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Old 03-23-2011, 10:40 AM   #111 (permalink)
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My thoughts on No Way Out:

First thing's first, the layout is just perfect. The segues between matches and promos was just excellent and everything was just spot on. Hell, I saved a copy as a word document just to use as an example when making my own upcoming PPVs. I really loved it.

Highlights of the Night:
Cruiserweight Championship: ...Wow. At first, I thought you were going to be totally off with your timing but turns out you just really like the cruiserweights, haha! Anyway, what a match. Impecabbly written and the right guy won in the end, Helms.

Casket Match: It's really easy to write Casket matches, but it's also hard to write a UNIQUE compelling one, just because they're so formulaic. This was well written as well, and I loved the original twist at the end instead of the usual container match ending. Umaga's interference was great but this story was spot-on and the match was just a big sloppy brawl which I loved. That's how tow rite Casket matches!

Fatal 4-Way: Personal opinion here, but I loved it. You really took the 4 man dynamic and rode with it, which made for an excellent match. Anyone could have won this, but seeing Matt Hardy get his Wrestlemania moment was just wonderful.

Also, the World title match was well built, but I really despise Kennedy and just can't rate him as a good wrestler. You did the best you could with him and the Flair swerve was good. However, purely because of Kennedy, I wasn't that into it.
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~Monday Night Raw~
February 19th, 2007
Bakersfield, California



"That bastard couldn't even shake my hand."




We start the show with a recap of the action from last week, starting with the confrontation between Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam and Mr. McMahon, which resulted in a sweet chin music to RVD and Mr. McMahon walking off with the ECW Championship. When then hear Shane McMahon announce the Number One Contenders Tournament, with RVD beating Kenny Dykstra and Triple H knocking off Johnny Nitro, both men advancing to the semi finals. And finally, the interaction between John Cena and Mr. McMahon, which lead to the announce of Cena and Shane McMahon tonight... and then the destruction of Cena by Umaga, the video fading to black on the image of a broken Cena, lying motionless on the mat for the second week in a row.

We then have the usual Raw opening video, before he head inside the arena for the pyro display and then a scan around the capacity crowd as we hear from the announce team...


Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening and welcome to Bakersfield, California for Monday Night Raw! I'm Jim Ross, alongside me, Jerry 'The King' Lawler and Joey Styles, and folks, last night may have been a Smackdown pay-per-view, but the repercussions of No Way Out were felt by all of us here on Raw!

Jerry Lawler: No doubt about it J.R.! Edge is now officially a Smackdown Superstar, Umaga came outta nowhere to destroy The Undertaker, and then Ric Flair got a measure of revenge on Mr. Kennedy by runnin' a lil' distraction shall we say, helping Batista retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

Joey Styles: And of course, after the beating John Cena suffered at the hands of Umaga last week, we all thought Mr. McMahon had handpicked Umaga to face Cena at Wrestlemania. We now know that won't happen, and it seems the incentive for Umaga and Armando Estrada was that if they softened up John Cena, they got that Smackdown contract and the chance to go after The Undertaker.

Jim Ross: We certainly hope to get some answers from Mr. McMahon over the course of the evening. And speaking of the McMahon's, Shane McMahon is scheduled to go one on one with John Cena!

Joey Styles: And if you remember when that match was announced last week, it was Shane's idea! He told his Father to make the match, and Vince and Shane both had smiles on their faces when they told Cena.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and if you ask me, somethin' ain't right about that. The McMahon's are too happy right now, they've gotta have somethin' up their sleeves.

Jim Ross: Nothin' more dangerous than a McMahon with a smile on his face. But also tonight folks, we're continuing with the quarter final stage of the Number One Contenders Tournament, Randy Orton and Ric Flair set to meet, as are Bobby Lashley and CM Punk.

Joey Styles: And John Cena wasn't the only victim of Umaga last week. CM Punk took a brutal beating from 'The Samoan Bulldozer' earlier in the night. I saw Punk backstage earlier tonight, he is not 100% tonight, but if I know CM Punk, he's not gonna let that stand in his way of going on to Saturday Night's Main Event.

Jerry Lawler: And of course, if you make it to Saturday Night's Main Event, you're puttin' yourself in line for a shot at Shawn Michaels and the WWE Championship. And J.R., I understand that tonight, you're set for an in ring interview with 'HBK' himself.

Jim Ross: I'm certainly lookin' forward to that. We're all due a few answers with regards to Michaels' actions in recent weeks. We are well on our way down 'The Road to Wrestlemania' folks...

*ONE OF A KIND...*


The crowd rises for a massive pop as Rob Van Dam steps out from the back. Van Dam has a determined look on his face, not his usual jovial self, but he still manages to slap a few hands before he enters the ring...


Jim Ross: And what role will this man play in Detroit, Michigan? Rob Van Dam advanced in to the semi final stages last week, he's just one match away from going to Saturday Night's Main Event and a chance at facing the WWE Champion.

Joey Styles: But you can't help but notice that there's something missing from around the waist of Van Dam. The ECW Championship, that was stolen last week from RVD by Mr. McMahon, with the help of Shawn Michaels.

Jerry Lawler: Well I don't really care much for ECW, but I know it meant a lot to you Joey and to guys like RVD. It's gotta be hard for you knowing the ECW Title is in the hands of Mr. McMahon.

Joey Styles: It eats me up inside 'King'. I hope Shawn Michaels has an explanation for his actions last week when we hear from him later in the broadcast.

In the ring, Van Dam waits for the crowd's "R - V - D! R - V - D! R - V - D!" chant to die down, before he bites his lip, shakes his head and brings the microphone to his mouth...


Rob Van Dam: I uh... I wanted to come out here, 'cause I think I'm due a few answers after what went down last week. Y'see, last week I lost somethin' that means a lot to me. No wait... that's not right. I had somethin' stolen from me last week. And Shawn Michaels... you owe me some answers bro'.

Heat for the mention of the WWE Champion...

Rob Van Dam: I mean, I never realised you'd become Vince McMahon's bitch!

"Ooooh!"...

Rob Van Dam: I didn't know you did Vinny Mac's dirty work for 'im Shawn! Vince wanted my ECW Championship, and you went and handed it to 'im bro'!

Boos for Michaels' actions...

Rob Van Dam: Y'see, last week I came out here and I made Shawn Michaels a challenge. I'm not the only guy backstage who's pretty disgusted with the way Shawn's been acting lately. And I know he's set for an interview with J.R. later tonight... but I don't wanna wait anymore dude. I want Shawn Michaels out here right - NOW!

Big time pop...

Rob Van Dam: Shawn... I'm callin' you out dude!

Another big pop, with Van Dam staring up the ramp, his arms open wide. Van Dam waits patiently for Michaels to answer the call... but it never happens. After a few moments of silence, the crowd catches on, booing the fact that Michaels' hasn't appeared. Van Dam quickly gets the message, shaking his head in disappointment, before a rueful smile crosses his face as Van Dam nods in reluctant acceptance...

Rob Van Dam: Alright. Alright Shawn, I can wait. I'll wait to hear to what you gotta say later tonight. But I don't wanna wait long to get my hands on you. We both had big nights at Night Of Champions dude. You won the WWE Championship... and I won the ECW Championship. You turned your back on best friend... and I did what I do best... I went man to man with Bobby Lashley, I took everythin' he had to give, and I beat 'im 'cause I left it all out here in this ring for these people!

The crowd responds with an appreciative pop...

Rob Van Dam: Winnin' the ECW Championship, it might never have been all that high on your priorities Shawn... but it's pretty damn high on mine. Night Of Champions, I didn't just fight for me. I didn't just win the ECW Championship for myself, I did it for each and every former ECW wrestler who fought alongside me to take ECW from a bingo hall in Philadelphia to the world man!

"EEE - CEE - DUB! EEE - CEE - DUB! EEE - CEE - DUB!"

Rob Van Dam: Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, The Sandman, all those guys who I stood with as we put ECW on the map, I won for all of 'em! We built a legacy, we built a brand that lived on long after the company closed, but all it took Vince McMahon to ruin that legacy was six months. Six months and the ECW I gave my blood for was dead and buried. And at Night Of Champions, I got back the one shred of dignity Vince McMahon had left us. I won back the ECW Championship, and you Shawn... you took that away from me.

Van Dam pauses briefly...


Rob Van Dam: And that means I owe you bro'. You took the ECW Title away from me... and I don't mind waitin', but I'm gonna take somethin' away from you. And if that means I gotta go to Saturday Night's Main Event, win the Number One Contenders Tournament, and go on to face you at Wrestlemania to do it, then that's what I'm gonna do. But I guarantee dude... I'm gonna take that WWE Championship away from you.

Pop...

Rob Van Dam: Vince McMahon may not want me anywhere near the WWE Title, but I'll let John Cena take care of Vince... and that means I'm comin' after you Shawn.

The impact of the statement draws a cheer from the crowd, but Van Dam stays cool as ever...

Rob Van Dam: You don't wanna meet me man to man in the ring tonight? That's alright bro'. But at Wrestlemania, you're gonna have to step in this ring with me. One kick to my chin and you killed any chance I had of reclaiming that ECW legacy. And at Wrestlemania... I'm gonna beat your ass dude!

Feeling he's made his point, Van Dam briefly soaks in the pop of the crowd, before turning and heading for the corner. But just before he can hand over the mic in his hand...

”BEHOLD THE KING... THE KING OF KINGS..."

*THE GAME...*


The crowd gives another massive pop as Triple H steps out from the back. Dressed in his wrestling tights and a t-shirt 'The Game' looks ready to fight as he methodically makes his way down to the ring, springing up onto the apron to spray water in the air...


Joey Styles: Well Rob Van Dam wanted Shawn Michaels... but instead he's got Triple H! Last week, Triple H made his intentions clear, he wanted his hands on Shawn Michaels. He wanted revenge for what happened at Night Of Champions.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but Michaels made it clear, he's not takin' orders from Triple H anymore. If 'The Game' wants a piece of Shawn Michaels, he's gonna have to go to Saturday Night's Main Event and earn that shot at 'HBK'.

Joey Styles: And we've just heard Rob Van Dam lay out his intentions. He wants Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania too.

Jim Ross: Business is about to pick up folks! 'The Game' and 'Mr. Monday Night' both have their sights set on the WWE Champion! Could you imagine if these two win up facing each other at Saturday Night's Main Event?

Stepping through the ropes. Trips initially gets in the face of Van Dam, the two sharing a tense stand off, before Triple H heads to the corner and grabs a mic...

Triple H: Rob... listen man, I heard what you had to say there. I get it, that ECW Title... I meant a lot to ya'. I understand that. And you want to get you're hands on Shawn Michaels... I understand that too. But Rob... you're gonna have to step to the end of the line.

A mixed response from the crowd...


Triple H: You and Shawn, you feel it's personal. He kicked ya' in the face, Vince stole your belt, I get that. But me and Shawn? We're as personal as it gets.

'The Game' stares intently at Van Dam, who calmly stares back...


Triple H: That son of a bitch turned his back on me! He cracked a steel chair off my skull! I wanna rip Shawn Michaels to pieces! And no offence... Rob... but you're gonna have to wait your turn and pick up the scraps. At Wrestlemania, Shawn Michaels... is mine!

Pop...

Triple H: Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Bobby Lashley, CM Punk, and even you Rob... I don't care who I have to beat at Saturday Night's Main Event. I WILL be the Number One Contender. I WILL go to Wrestlemania. I WILL beat Shawn Michaels to within an inch of his life, and I WILL become WWE Champion!

Big pop as Triple H snarls at Van Dam, the intensity clear for all to see...

Triple H: I got nothin' against you Rob. You're a heck of an athlete, a heck of a competitor. But I owe Shawn Michaels the ass kickin' of a lifetime, and not you, or anybody else, is gonna stand in the way o' that happenin'. You want Shawn Michaels? You can have what's left of 'em once I'm finished with 'im. But it's not gonna happen at Wrestlemania.

Van Dam shakes his head in disagreement...

Triple H: If I could find the son of a bitch backstage, he'd already be laying in a hospital bed. His bible ain't gonna save 'im from what I've got planned for Wrestlemania. And while I respect you Rob, believe me, I won't hesitate, not for one second... to kick your ass too.

The crowd gasps, with Van Dam raising his eyebrows...

Triple H: If kickin' your ass means I get my hands on Shawn... then I'll do it. I don't care if I get in the semi finals next week, I don't care if I get you in the final at Saturday Night's Main Event, hell, I don't care if you don't even get that far. It doesn't matter if it's you... or anybody else... I WILL get my hands on Shawn Michaels.

Van Dam chuckles briefly, bringing the mic to his mouth...

Rob Van Dam: And uh... I guess you expect me to sit back and let that happen?

Triple H: You do what you want Rob... it doesn't matter to me.

Rob Van Dam: Oh it'll matter bro'. If we both make it to Saturday Night's Main Event... I'm not just gonna turn up and lay down for you man. I know I've not won as many championships as you, I know I've not main evented Wrestlemania as many times as you... but that doesn't mean you're any better than me bro'. That doesn't mean you deserve a shot at the WWE Championship anymore than me. And that doesn't mean you want Shawn Michaels anymore than I do dude.

'The Game' smirks, shaking his head...

Triple H: Listen Rob... I don't have a problem with you. But if you want... I can have a problem with you... real soon.

The crowd pops in anticipation as the two almost go nose to nose, both men stepping forward, neither man giving an inch. Triple H shakes his head, calmly saying "Don't let it happen Rob", while Van Dam simply nods his head, almost wanting to come to blows. The crowd continues to buzz... until...

*HARD HITTIN'...*


The buzz of excitement quickly turns to boos as the No Way Out bearer of bad news Jonathan Coachman steps out. Dressed in a sharp suit, 'Coach' appears to have recovered from the FU onto the hood of a car he suffered at the hands of John Cena last week. Coachman already has a mic in his hand as he stops at the top of the ramp, waiting for the boos to die down before he speaks...


Jonathan Coachman: You two hold on for just one second there. I have a little announcement I need to make.

Van Dam and 'The Game' both loked equally annoyed as they look up the ramp...

Jonathan Coachman: Y'see, Mr. McMahon is busy concentrating on his son Shane's match with John Cena tonight, and-

'Coach' is quick off by a pop for the mention of Cena, much to his chigrin...

Jonathan Coachman: If you don't mind. As I was saying, Mr. McMahon is currently concentrating on Shane's match tonight with John Cena. And because of that, Mr. McMahon has personally put yours truly in charge for the evening.

Heat as 'Coach' smiles smugly...

Jonathan Coachman: Now, in an effort to not only impress Mr. McMahon, but also you people here in the arena, Bakersfield, California, I have a question for all of you. Do you wanna see Rob Van Dam and Triple H go at it, one on one here TONIGHT?!

A massive pop from the crowd, with 'The Game' and 'RVD' both turning to each other, an awkward stare shared between the two...

Jonathan Coachman: C'mon! Lemme' here ya'! You want 'The Game' and 'Mr. Monday Night' live tonight!?

Another huge pop...

Jonathan Coachman: Well... TOUGH!

Oh 'Coach', you tease...

Jonathan Coachman: You're not gettin' what you want. You're gettin'... what I want. Lemme' make this clear... I don't like either of you two gentlemen. Neither one of ya' ever shows Mr. McMahon any respect. 'The Father of Our Industry'... and you two treat him like dirt. Well I... am gonna do somethin' about that. So tonight, both Triple H and Rob Van Dam will be in action...

Pop...

Jonathan Coachman: As tag team partners.

Once again Triple H and Van Dam turn to each other, an uneasy glance on both their faces...

Jonathan Coachman: And you two will be teaming up to take on my bois, Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas, The World's - Greatest - Tag Team!

The crowd pops in excitement, but neither Van Dam nor Trips share their enthusiasm, as Van Dam rolls his eyes as he leans against the top rope, while 'The Game' turns and walks to the opposite side of the ring, his back turned on both Van Dam and 'Coach', but the camera still picks up the seething look on his face...

Jonathan Coachman: And gentlemen... I hope you're ready to fight, because that match is happenin'... RIGHT NOW!

*WORLD’S GREATEST...*


The boos quickly rain down as right on cue, The World's Greatest Tag Team make their entrance, with Shelton Benjamin leading the way as Charlie Haas brings up the rear, doing more of the trash talking at the crowd while Benjamin aims his insults at the ring...


Jim Ross: What a way to kick off Monday Night Raw! An impromptu match up featuring Triple H and Rob Van Dam against The World's Greatest Tag Team!

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and it's pretty clear for all to see that 'The Game' and 'RVD' aren't happy about it.

Joey Styles: Can Triple H and Rob Van Dam co-exist here tonight? We'll find out when we return to Monday night Raw!

*Commercial*


Match 1: Tag Team Match
The World's Greatest Tag Team
vs. Triple H and Rob Van Dam

We return just as the bell rings, with both Triple H and Rob Van Dam still in the ring, the tension between the two clear for all to see as neither man wants to back down. With the referee pestering the pair to make a decision, it’s finally ‘The Game’ who relents, shrugging his shoulders and shaking his head as he steps through the ropes, willing to let Van Dam get on with things. Benjamin starts for his team, and off the first tie up, it’s Benjamin who gains control, working into a standing side headlock. Van Dam quickly fires Shelton into the ropes, but Shelton bowls Van Dam over with a shoulderblock. Benjamin then turns and heads off the ropes, with Van Dam staying on the mat, seeing Benjamin run over him, allowing Van Dam to roll and catch the onrushing Benjamin with a monkey flip! Both men are quickly back up, with Van Dam going for a kick to the gut... which Shelton catches, leading to ‘RVD’ going for an enziguiri... which Benjamin ducks... but Van Dam lands on his feet... and connects on the third attempt with a spinning heel kick! Van Dam scrambles for the cover... 1... 2... Shelton kicks out. Van Dam moves to help Shelton back up, but this allows Benjamin to drill a knee to the midsection, with Haas getting the tag. Charlie steps in and raced at ‘RVD’, but Van Dam counters with a roundhouse kick! Haas is dazes as Van Dam picks him up and goes for the Irish whip, but when Van Dam again tries the roundhouse, Haas baseball slides underneath it... and rocks ‘RVD’ with a release German suplex!

Van Dam takes a hard landing as he crashes to the mat, and it gets worse as once Haas has cleared away the cobwebs, he takes Van Dam up and down with a side suplex, gaining a near fall. Haas lands a few right hands, before he takes Van Dam up for an atomic drop... but Van Dam rolls all the way over, landing on his feet, and when Haas turns... Van Dam catches him with a spinning crescent kick! ‘RVD’ then heads for his corner, holding out his hand for the tag. ‘The Game’ briefly hesitates... before he forcibly slaps Van Dam’s hand! Triple H bursts into the ring, tagging Haas with rights to the head before going for the Irish whip... but Haas reverses... high knee strike! ‘The Game’ knocks Haas down, and follows with a big clothesline that’s put Haas down again. Benjamin storms the ring, but he runs right into a huge spinning spinebuster! ‘The Game’ roars to the crowd as he waits for Haas to rise... kick to the gut... PEDIGREE... NO! Benjamin races towards them... leg lariat!

Benjamin hammers Triple H, with Haas now free to go for the cover... 1... 2... kick out! Determined to press home this advantage, Haas brings Benjamin back into the match, with Shelton going for an Irish whip to the corner... but Triple H reverses... and follows in for a big time clothesline! Benjamin slumps to the mat, with ‘The Game’ turning to look at his corner... and seeing Van Dam’s hand stretched out! Again there’s hesitation, but ‘The Game’ tags in Van Dam to a nice pop from the crowd. ‘RVD’ quickly climbs to the top rope, waiting for Shelton to rise...flying crossbody! 1... 2... Haas breaks it up, which draws ‘The Game’ back into the ring to protest. The ref turns and tries to usher ‘The Game’ from the ring, but this only allows Haas and Benjamin to take advantage, as Haas drags Van Dam up... swinging neckbreaker! Haas plants Van Dam, and then boots start to fly, with Jerry Lawler stirring the pot a bit on commentary, pointing out that if Triple H left the ring the referee would see the illegal double team.

Finally order is restored, with Shelton working over Van Dam, connecting on a belly to belly suplex and a springboard bulldog, while Haas gets a long 2 count from a bridging German suplex. Haas and Benjamin continue to keep Van Dam away from his corner, showing a more vicious side as they hammer with right hands to the head and stiff kicks to the back and midsection. Another long 2 count comes from a Benjamin northern lights suplex, with Van Dam slowly beginning to fade. Shelton hammers Van Dam with right hands in the corner, causing Van Dam to slump down into the turnbuckle. A hard Irish whip then sends Van Dam across, with Benjamin lining ‘RVD’ up from across the ring before he charges... stinger splash... no! Van Dam dives to safety... but Benjamin manages to land on the second rope, quickly turning the move into a springboard crossbody... but Van Dam counters with a dropkick that catches Benjamin in mid air! Both men are down and crawling for their corners, with Benjamin tagging in Haas... while Van Dam dives for the corner... and tags in ‘The Game’!
Triple H enters to a big pop, running through Haas with clothesline after clothesline, before he takes Haas to the ropes and fires him across... Hass reverses, but as ‘The Game’ springs back Haas lowers his head... facebreaker knee smash! Haas stumbles back... until he’s planted with another clothesline! ‘The Game’ once more roars and flexes for the crowd, but here comes Benjamin... running straight into a back body drop! Order is lost as all four men are in the ring, with Van Dam targeting the still down Haas... ROLLING THUNDER! The referee quickly ushers Van Dam and Benjamin from the ring, leaving the legal man Triple H to target Haas. Haas clutches his ribs as he stumbles to his feet, with ‘The Game’ rocking him back into the ropes with a stiff right hand. An Irish whip fires Haas across, but he ducks a clothesline... but can’t avoid a MASSIVE SPINING SPINEBUSTER! ‘The Game’ is dominant, and he’s got Haas lined up, waiting to hit the pedigree... but Van Dam tags himself in!?

Van Dam slaps Triple H’s back, instantly springing to the top rope. ‘The Game’ turns, confused and angry, shouting “What are you doin’?!” as Van Dam perches on the top rope. ‘RVD’ shouts for ‘The Game’ to move so he can fly with the five star frog splash, but Trips continues to shout up at Van Dam... and in the confusion Benjamin slides back under the bottom rope, barging Triple H into the ropes and over the top to the floor... causing Van Dam to lose his balance... crotching himself on the top turnbuckle! The crowd gasps as both Triple H and Van Dam have simultaneous bad landings, but that doesn’t bother Benjamin who quickly springs to the top rope... TOP ROPE RELEASE OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!! The crowd gasps at the incredible move Benjamin pulls out, with Haas as the legal man quickly crawling to make the cover, hooking both legs tight 1... 2... 3!

Winners: The World's Greatest Tag Team @ 10.12

A huge upset as Benjamin takes advantage of the confusion between Van Dam and Triple H, grabbing the win for his team. Shelton quickly rolls from the ring to celebrate with Haas, the two sharing a hug as the referee raises their hands in victory. On the opposite side of the ring, 'The Game' picks himself back up, realising that he's suffered a defeat tonight. Sliding back into the ring, Trips stares furiously as Haas and Benjamin back up the ramp, before he turns his attention to Van Dam. 'RVD' picks himself up off the mat, holding his arms out wide and shouting "What happened?!". 'The Game' steps forward, getting in Van Dam's face, with both men clearly blaming the other for the loss. Tempers start to flare as both men start shouting at each other, but instead of coming to blows, 'The Game' runs a hand through his hair, then buries his face in his hands. Walking away from Van Dam, Trips leans against the corner of the ring, shaking his head angrily, while Van Dam does likewise as we head off into a commercial...

*Commercial*


*Video Package*

Quick-cutting shots flash across the screen of two young superstars, the two trading moves across a wrestling ring in a dimly-lit room...

Narrator: In Canada, wrestling is a tradition...

More shots of the youngsters in action, with it now clear that one of them is a strapping powerhouse, while the other is a smaller, technically gifted athlete...

Narrator: And one place is sacred to all...

We now see a blonde woman enter the ring, encouraging the two men inside...

Narrator: Beneath a family home is a place where only the brave enter...

Quick-fire shots of Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, The British Bulldog, Lance Storm and Bret Hart...

Narrator: And only the strong survive.

More shots of the two men flying around the ring, visible only through the shadows...

Narrator: The last graduating class of the Hart Dungeon is coming to Monday Night Raw...

The trio now stare at the camera through the shadows...

