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7. World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy

5. Last Man Standing Match:
Chavo Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio

2. United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Matt Hardy vs. The Miz

6. Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Bryan Danielson

4. WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans vs. The New Breed

3. Grudge Match:
Finlay vs. Kane

1. Six Man Tag Team Match:
The Extremists vs. The Coachman Coalition

Bonus Questions:

What will be the match order? Done.
How many championships will change hands? One.
Who will take the fall in the Six Man Tag Team Match? Dreamer.
Will there be any surprise appearances? If yes, then by who? Naaah.
What will be the longest match?Helms/Danielson match plz.
What will be the shortest match? Six man tag match.
Will there be any blood shed? If so, which match(es)? I'll say the LMS match.


Looks like a hell of a show. Can't wait to see the outcome of the CW match followed by the WHC match. I'm interested to see what route you go for each title after the show as I have no clue what could happen. I'm up to date on what's been happening but I'm still pretty stumped as to what you have in mind after Judgement Day. But anyway, will read for sure when it's up. Awesome job you've been doing
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Friday Night SmackDown Presents;
~WWE JUDGMENT DAY~
May 20th, 2007
iPayOne Center; San Diego, California





*Opening Video*

We continue with the theme of the recent hype videos on SmackDown, as we open to a dismal, rainy scene, a solemn church bell ringing loudly in the background. We slowly see peasants trudging through the rain and mud of what appears to be an eighteenth century town, everybody dressed like pilgrims of the time. As the camera pans, we see a rather portly town crier, who rings a handbell to a much faster beat than the previous church bell...

Town Crier: Hear ye! Hear ye! Thy day of reckoning is upon us!

We hear the clang of a nearby blacksmith hammering down on a piece of raw metal, with the close up revealing the blacksmith to be none other than SmackDown’s own Matt Hardy, dressed in the traditional garb, but the image soon blends into a shot of Hardy back at WrestleMania XXIII, caressing the United States Championship after his victory...

Town Crier: Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age!

Hardy tosses his hammer aside and slowly trudges off camera, passing the town reverend, who just so happens to be Mr. Kennedy, with Kennedy also dressed in the church fashion of the time. The shot of Kennedy then turns to the modern day Kennedy, who smacks a steel chair of the spine of Batista, standing over the fallen World Heavyweight Champion with a smirk...

Town Crier: I tell thee, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak!

We now see Edge chopping wood, aggressively swinging an axe into a log set up on a stump, only for one of the swings of the axe to morph into the footage of Edge swinging down a steel chair onto Chris Benoit’s skull for a sickening one man con-chair-to...

Town Crier: So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy!

The town magistrate is played by Chris Benoit, complete with wig, who suddenly sits upright from behind the bench of his courtroom and storms out of the building mid trial, with the shot now changing to Benoit soaring through the air to nail the diving headbutt on Edge...

Town Crier: And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them!

A man in a horse slowly approaches, the man being revealed as Batista. ‘The Animal’ quickly drops down off the horse, the buckle on his boots clunking heavily as he lands, which is the signal for the footage to change to ‘The Animal’ violently shaking the ring ropse during a match...

Town Crier: Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?

A harrowing classical score now begins to play at a quick pace, while we now head back to the first SmackDown after WrestleMania, where Umaga crashes into the Undertaker against the SmackDown stage, causing the entire stage to collapse on top of ‘The Deadman’ as Michael Cole screams…

”IN ALL MY YEARS BEHIND THE DESK HERE ON SMACKDOWN, I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT!”

We now cut to see Chavo Guerrero rip off a Rey Mysterio mask, laughing at the crowd, before we see Rey return and line Chavo up for the 619, with Guerrero narrowly escaping…

”I’LL DO WHAT I SHOULDA DONE LAST TIME. I’M GONNA FINISH YOUR CAREER FOR GOOD!”

“I’M GONNA BE THE LAST – MAN – STANDING!”


Jarring violin strings are heard as we now we see Gregory Helms smacking the shining wizard off Bryan Danielson’s skull, before more footage shows Danielson having Helms trapped in the LeBell lock…

”YOUR CAREER AIN’T GONNA BE WORTH A DAMN!”

“TAP OR SNAP! TAP OR SNAP! TAP OR SNAP!”


Cut to Chris Benoit having Edge locked into the crippler crossface…

”I’M BACK, I’M 100%, AND I’M READY TO TAKE THAT TITLE AWAY FROM YOU!”

Mr. Kennedy drops Jimmy Wang Yang with the mic check as we hear him say…

”I WAS BORN TO BE A CHAMPION, I WAS MADE FOR THE SPOTLIGHT!”

Now we see Edge running through Kennedy with a spear…

”SMACKDOWN IS GONNA BE RATED-R!”

Batista takes Finlay up, then crashing down with the Batista bomb…

”NOW I WANNA HURT YOU!”

And now we see rapid fire shots of all the participants in tonight’s event, before we wrap things up as Michael Cole finally shouts…

”JUDGMENT DAY IS UPON US!”

The music comes to a slow, melancholic ending, with the video shifting between images of Benoit, then Edge, then Kennedy, before one final image of Batista celebrating his victory at WrestleMania, before the video fades to black.

Narrator: And now, Friday Night SmackDown presents… WWE JUDGMENT DAY!

We now head into the arena where we are greeted by the wall of noise from a raucous crowd and the dazzling sparks of the opening fireworks display. The fans are jacked, there’s a big time atmosphere in the arena, and the cameras pan the crowd, showing us the cheering crowd and some of the more creative signs, before we finally settle at the announce desk to see the smiling faces of our announce team, Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield and Tazz…

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen… JUDGMENT DAY IS UPON US! And for the SmackDown superstars, the actions of the past are about to come back and haunt us all! Hello everyone, I’m Michael Cole, alongside my broadcast colleagues, the former WWE Champion, John Bradhsaw Layfield, and the former ECW Champion, Tazz, we are LIVE in the sold out iPay One Center in beautiful San Diego, California, and we are ready for WWE JUDGMENT DAY!

Tazz: Aw baby! You can feel the electricity in this arena, Cole! This crowd is on fire, I’m ready and rarin’ to go, I can’t wait to get this baby started! And I can’t wait to see our huge World Heavyweight Championship Match!

Michael Cole: What a match it’s gonna be, a Fatal Four Way for the World Heavyweight Championship! The champion, Batista, defends the title against the man he beat at WrestleMania, Edge, the man he beat at No Way Out, Mr. Kennedy, and the man desperately seeking one last shot at glory, Chris Benoit.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And tonight’s the night the reign of ‘The Animal’ finally comes to an end. Batista don’t even have to be involved in the decision to lose his title, and for me, that means we’re fixin’ to leave San Diego with a NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

Michael Cole: And what about the rest of the card? Not only the World Heavyweight Championship on the line, three other titles on the line, plenty of scores to be settled, and of course, the rivalry between Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero comes to a head as Rey returns to the WWE in a Last Man Standing Match.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And in ‘is home town of San Diego no less! I see plenty o’ sombreros and ponchos at ringside, I guess that means Rey’s family is here, and I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when Chavo destroys Rey’s knee and puts Mysterio on the shelf permanently!

Tazz: I dunno ‘bout that one ‘JBL’. Rey Mysterio’s comin’ back to SmackDown, and he’s doin’ it in a big way, infront o’ his people, his fans here in San Diego, against the man that cost ‘im the World Heavyweight Championship all those months ago. If ya’ ask me, it’s gonna be a helluva homecomin’ for Rey-Rey!

Michael Cole:It’s gonna be a huge night, and of course, we’re joined by our Spanish broadcast colleagues. Carlos Cabrera, Hugo Savinovich, hola amigos!

We now see Carlos and Hugo as they enthusiastically welcome the Spanish audience to the show in their typical over the top style. Once they’ve finished, there’s a few seconds of silence, before we cut to the ring and we see Tony Chimel is ready and waiting to get things under way…

*Bell Rings*


Tony Chimel: The opening contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!

*RAGE…*

A fantastic reception for the first man up this evening as Bryan Danielson strides into the arena, pumping his fist to the crowd, firing up the fans, looking extremely confident tonight. Danielson wears a white and maroon jacket with those trademark maroon tights, with a firm look of determination on his face as he slaps hands with the ringside fans…

Tony Chimel: Introducing first, he is the challenger. From Aberdeen, Washington, weighing in at 210 pounds… BBRRRYYANNN... DANNIELLSSSOOOOONNNNNNN!

In the ring, Danielson heads to the corner and again pumps his fist to the crowd, before he jumps down, takes off his jacket and then starts to pace the ring, readying himself for the biggest match of his WWE career thus far…

Michael Cole: Well, tonight is Judgment Day, and as far as Bryan Danielson and the Cruiserweight Championship is concerned, that’s exactly what tonight is. After coming close to becoming champion at No Way Out and again at WrestleMania, tonight is Danielson’s last chance at the gold. Can he finally get past Gregory Helms and become Cruiserweight Champion?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Take a good look boys and girls. This is the last time you’ll ever see this fraud, this fake, this PHONEY on WWE pay per view. He was brought here to take that title away from Gregory Helms, and he ain’t been able to get it done, and he ain’t gonna do it tonight. If ya’ look hard enough ya’ might find ‘im on Heat or Velocity or somethin’ like that once a month, but this is his last chance at the big time.

Tazz: This damn show’s just started and already you’re talkin’ outta your ass! Danielson’s the real deal, and he’d already be champion if Helms didn’t take every shortcut in the book. Tonight is Bryan’s night, he’s gonna get the job done, and I can’t wait to see you eat your words, ‘JBL’!

”LISTEN…”

*IT’S TIME…*


The boos quickly break out as Gregory Helms rather cautiously steps into the arena. Pausing for a brief second in entrance way, Helms nods his head and says a few words to psyche himself up, before he heads down the aisle…

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent. From Raleigh, North Carolina, weighing in at 215 pounds, he is the WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION... GGGGGRRRREGORYYY HEELLLLLMMMSSSSS!

As he hits the end of the aisle, Helms is sure to take a long walk around the ring, his eyes locked in on Danielson, the champion making the challenger wait, and as he rounds the ring and comes close to the announce desk, ‘JBL’ bursts to his feet as the two share a handshake…

John Bradshaw Layfield: Here he is! The greatest cruiserweight that ever lived! Four hundred and seventy six days of greatness, and countin’! He’s beaten everybody who’s ever been put infront o’ him, and he’s gonna do it again tonight against your hero, Danielson. What a guy! What a champion! Go get ‘im, Greg!

Michael Cole: Well, ‘JBL’ is right about one thing. Since the 2006 Royal Rumble, Gregory Helms has held the Cruiserweight Championship. He’s took shortcuts as you said Tazz, but to hold onto the title for that long, that’s somethin’ impressive.

Tazz: Hey, no doubt about it, Cole. I’m not takin’ anythin’ away from this guy’s abilities. I’m just sayin’ that if there’s a way to cheat, if there’s a way to take the easy route, he’s gonna take it. Credit where credit’s due, Helms does whatever it takes to hang onto that title, but tonight… I think he’s all outta escape plans, and we’re gonna have a new champion.

Now in the ring, Helms removes his trench coat and tosses his skullcap aside, he and Danielson still staring intently at each other. Reaching round, Helms unhooks the title from around his waist and stares at it longingly, giving it a long kiss before he hands it over to the referee, and we’re ready to get things started…






Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Bryan Danielson

As the bell rings, the crowd is electric, a real buzz ringing out throughout the arena, as this match, five months in the making, gets underway. Both men stand across from each other in opposite corners, a tense look on Helms’ face, while Danielson has a real fire in his eyes, looking like he wants to kill Helms. Slowly the pair emerge from the corner, inching towards each other, and of course, Helms can’t help himself, he has to start talking smack, saying “This is it. It’s all over after tonight.”, while Danielson remains stoic, letting Helms’ words sink in… and the rage starts to build… and the crowd build to a frenzy, urging Danielson to strike… and strike he does… with STIFF FOREARM TO THE JAW! Helms is rocked, and when Danielson takes him down with a double leg takedown, all Helms can do is cover up, as Danielson unloads with forearm after forearm, then elbow after elbow to the face, an offensive flurry from Danielson that Helms has no answer for. Out of desperation, Helms manages to kick himself free and roll to the outside, but there’s no rest, as Danielson follows him out… and SMACKS HELMS WITH A ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!

Helms flops face first onto the floor, the crowd loving it as Danielson pumps his fist, before going back to Helms, mounting him again to hammer down with wild rights and lefts. The ref heads outside and does his best to drag Danielson away, but Danielson now simply drags Helms back up… and SMASHES HIM FACE FIRST OFF THE STEEL STEPS! Again Helms flops to the floor, and this time Danielson heeds the call of the ref, rolling back into the ring as the ref starts to count… but he only reaches two before Danielson is already coming off the ropes… just as Helms stumbles back up… SUICIDE DIVE!! Danielson crashes into Helms, both men now down on the aisle, with Danielson quickly back on his feet, again pumping his fist, feeding off the roars of the crowd. This time Helms is dragged back up and quickly rolled back into the ring, but Bryan nips up onto the apron, then climbs to the top rope, where he waits for Helms to stumble back up… FLYING DROPKICK!! Helms is reeling, the impact causing him to roll all the way to the corner, where he pleads with Danielson for mercy, desperately calling for a timeout, anything to stop the momentum.

Now on his knees, Helms is practically begging, his hands clasped in a prayer, desperate for some relief. Danielson turns to the crowd… and the roar is all he needs to hear… SHOOT KICK TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD!! Lights out for Helms, but the sheer force of the kick causes Helms to tumble under the bottom rope to the floor. This time Danielson relents to the request of the referee, staying in the ring as the ref starts to issue Helms the count… 1… 2… 3… Helms starts to stir, shaking his head, trying to clear the cobwebs… 4… 5… 6… Helms reaches up, grabbing the barricade, trying to haul himself to his feet… 7… 8… fearing a countout, Danielson barges past the referee onto the apron… and FLIES AT HELMS WITH A KNEE TO THE FACE!! The back of Helms’ head smacks off the barrier, with Danielson staying on the attack, laying in with stiff knees, sandwiching Helms’ head against the barricade. The ref again has to get physical with Bryan, and this allows Helms to crawl away, searching for safety… but Bryan stays on him, yanking Helms up… then LAUNCHING HIM ACROSS THE ANNOUNCE DESK… RIGHT INTO JBL’S LAP!!!

The fans erupt as Helms crashes into Layfield, causing the announcer to fall over in his chair, he and Helms sprawling on the floor, a frenzy of flailing arms and legs. Danielson digs through the wreckage and grabs Helms, dragging him up and then rolling him back into the ring, where Helms looks down and out as he lays on the mat. Bryan rolls back into the ring, doing so as ‘JBL’ picks himself off the floor and puts his headset back on, furious, screaming “That sunnova bitch is gonna pay for that!”… but it seems like this one could be over in a hurry, as Danielson has a wild look in his eyes, stalking Helms as he staggers to his feet… and Danielson hooks him up… DRAGON SUPLEX… NO! Desperately, Helms throws a flurry of back elbows, knocking Bryan away. Danielson stumbles to the corner, and now Helms moves in, finally mounting some offense as he rattles a few rights off Bryan’s face, then he starts laying in with stomps to the body, stomping Danielson all the way down to a seated position on the canvas.

Again the ref has to insert himself, dragging Helms away, but Helms shows the personal nature of this match as he shoves the ref out of the way, choking Bryan with his hands and shouting “You’re nothin’! You’re history!” as he takes every second of the five count before realising the choke. Helms finally backs away, but with Bryan coughing and choking, Helms charges back in… FACEWASH!! Helms damn near kicks Bryan’s head off his shoulders, and he uses this opportunity to catch his breath, turning to the fans, taunting them with his arms spread wide, yelling “I’m the best! I’m the best cruiserweight ever!”. Helms now moves back in, dragging Danielson up, before he goes for the Irish whip across… but Danielson reverses… Helms hits the turnbuckle… and here comes Bryan… CORNER DROPKICK!! The impact causes Helms to hit the canvas, but Danielson doesn’t let up, as with Helms on his knees, he strikes with kick after kick to the chest, Helms doing his best to cover up, but each boot stings his body. This time it’s Bryan who looks for the Irish whip to the opposite side… but this time Helms reverses… only for Bryan to run up the ropes… BACKFLIP FROM THE TOP, LANDING BEHIND HELMS… then he sprints for the ropes… FLYING FOREARM SMASH!! Bryan connects, and now we finally have the first cover of the match…

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But Helms rolls the shoulder in plenty of time. Looking to stay on the attack, Bryan starts dropping elbows to the top of the head as Helms makes it back to his knees, then he attacks with knees to the face, before he yanks Helms up and smacks a trio of uppercuts to the jaw. Danielson then shoots Helms to the corner… no, Helms reverses… Bryan again runs up the corner to the top turnbuckle… but this time before he can backflip off, Helms puts on the breaks… and SHOVES DANIELSON OFF THE TOP ROPE… RIGHT INTO THE BARRICADE! A painful landing for Danielson as he smacks into the barrier, and now finally there’s a chance for Helms to go on the attack. After leaning against the corner for a few seconds to compose himself, the champion heads outside, and with Danielson leaning against the barricade, Helms takes a play out of the challenger’s playbook by drilling a few kicks to the chest.

With an arrogant shove to Bryan’s face, Helms forces the challenger back to his feet, where the champion drills a pair of knees to the gut, before he winds up for the Irish whip… SENDING BRYAN SMACKING OFF THE STEEL RING POST!! Danielson smacks the post as flops to the floor, the ref pleading with Helms to take the action back into the ring, but Helms ignores him, instead again turning to the crowd, arms open wide, revelling in their boos. More stomps from Helms, this time to the head, before he finally gives in and rolls back into the ring. The ref has a few strong words for Helms, which means he has back turned on Bryan… which means he doesn’t see ‘JBL’ stand up, grab a bottle of water… and THROW THE WATER IN BRYAN’S FACE!! “How d’ya like that, boy?” cries Layfield as Danielson stumbles towards the ring, rolling back inside, but clearly struggling to see as he tries to dry his eyes. Helms is quick to take advantage, dropping knees to the face, before he places Danielson’s throat on the second rope, pulling the rope up while pressing down on Bryan’s head, another blatant choke.

Again the five count is pushed to the limit before Helms finally relents, but with Danielson draped across the rope, Helms looks to do further damage, grabbing the top rope… SLINGHSOT OVER THE TOP ROPE… TO DROP A FOREARM TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! The impact causes Bryan’s throat to violently bounce off the middle rope, the challenger rolling away, coughing and spluttering, while the champion shares a smile with ‘JBL’, Layfield giving Helms a thumbs up and yelling “I love it! Make ‘im pay!” before Helms rolls back into the ring. Helms looks to continue to target the head, grabbing a handful of hair, holding Bryan in position as he lands stiff rights to the face, then he lands more knees flush off the nose, before he backs up… and shades of Danielson, delivers a STIFF SHOOT KICK TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Danielson collapses to the canvas, and Helms quickly drops into the lateral press, grinding his forearm into Bryan’s face…

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No hook of the leg allows Bryan to kick out in a hurry. Helms has the upperhand now, and he looks to press this home, landing a few stiff stomps to the body, before he shoves Bryan into a corner and lands a few more rights to the face. Helms then looks for the Irish whip across… but Bryan reverses and follows in… right into a boot to the face! Danielson staggers back, and Helms pushes himself to the second rope and waits for Bryan to turn… OVERCAST! Helms nails the diving neckbreaker, and this time he does hook the leg…

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DANIELSON JUST ABOUT KICKS OUT!

A glare from Helms at the referee, but he quickly regains his focus, dragging Danielson up, only to then plant him again with a scoop slam. Helms now heads off the ropes… SNAP LEGDROP connects! Another cover… 1… 2… Bryan kicks out again, and more frustration for Helms as he aggressively yanks Bryan into the corner. More right hands land to the head, before Helms goes for an Irish whip… but hangs on and shoots Bryan back towards him… levelling him with a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! Helms drops down for another cover… 1… 2… Danielson rolls a shoulder! Annoyed, Helms decides to go for another cover, this time hooking the leg… 1… 2… Danielson kicks out again! Helms yells “C’mon!” at the ref and tries for the third time, hooking both legs tight… 1… 2… Danielson kicks out again! Helms is livid, again giving a fierce look to the ref, before he starts unloading with forearms to the back of the head, throwing rights and lefts, a frenzied attack from the champion.

Helms relents and returns to his feet, helping Bryan up, and then going for the Irish whip off the ropes… but Helms lowers his head… and Bryan goes for a SUNSET FLIP! Helms desperately tries to fight it, but Bryan strains… and eventually gets him down to the canvas! 1… 2… Helms rolls through, back to his feet… then he dives into a BRIDGING PIN! 1… 2… Bryan bridges his shoulders off the canvas, forcing both men up, then they twist… Bryan goes for a BACKSLIDE! 1… 2… Helms kicks out and sprints for the ropes, just as Bryan makes it back up… HURRICANE ON HELMS STREET!! Out of nowhere! Danielson’s head violently smacks off the canvas, and now Helms hooks the leg…

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DANIELSON BARELY ROLLS A SHOULDER!!!

Helms can’t believe it, furious, storming back to his feet, getting right in the referee’s face, screaming “That was three!”, but all he gets are two fingers in response. Sensing it’s going to take something bigger to put Danielson away, Helms now heads across the ring, motioning with his hand, calling for Danielson to rise. Bryan makes it back to his knees… and Helms makes his move… racing in for the SHINING WIZARD… NO! Danielson falls flat on his face to avoid it, leaving Helms to crash to the mat! With Helms grabbing his ankle upon impact, he’s slow to get up, giving Danielson the chance to recover, using the ropes to haul himself up. Helms moves in… right into a forearm! Helms lands a right hand… Bryan answers back with the forearm… right hand from Helms… forearm from Danielson… and another… and another! Now Bryan lands uppercuts, backing Helms to the ropes, before he goes for the Irish whip… but Helms reverses… and hangs onto the wrist… wrapping the hands around… to nail the STRAIGHT JACKET SITOUT SLEEPER SLAM!! Once again, Danielson is violently driven into the mat, and Helms drops down into the lateral press…

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DANIELSON ROLLS THE SHOULDER AGAIN!!

And Helms has lost it, storming back to his feet, grabbing the ref by the collar, demanding the three count! The ref does his best to explain it was only two, but Helms isn’t buying it, screaming at the ref, until eventually he gives up and turns back to Bryan. Helms reaches down, grabbing Bryan, and then he turns towards ‘JBL’ and shouts “Hey John! Watch this!”, before he grabs the arm, twists and sits… HELMS IS GOING FOR THE LEBELL LOCK! HE WANTS TO MAKE DANIELSON TAP OUT TO HIS OWN MOVE!! Helms gets the hold locked on… no! Not quite, Bryan tries to fight it… and he shifts momentum, rolling Helms onto his back! 1… 2… Helms kicks out! A burst of energy from both men sees them back on their feet, with Helms swinging a big right hand… Danielson ducks underneath… then hooks Helms up from behind… TIGER SUPLEX!! Danielson plants Helms smack on the back of his head… but he can’t take advantage straight away. Helms has done too much damage, Bryan is down, hurting, unable to go for a cover. With both men down, the ref has no choice but to the start the count… 1… 2… 3… life from Bryan as he starts to crawl towards Helms… 4… 5… 6… Bryan drapes an arm across Helms’ chest…

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NO! HELMS BARELY ROLLS A SHOULDER!!

At the last split second, Helms saves his title, but now there’s a chance for Danielson to go on the attack. Both men are slow to get back up, but Bryan instantly starts striking with kicks to the body, then kicks to the thighs, before he shoots Helms towards the corner… but as Bryan follows in, Helms uses the ropes to push himself up… but he lands on Danielson’s shoulders! Bryan drags Helms away from the ropes… and goes for the AIRPLANE SPIN!! Round and round they go, Danielson twirling Helms upon his shoulders, the room spinning wildly for the champion, who kicks and screams, begging Danielson to stop. Eventually Danielson does come to a stop, dropping Helms to the mat, both men a little shaky on their feet, but it’s Danielson who naturally shakes it off first, and he charges off the ropes… RUNNING LEG LARIAT!! Danielson connects, goes for the win…

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HELMS ROLLS A SHOULDER!!

Both men have given and taken a lot of punishment, and it shows as they both stay down, neither man moving much after the kickout. Slowly they both try to get back up, using each other for balance, which of course leads to Helms smacking a right to the face… Danielson fires back… a shot from Helms… one from Bryan… Helms… Danielson… Helms… Danielson… Danielson… Danielson again! Helms is reeling, Bryan backing him to the ropes, where a pair of kicks land to the chest. Danielson goes for the Irish whip… but Helms reverses… and swings a clothesline… Bryan avoids it with a baseball slide, nips up onto his feet… and hooks Helms up from behind… looking for CATTLE MUTILATION!! Danielson tries to wrap Helms’ arms up… but Helms yanks his left arm free… and grabs the referee! A desperate move from Helms, trying to use the ref to save himself… LOW BLOW! HELMS FLICKS HIS HEEL UP, CATCHING DANIELSON WITH A LOW BLOW!! The ref never saw it, but he sees Bryan crumple to his knees in agony… and now Helms charges off the ropes… SHINING WIZARD!!! The exact same scenario as what happened at No Way Out, and just like then, Helms is certain of the win…

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DANIELSON ROLLS A SHOULDER AT THE LAST SPLIT SECOND!!

San Diego comes alive as Danielson somehow, someway hangs in there, and Helms can’t believe it. With his head in his hands and his jaw nearly on the floor, Helms rolls over onto his knees and just stares at the referee with shock, mouthing over and over “Three! That was three!”, but again two fingers it’s the response from the ref. Still trying to come to terms with it, all Helms can do is shake his head, but soon a sense of rage takes over, and with a burst, Helms makes it back to his feet. Looking down on Danielson with disgust, Helms just smirks and shakes his head, while all Bryan can do is reach up and grab the waistband of Helms’ tights, trying to drag himself up. This draws a laugh from Helms, who almost looks as if he pity’s Bryan… before he shoves Bryan’s hands away… then SPITS RIGHT IN DANIELSON’S FACE!! The crowd “Ooh!”’s as Helms quickly turns and comes off the ropes… and liens Bryan up… FOR A SECOND SHINING WIZARD… NO!! DANIELSON EXPLODES TO HIS FEET… TRAPS HELMS BY THE ARM… TAKES HIM DOWN… STEPS, TWISTS AND SITS… LEBELL LOCK!! LEBELL LOCK!! DANIELSON HAS IT LOCKED IN!!

The arena goes fucking crazy as DANIELSON HAS THE LEBELL LOCK STRAPPED ON SMACK IN THE CENTRE OF THE RING!! Helms groans in agony as Bryan has it locked on tight, with ‘JBL’ pleading with Helms, “Hang in there Greg! Hang in there!”. Helms does his best, fighting the pain, screaming everytime Danielson rears back, desperately trying to reach the ropes. Somehow through the pain, Helms does his best to inch towards the ropes… but when he reaches out, he’s still a long way away. Again there’s a struggle, Helms doing everything he can to get closer, Bryan fighting it, trying his best to anchor to the canvas, and again Helms reaches out… again he comes up short. One last time, an almost superhuman effort from the champion as he drags both he and Bryan towards the safety of the ropes… Helms reaches out once again… but before he can grab the ropes, Danielson releases his grip, stands up… and DRAGS HELMS BACK TO THE CENTRE OF THE RING… AND THEN HE RE-APPLIES THE LEBELL LOCK!! Helms is miles away from safety now, but he reaches once again… in vain, nowhere near the ropes… and now his hand is raised high in the air, poised, ready to tap… but suddenly, there’s a thump coming from the announce desk… Helms does his best to hang on… wait… ‘JBL’ IS ROLLING INTO THE RING!! HELMS… HE’S GOT NOTHING LEFT… HE’S JUST ABOUT TO TAP… UNTIL ‘JBL’ BLINDSIDES DANIELSON WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE!!!

WHAT THE… ‘JBL’ IS IN THE RING! HE’S JUST BOOTED DANIELSON SQUARE IN THE SKULL!!

THE REF SEES IT ALL, AND NATURALLY… HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO CALL FOR THE BELL. THIS ONE’S OVER, HELMS HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED!

Winner: Via Disqualification, Bryan Danielson @ 16.37
Therefore, STILL Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms


What the…? ‘JBL’!? Layfield has just saved the Cruiserweight Title for Helms! The crowd can’t believe it! The heat is incredible as ‘JBL’ now stands over Bryan, sneering down at him, the crowd shitting all over Layfield’s actions, but he doesn’t give a damn as he quite casually adjusts his jacket, straightens his tie and then drops back out of the ring…

Michael Cole: NO! What the… what the hell just happened!? ‘JBL’, he- he just saved the title for Helms! He’s just robbed Bryan Danielson!

Tazz: Sunnova bitch! What the hell are you doin’!?

Returning to the desk, ‘JBL’ puts his headset back on…

Michael Cole: What the hell is wrong with you!?

John Bradshaw Layfield: What’s wrong with me!? Didn’t you see what that punk did to me!? He put his hands on me, he disrespected me! Nobody does that to ‘JBL’ and gets away with it! NOBODY!

