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~Friday Night Smackdown~
February 9th, 2007
Omaha, Nebraska




With No Way Out now just NINE days away, tonight's Friday Night Smackdown promises to reveal much of the card for the upcoming pay per view... and could have a drastic impact on the shape of Wrestlemania XXIII!

Last week, the World Heavyweight Champion Batista was victorious in tag team competition, teaming up with Chris Benoit to see off their respective Royal Rumble opponents, Finlay and Test. Tonight, Test gets a chance at revenge as he faces Batista one on one in non title action. With Batista's opponent at No Way Out still to be decided, a win tonight could see Test fire himself to the head of the line. Will Test do the impossible by beating Batista and earning himself a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity? Or will 'The Animal' condemn Test to the Batista Bomb for the second week in a row?

Speaking of Benoit and Finlay, the hard hosed pair brawled throughout last week's main event, and were still going at it even after the bell had wrung. Benoit takes on Tatanka tonight, but he no doubt will have his mind on Finlay, meaning that the Native American Warrior could grab himself a surprise victory, adding yet another tough as nails Superstar into the fray for the United States Championship.

While many think King Booker may have a death wish for wanting a match with The Undertaker, Booker reiterated his stance last week, once again challenging 'The Deadman' to face him at No Way Out. However, with the match still to be announced, no doubt Booker will look to once again state his case for a match with The Undertaker.

Another man throwing challenges around is Mr. Kennedy, who made a very personal challenge to Ric Flair. Despite Teddy Long informing Kennedy that as Flair is a Raw Superstar, the Smackdown General Manager has no jurisdiction to force Flair into a match at No Way Out, Kennedy still went ahead and paid a visit to Arn Anderson, Flair's colleague in the legendary Four Horseman stable. Threatening Anderson, Kennedy made it clear that 'Double A' was to deliver his message to Flair. However, after Flair turned Kennedy down during Raw: Night Of Champion, moments after winning the World Tag Team Championships with Carlito, what will Kennedy's next move be?

After making a surprise appearance at Raw: Night Of Champions and coming unbelievably close to beating Kenny Dykstra for the Intercontinental Championship, Matt Hardy is back on home soil tonight. But with Matt speaking last week of his desire to take his career to the next level, will we see a renewed sense of urgency from Hardy? And what will Matt to say regarding The Miz, the man who ran down Matt's career last week, claiming that Matt's time had already came and went. And what of another Superstar, MVP, who also ran his mouth last week? Claiming that his name should be included when titles are being discussed, MVP will no doubt be looking to build on his victory over Kane last week with a few more words tonight.

Finally, La Resistance and The Bluebloods, reinforced by the arrival of Paul Burchill, will team up to face The Extremists and the WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans, with London and Kendrick no doubt looking to send a message to their would be challengers. Also, the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms steps into the ring, looking to once again prove his supremacy over the Cruiserweight Division.

Don't miss all this and more as the shape of No Way Out is revealed, on Friday Night Smackdown!

Confirmed Matches:

Batista vs. Test
Chris Benoit vs. Tatanka
Eight Man Tag Team Match: The Hooligans and The Extremists vs. La Resistance and The Bluebloods
Gregory Helms is in action

Plus, The Undertaker, King Booker and Mr. Kennedy will all be in attendance!

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Sorry this is late.

Nice way to start off, as you’d expect, with the video package from last week to bring us up to the main event of tonight, which should be a great match btw. Some good hyping of the entire card and concept here too, building up all of your title match and the situations surrounding them well.

I’m extremely surprised to see you opening the show with a promo, especially one from Cena. It just seems like a more match orientated show, but I guess if this develops stuff it’ll work fine. Good start from Cena, doing his usual hype job as you blended the serious side and the joking side of Cena pretty well, while also getting his “The champ is here” line in there well when you had him step it up and talk about what the WWE Title means to him. The good passion from Cena all throughout the opening portion of the promo that we’ve come to expect from Cena. A little surprised Cena is confronting Shane, but it’s good to see the promo have more of a point, rather than having him just talk up the title match later in the show. The recap of Shane trying to get to Cena last week from Cena was written well, sounding right on for the Cena tone, while the way he called Shane out was done nicely too, setting the scene to continue their problem along. Obviously having Shane actually come out would be a bit of a throwaway, so I was glad to see you have Coachman come out instead. Having him surrounded by a bunch of security guards is also a nice little way to show what a coward he is in being afraid to even step in the ring with Cena alone. Having Coachman talk like a tough guy from behind the security guards is even better, and the way he talked about respecting the McMahons was really good, tying it in well with an insult at Cena’s expense. Cenas interrupting the speech about the McMahons to try to call them out was a nice little touch, while the way you again transitioned the promo back onto Coachman by having Cena talk about respect was good. The threat of the screwjob with Cena’s title match later in the show was clever too, while the brawl in which Cena disposed of the security team with Coachman running away was a nice big ending to the segment. Solid opening to the show.

Nice promo from RVD here, going about talking up the spirit of ECW well, while also bringing up McMahon’s disdain for ECW and questioning Lashley passion for ECW as that cult type of deal in a good way. While RVD isn’t easy to write for, I thought you did a fine job here.

Absolutely nothing wrong with the choice of the tag title match to start the show. Solid start to the match, with the bit of doubt between Rated-RKO showing before some nice solid psychology in first attacking Flair’s back, before Carlito played the face in peril. Rated-RKO breaking down was pretty much to be expected at the end, not that it’s a bad thing, while the gaining of new champs to start the show is good too. I’m not sure what you’ve got planned for WrestleMania with the tag titles, as a match with TWGTT seems to have peaked before ‘Mania for Flair and ‘Lito, but it’s good to see two guys who will be giving them some exposure in the future get the belts. Nice way to start the in-ring aspect to RAW.

Surprised to see Dykstra siding with the guy who isn’t destined for a WrestleMania main event, but I can’t say I mind, as I feel he’s probably better suited with Orton. I have to say though, I hope this Edge/Orton stuff doesn’t get in the way of your build to WrestleMania, as Edge really hasn’t felt like the Royal Rumble winner this week, nor did he feel like it last week. I really think you have to get his build going soon, because he’s headed to a main event in the biggest show of the year.

Speaking of which, I’m really excited for WrestleMania, and I fully expect it to deliver with the way things have been going.

Smart booking here, keeping Punk’s winning streak going at the same time as Nitro’s losses. A solid midcard match to boot, which, despite being short, seemed nice and exciting.

Continuing to hint at the thing between Kelly and Punk is nice, although Knox almost appearing as a sexual predator doesn’t seem like such a good look, even for a heel. Just something I wouldn’t like to see on a wrestling show. I know Punk is ultimately going to beat Knox, but it’s just something I’m not entirely sold on, especially for a midcard feud.

The Hart Legacy should be a good addition to the RAW tag team division for sure.

I’m glad to see you giving Dykstra some good mic time here to go along with his push to the Intercontinental Title and alignment with now seemingly only Randy Orton. Dykstra giving the speech about how he put Jeff on the shelf, before calling for the count out victory led up to the appearance of Matt well, which, while I think is a good idea, I thought you maybe made it a bit obvious that he would be showing up in place of Jeff. Still, it’s a fine way of making this match.

Good start to the match with Dykstra going for the jump, only for Hardy to start to dominate. Dykstra trying to walk out on the match before he took control was a nice touch too. Not so sure about him focusing on the shoulder, as I thought you were establishing him as a guy who goes for the concussion type injuries. Nice to see you pulling everything out in having finisher kickouts (within reason due to the way you explained them), although the finish with the chair perhaps called for more of a focus on the head of Matt throughout the match. Still, a good match, continuing Dykstra’s run of dominance over The Hardy Boyz.

While Lashley should rarely find himself in front of a microphone, I really just loved this promo from him. It continues his move towards heeldom by having him play the guy who was screwed out of everything, placing the blame of everything firmly on the crowd favourites. Simply yet effective.

After having him conduct interviews with both competitors, it’s a nice little touch to see Styles out for the final ECW Title match. A nice start to it with a bit of an extreme environment to it right from the beginning, although I don’t know about the spear from the top rope through the table, as it seemed like a VERY risky spot that could easily go wrong. On top of that, it would have been a great nearfall, so having it just before the break without a cover seems like a bit of a waste. The end of the match was nice though, bringing in RVD’s old extreme moves, before some good counter wrestling around the table to give RVD the win with the big Five Star through the table. A nice match here, and a good way to retire the ECW Title with RVD as the final champion.

@ Flair getting the women, as usual. A little surprised you threw the Kennedy stuff in here, although the way you went about it with Flair denying the challenge continues to keep his storyline with Flair going along the same path, while Flair declaring that they’ll be defending the titles at WrestleMania (which I find unlikely with Kennedy/Flair sure to happen) is good to see, because it means they obviously care about the titles. TWGTT making their intentions clear here and continuing their feud with Flair and Carlito is good too, because that makes for a decent feud for the titles, even if it seems to be near it’s climax.

Interesting way to show the transformation of Lashley continuing by having him take out his frustration on Maria. It’s good to see he still knows right from wrong, but he’s slowly turning into that bad guy.

While it seems clear now that Michaels will be turning heel tonight, this promo was absolutely great from Michaels, setting up his new direction as someone who follows God and can blame all of his actions on him. A good way to make use of Michaels’ real life beliefs to make a cowardly character that can hide behind his actions (should the turn happen, of course).

Nice match between Victoria and Mickie, keeping the intensity of their feud running high with a more high impact style of match than you usually see from the divas. Some good psychology in the focus on the back from Victoria throughout, while the win for Mickie is good to see, finalizing this feud so we can see you move onto something else with the women.

Nice little dig at the ECW Title from McMahon to begin with, before getting onto the business of Cena. I absolutely loved Vince saying he was going to take matters into his own hands by sending Shane out after Cena. I’m not quite sure what to expect in the main event now with interference being run from here, plus Michaels’ possible turn, but it should certainly be interesting.

Another squash keeps Umaga simmering along nicely here, with the streak looking good in recent weeks after wins over Lashley and Van Dam. Good to see Estrada getting some more mic time, again signaling his intentions of seeking a challenge, although I’m not so sure about Punk interrupting. What Punk said was good, mocking Umaga well, before making the connection and the challenge, although I’m not so sure Punk/Umaga is a match that does anything for Umaga. While it should be good for Punk and will likely allow him to look good, this isn’t really much of a step forward at all for Punk. Still, it should be a good match next week, plus this was a nice little promo, especially with the last line for AAE.

As I said last week, I’m quite the fan of the pairing of Masters and Nitro. Two guys with a lot of talent who I think could do a lot for the tag division on RAW. Glad to see it happening.

Nice little confrontation between Triple H and Shane, giving more hype to the fact that Shane will be interfering, while keeping Triple H looking like the badass face ahead of the main event.

Very clever little start to the match with Michaels and Triple H being allowed to go at it to begin with, giving the people what they wanted to see. From there the pace of the match picked up nicely, leading to some good counters and a long run to the finish for an exciting match. The interference of the McMahons right when it looked like Cena had it won was well done, well and truly costing him the match, making for a nice nearfall. The turn of Michaels that came as a result of the chaos was beautiful too, seeming absolutely out of nowhere, despite the match building up to the finish really well. A great way to finish the show and crown Shawn Michaels as the new WWE Champion, finishing off a show that certainly delivered. Well done.


All in all, I thought this was by far your best show to date. It had everything you could want in terms of feud development, exciting matches, character development and of course title changes. A show that you can really be proud of as you continue to heat things up on the road to WrestleMania. Great stuff, my mang.
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~Friday Night Smackdown~
February 9th, 2007
Omaha, Nebraska



"If anybody's a coward, it's you, you gutless son of a bitch!"





Instead of the usual opening, we instead open to the office of the General Manager and Teddy Long, the GM stood in his office, hands clasped behind his back. At the bottom of the screen a banner reads "Earlier Tonight". A knock on the door prompts Teddy to respond with "Come in."... and in walks the always smug John Bradshaw Layfield, the Smackdown colour commentator entering the room and going close to Teddy...

Teddy Long: JBL. Now listen playa, the reason why I asked you to come to my office is that-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) You hold on a second there Teddy. I don't really care what you've gotta say to me. And before you start runnin' your mouth, I got a few things I wanna say to you.

Teddy sighs, realising he's going to have to listen...

John Bradshaw Layfield: First of all, I don't appreciate you sending some 'Johnny Stagehand' to come and drag me away from my business. I have important matters to attend to, my cellphone is ringin' off the hook, some of the greatest Wall Street minds need my advice, and I don't need to be puttin' them on hold to listen to you.

Teddy Long: A'ight, I understand that but-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) SECOND of all... let me just say, for the record, that in all the time I've been here on Smackdown... I have never seen you do a worse job. I've been WWE Champion, I broke records, I put Smackdown on the map, I was and shall forever be... A WRESTLING... GAWD!

Again Teddy sighs...

John Bradshaw Layfield: And I am sick and tired of seein' you ruin the legacy I left behind.

JBL takes a big breath and adjusts his suit jacket...

John Bradshaw Layfield: Alright. I'm glad we had this talk Teddy. Now you know a few things that needed to be said. Good talk, I'll see ya' around...

JBL turns to leave...

Teddy Long: Uh... not so fast playa. You may have said what you wanted to say... but I got a few things I wanna get off my chest too.

JBL laughs, almost in disbelief at Teddy's actions...

Teddy Long: You been runnin' yo' mouth about for a while now, and I'm sick and tired of it playa. I'm sure I don't need to remind you that the only reason I gave you a job behind the announce desk was because I had an empty chair I was desperate to fill.

JBL scoffs at the notion...

Teddy Long: But y'know somethin' playa? Your position ain't that safe no more.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What d'ya mean by that Teddy?

Teddy Long: I mean from now on, until I decide otherwise... yo' ass is on probation!

Furious, JBL's jaw nearly hits the floor...

Teddy Long: And when you go out there tonight and commentate on my show... you gonna have a new partner at that announce desk wit' you.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well... who?

Teddy simply smiles and nods, prompting JBL and the camera to turn towards the door... to see Tazz has entered the room! A nice pop from inside the arena welcomes the ECW legend, who cuts a fierce look in a grey suit and dark shades...

Tazz: Hey Teddy. 'Sup JBL?

Disgusted, JBL simply storms out of the room, barging past Tazz as he does, leaving behind the smiling Teddy Long and the returning Smackdown colour commentator.

No opening video, no fireworks and no opening commentary. Instead we get the cold opening, until...

"KENNEDY..."

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE...*


The boos quickly rain down as the brash Mr. Kennedy arrogantly makes his way down to the ring...


Michael Cole: Ladies and gentlemen, this is Friday Night Smackdown, and making his way down to the ring is none other than Mr. Kennedy. But first of all, I guess I have to welcome back Tazz to the Smackdown announce desk!

Tazz: Thanks man. It’s good to be back here on Friday nights, but I don’t think our colleague here at the announce desk is all that happy about it. Ain’t that right JBL?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I can’t believe you’re sittin’ at the same announce desk at me. What the hell is goin’ through the mind of our General Manager right now? I just- unbelievable.

Michael Cole: Well before you two get into it with each other, let’s talk about what that man Kennedy did last week. It was made painfully clear by Kennedy that he was extremely unhappy that he was eliminated from the Royal Rumble by Ric Flair. Kennedy then tried to intimidate both Teddy Long and Arn Anderson.

Tazz: Yeah and that was pretty disrespectful on the part of Kennedy to be threatenin’ a guy like Arn Anderson that way. This guy’s walkin’ about with a huge chip on his shoulder, and if he ain’t careful he’s gonna get a real ass kickin’ one of these days.

Michael Cole: And as we heard on Monday Night Raw, Ric Flair turned down Kennedy’s challenge of a match at No Way Out, moments after Flair and Carlito became the new World Tag Team Champions.

Tazz: Ric Flair, he’s got his own stuff to deal with right now. He don’t need-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interrupting) Aw that’s a crock and you know it! The reason Ric Flair didn’t except Kennedy’s challenge is ‘cos he’s scared of ‘im! This title reign is a sham, a smokescreen to hide the real issue, and that’s the fact that Flair doesn’t want any part of Kennedy.

Michael Cole: I don’t think Flair was all that scared when he eliminated Kennedy from the Royal Rumble.

Tazz: Yeah he was real scared when he embarrassed Kennedy by sendin’ him flying over the top ropes.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You better watch your damn mouth ‘Shortstack’ or I’ll embarrass you right now.

Michael Cole: Easy guys...

In the ring, Kennedy stands square in the middle as a lone spotlight shines down on him, the brash youngster reaching to the sky as his microphone is lowered...

Mr Kennedy: I uh... I’m pretty sure I made myself clear last week. I’m pretty sure I was clear when I told Teddy Long I wanted a match with Ric Flair at No Way Out. I’m pretty sure I was clear when I told Arn Anderson that I wanted him to make sure Ric Flair got the message last week. I think I was clear. Uh... yup, I know I was.

Kennedy paces the ring as he loudly chomps on his gum...

Mr. Kennedy: And one week later, do I have my match with Ric Flair? Huh? Huh? Huh? NO! No, no-no... NO! I don’t have my match, but Ric Flair? He somehow winds up as a tag team champion. FIFTY – SEVEN – YEARS – OLD! And somehow he’s still gettin’ title shots on Raw.

The crowd cheers for Flair’s recent accomplishment...

Mr. Kennedy: And how many title shots have I received lately? I mean, I begged, I pleaded to be in the hunt for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble. But instead, that other washed up loser Finlay got the shot. So I enter the Royal Rumble. Not only that, I enter at FREAKIN’ NUMBER TWO! I give a masterful performance, well on my way to the greatest Royal Rumble performance in WWE history, and then after 30 minutes... Ric Flair enters the match.

Pop...

Mr. Kennedy: Oh yeah. Ric Flair dragged his sorry lookin' ass down to the ring, and after such a brilliant display, I lose concentration for one second... I lose focus and I get caught off guard for one moment... and this happens.

Kennedy motions towards the two screens either side of the Smackdown fist, while the announce team talk over the top of the footage we see...

*Video Package*

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROYAL RUMBLE

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

ELIMINATION #15 MR. KENNEDY BY RIC FLAIR @ 32.14


*End Video Package*


Michael Cole: Well, obviously this is footage from the Royal Rumble twelve nights ago. It was a great effort from Mr. Kennedy, entering the ring as entrant number two and lasting over 30 minutes, only for Ric Flair to eliminate Kennedy from the match.

Tazz: Yeah and I don't really get what Kennedy's beef is here. I mean I gotta hand it to him, that was one helluva shot he took at going coast to coast tryin' to win the Rumble. But hey, Ric Flair got him out fair and square, and there ain't no shame in goin' down to 'Naitch'.

Kennedy shakes his head in disgust as the crowd voices it's approval...

Mr. Kennedy: Yeah you loved that didn't ya'? You just loved seein' that washed up geriatric throw me over the top rope didn't ya'? But uh... you didn't love this...

*Video Package*

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROYAL RUMBLE

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

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

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


*End Video Package*


John Bradshaw Layfield: His 'beef' as you so eloquently put it is that once again Kennedy has been held down by a veteran who's time has came and went. Mr. Kennedy is the fastest rising star here on Smackdown, and yet he continues to be over looked by old timers who shoulda retired years ago.

Michael Cole: What?! John, it's the Royal Rumble, it's every man for himself. There's no conspiracy here about why Kennedy was eliminated. He just ran into Ric Flair and Flair got the better of him.

The crowd boos while Kennedy smirks...

Mr. Kennedy: Oh but wait. It gets better... much better.

*Video Package*

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROYAL RUMBLE

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


*End Video Package*


Michael Cole: Well folks, we apologise for the disturbing footage we're seeing right now. I was sat just a few feet away when this happened, I couldn't believe what I was watching.

Tazz: Y'know this guy Kennedy's a real piece of work. What a way to treat a legend of this industry, all because he tossed you over the top rope. That assault was a real punk-ass thing to do.

Heat as Kennedy chuckles to himself...

Mr. Kennedy: God, I dunno know 'bout you, but I loved seein' that again.

Kennedy laughs again, sighing contently, only to then switch to a much more serious demeanour...

Mr. Kennedy: You all talk about Ric Flair, and what he's meant to this business. 16 times, World Heavyweight Champion. SIX - TEEN - TIMES! And yet here he is, TWENTY YEARS past his prime, still tryin' to reach the top of the mountain one last time.

Kennedy faux smiles...

Mr. Kennedy: But Ric, in pursuit of your dreams... you made one, big mistake. You messed with me. You messed with the future of this industry. You messed with the fastest rising star Smackdown has ever seen. You messed... with MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!

The crowd answers back with "KEN - NAH - DAY!", but Kennedy simply shakes his head and gives the nearest cameraman an eyeful...

Mr. Kennedy: But as much as I loved seein' the battered, bloody, broken down body of Ric Flair on those screens... it still doesn't get me what I want. I'm gonna make this perfectly clear. Infact, I'll even say it slowly so each and every one of you braindead hicks in Omaha, Nebraska can understand me.

Cheap heat...

Mr. Kennedy: I... want... Ric Flair... in this ring... at No Way Out. I asked nicely last week Teddy, but I'm not in any kinda mood to be nice tonight. So Teddy, bring your ass out here, use the little bit of stroke you've got left, get on your cell phone to Vince McMahon personally, do whatever the hell it takes, but one way or another, get me my match.

Kennedy now stares up the aisle, waiting for Teddy Long's arrival...

Mr. Kennedy: C'mon Teddy. Don't make me come back there. You don't wanna piss me off tonight, not after-

*I WALK ALONE...*


The roof damn near blows off the arena as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista strides out from the back. Dressed in a sharp grey suit with dark sunglasses, the champion crouches down to fire off his massive pyro display before heading down to the ring with a purpose, the big gold belt slung over his shoulder...


Michael Cole: Oh my!

Tazz: Aw baby! Business just picked up! Here comes 'The Animal', and he looks pissed!

John Bradshaw Layfield: What the hell is this? Batista has no business bein' out here. Kennedy wants to speak with Teddy Long, this has got nothin' to do with Batista.

Michael Cole: Now wait a minute John. Batista and Ric Flair go back to their old Evolution days. Ric Flair was like a mentor to Batista. I'm sure 'The Animal' has had enough of listenin' to Mr. Kennedy run down a man he respects and admires so much.

Stepping through the ropes, Batista asks for and receives a microphone, but before he speaks, Kennedy goes first...

Mr. Kennedy: (Laughing) That's uh- that's pretty funny! I ask for Teddy Long... and I get the man who's possibly the only bigger COWARD in the WWE than Ric Flair. That's- that's some funny stuff right there.

Kennedy fake wipes a tear from his eye...

Mr. Kennedy: But uh... seriously. What the hell are you doin' out here? The only thing I ever wanna hear you say is that you'll give me the World Heavyweight Championship match I deserve. But I know you'll never do that Dave... 'cos we both know what would happen if you did, don't we?

Kennedy cocks his head, trying to stare into Batista's eyes but only seeing the lense of his sunglasses...

Mr. Kennedy: We both know that that (Points at the title on Batista's shoulder) title would be where it belongs... around my waist. So unless you're out here to give me the title shot that was robbed from me by Ric Flair... then GET - OUT - OF MY - RING!

Feeling affronted, 'The Animal' slowly removes his sunglasses to a small pop from the crowd, the champion staring straight at Kennedy...

Batista: Y'know somethin' Kennedy? You got a real big mouth for a guy who's done nothin' to back it up. You come up here, you run your mouth about not gettin' a title shot, when everybody knows that the reason you don't have a title shot... is that you don't deserve one.

Kennedy rolls his eyes incredulously, but Batista presses on...

Batista: And then... you have the nerve to disrespect a legend like Ric Flair. A guy who's forgotten more about this business than you'll ever know. A man who's been part of some the greatest moments in wrestling history... and you of all people, run him down. And then you threaten a guy like Arn Anderson. Lemme tell ya' somethin' Kennedy, if you wanted to threaten one of Ric Flair's friends last week, then you shoulda came and found me.

Kennedy mouths "Oh really?", to which 'The Animal' nods...

Batista: But no. No, you go pick a guy who retired 10 years ago due to a serious neck injury. And then you come out here... and you start callin' me a coward.

Batista shakes his head then steps forward, further getting in Kennedy's face...

Batista: If anybody's a coward, it's you, you gutless son of a bitch!

The crowd pops for Batista's aggression as the first signs of fear cross Kennedy's face...

Batista: And y'know what Kennedy?

Batista removes the title from his shoulder, tossing it to the mat...

Batista: I'm not gonna give you a title shot...

The crowd rises as 'The Animal' removes his suit jacket...

Batista: But what I am gonna give you...

And then pops as Batista starts rolling up the sleeves of his shirt...

Batista: Is the ass kickin' you deserve!

Big time pop, and instantly Batista tosses his mic aside, stepping towards Kennedy... but Kennedy quickly backs away...

Mr. Kennedy: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hey! This ain't your fight Dave! THIS AIN'T YOUR FIGHT!

Kennedy holds out his hands, motioning for Batista to stop, which 'The Animal' does, although both fists remained clenched...

Mr. Kennedy: This is between me and Flair! Like I said, unless you're gonna give me a title shot anytime soon... then I got nothin' to say you, and you got no reason to be in this ring right now. So how about you turn around, walk up that aisle... and you send Teddy Long down here, so I get what I deserve.

A tense standoff ensues, as 'The Animal' refuses to budge, slowly inching his way towards Kennedy... until...

*MACMILLITANT...*


All eyes quickly turn towards the entrance as way as Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long steps out, stopping under the Smackdown fist, microphone already in hand...


Teddy Long: Hold up a minute there playa! Hold on...

Batista stand his ground, still staring at Kennedy, his back to Teddy...

Teddy Long: There ain't gonna be nothin' goin' on between you two tonight. Batista, you already have a match wit' Test tonight. You don't need to be gettin' involved wit' Kennedy right now.

In the ring, Kennedy nods in agreement, mouthing "That's right!" as 'The Animal' slowly turns to look at Long...

Teddy Long: But lemme tell ya' somethin' 'Champ'... you said somethin' in that ring that made a lotta sense to me. Y'see Kennedy, you been comin' out here for the last month or so, and you done nothin' but run your mouth about how you want a title shot. But like Batista said, the reason you ain't got a title shot... is 'cos you never earned it playa.

Gathering himself, Kennedy inches past Batista to stand by the ropes near the aisle...

Teddy Long: The man stood next to you in that ring right now, he earned himself a title shot by winnin' a Royal Rumble not so long ago. Batista won the Royal Rumble, and then he went to Wrestlemania and became the World Heavyweight Champion!

Pop...

Teddy Long: Batista never whined and complained about bein' held back, he just made it happen for himself. But you Kennedy? You do nothin' but run ya' mouth about how you deserve your shot. And as for Ric Flair, like I keep tellin' ya... I can't make that match for ya' playa.