Narrator: To forge a new legacy!

"THE HART LEGACY - COMING SOON TO MONDAY NIGHT RAW!"


*End Video Package*


Back into the arena for...

*THIS FIRE BURNS...*


The crowd gives a good pop for CM Punk, the newcomer to Raw gingerly making his way down the ring, grimacing as he does. After stepping through the ropes, Punk removes his t-shirt, revealing tape around his ribs after the punishment he suffered during his gutsy effort in his defeat to Umaga last week...


Jim Ross: What an incredible effort it was CM Punk last week against Umaga. We've all witnessed the destruction 'The Samoan Bulldozer' is capable of recently, but Punk ran Umaga closer than I can ever remember.

Joey Styles: CM Punk, for my money, really made a name for himself last week. It was the night that Punk arrived on the scene here on Raw as a major threat to win championships. Can he advance tonight to the semi finals of the Number One Contenders Tournament?

Jerry Lawler: Well, he's not only got to get past Bobby Lashley, he's gotta try overcome the pain he's gotta be sufferin' in those ribs right now. I dunno if Punk can get it done tonight. This might be one week too early.

Jim Ross: It's certainly gut check time tonight for CM Punk.

*HELL WILL BE CALLIN’...*


The mixed reaction for Bobby Lashley continues, but week on week, the level of heat grows for the former ECW Champion. Looking composed, Lashley confidently makes his way down the ramp, still taking time to slap hands with the few fans still offering to exchange high fives, although the smile that he used to wear is long gone...


Jim Ross; There's somethin' goin' on in this young man's life lately that I can't quite understand. The last two weeks, Bobby Lashley has point blank refused to give interviews. There's a different attitude, a much more aggressive Lashley in recent weeks.

Jerry Lawler: I think it all goes back to Lashley losin' the ECW Championship at Night Of Champions. I mean, Lashley nearly lost it when Maria tried to grab a few words from him after that match.

Joey Styles: I'd say it goes back further than that 'King'. For quite a while now Lashley has been complainin' about the reaction he gets from the fans. He's not exactly been gettin' a lot of cheers lately guys.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but Lashley can't let that get to him. He's gotta stay focused on winnin' matches, then the cheers will soon return...

Match 2: Number One Contenders Tournament Quarter Final Match
Bobby Lashley
vs. CM Punk

As the bell rings, Punk is still clutching his ribs, with Lashley staring ominously across the ring at his injured opponent. The two head for the centre of the ring, where the pair tie up... until Lashley shoves Punk across the ring, down to the mat in the corner. Punk leans against the turnbuckle, clutching his ribs again, but Lashley gives Punk the chance to step out of the corner. Punk slowly walks back to Lashley, the pair again tying up. This time Lashley backs Punk into the corner, with the ref calling for the break. Lashley obliges, once more allowing Punk to leave the corner. Lashley backs off and the pair tie up again, with this time Punk working into a standing waistlock. Punk releases his grip to strike Lashley with kicks to the thigh, but when Lashley turns he swings with a right hand... that Punk ducks underneath, charging towards the ropes... crossbody... but Lashley catches Punk... and shifts him up onto his shoulder for The Dominator... but Punk shifts his weight... and twists into a DDT! Punk plants Lashley and hooks the leg... 1... 2... Lashley strongly kicks out.

Still visibly in pain, Punk is back on his feet first, tagging Lashley with a pair of kicks to the skull as he gets back to a knee, before Punk comes off the ropes for a low angle dropkick. Lashley rolls to the corner to try recover, but Punk stays on him, again striking with kicks to the head before going for an Irish whip across... which Lashley reverses... but Punk avoids the corner clothesline, coming off the ropes... one handed bulldog! 1... 2... kick out! Punk winces and grabs his midsection with every move, but now he’s in control of the match, Punk looks to press home his advantage, waiting for Lashley to rise before charging to the ropes... and jumping to the middle... springboard clothesline... but Lashley catches Punk... and plants him with a massive spinebuster! The crowd gasps as Punk cries in pain, with Lashley hooking the leg... 1... 2... Punk kicks out!

Frustrated, Lashley presses on, rocking Punk with right hands to the head against the turnbuckle. Lashley then sends Punk across the ring with a huge Irish whip, with Punk hitting the opposite corner hard, the impact causing him to slump to the mat, once again grabbing at his ribs. The crowd instantly starts to boo Lashley, viewing the move as a blatant attack of Punk’s ribs. Lashley stares at the crowd, almost in disbelief at the boos, with anger taking over as he presses on, starting by pulling Punk to his feet in the corner, only to hammer him with right hands, causing Punk to slump down to the mat. A hard scoop slam gets Lashley another 2 count, with Lashley then dragging Punk to his feet to lock on an abdominal stretch. Again the crowd boos, but Lashley continues to look confused as to the crowd’s response, simply feeling that’s he doing his best to win the match.

Lashley refrains from the typical heel tactics of driving elbows into the ribs or grabbing the top rope, but he does keep the hold locked in for a while, with Punk desperately trying to break free. The crowd tries to rally behind Punk, with the youngster feeding off their cheers. Punk tries to shift his weight in an attempt for a hiptoss... but Lashley hangs in there, and tags Punk with clubbing forearm to the small of the back. Punk is then shoved chest first into the corner, with Lashley turning him around to drive several shoulder thrusts to the midsection. Lashley then fires Punk across the ring, charging across the ring... SPEAR... NO! Punk dives to safety, seeing Lashley spear the ringpost! Lashley grabs at his shoulder as he slowly backs from the turnbuckle, but Punk stays on him, connecting with a pair of kicks to the head before going for an Irish whip. Punk then races across... knee to the face connects... and here comes the bulldog... no! Lashley gets his hands underneath Punk, shifting him across his shoulders... TORTURE RACK BACKBREAKER! Lashley drops to his knees, the impact sending searing pain through Punk’s ribs, with Lashley making the cover, convinced it’s over... 1... 2... Punk rolls his shoulder!

The crowd pops and Lashley is in disbelief as Punk stays alive! The match should be over, but Lashley is forced to press on, helping Punk to his feet... and Punk strikes with a forearm to the side of the head! The crowd cheers as Punk connects again... but a knee to the gut from Lashley ends the brief rally. Once more, Punk is fired to the corner, with Lashley again charging in... SPEAR! Lashley spears Punk against the turnbuckle, stepping back to watch Punk collapse to the mat in agony. This time it’s gotta be over, with Lashley hooking the leg... 1... 2... Punk gets a foot on the bottom rope! Lashley again can’t believe it, rage engulfing his face, the same look in his eyes that he had for Maria two weeks ago. Lashley gets in the ref’s face, demanding it was three, only to be defiantly told it was just two. The rage that Lashley is feeling is now taken out on Punk, as Lashley yanks him to the his feet and takes him up into the air... for a long vertical suplex!

Again the crowd boos, but Lashley still has that furious look in his eyes, and rather surprisingly instead of going for the cover, Lashley again takes Punk to his feet... and goes for another suplex... but this time Punk lands on his feet behind Lashley, spinning Lashley around... and taking him up on his shoulders... GO TO SLEEP... NO! Lashley hits elbow after elbow to the side of the head dropping to his feet... to nail Punk with a brutal clothesline! It should be over, and J.R. even says as much on commentary, but Lashley again refuses the cover, dragging Punk back to his feet... and taking the lifeless Punk onto his shoulders... for the DOMINATOR! Lashley smashes Punk to the mat, and through all the boos of the crowd, Lashley finally goes for the cover... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Bobby Lashley @ 07.49

Mercifully, it's over. Lashley aggressively releases the leg he hooked, pushing it down to the mat. Getting back on his feet, Lashley has his hand raised by the referee, pleased to have ended his mini losing streak with a victory, but as he pumps his fist to the crowd, the heat level has risen once again. Lashley looks at the audience, almost confused, wondering why he's been booed for simply finishing Punk off. Lashley shakes his head, not understanding the hostility towards him. Stepping through the ropes, Lashley walks around to the foot of the ramp, a few hands making their feelings perfectly clear as Lashley simply heads backstage...


Jim Ross: Well... once again, an incredible effort from CM Punk, especially considering the condition he's in right now. But what on earth is goin' on with Bobby Lashley? I don't think there was any need for the way Lashley approached that match. There was no need for Punk to suffer as badly as he did.

Jerry Lawler: Well wait a minute J.R., what was wrong with that? I mean we all know Lashley hasn't been winnin' match lately, he tried to put Punk away early, but Punk wouldn't give up. Punk battled to the end, so Lashley did what he had to do to win the match.

Joey Styles: I don't know about that 'King'. I'm pretty sure Lashley had the match won a lot sooner than when the pinfall came. Punk was in no position to continue, but Lashley kept up the offense.

As Lashley drifts up the ramp, the camera takes a look at Punk, trainers and doctors attending to him, with Punk complaining of struggling to catch a breath. The docs check his injured ribs, and then the camera turns back to Lashley, stood beneath the tron. Lashley turns back towards the ring, a look of remorse on his face... and then suddenly Mike Knox barges past Lashley on his way down to the ring...

Jim Ross: Oh what the hell?! What does Mike Knox want?

Jerry Lawler: I think he wants to get his hands on a defenceless CM Punk!

Joey Styles: There's no need for this! Mike Knox has this crazy desire to cause CM Punk pain, and he's picked the perfect moment to do it!

Lashley looks back down the ramp as Knox strides past him. Sliding under the bottom rope, the trainers and doctors quickly scatter as the hulking Knox stands over them, with Punk trying to reach up and grab the ropes to drag himself up. Feeling his prey is weak, Knox grabs Punk and yanks him up, holding Punk by the hair. Knox has a sick smile on his face, suggesting he's going to enjoy what he's about to do... but he pauses as Kelly Kelly scrambles under the bottom rope, pleading with Knox to leave Punk alone...

Jerry Lawler: Surely Kelly Kelly can talk some sense into her ex-boyfriend? He's not gonna do this with her in there is he?

Jim Ross: God I hope not. For the love o' God Mike, have some compassion!

Joey Styles: I don't understand this. I mean, Bobby Lashley... he's watchin' this happen! Why doesn't Lashley do somethin' to stop this?!

Indeed the camera cuts to Lashley, still standing at the top of the ramp, watching the actions unfold. Lashley's conscience seems to take over, as he starts to walk down the ramp, the crowd popping as it appears Lashley is about to make the save... but after two steps, Lashley stops... turns on his heels... and simply walks backstage!

The crowd shits all over this, but in the ring, Knox takes no notice, instead focusing on Kelly, who is clawing at Knox's arm, trying to break his grip. Knox shouts "Kelly! Get your ass backstage, NOW!" but Kelly is determined, trying to stop the attack... until Knox shoves her across the ring on her ass!! The heat increases yet again as Knox smirks at Kelly, looking helpless as he sits on the mat. Knox then turns back to Punk, again yanking his hair... before pulling Punk away from the ropes... and then hooking him up... KNOX OUT!! Knox aggressively plants Punk, quickly getting back on his knees to look down on the broken Punk. Knox then turns towards Kelly, going eye to eye with her, with the camera close enough to hear Knox say "That... was your fault". Kelly is visibly distressed, close to tears almost, with Knox staring at her, fear in her eyes. Knox finally gets back on his feet and walks towards Kelly, offering his hand to her and saying "Let's go!". Instead of taking his hand, Kelly scrambles over to Punk, trying to comfort him, with the doctors getting back in the ring to help Punk again. Knox looks furious that Kelly has defied him... so he simply grabs Kelly by her dress, drags er to her feet... and hoists her onto his shoulder! The crowd is incensed, booing the shit out of Knox, as he places Kelly on the mat and steps through the ropes. Kelly tries to crawl away, but Knox is too quick, grabbing her by the ankle and pulling her under the bottom rope and back onto his shoulder. Kelly desperately kicks and screams for Punk to save her, but Punk can barely move in the ring, trying to sit up to come to Kelly's aid, only for the doctors to tell him lay back down. Kelly desperately fights to be free, but Knox's grip is tight, with the camera picks up every inch of the sick smile on his face as he walks back up the ramp, the boos and the screams of Kelly ringing loud as we head to a commercial.

*Commercial*


And we return to the sight of the ever bubbly Maria ready to conduct an interview...


Maria: Hi! I'm Maria! And I'd like you all to join me in welcoming my guest at this time... John Cena!

The crowd gives a mainly positive reaction as Cena enters the shot, the former WWE Champion grimacing slightly as he approaches Maria...

Maria: And John, last week you suffered a brutal attack at the hands of 'The Samoan Bulldozer' Umaga. It seems pretty clear to everybody that the attack was an attempt by the McMahon's to soften you up ahead of your match with Shane McMahon tonight. John... how are you feeling right now?

Cena gives a brief shrug of the shoulders...

John Cena: What do ya' want to me say Maria? I mean, Umaga... he did a number on me last week. Vince and Shane, they set me up... and they got me. I'm hurt, I'm banged up, I'm not a hundred percent right now. Call it what you will, but whatever deal Vince and Shane cut with Armando Estrada, whatever plan they had to hurt me, to weaken me, to soften me up for tonight... it worked.

A mixed reaction from the crowd as Cena has a pained expression on his face...

John Cena: But I wanna make one thing clear to you Shane. You think that stunt you pulled last week with Umaga gave you the advantage tonight? You think you've got a better chance now of makin' Daddy proud tonight Shane?

Cena smirks and shakes his head...

John Cena: Not only did that attack from Umaga hurt... it made me even more determined to kick your ass tonight!

Pop as Cena turns serious...

John Cena: There's one thing you oughta know about me Shane. I'll never back down from a fight. No matter how hurt I am, no matter how bad the odds are stacked against me, I'll show up night after night, and I will BRING THE FIGHT SHANE! Each and every night, I'll step through those ropes, and I'll fight with all I got! I ain't some punk that backed down to the McMahon Boys like so many others did in the past. I ain't them... I'm John Cena.

Another pop...

John Cena: And Vince... Shane... you two may have won the first couple o' battles these last two weeks, but I promise you this... tonight I'm gonna get back at you Shane. And then after that... I'm comin' after you Vinny!

Cena nods his head, happy with his brief comments, before turning and walking off the set, leaving behind Maria who watches in awe as Cena leaves. We quickly then cut to see Todd Grisham standing by an office door, also ready for an interview...

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, I am stood outside the office of Mr. McMahon. I understand that both Vince and Shane McMahon are just behind this door, I'm gonna attempt to get an interview with both of them right now. Uh... Mr. McMahon...

Grisham knocks on the door and pushes it open, not bothering to wait for an invite inside. We briefly see inside the office, noticing that Shane McMahon is stood infront of a TV screen, obviously having just saw John Cena's interview. Both Mr. McMahon and Jonathan Coachman are stood in the centre of the room talking to... is that Melina? Startled by the interruption of Grisham, Vince angrily charges for the door, pushing Grisham and his cameraman back through the door, slamming it shut behind him...

Mr. McMahon: Grisham! What's the meaning of this!? You don't just barge into my office unannounced like that!

Todd Grisham: Sorry Mr. McMahon, but uh... I was just wondering, in light of the comments John Cena just made... do you have any response for Cena? Or could we get an interview with Shane, get his feelings on the match tonight?

Vince looks at Grisham with disgust...

Mr. McMahon: My son Shane is in there preparing himself to beat John Cena tonight. There will be no interviews with him. But, I did hear what Cena had to say. Let me guess Todd. Ya' fell all fired up now don't ya'! Ya' feel that once again, John Cena is gonna overcome the odds, fight through the pain, beat Shane McMahon! Ya' think that's gonna happen now, don't ya' Todd?

Almost afraid to do so, Grisham nods his head in agreement...

Mr. McMahon: Yeah, just as I expected. Well y'see Todd... what you and Mr. Cena both need to realise... is that the odds are always stacked in my favour. See, the second John Cena put his hands on me and FU'd me through a table the Monday night before the Royal Rumble, Cena made an enemy of me. And now that your an enemy of me John... there's a price on your head.

Heat as McMahon smugly smiles...

Mr. McMahon: And not just any old price Cena. Oh no. Y'see, I've decided to open this up to the masses Cena. Anybody can come to me, name their price... and all I ask in return is that you suffer at their hands. Last week, Armando Estrada and myself had a little business meeting. Mr. Estrada told me he and Umaga wanted a challenge. I gave them the ultimate challenge, The Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak. And in return? Well... you all saw what Umaga did to Cena last week.

More heat...

Mr. McMahon: You crossed 'The Boss' Cena. And now you're gonna pay the price... and I'm gonna enjoy every second of it! This interview is over.

Todd Grisham: But Mr. McMahon, wait! If you gave Umaga a Smackdown contract, allowing him to show up at No Way Out, does this mean Edge cut a similar deal with you? And... was that Melina in there? What is she-

McMahon places a hand on top of the microphone, prompting Grisham to stop...

Mr. McMahon: I said this interview is over. I'll leave the rest up to your imagination.

And after one last smirk for the camera, Vince turns and re-enters his office, the camera this time focusing on the concerned looking Grisham as we fade into a video package...

*Video Package*

WRESTLEMANIA RECALL!

MARCH 20th, 1994
WRESTLEMANIA X


Two champions, two title belts, but only one ladder to climb to grab victory in what would prove to be one of the greatest ladder matches of all time. Entering the match, both Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon claimed they were the true Intercontinental Champion. In a gripping encounter, both men batter each other with the ladder, and Michaels gives the iconic image of diving off the ladder for a big splash to Ramon. The action is fast paced and brutal, with both men coming close to victory on several occasions. In the end, both men make one last push for glory up the battered ladder, it looking like it could buckle at any moment. After trading punches at the top of the ladder, Michaels is sent crashing crotch first into the ring ropes, tangling himself in the process. This allows Razor a free run at the gold, with 'The Bad Guy' finally reaching up and grabbing both belts to bring to an end the original and best ladder match, crowning a new Undisputed Intercontinental Champion in the process, and giving fans their first taste of some of the legendary Wrestlemania moments 'The Heartbreak Kid' was about to provide them with.

WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - 41 DAYS AND COUNTING


*End Video Package*


Back into the arena for...

*OBSESSION...*


The crowd gives a decent pop as Women's Champion Mickie James bounces out onto the stage, her tag team partner Candice Michelle not far behind. The two pose briefly at the top of the ramp, before they make their way down to the ring...


Joey Styles: What on earth is going on in Mr. McMahon's office right now? That- that was Melina, I'm sure of it!

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and... what was she doin' back there? And why couldn't we get any answers from Mr. McMahon?

Jim Ross: Somethin' ain't right. I don't like this one bit. McMahon is up to somethin', I'm sure of that. Well... we're gonna have to get on with the show. Mickie James and Candice Michelle are in tag team action when we return, takin' on Victoria and her new associate Beth Phoenix.

Joey Styles: And it was quite the impact Beth Phoenix made last week on her return to the ring, not only did she beat Candice Michelle, she laid out Mickie James too.

Jerry Lawler: It was very impressive, but you have to think now that Mickie and Candice have had a chance to prepare for Beth Phoenix, they'll be ready for her this week.

*I AIN'T A LADY TO MESS WITH...*


A few boos as Victoria and Beth Phoenix step out, the two confidently striding down to the ring. Victoria in particular looks very confident, knowing her new ally has already made her mark on their upcoming opponents...


Jim Ross: When you look at this Beth Phoenix, you can't help but think there's a lotta power waitin' to be unleashed.

Joey Styles: And with these two now acting as running buddies, you have to fear for Mickie's title reign. Mickie saw off Victoria, but can she see off the combined forces of Victoria and Phoenix?

Jerry Lawler: This match oughta give us an insight into that. Maybe tonight we'll find out just how impressive this Beth Phoenix can really be...

Match 3: Divas Tag Team Match
Women's Champion Mickie James and Candice Michelle vs. Victoria and Beth Phoenix

Continuing the theme from last week, Beth’s eyes are firmly locked on Mickie, even as Mickie steps through the ropes to allow Candice to start. Victoria eventually manages to convince Beth to step out, leading to a tie up between Victoria and Candice. Victoria quickly works into a headlock takedown, wrenching on the neck, until Candice swings a leg over, wrapping them around Victoria’s head. Victoria swivels to her knees, then flips over, bridging on top of Candice with the shoulders down... 1... 2... Candice bridges up, forcing both women back to the feet... and then she takes Victoria down with a backslide! 1... 2... Victoria kicks out. Both women are quickly back up, with Victoria swinging a right hand... but Candice ducks, taking her down with a roll up... 1... 2... again Victoria kicks out, springing back to her feet... to hammer Candice with a clothesline!

A handful of hair allows Victoria to apply a hair pull Gory special, the ref calling for a break. Victoria lets go, only to again apply the hold... but this time Candice rolls all the way across Victoria’s back, landing on her feet... then tagging in Mickie! Victoria charges the corner, only for Mickie to tag her with a forearm, then use the ropes to spring up... for the Mick-A-Rana! Victoria staggers to her feet... but Mickie nails a flying clothesline! Again Victoria stumbles as he returns to a vertical base, this time swinging with a right hand... but Mickie ducks... and takes Victoria down with a falling neckbreaker! 1... 2... Victoria kicks out, with Mickie once again tagging Candice.

Candice enters just as Victoria sits up, allowing Candice to connect with a low-angle dropkick. Candice then waits for Victoria to rise before coming off the ropes, only for Beth to drill a knee into the back. Candice swings a right hand, tagging Beth, but as she turns back to the action Victoria is waiting... to drill Candice with a boot to the face! Victoria quickly tags in Beth, and the powerhouse newcomer quickly goes to work, rocking Candice with forearm after forearm before scooping Candice up for a stiff backbreaker, getting a near fall. Beth and Victoria know work together to target Candice’s spine, with Beth hitting a slingshot suplex and Victoria connecting with A-rack-nophobia, both getting long two counts. Beth again hits the backbreaker, but this time she keeps Candice across her knee, pushing down on her chin to lock on a pendulum backbreaker submission. Beth forcibly pushes down on the chin, causing Candice to cry out in pain. Candice tries to claw Beth’s hand away from her chin, but the newcomer keeps a firm grip. Eventually Mickie starts bouncing up and down on the apron, rallying the crowd who try and will Candice to break free. Eventually Candice swings a boot, catching Beth at the side of the head... and another... and a third finally breaks the hold!

Both women return to their feet slowly, with Beth swinging a right hand first... but Candice blocks, connecting with a forearm! Again Beth swings, again Candice blocks and fires back. Candice then swings a big right, but Beth ducks, hooking Candice from behind for a inverted suplex... but Candice goes all the way over, landing on her feet... and diving for the corner to tag in Mickie! The champion explodes into the ring, tagging Beth with a pair of forearms before coming off the ropes... Beth misses with a clothesline, and Mickie keeps running... Lou Thesz press! Mickie repeatedly slams Beth’s head off the mat, but Victoria makes the save, clubbing Mickie from behind with a boot to the head. Victoria then stands behind Mickie, waiting for her to rise... but Candice charges, tackling Victoria through the ropes to the floor! Both divas spill to the outside, leaving Phoenix and James in the ring. Beth is first back up, and she grabs Mickie, firing her to the corner then charges in... but Mickie gets a boot up, allowing her to synch Beth in and bounce off the ropes... tornado DDT... no! Beth shows great strength to hand on, yanking Mickie across her shoulders... BETH VALLEY DRIVER!! Phoenix plants the champion for the second week in a row, this time hooking the leg... 1... 2... 3!

Winners: Victoria and Beth Phoenix @ 05.24

For the second week in a row, Mickie and Candice are left down and out by the combination of Phoenix and Victoria. Rolling off of Mickie, Beth is soon back on her feet, joined by Victoria, the two having their hands raised high by the referee. Mickie starts to show a few signs of life, but she's unable to make it back to her feet, with the camera staying focused on Beth and Victoria as we head off to commercial.

*Commercial*


When we return, we head to the announce desk, which is down a member as we only see Lawler and Styles...

Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Monday Night Raw. During the commercial break, CM Punk was removed from the arena on a stretcher, with what we believe to be broken ribs. Uh... credit where credit's due, Punk put up a great fight against Bobby Lashley, but it just wasn't enough for Punk to overcome 'The Dominator'.

Jerry Lawler: Well I think Lashley did what he had to do to Punk away, I don't necessarily have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is that Lashley watched on and then walked away as Mike Knox attacked Punk after the bell.

