This is my second BTB. My last one ended with the last post on the 29th June, 2008. Nearly 18 months I’ve been gone now, I’m very glad I’m back, and I can’t wait to get going again! This BTB starts after Survivor Series 2009. Here are the rosters:
Main Eventers The All-American American Jack Swagger
John Cena The Viper Randy Orton The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels The Game Triple H
Upper Mid-Carders The Mexican Warrior Chavo Guerrero
Kofi Kingston The World's Strongest Man Mark Henry
MVP The Celtic Warrior Sheamus
Ted DiBiase The Awesome One The Miz
Carlito The Masterpiece Chris Masters The Pit Bull Jamie Noble Sweet 'n' Sour Larry Sweeney
Jobbers The Motor Machine Chuck Palumbo
Kelly Kelly The Sultry Diva Maryse
D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H)
Legacy (Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase and Randy Orton)
The Colons (Carlito and Primo)
The Highlanders (Robbie and Rory McAllister)
The World’s Strongest Tag Team (MVP and Mark Henry)
Sweet 'n' Sour Incorporated (Larry Sweeney, Evan Bourne, Brie Bella and Nikki Bella)
WWE Champion: Jack Swagger
United States Champion: Evan Bourne
Diva’s Champion: Melina
WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
Raw General Manager: Shane McMahon
Play-By-Play: Michael Cole
Colour: Jerry “The King” Lawler
Ring Announcer: Justin Roberts
Backstage Interviewer: Josh Matthews
Main Eventers Captain Charisma Christian The Ripper Paul Burchill The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin The Long Island Legend Zack Ryder
Gregory Helms The Man Beast Rhyno
Lower Mid-Carders The Mastodon Big Daddy V The Bizarre One Goldust
Manu The Moscow Mauler Vladimir Kozlov
Katie Lea Burchill
Big Daddy V and Abraham Washington
Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
Paul Burchill and Brutus Magnus
Rhyno and Manu
The Burchills (Paul and Katie Lea Burchill)
The Helmsu Connection (Gregory Helms and Yoshi Tatsu)
William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov
ECW Champion: Christian
WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
ECW General Manager: Abraham Washington
ECW Assistant General Manager: Tony Atlas
Play-By-Play: Todd Grisham
Colour: Byron Saxton
Ring Announcer: Lauren Mayhew
Backstage Interviewer: Savannah
Main Eventers The Animal Batista The World's Largest Athlete Big Show
Chris Jericho The Straight Edge Messiah CM Punk The Rated R Superstar Edge The Ultimate Underdog Rey Mysterio The Phenom The Undertaker*
David Hart Smith
Dolph Ziggler The Fighting Irishman Finlay The Shaman of Sexy John Morrison The Big Red Machine Kane
Matt Hardy The California Kid The Brian Kendrick The Punjabi Playboy The Great Khali
Charlie Haas The Chosen One Drew McIntyre
Jimmy Wang Yang
Shannon Moore The Insane Luchador Super Crazy
Kung Fu Naki
Slam Master J
Divas The Glamazon Beth Phoenix
Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
Cryme Tyme (Shad, JTG and Eve Torres)
Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore
The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh
The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya)
World Heavyweight Champion: Chris Jericho
Intercontinental Champion: John Morrison
Women’s Champion: Michelle McCool
WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase
SmackDown General Manager: Theodore Long
Play-By-Play: Jim Ross
Colour: Matt Striker
Ring Announcer: Tony Chimel
Backstage Interviewer: Josh Matthews
Big E Langston
Dos Caras Jr
The Dudebusters (Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta)
The Rotundos (Bo and Duke Rotundo)
The South Beach Party Boys (Darren Young and Percy Watson)
The Usos (Jimmy and Joey Uso)
FCW Heavyweight Champion: Justin Angel
FCW Tag Team Champions: The Dudebusters
Queen of FCW: Serena
Pay-Per-View Schedule Armageddon: 27th December 2009 | Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado ECW Invades: Saturday Night’s Main Event: 16th January 2010 | Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Royal Rumble: 31st January 2010 | Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York No Way Out: 21st February 2010 | Key Arena, Seattle, Washington Saturday Night’s Main Event: 13th March 2010 | ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California (in aid of the American Cancer Society) Wrestlemania XXVI: 28th March 2010 | University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona Backlash: 25th April 2010 | Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota Judgment Day: 23rd May 2010 | Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Night of Champions: 27th June 2010 | The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan King of the Ring: 25th July 2010 | United Center, Chicago, Illinois Summerslam: 29th August 2010 | Rogers Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Unforgiven: 26th September 2010 | Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky No Mercy: 31st October 2010 | Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida Survivor Series: 28th November 2010 | Toyota Center, Houston, Texas Armageddon: 26th December 2010 | Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina Royal Rumble: 23rd January 2011 | Conseco Fieldhouse, Indiana, Indianapolis No Way Out: 20th February 2011 | Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
Special Raw Episodes The 2010 Draft Special: 21st June 2010 Raw Roulette: 13th September 2010 The Slammy Awards: 27th December 2010
Breakout Booker Of 2010
Most Underrated Booker Of 2010 (Joint with Shock)
Best Used Character Of 2010 - CM Punk
Spoiler for Original Post Notes and Survivor Series 2009 Results:
The Guest Host idea has been quietly ended, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has appointed his son, Shane McMahon, to be the new Raw General Manager.
Vince has also re-instated uni-brand pay-per-views – the first of these will be the Raw-only Armageddon on December 27th. There will be no ECW pay-per-views. More information on the future of ECW will be spoken about by Tiffany on the next edition of ECW.
Speaking of pay-per-views, the company have reverted the names of the pay-per-views to their original names, like No Mercy and Unforgiven, instead of gimmick pay-per-views such as Breaking Point and Hell in a Cell.
There are various superstars back on the rosters for the sake of just making the rosters bigger, and hence, more chances for feuds. Chuck Palumbo, Lance Cade, Paul London, The Highlanders, Big Daddy V, Manu, Nunzio, Shannon Moore, Super Crazy, and The Brian Kendrick all return.
WWE Superstars, the fourth show, has been removed – with the re-instating of uni-brand pay-per-views and bigger rosters, Vince has decided there is enough opportunity for decent feuds to develop without the need for a fourth show.
Paul Burchill hasn’t left ECW. Same with Katie Lea. Jamie Noble hasn’t retired and left Raw after Sheamus’ attack, instead he just took a week or two off.
Big Show and Eve Torres are both on SmackDown, not Raw.
Edge is injured.
No Luke Gallows, he’s been released.
WWE Survivor Series 2009
John Cena (c) bts. Triple H and Shawn Michaels
Cena pulled out a great win against both members of D-Generation X, who held nothing back, even when faced with their tag team partners. After Michaels took down the Game with his patented Flying Forearm, he went up top, and attempted his Elbow Drop, but Cena appeared from nowhere to catch HBK, and drop him with the Attitude Adjustment onto the stationary Triple H. Cena then covered the Cerebral Assassin to retain the coveted WWE Championship.
World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show bts. Undertaker (c) and Chris Jericho
In a stunning turn of events, the World’s Largest Athlete claimed the World Heavyweight Championship, beating the Deadman, the Undertaker, and Show’s own partner, Chris Jericho. Throughout the match, the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions double-teamed the Undertaker, who fought back valiantly, dropping Show with a mighty DDT before flinging Jericho from the ring, and into the Raw announce table. However, Show recovered and began to dominate the Phenom, eventually connecting with the vicious Knockout Punch, completely knocking the Undertaker out cold. Jericho got back in the ring, and the members of Jerishow argued, presumably about who got to pin the Undertaker for the title. Before long, however, Show grew impatient with Jericho’s ranting, and stunned the world and Jericho by clocking him with the Knockout Punch too, knocking his cocky partner unconscious, and covering him for the win.
Batista bts. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio tried his very hardest at first to avoid fighting his friend, the Animal, but eventually he was left with no choice but to defend himself against the raging Batista. However, he could not stop his former partner from taking the match – Mysterio hit the 619, but the Animal stayed on his feet, though dazed, and caught the Ultimate Underdog in mid-air during his follow-up attack, and brought him down to earth with a Batista Bomb, leading to a winning cover.
Team Kingston (Kofi Kingston, MVP, Mark Henry, R-Truth and Christian) bt. Team Orton (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, CM Punk, and William Regal)
Kofi Kingston’s team nearly secured a shut-out of their opposition last night, but a historic moment was denied of them by Randy Orton. Christian dropped William Regal with the Killswitch within a minute of the match starting, eliminating him quickly, and Kofi Kingston pinned CM Punk for the three count after the Trouble In Paradise connected to the Straightedge Superstar. MVP eliminated Cody Rhodes after the Drive-By Kick, and his partner, Mark Henry, saw off Ted DiBiase following a World’s Strongest Slam. Orton, in the ring for the first time that evening, hit separate RKOs to R-Truth and Christian within the next two minutes, eliminating both men in the process. However, Orton couldn’t pull off a mighty comeback, for as he tried to hit Mark Henry with the RKO, the World’s Strongest Man pulled off a stunning move, using Orton’s own momentum in a spontaneous World’s Strongest Slam, before tagging in Kofi Kingston, who scaled the turnbuckle, and hit a spectacular Boom Drop to win the match.
Team Miz (The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger) bt. Team Morrison (John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin and Finlay)
The Miz and his team of cocky superstars won the day last night at Survivor Series, with Jack Swagger shining in the match, with three eliminations to his name. The first elimination came when Drew McIntyre fell victim to a Twist of Fate from Matt Hardy, and the second came moments later, as Hardy took a Gutwrench Powerbomb from Swagger, and soon found himself out of the match. Many minutes and many tags later, Swagger found himself in the ring again, with Shelton Benjamin as his opponent. Swagger got the best of the Gold Standard, and Suplexed him into the turnbuckle, leaving him motionless – Swagger pinned the ECW man to eliminate him. Only a minute later, the WWE Universe saw a match-up everyone was anticipating – the young Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, against the experience of the Belfast Brawler, Finlay. In the battle of the Irishmen, which lasted a few minutes, Sheamus prevailed in a surprising outcome, connecting with a Bicycle Kick to Finlay, and covering him for three. Soon after, Dolph Ziggler was eliminated by Intercontinental Champion John Morrison via the Starship Pain, and seconds later, the Miz scored a second pinfall on his former partner in as many pay-per-views, connecting with the Reality Check before securing the pinfall. Evan Bourne then made his way into the action, and claimed a huge scalp, hitting the Air Bourne to The Miz to eliminate the Captain of the opposing team. Jack Swagger fought with Bourne briefly, before Bourne missed the Air Bourne, Swagger rolling out of the way, and the All-American American ended the match by hitting the Gutwrench Powerbomb to Bourne.
Team Mickie (Mickie James, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Melina and Gail Kim) bt. Team Michelle (Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Beth Phoenix, Layla and Alicia Fox)
Mickie James’ team were the winners in the Diva Survivor Series Match, with the Captain herself drilling Women’s Champion Michelle McCool with her patented Mickie-DT to finish the match as Sole Survivor.
This is the preview of my first Raw. It's a bit small but the rest of the show will be announced during it, and in the coming weeks the previews will get bigger.
Monday Night Raw Preview Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
23rd November 2009
The Champ Is Here WWE Champion John Cena overcame the odds last night at Survivor Series in a stunning finish where he caught a flying Shawn Michaels, and FU’d him on to a floored Triple H, capturing an amazing win against both members of DX. Tonight, he will speak to the fans and the world about his win. What will The Champ have to say? Will it relate to Armageddon? And who will be challenging for his title at Armageddon? Tune into Raw to find out.
Ballin’ and Slammin’ In The Lounge MVP and his tag team partner, the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, will be in the VIP Lounge this week. At Survivor Series last night, both men were Survivors alongside Kofi Kingston in Team Kingston’s win over Team Orton, and are now said to have their sights set on tag team gold. That being said, their guests tonight are fellow tag title contenders, two-thirds of Legacy, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. What will go down when tag title contenders collide (verbally, for now) on Monday Night Raw?
Are You Ready? Triple H and Shawn Michaels, one night removed from their loss to John Cena at Survivor Series, are on the same side once again tonight, as DX take on the returning Highlanders, Robbie and Rory McAllister. Will this just be a walk in the park for DX, or will the returning Scotsmen pull off an unexpected upset? Also, what do DX have their sights set on? Can they handle taking such a step down from WWE Title contenders to facing virtual unknowns? Either way, we can expect humour and tenacity from the pair, who will be looking to prove that they are still dominant forces in the WWE, regardless of last night’s result.
Divas Title Shot on the Line Tonight, there will be a 3 on 3 Divas matchup – WWE Divas Champion Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim take on Maryse, Jillian, and Alicia Fox. This match, made by new Raw General Manager Shane McMahon, has very interesting consequences – whoever picks up the win for their team will earn a shot at Melina’s Divas Championship at Armageddon. If Melina wins the match for her team, she gets to pick her opponent at Armageddon. With such a glorious opportunity given to the Raw Divas tonight, who will step up and take their chance at glory?
Announced For Tonight
John Cena takes to the mic --- MVP and Mark Henry host the VIP Lounge --- DX vs The Highlanders --- Maryse, Jillian & Alicia Fox vs Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim
Well, Melvis, I'm most definately impressed with your lay-out and your additions to the roster. London, Highlanders and the implementation of the recently re-signed Lance Cade are all good and will really make the show more diverse and less repetative. I hope to read your work and to also become a regular reader.
WWE: Monday Night Raw Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Virginia
23rd November 2009
Highlights from last night’s Survivor Series pay-per-view play on the screen, with the main highlight being John Cena beating both members of D-Generation X in a Triple Threat after tossing Shawn Michaels on to his partner, Triple H, with the Attitude Adjustment. Also shown is Kofi Kingston’s team beating Randy Orton’s team, with Kingston eliminating Orton last with a Top-Rope Boom Drop, and Jack Swagger three eliminations in Team Miz’s victory over Team Morrison. The video finishes with Cena holding the WWE Championship atop a turnbuckle, and then it sweeps into the Raw entrance video and theme. After it finishes, we see fireworks exploding across the Raw stage, and the camera cuts to ringside, where at the commentary table, Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler are sitting, who look pretty excitable.
Cole: Good evening, and welcome to Monday Night Raw! We are one night removed from an epic Survivor Series pay-per-view – I’m Michael Cole, here tonight with my partner in commentary as usual, WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
King: Thanks, Michael, I cannot wait for tonight’s show – last night at Survivor Series, John Cena retained the WWE Championship, and there were wins for Team Kingston and Team Miz.
Cole: There sure were, King, and tonight we begin on the road to WWE Armageddon, the first uni-brand pay-per-view since early 2007. On the 27th December, the superstars of Raw will invade the Pepsi Center in the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado.
King: It’s gonna be a great winter night in Denver, two days after Christmas! It’ll be like an extra Christmas present, Michael!
Cole: It’ll be pretty special, King. But let’s not forget, we have five action-packed shows before then, starting tonight. In a second, we will hear from WWE Champion John Cena, and we also have the VIP Lounge, plus DX and Divas in action! It’s sure to be a great show, folks.
John Cena’s music sharply blares from the speakers about the arena, and the crowd erupt! The WWE Champion bursts on to the stage, prompting the cheering to increase, and Cena stands still for a second – the camera focuses in on his smiling face as he looks around the Richmond Coliseum, eyes sparkling. He wears a blue cap and a traditional Cena-esque t-shirt – the shining, golden WWE Championship sits perfectly on his shoulder.
Roberts: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, the WWE Champion... John Cena!
Cena charges down the ramp as his music continues to play, and makes his way into the ring. The camera shows various people in the audience with signs saying ‘WWE Champion’ and ‘John Cena: The Champ’. The camera cuts back to the ring, where Cena stands proudly in the centre, mic in hand. His music dies down. He pauses before he talks, looking around, and the crowd starts to chant ‘Cena! Cena! Cena!’ Cena smiles and brings the mic up.
Cena: I stand before you, the loyal WWE fans... still as WWE Champion.
A cheer goes up from the crowd, and the camera spans across the wide expanse of the arena to show the very fans Cena was talking about.
Cena: I know you probably all saw it already, but hey, this is what people do after this situation, so bear with me, ok?
The crowd cheers. Cena smiles and begins to pace slowly as he talks.
Cena: Last night at Survivor Series, I think I had one of the best performances of my career. I mean, D-Generation X! Well, c’mon, they’re not pushovers, that’s for sure. And I won. I defended my title against two of the best performers I’ve ever been in the ring with.
The crowd give another large cheer for Cena, who stops in the middle of the ring, and looks at his title endearingly.
Cena: With my win last night, I proved something. Not just to Triple H. Not just to Shawn Michaels. But I proved to the entire Raw locker room, that I deserve to hold this title...
Cena lets the title fall from his shoulder – it slides down his arm and he catches it in his hand. He hoists it high so everyone can see which title he is talking about. The crowd cheer as he speaks.
Cena: I am the top dog. I’ve proved it before, I will prove it again... and again... and again.
Cena brings his arm back down, and slips his belt back on to his shoulder.
Cena: And you know what?
Cena looks about, as if searching for an answer to his own hypothetical question. He continues.
Cena: I welcome any challenge. They call me The Champ for a reason. It’s because I know, Shawn Michaels knows, Triple H knows... dammit, the whole WWE knows, I’m the best, of the best.
The crowd gives Cena the largest cheer since the opening fireworks went off. Cena smiles a cheeky grin.
Cena: And I bet there are tonnes of superstars out back, who figure they could tell me otherwise. But...
Cena pauses and looks at his title belt again with a smile.
Cena: I have one thing they don’t.
Cena looks straight at the camera and speaks slowly.
Cena: The W... W... E... Championship.
The crowd roars with appreciation and Cena smirks. Suddenly, however –
I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD, THEY COUNSEL ME, THEY UNDERSTAND... THEY TALK TO ME!