Kennedy shouts "Aw c'mon!" up the aisle...

Teddy Long: Ric Flair is a Raw Superstar, and that means I have no authority to make that match at No Way Out. You challenged Ric Flair, and you gotcha' answer Monday night... NO!

A few boos as once again we are denied the prospect of a Flair/Kennedy match...

Teddy Long: So here's what I'm gonna do. I can't give ya' Ric Flair... but I wanna see you put ya' money where ya' mouth is. So what I'm gonna do... is give you your title shot. But you gonna earn it first playa.

Both men look intrigued as Teddy confidently strokes his chin...

Teddy Long: Batista needs an opponent for his World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out... and tonight, we gonna crown a new Number One Contender!

Pop...

Teddy Long: Kennedy... I gotta hand it to ya' playa, that was one hell of a performance durin' the Royal Rumble. You may not have won, but you were in that ring for over 30 minutes when Ric Flair eliminated ya', and I respect that.

Kennedy smugly nods his agreement...

Teddy Long: But there was another Smackdown Superstar who put in a great performance that night too. And that man deserves his shot at Batista just as much as you do playa. So tonight, in that very ring... it's gonna be Mr. Kennedy...

Heat...

Teddy Long: One on one... with The Undertaker!

Massive pop as Kennedy hides his face in his hands...

Teddy Long: So Kennedy, if you want your shot at Batista... you better earn it playa. And uh... I don't know think 'The Champ' is done wit' ya'...

Wondering what Teddy means, Kennedy removes his face from his hands and turns back towards Batista... only for 'The Animal' to drop him with a THUNDEROUS SPINEBUSTER!

*I WALK ALONE...*


The arena responds with a massive pop, while Batista is quickly onto his feet to roar to the crowd. The camera then cuts to the smiling Teddy Long who quickly turns and heads backstage...


Michael Cole: What a huge main event we've got lined up! Kennedy and The Undertaker, the winner to face Batista at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight Championship!

Tazz: God what a match that's gonna be! 'The Green Bay Loudmouth' and 'The Deadman' goin' at it!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Why am I not surprised? Another veteran standin' in Kennedy's way. I hope to God that Kennedy rubs it in Teddy Long's face by beatin' The Undertaker tonight and then beatin' Batista at No Way Out. I'd love to see that!

Michael Cole: Well for Kennedy to face Batista at No Way Out, he'll need to get past The Undertaker first! All that and more still to come on Friday Night Smackdown!

In the ring, Kennedy clutches the back of his head as he rolls over onto his knees, staring up the aisle at Batista who stops at the entrance way, turning back for one last glare at Kennedy before we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


As soon as we return...

*WHATEVER...*


A great pop welcomes the arrival of the United States Champion Chris Benoit, who confidently strides down the aisle, his championship slung over his shoulder as Benoit slaps a few hands as he goes...


Michael Cole: Welcome back everybody. We are still buzzing over the announce made just before the commercial. The Undertaker and Mr. Kennedy will go one-on-one with the winner facing Batista at No Way Out! But right now, the United States Champion is in action.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And he can count himself lucky he's still got that title. I still don't understand how Test didn't leave The Royal Rumble as United States Champion.

Tazz: Test hammered Benoit that night, but ain't nobody got more fight than Chris Benoit. It's gonna take a lot to take that title away from Benoit.

Michael Cole: Well last week, we went off to the air to chaotic scenes as Benoit and Finlay brawled their way backstage during the main event tag team match. I can't think of two tougher guys here in the WWE right now.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Lemme tell ya' somethin' Michael, Chris Benoit may be a tough guy, but he can't come close to Finlay. That's one tough Irish bastard Chris Benoit don't wanna mess with.

*WAR DANCE...*


Boos for the seldom seen Tatanka, three months removed from his heel turn that hasn't lead to many recent appearances. The Native American, now with black and white face paint and a menacing look on his face slowly paces down to the ring, the days of his bouncing down the aisle and into the ring long gone...


Michael Cole: And speaking of tough, Tatanka is one tough customer. Here's a guy who can do some damage when given the chance to.

Tazz: This is a new Tatanka. He's got a mean attitude, but I ain't seen him around here all that much lately.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He's may have this new attitude, but he's still one mean son of a gun. He knew how to get it done back in the day, let's see if he's still got it...

Match 1: Non Title Match
United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Tatanka

With both men known as hard hitters, it’s no surprise that from the first collar and elbow tie up, Tatanka gains the upper hand, backing Benoit to the corner. The ref steps in for the break, which Tatanka briefly gives, only to fire back with a string of kicks to the gut. Tatanka then snaps off a chop to the chest, but this only seems to invigorate Benoit, who instantly fires back with a stiff chop of his own. More chops follow from Benoit, backing Tatanka all the way across the ring to the opposite corner, where ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ tees off with hard right hands, snapping Tatanka’s head back. A hard Irish whip sends Tatanka back to the opposite corner, where Benoit slowly walks over to tag Tatanka with more chops... until Benoit charges in... only for Tatanka to snap off a boot to the face... and then take Benoit down with a clothesline, gaining a near fall.

Tatanka pulls Benoit to his feet, looking to snap off a few rights, but Benoit ducks underneath... and connects with a German suplex! Keeping his grip, Benoit pulls Tatanka up with him, looking for a second... but Tatanka grabs the referee, stopping the move. With the ref trying to break Tatanka’s grip of his shirt, he’s momentarily distracted... allowing Tatanka to flick his heel... resulting in a LOW BLOW! Benoit crumples to the mat, and the ref never saw a thing, allowing Tatanka to hammer Benoit with boots and then drop down for a blatant choke, taking every second of the ref’s 5 count.

Looking to do some damage, Tatanka tosses Benoit through the ropes to the floor, the United States Champion hit the ground with a bump. The hard nature of the match continues as Benoit is sent crashing side first into the steel steps. Benoit is rolled back into the ring, where Tatanka looks to focus on the ribs, aiming boots to them and then scooping Benoit up for a backbreaker, although he is careful to drive the knee into the side instead of the spine. Benoit struggles back to his feet, only for a flurry of right hands to knock him to the corner, where a hard Irish whip sends him crashing into the opposite corner. Sensing he has the champion weakened, Tatanka looks to earn himself a surprise victory... by twisting Benoit into a Boston crab!

Tatanka applies the pressure, sitting down on Benoit and wrenching on the spine, causing the champion to cry out in pain. Slowly though, Benoit is able to pull himself towards the ropes, and despite Tatanka’s best efforts, Benoit inches closer and closer... until he reaches out and grabs the bottom rope! Tatanka however doesn’t release straight away, taking the ref’s five count to the limit, causing the ref to once again step in and physically remove Tatanka from the hold. After an exchange of words with the ref, Tatanka scoops Benoit up for a slam... but Benoit drops down the back... and connects with a German suplex! Benoit hangs, on pulling Tatanka up... and snaps off a second German suplex! Again Benoit retains his grip, taking Tatanka up, who desperately grasps as fresh air... but it’s no good, as Benoit hits the third German suplex, completing the Hat Trick!

Both men stagger to their feet, but Benoit is in control now as he tags Tatanka with more chops, backing his opponent to the ropes before going for an Irish whip... but Tatanka reverses... and he hoists the running Benoit up onto his shoulders, looking for the Samoan drop... but Benoit drops down, grabs hold of Tatanka’s arm... trips his leg out, taking Tatanka down to the mat... and locks on the Crippler Crossface!! Benoit locks it on tight, pulling back on Tatanka’s chin, and despite his best efforts, the Native American has no option but to tap out!!

Winner: Chris Benoit @ 05.37

The gives a good pop as Benoit finally release the crossface, quickly back on his feet to have his hand raised. Benoit raises his title in the air to another good pop as Tatanka rolls from the ring, frustrated by his defeat...


Michael Cole: A brave effort from Tatanka, but Chris Benoit just had his number tonight.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well that match proved one thing. Tatanka ain't no Finlay. You wanna talk about toughness, then let's see Benoit and Finlay goin' at it!

Benoit adjusts his title over his shoulder again, before reaching through the ropes to be handed a mic...

Chris Benoit: You all know by now, I'm not much of a talker, so I'll make this quick.

Benoit pauses, breathing hard into the mic...

Chris Benoit: Finlay... GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE RIGHT NOW!

Huge pop as Benoit slams his mic to the mat and places his title down in the corner, the referee from the previous match still in the ring, motioning for Benoit to vacate the ring...

Michael Cole: Wow! Well there you go JBL, you might be about to get your wish!

Tazz: What the hell's gonna happen here? Are Benoit and Finlay just gonna beat the crap outta each other?

John Bradshaw Layfield: I think Benoit's taken one too many shots to the head lately. He's gotta be insane to call out Finlay for a fight!

Benoit waits patiently in the ring...

Until...

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

*LAMBEG...*


A sense of anticipation as Finlay steps out, walking to the ring with a purpose, that toothy smirk of his clear for all to see and trusty shillelagh gripped tightly in his hand...


Tazz: Aw here we go! Benoit and Finlay are gonna kick the crap outta each other!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Benoit, I hope you know what you're gettin' yourself into here son! This is gonna turn around and bite you on the ass if you ain't careful!

Finlay continues to walk down to the ring, but as he reaches the bottom of the aisle, instead of stepping into the ring, Finlay very deliberately walks around to the timekeeper's desk, snatching a microphone out of Tony Chimel's hand before slowly stepping up the steel steps...

Finlay: Hold on a second there Chris.

Cautiously Finlay steps through the ropes, smirking at Benoit at all times...

Finlay: If it's a fight ye' want Chris... then it's a fight ye'll get. But first... why don't ye' do everyone a favour... and put that title o' yers on the line.

The crowd pops at the prospect of a US Title match between the two...

Finlay: I'll kick yer arse up down this arena... but how about when I do at No Way Out, you make it worth my while?

Benoit glances at the title sat in the corner of the ring... then emphatically nods his head and shouts "You got it!", much to the delight of the crowd...

Michael Cole: Wow! What a match that's gonna be! Benoit and Finlay at No Way Out, the United States Championship on the line!

Tazz: I can't wait to see these two go at it with the title on the line! They're gonna rip each other to shreds!

John Bradshaw Layfield: I can't believe 'im hearin' this. Chris Benoit must have a death wish or somethin'. He's gonna be kissin' that title goodbye at No Way Out, you mark my words.

Having gotten his title shot, Finlay's smirk widens, the veteran nodding his head. The crowd rises as Finlay tosses the mic aside and steps forward, with the fight seemingly on. Both men size the other up, with Finlay cocking the shillelagh high in the air while Benoit shows no intimidation, motioning for Finlay to bring it. Both men take small steps towards the other, inching every closer, about to come to blows... until Finlay drops to the mat and rolls under the bottom rope! The crowd shits all over it as the crafty Irishman waves Benoit off, turning his back on the United States Champion and walking up the ramp...


Michael Cole: What the...?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! I love it! Finlay just played Chris Benoit for the fool that he is! Finlay got what he wanted, he got the title shot, and now he's outta here!

Tazz: So much for all that talk about kickin' ass and-

Michael Cole: Hey, wait! Here comes Benoit!

The crowd rises as Benoit drives through the ropes and sprints up the aisle... to club Finlay from Benoit! The arena comes unglued as Benoit and Finlay repeat their actions of last week, brawling all over the aisle! Finlay is driven into the barricade, but he fires back with a flurry of fists to the back as both men scratch and claw, winding up on the concrete floor! Suddenly a posse of referees and backstage officials race down and try to separate the pair...

Michael Cole: This situation between Benoit and Finlay has exploded once again! For the second week in a row, Finlay and Benoit are engaged in an all out brawl!

John Bradshaw Layfield: That was a cheap shot from Benoit! Finlay had his back turned, Benoit attacked him from behind!

Tazz: Benoit wanted a fight and when Finlay didn't give it to him he went after it himself!

Michael Cole: We've gotta go to commercial! Join us when we return and hopefully we've got some sense of control back here!

*Commercial*


*Video Package*

WRESTLEMANIA RECALL!

MARCH 30th, 2003
WRESTLEMANIA XIX


Having already met during two epic confrontations, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and The Rock meet for a third and final time in what would prove to be the last match of Austin's career. Having gone 'Hollywood' in his time away from the ring, The Rock entered Safeco Field determined to achieve the one accomplishment that had eluded him during his career... namely beating Steve Austin at Wrestlemania. After a battle that saw The Rock lock Austin in a sharpshooter, it was the taunting of 'The Rattlesnake' that lead to Austin coming close to victory, as when 'The Great One' began wrestling in Austin's ring jacket, Rocky ultimately ran straight into a Rock Bottom from Austin. Returning the favour, The Rock connected with a Stone Cold Stunner and then The People's Elbow. Valiantly hanging on, Austin would not die, until three Rock Bottom's finally put Austin down, giving Rock that elusive Wrestlemania victory over his greatest nemesis.

WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - 51 DAYS AND COUNTING


*End Video Package*


We back into the sight of Josh Matthews standing by...

Josh Matthews: Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown folks. Join me in welcoming my guest at this time... King... Booker!

Boos as King Booker and Queen Sharmell step into the shot, a furious look adorning Booker's face...

Josh Matthews: King Booker, what was your response to the announcement made earlier that-

King Booker: (Interrupting) Am I fool to you Joshua?

Taken aback, Matthews fumbles his words...

Josh Matthews: Uh-uh- sorry, what?

King Booker: I said... am I... a fool to you... Joshua?

Matthews pauses briefly, giving the impression he's thinking about it, which draws a scowl from Sharmell...

Josh Matthews: Uh- no. No, of course not.

King Booker: Then why, Joshua, does Thadeus Long continue to treat me as such?

Unable to answer, Matthews simply shrugs...

King Booker: I of course was an interested listener earlier tonight when Thaddeus Long addressed these peasants in Ohama. And I heard what Thaddeus had to say. The Undertaker and Kenneth Kennedy in a Number One Contenders match tonight. But I ask you Joshua... what of my challenge to The Undertaker last week?

Booker audibly breathes deeply into the mic, the tension building...

King Booker: What of... my match with The Undertaker at No Way Out?

Deeper, more audible breaths...

King Booker: What 'bout muh damn match Josh!

Distressed, Sharmell dabs a bead of sweat from her husband's brow...

King Booker: Forgive me my Queen. Undertaker... I shall have my vengeance on thee. I shall never forget the way you besmirched me 'Deadman'. The fact that so far you have remained silent on my challenge... tells me that you fear me. Well fear is not enough to save you Undertaker. I want my match... and as your King... my wishes shall be met. Your King... has spoken.

Booker and Sharmell join hands in royal fashion, leaving the area as a bemused Matthews looks on...

Back into the arena for...

*SLICED BREAD...*


Big pop for The Hooligans as the WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick, the champs racing down to the ring as Ashley Massaro jogs down not far behind...


Michael Cole: Well it seems that King Booker is still pretty mad with The Undertaker and is still determined to get that match against 'The Deadman' at No Way Out.

Tazz: Yeah but I don't get what Booker's tryin' to say when he says 'Taker's scared of him. You tryin' to tell me your gonna turn down potentially a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship?

John Bradshaw Layfield: You would if you knew you had a pissed off King comin' after ya'!

Michael Cole: When have you ever known The Undertaker to be scared of someone?

John Bradshaw Layfield: There's a first time for everythin' Michael, and though you may not like it, The Undertaker is running scared of King Booker! Mark my words, 'The Deadman' is prayin' he wins tonight so he don't have to deal with King Booker.

*BAD DREAM...*


A decent pop for the arrival of The Extremists, as while Tommy Dreamer and Sabu step down the aisle, the camera scans the crowd for a sight of The Sandman, who of course chugs a beer and smashes it on his head before making his way through the fans...


Michael Cole: Well I think you're being ridiculous, but let's move on. We've got eight man tag team action coming up, as the champions London and Kendrick join forces with Tommy Dreamer and Sabu to take on La Resistance, William Regal and the returning Paul Burchill.

Tazz: And here comes my boys Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman! I love that these guys are teamin' up, and they got a bit of an issue goin' on with The Bluebloods right now

John Bradshaw Layfield: These maniacs are you kinda people huh Tazz? You can relate to them can ya'?

Tazz: Yeah, sure.

John Bradshaw Layfield: That explains why I like you as little as I like them 'Shortstack'.

*VILLAIN...*


A fair amount of heat for The Bluebloods as William Regal and Dave Taylor make their entrance joined by the impressive looking Paul Burchill for the first time...


Michael Cole: What an impact the returning Paul Burchill made last week. Regal and Taylor came down to the ring after a match between The Extremists and La Resistance, and when London and Kendrick came down for the save, it looked like it was all going to backfire on The Bluebloods.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But that was until Paul Burchill came through the crowd, and he gave Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman a hell of a beatin'! Your boys didn't like it Tazz when that Singapore cane got turned on 'em.

Tazz: Hey, credit where credit's due, Paul Burchill was dominant last week, but that after he snuck through the crowd and took advantage of a bunch o' guys who just went through a hard match. It's gonna be a different story this week, you wait and see.

*POURQUOI?...*


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


Michael Cole: Well you wanna talk about makin' an impact, what about the impact La Resistance has made? For weeks Maryse claimed she was bringing in a team to challenge The Hooligans, and last week Dupree and Grenier picked up a great win over Dreamer and Sabu.

Tazz: These two guys were very successful the first time around, and now they've got this Maryse chick with 'em, they look like they're gonna be successful again here on Smackdown.

John Bradshaw Layfield: It started last week with the washed up Dreamer and Sabu, and it's gonna end with London and Kendrick. These two are a team destined for gold, mark my words.

Match 2: Eight Man Tag Team Match
WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans and The Extremists (Tommy Dreamer and Sabu) w/ Ashley Massaro and The Sandman vs. The Bluebloods (William Regal and Paul Burchill) and La Resistance w/ Maryse and Dave Taylor

Kendrick and Dupree kick this one off, and the match starts a fast pace, with Kendrick being fired off the ropes from the first tie up, straight into a shoulder block. Briefly pausing to pose for the crowd, Dupree is then caught by a quick fire armdrag, and another one, before a dropkick knocks Dupree down. Sabu gets the tag, entering the ring with a slingshot legdrop, continuing the attack with a pair of right hands before going for an Irish whip... which Dupree reverses, and when Sabu hits the ropes, Regal drills a knee to the spine... only for Sabu to knock him off the apron with a right hand! Regal goes down, with Burchill checking on his partner. Seeing this, Sabu goes for a plancha... only for Sabu to push Regal out of harm’s way... leaving Sabu to crash to the floor! Dupree then goes to pick a fight with London and Kendrick, drawing the attention of the referee, allowing a three on one mugging to take place on the outside, as Regal, Burchill and Taylor drill Sabu with boots, before Burchill rolls Sabu back into the ring.

The heel team now look to work on Sabu, with Regal and Burchill both looking to make their mark. Burchill in particular does damage with clubbing forearms and big backbreakers, and Regal also plays his part by connecting on a double underhook suplex for a near fall. Grenier is in, and he too looks to target Sabu, but when he sends Sabu to the corner, Sabu fires a boot to the face, staggering the La Resistance member. Sabu then cinches Grenier into the corner, jumping off the middle rope... tornado DDT! Sabu plants Grenier and heads for his corner... to tag in Paul London!

London explodes into the ring, climbing to the top rope to connect on a crossbody that knocks Grenier down. Dupree is in, looking for a cheap shot, but London ducks, connecting on an inverted atomic drop and then bouncing up for a hurricanrana. La Resistance are reeling, but when London looks to run the ropes, Maryse reaches through and grabs his foot. This causes London to stop and turn, and by the time he returns his attention to the ring, Grenier is back on his feet...to take London up and down with a flapjack!

The match settles down again, as the heels now work together to do a number on London. Plenty of quick tags are made, with the physical presence of Burchill proving most effective, as he tosses London and around the ring with fallaway and pumphandle slams. La Resistance also play their part, working on London’s spine, with Dupree hitting a belly to back suplex and Grenier connecting on a stiff looking backbreaker. Continually the heels look to put London away, but London shows great determination to hang in there. Regal is in, and he locks London in a bow and arrow stretch, trying to wear London down and apply further pressure to the spine. Regal has the stretch locked in tight, causing London to cry out in pain. Determined to hang in there, London tries to fight his way free, trying to force himself back down to the mat, but Regal manages to resist. One final effort from London sees him free, falling to the mat, but Regal beets him to the punch, hitting a knee to the midsection before firing London off the ropes... London ducks a clothesline... and then hits a flying forearm! Both men are down, crawling to their corners for the hot tag... here comes Burchill... here comes Tommy Dreamer!

Dreamer bursts into the ring with right after right, ducking a big swing from Burchill and then dropping him with a falling neckbreaker. Dupree and Grenier storm the ring, prompting Kendrick and Sabu in as well, with the four of them brawling all over the joint. Dreamer now turns his attentions to Regal, firing Regal off the ropes... into a sit-out spinebuster! 1... 2... Burchill makes the save, with Sabu now coming to the aid of his partner. Paul London is back on his feet, tagging Dupree, while Grenier and Kendrick battle. A clothesline knocks Dupree over the top rope, while Kendrick and Grenier brawl under the bottom rope. London now engages with Burchill, with the Englishman catching one of London’s kicks... enziguiri! Burchill goes down, but instead of going for a cover, London sees Kendrick outnumbered on the outside... so he charges the ropes... and flies through the air... SUICIDE DIVE! London takes down all three, and soon the champions and La Resistance are going at on the floor. In the ring, Burchill is dazed as he gets back to his feet, but Sabu hits him with a dropkick, knocking Burchill down. Turning to Regal, Sabu slams Regal to the mat, before pointing to the sky and running for the ropes... TRIPLE JUMP MOONSAULT! Sabu connects, but before he can go for the cover, Burchill snatches him from behind... JUMPING NECKBREAEKR! Burchill plants Sabu, hooks the leg... 1... 2... Dreamer tries to make the save, only to be pulled down by Taylor... 3!

Winners: The Bluebloods and La Resistance @ 07.12

Once again Paul Burchill looks impressive, this time in gaining the decisive pinfall. Burchill steps away from the fallen Sabu, being joined by Regal and Taylor for a show of celebration, only for Sandman to slide into the ring with his kendo stick, checking on the health of his partners, causing The Bluebloods to slowly back away. On the outside Kendrick and London realise they've been defeated, their frustration clear as La Resistance back up the aisle, delighted that they played their part in the victory...

*Commercial*


When we return, we head back to the office of the General Manager, although right now there is no Teddy Long. Instead, the room is occupied by the presence of Montel Vontavious Porter, The Miz and Michelle McCool. A certain tension is evident between the unusual trio, with both men sizing the other up...


Montel Vontavious Porter: You know why he asked you here?

The Miz: No. Do you?

Montel Vontavious Porter: Nah man. But I can guess. I bet Teddy Long asked me here ‘cos he forgot to put me in that Number One Contenders match. He probably just got me here to apologise or somethin’, y’know what I’m sayin’?

Miz and McCool exchange confused glances...

The Miz: He's gonna apologise to you?

Montel Vontavious Porter: Man, you know he can't afford not to have me in that match. He ain't gonna play me like that. You watch man, I'll be in that match tonight.

The Miz: Oh yeah? Well maybe that's why I'm here too. Maybe Teddy Long finally realised what a huge improvement I've made these last few months. Maybe I'm gonna be in that match too.

MVP doesn't hold back, having a chuckle right in Miz's face, much to the annoyance of McCool...

Montel Vontavious Porter: He ain't never gonna put you in that match! You ain't in my league Miz. You ain't nobody's league. You don't even belong here right now man.

Stepping forward, the two go nose to nose...

The Miz: Really? Really?

Montel Vontavious Porter: Yeah really.

The Miz: You won't be sayin' that for much longer when I beat your ass tonight!

Quickly an argument breaks out between the two, and even Michelle joins in. The commotion quickly comes to an end though, as the door to the office swings open... and in walks Matt Hardy! The crowd responds with a generous pop, while both Miz and MVP show their disappointment at Matt's arrival...

Montel Vontavious Porter: Man, what are you doin' here?

The Miz: You're gonna have to hit the back o' the line Matty boy, 'cos Teddy Long asked of both to meet him here so he can put us both in the Number One Contender's match.

Montel Vontavious Porter: Yeah and that means whatever you in here to whine about is gonna have to wait.

Hardy fakes confusion...

Matt Hardy: Oh really?

The Miz: Really!

Matt Hardy: That's uh- that's kinda funny guys... 'cos Teddy Long asked me to meet 'im here too.

MVP and Miz share a nervous glance...

Montel Vontavious Porter: Nah. Nah man. He ain't gonna play me like that. He probably gonna fire yo' ass or somethin' for showin' up on Raw unannounced.

The Miz: Yeah, and nice job on that Matt. Really made a name for yourself there champ.

Now it's Matt and Miz who inch closer together, but before anything can happen, the door again swings open... and in walks Teddy Long, the Smackdown General Manager showing the signs of a stressful evening thus far...

Teddy Long: Good, y'all are here. Alright, now listen playas, I got somethin' to say to y'all and-

Montel Vontavious Porter: (Interrupting) Yeah c'mon Teddy, hurry up man! I'm a busy man, I ain't got all night to wait for you. So hurry up and say you sorry for not puttin' me in the Number One Contender's match, I'll let bygones be bygones and go get ready.

The Miz: No, no. How about you put me in that match first and-

Having heard enough, Teddy slams his hands off his desk...

Teddy Long: Shut up! Now I got somethin' to say all three of ya', and all three of ya' are gonna listen, ya' hear me?

Sheepishly Miz and MVP nod, while Matt smiles at both of them...

Teddy Long: Good. Now, you two, Miz and MVP. You both new 'round here, but since you two playas got here, you ain't done nothin' but run yo' mouths. And I'm sick and tired of hearin' it. I don't care 'bout the size of yo' contract, I don't care 'bout how many hours you spent on reality TV. It's time for you two playas to either put up or shut up, ya' dig?

Pop from inside the arena for the intensity of Long...

Teddy Long: And as for you Matt, I saw what ya' did on Monday night. Now I realise you were just tryin' to defend the honour of your brotha' Jeff. And you put up a helluva fight against Kenny Dykstra. But Matt, I can't have any of my Smackdown guys just turning up on Raw whenever they feel like it. I just can't happen playa.

Matt reluctantly nods...

Matt Hardy: You're right Teddy, but uh... I'm sick and tired of waitin' for my shot. I've been here a long time now, and I'm still pretty much in the same spot as when I started. I'm just not in a tag team anymore. I saw a chance to take a shot at the bigtime, and I went for it.

Teddy Long: Matt, don't worry playa. You gonna get yo' shot. All three of ya' are. Y'see, earlier tonight, Chris Benoit and Finlay agreed to a match at No Way Out for the United States Championship. And I just signed off on that match. But when I signed off on that match... I also signed off on another one.

