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Recap video package is good. Reminded me of last week's events. Nice to see the show start off with some exciting tag team action and with the titles on the line. Hooliganz with a pretty clean win surely means that the Bluebloods are out of the picture now. Don't know where their 'record breaking' reign will go from here, but hopefully, there's some sort of advancement in storyline for these guys on this show. I know Maryse was sort of involved last week so we should see something from her now.

Short Test promo, but I liked it. Seeing Beniot's aggression is good. An intense feud between the two could be really entertaining. After just debuting though, it would have been nice to see Test get some more 'impact' in.

And there Maryse is. I had to look up her French line. I got the "You are so ugly", but not the next part. Pretty intrigued in this, as she kinda wants to take Ashley's place, which isn't necessarily a feud with the Hooliganz. I actually like this idea more than her teaming up with randoms, although that's bound to happen sooner or later.

lol @ Vito. Totally forgot about his cross-dressing gimmick back in the day. JBL's commentary makes his gimmick all the better too. Unless there was another Beniot interference, the win was basically automatic. Nice to see Test still rolling with things. Good getting in some RR hype as well.

Teddy Long was spot on in this promo. Same good 'ol Teddy as a matter of fact. Shannon Moore? Expected a bigger name to feud with Helms, but he'll do. Hopefully he doesn't steal the title away from Helms. That would be a travesty.

Whoa...what do we have here. The FBI kidnapping Vito to bring to the Godfather. I'm hooked already. Not only do FBI add to the tag team division, but this Godfather thing could be very, very interesting. Nice too see you using most superstars on your roster as well. Also, I gotta say that your usage of JBL on the commentary is excellent. I'm laughing at almost every bit.

Ohhhhh...it was a non-title match. Not a fan of Shannon Moore, but his win seemed necessary, as Helms really doesn't have anyone else to feud with. Rollup finish made sense too. Moore's probably gonna get another shot, but I'd rather have Helms keep the title.

Beniot in action tonight as well? I think that after the earlier brawl, as well as Test's earlier match that this feud took its course for the show. I think you messed up with a bit of coding in the match summary. Holy canoli with the aftermath. Kinda expected though, but a move onto the floor is huge. The feud is moving quite quickly too. Promise there's no more beatdowns or attacks from now on? Nah, don't do that, the beatdowns out of nowhere are pretty cool.

Nice to see Batista finally get in some words about Finlay. I'm surprised that it's an interview, and not an in-ring segment though. It's not the lengthy promo I was hoping for, but the Finlay catchphrase sendoff was a nice touch. To be honest though, the promo was way too short for my liking. Disappointed in that.

The new mystery wrestler is intriguing. Thing I didn't like about this promo is Teddy not allowing drinking, but allowing the guys to cause chaos and violence? Kinda hypocritical in a way. Expecting big things from them though. You got a lot of midcardish storylines going on. A lot of them are pretty damn good too, so this one shouldn't disappoint.

Booker/Taker was a given considering last week's events. Not a bad promo here from Booker. A feud between the two could be pretty good. I expect some sort of DQ or something to that nature next week to further this feud. I don't expect it to go further than NWO though. Nice recall right after as well.

Miz with a filler squash win here. I like the two together, but I don't at the same time. Just because Miz is a great mouthpiece by himself. Nonetheless, nice to see the Miz win. Hopefully some big things in the future for him. Maybe the MITB? =P

Finlay was never a talker was he? Makes sense to have the short promo, as well as show his fighting nature. Good job with that. Kennedy promo afterwards was awesome. The 'asshole' gimmick didn't come til later, but I'll forgive you for using it. Definitely good to see both Finlay and Kennedy get some mic time. It was kinda expected.

Kane/Kennedy feud to come? Haven't seen or heard of a drop toe hold into the steel steps in a while. Nice spot. And Finlay basically wins the match with some help from the lil bastard. Good stuff. The aftermath was pretty good. Surprised Kane and Kennedy didn't somehow get involved though. Probably makes more sense for them not to.

Overall, another solid show like usual. The storylines and feuds seem to be all coming together now with a lot of above average entertainment coming from them. JBL is the fucking man in these SD shows btw. Enjoy him the most. So yeah...good job with the show, and I'm anxious to see more. RR already looks to be one helluva ppv. Oh, and to cap it all off, <3 the Ashlynn Brooke sig.

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This is the first show I have read of yours, so apologies if I make a few mistakes regarding your angles.

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Well Finlay getting a shot at the title sounds like a very nice idea! Iím looking forward to how things progress there. First match, the tag team titles match, is a nice way to start the show. As expected, the Hooligans retain their titles. Loved the mix of styles, making for a nice match given some decent time and the ending was well written, read like some very exciting stuff.

Short Test promo which helped to make his motives clear, but the attack seemed to come a little early before Test really had said much about Benoit and the US Title. But regardless, the attack helps to build up the feud between Test and Benoit with neither man able to gain the upper hand.

Quite a funny little backstage skit there, I liked the interaction between Maryse and the Hooligans and one can only wonder how things are going to go there with Ashley then walking in. May not get much focus compared to the upper card stuff, but this is a nice little angle you have going.

Well an unsurprising victory for Test, suppose it helps to show his dominance, but itís these kind of matches I wished we seen less of in the WWE. Test got his time for the night, woulda been nice to see someone else out there, but hey itís helping to get him over on SmackDown and thatís the main thing.

That promo definitely got me looking forward to the Rumble, very nice.

Good interaction with Teddy and Helms. The match between him and Moore, while maybe not star-powered, should provide some exciting cruiserweight action and help Moore get in there when otherwise, heíd probably be stuck at the side without TV time. Good backstage promo, I liked the back and forth talk with Teddy and Helms, made for good reading.

HmmÖ poor Vito, all he wants is to wear a dress. Nice to see the FBI introduced and Iím interested to see how this angle progresses in the weeks to come. The commentary afterwards with Cole and JBL was pretty hilarious, I love how you are writing JBL, great stuff.

Great cruiserweight match here and you shocked me with the result, I was expecting Helms to go over clean, but yes, the match served its purpose. We see some nice action, a roll-up victory for Helms to use to his advantage and we also have a little Cruiserweight title feud to go with it as a result of this match.

Benoit in action? Suppose that would be expected after Test had a match, but still I canít help but feel the match is perhaps unneeded. Despite this, both men put on a good match and as expected, Benoit gets the victory. But wow, Test out again? Your really going full throttle with this feud. Things really escalate now with a gutwrench powerbomb from Test, really making a message. Canít help but see Testís match and the backstage promo now seem quite pointless. Oh well, the feud is really heating up.

Well this gets the job done, nice backstage interview with Batista, building Finlay up to be a tough to beat kinda guy, Finlay coming along helped heat up things and the last line was very nice, helping to get Batista into the head of Finlay and to heat things up.

Ooh I wonder who was on the other end of the phone call? Nice WWE-style tease there and I look forward to how that progresses. I loved The Sandman offering Teddy a beer, nice touch. Anyway, it was a nice way to introduce these ECW alumni to SmackDown and I look forward to seeing how they are booked.

I absolutely ADORE the interaction between Cole and JBL. Great stuff.

Booker promo was nice. I miss the King Booker character and I look forward to seeing what you do with it. All very much in character, building up his feud with ĎTaker and I wonder what will happen next week with this ďduelĒ Booker has proposed. Anyway nice little in-ring promo which was very well written.

Well if you make it to WrestleMania, that show should be huge.

Pretty basic match to help get Miz over, lasting a mere three minutes thereís not much to be said. Feel bad for Jimmy, despite his horrible gimmick heís a pretty good wrestler. Iím liking the Miz/McCool combination though. The JBL hate for Miz was a nice touch too.

I liked the short, to the point interview with Finlay, really seemed like his style of doing things. Finlay/Batista is seeming like a great feud going into RR and I look forward to its progress over the coming weeks.

Ah I gotta love Kennedy. Building himself up well for the Rumble and I would absolutely love if you gave him the victory in the match, I canít see it though. Assholes, not the word Iíd expect in the WWE tbh, seemed a little odd being used but hey, this is a BTB so who cares, helps show the pure arrogance in Kennedyís blood.

Great main event here, helping to build the feud of Batista/Finlay some more, the ending was especially nice, with Finlay using the shillelagh to take out Batista and steal the victory. Something which Batista addressing next week, should be interesting. Then, if that wasnít enough, the brutal attack afterwards helped to make it personal, to really heat things up for this feud, helping to make Royal Rumble look VERY interesting.

Overall, great show. Iíve never read any of your shows but I can tell already that you are a very good writer. The booking was good for the most part, the promos were all kept well in-character and there were very few criticisms to be made. Keep up the good work.
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~Monday Night Raw~
January 15th, 2007
Bossier City, Louisiana

Tonight, Monday Night Raw comes to you live from Bossier City, Louisiana with two championship matches announced. In what is sure to be an explosive main event, the World Tag Team Championships while be on the line as the Champions Rated-RKO defend their gold against D-Generation X. From the first day they announced the formation of their partnership, Edge and Randy Orton have been determined to end DX once and for all, due to both men feeling aggrieved at a history of separate confrontations with the DX duo. Triple H and Shawn Michaels have also set their sights on Orton and Edge, chasing the World Tag Team Titles for a number of months now. With previous attempts from Michaels and Triple H to capture the gold ending in failure, Triple H raised the stakes last week, challenging Rated-RKO to one last match for the titles. However, should Rated-RKO retain their titles, D-Generation will cease to exist as we know it. Will Rated-RKO fulfil their prophecy of finally putting DX out of business? Or will Michaels and Triple H finally accomplish their goal of wearing tag team gold?

In last weeks' main event, Rob Van Dam and Bobby Lashley were forced into action by Jonathan Coachman, much to the displeasure of the boss, Mr. McMahon. Earlier in the evening, McMahon tried to influence ECW Champion Lashley, offering to make life very comfortable if Lashley complied and caused RVD maximum damage in their match. Also prior to the main event, Van Dam ran into WWE Champion John Cena, with Van Dam putting it to Cena that should he beat Lashley later in the evening, then RVD should be the new man to challenge Cena for his WWE Championship. In the match itself, Lashley and RVD battled back and forth, only for Mr. McMahon and Jonathan Coachman to make their way down to the ring. Demanding that Lashley follow through on his earlier demands, McMahon slid a chair into the ring, determined to see Lashley strike RVD. However, in an act of defiance, Lashley hurled the chair from the ring, and soon John Cena charged down the ramp to chase off McMahon and Coachman. Despite his noble act, Lashley would be caught off guard by Van Dam, allowing RVD to grab the win. Because of these actions, McMahon has vowed that all three men will pay for their insubordination. What will McMahon have in store for Cena, RVD and Lashley? And will an official announcement be made with regards to the possible title match between Cena and Van Dam?

Our second title match sees Mickie James defend her Women's Championship against the Diva who has dominated the division in recent weeks, Victoria. Ever since establishing her hitlist, Victoria has ran through every Raw diva on the roster, including last week where she pinned James in tag team action. Tonight, Victoria gets her long awaited chance at the title. Can Mickie James emerge as the diva to finally put a stop to the dominance of Victoria? Or will the challenger simply strike off another name on her checklist and grab herself the Women's Championship?

Elsewhere, after destroying Eugene last week, who will be the next victim to cross Umaga? Will Ric Flair seek vengeance after the sickening attack he suffered from Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin last week? Will the words of encouragement offered to Flair by Carlito last week have any effect? And with a match between the two announced for the Royal Rumble, what will happen if Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy and Kenny Dykstra collide? Find out tonight as Monday Night Raw continues on the Road to the Rumble!!

Confirmed Matches

World Tag Team Championships Match: World Tag Team Champions Rated-RKO vs. D-Generation X
Women's Championship Match: Mickie James vs. Victoria

Plus: Mr. McMahon will decide what punishment John Cena, Bobby Lashley and Rob Van Dam will face!

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~Monday Night Raw~
January 15th, 2007
Bossier City, Louisiana

"You scratch our backs... and we'll scratch yours."

We kick off the broadcast with a brief recap of last week's main event, the battle between Bobby Lashley and Rob Van Dam, with particular emphasis being placed on the interference of Vince McMahon and Jonathan Coachman, with Vince tossing Lashley a chair, only for Lashley to hesitate before tossing the chair at McMahon. With John Cena coming out to remove McMahon and Coach, Van Dam is able to pick up the win, with last week's broadcast going off the air with Cena saluting Van Dam from the top of the ramp, giving the impression that we will see Cena/Van Dam for the WWE Championship.

Up next is the usual opening video and pyro display, but before J.R. or King can say a word...


We kick things off with the Chairman of the Board himself Mr. McMahon, who struts his way down the ramp to a ton of heat, his Executive Assistant Jonathan Coachman not far behind...

Jim Ross: Folks, welcome to Monday Night Raw. We are live and we are being joined by none other than Mr. McMahon, a man who last week saw his plans for the decimation of Rob Van Dam backfire on him.

Jerry Lawler: Absolutely right. I mean, Mr. McMahon offered to make life pretty sweet around here if Bobby Lashley could do some pretty serious damage, but Lashley, he didn't want anything to do Mr. McMahon's offer.

Jim Ross: And then of course, the WWE Champion John Cena decided to interject himself in our main event last week, chasing McMahon and Coachman out of the arena.

Jerry Lawler: And if I know Mr. McMahon, there could be some serious repercussions for all three of those men.

In the ring, McMahon plays up to the crowd, taunting them, soaking up their boos, while Coachman retrieves a microphone and hands it to his boss...

Mr. McMahon: Well that's certainly a nice welcome. Just the sorta welcome you'd expect from a hellhole like Bossier City.

Cheap heat...

Mr. McMahon: But y'know something... I... DESERVE... better than that. I deserve to be treated with dignity and class. I deserve to be treated... with respect.

More heat...

Mr. McMahon: I mean, you Coach... you respect me, right?

McMahon thrusts the microphone under Coach's nose...

Jonathan Coachman: Absolutely Sir.

Mr. McMahon: Just as I thought. You two (Pointing at J.R. and King)... you two respect me, right?

The legendary announce team pause, glancing at each other, before both men nod (reluctantly) in agreement...

Jerry Lawler: Uh... yeah, we respect you Mr McMahon.

Jim Ross: I only respect you 'cos it says I have to in my contract.

Jerry Lawler: Will you shut up J.R.? You're gonna get us both fired.

Unable to hear their comments, McMahon only sees the nods of heads, smiling at the response...

Mr. McMahon: Y'see? They both respect me... because they know what's good for 'em. They know that if they disrespect me... there WILL... be consequences. And last week, three men in particular had the nerve to disrespect me. The WWE Champion John Cena...

Good pop from the crowd, though as always there is a smattering of boos for the Champ...

Mr. McMahon: The Eee-Cee-Dubya Champion Bobby Lashley...

Again cheers mixed with boos, although not on the same level as the response for Cena...

Mr. McMahon: And of course... Rob... Van... Dam.

Nothing but cheers as RVD evokes a great response from the fans...

Mr. McMahon: Last week those three individuals showed me absolutely no respect whatsoever. And that's why tonight... for the three of them... there will be consequences. And last week, wasn't the first time one of those three have crossed me. I'm sure you all laughed and cheered two weeks ago when Rob Van Dam kicked me on the head and then hit me with a five star frog splash.

Cheers from the crowd at the memory of how we kicked off 2007...

Mr. McMahon: Then last week, I made Bobby Lashley a very generous, very reasonable offer... and what happened? Lashley, he threw a steel chair at me!

Pop for Lashley's actions last week, with McMahon's anger levels clearly rising...

Mr. McMahon: And then, to top it all off... John Cena had the nerve to try run me out of my own damn show last week!

Another pop...

Mr. McMahon: Oh yeah. Oh yeah, you can cheer right now... but I guran-damn-tee each and every one of you, that by the end of the night... Cena, Lashley and Van Dam... none of those three will be cheering.

Heat, but McMahon arrogantly smiles...

Mr. McMahon: You can boo all you want, it won't make a difference. Cena, Lashley, Van Dam... they will pay for their actions. And-


It's a great pop for the WWE Champion, but as always there's a fair amount of boos too for John Cena, who charges out onto the stage, hoisting his Title belt high in the air before confidently making his way down to the ring, grabbing a mic, but before Cena can speak...

Mr. McMahon: THIS! THIS is what I'm talkin' about! What's the meaning of this Cena? Who do you think you are, comin' out here and interrupting me like this?

John Cena: Whoa, whoa, Vinny, Vinny, Vinny! Calm down! Jeez. Now, before I get into this with you... BOSSIER CITY... make some noise 'cos THE CHAMP... IS... HERE!!

Cheap pop...

John Cena: Now Vince, you know somethin'? For once in my life... I actually agree with you.

Boos from crowd, prompting Cena to raise his hand apologetically at the crowd...

John Cena: Now wait a second. Vinny... I do agree with you. You're absolutely right. I have absolutely NO respect for you whatsoever.


John Cena: Vince, each and every night I step through that curtain, I fight with all I've got 'cos I believe in hustle... loyalty...

Cena steps forward, getting in McMahon's face...

John Cena: And respect. He (Pointing at Coach) may respect you. But he's got his head so far up your ass we'd never notice.

Laughs from the crowd, with Coach shouting "You can't say that about me!" at Cena...

John Cena: He may respect you... but I sure as hell don't. You want my respect Vinny Mac? You gonna have to earn it. Just like I earn everything I got. Just like last week when I saw Rob Van Dam earn that WWE Championship opportunity he asked for.

The crowd responds positively to the prospect of Cena/Van Dam, while a scowl crosses McMahon's face...

John Cena: I'm a man of my word, I told Van Dam that I felt that if he could beat Bobby Lashley in this ring then I'd be more than happy to put my WWE Championship on the line against him. Now I know you're the boss. And I know that it's you who makes all the decisions round here. But as far as I'm concerned, a challenge has been made, and you know I never back down from a challenge! The last time I faced Rob Van Dam one on one, it was in the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Every way I looked, I had diehard ECW fans bayin’ for my blood! I faced RVD on his turf, and on his terms. Rob Van Dam may want a match with me... but I want that match just as bad as he does.

McMahon strokes his chin, pondering Cena's words, choosing his own carefully before finally answering...

Mr. McMahon: Well Cena... I do make all the decisions here on Raw... and as far as making a decision on whether you and Rob Van Dam face for the WWE Championship... I don't really feel like making that decision right now.

The crowd boos, with Cena giving a slight laugh and mouthing "Really?"...

Mr. McMahon: I just don't feel like I'm ready to make a decision of that magnitude at this moment. Now, as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted... Cena... your actions last week will lead to consequences for you. And that goes for RVD and Bobby Lashley too. Now, later in the evenin' RVD and Lashley will both be in action. But Cena, you're gonna feel the consequences of your actions... and you're gonna feel them... right now. I don't know what it is yet, but I know Coach here has somethin' special in mind for you. So I'll leave you to it Coach. And Cena... good luck... you're gonna need it!

McMahon hands his mic over to Coachman before leaving the ring to no music, the Chairman strutting up the ramp with a huge smile on his face. In the ring, Coach is also grinning from ear to ear, almost laughing, while Cena has a strong look of determination on his face...

Jonathan Coachman: Ah Cena. Y'know, it's not just Mr. McMahon who's not gettin' the respect he deserves. Oh no. I'm not gettin' the respect I deserve from you either. You've hit me with right hands, you've hit me with the FU... NOW it's time for me to get some payback. Cena, tonight... you will... run the GAUNTLET!!

"Ooohs" from the crowd, with J.R. incensed on commentary...

Jonathan Coachman: And it all starts... with this man...


The red carpet rolls down the ramp and the cameras start flashing as Johnny Nitro, the man who Cena defended the WWE Championship against on New Year's Day steps out, Melina as always by his side...

Jim Ross: You gotta be kiddin' me! John Cena is bein' forced to run the gauntlet here.

Jerry Lawler: And it all starts with Johnny Nitro. But if Cena can make it past Nitro, who knows who could be next?

Jim Ross: The odds are stacked against the WWE Champion. John Cena runs the gauntlet when we return to Monday Night Raw!


Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Johnny Nitro w/ Melina

We return in time to hear the bell ring, and the two tie up, with Cena quickly gaining the advantage, taking Nitro down with a double leg takedown and then throwing a flurry of rights and lefts. Cena stands back, waiting for Nitro to rise, and as Nitro does, Cena hoists him up... FU... no! Nitro grabs the top rope, pulling himself off of Cena’s shoulders, managing to connect with a knee to the gut and then following with a clothesline that sends Cena down. With Coach shouting from the outside for Nitro to punish Cena, that’s exactly what Nitro does, mounting Cena to connect with a series of well placed fists. Cena is slow to sit up, and when he does Nitro is right there to attack, striking with a stiff looking running knee smash. The crowd “Oooh’s” but there’s no cover attempt from Nitro, as once again Coach tells him to continue to attack.

Nitro now looks to punish Cena, connecting with high impact move such as a springboard roundhouse kick and a split-legged corkscrew moonsault. There is still no sign of any cover, and as Morrison drags Cena to his feet, he goes for a standing roundhouse... but Cena ducks, grabbing Nitro from behind... and dropping him with the killswitch!! Cena goes for a cover, 1... 2... Nitro kicks out, but now it’s Cena who goes on the attack, running the ropes for a series of flying shoulder blocks before snapping Nitro over with a fisherman’s suplex. The crowd rises as Cena is quickly back on his feet, taunting Nitro with “You can’t see me!” before coming off the ropes... but Melina grabs Cena by the foot, tripping the champ up. Cena turns to face Melina, and this distraction is all Nitro needs, as he catches Cena from behind with a backbreaker quickly transitioned into a neckbreaker.

Nitro now stomps down on Cena, before backing away, motioning for Cena to get up. Slowly Cena grabs the ropes and pulls himself up, turning just in time for Nitro to strike... with the Nitro Blast... but Cena catches his foot... and turns it into the STFU!! Coach and Melina scream “No!” as Nitro desperately scratches and claws for the ropes, but Cena has it locked in tight in the centre of the ring... and Nitro has no choice but to tap out!!

Winner: John Cena @ 06.57

Cena prevails, much to the chagrin of Coach, who stands up from his ringside perch to wave down the next competitor...


Cena's next opponent is one half of the Redneck Wrecking Crew Lance Cade, who sprints down to the ring looking to get the jump on Cena...

Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Lance Cade

But Cena is ready and waiting, ducking under a Cade clothesline before rattling off a string of right hands. Cena backs Cade off to the ropes, before going for an Irish whip... but Cena lowers his head, allowing Cade to hit a kick to the chest before knocking Cena down with a clothesline. Cade now applies a series of boots, before pulling Cena to his feet and looking to send Cena to the corner... but Cena reverses, and as Cade staggers out of the corner, Cena runs the ropes... one-handed bulldog! Cena plants Cade, but Cade makes it back to his feet, but Cena sends him back down with a sitout hiptoss. Cena is back on his feet, waiting for Cade to rise... before hoisting Cade up... FU... no! Cade is able to slip down the back, spinning Cena around... and planting him with the Cade-bomb! Cade nails the sitout spinebuster, but as he gets back to his feet, Cade looks over at Coach who shouts “One more!”. Cade nods, dragging Cena up, readying himself... but Cena has a burst of energy, and he gets Cade on his shoulders... and plants him with the FU!! 1... 2... 3!

Winner: John Cena @ 02.12 ( Total Time 09.09)

Cena rolls off of Cade, perching himself on his knee, trying to catch his breath as...


As expected, it's the other half of the Redneck Wrecking Crew Trevor Murdoch who's up next, with Cena now propping himself up in the corner to try and recover...

Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Trevor Murdoch

Murdoch slides under the bottom rope and takes the fight to Cena, charging at Cena in the corner... but Cena moves, seeing Murdoch running into the turnbuckle, allowing Cena to catch him from behind with a rollup... 1... 2... Murdoch kicks out, and he quickly gets back on his feet to strike Cena with a knee to the gut and then a clubbing forearm to the spine. Murdoch now looks to lay a beating on Cena, scooping the champ up for a backbreaker and then sending Cena crashing spine first into the corner with a hard Irish whip. Cena slumps to the mat, the effect of the gauntlet clear for all to see, while Coach is seen at ringside with a beaming smile on his face. Another hard Irish whip sends Cena to the corner, but this time Cena manages to hold on to the top ropes, keeping himself standing. Murdoch slowly moves in for the kill, hitting a pair of knees to the gut before pulling Cena across and sending him off the ropes... straight into a running boot to the face! Cena damn near collapses in the middle of the ring, and as the boos rings out, Murdoch glances towards Coach, who shouts back “Finish ‘im!”. Murdoch nods, pulling Cena to his feet, before hooking him up... for the ace of spades... no! Cena counters with an inside cradle... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: John Cena @ 02.49 (Total Time 11.58)

Having overcame three opponents so far, Cena is understandably tired, but an exasperated Coach franticly waves up at the ramp for the next opponent...


Surprise throughout the arena as it's former ECW Superstar Hardcore Holly who races down the ramp, making a first appearance on Raw...

Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Hardcore Holly

The notoriously stiff veteran slides under the bottom rope and immediately pounds on Cena, who had only managed to recover enough to make it back to his knees. Holly smacks Cena with a ton of hard rights and lefts, before beginning to drop a series of knees to the spine. Cena is barely motionless as Holly drags him back up, sending Cena off the ropes, straight into a perfectly hit standing dropkick that sends the champ back down again. Coach applauds at ringside, shouting “Now we got ‘im!” as Holly slowly drags Cena back up. Holly then hoists Cena up onto his shoulders, looking for the Alabama Slam... but before he can, Cena rolls through, looking for a sunset flip. Holly also rolls through though, but Cena is also back up as Holly charges... and Cena catches him, taking him up in the air... for the FU!! Cena plants Holly and flops on top of Holly for the cover... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: John Cena @ 01.38 (Total Time 12.36)

Suddenly, Cena has a burst of energy, jumping to his feet and walking to the corner of the ring near where Coach is sitting, defiantly staring down at Coach, taunting Coach with "You can't see me!". Furious, Coach calls out the next entrant...


Cena's expression quickly changes as Chris Masters sprints down to the ring, with J.R. and King reminding us all of the damage Masters did in his losing effort to Carlito last week...

Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Chris Masters

Cena stands defiant as Masters enters the ring, and he beats the Masterpiece to the punch, catching Masters with right hands and going for an Irish whip. Bu just as it looks like Cena has found a second wind, Masters catches Cena in a bearhug! The life is sucked back out of the audience as Masters squeezes tight on Cena’s lower back, showing great strength to lift Cena off his feet to apply more pressure. Masters wrenches on Cena, shaking him from side to side, ever tightening his grip on Cena’s lower back. Eventually, the toll of the gauntlet and the pressure of the bearhug pay off, as slowly Cena starts to fade. The crowd tires to rally behind the champ, as a big “Cena! Cena! Cena!” chant brakes out, but it’s to no avail as the ref raises Cena’s hand... and it drops. Masters continues to swing Cena back and forth, but Cena looks out of it as the ref raises his hand for the second time... and it drops again. Masters smiles and nods, feeling certain he’s the one to have finally broken Cena’s resolve. One more time, the referee raises Cena’s hand high in the air, holding it for a couple of seconds before finally letting go... the hand drops... no! Cena somehow manages to clench a fist and raise the arm again, with the crowd erupting!

Masters now has a strained look on his face as he tries to squeeze tighter, but Cena stresses and strains to free himself from Masters’ grip, grabbing both of Master’s wrists with his hands. Slowly but surely, Cena is able to force a break in Master’s grip, pushing his hands upwards. Cena manages to break the grip, forcing Masters’ hands above his head, but Masters is quick to fire back with a knee to the gut, following that with a clubbing forearm to the spine. Cena drops to one knee, and Masters drops a pair of double axe handles to the back, before Masters pulls Cena up and launches Cena high in the air... for a big time delayed vertical suplex. Cena crashes to the mat, and Masters goes for a cover... 1... 2... Cena rolls the shoulder! The crowd cheers as Cena hangs on, leaving Coach exasperated on the outside. Masters is determined to finish the job however, and as Cena defiantly struggles to get back on his feet, Masters stands ready, his arms open wide, stalking Cena as the champ rises. Cena finally makes it back to his feet, and Masters makes his move, going for the Masterlock... but Cena blocks his arms, and somehow gets Masters on his shoulders... FU!! FU!! A FU out of nowhere!

Exhausted, Cena can barely move despite nailing his signature move, while on the outside, Coach has seen enough, standing up and sliding the chair he previously sat on into the ring, it conveniently coming to a stop near where Masters lies. Coach then proceeds to stand up on the apron, shouting and talking trash at Cena, who has barely been able to get back to one knee. Coach continues his verbal assault, drawing the attention of Cena who has no idea a steel chair is in the ring. Slowly, Cena somehow makes it back to his feet, and he gingerly staggers towards Coach. Reaching out Cena grabs Coach by the tie, cocking his right hand, motioning he’s about to knock Coach out. However, while this is going on Masters has recovered, picking up the chair. The crowd screams, and Cena soon release his grip on Coach and turns to face Masters... who smashes the chair across Cena’s skull!! Cena drops like a dead weight to the mat, while the ref immediately calls for a DQ .

Winner: By Disqualification John Cena @ 05.43 (Total Time 18.09)

Masters may have been defeated, but he doesn't care, with Coach encouraging him to continue to wear out Cena with the chair. Masters begins striking down on Cena, slamming the chair off Cena's spine, causing the WWE Champion to cry out in pain. After six stiff chair shots, Masters tosses the chair from the ring, and he drags Cena to his feet... and locks on the Masterlock!! Masters wrenches on Cena, with the Champion trying his best to fight it. Exhausted from the Gauntlet and devastated from the chair assault, Cena quickly fades. Masters is unrelenting though, shaking Cena back and forth, before finally, mercifully releasing his grip, which sees Cena collapse to the mat.

On the outside, Coach snatches a microphone from Lillian Garcia and smugly makes his way up the steel steps and into the ring...

Jonathan Coachman: Cena... I told you that tonight I was gonna get my revenge on you. Well... much like you Cena, I'm a man of my word also. Cena... there's one more WWE Superstar you're gonna face in this gauntlet match...

Coach now stands over Cena, who is barely conscious and still laid flat out on the mat in the middle of the ring...

Jonathan Coachman: You're gonna face... ME!

Boos ring out all across the arena, as it's clear Coach just wants to be the one who gets the pinfall...

Match 1: Gauntlet Match
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Jonathan Coachman

The damage has already been done, leading to a gloating Coach slumping to his knees and then on top of Cena for the cover...




Winner: Jonathan Coachman @ 00.05 (Total Time 18.14)

John Cena fails to run the gauntlet. After an unbelievable effort, Cena finally succumbs to the damage done by Chris Masters, although to look at Coach you'd think he did all by himself. Coach demands that the referee raise his hand in the air, with Coach soaking up every boo from the crowd. Cena has yet to move, clearly needing medical attention, and we finally fade into with Coach standing victorious over the fallen WWE Champion.


When we return it's to the locker room we go and to the sight of D-Generation X members Triple H and Shawn Michaels getting ready for their World Tag Team Championship match against Rated-RKO later this evening. The Game is busy applying tape to his fingers, while a visibly tense and nervous HBK sits nearby...

Shawn Michaels: Listen, uh... I never really know what to say at times like this. I mean... uh... y'know...

Triple H: Shawn, relax. It's not gonna happen.

Shawn Michaels: How do you know? Huh? I mean, how do you know tonight's not gonna be the last night we team together as D-Generation X? How do you know that it doesn't all end for us tonight?

Flashing an annoyed look across his face, The Game rises out of his seat, prompting HBK to do likewise...

Triple H: What is this Shawn? You havin' doubts now or somethin'?

Michaels is slow to respond, and when he does, he can't look Triple H in the eye...

Shawn Michaels: I dunno. Maybe. I mean... I don't ever remember us talkin' about puttin' it all on the line. You didn't exactly give me any notice about that challenge you made last week. I guess I missed the memo on that one.

A smirk crosses the face of The Game...

Triple H: Look Shawn, you wanna know why I made that challenge last week? You wanna know why I risked DX for another shot at Edge and Orton? I did it because I... AM... THE GAME!!

Pop from the arena, but Triple H isn't done yet...

Triple H: I did because you are THE SHOWSTOPPER! You're the Headliner, the Main Event, the Icon, you're Mr... Wrestle... Mania.

Triple H pauses, with Michaels now looking him dead in the eye...

Triple H: I did it because I know you and me together are the most dominant force this business has ever seen. Together, you and me, we gave this company attitude. We helped revolutionize this industry. Randy Orton and Edge? (Scoffs) Piece of cake Shawn. I believe in DX Shawn... do you?

Shawn Michaels: Hey, hey I believe in DX, alright? I just remember a time when we acted as equals. Last week... you started acting like a leader.

The Game holds his hands out in apologetic fashion...

Triple H: Alright, Shawn I'm sorry about last week. We've had shots at Edge and Orton in the past, and we've never got the job done. I had to get them to agree to face us again. Shawn... I had to raise the stakes.

Michaels again averts his eyes from The Game, slightly shaking his head...

Triple H: Shawn... I know we can do this tonight. I know it. We win the tag titles tonight... then... either you or me win the Royal Rumble and go on to Wrestlemania. But tonight... we finish Rated-RKO once... and for all. You with me?

The Game extends his hand...

Shawn Michaels: I'm with you.

The pair exchange a brief handshake, with a smile crossing the face of The Game...

Triple H: Good. Alright, I gotta go finish up gettin' ready. I'll see ya later.

The Game turns to leave, with the camera staying focused on HBK's face. Despite the Triple H pep talk, it's not a look of confidence Michaels has. Instead, he looks concerned, almost worried ahead of what could be the last match we see him compete in wearing the DX colours.

We now cut to another backstage area, this time it's a corridor of the arena. We see Carlito walking down the corridor, dressed in street clothes, his left arm draped over Torrie Wilson's shoulder, a trusty apple in his right hand. The two are all smiles as the make their way through the arena, with Torrie even bursting into laughter after Carlito whispers something in her ear. Eventually the pair turn a corner, only for them to stop abruptly. The camera turns, and we see the reason for Carlito and Torrie stopping so suddenly... the World's Greatest Tag Team Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas stand before them...

Carlito: Ju' uh... ju' guys lost or somethin'?

Benjamin gives a slight laugh while Haas merely shakes his head...

Charlie Haas: No, no. We ain't lost. But uh... we were wonderin' if maybe you lost your mind last week?

Carlito: What ju' guys talkin' about?

Shelton Benjamin: We heard whatcha' said to Ric Flair last week man. And we didn't like it. I mean, I know you gotcha' head messed up by Chris Masters last week. I don't know man, maybe you suffered a concussion or somethin' last week... cos' nobody playin' with a full deck would wanna sign up with Ric Flair after what we did to him last week.

Carlito now takes his arm off of Torrie's shoulder, stepping infront of her to distance her from Haas and Benjamin...

Carlito: What ju' two did last week? Carlito didn't see nothin' special. All Carlito saw was ju' two guys usin' chairs to beat up a legend of 'dis business. Dat's not cool. Dat don't impress Carlito... and dat don't scare Carlito either.

Benjamin now goes face-to-face with Carlito, with Haas also closing the gap, but Carlito stands his ground...

Shelton Benjamin: We're warning you Carlito. Don't mess wit' us.

Charlie Haas: Stay out of our business. You don't want what we did to Ric Flair last week to happen to you... or to your girl over there.

It may have been a brief confrontation, but Haas and Benjamin smile and turn to leave, satisfied they made their point to Carlito. 'Lito meanwhile turns to see a distressed looking Torrie, offering her a hug, all the while staring in the direction Benjamin and Haas walked off in, a stern look etched on his face.

Back into the arena for...


It's a good response as the Women's Champion Mickie James bounces out and down the ramp...

Jim Ross: Well that was certainly a very disturbing threat laid down to Carlito at the hands of the World's Greatest Tag Team.

Jerry Lawler: I don't think there's any call for the kinda threat Haas and Benjamin just made. It's one thing to make threats to a guy you don't like, but it's another thing to threaten a man's girlfriend like that.

Jim Ross: Well we'll try put that behind us, as here comes the Women's Champion Mickie James, and that means it's time for our first Title match of the night.


A fair amount of heat as Victoria steps out, as always carrying her clipboard. As Victoria makes her way down the ramp, she holds the clipboard up to the camera, and we can clearly see the names of the Divas of Raw, each name on the hitlist with a line scored through it... except for the last name, that of "Mickie James"...

Jim Ross: I gotta be honest King, I can't ever remember a Diva in the history of the WWE who has been on such a dominant roll as Victoria has been on in recent weeks. She has taken on and taken out every member of the Divas division her on Raw.

Jerry Lawler: And last week, we saw Victoria grab a pinfall over Mickie James, which set up this title match tonight. I dunno if I like Mickie James' chances of holding onto her title tonight.

Match 2: Women's Championship Match
Women's Champion Mickie James vs. Victoria

With her opponent decimating all opposition in recent weeks, it’s no surprise that Mickie is tentative in the early moments of the match. Victoria uses this to gain an early advantage, as she connects with kicks to the gut and forearms to the face before a scoop slam sends Mickie down. Victoria bounces off the ropes and looks for a splash, only for the Champion to roll out of harm’s way, and now it’s Mickie’s turn to attack, connecting with kicks to the head as Victoria makes it back to one knee before charging off the ropes with a dropkick that sends Victoria under the bottom rope to the floor. The match now heads out of the ring, as Mickie looks to stay aggressive, striking with forearms to the skull as Victoria staggers around the ring. Near the announce desk, Mickie grabs a handful of hair and goes for another forearm, but Victoria ducks, and she drives the Champion spine first into the announce desk. Mickie cries out in pain, but the challenger isn’t done yet, driving Mickie for a second time into the desk and then slamming the Champion face first off the top of the desk before the match finally returns to the ring.

Now Victoria is in charge, and she looks to pile on the pain, starting with a snap suplex and following with a stiff backbreaker. After a near fall, Victoria reaches back and locks on a bridging reverse chinlock, wrenching back on Mickie’s neck, causing the champion to cry out in pain. Victoria ramps up the pressure, and with Mickie far from the ropes, the Champion slowly begins to fade. With one last burst of effort, Mickie somehow manages to force herself onto her knees, and she quickly turns the chinlock into a backsldie... 1... 2... Victoria kicks out, and the challenger quickly jumps back on the attack, striking with a series of elbows to the back. Victoria drags Mickie to her feet, only to slam Mickie back down again. Now, sensing that one big move will put the champion away, Victoria slowly climbs to the top rope, facing away from the ring. Victoria steadies herself, takes one final look at Mickie, before launching herself... moonsault... NO! Mickie rolls out of the way, leaving Victoria to crash to the mat.

Slowly both women make it back to their feet, and now it’s the champions turn to attack, with Mickie scoring with a string of forearms, forcing Victoria to the ropes before going for an Irish whip... the challenger reverses... but here comes Mickie... Lou Thesz press! A huge burst of energy sees Mickie unload with a flurry of punches, before grabbing Victoria by the hair and slamming her skull off the mat. Mickie gets back to her feet, and again connects with shots to the face, but she swings once to many, as Victoria ducks, grabbing Mickie from behind... hooking the arms and hoisting Mickie up... Widow’s Peak!! We’ve got a new champion, 1... 2... NO! Mickie somehow reaches out and gets a foot on the bottom rope, to the disbelief of Victoria. The challenger immediately confronts the ref, demanding that it was a 3 count. Running out of ideas, Victoria drags Mickie to her feet and then sends her to the corner, but as Victoria charges in, Mickie gets a foot up... but Victoria catches it on her shoulder... only for Mickie to force her weight onto Victoria’s shoulders. No Victoria has Mickie in a perilous position, and looks like she’ll go for an electric chair... no! Mickie rolls forward... into a victory roll! 1... 2...3! Victoria kicks out, but not before the 3 count! Mickie retains the title!

Winner: And still Women's Champion, Mickie James @ 06.02

The crowd responds as Mickie James pulls off somewhat of a surprising victory. Victoria is shocked, as she screams "What?!" straight into the camera. Mickie doesn't waste any time in rolling out of the ring, waiting at the bottom of the ramp for the referee to hand her the belt and raise her hand. In the ring, Victoria kicks the ropes in frustration, screaming "This isn't over!" as Mickie slowly backs her way up the ramp, and we fade to commercial with Mickie feeling the effects of a hard fought title defence.


When we return, we go straight to another locker room, where Rated-RKO members Edge, Randy Orton and Kenny Dykstra are deep in conversation...