The crowd explodes with boos at the sound of Randy Orton’s music, and the Legend Killer arrives on the steel stage. Cena sighs, as if he knew Orton was coming, and turns to face the Viper, who is beginning to menacingly make his way down the ramp. The camera shows various fans booing and giving thumbs-down signals. When the camera returns to the ring, Orton is getting in, his face an expression of seriousness. He receives a mic, and wanders around the ring, boos fired at him by the fans. They subside, and Orton comes to face Cena. He raises the mic.
Orton: John... you can say what you like. You can keep calling yourself The Champ; you can tell yourself you’re the cream of the crop on Raw. But... no matter how many times you say it... it doesn’t make it true.
The crowd rains boos on Orton. Orton smirks and begins to move as he talks. Cena follows him with his eyes.
Orton: Last night... you didn’t beat two of the ‘best performers’ on Raw, you beat a comedy act. Triple H and Shawn Michaels are nothing but a pair of immature jokers – they clearly are not World Title contenders.
More boos from the crowd.
Orton: But I can point you to someone who is...
Orton stops pacing, tilts his head and looks at Cena.
Orton: Last night at Survivor Series, I hadn’t even been in the ring because my pathetic excuses for teammates didn’t tag me in – what a mistake that turned out to be. Had they tagged me in earlier, I would have won that match for Team Orton.
Orton receives more boos.
Orton: I was up against the wall. Five on one. As soon as I got my shot, I took advantage. Two eliminations in two minutes. I dominated. But eventually, even I can’t beat five men at once. No-one can. I was cheated out of the win last night by my own teammates. You all know it’s true, don’t try and deny it.
The crowd’s boos increase, prompted by Orton’s excuses. The Viper begins to move about again.
Orton: You say you’ve proved your worth before, John? Of all people, you’re the last I would expect to need reminding of my accomplishments... I’ve always been better than you, I’ve always been that... little... bit... better.
More boos. Cena looks annoyed by Orton’s comments. Orton goes to speak again, but Cena raises his hand and his mic.
Cena: I’m gonna stop you right there, Randy.
A mild cheer goes up.
Cena: Randy, you do a lot of talking. What you don’t do, is a lot of... backing it the hell up.
A massive cheer follows the Champ’s words. Cena’s face is serious as he stares down Orton.
Cena: I know why you’re out here. I’ve heard this same speech before, Randy... yada yada yada.
Orton looks irritated. Cena starts to mock Orton with a crude impression.
Cena: Blah blah, I’m Randy Orton... I’m the Legend Killer... I was the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in the history of WWE... blah blah... I’m the best... gimme a shot at the WWE Title... am I right?
Orton’s face turns from irritation to fury as the crowd yells their approval and agreement. His mic shoots up from his side to his mouth and he rages.
Orton: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, CENA? I’M THE BEST SUPERSTAR THIS COMPANY HAS EVER SEEN! YOU DON’T GET TO TALK TO ME LIKE THAT, NOBODY DOES!
Orton’s face is a bright red. His voice suddenly quiets down, and he speaks through clenched teeth, as if trying to contain himself from attacking the WWE Champion.
Orton: I want you... for the WWE Championship... at Armageddon.
Cena is surprised by this eerie change of attitude in Orton, and it highlights his strange and unstable personality. The crowd begins to boo, and then they are given another reason to –
CHECK, ONE TWO... OH YEAH
The crowd fires boos towards the stage, where the All-American American, Jack Swagger has appeared, wearing a cocky smirk. Cena and Orton turn in the direction of Swagger with puzzled expressions. The former ECW Champion raises both arms in his signature fashion, revealing he has a mic in his hand. He does not, however, come any further than the steel stage. His music fades away and Swagger stares down the men in the ring. His mic arrives at his mouth.
Swagger: Sorry to spoil the fun...
The crowd unleashes a torrent of boos on Swagger. Orton and Cena look nonplussed at Swagger – they don’t see him as a threat, it seems.
Swagger: I just thought I’d come down here and remind you both... that last night at Survivor Series, it was I, the All-American American, Jack Swagger, who was the shining star.
Swagger’s arrogance is clear to see, and the crowd continue to boo him heavily. Swagger’s lisp makes Cena and Orton seem to think less of him, though chances are that’s not the only reason they do.
Swagger: Not only did I win my match, but I eliminated three of Team Morrison – now that’s dominance, Randy.
Orton fumes. The crowd has subsided slightly.
Swagger: I bet you both, and hell, everyone here, are thinking, ‘Jack Swagger? He doesn’t deserve a title shot...’ And the reason you all think that is because all of you are IDIOTS.
Cena and Orton scowl and the crowd erupts with boos towards Swagger. The All-American American chuckles to himself.
Swagger: Need I remind you, I’m a two time All-American, and a former ECW Champion. I am simply the finest new talent available.
More boos for Swagger.
Swagger: There is no-one more talented, no-one more determined, and, let’s face it, no-one more deserving.
Orton looks to be having a quiet fit in the ring over Swagger’s last comment. A corner of Cena’s mouth curls at Orton’s reaction. The WWE Champion is leaning against the ropes, his cap tilted downwards as he listens.
Swagger: So, what I want, no...
Swagger pauses and revels in having the world hanging off his every word.
Swagger: What I will get, is a WWE Title shot. At Armageddon, screw Randy Orton, I want me...
Swagger directs a finger at himself, then towards Cena, who looks bemused.
Swagger: Versus John Cena... for the WWE Championship.
The crowd boos Swagger as his mic comes back to his side and he waits for a response. He gets one, from the mouth of Randy Orton. The first noise that comes from the Viper is a chuckle, as if he doesn’t believe a word Swagger just said.
Orton: Jack... You need to understand how this thing works on Raw. Title contenders are people like me, who are second to none in the ring.
Boos for Orton. Swagger frowns.
Orton: You think you’re up to my standard? Laughable. I’m more than willing to prove it to you... you won’t show up on this show for a while, but I’ll do it.
Orton smirks, and Swagger takes a step forward, then starts to make a move down the ramp. Cena suddenly becomes more alert, tilting his cap up so he can see better. Swagger moves quickly, and gets in the ring, over the second rope. He stares down Orton, while Cena looks on. Suddenly, the crowd erupts and Cena looks around in surprise at the reaction – Swagger looks at Cena, and Orton sees his chance, clobbering the All-American American with a lightning quick hook, sending him reeling back!
Swagger instinctively fights back, throwing wild punches at the Legend Killer, who steps back under pressure. It suddenly becomes apparent why the crowd erupted – Kofi Kingston was charging down the ramp, and he slides into the ring, to the dismay of a stunned Randy Orton! Kingston flies towards Orton, connecting with a Flying Forearm Smash! The crowd roars, and Kingston yells with excitement, but before he can do more, Orton rolls out of the ring! The crowd explodes with boos, and a shell-shocked Orton starts making his way back up the ramp. Kingston leaps from the ring and faces Orton, who now stands on the stage, having run up the ramp in a hurry.
Meanwhile, in the ring, Jack Swagger turns round from looking at Orton to face an ominous-looking Cena, who stands across from Swagger, still. Suddenly, however, Cena bursts into life, charging at Swagger, and the crowd roars once more! Cena clotheslines Swagger over the ropes and out of the ring to a fantastic crowd reaction, and Swagger hits the floor, wincing. The Titantron bursts into life and on the screen appears Shane McMahon, who doesn’t look pleased. He is sitting at his desk – a camera has been set up for TitanTron messages, it appears. All four men look up at the screen, intrigued. The crowd falls silent.
Shane: That’s enough! I’m not having this on my show. My father appointed me to be the new Raw General Manager for a reason – he wanted a decisive, fresher edge to Raw... and that’s exactly what I’m going to bring.
Shane’s face is dead serious.
Shane: So, I’m going to settle this. Tonight, in the Main Event, we will decide the No. 1 Contender for the WWE Championship.
The crowd cheers for this announcement.
Shane: Later tonight, Randy Orton...
The crowd boos.
Shane: ...will face off against Jack Swagger...
The boos continue.
Shane: And the winner will face John Cena for the WWE Championship at Armageddon!
The TitanTron falls black, and Shane’s face disappears. On the stage, Orton stares down a now-standing Swagger, who returns the glare from the bottom of the ramp. Kingston is on one of the turnbuckles, watching Orton, and Cena stands on another, eyes flicking between Orton and Swagger. Raw goes to a break.
As Raw comes back, the camera is on Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler at the commentary table.
Cole: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, where we’ve just had a monster announcement from Raw General Manager Shane McMahon regarding who will face WWE Champion John Cena for his coveted championship at Armageddon.
King: That’s right, Michael – later on tonight, Randy Orton will face Jack Swagger, and the winner will face off with John Cena for the WWE Championship at Armageddon on December 27th! It’s gonna be great!
Cole: It sure is, King. But before then, we have plenty of great action lined up for tonight. For instance, this match coming up right now!
The bell rings. Melina’s music strikes up and the crowd lets out a mild cheer – the Divas Champion appears on the stage with her title and smiles. On either side of her are Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim. All three, smiling, start to walk down the ramp, touching hands with the fans at ringside.
Roberts: The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall! In this match, whoever picks up the winning pinfall or submission will earn themselves a shot at the Divas Championship at Armageddon! Introducing first... the team of the WWE Divas Champion, Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim!
Another small cheer greets the announcement, and by the time Roberts has finished the three are in the ring, Melina through her usual extravagant means. As they ready themselves, the music of Maryse plays and out comes her team, lead by the French diva, who is smiling cockily. Her partners, Jillian and Alicia Fox, also look confident. They begin to make their way down the ramp.
Roberts: And their opponents... Maryse, Jillian, and Alicia Fox!
Some fans look bored at ringside as the trio strut down the ramp, and find their ways into the ring. Soon enough, the bell rings, and the match starts.
Melina, Kelly Kelly and Gail Kim vs Maryse, Jillian and Alicia Fox
In a match filled with tags and poorly thrown punches, only Maryse and Melina are performing to a slightly interesting standard. As we reach the six minute mark, Alicia Fox is pounding Gail Kim in the corner, and the referee is telling her to ‘get outta there’. Fox does so, before hurling Kim towards the opposite turnbuckle – she races after her opponent as she throws, but Kim grabs the ropes, and propels herself upwards and above Fox, trapping her in the corner. Kim unloads with punches and kicks to Fox in the corner, then drags her into the centre of the ring. Fox attempts to slap Kim, but the latter ducks, gives a quick kick to the gut, then... a fine DDT from Gail Kim! Cover from Kim... 1-2 kick out from Fox. Kim lifts her opponent from the mat, Fox screaming as Kim holds her by her hair, and Kim hits her with a hard punch. Fox reels back, then throws a punch of her own, connecting flush with Gail Kim, and sending her to the mat. Fox looks pleased, and uses the time to take a breath, before kicking Kim in the stomach on the floor! The crowd groans with the impact and Kim rolls away in pain. Fox waits for Kim to rise, then charges, but Kim raises a boot, and Fox runs right into it! The crowd gives another groan and Fox goes down like a brick, flopping, breathlessly, on the mat.
Gail Kim, tiring, tags in Kelly Kelly, who immediately picks up Fox, and sweetly hits a Dropkick – Fox falls to the mat with force. Both women make their way back to their feet, and Kelly whips Fox to the ropes... when she comes back, Kelly leaps into the air, and sends Fox crashing down with a Headscissors Takedown! The crowd cheers mildly, but Fox is near her own corner, and Kelly pays for her mistake, as Fox exhaustedly tags in Maryse, who looks in fine form, and quickly hammers Kelly in the stomach with an Axe Handle. Maryse whips Kelly to the ropes, and when she comes back, Maryse unleashes a vicious kick to gut, followed up with a brutal Neckbreaker to Kelly Kelly! It takes Kelly a while to get back up, wincing with the pain. Maryse then holds Kelly from behind, her arm over Kelly’s neck, and drives into the mat with a Forward Russian Legsweep! The crowd moans in sympathy and Maryse now looks to take advantage... She waits for Kelly to rise one last time, applies the front facelock, and gives a sharp look towards the Divas Champion before... drilling Kelly into the mat with the French Kiss! Maryse covers... 1-2-3! Maryse will face Melina at Armageddon!
Winners: Maryse, Jillian, and Alicia Fox
Match Time: 7:13
Maryse is joined in the centre of the ring by Alicia and Jillian, who, while happy the team won, look like they wished they had won the title shot themselves. Kelly Kelly rolls out of the ring and apologises to Melina, who brushes it aside as she stares down her Armageddon opponent from outside the ring. Maryse stops celebrating her win and returns the stare – Jillian and Alicia also give the Divas Champion hard looks.
Cole: Well there you have it, with Maryse winning the match for her team there, she earns herself a title shot at Melina’s Divas Championship at Armageddon next month.
King: Maryse was so dominant there, Michael – I don’t know if Melina will be able to overcome her at Armageddon!
Cole: Certainly Melina will have her hands full, King.
Suddenly, Maryse turns away from facing Melina, kicks both Jillian and Alicia separately, then gets them both in a double front facelock! Melina’s eyes go wide as she watches on the outside, and Maryse turns so she’s facing her Armageddon opponent again, with both Jillian and Alicia still under her arms. Maryse laughs evilly, then leaps up, dropping both Jillian and Alicia Fox with a Double French Kiss! The crowd roars with boos at Maryse’s betrayal of her partners, and the Sultry Diva looks darkly cool about her actions. On the outside, Melina is shell-shocked.
Cole: Oh my god! Maryse just hit both her tag team partners with the French Kiss! What despicable mind games from the French superstar!
King: I hardly think that was necessary, Cole – she had just won the match, the attack on her own partners was totally uncalled for.
Cole: You’re very right, King. Well, this will certainly make this rivalry more intense with these mind games Maryse is playing. Will we see an explanation from Maryse in the near future?
Cole’s words are left to hang in the viewers minds, and the camera cuts from Maryse’s smiling face to backstage. Randy Orton is striding quickly and purposefully towards a room backstage, nearly running, even. The crowd boo him profusely. The door to the room is closed, but not for long, as Orton hammers it open, and it crashes against the wall behind with a bang. As Orton storms through the door it is shown that the room is Legacy’s locker room, and as the door crashes open, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase look up in surprise from a conversation they’d been having. Orton is fuming.
Orton: Having a nice chat, huh? HUH?
Rhodes and DiBiase look bewildered. Orton’s face is bright red.
Orton: I have lost COUNT of how many times he has got one over on me! You call yourselves my associates – why aren’t you watching my back? You worthless...
Orton holds himself back and the other two members of Legacy frown.
Orton: Get your act together, you two! I am SICK of being constantly blindsided by Kofi Kingston!
Orton says Kingston’s name as if he makes him feel sick, and the crowd cheer at the mention of the ‘Controlled Frenzy’, as he is called.
Orton: You two hung me out to dry last night when you didn’t tag me in – you cost me that match... and tonight, you’ve let me down AGAIN! You don’t deserve to be associated with me... I deserve better than this! I am the LEGEND KILLER! DAMMIT, YOU KNOW I COULD SNAP YOU BOTH IN HALF AND FIND SOMEBODY MORE SUITED, MORE DESERVING TO BE AT MY SIDE!
Orton takes a second to cool down, then hisses at his comrades.
Orton: I need the WWE Championship again. I NEED IT! Dammit, being attacked because my Legacy can’t handle the pressure... it’s putting out a bad message – we’re supposed to be the most feared people in the business! SO FOR GOD’S SAKE... GET IT TOGETHER!
Ted and Cody look just as displeased as the raging Viper does. It’s Rhodes, snarling, who leads the fightback.
Rhodes: Randy, it’s not our fault you can’t look after yourself. We’re not your personal bodyguards, we have careers too – show us some respect.
Rhodes almost spits the last word at Orton, who unleashes another torrent of verbal abuse –
Orton: I’ll show you respect... when you show ME respect, Cody! And when you EARN IT! Recognise greatness when you see it! You two say you’re the future of this business... WHY DON’T YOU PROVE IT! I CHOSE YOU BOTH BECAUSE I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALENTED, NOT LAZY! SO WHY DON’T YOU GIVE ME A REASON TO RESPECT YOU? HUH?
Rhodes doesn’t back down, continuing to stare straight into the eyes of the Legend Killer, before DiBiase steps in, just as fired up as his partner and his mentor.
DiBiase: HEY! We can prove it, alright! Next week, we get a match against the Tag Team Champions, and then we’ll be heading to Armageddon to face them for the straps when we win. So don’t give us crap about proving ourselves, we’ve done it before, we’ll do it again next week, and again at Armageddon. You know us, Randy! We are talented! Dammit, we WILL make you respect us.
Orton stares at both men, eyes wide, face shaking with anger. Suddenly, he turns round and strides out of view, slamming the door behind him as he leaves. DiBiase and Rhodes look at each other briefly, then back at the door. Raw goes to a break.
As Raw returns, we briefly go down to the commentary table, to hear the opinions of Michael Cole and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.
Cole: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw, where before the break, we just saw a tense confrontation between the Legend Killer, Randy Orton, and the other members of Legacy, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
King: Yeah, Cole, it was pretty intense – Orton really let loose!
Cole: He sure did, King. Remember, later on tonight, Orton takes on Jack Swagger for a WWE Title shot at Armageddon.
Jamie Noble’s music hits, and the Pit Bull appears on the stage to little to no crowd reaction. In fact, some members of the audience get up and head for the stairs to go get snacks! Noble looks apprehensive as he looks out at the arena in front of him, and then he composes himself, takes a deep breath, and begins to wander down the ramp. In the ring, Justin Roberts brings the mic to his mouth.
Roberts: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome... Jamie Noble!