All three men (and McCool) listen in intently...

Teddy Long: At No Way Out... it's gonna be MVP versus The Miz versus Matt Hardy versus an opponent of my choosing in a fatal four way match!

Pop...

Teddy Long: And the winner of that match is gonna face the United States Champion at Wrestlemania, regardless of who the champion may be!

MVP and Miz both smile contently, but the biggest smile belongs to Matt, who looks delighted at the chance just presented to him...

Montel Vontavious Porter: Wait a minute man, wait a minute... who’s the fourth guy?

Teddy Long: Oh don’t worry playa, you gonna find out. ‘Cos the four of you are gonna meet in tag team action tonight, when The Miz and MVP team up to take on the team of our mystery man and Matt Hardy!

Another pop...

Teddy Long: Now the three of ya’, get outta my office and go get ready for that match!

MVP is first to leave, quickly barging his way past Matt as he goes. Miz and Hardy share a lingering stare at each other, before Miz and Michelle also vacate the room. The camera focuses on Matt, who is clearly the most upbeat of the three, with the smile still etched on Hardy’s face as we fade to another part of the arena...

To see Shannon Moore walking along a random corridor. Moore appears to be heading nowhere in particular, but he soon comes to a stop. The camera pans to reveal Chavo Guerrero and Vickie Guerrero sat in front of a television set, and we are left to assume that is also the destination Shannon was headed for...


Vickie Guerrero: Oh look Chavo, it's Shannon Moore. That guy you were about to beat last week.

Moore shakes his head, unimpressed, before grabbing a nearby chair and lining it up away from Vickie and Chavo but still with a good view of the screen...

Chavo Guerrero: Yeah, you lucky Gregory Helms got involved in our match last week or you were gonna your ass handed to you esse.

Shannon Moore: That's not how I remember it Chavo. I sent you flyin' off the top rope when Helms got involved.

Vickie flashes Chavo a "Are you gonna let him talk to you like that?" look...

Chavo Guerrero: You keep tellin' yourself that holmes. We both know your buddy Helms saved your ass last week.

Shannon Moore: Look man, Gregory Helms is no friend of mine.

???: You got that right!

An unknown voice speaks from behind, with both Chavo and Shannon turning to see who it was... and to find none other than the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms stood behind them, on his way to the ring for his match...

Gregory Helms: But lemme clear a lil' somethin' up for you two esses.

Helms steps forward, standing between the two chairs Guerrero and Moore sit on...

Gregory Helms: I didn't smash my Cruiserweight Title off both yo' skulls to save either of ya'. I did it to prove a point. Y'see, what you two gotta realise is that it don't matter how many times you fly off the top rope, or how pumped the crowd gets for your match. All that matters...

Helms holds the Cruiserweight Title in front of both of there faces...

Gregory Helms: Is this right here. And neither of you are gonna get yo' hands on this... 'cos I'm the best cruiserweight in the world. So why don't sit back, relax... and watch 'The Champ' do his thing. You might even learn a thing or two... holmes.

And with one last smirk, Helms turns to leave, leaving behind the awkward tension between Chavo and Moore, who exchange angry looks with each other before we fade into a video...

*Video Package*

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

Narrator: The road may be long...

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

Narrator: The journey may be treacherous...

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

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

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

Narrator: So strap yourself in...

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

Narrator: And get ready!

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

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

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

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

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

Narrator: The ride of your life!



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

*End Video Package*


Back into the arena for...

”LISTEN...”

*IT’S TIME...*


Heat welcomes the recently seen Gregory Helms, the Cruiserweight Champion smirking from ear to ear after the verbal bashing he just gave Chavo and Shannon...


Michael Cole: Well folks, we are all excited for Wrestlemania XXIII, but one question for you two is will Gregory Helms still be the Cruiserweight Champion by the time we reach Detroit?

Tazz: If you ask Helms he'd gurantee it! Man, I dunno, this guy's so arrogant in the way he claims to be the best cruiserweight in the world, but there's still a lotta guys he ain't faced yet, one of 'em bein' Bryan Danielson.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Ah here we go. I was wonderin' when his name was gonna be brought up. Listen, Gregory Helms was been Cruiserweight Champion for over a YEAR now. For my money, he's the best cruiserweight in the world today. Hell, he's the best Cruiserweight Champion we've ever seen! And some punk, who made his name in high school gyms across America ain't gonna be the guy to take that title away from him. There's nothin' to discuss, Helms is the man right now.

Michael Cole: Well after hearing what Gregory Helms had to say to Chavo Guerrero and Shannon Moore, I'm expecting a great matchup here. Let's see who Helms' opponent is...

In the ring, Helms hands over his title to the ref and uses the ropes to stretch off a bit. Bouncing on the spot, Helms eagerly awaits his competition...

...

.....

*KAI EN TAI...*


A solid pop for the ever popular Funaki, although in the ring, Helms is doubled over, nearly in tears due to laughter...


Michael Cole: God what arrogance, what disrespect from Gregory Helms. Look at him laughing at the appearance of Funaki.

John Bradshaw Layfield: That's not arrogance! That's just confidence. You get a lot o' that bein' the best in the world. Besides, he's right to laugh! When was the last time Funaki won anythin'?

Tazz: Hey, don't sell Funkai short. That guy's a former Cruiserweight Champion in his own right. Funkai can get it done.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I can't believe you of all people just made a short joke.

Tazz: What you talkin' about JBL...

Match 3: Non Title Match
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Funaki

Wiping away the fake tears from his eyes, Helms finally decides to get down to business, going for a collar and elbow tie up... only for Funaki to surprise him, working into a waistlock, which Helms stuggles to break free from. Realising he can’t break Funaki’s grip, Helms swings wildly with a back elbow... that Funkai ducks... and as Helms spins around, Funaki plants him with a northern lights suplex! 1... 2... no! Nearly a huge upset, and now the crowd is behind Funaki as he bounces back to his feet and charges... straight into a bigtime clothesline!

The crowd is instantly deflated as Funkai crashes to the mat, but the feisty Japanese superstar looks to quickly get back to his feet... only for Helms to charge off the ropes... to hammer Funaki with the SHINNING WIZARD! Funaki slumps to the mat, down and out, leading Helms to go for the cover... 1... 2... Helms pulls Funaki’s shoulder off the mat! The referee can only shout “What are you doin’?” as Helms vigorously shakes his head, grabbing a handful of hair to pull the limp Funaki back to his feet. There, Helms scoops Funaki up onto his shoulders into a fireman’s carry position, and proceeds to spin Funaki around until he drops him down into a facebreaker knee smash, finishing off his TopSpin Facebuster. Once again Helms goes for the cover, not even bothering to hook the leg... 1... 2... but again Helms yanks Funaki up off the mat! The crowd delivers a ton of heat, as the ever arrogant Helms simply smiles at them, one more time dragging Funaki to his feet... to connect with the Eye of the Hurricane! Funaki down, looking unconscious, and once more Helms goes for the cover... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Gregory Helms @ 02.37

A dominant display from Helms, who looks as if he hardly broke sweat as he gets back to his feet, quickly snatching his title from the ref and demanding his arm be raised in the air, drawing more heat for the increasingly unpopular champion...


Michael Cole: Well thank God that's over. What a disgusting display from Gregory Helms.

John Bradshaw Layfield: What? What was wrong with that?

Michael Cole: The way Helms treated Funkai during that match was a damn disgrace. Plenty of times Helms had the match won, but he repeatedly broke up pinfalls so he could inflict more punishment.

Tazz: That ain't the mark of a champion JBL. I don't think anybody was impressed with Helms right there.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Well I was very impressed. An opponent was put infront of 'im, and Gregory Helms beat in damn impressive fashion. What's not to be impressed with?

In the ring, Helms demands a microphone, promptly snatching it from Tony Chimel's hand...

Gregory Helms: (Sarcastically) God... whew! Wow! Man, that was close! I mean, boy that was tough.

Helms looks down at Funaki, who coughs, clutching his ribs as the ref helps to roll him towards the ropes...

Gregory Helms: Now get this piece o' trash outta my ring!

With a final kick from Helms, Funaki is sent rolling under the bottom rope, crashing to the floor...

Gregory Helms: And to each and every cruiserweight watchin'... and especially you Chavo and Shannon... that is how a real Cruiserweight Champion handles his business. That is what it takes to be a champion.

Feeling cocky, Helms addresses the crowd...

Gregory Helms: When are you people gonna realise that I am the best cruiserweight in the world. I own the cruiserweight division. No... no scratch that. I... AM the cruiserweight division! They're not a man alive who can take this title away from me, and the sooner people wake up and get that fact through their skulls... the better. And the sooner Teddy Long realises that bringin' in a nobody like Bryan Danielson ain't gonna chance a damn thing, then maybe I'll finally get the respect I-

*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...

"BRYAN DANIELSON - COMING TO FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN - NEXT WEEK!"


*End Video Package*


A buzz of excitement flies around the arena, as the crowd saw every second of that video on the screens. And of course, that means the Cruiserweight Champion saw every second of it too... and as the camera cuts to him, a worried look has replaced the earlier smugness on Helms' face...

Michael Cole: Oh my! Did- did you see that?

Tazz: Aw baby I can't wait! Bryan Danielson - he's gonna be here on Smackdown next Friday night!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Finally, the biggest letdown of the year is upon us. I can't wait for this over-rated wannabe to get here so Gregory Helms can put him in his place.

Tazz: I don't think Helms is gonna want any part of Bryan Danielson. Look at the look on the champs' face! He looks like his worst nightmare is about to come true!

Michael Cole: What a moment that's gonna be! Bryan Danielson will be here on Smackdown! And what a night we've still got to come. Batista goes one on one with Test, and The Undertaker and Mr. Kennedy square off to determine a new Number One Contender! Join us when we return to Friday Night Smackdown!

*Commercial*


Straight back to the arena as...

*I WALK ALONE...*


A thunderous pop as the World Heavyweight Champion Batista races out from the back, firing up the crowd. 'The Animal' crouches down and fires off his massive pyro display, before storming down to the ring...


Michael Cole: Here comes 'The Animal'! What a response for the World Heavyweight Champion, the man who later on tonight will discover his opponent at No Way Out.

John Bradshaw Layfield: He better not be thinkin' about The Undertaker or Mr. Kennedy right now. He better be thinkin' about Test, cos 'The Impact Player' could do a lotta damage to 'The Animal' in this match.

Tazz: Got that right JBL. Test can be a monster when he's in the mood, but 'The Animal' ain't gonna be distracted. He's gonna be focused on this match and nothin' else, especially after the way these two went at it durin' last week's main event.

*THIS IS A TEST (EXTREME REMIX)...*


A solid amount of heat as Test strides down to the ring, snarling at the various members of the crowd as he passes them...


Michael Cole: At the Royal Rumble, Test came unbelievably close to taking away the United States Championship from Chris Benoit. Last week, Test had several hard hitting exchanges with Batista, but it was 'The Animal' who came out on top on that occasion.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Test was on a hell of a roll ever since he came to Smackdown, but at The Rumble he ran into Chris Benoit. Tonight, it wouldn't shock me a bit to see Test get back on the wagon tonight with a big win over Batista.

Michael Cole: And what about if Test does win tonight? Does he then enter the hunt for a possible World Title match?

Tazz: Absolutely. Hell, Test could be next in line to face whoever the World Heavyweight Champion is after No Way Out. A win over Batista could do huge things for Test's career.

Match 4: Non Title Match
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. Test

Determined to avenge his defeat last week, Test looks to make an instant impact as he tries to get the jump on ‘The Animal’, as when both go for a collar and elbow tie up, Test strikes with a knee to the midsection, snapping Batista back against the ropes with a pair of right hands. Test then grabs Batista by the head, ramming him into the top turnbuckle before going for an Irish whip... Batista hits the corner hard... but explodes back out with a big clothesline! Dazed, Test stumbles to the corner, where Batista quickly moves in to repeatedly drive his shoulder into the midsection. Again Test is fired off the ropes, this time straight into a sidewalk slam, gaining ‘The Animal’ the first near fall of the match. Test crawls towards the ropes, trying to regroup, but Batista stays on the attack, clubbing Test on the back with a forearm... only for Test to grab Batista by the tights, yanking him forward... and through the ropes to the floor!

Batista hits the ground hard, prompting Test to move quickly to slide under the bottom rope and catch the champion with a boot to the side of the head. Looking to press home this advantage, Test continues to hits boots to the skull, until Batista winds up with his head pressed against the side of the steel steps. Test then backs up, lining Batista up before charging... to KICK BATISTA’S HEAD AGAINST THE STEPS... NO! Batista rolls to safety, leaving Test to boot the top half of the steps free from the bottom. Test instantly grabs at his foot, but he quickly limps back towards Batista... who drives Test spine first into the ring apron! Batista then rolls Test back into the ring, but as ‘The Animal’ slides back in Test is already coming off the ropes... to connect with a big boot to the face!

Batista is down, and now Test looks to take control, mounting the champion and hammering him with well placed fists. Batista stumbles to the corner, pulling himself to his feet, only for Test to again tag him with a series of right hands, each blow hammering Batista further down against the turnbuckle. Test looks to send Batista across, but ‘The Animal’ reverses and charges in... but Test avoids Batista’s clothesline, letting Batista hit the turnbuckle. Batista then stumbles out of the corner, and Test is waiting for a big falling clothesline, gaining him a near fall. Frustrated, Test searches for the next big move, but realises that he’s never going to win a battle of strength with ‘The Animal’. The answer comes as Test fires Batista off the ropes... straight into a sleeper!

Test locks the hold in tight, continually wrenching on Batista’s head, shaking is from side to side in an attempt to but the champion down. Test has the hold locked in for age, slowly taking ‘The Animal’ from a standing position, to doubled over, and then eventually down to a seated position. Test continues to work the hold, trying to wear Batista down. Showing little sign of life, the referee steps in to check on Batista, raising a hand high in the air... only for it to drop. Once more the arm goes up... and once again it falls to the mat. One last time the referee lifts Batista’s hand in the air... but this time ‘The Animal’ pumps his fist! The crowd pops as Batista has a surge of energy, bursting to his feet and drilling two elbows to the midsection, breaking the hold. An Irish whip sends Test off the ropes... straight into a massive spinebuster! 1... 2... Test kicks out!

Now it’s Batista who looks to attack, pushing Test into the corner for more shoulder thrusts before firing Test across... here comes ‘The Animal’... SPEAR... NO! Test dives for safety, and Batista winds up spearing the ring post! Looking to seize the moment, Test pulls Batista free... and looks to hook him up... for the GUTWRENCH POWERBOMB... NO! Batista counters with a back body drop, saving himself. Still hurting from hitting the post, Batista favours his left arm, dropping down to a knee to try and regroup, allowing Test to get back on his feet. Knowing he has ‘The Animal’ weakened, Test attacks, going for a big boot to the face as Batista rises... but Batista ducks underneath, and he keeps on running, coming off the ropes... SPEAR! Batista damn near snaps Test in half, and he’s instantly back on his feet, shaking the ropes with his right hand only, before both thumbs go up... and then down! Test staggers back up, but he walks straight into a boot to the midsection... and then he does high in the air... BATISTABOMB!!! 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Batista @ 09.53

A hard fought match, but for the second week in a row, Test becomes a victim of the Batista-bomb, earning 'The Animal' yet another victory. Rising to his feet, Batista briefly rests against the ropes before climbing to the middle turnbuckle, raising his title high in the air for the lasting image as we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


We return to the unusual location of the parking lot, where a long, black Sedan approaches. Pulling up next to the camera, the car comes to a stop, and the front door opens. Out steps the driver, dressed in a sharp, dark grey suit, complete with dark fedora hat. The driver takes a shifty look around, before walking to the rear of the car and opening the door. A pair of sleek female legs step out, and the camera soon pans to reveal that they belong to Trinity. Assisted by the driver, Trinity makes her exit from the car, and is soon joined by Nunzio, Tony Mamaluke and Big Vito, his dress wearing days a thing of the past, as all three wear similar suits and hats as the driver...


Trinity: Alright boys, this is it. Tonight is the night the Full Blooded Italians take Smackdown over.

Nunzio: Yeah. Yeah these mooks ain't gonna know what's hit 'em!

Trinity: Alright, we gotta make sure everythin's capisce before 'The Don' gets outta the car. Tony, Nunzio, go check it out.

Nunzio and Mamaluke step forward towards the entrance of the building... only to be met by a pair of tall security guards. One of the guard has a clipboard in his hands, while the other motions for the FBI duo to stop...

Security Guard #1: Whoa, hey... what the hell are you guys supposed to be?

Nunzio and Tony turn to each other, exchanging offended glances...

Nunzio: What? Don't you know who we are ya' smhuck?

Security Guard #1: Uh... no. No I don't.

Nunzio: We the Full Blooded Italians! We here with 'The Don', so you two mooks better step aside and let us in.

Nunzio and Tony move to step past the guards, only for the two guards to close ranks, blocking the entrance way, causing Nunzio and Tony to bounce off of them...

Security Guard #2: The Full Blooded Italians?

The guard scans the list on his clipboard...

Security Guard #2: You're not on the list.

Security Guard #1: And if you ain't on the list, you ain't comin' in. So get outta here.

Disappointed, Nunzio and Mamaluke are forced to head back to the Sedan, where Trinity holds her arms out...

Trinity: Well? What's goin' on?

Nunzio: The security guards they uh... they ain't gonna let us in.

Trinity runs a hand through her hair...

Trinity: God. 'The Don' ain't gonna be happy 'bout 'dis.

Suddenly, one of the rear windows of Sedan winds down with an electric whir, and although we can't see inside, a distinctive voice speaks out...

???: What is 'de 'ah' holdup here? Why aren't 'ah' we inside?

All four members of the FBI look at each other, no doubt which one of them is going to have to explain all this to the mysterious 'Don'.

Back into the arena, where the inflatable tunnel is already set up, meaning only one thing...

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

*I’M COMIN’...*


A big amount of heat as Montel Vontavious Porter bursts out of the tunnel, dark sunglasses on and bling hanging from his neck. The camera is right there to see that the flash necklace hanging around MVP's neck is still bloodstained due to the vicious assault MVP subjected Kane to last week...


Michael Cole: Last week we saw a side of MVP that I never knew existed. MVP and Kane met in a brutal Last Man Standing Match, which MVP won, but only after he viciously assaulted and busted Kane open using the necklace that he's currently wearing around his neck.

Tazz: That was straight up nasty what MVP did to Kane last week. The way MVP busted Kane open like that, nobody deserves that.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw for God's sake! Need I remind you all once again, but Kane set MVP on FIRE! Gettin' busted open at the hands of MVP was the least Kane deserved. That monster oughta be thrown in jail for he did! All MVP did last week was get the revenge he wanted, and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!

*REALITY...*


Less heat than MVP received, but still a good level of boos for The Miz as he and Michelle McCool make their way down the aisle...


Michael Cole: Here he is! Your favourite JBL! And last week he had a few choice words for Matt Hardy.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I don't like Matt Hardy, and I like The Miz even less. This punk ain't impressed me, hell, he ain't impressed anybody so far. And I don't understand what a woman as fine lookin' as Michelle McCool sees in a nobody like Miz. I don't understand it!

Tazz: I'm pretty sure it's strictly business between these two. But Miz is a guy who's been gettin' better in the ring over the last month or so. This kid's workin' hard behind the scenes. Don't count this guy out when we get to No Way Out.

"OH YEAH..."

*LIVE FOR THE MOMENT...*


Great pop for Matt Hardy, who bursts out into the arena, firing up the crowd as he makes his way down to the ring...


Tazz: This guy right here, Matt Hardy, he's hungry for success. I like that, that's the kinda hunger and desire you need in this business to get ahead. Is tonight gonna be the night it all starts for Matt?

John Bradshaw Layfield: He's been a part of this company for 10 years now. I may not like Miz, but he got one thing right last week. Matt Hardy's chance came and went a long time ago. It's time for a guy like MVP to step up and take his chance, and that's what I think is gonna happen at No Way Out.

Michael Cole: Well I really think 2007 could be Matt Hardy's year. He's never been given a chance to step up before, and now he's gonna get that shot at No Way Out. But of course, we all wanna know who's the fourth member of the Fatal Four Way going to be? Who's gonna be Matt Hardy's partner tonight?

Seeing he's outnumbered, Matt remains stood on the outside, while in the ring Miz tries to goad Hardy into the two on one situation. All three men wait patiently, with Matt turning towards the entrance way...

*SLOW CHEMICAL...*


A furious look crosses MVP's face as the crowd pops for Kane, 'The Big Red Monster' snarling as he strides down the aisle...


John Bradshaw Layfield: This is ridiculous. Why is Kane even involved in this? He got his ass handed to him last week, and now he's goin' to No Way Out? What the hell is Teddy Long thinkin' when he makes these matches?

Tazz: He's thinkin' that Kane's pretty pissed off and he owes MVP one after what went down last week.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw that's a piece o' crap right there! MVP's lookin' to move on to bigger and better things, but here comes Kane to get in his way again.

Michael Cole: Well let Teddy Long said, MVP's been runnin' his mouth a lot lately. If he's so cocky, he shouldn't have anything to worry about should he?

Tazz: You kiddin' Cole? That's a pissed off 'Big Red Monster' in that ring right now. That's plenty to be worried about...

Match 5: Tag Team Match
Kane
and Matt Hardy vs. Montel Vontavious Porter and The Miz w/ Michelle McCool

The Miz is the man who steps forward for his team, eager to back up his earlier words, however when he sees that it’s Kane who starts for the opposition, the look of fear of Miz’s face is clear for all to see. Thinking fast, Miz calls out Matt Hardy, saying he wants Matt in the ring instead of ‘The Big Red Machine’. Accepting the challenge, Matt tags in to another nice pop, and soon he and Miz are locked up, with Matt working into a side headlock. Miz tags Matt with a few forearms to the side, enabling him to fire Hardy into the ropes. Miz then surprises a few people by using a drop toe hold, slithering across to then slap Matt across the back of the head a few times before returning to his feet, taunting Hardy as the crowd boos. Miz then steps in to fire Matt to the corner, only to run straight into an elbow, allowing Matt to come out of the corner with a clothesline.

Kane gets the tag, and he immediately starts unloading with those big uppercuts of his, rocking Miz around the ring until he goes for the Irish whip... and catches Miz with a big boot to the face! Miz is reeling, but when Kane scoops him up for a slam, Miz drops down the back... and takes Kane down with a chop block! Kane crumples and cries out in pain, allowing Miz to scramble to the corner and make the tag to MVP, who shows his recent vicious streak by hammering Kane’s left knee with a flurry of boots, repeatedly stomping down until the ref steps in. Kane is then fired to the corner, allowing MVP to charge and connect with a big boot to the face against the turnbuckle, allowing MVP to get the first near fall of the match.

Miz and MVP show some nice teamwork as they combine to damage Kane’s left knee, with Miz dropping a series of legdrops across the knee while MVP pins Kane in the corner, hanging the leg across the middle rope and hammering the knee with stiff kicks. Miz continues to be stiff in his assault, favouring more kicks, stomps and elbows to the knee, while MVP shows a bit more technical savvy, tie the leg up on several occasions before going for a single leg Boston crab. Kane cries in pain, reaching for the ropes, but MVP has the hold applied dead square in the middle of the ring. Kane claws for the ropes, showing great strength in dragging both himself and MVP towards safety. Slowly, Kane inches ever closer to freedom, and finally he does reach out and grab the ropes... but there’s no break, as Michelle McCool jumps up on the apron, distracting the ref! Miz quickly sneaks in to assist MVP in dragging Kane back to the middle of the ring, and the ref conveniently turns in time to see Matt enter the ring in protest, the ref quickly ordering Matt back to the apron.

MVP continues to have the single leg Boston crab locked in, with Kane starting to fade. Matt tries to rally the crowd, stomping his feet and clapping his hands, and the audience responds, encouraging Kane to break free. Showing more feats of strength, Kane forces himself up onto both hands, managing to twist his body around, kicking MVP away with his free leg, releasing the hold! MVP flies towards MVP, quickly tagging Miz, while Kane crawls for his corner... and tags Matt Hardy! Matt bursts into the ring, knocking Miz down with a pair of clotheslines before going for an Irish whip to the corner... Miz reverses and charges for the swinging corner clothesline... but Matt dives to safety, leaving Miz strung up on the middle turnbuckle! Once more Matt sends Miz to the corner, this time following in with a clothesline... and then flying out with a bulldog! MVP storms the ring, but he’s immediately knocked down with a right hand! Matt then climbs to the second rope, waiting for Miz to get back to his knees... elbow drop to the back of the head! Miz is reeling, but Matt is on fire... SIDE EFFECT! 1... 2... MVP breaks the count!

MVP drags Hardy away, but Kane is now back on his feet, charging towards MVP... clothesline over the top rope! MVP is dumped out of the ring, landing on the floor hard, and after he gets back to his feet, MVP looks at Miz down in the ring while Kane and Matt are ready to pounce... and decides he’s had enough, waving the match off and backing up the ramp! Michelle McCool is furious, screaming at MVP “Where are you goin’?!” but MVP doesn’t care, turning his back on the match. Miz doesn’t yet realise, but he soon does as he stumbles to his feet... and sees Matt looking at him... and sees Kane staring at him... but sees no partner! Before he can protest, Matt makes his move... kick... TWIST OF FATE! Matt plants Miz, but he soon drags the former reality TV star to his feet... and fires him towards Kane... who snatches Miz by the throat! Pointing at MVP, who has stopped halfway up the aisle to watch the ending, Kane looks to put an emphatic ending on the match... with the CHOKESLAM!! 1... 2... 3!

Winners: Kane and Matt Hardy @ 10.26

Kane doesn't get the win over MVP, but he does pin Miz for the 3 count. In the ring, Matt is back on his feet, and the referee raises both men's hands in victory. Furious at the defeat, MVP slowly backs up the ramp, not taking his eyes of either of his No Way Out opponents, with the camera switching between the celebrating Hardy and Kane and the seething MVP as we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


And we're back, and it's to the image of Arn Anderson, who much like last week is busy working backstage, talking to a pair of stagehands...


Arn Anderson: I don't care how we do it, but get it done. Understand me? I'm not havin' Finlay and Benoit brawlin' all over this arena.

One of the stagehands moves to show 'The Enforcer' a running sheet... until the running sheet is snatched from his hand... and the camera pans to reveal Mr. Kennedy has once again confronted 'Double A'. The crowd quickly hammers Kennedy with boos, with Arn standing his ground, much like last week refusing to be intimidated...

Arn Anderson: Listen son... I'm gettin' pretty ticked off with you interupting me when I'm at work.

Ignoring Arn, Kennedy instead switches his gaze between the two stagehands...

