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Old 09-02-2011, 02:48 PM   #61 (permalink)
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World Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Kurt Angle

US Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Ted DiBiase

IC Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Mark Henry

Last Man Standing: Sheamus vs. Triple H

Cross Brand Grudge Match: John Cena vs. Randy Orton

RAW match: John Morrison vs. The Miz

SMACKDOWN match: Christian vs. Matt Hardy
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World Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Kurt Angle

US Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Ted DiBiase

IC Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Mark Henry

Last Man Standing: Sheamus vs. Triple H

Cross Brand Grudge Match: John Cena vs. Randy Orton

RAW match: John Morrison vs. The Miz

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World Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Kurt Angle

US Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Ted DiBiase

IC Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Mark Henry

Last Man Standing: Sheamus vs. Triple H

Cross Brand Grudge Match: John Cena vs. Randy Orton

RAW match: John Morrison vs. The Miz

SMACKDOWN match: Christian vs. Matt Hardy
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Punk I see him retaining his World Heavyweight Championship now more than ever, especially now that I think about it because there is no one on Smackdown that is a threat to Punk's title except maybe Cena, but he is involved with Orton, and I can't see Big Show becoming World Champion, neither can I see Kane becoming World Champion once again, and Kofi it is just not his time yet to become World Champion, so for that reason I see Punk retaining

Barrett I definitely see him retaining against Kurt Angle because I cannot see Kurt winning the title since he just returned to WWE, and Angle is not used to the numbers advantage of Nexus, and I see them getting involved somehow in order to make sure Barrett stays WWE Champion, so for that reason alone, I see Barrett retaining, but Barrett loses by DQ to keep his title

Ted DiBiase Jr. I see him becoming the new WWE United States Champion especially after his old man The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase showed up, and hyped his son up, and the way Ted has been riding his momentum, Ted I see him pinning Gabriel in order to become the new WWE United States Champion

Del Rio will definitely retain the IC Title against Mark Henry, finally we have an Intercontinental Champion that will actually restore some class and dignity to the title, and that is why for that reason Del Rio should keep the title a little bit longer to build the prestige back up in the IC Title

Triple H I see him ending his rivalry with Sheamus, finally putting it to rest by beating Sheamus for the first time in Last Man Standing, in order to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble facing WWE Champion Wade Barrett

John Cena with his new heel attitude and new heel persona, I just cannot see how anybody could beat Cena right now, let alone Orton, and as soon as Cena beats Orton, he can move on to the Royal Rumble perhaps even getting a World Championship match at the Rumble facing Punk, if not, then Cena I can definitely see him beating Orton and then winning the Rumble

Morrison I finally see him beating Miz, starting the push of Morrison into the new year, with Morrison finally becoming a main eventer by beating Miz

Christian, I definitely see him beating Matt Hardy in order to get a future World Heavyweight Championship match down the road, and Matt Hardy getting fired in the process, but I can definitely see Hardy coming back to WWE at some point in the new year perhaps at the Royal Rumble, Matt could come back or Matt Hardy could always switch brands and go to RAW

Those are my predictions and why I think each superstar will win their match at Vengeance No Mercy
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VENGEANCE 2010
Important Announcement!


The WWE would like to confirm that the upcoming Vengeance pay-per-view, the final PPV of the year, has been extended to a one-off 4 hour show. With so many amazing matches scheduled, appearances from the NXT Season 3 mentors and no doubt many more surprises, it was felt that an extra hour would be needed to ensure that the show remained of the highest quality. With 2011 and the Road to WrestleMania 27 just around the corner, Vengeance promises to be a blockbuster event!

DON'T MISS IT! ORDER IT NOW!


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World Championship: CM Punk (c) vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Kofi Kingston

WWE Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Kurt Angle

US Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Ted DiBiase

IC Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. Mark Henry

Last Man Standing: Sheamus vs. Triple H

Cross Brand Grudge Match: John Cena vs. Randy Orton

RAW match: John Morrison vs. The Miz

SMACKDOWN match: Christian vs. Matt Hardy
For my brand-new predictions and for these brand new predictions I am going to stick to them, anyways here it goes:

For the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way match it will be CM Punk defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show, Kane, and Kofi Kingston as for who wins. I am still going to stick with Punk to retain but how he will retain, I see him pinning either Kofi or Big Show to retain

For the WWE Championship Wade Barrett defending his WWE Championship against Kurt Angle, I still am going to stick with Barrett to retain his WWE Championship by either cheating to win or by having Nexus get involved to make sure that their leader stays WWE Champion

For the WWE United States Championship Daniel Bryan the champion defending his WWE United States Championship in a Triple-Threat Match against Gabriel and DiBiase, my new pick to win this match will be Justin Gabriel going over but as to who he pins, I see him pinning Daniel Bryan to become the new WWE United States Champion

IC Championship Del Rio vs Mark Henry, Del Rio retains his IC Title

Last Man Standing HHH will win and he will head on to the Royal Rumble to face Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship by winning this #1 Contender's Match

Cena since he is heel now, he is definitely going to beat Orton

Now that I really think about it Morrison will beat Miz

And for Smackdown match where the winner gets a future World Heavyweight Championship match, I see Christian beating Matt Hardy
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VENGEANCE 2010
(BankAtlantic Arena, Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
THEME SONG:
'Monster' by Skillet

*** START VIDEO ***

A shot of a dark arena with a silhouette of a wrestling ring just about visible in the tiny light that there is ... A spotlight shines down on the ring and from the shadows, a figure emerges into the centre of the ring and begins to speak ...

2010

The camera closes in on the figure who is revealed to be WWE Owner, Chip Butty ... He continues speaking into the camera ...

A year of shocks ...

Behind Butty’s head fades in pictures of Batista stood over John Cena with the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber followed by Nexus’ first appearance on Monday Night RAW as they destroy the ring ... They fade away ...

A year of surprises ...

Pictures appear behind Butty again, this time showing the return of Edge at the Royal Rumble, Shawn Michaels being announced as the General Manager ...

A year of controversy ...

Triple H’s return at No Mercy as he disrupts Sheamus to cost him the WWE Championship ... Justin Gabriel pins John Cena at Survivor Series and Wade Barrett is presented with the title as a result ...

A year of a new regime ...

Images of Butty appearing on Monday Night RAW the night after Night of Champions are followed by the entrance of Shawn Michaels, RAW General Manager, at Cyber Sunday ...

A year of old favourites ...

Undertaker is shown retiring Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, Bret Hart is shown defeating Vince McMahon, Kurt Angle heading out on Monday Night RAW ...

But now ...

Quick shot of The Miz turning his head quickly ...

With the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ just around the corner ...

A flash of the WrestleMania 27 logo ...

It is time

Clip of Sheamus stood outside the cage at Survivor Series whilst Triple H lays face down in the doorway ...

for

Shot of Kane laughing maniacally ...

VENGEANCE!

The theme song of the Vengeance PPV, ‘Monster’ by Skillet, begins to play as we see clips of the major names in tonight’s event: Sheamus hitting a Brogue Kick to John Morrison; Kofi Kingston hitting CM Punk with Trouble in Paradise; John Cena hitting an Attitude Adjustment to Randy Orton; WWE Champion Wade Barrett hitting Wastelands to Great Khali; a choke slam from Big Show to Kane; Kurt Angle locking in the Ankle Lock to Miz; Kane hitting the choke slam on Kofi Kingston; Randy Orton with an RKO to John Cena; Triple H hitting Sheamus with the Pedigree; and finally, World Champion CM Punk hitting Kofi Kingston with the Go To Sleep ...

As a New Year dawns ...

Two separate images behind Butty of Wade Barrett raising the WWE Championship and CM Punk raising the World Championship ...

THERE WILL

Randy Orton hits the RKO to John Cena and then stands over him with a sadistic smile on his face ...

BE

Shot of John Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment to Randy Orton before waving his hand over his face taunting ‘You can’t see me!’ ...

VENGEANCE!

The video ends with Randy Orton and John Cena stood staring into each other’s eyes ...

*** END VIDEO ***

*** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO *** PYRO ***


As ‘Monster’ by Skillet blasts out around the arena in Fort Lauderdale, the cameras ‘fly’ around the WWE Universe who are cheering wildly for the start of the pay-per-view and holding up their home-made signs declaring support for their favourites and hate for those that they dislike. The cameras switch focus to the announce table where Jim Ross, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Michael Cole are sat ready to call tonight’s action ...



JIM ROSS: Ladies and Gentlemen, we welcome you to the BankAtlantic Arena here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for WWE Vengeance. I’m Jim Ross alongside my colleague from Monday Night RAW, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler ...

MICHAEL COLE: And from Friday Night SMACKDOWN, I am Michael Cole and JR, from now on, I’ll be the one to introduce the pay-per-view – I am the ‘Voice of the WWE’ after all!

JERRY LAWLER: You’re kidding me, Cole?

MICHAEL COLE: I assure you that I’m not, King. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the final pay-per-view event of 2010, WWE Vengeance, and what a show we have for you tonight!

JIM ROSS: The main event from RAW, if I can speak now, will see WWE Champion Wade Barrett go one on one with the returning American Olympic Hero, the one and only Kurt Angle. Hell, King, I can’t wait for that!

JERRY LAWLER: Wade Barrett claims that Kurt Angle is past it and should never be thought of as a hero! Tonight, I guess we find out if Wade Barrett can back that claim up!

MICHAEL COLE: The SMACKDOWN main event sees CM Punk defend his World Heavyweight Championship against THREE men in a Fatal Four Way! Kane, Big Show and Kofi Kingston are all hoping to take the World Championship away from CM Punk in his first defence and after all the changes on SMACKDOWN recently, who would bet against another change?

JERRY LAWLER: I loathe it but I might have to agree with you there, Cole. The match I’m most looking forward to though, guys, is the match between John Cena and Randy Orton. Different shows nowadays but these two have one heck of a rivalry!

MICHAEL COLE: Without a doubt, King, after all the backstabbing between these two, they finally clash tonight. Question is, will they get it all out of their system tonight?

JIM ROSS: You’d like to think they could do so they can both move on, Cole. And not forgetting that tonight sees a ‘Last Man Standing’ match between Sheamus and Triple H. With two wins in a row for Sheamus, can The Game win tonight and seal a shot at the WWE Championship come Royal Rumble time in Cleveland, Ohio, in four weeks time?

The theme music fades out and a short silence descends before ...

*** I COME FROM MONEY ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: The following contest is a Triple Threat match and it is for the United States Championship ... Introducing first, from West Palm Beach, Florida ... weighing 235 pounds ... TED DiBIASE!

Despite DiBiase’s recent actions on RAW, there are still some members of the WWE Universe in his hometown that are prepared to cheer for him. As he heads for the ring, he pretends to dust off his chest before rolling into the ring and indicating to the crowd that he is going to be the new US Champion when this match is finished ...

JIM ROSS: King, we’re starting out with the United States Title on the line and the question is simple ... Can Ted DiBiase win it?

JERRY LAWLER: He did manage to defeat Daniel Bryan two weeks ago, JR, but he needs to keep his focus tonight. When he lost his focus on RAW two weeks ago, he lost to Justin Gabriel and that is the reason why he is involved in Triple Threat tonight instead!

*** POWER ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: And the second challenger, from Cape Town, South Africa ... weighing 223 pounds ... JUSTIN GABRIEL!

Gabriel heads out to cheers which he acknowledges as he heads for the ring punching the air in preparation for the match ahead ...

JIM ROSS: This young man has been impressive of late, King. Not only did he defeat Ted DiBiase two weeks ago, he also came close to defeating John Cena last month ...

JERRY LAWLER: As well as being the man to pin Cena when Nexus ‘won’ the WWE Championship for Wade Barrett!

JIM ROSS: Question is, King, can he get the job done tonight?

*** RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: And finally, from Aberdeen, Washington ... weighing 192 pounds ... he is the United States Champion ... DANIEL BRYAN!

Big cheers for the popular US Champion as he heads out sidestepping down the ramp whilst waving to the WWE Universe at ringside. Once in the ring, Bryan removes his jacket and reveals the United States Title strapped round his waist. He lifts it high for the WWE Universe to see before handing it to the referee who also lifts it high to show that the title is on the line in this match ...

MICHAEL COLE: Look at this guy, how bad must RAW be if this nerd is the United States Champion?

JERRY LAWLER: Cole, you are on form tonight! When will you ever give Daniel Bryan some credit?

MICHAEL COLE: Never! The guy’s a joke. Always has been, always will be.

JIM ROSS: Well, regardless of Michael Cole’s opinion, if Daniel Bryan can retain his title tonight against Justin Gabriel and Ted DiBiase, then he will definitely not be a joke!

UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP: DANIEL BRYAN (c) vs. JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. TED DiBIASE

The bell rings and the opening match of the night is underway as the three participants stand facing each other in the centre of the ring. DiBiase appears to be the most vocal of the three as he is telling the current US Champion Daniel Bryan that he is about to lose the title and he signals to his own waist so Bryan is in no doubt over who is going to be the new US Champion. DiBiase continues to talk smack towards Bryan before he looks over to the South African Justin Gabriel who is watching with interest. DiBiase points to Gabriel then himself and is clearly trying to get Gabriel to team with him to take out Daniel Bryan. Gabriel appears to agree to DiBiase’s request and they begin to advance on the champion before Gabriel suddenly launches into a roundhouse kick on DiBiase before a jumping spin kick takes the cocky superstar from Florida down. Bryan and Gabriel attack DiBiase as he is down and they hit several stiff stomp kicks before Bryan drags him up and hits a snap suplex. DiBiase staggers to his feet into the corner of the ring and props himself up in the corner where Gabriel jumps him and from the middle ropes takes DiBiase down with a picture perfect Hurricanrana to the delight of the fans in attendance here in Fort Lauderdale. With DiBiase back to his knees, Bryan takes his chance to hit punishing kicks to the upper half of DiBiase who looks in trouble as a kick to the head knocks him down onto his back. Daniel Bryan with the cover, hooks the leg ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Gabriel breaks the pinfall by dragging Bryan off DiBiase! *


Tension for the first time in the contest between the US Champion and Justin Gabriel who points to his own chest and tells Bryan that he is going to win the title tonight. Gabriel and Bryan stand nose to nose and speak in animated fashion before DiBiase looks to take advantage with a rush attack. However, Gabriel and Bryan duck, DiBiase misses and as he turns back round, the South African and the US Champion hit a perfect double drop kick that sends DiBiase down to the outside through the middle of the ropes where he lands in a crumpled heap on the floor. Cheers from the WWE Universe but now Gabriel and Bryan are ready to fight and they lock up centre of the ring. Gabriel wins the grapple as he hits a discus elbow strike to stagger Bryan back before he hits the ropes and hits a flying crossbody that takes Bryan down to the mat. Cover from Gabriel ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out from Daniel Bryan! *


A quickfire kick to the chest leaves Bryan still down on the mat and Gabriel jumps to his feet quickest. A standing shooting star press follows and Gabriel connects beautifully with the champion before hooking the leg again ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan kicks out again! *


Justin Gabriel doesn’t rest on his laurels though and springs back up quickly waiting for Bryan to get to his feet. As he gets up, Bryan manages to duck a roundhouse kick from the ‘educated feet’ of Gabriel before rolling up the South African for a surprise pinfall ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Gabriel kicks out! *


Daniel Bryan now takes charge with a kick to the head of Gabriel as he gets to his knees before considering his next move. Bryan hits the ropes and it is unclear what is coming at first ... Bryan knows what he is doing though, he has seen DiBiase getting back to his feet on the outside, a suicide dive through the ropes follow and DiBiase is taken down hard into the barricades at ringside. Bryan jumps up onto the outside of the apron and he measures for a moment before hitting a flying knee to the chest of DiBiase who is not having the best of luck in this match so far. The crowd cheer for Daniel Bryan as he milks the reaction and he slides back into the ring to continue his feud with Justin Gabriel ... Bam! Superkick from Justin Gabriel takes Daniel Bryan down!


MICHAEL COLE: That’s why you never turn your back, new champion!

Justin Gabriel hooks the leg as he looks to win the US Championship ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan grabs the bottom rope just in the nick of time! *


Gabriel cannot believe it and he curses his own luck whilst giving a quick look at the referee who confirms that it was a 2-count. Gabriel surveys the situation and he leaps up onto the ropes, springboarding off them and hitting a perfect moonsault to the champion instead. Gabriel drags Bryan over a little away from the ropes before making the pinfall again ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Gabriel is dragged off Bryan to the outside by Ted DiBiase! *


Gabriel is caught unaware and off guard as DiBiase drives his shoulder into the South African’s midriff before driving him back first into the barricades at ringside. DiBiase senses an opportunity and he rushes back into the ring and covers Daniel Bryan ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan kicks out! *


Ted looks determined now though and he hits a standing drop kick to Daniel Bryan as he gets to his feet. Bryan is groggy as he gets to his knees after the kick and DiBiase locks his head up and looks around with confidence oozing out of him ... DDT! Daniel Bryan’s head crashes down onto the mat and DiBiase makes another pinfall ... Is this the one where he wins the title?

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan kicks out just in time! *


DiBiase was so close to becoming the new US Champion there, he holds his head for a moment in despair. However, DiBiase has another plan and he stands back as he waits for Bryan to get back to his feet. DiBiase is measuring up for Dream Street here and Bryan gets to his feet ... DiBiase looks to lock in his finishing move but Daniel Bryan – as he always seems to – manages to find a counter for the move. DiBiase is taken down instead and Bryan manages to lock in the Le Bell Lock instead! The crowd are going wild as Bryan synchs in the hold and increases the tension on the body of DiBiase who is close to tapping out. However, here comes Justin Gabriel instead! Drop kick to the exposed head of Daniel Bryan and the submission hold is broken and Gabriel keeps his – and DiBiase’s for that matter – title hopes alive. Ted DiBiase rolls out of the ring to recover as Gabriel locks the champion into an inverted DDT hold. Suddenly, Gabriel manages to drop his elbow over the chest of Daniel Bryan who hits the mat on his back. Gabriel now shoots Bryan into the ropes and then hits the ‘Tilt-a-whirl’ DDT to Daniel Bryan whose title is in grave jeopardy now! Gabriel with the pinfall ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* So close! Bryan kicks out in the nick of time! *


So close for Justin Gabriel who looks frustrated this time. He stands over Daniel Bryan assessing his options when suddenly he is grabbed from behind by DiBiase. DiBiase locks Gabriel up and then drops him down ... DREAM STREET! The WWE Universe are in shock as DiBiase makes the cover and looks to have the US Championship in the bag now ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan saves Justin Gabriel and his own title! *


Bryan looks fired up now and hits his own offence for the first time in a while as he hits a string of rapid kicks to Ted DiBiase who is on his knees after the pinfall. Bryan allows DiBiase to his feet but he lifts him up and hits a backdrop suplex that crashes his challenger down hard on the back of his head and shoulders. Bryan goes for another submission hold now as he sets up and locks in the Surfboard to DiBiase. Ted is in immense pain as he yells out in pain but it appears that he is stuck until Gabriel appears and kicks Daniel Bryan hard in the side of the ribs to save DiBiase a second time. A dropkick from Gabriel sends Bryan out of the ring this time and he turns his attention to the wounded DiBiase on the mat writhing in pain from the Surfboard ... Gabriel makes the cover and hooks the leg ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* DiBiase kicks out! *


Gabriel drags DiBiase to his feet and shoots him into the ropes as he looks for yet another high flying move. However, DiBiase ducks him and catches Gabriel off the ropes and lifts him high ... Spinebuster! Gabriel lands with a huge smash on the mat and DiBiase holds on for the pin ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Gabriel with the kick out this time! *


DiBiase drags Gabriel up to his feet now and shoots the South African into the ropes before catching him again and hitting a scoop powerslam that rattles the ring once again. Pinfall again from Ted DiBiase ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out again from Justin Gabriel! *


DiBiase gets to his feet angry but fails to notice that Daniel Bryan is back in the ring. He runs over towards DiBiase and hits a running dropkick that sends DiBiase falling back into the corner turnbuckles. DiBiase swings a punch at Bryan who ducks before locking his hands around the waist of the challenger ... German Suplex! Daniel Bryan lifts DiBiase up and back onto his shoulders before holding on for the pinfall ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* DiBiase rolls his shoulders and escapes the pin! *


As DiBiase recovers and gets up slowly, Daniel Bryan climbs the ropes in the corner and stands on the top rope waiting for his chance. DiBiase turns into his path ... Missile Dropkick from Daniel Bryan as he looks to retain the US Championship! DiBiase is down on his front and the crowd know what is coming as Daniel Bryan signals that it is all over ... He drops down beside DiBiase and looks to lock in the Le Bell Lock again but DiBiase realises what is coming. He panics and thrashes around to escape underneath the bottom rope to the frustration of the US Champion. As Bryan stares out in frustration at DiBiase, Gabriel slides back into the ring and tries to catch the champion off guard. However, Daniel Bryan avoids the contact and Gabriel hits the turnbuckles in the corner instead. A running forearm in the corner of the ring follows as Bryan looks to put away Gabriel instead now. As Gabriel recovers, Bryan climbs the ropes again before launching off the top rope with his knees onto the shoulders of Gabriel to take him crashing down once more. Bryan senses another opportunity to lock in the Le Bell Lock now, this time on Gabriel, but yet again he cannot lock it in as Gabriel has enough to escape to the ropes before he can. Gabriel manages to catch Bryan off guard with a swivel kick to the gut before he fires the champion into the ropes ... Running Crossbody from Justin Gabriel takes down Daniel Bryan! The crowd are expecting a cover but this time Gabriel decides to go for a submission hold that he has been using of late ... He locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock as the Ric Flair trademark ‘Wooooo’ echoes around the arena. Gabriel manages to lock it in securely and Daniel Bryan is in real danger of being forced to tap out and surrender his US Title to the South African, Justin Gabriel. Gabriel resists any attempt from Daniel Bryan to roll him over and reverse the hold and he denies Bryan the chance to reach the ropes ... Has Justin Gabriel done enough?


MICHAEL COLE: Come on! Tap out, Mr. Vegan, tap out and give your title up, you nerd!

JIM ROSS: Wait a minute, Cole, Ted DiBiase is back in the ring!

DiBiase is back in the ring for sure and he hits a low drop kick to the head of the South African and he forces the break in the Figure Four ... Bryan shuffles away to the ropes in immense agony whilst Gabriel clutches his head where he was hit with the drop kick. A second low drop kick to Gabriel sends him spinning out of the ring under the bottom rope and DiBiase focuses his attention on Daniel Bryan instead. Looking confident, DiBiase waits for Bryan to stagger to his feet, limping and clutching his knee, DiBiase waits and then bursts into life ... DREAM STREET! DiBiase hits Dream Street, the champion is down and out! DiBiase with the cover ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Daniel Bryan kicks out! *


The crowd go wild as Daniel Bryan refuses to let his title slip away! DiBiase cannot believe it and he argues with the referee before heading over to Bryan in anger. He throws Bryan to the outside and stares after him, he cannot believe that Dream Street was not enough to defeat Daniel Bryan there. Clutching his head, DiBiase doesn’t notice that Gabriel is sneaking up on him ... Gabriel goes for a quick roll up pin on DiBiase who is caught unaware ...

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WINNER: Justin Gabriel (13:52)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... and new United States Champion ... JUSTIN GABRIEL!

JIM ROSS: What an effort from all three men, King, new United States Champion!

JERRY LAWLER: Superb effort, JR, a superb way to start off ...

MICHAEL COLE: Finally, somebody on RAW steps up and proves what a joke of a man Daniel Bryan is! Congratulations, Justin Gabriel!

JERRY LAWLER: Daniel Bryan DID NOT get pinned, Cole ...

MICHAEL COLE: Doesn’t matter, King, fact of the matter is that he lost, no argument. No longer the US Champion! Thank goodness for that!

JIM ROSS: I don’t know what your problem with Daniel Bryan is Michael but it isn’t healthy!

MICHAEL COLE: Listen, if I were in charge, Daniel Bryan would never get any time on TV and especially not on pay-per-view. The guy is a nerd, he is a vegan, he is an idiot. At last, Justin Gabriel has won his title, we can all move on and stop kissing his ass!

JERRY LAWLER: Daniel Bryan wasn’t pinned, in fact, he kicked out of Ted DiBiase’s big finishing move! I’d love to see him kick your ass, Cole!

A disappointed Daniel Bryan is stood forlorn in the corner of the ring watching the man who won the match – and the new US Champion – Justin Gabriel saluting the fans and holding the title belt high for all to see. DiBiase has sneaked away quickly but Gabriel turns around and sees that Bryan is still in the ring. ‘Power’ fades out as the WWE Universe look on with potential for a confrontation between Bryan and Gabriel ... Instead, both men grasp each other’s hand and they shake in the centre of the ring. Bryan has a few words for Gabriel about a rematch but he holds Gabriel’s hand aloft to signal that he is the victor and the new US Champion ...

JIM ROSS: That is a class act, King!

JERRY LAWLER: It is, JR, I can’t wait for these two to meet in the rematch!

MICHAEL COLE: Ohhh, please! Have you heard yourselves? Daniel Bryan lost the match and then he shakes hands with the man that beat him? I don’t call that classy, I call it stupid. Bryan should’ve levelled Gabriel right there and then!

JIM ROSS: Leave it, King, we’ve not got time to educate Michael Cole all night ...



The cameras switch backstage into the locker room where a worried looking Sheamus is stood with his back to the camera crouched down ...

SHEAMUS: Look, little fella, you can’t go out there! If you do, ‘oy could get suspended for six months. ‘Oy can’t let tha’ happen.

The camera moves closer and we see an angry looking Hornswoggle stood in front of Sheamus ...