The crowd are silent. Noble’s eyes flicker about the arena, almost searching for someone who is cheering for him. He finds nobody, and once again his eyes focus on the ring, where Roberts is leaving to return to ringside. The commentators talk a bit about Noble’s previous success as a Cruiserweight Champion, and mention, in an attempt to big up their company’s talent, that Noble is a ‘proud and ferocious ring performer’. They also throw in a comment reminding the viewers that Noble has just got out of hospital after a brutal beating by Sheamus a few weeks previously. Noble makes his way to the steel steps, and marches up them, slipping under the top rope before standing in the dead centre of the ring. The camera focuses on some watching crowd members and when it returns to the ring, Noble has a mic in his hands. He looks out again at the crowd, eyes pleading for a chant or a cheer, but he is left hanging. Sighing, he licks his lips and brings the microphone up.
He seems exasperated, tired... old.
Noble: I’m Jamie Noble.
The camera shows a singular clapping fan in the upper tiers of the arena, then switches back to an increasingly nervous-looking Noble.
Noble: I want to show y’all somethin’. Highlights from two weeks ago, on Raw. I was in this very ring against Sheamus. Well, I’ll show you what happened.
‘RAW’ sweeps across the screen and highlights are shown from Raw two weeks previously. Sheamus is beating down Noble, who looks totally out of his element. The Celtic Warrior slams Noble with the Irish Curse, then his signature Bicycle Kick. The video shows the panting face of an exhausted and pained Noble, hunched up and bent on the floor in the corner of the ring. Sheamus then boots Noble to ringside from the top turnbuckle, and the Pit Bull crumples as he hits the outside floor. Then comes the vicious Powerbomb that put Noble in hospital, and the video closes with the last image being that of Noble’s painful face, the referees surrounding him, and a stretcher arriving at the ring. ‘RAW’ once again sweeps across the screen and Noble looks aggrieved at the memory he’s just relived. The mic comes back up, but he seems to be struggling for words. Shaking, he speaks again.
Noble: Fourteen years I’ve been in this business. Fourteen years!
Noble’s eyes are wide. Soon they shut almost fully, so he is squinting.
Noble: For about 5 years I’ve been a part of this company... I’ve given my all, I try my hardest when I get in that ring.
Noble looks upset.
Noble: And yet, this company has thrown it back in my face! I try my hardest, y’know, I just wanna entertain...
The fans give a small cheer for Noble, who is now pacing the ring.
Noble: I’ve been given matches against people twice my size, matches against people half my size... Does anybody take me seriously? Does anybody see me as a genuine threat? Does anybody see me as anything more than a joke to throw to the lions?
Noble continues to pace, eyes still half-closed in disbelief at his own words.
Noble: Two weeks ago was the final straw for me. It was a wake-up call.
Noble’s southern accent is making his words slightly erratic. The crowd start to chant ‘WHAT?’
Noble: I was pounded, and beaten by a bigger, better opponent.
Noble: Tonight, I came out to my own music for the first time in, heck, I don’t even know how long.
Noble: Any-y’all noticed how ya always hear, ‘And already in the ring... Jamie Noble’?
‘WHAT?’ Noble comes to a halt in the middle of the ring and looks straight ahead, his face an expression of dead seriousness.
Noble: Tonight marks a new – oh, y’all’re gonna believe me – tonight marks a new Jamie Noble.
Noble: I ain’t lion food. I’m Jamie Noble. I’ve had enough.
Noble: I’m gonna show y’all. Jamie Noble’s not taking no crap no more.
The crowd is silent. Noble’s voice drops quieter. He takes a long pause.
Noble’s head drops. His face can’t be seen, but his voice is deadly.
Noble: Two weeks ago, you tried to end my career. You nearly did.
Over the course of the promo, the crowd slowly paid more attention to Noble. Now, they are hanging off his every word. Every eye is on the Pit Bull, whose presence in the ring is intoxicating.
Noble: This is a challenge. Next week on Raw, I want you, one on one.
Noble’s head comes back up to face the arena, and he truly seems like a new Jamie Noble – his eyes are bright, his lips are pursed, and his body has a new air of confidence... he finally seems like he believes in himself, after years of hardship.
Noble: And... when I beat you, Sheamus...
Noble smiles at the thought. The crowd gives a solid cheer, the biggest Noble has received all night.
Noble: When I beat you, Sheamus, every last superstar in that, there, locker room – every last one – will look at me, and they’ll think... he ain’t lion food.
Noble looks straight at the camera, eyes shimmering.
Noble: Not no more.
Noble emphatically drops the mic to the mat, and his music hits, provoking another respectful cheer from the crowd. Noble clambers up the nearest turnbuckle, facing the camera, and raises both arms, mouth open in triumph of sorts. Across the arena, members of the audience start to stand and clap, and before long, half the arena is applauding on their feet. Noble nods, acknowledging the fans, and hops down from the turnbuckle, before leaving the ring and making his way back up the ramp to the stage. Once at the stage, Noble turns once more to the audience, raising a fist, then turns and wanders back to the locker room. The camera goes backstage, where Todd Grisham stands with a mic.
Grisham: Please welcome my guest at this time... the United States Champion, the Miz!
The crowd unleashes a ton of boos as the camera zooms out to incorporate the Miz, who is looking his usual cocky self.
Grisham: Miz, last night at Survivor Series-
Miz: Hold up, Todd. I think I know what happened at Survivor Series. I’m not stupid, like you, or the losers who came to watch me perform tonight...
Some serious booing accompanies the Miz’s comments. Grisham looks insulted.
Miz: And you know what? I’m gonna tell you about Survivor Series. And then I’m gonna tell you about Armageddon, got it, Todd?
More boos for Miz’s cockiness.
Miz: At Survivor Series, Team Miz came out the winners, and I pinned John Morrison, my former partner, for the second time in as many pay-per-views. That shows to you all just how ruthless, how unstoppable, how... supreme – now that’s a word worthy of me – I am.
The Miz’s smirk is ridiculously large. Grisham looks repulsed by Miz’s cocky attitude.
Miz: There’s no-one quite like me. Let’s face it. I am the United States Champion, I am possibly the most unique superstar on Raw...
Miz looks like he’s drifting off into his own world where he can enjoy talking about himself. He snaps back to reality suddenly.
Miz: You gonna ask me a question or something?
Grisham bites his lip, then moves the mic back towards himself.
Grisham: Miz... where do you go from here? With Raw General Manager Shane McMahon announcing that you will defend your United States Championship at Armageddon, what do you plan to do now?
Miz chuckles to himself as the mic comes back his way.
Miz: Well, once I’m done with this pathetic excuse for an interview...
Boos rain down on Miz.
Miz: I’m gonna find myself a contender for my United States Championship, laugh at him, tell him has no chance, then I’m gonna go on to Armageddon, and I’m going to humiliate him, and retain my title. And you know why?
Grisham half rolls his eyes but stops in case the Miz picks up on it. The crowd knows what’s coming and they try to drown out the sound of Miz’s voice with immense booing, but he has a mic-
Miz: BECAUSE I’M THE MIZ, AND I’M-
Bourne: Awesome? I don’t think so.
The crowd roars as Miz is cut off, and the Chick Magnet’s head jerks in the direction of Evan Bourne, who has arrived into the picture, his face a picture of seriousness. Miz breaks away from Grisham, who is cut out of view by the camera, and Miz and Bourne face each other with anger.
Miz: I don’t think I’m hearing right. Did you just interrupt me? Who do you think you are?
Bourne: Miz, you like to talk, don’t you? You say-
Bourne counts on his fingers with each point:
Bourne: You’re the United States Champion, you’re the most unique superstar on Raw, you’re ruthless, you’re unstoppable, you’re supreme, you’re gonna retain your title at Armageddon.
Miz smirks at all this. Bourne looks at the six fingers he’s holding up.
Bourne: And you know, you speak some truth...
Bourne drops five fingers, leaving just one for him to hold up in front of Miz.
Bourne: You are the United States Champion.
The whole crowd lets out an ‘OHHH’ and Miz looks furious. Bourne relishes his moment, then continues.
Bourne: Sure, Team Miz won last night – shame you weren’t around to see it. Remember me eliminating you? I sure do. I pinned you for the 1... 2... 3...
Bourne flicks up one finger, then two, then three, simultaneously with his words.
Bourne: And I can do it again... tonight.
The crowd roars with approval.
Bourne: How about it? You and me, one on one. I’ll show you just how much of a title contender I am, and show you just awesome... you are.
Miz frowns and the two stand in silence for moment. The Chick Magnet hisses three words.
Miz: You... are... on.
The crowd cheers wildly, and Miz storms off, leaving just Bourne in the picture, smiling. The camera cuts to the ring, where MVP and Mark Henry are standing in the VIP Lounge setting, with sofas and a coffee table in the ring. MVP has a mic.
MVP: Hey y’all – MVP and the World’s Strongest Man in the ring? It can only mean one thing. So sit back, relax and enjoy the view... cause the VIP Lounge is where we goin’ talk about what we goin’ do.
Mild cheer for Porter.
MVP: And I’ll tell you what we goin’ do. We goin’ go to Armageddon, and that’s where we – that’s me and the World’s Strongest Man, the one and only Mark Henry – are goin’ beat Chris Jericho and that fat lump the Big Show-
Boos surround the names of the Unified Tag Team Champions.
MVP: -and we goin’ take their WWE Unified Tag Team Championships from ‘em. Simple, right?
Mark Henry goes to talk in his mic.
Henry: Montel, you could not be more right. We aren’t like other superstars – we’re not gonna just big ourselves up and not back it up. Hey, people know we can back it up. When it comes right down to it, we know we can beat Jerishow – we just want a chance at them, right, Montel?
MVP: You know it, Mark. The Legacy get a shot at Jerishow next week, so we want one the week after. What Legacy can do, we can do better.
The crowd cheers. MVP’s next comment is rather sarcastic-
MVP: So... please welcome, this week’s guests – Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, the Legacy!
The crowd erupts with boos as Legacy’s music hits and the former WWE Tag Team Champions come out – they don’t look impressed by MVP’s words, and look exasperated by their ordeals already this evening. The guard at the velvet rope allows them in, and the pair get into the ring, get mics, and face Porter and Henry with scornful looks. They really don’t seem to be in the mood for trash talk. MVP starts the ‘interview’.
MVP: Ladies, you’ve already had a bit of handbags already this evening...
The crowd laughs and Legacy’s faces turn sourer, were it possible.
MVP: And last night at Survivor Series, Mark and I put yo to shame when we pinned y’all – what kind o’ condition are y’all in to face the Tag Team Champions next week?
Rhodes, his eyes scarily dark, brings his mic up.
Rhodes: MVP... you’re a thug. A street criminal. There are another two thousand people like you in Richmond alone.
The Richmond crowd boo Rhodes loudly.
Rhodes: Who are you to ask if we can beat the Tag Team Champions? Need we remind you, we’ve done this before. Been there, done that, come out with the gold around our waists. You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. So shut up and go rob someone – something you’re actually decent at.
More boos for Rhodes. MVP glares at Rhodes. DiBiase raises his mic and goes on the attack himself.
DiBiase: And you... Mark Henry. Ha. The two of you are just about the most pathetic pairing I’ve ever seen... A criminal... and a tub of lard with the IQ of... a tub of lard.
Henry bares his teeth and clenches a fist as the crowd boos Ted DiBiase. MVP curls his lip and goes to reply.
MVP: Ok, that’s it. I’ve got an idea – you seem so eager to pick a fight... so I say... why wait for us to meet at Armageddon?
The crowd roars with approval and Rhodes’ face hardens further. Legacy move away and confer for a second, then Rhodes spins back towards MVP.
Rhodes: You got yourself a match, Porter – you and me...
The crowd cheers as the camera zooms out to encompass the roaring fans, then cuts back to Rhodes, who is saying something else.
Rhodes: But trust me on this... when I’m done with you... you can be damn sure you’re not gonna make it to Armageddon, never mind beat the Tag Champs in two weeks...
The crowd boo as loud as they can, and Porter scowls. As Cody Rhodes and MVP stare each other down with malice, the camera fades to black and Raw goes to a break.
As we return, MVP and Cody Rhodes are gearing up to go in the ring. Mark Henry and Ted DiBiase stand on opposite sides of the ringside area, both leaning on the apron, watching the action about to unfold. Justin Roberts is in the ring to announce both men. The crowd is silent, and the sound of the bell breaks it.
Roberts: The following contest is scheduled for one fall!
MVP and Rhodes look ready to go, showing no signs of fatigue after last night’s bout at Survivor Series, when Porter hit Rhodes with the Drive-By Kick and pinned his adversary.
Roberts: Introducing first... from Miami, Florida, weighing in at 259 pounds... Montel Vontavious Porter... M... V... P!
The crowd roars, and MVP bounces off the ropes, before showing off his Ballin’ motion. He moves back to his corner.
Roberts: And his opponent... from Charlotte, North Carolina, weighing in at 223 pounds... Cody Rhodes!
Boos greet Rhodes’ name and the young superstar makes no acknowledgement to the fans for their reaction, nor his name. Roberts exits the ring and the bell rings – the match starts.
MVP vs Cody Rhodes
After an impressive back-and-forth contest, the ending comes around the nine minute mark – we join the action with MVP in control. The pair are in the middle of the ring but Rhodes looks worse off than MVP. Porter throws a ton of lefts and rights, forcing Rhodes on to the ropes, and the referee breaks it up. Porter takes a step away, and Rhodes sees an opening, using the ropes to gain some momentum, then launches forward, connecting with MVP’s jaw with a strong elbow, causing the Ballin’ Superstar to reel back. Rhodes takes advantage, and brings MVP down to the mat with a Neckbreaker! MVP groans as the crowd does with the impact, and Rhodes looks confident. Porter finds his way back to his feet, and Rhodes tries to whip him to the ropes, but MVP is too strong, and Rhodes goes running himself. He cannons off the ropes, then comes back... MVP throws a clothesline but Rhodes ducks under it... and applies a Sleeper Hold! DiBiase looks elated on the outside and Henry hits the apron in frustration as MVP struggles with the effects of the Sleeper. MVP tries to fight Rhodes off, but Rhodes clings like a limpet to the Ballin’ Superstar. Rhodes won’t let go, and he holds on for half a minute before...
MVP starts to go limp, and his body is wobbly. Rhodes starts pulling MVP back towards one corner a little, then releases him with one hand, using the other... to hit MVP with a wicked Bulldog! The crowd groans with the impact, and MVP looks out. The commentators mention how ring-aware Rhodes is, as he took a few steps back so he could perform the Bulldog and not be near the ropes for a pin attempt. Speaking of which, Rhodes smirks and covers, the referee counts... 1-2- NO! The crowd is absolutely stunned, but somehow, MVP has kicked out! Rhodes’ eyes are wide, and DiBiase gets up on the apron, screaming at the referee, saying it was a slow count. Before the referee can tell DiBiase what he thinks of him, Mark Henry arrives behind DiBiase, and pulls him from the apron by his ankle! The crowd roars as DiBiase’s face collides with the apron, and then Henry takes advantage, flinging DiBiase into the ring steps! The crowd again cheers, and DiBiase writhes in pain. In the ring, Rhodes peels MVP from the mat – the Ballin’ Superstar’s eyes are barely open – and Rhodes sets up behind him... inverted facelock... Henry suddenly looks to the ring but it’s too late to do anything... Cross Rhodes connects! The crowd groans with the immense impact, and boos follow, but they can do nothing... Rhodes with the cover, a smirk on his face... the referee counts... 1-2-3! Cody Rhodes has won!
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Match Time: 10:39
Rhodes gets out of the ring to check on DiBiase, who still looks in some serious discomfort on the outside, while Henry gets into it to check on MVP, who isn’t moving.
Cole: Wow, Cody Rhodes really lived up to his word here tonight.
King: Yeah, Michael – I think that performance was just as much directed at Randy Orton as it was at Mark Henry and MVP.
From showing Legacy, with Ted DiBiase now ok, smirking, the camera cuts backstage, where we see Todd Grisham, who doesn’t look in the mood for another interview where he’ll be insulted. His voice is a lot less enthusiastic this time.
Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen... please welcome... Jack Swagger.
The camera zooms out to show a displeased Swagger.
Swagger: That’s ‘the All-American American, Jack Swagger’ to you, Todd.
Grisham rolls his eyes.
Swagger: Hey! If you want to get paid, at least do your damn job right! Say it again!
Grisham sighs and the crowd boo Swagger.
Grisham: Please welcome... the All-American American... Jack Swagger.
Swagger: That’s better. Now, on the topic of doing your job right...
The crowd boo him further. Grisham takes the mic back his way.
Grisham: Jack, later on tonight you face the Legend Killer, Randy Orton, for a WWE Title match at Armageddon against John Cena. What are your thoughts?
Swagger thinks for a second.
Swagger: My thoughts? Well, I’m thinking... not a challenge. Either of them.
Swagger: Come on, sure they’ve held some titles, had some experience. But I’m Jack Swagger. I am the ultimate in new talent. Orton’s head’s not in the game – he doesn’t take me seriously? Fine by me. He’s happy to go dancing around having hissy fits at his own friends and Kofi Kingston, thinking he’s so high and mighty that he can do whatever he wants, then he’ll just march into the Main Event and show me up.
Swagger pauses to take a breath.
Swagger: But he should beware. Because I don’t plan to get shown up. I didn’t interrupt Orton and Cena so I’d seem big or impressive to the ‘big boys’ on Raw. I did it because I want to become WWE Champion.
The crowd boos, but they also respect him more.
Swagger: So... Orton? I’d take me seriously. Cause when it comes down to you and me later on, and you try and mess me around... well, I won’t be messing around. I don’t underestimate you. So, when I bring you down to earth with the Gutwrench Powerbomb... dammit, you’ll wish you’d taken me seriously.
Swagger leaves, his words ringing in the viewers’ ears. Raw goes to a break.