Mr. Kennedy: Leave. Now.

The two stagehands turn and look at each other, and then to Arn, who nods his approval for them to depart. It's only after they leave that Kennedy sets his sights on Anderson... but the usually loud Kennedy remains quiet...

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

Still Kennedy says nothing, staring straight ahead...

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

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

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

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


???: HEY!

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

Batista: GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!

Quickly Kennedy backs away, smirking as Batista bounds over to check on Anderson. Kennedy quickly heads towards the curtain, making sure he's far enough away that 'The Animal' won't be able to touch him, but still close enough to admire his handy work, all the while referees and agents check on the condition of Anderson, the legend barely moving as we fade into a video.

*Video Package*


We open to a cold, damp winter's day. The call of a crow can be heard, with the camera soon focusing on this crow, it perched on a tombstone before it flies off into the sky...

Narrator: We all have the freedom to choose our actions...

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

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

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

Narrator: What consequences will your actions hold?

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

Narrator: For the lucky there will be escape...

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

Narrator: For the few there will be salvation...

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

Narrator: But for the damned... There will be...

A prison cell door slams shut...

No...

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

Way...

The lid of a coffin is slammed shut, fading the video into black....

Out!



"WWE NO WAY OUT - FEBRUARY 18TH - LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW!"

*End Video Package*


We cut to a very sombre looking announce desk...

Michael Cole: Uh folks, I don't uh... I don't know what to say really. That was just a vicious assault of Arn Anderson, a highly respected member of the backstage team here on Smackdown. Uh...

Tazz: What a son of a bitch that Mr. Kennedy is! I'm tellin' ya', he just crossed a line right there. Arn Anderson, a legend of the wrestling business, and that punk Kennedy just treated him like dirt. And lemme guess, you're gonna defend that right? You're gonna sit there and justify that are ya'?

John Bradshaw Layfield: Hey don't you get on your high horse and start takin' shots at me! I ain't to blame for what just happened! If you wanna put the blame on someone you look no further than Ric Flair!

Michael Cole: Oh my G- You gotta be kiddin' me! Ric Flair?

John Bradshaw Layfield: He shoulda excepted Kennedy's challenge when he made it! Then what happened to Arn Anderson would never have happened.

Tazz: Man I can't believe I'm hearin' this! I oughta slap the hell outta you right-

"KENNEDY..."

*TURN UP THE TROUBLE...*


Filthy heat as Mr. Kennedy casually jogs out, taking the occasional glance over his shoulder to make sure he's not being followed by Batista. Kennedy swings his head from side to side, clearly delighted with his recent actions...


Tazz: Seriously, I'm gonna go in there and kick that punk's ass right now!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Aw why don't ya' sit down and shut up before you wind up like Arn Anderson!

Michael Cole: Well, let's try and focus here. We do have a match to call after all. The Number One Contendership for the World Heavyweight Championship is on the line, as Mr. Kennedy is about to take on The Undertaker.

Kennedy steps through the ropes and instantly reaches up for his microphone, once again bathed by the lone spotlight that shines down upon him...

Mr. Kennedy: Now that... that is how you send someone a message.

The boos continue to rain down on Kennedy, who simply smirks through them, embracing every boo thrown at him...

Mr. Kennedy: Boo all you want, but I'm pretty sure Ric Flair gets my message loud and clear. Y'know I didn't think there was any doubt last week... but maybe... maybe I was wrong. But not this week... not after what I just did.

More boos, but Kennedy simply cocks his head...

Mr. Kennedy: Now I know what you're all thinkin'. What about The Undertaker? What about No Way Out? What about Batista and the World Heavyweight Championship?

Kennedy shrugs, almost nonchalantly...

Mr. Kennedy: Don't worry. I haven't forgotten any of that. It's just... I know I'm gonna beat The Undertaker tonight. And I know I'm gonna beat Batista at No Way Out. But I also know...

Kennedy climbs to the second rope, staring straight into the camera nearby...

Mr. Kennedy: That I want Ric Flair.

A sick smile crosses Kennedy's face as he closes his eyes in thought...

Mr. Kennedy: So Ric... when I become World Heavyweight Champion... and I will become World Heavyweight Champion...

Kennedy carefully ponders his next statement...

Mr. Kennedy: I'm gonna make sure my first title defence... is against you Ric. Consider your old, weathered ass challenged for the second time. Only this time... I willing to give you... one... last... chance... at greatness.

Kennedy holds a single digit in the air, staring at it coldly...

Mr. Kennedy: If that's what it takes to end your career in a more brutal fashion than what just happened to your good ol' buddy Arn... then that's what I'll do.

A serious growl crosses Kennedy's face...

Mr. Kennedy: But you remember one thing Ric... you remember the name that is going to cripple you. You remember the name that is going to end your worthless career. You remember the name... of MMMIIISSSTTTEEERRR KEN – NAH – DAY!

Unlike the start of the show, the crowd simply boos instead of joining in... much to Kennedy's satisfaction, who pauses, pleased that he's silenced the crowd before...

Mr. Kennedy: KEN - NAH -

"YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME..."

*METALINGUS...*


WTF??

The entire arena is stunned and gives a huge pop as EDGE steps out from the back! In the ring, Kennedy throws his mic back up into the rafters and drops down to the mat, but he can't help but stare in disbelief over the face that Edge is here on Smackdown. Standing under the Smackdown fist, Edge fires his arms up into the air for a massive pyro display, before he arrogantly strides down to the ring, the crowd still cheering in sheer amazement...


Michael Cole: What the...?

Tazz:What the hell's goin' on here?

Michael Cole: IT'S EDGE! The 2007 Royal Rumble winner Edge is here on Smackdown!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yeah but he's a Raw guy! What the hell's he doin' on our show?!

Tazz: Who knows but... he's about to go face to face with Mr. Kennedy!

Indeed Edge does step into the ring with Kennedy, who still stares in disbelief. Asking for and receiving a mic, Edge waits for his music and the pop he received to die down before speaking...

Edge: WOW! Smackdown! Y'know it's been FOUR YEARS since I was last a member of the Smackdown roster. And y'know, a lot has happened in that time.

Edge pauses, placing a finger on his chin...

Edge: Let's see. Since then, I've won the World Tag Team Championships... three times. I've been the Intercontinental Champion. I was the first ever Mr. Money in the Bank. And... I was the WWE Champion!

Edge scratches his head, as if he's forgotten something...

Edge: And uh... oh yeah, I went and won the 2007 Royal Rumble!

Edge arrogantly nods in Kennedy’s face, who shouts back “It shoulda been me!”...

Edge: Yeah, you really wanted that one didn't ya' Kennedy? I mean I saw that video earlier, the way you brutalised Ric Flair, it was all very impressive. And here you are now, about to face The Undertaker for the chance to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out. All just, really...

Edge breaks out in a faux round of applause...


Edge: That's all just fantastic. But, and I was listenin' to you runin' your mouth there, and you said somethin' I kinda took offence with. Y'see, you said that when you beat The Undertaker tonight, and when you beat Batista at No Way Out to become the World Heavyweight Champion, that you were gonna give the first title shot to 'The Nature Boy' himself.

Edge takes a deep breath through clenched teeth...

Edge: God. Yeah, I uh, hate to break it to ya' there champ, but not only are you gettin' WAY ahead of yourself, you're also tryin' to cash a cheque that you can't write. Y'see, if you do beat The Undertaker tonight, and then you do beat Batista, your first title match won't be against Ric Flair.

Edge shakes his head, prompting Kennedy to shout "What are you talkin' about?"...

Edge: That's a choice you're not gonna be able to make. Y'see Kennedy, as the Royal Rumble winner, I have a choice to make. Namely, which heavyweight championship to I challenge for at Wrestlemania. Well, I've made my decision. And if you do wind up as the World Heavyweight Champion... you're first title defence... is gonna be against ME!

Seriously unimpressed, Kennedy runs a hand through his hair in disgust...

Edge: And don't bother reachin' up for that microphone, 'cos I've said all I'm gonna say to you. Good luck tonight. You're gonna need it.

"YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME..."

*METALINGUS...*


Edge heads for the ropes, stepping down the steps as Kennedy tries to recover from the bombshell just dropped on him. Instead of heading backstage though, Edge makes his way towards the announce desk...


Michael Cole: I am in shock right now! Not only has Edge just joined Smackdow, but now he's comin' over here to join us!

Edge reaches the table, placing a headset on, while JBL rises to shake Edge's hand...

John Bradshaw Layfield: EDGE! Welcome to Smackdown!

Edge: Thanks JBL. Tazz, Cole, how are ya'?

Tazz: Stunned! I can't believe you're here man!

Michael Cole: Well, welcome back to Smackdown, Edge. We've got to go to commercial, but we'll talk more with Edge when we return.

*Commercial*


As soon as we return...

*GONG...*

*GONG...*

*GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY...*


A thunderous cheer as The Undertaker makes his entrance, slowly stepping through the smoke and fog, his hat pulled over his head as always. Although he initially stands firm in the ring, as ‘Taker approaches the steps Kennedy quickly dives through the ropes to the floor, giving ‘The Deadman’ plenty of space as he removes his hat, bringing light back into the arena...


Michael Cole: It is defeaning here in Omaha, Nebraska! This is Friday Night Smackdown, and 'The Phenom' of the WWE is making his way-

John Bradshaw Layfield: (Interupting) Aw forget about that for a minute Michael! Let's talk about the real issue here! Arn Anderson just got his ass handed to him by Mr. Kennedy, and then Edge just came out and announced he's joinin' Friday Night Smackdown and he's gonna face the World Heavyweight Champion at Wresltemania!

Michael Cole: Indeed Edge, who is sittin' with us here at commentary, is now a member of the Smackdown roster. And Edge, you've got a vested interest in this match as the winner here between Mr. Kennedy and The Undertaker goes on to face Batista at No Way Out. You could be facing one of these two men at Wrestlemania XXIII!

Edge: You're absolutely right. I can't wait to see who wins this one.

Michael Cole: It was an incredible performance from 'The Deadman' at The Royal Rumble. Entering at Number 13, Undertaker made it all the way to the final two, only to be the last man eliminated by you Edge. But will Wrestlemania come early for The Undertaker with a win here tonight, and then another victory at No Way Out?

Tazz: God, in all the time I was away from Smackdown, I never missed this entrance. It sends chills up my spine Cole! The Undertaker is one scary dude, and Kennedy better have his mind focused on this match and not on Edge or Ric Flair, or he ain't gonna be anywhere near No Way Out.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But what about King Booker? If The Undertaker wins here tonight, where does that leave 'The King'? What he's just meant to sit at home come No Way Out?

Edge: I'm sure he'll find a way to get involved in it all...

Main Event: Number One Contenders Match
The Undertaker
vs. Mr. Kennedy
Winner will face Batista at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight Championship

The bell rings, and of course it’s ‘Taker who steps forward first, looking to connect on a few early right hands. Kennedy backs off to the corner, enabling him to duck the first swing of ‘The Deadman’ and tag ‘Taker with a right of his own... but this only angers Undertaker, who’s eyes bulge as he no-sells the shot. Kennedy instantly backs away, but ‘Taker stalks him until he connects on a boot to the gut, sending Kennedy off the ropes... Kennedy ducks a clothesline... but he can’t duck as ‘Taker grabs him by the throat! The crowd pops as Undertaker looks for an early chokeslam... but Kennedy desperately kicks out, catching ‘Taker in the midsection before nailing three right hands and coming off the ropes... straight into a massive boot to the face! Kennedy flops to the mat, allowing Undertaker to get the first near fall of the match.

Kennedy is reeling, and it only gets worse as Undertaker winds up his left arm, wrenching on it, drilling the arm with his shoulder and continuing to wind it around. ‘Taker keeps working on the arm, until the inevitable happens and he heads for the corner, climbing to the top rope and looking for Old School... but Kennedy tags ‘Taker with a right hand to the gut, crotching ‘The Deadman’ on the top turnubuckle. Kennedy then hammers Undertaker with a string of rights to the face, before scaling the corner... and taking Undertaker flying through the air with a SUPERPLEX! Kennedy quickly scrambles for the cover... 1... 2... Undertaker kicks out... and sits up! Kennedy can’t believe it as ‘Taker is already heading back to a vertical base, but Kennedy looks to beat Undi’ to the punch, hitting furiously with kicks and punches that back ‘Taker to the corner.

Kennedy looks to send ‘Taker across, only for Undertaker to reverses the Irish whip... Kennedy hits the corner hard... and stumbles out straight into a massive clothesline! Kennedy is all over the place as he stands back up, and this allows ‘Taker to once more twist the arm and head to the corner. This time he makes it up, walking across the top rope... before dropping down with OLD SCHOOL! Kennedy hits the mat and crawls for the ropes, using them to pull himself up, but this only offers Undertaker a chance to attack... as he hits a big clothesline that knocks Kennedy over the top rope! Kennedy lands on his feet, but the momentum carries him straight into the announce desk, and it’s on the image of Kennedy laying across the top of the announce desk that we fade into the final commercial.

*Commercial*


We return to see the action is still taking place on the outside, with ‘Taker briefly rolling into the ring to break the count, and then back out to do more damage. We also see a replay, showing us that during the break Undertaker took Kennedy up for a version of snake eyes, dropping him face first across the announce desk. Kennedy has a glazed look in his eyes as he dragged to his feet, and once more he’s smashed face first off the announce desk. Undertaker is well in control, but as he goes to yank Kennedy up, out of shear desperation Kennedy grabs Michael Cole’s bottle of water... and throws in ‘Taker’s face! Momentarily buying himself a bit of respite, Kennedy then grabs ‘Taker by the hair... and LAUNCHES HIM ACROSS THE ANNOUNCE DESK! Undertaker flies into JBL and Tazz, with Cole heading for safety. Kennedy then copies ‘Taker by ducking his head into the ring to break the count, before stepping behind the desk to hammer ‘Taker with right hands, beating ‘The Deadman’ into the ground.

Feeling he’s done a fair amount of damage, Kennedy dives under the bottom ropes and demands the referee count Undertaker out, while Kennedy uses it as a chance to recover. The ref makes it to 7 before Undertaker staggers towards the ring, and it’s not until 9 that ‘Taker is able to roll under the bottom rope. Kennedy now goes on the attack, hammering down with double axehandles and stomping away. ‘Taker crawls for the corner, but this only leads to more boots, before Kennedy retreats to the other side of the ring... and charges in to hammer ‘The Deadman’ with a sick kick to the skull!

A nearfall follows, and Kennedy stays on the attack, connecting with a forward Russian legsweep and a snap DDT, both gaining 2 counts. Kennedy’s frustration grows with each kick out, so he then looks to keep ‘Taker grounded, hammering with furious rights and lefts and following a hangman’s neckbreaker. Kennedy then looks to take a risk by climbing to the top rope, where he steadies himself and then flies... KENTON BOMB... NO!! Undertaker rolls to safety, leaving Kennedy to crash to the mat. Both men struggle to their feet, where Kennedy throws a right... but Undertaker fires back with a right of his own. Again Kennedy connect... but again so does Undertaker, and now ‘The Deadman’ tees off with three rights in a row, backing Kennedy to the ropes. ‘Taker goes for an Irish whip, only for Kennedy to reverse and swing with a clothesline... Undertaker ducks and keeps running... to then duck another clothesline, still running to build momentum... for a massive FLYING CLOTHESLINE!

The advantage swings back to Undertaker, who now goes on the offensive, teeing off with rapid fire rights and lefts to the gut against the turnbuckle, before sending Kennedy across... but Kennedy tries to use the ropes to elevate himself over the onrushing ‘Deadman’... but ‘Taker catches Kennedy on his shoulder, charging across the ring... SNAKE EYES! Kennedy hits the top turnbuckle, and here comes Undertaker... massive boot to the face puts Kennedy down! Kennedy is in trouble... and could be getting worse as Undertaker draws a thumb across his throat! Cocking his right hand, ‘Taker waits for Kennedy to rise... and slaps his hand around the throat... but Kennedy kicks out of it... and pulls ‘Taker in... MIC CHECK!! Kennedy plants ‘The Deadman’ and hooks the leg... 1... 2... NO! Much to Kennedy’s disbelief, Undertaker kicks out.

Exasperated, Kennedy drags himself and Undi’ to their feet, both men feeling the effects of the match. Kennedy swings a pair of tired looking right hands, before he hoists ‘Taker up onto his shoulders... GREEN BAY PLUNGE... NO! Undertaker grabs Kennedy’s arm, dropping down to the mat... and locking in the TRIANGLE CHOKE! Undertaker has Kennedy down... and Kennedy is tapping out! Kennedy furiously taps... but there’s no bell ringing... as KING BOOKER IS ON THE APRON DISTRACTING THE REFEREE!! Kennedy taps until his body goes limp, prompting The Undertaker to let go, wondering why on earth the match isn’t over. He soon sees why, his eyes bulging again as he sets his sights on Booker. Stepping forward, Undertaker pushes the ref aside... and SLAPS HIS HAND AROUND BOOKER’S THROAT! Undertaker has King Booker in his grasp, looking for a chokeslam to the floor, but Booker desperately hangs on. All this commotion has given Kennedy a chance to recover, and he charges from behind... and takes Undertaker down with a rollup... 1... 2... Kennedy has a handful of tights... 3... ‘Taker kicks out!

Winner: Mr. Kennedy @ 13.48

Kennedy wins! 'Taker kicks out, but a split second too late, with the force of the kick out sending Kennedy flying through the ropes to the outside. Furious, Undertaker is quickly back on his feet, searching for King Booker... until his eyes settle up the aisle on the smug grin of the man who just cost him a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Kennedy can scarcely belief he's going to No Way Out, with the realisation finally settling in as he sits on the padded floor next to the ring, the referee out to raise his hand...


Michael Cole: Dammit! King Booker just cost The Undertaker a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship! Undertaker had this match won until Booker got involved, and now it's Mr. Kennedy who's goin' to No Way Out!

John Bradshaw Layfield: Haha! I love it! King Booker warned The Undertaker that he wanted that match no matter what. Now there's no more excuses, nowhere left for Undertaker to hide!

Tazz: King Booker's gonna wish he had a place to hide! Undertaker's gonna kill him! What are you sayin' to it all Edge? Now you know it's either Kennedy or Batista for you at Wresltemania.

Edge: Credit where credit's due, Kennedy put up a great fight. He may have gotten a little help over the line at the end, but he's just earned himself a shot at Batista and more importantly a chance at my Wrestlemania main event.

Michael Cole: But now we know, it will be Batista and Mr. Kennedy at No Way Out for the World Heavyweight Championship. In nine days time, Batista and Kennedy will go at it... but what retribution will 'The Deadman' seek on King Booker?

The camera continues to switch between the furious Undertaker, stood against the ropes, staring a whole through the grinning King Booker as he backs towards the entrance way, while on the floor Mr. Kennedy may be battered, but ultimately it's he who's going to No Way Out, a twisted smile crossing the new Number One Contender's face as we fade... to... black.

*End Show*





Current Card for WWE NO WAY OUT:
Date: February 18th 2007
Location: American Airlines Arena; Miami, Florida

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

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

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

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





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

Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York


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A little surprised this was how you started the show off, but I have to say that I loved JBL’s arrogance in having him believe Teddy called him there just so he could go off at Teddy and leave. Long putting JBL on probation is fine, I guess, although I really hope it doesn’t change his commentary, because he has been entertaining as hell in this thread. Interesting to see in the last week you’ve inserted Styles and Tazz back into the announce teams too. I’m not a huge fan of Tazz, but I’ll be interested to see if you can make the three man announce team dynamic work.

I’m glad to see Kennedy opening the show here, because while his match with Flair looks like it won’t be happening until WrestleMania, keeping him hot here is vital, and allowing him to start the show to cut a promo is doing exactly that. The promo transitioned pretty well in the early going, with Kennedy’s outrage at Flair moving onto him talking about a title shot well, before then moving to him getting a title shot and thus the Royal Rumble. It was all smooth, and I thought the way you went about it was pretty clever. Including the little shot at Finlay being another old guy was smart too, before we got to the video packages. The arrogance of Kennedy really rubbing in the attacks too, talking about how it got better and that he loved seeing it was good to see. The little digs at Flair and the crowd were good too, before the interruption from Batista. Having Batista interrupt seems like a pretty clever way to go about things to possibly start a little feud between him and Kennedy, with Batista’s past with Flair obviously coming into play. There’s one thing I’m not so sure about should they face each other at No Way Out, but I’ll get to that later since I don’t know for sure if they will yet. I’m surprised Kennedy showed such guts to Batista, but I guess he’s a man on a mission. Batista standing up for Flair and Anderson was done well too, having Batista play the typical big hero with some strong words. Having him make it a little more personal between himself and Kennedy was smart as well, with Batista bringing himself up, then really calling Kennedy out for being a coward and threatening him. Kennedy playing the coward then was good to see, as he obviously wouldn’t want a piece of Batista in a fight, before the interruption from Teddy. The portion from Teddy was good, especially with the way he explained his decisions in terms of not letting Batista and Kennedy fight, before making the number one contender match because Kennedy hadn’t actually earned a shot at the title yet. It seemed a little weird that Long would almost set up an attack from Batista, considering he tried to break a fight between Kennedy and Batista up earlier in the segment, but, still, it was good for the segment to end with a bang, after a good promo and some nice matches being set up. Good start to the show.

Nice way to open the show with a real physical match between Benoit and Tatanka. While Tatnka obviously isn’t great, a match like this does a good job of showing the toughness of Benoit.

Benoit calling Finlay out for a fight is a good way to have Benoit show his guts, while also continuing the very physical aspect with which their feud began last week. Finlay making the challenge for the US Title match at No Way Out is great to see, because it should be a quality match, while Finlay trying to play it smart, only for Benoit to keep the intensity of the feud up by starting the little brawl was a good way to continue this on. Loving the way this feud is going at the moment, making for a very good match between these two at No Way Out.

Only 51 days until WrestleMania? Can’t wait.

Very nice promo from Booker here, keeping in character by having him use his king shtick until the frustration boiled over for him. The little “peasant” shot at the crowd was good, while I really liked the way he talked about his challenge to The Undertaker and the way that Teddy Long has disrespected him. Good little promo here to keep the Booker/Undertaker situation in mind.

Nice simple eight man tag match here, using the chaos to keep Burchill looking good after last week and allow the momentum for The Bluebloods to continue along. While these four teams mightn’t be the most known in the world, I really like the way you’ve built the division around them on SmackDown!, making a lot out of what others may consider to not be a lot.

The little exchange between Miz and MVP was really nice at the start of this promo, showing just how big their egos are with both thinking Teddy Long was going to apologise to them and put them into a title match. I loved the way you had both turn against Matt when he showed up too, claiming they were both being added to the main event. The announcement from Teddy Long was good too, putting a real focus on the US Title by having four guys vying for a shot at it, which I like. Nice addition to No Way Out.

Nice little way to set up a confrontation between Guerrero and Moore, with both being interested in watching the Cruiserweight Champion after a good contest last week. Helms’ arrogance in sending a message to both men too, making for a good Triple Threat Match at No Way Out.

Very hyped for WrestleMania 23.

I have no problem with Helms getting a squash win over Funaki, keeping him simmering as champion. The promo afterwards was obviously the main point of the segment, addressing the issue with Moore and Chavo, before making the connection with Danielson, seemingly making for a WrestleMania match down the line. I don’t mind that at all, as when it comes around it should be a very nice match. Good little segment here to start to set it up.

Like with Benoit earlier, a good way to keep Batista looking strong with a hard fought win, while also allowing Test to look good by hanging pretty well with the world champion.

Kane being the mystery part of the No Way Out match (and this tag match) makes sense due to his history with MVP, although I have to say that it feels a little weird to see Kane competing for a shot at the midcard title. He’s just a guy who seems above that all of the time, even when jobbing. Anyway, the tag match here was pretty nice, with a good little spot in keeping the half crab locked in. The finish makes sense, with MVP playing the coward, while having The Miz, the worse wrestler in the match, take the fall is also logical. Good tag match.

Kennedy attacking Anderson this week is some nice progress, turning up the heat on both his lingering feud with Flair, and his current one with Batista. Nice to see some follow up on last week, with Arn used again this week.

No Way Out seems to be shaping up as a pretty decent card for you. Especially looking forward to Benoit/Finlay.

Not going to comment too much on the writing or the logic of Kennedy, as both was good, but rather on Edge arriving on SmackDown!. I’m not at all surprised that Edge is challenging for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania, but I was shocked to see him reveal it tonight. Revealing it to Kennedy too, a man who he obviously isn’t going to face, seems a little odd, and his arrival tonight almost too random for it to make as big of an impact as I feel it should have. I know he can’t show back up on RAW since he’s running from Orton, but I think you could have had him disappear, showing his cowardice in continuing to run from Orton, before reappearing by spearing Batista at the end of No Way Out. That, to me, would have made a much bigger impact for Edge on debut, and it would have got the feud going right away, while Edge will have to wait until No Way Out at least to go after Batista now anyway. Glad to see Edge on SmackDown!, but I’m not so sure about the timing of it on this specific show.

The actual main event here was very nice, with some good action towards the end. The interference from Booker is a smart way to hand Kennedy the win, giving Kennedy his title match and allowing Undertaker to face Booker at No Way Out. My only problem with all of this is that I’m not sure Kennedy/Batista is good enough to main event a brand exclusive Pay-Per-View, with no match bigger than it on the card. Kennedy was still a midcarder at this stage, and while it’s just No Way Out, thus likely that Batista will retain, it seems like a bit of a weak main event, even if it makes sense in terms of storylines. Still, a good finish to the show.


As I said above, while I have a little bit of concern about the booking of the last portion of the show, this was once again a very enjoyable read, with very good writing throughout. You’re continuing to build strongly to No Way Out and WrestleMania, meaning this thread is right up there as my favourite thread right now. Good stuff, my man.
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~WWE.COM ANNOUNCEMENT~

After a chaotic episode of Friday Night Smackdown, General Manager Teddy Long has announced another three matches for the upcoming No Way Out pay per view.

WWE Tag Team Champions Brian Kendrick and Paul London will defend their titles against the impressive newcomers La Resistance. Since being brought back to the WWE by the sultry Maryse, Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier have targeted The Hooligans, assaulting the champions and gaining a victory over them during an eight man tag team match during last Friday's show. In six days time at No Way Out, the two teams will meet with the gold on the line, in what is sure to be the biggest threat to London and Kendrick during their eight month reign so far.

Also part of that eight man tag team match on Smackdown were The Extremists and The Bluebloods. Having been brought back by William Regal and Dave Taylor to help even up the numbers, Paul Burchill has looked increasingly impressive, even picking up the decisive fall during the eight man match. This Sunday, Tommy Dreamer will lead Sabu and The Sandman into battle in six man action against Regal, Taylor and Burchill in a match that is sure to test the limits of all six men involved.