Joey Styles: It was certainly a cowardly attack from Knox, picking on a defenceless Punk, even going as far as to shove Kelly Kelly as she pleaded with Knox not to punish Punk any further. As for Lashley... I just don't know what was goin' through his mind at that point in time.

Jerry Lawler: I hope Punk's OK. Kelly Kelly was in tears as they took Punk out of the arena, I hope she's finally managed to break free of Mike Knox.

Joey Styles: Let's try move on from that folks. J.R. is in the ring, ready for a huge interview. Let's hand it over to Jim Ross...

Ross is already stood in the ring, microphone in hand, but a concerned look crosses the legendary announcers face. There's no special set up for this interview, just J.R., a mic, the quiet hush of the crowd and his upcoming guest...

Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, over the last few weeks or so, we've seen a certain change in our new WWE Champion. A change in attitude, a change in direction, and quite frankly... a change I never thought possible.

J.R. shakes his head in disappointment as the crowd gives a few quiet boos...

Jim Ross: Well folks, tonight, I'm gonna try and get a few answers that in my opinion, we all deserve. Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time... the WWE Champion... Shawn Michaels.

*SEXY BOY...*


The crowd erupts with tremendous heat as the familiar music plays, and the volume rises again as Shawn Michaels steps out from the back. Much like last week, Michaels is dressed all in black, with a black cowboy hat pulled down low over his face. Michaels has the WWE Championship slung over his shoulder as he slowly drops to his knees, offering a silent prayer to the heavens before he stands back up and carries on down to the ring...


Joey Styles: The transformation in recent weeks of Shawn Michaels... it's been staggering 'King'! For so many years, Shawn Michaels was loved by these fans. Religion was never an issue for Michaels, but recently it seems that Shawn will only answer to one man, the man upstairs.

Jerry Lawler: We all knew Shawn was a religious man, but he pretty much kept it to himself. But ever since the breakup of DX, it's been a different Shawn Michaels, and it all came to a head two weeks ago at Night Of Champions.

Joey Styles: Somethin' is goin' on with Michaels right now. I only hope J.R. can try shed some light on it all right now...

Michaels enters the ring, slowly walking towards J.R. in the middle. Michaels raises his head just enough to allow us to see the vacant look in his eyes, the expressionless look on his face, the apparent peace he has inside despite the boos being hurled at him...

Jim Ross: Shawn... everybody has seen a change in you in recent weeks. These fans aren't stupid, they've all seen the way you've been acting as of late. From your issues with Triple H, to the confrontation you both had at the Royal Rumble, to Night Of Champions, to your actions last week with Rob Van Dam, somethin' ain't right with you Shawn. You might have said last week that you didn't owe anybody an explanation, but dammit Shawn, Triple H, John Cena, Rob Van Dam, these fans here tonight, the millions of fans watchin' at home... they all deserve an explanation Shawn.

J.R. points the microphone at Michaels, who lifts his head to look at J.R., then to glance at the fans, many of whom have gone quiet awaiting his response...

Shawn Michaels: You want... an explanation for actions recently. Is that it?

J.R. nods his head as the crowd throw out a few boos...

Shawn Michaels: You wanna know what's been goin' on in ol' 'Aitch - Bee - Kay's head recently, is that it?

Again J.R. nods, with Michaels pausing to consider his words...

Shawn Michaels: What makes you think that you J.R. deserve an explanation? What makes you think that Triple H, John Cena, Rob Van Dam... what makes you think any of 'em deserves an explanation from me? What makes you think these people deserve an explanation?

J.R. looks almost shocked at Michaels' response...

Jim Ross: They deserve an explanation Shawn, because these people have always stood by you. They cheered for ya' night after night, they rooted for ya' time and time again.

The crowd pop as J.R. sticks up for them...

Jim Ross: Me? I've known you for nearly fifteen years. I stood by you when you when you had your well documented personal problems, I supported you durin' some of the darkest times of your life. John Cena? You can claim that was just business. But as for Triple H and Rob Van Dam... it couldn't have been any more personal than what you did to them.

Again the crowd pops as J.R. starts to build up a head of steam, although Michaels remains unmoved...

Jim Ross: You had absolutely no business in hittin' Rob Van Dam with the sweet chin music last week. You practically took the ECW Championship and put it in Vince McMahon's hands. And Triple H... the man was your best friend for over ten years and you-

Shawn Michaels: ENOUGH!

The crowd boos more vocally as Michaels finally shows a hint of emotion, a sense of rage engulfing his face at the mention of 'The Game'...

Shawn Michaels: You want an explanation? Here's your explanation. You say these people have always stood by me. You say Triple H has always stood by me. You... you always stood by me? What about 1998 Jimbo? Where were you all then?

Having calmed down a bit, Michaels stares intently at Ross...

Shawn Michaels: You remember, don't ya' Jim? Wrestlemania 14, me, Shawn Michaels, 'The Icon', 'The Showstoppah', 'The Main Event'... in yet another Wrestlemania headliner. But what was different about that night? I wrestled with a broken - freakin' - back! I gave everythin' I had that night, not just for me... but for these people... and for DX. And what happened? I lost. I got beat by 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, and the rest is history.

A brief pop for the mention of Austin, with Michaels smirking at this...

Shawn Michaels: Oh yeah. Steve Austin. He was your new hero, wasn't he? I broke my back, I gave my body, I destroyed myself physically and emotionally for you people, and when it was all over, you dropped me like a bad habit. For the next - FOUR - YEARS - I sat at home, and not once did I hear from you people. Nothin'. You people didn't give a damn about me anymore. And neither... did Triple H.

For the most part, the crowd is silent, hanging on Michaels' every word...

Shawn Michaels: The very next on Raw, Hunter ran me down. He said I was weak, he said DX was under new leadership. I got kicked to the kerb, I had to shuffle on home... and Hunter took DX, my creation, to new heights. And y'know what happened when I saw that? Y'know what watchin' Monday Night Raw every week, listening to you scream at the top of your lungs (Imitates J.R.) "Stone Cold! Stone Cold! Triple H! The Game!", you know what that did to me?

J.R. solemly shakes his head...

Shawn Michaels: It made me more determined to come back, better than ever. To be the very best once again. Not for Triple H, not for these people... but for myself. I had to know if I could be 'The Maim Event' once again. And y'know what? I did it. I made it back, and here comes my old... friend... Triple H. "Let's put DX back together. Let's put the band back together." I didn't need Triple H. When I shoulda been listenin' to the voice in the back of my head tellin' me not to do it... I was listenin' to you people cheerin' me on. You wanted it, you got it... and then Triple H... he tried to end my career.

Shawn pauses, rubbing a hand across his face...

Shawn Michaels: He tried to break my back all over again. I let it happen, 'cause I let you people convince me it was the right thing to do. I listened to ya'... and you were wrong. And it wasn't any of you who paid the price. It was me. I was the one who had to go through a street fight with Triple H. I came out of it alright. I came out of it WWE Champion again, and for the first time in over four years, I was happy again. I was back, I was 'The Showstoppah', I was the champion! And then I lost it again. I had it all taken away from me by Triple H.

Michaels frowns, shaking his head, disappointed at his former self...

Shawn Michaels: Fast forward another four years, last summer. I see Triple H gettin' his ass kicked by Vince and Shane McMahon's hired hands... and once again, I listen to you people. Good ol' Shawn Michaels, ridin' to the rescue, savin' Triple H, puttin' the band back together. But this time last year... when I was Vince and Shane's target... I didn't see Triple H come to my rescue. I didn't see him savin' me from the ass kickin I took night after night. I didn't hear anybody screamin' for Triple H to save me back then. But me? Then it was "C'mon Shawn! Do the right thing Shawn!" And I did... again. I entered into a new DX, a better DX, no leaders, just equals. Until... until Hunter started makin' decisions without me.

Michaels adjusts his cowboy hat, running a hand across his face as he does...

Shawn Michaels: The DX that I put back together, not because I wanted to... but because you people told me it was the right thing to do... that DX was on the line. Again, not 'cause I wanted it to... but because Triple H and you people wanted it to. So I gave it everythin' I had, I fought for DX, I fought for my... friend, Triple H... and I fought for you people. And when it was over?

Michaels turns and glares at the hard camera...

Shawn Michaels: That bastard couldn't even shake my hand.

The crowd fires back with heat...

Shawn Michaels: And y'know, I took a good, long, hard, look at myself after that. DX was over, and I had once again... lost my smile. So I looked back on the last five years, since my return to the WWE, I looked back at I searched for a time when I was happy. And that time... was when I was WWE Champion. So that became my goal. To be WWE Champion again. To main event Wrestlemania once again. And how do I do that? I win... the Royal Rumble. And what happened at the Rumble? Tell the people J.R., what happened at the Royal Rumble, in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Tell 'em.

Perplexed, J.R. shrugs and answers...

Jim Ross: You were eliminated from the Royal Rumble... by Triple H.

Michaels chuckles to himself...

Shawn Michaels: That's right! Triple H, once again... takes away my chance at happiness. My chance at the WWE Championship... and he took it from me again. So at Night Of Champions, I saw my opportunity to be happy once again. I saw my chance to find my smile again. I saw my chance... to be champion. And I did whatever it took to get the job done. And that meant smackin' a steel chair of Hunter's skull. And I loved each - and ev'ry - second of it.

More heat, to which Michaels smirks again...

Shawn Michaels: The moment that steel chair hit Triple H's skull... I was happy. I had found... my smile. You people may not like it... but I don't give a damn what you people want anymore. Rob Van Dam may have came out here last week and told me all about what he thought of me... but I don't give a damn what he thinks either. I don't give a damn what anybody thinks about me, except... the man upstairs.

Michaels glances to the heavens...

Shawn Michaels: He's the only one who I answer to now. I do what I want, when I want... and as long as me and the big guy are alright, then I don't care what anybody else thinks of ol' 'Aitch - Bee - Kay!

More heat...


Shawn Michaels: And as for Rob Van Dam... consider what happened last week to 'RVD', the first example of what's gonna happen to people who try and tell me what they think o' me. I don't listen to anybody anymore. I don't listen to Triple H. I don't listen to Rob Van Dam. I don't listen to any of you people. And I don't listen to you either Jim.

Michaels steps away from the microphone to another chorus of boos, while J.R. can only shake his head in disbelief...

Jim Ross: Well I... I... I can't quite believe what I'm hearin' here Shawn. What on earth has happened to you this last month or so? I mean... the WWE Championship... your happiness... was it really worth turnin' your back on your best friend? Was it really worth costin' Rob Van Dam the prized item he cherished the most?

Michaels glances at the WWE Championship on his shoulder, deep in contemplation despite J.R. pleading with him...

Jim Ross: This isn't the Shawn Michaels I know. This isn't the Shawn Michaels these people have loved for so many years. I mean... for the love of Gawd Shawn, what's goin' through that-

BANG!

Michaels... just drilled Jim Ross... with SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! The crowd is stunned to silence, as Michaels has just planted J.R.! Michaels stands over J.R., looking down at the fallen legendary commentator, with the crowd now finally recovering from the shock to boo Michaels heavily. The clunk of a headset hitting the announce desk is heard, with it soon apparent that it belonged to Jerry Lawler, with 'King' scrambling into the ring to check on his long-time announce partner. J.R. is down and out, not moving an inch, while Michaels still has that expressionless look on his face, not a trace of emotion, no guilt, no remorse, once again a man at peace with himself and his actions. 'King' shows great concern for J.R., slapping Ross in the face in an attempt to bring him around. Lawler then turns to Michaels, fury in his eyes, bounding to his feet, going face to face with the WWE Champion! The crowd pops, hoping to see Lawler crack Michaels with a right hand. Michaels stares blankly at Lawler, despite the rage engulfing Lawler's face. Lawler looks in Michaels' eyes, then down at J.R., then back at Michaels before shouting...

"What the hell is wrong with you!? What the hell are you doing!?"


Lawler is shaking with rage, furious at how low Michaels has stooped tonight. The crowd urges him on, with Lawler clenching his fist by his side. The fans cheer loud, begging Lawler to swing... but before he gets a chance, Michaels simply tips his cowboy hat at Lawler... then turns and walks away! The crowd boos as Michaels walks away from the confrontation, leaving a stunned Lawler behind, his rage quickly turning to confusion. Michaels calmly steps through the ropes and drops to the floor, with Lawler quickly turning back to J.R., checking on his friends condition and waving to backstage for help. The camera then focuses on Michaels as he makes his way back up the ramp, his expression still not changed, even as medical personal and referees race down the ramp past him, Shawn Michaels remains a man at peace with himself...


Joey Styles: Folks I... I can't believe what I just saw. Jim Ross, one of the most respected men in the WWE... was just hit with the sweet chin music by Shawn Michaels! What the- what the hell is wrong with that S.O.B?!


Michaels continues his walk up the ramp, before he stops to look back at the ring. Michaels stares blankly as the doctors check on J.R., the crowd still in a stunned silence... until they start to pop... as Rob Van Dam races out from the back... and clubs Michaels from behind! The WWE Title and the black cowboy hat go flying as Michaels is sent rolling down the ramp, with Van Dam quickly giving chase, drilling Michaels with right hands that knocks him down to the base of the ramp. The referees from the ring dive to the outside to try and break up the fight, but Van Dam takes no notice, mounting Michaels to drill him with right hands. Soon a team of security guards race down the ramp, and it takes four of them to drag Van Dam away from the WWE Champion. Michaels is stunned, crawling on his hands and knees up the ramp, the camera staying tight to him. Soon the crowd is buzzing once again, as Michaels crawls to find a pair of legs blocking his path. Both Michaels and the camera look up... it's Triple H!!! Michaels is on his knees at the feet of 'The Game', fear suddenly gripping his face! Michaels backs away in shock, trying to distance himself from Trips... but 'The Game' methodically walks down the ramp after him, and as Michaels makes it back to his feet... Triple H tackles him to the ramp!

All hell has broken loose as another brawl breaks out between Triple H and Michaels, with 'The Game' unloading with furious right hands to Michaels' skull. The security guards and referees who were dealing with Van Dam now have to turn their attentions to Triple H, with the workers desperately trying to drag 'The Game' away from the WWE Champion. It's chaos as Triple H starts drilling security guards with right hands, trying to free himself to attack Michaels again... and it gets worse as Van Dam races towards them... and takes down both Michaels and Triple H! The crowd goes crazy again for the mayhem that has taken over, as Van Dam tags both men, with security guards and referees trying valiantly to separate the trio...


Joey Styles: This- this is insane! We've got Jim Ross down in the ring... and we've got a mass brawl at ringside! We've gotta go to commercial, join us when we return!

The crowd is still going crazy as Triple H, Van Dam and Michaels throw fists wildly, all three men knocking over security guards and referees, with 'The Game' and 'RVD' both trying to get their hands on Michaels, while Michaels desperately seeks a path of escape as we fade to commercial with the chaos ensuing.

*Commercial*


*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*


Fade back into the arena, for a few seconds silence until...

"WOOOOO..."

*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA...*


Not quite the mega pop he got at No Way Out, but still a great response for one half of the World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair, who heads down the ramp with his fellow champion Carlito and Torrie Wilson by his side...


Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, it had been a chaotic night thus far. Jim Ross was taken backstage after suffering the sweet chin music from Shawn Michaels, and 'King' I understand that J.R. did regain consciousness as he was helped backstage.

Jerry Lawler: J.R. did indeed come around, he was conscious as they helped him backstage, obviously he's in no condition to continue tonight though.

Joey Styles: Just you and me from here on out partner. And I can't even begin to imagine what's goin' on in Shawn Michaels' head right now. I just... I can't believe what I saw earlier tonight.

Jerry Lawler: Lemme tell ya' somethin', I was so close to poppin' him in the jaw when he stood opposite me. I wish I had now, but I was just so in shock at the time... I froze!

Joey Styles: Well you're not the only one who would love to get his hands on Shawn Michaels, 'King'. Both Triple H and Rob Van Dam are dying to get a piece of Michaels, but they're gonna have to advance to Saturday Night's Main Event and win the Number One Contenders Tournament to do so.

Jerry Lawler: I'd love to see Triple H, or anybody for that matter, get their hands on Shawn Michaels. That guy's due a real ass kickin' from somebody.

Joey Styles: And to do that, they might have to get past the legenday Ric Flair! It was quite the night at No Way Out for 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair. Along with the legendary 'Double A' Arn Anderson, Flair got himself a measure of revenge on Mr. Kennedy for Kennedy's actions at the Royal Rumble.

Jerry Lawler: And after giving Batista a big assist in retaining the World Heavyweight Championship, you wouldn't put it past Flair goin' on to Saturday Night's Main Event for the chance to then go to Wrestlemania and become a seventeen time world champion.

"HEY!..."

*BURN IN MY LIGHT...*


A good amount of heat as Randy Orton makes his way down the ramp, a confident smirk etched on his face. Alongside Orton is the Intercontinental Champion Kenny Dykstra, who stays a few steps behind Orton, shouting some abuse at the crowd as he goes...


Joey Styles: It was a rather chilling message that Randy Orton delivered last week. The warning was loud and clear from 'The Legend Killer', bet in his way, and Orton's gonna make you pay for it.

Jerry Lawler: We all remember the vicious beating Jeff Hardy suffered at the hands of Kenny Dykstra, under the direction of Randy Orton. And Orton claims that if we thought what happened to Jeff was bad, that was nothin' compared to what Orton could do.

Joey Styles: And ever since he declared himself in the tournament, Randy Orton has been considered one of the favourites to win it all. And he could really show that by knockin' off another legend in Ric Flair tonight.

Match 4: Number One Contenders Tournament Quarter Final Match
World Tag Team Champion Ric Flair w/ Carlito and Torrie Wilson vs. Randy Orton w/ Kenny Dykstra

Both men circle the ring, Orton more calculated compared to Flair, but eventually the two come together for a collar and elbow tie up. Orton grabs Flair’s left wrist and twists the arm, only for Flair to fire back with a chop to the chest. A string of chops backs Orton to the ropes, where Flair fires him across with the Irish whip... into a back body drop! Orton crashes to the mat, then heads to the corner to recover, but Flair stays on him, unloading with more stinging knife edge chops. Another Irish whip sends Orton off the ropes, this time into a back elbow. Flair follows with a stomp to the head, with Orton again crawling for the safety of the corner. Flair stays on the attack, again hitting chops, only for Orton to turn the tide, tossing Flair into the corner to tag him with right hands that knock Flair down to the mat. Flair is dragged by up, then knocked down with a big uppercut, giving us the first near fall of the match.

Now it’s Flair who’s fired off the ropes, straight into a big back body drop. Orton is methodical in his approach, stomping his way around Flair’s body, before he pulls Flair to his feet... but Flair pulls out an inside cradle! 1... 2... Orton kicks out, but as both men get back to their feet, Flair again connects with chops to the chest. Flair once more goes for the Irish whip, but this time Orton reverses... allowing Dykstra to reach in and grab the foot! Flair stumbles, turning to see Dykstra protests his innocence... and when he turns back to the ring, Orton is waiting to nail him with a textbook dropkick! Orton hooks the leg, 1... 2... Flair kicks out, and on the outside Carlito is quickly over to try get in Dykstra’s face, with the Intercontinental Champion quickly scampering away.

Feeling the effects, Flair is dazed as he returns to a vertical base, only for Orton to send him back down with another standing dropkick. Orton then synchs on a tight reverse chinlock, slowing the pace of the match way down. Orton has the hold locked on for a good while, slowly wearing Flair down. Torrie acts as cheerleader, encouraging the crowd to get behind Flair, with ‘The Nature Boy’ feeding off them, working back to his feet. A pair of fists to the ribs break the hold, and Flair follows with a pair of chops. Flair then goes for another Irish whip, but this time Orton hangs on to the top rope, prompting Flair to charge... but Orton elevates Flair over the top rope to the floor! The veteran takes a hard landing on the floor, while in the ring, Orton heads to the side of the ring, picking a fight with Carlito. As the two trade words, the referee is drawn over, trying to pull Orton away. This of course is the perfect distraction as Kenny waits for Flair to rise... and hammers him with a clothesline! Flair hits the floor with a thump, but Kenny quickly helps Flair up, rolling him under the bottom rope... but here comes Carlito! ‘Lito starts chasing after Dykstra, the intercontinental Champion fleeing around the ring. The referee dives to the outside, putting himself infront of the onrushing Carlito, causing him to give up the chase. In the ring, Orton drops down on top of Flair, hooking the leg, waiting for the referee to get back in for the count... and finally it comes... 1... 2... Flair kicks out!

Once more Orton goes for the chinlock, this time really upping up the pressure by wrenching on the neck. A couple of times Flair’s shoulders hit the mat, leading to 2 counts, but once more it takes Carlito and Torrie to fire up the crowd before we see Flair make his move. Flair struggles back to his feet, with Orton refusing to break his grip... so Flair takes him up and down with a shinbreaker! Orton limps away, but Flair bounces off the ropes... for a chop block! The crowd pops as they see what Flair has in mind, but Orton wisely gets back to his feet as quick as he can. Orton swings a wild right, which Flair ducks... side suplex! Flair hooks the leg... 1... 2... Orton kicks out! Both men are slow to get back up, with Flair again striking with a pair of chops... until a big chop knocks Orton down! Flair then grabs the ankle, and twists the leg... FIGURE FOUR... NO! Orton kicks Flair off the ropes, with Orton springing up from his knees... RKO... NO! Flair pushes Orton in mid air, sending him crashing to the mat, with ‘The Nature Boy’ moving quickly... to twist the leg... FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK!

The crowd goes nuts as Flair locks it in! Orton desperately strains for the ropes, reaching out... but coming up just short! Orton tries to drag himself to the ropes, slowly inching closer... but again he just misses! Orton gives it one more heave, reaching out... and Kenny pushes in the bottom rope... allowing Orton to grab it! The ref never saw it, but he soon enough sees Orton with his hands on the ropes, demanding Flair breaks the hold. Carlito decides he’s seen enough, and he starts sprinting after Dykstra! Kenny takes off, racing around the ring, with ‘Lito in hot pursuit! Kenny sprints around the ring, with the referee again diving through the ropes to try separate the pair... but this time Carlito runs right past him! Kenny continues to run around the ring... sliding the Intercontinental Championship into the ring as he does! With the referee and Carlito still in pursuit, Dykstra hits the bottom of the ramp and this time races up it. Carlito is still in pursuit, while in the ring Flair heads for Orton... who DRILLS FLAIR WITH THE TITLE BELT!! Orton hammers Flair, and slumps down for the cover, and with Carlito half way up the ramp as Dykstra disappears backstage, there’s no one to save Flair as the ref counts 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Randy Orton @ 08.23

The crowd instantly boos as Orton rolls free of Flair, quickly getting back to his feet. Up the ramp, Carlito has ended his chase of Dykstra, turning back towards the ring to see his partner has been defeated. Orton has his hand raised by the referee, but he quickly drops down to the mat and rolls from the ring as Carlito slides in to check on Flair. A smug smirk crosses Orton face as he backs up the ramp, pleased that with a little help from Dykstra he's advanced to the semi finals, with the camera then lingering on Carlito, Torrie and Flair in the ring as we head into commercial.

*Commercial*


When we return, Todd Grisham is standing by...


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guests at this time... they are the World Tag Team Champions... Ric Flair and Carlito!

The crowd "Woooo's" and gives a great welcome as Ric Flair and Carlito enter the frame, Torrie Wilson stood alongside her man 'Lito. Flair is still dressed in his ring gear from earlier, his hair slicked back with sweat, a t-shirt now adorning his body. Both Flair and 'Lito look pissed off and disappointed at how Flair's match with Orton went earlier...

Todd Grisham: Now Ric, obviously you're still upset with how your match with Randy Orton went earlier tonight-

Ric Flair: Lemme stop ya' right there brother! Randy! You got that little punk Kenny trained well. He ran interference almost better than you did for 'The Nature Boy' back in the day!

Flair shakes his head with a smile...

Ric Flair: But now that I'm out of the Number One Contenders Tournament... now I can focus fully on myself and my friend Carlito here, defending the World Tag Team Championships! There is nothin' else on my mind right now, than you and me brother, defending these titles.

Carlito nods his head in approval...

Carlito: 'Dat's cool Ric. Dat's cool. And hey... Carlito's sorry he didn't get to Kenny Dykstra in time. 'Dat's punk did Orton's dirty work tonight, and Carlito weren't there to stop 'im.

Carlito shakes his head in disappointment, while Flair nods his understandingly...

Carlito: But Carlito's gonna get that punk back one day. Carlito promises 'dat!