The camera shows Cole and King at ringside. Cole’s voice is much quieter than usual, and the crowd isn’t making much noise, as usual in these periods of transition.
Cole: Hello, welcome back to Monday Night Raw. Before the break, we heard some strong words from Jack Swagger – after that, do you think people will start to consider him a title contender as he wants to be, King?
King: Well, if they don’t, and by they, I mean Randy Orton, he might be in for a little surprise before the night is out – if Swagger can beat Orton, people will stand up and take notice. Orton’s a former WWE Champion! It takes a lot to beat him, and if Swagger can back up his promise, I think the entire Raw locker room will finally take him seriously alongside the Raw elite.
Cole: Wise words, King. Up next, United States Champion The Miz takes on Evan Bourne in a non-title bout – if Bourne could pin the Champion for the second time in as many nights, he would be well on his way to a title match at Armageddon.
The Miz’s music bursts from the speakers, cutting through the silence, and boos fill the Richmond Coliseum. As the United States Champion appears on the stage, the bell rings. Miz swings his arms slowly above his head with a cocky smirk, and Justin Roberts makes the rather dramatic announcement-
Roberts: The following contest is scheduled, for, one, fall! Intro-ducing first... from Cleveland, O-hio, weighing in at 2 hundred, 31 pounds... he is the U-nited States Champion... The Miz!
The crowd boos for the Chick Magnet, but everyone’s getting pumped up for the upcoming match – the Miz included. The United States Champion begins to strut down the ramp with dramatic, overdone strides, and finds his way to the ring. Once there, he rubs his title a little, then lofts it above his head with a smile the size of Texas. His music stops, and is replaced by that of Evan Bourne! The crowd roars, and Bourne makes his way out on to the stage, wearing his traditional wide smile. He jogs down the ramp, touching the outstretched hands of the fans at ringside. Another growling announcement comes from the mouth of Roberts-
Roberts: And, his opponent! From St. Louis, Missouri, weighing in at 1 hundred, 83 pounds... Evan Bourne!
The crowd cheers as Bourne slides under the bottom rope and into the ring, before staring down the Miz – the whole arena is buzzing for this match-up. The pair circle each other, and Roberts leaves the ring. The referee gives Miz’s United States Championship to the ringside staff, then checks on both men, before calling for the bell to start the match.
The Miz vs Evan Bourne
In the best match of the night so far, the crowd have seen many high spots, including Miz throwing Bourne into the ring steps, and Bourne narrowly beating the 10-count after, and Bourne launching from the top turnbuckle to take down a standing Miz with a majestic Diving Double Knee Drop. After 12 minutes or so of pay-per-view standard action, it’s Miz in control as we join the match-up. The Chick Magnet has Bourne in a headlock on the floor, and the crowd is clapping, attempting to motivate Bourne into getting out of the hold. Bourne struggles, and then manages to roll so that Miz’s shoulders are down! The referee, surprised, leaps to the mat and counts... 1-2 Miz realises what Bourne has done and launches himself away from Bourne, breaking the hold and the cover. The crowd applauds Bourne’s intelligence, and Miz looks frustrated – the Chick Magnet moves towards a panting Bourne, who is on all fours, and smacks him with a hard kick to the gut. The crowd boos, and Bourne rolls away with a pained expression, grabbing the ropes to stop himself falling from the ring. Slowly, he uses the ropes to haul himself back to his feet, and the Miz charges in, attempting to clothesline Bourne from the ring, but the high-flyer lashes out with a hard kick, and it hits the running Miz with force – the Chick Magnet reels back, wincing. Bourne takes the opportunity to breathe, by which time the Miz has recovered, and goes again, but once again he is met with Bourne’s boot, this time to his head – Miz goes down, but rolls as he lands and finds his way back to his feet.
Both men stand opposite from each other, looking for an opening as they did at the beginning of the bout, but both men look much more exhausted. Miz makes the first move, darting in and attempting a clothesline, but Bourne ducks underneath and heads for the ropes – he comes back, and leaps upwards, using Miz’s shoulders to help him up into a Hurricanrana position... but Miz spins round for momentum... and Powerbombs Bourne into the turnbuckle! The crowd groans with the immense impact, and Bourne writhes about on the mat, his face an expression of agony. The camera shows a few people in the crowd with their hands over their mouths, and then shows the Miz looking very, very pleased with himself. He drags Bourne into the centre of the ring and hooks a leg in the cover... the referee counts... 1-2—NO! Miz’s eyes are wide open and the crowd roars – Miz stands in disbelief for a second, then it occurs to him that only his finisher will do. Miz pulls Bourne up, but Bourne hasn’t the energy to stand, and he collapses down to the mat again, by the ropes. As the Miz goes to pick Bourne up again, frustrated, the crowd erupts – it’s Carlito! The Miz cancels his plans to hit Bourne with his finisher, and goes over to the ropes, yelling at ‘Lito, who is standing just outside the ring with a smile on his face. Carlito simply shrugs when faced with the furious Miz, and as the Chick Magnet yells, Evan Bourne finds his way back to his feet! ‘Lito motions to Miz to turn round, and he does – only to be met with a great Dropkick from Bourne! Carlito smirks, and Bourne heads for the top turnbuckle! The crowd goes absolutely nuts, and Bourne points at the grounded Miz with a smile before he launches himself from the top turnbuckle... and connects with the Air Bourne! Carlito begins to make his way back up the ramp with a smirk, and Bourne covers, relieved he’s caught a break in this one... 1-2-3! The match belongs to Bourne!
Winner: Evan Bourne
Match Time: 14:12
Bourne has his hand raised by the referee, and Carlito smiles on the stage, his afro as bushy as ever. Miz looks dazed on the mat, and as he crawls to his knees, he looks at the stage, where the Caribbean superstar is making a belt motion around his waist. Miz clenches his teeth in fury, and Carlito turns around and heads to the back. Bourne is smiling to the crowd on the turnbuckle. The camera cuts backstage, where Shane McMahon is at his desk – a mild cheer goes up. Shane O’Mac is writing on some sort of match contract or paperwork, and a knock at the door makes him look up. He speaks coldly.
Shane: Come in.
The door opens, and in shuffles Chavo Guerrero. The crowd boos and Shane raises an eyebrow. His voice is almost laughing as he speaks.
Shane: What do you want, Chavo?
Chavo steps closer to the Raw General Manager’s desk. He seems rather cocky, but at the same time, he seems respectful of Shane’s authority.
Chavo: Well... uh, homes, I was thinkin’... well, y’see...
Shane: Spit it out, Chavo, time is money.
The crowd cheers and a humbled Chavo does what Shane says.
Chavo: Look, I have what it takes, homes. Honest.
Shane rests his head on his hand.
Chavo: Well, I can prove it. I want a United States Title shot. I wanna become the Champion – to prove that the Guerrero family isn’t a joke. We’re wrestling royalty. I just wanna prove that I am a serious contender on Raw.
Shane sits up.
Shane: Why on earth would I give you one of those?
The crowd cheers again.
Shane: Chavo, on my show, you get what you earn. For the past couple of months, you’ve been having – and losing, mind – matches with a midget. You wanna be taken seriously? You want a United States Title shot? Then earn it.
Chavo goes to speak again, but Shane holds up a hand.
Shane: Look. I’ll give you a chance to change my mind about you. Next week, I’ll give you a match. You win it, I’ll start to consider you a title contender. You lose it... you’ll be off my show.
Chavo goes white and the crowd roars.
Shane: We’re done here.
Chavo mutters a ‘Thanks’ and scurries out. Shane looks down again briefly, then looks up again – John Cena is standing in front of him. The crowd roars and Shane sits up again. His demeanour to Cena is much different to how he treated Chavo.
Shane: John – hey. What can I do for you?
Cena, WWE Title on his shoulder, smiles a little. He moves around the office while he talks. The office door is closed.
Cena: Oh, nothing much, Shane. Just a question, though. About a month ago, I beat Randy Orton for this-
Cena indicates the WWE Championship. The crowd cheers.
Cena: -at Bragging Rights. Part of the stipulation of the match, I think, was that Randy Orton wasn’t allowed to challenge for my title again. So could you tell me, Shane, just why that’s exactly what he has the opportunity to win himself later tonight? Hey, do you remember when he punted your father in the skull? When he made your life hell? So why are you, of all people, rewarding him?
Cena stares down Shane at the desk. Shane rises, pulling his jacket together as he does.
Shane: Well, let me tell you something, John. Orton, as much as I hate to say it, Randy Orton is a draw.
The crowd boos Shane’s words.
Shane: If Randy Orton headlines Raw, you know we’re gonna get views. On my show, hell, you heard what I said to Chavo – you get what you earn. Randy Orton eliminated two men last night when he was against five men at once. That, in my opinion, earns him a title opportunity.
Shane: John, if you’re as good a Champion as you say you are, you shouldn’t be worrying about Randy Orton, should you?
Shane, being blatantly sarcastic, raises an eyebrow. Cena takes a step back from the desk.
Shane: Look. Randy Orton will get as many shots as he earns, as will anyone on Raw. Got it?
Cena stays silent. Slowly, he turns and leaves. Raw goes to a break.
ARE YOU READY?
The crowd goes nuts as Raw returns from the break to the sound of D-Generation X’s music, and the screen shows the traditional DX imagery. Triple H and Shawn Michaels appear on the ramp in their DX gear and begin to make their way down to the ring, holding green glowsticks and flinging them into the crowd. The pair, looking slightly exhausted after last night’s hard-fought WWE Championship match, enter the ring, and unleash their usual green ‘X’ pyro with their crotch chops. The crowd roars as the Game and the Heartbreak Kid flex their muscles under the green arena lights, before they fling some more glowsticks into the crowd. The music dies down, and both men get a mic. Triple H is the first to speak.
Triple H: ...Are you ready?
A mild ‘Yes’ goes up.
Triple H: No, Richmond... I said... ARE... YOU... RRRREEEEADDDYYY!
The crowd roars – ‘YES’
Triple H: Good to hear. Now, all night, people have not shut up about the WWE Championship – now, we say our piece.
DX look pretty serious.
Triple H: People look at DX and they don’t take us seriously any more. We’ve just become a joke to some people.
The crowd boo – they don’t agree with this, it seems.
Triple H: Shawn and I, we didn’t form D-Generation X so we could become the hottest comedy act on television – we did it so we could become stronger with each other’s help… to become as successful as possible. Obviously, last night showed us just how much that plan hadn’t come to fruition.
Michaels takes over.
Michaels: We decided that it’s time to make the WWE take us seriously again. The time for joking is over.
The crowd don’t know how to react to the death of ‘comedy’ DX.
Michaels: This means it’s time for DX to step it up. Down the drain with the jokes, the laughter, the fooling around – we’re getting down to business.
The crowd likes this and responds with some hearty cheers for HBK’s statement. He points at the Cerebral Assassin. Triple H points back at the Showstopper.
Michaels: The Game, Triple H...
The crowd roars. The Game himself raises his mic.
Triple H: The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels...
Another roar from the jubilant crowd.
Michaels: We’re not concentrating on the WWE Championship any more. All that’ll happen is we’ll turn on each other like the Tag Team Champions did last night.
Triple H raises his mic again.
Triple H: That’s why we’re gonna take advantage of the crap those two are coming up with – and we’re gonna take their WWE Unified Tag Team Championships from them... at Armageddon.
Michaels takes a step forward.
Michaels: We don’t care if we have to beat MVP and Mark Henry...
A cheer goes up for the World’s Strongest Tag Team.
Michaels: Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase...
Boos greet the names of Legacy’s younger members.
Michaels: Or the Champs themselves, Chris Jericho and the Big Show...
More boos, heavier this time.
Triple H: As long as we get our shot at the titles, it doesn’t matter to us. At Armageddon, we will win the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. No other outcome is possible. We are D-Generation X.
The crowd roars with approval.
Triple H: But, just cause the joking is done, doesn’t mean... that there isn’t room for a couple of words...
The crowd stay silent, waiting for the moment.
Triple H: So...
Triple H and Michaels get into position, knees bent. The crowd cheers, happy that at least this trademark of DX won’t be leaving with the jokes.
Triple H: For the thousands in attendance... For the millions watching at home... And for Chris Jericho and the Big Show. Whose little fights will inevitably cost them the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships.
The crowd cheers madly for DX.
Triple H: ...OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH... LET’S GET READY TO SUCK IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!
The crowd roars with approval and the Game spins to yell the phrase to the crowd. The crowd, on their feet, go nuts for D-Generation X. The bell rings as DX begin to take their gear off, and Justin Roberts clambers into the ring – he makes an announcement.
Roberts: The following tag team contest is scheduled for one fall! Already in the ring – the Game, Triple H... the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, together they are... D-Generation... X!
The crowd roars as DX prepare in the far corner of the ring, and suddenly a Scottish tune starts up, and the crowd boos as the returning Highlanders appear on the ramp, teeth bared angrily. The pair are practically identical, with red hair and tartan kilts, though one of them, Rory, is bald, and only has a beard, whereas Robbie has both. They begin to make their way down the ramp with dirty looks directed at DX.
Roberts: And their opponents... from Oban, Scotland, at a combined weight of 476 pounds... Robbie and Rory McAllister... The Highlanders!
The crowd boos the announcement, and the Scottish duo enter the ring, attempting to intimidate DX by staring them down. DX are having none of it though, and they return the glare, as Roberts leaves the ring. The bell rings – it’ll be Rory starting the contest against the Game.
D-Generation X vs The Highlanders
The match has mostly been dominated by DX in terms of good action, as all of the Highlanders offence has been limited to punches and headlocks. The Scottish pairing have failed to take advantage of DX’s exhaustion following last night’s Survivor Series, and it’s not long after 5 minutes that DX make them pay – Robbie pounds Triple H in the corner as we join the action, but the Game reacts sharply, whipping Robbie to the ropes, and when he comes back, the Cerebral Assassin plants him with the Double A Spinebuster! The crowd roars, and Triple H isn’t done – with a giant yell, he gives the rising Robbie a crotch chop to a great crowd reaction, then kicks Robbie in the gut... before dropping him with the Pedigree! The crowd goes crazy, but the Game doesn’t go for the cover... instead, he flips Robbie on to his back, and tags in the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels!
The crowd cheer as HBK clambers up his turnbuckle, and he points to the crowd with a grin before he leaps off, connecting with his patented Elbow Drop! The crowd goes nuts, and HBK begins to tune up the band! 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... Robbie finds his way up... only to be met with the Sweet Chin Music! The roof bursts off the arena, and Triple H charges across the ring to knock Rory off the apron, and HBK drops into the cover... 1-2-3! D-Generation X are the winners!
Winners: D-Generation X
Match Time: 5:57
As DX celebrate, people across the crowd hold up green glowsticks in the shape of ‘X’s. Suddenly, from the crowd come Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase to boos, and DX leap off the turnbuckles as they see Legacy coming. Rhodes and DiBiase determinedly slide into the ring and attack the Game and HBK. DiBiase low blows the Showstopper, and Triple H finds himself double-teamed, and before long, both men are on the floor, victims of vicious stomps from both young guns. To add to the chaos, MVP and Mark Henry charge in! The crowd goes wild, and Henry smashes Rhodes and DiBiase’s heads together with force! The crowd cheers again, and Legacy reel back, pained. MVP forces Rhodes back on to a turnbuckle, then connects with the Player’s Boot! Henry yanks DiBiase into his clutches, and attempts to slam him into Michaels on the floor, but HBK is alert, and rolls away, meaning DiBiase meets the mat under the force of the World’s Strongest Slam! Michaels rolls up, and hits Henry with the Sweet Chin Music! Henry goes down, but MVP clotheslines a standing Triple H from the ring! MVP and HBK are left in the ring, and the latter throws a Sweet Chin Music, but the former ducks underneath, and before throwing a kick of his own, which connects to Michaels’ side. Michaels, obviously not in the mood for a brawl, bounces off the ropes and flies forward, catching Porter with his Flying Shoulder Block! MVP rolls from the ring as he hits the mat, and Michaels looks pleased. Triple H finds his way back to the ring, and DX stand tall, and once again their music plays.
Cole: Chaos on Monday Night Raw from the Tag Title Contenders, and the Champions aren’t even here!
King: Yep, but next week, they will be, and one of them is the World Heavyweight Champion!
Cole: It’s very true, King – next week, the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho and the World Heavyweight Champion, the Big Show, will face off against Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase – if Legacy win, they will earn themselves a shot at Show and Jericho’s titles at Armageddon in a few weeks time. However, keep in mind, D-Generation X and the World’s Strongest Tag Team have their sights set on the gold too, and believe me, I wouldn’t put it past either team to get involved to prove they deserve a title shot just as much as Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.
The camera cuts backstage, where Todd Grisham stands with a microphone.
Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my final guest of the night... the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus!
The crowd boos heavily for Sheamus as the camera zooms out to show the white-skinned Irishman standing by Grisham, looking impatient.
Grisham: Sheamus, earlier tonight, you were challenged to a match next week by Jamie Noble, who only two weeks ago, you beat down and put him in hospital.
Sheamus smiles cruelly.
Grisham: Do you plan to accept his challenge?
Sheamus smirks and looks at Grisham.
Sheamus: All I wanna say is... I need to try harder, I wasn’t trying to put him in hospital, I was trying to end his career.
Immense boos for Sheamus.
Sheamus: It’s... simple. Jamie Noble? I’m sorry.
The crowd know he’s not serious.
Sheamus: I’m sorry I didn’t put you out of your misery two weeks ago, and end your pathetic career while I had the chance.
More boos are unloaded on Sheamus.
Sheamus: I’m gonna finish what I started two weeks ago. Jamie Noble, I accept your challenge.
A mild cheer goes up.
Sheamus: But I warn you. Next week on Raw, I won’t be playing to win the match, oh no. I’ll be playing to put you out of this business... for good.
