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Default Re: BKB Star. Presents: World Wrestling Entertainment 2006


January 20th, 2006 | Florence Civic Center; Florence, South Carolina


Our broadcast begins tonight with a recap video first of what took place two weeks ago, as the monstrous Mark Henry makes a statement upon his return to SmackDown! by in no uncertain terms decimating the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista during his Steel Cage Tag Team Match with Rey Mysterio up against MNM. Henry’s arrival signals his intentions as he tears the door from the steel structure before brutalising ‘The Animal’, allowing MNM to pick up the win. However, the damage isn’t quite done yet as Henry continues the assault, before spectacularly climbing to the top of the cage and beating his chest, screaming out almost in an animalistic manor.

We then cut to the events of last week, with SmackDown! General Manager declaring that unfortunately Batista will not be in the arena for the night, thanks to the injuries caused by Mark Henry. He does however announce that SmackDown! needs a number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, especially with the Royal Rumble just two weeks away. As Long announces that the match will be Rey Mysterio vs Mark Henry we cut right to the match, seeing highlights of Rey jumping around the ring, using his pace to his advantage as Michael Cole yells “He could do it! Rey Mysterio could do it!” Cole is of course proven wrong however, as Henry catches Rey eventually as the man from the 619 goes for a springboard crossbody, turning it into The World’s Strongest Slam before absolutely squashing the little man with The World’s Strongest Splash, putting an exclamation point on his victory. Even that though doesn’t seem to seem to quench the thirst for destruction of Mark Henry as he throws Mysterio from the ring, Cole, Tazz and the audience all telling Henry that enough is enough. With Henry tearing away at the mats, the end of Mysterio’s career seems sure to come when suddenly... ‘The Animal’ Batista is in the house! The music of Batista roars throughout the arena as the intense World Heavyweight Champion runs down the ramp and brawls with his foe, taking it backstage as SmackDown! comes to an end.

With that quick recap coming to an end we cut live into the Florence Civic Center to see Tony Chimel standing in the middle of the ring.

Tony Chimel:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!

*I Walk Alone*


The music of ‘The Animal’ instantly sends the crowd here in Florence into a frenzy as the awe inspiring World Heavyweight Champion, Batista runs out onto the stage, only causing his reaction to become even louder. Usually Batista would be dressed in a rather swank suit, looking stylish, however tonight Dave doesn’t look all about style. A white singlet replaces the usual suit jacket and shirt, while some simple tracksuit pants have been substituted in for the lower portion. The champ of course has the title around his waist still as he looks out to the crowd before stepping up to the middle of the ramp and setting his pyro off explosively, the crowd eating up every moment of it.

Michael Cole:
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome here to Friday Night SmackDown!, as we come to you this week from Florence, South Carolina. I am Michael Cole, and as usual, I am joined here by my partner, Tazz.

Tazz: I’m excited to be here, Cole, and it seems like all of these fans right here in Florence feel the same way. They practically blew the roof of the place for Batista!

Michael Cole: And with good reason, Tazz. Tonight SmackDown! features many things; a new contender to the Cruiserweight Champion is found, Finlay is in action again after his debut last week and Booker T will host a championship celebration after winning the US Title last week. But what everyone is thinking about Tazz is Batista and Mark Henry!

Tazz: These two monsters have been tryin’ to dare one another apart! Will tonight be the night?

Batista now walks down the rest of the ramp and climbs up into the ring, stripping the gold off from around his waist to showcase to the crowd before receiving a microphone and pacing around the ring with it, the gold now resting on top of his broad shoulder.

Batista:
Man oh man, it feels good to be here in Florence!

Yes, this of course brings a cheap pop.

Batista:
But not only does it feel good to be here in Florence, it also feels good to be healthy. It feels good to be fighting fit. It feels good to be, for the first time in two weeks, physically cleared to wrestle here tonight! Yeah!

Again, another pop.

Batista:
And y’know, usually I’d be happy about that. Usually I’d be over the moon, but for some reason, I just can’t shake this feeling... I just can’t help but feel... something’s wrong. Yeah, I mean, usually, I’m happy, I’m friendly, I’m nice. Hell, you can ask the guys in the back... but tonight, I can’t help but feel angry... I can’t help but feel mad. But the thing is, I just can’t quite put my finger on why. I mean, it’s not like I’ve been jumped from behind lately. It’s not like anyone’s been tryna’ end my career. It’s not like anyone tried to send me through a steel cage like a human javelin!

Batista pauses as the crowd gives some heat, realising that Big Dave is indeed alluding to Mark Henry.

Batista:
If there is one thing I can’t stand, it when a man doesn’t have the guts to hit you face to face! Instead, he jumps you from behind. It doesn’t take a big man to try to end someone’s career when you blindside them. IT... DOES... NOT take a lot of guts to try to end someone’s livelihood when you hit them from behind? It doesn’t take a lot of guts to hit me from behind... nor does it take a lot of brains.

Batista pauses for a moment as the crowd buzzes with anticipation, sensing a possible confrontation coming up.

Batista:
Mark Henry! You think you can toy with my career? You think you can try to end my career... my livelihood? You think you have that right? Well Mark, I’m gonna’ make this real simple for you... how ‘bout you get your ass out here right now and try to do it again?

‘The Animal’ is now steaming as he paces around the ring, waiting on Henry.

Batista:
Come on, Mark! What are you waiting for? Are ya’...

*Some Bodies Gonna Get It*


The new (not in real life, obviously, but in this timeline) music of Mark Henry hits to little response at first before the crowd puts two and two together, realising it is indeed signalling the arrival of the man desired by Big Dave. Soon enough ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ walks out to the top of the ramp, in his wrestling attire, a smirk on his face and a microphone in his hand. As his music dies down the crowd’s reaction does the same, Henry shaking his head as he looks down the ramp to his foe in the ring.

Mark Henry:
I’m sorry, did I hear you wrong? Did you just call me out? Did you just say you wanna’ piece of me?

Batista: You hard exactly right, so if you have the GUTS, Mark, get your ass down here right now and let’s settle this like men! Why wait to the Rumble Mark when you can have me now? Why wait?

The crowd pops at the thought of the two titans going at it right before them tonight. Alas, Henry is yet to move.

Mark Henry:
You’re serious? You want me down there right now? Batista, in case you’ve already forgotten, lemme’ remind you that two weeks ago, I beat the holy hell through you. I ripped you apart limb... for limb. And now you’re callin’ me out? You wanna’ go with me?

Henry stops as the camera quickly cuts to the ring, showing Dave nodding and saying “Oh yeah, tonight!”

Mark Henry:
Well I’m afraid that just ain’t gonna’ happen.

Shitstorm of heat for Henry backing down.

Mark Henry:
Think about it; what do I have to gain from beatin’ yo’ ass here tonight? What can I possibly gain? I’ve already got you scared. I’ve already got in yo’ head. I’ve already got you on the edge. And that, that was just from a preview. I’ve got you right where I want you, and I’m not gonna’ do anything to ruin that. I could go down there and tear you apart right now, but what good does that do me? What does that do for me? I can’t get my hands on that title without beatin’ you at the Rumble, and if I were to come down to the ring now... well let’s just say you wouldn’t make it to the Rumble, Dave.

Mega heat for Henry.

Batista:
Is that right? You’re in my head? You’ve got me where you want me? Y’see, I don’t think you know what you’ve done, Mark. You’re right, you have gotten in my head, but Mark, that’s not a good thing. Oh no, because now, I’m so much more dangerous. Usually when I’m kickin’ people’s asses, I’m a happy guy. I’m being nice. But just think, what would I be like when I’m pissed off? What would I be like when you unleash the animal inside of me? Mark, not many people know the answer to that question. In fact, only one man does, and I left him bloodied and beaten in Hell in a Cell last year. So Mark, ask yourself, do you really have me where you want me? Or have you just guaranteed yourself the biggest ass kickin’ of a lifetime?

The crowd pops as Batista says that last line with such vigour, leaning over the ropes and staring down into the Henry at the top of the ramp.

Mark Henry:
Is that right? Y’know, I was gonna’ let you walk out, but now, now I’m gonna’ show you who the true king of the jungle is!

A thud is heard as Henry drops his mic to the ground below, then starts to walk down to the ring slowly. A second thud can be heard in the ring as Batista drops his microphone too, now bending down, hands on legs as he yells at Henry, daring him to join him in the ring to see what happens. Henry is almost at the foot of the ramp with the crowd buzzing for the confrontation which looks to be about to take place when...

*MacMillitant*


No dice as far as the fight goes. Well, at least not yet. Henry stops his march to the ring and turns around to gaze upon the stage, as do the natives of Florence as SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long walks out to the top of the stage, clad in a grey suit, microphone already in hand.

Theodore Long:
Playas’, I could let you two fight tooth and nail right here tonight in Florence...

Everyone needs a cheap pop. The thought of the two fighting combined with the fact that the name of the city being mentioned is enough to get the crowd excited. Unfortunately, Teddy isn’t done.

Theodore Long:
But then I wouldn’t be a very good General Manager, now would I?

Oh, the crowd disagrees on that one as they give Teddy some heat, despite him being a face.

Theodore Long:
With the Royal Rumble just over a week away, you better believe ‘dat I would be crazy to put my SmackDown! main event in jeopardy. But playas’, I can see that you both want one another in the ring, and I appreciate ‘dat, so I’m gonna do y’all a lil’ favour. Y’see, tonight’s main event, it’s gonna be a tag team match. On one side of the ring will be the ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton and Mark Henry...

Big heat.

Theodore Long:
And on the other the ‘Rabid Wolverine’ Chris Benoit... and the World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista!

Huge pop.

Theodore Long:
Now, if you feel ‘dat, gimme a holla holla!

*MacMillitant*


The crowd pops as Teddy nods his head then exits stage left, going through the curtains off to the backstage area.

Michael Cole:
What a main event signed by our General Manager!

Tazz: Oh man, that one’s gonna’ be off the charts, Cole! I can’t wait!

We see Batista in the ring nodding his head in approval, a satisfied look on his face as we head away to an ad break.


*Commercial Break*



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

Josh Matthews:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, he is the Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash.

A small amount of heat is emitted from the crowd for Kash as he walks into screen wearing blue jeans and a dark grey tee, Cruiserweight Championship of course hanging over his shoulder.

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

Kid Kash: Is that meant to be some kinda joke, Matthews? Y’see, in case y’all haven’t noticed, I am the Cruiserweight Champion of the world. This belt hangin’ over mah’ shoulder... it tells everyone in this arena that I am the best cruiserweight in the world. So do ya’ really think I’m gonna’ be worried about some guys who used to have the right to call themselves the best cruiserweights in the world when I’m the current one? Not a chance.

Kash pauses, readjusting his title belt.

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

Kash smirks and walks off screen as we back to ringside to hear...

*Booyaka 619*


The crowd erupts with a very nice pop as the music of the ever popular Rey Mysterio hits. As the beat picks up Rey jumps up from the rising platform at the side of the SmackDown! set, pyro shooting out from under him as he does so. Despite the loss to Mark Henry last week Mysterio looks to be in high spirits, slapping the hands of some of the fans as he walks down the ring, saying a few words to some kids who wear his merchandise. Mysterio then finally makes it up into the ring and goes to pose on the turnbuckle, throwing his singlet out to the crowd.

Michael Cole:
Last week Rey Mysterio put in a spirited effort, but in the end he fell to ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry. Teddy Long has granted Mysterio a spot in the Rumble coming off the back of that effort. Does the Rumble suit a high flyer like Mysterio?

Tazz: Probably not, Cole, but Rey has brought forward some big efforts in the Rumble in past years.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is a six man tag team match, and it is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from San Diego, California, weighing 175 lbs, Rey Mysterio!

*Hell Will Be Callin’ Your Name*


The crowd gives a very nice pop as the music of Bobby Lashley hits. Soon enough the genetic freak makes his way out in his short, plain black wrestling tights, muscles like always. The rising, young star walks down the ramp, signalling to a few especially enthusiastic stars at ringside before jumping up onto the apron and joining Rey in the ring, posing on the turnbuckle at first, then jumping down and joining him, knocking knuckles to signal they’re on the same page.

Michael Cole:
Bobby Lashley has been impressive ever since he debuted here on the blue brand last September. He is definitely one to watch in the Rumble.

Tazz: No doubt about that, Cole. The guy’s undefeated ever since he debuted here.

Tony Chimel: From Colorado Springs, Colorado, weighing 275 lbs, Bobby Lashley!

*Live For The Moment*


The crowd gives a very good pop as the music of the popular Matt Hardy hits, soon to be followed with Matt jogging out to the top of the stage and raising his arm in the classic V1 pose. Wearing a singlet and his baggy wrestling pants, Hardy walks down the ramp, slapping hands with some of the fans at ringside before climbing up into the ring with his two partners and posing on the second rope.

Michael Cole:
Matt Hardy has always been one of the most popular superstars on the SmackDown! roster. Despite a hard fought loss to JBL a few weeks back the popularity of Hardy has not dimmed, nor does it ever look like it will.

Tazz: Hardy’s one of the best and brightest goin’ ‘round here on SmackDown!, no doubt about it.

Tony Chimel: Their partner, from Cameron, North Carolina, weighing 235 lbs, Matt Hardy!

“My Name Is Finlay And I Love To Fight”

*Lambeg*


The cold, calculating Irishman walks out to some decent heat just a week after his WWE debut. Carrying the shillelagh he used to blast Bobby Lashley in the head with last week, Finlay walks down the ramp in his traditional green wrestling attire, pointing the shillelagh up at Lashley when he reaches the bottom of the ramp, reminding him of last week.

Michael Cole:
This man Finlay made his SmackDown! debut last week, and boy did he make a statement when he blasted Bobby Lashley in the head with that damned shillelagh.

Tazz: This Irish bastard is on tough son of a gun! I love it!

Tony Chimel: Their opponents, first from Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing 225 lbs, Finlay!

*Gladiators*


The tag team of The Bluebloods slowly walk out to some small heat, both wearing coats over their wrestling tights. The duo walk down the ramp, shaking their fists free to loosen their wrists up. They join Finlay at ringside and nod with him then climb up on the apron and wipe their feet before climbing into the ring, with Finlay climbing in after them.

Michael Cole:
The Bluebloods last week put forth a very convincing argument as to why they should be feared in the Rumble, disposing of The Dicks with ease. While the Rumble is a different beast altogether, these two mens were both very impressive last week.

Tazz: That they were, Cole. Much like Finlay both of these men are tough bastards, learnin’ to fight on the mean streets of England. They knew how to fight and they know how to wrestle.

Tony Chimel: His partners, from Chelsea, England, weighing a combined weight of 510 lbs, William Regal and Paul Burchill, The Bluebloods!


| Match One |
| Six Man Tag Team Match |
| Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley & Matt Hardy vs Finlay & The Bluebloods |


Six talented men in the ring, what more could you want? The six get the time to put something entertaining on and they take advantage of that chance, putting on an entertaining match throughout. Mysterio and Burchill are the two men to start us off, Mysterio keeping Burchill on edge early by flying around and keeping the Brit on edge with some arm drags. Lashley gets himself involved in the match for the first time, tagging himself in as Rey controls the arm of Burchill, getting himself involved with a right to the midsection of Burchill, who is sent backtracking as Lashley powers him around until he finally comes out with a thumb to the eye, giving him the opportunity to stumble across to his corner and tag in his partner William Regal. Regal comes into the ring and charges Lashley in the corner, looking to barrage him with heavy lefts, only for the beast that is Lashley to stand right through them, then grab Regal and throw him into the corner, taking advantage of his positioning to absolutely unload upon the stunned Regal with hard right hands. Continuing his control, Lashley tags Matt Hardy into the match for the first time, generating a nice pop from the crowd as he and Lashley team up to use a double back body drop, sending Regal flying over for a two count. The domination of Regal continues for a short time later, until Matt goes for an Irish whip, which the Englishman is able to reverse, sending Matt into the ropes and subsequently, a knee to the back from Finlay, who makes his presence known in the match. As Hardy struggles from the ropes, holding his back in pain, Regal takes advantage, pulling out a beautiful exploder suplex to send Hardy flying over for a two count.

Matt now plays the face in peril as the heels beat down on him, tagging in and out to do so. Whilst not specifically focussing on one body part, they simply beat the living shit through him, using their brawling abilities to do so. Finlay actually takes the bulk of the offence on, making sure to cheat to gain some heat and momentum after his debut last week. This comes back to bight the Irishman in the ass though, as after choking Matt across the second rope he runs off to the ropes, looking to come back at Hardy with a clothesline, ONLY FOR HARDY TO DUCK AND LOCK THE FIGHTING IRISHMAN INTO POSITION FOR THE SIDE EFFECT --- WHICH HE GETS OUT OF! Finlay shows his smarts, elbowing Hardy in the temple until Matt relents before throwing him into the top turnbuckle shoulder-first. With hardy in obvious pain in the corner, Finlay takes his time before charging in, however that goes awry as Hardy gets his elbow up, drilling Finlay in the face before going to the second rope and coming off with a big elbow that sends the Irishman down! Hardy collapses from exhaustion himself, with the two down, both looking to crawl to their corners to make tags to their respective partners, which eventually happens as Hardy tags Mysterio while Finlay tags Regal. Rey comes in like a house on fire immediately, springboarding off the top rope to nail a crossbody block on Regal before charging across the ring and knocking both Burchill and the recovering Finlay from it with right hands.

Mysterio keeps the high flying going, keeping Regal on edge, especially with a close two count after a hurricanrana straight into a pin attempt. Immediately after Mysterio nails Regal with a dropkick, sending him down to the second rope, draped across it for the 619. MYSTERIO RUNS OFF TO THE ROPES, LOOKING TO NAIL THE 619 UPON COMING BACK --- ONLY FOR REGAL TO GET UP AND GO BEHIND THE ONCOMING MYSTERIO, NAILING HIM WITH A HALF NELSON SUPLEX! The crowd groans as Rey gets dropped on his head, the match looking sure to be over here as Regal makes the cover, only for Lashley to interrupt the count at two, before lifting Regal up and throwing him out to the outside, to which he follows himself. Meanwhile Matt Hardy climbs in the ring and sees Finlay on the outside LAUNCHING HIMSELF FOR A PLANCHA --- SPLAT! FINLAY SIDESTEPS THE MOVE! Finlay now slides into the ring and waits behind Mysterio, squatting down as the little man gets up and turns... CELTIC CROSS ATTEMPT --- FINLAY SCORES WITH IT! As Cole exclaims that the move is indeed called the Celtic Cross, Finlay walks across to the corner instead of making the cover, which Cole can’t understand why. All becomes clear as Finlay bends down and picks up the dreaded shillelagh, Cole shitting himself after what happened to Lashley last week. Finlay looks into the shillelagh, the gap-toothed smile crossing his face before turning... SPEAR! LASHLEY SPEARS THE HELL OUT OF FINLAY! Finlay and Lashley roll from the ring, leaving Mysterio the only man in there, still recovering.

Soon enough he is joined by William Regal, who measures Mysterio, looking to put him away with the Running Knee Lift. MYSTERIO GETS TO A DOUBLED OVER POSITION, AND REGAL SEES HIS CUE, CHARGING ACROSS THE RING --- REY SUDDENLY CATCHES HIM WITH A DROP TOE HOLD, DRAWING HIM ACROSS THE SECOND ROPE! The man from the 619 looks out to the crowd, gaining a major pop before running off... 619! IT CONNECTS! Regal falls back into the middle of the ring with Mysterio jumping right up to the top rope and coming in with a springboard splash, gaining the three count for his team.


Winners: Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley & Matt Hardy via pinfall @ 9:24



*Booyaka 619*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, the team of Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley and Matt Hardy!