And finally, after weeks of claiming he has no superior, Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms has been told to put up or shut up as he takes on nine other cruiserweights in a Cruiserweight Championship Gauntlet. Entering one after the other, all ten men will chase Helms' title, with the last man standing undoubtedly proving himself as the best cruiserweight Smackdown has to offer. The full list of competitors has been revealed, with three interesting additions. Former ECW Superstar Daivari will be making his return to action in the match, while Smackdown's Joey Mercury will look to make a mark on the division after concluding his long standing feud with Matt Hardy in recent weeks. But perhaps more important than that is that fact that No Way Out will see the debut of the much heralded Bryan Danielson, the world renowned cruiserweight who has finally completed his obligations around the world and is now ready to compete in the WWE. Could Danielson win the Cruiserweight Championship in his WWE debut? Or will Helms once again hang on to the championship he has held for over a year now?


Current Card for WWE NO WAY OUT:
Date: February 18th 2007
Location: American Airlines Arena; Miami, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


*****

~Monday Night Raw~
February 12th, 2007
Portland, Oregon





One week after one of the most dramatic endings to a Monday Night Raw in WWE history, the Raw Superstars roll into Portland, Oregon with all eyes pointed at the new WWE Champion.

The entire wrestling world was stunned as Shawn Michaels left Raw: Night Of Champions the WWE Champion. In the process Michaels emphatically turned his back on long-time friend Triple H, striking 'The Game' with a steel chair and then pinning Triple H to become the new champion. After weeks of claiming he wanted to bury the hatchet with his former DX colleague, Michaels sold his so called friend down the river to become champion again. What words could Michaels possibly offer to explain his actions? And what retribution will Triple H seek, especially with Wrestlemania now on the horizon?

Another man sure to be on a path of destruction is the former champion John Cena. Having been seconds away from victory last week, Cena was shocked to see that Shane McMahon and his security posse had robbed Cena of victory. A brutal assault followed, leaving the then champion helpless to stop Michaels as he claimed the title. Tonight, Cena will no doubt be out for revenge, seeking answers for Shawn Michaels, Shane and Mr. McMahon.

Having won the tag titles last week, the new champions Ric Flair and Carlito will be in non title action, taking on The Redneck Wrecking Crew. Cade and Murdoch could put themselves in line for a future title shot with a victory tonight, and no doubt the eyes of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Hass will be on this match, as Flair and Carlito look to kick off their title reign with a bang. However, no doubt on the mind of Flair will be the health status of his long-time friend Arn Anderson. 'Double A' was subject to a vicious assault from Mr. Kennedy last Friday night on Smackdown, moments before Kennedy became the Number One Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. Can Flair keep his focus on his partnership with Carlito? Or will the cracks start to show, allowing Cade and Murdoch to take advantage?

Many people thought CM Punk was crazy when he challenged Umaga to a match last week, especially after the dominating display Umaga gave in action against Super Crazy. Tonight, the two meet in one on one action in what could be a career defining display for Punk. Still a relative newcomer to Raw, Punk will no doubt be relishing his chance to finally end Umaga's undefeated streak. But with Umaga looking more dangerous week after week, can anybody stop 'The Samoan Bulldozer'?

Although not announced as having matches, several other superstars will no doubt have something to say on the events of last week. Rob Van Dam for one will be in great spirits after beating Bobby Lashley to become the last ever ECW Champion. Lashley on the other hand showed extreme displeasure at his defeat, coming close to threatening Maria during an interview. And what of Randy Orton? After seeing Edge walk out on him during the tag titles match and then seeing 'The Rated-R Superstar' show up on Smackdown, Orton's plan to get even with Edge may have disappeared. His young protégé Kenny Dykstra, fresh off a controversial defence of his Intercontinental Championship will no doubt be looking to impress Orton, while having agreed a to become a partnership, Johnny Nitro and Chris Masters will both be out to put their losing days behind them.

All of this, plus Victoria looks to put her defeat to Mickie James last week behind her against Candice Michelle, in what in is sure to be yet another dramatic edition of Monday Night Raw!!

Confirmed Matches:

Umaga vs. CM Punk
Non Title Match: Ric Flair and Carlito vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew
Victoria vs. Candice Michelle


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This is only the second time I’ve reviewed a show as I’m new here but really interested in BTB. Having read through all of yours, it is brilliantly written and looking forward to Raw. Anyway, onto Smackdown…

Starting things off with Long and JBL was good to see as quite rightly if it is Teddy Long’s show and JBL continues abusing him on commentary every week then Long is gonna take action eventually. Putting JBL on probation is interesting and bringing Tazz in just adds something else for JBL to moan about which is a great thing. Your writing of JBL is priceless and one of the highlights of Smackdown for me.

Kennedy coming out to address some issues is a good move as you’ve been building him up well. And again, classic JBL with the shortstack comment on Tazz haha. Good move showing the Rumble footage, give Kennedy some more heat. Batista coming out was unexpected but I suppose Flair was his mentor. The announcement from Long about Kennedy-Taker #1 contenders match was a good booking choice. I can see Kennedy coming away there with the win, which will further both his storyline with Batista/Flair and also Taker/Booker as surely the King will get involved?

Benoit/Tatanka, only one winner there. Great to see Benoit straight to the point after the match calling out Finlay. A straight up fight that will be at No Way Out. Good heel tactics from Finlay in rolling outta the ring but I wouldn’t have expected it from someone who ‘loves to fight’. But the fight still occurs, Benoit going after Finlay just shows how bad he wants to hurt him, very good move there, highlights the fire inside Benoit.

Booker interview does just the job, definite involvement in tonight’s main event from him I think. He wants Taker at No Way Out and unless you go triple threat I can’t see Taker beating Kennedy tonight.

Good tag match up next, these four teams put on an exciting show. All of very different styles. Glad to see you adding Burchill to the Bluebloods group.

The MVP/Miz/Hardy segment was interesting. You do a good job with MVP but I would’ve preferred Miz to be a bit more built up with his character before starting the ‘Really?’ and ‘Awesome’ stuff. Fatal 4 way at No Way Out should be a good contest. The fourth man I haven’t a clue at the minute.

Helms in typical Helms fashion, making sure everybody knows he’s the best cruiserweight around. Good job there, keeping his cockiness until Danielson arrives is how it should be done. Helms hen dismantles Funaki as he should. Danielson finally debuts next week and that should be interesting. JBL’s commentary is just brilliant.

Test puts up a good fight against the animal but there was only really one winner there as there should be. I like that you have built Test up though to contend with some of the bigger names.

I’m not too keen on the FBI deal here, I will see how it develops though but at the minute it’s a miss for me.

Kane as the fourth participant in the #1 contenders match is something I should have seen coming. Very good move, keeping things between him and MVP going. The tag match was a standard tag match, faces gain momentum and get the win with MVP wanting no piece of the big red machine, good match up and liked MVP walking out on Miz.

The Anderson/Kennedy segment was fantastic I felt. The viciousness of it all was the key. Now finally Flair is going to accept Kennedy’s challenge. Well I hope! Bringing Batista in at the end was also a shrewd little move as it keeps the Kennedy/Tista situation going too.

Kennedy coming straight out after the attack was a bit strange, normally the focus shifts somewhere else then back again but it is the main event. Wow, Edge is coming to Smackdown to use his title shot, that’s a big call and hopefully he’s the man to end Batista’s reign. Surprise move but I like it. Would’ve perhaps preferred it at a different time than tonight or at a different point in the show though.

Kennedy/Taker was a very good match and the result was the right one. Great way of getting Booker and Kennedy some more heat with the finish and I am looking forward to both Kennedy/Batista and Booker/Taker at No Way Out.

Good show imac and really helped further every feud on the show which is what it is all about. Loved the Kennedy/Anderson beat down and the continuation of Booker/Taker. The No Way Out card looks good for a single brand PPV and with Edge now playing a part on the blue brand, things are sure to heat up. Keep up the good work.
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Mmm, some interesting adds to the No Way Out card, none of which I expected. I was thinking we'd maybe get another eight man tag match, as I wasn't sure you were willing to put two tag team matches on the card, but I'm glad to see you are, because it really allows your tag division to shine. Either a four way tag at WrestleMania or The Bluebloods/Hooligans straight up would be great from here. The Cruiserweight Title match was really unexpected, although I guess you're going to take the Legend route in building towards Danielson/Helms, which I have no problem with again. Should be good.

As far as RAW goes, everything looks good. Glad to see The Crew in action (even if they'll be losing) as they're a helpful team to have around, while Umaga/Punk should be good. Not too sure what to make of Victoria/Candice, but the rest of the show, especially with Michaels as new champion, should be great. Looking forward to it, my man.
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~Monday Night Raw~
February 12th, 2007
Portland, Oregon



"I don't owe you and explanation. I owe you... nothing."




After such a dramatic ending to last week's show, the usual Raw opening just wouldn't do tonight. Oh no. A dramatic ending to one show deserves a dramatic opening to the next...

*Video Package*

HIGHLIGHTS FROM RAW: NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

The roar of the crowd. Dramatic, quick music playing in the background. We see flashes of action from the main event, the WWE Championship Triple Threat Match featuring Shawn Michaels, Triple H and the WWE Champion John Cena. The action is fast paced and hard hitting, with all three men struggling for supremacy. A sweet chin music connects to Cena, sending 'The Champ' over the top rope to the floor. Triple H ducks a sweet chin music, only to have Michaels counter his pedigree with a back body drop. Cena recovers, locking in the STFU on Triple H... only for Michaels to drag Cena into the figure four leglock. The rapid fire action continues, sweet chin music... pedigree... Michaels breaks the count on Cena at 2.

The dramatic music comes to a stop, as Michaels heads to the corner, tuning up the band in slow motion, every stomp echoing loudly... Triple H is up, and he staggers towards Michaels... SWEET CHIN MUSIC! But Triple H stumble towards the now standing John Cena... who hoists ‘The Game’ up onto his shoulders... in position for the FU, but here comes Michaels... and Cena shows superhuman strength to LIFT MICHAELS ONTO HIS SHOULDERS TOO... DOUBLE FU!!! Cena drills both Michaels and Triple H, and he hooks the leg of ‘The Game’... 1... 2... SHANE MCMAHON YANKS THE REFEREE FROM THE RING!!

Remorseful music now cuts in, the shot lingers on the smirk etched on Shane's face... but the smirk soon fades as Cena makes a move to roll under the bottom rope... and the chase is on! Cena races after Shane as both men run around the ring, but there’s a commotion at the top of the ramp... as Vince McMahon steps out, waving his security force down to the ring! Cena continues the chase as Shane slides into the ring, and then out the other side, just in time as the security makes it to the ring... and four of them tackle Cena to the mat! Exhausted from the match, Cena can’t offer much resistance as the posse of security guards jump the WWE Champion, holding down to the mat. Shane orders the guards to pull Cena to his feet, and with six of them keeping a tight grip, Cena is powerless as he’s raised to his feet... and held in position... as Shane cracks the steel chair off Cena’s skull! More slow motion, this time as the chair connects, giving the image of Cena almost floating to the mat below.

We continue to see the smirk on Shane's face... but the dramatic music soon kicks back in with a vengeance... as Triple H is now stood behind Shane... SLEDGEHAMMER IN HAND! Frantically the hired goons point for Shane to turn, as ‘The Game’ hoists the hammer high in the air. Shane turns... and his jaw drops, as his life flashes before his eyes... but before Triple H can swing, Shane grabs a guard and tosses him forward... so Trips drives the sledgehammer into his skull! Shane flees from the ring, but the guards keep coming... one guard has the sledgehammer drilled into his gut... another gets it driven off his skull! Michaels is back up, picking up the steel chair Shane dropped... cracking it off a guards skull! The last three guards charge, with the former DX members working in tandem... steel chair... sledgehammer... another steel chair shot! The security guards are all dispatched, with the crowd in raptures as ‘The Game roars his approval... until the screen fades to black and white...

BANG!!

Once more the remorseful music makes it's mark. Tension...

"OH MY GAAWWD!!"

Drama, stunned faces of the audience, several members with their heads in their hands, total disbelief...

"GOOD GAWD ALMIGHTY! WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?"

As Shawn Michaels...

"HE DID IT ON PURPOSE THAT TIME!"

HAS JUST NAILED TRIPLE H WITH THE STEEL CHAIR!!!

The crowd is furious, shitting all over Michaels’ actions. ‘The Game’ crashes to the mat instantly, with Michaels releasing his grip on the chair... then dropping to both knees... and draping himself over Triple H... just in time for the referee to crawl back into the ring...

1...

“YOU GOTTA BE KIDDIN’ ME!”

2...

“NO! NO, NO KICK OUT! KICK OUT!”

3!!!!

Winner: And NEW WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels @ 18.12

SHAWN MICHAELS IS THE NEW WWE CHAMPION! WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED HERE?!

Sitting up, Michaels runs both hands through his hair, covering his face with his hands on the way back down, a man who feels redemption. A man... who's conscience is clear?

Slowly walking up the ramp, Michaels stares dead ahead, an expression-less look on his face. Much like the night that started all this, Michaels walks up the ramp, his back to Triple H, much like 'The Game' did to Michaels almost one month ago. In the ring, Trips has finally come around, propping himself up on his elbows, just long enough to gather himself... with 'The Game' finally realising what's just went down. The new champion strides from the ring... where rage engulfs his former friend... and this video fades to black with the ever-echoing words...

"WHAT THE HELL IS SHAWN MICHAELS THINKING?!"


*End Video Package*


Into the arena. Cold opening. No fireworks. No opening video. No commentary. Instead, we snap to the hard camera, seeing Lillian Garcia stood in the middle of the ring...

Lillian Garcia: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the NEW WWE Champion... 'The Heartbreak Kid'... Shawn Michaels!

*SEXY BOY...*


The crowd erupts with furious heat at the opening few rifts of the music, the sound only intensifying as Shawn Michaels steps out from the back. One thing is instantly noticeable about his attire, as Michaels is dressed all in black. Black jeans, black boots, a casual black shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and to top it off, a black cowboy hat, pulled down over Michaels' face. The only chink of light in the whole outfit is that gold slung over his shoulder...


Jim Ross: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw. I am Jim Ross, alongside me are my broadcast colleagues Jerry Lawler and Joey Styles, and folks, I promise you're not seein' things. Do not adjust your TV sets, as that is indeed the new WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels. We were all, quite frankly, shocked by the actions of 'The Heartbreak Kid' last week, as Michaels, afters weeks of protesting his innocence with regards to his situation with Triple H, turned on 'The Game', striking him with a vicious steel chair shot and taking the WWE Championship away from John Cena.

Joey Styles: I don't think shocked is enough to describe what went my through the minds of millions of Shawn Michaels' fans last week when they saw him connect with Triple H's skull. I for one couldn't believe what I was seein' last week.

Jerry Lawler: Well, for weeks I asked the question: Was it really an accident when Shawn Michaels hit Triple H with the steel chair? Last Monday night, it happened for the second time, and it definitely wasn't an accident last week.

Jim Ross: I don't think there's any doubt about that 'King'. It appears we're about to hear from 'HBK' himself, but let me remind you that the new World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Carlito are in action, taking on The Redneck Wrecking Crew, while Victoria looks to rebound after he defeat to Mickie James last week as she takes on Candice Michelle. But let's hand it over to a man who owes each and every one of us, and especially John Cena and Triple H, a few answers tonight...

By now Michaels is stood in the centre of the ring, microphone in hand. His entrance music has stopped, with Michaels remaining silent for the moment, soaking in the boos of the crowd with a vacant, expressionless gaze on his face, staring into the distance of the audience before finally lifting the microphone to his mouth...

Shawn Michaels: I guess I uh-

The heat from the crowd instantly cuts Michaels off, causing the new champion to close his eyes for a few seconds, contemplating, before again staring into the distance and again trying to speak...

Shawn Michaels: I guess I owe a few people out here an explanation, huh?

More boos, to which Michaels adjusts his hat, making it harder for the camera to see his face...

Shawn Michaels: But y'know, while you all want an explanation for my actions last week, and my you may all feel like you deserve one... I don't have to explain myself to anyone... except the man upstairs. 'Cos at the end of the day... he's the only one I care about judging me.

Michaels glances to the heavens, a smirk crossing his mouth as he does...

Shawn Michaels: And I got news for each and every one of ya'... the one man I absolutely don't own an explanation to... is Triple H.

Nice pop for the mention of 'The Game', to which Michaels can only shake his head...

Shawn Michaels: Triple H. Y'know, he said somethin' a few weeks ago that really struck a chord with ol' 'Aitch - Bee - Kay. He talked about all the partners he turned his back on. Batista, Randy Orton, Ric Flair, they all got a name check. But what about me Hunter? What about... me? Let's not act like you don't remember Hunter. I know you do. July 22nd, 2002. Grand Rapids, Michigan. You pleaded with me that night Hunter to get the band back together. You wanted to put D-Generation X back together, and I... I believed you. And what happened? You turn around... and you stick me face first into the mat with a pedigree.

Brief pop as the memories of that night come flooding back...

Shawn Michaels: Don't get me wrong, I'm no saint when it comes to turning my back on partners. I mean, Marty Jannetty, Kevin Nash, Psycho Sid... I kicked their teeth down each - and - every one of their throats. I did it 'cos they latched on to me, and they tried to ride me all the way to bank. They tried to make their name on my talent... on my popularity... and on my success.

Michaels takes a deep breath, calmly adjusting his hat...

Shawn Michaels: And you might not wanna say so Hunter... but you know you're no different than any of 'em. The early days of DX, you were nothin' in this business. I made you a somebody Hunter... and it may have taken you four years to do it... but you turned your back on me.

Michaels nods to himself...

Shawn Michaels: And we had our fights. We had our battles. I won some, I lost some... but I was back where I belonged. Where I knew, deep down, where I always belonged. And that's as Shawn Michaels, ridin' solo. No partners. Nobody ridin' my coat-tails. Nobody holdin' me back. Just 'The Showstopper'. 'The Headliner'. 'The Main Event', 'The Icon', 'The HEART - BREAK - KID'!

A slight pop, but only for the mention of the names...

Shawn Michaels: That 'Aitch - Bee - Kay magic was back! I was a World Heavyweight Champion again. I put on some of the greatest Wrestlemania performances you'll ever see. Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Vincent - Kennedy - McMahon himself, and even you Hunter... I carried you all to great, Wrestlemania moments.

Boos for the self-appreciation of the champion...

Shawn Michaels: Wrestlemania XXII. That was your turn Vinny Mac. That was your turn. You and that boy Shane o' yours, you did a number on me Vinny. And then later that summer... you got to Triple H too. And I knew, deep down inside I knew, I shoulda never came back to help him.

Michaels shakes his head, showing his regret at the decision he made all those months ago...

Shawn Michaels: I thought it about long and hard, I fought with my conscience every night I lay in bed, I prayed... a lot... and I asked the Lord... what should I do? Do I do the good, Christian thing, to come back and help my fellow man? Or do I do the right thing for me? Do I stay at home... and let Triple H, the man who turned his back on me all those years ago... fight his own battles? Lemme tell ya'... it wasn't an easy choice. I didn't need Triple H. Triple H... needed me. So I thought about it... and I prayed... and in the end... I did the right thing... in your eyes.

Michaels points at the crowd, a look of hate now in his eyes...

Shawn Michaels: I came back, I put that D-Generation X t-shirt on, I started kickin' teeth down people's throats again... and you people loved it. You cheered, you went nuts, you bought the merchandise, you believed in DX. And y'know what? I believed in DX too. I believed in me and Hunter... as a partnership. I believed... that we were back, better than ever, better than we were in 1997, but that this time, it was me and Hunter... friends. Partners. Equals.

Michaels rubs a hand across his unshaven face...

Shawn Michaels: But one month ago, Hunter... he ended all that when he put DX on the line for a shot at the World Tag Team Championships. The partnership that I came back for, the guy I saved from a ton o' ass kickin's over the past six months, he just did whatever he felt like doin'. He didn't ask me, he didn't tell me he was gonna make that challenge, he just did it anyway, and you people... you loved it. You wanted to see DX finally win those titles, you wanted to see DX give Rated-RKO what they had comin' to them.

A small pop, but most of the crowd sits in stunned silence...

Shawn Michaels: So I 'played the game' and I gave it everythin' I had. I fought with every bit of my being... and then I made one mistake. I swung a steel chair... but instead of hittin' Edge... I hit my partner. And just like that... DX was over. And I don't blame myself, oh no. I blame Hunter... and I blame each and every one of you.

Big heat...

Shawn Michaels: I listened to the cheers, I listened to the people, and I believed that I was in the right place. But when I accidently... and I'll say it one last time, it WAS an accident... when I accidently hit Triple H with that chair... I didn't hear cheers anymore. No. No, I heard the boos. There weren't many... but I still heard 'em. I heard the whispers. 'Did he do it on purpose?'. 'Did he mean to hit his friend... with a steel chair?'.

Michaels simply shakes his head...

Shawn Michaels: But last week? Oh I meant it last week. I meant every second of it. 'Cos y'see, I saw my chance to be back where I was. A loner. A man lookin' out for number one. A man standin' on his own two feet. A man... who could be 'Champion' again. And that may have not been the right thing in your eyes... but it was the right thing in mine. And like I said earlier, you people... Hunter... I don't owe you an explanation. I owe you... NOTHING!

Michaels adjusts the title on his shoulder, looking at it admiringly...

Shawn Michaels: I am finished with DX... I am finished with Triple H... and I am finished... which EACH - AND EVERY - ONE OF YOU!

Heat, at which Michaels smirks, glancing up to the heavens...

Shawn Michaels: Y'know, their a quote from the bible that sums this all up pretty well. "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give me the desires of my heart." Well, last week, I delighted myself when I nailed Triple H... and I got what my heart desired.

Again Michaels glances at the title...

Shawn Michaels: I am the WWE Champion... but I am not your WWE Champion. My actions are my own. My conscience is clear. I have my redemption. Now, hit my music.

Michaels carefully places his mic on the mat, heading for the ring ropes... strangely still to silence. Michaels goes to step through the ropes, but he pauses, no doubt wondering where his entrance theme is. Shrugging it off, Michaels again goes to step through the ropes... until...

*ONE OF A KIND...*


What the...?

The crowd is (pleasantly) surprised as instead of 'Sexy Boy' we get the entrance of Rob Van Dam, the last ever ECW Champion making his way down the ramp, with interestingly the ECW Championship still over his shoulder...


Jim Ross: Well I have to admit, I never thought I'd hear words like that from the mouth of Shawn Michaels. I never thought I'd see the day that 'HBK' would turn his back on these fans.

Jerry Lawler: I - I'm shocked. I can't believe what I just heard. And I don't understand what Rob Van Dam is doing out here. And he's still got that ECW Championship with him, despite Mr. McMahon saying that last week was the last week we were ever gonna see that title again.

Joey Styles: Rob Van Dam, the very definition of the counter culture. After so many years rebelling against authority, you think 'RVD' is just gonna not come out here with the title he holds so dearly?

Jerry Lawler: I think he better do what he's told or he's gonna wind up like John Cena. Even Rob Van Dam had to get the message last week that you don't cross the boss...

Having now joined Michaels in the ring, Van Dam scoops up the mic Michaels placed on the mat. Once his music ends, Van Dam stares out into the crowd, smiling, nodding along with every "R-V-D! R-V-D!" chant that is thrown at him...

Rob Van Dam: God Shawn, please... stop with the self-righteous B.S. for a minute and listen to what you're sayin' bro'!

Pop from the crowd, much to Michael's annoyance...

Rob Van Dam: You're out here blamin' these people for your actions last week? Man, these people loved DX! They couldn't get enough of ya', they cheered for you each and every night. And then you turn your back on them... and have the nerve to blame 'em for it!

Losing his usual cool, Van Dam starts pointing at Michaels...

Rob Van Dam: You took a shortcut man. You took the easy way out. That title on your shouler right now... you didn't earn that title man. You took advantage of Shane McMahon's dirty work... and you stabbed your best friend in the back to do it.

Van Dam stares straight at Michaels, shaking his head...

Rob Van Dam: And that's not cool bro'.

Michaels looks furious, begging for a chance to answer back...

Rob Van Dam: Me? I earned my title. This ECW Championship, a title that means as much to me as the WWE Championship does to you. A title I gave everythin' for. A title I earned with my blood, my sweat and my tears. A title... that's not tainted like the one you're carryin' right now.

Van Dam raises the ECW Championship infront of Michaels' face...

Rob Van Dam: And ain't no amount of prayin' and sayin' you're right in the eyes of The Lord is gonna help you here bro'. You're nothin' but a coward. Nothin' but a fraud. You don't deserve to be carryin' that title. John Cena, a guy I fought tooth and nail with at the Royal Rumble... he's the real WWE Champion... not you.

A brief "CENA! CENA! CENA!" chant breaks out...

Rob Van Dam: Y'know, I used to respect you man. Every guy back there used to respect you. They might notta liked you, hell, a lotta them didn't... but they still respected you Shawn. But now? Now you got nothin' man.

Pop...

Rob Van Dam: Now I dunno if John Cena is here tonight. I don't think he is. I haven't seen him around today. But I'm not gonna sit back and watch you carryin' that title around, when I know you deserve to hold it. You'll never be the WWE Champion as far as I'm concerned, and I know these people agree with me.

Another pop...

Rob Van Dam: So right here, right now... I'm callin' you out bro'! I'm challenging you to a match for the WWE Championship, right here, tonight, in Portland, Oregon!

The roof nearly comes off the arena for Van Dam's challenge...

Rob Van Dam: And just to show that I'm not some paper champion... I'll raise the stakes man. You put the WWE Championship on the line... and I'll put my ECW Championship on the line too.

Another big pop for the chance of a title unification tonight...

Rob Van Dam: What d'ya say Shawn?

Once more the "R-V-D! R-V-D!" chant breaks out as Michaels ponders his response. Deciding he's made his decision, Michaels holds out his hand for the microphone, but as RVD goes to hand it over...

*NO CHANCE IN HELL...*


Once more the crowd is surprised by the timing and subject of an entrance theme, as this time it's Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon who make their way down the ramp... flanked an army of security guards. Much like last week, The McMahon's both wear massive smirks on their faces as they confidently enter the ring, with Shane demanding a microphone for his Father...


Mr. McMahon: Whoa, whoa, whoa... easy there Rob. I don't know what kinda show you think this is 'RVD', but this ain't ECW. You don't come out here and-

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

Mr. McMahon: If you're quite finished? You don't come out here Rob and just start throwin' around challenges for the WWE Championship. But Rob, I'll deal with you in a second. You just stand there and pay attention. And as for you Shawn...

Van Dam throws a few words of trash at Shane, only for two of McMahon's goons to step forward, protecting the heir to the McMahon throne, with Vince giving his son's suit jacket a tug, distancing him from Van Dam...