Ric Flair: That's alright brother, you got nothin' to apologise for. You forget all about Dykstra, 'cause from here on out, it's you, it's me, and it's these titles my friend. Wooooo!

The crowd responds with a "Wooooo!", and Flair and Carlito begin to leave, thinking the interview is over...

Todd Grisham: Uh, well Ric... before you leave, I have to ask you about last night at No Way Out. I mean, you showed up on the Smackdown pay per view, and you gave an assist to Batista as he defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Mr. Kennedy. I mean... you had to feel good getting a measure of revenge on Kennedy last night?

Flair sighs deeply, not really wanting to discuss his actions last night...

Ric Flair: Look Todd, as far as I'm concerned, whatever issue I had with Mr. Kennedy... ended last night. That sunnova bitch kicked my ass durin' the Rumble, he kicked Arn Anderson's ass durin' Smackdown... he got exactly what he deserved last night.

The crowd pops in agreement...

Ric Flair: I told you weeks ago that Kennedy would get his, and last night... he got it.

Pop...


Ric Flair: I don't wanna hear Kennedy's name mentioned again, as far as I'm concerned, I taught him a lesson, the matter is finished, he got what was comin' to 'im... and that's all I have to say about that.

Grisham looks a little sheepish as Flair gets firm...

Ric Flair: It's all about Ric Flair and Carlito! The World - Tag Team - CHAMPIONS! Wooooo!

Carlito: And 'dat... 'dat's cool!

Carlito tosses an apple up into the air and catches it, with both he and Flair walking off camera, the interview finally over.

*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*


Back to the announce desk, where both of our announcers remaining have smiles on their faces...

Joey Styles: It's almost that time folks! Wrestlemania is less than SEVEN weeks away! I can't wait 'King'!

Jerry Lawler: I can't wait either! I don't think I've ever been this excited for a Wrestlemania!

Joey Styles: And of course, it is now a Wrestlemania Weekend tradition that the night before Wrestlemania, we induct yet another class into the WWE Hall of Fame. And folks tonight, we are privileged to announce the first member of the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame Class.

*Video Package*

We open to the grainy footage of Wrestlemania VI, and soon the music ‘Common Man Boogie’ is heard...

Narrator: He was a common man who connected with the people like no other...

We now see Dusty Rhodes make his way down to the ring in various points of time, starting with Wrestlemania VI with Sapphire by his side, then his Jim Crocket Promotion days, and finally at a WCW event...

Narrator: A man who embodied the very spirit of ‘The American Dream’...

Dusty is stood infront of the camera, blood pouring down his forehead...

Dusty Rhodes: Get a dream, hold onto it, and reach for the sky!

Scenes of various championship wins throughout the years...

Gordon Solie: Dusty Rhodes is the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion!

We now see shots of Rhodes landing bionic elbow after bionic elbow to various opponents...

Narrator: A man who took on countless legends of the wrestling world...

We see Rhodes wind up and connect with a big elbow to the blood stained skull of Ric Flair...

Ric Flair: Dusty Rhodes is one of the greatest performers in the history of this business.

Rhodes then slams Flair from the top rope during a cage match...

Narrator: And beat them all.

Dusty is once again stood infront of the camera cutting a promo...

Dusty Rhodes: I wanna tell all the people, that on Christmas Night, I’m comin’ for that NWA Title! Harley Race, I’m comin’ for ya’! …

Scenes of Dusty from his WWF days, clad in polka dots, shaking his ass to the music...

Narrator: And on this night, we celebrate the legendary career...

Action from the Wrestlemania Vi mixed tag team match, with Rhodes slamming Randy Savage to the mat...

Arn Anderson: There’s not many who you could say connected with the fans any better than he did. He was a real man of the people.

Shots of the fans clamouring to see Rhodes, and Rhodes struggling to make his way through the masses at the Great American Bash ’85...

Ric Flair: One of the greatest opponents I ever had. A guy I consider not only a friend, but a hero...

More shots of the great Flair/Rhodes battles...

Narrator: Of ‘The American Dream’...

Rhodes, bloody, being hoisted up onto the shoulder of a posse of wrestlers in celebration of another title win...

Shawn Michaels: He had so much talent, so much charisma. He could sell a pay per view with 30 seconds infront of a microphone, that’s how good he was...

More images of Rhodes making an entrance into the arena, dancing and shaking as only he could...

Narrator: Dusty Rhodes!

We now see a picture of Dusty, stern faced, with the Hall of Fame logo nearby. Also on the screen is the fact that Rhodes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by current Hall of Famer Harley Race!

*End Video Package*


We return to the arena with the crowd on their feet, giving a big round of applause for Rhodes' induction...

Joey Styles: Yes folks, the first member of the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame Class, 'The American Dream' Dusty Rhodes.

Jerry Lawler: And I can't think of too many more deserving people than Dusty. What a great competitor, a man who could connect with the fans like never seen before. A great way to kick off the Hall of Fame this year!

A few moments silence while the crowd dies down... and then...

*HERE COMES THE MONEY...*


A great amount of heat as Shane McMahon makes his entrance, performing the 'Shane O'Mac Shuffle' on the stage before heading fro the ring. Shane wears one of his trademark jerseys which reads "$ bought me Hustle, Loyalty and Respect"...


Joey Styles: Well, here he comes. 'The Demon Seed' Shane McMahon, and 'King', what on earth could Shane and Mr. McMahon have up their sleeves tonight?

Jerry Lawler: I'm scared to even think about it if I'm honest with ya' Joey. I mean, Vince and Shane... they're just too damn happy right now! They just seem so confident that they can have their way with John Cena, I really fear the worse for Cena tonight.

Joey Styles: And what about what Mr. McMahon said earlier tonight? There's a price on John Cena's head, and anybody can take a shot at Cena for whatever price they name.

Jerry Lawler: And look at Shane in the ring right now. He's bouncing around, he's cocky as he's ever been... somethin's up Joey. Somethin' not right.

*MY TIME IS NOW...*


The biggest pop of the night, although as always there is a smattering of boos, is reserved for John Cena, who confidently steps out from the back. Stopping at the top of the stage, Cena offers a three finger salute to the chain gang before he races down the ramp and slides under the bottom rope, with Shane quickly diving through the ropes to the floor...


Joey Styles: If anybody has shown us in the past that he was it takes to overcome any odds, it's that man John Cena! We know Cena is hurt right now, after the attack from Umaga last week, but Cena has always managed to dig deep in the past. Can Cena do it again tonight?

Jerry Lawler: If John Cena wants to survive, he's gonna have to! He was left for dead last week by Umaga, and who knows who could make their presence felt in this one? I just hope Cena's got his wits about 'im, and he's ready for what's on it's way.

Cena removes his hat and t-shirt, tossing them to the crowd, before he removes his dog tags, kisses them and hands them over to Mike Chioda. Cena then crouches down, encouraging Shane to enter the ring. Shane leaps up onto the apron... then drops back down again. Smugle, Shane shakes his head, as he knows what's coming...

*NO CHANCE IN HELL...*


The crowd groans as the main event is delayed by the appearance of Mr. McMahon, who struts out from the big, a beaming smile on his face, microphone in his hand...


Mr. McMahon: Wait a minute! Wait just a minute here! Now John, when my son Shane and myself announced this match last week, there was something we forgot to mention.

Cena looks up at Vince confused, all the while anticipating a sneak attack from Shane...

Mr. McMahon: You see Cena, my son Shane is so confident that he can beat you, that when he offered to face you last week, Shane wanted this match to be... a No - Disqualification - Match!

The crowd boos, knowing this leaves the door open for all kinds of interference on Shane's behalf...


Mr. McMahon: Have a great match Cena!

And with that, McMahon heads backstage, leaving a disappointed Cena in the ring, while Shane is all smiles on the outside as we head to commercial.

*Commercial*


Main Event: No Disqualification Match
John Cena
vs. Shane McMahon

And when we return, Shane still hasn’t entered the ring, continuing to stall on the outside. Cena continues to look over his shoulder at the ramp, allowing Shane to continue to inch into the ring then back away again as Cena turns towards him. Eventually decides he’s had enough, jumping through the ropes to chase after Shane! McMahon races around the ring, trying to stay away from Cena, before he eventually rolls under the bottom rope. Cena slides in after him, allowing Shane to strike with repeated double axe handles to the back, stopping Cena from getting to his feet. Cena though continues to struggle to a vertical base, prompting Shane to abandon the double axe handles and charge at Cena... who back body drops McMahon over the top rope to the floor! Cena quickly heads outside, tagging Shane with big right hands that sees Shane tumbling into the barricade. Cena again hammers Shane with rights as the barricade props Shane up, before Cena goes for an Irish whip... into the opposite barricade! Shane crashes and then slumps to the floor, with Cena quickly heading under the ring... to pull out a steel chair! The crowd pops big time as Cena looks for a little poetic justice, shouting at Shane “You wanna make this no DQ?!”... and then cracking the chair across McMahon’s spine! Just as steel chair in Shane’s hands cost Cena the WWE Championship, Cena now wields the steel... and cracks the chair once more across Shane’s back!

Early on, Cena seems to be revelling in the no disqualification stipulation, rolling Shane back under the ring before again looking under the ring, tossing a trash can over the top rope and sliding a table under the bottom! The crowd is buzzing for the introduction of the wood, and the buzz continues as Cena, chair in hand, waits for Shane to rise... to CRACK THE CHAIR OFF SHANE’S SKULL!! Cena returns the favour from Night Of Champions! Cena emphatically slams the chair to the mat, briefly allowing himself to soak in the cheers of the crowd. Cena knows he could probably pin Shane right now, but instead Cena seems determined to punish Shane, seeking revenge for what happened two weeks ago. Cena begins setting up the table, perhaps looking to FU Shane through the wood like he did Vince over a month ago. With the table in position, Cena reaches down, pulling Shane to his feet... and then hoisting Shane onto his shoulders... FU... NO? Cena looks at the table... then the crowd... and shakes his head? The crowd is confused as Cena lets Shane flop back down to the mat, and instead he heads back outside. Cena again looks under the ring... and this time pulls out a ladder?! The crowd pops, as they realise that Cena wants to FU Shane off the top of the ladder through the table!

Cena muscles the ladder up, looking to slide it under the bottom rope... but out of nowhere Shane baseball slides the ladder into Cena’s face! Cena goes down from the impact, giving Shane a chance to recover before he too heads outside. Shane tags Cena with a few right hands, before a hard Irish whip sends Cena crashing into the steel steps! Shane takes his time, slowing the pace of the match down in an attempt to recover from the earlier assault, before he starts rummaging around under the ring... bringing out a KENDO STICK! Shane starts ‘shadow swinging’ the stick, waiting for Cena to get back to his knees... kendo stick across the back! Cena winces in pain... and then cries out as the stick again hits his back! Cena is on his knees in pain, and it only gets worse as Shane starts to use the stick to choke Cena out! Cena tries to claw the kendo stick away from his throat, but Shane pulls it tight, eventually releasing, seeing Cena slump to the floor. Feeling cocky, Shane again ‘shadow swings’ as he waits for Cena to get up. This time Cena has to use the ring post to rise, propping himself against it. Shane then takes an elaborate wind up, swinging the kendo like a baseball bat... at Cena’s head... but Cena ducks... and the stick shatters against the ring post!

Shane looks aghast as he holds the handle in his hands, and this allows Cena to grab Shane by the hair... and ram him head first into the ringpost! Cena takes a moment to recover before he tosses Shane back into the ring, sliding in after. We now finally see the first bit of wrestling in the match, as Cena sees Shane struggling back to his feet, allowing Cena to go on the ropes to hit the throwback. Cena shouts “Get up!” at Shane, before he comes off the ropes for the flying shoulderblock to put Shane back down again. With Shane down and seemingly out, Cena again comes off the ropes... for the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! Cena is quickly back on his feet, motioning or Shane to rise. Eventually Shane staggers to a vertical base... and Cena takes him up on his shoulders... and looks for the FU THROUGH THE TABLE... NO! Wtf... Johnny Nitro is in the ring, dragging Shane from Cena’s shoulders... and then drills Cena with the NITRO BLAST! Soon Chris Masters is in the ring to join his partner, with Melina appearing at ringside. The crowd wonders what the hell is going on as Masters and Nitro now hammer Cena with boots, before they take Cena up into the air... DOUBLE SUPLEX THROUGH THE TABLE!! Cena is driven through the wood, with the confusion running large all around the arena as we head off into our final commercial of the night, with Cena down and out.

*Commercial*


And when we return, the crowd is booing loudly as Nitro and Masters continue to lay a beating on Cena, while Shane is slumped, seated against the bottom turnbuckle, barely conscious, with Melina tending to him, trying to bring Shane back around. The one on one no DQ match has quickly turned into a three on one handicap match, with Nitro and Masters doing Shane’s dirty work from him. Masters and Nitro try their best to punish Cena, with Masters holding Cena up while Nitro drills him with punches to the gut. Shane finally picks himself up off the mat, and with Cena subdued, Shane wants a piece of the action. With Masters still holding Cena in place, Shane tags Cena with a left jab... and another... it’s the Shane O’Shuffle! The left jabs find their mark time after time, before Shane goes for the big wind up and swings the right hand... but Cena ducks... and Shane tags Masters! Cena manages to break free, firing a boot to Shane’s gut, before he clothesline Nitro over the top rope! Cena then turns back to Masters... and takes him up... FU... NO! From his knees, Shane hits a LOWBLOW out of desperation!

The brief Cena rally is ended quickly as Cena crumples to the mat. Shane quickly turns to Nitro on the outside, telling him to head to the corner. He then orders Masters to drag Cena towards Nitro, while Shane picks up the trash can that was earlier tossed into the ring. Masters props Cena against the bottom turnbuckle, with Shane placing the trash can infront of Cena’s face, Nitro holding it in place. Shane then heads to the opposite corner, climbing to the top rope, steadying himself... before flying through the air... COAST TO COAST!! Shane drives the trash can into Cena’s face, much to the horror of the crowd. Nitro removes the can, and Masters drags Cena to the middle of the ring, with Shane flopping on top for the cover... 1... 2... Cena rolls his shoulder!

Shane can’t believe it as Cena stays alive! Almost in disbelief Shane gets back to his feet, his mind looking blank as he tries to think of his next move. He light bulb goes off Shane finally starts directing traffic, pointing at Nitro and Masters and telling them to take Cena outside. Nitro and Masters lay in with right hands as they force Cena to the floor, while in the ring, Shane is setting up the ladder... near the side of the ring closest to the announce desk! The crowd pops as they sense what could be next, especially when Nitro rips the lid off the announce desk. Lawler and Styles leave their seats as Cena is rolled onto the desk, while in the ring Shane has climbed the ladder! Looking down at his limp, lifeless opponent, Shane steadies himself... before he flies through the air... LEAP OF FAITH... BUT CENA ROLLS OFF THE DESK... AND MCMAHON CRASHES THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!!!!

The crowd goes nuts as Shane flies through the desk, with Melina, Nitro and Masters looking on in horror! Melina and Nitro check on Shane, while Masters goes after Cena... but when Cena is dragged to his feet, he scoops Masters onto his shoulders... FU OVER THE BARRICADE... INTO THE FRONT ROW!! Some conveniently placed security guards are there to cushion Masters fall, but Masters has just been ejected into the crowd! Nitro sees this, charging for Cena... but Cena takes Nitro onto his shoulders too... FU ON THE FLOOR!! Cena has gone crazy, FU’ing everything in sight! With both Nitro and Masters down, Cena turns his attentions to broken down Shane, dragging McMahon to his feet.

Shane is dumped back into the ring, where Cena follows, furious vengeance in his eyes. Shane is barely conscious, crawling on the mat, unable to get back to his feet. Cena reaches down, pulling the limp body of McMahon back to his feet... to then hoist him up on his shoulders... FU!!! Cena plants McMahon with an emphatic FU! The crowd pops as it looks like Cena has the match won... but the cheers quickly turns to commotion, as out of the crowd... Edge slides into the ring! Cena doesn’t realise, finally turning around... SPEAR!! The crowd is furious as Edge plants Cena with the spear... and then drags Shane on top of Cena! 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Shane McMahon @ 16.09

Once more, the crowd shits all over the actions of Edge, who has just gifted Shane McMahon victory. Despite coming so close to overcoming the odds, for the second week in a row Cena is down and out, a broken man at the hands of one of Mr. McMahon's shady business deals...


Joey Styles: Aw c'mon! You gotta be kiddin' me! What the hell is the deal here? I mean, as if Johnny Nitro, Chris Masters and Melina wasn't bad enough, Edge showed up and just handed Shane McMahon the victory!

Jerry Lawler: Well, we wondered if there was a deal cut between Edge and Vince to allow Edge to appear at No Way Out... I guess we just got out answer.

In the ring, Shane has managed to prop himself up in the corner, while Edge stands over Cena, staring down at the broken former WWE Champion. Edge then looks up at Mr. McMahon, stood at the top of the ramp... and the two share a nod to each other, showing that Edge has repaid his debt to Vince...

Joey Styles: John Cena showed huge guts and determination... but it's just not enough as far as Vince McMahon is concerned. Mr. McMahon always seems to have that final trick up his sleeve!

Jerry Lawler: I really can't see how John Cena can keep goin' through this every week... but at the same time, I can't see an end in sight for Cena. I think Vince is tryin' to kill 'im!

Joey Styles: We- We really need some help out here. John Cena is down, and he is hurt... badly.

The camera focuses on Cena, down, hurt, lying on the mat in pain, while at the top of the ramp an evil grin covers the face of Mr. McMahon, who then sadistically starts to laugh at what he's seen as we fade... to... black.

*End Show*





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Good shot on this opening package that got me caught up with stuff. Seeing as how this is the first RAW work of yours I’ve read, it got me up to speed really quicklike.

Van Dam sounds about as pissed as a stoner could be. Is there a reason why his ECW title was a target for Vinnie Mac? Loved how RVD talked up his entire legacy with the ECW schitck; I could feel him radiating that passion. I wasn’t sure if Trips was a face or a heel in this, but it was far from being face. The whole respect thing seemed face-ish, but also just falling in with his character. Coach always bored the hell out of me, but if there’s a story developing between Trips and RVD, I certainly see these two making it to the end.

World’s Greatest push? Most excellent story told here all through the match between RVD and Trips, and I like that it was inverted in that there wasn’t so much trouble early, but everything imploded in the end vs. early dissention leading to unity. Very much enjoyed this, and the finish was wicked, though I can only imagine this looks like even more reinforcement that Van Dam/Trips will happen in some capacity.

Hart Legacy? Please make them more interesting than IRL, plz. Looks interesting nonetheless.

You should already know my feelings on Punk. From the introductions, however, I can see that Lashley kinda needs the momentum much more than Punk does if he’s garnering a heel turn. The match was really good, and I love it when people instill the whole ‘never give up’ thing into Punk. Put both men over pretty big here, with the selling of Punk being able to take so much and Lash getting more and more heelish by the weeks go on. Oh hai Mikey K. Continuing the Knox/Punk/Kelly love triangle are we? Jeezus, Knox was terrible here. I don’t mean “you sucked at booking him” terrible, but I kinda felt like I was watching a scene from a horror movie picturing him and his lumberjack beard dragging away the “sweet and innocent” blonde. Overall, put over everyone – the heel tones of Lashley, the heart of Punk, the tyranny of Knox, and even the helplessness of Kelly. Great stuff.

Cena intense as always and as he should be. I kinda laughed at the last line, seeing as how I pictured him pulling a Booker T and follow that “Vince” with “.....”.

Hm. A bounty on Cena. I like it. Just so I understood this correctly – Umaga and Estrada wanted Undertaker, so to give them ‘Taker, Vince wanted him to take out Cena…? Just making sure I got everything clearly.

Was almost sure Michelle would take the fall here. Anyway, it’s great to see what will probably be a Wrestlemania three way between Victoria, Beth, and Mickie. Make Victoria psychotic plz.

Eeek. Punk with broke ribs. The put-over of HBK’s character here by the commentators was very interesting, and the description of Michaels himself sounded so as well. All black, but pious? Lovely. This whole thing blew me away. Loved the entire basis for HBK officially going heel (although heel HBK seems really commonplace these days), though it was a bit much to absorb in one sitting. Add to the SCM to JR and the insane brawls, this was really a lot to take in at once, but it went easy. I didn’t struggle with it. Wow, reading back at that, felt like I was describing rape. Anywho, absolutely incredible seg here with Michaels, although I’m gonna miss JR for the rest of the night.

Didn’t’ see much of a need for Orton to beat Flair with the title for the win, tbh. A clean win over the old man would’ve been a little better, but seeing as how he and Kenny seem to be building some cohesiveness, I can take their pseudo-tag team maneuver. Still iffy on the dirty finish, though.

Got an itch that this isn’t the last time we’ll hear from Kennedy on the Flair front.

Like the Hall of Fame stuff. I was thinking about doing this myself in the near future.

This went from “No DQ” to “Hardcore” in a jiffy. Ladders, kendo sticks, and Nitro’s (oh my). I like the pairing of Masters and Nitro (they’re still “MNM”, I presume?), and this more than explains Melina’s doing in the office earlier. I’m guessing in return they’ll get tag title shots? Onto their actual doing in the match, I was hoping for something a little more devastating than a double suplex, but shit, it worked. Even though he’s heel, I always mark for the Coast to Coast, and I see that it effectively killed Cena. Please don’t’ go SuperCena and find a way out of this one. You almost did do this with the repeat FU’s; doesn’t seem like a ‘go crazy’ finisher in my book like the RKO or the Chin Music, but I’ll buy into it. Did NOT see Edge coming. Didn’t he just get going over to Smackdown? Did he want the bounty? Did Edge need to pay the McMahon’s back for allowing him to show up at No Way Out? I think it’s the last one, but my head overflowed with questions on that one. Looking back, this thing went to hell rather quickly. Not that I’m complaining.


Overall, the show was very enjoyable and very easy to read. Only small things here or there I didn’t like, although one thing I thought you could improve on was the way the Main Event kinda devolved into big blocks of writing at points. But that’s proly just be me being technical. Aside from that, your Shawn Michaels is very deep, your Cena seems more interesting than usual, and your CM Punk/Lashley have slow builds on them that I wanna keep reading. First actual weekly program of yours I’ve read, but most excellent job, Mac
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RVD kicking things off was a good choice after what happened last week. I liked what he had to say and I thought you captured his passion for ECW and the ECW title well. Triple H coming out was another good move in my book, two fan favourites in the same ring together is always gonna get the crowd going and you portrayed Trips well here. I liked how he showed respect for RVD but at the same time wouldn’t hesitate to deal with him if needs be. Overall, a good way to start the show and the tag match next should be interesting.

Really enjoyed this match. You displayed the tension between RVD and Triple H well. RVD tagging himself in was smart on your part, that’s a big win for WGTT as well, good to see them have some momentum.

Hart Legacy, should be interesting to see how you do with them.

Lashley-Punk was a good match. You sold Punk’s injured ribs well as well as Lashley heeling it up a bit more. Lashley looked dominant throughout and Punk showed that heart and drive to win, so you got the job done here with regards to that.

Knox and Punk is a strange one. I kinda like it but don’t at the same time. It’s something different I guess to what you usually see in BTB but I feel like Knox could have a bit more build before heading after Punk. Interested to see where you go with it though.

Good promo from Cena next. Really showed his determination and his anger towards the McMahons well. Looking forward to see what goes down in the main event.

I really liked Vince’s interview here. Placing a bounty on Cena is certainly something I could see him doing. Melina involved? Nitro and Masters surely gonna get involved later on tonight then.

Divas tag match, nothing new here, nothing I’m too interested in, not your fault, just the Divas wrestling in general.

Michaels and J.R’s interview was the highlight of the show for me so far. Absolutely love you writing HBK’s heel character. Everything he had to say was on the money, bringing up the past with Hunter, the broken back etc was superb. In particular, I liked it when Michaels talked about the Rumble and when he laughed to himself before mentioning Triple H again, brilliant stuff. Hitting J.R with SCM was an added bonus as that just further adds to the heel antics of HBK. I knew RVD and HHH would get involved, but I kinda wish they hadn’t. Nonetheless, a great interview and a nice little brawl in the aftermath.

Orton/Flair. Orton had to win this really. Didn’t think he needed to use the title belt to get the job done but still a win’s a win. Flair’s interview afterwards was interesting, about how he wanted nothing else to do with Kennedy, I can’t see that lasting, but you have to wonder where Carlito goes from now, if Flair and Kennedy do go at it, which I presume happens, well I hope!