Mysterio gets back up to his feet and has his hand raised in victory, the smile on Rey’s face being very noticeable as this happens. Lashley and Hardy both soon join the little man in the ring as the three fan favourites celebrate, playing it up to the crowd. On the outside Finlay looks pissed off as he kicks the crowd barrier, still holding his midsection after the Spear from Lashley, while Burchill tends to Regal.

Michael Cole:
Tazz, Rey Mysterio may have fallen last week, but tonight the little man stands tall!

Tazz: No doubt Cole, and big ups to Rey for that. Will the same happen come the Rumble though, Cole?

Michael Cole: I don’t know partner, we’re just gonna’ have to wait and see.

We take another look at the faces who are still in the ring celebrating, exchanging hugs before cutting of backstage to see both JBL and Jillian Hall in their locker-room. JBL looks in great distress as he sits on his seat, hunched over, head in his hands and a clear look of anguish upon his face. Meanwhile Jillian stands up against the wall, a concerned look also on her face, although it is incomparable to that which adorns the face of the self-proclaimed ‘Wrestling God’. Her clipboard in hand, Jillian opens it and shuffles some paper, prompting JBL to look up at her.

John Bradshaw Layfield:
Is that really necessary?

Jillian Hall: Listen John... I know you’re on edge about your match against...

John Bradshaw Layfield: On edge? Jillian, I’m losin’ my freakin’ mind. I don’t wanna’ face that freak. I am a ‘Wrestling God’, and yet Teddy Long, he sticks me in the ring with that circus freak! I’m allergic to worms! What am I gonna’ do? That nutcase is gonna’ eat me alive!

JBL looks back down at the floor, putting his head firmly back in his hands.

Jillian Hall:
Look, what I was getting to is... well, there’s always ‘Plan B’...

John Bradshaw Layfield: ‘Plan B’?

Layfield looks up at Jillian with a glimmer of hope in his eyes, thinking she may have thought of some miraculous idea to get him out of the match. What is that idea? We don’t know (well, at least for now), as we head off to a commercial break.


*Commercial Break*



We come back from the break again in the interview area as this time the quite simply stunning Kristal Marshall stands before us, gracing us with her presence.

Kristal Marshall:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, Mr Kennedy!

The crowd gives a some solid heat (with a few small cheers) as the obnoxious loudmouth, Mr Kennedy sticks his head into view in front of Kristal, prompting her to step back with a disgusted look on her face. That head soon retreats, as now the full body walks into view, standing next to Kristal.

Kristal Marshall:
Well, Mr Kennedy, you requested this time, so what is it you want to get off your chest?

Kennedy looks at Kristal then snatches the mic from her hands abruptly, causing a look of shock and horror to come across the face of the beauty.

Mr Kennedy:
First off, honey, I just wanna’ say, leave this to the professionals, okay? Go on, scram.

Kristal walks out of view in a huff, Kennedy seemingly admiring her ass as she does so, before turning his attention back to the camera.

Mr Kennedy:
Y’see, last week, sports entertainment was once again saved, as the shining light, I, Mr Kennedy, returned from injury and announced that I would be competing in the Royal Rumble. And while, I thought the announcement was great, a lotta’ people... a lotta’ WWE executives... they’ve have been comin’ up to me and tellin’ me, “Ken, last week you just stormed out and interrupted William Regal. You can’t do that!” And y’know, while I hate hate hate that I just can’t make my presence felt when I want to, because quite frankly, I deserve to, I can see where they’re comin’ from. This is why I smoothed it over with the WWE execs, and I went ahead and got me some in ring time next week.

The crowd gives a small pop for that announcement.

Mr Kennedy:
Yeah, that’s right. I noticed that really, if I can’t go ‘round interruptin’ people, I’ve gotta’ get myself my own segment time, which is why next week, the premiere of the newest talk show will commence right here on Friday Night SmackDown! Oh no, I won’t be wrestlin’...

The crowd gives some heat for that, as they wanted to see Kennedy competing again, despite him being a heel.

Mr Kennedy:
Instead it will be the premiere of my very own show... the Open... Mic. Clever, I know. And with the Rumble comin’ up and people bein’ buzzed about me takin’ TV time off others, I thought to myself, I should really start out with a bang. So not only will next week be the premiere of the Open Mic, but it will also be exactly as the title suggests... an open... mic.

The crowd pops.

Mr Kennedy:
So if anyone, and I mean anyone, has anything to get off their chests before the Rumble, next week’s your chance. But if you’re gonna’ come out and claim that you’re gonna’ win the Rumble to whomever takes me up on my invitation, well you’ve got another thing comin’, because I assure you, the winner of this year’s Rumble is gonna’ be none other than Miiisssttteeerrr Ken-nah-day!

Kennedy smiles at the camera, then walks off, before poking his head back out into view after a few seconds.

Mr Kennedy:
Kennedy.

With that now taken care of we return to ringside to see Tony Chimel standing in the centre of the ring.

Tony Chimel:
The following contest is scheduled for one fall, with the winner becoming the new number one contender to the Cruiserweight Championship!

*Mexicool*


The sound of revving motors is heard through the arena as the crowd lets out a fairly decent pop, getting excited for the arrival of Juventud. Soon enough the luchador rides out on a Juan Deere, a white t-shirt on over his upper body, while the long white tights combined with red and green patterns complete the lower half of his attire. As he rides down to the ring, Juvi slaps the hands of the fans at ringside before getting to ringside and doing a quick lap of the ring, standing up on the Juan Deere after doing so and playing it up to the crowd. After climbing up into the ring Juvi plays to the fans some more, trying to get them excited for the impending contest.

Michael Cole:
After making his debut last year, Juventud was able to hold the Cruiserweight Title twice, losing it for the second time to Kid Kash at Armageddon. Tonight Juventud gets the chance to earn a rematch as he goes one-on-one with a man who formerly held the title himself in Jamie Noble.

Tazz: I’ve known Juvi a long time from back in the EC-Dubya days, and lemme’ assure you, nothin’ means as much to Juvi as that Cruiserweight Title. I know the guy on a personal level and he yearns for that gold. He lives to be champ.

Tony Chimel: Introducing first, from Tijuana, Mexico, weighing 170 lbs, Juventud!

*Slam Smack*


The music of Jamie Noble hits to a small reaction, neither positive nor negative, as the southerner walks out onto the stage in short black wrestling tights, arms raised up into the air. Noble walks down the ramp, arms raised the majority of the way before climbing up the steel steps and into the ring, posing for the fans in the corner there too.

Michael Cole:
And wile Juvi may want the gold that badly, he has to go through this man Jamie Noble just to get a shot at that gold.

Tazz: That he does, Cole, and that ain’t gonna’ be easy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jamie Noble is one tough son of a gun, and he’s a former Cruiserweight Champ in his own right too!

Tony Chimel: His opponent, from Hannover, West Virginia, weighing 202 lbs, Jamie Noble!


| Match Two |
| Number One Contendership To The Cruiserweight Championship |
| Singles Match |
| Juventud vs Jamie Noble |


The two cruiserweights look to start out a little tentatively, slowly coming forward to lockup when...

*Kash Money*


That’s right, the Cruiserweight Champ, Kid Kash makes his way out slowly to very little fanfare from the crowd. Juvi and Noble both watch as he walks down the ramp and stands at ringside, placing his hand on his chin, almost as if he is thinking about something. Noble’s seen enough of this as he takes advantage of the distracted Juvi, jumping him from behind and decking him from behind with a big stiff forearm to the back of the head, sending the luchador tumbling down to the mat. Noble continues his hard hitting offence in the early going, not letting the lighter Juvi breathe, continuing to smother him and just plain own him with hard strikes. Juvi launches a mini-comeback as he jumps up over a shoulder thrust attempt in the corner from Noble, taking it into a sunset flip for a two count. Juvi instantly follows up, nailing a clothesline to the rising Noble before hitting a few more and sending the more hard hitting of the pair off to the ropes with an Irish whip. This comes back to hit to bite to Juvi in the ass as the presumptuously bends over, looking for a back body drop, only to get kicked right in the face by Noble, leading into a neckbreaker from the ‘Redneck Messiah’ for a two count. Again, Noble continues on damaging Juvi for a short while, keeping psychical on him before grounding him and locking in a basic surfboard stretch. With the crowd firmly in his corner, it doesn’t take long for ‘The Juice’ to fight back up to a standing base, with Noble now changing the hold up to a basic chinlock. Juvi sees the opening as he fights back on Noble, nailing some stiff right hands to his midsection before looking to run off to the ropes, only for Noble to get a handful on the long hair of the luchador, slamming him down to the mat by it.

Frustrated that Juvi looked like launching a comeback Noble calls for the end... LIFTING JUVI UP AND GETTING HIM IN POSITION FOR THE TIGER DRIVER --- THOUGH JUVI WON’T GO! Juvi lowers his weight, making it impossible for Noble to get him up.

Noble starts to hammer away on the back of Juvi with rights and lefts, looking to wear him down, though all that gets him is sent over with a back body drop, courtesy of ‘The Juice’. Juvi holds his back for a moment, waiting for Noble to get back up, then nailing him with a beautiful spinning heel kick. The crowd roars with approval as Noble gets up, scoring himself another spinning heel kick right to the jaw. Juvi now gets up again and sends Noble back into the ropes before sending him off to the opposite ones with an Irish whip. As Noble hits the opposite ropes Juvi bounces off the ones he started from, getting a run up to nail a leg lariat right on the button of Noble, garnering a two count from the referee. Despite the two count Juvi gets back to his feet and pumps the crowd up, yelling out to them. Noble gets back up, perhaps unaware that Juvi is so fired up as he charges across and nails a falling clothesline, going down onto his own back as he hits it before hooking the leg for another two, actually questioning the referee after this one. The referee reaffirms that it was just two, leaving Juventud with no other option than getting back to work, which he does by lifting Noble up and sending him into the corner with an Irish whip, following shortly after to eat boot. Noble quickly goes up to the second rope with Juvi bending over to hold his lip, leaving Noble to come off and take Juvi over with a sunset flip... only for Juvi to jump up and turn it into a pinning predicament of his own in a hurricanrana like position for two. Both men get right back up, Noble instantly scoring with a kick to the midsection... BEFORE LIFTING JUVENTUD UP ONTO HIS SHOULDERS --- GUTBUSTER! NOBLE SCORES WITH THE GUTBUSTER!

The force of the move sends Juvi staggering back in pain, falling through the ropes and onto the apron, much to the dismay of Noble who knew he could have had it won if it weren’t for Juvi falling through the ropes. Noble takes his time to recover, then makes his way over, looking to reach over the ropes and grab Juvi, only for Juvi to come through the second and top rope with a shoulder thrust to the midsection of Noble, driving him back. Juvi sees his chance and quickly runs along the apron, scattering up to the top rope at Noble... LOOKING FOR A HURRICANARANA OFF THE TOP --- THOUGH NOBLE RUNS UNDER HIS LEGS! Noble stands in the corner and waits for Juvi to turn, having landed on his feet. JUVI TURNS AROUND AND NOBLE RUNS HIM --- JUVI DRIVER! OUT OF NOWHERE, JUVENTUD GETS NOBLE UP QUICKLY AND DRILLS THE JUVI DRIVER! The ex-champ quickly gets Noble onto his back and hooks the leg, gaining the three count for the victory.


Winner (and number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship): Juventud via pinfall @ 6:57


*Mexicool*


Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner and number one contender for the Cruiserweight Champion, Juventud!

As his music starts out Juventud gets back to his feet and his hand raised by the referee triumphantly. Kid Kash is shown still standing at ringside, clapping his hands as Juvi gets excited, climbing up to the second and top rope in the corner, yelling out to the crowd and signalling to the crowd that the gold will be around his waist soon enough.

Michael Cole:
A big victory for Juventud, Tazz, as he now gets his Armageddon rematch, getting another chance at the title he lost.

Tazz: And the champ, Kid Kash has seen what Juventud is all about up close and for real.

Michael Cole: That’s right, Tazz, and these two are certainly no strangers to one another as it is. I’m sure we can expect... wait, what’s Kid Kash up to?

We cut from Juvi who is still celebrating on the second rope to see Kid Kash now slowly walking up the steel steps and climbing into the ring. He stands in the middle of the ring, title belt still over his shoulder as Juventud jumps down from the second rope and turns to that the champ has climbed up to the ring to greet him. Juvi looks at Kash strangely, a little unsure of what to expect from Kash. Kash meanwhile looks calm, taking his championship off his shoulder and holding it up in his right hand, telling Juvi “This is what it’s all about!” Juvi nods, knowing what he means as Kash now extends his left hand out, seemingly as a sign of respect.

Tazz:
Kash just wants to shake the man’s hand, Cole. Why do you have to always think the worst of everyone?

Michael Cole: I’ll believe it when I see it, partner.

Cole, prepare to eat your words as Juvi reaches out and shakes the hand of Kash, nodding as he does so.

Michael Cole:
Well I’ll be...

SMACK! JUST AS JUVENTUD LOOKS TO LEAVE THE RING KASH PULLS HIM BACK IN BY THE HAND AND DRILLS HIM WITH THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!

Michael Cole:
I knew it! I knew Kash was up to no good!

Tazz: Hang on, what’s he up to now?

Kash parades the ring, shouting out “It’s my gold! Mine!” He then places the Cruiserweight Championship down across the mat and looks down at Juvi, his face shrouded with anger, with rage. Slowly Juvi starts to recover, crawling back to his hands and knees, dazed from the attack... SMASH! KID KASH KICKS HIM RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYS WITH A SICK LITTLE PUNT TO THE FACE! KASH ISN’T DONE THERE THOUGH AS HE QUICKLY LIFTS JUVENTUD UP --- DEAD LEVEL --- ONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD! In a totally new combination (so not trademarked by Austin Aries ), Kash leaves Juvi laying. The champion looks down at the man who was set to face him at the Rumble (will he be fit to now) coldly, before bending down and picking up his Cruiserweight Championship so he can exit out onto the apron and to the floor.

Michael Cole:
I can’t believe it. That was sick... just... sick.

Tazz: All these years I’ve known Kash, I ain’t never expected anything like that from him man... never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d see that.

We see Kash walking up the ramp with no remorse, even having the audacity to turn back to the ring and smirk before continuing up the ramp, trainers, road agents and Juventud’s Mexicool buddies all brushing past Kash on their way to check on the luchador’s condition.

We then cut off backstage to see Booker T and Sharmell walking down a corridor, the United States Title balancing on the shoulder of Booker’s blue shirt.

Michael Cole:
Well ladies and gentlemen, up next is Booker T’s championship celebration, however I still can’t believe this... just sick.


*Commercial Break*



We come back from the break to see a very serious Michael Cole looking into the camera, Tazz by his side.

Michael Cole:
Ladies and gentlemen, before the break we saw some very graphic footage when Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash assaulted the man who had just earned the right to face him at the Royal Rumble by defeating Jamie Noble in Juventud. Now after this victory Kash feigned that he was happy to face Noble... earlier tonight, he feigned that he didn’t care who he would face, but this footage says more than anyone ever could...

We get the quick recap video of what happened before the break, with Juventud picking up the win over Noble, with Kash shaking his hand before absolutely assaulting him, and in the process, ripping off the legendary ‘A Double’. But hey, if CM Punk can take moves from Japan, why can't Kash take a combo from the indies?

Michael Cole:
Now after that assault, during the break these are the scenes that unfolded...

The trainers, road agents, Mexicools and doctors who all rushed down to Juventud are busy checking on his condition, bent over him. We cut away quickly to seeing him getting moved onto a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance which had backed into ringside. The ambulance, now with Juvi loaded inside, leaves through the side of the stage, off away from the arena.

Michael Cole:
Now from what we can gather, Juventud has suffered some severe head trauma, and quite possibly a serious concussion. Ambulances have taken Juventud away to now go to a local hospital. We here at SmackDown! all wish that Juvi will indeed be okay and recover. As far as him recovering enough to compete at the Rumble, well, that’s extremely doubtful.

Tazz: I have known Kid Kash for over ten years of my life, and in those ten years, I’ve become quite close to the man, travellin’ up and down the road from him. Ladies and gentlemen, what we just saw, that was not the Kid Kash I know. That was not the Kid Kash his wife and two children know. That was not the Kid Kash that any human being on this planet knows. That... that was a monster.

We now cut into the ring to see the wife of Booker T, Sharmell standing in a sparkling silver dress, microphone in hand.

Sharmell:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my man, my husband... your new United States Champion.... Booooooker T!

“Can You Dig it, Sucka?”

*Harlem Heat*


The music of the new United States Champion garners a bit of heat from the crowd straight off the bat before the man himself, Booker T walks out. Wearing a blue shirt and some tan suit pants, ‘The Book Man’ his the US Championship hanging from his shoulder, and a crutch under his left armpit to help support him walk, which is a struggle thanks to his groin injury.

Michael Cole:
Well, moving on, this is the man who last week conceived a conspiracy along with Orlando Jordan to screw Chris Benoit out of the final of the best of seven series and thus gain himself the United States Championship.

Tazz: Cole, Booker didn’t screw anyone. He outsmarted Benoit, he didn’t screw him.

Booker has now hobbled up onto the apron as he climbs into the ring with a microphone now in hand, Sharmell by his side as he walks over to the ropes and raises the gold into the air, before resting it back down across his shoulder.

Booker T:
Thank you! Thank you!

Big heat from the crowd.

Booker T:
After having mah’ belt stolen unceremoniously from me three long months ago, it is good to stand here once again as the United States Champion! Thank you!

More heat from the crowd.

Booker T:
Y’know, it’s funny. Three months ago when I finally, finally defeated the guy who I was supposedly friends with, Chris Benoit to become the United States Champion, I did it by outsmartin’ him. I did it because I am smarter than him. And now, three months later, after Teddy Long decided to strip me of mah’ United States Title and set up a best of seven series, I got mah’ title back in the exact same way I won it the first time. I proved that I am smarter than Chris Benoit, I outsmarted Chris Benoit. And while Benoit, he may be one o’ the best wrestlers in the world. He may be technically the best. But I... I made him out to be nothin’ but a chump! I showed he ain’t nothin’ but a sucka! I showed that’s there’s a reason that I’m a five time, five time, five time, five time, five Dubya’ See’ Dubya’ Champion... while Chris Benoit... well let’s just say he got lucky once.

Booker laughs with Sharmell as the crowd pours on some nice heat.

Booker T:
I’ll give credit where credit is due. Chris Benoit, that sucka’ gave it all he had. He came back from mah’ lead of three to nothin’. But what Benoit didn’t realise is that I had him outsmarted all along. I had mah’ ace in the hole... I had... Orlando... Jordan.

Heat from the crowd.

Booker T:
After everyone saw me turn Orlando down, they thought that I had made mahself’ a new enemy. They thought ‘dat I had made a mistake. But whatchu didn’t know was that me and Orlando, we were makin’ all of you people look like chumps. We had a plan all along. And las’ week... las’ week we finally went through with ‘dat. So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, lemme introduce to you mah’ new protégé, a man who is gonna’ be the future of the Dubya’ Dubya’ E... Orlando... Jordan!

*Do It Big*


Orlando Jordan’s music plays to a decent reaction from the crowd, getting better heat than he has in months thanks to now being associated with Booker. Wearing a rather snazzy suit jacket over a black tee with a gold design emblazoned upon it, Jordan looks out to the crowd at the top of the ramp and readjusts his jacket before walking down the ramp and joining his new mentor (as well as Sharmell) in the ring. He shakes hands with Booker and kisses the hand of Sharmell before getting himself a microphone.

Orlando Jordan:
Thank you, Booker.

Booker smiles and says “It’s no problem mah’ man!” off the mic to Jordan.

Orlando Jordan:
A few weeks ago, all of you people saw me approach Booker. You saw me approach Booker and ask to be his substitute when I ‘found out’ that he would be unable to compete in the rest of the best of seven series, with Chris Benoit. You saw me ‘ask’ to be Booker’s substitute, and you also saw me ‘angry’ with Booker after he said no. And well, lookin’ back at it all now, all I can say is... gotcha!