Edge: Look Kenny, about last week... you really dropped the ball on that one junior. I mean, you lost that six man tag team match for us. I'm not bustin' my ass every week to make up for your mistakes. I think you owe us an apology Kenny.

Shocked, Dykstra can barely believe what he's hearing, while Orton looks away, obviously not in agreement with his fellow tag champion...

Kenny Dykstra: What the hell are you talkin' about Edge? You guys... you left me last week! You left me in the ring with three guys! Y'know what? Screw you two! I'm out of here.

As Dykstra goes to leave, Orton is quick to grab his arm...

Randy Orton: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop, stop. Kenny, relax man. Listen... you're right. OK? You're absolutely right. We did leave you in a bad situation last week. And on behalf of myself and Edge...

Edge: (Sarcastically) Yeah right.

Randy Orton: On behalf of myself AND Edge... we apologize.

Dykstra looks at Edge, who reluctantly nods his head in agreement. Hearing what he wants to hear, Dykstra relaxes...

Randy Orton: Alright good. Listen Kenny, you gotta admit, you have learned a lot from us. We've helped you elevate your game. Hell, with our help, you've got yourself an Intercontinental Championship match with Jeff Hardy at the Royal Rumble.

Well, actually Dykstra earned that shot by pinning Jeff Hardy in a tag team two weeks ago. Regardless, Orton presses on...

Randy Orton: We've been good to you Kenny, and tonight... we could use your help. If you help us Kenny... we can help you.

Now catching on, Edge enthusiastically jumps in...

Edge: I mean c'mon Kenny, you're talkin' to two of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time here. We know what it takes to become Intercontinental Champion Kenny. We... can help you get there.

Randy Orton: And all we need to know is that you've got our backs tonight. You scratch our backs...

Edge: And we'll scratch yours.

A smirk crosses Kenny's face, with the youngster nodding his head, seemingly on board...

Kenny Dykstra: Alright. Don't worry about it. I got your backs tonight.

Now it's Edge and Orton's turn to smirk...

Randy Orton: Good. I'm glad we got that settled. You stick with us Kenny... and you're gonna have a huge future in this business.

Edge and Orton now exit the scene, pleased with their work, while the camera stays focused on Kenny, who has an arrogant smirk etched on his face, and quite possibly stars in his eyes after the words from his two mentors.

*Video Package*

Narrator: Every year, 30 men chase a dream...

Shots of historical Royal Rumble moments, starting with Shawn Michaels dumping The British Bulldog over the top rope and then collapsing to his knees in victory...

Narrator: 30 men who seek fight for greatness...

Triple H returning in 2002 and last eliminating Kurt Angle before celebrating in the ring...

Narrator: 30 men who strive for their spot...

Quick-fire shots of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's three Rumble wins, 1997, 1998 and 2001...

Narrator: In the annals of time.

We now see stadium-wide shots of past Wrestlemania's, with the flashing lights and pyro displays of yesteryear...

Narrator: They crave immortality...

We now see shots from last year's Royal Rumble, starting with Shane McMahon eliminating Shawn Michaels...

Narrator: They strive for prominence...

The iconic image of Rey Mysterio headscissoring Randy Orton over the top rope to claim victory...

Narrator: But only one...

Rapid-fire images of eliminations, with bodies crashing to the floor as the pace of the video quickens...

Narrator: Will fulfil their destiny.


*End Video Package*

In his office, Mr. McMahon is stood infront of a TV, smiling at what he has seen tonight. McMahon is quickly joined by Jonathan Coachman, who has a towel draped across his shoulders, dabbing his forehead, pretending to wipe away sweat obviously due to his exuberant performance against Cena earlier in the night ...

Jonathan Coachman: (Struggling for breath) Mr... Mr. McMahon! Did you... did you see it? I mean, I... I... I took care of John Cena! Phew!

Overacting at it's finest ...

Mr. McMahon: Cut the act Coachman. You look like your pitchin' for a job at ESPN or somethin'.

Jonathan Coachman: Anyway, Mr. McMahon... I got the job done. I taught John Cena a lil' lesson in respect. Just like you asked Sir.

Mr. McMahon: Y'know, for once in your life Coach... you're right. I have to admit, you did what I asked. You taught John Cena a lesson. But y'know... now it's time for Bobby Lashley and Rob Van Dam to learn their lesson.

Jonathan Coachman: What did you have in mind Sir?

Smirking, McMahon places a reassuring hand on Coach's shoulder...

Mr. McMahon: Oh don't worry Coach. You'll find out in good time. Infact, why don't we keep it a surprise? You can find out when everybody watching at home finds out... and at the same time Lashley and Van Dam find out about it.

McMahon now motions Coach towards the plush couches in his office...

Mr. McMahon: Why don't we just sit back, relax and enjoy the show?

Jonathan Coachman: Y'know, that's exactly what I need after I beat John Cena. Is that champagne?

Coach makes a move to grab the bottle chilling near the couch...

Mr. McMahon: Don't push it Coach.

Coach quickly stops, awkwardly smiling and nodding his head before settling back into his seat.

We now cut to a backstage corridor, where once again Carlito and Torrie Wilson are walking. Gone are the walking arm in arm of earlier, instead this time Carlito walks with a purpose, Torrie struggling to keep up with him...

Torrie Wilson: Car... Carlito! Would you stop?! Please?! Carlito!

Ignoring his girlfriend, Carlito charges on, a furious look on his face...

Torrie Wilson: Carlito, please stop!

Finally relenting, Carlito stops and turns to face Torrie...

Carlito: Look, ju' don't have to be with Carlito for 'dis. Go back to da locker room or somethin'.

Carlito begins to walk off, only for Torrie to grab him by the arm...

Torrie Wilson: What? No, Carlito. I wanna be with you. But why are you so mad? And where are we going?

Carlito: Ju' and me? We goin' to see Ric Flair. Now let's go.

"Wooo's" ring out from inside the arena, as Carlito grabs Torrie by the hand, leading her down the corridor and off camera...

Back into the arena, and before J.R. and King can say anything...


It's a mostly positive response for Bobby Lashley, who confidently strides down to the ring, despite having no idea what is ahead of him. Lashley wears a t-shirt with "Domination" printed across it, while the ECW Championship is draped over his left shoulder...

Jim Ross: Tonight, according to Mr. McMahon, is a night for lessons to be learned and for respect to be given. Earlier tonight, John Cena was forced to run the gauntlet. And King, what on earth is Bobby Lashley gonna have to deal with?

Jerry Lawler: I honestly don't know. I mean, Jonathan Coachman was the one who organised the gauntlet match for John Cena, but we understand Mr. McMahon personally has put together this match for Bobby Lashley.

Jim Ross: And who knows what the evil minded genius could come up with?

Lashley paces the ring, still looking confident. There is silence in the arena, and from J.R. and King, as the tension builds...

More silence...

Until finally...


It's an extremely negative response that greets Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, the amount of boos they receive noticeably louder than it has been in recent weeks. Benjamin and Haas arrogantly stride down the ramp, with noticeably both men looking ready for action...

Jim Ross: Well obviously that's the World's Greatest Tag Team, Benjamin and Haas. Two great athletes, with two bein' the key word there.

Jerry Lawler: J.R. I got a bad feelin' about this.

Jim Ross: I think the feelin's mutual King.

Haas and Benjamin both enter the ring, huge smirks on their faces. The referee steps towards Haas and Benjamin, visibly gesturing that he wants to know which one of the pair will be in action here. Benjamin opens his hands, saying "You'll find out" while Haas points at Lashley and shouts "You gonna get it now!". In the ring, Lillian Garcia is on hand to make the announcement...

Lillian Garcia: Ladies and gentlemen, I have been informed that by order of Mr. McMahon, this match... will be a two on one handicap match.

Jim Ross: Oh come on! You gotta be kiddin' me! Lashley is gonna have to face Haas and Benjamin in a handicap match. That's just not right!

Jerry Lawler: Especially after what we saw Benjamin and Haas do to Ric Flair last week. I mean they gave Flair a real beating, and that's what could be about to face Bobby Lashley right now.

Match 3: 2 on 1 Handicap Match
ECW Champion Bobby Lashley vs. The World's Greatest Tag Team

As the bell rings, neither Hass nor Benjamin makes for the apron, suggesting they’re both going to be the active men in this match. Indeed, both men slowly make their way towards Lashley, briefly backing the ECW Champion into a corner. Haas makes the first move and swings with a clothesline, which Lashley ducks by storming out of the corner, nailing Benjamin with a huge clothesline of his own. Lashley now turns to Haas in the corner, teeing off with big right hands as Haas tries to cover up in the corner. Benjamin is now back on his feet, and he charges from behind... big splash... no! Lashley moves, and Benjamin splashes into his partner! Lashley quickly grabs Benjamin and sends him crashing into the opposite corner, while Hass slumps in his corner, trying to recover from the splash. Lashley grabs Hass and sends him flying out of the corner with a release overhead belly-to-belly suplex, but as Lashley tries to get back to his feet, Shelton flies across the ring, driving down with a flurry of double axe handles to the back, managing to subdue Lashley long enough to allow Haas to recover. The pair now stomp down on Lashley with a frenzy of boots, far cries from the technical background both come from.

Having managed to keep Lashley grounded, Haas and Benjamin now look to do some damage, no doubts under orders from Mr. McMahon to inflict punishment. Haas and Benjamin start with Benjamin holding Lashley’s legs down on the mat, allowing Haas to drive a series of knees into the gut, with Lashley powerless to stop the assault. Haas then begins dropping elbows across the chest, delivering three well placed bombs before finally relenting. Shelton now drags Lashley to his feet, and the pair send Lashley off the ropes, before planting Lashley with a double flapjack. Much like what John Cena experienced, there is no attempt at a cover, as instead Hass and Benjamin look to put the hurt on. Lashley is sent to the corner, with Benjamin again looking for the big splash, this time finding his mark. Lashley crumples out of the corner to the mat, and when he tries to sit up, Hass is quick to deliver a series of stinging shoot kicks to the spine, with Lashley wincing at every kick.

Feeling cocky now, Benjamin demands Hass pull Lashley up, which he does. Benjamin then nails a great superkick, which Haas transitions into a release German suplex. The crowd boos as Haas and Benjamin share a high five, both men impressed with the job they’ve done so far. The duo drag Lashley back up, before once again sending him off the ropes, looking to nail a second double flapjack... but Lashley shifts his weight in the air... and brings both men crashing down with a double DDT!! Out of desperation Lashley is able to nail both men, but he struggles to get back to his feet, feeling the effects of the assault that has fallen on him. Lashley props himself up in the corner, only to see Haas rise up too, with Haas charging... but Lashley elevates Haas over the top rope to the floor! Now Lashley sets his sights on Benjamin, who turns straight into Lashley’s grasp... release overhead belly to belly! Benjamin goes flying, and now it’s Lashley who takes control, snapping off a string of clothesline before rocking Benjamin with a fallaway slam. The crowd now rises, with Lashley feeding off their energy. In the corner, the ECW Champion readies himself, looking to run through Benjamin with a spear... but from behind, Haas grabs Lashley’s foot, pulling him to the mat and then towards the corner... before smashing Lashley’s knee off the ring post!

Lashley cries out in pain as Haas slides back into the ring, attack the knee with vicious stomps. Benjamin is back on his feet, and he too lands a few kicks before the pair drag Lashley to the centre of the ring. Benjamin turns to Haas and shouts “Do it!” to which Haas nods. Slowly, Haas hooks up Lashley’s legs, twisting, turning, falling back into... the Haas off pain!! Lashley cries out in agony, all the while Shelton stands nearby, a sick smile etched on his face as he shouts encouragement at his partner. Lashley puts up a brave fight, managing to hang in there, but it’s surely only a matter of time until he submits. Until...



Hass, Benjamin, the announcers, the audience, everyone is stunned to hear the music of ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. Flair steps out onto the ramp, dressed in a sharp suit, of which he quickly discards the jacket. In the ring, Haas releases the hold, telling Benjamin to go out and deal with Flair. Shelton slides under the bottom rope and slowly walks up the ramp, not wanting to venture too fair though. Flair also moves slowly, neither man wanting to get too close. Flair undoes the buttons of his cuffs, rolling up the sleeves, yelling “C’mon!” at Benjamin. Shelton is hesitant to make a move, with J.R. pointing out Shelton isn’t too brave when he doesn’t have a steel chair in his hand. Flair and Benjamin posture at each other to make the first move, while the audience breaks out with a huge cheer... Carlito is in the ring!! Having snuck through the crowd, ‘Lito now stands behind an unaware Haas, steel chair in his hand! Flair and Benjamin continue their standoff, while Carlito begs Haas to turn, which he does... into a sickening thud from the chair!!! The arena erupts as Carlito damn near takes Haas’ head off. ‘Lito throws his chair to the outside and quickly leaves the ring, while on the outside the referee tries to convince Benjamin to return to the ring having missed every second of Carlito’s interference. By now though, Lashley is back up, and he scoops Haas up onto his shoulders... and drives to the mat with the dominator! The ref and Shelton both turn to see Lashley hooking the leg, and while the ref slides into the ring to count, Flair grabs Shelton as he tries to slide in for the save... 1... 2... Flair rocks Shelton with a right hand... 3!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley @ 07.13

It's a thunderous pop from the crowd as Lashley overcomes the odds thanks to a massive assist from Ric Flair and Carlito, who extract a measure of revenge on Haas and Benjamin. Lashley clutches his knee in pain as he's handed his ECW Championship, but he is able to raise the title in the air, before nodding up the ramp at a delighted Flair and Carlito, who back up the ramp to a series of "Wooo's", while we fade into commercial with the sight of Lashley standing tall over the fallen World Greatest Tag Team.


We return to the sight of the ever bubbly Maria...

Maria: Hi! Like, I'm Maria! And I wanna welcome you all to the newest member of the Monday Night Raw roster... he is the 'Straight Edge Superstar'... C... M... Punk!

It's a huge pop as the popular CM Punk steps into the shot. Wearing a black hoodie with a white X across the front, Punk smiles at Maria, before looking around the interview set, soaking it all in as it were...

Maria: And CM Punk, I guess I'll be the first to say welcome to Monday Night Raw!

CM Punk: Well uh... thanks for the welcome.

Maria: So, CM Punk, what made you choose to sign for Raw instead of Smackdown?

Punk pauses, rubbing his chin, his taped fists clearly visible...

CM Punk: Well, y'know, unlike many other former members of the ECW roster... I wasn't in any rush to make a move anywhere. I was more than happy to sit back, relax, and see where the big boys of ECW wound up. When I saw guys like Bobby Lashley and Rob Van Dam show up here, live on Monday nights... I knew this was where I needed to be.

Punk pauses, and a brief pop can be heard...

CM Punk: For those of you who don't know, I am the only Straight Edge Superstar in WWE history. I don't drink, I don't smoke and I don't do drugs. I have no addictions and I have no weaknesses... well, except, maybe one weakness.

Punk now turns away from Maria and stares straight down the camera...

CM Punk: My one weakness... is that I need... I crave... and I desire... competition.

Another pop from the crowd as Punk gets serious...

CM Punk: I mean, look at the names on the Monday Night Raw roster. John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Randy Orton, Edge, Ric Flair, each and every one of them, phenomenal wrestlers, guys who I want to face, guys who I want to be in the ring with. So here I am, ready to prove myself all over again. All those guys I just mentioned... I'm a nobody as far as they're concerned. But I guarantee each and every one of 'em... pretty soon...

Punk now turns away from Maria, staring intently into the camera...

CM Punk: You'll know EXACTLY who I am.

The camera stays focused on the intense looking Punk, his eyes burning a hole in the screen as we fade into another video package...

*Video Package*


APRIL 3RD, 2005

History is made in the first ever Money In The Bank Ladder Match, which sees six Raw superstars battle it out for a guaranteed title shot, redeemable at any point throughout the next calendar year. In what was the beginning of a Wrestlemania tradition, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian and Kane strived to climb the ladder and unhook the briefcase, only for eventual winner Edge to be the man to climb to the top of the mountain, becoming the first Mr. Money In The Bank and kick starting his rise to his first WWE Championship.


*End Video Package*

After the video, the camera settles on the announce desk...

Jim Ross: It was certainly an unbelievable moment, a Wrestlemania moment if you will, two years ago when Edge won the first ever Money In The Bank ladder match.

Jerry Lawler: And we all know what happened after that. Edge went on to cash in that briefcase on John Cena to become WWE Champion for the first time.

Jim Ross: I know I can't wait for Wrestlemania XXIII, it's just 79 days away. But folks, just three weeks from tonight, we've got a special three hour broadcast of Monday Night Raw.

Jerry Lawler: Absolutely. And that special three hour show is being billed as a "Night Of Champions" J.R.! Night Of Champions, where each and every Championship here on Monday Night Raw will be defended.

Jim Ross: It's gonna be quite a night. Who's gonna be the WWE Champion come February 5th?

The camera quickly cuts backstage to the sight of Rob Van Dam walking through the corridors, ready for action as he makes his way into the arena...

Jim Ross: Could it be that man, Rob Van Dam? We still haven't heard whether or not Mr. McMahon will give in to the demands of RVD and John Cena, who both want to face each other at the Royal Rumble.

Jerry Lawler: Well right now J.R., RVD shouldn't be worryin' about John Cena, he should worry about who Mr. McMahon has chosen to face him tonight, especially after what we saw John Cena and Bobby Lashley go through earlier.

Jim Ross: It's RVD against an opponent of Mr. McMahon's choosing, and it's coming up when we return live to Monday Night Raw!


As soon as we return...


It's a deafening response for Rob Van Dam, as the ECW legend confidently strides to the ring with a purpose...

Jim Ross: It was just two weeks ago that Rob Van Dam signed on the dotted line here on Monday Night Raw, and since then, he has been making his presence felt among the major players.

Jerry Lawler: Well it''s one thing to challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship, but it's another thing to mess with Mr. McMahon. I'm not sure RVD knows what he's gettin' into here.

Jim Ross: I certainly learnt the hard way what happens when you cross the boss. And that's why I worry for what could be in store for RVD.

RVD paces in the ring, still lookin' confident, showing no fear. Silence...

And more...



It's a collective gasp from the crowd as the still 'undefeated' Samoan Bulldozer Umaga makes his way down the ramp, as always being led by Armando Alejandro Estrada...

Jim Ross: Bah Gawd that evil bastard! Vince McMahon has just handpicked the 350lbs Samoan Bulldozer Umaga as Rob Van Dam's opponent here.

Jerry Lawler: Well Armando Estrada has been demanding better competition for Umaga in recent weeks. There's few better than RVD.

Jim Ross: Yeah but considering the names who have tried to fail to stop the Umaga in the past, can RVD pull it off tonight?

Match 4:
Rob Van Dam
vs. Umaga w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada

Despite the imposing figure stood opposite him, RVD shows no signs of intimidation early on, as he’s more than happy to square up to Umaga as the Samoan steps forward. The two go nose to nose, before Umaga lets out a scream and swings with a right hand... which RVD blocks, before firing back with a right of his own. Van Dam continues to swing away, backing Umaga to the ropes and going for an Irish whip... Umaga reverses... but RVD ducks his clothesline... and rattle Umaga with a jumping spinning heel kick! The kick only staggers Umaga though, with the big man wobbling towards the ropes, allowing Van Dam to charge... running crossbody... that takes both men over the top rope to the floor! J.R. and King make a big deal (rightly so) over the fact that Van Dam managed to take Umaga off his feet, while as RVD is first back up, he does his thumb taunt while the crowd cheer “Rob... Van... Dam!”

The fight now takes place outside, with Van Dam smashing Umaga face first into the steel steps before rolling Umaga back into the ring. RVD quickly bounces up onto the apron, using the ropes to connect on a slingshot legdrop, hooking the leg, only for Umaga to emphatically power out at 2. And with that, Umaga is quickly back on his feet, but so is RVD, with Van Dam striking with kicks to the gut and thigh, but he kicks one time to many, as Umaga grabs a foot and spins RVD around... straight into a big time belly-to-belly suplex. Van Dam is left grounded, coughing as the wind is driven straight out of him.