Tazz: Aw’ you no good bastard! You had no right gettin’ involved in that! I oughta come over there and choke you out right now!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Oh yeah? Do it, ‘Shortstack’! I dare ya’!

With the crowd still booing loudly, the ref struggles to get his message across to Chimel, but eventually the ring announcer makes the call…

Tony Chimel: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this contest, by way of disqualification… BBRRRYYANNN... DANNIELLSSSOOOOONNNNNNN!

Of course there’s a slight cheer from a pocket of fans for this, but the majority continue to boo as we hear…

Tony Chimel: However, as championships cannot change hands by way of disqualification... STILL, WWE Cruiserweight Champion… GGGGGRRRREGORYYY HEELLLLLMMMSSSSS!

Michael Cole: God, I… what a shame for Bryan Danielson. He survived Helms’ cheating, he had the match won, and for some God knows reason, our colleague here, ‘JBL’, has just cost Danielson the title.

Tazz: I hope you’re proud o’ yourself you stupid sunnova bitch!

With Danielson still down and out on the canvas, Helms has snatched his title away from the ref and is already walking up the aisle, hugging the title dearly. The crowd continue to boo, but Helms is almost in a state of euphoria, the jeers barely registering as he holds his most cherished possession in his hands… but then…

*MACMILLITANT…*

And just like that, the despair of the fans turns to a sense of hope and anticipation, as the SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long strides into the arena, microphone already in hand…


Teddy Long: Wait a minute! Wait just a minute, Helms! You hang on right there, playa. You ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Confused, Helms shouts “What are you talkin’ about!? I won!” as he comes to a stop on the aisle…

Teddy Long: I ain’t lettin’ this go down like that. This ain’t the way SmackDown kicks off a pay per view! Helms… ya’ cheated at No Way Out… ya’ cheated again at WrestleMania… well, I ain’t gonna let ya’ get away with it this time. So you better get ta’ steppin’ back in that ring, ‘cause I am RESTARTING THIS MATCH!

A fucking huge pop for that announcement, with Helms screaming “NO!” while on commentary ‘JBL’ yells “He can’t do that!”…

Teddy Long: And ‘JBL’… I’ll deal with you later, playa. But right now, I want you outta that chair, and I don’t wanna see you for the rest of the night! Security! Let’s get him outta here! And let’s restart the match!

Another great pop as ‘JBL’ throws a fit behind the desk, but soon a squad of security race down the aisle and head for the announce desk, where ‘JBL’ looks furious, threatening to strike as the security inches closer to him. Eventually Layfield rips off his headset and slams it off the desk, before he stomps his way around the ring and up the aisle. As he and Helms cross paths, the two stop and look at each other, with ‘JBL’ only able to offer a solemn shake of the head before he trudges towards the exit. Helms watches as Layfield leaves… and that means he doesn’t see Danielson leave the ring and creep up from behind… and grab Helms and run him back to the ring! This one’s going to a finish…



Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Bryan Danielson

As the bell rings to signal the re-start, the crowd are still electric, and Danielson looks furious, waiting for Helms to roll over onto his knees… SHOOT KICK TO THE CHEST… AND ANOTHER… AND A THIRD… THEN A STIFF KICK TO THE HEAD!! Helms is rocked off his feet, collapsing to the mat in the corner, where Bryan moves in, landing a string of stomps to the chest, then he starts laying in with vicious elbows to the face. Yanking Helms up, Bryan looks to fire him to the opposite corner… but Helms hangs on… and shoots Bryan back in… RIGHT INTO THE PATH OF THE REFEREE! Danielson squashes the ref against the corner, who slumps to the canvas… while Bryan staggers backwards… into a STEP UP ENZIUGIRI!! Bryan is down, but so is the referee, and Helms simply sits on his knees, hands on his hips, wondering just what in the hell it’s going to take to put Danielson away. With no movement from anyone, Helms decides to roll to the outside, where he takes a few steps up the aisle… AND PICKS UP THE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!!

Having dropped it earlier, Helms knows exactly where it is, and now he has it in his hands in the ring. Stood in the corner, Helms motions with his hand for Bryan to rise, yelling “Get up!” over and over… and slowly, using the ropes, Danielson staggers to his feet… and Helms makes his move… SWINGING THE TITLE AT DANIELSON’S SKULL!!! Danielson is out cold, Helms has damn near caved his head in, and he quickly tosses the title away, dropping down on top of Bryan, hooking a leg… BUT WE’VE NO REFEREE!! Helms turns and looks in vain… and slowly but surely, the ref crawls towards the pinning predicament… and makes the slow, agonising count…

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SOMEHOW DANIELSON FORCES A SHOULDER OFF THE CANVAS!!!

Helms can’t believe it, and neither can the crowd, as they erupt once more with delight, Bryan’s still in this one! Helms looks like he wants to cry, so dejected, still unable to put Danielson away. He scrambles back to his feet, leaning against the ropes, hanging his head, looking like a man who’s got nothing left to give… but slowly, Helms turns, an evil glint in his eyes. He knows exactly what he needs to do, he needs to hit the Shining Wizard one more time. Danielson is down, barely conscious, the ref isn’t much better, but somehow, Bryan pushes himself onto his knees and Helms makes his move… SHINING WIZARD… NO!! DANIELSON ROLLS THROUGH, UNDER THE BOOT… AND BURSTS TO HIS FEET… JUST AS HELMS TURNS… BRYAN GRABS THE ARM… TWISTS… TAKES HELMS DOWN… LEBELL LOCK!! LEBELL LOCK!! BRYAN’S GOT THE LEBELL LOCK SLAPPED ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING!! Helms does his best to fight it, crying out in pain, desperately flailing his limbs, scratching and crawling for the ropes… but he’s too far away… and just like before, he raises his hand in the air… and THIS TIME HE TAPS!! HELMS TAPS!! HELMS IS TAPPING OUT!!!

Winner: Via Submission, and NEW Cruiserweight Champion, Bryan Danielson @ 02.45 (19.22)

Yes! He’s done it! Finally, despite all the cheap tactics, despite all the interference, after months of chasing, Bryan Danielson has finally become Cruiserweight Champion! The roof damn near blows off the arena as Danielson releases his grip, rolling free of Helms, exhausted, but still able to get back to his knee and triumphantly pump his fists into the air as he’s handed the title…

Michael Cole: It’s Danielson! Danielson! He’s done it! Bryan Danielson is the new Cruiserweight Champion! Despite the best efforts of ‘JBL’, Bryan Danielson would not be denied, and after four hundred and seventy six days, we’ve finally got a new Cruiserweight Champion!

Tazz: And congratulations to my man Bryan! The kid showed a ton o’ guts, a lotta courage, but he got there in the end, and he’s the new champ, baby!

Michael Cole: What a way to kick off Judgment Day! The biggest win of Bryan Danielson’s career, and after the disappointment of No Way Out, after the heartache of WrestleMania, Judgment Day is Danielson’s night!

In the ring, Danielson has headed to the corner, where he thrusts the title up into the air and shouts “Yes! Yes! YES!” to the crowd, while on the outside, a stunned Helms is helped backstage by trainers, barely able to stand, almost out on his feet, but it’s a final shot of the victorious new champion that we see before we head into a video.


*Video Package*

Our video opens at the King of the Ring ’96, where ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin stands victorious, delivering the interview that launched his main event career…

Narrator: It’s a night where future legends make their mark...

“AUSTIN 3:16 SAYS I JUST WHIPPED YOUR ASS!”

We now head back to King of the Ring ’93, where Bret Hart puts Bam Bam Bigelow away with the winning victory roll...

Narrator: A night where icons are created…

“I’M THE BEST THERE IS, THE BEST THERE WAS, AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE!”

King of the Ring ’01, where Edge puts Kurt Angle down with the Edgecution then crawls into the pin to get an emotional victory…

Narrator: A night when the stars of tomorrow shine bright...

“WELCOME TO THE ERA OF AWESOMENESS!”

And we now go to last year’s tournament final, where Booker T grabs the win over Bobby Lashley…

Narrator: A night to crown… a new king.

“BOW DOWN BEFORE YOUR KING!”

We now see flashing images of some of this year’s contenders, starting with Jeff Hardy, Montel Vontavious Porter, CM Punk and Matt Hardy…

Narrator: And this year, live on NBC, the WWE King of the Ring returns! It’s the one night Saturday Night’s Main Event spectacular where one man’s career is set to skyrocket!

More flashing images, this time it’s Bryan Danielson, Kenny Dykstra, Johnny Nitro and Mr. Kennedy…

Narrator: Eight men will battle to join the most exclusive of WWE clubs. Who will take King Booker’s crown and become the 2007 King of the Ring!?

Another round of flashing images, this time of former winners such as Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Edge, Bret Hart and King Booker…

Narrator: The King is dead…

More clips from last year, this time from Booker’s coronation ceremony, then a quick shot of him close to tears after his victory to clinch the World Heavyweight Championship…

“ALL HAIL KING BOO-KAH!”

”Long live… the King.”



"SATURDAY NIGHT’S MAIN EVENT – THREE HOUR KING OF THE RING SPECIAL – JUNE 2ND - LIVE ON NBC!"

*End Video Package*


From the video, we head back to the announce desk, where of course it’s now just Cole and Tazz, with Tazz selling the effects of the dramatic opening contest by puffing out his cheeks and wiping a bead of sweat from his brow…

Michael Cole: Well folks, what a wild start to the night we’ve just had. Bryan Danielson, just seconds away from becoming Cruiserweight Champion, and our colleague ‘JBL’ decided to enter the ring and cause a disqualification in an attempt to save the title for Gregory Helms.

Tazz: Yeah and then we had Teddy Long come out, he restarted the match, he kicked ‘JBL’ outta here, and Danielson went onto win the title! The damn thing was unbelievable! And that means it’s just you and for the rest of the night?

Michael Cole: Just like old times, partner! And there’s another wild night on the horizon, as we are just thirteen days away from the 2007 King of the Ring, a Saturday Night’s Main Event special, live on NBC. We are through the first qualifying round, and this Monday night on Raw, we kick off the second qualifying round as we’re down to the ‘Sweet Sixteen’.

Tazz: Can’t wait for that one, Cole. Eight Raw guys, eight SmackDown guys, a chance to go to Saturday Night’s Main Event to grab the biggest boost your career could ever get! And hey, the two guys we just saw, Danielson and Helms, they’re both still in the tournament. Imagine if they were to meet again down the road.

Michael Cole: Certainly the new Cruiserweight Champion, Bryan Danielson, and the now former champion, Gregory Helms, they’re both in with a great chance of qualifying. But whoever make it to the final eight, it’s gonna be an unbelievable night, one you won’t wanna miss. Saturday June 2nd, live on NBC, it’s the 2007 King of the Ring!

A few seconds of silence and smiling faces, until…

*BOOM!*

*SLOW CHEMICAL…*


Menacing as always, it’s a pretty strong cheer that welcomes Kane into the arena, ‘The Big Red Machine’ tugging at his elbow pad as he stalks his way down the aisle…


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, weighing in at 323 pounds... KAAAAANNNNNEEEE!

Stepping over the top rope, Kane heads to the middle of the ring where he raises his hands up then snaps them down, setting off a burst of fire from the ringposts, drawing impressive gasps from the crowd…

Michael Cole: And here’s another man who’s through to the final sixteen of the King of the Ring. Kane’s been on a bit of a roll since WrestleMania, and he rode that momentum into a King of the Ring qualifier with Finlay, and that’s what brought this match about.

Tazz: Kane and Finlay had a helluva match on SmackDown, and like you said, Cole, Kane’s been hot lately, and he won the match fair and square. Finlay obviously weren’t too happy about it, and he decided to take it out on Kane’s knee with that shillelagh. And now we’re getting’ the rematch right here, and you know Kane’s hungry for revenge.

”MY NAME IS FINLAY… AND I LOVE TA’ FIGHT…”

*LAMBEG…*


Boos break out as ‘The Fighting Irishman’ Finlay steps out, clutching his shillelagh, and as has become the norm lately, The Little Bastard is by his side…

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent. From Belfast, Northern Ireland, weighing in at 233 pounds... FINLAAAAYYY!

As the grizzled veteran and his young leprechaun approach the ring, Finlay rattles his shillelagh off the steel steps a few times, clearly trying to intimidate Kane, flashing that toothy smirk of his as he enters the ring…

Michael Cole: He’s always been tough, he’s always been dangerous, and with that shillelagh in his hand, he’s capable of doing some real damage in the ring. He may have lost the United States Championship to Matt Hardy at WrestleMania, but tonight’s a chance for redemption for Finlay, not only for his WrestleMania disappointment, but of course for the defeat he suffered at the hands of Kane a few weeks ago.

Tazz: One o’ the toughest guys you’ll ever see, but at the same time, a real crafty veteran. He’s got that shillelagh, he’s got The Little Bastard, Finlay really knows how to stack the odds and then use ‘em to his advantage. And you look at the list of names he’s beaten over the last year or so, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he bounces back and adds Kane to that list right here.

The ref is ready and waiting to ring the bell, but first he wants the shillelagh out of the ring. Still clutching it in his hand, Finlay is reluctant to do so at first, until he carefully places it down at one of the corners, and finally we’re under way…






Grudge Match:
Finlay vs. Kane

But despite releasing his grip on the shillelagh, Finlay is still hovering nearby as the bell rings, teasing Kane, threatening to reach for it, before eventually taking a few steps towards the centre of the ring. Kane does likewise, the two coming face to face, where Finlay flashes that toothy smirk of his, throwing a bit of trash talk in Kane’s direction… only for Kane to smack him with an uppercut out of nowhere! The shot staggers Finlay, allowing Kane to go on the attack, landing more shots to the throat, then to the face, before he sends Finlay off the ropes… into a BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Finlay smacks the canvas and crawls to the corner, and when Kane follows in, the wily veteran dips his head through the ropes, causing the ref to step in and order Kane to back off. Kane threatens to smash Finlay, but with the ref right there, he has no choice but to back away, frustrated, something that draws another smirk from Finlay. Finlay takes his time leaving the corner, and he calls for a test of strength, offering up his hands. Kane cagily obliges, the two locking up one hand… but before the second hands meet, Finlay drills Kane with a cheap boot to the midsection.

Following up with a pair of forearms to the back of the head, then an European uppercut, Finlay then sends Kane to the corner and follows in… right into a back elbow! Finlay staggers back… then gets levelled with a clothesline! Here’s the first cover of the match… 1… 2… Finlay kicks out. Kane now looks to take control, as he lands more shots to the throat, then he scoops Finlay up and plants him with a slam. As Finlay sits up, Kane comes off the ropes… LOW ANGLE DROPKICK! Kane scrambles into the lateral press…

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But Finlay quickly kicks out. Looking to stay in control, Kane grabs Finlay’s wrist and yanks him to his feet, wringing on the arm, then driving his shoulder into Finlay’s not once, but twice, causing the Irishman to drop to a knee. Kane stays on the arm, twisting the wrist, opening Finlay up, which allows Kane to drive a trio of boots to the ribs. Again Finlay is yanked up, this time he’s sent for the ride to the corner… and Kane follows in… CORNER CLOTHESLINE… NO! Finlay sidesteps… and Kane smacks chest first off the top turnbuckle! Winded, Kane leans against the corner, allowing Finlay to attack, landing stiff rights to the midsection, following those with knees to the same area, before Finlay takes Kane’s left leg and places it across the second rope… then delivers a STIFF KICK TO THE BACK OF THE KNEE! The leg that Finlay tore up two weeks ago on SmackDown is again his target tonight, as he hammers in another two kicks, before Kane manages to limp away. Looking to stay on the knee, Finlay drives a few kicks into it, then he uses a double leg takedown to put Kane on the canvas… but before he do more damage, Kane kicks Finlay away, sending him sprawling across the ring! Kane uses the ropes near the corner to pull himself up, but here comes Finlay charging… Kane sidesteps… and FINLAY DRIVES HIS SHOULDER INTO THE RINGPOST!

Finlay went right through the ropes, his shoulder smacking off the steel, and as he stumbles backwards, Kane is waiting… sending Finlay flying with a BACK BODY DROP! Still favouring the arm, Finlay stumbles to his feet, then he’s sent off the ropes… into a SIDEWALK SLAM!! Kane hooks the leg…

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But Finlay kicks out again. Kane goes back on the attack, thrusting more uppercuts to the throat, then he grabs Finlay by the hair and smashes him face first off the top turnbuckle. More shots to the throat, then some to the body, before Kane drags Finlay to the centre of the ring and goes for the Irish whip… Finlay reverses… but then lowers his head… and Kane nails the RUNNING DDT!! Finlay looks down and out, but instead of going for the cover, this time Kane heads outside then climbs upstairs. Perched on the top rope, Kane motions for Finlay to rise… and eventually the Irishman is back up… prompting Kane to fly… DIVING CLOTHESLINE… NO! Finlay dives to safety… Kane lands on his feet… but his knee buckles! The injured left knee crumples on impact, causing Kane to cry out in pain… and then Finlay attacks from behind with a CHOP BLOCK! Kane writhes on the canvas in pain, and there’s that toothy smirk from Finlay again, as he realises he’s got Kane down and in pain, exactly where he wants him.

And Finlay’s quick to take advantage, pinning the leg down to drive his knee into Kane several times, before he yanks Kane towards the ropes and places his foot on the bottom rope. Finlay then bounces up… and CRASHES DOWN ON THE KNEE! Finlay’s entire bodyweight drops down on Kane’s knee a further three times, the ref physically having to put his hands on Finlay to get him to stop. Kane rolls away in pain, but there’s no let up, as Finlay grabs the ankle and holds the leg straight up, opening up the hamstring for a few stomps. Finlay now tries to drag Kane towards the corner, but given Kane’s size, it’s a struggle, but one which eventually Finlay overcomes. Heading outside, Finlay keeps hold of the foot… and drags Kane into position… to SMASH THE KNEE OFF THE RINGPOST! Kane groans in agony, but Finlay isn’t done… SMASHING THE KNEE OFF THE RINGPOST AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND A FOURTH TIME!! Finally Finlay let’s go, allowing Kane to crawl away in pain, but the damage is done, and now Finlay quickly slides back in and crawls into a lateral press…

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With Kane down hurting, Finlay drops more knees onto the left knee, then he grabs both Kane’s ankles, holding him open for a stiff stomp to the midsection. Finlay then backs up… and charges… SEATED SENTON! Another cover, this time Finlay jams his forearm into Kane’s face… 1… 2… but Kane kicks out again. Realising he’ll have to wear Kane down further to put him away, Finlay goes back to the leg, grabbing the ankle, turning Kane over then sitting in… for a SINGLE LEG BOSTON CRAB! Kane groans in agony as Finlay leans back, wrenching on the knee, even going as far as to smack a few stiff punches to the knee, all the while taunting Kane, yelling for ‘The Big Red Machine’ to “Tap! Give it up!”. Kane hangs in there, fighting the pain, but he’s far too far away to reach for the ropes, with Finlay having the hold locked in tight in the centre of the ring. With escape via the ropes not an option, Kane instead searches for an escape using brute strength, as he props himself up onto his elbows, then uses his hands to push himself away from the canvas. Finlay does his best to sit in and keep Kane grounded, but it’s no use, as Kane has now forced himself back to his feet… but Finlay hangs onto his boot… so Kane improvises… and breaks free with an ENZUIGIRI!!

Kane’s boot smacks off Finlay’s skull, leaving both men down on the mat. The ref thinks about starting the count, but sees both make a move, with Kane making it back to his feet first, rattling Finlay with an uppercut… but Finlay answers with an uppercut of his own… another from Kane… another from Finlay… Kane… Finlay… Kane… Kane… and Kane again! Three in a row from ‘The Big Red Machine’, and now he sends Finlay to the corner… and hobbles in… CORNER CLOTHESLINE! Finlay staggers from the corner… right into a TILT-A-WHIRL SLAM! Kane grabs his knee in pain on impact, but he soon throws an arm across Finlay’s chest… 1… 2... Finlay rolls a shoulder! Finlay’s not done yet, but now Kane steps through the ropes and climbs to the top rope. For the second time, Kane is poised and ready, waiting for Finlay to stagger to his feet… to soar with the FLYING CLOTHESLINE!! This time Kane connects, and he crawls over to hook the leg…

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Finlay just hangs in there, but now Kane looks to build some momentum, smacking more shots to the throat, before he shoots Finlay off the ropes… BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Kane is rolling now, and he waits for Finlay to get back to his feet, hand cocked in the air… KANE SLAPS ON THE GOOZLE… BUT BEFORE HE CAN GO FOR THE CHOKESLAM… FINLAY KICKS THE INJURED KNEE! The pain of the shot causes Kane to drop to a knee, and now Finlay comes off the ropes… DDT!! Finlay thinks it’s over as he hooks a leg…

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Finlay can’t believe it, furious that the match isn’t over yet. Storming back to his feet, Finlay heads to the corner… and PICKS UP HIS SHILLELAGH? It looks like Finlay doesn’t care about winning or losing anymore, he just wants to punish Kane, knowing full well he’ll be disqualified if he strikes Kane with the weapon… but he lines Kane up and waits for him to rise… before making his move… but Kane sees him coming… and SMACKS FINLAY IN THE THROAT, SENDING THE SHILLELAGH FLYING! Finlay is down, but the shillelagh is at Kane’s feet… and a sick smile crosses his face as he picks it up! Now Kane holds the weapon in his hands… but is he going to use it? Kane looks at the shillelagh… then at Finlay… but soon Kane launches the weapon up the aisle! Turning back to the ring, Finlay stumbles back to his feet… and Kane is ready… GOOZLE… BUT AGAIN KANE DOESN’T GO FOR THE CHOKESLAM… AS THE LITTLE BASTARD JUMPS ONTO THE APRON! Shoving Finlay to the mat, Kane turns and stares down the little guy, who stands firm on the apron, his tiny fists in the air, calling for a fight… but it’s nothing more than a distraction… as FINLAY CHARGES FROM BEHIND… KANE SIDESTEPS… AND FINLAY RUNS INTO THE LITTLE BASTARD… AND THE LITTLE GUY GOES FLYING!! The Little Bastard crashes to the floor, the distraction has backfired as Finlay staggers back towards Kane… who this time does deliver the CHOKESLAM!!! Kane plants Finlay, and hooks the leg…

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Winner: Kane @ 09.12

Kane gets the win, emphatically putting Finlay away after a real tough matchup between the two. The effects of the bout are on full display as neither man moves much after the bell, and the same can be said for The Little Bastard on the outside…

Michael Cole: Another great win for Kane as he puts Finlay away for the second time. A real smash-mouth affair, but ultimately, Kane had enough to put Finlay and keep this great run he’s been on since WrestleMania goin’.

Tazz: God, talk about hard hittin’! We spoke about the King of the Ring earlier, the mood Kane’s in right now, I dunno anybody who could stop ‘im! The guy’s just on fire right now!

Now back on his feet, Kane once again reaches high into the sky, then snaps his arms down, setting off another round of explosions from the corners of the ring. With Finlay still down on the canvas, Kane heads to the ropes, making his exit from the ring and then heading up the aisle, while we cut elsewhere.

And it’s to a locker room we go, were we see the three members of The Coachman Coalition standing by, readying themselves for their upcoming match. In the corner of the room Mark Henry straps on a knee brace, pulling it tight, while Montel Vontavious Porter finishes lacing up his boots. King Booker and Queen Sharmell are of course both there, the pair talking quietly to themselves. The door of the room swings open and in walks Jonathan Coachman, a smug look of satisfaction on his face as he surveys the team he has put together…


Jonathan Coachman: Now, I’m sure I don’t need to tell any of you how important tonight is. Tonight is the chance at a new beginning for all of us.

Confident nods of the head all round…

Jonathan Coachman: It’s safe to say we’ve all had our share of embarrassments over these last few weeks. And we’ve all suffered a lot of pain these last few months.

’Coach’ looks specifically at Henry after that last remark, who clenches his teeth and pounds his fist into his hand…

Jonathan Coachman: I mean, I was fired and then forced to clean toilets. That drunk idiot Sandman, he spat beer all over me. ‘MVP’… you ‘re the highest paid free agent in SmackDown history. But you’ve not been treated that way. Mark… you’ve been out injured for almost a year. Did anybody except for me ever call you to see how you were doin’? To see when you’d be back? No. And Booker, you lost your King of the Ring crown… to Tommy Dreamer.

That last comment stings Booker as he turns his head away in disgust…

Jonathan Coachman: We’ve all been treated like jokes these last few months, but it’s not gonna happen anymore. Tonight’s the night we finally take a stand. Tonight’s the night we prove we mean business. We start with those beer swillin’, chair swingin’ maniacs, and then… then we start on the rest of the SmackDown roster.

More nodding heads and hollering in agreement, with even Sharmell shouting “That’s right!”…

Jonathan Coachman: I promise you success, I promise you glory, I promise you championships. But more important than all of that, I promise you… revenge. All you have to do is go out there tonight… and grab it.

Feeling pumped up, Henry lets out a roar while ‘MVP’ yells “We got this!”…

Jonathan Coachman: We are The Coachman Coalition! The most dominant force SmackDown has ever seen! Now can you dig that, sucker!?

And just like that, the inspirational speech crashes to a hault, as Booker, Henry and ‘MVP’ all stare at ‘Coach’ in bewilderment, shaking their heads, not quite believing what they just heard…

Jonathan Coachman: Ha ha! Yeah! Am I right? Huh? Yeah!

’Coach’ throws up a hand, desperately seeking a high five of approval… but it never comes. Instead, Henry simply shakes his head and makes his exit, with Booker and Sharmell doing likewise in the opposite direction, while ‘MVP’ approaches ‘Coach’ with a look of sympathy on his face…

Montel Vontavious Porter: Ya’ almost had it, ‘Coach’.

And with a pat of the back, ‘MVP’ too departs the scene, leaving a disappointed Coachman behind, shaking his head, rueing the fact that he took his speech too far, but he soon follows his troops off camera while we cut elsewhere.

To see that Josh Matthews is standing by in the interview area…


Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time… San Diego’s own… REY MYSTERIO!

A massive cheer as Rey Mysterio steps into the shot, with Rey clearly happy to be among his people tonight. Although looking focused, Mysterio still manages to give Matthews a quick smile hello…

Josh Matthews: Rey, tonight marks your return to the ring after over six months on the shelf due to injury, in a Last Man Standing Match against the man you put you out of action, your former friend, Chavo Guerrero. Rey, a lot’s been said over the last month or so by Chavo with regards to you and this match, so how does it feel to finally be back… but in a match with so much chance for injury?

Pondering, Mysterio nods his head and affords himself a brief smile before answering…

Rey Mysterio: Well, first of all I wanna say how great it is, and how much of an honour it is to make my comeback right here in my hometown of San Diego!

Another massive cheer from inside the arena, which Mysterio acknowledges with a quick nod…

Rey Mysterio: It’s nights like tonight that make all the rehab, all the hard work feel worthwhile. I just wish I was making my comeback under different circumstances.

A shake of the head from Rey…

Rey Mysterio: I don’t know why Chavo decided to cost me the World Heavyweight Championship all those months ago. Maybe it was jealousy. But it’s definitely not for the reasons Chavo’s been sayin’ these last couple of months. I would NEVER exploit the death of Eddie Guerrero, or any other member of the Guerrero family. I loved Eddie, man. He was like a brother to me. The whole Guerrero family over the years, they’ve been nothin’ but a real inspiration to me and thousands of other luchadores. Chavo, Vickie… I thought they were my friends. Mi amigos. But when Chavo cost me the title, and then he tore up my knee… I guess any friendship we once had ended there and then.

And now through his mask, a fire burns in the eyes of Mysterio…

Rey Mysterio: And after all that work to make it back, Chavo couldn’t handle it. He just couldn’t stand the fact that I wasn’t gonna stay away. And every night I sat at home and watched SmackDown, I heard what Chavo said. I heard all the lies he told. I heard the way he disrespected me. And y’know what Josh? That just made me even more determined to make it back.

Another pop from inside the arena…

Rey Mysterio: I didn’t want this Chavo. This is all on you, esse. But now that I’m here, if I’ve gotta tear your knee apart just like you did to me… then that’s what I’m gonna do. ‘Cause one way or another, in my hometown, I will be… el último hombre que se coloca… the last man standing!

And one last, strong cheer from the audience as Rey gives Josh another smile and makes his exit, the camera lingering on Matthews for a few seconds before we head back into the arena.

Where we hear…

*BAD DREAM…*

The camera quickly starts to scan the crowd, and sure enough we eventually find The Extremists standing in one of the entrance ways of the arena. The fans clamour to get in the shot as Tommy Dreamer lets out a roar, Sabu points to the heavens, while The Sandman smashes a beer can off his forehead then thrusts his kendo stick into the air…


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a Six Man Tag Team Match! Introducing first, weighing in at a combined weight of 722 pounds... Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman... THE EXTREMISTSSSSS!

And with another cheer from the crowd, Dreamer starts to lead his team down through the masses towards the ring, the three stopping to slap every hand offered to them, before they hop over the barricade and enter the ring…

Tazz: Aw yeah, baby! Time to go extreme!