All three in the ring share a laugh, smiling to one another.

Orlando Jordan:
And while, to Chris Benoit, I’d like to say it was nothin’ personal, but really, it was. Do you know why it was personal, Chris? Do you know why? Last year, as a member of JBL’s Cabinet, I was finally gainin’ myself some respect that I had never gotten here in the SmackDown! locker-room. Things were finally startin’ to look my way. Then, things only got better when I became the United States Champion. I was on top of the moon. But you couldn’t take that, could ya’ Chris? You couldn’t take the fact that I was gainin’ respect. So not only did you take my title, but you also embarrassed me. You beat me in under thirty seconds in not one, not two but THREE consecutive matches. Did you think I would forget that, Chris? Did ya’ think I’d forgive and forget? ‘Cause if ya’ thought that, lemme’ letchu’ in on a secret: I don’t forgive, and I certainly... don’t... forget.

Jordan pauses for a moment, staring into the hard camera with a look of intent in his eyes.

Orlando Jordan:
So when Booker here came to me, and asked me to be his protégé, beginning with screwing you out of the United States Championship you embarrassed me over, I had to take it. I just had to.

Jordan takes the mic away from his mouth, as Booker raises his back up when...

*Whatever*


The crowd comes alive with a pretty big pop for none other than the man who Booker and Jordan conspired against in Chris Benoit. Benoit walks out to the top of the ramp in his T-shirt and wrestling tights, stopping to crack his neck, before continuing his march down to the ring, looking more intent and focussed than ever. The ‘Rabid Wolverine’ receives a mic, then climbs up into the ring and walks straight for Jordan, getting nose to nose with him as his music dies down. The crowd pops for the confrontation as Benoit stares Jordan down, looking to intimidate him for a moment before backing off a bit and lifting the mic up to his lips...

WHACK! Actions speak louder than words for Benoit as he whacks Orlando Jordan in the top of the head at full force, sending him falling down to the mat. Booker and Sharmell quickly leave the ring (well, Booker as quickly as he can do so), with Benoit now going after the decked Jordan... CRIPPLER CROSSFACE --- NO! JORDAN SQUIRMS OUT OF IT, ROLLING TO THE ROPES AND FROM THE RING TO JOIN BOOKER AND SHARMELL! Benoit looks down at the trio with a look of pure, unmitigated hatred in his eyes before making his classic throat cutting motion to them as the crowd pops big.

*Whatever*


Booker, Sharmell and Jordan all back up the ramp, shaking their heads as Booker yells “Oh hell no! You ain’t comin’ near us~!” at Benoit in the ring. Benoit paces around for a moment before we head off backstage to see Josh Matthews standing by.

Josh Matthews:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, the ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton!

The crowd gives some very nice heat as Randy Orton of course steps into the picture, lips pursed, making him look as arrogant as ever.

Josh Matthews:
Randy, these past few weeks you’ve been focussing on winning Booker T the United States Championship against Chris Benoit. Now last week that finally happened, thanks to some interference by Orlando Jordan. My questions to you are what did you think of Jordan’s interference, and what are your thoughts on now moving forward to the Royal Rumble, starting off with your main event match tonight?

Randy Orton: Josh, I’m not sure I actually heard you correctly. Did you say “Thanks to some interference from Orlando Jordan?” Is that what you said?

Josh Matthews: Well, yeah. That is what happened.

Randy Orton: Josh, let me make myself perfectly clear. I didn’t need Orlando Jordan to interfere on my behalf. Just because he and Booker have some little under the table deal to take out Chris Benoit does not mean I needed Orlando Jordan to interfere, because in case you didn’t see, I didn’t need him. I had Benoit exactly where I wanted him, and quite frankly, he was just a sitting duck, one RKO away from being finished. But the thing is, that no longer matters. I’ve moved on. This is no longer about Booker and this is no longer about Chris Benoit. This s about me starting over... tonight.

Orton pauses for a moment.

Randy Orton:
Tonight... Josh tonight you may just get yourself a little preview of WrestleMania. You see because while I’m in the ring with Chris Benoit, I am also in the ring with Mark Henry and Dave Batista. One of those two men could well be entering WrestleMania 22 as the World Heavyweight Champion. And if you’re looking for the man who is going to enter WrestleMania as the Royal Rumble winner, then look no further than right here! I am the man of destiny. It was my destiny to become the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history. It was my destiny take ‘The Deadman’ to the limit at WrestleMania 21, to burn him alive inside a casket and run him down in a car! It was my destiny to win Booker the United States Champion. And now... now my destiny points me to the Royal Rumble. Twenty-nine other guys may be in that match, but if you think for even a single second that any of them have a better chance of winning than me, then I’d highly advise to think again. Mark it down in your calendars, 2006 is the year of the ‘Legend Killer’. The ‘Age of Orton’ is now... upon us.

Orton smirks for a moment, then walks from view as we head off to a break.


*Commercial Break*



We return back from the commercial break to hear the sound of...

“I’m The Boogeyman And I’m Coming To Get Ya”

*Boogeyman*


The arena fills with a red smog as the dirt covered, worm eating Boogeyman slithers his way out through the smogs in his normal wrestling attire, odd ‘wand’ which emits the putrid smog in one hand, a clock in the other. The Boogeyman now shakes his way to his feet in his ‘unique’ way before smashing the clock onto his forehead, shattering the glass as pyro explodes behind him. Boogey’ now shakes his way on down the rest of the ramp and climbs up the steel steps, leaving his wand of sorts leaning against the ringpost as he himself gets up into the ring and shakes around.

Michael Cole:
For weeks The Boogeyman has tormented JBL, making his life a living hell. Last week the two were meant to face off, only for JBL to back out, claiming sickness. Tonight JBL can’t back up if he wants a spot in the Rumble as teddy Long presented him with an ultimatum: compete in you want your spot in the Rumble.

Tazz: I can’t believe how unfair this is, Cole. I mean, I usually agree with our General Manager Teddy Long, but JBL can’t compete against The Boogeyman. The man’s allergic to worms for God’s sake! How can he possibly wrestle this freak?

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from the Bottomless Pit, The Boogeyman!

*Longhorn*


The ringing of the bell now sounds throughout the arena before the music of JBL kicks in, a white limousine making its way from the side of the SmackDown! stage as it does so. As the limousine pulls over at the side of the ramp, the chauffeur climbs from his seat and exits through the door (which is adorned with a JBL logo) to open the back door of the limo, allowing Jillian Hall to come out first (clipboard in hand), before JBL himself comes out, wearing his traditional combo of a black jacket along with his black short tights. The usually calm duo are anything but calm tonight; eyes wide and steps small, showing just how nervous the two are. The self made millionaire slowly makes his way down to ringside with his manager in tow, climbing up into the ring slowly and staying back against the ropes, not bothering to pander to the crowd while his opponent sits back in the opposite corner, looking as nutty as ever.

Michael Cole:
Whether or not JBL is allergic to worms is irrelevant, partner. The man agreed for the match to be signed two weeks ago, only to back out. Tonight he can’t do that if he wants to be in the Royal Rumble and subsequently main event WrestleMania.

Tony Chimel: His opponent, being accompanied by Jillian Hall, from New York, New York, weighing 295 lbs, John Bradshaw Layfield!


| Match Three |
| Singles Match |
| The Boogeyman vs John Bradshaw Layfield w/ Jillian Hall |


To be perfectly honest, this was never going to be a pretty match, or a good match for that matter (blame WWE for ever conceiving the character The Boogeyman), however it does have a purpose. The match takes about a minute to get started thanks to the antics of JBL who climbs from the ring every time The Boogeyman looks to try to grab him. Finally the Texan New Yorker slips up as he gets into a battle of words with a fan at ringside, allowing The Boogeyman to come from behind him and turn him around, smashing him right in the jaw immediately after doing so. The right rocks JBL, sending him staggering back, with Boogey’ now looking to follow up with a few more rights, before grabbing JBL around the head and looking to slam him into the steel steps, only for JBL to change the momentum in the end and smash Boogey’ headfirst into the steps. As The Boogeyman sags down against the steel steps JBL tees off into him with right hands, smashing him in the skull time and time again until the referee breaks his count in the ring to come out and pull JBL back. With Jillian clapping rapidly in approval at ringside, JBL nails the rising Boogey’ with a kick to the side of the head (once the referee has left him alone and returned to the ring, of course), then throws him back into the ring, following him in himself. With Boogey’ now on the defensive, JBL slaps him on the top of the head before pushing him back into the corner and laying into him with knees at first, before going after him with rights.

JBL then follows up by attempting to send The Boogeyman into the opposite corner, only for Boogey’ to reverse and charge in after JBL, nailing a corner clothesline on JBL. JBL staggers out of the corner right into a scoop slam from his foe, some right hands swiftly following that upon JBL getting back to his feet, sending him back against the ropes. JBL doesn’t last long in that position either, as Boogeyman sends him off with another Irish whip, throwing him overhead this time on the rebound with a back body drop. JBL gets back up and turns right into the Boogeyman who kicks him in the midsection... THEN POSITIONS HIM FOR THE PUMPHANDLE SLAM --- UNSUCCESSULLY, AS JBL SLIPS OFF HIS BACK! JBL doesn’t look to go right on the attack though, instead falling back on his ass and rolling from the ring, holding his eye in pain. The referee instantly shows concern, going to check on JBL who continues to complain of his eye having dirt in it. The Boogeyman looks to follow them out, only for Jillian to alert the referee, prompting him to force The Boogeyman back. The Boogeyman goes back to the middle of the ring looking unsure of what to do with the referee still tending to JBL WHEN SOMEONE SUDDENLY SLIDES INTO THE RING BEHIND THE BOOGEYMAN! This man is unrecognisable, as he has a nice bit of facial hair going, coming down from his sideburns around his chin, though it’s just fluff. A beanie covers his hair, a singlet covering the majority of his upper-body (though still leaving us to see a tattoo on his left bicep.) with some trackies on the lower half. He sneaks up behind The Boogeyman THEN THROWS HIM OVERHEAD WITH AN ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE HALF-NELSON SUPLEX! The man quickly slides from the ring and walks around to the crowd barrier, before jumping over it and leaving through the crowd. The referee of course didn’t know what happened, because WWE referees only see things and don’t hear (as you can tell from chairshots that happen every time the ref is down).

As a smile slowly comes across the face of JBL, he tells the referee he’s alright and that he can see properly again before sliding into the ring to see The Boogeyman getting back to his feet, looking completely out of it... CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! JBL RUNS ACROSS AND NAILS IT! JBL goes down and hooks the leg of Boogeyman, getting the sure three count to pick up the victory.


Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield via pinfall @ 5:47


*Longhorn*


Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner, John Bradshaw Layfield!

JBL gets back to his feet, the toothy grin having appeared across his face for the first time in the night as he points at Jillian who climbs up into the ring. The pair raise their hands, JBL basking in his victory, thankful Jillian had a plan of attack.

Michael Cole:
JBL has done what no one thought he could, Tazz, but the question I have to be asking is who was that man? Who was that man that attacked The Boogeyman?

Tazz: First off, I always believed in JBL. Didn’t doubt him for a moment. As for the man, I dunno’, Cole, but you’ve gotta’ give Jillian some credit. That is why JBL employs her.

Michael Cole: No doubt, Tazz, Jillian really came through for her boss here.

We catch one more look at JBL in the ring with the toothy grin before heading off to an ad break.


*Commercial Break*



When we return from the break we get the RAW Rebound. We begin with seeing a seething Kurt Angle coming out to open the show (along with his manager Daivari), making his intentions known as he talks about how hard he tried to earn the WWE Title, only for Edge to slip in through the back door and steal it. Angle talks about how he was willing to let that go if only to team up with Edge last week, only for Edge to walk out on him and leave him with the proverbial wolves in John Cena and Ric Flair, both of whom wanted the blood of Edge. He says that while he was slightly pissed off at Edge for winning the title the way he did, that was nothing compared to the rage he’s feeling right now, with he too now wanting the blood of Edge calling him out to a big pop from the crowd in Charlotte. A man does come out, however not the one Angle wanted as RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff is the one to make his presence felt. Bischoff explains he expected Angle to come out to the ring wanting retribution against Edge, however it’s not going to happen. Instead, Angle is going to be teaming with Triple H tonight to take on the World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show, and if Angle won’t do it, he’ll lose his spot in the Rumble.

We then cut away to see Triple H and Eric Bischoff in Bischoff’s office for a brief moment, with Triple H telling Bischoff he wants absolutely no part of teaming with Kurt Angle. Bischoff backs up, saying he understands that before making Hunter some sort of an offer. What is that offer? We don’t know, as we cut away to see thehighlights of the match between Big Show & Kane, and the team of Kurt Angle & Triple H. The match is relatively even to begin with before we finally head for the home stretch, which is basically Angle absolutely owning Big Show & Kane until EDGE SPEARS THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF HIM! Ric Flair then runs down the ramp and we kick-start our main event, which was of course Ric Flair vs Edge for the WWE Championship in a Street Fight.

The two hit each other with absolutely everything they have, going after one another with any weapons they can possibly get their hands on. We see Edge suffering in the Figure Four Leglock, only to get to the ropes before we see Flair kicking out of the Edgecution. Edge takes control soon enough as he cut through numerous instances of him abusing Flair before seeing him set up for the conchairto, despite two tables being set up in the ring. This sets up the arrival of John Cena who comes down like a house on fire on Edge, leading into him looking for an F-U, only for Edge to slip out and push Cena through the ropes to the floor, before turning and ABSOLUTELY NAILING RIC FLAIR WITH A SPEAR THROUGH A TABLE SET UP IN THE CORNER! This Spear of course allows Edge to pick up the win to major heat, with Lita wanting to drag him from ringside as quickly as possible. Edge goes back to further taunt, however all it does it cost him AS JOHN CENA SLIDES INTO THE RING BEHIND EDGE, TURNS HIM AROUND AND NAILS THE F-U, DRILLING HIM THROUGH THE REMINING TABLE! We end seeing Edge laid out in the carnage, Cena having laid the title across him.


We now return to ringside to hear the sound of...

*Paparazzi*


The WWE Tag Team Champions Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro, along with their valet Melina to complete the trio known as MNM make their way out onto the top of the red carpet, which is especially rolled down the ramp just for the Hollywood natives who are clad in their usual attire (Mercury & Nitro fur coats and tights, Melina a miniskirt and tight T-shirt) to some nice heat. Stopping at the top of the ramp, the trio pose for photos, the championship belts dropping suggestively from the tights of Mercury & Nitro as they pose. The trio now advance down the ramp, the paparazzi continuing to snap photos of them as they make their way all of the way down to the bottom of the ramp, before Melina holds her arms up and stops the champs. She then strokes their belts suggestively and points up to the ring, prompting Mercury & Nitro to show-pony as they climb up into the ring, Melina following with her amazing entrance up onto the apron with the splits before going under the bottom rope. After receiving a kiss each from Melina the pair climb up to adjacent corners and pose for the crowd, attempting to get under their skin by showcasing their bodies.

Michael Cole:
Welcome back to SmackDown! ladies and gentlemen, where we are now joined by our egotistical WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM.

Tazz: I don’t care how egotistical they are, Cole. That entrance is amazing! Whew.

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, being accompanied to the ring by Joey Mercury and Melina, from Hollywood, California, weighing 219 lbs, Johnny Nitro!

We now see Mercury & Nitro having jumped down and joined the luscious Melina in the centre of the ring, with Melina preparing to speak, microphone now in hand.

Melina:
Excuse me, a bitta’ quiet please!

Heat.

Melina:
You know, this is exactly the sort of reaction me and my boys Mercury and Nitro expected. Ever since our debut on Friday Night SmackDown!, we have been disrespected and disregarded by not just the fans, by not just the locker-room, but also the General Manager of SmackDown!, Teddy Long!

Melina pauses, looking a little flustered.

Melina:
When I filed that lawsuit against Batista a few weeks ago, Teddy Long took no notice. He pretended it didn’t exist. And while after talking with my lawyers, I have decided to drop it for the good of the show I work on, Teddy Long showed me no respect throughout the case! My boys, Mercury and Nitro, they became the WWE Tag Team Champions on their very first night here on Friday Night SmackDown! My boys, they not only defeated Rey Mysterio, but also the legend Eddie Guerrero to capture the WWE Tag Team Champions on our very first night on this show! Not only that, but within the space of seven months, Mercury and Nitro have held these titles a total of three times! That is more than any other team in the history of Friday Night SmackDown!, yet my men are put in matches they’re better than every single week. Last week Mercury had to face Paul London, instead of us going out to celebrate our victory over Batista and Rey Mysterio. And this week... this week Nitro has to face that freak, Shannon Moore.

A mild pop as Melina pauses, almost looking like she’s going to be sick.

Melina:
MNM... we deserve better. We deserve to be headlining SmackDown!, in the limelight. We bring glitz and glamour to SmackDown! We bring Hollywood... we bring ratings! We are the ‘A-List Act’ here on Friday Night SmackDown!, and Teddy, if you were smart, you’d begin to show us some damn respect!

Melina pauses for a moment.

Melina:
Now bring on that freak so we can get this finished.

Melina finishes her little speech, looking pissed off before we hear...

*I’ll Do Anything*


Shannon Moore runs out onto the stage pumping his fists, Mohawk spiked right up, black singlet and long red wrestling tights on, getting a smallish pop from the Florence crowd. He walks down the ramp enthusiastically, slapping hands with the fans at ringside on his way down to the ring. The ‘Prince of Punk’ then climbs up into the ring and looks at MNM for a brief moment on his way to the corner where he tries to fire the crowd up.

Michael Cole:
Well Melina has once again shown her ego, Tazz, and to be honest, I hope after the way they won against Paul London last week, they get what’s coming to them this week with Shannon Moore.

Tazz: What kind of an attitude is that, Cole? As announcers it is our job to be impartial. Y’know what? Just for that, I’m rootin’ for Melina’s side in this match.

Michael Cole: Like you weren’t already.

Tony Chimel: His opponent, from Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing 202 lbs, Shannon Moore!


| Match Four |
| Singles Match |
| Johnny Nitro w/ Melina & Joey Mercury vs Shannon Moore |


Don’t make any mistake about it; both of these guys know how to go, and this is a perfect chance to show that. Despite Nitro being a tag wrestler, Moore plays the role of the underdog early, going for as many quick pin attempts as possible in an attempt to somehow surprise the cocky Nitro. It doesn’t happen though (well, at least not in the early going), with Nitro able to kick out each and every time. However, Moore still has control as he manipulates Nitro into wrestling a quicker pace, using the pace to control Nitro with arm drags and some strikes. However, the offense from Moore can only last so long as when he goes to kick it up a notch Nitro pounces, sweeping the legs of Moore out from under him as Moore looks to comeback with a springboard off the second rope, instead sending him down to the mat with a thud. Despite this only gaining Nitro a worthless two count, the match now has a totally different complexion, with Nitro slowly it down, laying into Moore with some mounted rights after the kick out, before continuing a pretty basic ground and pound offense, keeping Moore cornered for the most part. Moore finally looks like launching a comeback when he is able to dodge a running knee in the corner at the last moment (having previously being hit with it a few times, thus expecting it), leaving Nitro to knee the second turnbuckle.