Now Umaga senses a chance to attack, and encouraged by Estrada, he unleashes his arsenal of power moves, starting with a few stiff shots to the throat, before sending Van Dam down with a savate kick, earning Umaga a 2 count. Umaga now pounds on Van Dam, but RVD shows great resilience, managing to match the Samoan punch for punch, before Van Dam gets the better of the mini slugfest. Unable to knock the big man off his feet, Van Dam hits one last right hand before jumping up... spinning heel kick... no! Umaga catches Van Dam, twists and turns him... and then sends Van Dam crashing to the mat with a massive swinging side slam! 1... 2... RVD kicks out! After briefly shouting something in Samoan towards the ref, Umaga goes straight back to work, sending Van Dam hard to the corner. Umaga charges in, looking for a splash, only for Van Dam to move, which sees Umaga crash into the turnbuckle. ‘Mags staggers out of the corner, while RVD runs the ropes... over for Umaga to nail him with a huge clothesline! RVD does a 360 in mid air and crashes to the mat, but Umaga doesn’t go for a cover, instead noticing he has RVD near the corner. This prompts ‘Mags to drag Van Dam to the corner, positioning his head on the bottom turnbuckle. Umaga then slowly walks to the other corner, grabbing the ropes, bouncing high in the air... Samoan wrecking ball... no! Umaga rolls under the bottom rope, which sees Umaga crash into the corner.

A burst of energy sees Van Dam climb to the top rope, waiting for Umaga to turn and face him... so he can nail a spinning roundhouse from the top rope! Umaga goes down, and here comes Van Dam... rolling thunder!! 1... 2... Umaga rolls a shoulder! The crowd “aw’s” at the sight of Umaga staying in the match, while Estrada can only grab at his hat in despair. Van Dam has all the momentum now, but once again Umaga is back on his feet, with Van Dam swinging tired right hands at the staggering monster. Both men are showing the effects of the match, but it’s RVD who’s in control, searching for a way to put Umaga down. Van Dam again nails some kicks, before a jumping roundhouse knocks ‘Mags down. Van Dam quickly pounces up to the rope, steadies himself as the crowd comes alive... FIVE STAR FROGSPLASH!! Van Dam connects, hooking both legs tight... 1... 2... NO!! Somehow Umaga kicks out! Exhausted, RVD shakes his head in disbelief, wondering what he has to do to put Umaga away. Thankfully for Van Dam, Umaga stays down, allowing RVD to motion to the crowd... should he go for one more frog splash?! It’s a resounding response from the arena, so RVD obliges, again quickly pouncing to the top rope... but this time as he steadies himself, Armando Estrada jumps up on the apron! Estrada shouts at Van Dam, but RVD takes no notice, aiming a kick to the face that sends Estrada down! Sadly though, the distraction allows Umaga time to return to his feet, forcing Van Dam to go for a crossbody instead... but Umaga counters... SUPER SAMOAN DROP!!! Van Dam is down and he is hurt, but Umaga doesn’t wait around, quickly grabbing RVD by the neck and pulling him to his feet... Samoan spike!! Umaga damn near snaps Van Dam’s head off, and he quickly drops to make the cover... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Umaga @ 08.28

A huge effort from Van Dam, but he comes up just short as Umaga remains 'undefeated', although it's no doubt the sternest test the Samoan Bulldozer has faced in a long time. Both men feel the effects of the match, with Umaga not his usual imposing self as he returns to his feet. Estrada is quickly in the ring to applaud his monster, and he moves to chase the referee away from the fallen Van Dam. Now Umaga and Estrada stand over RVD... and Estrada pulls out a cigar... and snaps it in half!!

Just like that, Umaga finds a sudden burst of energy, dragging Van Dam to his feet, cocking his right thumb in the air... and nailing another devastating Samoan spike!! Umaga nearly decapitates Van Dam, who instantly crashes to the mat, with Estrada laying in with a few cheap kicks with his white loafers. RVD is down and out, but Estrada isn’t done yet, as he orders Umaga to drag RVD to the corner. Umaga obliges, grabbing Van dam by the hand, slowly dragging him to the corner before propping his head up on the bottom turnbuckle. Umaga then retreats to the opposite turnbuckle, steadies himself, poised, ready to strike. Umaga bounces in the air, lands and charges... and connects with a devastating Samoan wrecking ball!!

“Bah Gawd! Enough’s enough!”

The camera zooms right in on Van Dam, who looks out cold, his head having snapped back against the bottom turnbuckle. Estrada finally calls off his monster, the damage clearly done, with the camera switching between images of the dominant Umaga and the grounded Van Dam as we fade into commercial.


When we return, Todd Grisham is standing by, stood outside a doorway somewhere in the backstage area...

Todd Grisham: J.R., King, I'm stood outside the trainer's room right now. I was informed that John Cena entered this room about 20 minutes ago. I'm about to go into the trainer's room, and try to get a word with the WWE Champion.

Grisham cautiously knocks on the door, slowly opening it to reveal John Cena sat on the trainer's table having his ribs heavily taped. Grisham nervously approaches the WWE Champion, who lets out the occasional cry of pain as the tape is applied...

Todd Grisham: Uh... John? John it's obvious you're in a lot of pain right now. I was just wondering if we could get a few words with regarding the gauntlet match you took part in earlier this evening.

Cena angrily stares at Grisham...

John Cena: You want my thoughts?

Cena shakes his head, before motioning to the trainer to help him to his feet...

John Cena: My thoughts are that despite how it went down... Jonathan Coachman got a 3 count on me. Honestly? I'm disgusted at that happenin'. But Coach? Your time will come. I promise you that! Chris Masters? What ya' think hittin' me with a chair time and time again, crackin' a few ribs, slappin' the Masterlock on me, you think that's what it's gonna take to put me out of action? Masters... you may look a million dollars, but you got nothin' but two cents rattlin' around in that head o' yours. You can strike me down, but I WILL come back fightin', night... AFTER... NIGHT!!

Another pop from the arena...

John Cena: Coach, Masters... I will get back at you two. As for Vince McMahon...

Cena stops dead in his tracks, as a presence is felt entering the room. Cena, Grisham and the trainer all look towards the door, and soon the camera follows... to see the sight of a beaming Mr. McMahon stood at the doorway, a huge grin across his face. McMahon strolls towards Cena, before stopping mere inches from his face...

Mr. McMahon: Well Cena... what about me?

Knowing Cena is hurt, McMahon is now full of confidence, arrogantly getting in the face of the WWE Champion, a far cry from how we started the evening...

John Cena: (Breathing hard) I'm... I'm...

Cena laughs, shakes his head, grabs at his injured ribs before looking McMahon dead in his eye...

John Cena: I'm gonna straight up kick your ass!

Huge pop from inside the arena, with Vince doing that famous 'gulp' at the sight of the furious Cena in his face...

Mr. McMahon: Well... uh, Cena... believe it or not, I actually came here with some good news for you.

McMahon clears his throat, trying to regain his composure...

Mr. McMahon: Y'see Cena, after watching you get your ass kicked by Jonathan Coachman... and then after seeing Rob Van Dam get his ass kicked by Umaga... I've decided that you both get your wish.

McMahon smugly smiles at Cena...

Mr. McMahon: I feel that you...

McMahon takes a slight jab at Cena's ribs, at which the WWE Champion winces...

Mr. McMahon: And Van Dam... (To the trainer) He'll be here in just a few minutes... (Back to Cena) I feel the two of you have learnt a very valuable lesson tonight. You don't cross the boss!

McMahon chuckles, with boos heard in the background...

Mr. McMahon: So at the Royal Rumble... it'll be the WWE Champion John Cena... defending his title... against Rob Van Dam.

Pop from the arena, with Cena nodding his approval...

Mr. McMahon: However, that match will only go ahead... under my terms. So next week, there will be a contract signing between you and RVD, that I will personally oversee. So you do your best to heal up John, and I'll see you in the ring next week.

McMahon flashes a smug smile and turns to leave, only for Cena to grab the collar of his suit...

John Cena: Vinny... don't for one second think a few cracked ribs is gonna earn you my respect.

Mr. McMahon: Oh don't worry Cena. This is about way more than respect.

Once again McMahon smiles before exiting the room, leaving a bemused John Cena and Todd Grisham (remember he was there?) behind as we cut to another backstage area.

To see D-Generation X, Shawn Michaels and Triple H walking through the arena...

Jim Ross: Well folks, tonight could be the night it all comes to an end. The World Tag Team Championships are on the line, as DX takes on Rated-RKO.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and for DX, the stakes could not be higher. Win and you're the new champions, lose and DX is disbanded forever!

Jim Ross: It's all on the line as DX go into battle, live when we return to Monday Night Raw!


As we fade back into the arena...



It's a deafening ovation that greets DX, as Michaels and The Game confidently step out onto the ramp, both men posing and doing a series of crotch chops to set off a huge pyro display...

Jim Ross: They have been a presence on Raw since the days of the Attitude Era. They reunited last Summer to fight the McMahons, but could it all end tonight for D-Generation X?

Jerry Lawler: I can't imagine Monday Night Raw without DX. I mean, they've been a huge part of this show for a long time now. They've just gotta win tonight J.R., they've just gotta.

Now in the ring, Triple H is handed a microphone. The Game pauses, smiling, soaking in the cheers of the crowd before finally speaking...

Triple H: Are you ready?

Big pop...

Triple H: I don't think you hear me. I said BOSSIER CITY... ARE... YOU... READY?!!!

Even bigger pop...

Triple H: Then, for the thousands in attendance, and the millions watching worldwide... lllllll-let's get ready to.... SUCK IT!!

Another good response, with Trips now tossing the mic to Michaels...

Shawn Michaels: And if you're not down with that... we got two words for ya'...


Jerry Lawler: What d'ya think J.R.? Is that the last time we're gonna hear that?

Jim Ross: Well... I hope not. The Game sounded very confident earlier on, and I hope he and Michaels can get the job done tonight.




After an initial pop, the boos soon rain down on the World Tag Team Champions Edge and Randy Orton...

Jim Ross: But for DX to survive, they must overcome the dominant champions, Edge and Randy Orton.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah but J.R., the third member of Rated-RKO is conspicuous by his absence. I don't see Kenny Dykstra anywhere.

Jim Ross: Oh he'll be here at some point, you can guarantee that.

Main Event: World Tag Team Championship Match
World Tag Team Champions Rated-RKO vs. D-Generation X

The match kicks off with Michaels and Orton squaring off, and HBK quickly gains the advantage, after working the initial tie up into wrenching on Orton’s arm. Michaels snaps his own shoulder into the arm, and continues to wrench on it, only for Orton to grab a handful of hair, allowing him to back Michaels into a corner. The ref quickly steps in calling for a break, and it’s a relatively clean one, with Orton backing away... only to slap Michaels in the face! The crowd “Ooohs” as a smug grin flashes across Orton’s face. That grin soon disappears though as Michaels grabs Orton and yanks him into the corner, unloading with a string of chops across the chest, before Michaels goes for an Irish whip... Orton reverses, but Michaels jumps to the second rope... and then twists in mid air to catch Orton running in with a perfect crossbody! 1... 2... Edge is in quickly to break up the pin, which immediately draws Triple H into the ring, and the match loses all control just minutes into it, as all four men are in the ring brawling. Orton and Michaels trade rights, while The Game runs straight through Edge with a clothesline. Edge staggers to the ropes on one side of the ring, which allows Trips to clothesline him over the top rope to the outside, while Orton is rocked towards that side by stiff rights from Michaels, only for Orton to swing and miss... Michaels hits an atomic drop, and The Game follows with a big time clothesline. Orton goes down, and Michaels quickly tunes up the band... but before Orton can stand up, Edge drags his partner out of the ring, and the champs look to regroup on the outside as we fade into the final commercial of the evening.


We return with the action still in favour of DX, as Triple H rocks Edge with a series of right hands before going for an Irish whip off the ropes... and planting Edge with a spinebuster! Michaels gets the tag, and he climbs upstairs... elbow drop connects! 1... 2... Edge kicks out, and he quickly scrambles to a corner, trying to distance himself from Michaels. HBK follows in, pulling Edge up and unloading with a few more stiff chops, but as the ref calls for another break, Edge grabs Michaels’ tights, falling backwards, pulling HBK forward, sending him shoulder first into the ringpost.

Feeling the effects of the punishment he’s taken, Edge quickly tags in Orton, who starts methodically wearing HBK down, snapping off a few stiff knees to the gut before striking with a pair of uppercuts. Orton then drops HBK with a standing dropkick, before stomping his way around Michaels’ body. Edge and Orton make plenty of quick tags as the work well together to wear HBK down, with Edge connecting with a big boot to the face in the corner while Orton snaps off his inverted backbreaker for a close fall.

Orton has one of his trademark chinlocks on tight in the middle of the ring, with Michaels struggling to break free. Slowly but surely, HBK fights back to one knee, then to both feet, rocking Orton with a pair of elbows to the gut. Michaels goes for an Irish whip, only to have Orton reverses it... Michaels ducks a clothesline and keeps running... to nail a flying forearm! Both men are down and Michaels slowly crawls towards his corner, much like Orton does. Orton makes it first, tagging in Edge... but here comes Triple H! The Game explodes into the ring, catching Edge with a series of big rights before sending him off the ropes... flying knee knocks Edge down! The crowd is alive as Trips now turns to Orton, rocking stiff rights off Orton’s head before he too is sent off the ropes... into a bigtime spinebuster! The crowd erupts as Trips runs riot on the champs, with The Game waiting for Orton to rise. Slowly Orton staggers back to his feet, with Triple H waiting... kick to the midsection... [B]pedigree!![/B} The Game nails the pedigree, and he hooks the leg... but there is no count... as Kenny Dykstra is on the apron!! Dykstra argues with the referee, distracting him, stopping the count. Trips looks up, finally seeing Kenny, but before he can do anything about it, a commotion is heard from the crowd... Jeff Hardy is racing down to the ring!!

Hardy flies down the ramp, grabbing the unaware Dykstra from behind and pulling him off the apron... to nail Kenny with a right hand! Dykstra and Hardy brawl on the outside, which draws the attention of the ref, while in the ring, Edge stands behind Triple H... steel chair in hand! Edge readies himself, poised to strike, chair in the air... only for Michaels to yank it out of Edge’s hand!! Michaels saves his partner from a certain chair shot, and he swings at Edge... only for Edge to ducks... MICHAELS ACCIDENTLY NAILS TRIPLE H!! The Game crashes to the mat, with Michaels having a look of sheer disbelief on his face. Stunned and still with the weapon in his hand, Michaels is blindsided by Edge, who bodychecks Michaels through the ropes to the floor, while Orton quickly pounces to cover Triple H, with the ref oh so conveniently turning around in time to make the cover...


“No! Not like this!”


“Don’t let it end this way!”

Michaels desperately slides back into the ring and dives to break up the cover...


But he’s just... too... late.

Winners: And still World Tag Team Champions, Rated-RKO @ 12.47

Jim Ross: Bah Gawd I can't believe it! Somehow, someway, Edge and Randy Orton have managed to win this match and keep their titles.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah and in the process, they've just killed off DX forever!

Exhausted but somehow still standing, Edge drags his partner out of the ring, throwing Orton's arm over his shoulder to keep Orton standing. The ref hands Edge and Orton their belts, as the two slowly, painfully back their way up the ramp...

Jerry Lawler: They did it. All those months ago, Edge and Orton joined forces to try and extinguish the flame that was DX. Well, they've finally done it.

Jim Ross: They didn’t do nothin’ King! DX had this match won, if it wasn’t for the actions of Kenny Dykstra. And then poor Shawn Michaels, he was swinging for Edge.

Jerry Lawler: I dunno J.R., I mean are you sure he was swinging for Edge?

Jim Ross: Aw for Gawd’s sake, of course he was!

In the ring, Triple H finally starts to come too, while Michaels is down on his knees in the centre of the ring, his head buried in his hands, the dejection there for all to see...

Jim Ross: Look at Shawn Michaels. He looks absolutely devastated by what just happened.

Despite his look of devastation, Michaels manages to pull himself to his feet and then help Triple H up also. The Game is initially shaky on his feet, but he soon steadies himself, standing next to Michaels in the middle of the ring...

Jim Ross: These two, best of friends for as long as I can remember. And now, their dreams of being tag team champions together are over.

The crowd gives a warm response as the two sheepishly stare at each other, pride forbidding either man from wanting to show any emotion. It's Michaels who goes first, slowly offering Triple H a handshake. The crowd cheers, certain The Game will respond...

But he doesn't.

Instead, Trips stares at Michaels hand, before slowly making his way to the ropes, rolling under them and walking up the ramp, his back to Michaels the whole time.

Jerry Lawler: What was... what was that all about?

Jim Ross: I... I... I honestly don't know. Emotions are runnin' high but... I never expected to see somethin' like that.

Michaels walks towards the ropes, placing both hands on them, watching his former partner walk up the ramp. Slight boos follow The Games's movements, with the camera switching between the dejection on the face of HBK and the cold blooded stare of The Game. Soon though, both men's facial expressions change...

As The Game flashes a quick smirk...

While Michaels' face changes to pure rage...

As we fade to black.

*End Show*

Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: January 28th 2007

Location: AT&T Centre, San Antonio, Texas

WWE Championship Match:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Finlay

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
Winner has automatic title shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order:

Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Undertaker, Triple H, Umaga

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Pardon me for taking sooo long to get some feedback to you. With The Massacre done, I should have some more time. Surprised to be honest that no one else has really given you feedback. Like I've said before, I consider you a top booker in the section right now, so it's a shame the little amount of attention you've received. On to Raw I guess...

Raw Feedback

Nice to see you emphasize last week's main event. Should be the main storyline on the show, so I'm anxious to see how it pans out. lol @ you cutting out the commentary a bit and getting right into the promo. I do the same sometimes as well, as writing the commentary gets repetitive sometimes. Vince to open the show makes sense too btw. Don't think Vince needs the cheap heat, but it's good to get the crowd rowdy nonetheless. Getting straight to the point. I like it. Surprised that you had Cena interrupt before any consequences could be dished out, but I guess it's needed to keep the promo rolling. Guess this isn't the 'PG' WWE considering Cena used 'ass' =P. I didn't really like how this promo ended, as I feel it was flowing pretty nicely before an abrupt ending. And McMahon sending the decision over to Coach is atypical. Don't really see something like that happening. Gauntlet! Nice!

The first two guys I expected Cena to beat. Mainly because Nitro was up first, and Cena was bound to win. Cade didn't stand a chance, and I didn't expect Murdoch to either. It's nice to see you change up the finishes to the 'matches' too. I've seen these types of matches in BTBs where the wrestler performs the same exact move each time he wins a bout. Holly didn't last as long as I thought he would. He's not the type of wrestler you give a push too, so I guess it's appropriate for him to lose, but that quickly makes him kinda weak. Fantastic way to end this. Good booking here, as Cena doesn't legitimately lose, making him still look strong. Masters gets a nice little boost from this as well. I absolutely love that you had Coach pin Cena, as most fans would hate it, but it draws more heat to Coach. Phenomenal way to start the show. Some great booking here.

I hate the nervous Shawn Michaels, as he always looks weak and pathetic, but I guess you pulled it off. The Game looks absolutely strong and confident, which makes sense for the two I guess. The dissension and tension between the two is off the chain, so I'm suspecting that they actually lose, and a possible feud comes out of it. I rather that happen then another title reign from the two. The leader line is great btw. For some odd reason, I can picture Shawn turning on Trips in this match, but I'm also doubting it happens. Would be an absolute out of nowhere shock though.

Not a bad interaction between Carlito and WGTT here. You did well with the accent for 'lito, the slang for Benji, and the generic banter for Haas. Nothing much really came out of this promo other than both sides looking strong. I'm hoping there's more advancement in this storyline in this show, as I think Flair and Carlito could carry this feud, and make it pretty good promo wise.

Women's championship match. Awesome to see it, but I've never been a fan of the division. Wow @ the kick-out after the Widow's Peak. Makes Victoria look a little weak. This should be over despite the "This isn't over!" comment from Vic. Despite not losing from a finisher or anything special, Mickie did win cleanly, so I don't know how you'll continue with this.

Kenny as the whipping boy still doesn't go over with me, but if it's gonna help him elevate his game, I guess I'm all for it. He's in a pretty nice storyline though, as he could possibly soon become IC champ, and feud with Orton and/or Edge. Possibly. Expecting an interference later tonight after this promo. Should be interesting.

lol @ the pitchin' for a job at ESPN or somethin' line. You've done your research. Good job. Nice to see McMahon show Coach his place at the end though. Carlito/Torrie thing at the end there seemed awkward.