Michael Cole: Six man action comin’ at ya’ folks. And here comes The Extremists, this group of ECW legends led by that man, Tommy Dreamer. Tazz, you obviously know these three well, but you gotta admit, it’s gonna take somethin’ pretty special for these three to see off The Coachman Coalition tonight.

Tazz: Well yeah, but it was somethin’ pretty special that saw Dreamer beat King Booker a few weeks ago, right? And besides, that whole underdog mentality, that whole succeddin’ where we ain’t supposed to, that was the spirit that carried us all throughout our ECW careers, that’s the mentality these three have had their whole lives, and it’s that’s kinda drive and determination that’s gonna see Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman to get the win right here.

*HARD HITTIN’…*

Heat quickly breaks out as The Coachman Coalition enter the arena, with of course Jonathan Coachman leading out the troops. King Booker and Queen Sharmell perform their usual royal taunts, while Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry keep things a little more serious as they simply give out a look of intimidation…

Tony Chimel: And introducing their opponents. Being accompanied to the ring by Jonathan Coachman and Queen Sharmell, weighing in at a combined weight of 958 pounds… King Booker, Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry… THE COACHMAN CO – A – LLIITTIIOONNNNN!

The group now make their way down the aisle with Coachman leading the way, although as they approach the ring, ‘Coach’ is wary of the fact that Sandman is by the ropes, kendo stick poised and ready to strike, prompting the ref to step in and usher him back…

Michael Cole: Well you can see how desperate Sandman is to get his hands on The Coachman Coalition. It was just two nights ago on SmackDown that it all broke down between these six men, as the match between Sandman and Mark Henry got outta control in a hurry. I don’t know about you Tazz, but I could easily see that happenin’ again in this one.

Tazz: Oh absolutely. I mean let’s be honest, if you’re talkin’ about pure wrestlin’ skill, then yeah, ya’ gotta give the advantage to these three. But if it does break down and it becomes a straight up fight, then that’s when The Extremists can come into their own and get the upperhand.

As Booker, ‘MVP’ and Henry enter the ring, Sandman once again steps forward with his stick, prompting Booker to shoo him away. Dreamer manages to talk Sandman into leaving the kendo by the corner, and with that, we’re underway…






Six Man Tag Team Match:
The Extremists vs. The Coachman Coalition

Sabu and ‘MVP’ get us underway, the two snapping into a collar and elbow tie up, with ‘MVP’ quickly working into a headlock. Sabu backs the pair to the ropes, then fires ‘MVP’ off the opposite side… but ‘MVP’ bowls him over with a shoulderblock! ‘MVP’ again heads for the ropes, but Sabu is back up… avoids the contact with a leapfrog… then takes ‘MVP’ down with a LEG LARIAT! Both men quickly back up… and Sabu catches Porter with an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP… then knocks him down with a stiff right hand. ‘MVP’ crawls to the ropes, but Sabu stays on him, smacking a few shots to the face, before he yanks ‘MVP’ to the corner and tags in Dreamer. As Dreamer enters the ring, he pushes himself onto the second rope, with Sabu wringing on the arm, holding ‘MVP’ in place… so Dreamer can drop a double axe handle across the arm! Dreamer now lands a succession of left jabs, before a big right knocks ‘MVP’ down again. Dreamer moves to yank Porter up, but from his knees, ‘MVP’ drills a shot to the gut, then he knocks Dreamer down with a stiff knee to the face. Booker gets the tag, and he enters with his usual theatrics, before stinging Dreamer’s chest with a series of chops in the corner.

Booker then drives a pair of knees to the body, before he sends Dreamer for the ride… but Dreamer reverses and follows in… Booker uses the ropes to elevate himself over the incoming Dreamer… but when Booker lands on his feet… Dreamer turns and levels him with a clothesline! Quickly grabbing Booker by the hair, Dreamer shoves him into the face corner, where after a few rights to the body, Dreamer tags in Sandman. Sandman enters to a strong pop, and he starts smacking Booker with rights to the face, before sending Booker off the ropes… into a back elbow. Sandman drops down for the lateral press… 1… 2… Booker kicks out easily. As Sandman helps Booker back up, Booker drives a knee into the midsection, then smacks a pair of forearms to the back of the head, before he sends Sandman off the ropes… into a SPINNING WHEEL KICK! Sandman is down, but he crawls to the corner, where the camera spots a rather conveniently placed beer can. Booker is too busy boasting to the crowd to notice, and when he moves back in… SANDMAN SPITS BEER IN BOOKER’S FACE!!

Booker grabs his eyes and flails wildly, unable to see a damn thing, staggering to the ropes… and then a clothesline from Sandman sends him tumbling to the floor! Almost instantly ‘MVP’ and Henry drop down, joining ‘Coach’ in trying to help Booker recover, with ‘Coach’ yelling “He can’t do that!” to the ref. As the four men huddle on the outside, in the ring, Sandman has dropped down to his knees near the ropes… and here comes Sabu… jumping onto Sandman… then to the top rope… SOMERSAULT SENTON… TAKES OUT EVERYBODY ON THE FLOOR!! A huge risk from Sabu, but it pays off as he wipes out The Coalition, quickly grabbing Booker and rolling him back inside, where Sandman goes for the cover…

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But Booker manages to kick out. Sandman looks to stay in control as he drops a few rights as Booker makes it back to his knees… and then Booker grabs Sandman by the waist of his jeans… and yanks him forward, face first off the middle turnbuckle in the heels’ corner. Booker quickly tags in Henry, who starts dropping hard shots to the spine, before knocking Sandman down with a headbutt. Henry yanks Sandman back up, fires him to the corner… then charges… CORNER AVALANCHE! Henry absolutely crushes Sandman, causing him to slump to the corner, but there’s no cover, as instead Henry tags in Booker. Sandman is in bad shape as Booker drags him up, and now the veteran looks to target Sandman’s ribs, drilling forearms to the small of the back, before he locks Sandman up and drives several knees to the gut, then he hooks Sandman up… for a RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Booker hooks a leg…

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Despite this being their first match, The Coalition show some nice teamwork when Booker tags in ‘MVP’, the pair combining for a double Irish whip… into a double hiptoss… into a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! ‘MVP’ goes for another cover… 1… 2… Sandman forces a shoulder off the canvas! Sandman hangs in there, but he’s in trouble as he crawls to the corner, where ‘MVP’ hammers him with right hands down to a seated position on the mat. Porter backs away, allowing Sandman to get back up… but then he charges… RUNNING BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Once again Sandman collapses from the corner, with ‘MVP’ turning to ‘Coach’ and asking “You like that?”, ‘Coach’ yelling “I love it!” in response. Booker tags back in, and he goes back to the midsection, laying in with stomps and knee drops, before he yanks Sandman up… but out of nowhere, Sandman nails a right hand! And another! And a third, and now he comes off the ropes… right into the HARLEM SIDEKICK! The momentum stops just like that, but Booker looks down on Sandman, almost offended, rubbing his jaw, before he brings Henry back in.

Henry again unloads with hard shots to the body, then he shoots Sandman off the ropes… and runs him down with a MASSIVE BODYBLOCK! Sandman is in bad shape, and it could get a whole lot worse as Henry comes off the ropes… RUNNING SPLASH… NO! Sandman rolls to safety… and Henry smashes off the canvas! Both men are down, but Sandman tries desperately to drag himself to his corner… Henry tags in ‘MVP’… but Sandman tags Dreamer! ‘The Innovator of Violence’ bursts into the ring… and he runs through ‘MVP’ with a clothesline! Porter is quickly back up… another clothesline puts him down! Dreamer now turns… and knocks Booker off the apron with a big right hand! Back to ‘MVP’, with Dreamer landing shots to the face, before he goes for the Irish whip… ‘MVP’ reverses… but swings and misses with a clothesline… and Dreamer scores the INVERTED DDT!! Dreamer hooks a leg…

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Henry comes to make the save… but Dreamer sees him coming… and HENRY WINDS UP DROPPING AN ELBOW ON ‘MVP’!! With ‘MVP’ and Booker out of it, Dreamer is joined by Sabu, the pair trying to eliminate Henry, both men drilling him with rights, lefts and kicks, before they go for a double Irish whip to the corner… then Dreamer kneels down infront of Henry… and Sabu charges… AIR SABU!! Henry staggers from the corner… right into Dreamer’s clutches… DDT!! Henry is planted, but the impact of the move causes him to roll under the bottom rope to the floor. Dreamer now grabs ‘MVP’, the two legal men going at it, with Dreamer looking for an Irish whip to the corner… but ‘MVP’ reverses and follows in… looking again for the RUNNING BIG BOOT… NO! Dreamer sidesteps… and Porter collides with the turnbuckle! With his leg hung up on the top rope, ‘MVP’ is in bad shape, and it gets worse as Dreamer lifts him up… and hangs ‘MVP’ in the TREE OF WOE! Dreamer now heads to the opposite corner, lets out a roar, then charges… LOW ANGLE DROPKICK! Dreamer is on fire, but while this is going on, from the outside, Henry has yanked Sabu from the ring… and then he fires him SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS! Sandman sees this happening, and he quickly heads over, grabbing his KENDO STICK… AND THREATENING TO STRIKE HENRY WITH IT… BUT ‘COACH’ GRABS THE STICK… AND HENRY WIPES SANDMAN OUT WITH A TACKLE!!

Dreamer doesn’t realise that his partners are down on the outside, as in the ring, he has ‘MVP’ lined up… and he tries for the DREAMER DRIVER… NO! ‘MVP’ manages to fight free of it, but Dreamer stays in control by smacking a pair of rights to the jaw. Dreamer then sends ‘MVP’ off the ropes… but Booker nips up and MAKES A BLIND TAG! Dreamer doesn’t see it, so he catches ‘MVP’ with a boot to the gut… and he hooks him up for a PILEDRIVER… but Booker storms the ring… and DAMN NEAR TAKES DREAMER’S HEAD OFF WITH THE HARLEM SIDEKICK! Booker saves ‘MVP’, and he wastes no time in readying himself as Dreamer scrambles back to his feet… SCISSORS KICK!! Booker gets all of it, quickly rolling Dreamer over and hooking the leg…

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Winners: The Coachman Coalition @ 07.28

Booker grabs the win for his team, emphatically putting Dreamer away and gaining a measure of revenge for his defeat to Dreamer a few weeks ago. ‘Coach’ is delighted with the outcome, quickly rolling into the ring to celebrate with his team, and soon Henry and ‘MVP’ are back up, with ‘Coach’ raising all three hands in victory…

Michael Cole: A great effort from The Extremists, but in the end, The Coalition were just too much, just too dominant, and it’s a debut win for ‘Coach’ and his team.

Tazz: That’s a hard one for me to take right there, but I gotta admit… this team ‘Coach’ has put together… damn they looked impressive. A helluva effort from my guys, but The Coalition was just too strong. And that’s bad news for the rest of the SmackDown roster if ya’ ask me.

With the celebrations over, The Coalition head for the ropes and make their exit, and as ‘Coach’ leads the team back up the aisle, the camera zooms in on him and hears him say “That’s just the start!”, before we head into a video.


*Video Package*

"]We open to grainy, black and white footage from back in the NWA days, where we see one of the first War Games matches, where Dusty Rhodes has Ric Flair locked in the figure four leglock, Flair writhing and screaming in pain, but there’s no sound as over the top we hear extracts from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous address from 1936...

Narrator: For years, many men entered it’s caged walls…

“I HAVE SEEN WAR… I HATE WAR.”

We now see more footage from early War Games, where Road Warrior Animal viciously jams one of the spikes from his shoulder pads into the eye of The War Machine, causing him to submit...

Narrator: But no man ever left the same.

”I HAVE SEEN WAR ON LAND AND SEA.

More black and white footage, this time from Fall Brawl ’95, where Hulk Hogan leads his Hulkamaniacs team to victory over The Dungeon of Doom by forcing The Zodiac to submit to a camel clutch...

Narrator: And now, with a civil war threatening to rip the WWE apart…

“I HAVE SEEN CITIES DESTROYED.”

And now Fall Brawl ’97, where Curt Hennig turns his back on The Four Horsemen, smashing the cage door into the skull of Ric Flair, handing victory to the nWo…

Narrator: The most barbaric of matches has returned.

“I HAVE SEEN THE AGONY OF MOTHERS AND WIVES.”

We now cut to modern day footage to see Vince and Linda McMahon stood across from each other, tense looks on both their faces…

Mr. McMahon: The reason this company has made hundreds of millions of dollars over the years… is all because… of ME!

“I HAVE SEEN BLOOD RUNNING FROM THE WOUNDED.”

A shot of a busted open John Cena, blood streaming down his face as he struggles to use the ropes to try pull himself to his feet…

John Cena: Tonight is a night to fight!

Slow motion shots of the brawling John Cena and Bobby Lashley have done over the last few months, each punch that lands being accompanied by the sound of a bomb dropping…

Linda McMahon: Both myself and the Board of Directors feel that you, Vince… have seriously abused your power lately.

We now see John Cena scooping Vince up onto his shoulders, then deliver a thunderous FU, an explosion sound echoing out as Vince strikes the canvas…

Mr. McMahon: I’m Vince McMahon, I’m ‘The Chairman of the Board’, dammit!

And now finally we see rapid firs shots of Linda, then Vince, then Lashley, before a final shot of Cena…

Narrator: The battle for power on Monday Night Raw can be settled only one way…

“I HAVE SEEN WAR… I HATE WAR.”

”WAR GAMES!”



"WWE WAR GAMES – JUNE 17TH – LIVE ON PAY PER VIEW!"

*End Video Package*


We’re back, and we see Kristal Marshall standing by, ready for another interview…

Kristal Marshall: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, he is one of the challengers in tonight’s Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship… CHRIS BENOIT!

A rousing reception as Chris Benoit steps infront of the camera, looking as intense and as focused as always. As Kristal pauses and waits for the applause inside the arena to die down, Benoit takes a look around, almost as if he’s taking in the atmosphere of a WWE pay per view one last time…

Kristal Marshall: Chris, just one month ago we all thought we had seen you for the last time in a WWE ring. With the medical issues you’ve had in the past, and the fact you were already talking about retiring this summer, when Edge hit you with that one man con-chair-to, we all feared it was over for you. But now you’re back, and tonight you’ve got a chance to become World Heavyweight Champion. How does it feel to be back with the chance to live your dream one more time?

Benoit pauses, pondering his response, before a toothy grin crosses his face…

Chris Benoit: . Y'know, I can't tell you how it feels to be back and to hear those people cheer like that for me again. 'Cause to be honest with you, just one month ago, I didn't know if I'd ever hear cheers like that again.

A respectful pop from inside the arena…

Chris Benoit: It's no secret that at some point over the summer, I'm lookin' to walk away from all this. And it's no secret that before I do, I want one last run with that big gold belt.

Another pop for the prospect of Benoit as champion…

Chris Benoit: That's why I entered Money in the Bank at WrestleMania. And that's why I put myself forward as a challenger to Batista. And I might not have won Money in the Bank, but I did earn a shot at Batista and the World Heavyweight Championship. At least, I thought I did... until Edge tried to take it away from me.

Heat for the mention of Edge, with the smile quickly leaving Benoit’s face…

Chris Benoit: It’s been over a month since Edge hit me with a one man con-chair-to. That night as SmackDown went off the air, I was in pretty bad shape. They took me to the local hospital, they ran all kinds of tests on me, I had doctor after doctor come in and tell me that in their opinion… I should hang it up. You all know my medical history, you know I’ve had concussions, I’ve had neck surgery, I’ve went through a lotta pain over the years, and for the doctors, that con-chair-to… it was just one blow too much for ‘em. And I got a lotta respect for all those doctors, I thanked ‘em all for takin’ care of me, but at the end of the day… they didn’t how just how badly I wanted to be back here in this ring, infront of all those people.

A real sense of fire and determination in that last comment…

Chris Benoit: So I rested up, I sat at home and I gave my neck a chance to heal a little bit, and I watched SmackDown, and week after week, night after night, I saw Edge runnin’ around, stickin’ his nose in other people’s business, acting like a little whiny bitch!

”Oooh!”s from the arena, as even Kristal was taken aback by that remark…

Chris Benoit: He couldn’t get the job done, but he always had an excuse, he always had somethin’ to complain about. And to be honest, I was sick and tired of hearin’ it. So I picked up the phone, I called Teddy Long, and I said I wanted to come back… and I wanted my title shot at Judgment Day. And I wanted it at Judgment Day for two simple reasons. One… so I could become World Heavyweight Champion one last time. And two… so I could kick Edge’s ass doin’ it.

And now Benoit stares straight down the camera and says…

Chris Benoit: And tonight, that’s exactly what’s gonna happen.

And another pop from inside the arena, with Benoit letting his stare of focus and determination linger before he makes his exit, and we head elsewhere.

And it’s to the locker room where we see Chavo Guerrero getting ready for his match later tonight, wrapping tape around his hands, a serious yet tense look on his face. Vickie Guerrero is of course nearby, arms folded across her chest, looking at Chavo with a sense of pride as she watches her nephew ready himself…


Michael Cole: Well folks, there you see Chavo Guerrero getting ready for the Last Man Standing Match later this evening, his Aunt Vickie by his side. This is what it’s come down to as far as Chavo and Rey Mysterio are concerned. Chavo cost Rey the World Heavyweight Championship, he nearly cost Rey his career when he injured Rey and put him on the shelf, and now tonight, he wants to cripple Mysterio, he wants to injure that knee all over again so can’t even climb back to his feet to answer a ten count.

Tazz: It’s Last Man Standin’, it’s just a brutal match, it’s gonna be an absolute war. And like you say, Cole, the only way to win is to-

Suddenly, Chavo and Vickie are caught off guard as an older, Latino looking man in a smart suit enters the room. Even though Chavo and Vickie stare at this man in surprise, they know exactly who he is…

Tazz: Whoa, hey… wait a minute, Cole, is that… is that who I think it is?

Michael Cole: That’s Chavo Guerrero’s father Chavo Guerrero Sr., or as he was known as when he wrestled here in the WWE, Chavo Classic.

The man identified as Chavo Guerrero Sr. steps towards his son and his sister in law, a strong look of concern on his face…

Chavo Guerrero: Dad, what are you… what are you doin’ here? Why aren’t you watchin’ at home?

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: Why am I here? I’m here ‘cause I can’t sit at home and watch you go through with this, Chavo.

Chavo raises his eyebrows at his Dad, not quite able to believe what he just heard…

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: I’m here ‘cause I can’t sit at home and watch you act like this anymore. You call yourself a Guerrero? You call yourself my son? I can’t believe we’re even related, Chavo. I can’t believe what you’ve become. I can’t believe the way you’ve been acting lately.

Chavo turns to Vickie, almost seeking guidance, only for his dad t grab him by the arm and spin him back around…

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: Look at me when I’m talking to you! You think this is what Eddie would have wanted? Huh? You were like a brother to him, just like Rey was like another member of the family to all of us. You think my baby brother would’ve wanted to see you two in a match like this tonight?

And now rather sheepishly, Chavo bites his lip and looks down at the floor…

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: You’ve been saying that you’re fighting for us. For Los Guerreros. You’re not fighting for us… you’re only fighting for yourself. And I know it was her who put you up to this.

Senior points a finger square in the face of a shocked looking Vickie before he turns back and pleads with his on…

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: Don’t do this, Chavo. It’s not too late to walk away for this. Don’t do this tryin’ to honour Eddie’s legacy… ‘cause this is the last thing he would’ve wanted.

Before Junior can answer, Vickie steps forward, squaring up to her brother in law…

Vickie Guerrero: Excuse me, but I don’t think this is the kind of thing Chavo needs to hear before such a big match. What kind of father are you? Chavo’s fighting for our whole family, and this is what you say to him?

Vickie shakes her head in disgust, but Chavo pushes past her to go eye to eye with his son…

Chavo Guerrero Sr.: Chavo… don’t listen to her. Don’t do this. Listen to your familia. Listen to your father.

Unable to maintain eye contact with his father, Chavo again seeks solace in the floor, but after a few seconds, he starts to speak…

Chavo Guerrero: Y’know somethin’, Dad? I’m sick and tired of listenin’ to our family. ‘Cause I listened to our family, and look what happened. Rey Mysterio used us, he used the Guerrero’s to get to the top. And you stood by and watched that happen. Well I’m not gonna let it happen again. I’m gonna do somethin’ about it tonight. I’m gonna restore this family’s legacy… and I’m gonna make Rey pay for what he did to us. And if you can’t understand that…

And now looking his father dead in the eye, Chavo says…

Chavo Guerrero: Then I have no father.

A stunned hush breaks out inside the arena after that cold statement from Chavo, who continues to look into his dad’s eyes before he turns and leaves the room. Vickie soon follows, but she gives her brother in law an evil smirk as she walks past, leaving the camera to focus on the hurt Chavo Classic, who lets out a deep sigh, the latest in the long list of people over the past month or so to try and fail to reason with the younger Guerrero.

We now cut to the ring, where Chimel is ready once again…


Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP!!

”OH YEAH!...”

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT…*


The crowd comes alive once again as Matt Hardy bursts into the arena, holding his United States Championship high in the air, as he makes his way down the aisle…


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, from Cameron, North Carolina. Weighing in at 235 pounds, he is the WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION… MATT... HAAARRRRDDDYYY!

Another strong pop for the mention of Matt’s name, with the champion rolling into the ring and heading for the ropes, again holding the US Title high in the air for all to see…

Michael Cole: A very emotional plea there from Chavo Guerrero Sr. to his son, but I guess it wasn’t enough. Chavo Jr. is determined to go through with this tonight, and it seems so is his Aunt Vickie.

Tazz: Yeah and what d’ya think about when Chavo Sr. said it was Vickie who put Chavo up to this? Ya’ think Vickie’s pullin’ the strings in all this?

Michael Cole: I honestly have no idea, Tazz. Well folks, we’re rollin’ right along here with the United States Championship on the line. That man right there, the champion, Matt Hardy, he’s really been SmackDown’s MVP so far this year, so many big wins, so many great highlights, and perhaps none bigger than back at WrestleMania when he became champion.

Tazz: Aw man what a match that was. Matt and Finlay kickin’ off WrestleMania, with the gold on the line, and all the talk goin’ into WrestleMania was whether or not Hardy could handle the pressure of the big occasion. He handled it alright, and I’m predictin’ he’s gonna do the same right here tonight.

*REALITY…*

As always The Miz enters the arena with that look of arrogance on his face, holding his hands out wide, soaking up the heat from the crowd, before he and Michelle McCool causally saunter their way down the aisle…


Tony Chimel: And introducing the challenger. Being accompanied to the ring by Michelle McCool, from Cleveland, Ohio. He weighs in at 221 pounds… THE MIZZZZZZZ!

In an effort to taunt the fans, Miz removes the hat from his head and motions to throw it to the crowd, only to pull it back at the last second and place the hat on McCool’s head, much to the amusement of the pair. As the hit the ring, a far more serious look crosses Miz’s face as he locks eyes with Hardy…

Michael Cole: Talkin’ about a man who’s been doin’ well since WrestleMania, it was during the Pre-WrestleMania Battle Royal that Miz really announced himself as a major threat on SmackDown. By hook or by crook, Miz won that Battle Royal, and ever since then he’s been targeting the United States Champion, and impressing a lot of people in the process.

Tazz: And perhaps none more so than two nights ago on SmackDown when Miz pinned Matt Hardy. Listen, I don’t like this kid, I think he’s an arrogant goof, but I’ll give credit to ‘im, he’s tryin’ to perfect his craft, and he’s makin’ a lotta improvements. But I just think Matt’s on too big a roll right now to be losin’ that US Title.

Standing across from the champion, Miz and McCool exchange some last second words of strategy, while Hardy hands over the title to referee, who raises it into the air, signalling we’re ready to get things started…






United States Championship Match:
United States Champion Matt Hardy vs. The Miz

A cagey start from both men, neither man bursting from the corner, as instead Miz stares across the ring at Hardy with a smug look on his face, before the two slowly start to circle. Coming together with a collar and elbow tie up, Miz surprises everyone as he twists into a headlock, but Matt quickly counters with a headlock of his own… only for Miz to again surprise us by countering into a hammerlock. Hardy searches for an escape, and after missing at a handful of hair, he drops down to his knees, takes Miz over with a fireman carry takeover, hanging onto the wrist for an armbar across the knee. Hardy torques on the arm, but Miz soon forces himself back up, backing the pair to the ropes, where he’s able to shove Hardy to the opposite side… only for Matt to run Miz over with a shoulderblock! Yanking Miz up, Matt tags the challenger with right hands that back him to the ropes, where the champion goes for the Irish whip… but Miz reverses… only for Hardy to avoid his clothesline with a baseball slide… then he hooks Miz up and runs him to the ropes… SCHOOL BOY! 1… 2… Miz kicks out, the force sending Hardy to the ropes… he rebounds off… and smashes Miz with a LOW ANGLE FOREARM SMASH! Matt crawls into the lateral press… 1… 2… Miz kicks out.

And from the kickout, Miz scurries to the corner, where McCool heads over, the two exchanging a few words, with Hardy waving Miz on. After the pep talk, Miz is back up, and again the two come together with a tie up, this time Hardy gains the upperhand with the headlock. Miz grabs a handful of hair and yanks Matt towards the corner, where the ref calls for the break. Both men ease up… only for Miz to drill Matt with a STIFF ELBOW TO THE JAW! Miz follows with a trio of shoulderthrusts to the midsection, before he fires Hardy across the ring… Hardy hits the turnbuckle hard, and Miz follows in… straight into a boot to the face! Miz drops to a knee, and Matt quickly pushes himself onto the second rope… DIVING ELBOW DROP TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD! Miz quickly rolls away in pain, but as he stumbles back to his feet against the ropes, Hardy charges… CLOTHESLINE… SENDS MIZ SPRAWLING DOWN TO THE FLOOR!

With down on the outside, McCool is quickly over to help him back up, Miz hanging onto her as he tries to shake away the cobwebs. The ref starts the count, but when he reaches six, Hardy decides he doesn’t want to wait anymore… as he flies through the air with a PLANCHA! McCool squeals and runs for cover as Hardy crashes onto the challenger, mounting Miz to hammer him with right hands, before he bursts to his feet and flashes his “V-1” hand signal, roaring to the fans. After dragging Miz back up, Hardy smashes the challenger face first off the canvas, then he rolls him back into the ring. Miz crawls to the far away corner, trying to find some respite, but Hardy slides in after and charges… CORNER CLOTHESLINE! Matt hangs on… then comes out of the corner with a RUNNING BULLDOG! Hardy quickly rolls Miz over and hooks a leg…

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But Miz kicks out. Crawling to the ropes, Miz uses them to drag himself back up, but Matt stays on him, tagging a few more rights to the head, before he goes for an Irish whip, but Hardy lowers his head… and Miz snaps it up with a kick to the chest… then levels the champion with a FALLING CLOTHESLINE! Finally Miz scores an impact move, and after clearing his head, Miz wears a fierce scowl as he lays into the champion, first with boots to the face, then repeated knee drops across the chest. The aggressive streak in the challenger comes to the fore as he blatantly chokes Hardy against the mat, the referee issuing the five count, with Miz pushing it to the limit before he finally relents. Coughing and spluttering, Hardy is dragged to his feet by the hair, where Miz fires Hardy to the corner… but Matt jumps to the second rope… then flies with a SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Hardy stays on top for the pinfall…

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But Hardy has regained control, and he looks to take advantage, smacking more right hands off of Miz’s face before he charges for the ropes… but McCool sticks a hand in, grabs Hardy’s foot… and TRIPS HIM! Matt stumbles and immediately points down at McCool, who of course protests her innocence… but this only serves as a distraction for Miz, who sneaks up from behind… FALLING NECKBREAKER! Hardy instantly grabs the back of his head in pain, but he’s in a world of trouble as now Miz can take control. Working slowly, Miz picks his shots, as each time Hardy makes it back to his knees, Miz lays in with a forearm to the back of the head, then he again drops the knee, this time several landing to the back of Hardy’s neck. Miz grabs Hardy by the wrist, yanks him to his feet… then puts him right back down again with a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! Miz drops into the lateral press… 1… 2… but no leg hook allows Hardy to easily roll a shoulder. Seeking to apply pressure to the neck, Miz locks on a seated chinlock, wrenching on Hardy’s head as he squeezes on the neck. The early pace of the match grinds to a halt as Miz looks to sap the life out of the champion, his arm wrapped under Hardy’s chin, his hands clasped together tight, Miz every now and then upping the ante by wrenching the head side to side. The crowd try to encourage Hardy back to his feet, and despite the best efforts of the challenger, the champion has a surge of energy that sees him make it back to a vertical base.

Seeking an escape, Hardy drills an elbow to the midsection… and another… and a third, finally causing Miz to let go. Now the champion looks to go on the attack, landing a trio of right hands, before he goes for the Irish whip off the ropes… but Miz reverses… then lowers his head… Hardy flies with a SUNSET FLIP… but Miz puts on the breaks… and drops down into a pinning predicament! 1… 2… Hardy has to kick out. And from the kick out, both men burst back to their feet, with Miz swinging a right hand… Hardy ducks underneath… then from behind looks for a SIDE SUPLEX… NO! Miz goes all the way up and over, landing on his feet behind Matt… INVERTED BACKBREAKER… FOLLOWED BY THE NECKBREAKER! Miz rattles off the combination, and quickly rolls Hardy over…

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HARDY MANAGES TO KICK OUT!