Mr. McMahon: Well Shawn, I think my son Shane here has a few words he wants to say to you.

Vince hands the mic over to Shane, who takes one last nervous glance at Van Dam before addressing Michaels...

Shane McMahon: Now Shawn, let's get one thing straight off the bat... I don't like you. I don't think I've ever liked you Shawn. I heard what you said earlier about the beating me and my Father gave you. You remember that one at Backlash, Dad? You - haha - you gave him 'God' as a tag team partner? You remember that?

Vince shares his sons enthusiasm for the moment, while 'HBK' remains unimpressed...

Shane McMahon: I think there uh... there may have been a few more encounters after that, but that's the main one in my mind right now. As for last week Shawn, I'm not out here to talk about whether you were right in the eyes of these idiots.

Cheap heat...


Shane McMahon: Hell, as far as I'm concerned, you saw a chance to be somebody again and you took it. You were ruthless, you were unrepentant. You were... scarily, you were pretty much like a McMahon.

Shane turns to his Dad, who gives Junior a "What?" look, but Shane motions for calm...

Shane McMahon: Like I said Shawn, I don't like you... but John Cena? I hate John Cena. And as far as I'm concerned, John Cena got exactly what he deserved last week. You just happened to be the man to take advantage of the situation Shawn. I don't think God would disagree with that.

Shane strokes his chin, pondering...

Shane McMahon: But let me state for the record, right here, right now... there will be NO REMATCH for John Cena.

The crowd loudly disagrees with the announcement...

Shane McMahon: But Shawn, it is Wrestlemania season. And you are the WWE Champion. And that means you will be defending the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania XXIII.

Van Dam now takes a serious interest...

Shane McMahon: And we're gonna determine a new Number One Contender for your title in just under three weeks time, LIVE on NBC at Saturday Night's Main Event!

Pop...

Shane McMahon: So startin' tonight, we're gonna have ourselves a little tournament, the final of which will be at Saturday Night's Main Event. Rob... you're gonna be one of eight men fighting for the right to face the WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIII.

Another pop...

Shane McMahon: But John Cena, will NOT be one of those eight men. And Shawn, unless you want to suffer the same fate as Cena did last week... you'll be sure to reject any challenge from John Cena. Do you understand me?

Michaels coldly nods his head, drawing a big smirk from Shane...

Shane McMahon: Good! Now Rob, I think my Father has a few words he wants to say to you.

Shane hands the microphone over to Vince, who struts to go face to face with RVD...

Mr. McMahon: Well, well. Rob Van Dam. Look at ya', stood there with that piece of trash on your shoulder.

Heat...

Mr. McMahon: I made it pretty clear Van Dam, that I didn't care who was the last ever ECW Champion when we went off the air last week, but as far as I was concerned, that piece of junk was to never appear on a WWE broadcast ever again.

More heat, to which Vince smugly grins...

Mr. McMahon: Now Rob, I don't have time to get into a brawl with you, so I'm going to make this very, very simple. You hand over that ECW Title belt... or my security are gonna take it from ya'! So what's it gonna be Rob? We can do this the easy way? Or we can do it... the McMahon way!

The crowd continues to boo, with Vince holding out his hand for the title. Van Dam pulls the title down off his shoulder, looking at it... then looking at Vince and his posse... then back at the title. Griping the title in his left hand, Van Dam continue to stare at the gold, then into the crowd. Desperately the crowd cries "No!", urging Van Dam to stand for what he believes in. Van Dam again looks at Vince... and then one last time at the title... and shakes his head... only to FLIP THE BIRD AT VINCE! The crowd explodes as Van Dam refuses to hand over the title, re-adjusting it on his shoulder, not backing down an inch...

BANG!

Out of nowhere Shawn Michaels nails Van Dam with the SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Van Dam is down and he is out, with Michaels standing over him. Both Vince and Shane can't hide their delight at Michaels' actions, but the WWE Champion simply steps over Van Dam, stepping through the ropes and then dropping to the floor, calmly making his way back up the ramp...


Joey Styles: God, that son of a bitch!

Jim Ross: What the hell has gotten into Shawn Michaels?! This isn't the Shawn Michaels I know. This - this - aw hell, I don't know what this is!

Jerry Lawler: I tell ya' what this is. This is an absolute joke. I don't think Shawn Michaels for one moment was doin' the bidding of Vince and Shane McMahon, but I still can't believe he'd leave 'RVD' helpless in the middle of the ring like this.

Joey Styles: Hey... wait a minute. What the - Vince has got the ECW Championship!

Indeed in the ring, after checking that Van Dam is down and staying down, Vince picks up the fallen ECW Championship, looking at with disgust yet delighted to be holding it in his hands. The camera takes one last look at Shawn Michaels walking up the ramp, his back to the ring, all the while Vince, Shane and the security take a few final laughs at Van Dam's expense before they too make their exit and we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


As soon as we return...

"WOOOOO..."

*ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA...*


The crowd gives a great welcome to the new World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Carlito, both men wearing their new title belts around their waists, with Flair opening his robe to let everyone get a good look at his gold, while Carlito as always has an apple in one hand and a Torrie Wilson in the other...


Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw. We're still trying to come to terms with what we saw before the commercial. Not only did Shawn Michaels turn his back on the fans who supported him for so many years, he also nailed Rob Van Dam with the sweet chin music.

Joey Styles: And because of that, Mr. McMahon now has possession of the ECW Championship! Can you imagine what could be goin' through the mind of 'The Evil Genius' right now?

Jerry Lawler: Oh I'm sure he's thinkin' of the best way to taunt you and all the other ECW alumni now that he holds the title in his hands. But what about the announcement of Shane McMahon? A tournament is gonna kick off later tonight to decide who will face Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania!

Jim Ross: We'll try and get word on the makeup of that tournament as the night progresses. But right now, here comes the NEW World Tag Team Champions, Ric Flair and Carlito, and they of course won that gold last week with a victory over Edge and Randy Orton.

Jerry Lawler: Yeah, and they got a big assist from Edge when he walked out on Randy Orton during the match! You know 'The Legend Killer' has gotta be furious about that.

Joey Styles: Speaking of furious, I know that Ric Flair was seriously angry after he saw what Mr. Kennedy did to Arn Anderson last Friday night on Smackdown.

Jim Ross: That certainly was a heinous act on the part of Mr. Kennedy. He's gonna get his at the hands of 'The Animal' Batista come No Way Out, I can promise you that.

Flair passes his robe down to the stagehand, while Carlito hands his title over to the referee. Flair does likewise, and then the two champions share a few words as they await their opponents...

*SWEET AND SOUR...*


Decent heat as The Redneck Wrecking Crew Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch stride down to the ring with a purpose, both men wearing scowls on their faces as they enter the ring...


Jerry Lawler: Well these two guys can certainly do some damage. They've been a team for a while now, they're former tag team champions, they could really put themselves in the hunt for a title show with a win here tonight.

Joey Styles: Well, while that is a very good point, we're just getting word that Rob Van Dam's quarter final match in the Number One Contenders Tournament will be tonight!

Jerry Lawler: And... am I hearing that right J.R.? His opponent is goin' to be the Intercontinental Champion, Kenny Dykstra?!

Jim Ross: What a huge opportunity for Dykstra. Van Dam can't be 100% after the Sweet Chin Music he suffered earlier...

Match 1: Non Title Match
World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Carlito w/ Torrie Wilson vs. The Redneck Wrecking Crew

The attention quickly switches to the match in hand, with Flair and Murdoch kicking things off. The two tie up and jockey for position, until Murdoch works into a standing side headlock. Flair shoots Murdoch off the ropes, only for the big redneck to bowl Flair over with a shoulder block, taunting Flair with a cheap ”Woooo!”. Murdoch again runs the ropes, but Flair drops face down on the mat, and when Murdoch comes back across, he catches him with a hiptoss. Now the chops start to fly, with Flair backing Murdoch to the corner before smacking two more chops against the turnbuckle and going for an Irish whip... but Murdoch reverses... and when Flair bounces out, Murdoch sends him flying with a big back body drop. Looking to gain the edge for his team, Murdoch charges and looks for an elbow drop, but it swings back in favour of the champs as Flair rolls to safety then tags in Carlito.

‘Lito bounces into the ring, tagging Murdoch with a pair of rights before going for an Irish whip, only for Murdoch to reverse it... and Cade drills a knee into the base of the spine as ‘Lito comes off the ropes. Cade gets the tag, and he snaps ‘Lito’s head back with two right hands before firing Carlito across... but ‘Lito jumps to the second rope... and springboard back elbow! Cade is quickly back up, but Carlito takes him down with a pair of quick arm drags before going for an Irish whip... which Cade reverses... and then Murdoch pulls down the top rope... and Carlito flies over the top rope to the floor! The cheap move sees ‘Lito crash to the floor, and while Cade picks a fight with Flair in the ring, distracting the referee in the process, Murdoch drives ‘Lito into the apron before rolling him back into the ring.

Now Cade and Murdoch look to isolate ‘Lito, starting with a nice double team move that sees Cade hit an inverted atomic drop while Murdoch connects with a running big boot to the face. Murdoch then tags ‘Lito with punches and kicks in the corner that send him down to the mat, before the double team moves continue as Murdoch slams Carlito to the mat before Cade elevates his partner and then drops him for a legdrop, earning a near fall. Cade ‘n’ Murdoch show their experience of teaming together as they work well to wear ‘Lito down, punishing him with stiff forearms to the spine, backbreakers and a long vertical suplex from Cade, with ‘Lito taking longer to kick out with every cover attempted. Once again ‘Lito is slammed to the mat, and when Cade tags in Murdoch, he again looks to take him up for a big legdrop... but this time Carlito rolls to safety! The referee calls for Cade to leave the ring, and he stands on the apron, anxiously hoping Murdoch can make the tag... but ‘Lito makes it to his corner first, and here comes Flair!

Cade also gets a tag, and he charges looking for a right hand... but Flair blocks, and instantly connects on a big knife edged chop, knocking Cade down. Murdoch has a go, but he too goes down from a chop, while Flair turns his attentions back to Cade, nailing two more stinging chops before going for an Irish whip... big back body drop! With Cade down, Flair connects on a running jumping knee drop, hooking the leg... 1... 2... but Murdoch makes the save, dropping an elbow across the back of the head. This draws Carlito back into things, as he charges and hits a big clothesline... that takes both he and Murdoch over the top rope! Cade and Flair are now alone in the ring, with Cade tagging Flair with a right hand and then looking for a kick to the gut... but Flair traps the foot... and sweeps the standing leg... FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK!! Flair wrenches the hold in tight, square in the middle of the ring! Cade’s arms flail wildly, desperately trying to reach the ropes... but he has no choice and has to tap out!

Winners: Ric Flair and Carlito @ 07.27

A great first performance as champions for Flair and Carlito, as they confidently dispatch of Cade and Murdoch. 'Lito helps the veteran Flair back to his feet, with Torrie handing over the title belts. The champs are quickly back on their feet, raising their titles high in the air to a nice pop as we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


When we return, we go straight to the office of Mr. McMahon, the 'Chairman of the Board' grinning from ear to ear, the ECW Championship in his hands. Both Shane McMahon and Jonathan Coachman are stood nearby, their mood a reflection of 'The Boss'...


Mr. McMahon: God... look at it. Just look at it. Have you ever seen such a piece of crap in all your life?

Shaking his head in disgust, Vince turns and hands the title to one of his hired goons...

Mr. McMahon: Now you take good care of that. Never know when it might come in handy.

Jonathan Coachman: What are you gonna do with it Mr. McMahon?

Exasperated, Vince sighs...

Mr. McMahon: I'm gonna do whatever the hell I wanna do with it Coachman! Now listen, John Cena isn't here tonight, but when he does get here, I want to know about it before anybody else. So I want you 'Coach' to go out and wait by the parking lot, and when you see Cena arrive, you come and tell me. Understand?

Jonathan Coachman: Yes sir Mr. McMahon. I'll get on it right away.

'Coach' turns to head out the door, but on his way the door swings open and in walks Armando Alejandro Estrada, the Cuban dressed in an all white suit complete with white hat and dark sunglasses, a cigar already in his mouth, offering handshakes all round...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: Haha! Senor McMahon! Senor McMahon! Senor Coach! Haha! Good to see you amigos!

Vince and Shane both share a laugh with Estrada, until the three of them realise that 'Coach' is still in the room...

Vince McMahon: 'Coach'...

Jonathan Coachman: Yes sir?

Vince McMahon: Get the hell outta here!

Realising his presence isn't wanted, 'Coach' quickly leaves the room, no doubt headed for the parking lot, leaving Vince and Shane shaking their heads...

Shane McMahon: God, we gotta do somethin' about him Dad.

Vince McMahon: Yeah, yeah, I know. Anyway... Mr. Estrada, what can we do for you?

Armando Alejandro Estrada: Si. Senor McMahon, The Saaaaamoan Bulldozerrr... UMAGA! He want to you know... comos se dice... who we face in the tournament Senor McMahon announced. Haha!

A few awkward glances are exchanged between the McMahon's...

Shane McMahon: Uh...

Vince McMahon: Well you see...

Shane McMahon: The thing is Estrada, Umaga already has this match lined up with CM Punk tonight. And because of that... he doesn't have a spot in the tournament.

Stunned, Estrada's jaw drops, the cigar falling out of his mouth to the floor...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: 'Ju... 'ju don't have a spot for Umaga, amigo?

Reluctantly, Shane shakes his head...

Armando Alejandro Estrada: Aimgos... 'ju is startin' to upset 'The Samoan Bulldozer'. And 'ju don't want 'dat monster runnin' free on your show, perro.

Shane motions to reply, but Vince places a hand on his son's shoulder...

Mr. McMahon: Mr. Estrada, please. We're both successful businessmen here. You and Umaga... it's the big challenge you want, isn't it?

Armando Alejandro Estrada: Si.

Once again an evil smirk crosses McMahon's face...

Mr. McMahon: Well Mr. Estrada, I think I know just the challenge for you. And I can help you get it. Perhaps, we can come to some sort of... arrangement? Si?

Armando Alejandro Estrada: Si... si.

Mr. McMahon: Great. Why do you uh... hand me one of those Cubans there Estrada and take a seat. We'll talk about a few things and see what we come up with, huh?

Smiling, Estrada takes out two cigars from the top pocket of his suit jacket, handing one to Vince and keeping one for himself, with Shane nearby taking a lighter from his pocket as we fade into a video...

*Video Package*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Narrator: And only the strong survive.

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

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

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

Narrator: To forge a new legacy!

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


*End Video Package*


We return to the backstage area to see Maria standing by, ready for an interview...

Maria: Hi! I'm Maria, and please welcome my guest at this time... 'The Legend Killer'... Randy Orton!

A good amount of heat as Randy Orton enters the frame, a scowl etched on his face...

Maria: Now Randy, we all saw what happened last week during you and Edge's World Tag Team Title defence against Ric Flair and Carlito. Unfortunately for you, Edge walked out on you, costing Rated-RKO the titles. And then of course, we heard Edge announce last Friday night on Smackdown that he would be challenging for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania XXIII, signing a contract with Smackdown this Friday night. Randy, what is your response to all of this?

Almost offended by the question, Orton shakes his head before answering...

Randy Orton: Maria, Rated-RKO... ended the second Edge turned his back on me last week. The only regret I have is that with Edge moving to Smackdown, I won't get a chance to get my hands on him and extract my revenge.

Ruefully, Orton shakes his head once more...

Randy Orton: As far as I'm concerned, Edge hasn't gone to Smackdown to challenge however the World Heavyweight Champion might be... he's gone there because he's running scared of me. Edge can run all he wants, but one of these days, I will get back at him.

A slight pop, which Orton ignores...

Randy Orton: Now Rated-RKO may be no-more, but Kenny Dykstra is a young man with a lot of promise. And I, graciously, have agreed to help Kenny reach the top. Kenny has his match with Rob Van Dam in the Number One Contenders Tournament next, a match that I will be watching very... closely. And speaking of the Number One Contenders Tournament, I myself am one of the eight men involved. And I fully intend on winning that tournament at Saturday Night's Main Event, going on to Wrestlemania and become the new WWE Champion.

Heat...

Randy Orton: And let me just make one thing clear... I don't care who I get in my quarter final match next week. But whoever it is, that person is going to regret that they ever stepped into the ring with me. Infact... that warning can apply to any member of the Raw roster. You don't want to mess with me. You don't want to get in my way. Or else I will end your career. You all cried in despair after what Kenny did to Jeff Hardy. But that is NOTHING compared to what I... am capable of.

And with one last cold-blooded stare at the camera, Orton methodically turns and leaves, with Maria looking shell-shocked as she watches Orton leave...

Back into the arena for...

*PURE CONTROL...*


A bunch of heat as the Intercontinental Champion Kenny Dykstra makes his entrance, getting in the faces of a few fans as he walks down the ramp and around the ring...


Jim Ross: Uh... well, it appears that the first match of the Number One Contenders Tournament is going to take place right now. Here comes young Kenny Dykstra, a kid with a ton o' talent, just like Randy Orton said, and last week Dykstra scored a victory over yet another of the Hardy Boyz.

Jerry Lawler: By hook or by crook, but Dykstra has got it done now against both Jeff and Matt Hardy.

Joey Styles: He's the youngest Intercontinental Champion in history, and after the start he's had to 2007, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go on to Wrestlemania and become the youngest WWE Champion in history too.

*ONE OF A KIND...*


The crowd erupts once more for the arrival of Rob Van Dam. 'RVD' isn't his usual jovial self though, as he looks groggy from the earlier Sweet Chin Music he suffered...


Joey Styles: But for Dykstra to shatter the record books, he's going to have to get past the last ever ECW Champion Rob Van Dam!

Jerry Lawler: And what a night it's been so far for 'RVD'. Not only did he have his head kicked off by Shawn Michaels, he then had the ECW Championship he won last week taken away from him! And it could be about to get worse here.

Jim Ross: No doubt Rob Van Dam wants to go to Wrestlemania to face Shawn Michaels, but he's in danger of not even making it to the semi finals...

Match 2: Number One Contenders Tournament Quarter Final Match
Intercontinental Champion Kenny Dykstra vs. Rob Van Dam

The two men kicks off the match with an aggressive tie up, which quickly spirals into a chain wrestling exhibition. Headlock takedowns are countered into headscissors which are then countered into bridging pins as both men look for control early on. Dykstra is on top of Van Dam, who bridges both men back onto their feet. Dykstra swings with a right hand, only for Van Dam to duck and take Dykstra down with a backslide for a 2 count. Dykstra kicks himself back onto his feet, only to run into an armdrag takedown which ‘RVD’ transitions into an armbar. Frustrated, Dykstra slaps the mat, but he quickly works back to a vertical base, grabbing Van Dam’s ponytail to pull him against the ropes and fire ‘RVD’ across... Dykstra executes a perfect leapfrog, but he doesn’t notice Van Dam has put on the breaks behind him... jumping roundhouse kick! Van Dam crashes to the mat, rolling to a stop near the ropes, which prompts Van Dam to come off the opposite side of the ring... ROLLING THUNDER... NO! Van Dam lands on his feet halfway through the move as he spots Dykstra rolling under the bottom rope, saving himself. Dykstra kneels down on the outside, rubbing his jaw, shouting at ‘RVD’ to back off. Dykstra turns his back on the action, pacing the ringside area as he tries to compuse himself again, but Van Dam isn’t waiting, climbing to the top rope. Perched on the top turnbuckle, Van Dam waits for Dykstra to turn... before launching himself... FLYING CROSSBODY! Van Dam puts his body on the line, but it pays off bigtime as he gets all off of Dykstra. ‘RVD’ is quickly back up, using his thumbs to draw a “ROB – VAN – DAM!” chant from the crowd before we fade into commercial.

*Commercial*


But when we return, Dykstra has taken control, having Van Dam grounded and locked into a headlock. A quick replay fills us in on what happened during the break, and we see that ‘RVD’ fired Dykstra to the corner, charging in and leaping in an attempt to his a monkey flip... but Dykstra held on, managing to elevate Van Dam over the top with a painful landing on the floor! Back to real time, and Van Dam claws at Dykstra’s arm, but when he’s unable to break the grip, he fights back to his feet, hitting elbows to the gut and then sending Dykstra off the ropes... but ‘RVD’ lowers his head... and the Intercontinental Champion hits a textbook swinging neckbreaker. Dykstra then mounts ‘RVD’ to connect with a string if stiff right hands, before pulling Van Dam in for a short arm clothesline, hooking the leg for a 2 count.

Dykstra continues to attack, with a leaping back elbow and a picture perfect dropkick as Van Dam comes off the ropes, both moves earning Dykstra long 2 counts. After another ‘RVD’ kickout, Dykstra mounts Van Dam to pound him with stinging right hands, before he quickly works his way into a reverse chinlock. Dykstra drives a knee into Van Dam’s spine as he wrenches on the chin, applying maximum pressure and causing ‘RVD’ to claw at Kenny’s hands in an attempt to break his grip. Slowly but surely, ‘RVD’ manages to open Kenny’s arm, enabling himself to work back to a vertical base where he twists to be facing Kenny... who goes for a kick to the gut... but Van Dam catches the foot... and counters with a step over spinning wheel kick! Van Dam connects, but he has to crawl to the ropes to pull himself up. This gives Kenny a chance to recover, and it’s he who strikes first with a right hand... but ‘RVD’ blocks it, firing back with two of his own before he sends Dykstra to the corner. Van Dam then drills his shoulder twice into the midsection, before coming out with a cartwheel and then finishing the sequence with one final shoulder thrust.

An Irish whip sends Dykstra across, but Dykstra reverses and keeps on running... but Van Dam uses the ropes to elevate himself over the oncoming Dykstra... and then cartwheels back to give himself space... before rocking Dykstra with a jumping roundhouse! The impact knocks Dykstra down in the corner, his head against the bottom turnbuckle, which prompts ‘RVD’ to attack with a low angle dropkick! Dykstra clutches at his face, but Van Dam doesn’t let out, helping Dykstra out to his two kicks to the gut and then fire Dykstra off the ropes... dropkick finds its mark. With Dykstra down, ‘RVD’ builds up steam running to the corner and leaping to the top rope, possibly thinking Frog Splash... but Dykstra is already up on his feet, but ‘RVD’ still flies through the air... FLYING CROSSBODY! 1... 2... Dykstra rolls the shoulder!

Van Dam comes so close to advancing, but he quickly looks to press on, tagging Dykstra with a forearm and then firing him off the ropes... Dykstra reverses, but ‘RVD’ ducks his clothesline... hurricanrana sends Dykstra flying! Dykstra lands right next to the ropes, and one more time ‘RVD’ charges... Rolling Thunder... no! Dykstra gets both knees up, saving himself and punishing Van Dam. With ‘RVD’ clutching his ribs in pain, Dykstra senses a chance to win, quickly moving to the top rope... SKY HIGH LEG DROP... NO! Van Dam rolls to safety, seeing Dykstra crash to the mat! Dykstra writhes in pain, but as he does, Van Dam is quickly racing to the top rope... and flying through the air... FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!! Van Dam gets all of it, hooking both legs... 1... 2... 3!

Winner: Rob Van Dam @ 09.13

Van Dam has done it! A unbelievable effort from Dykstra, who just couldn't put Van Dam away, and the crowd expresses its delight at the outcome of the contest...


Joey Styles: Van Dam has done it! 'Mr. Monday Night' will advance in the Number One Contenders Tournament!

Jim Ross: What a display from 'RVD'. Van Dam will advance, but Dykstra took a lot out of the last ever ECW Champion. Van Dam may be goin' on in the tournament, but he better hope he's got a week off before his semi final match.

Jerry Lawler: Do you really think Vince and Shane McMahon are gonna give Van Dam the chance to recover?

Van Dam rolls from the ring, slowly walking up the ramp, trying to shake away the cobwebs as we cut backstage...

To the interview area where Todd Grisham is standing by...


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time... Bobby Lashley.

A mixed response, although more cheers than boos as Bobby Lashley steps towards the mic, a stern look on his face...

Todd Grisham: Bobby, last week you lost the ECW Championship to Rob Van Dam in an Extreme Rules Match. It was certainly a brutal contest Bobby, but unfortunately for you, for the second time in 2007, you came up short against 'RVD'. Bobby, we understand that next week you will be involved in the Number Contenders Tournament. Lashley, can you recover from your set back last week to go on to Wrestlemania and challenge for the WWE Championship?

Grisham points the mic under Lashley's face, expecting an answer... but Lashley simply looks down at it...

Bobby Lashley:.......

Todd Grisham: Uh... Bobby? Do you need me to repeat the question?

Lashley stares at Grisham, the fire in his eyes burning, looking like he wants to rip Grisham limb from limb... but instead Lashley, breathes hard, almost as if he's counting to 10 in his mind, composing himself before finally uttering...

Bobby Lashley: I said last week... no more interviews.

And just like that, this interview is over, as Lashley turns and leaves, the stunned look on Grisham's face the lasting image as we fade to another backstage area...

To see Ric Flair looking nervous as he speaks on a cellphone. Still in his ring gear from earlier, Flair's concern is clear for all to see as he paces back and forth...


Ric Flair: Yeah... yeah... good, that's good... alright Tully, tell 'im I'll call 'im tomorrow... yeah, alright... bye.

Snapping shut his phone, Flair opens the door to a dressing room, walking to find Carlito and Torrie Wilson sat on a nearby bench...


Carlito: Hey Ric, ju' talk to Arn?

Ric Flair: No. I got Tully Blanchard, he's gone to Charlotte to see how he's doin'. They let 'im out the hospital earlier today, he's at home restin' up right now. Tully's been watchin' the show though, says you did a heck of a job tonight.

Carlito: 'Dat's cool man!

Flair then turns towards his gym bag, while Carlito looks apprehensive, almost as if he doesn't want to ask the question that Flair knows is coming...

Carlito: Listen Ric... uh... what 'ju gonna do about Kennedy man? I mean, 'ju can't let this side Ric.

Almost reluctantly, Flair nods his head...

Ric Flair: I know. Believe me brother, I know. I'm gonna make sure Mr. Kennedy gets his ass handed to him. But I won't be forced into anythin' by that sunnova bitch!

Pop...

Ric Flair: He'll get his one day, but it's gonna be on MY terms. My number concern right now, with regards to bein' in the ring, is that me and you defend these tag titles. This team Carlito, this ain't somethin' that's gonna end 'cos of some punk like Kennedy.

Carlito smiles and nods his approval...

Ric Flair: You and me? We're in this thing for the long haul brother!

Flair and Carlito share a handshake...

Carlito: 'Dat's cool Ric. 'Dat's cool.

Ric Flair: Alright. Now if you'll excuse me, I got another phone call to make.