SHEAMUS: Don’t worry about it, little fella. When all this is said and done, ‘oy will defeat Triple H for a t’ird time and then we will go to the Royal Rumble and win the W-W-E Championship again. Just – stay – HERE!

Sheamus turns and walks away from Hornswoggle who continues to look mutinous but accepts it ...

JIM ROSS: Well, let us hope that Hornswoggle has listened to the advice of the Celtic Warrior. If he appears out here in any way, shape or form tonight, HBK has promised to suspend Sheamus for six months!

MICHAEL COLE: Completely unfair ...

JERRY LAWLER: Hopefully now, we can have a clean fight between these two without that little troll getting involved.

JIM ROSS: Folks, the history behind this one goes all the way back to the start of 2010, all the way before WrestleMania ...

*** START VIDEO ***

Clips from the build up to WrestleMania 26 are shown with Sheamus being disrespectful about Triple H ahead of their clash in Phoenix, Arizona. Highlights of the match are shown with Triple H hitting the Pedigree to get the win. A shot of a disappointed Sheamus after defeat is shown before the screen fades to black ... Then we start hearing soundbites from Sheamus about how he took out Triple H and how he ended his career whilst we see the chilling steel pipe attack on RAW – the night after WrestleMania - from different angles. We then see Sheamus take advantage of John Cena at Fatal Four Way to win the WWE Championship. The video moves on to Sheamus declaring himself the most dominant WWE Champion ever until we see the match with Randy Orton from No Mercy when Sheamus tried to win back the title. We see Sheamus in control and looking set for victory when Triple H returns before we hear the famous words that it is ‘Time to play the Game!’ spoken. We then see some of the brutal action from Cyber Sunday’s Ambulance Match and the ‘3 Stages of Hell’ from Survivor Series where Hornswoggle interferes to help Sheamus to victory. The distraction by Triple H that cost Sheamus a shot at the WWE Championship recently is shown and we finally arrive at RAW when Shawn Michaels makes the ‘Last Man Standing’ match for Vengeance and bans Hornswoggle from being in the arena. More intense action between Sheamus and Triple H is replayed before we see the ‘DX’ double team from HBK and Triple H to close the video out as HBK is heard saying ‘Last ... Man ... Standing!’

*** END VIDEO ***


A rush of excitement seems to fizz around the arena as the cameras return to the ring where Justin Roberts is stood centrally ready to announce the next match.

JUSTIN ROBERTS: The following contest is a ‘Last Man Standing’ match and the winner will receive a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble!

The crowd cheer excitedly ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Introducing first, from Greenwich, Connecticut, weighing 260 pounds ... TRIIIPPPPPPPPPPPPPLLLLE H!

The multi-time WWE Champion strides out into the spotlight and the crowd go wild for his entrance to the ring. Hunter is – as usual – carrying a bottle of water to the ring and he leaps up onto the apron and spits water into the air before saluting the fans in the corner of the ring. It is clear that Triple H is pumped up and ready for this match where he could find himself getting revenge on Sheamus as well as leaping back into the WWE Championship picture on RAW.

JIM ROSS: The fifteen year veteran, the ‘Cerebral Assassin’ and a man that you can hate as much as you admire, can Triple H finally exact revenge on the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, tonight?

MICHAEL COLE: The WWE Universe seem to think so, JR, but the worst thing that Triple H can do tonight is underestimate Sheamus. ‘Last Man Standing’ is right up Sheamus’ street and he has proven before how surprising he can be.

JERRY LAWLER: Whilst I hate to agree with Cole again, I’m going to have to. Sheamus will do whatever it takes, he has proven that time and time again. I would love to see Triple H win tonight and go on to win the WWE Championship again but, if I’m honest, I don’t think he will. I think Sheamus is going to pull this one out.

*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: His opponent, from Dublin, Ireland, weighing 272 pounds ... The ‘Celtic Warrior’ ... SHEAMUS!

A wary looking Sheamus heads out on stage and he pauses staring down to the ring where Triple H is waiting ... There is, as ordered by HBK, no sign of Hornswoggle but Sheamus is carrying the steel pipe that he has used to great effect recently when faced with Triple H. As Sheamus makes his way down the ramp, a war of words erupts between him and Triple H in the ring. Sheamus is goading Triple H and it works as Triple H climbs through the ropes out of the ring and heads for the Irishman. Sheamus swings the steel pipe but Hunter ducks and starts to connect with heavy right hands as the crowd erupt ... The referee is desperate to get the action into the ring so that he can signal for the bell and he orders Triple H to get into the ring. The Game rolls Sheamus into the ring and then follows so that the referee can start the match ...

LAST MAN STANDING: SHEAMUS vs. TRIPLE H

With the match now officially started, Triple H stalks after Sheamus in the ring as he tries to exit on the opposite side. Hunter catches him and delivers heavy right hands over and over as Sheamus tries desperately to cover up. With the Irish superstar trapped in the corner, Triple H continues to beat on his opponent as he seeks to take out all his recent frustrations. However, Sheamus has proven how tough he is recently and he manages to kick Hunter in the knee to earn himself a little time and space. The pair slug it out in the middle of the ring now and Triple H manages to gain the upper hand once more; he shoots Sheamus into the ropes and catches him coming back with a pendulum backbreaker that crashes the Celtic Warrior down over his knee. Sheamus staggers to the ropes clutching his lower back and Triple H hits a trademark clothesline to send the Celtic Warrior over the top rope and down to the floor outside the ring so the referee can begin the first count of the match ...

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With Sheamus almost up, Triple H exits the ring and goes after him once more. Hunter tries to whip him into the steel ring steps but Sheamus manages to put the brakes on and stops. Angered, he runs back towards Triple H with evil intentions but fails to make contact as he is lifted up high into a heavy spinebuster on the padded floor. A loud ‘Ooh!’ echoes around the arena as Triple H gets back to his feet and steps back to allow a second count from the referee ...

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The referee signals that Sheamus is up but he drops to his knees again, a little groggy still. Triple H kicks him in the gut and then goes to hit a hard DDT but Sheamus manages to resist and escape back under the bottom rope into the ring. Triple H stalks after him but it appears that Sheamus does not wish to get into a fight tonight and he leaves the ring several times to the frustration of Hunter, the referee and the WWE Universe who give him grief for it. Eventually, Sheamus manages to catch Triple H off guard as he enters the ring and he hits a stiff kick to the head of the Game before hitting several double handed War Swords that leave Hunter down on the mat. Triple H is dragged to his feet and then shot into the ropes ... Irish Curse Backbreaker from Sheamus! Triple H writhes around on the mat in pain as the referee begins his count with Sheamus’ hands stretched out wide in a taunt to the crowd ...

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Sheamus watches Triple H get slowly to his feet with interest though and he is ready for him when he does. Standing back at first, he rushes over the ring towards Triple H ... BROGUE KICK! Triple H’s head is nearly knocked clean off by Sheamus’ boot and he crashes down to the mat ...


MICHAEL COLE: Game over! There is no way Triple H can keep getting up from this beating!

JERRY LAWLER: I’m worried for Triple H here, how can he withstand this and keep getting up?

The referee begins another count ...

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Frustrated at not winning the match right there, Sheamus drags Triple H by the hair and throws him through the ropes to the outside once again. He angrily speaks with the referee but the referee is adamant that Hunter was up on 9 to the annoyance of the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus exits the ring and rushes over at a groggy Triple H again but this time he is caught out as Hunter manages to catch him with a drop toe hold that sends Sheamus down head first into the barricades at ringside. Colliding hard with them, Sheamus has no time to recover as Triple H immediately leaps onto his back and locks in the Crossface submission hold. Triple H rides high on the back of Sheamus on the outside of the ring with the Crossface locked in tight and he wrenches at the face of the Celtic Warrior looking to rip his face off if he has to. Sheamus holds out for a while but begins to tap out as he cannot take any more punishment but there is – of course – no submission in a Last Man Standing match. Eventually, Hunter relinquishes the hold but it looks like Sheamus is now in big, big trouble. Hunter drags him to his feet before ramming him up and over the barricades into the crowd who are going wild with excitement. Sheamus tries to escape the relentless beating of Triple H as he makes his way through the crowd but he cannot escape as heavy right hands continue to beat down on his back, shoulder and head. Sheamus heads up the stairway, stumbling from the beating he is taking, as Hunter follows ... Sheamus manages to shove Triple H down the stairs a little to get some breathing room but he only gets to the concourse area before he is caught once more. Triple H grabs Sheamus and rams him face first into the walls and doors that separate the concourse area from the seating areas before he hits a DDT on the marble floor in the lobby. Sheamus’ head bounces off the hard floor and the referee is there to count Sheamus out once more ...

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Sheamus has been forced to use the WWE Merchandise counter to lift himself to his feet but he has managed it just in time to save his chance at winning a WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble. Triple H goes for a clothesline over the counter but Sheamus has some instinct that allows him to scoop his opponent up and powerslam him into the merchandise area which collapses around the pair. With WWE shirts and action figures littering the area as well as the remnants of the counter, both men are down as the referee begins the count ...

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Sheamus sees Triple H get up though and is ready with a second devastating Brogue Kick of the night that sends Triple H down onto the marble floor once again ...

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Triple H is wobbling slightly but he is back on his feet and he begins to look round for his opponent who appears to have disappeared. Some of the excitable WWE crowd who are in the concourse area to witness the fight between the two point towards a door which Triple H heads through as he looks to find the Celtic Warrior. He stalks Sheamus through the arena and ends up heading back towards the ringside area where there is still no sign of Sheamus anywhere. Triple H stands in the centre of the ring looking around for Sheamus but he appears to have vanished into thin air! Suddenly, Sheamus’ face appears on the titantron ...


SHEAMUS: Hey, Hunter! I’m out here, in the parking lot, come and find me, fella!

Despite the obvious danger that he will be in, Triple H exits the ring and half runs up the ramp and through the curtain into the backstage area where another camera picks him up and follows him as he heads down a corridor towards the parking area where several cars and trucks are parked up already. Triple H wanders out into the middle of the parking lot where an eerie silence echoes around him ... Where is Sheamus? Suddenly, we hear a roar of an engine and a black car comes flying across the parking lot trying to run down Triple H! However, the Game manages to get out of the way just in time and the car smashes head on with another parked car across the parking area. Triple H flies over to the car and drags the driver side door open where a stunned Sheamus is sat in the driver seat. Hunter drags him out of the car and starts hammering away at him over and over, trying to punish the Irish man for the stunt he just pulled. Sheamus’ body is slammed into the door of the car and the side of the car as Triple H looks to destroy him before tossing him onto the bonnet of the car. Triple H jumps up onto the bonnet of the car and drags Sheamus to his feet before hitting a neckbreaker that sees Sheamus crash down hard on his back ...

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Hunter is seething with rage now though and is not ready for Sheamus to be counted out as he stomps on the white chest of his opponent. He leaps onto the roof of the car and drops a hard knee onto the face of Sheamus who is laid prone on the bonnet ... Triple H stands over Sheamus and there is an evil look of cruel intentions on his face now ... He drags Sheamus up and positions his head between his knees and it becomes clear! The crowd in the arena are going wild now as Sheamus’ future looks bleak ... PEDIGREE ON THE CAR BONNET! Surely this match is all over now?!

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The referee tries to reason with Triple H and asks him to let him count Sheamus out so he can win the match. However, there is no reasoning with him and he roughly drags Sheamus off the bonnet of the car. Sheamus is a crumpled mess as he staggers slowly to his feet as Triple H prepares to smash him with the steel chair. As Sheamus turns, a look of horror passes over his face and Triple H swings with all his might ... Sheamus just manages to duck in time to avoid the contact! Dropping the chair with the power of his swing, Hunter turns to rush at Sheamus again ... Sheamus counters with a Fallaway Slam that crashes Triple H down on the bonnet of the car! What an amazing counter from the Celtic Warrior! Both men are now down and out!

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Sheamus shows his cleverness and resourcefulness now though as he goes back to his trusted move ... A third Brogue Kick of the match takes Triple H out again. The referee begins to count but Sheamus has no intention of letting the match end yet either and he drags Hunter up and throws him onto the bonnet of the car once again. With two car bonnets facing each other, Sheamus jumps up and sets Triple H up for the High Cross on the cars! Officials are around the cars now and they are all pleading with Sheamus not to drop Triple H down on the ground from the car bonnet ... Sheamus backs away onto the roof of one of the cars and drags Hunter with him before lifting him up high for the High Cross ... With Triple H on Sheamus’ back, it appears that he is about to be dropped through the opposite windscreen but he manages to fight out just in time and kicks Sheamus in the gut to send him stumbling down off the cars. Sheamus is down on the concrete floor, Triple H is down on top of the car and the referee begins another count ...

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Spotting the green sidekick of Sheamus, the referee heads over to confront him. Hornswoggle looks to be out here to look and check on his friend though and pleads with the referee to let him check on him. The referee relents a little and Hornswoggle checks on Sheamus for a few seconds before the referee orders him to leave. Both Sheamus and Triple H are now getting to their feet again so the referee does not continue with his count and the match carries on. Spotting Hornswoggle, Sheamus looks annoyed and he demands that his little friend leaves before turning back towards Triple H. Sheamus heads towards Hunter and suddenly it becomes clear that there is something in his hand ...


JIM ROSS: Hang on a second, where has that steel pipe come from?

JERRY LAWLER: It must have been passed to him by that little troll, Hornswoggle!

MICHAEL COLE: And do you have proof of that, King?

JERRY LAWLER: Come on, Cole, it must have come from him!

Sheamus advances towards Triple H with the steel pipe gripped in his right hand and he sizes Triple H up as he staggers to his feet. Triple H turns into the path of Sheamus who swings the steel pipe at him, Hunter ducks though and the pipe connects with the side window of one of the cars smashing it into pieces. Sheamus clutches at his hand and turns back to Triple H who smacks him hard in the lower back with a steel chair that sends him down to the floor before a second chair shot to the back leaves Sheamus completely down and out. The referee orders Triple H to move aside – which he does this time as he needs time to recover – whilst he counts Sheamus ...

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Triple H holds his head in amazement and watches as Sheamus staggers towards the curtain which provides the entrance back into the arena. Triple H follows and the pair of them reappear on the stage where the large letters spelling VENGEANCE in steel piping loom large over them both. Both men are certainly out for vengeance tonight! Triple H kicks Sheamus in the gut and looks to go for the Pedigree once again, this time on the metal stage. However, Sheamus manages to hit a back body drop to Triple H who crashes down on the stage ...

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Sheamus has had some time to recover now though and he takes the advantage after the count as he drags Triple H to the large steel ‘A’ on the stage and rams him head first into it. Hunter staggers back to the edge of the stage and Sheamus hits a War Sword axe-handle that sends Triple H down off the stage to the concrete floor of the arena. How much more can these men withstand?

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Wam! Steel chair to the back of the Game who did not see it coming as he climbed back onto the stage. He stumbles into the large ‘V’ this time where he manages to stay on his feet until a second chair shot from Sheamus sends him down to the metal stage. A third and fourth chair shot follow and it appears that Sheamus wants to hit chair shot after chair shot until Triple H cannot get back to his feet ever again! The referee though tries to convince Sheamus to stop and in the end he manages to do so. He ushers Sheamus away and demands that he gets rid of the chair but Sheamus demands that he count out Triple H instead ...

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Sheamus drags Triple H with a look of rage in his eyes and he rams him face first into the titantron displays on the stage. The lights on the screens flicker and several panels go out with the force of Sheamus’ throwing the prone Hunter into them. Sheamus now drags Triple H over to the technical area and tosses Hunter into the tables and equipment there as he looks to ensure that he cannot get back up this time. Finally, Sheamus hits a huge Brogue Kick once again and Triple H looks unconscious on the floor as Sheamus backs away to allow the referee to surely count Triple H out once and for all ...


JIM ROSS: By god almighty, that must be it!

MICHAEL COLE: If Sheamus hasn’t earned a title match now, I don’t know when he will!

The referee begins his count ...

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Sheamus is irate and he begins to destroy the technical equipment himself as his frustration at not being able to win the match threatens to boil over! Finally, he regains a little composure and begins to follow Triple H who is crawling down the ramp back towards the ring as he tries to find a place where he can defend himself a little ... Sheamus goes under the ring and comes back out clutching a weapon that Triple H knows very well indeed. The crowd go crazy as Sheamus advances on Triple H with a Sledgehammer drawn and ready to use it to finish Triple H. Sheamus enters the ring where Triple H is currently in the corner trying to get to his feet and he positions himself ready to hit the sledgehammer shot that would end that match. Hunter turns towards him as he swings the sledgehammer to the stomach of the Game but he manages to counter it with a kick to the gut instead ... Sheamus drops the hammer ... PEDIGREE! Somehow, Triple H has managed to hit the Pedigree! Sheamus is face down on the mat and Triple H lands on top of him as exhaustion takes its toll ...

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A slugfest begins in the middle of the ring as the pair take it in turns to launch tired looking right hands at each other as the crowd cheer Hunter and boo Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior shoots Hunter into the ropes and goes for a clothesline which is ducked ... both men hit a clothesline on each other as they return and they are both crashed out on the mat! The referee is looking tired now as he begins to count both men out again ...

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The referee looks at Hornswoggle confused as he heads for the ring and orders him to turn round and go back! Hornswoggle refuses to leave though and he gets to the ring where he is shouting to Sheamus to try and revive him! Cheers erupt in the arena now as the RAW General Manager and former tag partner of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, heads down the ramp as well. HBK grabs Hornswoggle by the back of his Sheamus t-shirt and tries to drag him back out of the arena. Kicking and screaming, Hornswoggle refuses to go quietly and Sheamus – back on his feet – rushes out of the ring to the aid of his little friend. He confronts HBK and tries to pull him off Hornswoggle ... SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HBK looks around in shock at what he just did whilst the crowd around him erupts with cheers. With Sheamus down on the ramp, HBK turns back to Hornswoggle and orders him to leave the arena. A clearly unhappy Hornswoggle does as he is told this time and leaves with HBK following behind with a strange look in his eyes as if he is worried about what he just did.

Recovered, Triple H leaves the ring and goes after Sheamus who is just starting to come round after the Sweet Chin Music he received from the RAW General Manager. He drags the Celtic Warrior to the ring and rolls him under the bottom rope before following him in as well. Hunter looks in complete control now as he drags Sheamus to his knees and sets up the Pedigree again ... BAM! Sheamus’ face crashes down onto the mat and Triple H stands over him with a look of pleasure in his eyes, has he done enough? The referee begins to count Sheamus out as Triple H leaves the ring ...

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Triple H has hold of a steel pipe and the crowd begin to roar in anticipation of what Hunter is about to do ... Triple H stands opposite a groggy Sheamus as wobbles in front of him ... Suddenly, Triple H decides not to swing the steel pipe and he tosses it out of the ring to the shock of the crowd. Instead, though, he grabs the sledgehammer that Sheamus brought into the ring earlier! A shot to the gut of Sheamus follows and then a shot to the jaw of the Celtic Warrior as the WWE Universe go crazy, Sheamus is down and knocked out cold ...

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WINNER: Triple H (24:38)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... TRIPPPLLLE H!

An emotional Triple H props himself against the ropes and salutes the fans as he begins to reflect on the fact that he will be going after the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble. He slowly walks over to Sheamus who is flat out on the mat and he stands over him before performing his ‘Triple H’ pose with the sledgehammer as he slowly raises his arms in victory ... The referee holds a hand up to signal that Triple H has finally overcome his adversary ...

JIM ROSS: At last, Triple H has revenge on Sheamus!

JERRY LAWLER: What a performance, JR! This man could be heading for his fourteenth WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble next month, amazing!

MICHAEL COLE: Guys, I understand that you want to talk about Hunter but what about the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus? If it hadn’t been for the biased General Manager of RAW, he would have won this match tonight! What a joke Shawn Michaels is as General Manager! He might have lost this match but Sheamus has proven recently that he belongs at the very top of the WWE!

JIM ROSS: I agree, Cole, questionable tactics aside, Sheamus has proved that he can hang with the likes of Triple H ... but on this night, it was time for Sheamus to play ... the Game!

Triple H backs away up the ramp staring into the ring where Sheamus is just raising his head to watch his adversary exit the ring. Sheamus looks disappointed as well as exhausted but there is little sympathy for him from the WWE Universe at ringside ...

The cameras switch backstage to Josh Matthews who is waiting to interview a special guest ...


JOSH MATHEWS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time ... the challenger for the WWE Championship ... KURT ANGLE!

Cheers echo around the arena as Angle’s face comes into focus beside Josh Mathews ...

JOSH MATHEWS: Kurt, at the Royal Rumble, we’ve just seen that Triple H will be challenging for the WWE Championship after he beat Sheamus tonight. Question is ... Will he be facing Wade Barrett or yourself?

KURT ANGLE: Josh, it’s great to be back here in the WWE and at my first pay-per-view back, I will be the man who wins the WWE Championship. As far as Triple H is concerned, I’ve had some fantastic matches with Hunter in the past and it will be a pleasure to face him again at the Royal Rumble. But, for now, I’m not focusing on that. Right now, I am focused on one thing and one thing only. Restoring the WWE Championship to the level it deserves. Not a title won by default, not a title won because the ...

Angle shows quotation marks in the air ...

KURT ANGLE: ... ‘champion’ had his friend win it for him. When Kurt Angle, the only Olympic Gold medallist in WWE history, wins the WWE Championship tonight, the title will mean something again unlike the last month since Wade Barrett won it.

JOSH MATHEWS: One potential problem though, Kurt, is the rest of Nexus. How do you plan to combat the threat of Nexus and focus on Wade Barrett tonight?

KURT ANGLE: Nexus will only be a problem to me if I allow myself to end up outside the ring, Josh. I am facing Wade Barrett IN THE RING and there is nobody better than me in the ring and on the mat. I am planning to break Wade Barrett’s ankle tonight and force him to tap out. Mark my words, Josh, there is nobody who can save Wade Barrett now ... I will be the new WWE Champion! It’s true ... Oh, it’s DAMN TRUE!

The WWE Universe cheer loud as Angle turns away from the interview pit and straight into a battered and bruised Triple H who has just returned from the ring after his ‘Last Man Standing’ victory over Sheamus. The two men lock eyes and the tension between the pair is immediate ... Looking into each other’s eyes, it is Triple H who blinks first as he backs away a little before speaking to the Olympic Hero ...

TRIPLE H: You know what, Kurt? I never really liked you before you left the WWE. But I am happy to see you back ... Good luck tonight, Kurt.

Triple H extends his hand to Kurt Angle who eyes it suspiciously before shaking it ... Neither man looks like he trusts the other as they shake hands before the camera returns to the announce table at ringside ...

JERRY LAWLER: Oh my, JR, Triple H vs. Kurt Angle at the Royal Rumble would be epic!

JIM ROSS: It could well happen, King, it could happen IF Kurt Angle can defeat Wade Barrett tonight and win the WWE Championship!

MICHAEL COLE: Not going to happen, guys. In case you haven’t noticed, Wade Barrett has a little insurance policy called the Nexus right behind him. There is no way that they will let Kurt Angle win tonight!

JIM ROSS: Well, that remains to be seen, Michael. It’s now time for the first SMACKDOWN match of the night ...

MICHAEL COLE: The Intercontinental Championship is at stake, JR, the virtuous man, the man of honour, the amazing Alberto Del Rio defends against the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ Mark Henry ...

JIM ROSS: And these two men do not like each other!

MICHAEL COLE: That’s right, they don’t. Mark Henry had to watch as Alberto Del Rio took out his best friend Evan Bourne a few weeks ago before the challenge was made ...

Clips of Alberto Del Rio locking the Cross Arm Breaker in on Evan Bourne are shown as Cole speaks ...

MICHAEL COLE: ... But Mark Henry has revenge in mind tonight and he made a start on Friday night when he – for want of a better word, JR – vandalised the property of Alberto Del Rio!

A clip of Mark Henry destroying the car of Alberto is shown from Friday night on SMACKDOWN ...

JIM ROSS: Mark Henry destroyed the Merecedes that Alberto Del Rio had driven to the ring inside on Friday night, smashing windows, snapping parts off and damaging the body work to the dismay of the Mexican ...

MICHAEL COLE: It was completely uncalled for, JR, Mark Henry is lucky that Alberto Del Rio didn’t call the police!

JIM ROSS: Can Alberto Del Rio get revenge tonight and spoil Henry’s hopes of becoming the Intercontinental Champion instead?

*** SOMEBODIES GONNA’ GET THEIR ASS KICKED ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is set for one fall and is for the Intercontinental Championship. Introducing first, the challenger, from Silsbee, Texas, weighing 398 pounds ... The ‘World’s Strongest Man’ ... MARK HENRY!

Smiling to the crowd, Mark Henry heads for the ring with a sense of purpose as he seeks to avenge the attack on his best friend, Evan Bourne. He slaps hands with a few members of the WWE Universe before making his way up the steps in his red singlet and climbing between the ropes ready for the title match ...

MICHAEL COLE: Mark Henry is looking to capture the Intercontinental Championship for the first time ever in his WWE career tonight. He has been with the WWE for nearly 15 years, can he get the job done tonight?

JERRY LAWLER: It is hard to believe that Mark Henry has never been Intercontinental Champion!

JIM ROSS: If he is to win the title, he will have to do it by defeating this man though ...

*** REALEZA ***



From the side of the Vengeance stage and set, loud car horn sounds are heard as a white Rolls Royce appears transporting the Intercontinental Champion into the arena. As it does so, the personal ring announcer of Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, wanders out onto the stage ready to introduce him. Del Rio gets out of the car in white trunks and with the title belt around his waist as well as his white scarf but he has a look of anxiety about him as well ...