Not a bad punishment for Lashley. Two on one match that could possibly put Benji and Haas over sounds good to me. The ending of this match worked perfectly imo. Having Flair and Carlito get involved, and somewhat help out their own storyline, while Lashley wins his bout, albeit by interference, is awesome. Good booking. Making a lot of great decision tonight.

"Like, I'm Maria!" - didn't like the 'Like' part. lol. I still don't think Punk has any weaknesses. =P Not a bad promo from Punk here. Nice to see you give him some time. Expecting a lil' squash match soon now.

Nice WM recall and commentary from the announce table. 79 days eh? Still a while.

RVD's punishment is Umaga? Not bad I guess. Not as bad as Cena's. With Cena and Lashley looking somewhat good in their matches, I'm expecting RVD to get pounded. Wow @ Umaga managing to kick out after a frog splash. Umaga wins, which is a good decision considering he's a 'monster' that should be pushed back into the upper card. The aftermath shows his destruction and power, which is good. Glad to see you still using Umaga like he should used.

lol @ Cena saying that Masters looks like a million dollars. Kinda gay. Nice announcement from the boss. A contract signing should be great, especially with Vinnie Mac there.

Main event time. Nice! Good match you got going here. I was wondering when you would have Hardy show. Basically his first appearance on the show tonight. Michaels accidentally nailing The Game does it! It's not the huge heel turn I wanted, but it'll do. Wow! It's nice to see DX come to an end, as I think they're very, very, very overrated, but damn. Don't know how things are gonna go down now with Rated RKO, but that, I'm excited to see. The crowd cheering for them afterwards is awesome. Nice touch to the aftermath. Glad Trips didn't shake HBK's hands. The feud is on! I didn't really like the face changes at the end to be honest. Could have been left until next show for their emotions to come out.

All in all, a solid show like per usual. The thing that's bugging me the most is how most of the midcard, and extra feuds are being left out. I understand you got Umaga destroying people, the whole Carlito/Flair against WGTT thing, and I guess I'll add in the IC feud, but there should be more. It seems like the show is entirely focused on the main event scene, and the Rated RKO/DX feud. I think the rest of the roster deserve a lil' more time. Other than that, with what you've been working with, it's absolutely awesome. The booking is great to say the least, and like usual, your promos, content, and matches are entertaining, which is good. Hope to see you continue with this, as it shows that you love doing this. Good job, and keep it up!

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~Friday Night Smackdown~
January 19th, 2007
Little Rock, Arkansas

The Road to the Rumble runs through Little Rock, Arkansas with the health status of the World Heavyweight Champion the main concern as far as Friday Night Smackdown is concerned. Last week, after the combination of Number One Contender Finlay and Mr. Kennedy overcame the duo of Batista and Kane, the Fighting Irishman unleashed a devastating shillelagh assault on the Champion, in particular targeting The Animal's left shoulder. Although no official status has been given regarding The Animal's condition, rumours are rampant around the Smackdown locker room that it's a wounded Animal who is coming into Little Rock with a big target on him. What will the status of The Animal be? Will Finlay strike again to inflict further damage on his Royal Rumble opponent? And will either man compete tonight, and is Batista even physically able to do so?

Elsewhere, after scoring a big time, albeit upset, victory over Gregory Helms last week, Shannon Moore will get a crack at the Cruiserweight Championship. After running through every member of the Cruiserweight division, the arrival of Moore from ECW caught Helms off guard last week, allowing Moore to snatch the win. Tonight, can Moore pin the Champ for the second week in a row to become the new Cruiserweight Champion? Or will Helms see off yet another challenger to his title, and prove why he's the self proclaimed 'Best Cruiserweight In the World'?

Last week, King Booker did what very few have ever dared to do in WWE history, namely challenging The Undertaker to meet him one on one in the squared circle. As always, the silence has been deafening from The Deadman, and as such, there is no official word regarding whether this match up will take place tonight. However, The Undertaker has never been one to back down from a challenge, but instead of conflict will we instead see some of the legendary mind games from The Deadman?

Also, Matt Hardy makes his return action after missing last week's show due to the concussion he suffered two weeks ago from Joey Mercury. Hardy and Mercury will be on opposing sides of tag team action as the team with United States Champion Chris Benoit and the man who has had his number in recent weeks, The Impact Player Test. With Hardy and Mercury seemingly on course for a brutal encounter between the two, and Test knowing a win tonight would go a long way to seeing him secure a shot at Benoit's title, there's plenty riding on the outcome of this one.

Finally, after signing for Smackdown last week, Tommy Dreamer and Sabu, with The Sandman by their side, make their Smackdown debuts against The Bluebloods, we'll hear from The Miz, Maryse will no doubt have The Hooligans on her mind, and just what the hell happened to Vito last week?! Find out this and much more tonight on Friday Night Smackdown!!

Confirmed Matches:

Cruiserweight Championship Match: Gregory Helms vs. Shannon Moore
United States Champion Chris Benoit and Matt Hardy vs. Test and Joey Mercury
The Bluebloods vs. The Extremists

Plus: King Booker vs. The Undertaker???
We hear from The Miz
Batista, Finlay, Kane and Mr. Kennedy will all be in the building!
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Hey, sorry about the lack of comments for RAW, but I haven't been as motivated lately as I'd like. Still, I'm starting to get a little more in the mood for BTB, so hopefully I can get to SmackDown! for you.

The matches announced thus far look okay, especially the tag match you set up well from last week between Benoit/Hardy and Mercury/Test, which I really like the look of. Not so sure about the Moore/Helms title match happening already, but still, apart from that everything looks fine. Really looking forward to seeing what we get from Finlay after he owned things up last week. Kennedy, I guess, too, since he's someone you seem to be quite high on.

As I said, looking forward to the show. Hopefully I'll be reviewing, and I know I'll definitely be reading.

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~Friday Night Smackdown~
January 19th, 2007
Little Rock, Arkansas

"I'm tellin' ya', that guys ego is out of control."

We start with a video package highlighting last week's main event, the tag team match that saw Batista and Kane team up to face Finlay and Mr. Kennedy. The action is hard hitting and fierce, with both Kane and Kennedy hammering each other on the outside of the ring. In the ring, Batista looks primed for victory, as he raises Finlay high for a Batista-bomb... only for Finlay to crack the shillelagh across Batista's skull!! The shillelagh earns Finlay a pinfall over the World Heavyweight Champion, but he's not done there, as the vicious Irishman unloads with multiple shillelagh shots to the Animal's shoulder, and the video fades to black changing between the pain of Batista and the pride of Finlay.

After the usual Smackdown opening video and massive pyro display, we pan around the arena to the sound of the announce team...

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another huge night on Friday Night Smackdown! I'm Michael Cole, as always my broadcast colleague is JBL, and partner, it's gonna be qutie a night tonight after what happened as we went off the air last week.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Last week, not only did Finlay score a victory in the ring over Batista, he scored a huge psychological victory over The Animal as well. In two weeks time at the Royal Rumble, Batista defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Finlay, and for my money, Finlay is lookin' good for takin' that gold away from Batista.

Michael Cole: Yeah but JBL, I was backstage earlier today, I saw Batista. The Animal is mad and he is out for payback tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Batista may be mad, but he is a wounded animal right now Michael. I was backstage too earlier, I saw Batista walking around. He may have a pissed off look on his face, but after the damage Finlay done last week with that shillelagh, I guaran-damn-tee you Batista is nowhere near 100%.

Michael Cole: Well no doubt we'll hear from The Animal at some point during the broadcast. Also tonight, the Cruiserweight Championship is on the line as Gregory Helms defends the title against the man who beat him last week, Shannon Moore, and after missing last week due to injury, Matt Hardy returns in tag team action as he and the United States Champion Chris Benoit team up to take on the man who will face Benoit at the Royal Rumble, Test, and the man who inflicted the damage on Hardy two weeks ago, Joey Mercury.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And Matt Hardy is another guy I don't think is 100%. That shot with the steel chair Joey Mercury gave him a couple of weeks ago knocked Hardy out cold. He can't be fully healthy yet. I'm amazed Teddy Long cleared him to compete tonight.

Before Cole can respond to the latest dig from JBL at Teddy Long...


It's a thunderous response as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista emerges from the back, looking every bit as pissed off as Michael Cole said he would be. Batista confidently strides down to the ring in street clothes, wearing a white vest and a pair of dark jeans, a pair of sunglasses topping off the outfit. With Batista wearing a vest, it's clear for everyone in the arena to see that The Animal's left shoulder is heavily taped, no doubt the result of Finlay's actions last week...

Michael Cole: Well I said I felt we'd hear from The Animal at some point tonight, it looks like we're gonna hear from him right now.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And there you have it Michael. Look at that shoulder. I told you Michael, I told you he wasn't healthy. Finlay has left his mark on The Animal. I'm tellin' ya' Michael, last week Finlay took a major step towards becoming World Heavyweight Champion.

Michael Cole: Yeah but in doing so has Finlay enraged an already intense Batista? We all know the fire and the passion Batista brings with him to the ring night after night, has Finlay merely stoked the flames burning inside Batista?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I'm sure he has. But is Batista healthy enough to do anythin' about it? That's the question.

In the ring, Batista, slings the World Heavyweight Championship over his good shoulder, while also noticeably gripping the microphone he is handed in his right arm. Batista pauses, soaking up the adulation of the crowd before finally speaking...

Batista: I'm gonna make this quick. Am I hurt? Yeah I'm hurt. But am I pissed off? You bet your ass I am!

The crowd pops, but The Animal isn't wasting any time...

Batista: So Finlay... drag your ass out here... RIGHT... NOW!!

It's a great response from the crowd as Batista slams his mic to the mat, before dropping the World Heavyweight Championship in the corner and placing his sunglasses next to it...

John Bradshaw Layfield: That's not a smart move Champ.

Michael Cole: Yeah I have to agree. There's no way Batista should be fighting tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I'm tellin' ya', that guys ego is out of control. There's no way he should be in action tonight.

In the ring, Batista paces like a caged animal ( ) waiting for Finlay to emerge, shouting "C'mon!" up the ramp. Batista continues to pace in the ring to the sound of silence...



After an initial pop from the crowd, no doubt excited to see a brawl between the two, the boos soon rain down on Finlay, who of course has his trusty shillelagh in his hand. Batista nods, motioning to Finlay to get in the ring, who slowly, cautiously makes his way towards the ring...

John Bradshaw Layfield: Here we go! Finlay's never backed down from a challenge in his life! If Finlay gets a shot at that shoulder, Batista's career could end right here, right now!

Michael Cole: I think that's a bit of a exaggeration.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I'm tellin' ya' Michael! Remember where you were when Finlay put Batista on the shelf permanently!

Finlay makes it to the bottom of the steel steps, with Batista poised in the ring, begging Finlay to enter. Despite knowing he's damaged Batista, Finlay is cautious to enter the ring, slowly stepping up the stairs. Batista gives Finlay plenty of space, once more shouting "C'mon!" as Finlay makes it on to the apron. There is no sound from either commentator, as they tension of the moment speaks volumes. Again Batista shouts "C'mon!" as Finlay slowly puts one foot through the ropes... and then the other. Finlay stands, shillelagh in hand, smugly smiling at The Animal. Just as it looks like both men are about to make their move...


Despite being a face, it's a round of boos that initially greets Teddy Long as he steps out, no doubt the crowd upset knowing now there won't be a brawl...

Teddy Long: HEY!! HEY! FINLAY... hold it right there playa!

Finlay turns to face Long, all the while keeping a watchful eye and his shillelagh trained on Batista...

Teddy Long: Batista... back down Champ. This ain't gonna happen tonight.


Teddy Long: You two playas ain't gonna start fighting whenever you feel like it. Not on my show.

Batista scowls at Long, while Finlay cautiously steps towards the far corner, distancing himself from The Animal, who is now stood infront of Finlay...

Teddy Long: You playas wanna fight? Then ya' gonna get it, but not wit' each other. Now Batista...

Long pauses, scratching his head, visibly upset at what he's about to say...

Teddy Long: Batista, I didn't even wanna see you show up tonight. You hurtin' playa, and a hurt champion ain't no good to me. But you seem determined to fight, so I'm gonna give it to ya'. Tonight Batista, you gonna take on the other man you faced last week... Mr. Kennedy!

Pop from the crowd at the prospect of Batista and Kennedy going at it...

Teddy Long: As for you Finlay. You gonna be in action tonight too. I think you can guess who you gonna face. Tonight Finlay, you gonna go one on one with The Big Red Monster Kane!

Another pop...

Teddy Long: As for you two right now, I want the pair of ya' out of that ring.

More boos from the crowd, who understandably wanted to see a fight...

Michael Cole: Well this capacity crowd may not agree, but that's the right move by Teddy Long. Who knows what kind of damage Finlay could do with that shillelagh?

John Bradshaw Layfield: What is this? I say let 'em go!

Michael Cole: You just said there was no way Batista should compete tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw hell, if he's dumb enough to call Finlay out then let 'em get his ass handed to him!

Both men in the ring are naturally weary of each other, but Finlay relents, dropping down to the canvas before rolling under the bottom rope. Finlay holds his hands out, motioning that he's walking away and is no harm to Batista for now. Finlay turns his back on The Animal, walking up the aisle towards the waiting Teddy Long. Batista follows suit, slowly, carefully stepping through the ropes... only for Finlay to turn and run back towards the ring... but Batista sees him coming... and the fight is on!!

Batista drops down to the aisle and meets Finlay as he charges, and the two trade a flurry of rights and lefts as it descends into little more than a fist fight!

Teddy Long: HEY!! Stop it! Hey, security, get out here!

Finlay and Batista take no notice of the GM, as the pair continue to brawl, with both now rolling on the floor, trading shots from above. Eventually a bunch of referees, agents and security personnel race down to the ring, but their initial attempts at breaking up the fight prove futile, as Batista swats away several members of security to drive Finlay into the ring apron, with both men again falling to the floor to trade punches. Finally the posse sent out by Long break things up, much to the displeasure of the crowd...

Teddy Long: Get 'em outta here!

Long orders that the pair of brawlers be taken backstage, starting with Batista who is dragged by at least six people away from the situation. Another five backstage members have Finlay subdued, and he watches Batista being marched away up the aisle. Finlay motions that he's willing to give up the fight, saying "Alright, alright." to those who are around. Momentarily easing up, the backstage members release their grip on Finlay... who busts free of their shackles!! Charging up the ramp, Batista is a sitting duck... and Finlay strikes from behind with a forearm to the skull! Batista stumbles forward, before he turns to again go toe to toe with Finlay, the two trading rights and lefts, all the while agents, refs and security try to separate them...

Michael Cole: What a wild start to Smackdown! We've gotta go to commercial. Can anybody stop these two from gettin' their hands on each other? We'll find out when we return to Friday Night Smackdown!

The crowd is buzzing as Finlay and Batista continue to go at it, the cameraman getting a little close for comfort as a stray elbow smacks off the camera lens seconds before we fade to commercial...


When we return, order appears to have been restored as the camera focuses on the announce desk...

Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown, and what a start to the night it's been. The World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, calling out his opponent at the Royal Rumble, Finlay, and Finlay was more than happy to answer the challenge, especially after the damage he did to Batista last week with the shillelagh.

John Bradshaw Layfield: It doesn't matter how healthy Batista is feelin', Finlay is the man who loves to fight! He's not gonna back down from anybody. If Batista is dumb enough to call out The Fighting Irishman, then he deserves to be hurt.

Michael Cole: Folks, now we know that tonight both Batista and Finlay will be in action, with Finlay taking on Kane, while Batista will step into the ring with Mr. Kennedy.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I can't wait for Kane and Finlay to go at it, two of the toughest guys we've got here on Smackdown, and tonight Mr. Kennedy gets the opportunity he's been asking for, he gets a shot at Batista. I can't wait to see it!

A few seconds silence, until...



The boos quickly ring out as the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms strides down to the ring, a scowl etched on his face...

Michael Cole: Last week, Shannon Moore was announced as the latest recruit to join Smackdown, and in his first match back on Friday nights, he grabbed a huge victory over that man, the Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Wait a second Cole, why aren't you tellin' the whole story here? Gregory Helms, he didn't know he was gonna face Shannon Moore last week. He wasn’t ready to compete, and then Teddy Long springs a match on him out of nowhere. Last week, as far as I'm concerned was a fluke, and Helms will prove that tonight.

Helms snatches the Cruiserweight Championship from his around his waist, aggressively handing it to the referee, before angrily removing his long leather jacket and passing it over the top rope. Helms then turns to stare up the ramp as...


It's a larger pop than last week as the challenger Shannon Moore races down the aisle, slapping a few hands along the way...

Michael Cole: What a huge opportunity right now for Shannon Moore. For years, Moore has been a respected Cruiserweight the world over, but he's never been Cruiserweight Champion. After beating Helms last week, is tonight the night for Shannon Moore?

John Bradshaw Layfield: There's no surprise announcements, no forcing Helms to compete with a minute's notice. Helms is prepared this week, he's ready for this match and he's gonna prove why he's the best damn cruiserweight in the world today.

Moore slides under the bottom rope, but as he tries to rise to salute the crowd, Helms pounces, getting the jump on Moore by hammering Moore with a series of stomps as this match is on...

Match 1: Cruiserweight Championship Match
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Shannon Moore

And instantly the aggressive takes control of the match, dropping double axe handles as well as the boots before dragging Moore up and sending him off the ropes, only for Moore to duck a clothesline and keep running, taking Helms down with a flying crossbody. Moore is quickly back up to send Helms back down with an armdrag, which sends Helms tumbling towards the ropes, allowing Moore to charge and send Helms over the top rope with a clothesline. The match kicks off at a frantic pace, and it only continues as Moore grabs the top rope and launches himself... slingshot crossbody! Moore goes airborne to take Helms down, and now the fight briefly takes place on the outside, as Moore mounts Helms to strike with a few right hands before rolling Helms back into the ring for a near fall.

Moore looks to stay on the attack as he strikes with kicks to the thigh, but as he looks to send Helms to the corner, Helms reverses, only for Moore to spring to the top rope... moonsault... no! Helms keeps running to avoid the contact, but Moore lands on his feet... only for Helms to blast him with a massive clothesline! After taking a few seconds to recover, Helms goes for a cover, getting a 2 count, before he looks to wear Moore down, starting by sending Moore crashing into the corner. A few shoulders to the gut follow, before Moore is sent off the ropes... straight into a massive back body drop. Helms now ramps up the pressure, connecting with a backbreaker before climbing to the top rope, waiting for Moore to rise... crossbody connects! 1... 2... no! Moore rolls his shoulder, to which Helms immediately goes for a chinlock, looking to wear Moore down.

Slowly, Moore manages to struggle back to his feet, connecting with a few elbows to the gut, and once he breaks Helms’ grip he charges off the ropes... ducking a clothesline... and going for a flying forearm... but Helms dives for the mat, avoiding the contact and seeing Moore crash to the mat, his momentum taking him under the bottom rope to the floor. Quick to take advantage, Helms follows Moore out, and he aggressively slams Moore face first off the announce desk and then drives him spine first into it. Moore cries out and crumbles to his knees in pain, but Helms is unrelenting, pulling Moore up... and whipping him into the steel steps! Moore hits the ring steps with a bang, and happy with his work, Helms rolls back inside the ring and demands the ref begins his count.

Slowly the count reaches 5, with still no sign of life from Moore. At 6, we see the challenger begin to stir... 7, and Moore makes it back to his knees, reaching up for the ring apron... 8, Moore pulls himself to his feet... 9... Moore rolls back into the ring, much to Helms’ annoyance, who immediately pummels Moore with knees to the spine. Dragging Moore to his feet, Helms again strikes the lower back, this time with well placed forearms, before he lines Moore up for a northern lights suplex... but as he in the air, Moore shifts his weight... and spins it into a tornado DDT! The crowd cheers and with Helms down, Moore crawls to make the cover... 1... 2... no! Helms kicks out, but now it’s Moore’s time to attack, and when both men slowly return to their feet, Moore strikes with kicks to the thigh... but on the third attempts, Helms grabs the foot... enzuigiri! Helms connects with a thud, and he hooks the leg... 1... 2... no! Helms barely rolls the shoulder, denying Moore victory.