The main event was a fun read. A lot of good action and interference. Nitro and Masters were expected and I liked the small impact they made. Coast to coast from Shane is always a highlight, before Edge appears after cutting a deal with Vince. Really liking where you’re going with this whole Cena/McMahon issue.

Overall, another very good show from you imac, you know I’m a massive fan of your stuff. Really looking forward to Wrestlemania itself and to the following weeks of buildup, should be good, keep it up.
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Kicking off the show with RVD makes sense although I was honestly expecting HHH and then RVD to come out and interrupt, the opposite to what you did. Marks for a surprise (somewhat). RVD was a decent as can be, but he's never gonna light up a segment by himself. Once The Game came out it was quite a goody, both men stating their intentions for HBK and building some tension between the two. LOL @ Coach. Love him as a heel. GM Coach = ratings. Match with the WGTT right now, same deal

Quite the match that followed, and a big win for the WGTT which is good for them as they're definitely the best team on RAW and defo should get those tag straps at Mania. Thoughout the match and afterwards the tension between RVD and Trips continuing was good as I can see these two ending up at SNME fighting each other for a shot at Michaels

meh, Hart Dynasty. Aslong as you keep them together and don't split them and ruin your tag division like the E or certain other bookers, I guess it's a good move to strengthen. As I said before, New Age Outlaws plz

Lashley gets a good win whilst Punk doesn't look weak taking the loss, being bunged up and against a big man like Lashley. Mike Knox? UGH. Fuck that talentless sack of shit off plz, Punk to bury him soon. Book it I would've marked for Lashley to tease that save and then give the crowd the "fuck you" sign language to own them some more, but that cements Bobby as a heel

Usual boring and bland John Cena face promo. I honestly can't stand him as a face anymore and thats not your fault at all. He's just had that run, it's done and finished. Heel turn time pretty plz. Interesting angle to lead into Mania, hopefully it keeps Cena away from the title tbh. I'd mark

Well this pretty much guarantees a Nitro run in tonight in Cena/Shane then. Solid enough McMahon promo, as I'm sure he and Shane have more aces up their sleeve than just Nitro tho. LOL @ Grisham, such a douchebag

Obviously it looks like Mickie/Beth for Mania is almost a certainty although it's sad that talented workers like Victoria won't be involved (yet, anyways). Annoyed that jobber Candice didn't take the fall, only good for a perve at DAT BODY

Pretty damn good promo from Shawn Michaels here, took a while to get going as we got the history lesson first which I guess was needed for the nubs who wouldn't understand. Michaels seemed to account for everything and then him nailing JR with Sweet Chin Music was a bit of a shock as I felt it might happen, but wasn't sure the longer the segment dragged on. Lawler coming to check on JR and the ensuing staredown makes me think they might have a match next week, but this is only a maybe. Anyways, quite a good promo here with a very promising build to HBK's character continuing. RVD and Triple H coming out surprised me a bit, but definitely sold all the bad blood between the 3 even more

Orton had to win here so I was glad he did. Flair can go back to being a tag champ and get ready for Mr. Kennedy to come for him whilst Randy can stay relevant to a main event scene that is passing him by somewhat currently. LOL @ Flair no selling Kennedy there, defo gonna piss Ken off

Nice to see Dusty going in to the HOF, definitely deserves too

Fairly awesome main event, steel chairs, steel steps, ladders, trash cans, kendo sticks, tables, interference, it had it all. Nitro and Masters? Are they a team? I guess it fits the MNM abbreviation, but honestly, with Mercury on SD, that tandem upsets me. Fix this plz. MNM (the real one) own. Double Suplex? Meh, should've been a much more lethal move, Powerbomb or Spinebuster imo. SHANE O MAC SHUFFLE!~ RATINGS! Cena kicks out of the Coast to Coast . Really, that's maybe understandable on a PPV but on a weekly show for someone to kick out of that, instant dislike. Really, really dislike. SUPER CENA or not, no one should devalue such a devastating move. WHOA @ Shane missing the Leap Of Faith, and then the predictable Cena rally came as he FU'd everyone. EDGE! YES! Shane winning makes me such a very very happy person. Thank you Edge, good swerve here as I wasn't expecting him to show now that he's on SmackDown!

Overall, you continue to impress me are you're definitely becoming one of the better bookers around atm. Not a whole lot to dislike about the show. But I'm begging you to fix MNM up plz, and your tag division as a whole as Flair/Carlito just doesn't sell me as a team. Also, fuck Mike Knox. Good stuff
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Opening video getting me up to date with the main happenings of Raw is always a good thing. (y)

The opening commentary was pretty good, hyping everything up nicely. Absolutely no complaints there.

Opening the show with Rob Van Dam? After what went down last week with him losing the ECW Title this is definitely a smart move. RVD was as good as he could be on the mic, as you know, it’s RVD. Anyway, I thought you did a pretty good job, putting over how pissed off Van Dam is, whilst still maintaining his somewhat laid back personality. I thought the talk about ECW was all well and good as well, and I salivate at the thought of a potential RVD/HBK match at ‘Mania. I didn’t like the line about RVD leaving Vince McMahon for John Cena to deal with though, it just didn’t fit. After what happened last week, RVD would definitely want some of McMahon too, so despite that line, I though the promo was alright. Once Triple H came out things definitely picked up, as Trips was his usual badass self. I personally felt as if Triple H went on a little longer than he had to, the line where he said he’d become WWE Champion was where it should have ended. The rest, whilst worded differently was kind of him just repeating himself, so it was a little dull for me. The little bit of banter between RVD and Triple H was very nice though. The Coach was nice, teasing the audience and what not, and now we’ve got an awesome opening contest to look forward to. Overall, I’d still say it was a good opening promo, but definitely not one of your best.

I liked the beginning of the match with neither Triple H or RVD wanting to be on the apron, it definitely builds to the tension of the situation. I thought the match writing of this opening contest was alright, not only did the WGTT’s epic ability shine through, but you continued to build the tension between the two faces throughout. Eventually, there was always going to be something going wrong, and I thought you booked a very clever ending to the match. Triple H and RVD don’t lose any credibility, whilst the WGTT gain plenty. Definitely a good move and the stare down between Trips and RVD afterward was nice to. I really want to see these two come to blows at SNME now.

I mark out for The Hart Legacy, so yeah, definitely good to see them guys coming in.

I have no idea what the deal is with Bobby Lashley, but the slow burn into the heel turn seems to be the correct route to take, so I commend you on that. I was very surprised to see Lashley go for the Dominator so early in the contest, although with that being said, that whole exchange, with Punk countering into a DDT was fairly awesome. The match itself was dominated by Lashley, which was expected due to Punk’s injury, although I don’t understand why the fans were on Lashley early in the match. I don’t by the reason that a move Lashley did was an attack on Punk’s ribs, so I thought that was a little weak. Lashley keeping up the offense instead of going for the pin at the end was better though, that’s much more effective.

The aftermath was alright, although I must admit, I think Knox is useless. As Reney said, just have Punk squash Knox and move on to bigger and better things. I’m interested to see what you do with Kelly Kelly as well, as I can’t really picture her with Punk in this thread, but at the same time, she seems pretty smitten. Knox would have been mega heel for pushing Kelly, but main thing I liked was Lashley deciding not to help Punk, continues the turn nicely.

John Cena’s interview was pretty much basic Cena stuff. Feuding with the McMahon’s is good as long as it keeps Cena away from the title.

Vince McMahon interview was good, and it actually let us in on quite a lot of stuff. The deal with Umaga sounds good; the mention of Edge interests me though, as he’s not even on Raw. Can he be making some sort of surprise appearance? I’m also interested to see just what Melina is doing in McMahon’s office; I’ve drawn a complete blank there. Good stuff, anyway.

TBH, blame yourself for this feedback being a little late. After reading the ‘Mania recall, I went and watched the match.

The divas match was alright, nothing overly great, but at least three of the four in this match can actually wrestle. I thought early on in her exchange with Victoria, you almost made it seem like Candice could wrestle, so I’m just going to go ahead and call that an obvious mistake. Besides that, everything was good; I especially liked the counter into the Beth Valley Driver, and Beth looking dominant again.

Before I actually get onto the interview itself, I just noticed something with the opening commentary. Dropping to his knees every time he came to the ring, and praying, and constantly wearing a cross aren’t exactly things I would call keeping quiet about his religion. Not too sure what HBK Lawler has been watching as of late, tbh. I loved the description of HBK’s blank expression, it just adds so much to the situation. Michaels’ start was alright, if not just stalling, so JR could build momentum. I didn’t really like JR getting to talk so much early on, simply because I want this whole thing to be centred on Shawn Michaels. I was glad to see that soon became the case. Much like last week, you’ve struck gold with this Shawn Michaels promo. This was amazing stuff, bringing up the old days, when Shawn was at his lowest. I love these kind of scenarios between HBK/HHH with all the history behind it, awesome stuff. I didn’t like how HBK just seemed to brush off Van Dam, but I guess at this stage, Michaels doesn’t care about him. Michaels taking out JR was good, but the stare down with King was terrific. I loved the way he just tipped his hat and left, awesome stuff. The brawl with RVD and Triple afterward was nice too, definitely segment of the night so far.

SNME is going to own… hard.

Another solid match. With the slow methodical pace of Orton there were no real highlights but it was solid nonetheless. The interference from Dykstra keeps Flair looking strong as well, which is always good.

Flair and Carlito interview was pretty good, talking about their title reign. It seems a little weird that Flair doesn’t want Carly to go after Dykstra after what happened earlier, although I guess they can just focus on being tag champs. There is no way the issue with KK is over, I’m sure he’ll make his presence felt sometime soon on Raw, fucking up Flair somehow.

I’m truly amped for ‘Mania. I just want it to get here already.

Dusty Rhodes... HOF... cool.

A typical McMahon move naming a stipulation to the match at the last minute, I like it.

I definitely enjoyed the main event, probably my favourite match of the night. It was a nice throwback to the olden days of Shane McMahon matches, and I really loved those times. The constant barrage of weapons was epic too, and I marked for the shadow swinging with the kendo stick. I was hoping for Shane to drop the stick as he sometimes would, but that’s certainly no real issue. The interference from Nitro and Masters explains why Melina was in McMahon’s office earlier. Honestly, I don’t know much about Masters and Nitro being together, but don’t take Reney’s immediate dismissal seriously, if you could build chemistry between the two, it could work. What? Cena kicked out of the Coast to Coast? Not sure if I like this, simply because the move is so epic, kicking out of it really makes Cena look a little too good, imo. Anyway, the missed Leap of Faith was a nice spot, and the predictable Cena comeback was done well. I marked for the appearance of Edge, which I was kind of hoping for after what went down earlier. Awesome, and a huge win for Shane, that will gain further heat for the McMahon’s against Cena.

Honestly, a pretty good show. You’ve got a lot of interesting things going on here, atm, and despite a few tiny issues with writing, not booking, there’s absolutely nothing wrong. Keep it up, please.
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Once again I've fallen behind on a few reviews. Will get to them eventually, but for now...

~Friday Night Smackdown~
February 23rd, 2007
San Diego, California





Off the back of a chaotic No Way Out pay per view, Friday Night Smackdown returns to our screens with confusion and controversy surrounding the World Heavyweight Championship scene.

After his successful title defense last Sunday, Batista remains World Heavyweight Champion and is on course for a dramatic showdown at Wrestlemania XXIII with the 2007 Royal Rumble Winner Edge. However, it could have been a far different championship match at 'Mania had the agreement between Edge and Mr. Kennedy paid off last Sunday. Armed with a frehsly signed Smackdown contract that allowed him to enter the arena, Edge delivered a thunderous spear to Batista, seemingly handing victory, the championship and the Wrestlemania main event to Kennedy. However, Kennedy's recent nemesis and Batista's long time friend Ric Flair ran a bit of interference, the distraction enough to allow Batista the chance to recover and deliver the Batista Bomb to grab the win. With Edge returning to Raw on Monday night ro repay his debt to Mr. McMahon, 'The Rated-R Superstar' will no turn his attentions to 'The Animal'... but Kennedy will no doubt have a few words to say with regards to both champion and challenger, and of course Ric Flair.

One of the most shocking moments of No Way Out was the appearance of Umaga during the Casket Match between The Undertaker and King Booker. Umaga decimated 'The Deadman', handing victory to Booker before following this with a brutal assault that saw a collections of druids carry The Undertaker from the ring. 'The Samoan Bulldozer' destroyed The Undertaker in a fashion never seen before, cuasing many to wonder if we'll ever see 'The Deadman' again. Umaga is scheduled to make his Smackdown in ring debut tonight, but what backlash, if any, will 'The Samoan Bulldozer' face from 'The Deadman'? And will The Undertaker's famous mind games have any impact on 'The Savage from Samoa'?

The United States Championship scene was drastically altered at No Way Out, as Finlay defeated Chris Benoit to become the new champion, while Matt Hardy won a Fatal Four Way Match to become the new number one contender. While it seems Finlay and Hardy is the obvious choice to face each other at Wrestlemania, Benoit will be in action tonight against one of the beaten men from the Fatal Four Way, The Miz. The former champion will no doubt be looking to rebound quickly, and with a rematch likely on the cards between Finlay and Benoit, Hardy may have to wait a while longer to discover who he will be facing for the gold come Wrestlemania.

At No Way Out, Bryan Danielson made his WWE debut during the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet, putting on a clinic in hard hitting, submission style action, certainly living up to the weeks of hype surrounding him. Danielson smashed his way through big name challengers such as Joey Mercury and Chavo Guerrero, before ultimately running into the champion Gregory Helms, who despite being by far the fresher man, had to result to underhand tactics to retain his title. Although Helms survived the challenge of the entire cruiserweight division, there are no doubts that Danielson, Mercury and Guerrero will be back for more. Danielson will get the first chance to impress as he takes another newcomer to the cruiserweight scene, Daivari, with no doubts that Helms and the res of the division watching on closely.

After seeing off La Resistance at No Way Out, Brian Kendrick and Paul London remain the WWE Tag Team Champions. However, tonight they take on Tony Mamaluke and Nunzio of The Full Blooded Italians, with their mysterious 'Godfather' Santino Marella in their corner. While The Hooligans will be favourites for victory, La Resistance and The Bluebloods, fresh off their win over The Extremists at No Way Out, are two teams dying for another shot at the gold, with London and Kendrick having knocked off both in recent weeks. La Resistance may have been beaten at No Way Out, but Maryse will no doubt have Dupree and Grenier looking for another chance at the titles, while with Paul Burchill now in their ranks, the re-tooled Bluebloods could prove to be more dangerous challengers this time around.

All this and more as Friday Night Smackdown heads towards Saturday Night's Main Event and Wrestlemania XXIII!!

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Chris Benoit vs. The Miz
The Hooligans vs. The Full Blooded Italians
Bryan Danielson vs. Daivari

Umaga's Smackdown Debut!

Plus, Batista, Edge, Mr. Kennedy, Matt Hardy and Finlay will all be in attendence!!
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Smackers is looking interesting, Umaga to squash someone on his debut. Tag division seems solid for now and The FBI won't amount to much of a challenge, but maybe with La Resistance and the Bluebloods around, London/Kendrick will get some competition before The New Age Outlaws return and take the straps off them at Mania . You know you wanna book it. Benoit must fuck up The Miz after his loss of the US strap to that old bastard Finlay, which I'm still not happy about tbh. Fuck that Miz cunt too, no push plz. Looking forward to hearing from the big dogs aswell, as I'm sure we'll see some MITB participants take shape in mini feuds leading up to it. I'll be reading .
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Reney, Stojy, 619, I'll be catching up on my reviews tommorrow. But yeah, show time...

~Friday Night Smackdown~
February 23rd, 2007
San Diego, California



"...Ric Flair? That was all on my head..."





We of course kick off with a highlights package from No Way Out, with fast paced clips of The Hooligans retaining their titles against La Resistance, and the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match, with particular attention paid to the multiple eliminations of Bryan Danielson before he himself was eliminated by champion Gregory Helms. The video slows down slightly as we see Matt Hardy pin MVP to become the Number One Contender to the United States Championship, before we see The Bluebloods celebrating their victory over The Extremists. Much more attention is paid to the United States Championship match, with Finlay cracking Chris Benoit with the shillelagh before getting the pinfall to become the new United States Champion. Again more attention is paid to the Casket Match, with brief clips of the battering The Undertaker laid on King Booker... until the video comes to a crashing halt as Umaga enters the ring! The destruction of 'The Samoan Bulldozer' is highlighted, as he sends 'Taker crashing through the casket and then decimates him in the ring, before the druids come to remove Undertaker from the arena. The pace of the video picks up again for the main event, with some of the hard hitting action between Batista and Mr. Kennedy on display... until Edge hits the ring... and spears Batista! We then cut to Kennedy stood on the top turnbuckle, poised to hit the Kenton Bomb for certain victory... until a thunderous "Wooooo!" rings out! The ring music of Ric Flair hits... but there's no sign of Flair... however the distraction is enough to allow Batista to hit the Batista Bomb, handing him victory, with the final image of the video seeing Flair and Arn Anderson stood at the entrance way, applauding Batista as he celebrates another title defence before we fade to black.

No opening video, no pyro display, instead it's straight into the arena for a cold opening... until...

*I WALK ALONE...*


A massive pop rings around the arena as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista steps out, kicking off the show in a big way. 'The Animal' is dressed in a smart, dark suit, complete with sunglasses on his face, while his title is worn across his shoulder. Batista holds the title aloft before crouching down, placing the title on the floor and then setting off his massive pyro display, before he scoops the title back up and heads for the ring...


Michael Cole: Welcome everybody to Friday Night Smackdown, comin' to you from San Diego, California! I'm Michael Cole, alongside me is Tazz and 'JBL', and that man right there is the World Heavyweight Champion, 'The Animal' Batista! We're five days removed from No Way Out, where Batista retained his title against Mr. Kennedy, and guys, it was a night full of Raw Superstars making their presence felt.

Tazz: Oh no doubt about it. I mean, we not only had Ric Flair runnin' a little interference to help Batista beat Kennedy, but that was only after Edge speared 'The Animal' and damn near handed the gold to Kennedy! And then of course, we had Umaga come out of nowhere to just destroy The Undertaker!

Michael Cole: And of course both Edge and Umaga, by order of Mr. McMahon, are officially members of the Smackdown roster, much to the surprise and disappointment of Teddy Long.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Both Edge and Umaga had signed and sealed Smackdown contracts, they had every right to be there at No Way Out. What I wanna know is what in the hell was Ric Flair doin' there?! We had all that security around the arena, and Ric Flair gets inside? Somethin' ain't right about that, and I put the blame firmly at the door of Teddy Long!

Michael Cole: Well we left No Way Out with so many questions, and we still don't have all the answers. We found out on Raw that Mr. McMahon cut deals with both Edge and Umaga, using them to attack John Cena in exchange for Smackdown contracts, but so far we have no clue how Ric Flair made it inside the American Airlines Arena last Sunday night. Hopefully we'll find out at some point during the broadcast. But right now, let's hear from 'The Animal'...

In the ring, Batista heads to the second ropes, once again holding the title high in this air to another generous pop, before he points to the Wrestlemania banner hanging from the rafters. 'The Animal' finally drops down to the mat, reaching through the ropes for a microphone...

Batista: Y'know, I've been hearin' a lotta talk backstage today, and everybody seems to be talkin' about the same thing... answers. Everybody seems to want answers as to what went down at No Way Out.

The crowd quiets down as Batista paces the ring...

Batista: Well at No Way Out, I got a few answers. I found out that Mr. Kennedy is nothin' but a gutless coward!

The crowd responds with a good pop...

Batista: That punk assaulted two legends of this business, and last Sunday night, it all came back and bit 'im on the ass! Kennedy, you never showed any respect to the men who helped pave the way in the way in this industry... and that's why you'll never be worthy of bein' a World Heavyweight Champion.

Another pop...

Batista: You got exactly what you deserved Sunday night Kennedy. You got an ass kickin', and you lost any chance you had at the World Heavyweight Championship. You gotta remember one thing Kennedy... it's never a good idea to piss off 'The Dirtiest Player in The Game'.

Batista says this with a smile, suggesting he knows more than he's willing to share right now...

Batista: I'm sure all the... answers... will come out over time. But I got a few questions of my own that I want answered. I wanna know... what the hell you think you were doin' gettin' involved in that match Edge?

The smile is gone as 'The Animal' stares into the hard camera...

Batista: I wanna know what kinda deal you had with Kennedy goin' into that match. I wanna know why you were hell bent on makin' sure I never made it to Wrestlemania as the World Heavyweight Champion! And I wanna know... if you're any more of a man than Kennedy turned out to be.

Another pop, before Batista has a little laugh to himself...

Batista: Well... I think I already know the answer to that one. But I wanna see if you've got the guts to come out here and say it to my face. Edge... GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE!

The crowd cheers in anticipation as Batista again starts pacing the ring, his eyes fixated on the entrance way. After a few moments silence we hear...

"YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME..."

*METALLINGUS...*


An initial pop quickly turns to hear as Edge does indeed make his entrance, stepping out from the back with a smirk etched on his face. Edge is dressed in jeans and a smart leather jacket, he too with sunglasses covering his eyes...


Michael Cole: What a way to kick things off here on Friday Night Smackdown! Batista has called out his Wrestlemania opponent Edge, he wants to know why Edge conspired with Mr. Kennedy to try and help Kennedy become the World Heavyweight Champion, eliminating Batista from the main event.

Tazz: This could get outta hand in a hurry. We could have the Wrestlemania main event right now!

John Bradshaw Layfield: What kinda way is this to treat a newcomer to our show? Edge is just in the door here on Smackdown and that's how our champion welcomes him? What the hell is this egomaniac's problem?

Tazz: You kiddin' me? Edge tried to rob Batista of the World Heavyweight Championship!

John Bradshaw Layfield: And we'd be a far better show if he had! I can't wait for Wrestlemania, I hope Edge spears the hell outta Batista! I'm sick and tired of seein' this cheater as our champion!

Edge confidently slides under the bottom rope, posing for a few seconds before he heads for the corner, receiving a microphone from Tony Chimel...

Edge: Well... what can I say? That's not exactly the welcome I was expecting on my first official night here on Sma-

Batista: Shut the hell up!

Edge is taken aback, the smirk quickly dropping from his face as the crowd pops again for Batista...


Batista: You think this is some kinda joke, Edge? You think you can turn up on Smackdown, show up at No Way Out... and try and take my title away from me? You mighta won the Royal Rumble, you might have earned the right to challenge whatever champion you wanna face... but you made a big mistake in challenging me.

Batista steps forward, with Edge looking slightly concerned...

Batista: Now I... I got a pretty good idea why you wanted to cost me the World Heavyweight Championship... I just wanna know if you're man enough to admit it to me, face to face, with the whole world watchin'!

Edge sheepishly looks down at the ground, his eyes still hidden by his shades, before he once again brings his head level with Batista's...

Edge: You think you're so smart, dont'cha Dave? You think you got me all figured out. Go ahead Dave, tell me, in your infinite wisdom, what possible reason have you came up with for my actions last Sunday night? Huh?

Batista steps forward again, removing his sunglasses as he steps into Edge's face...

Batista: I think... you're scared of me!

Once again the crowd pops, with Edge gulping hard...

Batista: I think you're afraid that come Wrestlemania XXIII, you know that once you step in the ring with me, I'm goin' beat the living hell outta you!

Another pop...

Batista: I think you wanted me out of the title picture at Wrestlemania 'cause you know you've got a better chance of beatin' Kennedy than me. You tried to cost me the World Heavyweight Championship... 'cause you're nothin' but a coward!

Edge smirks, having a laugh to himself as he shakes his head...

Edge: Ah Dave. So naive. You wanna know the real reason I cut that deal with Mr. Kennedy to try help him beat you last Sunday? You wanna know why I had to cut that deal with Mr. McMahon, to give John Cena one last ass kickin' so that I could get in the arena at No Way Out? You wanna know why Dave? 'Cause I don't want you ruining MY Wrestlemania main event.

Heat...

Edge: I said two weeks ago that it didn't matter to me if it was you or Kennedy, the outcome would still be the same. I will leave Wrestlemania XXIII the new World Heavyweight Champion. But then I got to thinkin'... I'm gonna be champion regardless of who I face... so why not make it a spectacle everybody'll remember? And when I thought about who out of you and Mr. Kennedy could help me make that happen... it was a no-brainer Dave.