RICARDO RODRIGUEZ: Señoras y señores, por favor den la bienvenida al hombre de honor, el mayor de los grandes, un nivel de excelencia de la excelencia, el hombre herido Rey Mysterio y Evan Bourne, el Campeón Intercontinental ... El es ... ALBERTO DEL RRRRIO!

As Rodriguez finishes, Alberto Del Rio poses on the ramp as the golden rain falls from the ceiling behind him but again he appears distracted. He turns quickly to Rodriguez and demands that he goes to the Rolls Royce ... Rodriguez questions this before obeying the instruction and he heads over towards Del Rio’s car to reverse it back out of the arena to alleviate Del Rio’s worry that Mark Henry might destroy it again. Del Rio looks up into the ring where Mark Henry is laughing to himself and frowns before heading for the ring ...

MICHAEL COLE: This man is possibly the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, guys, he is ...

JERRY LAWLER: Are you kidding, Cole? The greatest of all time?

JIM ROSS: That is a mighty, big claim there, he has the potential to be one of the greats here in the WWE but he needs to prove it first.

MICHAEL COLE: Two more people who fail to realise what most sane people can see, Alberto Del Rio is the greatest of the great!

Del Rio hands the Intercontinental Title to the referee who holds it high to show the prize that is on offer here as Del Rio talks trash to his opponent tonight, Mark Henry. The Rolls Royce has now reversed out of the arena and Del Rio has his usual swagger and confidence about him as he winks at the World’s Strongest Man before the referee rings the bell ...

INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: ALBERTO DEL RIO (c) vs. MARK HENRY

Mark Henry is annoyed at Del Rio’s attempts to psyche him out and responds with a volley of right hands that stagger the Intercontinental Champion and knock him completely out of his stride in the early going. Del Rio attempts to cover up in the corner and protect himself from the barrage of right hands from the challenger who is forced to stop when the referee threatens to disqualify him. Henry hits a splash to Del Rio in the corner before whipping him into the opposite corner of the ring ... Another attempt at a big splash in the corner but this time Del Rio manages to escape just in time and Henry collides with the turnbuckles to the dismay of the crowd who are behind him in this one. A jumping back slam from Del Rio takes Henry down to the mat for the first time in the match before his usual tactic of softening up the arm of his opponents begins with several stiff stomps to the massive arms of Henry. Henry manages to get to his feet by shoving the Mexican away but Del Rio responds with a Double Knee Arm Breaker that leaves Henry writhing in pain and clutching his arm ... First cover of the match comes from Del Rio ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Henry kicks out with authority! *


Henry gets to his knees as he looks to get back into the match but he is met with a hard roundhouse kick from Alberto who knocks him down to the mat once again and hooks the leg this time for another cover ...

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* 2 *
* Kick out from Mark Henry! *


Henry gets slowly to his feet as Del Rio backs away and waits for his challenger to get up. Once he does, Del Rio looks to hit a Big Boot to the side of Henry’s face but this is countered by Henry into a huge Fallaway Slam and for a moment it seems as if we have a new Intercontinental Champion ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Del Rio escapes with a kick out! *


Del Rio swings a wild punch at Mark Henry that is easily ducked and the Mexican finds himself lifted high into the air into a Military Press by the World’s Strongest Man instead ... Del Rio looks worried as Henry holds him up high and then drops him down to the mat from about 8 feet in the air with a crash. Another cover from Mark Henry as he seeks to win the title ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Del Rio kicks out again! *


Henry hits the ropes with Del Rio down and goes for a splash in the centre of the ring this time. However, Del Rio manages to roll aside in time again and then hits a clever and quick drop kick to the knee of Henry to take him down once again. Henry limps to the corner of the ring where he is perfectly positioned for an Enzuguri kick from Del Rio who nearly takes his head off! Henry is down on the mat and Del Rio senses a chance to win the match again ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Henry kicks out! *


Del Rio – usually a clever wrestler – attempts a German Suplex to Mark Henry but there is no moving the massive 400 pounder from Silsbee, Texas, he refuses to be budged. Instead, Del Rio is sent flying to the ropes and Henry catches him coming with a huge side slam that splashes Del Rio down on the mat. Cover from Mark Henry ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Shoulder out from Del Rio to save his title! *


Henry now lifts Del Rio onto his shoulders where he can try to get Del Rio tap out in a Backbreaker Rack. With the hold locked in, Del Rio seems to be in deep trouble but he manages to reach out and grab hold of the top rope which forces the referee to break the hold. Henry lunges at Del Rio in frustration but the wily Mexican pulls down the top rope and Henry goes head first over the top rope and down to the floor outside the ring with a thud. Del Rio stalks after him and drives Henry shoulder first into the steel ring post not once but twice as he begins to weaken the arm of the challenger to set up a Cross Arm Breaker. Henry is then rammed into the barriers at ringside on his hurt shoulder before Del Rio returns to the ring at the order of the referee. The referee begins counting out the World’s Strongest Man ...

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* Henry rolls back into the ring on 8! *


With Henry’s shoulder and arm troubling him, Del Rio goes for the Rolling Cross Arm Breaker but there is still fight in the challenger and he throws Del Rio off and down to the mat instead. As Del Rio comes at him again, Henry lifts him up and locks in a Bear Hug that leaves Del Rio struggling and gasping for air. Yet again, Del Rio manages to make the top rope and the referee is forced to break the hold but the Mexican is winded and he drops to his knees at the ropes. With the champion draped over the middle rope, Henry runs at him and jumps onto his upper back with the guillotine choke over the top rope that snaps Del Rio back into the middle of the ring. Slowly, Henry heads back into the ring and makes the cover ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out from Del Rio! *


Henry waits for Del Rio to get to his feet before grabbing him and setting up for his finishing move, the World’s Strongest Slam. However, Alberto manages to escape and he counters with an attempted spinebuster but he cannot lift Henry off his feet. A scoop slam from Mark Henry leaves Del Rio on his back again as the crowd get behind him as he attempts to take the Intercontinental Title for the first time in his career. A gutbuster follows from Henry as he drives his knee into the gut of Del Rio before going for the pinfall again ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Del Rio kicks out just in time! *


A sudden drop kick to the knee buys Del Rio some time again as he forces Henry to stumble before working the right arm of the challenger once again. The champion once again goes for the Rolling Cross Arm Breaker and this time he manages to lock the submission hold in and he wrenches back on the huge arm of Henry. Henry looks in trouble but he manages to use his immense strength to roll Del Rio onto his back for a surprise roll up pin ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Del Rio just realises in time and releases to kick out! *


Del Rio uses his legs to knock Henry back down to the mat as he attempts to get up and resumes the Cross Arm Breaker ... Can Henry hold on? He manages to reach out and grab the bottom rope and Del Rio is incensed as the referee forces the break. He goes for another ill advised move as he tries the scoop slam on Henry who is not for moving. A clothesline from Mark Henry takes Del Rio down and he signals that it is over as he prepares to go for the World’s Strongest Slam once again. Del Rio knows it is coming though and he wriggles clear and props himself up in the corner of the ring. Henry traps Del Rio in the corner and mounts the middle ropes to hit heavy punches to the head of the worried champion. The crowd count the punches as they connect with Del Rio and a worried Ricardo Rodriguez – who was looking after the Rolls Royce – comes down the ramp to aid his champion. The referee is distracted as Rodriguez jumps up on the apron and he heads to the Mexican ring announcer to order him away from the action. The momentary distraction is all that Del Rio needs though as he hits a low blow to Henry who is still on the middle rope. Stumbling slightly, Henry doubles up in pain but remains mounted on the ropes. Del Rio grasps him around the waist and summons all his remaining energy and strength ... POWERBOMB OF DESTINY! Henry crashes down awkwardly on the mat and Del Rio hooks the leg ...

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WINNER: Alberto Del Rio (9:19)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner and still Intercontinental Champion ... ALBERTO DEL RIO!

Ricardo Rodriguez races around the ring and takes the title belt from the timekeeper before handing it to Alberto Del Rio as he celebrates with his hands in the air at the foot of the ramp. Del Rio hugs his Intercontinental Championship belt as Rodriguez screams to the WWE Universe that Del Rio is still the champion – in Spanish of course – and the pair back away up the ramp whilst the referee checks on Henry. Henry is clutching his groin after the low blow and he complains to the referee who failed to see it. Henry looks annoyed over the move and he punches the ring in frustration ...


********** STARTS NEXT WEEK! **********

*** POPPIHOLLA ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the owner of the WWE ... CHIP BUTTY!

Chip Butty heads out towards the ring with a microphone in his hand and heads for the ring quickly. He slaps hands with a few members of the audience before jogging up the ring steps and standing in the centre of the ring ...

CHIP BUTTY: Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to make this short and sweet as we do have an exciting pay-per-view in progress right now. First of all, thank you for coming out tonight, Fort Lauderdale ...

Cheap pop for the mention of the home town ...

CHIP BUTTY: ... and thank you to those of you at home who have ordered the show tonight. As you will know, Friday night on SMACKDOWN, I unfortunately had to fire the SMACKDOWN General Manager Theodore Long.

Some boos in the arena for Chip Butty’s decision to make a change on SMACKDOWN ...

CHIP BUTTY: Unfortunately, I had no choice. Teddy Long’s decision making has been suspect recently and he got himself into a problem with Kane. I do not condone Kane’s recent actions but Teddy Long failed to live with the consequences of his actions on Friday. Therefore, I have spent the last two days looking for a new SMACKDOWN General Manager ... and I have found one!

Buzz of excitement in the arena, people wondering who the new GM will be ...

CHIP BUTTY: So, I am going to get out of here so that the new SMACKDOWN General Manager can make himself known to you all. Thank you again for watching tonight, I hope you enjoy the rest of the show!

Butty hands his microphone to the ring announcer Justin Roberts and heads back up the ramp towards the stage. He disappears through the curtain with a wave and the WWE Universe wait with baited breath to find out who the new man in charge of SMACKDOWN is ... We’re waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting ...

JIM ROSS: Who’s it going to be?

MICHAEL COLE: It’s funny you should say that, JR!

Muffled noises are heard on commentary as a headset is removed at the announce table. Most of the WWE Universe are still looking up at the titantron when ...

MICHAEL COLE: Can I have your attention please? I have just received a message ... from the new SMACKDOWN General Manager!

Boos erupt around the arena as Cole steps up and leaves the announce table with a microphone in hand. He heads for the ring and through the ropes to the centre of the ring ...

MICHAEL COLE: And I quote ...

More boos echo through the BankAtlantic Arena ...

MICHAEL COLE: ‘The new General Manager of SMACKDOWN ... is ...’ ME! MICHAEL COLE!

The jeers and boos intensify as Michael Cole parades around the ring with his arms outstretched and a huge, goofy grin on his face. He mocks Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross from the ring before resuming his announcement ...

MICHAEL COLE: That’s right, I am the new SMACKDOWN General Manager as appointed this afternoon by Chip Butty. I am the man who will revolutionise SMACKDOWN and make it so that SMACKDOWN challenges RAW to be the Number 1 show in the WWE.

JIM ROSS: You’re kidding me, please tell me this is a nightmare, King!

Cole’s beaming face in the ring tells JR all he needs to know, this is not a nightmare, it is true. Michael Cole is the new SMACKDOWN General Manager!

MICHAEL COLE: And whatever you may think of my appointment, I am the best man for this job. I have the respect of all the WWE superstars ...

Loud boos for Cole’s comments now!

MICHAEL COLE: I have the respect of the SMACKDOWN locker room, my former colleagues on the announce table, all of you!

The boos are getting louder! An ‘asshole’ chant has begun in the arena as Cole looks around laughing out loud ...

MICHAEL COLE: I ... Michael Cole ... will lead SMACKDOWN into a brand new era! And my first job tonight is ... to find someone else to come out here and work with those two dinosaurs on the announce table!

The camera focuses on Jim Ross and King who look incredulous at Cole’s comments. King threatens to go to the ring but JR holds him back ...

JIM ROSS: It’s not worth it, King, stay here!

Cole is goading Lawler but King decides to stay where he is ... The boos continue to echo around the arena ...

MICHAEL COLE: Get out here now, Foley!

Cole tosses the microphone to Justin Roberts who catches it and then Cole heads up the ramp towards the backstage area. As he gets to the stage, a cheer goes up as the Hardcore Legend himself, Mick Foley, heads out to join King and JR on commentary. As they pass, Cole tells Foley that he’s better watch his comments about him to which Foley laughs and heads for the ringside area shaking his head ...

JIM ROSS: Well, King, things have taken a turn for the worse on SMACKDOWN with the arrival of Cole as the General Manager but our job for the rest of the night is going to be more enjoyable now!

JERRY LAWLER: It sure is, we get Mick Foley instead of Michael Cole! How are ya’ doing Mick?

Sounds of Foley putting the headset on ...

MICK FOLEY: I’m doing great, King, glad to be out here with you guys. But Michael Cole as General Manager, that should be ... erm, interesting?

JIM ROSS: Might be worth tuning in to SMACKDOWN this Friday to see the beginning of the Michael Cole regime ...

The cameras switch backstage where Michael Cole is backstage with Matt Hardy and Christian stood with him ready for their match tonight ...

MICHAEL COLE: As you just heard, I’m the new General Manager of SMACKDOWN ... Now, if I had my way, neither one of you two would have a chance at becoming the World Champion right now ...

Hardy and Christian look at Cole with disdain as the crowd outside boo the comments of the new General Manager ...

MICHAEL COLE: However, Chip Butty told me ... ‘And I quote’ ...

Intense heat for Cole from the arena causes Cole to smirk with laughter ...

MICHAEL COLE: He told me that I must uphold the stipulations and matches arranged for tonight. So, you two better get out there and try to impress me. The winner will get – as promised by Teddy Long – a future shot at winning the World Heavyweight Championship!

The cameras return to ringside where Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler and Mick Foley are now settled at the announce table ready for action ...

JIM ROSS: Can you believe what we just heard from the new SMACKDOWN General Manager?

Foley and Lawler are looking amazed at what they have just heard and shake their heads in sheer disbelief ... A pause is followed by the camera focusing on the stage as the music of Matt Hardy hits ...

*** LIVE FOR THE MOMENT ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is set for one fall. Introducing first, from Cameron, North Carolina ... weighing 235 pounds ... MATT HARDY!

Out onto the stage is Matt Hardy looking pumped up and ready for his chance to shine tonight ... He strikes a Hardy pose and then runs towards the ring as the crowd cheer for him ...

MICK FOLEY: This should be a very interesting match, both of these guys have been around here for a long time but only one of them is going to get a chance to win the World Championship in the near future. Which one of them will it be?

JERRY LAWLER: I can’t believe that both of these men have never been the WWE or World Champion!

JIM ROSS: For one of them, the dream lives on tonight. For the other, the dream dies ... or it will seem a lot further away anyway!

Hardy is stood on the ropes in the corner soaking in the cheers of the fans as the music changes ...

*** JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: His opponent, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, weighing 227 pounds ... CHRISTIAN!

Christian heads out looking around the arena for his ‘Peeps’ and gets a strong reaction as he heads for the ring for this big match. Christian walks determinedly towards the ring and then salutes the crowd once he gets there before both men prepare for the match ...

MICK FOLEY: The rivalry between these two has been mostly friendly but there have been signs that their friendship has become strained in recent weeks. It is a huge match for both guys, maybe the biggest matches of their careers?

JIM ROSS: Other than the Survivor Series Triple Threat Ladder Match last month, this is the biggest match of both men’s career, definitely the biggest of their singles career. Both of these men have had to stand by and watch their former partners parade WWE or World Championship gold and both are now desperate that it should be their turn!

JERRY LAWLER: It doesn’t always work like that though, fairytales don’t come true that often! Especially with Michael Cole around!

MICK FOLEY: No doubt, King, both of these guys have an awful long way to go if they are going to realise their dream of holding the World Championship!

CHRISTIAN vs. MATT HARDY

With a great deal on the line for both of these WWE veterans, they understandably circle each other tentatively when the referee signals for the bell to start the match. Hardy and Christian – two men with a great deal of respect for each other still – lock up in the centre of the ring and they grapple with neither man able to take control of the match. In the end, the pair of them break apart and circle round once more. A second lock up follows and the pair of them grapple once more – no change though and neither man gets on top as they struggle for supremacy again before breaking. Christian and Hardy circle each other once more and look determined to grapple this one out again and they lock up a third time. Another long struggle between the pair ensues but this time, Christian manages to lock Hardy’s right arm and manages to get over his opponent. Hardy tries to respond by popping Christian into the ropes but this is reversed and Christian hits an arm drag to Hardy as he comes off the ropes. The Christian fans in the arena cheer as he looks round waiting for Hardy to get up before he drop kicks his opponent in the lower back to send him head first into the turnbuckle in the corner. Christian, sensing an opportunity, goes for a quick early cover over Hardy ...

* 1 *
* Hardy kicks out at 1! *


The pair of them lock up again with Christian having the upper hand now but Hardy manages to counter this and he gets in a quick kick to the gut of Christian. A scoop slam from Hardy crashes Christian down on the mat and he now goes for a cover as well ...

* 1 *
* Christian with the kick out! *


The pair of them get back to their feet and they look into each other’s eyes in the centre of the ring as the crowd seem pretty split as they look around the ring. A ‘Hardy!’ chant begins but it is quickly followed by a ‘Christian!’ chant and the pair of them look back to each other before a little bit of talking begins between them as the tension builds up just a little bit. Both men point to each other and claim that they deserve the chance to win the World Heavyweight Championship before they lock up once again with a little more intensity now. Skilled mat wrestling ensues as both men try to lock their opponent up but the other escapes with a counter ... Both men end up down on the mat in the centre of the ring as they grapple and the pair of them roll under the rope to the outside of the ring. As they land, the break apart and a little slugfest begins between them as they start to trade punches as the match breaks down a little. Christian takes control when he catches Matt Hardy off guard with a clothesline that sends him down on his back on the floor, Hardy clutching the back of his head as it smacks off the mat. Christian – on the orders of the referee – rolls back into the ring and allows the referee to begin a count-out but it is quickly clear that Hardy will definitely not be counted out. Instead, the Canadian uses the ropes to leap over towards Hardy and hits a plancha to Hardy that takes him down once more, this time hitting his back on the barricades. Christian gets to his feet with a determined look on his face as if he did that reluctantly because he simply has to win the match. Christian drags Hardy up to his feet and rolls him back into the ring under the bottom rope before sliding in himself and hooking the leg ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out from Hardy! *


As Hardy gets to his feet, looking to fight his way back into the contest, he swings wild at Christian who ducks once again and responds with an inverted DDT to take Hardy down once again with a crash on the mat. With Hardy down, Christian climbs the ropes in the corner quickly and balances on the top buckle ready to strike again. Christian jumps off the top rope looking for a missile drop kick but he does not connect and Hardy avoids the contact as Christian hits the mat hard. Hardy positions himself behind Christian and hooks his arms around his opponent’s stomach and lifts him up for a backdrop suplex ... Christian’s shoulders crash down on the mat before Hardy rolls over and up to a vertical position again ready to strike ... Neckbreaker to Christian, here is a cover now from Matt Hardy ...

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* 2 *
* Kick out from Christian! *


Not resting on his laurels, Hardy drags Christian back to his feet and whips him hard into the corner of the ring where Christian crashes into the buckles again. Hardy rushes over for the clothesline but Christian avoids it and hits a pendulum kick to Hardy’s head as a counter attack. With Hardy stunned, Christian jumps to the middle rope and springboards up and over Hardy to go for a sunset flip ... Hardy’s shoulders down on the mat ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out from Hardy! *


Both men clamber to their feet quickly and wheel round to face each other before they swing, hit the ropes before both men crash into each other with a clothesline that floors both men ... Both men are down and the referee begins a count on the pair ...

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* Both men are getting back to their feet in time ... *


???: Can I have your attention please? Again?

Boos erupt around the arena as Michael Cole – just announced as the new General Manager of SMACKDOWN – re-enters the arena holding a microphone. He is arrogantly smirking as he walks down the ramp towards the ring before stopping halfway down and fixing his eyes on the SMACKDOWN stars in the ring ... Hardy and Christian do not look impressed to see Cole and they both stare out towards the new General Manager ...

MICHAEL COLE: Now, I’ve been backstage watching this match on the monitors in my new role as SMACKDOWN General Manager. Before Matt Hardy and Christian came out here, I demanded that they both come out here and show me that they deserve an opportunity ...

Cole’s face turns sour as he addresses the two men in the ring ...

MICHAEL COLE: Quite frankly, I have seen nothing yet that tells me that either man deserves a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship!

Boos echo around the arena again as Hardy and Christian look over at Michael Cole with a look of incredulity on their faces. Both men argue back with Cole but he appears to be firm in his beliefs ...

MICHAEL COLE: Why am I out here, then, I hear you ask. I am out here to demand an improvement ... Matt Hardy ... Christian ... I am the new SMACKDOWN General Manager, if you want a World Championship chance, I demand you show me better. Thank you everybody!

Cole waves to the crowd who boo him louder and louder as he backs away up the ramp. Still looking annoyed with Michael Cole’s comments, Hardy and Christian slowly turn to face each other again and they have a quiet conversation – obviously about Cole’s comments. With the SMACKDOWN General Manager now backstage again, the pair of them lock up once again. Hardy manages to force Christian back into the corner before he turns and whips him over the ring into the opposite corner. Hardy rushes over and hits a clothesline to Christian in the corner before holding on and delivering his patented bulldog to take him down face first into the mat. Hardy stands over Christian and drops an elbow to the chest before surveying the situation and heading for the corner of the ring. Slowly, Hardy climbs to the top rope and faces Christian, looking round and shouting the Hardy ‘Ohhhhh!’ shout as he raises his fingers up ... The crowd cheer him as he leaps off the ropes and hits a perfect Hardy leg drop that keeps Christian down on the mat before he covers him ...

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* 2 *
* Christian kicks out at 2! *


Not put off at all, Hardy drags Christian to his feet and sets up for the Side Effect ... Half the crowd are cheering Hardy on, half of them are cheering for Christian to fight out of the move, Christian manages to counter out of the Side Effect and whips Hardy into the ropes ... Flapjack! Cheers now from the Christian fans as he climbs the corner of the ring ... Diving Headbutt from Christian! Hardy is down and out on the mat as Christian goes for the cover ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Hardy kicks out! *


A loud ‘Ooh!’ goes up as Hardy kicks out and the crowd are still split in their support for these two men. Hardy gets to his knees and crawls to the ropes where he props himself up on the middle rope ... Christian stands on the back of Hardy and chokes his opponent over the rope – for the first time, one of the men shows how desperate he is to win the match with a less than friendly move. Letting Hardy off the ropes at the orders of the referee, Christian then springboards off the middle rope and hits a shoulder block to Hardy to knock him down to the mat once again. Christian senses an opportunity as he looks to hit his own finishing manoeuvre now and goes for the Killswitch! Hardy counters this time as he escapes and catches Christian coming in ... Side Effect from Matt Hardy! Christian lands heavily on his back as the Hardy fans cheer with delight ... Hardy is a little stunned though, he crawls over and hooks the leg of Christian for the pinfall ...

* 1 *
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* Christian kicks out at the last second! *


Hardy clutches his head with the first sign of frustration and he looks down on Christian determined to find a way to defeat his opponent and earn the shot at the World Heavyweight Championship in the future ... Hardy gets slowly up and drags Christian up with him, setting up for the Twist of Fate ... There are loud cheers as Hardy looks set to seal his victory ... However, this time, Christian manages to push Hardy away to escape. Christian is struggling and he takes the option of exiting the ring to get his head back in gear instead. Hardy looks annoyed about Christian taking the escape route and he follows after Christian who walks away exhausted. Hardy rushes after him and hits a clothesline as Christian turns around that sends Christian down outside the ring. The referee begins counting both men out as they are down on the outside with Hardy heading back in slowly ...

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* Hardy rolls into the ring looking confident at 5! *

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* Christian is back in at 8! *


Hardy once again goes for the Twist of Fate as his opponent re-enters the ring and he has it almost locked in place when Christian escapes ... Dropkick from Christian! Christian has a look of desperation in his eyes now and he quickly goes for the pinfall on Hardy ...

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* 2 *
* Hardy with the kick out! *


Christian scurries over to the corner and he climbs to the top rope quickly and waits for Hardy to get up ... Diving Crossbody from Christian! Hardy is splatted down on the mat hard by Christian who hooks the leg ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Hardy with the kick out again! *


Christian now looks frustrated as he stares down at Matt Hardy on the mat and he cries out with an exhasperated yell ... Christian gets to his feet and starts to drag Hardy up onto his knees but Hardy surprises him with a quick roll up now that Christian cannot stop as he is rolled up on the mat ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Kick out from Christian! *


Christian gets to his feet and swings at Hardy who ducks it and counters with a clothesline ... Christian hits the mat hard but springs back to his feet – straight into another clothesline from Hardy ... and then another one! Christian stays down after the third clothesline and Hardy heads over towards the corner and climbs to the top rope. As Hardy prepares to leap off after Christian again, the Canadian recovers all of a sudden and he pushes Hardy’s feet away causing him to slip down over the top rope causing men around the arena to wince in sympathy. Christian replaces Hardy on the top rope and clutches him by the head as he slowly climbs off the rope that he was straddled over. Christian waits for his moment before leaping off and hitting a top rope DDT that drives Hardy’s head down onto the mat ...

* 1 *
* 2 *
* Hardy kicks out at the last second! *


A loud ‘Hardy!’ chant echoes around the arena as his fans desperately try to help him recover but Christian has taken control here. Christian is stood back and now waiting for his chance to hit the Killswitch ... The excitement is building now and Hardy is back on his feet ... Christian goes for the Killswitch but Hardy counters again and grabs Christian by the head and sets up the Twist of Fate! Can Hardy hit his finisher? No, Christian counters the Twist of Fate this time ... once more, here goes Christian! KILLSWITCH! Finally, Christian hits the Killswitch, is this match now over? Christian falls on top of Hardy for the cover ...