Sensing this is his chance, Moore stays on the attack, slugging with tired rights before backing Helms to the ropes and going for an Irish whip... Helms reverses, but he lowers his head... sunset flip! 1... 2... 3... no! Somehow, again Helms kicks out, but the champion is in trouble as Moore slams him to the mat and steps through the ropes, climbing to the top rope. Moore steadies himself, hsi back facing the ring, taking one last look over his shoulder at Helms before launching himself... moonsault... NO!! Helms rolls towards the corner, which sees Moore crash and burn as he hits the mat. Moore slowly makes it back to one knee, and Helms pounces... shinning wizard!! Helms connects, and he falls on top of Moore, hooking both legs to cover him tight... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: And still Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms @ 09.24

Boos quickly rain down as Helms manages to retain his title. Helms is quickly back to his feet, snatching his title from the referee, arrogantly demanding his hand be raised in victory. Helms arrogantly stands over Moore, sneering down at the fallen challenger, before turning to the camera and shouting "That's why I'm the best in the world!".

Michael Cole: What an unbelievable effort from Shannon Moore. So many times I thought Moore had it won, but somehow Gregory Helms managed to hold on and retain his Championship.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Chalk up yet another man who tried and failed to take that Cruiserweight Title away from Gregory Helms. I'm tellin' ya Michael, there's not a Cruiserweight anywhere in the world who can rival Gregory Helms in the ring. He's just too damn good.

In the ring, Moore has recovered enough to pull himself to his knees, a look of utter dejection etched on his face. The camera stays focused on Moore as he uses the ropes to hoist himself to his feet, as the crowd respond with a respectful round of applause before we fade backstage.

Where Josh Matthews is standing by...

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

Boos from the inside the arena, as Booker stands nobly with his nose in the air...

Josh Matthews: King Booker, I gotta tell ya', many of us were quite frankly shocked at the manor of which you went down to the ring last week and challenged The Undertaker to a match, in a way few have ever done before. King Booker, what motives was behind your actions last week?

King Booker: Tell me Joshua, where is The Deadman those peasants cheer so vociferously? Where, Joshua, is The Undertaker?

Josh Matthews: Uh, my name's just Josh not Joshua...

King Booker: (Interrupting) There is no answer to that question Joshua. No one... no one knows where The Undertaker is. But I shall tell you where he is not. He is not here tonight, like I asked for him to be Joshua. And this makes your King... very upset. For I have once again been besmirched by The Deadman.

Next to Booker, Sharmell shakes her head in disgust...

King Booker: Undertaker... I challenged you to meet me here tonight. I challenged you to duel a Deadman, and you haven't risen to my challenge. And nobody play tha' King like a fool sucka!

Booker pauses, taking a moment to compose himself, while Sharmell runs a reassuring hand across her man's shoulder...

King Booker: So Undertaker... if you continue to refuse my challenge... then you shall heed this warning. As your King, you will show me the respect I deserve. And if you choose otherwise, you shall...

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

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

A still shook up Sharmell grips Booker tight, while Josh looks like he's seen a ghost...

King Booker: Undertaker... unless ye' meet me in the middle of that ring... ye' are nothing but a coward... and a peasant! 'Dis interview is ovah!

Booker and Sharmell turn to leave, the King's robe swirling as he does so, with the camera staying focused on Josh, who is still trying to recover from the 'power outage' earlier as we fade into a video.

*Video Package*

We fade into a dimly lit gym, which has clearly seen better days. Smashed windows, a dusty ring, wooden bleachers, it appears to be a high school gym...

Narrator: For years he has carved a reputation as one of the very best...

We now see a slender built man aiming a series of stiff kicks at an unknown opponent, and in-between brief flashes of light we see this man is wearing maroon coloured tights...

Narrator: He has travelled the world, winning countless championships...

We now see this man engaging in a submission move with his unknown opponent, namely the cattle mutilation...

Narrator: But now...

We see our man now dressed in street clothes, leaving the shoddy gym, a blinding white light flooding the screen as he swings open the double doors...

Narrator: He brings his skill, talent and recognition...

The white light fades, and now we see the man back in his ring gear, stood in a WWE ring in an empty arena...

Narrator: To the WWE!

The camera revolves around the man, who stares into the rafters of the arena...

???: My name, is Bryan Danielson...

The camera now comes to a stop, with the man staring straight at it, a determined look in his eyes...

???: And Smackdown better be ready... for me!

The camera lingers for a few seconds before we fade to black and then the following graphic appears...


*End Video Package*

The shot returns to the sight of Teddy Long stodd infront of a TV set, remote control in his hand, no doubt having just watched as we did the video hyping he arrival of Bryan Danielson. Long has a beaming smile on his face, but the smile soon fades as his door bursts open out of shot, as soon we see Gregory Helms enter the scene, he too with a big smile on his face, and most importantly the Cruiserweight Championship slung across his shoulder...

Gregory Helms: Ah Teddy, Teddy, Teddy. When you gonna learn man that nobody, and I mean NOBODY is gonna take this Cruiserweight Title away from me? I just can't be beaten Teddy!

Teddy Long: I don't know about that playa. I mean Shannon Moore beat ya' last week, and he came damn close to doin' it again tonight.

Helms laughs to himself, shaking his head as he does...

Gregory Helms: Last week? Last week was nothin' but a fluke Teddy. I proved that to you and everybody else tonight. What you saw tonight was the very best a guy like Shannon Moore has to offer, but I... am better than him on his best day. I'm better than any Cruiserweight in this locker room on their best day. Face it Teddy, you put so many guys infront of me, and one by one, I knock 'em down. There's nobody left Teddy... NOBODY... and you better realise that real soon.

Having said his piece, Helms turns to leave...

Teddy Long: Uh, hold on a second there playa. While you were makin' yo' way back here to give me yo' little speech, I think you mighta missed somethin'.

A mix of disgust and confusion crosses Helms face...

Gregory Helms: Missed somethin'? What the hell you talkin' about Teddy? (Laughing) What the hell did I miss?

Teddy Long: You missed a lil' video package I had the boys in the truck put together. A video about a playa named... Bryan Danielson.

There's a decent enough pop heard from inside the arena at the mention of Danielson's name, while the cocky look on Helms' face has been wiped away almost instantly...

Gregory Helms: What uh... *ahem* What uh, what does Bryan Danielson have to do with me?

Teddy Long: Well y'know somethin' playa? All those weeks you been sayin' you deserve better competition... you were absolutely right. I ain't been doin' my job right. Y'see, I'm the General Manager of Friday Night Smackdown. This is MY show. And my job is to week in, week out put on the best display of sports entertainment money can buy. And by not findin' you the right level of competition, I ain't been doin' that.

Long now turns to his desk, picking up a thick folder crammed with several sheets of paper visible inside it...

Teddy Long: So y'know what I did playa? I went lookin' for yo' competition. I searched the globe lookinin' for talent. I got (Holding up the folder) all these scoutin' reports, young guys just dyin' for a chance to earn a WWE contract, dyin' for a chance to take that Cruiserweight Championship away from you.

Long again turns, placing the folder back on the desk...

Teddy Long: Not only that, I got on my cell phone and I asked around. I called up promoters all across America, I called up guys in Canada, Mexico, Japan. I talked to some of the legends of this business, guys respected all across the world, and I asked 'em "Who's the best cruiserweight out there in the world today?" I got a lotta names let me tell ya'... but there was one name I kept hearin' time and time again. Y'know what that name was playa? It was Bryan Danielson.

Helms shakes his head in disgust...

Gregory Helms: What am I supposed to be scared or somethin'? Until this Daniel Bryanson...

Teddy Long: (Interrupting) Bryan Danielson.

Gregory Helms: Yeah, whatever his name is. Until this guy does somethin' in the WWE... he ain't nothin' as far as I'm concerned.

Teddy Long: Well he's got a few loose ends he gotta take care of in Japan right now. But in a few weeks... you gonna see firsthand what this cat's all about.

Helms has a furious look on his face, enraged as Teddy can’t help but smile, with Helms eventually turning to leave the room while the camera stays focused on Long as we fade into commercial.


When we return...


The crowd give a good response as ECW Legends Tommy Dreamer and Sabu make their way down to the ring, with the camera quickly finding a third ECW Legend, The Sandman stood way back amongst the audience, smashing a beer can off his head before making his way down through the bleachers towards the ring...

Michael Cole: Welcome back everyone. Last week, Teddy Long announced the signings of the three men making their way to the ring right now, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and The Sandman. Tonight, they make their Smackdown debuts against Regal and Taylor.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I honestly can't believe I'm on the same show as these three. I'm the greatest WWE Champion in history, I am a Wrestling God, and now I have to call a match involving a guy who smashes a beer can over his head for fun? I have to do that now?

Michael Cole: You're career's really taken a turn for the worse hasn't it?

John Bradshaw Layfield: It hit rock bottom the second they sat me next to you.

Before Cole can respond...


The boos quickly ring out for the arrival of The Bluebloods William Regal and Dave Taylor, who confidently make their way down to the ring...

Michael Cole: Regal and Taylor chased the WWE Tag Team Championships for well over a month, and after losing last week to the champs London and Kendrick, you have to think that the last chance just came and went as far as Regal and Taylor getting their hands on the gold goes.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But does a win tonight for Regal and Taylor put them back in the hunt? If they knock off these maniacs tonight, why wouldn't they get another title shot?

Michael Cole: Could the same be said for Dreamer and Sabu?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Not a chance in hell Michael.

Match 2:
The Bluebloods
vs. The Extremists (Tommy Dreamer and Sabu) w/ The Sandman

Regal and Dreamer step forward to kick this one off, and it quickly develops into a chain wrestling exhibition between the two, as Regal counters Dreamer’s headlock into a reverses armlock, only for Dreamer to drop to his knees and take Regal over with a fireman’s carry. Dreamer locks on a kneeling armbar, but Regal quickly gets back on his feet, reaching between his legs to pull Dreamer to the mat. Before Regal can do anything though, Dreamer gives him a kick to the back that sends Regal into the ropes, and when Dreamer gets back up he drops Regal with a hiptoss. Regal is quickly back up, only to go back down with an armdrag, before Dreamer pulls Regal to his corner and tags in Sabu. Sabu slingshots with a double axe handle across the arm, before wrenching on it and running the ropes, bouncing off the second rope with a springboard armdrag.

Regal is flung towards his corner, so he quickly tags in Taylor, who takes his time entering the ring, slowing the pace of the match down. Taylor and Sabu tie up, and it’s Taylor who scores first with a knee to the gut, following with a club to the back and then a butterfly suplex, gaining a quick 2 count. Taylor and Regal now work hard to keep Sabu away from Dreamer, all the while targeting Sabu’s spine. With their technical advantage evident for all to see, Regal and Taylor do a lot of damage to Sabu, in particular Taylor hitting a double underhook backbreaker and Regal nailing a swinging neckbreaker. After a near fall, Regal locks on an abdominal stretch, aiming the occasional elbow to the ribs and using typical heel tactics to reach out for the ropes to gain extra leverage while the ref isn’t looking. Dreamer and Sandman try to stir the crowd and their teammate, and soon Sabu shows life of recovery, eventually using a hiptoss to free himself. Far from his corner, Sabu tries to run the ropes, only for Taylor to aim a well placed knee to the spine from the apron. This stops Sabu in his tracks, and allows Regal to charge... but Sabu dives across the ring... and Regal nails Taylor! Regal sends his teammate crashing to the floor, while Sabu scrambles across the ring... and tags in Dreamer!

The crowd pops as Dreamer enters the ring, teeing off on Regal with rights before sending Regal off the ropes... straight into a big back body drop! Taylor slides into the ring, but Dreamer sees him coming, ducking Taylor’s clothesline to drop him with an inverted-DDT, hooking the leg... 1... 2... Regal dives to make the save, and with Sabu back on his feet, all four men are soon trading shots, with the extreme pair gaining the upper hand. Sabu rocks Taylor with rights before going for an Irish whip, only for Taylor to hold on to the top rope, stopping himself. This doesn’t matter to Sabu, who launches himself at Taylor with a flying crossbody that takes both men over the top rope to the floor with a hard landing.

Dreamer continues to work on Regal, and he looks to hit a pumphandle slam... but Regal drops behind Dreamer... and hits a bridging German suplex! 1... 2... Dreamer kicks out much to Regal’s annoyance. Quickly back up, Regal has words with the ref, before turning back to Dreamer, sending him hard into the corner. Regal races in, but Dreamer avoids the contact, and he goes for a rollup... but Regal rolls through... and nails a big time Regal-plex! 1... 2... no! Somehow Dreamer kicks out, and he’s furious! After again shouting at the ref, Regal lines Dreamer up, no doubt looking for the Knee Trembler... but as he lines it up, Regal is distracted by The Sandman... [B]who spits beer in Regal’s face!![/B} Blinded, Regal staggers back to the centre of the ring, and Dreamer makes his move... Dreamer Driver!! Dreamer plants Regal, and he hooks the leg... 1... 2... Taylor tires to slide into the ring, but Sabu grabs his foot... 3!!

Winners: The Extremists @ 07.26

The crowd responds as Dreamer grabs a popular victory, albeit with an assist from The Sandman. Regal has a look of sheer disgust on his face as he tries to wipe away the beer from his eyes, while at the bottom of the aisle Sandman raises Dreamer and Sabu's hands high in the air...

Michael Cole: A great debut here on Smackdown for Dreamer, Sa-

John Bradshaw Layfield: He spat beer in his face! What the hell is this?! You don't spit beer in another man's face! This is the WWE, this ain't some bingo hall back in Philly! How the hell can they get away with that?!

In the ring, Taylor has helped the furious Regal back to his feet, who kicks the bottom ring rope in disgust, screaming "You'll bloody pay for that!" up the aisle as The Extremists back their way up the aisle, their eyes still firmly locked on the ring as we fade backstage...

To the sight of the WWE Tag Team Champions Brian Kendrick and Paul London stood infront of a TV screen, obviously having just watched the previous match. Ashley Massaro is there too, with the trio swapping looks at each other at the end of the match...

Paul London: Not bad. Not bad at all.

Brian Kendrick: Yeah but, we could take 'em.

Paul London: Yeah. Yeah, we can handle it.

London rubs his chin, while Kendrick nods to himself. The three soon turn to leave the area where the TV was stationed, but as they turn the trio stop dead in their tracks. Kendrick and London both have a 'wow' look on their face, while Ashley merely utters "Ugh" as the camera pans to see the focus of their attention. Much like previous weeks, the ever sultry Maryse stands before them, once again wearing a knockout outfit that accentuates her assets ...

Ashley Massaro: What are you doin' here?

London and Kendrick barely acknowledge Ashley's comment, and the same came be said for Maryse, who sexily struts towards the champs before flicking a palm in Ashley's face, turning her back on Massaro, with Maryse positioning herself between Ashley and The Hooligans, drawing the eyes of London and Kendrick firmly onto her...

Maryse: Hooligans, explain something to me. I think something may be lost in translation. You see, I don't understand why ze two of you are with zis trashy girl Ashley. Surely ze WWE Tag Team Champions should be with someone with a little more... class? Oui?

Furious, Ashley tries to step forward, only for London to reach out, placing an arm across Ashley's chest, stopping her from getting in Maryse's face...

Maryse: I mean, champions like you two... you deserve better, oui? And I... I can be better for you.

Slowly Maryse runs a well manicured finger down Kendrick's torso, leaving a mesmerised look on Kendrick's face. London meanwhile continues to restrain Ashley, who is determined to get her hands on Maryse...

Paul London: Listen, Maryse... we're flattered, we really are. But we won these titles with Ashley by our side, and that's how it's gonna stay.

Maryse laughs, before again turning her attention to Kendrick...

Maryse: And you Brian? You would not be interested in ze...

Maryse pulls herself close to Kendrick, whispering in his ear...

Maryse: Services... I can provide.

Ashley Massaro: God, you are such a slut!

Maryse scoffs at Ashley's words, getting right in Ashley's face to laugh at her...

Maryse: Prend un a connaitre Ashley.

Ashley Massaro: And what does that mean?

Again Maryse laughs, the tension between the two divas close to boiling over...

Maryse: Ah Ashley. I thought ze ugly girls got ze brains, non?

That's it, enough is enough. Ashley snaps, pushing past London to grab Maryse by the hair... we've got a catfight!! The pair shriek and grab hair, clawing and scratching at each other, before both fall to the floor. Neither girl let's go though, as the pair roll on the floor, slapping and swinging at each other wildly. Eventually, London and Kendrick step in to separate the pair, with London pulling Ashley one way while Kendrick drags Maryse the other. Maryse quickly shouts "Laissez-moi aller!" at Kendrick, who releases his grip put makes sure to position himself between the two divas...

Maryse: (Breathing heavily) You... you will pay for zis Ashley!

There's one last flick of the palm in Ashley's direction before Maryse turns to leave, with the camera turning back to focus on the furious Ashley, with London and Kendrick trying to get Ashley to relax as we fade into commercial...


We return to the arena for...


It's a good pop from the crowd as Kane menacingly makes his way down the aisle, ready for action...

Michael Cole: Welcome back to Smackdown folks. There you see Kane, and that can mean only one thing. It's time for Kane and Finlay to go one on one, and this one could get out of hand in a hurry.

John Bradshaw Layfield: It's gonna be nothin' but a slugfest between these two. Two of the toughest bastards you're gonna find in professional wrestling. I can't wait to see it!

Michael Cole: We want to take this time to remind everyone that in just over one weeks time the Royal Rumble returns to pay per view. So far, 22 men are entered in the Royal Rumble match, and that man Kane is one of them. What do you think of Kane's chances of winning the Royal Rumble and going on to main event Wrestlemania 23?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kane holds the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match. Each and every year he takes part in the Rumble, ya' gotta think he's in with a chance. He knows what it takes to go deep in these types of matches.

For the second time tonight...


The boos ring out once again as Finlay steps out, that trusty shillelagh back in his hand. Finlay makes his way down the aisle to a lot of boos, leading to Finlay threatening the occasional fan with the shillelagh on his way to the ring...

Michael Cole: And what a night the Royal Rumble could be for that man, Finlay. The veteran brawler, born and raised fighting on the streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Finlay has an unbelievable opportunity as he takes on Batista with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Can Finlay be the man to tame The Animal?

John Bradshaw Layfield: You bet your ass he can! I've never seen anybody do the kinda damage to Batista that Finlay did last week. Finlay destroyed Batista last week. Finlay has weakened Batista, he's done damage, he's gotten into the mind of the champion. Batista knows Finlay can hurt him, and that's gotta be on Batista's mind with the Royal Rumble just over a week away.

Match 3:
vs. Kane

Before he calls for the bell, the referee demands Finlay places his shillelagh in the corner, with the Irishman keeping his eyes firmly fixed on Kane as he does so. The bell rings and the pair tie up, with Kane quickly backing Finlay into the corner. The referee calls for a break, which Kane provides, only for Finlay to grab Kane, twisting and forcing him into the corner so Finlay can drive a few shoulders into Kane’s midsection. Kane tries to pound his way out of the corner, dropping shots on Finlay’s spine, but Finlay hangs on to the waist, driving another shoulder before scoring with a pair of uppercuts. Finlay then whips Kane across, but as he charges in, Kane bounces out of the corner to nail Finlay with a big boot to the face. Finlay crashes to the mat, but Kane doesn’t let up, coming off the ropes and catching Finlay with a low angle dropkick as the Irishman sits up.

Kane now experiences a period of control, rocking Finlay with a sidewalk slam with a near fall and following this up with a scoop slam and an elbow drop, also getting Kane a 2 count. Finlay is stunned as he backs away to the corner to try regroup, but Kane stays on him, striking with more of those uppercuts before sending Finlay off the ropes, only for Finlay to hang on to the top rope, stopping the momentum from sending him back into Kane’s path. However, despite this Finlay is still feeling the effects of Kane’s offense, and this allows Kane to charge and clothesline Finlay over the top rope to the outside. Finlay lands hard, having to use the ring apron to pull himself back up. Instead of Kane going outside, he reaches over the top rope to grab hold of Finlay. This proves to be a mistake as Finlay grabs Kane’s ankle, pulling the back man to the mat before dragging him leg first towards the corner... before smashing Kane’s knee into the steel ringpost! Kane cries out, but Finlay hangs on, and despite protests from the ref... smashes Kane’s knee into the steel for a second time! Kane screams in anguish, crawling away from the corner while the camera stats focused on the smug look on Finlay’s face as we fade into commercial.


When we return, Finlay is laying siege on Kane’s knee, driving his own knee into it, dropping elbows across it and then locking on a kneebar. Finlay stretches Kane’s knee out, wrenching on it, applying pressure that causes Kane to cry in anguish. Kane tries to stretch out for the ropes, but he falls way short. Kane now tries to break the hold using force, as he uses his free leg to kick his way free, aiming enough stiff shots to force Finlay to release his grip. Kane struggles to get back to his feet, and Finlay is mercifulness as he drops Kane with a chop block, before again stomping on the knee.