More heat, at which Edge simply smiles...

Edge: I mean let's face it, who knows what could happen to you before Wrestlemania. You could tear that tricep again, your body could fall apart right before my eyes. It doesn't matter who I beat to become champion, it never mattered. All that matters is that my crowning achievement, my glorious moment is one that is remembered for years to come, and you Dave... you can't guarantee me that.

A furious scowl adorns Batista's face, the champion looking like he wants to rip Edge in half...

Edge: Wrestlemania XXIII isn't about you, it was never about you. It's all about me, it's all about the dawning of a new era here on Smackdown, a Rated-R era!

Heat...

Edge: You're yesterdays champion Dave, nobody wants to see you in yet another Wrestlemania main event. They wanna see somethin' new, they wanna see the future of this business step up and seize their moment. I am the future of Smackdown, and I was willing to let Kennedy bask in my glory, to share my spotlight for a few brief moments before I took it all away from him. But you Batista...

Feeling cocky, Edge points a finger in Batista's face...

Edge: I'll never share my moment with you. It's bad enough I have to share my Wrestlemania main event with you... but you won't be in my spotlight too. Tonight begins the countdown to the end of your title reign.

The rage continues to build in Batista, a seething look on his face...

Edge: I mean c'mon Dave! You needed the help of a FIFTY - SEVEN year old to hold onto that thing at No Way Out. At Wrestlemania... you haven't got a chance.

Edge now starts to pace the ring, almost toying with the crowd...

Edge: So you can tell yourself all you want that I'm scared of you, you can comfort yourself with that fantasy if it makes you feel more confident... but once we get to Detroit, you, and all these people are gonna realise... that your time at the top... IS OVER!

Feeling he's won this verbal joust, Edge backs away from Batista, smirking the whole time. 'The Animal' still looks furious, but he composes himself enough to raise the mic to his mouth...

Batista: I haven't got a chance, huh? You think I need help to beat you at Wrestlemania?

From the corner Edge nods his head and shouts "Yeah!"...

Batista: Well if you're so confident Edge, if you're so unafraid of me... you won't any problems steppin' into the ring with me... TONIGHT!

The smile vanishes from Edge's face as Batista steps towards him, but Edge quickly moves from the corner, circling the ring to distance himself from Batista...

Edge: Hey! Hey, wait a minute! Hold on a second! I'm not gonna face you tonight! You think I'm gonna give away my Wrestlemania main event to these morons in Cleveland?!

Cheap heat...


Edge: Just think about it for-

Batista slaps the mic from Edge's hand! 'The Animal' refuses to relent, continuing to try grab a hold of Edge, with Edge scrambling from the ring! The crowd cheers, dying to see Batista get his hands on Edge, with 'The Animal' roaring for Edge to get back in the ring until...

*MACMILLITANT...*


Both men stop as all eyes turns to the entrance way as Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long strides out with a purpose, microphone already in his hand...


Teddy Long: Whao, whoa, whoa! Hold on a second there playas!

Long doesn't bother heading for the ring, instead he makes his announcement from the top of the aisle...

Teddy Long: Batista, I know you wanna get yo' hands on Edge, but it ain't gonna happen tonight playa.

The crowd boos this decision, with Teddy shrugging his shoulders reluctantly...

Teddy Long: You two cats are gonna meet in the main event of Wrestlemania, and yo' gonna have to wait 'til then to get it together. Now Batista, that was a helluva match you had wit' Kennedy last night playa. So tonight... I am officially givin' you the night off.

Batista holds open his arms, shouting "What?!" up the aisle...

Teddy Long: Trust me playa, it's for yo' own good. But you Edge... you WILL be in a match tonight!

The crowd pops, with Edge looking concerned...

Teddy Long: Y'see, this is Smackdown. This is my show playa! And I don't like deals bein' cut behind my back. So Edge, yo' gonna face another playa who had a big night at No Way Out. Tonight, it's gonna be Edge, one on one... with MATT HARDY!

A great pop as Edge shakes his head, remembering that he and Hardy exchanged stern words with each other last week...

Teddy Long: So Edge, get yo' ass back stage, and get ready for that match. Holla!

*MACMILLITANT...*


And with another pop, Teddy turns and heads backstage, with Edge running both hands through his hair. 'The Rated-R Superstar' turns to the ring to take one last look at Batista, slowly backing up the aisle...


Michael Cole: Oh my! What a match that could be! Number One Contenders will collide as Edge, the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship meets Matt Hardy, the Number One Contender to the United States Championship!

Tazz: And no love lost between those two. They hate each other, and with Matt comin' off a huge win at No Way Out, he's gonna be full o’ confidence headin' into that one!

John Bradshaw Layfield: And somehow Batista gets the night off! What the hell is goin' on around here? How much is Batista payin' Teddy Long for all these biased decisions he's gettin'? Somethin's corrupt here, I know it!

Michael Cole: Will you stop it, please? Let's go to commercial, this is gettin' ridiculous.

*Commercial*


We return to a video package...


*Video Package*

HIGHLIGHTS FROM NO WAY OUT


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!!!

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!!!

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 SWINGING SIDE SLAM... OVER THE TOP ROPE... AND STRAIGHT THROUGH THE CASKET LID!!!

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

John Bradshaw Layfield: Have you ever seen The Undertaker man handled like that?

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.

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.

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'.

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


*End Video Package*


Back into the arena, more specifically to see the announce desk, were our three announcers all share a look of disbelief...

Michael Cole: Welcome back folks. There you witnessed the footage from No Way Out, of the absolute destruction of The Undertaker. Umaga, Monday Night Raw's Umaga, showed up at the American Airlines Arena and... well you all just saw what happened. Guys, I've never seen anything like it. Umaga just decimated 'The Deadman', and you asked the question Tazz, was that the last time we'll ever see The Undertaker?

Tazz: Well I - I dunno. I mean, I kinda got caught up in the moment a lil' bit at the time I said it, but now I look back at it... it sure as hell could be. I've honestly never seen a man driven through the lid of a casket before. Those things are solid oak, we've seen countless guys crash into them and come off worse for wear, hell Shawn Michaels hit the lid of a casket once and it cost 'im four years of his career! But Umaga drove The Undertaker straight through it! I've never seen that before!

John Bradshaw Layfield: It was an unbelievable sight. Were those druids there to take The Undertaker to his final resting place? Did those druids take The Undertaker to finally rest in peace? It was just unbelievable.

And right on cue...

*VIRTUAL VOODOO...*


Speak of the devil, here comes the man himself Umaga, the beast snarling his way down the aisle while Armando Alejandro Estrada follows along, faux applauding to the crowd in praise of his savage...


Michael Cole: And here he comes folks. The most destructive force in the history of the WWE. Never been pinned, never forced to submit, and undefeated savage who's set for his first match here on Smackdown. Folks, we've got a big night ahead of us. Let's give you a quick rundown of the rest of the card. The Hooligans, Paul London and Brian Kendrick, fresh off a successful defence of their titles at No Way Out face F.B.I members Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke. Bryan Danielson, after lookin' so impressive during the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet squares off against Daivari, Chris Benoit and Mr. Kennedy are both in action, both looking to rebound from disappointing nights at No Way Out, and of course, as we heard earlier, Matt Hardy and Edge will go at it in our main event tonight. But we're kickin' off the in-ring action with the Smackdown debut of Umaga!

John Bradshaw Layfield: And I pity the poor guy assigned this match. Who'd be crazy enough, or stupid enough to agree to a match with this guy, the mood he's in right now?

Tazz: Tell ya' somethin', if I got told to do it I think I'd be half way to the airport already! No way in hell I'd be steppin' into the ring with that.

In the ring, Estrada tries to calm Umaga, who continues to snarl and yell out at the crowd in his native tongue. The music dies down, and we have a few moments of silence, building the anticipation until...

"I'M THE BOOGEYMAN... AND I'M COMIN' TO GETCHA'..."


A chorus of gasps and cheers as the arena is plunged into darkness and then the red mist descends as The Boogeyman slithers his way out from the back, pausing halfway down the aisle to crack a clock across his skull, setting off pyros...


Michael Cole: Well you asked who'd be crazy enough to step into the ring with Umaga? I think we just found someone crazy enough to do it!

Tazz: He shoulda stayed in the bottomless pit if you ask me. The Boogeyman? That's who Umaga's gonna face? This ain't gonna end well.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I hope Umaga tears the freak apart. Umaga ain't afraid of nothin', none of those worms are gonna scare 'The Samoan Bulldozer'! This is gonna be great, I can't wait!

Match 1:
The Boogeyman
vs. Umaga w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada

As the bell rings, Boogeyman does his usual slither around the ring, eyeing up his opponent. After juking and jiving in an attempt to intimidate Umaga, ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ simply lets out a scream in his native tongue, showing Boogey no of his shit is gonna fly here. The scream prompts Boogey to turn and head for the ropes, charging at Umaga with a shoulderblock... but it has no effect as Boogeyman simply bounces off of Umaga! Once again Boogey charges off the ropes... but once more the shoulderblock barely causes ‘Mags to budge. A third time Boogeyman comes off the ropes... and this time he runs straight into a massive bodyblock! The crowd gasps as Umaga hammers Boogeyman, with ‘Mags letting out yet another roar. With Boogey down and not moving, Umaga grabs him by the hand, dragging him towards the corner. Propping his head against the middle turnbuckle, Umaga menacingly heads for the opposite corner, lining up his prey, before bouncing in the air for momentum and charging across the ring... SAMOAN WRECKING BALL! Boogeyman’s head violently snaps back against the turnbuckle, causing him to crumple to the mat, conveniently rolling into the perfect position. For as soon as the dust settles and ‘Mags surveys the damage, he grabs the top rope, pulling himself to the second... bounces up and down a few times... before launching into a massive UMAGABOMB!! Umaga crashes down on top of Boogey, sticking his tongue out as he stares ominously into the camera while the referee mercifully counts the 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Umaga @ 01.49

Another destructive display from Umaga, who quickly gets back to his feet to be joined by Estrada. The referee gingerly raises Umaga's hand, not wanting to get too close, before Estrada chases him away, microphone already in his hand...


Armando Alejandro Estrada: Excussemay! My name... es Armandooo... Alejandroooo... Essssstrrraaadddaaaaa! Haha! 'Dis... is 'De Saaaaamoan Bulldozerrr', Oooooooo - Maga! And we... are here on Friday Night Smackdown! Haha!

Boos...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: For nearly ONE - WHOLE - YEAR... we... how ju say... DOMINATE Monday Night Raw. We run out of challenges on Raw, so now we here on Smackdown... and we want de biggest challenge of dem all... De Undertaker!

A brief pop for the mention of 'The Deadman'...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: We dunno where dis 'Death Valley' es... but we hope ju see this Undertaker. We... are challengin' ju amigo... to a match... at Wrestlemania! Haha!

Another pop, this time for the prospect of an Undertaker/Umaga match at 'Mania...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: So Undertaker... ju like to play... comme se dice... dees mind games... so if ju accept amigo... give us a sign! Haha!

Estrada turns to Umaga, the pair anxiously awaiting some form of acceptance to their challenge. A few seconds of silence follow, with Estrada arrogantly nodding his head, sure that even The Undertaker is too afraid to face his monster... until...

*BOOM!...*

*SLOW CHEMICAL...*


It's not The Undertaker, instead it's 'Taker's brother Kane who steps out, marching down the aisle with a purpose! The crowd is on their feet as Kane tugs on his elbow pad, a fierce look in his eyes... but he doesn't even make it to the ring... as Umaga jumps through the ropes to the floor and races up the aisle... the fight is on! Kane catches Umaga as he runs in with a big uppercut, but it stops Mags momentarily, as he quickly fires back with a right hand of his own! Soon it descends into nothing short of an all out brawl, with both men getting their shots in on the other, but neither men backing down an inch. Pretty soon all kinds of referees and road agents have raced down the aisle, desperately trying to separate the pair, but it's no use as the brawl carries on...


Michael Cole: Kane is here! Kane's come for a measure of revenge for his brother The Undertaker!

John Bradshaw Layfield: What the hell's he doin' out here?! He ain't got no business gettin' involved with Umaga!

Tazz: Kane ain't backin' down! These two could go all night!

Indeed the brawl continues up the aisle, with both men battering each other against the barricade. Desperately the refs and agents try and pull them apart, but it's no use, and we head off to commercial with neither man backing down, both of them trying to beat the living hell out of each other.

*Commercial*


*Video Package*

WRESTLEMANIA RECALL!

April 2nd, 2006
WRESTLEMANIA XXII


With the entire WWE still feeling the effects of Eddie Guerrero's death a few months earlier, the world was solidly behind Guerrero's great friend Rey Mysterio as he challenged for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match also involving the champion Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. Having been dominated by his two opponents for much of the match, Mysterio makes an heroic comeback, rocking Orton with a 619 to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. After the match, the tears flow as Mysterio celebrates with Chavo and Vickie Guerrero, a fighting tribute to the legacy of Eddie Guerrero, with Rey dedicating his victory to his fallen friend for another feel-good Wrestlemania moment.

WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - 37 DAYS AND COUNTING


*End Video Package*


Back into the arena for...

*RAGE...*


A strong response for the star of the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match at No Way Out, as Bryan Danielson steps out from the back, striding down to the with a determined look on his face. Bryan slaps a few hands at ringside, but he looks all business as he enters the ring...


Michael Cole: Welcome back everybody. What a night No Way Out was for that man Bryan Danielson. His Smackdown in-ring debut, Danielson lasting close to twenty minutes, longer than any other man, and coming so close to winning the Cruiserweight Championship during the dramatic last few minutes of the match when he squared off with Gregory Helms.

Tazz: I was real impressed with Danielson last night. I'd seen 'im on the internet, I'd heard all about 'im from various sources, and lemme tell ya', that guy lived up to the hype last night.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Hype? What hype?! The guy's nothin' but a minor leaguer in way over his head! You all talked this guy up like he was gonna revolutionise cruiserweight wrestling, and he failed! Gregory Helms once and for all proved that he is the best damn cruiserweight in the world! It's not even open for debate anymore.

Michael Cole: I dunno about that. I can't wait to one day see Helms and Danielson in a straight one on one contest. I think that's the only way to determine who's the better man.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw that's a crock! It was a showcase of the cruiserweight division, and at the end of the day, Gregory Helms is still the champion. What else do you need to know that Helms is the greatest in the world? Why can't you just admit that Cole?

There's no answer from Cole though, as Danielson paces the ring, sternly looking up the aisle, awaiting his opponent...

*FARSI...*


A decent level of heat welcomes the arrival of Daivari, who drops down to his knees with his arms open, saying a brief prayer to the heavens before he heads for the ring...


Michael Cole: Well Bryan Danielson may have come up short in his efforts to beat Gregory Helms, but he didn't manage to eliminate Daivari from the contest. And as I understand it, Daivari himself requested this match up as a chance to gain a measure of revenge.

Tazz: Daivari is a new guy here on Smackdown, he didn't debut to anywhere hear the amount of fanfare as Danielson did. Maybe he's a bit jealous of the reception Bryan got.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yeah but make no mistake, this guy is a dangerous competitor. He can do some damage in there, and I hope he knocks the ego of your boy Danielson down a peg or two tonight...

Match 2:
Daivari
vs. Bryan Danielson

An aggressive collar and elbow tie up starts the match, with Danielson gaining the upper hand as he backs Daivari into the corner. The referee calls for the break, prompting Bryan to release his grip, only for Daivari to swing a right hand... which Bryan blocks... and fires back with a right of his own! A big uppercut rocks Daivari against the turnbuckle, before an Irish whip sends Daivari bouncing off the opposite corner... right into a big hiptoss! Daivari is quickly back up... only for Bryan to rock him with a running dropkick! Daivari’s head snaps against the corner, with Bryan tagging another pair of uppercuts before pulling Daivari to the ropes to go for the Irish whip... but this Daivari reverses... but Bryan ducks his clothesline and snatches Daivari from behind... for a bridging German suplex! 1... 2... Daivari kicks out, and he quickly rolls to his knees, allowing him to club Danielson with a series of double axe handles to the back of the head.

Daivari now tries to take a measure of control on the match, tagging Bryan with rights to the face as he gets back to his knees, and then Danielson is pushed into the corner, allowing Daivari to land alternating boots to the gut and rights to the face. Kick after kick then lands to the midsection, the force of them causing Bryan to slump down into the corner. Daivari then jams his left foot against Bryan’s throat, causing the referee to deliver a five count. Daivari then tries for the Irish whip, but Danielson puts on the breaks, rocking Daivari with a stiff forearm to the face. With Daivari back against the corner, Danielson lands repeated elbows to the face, then stiff kicks to the thigh, before he pulls Daivari out and goes for an atomic drop... but Daivari rolls all the way over the top, landing on his feet behind Bryan... then drops him with a falling neckbreaker! Daivari quickly hooks the leg, 1... 2... Bryan kicks out.

Sensing he has the upperhand, Daivari drags Danielson to a vertical base, before he uses his shoulder into the midsection to drive Danielson to the corner. Shoulder thrust after shoulder thrust lands to the gut, before a massive Irish whip sends Bryan crashing into the opposite corner, causing him to collapse to the mat. Sensing an opening, Daivari quickly moves to hook on the camel clutch, although he uses a variant of it by hooking an arm under Bryan’s chin, causing even more tension on the neck. Danielson tries to break the grip, but Daivari has it on tight, even going as far as to through in the occasional clubbing forearm across the head. Danielson is subjected to the hold for a good while, with Daivari barking at him in Arabic to tap out. Danielson soon starts pumping his fist, with the crowd getting behind him, and slowly the newcomer forces himself back onto his knees... then to a vertical base, where a pair of elbows to the midsection causes Daivari to break the hold. Danielson then heads for the ropes... but he runs right into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker! The crowd gasps, as it could be over... 1... 2... Danielson rolls the shoulder!

Daivari cries out in anguish, feeling he had it won, but he soon puts that behind him as he drags Danielson up, only to snapmare him back down into position near the corner. Climbing to the top rope, Daivari steadies himself before he flies... DIVING LEGDROP... NO! Danielson rolls to safety, causing Daivari to land on the canvas. With Daivari still sitting upright, Bryan aims multiple shoot kicks to the chest, alternating between right boots and left before a big time roundhouse to the side of the skull puts Daivari down! Bryan goes for the cover... 1... 2... Daivari kicks out! Sensing victory is near, Danielson drags Daivari up, rocking him with multiple forearms to the side of the head, only for Daivari to swing a wild right... which Bryan ducks, scooping Daivari onto his shoulders in the process... for a rolling fireman’s carry slam! Bryan hooks the leg... 1... 2... again Daivari hangs on!

Danielson runs a hand through his hair before he gets back to his feet, again pumping his fist to the cheers of the crowd as he waits for Daivari to rise. Slowly Daivari staggers to his feet, allowing Bryan to make his move... ROARING ELBOW... NO! Daivari ducks underneath, landing a kick to the midsection which doubles Bryan over. Daivari then synchs him in, taking up and over... DEATH VALLEY DRIVER... NO! Bryan rolls through for a sunset flip, but Daivari rolls straight through also. Both men are quickly back up, with Daivari throwing a right hand... which Bryan grabs, trapping the arm and then kicking the leg to force Daivari down... into the LEBELL LOCK!! Bryan locks in the deadly submission that did so much damage at No Way Out! Daivari tries valiantly to fight it, desperately clawing for the ropes... but he has no choice but to tap out!!

Winner: Bryan Danielson @ 07.03

Danielson grabs the win, putting forth another impressive performance in the process. Danielson returns to his feet, clutching his neck, but he soon shakes it off once the referee raises his hand in victory. There's little chance to celebrate though, as while 'JBL' continues to run down Danielson's performance...

*CHAVITO ARDIENTE...*


The crowd is somewhat surprised as Chavo Guerrero steps out from the back, Vickie Guerrero alongside him. The pair draw a decent amount of heat, with Chavo already having a mic in his hand, ready to speak as the pair very slowly walk down the aisle...


Chavo Guerrero: Hold on one second there esse. I got somethin' I wanna say to you man. If you think you can just come in here and jump to the head of the line for a Cruiserweight Title shot, then you better think again. You might have impressed these people at No Way Out... but you didn't impress me.

Chavo smirks as he continues to swagger his way down the aisle, with Danielson standing tall in the ring, his steely eyes fixed firmly on Guerrero...


Chavo Guerrero: They say you're the best cruiserweight in the world. They say that for the last few years you've been the best independent wrestler in the world. But you Bryan... you'll never be a Guerrero esse.

Heat as Vickie nods proudly in the background...

Chavo Guerrero: As far as I'm concerned, you're nothin' but a punk who got lucky at No Way Out. I didn't know anythin' about you, I didn't scout you, I wasn't ready!

Chavo shakes his head at himself...

Chavo Guerrero: But I won't make that mistake again. You won't be that lucky again. I want Gregory Helms at Wrestlemania, I wanna be the Cruiserweight Champion. And since all everybody can talk about is you... then you're the guy I gotta beat to get what I want.

An evil glint appears in Chavo's eyes...

Chavo Guerrero: And maybe, as a way to properly welcome you to Friday Night Smackdown... I oughta start tonight... esse.

Chavo then hands his mic to his Aunt Vickie, removing his t-shirt as he stalks his way down the aisle. Danielson remains determined looking, cocking his right hand and encouraging Chavo to enter the ring. Chavo gets to the foot of the ring, ready to enter until...

???: HEY! Hey Chavo!

All eyes turn to the screens either side of the Smackdown fist, and the image of Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms, with heat quickly following. Helms smugly smiles, his title over his shoulder for all to see...

Gregory Helms: Look at you two, thinkin' anybody cares about either of ya'. I'm the only cruiserweight anybody should be talkin' about right now. No Way Out... another great night for the longest reigning Cruiserweight Champion in Smackdown history. Perhaps the greatest night of 'em all!

Heat as Helms laughs to himself...


Gregory Helms: I mean, I didn't just beat one man to keep my title last night... I beat the whole damn cruiserweight division! I beat all of ya'!

Helms glances at his title as he revels in his victory...

Gregory Helms: Chavo... esse... when you gonna realise that your name... being a Guerrero... it don't mean a damn thing anymore?

Chavo turns to his Aunt Vickie, the two furiously shouting at the screen...

Gregory Helms: And Bryan... great way to kick off your WWE career... with a LOSS!

More heat, while Bryan keeps that same fierce look on his face...

Gregory Helms: You oughta ride whatever bus you came in on right back to those high school gyms Bryan, 'cause at No Way Out I proved what I've been sayin' for weeks now... you ain't in my league.

More heat...

Gregory Helms: I asked Teddy Long to find me some competition, and if you're the best he could find... then I'm gonna be champion for a long... long time. Heck, we might as well retire this title, 'cause there's nobody left that can take it away from me. I am, without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest... cruiserweight... in the-

Helms suddenly stops, and the crowd pops as stood behind Helms now stands Teddy Long, the Smackdown GM having sneaked up behind Helms as he was praising himself...

Teddy Long: Y’know somethin Gregory... I gotta hand it to ya' playa. You did retain yo' Cruiserweight Championship at No Way Out.

Helms nods in agreement, feeling he's finally gotten through to Long...

Teddy Long: But ya' did it with a whole lotta luck o' the draw playa. You came into the match last, and you got a tired Bryan Danielson, a guy who'd already been in there for almost thirty minutes.

Gregory Helms: So?

Teddy long: So playa, you an' I both know you need an opponent for Wrestlemania. And at Saturday Night's Main Event... we gonna find ya' one.

A concerned look crosses Helms' face...

Teddy Long: At Saturday Night's Main Event, the four men who lasted the longest durin' the Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet Match are gonna meet in a Four Way Elimination Match. Those four playas are Shannon Moore, Joey Mercury, Chavo Guerrero... and of course, Bryan Danielson.

A solid pop from inside the arena...

Teddy Long: And the winner of that match, whatever playa survives... is gonna face you at Wrestlemania XXIII for the Cruiserweight Championship!

A great pop, as Helms' jaw nearly drops...

Teddy Long: Holla at me playa!

Teddy briskly turns and leaves, leaving behind a furious Helms, while in the arena Chavo and Bryan both nod their approval as we head off into commercial.

*Commercial*


*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*


When we return, Josh Matthews is standing by...

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time... King Booker.

The boos quickly rain out as a beaming King Booker strides into the frame, Queen Sharmell as always by his side...