Moore then comes at Nitro with rights, peppering his head, looking like really building some steam as he hits the ropes... ONLY FOR MERCURY TO TRIP HIM WHILE MELINA DISTRACTS THE REFEREE! Even though it’s just Shannon Moore, the crowd gives some pretty good heat, pissed off at the actions of MNM. Nitro brushes off the abuse and makes sure the control is firmly back with him immediately after, nailing a neckbreaker which gets him a two count, before transitioning into a cravat (or European headlock if that’s what you know it by). Despite the best attempts of Nitro to force Moore to submit, ‘The Prince of Punk’ fights not just through the pain, but all of the way back to his feet, much to the disbelief of Nitro. He then twists around in the hold and fires elbows into the midsection before getting free and running off to the ropes, only to go straight into a knee that doubles him over. Nitro then looks to follow up, running across to the ropes AND SPRINGBOARDING BACK OFF THEM INTO A RARE ENZUIGURI ATTEMPT --- BUT MOORE FALLS DOWN OUT OF THE WAY! With Nitro crashing and burning Moore gains time to recover, leaving both men down for the time. Eventually, when the referee’s count reaches six both men fight up and exchange rights, Moore ultimately winning the exchange to send Nitro backing into the ropes before sending him off now across the ring to the opposite ropes with an Irish whip and nailing him with a leg lariat on the rebound. Nitro then gets up a second time and cops a second leg lariat before getting a third, a fired up Moore pumping his fists upon getting up after it, getting a decent pop from the crowd.

Nitro gets up once again, looking a little worse for wear, only to get taken down with a double leg from Moore, followed up with a catapult, sending Nitro crashing down face-first into the top turnbuckle. The ‘A-Lister’ staggers back, holding his face, with Moore then backing into the ropes, bouncing off them and nailing a beautiful spinning heel kick that takes Nitro down, MAYBE FOR THE COUNT AS MOORE MAKES THE COVER --- ONLY FOR MELINA AND MERCURY TO HAVE THE REFEREE DISTRACTED TO SOME GREAT HEAT! Moore pounds the mat in frustration, although for some reason the crowd is now cheering. We now see that reason AS PAUL LONDON & BRIAN KENDRICK PULL MELINA AND MERCURY AWAY! Kendrick brawls with Mercury while London restrains Melina. However, all this has done is distract Moore, as Nitro is now up behind him... MOORE TURNS AROUND --- SUPERKICK? NO! Moore ducks under the Superkick attempt, with Nitro turning back to him and getting a kick to the midsection for his troubles, BEFORE MOORE BOUNCES OFF THE ROPES --- MOOREGASM! MOORE NAILS IT! Shannon Moore quickly hooks the leg of Nitro, the no longer distracted referee making the three count.


Winner: Shannon Moore via pinfall @ 7:26



*I’ll Do Anything*


Tony Chimel:
Here is your winner, Shannon Moore!

Moore gets right back to his feet enthusiastically and gets his hand raised by the referee, getting a reasonable pop. Melina and Mercury get away from London and Kendrick to go and check on Nitro, seeing him down, while London and Kendrick back up the ramp, smiles on their faces having gained their revenge.

Michael Cole:
Shannon Moore pulls off a victory that quite frankly, not many of us thought he could with Mercury and Melina at ringside. All it took was London and Kendrick evening the odds though, and Moore showed that he is indeed good enough to be facing people like Johnny Nitro, contrary to Melina’s beliefs!

Tazz: Big win for Shannon Moore, no doubt about that, Cole, but he wouldn’t have won if it weren’t for London and Kendrick!

Michael Cole: And he would’ve had it earlier if it weren’t for Mercury and Melina. Regardless it’s a big win for Shannon Moore though, Tazz.

We see one more look of Moore celebrating on the second rope in the ring before cutting off to a graphic, hyping up our main event of World Heavyweight Champion, Batista & Chris Benoit against Mark Henry & Randy Orton.

Michael Cole:
Ladies and gentlemen, that right there is our main event. Batista and Chris Benoit take on Mark Henry and Randy Orton... and that is next!


*Commercial Break*



We return from the break to see John Bradshaw Layfield backstage with Jillian, walking along a corridor looking very happy with himself when Kristal Marshall arrives on the scene.

Kristal Marshall:
JBL, JBL, I was wondering if you could tell us who that man was that interfered in your match and why he did it?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Missy, that... that was what you call a smart business decision. As for the identity of the man... well, I’ll let him tell you that next week.

JBL pauses for a moment.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some business to tend to.

JBL and Jillian now walk off as we cut back to ringside to hear...

*Burn In My Light*


The crowd gives some pretty damn good heat as the cocky, smug, arrogant ‘Legend Killer’ Randy Orton walks out onto the top of the stage and does his classic pose, pyro falling from the top of the SmackDown! dome behind him as he does. Once the pyro stops, Orton commences on his way down to the ring, his mouth pinched arrogantly as he ignores the fans who abuse him at ringside before climbing up the steels steps and into the ring. Once in the ring, Orton does his signature pose in the corner, getting some fair heat from the crowd.

Michael Cole:
Last week this man Randy Orton was competing for Booker T’s right to be US Champion, however earlier tonight Orton confirmed what’s now on his mind and that is the 2006 Royal Rumble.

Tazz: And y’know, I’ll be happy if Orton wins that badboy, Cole. SmackDown! all the way, baby!

Tony Chimel: The following contest is a tag team match and it is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from St Louis, Missouri, weighing 245 lbs, Randy Orton!

*Some Bodies Gonna Get It*


The crowd unleashes with some strong heat as the new music of ‘The World’s Strongest Man’ hits. Mark Henry slowly walks out and stops, then beats his chest in an animalistic manner, perhaps sending a message to his opponent at the Rumble in Batista. Henry slowly walks down the ramp, ignoring the fans just as Orton did himself before climbing up into the ring and joining Orton, giving him a quick nod as they wait for their opponents.

Michael Cole:
Ever since making his return by assaulting Batista, Mark Henry has been gunning for the gold of Batista. In nine days time at the Rumble Mark Henry will challenge Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship; however, tonight may just prove to be a preview.

Tazz: No doubt it will, Cole, and I can’t wait. These two animals goin’ against each other? That’s great to watch.

Tony Chimel: His partner, from Silsbee, Texas, weighing 400 lbs, he is the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, Mark Henry!

*Whatever*


The crowd gives a pretty big pop for the music of the ‘Canadian Crippler’, with the reception growing louder as Benoit now makes his way out onto the stage and cracks his neck, looking menacingly down into the ring at his foes. After the brief staredown Benoit walks down to the ring, stopping at ringside to wait for his partner, not wanting to get in the ring at a disadvantage.

Michael Cole:
Chris Benoit faced Randy Orton last week in the final of the best of seven series originally started against Booker T, with Orton winning the gold for Booker thanks to Orlando Jordan interfering. Now earlier we learnt that Orton wasn’t in on that, as well as the fact Benoit still wants revenge on both Jordan and Booker. While he doesn’t have them tonight, I’m sure Benoit will be content with Orton.

Tazz: Chris Benoit looked pissed off earlier tonight. If I were Randy Orton I wouldn’t wanna’ be goin’ to near to the ‘Rabid Wolverine’ here tonight.

Tony Chimel: Their opponents, first, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, weighing 225 lbs, Chris Benoit!

*I Walk Alone*


The crowd explodes with a huge pop the moment Batista’s music begins, the tension heightening bit by bit until finally Batista runs onto the stage, causing the crowd to turn it up a notch. World Heavyweight Championship around his waist, Batista acknowledges the fans on both sides of the SmackDown! set, then walks to the middle of the stage and sets off his explosive pyro, daring the crowd to become even louder. Once he’s done with the pyro ‘Tista walks down the ramp and joins Benoit at ringside, nodding at him before sliding into the ring with him. As Orton and Henry retreat Benoit circles the ring, Batista meanwhile climbing to the second rope in the corner and holding his World Heavyweight Title aloft, staring Mark Henry down as he does so.

Michael Cole:
The intensity in the eyes of ‘The Animal’ tells the story. He has a hatred for Mark Henry like no other. Can Batista control himself tonight?

Tazz: Well Cole, like I said before, I think we’ll get a preview of the Rumble, so I don’t think so personally. Dave looks too pissed off.

Tony Chimel: His tag team partner, from Washington DC, weighing 295 lbs, he is the World Heavyweight Champion, ‘The Animal’ Batista!


| Main Event |
| Tag Team Match |
| Randy Orton & Mark Henry vs Chris Benoit & Batista |


A solid main event here with enough talent involved, despite some obvious lack of talent there too. Benoit and Henry start the action out in classic big man vs small man action, with Benoit getting the edge on Henry early, shocking him with some right hands. Benoit then changes things up with a huge knife edge chop, sending water flying off the chest of Mark Henry, only for Henry to stand right through it and shake his head disapprovingly. Benoit hits another few, with Henry just continuing to shake his head before grabbing Benoit’s by his head and sending him down to the mat. Benoit rolls all of the way back to the corner, with Henry looking to charge in and follow up for a corner splash, only for Benoit to move out of the way at the last moment, then quickly make his way across the ring to tag in Batista. The crowd explodes as the two monsters are in the same ring as opponents for the first time in a preview for nine days. Batista explodes upon Henry at first, beating him down with rights, sending him back to the corner Henry only just crashed into. Batista then works over some shoulder thrusts before dragging Henry away from the ropes and attempting to send him off to the ropes with an Irish whip, only for Henry to reverse and send ‘Tista in. On the rebound Batista goes for a shoulder tackle, however it is unsuccessful, with neither man going down. Henry tells Batista to try again, with Dave following the suggestion to the exact same result, only to go a third time and have Henry rebound off the opposite ropes and score with a shoulder tackle of his own, taking Batista down.

Henry tries to assert himself here, picking Batista up and sending him off to the ropes before looking prematurely for a back body drop, only for Batista to kick him in the face and grab him in a front face lock, dragging him over to tag in Benoit. Benoit works Henry over with some right hands, actually getting him to retreat back to the corner before Benoit goes back to the chops. Again, they don’t having any effect on the massive Henry, though Benoit shows his tenacity, now going at the big man with some vicious headbutts that stagger him. Benoit then dashes off to the ropes and rebounds back, only for Henry to run straight through him like a freight train, sending him down to the mat in a heap. This signals the beginning of a period of dominance from Orton and Henry, using a rather bland offense of mainly strikes, keeping Benoit cornered for the most part until Orton decides it’s time for the sleeper hold of doom. Being an Orton hold, it of course stays locked in for quite a while for Benoit to get back up to his feet before looking to make a comeback, nailing elbows to the midsection of Orton. He then starts to lift Orton up for a back suplex, only to not quite get him over, with Orton landing on his feet, making the tag to the outstretched arm of Mark Henry. The second time’s the charm for Benoit as he takes Orton over with a back suplex, only to get up and see a huge clothesline coming at him from Mark Henry, striking him right in the neck, driving him down. Henry looks down confidently at Benoit then yells “I’m gonna’ squash him!” before running off to the ropes and coming back for The World’s Strongest Splash, only for Benoit to move at the last second, leaving Henry to wind himself on the mat.

Both men slowly crawl to their corners, looking to make the tags to their fresher and less injured partners. Slowly but surely they both get to their corners and make the tags, with Batista and Orton charging into the ring, Batista instantly scoring with a clothesline. ‘The Animal’ then hits some heavy rights to a rising Orton, sending him all of the way back against the ropes before sending Orton off and taking him over on the rebound with a huge back body drop. Orton gets right back to his feet afterwards, getting whipped into the corner for his troubles, only to be squashed with a corner clothesline and taken over with a big jackhammer from Batista for a two count, thanks to Mark Henry breaking it up. Henry then picks Batista up and nails a big headbutt before Irish whipping him to the ropes, with Batista hanging on when he gets there instead of rebounding back. Henry sees this and angrily charges in at Batista, looking to launch an attack on him. Unfortunately for Henry Batista is able to drop down and pull the top rope with him, leaving Henry to crash out to the floor. Batista then turns and sees Orton charging at him... NAILING HIM WITH A MASSIVE SPINEBUSTER! Batista springs right back up to his feet and plays to the crowd, shaking the ropes when Mark Henry’s hand reaches up from outside of the ring and grabs his leg. Batista struggles, not letting Henry pull him from the ring, eventually deciding to lean over the ropes and take a swing at him. All Henry has done is provide a distraction though, as Orton is now up, charging across the ring at Batista and taking him down from behind, scoring with a well timed chop block.

Orton and Henry now take complete control of the match once again, now focussing their attention on the knee of Batista to get some psychology going in this match. After a few teases at Batista comebacks on Orton with Orton halting them by kicking Batista square in the knee, Batista is finally able to gain some space after dodging an elbow drop attempt from Mark Henry, who had wasted time taunting before going for the move. Both men slowly make their way across the ring, clambering to their corners, eventually making the second hot tag of the match as Orton and Benoit charge into the ring. Benoit of course takes immediate control, taking Orton down with a big chop as he charges across. Benoit nails a few more big chops, sending Orton back into the corner before pulling him out, kicking him in the midsection and taking him over with a beautiful snap suplex for a two count. Benoit goes right back to work, taking Orton into the corner and nailing him headfirst down into the top turnbuckle. Benoit immediately follows up, nailing some chops, causing the chest of Orton to go a bright red. However, what Benoit doesn’t know is that while he has been working Orton over in the corner an angry Mark Henry has climbed up into the ring in the opposite corner, stalking Benoit. HENRY FINALLY DECIDES ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, CHARGING ACROSS THE RING --- THOUGH BENOIT HEARS HIM AND SIDESTEPS AT THE LAST MOMENT, LEAVING HENRY TO SQUASH ORTON! As Orton falls to the mat Henry looks down at him in shock, before turning into Batista who charges across the ring and clothesline Henry over the top rope and out to the floor, going out with him Cactus Jack style. With Orton reeling in the corner, attempting to pick himself up, Benoit sees a chance to pounce, dragging Orton out by the tights before... BAM! GERMAN SUPLEX! Benoit doesn’t stop there though... HE HAS THE HANDS CLASPED! TWO! Benoit once again keeps the hands clasped... THREE! Benoit gets right back up to his feet and makes the cut throat motion, then heads up to the top rope... DIVING HEADBUTT --- CONNECTS! Benoit immediately makes the cover, though Orton somehow gets his shoulder up at the last moment, much to the amazement of the crowd...

THUD! BATISTA CRASHES INTO THE STEEL STEPS ON THE OUTSIDE AT THE HANDS OF MARK HENRY! In the ring Benoit looks to be taking no crap from Orton, following right up after his kickout... GOING FOR THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE --- ONLY FOR ORTON TO FIGHT BACK UP TO HIS FEET WITH BENOIT HOLDING HIS ARM --- ORTON GOES BEHIND BENOIT AND CONNECTS WITH THE MODIFIED BACKBREAKER! Benoit’s back bends across that of Orton in a sickening way, with Orton falling to the side of Benoit, looking to recover from the beating that Benoit has administered him. Slowly but surely ‘The Legend Killer’ rises back to his feet, holding his forehead in pain before looking down at Benoit a noticing him down... BEFORE BEGINNING TO MEASURE HIM! Orton looks down at Benoit, waiting for him to get up, which Benoit slowly begins to do, giving his back to Orton. Now back to his feet, Benoit turns... RKO --- NO! BENOIT PUSHES ORTON OFF INTO THE ROPES! Orton goes to bounce off the ropes WHEN MARK HENRY TAGS IN, HAVING CLIMBED UP ONTO THE APRON! With neither Orton nor Benoit seeming to have noticed what has taken place, Orton bounces back... AND GETS CAUGHT IN THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE, DESPITE NOT BEING THE LEGAL MAN! Benoit wrenches back on Orton, causing him as much pain as possible when... THUD! MARK HENRY JUMPS DOWN ACROSS BENOIT WITH THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! The move is slightly awkward thanks to Henry not wanting to connect with Orton, though it still has the desired effect of Henry squashing Benoit. Henry gets back to his feet and looks to the crowd... THEN PICKS BENOIT RIGHT BACK UP AND NAILS HIM WITH THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! The dominant Henry hooks the leg of Benoit immediately after, picking up the three count and the win for his team.


Winners: Randy Orton & Mark Henry via pinfall @ 13:26



*Some Bodies Gonna Get It*


Tony Chimel:
Here are your winners, Randy Orton and Mark Henry!

Henry gets right back up to his feet having picked up the victory, looking down at Benoit with a cold fixation, knowing the destruction he has caused. With everyone bar Henry, Benoit and the referee now out of the picture, the referee raises the hand of Henry aloft, signifying his victory for his team.

Michael Cole:
Mark Henry has made an impact yet again tonight. The question for Batista is will that be his fate in just nine days? Will he be in the position Chris Benoit is in right now? Ladies and gentlemen, we bid you farewell here from Friday Night SmackDown! with that question in mind. Good night everybody.

We get one last look at Henry as the camera now fades away to darkness...



End.


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January 29th, 2006 | American Airlines Center; Miami, Florida

Royal Rumble Match
*Confirmed this far*
Big Show vs Bobby Lashley vs Carlito vs Chavo Guerrero vs Chris Benoit vs Chris Masters vs Finlay vs Gregory Helms vs Hardcore Holly vs Joey Mercury vs John Bradshaw Layfield vs Johnny Nitro vs Kane vs Kurt Angle vs Matt Hardy vs Mr Kennedy vs Paul Burchill vs Randy Orton vs Rey Mysterio vs Rob Van Dam vs Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker vs Triple H vs William Regal

WWE Championship
Edge (c) vs John Cena

World Heavyweight Championship
Batista (c) vs Mark Henry

Women’s Championship
Trish Stratus (c) vs Victoria

Cruiserweight Championship
Kid Kash (c) vs Juventud
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Just reading what the commentators have said, looks like one epic show. Finlay back in early 06 was so ftw.

Opening Promo: Batista promo, eh? Guess he wants a re-match. Typical Batista stuff, you got most of his lines right, that sequence when he talks about what Henry's done seemed to drag on for a while though, could've been a tad shorter. Same with the next one, repetition is good but with guys like Batista it really only needs to be short and sweet. Very happy to see Batista is a badass again, it should be great to see two credible monsters collide at the Rumble. Henry is spot on and the interaction between the two is quite awesome, Henry backing off while still looking like a beast. Batista is good once again, but I still think his part could've been shorter. omfg. OMFG. OMFG. That's an awesome Main Event, I've really got a reason to read on now.

Kash Promo: Great. You managed to put over the title wth lots of 'best in the world', the champion and his challengers. I'm pulling for Noble, but I think Juventud might get the nod.

6 Man Tag:
This match should be amazing, except for the fact Matt Hardy's in it. You repeated 'edge' and 'getting himself involved in the match' both twice in sentences, variety is your best friend. Burchill wasn't involved often, but it was a good match. It accomplished what it needed to by furthering Lashley/Finlay and all guys with the exception of Paul got enough ringtime to show themselves off. Glad you're utilising William & Finlay, I'd mark to see Regal win the Rumble. Sigh, I can always dream...

JBL: Lol, allergic to worms. JBL vs Boogeyman makes me very sadface, but I'm intrigued by 'Plan B'

Mr. Kennedy Promo:Back when he was entertaining. I know he's a heel but he seemed to blur the lines a bit in that promo, not sure if that was intentional or not. Kennedy's Talk Show is a great idea, fits his character perfectly. Guest will probably be Matt, or if you intend to elevate Ken, Rey Rey.

Juventud vs. Noble: As expected, but in a good way. Glad Noble wasn't completely buried as he can be a very big asset to the Cruiserweights if you use him well. Nice post-match as well, although I'm very sure Austin Aries does have that trademarked. Shame on you . Juvi will make it to the Rumble, they always make it to the Rumble.

Black Snow Promo: Lovely Bookah promo, got him spot on as well. Still preferred him when he was King though. Orlando Jordan, boo. Nice angle, it gives Jordan some motivation to attack Benoit. Although Benoit being wasted on a feud with Orlando is just bad tbh. Classic Crippler 'promo' as well, hopefully he can own Jordan quick and get onto something good.

Orton Promo: promo of the night so far. I have a feeling we might be seeing an Orton/Tista feud which is a great idea, as Evolution is still fairly fresh in peoples memories and it's the perfect time to execute the Orton/Tista feud.