Finlay is very much in control, and he looks to hammer home his advantage by climbing to the second rope, looking for a diving legdrop. The unusual aerial move from Finlay backfires though, as Kane is able to roll out of harm’s way. Kane dodges a bullet, but due to the damage sustained to his knee, he takes an age to return to his feet, allowing Finlay a brief chance to recover. Kane distances himself by limping to the ropes, and when Finlay charges over, Kane strikes with a stiff uppercut, following with another before he scoops Finlay up for a backbreaker. Kane then slowly climbs to the top rope, waiting for Finlay to rise... flying clothesline connects! 1... 2... no! Finlay rolls his shoulder, but Kane is now in control, and he stands waiting for Finlay to rise, hand raised in the air. Finlay staggers to his feet, straight into Kane gripping him by the throat... but before he can lift Finlay into the air, the Irishman aims a stiff kick to the knee, causing Kane to let go.

Quickly, Finlay comes off the ropes, looking to strike... but he runs into a big boot to the face! Once again Kane regains the momentum, and he waits for Finlay to rise, hand poised, ready to strike. Finlay is back on his feet... and Kane grabs him by the throat... and takes Finlay up into the air... chokeslam... no! Again Finlay manages to break free, pushing himself free of Kane’s grip, landing on his feet behind Kane and then wrapping his hands around Kane’s waist, driving Kane chest first into the turnbuckle. Kane hits the turnbuckle hard, and again Finlay drives the shoulder, this time into Kane’s spine. Finlay turns Kane and goes for an Irish whip, only for Kane to reverses, sending Finlay into the corner. Kane then rushes (as best he can) across, looking for a big boot in the corner... but Finlay ducks, which sees Kane drive his already injured knee into the turnbuckle! Kane is agony as he limps out of the corner, and having dodged the attack, Finlay is waiting... to scoop Kane up on his shoulders... for the Celtic Cross!! Finlay plants Kane and quickly hooks the injured leg... 1... 2... 3!!

Winner: Finlay @ 08.23

It's a strong victory for Finlay, and more importantly it was clean. Kane writhes on the ground in pain, while Finlay is quickly back to his feet, snatching his shillelagh out of the corner. Finlay stands over Kane, cocking his shillelagh in the air, looking as if he's about to strike... but Finlay merely laughs and shakes his head. Instead Finlay turns to leave, stepping through the ropes and dropping down to the floor. Finlay then turns to walk up the aisle, but as the camera stays focused on his face, Finlay stares at the lens before saying...

"I won't say no when it's you Batista."

Michael Cole: Wow. What a chilling message from Finlay. It looked as if Finlay was about to give the same punishment to Kane as he did to Batista last week, but he stopped himself.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! I love it! He's in Batista's head! Finlay knows he's hurt Batista, and now he's playin' mind games with 'im. Finlay knows that when he's got the shillelagh in his hand, he can do damage to anybody he wants to. Batista, last week was just the start. You're gonna be in for a world of pain come the Royal Rumble!

By now Finlay has made it to the top of the aisle, stopping under the famous Smackdown fist, flashing that toothy grin of his as he smiles down at Kane, who has barely made it back to a knee as we fade backstage...

Where the camera turns to a random backstage area, where The Miz stands, smugly smiling at the camera, his new associate Michelle McCool stood next to him. Miz is dressed in sharp street clothes, obviously not ready to compete tonight. There is no interviewer, instead Miz speaks directly to the camera...

The Miz: Two weeks ago, I told each and every one of you that you were witnessing the birth of new Miz. I told all that it was time for a more serious Miz. Y'see, I know you all watched The Real World and I'm sure you all thought I was the coolest guy you've ever seen in your life.

Miz smugly smiles at the camera...

The Miz: I'm sure you all laughed at my witty antics, you all laughed when I talked about my dreams of being a wrestler... just like you all laughed at me when I finally did make it here in the WWE. That's right, you all laughed at the former reality star who didn't belong here. You laughed at me, didn't ya' JBL?

Miz looks down at the ground, shaking his head before staring back at the camera...

The Miz: Yeah, you had a real good laugh at me, didn't ya'? But tell me somethin' Michelle... was anybody laughin' last week after what I did to Jimmy Wang Yang?

Michelle McCool: Nope. Not a single one.

The Miz: That's right. Nobody... is laughing now. Last week, I proved I belong around here. Last week, I sent a message to all the haters, to everyone who ever doubted me. Last week, you saw the new Miz. Infact, you could say that last week, was the closest to reality I've ever been.

With a serious look in his eyes, Miz turns to McCool, who smirks, before Miz turns back to the camera...

The Miz: Last week, I made a statement to the world. And at the Royal Rumble... I'm gonna make an even bigger statement. I hit rock bottom back at Armageddon, but now I am goin' straight to the top! I will be the one who wins the Royal Rumble, I will be the one who main events Wrestlemania and I will be the one proves to the world just how... damn... good... I can be.

Miz again to look at McCool, who smiles and nods back...

The Miz: 'Cause I'm The Miz...

Miz steps towards the camera, his eyes almost piercing the screen...

The Miz: And I'm...

Miz lowers his voice, almost to a whisper...

The Miz: (Softly) Awesome!

*Video Package*

Narrator: Every year, 30 men chase a dream...

Shots of historical Royal Rumble moments, starting with Shawn Michaels dumping The British Bulldog over the top rope and then collapsing to his knees in victory...

Narrator: 30 men who seek fight for greatness...

Triple H returning in 2002 and last eliminating Kurt Angle before celebrating in the ring...

Narrator: 30 men who strive for their spot...

Quick-fire shots of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's three Rumble wins, 1997, 1998 and 2001...

Narrator: In the annals of time.

We now see stadium-wide shots of past Wrestlemania's, with the flashing lights and pyro displays of yesteryear...

Narrator: They crave immortality...

We now see shots from last year's Royal Rumble, starting with Shane McMahon eliminating Shawn Michaels...

Narrator: They strive for prominence...

The iconic image of Rey Mysterio headscissoring Randy Orton over the top rope to claim victory...

Narrator: But only one...

Rapid-fire images of eliminations, with bodies crashing to the floor as the pace of the video quickens...

Narrator: Will fulfil their destiny.


*End Video Package*

Back into the arena for...


A ton of boos for Test, who walks down the aisle with a strong purpose, no doubt buoyed by the impact he has made in recent weeks. Just like last week, Test sports an "Impact Player" t-shirt, which rather sums up his recent attitude and demeanour...

Michael Cole: Ever since he arrived here on Smackdown two weeks ago, Test has made the United States Champion Chris Benoit the object of his attention. And you gotta admit, Test has had Benoit's number so far, delivering a string of brutal attacks.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And he's doin' it the old fashioned way. He saw a target, he picked a fight, and he's kickin' ass right now.

Michael Cole: Well Test and Benoit will meet in the ring in just a few moments. It's Benoit and the returning Matt Hardy taking on Test and Joey Mercury when we return to Friday Night Smackdown!


When we return, the music of Matt Hardy is playing, with Hardy already having made his entrance, standing at the bottom of the aisle. In the ring, Test has now been joined by Joey Mercury, who walks towards the ropes to throw some trash talk down at Hardy. Test paces in the ring awaiting the arrival of...


It's a great pop as the ever popular United States Champion Chris Benoit steps up, proudly carrying his championship on his shoulder. Benoit cocks his neck as he paces down the aisle, where at the bottom he greets Hardy. The pair exchange a nod, before both men charge the ring, sliding under the bottom rope and the match is on!

Match 4: Tag Team Match
United States Champion Chris Benoit and Matt Hardy vs.Test and Joey Mercury

And it’s on in a big way as Hardy tackles Mercury to the mat while Benoit uses a shoulder to the gut to drive Test to the corner. The fists soon fly, as Hardy mounts Mercury to lay in with a flurry of rights and lefts while the more controlled Benoit unloads with well placed shots to the head. The ref struggles to maintain any sense of order, but the match works itself out as Hardy steps off Mercury who is dazed as he staggers towards the ropes... only for Hardy to clothesline him over the top rope to the floor. This leaves Test and Benoit going at, with Benoit sending Test off the ropes with an Irish whip... Test reverses, and goes for a big boot... but Benoit slides underneath... and goes for the Crippler Crossface... but Test scrambles for the ropes, and the ref forces Benoit to release his grip on Test’s arm.

The break settles the match down, as Test tags in Mercury, who cautiously enters the ring. The pair tie up, with Mercury working into a standing waistlock. Benoit counters into a waistlock of his own, before quickly snapping Mercury over for not one... not two... but three German suplexes! Hardy gets the tag and enters the ring to a nice pop, with the fans wanting to see him again get his hands on Mercury. Hardy catches the dazed Mercury with a string of rights, before dropping Mercury with a side Russian legsweep and following with a snap legdrop for a two count. Hardy then whips Mercury off the ropes, but he lowers his head, allowing Mercury to hit a swinging neckbreaker, who then crawls to his corner to tag in Test.

The Impact Player enters the ring, determined to cause damage, and he does so with a series of power moves, dropping Hardy with a fallaway slam and then a stiff backbreaker, getting near falls after both moves. Mercury also chips in, nailing Hardy with an enzuigiri which sees Hardy drop cold to the mat. Hardy rolls his shoulder at two, which prompts Mercury to bring Test back into the match. The big man continues to pile on the pain, getting another two count from a full nelson slam before sending Hardy off the ropes into a big bearhug. Test wrenches on Hardy, continuing to squeeze and apply pressure, all the while Hardy begins to slowly fade away.

Seeing this, the crowd tries to encourage Hardy to hang in there, and eventually Hardy responds, firing a set off elbows, managing to drop to his feet but unable to break Test’s grip. Test blocks a Hardy elbow, firing back with a clubbing blow of his own before he sends Hardy off the ropes... Hardy ducks a clothesline... and hits the side effect! Hardy drops Test, but he’s taken too much punishment to build on it, and now both men crawl for their corners. Test reaches out to bring in Mercury... but here comes Benoit! Benoit fires into the ring, but it’s Mercury who swings first... Benoit ducks... German suplex! Benoit holds on... and nails another, but still Benoit holds on... to nail a third! 1... 2... Mercury kicks out, despite feeling the triple German’s for the second time.

Mercury backs off to the corner, looking to regroup, but Benoit is unrelenting, striking with stiff chops to the chest, only for Test to charge the corner... but Benoit senses him coming, moving in time... which sees Test squash Mercury in the corner! Benoit now stings Test with chops, while Hardy moves in on Mercury, climbing to the second rope while Mercury struggles to his feet... legdrop connects to the back of Mercury’s head! Before Hardy can attempt a cover, Mercury wisely rolls to the floor, with Hardy following him out, intent on causing damage. The fight between Hardy and Mercury quickly makes its way up the aisle, while in the ring, Benoit continues to be in control of Test, as Benoit rattles off one German... and another... and Test takes a third German, this time Benoit bridges... 1... 2... Test kicks out! Both men feel the effects of the match, but Benoit stays on the attack, snapping Test over with a northern lights suplex, with Test again kicking out at 2.

Meanwhile, the shot switches to Mercury and Hardy’s battle with the pair brawling back down towards the ring. Hardy is in control, and he batters Mercury up against the ring post, with Mercury standing prone, his weight supported by the nearby ring steps. Hardy charges, looking to clothesline Mercury against the ringpost, but as he does, Mercury steps forward... and drops Hardy with a drop toe hold... that sends Matt crashing skull first into the steel steps! Almost instantly Hardy is busted open, clutching at his face, with the personal nature of the feud between the two coming to the fore once again, with Cole quick to point out Mercury’s vendetta to damage Hardy’s face.

While this has been going on, Benoit has rocked Test with a string of stiff lariats, before Benoit climbs to the top rope, composing himself, before launching through the air... diving headbutt... NO! Test rolls out of the way, and Benoit flies head first into the mat. The momentum instantly shifts, and Test looks to take full advantage, as he shows he ways playing possum by quickly getting to his feet, pulling Benoit up with him... and then dropping Benoit with a gutwrench powerbomb!! Test plants Hardy, and quickly hooks both legs... 1... 2... 3!

Winners: Test and Joey Mercury @ 08.37

It's a big win for Test and Mercury, even if Mercury might not be aware of it due to him and Hardy both being down on the outside. In the ring, Test quickly rises to his feet, having his hands raised high by the referee. For the third week in a row, Test menacingly stands over a prone Chris Benoit, and when the ref is handed the United States Championship and tries to place it next to Benoit, Test snatches it from his hands, before raising the title high in the air to a ton of heat. Test then bends down to be close to Benoit's body, draping the title across Benoit's chest and the camera is just about able to pick up Test saying "That... is gonna be mine!" before Test steps over Benoit to make his way backstage as we fade into a pre-filmed segment...

We open on a dimly lit room, a lone light shining down on a wooden stool. A very Italian-esque violin tune can be heard playing in the background. The stool stands empty, alone in a sea of darkness, perched in the middle of the room. Off camera, a commotion is heard, and soon the darkness is shattered by the appearance of four figures. Two men struggle to contain a taller man, the duo having a hard time forcing the man sit down in the chair. Through the darkness, it's hard to make out the identity of the two captors, or their accomplice. The man who now sits on the chair already has his hands tied behind his back, and a hood over his head.

???: Where... where... where am I?!

Finally, one of the captors steps into light. We see the beautiful figure of Trinity stood before the man on the chair, and she removes the hood to reveal it's none other than Big Vito, the man who was subject to a kidnapping last week. It's also safe to assume that the other two men are Nunzio and Tony Mamaluke . Off camera, Nunzio positions a light, shining it straight in Vito's eyes, causing him to squint and turn his head away from the glare...

Big Vito: What is this? What's goin' on?

???: Ah, Vito. I have 'ah' been expecting you.

Big Vito: Who... who are you?

The camera now begins to switch between the image of the dimly lit Vito perched on his stool and the man who addresses him. Basked in darkness, we see nothing of this mystery man, merely the shape of his figure sat on a big leather chair behind an old oak desk...

???: Dis is not 'ah' important. But you Vito... you are very important.

Big Vito: What? Why am I important?

???: You see Vito, you are 'ah' nothing but de big embarrassment to us. You Vito, are de biggest embarrassment of all de times! You bring 'ah' de shame on us Vito!

Vito continues to squint and turn his face away from the bright light being shone in his eyes. Struggling to break free from the rope tied around his wrist, Vito has no choice but to slump and give up...

Big Vito: So... so what do you want with me?

???: Vito... you are about to 'ah' find out. Tony, Nunzio... lose 'ah' de dress!

Big Vito: No! NO! NOOOOOOO!!

And with that darkness again, with the Italian-esque violin music intensifying in both tempo and volume, all the while through the darkness the screams of Vito are mixed with... the tearing of fabric?


We return to see Vickie Guerrero sat alone in a locker room, a pissed off look on her face. Boos ring out from inside the arena at the sight of Vickie, and the boos only intensify as her nephew Chavo Guerrero enters the room and sits down next to Vickie...

Chavo Guerrero: Vickie... what's up? You wanted to speak to me about somethin'?

Vickie Guerrero: Yes Chavo, I want to speak with you. Chavo, lately I've been thinking a lot. I've been thinking about a lot about... family.

Chavo has a confused looked on his face, while Vickie's expression stays as stern as ever...

Chavo Guerrero: What do you mean family?

Vickie Guerrero: Chavo, you and me... we are Guerreros! Members of a legendary wrestling family. Chavo, you lead a great legacy of Guerrero's into battle each and every time you step in that ring. We are a proud family Chavo, maybe even the greatest wrestling family in history.

Feeling the pride rise inside of him, Chavo smiles smugly, nodding his head in agreement...

Chavo Guerrero: Yeah! Yeah you're right! I'm... I'm a Guerrero!!

Vickie Guerrero: That's right!

Chavo looks like he's on top of the world after his aunt's pep talk...

Vickie Guerrero: So why don't you start acting like a Guerrero, Chavo?

But he soon crashes back down to earth...

Chavo Guerrero: What?!

Vickie Guerrero: Face it Chavo. You're no warrior! I'm ashamed to call you a Guerrero. I'm ashamed to call you my nephew. Think about the legendary Guerrero's that have came before you. What would your grandfather Gory say, huh? What about your father Chavo Sr.? What would he say if he was here right now? What would... what would Eddie say Chavo?

Chavo turns away from Vickie, almost too ashamed to look at her...

Vickie Guerrero: They'd say you didn't deserve to be a Guerrero anymore. I mean... doesn't it disgust you to hear Teddy Long talk about the best cruiserweights in the World... and your name isn't mentioned anymore Chavo? You brought the lucha libre style to America. You defined what it meant to be a cruiserweight. And now? Now you can't even get a match anymore. You weren't on the show last week and you aren't on the show this week. What happened to you Chavo? Where has that Guerrero spirit gone?

Chavo still can't bear to look at Vickie, simply having to listen to every word...

Vickie Guerrero: You have a legacy to live up to Chavo... and unless you start living up to it... I have no nephew.

Vickie rises up out of her chair, leaving Chavo still sat there. A door slamming off camera signals Vickie's exit from the room, and a enraged Chavo turns towards the camera, breathing hard, taking in every word his aunt spoke to him. A lamp on a nearby coffee table bears the brunt of Chavo's frustrations, as he swings a fist and sends the lamp flying across the room. Soon Chavo has his head in his hands, his loud breathing still audible. Chavo rubs his eyes and face, but when the camera moves in for a close up, Chavo decides he's had enough...

Chavo Guerrero: Get the hell outta my face!

Chavo pushes the camera, causing the cameraman to drop it, and we see a disjointed sideways view of the room before we lose the feed and static picture takes over.

Back into the arena for...


Plenty of heat from the crowd as King Booker steps out, pinkie raised high in the air, Queen Sharmell as always by his side...

Michael Cole: Well that was certainly a very intense message from Vickie Guerrero to her nephew Chavo. You're letting down the family name, and you've gotta make a few changes.

John Bradshaw Layfield: The Guerrero's are a proud family, a family woven in the very fabric of professional wrestling. Vickie Guerrero has a responsibility to make sure that legacy isn't tarnished. I completely understand where she's comin' from with that.

Michael Cole: And what about that man? King Booker, who so forcibly challenged The Undertaker to meet him in the centre of the ring here tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And The Deadman didn't show up. He didn't answer the challenge. I think we've finally found someone The Undertaker is afraid of.

Michael Cole: Well wait a minute, we've still got time tonight. We've still got our main event where the World Heavyweight Champion Batista, despite carrying an injured shoulder, will step into the ring with Mr. Kennedy. But right now, let's find out who King Booker is gonna face.


And more...



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

John Bradshaw Layfield: You gotta be kiddin' me?! King Booker challenges The Undertaker, and when he doesn't show up, Teddy Long chooses The Boogeyman to take his place? It absolutely disgusts me. I can't believe some of the freaks and misfits we've got on this show.

Michael Cole: I don't think there's that many freaks around here.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I think I'm sittin' next to the biggest one right now.

Match 5:
King Booker
w/ Queen Sharmell vs. The Boogeyman

Royally disgusted by the slobbering mess stood opposite him in the ring, Booker furiously assaults Boogey straight from the first tie up, scoring a knee to the gut and following with a string of clubbing blows to the spine that knocks Boogey to the mat. After a few stomps, Booker whips Boogey to the corner, which sees Boogeyman crash to the mat due to the force of which he struck the corner. As you’d expect, Booker dominates the match, taking out his frustrations over The Undertaker not appearing on Boogeyman, pulling Boogey up in the corner to deliver a series of forearm smashes to the face. Boogeyman finally scores some offense as he reverses an Irish whip across, following with a shoulderblock as Booker staggers out of the corner. Booker is quickly back up, but more shoulders send him back down. Boogeyman tries to build momentum, but as he goes for a scoop slam, Booker lands on his feet behind Boogey, turning him around to nail a spinning heel kick. Booker then waits for Boogeyman to rise, coming off the ropes to nail the scissors kick, quickly going for the cover to grab the 3 count.

Winner: King Booker @ 02.15

Quick work, but what do you expect when The Boogeyman is involved? Booker makes it look easy, but when he gets back on his feet...


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


The lights return...


And The Undertaker is in the ring!!