Josh Matthews: And King Booker, at No Way Out, you successfully, albeit, with an assist from Umaga, managed to beat The Undertaker in a Casket Match. King Booker, what's next for you?

The smile is gone as Booker looks disgusted...

King Booker: How dare you! How dare you insinuated that your King needed the help of Umaga to beat The Undertaker. An achievement that countless brave men have tried and failed at, an achievement that your King achieved... and you claim I... King Bookah... needed help?

Sharmell shakes her head in disbelief...

King Booker: How dare you. As your King, I deserve more respect than I am receiving right now. And as the man who finally ended The Undertaker... I deserve a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity.

Sharmell nods, shouting "Dat's right!"...

King Booker: But... as one is sure you all remember, your King... was robbed of a World Heavyweight Championship Match during the Royal Rumble by The Undertaker. But having since gotten my revenge on 'The Deadman'... I am now ready to once again become a champion. And the quickest... and most prudent way for your King to do that... is to win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Wrestlemania!

A slight pop for the mention of the annual ladder match, but the boos ring out for the prospect of Booker winning...

King Booker: So I am asking Thaddeus Long, to grant me a Money in the Bank qualifying match. And once entered... no one shall stop your King, from reigning over the Smackdown kingdom once again.

Feeling he's made his point, Booker appears like he's turning to leave... only to see Montel Vontavious Porter stood behind him. More boos ring out for the cocky 'MVP', who stares at Booker through dark sunglasses...

Montel Vontavious Porter: You gon' win Money in the Bank, that what you said?

Booker breathes deeply, turning his nose up at 'MVP'...

Montel Vontavious Porter: You wanna win that briefcase... you gonna have to go through me. I ain't chasin' the United States Championship no more. I'm after the real gold. I'm after my opportunity. And uh...

MVP takes a look over his shoulder...

Montel Vontavious Porter: Maybe, when I qualify, and you qualify... we can help each other a lil' bit. Take out the competition... and then fight it out between you and me. Ya' feel me?

Booker lowers his chin, then breaks out into a smile...

King Booker: Montel... you and your King should discuss this matter... away from prying eyes. Excuse us Joshua.

Booker motions for 'MVP' to lead the way, with Sharmell taking one last stare at Matthews before we head back into the arena for...

*SLICED BREAD...*


A positive response as the WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans step out, with Paul London and Brian Kendrick nodding to each other before they race down the aisle, Ashley Massaro not far behind...


Michael Cole: Well it was god night at No Way Out for London and Kendrick, as The Hooligans saw off La Resistance to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships. But it was a match full of distractions and interference, with both Ashley and Maryse making their presence felt on the outside.

Tazz: Yeah I mean we had a catfight, a title shot to the head, but credit to the champs, they got the job done.

John Bradshaw Layfield: We shoulda had new champions at No Way Out! La Resistance had the match won if we had a competent referee in the match. And what the hell did Ashley think she was doin' puttin' her hands on Maryse like that? That was nothin' but sheer jealousy on Ashley's part, there ain't no place for that at ringside.

Tazz: You kiddin' me?! Maryse nearly cost The Hooligans the gold, Ashley was just watchin' her boys' backs. Nothin' wrong with that.

*LA VITTORIA E MIA...*


Not a whole lot of heat for The Full Blooded Italians, with the crowd still getting used to this latest incarnation of the group. Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke lead the way down the aisle, ready for action, while picking up the rear are the henchman of the group Big Vito, and the lovely Trinity who walks arm in arm with the mysterious newcomer, 'Don' Santino Marella, the three of them dressed in typical 'Mafioso' fashion...


Michael Cole: And what do you make of this newcomer, 'The Don' of The F.B.I, Santino Marella? It was certainly an auspicious debut for Marella at No Way Out when Bryan Danielson made him tap out after about ten seconds.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What a joke this guy is. I mean mafia dons? Really? That's what this guy thinks is goin' on right now?

Tazz: I gotta say, I laughed a whole lot at No Way Out. I mean look at this guy, he don't exactly look like a leader of men now does he?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I guess one good thing came outta this. We finally found the only non-leprechaun smaller than you Tazz!

Tazz: Hey that ain't funny man...

Match 3: Non Title Match
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans w/ Ashley Massaro vs. The Full Blooded Italians (Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke) w/ Santino Marella, Big Vito and Trinity

Kendrick and Nunzio kick off the match, with both men trading back and forth in the early exchange, as from the initial tie up Kendrick twists into a hammerlock, only for Nunzio to twist into a hammerlock of his own. Kendrick rolls through and back onto his feet, twisting the wrist, but Nunzio grabs the hair, taking both men to the ropes before he fires Kendrick across... but Kendrick avoids Nunzio by sliding underneath... and then he sends Nunzio flying with a quick style armdrag. Both men are back up, and Nunzio again goes down with an armdrag, with Kendrick holding on this time. Kendrick wrings the arm around, before he backs Nunzio to the ropes and goes for the Irish whip... but Kendrick lowers his head, allowing Nunzio to aim a kick to the chest, backing Kendrick to the ropes. Nunzio charges, but Kendrick gets a foot up... and tags in London, who immediately climbs to the top rope... flying crossbody! 1... 2... Nunzio kicks out, and both men are back up... only for Nunzio to go down off a scoop slam. London charges off the ropes... running senton! 1... 2... again Nunzio kicks out.

Looking to build up a head of steam, London again charges for the ropes, only for Vito to reach in and grab London’s ankle, causing London to crash face first off the mat, with the referee somehow oblivious to the interference. After a few stomps Nunzio tags in Mamaluke, who adds a few stomps of his own before he goes for an Irish whip, taking London down with a textbook dropkick. Nunzio and Mamaluke then work well together to keep London away from his corner, with Nunzio connecting on a low angle dropkick and a snap swinging neckbreaker, while Mamaluke punishes London with kicks and punches in the corner before gaining a near fall with a bridging northern lights suplex that London barely kicks out of. Mamaluke tags in Nunzio, but before he leaves the ring he hits a backbreaker, holding London across his knee while Nunzio limbs to the top rope... guillotine legdrop! The crowd winces as London viciously doubles over and hits the mat, with Nunzio hooking the leg... 1... 2... London rolls the shoulder!

With their boss offering encouragement, Nunzio and Mamaluke look to finish off the champions, with Tony getting the tag and firing London to the corner. Mamaluke charges in, but London gets a boot up. Again Mamaluke races in, again London gets the boot up... prompting Mamaluke to charge again, this time with his head low to try and drive the shoulder into the midsection... but London pushes himself up with the ropes... then takes Mamaluke over with a sunset flip... but both men roll straight through and onto their feet... for London to his a hurricanrana! 1... 2... Mamaluke kicks out, and he clubs London from behind with a forearm. Tony then goes for the Irish whip, but London ducks his attempted clothesline... and then puts on the breaks to connect with a falling neckbreaker! Both men are down, but London is crawling for the corner... and tags in Kendrick!

Kendrick slingshots into the ring, running straight through Mamaluke with a clothesline before he tags Nunzio with a forearm, causing Nunzio to drop off the apron. As Vito and Santino help Nunzio up, Kendrick turns back to Mamaluke, tagging him with right hands before going for an Irish whip... but Mamaluke reverses... only for Kendrick to strike with a flying forearm! Mamaluke rolls towards the ropes, but that doesn’t bother Kendrick who bounces off the opposite ropes for momentum... only for Vito to drag Mamaluke under the bottom rope! The four male members of The F.B.I huddle together, trying to regroup, but they don’t see Kendrick drops to his knees as London races off the ropes... step up suicide plancha! The crowd goes nuts as London uses Kendrick to fly through the air, taking out Nunzio, Mamaluke, Vito and Santino! London quickly grabs Mamaluke and tosses him back under the bottom rope, where Kendrick is waiting, grabbing Mamaluke be the head and running for the corner... SLICED BREAD! Kendrick plants Tony, but he soon tags in London, who climbs to the top rope as Kendrick drags Mamaluke into position... for the 450 SPLASH!! London gets all of it, hooking the leg as Kendrick kicks a last gasp effort from Nunzio aside... 1... 2... 3!

Winners: The Hooligans @ 05.38

London clutches his ribs as he stands back up, being assisted to his feet by Kendrick before The Hooligans celebrate a confident victory by having their hands raised by the referee. Ashley brings the titles belts into the ring, handing them over to allow London and Kendrick to raise them for the crowd, but the duo don't get long to pose as...

*POURQUOI?...*


All eyes turn to the entrance was as La Resistance appear, with Maryse leading the way while Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier are a few steps behind. The trio stop just under the Smackdown fist, as Maryse already has a mic in her hand...


Maryse: Excusez-moi!

Instant heat...

Maryse: Bravo 'Ooligans, bravo. At least zis time you managed to win... without zat trashy whore sticking her ugly nose in.

Ashley furiously runs at the ropes, wanting to race up the aisle to get another piece of Maryse, but London quickly moves to hold her back...

Maryse: Don't think zat just because you cheated to win at No Way Out zat zis is over. We deserve a rematch with ze two of you. You proved nothing at No Way Out except zat you are nothin' when compared to Dupree and Grenier.

A few boos, while in the ring, London and Kendrick shakes their heads in disbelief...

Maryse: If you two are men... real men like Dupree and Grenier... then you'll give us ze rematch we want... and we settle zis once... and for all. So 'Ooligans... do we have a deal?

London and Kendrick both turn to each other, nodding their head, seemingly in agreement... but before we can get a definitive answer from the champions, a commotion is heard from the crowd... as London and Kendrick are hammered from behind... by The Bluebloods! London and Kendrick are both drilled by William Regal, Dave Taylor and Paul Burchill, the three Englishmen obviously having come through the crowd. Ashley cowers in the corner as Burchill and Taylor lay in with boots to London, while Regal has mounted Kendrick, teeing off with vicious right hands to the forehead. Regal then stands up, urging Kendrick to pick himself off the mat. Kendrick somehow makes it back to his knees, only for Regal to charge... KNEE TREMBLER! Regal drives his knee into the side of Kendrick's skull with a sickening thud, while on the other side of the ring Burchill has London on his feet... JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Burchill plants London, with the crowd shitting all over the actions of The Bluebloods. In the ring, Regal, Taylor and Burchill soon turn their attention up the aisle to La Resistance, with Maryse simply flicking her hand at the ring before she and her charges turn and head backstage, leaving us to focus on the carnage in the ring, with The Bluebloods standing tall over the fallen champions as we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


*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*


Straight back into the arena...

*WHATEVER...*


A great pop welcomes Chris Benoit to the arena, the former United States Champion looking in a foul mood as he marches down the aisle. For the first time in months Benoit doesn't have a title over his shoulder after being screwed out of the gold by Finlay at No Way Out...


Michael Cole: Well I'm just gonna come right out and say it. At No Way Out, Chris Benoit was robbed of the United States Championship by Finlay and that damn shillelagh of his. Benoit had the crossface locked in, he had Finlay tappin' out, but it took a distraction from The Little Bastard, and then a shot from the shillelagh for Finlay to get it done.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Are you kiddin' me?! You're such a damn hypocrite Cole! You all loved it when Ric Flair ran interference for Batista, but when a leprechaun does it for Finlay you step on your high horse and say Benoit was robbed?! Unbelievable! You disgust me Cole, I mean it!

Tazz: Hey why don't you settle down and look at the facts here? Benoit made Finlay tap. Ain't no denyin' that, the match woulda been over if it weren't for that damn leprechaun.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I give up, I really do. I can't believe a Wrestling Gawd like myself is sat with you two morons...

*REALITY...*


Some pretty solid heat from the crowd as The Miz arrogantly struts his way out from the back, Michelle McCool accompanying him as always. The pair confidently head down the aisle, with McCool offering a few words of encouragement to her client as they go...


John Bradshaw Layfield: And not only have I gotta listen to you two, now I gotta watch this jackass in action!?

Michael Cole: Well we all know Miz isn't one of JBL's favourites. But Tazz, you had to be impressed with Miz at No Way Out, he came close on a couple of occasions to becoming the number one contender to the United States Championship.

Tazz: Y'know what? Miz showed me a thing or two last Sunday. A couple of times I thought he was goin' to Wrestlemania. I might not wanna admit it, but this kid's on the rise. A win over Benoit here tonight could be huge for 'im...

Match 4:
Chris Benoit
vs. The Miz w/ Michelle McCool

Looking to continue to build on his recent improvements, Miz is the more aggressive off the first tie up, quickly working into a side headlock, only for Benoit to fire Miz off the ropes... but Miz bowls Benoit over with a shoulderblock! Feeling cocky, Miz doesn’t take advantage of this, instead he arrogantly gestures to the crowd, with McCool applauding at ringside. Once again the pair tie up, with both men jockeying for position, until Benoit backs Miz into the corner. The ref steps in looking for the break, which Benoit gives... only to light Miz up with a stinging chop to the chest! The crowd “Wooo’s” as Benoit strikes another three times, before Benoit goes for an Irish whip... which Miz reverses... and this time Benoit knocks Miz down with a shoulderblock! Benoit returns the favour, leaving Miz furious as he gets back to his feet.

Miz is so furious than he gets right in Benoit’s face... and delivers a loud slap to the jaw! The crowd gasps as Benoit rubs his chin... and then they cheer as Benoit unloads with a massive knife edge chop that puts Miz down! Miz staggers back up, only for Benoit to unload with more punishing chops, boots to the gut and forearms to the back of the head as Miz stumbles around the ring in search of safety. Benoit catches up with Miz and tags yet another trio of chops against the turnbuckle, before he goes for an Irish whip across... Miz hits the opposite corner hard... but gets a boot up as Benoit charges in... and then levels Benoit with a stiff clothesline!

Still mad at the punishment he suffered, Miz attacks with relentless punches and kicks as Benoit lies on the mat, before a snap legdrop gets him a near fall. Miz then drops a knee across the back of Benoit’s neck, looking to target the area as he then locks on a sitting side headlock. Miz wrenches on the neck, trying to wear Benoit down. Miz keeps the hold locked on tight despite Benoit’s best efforts to break free, but eventually the former United States Champion works back to a vertical base, hitting a pair of elbows to the gut before he finally breaks free by firing Miz off the ropes... Benoit swings a clothesline... but Miz ducks... and takes Benoit up and down with a side suplex! 1... 2... Benoit kicks out!

Frustrated, Miz quickly synchs in a reverse chinlock, once more keeping Benoit grounded in an attempt to wear him down. Benoit is held in the hold longer than the previous headlock, but once again Benoit is able to work back to a vertical base, unloading with a trio of back elbows that breaks Miz’s grip... but Miz quickly fires back with a forearm to the back of the head. Benoit stumbles to the ropes, prompting Miz to walk over... straight into a knife edge chop! A further two chops sting Miz’s chest, before Benoit goes for an Irish whip... and then knocks Miz down with a clothesline. Miz is back up, but a snap suplex puts him back down, with Benoit getting a near fall. Dragging Miz to his feet, Benoit spins Miz around, grabs him by the waist... for a German suplex! Benoit hoists Miz up, keeping his grip... second German suplex! Miz looks out on his feet as Benoit pulls him up... third German suplex completes the Hat Trick! The third German propels Miz close to the ropes, but Benoit hooks the near leg... 1... 2... Miz gets a foot on the rope!

With Miz still down, Benoit returns to a vertical base... and draws a thumb across his throat! The crowd pops as Benoit steps through the ropes, heading to the top rope... only for McCool to jump up onto the apron, distracting Benoit! The ref urges McCool to get off the apron, but she continues to shout abuse at Benoit... allowing Miz to dive for the ropes, causing Benoit to lose his balance... crotching himself on the top turnbuckle! After shaking away the cobwebs, Miz climbs up to the second rope, drilling Benoit with stiff right hands to the face before he hooks Benoit up... SUPERPLEX... NO! Benoit fires right hands to the ribs, and then headbutts Miz... causing Miz to fall from the top rope! The crowd rises as Benoit steps to the top rope, with Miz in perfect position... for the DIVING HEADBUTT!! Benoit connects, and he quickly hooks both legs... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Chris Benoit @ 08.15

The crowd cheers as Benoit picks up a hard fought victory in what has to be considered another impressive performance from The Miz. Benoit quickly rolls away from Miz, clutching the back of his neck and he gets back to his feet. Miz rolls from the ring to be greeted by McCool who tries to help her man stay upright, while Benoit asks for and receives a microphone...


Chris Benoit: FINLAY! We're not finished yet! I get a rematch with you... and I want it next week on Smackdown!

Big pop...

Chris Benoit: So get your ass out here and gimme my rematch!

And again the crowd pop, as Benoit makes it short, emphatically calling Finlay out to set up a rematch between the two. Benoit slams his mic to the mat and starts pacing the ring, but he doesn't have to wait long as...

*LAMBEG...*


A good level of heat for the new United States Champion Finlay, the grizzled veteran stepping out looking ready for a fight, dressed in his ring gear and with his shillelagh in his hand. With the title belt strapped around his waist, Finlay's other hand is free to hold a microphone...


Finlay: Ye' want yer rematch, do ya' Chris?

Finlay arrogantly flashes that toothy grin of his...

Finlay: Chris, I said at No Way Out that you and me... we had our battles over the years. So I'll give ye' yer rematch, we'll have one last battle... but this time, we end the war.

A small pop from the crowd at the thought of Benoit and Finlay going at it again...


Finlay: But if yer gonna come after my United States Championship... yer gonna do it on my terms. And yer gonna do it... at Saturday Night's Main Event.

A bigger pop this time, with Benoit nodding his approval in the ring...

Finlay: Next week... I'll let ya' know what kinda match we'll be havin'. But I promise ya' Chris... it'll be the last.

*LAMBEG...*


And with one last smirk in Benoit's direction, Finlay turns on his heels and walks backstage, leaving Benoit in the ring to contemplate the fact the he will get his rematch at Saturday Night's Main Event... but it will be on Finlay's terms.

*Commercial*


When we return from the break, we see Matt Hardy sat on a chair in his dressing room, applying the finishing touches ahead of his match tonight. A nice pop rings out from inside the arena as Matt appears on the screen, with Hardy soon standing up from the chair to head over and grab something from a nearby sports bag. Hardy then turns back to the room, but he's startled by something off camera... and when we pan out we see that Batista has entered the room. The crowd gives another great pop for the World Heavyweight Champion, with Batista smiling at Matt...


Batista: Hey Matt. I just wanted to say, great job at No Way Out man. Way to grab your chance at Wrestlemania.

Matt nods his agreement...

Batista: And I just wanted to drop by and say... good luck tonight in your match with Edge. I know you two have a history together, and I'd love to see you kick his ass all over this arena tonight.

Batista offers Matt his hand, a handshake that Hardy quickly accepts...

Matt Hardy: Thanks man. And hey, great job at No Way Out. It was about time somebody taught 'im a lesson. You and Flair... you guys got 'im good.

Batista has a brief chuckle...

Batista: Yeah, well I hope that's the end of it. I hope he learned his lesson. But if he didn't... I got no problem kickin' his ass all over again!

Pop from inside the arena...

Batista: Anyway, good luck tonight. Knock 'em dead man.

The pair share one last nod of the head together, before Batista makes his exit, leaving the camera focused on Hardy, who takes a big puff of breath and blows out his cheeks before he again turns to his gym bag to finish his preparations for one of the biggest matches of his career.


*Video Package*

We open to the grainy footage of Wrestlemania VI, and soon the music ‘Common Man Boogie’ is heard...

Narrator: He was a common man who connected with the people like no other...

We now see Dusty Rhodes make his way down to the ring in various points of time, starting with Wrestlemania VI with Sapphire by his side, then his Jim Crocket Promotion days, and finally at a WCW event...

Narrator: A man who embodied the very spirit of ‘The American Dream’...

Dusty is stood infront of the camera, blood pouring down his forehead...

Dusty Rhodes: Get a dream, hold onto it, and reach for the sky!

Scenes of various championship wins throughout the years...

Gordon Solie: Dusty Rhodes is the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion!

We now see shots of Rhodes landing bionic elbow after bionic elbow to various opponents...

Narrator: A man who took on countless legends of the wrestling world...

We see Rhodes wind up and connect with a big elbow to the blood stained skull of Ric Flair...

Ric Flair: Dusty Rhodes is one of the greatest performers in the history of this business.

Rhodes then slams Flair from the top rope during a cage match...

Narrator: And beat them all.

Dusty is once again stood infront of the camera cutting a promo...

Dusty Rhodes: I wanna tell all the people, that on Christmas Night, I’m comin’ for that NWA Title! Harley Race, I’m comin’ for ya’!...

Scenes of Dusty from his WWF days, clad in polka dots, shaking his ass to the music...

Narrator: And on this night, we celebrate the legendary career...

Action from the Wrestlemania Vi mixed tag team match, with Rhodes slamming Randy Savage to the mat...

Arn Anderson: There’s not many who you could say connected with the fans any better than he did. He was a real man of the people.

Shots of the fans clamouring to see Rhodes, and Rhodes struggling to make his way through the masses at the Great American Bash ’85...

Ric Flair: One of the greatest opponents I ever had. A guy I consider not only a friend, but a hero...

More shots of the great Flair/Rhodes battles...

Narrator: Of ‘The American Dream’...

Rhodes, bloody, being hoisted up onto the shoulder of a posse of wrestlers in celebration of another title win...

Shawn Michaels: He had so much talent, so much charisma. He could sell a pay per view with 30 seconds infront of a microphone, that’s how good he was...

More images of Rhodes making an entrance into the arena, dancing and shaking as only he could...

Narrator: Dusty Rhodes!

We now see a picture of Dusty, stern faced, with the Hall of Fame logo nearby. Also on the screen is the fact that Rhodes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by current Hall of Famer Harley Race!

*End Video Package*


Back into the arena for a few seconds of silence until...

"KENNEDY..."

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE...*


Major heat as the ever cocky Mr. Kennedy strides down to the ring, a furious look on his face. Kennedy wastes no time in heading for the ring, not even giving the booing fans at ringside a second look as he quickly scrambles up the steel steps into the ring...


Michael Cole: Certainly No Way Out didn't quite turn out how Mr. Kennedy had planned it to. Kennedy and Edge had a plan, an agreement that Edge would help Kennedy beat Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, but thanks to Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, it didn't quite work out that way.

Tazz: Yeah and for my money, Kennedy got exactly what he deserved Sunday night. I for one was real sick and tired of that jackass runnin' his mouth, and I hope it finally got shut at No Way Out.

Michael Cole: And of course tonight, Teddy Long said that after his actions over recent weeks and his defeat to Batista, Kennedy was being sent to the back of the line. What d'ya think he meant by that John?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Who knows what that incompetent moron Teddy Long is thinkin' right now? I mean, as if Kennedy hasn't suffered enough. He's had his Wrestlemania dream ripped away from him twice by Ric Flair, and now he's headed to the back o' the line for a title shot? It's a damn disgrace if ya' ask me.

Perhaps Kennedy's mouth has been shut, as instead of his usual pre match spiel, Kennedy simply stares blankly up the aisle, waiting for his opponent. Kennedy leans against the corner, taking Tony Chimel by surprise with the Smackdown announcer of course expecting some sort of chat from Kennedy, but it never comes as...

*KAI EN TAI...*


Kennedy turns his head in disgust, and the crowd gasps and cheers as Funaki heads for the ring. Pumping his fist as he goes, Funaki does his best to fire up the crowd, but it's already too late as they already fear the worse...


Michael Cole: Well... uh, I guess this is what Teddy Long had in mind. If Kennedy's ever gonna get another chance at the World Heavyweight Championship, he's gonna have to earn it the hard way, startin' right at the bottom.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I can't believe this. I really can't. I mean, is this some kinda joke? Is Teddy Long sat back there gettin' a kick outta this?

Tazz: Hey, maybe by havin' to start at the bottom and work his way back to the top, Kennedy'll learn a thing or two about respect. I doubt it, but it's worth a shot...

Match 5:
Mr. Kennedy
vs. Funaki

The bell rings, and Funaki bounds from his corner, his hand cocked, ready to strike... but Kennedy remains slumped against the turnbuckle, laughing to himself almost in disbelief. Kennedy lets out a scream of frustration to the crowd, before he finally steps to the middle of the ring, going face to face with Funaki. The crowd starts to make some noise, encouraging Funaki to strike... but before he can, Kennedy places the palm of his hand infront of Funaki's face! 'Naki stops dead in his tracks, confused as to what the hell Kennedy is doing... but it all becomes clear... as Kennedy reaches a hand to the ceiling... and down drops his microphone! The crowd boos heavily, wanting to see some action, but Kennedy once more uses his hand to motion for Funaki to stand his ground while Kennedy speaks...