The crowd boos loudly and the Celtic Warrior smirks before walking away. The camera cuts elsewhere, showing separate shots of Jack Swagger and Randy Orton walking down corridors, heading to the ring. The crowd boo each man, and ‘NEXT’ appears in the corner of the screen. Raw goes to a break.
Raw returns from the break and the commentators tell us what we’ve already figured out – it’s time for the Main Event. The bell rings, and the camera cuts briefly to Justin Roberts in the ring.
Roberts: The following contest is a WWE Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match!
CHECK, ONE TWO... OH YEAH
Jack Swagger appears on the stage to booing, beating his chest in his usual fashion, and then beginning down the ramp with a focused look on his face.
Roberts: Introducing first... from Perry, Oklahoma, weighing in at 263 pounds... The All-American American, Jack Swagger!
The crowd boos as Swagger uses the steel steps to get to the apron, then pauses briefly before he gets in. He stands in the middle of the ring and raises both arms in confidence. He turns to the stage, and the camera zooms out as Randy Orton’s music hits...
I HEAR VOICES IN MY HEAD, THEY COUNSEL ME, THEY UNDERSTAND... THEY TALK TO ME!
More booing, heavier this time, greets Orton as he stalks out on to the stage. His eyes never leave Swagger, who returns the glare – the pair are playing mind games, and it looks like Orton may have taken Swagger’s earlier warning to heart.
Roberts: And his opponent! From St. Louis, Missouri, weighing at 245 pounds... Randy Orton!
Boos follow the announcement. Orton gets in the ring, looking deadly focused. The pair, never taking their eyes off each other, take small steps around the ring to try and see an opening. The referee makes a quick check, then calls for the bell to begin – it’s time to find a No. 1 Contender.
Jack Swagger vs Randy Orton
This match, which has shown that Swagger has Main Event quality beyond a doubt – he’s held his own against the Legend Killer throughout the match-up, and kept him at bay with some great moves, including Suplexing Orton into a turnbuckle, as he did to Shelton Benjamin at Survivor Series. However, the Viper isn’t giving up, and as we reach the 14 minute stage it’s Orton in control, stomping viciously on all parts of Swagger, especially his left knee. Swagger looks in agony as Orton lands stomp after stomp, and the All-American American realises the Viper won’t be stopping any time soon if he doesn’t make him stop, so he rolls and attempts to get back to his feet, but his targeted knee fails him and he kneels to the mat, staring at Orton with frustration. Orton smirks, then moves in, but Swagger lashes out with a punch, connecting to Orton’s side, and the Legend Killer moves back suspiciously. Swagger uses the ropes to struggle to his feet, then as Orton goes in again, Swagger launches forward, catching Orton with a terrific clothesline that knocks both men from their feet! Swagger makes his way tenderly back to his feet, and takes the opportunity to rest. As Orton gets back up, Swagger lifts him up... and plants him with a basic Bodyslam!
Swagger clenches his teeth in pain. He tries to shake the pain away from his left knee, then, confident it will hold, peels Orton from the mat. He sets up the Viper in Gutwrench position... but Orton flails like a madman, and catches Swagger in his weakened knee with a hard boot, and the All-American American goes down with a yell out as the knee completely gives way. Orton stays on his feet with a sick smile, then drops down to his belly... he’s stalking Swagger! The crowd starts to boo as Orton clenches his teeth with a sick look on his face, and bounces up and down on his fists, waiting for Swagger to rise. Slowly, Swagger starts to move, and then tries to struggle back to his feet, clueless as to where Orton is. Suddenly, the crowd erupts, and from over the security barricade comes none other than Kofi Kingston! Orton’s eyes goes wide as he sees his nemesis, and he stands, darkly walking over to the ropes, to face Kingston... who is standing on the Raw announce table! The crowd is going crazy for Kingston’s appearance and Orton looks furious as he roars something at Kingston, who shrugs. Swagger, meanwhile, is starting to recover, and finds himself on his knees. Orton turns round, and his sick smile returns... it’s obvious what he’s thinking – the RKO opportunity has gone, but there’s another move available... Orton turns once more back to Kingston, and roars ‘Watch this! This’ll be you!’ before turning back to Swagger, and charging forward, going for his infamous Punt... NO! The All-American American has blocked Orton’s punt! He caught Orton’s foot before it hit him! Orton is stunned, and he realises Kingston’s distraction gave Swagger time to recuperate... Swagger goaded him into it! Swagger’s fine! The All-American American stands with a grin, still holding a shocked Orton’s leg, and kicks him in the gut before... surely not... Gutwrench Powerbomb! The crowd go insane, knowing Orton must be beat, and Kingston smiles on the outside, knowing he’s cost Orton his title shot... Swagger goes down for the cover, and the referee counts... 1-2-3! It’s gonna be Swagger vs Cena at Armageddon!
Winner: Jack Swagger
Match Time: 16:04
Swagger celebrates on the outside but the crowd are cheering for Kingston rather than him, and Swagger begins to make his way back up to the stage, not wanting to stick around even as his name is announced as the winner by Justin Roberts. Kingston slides into the ring, and looks with a fiendish smile at the grounded Viper. He slowly climbs up on to the nearest turnbuckle, and a feeling of déjà vu sets in, from last night at Survivor Series! Kingston yells ‘Yo, remember this, Randy?’ then does his classic theatrics before he lands an insane Top-Rope Boom Drop! The roof explodes off the Richmond Coliseum, and it’s Kofi Kingston who stands as the dominant force at the end of Raw!
Cole: What... a... night! Jack Swagger is our new No. 1 Contender for John Cena’s WWE Championship, and Kofi Kingston has driven a stake to the heart of Randy Orton by costing him that very No. 1 Contender’s spot!
King: Take nothing from Swagger, Michael. He pulled off a stunning strategy to defeat the Legend Killer here tonight! He let Orton think that left knee would stop him fighting back, and Orton got cocky, so Swagger blocked the Punt! I’ve never seen anyone block it before!
Cole: Quite the feat, King. Anyway, thanks for joining us here in Richmond, Virginia, for Monday Night Raw, tune in next week for all the fallout from tonight’s monster show!
Kofi Kingston’s triumphant pose on top of a turnbuckle in front of thousands of roaring fans is the last thing we see as the Raw end-of-show logo appears in the corner, and the camera fades away.
It's no full-scale review, but damnit, it has to be said.
This was a highly-enjoyable show all-round, with great characterization and booking in general. In this one-show you've turned Jack Swagger into a credible main-eventer and thus set-up an awesome match in prospect, which is what I've been crying out for someone to do for too long. Raw is lacking main-eventers and you've now got one more on your hands to make things interesting. Swagger's promo and interview with Todd earlier were excellent and really captured the young-heelish character. The way he won was perfect as it helped the Orton and Cena's feuds come along nicely. I'm no fan of Kofi Kingston, and hopefully you have Orton decimate him, but you got him dead-on in how he went about his business.
More impressive though - you've done something that personally I'm marking for in bringing Jamie Noble back and giving him a meaningful feud. If only the WWE had done this before elevating him to the title-picture then it would be a hell of a lot better. I fully expect and hope for Shamus to come out on top from all of this, but it doesn't look like Noble will be what he referred to as 'lion food', which is good.
In other news you also managed to make the tag-title division interesting, and actually did a very smart thing by having both DX and MVP/Henry fight. I liked this as usually the WWE steers clear of face/face violence, so once again you've given me a welcome change. Bringing in The Highlanders is great for the division, as while I don't expect them to be front-runners in the tag-team title race, it's another team to keep the matches fresh.
What you did with Chavo was fantastic too, and it gives you the option of either having him as a serious-competitor or having him off of the show. I don't know what's going to happen, but I actually expect him to lose as there's really no one on the show who (kayfabe, at this moment in time) he looks like being able to beat.
If ever there was a way to kick-off a modern-day WWE project - this was really it. It didn't stray too far for the norm, but it laid down the foundations for gradual distancing from the product. My only concern is, like with most WWE projects, you'll get burnt out with writing Raw and Smackdown. Personally, I'd rather you only wrote Raw as you'd be posting shows more frequently and the product would become your own. While I'm at it I would like to praise your use of italics for emphasis in dialogue. As minor as it may seem, it goes a long, long way to making a promo.
Last edited by Jon Staley : 12-08-2009 at 11:32 AM.
Well first let me say thank you for reviewing my show, and like you have on the bottom of your sig, I am someone who does review for review because it is only right anyway lets kick things off shall we?
Cena/Orton/Swagger: Well I must say a typical in character promo from both Orton and Cena which is fine, because it was in character. I didn't realize you changed the Survivor Series results a bit, so whn Randy said he was all alone I was confused till I read your first post. Anyway I love the idea of Swagger getting in between Swagger. I always been very high on Swagger and truly think that he deserves this shot. Huge match announced by Shane, and with Kofi coming out and interfering with the attack on Cena and Swagger, I really think Swagger is going to win this.
Diva Match: I'm never a fan of the divas match but you wrote it very well. The one thing I really don't like is the fact that Maryse turns on her own team. I get she is supposed to be "egotistical" but I can't really see her charcter going that over the edge.
Orton/Rhodes/Dibiase backstage: Everyone in their threads is hinting at Legacy parting ways, and your no different but that is fine, because when you have Randy toss some huge disses at Legacy, Dibiase and Rhodes stand up for themselves. I thought both sides have very strong arguements, so I really liked this promo.
Noble Promo: I always loved Noble so yeah man this is awesome that you are giving him a new attitude and trying to help him become more than just a jobber. I really hope you use him well in this thread.
Miz/Bourne Backstage: Interesting that you picked Bourne and I like it as someone IRL plays a jobber of some sorts I really hope you don't have him job to Miz. Ii like the comebacks from Bourne with the six fingers then only holding on up to hold true. Bourne seems to have a new attitude just like Noble. Like it alot.
VIP Lounge/MVP v. Rhodes: VIP Lounge reminded me of what happen on Raw a few weeks ago on Raw. It pretty much was the same thing so that turned me off a bit but the match was fine, and I'm glad that after Legacy stood up to Orton, they do pick up a nice little win, to prove that yes they do have careers too.
Swagger Backstage: I'm starting to get weary with all these promos because there seems to be alot of them so far.... anyway this was another good promo, and I really think you are hyping Swagger well.
Miz/Bourne: You said the crowd erupted. I'm interested because that seems like a pop to me, meanwhile Carlito heading into Survivor Series while we didn't see him was a heel, but it seems you made a transition to face espcially with him interfering with the Miz match and screwing him out of the match. I'm surprised that Carlito has had a revival of some sort, but now it seems like all the focus is on Lito, when I really thought Bourne was going to get the nic push. Maybe Triple Threat possibly???
Chavo Promo: I like the idea, but all the homes, made me feel that Chavo was a bit gangster..... that was the only thing that bothered me, but I hope this means he gets some real competition.
DX Promo and Match: Promo was excellently reading, and up to this point you have really used the tag team division well, as there seems to be a bunch of contenders. When I saw in your preview DX against the Highlanders.... I knew this would kind of me a mini squash match however the attack by Legacy, and the World Strongest Team coming in really helped making this a good segment after a really meaning less match to me.
Sheamus Promo: Okay this promo I really didn't feel was necessary. It could be the fact that I have read like 6 promos/backstage things before it, but honestly I think you could of waited till next week to showcase this interview right before the match. It was a good promo, but I felt you could of really waited till next week to do this promo.
Main Event: Wow excellent main event. Swagger blocking the Punt..... really is a good feat, and it makes me think you have huge plans for Swagger. I also like Kofi having the top rope boom drop rather then it just coming from it bouncing off the ropes. Anyway it was a great main event, and now something different Swagger v. Cena.
Overall: Really good show, maybe a bit too many promos. I would of maybe cut out the Sheamus promo like I said and DX/Highlanders was a squash match really to me, but other than that I thought the show was really good. Maybe as a suggestion maybe put quick results at the end, so people can get a summary of what happened in case they forget. Anyway good first show man. 9/10
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ECW Preview Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina
24th November 2009
Extreme Contenders In ECW’s Main Event set up by ECW Interim General Manager Tiffany, the next No. 1 Contender for Christian’s ECW Championship will be determined, as Shelton Benjamin, Tommy Dreamer, Zack Ryder, Goldust, William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, Vladimir Kozlov and Yoshi Tatsu will face off in an 8-Man Battle Royal. The winner will earn themselves an ECW Title Match at Royal Rumble.
The Champ In Action Just because the title contender is being announced doesn’t mean ECW Champion Christian gets a night off, according to ECW Interim General Manager Tiffany. Tonight, Christian will get in the ring to face the returning Mastodon, Big Daddy V.
Samoan’s Return Manu is known best for his work with Legacy, when he was betrayed by Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, and was kicked from the stable in disgrace by Randy Orton. He was never seen on our screens again. Tonight, he returns to WWE, this time in the land of the Extreme, where he will face off against Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms in his first night on the show.
Ruthless Interview Tonight, Abraham Washington will host his show as usual on ECW – his guests? None other than William Regal and his Ruthless Roundtable, Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson. What will happen when the cocky host meets the arrogant Regal and his vicious enforcers?
Announced For Tonight
An 8-Man Battle Royal to decide the No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship --- Christian vs Big Daddy V --- Manu vs Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms --- The Abraham Washington Show with the Ruthless Roundtable as special guests
Before I begin, I’ll just say that no, I’ve never seen any of your work, but after glancing at this I quite liked what I saw, so I figured I’d have a real read and give you some feedback. A few comments on your Survivor Series results are that I thought the booking to the Kingston/Orton team match was kind of weird, as Kingston had been the thorn in the side of Orton in their feud, so for Kingston to get help in winning and not pull off a great feat of being the sole survivor was surprising. However, I love how you put Swagger over big time. Big Swagger mark right here. Cena as champion is the right move too, imo.
Opening with a video package is always a good way to start, and I thought the commentators sold the significance of Survivor Series very well. However, I thought a little more could have gone into selling tonight’s show. Just a small thing.
Cena to open things up? Sounds good. After a big victory it’s natural for Cena to have something to say on the situation. Cena started off fine, sounding like his dorky self with his first few lines in which he sucks up to the fans and cracks a lamish joke. Cena putting over his victory was fine, and I liked that we got to see a more cocky side of Cena. Him calling himself the best of the best? I like it. Cena showing a bit of cockiness gives him an edge that I love. His portion of the promo was fine character-wise, although I was surprised Randy Orton was the man to interrupt. Isn’t he banned from getting another shot at the title until Cena drops it (and for good reason since they’ve had sooo many matches)? Orton was right on to begin with as his slow, deliberate self. Despite him losing last night, the excuses him gives leave him looking strong, and certainly in a position to demand a WWE Title shot, which is good booking on your part in a way (it works in this instance, though I’m still not huge on the implications it provides in the Kofi/Orton feud which is hopefully still going). Cena’s comeback was nice, as was Orton raging ... until Swagger comes out? Damn, I like the guy, but I don’t know about as a main eventer here. You’re going to have to do a good job to sell him as a main event on the ‘A show’. Swagger’s reasoning for thinking he deserves a title shot is good, and again, gives good reason to the way you booked Survivor Series. The little shot at Orton was nice too. Calling people idiots? Perhaps a bit lame, but I guess there’s a limit to what you can get away with in WWE PG. Swagger again put himself over well, while Orton being willing to wrestle Swagger because he doesn’t take him seriously gives Orton good reason not to be a chickenshit heel, although I don’t find the prospect of a heel vs. heel match too tantalising. Kofi running in seemed a bit random in this segment as it didn’t quite fit in, although it does continue his feud with Orton. Shane’s little reasoning as to why he was the new GM was nice, and while the Swagger vs. Orton match makes sense, like I said, I’m not a fan. Heel vs. heel isn’t a concept I like, as the crowd is likely to be left bored since they’re meant to like neither man. Either that, or it kills one man’s heat usually. Regardless, this was a pretty fine way to kick off the show with an impressive opening promo.
The person with the winning fall gets a title shot? What were to happen if Melina got the fall? Also, a small thing is that Maryse had been off TV for a long time at this point, so having her pop back up with an attack on the champion, rather than randomly in a match would have been better for her to give a real statement imo. @ the match being filled with poorly thrown punches. I’m surprised at how convincingly you had Maryse go over in this, as it’s not usually how a tag match goes down at all. A bit surprised we didn’t see Melina save the fall. Maryse continuing to look dominant after the match with the Double French Kiss is alright, although you can’t book a tag match until after Armageddon if it’s featuring Maryse to continue the psychology that she thinks she’s too good for anyone (which may be a problem in the ever lacking divas division). Right booking decision made here on the part of Maryse winning, since Maryse vs. Melina is definitely the best option.
Nice showing of intensity from Orton here, letting us in on the frustration he’s suffering at the hands of Kofi. Also a pretty good way to advertise a match for next week (despite it being another heel vs. heel :\).
Giving Jamie Noble mic time? Interesting. Don’t mind this, as I’m quite a fan of Noble. First of all, I find the description here to be fantastic. Noble looing apprehensive, Noble looking for anyone, any single person who is cheering for him, and Noble looking ‘exasperated, tired... old’ are all great ways to build reader sympathy right off the bat. The almost nervous beginning from Noble was good, as was the emotion following the video. Lines like “I try my hardest, y’know, I just wanna entertain...” are again, wonderful sympathy builders and very well used. Noble talking about his jobbing was also very good, as was the line about always starting in the ring. The crowd’s burgeoning sympathy for Noble by no longer saying ‘What?’ was also good, and the challenge to Sheamus and emotional end to the promo were also great. As a whole, this was a very good promo, making the best of what’s happened to Noble in a way to utilise his awesomeness. My only concern is that just two weeks after his career was almost ended, Noble’s giving out challenges, however, the promo itself was very good.
Nice showing of the cockiness of The Miz by having him cut off the awful Grisham practically before he can begin. Miz talking himself up was all well and good, although asking that be asked a question after saying he was going to talk about Armageddon (which he didn’t) was kind of odd. Bourne’s interjection here was very nice, with some solid stuff from Bourne to follow, slightly unexpectedly since he’s bland on the mic generally, with you making the best of him. Bourne pinning Miz last night also gives him ammunition for a match between the two, which was made well. Nice promo here.
MVP and Marky Mark were alright here, talking themselves up well and booking a tag match well ahead of time with nice logic behind it. Not sure about MVP calling Show a fat lump when he has Henry in the ring, but that’s just a small thing. Would have also liked a bit more of an introduction for Legacy, but at least there was some talk of them before they came out. MVP owning Legacy was a nice start, although Rhodes’ shot was a bit random, even if I did find the cheap heat funny. The ‘shut up and go rob someone’ also sounded a tad lame for my liking. @ DiBiase rolling Henry though. Awesome. While the match between Rhodes and MVP was set up alright, seems kind of weird that they can just sanction a match like that, and also that they’re all of a sudden meeting at Armageddon. When was it announced that they’d both be facing the tag champs, let alone at all? Not as good as your other in-ring segments thus far, this was kind of on the short side, and didn’t quite come out as naturally as the others.
Ehh, alright match, although MVP looked very weak at the end, without getting any real offense in, let alone a comeback before Rhodes picked up the win. The other thing that irked me a bit was the match time. Sure, both guys (especially Rhodes) are pretty talented, but you only have so long to work with (especially considering the amount of promos we’ve seen), and cutting off three minutes wouldn’t really hurt the match that much. I know fitting things to time isn’t a major thing in BTB, but I like when things fit myself.
The heel work from Swagger to start the interview off with was good here, although with Miz having practically done the same thing a few moments ago, it isn’t as impressive and probably wouldn’t be met with the same reaction, as people have already seen it. The serious aspect to this promo was pretty good, with Swagger talking up with why he’s a threat well. The statement that he wants to be WWE Champion was made with nice intent too. Pretty good interview here.
A small thing here, but I thought I should acknowledge the emphasis you’ve put into details such as commentary, entrances and even the announcing of Justin Roberts. I love that kind of attention to detail myself. Again, a comeback from Bourne, much like from MVP in the last match, would have been nice to see, and really, ‘Lito interfering at this point seems a bit random since last we saw of him, he was a heel, although he seems to be positioned as a face here. Again, the match time was probably a bit long too. Bourne getting the win here surely puts him in line with a title shot though, and it seems like you’ll fit ‘Lito in there too, somehow.
I know you were trying to show Chavo as a bit of a jobber here, but damn, this segment buried him even further than before. I hope to God that he wins next week because he is a talented wrestler, but the way you had Shane speak to him gives me great doubt. As for the Cena aspect of this, I’m glad to see you remembered WWE’s stips that I brought up earlier and that you bothered to address it with an explanation that’s fine. Good to see you caring enough to do so.
A serious DX? I thought I’d never see the day. Some of the charm in the gimmick is that they do muck around, and they are amusing at times, so I hope it’s not all serious, but it’s nice to see you giving DX some direction. Interesting to see that you’re really making the tag titles a big deal too. It’ll be interesting to see how you decide just who the challengers are. As for the match, well, DX looking good is a good way to give them some momentum following last night, and hiring The Highlanders to be jobbers gets no complaints from me. The brawl at the end, while seeming a little awkward thanks to bodies being everywhere, continues to build the tag situation.
Short but sweet here from Sheamus. I love that he thinks he needs to try harder to actually finish Noble once and for all, with this really setting the scene for a big midcard match next week. Looking forward to it.
Nice to see you really trying to put Swagger over in the opening sentence of the match, showing you know that he needs to be elevated to be truly seen as a main eventer. Like I’ve said in some prior matches, a bigger comeback would have been nice from Swagger, although you utilised the knee injury well here I guess. Kingston making his presence felt is a nice touch too as Orton looks for the RKO, only for a nice finish, with Swagger looking very clever, while Kofi and Orton continue their problems. Loved the psychology behind it. Nice way to finish with Kingston getting the last laugh on Randy too with the top rope Boom Drop.
To be honest, after first looking at this thread I didn’t expect much, as it didn’t look different to the thread’s that you see pop up oh so often here in BTB. However, after glancing at your show it looked worth a read, and I’ve got to say, this impressed me a lot. You’ve utilised a lot of the WWE storylines well and morphed a few in your own direction, as well as using your own Survivor Series results. A small thing was the match writing, which I’ve talked about above, although the promos were good throughout, and your angles seem to be heading in a good direction. As I said, impressive start to this thread. You’ve got a reader for sure.
ECW Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, South Carolina
24th November 2009
The ECW entrance video plays, and then the camera cuts to the arena, where fireworks blast out of every crevice on the steel stage, to a great reaction from the crowd. The camera cuts to ringside, where Josh Matthews and Matt Striker sit at the announce table.
Matthews: Hello, good evening. I’m Josh Matthews, alongside my announce partner, Matt Striker, and welcome to ECW on SyFy. We are coming to you from the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, South Carolina, where tonight, we have a blockbuster hour coming up.
Striker: Yup Josh, tonight, we will be crowning a new No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship in an 8-Man Battle Royal for a Main Event, and we’ll also be seeing the Champion himself in action, as Christian takes on the returning Mastodon, Big Daddy V.
Matthews: Two star-studded matches there. Two nights ago, after Survivor Series, the WWE Universe learned that all pay-per-views, bar the Big Four, would become uni-brand again, meaning ECW are left without a pay-per-view to appear on, again, bar the Big Four. ECW General Manager Tiffany has something to say about this, we’ll hear from her shortly, and also tonight, the Abraham Washington show, with special guests, William Regal and his Ruthless Roundtable, Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson.
Tiffany is already in the ring with a microphone, and underneath her a name plate appears with ‘ECW GM TIFFANY’ on it. She raises the mic.
Tiffany: Ok... Two nights ago ECW learned that we’d only have representation at the Big Four pay-per-views.
The crowd boos.
Tiffany: To me, that highlights just how much Vince McMahon thinks that ECW is the ‘C’ Brand. He’s wrong.
Cheers for Tiffany standing up for ECW.
Tiffany: ECW means a lot to me, I mean, it’s my home! It’s where I came in first in the WWE, and I’m still here... I won’t have Vince McMahon disrespecting us!
Tiffany: So, seeing as we have four pay-per-views, this means ECW’s Tuesday night show is gonna mean more.
Another cheer goes up.
Tiffany: We’ll have the ECW Championship defended on Tuesdays if we have to! We’ll make some shows have the quality of a pay-per-view! No... we’ll make all our shows pay-per-view quality, for you, the fans! It’s only what you deserve, you tune in every week!
Serious cheering for Tiffany.
Tiffany: And before Vince McMahon can say we can’t give away pay-per-view matches for free, I say he brought it upon himself by taking away our pay-per-views.
Tiffany pauses to take a breather, then carries on.
Tiffany: Our next pay-per-view is in January – Royal Rumble. Next week, we’ll have a qualifying match for the 30-Man Royal Rumble match. This week, we’ll be finding out our new No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship.
The crowd cheers for this.
Tiffany: The winner of the 8-Man Battle Royal later tonight will go on to face ECW Champion Christian at Royal Rumble. Also-
Suddenly, Tiffany is interrupted as Paul Burchill’s music hits! The crowd unleashes a ton of boos as the Ripper appears on the ramp, Katie Lea by his side. Tiffany looks stunned that the Burchills are daring to interrupt her. The English pairing get in the ring, and Katie Lea stands at Paul’s shoulder, staring down the GM with a cold look. Paul gets a mic – his English accent makes him sound deadly as he speaks.
Paul Burchill: Tiffany... You might just be the worst General Manager I’ve ever met.
Immense boos for Burchill. Tiffany looks hurt.
Burchill: I mean... you’ve made this Main Event, and yet you’ve left out the best superstar on your roster... me.
Tiffany frowns, and the crowd boos more.
Burchill: So... what you’re going to give me, Tiffany, is a place in that Battle Royal... before I let things get ugly.
Tiffany takes a step back as Burchill clenches his teeth.
Burchill: Well? What’s it going to be?
Tiffany decides to stand her ground.
Tiffany: ...No! No – I’ve made the match, I’ve made my decision.
She grows in confidence as the crowd get behind her.
Tiffany: You think you get to come out here and intimidate me? I’m the General Manager! How dare you treat me like this!
Tiffany: I’m in charge here on ECW – you’re not getting a place in that Battle Royal, and that’s final.
Katie Lea takes Paul’s mic. Her English accent is just as strong as her brother’s.
Katie Lea: Tiffany... you’re a fool. The making of a good General Manager... is someone who supports the best superstars they have available... why, Paul’s the very best there is!
Boos greet Katie Lea’s words.
Katie Lea: Obviously, you like to think you’re tough by ‘standing up’ to us. Not wise, Tiffany.
Tiffany’s proud attitude is faltering again. Katie Lea senses it.
Katie Lea: We are the best assets you have... so start using your brain. Put Paul in that Battle Royal or you’ll... be... sorry.
Tiffany, seeming lost under the threats, takes a step back, getting Katie Lea out of her face, before replying, timidly.
Tiffany: Look... I can’t, I can’t go back on what I’ve done.
The Burchills look pleased with their work. Deciding he’s done what he came out to do, Paul goes to speak, then smirks evilly.
Burchill: Ok... Have it your way...
Burchill beckons a surprised Katie Lea as he goes to leave and she follows, glancing back at an incensed Tiffany as she does. As Burchill leaves, he whispers something to Katie Lea, who looks relieved all of a sudden, then smirks as her brother did only a second before. As they get up on to the ramp, Burchill holds his mic up again-
Burchill: I warn you, Tiffany. You’d be surprised what I can do. I will be in the ECW Championship match at Royal Rumble. I guarantee it. Just wait.
Tiffany tries to look nonplussed, but there’s fear in her eyes. Paul and Katie Lea go backstage as ECW goes to a break.
The camera cuts to ringside as ECW returns.
Matthews: Welcome back to ECW, where before the break, Paul and Katie Lea completely intimidated ECW General Manager Tiffany, trying to get her to put Paul in the No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal later tonight.
Striker: But then, Paul Burchill just left! He just accepted Tiffany’s feeble excuse, and left! He had her in the palm of his hand, but he didn’t put it to good use! I just can’t understand it!
Matthews: Well, as Burchill left, he delivered a chilling message, telling Tiffany that he’d be in the ECW Championship match at Royal Rumble, no matter what.
Striker: After his actions there, I’d have to take him seriously. I mean, come on, he’s so desperate to get his hands on the ECW Championship, he’s willing to confront the ECW General Manager about it! I have a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing him tonight – if I was in that Battle Royal, I’d be keeping an eye out... Burchill doesn’t look like he’s playing around – I wouldn’t put it past him to attack someone in the Battle Royal so that he could have their place in the Main Event.
The bell rings. A Samoan theme starts up and none other than former Legacy member Manu arrives on the stage, to mild boos – Manu’s face is one of dead focus. As he comes down to the ring, new announcer Lauren Mayhew makes the announcement.
Mayhew: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Samoa, weighing in at 290 pounds... Manu!
The commentators remind the viewers of Manu’s previous WWE involvement, as the man himself gets in the ring, obviously determined not to lose on his ECW debut. He bounces off the ropes a bit, testing his surroundings as he waits for his opponent.
The crowd cheers as Gregory Helms makes his way out, smiling as he stands on the stage. He touches the outstretched hands of the fans at ringside as he comes down the ramp, then begins to make his way into the ring.
Mayhew: And his opponent! From Smithfield, North Carolina, weighing in at 215 pounds... Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms!
More cheers greet the announcement, and Helms rolls into the ring from the apron. He climbs up a turnbuckle, and smiles to the crowd, before leaping down, and bouncing on the balls of his feet, wondering how he’s going to take down this bigger, more powerful opponent. The referee starts the match by calling for the bell.
Manu vs Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms
Manu has made a strong showing in this match, dominating Helms for much of the match. As we join the match at the 6 minute mark, Manu is beating down Helms, who is sat in the corner, trying to shield himself from Manu’s heavy blows. The referee, yelling at the Samoan to get away from Helms, starts a count, which Manu finally complies with at 4. Helms winces in the corner, and Manu takes a step back, before he connects the sole of his boot to Helms’ face! The crowd groans, the referee yells, and Helms’ cries out, his head collapsing to the mat. Manu lifts Helms from the mat, then sends him back down with a nauseating headbutt. Helms whimpers on the mat, clutching his head, and Manu stomps right on it! The crowd boos Manu’s sick offence on Helms’ head, and ‘Hurricane’ rolls away, just trying to get away, out of the ring. Manu sees him rolling and steps over him, preventing him going anywhere.
Helms starts to struggle to his feet, but Manu punches the back of his head, and Helms collapses again. Manu rolls him into a cover, hooking a leg... 1-2 kick-out from Helms, who obviously still has some fight in him, despite the aggressiveness of Manu’s brawling offence. Manu yanks Helms back to his feet, then whips him to the corner – Manu charges like a bull, but Helms skips out of the way, and the Samoan absolutely hammers into the turnbuckle! The crowd roars, and Helms takes advantage, attempting the Roll Up using the momentum... Manu is down! 1-2-3! Helms has pulled out a win, totally out of nowhere!
Winner: Gregory ‘Hurricane’ Helms
Match Time: 6:41
Helms quickly rolls from the ring with a smile as the crowd goes wild – Manu is incensed! Not believing he’s lost a match he’d been completely in control of, the Samoan yells and throws a tantrum in the ring. Furiously, he beckons for a mic. Helms, on the steel stage, waits for Manu to speak with a leisurely grin. Manu leans against the ropes nearest the ramp, then speaks, his hair streaky across his face from sweat.
Manu: Gregory, you think you’re great, don’t you? Cause you beat me?
The crowd cheers and Helms’ grin grows.
Manu: I wasn’t gonna introduce him ‘til next week, but your fluke of a win has convinced me that you need putting in your place...
Helms looks confused. Manu smirks.
Manu: Look behind you.
The crowd erupts with boos, and Helms turns... GORE! Rhyno has taken out Gregory Helms! Rhyno is back! Manu looks very smug in the ring, and Helms is out cold, as the War Machine roars above Helms’ lifeless body. Manu leaves the ring and walks up the ramp, raising Rhyno’s arm as the War Machine’s music plays.
Matthews: What an underhanded attack by none other than Rhyno, who has returned to the WWE, just like Manu here tonight, on ECW!
Striker: Well, Manu dominated that entire match, no wonder he’d be annoyed that he lost. And tonight, Manu has re-introduced the War Machine, Rhyno, to WWE. Who would’ve thought that Manu and Rhyno would be friends?
Matthews: They’ll be a force to be reckoned with here on ECW, I think. Rhyno has been in ECW before, he’s a veteran in the Land of the Extreme, and we can be sure he’ll help Manu get far on this brand.
Striker: Without a doubt. Still, I don’t think Manu is happy with this small victory over Helms – he’ll want an official win over him.
Manu and Rhyno, both with devilish smiles on their faces, turn away from Helms on the stage, and head to the back. The camera cuts backstage, where Savannah stands with a mic.
Savannah: Ladies and gentlemen, with me... the ECW Champion, Christian!
The crowd roars as the camera zooms out to encompass Captain Charisma, who’s looking pretty happy.
Savannah: Christian, tonight you face Big Daddy V. It’s his first night back on ECW – the man weighs nearly 500 pounds... how do you expect to beat a man with such a mean streak?
Christian thinks for a moment, then deliberately makes his ECW Championship more visible so Savannah, and the crowd, can see it.
Christian: Savannah... can you see this thing? It’s the ECW Championship.
The crowd roars.
Christian: It proves something. It tells anybody who needs to know, anybody who doesn’t quite get it. I’m the best on this brand. I’ve shown before, it doesn’t matter how big they are!
Christian is jubilant, and the crowd returns his cheery attitude.
Christian: Big Daddy V? Sure, he’ll be a challenge. But I’ve taken on big guys before, and I’ve beaten big guys before... it’s not about size in this business. It’s about flair, it’s about skill... it’s about charisma.
More wild cheering for Captain Charisma. Savannah, smiling, asks another question.
Savannah: Later tonight, eight men will face off in a Battle Royal for a chance at your title at Royal Rumble. Who do you think will win?
Christian looks bemused.
Christian: Who do I think will win? Look, Savannah, who I think will win doesn’t matter. One of those men later is gonna win themselves a chance of a lifetime. A shot at the ECW Championship.
A small cheer goes up.
Christian: Unfortunately for them, regardless of who wins, it’s gonna be the same result come Royal Rumble. My hand is gonna get raised, and that title’s coming back my way. End of story.
Another cheer for Christian.
Christian: So... tonight, I’m gonna beat Big Daddy V. I’ll show everyone just how much I can compete with the best, and the biggest on ECW. Then, I’m gonna sit in the comfort of my locker room, and watch whoever it’s gonna be win the Battle Royal – good luck, guys. Not to win the Main Event, if you’re good enough to be a title contender, you can beat the other wannabes. It’s good luck for what comes after. The long, long road to Royal Rumble. When the ECW Championship will be on the line... but I won’t hold back. Just like I won’t hold back tonight. Like I never hold back. In every match I’m in, I give my all. So, you better all give your all tonight. I don’t wanna take on somebody who isn’t gonna give me a run for my money. Prove yourselves. Show me you deserve this... show me you’re worthy... if only until I bring... you... down.
Another massive cheer goes up. Christian nods to Savannah, then leaves. The camera cuts to ringside.
Matthews: Strong words from the ECW Champion here tonight.
Striker: He’s not playing around, Josh. Christian never does. Big Daddy V was the favourite in their match tonight, but I can’t help but feel Christian’s set the record straight with those words tonight.