Boogeyman vs JBL: Worst match so far, but it was good considering what you had to work with. Wonder who this mystery man is, I've really got no idea right now. Too many wrestlers have tattoos >_>. Luckily you've also managed to pull JBL out of this awful feud, so the match served it's purpose.

MNM Promo:
Nitro mmm, I just had a mini-orgasm. Anyway, ahem, onto the promo. Nice promo, Melina is good on the mic for a woman in the WWE. MNM push would be so unbeliavbly epic.

Moore vs Nitro: Nice match, although Nitro vs. anyone should be a squash. @ Nitro losing, but luckily you had a good reason. MNM/Londrick had quite a few good matches back in the day, hopefully they'll be able to have a couple more in this BTB.

Main Event: This looks like it'll be epic, and gives me another reason to believe it'll be Tista vs. Orton. MOTN, there was a lot of great action and some fiery interaction between Dave/Mark. Good finish as well, Henry looking like a menacing challenge without making the champion look weak.

Overall: Solid show, no real major flaws. You do seem to be trying to stretch a lot of the promos out which I don't really think is necessary, as long as the point gets across. This really does remind of how much talent WWE wasted in 06. Henry/Tista is going great and I'm definitely calling for Orton to get the Rumble victory.
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SmackDown! Review

-Big Dave cutting a promo is never a good sign. 'Weapons are not only welcomed, they're allowed!'. And Mark Henry too? Woah. Henry not stepping in the ring was a expected. A lot of Henry's lines didn't suit him though because his voice just isn't very intimidating, he could definitely use a mouthpiece. Tbf, you had to continue this feud, and considering who you were working with in this promo, it was fine. You played to each of their strengths. Batista got some cheap pops and both men while a little repetitive got straight to the point, and set up Teddy Long for the announcement of tonight's main event.

-I'll give you credit for investing some air-time in the cruiserweight division and giving the champion a chance to cut a promo.

-Thankfully you're having Mysterio compete at a higher level than the cruiserweight division, which he had really surpassed by this time. Presumably he won't be winning world titles any time soon, but it'll be interesting to see where you rank him card-wise in the long run. The six-man was good, and each of them seemed to get an equal amount of time in the ring. Mysterio getting the pin and the commentary's emphasis on him suggests that he's getting a push ahead of the Rumble, but I really can't see him winning. Final four, perhaps.

-A short segment with Jillian and JBL, but a good tease for later tonight with Jillian's 'plan B'. I hope you don't continue this joke feud for too long or give it any PPV time, but at least you're continuing the feuds of this time and not just completely starting a fresh.

-Kennedy's interview was great. I find Kennedy to be a little limiting with writing promos as you're really waiting for that big finish, but this was well done. The 'honey' remark at the start didn't suit him though. Getting his own talk show should be pretty good, the name's cool too.

-Noble was the logical choice to go over here given his history tag-teaming with Kash, so I was quite surprised with the ending. Match seemed okay, fairly fast-paced and a couple of decent spots. The aftermath was very interesting though. While the cheapshot after the handshake was obvious, I liked how you sold, perhaps over-sold, the kick afterwards with the use of the commentators and having the Mexicools come down to check on him. The cruiserweight division is now looking very strong, with a lot of contenders and now, a strong heel. Hopefully you give a lengthy reign for Kash, and I definitely see him retaining at the Rumble to keep his heat going.

-Booker's promo was great. He got across what he needed too, and this could be the start of a decent push for OJ as Booker's protege. Benoit rather fighting than talking is good way to end the segment. It's progressed the feud and next week I expect it'll be Benoit getting his hands on OJ in a singles match.

-It's hard to imagine these kind of Orton promos from around 03-07, because now, in 2009, his promos are so serious, but he used to quite cocky and brash. This interview kind of displayed both of those sides. He's definitely a contender for the Rumble. A lot of options you have in there, and it's really too close to call at the moment.

-The JBL/Boogeyman match dragged on a little, at six minutes it was just too long. Not sure who the guy was, sounded a little like Tomko, or Giant Bernard perhaps. At least JBL won though, and seemingly, this won't get near pay-per-view thankfully.

-Melina's promo was good. Better her than Nitro or Mercury, and a good way to get some heat ahead of the match, which itself, was interesting. Not a fan of Moore beating Nitro, but the interference ensured it protects him. London and Kendrick vs. MNM will be a good tag-team feud.

-I liked the extended commentary for the entrances in the main event, giving it that extra feel and hype, though it didn't match Raw's Flair vs. Edge obviously.

-The main event had just the right length considering Henry and Batista were in it, and the end was a little surprising, as I didn't expect the heels to win, and I certainly wasn't expecting Henry to get the cover, but considering he's the one challenging Batista at the Rumble, it was some strong booking. I was a little surprised that we didn't see any interference from Booker and Jordan though.

OVERALL: What was there was very well-written and a good show, but you're at the stage where you're trying to finish the bad booking of this time like Batista/Henry and JBL/Boogeyman. In terms of progression it was very good, all the major storylines are moving along nicely and making for good build to the Rumble.
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Yeah, I know, it's taken me awhile to get this thread moving. I spent most of last week throwing up and unable to do anything really, and well, I had a pretty busy weekend. However, I'm back now, so this is finally going to get rolling again. As far as SmackDown! goes, I wasn't expecting too much feedback, as I felt it to be a pretty shitty show. This upcoming RAW (which is finished, btw) I feel is much better, as is RAW for the most part. SmackDown! is a bit of a project in the making, so it'll be a different kind of a ride.

Anyway, enough of me explaining myself and on with the preview.


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January 23rd, 2006 | Preview


Coming off a big show last week, Monday Night RAW rolls into the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri, with just six days remaining until the Royal Rumble for what promises to be another huge show, brought to you by the RAW superstars.

Last week the WWE Champion, Edge made his first ever defence of his title, defeating ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in Flair’s hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The pace of Edge’s title reign doesn’t look like slowing down in the least, as this Monday Edge turns his attention back to the man he stole the title from just two weeks ago in John Cena, as the two sign the contract for their rematch at the Royal Rumble. Cena has been gunning for Edge for the past few weeks now, having brawled with him two weeks ago and sent him through a table with a vicious F-U to end last week’s show. With that in mind, Cena finally gets to stand in the ring with Edge this week as the two will sign the contract for their match at the Rumble, sending their last messages to one another before their match. With the former champion who held the gold for ten months and never lost it properly in John Cena, and the WWE Champion, Edge set to step into the same ring for the last time before their first real match, explosive results are pretty much guaranteed. Just what exactly will go down between the pair?

Just six days from the Rumble you can be sure to see a little preview of just what will be in store for us at the Rumble as ten of the superstars from RAW who will be competing in the Rumble compete in an over the top rope battle royal, looking to make their case for why they should be considered the top threat this Sunday. Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Big Show, Kane, Ric Flair, Carlito and Gregory Helms head a list of superstars who will compete in the battle royal, all looking to show what they have headed into this Sunday. Which man will come out on top, making himself a favourite for the Rumble this Sunday?

Last week Victoria became the number one contender to the Women’s Championship when she scored the deciding fall in a tag team match, pinning Ashley after a little bit of help from Ashley’s own partner, Mickie James. Tonight, the woman she faces at Royal Rumble for the title will face one of her allies as the Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus goes one-on-one with Candice Michelle. With Trish having her mind on not just Victoria, but also the rather psychotic Mickie James, will she be able to focus this week? And just what can we expect to see from Victoria this week?

Also on RAW the final two spots in the Royal Rumble Match will be decided in a tag team match between two teams who are unknown at this juncture, while Shelton Benjamin will try to end his losing streak against Lance Cade in what should be an exciting matchup.

For this huge night of action be sure to tune into the USA Network, 9/8 C.
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John Cena and Edge in the same ring together for the contract signing. Wow, talk about an explosive situation, I'm looking forward to some serious awesomeness here, especially since I know you're pretty confident with the ending.

I'm really not a fan of the ten man Battle Royal. I'm, pretty sure you could have found a better way to make everybody brawl as a preview to the Rumble. Anyway, hopefully your good match writing shines through and makes it a fun read.

Candice Michelle in action, yuck. Although, I will look past it as Trish/Vickie should be terrific.

WGTT/Redneck Wrecking Crew? Hopefully, because if it is, it should be awesome.

Raw's looking like a top show, now get some confidence, and start telling yourself you're good. It's only going to make you better when you become confident.
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January 23rd, 2006 | Scottrade Center; St Louis, Missouri


We open Monday Night RAW up with a highlight video from last week, showing the roaring crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina, with every single one of the fans in the arena there to see the hometown hero, Ric Flair compete for the WWE Championship against Edge. Beginning the highlight package, we see a seething Kurt Angle coming out to open the show (along with his manager Daivari), making his intentions known as he talks about how hard he tried to earn the WWE Title, only for Edge to slip in through the back door and steal it. Angle talks about how he was willing to let that go if only to team up with Edge last week, only for Edge to walk out on him and leave him with the proverbial wolves in John Cena and Ric Flair, both of whom wanted the blood of Edge. He says that while he was slightly pissed off at Edge for winning the title the way he did, that was nothing compared to the rage he’s feeling right now, with he too now wanting the blood of Edge calling him out to a big pop from the crowd in Charlotte. A man does come out, however not the one Angle wanted as RAW General Manager, Eric Bischoff is the one to make his presence felt. Bischoff explains he expected Angle to come out to the ring wanting retribution against Edge, however it’s not going to happen. Instead, Angle is going to be teaming with Triple H tonight to take on the World Tag Team Champions, Kane & Big Show, and if Angle won’t do it, he’ll lose his spot in the Rumble.

We then cut away to see Triple H and Eric Bischoff in Bischoff’s office for a brief moment, with Triple H telling Bischoff he wants absolutely no part of teaming with Kurt Angle. Bischoff backs up, saying he understands that before making Hunter some sort of an offer. What is that offer? We don’t know, as we cut away to see thehighlights of the match between Big Show & Kane, and the team of Kurt Angle & Triple H. The match is relatively even to begin with before we finally head for the home stretch, which is basically Angle absolutely owning Big Show & Kane until EDGE SPEARS THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF HIM! Ric Flair then runs down the ramp and we kick-start our main event, which was of course Ric Flair vs Edge for the WWE Championship in a Street Fight.

The two hit each other with absolutely everything they have, going after one another with any weapons they can possibly get their hands on. We see Edge suffering in the Figure Four Leglock, only to get to the ropes before we see Flair kicking out of the Edgecution. Edge takes control soon enough as he cut through numerous instances of him abusing Flair before seeing him set up for the conchairto, despite two tables being set up in the ring. This sets up the arrival of John Cena who comes down like a house on fire on Edge, leading into him looking for an F-U, only for Edge to slip out and push Cena through the ropes to the floor, before turning and ABSOLUTELY NAILING RIC FLAIR WITH A SPEAR THROUGH A TABLE SET UP IN THE CORNER! Tjis Spear of course allows Edge to pick up the win to major heat, with Lita wanting to drag him from ringside as quickly as possible. Edge goes back to further taunt, however all it does it cost him AS JOHN CENA SLIDES INTO THE RING BEHIND EDGE, TURNS HIM AROUND AND NAILS THE F-U, DRILLING HIM THROUGH THE REMINING TABLE! We end seeing Edge laid out in the carnage, Cena having laid the title across him.

We now cut into ringside without any RAW opening video to hear...

*My Time Is Now*


The crowd instantly erupts into a mixed reaction, some choosing to cheer, others to boo, as the music of the former WWE Champion starts up. Soon enough John Cena runs out onto the stage causing the reaction to only get louder, Cena really playing it up to the crowd. Wearing a St Louis Cardinals jersey and his usual jean shorts, Cena stops at the top of the ramp and looks to the crowd, soaking in the reaction before running down the ramp and sliding into the ring.

Joey Styles:
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night RAW, live here from the Scottrade Center in St Louis, Missouri. We are just six days away from the Royal Rumble, and right here is the man who will be challenging Edge for the WWE Championship at the Rumble, the former champ, John Cena. Of course I am joined at ringside as usual by my broadcast colleagues as well in Jerry Lawler and Jonathan Coachman.

Jonathan Coachman: Joey, lemme’ tell ya’, I’m excited for tonight. I mean, we have a huge contract signin’ here tonight between my man, the WWE Champion, Edge, and the man who’s kickin’ things off right here, John Cena.

Jerry Lawler: What I’m wondering is what Cena has to say. I mean, what’s there he can’t wait until later tonight to say?

Joey Styles: I don’t know, King, but with Cena you know he’s going to get some attention.

The crowd is still going as Cena stands in the middle of the ring, mic in hand.

John Cena:
St Louis make some noise!

Big pop from the crowd.

John Cena:
Now I know what y’all are thinkin’. I know y’all sittin’ there in you seats thinkin’ “John, what are you doin’ out here? You’ve got your contract signing later tonight!” And y’know, you’re right. You’re one-hundred percent right. But ya’ see, the thing is, I’ve got a problem.

Cena pauses.

John Cena:
Y’see, just fifteen days ago, I lost the WWE Championship to my opponent at the Royal Rumble, Edge.

Heat.

John Cena:
Now, don’t get me wrong. I ain’t out here to whine and cry and complain. I ain’t out here to say that Edge, he shouldn’t be the WWE Champion. I ain’t out here to say he took the cheap way out because quite frankly, unlike some people, I don’t care. Unlike some people, I can accept that Edge is the WWE Champion and there ain’t a damn thing I can do about it righ’ now. But y’see that... that’s just the problem. The fact that Edge, he’s the WWE Champion, and I just can’t do a thing about it until this Sunday at the Royal Rumble. And y’know, while usually I’d be fine just waitin’ ‘til the Rumble, I just don’t feel like it this time.

Pop from the crowd.

John Cena:
Ever since I lost the gold to Edge, I’ve kept my mouth shut. I’ve stood back and I’ve allowed the limelight on others like Ric Flair.

Pop for the mention of Flair.

John Cena:
And while I respect Ric, I ain’t gonna’ let that happen anymore. Y’see the next time Edge faces someone, it ain’t gonna’ be Ric Flair. It ain’t gonna’ be Kurt Angle. It’s gonna’ be me.

Small pop as Cena pauses.

John Cena:
And while I also know that tonight we’ve got that whole little shindig goin’ on with me and Edge signin’ the contract for the Rumble, I can’t wait until then to see Edge. And I certainly, I certainly cannot wait ‘til Sunday to kick Edge’s ass!

Pop.

John Cena:
So, if it’s okay with all of you...

Huge pop from the crowd.

John Cena:
I would cordially like to invite you, Edge, to get yo’ ass out here right now so we can do this thing righ’ here, righ’ now!

Pop.

John Cena:
Ain’t no more waitin’ for the Rumble, champ. Let’s do it!

Cena waits as the crowd anticipates the arrival of Edge. Cena begins to pace around, waiting on Edge when...

*Medal*


Not the music you anticipated, eh John? Instead the crow erupts into the second mixed reaction for the night as none other than the Olympic Gold Medallist, Kurt Angle makes his way out in front of the crowd with Daivari in tow. Walking down the ring Angle stares a hole through Cena before stopping at the halfway point of the ramp and holding his arms up, roaring with intensity while an array of red, white and blue pyrotechnics sound off behind him. Still staring at Cena, the ever focussed Angle now makes his way down to the ring and circles around Cena in it, microphone now in hand.

Kurt Angle:
Now hang on just a damn minute! John, I know you wanna’ beat the holy hell through Edge because trust me, I know the feeling, but y’see, that’s just gonna’ have to wait.

John Cena: Oh yeah, and why is that?

Kurt Angle: Why is that? Why is that? Because, unless my ears deceived me, Cena, I believe you just had a shot or two at me. Something about people not being able to accept Edge as champion? About pushing me aside? Cena, lemme’ make two things perfectly clear. First and foremost no one, and I mean no one pushes Kurt Angle aside!

Reasonable pop from the crowd.

Kurt Angle:
Second of all, I may have said Edge doesn’t deserve to be champion, but that doesn’t mean you do either!

OH~! Cena smiles and smarts from the comment.

Kurt Angle:
I never cried about anything! In case you’ve forgotten, Cena, I spent the better half of last year kickin’ your ass! I showed time and time again that I, not you and not anyone else, but I deserved to be WWE Champion. You may have got lucky once... heck, you may have got lucky twice, but Cena, don’t you DARE forget that I was the one who looked like a champion every single time we met. Don’t you dare pretend that I didn’t deserve to be champion, because we all know that’s nothin’ but a bald faced lie! But Cena, since you seem to know everything, tell me, how would you feel if you were the man who should have been champion, only for someone else to sneak in the back door and steal the gold? How you feel?

Angle pauses, waiting for Cena to answer, although no answer seems forthcoming from Cena who’s just standing still in the ring, staring into space.

Kurt Angle:
Cena!

John Cena: Wha’? Are you done? Sorry, I tuned out when you started cryin’ about how you just couldn’t beat me.

Cena returns the burn from earlier, the crowd reacting with a big “OH~!” again. Angle meanwhile smiles away to himself, trying to ignore the insult from Cena.

Kurt Angle:
That’s cute, Cena. Very funny. But y’know what’d be even funnier? If I made you to look like my very own personal bitch, just like I did for the last half of last year!

The crowd erupts at the prospect of the match, with Angle and Cena staring one another down.

John Cena:
Kurt, as much as I would love to embarrass you again tonight, you’ve got your own business to tend to already tonight, and me, well I was tryna’ to take care of my business until you got your Olympic ass involved.

Cena smiles at Angle and nods.

Kurt Angle:
Y’know what, you’re right, Cena. You were tryin’ to take care of your business. Thing is, Edge isn’t just your business... he’s my business and if I have a say in things, forget about your match at the Rumble, forget about your little contract signing because Edge... HE AIN’T GONNA MAKE ANY OF IT!

A huge pop for the intensity of Angle.

Kurt Angle:
Cena, I may not like you, but us... we can wait. Me and Edge... it’s gonna’ happen right now, so watch and learn kid. EDGE! Get out here right now you no good son of a bitch so we, we can settle this right... now!

Angle now paces around the ring, Daivari standing behind him, with Cena opting to lean back against the ropes and wait for the result himself. After awhile the buzz of the crowd is overpowered by the sound of...

*Lovefurypassionenergy*


Again, much like Cena, Angle is unable to get who he wants as the lovely, luscious Lita makes her way out to the top of the ramp to some very nice heat in a Rated R Superstar t-shirt. Having a microphone already in hand, the music of Lita quickly dies down as she lifts the microphone up to her mouth, only to be cut off.

John Cena:
Whoa, whoa, WHOA! Lita, you musta’ misheard. Y’see Kurt over here, he was lookin’ for your wife...

Pop from the crowd for the Edge insult.

John Cena:
And as a matter o’ fact, so was I, so if y’all don’t mind, could ya’ could just go on backstage and get her.

Lita: Very funny, Cena, but y’see, as much as Edge wants to be out here right now he can’t. And well, quite frankly Kurt, I’m surprised you even bothered to try to call Edge out. I mean, don’t you remember what happened last week? Something about a Spear sound familiar?

Heat.

Kurt Angle:
Unless the next words that come out of your mouth are “I’ll go get Edge”, then I suggest that just like you should your legs, you shut your damn mouth!

The crowd pops big as the insult looks to get to Lita on the ramp as she takes a moment to calm herself.

Lita:
Oh haha, Kurt, you’re so funny. But if you had let me finish before I was halfway through telling you why Edge can’t come out here.

Kurt Angle: Oh yeah, and why is that?

Lita: As I was saying, as much as he’d love to come out here he can’t because he’s not in the building.

Kurt Angle: WHAT?

Lita: Hell, he’s not even in St Louis.

Heat.