Annoyed, Miz growls at the referee, but now the challenger is firmly in control, drilling boots to the side of the head as Hardy makes it back to his knees, then he shoves the champion to the corner, Hardy’s head resting on the bottom turnbuckle. Miz drives his boot against Hardy’s throat, choking him, the ref again having to issue Miz a five count, which Miz takes every second of before releasing. As Miz backs away, he’s chastised by the ref, but with his back to Hardy, the ref doesn’t see McCool reach in, using his hands to choke the champion against the ropes, the crowd doing their best to alert the referee to the outside interference. McCool releases just as the ref turns, which allows Hardy to drag himself up with the ropes… but Miz is ready and waiting, charging in… AWESOME CLOTHESLINE! Miz connects, and after Hardy slumps to the canvas, Miz again goes for the cover…

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BUT AGAIN HARDY KICKS OUT!!

Frustration shows from Miz as he slaps a hand off the canvas, but he soon goes back on the attack, yanking Hardy up, then putting him back down with a scoop slam, before Miz heads to the corner and climbs to the second rope. Miz waits for Matt to rise, then he flies… DIVING DOUBLE AXE HANDLE… but Hardy sees him coming… and catches Miz as he lands… then counters with a BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! The effect of the assault on his neck means that Hardy can’t take advantage, as Miz beats him back to his feet and moves in… but Hardy swings a right to the gut… and another… and a third… then a pair of shots to the face, before he goes for an Irish whip off the ropes… into a BIG BACK BODY DROP! Miz stumbles back to the corner, where Hardy moves in, landing more shots to the face, before he fires Miz across the ring… and follows in… CORNER CLOTHESLINE! And again Hardy hangs on… RUNNING BULLDOG… NO! This time Miz shoves Hardy to the corner and follows in… into a back elbow! Miz staggers away, while Hardy pushes himself to the second rope… DIVING BULLDOG! The champion rolls the challenger over and hooks the leg…

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The crowd “AW!” as Hardy comes close, but with Miz still down, the champion now heads outside and climbs to the top rope. Once on top, Hardy takes a glance over his shoulder… and readies himself for the MOONSAULT… WAIT! Michelle McCool jumps up on the apron! Hardy puts on the breaks, the referee tries to get McCool to drop back down… and the distraction allows Miz to come from behind… shove Hardy… CAUSING HIM TO LOSE HIS BALANCE! Hardy has a painful landing on the top turnbuckle, and it’s about to get worse as Miz climbs to the second rope… hooks Hardy up… SUPER SIDE SUPLEX… HARDY COUNTERS IN MID AIR… CROSSBODY!!

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Hardy can’t believe it, sure he had the match won, but now he’s back on his feet, calling for Miz to rise… and when Miz staggers up, Hardy makes his move… KICK… TWIST OF FATE… NO! Miz breaks free, shoving Matt to the ropes… and into a boot to the midsection that doubles Hardy over… and here comes Miz… looking for THE REALITY CHECK… HE NAILS THE RUNNING KNEE… BUT BEFORE HE CAN GO FOR THE NECKBREAKER, HARDY COUNTERS… SIDE EFFECT!! A desperation move from Hardy, but he avoids the Reality Check by taking Miz down. Both men are grounded, slow to get back to their feet, using the ropes at opposite corners to help them up. Hardy races across the ring… but Miz elevates him over the top rope with a back body drop… Matt lands on the apron! A pair of stiff rights back Miz away, but he comes back in… shoulderthrust doubles Miz over… then Matt slings into the ring with a SUNSET FLIP!

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MIZ KICKS OUT!!

BUT IS STRAIGHT BACK ONTO HIS FEET AND CHARGING FOR THE ROPES… TO CATCH HARDY WITH A SNAP DDT!! Miz has both hands in the air triumphantly as he drapes his body across Hardy’s…

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HARDY SOMEHOW ROLLS A SHOULDER!!!

Miz and McCool can’t believe it, they were sure Miz was the new United States Champion, but Hardy just will not die! Back on his feet, Miz gets right in the ref’s face, insisting that it was three, only for the two count to be confirmed. Shaking his head in annoyance, Miz looks towards McCool, who simply shouts “Finish him!”, a comment that sparks Miz back into action. With fury in his eyes, Miz stands and waits, motioning for Hardy to rise, and when Hardy makes it back to his feet, Miz makes his move… REALITY CHECK… NO! Hardy avoids the knee, and when Miz puts on the breaks… Hardy drills him with a boot to the midsection… TWIST OF FATE!!! Hardy gets all of it, and he crawls over to hook the leg…

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Winner: And STILL United States Champion, Matt Hardy @ 10.37

Hardy retains, and in decisive fashion as he puts Miz away, despite a great effort from the self-proclaimed reality star. On the outside, McCool turns away in despair, shaking her head in disappointment, while in the ring, Hardy is back on his feet, raising his title high into the air after coming through another successful title defence…

Michael Cole: And Matt Hardy just keeps on rollin’! Another great win for Matt, another great title defence, and he just keeps on impressing people here on SmackDown.

Tazz: A great matchup between two risin’ stars on SmackDown, but it was Hardy who got the win, he’s still the champ, and ya’ never know, could the King of the Ring be next for Matt?

An interesting question from Tazz, but that’s one to be answered down the road. Tonight, Hardy makes his way back up the aisle and stops at the entrance way, once again holding the title high in the air as he soaks in the cheers of the crowd, while near the ring, Miz and McCool fume as they slowly head up the aisle, while we cut backstage.

And we hear a loud, very mixed response for the sight of Mr. Kennedy in a locker room, warming up for his World Heavyweight Championship opportunity later tonight. Performing a few squats, Kennedy shakes loose his legs, puffing out his cheeks, looking focused and ready for action. Turning away from the camera, Kennedy reaches into his bag, grabbing one of his t-shirts, but when he pulls it out and turns back around… Kennedy reacts with surprise, taken aback… and we soon see why when the camera pans to reveal… Edge is in the room. Nothing but heat for the appearance of ‘The Rated-R Superstar’, who smiles smugly at Kennedy. The two share an uneasy look of hello at each other, before Kennedy smirks and shakes his head…


Mr. Kennedy: What uh… what are you doin’ here? I ain’t got nothin’ to say to you.

Edge: Hey, relax, alright? I know there’s been some pretty strong words said between us these last few weeks, but I think you and me need to put that aside and do what’s best for both of us tonight.

Kennedy shrugs his shoulders…

Mr. Kennedy: What d’ya mean?

Edge: We’ve formed partnerships in the past right? Granted, they weren’t always as successful as they shoulda been, but we’ve worked well together before. I nearly helped you become champion back at No Way Out, and it woulda worked that night if hadn’t been for Ric Flair.

Kennedy screws up his face at the mention of his title shot against Batista three months ago…

Edge: Now I’m not sayin’ you help me become champion, not at all. I wouldn’t expect that from you. But what I’m sayin’ is, we need to work together to make sure both of us have a better chance of walkin’ outta here tonight as champion.

Kennedy realises where Edge is going with this, but he plays along, asking in a very sarcastic manner…

Mr. Kennedy: And how d’ya figure we do that?

And sensing the sarcasm, Edge flashes a scowl in Kennedy’s direction…

Edge: Don’t play cute with me, alright? You know exactly what I’m talkin’ about. You and me, we need to work together to take out Benoit and Batista. We need to hurt them, we need to make so they can’t carry on, and then you and me, we can settle it between us.

Kennedy gives a look of intrigue, clearly paying attention now…

Edge: Benoit? His neck’s probably broken into so many tiny pieces, that one more shot from either you or me, and he’s headed for a permanent ride in a wheelchair. And Batista? I think we can both agree that with him outta the way, the chances of one of us becoming champion tonight are just a little bit better.

Edge flashes Kennedy a smile in an attempt to show how sincere he is about the offer…

Edge: So… how ‘bout it? You and me, we work together tonight, we narrow the playin’ field… and then may the best man win. You in?

And again that sarcastic side of Kennedy is on full display as he over-exaggerates a stroke of the chin…

Mr. Kennedy: Uh… jeez. That’s uh… that’s a heck of a proposal there, Edge. Lemme uh… lemme think about that for a minute.

After some loud “Hmm!”’s of thought, Kennedy finally answers…

Mr. Kennedy: Oh! Oh, no… wait. Wait a minute. I think I uh… I think I remember somethin’ from the past. Yeah. Yeah, you remember back at Saturday Night’s Main Event before WrestleMania. Y’know, you and me, tag team match, if we won I’d be in the World Heavyweight Championship Match at WrestleMania with you and big Dave. You remember what happened that night, ‘sport’?

Edge rolls his eyes, knowing what’s coming next…

Mr. Kennedy: You walked out on me, you abandoned me, ya’ hung me out to dry!

Becoming much more serious, Kennedy vents his frustration and now steps forward to square up to Edge…

Mr. Kennedy: And if you think I’m getting’ involved in anythin’ like that with you again… you gotta be outta your freakin’ mind!

And that last comment draws a pop from inside the arena…

Mr. Kennedy: So why don’t you get the hell outta here… before I take you outta the match first.

Kennedy points towards the exit, both men standing across from each other, their eyes looked together, a tense moment… until Edge decides it’s better to let this one go, shaking his head in annoyance, before he does indeed head for the exit, with the message clear from Kennedy, there’ll be no cohesion between the two tonight, as we head for a video.


*Video Package*

We open to the sound of waves washing up on the shore, the call of seagulls in the air as we see the sun setting, giving a beautiful orange glow across a picturesque beach, the opening guitar rift of AC/DC’s “Heat Seeker” rising in the background...

Narrator: While for many summer is a time to party...

We see shots of various divas posing in the sea and sand in rather revealing bikinis...

Narrator: For the superstars of the WWE...

Palm trees sway back and forth as several members of the roster casually walk along the beach...

Narrator: The party is over!

The music really kicks in now and we explode into the image of The Undertaker drawing a thumb across his throat...

Narrator: It’s gonna be the hottest night of the year...

John Cena scoops Shane McMahon up onto his shoulders, planting him with the FU...

Narrator: The summer spectacular...

Triple H stands on the apron of the ring, spraying a burst of water into the air and flexing his muscles...

Narrator: Where the sun feels hotter than hell...

Edge runs right through Batista with a thunderous spear...

Narrator: ‘Cause this summer...

And finally Shawn Michaels fires some Sweet Chin Music right down the camera lenses, cracking it and causing a burst of flames to engulf the image...

Narrator: The heat is on!



"WWE SUMMERSLAM - AUGUST 19TH - LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW!"

*End Video Package*


Once again we cut to the announce desk…

Michael Cole: That right folks, it’s the biggest extravaganza of the summer, and it’s just three months away! Last summer, SummerSlam was the biggest party of the summer, but this year, the party is over, and the heat is on!

Tazz: There’s a long way to go before we hit SummerSlam, but it’s gonna be a helluva night! SummerSlam’s always a huge night of the year in the WWE calendar, and this year ain’t gonna be any different!

Michael Cole: Absolutely right, Tazz. SummerSlam, August 19th, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas! It’s gonna be the hottest night of the summer, you can count on that!

Cut to the ring, where Chimel is once again standing by…

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS!!

*SLICED BREAD…*

The arena is on it’s feet as The Hooligans enter the arena, full of energy, both Paul London and Brian Kendrick pumping up the fans, before the crouch down and Ashley Massaro sends them sprinting down to the ring…


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, being accompanied to the ring by Ashley Massaro. Weighing in at a combined weight of 385 pounds, they are the WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS… PAUL LONDON AND BRIAN KENDRICK… THE HOOOOLLLIIIGGGAAAAANNNNNSSS!

As the duo run down the aisle, London goes sliding into the ring and then heads to the top rope… but Kendrick, for some reason, has put on the breaks back in the aisle. The camera soon zooms in, and we see that Kendrick has stopped infront of a stunning brunette in the in the front row holding an “I LUV BRIAN KENDRICK” sign. Kendrick sees the girl and has obviously put on the breaks, stopping to flirt with her, something which has drawn London and Ashley over. Kendrick seems almost mesmerised by this girl, and takes London shouting at his partner to finally snap him back into reality. London is overheard saying “Can we focus, please?”, and that seems to finally get Kendrick to enter the ring, but not before he’s blown our mystery woman a kiss goodbye...

Michael Cole: Well, uh… it seems like Brian Kendrick has a fan here in San Diego. And it seems like she’s caught Kendrick’s eye. I’m sure Paul London would rather his partner would focus on this title defence rather than checking out girls in the crowd.

Tazz: Yeah, but who can blame ‘im? She’s smokin’ hot! She can come over here and distract me anyday. Damn!

Michael Cole: Well we’ve been wondering for weeks whether or not The Hooligans are on the same page or not, and last Friday night on SmackDown, London and Kendrick took part in an interview, and I don’t know about you Tazz, but I wasn’t exactly convinced by what they had to say. And what we just saw hasn’t made me anymore convinced.

Tazz: Yeah, but like I’ve said before, ya’ don’t have to always agree with each other on everythin’ to be a successful tag team. Ya’ can argue about whose name gets said first, ya’ argue about all that crap. All that matters is that at the end o’ the day, you’re both 100% committed to remainin’ champions, no matter what. And that’s one thing these guys convinced me of on Friday night.

*DON’T WASTE MY TIME…*

A pretty decent level of heat breaks out as The New Breed make their entrance, with Layla leading out Elijah Burke and Monty Brown, both men looking confident as they head down the aisle…


Tony Chimel: Introducing next, they are the challengers. Being led down the aisle by Laya, weighing in at a combined weight of 485 pounds… ELIJAH BURKE AND MONTY BROWN… THE NNNEEEWWW BBRREEEEEDDDDDD!

As the duo hit the ring, Burke mimics taking pictures of the champions, mocking the photo shoot Kendrick organised a few weeks ago, while Layla throws some trash talk in Ashley’s direction…

Michael Cole: Ever since Layla brought this team to SmackDown, The New Breed have looked very impressive thus far. They’ve only suffered one defeat, and that was to the team of Batista and Matt Hardy in an impromptu matchup, and they already hold a victory over the champions.

Tazz: And that spells bad news for the champs. I mean, these guys Burke and Brown, they’re the real deal. They’re a great blend of speed and power, they can mix up with the best of ‘em, and if London and Kendrick ain’t focused, if they ain’t able to put the problems aside and work together as a team, then we’re gonna have new champs right here.

The champions hand over their titles, and both teams head to their corners, where there’s a brief debate between London and Kendrick as to who’s going to start the match, with Kendrick ultimately convincing London to step aside and let him kick off the match…






WWE Tag Team Championships Match:
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans vs. The New Breed

And it’s Burke who opposes Kendrick as we kick things off, the two tying up, with Burke using his size to force Kendrick back to the corner. The ref steps in and calls for the break, with Burke provides… only to then SLAP KENDRICK ACROSS THE JAW! Burke backs away with a cocky smirk on his face… but the slap just angers Kendrick… who bursts from the corner with a forearm to the face! Another two forearms land, before Burke is sent for the ride… Kendrick avoids him with a leapfrog… then takes him down with a LEG LARIAT! Kendrick quickly tags in London, the champs waiting for Burke to charge them… do send him flying with a DOUBLE JAPANESE ARM DRAG! Kendrick exits, and London quickly grabs Burke by the wrist, wringing on the arm, but Burke breaks free by shooting London to the corner and following in… London uses the ropes to elevate himself over Burke, landing behind Burke, who crashes into the corner… then staggers out into another ARMDRAG, with London hanging on for the armbar. London wrings the arm again, then tags in Kendrick, holding Burke in place as Kendrick climbs to the top rope… DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO THE ARM!

Sensing his partner is in trouble, Monty Brown storms into the ring… right into a DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brown rolls under the bottom rope, but here comes Burke… DOUBLE DROPKICK KNOCKS HIM THROUGH THE ROPES TO THE FLOOR! The champs are on fire here, showing no signs of disagreement, while the challengers are reeling on the outside. Layla gathers her troops on the floor, trying to give them a few words of encouragement… but this only means they’re in perfect position as Kendrick races at the ropes… ASAI MOONSAULT!! A breath-taking move from Kendrick as he nails both Burke and Brown, bursting back to his feet, firing up the crowd, then he grabs Burke and rolls him back into the ring, where we get the first cover of the match…

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But Burke kicks out easily. London gets the tag, and he goes back to work on the arm, wringing it and twisting it around his head, but Burke grabs a handful of hair and backs them both to the ropes… where Brown makes a blind tag! Burke fires London across the ring, drops down as London runs over the top of him… right into the path of Brown, who hammers him with a clothesline! Just like that, Brown takes control of the match, and he looks to unload with high impact, targeting London’s spine, as he drills a forearms to the small of the back, then takes him up and down with a backbreaker. Full of intensity, Brown works quickly as he yanks London back up… then levels him with a SHORT-ARM CLOTHESLINE! A touch of arrogance as Brown stands over London, looking down and laughing, before he again yanks London up, drives another pair of forearms to the small of the back, then from a short distance, he shoots London to the corner… London hits the turnbuckle hard… and crashes to the canvas! Burke tags back in, but before he leaves, Brown drags London to his feet, then shoots him towards Burke… who uses the ropes in the corner to push himself up… causing London’s spine to smack into Burke’s knees! A precursor to the Elijah Express there, with Burke going for another cover… 1… 2… London kicks out in time.

As burke returns to a vertical base, London makes it back to his knees, but Burke keeps him grounded with a trio of well-placed shots to the face… only for London to start throwing right hands to the body! Burke strikes… then London… then London again… but Burke quickly cuts him off with a stiff knee to the face, then he pulls London’s head forward, exposing the back, allowing Burke to drop more painful forearms to the spine. Burke now sends London to the corner and follows in… right into a back elbow! London now tries to fight his way free, landing forearm after forearm to the face, before he shoots Burke to the opposite corner and follows in… but Burke elevates London over the top rope with a back body drop… but London lands on the apron! A pair of forearms backs Burke away, and now London slings to the top rope… but before he can launch… Brown shoves him… sending London CRASHING TO THE FLOOR! A painful landing for London, with Kendrick rushing into the ring to protest to the referee, but this only serves as a distraction as Brown drops down, grabs London… and DRIVES HIM SPINE FIRST INTO THE BARRICADE! With the damage done, Brown quickly rolls London back into the ring, where Burke quickly makes the cover… but the ref is still dealing with Kendrick… but when Kendrick finally exits, here’s the count…

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But London is in bad shape, isolated from Kendrick, the challengers doing a great job of targeting the spine, and now Brown tags back in, looking to do more damage. He starts with a few headbutts to the back of London’s neck, before doubling London over with a knee to the gut… then Brown nails a DOUBLE UNDERHOOK SUPLEX! Another cover… 1… 2… KENDRICK MAKES THE SAVE!! Layla protests from the outside, but Kendrick quickly exits the ring, he and Ashley trying to will London into making the tag, but Brown stays on the attack, shoving London to a neutral corner where he lays in with knees to the midsection. Brown then goes for the Irish whip across the ring and follows in… London tries to use the ropes to push himself up and avoid the contact… but Brown catches London on his shoulders… then works London into position… for a FALLAWAY SLAM!! London is down and out, but Brown decides against going for the cover, as instead he heads to the corner and picks a fight with Kendrick, drawing him into the ring. This allows Brown to drag London to the heels’ corner, where Brown tags in Burke, the pair going for a double Irish whip… into a DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP!! London groans in pain, with Brown adding a stiff kick to the spine before he makes his exit, leaving Burke to go for a cover…

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London hangs in there, but now the frustration starts to grow in Burke, and he looks to put London away, starting by shoving him to the corner, where he lays in with stomp after stomp to the midsection, before he slams London to the canvas. With London in the perfect spot, Burke backs away, then charges in… looking for the OUTER LIMITZ ELBOW… NO! London rolls away… and Burke crashes to the canvas. A chance for London to tag out, as he slowly crawls towards Kendrick, Kendrick bouncing up and down, dying to get into the match… but Monty Brown races across the ring… and sends Kendrick flying off the apron! London reaches for the tag, but his partner is down on the floor, and now Brown drags London back to the heels’ side of the ring… just as Kendrick slides into the ring, looking to get his hands on Brown… but the ref cuts him off! Kendrick can’t believe it, furious with the ref, protesting that Brown stopped him from making a tag, but while this is going on, Brown and Burke are stomping the life out of London behind the ref’s back. Kendrick continues his argument, and the beating continues too, with the Ashley and even the crowd pleading with Kendrick to exit the ring so the ref can put a stop to the pounding London is taking. Finally Kendrick throws up his hands in disgust and heads back to his corner, just as Brown does the same, the ref missing it all, but London is down and badly hurt as Burke makes the tag.

Brown comes back in, landing more shots to the spine, but once again London tries to fight back, landing forearms to the face, before a knee to the gut ends the momentum. Brown goes for the Irish whip off the ropes… London ducks a clothesline… but he can’t avoid the SNAP OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! The momentum of the move causes London to bounce off the canvas and straight under the bottom rope, where Brown follows outside. Sensing his partner might be in trouble, Kendrick immediately heads over, keeping an eye on things, with Brown snarling at Kendrick, before he rolls London back into the ring. Satisfied, Kendrick turns to head back to the corner… until he comes face to face with our mystery brunette. Mesmerised, the brunette squeals with glee as Kendrick starts to talk to her, and she even reaches into her pocket and takes out her phone, wanting to take a picture. In the ring, Brown continues to hammer London, and once again he shoots London off the ropes… and looks for a SPINEBUSTER… BUT LONDON COUNTERS… TORNADO DDT!! London plants Brown, and now he’s crawling for his corner… but KENDRICK ISN’T THERE! Kendrick is still posing with the brunette, and it takes Ashley to race over and give Kendrick a shove, screaming “What are you doing!? Make the tag!”, which prompts Kendrick to race back to his corner and reach out a hand… but it’s too late, as Brown has already tagged in Burke, who drags London across the ring, stopping London’s escape.

Burke drops a pair of knees to the small of the back, then he yanks London up and goes for the Irish whip… looking for a TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER… BUT AGAIN LONDON COUNTERS… INTO A SPINNING HEADSCISSORS! London pulls off a great counter, and now both men start to crawl towards their corners. Slowly but surely, London inches towards Kendrick, but as the fresher man, Burke is moving faster, crawling… and reaching out to tag Brown… but London tags Kendrick! Brown charges at Kendrick, who ducks down and drills a shoulder into the midsection, doubling Brown over, allowing Kendrick to slingshot into the ring… with a DOUBLE FOOT STOMP TO BROWN’S BACK! Brown staggers back up, but Kendrick is already coming off the ropes… FLYING FOREARM! Burke stumbles back up… into an INVERTED ATOMIC DROP… INTO A HURRACARANA!!

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Kendrick is rolling here, the crowd feeding off his energy, but here comes Brown on the blindside… but Kendrick sees him coming… using a DROPSAULT TO KICK BROWN IN THE FACE THEN CRASH ONTO BURKE! Another cover… 1… 2… Burke kicks out again! With Brown down, Kendrick senses a chance to put Burke away, grabbing him and running to the corner… looking for SLICED BREAD… NO! Burke shoves Kendrick away in mid-air… sending Kendrick onto Brown’s shoulders… and Brown is SENT FLYING WITH A HEADSCISSORS!! Kendrick bursts back to his feet and races at Burke… RUNNING DROPKICK! Burke crashes into the corner and then down to the mat, but Kendrick quickly turns back to Brown… RUNNING DROPKICK SENDS HIM SPRAWLING TO THE FLOOR! Now it’s just Kendrick and Burke alone in the ring, and Kendrick tags a few rights to Burke’s face, before he takes Burke up and down with a scoop slam. Kendrick now heads outside and climbs upstairs… but before he can fly… LAYLA JUMPS UP ONTO THE APRON! The ref quickly races over and tries to get Layla to drop down, but she seems determined to do her best to cause a distraction… so Ashley runs around the ring… and DRAGS LAYLA BACK DOWN TO THE FLOOR! The two divas start trading words… until ASHLEY SLAPS LAYLA ACROSS THE FACE! But the distraction has worked, as Burke is now up on the second rope, hooking Kendrick up, looking for a SUPERPLEX… NO! Kendrick fights it, drilling shots to the body… and here comes London, grabbing Burke from below… and Kendrick twists… TOWER OF LONDON!!! Burke is absolutely crushed into the mat, and Kendrick goes for the cover…

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BROWN MAKES THE SAVE!!!

Brown says his partner, but here comes London, flying at Brown… but Brown avoids the contact, then comes off the adjacent ropes… POUNCE!! BROWN NAILS PAUL LONDON WITH THE POUNCE!! London is wiped out, the force of the move sending him rolling under the bottom rope to the floor, and now Brown and Burke look to double team Kendrick and finish off the match. The ref pleads with Brown to exit the ring, but he’s not interested, instead he shoves the ref aside and yanks Kendrick back up, looking to put Kendrick away… he shoots Kendrick off the ropes… and does likewise… looking for THE POUNCE AGAIN… NO! Kendrick avoids it with a baseball slide… then he rocks Brown with a JUMPING ENZUIGIRI!! Brown hits the mat then rolls to the floor, and it’s just Kendrick and Burke in the ring. Burke moves quickly to catch Kendrick with a right hand, and another, before he fires Kendrick to the corner… then charges in… ELIJAH EXPRESS… NO! KENDRICK SIDESTEPS… BURKE SMASHES OFF THE TURNBUCKLE! Burke is reeling, struggling back to his feet… and Kendrick makes his move… going for SLICED BREAD AGAIN… NO! AGAIN BURKE BLOCKS IT… COUNTERING WITH A RUNNING POWERSLAM!! For the second time Kendrick tries and fails to hit Sliced Bread, and now Burke thinks it’s over…

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Burke can’t believe it, Kendrick has hung in there! Storming back to his feet, Burke kicks the ropes in frustration, he quickly realises he needs to put Kendrick away. Dragging Kendrick back up, Burke grabs a handful of hair, holding Kendrick’s head up, throwing some trash talk his way… before he hooks Kendrick up… FOR THE ELIJAH EXPERIENCE… NO! KENDRICK COUNTERS WITH AN INSIDE CRADDLE!!

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Kendrick can’t believe it, almost a look of fear in his eyes, he just can’t put Burke away. On the outside, London starts to stir, and he grabs the apron, trying to pull himself up. Burke meanwhile has pounced on Kendrick, mounting him, landing stiff rights to the face, before he gets back to his feet. With Kendrick struggling back to his knees… and London only now using the ropes to pull himself up, Burke looks to come off the ropes… but he runs right at London… the two collide, sending London flying back down… but it’s enough to distract Burke… and Kendrick takes him down from behind with a ROLLUP!!

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KENDRICK GRABS A HANDFUL OF TIGHTS??!!
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Winners: And STILL WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hooligans @ 12.16

What just happened? London and Kendrick are still the champions… but did Kendrick really just cheat to win? Burke certainly thinks so, as once Kendrick releases his grip, Burke immediately protests to the referee that Kendrick had a handful of tights. The ref simply says “I didn’t see it” as he hands over the titles to a gleeful Brian Kendrick, who quickly hands one over to a rather dazed and confused Paul London, the pair celebrating with each other… but when they head outside to join Ashley… Ashley definitely isn’t happy. Infact, it’s almost a look of guilt on her face as London and Kendrick encourage her to join in with the celebrations… but she just can’t do it. Ashley saw what happened, she saw Kendrick grab the tights, and even though she puts on a brave face… it’s clear that she just can’t believe what happened…

Michael Cole: Uh, well… The Hooligans have retained the titles, but I dunno about you Tazz, but it looked to me like Brian Kendrick might’ve taken a shortcut there to Elijah Burke away.

Tazz: Shortcut? Are you kiddin’ me? He had a handful o’ tights! I mean don’t get me wrong, I love London and Kendrick, they’re one o’ the most excitin’ tag teams I’ve ever seen but… that was pretty low on Kendrick’s part right there.

Michael Cole: Well hang on, let’s take another look at it. Let’s see the replay of the finish there…

*Video Package*

MOMENTS AGO

With Kendrick struggling back to his knees… and London only now using the ropes to pull himself up, Burke looks to come off the ropes… but he runs right at London… the two collide, sending London flying back down… but it’s enough to distract Burke… and Kendrick takes him down from behind with a ROLLUP!!

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*End Video Package*

Tazz: There! You see that! Kendrick grabbed the tights, he got the extra leverage to steal the win. And look at Ashley, she saw it all!

Michael Cole: And what about Paul London? I don’t think London has any clue of what just happened. He was down on the outside with Monty Brown, I don’t think he realises that Kendrick ch-… well, he took a shortcut and-

Tazz: Naw, naw, c’mon Cole, call it like it is! He cheated. Kendrick cheated, he grabbed the tights, and The Hooligans are still the champions.

Michael Cole: I uh… I just don’t understand this. What on earth is going on in Brian Kendrick’s head right now? Why would he do that? Why would he stoop to that level? That’s never been what The Hooligans have been about as a team in the past.

Tazz: Beats the hell outta me, partner.