Sharmell screams from ringside, franticly pointing and telling Booker to turn around. Booker finally turns... only for a deadly right hand to grip him around the throat... chokeslam!! Taker plants Booker with the chokeslam! Undertaker has answered Booker's call to meet him in the middle of the ring with a thunderous chokeslam! After briefly standing over the King, Undertaker soon looks to the rafters, pointing at the Royal Rumble banner hanging high in the arena, The Deadman clearly signalling his intent to outlast 29 other men to go on and win the Royal Rumble, with that image saying a thousand words as we fade into a video package...

*Video Package*


MARCH 20TH, 1994

Embroiled in a bitter jealousy fuelled war, the Hart Family is nearly torn apart as brothers Bret and Owen square off in the opening contest of Wrestlemania X. Reluctant at first, a stiff slap to the face from Owen is all the encouragement Bret needs as the two engage in a great technical battle. After a long back and forth match, with both men attempting to end it with a sharpshooter, a victory roll out of the corner hands Owen the biggest victory of his career. After Bret went on to beat Yokozuna in the main event to become the new WWF Champion, the brothers were on a collision course to a legendary steel cage title match at Summerslam 94.


*End Video Package*

Backstage, where Kristal Marshall is standing by...

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

A few smark cheers but it's almost all boos that greet the arrival of Mr Kennedy on the scene...

Kristal Marshall: Now, Mr. Kennedy, two weeks ago you claimed it should've been you who got a shot at Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, not Finlay. Tonight, you get your shot at Batista in non title action. Is tonight the night your show you truly did deserve an opportunity at the World Heavyweight Championship?

Kennedy pauses, not answering straight away, loudly chewing gum into the mic...

Mr. Kennedy: Y'know, for once, one of you mic gophers is actually right. You're absolutely right toots. Tonight... is the night... that I finally step into the ring, one on one with Batista.

Kennedy again pauses, rubbing his chin...

Mr. Kennedy: This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. This is the chance I have deserved for months now. Y'see, I got it all figured out. Tonight, I beat Batista, and then... at the Royal Rumble... I kick 29 other guys over that top rope, guran-damn-teeing myself a main event shot at Wrestlemania 23. And uh, since after tonight I'll have a win over Batista in my bag... I think I might just lay a lil' challenge his way.

Kennedy smiles at Kristal, but quickly drops the smile to scowl...

Mr. Kennedy: And I promise you Batista... that after I win the Rumble and go on to Wrestlemania... there will be a new name on that title. MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!

Kennedy then snatches the mic from Kristal's hand, holding it high above his head...

Mr. Kennedy: KEN - NAH -

Kennedy doesn't finish however, as he feels the presence of someone standing behind him. The camera and Kennedy both turn at the same time to reveal the figure of Finlay stood behind the brash youngster. Kennedy has a pissed off look on his face, while Finlay smugly flashes his toothy grin...

Finlay: IF... you win the Royal Rumble... you won't have to worry about beatin' Batista. You'll be worryin' about beatin' me. And lemme tell ya' sunshine... that'll never happen.

Both men stare into each other's eyes, neither man giving an inch...

Finlay: Good luck tonight. I'll be watchin'.

After a few more seconds of staring, Finlay moves to walk off, walking past Kennedy and being sure to bump shoulders as he does. Kennedy turns to watch Finlay leave, breathing heavily, before he finally storms off in the other direction, leaving the camera focused on Kristal who puffs her cheeks while she turns her head from side to side, watching both men leave as we fade into a commercial...


When we return...


It's a huge ovation as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista steps out, crouching to fire off his massive pyro display before making his way down to the ring...

Michael Cole: Well, he may be hurt, but there wasn't a chance The Animal wasn't gonna compete tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well I think it's gonna be a decision Batista will live to regret. Why put yourself at risk like this? Mr. Kennedy is out to prove a point in this match tonight. You think he's gonna pass up his chance to leave his mark on The Animal? Not a chance in hell.

Batista makes it to the ring, trying to stretch out his heavily taped shoulder, pacing the ring as he does, awaiting the arrival of...



A ton of welcome Mr. Kennedy, who simply smirks as he arrogantly chews his gum and swaggers down to the ring...

Michael Cole: And here comes the man who feels like he's been held down by some of the veterans here on Smackdown. It was two weeks ago Kennedy called Batista, Kane, Finlay and The Undertaker a bunch of fossils. Is tonight the night Kennedy proves he belongs in the hunt for the World Heavyweight Championship?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Mr. Kennedy is a World Heavyweight Champion waiting to happen. Right now, for my money, he's my pick to win the Royal Rumble, especially is he knocks off The Animal tonight.

Main Event: Non Title Match
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Mr Kennedy

Despite knowing Batista’s weakness, it’s a cagey start from Kennedy, who is still wary due to Batista’s obvious size and power advantage. As the two tie up, Batista quickly pushes Kennedy away, sending Ken tumbling across the ring. Kennedy, frustrated, is quickly back on his feet, and he goes straight for the injured arm, looking to grab at it, trying to wrench on the arm. Batista however is able to use his one good arm to rock Kennedy with a few stiff fists to the head, before dropping Kennedy with a sideslam. On commentary, Cole and JBL are quick to comment that every impact seems to cause The Animal pain, and the camera gets a good shot of Batista reaching for that injured shoulder before he returns to his feet.

When Batista gets back up, he connects with a few more fists, before sending Kennedy off the ropes... but Kennedy reverses... only for Batista to come off the ropes with a clothesline! Batista drops Kennedy with his good arm, gaining a 2 count, and as Batista gets back on his feet, Kennedy crawls to the corner to distance himself from the champion. Batista stays on the attack though, hitting more punches before repeatedly driving his good shoulder into Kennedy’s midsection. An Irish whip sends Kennedy to the opposite corner, which leads to Batista charging... spear in the corner... no! Kennedy moves... and Batista’s bad shoulder crashes into the ringpost! The Animal screams in agony as that taped shoulder connects with the steel, and the camera quickly catches sight of Kennedy, a smug smile on his face as he stares at the wounded Animal as we fade to commercial.


When we return, we see some action from during the break, with Kennedy attacking the prone Batista in the corner, in particular aiming a stiff kick to Batista’s shoulder with his arm still wrapped around the ringpost. Back to real time now, and Batista is down, with Kennedy standing above him, aiming stomps at the injured arm. Kennedy now turns to a side of his arsenal rarely seen as he starts to use some submission based moves to weaken Batista, namely locking on an armbar and a hammerlock, driving his knee into the shoulder as he does. Kennedy is well in control, and he continues to do damage, getting a 2 count from a single arm DDT and following this by ramming Batista shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Kennedy then looks to send Batista across the ring, but Batista reverses, and as Kennedy staggers out of the corner, Batista swings a right hand... which Kennedy ducks... inverted DDT! 1... 2... Batista kicks out, much to Kennedy’s annoyance.

Moving quickly, Kennedy again goes for the side armbar, wrenching on the arm, applying pressure as Batista winces in pain. Batista manages to struggle to one knee, throwing a few fists to Kennedy’s gut, before he forces Kennedy off the ropes... right into a big boot to the face! Both men go down, Kennedy suffering from the impact while Batista feels the effects of Kennedy’s sustained attack. Both men slowly get back on their feet, throwing tired punches, before Batista rattles off three in a row, forcing Kennedy back to the ropes before going for an Irish whip... Kennedy ducks a clothesline... but he can’t duck a massive spinebuster! Batista feels pain from the move too, but he slowly starts to build momentum, getting back on his feet first to send Kennedy to the corner... Kennedy tries to use the ropes to leap over the charging Batista... but The Animal catches Kennedy on his shoulder... and nails a running powerslam!

Kennedy is planted, and Batista is quickly back up, shaking the ropes, feeling the crowd rise before giving the thumbs up... and then the thumbs down! Now Batista makes his move, pulling Kennedy to his feet, synching him in, taking Kennedy high in the air... Batista-bomb... no! Batista gets Kennedy in the air... only to see Finlay storm into the ring! Batista is blinded by having Kennedy in the air, and Finlay makes his move... shillelagh shot to the injured shoulder! Batista drops Kennedy to the mat, and the ref has no choice but to call for the DQ.

Winner: Batista Via Disqualification @ 10.13

Batista is down, crying out in pain after the shillelagh shot to the damaged shoulder. Quickly the boots start to fly from Finlay, with the Irishman carefully planting them across the chest and arm. Kennedy is by now back on his feet, and in typical heel fashion, he joins Finlay in assaulting Batista. Now it's double boots that fall on The Animal, before Finlay crouches down and grabs Batista's head, nailing him with well placed right hands. Just when it seems Batista is in for a devastating beating...


The arena erupts as Kane quickly heads down the aisle for the save, sliding under the bottom rope. Kennedy abandons Finlay and Batista, going to meet Kane, only for the Big Red Machine to rock Kennedy with a massive uppercut that sends Kennedy down. Finlay now turns his attention to Kane, charging him, only to run into Kane's hand gripped around his throat!! Kane is all set to drop Finlay, only for Kennedy to club Kane from behind, causing Kane to release his grip on Finlay. This is all the distraction Finlay needs as he quickly rolls under the bottom rope to the safety of the floor.

Kennedy continues to pound Kane, hitting three stiff forearms to the his back, but it has little effect, as Kane merely turns... and snatches Kennedy by the throat... and taking him up in the air... for a monster chokeslam!! Kane plants Kennedy, with Finlay now slowly starting to back his way up the aisle. Batista has also returned to his feet, clutching at his shoulder, but still looking for a fight, as he stands at the ropes and snarls at Finlay. Batista then points at Finlay and shouts "Watch this!", as he turns to the fallen Kennedy, pulling him to his feet, synching him in between his legs, before one last stare at Finlay. Kennedy goes up... before he comes crashing down... Batista-bomb!!!

Michael Cole: Batista has just sent an emphatic message to Finlay! The Animal may be wounded, but there's still plenty o' fight left in 'im!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Batista may be standin' tall, but Finlay is still standin' too. Neither man has given an inch tonight!

Michael Cole: Batista came here lookin' for a fight with Finlay. He almost got it. There's gonna be no doubt that Batista will get his hands on Finlay at the Royal Rumble! We'll see ya next week for more Friday Night Smackdown!

In the ring, Kane and Batista stand tall, sharing a brief nod with each other, while Finlay continues to stand under the Smackdown fist, that toothy grin still etched on his face as we fade to black.

*End Show*

Current Card for WWE Royal Rumble:
Date: January 28th 2007

Location: AT&T Centre, San Antonio, Texas

WWE Championship Match:
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

World Heavyweight Championship Match:
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Finlay

Intercontinental Championship Match:
Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny Dykstra

30 Man Royal Rumble Match:
Winner has automatic title shot at EITHER brand’s Champion at Wrestlemania XXIII:
Entrants in Alphabetical order:

Bobby Lashley, Brian Kendrick, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Edge, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro, Kane, King Booker, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, The Miz, The Undertaker, Triple H, Umaga

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With the upcoming Royal Rumble pay per view just six days away, the latest six Superstars entered in the Royal Rumble match have just been announced. A further three Raw and three Smackdown Superstars will join the 22 Superstars already announced to compete. On Raw, Jonathan Coachman has handpicked Chris Masters, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch to be entered, no doubt as a reward for their efforts in the gauntlet match against John Cena last Monday Night. Over on Smackdown, the latest trio of former ECW Superstars to sign with the blue brand, Sabu, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer, have all been entered into the Rumble. The list of Superstars now in the Royal Rumble match now looks like...

Raw: Bobby Lashley, Carlito, Charlie Haas, Chris Masters, Edge, Johnny Nitro, Lance Cade, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Shelton Benjamin, Trevor Murdoch, Triple H, Umaga
Smackdown: Brian Kendrick, Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Joey Mercury, Kane, King Booker, Matt Hardy, Mr. Kennedy, Paul London, Sabu, The Miz, The Sandman, The Undertaker, Tommy Dreamer

These additions bring the number of announced participants to 28. The final Raw participant will be determined this Monday night in a Royal Rumble Qualifying Match, while the last Smackdown entrant will be announced this Friday Night.

One further match for the Royal Rumble pay per view has also been announced. On the back of his victory in tag team action last Friday night, Test will receive a United States Championship opportunity against the champion Chris Benoit. Having already scored a pinfall over Benoit, Test will no doubt be seek to make a further impact this Sunday live on pay per view.

~Monday Night Raw~
January 22nd, 2007
Lafayette, Louisiana

It's the last stop on the Road to the Rumble for the Superstars of Monday Night Raw, and tonight in Lafayette, Louisiana, the course of the Royal Rumble this Sunday could be drastically altered. Last week, after dishing out a bit of rough justice in what Mr. McMahon claimed was a lesson in respect, The Boss will be in the ring with both WWE Champion John Cena and his challenger this Sunday, Rob Van Dam as McMahon presides over a contract signing for the match this Sunday. After breaking both Cena and Van Dam last week, McMahon relented, agreeing to sign the match but only if it took place under his terms. Not only will Cena and RVD be involved in the contract signing, but both men are scheduled to compete tonight. Van Dam will face off against Johnny Nitro, will Cena takes on the man who did the most damage to him in the gauntlet match last week, namely Chris Masters. Can RVD build momentum with a victory over Cena? Can 'The Champ' extract a measure of revenge on 'The Masterpiece'? And just what does Mr. McMahon have in store for the pair as they sign on the dotted line?

Also tonight, the coveted Number 30 spot in the Royal Rumble match will be decided as ten Raw Superstars meet in a Ten Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal, with the winner giving himself the biggest advantage of all ahead of this Sunday. However, Number 30 in the Rumble won't be the only thing on the minds of the participants of the match. After the monumental collapse of their association last week, what will happen when Shawn Michaels and Triple H once again meet in the ring? During the broadcast, Todd Grisham will no doubt endeavour to get answers from both men on the events of last week, in particular why Triple H refused a handshake from HBK after their defeat to the World Tag Team Champions. Speaking of, Randy Orton and Edge will also compete for the chance to grab spot Number 30, as will another champion, the ECW Champion Bobby Lashley. The Samoan Bulldozer Umaga will look to continue his dominance of late, and the fireworks could fly when Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas come face to face with Ric Flair and Carlito, with the four men completing the line up.

Elsewhere, the final Raw spot in the Royal Rumble is on the line as two former ECW Superstars, Hardcore Holly and CM Punk battle for their chance to appear this Sunday. With Jonathan Coachman pulling a few strings to hand Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch Rumble spots, the Redneck Wrecking Crew don't have to worry about qualifying, but Cade will have to worry about the Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy as Hardy and Cade meet in singles action. Hardy however will have his opponent this Sunday, Rated-RKO member Kenny Dykstra, firmly in mind after Edge and Orton promised their young protťgť their support in his quest to beat Hardy if Dykstra leant his support in last week's tag title match. With Dykstra holding up his end of the bargain, what does this edition of Raw have in store for the Intercontinental Champion?

All this and more as Monday Night Raw makes its final stop on the Road to the Rumble!!

Confirmed Matches:

10 Man Over The Top Rope Battle Royal
Bobby Lashley vs. Carlito vs. Charlie Haas vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Triple H vs. Umaga

Non Title Match: WWE Champion John Cena vs. Chris Masters
Rob Van Dam vs. Johnny Nitro

Non Title Match: Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Lance Cade
Royal Rumble Qualifying Match: Hardcore Holly vs. CM Punk

Plus: John Cena and Rob Van Dam sign the contract for their WWE Championship Match at the Royal Rumble!!

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Batista starting off the show is good. I like the heavily taped shoulder. Nice little touch. Not much of a promo, but the segment overall wasn't too bad. Knowing that Finlay isn't the best mic worker, what you did makes the most sense. Long was perfectly in character, and his announcements aren't too bad. Good to switch up the feuds a bit. I expect an interference or two in those matches. The aftermath semi-brawl wasn't too bad. Overall, a good segment to start the show.

First match to start off the show being a title match? Lovely. The frantic pace makes for a good match. Wow. Moore goes from number contender to being discredited after a clean loss. Don't know what to think about the division and Helms overall, but it seems like you're running out of contenders. Moore probably goes back to obscurity now. With the RR coming up soon, I'm guessing Helms isn't gonna be featured on a match either. Downer.

Pretty good promo here. 'Joshua' made me laugh. I can picture Booker saying it though. Undertaker will probably show, and really start the feud tonight is my guess. A Booker/Undertaker feud isn't bad, but hopefully, Taker takes on bigger things at WM.

And there's who should be the number one contender for the CW title. Danielson! He should be a contender right off the bat. Nifty little promo here. Kinda resembles the real life CM Punk promos, but obviously to Danielson's character. Good job.

Awesome. You having Long and Helms get into a convo about Danielson right after his video package makes sense. Mark out @ the 'scouting' and Canada shout out. Danielson/Helms seems destined for WM. It'd be pretty awesome to see him win the title right off the bat, and make a name for himself slowly like that.

lol @ the Cole bash from JBL. With the Bluebloods losing last week, and them facing the up and coming Extremists, I'm guessing they're on their way to being the number one jobbing tag team. The beer spit in the face at the end is a nice touch to help finish the match. I feel that Dreamer tagging with Sabu is a weird combination. Dreamer and Sandman fits more to me, but Sandman on the side also helps.

Good to see the tag champs right after. Yay @ Maryse. One of my favorite storylines on SD for sure. Catfight at the end was bound to happen sooner or later. The way I see it, the Hooliganz don't really have number contenders or any team that's really worth facing at the moment. Soooo, this side angle with Ashley and Maryse will probably take up some time until WM, which is good. It's nice to see booking like this because most of the times in BTB, you see 'one way' feuds. This little bit of side booking, which is what I'm gonna call it, is f'n awesome. Ashley against Maryse soon for the rights to Hooliganz? SNME maybe?

I like the build for Kane for the RR match. Nice to see the Rumble still matters. The shillelagh thing at the start of the match is again another nice touch to add. Pretty competitive match. Felt longer than eight minutes to be honest. The clean win for Finlay over Kane is really huge. Puts over Finlay a lot, but leaves Kane in the gutter. I'm guessing Kane will be good next week. I thought Finlay would have sent more of a message by demolishing Kane, but I'm also glad to see some self-restraint as well. Definitely some nice build to this Batista/Finlay feud.

<3 the Miz. He's slowly building himself into a contender, and although he won't win the Rumble, it's a big statement here. No loud 'Awesome', but I'll deal. Awesome promo dude.

As expected, there's a lot of bad blood in this match. Ouch @ the drop toe hold onto the steel steps. That was the second time tonight a missed aerial finisher led to the opponent's finisher winning the match, but nonetheless, good match. Test has been getting a lot, and I mean a lot of push since his arrival. I'm gonna doubt that he wins the title because of this, but nonetheless, the man is definitely an 'impact player'.

Kidnapped Vito segment is completely awesome. Still wondering who the 'leader' might be. I was thinking for some odd reason that it was Carlito, but that doesn't make any sense whatsoever, and I don't know how that idea got into my head. Nonetheless, interesting storyline you got here.

Wow @ this Guerrero promo. Harsh bringing back Eddie's name, but all in all, if this is how you're gonna change Chavo up, and make him into something, it's definitely a good thing.

The Boogeyman has always been a jobber to me so no surprise at his quick loss. The aftermath is what I was looking forward to. I'm not a fan of the sudden appearance in the ring by Taker, as it's more of a Sting thing to do, but I'll deal. Taker usually does the slow, long walk to the ring before taking his opponent out. Nonetheless, message sent.

Cool WM moment. Bret/Owen matches were always top notch.

Glad you gave Kennedy a promo. Decent amount of promos this show. Expected a couple more so Kennedy getting one now will help. You forgot an 'italic' and 'blue' to one of the lines in the promo btw. Finlay bumping heads with Kennedy was good. I see Finlay giving Kennedy a shot tonight as well now. Surely you won't do heel versus heel or make Batista lose at the Rumble, so I'm not gonna take this Finlay/Kennedy thing seriously, but good little segment nonetheless.

DQ ending is quite awesome. Expected something like this to go down. Kane making an appearance was also expected. Glad to see Batista and Kane stand tall after this show considering last week's show. These four guys are your top players so the amount of time they're getting is good.

Solid show to say the least. Things are starting to pick up more, which is awesome. As always, things are well-written and content is great. Easy and great to read. The storylines are really moving smoothly with some of your storylines being really out there, which makes this thread all the better. Keep it up homeslice. With the RR coming up, I'm expecting a huge show next week.

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