Lita:
Y’see, over the past few weeks Edge has been jumped from behind by Cena over there, he’s had Ric Flair trying to beat him down at any chance he can get and last week, after defending his WWE Champion, last week Edge was put through a table!

Pop for the mention of Edge being put through the table at the hands of Cena.

John Cena:
Well to be fair, that was pretty cool.

The crowd laughs as Cena shrugs his shoulders.

Lita:
Keep disrespecting me, Cena; it’s only going to keep Edge away longer. After the treatment Edge has gotten over recent weeks, he decided to simply bypass tonight. Edge is in Miami, preparing for your match this Sunday. So forget about your plans to fight tonight and forget about your contract signing, Cena. None of it is going to happen.

Heat.

John Cena:
Well, if I can’t beat Edge down tonight, I guess that just leaves...

BAM! Cena hits an unsuspecting Angle with a shot from the microphone, sending him down. Angle tumbles back on the mat then rushes back to his feet, with Cena pushing him back against the ropes and sending him off with an Irish whip. On the rebound Cena looks to go for a clothesline, only for Angle to duck... GERMAN SUPLEX! Angle roars with intensity as he gets back to his feet and squats down, waiting as Cena starts to struggle back up... ANGLE SLAM --- NO! Cena slips off and rolls from the ring, leaving Angle. Angle runs off to the ropes, looking to follow him out, only for Daivari, who had stood back up until this stage to try to pull Angle back, much like last week... ANGLE SLAM! ANGLE NAILS DAIVARI WITH THE ANGLE SLAM! There isn’t any calming down Angle as he stands over Daivari, a look of utter intensity in his eyes, not caring that he just Angle Slammed his now apparently former manager.

*Medal*


As we see Angle stand tall over Daivari and beat his chest the camera cuts away, as we go to a break.



*Commercial Break*



We come back from the break to see Lita walking down a corridor, a smug smile upon her face after informing Angle and Cena of Edge not being in the building.

???:
Lita! Lita!

Lita turns as we see Eric Bischoff rush into picture, looking in to a huff.

Eric Bischoff:
Lita, where the hell’s Edge? Why did you not tell me he’d be here tonight? I’ve got a contract signing lined up! I can’t sign the contract for the WWE Title match without the WWE Champion! Why in the hell did you not come to me? Do you think this show runs by itself? Do you?

Lita: Eric, Eric, Eric. Did you really think that Edge would tell you of all people when you’re responsible for some of the things that I listed out there? Quite frankly, Edge and I, we don’t care that you have a show to run. What’s important is that Edge retains the WWE Championship and after what’s happened these past few weeks, we know he’s best staying away until Sunday. Think about it, Eric, you’re a big businessman. Showing up tonight for Edge... it’s just bad business.

Eric Bischoff: Okay, okay, I’ll call Edge and talk to him. But, but I still need a main event to cover for tonight.

An inconspicuous worker coincidentally walks past at this time.

Eric Bischoff: (To the worker)
You! Go find John Cena and Chris Masters and tell them they’re going one-on-one in the main event tonight! Got it?

Inconspicuous Worker: Yes sir, Mr Bischoff.

Bischoff now pulls out his phone and starts to rapidly punch in keys before holding his phone up to his ear as we cut back to ringside to hear...

*Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me*


The crowd gives a small pop as Shelton Benjamin walks out to the top of the ramp, looking as focussed as ever, hoping to end his losing streak here tonight. Ignoring the fans and all other distractions Benjamin paces down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, circling around it rather than posing for the fans.

Joey Styles:
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to RAW, and what a way to start right here. We’ve seen John Cena and Kurt Angle brawl, Daivari, Kurt Angle’s manager receiving an Angle Slam from his perhaps now former client and we’ve found out Edge isn’t here, derailing the plans for the contract signing later tonight!

Jerry Lawler: Don’t forget, Joey, we’ve got a huge main event signed to add to the already stacked card as John Cena goes one-on-one with Chris Masters!

Jonathan Coachman: Add that onto the huge Battle Royal later tonight gentlemen, and this is a RAW you can’t afford to miss.

Lillian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first from Orangeburg, South Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, Shelton Benjamin!

*Showtime*


Lance Cade now storms out to the top of the ramp aggressively with Trevor Murdoch by his side, gaining some moderate heat. The duo walk down to the ring quickly, mouthing off to the fans in an attempt to gain more heat before getting to ringside and climbing up to the apron to pose on the turnbuckle.

Joey Styles:
Right here right now we have another interesting match though as Shelton Benjamin tries to end his losing streak here against Lance Cade.

Jerry Lawler: Benjamin has been on a losing streak like none I’ve ever seen before, though everybody knows he has the talent to snap out of that streak at any time.

Jonathan Coachman: Is he mentally up to it though, King? In my ever so humble opinion, I believe he isn’t. Benjamin’s got awhile to run on this streak.

Joey Styles: Well let’s also not forget that Shelton’s former partner, Charlie Haas has been hanging around, trying to convince Shelton of teaming back up. That’s gotta’ be playing on Shelton’s mind too.

Lillian Garcia: His opponent from San Antonio, Texas, weighing 275 lbs, Lance Cade!


| Match One |
| Singles Match |
| Shelton Benjamin vs Lance Cade w/ Trevor Murdoch |


Two at the very least decent wrestlers get to start the wrestling portion of RAW off and they don’t disappoint. Cade shows his strength in the early lockups, forcing Benjamin back into the corner a few times. Benjamin showcases his pace soon enough though, controlling Cade for awhile with some arm drags, keeping the larger man on the back foot until Cade comes back with a knee to the midsection and gets a in a slugfest with Benjamin. Benjamin sees he has the edge as he runs off to the ropes and looks to bounce off them, however this leads to the downfall of his momentum as Trevor Murdoch trips Benjamin up from the outside, the referee not seeing it due to checking on Cade. Despite the suspicious circumstances the referee believes Murdoch when he pleads innocent, with Cade taking the opportunity of the referee being distracted to choke away at Benjamin until the referee realises what’s happening and begins his count. This sets the tone for the offence of Cade as he continues grounding/cornering Benjamin as well as using some questionable tactics with help from Murdoch.

Benjamin finally starts to launch a comeback as he fights back through yet another questionable tactic. With the referee distracted by Cade, Murdoch climbs up onto the apron and looks to start to choke Benjamin, only for Benji to come back with some sudden elbows and a big roundhouse kick, sending Murdoch down to the floor. As Cade rushes in Benjamin hits some big rights, then sends Cade off with an Irish whip and hits a Samoan drop on the rebound. This begins the revival of Benjamin who nails many of his signature moves on Cade, eventually leading into a flying clothesline off the top rope for a two count. Having recovered from the earlier blow, Trevor Murdoch climbs up onto the apron and looks to distract Benjamin, only for Benjamin to again send him packing with a big right hand to the side of the head of Murdoch. Turning to see Cade charging at him, Benjamin kicks Cade square in the midsection and sends him into the corner with an Irish whip. Looking to follow up, Benjamin charges in... LOOKING FOR THE STINGER SPLASH... BUT CADE DODGES! After hitting his head on the ringpost Benjamin staggers back in pain, with Cade quickly taking advantage by rolling him up towards the ropes... AND JUST WHEN BENJAMIN LOOKS LIKE KICKING OUT TREVOR MURDOCH REACHES OUT AND GRABS THE ARM OF CADE! With the extra leverage Benjamin is unable to kick out, Cade gaining the three count.


Winner: Lance Cade w/ Trevor Murdoch via pinfall @ 7:12



*Showtime*


Lillian Garcia:
Here is your winner, Lance Cade!

Cade gets right back up to his feet and holds his hands up in victory. Benjamin also gets up and gets right in the face of Cade, knowing he was robbed of the victory. While Benjamin snarls some harsh words to Cade, Trevor Murdoch rolls into the ring behind him... AND DRLLS HIM IN THE BACK WITH A BIG FOREARM! Benjamin goes down and both Cade & Murdoch start to stomp away on him, getting some nice heat from the crowd. Soon enough those boos to cheers as someone runs down the ramp to make the save, sliding into the ring... CHARLIE HAAS! Charlie Haas slides into the ring, Cade & Murdoch just spotting him as they retreat, knowing better of it. As Haas checks on his former partner, Cade & Murdoch back up the ramp, looking happy with themselves following Cade’s win.

Joey Styles:
Shelton Benjamin looked set to end his losing streak if it weren’t for Trevor Murdoch, but what about Charlie Haas? Despite Benjamin not wanting any part of his former partner, Haas runs in and makes the save for Benjamin. How much longer can Benjamin try to avoid Haas?

Jonathan Coachman: I don’t know what Charlie Haas thinks he’s doing. I mean, Shelton’s already told him to stay away. Just because Shelton already dug his own grave tonight doesn’t mean Haas should shove his big nose into things.

Jerry Lawler: Haas was just doing what he thought was right, Coach. I’m sure Shelton would do the same.

We get another glance at Haas checking on Benjamin in the ring before cutting away to see a promo for John Cena vs Chris Masters.

Joey Styles:
I don’t know about that, King, but I do know that our main event, as just announced by Eric Bischoff later tonight is going to be John Cena going one-on-one with Chris Masters.

We now cut backstage to see Trish Stratus walking along a corridor.

Joey Styles:
Before that though, up next the Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus goes up against Candice Michelle, right after the break!

Jerry Lawler: Oh Trish...


*Commercial Break*



We come back from the break to see Eric Bischoff in his office now, talking to himself under his breath as he holds his cell phone up to his ear. After awhile Bischoff pulls the phone away and looks down at it in frustration before dialling all over again.

Leaving that scene, we now cut to see Todd Grisham standing by.

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

The crowd gives a pretty major pop as Shawn Michaels walks into view in his wrestling gear, a black ‘HBK’ singlet on his upper-body.

Todd Grisham:
Shawn, last week we saw you overcome the odds yet again when you defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in a First Blood Match, gaining yourself a spot promised to you by Mr McMahon. After surprising Mr McMahon, what do you think he has up his sleeve now?

Shawn Michaels: Todd, I’d be lying if I said I thought Vince McMahon was done with me. Ever since I told him about a month ago to grow up and move on, Vince has made it his personal mission to make my life a living hell. Las’ week... las’ week he thought I couldn’t win. He put me in what he thought was an impossible position, but then, when all was said and done, he realised there’s a reason they call me ‘The Showstoppah’. Now I know, I know all that’s likely to do is piss Vince off. I know he doesn’t like to lose, but I’ll be damned if ‘Haitch Bee Kay’ is just gonna’ lie down and let Vince McMahon walk all over him! That’s why this Sunday, when I go into the Royal Rumble, I plan on winnin’, because I know nothin’ would piss Vince off more than seein’ ‘Mr WrestleMania’ main event the granddaddy of them all!

Pop.

Shawn Michaels:
Now, as far as tonight goes...

???: Ahem.

Michaels looks across, having being interrupted to see none other than Vince McMahon.

Mr McMahon:
Why look who it is... ‘HBK’, Shawn Michaels! How are you, Shawn? I’ll bet you’re feelin’ pretty good after last week.

Michaels just stares at Vince coldly, not wanting to even give him a hint of how he’s feeling.

Mr McMahon:
Well Shawn, you don’t have to answer me, because really, I don’t care how you’re feeling. What I do care about is this Sunday. That’s right, the Royal Rumble. Now, last week Shawn, you may have qualified for the Rumble by beating Cade and Murdoch, but let’s just say you’re chances of winning the Rumble are zero. Let’s just say... let’s just say that you have no chance... in HELL! Do ya’ know why, Shawn? Do ya’ know why? I’ll tell you why. This Sunday, you will be in the Royal Rumble, but you will be the first entrant in the Rumble!

Heat.

Mr McMahon:
Y’know what that means, Shawn? That means you’re gonna’ have to go through twenty-nine other superstars, Shawn. That means that you... you’re not gonna’ be main eventing WrestleMania, now are ya’?

McMahon smiles at Michaels as Michaels continues to look back with a cold look in his eyes.

Mr McMahon:
Good luck, Shawn.

McMahon looks at Shawn for a moment then walks off as we head back to ringside so hear...

*Time To Rock n’ Roll*


The crowd gives a nice pop at the sound of Trish’s sexy laugh before the Canadian beauty walks out to the top of the ramp, Women’s Championship around her waist. Stratus walks down the ramp pretty quickly, getting up into the ring to pose for the fans with the championship.

Joey Styles:
Wow, what an announcement from Mr McMahon, throwing Shawn into the Royal Rumble first!

Jerry Lawler: Well, Shawn has won the Rumble from number one before, but I don’t think I like his chances with everyone gunning for him this year for Mr McMahon.

Jonathan Coachman: Gentlemen, gentlemen, Mr McMahon is just giving Shawn Michaels what he wants. Michaels always talks about he wants to steal the show, well Shawn, here’s your chance. Do it from number one in the Rumble.

Lillian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she is the WWE Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus!

*What Love Is*


Candice Michelle now saunters her way out to the top of the ramp to a moderate mixed reaction from the crowd. Wearing her usual robe over her wrestling attire, Michelle walks down the ramp ignoring the fans, then climbs onto the apron once she makes it to ringside, removing her robe to a nice pop. As she climbs into the ring, Candice looks to Stratus cockily, looking fairly confident despite Stratus being the Women’s Champion.

Joey Styles:
Well this should be quite the test for Candice Michelle, but let’s not forget, Trish has not only her opponent at the Royal Rumble in Victoria on her mind, but also her friend Mickie James.

Jerry Lawler: Two dangerous women who have been involved with Stratus lately. Whether that plays in Candice’s favour or not is yet to be soon though, Joey.

Lillian Garcia: Her opponent, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Candice Michelle!

With both women circling around the ring it looks like the match is about to start. However, before that can happen we hear...

*Don’t Mess With*


The woman who will be challenging Stratus at the Royal Rumble in Victoria walks out to the top of the ramp to some decent heat. Walking down the ramp with intent, Victoria goes down to ringside, drawing the attention of Stratus.



| Match Two |
| Singles Match |
| Trish Stratus vs Candice Michelle w/ Victoria |


Candice takes the advantage as soon as the bell rings, jumping Stratus from behind and taking her down with a big forearm to the back. Stomping away on Stratus to begin with, Candice keeps with the pretty ugly offense for awhile, kicking and forearming Stratus, gaining a few two counts. Candice makes a mistake soon enough though, as after a body slam she does her Go Daddy taunt before heading up to the second rope. Looking out to the fans, Candice provides even more time for Trish to recover and get back up, with Trish taking the chance to run across and nail Candice with the Stratusphere, putting an end to her momentum. After spending a short time to recover Stratus comes out on fire, winning an exchange of rights before sending Candice off with an Irish whip and scoring with a Thesz press, leading into her raining down with right hands in the mount position. After both women get up Stratus immediately scores with a big spinebuster for a two count, then setting up for the Chick Kick, waiting on Candice to get up. However, before Trish can get up Victoria climbs up onto the apron and calls her across, distracting Trish, leaving Candice to recover and stagger back into the corner.

Trish turns and sees Candice, then charges across the ring, only to eat boot. Candice then pulls Stratus back by the hair and locks her legs around the head of Stratus, leaning back over the ropes for added leverage. Suddenly the crowd livens up a bit as we see Ashley running down the ramp, going straight after Victoria, who distracted Trish before. With the two beginning to brawl at ringside the crowd reaction grows even louder now as Mickie James runs down the ramp and jumps Ashley from behind, leaving Trish’s two friends to go at it. In the ring Candice stands over Stratus having released the hold, waiting for her to get up. As Stratus slowly gets back to her feet Candice looks for a kick to the midsection, only for Stratus to block it... CHICK KICK! TRISH NAILS THE CHICK KICK! Picking Candice right back up, Trish grabs her in a headlock then runs off to the ropes... LOOKING FOR STRATUSFACTION --- SHE NAILS IT! While Mickie and Ashley brawl off to the back, Trish hooks the leg of Candice and gets the three count.


Winner: Trish Stratus via pinfall @ 5:29


*Time To Rock n’ Roll*


Lillian Garcia:
Here is your winner, the Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus!

Trish gets back to her feet and gets her Women’s Championship held to her by the referee, who raises her hand. Trish then turns around though... AND RECEIVES A KICK TO THE MIDSECTION FROM VICTORIA --- WIDOW’S PEAK! Victoria floors the Women’s Champion just six days before their title match, a sick smile overcoming her face. A sick smile and crazed look in her eye, Victoria picks up the Women’s Championship from the mat and looks deep into it... before leaving with it? Victoria, continuing to look into the title, walks back up the ramp, having just walked off with Stratus’ championship.

Joey Styles:
A big victory there for Trish Stratus amidst the chaos of her two best friends fighting, however as we now see, Victoria has walked out with her championship.

Jerry Lawler: Joey, I’ve gotta’ say, between Victoria and Mickie James, both of whom we just saw, we have more than enough mental patients here on RAW.

Jonathan Coachman: Victoria may be crazy, but she’s a threat to Trish. I’d put money on Victoria winning the gold in just six days at the Rumble.

We see Victoria now up at the top of the ramp before cutting backstage to see Maria standing by.

Maria:
Ladies and gentlemen, Gregory Helms!

Some decent heat comes from the crowd as Helms steps into view, wearing his usual combination of a doo rag, leather jacket, pair of black glasses and of course his wrestling tights.

Maria:
Gregory, in just six days you compete in the Royal Rumble, but before then tonight you compete in the ten man Battle Royal, which Mr Bischoff has said is a RAW Royal Rumble preview. Do you think tonight is a good chance to prove yourself heading into the Rumble?

Gregory Helms: Do I think tonight is a good chance to prove myself? Is that a rhetorical question? Maria, as far as I’m concerned, over the past few weeks I’ve already proven myself as not just your average wrestler, not just some guy who jerks the curtain. I have proven that here on RAW, I belong. Ever since I took that mask off a few weeks ago, I am undefeated, Maria. Un - de - feated. Tonight... tonight's not about provin' myself. Tonight's not about showin' the RAW locker-room what I can do, because they already know. It's about givin' a preview to exactly what I will do come this Sunday at the Royal Rumble.

Helms pauses for a moment.

Gregory Helms:
Y'know, it's kinda funny. When people talk about favourites at the Rumble, they speak of men like Kurt Angle!

Pop from the crowd.

Gregory Helms:
Triple H!

Heat.

Gregory Helms:
Kane and the Big Show!

Pop.

Gregory Helms:
Shawn Michaels!

Pop.

Gregory Helms:
Yet they're not talkin' about me, they're not talkin' about Gregory Helms. This is a a fatal, I repeat, a fatal mistake. Y'see, those names I mentioned, they're all big names, and any other year, they would be favourites to take out the Royal Rumble. But this year, nuh-uh, it ain't gonna' happen. This year there's another man in the ring with them. This year there's a man who is on the biggest roll of his life in the ring with them. This year there is a man who is undefeated on Monday Night RAW! This year... there's me. Kurt Angle, Triple H, Kane, Big Show and Shawn Michaels, you're all great athletes no, doubt about it, but when it comes down to it,you have nothing, and I mean nothing, on me. You all think you're favourites? I am the only undefeated man on this roster. Not you, Kurt. Not you, Hunter. Not you Kane, Big Show and Shawn. Me. So as far as I'm concerned, I, not you, but I am the favourite this for both tonight and this Sunday. Y'all think you've got a shot this Sunday? Not a chance. This Sunday the last man you will see standin' in the ring, THE LAST NAME THAT YOU WILL HEAR... will be... Helms.

Gregory Helms smiles arrogantly then heads out of view as we go to a break.


*Commercial Break*



Coming back from the break we see Victoria walking backstage, still looking into the Women’s Championship like a woman possessed.

???:
Victoria!

A panting Todd Grisham scrambles into view, prompting Victoria to look up for a moment before heading right back to staring into the gold.

Victoria:
What?