And that seems to be the general consensus, as when the champs reach the entrance way, Kendrick is still celebrating like crazy, jumping up and down, hugging London, who enthusiastically hugs his partner back, then Ashley, who cringes in disgust and does her best to push Kendrick away without London noticing. Back in the ring, The New Breed continue to protest, with Layla stomping her feet angrily, and Burke grabbing his tights, but the camera soon switches back to the champions to show us London and Kendrick, arms around each other, holding their titles high in the air for all to see, London oblivious to what just happened, while Ashley can only shake her head and storm off backstage, leaving London and Kendrick to follow, a confused look on London’s face as to why Ashley is acting like this, and that’s the last sight we see before we cut backstage.

To see that Josh Matthews is once again ready to conduct an interview…


Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time… he is the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION… ‘THE ANIMAL’… BATISTA!!

A strong pop welcomes Batista into the frame, the champion giving Josh a quick nod hello. With the title slung over his shoulder, ‘The Animal’ looks extremely determined and focused, if not just a little bit pissed off, no doubt a result of the two sneak attacks he suffered at the hands of Mr. Kennedy last Friday night…

Josh Matthews: Batista, tonight you defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal Four Way Match, a match in which you won’t even have to be involved in the decision to lose your title. The odds are stacked against you retaining the title tonight, so how do you plan on doing so?

Batista has a little smile to himself before answering…

Batista: How am I gonna keep my title? It’s not rocket science, Josh. I’m gonna do what I’ve always done. I’m gonna go out there… and I’m gonna kick some ass.

A loud pop from inside the arena…

Batista: Y’know, tonight’s the end of somethin’ that’s been buildin’ up for the last few months. All the way back to the Royal Rumble when Edge first won the right to challenge. All the way back to No Way Out when I beat Mr. Kennedy for this title. And all the way back to the night Chris Benoit decided he wanted to come after me and this belt. It’s been a long time comin’ that the four of us were finally in the ring together, and now that it’s here…

’The Animal’ pauses with a smirk…

Batista: I can’t wait to get it started!

Another pop from the fans…

Batista: Everybody knows I’ve got all the respect in the world for Chris Benoit. He’s one of the best wrestlers I’ve ever seen, he’s had an unbelievable career. But I’m sorry Chris, if it was any other time, with any other champion, then I’d say yeah, you’d fully deserve one last run with the belt. But it’s not any other champion… I’m the champion. And that means I’m gonna have to put an end to your dreams tonight… and any other night.

A mixed response from the crowd, something that ‘Tista reluctantly shakes his head at…

Batista: As for Edge and Kennedy… you two have pissed me off for the last time. Tonight, it ends between us. No more chair shots, no more smackin’ mics off my face… it’s over. I’ve owed the two of you a beatin’ for a long time now, and tonight… I’m finally gonna give it to ya’.

Brimming with intensity, the champion once again nods at Josh before he slowly makes his exit, with Matthews watching him go, marvelling at the fire with which ‘The Animal’ spoke, before we head to a video.

*Video Package*

It’s the 2006 Great American Bash, where Rey Mysterio defends the World Heavyweight Championship against King Booker. With the referee down on the outside, Booker brings a chair into the ring… only for Mysterio to dropkick the chair back into Booker’s face! This brings Chavo Guerrero down to the ring, who grabs the chair and moves to strike Booker with it… only at the last split second to turn… and crush the chair off Mysterio’s skull!!

Michael Cole: What… what the… WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!?

John Bradshaw Layfield: It wasn’t a mistake!

And once he’s recovered from the shock, Booker goes for the cover…

Michael Cole: No! No, not this way! Not this way!

John Bradshaw Layfield: I told you! You can’t trust a Guerrero!

An evil sneer crosses Guerrero’s face as he backs up the ramp, while in the ring, Mysterio barely moves an inch, down and out as Booker celebrates. With the sound of a slow, dark tune softly playing in the background, we cut forward to SmackDown, where Guerrero explains his actions…

Chavo Guerrero: Rey Mysterio stole my family name!

Footage from the 2006 Royal Rumble, where Mysterio eliminates Randy Orton to earn the chance to go to WrestleMania XXII to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship…

Chavo Guerrero: You used my Uncle Eddie’s name to elevate your career!

And now we see Mysterio celebrating his victory at WrestleMania XXII, holding the World Heavyweight Championship close to his body…

Chavo Guerrero: You’re nothin’ but a leech livin’ off the life of the Guerrero’s!

Fast forward to October 20th, 2006 edition of SmackDown, where Guerrero and Mysterio brutalise each other during an I Quit Match…

Chavo Guerrero: And at the Great American Bash… I realised that.

Until in the closing moments of the match, Chavo hangs Mysterio up by the knee from the stage stanchion… then repeatedly smashes Rey’s knee with a steel chair, forcing Mysterio to scream over and over again…

Rey Mysterio: I quit! I quit! I QUIT!!

The screen now cuts to black, and just as in the videos we’ve seen recently on SmackDown, the opening chords of ‘Boyaka 619’ slowly start to build…

Chavo Guerrero: When Eddie died, he didn't like you... Eddie hated you.

The footage from Halloween Havoc ’97, where Mysterio soars through the air, over the top rope, crashing down on Eddie Guerrero with a hurricanrana onto the concrete…

Chavo Guerrero: And I know that your title run last year, the title run you had on the back of the Guerrero name... it would have made him as sick as all of us felt when we had to watch it.

Footage from happier times between Eddie and Rey, the pair sharing a hug after a hard fought tag title defence…

Chavo Guerrero: you leave me no choice. I'm challenging you to a match at Judgment Day. You and me... Last... Man... Standing.

We go back to October, to see Mysterio being carried out of the arena on a stretcher, clutching his knee in agony…

Chavo Guerrero: I'm gonna snap that knee of yours all over again... and I'm gonna leave you laying in a pool of your own blood... and I'm gonna end your career once and for all... like I shoulda done last time.

Quick fire footage of Chavo nailing the frog splash on first Dean Malenko, then Psicosis, then finally Billy Kidman…

Chavo Guerrero: And when I do... I'm gonna dedicate it... to the memory... of my late Uncle Eddie.

A shot of Eddie celebrating his WWE Championship win back at No Way Out 2004, at which point the music kicks in, increasing in volume, and we start to see dark, shadowy footage of Rey Mysterio holding his mask in his hands, while we hear the infamous words said by Oscar Goldman during the intro of The Six Million Dollar Man…

Oscar Goldman: Gentlemen, we can rebuild him.

The mask slowly rises…

Oscar Goldman: We have the technology.

Mysterio places the mask over his head…

Oscar Goldman: Better than he was before. Better… stronger… faster.

Then he fully pulls it down over his face, his eyes piercing the screen. Cut to SmackDown last week, where Rey storms into the arena, his first appearance on WWE TV in over six months…

Michael Cole: He’s here! It’s Rey Mysterio!

Rey and Chavo start to battle, with Mysterio gaining the upperhand, sending Chavo sprawling onto the second rope…

Rey Mysterio: You’ve been runnin’ your mouth about me, about Eddie, about your family… No estoy escuchando más! Enough is enough!

Then he dials it up, looking for the 619…

Rey Mysterio: I’m back in the WWE, I’m back en mi casa, SmackDown! And I back for one reason…

But at the last second, Vickie Guerrero saves Chavo, dragging him to safety…

Rey Mysterio: For revenge. And when I get it...

And finally we see Rey looking up the aisle at Chavo, hatred in both men’s eyes as they say…

Rey Mysterio: I’m gonna be the Last…

Chavo Guerrero: Man…

Rey Mysterio: Standing!

The image cuts back and forth between both men, tense looks on their faces, both men baying for blood, as the screen slowly fades to black.

*End Video Package*

Cut to Chimel in the ring…

Tony Chimel: The following contest is scheduled for one fall… and it is THE LAST – MAN – STANDING MATCH!!

A big time pop, the buzz and anticipation for this one clearly on display…

Tony Chimel: Now in this match there are no pin falls, no submissions, no countouts or disqualifications. The only way to win is to render your opponent unable to answer a count of ten.

”OOOOOH CHAVO...”

*CHAVITO ARDIENTE...*


And the biggest heat of the night so far is reserved for Chavo Guerrero as he and his aunt Vickie Guerrero enter the arena. As Chavo drops to one knee and poses to the crowd, Vickie offers her nephew a round of applause, before the two start to head to the ring…


Tony Chimel: Introducing first, from El Paso, Texas. Being lead down the aisle by Vickie Guerrero. Weighing in at 215 pounds… CHHAAAVVVOOOO… GGUUUEEERRRREEERRRROOOOOO!

When Chavo and Vickie make it to the ringside area, the pair start to circle the ring and they head to the area where Rey Mysterio’s family are sitting. Rey’s wife Angie huddles close to her young children, Dominik and Aalyah as Chavo sneers over them, laughing at the fear in the youngsters’ eyes before he shouts “Daddy’s comin’ home soon. Daddy’s comin’ home for a long time!”, much to the disgust of the fans nearby…

Michael Cole: We’ve had many of his former friends, and even his own father try and reason with him, but it seems nothing will stop Chavo Guerrero from trying to end the career of Rey Mysterio tonight. Chavo and Vickie believe that their family, Los Guerreros, were exploited by Rey Mysterio, and tonight, Chavo’s out to finish the job he started six months ago when he put Rey on the shelf.

Tazz: I honestly can’t believe it’s come this, Michael. This time last year, Rey and Chavo, they were tight, they were buddies, and they were helpin’ each other come to terms with the loss of Eddie Guerrero. And fast forward just one year, and look what’s happened. Chavo wants to finish the job, he wants to put Rey on the shelf permanently, and he wants to do it in a Last Man Standing Match. I just can’t believe it, Cole.

”BOOYAKA! BOOYAKA!”

*BOOYAKA 619…*


And the roof nearly blows clean off the arena as San Diego’s own Rey Mysterio burst into the arena with an explosion of fireworks. Looking far more serious than we’ve ever seen before, the fan favourite heads straight down the aisle, forgoing his usual pre-match routine…

Tony Chimel: And introducing his opponent, from SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA! Weighing in at 185 pounds… RRRRRREEEYYYYY… MMYYSSSSTTTEEERRRRRIIOOOOOO!

With his eyes still firmly locked in on Chavo, Rey rounds the ring and heads over to his family, sharing a hug with his wife and daughter, before he and his son brings their heads together, Rey sharing a few last words before he enters the ring and heads to the corner to accept the cheers of his hometown…

Michael Cole: It is absolutely deafening in here! What a homecoming for Rey Mysterio! It was over six months ago that Rey was put on the shelf with a debilitating knee injury. Few thought he’d ever make it back, but he’s back, and this crowd could not be happier!

Tazz: God, I can’t hear a damn thing, Cole! This place is goin’ nuts! Lemme tell ya’, I could not be happier to see Rey back, this kid is fearless, he’s got all the guts in the world, and I know he’s hungry for revenge right here. He might not be known for his brawlin’ skills, but Mysterio can get down and dirty when he needs to, and he’s gonna have to tonight.

As the cheers of the crowd die down, the referee makes sure to check both men, feeling their legs for any foreign objects, and once he’s satisfied, the bell is called for, and with a quick prayer from Mysterio, this heated rivalry is finally set to come to an end…






Last Man Standing Match:
Chavo Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio

The bell draws another roar from the crowd, excited to see the San Diego native back in action, but despite the highly personal nature of the match, there’s no sudden burst from either man, both remaining in their corners, staring at each other, a smug smirk on Chavo’s face as he shouts across the ring “I’m gonna break your leg! You’ll never walk again!”, before the two start to slowly circle the ring. Chavo moves in, looking to trap Rey in the corner, and then he pounces… but Mysterio avoids the contact, using his quickness to escape the corner, leaving a frustrated Chavo to grab at fresh air. That smirk appears once more as Chavo turns and stares at Rey, shaking his head, before he again closes in. Chavo again pounces… but Mysterio rolls through… Chavo bounces off the turnbuckle… and now Mysterio goes on the attack, striking with kick after kick to the thigh! Chavo covers up, then shoves Mysterio away, causing Rey to roll on the canvas. Chavo charges… but Rey avoids him with a baseball slide… then jumps up… WHEELBARROW BULLDOG! Chavo is planted to the mat, and now Rey mounts him, hammering down with right hands, showing an aggression previously unseen from him.

Back on his feet, Rey lays in with a few stomps to the body, then he heads to the outside and starts looking under the ring, pulling out not one, but two chairs. Both chairs are slide into the ring, and Rey follows, grabbing one of the chairs… just as Chavo stumbles back up… REY SMACKS THE CHAIR OFF CHAVO’S SKULL!! The hard hitting starts early as Rey sends Chavo tumbling through the ropes to the floor, with Rey quickly following outside. Vickie is over to help Chavo back out, but she backs away as Rey moves in… ANOTHER CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL!! Chavo flops down onto the concrete, the crowd loving it, and Rey seems to be feeding off their energy as he nips up onto the barricade… and waits for Chavo to stagger up… DIVING SEATED SENTON… ONTO THE CONCRETE!! The back of Chavo’s head smacks off the unforgiving floor, but Rey doesn’t let up, quickly dragging Chavo back up, then rolling him into the ring. Vickie again shouts a few words at Rey, but Mysterio ignores her and jumps onto then apron, slings onto the top rope… springboards at Chavo… but Chavo grabs the second chair… and SMACKS REY WITH THE CHAIR IN MID-AIR!! Chavo absolutely levels Rey, and as he leans against the corner to recover, he shouts at the ref to count…

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Rey grabs the ropes and makes it back up, but Chavo moves back in, smacking Mysterio with a string of right hands, before he shoves Rey to the corner. Chavo lays in with stomps to the midsection, then he hammers Rey with rights to the face. Chavo then shoves Rey’s throat against the middle rope, choking him, the ref powerless to do anything as Mysterio coughs and chokes. Chavo relents, but only so he can pick the chair up once more, waiting for Rey to turn… to SMACK THE CHAIR OFF MYSTERIO’S KNEE!! A vicious shot to the surgically repaired knee, but as Rey writhes on the mat in pain, Chavo isn’t done yet, holding the chair high in the air… then DRIVING THE BUTT OF THE CHAIR INTO THE KNEE… OVER… AND OVER… AND OVER AGAIN!! Just like he said, Chavo targets the knee, causing Rey to scream out in pain, and Chavo once again tells the ref to count.

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Using the ropes, Rey breaks the count, but Chavo is right back to work, smacking a kick to the back of the knee that causes Rey to hit the canvas. Chavo looks to do more damage, but Rey fights from the mat, swinging rights and lefts that back Chavo off, allowing to get back to his feet. Mysterio keeps Chavo off balance with more kicks to the thighs, then he comes off the ropes… but Chavo counters… TILT-A-WHIRL BACKBREAKER! Chavo quickly regains control, and he looks to press this home as he yanks Rey up, then tosses him through the ropes, Rey landing on the floor with a thud. Chavo follows out, drags Rey up… then THROWS HIM SPINE FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS! The top half of the steps come unhooked on impact, and as Mysterio writhes on the floor in pain, Chavo grabs the steps, lifts them up… then waits for Rey to get back up… before he charges… looking to DRIVE THE STEPS INTO REY’S SKULL… NO! MYSTERIO COUNTERS… DROP TOE HOLD… CAUSES CHAVO TO FALL… FACE FIRST INTO THE STEPS!!

Chavo grabs his head and rolls on the floor, and when he rolls over onto his back, we see that he’s been busted open, a cut appearing at the top of his forehead, blood trickling down towards his face. Mysterio doesn’t hang around though, as he jumps onto the apron… then he flies… DIVING HEADSCISSORS… SENDS CHAVO FLYING OVER THE BARRICADE INTO THE CROWD! Guerrero lands right amongst the San Diego faithful, with Mysterio quickly following, hammering Chavo from behind, causing Chavo to seek an escape through the masses. Rey stays on him, landing more shots to the back, each blow causing Guerrero to stumble further and further into the crowd… until the cameraman gives up, and we see the pair fade off into the distance. After a few seconds, the shot returns with a camera at the top of a flight of stairs, with Rey and Chavo battling up the stairs towards it, with Rey continuing to drive rights to the spine, only for Chavo to fire back with a knee to the midsection. Chavo then reaches down and picks up a nearby trash can… then CRACKS IT ACROSS MYSTERIO’S SPINE!! The impact causes Rey to hit the concrete, with Chavo leaning against the stairwell, ordering the ref to count…

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But Chavo pounces, clubbing the back of Rey’s head, shoving him through the stairwell, and now both men are in the concourse of the arena. Fans scurry out of the way, as Chavo lines Rey up… and LOOKS TO SMASH HIM OFF A WATER FOUNTAIN… NO! MYSTERIO BLOCKS IT… AND IT’S CHAVO WHO’S DRIVEN INTO THE FOUNTAIN!! Chavo is down again, but this time Rey doesn’t wait for a count, instead he grabs Chavo, walks him forward a few steps… then LAUNCHES HIM ACROSS A CONCESSION STAND!! Chavo goes right across the counter and hits the floor, and this time Rey does stand back and allow the ref to count…

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Seeing this, Rey moves back in… only for Chavo to grab a cup of coke... and THROW IT IN REY’S FACE! Rey is blinded, stumbling backwards, flailing wildly, and now Chavo leaps over the counter, grabs a nearby plastic trash can… and SMASHES IT OFF MYSTERIO’S FACE!! Wiping the blood away from his face, Chavo smacks a few stiff rights to the face, then he grabs Rey and walks him along the concourse, then back into the arena. With Rey still dazed, he’s easy picking as Chavo picks him up… then DROPS REY GROIN FIRST ONTO THE METAL HANDRAIL!! A seriously painful landing for Rey, but it gets worse as Chavo rears back… and SMACKS REY WITH A CLOTHESLINE… THAT CAUSES HIM TO FALL ONTO THE CONCRETE STEPS!! Rey is down and hurt, and Chavo shouts “Count ‘im!” at the ref…

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But Chavo goes back on the attack, smacking Rey with more rights to the head, then a pair of boots to the body, Rey stumbling down a few stairs to try get away. Guerrero shoves his way through the fans, drills a few stomps to the knee, stopping Rey in his tracks. Chavo then hooks Rey up… and LOOKS FOR A SUPLEX ON THE STAIRS… NO! Mysterio blocks it, then lands a pair of shots to the midsection… and REY TRIES FOR A SUPLEX… NO! This time it’s Chavo who blocks and smacks a few shots to the gut, causing Rey to stumble away to the bottom of the stairs. Chavo charges… but Rey counters… BACK BODY DROP ONTO THE CONCRETE!! Chavo groans in agony, and once again, the ref starts the count…

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But Mysterio immediately smacks Chavo with a forearm to the back of the head, Chavo struggling to stay on his feet. Rey then grabs Chavo, the pair walking back through the crowd towards the barricade… but suddenly, Chavo has a burst of momentum… and he FORCES REY OVER THE BARRICADE! The action is back ringside, with Vickie encouraging her nephew, with Chavo climbing over the barricade and laying in with a pair of stomps to the body. Rey is dragged back to his feet… and is SMASHED FACE FIRST OFF THE ANNOUNCE DESK! Rey flops to the floor, but Chavo leaves Rey for a few seconds… as he rips the cover off the Spanish announce desk! Hugo and Carlos both leave their chairs as Chavo rips out one monitor and throws it aside, then he grabs the second monitor… waits for Rey to stumble back up… and DRIVES THE MONITOR INTO MYSTERIO’S SKULL!! A vicious shot from Chavo, Rey trying to block it with his hands but still taking the full impact off his temple. Mysterio is down again, and now Chavo rips the cables from the monitors… then WRAPS THEM AROUND REY’S THROAT! CHAVO IS TRYING TO CHOKE REY OUT!! Rey desperately tries to fight it, trying to rip the cable away, but Chavo’s grip is too tight as he violently swings Rey’s head from side to side, with Vickie screaming encouragement to her nephew. Chavo continues to apply the choke, but eventually he releases, allowing Rey’s body to lifelessly drop to the floor, before he grabs the ref by the collar and demands another count…

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Jumping on Rey, Chavo lays in with two more stomps to the face, before he yanks Rey back up, and rolls him on top of the table. The crowd gasp with fear, knowing what could be coming next, and after Chavo lays in with a few right hands to keep Rey in place, the gasps grow louder as Chavo nips up onto the apron… and then climbs to the top rope. The crowd buzzes with fear and trepidation, but that quickly turns to boos as Chavo takes a page out of his Uncle Eddie’s playbook… as he arrogantly taunts Rey and the fans with Eddie’s chest shimmy. Chavo and Vickie revel in the boos, until Guerrero readies himself… then he flies… FROG SPLASH THROUGH THE TABLE… NO!! REY ROLLS OFF THE TABLE… AND CHAVO CRASHES STRAIGHT THROUGH IT!!! Chavo took too long, he wasted too much time playing up to the crowd, and it’s cost him as Rey rolls to safety, leaving Chavo to smash the announce desk to pieces! Bits of table fly everywhere, the bodies of both men tangled in the wreckage, neither man moving much, and as such, the referee starts the count on both men…

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Both men look unsteady on their feet as they make it back up, but Rey strikes first, smacking Chavo with a stiff right hand that causes him to stumble into the side of the ring. Limping heavily, Rey stumbles after Gurrero, tagging him with another pair of rights, before he rolls Chavo back into the ring. Rey then looks to head back into the ring, only for Vickie to get right in Rey’s face, screaming “I hate you! Chavo’s gonna break your leg!” at him. Rey just shakes his head, doing his best to ignore Vickie, and now he rolls into the ring… where the distraction from Vickie has provided Chavo with the chance to get back on his feet… and he charges at Rey… drop toe hold… Chavo is hung up on the second rope! San Diego comes alive as Rey heads for the opposite ropes… and comes back down… 619… NO! VICKIE JUMPS UP ONTO THE APRON… USES HERSELF AS A SHIELD… AND REY HAS TO PUT ON THE BREAKS! VICKIE HAS JUST SAVED CHAVO!! Rey stops mid-move, and now he and the ref stare at Vickie in disbelief as she shields Chavo from any offense.

Rey dips his head through the ropes, one leg on the apron, straddling the middle rope, shouting at Vickie, he and the ref telling her to get the hell out of the way. Vickie lets go of Chavo, and now she stands nose to nose with Rey, screaming in his face… and that means Rey is distracted, he doesn’t see Chavo get back to his feet… and KICK THE MIDDLE ROPE… RIGHT INTO MYSTERIO’S GROIN!! The crowd “Aww!” as Rey groans in agony and crumples to the mat, a sick smile of satisfaction on Vickie’s face as she finally drops back down to the floor. The ref moves in and looks to start a count, but Chavo quickly shoves him away, wagging a finger and saying “Not yet.”, clearly having something in mind. Chavo walks over to a chair in the ring, picking it up, and now he heads back over to Rey, methodically lining him up… and then DRIVES THE CHAIR INTO THE INJURED KNEE!! Mysterio cries out in agony, but Chavo lines him up… AND DRIVES THE CHAIR INTO THE KNEE AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN!! Chavo’s in a frenzy, as he now lifts the chair high… and BRINGS IT CRASHING DOWN ON THE KNEE!! AND THEN ANOTHER CHAIR SHOT… AND ANOTHER… AND ANOTHER!! CHAVO IS JUST WEARING OUT THAT CHAIR ON REY MYSTERIO’S KNEE!! After damn near ten chair shots, Chavo slams the chair down angrily, then he grabs the ref by the collar, yanks him towards Rey and shouts “Now you can count!”, and sure enough, the ref obliges…

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Rey is down once again, but now Chavo tosses the chair aside and yanks Rey back up. Rey is bad shape as he struggles to even stand, and then Chavo lays in with a trio of well-placed rights. Chavo then hooks Rey up… SUPLEX! But Chavo hangs on, kicks his legs, rolls both men over, drags Rey up… SECOND SUPLEX! And once again Chavo hangs on, kicks, rolls, yanks Rey up... THIRD SUPLEX! THE THREE AMIGOS!! Once again the crowd boo loudly, and Chavo responds with the chest shimmy, before he picks up the chair once again… grabs Rey’s leg… then slides the chair along the leg until it’s over the knee! Mysterio’s damaged knee is wrapped inside a chair… and now Chavo steps outside, climbs to the top rope… and this time he doesn’t waste any time… FROG SPLASH ONTO THE CHAIR!! MYSTERIO’S KNEE IS CRUSHED BY THE CHAIR!!! Mysterio screams in agony, flailing wildly, writhing in pain on the canvas, his knee has to be shattered into pieces, and once again Chavo demands the count…

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Chavo is furious, jumping off the corner, and he races across the ring, drilling Rey with a kick to the skull… that knocks him through the ropes to the floor. Chavo quickly heads outside, and when he hits the floor, he realises… that Rey has landed right infront of his family. An evil look crosses Chavo’s face as he smirks at Rey’s wife and kids… and then the camera shows us that Rey’s daughter Aalyah… is crying. Chavo gives her a sarcastic “Aww!”, wiping fake tears from his eyes, laughing at her, saying “Aw! Is your Daddy hurt?”, before he lays in with a stomp to the knee. Chavo now peers into the face of Mysterio’s wife Angie, taunting her with “He’s embarrassed my family… so now I’m gonna embarrass yours!”, laughing at her, a disgusting act… and Angie has heard enough… SHE SLAPS CHAVO ACROSS THE JAW!!

Guerrero can’t believe it, stunned, but the rage quickly takes back over as he says “He’s gonna pay for that!”, aggressively grabbing Rey and rolling him back into the ring. Instead of following in, Chavo grabs Rey by the ankle and drags him towards the corner. The crowd gasp once again, Rey’s daughter buries her face in her hands, as Chavo takes both legs… hooks them up… FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK AROUND THE RINGPOST!!! Mysterio flails his arms like a madmen, God only knows the pain he’s going through, as Chavo pulls down on the knee, applying all kinds of pressure, Rey screaming in pain, but there’s nothing anyone can do. After what must seem like an eternity, Chavo finally releases the hold, dropping down to the floor, but he’s quickly back up, once again laughing and sneering at Mysterio’s wife and children, before he slides back into the ring. Mysterio desperately crawls away from the corner, griping his knee in agony, and the ref has no choice but to count…

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But Chavo is furious, quickly grabbing the steel chair, and he charges at Rey… SWINGING THE CHAIR AT MYSTERIO’S SKULL… BUT REY AVOIDS IT… THE CHAIR STRIKES THE TOP ROPE… AND REBOUNDS OFF OF CHAVO’S SKULL!! Chavo is stunned, dazed and confused, his legs like rubber… and now Mysterio strikes… dropkick to the knee… causes Chavo to hit the middle rope… with the CHAIR HELD INFRONT OF HIS FACE! With incredible guts and determination, Rey comes off the ropes… 619… SMACKS THE CHAIR INTO CHAVO’S FACE!! Guerrero hits the canvas, and now Mysterio slings himself to the top rope… DROPPIN’ DA DIME!! Despite being on the attack, Rey stays down, grabbing his knee, meaning the ref once again counts both men…

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But as he stumbles up, Rey has the chair in his hands… HE SMACKS IT OFF CHAVO’S KNEE!! A little pay back for Mysterio as he SMASHES THE KNEE A SECOND TIME… AND A THIRD… AND A FOURTH FINALLY PUTS CHAVO DOWN! Chavo tries to fight back up… MYSTERIO CRACKS THE CHAIR OFF CHAVO’S SPINE!! That final shot keeps Chavo down, but Mysterio doesn’t seem interested in waiting for a count. Instead, Rey rolls to the outside and starts looking under the ring… and after searching… he pulls out a ladder! The crowd roar with anticipation, as Mysterio drags the ladder out, then muscles it into the ring. With Chavo still struggling to get back up, Rey has time to set the ladder up near the corner, before he turns back to Chavo, who is now back on his feet… and charges at Rey… drop toe hold… for the third time, Chavo is hung up on the second rope! Here comes Mysterio… 619 CONNECTS!! That’s gotta be it, Chavo is down and out in the middle of the ring… but as the ref starts to count, Mysterio… he starts climbing the ladder! The crowd are on their feet, wondering what on earth Rey could have in mind as he slowly scales the ladder… and it’s all too much for Vickie to take as she slides into the ring and grabs Rey by the ankle!

Mysterio tries to shake her away, but Vickie grabs hold tight, stopping Mysterio’s progress. Desperately Vickie hangs on, doing everything she can to help her nephew, while Rey does his best to free himself, kicking, shaking his leg… and suddenly the crowd erupts… as [NAME] MYSTERIO SLIDES INTO THE RING… AND TACKLES VICKIE TO THE MAT!! San Diego is electric as Rey’s wife comes to his aid, she and Vickie rolling on the canvas and then down under the bottom rope. The two land on the outside and quickly get back up, with Vickie screaming “What the hell are you doing!?”… and she EATS A SLAP TO THE FACE IN RESPONSE! Vickie hits the deck, clutching her face in pain, while in the ring, the coast is clear, Rey can climb to the top of the ladder… NO! Chavo is back on his feet… and he’s climbing the opposite side of the ladder! Throwing right hands, Chavo does his best to keep Rey in check, the two still slowly making their way up the ladder, battling as they go, throwing shots at each other across the ladder. Near the top, Rey lands a right hand… and another… and a third in a row… but Chavo reaches across, grabs Rey by the mask… and YANKS HIM FACE FIRST INTO THE LADDER! The crowd “Oh!” as Chavo gains the upperhand, and now he hooks Mysterio up… AND GOES FOR A SUPERPLEX OFF THE LADDER… NO! Mysteiro fights it, kicking, flailing his legs… Chavo tries again… again Mysterio blocks it, and now Rey lands a pair of shots to the midsection… then he looks to LAUNCH HIMSELF OVER CHAVO WITH A SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB… NO!! Mysterio lands on his feet on the canvas, but Chavo… his foot gets hooked on one of the ladder rungs… and the momentum causes him to fall… CHAVO’S HOOKED UPSIDE DOWN ON THE LADDER!!