Mr. Kennedy No. No, no-no... no! This... ain't gonna happen. I ain't gonna lower myself to your level. You are not in my league. Now... get outta this ring, and somebody get me Teddy Long out here... right - now.

Again the crowd boos, with Funaki and the referee both looking confused...

Mr. Kennedy: I said... get out of the ring.

Funaki takes another confused look at the referee, who tries to encourage Kennedy to start the action. Frustrated, Kennedy simply shakes his head at Funaki, annoyed that 'Naki won't do as Kennedy requests... BANG! Kennedy drills Funaki with the microphone straight in the fuckin' face!

Funaki instantly crumples to the mat, and once the referee has recovered from the shock, he instantly calls for the bell.

Winner: Funaki by disqualification @ 01.08

Kennedy may have lost this 'match' by DQ, but he clearly doesn't care, as he reaches down and grabs Funaki by the hair, pulling him to his feet, making clear for us all to see that Funaki has been busted open! The blood flows from a nasty gash in the middle of 'Naki's forehead, and after flashing a sick smile, Kennedy runs for the ropes and nonchalantly launches Funaki over the top rope to the floor! The crowd gives off some mega heat as Kennedy picks up his mic from the mat...


Mr. Kennedy: Now, where was I? Teddy... you got some s'plainin' to do! So you walk your little jive-soul ass down that aisle, and you tell me what I wanna know!

Kennedy stares at the entrance way, waiting for Teddy... but he's greeted by nothing but silence, while at ringside, confusion reigns as no-one is quite sure as to what's going on...

Mr. Kennedy: I don't care Teddy, I'll wait all night. I'm not leavin' this ring 'til you come out here.

Again Kennedy stares up the aisle... and again he's met by silence. The crowd continues to boo the fact that Kennedy is almost holding the show to ransom... and it gets worse as Kennedy shrugs his shoulder, jumps through the ropes to the outside and drags Tony Chimel from his seat. Kennedy then takes the chair and slides it under the bottom rope, opening the chair and placing it in the middle of the ring... and then sitting down on it! Once again the crowd boos, but Kennedy clearly doesn't give a shit as he reaches for his microphone...

Mr. Kennedy: I mean it Teddy. I ain't movin' an inch, not one single inch, 'til you come down here. What's it gonna be Teddy?

Still the confusion rings out around the arena, with no-one sure what's going on...

Michael Cole: Uh folks, I... I honestly don't know what's goin' on right now. We were supposed to be havin' a match right now, but it seems that Mr. Kennedy is staging some kind of sit-in protest.

Tazz: What the hell is this guy doin'? I mean he-

Michael Cole: Sorry to interrupt Tazz, but we're bein' told to go to commercial folks. Join us when we return when we've hopefully got this all figured out.

*Commercial*


But when we return, Kennedy is still sat in the ring, microphone hanging down from the ceiling in his hand. Kennedy takes a long look at the imaginary watch on his wrist, sarcastically suggesting he's waited long enough...


Mr. Kennedy: C'mon Teddy. C'mon! I swear to God Teddy, you can try finish this show by having guys wrestle around me, but I ain't movin' 'til you get out here and you tell me what - the - HELL was goin' on at No Way Out! You owe me a Goddamn explanation as to how Ric Flair got in that buildin', and I ain't leavin' 'til I get it!

Again the crowd boos, while the announce team continue to act dumbfounded...

Mr. Kennedy: C'mon Teddy, tick tock! You've got a main event to get in tonight, and the longer you sit your ass back there, the more time-

*MACMILLITANT...*


And finally Teddy Long answers the call, striding down the aisle with a furious look on his face. Long wastes little in time in making his way into the ring, walking straight past the still sitting down Kennedy to be handed a mic...


Mr. Kennedy: Finally. Now Teddy, you better-

Teddy Long: No you better get yo' ass up outta that chair and shut yo' mouth playa!

The crowd and Kennedy are shocked at T-Lo barks down at Kennedy, who with his jaw nearly hitting the floor, slowly gets back to his feet...

Teddy Long: You wanna know what happened at No Way Out playa? Well I'll tell ya'. Edge and Umaga, they both cut deals with Vince McMahon. They both got Smackdown contracts. When Jonathan Coachman came to my office and handed me that envelope, it had signed Smackdown contracts with both those cats' signatures on 'em. I weren't happy 'bout it, but there weren't nothin' I could do. Edge and Umaga went over my head... and we all saw what happened.

Teddy shakes his head ruefully, just like at No Way Out...

Teddy Long: But Ric Flair? That was all on my head playa.

Kennedy's eyes widen with anger...

Teddy Long: Y'see Kennedy, you been nothin' but a real pain in my ass these last few months! As far as I know, 'Naitch' was lookin' for a way to teach you a lesson. And when Batista came to me and asked me to square up a few details to allow Flair in the building... I was only too happy to help 'im. Anythin' to see yo' punk ass taught the lesson it deserved!

Pop...

Teddy Long: I signed off on Ric Flair bein' in the arena Sunday. And I watched on wit' a big smile on my face when he and Arn Anderson played yo' ass!

Another pop...

Teddy Long: You got exactly what you deserved at No Way Out playa. I ain't takin' no more of your childish behaviour on my show. You whine and complain' about gettin' tossed from the Rumble. You got a title shot, you cut a deal wit' Edge, but it backfired on ya'! And now look at ya'. Sat in my ring, wantin' answers, holdin' up the rest of my show. It ain't gonna happen no mo' playa.

Long firmly steps towards Kennedy...

Teddy Long: I want yo' ass outta this ring... NOW!

Kennedy is stunned, laughing in sheer disbelief at the manner in which he's been spoke to. He soon composes himself though, wagging a finger at Teddy before bringing his mic to his mouth...

Mr. Kennedy: You... you... signed off on Ric Flair costin' me at No Way Out? You... helped rob me of the World Heavyweight - Heavyweight - Championship? YOU... conspired with Ric Flair and Batista... to cost me my dream... AGAIN!

Kennedy shakes his head in annoyance...

Mr. Kennedy: It all makes so much sense now! You screwed me and now-

Teddy Long: A'ight enough of this! Fellas! Let's get this playa outta here!

Kennedy stares in disbelief as Teddy interrupts him once more, with Teddy turning his back on Kennedy to look up the ramp....

Teddy Long: SECURITY! I want this playa outta here, I wanna get on wit' the-

BANG!

Kennedy jumps to his feet... and CRACKS TEDDY ACROSS THE BACK WITH THE STEEL CHAIR! The crowd is stunned as Long drops to the mat, with a sick smile crossing Kennedy's face as he stands over the fallen GM...


Mr. Kennedy: Oh no! No, no. You don't tell me what to do anymore Teddy! You're not givin' the orders anymore!

Long somehow manages to struggles back to all fours, still in clear pain... only for Kennedy to CRACK THE CHAIR ACROSS TEDDY'S BACK ONCE AGAIN! Once more Teddy slumps to the mat, wincing in pain, but Kennedy gives him no chance to recover, arrogantly rolling Teddy over to his back with his foot before unfolding the chair and placing it across Teddy's throat, choking the Smackdown General Manager as he sits down on it...

Mr. Kennedy: Now Teddy, I have been askin' for weeks... and I'm gonna ask... no, I'm gonna order you one last time... give me... Ric Flair.

Kennedy sits backwards on the chair, his chest against the back support of the chair, allowing him to lean over the top of the chair, applying even more pressure as Teddy gasps and chokes...

Mr. Kennedy: TEDDY! I said... give - me - Flair!

Teddy Long: I... I can't!

Once more Kennedy laughs to himself, an almost laugh or cry situation for him...

Mr. Kennedy: In that case...

Kennedy stands up, pulling the chair up with him, once more looking to drill Long with it... until he change his mind, tossing the chair aside... to then start to wrap the cable of his microphone around his hands... to then WRAP IT AROUND TEDDY'S THROAT!! Teddy desperately tries to claw the cable away from his throat, but Kennedy's grip is firm, choking the GM, but having left himself enough slack to still speak into the mic...

Mr. Kennedy: Nobody... ab - so - lutely - nobody takes my dream away from me Teddy.

It's a sickening image as Kennedy chokes Long with the very mic he's speaking into. The crowd shits all over it, booing Kennedy out of the arena, and finally we see a posse of referees and agents race down the aisle, desperately trying to break Kennedy's grip as he chokes the life out of T-Lo. Despite four or five refs grabbing at Kennedy's arm, ripping at the cable, it's no use as Kennedy is a man possessed, his grip not easing off, while all the while he screams...

"Nobody takes my dream! Nobody!"

Still the referees and agents try to save Teddy, who looks flat out unconscious, his face and body having gone limp. Kennedy refuses to ease up, violently shaking Teddy's head from side to side, with the commentary team (even JBL) disgusted by Kennedy's actions... until finally...

*I WALK ALONE...*


The crowd erupts as Batista comes racing (well, as fast as he can go) down the aisle! Kennedy hangs on to the choke for as long as he can, but just before Batista slides into the ring, Kennedy finally relents, releasing his hold on the mic cable to drop to the mat and then roll under the bottom rope. Batista heads straight for the ropes near where Kennedy now stands, the World Heavyweight Champion just missing out on getting his hands on Kennedy.

Kennedy smirks as he moves away from 'The Animal', with Batista quickly dropping down to check on Long. The crowd is all over Kennedy as he slowly backs up the ramp, with many of the ringside crowd leaning over the barricade to make sure their insults get through. Medics soon start to head down to the ring, racing past Kennedy who continues to stare at the still body of Teddy Long, a devilish smile on his face as the camera focuses on him, with the camera hearing Kennedy say...

"Nobody... takes away the dream... of Mr. Kennedy... Kennedy."

*Commercial*


We return to the announce desk, the arena mostly in silence, still in shock over what they just saw...


Michael Cole: Folks, I uh... well first of all welcome back. I really don't know what to say right now. We just saw somethin' that can only be described as a disgusting assault of Teddy Long at the hands of Mr. Kennedy. Kennedy came out here wantin' some answers as to my Ric Flair was allowed in the arena last Sunday night at No Way Out, Teddy Long admitted that he agreed to let Flair go after a measure of revenge against Kennedy... and that led to what we just saw.

Tazz: I honestly can't believe what I just witnessed. Kennedy just choked the life outta our GM! I was shocked at what I just saw, I mean really. Kennedy used his own microphone to choke out Teddy Long. Teddy ain't a wrestler, he don't deserve anythin' like that.

John Bradshaw Layfield: While I don't agree with the attack, I sure as hell agree with Kennedy's motives. Teddy Long gave Ric Flair permission to basically screw Kennedy outta the World Heavyweight Championship and the main event of Wrestlemania. It may have went a bit far, but Teddy Long has been askin' for this for a while now, and he tipped Kennedy over the edge at No Way Out.

Tazz: You gotta be kiddin' me! Kennedy beat up Ric Flair, he beat Arn Anderson, and now he's beat up Teddy Long, and you're OK with that?

John Bradshaw Layfield: It's been a long time comin'! You have no idea how close I've been to smackin' Teddy Long myself, I applaud Mr. Kennedy for steppin' up gettin' it done!

Michael Cole: I can't believe what I'm here hearin' outta you 'JBL'. I honestly can't. Folks, I should inform you that Teddy Long was unconscious as he was taken out of the arena on a stretcher, he's been taken to a local medical facility. If at all possible we'll try get an update on his condition before we go off the air, but right now it's not looking good for the Smackdown General Manager.

After that sombre message from Cole, we head back to a wide shot of the arena, and after a few seconds of silence...

"YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME..."

*METALINGUS...*


An initial pop quickly turns to very vocal heat as Edge storms out from the back, stopping briefly underneath the Smackdown fist to set off a burst of pyro before he confidently makes his way down the aisle, sliding under the bottom rope...


Michael Cole: Edge really got under the skin of Batista earlier tonight, so much so that the two nearly came to blows in the middle of the ring. Guys, what d'ya think of Edge's comments earlier, that he's not afraid of 'The Animal', but rather that he feels Batista is gonna ruin his Wrestlemania main event?

Tazz: Who's this guy tryin' fool? Everybody saw 'im bolt from the ring when Batista challenged 'im. If Edge is tryin' to convince me he ain't afraid of Batista, he ain't doin' a great job so far.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Edge won the Royal Rumble, he earned his Wrestlemania moment. This notion that Edge might be scared of Batista is a damn joke! Edge has guaranteed victory, and I believe 'im. Batista ain't got a chance at Wrestlemania!

"OH YEAH..."

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT...*


Another huge pop, this time for Matt Hardy, who races out from the back and looks to instantly fire up the crowd. After playing up for the crowd, Matt draws a serious expression across his face, nodding his head as he walks down the aisle, knowing what an opportunity tonight is for his career...


Michael Cole: No Way Out was a huge night for Matt Hardy, after Hardy became the Number One Contender for the United States Championship. Matt is goin' to Wrestlemania, but tonight is all about settling an old rivalry between Hardy and Edge.

John Bradshaw Layfield: These had their share o' battles back in the day on Monday Night Raw, and ultimately it was Edge who emerged victorious. Why would it be any different tonight? All that momentum Hardy built from winnin' at No Way Out is about to be shattered by Edge tonight.

Tazz: I dunno about that man. Matt's been on a roll these last few weeks, he's ready to take that step to the next level. He knows he's gonna challenge for the United States Championship at Wrestlemania, and he can really send out a message to Finlay with a win over Edge tonight.

Main Event:
Edge
vs. Matt Hardy

The ill-feeling of previous years between the two is still evident as the bell rings, as while Hardy shuffles forward looking to start the fight, Edge backs away to the corner, eventually ducking his head through the ropes much to Hardy’s frustration. The two finally tie up, with Edge working into a wrist wringer, only for Matt to twist back around into a hammerlock. Both men twist, turn and jockey for position, with Hardy looking very competent as he matches Edge counter for counter. Hardy is in control with another hammerlock, but Edge is able to back both men into the corner... to then drill Matt with a stiff back elbow! A forearm then lands to the side of the head, before Edge goes for an Irish whip... which Matt reverses... and then follows in for a corner clothesline... followed by a running bulldog! Hardy goes for the early cover... 1... 2... Edge kicks out.

Matt is quickly back on his feet, tagging a few shots to the back of Edge before he fires Edge off the ropes... into a big back body drop! Edge is quickly back up, but Matt builds momentum by knocking him down a clothesline! Again Edge is up, but again a clothesline puts him down, with Edge flailing into the corner. Hardy stays on the offensive, climbing to the second rope to drop down on Edge with right hands, the crowd counting along all the way to ten. Matt drops back to his feet, pushing Edge against the ropes and going for an Irish whip... but Edge reverses... only to lower his head, allowing Matt to hit a kick to the chest. Edge’s head snaps up, with Hardy going for a kick to the midsection... only for Edge to catch the foot... enziguri! Matt hammers the back of Edge’s head, but before he can go for a cover, Edge rolls under the bottom rope to the floor.

Trying to recover, Edge is down on one knee, sucking in air, with the referee ushering Matt away from the ropes so he can administer the count. Hardy waits until four before he steps through the ropes, standing on the apron, waiting for Edge to rise before he runs along the apron... flying clothesline! The crowd pops as Matt flies to take down Edge, with Hardy quickly on his feet to fire up the audience. Matt then reaches down to grab Edge by the hair, trying to pull Edge to his feet, but Edge grabs Matt by the belt... and falls backwards... the momentum sending Matt crashing knee first into the steel steps! Matt cries in pain as he collapses to the floor, instantly clutching at his left leg, the pain evident for all to see. Edge remains down on the floor, taking a few seconds to recover, and we fade into commercial with the momentum of the match having shifted in Edge’s favour.

*Commercial*


And when we return, both men are standing as Hardy fires right hands, still heavily favouring the knee. Once more Matt swings... but Edge ducks underneath... and catches Matt from behind with an inverted DDT! 1... 2... Hardy rolls the shoulder! Matt has to use the ropes to pull himself to his feet against the turnbuckle, with Edge tagging a trio of right hands to the face before h hooks Matt’s leg on the second rope... and drills a vicious kick to the back of the knee! The force of the kick knocks Hardy to the mat, with edge not letting up for a second as he starts stomping own on the knee, causing Hardy to groan in pain. With Matt down near the corner, Edge rolls under the bottom rope, grabbing Matt’s foot... and then smashing Hardy’s knee across the steel ring post! Hardy instantly clutches at his knee, desperately pushing himself away from the corner to avoid further damage. Edge slides back into the ring, and briefly allows himself a moment to taunt the crowd, a sick smile on his face as he soaks in the boos.

With Matt struggling to get back on his feet, Edge applies more stomps to the knee, before he rolls Hardy over and locks on a single leg Boston crab. Pulling back on the left knee, Edge applies pressure to the injured leg, with Hardy a long way away from the ropes. Matt tries to crawl his way to safety, but it’s no use as Edge has the hold locked on tight. The arena soon comes alive as they try to rally Matt back into the match, with Hardy feeding off the cheers, managing to force himself onto his elbows. Hardy then slowly crawls for the ropes, and despite Edge’s best efforts, Matt inches ever closer... until he reaches out and grabs the bottom rope! Matt reaches the ropes, but it takes every second of the referee’s five count for Edge to finally release the hold.

Dragging Hardy back to his feet, edge is caught off guard by a right hand from Matt. Edge fires back... but so does Hardy... again... and again... until he’s back Edge to the ropes, and then goes for an Irish whip... with Edge running straight into a back elbow! Hardy follows this with a snap elbow drop, gaining himself a near fall. Hardy looks to build some momentum, yanking Edge to his feet to connect on a pair of rights... but edge swings a wild right that Matt ducks... to then connect with the side effect! Hardy slides into the lateral press... 1... 2... Edge rolls a shoulder! Looking to build momentum, Hardy again strikes with a right hand, before he fires Edge to the corner... and charges in for the corner clothesline... before going for the bulldog... but Edge pushes Matt free, sending Hardy crashing into the opposite turnbuckle! Edge charges in... but Matt gets a boot up, causing Edge to drop a knee as Matt climbs to the second rope... elbow connects to the back of the head!

Feeding off the crowd, Hardy limps back to his feet, waiting for Edge to rise... kick to the gut... TWIST OF FATE... NO! Edge spins all the way through... and drops Matt from behind with a chop block! Hardy crumples in pain as Edge goes back to the injured knee, and as he waits for Matt to rise, Edge crouches in the corner, begging and willing for Hardy to return to a vertical base. The crowd gasps as Matt staggers to his feet... here comes Edge... SPEAR... NO!! Hardy avoids the contact... and Edge runs straight through... SPEARING THE RINGPOST! Edge’s shoulder flies through the second and top rope to connect with the steel, and as he stumbles from the corner Matt is ready and waiting... TWIST OF FATE!! The crowd erupts as Hardy connects... but the cheers soon turn to commotion, as Finlay has raced down the aisle! The United States Champion springs up onto the apron, getting in Hardy’s face, causing Matt to briefly forget about Edge. Finlay points and taunts Matt with his shillelagh, threatening to smash it across Matt’s skull... only for the crowd to to give a massive pop as Chris Benoit sprints down to the ring... and yanks Finlay off the apron! Benoit and Finlay soon erupt into a massive brawl on the aisle, with Benoit seeking an early measure of revenge. Hardy stares at the fight for a brief moment, before he turns back to the ring... SPEAR!!! The distraction is enough to allow Edge the chance to recover, and he cuts Hardy in half with a spear, quickly hooking the leg... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Edge @ 13.47

Hardy comes so close to victory, but the brawl at ringside is enough of a distraction to allow Edge to grab the win. Edge smiles through gritted teeth as he rolls from Hardy, knowing he was pushed all the way as he gets back to his feet...


Michael Cole: Matt Hardy was so close to grabbing what woulda been a huge victory for him tonight, but the United States Champion Finlay decided he wanted to send Matt a little message ahead of Wrestlemania.

Tazz: Well Chris Benoit, he came out to do the right thing, he came from a piece o' Finlay, but it may have wound up costin' Matt the match.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Edge is off an' runnin' fellas! His first match back on Friday Night Smackdown, and he's gets the win! A win that's gonna lead 'im all the way to Wrestlemania and the World Heavyweight Championship!

Michael Cole: It has been a wild night here on Smackdown. We continue to march towards Saturday Night's Main Event and Wrestlemania, but what on earth could happen next week? Join us to find out folks. Goodnight!

Having seen Finlay and Benoit brawl their way to the back, Edge is free to slowly back his way up the aisle, staring back at Hardy with an arrogant smirk on his face, while in the ring Matt splutter and coughs, selling the effects of the spear as he angrily stares back at Edge while we fade to black.

*End Show*





Current Card for WWE SATURDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT :
Date: March 3rd 2007

Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York

Number One Contenders Tournament Final Match:
Winner will face Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIII for the WWE CHAMPIONSHIP

??? vs. ???

United States Championship Match:
Match Stipulation TBA

United States Champion Finlay vs. Chris Benoit

Four Way Elimination Match:
Winner will face Gregory Helms at Wrestlemania XXIII for the CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Bryan Danielson vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Joey Mercury vs. Shannon Moore
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Decent way to kick things off with Batista and then Edge coming out kick starts their angle heading into Wrestlemania. Overall the promo was solid with Edge really shining over Batista who I just don't like but I appreciate you tried to make him better than his mediocre self. Hardy/Edge should be interesting, can't see Edge losing tho, maybe Batista will get involved? Or Finlay? Who knows. Not bad way to start the show

@ Umaga burying The Boogeyman. Future endeavour plz. Umaga gets the perfect start on Smackers and he'll continue to look impressive until Taker beats him at Mania. Always marks for AAE on the mic too. Kane/Mags short program should be alright, don't bury Kane tho, I'm sure he'll play a part in MITB after this

Oh look, another predictable match. How boring. Good showcase for Danielson after the herculean effort at NWO, and then out comes Chavo. Danielson/Chavo/Helms at Mania would be epic. Speaking of Helms. Solid interaction between the three cruisers and then Teddy's announcement was cool, but really, we all know it's either Danielson by himself or a double countout/DQ/pinfall so that he and Chavo both make it to Helms at Mania

I do approve of you write King Booker. I myself hated it and quickly changed back to BOOKAH TEE in my 06 thread, so credit to you for making him entertaining. Makes sense he'll be in MITB, but I can't see him winning it, although he'd be a good pick. MVP alliance could be interesting but it won't last come Mania itself

LOL @ The FBI and Don Santino. Still love it. Pity you're keeping them as jobbers. La Resistance and The Bluebloods involvement makes a Hooligans/La Res/Bluebloods match at Mania look likely, although maybe a second face team could get into the mix. Maryse and Ashley have surely got to settle things aswell

Glad Benoit beat The Miz. Don't rate Miz, never did, probably never will. No push plz. Benoit however needs to look strong after losing (still can't believe you did that tbh) to Finlay at NWO. I'm betting it's a Celtic Streetfight or something between Benoit/Finlay at SNME, or possibly a submission match

Short stuff between Hardy and Batista. Promo's have suffered tonight for the most part, so many video packages have flooded the show. This one was meh but needed. Batista defo gets involved now but I still feel Finlay will too

I approve of Dusty Rhodes in the HOF

Kennedy went totally overboard here. Really just snapped. Just as I mentioned the promo's were suffering tonight, this one comes around and improves things. Honestly felt like maybe you could've had Kennedy do this after a week or two more of refusals by Teddy and Flair on RAW over a Flair/Kennedy match at Mania. Blew your load. We'll see though, hopefully you'll make it work. HUGE message sent by Mr. Kennedy here. I'm sure we'll hear from Ric Flair on RAW now

Main event was entertaining enough. Finaly does get involved, Benoit coming out was fair enough, but no Batista appearance surprised me somewhat. Was maybe expecting him on commentary. Ahwell. No biggie. I guess there will be some tension between Hardy and Benoit now as you alluded to the distraction of Finlay and Benout allowing Edge to take advantage of Hardy and Spear him

Overall, a solid show, but I feel RAW is easily superior at the moment. Just feel Smackers is lacking some star power compared to the red brand. That said, you did what you could and whilst it wasn't as good as RAW has been lately, it still kept me entertained for the most part, despite some awfully predictable matches. .
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