Todd Grisham: Victoria, I was just wondering if I could get a comment on why you attacked Trish Stratus then stole her Women’s Champion.

Victoria continues to peer down into the title.

Victoria:
Trish Stratus thinks Mickie James is crazy...

Victoria now looks up to the camera, a manic look in her eyes.

Victoria:
You’ll think otherwise after this Sunday, Trish!

Victoria looks right back down into the gold as we cut away elsewhere backstage to again see Eric Bischoff in his office. This time the phone is away as Bischoff paces around back and forth, looking extremely stressed.

Cutting away from Bischoff back to ringside we see The Heart Throbs already standing in the ring, awaiting their opponents.

Lillian Garcia:
The following contest is a tag team contest and it is for the final two Royal Rumble spots! Introducing first, Romeo and Antonio, The Heart Throbs!

*My Peeps*


Tyson Tomko and Snitsky now walk out to the top of the stage to some small heat, grunting out in an animalistic manner. The two walk down the ramp with a look of intent in their eyes, staring down into the ring before finally getting to it and climbing up into it.

Joey Styles:
Now for those of you wondering before, there’s your confirmation. Victoria is a nutjob.

Jerry Lawler: It’s hard to disagree with that after what we just witnessed, Joey.

Jonathan Coachman: Crazy or not, Victoria is dangerous, just like these two men!

Joey Styles: Indeed Tomko and Snitsky are, Coach. I don’t like the chances of The Heart Throbs getting those last two Rumble spots.

Lillian Garcia: Their opponents, weighing a combined weight of 560 lbs, the team of Tyson Tomko and Snitsky!


| Match Three |
| Royal Rumble Qualifier |
| Tag Team Match |
| The Heart Throbs vs Tyson Tomko & Snitsky |


Yeah, I know Snitsky sucks, but Tomko owns, plus, who would you rather see in the Rumble? Tomko and Snitsky own the hell out of The Heart Throbs, absolutely pummelling Antonio at first before allowing him to tag in Romeo just so they can beat him down too. With both Heart Throbs in the ring, Tomko and Snitsky nail simultaneous Big Boots, Tomko pinning Romeo immediately afterwards to pick up the win.

Winners (thus qualifying for the Royal Rumble): Tyson Tomko & Snitsky via pinfall @ 2:35


*My Peeps*


Lillian Garcia:
Here are your winners, Tyson Tomko and Snitsky!

Tomko & Snitsky get right back up to their feet and look down at their fallen prey before roaring out to the fans again.

Joey Styles:
Academic win for Tyson Tomko and Snitsky.

Jerry Lawler: Well, I almost felt bad for The Heart Throbs, but then I remembered just how annoying they are!

Jonathan Coachman: Tomko and Snitsky will go a long, long way in the Rumble. Two of the more powerful men on RAW that you’re lookin’ at right there.

Joey Styles: That may be true, Coach, but we’ll have to wait and see if that power does them good.

We now cut away from the ringside area to once again see Maria standing by backstage.

Maria:
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time, ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters and Carlito!

Chris Masters and Carlito get some decent heat as they walk into view, ‘Lito tossing his apple.

Maria:
Now Chris, tonight you have your biggest test to date as you go one-on-one with John Cena in the main event...

Carlito: Hey hey hey, what about Carlito? He has a very big match here tonight, ‘ju know?

Maria: What match are you in, Carlito?

Carlito: Are ‘ju kidding me? Don’t ‘ju know about ‘day ten man Battle Royal?

Maria: Yeah...

Carlito: Carlito’s in ‘dat match, ‘ju...

Chris Masters: Hey, ‘Lito. ‘Lito! Calm down.

Carlito shuts up as Masters now takes the stick.

Chris Masters:
Maria, tonight’s a very big night for both me and Carlito. Y’see for me, tonight means that I can show that I belong in the main event. John Cena? He has nothing on me. When I defeat him tonight, I’ll show not just Mr Bischoff, but the whole world that I deserve to be going for the WWE Championship. Whether I get that shot by beating John Cena here tonight and being rewarded for that, or by winnin’ the Royal Rumble, I will...

Carlito: Wait, ‘ju winnin’ the Rumble? Chris, no disrespect, but... what about Carlito?

Chris Masters: Carlito, if I win the Rumble. We all know it’s going to come down to just me and you buddy, like it should have at New Year’s Revolution.

Carlito: Hey man, what do ‘ju mean by that?

Chris Masters: It’s nothin’, ‘Lito, it’s nothin’. I’m just sayin’, when it comes down to us being the final two at the Rumble, well, may be the best man win.

Carlito nods in approval.

Carlito:
‘Ju know what, Chris? ‘Das... das’ cool.

Carlito walks out of view, tossing his apple, with Masters soon following as we head off to a break.


*Commercial Break*



Returning from the break we see a vignette hyping the return of one Rob Van Dam. Showcasing RVD’s athleticism, the vignette shows RVD doing some of his trademark kicks, as well as of course his Five Star Frog Splash before it ends with the text “RVD returns... Royal Rumble”.

We now head back to ringside to see Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Rene Dupree and Gregory Helms in the ring, Helms’ music still playing.

Joey Styles:
Welcome back to Monday Night RAW folks, and as you can see, we are readying ourselves for the ten man Battle Royal, with Carlito, Chavo Guerrero, Rene Dupree and Gregory Helms already in the ring.

“Woooooooooo!”

*Also Sprach Zarathustra*


The crowd comes out with a huge pop as the man who fell just short of winning the WWE Championship last week, the sixteen time world champion, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair struts out onto the stage in one of his extravagant robes. Flair struts down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, joining the other who had already made their way down to the ring.

Joey Styles:
Ric Flair fell just short on number seventeen last week in his hometown, but he’s set to bounce back as he’s now entered in the Royal Rumble.

Jerry Lawler: Flair has won it before, all of the way back in 1992. Could he do it again fourteen years later?

Lillian Garcia: From Charlotte, North Carolina, weighing 248 lbs, ‘The Nature Boy’, Ric Flair!

“Well It’s A Big Show”

*Slow Chemical*


The crowd gives a pretty nice pop for the World Tag Team Champions as the twin towers walk out to the top of the stage, surrounded by the fire from Kane’s entrance. Straps hanging over their shoulders, the duo walks down the ramp to the ring, before climbing up into the ring over the top rope, showing their size. As Kane walks into the middle of the ring, his foes around him, he lifts his arms, then lowers them in a snap, bringing fire exploding from the ringposts.

Joey Styles:
You talked about the size of Tomko and Snitsky earlier, Coach. Well what about these two men?

Jonathan Coachman: If they work together this Sunday Kane and Big Show would be damn near unstoppable. There isn’t any doubting that.

Lillian Garcia: Weighing a combined weight of 814 lbs, they are the World Tag Team Champions, Kane and the Big Show!

*Sexy Boy*


The crowd erupts with a huge pop as Shawn Michaels swaggers out onto the stage, dancing around before getting down onto his knees and praying to the heavens, pyro shooting out from behind him as he does so. Energetically making his way down the ramp, Michaels climbs up into the ring and joins the mass of bodies.

Joey Styles:
While Shawn Michaels is on a level playing field with everyone else tonight, that will not be the case this Sunday as he starts the Royal Rumble at number one.

Jonathan Coachman: Like I said before, Joey, Michaels wants that kind of attention. He wants everyone to be lookin’ at him from the word go.

Lillian Garcia: From San Antonio, Texas, weighing 220 lbs, he is ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, Shawn Michaels!

*The Game*


The crowd erupts with heat as the heavy beat of Triple H’s music kicks off. Soon enough, Triple H walks out, eyes lowered as he stands in the spotlight, water bottle in hand. After a short while ‘The Game’ suddenly looks up and spits water from his mouth, walking down the ring rather quickly. He walks around ringside to the side of the ring in front of the hard camera, takes a swig of water and throws the bottle away before spitting the water out into the air and posing.

Joey Styles:
Now last week, in return for teaming up with Kurt Angle, this man Triple H made some sort of a deal with General Manager, Eric Bischoff. What exactly was that deal and how will it affect the Rumble?

Jerry Lawler: I don’t know, Joey, but with Bischoff you can be sure it was something pretty big, especially considering how pissed off Triple H was because of having to team with Kurt Angle.

Lillian Garcia: From Greenwich, Connecticut, weighing 275 lbs, Triple H!

*Medal*


For the second time tonight the crowd absolutely erupts for Kurt Angle, this time a lot more cheers than boos coming with Angle having disposed of Daivari. Angle walks halfway down the ramp aggressively, then stops and throws his arms up into the air, pyro exploding everywhere behind him. A look of pure intensity on his face, Angle walks down the ramp and enters the ring, joining his opponents.

Joey Styles:
Speak of the devil, as of late Kurt Angle has been more intense than ever. Looking like one of the favourites heading into the Rumble, Angle has been chasing the WWE Champion, Edge. However, after his little stoush with John Cena earlier, will Angle be focussed here?

Jerry Lawler: Angle is one of, if not the most focussed men I’ve ever met, Joey! Trust me, he’ll be focussed.

Lillian Garcia: And from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 225 lbs, he is the only Olympic Gold Medallist in WWE history, Kurt Angle!


| Match Four |
| Ten Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal |
| Carlito vs Chavo Guerrero vs Rene Dupree vs Gregory Helms vs Ric Flair vs Kane vs Big Show vs Shawn Michaels vs Triple H vs Kurt Angle|


[i]After a brief staredown of, well, a staredown, all eight other men decide to target their biggest threats first by ganging up on the World Tag Team Champions. With four men not being enough to eliminate either of Kane or Big Show they all give up eventually, the match breaking down. Angle, showing his intensity right off the bat is the dominant man early, attempting to eliminate Gregory Helms, only for Helms to hold onto the top rope. Unfortunately for Rene Dupree, he’s not so lucky when he charges at Angle immediately afterwards, only for Angle to turn, kick him in the midsection and throw him over the top rope.

Elimination #1: Rene Dupree by Kurt Angle @ 1:47


[i]Angle then storms Kane in the corner, going to work on him with right hands as we have a period of no eliminations. Ric Flair and Triple H battle it out in one corner, Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero in another while Big Show works Shawn Michaels down with some vicious headbutts. Eventually Triple H vs Ric Flair takes centre stage, with Flair sending Triple H backing out of the corner with some big knife edge chops, lighting up the chest of ‘The Game’. Flair then runs off to the ropes, thinking he was in command, only to get met with a high knee on the rebound, taking him down. Triple H plays it up to the crowd, drawing some heat before waiting on Ric Flair to get up... AND SETTING RIC FLAIR UP FOR THE PEDIGREE ONCE HE DOES SO! TRIPLE H GOES FOR IT --- NO, FLAIR TAKES HIS LEGS AWAY --- FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! The former friends and now bitter enemies are locked together by the legs, Flair bringing great pain upon Triple H. Triple H slowly pulls himself towards the ropes, thinking that’ll do something for him. Alas in this match there are no rope breaks, as Hunter himself finds out when he grabs them and nothing happens. Fortunately for Hunter, something does happen when Flair sits up AS GREGORY HELMS CHARGES ACROSS AND ROARS INTO FLAIR WITH THE SHINING WIZARD! As Triple H untangles his legs from those of Flair and pulls himself out under the bottom rope to the floor (thus not being eliminated due to not going over the top rope), Helms picks Flair up and throws him over the top, ending his night.

Elimination #2: Ric Flair by Gregory Helms @ 5:02


Helms looks down at Flair with an air of confidence, only for Angle to charge across and drill Angle with a German suplex. Angle then takes his straps down and waits on Helms to get up... ANGLE SLAM --- CONNECTS! Angle nails Helms with the Angle Slam. Getting back to his feet, Angle thinks he’s in prime position... ONLY FOR KANE TO FLY ACROSS THE RING --- FLYING CLOTHESLINE ON ANGLE! Angle falls down to the mat, while elsewhere, with Big Show in a sleeper hold from Carlito, Chavo Guerrero charges across and looks to eliminate him... ONLY FOR SHOW TO DUCK DOWN AND BACK BODY DROP GUERRERO OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT TO THE FLOOR!

Elimination #3: Chavo Guerrero by Big Show @ 5:36


Show then snaps Carlito off him and sees Gregory Helms getting back to his feet, with Kane & Big Show simultaneously charging at Helms, nailing a double clothesline to eliminate him from proceedings.

Elimination #4: Gregory Helms by Kane & Big Show @ 5:51


The tag champs look at one another and nod, only for Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle to go to work on them, Angle hammering away on Show while Michaels hammers away on Kane. After hitting some big right hands both men run off to the ropes and bounce back at the tag champs, only to be ran straight through with shoulder blocks. As both tag champs lift their foes up and take them to corners we head off to a commercial break.

Returning from the break we see not much has changed, with all of the competitors still alive and Triple H still on the outside. Carlito is kicking away at the leg of Kane in one corner, while in another both Angle and Michaels are trying to get under the tree limbs known as Big Show’s legs to eliminate the giant. Kane finally fights Carlito off on the other side of the ring and pushes him away, then goes across and takes Angle and Michaels down with a pair of right hands. Kane then takes Angle away, sending him into the corner before hitting a corner clothesline/sidewalk slam combo. Getting back to his feet, Kane thinks it;s time for a Chokeslam... ONLY FOR CARLITO TO COME FROM BEHIND WITH THE BACKCRACKER! As Kane bounces off the knees of Carlito and rolls over to the ropes in pain, Big Show turns to see Carlito (having taken care of Michaels) and charges across at him, looking to nail a clothesline... ONLY FOR CARLITO TO DUCK --- LEAVING SHOW TO CLOTHESLINE A RISING KANE OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT OF THE MATCH!

Elimination #5: Kane by Big Show @ 9:34


With Big Show looking over the top rope, not believing he eliminated his partner, Carlito, Michaels and Angle catch him off guard, charging across the ring... AND DUMPING HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR!

Elimination #6: Big Show by Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle & Carlito @ 9:43


The three men look in shock down at the floor, seeing Show and Kane out. After a brief backing away and staredown the match picks back up in pace, with Carlito cornering Michaels and working away at him with right hands until Angle comes across and lays into Carlito. Hitting some big rights, Angle backs Carlito up against the ropes and sends him off with an Irish whip, nailing a German suplex on the rebound after ducking a clothesline. Keeping his hands clasped, Angle nails two more Germans on Carlito before getting back to his feet and roaring with intensity. Waiting for Carlito to get up, Angle perches himself... BUT SHAWN MICHAELS HITS SWEET CHIN MUSIC ON THE RISING CARLITO OUT OF NOWHERE, ELIMINATING HIM FROM THE MATCH!

Elimination #7: Carlito by Shawn Michaels @ 10:36


Angle and Michaels face off, with Angle unhappy Michaels stole his elimination. The crowd starts to buzz with anticipation for the pair facing off... only for it to turn to heat? The camera then pans out... AND WE SEE TRIPLE H BACK IN THE RING! THE OPPORTUNISITC TRIPLE H CHARGES ACROSS AT BOTH MEN WHO ARE NEAR THE ROPES --- ONLY TO BE NAILED WITH A DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP, SENDING ‘THE GAME’ OVER THE TOP ROPE AND OUT TO THE FLOOR!

Elimination #8: Triple H by Shawn Michaels & Kurt Angle @ 10:57


Triple H’s dirty tactics don’t pay off as he’s eliminated, leaving us with our final two who continue to stare each other down. Angle then takes the first shot, hitting a right hand, triggering an exchange between the two with right hands and chops being wildly thrown until Angle hits a kick to the midsection... THEN GOES FOR THE ANGLE SLAM --- WHICH MICHAELS SLIPS OUT OF! Angle turns to face Shawn... SWEET CHIN MUSIC ATTEMPT --- IS CAUGHT --- ANKLE LOCK --- MICHAELS ROLLS THROUGH AND SENDS ANGLE INTO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE! After the crisp exchange, Michaels charges in at Angle in the corner, only to eat boot and then bicep thanks to a huge clothesline from Angle. With Michaels down, Angle now begins to methodically work him over, going after the back with some knees, before kicking it into some belly-to-belly suplexes. After trying to elevate Michaels over the top rope and being unable to do it, Angle decides to whip him off to the ropes, then try to wear him down with a sleeper hold afterwards. Michaels, however, is able to counter, going behind Angle and pushing him off, before capturing his own sleeper.

That doesn’t last too long though as Angle quickly goes behind Michaels and nails a huge German suplex... THEN SETS UP FOR THE ANGLE SLAM! Michaels slowly regains his footing with Angle stalking him... ANGLE SLAM --- NO! Michaels slips off the back of Angle then bounces back off the ropes... FLYING FOREARM! This launches the Michaels comeback, as after the kip up he goes through the usual offense, leading into the big elbow drop, prompting Michaels to then toot up the band. As Angle slowly gets up Michaels perches himself... SWEET CHIN MUSIC --- NO, ANGLE DUCKS UNDER THE LEG --- AND ELEVATES MICHAELS OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH AN ANGLE SLAM, ELIMINATING HIM!


Winner: Kurt Angle via event @ 14:01


*Medal*


Lillian Garcia:
Here is your winner, Kurt Angle!

Angle immediately gets back up to his feet and roars with intensity, having won the Battle Royal. Going up to the second rope in the corner and beating his chest, Angle celebrates his victory, confirming his favouritism for the Royal Rumble.

Joey Styles:
Kurt Angle has done it! Kurt Angle has survived and won this Battle Royal, eliminating Shawn Michaels after an electric exchange!

Jerry Lawler: I told ya’, Joey! Kurt Angle is a man on a mission. How about the effort from Shawn Michaels though?

Jonathan Coachman: Thing is, King, Michaels couldn’t even outlast nine men. How’s he going to outlast twenty-nine?

Joey Styles: That’ very true, Coach, and we’ll have to wait until this Sunday to see if Michaels can turn the tables.

We quickly cut backstage to see John Cena walking down a hallway.

Joey Styles:
Well ladies and gentlemen, up next is our main event as John Cena takes on Chris Masters. Don’t go anywhere!


*Commercial Break*



We come back from the break to the announce table.

Joey Styles:
Ladies and gentlemen, coming up momentarily is our main event, however before that takes place we would like to thank Pepsi for sponsoring not only RAW, but the Royal Rumble this Sunday, and what an event it will be!

Jerry Lawler: That’s right, Joey. On the SmackDown! side of things, Cruiserweight Champion, Kid Kash will defend his title against Juventud.

Joey Styles: This match is in doubt after the malicious assault from Kash on Juventud last week on SmackDown!, however at this stage it is still on the card.

Jonathan Coachman: The beautiful RAW divas will go at it as Trish Stratus defends the Women’s Championship against Victoria!

Jerry Lawler: Well this match became a whole lot more interesting when Victoria stole the Women’s Title from Trish, then claimed she’d show her crazy at the Royal Rumble. This one’s sure to be big now!

Joey Styles: SmackDown!’s World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, puts the gold on the line as he faces Mark Henry!

Jonathan Coachman: Over the past month those two animals have been battling for supremacy. Just who is the king of the jungle?

Jerry Lawler: The contract for this one was meant to be signed tonight, however with Edge bypassing RAW tonight, we have a changed main event for the night. Edge defends his WWE Championship against John Cena!

Joey Styles: Are these mind games from Edge to get into the head of John Cena. In my opinion they are, however, whether they’ve worked or not is another thing.

Jonathan Coachman: And of course gentlemen, the big one. Fifteen RAW superstars and fifteen SmackDown! superstars battle it out in the Royal Rumble. The winner goes on to main event WrestleMania 22 against the champion of their choice. Thirty superstars, thirty dreams... one realization!

Jerry Lawler: I’m of course pulling for a RAW guy, and after what we saw earlier tonight, my money’s on Kurt Angle!

The lights in the arena now dim before we hear...