Having already changed, 'Lito reaches down and picks up his bag, extending his hand to Torrie...

Carlito: 'Dat's cool. We'll take off man.

Ric Flair: Thanks brother. See ya' later Torrie.

Carlito and Torrie head off, with Torrie turning to offer a brief wave goodbye. Flair then picks his phone back up off the bench, pressing a few numbers before bringing the phone to his ear. Waiting for the call to connect, Flair looks off into the distance, before a big smile crosses his face...

Ric Flair: Dave! How are ya' 'Champ'? Listen, I got a lil' favour to ask ya'...

We see one last shot of a beaming Flair before he then turns his back on the camera, and it's here we cut back into the arena...

*VIRTUAL VOODOO...*


Real solid heat as Umaga ominously strides down to the ring, Armando Alejandro Estrada following, shouting trash at the crowd...


Jim Ross: Well folks, the monster is on the loose! Umaga, challenged last week by CM Punk, is out to inflict more pain and destruction on yet another Raw Superstar.

Jerry Lawler: And after finding out he's not in the Number One Contenders Tournament, Umaga's probably gonna be in a worse mood than he usually is!

Joey Styles: CM Punk and Umaga are gonna go at it, and that match is next, when we return to Monday Night Raw!

*Commercial*


Back to it, and Umaga and Estrada are in the ring, 'The Samoan Bulldozer' snarling and pacing the ring, waiting for his opponent...

*THIS FIRE BURNS...*


A great welcome for CM Punk, who steps out looking as confident as ever despite the mammoth task ahead of him. Punk does his usual routine of taping and listening to the imaginary watch on his wrist, before shouting "It's clobberin' time!" and then confidently striding down the ramp...


Joey Styles: Welcome back to Raw folks. 'King', J.R., I saw CM Punk for several months on ECW, and I gotta admit, I was extremely impressed with what Punk brought to the table. And while he's continued to impress since arriving on Raw, I don't know if Punk is impressive enough to beat the still undefeated Umaga.

Jerry Lawler: They say he doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he doesn't do drugs, but I think Armando Estrada said it best last week. He must've been takin' somethin' to challenge Umaga!

Jim Ross: Well, I don't think there's any question regarding that. CM Punk had nothin' but a clear mind when he stepped out last week. But we've seen a lotta people try and fail to overcome 'The Samoan Bulldozer', but CM Punk could easily make a believer outta me.

Match 3:
CM Punk
vs. Umaga w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada

Having been the one who issued the challenge, it’s no surprise to see Punk come out firing, as when the two come together he instantly starts throwing kicks off of Umaga’s thighs, stinging right and left boots finding their mark. ‘Mags swats Punk away, pushing him to the corner, but Punk comes back out and quickly goes back to work with the boots... until a big knee to the midsection slows things down. Umaga then scoops Punk up for a slam, but Punk slips down the back, striking with more kicks and a pair of forearms before going for an Irish whip... but Umaga anchors himself, blocking the attempt and then fires Punk to the opposite corner. Punk hits the turnbuckle hard, prompting Umaga to attack... but Punk scrambles through the ropes to avoid the big splash! Umaga is dazed as his head hits the ringpost, stumbling to the middle of the ring, allowing Punk to climb to the top rope... flying crossbody! 1... 2... Umaga kicks out with force.

Umaga quickly makes it back to a knee, but again Punk attacks with kicks, striking the chest and midsection. Punk then swings for the head, only for Umaga to grab him by the boot. Slowly Umaga gets back to his feet, lining Punk up... who counters with a great enziguiri! The impact of the kick to the back of the skull sends Umaga flying through the ropes to the floor, and now the match has spilled outside the ring. Seeing Umaga down, Punk brings himself to the ropes, waiting for ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ to rise... to attempt a plancha... only for Umaga to nail Punk in-flight with a stinging shot to the throat! Punk hits the floor hard and instantly reaches for his throat, coughing as Umaga drags him to his feet... and launches Punk into the barricade! The crowd gasps as Punk hits the barricade hard, but there’s no time to rest as he rolled under the bottom rope and Umaga quickly goes for the cover, with Punk rolling the shoulder at 2.

Umaga now looks to do some damage, hitting a pair of chops to the neck before locking on the nerve hold. Applying pressure, Umaga squeezes down, but Punk is able to strike back, connecting on a pair of kicks to the head. Umaga still has the hold locked on, but the kicks buy Punk a bit of separation, allowing him to scramble to the his feet... but Umaga stays in control with a knee to the gut, then he fires Punk hard to the corner. The impact causes Punk to stumble back towards Umaga... who is waiting to strike with the savate kick! 1... 2... Punk rolls the shoulder!

‘Mags now looks to target Punk’s back, working the area with a knee drop and then a bow and arrow stretch. Again Umaga wrenches back to apply pressure, but once more Punk shows fight by using his free leg to kick himself out of the predicament. Both men are back on their feet, and the crowd sense a rally as they pop for every right hand Punk throws, before he charges off the ropes... straight into a swinging side slam! 1... 2... again Punk survives! Feeling angry at his inability to put Punk away, ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ synchs ‘The Straight Edge Superstar’ to his feet, locking on a bear hug in another attempt to wear Punk down. Punk shows signs of fading, but the crowd rises for him, willing him back into the match. Punk responds as he strikes with elbow after elbow to the skull, forcing the break, before again tagging a kick to the thigh and then going for an Irish whip to the corner... but ‘Mags reverses and attacks... only for Punk to get a boot up into the face! Staggered, Umaga turns his back, and Punk quickly steps through the ropes and waists for the monster to turn... into a springboard clothesline! 1... 2... no!

Punk looks to continue the attack, as when both men are back up he strikes with yet more kicks to the thigh. A dropkick drops Umaga to one knee, and this allows Punk to come off the ropes... STEP UP ENZUIGIRI! 1... 2... NO! Again Umaga kicks out, keeping his ‘undefeated’ streak intact. Again Punk goes on the attack, snapping off tired right hands before he comes off the ropes... crossbody... no! Umaga catches him... swinging side slam! Punk crashes and burns, but there’s no cover attempt, as instead ‘Mags grabs him by the hand and drags Punk towards the corner. His head propped against the bottom turnbuckle, Umaga retreats to the opposite side of the ring, bounces up and down and attacks... SAMOAN WRECKING BALL! Punk’s head snaps back in frightening fashion, but again there’s no cover, as instead Umaga drags Punk and turns him, placing him perpendicular to the corner. In position, Umaga, with his back to the ring, then climbs to the second rope. Gripping the top rope, Umaga then begins bouncing up an down, before launching himself in the air... for a VADERUMAGABOMB! The crowd gasps as all the air is driven out of CM Punk, with Umaga not even bothering to hook the leg... 1... 2... PUNK GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES!

The arena erupts as Punk stays alive, leaving Umaga to furiously confront the referee. Feeling intimidated, the ref backs away to the opposite corner, with our now pissed off Samoan following him all the way. Umaga continues to shout in Samoan at the ref, who has a look of sheer fear in his eyes. While all this happening, Punk has somehow dragged himself to his feet, and he charges across the ring just as the ref moves to safety and Umaga turns against the turnbuckle... SHINNING WIZARD... BULLDOG! Punk drives Umaga to the mat, and he hooks the leg... 1... 2... NO! Punk runs both hands through his head, disconsolate that Umaga managed to roll his shoulder. Looking to stay in control, Punk returns to his feet, clutching his back due to the earlier offence, but he fights on, continuing to hit those kicks before going for an Irish whip to the corner... Umaga reverses and he keeps on running... but Punk again avoids him, with this time Umaga drilling his shoulder into the ring post! Punk stands behind Umaga, waiting for him to turn... and when he does, Punk takes ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’ up on his shoulders... GO TO SLEEP... NO! The sheer weight of Umaga causes his back to give out, forcing Umaga to drop to the mat behind Punk... and then spin Punk around... SAMOAN SPIKE!! The deadly Samoan Spike finds it’s mark, and the crowd is dejected as Umaga falls down for the cover... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Umaga @ 11.53

A heroic effort from Punk, who now writhes in pain on the mat, clutching his ribs and coughing furiously. Umaga is quickly back on his feet, once again victorious, but well aware that he came closer tonight than ever before to losing his undefeated record. Umaga stands ominously over his latest victim, but Estrada quickly leads his monster towards the ropes...


Jim Ross: Unbelievable. What an incredible effort from CM Punk.

Jerry Lawler: We've been watching Umaga decimate people for just under a year now, but I don't think I've ever seen Umaga pushed as close as that.

Joey Styles: I don't think I've ever seen Armando Estrada look as worried during a match as that! I think CM Punk really made a name for himself here tonight, I just hope the injury it appears he's suffered isn't serious.

With Estrada and Umaga having now headed backstage, Punk remains seated in the ring, the referee talking to him, the camera picking up "Are you alright?". Punk grimaces and he nods, but it's clear that Punk is having problems catching a breath. Slowly Punk inches towards the ropes, crawling under them, still clutching at his ribs. Exiting to silence, the referee tries to assist Punk, but 'The Straight Edge Superstar' declines the offer, preferring to head backstage under his own steam. Slowly, a round of applause breaks out from the crowd that line the ramp, and with every agonising step Punk takes towards backstage, the applause intensifies, until the arena is on its feet in a great show of respect. Punk continues to make his way backstage, without help, and we finally cut away from the arena...

Yet again to the office of Mr. McMahon, who is stood infront of a TV screen, a huge smile on his face. Shane McMahon is stood next to him,, also looking rather smug...


Mr. McMahon: Y'know what Shane?

Vince nods his head confidently, clearly aware of something we don't know...

Mr. McMahon: I think that little arrangement we made with Mr. Estrada... is going to work out just fine.

Shane nods his agreement, as both Father and Son watch the TV, both eerily happy at what Umaga has just done.

We quickly cut to another area of the arena, to see both Mike Knox and Kelly Kelly sat on a leather couch. Having obviously just watched CM Punk suffer, Kelly has a concerned, almost scared look on her face and tears in her eyes, while Knox has a sick grin etched on his...


Mike Knox: Y'see that? Huh? Y'see what loser that guy is? I mean seriously Kelly, what do you see in this guy?

Kelly Kelly: Please Mike. I don't want to talk about this.

Knox turns his gaze away from the screen and back to Kelly, who shudders as he does so...

Mike Knox: You're right. All that talk of you and CM Punk... that's all behind us now, isn't it? Now that you and me, our relationship, is stronger than ever... we don't need to be talkin' about him.

Wiping a tear away from her eyes and sniffing, Kelly moves to stand up off the couch...

Kelly Kelly: I have to go to bathroom.

But instantly, just like he's done for the last two weeks, Know aggressively grabs Kelly by the wrist...

Mike Knox: That bathroom? (Scoffs) You think I'm STUPID don't you Kelly? You think I don't know you're goin' to check how Punk's doin', DON'T YOU?!

Kelly Kelly: No! Mike, please... you're hurtin' me.

A final yank of the wrist forces Kelly back down to the couch...

Mike Knox: When are you gonna get it through that pretty lil' head of yours that you're never goin' anywhere without me... ever... again. Huh? When you gonna realise that babe? Maybe I need to teach CM Punk a lesson he'll never forget... to make you realise that I'm the only guy for you Kelly.

Knox's evil mind goes to work, will we take one last look at Kelly. Scared, worried, in tears, before we fade into a commercial.

*Commercial*


And we return once more to the interview area and Todd Grisham, no doubt hoping this interview goes better than the last one he attempted...


Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentlemen, my guests at this time, the self proclaimed 'World's Greatest Tag Team', Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.

Boos as Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin enter the scene, one man entering on each side of Grisham, leaving the interviewer feeling just a little bit intimidated as he stands between them...

Todd Grisham: Shelton, Charlie, last week you both had a few words for the new World Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Carlito. You said that-

Annoyed, Benjamin snatches the mic from Grisham's hand...

Shelton Benjamin: We know what we said man! Infact, get outta here! We'll handle this.

Haas grabs Grisham by the shirt, tossing him to one side out of the shot...

Shelton Benjamin: We said that we wanted our shot at Flair and Carlito, and that we weren't gonna wait to get it! We're still waitin', and for some reason, Ric Flair's still talkin' about Mr. Kennedy.

Haas shakes his head...

Shelton Benjamin: Well guess what Ric? It ain't Kennedy you oughta be worryin' about. You oughta be worryin' about us!

Benjamin now hands the mic over to Haas...

Charlie Haas: We want what's comin' to us. And that's the World Tag Team Championships. So right here, right now, we're issuin' a challenge. Ric, 'Lito... we want your asses in that ring!

And now Haas hands it back to Benjamin...

Shelton Benjamin: We ain't gonna wait anymore 'Champs'. If you're lookin' for competition, then don't look no further. The World's Greatest Tag Team wants a shot at the gold... and we're gonna get it. All that matters is whether you give it to us... or we gotta take it.

Benjamin now steps forward, his intensity clear for all to see...

Shelton Benjamin: And if we need to take it... you gonna be beggin' us to take those titles too. Let's go man.

Benjamin lets the mic drop to the mat, with he and Haas exiting the area while we fade into a video...

*Video Package*

WRESTLEMANIA RECALL!

MARCH 27th, 1988
WRESTLEMANIA IV


For the first, and to this date only time, a one night tournament is held to determine the new WWF Champion. After the much heralded Hulk Hogan/Andre The Giant rematch at Saturday Night's Main Event the previous month ended in controversial fashion, the title is vacated after Andre sells the championship to 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase. After another Hulk/Andre match ends in a double disqualification, the last two men standing are Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase. After receiving a semi final bye and having Andre in his corner, DiBiase is the heavy favourite, and he dominates the match. However, after Miss Elizabeth disappears backstage and returns with Hogan, the tide of the match turns, and with the threat of Andre neutralized, Savage connects with a big elbow from the top rope to grab the vacant title and celebrate his first WWF Championship.

WRESTLEMANIA XXIII - 48 DAYS AND COUNTING


*End Video Package*


We now go back into the arena for...

*PAPARAZZI...*


Decent heat as for the first time as a trio, Johnny Nitro, Melina and Chris Masters stroll the red carpet...


Jim Ross: We have our second quarter final matchup of the Number One Contenders Tournament right here folks, as Johhny Nitro is in action.

Joey Styles: But what about the dynamic of this newfound partnership between Nitro and Masters? Neither man has won a match in 2007, and both felt that the best way for them to overcome their problems was to team together.

Jerry Lawler: Well, when you say it like that, it all makes sense really. And if Chris Masters is really the answer, then Nitro could wind up fighting for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania!

In the ring, Masters asks for a microphone...

Chris Masters: You people are in for a real treat tonight! Tonight is just the first night of what is going to be the greatest partnership in the HISTORY of wrestling!

Heat...


Chris Masters: And it all starts tonight, as with ME in his corner, there's no way Johnny can lose!

Melina claps, jumping up and down as she does, while Nitro wears a big smirk on his face...

Chris Msters: So, bring out the man who has the honour of being the first man Johnny Nitro beats in 2007!

Masters tosses the mic aside, shouting "C'mon!" and rubbing Nitro's shoulders, psyching up his partner for the upcoming match. There's a few moments of silence...

Until...

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

*THE GAME...*


Oh dear. The arena plunges into the darkness, but through the flickering lights we can see that both Nitro's and Masters' jaws have hit the floor. The arena is buzzing, and gives out a defeaning roar as Triple H steps out, looking in no mood to mess around. 'The Game' sprays water in the air, to another great pop before he charges down the ramp...


Joey Styles: I don't think Nitro and Masters can believe it! 'The Game', no doubt still furious with Shawn Michaels after his actions last week, is entered in the Number One Contenders Tournament!

Jim Ross: Nitro and 'The Game', one on one, when we return to Monday Night Raw!

*Commercial*


Match 4: Number One Contenders Tournament Quarter Final Match
Johnny Nitro
w/ Chris Masters and Melina vs. Triple H

The crowd is still buzzing when we return, just in time to hear the bell ring. Nitro is tentative at first, feeling uncomfortable with the cold blooded stare in the eyes of the ‘The Game’. After a bit of encouragement from Masters and Melina, he finally steps forward, and as Trips looks for a tie up, Nitro surprises him with a knee to the gut. A pair of rights back Triple H to the ropes, where Nitro goes for an Irish whip... but ‘The Game’ reverses, only for Morrison to duck his clothesline... but Triple H charges off the ropes... and connects with a running high knee strike! Nitro is rocked, staggering to his feet, only to be sent back down again with a big right hand. Again Nitro stumbles to his feet, this time backing up to the ropes... and ‘The Game’ clotheslines him over the top rope! The crowd rises as the intense Triple H looks to take his frustrations out on Nitro, who is being tended to on the outside by Masters and Melina. ‘The Game’ isn’t in the mood to let him rest though, as Triple H steps through the ropes and drags Nitro up, launching him face first into the steel ring post! Nitro flops to the floor, prompting a concerned Melina to race over and check on his condition. Wanting to press on, ‘The Game’ hesitates as Melina crouches over Nitro, prompting the ref to step in and order Melina to move. As the referee and Melina argue, Trips tosses Nitro back into the ring, only for Masters to grab him from behind... but ‘The Game’ snaps off a right hand, rocking Masters and then turning to enter the ring... but Masters grabs him by the foot, pulling Triple H down and causing ‘The Game’ to crash face first off the apron!

With the ref still distracted, Masters drives Triple H spine first into the apron, and then rolls him under the bottom rope, with Nitro quickly going for a cover... 1... 2... Triple H forcibly kicks out. ‘The Game’ then crawls to the corner, looking to recover, but Nitro stays on the attack, connecting with uppercuts and boots to the midsection before going for an Irish whip... but Triple H reverses... and charges to connect with a clothesline... but Nitro drives his boot into the face. ‘The Game’ staggers out of the corner, and Nitro looks to take advantage, jumping to the second rope... springboard roundhouse! Nitro gets all of it, and he crawls over to hook the leg... 1... 2... Triple H kicks out!

Looking to press home his advantage, Nitro tags Triple H with a pair of forearms and a big kick to the midsection against the ropes, before he runs to charge off the opposite side of the ring... only for Triple H to elevate him over the top rope... but Nitro lands on the apron! Instantly ‘The Game’ turns and swings with a right hand, but Nitro uses the ropes to baseball slide through Triple H’s legs, and again he comes off the ropes... and runs into a massive SPINNING SPINEBUSTER! The crowd erupts as ‘The Game’ plants Nitro and rises to his feet, roaring to the masses before turning and waiting for Nitro to rise... kick... PEDIGREE... NO! Melina is up on the apron, drawing the attention of Triple H, who tosses Nitro to the mat and heads over to the side of the ring. Melina has the eye of the referee too, and before ‘The Game’ can confront her, Chris Masters slides into the ring... but he too runs into a massive SPINNING SPINEBUSTER! Masters is hammered to the mat, and again Trips rises to his feet... only for Nitro to take his head off with the NITRO BLAST!

Nitro quickly rolls Masters out of the ring, and with expert precision Melina drops down from the apron, allowing the referee to turn and see Nitro has hooked the leg... 1... 2... NO! Again Triple H kicks out, to the delight of the crowd and the disbelief of Nitro! After taking a few moments to compose himself, Nitro helps ‘The Game’ back to his feet, connecting of a few right hands before going for an Irish whip... but Nitro lowers his head... facebreaker knee smash! Nitro’s face cracks of the knee of ‘The Game’, staggering Nitro back, but he attacks again... only to run into a kick to the midsection... and then Triple H quickly hooks him up... PEDIGREE!! ‘The Game’ plants Nitro, and he rolls him over to hook both legs tight... 1...2... 3!

Winner: Triple H @ 06.49

Nitro's woes continue as 'The Game' picks up a convincing victory, advancing to the semi final stage. Nitro quickly rolls to the floor, where he's helped back to his feet by Masters and Melina, while the camera snaps to Triple H, who is already reaching through the ropes for a microphone...


Triple H: (Through heavy breathing) SHAWN!

Heat for the mention of Michaels...

Triple H: GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE NOW!

The crowd goes nuts over the thought of a Michaels/Triple H encounter. 'The Game' paces the ring, patiently waiting... but all he gets is silence...

Triple H: C'mon Shawn! I'm not gonna wait 'til I win this tournament to get my hands on ya', I want you TONIGHT!

Again the crowd cheers, but again their cheers fall on deaf ears as Shawn Michaels remains backstage...

Triple H: Alright Shawn. Have it your way. If you're not gonna come out here and face me like a man... I'm just gonna have to come back there and treat you like the BITCH that you are!

'The Game' emphatically slams the mic down to the mat, moving to climb through the ropes...

???: You want me to come out there?

Instantly huge heat as Shawn Michaels appears on the titan-tron. Looking up, 'The Game' sees his former best friend, stopping his climb through the ropes to now lean against them...

Shawn Michaels: Y'know what Hunter? I'm sick and tired of doin' what you want me to do. You were the one who needed my help six months ago and wanted to put DX back together. You were the one who wanted that match with Rated-RKO. And you were the one who put our friendship on the line. And why did you do that Hunter? Nothin' more than for your own selfish greed.

Michaels glances at the WWE Championship on his shoulder...

Shawn Michaels: So I'm not gonna pander to you anymore Hunter. You don't make demands of me anymore. I'm the WWE Champion, and that means I'm callin' the shots!

Although addressing the camera, Michaels continues to have that distant look in his eyes, while in the ring 'The Game' has a look of pure fury on his face...

Shawn Michaels: So Hunter, if you want a piece of me, you're gonna have to go to Saturday Night's Main Event and earn it. 'Cos my days of doin' what you want are long gone.

Having picked up the mic he earlier slammed to the mat, Triple H laughs to himself...

Triple H: Alright Shawn. You sit back there, and you hide behind that bible of yours. But you better pray to God that I don't win that tournament Shawn. 'Cos if I do... I'm straight up kill you!

* THE GAME...*


Michaels' expression doesn't change one inch, still the same expression-less face he's had all night. 'The Game' stands tall in the ring, the crowd going nuts for him, while Michaels soon turns his back on the camera and we fade into commercial...

*Commercial*


We return to a video package...


*Video Package*

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

Narrator: The road may be long...

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

Narrator: The journey may be treacherous...

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

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

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

Narrator: So strap yourself in...

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

Narrator: And get ready!

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

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

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

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

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

Narrator: The ride of your life!



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

*End Video Package*


We exit the video and go to the parking lot, where we see Jonathan Coachman stood at the doorway to the arena. 'Coach' has an apprehensive look on his face as he checks his watch, anxiously looking all around the lot. Suddenly, a tire screech is heard, with 'Coach' and the camera both staring at the bright lights of a car, piercing the darkness and heading straight for them. The car continues to speed towards the lot, and we soon see it is a yellow muscle car. The car pulls up right infront of 'Coach', with Coachman trying to peek through the tinted windows to see who the driver is. Unable to do so, 'Coach' steps back... and the driver's door swings open... and out steps John Cena! A great pop rings out from inside the arena as Cena steps out, walking towards 'Coach'...

Jonathan Coachman: Cena! You're here, finally! God, I need to go tell Mr. McMahon and-

John Cena: (Interrupting) Whoa! Coach, where you goin' man?

Jonathan Coachman: Well, I promised Mr. McMahon I'd let him know when you get here.

John Cena: Yeah but c'mon 'Coach'! You don't gotta tell 'im right away! Hey... y'know what 'Coach'? You can do me a huge favour.

Naturally wary after his recent experiences with Cena, 'Coach' is apprehensive to Cena's offer...

Jonathan Coachman: Wh- wh- what's the favour?

John Cena: Well, y'know, I got this car on rental from the airport and I... I dunno. I kinda like it, I'm thinkin' about gettin' one just like it but... I just can't make up my mind.

Cena removes his hat and exaggerates a scratch of his head...

John Cena: And I was just wonderin' 'Coach'... what do YOU think about it? Y'think I should get a car like this?

Convinced that Cena is sincere, Coachman smiles, stepping forward to inspect the grill of the car to offer his opinion...

Jonathan Coachman: Well... are you crazy? You don't want a car like this Cena, this doesn't suit you at all.

Cena gives 'Coach' an over the top look of sadness...

Jonathan Coachman: Y'know what you should get Cena? You should get like a minivan or something.

John Cena: A minivan?!

Jonathan Coachman: Oh absolutely! Y'know, you're lucky you asked me for my advice Cena 'cos this is just all wrong for you.

John Cena: God, I... I guess you're right 'Coach'. Thanks man. Thanks a lot! Hey... put it there man.

Cena extends his hand for a handshake, which 'Coach' enthusiastically accepts... only Cena to synch 'Coach' in, hoisting him up onto his shoulders... FU ONTO THE HOOD OF THE CAR!! A huge cheer echoes out from the arena as Cena plants Coachman on the hood of the car, causing 'Coach' to cry out in agony...

John Cena: Y'know, I don't think I want this car anymore. It's got a dent in it.

Lulz. The camera stays focused on the hurt 'Coach', while Cena makes his way inside the arena, happy at extracting a measure of revenge one measure of revenge tonight. Could there be more to come?

Back into the arena for...

*WHAT LOVE IS...*


Not much of a reaction at all as Candice Michelle enters the arena, despite her best efforts to fire up the crowd and slap hands as she goes down the aisle...


Joey Styles: John Cena is in the building folks! And he just emphatically announced his arrival to Jonathan Coachman!

Jerry Lawler: John Cena might be here, but does Mr. McMahon know about it yet?

Jim Ross: Well since John Cena shot the messenger, I can't imagine that he does. But right now it's time for Divas action, and we're delighted to have along with us, none other than the Women's Champion herself, Mickie James. Welcome Mickie.

The shot snaps to the announce desk to see Mickie James sat alongside the commentary trio, dressed a tidy black dress, the Women's Championship perched on the desk infront of her...

Mickie James: Thanks J.R.! Thank you for having me guys!

Jerry Lawler: Oh it's always a pleasure to have you out here with us Mickie.

Joey Styles: We're about set to see Candice Michelle go one on one with Victoria, and of course Mickie, you picked up a long awaited, decisive victory over Victoria last week.

Mickie James: Yeah, and boy, what a hard match that was. I mean, so many times I came so close to losing my title. But somehow, I managed to hang in there, and now I'm still the champion!

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


Solid amount of heat as Victoria makes her entrance, although surprisingly, Victoria isn't dressed to compete tonight, instead wearing a red, low-cut top, dark jeans and high heels. In the ring, Candice and the referee share confused looks, while Victoria, who already has a mic in her hand, looks to clear up the confusion...


Victoria: I know I'm supposed to be in a match tonight, but to be honest... I really just don't feel like it.

A few boos to which Victoria just innocently shrugs...

Victoria: I know, I know. But don't worry Candice, I have found the perfect replacement for me. A really, really good friend of mine...