Just like when Chavo put Rey on the shelf, Guerrero is hung upside down, his knee twisted around one of the ladder rungs… and with the crowd urging him on, Mysterio picks up a chair… looks at the chair… and then at the pleading Chavo… MYSTERIO SMASHES THE CHAIR OFF OF CHAVO’S KNEE!! Justice for Mysterio as he returns the favour from all those months ago… and THEN HE STRIKES AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN! MYSTERIO IS RELENTLESS, SMACKING THE CHAIR OFF OF CHAVO’S KNEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, UNTIL FINALLY, HE SLAMS THE CHAIR DOWN TO THE CANVAS!! With his knee completely wrecked, Chavo’s foot unhooks and he flops to the canvas… but Mysterio isn’t done yet, as he once again starts to climb the ladder. Rey has all the time in the world, Chavo can barely move down below, and slowly Mysterio drags his battered body to the top of the ladder… then he points to the heavens… and much like Chavo, performs Eddie Guerrero’s chest shimmy… before he soars through the air… FROG SPLASH FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER!!! An unbelievable impact as Mysterio crashes down on Chavo, both men feeling the full force of the move, and with neither man moving, the ref starts an agonisingly slow count…

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Winner: Rey Mysterio @ 23.18

An incredible cheer as the match comes to an end, and what a performance from Rey Mysterio. After six months on the shelf, Mysterio has returned in a big way, ending his long standing rivalry with Chavo in convincing fashion.

Michael Cole: Unbelievable. Truly un – be – liveable! What a display from Rey Mysteiro, he showed so much heart, he showed so much resiliency, and at the end of the day, Mysterio just would not be denied. He wanted revenge, he wanted a win in his hometown, he wanted to do it for himself and his family and for all these people, and he’s done it!

Tazz: Holy smokes, what a match! I knew comin’ in this was gonna be brutal, but I never expected anythin’ like that! What a great performance from that man, Rey Mysterio! Congratulations man, you deserved it, and what a way to return to SmackDown!

Rolling from the ring, it’s clear Mysterio is in pain, but he still manages a broad smile as he gingerly approaches his family, hugging his wife and children warmly, before he fires his fist into the air in victory, his comeback complete, the long hours of rehab worth it as the San Diego native completes a triumphant homecoming. Exhausted, Rey leans back against the barricade and is engulfed by the fans, many of whom warmly hug and slap him on the back. In the ring, Chavo is still down, clutching his knee, writhing in pain, his aunt Vickie almost in tears beside him, but the camera quickly heads back to Mysterio, celebrating with the masses, and it’s on that sight they we head to another video.


*Video Package*

We open to the faint sound of a slow paced version of ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’, the music heard as we see black and white footage from 1963, where Martin Luther King delivers the famous line from his speech at the Lincoln Memorial…

Narrator: History is littered with many great Americans…

“I HAVE A DREAM!”

Cut to more black and white footage, this time from 1969 and the Apollo 11 moon landing, where Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon…

Narrator: Men who dared to dream, men who pushed boundaries to their limits and beyond.

”THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.“

1975, where Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman, bring an end to ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ and making Ali Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion once again…

Narrator: They will always be remembered for their greatness...

“I’M GONNA FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY AND STING LIKE A BEE!”

Still in black and white, we head back to 1961 where John F. Kennedy delivers his inauguration speech having been elected as President…

Narrator: But now it’s time for a new generation…

“ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY!”

Narrator: To show just how great they can be!

The music screeches to a halt and is replaced with a faster guitar tune, and the screen comes alive with colour as we see rapid fire shots of the stars of SmackDown, starting with Batista as he delivers a Batista Bomb to Finlay…

Narrator: The WWE Great American Bash! A night were we honour those who wore the stars and stripes in the past…

Cut to Great American Bash events from the WCW days, where we first see Randy Savage fly through the air to drop an elbow on Diamond Dallas Page, then Ric Flair slaps the Figure Four Leglock on Scott Hall…

Narrator: And celebrate those who will wear them with pride in the future!

Back to modern day, as Bryan Danielson locks the LeBell Lock in on Gregory Helms, then we see Matt Hardy dropping William Regal with the Twist of Fate…

Narrator: The countdown to SummerSlam is on…

More shots from the past, this time of past WWE incarnations of the Bash, with ‘JBL’ being handed the WWE Championship after his win over Eddie Guerrero, followed by The Undertaker sending Muhammad Hassan crashing through the stage with the Last Ride…

Narrator: And for the superstars of Friday Night SmackDown…

And back to current times, as ‘MVP’ rocks Sabu with the Playmaker, then Mr. Kennedy drops Jimmy Wang Yang with the Mic Check…

Narrator: The summer kicks off with a bang as we ask the question…

”WHO WILL BE THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN?”



"WWE GREAT AMERICAN BASH – JULY 12TH – LIVE ON PAY PER VIEW!"

*End Video Package*


From the video, we now head back to ringside and the announce desk…

Michael Cole: We are all still recovering from the emotion, and the passion shown by Rey Mysterio during that Last Man Standing Match. Tazz, Rey has won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania in the past, but I’d say that win right there over Chavo Guerrero, that had to be the biggest win in Rey’s career.

Tazz: Definitely, Cole. After bein’ out for so long, and after sittin’ at home, listenin’ to all the insults Chavo’s thrown at ‘im, that had to feel so good for Rey to come back with a huge win, in his hometown no less.

Michael Cole: It’s been a real roller-coaster of a night so far, but we’ve got one last twist left, folks. The World Heavyweight Championship is up for grabs. The champion Batista defends the gold in a Fatal Four Way Match against Edge, Mr. Kennedy and Chris Benoit. Let’s take you back and see how this match came about.

*Video Package*

We open way back at the Royal Rumble, where having entered at Number 30, Edge eliminates both The Undertaker and Triple H to win the Royal Rumble Match…

Michael Cole: EDGE! EDGE!! EDGE HAS DONE IT!

John Bradshaw Layfield: WrestleMania is about to go Rated-R!

Footage from No Way Out, where a dejected Mr. Kennedy has his head in his hands after defeat to Batista…

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

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

We now head to WrestleMania XXIII, where Chris Benoit is just inches away from grabbing the Money in the Bank briefcase, only for Randy Orton to smash the briefcase off Benoit’s face, causing him to crash to the mat. We then see a broken Benoit down and out after the match…

John Bradshaw Layfield: And now look at Benoit, he can barely move!

Tazz: I thought Benoit had it won, but hey, credit to Randy Orton.

Later in the night, we see rapid fire shots of the exchanges between Batista and Edge, until ‘The Animal’ drills Edge with a Batista Bomb to seal the victory…

Michael Cole: Batista retains the World Heavyweight Championship!

Tazz: Unbelievable!

We now see ‘The Animal’ stood in the corner, holding his title high in the air, fireworks going off in the distance behind him as he celebrates his victory. We now cut to the first SmackDown after WrestleMania, where Edge, Kennedy and Benoit all stand across from each other…

Chris Benoit: I wanna go out at the top. And that means goin’ out as World Heavyweight Champion.

Footage from the following week, where during a Triple Threat Match featuring all three men, Benoit slaps the Crippler Crossface on Kennedy to get the win…

Michael Cole: Chris Benoit is the NEW Number One Contender!

Only for Edge to then hammer Benoit from behind with a steel chair, then set him up for… the One Man Con-chair-to…

Michael Cole: What the hell is wrong with this guy!?

Tazz: Jesus Christ. We need help out here, in a hurry!

Cut to the match between Edge and Kennedy, the winner guaranteed a title match the following week on SmackDown. We see rapid fire shots of the battle between the two…

Edge: I just know that I've been screwed outta the World Heavyweight Championship so many times now... that I’m gonna do whatever it takes to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

But near the end of the match, Edge goes for a steel chair, only for Batista to snatch it away from him, the distraction enough to allow Kennedy to plant Edge with the Mic Check for the win…

Michael Cole: It's Batista and Kennedy, next week from London, England with the gold on the line!

Cut to the match in London, where we see Batista in control, repeatedly knocking Kennedy down with high impact moves…

Batista: If Edge has any complaints about what I did last week, then he knows where to find me.

We see similar from Kennedy as he now has the upperhand…

Mr. Kennedy: Edge... stay – the hell – away.

But of course, despite the warnings from both men, Edge does indeed make his presence felt during the title match, as when Batista takes Kennedy up for a Batista Bomg, Edge storms the ring and cuts Batista in half with the Spear… then does the same to Kennedy after the bell…

Edge: I did what I did last week to make a statement…

We now see footage from the following week’s main event, where Kennedy referees a Tag Team Match featuring Batista and Matt Hardy against Edge and The Miz. After Hardy and Miz fight backstage, Edge and Batista are alone in the ring, with Edge lining up a Spear… but Batista sidesteps… and Edge spears Kennedy!

Michael Cole: SPEAR! SPEAR! A spear to Kennedy!

But later in the match, Kennedy recovers… and smacks Edge with a big right hand…

John Bradshaw Layfield: He was a damn referee, he can’t put his hands on a guy in the middle of a match!

Which leads to the match winning Batista Bomb…

Tazz: Kennedy… he snapped! He lost it, and he took it out on Edge!

Now we see footage from the following week, where Batista, Edge and Kennedy are in the ring with Teddy Long, ready to sign a contract for a Triple Threat Match at Judgment Day…

Teddy Long: Alright, now before we get started, I got an announcement I wanna make.

Mr. Kennedy: How ‘bout we just do what we came here to do, sign this damn contract and get this over with?

Kennedy aggressively signs his name on the contract, and now we see Edge with the pen in his hand, as he also forcibly signs on the dotted line…

Edge: There’s your damn signature! I’ll see you two at Judgment Day!

And finally it’s Batista’s turn to sign as he puts pen to paper, but as you’d expect, a brawl breaks out between the three, and over the top of this we hear Teddy say…

Teddy Long: I really wish you three playas had let me make my announcement before you started puttin’ names on that contract! Y’see, you three haven’t signed up for a Triple Threat Match. Oh no. At Judgment Day, it’s gonna be Batista defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Edge… Mr. Kennedy…

The brawl comes to an end as Chris Benoit makes a dramatic return to SmackDown after over one month on the sidelines…

Teddy Long: And CHRIS BENOIT… in a FATAL FOUR WAY MATCH!!

With the appearance of Benoit on the screen, the video takes a sudden turn as we now hear the music for tonight’s show, Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop‘ playing over the top of footage, starting with Benoit returning to save Batista from a two on one assault, with Benoit locking Edge into the Crippler Crossface, Edge tapping furiously…

”I don't know what they're talking about
I'm making my own decisions
This thing that I found ain't gonna bring me down
I'm like a junkie without an addiction.”


Cut to quick fire shots from the following week, where Benoit stands in the ring awaiting Edge, only for Edge to sneak in from the crowd and clobber Benoit with a steel chair shot to the back of the head…

”Mama don't cry I just wanna stay high
I like playing with danger and fear
Everybody's walkin' but nobody's talkin'
It looks a lot better from here.”


Batista sprints out to make the save, but he too is smacked from behind with a chair, this time by Kennedy…

”All my life I've been over the top
I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't wanna stop
All fired up, I'm gonna go 'til I drop
You're either in or in the way, don't make me I don't wanna stop.”


An impromptu matchup between Batista and Kennedy sees both men come close to victory, until the fight spills to the outside and both men are counted out…

”Why don't they ever listen to me
It's just a one way conversation
Nothing they say is gonna set me free
Don't need no mental masturbation.”


Footage from the main event, with Benoit in control, smacking chops off Edge’s chest before going for a suplex onto the concrete…

”Too many religions but only one god
I don't need another savior
Don't try to change my mind
You know I'm one of a kind
Ain't gonna change my bad behavior.”


Edge takes control, nailing the Edge-O-Matic and then lining up for the Spear…

”All my life I've been over the top
I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't wanna stop
All fired up, I'm gonna go 'til I drop
You're either in or in the way, don't make me I don't wanna stop.”


But Benoit sidesteps… and Edge Spear’s the corner! Now we see Benoit rattle of three German suplexes in a row…

”All my life I've been over the top
I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't wanna stop
All fired up, I'm gonna go 'til I drop
You're either in or in the way, don't make me I don't wanna stop.”


Then he flies through the air to deliver the Diving Headbutt for the victory…

”I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop.”


Post match, Benoit stands over Edge, with Batista standing in the entrance way, the two staring each other down…

”I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop
I don't wanna stop.”


Only for the second time tonight, Kennedy sneaks up from behind and smacks a steel chair off Batista’s spine…

”All my life I've been over the top
I don't know what I'm doing all I know is I don't wanna stop
All fired up, I'm gonna go 'til I drop
You're either in or in the way, don't make me I don't wanna stop.”


Kennedy stands over the champion, who writhes in agony on the floor…

”{Echoing} I don’t wanna stop!”

And on final shot of each competitor, finishing with Batista at WrestleMania, standing in the corner with the fireworks going off, holding the World Heavyweight Championship high in the air, as the video slowly fades to black.

*End Video Package*

One last time, we see Tony Chimel standing by…

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

*WHATEVER…*

A great reaction welcomes Chris Benoit into the arena, who looks a little bit more emotional as usual, stopping at the entrance way, taking a look around the arena, nodding his head in appreciation of the support he’s received before he heads for the ring…

Tony Chimel: Introducing first, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Weighing in at 234 pounds, ‘THE RABID WOLVERINE’… CCHHRRRIIISSSSSS… BBEEEENNNOOIIITTTTT!

But as soon as Benoit hits the ring, he’s all business, cracking his head from side to side, pacing the ring like a caged animal ready to pounce in what could be his last pay per view main event ever…

Michael Cole: What a ride Chris Benoit has been on since WrestleMania XXIII. From the heartache of coming so close to grabbing the Money in the Bank briefcase, to the admission that he’s not sure how much longer his body can hold out, to being taken out by Edge, and now Benoit is back, and he’s got a chance to accomplish his dream. One last run as World Heavyweight Champion before he hangs up the boots for good.

Tazz: And I don’t anybody wouldn’t support Chris in that goal. He’s given so much to this business, he’s done so much for SmackDown as a brand, I hope he does it tonight. Y’know me, I’m a big Batista fan, but I’m rootin’ for Benoit right here.

”YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME…”

*METALINGUS…*


As the smoke drifts out, it’s heat that greets Edge as he steps into the arena, stopping near the entrance way to set off a burst of pyro before he makes his way to the ring…

Tony Chimel: From Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Weighing in at 241 pounds, he is ‘THE RATED-R SUPERSTAR’… EEEDDDDGGGGEEEEEE!

With his eyes locked in on Benoit, Edge snarls and runs a hand through his hair, looking like a man desperate for success, and willing to do anything to get it…

Michael Cole: For Edge, the pursuit of the World Heavyweight Championship has become nothing short of an obsession. He won the Royal Rumble and went onto WrestleMania, but after coming up short against Batista, Edge has snapped, he’s gone crazy, and it’s the other three participants in this match who have suffered.

Tazz: He’s been actin’ like a little whiny bitch is what he’s been doin’! He’s complained, he’s took out guys who deserved title shots, he interrupted the match between Kennedy and Batista a few weeks ago, all because he didn’t get his own way. I hope somebody hands his ass to ‘im right here, ‘cause I’m sick and tired o’ hearin’ all this crap outta him.

”KEN – NAH – DAY!”

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE…*


No calling for a microphone, no cocky smirk, instead it’s all business from Mr. Kennedy as he strides out from the back and heads straight down the aisle…

Tony Chimel: Introducing next, from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Weighing 243 pounds… MMMIIIISSSSTTTEERRRR... KKKEEENNNNEEEDDDYYYYY!

After stepping through the ropes, Kennedy heads for the corner, but not before he and Edge cross paths, the two sharing a tense stare before Kennedy climbs to the second rope…

Michael Cole: He has long stated that he is the future of SmackDown. He’s cocky, he’s arrogant, but he backed up what he said at WrestleMania. Kennedy vowed to beat Ric Flair, he did that, and now can he follow it up by becoming World Heavyweight Champion?

Tazz: And if ya’ listen to Kennedy, he’s gonna crown that, pardon the pun, by becomin’ King of the Ring! I think this guy definitely has a world championship in his future, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if it happened tonight.

*I WALK ALONE…*

And a truly thunderous cheer for Batista, the World Heavyweight Champion slowly emerging from the back, crouching down to set off his always impressive pyro display, before he confidently heads down the aisle…

Tony Chimel: And finally, from Washington, DC. Weighing in at 290 pounds… he is the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION… ‘THE ANIMAL’… BAAAAATTTISSSTTTAAAAA!

Upon entering the ring, Batista eyes up all three opponents, casually walking around the ring to look the trio of challengers in the eye, before he heads to the corner and climbs to the second rope to more cheers from the crowd…

Michael Cole: Ever since Survivor Series last year, Batista has been a dominant champion. He’s seen off the likes of King Booker and Finlay, and had successful title defences against both Mr. Kennedy and Edge. But they’ve all been in one on one match ups, how will he handles this Fatal Four Way stipulation?

Tazz: Well obviously the odds are against ‘im right here, but if anybody can survive this kinda situation, it’s ‘The Animal’. He’s got the power advantage in this match, and all it takes is one Batista Bomb and it’s over. I’m takin’ the champ to win this one right here, I don’t see anybody stoppin’ Batista in the kinda mood he’s in.

When the music dies down and the smoke clears, Batista hands his title over to the referee, who raises it into the air, signalling tonight’s main event is ready to get started…






World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Chris Benoit vs. Edge vs. Mr. Kennedy

The clang of the bell ushers in another wave of excitement from the crowd, the anticipation for this one at fever pitch, and the looks on the faces of all four men suggests they’re dying to get this one started. Slowly they emerge from their corners, inching towards the centre of the ring, eyes darting all around, everyone keeping each opponent in their field of vision as the gap between the four slowly closes… and just as it looks like we’re about to see the first blow land… Edge drops down and rolls out of the ring! Batista, Benoit and Kennedy look as surprised as the crowd does as Edge stands on the outside, tapping the side of his head, then encouraging the others to get on with the match. Instead though, Kennedy and Benoit look at each other, the pair sharing a nod, then they each head to the ropes at opposing sides of the ring then head outside. Slowly they pace around… and just then, Edge realises… he’s been trapped! With Kennedy on one side, Benoit on the other, and Batista in the ring, there’s nowhere for Edge to run… but he makes a break for it, sliding into the ring and springing to his feet… right into a THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE FROM BATISTA!

Such is the hatred for Edge, his three opponents tonight have just ganged up on him, and now Kennedy and Benoit re-enter the ring, just as Edge stumbles to his feet… right hand from ‘The Animal’ sends Edge staggering into a right from Kennedy… and then a stinging chop to the chest from Benoit! Edge staggers and turns… right into a SPINEBUSTER FROM BATISTA! Edge is planted to the mat, but Kennedy quickly yanks him back up... then tosses Edge over the top rope to the floor! Edge is unceremoniously ejected from the ring, and now Batista, Benoit and Kennedy all stand across from each other. Nobody wants to make the first move, but Kennedy cagily inches towards Batista… and he throws a right hand at ‘The Animal’… but Batista blocks it… and nails a right of his own! ‘Tista rattles off another two rights, then Benoit joins in, as he shoves Kennedy against the ropes and strikes with another pair of chops. Double Irish whip sends Kennedy off the ropes… into a DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP! But then, out of nowhere, Benoit grabs Batista from behind… RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!

The crowd are taken aback by how quickly Benoit turned on the champion, but as Cole reminds us on commentary, “It’s every man for himself”. With Batista down, Benoit charges for the ropes… only for Edge to reach in… and trip Benoit up! Edge grabs the ankle, then drags Benoit under the bottom rope, slugging a few rights to the back of Benoit’s head, while in the ring, Kennedy looks to take advantage as he aims a few stomps to Batista’s body. We follow the action on the outside, where Benoit strikes back with another pair of chops, then he hurls Edge spine first into the barricade. In the ring, Kennedy helps Batista back up, then he tries to send the champion to the corner… ‘Tista reverses then follows in… big corner clothesline! Kennedy hits the deck and rolls outside, but behind Batista, Benoit slides back in, ‘The Crippler’ and ‘The Animal’ staring each other down, the crowd buzzing in anticipation that the two faces might go at it. After a few seconds posturing, letting the noise level rise, Benoit makes his move… running right into a big right hand! Batista rattles off three more rights, backing Benoit to the ropes, then he goes for the Irish whip… Benoit eats a boot to the face! ‘The Crippler’ stumbles to the corner, where ‘Tista drives three shoulders to the midsection, then he turns and heads for the ropes… but Edge reaches up, low bridges… and Batista falls all the way to the floor!

Edge is now joined by Kennedy as the two combine to lay into Batista, stomping the body, dropping shots to the head, laying a real beating on the champion… but in the ring, Benoit is coming off the ropes… SUICIDE DIVE… TAKES OUT BOTH EDGE AND KENNEDY! Benoit flies through the ropes and clobbers Edge and Kennedy, but he’s quickly back up, stomping down on both men, before he grabs Edge and rolls him back into the ring. Edge scrambles to the corner, but Benoit is on him… another stinging chop to the chest! And another… and a third… and a fourth, before Benoit shoves Edge against the ropes then goes for the Irish whip… knee to the midsection sends Edge flying head over heels! Benoit now starts to stomp down on Edge, but from behind, here comes Kennedy, knocking Benoit down with a hard shot to the back of the head. Kennedy wildly drops boots and knees to Benoit’s neck, before he applies all his weight to Benoit’s neck, choking him against the bottom rope. Edge has recovered, he too laying in with stomps, before he and Kennedy combine to send Benoit off the ropes… into a DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP!

Edge indicates that he and Kennedy should work together, but as soon as he turns his back, Kennedy spins him around… and smacks Edge with a big right hand! Edge fires back, and a slugfest breaks out, both men throwing rights, until Kennedy lands three in a row, then he goes for the Irish whip… Edge reverses, but lowers his head… SNAP DDT! Kennedy plants Edge, then he goes for the first cover of the match…

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Too early to put Edge away. Kennedy stays on the attack, laying in with right hands, but Edge fires back with a knee to the gut, then a clubbing blow to the spine. Kennedy staggers awa, but Edge grabs him and fires him off the ropes… into a textbook dropkick! Edge smugly gets back to his feet… but doesn’t see Batista charging… big time clothesline! ‘The Animal’ unloads with shots to the face, doubles Edge over with a kick… then takes him up and down with a SUPLEX! Edge crawls to the safety of the corner, but Batista stays on him, again driving shoulders to the midsection, before he sends Edge to the opposite corner… right into Kennedy! Kennedy is crushed against the turnbuckle, but here comes Batista… CORNER CLOTHESLINE TO BOTH MEN! Kennedy collapses to the canvas, while Edge stumbles forward… right into a SPINEBUSTER!! Batista scoots over, hooks a leg…

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Edge manages to kick out again. Edge and Kennedy both roll to the outside, and when Benoit returns to his feet, he and Batista engage in a tense staredown, the crowd coming alive at the prospect of the two fan favourites going at it. The two nod to each other and then start to circle, before they come together in a tie up. Batista gains the upperhand, working into a side headlock, but Benoit shoves him off the ropes… Batista bowls Benoit over with a shoulderblock! ‘The Animal’ turns and heads for the ropes, but Benoit avoids a clothesline… then hooks Batista up from behind… and goes for the CRIPPLER CROSSFACE… NO! Batista fights it… then counters with a SIDE SUPLEX! Benoit’s head smacks off the canvas, but he quickly rolls to the corner, trying to regroup. Batista is right on him though, once again driving shoulders to the midsection, before he fires Benoit across the ring… and goes for the corner clothesline… no! Benoit avoids it, Batista smacks off the turnbuckle, and Benoit quickly moves back in, smacking more chops off the chest. Batista shoves Benoit away, then he charges… but Benoit traps him… then muscles Batista up and down with an impressive BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX!

Batista is down, and even though it’s early in the match, Benoit is looking to put the champion away, as he steps through the ropes and climbs to the top rope… but before he can do anything, Kennedy nips up onto the apron, clobbers Benoit… and causes him to lose his balance, landing on the top turnbuckle! A painful landing for Benoit, and now Kennedy steps back into the ring and climbs to the second rope, hooking Benoit up… looking for a SUPERPLEX… NO! Benoit tries to fight it, drilling rights to the midsection, then a headbutt… and another… a third finally knocks Kennedy down! Kennedy lands on his feet though, and quickly snaps off a pair of rights, then climbs back up… but the delay has allowed Edge to sneak back in… and as Kennedy goes for the SUPERPLEX… EDGE GOES FOR A POWERBOMB… TOWER OF DOOM!! Both Benoit and Kennedy crash to the canvas, and Edge crawls on top of Benoit for the cover…

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BATISTA BREAKS IT UP!!

‘The Animal’ makes the save, and he starts unloading on Edge with right hands, before a big right knocks him down. Edge is quickly back up and fired off the ropes… BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Edge is reeling as he staggers to the corner, but Batista isn’t done yet, racing in… CORNER CLOTHESLINE… Edge stumbles forward… and is scooped up… RUNNING POWERSLAM!! ‘The Animal’ is full of intensity, bursting to his feet, shaking the ropes… but when he turns back to Edge, Kennedy is on his feet… ROUNDHOUSE ENZUIGIRI!! A sick thud as Kennedy’s boot smacks Batista’s skull, the champion slumping to the canvas, but instead of taking advantage, Kennedy starts to talk smack to both Batista and the crowd… meaning he doesn’t see that Benoit has climbed to the top rope, waiting for Kennedy to turn… FLYING CROSSBODY! Benoit crashes onto Kennedy, stays on top for the cover…

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KENNEDY KICKS OUT!!

The action frenetic, and it doesn’t stop there, as from the kick out by Kennedy, Edge quickly grabs Benoit from behind and sends him flying over the top rope to the floor. Edge then spots Batista getting back to his feet in the corner, so he quickly heads over and starts laying in with stomps to the body, keeping Batista in check. Edge now pummels Batista with right hands, and soon Kennedy joins in the beating, adding more stomps to the midsection, causing ‘The Animal’ to slump to the canvas. With Batista’s head against the bottom turnbuckle, Kennedy calls for Edge to step aside as he backs up… then smacks Batista with the FACEWASH! Batista’s head violently snaps back, but there’s no chance to rest, as Edge and Kennedy now work together to drag the champion back up… then they nail a DOUBLE SUPLEX! Edge crawls into the cover… 1… 2… but of course, Kennedy just drags him away! The two heels are now stood toe to toe, Edge arguing with Kennedy, shouting “What are you doin’?!”, before he gives Kennedy a hard shove in the chest. Kennedy can’t help but laugh and shake his head… until he suddenly smacks Edge with a stiff right hand! Edge fires back, but so does Kennedy, the two trading rights, until Kennedy rattles off three in a row… only for Edge to swing and miss wildly… INVERTED DDT! Kennedy connects, but instead of going for a cover, he heads to the outside then climbs upstairs. Kennedy’s thinking KENTON BOMB, and he has Edge lined up… NO! Benoit jumps up onto the apron… and he SHOVES KENNEDY FROM THE TOP ROPE! Kennedy crashes to the mat, and now Benoit climbs to the top rope… FLYING HEADBUTT TO EDGE!!

Benoit nails it, but Edge quickly rolls under the bottom rope to safety. Realising this, Benoit is quick to turn towards Kennedy, who struggles back to his feet… and Benoit makes his move… CRIPPLER CROSSFACE… NO! Kennedy fights it, and shoves Benoit away… RIGHT INTO A SPEAR FROM BATISTA!! Batista absolutely cuts Benoit in half, and just like Edge, Benoit rolls to the outside to try and recover. Now Batista and Kennedy stand opposite each other, a fierce look on Kennedy’s face, which prompts Batista to yell “C’mon!”… and Kennedy obliges, charging… right into a big right hand! Kennedy fires back, but so does Batista, ‘The Animal’ rattling right after right, backing Kennedy to the ropes, before he sends Kennedy off the ropes… into a SWINGING SIDE SLAM!! Batista is building momentum, and he storms back to his feet, calling for Kennedy to rise. Kennedy staggers to his feet… Batista bowls him over with a clothesline! Kennedy staggers back up… another clothesline! Kennedy stumbles back to his feet in the corner, but he’s quickly fired across the ring… Kennedy hits the turnbuckle hard… then staggers forward… INTO A SPINEBUSTER! ‘The Animal’ draws a huge response from the fans, storming back to his feet, shaking the top rope, the crowd in a frenzy as Batista gives the thumbs up… then thumbs down! Batista wants to put Kennedy away, and he waits for what seems like an eternity for Kennedy to get back up… and when he finally does, Batista makes his move… kick to the midsection doubles Kennedy over… then he’s cinched in… for the BATISTA BOMB… NO! Edge sneaks up from behind, grabs Batista… and nails the EDGE-O-MATIC!! Edge crawls into the lateral press…

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BATISTA KICKS OUT!!

