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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh no … don’t tell me … it can’t be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
… 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now that just leaves one thing … or should I say … one man … one ‘Deadman’
~ A pop from the crowd for The Undertaker being mentioned.
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.
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.
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.
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
~ Heat from the crowd due to Bischoff’s obvious bias.
That’s right, tonight it will be The Undertaker facing The Redneck Wrecking Crew in … a handicap
~ More heat from the crowd.
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.
Enjoy the show … enjoy … my
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.
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.
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.
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.
We return from the break to hear.
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.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Cameron, North Carolina, weighing 230 lbs, MAAAAATT HAARRRDY!
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?
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.
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.
His opponent, from Los Angeles, California, weighing 220 lbs, JOEY MERRRRCURY!
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It will – NOT
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.
The Hardy Boyz have sent their message, and they’ve sent it loud and clear. They simply will not be denied at WrestleMania.
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.
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.
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.
~ The door opens, revealing Sharmell, followed by Orlando Jordan.
Ah, Orlando, what brings you here?
Well your wife came and told me to follow her here.
Ah yes. Sit down, sit down. I see you’ve got a drink there. Do you need a refill? Sharmell-
No, it’s okay, I just got this from catering.
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.
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?
Yeah, he said … he said he’d do anything to win at WrestleMania.
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.
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.
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
~ Orlando continues to remain silent.
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.
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.
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.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, weighing 275 lbs, BOBBBYYY LAAASSSHHHLEY!
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.
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.
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.
His opponent, from Blackpool, England, weighing 245 lbs, WILLIAM REEEEGAL!
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.
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*
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.
What an effort! Bobby Lashley is looking absolutely dominant just two nights away from his WrestleMania match against JBL.
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.
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.
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.
CM Punk, welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!, and what a debut you made last week. That had to be a big moment for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right now I feel like a little kid. I’m here living my dream, and I can’t wait for it to continue.
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?
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.
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?
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.
We return from the break to be focussed once again on the Money in the Bank briefcase.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
His partners, first, from Austin, Texas, weighing 195 lbs, PAUL LOOONNNNDON!
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.
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”
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.
From Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 225 lbs, FINLAYYYY!
We just touched on the issues between Paul London and Mr. Kennedy – well what about the issues between this man Finlay and Mark Henry?
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.
Their partner, from Silsbee, Texas, weighing 387 lbs, MARK HEEENNNNNRY!
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.
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.
*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.
Their opponents, first, from Charlotte, North Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, he is the Intercontinental Champion, ‘The Nature Boooyyyy’ RIIIC FLAAAAIIIIIRRRRR!
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?
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”
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.
From San Juan, Puerto Rico, weighing 225 lbs, CAAARRRRLITO!
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?
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’.
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.
From El Paso, Texas, weighing 215 lbs, CHAAAAVVVVO GUERRRREEERO!
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.
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.
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.
And finally, from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing 215 lbs, GREGORY HELLLLLMMMMSSSSSSSS!
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?
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*
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.
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.
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.
We return from the break to see the General Manager, Eric Bischoff walking towards the parking lot, surrounded by security officers.
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.
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.
Cade … Murdoch … welcome to my
Friday Night SmackDown!.
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
~ Cade motions to Bischoff’s security.
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
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?
We’ll beat it out of ‘em.
~ Cade smiles to himself.
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.
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.
The Redneck Wrecking Crew sending a big message, showing they’re not scared of anyone – including seemingly The Undertaker.
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.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Brooklyn, New York, weighing 185 lbs, NUUUNNNNZIO!
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.
His opponent, from San Diego, California, weighing 175 lbs, REEEEYYY MYSSSTEEEEEERRRIIOOOO!
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.
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 …
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.
Oh no! Kid Kash has him in position!
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!”
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!
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.
We return from the break back at ringside.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
His partner, from Chicago, Illinois, weighing 222 lbs, C – M PUUUNNNNNKKKKKK!
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.
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?”
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.
Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 501 lbs, ORLANDO JORDAN and the United States Champion, BOOOOOOKER T!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It will be and that’s next on Friday Night SmackDown!.
Off we go.
We return back from the break at ringside to hear the ring bell sounding.
The following contest is a two on one handicap match, and it is scheduled for one fall!
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.
Introducing first, weighing a combined weight of 502 lbs, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, THE RED – NECK WRECKING CREEEWWWWWW!
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?
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 …
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.
Their opponent, from Death Valley, weighing 295 lbs, THEEEEE UNDEEERRRRRTAKERRRR!
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.
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.
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 …
Oh come on! This is disgusting.
The Redneck Wrecking Crew may just put The Undertaker down.
… When the crowd explodes … AND ROB VAN DAM RUNS OUT FROM THE BACK!
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.
Van Dam, what in the hell
do you think you’re doing?
~ Heat from the crowd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cut my music!
~ The music instantly cuts out, allowing McMahon to walk down the ramp and talk.
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.
Mr. McMahon, it’s an honour to see you here-
~ A big pop from the crowd.
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.
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?
Y – Yes, si-
You don’t talk now. I may have asked a question, but I don’t want an answer. Not now. Not from you.
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.
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.
Second of all, Eric Bischoff, you are now officially on … probation!
~ Another big pop.
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.
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.
Oh my! RVD … RVD has just hit RVD with the Five Star Frog Splash again
Maybe he does have a chance at WrestleMania!
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.
We come back from the break to hear the sound of I Dare You by Shinedown.
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.
Just two days to go, and I can’t wait! The chills are runnin’ down my spine!
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.
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’.
Staying with SmackDown!, it’ll be a rookie making his WrestleMania debut going against a former WWE Champion when Bobby Lashley meets JBL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Women’s Championship will be on the line when former best friends Trish Stratus meet as Trish defends the gold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I dunno who’s gonna win this one. All I know is that we can expect violence, and lots of it!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well how ‘bout we bring the challenger out first?
~ Oops, wrong move, Tazz – the crowd boos that one.
He hails from St. Louis, Missouri …
~ A bit of a muffled pop.
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.
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.
It’s good to see you, Randy. But ladies and gentlemen, who’s ready … for the champion?
~ A huge pop from the crowd.
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.
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?
As a matter of fact Tazz, I do.
~ Heat from the crowd, who were perhaps hoping for a different answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m like a new and improved version of The Rock.
~ And back we go to heat.
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.
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.
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!
Get your ass up Randy!
~ Orton stays seated, smirking calmly.
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.
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
~ A pop from the crowd for the forceful statement from the crowd.
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.
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
~ A strong cheer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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 ©
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 ©
Mickie James vs. Trish Stratus ©
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
Bobby Lashley vs. John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield