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Friday Night Smackdown Presents;
~WWE NO WAY OUT~
February 18th, 2007
American Airlines Arena; Miami, Florida





*Opening Video*

We open to a cold, damp winter's day. The call of a crow can be heard, with the camera soon focusing on this crow, it perched on a tombstone before it flies off into the sky. As we go, the voice of two little girls can be heard speaking in unison...

Girls: Since there is no escape, since at the end, my body will be utterly destroyed...

Our crow now lands on the walls of a prison courtyard, inmates shackled together, slowly walking in a circle as guards look on...

Girls: This hand I love as I have loved a friend, this body I tended, wept with and enjoyed...

We follow our crow to the playground of an orphanage, as children happily skip, laugh and play, a pair of nuns watching them do so...

Girls: Since there is no escape even for me, who love life with a love too sharp to bear...

The skies darken and the rain falls, the prisoners trudging back towards the prison...

Girls: The scent of orchards in the rain, the sea, and hours alone too still and sure for prayer...

A gravedigger continues his work, despite the rain falling upon him...

Girls: Since darkness waits for me, then all the more, let me go down as waves sweep to the shore...

The nuns usher the children inside, the rain bringing an end to their fun times...

Girls:In pride, and let me sing with my last breath. In these few hours of light I lift my head...

A prison cell door slams shut...

Girls: Live is my lover, I shall leave the dead...

The massive old oak door of the orphanage closes, the glance of a sad child fading away...

Girls: If there is any way to baffle death.

The lid of a coffin is slammed shut, but we then pan up to see the hand of the gravedigger that has closed the lid, slowly revealing The Undertaker stood in the graveyard, shovel in hand, eyes rolled to the back of his head...

The Undertaker: We all have the freedom to choose our actions...

We see a shot of 'Taker chokeslamming King Booker through the announce table, quickly followed by the images of Booker costing Undertaker the Number One Contenders Match two weeks ago...

Mr. Kennedy: But we don't have the freedom to choose the consequences of those actions.

A shot of Batista hammering Kennedy with an all-mighty spinebuster, quickly followed by Kennedy drilling Batista with his microphone last Friday, busting the World Heavyweight Champion open...

Edge: What consequences will your actions hold?

Rapid fire shots of Edge eliminating The Undertaker to win The Royal Rumble, quickly followed by his spear to Batista, the last image we saw of Smackdown before tonight's show...

Finlay: If yer' lucky there'll be escape...

Footage of Finlay cracking Chris Benoit with his shillelagh, quickly followed by the backstage brawl the two had last Friday night, with Finlay left laying on the concrete in pain...

Matt Hardy: For the few there'll be salvation...

Footage of Hardy, MVP, Miz and Kane brawling during 'The V.I.P Lounge' last Friday night...

Batista: But for the damned? There's gonna be...

The camera quickly focuses on the determined face of 'The Animal'. his eyes piercing the darkness of the screen...

No...

Now the face of Mr. Kennedy, who takes over speaking duties...

Way...

And finally the smirking Edge...

Out!!

The lasting image is of all three stood next to each other, Batista in the middle, determined, focused, ready for war, while Kennedy and Edge stand either side, devious looks on both their faces as we fade to darkness...

Narrator: And now, Friday Night Smackdown presents... NO WAY OUT!!


We head into the arena for a massive burst of pyro, with the deafening roar of the crowd almost drowning out the official No Way Out theme tune, 'Powertrip' by Monster Magnet. The camera pans the arena, taking in the occasion of the evening, before we finally settle on the announce desk...

Michael Cole: It's one of the biggest night in the history of Friday Night Smackdown! It's the last stop on the 'Road to Wrestlemania'! Welcome everybody to NO... WAY... OUT!! Hello everybody, I'm Michael Cole, alongside me are Tazz and 'JBL', and fellas, what a huge night this is gonna be!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Wrestlemania is right around the corner, but we've got a lil' business to take care of before we get there! It's gonna be a huge night, and I can't wait to see it!

Tazz: Aw baby no doubt about it! Everybody wants that Wrestlemania moment, everybody wants to book their spot on the granddaddy of 'em all, but if they wanna get there, they gotta survive No Way Out!

Michael Cole: And speaking of Wrestlemania, who's gonna be the World Heavyweight Champion by the time we reach Detroit? Tonight, 'The Animal' Batista puts the gold on the line against the cocky, arrogant, brash, Mr. Kennedy.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kennedy, robbed by that geriatric Ric Flair at the Royal Rumble, but he will not be denied tonight. Tonight is the night for the fastest rising superstar in Smackdown history to take that step to the next level and become World Heavyweight Champion.

Tazz: And of course, the big question is, what role does Edge play in all this? We already know Edge is goin' to Wrestlemania to face the winner of Batista and Kennedy, but after his actions last Friday night, Edge could tip the balance in Kennedy's favour.

Michael Cole: Well Edge has been banned from the arena this evening, but he didn't seem to mind when Teddy Long told him that. But that's not all tonight folks, the United States Championship is also on the line as Chris Benoit defends his title against Finlay.

John Bradshaw Layfield: That one's gonna be a war, mark my words! And the winner of Benoit and Finlay is gonna find out their Wrestlemania opponent tonight, when Kane, The Miz, Matt Hardy and MVP fight it out to become the Number One Contender to the United States Championship!

Michael Cole: And what about King Booker, who for weeks called out and challenged The Undertaker to a match up. Tonight Booker gets his wish... but the only way to win the match is to put your opponent inside a CASKET!

Tazz: Booker was runnin' his mouth for a while there, but ever since 'The Deadman' let him know he's in a Casket Match, Booker ain't been sayin' much. He's gone kinda quiet if you know what I'm sayin'. But hey, how about my guys Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman takin' on The Bluebloods in a six man tag team match. The fur's gonna fly in that one baby!

Michael Cole: And of course, the moment we've all been waiting for months now. The debut of Bryan Danielson! Danielson is one of nine men who will challenge Gregory Helms for the Cruiserweight Championship in the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Why are you focusing on this Bryan Danielson nobody? Chavo Guerrero, Joey Mercury, Shannon Moore, Jamie Noble, a TON o' talent in that match, and you're talkin' about the guy who this time last month was wrestling in a high school gym somewhere. This is the big time, and from what I saw of 'im last Friday night, I am NOT impressed with this guy.

Tazz: You wait 'til you see this guy tonight. He's gonna impress you and a lotta other people.

Michael Cole: It's gonna be a great night folks. Let's get it started! Here's Tony Chimel...

A lone bell rings as we head to the ring, where Tony Chimel is indeed standing by, microphone in hand...

Tony Chimel: The following is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the WWE Tag Team Championships!

*SLICED BREAD...*

The crowd buzzes once again as Brian Kendrick and Paul London race down the aisle, sliding under the bottom rope. Ashley Massaro brings up the rear, slapping hands as she heads for the ring...

Tony Chimel: Introducing first, accompanied to the ring by Ashley Massaro, weighing in at a combined weight of 385 pounds... they are the current WWE Tag Team Champions... Paul London... Brian Kendrick... THE HOOLIGANS!!

Michael Cole:They're the longest reigning tag team champions in Smackdown history. Since May of last year, London and Kendrick have taken all on all comers, but is tonight the end of the road for the champions?

John Bradshaw Layfield: They've had a great run, but I can't see it lastin' any longer. Maryse has clouded the judgment of London and Kendrick, she got in their heads, and now she's poised to lead her team to victory.

Tazz: I dunno 'bout that JBL. London and Kendrick, it ain't like they're new to this. They know what it takes to hang onto the gold, and I gotta believe they'll do it again tonight.

In the ring, London and Kendrick jump to the top rope, doing duelling back flips back down to the mat before Ashley rips the masks from their faces. The pair hand over their titles to the referee, before the two bounce around the ring, awaiting their opponents...

*POURQUOI?...*

The heat level rises as La Resistance make their entrance. As always Maryse leads the way, dressed in her long, black, sleeveless trench coat, while Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier follow closely in their white version of the coat...

Michael Cole: Well ever since Maryse started targeting The Hooligans, she's had the upper hand over the champions. For weeks she got in the heads of London and Kendrick, and then ever since she reunited La Resistance, Dupree and Grenier have dominated The Hooligans.

Tazz: Dupree and Grenier, they were tag champions on Monday Night Raw in the past, they know what it takes to become champions.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Since they showed up I don't think The Hooligans have won a match. La Resistance has beat 'em in eight man tags, singles matches, and tonight, they're gonna beat 'em in tag action with the gold on the line. This is a foregone conclusion in my mind, La Resistance is walkin' outta their first Smackdown pay per view as the new champions.





WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans vs. La Resistance


London and Grenier step forward as the two legal men to start the match, both men circling the ring until they come together with a collar and elbow tie up. The pair initially jockey for position, with London’s legs buckling slightly, allowing a heave of power from Grenier to send London crashing down to the mat. London quickly rolls through to his knees, but Grenier is so enamoured with his display of strength that he taunts London with the French tickler. Maryse applauds loudly as Grenier bounces from side to side, drawing heat from the crowd. London returns to his feet and once again the two tie up, London quickly applying an arm ringer. Grenier twists and counters with an arm wringer of his own, before transitioning into an overhead wristlock. Searching for a way to break free, London charges towards the corner, dragging Grenier with him, allowing London to then steps to the second rope, bounces off the top rope and then rolls through to complete the springboard arm drag, sending Dupree flying across the ring.

Dupree is quickly back up, only for another armdrag to put him down, with London transitioning into an armbar. London drags Grenier to his feet, pulling the challenger towards the champions’ corner, with London bringing Kendrick into the match. Kendrick scales the corner, entering the ring via the top rope with a double axe handle across the arm. Grenier drops to his knees from the impact, with Kendrick quickly working back into an arm wringer. This time Grenier grabs a handful of hair, pulling both he and Kendrick to the ropes. Kendrick is fired across the ring, straight back towards the waiting Grenier who swings with a clothesline... but Kendrick uses a baseball slide to avoid the contact... and then he’s quickly back on his feet... to send Grenier flying with a hurricanrana! The impact of the move sends Grenier towards the ropes, with the challenger dazed as he leans against them... allowing Kendrick to clothesline Grenier over the top to the floor! The crowd buzzes as London and Kendrick turn towards them, firing them up, while on the outside Maryse and Dupree quickly head over to help Grenier regroup.

Grenier, Dupree and Maryse huddle close together, with Maryse vocally trying to rally her troops. Kendrick sees this as an opportunity to attack, motioning for London to kneel down near the ropes. Kendrick then charges across the ring, stepping off of London’s back and flying over the top rope... SUICIDE DIVE! Maryse bolts for safety as Kendrick takes out both La Resistance members! The referee starts to count as all three men are sprawled across the floor, but Kendrick springs back to his feet, energizing himself and the crowd before he grabs a handful of Grenier’s hair, tossing the legal man back into the ring before sliding under the bottom rope and going for a cover... 1... 2... Grenier kicks out. Dupree staggers back to his corner as Kendrick helps Grenier back to his feet, pushing him into the corner as Kendrick reaches up to tag London. The champions use this as an opportunity to double team Grenier, using a double Irish whip to fire Grenier off the ropes. The champions then perform a double leapfrog over the onrushing Grenier which draws a “Wow” from the crowd, before they hammer Grenier with a double dropkick to a nice pop. London quickly goes for a cover, but the count is delayed as referee Chris Kay ushers Kendrick from the ring... 1... Grenier quickly kicks out.

Feeling dazed by the quick fire offence of the champions, Grenier crawls to the corner, trying to get his head together, but London doesn’t give him a second, quickly going back on the attack with a kick to the midsection before going for an Irish whip. Grenier hits the corner spine first, prompting London to charge towards him... only for Grenier to elevate London over the top rope! Unbeknown to Grenier, London lands on the apron, but Grenier soon finds out as he turns straight into a stiff right hand to the face, rocking the challenger. With Grenier staggering from the corner, London then grabs the top rope... and flies into the ring... with a springboard headscissors takedown! The force of the move sees Grenier quickly back to his feet, but the challenger as rubber legs as London takes him up for a quick inverted atomic drop. Grenier hits the mat, allowing London to take in Kendrick, who scrambles to the top rope. London stands below Kendrick, the champions waiting for Grenier to rise... before London then launches Kendrick... as he flies off the top rope with a crossbody! Kendrick nails it perfectly, the move transitioning straight into a lateral press... 1... 2... Grenier kicks out.

Kendrick looks to keep the pressure on, straight away going back to the armbar, but as Grenier struggles back to his feet, he reaches up for a handful of hair, yanking Kendrick back into the La Resistance corner, enabling Dupree to reach in and makes the blind tag. With Kendrick and Grenier still entangled in the corner, Kendrick doesn’t notice as Dupree slips into the ring behind him. The referee steps in looking for the break, with Grenier holding his hands up in innocence. Kendrick has his right hand cocked, ready to fire, only for him to be clubbed from behind by Dupree with a hard forearm to the back of the neck. Dupree then begins to hammer the lower back of Kendrick with forearms and double axe handles, before he grabs a handful of hair and walks Kendrick to a neutral corner, smashing Kendrick face first off the turnbuckle padding. Dupree then begins to unload with kicks to the midsection, before he pulls Kendrick away from the corner, scoops him up and drops him with a stiff looking backbreaker, quickly going for a cover... 1... 2... Kendrick forcibly kicks out.

Dupree now looks to target the spine, keeping Kendrick grounded so he can drive his knee into the small of the back. Kendrick groans as Dupree repeatedly drives the knee, drilling the knee three times before he drags Kendrick by the hair back to a vertical base. Dupree then tags Kendrick with a pair of right hands to the face, before he fires Kendrick to the La Resistance corner with a hard Irish whip. The challengers now look to cut off the ring as Grenier tags back in, with Grenier driving his shoulder into Kendrick’s midsection. Grenier pulls Kendrick from the corner, scooping one half of the tag team champions up for another back breaker, but instead of releasing and letting Kendrick drop to the mat, Grenier shows impressive strength as he hangs on, standing up to once again his the backbreaker, and the repeating this for a third backbreaker, finally pushing Kendrick to the mat. Grenier brings Dupree back into the match, and he quickly grabs Kendrick and goes for an Irish whip... then looks for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker... but Kendrick counters... with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors! Kendrick sends Dupree flying, instantly reaching for his back, before diving for his corner and tagging in London!

London slingshots into the ring, building up a head of steam as he charges and rocks Dupree with a clothesline. Dupree is quickly back up, but another clothesline sends him back down as London looks to build momentum. Kendrick gets a tag, and once more the champions look for a double team move, using a double Irish whip to send Dupree off the ropes into a double hiptoss. Sensing the momentum building, Grenier races into the ring, but he too goes down with a double hiptoss, drawing cheers from the crowd. Both challengers struggles to their feet, with the champions waiting to strike with duelling dropkicks, as London hits Dupree while Kendrick connects to Grenier. The force sends Grenier under the bottom rope, allowing London to dive down on Dupree.... 1... 2... Dupree kicks out.

The champions have the momentum, and London looks to build on this as he tags Dupree with a right hand, backing him to the ropes, allowing London to go for an Irish whip. As he hits the opposite rope, Dupree wisely hangs on to the top rope, only for this to prompt London to charge... Dupree elevates London over the top rope... but London lands on the apron! Dupree quickly spins and swings a right hand, which London ducks, setting the champion up to drive his shoulder into Dupree’s midsection. Dupree groans and backs away, but before London can capitalize, Grenier sneaks up from below and grabs London by the foot. London spins around as Grenier tries to yank him to the floor, but London grabs the top rope, hanging on and then using both feet to kick Grenier, who goes spine first into the announce desk! London then tries to skin the cat, but as he pulls himself up Dupree attacks... hitting a dropkick to the gut!! London has a nasty looking landing on the floor, while in the ring Dupree gathers himself and then turns to pick a fight with Kendrick. This draws Kendrick into the ring, which of course draws Chris Kay over to stop Kendrick entering the ring. With the ref’s back turned, Grenier grabs London, driving him spine first into the side of the ring before rolling London under the bottom rope.

With the referee now turning his attention back to the action, Dupree starts aggressively laying into London with boots to the midsection, before he drops down with an elbow drop and hooks the leg... 1... 2... London kicks out. Dupree slaps the mat in frustration, before he heads back to a vertical base, taking London with him... to then hook London up and drive him to the mat with a side Russian legsweep! 1... 2... London kicks out! Dupree shakes his head as London kicks out, before he helps the champion up and tags in Grenier. Now it’s the challengers who show us their double team abilities, as they fire London off the ropes with a double Irish whip... and then nailing a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Dupree quickly exits the ring, allowing Grenier to hook the leg...

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... LONDON ROLLS THE SHOULDER... ...
!!

Grenier admonishes Chris Kay, demanding a faster count from the referee, before he stands behind London, hooking an arm underneath the champions chin allowing him to hammer London with well placed forearms to the jaw. With London in a seated position, Grenier aims a stiff kick to the spine, causing London to cry out in aguish, before Grenier drags him up and takes London high in the air for a suplex... but London drops down the back, landing on his feet. Grenier is spun around, with London hitting a pair of right hands before he charges off the ropes... but then Maryse reaches in and trips London up, causing London to his the mat face first! The crowd voices its displeasure as Kendrick races into the ring to protest, but this once again simply draws the attention of referee Chris Kay, who admonishes Kendrick. This allows Dupree to join Grenier, and the pair simply stomp the shit out of London, with Ashley desperately trying to get the referee to turn around. Eventually Kendrick exits the ring, with Grenier doing likewise despite their being no tag. The referee turns and believes Dupree to now be the legal man, which is why once the mugging ends and Dupree hooks the leg, the referee is happy to count...

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LONDON KICKS OUT
!!

This time it’s Maryse who slams her hands off the mat in frustration, but her team is well in control and has the pace of the match slowed right down as Grenier gets the tag, with Grenier quickly taking London up and down with a backbreaker... 1... 2... London kicks out again! Looking to wear London down, Grenier quickly locks on a seated surfboard stretch, driving his knee into London’s back while pulling both arms from their sockets. Sensing he can wear down London by applying pressure to the spine, Grenier wrenches back on the arms while leaning back to add extra pressure with his knee. London cries out in pain, and on several occasions he’s asked by Chris Kay if he wishes to submit. London emphatically answers “NO!” each time, but he continues to grimace as Grenier ups the pressure. Ashley begins slamming her hands off the canvas, and Kendrick starts banging his boot in an attempt to rally the crowd. Slowly London begins to feed off the audience, forcing himself to a knee... then on to two knees... then back to his feet. Grenier still has London’s arm in his grasp. In an attempt to break free, London charges towards the corner, stepping up to the second rope and then the top... before hitting a back summersault that sees him land behind Grenier! London then rocks Grenier with a right hand in the neutral corner, before he synchs Grenier in by the head and jumps off the second rope... TORNADO DDT!! London plants Grenier, but the direction in which he hit the move has left Sylvain close to his corner, while London has a long way to go to reach his. Grenier crawls and tags Dupree, while London tries to scramble to reach Kendrick... but Dupree races across the ring... and DRAGS LONDON AWAY... BEFORE HE COULD MAKE THE TAG!!

The crowd is deflated as Dupree pulls London to the La Resistance side of the ring, dropping an elbow across the back and then springing up for a second, before rolling London over and going for the cover... 1... 2... London rolls his shoulder! The crowd cheers as London stays alive, but Dupree instantly rolls him back onto his stomach, again driving the knee repeatedly into the small of London’s back. Dupree then helps London to his feet before he fires the champion to a neutral corner. London hits the turnbuckle hard, prompting Dupree to charge in... but London gets a boot up to the face! Tired from the onslaught, London can’t take advantage, which sees Dupree charge again... but again London drives his boot into the face! London then props himself up, sitting on the top turnbuckle with his feet on the middle ropes. Dupree shakes the boot off and again charges, but this time London avoids him using a mushroom stomp, which sees Dupree run straight first into the turnbuckle... and allows London to scramble across the ring... TO MAKE THE HOT TAG TO KENDRICK!!!

The crowd buzzes as Kendrick flies into the ring with a slingshot clothesline, taking down the onrushing Dupree. Kendrick explodes back to his feet, racing across the ring to knock Grenier off the apron, before he turns back to Dupree, tagging him with a pair of right hands before going for an Irish whip... but Dupree reverses. Kendrick keeps running, ducking Dupree’s clothesline attempt before again coming off the ropes... LEG LARIAT CONNECTS! Grenier slides under the bottom rope and charges, but Kendrick runs underneath his right hand and comes off the ropes... flying forearm! Kendrick is fired up, and he continues to build momentum as he fires Dupree to the corner and attacks... another flying forearm! Kendrick quickly turns back to Grenier... running dropkick! Kendrick then turns back to Dupree, charging to the corner and jumping so that both feet are on the second rope. Kendrick then hooks Dupree up in a headlock... and springboards out of the corner... with a SPRINGBOARD FACEBUSTER! Kendrick quickly rolls Dupree over, hooking the leg...

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…MARYSE PLACES DUPREES FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE…
!!!!!

The crowd boos furiously, with Kendrick staring at Maryse in anger. Kendrick is quickly back on his feet, pointing and accusing Maryse of saving Dupree. Maryse arrogantly flicks the palm of her hand in Kendrick’s direction, and this distraction is enough to allow Grenier to charge from behind... but Kendrick senses him coming... and low bridges the top rope... SENDING GRENIER CRASHING TO THE FLOOR! The challenger crashes and burns on the outside, but from behind, Kendrick is clubbed with a forearm from Dupree. Looking to finish the match in a hurry, Dupree drags Kendrick up and takes him up in the air... FOR THE DUPREE DRIVER... NO!!

Kendrick pushes himself free, landing on his feet behind Dupree, before he spins the challenger around and nails a kick to the midsection. Kendrick then reaches behind, grabbing Dupree by the head... before racing towards the corner... and stepping up onto the second rope... and pushing of the top... SLICED BREAD!!! The crowd goes nuts as Kendrick plants Dupree, hooking both legs tight...

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…BUT THERE’S NO COUNT…
!!!!!

Kendrick can’t believe it. The titles should be in the bag and the match should be over, but there’s no count! Releasing his pinfall, Kendrick turns to search for the referee, and he soon finds the reason for the no count...

...MARYSE IS ON THE APRON...
!!!!!

Chris Kay doesn’t count the sure 3 as Maryse is causing a big distraction, saving the match for her team The crowd shits all over it, but they soon cheer as Ashley races over... and yanks Maryse from the apron! Maryse is incensed, shouting abuse at Ashley in French... UNTIL ASHLEY TACKLES HER TO THE FLOOR! THE CATFIGHT IS ON!

The crowd erupts as Ashley hammers Maryse, grabbing her by the hair to repeatedly slam the back of her head off the floor. Chris Kay reaches through the ropes, trying to encourage the ladies to stop, and while he’s doing this, neither he nor Brian Kendrick sees Sylvain Grenier sneak into the ring... AND DRILL KENDRICK WITH ONE OF THE TITLE BELTS!!! Grenier quickly tosses the weapon aside as Kendrick slumps to the mat, with Grenier sliding under the bottom rope to aim a few boots to the chest of the still prone Paul London, while Dupree crawls over and makes the cover. Kay takes his time taking his eyes off of the catfight, but when he does he sees Dupree has the cover...

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………KENDRICK ROLLS THE SHOULDER………
!!!!!

The arena goes wild as Kendrick stays alive, while Grenier’s head slumps to the mat and Dupree runs his hands through his hair in disbelief. With London down on the outside and Kendrick barely conscious, Dupree calls for his partner to enter the ring as La Resistance look to end the contest. Dupree pulls Kendrick in, taking him up as if going for a suplex... only to place Kendrick’s legs on Grenier’s shoulders... AU REVOIR... NO! Before La Resistance can finish their deadly double team move, Paul London reaches in and grabs Grenier by the foot, tripping him up and seeing Grenier crash face first to the mat. Quick as a flash, Kendrick shits his weight in mid air... and plants Dupree with a tornado DDT! London then yanks Grenier to the outside, and with a burst of energy PAUL LONDON CLIMBS TO THE TOP ROPE! The crowd is alive as London steadies himself, with Dupree down and out, in perfect position as London flies... FOUR – FIFTY – SPLASH!!! London gets all of it, and he quickly hooks the leg, with Kendrick catching Grenier with a low angle dropkick as he tries to re-enter the ring...

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Winners: And STILL WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hooligans @ 15.53

The crowd gives a great response as London and Kendrick retain their gold. Ashley quickly slides into the ring to celebrate with her team, leaving Maryse down and out on the outside. The referee hands the titles over to London and Kendrick, who both receive a hug from Ashley. On the outside, Grenier drags Dupree from the ring, draping Dupree over his shoulder as he tries to help Maryse back up...

Tony Chimel: Here are your winners, and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions... Paul London... Brian Kendrick... THE HOOLIGANS!

Michael Cole: What a way to kick off No Way Out! A real back and forth match up, but the champions London and Kendrick prevail once again!

John Bradshaw Layfield: This ain’t over, not by a long shot! Dupree was seconds away from victory, then Ashley picked a fight with Maryse! It's nothin' but jealousy, she's jealous of Maryse, and it cost La Resistance the titles!

Tazz: What match were you watchin' JBL? London and Kendrick were in control, they had the match won if Maryse weren't on the apron. Ashley did the right thing, she got a piece of Maryse and helped her guys win.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw that's a crock! La Resistance ain't done with The Hooligans, I promise ya' that!

London and Kendrick continue to celebrate in the ring, raising their titles to another pop from the crowd, while on the aisle La Resistance slowly back away, with a furious look on Maryse's face as she clutches her face, shaking her head and mouthing off in French as we cut backstage...

Where Josh Matthews is standing by, ready for an interview...


Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time... he is the WWE Cruiserweight Champion... Gregory Helms.

A lot of heat as Gregory Helms steps into the frame, title slung over his shoulder. The usual smug look has well and truly been wiped from Helms' face as he wears a furious scowl, and a bandage across his nose that fails to hide the two black eyes Helms is sporting...

Josh Matthews: And Gregory, tonight you face nine other cruiserweights in the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Shot. Having been Cruiserweight Champion for over a year now, is tonight the biggest threat you've faced during your reign as champion?

Helms glances at Matthews with disgust...


Gregory Helms: The biggest threat? Y'think those nine guys chasing my title tonight... are a threat to me?

Helms lets out a cocky laugh as he shakes his head...


Gregory Helms: I ain't threatened by nobody, you understand me? I say it time and time again, but you people just don't listen. I... am the best... cruiserweight in the world. Not one o' these guys can beat me one on one, so Teddy Long decides it's gonna be a gauntlet match. Well lemme tell ya', I'm gonna be the last man standin' when it's all said and done.

Helms steps towards the camera, holding the title in front of the lens...

Gregory Helms: If you want this title boys, step up and try and take it! But I promise each and ev'ry one of ya'... you're gonna have to go through me to get it... and nobody can beat me. Nobody!

Helms heads to leave, only for Matthews to speak...

Josh Matthews: Uh, well Gregory... what about Bryan Danielson? I mean, you've never faced him in a match before and he did give you those black eyes last Friday night on Smackdown.

Helms stops, turning to go nose to nose with Matthews, looking like he wants to rip Matthews' head off...

Gregory Helms: Bryan Danielson? Bryan Danielson caught me with a cheap shot last Friday night. I was willin' to take it easy on the new guy, welcome him to the show. I offered him a handshake... and then he headbutt me. So to Bryan Danielson... I hope we see each other in the ring tonight... 'cause if we do, I'm gonna end your career before it's even started. You're never gonna get your hands on this title Bryan... you might as well get used to that, son.

Helms lingers as he stares into the camera, before he gently rubs his nose and then makes his move and walks out of the shot, leaving an intimidated looking Matthews behind before we head to another backstage area.

And it's to a locker room to see King Booker warming up for his match tonight, doing a little shadow boxing, Queen Sharmell by his side. Both King and Queen have worried expressions on their faces, with Booker looking like he hasn't slept all weekend, evidence by the wired look in his eyes...


Queen Sharmell: Baby, would you... uh, wait. Ahem. Your highness, my King, would you please relax?

Booker ignores Sharmell, continuing to shadow box. If anything, Sharmell's request for calm has caused Booker to intensify his efforts...

King Booker: I can't relax my Queen. One must focus. One must slay The Undertaker. One can't relax.

Booker continues to shadow box, ignorant to the fact that stood behind him Sharmell is losing her patience...

Queen Sharmell: But my King, you haven't slept all weekend. You looked worried, you look... you look scared.

Suddenly, Booker stops punching, turning wide-eyed towards his wife...
King Booker: Scared? You think I... King Bookah... am scared?

Reluctantly, Sharmell nods...

King Booker: I... will never be scared. Tonight, I shall play The Undertaker at his own game. I will beat The Undertaker senseless, I shall vanquish him for all eternity! I shall place him into that casket, and I shall close that lid, and when I do... I shall close the lid on his career. For years, The Undertaker has feasted on the fear and desperation of his opponents. But not this man. Not King Bookah!

Despite his apparent confidence, Sharmell doesn't share her King's feelings...

King Booker: Fear not my Queen. Tonight shall be my night. A casket does not sit well with a King. I shall be victorious. Long live King Boo-

And just like Friday night, Sharmell screams as the LIGHTS IN THE ROOM GO OUT! Confusion reigns as Booker and Sharmell drop any hints of their regal accents, demanding the lights return, wondering what's going on... and just like that the lights come back on. Sharmell and Booker are huddled together clutching each other tight, fear gripping them... until they look towards the door... and see a janitor stood by the door, bucket and mop in hand...

Janitor: Whoops. Sorry folks.

Realising his mistake, the janitor quickly turns and leaves, whistling a merry tune as he goes. However, he leaves behind our royal pair, huddled together, fear in their eyes, both spooked at what they thought was another message from 'The Deadman'.

Back into the arena for...


Tony Chimel: The following contest is the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match! Earlier this evening, the ten superstars involved in the match drew numbers to determine the order of entry. In just a few moments the superstars who drew Numbers One and Two will enter the ring. Once a superstar has been defeated, a new superstar will enter the match. Once all ten superstars have entered, the last man standing will be declared the winner of the match and the Cruiserweight Champion!

*I'LL DO ANYTHING...*

ENTRANT #1: SHANNON MOORE


A solid pop as Shannon Moore makes his entrance, jogging down to the ring. Moore looks confident as he slaps hands with the fans, despite his early arrival...


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, from Cameron, North Carolina, weighing in at 175 pounds... Shannon... Moore!
Michael Cole: Well now it's time for cruiserweight action, and here comes Shannon Moore, a man who came so close to beating Gregory Helms just one month ago.

Tazz: And Moore was impressive that night, and the week before when he beat Helms in non title action, but I dunno how he's gonna fare tonight. The luck o' the draw ain't been good to 'im.

John Bradshaw Layfield: It don't matter what spot Shannon Moore or anybody else enters the match. Nobody's gonna outlast Gregory Helms, I guarantee it!

*GONNA PUNCH SOMEONE TONIGHT...*

ENTRANT #2: JIMMY WANG YANG


A respectful response for Jimmy Wang Yang, the Asian Redneck racing out from the back. Jimmy tries to whip the crowd up before he races down to the ring, doing a moonsault from the top rope once he makes it to the ring...


Tony Chimel: And introducing Entrant Number Two. From Dallas, Texas, weighing in at 206 pounds... Jimmy... Wang... YANG!

Michael Cole: Entrant Number Two, Jimmy Wang Yang. Interesting to note that both men who are kicking off this matchup have never been Cruiserweight Champion. Could tonight be the night for either Shannon or Jimmy?

Tazz: I got a lotta respect for both these guys, but I dunno if they can go all the way. But the opening few minutes of this match oughta be great!





Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match:
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Daivari vs. Funaki vs. Jamie Noble vs. Joey Mercury vs. Jimmy Wang Yang vs. Scotty-2-Hotty vs. Shannon Moore

The bell rings and the two men share a brief handshake before the first lock up. After a brief power struggle, Yang wrenches on Moore’s arm, twisting into a hammerlock. Seeking a way to break free, Moore rolls forward on the mat, then uses a kip up to get back to his feet, twisting into a hammerlock of his own. Yang then reaches between his legs, yanking on Moore’s ankle, breaking the hold and putting Moore down to the mat. Moore kicks out with his free foot, sending Yang running towards the corner. Almost instinctively, Yang steps up to the top rope, performing a perfect moonsault that clears him of the onrushing Moore. Moore runs through into the corner, and when Yang lands behind him, he waits for Moore to come out of the corner to take him down with an armdrag. Another armdrag sends Moore back down, before Yang goes for an Irish whip... but Moore reverses, with Yang coming off the ropes... leapfrog from Moore... and then a monkey flip... but Yang lands on his feet! Yang lands and keeps on running, coming off the ropes just as Moore gets back up... spinning heel kick! The crowd applauds in appreciation of the combination, with Yang lassoing his imaginary rope to another cheer.

Moore heads to the safety of the corner, but Yang follows him in, tagging him with chops across the chest. Yang then looks to fire Moore to the opposite corner, but when he follows in Moore elevates himself over the top of Yang, landing behind him...and catching Yang with a rollup... 1... 2... Yang kicks out, the momentum sending Moore back towards the corner, where he jumps to the second rope... springboard crossbody! 1... 2... Yang kicks out again! The opening moments are being fought at a furious pace, and it continues as Moore first tags Yang with a right hand then sends him off the ropes... straight into a back body drop! Yang is quickly back up, but Moore knocks him back down again with a dropkick, before Moore helps Yang up and goes for an Irish whip to the corner... but Yang reverses, with Moore hitting the corner hard. Moore groans as he leans against the turnbuckle, but when Yang charges Moore also rushes out... but Yang does a running leapfrog, avoiding Moore and stepping to the top rope... MOONSAULT... NO! Moore smartly turns and pushes Yang’s feet out from under him, crotching Yang on the top rope. Moore then grabs Yang’s head and pulls him into a Tree of Woe position, before Moore then climbs to the second rope... but before he can do anything, Yang counters... REALEASE GERMAN SUPLEX! Moore crashes to the mat from the second rope, with Yang crawling over to the hook the leg...

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Looking to keep the pace fast, Jimmy drags Moore up, tagging him with right hands that back Moore to the ropes. Yang then goes for an Irish whip... and he catches Moore with a jumping leg lariat! Yang hooks the leg... 1... 2... Moore kicks out! Yang takes a glance at referee Mickie Henson, wondering where the three was, but he soon has Moore back up, sending him to the corner and following in... but Moore gets a boot up to the face, then grabs Yang by the head and jumps to the second rope... TORNADO DDT! Moore plants Yang and hooks the leg... 1... 2... Yang rolls the shoulder!

This time it’s Moore who’s glancing at the ref, but he presses on, helping Jimmy up and sending him off the ropes... but Jimmy reverses... and catches Moore with a overhead belly to belly suplex! The momentum of the move sends Moore rolling under the bottom rope, leaving Yang disappointed that he couldn’t go for a cover. Moore is slow to get back to one knee, but when he does Jimmy charges off the opposite ropes and heads towards him... SUICIDE DIVE... BUT MOORE AVOIDS IT... AND JIMMY CRASHES TO THE FLOOR! The crowd “Ooooh” as Jimmy takes a sick landing on the floor. With Henson ordering both men back to the ring, Moore rolls Jimmy under the bottom rope, before he leaps up onto the apron and climbs to the top rope. Shannon is perched up top, waiting for Jimmy to rise... before launching with a DIVING HURRICANRANA!!! The crowd pops as Shannon sends jimmy flying across the ring, with Shannon crawling over for the cover...

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Shannon slaps the mat in disappointment, but he gets back to his feet and helps Jimmy up too, aiming a few kicks to the thighs before he sends Jimmy to the corner. Moore runs towards Jimmy, only for Yang to elevate Moore over the top rope... but Shannon lands on the apron! Moore quickly tags Jimmy with a right hand, before he slingshots onto Jimmy’s shoulders... VICTORY ROLL... 1... 2... YANG REVERSES... 1... 2... SHANNON REVERSES AGAIN... 1... 2... YANG KICKS OUT! Both men are down, knowing they were close to victory, but both are quickly back up, with Jimmy hitting a right hand... but Shannon instantly fires back. Again Yang connects, but once Moore strikes back quickly. Moore then blocks Jimmy’s next attempt, connecting on three in a row that backs Yang to the corner. An Irish whip sends Yang across the ring, but once more he steps up to the top rope... MOONSAULT... NO! Shannon keeps on running, avoiding the moonsault, and when Jimmy lands on his feet, Moore springs to the second rope, turns and dives... MOOREGASM!!! Moore connects, and he quickly hooks both legs...

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ELIMINATION #1: JIMMY WANG YANG BY SHANNON MOORE @ 04.42

*PAPARAZZI...*

ENTRANT #3: JOEY MERCURY


The cheers for the fast paced opening to the match soon turns to decent heat as Joey Mercury steps out, quickly shaking off his long fur coat to sprint down to the ring...


And when he enters the ring, Mercury tackles Moore down to the mat, laying in with a flurry of left and right hands. Mercury gets back to his feet and adds a few boots to the chest, before he drags Moore up and fires him off the ropes... only for Moore to duck his clothesline and keep running... to then hit a crossbody! 1... 2... Mercury forcibly kicks out, and he once again takes control by hitting a forearm to Moore’s back. A double axe handle keeps Moore grounded, before Mercury helps Moore up and goes for an Irish whip to the corner... but as he charges in, Moore elevated over him and spins Mercury around... to unload with a stinging chop to the chest! Mercury falls to both knees, crawling from the corner, and Moore sees this a chance to head to the top rope... but Mercury quickly moves back in... and sends Moore flying off the top rope! Moore lands hard on the mat, and Mercury quickly makes the cover... 1... 2... Moore rolls his shoulder.

Once more Mercury lays in with rapid right hands to the face, before he helps Moore up, and carefully twists him into position for a well executed neckbreaker. Mercury again looks for the cover... 1... 2... Moore kicks out. Once more Mercury helps Shannon to his feet, sending Moore off the ropes, this time knocking Moore down with a back elbow. Mercury then arrogantly drives his foot into Moore’s face, before he locks on a reverse chinlock, driving forearm after forearm into Moore’s face. Mercury briefly wrenches on the chin and neck, but Moore is quickly back on his feet, hitting a pair of elbows to the gut to break the hold. Mercury is then fired off the ropes... right into a big back body drop! Mercury crashes hard to the mat, but there’s no time to rest as Moore quickly has him up, going for an Irish whip... and this time Moore connects on a textbook dropkick! The pace of the match quickens as Moore then looks to send Mercury to the corner... but Mercury reverses. Moore hits the corner hard, allowing Mercury to attack... but Moore gets a boot to the face! Mercury staggers back to the centre of the ring, allowing Moore to climb to the top rope... but Mercury dives for the ropes, causing Moore to crotch himself on the top turnbuckle! The crowd gasps as Moore has a rough landing, but they soon buzz in anticipation as Mercury climbs to the second rope before leaping up... FRANKENSTEINER!!! Moore goes flying, and Mercury quickly scrambles over to the hook both legs...

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ELIMINATION #2: SHANNON MOORE BY JOEY MERCURY @ 02.12 (06.31)

*KAI EN TAI...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 4: FUNAKI


A nice pop as Funaki quickly heads down the aisle, with Mercury smiling, encouraging Funaki to get into the match in a show of arrogance...


Funaki slides under the bottom rope and quickly scrambles to his feet to charge at Mercury, who swings with a clothesline... but Funaki ducks underneath and keeps on running... to comes back off the ropes and hit a crossbody! Both men are quickly back up, with Funaki scoring on a dropkick that puts Mercury back down. Funaki then looks for an Irish whip to the corner, but Mercury reverses and picks up a head of steam as he charges... but Funaki avoids the contact, seeing Mercury run straight into the turnbuckle, and allowing Funaki to quickly come out of the corner with a one handed bulldog! ‘Naki turns Mercury over and hooks the leg... 1... 2... Mercury kicks out.

Mercury is stunned as he’s helped back to his feet, but he has enough about him to swing with a right hand... which Funaki ducks... and counters into a backslide! 1... 2... Mercury kicks out, and quickly springs back to his feet... to hammer ‘Naki with a big clothesline! Mercury takes his time to recover and regain his senses, before he heads back to his feet and drags Funaki with him. Mercury then smashes ‘Naki face first off the top turnbuckle, before he pummels Funaki with right hands that force him down to the mat. The pace of the match slows as Mercury viciously drives his boot into Funaki’s throat, before he helps him to a vertical base and sends ‘Naki across the ring... but Funaki jumps to the second rope... then flies towards the onrushing Mercury... DIVING SUNSET FLIP!! 1... 2... Mercury kicks out. Funaki is now back in charge, connecting with quick-fire right hands that back Mercury to the ropes. An Irish whip sends Mercury across, but when Funaki goes for a dropkick, Mercury hangs onto the top rope, which sees ‘Naki dropkick mid air and painfully crash to the mat! Funaki clutches the back of his head, and as he staggers back to his knees, Mercury moves quickly to synch him in... DOUBLE UNDERHOOK DDT!! Mercury plants ‘Naki and rolls him over, not even bothering to hook a leg...

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ELIMINATION #3: FUNAKI BY JOEY MERCURY @ 01.47 (08.18)

*RAGE...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 5: BRYAN DANIELSON


A big time response as Bryan Danielson makes his entrance. Wearing a maroon robe on top of his maroon tights, Danielson has that cold blooded look in his eyes as he confidently heads for the ring...


Wasting no time at all, Danielson shakes off his robe and slides under the bottom rope, but Mercury gets the jump on him, clubbing Danielson before he can even stand up. Mercury drops double axe handles and forearms to the back, but when he stands up and looks to drop a knee to the spine, Bryan grabs Mercury by the leg and sweeps him down to the mat. Bryan and Mercury make it back to a vertical base at the same time, with Bryan unloading with vicious forearms to the side of Mercury’s head, backing Mercury to the ropes. Danielson then goes for an Irish whip, but Mercury reverses and waits for Danielson to return... but Danielson ducks his clothesline and keeps on running... RUNNING DROPKICK! Mercury is down but quickly back up, only for Danielson to run through him with a clothesline. Again Mercury is up, but again Danielson puts him down with a clothesline, prompting Mercury to scramble to the corner in search of safety. Bryan heads for the opposite corner, pumping his fist in preparation as he races across the ring... RUNNING ELBOW SMASH!! The crowd pops as Danielson hammers Mercury, with Mercury clutching his jaw and slumping down until he is seated on the mat. Danielson then starts laying in with boots to the chest, repeatedly stomping down on Mercury until the Henson is forced to step in and force a break.

Danielson backs away as the referee requests, roaring to the crowd in an attempt to fire them up and get behind the newcomer. Mercury has to use the ropes to drag himself back up, with the referee asking him if he wants to continue. Mercury nods, but he’s soon subjected to an onslaught from Danielson, with the newcomer unloading wit h alternating chops to the chest and then forearms to the side of the head. The crowd “Wooo’s” at every chop and pops for every forearm, but once again Mickie Henson has to step in and call for the break. Again Henson checks on Mercury, stepping away satisfied and allowing Bryan to continue. Danielson steps back towards Mercury, but Mercury hits a desperation boot to the midsection. Mercury then charges from the corner and swings with a clothesline... but Danielson ducks underneath... and hooks up Mercury from behind... RELEASE TIGER SUPLEX!! The crowd gasps and cheers as Mercury lands on his neck, but before Danielson can capitalise, Mercury manages to roll himself under the bottom rope. Still down on his knees, Mercury breaths hard, trying to shake away the cobwebs of Danielson’s intense offense. Bryan isn’t interested in letting Mercury rest though, as he bounces off the ropes and runs towards Mercury... SUICIDE DIVE THROUGH THE ROPES!!! Danielson flies and takes down Mercury, with both cruiserweights down and writhing in pain as the crowd shows their appreciation.

Of course it’s Danielson who stirs first, dragging Mercury up and then rolling him under the ropes, before sliding in and working into a lateral press... 1... 2... Mercury rolls the shoulder! Danielson shakes his head in disappointment, but he soon has Mercury back on his feet, again striking with forearms, landing two to the side of the head. Bryan goes for a third, but Mercury ducks underneath, allowing him to tackle Bryan and drive him to the corner. Mercury then connects on a pair of shoulder thrusts, but Mickie Henson is consistent in that he again calls for a break. Mercury briefly gives it, only to then drill Bryan with a stiff knee to the gut. Danielson is then fired off the ropes with an Irish whip, with Mercury waiting until Danielson returns to catch him with a standing dropkick. Danielson goes down, but he quickly sits up, trying to get back to his feet. Mercury strikes with a hard kick to the spine, following this by coming off the ropes for a low angle dropkick, with Mercury scooting over to hook the leg... 1... 2... Danielson kicks out!

With Bryan lying on the mat, Mercury stomps down on his shoulder, dropping two boots on it and then the elbow as Mercury looks to target the arm. Mercury yanks on Danielson’s hair as he drags him up... before Mercury launches Danielson SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST!! The crowd lets out a collective wince as Danielson groans in pain, with Mercury pulling Bryan from the corner, grabbing Bryan’s left arm... and dropping him with a SINGLE ARM DDT!! Danielson clutches at his arm and writhes on the mat in pain, until Mercury lays him out and hooks the leg...

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Sensing he has the advantage, Mercury looks to continue working the arm, pulling it across his knee to drive his elbow into the shoulder. Holding Bryan’s arm behind his back, Mercury then tosses Danielson to the corner, his shoulder striking the top turnbuckle. Danielson leans against the corner, holding his arm, before Mercury retreats to the centre of the ring and attacks... but Bryan dives to safety! Mercury runs into the turnbuckle, and when he turns Danielson strikes with a pair of stinging kicks to the chest. Bryan then goes for an Irish whip, only for Mercury o reverse it... but when he swings with a clothesline, Bryan baseball slides underneath, quickly back on his feet to run off the ropes... FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Bryan rolls Mercury onto his back... 1... 2... Mercury kicks out!

Feeling like the end could be near, Danielson is back on his feet, motioning for Mercury to rise. Mercury stumbles to his feet, and Bryan grabs him by the wrist and firs him to the corner... but as Mercury heads in, he uses the ropes to elevate himself over the onrushing Danielson. Mercury lands behind Daniel... and takes him down from behind with a ROLLUP!! 1... MERCURY HAS A HANDFULL OF TIGHTS... 2... BRYAN KICKS OUT!! The force of the kick sends Mercury crashing chest first into the turnbuckle, staggering out of the corner... and Bryan sneaks up from behind... TO LOCK ON A CROSSFACE CHICKENWING!! Mercury tries to fight it, but Bryan pulls him down to the mat... TO LOCK ON A GRAPEVINE!! Mercury struggles, trying to fight it... but he ultimately HAS TO TAP OUT!!!

ELIMINATION #4: JOEY MERCURY BY BRYAN DANIELSON @ 05.04 (13.22)

*FARSI...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 6: DAIVARI


A lot of heat as Daivari emerges from the back, dropping to his knees to say a prayer towards the heavens. Daivari then slowly strides down to the ring, taking his headpiece off as he goes, snarling all the way...


And as Daivari slides under the bottom rope, he catches Danielson by surprise with a double leg takedown. Furious right and lefts land from Daivari, but Bryan is able to shift his weight, rolling over so he’s now mounting Daivari, allowing the newcomer to hammer down with stiff elbows to the face. Daivari then shifts the weight again, rolling over, but the momentum carries both men under the bottom rope to the floor. Both men hit the ground with a bump, but they both make it back to their feet, although it’s the fresher Daivari who strikes first, tagging Danielson with a right hand to the face. Bryan fires straight back with an uppercut, then another that backs Daivari to the apron. Danielson moves to grab his opponent by the head, only for Daivari to drive Bryan spine first into the barricade! Danielson slumps down to the floor, allowing Daivari to tag him with a trio of right hands to the top of the head. With Danielson still slumped down against the barricade, Daivari briefly ducks his head under the bottom rope to break the count, before he lines Danielson up and charges... with a VICIOUS KNEE TO THE SKULL AGAINST THE BARRICADE!!! Instantly Danielson grabs his head, his whole body slumping to the floor, while Daivari rolls back into the ring and demands Mickie Henson counts...

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With a menacing look in his eyes, Daivari heads outside of the ring, grabbing Bryan by the hair and helping him to his feet, swinging with a right hand... but Bryan ducks, taking Daivari up with an atomic drop... but DROPPING HIM ACROSS THE TOP OFT HE BARRICADE!! Daivari’s eyes nearly pop out his head as he cries out in pain, before he slowly falls to the side and lands on the floor. Danielson takes a few seconds to recover from the earlier attack, but he soon has Daivari on his feet, firing him back under the bottom rope. Instead of sliding back into the ring, Bryan begins to climb to the top rope, the crowd’s anticipation rising as he does. Standing on the top turnbuckle, Danielson waits for Daivari to rise, before launching himself... MISSILE DROPKICK!!! Danielson connects, and he quickly scoots over to hook the leg...

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The crowd groans as Daivari barely stays in the match, but Danielson doesn’t waste any time as he clambers back to his feet, bringing Daivari with him. Another pair of forearms strike the side of the head, backing Daivari to the ropes, from which Danielson goes for an Irish whip. As Daivari comes off the opposite ropes, Bryan moves to the centre of the ring... and avoids Daivari with a leapfrog... then avoids him again by dropping chest first to the mat... before springing up to catch the onrushing Daivari with a textbook standing dropkick! Quickly Bryan scrambles into the lateral press... 1... 2... again Daivari rolls the shoulder! Once more the crowd voices it’s disappointment, but Danielson presses on, pulling Daivari to a vertical base and then forcing him into the corner with stiff kicks to the legs. A hard Irish whip fires Daivari to the opposite corner, and Bryan decides to charge... but Daivari sidesteps him... and Danielson flies SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST! The crowd winces as Bryan strikes the steel, with Daivari pulling Bryan from the corner... and taking him down with a side Russian legsweep. Daivari then looks towards the top rope, clambering up, setting himself on the top turnbuckle. Daivari then shouts in Arabic to the crowd, which draws him some heat, before he launches himself... WITH A FLYING LEGDROP... NO!!! Danielson rolls to safety, with Daivari crashing to the mat! Daivari cries in pain, before he slumps face first onto the mat... and is then stunned as Bryan scrambles to hook him up... in CATTLE MUTTILATION!! The crowd erupts as Danielson arches, catching Daivari in his deadly submission move out of nowhere! Daivari struggles, trying to kick his legs to the ropes, his arms flailing wildly... UNTIL DAIVARI TAPS OUT!!!

ELIMINATION #5: DAIVARI BY BRYAN DANIELSON @ 03.29 (16.49)

*TRAILER PARK...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 7: JAMIE NOBLE


Not much of a response for the seldom seen Jamie Noble, but despite this Noble still looks confident as he jogs down the aisle and slides under the bottom rope...


And with Bryan breathing heavily, Noble builds up a head of steam and rushes towards Danielson, clobbering him with an elbow to the face. The force knocks Bryan into the ropes, but he bounces off and stings Noble’s chest with a hard knife edge chop. Bryan strikes with another chop, but Noble drives his knee into the midsection, dropping Danielson to one knee. Noble then lands clubbing forearms to the back, before he pulls Danielson to his feet... then rocks him with a release German suplex! Danielson’s hands go straight to his neck, but Noble moves quickly to make the cover... 1... 2... Danielson kicks out! Sensing he has weakened the neck, Noble drags Danielson towards the ropes, placing Bryan’s throat across the middle rope. Noble then uses the middle rope to choke Danielson, driving his knee to the back of the head, drawing a count from Henson. Noble takes the count all the way to four before he finally releases, with Henson remonstrating him for doing so. Pushing the ref aside, Noble builds up a head of steam by coming off the opposite ropes... to drop his leg across Danielson’s neck, forcing Bryan’s throat against the second rope! Bryan coughs and splutters his way down to the mat, with Noble hitting a snap legdrop before hooking the leg... 1... 2... Danielson kicks out again!

Noble pulls Bryan to his feet, aiming a pair of kicks to the midsection before swinging with a right hand... that Bryan ducks, quickly taking Noble down with a back slide! 1... 2... Noble kicks out! Both men are quickly back up, with Bryan connecting with an uppercut... and then another that sends Noble stumbling to the corner. Bryan quickly moves in, striking with a chop to the chest... then a forearm to the side of the head... and then another knife edge chop... before an Irish whip sends Noble to the opposite corner. Bryan pumps his fist to the crows, before he races across the ring.... to drill Noble with a vicious elbow to the face! Noble staggers from the corner to the middle of the ring as Bryan comes off the ropes... straight into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Noble instantly hooks the leg... 1... 2... Bryan barely kicks out!

Noble cries in anguish, thinking he had Danielson beat, but Henson reaffirms it was only a two count. Noble heads back to a vertical base, slowly pulling Danielson with him, snapping off a right hand to the face. Another right connects, backing Danielson to the corner, where Noble grabs him and send him across... but Bryan steps up to the top rope... and backflips over the onrushing Noble! Noble runs straight into the turnbuckle, staggering back towards Bryan, who connects on a pair of forearms to the back of the head. Bryan then hooks under both Noble’s arms, clasping them behind his head... DRAGON SUPLE... NO! Noble struggles and fights his way free, drilling Danielson with an elbow to the skull before taking Bryan up on his shoulders... FIREMAN’S CARRY GUTBUSTER... NO!! Bryan forces himself off Noble’s shoulders and down to the mat... where he once more hooks Noble up... DRAGON SUPLEX!!!

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ELIMINATION #6: JAMIE NOBLE BY BRYAN DANIELSON @ 02.38 (19.27)

*CHAVITO ARDIENTE...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 8: CHAVO GUERRERO


Big heat as Chavo Guerrero arrogantly makes his entrance, his aunt Vickie Guerrero by his side, barking orders and words of encouragement at her nephew...


Who races down the ramp and dives through the ropes, rolling forward as he enters the ring and then straight onto his feet, where he runs towards Bryan... who flies towards Chavo with a running crossbody! 1... Chavo kicks out quickly, and then scrambles to his knees to drop a double axe handle to the back of Bryan’s neck. Chavo assists Bryan back to his feet, where he scores on a pair of uppercuts, before going for an Irish whip... but when Bryan comes back off the ropes, he ducks Chavo’s clothesline... and then comes back off the ropes... straight into a TILT-A-WHIRL HEADSCISSOR TAKEDOWN!! Chavo is sent crashing towards the corner, but he’s quickly back up to run at Bryan... who takes Chavo down with an armdrag! Chavo springs back up and again runs at Bryan... who this time takes Chavo down with a headlock takedown! Bryan keeps the headlock locked in, trying to catch his breath as for the first time Danielson tries to slow the pace a little. Mickie Henson is right there to check on Chavo’s shoulders, spotting that both of Chavo’s are down on the mat... 1... 2... Chavo rolls a shoulder up. Bryan keeps the headlock on tight, but Chavo is able to struggle back to his feet, taking Bryan up with a belly to back suplex... but Bryan rolls all the way through, landing on his feet behind Chavo... and then spinning Chavo around... NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX!!

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Do to being the fresher man, Chavo is back to a vertical base first, striking Bryan with an uppercut. Danielson fires back with an uppercut of his own, quickly following with an elbow to the side of the head. Danielson then synchs Chavo in, taking him up for a suplex... but Chavo lands on his feet behind Bryan, wrapping both arms around Danielson’s waist as he runs Danielson to the ropes... and falls backwards for a rollup... but Bryan hangs onto the top rope, seeing Chavo perform a backwards roll on the mat, straight through onto his feet. Bryan then turns and sprints at Chavo... who counters with a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER! The crowd groans as Bryan is driven across Chavo’s knee, with ‘The Mexican Warrior’ hooking the leg... 1... 2... Bryan rolls a shoulder! The crowd cheers as Bryan stays alive, with Chavo’s Aunt Vickie slamming her hand off the mat in frustration.

Chavo presses on, hauling Bryan to his feet to then fire him to the corner. Chavo then races in, jumping with his feet landing on Danielson’s thighs... and then falling backwards to send Bryan out of the corner with a monkey flip... but Danielson lands on his feet! The crowd pops for Danielson’s athleticism, with Danielson using the momentum to keep on running, coming off the ropes... only for Vickie Guerrero to grab Bryan’s foot! Danielson turns and glares angrily at Vickie, with Mickie Henson over to admonish her. Vickie pleads her innocence, as with Chavo standing behind Bryan, she knows the distraction is about to pay off, as when Bryan turns back towards Chavo... he gets rocked with a rolling wheel kick! Vickie loudly applauds the efforts of her nephew, with Chavo posing on his knees, arms outstretched, massive smile on his face, sure victory is his as he falls into a lateral press, arrogantly not even hooking the leg... 1... 2... Danielson rolls a shoulder!

Again the crowd pops, this time in celebration of Danielson’s determination to hang on. Chavo glares at Henson, then turns to his Aunt Vickie, who yells “C’mon Chavo!” in response. Chavo nods, and he then grabs Bryan and rolls him over, face first onto the mat. Chavo then steps on the back of Danielson’s knees, before hooking both of Danielson’s feet inside his own. Chavo then reaches forward grabbing both of Bryan’s hands, yanking his arms back behind him, before Chavo falls backward, his weight pulling Bryan into the air... SURFBOARD!! The crowd fears the worse as Danielson is hoisted into the air, the strain on his neck and shoulders clear for all to see as he grits his teeth and cries in pain. Desperately Bryan tries to shake his way free... and the crowd pops as Bryan makes it back to his knees, although Chavo still has the hold locked on in a seated position... and he quickly shifts his weight, falling onto his back and taking Bryan into the air again. The crowd deflates as they know Bryan is in a tough predicament, with Danielson breathing hard as he tries to fight the pain. We see a shot of the smiling Vickie Guerrero, who smirks at the sight of her nephew inflicting pain on the newcomer. Mickie Henson is right there, asking Bryan if he wishes to submit, but Danielson roars “NO!” in response time after time. Bryan tries his best to support his head, keeping it level with his body, but the punishment it’s suffered previously means that slowly his head starts to flop backwards. Henson takes a long look as Bryan pulls his head back up, showing Henson he’s still struggling to stay in the match... but again the head slumps backwards, and the camera sees that Bryan’s eyes have closed. Henson moves in closer... HAS DANIELSON PASSED OUT FROM THE PAIN?!...... NO!!! The crowd cheers as Bryan roars, forcing his head back up, his eyes bulging as he struggles... and forces his legs, pushing up off of Chavo’s hands, landing on his feet above Chavo... but Chavo swings his feet up, wrapping them around Bryan’s waist... but then Bryan hoists him up... into a SITOUT FACEBUSTER!! Danielson turns Chavo over, slumping on top of him...

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Bryan can’t believe it, he almost had Chavo pinned! Running a hand through his hair, Bryan struggles back to his feet, helping Chavo along with him. Bryan swings a tired looking uppercut, and then another one, but Chavo swings back... and Bryan ducks, clutching Chavo from behind... BRIDGING GERMAN SUPLEX!! 1... 2... Chavo kicks out, and he springs back to his feet... to meet Bryan with a big time clothesline! The crowd deflates once more as Bryan’s comeback attempt is thwarted, with Chavo motioning that he’s about to finish Bryan off. Chavo reaches down, grabbing Bryan by he head, pulling him to a vertical base, hooking his head under his arm then grabbing Bryan’s tights... to take Bryan up and down with a suplex! Chavo hangs on, swinging his legs around, pulling Bryan back to his feet. The crowd realises what’s going on, shitting all over Chavo for pulling out the trademark move of his uncle Eddie, but Chavo isn’t fazed, connecting on the second suplex. Again Chavo swings his legs, taking Bryan up, with the boos intensifying... as Chavo completes the THREE AMIGOS!! The crowd continues to boo as Vickie applauds and Chavo arrogantly wipes his hands, feeling Bryan is done for. Slowly Chavo struts towards the corner, stepping through the ropes, climbing to the top rope. Once there, Chavo shakes his chest, once more drawing big time heat, before he steadies himself and then flies... FROG SPLASH... NO!!! Bryan rolls to safety, with Chavo crashing and burning! Both men take an age to get back up, with Bryan using the ropes to pull himself to a vertical base. With both men up, Bryan strikes with a kick to the thigh... and another... before he swings with a kick to the skull... but Chavo ducks underneath... and then Chavo sticks his head between Bryan’s legs, taking him up onto his shoulders... in position for the GORY BOMB... NO!! Bryan rolls through, and yanks Chavo’s foot from behind... then steps forward, hooking Chavo’s arm between his leg... then hooks his hands under Chavo’s chin... LEBELL LOCK!!! Bryan locks on yet another submission hold, with Chavo desperately clawing for the ropes! Vickie screams in horror as Chavo desperately tries to inch towards the ropes, but he comes up just short... and with his hand in the air...

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ELIMINATION #7: CHAVO GUERRERO BY BRYAN DANIELSON @ 06.47 (26.14)

*TURN IT UP...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 9: SCOTTY-2-HOTTY


A solid enough pop for Scotty-2-Hotty... but as his music plays out, there's no sign of the man himself. The crowd and Danielson look confused as there's no Scotty on the scene. The confusion continues, as everyone wonders what's going on... until we suddenly cut backstage... to see Scotty tied against a steel chair, a gag over his mouth! Scotty struggles and strains, trying to break free, but it's no use as Scotty isn't going anywhere. The camera soon pans to reveal Trinity, Big Vito, Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke stood nearby, the quarter all smiling, with Trinity soon looking off camera...


Trinity: It's all set boss. Go win us 'dat title... 'Don' Santino Marella!

We return to ringside, where confusion still reigns, with Danielson using the time to try and recover...

*LA VITTORIA E MIA...*

ENTRANT #9: SANTINO MARELLA


But he soon snaps back to life as the mysterious Godfather of the F.B.I we've been hearing about makes his first appearance. At less than six feet, Santino Marella isn't exactly an intimidating figure, but he confidently strides down to the ring in a goofy looking fashion...

And it's straight to business as the newcomer Marella rolls under the bottom rope, looking to take the fight to Danielson as he swings with a right hand... but Danielson traps the arm, taking Marella down to the mat... LEBELL LOCK! Almost instantly Danielson locks in the deadly submission hold... and MARELLA TAPS OUT!!

ELIMINATION #8: SANTINO MARELLA BY BRYAN DANIELSON @ 01.07 (27.21)

"LISTEN..."

*IT'S TIME...*

ENTRANT NUMBER 10: GREGORY HELMS


The luck of the draw hands Gregory Helms a huge championship advantage, the Cruiserweight Champion makes his way down to the ring with a huge smirk on his face, feeling Danielson is there for the taking after being in the match for so long...


And Helms slides under the bottom rope, bearing down on Danielson... but Bryan catches him out of nowhere with an INSIDE CRADDLE!! 1... 2... Helms kicks out! The toll of the match is evident as Danielson stays on the mat, while Helms springs up to get the jump on Bryan, dropping a double axe handle and then stomping down with a pair of boots to the back of the neck. Danielson struggles back to his knees, only for a big handful of hair to let Helms smash him face first into the top turnbuckle. A stiff right hand drops Danielson to a knee, until Helms again lays in with the boot, kicking and stomping Danielson down to the mat. Helms continues to drop the boots to the chest, before he presses his boot against Bryan’s throat, choking Danielson. Mickie Henson is right on top of it, counting Helms, demanding he break the hold, but Helms takes every second of the five count before he finally relents. With the last remaining challenger down, Helms is arrogant as ever, holding his arms out wide as he shouts “I’M THE BEST IN THE WORLD!” at the crowd. The audience respond with heat, which Helms just laughs at as he drags Danielson to his feet, hooking Bryan up for a suplex... but Danielson counters with a suplex of his own!

It takes Danielson longer to get back to his feet than Helms, but Bryan blocks Helms’ right hand, connecting with tired uppercuts that backs Helms to the ropes. An Irish whip sends Helms off the opposite ropes, right into a back elbow that puts his down. Bryan then comes off the ropes, hitting a running senton and hooking the leg... 1... 2... Helms kicks out! Helms clutches his midsection as he staggers towards the ropes, and with the champion winded, Danielson attacks... clothesline sends Helms over the top rope! The crowd goes wild, almost in disbelief of the effort Danielson is giving on his debut, but just after Bryan pumps his fist for the crowd, he turns and heads towards the ropes... and flies through the air with a PLANCHA!! Danielson takes out Helms, with both men down as the crowd voices it’s approval for the newcomer. Danielson has to use the barricade to pull himself up, before he hoists Helms up and rolls him under the bottom rope.

Back in the ring, Helms crawls for the safety of the corner, but Danielson stays on him, landing another uppercut before he climbs to the second rope, grabbing a handful of hair, holding his fist high in the air, feeling the roar of the crowd before he strikes with a succession of fists! Danielson lands seven right hands to the forehead... only for Helms to grab his legs, walk forward then fall backwards... SENDING BRYAN FACE FIRST INTO THE TOP TURNBUCKLE!! Helms smiles as he sees the fallen Danielson lying next to him, before the champion drags the challenger to his feet... then twists into a NECKBREAKER ACROSS HELMS’ KNEE!! A vicious move, made even worse from the damage Danielson’s neck has received during the match, with Helms hooking the leg...

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Frustrated, Helms glares at Henson, before he tags Bryan with a pair of right hands as Danielson stumbles to his feet. Against the turnbuckle, Helms lands another pair of rights, before he goes for an Irish whip... that Danielson reverses! Helms hits the corner, and here comes Danielson... RUNNING ELBOW! Bryan drills Helms on the jaw, then goes for an Irish whip of his own... which Helms reverses, only for Bryan to yet again step up to the top rope... but the champion has it scouted, as instead of running to the corner, Helms runs to the ropes... crotching Danielson on the top turnbuckle! Bryan cries in pain as he’s perched on the top turnbuckle, and it gets worse as Helms climbs to the second rope, bringing Danielson level with him... to hit SIDE RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP!! Both men grab at the back of their heads as they hit the mat, but it’s the champion who scrambles to make the cover...

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Helms looks shocked as Mickie Henson confirms it was only two, with Helms even going nose to nose with Henson over the issue. As Helms turns back to Danielson, Bryan has struggled back to his knees, with Helms smirking as he looks down on him. Feeling the bandage that is across his nose, Helms arrogantly starts slapping Bryan across the head, showing the newcomer no respect. Two slaps land, only for Bryan to fire back with a forearm to the midsection. Helms snaps back with a right hand to the skull, but again Bryan throws a forearm to the gut. Helms then drills Bryan with a knee to the side of the head, before he pulls the challenger to his feet, doubling Bryan over with a knee to the midsection that allows him to again hit a knee to the head, before Helms grabs Bryan by the head... SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Helms drapes an arm over Bryan, so sure of victory that he holds an arm in the air, using his fingers to count along...

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Helms again turn to Henson, adamant it was three, while the ref confirms it was only two. A vicious look now crosses Helms eyes as he pounds Bryan with furious right and lefts, then starts driving his knee to the back of the neck. Helms then stands up, heading for the ropes where he crouches down, motioning for Bryan to rise. Slowly Danielson picks his head up off the mat, which is Helms’ cue to attack... with the SHINNING WIZARD... NO! Bryan rolls to safety, with Helms kicking mid air then crashing to the mat! The crowd senses this is Bryan’s chance to rally, and he starts by tagging Helms with a pair of forearms to the side of the head. Helms wildly swings and misses with a right hand, which allows Danielson to then grab Helms by the waist... RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!! Building a bit of momentum, it’s Danielson who’s back to his feet first, charging at staggering Helms... running dropkick sends Helms into the corner! Danielson moves in quickly, connecting with an uppercut, before he reaches down and hoists Helms up, seating Helms on the top turnbuckle... but before Bryan can climb up and join him, Helms kicks out with a boot to the face. Changing tactics, Danielson instead reaches down and hoists Helms onto his shoulders... for a ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM! Danielson slumps into the lateral press...

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The crowd groans as Helms stays alive, and now both men are slow to get back up. Danielson makes it first, and he attacks with chops to the chest, backing Helms to the ropes. An Irish whip sends Helms off the opposite ropes... right into a back body drop! Danielson shouts “Get up!” as Helms stumbles to his feet, only to be knocked right back down again with an elbow to the head. Helms’ legs are like rubber as he gets back up, but another elbow to the face puts him down once more. Danielson roars to the crowd, the audience fully behind him as he steps through the ropes and climbs upstairs. Helms eventually makes it back to his feet, which is Bryan’s cue to fly... MISSILE DROPKICK... NO! Helms avoid the contact, grabbing Danielson’s legs as he lands infront of him... and then jumps into a bridging pin... 1... 2... Bryan forces himself back to his feet, still in the bridge, before he twists out of it... and then takes Helms down with a backslide...

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And when Helms kicks out, he springs back to his feet and charges off the ropes.... low angle dropkick! Quickly Helms hooks the leg... 1... 2... NO! Danielson kicks out! Helms roars in frustration, again just wildly throwing rights and lefts at Danielson’s body, not caring where they land as long as they do some damage. Danielson breaths hard as Helms tags him with another stomp to the back of the neck, with the champion having a sinister look in his eyes as he again drops his foot across Danielson’s worn out neck. Helms then reaches down and helps the limp Danielson to his feet, drilling a knee to the skull before he fires Danielson to the corner... but Danielson reverses, before he charges in... but Helms gets a boot up! Danielson stumbles and drops to a knee, while Helms pushes himself to the second rope then flies... DIVING NECKBREAKER!! Helms gets all of it, hooking the leg...

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Helms can’t believe it! Furious, the champion is back on his feet, straight in Mickie Henson’s face, angrily demanding that it was three. Henson defiantly shakes his head, raising two fingers to confirm his decision. Helms kicks the ropes in disgust before he turns back to Danielson... who is back on his feet... STEP UP ENZIGUIRI!! Helms goes limp, his body slumping to the mat as Bryan crawls into the vertical press...

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This time it’s Danielson who can’t believe it, running a hand through his hair, knowing he was so close to being champion. Determined to end things, Danielson drags Helms to his feet, tagging him with a forearm to the face before Danielson fires him to the corner. Bryan builds up a head of steam... and connects with the running elbow! Helms has rubber legs as he comes out of the corner... and Bryan hooks him up from behind... RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bryan sends Helms flying across the ring, and he quickly races over, twisting Helms into position, hooking him up, then dropping over... CATTLE MUTTILATION!!! The arena comes unglued as Danielson locks on his deadly submission move, with Helms’ arms and feet flailing wildly! Desperately, Helms tries to kick his feet to the ropes, using every ounce of strength to force himself to the ropes. Danielson has the hold locked on tight, but the release German may have given Helms a chance to escape. Helms continues to throw his legs out behind him, trying with everything he has to reach the ropes. Helms takes another kick... and misses! The crowd cheers as Helms again fails to reach the ropes, and it looks like he’s gonna tap...

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Somehow Helms kicks his left foot back far enough to hook it on the bottom rope! Danielson doesn’t realise at first, finally releasing the hold once Henson calls for the break. Bryan’s first thought is that he’s the new champion, but his face drops to the mat as he sees Helms has a foot on the rope, realising it was where Helms landed off the German suplex that saved the champion. Danielson slowly picks himself off the mat, dragging Helms with him, before he holds a fist high in the air, motioning that this is it, as he synchs Helms in from behind, hooking both arms under Helms’, clasping his hands at the back of Helms’ head... DRAGON SUPLEX... NO! In an act of sheer desperation, HELMS GRABS HOLD OF MICKIE HENSON TO SAVE HIMSELF! Bryan tries to yank Helms over, but Danielson’s grip on Henson’s shirt is strong... LOW BLOW!! Helms flicks up his heel, catching Danielson square in the balls! The challenger slumps to his knees, gasping for air, with Henson seeing nothing... and here comes Helms off the ropes... SHINNING WIZARD!!! Helms his the knockout blow, hooking both legs tight...

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ELIMINATION #9: BRYAN DANIELSON BY GREGORY HELMS @ 09.51 (37.12)

Winner: And STILL Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms @ 37.12


Huge heat as Helms quickly rolls from the ring, collapsing on the floor before crawling towards the timekeeper's desk, begging for his title to be handed over. The referee hands over the belt, which Helms snatches from him, clutching it close to his chest. In the ring, the exhausted Danielson is still down on the mat, trying to recover from the unbelievable effort he just gave...

Tony Chimel: Here is your winner... and STILL Cruiserweight Champion... GREGORY HELMS!!

Michael Cole: What an incredible performance from Bryan Danielson! Danielson came so close to becoming Cruiserweight Champion, but once again Gregory Helms has found a way to remain champion.

Tazz: God, what a debut from Bryan Danielson! Some of the stuff I saw outta that kid was just amazing! He was-

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw what the hell does that matter! Bryan Danielson is nothin' but a footnote. The real story here is that once again, Gregory Helms proved he truly is the BEST cruiserweight in the world today! No doubt about it anymore! He took on all nine opponents, and he's still champion when it's all said and done!

Tazz: You kiddin' me?! He was the last man entered! Danielson took on half the damn field, only for Helms to clean up at the end. And even than it took a LOW BLOW to keep Danielson down!

John Bradshaw Layfield: It doesn't matter how he done it, all that matters is that man right there, Gregory Helms, is STILL the WWE Cruiserweight Champion! Nobody can beat 'im, nobody can touch 'im!

Helms backs up the ramp, clutching his championship tight, all the while staring back at the ring where Danielson is now back on his feet. Danielson stands by the ropes, his eyes locked on Helms, with Danielson nodding, realising that the title got away from him this time. Helms meanwhile hugs his title, knowing full well that he came so close to losing his gold, the camera switching between the two as we fade backstage.

To see Kristal Marshall standing by, ready for another interview...


Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time... he is the challenger for the United States Championship... Finlay.

A good amount of heat as Finlay walks towards Kristal, the interviewer stepping back, slightly intimidated by the veteran Irishman. Finlay takes a few glances over each shoulder, no doubt wary of an attack from Chris Benoit after what happened last Friday night...

Kristal Marshall: And Finlay, after what happened between yourself and Chris Benoit last Friday night on Smackdown, where you cost Chris his match with Mr. Kennedy, leading to a backstage brawl between the two of you, who do you think holds the advantage ahead of your match tonight?

Finlay has a little chuckle to himself...

Finlay: Listen Kristal, I held the advantage over Chris Benoit... the moment I struck 'im with my right hand.

Finlay cocks his fist in the air...

Finlay: Or if you wanna go further than that, I've held the advantage over Chris Benoit for years. Y'see me and Chris Benoit... we go back a long way. Japan, Europe, WCW. We've been fightin' for years in arenas all over the world. Plenty o' battles. I won some, I lost some. Chris Benoit mighta thought he had the war won when I retired for a few years.

Finlay ruefully shakes his head...

Finlay: But one thing you people better learn... is that you'll never keep an Irishman down.

Finlay flashes that toothy grin of his...

Finlay: At The Royal Rumble, I made a mistake against Batista. I dropped my guard for one second, and it cost me. Friday night on Smackdown, I made a mistake. I turned my back, I gave one o' these interviews... and Benoit jumped me from behind.

Small pop for Benoit's actions...

Finlay: But I promise ya' this Chris... I won't be makin' any mistakes tonight. I'm gonna do what I do best... fight. Chris, I'm gonna hit ya' with this...

Finlay cocks his right hand again...

Finlay: And then I'm gonna smack ya' with this.

Before raising his shillelagh high in the air...

Finlay: And Chris, this is one battle... I'm gonna win.

Finlay takes one last, long look into the camera before he turns and walks off, the camera then focusing on the intimidated Kristal before we fade into a video.


*Video Package*

We open to a dark, empty Madison Square Garden, the arena barely illuminated as shadows are cast on a wrestling ring ...

Narrator: Over 20 years ago, an institution was born...

Slowly the lights of the old arena rise, revealing more of the empty seats...

Narrator: A prime-time spectacular that brought sports entertainment to the masses.

The whirl of a projector can be heard, a grainy image of Hulk Hogan flexing his muscles being ‘projected’ across the ring...

Narrator: The legends of the WWE shone bright on this night...

We now see the image of a young Bret Hart holding his arms open to the crowd...

Narrator: And now it’s time for a new set of legends to make their mark.

The ‘projected’ image of John Cena, muscles bursting out his skin as he roars to the crowd...

Narrator: The WWE is back on NBC...

We now see Triple H stood on an apron, spraying water high into the air...

Narrator: Ready to reclaim their night...

A quick shot of a young Shawn Michaels in full ‘Sexy Boy’ attire, before cutting to the modern day ‘Heartbreak Kid’...

Narrator: And make Saturdays once again...

A similar fast shot of a younger Undertaker, being led to the ring by Paul Bearer and the urn, before we snap to the current ‘Deadman’...

Narrator: The main event!



"SATURDAY NIGHT’S MAIN EVENT – THREE HOUR SPECIAL – MARCH 3RD - LIVE ON NBC!"

*End Video Package*


”ONE... TWO... YOU HEAR THE CLOCK TICKIN’...”

*I’M COMIN’...*


The crowd gives some great heat as Montel Vontavious Porter bursts out of the massive gold inflatable tunnel set up at the entrance way. MVP looks as confident and as cocky as always as he sets off his massive pyro display before swaggering down to the ring...

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is the Fatal Four Way Match, with the winner facing the United States Champions at Wrestlemania XXIII! Introducing first, from Miami, Florida... weighing in at 259 pounds... Montel Vontavious Porter... M - V - P!

Michael Cole: Folks, we are all excited about the upcoming Saturday Night's Main Event, coming to you live on NBC from Madison Square Garden. But right now, we're all excited by the fact that it's fatal four way time! The Number Contender to the United States Championship is about to be determined.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And you're lookin' at the favourite right there. A man who has overcome horrific injury, a man who has defied the odds to battle back...

Tazz: Oh my God...

John Bradshaw Layfield: A man who nearly had his career ended before it got goin'. Half man, half amazing, total inspiration to us all, M - V - P!

Tazz: You done? Lemme tell ya', I like MVP, I think he's gotta be a favourite to win this thing, but is he ready to step up and grab that Wrestlemania opportunity? That's what I wanna find out right now.

*BOOM...*

*SLOW CHEMICAL...*


Tony Chimel: Making his way down the aisle... weighing in at 323 pounds... KAAAAANNNNNEEEE!

The crowd rises to give a good pop as Kane makes his entrance, looking menacing as ever as he strides down the aisle, all the while his eyes stay locked on MVP...

Michael Cole: Well speaking of MVP and his injury, here comes the man who put MVP on the shelf. Kane, a Wrestlemania veteran when compared to the rest of the field.

Tazz: Man, 'The Big Red Monster' can hang with the best of 'em! He might be a sick freak from time to time, but there ain't many tougher than that guy right there.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I still can't believe this guy has been handed this opportunity by Teddy Long. He doesn't deserve to be in that ring right now, he doesn't deserve to have a job anymore after what he did to MVP. He oughta be locked up in a mental hospital by now!

Michael Cole: Well be that as it may, he's a former WWE Champion, a former Intercontinental Champion, a former World Tag Team Champion. He's won it all, could he earn himself a shot at the United States Championship tonight?

*REALITY...*

The heat levels continue to rise for The Miz and Michelle McCool, showing Miz's rising stock in the mid-card. The pair walk arm-in-arm down to the ring, with Miz tossing his hat aside before he slides under the bottom rope...

Tony Chimel: Introducing third, being accompanied to the ring by Michelle McCool. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio and weighing in at 231 pounds... THE MIZZZZZZZ!

Michael Cole: What about The Miz? Here's a guy who we all know has made a conscious effort to get better in the ring, he's got Michelle McCool taking care of things behind the scenes, he's made some great strides lately.

John Bradshaw Layfield: If Miz wins I quit! The guy is a reality TV star with a goofy-ass haircut. He don't belong in a WWE ring.

Tazz: I don't think he's that bad. But hey, I don't like his attitude, I don't like the way he carries himself, but credit where credit's due, he's workin' hard to get better. He might be a dark horse to win this thing, but I wouldn't be shocked if it happened.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He's a nobody! The guy does nothin' but run his mouth.

Tazz: Sounds familiar if ya' ask me...

"OH YEAH..."

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT...*


And the biggest response so far is saved for the popular Matt Hardy, who bounces out from the back, firing up the crowd. Once he's done playing for the audience, a serious look comes across Hardy's face as he puffs out his cheeks, realising the severity of the moment...

Tony Chimel: And introducing the final participant. From Cameron, North Carolina... weighing in at 235 pounds... MATT... HAARRRRDDDYYY!

Michael Cole: And what about this man, Matt Hardy? He's been in the WWE for close to ten years, he's never had an opportunity like the one he's been presented with tonight. Can Matt Hardy finally step up and seize the moment here?

Tazz: We all heard what Edge had to say to Matt backstage on Smackdown, and you may not like it, but Edge was right. Matt's never taken that big step, he's kinda fallen into the shadow of his brother Jeff. But if he's serious about 2007 bein' his year, he better start tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw face it, the guy's a loser! He's never amounted to anythin' without his brother by his side. We all know who got the skill and the brains in that family, and even then, Jeff ain't that bright. Matt Hardy can't get it done on the big stage, and he's gonna show it again right here.






Fatal Four Way Match:
Winner will face the United States Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII

Kane vs. Matt Hardy vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. The Miz

The four men each stand in a corner as the bell rings, nobody willing to make the initial move. MVP is the first to step forward, motioning to The Miz and Matt Hardy that the three of them team together to target Kane. MVP heads to the corner opposite him to try get Miz on side, then turns to Matt to try convince him too. As he does this, MVP turns his back on Kane, who menacingly steps forward, standing behind MVP. Having failed in his sales pitch, MVP decides to go it alone, turning back towards Kane... but not realising Kane is stood right behind him! MVP comes face to face with his tormentor of recent months, and when he slowly starts to back away, Miz and Matt close the gap, the three men having MVP trapped! MVP looks desperately for an escape... but he doesn’t find one as his three opponents start hammering MVP with right hands!! The crowd loves it as MVP is drilled from all angles, but he soon manages to scramble to the corner. Hardy and Miz follow, continuing the attack, while Kane hangs back, allowing the other three to go at it. The Miz/Hardy partnership doesn’t last long however, as soon Miz catches Matt with a sneaky right hand. Matt fires back, with the pair soon trading blows...until Kane levels both of them with a big double clothesline!

Kane now snaps off big uppercuts to the throats of Miz and Hardy, and this allows MVP to recover in the corner. Kane rocks Matt with another uppercut that sends him to a corner, before he grabs Miz and fires him off the ropes... right into a big boot to the face! Kane then heads back towards MVP, snapping off an uppercut to the throat before MVP is sent for the ride, coming off the ropes... straight into a big sidewalk slam!! MVP quickly rolls from the ring to safety, while Hardy now goes on the attack, catching Kane with boots to the midsection. Miz stumbles back to his feet, and once again he and Hardy briefly work together, the pair laying in with boots to Kane against the corner that forces Kane to the mat. Miz shouts for Hardy to lift Kane up, with Miz then heading to the opposite corner and charging in... swinging corner clothesline! The partnership continues as Matt and Miz then fire Kane to the opposite corner, and this time it’s Matt who charges... only to be elevated over the top rope to the floor! Kane then bounds out of the corner, but Miz is already running towards him... straight into a massive boot to the face!

With his three opponents down, Kane steps through the ropes and heads upstairs, readying himself for the flying clothesline... only for MVP to jump up and shake the ropes, causing Kane to crotch himself on the top turnbuckle. MVP then shouts for Miz, and the two climb to the middle rope. The crowd buzzes as they know a double superplex is on the cards... but the buzz turns to a roar as Matt Hardy slides into the ring, hooking himself up underneath Miz and MVP... TOWER OF DOOM!!!! The crowd goes nuts as all four men crash to the mat, with Matt quickly crawling on top of Kane for the cover... 1... 2... kick out!

This time it’s Kane who rolls outside, with Hardy tagging MVP and Miz with right hands. Miz is then dragged to his feet, with Matt connecting on a kick to the gut before he fires Miz to the corner. Hardy charges in, connecting with a clothesline, hanging on to come out of the corner with a bulldog. Matt ups the pace of the match as he runs through MVP with a clothesline, before he helps MVP up and fries him off the ropes... big back body drop! With MVP and Miz both down, their heads close together Matt climbs to the second rope, cries out to the crowd... and then connects on double legdrop! Matt quickly rolls on top of Miz... 1... 2... Miz kicks out. Matt now turns his attentions back to MVP, snapping forearms to the side of the head before drilling a boot to the midsection. The boot causes MVP to drops to his knees, allowing Matt again climb to the second rope... elbow to the back of the head! Matt rolls MVP over and falls into the cover... 1... 2... MVP kicks out!

Kane now slides back into the ring, catching Hardy with a surprise uppercut, before he turns his attentions to Miz, driving Miz to the corner with big right hands. The four men pair off as MVP drills Matt with a right hand, sending Matt off the ropes with an Irish whip... but MVP lowers his head, allowing Matt to his a kick to the chest... and follow with a clothesline! Matt sends MVP to the corner, following in with a corner clothesline, while across the ring, Kane scoop slams Miz to the mat... then charges off the ropes for a low angle dropkick! Kane hooks the leg... 1... 2... Miz kicks out! In their corner, Matt and MVP trade blows, while Kane continues to attack Miz, firing him to the corner and then following in with a corner clothesline. Kane retreats and then charges again... looking to kick Miz’s head off... but Miz ducks... and Kane is hung up on the top rope! The crowd gasps as Kane is perched in pain, and soon Miz clobbers Kane with a clothesline, knocking him from the ring to the floor!

With Kane down on the floor clutching his knee, Miz turns to see Matt laying into MVP against the corner. Miz charges and blindsides Matt with an elbow to the back of the head, following this with stiff forearms to the back of the neck. MVP relaxes against the ropes as Miz attacks, watching on as Miz drives his knee to the gut. Miz then hooks Matt’s arms up, encouraging MVP to strike. With Matt wide open, MVP adopts a boxers stance, throwing stinging jabs to the face before tagging Matt with uppercuts to the body. Feeling cocky, MVP opens his arms in an attempt to show there’s nothing Matt can do about the situation... only for Matt to drive his boot into MVP’s gut! Miz then gets drilled with an elbow to the side of the head, before Matt synchs Miz in... SIDE EFFECT! Matt plants Miz, but almost instantly he’s tackled from his knees back to the mat, with MVP mounting Hardy to hammer him with right hands. MVP then stands up and starts laying with boots, before miz stumbles to his feet and joins the assault. MVP then shouts for the pair to help Hardy to his feet, before Miz and MVP use a double Irish whip to send Matt off the ropes... into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK... ACROSS THE TOP ROPE!! Matt hits the rope throat first, bouncing back before he falls to the mat coughing and spluttering. Again MVP calls for Matt to be lifted up, with Miz obliging, only to then scoop slam Matt back down. MVP then comes off the ropes, doing his usual theatrics before calling out to the crowd... BALLIN’ ELBOW! MVP drills Matt and quickly hooks the leg... 1... 2... and of course, Miz naturally pulls MVP off of Hardy!

MVP is quickly back on his feet, getting Miz’s face, shouting “What the hell man?!” in protest of Miz’s actions. MIz is heard shouting back, and it appears the two are about to come to blows... until Miz spots Hardy back on his knees, quickly drilling him with a kick to the side of the head. Once more MVP calls for he and Miz to be on the same page, as when Hardy again struggles back to his knees, both heels start trading right hands to Hardy’s skull. Miz and MVP continue their assault, but instead of booing, the crowd starts to buzz... because Kane is back on the apron and heading to the top rope!! MVP and Miz don’t realise that Kane is perched, ready for them to turn. Feeling cocky, MVP throws trash talk at Matt, and soon he and Miz turn around... DOUBLE FLYING CLOTHESLINE!! Kane flies to take down both heels, and soon he’s back on his feet, grabbing Miz by the hair and firing him to the corner, before Kane charges... corner clothesline! Miz slumps to the mat, allowing Kane to turn back to the middle of the ring... to drill MVP with a boot to the face, knocking MVP through the ropes to the floor!

MVP hits the floor hard, but the crowd cheers loud as Kane makes his comeback. Standing tall, Kane cocks his hand in the air to another pop, readying himself as he waits for Miz and Hardy to rise. It’s Matt who makes it back to his feet first... to be greeted by Kane’s hand around his throat! Miz slowly staggers up... and Kane snatches him by the throat too!! The crowd is pumped as the await the double chokeslam... only for Miz and Matt to both kick Kane in the midsection, breaking Kane’s grip before they synch the monster in... DOUBLE DDT!!! Hardy and Miz show some nice teamwork to plant Kane, but now all four men are down, three on the mat while MVP lies outside. Both Hardy and Miz get up quickly, trading a pair of right hands before Miz swings and misses... and Hardy scores with an inverted DDT! Matt then works quickly as he heads to the corner and climbs to the second rope, waiting for Miz to slowly get back to his knees... DIVING LEG DROP!! Hardy connects, and hooks the leg...

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Matt comes close to victory, but Miz stays alive, much to Michelle McCool’s relief at ringside. Matt works back to a vertical base, and he opens his arms wide to another pop, waiting for Miz to rise. Miz slowly stumbles back up, with Hardy ready and waiting for him... KICK... TWIST OF FATE... NO!! As Matt twists Miz pushes him into the ropes, with Hardy bouncing off and running towards Miz... who strikes with a kick to the midsection then comes off the ropes himself... KNEE TO THE FACE... REALITY CHECK!!! Miz plants Hardy! Miz is going to do it...

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MVP makes the save, but he doesn’t waste any time, as while he has Miz down on his knees, he hooks a leg around Miz’s head... PLAYMAKER!!! MVP plants Miz, and is back on his feet, once again trash talking his opponents! MVP wildly gestures, shouting at Matt and Miz. JBL screams for MVP to go for the cover on commentary... and the trash talking soon backfires, as stood behind MVP, Kane is back on his feet, hand cocked in the air!! MVP turns... and Kane snatches him by the throat... CHOKESLAM!!! Kane drills MVP to the mat, and goes for the cover...

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Desperately Matt dives to keep the match alive, but he’s still feeling the effects of the Reality Check as he struggles back to his feet. Kane is up too, tagging Matt with a big fist then connecting with an uppercut. Matt staggers back to the corner, where Kane again drills him with a shot the head before going for an Irish whip... but Hardy reverses, following Kane into the corner... to hit a corner clothesline... then come out of the corner with a bulldog! Hardy crawls back to his knees... only for MVP TO HAMMER HIM WITH A RUNNING BOOT TO THE FACE!! MVP damn near takes Hardy’s head off, but he can’t rest as Miz attacks... only to run into a snap overhead belly to belly suplex!! With all three opponents down, MVP now looks to end the match, waiting for Kane to stumble back to his feet. Kane slowly makes it back up... only to instantly be met with a boot to the gut... PLAYMAKER... NO!! Kane lifts his head up, forcing MVP up onto his shoulder... for a tilt-a-whirl powerslam! MVP is down as Kane is quickly back to a vertical base, once more with his hand cocked in the air. This time Kane waits for Miz to rise, with Miz slowly staggering back to his feet... Kane snatches him by the throat... and takes him up in the air... CHOKESLAM!!! Kane plants Miz... but before he can go for the cover, Matt Hardy makes his move, catching Kane in a headlock... TWIST OF FATE!!! Matt craws to hook the leg...

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The crowd is deflated as Matt was seconds away from Wrestlemania, only for MVP to make the save. Now MVP mounts Hardy, firing down with a flurry of stiff right hands to the forehead. With his three opponents down, MVP sets about clearing the ring, first of all by grabbing Miz and tossing him through the ropes to the floor. MVP then sets his sights on Kane, using his boot to force Kane under the bottom rope. The crowd gasps in anticipation as MVP has cleared the ring, leaving just himself and Matt. MVP slams the mat with his hands, motioning for Hardy to rise. Slowly Matt makes it back to his feet, prompting MVP to charge... RUNNING BOOT TO THE FACE... NO! Hardy ducks underneath, avoiding the contact, and with him stood behind MVP, Hardy spins him around... KICK... TWIST OF FATE... NO!! Before Matt can twist, MVP drills an elbow to the midsection, doubling Hardy over, placing him in perfect position for... THE PLAYMAKER... NO!!! Hardy forces his head up, seeing MVP do a backflip, landing on his feet... but disorientated as Hardy quickly strikes... KICK TO THE MIDSECTION... TWIST OF FATE!!!! This time Hardy gets all of it, and he scrambles on top of MVP to hook both legs...

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Winner: And facing the United States Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII, Matt Hardy @ 11.52

He's done it! Matt Hardy grabs the win, pinning The Miz to grab his Wrestlemania moment! Feeling the effects of the match, Matt gingerly rolls from MVP, making it back to both knees to have his hand raised in the air. As the referee allows his hand to drop, Matt runs his hands through his hair and smiles in delight...

Tony Chimel: Here is your winner, and Number One Contender to the United States Championship... MATT... HAARRRRDDDYYY!

Michael Cole: HE DID IT! MATT HARDY DID IT! Matt Hardy is goin' to Wresltemania!

Tazz: What a great effort from Matt Hardy! I thought he was down and out a couple o' times, but he just would not quit.

John Bradshaw Layfield: NO! MVP had it won! He had Wrestlemania in his grasp!

Michael Cole: But it's not MVP, it's Matt Hardy who's goin' to the granddaddy of 'em all! Matt Hardy will challenge the United States Champion at Wrestlemania!

Tazz: Yeah but Cole, who's that champion gonna be?

In the ring, Matt continues to celebrate, climbing to the second rope to soak in the cheers of the fans. Meanwhile on the outside, the camera catches the eye of a seething MVP, who slowly backs up the ramp, furious at his defeat, while Matt points at the Wrestlemania XXIII banner that hangs from the rafters as we head backstage...

To see Teddy Long stood with a squad of the arena security staff. Dressed in their yellow polo shirts, the staff stare at Teddy attentively as the Smackdown General Manager speaks...


Teddy Long: Alright listen playas. Y'all know who we lookin' out for... Edge. I don't wanna see that playa anywhere near that ring, ya' dig?

The various staff members nod their agreement...

Teddy Long: I don't care what he said to me on Friday night. I don't trust him as far as I can throw him, and I ain't never gonna take him on his word. He's gonna try somethin' tonight, but I wanna be ready. I want security at all the exits and entrances, and I want two of ya' in the car park, ya' dig?

Again the staff members nod...

Teddy Long: Alright. Get to steppin' plays, and remember... be on the lookout for Edge. If ya' see 'im, you call me and you keep 'im where he is 'til I get there. Understand?

Once more the staff members nod, before they turn and head off in various directions. The camera stays focused on Teddy, who heads off down the corridor, still looking apprehensive as he does. Coach takes a few steps, passing a few random backstage workers, before he suddenly stops. Shaking his head, Teddy slowly continues to walk... until he is stood next to a rather smug looking Jonathan Coachman. Heat welcomes the image of 'Coach' to the screen, but Mr. McMahon's Executive Assistant simply smiles through it as he arrogantly leans against a door that reads "General Manager" on it...

Teddy Long: 'Coach'... what are ya' doin' here playa? Why are you stood outside my office?

'Coach' has a little chuckle to himself before he sighs...


Jonathan Coachman: Teddy, I'm here tonight on official business. I'm here tonight... on behalf of Mr. McMahon.

Teddy Long: Mr. McMahon? Mr. McMahon ain't been on Smackdown in months. He ain't been involved in Smackdown business for a long time. What's he want wit' us now?

'Coach' reaches for the handle of the door and opens it...

Jonathan Coachman: I think we oughta discuss this in private Teddy.

Before reaching into the inside pocket of his suit jacket and pulling out an envelope...

Jonathan Coachman: Trust me Teddy. This is big. Real... big.

And with that, Coachman again smiles broadly, ushering a confused and worried looking Teddy into the office, the door slowly shutting behind them as we head back into the arena..

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is a six man tag team match!

*BAD DREAM...*

The crowd gives a warm welcome as Tommy Dreamer and Sabu step out from the back. The camera quickly scrambles through the arena until it finally finds The Sandman, who of course sparks open a bruski, downs half of it then smashes the can off his forehead...

Tony Chimel: Introducing first... weighing in at a combined weight of 722 pounds... Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman... THE EXTREMISTSSSSS!

Michael Cole: What do you think's goin' on in Teddy Long's office right now? What message could Jonathan Coachman have from Mr. McMahon?

John Bradshaw Layfield: If the boss is involved it's gotta be somethin' huge. What do ya' think? Somethin' involving Batista? Somethin' for Kennedy?

Michael Cole: Who knows what it could be? But now it's time for six man action, and I know you've been lookin' forward to this one Tazz.

Tazz: Here we go baby! Time to get extreme! I can't wait to see my guys Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman smack the smug grins off those British faces.

John Bradshaw Layfield: They mighta been tough back in the bingo halls of Philadelphia, but they ain't as tough as the three British guys about to walk down that aisle. I personally can't wait to Sandman have that kendo stick shoved down his throat tonight!

*VILLIAN...*

A good level of heat as William Regal, Dave Taylor and Paul Burchill make their entrance. Regal and Taylor look refined in their robes, while Burchill brings up the rear, a menacing look in his eyes...


Tony Chimel: And their opponents, weighing in at a combined weight of 737 pounds... William Regal, Dave Taylor and Paul Burchill... The Bluebloods!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Now here comes a team with a bit of dignity, a bit of class. They'll kick your ass and then they'll wipe their feet after on your face afterwards.

Tazz: Hey, they may be tough, they may have a bit more class, but when it comes down to a fight, they ain't gettin' the better of the three former ECW legends in the ring right now.

Michael Cole: Tazz you gotta admit, ever since they recruited Paul Burchill, The Bluebloods have been lookin' very impressive.

Tazz: Oh no doubt. I think Paul Burchill is a hell of a competitor, I'm just sayin' I don't like the way these guys act, I don't like the way they stick their noses up at people, and I think they're due an ass kickin' from somebody, and I hope it happens right here.





Six Man Tag Team Match:
The Bluebloods vs. The Extremists

The four men not starting the match take their time leaving the ring, but eventually Regal and Sabu step forward. Sabu does his traditional tribute to his uncle The Sheik by pointing to the heavens, but while his eyes are trained to the sky, Regal rocks Sabu with a stiff right hand to the jaw! The crowd “Oooh!” as Sabu is rocked back, with the aggressive Regal following up with a knee to the midsection before going for an irish whip... but Sabu ducks Regal’s attempted clothesline... then jumps to the second rope... springboard back elbow! Both men are quickly back up, with Sabu again charging towards the opposite ropes and jumping to the second rope... to this time catch Regal with a springboard leg lariat! Again Regal is up quickly, but he stagegrs and clutches his jaw as Sabu charges to a third side of the ring... and once more jumps to the second rope... springboard crossbody! Sabu stays on top for the lateral press... 1... 2... Regal quickly kicks out.

Sabu works at a furious pace as he gets back on his feet and bounces off the ropes, while Regal is only back on his knees as Sabu connects with a low angle dropkick.Regal is dazzled as he struggles back to his feet, only for Sabu to synch him in, taking Regal up for a suplex... and then dropping him stomach first across the top rope! Sandman gets the tag, and he instantly heads to the top rope... guillotine leg drop! Both men crash to the mat, but Sandman quickly rolls Regal over and hooks the leg... 1... 2... Dave Taylor breaks up the count with a kick to the head! The boot dazes Sandman who staggers back to his feet, and this allows Regal to dive to his corner and tag in Burchill, who races towards Sandman... who sends Burchill flying with a hiptoss!

Sandman then tags in Dreamer, with the two taking Burchill back to the ropes for a double Irish whip... before they knock him down with double back elbows... and then join hands... for a double elbow drop! Referee Jim Korderas quickly ushers Sandman from the ring, meaning he’s late to see that Dreamer has Burchill’s leg hooked... 1... Burchill kicks out before 2. Dreamer then drags Burchill up, backing him to the ropes before going for an Irish whip... which Burchill reverses... and as Dreamer comes off the ropes, Taylor drives his knee into Dreamer’s spine! Dreamer groans as he leans against the ropes, but he soon turns... and hammers Taylor with a right hand! The crowd cheers as Taylor crashes to the apron and then down to the floor, but this proves a distraction as when Dreamer turns back to the ring... Burchill nails him with a big clothesline! Burchill then crawls to his corner to tag in Taylor, a the veteran brawer tags Dreamer with a kick to the head that sends Dreamer scrambling for the corner. Taylor follows in, and he doesn’t give Dreamer any chance to recover, tagging Dreamer with a hard right hand before he lays in with boots to the midsection, kick after kick that causes Dreamer to slump down against the turnbuckle. Taylor then jams his boot against Dreamer’s throat, choking ‘The Innovator of Violence’. Korderas is there to administer the break, with Taylor taking every second of the ref’s five count. A hard Irish whip sends Dreamer crashing into the opposite corner, and Taylor takes his time as he heads across, delivering another boot to the midsection before he hooks Dreamer up... for a release double underhook suplex! 1... 2... Dreamer kicks out.

Taylor drags Dreamer to The Blueblood corner, with Burchill getting the tag. Now it’s time for the Englishmen to show their teamwork, sending Dreamer across with a double Irish whip... into a huge double back body drop! Dreamer cries in pain, but Burchill is quickly on him with a lateral press... 1... 2... kick out! Looking to now target the spine, Burchill aims forearms to the small of the back, driving Dreamer against the ropes. With Dreamer hung up against the ropes, Korderas orders Burchill to back away, but when he does Regal takes the chance to fire in a sneaky uppercut. Dreamer drops to his knees, but Burchill soon has him up... for a textbook bridging northern lights suplex! 1... 2... SABU BREAKS IT UP!! Quickly Jim Korderas admonishes him, demanding Sabu leave, but The Bluebloods see this as a chance to attack, with all three jumping into the ring to lay in with the boots! Sabu is still in the ring as he protests and pleads for the referee to turn, but Regal and Taylor drag Dreamer to their corner and head back to the apron, just in time for Korderas to turn. Regal tags in, and he delivers yet another stomp, before pulling Dreamer up to deliver a pair of big uppercuts. The force of the second uppercut sends Dreamer against the ropes, but he bounces off them and tags Regal with a right hand! Dreaemr quickly swings for a second, but this time Regal ducks, hooking Dreamer up from behind... and nailing the REGAL CUTTER!! The crowd gasps as Regal quickly slides over and hooks the leg, fearing Dreamer is finished...

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Regal screams in anguish, looking towards the ref who motions it was only two. Taylor gets the tag, and he briefly targets Dreamer’s neck by drilling a few elbows, before taking Dreamer down with a short arm clothesline and then quickly locking on a rear chinlock. Taylor has both hands clasped under Dreamer’s chin, and he applies pressure by driving his knee into the back and pulling Dreamer’s head backwards. Dreamer claws at Taylor’s hands to try loosen his grip, but this only prompts Taylor to hammer him with a succession of rapid forearms to the head, before Taylor again clasps both hands under the chin. The forearms seem to fire Dreamer up, as he works his back to a knee, then quickly back to a vertical base, drilling Taylor with an elbow to the midsection... and another one... before a third elbow breaks the hold! Dreamer may be free, but Taylor quickly tackles him and drives Dreamer into The Bluebloods’ corner. Taylor adds a few shoulder thrusts to the midsection, prompting Korderas to call for Taylor to break away. Taylor obliges, but as he does, he draws the attention of the referee, allowing Regal to reach in... and CHOKE DREAMER WITH THE TAG ROPE! Dreamer gags and kicks in panic, with the crowd urging Korderas to turn around and see the mugging that is taking place behind him. Eventually Regal releases the blatant choke, just before Korderas turns around. Taylor then charges towards the corner... only for Dreamer to get a boot up into the face! Taylor rocks back, allowing Dreamer to hammer both Regal and Burchill with side elbows before he races towards Taylor... who counters with a SITOUT SPINEBUSTER! Taylor quickly slides over, hooking the leg...

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Once again Korderas admonishes Sabu for getting involved, with Sabu quickly scurrying from the ring. Taylor tags in Burchill, and the big powerhouse helps Dreamer up, only to quickly take him back down with a snap suplex, floating over into a cover and hooking the leg... 1... 2... Dreamer kicks out! Burchill slams a fist off the mat in frustration, before he moves to lock in the same rear chinlock as Taylor used, both hands clasped under the chin wrenching back on the neck while the knee is forced against the spine. Sandman and Sabu do their best to rally the crowd, and Dreamer starts pumping his arms, reaching up to try and build a head of steam. The volume rises, with Burchill shaking his head as he tries to keep Dreamer down. Dreamer makes it back to one knee... then back to both feet... and the crowd noise builds again as Dreamer strikes with three rapid fire elbows to the midsection... only for the arena to deflate as Burchill drills him with a pair of forearms to the spine. Dreamer collapses against the ropes, his head across the middle, but Burchill ignores him and heads for The Extremists’ corner, where he drills Sandman with a right hand, knocking him off the apron. Burchill then tags Regal, but first Burchill scoops Dreamer up... but Dreamer drops down behind, working Burchill into position for an inverted DDT... but Regal charges for the save... only for Dreamer to duck his clothesline attempt, reaching up with his free hand to grab Regal’s neck... and DROP BOTH WITH A FALLING NECKBREAKER – INVERTED DDT COMBO!! Burchill grabs his neck and quickly rolls from the ring, but with both legal men down, Jim Korderas has no option but to count...

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Both Taylor and Sandman lumber into the ring, with Sandman catching the onrushing Taylor with a clothesline. Taylor is instantly back on his feet, only to be sent down just as fast with another clothesline. Taylor is reeling, but he’s soon sent off the ropes... into a BIG BACK BODY DROP! Sensing his team is in trouble, Burchill tries to step in, but Sandman catches him as he steps through the ropes, drilling Burchill with a boot to the face that sends him back down to the floor. Taylor backs off to the corner, allowing him to catch Sandman with a boot to the midsection. Taylor then swings a right hand, but Sandman ducks underneath... and hooks Taylor up for a SIDE RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Now it’s Regal who attacks, heading straight for Sandman...but Sandman sees him coming... and takes him up for a flapjack... but drops Regal throat first across the top rope! Regal cries out clutching his throat as he staggers across the ring, but he soon turns back towards Sandman... kick to the midsection... DDT!!! Sandman drills Regal and moves into a lateral press, and despite Regal not being the legal man the ref counts anyway...

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The crowd boos as Burchill pulls Sandman to the outside... then hammers him with a vicious clothesline! Burchill stands over Sandman, feeling he’s taken him out of the match, but Burchill doesn’t see Sabu charge from inside the ring... SUICIDE DIVE... BUT BURCHILL SIDE STEPS IT... AND SABU CRASHES TO THE FLOOR!!! The crowd gasps as Sabu takes a brutal head first landing, but while Burchill composes himself on the outside, Dreamer is back up in the ring, with Dave Taylor in his sights... kick to the midsection... Dreamer synchs Taylor in for the DDT... but here comes Regal... he runs into a kick... and then he too is synched in for... DOUBLE DDT!!! The crowd loves it as Dreamer plants both Regal and Taylor simultaneously, but as Dreamer returns to his feet, arm outstretched, roaring to the masses... he doesn’t see Burchill slip in behind him... JUMPING NECKBREAKER!!! Burchill surprises Dreamer, and with his teammates down, there’s no one to save Dreamer as Burchill hooks the leg...

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Winners: The Bluebloods @ 09.48

Tony Chimel: Here are your winners, William Regal, Dave Taylor and Paul Burchill... The Bluebloods!

The crowd groans and boos in displeasure after Burchill grabs the win for his team. Quickly back on his feet, Burchill is joined by Regal and Taylor as all three have their hands raised in the air, all three of their opponents still down and scattered around the ringside area...

Michael Cole: Wow. What a battle that was. And what a display from Paul Burchill. He really took control of the match up and led his team to victory.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! What d'ya make o' that 'Shortstack'? Your boys ain't up to much are they? The Bluebloods just left 'em layin' like the trash that they are!

Tazz: Well... I don't like the outcome of the match, but I gotta hand it to The Bluebloods. They were impressive tonight.

Michael Cole: And you gotta wonder. The Hooligans made it past Regal and Taylor... but now Paul Burchill is involved, could they be back in the tag title hunt?

With Sandman still down on the outside, Sabu laid out in a heap by the foot of the aisle and Dreamer down in the ring, The Bluebloods have to step over bodies as they head backstage, with Regal in particular delighted at the measure of revenge his team gained tonight.

We now cut to a beaming Josh Matthews, the interviewer stood next to a battle weary but pleased looking Matt Hardy. The crowd gives another good pop for Matt, who has an ice pack across his neck as he wraps an arm around him ribs...


Josh Matthews: Well folks, as you can see I am stood with the man who was victorious earlier tonight in the Fatal Four Way Match. Matt Hardy, congratulations, you are goin' to Wrestlemania to challenge for the United States Championship! How do you feel right now?

Matt lets out a pained cough as he smiles...

Matt Hardy: Well right now I'm a lil' sore. I mean, that has a real tough match tonight. Take nothin' away from MVP, Miz, Kane, all those guys put up a heck of a fight.

The crowd pops as Matt shows his opponents respect...

Matt Hardy: But tonight... tonight was my night. Tonight, I would not be denied. For years I've been tryin' to take the next step, tryin' to step my game up. Well tonight, I took the first step towards the next level. Y'know... it still hasn't really sunk in, but for all my fans, you all my family, I can finally say... I'm goin' to Wrestlemania!

A great response for Matt's delight...

Matt Hardy: I've never had a Wrestlemania moment of my own, I've never stood on the big stage, my own man. I've done so much with my brother Jeff. We had a ton o' battles at Wrestlemania over the years, but we were always chasin' tag titles. This year? This it's different. This year, Matt Hardy is his own man, and I'm chasin' the United States Championship!

A small "Hardy! Hardy! Hardy!" chant breaks out, causing Matt to pause...

Matt Hardy: I'm chasin' my Wrestlemania moment... and I'm sure that when he's healthy, my brother Jeff'll be back, and he'll be chasin' his moment too.

Solid pop for the mention of Jeff...

Josh Matthews: Well Matt, the next question is... who do you want to face at Wrestlemania XXIII? Who do you think is going to be the United States Champion by the time we make it to Detroit?

Matt rubs his chin, pondering his response...

Matt Hardy: Y'know somethin' Josh? Honestly? I really hope it's...

Suddenly Hardy's attention is drawn off camera, and when the camera pans we see the object of his attention... the United States Champion Chris Benoit! The crowd gives a great pop for the appearance of Benoit, who has his title belt slung over his shoulder. Stepping towards Matt, Benoit stares into Hardy's eyes, but the new Number One Contender can't help but let his gaze drift towards the gold.

The two stand opposite each other, a nervous tension between them, before Benoit flashes his toothy grin and utters...

Chris Benoit: Great job Matt.

The crowd pops again as Benoit gives Hardy his approval, with one last nod of the head from the champion before he heads off towards the ring. Matt smiles as he watches Benoit leave, the camera remaining on him as we fade into a video.


*Video Package*

We open to a pitch black screen, with the faint sound of a revving motor engine slowly but surely getting louder...

Narrator: The road may be long...

Slowly on the horizon we see a red convertible driving over a hill, heading towards a sunset which lights the screen...

Narrator: The journey may be treacherous...

The revs of the engine increase and get louder, with the camera closing in on shots of the side of the car...

Narrator: But you'll love every second of it!

We now skim along the rear of the car, the sun glistening on the chrome duel exhaust...

Narrator: So strap yourself in...

The car now speeds past a road sign that reads "8 MILE ROAD"...

Narrator: And get ready!

From behind we see an image of the Detroit skyline, with our car heading down a straight road towards it...

Narrator: 20 years on, Wrestlemania returns to Detroit, Michigan!

More fast paced shots of the car racing through the streets of Detroit...

Narrator: And it's going to be...

The car suddenly crashes into the screen, with the grill of the car having the official Wrestlemania 23 logo and tagline printed on it...

Narrator: The ride of your life!



"WWE WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - APRIL 1ST - LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW!"

*End Video Package*

Michael Cole: Wrestlemania is just around the corner folks! What a night it's gonna be, what an event we're in store for! We'll be there, I hope you can join us too, but one man who definitely knows he's goin' to the granddaddy of 'em all is Matt Hardy!

Tazz: And congratulations to Matt Hardy, a great victory, he's now the Number One Contender to the United States Championship.

Michael Cole: And of course, the other man who already knows he's goin' to Wresltemania is 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge. He knows he'll challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship, but just like Matt Hardy, his opponent will be decided tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: They've already been decided as far as I'm concerned. Finlay and Chris Benoit, Kennedy and Batista, I know where I'm puttin' my money. Finlay, the tough Irish bastard, and Kennedy, the fastest rising star in Smackdown history, the main eventer waitin' to happen! That's who your champions headin' into Wrestlemania are gonna be.

Michael Cole: Well we're about to find out who Matt Hardy will face. The United States Championship is on the line! Here's Tony Chimel...

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall... and it is for... The United - States - CHAMPIONSHIP!

"MY NAME IS FINLAY... AND I LOVE TO FIGHT..."

*LAMBEG...*


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, he is the challenger... from Belfast, Northern Ireland... weighing in at 233 pounds... FINLAAAAYYY!

The crowd rises to give some good heat as the grizzled veteran Finlay makes his way towards the ring. As always Finlay has his trusty shillelagh in his hand, threatening a few ringside fans with it before climbing into the ring. Once inside, Finlay is confronted by referee Mickie Henson, who demands Finlay places the weapon in one of the corners. Finlay quickly threatens to strike Henson with the shillelagh, causing the referee to back away, before the challenger arrogantly smirks and complies...
Michael Cole: What a 2007 it's been so far for Finlay. From his brutal confrontations with 'The Animal', to facing Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble, to some of the brawls we've seen he and Chris Benoit have, it's been a tough start to the year for the man from Northern Ireland.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yeah but he's as tough as they come. Tougher than a two dollar steak as a certain hick from Oklahoma might say. Chris Benoit's in for a long night once he steps in that ring. And of course, we all remember how he was robbed by Batista at the Royal Rumble, the man should be World Heavyweight Champion right now.

Michael Cole: Well, that's your opinion, but we won't argue that right now. Let me ask you Tazz, having seen what Finlay can do in the ring, would he have fit in well back in the old ECW days?

Tazz: Oh no doubt. The guy can straight up fight with the best of 'em. You don't wanna go toe-to-toe with this guy, he'll do some serious damage. I can only imagine what it would have been like to battle with this guy back in 'The Arena'. Not so sure if his little leprechaun woulda been all that welcome though.

*WHATEVER...*

The biggest pop of the night greets the arrival of Chris Benoit, the United States Champion confidently striding down to the ring, cocking his head from side to side as he shows no signs of intimidation...

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent... from Atlanta, Georgia... weighing in at 234 pounds... he is the current United States Champion... CHRIS BEEEEENNNNNOOOOOIIIIITTTTTT!

Michael Cole: Well we talked about what it would be like if Finlay had ever competed in the old ECW. But here's a guy who made his name in original ECW, man who both of you have been in the ring with.

Tazz: In ECW this guy was breakin' necks and cashin' cheques. They don't call him 'The Crippler' for nothin'. I can't wait to see this one, it's gonna be tough as hell.





United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Finlay

Both men step to the middle of the ring, the crowd buzzing in anticipation as champion and challenger go nose to nose. Both men smile toothy smirks at each other, but neither trash talks, as both men stare straight into the other’s eyes... until both men go for a collar and elbow tie up, with Finlay backing Benoit into the corner. Referee Jim Korderas steps in to call for the break, but Finlay tags Benoit with a fist to the face, then drives his shoulder into Benoit’s gut. Another shoulder thrust lands, but when Finlay grabs Benoit by the hair and goes for an uppercut, Benoit grabs Finlay, tossing him to the corner. Benoit unloads with a stiff knife edge chop to the chest... then a right hand... another chop... another right hand... chop... right hand... chop right hand! The crowd cheers loudly for the intensity of Benoit, who then grabs Finlay and fires him off the ropes... into a knee to the midsection! Finlay quickly sits up, only for Benoit to drill him with a knee to the face! More knees connect, causing Finlay to slide on his backside to the safety of the corner. Finlay reaches out and grabs the second ropes, thinking he’s safe... only for Benoit to grab Finlay’s feet... and yank him into the air... with Finlay crashing to the mat! Instantly Finlay clutches the back of his head, but Benoit quickly pulls him back up, drilling Finlay with more knees to the face and then a pair of forearms to the spine. Benoit then takes Finlay up and down with an impactful backbreaker, rolling into the lateral press... 1... Finlay quickly kicks out.

Benoit is promptly back on his feet, catching Finlay with a kick to the face as the challenger gets back to his knees. Finlay crawls to the corner, but Benoit yanks him up, hitting a kick to the gut before winding up for a stinging chop! The crowd gasps as Finlay clutches his chest in pain, before Benoit tosses him back against the corner... to hit another loud chop! Finlay drops to his knees, but Benoit stays on him, landing a kick to the head before firing Finlay off the ropes... into a snap overhead belly to belly suplex! Benoit crawls over to make the cover... 1... 2... Finlay kicks out! The challenger grabs the ropes, hoping they can buy him some time, but Benoit stays on him, again hitting a kick to the chest, yanking Finlay up to unload with yet another chop to the chest. Finlay winces in pain, but then in sheer desperation, he grabs Benoit by the tights and yanks him forward... through the ropes to the floor!

The champion crashes from the ring, with Finlay quickly rolling under the bottom rope, tagging Benoit with a boot to the head. Benoit uses the apron to pull himself up, but Finlay rocks him with an uppercut, then takes Benoit up... SCOOP SLAM ON THE FLOOR... NO! Benoit drops down the back... and then SHOVES FINLAY HEAD FIRST INTO THE RING POST! Finlay gets his hands up to soften the blow, but he’s still down as referee Chris Kay orders both men back to the ring, but Benoit takes no notice as he once again stings Finlay with a chop to the chest, this time against the barricade. Finlay staggers away from Beloit, holding his chest as he tries to distance himself from the champion, but Benoit follows, grabbing Finlay from behind and smashing him face first into the announce desk. Kay again demands the action returns to the ring, and Benoit complies, rolling Finlay under the rope before sliding in to hook the leg... 1... 2... Finlay kicks out!

Benoit bounces up from the cover, rocking Finlay with an uppercut as the challenger gets back to his knees, but Finlay uses cheap tactics to gain the upperhand, scoring with a thumb to the eye. Benoit is then driven face first into the top turnbuckle, with the challenger then connecting on a forearm to the ribs. A pair of uppercuts rock the champion, as does a pair of right hands, only for Benoit to his back with a stiff headbutt. Another headbutt backs Finlay to a nearby corner, where once again Benoit stings Finlay’s chest with a chop. An Irish whip sends Finlay off the ropes, right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker! Benoit moves into the lateral press... 1... 2... kick out! Benoit continues his attack as he drags Finlay up, striking with two more chops and going for an Irish whip to the corner. Finlay briefly slumps down against the turnbuckle, but he soon perks up as Benoit races in... but Finlay gets a boot up to the face... and then levels Benoit with a clothesline! After taking a few seconds to shake away the cobwebs, Finlay lays in with a flurry of boots, repeatedly stomping down on the fallen champion. Finlay then pulls Benoit to his feet, gripping Benoit’s wrist as he goes for a short arm clothesline... but Benoit twists, grabbing the arm, trapping the leg taking Finlay down to the mat... CRIPPLER CROSSFACE... BUT BENOIT CAN’T LOCK IT IN!! Desperately Finlay fights, trying to free his arm, kicking for the ropes. Benoit strains to get the hold on tight, but Finlay forces himself to the ropes, kicking out a foot... and hooking it on the bottom rope!

The crowd boos as Chris Kay calls for the hold to be broken, with Benoit finally relenting. Benoit is eager to continue the attack, pulling Finlay up, striking with knees to the face as th challenger is doubled over, before the champion twists Finlay around, taking him up and down with a belly to back suplex! Benoit drives the forearm into the face as he goes for the lateral press... 1... 2... Finlay kicks out. With Benoit back on his feet, Finlay strikes from his knees with a shot to the midsection, allowing him back on his feet to catch Benoit with an uppercut. Finlay then swings a right hand, but Benoit ducks, synching Finlay from behind... GERMAN SUPLEX! The crowd buzzes as Benoit keeps his grip, dragging Finlay back to his feet... SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX!! The noise level rises as Benoit grips tight, pulling Finlay up... THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX... NO!! Finlay swings a back elbow to the side of the head, and another one, breaking the grip, before he grabs Benoit by the head... and LAUNCHES BENOIT SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST! The crowd gasps as Benoit hits the steel, crumpling to the mat in pain before Finlay moves in, stomping the shoulder and then driving his boot into Benoit’s throat. The ref calls for the break, with Finlay threatening to pop Kay for getting to close, before he starts stomping down on the arm again with boots. Benoit makes it back to a seated position, with Finlay scooting behind him, dropping his elbow repeatedly across Benoit’s shoulder. A stiff kick to the small of the back causes Benoit to cry out in pain, with Finlay then sitting behind Benoit, pulling both arms behind the champion as the challenger drives his knee into the back for a seated surfboard.

Finlay wrenches on the arms, applying pressure to the shoulder he was working on. The referee asks Benoit if he wants to submit, but the champion defiantly says “No”. Finlay continues to apply the pressure, shifting his body weight so that he can switch from driving one knee to both knees into the spine. The veteran Irishman smiles in knowledge of the pain he’s causing Benoit, with the champion grimacing as he tries to hang on. Finlay starts yelling “Quit Benoit! Quit!”, but each time the question is asked by Chris Kay, Benoit shakes his head. The crowd get behind Benoit, with the champion responding to their cheers, struggling back to his feet. Benoit is back to a vertical base, but Finlay still has a grip of both arms... but he lets go to drive a forearm to the back... then takes Benoit up with a belly to back suplex... but Benoit lands on his feet behind Finlay... and then drops him with a clothesline! Benoit tries to shake the feeling back into his left arm before he comes off the ropes, looking for an elbow drop... but Finlay rolls to safety! The crowd deflates as Benoit crashes to the mat, with Finlay quickly scurrying over for the lateral press, driving the forearm to the face...

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...... BENOIT KICKS OUT......
!!

Finlay slams his hands off the mat in frustration, glowering at the referee, before he grabs Benoit and drags him towards the corner. Finlay then slips under the bottom rope, grabbing hold of Benoit’s hand. Finlay pulls Benoit closer to the corner, and the crowd groans as they know what’s coming... BENOIT’S ARM IS SLAMMED INTO THE RING POST!! The champion cries in pain as the arm Finlay has targeted is further damaged! Benoit tries to pull himself away, but Finlay still has hold of his wrist... and SMASHES THE ARM OF THE RING POST FOR THE SECOND TIME!! This time Finlay lets go, allowing Benoit to writhe in pain as he rolls to the centre of the ring. The crowd boos Finlay’s actions, with wily veteran flashing them a toothy smirk before he rolls under the bottom rope. With Benoit still down, Finlay slides over to hook the leg...

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...... BENOIT KICKS OUT AGAIN......
!!!

The pace of the match has slowed way down as Finlay methodically goes about his business, again aiming boots to the chest of Benoit before he grabs the champions’ weakened arm, laying it out flat on the mat... so Finlay can drop a knee across it! Benoit tries to pull the arm across his body, but Finlay yanks it back to the mat, no pushing up from the mat to again drive the knee into the arm. Finlay repeats the process another three times, before he helps Benoit up, driving his shoulder into the midsection and then forcing Benoit to the corner. Finlay then wraps Benoit’s arm over the top rope, pressing his foot against Benoit’s gut as he viciously tries to rip the arm out of its socket! Chris Kay is there to administer the five count, with Finlay pulling on the arm for every second it. Finlay grabs the wrist again, stepping through the ropes... and then jumping off the apron, pulling the shoulder down across the top rope! Benoit cries in pain, falling to the mat, clutching his arm as he goes, while Finlay quickly slides back into the ring. Another kick connects to the shoulder, before Benoit is back on his feet, rocked back against the ropes with an uppercut. Finlay then goes for an Irish whip, but Benoit reverses, ducking his head as Finlay comes off the ropes... and Finlay responds with a kick to the chest... but Benoit swings a right hand... only for Finlay to catch the arm... SINGLE ARM DDT!! Finlay rolls Benoit over, hooking the leg...

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...... BENOIT ROLLS HIS SHOULDER......
!!!

The crowd pops as Benoit stays alive, with Finlay shaking his head in frustration. As Finlay gets back to his feet, Benoit grabs the ropes to pull himself up, only for a boot to the shoulder to put him down again. Finlay rolls Benoit onto his stomach, dropping an elbow on the shoulder, then dropping a knee. A handful of hair drags Benoit up, and after yet another uppercut, Finlay takes Benoit up... for a SHOULDERBREAKER!! Once more Finlay hooks the leg...

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...... BENOIT KICKS OUT AGAIN......
!!!

Finlay aggressively shouts “C’mon!” at Chris Kay, but he puts the disappointment behind him to lock Benoit in a shoulder clawhold. Finlay applies pressure, pressing down on the top of the shoulder, forcing his weight on Benoit’s damaged arm. Benoit kicks his legs in an attempt to shake some life into himself, but this only move Finlay to up the pressure, pressing down on the shoulder with increased intensity. The crowd raises the volume, willing Benoit back to his feet. The champion tries to feed off the crowd, again kicking his legs, forcing himself back to one knee... but Finlay then viciously drives the point of his elbow to the top of Benoit’s shoulder, time and time again, keeping the champion grounded. The crowd is deflated, but now Benoit tries to get them back into it, pumping his fist in the air. Slowly the noise level rises again, with Benoit making it back to a knee... then both feet... before an elbow to the gut breaks the hold! Benoit strikes with a chop to the chest, but Finlay hits straight back with a jab to the arm. Finlay grabs Benoit and goes for an Irish whip to the corner, with Benoit hitting the turnbuckle hard. Finlay slowly heads to the corner, insulting Benoit with a cheap slap to the face that draws heat. Finlay then sends Benoit to the opposite corner, before he charges... with a spear... but Benoit dives to safety... and Finlay spears the turnbuckle!

Finlay hits face first off the middle turnbuckle, staggering from the corner... and Benoit hooks him up from behind... GERMAN SUPLEX! The crowd pops as Benoit begins to mount a comeback, keeping his grip as he drags Finlay up... SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX!! The crowd continues to cheer as Benoit sluggishly pulls Finlay back to a vertical base, arms clasped around the waist... THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX COMPLETES THE HAT TRICK!!! Benoit scrambles over, hooking the leg...

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...... FINLAY ROLLS HIS SHOULDER......
!!!

Benoit favours his arm as he stands up, his left arm hanging by his side as he grabs Finlay’s singlet to drag him up, using his right hand for another chop. Benoit then takes Finlay down with a snap suplex, and with Finlay in perfect position, Benoit points to the top rope! The crowd buzzes as the champion makes his way upstairs... only for Finlay to wisely roll under the bottom rope! The crowd boos as Finlay heads to the safety of the floor across the ring from Benoit. The champion steps down from the top rope, stepping through the ropes. Finlay is down on one knee, trying to recover, meaning he doesn’t see Benoit approach from behind... to hammer Finlay a forearm to the back of the head! The shot forces Finlay up against the ringpost, with Benoit heading over... but Finlay turns from the post with a big right hand... that Benoit ducks, grabbing Finlay from behind... GERMAN SUPLEX ON THE FLOOR!!! The crowd goes wild as Benoit nails Finlay, the challenger roaring in pain as he rolls on the floor! Both men feel the effects of the move, with Benoit having to use the apron to pull himself up. Benoit then drags Finlay to his feet, rolling him under the bottom rope, sliding in to drape an arm over the challenger...

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...... FINLAY GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPE......
!!!!

Benoit looks in despair as Finlay stays alive, the champion’s head slumping to the mat. Benoit picks himself up though, taking Finlay up with him to rock him with a headbutt that backs the challenger to the corner. Benoit then grabs Finlay, rearing back for a hard Irish whip... the force of which means Finlay hits the turnbuckle and then drops to the mat! Sensing the end could be near, Benoit drags Finlay to his feet, planting the challenger with a gutwrench suplex. Once more, Finlay is in perfect position, so Benoit climbs the ropes, perching himself up top. Benoit takes a deep breath to steady himself before he flies... DIVING HEADBUTT... NO!!! Finlay rolls to safety! The crowd can’t believe it as Benoit hits the mat head first, but ti gets worse as Finlay heads back to his feet, pulling Benoit up... and then hoisting him onto his shoulders... CELTIC CROSS!! Finlay gets all of it, hooking the leg tight...

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...... NO......
!!!!

Finlay is in disbelief as Benoit kicks out! Finlay angrily storms to his feet, getting right in Chris Kay’s face, even grabbing Kay by the shirt to demand a three count! Kay cowers but is adamant it was only two, a fact which infuriates Finlay. Releasing his grip, Finlay heads back to Benoit, who has made it back to his knees... and reaches up to grab Finlay’s arm, pulling him to the mat... CRIPPLER CROSSFACE!!! The crowd erupt as Benoit suddenly locks in his deadly submission hold, with Finlay trapped in the centre of the ring! Benoit’s hands are clasped tight as Finlay claws at them, and the challenger is too far from the ropes as he tries to reach with his feet and hands. Realising their’s no escape Finlay’s hand comes into the air...

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FINLAY TAPS OUT
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BUT THERE’S NO BELL
!!!!!

Finlay furiously taps, but Benoit won’t release until he’s sure the match is over. Eventually Benoit lets go, wondering what the hell happened to the referee, and we soon find out... THE LITTLE BASTARD IS ON THE APRON! Benoit spots the little guy and heads over to the ropes, pushing the referee aside... and grabbing The Little Bastard by the collar! The crowd cheers as Benoit turns to them, almost seeking their approval. The little guy pleads, but Benoit shows no mercy... SCOOP SLAMMING THE LITTLE BASTARD!! The crowd pops as Benoit finally puts Finlay’s sidekick in his place! Chris Kay tries to usher The Little Bastard from the ring, but as he does this he doesn’t see Benoit head back towards Finlay... WHO NAILS BENOIT WITH THE SHILLELAGH!!! Finlay was playing possum! He has the weapon in his hands, waiting for Benoit! The champion crumples to the mat, with Finlay removing the evidence, just in time for Kay to turn and see Finlay has the leg hooked...

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Winner: And NEW United States Champion, Finlay @ 15.08

Tony Chimel: Here is your winner... and the NEW United States Champion... FINLAAAAYYY!

The crowd is in shock as it's Finlay who survives the brutal contest. Quickly rolling off of Benoit, Finlay struggles to make it back to his knees, still grounded as the referee hands over the title belt. Still suffering, Finlay snatches the title and slowly rolls under the bottom rope, struggling to stay on his feet as he lands on the outside...

Michael Cole: Dammit! We've got a new United States Champion! Finlay just stole the championship from Benoit!

John Bradshaw Layfield: What the hell Cole?! How can you sit there and say that? You talked about how tough Chris Benoit is, but that man Finlay just proved who the toughest S.O.B in the Smackdown locker room is.

Tazz: What by nailin' Benoit with that damn shillelagh? Benoit had Finlay tappin' at one point, he'd still be champ if it weren't for that damn leprechaun.

John Bradshaw Layfield: None o' that matters! All that matters is that right now, Finlay is the new United States Champion. Matt Hardy, you better start prayin' son, 'cause you're in for the ass kickin' of a lifetime once we get to Wrestlemania!

Leaning against the ring, Finlay gingerly walks around the ring, heading backstage, while in the ring, Benoit has only just lifted his head off of the canvas. Finlay is now revelling in his victory, flashing that toothy grin of his at the camera, while Benoit can only grimace and clutch the back of his head, staring at Finlay as we head backstage...

To see the World Heavyweight Champion Batista! The crowd gives a massive pop for the sight of 'The Animal', who is sat on a chair in his dressing room, adjusting his elbow pad before reaching down and pulling on a knee pad. The champion looks cool and collected, and doesn't even flinch when there's a knock at the door...


Batista: Come in!

Batista continues to prepare, reaching down for his second knee pad and pulling it on, not even bothering to look up. Once the kneepad is in place, 'The Animal' glances to the figure casting a shadow over him... and a smile soon crosses his face. The camera follows Batista as he rises to his feet, and we soon see the reason for happiness of 'The Animal'... Arn Anderson! The crowd gives the legend a very generous cheer as 'Double A' extends his hand towards Batista...

Batista: Hey, Arn! How ya' doin' man?

Arn Anderson: I'm gettin' there son, I'm gettin' there. How ya' feelin' champ?

Anderson motions towards the bandage that still adorns the forehead of Batista after he was busted open twice during last Friday's Smackdown...

Batista: That's nothin' but a scratch. I spoke to Ric on Monday night, he said you were doin' better but I didn't think you'd be here tonight.

Arn Anderson: I'm not here workin'. I just came to see the show, say a few thank yous for some o' the messages I got in the hospital... and to see you teach that no good son of a bitch Kennedy the lesson he deserves.

Big pop from inside the arena for the intensity of 'Double A', with Batista nodding his approval...

Arn Anderson: You- You get 'im tonight. Understand me?

Rubbing his neck, the rage and emotion of the situation is clear as far as Arn is concerned...

Arn Anderson: That punk don't deserve to EVER call himself a champion. You-

Arn pauses, composing himself...

Arn Anderson: You get 'im tonight son. You get 'im. If not for me... then for Ric Flair.

A massive "WOOOOO!" breaks out from inside the arena. Batista smiles in awe and respect of Anderson, once more shaking the legends hand...

Batista: Don't worry... I'll get it done.

The handshake lasts a little longer than usual as the camera lingers on it, before we cut away.

To see Mr. Kennedy stood infront of a television set, watching it all happen. Massive heat is heard as soon as Kennedy enters the frame, the challenger stood smug, smirking to himself...


Mr. Kennedy: Do it for Ric, Dave? We'll see.

And with that, Kennedy takes one last look at the screen, scoffing to himself before he turns and leaves, a cocky, almost too cocky, smile on his face as he goes.


*Video Package*

Our video package begins way back on the first Smackdown of 2007, during the Fatal Four Way Match to determine Batista's opponent at The Royal Rumble. As Finlay and Kane brawl in the ring, on the outside, The Undertaker and King Booker are going at it... until 'Taker grabs Booker by the throat... and CHOKESLAMS HIM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Booker is down and out, but in the ring, Finlay has struck Kane with the shillelagh, earning himself the title shot at The Rumble...

Michael Cole: Finlay just stole a victory!... it will be Batista and Finlay one on one for the World Heavyweight Championship...

Realising that the pinfall took place while he was on the outside, 'Taker slides back into the ring, with Smackdown fading off the air with 'The Deadman' frustrated that he missed out on the title opportunity.

We cut to the following episode of Smackdown, where King Booker walks down to the ring, knowing full well that The Undertaker is NOT in the building that evening...

King Booker: Now... as I was saying. Undertaker... I challenge you to a duel in this ring next week. 'Dat's right, I'm callin' yo' ass out sucka! And if you have any class... if you have any dignity... you will rise to my challenge 'Deadman'... if ye' be brave enough to meet me in this ring... I... King Bookah... I will slay thee 'Deadman'...

The following week on Smackdown, where Josh Matthews interviews King Booker...

Josh Matthews: King Booker, what motives were behind your actions last week?

King Booker: I have once again been besmirched by 'The Deadman'... I challenged you to a duel 'Deadman', and you haven't risen to my challenge. And nobody play tha' King like a fool sucka!

Suddenly, the backstage area is plunged into darkness, with Sharmell letting out a scream. There is mass confusion on the interview set, with Booker shouting "What da' hell's goin' on?!". The crowd in the arena pops, certain it's the arrival of the Deadman... but the lights soon return, with no sight of The Undertaker. Instead, it's a visibly shaken Josh and Sharmell stood infront of us, with King Booker looking furious...

King Booker: What da' hell's goin' on 'round here? Nobody treats da' King this way! NOBODY!

Later in that same show, Booker is in action against The Boogeyman, nailing the scissors kick to score an easy victory. As Booker celebrates with Sharmell...

*GONG...*

The lights go out!! The arena is plunged into darkness, until...

*GONG...*


The lights return...

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And The Undertaker is in the ring!!

Sharmell screams from ringside, franticly pointing and telling Booker to turn around. Booker finally turns... only for a deadly right hand to grip him around the throat... chokeslam!!

Fast forward to the following week, the last Smackdown before The Royal Rumble. Booker and Sharmell are standing by being interviewed by Kristal Marshall...

King Booker: Your King laid forth a challenge to The Undertaker. Your King acted with the dignity befitting of such a situation. You King acted with honour and with class. But The Undertaker... he acted like nothing more than a coward!

Later that night, Booker teams with Finlay to take on Batista and The Undertaker. After avoiding each other for most of the match, the two finally come to blows as Batista and Finlay brawl up the aisle. Chasing victory, Booker makes his move... axe kick... NO! Undertaker avoids it... and he clutches Booker by the throat... CHOKESLAM!!! In the ring, Undertaker stares ominously into the camera... and draws a thumb across his throat! On the outside, Sharmell can do nothing but scream as she watches her husband somehow return to his feet... only for Taker to hoist him up onto his shoulder... TOMBSTONE!!! Undertaker nails the tombstone, crossing Booker’s arms across his chest for the inevitable... 1... 2... 3!!

We now cut to The Royal Rumble Match...

... BUZZER ...

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*GONG...*

*GONG...*

*GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY...*

ENTRANT #13: THE UNDERTAKER @ 16.49


Jim Ross: Bah Gawd! Here comes The Phenom!

...Booker sees this as his chance to attack, striking with a wild flurry of rights and lefts as Taker struggles to a knee. Booker relents, only to line Undertaker up... HARLEM SIDEKICK... NO! Taker ducks underneath... and he seizes Booker by the throat... and FORCES HIM OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR!

ELIMINATION #4: KING BOOKER BY THE UNDERTAKER @ 17.38

We cut to the following Smackdown, where after defeating Joey Mercury, The Undertaker is confronted by Booker and Sharmell...

King Booker: You continue to besmirch me, week after week. And you eliminating me from the Royal Rumble last Sunday night... that was the last straw... No Way Out. Grant me this request and face me at No Way Out... so that I may finally vanquish thee!

The next episode of Smackdown sees Undertaker and Mr. Kennedy battle in the main event, the winner to face Batista at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight Championship. After a long back and forth contest, Kennedy swings a pair of tired looking right hands, before he hoists ‘Taker up onto his shoulders... GREEN BAY PLUNGE... NO! Undertaker grabs Kennedy’s arm, dropping down to the mat... and locking in the TRIANGLE CHOKE! Undertaker has Kennedy down... and Kennedy is tapping out! Kennedy furiously taps... but there’s no bell ringing... as KING BOOKER IS ON THE APRON DISTRACTING THE REFEREE!! Kennedy taps until his body goes limp, prompting The Undertaker to let go, wondering why on earth the match isn’t over. He soon sees why, his eyes bulging again as he sets his sights on Booker. Stepping forward, Undertaker pushes the ref aside... and SLAPS HIS HAND AROUND BOOKER’S THROAT! Undertaker has King Booker in his grasp, looking for a chokeslam to the floor, but Booker desperately hangs on. All this commotion has given Kennedy a chance to recover, and he charges from behind... and takes Undertaker down with a rollup... 1... 2... Kennedy has a handful of tights... 3... ‘Taker kicks out!... Furious, Undertaker is quickly back on his feet, searching for King Booker... until his eyes settle up the aisle on the smug grin of the man who just cost him a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship.

And finally to the last Smackdown before No Way Out, where Booker goes to Teddy Long determined to find out if he will get his wish of facing The Undertaker...

Teddy Long: You get yo' wish. At No Way Out, it will King Booker, one on one, with The Undertaker!... However... 'cos of yo' actions last week, the match at No Way Out ain't gonna be a straight up, one on one match... I have decided to let The Undertaker decided what kinda match you two are gonna have!... I'm gonna let 'The Deadman' holla at ya' when he's made up his mind!... I mean, it could be No Holds Barred. Buried Alive maybe? Or how 'bout... Hell - In A - Cell?!

The camera remains focused on Booker and Sharmell, the two looking like they've seen a ghost, before we cut to that night's main event, King Booker and Batista one on one in non title action...

...kick to the midsection... off the ropes... AXE KICK!! Booker gets all of it, a delighted look on his face as he senses victory... but before Booker can go for the cover...

THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN THE ARENA!


*GONG...*

*GONG...*

*DRUIDS MARCH...*



The eerie music plays out, and through the darkness and smoke, six druids can slowly be seen making their way towards the ring... WITH A CASKET!!

Slowly but surely, the druids make their way down the aisle, carefully wheeling their cargo. As they approach the ring, the druids work to turn the casket sideways, placing the casket down at the foot of the ring...

*GONG...*


The crowd erupts as the lights return to the arena, and now everybody, and especially Booker and Sharmell, can see what's going on. In the ring, Booker looks like he's seen a ghost, while on the outside Sharmell has her head in her hands. Tentatively moving towards the edge of the ring, Booker is scared to approach the casket, but he slowly reaches a hand through the ropes...

*GONG...*


Only for the casket lid to swing open... and THE UNDERTAKER SITS UP!!

Sharmell screams in horror as 'The Deadman' is mere inches away from King Booker... and he reaches out and SNATCHES BOOKER BY THE THROAT! Panicking, Booker scrambles, breaking the grip and falling on his ass, which prompts Undertaker to climb through the ropes. Desperate to escape, Booker flings himself over the top rope, quickly meeting up with Sharmell as the two race up the aisle. Not content with this, Undertaker quickly steps over the top rope and drops down, stalking King Booker all the way up the aisle!

Tazz: God I - I got chills man! I got goosebumps all over me here! That's one of the scariest things I've ever seen.

John Bradshaw Layfield: We may never see King Booker again after this Sunday. I... I'm lost for words right now.

The video lingers of the image of The Undertaker stalking Booker up the aisle, both men moving in slow motion as the video fades to black.


*End Video Package*

Michael Cole: It's that time folks. For weeks King Booker called out The Undertaker. He wanted this match, he wanted 'The Phenom'... but now that he has him in a Casket Match, The Undertaker's signature match, Booker hasn't been so cocky as of late. Let's hand it over to Tony Chimel.

Tony Chimel: The following is a CASKET MATCH! There will be no countouts and no disqualifications. The only way to win the match is to place your opponent inside the casket, closing the lid and sealing them inside.

*GONG...*

*DRUIDS MARCH...*


The arena is plunged into darkness as slowly six cloaked figures make their way down the aisle, pushing the ominous casket towards the ring...

Michael Cole: And their you see it folks, the casket in which either The Undertaker or King Booker will be sealed inside.

Tazz: Is it cold in here all of a sudden? These druid guys scare the crap outta me.

Michael Cole: Well how d'ya think King Booker felt last Friday night on Smackdown? He came face to face with these guys as they wheeled a casket towards him.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Booker's gotta try and not let this get to him. The Undertaker is the master of the mindgame. If you're gonna beat 'The Deadman' you gotta be impervious to the ways of The Undertaker.

Michael Cole: Easier said than done...

Through the dimly-lit arena we see that the druids have the casket in place, propped against the ring at the foot of the aisle. The druids quickly disperse, disappearing back into the darkness before the lights return for...

*DEAD WHITE GUYS...*

The crowd gives a ton of heat as King Booker strides out from the back, crown adorning his head, long read robe over his shoulders, with of course the lovely Queen Sharmell by his side. Sharmell curtseys as her King raises his pinkie finger high in the air, drawing even more boos before the pair head for the ring...

Michael Cole: You think of some of the names over the years who have been victim to The Undertaker in casket matches. Goin' way back, Yokozuna, Kane, Mark Henry at last year's Wrestlemania, even The Rock were sealed inside a casket by 'The Phenom'. Tonight, will King Booker join that list?

Tazz: I... I honestly don't feel good about Booker's chances tonight. So many guys over the years have tried to take on 'The Deadman' at his own game, and they've never been the same since then. I mean look at 'im! Look at the guys eyes. He looks exhausted, like he hasn't slept in days.

Michael Cole: John, you had several storied battles with The Undertaker over the years. I remember one match in particular, not a Casket Match, but a Last Ride Match, where, by hook or by crook, you got the job done. But tell us 'JBL', what kinda mindset do you need to take on The Undertaker in a match were he holds the advantage?

John Bradshaw Layfield: You have to take the fight to 'im, don't let The Undertaker get the upperhand. You gotta attack early and often. And of course, being a Wrestling God like myself always helps.

In the ring, Booker nervously paces, the worried look still obvious on his face. Sharmell lovingly runs a hand across her husband's shoulder, but that only makes Booker jump nervously...

*GONG...*

Booker winces, closing his eyes...

*GONG...*

Before the lights go out...

*GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY...*


And the mist descends as the ominous music of The Undertaker rings out. The crowd is buzzing, and they soon erupt as 'The Phenom' slowly strides out from the back and makes his way down the aisle...

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent... from Death Valley... weighing in at 299 pounds... THHHHHEEEE UUNNNDDEERRRTTAKKKERRRR!!!

Michael Cole: He's the omnipotent force of the WWE. A man who knows no fear. A 'Phenom' like no other. He's never lost at Wrestlemania. Tonight, will The Undertaker condemn King Booker to the fiery depths by sealing his fate in a casket?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I have a bad feelin' about this. Call it off Booker. Get outta there with your career in tact. You don't gotta do this!

Tazz: Not a chance 'JBL'. Booker wanted this match, and now he's got it.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He didn't want a damn Casket Match! There's no rules, anythin' goes! God knows what could happen to him here!

Tazz: It's time to find out. I'm gonna enjoy this...





Casket Match:
The Undertaker vs. King Booker

With his coat and hat removed, ‘Taker stares ominously at Booker, who gingerly steps from his corner. Undertaker slowly heads towards Booker, both men with their hands ready to strike. Undi swings first, but Booker ducks underneath, backing away from ‘The Deadman’, although as he does Booker comes close to the casket, causing Booker to quickly circle the ring to distance himself from it. By doing this, Booker cuts the ring in half for himself, and this allows ‘Taker to back stalk Booker into a corner. Booker tries to make a break for it... but Undertaker hurls Booker against the turnbuckle! ‘Taker starts laying in with rapid fire shots to the gut, before a big uppercut sends Booker up and down to the mat! The crowd pops as Booker slumps against the bottom turnbuckle, but ‘Taker soon has him back up, slapping his hand around Booker’s throat, blatantly choking King Booker! ‘Taker rolls his glares as he presses down on Booker’s throat, with Undertaker mercifully letting go, Booker again slumping down to the mat. Once more ‘Taker helps Booker up, this tiem grabbing Booker by the wrist, wringing the arm around his head, then driving his shoulder into Booker’s arm. Again ‘Taker wrings the arm, pulling Booker in for a shoulder block, wringing the arm again... but Booker counters, twisting around... to hit the hook kick to the face! The force of the kick sends Undertaker to the corner, where Booker tags him with a pair of rights before going for an Irish whip... Undi reverses. With Booker hitting the corner hard... and the force walks him right into a sidewalk slam!

Booker cries in pain as he rolls towards the ropes, but ‘Taker again grabs the wrist to drag Booker up, twisting the arm and driving an elbow to the top of the shoulder. Undertaker then pulls Booker to the corner, stepping up to the top rope, with the crowd buzzing as ‘Taker readies himself... OLD SCHOOL! Booker hits the mat, and quickly rolls under the bottom rope, dropping to the floor to try and catch a breather. ‘Taker offers no respite as he too rolls outside, clubbing Booker with a big right hand. Booker stumbles around the ring, but ‘Taker catches up with him, drilling Booker with a knee to the midsection and then another right hand. The force of the shot sends Booker sprawling, straight into the casket, with Booker quickly scrambling away as soon as he realises he’s leaning on the casket. Booker crawls on the aisle, trying to distance himself, but Undertaker stalks from behind, grabbing Booker by the hair and then driving him into the barricade! Another pair of right hands land across Booker’s brow, before ‘Taker grabs him by the hair, dragging Booker back towards the ring... to smash him face first off the casket!

Booker rolls over, clutching his face as he leans against the casket, with ‘Taker rocking him with a pair of big elbows to the skull. Booker’s has rubber legs as he stumbles towards Undertaker... who scoops Booker up with ease... for SNAKE EYES ON THE CASKET!! Booker thuds off the top of the casket, barely able to stand... and then gets rocked by a massive clothesline that puts him down! The crowd gives a good response as Booker tries to use the casket to get back up, with ‘Taker lending a hand to then roll Booker into the ring. Undertaker though pulls Booker back towards the apron, hanging Booker’s head over and again dropping the elbow to the face. Taker then steps up the steel stairs and charges... LEGDROP ON THE APRON! ‘Taker lands his trademark move to a nice pop, with Booker rolling from the apron, hitting the floor with a thump. With Booker down, Undertaker makes the surprise move of rolling back into the ring, leaving Booker on the outside. Sharmell heads over to check on her King, encouraging Booker to get back on his feet. . Using Sharmell’s support, Booker stumbles to his feet, his back turned to the ring as he tries to shake away the cobwebs. Sharmell helps Booker turn back towards the ring, but she shrieks and scurries away as she sees Undertaker charging towards the ropes... SUICIDE DIVE OVER THE CASKET... ONTO KING BOOKER!!!!

The crowd goes crazy as ‘Taker flies through the air to take down Booker. Both men feel the effects of the move, but of course it’s ‘Taker who’s back on his feet first, grabbing Booker and rolling him back into the ring. With Booker laid flat out on the mat, Undertaker ominously turns his head towards the casket, with the crowd popping as they realise ‘Taker intends to end the match... and th pop increase as Undertaker draws a thumb across his throat! Slowly stepping up the stair, ‘Taker stands tall on the apron, motioning for referees Charles Robinson and Mickie Henson to open the lid of the casket. ‘Taker takes a step through the ropes, but he’s prevented from going further... as Sharmell grabs him by the foot! ‘Taker looks down at Sharmell, stunned that she would dare touch him, but Sharmell hangs on with all her might. Undertaker then reaches down, grabbing Sharmell by the hair, knocking her tiara clean off her head, which draws another shriek. Undertaker tries to shake himself free, meaning he doesn’t see Booker attack from behind... WITH THE HARLEM SIDEKICK... THAT KNOCKS UNDERTAKER OFF THE APRON INTO THE CASKET!!! Booker hits the move in desperation to save his wife, not realising ‘Taker is in the casket. Sharmell jumps up and down, pointing and shouting for Booker to close the lid! Quickly Booker crawls to the casket, grabbing the lid with both hands... but before he can close it, Undertaker gets a hand up to keep the lid open! Booker strains to close the lid, trying to force it down... until Undertaker hammers him with a big right hand!

The shot rocks Booker back into the middle of the ring, with Undertaker lumbering from the casket, crawling through the ropes... allowing Booker to HIT THE AXE KICK!! The crowd is stunned as Booker hits his finisher early in the match, but both men are down as Booker tries to recover from the early onslaught. It’s ‘The King’ who’s back on his feet first, socking ‘Taker with a big right hand as ‘The Deadman’ makes it back to his knees. In the corner, Booker starts unloading with boots to the chest, pummelling Undi until he’s sat on the mat. Booker pulls ‘Taker up, looking for an Irish whip across... but ‘Taker reverses, sending Booker for the ride before charging in looking for a corner clothesline... but Booker gets a foot up! ‘Taker staggers from the corner, allowing Booker to head to the top rope... but Undertaker reaches up and grabs him by the throat... TOSSING BOOKER FROM THE TOP ROPE!! Booker lands and instantly clutches his back in an overdramatic way. Undertaker feels back in control now, and he has the crowd shouting once again... as he cocks his hand in the air! Booker makes it back to his knees... and then slowly stumbles back to his feet... Undertaker clutches Booker by the throat... CHOKESLAM... NO! BOOKER SWINGS HIS BOOT... LOW BLOW!! King Booker kicks ‘Taker square in the nuts, causing ‘The Phenom’ to crumple to the mat in pain.

Booker drops to a knee, trying to recover, but with Sharmell shouting and urging him on, ‘The King’ goes to work, grabbing a handful of hair with his left hand and then drilling Undertaker repeatedly with his right. Taker stumbles back to his feet, but Booker continues to strike with fists, backing ‘Taker to the ropes before going for an Irish whip... and GOING FOR THE HARLEM SIDEKICK... NO! Undertaker ducks underneath and keeps on running... FLYING CLOTHESLINE! ‘The Deadman’ goes airborne again, but he’s gingerly back on his feet to tag Booker with a right hand. With Booker in the corner, Undertaker sends him across the ring with a big Irish whip, then races in... corner clothesline! This Undi connects, and he walks back to the opposite corner, waiting for Booker to prop himself back up. When he does, ‘Taker charges again... big boot in the corner... but Booker ducks... and Undertaker hangs himself up on the top rope! The crowd winces as Undi straddles the top rope, further causing pain in his nether regions... and then Booker hits the Harlem sidekick, sending Undertaker tumbling to the floor!

Undi hits the apron then the floor, landing near the casket. Booker now sense a chance to take control, moving quickly to head outside and grab a handful of hair... smashing Undertaker face first off the lid of the casket! ‘Taker staggers away, managing to somehow stay on his feet. This doesn’t last long though, as Booker grabs Undertaker by the wrist... and goes for an Irish whip... sending Undertaker CRASHING KNEE FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! Undertaker hits the steps and goes flying over the top of them, with Booker now moving quickly, a sinister look in his eyes as he grabs ‘Taker by the hair... and SLAMS HIM FACE FIRST OFF THE STEPS!! Undertaker lays near the announce desk, and soon Booker is rearranging the furniture, ripping the top of the announce desk off and tossing it aside. Cole, Tazz and JBL move away briefly as Booker takes out one of the monitors and drops it to the floor, before he then rips the other monitor from its station. Instead of dropping it to the floor, Booker starts pulling the wires of the monitor from the desk, wrapping them around his hands. Booker then waits for ‘Taker to pick himself off the floor, and when ‘The Deadman’ gets back to his knees, Booker WRAPS THE WIRES AROUND UNDERTAKERS THROAT!!! With no disqualifications, there’s nothing anyone can do as Booker tries to choke the life out of ‘The Deadman’! Undertaker scratches and claws, tying to loosen the grip around his throat, but it’s no use as slowly Undertaker’s arms stops flailing, with Undi’s body going limp. Eventually Booker releases the blatant choke, before struggling to pick Undertaker up. After a lot of effort Booker is able to force ‘Taker back into the ring, with Booker following in.

Undertaker tries to get back to a vertical base, but he stumbles back down to his knees. Feeling cocky, Booker flashes a smile as he aims a boot to Undi’s skull. The force of the kick knocks ‘Taker back down near the casket, and Booker hollers at the referees, prompting them to open the casket lid. Another boot to the face from Booker, and soon ‘The King’ is using both feet to push Undertaker under the bottom rope... AND INTO THE CASKET!! The crowd gasps as it looks like the match is over, with Booker just having to shut the lid to win. Booker grabs the lid with both hands, forcing it down... UNDERTAKER JAMS HIS HAND UNDER THE LID!! The lid won’t shut fully, with Booker straining on it, trying desperately to gain victory! Booker gives up on forcing the lid shut, so he pulls it up in an attempt to slam it shut... BUT AGAIN UNDERTAKER JAMS HIS HAND BETWEEN CASKET AND LID! Booker continues to try force the lid shut, and in an act of desperation he crawls on top fo the lid, trying use all his bodyweight to force the lid shut... but a surge of power from ‘Taker opens the lid... sending Booker crashing to the floor!

Booker rolls around on the concrete of the aisle, while Undertaker sits up and slowly gets out of the casket. Booker tries to beat ‘Taker to the punch, but ‘The Phenom’ strikes first, driving a right hand. A knee to the gut follows, and another clubbing right hand that makes Booker stumble up the aisle. Booker turns, but again he’s beaten to the punch as a knee lands in the midsection. Undertaker then grabs Booker by the hair, taking ‘The King’ for a walk up the aisle. ‘Taker briefly pauses to smash Booker face first off the barricade, then continues the walk up the aisle. The pair make it to the entrance set, with Booker’s face again taking punishment as he’s drilled off the stanchion. Booker collapses to his knees, crawling to try and escape. Booker then uses the barricade to pick himself up, but ‘Taker charges... and CLOTHESLINES BOOKER INTO THE CROWD!! The fans have Booker land in their lap, and soon ‘Taker is stepping over the barricade to join them. Booker claws at the shoulder of fans and arena security guards to bring himself to his feet, trying to scramble away. Undertaker quickly catches him, but Booker hits an elbow to the gut... Undi fires back with a big right hand! Booker stumbles away, still attempting to distance himself, but ‘Taker simply follows in that methodical method of his. The pair wind up in the pyrotechnics area, with Booker slumping against a table. ‘Taker then picks up a plastic trash can... AND TOSSES IT OFF BOOKER’S SKULL!!

The impact causes Booker to drop to his knees, allowing ‘Taker to strike with a kick to the face, knocking Booker down to the concrete. Right in among the fans, Booker tries to scramble to safety through the clearing made by the security personnel, while ‘Taker continues to stalk his opponent, following as Booker crawls then stumbles away from him. Booker stumbles towards a steel railing, propping himself up against it. As ‘Taker moves in, Booker kicks out with a boot to the midsection, and then follows with a right hand. Booker rests for a second, then swings another right hand... with Undertaker blocks... then strikes with a right of his own! Booker is teetering, coming close to falling over the railing, but hangs on. Undi hits another right, and again Booker teeters... until a BIG BOOT TO THE FACE CAUSES BOOKER TO FALL TO THE CONCRETE!! The crowd roars it’s approval as Booker grimaces in pain, with Undi giving his opponent no chance to rest, pulling Booker by the hair to his feet. A clubbing blow sends Booker stumbling away, this time back towards the ring area. Booker aggressively pushes past fans and security as he seeks safety, but once again ‘Taker catches him from behind, turning Booker around and striking with a right hand. Booker has rubber legs as he staggers away, but once more he’s caught, another right backing him against the barricade. Undertaker lines Booker up, charging for a clothesline... but Booker counters... BACK BODY DROP OVER THE BARRICADE!!

Out of sheer desperation Booker sends Undi flying back into the ring area, doubling himself over across the barricade as he tries to recover from the abuse he’s taken earlier. Slowly Booker clambers over the barricade, his Queen quickly over to check on Booker’s condition. Booker nods to Sharmell, assuring her he’s ok, before Booker looks menacingly at ‘Taker, stomping down on him. Booker then drags ‘Taker to the nearby announce desk that he cleared out earlier, slamming ‘Taker face first off of it. Booker orders the announce team to leave their seats, and the crowd noise rises as Booker lines Undi up. Booker synchs Undertaker in, momentarily posing for the crowd, before he looks to make his move... BOOK END THROUGH THE TABLE... NO! ‘Taker blocks it, hitting big elbows to the side of the head, causing Booker to loosen his grip. Undertaker continues to elbow until Booker has eased up, but ‘The Deadman’ doesn’t stop there... as he snatches Booker by the throat! The crowd pops big time as they know what’s coming... Undertaker takes Booker up in the air... CHOKESLAM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!!!

The arena erupts as the feud comes full circle, with Undertaker repeating his actions of seven weeks ago, once again driving Booker through the announce desk! Undertaker stands tall, looking down at the broken King Booker, with the camera catching a shot of Sharmell who looks close to tears. Undertaker then slowly turns his head, his eyes locking on the casket that sits across the ring from him. Reaching down, Undertaker grabs Booker by the wrist, slowly dragging the limp King to his feet. Booker is then forced under the bottom rope, looking like he’s out cold. Slowly, methodically, Undertaker climbs the steel steps, the crowd buzzing in anticipation as ‘The Deadman’ enters the ring. Booker is somehow able to crawl on his belly to the centre of the ring, with ‘Taker standing over him... and DRAWING A THUMB ACROSS HIS THROAT! The crowd erupts again as they sense the end is nigh! Booker somehow gets back to his knees... then back to his feet. Stood behind him, Undi waits for Booker to turn towards him. Booker looks out on his feet, barely able to move as he turns around... and ‘Taker scoops him up... TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER!!!

The crowd go wild as ‘Taker emphatically finishes Booker off! Picking himself up to his knees, Undi motions to the refs to open the casket. The lid slowly opens, and Undertaker starts rolling Booker towards the edge of the ring. As ‘Taker labours to shift the deadweight King, a commotion is heard from the crowd. The noise level grows, but ‘Taker doesn’t notice, continuing to roll Booker to the casket. The commotion soon turns to a mix of cheers and gasps of shock, with the camera finally revealing to us...

THAT UMAGA IS IN THE RING!!!

Having raced through the crowd, ‘The Samoan Savage’ is stood behind an unsuspecting Undertaker! The crowd is going ape shit, and it soon dawns on Undertaker that something’s going on. ‘Taker senses a presence behind him, standing up and turning around... UMAGA RUNS THROUGH UNDERTAKER WITH A MASSIVE BODYBLOCK!! Caught off guard, Undertaker is powerless as Umaga hammers him! Stumbling back to his feet, ‘Taker tries to swing rights and lefts, but he’s stunned by the appearance of Umaga... who takes Undertaker up FOR A SAMOAN DROP!! Umaga plants ‘Taker with ease, with Armando Estrada now joining his monster at ringside, conducting traffic. Estrada motions for ‘Taker to be brought to his feet, which Umaga obliges with... before letting out a massive native yell... SAMOAN SPIKE!!! The crowd is in disbelief as Undertaker is dropped again! Estrada now struts over to the casket, shouting at Robinson and Henson to place the lid back down. Confused, Robinson and Henson do as they are told, closing the lid. Umaga grabs ‘Taker by the hand, dragging him to the edge of the ring. Estrada slaps his hands off the casket lid, with Umaga nodding his understanding. The crowd is confused, thinking how can Umaga place ‘Taker in the casket with the lid closed. They’re about to find out, as Umaga drags the now lifeless ‘Deadman’ up... and GOES FOR A SWINGIGN SIDE SLAM... OVER THE TOP ROPE... AND STRAIGHT THROUGH THE CASKET LID!!! The crowd is amazed at the actions of the beast in the ring, and after the dust clears and the referees see Undertaker has been DRIVEN THROUGH THE CASKET, they have no choice but to call for the bell.

Winner: King Booker @ 15.57

Tony Chimel: Here is your winner... KIIIINNNNNNGGGGG... BOOOKKKKKEEERRRRRRR!

A stunned silence engulfs the arena, the crowd too shocked to offer any cheers or boos. With the lid of the casket obliterated, both Umaga and the camera are able to stare down at the lifeless body of The Undertaker. Across the ring, Sharmell has finally managed to bring Booker back to reality, the King shocked and pleasantly stunned by his victory...

Michael Cole: What the- what the hell is goin' on!?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I don't understand this. I mean that's... that's Umaga!

Tazz: I'm in shock! What the hell are Umaga and Armando Estrada doin' here?

Michael Cole: The Undertaker had this match won! He was just seconds away from rolling King Booker into the casket, only for Umaga to come outta nowhere and just decimate 'The Phenom'!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Have you ever seen The Undertaker man handled like that? I mean, he was driven though the lid of a casket! I've never seen that before in my life! Just... wow!

Estrada taps his monster on the shoulder, drawing Umaga's attention. Umaga snarls as he stares at Estrada, who reaches into his top pocket... pulls out a cigar... and snaps it in half! Estrada barks orders and points down at the casket, prompting Umaga to step through the ropes to the floor. Umaga stares down at the broken casket, and tips it over with ease, causing the casket to crash to the floor, tipping The Undertaker out! 'The Deadman' tries to scramble back to his feet, but 'Taker can't keep his balance, continually falling back down to his knees. Umaga soon steps in, dragging Undertaker to his feet, scooping 'The Deadman' up with a bear hug... and then DRILLS UNDERTAKER SPINE FIRST AGAINST THE STEEL RING POST!! The crowd hurls boos at Umaga, while 'Taker crumples to the floor, bits of broken wood scattered around him.

Estrada continues to shout commands, telling his monster to get 'Taker back in the ring. Umaga scoops Undertaker up with ease, rolling the limp body of 'The Deadman' under the bottom rope. Momentarily, as Umaga climbs the steps back into the ring, Undertaker is alone, the crowd urging him, begging him to sit up... but it never happens. Instead, 'Mags grabs 'Taker by the hand, dragging him towards the corner. Umaga then props Undertaker's head against the bottom turnbuckle, retreating to the opposite corner. The crowd continues to boo, but Umaga takes no notice, yelling a tribal scream at them before bouncing up and charging across the ring... for A THUNDEROUS SAMOAN WRECKING BALL!! Undertaker's head snaps back, his limp body unable to support his head anymore as he slumps back down to the mat.

On commentary, Tazz and 'JBL' are in shock, while Cole cries for the punishment to stop. Estrada though continues to order attacks, and once more Umaga obliges, dragging 'Taker until he is lying perpendicular to the corner. The crowd gasps in fear as they know what's coming, with Umaga again heading for the opposite corner before charging across the ring... for A MASSIVE RUNNING UMAGABOMB!!!

The crowd is stunned into almost near silence as they stare in disbelief at what just happened to 'The Phenom'. The Undertaker lies on the mat, motionless, not moving an inch, his eyes closed, a lifeless shell of his former self. Umaga stands over the broken body of The Undertaker, snarling down at him, not realising the magnitude of his actions. Estrada meanwhile is loving it, a beaming smile on his face as he pats his savage on the shoulder, motioning for the pair to leave.


Michael Cole: I - I - I can't believe what I just witnessed. Monday Night Raw's Umaga has showed up here on No Way Out... and just decimated The Undertaker in a way I've never seen before.

Tazz: I don't get this Cole. Somethin' ain't right about this. I mean, why would Umaga show up here and do this to The Undertaker?

Michael Cole: I... I honestly don't know. I mean, the last we saw of Umaga was last Monday night when he did something similar to John Cena on behalf of the McMahons.

Tazz: You don't think this had somethin' to do with that do ya'?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I hope your questioning the integrity of Mr. McMahon there. He's one of the finest business minds in history, he doesn't cut deals with people like that.

Tazz: Yeah right...

Umaga and Estrada slowly make their way back up the aisle, the crowd having found their voice now as they shower the pair with heat. Umaga and Estrada stop half way up the aisle, staring back into the ring where The Undertaker hasn't moved an inch. Suddenly the LIGHTS GO OUT...

*GONG...*

*DRUIDS MARCH...*


Once more the druids head down to the ring, six of them in two columns of three. Mist engulfs the aisle, drifting around Umaga and Estrada, while an eerie blue haze illuminates the pair. The druids march down the aisle, one column passing on either side of Umaga. Estrada looks spooked, but 'The Samoan Bulldozer' never changes his expression for a second, continuing to snarl as the druids drift on past him. Estrada cowers behind Umaga as the druids pass them, heading for the ring, with Umaga turning to watch them go. Slowly he and Estrada start to back up the aisle, staring through the darkness as the druids slowly walk around the ring, heading for the corner where The Undertaker lies...


Michael Cole: This is one of the most surreal things I've ever seen. In all my years of broadcast journalism... I've never seen anything like this.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What are these guys doin' out here?

Tazz: How the heck should we know? I ain't got a clue what's happenin' here.

Slowly the druids reach into the ring, pulling the lifeless body of The Undertaker towards the ropes. Once there, the druids reach down and hoist 'The Deadman' up onto their shoulders in almost a crucifix position. Slowly the druids begin to carry 'Taker back up the aisle, the crowd once again stunned into a hushed silence...
John Bradshaw Layfield: The Undertaker... is bein' carried from this arena. 'The Demon of Death Valley' has been left broken, limp, lifeless, by 'The Savage from Samoa'.

Michael Cole: I can't believe what I'm seeing right now. This is just... bizarre!

Tazz: Where are they takin' him? I mean... is this the last time we're gonna see The Undertaker?

The druids continue their slow, methodical march towards the entrance way. Once they reach it, the simply pass through to the other side. Suddenly though, we head backstage to see Josh Matthews racing down a corridor, the cameraman struggling to keep up with him...

Josh Matthews: Uh folks, after the shocking actions we just saw, we're going to try and grab a word with Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long. We're gonna try and get his reaction to what just happened.

Matthews stops outside the same door we saw Teddy enter earlier, frantically knocking on the door...

Josh Matthews: Teddy!? Teddy Long?! Can we- can we have an interview please?

Not bothering to wait for a response, Josh opens the door and barges in. There we find Teddy Long and Jonathan Coachman stood looking at a television monitor, obviously having just saw the action unfurl. Long looks crushed, almost devastated at what transpired, while 'Coach' has a smug look on his face...

Josh Matthews: Teddy! Teddy... what are your thoughts on what just happened? Umaga appearing out of nowhere and attacking The Undertaker like that! I mean, with all the security outside waiting for Edge, surely somebody saw Umaga and Armando Estrada showing up?

Teddy offers no response, simply sighing deeply and shaking his head. Teddy turns towards Coachman, who nods his head in response. Teddy then copies Coachman's actions of earlier in the evening, reaching inside his jacket pocket to pull out a white piece of paper. Teddy carefully unfolds the paper, staring intently at it's content. Long takes one last glance at 'Coach', who motions for Teddy to start reading...

Teddy Long: By order of the Chairman of the Board, Mr. McMahon... effective immediately Umaga is officially a member of the Smackdown roster.

Big time heat can be heard from inside the arena...

Teddy Long:
Furthermore... also by order of the Chairman of the Board, Mr. McMahon... effective immediately the 2007 Royal Rumble Winner Edge... is officially a member of the Smackdown roster.

Again the heat from the crowd inside the arena is clearly audible backstage. Teddy's head sinks as he places the piece of paper on his desk, with 'Coach' stood nearby, chuckling to himself...

Josh Matthews: But- but Teddy... how can this be? I mean-

Teddy Long: No more questions Josh. Please. No more questions.

Reluctantly Matthews shrugs in acceptance, the camera staying focused on the almost depressed looking Long as we fade into another video...


*Video Package*

The video opens during the 2007 Royal Rumble Match, where having entered as entrant Number 2, Kennedy is still in the match over 30 minutes later, until Ric Flair makes his entrance at Number 23...

...with Flair hitting the corner hard. Flair steps out, and Kennedy is waiting to send him flying with a back body drop! Flair cries out as he hits the mat, but he can’t rest as Kennedy grabs him... and RUNS FLAIR TOWARDS THE ROPES... BUT FLAIR REVERSES... AND USES THE MOMENTUM... TO SEND KENNEDY FLYING OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE FLOOR!!!!

ELIMINATION #15 MR. KENNEDY BY RIC FLAIR @ 32.14


...The camera then focuses on Mr. Kennedy, who slowly begins to trudge back towards the dressing rooms... but he stops, turns to the ring with a seriously pissed off look on his face... and THEN RACES BACK INTO THE RING! Kennedy slides under the bottom rope, and he immediately grabs Ric Flair, catching ‘Naitch’ by surprise... and TOSSES FLAIR OVER THE TOP ROPE!!

ELIMINATION #16 RIC FLAIR BY (AN ALREADY ELIMINATED) MR. KENNEDY @ 32.58


The crowd shits all over Kennedy’s actions, but he doesn’t give a damn as he destroys Flair on the outside with vicious right hands, then lays in with stiff kicks to the ribs. Referees scramble to pull Kennedy away, but he takes no notice, continuing to hammer Flair and then dragging Flair to his feet... and LAUNCHING HIM INTO THE TIMEKEEPER’S DESK!

Jim Ross: We need some help out here! Where the hell are the damn officials? Somebody’s gotta get out here and stop this!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Have you seen the look in Kennedy’s eyes right now? There’s not a referee alive who would go near him right now.

...The two officials assigned the match plead with Kennedy to stop, but he takes no notice, pounding the forehead with hard right hands. Eventually Kennedy relents, and the camera zooms in to see that Flair has been BUSTED OPEN. The blood streams out of Flair’s head, but Kennedy isn’t finished yet, as he grabs one of the chairs strewn on the floor... lines Flair up... hoists the chair high... AND DELIVERS A SICK CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL!! “For the love of God!” screams J.R., but Kennedy doesn’t give a damn, instead he slams the chair down, pulling Flair cheek to cheek with him, Flair’s blood staining the platinum blonde of both men. With the camera right on top of them, Kennedy holds the lifeless Flair’s head in his hands, shouting “This was my night! This... was MY... NIGHT!” before he finally drops Flair’s head to the floor. The refs cry for Kennedy to leave, and he finally agrees, slowly being led backstage, all the while his eyes fixated on the broken down legend he’s left behind.

We now jump to the following Smackdown, where Kennedy confronts Teddy Long...

Mr. Kennedy: What do I... want? I want the man who embarrassed me last Sunday night at the Royal Rumble. I want the guy who pulled a cheap stunt to eliminate me from the Royal Rumble match. I... want... Ric Flair.

Teddy Long: I'm the General Manager of Smackdown. Ric Flair? He's got a contract with Monday Night Raw. I can't just pick up the phone and make a match like that, ya' dig?

Later that night, where Kennedy confronts Arn Anderson backstage...

Mr. Kennedy: I want you to deliver Ric Flair a little message... from me. You tell Ric Flair, that since Teddy Long can’t organise a match for me against Ric at No Way Out... that I am challenging Flair to a match at No Way Out. Man to man.

The following episode of Smackdown, where Kennedy kicks off the show by reiterating his challenge to Flair...

Mr. Kennedy: And one week later, do I have my match with Ric Flair? Huh? Huh? Huh? NO! No, no-no... NO!

Only for his demands to be met by none other than the World Heavyweight Champion Batista...

Mr. Kennedy: I ask for Teddy Long... and I get the man who's possibly the only bigger COWARD in the WWE than Ric Flair. That's- that's some funny stuff right there... What the hell are you doin' out here? The only thing I ever wanna hear you say is that you'll give me the World Heavyweight Championship match I deserve.

Batista: Y'know somethin' Kennedy? You got a real big mouth for a guy who's done nothin' to back it up... everybody knows that the reason you don't have a title shot... is that you don't deserve one... then... you have the nerve to disrespect a legend like Ric Flair. A guy who's forgotten more about this business than you'll ever know... And then you threaten a guy like Arn Anderson. Lemme tell ya' somethin' Kennedy, if you wanted to threaten one of Ric Flair's friends last week, then you shoulda came and found me.

Later that evening, where Kennedy once again finds Arn Anderson backstage...

Arn Anderson:
Alright, what is it you want this week Kennedy? Another message you want me ta give Ric Flair?

Still Kennedy says nothing, staring straight ahead...

Arn Anderson: Look what is this son!? I ain't got time for your games boy. You got somethin' ta say ta me, say it. Otherwise you betta get your ass down ta that ring.

Kennedy steps forward, getting right in Anderson's face... but instead of speaking, Kennedy smirks, loudly chewing his gum in Arn's face... before turning to leave. Anderson, visibly annoyed at Kennedy's actions, shakes his head and moves to leave the area... until he's HAMMERED FROM BEHIND BY KENNEDY!

Kennedy drills 'Double A' with a hard forearm to the back of the head, knocking the legend down, and quickly Kennedy mounts Anderson, drilling him with repeated right hands to the forehead. Kennedy then stands, waiting as Arn crawls back to his knees... only for Kennedy to drill him with a SICK KNEE TO THE SKULL!

With the legend down, Kennedy appears set to leave... but his eyes quickly turn to evil, as Kennedy whips off his t-shirt, wraps around Arn's throat and drives his knee into the back of Anderson's head... CHOKING 'DOUBLE A' OUT! Kennedy furiously pulls back on Arn's neck, causing Arn to cough and splutter... until we finally get a posse of referee's and agents running into the scene to break things up. Ref's pull at Kennedy's arms trying to break his grip, but Kennedy refuses to release the choke hold...

???: HEY!

Kennedy looks up, and instantly let's go... as Batista races into the shot...

Batista: GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!

Just before the main event, Kennedy addresses the crowd...

Mr. Kennedy: Now that... that is how you send someone a message... Boo all you want, but I'm pretty sure Ric Flair gets my message loud and clear.

Kennedy is then as stunned as the crowd on hand as Edge makes his first appearance on Smackdown, challenging the World Heavyweight Champion, whoever it may be, to a match at Wrestlemania...

Edge: And if you do wind up as the World Heavyweight Champion... you're first title defence... is gonna be against ME!

After the main event that night, where King Booker hands Kennedy victory over The Undertaker, the main event for No Way Out is set - Batista and Kennedy one on one for the World Heavyweight Championship!!

Two nights ago, the final Smackdown before No Way Out, where Batista opens the show to call out Kennedy...

Batista: Mr. Kennedy... my motivation when I walk into No Way Out... is to cause you as much pain as is physically possible!... You crossed a line. Y'see not only did you attack and assault Ric Flair... but then you turn around and beat up Arn Anderson... Two legends of this business, two men who did nothin' to provoke you. You put your hands on them, and now you're gonna answer to me... and I guarantee I'm gonna KICK - YOUR - ASS!

Mr. Kennedy: ...you better realise what you're lettin' yourself in for. 'Cos I am the man who singlehandedly beat The Undertaker last week, and I am the man who this Sunday at No Way Out... will beat you to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. I am none other than MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!... KEN - NAH -

KENNEDY NAILS BATISTA WITH THE MICROPHONE!!

Later that evening, when Edge heads to the ring to explain his reason for announcing his decision...

Edge: My destiny is to become World Heavyweight Champion. There's not a damn thing either Mr. Kennedy or Batista can do to stop that. But at No Way Out... I'll give one of 'em a chance to try. It's not a case of me winning the Rumble and choosing which title I want to challenge. It's a case of me winning the Rumble... and deciding which World Heavyweight Champion has the honour of losing to me on the grandest stage of 'em all!... So to both participants in the World Heavyweight Championship match this Sunday, I just want you to know that I'll be there... and I'll be watchin' every second. And when the time is right... I'll make my choice.

Teddy Long: So Edge, since you still aren't technically a member of the Smackdown roster... and since No Way Out is a Smackdown only pay per view... you are BANNED from the building this Sunday playa!

Edge: I'll watch No Way Out at home. I give you... my word.

And to the main event of the evening, where The Undertaker has chased King Booker backstage, handing Batista a countout victory...

...Batista stood on the second rope celebrating his victory, he doesn't realise that behind him someone has sneaked into the ring... EDGE! 'The Rated-R Superstar' claws at his hair, begging 'The Animal' to turn. Slowly Batista steps down from the turnbuckle, turning back to the middle of the ring... SPEAR!! Edge damn nears cuts Batista in half with the spear!

The crowd shits all over Edge's actions, but Edge doesn't care as he smugly gets back to his feet. A nearby cameraman is on the apron, and Edge walks towards him, staring straight into the camera and saying...

"I told you. I'm in control here."

The boos continue to be hurled at Edge, who simply smiles through them all. Edge then steps back towards Batista, staring down at the champion who lies on the mat in agony. Edge then turns towards the entrance way, with the camera soon following... allowing us all to see that none other than Mr. Kennedy has stepped out from the back, standing under the Smackdown fist. Edge takes one last glance down at Batista, then turns to Kennedy... AND NODS HIS HEAD?!

Michael Cole: What the - what the hell does that mean? Are Edge and Kennedy... are they in cahoots here or somethin'?

Tazz: Naw, they... they couldn't be could they?

Michael Cole: What does this mean for this Sunday? What does this mean for NO WAY OUT?!

And it's on those echoing words of Cole that the video fades to black.


*End Video Package*

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall... and it is for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!

"KENNEDY..."

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE...*


An initial pop quickly turns to deafening heat as Mr. Kennedy makes his entrance, cocky as ever. Kennedy arrogantly struts down to the ring, brashly chewing a piece of gum as he smirks at the crowd...

Michael Cole: It's now time for our main event folks! The World Heavyweight Championship is on the line, and here comes the challenger.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He's not only the challenger, he's the fastest rising star in Smackdown history! He was robbed at the Royal Rumble, but tonight, Kennedy will not be denied! You're lookin' at the next World Heavyweight Champion!

Tazz: I wouldn't be so sure 'JBL'. You ain't been that great with your picks tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I called Finlay right, I called Gregory Helms right, I called King Booker right-

Michael Cole: You told King Booker to run for his life!

John Bradshaw Layfield: I'll slap the hell outta you if you ever interrupt me again! I called 'em right, and I'm callin' this one right too! You wait and see.

Kennedy confidently steps through the ropes and stares with rage at Tony Chimel and referee Charles Robinson, with Chimel particularly intimidated. Kennedy then reaches up to the rafters, his microphone dropping into his hand...

Mr. Kennedy: If you don't mind tubby, I'll handle this. The following contest is scheduled for ONE fall... and it is the opportunity that yours truly has been waiting a LIFETIME for. The opportunity I have deserved ever since I arrived in the WWE. This match... is for the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!! Introducing first... I weigh in at a simply phenomenal 243 pounds. I hail from GREEN BAY... WISCONSIN! I am the future of the WWE, I am the face that's changing Friday nights... I am the next WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION... MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR... KENNEDY!

Kennedy then heads to the corner, climbing to the second rope and staring deep into the camera...

Mr. Kennedy: KEN – NAH – DAY!!

The crowd boos again as Kennedy fires his microphone back into the rafters, stepping down from the corner and heading for the centre of the ring. Kennedy rips of his t-shirt and paces the ring, awaiting the arrival of...

*I WALK ALONE*

The biggest response of the night is saved for the World Heavyweight Champion, as a thunderous response greets Batista as he explodes out from the back! Batista heads for both sides of the crowd, firing the audience up before he crouches down to fire off his pyro display and then heads for the ring...

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent... from Washington, DC... weighing in at 290 pounds... he is the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION... ‘THE ANIMAL’... BATISSSTTTTAAAAAA!!

Michael Cole: 'The Animal'... has been unleashed! This arena is goin' crazy for the World Heavyweight Champion!

Tazz: Aw baby! 'The Champ' looks ready, he looks primed for action. Kennedy better be ready for this 'cause Batista sure as hell does.

Batista fires himself up the steel steps and climbs through the ropes, quickly heading for the corner to climb to the second rope, holding his championship high in the air. When he heads back down to the mat, he turns and stares at Kennedy, who doesn't budge an inch, simply staring right back at 'The Animal'...

John Bradshaw Layfield: Don't you worry about Kennedy. He ain't backin' down, he's ready for this. This is his moment, this is his destiny!

Michael Cole: But guys, I gotta ask you real quick... what about the x-factor in all of this? What about Edge, now an official member of the Smackdown roster? Could we see Edge tonight?

Tazz: I hope not. I wanna see these two go at it, no messin' around.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Batista better hope Edge doesn't show up. I think we all know what's gonna happen if he does.





World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Mr. Kennedy

Both men stand in opposite corners as the bell rings, with the two slowly circling the ring, with a steely determination on the champion’s face, while a cocky smirk adorns the challenger’s. The circling continues until Batista starts to inch towards Kennedy. The two lock up for an aggressive collar and elbow tie up, and after some brief jockeying Batista works into a side headlock. Batista cranks up the pressure, causing Kennedy to drop to a knee, but he’s back up and then fires Batista off the ropes... but ‘The Animal’ runs through Kennedy with a shoulderblock! Kennedy quickly shuffles on his backside to the corner, remaining seated as Batista roars “C’mon!” at the challenger. Kennedy angrily pulls himself to his feet, and again moves for a collar and elbow tie up. This time Batista uses his power advantage to drive Kennedy to the corner, releasing the tie up to swing with a right hand... but before he swings, Kennedy dips his head through the ropes. Referee Charles Robinson calls for the break, with Batista stepping back from the corner... only for Kennedy to SLAP BATISTA ACROSS THE FACE! The crowd “Oooh’s” as Kennedy smirks at Batista... who again swings with a wild right... but once more Kennedy dips his head through the ropes! The crowd boss the stalling tactics of the challenger, with Batista reluctantly nodding and agreeing to back away to the centre of the ring.

Kennedy laughs as he leaves the corner, tapping the side of his head, showing he’s in the head of ‘The Animal’. Once more the pair tie up, and this time Kennedy works into the standing side headlock. Batista tries to break the grip, but when this fails, he turns to his brute strength, picking Kennedy off his feet... and launching Kennedy across the ring! Kennedy lands just infront of the corner, picking himself up... but Batista drills him with a corner clothesline! Batista then tags Kennedy with a pair of right hands, before ‘The Animal’ goes for a big Irish whip... the force of which causes Kennedy to crash to the mat once he hits the opposite corner! Kennedy quickly rolls under the bottom rope to the outside, kicking the steel steps in frustration.

Not wanting to waste any time, Batista steps through the ropes, approaching Kennedy from behind. The challenger is unaware, as when Batista catches him, ‘The Animal’ smashes Kennedy face first off the barricade. Kennedy is then driven spine first into the side of the ring, then he’s rolled under the bottom rope. Kennedy quickly gets back on his feet though, and as Batista slides in, Kennedy drops a knee to the neck of the champion. Double axe handles follow, before Kennedy scurries on top of Batista to work into a grounded hammerlock. Kennedy cranks on the arm, but Batista makes it back to his knees... but Kennedy uses his free arm to drill a forearm to the back of the head! This angers ‘The Animal’, who responds with a big elbow to the side of the head. Another elbow lands, with Batista then backing Kennedy into the corner. Batista turns and starts driving his shoulder repeatedly into the midsection, and then the fists start to land, driving Kennedy down to the canvas. Batista then drives his boot into the throat of Kennedy for a blatant choke, showing the personal nature of the match. Robinson gives Batista a five count, with ‘The Animal’ taking every second of it before he releases.