Matthews: And don’t forget, later tonight we will find out who will go on to face Christian himself at Royal Rumble, when William Regal, Vladimir Kozlov, Ezekiel Jackson, Goldust, Shelton Benjamin, Zack Ryder, Tommy Dreamer and Yoshi Tatsu all face off in one ring to determine the No. 1 Contender.
The camera cuts to the stage, where a sofa, armchair, and coffee table have been set up. Abraham Washington is standing, by the armchair, as is Tony Atlas, though he stands at his podium. Washington greets the apprehensive crowd in his usual over-the-top voice.
Washington: Welcome, welcome, this is the one and only... Abraham Washington Show, simply the best evening talk show you’ll find in sports entertainment!
‘APPLAUSE’ booms up on the TitanTron, and the crowd instead boo him. Washington ignores them, then continues.
Washington: Tonight, Tony and I are going to treat you to some premium entertainment. There’s no other word for what you’re about to witness. Wow, you people are really getting your money’s worth... I’d tell Vince McMahon to raise ticket prices but you people are so poor you’d never be able to afford it! HAHA!
Atlas chuckles his usual annoying laugh, and the crowd unleash absolute hell in boos on the grinning Washington, whose idea of humour is insulting the fans, it seems.
Washington: Ah, but seriously... Enjoy the show, presented by me, Abraham Washington, the host with the most.
More boos are thrown at Washington, whose grin is begging to be wiped off his face.
Washington: Tonight, my guests are one stroppy Englishman, and a couple of big lumps. No, I’m not talking about Paul Burchill and his sister. HA!
The crowd roll their eyes in unison at this one. Atlas’ infuriating laugh rings through the speakers again.
Washington: Tonight, my guests are William Regal, Vladimir Kozlov, and Ezekiel Jackson. Come out here, fellas!
Boos ring around the arena as the Ruthless Roundtable make their way out. All three men have stormy expressions – they don’t look in the mood to be verbally abused by Washington.
Washington: Gentlemen, take a seat.
Regal continues to look at Washington, whilst Jackson and Kozlov look disdainfully at the sofa. Washington settles in his armchair, and beckons to the sofa with an outstretched arm. Both big men look at Regal, who slowly nods, and the behemoths, both in street clothes, take seats on the arms of the sofa. Regal slowly makes his way around the sofa, and seats himself tentatively between his associates. Washington grins.
Washington: So... welcome to the show.
Regal, looking at Washington in disapproval, mutters...
Regal: Yes, yes, good to be here.
Washington leans back, comfortable none of the men before him feel like attacking him for no reason.
Washington: So, you guys are called the Ruthless Roundtable. You do know this is 2009, right? Not 1066... I mean, who do y’all think y’all are, King Arthur and his knights? HA!
Regal doesn’t see the funny side... Tony Atlas does. Washington waits for the Hall of Famer’s laugh to die down, then continues.
Washington: So, Vladimir... y’all’re from Russia. What’s it like there? Cold, yeah? That’ll explain all the body fat y’all got yoself there to keep yoself warm, huh? HA!
Kozlov starts to rise off his seat, but Regal tells him to stay where he is. For now. Washington moves out of his relaxed position, realising he has struck a nerve. The crowd are getting tired of everything Washington says being a supposedly ‘funny’ insult in his book, so they start roaring ‘WHAT?’ after each line he spouts.
Washington: William, yo say yo ruthless... more like toothless! HA! Ain’t that right? Huh? Ain’t that right? HA!
‘WHAT?’ Regal doesn’t move a muscle but you can see the anger flaring in his face at the jibe at Englishmen’s teeth. He clearly seems irked by Washington’s clear, stereotypical lack of knowledge.
Washington: Uh... I’ll just leave you, Ezekiel. Let’s not get into what’s wrong with you.
‘WHAT?’ It was obvious that Washington wasn’t going to keep this up for long before one of the Roundtable was going to speak up. Jackson leaps to his feet, and roars-
Jackson: YOU THINK YOU’RE REAL CLEVER, HUH? WHY DON’T WE JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU AND ME GET IT ON, HUH?
Washington tries to turn it into a joke...
Washington: Woah... I’m sorry Ezekiel, I just don’t swing that way, know what I’m sayin’? HA!
Jackson grabs Washington by the front of his suit and the crowd roar for Jackson to beat the living daylights out of the cocky host, but Jackson dumps the terrified Washington to the floor, instead heading over to Tony Atlas, who is still chuckling after Washington’s gay reference. Regal and Kozlov make no attempt to stop Jackson – in fact, Regal hasn’t looked this relaxed the entire show so far.
Jackson: WHAT ABOUT YOU, HUH? YOU THINK EVERYTHING IS SO FUNNY, LET’S SEE IF YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT MY FIST!
The crowd are roaring for Jackson to clock Atlas one, but Washington saves him, charging over there, and yelling apologies. Jackson, fuming, slowly moves away, obviously not wanting to waste any energy for the Battle Royal later. He sits back down at a muttered command of Regal, and watches Washington, who now looks like he’s thrown all his offensive material out the window.
Washington: So... uh, y’all’re in the Battle Royal later, how y’all feelin’ about that?
Regal immediately answers.
Regal: You see, Abraham, it’s not going to be a contest.
Boos swamp Regal.
Regal: Every man in the Battle Royal later is going to have themselves a 7-on-1 – except us. For us, it’ll be 5-on-3. Not to mention, we are the most dominant force on this brand.
Regal: There’s only one thing that’s going to happen later – my associates and I are going to destroy every other competitor in that match... and then one of us is going to Royal Rumble, where the Ruthless Roundtable shall be walking out with the ECW Championship. Do you understand, Abraham?
Washington, humbled by Jackson’s earlier outburst, mumbles ‘Yes, yes I do’ before continuing.
Washington: So, don’t y’all think if y’all have to fight each other, y’all might turn on each other?
Obviously, Washington is referring to Jackson’s temper, which he’s already experienced. Regal answers again.
Regal: Abraham, I think you’re forgetting – while we might be aggressive, we are still controlled. Ezekiel and Vladimir know their places, and I know mine. We know that we will have to fight each other, but that takes nothing away from the fact that we are a team – we shall not be turning on each other. Later tonight, you will be seeing one of us crowned... Number... One... Contender.
Washington stands, just wanting to be away from the three aggressive men.
Washington: Well, uh... thanks for comin’ on the show, William... Vladimir... Ezekiel...
The Ruthless Roundtable stands also and begin to leave. Jackson hovers, looking at Washington briefly, then goes backstage with Regal and Kozlov. Washington brightens up.
Washington: Well, thanks y’all for watchin’ the show, simply the best evening talk show you’ll find in sports entertainment! Thanks y’all, you’ve been... pretty suckish. HA! Goodnight!
Boos unload on Washington, and he and Atlas, who is chuckling, wander backstage. ECW goes to a break, following some comments by Matthews and Striker about Washington’s obnoxiousness.
As ECW returns, the bell rings and the stage turns a gold colour.
GO! IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES, YOUR LIFE WILL MAKE THE TRUTH REVEAL! SHOULD YOU NEVER LIVED AND SCARS NEVER HEAL...
The crowd erupts as the ECW Champion leaps out on to the stage, grinning, adrenaline pumping through him. He is wearing his shiny silver boxing jacket, with the hood down, and it sparkles under the arena lights as he makes his way down the ramp, touching the hands of the fans to his left and right.
Mayhew: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing in at 227 pounds... he is the ECW Champion... Christian!
The crowd roars again, and Christian gets in the ring. He stands on a turnbuckle and points out at the crowd with a grin, then hops down, and repeats the feat on the opposite turnbuckle. He then crouches in the centre of the ring, and stares at the stage, peeling his jacket off as he does. Eventually, Big Daddy V’s music begins over the speakers, and the behemoth, giant as ever, lumbers out on to the stage, eyes filled with menace.
Mayhew: And his opponent! From Harlem, New York, weighing in at 487 pounds... Big... Daddy... V!
Small boos greet Big Daddy V’s name, and Matt Striker mentions how he used to manage the Mastodon – he reminds the fans of just how big and strong the giant is. V gets in the ring via the ring steps, and stares down Christian with an evil glare. Christian, now standing against the far top rope, looks at V with an apprehensive look. The referee checks both men, then calls for the bell to start up the match.
Christian vs Big Daddy V Non-title
Christian is not looking great as we approach the 6 minute mark – he’s only taken Big Daddy V off his feet on one occasion in the entire match, due to his massive figure, when he hit a Missile Dropkick from the top turnbuckle. However, Big Daddy V retook control soon after, and, although the ECW Champion has got some offence in, this match has belonged to the barely tired Big Daddy V. As we join the action, Christian is on the mat, and Big Daddy V stands above him. The Mastodon lets Christian get to his feet, then throws a beastly punch, but thankfully Captain Charisma dives out the way – good thing, too, it looked like had the force of a lorry. Captain Charisma fires a couple of quick punches to the Mastodon’s skull, then moves away as the giant swings back. Christian attempts to use his superior speed to his advantage, and he throws a few kicks, then darts away again. Big Daddy V is getting frustrated, and Christian decides to keep on the move, to annoy him further. The ECW Champion goes in again, but the Mastodon sees him coming, and grabs his wrist, attempting to whip Captain Charisma to the turnbuckle... but Christian grabs the giant’s wrist, and flies back at him, connecting with a stunning Lariat! Both men go down as the crowd roars, the ‘crack’ of Christian’s leg on the Mastodon’s skull echoing around the arena.
Christian looks to take advantage of this rare opportunity, and covers... 1-2 the Mastodon throws Christian off him, to the disappointment of the crowd and of Christian. Captain Charisma’s not done, however, and he heads up to the top turnbuckle as the big man gets to his feet slowly. The crowd begins to cheer Christian on, and as Big Daddy V gets to a vertical base, Christian soars off the top turnbuckle... but the Mastodon catches Christian, and drills him into the floor with one of the most powerful Sitout Powerbombs the crowd has ever seen! The crowd groans with the impact, and both Striker and Matthews are yelling as replays show over and over the stunning move the Mastodon just pulled off. Christian looks totally out of it, and though his eyes are open, they seem unfocused. Luckily for the Champion, Big Daddy V seems to have taken some of the impact as well, as he is on the mat too, breathing heavily. Slowly, the Mastodon crawls over... to Christian... cover! It must be it... 1-2- NO! Surely not! Christian has kicked out of a 487 pound Powerbomb! Big Daddy V realises with a shock that he’s cost himself a chance to win the match with his time spent resting after the move, and Christian has come to, just in time to inch his shoulder from the mat! The crowd roars, and Captain Charisma, fired up by their support, gets to his feet, helped by the ropes.
Big Daddy V takes longer to get up, carrying extra weight, and Christian hammers him with a right hand, causing the Mastodon to reel back. Though showing exhaustion from this hard-fought match, the ECW Champion is showing the resiliency which has earned him the belt, and he connects with a Dropkick to Big Daddy V, albeit a weaker one than if he was at full strength, but nonetheless the Mastodon looks wobbly. Christian then darts behind the big man... then connects with a Chop Block to Big Daddy V’s left leg, and finally the Mastodon goes down! The crowd cheers, and Christian starts to pump himself up... the Mastodon slowly rises, and Christian kicks him in the gut, before ambitiously attempting a Suplex... it was never going to work, and Big Daddy V powers out of the hold, and picks Christian up... but his legs are wobbly, and Christian breaks free of the Mastodon’s grip, dropping down behind him, before... a stunning Falling Inverted DDT! The crowd roars, but there’s one thing missing for Christian... he leaps up, exhaustion written across his face, and beckons the Mastodon to rise – after the impressive DDT, it takes a few seconds, but eventually he makes his way to his feet, teeth clenched. Christian kicks the big man in the gut... hooks both arms... twists... Killswitch! The Bi-Lo Center explodes as the move connects, and the ECW Champion yells in triumph, before letting himself fall onto the massive figure of Big Daddy V... 1-2-3! He’s done it! Christian has beaten Big Daddy V in an intense physical match!
Match Time: 9:28
Matthews: A terrific effort from Christian tonight, and the Bi-Lo Center are going absolutely nuts for the ECW Champion! What a performance!
Striker: Truly, Josh, that was magnificent. Christian overcame the odds to beat Big Daddy V here tonight – it was no easy feat, but he showed everybody that he is worthy of that belt.
Matthews: And look how exhausted that man right there is! It just goes to show – Christian really does give everything he has when he gets in the squared circle, he is truly a great Champion.
Striker: When Big Daddy V hit that Sitout Powerbomb, I thought that was it, but Christian really pulled it out. Amazing.
Christian is handed his ECW Championship and he clambers up on to the top turnbuckle, smiling at the crowd, and raising an exhausted, wobbly arm in acknowledgement of the fans, who are giving Christian the ovation he deserves. Suddenly – everything turns sour. From behind, Christian is thrown from the turnbuckle to the mat by... Paul Burchill! The crowd and the commentators can’t believe what’s going on, and Burchill grabs the ECW Champion from the mat, before flinging him upwards, spinning in the air and connecting with the C-4! The crowd boos the hell out of Burchill, who obviously isn’t finished yet – he hooks both Christian’s arms on the mat, then stomps his head into the mat with the Curb Stomp! Christian looks totally out cold, and the boos continue to rain down – Christian couldn’t do anything, he was blindsided and had just had an exhausting match with Big Daddy V! Burchill picks Christian up one more time, and lifts him into the air, before bring him back down with a brutal Dangerous Buster! Christian doesn’t look in good condition, and the crowd’s boos get much louder, though it didn’t seem possible. The commentators are in disbelief, as are the crowd and the viewers – Paul Burchill has attacked the ECW Champion! The Ripper looks deadly pleased with his work, and as he leaves the ring, more referees come down to the ring to attend to Captain Charisma, who is unconscious. The arena is silent.
Matthews: I... am in shock. Paul Burchill has brutally attacked the ECW Champion, Christian.
Striker: What cowardice. He blindsided a weak and defenceless man after an incredibly physical match. And the worst thing is, Burchill seems pleased. Sick.
Matthews: I agree, Matt. We expected Burchill to be going after someone in the Battle Royal later after his chilling words to Tiffany earlier. Instead, he has gone straight to the man with the title – he hit Christian with three finishers. Who knows what kind of condition Captain Charisma is in?
ECW goes to a break, the referees attending to the unconscious Christian the last image the viewers see.
As ECW returns, Savannah is standing by backstage.
Savannah: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, the ECW Original, Tommy Dreamer!
The old ECW fans in attendance give the loudest cheers for the aged Dreamer, who nonetheless looks in the mood for a fight, which he will get fairly soon.
Dreamer: Thanks, Savannah. Go on, ask me why I’m gonna win the Battle Royal.
Savannah smiles at Dreamer’s breezy attitude.
Savannah: Tell me, Tommy, why are you going to win the Battle Royal?
Dreamer: Well, I’ll tell ya why, Savannah. It’s cause I am the heart and soul of ECW. It’s cause I embody everything that makes this brand great. I put the ‘E’ in ECW. Who better to hold this prestigious Championship?
The crowd cheers as Dreamer smiles.
Dreamer: I am going to go out there tonight, and leave it all in the ring. I want the ECW Championship as if it was my own child. It means that much to me. I want to show the world I still have something to give. I want to show everybody, that just cause I’m not a... spring chicken any more... doesn’t mean I can’t be up there with ECW’s best.
Dreamer: I’ve been ECW Champion before this year – it kept me here. I refuse to let this opportunity slip away... that desire to win, to be ECW Champion, is what’s gonna make me head and shoulders above all other competitors tonight. I can beat them all – I know I can. Whether it’s the ‘multi-talented’ Yoshi Tatsu...
A small cheer goes up.
Dreamer: The Bizarre One, Goldust...
Another small cheer, for Goldust.
Dreamer: William Regal and his cronies...
Heavy boos for the Ruthless Roundtable.
Dreamer: The Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin...
A strong cheer comes from the crowd for Benjamin.
Dreamer: Or that joke, Zack Ryder-
Ryder: HA! I’m the joke?
The crowd erupts with boos, and Dreamer looks surprised as Zack Ryder struts into the view of the camera.
Ryder: You’re calling me a joke? Pathetic. For someone with so much experience, I thought you would have recognised talent when you saw it, Tommy.
Boos are fired at Ryder.
Ryder: You are the joke here, Tommy. Not me. You’re a washed up has-been. You need to learn your place, old man.
Dreamer curls his lip and more boos are directed at Ryder.
Ryder: I’m amazed you can stand. What are you, sixty? I think it’s time you stepped aside for faster, stronger superstars – that is, just about everyone, in your case.
Ryder’s insults are gathering some serious boos, and Dreamer looks like punching him more every second.
Ryder: Especially me. I could break you. I should break you, for disrespecting me. Shame I have more important things on my mind. Like the ECW Championship.
Ryder adjusts his shades, and pulls up his collar.
Ryder: Tonight, I’m gonna take that Battle Royal by storm. There’s no-one who can stop me, as long as you don’t try and hit me with your Zimmer frame or something.
Ryder: And when you crash and burn... it’ll be me there to laugh. I’ll enjoy watching you cry as it slowly sinks in that... you just... don’t... make... the cut... any more.
Dreamer is staring down Ryder with a look of furious hatred. Ryder is
Ryder: I’m Zack Ryder. Learn it. WOO WOO WOO! You... know... it.
And with that emphatic last line, Ryder smirks, pops his collar again, and sweeps away in the other direction – the camera shows Dreamer’s fuming face, before it cuts elsewhere. Paul and Katie Lea Burchill are walking down a corridor – immense booing greets them, the heaviest of the night so far, and both of them look sickly confident considering what Paul did earlier. Tiffany appears from round a corner, surprising both of them, and they back up, taking a few steps away from the ECW General Manager, who is absolutely furious.