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WINNER: Christian (15:47)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... CHRISTIAN!

Hardy almost kicked out but just didn’t manage it in time and he has lost his chance for a World Heavyweight Championship match – a chance he was desperate for when he returned to the WWE a couple of months ago. Christian rolls away from Hardy as his music blasts out and the referee holds up his hand as he is sat on the mat recovering from a hard fought contest. Hardy also sits up looking distraught and he shakes his head in disappointment ...

JIM ROSS: Both of these men left it all in the ring as they attempted to earn the right to challenge for the World Championship but it is Christian who will get that opportunity in the future!

MICK FOLEY: I feel for Matt Hardy so much right now, JR, Matt Hardy is a fantastic competitor but he just can’t take that last step to true superstardom here in the WWE! He gets within touching distance again and can’t quite make it!

JERRY LAWLER: That’s an accusation that has often been laid at Christian as well though, Mick. Can he go on and become the World Champion for the first time in his storied career?

JIM ROSS: That remains to be seen, King, but look at this act of class from Matt Hardy ...

The cameras show Matt Hardy offering to shake the hand of Christian despite the defeat and despite the intense disappointment in his eyes, he congratulates Christian on the victory and holds his hand up in the air. Applause echoes around the arena and the two men embrace in a hug before Hardy exits the ring shaking his head a little ...

JIM ROSS: And Mick, you’ve got to wonder here, what does the future hold for Matt Hardy? He said he came back to the WWE a couple of months ago to achieve his lifelong dream and become a champion.

MICK FOLEY: I hope that Matt goes on to the Royal Rumble, JR, I hope he gives it another shot and earns himself a shot at the title at WrestleMania because there is no doubt that he – and Christian – deserve that.

Hardy slowly makes his way up the ramp and away as Christian continues to salute the WWE Universe as he celebrates the victory tonight ... The cameras switch to Josh Mathews who is stood in the Vengeance interview pit waiting to speak to the WWE Universe ...

JOSH MATHEWS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time ... the WWE Champion ... WADE BARRETT!

Barrett comes into shot as the camera zooms out a little and he is stood proudly wearing his black and yellow Nexus t-shirt as well as the WWE Championship belt around his waist ... For a change, Barrett is alone without his Nexus backup stood with him ...

JOSH MATHEWS: Wade, earlier tonight we heard from Kurt Angle who promised to make you tap out tonight and restore the prestige of the WWE Championship. Your thoughts on Mr. Angle’s comments?

Barrett looks at Josh in disgust before snatching the microphone away from him. He shoves the interviewer out of the way and faces up to the camera which zooms in on the Englishman’s face as he speaks ...

WADE BARRETT: Kurt Angle ... The American Hero, the Olympic Hero ... How dare you speak of Wade Barrett the way you did earlier tonight? You say that the WWE Championship means nothing right now because I didn’t pin Randy Orton at Survivor Series? You say that because I am followed by the rest of the Nexus, that I am not worthy of being the WWE Champion? Kurt Angle, let me remind you of a few things. First of all, at Survivor Series I may not have pinned Randy Orton for the WWE Championship but the following night on RAW? I pinned Randy Orton down to the mat ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! I am the leader of the most dominant, the most feared, the most successful group ever to set foot in the WWE ... The Nexus are revolutionising this business, we are taking over. And you don’t think that this makes me a worthy champion?

Heat is heard outside as Barrett smirks before continuing ...

WADE BARRETT: Let me remind you, Angle, that those men follow my lead because I won the first season of NXT. That was no fluke, Mr. ‘Olympic Hero’, I won that competition because I fought tooth and nail to do so. I earned the respect of those men, so much so that they followed me into the WWE as part of the Nexus. Those men will do whatever I need them to do, they will do whatever it takes to ensure that the Nexus retains the WWE Championship. Let me also remind you of something else. You walk around showing off that you’re the only WWE superstar ever to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Whilst that is an impressive accomplishment, let me remind you of where you won it. Atlanta, Georgia, 1996 ... You had the home crowd advantage, the home officials ... When I won this ...

Barrett holds the WWE Championship up in front of the camera ...

WADE BARRETT: I won this title thousands and thousands of miles away from my home. I overcame the prejudices of this nation towards people from England like me, I fought and clawed and scratched my way to the top of the WWE with no help from anybody. And now I am the WWE Champion and, Kurt, let me guarantee you one thing. You may think that I am not a worthy champion but I do not care what you or anybody else thinks ... I am going to retain this title tonight, I am going to show you that you are past-it, a has-been, I am going to show you that you should never have returned here to the WWE and that ... is ... a ... fact!

Barrett throws the microphone back at Josh Mathews with an intense look on his face, he is desperate to retain his title tonight. However, as Barrett turns to leave, he comes face to face with Triple H, the man who will challenge the WWE Champion – whoever he is – at the Royal Rumble next month. Barrett stares into the eyes of Triple H who stares right back ... An intense moment as the tension builds ... slowly, the rest of the Nexus come into view and they stand behind Wade Barrett as he stares at his potential future challenger ... Triple H smirks before turning and walking away as the camera stays focused on Barrett ...

When the cameras switch, they switch to the Divas Locker Room where there are several of the WWE Divas dressed in sexy Santa outfits with Christmas just around the corner. Kelly Kelly, both Bella Twins, Eve Torres and the Divas Champion Layla are at the forefront of the screen and they are ripping open a large Christmas present together.


LAYLA: This present is huge, I wonder what it is!

KELLY KELLY: Well, it is addressed to the Divas Champion, Layla! Open it and find out!

LAYLA: Oooh, this is so exciting!

Layla rips the wrapping paper away to reveal a large cardboard box with some writing on top of it ... The camera zooms in on the writing and it says ... FOR THE WWE DIVAS – SOMETHING FOR THE FUTURE! Layla and the other Divas look at each other quizzically before Layla slowly opens the box which appears to be empty. However, Layla looks shocked as she can clearly see something that the camera cannot ... She reaches in and lifts out ... a cute teddy bear ripped in half ... It’s head is in one of Layla’s hands, the rest of its body is in the other hand ... The Divas look puzzled but worried ...

???: Merry Christmas ladies!

The Divas turn round to see Michelle McCool walking in to the room with a grin on her face. She smiles a fake smile and then points to the open box on the floor. She laughs a little before speaking again ...

MICHELLE McCOOL: I see that you got my gift? I hope you like it?

Layla stands up and places her Divas Championship over her shoulder which causes Michelle’s smirk to falter a little as she eyes the title she failed to take from Layla at Survivor Series ...

LAYLA: ’Chelle, I don’t know what the meaning of this is but if you are trying to scare us, it isn’t going to work. Remember, I have beaten you two times in a row to keep hold of this ...

Layla points to the Divas Championship ...

LAYLA: ... I have your number, ‘Chelle. You’re back on RAW tomorrow night – where I forced you to go, if you remember? However, nobody is scared of you. And you are at the back of the queue for a future Divas Championship match!

The other Divas nod their heads as Michelle McCool considers Layla’s firey words ...

MICHELLE McCOOL: Layls, don’t worry your pretty little head. Now I realise that you’re no longer ... ‘flawless’ ... but you don’t need to concern yourself with me ... yet. I am back on RAW tomorrow night and I intend to earn myself a title match as soon as I possibly can. It’s the RAW Divas that need to worry though. I’m sick of being disrespected around here – did you see what that little tramp, Trish Stratus, said to me on RAW? I am not going to stand for it no more so I will be bringing myself some backup tomorrow night ...

The other Divas look worried again ...

MICHELLE McCOOL: Trust me, none of you will dare to disrespect me ever again. I’ll see you all tomorrow ... Oh, I nearly forgot ... Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

Michelle turns away and leaves the room leaving the Divas to look at each other confused and concerned ... The camera returns to the ring just in time for ...

*** METALINGUS ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen ... Please welcome back to the WWE ... The ‘Rated R Superstar’ ... EDGE!

There are quite a few cheers for the return of Edge who has been away suspended for the past four weeks and it appears that some of the WWE Universe have missed his antics in that time as they applaud his return ... Edge walks out in his custom-made t-shirt and wrestling tights and he holds his hands high as the fireworks explode behind him before he slides into the ring and looks around clearly happy to be back ... Edge climbs the ropes and he has a few words for the ringside spectators before he takes a microphone and the lights come up once more ... There is an audible ‘Edge! Edge!’ chant although it is not too loud as most people remember Edge’s actions prior to his suspension when he turned on Team RAW at Survivor Series which prompted Shawn Michaels, the General Manager, to suspend him.

EDGE: Well ... I guess that I’m back!

A mixture of cheers and boos for the Rated R Superstar ...

EDGE: Four weeks ago, I finally got my revenge on RAW General Manager Shawn Michaels by costing him the RAW vs. SMACKDOWN match and – as it turned out – the services of John Cena!

Boos and heat for Edge now ...

EDGE: After the way in which I was treated by Shawn when he was the ‘anonymous’ RAW General Manager, I couldn’t believe my luck when he was ... well, when he was STUPID enough to name me the captain of Team RAW for Survivor Series. I had no intention of creating a winning team, I had no intention of winning the match. Getting rid of John Cena means that I move up one more step into contention for what is rightfully mine ... the WWE Championship!

Boos again and Edge is forced to stop and look around the arena annoyed ...

EDGE: What you people need to remember is that I am the ‘Ultimate Opportunist’ ... I don’t care what people think of me, I do what I want, when I want ... Hell, I even had a live sex celebration in the middle of this ring once!

Some male cheers are heard as they conjure up images of a certain former WWE Diva ...

EDGE: I am called the ‘Ultimate Opportunist’ because I take every chance I can to further my own career. I don’t care about anybody else. When Shawn made me the RAW captain, I saw a chance to get revenge on him as well as moving myself further into contention for a WWE Championship shot ... I did what I did, I would do it again, I will do whatever it takes to be on top in this company.

Edge looks around proud of himself ...

EDGE: So, in four weeks time, I will be entering the Royal Rumble ... I will win the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row, I will head for WrestleMania where I will become the WWE Champion for the tenth time in my career and there is nothing that anybody, especially not Shawn Michaels, can do about it ...

*** SEXY BOY ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen ... The General Manager of Monday Night RAW ... SHAWN MICHAELS!

The crowd go wild as HBK heads out onto the stage carrying a microphone. Smirking, he heads for the ring where Edge is beckoning him to enter, he clearly has things to say to the ‘Rated R Superstar’ ... HBK climbs through the ropes and his music is faded out ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: Well, well, well, look what we have here, the ‘Rated R Superstar’ is back in the WWE!

Edge nods his head at HBK as the crowd boo and jeer ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: I listened to what you had to say, Edge, quite frankly it made me feel a little sick. You didn’t just get me back when you turned on Team RAW at Survivor Series, you turned on your team-mates, you turned on everybody in the RAW locker room and you turned on all the fans who support Team RAW each and every week ... Your comments just then were nothing other than a complete and utter disgrace.

Cheers for the RAW General Manager ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: Now, if it were up to me, I would superkick you right here and right now but the WWE Board of Directors called me earlier and have warned me against doing that after my recent actions against Sheamus ...

More cheers for the popular WWE legend ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: So, I will control myself, Edge. But let me warn you right now, I don’t care what you think you are going to do at the Royal Rumble, I am out here to tell you that you will never challenge for the WWE Championship whilst I am in charge of RAW, I will do everything in my power to make sure of that!

Edge looks furious and he yells out in frustration at HBK who stands there and nods his head ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: The way I see it, Edge ... you need to be taught a lesson, you need to learn that your actions at Survivor Series were an embarrassment to yourself and the whole of the RAW roster, you need to learn that the hard way. And I have the power to make sure that happens ...

EDGE: You are forgetting the Royal Rumble, Shawn, if I win that, I get a shot at the title whether you like it or ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: Shut up! Switch his microphone off now!

EDGE: Listen to me, Shawn, you don’t ...

The crowd pop as Edge’s microphone is switched off and Edge is muted. He taps the microphone before demanding that HBK gets the microphone switched back on ... However, the General Manager refuses ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: You see, Edge? I have the power. You will do what I tell you to do or else you will leave the WWE! And trust me, I will not be allowing you to win a WWE Championship any time soon!

Edge is furious and he begins tearing at his hair ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: If I were you, I’d calm yourself down. You see, I have the power, Edge, I have the power to do what I feel is needed. And right now, I think, seeing as you are here in the ring, I think you should have a match! What do you think Fort Lauderdale?

The WWE Universe show their agreement with HBK and he nods his head back to them ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: Just as I thought. So, Edge, wait right there, your opponent is coming. You see, when you cost me John Cena, I had a little bit of flexibility in the money I had to spend on RAW. I brought in Kurt Angle and I also brought in one more guy ... He is desperate to compete tonight so he can face you one on one ... right now!

The RAW General Manager smiles at Edge and then leaves the ring where he backs up the ramp as the crowd wait expectantly ... HBK signals for Edge’s opponent to head out ...



*** ONE OF A KIND ***


The crowd go wild as the popular Rob Van Dam – RVD for short – heads out onto stage with a grin on his face. He slaps hands with the RAW General Manager as he heads past him before stopping on the ramp and lifting his arms up to point to himself with his thumbs. The crowd are loving it as RVD acknowledges them with his R-V-D salute although Edge doesn’t look impressed in the ring. RVD races to the ring and salutes the crowd again ...

JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is set for one fall. From Battle Creek, Michigan, weighing 237 pounds and making his return to the WWE ... ROB VAN DAM!

RVD milks his introduction as he thrusts his thumbs up and down again and thousands of people in the audience copy his actions. RVD looks over at Edge who looks amazed to see the former WWE superstar back in the ring and ready to face him tonight ... The referee signals for the bell as Edge throws his t-shirt out of the ring in anger ...

EDGE vs. ROB VAN DAM

An infuriated Edge goes rushing after RVD and attempts to hit him with a vicious clothesline but the former ECW veteran has time to react. He ducks out of the way and responds with a combination of kicks that the WWE Universe cheer louder and louder as he reduces Edge to his knees. A final kick sends Edge scuttling over to the corner where he drags himself up only for RVD to jump up and place both feet on his stomach before rolling back and hitting a perfect Monkey Flip that sends Edge back across the ring. As Edge gets up, RVD hits a scoop slam to Edge before dropping to his knees and hooking the leg of Edge for the first pinfall ...

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* 2 *
* Edge kicks out at 2! *


Edge angrily slams his fist down on the mat before rolling out of the way of RVD and under the bottom rope to safety. He stands looking up at his adversary with an evil glint in his eyes. Wandering around the outside, RVD and the referee challenge Edge to return to the ring but he is ignoring the demands. Instead, Edge throws the timekeeper down and grabs a steel chair that he brings back to the ring. Rolling under the rope, Edge stands up with the chair clutched in his hands. The referee orders Edge to get rid of the chair and threatens a disqualification but Edge simply laughs at him. It is clear that a DQ doesn’t worry Edge tonight and he shoves past the referee towards RVD. Edge swings wildly at RVD who ducks once more but this time Edge is too quick and swings quickly a second time this time smashing RVD in the lower back with the chair. The referee immediately signals for a disqualification whilst Edge smashes RVD twice more in the back leaving the returning WWE superstar face down on the mat ...

WINNER: RVD (DQ - 1:53)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner via a disqualification ... ROB VAN DAM!

Edge is stood over RVD holding the chair and staring down at the ‘winner’ of the match. He smirks and looks as if he is going to continue the beating of RVD despite the referee trying to take the chair away from Edge ... Edge roughly shoves the referee over and stalks after RVD who is dragging himself to the corner. Edge lifts the chair to smash RVD once more but this time he doesn’t connect ... RVD ducks the chair shot and counters with a perfect kick to the chair that smashes Edge in the face!

MICK FOLEY: What an amazing Van Daminator that was, JR!

JIM ROSS: RVD certainly showed Edge who was the master of the chairs there!

RVD is now stood over Edge holding his back where Edge smashed him three times with a look of fury on his face. He is having a real go at Edge and he falls to his knees to continue shouting at him. In the end, RVD stands back up and does his trademark ‘R-V’D’ salute before turning to leave the ring when the camera switches to show HBK heading out again ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: Hold it, Rob, hold it. Seeing as Edge wants to bring chairs into this match so badly, how about we restart the match? What do you reckon, Rob?

Van Dam nods his head in approval to HBK ...

SHAWN MICHAELS: In that case, referee, ring the bell and restart this match. And it will now be ... a Chairs Match!

The crowd cheer as RVD turns back to face Edge with a smile on his face. Edge looks shocked as the referee confirms what HBK has just demanded and then signals for the bell to be rung to start the match again ...

CHAIRS MATCH: EDGE vs. ROB VAN DAM

This time, the match starts with RVD on the offensive as he goes after a dazed Edge and uses his educated feet to kick Edge in the ribs, waist, back and finally to the side of the head. With Edge down for a second, RVD next springboards off the middle ropes before hitting a side kick to Edge as he gets to his feet that sends him crashing back down. With Edge down on the mat, a standing moonsault follows from RVD before he goes for a cover ...

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* 2 *
* Edge kicks out! *


Unperturbed, RVD drags Edge up with a headlock before hitting a Northern Lights Suplex and holding on for another pinfall attempt ...

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* 2 *
* Again, Edge kicks out at 2! *


RVD looks around at the WWE Universe who are completely behind him and then down at Edge who is laid on his back trying to recover. RVD hits the opposite rope before going for Rolling Thunder ... He somersaults and rolls his way over to Edge before looking to crash his weight down onto Edge’s chest ... However, the Rated ‘R’ Superstar manages to get his knees tucked up so RVD’s back connects with the stiff knees of Edge. Wincing in pain, RVD staggers away as Edge jumps to his feet and then connects with a Big Boot to the side of RVD’s face that crashes him down to the mat hard. Edge stands at the ropes gathering himself, waiting for RVD to get back up ... As RVD groggily makes his way to his feet, Edge uses the ropes for take off and runs over towards RVD before planting a perfect spinning wheel kick on his opponent and then making the cover for a pin ...

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* 2 *
* RVD kicks out! *


Edge drags RVD to his feet and shoots him off into the ropes before turning to await his return ... Edge lifts RVD up high and then falls back crashing his opponent down face first onto the mat with a huge flapjack! Edge stands over the fallen RVD and surveys the WWE Universe at ringside and the familiar cocky smirk returns as the WWE fans give Edge grief. Edge isn’t fazed at all and he drags RVD up again and shoots him into the ropes again ... Flapjack for a second time! This time though, the crowd wince as RVD lands throat first over the top rope and chokes himself, deliberately done by the Ultimate Opportunist of course. Edge could go for the pinfall here, it seems, but he ignores the chance and drops down to the mat to roll outside the ring. He heads for the timekeeper area again and grabs two steel chairs this time with a knowing glint in his eye as he looks at the gasping mess that is RVD in the ring.

Edge returns to the ring with the chairs and he stands over a prone RVD as he tries to use Edge to get back to his feet. Edge drops the chairs for a minute as RVD gets up to his knees and he then grabs RVD by the face and talks down to him. RVD cannot fight back right now and Edge shoves him back down to the mat the rough way. A stomp to the face leaves RVD struggling face down and now we find out what Edge’s plan is. He lifts RVD’s head and places a chair underneath as he sets up for what is clearly going to be a One Man Con-Chair-To! The crowd stand in anticipation despite the fact that they do not want RVD to suffer this fate. Edge lifts the other chair up high ready to smash RVD in the head whilst he is down on the mat. The referee is protesting but Edge swings the chair down hard ... CRASH! Amazingly, RVD rolls away just in time and the two chairs smash together causing Edge some pain in his arms as he drops the chair. With Edge distracted for a second, RVD manages to escape and he hits the ropes before returning to Edge with a quick gut kick followed by a beautiful Windmill Kick that takes Edge down to the mat. Angry now, RVD jumps to his feet and grabs a chair before crashing it down onto the lower back of Edge who writhes in pain as the WWE Universe cheer and salute RVD who looks impressed with himself. Holding the chair up, RVD points to himself and the crowd chant along ... “R – V – D!” they chant and RVD follows this with a second shot to the lower back of Edge with the chair. A cartwheel splash follows as RVD looks to put Edge away, into the cover, hooks the leg ...

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* 2 *
* Edge kicks out just in time! *


RVD jumps up quickly though and hits the ropes before going for Rolling Thunder a second time. This time, he somersaults up and over and crashes his body down on top of Edge’s chest to squash him down on the mat. The WWE Universe cheer as RVD hooks the leg again ...

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* 2 *
* Kick out from Edge! *


Edge is showing some guts now and RVD looks a little frustrated that he hasn’t managed to put Edge away. He looks to the corner of the ring and the top rope and the WWE Universe pop for the idea of RVD ... He rushes over to the corner and jumps up onto the top ropes ready to go for his finisher move ... However, Edge is back on his feet and RVD has to change his plans. Instead, he goes for a diving side kick which connects perfectly with Edge’s face and sends him spinning into the ropes and out of the ring. RVD looks round at the WWE Universe who begin chanting his name over and over whilst he follows Edge out of the ring. However, Edge is nothing but resourceful and he has grabbed the chair from the outside of the ring – the one he used in the ‘first’ match to get disqualified – and he jams it into the ribs and stomach of RVD to take control of the contest once more. Edge now uses the chair to jam the top into the knee of RVD who cries out in pain ...


JERRY LAWLER: You might not like the actions of Edge but that is a clever move. RVD’s moveset mainly consists of using his legs!

MICK FOLEY: A wagon without a wheel cannot travel too far, King!

Edge slams the chair down hard into the lower back of RVD once again before tossing the chair away and going for a pinfall. However, the referee does not count a pin and he tells Edge that the match is not ‘Falls Count Anywhere’ tonight. Edge looks unimpressed and he decides to wrench at the knees of RVD further by locking in the Edgecator. At first, it appears he is locking in the Sharpshooter but it ends up as a half Sharpshooter, half ‘Walls of Jericho’ move that leaves RVD yelling in agony. Edge doesn’t seem interested in getting RVD to tap out here – after all, it isn’t ‘Falls Count Anywhere’ as he has just been informed – but it appears he is trying to hurt RVD instead. RVD writhes in pain but cannot escape and he is left with no option but to tap out to try and force Edge to release the hold. The referee pleads with Edge to release the hold but Edge continues to hold RVD down, wrenching further at his knees, doing more and more damage. Finally, Edge releases RVD who is clutching at his injured right knee now. Edge smirks a confident smile now and he drags RVD up to his feet – RVD is limping and keeps falling down, Edge is openly laughing at RVD now. He drags him over to the announce table and smashes him head first onto the table before lifting him up onto his shoulders ... Electric Chair Drop! However, Edge drops RVD down onto the announce table face first and RVD lands uncomfortably hard on his stomach.

The crowd are giving intense heat to Edge now but he appears to be loving this fact as he stands over RVD who is in a crumpled heap on the floor. Dragging RVD up again, Edge rolls his opponent back into the ring and it appears to be a matter of time before he delivers the coup de grace and finishes the match. Following, Edge retreats to the corner and begins to prepare for the Spear as he beckons to RVD to get up ... RVD slowly drags himself up with the ropes as Edge continues to watch and wait ... RVD finally gets up and Edge rushes over the ring ... RVD escapes at the last second and Edge rams himself shoulder first into the corner ring post instead! Edge is struggling in the corner and this gives RVD time to recover from the beating he has received in the last few minutes. RVD limps over to the other side of the ring and grabs a steel chair which he is planning to use for sure. He runs around in a loop and he hits the Van Daminator to Edge as he dropkicks the chair hard into Edge’s face! RVD feels the pain of that move though and he grabs hold of his injured knee as he lands on the mat. Slowly, RVD drags himself over to Edge and makes the cover ...

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* 2 *
* Edge reaches out and grabs the bottom rope! *


RVD tucks in Edge’s arm and hooks the leg this time as he makes another quick cover ...

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* 2 *
* Edge kicks out at the last second! *


RVD looks amazed but he tries to shake his leg loose as he waits for Edge to get back up. Edge is in another world though right now and RVD is forced to drag him up instead ... He hooks both arms as he sets up his next move ... a double underhook facebuster which he delivers and crashes Edge down face first into the mat. Has he done enough this time? Mysteriously, RVD does not go for the cover, instead he heads for the corner and jumps into the top rope ... Wobbling a little on his injured knee, RVD has one thing in mind as he straightens up ... He leaps off the top rope with the cheers of the crowd ringing in his ears as he goes for the Five Star Frog Splash ... Edge moves away! RVD lands hard on the mat and clutches at his knee once again as Edge recovers in the corner ... Up gets RVD, limping once more, turns towards Edge ... SPEAR! Edge finally hits a spear to RVD, Edge with the cover ...

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* 2 *
* 3 *


But wait a minute!

RVD had his foot on the bottom rope! The crowd go crazy as the referee wipes off his three count and explains to Edge that he has not won the match. Edge is furious now and he stalks the referee to demand that he rings the bell but the ref refuses. Edge screams out in anger but realises that RVD is heading towards him once more ... Edge ducks the clothesline from RVD and counters with an Edgecution DDT instead that slams RVD down on his back. Edge retreats to the corner once more, muttering at the referee as he does, ready to go for the final, match-ending spear! Edge rips at his hair and shouts at RVD to get up ... RVD staggers to his feet and Edge rushes towards him ... and misses! RVD avoids the spear and grabs a chair instead, Edge is jammed in the stomach with the chair! Limping still, RVD raises the chair once more and slams it down onto the back of Edge to send him down to the mat. RVD places the chair on the chest of Edge and it becomes clear what the plan is ... RVD limps to the corner, jumps up onto the top rope ... FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH! RVD connects with the steel chair and Edge and grasps his stomach in pain – however, the pain is a small price to pay as he rolls back to Edge and covers him for the pinfall ...