As Batista removes his foot, he’s admonished by Robinson. This brief moment gives Kennedy a chance to attack, as he kicks out at Batista’s knee. Batista stumbles away, dropping to one knee while clutching the other, with Kennedy springing from the corner with a chop block! Sensing he’s found an opening, Kennedy grabs the leg, dropping an elbow across the knee. Another elbow drops across the knee, but when Kennedy goes for a third, Batista uses his free foot to kick Kennedy into the corner! Batista is slow to get back to a vertical base, and this allows Kennedy to race from the corner, striking with a pair of right hands and then a kick to the now damaged left leg. Kennedy turns and races from the ropes, bouncing off them with a head of steam... only to run into a big boot to the face from ‘The Animal’! Batista drills Kennedy with his good leg, but he limps as he snatches Kennedy from the mat, taking him up and down with a vertical suplex, with Batista rolling into the first cover of the match...

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...... KENNEDY KICKS OUT......
!!

Once again Kennedy rolls under the bottom rope, dropping to his knees on the outside to try and clear his head. Batista gingerly follows Kennedy out, grabbing Kennedy and this time smashing him face first off the apron. Kennedy again drops to his knees, but when Batista moves to grab him again, Kennedy reaches up, grabbing Batista’s tights, then falling backwards... and the momentum sends Batista crashing knee first into the steel steps! Batista grimaces as he hits the steel, with Kennedy ducking his head under the bottom rope to break Robinson’s ten count. A kick to the back of the knee follows, and another, before Kennedy goes for an Irish whip into the steps... but Batista digs in, anchoring himself to the spot... and then he synchs Kennedy towards him... and levels Kennedy with a big clothesline! Kennedy’s head thumps off the floor, with Batista taking his time, trying to shake some life into his left leg before he grabs Kennedy and rolls him back into the ring. Due to the knee, it takes Batista a while to pull himself up onto the apron, and this allows Kennedy to drill Batista with a shoulder through the ropes to the gut. Another shoulder has Batista teetering, on the verge of falling off, which prompts Kennedy to take a few steps back and charge... but Batista side steps... and Kennedy’s spear turns into a suicide dive... with no one there to catch him!

Once again the match takes place outside the ring, as Batista drops down from the mat, once more smashing Kennedy’s face off the barricade. Kennedy stumbles towards the steel steps, and once more he grabs Kennedy by the head, smashing his face off the steel steps! Kennedy does his best Ric Flair impression by standing bolt upright before comically falling to the floor, but Batista doesn’t let him rest, pulling Kennedy up to rock him with a right hand that causes Kennedy to lean against the apron. ‘The Animal’ then drives his shoulder into Kennedy’s chest, the impact of Kennedy’s spine hitting the side of the ring only adding to the effect of the move. Another shoulder lands, before Batista picks Kennedy up, hobbles towards the ring post... and DRIVES KENNEDY SPINE FIRST INTO THE RING POST!! Kennedy cries in pain as he crumples to the floor, with a furious look engulfing Batista’s face. Once more Kennedy is dragged to his feet, and again he is driven into the side of the ring, with Charles Robinson furiously threatening to count both men out. Batista briefly glares in Robinson’s direction, and this gives Kennedy the chance to stagger away, heading in the direction of the broken announce table. Kennedy leans against the apron as Batista hobbles after him, with the challenger hitting a kick to the knee, stopping Batista in his tracks. A kick to the thigh follows, dropping ‘The Animal’ to a knee, before Kennedy grabs Batista by the head... but Batista overpowers Kennedy... and LAUNCHES KENNEDY ACROSS THE TIMEKEEPER’S DESK!!!

The very manoeuvre that Kennedy subjected Flair to at the Royal Rumble is applied to the challenger, with Tony Chimel sent flying off his chair. The crowd roars as Kennedy gets a taste of his own medicine, with ‘The Animal’ hobbling over to hammer Kennedy with right hands. Robinson pleads with Batista to take the action back to the ring, with ‘The Animal’ seeming to agree as he pulls Kennedy away from the wreckage. And once more in a homage to the Royal Rumble, we see that Kennedy has been busted open, the blood pouring from his forehead as Batista fired Kennedy back under the bottom rope. The blood starts to flow down Kennedy’s face as he stumbles back to his knees, with Batista joining him in the ring. In an act of desperation, Kennedy holds a hand out to Batista, begging, almost pleading with ‘The Animal’ for leniency. The crowd is baying for blood though, as when Batista turns to them, they vocally encourage ‘The Animal’ to go for the kill. Kennedy again asks Batista to take it easy, and it appears to have worked as Batista offers Kennedy two thumbs up... but soon turns them down! The crowd explodes as Batista aggressively synchs Kennedy up, aiming a kick to the gut and then pulling Kennedy in... and taking him up in the air... BATISTA BOMB... NO! Kennedy hammers Batista with a desperate flurry of right hands to the forehead, managing to drop to his feet behind Batista... and then quickly take Batista down with another chop block!

Batista cries in pain and clutches his knee as he falls on the mat, although Kennedy is unable to take advantage straight away as the challenger rests for a few seconds. Soon though, Kennedy is back on his feet, dropping boot after boot to Batista’s left knee. The left leg is then laid flat on the mat, extended as Kennedy drives his knee into Batista’s. Kennedy again drives the knee, causing Batista to roar in pain. ‘The Animal’ tries to claw at Kennedy’s face, but Kennedy keeps Batista at bay to drive the knee one more time before working into a cover... 1... 2... Batista kicks out. With Batista still down on the mat, Kennedy grabs the champion by the ankle, sliding under the bottom rope. Kennedy then begins to drag ‘The Animal’ to the corner, but Batista tries his best to kick and strain in an attempt to break free. Kennedy yanks hard though, forcing Batista to the corner, before he pulls Batista’s leg wide... AND SMASHES IT OFF THE RING POST! The crowd “Oooohs” as Batista roars in agony, but Kennedy is relentless as he once more grabs the ankle, pulling the leg wide... and SMASHING IT OFF THE RING POST FOR THE SECOND TIME!! Batista cries in pain again, forcing himself away from the corner, while the camera focuses on the sick smile that has crossed the crimson stained face of Mr. Kennedy.

With Batista still down, unable to get back to his feet, it’s easy pickings as Kennedy slides back into the ring and goes straight for the leg, dragging Batista to the ropes. Batista’s left ankle is placed on the bottom rope, with Kennedy placing both feet on the limb, pressing up on the top rope to apply all of his bodyweight down on the leg. Charles Robinson gives Kennedy a five count to ease up, with Kennedy taking the count all the way to five before finally stepping off. Robinson barks for Kennedy to take the fight away from the ropes, but the challenger ignores the ref, once more stepping on the ankle, gripping the top rope and then bouncing up... to drop down across the knee! More cries of pain, but Kennedy ignores them, once again bouncing up off the leg... and again dropping down on the knee!! Batista grimaces, but Kennedy quickly moves to drag Batista away from the ropes, dropping down to hook the leg...

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...... BATISTA KICKS OUT......
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Kennedy pushes back onto his knees, questioning Robinson’s count, and this brief moment allows Batista to stumble to his feet and then to the corner. Kennedy has sick smirk on his face, despite the blood pouring down his face, as he knows he has Batista hurt. Kennedy tries to move in, but Batista kicks out with his good leg. Kennedy avoids the boot, but ‘The Animal’ is at least managing to keep Kennedy at bay... until he misses again, and getting strikes, aiming a kick to the left knee. Another well placed boot connects, before Kennedy then ties Batista’s left leg on the middle rope, opening it up... for another kick to the knee! Batista falls to the mat, holding his left knee, with Charles Robinson now beginning to ask ‘The Animal’ if he wants to give up. Kennedy doesn’t bother waiting for an answer, pushing Robinson aside to drag Batista by the ankle to the centre of the ring. Once more boots are applied to the knee, but instead of releasing his grip, Kennedy begins to step over the leg... twisting around the knee... falling down to the mat... and hooking his knee over Batista’s foot... and the crowd gasps and buzzes with surprise... as KENNEDY HAS APPLIED THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!!!

A massive mixed reaction from the crowd as Kennedy locks on Ric Flair’s signature move! Batista lets out a huge roar in pain, desperately trying to reach for the ropes, but finding himself stuck in the middle of the ring. On commentary, JBL is loving it all, pointing out how poignant it would be if Batista tapped out to the figure four, while Cole finds it highly disrespectful that Kenned would stoop to these levels. Batista tries his best to reach out for the ropes, but in the process his shoulders hit the math, prompting Robinson to count... 1... 2... Batista sits up! The two men sit with their faces just a few yards from each other, with the camera switching between the pain etched on the face of ‘The Animal’ and the sick satisfaction as the blood runs down the face of Kennedy. Batista tries to use his hands to somehow force Kennedy’s legs to untwine with his own, but Kennedy synchs up his hips, increasing the pressure and again causing Batista’s shoulders to fall... 1... 2... Batista forces himself up!

Batista is locked in the hold for an age, but somehow, despite the incredible pain he is going through, ‘The Animal’ hangs on. Kennedy feels confident, sensing victory is his, so much so that he starts shouting “Tap! Tap out!” at Batista. This angers Batista, spurring the champion to life as he slowly starts to drag himself towards the ropes. Kennedy tries his best to hang on, still clinging on for the tap out... but Batista is inching towards safety. Straining with every muscle in his body, Batista slowly drags himself and Kennedy to the edge of the ring. Kennedy shakes his head, almost in disbelief, still desperately clinging onto the hope that he’ll score the submission win. Once last surge of energy pulls Batista closer to the ropes, with ‘The Animal’ stretching his arms...

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The crowd lets out a massive cheer of relief, but Kennedy doesn’t release straight away, instead he pushes Charles Robinson’s five count to the very limit before finally rolling away from the hold. Kennedy springs back to his feet, loving looking on as Batista struggles back to his knees. Kennedy tags Batista with a stiff right hand, and another, before he drags Batista to his feet. Kennedy uses his shoulder to drive Batista to the corner, looking to once again hook the left knee across the middle rope... but this time Batista fires back, hitting forearms to the spine. The brief flurry from the champion raises the crowd, but Kennedy silences them again with a kick to the knee. Kennedy then goes for an Irish whip, with Batista struggling to even make it to the opposite corner. Kennedy then charges in... but Batista gets his good foot up into the face! Kennedy staggers back, shaking his head, before racing in again... but again Batista gets a boot up! This time Kennedy drops to a knee, but he picks himself up and races in for the third time... only for Batista to explode out of the corner with a clothesline!

The crowd pops for what they think is the start of a Batista comeback, but due to the knee injury, it’s Kennedy who’s on his feet first. Kennedy slugs Batista with a right hand, and then another, before he synchs the champion in, looking to take Batista up for a suplex... but Batista blocks it with his foot. Again Kennedy tries... but again Batista blocks it... and before Kennedy can try a third time, Batista takes Kennedy up in the air... VERTICAL SUPLEX... NO! BATISTA’S KNEE BUCKLES... AND KENNEDY LANDS ON TOP OF HIM!!

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Kennedy can’t believe it, he was sure the match was over! Batista writhes in pain, clutching his knee, while after running his hand through his blood stained hair, Kennedy gets back on his feet, motioning for Batista to rise. It takes an age, but eventually Batista is back to a vertical base. Kennedy moves in with a kick to the knee... but Batista is still on his feet. Another kick to the left knee... but still Batista is standing. Seeking a way to put ‘The Animal’ down, Kennedy charges off the ropes... right into a clothesline! Batista damn near takes Kennedy’s head off, with the challenger scampering to the corner to try recover. Batista moves in, driving a trio of shoulder thrust to the midsection, before he sends Kennedy for the ride... and follows for a CORNER CLOTHESINE! Another Irish whip sends Kennedy across, and again Batista charges... ANOTHER CORNER CLOTHESLINE! Fighting the pain, Batista goes for a third Irish whip, but this time Kennedy hits the corner and staggers out... INTO A HUGE BACK BODY DROP! Batista roars to the crowd, while Kennedy is up, stumbling against the ropes. Batista grabs him by the wrist, sending him across... but Batista ducks his head, allowing Kennedy to score a kick to the chest. Kennedy then turns, building momentum as he comes off the ropes... RIGHT INTO A MASSIVE SPINEBUSETR!!! Kennedy is planted, but Batista clutches his knee, rolling over in pain. Eventually, Batista crawls over to make the cover...

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The crowd loudly boos as Kennedy stays alive, with Batista running a hand over his face in disappointment. Gingerly back on his feet, Batista pulls Kennedy up, rocking him with a big right hand. Another right lands, before Kennedy is sent off the ropes... into another back body drop! Kennedy is up and headed for the corner, but Batista follows in, again thrusting his shoulder to the gut before going for an Irish whip... but Batista hangs on, reversing the direction... and LAUNCHING KENNEDY SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RING POST! Kennedy cries in pain as he hangs on the second rope, but he’s soon pulled free, pushed against the ropes and the fired across... Kennedy ducks a clothesline and keeps on running... but he can’t avoid a SPEAR!!! Batista nearly cuts Kennedy in half, crawling to hook the leg...

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Batista can’t hide his disappointment, his head slumping to the mat. ‘The Animal’ continues to favour his knee as he struggles back to his feet, but with Kennedy still down, Batista is allowed a brief moment to stare out at the crowd. A good pop welcomes the champion, with Batista nodding his head in response, before the thumbs go up... then down! Suddenly Kennedy is dragged to his feet... and then booted in the midsection... before he’s pulled in... and taken high into the air! Kennedy desperately throws punches to the forehead... but it’s no good... BATISTA BOMB!!! A thunderous Batista Bomb puts Kennedy down, with Batista crawling over, slumping on top of Kennedy...

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CHARLES ROBINSON IS DRAGGED FROM THE RING AND HURLED INTO THE BARRICADE... BY EDGE!!! The crowd is stunned as Edge finally makes his presence felt, robbing Batista off victory! Edge smirks as he stares down at Robinson, before he slides into the ring, with Batista finally turning around to see what’s going on... SPEAR!! EDGE NAILS BATISTA WITH THE SPEAR!!!

The fans shit all over Edge’s actions as Edge leaves Batista broken in a heap on the mat. Kennedy has managed to bring himself back to consciousness, and he spots Edge in the ring, with the challenger smiling at his newfound ally. Edge looks at Kennedy, shouting “Get up!”, before ‘The Rated-R Superstar’ rolls from the ring. Edge heads over to the timekeeper’s desk, snatching the World Heavyweight Championship from Tony Chimel’s hands. Sliding back under the bottom rope, Edge points at Kennedy, telling him to lift Batista to his feet. Batista is almost out on his feet, a near dead weight, but Kennedy somehow gets him up. Edge crouches in the corner, waiting for the right moment to attack... and SMASH THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OFF BATISTA’S SKULL!! Kennedy lets go and Batista collapses to the mat, not a sign of life left in ‘The Animal’. The camera focuses on Batista, and we see that he too has been busted open, the wound he suffered on Friday night having been opened once again. Edge still clutches the World Heavyweight Championship in his hands, smiling down at it, before he turns to Kennedy... AND THE TWO SHAKE HANDS!! They’ve been in cahoots all along! Edge and Kennedy have set ‘The Animal’ up so they can face each other at Wrestlemania!

The crowd unmercifully boos Kennedy and Edge, before the handshake ends and Edge points down at the broken Batista, telling Kennedy to “Pin ‘im... now!”. Kennedy nods, dropping to his knees, motioning for Edge to get out of the arena. Edge drops down, slides under the bottom rope, tossing the title back to Chimel before leaping over the barricade and heading back out through the crowd. Kennedy then looks up the aisle, waving for another referee. Mickie Henson comes sprinting down the ramp, sliding under the bottom rope as Kennedy drapes his body on Batista’s for the inevitable three count...

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The arena goes fucking nuts as Batista rolls his shoulder! Kennedy can’t believe it, holding three fingers to Henson, in disbelief that he isn’t World Heavyweight Champion. Kennedy runs a hand through his hair, before he brings himself to his feet. Sensing that all he needs is one big last move to finish the match, Kennedy pulls the lifeless Batista to his feet... then shows incredible strength to reach down and hoist Batista onto his shoulder... for the GREEN BAY PLUNGE!! The crowd deflates, knowing it has to be over as Kennedy hooks the leg...

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The Green Bay Plunge took Batista too close to the corner, allowing ‘The Animal’ to break the count! This time it’s frustration that grips Kennedy as he slams his fists off the mat in a tantrum. Kennedy snarls as he looks at Batista, lying across the corner. He then slowly gets to his feet, looking up at the top rope. The crowd is mixed, buzzing and gasping in anticipation as Kennedy steps through the ropes and climbs upstairs. On the top rope, Kennedy steadies himself, about to take the leap into destiny with the Kenton Bomb... until...

"WOOOOO..."

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WTF!!??? The roof nearly comes off the arena as a fucking huge pop rings out for the music of Ric Flair! Kennedy can’t believe what he’s hearing, as after weeks of calling for Ric Flair to meet him at No Way Out, ‘The Nature Boy’ is finally here... or is he? As despite his music playing, there’s no sign of Flair! Kennedy drops to the mat, heading over to the side of the ring closest to the aisle. Kennedy nods his head in anticipation, snarling, begging for his chance to get his hands on Flair... but there’s still no sign of him! Eventually the music stops, with the crowd booing in disappointment for the tease they’ve just suffered. Kennedy shares their disappointment, holding his arms out wide and shouting “Where is he?!”. The boos of the crowd soon turns to a pop though, as unbeknown to Kennedy, Batista is on his feet again! Stood behind the challenger, ‘The Animal’ fiercely growls at Kennedy, the blood flowing down his face now too. Kennedy continues to look up the aisle for Flair... until Batista grabs him from behind, spinning Kennedy around... for a kick to the midsection... and then he pulls him in... and takes Kennedy high in the air! Kennedy flails his arms and shouts “OH SHIT!”... but it’s too late... BATISTA BOMB!!! A thunderous Batista Bomb, and Batista crawls over to make the cover, with Mickie Henson making the count...

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Winner: And STILL World Heavyweight Champion, Batista @ 20.47

Tony Chimel: Here is your winner... AND STILL THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION... BASTISTAAAAAA!!

The crowd is going crazy as Batista makes it back to his feet, blood pouring from his forehead, smiling as he's handed back his championship...

Michael Cole: BATISTA HAS DONE IT! BATISTA IS STILL THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!

John Bradshaw Layfield: NO! GOD DAMMIT! Kennedy... he had the match won! He had Batista down, he was about to win... but... AW FOR GAWD'S SAKE! RIC FLAIR JUST COST KENNEDY FOR THE SECOND TIME!

Tazz: Yeah but what about Edge? He damn near handed the title to Kennedy!

Having now gathered his bearings, Batista hoists the title in the air to yet another pop, before he stares up the aisle... and sees RIC FLAIR and ARN ANDERSON have stepped out from the back! The crowd gives a great pop for the appearance of the two Horsemen. Batista smiles broadly as he stares up at his former mentor, pointing towards the pair. Flair and Anderson meanwhile start to applaud the champion, the duo showing a great sign of respect to 'The Animal'...

John Bradshaw Layfield: Those two! They- they were behind this! I know they were!

Tazz: I think ol' 'Naitch' and 'Double A' just played Mr. Kennedy!

Michael Cole: And now the match is set. Batista and Edge, one on one at Wrestlemania XXIII for the World Heavyweight Championship!

John Bradshaw Layfield: It should be Kennedy! IT - SHOULD BE - KENNEDY!! I can't believe this!

In the ring, Kennedy is still down, barely moving, unable to shake away the cobwebs. Batista meanwhile has now climbed to the second rope, raising the World Heavyweight Championship high in the air, pointing towards the Wrestlemania XXIII banner hanging high from the rafters. Flair and Anderson offer one last show of respect to the champion before they end their applause and head backstage, leaving 'The Animal' to bask in the glory of yet another successful title defence, the crowd on their feet in celebration as we fade to black.

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First off I have to say I'm impressed you wrote this up in full, I remember these days of doing every PPV in full, such was the competition for PPV of the month awards...

Odd choice to start things off with, was sure the excitement of the CW Gauntlet would make it the obvious choice, but London/Kendrick are entertaining enough I guess. Fairly formulaic tag match and that's not a bad thing, as you added the interference from Maryse, placing the foot on the ropes and also distracting the ref and the added catfight that followed helped, but London/Kendrick retaining? Meh. New champs @ Mania plz. Overall a solid match and start to the show. ***

Good stuff on the Helms promo, all seemed fine to me. @ the janitor turning off the lights in Booker's locker room. Loved that. Nice way to showcase the King's fear

Now this was some match. The ULTIMATE showcase for the CW division and 37 mins worth of it. Insane really. Glad to see guys like Moore and Funaki gone early, and Joey Mercury looked pretty solid until Danielson came in and owned. Honestly, I know this was his first match and all that, but he looked a little too good perhaps at times. Jamie Noble I hope you don't get rid of him after mentioning how he's not been around much lately. Enjoyed the Danielson/Chavo segment more than the others. TROLOLOLOL @ Santino. Poor S2H can never catch a break, he's always used as a prop (see Rumble 05) as he was again tonight. Danielson/Helms is a cert for Mania it seems after how this went down, and should be a beauty. Ended exactly as I predicted too . ****

Ugh don't like Finlay tbh. Hope he doesn't win tonight. Decent enough promo though

As usual, 4 ways are a good match to write and don't need to drag out as they can produce some excitement in the shorter term, which is what you went with here. Glad Matt Hardy won as Miz is shit and doesn't deserve to be near the US Title, let alone the WWE title like IRL, and Kane and MVP look certainties for the MITB match anyways. Nice spot with everyone getting their finishers in at the ending too. ***

Coach is here? Interesting promo between Long and Coach, I wonder what's gonna happen here

Enjoyed the 6 man tag, glad you kept it short though as let's face it, these ECW guys need weapons to go the distance. Some nice unique double spots with Dreamers Inverted DDT/Neckbreaker combo the icing on the cake, and correct me if I'm wrong, but Sandman got the hot tag, yet despite not tagging out, Burchill pinned Dreamer for the win? Those Bluebloods been payin off the refs? ***1/4

Yeah Matt Hardy promo's, never reach any amazing heights. But a solid job, and the Hardy/Benoit face off was a nice insight into their highly possible meeting at Mania

Your Mania could well be PPV of the Year, if Wolfy or myself don't reach Summerslam

Good wrestling match between Benoit and Finlay here, which you should really expect. Little Bastard interference was to be expected, but Finlay winning wasn't. BIG move here, as personally I see no appeal in Finlay as a champion tbh, I'm hoping Hardy ends his reign at Mania. With this going on, I can see a triple threat coming as Benoit getting clobbered with the shillelagh will defo lead to him wanting a rematch. Overall, a good match but a surprise winner. ***1/2

Don't like Batista on the mic, tho an appearance from Arn Anderson was mark worthy. No way is Big Dave losing tonight, that's for sure. Unless you love Kennedy like you seem to love Finlay

LOL @ calling Undertaker "Undi" in the match. Plz don't do that anymore, I beg you, it's cringe worthy . Really enjoyed this one, very good brawl, nice hardcore spots with the steps, trash can, the table spot and of course some work with the casket coming into play. UMAGA! WHOA! What an impact. Looks like Taker gets his predicted Mania opponent, but what an impact to make, slamming Taker through the casket lid was awesome imo. Taker got absolutely BRUTALIZED post match too, he'll win at Mania no doubt, but Umaga is as good an opponent as any to make people believe he's got a shot at ending the streak. ****

Umaga & Edge now on SmackDown! means Edge is sure to show up in the main event now, no doubt about it. Wonder who RAW will get in return, if anyone?

You did what you could with such a standard ring worker in Kennedy and a shit one in Batista, and the added interference of Edge and then the Flair distraction definitely saved it from being a poor match as it added some excitement, but overall, it wasn't a pretty match, as you'd expect. Solid enough to close out the show with Kennedy likely to go to RAW and face off against Flair and we now defo have Taker/Umaga, Flair/Kennedy and Batista/Edge for Mania. Good work. ***1/4

Congrats on getting this up, a full PPV just before Wrestlemania is daring, so I hope it hasn't burned you out ahead of the big one, which I'm very much looking forward to.
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Really glad to see you go for this PPV in full, surprised but glad.

Kicking things off with the tag title match was a decent opener and I’ve enjoyed the feud you’ve had brewing with these guys and girls over the past few weeks. Was definitely a good, solid opening. The added dimension of Maryse was the best thing to see for me and honestly I expected a title change. You displayed London and Kendrick as being never say die champions which I liked, where Kendrick kicked out of the title shot to the head. I was surprised at that, expected the win there. Overall, probably a good choice keeping the belts on these two for slightly longer, even if it’s just til Wrestlemania.

Liked the Helms interview. Thought you portrayed him well, with him talking about his dominance and I expect the cruiserweight match to be very entertaining.

The Booker promo was top notch. Loved the janitor turning the lights off haha. The casket match is gonna be interesting, I can’t see how it’ll go.

Cruiserweight title match was as expected, brilliant stuff. Nobody really looked out of their depth and everybody had a good showing apart from Santino Marella, which I never saw coming at all! Loved the way you built Danielson up here as a true legitimate contender to Helms and when those two went at it, it was certainly a good contest. Expected Helms to retain but hopefully these two have a classic at Mania. Very good match here though.

I’ve never been overly keen on Finlay, but I thought you did a good job in this little interview. Showed him off to be exactly what he is, a fighter, not a talker. Expect a hard hitting match with Benoit.

Fatal four way was entertaining enough. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad about it though. Hardy getting the win surprised me as I expected MVP to get the job done but Hardy vs. Benoit/Finlay should be good at Mania.

Interesting promo between Coach and Teddy Long. Haven’t got a clue what that could be about, maybe to do with Edge being banned from the arena. Who knows, good way of building suspense there.

Six man tag was a good contest, better than I expected. There were only ever gonna be one team winning though in my opinion and gladly they did. The Extremists are not going anywhere, whereas hopefully the Bluebloods do. Glad that Burchill got the pin as well.

Benoit-Finlay was as I expected, a really good contest between two of the toughest guys around. Thought this was very well written and Finlay winning was surprising to me. Especially after the Hardy/Benoit confrontation beforehand. Finlay/Hardy should be good although with the ending as it was, perhaps Benoit will be involved and make this a triple threat, which I think most would prefer to see.

Batista-Anderson promo was as good as can be. Standard little segment here, though I did like the Kennedy watching on at the end part. No chance for KK tonight.

Taker-Booker was a really well written match again. Loved how brutal it seemed to be and understandably as well with it being a casket match. Knew there’d be a twist in here somewhere but I didn’t expect Umaga at all. The Samoan bulldozer absolutely destroying Taker here. I am a big fan of this as it makes him look like a sure fire threat to Taker and a candidate to end the streak which nobody would usually believe, but the attack here would leave the fans wondering for once about whether Taker can beat this savage. I’m also puzzled as Umaga decimated Cena on Raw, so this leaves as many questions as answers. Brilliant stuff.

Teddy Long segment after was good also. Seemed very subdued and clearly this was the work of Mr.McMahon but why? I look forward to seeing the explanation.

Batista-Kennedy was as good as can be, didn’t quite excite me as much as other matches and moments did, but it got the job done well. Flair leaving his mark on Kennedy was the obvious highlight, can’t wait for Kennedy’s reaction to this, hopefully on Raw. Simple yet effective ending.

Overall, you know I am a big fan of yours and I thought this PPV was very impressive. From top to bottom, the booking was smart, though I can’t understand Umaga yet, I am sure it’ll come to light. You wrote everything very well also and I can’t wait to see what happens now on the road to Wrestlemania. Top stuff imac.
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Kicking off with the tag titles, eh? I’ll bite. I loved the hell out of Kendrick & London as tag champs, even though they didn’t really do anything really memorable IRL, but I loved them even so. Great formulaic tag match here it seems, really captured the essence of tag teaming I felt. On paper, I’m glad Maryse got taken out by Ashley, but in my head, I can’t help but think the two of them are/were nothing IRL, making this catfight a big ball of uselessness for me. But that’s a different story for a different day. Guessing from the dialogue, you’ve had London and Kendrick still as champs from when they actually won them. Year long reign plz. Is there a bigger tag team to face them at ‘Mania? If not, then yes, year long reign plz. Great match here, good to grip me and drag me into the rest of the PPV. Very well written, might I add.

Liked the intense little spot here from Helms. Sets up something deeper with he and Danielson. As for the Booker segment, me and my English prose ass would’ve marked if Booker had said “slay the Jabberwocky” /Englishproseplug. Thought it was a humorous way to really show how Booker feels about this whole thing. Judging from what little I’ve read, though, someone who ‘Taker will probably be involved with at ‘Mania will have something to do with the results. Nothing against Booker, but I don’t see Booker/Taker at ‘mania.

Oh wow. This gave me a booking boner. Like bad. A 37-minute Cruiserweight Championship match that’s unquestionably MOTN so far, but I’m pretty damn sure nothing else on the rest of the card can measure up to it. Outstanding stuff here, with Danielson being the main focal point. He looked a tad too strong at times, hitting shit just left and right, but I understand the need for that. I won’t say everyone looked strong, but everyone looked in their element, even Marella (and I guess Scotty). I was kind of hoping you’d let Funaki last longer…but eh. This almost certainly sets up Helms/Danielson for ‘mania, but that’s stating the obvious. Most excellent stuff, although now I’m afraid that the rest of the card will fall short for me.

Love me some Finlay. Good job bringing up the well-traveled history between Finlay and Benoit.

Brief note here – I think I’ve found the part of the show I enjoyed more than the CW match. And that’s your commentary team.

Tower of Doom? Never heard it called that before, but I like it. Liked the mini-flurry of finishers at the very end, kept your attention. Nothing jumped out at me here, but Hardy’s a good choice for a Wrestlemania feel-good moment, whether he wins or loses against Benoit at ‘mania (or maybe Finlay?)

…the hell does Coach have up his sleeve…?

Really solid six man tag dig here, although like Rene said, the ending really confused me. I could’ve sworn Taylor was the legal man when Sandman made the hot tag, but it was Burch who pinned Dreamer…? Between that and the ref counting Regal out though he wasn’t the legal man, were there unexplained rules in the match? The dangling suspicions aside, a pretty solid match, although the low point of the show so far for me.

Meh. Matt Hardy on the mike is Matt Hardy on the mike. Nothing much to say other than good feel good moment here, but the Benoit mention at the end’s got me thinking almost certainly they’ll be meeting at ‘mania.