*Masterpiece*


The crowd gives off some decent heat as Chris Masters walks out in front of the fans and squats down, waiting for the music to pick up, at which point he rises from his slumber and poses, showing off his amazing physique, pyro shooting out behind him as he does so. With his posing now done, Masters walks down the ramp and climbs up into the ring, posing in the corner to once again show off his muscles.

Joey Styles:
Tonight is a huge opportunity for ‘The Masterpiece’. After Edge skipped RAW tonight, leaving the contract signing with Cena to not be done here tonight, General Manager, Eric Bischoff had a main event slot to fill. He selected Chris Masters to face John Cena, and now it’s time to see how Masters performs.

Jonathan Coachman: And I’m predicting that he’ll be up to it. Masters is set for big things here in the WWE!

Jerry Lawler: That may be true, Coach, but John Cena is practically the measuring stick here in the WWE.

Lillian Garcia: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Los Angeles, California, weighing 260 lbs, ‘The Masterpiece’, Chris Masters!

Masters stands in the ring, waiting for his opponent as the crowd starts to buzz for...

*My Time Is Now*


The crowd erupts into a huge mixed reaction as none other than the number one contender for the WWE Title, the former champion, John Cena runs out onto the stage, looking excited, much like he was when he started the show. After saluting the fans at the top of the ramp Cena sprints down the ramp and slides into the ring, with Chris Masters instantly jumping him, getting this one started quickly.



| Main Event |
| Singles Match |
| Chris Masters vs John Cena |


With Cena reeling early Masters hammers away with some rights before Cena finally blocks one and unloads with a series of his own, sending Masters back to the corner. Cena continues with rights and lefts in the corner for a moment, then sends Masters charging off into the opposite corner with an Irish whip. Masters hits the turnbuckle hard, causing him to come right back off it straight into a back body drop from Cena. Getting right back up, Masters doesn’t want to stay on the mat, though he ends up right back up there as Cena nails a fisherman’s suplex, gaining a two count. Picking Masters back up, Cena pushes him against the ropes and hits a few more shots to the body before sending Masters off with another Irish whip. Instead of bouncing back this time, Masters holds onto the ropes, then slides out under them, looking for a breather. Cena, showing he believes in no such concept charges across the ring and slides out after Masters, blocking a right hand attempt from him and nailing a kick right to the midsection of ‘The Masterpiece’. Cena then follows right up, grabbing Masters around the head and slamming his skull down into the announce table to a pop from the crowd. Cena does it once more before looking to move on, dragging Masters across and looking to send him off around ringside with an Irish whip, only for Masters to reverse... THUD! CENA CRASHES HARD INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

Masters takes a moment to regather himself before sliding in and out of the ring to break the referee’s count, which was up to eight. Now back out with Cena, Masters looks to presss his advantage as he picks Cena up and slams his skull down into the crowd barrier, before following up by ramming his back into the apron a few times. Moving Cena back into the ring, Masters now continues his offense, using a mix of heavy strikes, slams and a little bit of cheating to show just why it is that he owns. After awhile of not being able to put Cena away, Masters becomes frustrated, arguing with the referee over a two count before telling the crowd that it would soon be done. With Cena slowly recovering Masters stalks him, waiting on him to get up, which he slowly does... AS MASTERS PRESS SLAMS HIM INTO THE AIR! CENA IS UP HIGH --- THOUGH HE SLIPS DOWN AND LANDS BEHIND MASTERS! Masters turns and gets rocked with a big right from Cena, which is just the first of a flurry as Cena hits several more before attempting to send Masters off with an Irish whip. However, Masters reverses, sending Cena off, only for Cena to come right back off the ropes and takes Masters down with a flying shoulder block.

A couple of flying shoulder blocks later and Cena ducks a wild right hand attempt from Masters, transitioning it perfectly into a protoplex. Playing it up to the crowd who give a mixed reaction, Cena tells Masters that “You can’t see me~!” before running off to the ropes and nailing the five knuckle shuffle. The crowd again erupts with a mixed reaction as Cena gets back to his feet and waits on Masters to get up... F-U --- NO, MASTERS SLIPS OUT! Masters lands behind Cena and pushes him off, sending him chest-first into the turnbuckle. As Cena staggers back holding his chest, Masters runs off to the ropes, bounces back and hits a huge clothesline, taking Cena down, though only for another two count, much to the shock of Masters. He quite obviously can’t believe it as he now waits on Cena to get up, telling him he’ll finish it now. Cena slowly starts to regain his footing, going to the ropes for support... BEFORE STAGGERING RIGHT BACK INTO THE MASTERLOCK --- NO, CENA DROPS DOWN AND SWEEPS THE LEG OF MASTERS WITH HIM --- STF-U! CENA LOCKS IT IN! The crowd roars with a mixture of approval and disgust as Cena has his signature submission locked in. Cranking back hard, Masters looks in trouble... THOUGH HE FIGHTS! Masters shows he may just have more guts than brains as he slowly but surely inches his way towards the ropes... AND MAKES IT, BREAKING THE HOLD! For some reason, there’s a much more heated response to that than you would expect, with Cena unsure of the reason, knowing it’s not because he’s so amazingly popular when he’s been booed all night.

As he gets back to his feet, Cena turns... SPEAR? BY EDGE? HE WASN’T EVEN MEANT TO BE IN THE BUILDING! Regardless, Edge Spears the holy hell out of John Cena, causing the referee to call an end to the match.


Winner: John Cena by disqualification @ 8:42



Edge shows he has played us all for chumps as he looks down at Cena manically, the WWE Championship now being shown lying behind him. Edge slowly slides out of the ring, not taking his eyes off Cena as he rushes off to ringside and demands two chairs from the staff there. The staff of course hand them to him, as Edge looks nuts, with the champ now sliding them into the ring, looking at Cena as he follows. With Cena beginning to stir Edge grabs one of the chairs and slams it into the mat; almost as if he is hyping himself up before the big strike. Cena slowly, unknowingly, gets back up to his feet... WHACK! EDGE ABSOLUTELY CREAMS CENA IN THE SKULL! Cena is down as Edge licks his lips, loving the pain he’s caused. Slowly, he gets to his knees, chair still in hand, looking down at Cena yelling “You want my title? YOU WANT MY GODAMN TITLE? YOU’RE NOT GETTING IT YOU NO GOOD SON OF A BITCH!”

Edge now lifts the skull of Cena off the mat and places the steel chair under it, throwing Cena’s head back down with some force before going and picking up the second steel chair. Salivating at what he’s about to do, Edge licks his lips, eyes wide and cheeks trembling with excitement. The crowd unloads with heat, though Cena’s fate is already sealed as Edge now lifts the chair up into the air... BANG! CONCHAIRTO CONNECTS! The symphony of steel on skull is music to Edge’s ears as he falls to his knees with the shot, dropping his instrument of destruction by the broken body of Cena. Now on his hands and knees, Edge slowly but surely crawls over to his title, grabbing it in his hands, his trembling, excited hands.

As he crawls back to Cena, Edge’s expression hasn’t changed; he’s still savouring what he’s done. Slowly, he leans over Cena and holds the WWE Title to Cena’s face, a look of ecstasy on his own as we slowly fade away from this unforgettable ending.

End.



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January 29th, 2006 | American Airlines Center; Miami, Florida

Royal Rumble Match
Big Show vs Bobby Lashley vs Carlito vs Chavo Guerrero vs Chris Benoit vs Chris Masters vs Finlay vs Gene Snitsky vs Goldust vs Gregory Helms vs Hardcore Holly vs Joey Mercury vs John Bradshaw Layfield vs Johnny Nitro vs Kane vs Kurt Angle vs Matt Hardy vs Mr Kennedy vs Orlando Jordan vs Paul Burchill vs Randy Orton vs Rene Dupree vs Rey Mysterio vs Ric Flair vs Rob Van Dam vs Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker vs Triple H vs Tyson Tomko vs William Regal

WWE Championship
John Cena vs Edge (c)

World Heavyweight Championship
Mark Henry vs Batista (c)

Women’s Championship
Victoria vs Trish Stratus (c)

Cruiserweight Championship
Juventud vs Kid Kash (c)
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Nice opening video package, showing us all the events that took place, I’m happy with that because you know; I haven’t exactly been around for your last few shows .

Straight off in the commentary during Cena’s entrance, Styles and Coach are great. Jerry Lawler needs to go, his generic one line stating the obvious comments are not needed, imo.

John Cena was alright here early on, however I really don’t like the fact that he is going to be out here now, and then again later on in the night for the contract signing. This reeks of you having to fill some time so you decided to give Cena two segments instead of one, and if that’s the case, to be quite honest, I’m a little disappointed. Cena was pretty good though, I loved the way he remained friendly, while also showing that borderline explosive intensity that he has, and you had him pretty spot on. The only thing I’d watch, and I heard somebody mention it in another review for you, so I’m guessing it’s a constant occurrence, and that is that he seemed to repeat himself a little bit every now and then, just to get the promo from A to B. For example I think there was a few times when he mentioned “I can’t do anythin’ about it.” Alright, well we know that, now can you get to the point, but besides that everything was spot on.

Umm, I just want to let you know early that you need to drop Daivari as Angle’s manager, the guy is a tool, and it made no sense when the retard WWE did it. Soooo, yeah, drop him soon please. Kurt Angle on the microphone was awesome, man, I’m not just pulling your chain either, I really enjoyed his promo, and I think it’s clear that you enjoy writing his intensity. One weird thing though, is Angle mentioning about all their matches last year, even though he may have dominated, he still lost every time so he shouldn’t have mentioned that, it was unnecessary, imo.

Lita? Pfft, what a waste? Anyway, it was a nice twist, but I was a little annoyed to hear the fact that Edge is not in the building tonight, although I have some weird feeling, perhaps from an msn conversation when you were writing the show, that tells me that this is a swerve. “Whoa, whoa, WHOA! Lita, you musta’ misheard. Y’see Kurt over here, he was lookin’ for your wife…” This attempt at an insult on Lita by Cena was shit house, and the one later by Angle could have been epic, although the wording of it made that one shit house as well . Seriously, I’m probably being a little over the top just because it’s you, because besides a few little things this opening segment has been solid.

Cena taking a cheap shot was unexpected as he is usually meant to be the guy leaning towards a face, perhaps this is a sign of a heel turn in the future. Anyway, the brawl was nice with Angle’s intensity clearly shining through, and the fact that Cena rolled out of the ring also alludes to an eventual heel turn. I LOVE YOU! Daivari better be gone for good.

A nice little backstage meeting between Eric Bischoff and Lita, and I love the way you’re doing the whole Edge/Lita against the world storyline. I think it was PatMan who began executing it very well in his ’06 thread before ending it, and if you can continue to use this storyline, it could become something epic.

A nice solid win here in the opening contest for Lance Cade, however I really don’t want to talk about him. I guess since you are continuing Shelton Benjamin’s losing streak, and Haas is going to keep saving him, that eventually they are going to team up. Any storyline bringing back WGTT is a good one although it’ll be interesting to see how long they stay together for, because I can already see a Benjamin heel turn because he can’t win without Haas kind of thing, although I could be long off.

OH HAI, TRISH

Edge isn’t answering his phone. , you really shouldn’t have told me you wrote that final segment.

Pretty awesome interaction between Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon, Michaels being his usual self, just talking up his chances and how he is going to defy the odds and McMahon comes and crushes his hopes by naming him as number one entrant in the Rumble. I like this severe punishment; however one thing I’m not sure about is the fact that this feud is still going pretty similar to the one in real life.

Trish Stratus was always defeating Candice Michelle, and Victoria attacking after the match is some simply hype for her to have the momentum, but of course she will lose at the Rumble. Massaro/Mickie brawl was alright I guess, I am expecting this to be a Trish/Mickie feud, which is really the only sensible way to go, imo.

Gregory Helms interview was nice, I continue to love the attitude you have given him. He better not get lost in the shuffle after ‘Mania.

“Trish Stratus thinks Mickie James is crazy…” I love psycho Vickie so if you make this happen, I really love you. All of a sudden, I see myself hoping for a triple threat at ‘Mania for the womens championship.

“Yeah, I know Snitsky sucks, but Tomko owns, plus, who would you rather see in the Rumble?” None of them. Ugghh, Tomko does not own, I’d rather have a twenty eight man Rumble .

Chris Masters getting a one on one match, and getting more mic time then Carlito shows how much you rate him. I personally prefer Carlito, although things are looking very interesting between these two as they remain getting along, but at the same time there is little hints to a little rivalry brewing.

Awesome Battle Royal, just awesome. It was a great preview for this Sunday, with everything seemingly going well, with some nice eliminations, such as Big Show eliminating Kane, perhaps starting some feuds heading towards the Rumble and onwards. Anyway, the ending was terrific with HBK and Angle and I was ecstatic to see Angle getting the win, as I am loving his direction in this thread. Anyway, great write up to James, makes me really look forward to Rumble.

Awesome main event write up as well, this Raw had some amazing matches, and this was definitely one of them, I was glad Masters didn’t look weak, although realistically he didn’t really have a chance. Great shock (not for me) appearance by Edge to.

Nice ending with Edge getting the last laugh to, my favorite part was probably this one, “Edge absolutely creams Cena”. AWEOMSE!

Overall, you produced a very entertaining show here, with terrific matches bar one, and your promos were all pretty solid, You definitely know what your doing, and the Rumble looks like it is going to be a hell of a show. Keep it up. I mean, seriously, you keep telling me you’re not very good, yet this show proves otherwise. Keep at this thread, plz .
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Thanks for the feedback, Stoj, you know I appreciate it. One thing I'll say at this stage is that Gregory Helms definitely won't get lost in the shuffle. I have an undying love for the man (in a totally straight way ). Your hate for Tomko is not appreciated though.

Just a few news and notes here that were necessary, considering they'll affect the thread in the future (especially the first one). SmackDown! won't be up until next week (at this stage), so feel free to leave comments on RAW if you wish to.

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Two Major Stories: Saturday Night’s Main Event & Possible Wellness Policy


~ The anticipated return of Saturday Night’s Main Event is still going ahead, though the date of the event has changed, maybe pointing towards WWE wanting to use the event in a more significant way. Originally scheduled to take place on March 18th at the Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan, the show has now been moved forward to March 4th, which is just thirteen days after No Way Out. While the two week move may not seem like much at first, when noticing the fact that the event has moved further away from WrestleMania 22, one comes to the assumption that WWE are going to be using Saturday Night’s Main Event as a serious tool to build WrestleMania, rather than just a throwaway show with a few matches and build for the less significant matches. Hopefully these signs point towards less throwaway matches on the undercard of WrestleMania at this year’s event. The event is of course still taking place at the Cobo Arena.

~ Following the tragic passing of the late, great Eddie Guerrero, WWE CEO, Linda McMahon did all but promise that a Wellness Policy would be brought in to attempt to stop any more unfortunate passings occurring. WWE today finally made a move with the Wellness Policy, making an official statement that said it would be instituted immediately after WrestleMania 22. The timing of the institution is said to be to protect anyone from being punished in the lead up to ‘Mania, with the higher ups not wanting anything to go wrong. While the punishments for breaking the policy are yet to be defined, the fact that WWE are at least doing something will make many people like the family of Eddie Guerrero sleep a little easier.

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This is all actually self explanatory. The news story pretty much says it all on Saturday Night's Main Event, so there's no swerves to be had here. Just in case you're wondering, no Rumble news here because that'll be coming after SmackDown! This is more serious type stuff.
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Bringing in the wellness policy is a good move on the corporate part. Can't remember what time it was implemented IRL but glad you posted that it was coming in. Don't want you killing off anybody in the road to Wrestlemania. SNME never really interested me when it made its not-so-grand return, so hopefully you can do better than they did. More news and notes every week would be great.

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Raw Review

-Woah. Huge video pacakage which ultimately was too long for me. I think you should only highlight one particular thing in an opening package unless it's the post-PPV show. The two things focused on didn't really link together either.

-I knew it would be either Cena or Edge opening the show, and I think it was the best decision to go for Cena. The opening was essentially a typical Cena promo and it stepped up a notch when Angle came to the ring. He (Angle) was acting almost like a tweener in this promo with the jokes against Lita, then perhaps cementing the face turn at the end by hitting the Angle Slam on Daivari. Not sure if you were going for a face turn or just wanting to quickly seperate Angle and Daivari though. As far as Edge not being there tonight (according to Lita, that is), under normal circumstances I'd say bad decision, given it's the go-home show ahead of the pay-per-view, but since it's the Rumble, the main attraction is of course, the Rumble match, so it's acceptable. Plus, I really don't buy that he's not there. A decent opening promo regardless.

-Bit disappointed you elected to have Cena face Masters in the main event as opposed to Angle, which would've made more sense after their altercation earlier. I suppose you're saving that match for either 'Mania or, more likely, a Raw at a later date. Still, this segment served its purpose with the main event for tonight being booked by Bischoff.

-The finish to the Cade/Benjamin match wasn't really believable for me. Getting the win after having his hand pulled slightly? I think it would've been better if Benjamin got his foot on the ropes, then Murdoch had pushed it off. The aftermath was interesting. It seems like the reformation or feud with Haas and Benjamin, depending on the direction you're taking, will have some slow build possibly culminating at WrestleMania. It's an intruiging situation though.

-I would've thought Michaels' character around this period would relish the challenge of entering number one in the Rumble, but judging by this reaction he's more concerned. Aside from that this was another segment which accomplished something - that being the confirmation of Michaels' Rumble entry.

-I'm enjoying the divas situation. While it's being booked slightly similar to the real life culmination of events leading into the Mickie/Trish feud, it's very interesting because I've no ideia when you're going to pull the trigger on it. A good win for Trish to get some momentum ahead of the Rumble, and with Victoria stealing the belt, it's a very interesting scenario.

-A good interview for Helms. He had a chance to become a decent heel around this point but the WWE kind of fucked him over by putting him in the cruiserweight division. I was half expecting one of the men he was trash talking to appear and bury him ala WWE booking, but luckily that didn't happen. Hopefully he gets a decent run in the Rumble match.

-Victoria openly admitting she's got a psychological problem? It's different. A little odd, but different.

-Tomko and Snitsky getting into the Rumble was a no-brainer.

-More Carlito/Masters goodness here. The two have some good chemistry as displayed here and again it's teased, perhaps jokingly, that they have some issues to work out within their team. Hopefully Masters has a strong showing in the main event with Cena.

-Star-studded Royal Rumble preview next, and I think you booked it spot on really. Flair eliminated by Helms was a good surprising move and after last week's grueling match with Edge it made perfect sense. I also liked Helms' elimatination, being double-teamed, giving him more reason to be a prick to everyone, and it was standard stuff with everyone going for the big man soon after. Wasn't terribly surprising that the last three were Angle, HBK and Triple H. A good exchange at the end with Michaels and Angle though. Overall a good preview, allowing you to display your ability for writing multi-man matches which I personally find very difficult. Angle winning was probably the right decision though I still can't help but feel that he's maybe too obvious.

-Good main event and a good way to close the show. The DQ finish was a good decision allowing Masters to escape from Cena with his credibility in tact. Edge not being in the arena was shock of the century! The con-chair-to afterward leaves a question mark over Cena's condition with the match just six days away. Also, don't know whether you deliberately left out the commentary at the end or you were just being lazy, but it was good. Love it when it's all silent like that with the heel standing tall. Great stuff.

OVERALL: Some minor flaws but a good go-home show ahead of the Rumble overall. It seemed like there was quite a lot of filler but I'd attribute that to it being Rumble time and only a few matches making pay-per-view. A lot of angles are being slowly-built and it's definitely making for an intruiging show, with so many directions to take certain things, plus how you'll distinguish things - for example Mickie/Trish - from real life.

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SNME is a useful tool to have on the road to WrestleMania so that should be good. The wellness policy coming into effect is... well, bad news for Jeff Hardy I suppose?
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