Tiffany: Earlier, you attempted to intimidate me into giving you a title shot. You made me look like a joke. Then, you insult me. Just now was the final straw.
Both Burchills look slightly surprised by this new attitude of Tiffany’s, but they obviously remember how they made her in a snivelling wreck earlier, as they resume their confident looks.
Tiffany: You think I’m joking? I’m dead serious. How dare you think you can attack the ECW Champion? My ECW Champion. He represents this entire brand. I swear... I swear. If you ever lay another finger on Christian or any other superstar on this roster outside of a match, you will be suffering severe consequences.
Paul looks slightly more disturbed than Katie Lea, who seems to have more confidence in him than he does in himself. Tiffany continues, pointing a finger at Paul.
Tiffany: You want an ECW Championship shot? You can earn one.
Paul tilts his head.
Tiffany: Next week, I’ll give you a match. If you win it, the ECW Championship match at Royal Rumble will become a Triple Threat, and you’ll be the third participant.
The crowd boos this announcement and the Burchills smirk.
Tiffany: Don’t you even think that I’m doing it cause I’m scared of you – either of you. I’m the General Manager of ECW, and I’m not scared of you, or anything. So, stop thinking I’m a pushover. You ever take me lightly again? You’ll be sorry. Remember that.
And with that, Tiffany turns and walks away, leaving Paul and Katie Lea humbled. Paul growls, then walks away in anger, and Katie Lea hurries off behind him. ECW goes to a break.
As ECW returns, we see Josh Matthews and Matt Striker.
Matthews: Welcome back to ECW, where just before the break, Tiffany laid down the law on Paul Burchill, who has caused havoc on her show tonight, first insulting and intimidating her at the beginning of the show, then attacking the ECW Champion Christian.
Striker: That’s right, Josh. However, Paul Burchill has a match next week, and if he can win it, he earns himself an ECW Title shot at Royal Rumble, alongside the winner of tonight’s Battle Royal.
Matthews: And that Battle Royal is coming up in just a moment. All evening, we’ve been building up to this – superstars have staked their claim to that match at Royal Rumble, many have claimed they can beat Christian. First, however, they must prove there are the best of the contenders. It all comes down to tonight. Here we go.
The bell rings, and the crowd begins to get excited as the Main Event is about to begin.
Mayhew: The following is an Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal! The winner will earn themselves a spot in the ECW Championship match at Royal Rumble!
The crowd cheers, and a second or two of silence is followed by the music of William Regal – the crowd boo as the Englishman arrives.
Mayhew: Introducing first! From Blackpool, England, weighing it at 240 pounds... William Regal!
Further boos greet the proud, brawling Englishman, who looks around the arena with disdain as he makes his way down the ramp, his black, full-length jacket covering his ring gear. As he gets in the ring, Russian whispers start up, and again the crowd boos as the stage turns red, and Vladimir Kozlov arrives.
Mayhew: And, from Moscow, Russia, weighing in 302 pounds... Vladimir Kozlov!
Kozlov strides down the ramp and up the steel steps. He roars once in the ring, to boos from the crowd, and Kozlov gives Regal a look that tells everyone they’re on the same page. Predictably, Ezekiel Jackson is next to arrive, and more boos are unloaded on the third member of the Ruthless Roundtable as he begins to make his way down the ramp.
Mayhew: And, from Harlem, New York, weighing in at 290 pounds... Ezekiel Jackson!
Jackson uses the steps to get into the ring, and Regal beckons both his enforcers towards him, and they seem to go over a game plan of sorts as the next competitor comes out – it’s Yoshi Tatsu, and the crowd cheer the Japanese superstar as he makes his way out with a smile.
Mayhew: And, from Japan, weighing at 220 pounds... Yoshi Tatsu!
The Ruthless Roundtable are outside the ring now as Tatsu jogs down the ramp, ready for action. He leaps into the ring and tests the ropes. He rolls from the ring as the camera cuts to the stage, which has turned gold-
AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME... NAAAAW!
The crowd roars for the Gold Standard as he arrives, looking pumped for action. He smiles as he athletically jogs down to the ramp to warm up.
Mayhew: And, from Orangeburg, South Carolina, weighing in 248 pounds... the Gold Standard... Shelton Benjamin!
Cheers greet the announcement, and Benjamin slides into the ring, then bounces on the balls of his feet, gearing up for the Battle Royal. His music cuts and is replaced by the unorthodox music of Goldust. The viewers’ screens, and the TitanTron, show ’24 Karat Pictures Presents’ before the Bizarre One makes his way out, to very little reaction.
Mayhew: And, from Hollywood, California, weighing in at 242 pounds... Goldust!
The Bizarre One wanders down the ramp, looking at his various opponents he will be facing. As he glides into the ring, his music fades out, and in comes that of Tommy Dreamer! The crowd goes wild as the guitar hits, and the self-proclaimed Innovator of Violence arrives, smiling a toothy grin.
Mayhew: And, from Yonkers, New York, weighing at 255 pounds... Tommy Dreamer!
A mighty cheer goes up for the ECW Original, who makes his way down the ramp, emphatically low-fiving the fans at ringside with a few strong sweeps of his arm. He gets in the ring, where he looks at the other competitors, who are all waiting on the outside. However, none of them are the man he’s looking for, who arrives next-
OH, RADIOOO, TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW...
The crowd unloads a ton of boos on Zack Ryder, who arrives with a smirk etched across his face. He looks confident, and the tension is clear between him and Tommy Dreamer, who is standing in the centre of the ring.
Mayhew: And finally, from Long Island, New York, weighing in at 214 pounds... Zack Ryder!
Ryder struts down the ramp – a child holds out his hand for him to touch, but he pulls away at the last second with a chuckle, causing more boos to be dumped on him. As he walks away from the surprised child, he yells ‘WOO WOO WOO! You know it!’ and laughs, before making his way up the steel steps and into the squared circle. He and Dreamer have a stare-down, and the other competitors tentatively get into the ring, and they all separate, with a man by each turnbuckle, and a man in each gap between them. The eight men look good to go, and the four referees, on the outside, check with each other, then start the match.
William Regal vs Vladimir Kozlov vs Ezekiel Jackson vs Yoshi Tatsu vs Shelton Benjamin vs Goldust vs Tommy Dreamer vs Zack Ryder Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal
A quick run-through of what’s happened so far: Early on in the match, Goldust found himself eliminated at the hand of Ezekiel Jackson, and few minutes later, Yoshi Tatsu followed, thrown over emphatically by Vladimir Kozlov. As we join the match, Kozlov and Jackson are double-teaming the Gold Standard in one corner, and William Regal and Zack Ryder are beating down Tommy Dreamer in the other. Kozlov and Jackson decide that the Gold Standard has taken enough to punishment to go over without a fuss, and go to throw him out, but Shelton grips on to the ropes with all he has, and the crowd roars as the big men struggle to get him over! Benjamin is resilient, as he is known to be, and he lashes out with his right boot, the one held by Jackson, and the big New Yorker takes the boot to his nose and falls back to a great crowd reaction – Shelton then uses his right boot to connect to the face of Kozlov, too, and the Russian falls back also! Benjamin moves away from the ropes, and Jackson moves towards him, throwing a vicious punch, but Benjamin dives out the way, and it hits Kozlov! The crowd roars as the Moscow Mauler tumbles over the top rope behind him under the force of the blow! Vladimir Kozlov has been eliminated! Both big men are in total shock, and Benjamin takes advantage, tossing Jackson to the ropes, where Jackson falls over the top rope, but his feet land on the apron, and he’s still in it!
Shelton tries to push Jackson over, as the crowd goes wild behind the Gold Standard and across the ring, William Regal turns away from Tommy Dreamer and sees with a shock that one of his enforcers is out, and his other one is in serious trouble! He immediately leaves Dreamer and Ryder, and charges towards Benjamin, but the Gold Standard looks behind him, then darts out the way... Regal collides with his enforcer, and Ezekiel Jackson falls from the apron – he’s out of the match! Regal’s plan has completely fallen to pieces, and he is completely stunned! Shelton Benjamin has completely out-witted the Ruthless Roundtable, and Regal is furious – he throws a vicious right at the Gold Standard, and it connects on the side of his head, sending him down, clutching his head. As Regal begins to pound Benjamin on the floor, Tommy Dreamer is starting to fight off Ryder in the opposite corner – Ryder attempts another of many stomps to the grounded Dreamer, but the ECW Original rolls away, and grabs Ryder’s head, before striking him with his own! The headbutt sends Ryder reeling back towards the ropes, and Dreamer goes to clothesline him out... but Ryder lands on the apron, and dodges the subsequent right hand from Dreamer! Ryder gets his hand behind Dreamer’s head, and pushes him, with the intention of eliminating him, but Dreamer grabs the top rope, and he lands on the apron. The pair exchange blows with their spare hands, each man with a hand on the top rope for security. William Regal looks up from his relentless pummelling of a bruised Shelton Benjamin, and sees the perfect opportunity for a double elimination in the precarious positions of Ryder and Dreamer – he charges over towards them, but as with last time, it ends up badly for Regal, as both men on the apron see him coming, and surprisingly, work together, yanking the top rope down, and sending William Regal out of the ring, and out of the match!
The crowd roars for Regal’s elimination, (the Englishman rages on the outside) and we are left with Zack Ryder, Tommy Dreamer, and Shelton Benjamin. Dreamer and Ryder keep exchanging fists, but it’s clear neither of them are budging, and Dreamer, being the daredevil he is, knows he must try something more daring if he is to get Ryder off the apron, so he takes a step back, and runs down the apron, but Ryder kicks him in the gut, and flings him from the apron... Dreamer connects with the security barricade! The crowd groan with the impact as Dreamer is flung from the apron into the barricade, and Tommy Dreamer has been eliminated! Ryder gloats on the apron, pleased he’s gone one up on the ECW Original, and turns to get back in the ring, but – Paydirt! The crowd goes absolutely wild as Shelton Benjamin hits a Paydirt variation, and Ryder cannons off the ropes with the impact, falling from the apron! Zack Ryder falls hard on the outside and yells out in anger, but it’s Shelton Benjamin’s day! The Gold Standard has won it!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
Match Time: 7:19
Benjamin raises an arm in triumph as Lauren Mayhew announces that he is the new No. 1 Contender, and the Gold Standard clambers to the top turnbuckle, sharing his victory with the jubilant fans.
Matthews: There you have it! On a tremendous night of thrills and spills on ECW, Shelton Benjamin has earned himself a shot at Christian’s ECW Championship at Royal Rumble in nine weeks’ time! The crowd are on their feet for the Gold Standard, and he deserves it!
Striker: An amazing night capped with an amazing Battle Royal, Josh. We’ve seen some stunning stuff tonight – this caps it off perfectly.
Matthews: It does indeed. Well, that’s all the time we have, from me, Josh Matthews, and my broadcast partner, Matt Striker, thanks for watching ECW on SyFy! We’ll see you next Tuesday!
The Gold Standard, Shelton Benjamin, celebrating his victory in the ring is the final thing we see, as the ECW end-of-show logo appears, and the camera fades to black.
Gregory Helms bts. Manu
Christian bts. Big Daddy V
Shelton Benjamin wins an 8-Man Battle Royal
Announced for Royal Rumble
Christian (c) vs Shelton Benjamin
30-Man Royal Rumble Match
Just one thing. Rhyno had originally been Umaga instead, but I decided I'd use someone else for obvious reasons. Thanks for reading.
Starting off, the opening commentary works well in letting me know what's happening on the show, as this is my first time viewing this thread. Ruthless Roundtable is a pretty awesome name for Regal's stable btw. ECW not having many PPV matches kinda solidifies it as a C Brand, and Tiffany's solution of 'PPV caliber matches for free' is kinda a let down to me; I was hoping for something along the lines of a monthly 90 minute supershow. Anyway, I liked Tiffany getting behind ECW and supporting it, it enhances her character as somewhat of an ECW original. Paul Burchill interrupting would not get a 'ton of boos' and I would be surprised if half the arena recognised his music. Burchill's lines were spot on and I liked Tiffany not folding, making her a confident leader. Katie Lea's bit seemed a bit off but that was probably just the way I imagined her talking in my head. The end of this promo intrigues me as pretty much anything could happen, possibly the Burchills attacking Tiffany, though that may be too predictable. Tiffany losing her confidence at the end I don't particularly like, as she had been a powerful figure throughout the promo. All in all, a good segment and the dialogue was pretty much done perfectly well.
Manu on ECW was something I wanted before he was released but him getting any sort of reaction would be rather absurd considering his absence. Gregory Helms is rather confusing, with the combination of his two characters and I would have preferred if you just went or one or the other. But anyway, the match is pretty much a squash until the finish and I would have liked to see Helms get at least one or two more moves, maybe a crossbody or something. However, it makes Manu look strong. Returning Rhyno after the match I'm kinda indifferent to as I never paid much attention to him. Reading that it was meant to be Umaga, you could have easily gone with Rosey to fill his spot. At least you made Rhyno look like a beast, and the Gore is epic. Could be a good feud here, but the match again was rather boring due to the one sided-ness.
The Christian promo is going perfectly, hyping up his match with Big Daddy V and also the main event. It puts over the ECW Championship nicely, talking about fighting for it as the 'chance of a lifetime', which I liked. In the middle of his last paragraph, there were a few lines that seemed off. 'Not to win the Main Event, if you’re good enough to be a title contender, you can beat the other wannabes. It’s good luck for what comes after. The long, long road to Royal Rumble. When the ECW Championship will be on the line... but I won’t hold back. Just like I won’t hold back tonight. Like I never hold back.' This section just seemed a bit weird, maybe it was the sentence structure or length. Either way, this promo did what it needed to fairly well.
Abraham Washington show comes up and you've done everything right so far, from the APPLAUSE sign to the Atlas laugh. Even the corny jokes work well in the context, this seems like a script for one of these actual shows. One thing though, I don't think Regal would say 'Good to be here', I think he'd insult the show in some way like most others. I blurted out laughing at Ezekiel's line, which was really quite epic. Jackson having a go at Atlas who was still doing his laugh is also absolute gold. Give this guy more mic time. Regal says what is expected of him but calling the group 'controlled' seems rather far fetched after we just saw Kozlov and Jackson go berserk. I'm kinda dissappointed that there wasn't any Ezekiel knocking bitched out, but I suppose it wouldn't really have fit. Good promo, but this is three in a row now, space them out.
Regarding Big Daddy V, I wouldn't mind you making Matt Striker his manager again as they ownt together, but his mere presence is something to mark out over, tbh. Quick question, is a lorry like a truck or something? Anyway, the match goes exactly as it should with Christian using his speed to try and gain an advantage. The sitout powerbomb spot I especially liked, good thinking there. You also did a good job of putting over the spot, and had the match not been so predictable to begin with I would have believed that the match could have ended there. Christian attempting a suplex isn't exactly something he would do, as a veteran he should be smarter than that. The finish with the Killswitch is good, as a roll up wouldn't have been as convincing. You kinda made Big Daddy V look weak though, but if he kicked out of the Killswitch it would have killed the move's credibility. All in all, good booking here I have to say. Burchill's attack was well written, and I surprisingly didn't see it coming despite the promo earlier. He would have absolutely decimated Christian with all three of his finishers, and I don't think these two are done. Also, as much as I mark for the C-4, it is more of a face maneuver and I think that Burchill would be better off keeping his other two finishers. Good angle here, it has me wondering what Tiffany and/or Christian will do to the Burchills next week.
Dreamer's promo here starts off well, his laid back attitude is good at showing how he's not fussed about the big match. Typically, he goes on about being the heart and soul of ECW, and every Dreamer promo is pretty much like that so I'd say you got it spot on. He could have had more to say about the other competitors, but I suppose it doesn't really matter. I hate Zack Ryder, but this promo work from him was pretty awesome. Disrespecting Dreamer was the right move and you nailed whatever character Ryder has with him acting like a douchebag. As you should, you got in his lines at the end and it all wrapped up very nicely imo. Kinda surprised that Dreamer didn't have a reply here, as some arguing could have worked well here.
We go to the Burchills walking backstage and I must say how well and how easily you have gotten them over tonight, I wish the WWE would do that irl. I'm enjoying Tiffany's confidence and her intensity, unlike before where she got nervous. The prospect of a match next week for Burchill seems interesting, and I think that Tiffany could make it a handicap match or something of the sort, just to punish him. If not, I see it being against Shelton. As for the outcome, it could go either way but I would personally rather see a 1 on 1 match at the Rumble.
Moving on to the main event, and you have done a good job of hyping up the match, I am excited. I like the heels respectively double teaming the faces, as it gives them an excuse to make big comebacks. Shelton escaping the Roundtable seems appropriate, and Jackson hitting Kozlov could lead to something like what is happening irl. Regal accidentally eliminating Ezekiel is equally shocking, and the fallout of this should be interesting to say the least. Ryder and Dreamer working together to eliminate Regal is fine, but I would have seen Ryder try to sneakily eliminate Dreamer right after. I'm surprised Tommy's been in this match so long, tbh, but it works if you're giving him an angle with Ryder. Ryder and Dreamer on the apron for so long seems unrealistic, as you'd think they'd want to get back into the ring. Dreamer's way of being eliminated is fine, and makes Ryder more ruthless. Shelton's Paydirt onto the ropes to eliminate Zack is a great spot, and one I've thought of before, albeit with a different move. Perfectly fine match here, but it doesn't make Shelton look particularly strong as the #1 contender. Shelton ending the show with a celebration is fine, I half expected Paul Burchill to come out and stare him down, or even a limping Christian Cage. Ah, this way is probably best.
Overall, good show, and there isn't anything to complain about. Booking is fine, as is the match and promo writing. There are only small issues throughout the show that aren't really drastic. There were some big moments in the show as well, made me really enjoy reading. 9/10.