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WINNER: RVD (14:18)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... ROB VAN DAM!

Edge is down on the mat clutching his stomach in pain after the Five-Star Frog Splash that RVD hit to seal the victory as Van Dam stands up on the middle ropes celebrating his victory on his return to the WWE! Edge looks majorly annoyed with the night’s events and he rolls out of the ring and staggers up the ramp towards the stage muttering mutinously as he goes. RVD is shown in the ring watching Edge leave and he points after the ‘Rated R Superstar’ with an amused smirk on his face ...

JIM ROSS: What a match!

JERRY LAWLER: An amazing effort from both men but I am so pleased for R – V – D! A win on his WWE return!

JIM ROSS: What an effort, Mick!

MICK FOLEY: Both men can be proud of their efforts tonight, RVD is back in the WWE, Edge is back from suspension, what a great future we have here!

JIM ROSS: And as we enter 2011, folks, look at what is on the horizon ...


********** COMING SOON! **********


RAW returns with live footage from backstage where John Morrison is performing his warm up routines in various places around the backstage parking lot. He rolls around cars and leaps from crates to bonnets before the cameras switch to the interview pit where The Miz is stood waiting with a look of annoyance on his face ...

THE MIZ: Really?

The crowd respond to Miz negatively as he laughs in amazement ...

THE MIZ: Really? You people want to watch John Morrison, the lesser half of the former WWE Tag Team Champions, warming up and preparing for a defeat to the future WWE Champion?

Boos for the comments of Miz ...

THE MIZ: You people would rather see John Morrison stumble around a parking lot than listen to the expert views of the most must-see WWE superstar of all time?

More boos for the cocky comments ...

THE MIZ: You people astound me! Tonight, once and for all, I prove that John Morrison is a worthless sidenote in the history of the WWE. A talent-less ‘never was’ former partner of mine, a man who was lucky to ride alongside me as I entertained millions of people and led him to Tag Team Championships that he barely deserved. Tonight, I show why I am the man who won this ‘Money in the Bank’ contract, I show each and every one of you people here in Fort Lauderdale why I am guaranteed to be the next WWE Champion ...

Miz takes a breather as he receives more heat ...

THE MIZ: ... and tonight, I show you all that John Morrison is simply ‘Jannetty’ ... whilst I’m the Miz ... and I’m ... simply ... awesome.

Miz smirks into the camera which switch back to ringside ready for the arrival of Morrison in the arena ...

*** AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is set for one fall. Introducing first, from Los Angeles, California, weighing 224 pounds ... JOHN MORRISON!

Slow motion Morrison heads out to the ring wearing his fur coat and looking confident despite the comments of the Miz beforehand ... He holds his hand up high before heading down the ramp and handing his shades over to a young fan. Rolling into the ring and saluting the fans, Morrison is clearly confident of victory tonight ...

JIM ROSS: This man has been on a hot run lately, he is determined to take his former partner out tonight!

JERRY LAWLER: Oh, that would be amazing! Maybe we might go ten minutes then without Miz declaring how awesome he is to the whole world!

MICK FOLEY: I have to admit, this is a guy who I admire a lot – though he isn’t nothing like my wrestling style for sure! However, there is something about him that I just don’t understand, there is something holding him back from being a top star here in the WWE!

JERRY LAWLER: Mick, I respect your opinion, but my opinion is that John Morrison is going to be WWE Champion very soon! 2012 is the year of Morrison!

MICK FOLEY: I hope you’re right, King!

*** AWESOME – I CAME TO PLAY! ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: And from Cleveland, Ohio, weighing 231 pounds ... THE MIZ!

Miz, accompanied by Alex Riley and his red briefcase, heads out into the arena wearing his leather coat and looking equally as determined as Morrison. Despite the heat from the crowd, Miz and Riley are laughing as they enter the ring and seem very confident of victory here tonight ...

JIM ROSS: I’m willing to bet that Miz thinks that 2012 will be his year, not John Morrison’s ...

MICK FOLEY: No doubt, JR, I have to admit that there is something about the Miz that I do like! He might be an arrogant, cocky son of a gun but I admire his determination and his charisma ...

JERRY LAWLER: These two, no doubt, are the future of the WWE, Mick, I just don’t like Miz that much!

JOHN MORRISON vs. THE MIZ

The referee holds Morrison back as he is desperate to get started and to get his hands on Miz after his recent treatment on Monday Night RAW – Miz on the other hand is his usual cocky self as he mouths off at Morrison hanging back out of the way. The referee signals for the bell and the two men talk trash to each other, face to face, until Miz pushes Morrison away and he angrily falls down to the mat. As he gets up, Miz is daring him to come and try something and Morrison does as he charges after Miz who heads for the sanctuary of the ropes. Morrison tries to beat at Miz but the referee hauls him back as Miz smirks at him. Eventually, Miz and Morrison lock up for the first time and there is a little struggle between them as they look to prove superiority over each other. In the end, it is Morrison who gets in some well placed kicks to the thighs and ribs of Miz who escapes by rolling out of the ring to the outside where he has a short discussion with Alex Riley who looks annoyed with the actions of Morrison so far. The referee orders Miz to return to the ring but the ‘Money in the Bank’ contract holder refuses and the referee begins a count-out to get him back in. Miz returns on 8 and he demands the referee gets Morrison back out of the way as he looks to get further into the head of his former tag team partner. Once again, Morrison looks to get hold of Miz but he fails as Miz heads into the ropes again where the hold must be broken. An angry Morrison has to be pulled away by the referee and as he spins round, Miz sees his chance and launches a heavy clothesline that catches him out and sends him spinning to the mat. Miz straddles Morrison and hits right hands into the head and neck of the Prince of Parkour before allowing him back to his feet where he hits a spinning discus punch to rock Morrison once again. Morrison is now dazed and heads for the corner where Miz rushes over with a jumping clothesline in the corner that leads to him falling down to the mat forwards. Miz climbs to the middle rope and awaits Morrison’s return to his feet where he goes for a double axe handle ... However, to the delight of the WWE Universe, Morrison ducks this, hits the ropes and hits a running knee strike to the startled Miz who hits the mat hard ... First cover of the match from John Morrison!

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* Miz kicks out of the fall! *


Startled again, Miz rolls out of the ring to the anger of the WWE Universe at ringside who shout abuse and jeer him – Miz does not care a bit though as he again consults with Alex Riley who is looking menacing at ringside. This time though, Morrison follows and stands on the ring apron waiting for his chance ... a springboard off the ropes into a diving crossbody knocks Miz oover into the barricades and the crowd are delighted with that! However, Riley is on the scene to offer a distraction and he tempts Morrison after him and away from his mentor. The referee exits the ring and gets between Riley and Morrison who are having a heated exchange over the referee. This gives Miz time to recover and he catches Morrison off guard again when he hits a surprise snap suplex that leaves Morrison down on his back on the concrete floor. Miz rolls back into the ring and demands a countout from the referee who reluctantly heads into the ring to count it ...

... However, Morrison is back in at 6 as he recovers quickly. Miz has the advantage though and hits a running swinging neckbreaker to Morrison before hitting a DDT to Morrison as he gets back to his knees. First time tonight, Miz goes for the cover as he seeks a big victory here tonight ...

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* Kick out from Morrison at 2! *


Miz rolls Morrison over onto his stomach and mounts his opponent who he now locks into the Cobra Clutch as he pulls his arms back while he sits on his back. Morrison begins to yell in pain as Miz pulls back looking for a submission but it isn’t coming as Morrison fights back against the pain and edges across the ring dragging Miz with him. He wraps a foot around the bottom rope and this forces the referee to break the hold. Miz reluctantly releases Morrison just before he is due for a disqualification and he complains to the referee vehemently claiming that Morrison must have tapped out there. With the referee distracted, Riley takes his chance and delivers a punch to Morrison through the ropes with the crowd incensed. As Morrison slowly staggers up with the help of the ropes, Miz moves behind him and lifts him up onto his shoulders into the electric chair position before dropping back and crashing Morrison’s back down onto the mat again. Miz hooks the leg for the pinfall ...

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* Weaker kickout from Morrison! *


Miz drags Morrison up and whips him into the ropes before catching him coming in with a spinning side walk slam that shakes the ring as the pair land. Morrison is in real trouble here as Miz makes another cover ...

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* Kick out from Morrison! *


Looking confident now, Miz steps back and prepares to launch another attack on Morrison as he gets to his feet slowly across the ring. When he stands and turns, Miz looks to connect with a big boot to the head but Morrison manages to avoid it and finds his bearings long enough to springboard off the ropes and catches Miz with a flying kick as he spins back around disorientated. Miz snaps back and hits the mat before rolling to the safety of the outside of the ring yet again. Morrison exits to the ring apron again though and delivers a beautiful Asai Moonsault which catches Miz perfect and takes him down to the cheers of the crowd. With Miz down and struggling, Morrison backs away before rushing in and connecting with a devastating knee to the side of the head that flattens Miz out on the black mats around the ring looking helpless!


MICK FOLEY: What a knee to the head! If Miz was in the ring right now, this would be over!

JIM ROSS: Morrison needs to get Miz back into the ring and make the pinfall here!

The referee yet again heads out to block Morrison and Riley from getting to each other and he ushers Morrison back into the ring. Following him in, the ref begins to count out Miz who is laid flat out and prone on the outside of the ring, this doesn’t look good for the so-called ‘Future WWE Champion’ and the most must-see WWE superstar of the day. Morrison looks on while the referee counts his opponent out ...

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* Alex Riley drags Miz up and rolls him under the rope into the ring to save him! *


Riley gets up on the ring apron and more distractions occur as Morrison tries to confront him whilst the referee tries to prevent an incident between them. This gives Miz a little time to recover and he crawls up behind Morrison and rolls him up looking for a quick surprise pinfall ...

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* Morrison kicks out just in time! *


After being nearly caught out, Morrison springs back up and whips Miz into the ropes before hitting a tilt-a-whirl DDT that crashes Miz down hard, head first, into the mat. The crowd are getting excited as Morrison appears to be in control of this match now as he goes for another pinfall ...

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* Miz kicks out! *


A relieved Alex Riley is shown on the outside but he is watching on with a look of concern in his eyes as Morrison continues to control Miz with stiff stomps that keep him down. Morrison calculates for a second before hitting a standing shooting star press that crushes his opponent down once again; cover from Morrison ...

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* Miz escapes again! *


Morrison drags a struggling Miz to the corner and positions him in the perfect place for his Starship Pain finisher before looking round at the WWE Universe who are cheering him to victory. He prepares to jump up to deliver the move but then Riley interferes once more as he grabs the leg of Morrison and holds him down so he cannot finish Miz off. Morrison manages to free his leg and he kicks out at Riley’s chest and sends him staggering away. Another chance for Morrison as he leaps up onto the ropes but Riley responds by dragging Miz to safety to save him from defeat. The referee has had enough now and, as Morrison lands on his feet from the failed Starship Pain, he orders Riley out of the arena to the delight of the crowd here in Fort Lauderdale. Morrison has a smile on his face as he watches the angry Riley leave the ringside before he drops down to the floor and rolls Miz back into the ring once more. Dragging his adversary to his feet, Morrison locks his right arm around the neck area of Miz before moonsaulting both of them over and hitting a side slam with momentum to Miz that crashes him down on the mat. With everybody expecting a pinfall, Morrison drags Miz into position in the corner once more ... here it comes! STARSHIP PAIN FROM JOHN MORRISON! Hooks the leg ...

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* At the last millisecond, Miz grabs the bottom rope! *


A loud sigh of anxiety floods around the arena as Morrison looks on in disappointment at the Miz’ hand on the rope. Not to be beaten though, Morrison drags Miz up once more and looks to be setting up a back suplex before he tilts Miz head over heels and drops him down onto his face with an inverted superplex that leaves Miz down and out face down. Morrison struggles to roll him over and then has to drag him away from the ropes before he hooks the leg again ...

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* Miz with the kick out! *


What more can John Morrison do to win this match? For the first time, a look of utter frustration passes over his face and he pauses a second as he tries to figure out his game plan. This gives Miz valuable opportunity to escape his clutches and drop through the ropes to the outside and to refuge. Morrison stalks Miz and chases him around the ring a little but Miz hits a perfect drop toe hold and Morrison collides with the steel steps to leave both men down for a moment ... With both men recovering now, they both fight their own individual battle to reach the ring before the count-out and both men slide back into the ring at 8 with Miz now recovered a little more ... Miz manages to catch Morrison with a big boot to the head and it looks ominous for Morrison as he crashes down on his back ...

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* Kick out from Morrison! *


Struggling a little still, Miz looks to take control now and he drags Morrison up in a facelock hold that he turns into a backbreaker as he drives Morrison down into the point of his knee. In one movement, Miz then hits a neckbreaker as he performs a combination move that leaves Morrison down on the mat. Pinfall attempt from Miz this time ...

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* Kick out from Morrison! *


Miz retreats with his hands out wide now as he sets for the Skull Crushing Finale to the dismay of the crowd. Morrison appears ripe to be struck as he slowly makes his way up to his feet but Miz cannot deliver the move as Morrison manages a counter before jumping up for a standing drop kick. He fails with this though and lands hard and Miz looks to take advantage as he hooks the leg for a pinfall ...

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* Morrison kicks out at 2! *


Miz clambers to the top rope now and waits for Morrison to stagger up before jumping off towards him and hitting a double axe handle across his back to knock him back down to the mat to retain control. He is now ready for a second attempt at the Skull Crushing Finale but Morrison is not going to let him hit it and, despite being locked into it this time, he fights out of it and manages to connect with a drop kick this time that creates space between them. Angered now, Morrison explodes as he goes after Miz looking to repay him for all the comments over the past weeks and months. The crowd are getting solidly behind Morrison as he corners Miz in the corner and pounds away at him before grabbing him by the head and ramming it over and over into the top turnbuckle to the delight of the fans. When he finally releases Miz, he staggers over and falls down in the corner in perfect place for Starship Pain once again. Morrison steps over him and shakes himself down to clear his head and then goes for the big finishing move ... only for Miz to get his knees up and drive them into Morrison’s back instead. The crowd are disappointed with that and they groan as one before Miz limps back up and whips Morrison into the ropes. Lifting Morrison high and falling back, Miz manages to drop his opponent over the top rope with a neck snap choke move that leaves Morrison writhing in pain on the mat now. Miz steps back before going for another big boot to the head but Morrison yet again manages to avoid the contact and rolls Miz up surprisingly ...

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* Kick out from Miz in the nick of time! *


Both men get to their feet quickly, Morrison coming off the ropes and catching Miz with a hard calf kick that crashes him down to the mat again. Morrison climbs the ropes in the corner and stands on top – unfortunately he is too slow though as Miz manages to push his feet from under him and he slips with an awkward landing in the ring as a result ... Miz backs off and waits for Morrison to get to his knees before rushing over and locking Morrison up, here it comes! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Miz drives Morrison down face first into the mat and as the crowd jeer, Miz hooks the leg ...

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WINNER: The Miz (11:42)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... THE MIZ!

As ‘I Came To Play’ echoes around the arena, Miz staggers away towards the ropes and holds his hand up high to show that he is victorious. There are jeers in the arena for the victory but Miz doesn’t care as he stares directly into the eyes of his former tag team partner and a smirk spreads across his face. Morrison, clearly disappointed, looks back at Miz and shakes his head before rolling out of the ring and backing away up the ramp. As the referee holds Miz’ hand up high to signal his victory, Morrison turns his back and walks away with a delighted Miz in the ring telling the ringside audience that he told them he would win. The ‘Money in the Bank’ briefcase is passed back to Miz who holds it high and then looks at it suggestively ...

MICK FOLEY: Hang on a minute, guys, look at Miz! Is he planning to reappear later tonight?

JIM ROSS: There is a glint in his eye, Mick, The Miz is entitled to head out here later tonight if he so wishes and cash in his contract for a title match.

JERRY LAWLER: If I know the Miz as well as I think I do, he will only be back out here if the time is perfectly right for him!

MICK FOLEY: Hey, you can’t blame him for that, Jerry!

The camera switches backstage where the maniacal looking Kane is stood with his back to the camera in some kind of boiler room bathed in an eerie red light. He turns around to face the camera and laughs as a nervous looking Josh Matthews heads in to ask a question ...

JOSH MATTHEWS: Kane ... Kane, as the former World Champion, how do you ...

Kane rips the microphone away from the announcer and shoves him out of the way as he looks directly at the camera ... An evil smile uncurls on the face of Kane as he addresses the WWE Universe ...

KANE: Tonight, the Devil’s Favourite Demon will finally regain the World Heavyweight Championship. The World Championship was wrongfully taken away from me by Big Show thanks to Teddy Long but he paid for his actions last week on SMACKDOWN. Now, all that remains is for me to win back what is mine. And there is nothing ...

Kane pauses and looks around a little nervously ...

KANE: ... NOTHING ... that can ... stop ... me!

Kane lowers the microphone and laughs again as the camera switches back to the ringside area and the announce table where Mick Foley, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler and Jim Ross are sat waiting for the next match. Lawler puffs out his cheeks after hearing from Kane and looks towards his broadcast partners with a look of worry on his face.

JERRY LAWLER: That doesn’t sound good for Kofi Kingston, Big Show and the World Champion, CM Punk, does it, Mick?

MICK FOLEY: Don’t be fooled, King, the other three men are well aware of how dangerous the Big Red Monster can be, they will be ready for him. I’ve just got a feeling that tonight could well be the night for Kofi Kingston!

JIM ROSS: We’ll see soon, Mick, the Fatal Four Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship will be coming up later tonight as we head into our Triple Main Event for tonight! The WWE Championship is on the line next though, can Wade Barrett stop Kurt Angle on his return to WWE pay-per-view?

MICK FOLEY: I’ve wrestled Kurt Angle on many occasions but Wade Barrett is one hell of an impressive guy. And with the four members of Nexus behind him, he is just about unbeatable!

JERRY LAWLER: Somebody needs to make sure that Nexus are kept out of this match tonight!

JIM ROSS: Kurt Angle has vowed to keep the action in the ring and keep Nexus out of the match. If he can do that, he believes that he has the beating of Wade Barrett here tonight!

Silence falls in the arena for a second before the bell rings to signal the next match ...

JUSTIN ROBERTS: The following contest is set for one fall and it is for ... the WWE Championship!

Loud cheers in the arena as the WWE Universe prepare for the first of our three main event matches ...

*** MEDAL ***



A huge ovation for the Olympic Hero as he heads out with his ‘Angle’ jacket on with the hood pulled over his head as he heads out looking purposeful and ready. He positions himself halfway down the ramp and points to the rafters with both hands and a display of red, white and blue pyro explodes in front of the titantron. Angle pulls down the hood of his jacket and soaks in the reaction before rolling into the ring underneath the bottom rope and saluting the crowd in the corners of the ring ...

JIM ROSS: The 1996 Olympic gold medal winner is back here in the WWE and he is ready to become the WWE Champion for the seventh time tonight!

MICK FOLEY: Question is, JR, can he do it? He is facing the Nexus juggernaut after all!

Angle is hopping from foot to foot as the referee speaks to him and the sound of his music dies out. Angle looks pumped up and ready to go tonight. Yellow lights appear in the arena and focus on the stage as the music of Wade Barrett signals the arrival of the WWE Champion ...

*** WE ARE ONE ***



Barrett comes sauntering out with the WWE Championship buckled around his waist and he stands on the stage amidst the jeers and boos as he locks eyes with his challenger in the ring. Barrett starts to walk down towards the ring and it appears that he has come alone for his second title defence since he won the title at the Survivor Series ...

JIM ROSS: One of the most controversial WWE Champions of all time, Wade Barrett is here to defend the title on pay-per-view for the first time ever!

JERRY LAWLER: Controversial? Just a little bit! He didn’t even win the title – Justin Gabriel won it for him. And his one title defence so far was successful because of the actions of John Cena ... There are quite a few people who would say that Wade Barrett is not worthy of being the WWE Champion!

JIM ROSS: That is certainly the opinion of his challenger, Kurt Angle, King. He wants to restore the class that the WWE Championship deserves!

JERRY LAWLER: At least it seems that Barrett is coming to the ring alone tonight – that makes a change! Oh, hang on, wait a minute ... What does he want?



Barrett stands at the bottom of the ramp and waves back to the stage to beckon somebody else down to the ring. Out heads Ezekiel Jackson – the latest recruit of Nexus – and he strides down the ramp to back up his leader. Barrett looks up at the ring at Angle with a cocky smirk on his face as Jackson stands behind Barrett looking up at the Olympic Hero as well. Both men enter the ring and Barrett holds his WWE Championship up high to signal that he is the champion and that he intends to stay the WWE Champion tonight ...

JERRY LAWLER: If I was the referee, I’d banish Ezekiel Jackson to the locker room right now. No good can come of him being out here tonight!

MICK FOLEY: Big Zeke might be here simply for moral support, King ... Unlikely I know!

JIM ROSS: I fancy Wade Barrett’s chances a hell of a lot more if Big Zeke gets involved. Kurt Angle must keep this match inside the ring tonight!

‘We are one’ fades out and Justin Roberts lifts his microphone for the introductions. The referee is checking on the two men in the ring to ensure that they are fit to wrestle tonight and that they are not carrying any illegal objects ...

JUSTIN ROBERTS: Introducing first, the challenger ... From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, weighing 240 pounds ... He is the ‘Olympic Hero’ ... KURT ANGLE!

Cheers in the arena as Angle lifts his arm to acknowledge them but retains his focus as he stares over the ring at the champion ...

JUSTIN ROBERTS: His opponent, from Manchester, England, weighing 260 pounds ... representing the Nexus, he is the WWE Champion! WADE BARRETT!

Boos explode around the arena as Barrett holds the title belt up high and mouths at the crowd at ringside. Jackson rubs his hands together and nods his head before the referee ushers him to the outside clearly telling him to stay out of the match tonight. The referee then lifts the title high to show that the match is for the WWE Championship before signalling for the bell to start the match ...

WWE CHAMPIONSHIP: WADE BARRETT (c) vs. KURT ANGLE

Barrett and Angle come together in the ring, face to face, as the referee takes a step back and allows this WWE Championship match to begin. The cocky Englishman starts telling Angle once again that his time has ‘been and gone’ and that ‘there is a new power in town called the Nexus.’ Angle smirks and laughs at Barrett whose look turns to annoyance and he shoves Angle hard in the chest and sends him backwards a few steps. Advancing on the former Olympic gold medal winner, Barrett prods him in the chest as he further admonishes him before Angle suddenly responds, to the delight of the packed crowd, with a stunning right hand that rocks Barrett back on his heels. Punches from Angle continue as Barrett struggles to cover up and then Angle shows his wrestling superiority – on the mat, at least – as he takes down the WWE Champion with his leg and locks in a sleeper hold on the mat. Grapevining his legs around the champion, Angles looks to give Barrett a world of trouble early as he locks in and holds the sleeper but it is a little early for a move like that and Barrett manages to fight his way back up. With Angle holding on though, Barrett cannot free himself completely until Angle allows it as he lifts him up and hits a back suplex that crashes Barrett down onto the mat. First cover of the match from Kurt Angle the challenger ...

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Barrett wobbles to the corner and Angle rushes over with a hard clubbing clothesline that crushes Barrett back into the buckles. Barrett swings a wild attempt at a clothesline and misses – German suplex from Angle! The Olympian holds on for the pinfall as Barrett’s shoulders are down ...

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* Barrett rolls off his shoulders and escapes! *


Angle looks to hit another of his trademark suplexes but Barrett shoves him down and out of the ring through the ropes instead to buy himself some recovery time. Angle is shaken by this but not hurt as he gets to his feet shaking his head at Barrett and smiling – it appears Angle as the Manchester born WWE Champion worried. Angle slides back into the ring but is immediately in trouble as Barrett catches him off guard with a spinning clothesline that crashes Angle down on the back of his head. Annoyed with Angle’s actions so far, Barrett tosses his challenger back out of the ring and follows him out before ramming him shoulder first into the ring post on the outside despite the protestations of the referee and WWE Universe. Barrett dares the referee to disqualify him which is refused; no cheap way out tonight for the champion. With Angle struggling, Barrett winds up for another clothesline but he misses as Angle ducks ... Bam! Barrett’s arm collides with the steel ring post this time as he clotheslines it hard. Angle responds with a belly to belly suplex on the outside that gets the crowd back on their feet before getting revenge on Barrett by ramming his injured arm into the steel ring steps ... followed by the rest of his body!

The referee is desperate to get both men back into the ring now and stops to check on the state of Barrett who is shaking his injured arm looking to get some feeling back into it. Angle stands back for a second ... Mistake! As he waits for Barrett, Nexus’ latest member Ezekiel Jackson ploughs him down with a huge clothesline behind the referee’s back. The crowd jeer but nothing has been noticed by the referee until he spies Angle on the floor clutching his head. Suspicious, the referee glances over towards Jackson but there is nothing he can do about it right now. Both the champion and challenger slowly get to their feet on the outside now and are up at the same point; however, Barrett gets the advantage as he hits a big boot to the face of Angle to send him down again. Rolling Angle back into the ring, Barrett winks to his Nexus team-mate before dragging Kurt to his feet in the ring. Three standing headbutts from Barrett leave Angle jelly legged but the challenger manages a weak uppercut with his forearm that rocks Barrett back a little. Angle hits the ropes and comes at Barrett again looking for a big hit – Barrett responds by lifting Angle high in the air and then stepping back and letting the Olympian fall straight down from about eight feet in the air with a Release Flapjack. Barrett quickly hooks the leg and goes for the pin ...