*GLAMAZON...*


Confused looks all around, except for Victoria, who has a big smile on her face as a tall, blonde, muscular woman emerges...


Jim Ross: Well folks, that young lady right there is Beth Phoenix, a Diva who was previously on Raw, only to suffer an injury that ruled her out of action.

Jerry Lawler: Well, I can't say I remember all that much about Beth Phoenix, but just lookin' at her, she looks very intimidating.

Joey Styles: Mickie, you're the current champion, what do you make of this Beth Phoenix?

Mickie James: Uh... well, I certainly remember Beth Phoenix. We had our share of problems when she was first here on Raw.

Joey Styles: And do those problems continue to this day?

Mickie James: Well, y’know, she got injured, and we never really settled anything. I kinda forgot all about her to be honest with you, but... we’ll see what happens.

Match 5:
Candice Michelle
vs. Beth Phoenix w/ Victoria

Upon entering the ring, Beth doesn’t take her eyes off of Mickie, staring at the champion with an eerie smile on her face. However, when the bell rings Beth is all business, turning to her opponent and going for a collar and elbow tie up. Beth immediately twists this into nothing short of a forearm choke, standing behind Candice to choke her with one arm and hammer her face with the other forearm. The referee protests, but Beth drags Candice to the corner, connecting with another pair of forearms to the face. This time the referee steps in, physically forcing a break, admonishing Beth for her actions. A hard Irish whip sends Candice to the opposite corner, but when she charges in for a clothesline, Candice avoids the contact, seeing Phoenix strike her arm off of the turnbuckle. Candice looks to take advantage of this, hitting a kick to the arm and then wrenching it before running to the top rope for an impressive looking springboard armdrag.

Both divas are quickly back up, but Beth looks a little shaky, allowing Candice to attack... but when she goes for a hurricanrana, Beth shows great strength to hang on, hoisting Candice high above her head... and then hammering her into the corner with a nasty looking turnbuckle powerbomb. Candice is hurting in the corner, but Beth is relentless, again landing a string of forearms that drives Candice to the mat, then using her boot to choke Candice against the middle turnbuckle. Beth then drags Candice by the hair from the corner to her feet, scooping Michelle up and taking her down with a sidewalk slam, gaining a 2 count.

Beth then looks to again go for a power move, helping Candice up and then taking her up onto her shoulders... but Candice slips down the bag, again connecting on forearms to the face and a kick to the midsection before coming off the ropes... flying clothesline! The crowd gives a small pop as Candice roars at them, and soon she’s waiting for Beth to rise, charging in... but Beth ducks down and hoists the unrushing Candice onto her shoulders... for the BETH VALLEY DRIVER! The crowd gasps at the dangerous looking fireman’s carry into Michinoku driver combination, with Beth pressing herself on top of Candice, not even bothering to hook a leg... 1... 2... 3.

Winner: Beth Phoenix @ 03.27

A very convincing re-debut for Beth, as she makes light work of Candice. Victoria soon joins her new ally in the ring, taking a few cheap kicks at Candice, before both she and Phoenix turn to stare at Mickie, who is still sat behind the announce desk...


Jim Ross: What a display from Beth Phoenix. Aside from a few moments when it looked like Candice might be able to mount a comeback, Phoenix absolutely dominated that matchup.

Jerry Lawler: And Mickie, you were watching that, what did you make of it?

Mickie James: Wow. Um, well certainly it was impressive, but-

In the ring, Victoria points at Mickie at Beth picks Candice up off the mat, lining her up for more punishment...

Jim Ross: Aw c'mon now! Enough’s enough!

Mickie James: Excuse me guys...

Mickie drops her headseat, kicks off her high heels and slides under the bottom rope... and starts trading fists with Beth and Victoria! Showing great fight, the champion gets the better of both women, rocking Beth with a big forearm before connecting on a pair to Victoria... only for Phoenix to hammer her with a massive clothesline! The crowd gasps as Mickie's head snaps against the mat, and after shaking off the champion's offence, Beth soon has Mickie up, tying up her arms and taking her high in the air... for the GLAM SLAM! Mickie crashes to the mat face first, as Beth Phoenix has made an emphatic statement her tonight...

Joey Styles: God, what an impact Beth Phoenix has just made. She's just laid out the Woman's Champion!

Jerry Lawler: And the scary part is she did it with ease!

Jim Ross: Certainly business just picked up in the Women's Division here on Raw.

The shot cuts to John Cena walking along a corridor, no doubt on his way ringside...

Jim Ross: But ladies and gentlemen, the former WWE Champion John Cena is here tonight, and we understand we're going to hear from Cena, and that is comin' up next!

*Commercial*


Straight back to the arena for...

*MY TIME IS NOW...*


A thunderous response for John Cena, who for the first time in months is subjected to far more cheers than boos. The boos are barely audible as Cena offers a salute before striding to the ring in with a purpose, not his usual jovial sprint down the ramp...


Joey Styles: This place is goin' crazy for the former WWE Champion! John Cena was nothin' short of robbed of the WWE Championship last week, first by Shane McMahon, and then by Shawn Michaels. What on earth does Cena have to say about it?

Jerry Lawler: Look at John Cena, he's all business tonight. He didn't run down the ramp and slide under the bottom rope, he walked down the ramp and climbed the steps. He's not here to mess around tonight.

Jim Ross: And that can only mean bad news for the McMahon's.

Cena reaches through the ropes to receive a mic, returning to the centre of the ring...

John Cena: I wanna start by-

"CENA! CENA! CENA!"

John Cena: Thank you. Thank you very much. I wanna start by sayin' that I apologize for not bein' in the best of moods tonight. Havin' the WWE Championship ripped out of your hands like what happened to me last week can do that to a guy.

Cena removes his hat, tossing it to the crowd...

John Cena: I was backstage for a few minutes there, and somebody happened to mention to me that Shane McMahon has decided that I won't be gettin' a rematch for the WWE Championship. Well, Shawn Michaels, as far as I'm concerned, that's only delayin' the inevitable. One o' these days, may not be you, but one o' these days I'll earn another shot at the WWE Championship, and I will get back what you stole from me. You mighta just been the guy who took advantage of the situation, but to me, that means that title is tainted as long as it's around your waist.

Cena steps towards the cameraman stood on the apron, reaching into the collar of his t-shirt and pulling out his dog tags...

John Cena: Hustle. Loyalty. Respect. You ain't got a single one of 'em anymore Shawn. One day, we're gonna dance the dance Shawn, and you gonna find out exactly what those three words mean.

Cena places his tags back within his t-shirt, returning to the centre of the ring...

John Cena: As for the McMahon's...

Cena laughs, shaking his head...

John Cena: Well, what else can I say? Ya' got me. Ya' waited 'til I was one second away from winnin' one heck of a triple threat match, then you and your boys came down to the ring and beat me half to death with a steel chair.

Cena stares dead-straight into the hard camera...

John Cena: My doctors ain't happy, they want me to sit this one out. But I ain't gonna let you think you got me beat Shane. You don't deserve the satisfaction of thinkin' like that. I am here TONIGHT and I am lookin' for a FIGHT!

Pop...

John Cena: I understand Shane, you wanna look good infront of ya' Daddy, you wanna make Daddy proud. You wanna finally step up and be the son he thinks he's found in Stephanie.

"Oooh"...

John Cena: You wanna try prove yourself at my expense Shane? You don't gotta walk down that ramp with six other guys and crack a steel chair off my skull. You walk down that ramp alone, you get in this ring, and we settle this like real men.

Another pop...

John Cena: You can bring Vinny with ya' if ya' want, I already put him through a table in the last month. He wants a good view of seein' his boy get his ass kicked, then bring him along to the party! But Shane, you better-

*NO CHANCE IN HELL...*


Ask and ye shall receive as Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon step out, stopping at the top of the ramp, their security team quickly falling into line behind them...


Mr. McMahon Cena! I had no idea you were here!

John Cena: Yeah, I saw the welcoming committee.

Mr. McMahon: Yeah, yeah. I really need to do somethin' about 'Coach'. Nothin' but a disappointment.

Vince and Shane share a knowing glance...

Mr. McMahon: Buy myself and Shane, we seem to be doing alright when it comes to taking care of problems tonight. Y'see Cena, earlier tonight, we had ourselves a little problem with Rob Van Dam and the ECW Championship. And that problem, has been taken care of.

Cena leans against the ropes, unimpressed...

Mr. McMahon: And y'know, you and 'RVD'... your both very similar in certain ways. You both disobeyed me by agreeing to to face each other for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. You knew I didn't want Rob Van Dam anywhere near the WWE Title, but you and your stupid hustle, loyalty, respect, you just couldn't say no, could ya' Cena?

Vince shakes his head with annoyance...

Mr. McMahon: You couldn't say no to a challenge, even when it was for your own good. Even when it was in your best interest NOT to accept that challenge, you just couldn't do it.

Again Vince shakes his head, almost with regret...

Mr. McMahon: So then we had a contract signing. Where both you and 'RVD' saw fit to put your hands on me. You put me through a table, Van Dam came off the top rope, I had to spend the next week in a wheelchair with a brace wrapped around my neck.

Vince reaches for the back of his neck, wincing briefly...

Mr. McMahon: And there's something else you and 'RVD' are going to have in common. Earlier tonight, Van Dam learned the most valuable lesson a WWE employee can ever learn: You don't cross 'The Boss'!

Heat...


Mr. McMahon: And Cena, last week was just a small taste of what you're in for. I made you Cena, and now... now I'm gonna CRUSH you!

Vince closes his fist as he speaks...

Mr. McMahon: Y'see, a lot of people have tried to mess with me over the years. Bret Hart, 'Stone Cold', Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels...

Heat...

Mr. McMahon: You remember last year Shane, at Backlash, the number we did on Shawn?

Shane nods and laughs in agreement...

Mr. McMahon: And now Cena... now it's your turn. Now it's your turn to find out I always get my way.

Cena flashes a sarcastic smirk...

John Cena: That's uh- that's real cute Vinny. I mean look at ya', standin' up there with your little posse stood behind ya'. That's real cute. I bet you feel pretty invincible right now Vince, I bet you feel like you're 'King of the World' or somethin'? But Vince... and you too Shane... I ain't none of the men you just listed. I am John... Cena.

Pop...

John Cena: Steve Austin kicked your ass Vince up an' down the road for a YEAR. It weren't 'til he got run over by a fat Samoan that you dared walk back in the door.

A few laugh, especially from J.R. and 'King'...

John Cena: Hulk Hogan? The guy damn near built your company, then when he came back, you couldn't wait to try tear 'im apart. But at Wrestlemania... he handed your ass to you!

Pop...

John Cena: Shawn Michaels, he kicked your ass at Wrestlemania too. And Bret Hart? Bret knocked you out - cold when you screwed him for the WWE Title.

"YOU SCREWED BRET!", to which Vince nods with pride...

John Cena: And since I won't be involved in the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania XXIII... how 'bout you give me the chance they all had? How 'bout you give me a shot at ol' Vinny Mac, one on one, on the granddaddy of 'em all?! Hell, I'll even take on the only one of ya' that ever won a match at Wrestlemania, and even then, Shane-O had to beat his old man to do it!

Pop...

John Cena: I'll take both of ya', handicap match! I don't care how, but I ain't got nothin' planned for Wrestlemania no more, so how 'bout we settle this in Detroit City?!

Fired up, Cena paces the ring, while Vince and Shane share a knowing glance. Looking especially smug, Shane moves in to whisper something in his Father's ear. Vince's eyebrows nearly hit the roof with surprise, before he smirks and nods like a proud Father...

Mr. McMahon: Well actually John, Shane here just suggested to me that...

Vince turns to Shane, still close to disbelief, mouthing "Really?", to which Shane shouts "Yeah!"...

Mr. McMahon: Alright. Well John, tonight might be your lucky night. Y'see John, Shane here has just made a rather interesting offer to me. He just suggested to me that next week, live on Monday Night Raw, it be John Cena one on one... with SHANE MCMAHON!

"WHAT?!"

The crowd is slow to respond, eventually cheering as Cena nods...


Mr. McMahon: I tell ya' what Cena, IF you can beat Shane next week... hell, you can have yourself a match with ME!

"I don't like this. Mr. McMahon looks way too happy right now."

Vince turns to Shane with his arms outspread, as if to say "What do you think of that?"...


Mr. McMahon: Y'see, as McMahons, we too will never back down from a fight. I know that I personally, would like nothing more than to KICK - YOUR - ASS at Wrestlemania. And I'm sure Shane feels the same. But John, unfortunately, you are otherwise engaged at Wrestlemania 23.

Cena looks bemused as he stares up the ramp...

Mr. McMahon: Cena, you already have a match at Wrestlemania. Your opponent? You'll find out when you need to know. But I don't mind throwin' out a few names, get the people talkin' a lil'. Maybe John... maybe I've cut a deal with a certain HULK - HOGAN to be your opponent at Wrestlemania?

The crowd pops at the prospect of such a match...

Mr. McMahon: You like the sound o' that, huh? Or how about John Cena, one on one... with STONE - COLD - STEVE - AUSTIN?!!

A bigger pop, but in the ring, the frustration is clear on Cena's face...

Mr. McMahon: YEAH! Yeah, or maybe John, I've decided that you will be the next man to try and break The Undertaker's Wrestlemania Streak?

Another pop...

John Cena: ENOUGH! You say I got Shane next week, you say I got a Wrestlemania opponent, well WHO THE HELL IS HE?!

Big pop for Cena's intensity, while Vince passes the mic to Shane...

Shane McMahon: John, John... relax. My Dad won't tease you anymore, I promise. You'll find out your Wrestlemania opponent, when the time is right.

John Cena: Hey, Shane... how about I just beat it out of you next week?

Another positive response, to which Shane just laughs...

Shane McMahon: Ah, John. When will you learn? Alright fine John, I'll give you just one - more - name... to consider.

Suddenly, a huge commotion is heard. With the camera switching from Shane at the top of the ramp to Cena in the ring, we don't see it straight away... but it's soon blatantly obvious as to the cause... as UMAGA has raced through the crowd and slide into the ring! Stood behind Cena is a snarling 400lbs Samoan savage... but Cena doesn't know yet! Cena continues to look towards Shane for the answer, the crowd franticly yelling for him to turn...

"FOR GAWD'S SAKE! TURN AROUND JOHN!"

Finally Cena does turn... straight into a SAMOAN DROP! Umaga drives the unaware Cena to the canvas, the former WWE Champion instantly groaning in pain...


Jim Ross: WHAT THE HELL IS THE MEANING OF THIS?!

Joey Styles: Is this what Mr. McMahon and Armando Estrada were talkin' about earlier?! Is this the deal they cut?!

Nowhere near finished, Umaga drags Cena to his feet... but Cena fires back with a right hand! Cena throws furious right hands, staggering the beast and then charging off the ropes... straight into a SAVATE KICK! Umaga damn near takes Cena's head off, with the crowd dying just as quickly as they rose for Cena's brief comeback. Once more Cena goes down, but Umaga almost instantly has him back on his feet... SAMOAN SPIKE!!!

Jim Ross: For the love of Gawd! This damn Umaga, someone's gotta stop this monster!

Jerry Lawler: I don't think anybody's gonna step in that ring with Umaga right now.

By now Armando Alejandro Estrada has also entered the ring, applauding the efforts of his charge. Looking down at the fallen Cena, Estrada decides that Cena has suffered enough, looking to ease his monster towards the ropes... until...

Mr. McMahon: HEY! Hey, Estrada! You remember that deal we had, amigo! You two better soften Cena up good, or all bets are off.

Easily persuaded, Estrada reaches into his top pocket... pulls out a cigar... looks Umaga straight in the eye... and SNAPS IT IN HALF! Enraged, Umaga snatches Cena to his feet... and shows incredible strength to gorilla press Cena into the air... for a HUGE SAMOAN DROP!

Once more Cena is dropped to the canvas, but Umaga isn't done, grabbing Cena by the hand, dragging him towards the corner. Laying Cena perpendicular to the corner, Cena is a sitting duck as Umaga climbs to the second rope... bounces up and down... and flies to the mat... UMAGABOMB!! Cena suffers the same fate as CM Punk earlier, with Cena clutching his midsection in pain. Umaga is quickly back on his feet, snarling down at the broken Cena... but Estrada taps 'The Samoan Bulldozer' on the shoulder... and raises a digit in the air, shouting "ONE MORE! ONE MORE!". Nodding, Umaga again climbs to the second rope... bounces for momentum... SECOND UMAGABOMB!!!


Joey Styles: Oh my - John Cena is hurt. Badly.

Jim Ross: We need some help out here! We need somebody to stop this!

At the top of the ramp, watching it all, Shane and Vince are almost doubled over with laughter...

Shane McMahon: Alright, alright. That's enough.

Estrada tries to pull Umaga off of the prone Cena, with the Samoan slowly rises to his feet...

Shane McMahon: I think John Cena just learned his lesson! See ya' next week John. I can't wait!

*NO CHANCE IN HELL...*


And with that, the evil McMahon's make their exit, heading backstage. In the ring, Estrada continues to try and remove Umaga from the ring, but Umaga remains stood over Cena, snarling down at the unconscious looking former WWE Champion...


Jerry Lawler: God I- I think John Cena has passed out from the pain or somethin'.

Jim Ross: What a sick human being Vince McMahon. And I hope that BASTARD Shane gets his ass handed to 'im next week!

Joey Styles: Will John Cena even be able to compete next week?

Jim Ross: Oh he'll be ready. He'll be ready to fight! I guarantee that!

Jerry Lawler: I dunno J.R., I think that beating might be too much even for John Cena.

Jim Ross: Well... Bah Gawd it makes me sick! Vince and Shane McMahon have just pulled a power play on John Cena tonight. They had the unstoppable Umaga do their dirty work for 'em!

Joey Styles: And that begs the question J.R., is Umaga the man chosen by Mr. McMahon to be John Cena's opponent at Wrestlemania XXIII?

Jim Ross: I dunno. I honestly just don't know anymore. Folks, we're outta time. For the love of Gawd can we get some help out here for John Cena?

Joey Styles: Goodnight folks. We'll see you next week.

The music plays, the fans boo, but Umaga takes no notice, simply looking down at John Cena, who for the second week in a row, thanks to the McMahons, is a broken, beaten, fallen man when we fade... to... black.

*End Show*





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

Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, New York


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

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Royal Rumble feedback

Sorry about the lateness. Okay the opening video was good and set the scene for the ppv nicely. I hadn’t heard the ‘Drones’ theme song by Rise Against before but I listened to it and thought it was a bit bland. Nice to see a US Championship match at the Rumble, especially since there were only 4 matches the other night in Boston. Really impressed that you have a match card pic for each match, great effort. You went all out with this match and the small slug fest at near the start was a good way to get things going. A minor reservation I had was that you said Test was ‘momentarily dazed’ during the early stages of the match after Benoit had briefly had him in the crossface. Altho the crossface is a powerful hold I think this was a bit soon in the match to make Test seem so worn out already.

The exchange that followed when Benoit broke out of the bear hug was excellent. I didn’t like it when the referee ‘cowered in fear’ when Test complained about not getting a 3 count because I like referees to seem strong. Overall, a great match. One thing that I would have liked to been a little different is that I would have preferred Benoit to get the win with a little more ease than he did, no disrespect to Test but Benoit was one of the best ever in the ring.

Nice build up for the IC match, building some good heat for Dykstra. I liked this match and you illustrated the injuries Hardy was carrying well. As expected Kenny had the more impactful, straight forward offence but you conveyed that Jeff’s high flying nature could get him back into the match in a flash. The top rope DDT on to the steel chair was a big finish and I really dug it.

I think Danielson could be a good addition to the roster and I hope you use him well. The Batista vs Finlay matched seemed intense on physical and the parts outside the ring were good, especially when Batista went into the ringpost. Another highlight for me was when Batista reversed a DDT and dropped Finlay on the hard floor, sounded painful. The finish was decent but I think there should have been some kind of ref bump before Batista hit Finlay with the shillelagh so the ref more clearly could not have seen it. Also that would have served the purpose of the ref not being able to count the pin straight away, and Batista could have used the Batista Bomb to finish the match instead. Good match though.

I didn’t really like when you said John Cena was doing last minute stretches before the WWE Championship match. Minor thing, but it makes him seem either a bit geeky for overdoing it, or if he hasn’t stretched yet it makes him seem unprepared. I dunno, Rob looked a lot better at the start because you said he looked so calm, maybe that’s what you were going for so sorry if it was. I liked that this feud wasn’t a typical ‘I hate your guts and I’m a lot better than you’ kind of thing. The exchanges just before Cena locked in the STFU were excellent. I think it came across as a close and competitive match, and an entertaining one also. I liked the embrace between the two at the end of the match, it was a good way to end proceedings.

I didn’t really liked when you showed wrestlers getting psyched up backstage immediately before the Rumble match because I think it takes something away from the surprise factor when they enter the match. Only a little bit though. I think maybe a promo video or something would have been better, just my opinion though. I think you made a good decision to have Punk and Kennedy as 1 and 2. Nice to see Booker at number 4 because I always expect a total jobber will come out at 4 and 5 lol. To be honest the roster in 2007 was a lot stronger than it is now though, not to mention the 40 man aspect. I didn’t really like the way Punk slumped to the mat after hitting the GTS on Kennedy. I know you wanted to make him seem drained but I think he would be a little pumped after hitting it. I only really like to see people stay down after hitting big moves if they are moves like a superplex, or a big jumping move from the top rope or significant height. Hmm JR said Johnny Nitro was as tough as a 2 dollar steak, not sure about that one (well in 2007) HBK and Taker both had a big impact when they showed up, with a couple of eliminations each and I liked that as they are both huge stars. CM Punk lasted a good while which I liked. I also really dug the way Orton burst into the match and went straight for Triple H. The near elimination of Kennedy by Orton was good and it continued to develop Kennedy’s personal Rumble story. This also enhanced Kennedy’s brutal assault on Flair, and made it really believable how pissed off he was and that Kennedy thought he was going to win the Rumble.

A criticism I have of the match is that everybody seemed to have a hot period when they first entered. I know it is common for most people do really do well when they first enter but even Trevor Murdoch seemed dominant when he first entered. I don’t think it should be the same for everyone. I think it was a good booking move to have Edge eliminate Lashley because Lashley is such a force, and Edge was the eventual winner. I think it was a good move in general to have Edge score quite a few eliminations, because I know a lot of people would have booked/expected a more heelish win with maybe Edge just getting 2 or even 1 elimination or something, but still being the last man in. I’m not Edge’s biggest fan so I’m not hugely into him winning but you wrote his victory well. Overall, a fun and exciting match.

Overall, a great PPV. The Royal Rumble match stood out. I liked the Benoit vs Test match second best from a technical standpoint whilst the WWE Championship match and the Royal Rumble itself were the matches with the most passion and emotion.
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~Friday Night Smackdown~
February 16th, 2007
Seattle, Washington




The last stop before No Way Out sees the Superstars of Smackdown gearing up for the first single brand pay per view of the year with all eyes set on the three men involved in the World Heavyweight Championship picture.

Last week, the 2007 Royal Rumble winner Edge shocked the world by appearing on Smackdown, interrupting 'The Green Bay Loudmouth' Mr. Kennedy and declaring that he would be challenging the World Heavyweight Champion, whomever it may be come Wrestlemania XXIII. After winning a Number One Contender's Match with The Undertaker, albeit thanks to a huge assist from King Booker, Kennedy now goes on to face Batista for the gold this Sunday. Tonight, both men are in non-title action, with Kennedy scheduled to battle United States Champion Chris Benoit while Batista will face the man who handed Kennedy his title opportunity, King Booker. But so many questions surround the champion and the challenger. What role will Edge, the x-factor in the equation play? 'The Rated-R Superstar' has vowed to explain his decision last week as he addresses the Smackdown faithful. Will either Batista or Kennedy gain a measure of momentum ahead of this Sunday? What will Edge have to say on his first night back? And what of the mysterious phone call Ric Flair made to 'The Animal' last Monday on Raw? Will we get the answers? Or will the answers have to wait until this Sunday at No Way Out?

After over a month of challenging 'The Deadman', will tonight finally be the night King Booker finds out if he gets his long wished match with The Undertaker? Many people have wondered if Booker signed his own death warrant with his actions over the last month or so, and things could get a whole lot worse for 'The King' after his actions last week. With no match between the two yet announced, tonight could be the night we finally discover if 'The King' and 'The Deadman' will collide at No Way Out.

While Chris Benoit will be facing Mr. Kennedy this evening, his mind will no doubt be on his upcoming battle with Finlay for the United States Championship. After weeks of brawling around arenas, the two veterans are set to meet this Sunday at No Way Out with the gold on the line. What kind of shape will Benoit be in after his match with Kennedy tonight? And will Finlay be able to gain himself an advantage ahead of the title encounter this Sunday?

And while Benoit and Finlay are set to meet at No Way Out, the winner of this match will also know their Wrestlemania opponent come No Way Out’s end, when Kane, Matt Hardy, Montel Vontavious Porter and The Miz meet in a fatal four way, the winner being named the Number One Contender to the United States Championship. In preparation for this, MVP is set to host the first ever ‘V.I.P Lounge’, where we’ll hear from all four competitors.

Gregory Helms may not be in action tonight, but he’ll get a good look at six of the nine men he faces this Sunday at No Way Out, as Chavo Guerrero, Daivari and Joey Mercury team up to take on Shannon Moore, Scotty-2-Hotty and Jimmy Wang Yang. Tonight also marks the first ever appearance of the much heralded Bryan Danielson. For weeks his arrival on Smackdown has been hyped, and tonight, Danielson finally arrives on out screens. Although not competing tonight, Danielson will be determined to make his presence felt on Helms and the rest of the cruiserweight division ahead of his debut in the Cruiserweight Gauntlet this Sunday.

And finally, with two tag team matches scheduled for this Sunday, the teams collide in singles actions. The Bluebloods and The Extremists are set to meet in six man action, prompting Tommy Dreamer and Paul Burchill to square off tonight, both men looking to give a boost to their team ahead of this Sunday. WWE Tag Team Champions The Hooligans are set to defend their titles against La Resistance, and with Brian Kendrick and Rene Dupree going at it this evening, a win for Dupree would give his team a huge advantage ahead of the title match.

All this and more during the last Friday Night Smackdown before No Way Out!!

Confirmed Matches:

Batista vs. King Booker
Chris Benoit vs. Mr. Kennedy
Edge will explain his decision to challenge the World Heavyweight Champion!

Brian Kendrick vs. Rene Dupree
Tommy Dreamer vs. Paul Burchill
Chavo Guerrero, Daivari and Joey Mercury vs. Jimmy Wang Yang, Shannon Moore and Scotty-2-Hotty

Plus!
Montel Vontavious Porter will host the first ever V.I.P Lounge!!
Bryan Danielson will make his first ever appearance on Smackdown!!
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