I always cringe at matches that contain deceased wrestlers, Benoit the most. But the appeal of technician vs. brawler has always appealed to me, so I actually tried to make it through the whole thing. Cringe every time Benoit takes a noggin knock. But personal sentiments aside, great back and forth match, second only to the CW contest in my eyes. A new champion was something I really didn’t see coming, but now I can easily see a Triple Threat at ‘mania involving Hardy, Finlay, and Benoit. Again, great match here; loving your writing ability btw.

Oh wow. New second favorite. Very, very well written match, best written on the card in my view, and the Umaga surprise was really awesome. I figured someone else was gonna have to show up, but I didn’t expect Umaga. Again, I cringe at using deceased wrestlers, but Umaga didn’t give me any time at all to feel uneasy. He just dismantles ‘Taker in an absolutely dominating fashion here. Umaga is an easy dude to make believable in beating the streak, but damn it should be brutal. I did this match at my first Wrestlemania, but I’m pretty sure from what I’ve read, you can do it a good 50x better.

Oh shit. Umaga and Edge on Smackdown!? Has Edge chosen to go after Batista at ‘mania?

The main event match itself seemed forced to me. It was great for what it was, but I felt no chemistry between the two match-wise. Psychologywise, of course there was something there, but I guess that’s just me. Anywho, I don’t think the match itself was really the point. Just sheer violence through and through, but the real enjoyable part didn’t come ‘til, of course, Edge showed up. I’m guessing this answers my question on who Edge has chosen. I mini-marked when Flair’s music hit (I go to USC – Columbia and it plays at every football game). This seems to cement Edge/Batista and Flair/Kennedy at ‘mania more than anything.

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Gotta say, your match writing is pretty superb. I loved the Cruiserweight match to tears, a thorough display of the division as well as Helms/Danielson, but the Casket match takes a close second to me, just because of the way it was written. I loved WWE 2006/2007, so I felt I was in my natural booking/reviewing environment here, although you’ve booked it much better than I ever have. Your commentary team was flawless all night, they really amplified everything that was going on. The only things that I can really take away from this is the confusion of the 6-man tag match and the fact that to me, and every match on the card was better than the main event match wise (not psychology/storyline wise). Like others, I’m pretty surprised you went with a full PPV so close to ‘mania. I’m terrible about following threads, but this is good shit and actually might make me log in and follow this.
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As I said to you before, now that i am getting back into threads this is one i wanted to get into and this is the best time to do it.

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Wow! How did you come up with that opening video ? That was awesome. Good touch having the girls voices as well, gives the spookier effect although I don't know why but it does, like the ones that said " Are you scared ? He's here ". Anyway good job on the video. Also the intro from the announce team was good.


I like the fact you have Maryse with La Resistance, it makes sense and she fits the job nicely. The match was well written and detailed for just a first tag team match and there was some interesting moments as well. Maryse saving her team more than once was good booking and I liked the way you had the catfight break out. It left it down to an open match after that. Both teams were good here and the ending was cool with the four fifty splash but I would like to see La Resistance win the titles off them soon.


Helms playing down tonights match as a threat was a good idea, it adds to the match later as all eyes will be on Helms now and wether he can back up his words. Lol at Sharmell coming out of characther. Booker seemed pumped up and it is going to some match. Thats what I thought until the lights went out and Booker seemed scared again. You have really caught the realism in this rivalry.


The Cruiserweight match was a good read. You put a lot of work into this and it paid off. Joey Mercury had a decent run at the start but as I expected, Bryan Danielson would do all the damage and Helms would just pick up the pieces at the end. It is good heel play because he had Daniel do all the work and then just eliminated him. The Scotty 2 Hotty situation is a good touch to the match. The debut of Santino looked set to be a good one. Im glad you don't seem to be booking him as a joke. Although that could change. My only disappointmant about this is that he was built up quite well and then eliminated straight away ? I actually would have liked to see him win it, it would have gave you more options. Finally my only slight problem with the match as a whole was the time. Going over 30 mins just seems a little over kill I think. Other than that, good job here.


Nice interview from Finlay. It gives us an insight into the feud between him and Benoit and how personal it is. Also another good video promo, this time for Saturday Nights Main Event.


I am surprised that Matt Hardy won this match. He would have been the last i would have expected to win. There was some good action, a good amount of near falls and some good creativity throughout.He might have been better suited to MITB or soemthing but after all, you are the man who knows your plans and I am sure it will make more sense soon. I would prefer Hardy v Finlay, I did that match in my last PPV so i would like to see someone else write it.


The coach and Teddy situation is something that has my attention straight away. I hope this is a new superstar or soemthing nut there is so many possibilities.


The 6 man tag match was alright. Didn't seem to be too may big talking oints in the match. The Bluebird getting frustrated at The Extremists not being put away made for a good story. It seemed like they saved themselves more than a few times in the match and because of that reaso, as i read I expected the bluebirds to lose.


Matt on the mic was ok, a bit boring but it was a set up for Bnoit to step in and create a possible picture into people's heads. Almost like a preview but then again it could be done to fool people.


This was my favourit match so far. You got the hatred across very well as they seemed to both be very intense in their moves. The patterns were nice as well. Benoit kicking out several times in a row and Finlay looking on top. Then the change the opposite way around. The best part of the match though was when Finlay tapped out and the referee didn't see it. The only thing is you used this exact trick already with Maryse. Benoit putting his hands on Little Bastard was a good moment for the crowd to get into. The ending was great. Typical heel win here for Finlay and Benoit can't be too happy about this, I doubt its over.


I didn't care much for the anderson bit to be honest but Kennedy watching it on a monitor and saying do it for Ric Dave ? was a good moment in my opinion. The video package for Taker/Booker was well done and very informative.


I have to say this match was really enertaining. There was a lot of playing around with the lid and some sig moves and stuff and it was just filled with no boring moves or parts. Your idea of having Taker go through the casket was a god one because it meant that he didn't have to go missing for a while so close to WM. Umaga was a good choice. Obv the attack had to be done by some sort of monster and it has the makings of a good feud. The aftermath might have gone a little too far but it built up Umaga's rellivance so much and he is a legit opponent for Taker now! Will be good to see how you book Taker from here. Makes sense for the roster changes by the way. Obv Edge v Batista and Taker v Umaga.


Main Event was another good match. You made Kennedy look good without having to give him the win. The distraction thing was a good idea. I am glad he didn't actually come out that time as Umaga already did in the last match. Fitting end to the event with Batista celebrating with the legends and on his way to Mania. I would like a Kennedy v Flair match at Mania.


Overall: It was a really good PPV. The matches were good quality and the lenght of writting was impressive. You did the job of setting foundations for some Mania matches as well and with this being the first PPV i saw from you it was a great job.
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First off, I'd like to say thank you for the predictions and reviews. Very much appreciated. I'm pretty sure I got back all the reviews, although I'm sure I'm now lagging behind with a few other threads. Will try catch up asap. Anyway, predictions results were...

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Stojy came first, mainly because he was the only one to correctly predict the outcome of each match. So congrats to him.

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After what went down during the main event of No Way Out, the main event of Wrestlemania XXIII is all but confirmed as Batista defending the gold against Edge. While this match is virtually set in stone, the feeling is that with Saturday Night's Main Event now just two weeks away, there's still a bit of mileage left in the Batista/Kennedy program, especially if it can give a boost to the proposed Kennedy/Flair match at Wrestlemania. Expect Batista and Kennedy to meet one last on the Saturday night showcase, possibly in tag match involving Edge, the feeling being that both potential Wrestlemania match can use another boost before we settle into the run in to 'Mania.

With the WWE's return to NBC after over eight months, Vince McMahon in particular is determined to use the live broadcast to highlight several younger members of the roster, particularly those on the rise as we head to Wrestlemania. Expect to see plenty from Mr. Kennedy, Matt Hardy, CM Punk and Bryan Danielson as all four while be prominently featured. However, with the final of the Number One Contenders Tournament also scheduled for that night, there will be plenty of the stars of the Raw roster involved that night, especially with the four favourites to win the tournament believed to be Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Randy Orton and Bobby Lashley. John Cena's feud with Vince and Shane McMahon is also set to be continued onto the show, with perhaps his Wrestlemania opponent being revealed that evening.

Another man certain to be highlighted at Saturday Night's Main Event is Umaga. After ambushing The Undertaker during No Way Out, Umaga is set to be the next man to challenge the famed Undertaker 'Wrestlemania Streak'. With Umaga still on an undefeated streak after, much of the billing for the match could revolved around a 'Streak vs. Streak' set up. With Umaga debuting the night after Wrestlemania 22 and still yet to be defeated, expect much of the hype around 'The Samoan Bulldozer' to involved references to him almost being 'One Year Undefeated'. The match at 'Mania is being considered a key part of the undercard, with Umaga expected to be presented as an absolute beast in the weeks leading up to the big show.

Over on Raw, Shawn Michaels is said to be loving his new heel persona, embracing the chance to work as a heel after working exclusively as a face since his return to action four years ago. With perhaps on a few years left in his career, Michaels was apparently keen for one last lengthy heel run before turning face. However, with the tournament to determine his Wrestlemania opponent still ongoing, Michaels will be asked to fully get over his new character by working the mic until Saturday Night's Main Event. His opening promo during last Monday's Raw was only the beginning, with Michaels set to deliver another promo tonight on Raw to fully confirm his new character. It's unclear if Michaels will be wrestling at Saturday Night's Main Event, but it is almost a guarantee that he will make his presence felt during the tournament final.

Several other Wrestlemania matches took shape during last night's No Way Out, including the United States Title match. Although the stipulation suggest Matt Hardy will challenge new champion Finlay, there is set to be a rematch between Finlay and Chris Benoit before Wrestlemania. Many have suggested that a triple threat match take place, although right now Benoit seems destined to be a favourite for the Money in the Bank ladder match. Another man considered a strong option for this is King Booker. After his victory over The Undertaker last night, Booker is set to use this as a springboard to once again be a credible challenger to the World Heavyweight Championship, and a run with the briefcase would certainly achieve this. Either way, Booker is set to be involved in several high profile storylines over the summer, with his in ring experience considered a huge asset.

Many of the higher ups in the creative team were impressed with the performance of Bryan Danielson last night, so much so that a straight one on one match between he and Gregory Helms at Wrestlemania is now being strongly considered. With cruiserweight road agent Dean Malenko putting last night's match together, Malenko has now be charged with the task of re-igniting the cruiserweight division, with a lengthy Helms/Danielson feud being viewed as the catalyst for this. Despite his comical persona, newcomer Santino Marella will be used as a solid part of the division, and Malenko personally campaigned for Chavo Guerrero and Joey Mercury to take on larger roles. All three can be expected to be used in an attempt to establish Danielson as a serious threat to the gold, as while Shannon Moore.

The tag title scene on both brands will continue to be strengthened over the next few weeks, with the much advertised Hart Legacy set to make their debut on Raw the Monday after Saturday Night's Main Event, while the team of former ECW Superstars Elijah Burke and Monty Brown will debut as a unit on Smackdown a few weeks later. Neither team will be rushed into the title scene in time for Wrestlemania, but both teams will be involved in the chase for gold over the summer months. As of right now, The World's Greatest Tag Team remain the favourites for a title match with Ric Flair and Carlito, while on Smackdown The Bluebloods seem likely to receive a shot at The Hooligans.

Two Raw Superstars are soon set to return to our screens, as Jeff Hardy and Eugene are both scheduled to return from their storyline injuries. Jeff's return will almost certainly signal his involvement in the Money in the Bank match, with creative now wanting to push Jeff further up the card into a solid mid card spot. Hardy is not currently being tagged for a return to his feud with Kenny Dykstra over the Intercontinental Championship, although if no other suitable opponent can be found, a rematch between the two could take place. The Eugene character is all but dead, with 'The Special One' being dropped in favour of the more serious persona of Nick Dinsmore. Dinsmore was spotted backstage at No Way Out with a shaved head, suggesting his days of acting goofy are in the past. The creative team believe they have the perfect storyline reason to re-introduce Dinsmore as a more serious character, with Dinsmore scheduled to be involved in a feud as soon as he makes his return.

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The video package to open the show was written wonderfully. Absolutely nothing to complain about it, I loved the scenes with the crow, and the prison cell. It was very creative, before getting into the important stuff, top notch.

The opening commentary was written great as well, all three were in character. If the opening of the show is anything to go by, I could be gushing over you a fair bit, so yeah, a disclaimer of sorts.

Honestly, I thought maybe the Cruiserweight Gauntlet would have opened the show tonight, simply because it would have been amazingly fast paced and kept the fans buzzing. This would have been my second pick no doubt about it, because The Hooligans aren’t exactly slow. Judging by the way PPV’s usually start in a feel good way, I think The Hooligans will win this one. Umm, in the beginning of this one was it supposed to be Grenier or Dupree in the ring? It seemed to start with Grenier, then just switch to Dupree with no tag being made, so I’m guessing it’s supposed to be Grenier still? I hope so. Anyway, I’ll ignore that for now, and say that I marked for the French Tickler. The period of domination from the champions in the beginning was all written well, absolutely nothing to complain about. I also thought it was smart how you had La Resistance gain the advantage, with the hair pulling from Grenier and the bling tag. It simply annoys the crowd, further getting them into the match. I thought Grenier’s three Backbreaker combination was sick, it would have been absolutely brutal. The reversal of Dupree’s Backbreaker into a Headscissors was nicely placed as well. Seriously, how many Backbreakers do La Resistance want to nail? Anyway, the hot tag was good, although why the hell would London just nail two Clotheslines and then bring Kendrick back into the match? I know that quick, rapid tags can be entertaining, but Kendrick suffered a bit of a beat down, surely he’d need a bit of a rest. And now, London remains in the ring, being the legal man, even though he tagged in Kendrick a moment ago? You’ve made another pretty bad mistake, tbh. I loved the Dropkick to the gut when London was trying to bring himself back into the ring, I saw that once, and thought it looked sick, smart move. The typical heel stuff, with Dupree provoking Kendrick so Grenier can go on the attack was nicely put as well. Whilst I didn’t mind Maryse tripping up London, I think Ashley should have had a crack at Maryse for that. The fact that she didn’t makes me think that it’s pointless her being out there. The back somersault into the Tornado DDT was brilliant from London, and it was a nice tease, having Dupree stopping him from making the tag. One thing I should just mention now as well, I like how you haven’t forgot about the Backbreakers and everything, and the assault has been on The Hooligans back all night, good psychology. The hot tag really got the match going again, as Kendrick’s offence was quite exciting, culminating in the Springboard Facebuster. Maryse getting involved is to be expected, since for some unknown reason, Ashley won’t straighten her out. Finally, Ashley got a piece of Maryse, it really was needed. The ending was rather hectic, with neither team obeying the tag rules, as to be expected. Overall, a simply yet effective finish for an okay match. The match wasn’t anything amazing, simply being solid, but the beginning was dragged down with a few simple errors.

The Gregory Helms interview was alright, putting over his arrogance, and threatening Danielson, basic stuff. I didn’t like the part where he was like “if you want this title, you’re going to have to go through me” line or something that was along those lines, simply because that’s obvious, he’s the champion. That line has a much bigger effect when it’s like “if you want to get to him, you have to get past me” type of thing. That’s a real nit-picky issue though, but it’s something that irked me, it was still a good interview though.

King Booker and Sharmell was a good segment, simple hype for tonight’s main event. at the janitor switching off the lights too, good stuff.

Yuck, at Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang opening the Gauntlet. I would have preferred to have one decent name in there right from the start. Some of my reservations were to put to bed early though, with the match starting off extremely entertaining. The Release German Suplex from the Tree Of Woe was an awesome move, by the way. The encounter remained fast pace, and the way Moore finished off Yang was impressive to read as well. Up next, Joey Mercury. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel awkward picturing Mercury in the Cruiserweight division. The next period was a lot slower, and a lot quicker, if you know what I mean. Anyway, whilst there’s not much to comment on, Mercury suffering a loss to Moore could have done some serious damage, so you made the right call here. Yet another encounter where there wasn’t much to say, pretty predictable that we were going to say bye to Funaki. Danielson was always going to dominate early, although I liked the fact that you allowed Mercury to get some offense in, focusing on the arm. The encounter finished off nicely, and I marked for the Crossface Chickenwing. I was surprised to see Daivari come out so strong, simply because I don’t like him. The knee to the head against the barricade would have been another nice spot though. The tease of the count out is always good for cheap excitement, even if I’m not the hugest fan of it myself. The Atomic Drop onto the crowd barricade was another great move by Danielson. The rest of the exchange was solid enough. Danielson has looked amazing so far, but I’m kind of hoping Jamie Noble takes care of business. To be honest, the rough and tough style of Noble was good to read, rather refreshing as just about everything else has been high flying so far. The Snap Powerslam spot was nice too, and then Danielson gets the pin? Ugh, Noble only getting two minutes when a piece of shit like Daivari got three is disappointing. Also, I’m now predicting Danielson is going to make it all the way to the end, before losing, which well really, could make him look to good tonight. It was good to see Chavo have a sustained period of dominance here, although Danielson countering the Surfboard into a Sit Out Facebuster was nice. Once again, the action was solid enough, but the way Danielson locked in the Lebell Lock was pretty epic, good match writing. at Santino Marella being the don, and being eliminated so quickly. It was funny, but it was also a nice way to break things up in this match. All the interaction between Helms and Danielson was pretty good, and with the cheap ending, we’ll definitely be seeing this at ‘Mania. I think Danielson did look a little too good throughout, but besides that, it was a solid Cruiserweight affair.

I think I may have mentioned this at an earlier date, but if I haven’t, god I don’t want Finlay to lose two title matches on a PPV in a row. Anyway, the interview was very in character, I especially liked the way you linked back to their epic past. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anybody who has done that before, smart move. If there was one thing I could complain about it’s the whole looking over his shoulder thing in the beginning. Finlay is epic, loves to fight, and even after what went down, I just can’t see him looking behind, like he’s scared. Still, a good interview.

SNME is going to be in full yes? I assume so, since you seem to write everything in full.

Fatal Four way time, should be fun. A basic start with Porter trying to build an alliance but it backfiring, I always enjoy that type of stuff going down. The offense from there was all pretty normal, with alliances being made, and then people turning on each other. I marked for the Tower Of Doom, I swear it is such an epic spot. The match went along nicely from here. Kane getting taking out of the ring by The Miz was good, as it allows us to not have to keep up with too much at once. The MVP and Miz partnership was nice, with Porter almost having it backfire due to his cockiness being a good touch as well. Surprisingly, the match seemed to go up a level when Kane got back into the ring, this usually doesn’t happen. The Double DDT from Hardy and Miz was good, simply because they probably didn’t intentionally team up together. The ending was pretty good stuff too, with all of the finishers being utilized and what not. MVP’s cockiness cost him hard to, so hopefully he gets MITB, yeah, book that. Anyway, definitely my favourite match of the night so far, nothing to complain about in this one.

Teddy Long rallying the troops to be on the lookout for Edge was good. The Coach appearing is kind of a big deal, and just the way you described him leaning against the door and what not, I could imagine just how cocky he would have been. Segment was good, giving us some suspense as to what The Coach was saying. Once again, if I could be a little picky, I can’t really picture Long saying “Why are you stood outside my office?” It just sounds way too proper for Teddy, but besides that, everything was fine.

To be honest, I’m really not looking forward to this six man tag, simply because I hate the idea of the Extremists in the ring, unless, you know, they’re being extreme. You made Sabu dominate Regal early on, and surprisingly it was readable, so I guess I’ve got to give you credit for that. From here, the match flowed along pretty well, with you, much like the opening tag match, allowing the heels to take advantage behind the referees back. I didn’t really like Dreamer getting his foot on the ropes after the Regal Cutter. To me, that’s one of Regal’s top moves, Dreamer’s teammates should have came in to break up the fall. The fact that they just stood there, watched and hoped seems a little dumb. The told choke with the tag rope spot, it’s a shame nobody does that anymore. At least you had Sabu break up the count from the Spinebuster. Dreamer’s move to set up the hot tag was awesome, terrific writing there, imo. Umm, I thought Taylor and Sandman were the legal men, so it seems strange that Burchill pinned Dreamer to pick up the win. On another note, I feel as if you had the match end a little to quickly after the hot tag was made, I thought that could have been done a little better. The match was still alright, but probably my least favourite of the night so far

Matt Hardy interview was alright, nothing special really, pretty much what I expected. Yuck at the mention of Jeff though, no ‘Mania moment for him please. Anyway, the little bit of interaction with Chris Benoit was nice, giving us a little bit of an idea as to what could possibly be the US Title match at ‘Mania, good work.

I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned this before, so yeah, your WrestleMania advertisement video is written pretty well. 8 Mile Road makes me think of Eminem, appearance please. Anyway, as others said, your Mania has the chance to be PPV of the year. It’ll be up against Legend and Wolfy’s SS probably, don’t worry about Reney, he’s a jobber.

Benoit/Finlay is definitely one I’ve been looking forward to, I just love the idea of an all out slugfest, and I’m really hoping this delivers on that. The match started off just as I thought it would, with Benoit showing a huge amount of intensity, and taking it to Finlay, Everything was good so far, as you have captured both men’s style well, making this a real brawl like affair. I was a little shocked to see Benoit be so dominant early on, I’m torn on it though; I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked Finlay, who loves to fight, be a little more prominent early. Just as I said this, Finlay really started to get going. The focus on the arm seemed to help Finlay stay true to his no nonsense style, so once again, I pretty much have no complaints with how things were going. The action continues to go along nicely, with the German Suplex on the outside really standing out as brutal. The ending was nice as well, with Finlay getting the win, thanks to the Little Bastard. With Benoit forcing Finlay to tap, it keeps Benoit looking strong as well, so definitely think that was smart. Honestly, definitely a good match, you kept true to both guys styles, really enjoyed it.

Batista and Double A segment was alright, showing Anderson’s passion and what not. I thought maybe Batista could have said a little more regarding how he feels to Anderson, but still think this did it’s job nicely.

A lot of people, myself included, tend to space out superstar’s reactions to what their opponents said. I must say it was a rather refreshing change to see KK on the screen, straight after Batista was. Once again, basic stuff, but I just thought it added a little something to the whole scenario.

The video package for King Booker/’Taker was good. It had a nice amount of detail and it caught me up on everything that has happened between the two.

The casket match basically began the way most Undertaker matches go, with ‘Taker dominating in the early stages, working on Booker’s arm. As Reney said, please don’t use “Undi” ever again, it really is cringe worthy. The tease of the casket early, with Booker forced to lean on it was nice, showing his fear and what not. The continued offence of ‘Taker was all pretty good, although I didn’t like the way he set up the Suicide Dive. Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel as if it just sought of happens, but in this situation, ‘Taker actually rolled back into the ring, making it seem a little forced. I’m being very picky here, and hell, I might even be wrong, I’m simply just throwing it out there. Sharmell is shit scared of ‘Taker, but much like she did with Boogeyman irl, she still got involved, so nothing wrong there, and a good way for Booker to get the advantage. The teasing of ‘Taker in the casket was well set up too, typical casket match stuff, tbh. I don’t know why, but I found the period where Booker eventually nailed the low blow to be very enjoyable. I don’t think you did anything differently, but that sequence just seemed to flow really nicely. The next tease of ‘Taker going into the casket was good as well, and I marked for the brawl in the crowd. It seems to barely happen these days, so it kind of reminds me of the good old attitude era days, so I always love to see it. The Chokeslam through the announcers desk is a fun spot, although if I can be critical, I’d say that due to the exact same spot happening the other week on SD, it doesn’t have the same effect, imo. The Tombstone just about showed that Booker was dead, and then UMAGA appeared. I sure as hell didn’t expect this, I expected something, but not this. Umaga brutalized Taker, making him look like a beast, and getting Booker the victory. In all honesty, Mags/’Taker is something I was going to book awhile ago, but my threads never last, so I’m very pleased to see somebody who can actually do it justice booking it for ‘Mania. The attack after the match was brutal as well, and the druids carrying out ‘Taker like a crucifix was a nice touch. The match as a whole was pretty fun to read to, good work.

Not much to say about this segment, except The Coach OWNS. Seriously though, Umaga coming to SD, as well as Edge officially being a SD superstar is cool. I’m guessing that means Edge can interfere or some shiut if he wanted to tonight, and I’m guessing Umaga’s attack on Cena, was a favour to the McMahon’s, so that he could come and face ‘Taker. I could be wrong, but interesting stuff nonetheless.

Much like the previous match, the video package before the main event was very nice. It was adequate for the last bit of hype before the final match. With Edge being so heavily involved in the video package, I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t make an appearance.

KK does his usual intro skit, with a nice crack at Chimel in the process.

To be honest with you, I loved the start to the main event. From Batista having a steely look on his face, to Kennedy’s cocky smirk, you just made the contrast between the two so clear. Even with the way the match opened with ‘Tista all business, and KK stalling, before slapping ‘Tista, it was all awesome stuff. Having Batista choke KK with his boot was a clever way to put over the personal aspect of this match, because ‘Tista wouldn’t usually do that. The brutality of Batista on the outside was enjoyable, busting open KK and what not. With this being said, once again there was a contrast, with KK trying to take apart ‘Tista’s leg, having a method to his madness that was good to read. Honestly, I loved how you constantly went into detail regarding the description of the blood on KK’s face throughout the match, more good stuff. The Figure Four being used is just brilliant too, as Flair is heavily involved in this. The knee buckling when ‘Tista went for a Suplex was nice as well. One thing I hate is when people no sell what has been going on for the whole match. To be honest, I thought Batista was a little to dominant when he began to make his comeback, just being able to hit the Spinebuster, Spear and Batista Bomb with close to no resistance from KK. I marked the fuck out for the appearance of Edge, simply because I had been waiting for it all match. Damn, you definitely made Batista look resilient close to the end, getting out of everything KK has. We then got the tease of a Flair appearance, before ‘Tista picked up the elementary three count. Honestly, maybe it’s because I mark for KK, but unlike others, I actually really enjoyed this match, thought it was decent/good stuff. Flair and Double A making an appearance was a nice, feel good way to end the show.

Overall, I thought this was quite a good PPV. Everything was pretty good, leaving me with a bear minimum to complain about. With that being said, there was no real classics on the card, but that doesn’t matter, it was still a very enjoyable read. Awesome stuff, and with Edge/’Tista [even though it has been done to death], Umaga/’Taker and Flair/KK all looking set for ‘Mania, I can’t wait to see the build for it.
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Interesting news piece overall. Agree that some fresh tag teams are need. New Age Outlaws plz

Danielson/Helms will be epic, very much so after the build you've given it. Fuck Finlay as US Champ imo, Benoit and Hardy should both be in the MITB match, give CM Punk a push to the US title (is he around? I'm not quite sure). HBK as a heel is fun to write, I did it in my 06 thread and really enjoyed it, hoping you will too. Umaga is a great pick for Takers opponent and the best threat to the streak, although there's no way he should actually break it, the build he's gonne get is sure to be a treat and should lead to a title push following Mania, unless you continue the Taker/Mags angle for a bit longer. Can't wait for RAW already
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I've got some threads to catch up on. Hope to get to them at some point this week. But for now...

~Monday Night Raw~
February 19th, 2007
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No Way Out may have been a Smackdown pay per view, but after the chaotic scenes last night, all eyes are on Monday Night Raw and one man in particular... Mr. McMahon.

After declaring war on John Cena last week, McMahon was seen cutting a deal with Armando Estrada, with many left wondering what the terms of the agreement were. The plot thickened further as at the end of last week’s Raw, Umaga assaulted John Cena, leaving Cena down and out, much to the delight of the McMahon’s. There was more controversy as Umaga and Estrada, both armed with new Smackdown contracts, showed up at No Way Out to lay another beating, this time on The Undertaker. With Cena scheduled to take on Shane McMahon tonight, what on earth could Mr. McMahon have left up his sleeve as he seeks a way to further punish ‘The Leader of the Chain Gang’?

The chase to Saturday Night’s Main Event continues with the last two quarter final match ups scheduled for tonight, with Randy Orton set to meet one half of the World Tag Team Champions, Ric Flair, while Bobby Lashley is set to clash with CM Punk. Last night at No Way Out was also a big night for Flair, who made his presence felt in distracting Mr. Kennedy, giving an assist to his good friend, the World Heavyweight Champion Batista. Now back on Raw duty, Flair has a chance to continue to strive for heavyweight championship number 17. As for his opponent Orton, it was a chilling message delivered by ‘The Legend Killer’ last week when he warned the roster to stay out of his way on his path to glory. With Flair the first obstacle to Orton heading to Wrestlemania, what lengths could Orton go to in search of victory tonight? As for CM Punk, he too suffered at the hands of Umaga last week, suffering damaged ribs at the hands of ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ during their match. Punk is far from 100% tonight, and that could play into Lashley’s hands, with the ever brooding, and now silent it appears, former ECW Champion more determined than ever to put his recent defeats behind him and go on to Saturday Night’s Main Event.

And what of Triple H and Rob Van Dam, both men already qualified for the semi final stage after victories last week over Johnny Nitro and Intercontinental Champion Kenny Dykstra respectively. Both men may have their sights set on Saturday Night’s Main Event, but both also have their eyes set on WWE Champion Shawn Michaels, with both men furious over Michaels’ actions towards them in recent weeks. After Michaels turned his back on Triple H at Raw: Night Of Champions, his first act as champion was to hammer Van Dam with the sweet chin music last week, allowing Mr. McMahon to snatch Van Dam’s ECW Championship from his lifeless body. With Michaels scheduled for an in ring interview with Jim Ross, all hell could break loose if ‘The Game’ and ‘Mr. Monday Night’ decide to make a move.

When Victoria brought Beth Phoenix back to Raw after a lengthy injury lay off, many people weren’t sure what to expect from the blonde powerhouse. They soon found out that Phoenix is back with a mean attitude as she first knocked off Candice Michelle for a comfortable victory, then laid out Women’s Champion Mickie James as she attempted to save Candice from a two on one assault. Tonight, the four divas will meet in tag team action, with Phoenix no doubt looking to once again get her hands on the Women’s Champion.

All of this, plus, with Johnny Nitro suffering yet another defeat last week, despite the best efforts of Chris Masters and Melina, will he ever find a way to make an impact on Raw again? With Mike Knox still holding his ‘girlfriend’ Kelly Kelly in a grip of fear, will CM Punk ever find a way to free her? And the first member of the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame class will be revealed!!

Confirmed Matches:

John Cena vs. Shane McMahon

Number One Contenders Tournament Quarter Finals:
Ric Flair vs. Randy Orton
Bobby Lashley vs. CM Punk

Mickie James and Candice Michelle vs. Victoria and Beth Phoenix

Plus J.R. will host an in-ring interview with WWE Champion Shawn Michaels!!!


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Honestly, I need to read this edition of Raw to catch back up on what's happening here, because whilst I know some things, I'm not one hundred percent sure. I'm really excited to see what goes down in the Shawn Michaels interview, as the promo that was nominated for the awards was brilliant. Flair/Orton and Lashley/Punk should both own, whilst the divas match is decent enough, bar Candice Michelle. McMahon/Cena should have something epic go down, as well as the usual Shane O spots.

Looks like a packed show, I'll be reading.
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