Edge is furious, tugging at his hair, glaring at the referee, before he mounts Batista and starts hammering him with right hands. With Kennedy making it back to his knees, Edge snaps off a kick to the head, then adds a few stomps to the body, Edge stomping Kennedy under the rope to the floor. Edge then heads to the corner and crouches down, ripping at his hair, calling for Batista to get back up, the crowd gasping with fear as they know what’s coming next. It’s an age, but eventually, Batista staggers back to his feet… and Edge bounces and goes for the SPEAR… NO! From the outside, Benoit reaches in… grabs Edge’s ankles… and trips him up! Edge smacks face first off the mat… but Benoit now yanks Edge towards the corner… SPREAD EAGLED INTO THE RINGPOST!! Edge’s eyes nearly bulge from his skull, screaming in agony, but Benoit isn’t hanging around as he slides back into the ring and races at Batista… ‘Tista swings a clothesline… but Benoit ducks underneath, then hooks Batista up… GERMAN SUPLEX! But Benoit hangs on, rolls over, drags Batista back up… SECOND GERMAN SUPLEX! And again Benoit hangs on, rolls over, and somehow muscles Batista back up… for a THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX!! An impressive display from Benoit, and now he crawls over to drape an arm across Batista’s chest…

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KENNEDY BREAKS IT UP!!

Kennedy keeps his chances alive, and with Edge and Batista down, he looks to do damage to Benoit, clubbing him a string of forearms to the back of the head. Kennedy then drags Benoit back up, and hurls him towards the corner… SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST! Benoit grimaces in pain, and when he slowly stumbles backwards, Kennedy hooks him up… SIDE RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP! Kennedy bursts back to his feet, waiting to strike… but he gets blindsided by Edge with a clothesline… that takes both men over the top rope to the floor! Both men land with a thud, but Edge aggressively gets back up, stomping down on Kennedy, then he drags Kennedy up… and goes for an Irish whip… INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! Kennedy smacks shoulder first off the steps, leaving him down and out on the floor. Edge now heads over to the wreckage of the Spanish announce desk, and he picks up one of the monitors discarded during the previous match. With no disqualifications, Edge is free to slide back into the ring, with Cole saying “This shows how desperate Edge is to become champion”. Edge calls for Benoit to rise… and when he does, Edge attacks… SMACKING THE MONITOR OFF BENOIT’S SKULL!! A sickening impact, one that causes Benoit to tumble through the ropes to the outside. Edge is enraged, wanting Benoit in the ring so he can pin him, but he turns his back on Benoit and now sets his sights on Batista, wanting to do the same thing to ‘The Animal’… and he charges… but Batista sees him coming… and counters with the SPINEBUSTER!!

The fans erupt as Batista avoids the killer blow, and now he stands tall, determined to put Edge away. With no signs of a comeback from either Kennedy or Benoit, Batista has Edge all to himself, and he yanks him back up by the hair… and cinches him in… BATISTA BOMB… NO! Edge counters, double leg takedown… then he steps, twists and sits… SHARPSHOOTER! A SHARPSHOOTER OUT OF NOWHERE!! Edge has it locked in tight in the centre of the ring, Batista crying out in pain, while Edge screams in glory, convinced he’s got this one won. Desperately Batista claws for the ropes, trying to somehow find a way to safety, but Edge just sits further down, keeping ‘Tista in place. But somehow, someway, Batista shows incredible strength as he starts to drag himself towards the ropes. Edge shakes his head vigorously, trying his best to stay in the middle of the ring, but it’s no use as Batista inches his way towards safety… and finally reaches out and GRABS THE BOTTOM ROPE! San Diego responds with a massive cheer as Batista shows great guts to hang in there, but Edge takes forever to release the hold, having to finally be dragged away by the referee.

After glaring at the ref, Edge stands over the champion, ‘Tista barely moving, grabbing his left knee in pain, not moving, and that’s Edge’s cue to head to the corner. Crouching down, Edge once again tugs at his hair, motioning with his hand for Batista to rise, screaming “Get up!” over and over… until finally Batista drags himself up with the ropes, then stumbles to the middle of the ring… SPEAR!! Edge hits the spear, flops into the lateral press…

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KENNEDY MAKES THE SAVE!!

And Edge can’t believe it! He was sure he had it won, but he’s groans in anguish as Kennedy breaks it up. Now Kennedy starts laying into Edge with right hands, both men back on their feet as Kennedy goes for the Irish whip off the ropes… Kennedy swings a clothesline… but Edge ducks underneath… then from behind goes for the EDGECUTION… NO! Kennedy fights out of it, twisting… and he hooks up for the MIC CHECK… NO! Edge desperately swings elbows to the side of the head, breaking free, then he swings a wild right hand… which Kennedy avoids… then from behind he takes Edge down with a ROLLUP! 1… 2… Edge kicks out, both men burst back to their feet… and race towards each other… DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE LEAVES BOTH MEN DOWN!! Edge, Kennedy and Batista are all down in the ring, the match settling down for a brief moment of calm… but it doesn’t last, as from the outside, Benoit starts to stir. Dragging himself onto the apron, Benoit slowly climbs to the top rope, where he stands and readies himself… then flies… DIVING HEADBUTT TO BATISTA!! Benoit gets all of it, and now he crawls over to hook the leg…

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Benoit can’t believe it, head in his hands, the crowd giving a loud mixed response, happy that Batista hung in there, but dejected that Benoit isn’t the new champion. All four men are down now, the frantic pace of the match catching up with the participants as they all stare at the lights, trying to regroup for one final push to glory. Batista rolls to the side of the ring, while Edge and Kennedy both struggle back to their feet, with Kennedy slugging Edge with a big right, and another, before he goes for the Irish whip… but Edge reverses… only to lower his head… SNAP DDT!! Kennedy plants Edge, but when he returns to a vertical base, he sees Benoit is back up too… so Kennedy makes his move, grabbing Benoit from behind… and going for the MIC CHECK… NO! Benoit fights it, struggling to twist… and grabs Kennedy’s arm… then take him down… CROSSFACE! BENOIT LOCKS THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE IN ON KENNEDY!! San Diego is on its feet as Benoit has Kennedy trapped in the centre of the ring, desperately doing his best to make Kennedy submit, straining, pulling back on the head, the capacity crowd screaming like mad, while Kennedy does his best to fight through the pain. Slowly he stretches out, trying to make the ropes… but he comes up short. Again Kennedy scratches and claws… but again he just can’t quite reach… and just as it looks like he’s about to tap out… here comes Batista… MASSIVE BOOT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! Batista wipes out Benoit, breaking the hold, saving both Kennedy and his title, but now Kennedy staggers back to his feet, and charges at Batista… right into a SPINEBUSTER!! Batista crawls over, hooks a leg…

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‘The Animal’ can’t believe it, slapping his hand off the canvas, sure he had it won, but it was only a long two. Getting back to his feet, Batista shakes his head in annoyance, but now senses it’s time to put Kennedy away, as he drags Kennedy to his feet… cinches him in… and takes him up into the air… BATISTA BOMB… NO! HERE COMES EDGE… SPEAR!! SPEAR TO BY BATISTA!! Edge strikes out of nowhere… but before he can go for a cover, Benoit sneaks up from behind… ROLLUP! 1… 2… NO! EDGE ROLLS THROUGH INTO HIS OWN PINNING PREDICAMENT! 1… 2… NO! Benoit kicks out, the force of which sends Edge to the ropes… but he rebounds and attacks… SPEAR… NO! BENOIT SEES IT COMING… AND GRABS THE ARM… TAKES EDGE DOWN… CRIPPLER CROSSFACE! THE CRIPPLER CROSSFACE, THIS TIME APPLIED TO EDGE!! The arena erupts once more as it looks like Benoit is seconds away from making Edge tap out, Edge desperately trying to fight it, but he’s trapped in the middle of the ring, a long way from safety. Edge stretches out a hand, but gets nowhere near the ropes… and now he raises his hand, just seconds away from giving up… but here comes Kennedy… elbow drop… but Benoit releases his grip and rolls away… and Kennedy drops the elbow on Edge! Kennedy may have missed Benoit, but he succeeded in breaking the crossface, but as he stumbles back up, Benoit is ready and waiting… GOING FOR THE CROSSFACE AGAIN… NO! Kennedy fights free… then hooks Benoit up… MIC CHECK! KENNEDY NAILS THE MIC CHECK!! And he quickly rolls Benoit over and hooks a leg…

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Kennedy turns to ref and shouts “You gotta be kiddin’ me?!”, but the ref is adamant, it was only a two count. Kennedy is the only man standing, and he decides to remove a few pieces from the puzzle, as seeing Edge down near the ropes, Kennedy stomps him until he falls to the floor. He then does the same to Batista, ‘The Animal’ falling to the floor with a thud, leaving just Kennedy and Benoit. Kennedy drags Benoit up, but he’s caught off guard as Benoit strikes with a chop to the chest. Kennedy fires back a right hand… Benoit nails another chop… right hand… chop… right hand… chop… chop… chop! Benoit gains the upperhand, backing Kennedy to the ropes, before he goes for the Irish whip… but Kennedy reverses… and as Benoit comes off the ropes, Kennedy takes him up onto his shoulders… ROLLING FIREMAN’S CARRY SLAM! Benoit is planted, but Kennedy quickly gets back up and heads to the corner, climbing to the top rope, the crowd buzzing with a mix of fear and excitement, as Kennedy lines Benoit up… then he flies… KENTON BOMB… NO!! Benoit rolls out of harm’s way, and Kennedy flies all the way to the canvas! Crawling on his knees, Kennedy grips his back, while across from him, Benoit struggles to make it back up… while from the side, Batista has slid back into the ring. Benoit sees him coming and charges… right into a BIG BOOT TO THE FACE! Kennedy is back up, and he too races at ‘Tista… but ‘The Animal’ avoids the contact, then scoops Kennedy up… RUNNING POWERSLAM!! Batista stays on top for the cover…

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And Benoit tries to stay in control as he clubs the back of Batista’s head, but ‘The Animal’ fights back to his feet… scooping Benoit up… and driving him into the corner! ‘The Animal’ starts to drill his shoulder into the midsection, time and time again, before he fires Benoit to the opposite corner… Benoit hits the turnbuckle hard and staggers forward… into a huge back body drop! Benoit is reeling, and ‘The Animal’ has him in his sights… kick to the gut doubles Benoit over… then he goes up and down… BATISTA BOMB!! Benoit is absolutely planted with the Batista Bomb, but ‘Tista knows Kennedy is also in the ring, so he pushes away from Benoit and gets back to his feet… just in time to see Kennedy running at him… Batista catches Kennedy with the SPINEBUSTER!! ‘The Animal’ is rolling, and this time he wastes no time in giving the thumbs up, thumbs down, before he cinches Kennedy in… and takes him up into the air… but suddenly, there’s a loud humour from the crowd… BATISTA BOMB TO KENNEDY… but there’s no cheers… only gasps of fear… as from through the crowd… then sliding into the ring… IT’S UMAGA!!! “The hell is he doin’ here!?” shouts Tazz, posing the question that every person in the arena is wondering… and Batista wonders what the hell the crowd are screaming for, so he gets back onto his feet… turns… UMAGA WIPES BATISTA OUT WITH A MASSIVE BODYBLOCK!!

The crowd are stunned, they can’t believe what they’re seeing, Umaga is here in San Diego, and he’s just nailed the World Heavyweight Champion! We now see Armando Alejandro Estrada on the outside, directing traffic, but now he jumps up onto the apron… takes a cigar out of his top pocket… and SNAPS IT IN HALF!! Just like that, Umaga knows exactly what to do, as he grabs hold of Batista, yanks him up… then NAILS THE SAMOAN SPIKE!! A vicious shot to the throat of the champion, but Umaga isn’t done there, as he now turns his attentions to Benoit, dragging him up… SAMOAN SPIKE TO KENNEDY!! But there’s still more to come, as Estrada points to Benoit… then he points to the announce desk! Oh no, the crowd react with fear as they know what could be coming, as Umaga drops through the ropes, reaches back in to grab Benoit, then drags Benoit under the ropes to the outside. Umaga then turns and rips the hood off of the announce desk, tosses monitors aside, and Cole and Tazz get the hell out of the way just before Umaga yanks Benoit up… then in an incredible show of strength… he SHOVES BENOIT UP INTO THE AIR… “INCOMING!”… SUPER SAMOAN SPIKE… SENDS BENOIT CRASHING THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!!!

For the second time tonight, a table is smashed to pieces, as Benoit is absolutely annihilated! Umaga is wreaking havoc here, but the camera now cuts to Edge, who we see lift his head off the floor… then quickly put it back down as Estrada looks at him! Edge is playing possum! Satisfied that all four men are down and out, with the message clearly sent, Estrada motions to Umaga that it’s time for them to leave, and the two do so as they clamber back over the barricade and slowly make their escape through the crowd. The camera continues to show us the mayhem and destruction Umaga has left behind, but soon enough, Edge is back on his feet, hiding behind the barricade, peering over the top, making sure Umaga and Estrada are out of sight before he finally heads back into the ring. A broad smirk adorns Edge’s face as he surveys the damage, before he casually drops down to his knees, then arrogantly lays on top of Batista, sure he’s got the title in the bag…

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How the hell did he do that!? Edge can’t believe it, his eyes wild with fear, but he quickly shakes his head, “No! No, not this time!”, and he heads to the corner, where he crouches and starts violently ripping at his hair. Waiting for Batista to rise, Edge calls for him, shouting “C’mon!”… and slowly, Batista staggers to his feet… and here comes Edge… SPEAR! SPEAR!! A SPEAR TO BATISTA!!! And now Edge hooks both legs tight…

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Winner: And NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Edge @ 25.02

The crowd are stunned, almost into silence, as somehow, Edge has taken advantage of the attack from Umaga and shown once again that he is ‘The Ultimate Opportunist’ by becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion! As he rolls free of the pinfall and sits up, Edge looks like he can’t quite believe it, his eyes lighting up as he’s handed the title he’s so long sought after, clutching it dearly to his chest before he rolls from the ring…

Michael Cole: What the…? NO! You gotta be kiddin’ me! It was… Umaga! What the hell was he doin’ out here!?

Tazz: Where the hell did he come from!? I mean, I thought he and Estrada were supposed to be suspended! What the hell were they doin’!?

Michael Cole: They just cost Batista the title! Batista was about to put Kennedy away after the Batista Bomb, only for Umaga to hit the ring with that sneak attack! I can’t… I can’t believe this! We’ve got a new World Heavyweight Champion! Edge is the champ now!

Tazz: I just… I just don’t understand this, Cole. Why? Why would Umaga and Estrada do this? Why would they hit the ring like that? Why did they take out Batista and Benoit like that? It just don’t make any sense!

Michael Cole: I honestly have no idea, Tazz. And I don’t think Batista does either. ‘The Animal’ is startin’ to come around now, and he’s just realised, he’s lost his title, thanks to Umaga!

In the ring, Batista has managed to make it back to his knees, grabbing his throat, coughing and spluttering, while on the outside, Kennedy has rolled to the floor, while Benoit is still down and out, and now trainers and backstage personnel are rushing a stretcher down to the ring, no doubt severely concerned about the damage that may have been done to Benoit’s neck…

Tazz: Lemme tell ya’ something’, there’s gonna be hell to pay when Batista gets to SmackDown next Friday night. But is Umaga even gonna be allowed in the buildin’?

Michael Cole: That’s a great question, but we’re gonna have to wait to find out. Folks, it’s been an unbelievable night, and somehow, someway, Edge has become the new World Heavyweight Champion, thanks to Umaga! SmackDown has officially become Rated-R!

At the entrance way, Edge now turns back to look at the ring, holding his title high in the air to a barrage of boos, while Benoit is being loaded onto a stretcher, Kennedy looks down on the ground and shakes his head in annoyance, but in the ring, we see one seriously pissed off former World Champion, as Batista continues to cough and splutter, but the snarl on his face leaves no one in doubt… he’s furious at what just happened, and that’s the final image we see as the screen fades… to… black.

*End Show*
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For the opening contest for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, with Bryan Danielson becoming the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion in beating Gregory Helms, I definitely agree that it was the right way to go and I will tell you why for the simple reason that Helms I feel in my opinion he was starting to outlive his usefulness of even being the WWE Cruiserweight Champion and personally I feel that he is above that title furthermore the WWE Cruiserweight Championship is beneath him and Helms if anything he should move up to the WWE United States Championship scene because there he might actually have a chance at being WWE United States Champion but what I wasn't expecting was JBL personally getting involved in the match attacking Danielson like that but what I don't get is why he did that but then after when you explained it, it made sense only for Smackdown GM Teddy Long to restart the match which was the right call because there is no way a title match should end like that and then it all paying off for Danielson after all with him finally becoming the WWE Cruiserweight Champion in what was definitely a great opener, not a bad thing to say about it

Kane beating Finlay in what I thought was a great match-up for the most part because it was just so physical from start to finish but at the same time I am glad that their rivalry is over because maybe now both men can get out of each other's orbits and Kane since he is on such a great roll or has been ever since WrestleMania, then Kane can set his sights back on the World Heavyweight Championship while Finlay he can do the same

The Coachman Coalition beating The Extremists, now this match-up personally I didn't really care anything about personally because tag team matches personally do nothing for me but at the same time I will admit that it puts Jonathan Coachman and his new stable over as a serious threat on the Smackdown brand but as for The Extremists they should just go back to ECW and stay there in my opinion because to tell you the truth I don't even know why they are even on the blue brand

Loved the hype you are giving War Games even though it is a RAW pay per view, because you need to hype all the pay per views regardless of whatever brand it is because it brings in ratings

Chris Benoit's interview was great especially right before the World Title Match because it puts him over but at the same time I don't think it will culminate in him winning the World Heavyweight Championship tonight

The whole Chavo, Vickie, and Chavo Sr. segment that really was something, I definitely did not expect there to be dissention between the Guerrero family and it all ending with Chavo disowning his father Chavo Sr. and all because he was trying to talk some sense into his son about this whole feud with Rey and Vickie trying to get into her nephew's head but talking to her brother-in-law like that, that took some real guts, but at the same time I will tell you why this segment was so great because it definitely ups the stakes in this Last Man Standing Match with Chavo and Rey especially getting to its boiling point being so personal and it will all end one way or another

Love the hype for SummerSlam 2007 and I definitely can't wait until SummerSlam because I am sure it will be a great pay per view because it is the biggest party of the summer and also SummerSlam always has a stacked card which I am sure this year it will be no different

That whole Edge-Mr Kennedy segment backstage was great because of the tension behind it but also because these 2 cannot trust each other nor do they like each other and out there it is every man for himself in the main event for the WHC in a Fatal 4 Way

London and Kendrick the WWE Tag Team Champions retaining their WWE Tag Team Championships against The New Breed of Elijah Burke and Marcus Cor Von, like I said, another match that I could care less about because like I said before tag team matches personally do nothing for me but then again at the same time you need tag team matches on the card as filler so I can understand why but at the same time the finish of the match with Kendrick cheating to win was great because of the fact that this could potentially mean the end of Londrick as a team with Kendrick turning heel becoming The Brian Kendrick and Ashley going her separate ways with them also which is great because then she can focus on being WWE Women's Champion

Matt Hardy retaining the WWE United States Championship against The Miz was great because of the fact that this win puts Hardy over as a legitimate WWE United States Champion rather than showing him off as being a paper champion but at the same time I will admit The Miz put up one hell of a fight but just not good enough to beat Matt Hardy but I wouldn't be surprised if The Miz ends up getting another shot at the WWE United States Championship but then again you could prove me wrong but I just hope Matt Hardy has a lengthy run with the WWE United States Championship

Batista's interview being the World Heavyweight Champion, right before his match right before he has to go out there and defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match against Edge, Mr. Kennedy and Chris Benoit, he is at a disadvantage that's for sure because he doesn't even have to be involved in the decision to lose his title much less the fact alone that he has to defend against not one, not 2, but 3 men, but I wouldn't be surprised if Batista does lose his title but then again I wouldn't be shocked if he did retain because Batista is just that great of a champion

As for Chavo vs Rey, Last Man Standing, with Rey winning, it is definitely the right call because it ends the rivalry between these 2 men once and for all and the fact that this match was so brutal but yet so personal and it being so back and forth all the way throughout but it ending in Chavo getting his comeuppance with Rey finally getting his revenge on Chavo in the end, now these 2 men can do well to stay away from one another and out of each other's orbits because they can go on to bigger and better things with Rey focusing back on the World Heavyweight Championship but also Chavo he can set his sights on the WWE United States Championship or even the World Heavyweight Championship if he wants but then again this match could be potential for Match of the Year

And the main event with Edge the Rated R Superstar finally becoming World Heavyweight Champion, it all paying off with Edge beating Batista, Kennedy and Benoit to win the match becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion in what was a great match because of the fact that this match was so unpredictable and any man could have won it but then again Edge had the most momentum coming in but at the same time I feel Batista got screwed but since he lost the title he is entitled to his automatic rematch, so Batista no doubt will end up using his rematch clause at The Great American Bash facing Edge so

Nevertheless this was a great pay per view but then again let's not forget if Randy Orton were here, Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton he would have cashed in his briefcase on whoever won this match regardless of the outcome because Orton's briefcase is an inter-promotional briefcase which means he could cash in on either champion either the World Heavyweight Champion of Smackdown, the ECW Champion of ECW, or the WWE Champion of RAW, so either way Orton is destined for gold, so Orton could cash in at either War Games or at The Great American Bash
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With JBL attacking Bryan Danielson, it seems JBL's time as a broadcast announcer is over and JBL can return to being a full-time wrestler once again, because with JBL making his in-ring return being a full-time superstar again, JBL he can choose which brand he wants to be a part of, my bet JBL stays right here on Smackdown and if he does, then JBL is poised for a World Heavyweight Championship run
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-I've always enjoyed BTB's that can create their own opening video packages, without having to use YouTube videos, or anything like that. The fact that you can engross a reader to actually visualize this would-be video is something quite unique and it was a perfect opening for your pay per view. Follow that up with the usual banter by the commentary team to kick off the PPV, it just had that pay per view feel to it that not a lot of bookers can get across.

-Starting things off with Danielson/Helms was the perfect way to go. It's a marquee match as-is with the names, but you can never go wrong with opening a show with a title defense. It instantly gets the crowd involved and just sets the tone for the rest of the evening. I enjoyed the ferociousness that Danielson showed in the beginning and the way you wrote Helms' reaction was top notch, exactly what I would imagine him doing in that situation with the begging and pleading. The way it ended, the first encounter anyway lol, was great because of the set up with Bryan hitting JBL, obviously he wouldn't just take that lying down, so it was a refreshing ending to a contest. The subsequent restart and finish I enjoyed, because I was really hoping for the title switch here, but either way could've worked out fine.

-Your hype videos for upcoming events are absolutely fantastic. Like I stated above, you actually allow people to envision the package and that is extremely difficult to pull off at times. Especially given that you had upwards of 4-5 videos, each with its own different point and emphasis to get across, but I guess that's a credit to your creativeness.

-Going into the Kane/Finlay match, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't looking forward to this contest whatsoever. Most pay per views have that one match that just seems like a filler, no matter how well it was booked, or just doesn't look appealing at all...and this match was it for me. That being said, for what it was, it was still a solidly written match between the two. It'll be interesting to see where Finlay goes from here after being on a bit of a losing spell.

-For me, the six man tag team match was always going to be a strong showing by the Coachman Coalition and them going over. I'm hoping to see more of a mean streak out of Booker now that he's been dumped out of the KOTR Tournament, so hopefully that's in the cards. As for the match itself, Sandman, Sabu and Dreamer just didn't seem like they had a real chance with the likes of MVP & Mark Henry teaming with Booker. It was a nice touch to have Booker score the pinfall on Dreamer to get some revenge for his KOTR exit.

-Another great video package, have I mentioned you pull these off quite well?

-The U.S Title match was, again, really good. It's good to see a solid run made by Matt Hardy and beating The Miz is definately a nice statement to make. Nothing much to add for this contest because I'll admit I am not a huge-huge fan of either superstar, so yeah haha.

-It's the beginning of THE Brian Kendrick?!?! Oh please, for the love of god, make this happen. Another refreshing ending to a contest with the 'face' tag team cheating to win. Allbeit to set up a heel turn down the road, but it's still nice to see different finishes in place, other than the usual clean pins here and there by faces. I'm definately intrigued by how this tag team moves forward and, hopefully anyway, dissolves for the Kendrick heel turn.

-Mysterio/Chavo was the contest I was most looking forward too on this pay per view card and it did not disappoint in the slightest. It had everything that a grueling hate-filled rivalry should have. The build up for it was top notch and the match itself was written very well. I had high hopes for this contest and like I said, it didn't disappoint. I always felt that Mysterio would come out on top and I definately liked where he strung up Chavo and gave him a taste of his own medicine. Amazing job on this match.

-A quick side note before your Main Event, your promos from all parties involved were really well placed and put together. There might have been a few minor hiccups here and there, but they weren't glaring to the point that they need to be pointed out as troublesome.

-I was expecting a retaining of the title by Batista, but I also felt that if either of the four men walked out as Champion, you could've made an argument for them to do so. With that being said, if it wasn't Batista retaining, I was hoping for a Mr. Kennedy title reign, but hopefully that comes in the future sometime. It was always cool to see how the WWE booked the 'Ultimate Opportunist' for Edge, so now that he is the World Champion it will be quite interesting to see how you book this from here.

-Amazingly well thought out and put together pay per view. Great job sir.
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Thought this was gonna be the opener and was pleased to see it got that slot. Was always gonna be one to get the crowd rocking as well as that feel good way to start proceedings. This has been your most entertaining feud lately and it had a real big match feel going into it so I’m pleased that you gave it that in letting the two men have that tension once the bell rings, that buzz around the arena, hyping it up with the five months in the making line, it worked in adding even more to this for when Danielson finally struck the first blow. Was an absolutely incredible start for Danielson here, I expected a fast paced one, taking it to Helms and whatnot but this was sheer one way traffic. I actually found myself enjoying it after all that Helms has put Danielson through. One thing I didn’t like was Danielson going for a cover fairly early, I expected him to wanna punish Helms a bit more and with the whole ‘Tap or Snap’ thing I expected Danielson to really go for as many submissions as he could as quickly as possible.

Helms turning the tables was inevitable and I liked the little passage that followed it, there was a real aggression you could feel from the champion and the exchanges between him and JBL were great stuff, can picture JBL in my head getting worked up. The playing out of Helms frustration was well written, you could feel it building up, the constant kick outs, failing to put Danielson away and you knew eventually it was gonna be that frustration that allowed Danielson back into it. Going for the LeBell lock showed it, was laughing at the ‘Hey John, watch this’ like some kid wanting to impress their dad. Airplane spin always gets me, real back and forth stuff now and the Shining Wizard caught me off guard, I didn’t expect it at all, I thought we’d get a bit more offense from Danielson before a shift back Helms way BUT the way this ‘ended’ worked out just fine after all. I felt a fool reading this for not seeing it coming but I didn’t. JBL’s been a big factor in this feud and of course in this match so for him to get involved was a clever call and despite it, you still knew it wasn’t gonna be the end outcome.

Great feel good moment in Danielson overcoming all the odds, from JBL getting involved, to Helms’ shot to the head with the title belt, to being screwed in the past by Helms and he FINALLY makes him tap to take the gold. Very enjoyable opening contest here and I must say, hell of a job on this feud, assuming it ends that is.

After such a hot opener I expected maybe the Six Man Tag but this was another decent call considering it hasn’t been as well built up or as focused on as some of the other matches on the card. Bit surprised with just how this one started, I expected two guys who just love to beat the shit out of their opponents to go right at it off the bat but instead it was a little more careful and cautious. It certainly picked up a bit in terms of the ruthlessness, especially from Finlay in targeting the knee, was glad you referenced that he’d injured it a couple of weeks back as I had forgot that, it made a lot more sense as to why Finlay singled that out. The ending I think would’ve made more sense if we’d seen the Little Bastard a couple more times during the match, maybe you could’ve used him to distract Kane in the early going and then reappear. Not all that surprised to see the Big Red Machine win although I would like to see Finlay gain a little momentum as he’s really been on a slippery slope of late. Decent contest however.

This was actually a pretty fun match next up. I didn’t anticipate an awful lot but it exceeded my expectations. You had Sabu with his usual flashy offense, Sandman with all his beer drinking antics whilst you still managed to display the Coalition as a real threat. There was a lot of teamwork shown also which I didn’t quite expect considering was their first outing together. One negative, just a personal one would’ve been that I’d have liked to see a bit more from Henry. I think you didn’t quite the display just how he’s the monster of this group although I’m sure that’ll come the longer this group goes on.

