the title and to win the title from two of Smackdown's top wrestlers would not make him look strong as much as it would make them look extremely weak, especially at the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Booker is the champion and has been for a while, and much like the WWE Championship, I believe a title change is due. Benoit to eliminate both men to become United States Champion.

World Tag Team Championships:
The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. Kane & Big Show ©
Much like the Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels program, this is a feud that I feel has been rushed into for WrestleMania. You did well to pick things up in the last two RAW's before Mania, but I think you've dug yourself into yet another rut here. Much like Orton and Batista; if Kane and Show were to lose here, it'd erase months and months of them being built up as dominant tag team champions and throw away that "big win" that two young guys could get by beating them for the titles. Haas and Benjamin are great technical wrestlers, and their reformation has been "interesting", but they should IN NO SHAPE OR FORM regain the titles at WrestleMania. I'll go out on a limb and say Benjamin will turn on Haas after they lose the match, if not as a "shocker" during it.

WWE Tag Team Championships:
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM ©
In comparison to the RAW tag team title feud, Smackdown's one has been built up pretty well, and as a result, I think yet another title change is needed here. I would be in no way shocked to see MNM pull out the victory, but this is WrestleMania. Why not go for a feel good win by having The Hardys, one of WWE's most beloved tag teams of all time, cap off their recent reunion by winning the tag team titles at WrestleMania? It's something they've never done, and MNM can easily regain the gold once the WrestleMania hype has worn. Jeff Hardy to hit the Swanton Bomb on somebody and get the pin.

Women’s Championship:
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©
I'm getting tired now quite honestly, so I'll try and make the next few predictions quick. Mickie is the face, and Trish has been champion for a year. It's the Diva's division, so you can afford to have Mickie wrap this feud up and move on to new things following the show. The heel Trish will likely get a rematch at Backlash, but after that, let Mickie have a nice run with the belt.

Cruiserweight Championship:
Rey Mysterio vs. Kid Kash ©
Quite honestly, I haven't paid much attention to this feud at all. Out of all the feuds heading into WrestleMania, for me, this has been the least interesting. I can't stand Kid Kash, and I think Rey in 2006 had broken out of the Cruiserweight title division. That being said, I know you love Kash so I'll go with him to retain, but Mysterio looking good.

Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Gregory Helms vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito vs. Paul London vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Mark Henry
Fuck Helms. Kennedy is awesome but he's only been in the WWE for less than a year at this point, and he's won the MITB so many times in BTB world I'd like to see something different. London is a Cruiserweight for life, at most the United States or Intercontinental Champion. Flair is done. Finlay is done. Chavo never was. Henry is fat. Carlito is the logical choice. He's been in the WWE for a good amount of time, he has momentum, he's a good heel, he's been the United States and Intercontinental champions, and you can book his character. It's a no brainer for me.

Singles Match:
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield
Another no brainer. JBL gains nothing from a WM win over the rookie Lashley, but Lashley has EVERYTHING to gain. He's younger and more talented.

Bonus Points

1. What will be the match order?
Rey vs. Kash (opener)
Women's Championship
MITB
Lashley vs. JBL
United States Championship match
World Tag Team Championship match
Taker vs. Van Dam
WWE Tag Team Championship
World Heavyweight Championship match
Triple H vs. HBK
WWE Championship match (main event)

2. How many titles will change hands?
Four - the Women's, United States, WWE Tag Team and WWE championships

3. Which match will be the longest?
Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels

4. Which match will be the shortest?
(Hopefully) Lashley vs. JBL

5. Who will be eliminated first in the Three Way Dance?
(Should be, IMO) Orlando Jordan. Let Benoit beat Booker clean in the final showdown

6. Who will take the fall in the Triple Threat Match?
Edge

7. Will there be any surprise appearances by people who have not been seen on screen for some time? If so, then by who?
I'll take a wild guess, Stone Cold Steve Austin



GOOD LUCK!!! (oh and one final wild guess - Carlito wins MITB. Batista wins. Carlito cashes in)
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