Hardy/Miz was an interesting dynamic. It was Miz’s big opportunity to shine and early on you just felt as though it was an occasion too much for him as everything he tried was being fended off by Hardy who just seemed to be one step ahead in everything he did which was a clever call considering Hardy’s experience, considering he’s the champion, considering Miz not being used to this kind of pressure. But then Miss.McCool got involved in I think this was again, very clever in allowing her to give Miz a passage back into this thing. Miz looked much stronger following this and again you showed perhaps his inexperience in swinging this back Hardy’s way, Miz going up to the top rope, not his expertise shall we say and it backfires. Finishing stretch was well written and had a fair bit of drama, when McCool got involved again I thought Miz might take it for a second but I was glad Hardy retained, definitely the right call and Miz ultimately came out of this showing he can hang with the big boys so to speak, even if he needs a little bit of a helping hand. Solid contest that certainly grew as it went along.

Onto the next one and I will say there’s been a bit of a pattern in terms of the faces have started every match off on the front foot so far, maybe switch that up a little bit. Was very surprised at just how much teamwork London and Kendrick displayed early on, a lot of frequent tags and no real signs of any animosity at all despite Kendrick’s recent attitude shift. Some pretty solid team work from the New Breed also which I didn’t expect so much, considering Londrick are the more experienced team, thought that inexperience might show a little more from the heels. Some nice double team moves and I particularly liked when it appeared London was gonna get back into the match only for Brown to charge and drop Kendrick off the apron, just typical heel tactics.

AH FINALLY, some heel Kendrick moves, loved him talking to the woman and not being there for the tag. I was anticipating a whole match of Kendrick acting in this kinda fashion and was a little disappointed it took this long but very much enjoyed it when it came. Things really picked up when Kendrick did got the tag, was some real hot action from him and London got in on the act also, it almost felt as though the match was now really beginning. The way it ended was really well booked. There were a lot of options you could’ve gone for and this one certainly worked. It adds another layer to Kendrick’s developing character whilst the friction between Londrick will no doubt continue and this also gives the New Breed claims for a rematch. A few complaints I know, mainly that we didn’t get a little more from Kendrick BUT I know this thing will continue to build between the two and the match itself was a solid one to go along with it.

Again the face starting off hot here but this was moreeee than justified. Expected and hoped Rey would start off this aggressive and got my wish. Going for a chair so early on summed it up perfectly, how much Rey just wants to hurt Chavo here. Real heavy hitting from the get go and Chavo almost instantly targeting Rey’s knee was the obvious thing to do. Must admit I was surprised that there was blood so early on, I expected it but maybe a bit deeper into the match, might’ve made it a bit more ‘DAMN THIS IS GETTING REAL UGLY NOW’, ah I’m just nitpicking lol. Wow, much like the blood I didn’t expect this with them going through the crowd and all over the place. I don’t have a problem with this at all, I think it shows you that this how reckless this is, nothing ordinary about this match, just two guys wanting to end the other, wherever and whatever it takes. Chavo really getting a stranglehold on this one in choking Rey out(pun intended). Really pulling out all the stops here, Chavo going through the tables now, Jesus. Sometimes it can be a bit of overkill BUT like I’ve said this one’s so heated that it’s understandable. Chavo going back to the leg made sense although I would’ve liked to see a bit more in terms of that, I thought it would be Chavo’s only focus throughout. For example, why go for the frog splash? Just inflict even more damage on that leg.

Aaaaaaaand as I write that I scroll down to the next part of the match and Chavo hits the frog splash onto a chair to Rey’s knee, of course he does lol. That’s what I wanted earlier, I take back what I wrote now. Showing Rey’s family was again a nice touch, just adds another layer to this one and how emotional it is. Rey Rey coming back into the mix was a given, the 619 and whatnot didn’t surprise me exactly, I just thought that with the injury he might not be able to pull it off. Ending was beautifully done though. The call back to Rey’s injury spot, bringing Rey’s wife in to put a halt to Vickie and the sheer aggression from Mysterio in putting Chavo away. A real war of a contest, some great spots involved and although looking back I did complain about the odd bit it was an excellent read here.

First off, hell of a video package for the main event, really well written stuff with that one. Really liked the opening exchanges here, it’s typical Edge in trying to take any opportunity to get out of dodge so for the others to all gang up on him was pretty sweet. Was also pleased to see that despite the initial teamwork from Benoit and Batista, that instantly went out the window with Benoit turning on Tista, shows he knows just what’s at stake here. Again, nice use of Edge in just waiting for his time to strike on the outside and pulling the ropes down to send Batista spiralling was well worked. Little relieved that there wasn’t more teamwork from Edge and Kennedy, I thought that might be the pattern this thing took so when Kennedy decked Edge I was a happy man, woulda been the predictable route had you gone with those two on the front foot together. Tower of Doom’s always a good spot for these things, again Edge sneaking back into it was great, used him expertly so far in this thing.

Pace was really frantic once all parties recovered from that situation and the match just kept on improving I felt. Tista hitting the Spear on Benoit was a sweet moment, respect right out the window when it comes down to business. Liked Kennedy not backing down from the champ, you always fear it with heels but Kennedy just straight up went for it even though it backfired with Big Dave coming out on top. Again, Edge doing whatever it takes, using the monitor was brutal but makes sense, thought we’d see something more like that earlier on considering it is No DQ. The Batistabomb transition into a Sharpshooter was excellent, didn’t see it coming at all considering the way Edge has been working this match. I thought the pace was quick enough but good lord it got even quicker. Just when you thought one man had the advantage it swung another way, I couldn’t even keep up towards the end lol, just hectic scenes although when Benoit locked the Crossface in on Edge I thought this might just be it.

I’ll comment on the ending separately. Wow. Didn’t see this coming whatsoever. It is a HUGE impact from Umaga, absolutely no doubt about it but in all honesty, I don’t like it. I’ll always tell you honestly what I feel about things and yes this is impactful and yes it leaves a hell of a lot of questions moving forward but I just didn’t like the way it panned out. I understand why you did it, Umaga coming back to run roughshod over Smackdown, taking out everybody and anybody he can after his suspension, making a statement. Problem I have now is, he just screwed not one but three people out of the title. Now they’re all gonna want in on not only a rematch but in wanting a shot at Mags for costing them, along with presumably the returning Deadman at some stage. That’s six HUGE superstars going at it over the title. Do you put them all in one match? How do you approach it? I’m sure you’ve got it all sussed but that’s a hell of a challenge to figure out right there. I will admit that the ending did however tie in with the way Edge approached that match and for him to win it in that fashion, it does add a whole lot to his Ultimate Opportunist gimmick so kudos on that front. I would however have much preferred Tista to drop the strap one on one down the line, just think it would’ve meant more to whoever took the title, be it by hook or by crook. This way? Not so much. Again, I’m sure the fallout from this will be great, no doubts about it but right now I’m not entirely sold on the whole thing.

Overall, some excellent matches on the card. Danielson/Helms, Chavo/Rey and the Main Event were all fantastic reads whilst the others were all solid-good contests too. It’s always hard to make every match on a single brand PPV seem really important but you done a great job in doing that and I can’t wait to see how this all pans out in the next few weeks now. Obviously I wasn’t a hundred percent behind the finish of the main event but like I said, I’m sure you’ll have something good in store, you’re too good not to so I’ll reserve complete judgment. Great job on another strong PPV in the books my man, well done.
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Initially I was on the fence over the cruiserweight title match going with the DQ then restart process, as a straight up win for Danielson would've sufficed - BUT - on a second viewing, I did come around to the idea. Imagining the reaction of the fans just as they thought Danielson had been screwed over AGAIN, only for Theodore Long to stamp his authority would've been immense. Slightly annoyed at myself for not picking this as opener as it makes complete sense - especially with the title change to bring down the record setting title reign of Helms. I was particularly fond of JBL getting involved, because he's always championed Helms, plus he got involved in the feud itself on Smackdown & also was glad to see Helms looking to take the cheap way out during the second match - obviously at his most desperate to keep the belt.

As someone else previously stated, Helms - despite this loss - looks ready to 'move up' from the Cruiserweight division and a feud with Matt Hardy over the U.S Title - given their roots - could be brilliant to see. Before that though, for selfish reasons, I'd love a 30 minute Iron Man match between Helms and Bryan on a Smackdown in the near future. Go on, make it happen

And, as for Danielson, I suspect he'll dominate the Cruiserweight division for the forseeable future. Chavo Guerrero looks the best fit for his first big challenger, but outside of the CW ranks, the seeds are certainly there for a grudge match with everyones favourite commentator. Imagine what a win over JBL could do - not only for Danielson - but for the cruiserweight division as a whole, being able to get the better of a former (albeit retired) WWE Champion.

Kane vs Finlay was what it was. A time filler feud to keep both men busy. The match itself was a solid, undercard PPV bout that delivered nicely. Kane was obviously the right winner, as he can easily slot into the main event scene at any time, be it for a proper feud or just to main event the odd episode of Smackdown. Wins over tough acts such as Finlay keep the Big Red Monster chugging along, and help him to always look a threat when facing the top dogs - even if he is to come out as the loser of those particular meetings. While I think that is the future for Kane (just hovvering around the main event scene) I think Finlay might just be ready for a change of scenery, after a number of losses now, and no way back into the U.S Title picture, a switch to Raw might just be the best thing for him in the near future.

For the Coalition to have any future, they obviously had to win this match. Again, no complaints on the match itself, it read nicely to me, and Coaches trio came out of it looking like the superior group - as they should. The interesting thing was that it was Booker that scored the fall, instantly - in my mind - setting him as the focal point of the group, which at this point (despite his age) is probably for the best. Too soon for MVP to be positioned ahead of Book imo, and I suspect Henry will simply be the 'muscle' of the faction. I'm more interested in how they continue to function and come together united, as I still sense a little bit of a lack of togetherness in the pre-match promo, with Coach looking to rally the troops but kinda ... failing. Promising group though, and I look forward to what the future holds for them on Smackdown and just where they settle in the grand scheme.

Chavo Guerrero has been completely transformed in this thread ever since WrestleMania - it's been remarkable how interesting you've made him as a character. His cold delivery (especially the "I have no father") to his father was simply chilling. Although it's 100% that he's losing tonight, it would be a shame to just see him disappear into being a background player again on Smackdown. As I stated before, he probably deserves a run with Danielson over the CW title, as a real threat to the championship.

Must say, I've enjoyed the build of Miz into a more serious threat on Smackdown, trying to prove himself as worthy of his roster spot, and it being made clear that he's working on his all round game to improve. Still not sold on the pairing of him and McCool as it doesnt fit as a naturally pairing imo, but the addition of a valet/manager was needed for him at this stage of his career. Rightfully, Hardy went over, but not without a fight from the much improved challenger, who will surely one day rise to become a champion - just not yet. Simply, it would be too soon for Miz to take the title - not only because he isnt ready for the belt, but because Hardy deserves a run with the title - and maybe Miz could do with finding a tag team partner in the near future; just to keep him relevant on Smackdown, as with this loss (and I doubt there'll be much clamour for the feud to run on) it's hard to see where he fits in on the show in the immediate future. Saying all that though, I'm convinced you have something in mind for him to keep him hanging around the show. If you didnt, I dont imagine you would've spent the last two months of TV time in building him up as a legit threat to Hardy.

As for Hardy, well, I've already commented on where I'd like to see him go next, and looking at the lay of the land, Helms does seem like the next natural contender for the title - or - perhaps a challenge could come in the form of Coachmans Coalition. What I would like - regardless of who the challenger is - is something for the readers to get their teeth into. The Miz angle was fine for what it was, and established Hardy as champ, but moving on, I'd like to see something a bit more personal, where we can get more out of Hardys character.

Nice touch for all four guys in the main event to have some on-screen time before the big match. Typical Benoit and Batista promos, and typical Edge; trying to weasel someone onside. Good to see Kennedy has a good memory of when Edge left him high and dry at SNME, and told him to take a hike. That promo alone set the stage for an 'every man for himself' vibe in the main event. And rightfully so, as, while they both heels, Edge and Kennedy have been at each others throats just as much as they've been at Batistas, so they have no reason to double up.

For the most part, the tag title match just didnt click for me, as a reader. Maybe I was just more interested in seeing what would happen with Kendrick, or what he would do, but the match wasnt the usual brilliance you'd expect from the Hooligans. Anyways, the finish was the important part, and I was pleased that the titles remained in tact ... but, oh boy, it would seem (The) Brian Kendrick is no longer above cheating. The brilliance here was that Ashley spotted it - but London didnt - which should play out brilliantly on Smackdown, when (I assume) he will have watched the replay. Obviously he'll not be happy, and the disintegration of the tag champions will slowly continue.

Mysterio as the last man standing was a lock - and rightly so - but what a match it was. From the outset, there was no holding back, with a chair coming into play in the second paragraph. Chavo was always going to target the knee, given the reason Rey missed so much time and the match type itself. Thought the blood was a little early, but the gruesome nature of the match probably called for it. Another thumbs up - the old cable around the throat spot . Chavo crashing (literally) and burning after missing the Frog Splash was a hellacious spot, and you made the angle extra personal by having Chavo include the family of Rey. Aalyh/[NAME] really made an impact with her slap to Chavo. On top of the cable choking spot, another favourite is the Figure Four around post - and you managed to include that too. The turnabout with Rey taking out the knee of Chavo was a great spot too, and was brilliantly written too, I must add.

All in all, I have to say, this match really did have it all for me. From the build up, to the psychology behind the match, and the hatred, plus the personal touches using the family, and a couple of my favourite spots to see , there is no doubt this was the MOTN. In fact, this might've been my favourite match you've written. The finish was rightfully epic, with Rey JUST beating the count and Chavo JUST unable to do the same. I was slightly worried beforehand that the match might end up being somewhat of a squash in Reys favour, but Chavo was the equal to Mysterio, and it made for a superb MOTY contender. Brilliant. Rey will likely slot right back into the main event mix, but Chavo certainly wont be forgotten. He deserves to remain a big factor on Smackdown, as (for my money) he's been the most entertaining aspect of the show since WM.

One word on the Great American Bash promo - EPIC.

Coming off the heels of the incredible LMS, the main event just couldnt follow it imo. Nothing wrong with the match, but it just couldnt follow the sheer drama of LMS. Edge played his part well in the opening sequence, wanting the other three to the fight it out, which was never going to go down well. Kennedy cheap shotting Edge was also a good touch, because he would've looked an idiot for agreeing to team up with Edge after rightfully turning him down earlier in the night. Despite being a bit down on the match, it did deliver some great sequences, such as Benoit trying to clamp on the Crossface, being fought off by Kennedy and then Speared by Big Dave, and later, Edge setting up a Spear on Batista, only to get tripped and rammed (balls deep ) into the post, then Edge spearing Batista when he was going for the Batista Bomb, and then rolled up after by Benoit. So, in that sense, you utilised the multi man aspect brilliantly.

But the finish?? Man, I didnt see that finish coming - at all. And it asks a lot of questions. Obviously, Batista will be ultra pissed at Umaga for costing him the title, but Benoit and Kennedy have every right to be pissed too, and will surely be gunning for the Bulldozer. Given the fact that Batista had it won when he arrived, I suspect he and Umaga will get it on first, and I suspect Kennedy might end up with his focus on winning the KOTR for the time being, leaving Benoit and Edge. With time ticking down on Benoits career, I suspect a Benoit vs Edge match in the next few weeks, possibly with Benoits career on the line.

As for Edge winning ... it certainly played up to his billing of being the Ultimate Opportunist. Playing dead while Umaga was on the prowl made me smirk, I could certainly picture that happening. Still, I cant lie, while winning this way suits Edge, it feels like a waste of the end of Batistas title reign, where him losing in a one on one environment would've been brilliant for the eventual champion - however, I can understand why you went down this path, especially as it's Edge becoming champion. Sneaking in, feeding off the scraps and taking the gold suits the M.O of Edge winning under these circumstances.
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Been a while since I’ve replied in here (with you getting consistent feedback from DA WOLF GUY and all), but I’ll throw a few beans at the fire here and there, I suppose. Wish you had changed the opening package up just a little bit from your town crier promos from before, but since I enjoyed them, this wasn’t that big of a deal.

I hindsight, kicking off with Danielson/Helms is a great choice because by this point, I’m sure everyone predicted a Danielson win, so kicking the show off with it and possibly giving away a big face win to get the ball rolling isn’t that big of a deal. I just didn’t like that this was a pretty big feud that got really personal after Wrestlemania and it did kick off the night. I see why it kicked off, though, because there were virtually no lull points. This was action packed all through every bit of it (although I can only wonder how much of it you took from me ). The story was told well, with Danielson being the eternally hungry challenger and never letting up on Helms and Greg just being as chickenshit as possible. The idea of a DQ finish here irked me incredibly, but then Teddy Long came out and set things right. I figured there would’ve had to be something else happening. It greatly highlights the way Helms has had to retain his title against AmDrag and I thought it was a terrific storytelling tactic. Even in his loss, Helms definitely looked great and, as others have said, he could potentially ‘move up’ the ladder because there’s really nothing else for him in the Cruiserweight division after holding the title for over nearly 500 days. Danielson looks like a genuine rising star, and if I had to allude to anything, it’s like Paul London finally getting the US title (at Judgment Day 2007, no less) in Wolfy’s thread. The JBL situation is certainly interesting, but I can’t see JBL coming back to ring action just to take on the new CW Champion. He’ll probably manage someone or something, perhaps even bringing in and building a whole new Cruiserweight to come in and wreck Danielson. A lot of possibilities on that side, but all things considered, a damn fine curtain jerker that I still think maybe could’ve been lower on the card.

Really not a whole lot to say about Finlay/Kane other than it did its job of being a nice buffer after that cracker of an action-packed opener. This one was physical, although not as physical as I’d hoped between the two given parties, but I understand not going all out with these two at the moment. Will always love Finlay’s tactic of just working over any part he wants, nice way to keep his character there. I keep forgetting not only a) the Little Bastard isn’t ‘Hornswaggle’ yet and b) that Finlay even still has the guy around. Nice win for Kane after what happened in the KOTR, and as Wolfy noted, he’s a guy who even with the slightest bit of momentum, you can do whatever you really want with him wherever you need. He’s been treading water for a while now and I feel like he needs something else to do, but that’s totally up to you.

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Another buffer match and I can’t help but think how far King Booker has fallen. He wasn’t lighting the world on fire in the real 2007 either, but I’d always hoped you do a little bit more with him, especially by the standards of being the crown jewel (no pun intended) of a stable led by Coachman. At that, I was also hoping MVP would be doing something more, too. Maybe he’s next in line at Matt Hardy…? To the match, a decent win as expected with a good of teamwork shown by the winning trio. I would like to see this one carried over into one last TV match with perhaps Extreme Rules involved to give you a big time mid-card match on Smackdown. Not a whole lot to say about this other than the right people won. And by ‘people’, I don’t mean ‘black people’, but….oh you know what I meant.

I still call gimmick infringement on the War Games promo.

Not gonna lie here, but this Benoit promo was quite…unsettling. Him ignoring doctor’s orders and all and with everyone knowing what happened with that…yeah. It gave us our first participant in the world title picture tonight and I’m sure there will be more, it just didn’t quite sit too well with me. But that’s probably more personal opinion than anything else. Moving on.

Chavo’s evolution has really made me fall in love with the guy. This segment just shows how far he’s fallen from grace but how much he’s grown. Just completely brushing off his father like that after the dark twist on his uncle’s legacy the way he has lately just gives him the feel of his being his own man, however tragic he may be. I fully expect him to go off the rails later. ‘I have no father’ is just a fucking chilling line too.

I was pleasantly surprised with how well Miz and Matt Hardy worked together. They had very nice chemistry and their moves seemed to complement each other and flow pretty well. That said, I’m also glad it wasn’t as by-the-numbers as I was expecting, either. Hardy actually had most of the offense and with good reason being the veteran champion and all. I think you pushed Miz a little too hard out of the box here and I’m hoping he’ll take a step back, seeing as how I think he needs some more seasoning. Still, a surprisingly solid match that builds Hardy up even more, but doesn’t completely tear Miz down. Bon.

Oh, Edge. Always the shortcut seeker.

Loved this match. I’ve become quite fond of tag team action over the last few years or so and while this one wasn’t ‘incredible’, it was a wonderful character piece – the focus, of course, on Kendrick. I can see you’re gonna do with them potentially what Legend did with the WGTT with so much dissention even as champions, but when the bell rings, they forget most of their disagreements. Kendrick still displaying those ‘The’ qualities with the brunette and what not (and WHO IS SHE??), but DAT FINISH. Love the slow burn you’re doing with this and when the time comes, eventually pull the trigger. Good for the ‘ganz that they’ve held the gold for a full calendar year, but the best is yet to come, I figure. Will be interesting if Kendrick becomes the Danielson’s next rival.

Talk about kicking it off hot. Goodness, Mysterio’s aggressiveness was beautiful here. Chair shots barely into the second paragraph is definitely in the vein of the story here and this is certainly on the way to being an incredible contest. Turnabout’s fair play and Chavo’s viciousness was just downright cruel. I expected him to after he knee, but didn’t expect it so early and so viciously. Surprised to see blood so early but not surprised to see that it’s Chavo and deservedly so. By now, you should be very much aware that I love the absolute chaotic and this was just right up my alley. The freakin’ water fountain and paying good ol’ Justin “Nacho Maker” Gabriel a visit at the concession stand? Awesome. Loved Chavo’s continued viciousness. I know this is Rey’s return match and all, but dammit if Chavo isn’t making him earn it. The missed table spot somewhat disappointed me, but I knew it had to happen given how much he’d done to Rey. My god, the sheer cruelty of Chavo here is amazing. The dark Three Amigos was a very nice touch. After Rey stood up from the Frog Splash on the chair, I knew there was no way he’d go down, but what a sick nasty spot. Bringing Rey’s family into just makes things that much more grave. I’ve noted this before, but Mysterio’s such a fun guy to write getting beat up, but I almost couldn’t take it here Chavo (and you, for that matter) were being so cruel to him. Thank goodness for hope spots. The ending was absolutely beautiful. Perfectly full circle from the way this whole thing began and put Rey on the shelf, but made even more emphatic in that neither man could almost get up. It was almost symbolically saying that in this war of grudges, lost legacies, and tarnished friendships, neither man was technically the ‘last man standing’ because no one really won. Rey standing tall is the right call, but I’m begging you not to let Chavo fall down the rungs too much. He’s been an incredible character for you of late and it’d be a shame to see him fall so far down without a catalyst like Mysterio. MOTN by leaps and bounds with beautiful storytelling and psychology all through it. I’ll second Wolfy in saying this is probably one of, if not the, best match from you that I’ve read and if not, it’s definitely my favorite. Excellent work here.

Love the GAB promo and poster. Big investment indeed.

I almost feel like one of those other buffer matches from earlier could’ve been used as the next match instead of going right into the main event. Even as a reader I was emotionally drained from the LMS match and with as many scattered variables as there are in 4-Ways, it was actually difficult to get invested in this one a whole bunch. Mysterio winning probably helped that a little bit, but not complaining about things. Anyway onto the main event itself, I liked the opening with Edge being the sly little dick that he is, I just hate that he was so blatant about it. Just sliding out of the ring and pointing to his head is a liiiiiite bit too poignant for me. Good to see he got the crash test dummy treatment for a while afterwards and also so nice to see you using the mulit-man dynamic so well. Also props on keeping Kennedy not away from Edge, but away from teaming up with him in keeping up with his character psychology that you pointed out earlier. For some reason, I loved Benoit’s triple Germans on Batista. Maybe I just like that spot on larger guys. The last few minutes of the match had some great high energy, frantic action that you come to expect from big multi-man matches.

But DAT ENDING. An ENORMOUS impact on Umaga’s front that I don’t think anyone saw coming and as much as I like a twist ending, I wish it hadn’t happened in a match of this format. If Batista’s year long plus reign was to end, I felt like it should’ve been one-on-one. I like the touch with Batista actually being hit by an Edge spear for the overall final fall, but it wasn’t an overall clean finish. Not that it had to be. ‘mags has some options here, but a feud with Batista seems likely. My only real gripe with that is I know Umaga still has ‘Taker on the horizon and a program with Batista sounds like a long-runner. I’ve no clue where Kennedy goes from here, but I would definitely imagine Edge/Benoit continues that causes Benoit’s retirement, possibly over the title. All in all for the finish – I like the options, but on the initial move, not the biggest fan of it.

Overall, another cracker of a show, maan. The two cruiserweight bouts were undisputedly the best matches, but Chavo/Mysterio on a whole other level of great, MOTN and potential MOTY. You did very well with progressing several characters in this one – Miz got a bit more development, both members of the Cruiserweight Championship match did, Kendrick IN SPADES, and of course, both men in the LMS. You’ve got a lot of options on the Smackdown side that I think will last you through the rest of the year, which is always great. There’s about seven to eight guys on the top of that Smackdown food chain that should sustain you for that long and I can’t wait to see how you use them all. Not too much criticism although some of the match ordering left me griping a bit and that questionable ending, but not too much to hate you for. The only real big thing I’m concerned with is the US title picture and the condition it’ll be in with the cruiserweight turnover and the huge main event picture, not to mention the focus on the Tag Champs that I assume will be coming. I’m more of an undercard seeker anyway, so I’ll be looking glaringly at that. But again, a great effort by a great booker. Kirby very much approves
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SmackDown may have just shocked the world with its Judgment Day pay per view last night, but over on Monday Night Raw, the march to War Games continues one week after Team Vince once again flexed their might and grabbed an early psychological edge over Team Linda.

Last week we witnessed Ric Flair’s first WWE match since his emotional loss to Mr. Kennedy back at WrestleMania XXIII. Having signed up as a key member of Team Linda, Flair wrestled like the Flair of old as he did battle against Bobby Lashley, coming so close to a victory before Randy Orton interfered. This naturally brought Team Linda’s captain John Cena and Carlito out to the ring, only for the trio to blindsided by the stunning arrival of The Redneck Wrecking Crew. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch announced their entry into War Games with a brutal beatdown of Team Linda, and as Raw went off the air last week, a smug Mr. McMahon was sure he had sent the ultimate message to his wife Linda. Tonight is a new night though, and another chance for both teams to gain the bragging nights. The respective team captains, John Cena and Bobby Lashley will square off in tag team action, as Cena teams with the WWE Champion Rob Van Dam, while Lashley joins forces with Shawn Michaels, in what’s sure to be a match full of implications for both War Games and for the WWE Championship. And as if that’s not enough, the man credited as the innovator of the War Games Match, WWE Hall of Famer ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes will be in the arena tonight, determined to let everyone know exactly what the WWE is in store for when we finally reach War Games.

War Games may be the buzz of the WWE right now, but it’s the WWE Championship which remains the richest prize in all of sports entertainment. Last week, Rob Van Dam silenced any doubts being spoken by newcomer Claudio Cesaro as he scored a decisive win over the Swiss aristocrat, hanging onto the title in the progress. But it was the attack from Shawn Michaels after the bell that has everyone talking. Michaels has long professed his desire to regain the title he lost at WrestleMania, but it’s the downright creepy way in which he has coveted the champion and his gold that left many wondering just how far will Michaels go to regain his most precious of possessions. While the two will meet in tag team action tonight, what many fans will no doubt be wondering is when will Michaels officially challenge Rob Van Dam to a WWE Championship Match… and will Rob Van Dam accept?

Elsewhere, tonight’s card is absolutely stacked with two title matches and the King of the Ring Sweet Sixteen begin their battle to make it to Saturday Night’s Main Event. Last week, Carlito signed up for War Games as a member of Team Linda on the provision that he got one final crack at Kenny Dykstra and the Intercontinental Championship. ‘Lito gets his wish tonight in a Ladder Match, with both Torrie Wilson and Ezekiel Jackson banned from ringside. It might be Carlito’s last shot at Dykstra and the gold, but if he’s ever going to become Intercontinental Champion, tonight is the night to do it. But it’s not only the Intercontinental Title up for grabs, the Women’s Title will also be contested as Beth Phoenix defends the title against Natalya Niedhart of The Hart Legacy. Phoenix claimed that with Mickie James on hiatus, there are simply no challengers left capable of taking the title away from her. Last week, Natalya saw off Maria and Melina to earn her shot, but with the champion not only looking dominant as of late, but also having Victoria in her corner, it’ll take a huge effort for the youngster to grab her first championship. And as for the King of the Ring, the event is less than two weeks away, and tonight, the first two spots in the official tournament are up for grabs. Jeff Hardy will take on one half of the World Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas, while Chris Masters will look to put his recent music troubles behind him as he takes on CM Punk.

All of this, plus we’ll no doubt be hearing from Claudio Cesaro, who will look to bounce back from the first defeat of his WWE career, The Hart Legacy will no doubt have something to say to The World’s Greatest Tag Team, and there’s a strong chance more members of Team Vince and Team Linda will be revealed. It promises to be a huge night, one full of Hall of Famers saying their piece, and champions and challengers making their presences felt. Join us for Monday Night Raw as we continue the march to War Games!


Confirmed Matches:

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Kenny Dykstra vs. Carlito
Rob Van Dam and John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels and Bobby Lashley

King of the Ring Qualifying Matches – Round of 16
Charlie Hass vs. Jeff Hardy
Chris Masters vs. CM Punk

Women’s Championship Match: Beth Phoenix vs. Natalya Niedhart


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