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Barrett drags Kurt to his knees now and he starts driving his knees hard into the neck and throat area of the challenger as he tries to wear him down. In complete control right now, Barrett whips Angle across the ring into the corner, a hard slam into the buckles, before a back body drop to him as he staggers back from the corner. To Angle’s credit, he keeps getting back to his feet but Barrett keeps responding ... This time, a neckbreaker is used to take Angle down once more. Barrett with a pinfall ...

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* Kick out from Kurt! *


With Angle face down and struggling a little now, Barrett takes advantage as he drags Angle to his knees and then locks in a surfboard stretch from behind. Pulling back on the arms of the challenger with his knee in the small of his back, Barrett is demanding that Kurt give up so that he can retain his WWE Championship. The referee is checking on Angle but there is no sign of a submission as he tries to fight through the pain instead. Twisting, Angle manages to get a leg out and begins to raise himself off the ground and out of the hold but Barrett responds with another headbutt and then whips the American hero to the corner once more. Going for another clothesline in the corner, Barrett misses this time as Angle ducks, another belly to belly suplex from Kurt Angle and Barrett crashes onto the mat. Angle senses an opportunity and makes the cover ...

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* Kick out from the champion! *


Angle has a little advantage now though and the crowd are rallying behind him as he waits for Barrett to get to his feet. German Suplex! And another! A third German Suplex crashes Barrett down onto his shoulders and this time Angle holds him down for the pinfall, has he done enough here?

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* Noooo! Barrett kicks out! *


The crowd groan in disappointment there and Barrett seeks a rope for some respite as he is shaken by the comeback from Angle. Barrett defends himself with a kick to the knee of his opponent before a powerslam leaves Angle down on his back. Climbing outside, Barrett ascends the ropes and positions himself on the top rope ready to pounce on Angle when he gets up. However, Angle is playing possum, he jumps up suddenly and steps up the ropes to hit a top rope shoulder drag to Barrett who crashes down and makes the ring shake to it’s foundations. Pinfall from Kurt Angle as he looks to win the title ...

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* Kick out from Barrett! *


Angle was closer there than at any other point in the match so far and he climbs the ropes now as Barrett rolls in pain on the mat. Measuring his opponent, Angle pauses for a moment before sailing off the top rope and going for a diving headbutt ... and misses! Ezekiel Jackson managed to drag a groggy Barrett leg first and out of harm’s way and Angle’s head connects with nothing but the ring mat. The referee warns Jackson to stay out of the ring, he must have missed the interference there from the Nexus member. Barrett gets to his feet in the corner, using the ropes for support, before delivering a big boot to Angle as he gets up to his feet ... Bam! It’s over! Barrett hooks the leg of Angle ...

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A loud cheer echoes around Fort Lauderdale as Angle hangs on and keeps his WWE Championship hopes alive. Barrett looks frustrated now though and he drags the challenger up before whipping him to the ropes and hitting the pendulum backbreaker dropping Angle hard over his knee. Another pinfall from Barrett as he hooks the leg again ...

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* Another kick out from Angle! *


A loud ‘USA! USA!’ chant begins as the crowd back Angle 100% in his title quest. The chant though annoys Barrett who tells the crowd to shut their mouths before dragging Angle up. He lifts him to his shoulders, it is time for Barrett to finish Angle off once and for all ... Angle though wriggles clear down Barrett’s back and Wastelands fails as Angle takes Barrett down for a roll up pin ...

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* Kick out from Barrett just in time! *


Another take down from Angle and he grabs the exposed ankle and leg of Barrett – Kurt Angle is going for the Ankle Lock! Barrett realises and jumps up as Kurt holds his left leg ... Jumping on one foot, Barrett tries to escape from Kurt as he tries to lock in the deadly submission hold. Desperate times call for desperate measures for Barrett and he leaps up and hits an Enzuguri kick ... and connects! With Angle wobbled, Barrett lifts him up and drops him back with a back suplex. Recovering slightly now, Barrett locks Angle’s head between his knees and sets him up now for a powerbomb. Barrett heaves and manages to set it up ... Bam! Angle’s back and shoulders crash down on the mat, a huge powerbomb from Barrett, he goes for the pinfall ...

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* Angle grabs the bottom rope! *


The powerbomb from Wade Barrett almost did for Kurt Angle there and forced him to take the easier route out of the pinfall as he was forced to grab the rope. Barrett locks Angle into an abdominal stretch as he looks to wear his challenger down further and to set up his Wastelands finisher further. Angle is desperate to escape the move though and the amateur trained wrestler manages to contort his body to escape from the stretch and roll Barrett down to the mat ... ANKLE LOCK! Kurt Angle locks in the Ankle Lock but Barrett is a tall man and he is close to the ropes ... He stretches out and cannot quite reach them. The crowd will Angle on as he puts tension onto the ankle of the WWE Champion who is looking as if he is about to tap out here ... No! Ezekiel Jackson pushes against the rope and moves it six inches closer towards Barrett who grasps it and saves his WWE Championship! Once again, the actions of Jackson were not noticed by the referee although most of the arena saw it and they are jeering as they let Jackson know how they feel about it. Angle looks frustrated now and he complains to the referee, he saw what Jackson did. In the pause whilst Angle complains though, Barrett takes advantage and recovers in time to back body drop Angle up and over the top rope as he looks to attack him. Angle is down on the outside whilst Barrett is down to one knee on the inside of the ring recovering from the Ankle Lock he just had to endure ...

With the referee’s count-out up to 6, Angle begins to stir and climbs onto the apron ready to return to the ring. Barrett is fully recovered though and a quick kick to the gut keeps Angle struggling before Barrett pops Angle off into the opposite ropes ... Sidewalk Slam! Great move from Barrett as he hooks both legs of the challenger ...

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* Somehow Angle fights out again! *


As Angle gets to his feet once again, an infuriated Barrett once again looks to set Angle up for Wastelands as he lifts him onto his shoulders ... Angle though is not about to leave Fort Lauderdale without the WWE Championship and he elbows Wade in the head to wriggle out before suddenly lifting him up in the air ... ANGLE SLAM! KURT ANGLE HITS THE ANGLE SLAM! Wade Barrett is laid out on his back, his title in grave jeopardy now as the crowd urge Angle to pin the champion. Instead, Angle pulls down the straps on his singlet and the crowd begin to holler and cheer as he grabs the leg of Barrett once again ... ANKLE LOCK! WADE BARRETT IS GOING TO HAVE TO TAP OUT TO THE ANKLE LOCK NOW! Barrett screams in anguish as Angle locks in the Ankle Lock and it seems a matter of time now as Barrett is in the centre of the ring ... Barrett raises his right hand, ready to tap, ready to submit to Kurt Angle and hand him the WWE Championship ...

BAM! Suddenly, Angle falls forward and releases Barrett from the hold as he falls down face first onto the mat. Ezekiel Jackson stands over him and it is clear that he has just smashed Kurt in the back of the head with his forearm to prevent him from defeating Barrett and taking the WWE Championship. Jackson grabs Angle now and powerslams him not once, not twice but three times before lifting him up and wrenching him over his shoulders in the Torture Rack. The referee is demanding that Jackson gives this up and eventually he does – dropping Kurt down to the mat where he lands close to a prone Wade Barrett. The referee considers disqualification of Barrett but then stops and reflects – instead, he clearly indicates that Ezekiel Jackson is to be ejected from ringside. The crowd cheer in agreement but Jackson is angry and is shouting at the referee to disqualify Barrett. The referee shakes his head, he is determined that Barrett will defend the title properly tonight. Jackson exits the ring but continues his argument with the referee who follows him out onto the ramp and demands that he leaves. Out comes fellow Nexus member David Otunga and he puts an arm round Jackson and appears to be the voice of reason as he speaks calmly to both the referee and Jackson ...

Meanwhile, behind the referee’s back ...


JERRY LAWLER: Oh no! JR, look, Heath Slater, Skip Sheffield! What are they doing out here?

JIM ROSS: Turn around referee!

MICK FOLEY: It’s a plan! Nexus have a plan to save the WWE Championship for Wade Barrett!

The referee is still talking animatedly with Otunga and Jackson at the foot of the ramp as Angle gets to his knees groggily ... BAM! A VILE, VICIOUS CLOTHESLINE FROM SKIP SHEFFIELD! Jeers and boos flood the arena as Heath Slater positions himself opposite Angle as he tries to get up once again. The ‘One Man Rock Band’ has the WWE Championship belt of Wade Barrett in his grasp and he is preparing to use it ... BAM! TITLE BELT TO THE HEAD OF ANGLE! The challenger is down and out as Slater and Sheffield exit the ring just in time for the referee turning round and heading back into the ring to see both Barrett and Angle on the mat. Slater and Sheffield sneak round the ring out of the view of the referee and they join Otunga and Jackson at the top of the ramp as Barrett gets to his feet to a chorus of jeers and boos. Smiling to himself, Barrett drags a limp Angle to his feet and lifts him onto his shoulders. Looking straight out into the eyes of the WWE Universe and the cameras at home ... WASTELANDS! BARRETT HITS WASTELANDS!

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WINNER: Wade Barrett (17:35)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner and STILL the WWE Champion ... WADE BARRETT!

A relieved Wade Barrett rolls out of the ring where Heath Slater and Skip Sheffield join him on the ramp to present him with his WWE Championship belt that he has managed to retain tonight. Ezekiel Jackson and David Otunga come back down the ramp and they join their Nexus team-mates in a celebration at the foot of the ramp. Barrett is delighted with the victory and he holds the title up high in celebration before ordering the Nexus group to get back in the ring where Kurt Angle is slowly recovering ... Barrett and Nexus stand over Angle as he gets to his feet and the Nexus music fades out as they look at him menacingly. The crowd are jeering Nexus but it appears that Kurt Angle is in trouble after his recent comments.

JIM ROSS: Wait a minute, this isn’t needed!

JERRY LAWLER: Since when has that mattered to Nexus, JR, they seem to be able to do what they want, when they want.

JIM ROSS: They’ve retained the title, they should just leave ...

Angle, realising that he might as well go down fighting, swings out and lands right hands on Wade Barrett before the numbers game pays off for Nexus and they rest of Barrett’s men drag Angle back and start to deliver the punches. Angle is knocked down to the ground and they start to lay the boot into him as well and it appears that Angle is in for a beatdown when – all of a sudden – the crowd start to cheer and get to their feet ... Attention turns to four more men running down to the ring led by the new Number 1 contender Triple H and they slide into the ring and tackle various members of the Nexus ... Barrett is knocked down by Triple H and he ends up clotheslining him over the top rope; Daniel Bryan hits a drop kick from the top rope to David Otunga that sends him crashing through the ropes to the outside; a series of kicks from the newest RAW recruit Rob Van Dam take down Heath Slater who is then hit with a running knee in the corner that takes him out; Justin Gabriel also hits a series of kicks to Skip Sheffield before he staggers into Triple H ... PEDIGREE! Ezekiel Jackson, still beating on Angle, is distracted by Gabriel and this allows Angle some space ... ANGLE SLAM! With the other members of the Nexus hobbling away up the ramp, Skip Sheffield and Ezekiel Jackson are down and out in the centre of the ring. Triple H encourages Justin Gabriel and Rob Van Dam to go to the top rope on opposite corners and they size up their foes ... Gabriel hits a perfect 450 SPLASH to Sheffield at the same time as RVD flies off the top rope to hit a FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH to Jackson.

JIM ROSS: Wow! For the first time in a long time, Nexus is on the run!

JERRY LAWLER: Now these guys are going to find out what it means to have a target on their backs!

Daniel Bryan, Justin Gabriel, RVD and Triple H console Kurt Angle as his music begins to play despite the disappointment etched on the face of the Olympic Hero. Triple H locks eyes with Barrett from the inside of the ring ...

MICK FOLEY: At the Royal Rumble, guys, Triple H will face Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship! Will it be ‘Game Over!’ for Wade Barrett and the Nexus?


********** TUNE IN TO RAW THIS MONDAY FOR ALL THE FALLOUT FROM VENGEANCE! **********


Vengeance returns with the ring in focus before ...

*** IF YA’ SMELL WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’ ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome one of the NXT Mentors for Season 3 ... THE ROCK!

The crowd here in Fort Lauderdale go wild as the legendary Rock heads for the ring with his usual swagger. He has a custom made t-shirt that states ‘I BRING IT’ with the NXT logo and then the words ‘SO CAN YOU!’ which is clearly a reference to his team of NXT stars. Rock strides to the ring milking the adulation of the crowd and enters the ring before performing his usual routine in the ring with his eyebrows and hand raised as he smells what is cooking in the arena ...

JIM ROSS: The Great One is back for NXT Season 3, what a show that promises to be!

MICK FOLEY: Even though I was considered the veteran at the time, I can tell you that I learnt so much from the Brahma Bull when I was in a tag team with him ...

JERRY LAWLER: The legendary ‘Rock n Sock Connection’ – happy memories, Mick!

MICK FOLEY: Sure was, King, I can’t wait for the first NXT show this week to see how this goes down!

Rock has a microphone and he stands in the centre of the ring as he takes in the cheers of the crowd ...

THE ROCK: Finally ... The Rock ... has come back ... to Fort Lauderdale!

Huge pop from the crowd here tonight who are pumped to see Rock back in the WWE and here tonight ... A loud ‘Rocky! Rocky!’ chant begins and lasts for almost a minute as Rock looks around the arena with a smile on his face ...

THE ROCK: Fort Lauderdale, Florida ...

The Rock’s homestate crowd cheer like crazy again to delay Rock even more ...

THE ROCK: This week, the new series of NXT will begin ... and this time ... it will be ... the most electrifying show in sports entertainment today!

Loud pop once again ...

THE ROCK: In just three days time, The Rock, the People’s Champion, will take four WWE superstars and mentor them as they fight for their careers here in the WWE. So far, The Rock has been introduced to two of these four guys ...

Rock looks round at the audience showing mixed emotions about his two picks so far ...

THE ROCK: First of all, The Rock will mentor the man who thinks that he is ... ‘perfection’ ...

Jeers for the man who Rock is talking about ...

THE ROCK: ... Dolph Ziggler! Now, I’ve been away for a while, as you know ... But Dolph Ziggler? Perfection? Oh yeah, Dolph Ziggler is perfection all right. Perfect at choosing the wrong woman to walk to the ring with? Perfect at throwing away a promising career? Dolph Ziggler, your monkey ass is not perfection, I guaran-damn-tee you that!

Cheers for Rock but there are some boos ... After all, Dolph Ziggler is also from Florida!

THE ROCK: Now, Dolph Ziggler better keep his mouth shut and his mind focused. Dolph Ziggler had better listen to The Rock, he better know his damn role and shut his damn mouth ...

???: EXCUSE ME?!

Boos and jeers erupt around the arena as Vickie Guerrero walks out onto the stage and starts to berate the crowd ... Following behind is the man who The Rock is talking about ... Dolph Ziggler!

VICKIE GUERRERO: I said ‘Excuse Me!’ ...

THE ROCK: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! We all heard what you said, Vickie. The whole of Florida heard what you said!

Vickie smiles and focuses on The Rock ... She pats Dolph Ziggler on his shoulder before speaking again ...

VICKIE GUERRERO: Now, listen to me, Rock. You might be the mentor of my man, Dolph Ziggler, on NXT Season 3 but I am his manager and I will be in charge of his career.

THE ROCK: You? In charge? I guess that tells us where the ‘strudel’ is in your relationship then ...

Dolph is irate on the stage as he goes mad and tries to storm down towards Rock ... Sensibly, Vickie holds him back and retains her composure ...

VICKIE GUERRERO: Rock, you will respect me when you speak to me. Dolph is my client, he is my man. You are only here to give him advice and that is what you will stick to. Two weeks ago on Monday Night RAW, you hit the Rock Bottom on Dolph and I am out here tonight to ask for ... no, I am out here to demand ... an apology.

A wide grin spreads across the face of Rock as he looks out towards Ziggler and Vickie ...

THE ROCK: Vickie, Vickie, Vickie. Is that what you think?

Vickie nods her head despite Dolph looking hesitant as if he senses where this might be going ...

THE ROCK: You want me to give an apology to little bitty Dolphy baby? Is that what you think I should do?

VICKIE GUERRERO: I think that would ...

THE ROCK: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!

The Fort Lauderdale crowd go wild as Rock completely owns Vickie Guerrero who looks furious ...

THE ROCK: I am the mentor of Dolph Ziggler in NXT Season 3, the most electrifying man in ALL of entertainment ... And let me tell you something, Dolph, you’d better listen to every piece of advice I give you and you’d better start laying the smackdown on candy asses ...

Ziggler is listening despite the insult to Vickie Guerrero a moment ago ...

THE ROCK: You’d better start earning my respect, proving to me that you are what you say you are ... Now get your monkey ass out of here before I come and whip it all over Fort Lauderdale for you!

Slowly, Ziggler and Guerrero head out of the arena as Rock grins a cheesy grin and waves them goodbye.

THE ROCK: I’ll see you two on NXT! My second guy is someone that The Rock respects one hell of a lot. The Rock knows that this guy is going to join him on NXT and help him beat the hell out of a man named ... J ... B ... L! That man is from one of the most legendary families in wrestling history ... That man is CHAVO GUERRERO!

Cheers for the mention of Chavo Guerrero who is not here in the arena tonight. Rock continues ...

THE ROCK: And now tonight, I am going to find out who the third member of ‘Team Bring It’ will be before the fourth man is announced tomorrow night on Monday Night RAW!

Rock adjusts his shades and looks up at the titantron awaiting his third guy for NXT Season 3 ...

*** LONGHORN ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the other NXT Season 3 mentor ... JOHN BRADSHAW LAYFIELD!

JBL’s limosine pulls into the arena and the driver gets out to open the door and allow JBL to get out and wave his hat in the air to the WWE Universe. A huge, beaming smile is on the face of JBL as he heads for the rampway and he looks like he is heading for the ring but thinks twice before backing away up the ramp and opting for the ‘safety’ of the stage instead ... JBL’s music fades and he prepares to speak ...

JBL: Ladies and Gentlemen, have no fear ... your wrestling gawd has arrived here in Fort Lauderdale!

Boos and jeers echo through the arena as Rock looks mildly amused by the comment from JBL ...

JBL: As you all know, JBL is a very, very successful businessman. I take calculated risks and they pay off, I do not take stupid risks. Last week on RAW, I went out and I paid cold, hard cash to get me an insurance policy. I took a calculated risk ... and I ensured that Drew McIntyre would join ‘Team JBL’ on NXT!

More boos for JBL ...

JBL: You see, whilst Rock here has charisma, I have the money, I can buy whoever I want to buy. When I pass on my experience to the ‘Sinister Scotsman’ Drew McIntyre, he will destroy every member of ‘Team Bring It’ and Rocky ... he will destroy you too!

THE ROCK: Is that a fact?

JBL: You’d better believe that it is a fact, Rock. Drew McIntyre is the man who will lead my team, the great JBL’s team, to victory at WrestleMania 27!

THE ROCK: Are you finished?

JBL: You’d better show me a little more respect, boy, I am the big draw around here now. I have been listening to you arguing with Dolph Ziggler out here, it is embarrassing. You need to make your team feel like a million dollars before NXT begins and you are failing miserably yet again ...

THE ROCK: I’m glad you mentioned that. You see, I’ve been talking to somebody earlier today who isn’t feeling like a million dollars, you may know him ... Kaval?

JBL turns his nose up and shakes his head ...

JBL: That little runt doesn’t interest me, Rock, I only back winners!

THE ROCK: JBL, you are a complete and utter joke. When NXT begins this week, my team will be united and I will be waiting ... ready to layeth the smackdown on your candy ass at the drop of a dime ...

The crowd go wild ...

THE ROCK: I’m going to take that limosine ... polish it hard, shine it up real nice ... turn that sumbitch sideways ... AND STICK IT RIGHT UP YOUR CANDY ASS!

JBL shakes with rage as the Fort Lauderdale crowd chant ‘Rocky!’ once more ...

THE ROCK: And now, let me entertain you in the way that only the Rock can, let me introduce you to the latest member of ‘Team Bring It’ ... Let The Rock ... and the millions ...

The crowd join in and shout ‘And Millions!’ ...

THE ROCK: ... of The Rock’s fans know who is joining our team ...

The titantron sparks into life and the whole of the WWE roster begins to flash up for a nano-second at a time before a loud explosion signals an image on the screen ...



Rock smiles as he finds out that the third member of his team – joining the already announced duo of Dolph Ziggler and Chavo Guerrero – will be the rappin’ superstar ... R-TRUTH!

JBL: Hold it right there, I think it is time to find out who my third team member is ... I’m not interested in having the likes of R-Truth on my team ... So, without further ado, who is joining ‘Team JBL’ as the third member of the team?

Attention turns to the titantron again but this time for the reveal of JBL’s team member who will be ...



JBL looks confused by this one at first but he slowly seems to come round to this and begins to nod his head in appreciation. The Rock looks unimpressed but JBL looks down at the ring and begins to address Rock once more ...

JBL: Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear, Rock. You get R-Truth who only achievement is being the worst rapper that the world has ever seen ...

Boos from the crowd ...

JBL: ... whilst I get a man who, with a little bit of guidance, could well be ... ‘half man, half amazing’ ... the former highest paid member of the SMACKDOWN roster ... MVP!

Rock stifles a yawn in the ring before replying ...

THE ROCK: JBL, you talk about MVP and R-Truth as if I care about what you think ...

JBL: No, no, no, no, no, Rock! I am a Wrestling God and I am demanding respect from you. If I don’t get it, I will ensure that you respect me. Trust me, I am going to win NXT Season 3!

THE ROCK: JBL, you will get no respect from me, all you are going to get from The People’s Champion is the ass-kicking that your monkey-ass deserves from the Jabroni Beating – ala lalalalalal, pie-eating ...

JBL: Oh my gawd, will you please shut up?!

Boos for JBL interrupting Rock when he was getting on a roll ...

JBL: All we ever hear from you is the same old rubbish, Rock. Where have you been for seven years? Where have you been while I have been making millions and millions of dollars? I am successful at every single thing I do and on NXT Season 3, I will be successful again!

THE ROCK: You know what, JBL? The Rock cannot wait to kick your ass. I will see you on NXT ... and I guaran-damn-tee that I will ...

Noise in the arena as something happens of camera ... Suddenly, Rock is sent crashing down to the mat face first after being attacked from behind by Drew McIntyre. Drew sends the boots to the Great One before locking in the Future Shock DDT ... The WWE Universe urge Rock to break free ... but to no avail. FUTURE SHOCK DDT! Boos and jeers erupt around the arena as Drew slowly makes his way up the ramp towards JBL ...

JIM ROSS: What is the matter with Drew McIntyre, King? Where did he come from?

JERRY LAWLER: He came through the crowd, JR, he looks like he is completely on the side of his NXT mentor, JBL!

MICK FOLEY: Knowing JBL and how he acts, that is probably a good thing for Drew McIntyre!

McIntyre shakes hands with his NXT mentor who is beaming with pride after Drew’s actions. A groggy looking Rock is slowly getting back to his knees and glares after McIntyre and JBL as they laugh and leave the arena with the crowd booing and incensed ...

JIM ROSS: NXT Season 3 promises to be very interesting now!

The cameras switch backstage where John Cena is shown preparing himself with his arm band and his wrist bands. Gone are the flashy coloured ones of old and they have been replaced with black ones with the ‘You can’t see me!’ logo. His black t-shirt shows the motto ‘Nobody can see me!’ as he prepares for his huge match with Randy Orton despite the boos in the arena ... The camera switches to his opponent tonight, the former WWE Champion, the Viper who is also preparing himself. He heads out of his locker room and the camera returns to the announce table where JR, King and Mick Foley are waiting ...

JIM ROSS: This one is incredibly personal, folks, it has been brewing for months now. John Cena has had enough of being disrespected!

*** START VIDEO ***

Clips from John Cena’s illustrious WWE past are shown as we hear the crowd chanting ‘Let’s go, Cena!’ over and over again in the background: becoming the US Champion by hitting the Attitude Adjustment to Big Show at WrestleMania 20; winning the title for the first time at WrestleMania 21; defeating Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 23 for the title; defeating Batista at WrestleMania 26 to get revenge and win back the WWE Championship. As the clip plays though, the silent pauses between the ‘Let’s go, Cena!’ chants are filled with a ‘Cena sucks!’ chant that continues to get louder and louder as the clips progress. We hear Cena soundbites about how he fights for the WWE Universe, how the WWE fans are the best in the world, about ‘Hustle, Loyalty and Respect’ and how he loves this business. However, the ‘Cena sucks!’ chants are still getting louder. Replays from Cyber Sunday are aired which show the WWE Universe voting Cena out (one last ‘Cena sucks!’ is heard at its loudest) and the subsequent look of shock on his face. Clips of the match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett are shown with the Viper getting the 3-count in the end and the crowd cheering for Orton – ‘RKO!’ chants are heard – as Cena looks on. Clips showing the early signs of Cena and Orton falling out are shown before we see Survivor Series clips. Cena is hit with the 450 splash from Justin Gabriel in slow motion before the referee makes the count ... 1 ... 2 ... 3! We hear JR announcing that Wade Barrett is the new WWE Champion before we see an angry looking Randy Orton ... Fast forward to RAW the following night – JR is again heard announcing the rematch for Randy Orton against Wade Barrett. We see the attempted apology from John Cena to Orton which is refused before we see Cena interfering in the main event to cost Orton the title and then drafted to SMACKDOWN by Teddy Long. Clips showing Cena and Orton clashing from the past and from recent weeks are shown as the PPV theme tune – ‘Monster’ by Skillet – is heard over the top. We hear the announcement of the match tonight at Vengeance from last week’s RAW before Cena promising to beat respect out of Randy Orton and the WWE Universe ...

*** END VIDEO ***

*** MY TIME IS NOW ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: This match is set for one fall. Introducing first, from West Newbury, Massachusetts, weighing 240 pounds ... JOHN CEEEEEENA!

Cena comes out and heads for the ring but the salutes and the pandering to the crowd of old are now gone as Cena simply walks to the ring with a determined look on his face. He slides under the bottom rope and climbs to the middle rope where he simply stares around the arena before holding his hand up and mocking the crowd with ‘You can’t see me!’ which he then repeats on the opposite side of the ring.

JIM ROSS: Over the last few months, something has gone seriously wrong with this young man, King. He was once the darling of the WWE fans but he believes that the WWE Universe turned on him and lost respect for him. Now he is demanding respect from them instead!

JERRY LAWLER: John Cena has to earn respect, JR, he used to do it every single night but now ... well, something has gone drastically wrong!

MICK FOLEY: I can understand his point, guys, the WWE Universe’s chants of ‘Cena sucks!’ have been noticeably louder over the past year. However, I don’t agree with his actions of late. Something has changed!

Cena removes his t-shirt and goes to throw it to the crowd who raise their hands in anticipation ... but then he simply drops it to the outside of the ring with a look of happiness at their disappointment. Cena is getting booed out of the arena by nearly everybody now ...

JIM ROSS: Tonight, can John Cena show the WWE Universe that he is the top man here in the WWE?

*** VOICES ***



JUSTIN ROBERTS: His opponent, from St. Louis, Missouri, weighing 245 pounds ... RANDY ORTON!

A focused Randy Orton heads out for the ring with a look of intent clear in his eyes. Orton is ready to take revenge on the man who – in his opinion – cost him the WWE Championship on two occasions. Orton saunters slowly to the ring with his eyes focused on Cena who is stood in the centre of the ring ...

JERRY LAWLER: If there is one man in the WWE that I wouldn’t want to be looking for revenge on me, it is that man there, the Viper, Randy Orton!

MICK FOLEY: Randy Orton is remorseless, he’ll assault whoever and whatever it takes to show that he is the top dog in this company! He has destroyed legends – myself included – as well as friends, General Managers and even the boss of the WWE and his family in the past. He is ruthless and tonight he will be desperate to show John Cena just how annoyed he is!

JIM ROSS: Wait a minute!

As Orton steps through the ropes, Cena rushes him and attacks with a barrage of right hands that causes Orton’s theme to stop and the referee to signal for the bell frantically ...

JOHN CENA vs. RANDY ORTON

As the bell rings, Cena continues with a relentless assault of right hands that bounce off the head of Randy Orton who covers up and staggers to the corner. It appears Cena has flown out of the traps at Orton to negate the fast start expected from the Viper and he appears to have been effective in doing so. Cena backs off a few yards to allow Orton space before clotheslining him over the top rope and down to the outside before stalking after him and exiting the ring as well. A look of determination is on the face of the former ‘Face of the WWE’ as he grabs Orton by the head and then whips him hard and fast into the barricades at ringside back first. With Orton stunned, Cena has made the perfect start as he awaits the first attack from his opponent. Cena clotheslines Orton for a second time and this time he goes head over heels again and over the barricades into the WWE Universe at ringside which begins to cause a whole heap of chaos and excitement. More punches follow as Cena rains them down onto the back of Orton but the Viper suddenly mounts a short comeback as he nails Cena with a few right hands of his own in the sea of excited fans in the crowd. A knee to the gut of Cena allows Orton time for a quick breather before he then grabs Cena and throws him back over the barricade to the ringside area before climbing up onto it and delivering a sharp elbow to the forehead of Cena. As Orton surveys Cena on the ground, a look of anger passes over him as he remembers the treatment he has received over the past weeks ...

Orton stalks after Cena as he staggers up to his feet and pulls himself up on the announce table where JR, King and Foley are sat. Orton grabs the head of Cena and goes to smash him down head first into the table but Cena manages to block and hits several elbows to the gut of Orton. Cena goes to crash Orton’s head into the table now but he blocks it as well before smashing Cena down into the table to the delight of most fans in the arena. Cena staggers to the ring and rests against the apron allowing Orton to lift him up and roll him into the ring underneath the bottom rope. Orton goes after him but Cena isn’t as damaged as he thought and hits a standing drop kick that sends Orton tumbling through the ropes and back to the outside. Cena uses his chance to recover a little as Orton gets back up onto the ring apron before coming off the opposite rope and clotheslining the Viper off the apron and down onto the announce table with a thud. Cena taunts the jeering crowd – although some are cheering him, maybe the old ‘haters’ after his heel turn? – before waving his hand over his face in the direction of Orton and uttering the words ‘You can’t see me!’ Orton is livid and clambers back into the ring after Cena. He ducks Cena’s attack and whips him into the ropes before hitting a snap scoop slam that crashes Cena down on his back. With the crowd cheering him on, Orton goes to his trademark stomping of the limbs as he measures and kicks Cena hard in the joints – the knees, the elbows, the shoulders and his face. After allowing Cena back to his knees, Orton hits a DDT before going for the first pin of the match ...

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Cena gets up quickly and tries to catch Orton by surprise but he fails as Orton ducks his attack ... RKO? No, Cena backs away quickly as the crowd groan at the near miss. Orton stares at Cena and holds up his hand to indicate with his thumb and finger how close that was. Cena counters Orton’s next attack though and hits a belly to belly suplex that puts the Viper down on the mat for the first Cena pinfall attempt of the match ...

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* The Viper kicks out! *


Cena drags Orton into a headlock and then lifts him up into a vertical position for another suplex that crashes Orton down hard. Another pinfall as Cena hooks the leg ...

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* Kick out by Orton! *


With Orton down and recovering, Cena quickly lifts himself to the middle turnbuckle and holds his fist up ready to drop it onto Orton. However, the Viper avoids the fist by rolling away and Cena punches the mat instead, painful for him. Orton launches into his trademark short hand clotheslines before his patented backbreaker that leaves Cena writhing in pain. A dropkick from the agile Orton sends Cena down again, pinfall attempt here ...

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* Kick out from Cena! *


Orton is in control here right now and he corners Cena against the buckles and begins hitting heavy right hands to his adversary. He drags Cena up the buckles and begins to set up for a superplex with a groggy Cena unable to defend himself right now. Cena recovers enough to hold on as Orton goes for the superplex but a few more mounted punches from Orton manage to change his mind as he lifts Cena high and over ... SMASH! The superplex leaves both men down in the centre of the ring with the crowd willing Orton into the cover ... Slowly, he crawls over and hooks the leg ...

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* So close, Cena kicks out late! *


Orton is feeling the momentum now and he heads for the corner and climbs onto the top rope. As Cena gets to his feet and turns, Orton sails off the top rope and connects with a huge crossbody that splashes Cena down onto his back with his shoulders down ...

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* Cena kicks out just in time again! *


Frustration shows on the face of Orton and this gives Cena time to slyly roll out of the ring to the outside and a brief respite from the onslaught from Orton. Staggering away up the ramp, Cena looks to be trying to take the high road out of the arena for a moment ... He stops and considers his actions as the referee begins to count him out but then his mind is made up for him as Orton exits and follows him up the ramp. The pair of them trade punches on the ramp and right now Randy Orton’s have more power as they get him control again. Cena attempts a kick to the knee which slows Orton down but as Cena tries to rush him, Orton whips him back first into the steel fencing that lines the aisle. A clattering sound echoes around the arena and the crowd cheer like crazy for Orton as he uses his higher ground now to rain punches down on the head of Cena. The referee’s count reaches 8 though; fortunately Orton hears and rushes back to the ring, rolls in and then back out to break the count. The referee is not happy but the look in the eyes of the Viper tell the story as he looks up in disdain at the referee’s demands that he gets into the ring. The delay though costs Orton as Cena hits punches to his gut to slow him down again. Orton seems really hurt by these though and it seems surprising that this would be the case. With Orton coughing and on his knees, the cameras catch Cena on the replay ... with brass knucks on his fist. The replays shows him tossing them down on the floor out of sight from the referee ...


JERRY LAWLER: Wait a minute, what is John Cena doing?

JIM ROSS: I guess we are finding out just how despicable John Cena is prepared to be to win the match tonight, King!

Cena drags Orton by the head back towards the ring. The referee orders them into the ring but Cena now ignores him and sends his opponent flying through the air head first into the steel ring steps that break apart with the impact. Cena is laughing now as he drags Orton up once more and whips him hard into the padded barricades and then back first into the apron causing Orton to drop to his knees slowly, wincing in pain. Cena jumps up on the apron out of Orton’s view and waits before hitting a shoulder block as he jumps from the apron towards Orton and sending him down to the floor again. Cena looks to the ring and considers something for a second before shaking his head and pointing down to the floor on the outside. What is he going to do? We quickly get an answer as he locks in the STF on the outside and wrenches back on Orton as he looks to force him to tap out. The referee is demanding Cena release Orton and is shouting to him to explain that there cannot be a submission on the outside. Cena ignores the referee though and continues although he cannot force Orton to tap out. The referee begins to count to 5 but Cena holds on until the last possible moment so that he can cause maximum damage. “You should have tapped for me!” Cena mouths at Orton as he stands over him with a look of indignation on his face. Cena drops to his knees and shows his displeasure with the hurting Viper as he slaps him in the face several times for not tapping out there on the outside. Struggling with his back, Orton cannot argue back as he concentrates all his efforts on getting back to his feet as Cena’s hateful words continue ...

... Suddenly, Orton reels back and launches a huge right hand that catches Cena completely off guard and sends him cowering as Orton looks to his another one. Cena staggers away and rolls into the ring where Orton follows and avoids the attempted clothesline ... Full Nelson Slam from Orton as he crashes Cena down again! With Cena staggering to the corner now, Orton mounts the ropes once more and hits a barrage of heavy right hands to Cena as the crowd count along up to 10. Orton then lifts Cena up into a powerbomb ... and crashes him down onto his back as the ring shakes. Cover from Orton ...

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* Cena kicks out! *


Both men are starting to show signs of tiredness now and they trade punches in the middle of the ring as the majority of the crowd boo Cena and cheer Orton. Cena gets the upper hand and he begins to deliver clotheslines to Orton who keeps getting up ... Fisherman’s Suplex from Cena! Holds on for the pinfall ...

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* Orton manages to escape! *


With Orton down and clutching his neck and shoulders, Cena takes a few seconds to recover and reflect. He steps back to the corner as Orton gets up and then a light seems to flicker in Cena’s eyes. He watches Orton as he gets to his knees and begins to mock the Viper by building his power up in the corner as he prepares to deliver one of Orton’s trademark punts. The crowd are jeering Cena but he is not bothered in the slightest ... Cena goes to kick Orton hard in the head but Orton avoids it at the last second. Angered, Orton kicks Cena hard in the stomach and goes for a DDT but Cena counters by pushing Orton into the ropes ... Sidewalk Slam from Cena to Orton! Cena hooks the legs of Orton, he thinks he has done enough now ...

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* Orton kicks out! *


Cena stands over Orton and mocks him once again, this appears to be a new trait of Cena’s new ‘character’ here in the WWE. Orton gets slowly to his knees as Cena berates him ... But then, out of nowhere ... RKO! RANDY ORTON HITS THE RKO TO JOHN CENA! The crowd go wild as Orton slithers into the cover and the crowd count along with the referee ...

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* Cena kicks out to the amazement of everybody in Fort Lauderdale! *


Orton looks spent as he contemplates the failure of his trusted RKO finishing move. Taking time to recover from the beating he has taken, Orton slowly gets up and this allows Cena time to recover as well. Orton goes for a hard clothesline but misses and Cena hits the ropes ... Shoulder Block! And another one! Here goes John Cena with his trademark combination of moves ... Protoplex! Orton smashes down onto the mat and Cena raises his hand up over his face. He goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and mocks the crowd once again although they chant ‘You can’t see me!’ still ... Cena drops the fist hard into the face of Orton before heading for the corner and climbing to the top rope. As Orton gets up slowly, Cena launches off the ropes and hits a perfect leg drop to the back of Orton’s head that crashes him down head first into the mat. Cena looks ready now and he prepares for Orton getting up ... Here he goes! Cena lifts Orton to his shoulders but the Viper gets a second wind and fights back with elbows to the side of Cena’s head. Cena drops Orton who lands on his feet ... As Cena turns to face him, Orton goes for a second RKO but Cena is ready this time and shoves Orton away from him to prevent it. As Orton rushes in for a clothesline, Cena lifts him up and hits the Atomic Drop that leaves Orton struggling on his feet ... Up he goes, onto Cena’s shoulders ... ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT FROM CENA! It’s over!

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* The crowd go wild as Orton kicks out! *


Cena cannot believe it as Orton’s fans go wild in the arena and begin chanting his name: ‘Randy! Randy! Randy!’ Cena looks infuriated and he lifts Orton up onto his shoulders again, a second Attitude Adjustment coming up for the Viper! This time, Orton manages to wriggle clear and he catches Cena coming in ... Olympic Slam! Orton hits the Olympic Slam and now both men are down on the mat exhausted as the crowd calm down a little as they wait to see who will be up first ...


JIM ROSS: What a slobberknocker this is turning into, guys, both men are down and out here!

MICK FOLEY: I thought John Cena had the match won there, JR, just shows that you cannot count out the Viper!

The referee reaches 7 before both men stumble up and rest on the ropes on the opposite sides of the ring and they stare at each other. Orton manages to hit a clothesline first and then he grasps Cena around the stomach for a belly-to-belly suplex that crashes him down once more. Cover from Orton ...

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* Cena kicks out! *


Orton steps back and drops down onto his stomach, pounding the mat in preparation now, ready to strike ... As Cena gets up, so does Randy, here he goes, time for the RKO! The crowd are screaming as Orton tries once again to finish Cena but he fails and the former leader of the Cenation manages to shove the Viper away once again. Orton accidentally knocks the referee over and looks down on the fallen official for a second ... a crucial distraction as Cena takes advantage with a low blow! Are there any lengths that Cena is not willing to now plunge to in order to win a match? The crowd are booing as the referee staggers up to his feet, uninjured, with Orton down on the mat clutching his family jewels! Cena rolls Orton up, pinning his shoulders down and then grabbing the rope out of view of the referee ...

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* Orton manages to get his shoulders up despite the cheating ways of Cena! *


Orton rolls to the outside and he is followed by Cena although Orton looks furious now. He turns and catches Cena perfect with a hard right hand and continues punching until Cena staggers into the announce table once again. Orton rears back to clothesline Cena but it is ducked again, hip toss by Cena and Orton lands hard on top of the announce table as JR, King and Foley scurry away. With Orton down on the table, Cena clambers back into the ring and then up to the top rope ... He looks down on Orton who is getting to his knees on the announce table ... What will Cena do?

Cena leaps off the top rope through the air ... Leg drop to the back of Orton, his face is smashed down into the announce table which breaks apart with the impact of Orton and Cena landing hard on it. Cena takes a second to recover but Orton looks finished as he lies face down in a pile of wires and wood ... Cena mocks the fans once again, he looks confident now. He drags Orton’s prone body to the ring and rolls him deadweight back into the ring under the bottom rope. Cena drags Orton to the corner and props him up as he lifts himself to the middle rope ... Bulldog from Cena! Orton face down into the mat this time! John Cena stands over Orton and contemplates his next move ... STF! CENA LOCKS IN THE STF, WILL ORTON TAP OUT?


JERRY LAWLER: Orton will have no choice, he is finished now!

MICK FOLEY: This doesn’t look good for Randy, get to the ropes!

JIM ROSS: Can Cena force Orton to tap out? Look at the pain etched on Orton’s face!

Cena wrenches back further as Orton tries to twist towards the ropes slowly. Cena looks to have cut Orton off and the Viper is fading as the referee urges him to give it up. Orton refuses and tries again to reach the ropes, inching towards them, slower and slower, can he make it? No, he can’t, Orton fades and he is still short. Orton looks finished now, he can hardly make a fight of it as Cena continues to hold the submission hold in.

JERRY LAWLER: He is refusing to tap out, the pain must be excruciating! Nobody will think less of you now, Randy, give it up!

Orton has faded out and the referee goes to check on his arm now as he fears for the Viper’s safety. His arm flops down twice and it appears that the match is over ... A loud ‘Randy! Randy!’ chant begins and suddenly there is fight left in Orton! He holds his arm up and stretches a little more, inches now, Orton wriggles and scraps ... Got it! RANDY ORTON REACHES THE ROPES! The crowd go wild as the referee orders Cena to release the hold which he refuses to do. A count of 4 is needed to convince Cena to release and he does so angrily before wheeling after the referee who justifies his actions. Cena looks determined still though and he goes and grabs Orton once more, dragging him to his feet ... He lifts Orton to his shoulders again for the Attitude Adjustment! Orton wriggles clear though, goes for the RKO! Cena avoids it and whips Orton into the corner ... He follows looking for a big clothesline, Orton ducks it ... Clothesline! And again! A third one! Snap scoop slam from Randy Orton! Cena is down and the crowd are loving it now! As Cena tries to escape the ring again, Orton catches him and drags him through the ropes, hanging with his feet on the middle rope ... DDT! Orton has Cena right where he wants him now and the crowd sense he has him almost beaten ... Orton waits, slithering on the mat, here it comes! RANDY ORTON HITS THE RKO! The crowd go crazy ... Orton stands over Cena and contemplates the cover – then he backs away to the corner! RANDY ORTON IS GOING TO PUNT JOHN CENA IN THE SKULL! Orton is pumping himself up in the corner as a groggy Cena – falling over several times as he tries – slowly get to his knees, his head out there for Orton to kick off his shoulders! Orton goes over and swings his right boot ... Missed! Cena ducks it and rolls Orton up for a surprise schoolboy pin ... Cena is holding the tights!

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WINNER: John Cena (26:34)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... JOHN CENA!

JIM ROSS: Now what was that about, King?

Cena rolls out of the ring and backs away up the ramp with his hand raised as Orton stands in the ring with a menacing look in his eyes as he watches Cena moving away from him. Orton complains to the official who tells Orton that it was a 3 count and that Cena is the winner. Cena smiles arrogantly before waving his hand over his face ... ‘You can’t see me, Orton!’ is the message before Cena turns and walks up the ramp mouthing at the fans who are giving him grief as he leaves ...

JERRY LAWLER: The respect I had left for John Cena is disappearing by the second, who would have ever thought that John Cena would pull a stunt like that to win a match?

MICK FOLEY: A complete case of a brand new attitude from John Cena – the problem being that nobody likes it!

Cena disappears from view as the camera zooms in on a dejected looking Randy Orton who has suffered another huge defeat here after his title losses on RAW and at Survivor Series. He shakes his head with a look of anger building up before he exits the ring and starts showing his frustration by kicking the steel ring steps. Orton lifts the loosened steps and throws them down with a crash ... He is clearly disappointed and very angry with Cena after that ...

JIM ROSS: Things are not over between these two, guys!

Orton stares out at the WWE Universe who are trying to encourage him as we head into an advert for the Royal Rumble ...


********** ROYAL RUMBLE 2011! **********
The Road to WrestleMania 27 begins!


Backstage, Josh Mathews is waiting with the World Heavyweight Champion ...

JOSH MATHEWS: The Royal Rumble is coming to pay-per-view next month but will you, C.M. Punk, still be the World Heavyweight Champion by the time we arrive in Cleveland, Ohio?

Punk looks a little offended by this question ...

CM PUNK: Will I still be the World Champion?

Josh Mathews nods and CM Punk shakes his head in disgust ...

CM PUNK: That is what everybody is saying, isn’t it? CM Punk, World Champion, Fatal Four Way at Vengeance against Big Show, Kane and Kofi Kingston? No chance, CM Punk cannot retain his title?

Josh looks guilty as he holds the microphone ...

CM PUNK: And you know what, Josh? They were dead right. CM Punk wouldn’t have retained this title six months ago when he was running around with the losers from the Straight Edge Society, Luke Gallows and Serena. But now, Josh, I have a new attitude, a ruthless side that means it doesn’t matter how big and tough my opponents are, I will win the match tonight, I will retain the World Championship.

Some cheers from the hardcore CM Punk fans outside ...

CM PUNK: Big Show is a giant, the World’s Strongest Athlete ... but that just means that he has more to lose from hitting the mat. I’ve picked him up on my shoulders and sent him to sleep before and I can do it again ... Kane, the Devil’s Favourite Demon, a man who is unhinged of late, the former champion who is desperate to regain his title ... He has too many other things on his mind, he cannot focus, he cannot clear his mind – I will clear it for him though when I send him to sleep ... And Kofi Kingston. The man who the WWE believes is the Breakout Star of 2010, ready to make the big jump to the next level, the man who the WWE Universe will be behind tonight and desperate for him to finally capture the big prize ... But it will be a sad ending tonight when his lights go out ... Boom! Boom! Boom!

Punk mocks Kofi as he claps his hands ...

CM PUNK: You see, Josh, I am the best wrestler in the world, unfortunately there are still some morons who don’t believe it. But tonight, I prove to them all that CM Punk is the World Champion for a reason and that reason is because I deserve to be. I am the most worthy man on the WWE roster, I live my life without vices, I bust my balls every night to show the world what a great champion I am ...

Punk strokes the rim of his World Championship belt that is buckled around his waist ...

CM PUNK: So, as for the Royal Rumble next month ... Will CM Punk still be the World Champion? You’d better believe it.

Punk looks Mathews up and down, smirks at him, turns and walks away ...

JOSH MATHEWS: Thanks, Punk ...

The cameras return to the ring where SMACKDOWN ring announcer Tony Chimel is waiting to announce tonight’s main event ...

*** CRANK IT UP ***



TONY CHIMEL: Ladies and Gentlemen, this match is set for one fall and is a Fatal Four Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The crowd cheer in anticipation of the huge main event ...

TONY CHIMEL: Introducing first, from Tampa, Florida, weighing 485 pounds ... THE BIG SHOW!

The crowd are delighted to see Big Show heading out for the ring with a smile on his face and a wave as he makes his way down the ramp to the ring where he salutes the crowd with his huge, frying pan like hand ...

MICK FOLEY: Possibly the most dangerous men in the WWE, one punch from that huge right hand ... or, in tonight’s case, three punches ... and the Big Show can win any match. Tonight, he could easily be the new World Heavyweight Champion!

JIM ROSS: People are seeming to forget that Big Show was the World Champion for about five minutes on SMACKDOWN a few weeks back, it was he who ended the title reign of the Big Red Monster, Kane, before CM Punk capitalised on a knee injury to take the title from him. Tonight, Big Show has his chance to regain the title for the seventh time in his career!

*** SLOW CHEMICAL ***



TONY CHIMEL: Weighing 323 pounds, the Big Red Monster ... KANE!

Explosions all over the arena as the eerie red light floods the place as Kane makes his way down to the ring ...

JIM ROSS: Kane was not happy about losing the World Championship, Mick?

MICK FOLEY: Certainly not, JR, as Teddy Long found to his cost when Kane demanded a match against him on SMACKDOWN this week. After Teddy Long refused to take part in the match, WWE Chairman Chip Butty sensationally fired him. Can Kane cap off a great week for him with his fourth World Championship tonight?

JERRY LAWLER: I still haven’t got over the news about the new SMACKDOWN General Manager from earlier tonight!

JIM ROSS: For those of you that missed it, the reason that you cannot hear Michael Cole’s words of wisdom right now is due to him becoming the new SMACKDOWN General Manager earlier tonight ...

JR is interrupted by another explosion as Kane stands in the middle of the ring and signals for the ring posts to flame ... He is stood face to face with the Big Show and there is an uneasy tension ahead of this match ... As it looks as if something might happen though, more music signals the third challenger ...

*** S. O. S. ***



TONY CHIMEL: From Ghana, West Africa, weighing 221 pounds ... KOFI KINGSTON!

Colourful explosions this time as the pyro signals the arrival of the Ghanaian Breakout Star of 2010 in the WWE, Kofi Kingston. He leaps about energetically as he heads for the ring and salutes the WWE Universe as the clear fans favourite in this contest ...

JIM ROSS: The men in this match have twelve World Championship reigns between them ... but none of them have been contributed by this man, Kofi Kingston!

MICK FOLEY: For months now, Kofi has been getting closer and closer to winning the World Championship from Kane, I have a feeling that tonight is the night for Kofi!

Kingston claps his hands in the corner of the ring and receives huge cheers, the crowd are fully behind Kofi tonight ... He slaps hands with Big Show – two friends usually but not when the bell rings tonight – before tossing his t-shirt out to the crowd. Kofi looks determined, pumped up and ready for his moment tonight ...

*** THIS FIRE BURNS ***



TONY CHIMEL: And finally, from Chicago, Illinois, weighing 222 pounds ... the World Heavyweight Champion ... C. M. PUNK!

Boos around the arena mixed with Punk’s hardcore support as the champion makes his way to the ring with the title belt around his waist ...

JIM ROSS: CM Punk defends the World Championship for the first time tonight, Kane and Big Show get their title rematches as well as Kofi Kingston getting a shot at the title. Can CM Punk possibly get out of this match still the champion as we head into 2011?

MICK FOLEY: Punk seemed confident earlier tonight – as he has every right to be – but I just can’t see him winning tonight.

The referee checks out each of the three challengers as CM Punk stands on the middle and top turnbuckle holding the World Championship high above his head to a mixed reception – cheers from the hardcore CM Punk fans, jeers from the rest of the WWE Universe who are cheering on Kofi or Big Show ... The referee checks Punk out before taking the World Championship from him and holding it high to signal that this match is for the World Championship to cheers from the WWE Universe ...

JIM ROSS: It has been an amazing night here – full of surprises and fast paced action. And now it is time for the main event!

MICK FOLEY: SMACKDOWN, the blue brand, has a new General Manager as announced earlier ...

JERRY LAWLER: I can’t believe that Cole is in charge of SMACKDOWN ...

MICK FOLEY: ... but will SMACKDOWN have a new World Heavyweight Champion by the time we reach Friday next week?

JIM ROSS: We’re about to find out!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FATAL FOUR WAY MATCH: CM PUNK (c) vs. BIG SHOW vs. KANE vs. KOFI KINGSTON

All four men are stood in different corners of the ring as the referee hands CM Punk’s World Championship belt to the timekeeper who takes it to safety. All four men are eying their opponents suspiciously waiting for somebody to make the first move – Kane is the man who does so as he steps forward to the centre of the ring and informs the others that he is going to recapture his World Championship tonight. He suddenly turns and goes after an off-guard Kofi Kingston and starts pounding him hard with right hands that stagger Kofi back towards the corner trapped. Kane delivers hard blow after hard blow but Big Show refuses to allow this and goes to the rescue of his friend, Kingston. Dragging Kane off the Ghanaian, Show and Kane start grappling and trading blows whilst the champion watches on in amusement. With Kofi alone and struggling in the corner, the opportunistic champion heads over towards him and starts delivering stiff kicks to the upper legs, ribs and waist with Kofi wincing with each blow from Punk’s educated feet. However, Kofi is able to catch Punk’s foot and he wheels him around before hitting a standing drop kick of his own that sends Punk spiralling through the ropes to the outside to the delight of his fans. On the opposite side of the ring, Big Show gets the better of Kane and hits a clothesline that sends the Big Red Monster up and over the top rope to the outside and the two fan favourites are stood in the ring as the WWE Universe cheer them. Show high fives Kingston and the pair stand centre of the ring waiting for the next move of their opponents ... The crowd begin to chant loud ‘Kofi! Kofi!’ and it is clear that many of them are here tonight hoping for Kingston to finally win his first major championship here in the WWE! Hearing the chant, Kofi claps his hands but Show has a strange look on his face ...

CM Punk is the first man to jump back up to the apron but this is short-lived as Big Show hits a big shoulder block through the ropes that sends the World Champion spinning back down to the floor outside of the ring. On the other side of the ring, Kane is back on the apron but he is also cut off as Kofi hits a drop kick to the former World Champion that knocks him back down to the ground as well. Another ‘Kofi!’ chant begins as the crowd rally behind him when suddenly Big Show – a look of anger on his face – grabs his ‘friend’ by the throat. Boos echo around the arena but it appears the chants of the crowd have upset Show and he lifts Kofi up high by the throat ... CHOKE SLAM! Boos ring out but it appears that Show has this one won very early as he covers a broken Kofi Kingston ...

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* CM Punk rushes back in and breaks the fall to save the title! *


Annoyed that CM Punk just denied him the title – and maybe remembering that CM Punk won the title from him minutes after he defeated Kane last month – Big Show responds by grabbing Punk and locking in a bear hug that Punk has little answer to. As the life drains out of Punk, Show sends him into the ropes and then lifts him up into a Military Press before dropping him down flat on his face. Show covers Punk looking for the title ...

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* Punk kicks out as Kane kicks Show hard in the head to break it! *


Show staggers up and Kane starts battering him back with uppercuts before CM Punk joins forces with the Big Red Monster and starts combining with his attack. As Kane hits Show with big right hands, Punk hits a series of kicking combinations that leave the World’s Largest Athlete gasping for breath in the corner. Show looks to shove Punk and Kane away but Kane responds with a drop kick that reduces the giant to one knee as he continues to take a beating from the pair. Punk steps back and then hits a running high knee to Show in the corner that snaps his head back a little, Punk’s knee connecting with his jaw perfectly. Stepping back, Punk admires his handy work and then Kane rushes over and hits a devastating big boot to Show’s face as he is stood groggily perched on the buckles in the corner. Kane and Punk then complete the teamwork by stepping back and delivering a synchronised clothesline to Show that slowly and surely lifts him up and over the top rope before his huge mass tumbles down to the outside ...


MICK FOLEY: Well, you know guys, after tonight, we will be heading for Cleveland, Ohio for the Royal Rumble! If that was tonight, Punk and Kane would have just eliminated the World’s Largest Athlete!

JERRY LAWLER: Too true, Mick, that is impressive teamwork from the pair of them!

JIM ROSS: But only one of them can win the match, they’re going to have to fight soon to determine who will walk out tonight as the World Heavyweight Champion!

After their dismantling of Big Show, Kane and CM Punk consider fighting each other but then Kofi Kingston re-enters the fray as he rushes over and leaps up trapping Kane in the corner. He lets fly with wild right hands as the crowd cheer him on but Punk drags him off his new found acquaintance, Kane, and pops him off into the ropes before hitting a snap suplex off the ropes. Kofi is down on the mat again, Punk could retain his title here ...

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* Kane stomps Punk in the head to break the count! *


Now there is tension between the two allies – Kane and CM Punk stare into each other’s eyes as Kofi wriggles out of the way beside them. A fist fight breaks out between Punk and Kane and the bigger man wins out as he starts to get on top of the champion. Kane scoops up Punk onto his shoulder and then hits a running powerslam that crashes Punk down onto the mat hard. Back to his feet, Kane ignores Kofi who is recovering in the corner and he runs off the ropes before hitting a dropkick to the seated CM Punk as he tries to get to his feet. Kane makes the cover on Punk, hooking the leg, as he seeks to regain the title ...

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* Kick out from the World Champion! *


Kane gets to his feet and begins to drag Punk up with him when he suddenly notices that Kofi Kingston is flying through the air towards him – missile dropkick from Kofi from the top rope! Kane hits the mat this time and Kofi quickly makes the cover ...

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* Kane kicks out! *


Quick as a flash, Punk drags Kofi off Kane and lifts him to his shoulders – Go To Sleep? Kofi wriggles and fights to get out of Punk’s big finisher but Kane suddenly appears and hits a big boot to Punk that staggers him. Kofi falls off Punk’s shoulder and then ... BAM! Knockout punch from Big Show to CM Punk who is out cold. What a huge difference maker that right hand of Big Show is going to be tonight, could it take him to the World Championship? Not if Kane has anything to do with it as he attacks Big Show again and is then joined by an unlikely ally in Kofi Kingston who it appears has realised that there is no friendship between him and Show tonight. Show shoves Kofi away though and then catches the rushing Kane and hits a big sidewalk slam that squashes Kane flat on the mat. Big Show hooks the leg for the cover ...

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* Low dropkick from Kofi, cover broken up! *


Clutching his head, Show gets back to his feet looking for Kofi. He stalks after the Ghanaian who uses his speed and agility to stay out of Big Show’s reach and manages to get a few telling kicks into the ribs of the giant. A dropkick to Show’s knee takes him down to one knee and then Kane appears with another big boot - this time to the side of Show’s head. Kane hits a clothesline to Kingston that sends him up and over the top rope to the outside of the ring before covering Big Show for a pinfall attempt ...

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* Big Show kicks out! *


Both men start to get up but Kane is quickest and catches Show as he makes his way up – a kick to the chest and then a DDT to the giant whilst he is on his knees crashes him down face first into the mat. The crowd are worried now as Kane is looking in control of the contest and seems to be near to regaining the World Championship he lost on SMACKDOWN a month ago. With Show down from the DDT, Kane makes another cover ...

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* Big Show powers up clutching Kane by the throat! *


Despite his earlier actions towards Kofi Kingston, the crowd rally behind Show once more as he drags Kane up to his feet by the throat. Kane responds by reeling back his right hand and grabbing Big Show by the throat as well – both men are trying to choke the life out of each other so that they can hit the choke slam. However, it appears Show’s grip is tighter as Kane begins to struggle and he resorts to a stiff kick to the inside of Big Show’s knee that forces him to release. Another low drop kick to Show’s knee – which he is now clutching in pain after several attempts to target it by Kane and CM Punk – forces Show down to the mat and Kane climbs to the top rope. He flings himself off the top turnbuckle and connects with a flying clothesline as the big man shows impressive agility, Show crashing down to the mat and Kane jumping over him looking for the cover.

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* Big Show powers out! *


Kane gets to his feet and stands over Show looking down on him and wondering what he needs to do to beat this behemoth when Kofi Kingston flies through the air once again and this time connects with Kane with a flying crossbody from the top rope. Kingston jogs on the spot as he has Kane down and then milks the chants of the crowd as he delivers his Boom Drop, both legs dropping hard onto Kane’s stomach. Kofi makes the cover, could this be his first title?

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* Big Show is up and he picks Kingston up with his trunks! *


Holding Kofi with one hand by his wrestling tights, Show clenches up his right hand and is clearly ready to level Kofi with one weapon of mass destruction, one knockout blow. Kofi finds his feet just as Show swings the fist, Kofi ducks ... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI LEVELS BIG SHOW WITH A DEVASTATING KICK TO THE HEAD! Kofi makes the cover, this is it, Kofi Kingston is going to be the new World Heavyweight Champion!

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* CM Punk drags Kofi off of Big Show! *


Boos ring out around the arena as Punk denies Kofi his first major WWE title but the Chicago self proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ doesn’t care one little bit. Punk and Kofi begin to trade punches and they slug it out looking to get the advantage over each other. It is Punk who gets control and he hooks Kofi’s arms and then lifts him up and over for a backbreaker across his knee. Punk then lifts Kofi up for a vertical suplex which he crashes down onto the shoulders and upper back of Kingston – the Falcon Arrow. Is Punk set to retain his title? Kofi staggers to the corner and is then caught with Punk’s running knee that jars his head back; Punk holds on and then delivers a perfect bulldog to take Kofi down. CM Punk goes for the cover ...

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* Kofi is not beaten yet, a kick out! *


Punk signals to the crowd that it is time for Kingston to go to sleep and he lifts him up onto his shoulders again ready to hit the finishing move. However, the resilient Kingston manages to wriggle clear and he manages to counter with one of his own signature moves – the SOS! Kofi manages to crash Punk down onto the mat and begins to go for the cover when the two big men return to the match: Big Show and Kane are back in the ring and back on their feet. Show tosses Kofi into the corner and he hits his back on the buckles before Show slaps him hard in the chest, the sound reverberating around the arena. A second slap to the chest has the WWE Universe wincing for Kofi as he doubles up in pain in the corner. Kane hits several running clotheslines to CM Punk who he has dragged to his feet in the corner and then he turns to watch Big Show as he drops his massive leg over Kofi’s chest with the Showstopper move that drives Kofi down. Kane shakes his head at Big Show and proceeds to send Punk into the ropes before hitting a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker that nearly breaks Punk in half over his knee. Unimpressed, the watching Show responds to Kane now – he lifts Kofi up in the air before dropping him back down with a Military Press Slam. Kane remains unimpressed and he tells Show to watch him as he rushes to the ropes, rebounds and catches CM Punk with a hard hitting drop kick to the chest as he gets to his feet. Punk and Kofi are down on the mat as the competition between Show and Kane continues with Show lifting Kofi up and seemingly lifting him up for a powerbomb before falling back and dropping Kofi face first to the mat – Alley Oop! Kane raises the stakes further still though as he hits a huge choke slam to CM Punk that nearly smashes him through the ring mat. Big Show applauds Kane sarcastically and then grabs Kofi by the throat ready to hit him with the choke slam ... but Kane is tricking him and whilst Show goes for a choke slam, he quickly covers CM Punk to try and get the pinfall ...

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* Big Show realises and kicks Kane in the head! *


Kane is wobbled by the kick but he avoids contact from Big Show as he looks to hit him with a shoulder block and responds with a third big boot kick to the head of the giant that topples him once again. Kane looks pretty impressed with himself but then Kofi Kingston struggles up behind him ... The WWE Universe excitement builds as they realise what Kofi is up to ... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! KOFI WITH THE TROUBLE IN PARADISE KICK TO KANE! Nobody else is near – Punk down, Big Show down, Kofi could be about to win the World Championship here ...

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* Kane kicks out just in time! *


The crowd cannot believe it and Kofi clutches his head in despair. He thought he had the match won there! Kane rolls out of the ring and Kofi refuses to give up as he hits the ropes, rushes over the ring and sails through the ropes ... Suicide Dive to Kane! Kane hits the announce table hard and Kofi jumps back up to a great reception as the crowd will him on to win the title. As Kofi returns to the ring though, Punk grabs him and runs him to the corner where he sends him between the buckles and Kofi’s shoulder smashes into the ring post. Clutching his shoulder and in pain, Kofi slowly edges back out as Punk stands on the ring apron on the wrong side of the ropes. Kofi falls backwards onto his back and Punk slingshots up and over the top rope, somersault senton to Kofi on the mat. CM Punk with the cover as he tries to retain the title ...

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* Kofi kicks out! *


CM Punk is determined to take advantage right now though and he lifts Kofi onto his shoulders ... GO TO SLEEP! CM PUNK HITS KOFI KINGSTON WITH THE GTS! It looks all over, CM Punk makes the cover ...

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* Knockout punch from Big Show denies Punk! *


Poor CM Punk lies on the floor beside Kofi struggling for consciousness again after another huge right hand from the World’s Largest Athlete. Big Show climbs back into the ring and he covers CM Punk, new World Champion?

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* Kane is back in the ring to break it up! *


Big Show gets to his feet slowly as Kane waits for him ... Kane grabs Show by the throat and gives it every effort he has ... CHOKE SLAM! BIG SHOW IS CHOKE SLAMMED BY KANE! Exhausted, Kane flops down on top of Big Show, new World Champion this time ...

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* Big Show kicks out somehow! *


Rolling to the ropes, Big Show is hurt but isn’t beaten – Kane cannot believe it. He dropkicks Show to force him under the ropes and out of the ring and realises he needs something extra to win this one. He looks around the ring at CM Punk and Kofi Kingston – both of whom are still struggling up – and decides to go for the World Champion. He lifts Punk up and attempts t set up the Tombstone Piledriver but he is denied when Kofi Kingston hits a standing drop kick to send him staggering back and dropping Punk back to the mat. Punk and Kofi look to each other and read each other’s minds – a double clothesline sends Kane out of the ring once again. With Punk and Kofi alone, they both desperately look to get control and seize the chance to win the match. Punk tries to set up Kofi for a GTS but Kofi wriggles clear and whips Punk to the ropes. He lifts Punk up high and then releases him before catching him with some kind of RKO / Stone Cold Stunner as he falls – the Swiss Death. Kofi goes for the cover ...

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The champion fights on but he can do nothing to prevent Kofi from hitting the Boom Drop once again and the WWE Universe sense that this is Kofi’s big chance to win the match. Kofi stands back and allows Punk to get up slowly as he waits and waits and waits ... TROUBLE IN PARADISE! It is over! Kofi Kingston is the new World Heavyweight Champion now, surely? No! CM Punk manages to roll himself out of the ring before Kofi can pounce for the pinfall ... Kofi holds his head once more but then spots Big Show getting to his feet. Kofi uses the top rope to leap over and deliver a flying plancha to Show that takes him down and hits his back on the barricades. Kofi scrambles to the top rope and stands looking down towards Big Show ... He flies off and hits a diving crossbody that leaves Show down on the floor outside the ring and leaves Kofi as the only man standing right now – only problem is that his three opponents are outside the ring! Rolling Punk back in, Kofi doesn’t notice Kane getting back to his feet and following him .. hence the surprise when Kane hits him with a vicious clothesline to derail his chances once again. Kane then grabs CM Punk in a double handed choke and drops him down to the mat. Kane goes for the cover as he looks to pin the World Champion here ...

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* CM Punk kicks out weakly! *


Kane climbs slowly to the top rope, the fatigue is beginning to show now. Kane gets to the top rope but he has given Punk time to recover and the World Champion pushes Kane’s feet from under him and Kane lands in a way that will get him much sympathy from males around the world. Punk clambers up the ropes where Kane is straddling the buckle and he pulls Kane back up. CM Punk waits a second to be comfortable before hitting a Frankensteiner that tosses Kane across the ring and crashing down to the mat. Reaching back, Punk hooks the leg and looks for the pinfall over Kane ...

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Kane, with Punk following, rolls out of the ring to the outside. Kane staggers away from Punk who then runs into the other massive man in the match, Big Show. Show grabs Punk and angrily flings him into the barricade wall around the ringside area and Punk’s back crashes into the fence. Show turns to go after Kane but he is met with a choke again ... KANE LIFTS BIG SHOW OFF HIS FEET – CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! The Spanish announcers scatter as Show crashes through the wood, wires and cameras and lands on the floor – the crowd are loving it and begin chanting loud in excitement for a huge move from Kane. Sliding back into the ring, Kane finds Kofi Kingston on the mat and struggling up. CM Punk is down, Big Show looks destroyed, Kane could win the title here! He lifts Kofi up and sets up the Tombstone, can he hit it?

TOMBSTONE PILDERIVER FROM KANE TO KOFI KINGSTON!


MICK FOLEY: That has got to be it, King, it’s over now!

JIM ROSS: New World Champion!

JERRY LAWLER: Wait a minute! What’s happening?

As Kane looks to pin Kofi Kingston and seal himself as the World Heavyweight Champion, the lights in the arena suddenly go off and the place is in darkness. The crowd go wild as they think they know what is happening ...

*** GRAVEYARD SYMPHONY ***


With the lights off and the eerie theme music of The Undertaker playing, the crowd are going wild with delight. However, nobody can see what is happening in the ring although there are some shadows moving around in the ring that are visible in the flashlights of the cameras as they pop around the arena ... Everybody waits with baited breath as a silence falls around the arena ... Kane was so close to becoming the World Heavyweight Champion there ... The lights suddenly come back on and we see that standing tall in the middle of the ring ...



... is THE UNDERTAKER! The crowd go wild as they see that Kofi Kingston is still laid out in the centre of the ring after Kane hit him with the Tombstone Piledriver whilst CM Punk and Big Show are still recovering outside the ring. However, Kane is no longer standing over Kofi, he is down in the corner trying to escape from his brother who is slowly stalking towards him. Kane reaches the corner and looks terrified as Undertaker advances on him. The referee is stood outside the ring and doesn’t seem to know what to do about this, he is powerless to disqualify anybody over it. Undertaker gets closer to Kane who suddenly launches a kick to the knees of his brother. Taker stumbles but as Kane tries to fight him off, Undertaker suddenly starts to unleash pent up aggression on him. Hard rights and lefts bounce off Kane as he is battered by his brother, Kane tries to cover up but fails and Taker now twists his arm and climbs the corner ropes. Balancing across the top rope, he jumps down and clothesline the straining back of the Big Red Machine and takes him down to the mat. Kane tries to get up quickly but walks straight into a choke hold from Undertaker who – with the cheers of the WWE Universe ringing in his ears – lifts Kane up and hits a huge chokeslam. With Kane down, Taker cuts across his throat and the crowd go wild as Kane is dragged up and lifted upside down by the Phenom of the WWE ... TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER! Undertaker stands over Kane and takes in the adulation of the crowd before the lights go out again ...

When the lights return, the Undertaker has vanished but he has made a huge impact on Kane who is laid spark out on the mat facing the rafters. Kofi Kingston is helping himself up in the corner and he looks over at Kane and the crowd suddenly realise the opportunity that the popular Ghanaian has here. Kofi looks confused for a second and then goes for it with the crowd cheering like hell ... He covers Kane and hooks up the leg ...

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* CM PUNK SAVES HIS TITLE AT THE LAST SECOND! *


Kofi is dazed and CM Punk drags him back to his feet and off Kane. He rams Kofi shoulder first into the steel ringpost in the corner before dragging him by the hair and throwing him up and over the top rope where Kofi lands right on top of Big Show who was just stirring. Kofi and Big Show are down on the outside and Punk turns his attention to Kane who is just starting to show some signs of life again. Punk drags Kane up, takes a big deep breath and lifts the Big Red Monster up onto his shoulders ... Can CM Punk do it? Yes! GO TO SLEEP! Kane is down and out, Punk goes for the pin and hooks Kane’s leg ...

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WINNER: CM PUNK (26:39)


JUSTIN ROBERTS: Here is your winner ... and still the World Heavyweight Champion ... C. M. PUNK!

As his theme music reverberates around the arena, Punk is handed the World Championship belt and he celebrates on his knees after a hard fought victory ... Despite being battered and bruised, Punk manages a cocky smile that tells the world that he is proud of himself and what he has managed to do tonight ...

JIM ROSS: CM Punk has retained his World Championship!

JERRY LAWLER: That may be so, JR, but Kane had the match won ...

Replays of Undertaker’s appearance and assault on Kane are shown again ...

MICK FOLEY: He sure did, King, Kane had it won when he hit the Tombstone Piledriver to Kofi Kingston but look who showed up ... The Phenom himself, the Undertaker, Boom! Tombstone to Kane!

JIM ROSS: And, despite Kofi Kingston’s brave effort to steal the title, CM Punk took advantage, Mick ...

A replay of Punk throwing Kofi over the top rope is shown before the ‘Go To Sleep’ delivered to Kane that retained CM Punk the World Championship ...

MICK FOLEY: CM Punk did the smart thing, took advantage, against all odds, CM Punk retains the World Championship, what a night!

JERRY LAWLER: Tell me about it! Unbelievable!

JIM ROSS: It’s been an amazing night here in the final pay-per-view of 2010! And you know what, King? It’s just going to get even more exciting as the ‘Road to WrestleMania’ is now just around the corner ... Goodnight, everybody, we’ll see you tomorrow night on RAW!

Shots of the four men involved in the main event are shown as we see Kane staggering backwards up the ramp clutching his head and looking angry, we see Kofi Kingston and Big Show stood close to each other with both looking disappointed but finally we see CM Punk holding the World Championship high as Vengeance fades away ...

********** END OF SHOW **********
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Vengeance Review

Vengeance was awesome man, really awesome PPV from start to finish, really

Justin Gabriel becoming the new WWE United States Champion by pinning Ted DiBiase Jr., hopefully we see Daniel Bryan turn heel in the future, setting up a Gabriel/Bryan feud for the title

HHH beating Sheamus in a Last Man Standing Match to become the new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship, I must say that it was one hell of a match, as brutal as they come, and now HHH goes on to the Royal Rumble PPV to face Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship, and I for one can't wait for that match-up, it will be a slobberknocker for sure!!!!!!!

Del Rio beating Henry to retain his WWE Intercontinental Championship, I hope it will only mean bigger and better things for Del Rio in the future, 2011 I predict will be the year of Del Rio!!!!!!!!!

Christian beating Matt Hardy to earn a World Heavyweight Championship match in the coming future, I hope that means it will be Christian vs Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Royal Rumble PPV, but if not then hopefully Christian vs Punk at Mania 27 in the main event!!!!!!

But what I have been waiting for is Edge to make his return, and he made it but it was in a losing effort to the shocking return of RVD at Vengeance, Edge getting himself DQ'ed only for GM HBK to restart the match by making it a Chairs Match, I loved it, and for RVD to win his first match back on PPV made it all the more better, but Edge if anything I can definitely see him wanting a trade and wanting to get traded over to Smackdown so that way he doesn't have to deal with HBK anymore!!!!!!!

Miz beating John Morrison, I knew he would do it, and now that Miz can put John Morrison behind him, Miz can go on to the Royal Rumble and actually win it, headline Mania 27 in the main event, and be a bigger and better star than Morrison his ex-partner

Wade Barrett beating Kurt Angle to retain his WWE Championship, I must say I am happy about this result, and Barrett can go on to the Rumble to defend his WWE Championship against Triple H, 2011 will also be the year of Barrett for sure!!!!!!!!!

CM Punk retaining his World Heavyweight Championship against Kofi Kingston, Kane, and Big Show, I wasn't surprised, Punk is awesome, but when Undertaker also made his return during this match to cost Kane the World Heavyweight Championship, I was shocked but happy, Taker is back!!!!!!!!!!!

John Cena beating Orton, this if anything was my match of the night, I personally loved it and Cena being Heel Cena, his character now is just a breath of fresh air!!!!!!!

Overall great Vengeance PPV and I cannot wait until Royal Rumble!!!!!!!

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Hey GCB, glad to finally read again something that you produced. Anyway, I'll be reviewing after each match so here goes...

First of all, I really liked the opening video for Vengeance. A lot of stuff has happened since you have taken over WWE and made it in your own way. It was good to see you revisit some of those moments. Cole being an ass from the beginning of the PPV, please fire him. Get in a quality guy like Josh Matthews or Matt Striker, hell, even Booker T!

First match is for the US Championship. I believe that I picked Ted Dibiase to win it all. Good match to read and it was a great opening contest. Constant yapping from Cole about Bryan, maybe a feud with them somehow? Good action as well. I like Gabriel being a face. I really wasn't sure if he was gonna be a face or not in this match, glad that you made him face. Wow! Figure-four leg lock. I thought Gabriel had it there. Then a surprise Dream Street from Dibiase to Bryan and I thought he had it there but Gabriel gets the win. Great opening match GCB and the handshake at the end was great as well.

WOW. Definitely a great match between Sheamus and Triple H. I picked Sheamus to win this, but I was wrong as well. Great action and I like the use of the cars. I thought you'd end it all in the parking lot but extending the match was brilliant. I like how you've given Sheamus a weapon of his own just like how Triple H has his trust sledgehammer. I believe Sheamus is the new Triple H of this generation. Hmm, so Hornswoggle interfered, what does this mean for Sheamus? Hope you don't suspend him. Maybe a feud with the GM, HBK vs. Sheamus, would love to see that. Your booking of Sheamus is really strong here and this is how I prefer Sheamus, HEEL. I'm giving this match 4.5 stars outta 5. Now that Triple H has won, it doesn't matter who wins the WWE Title match, because both will be great. It can establish Barrett even more and it gives Angle more credibility since his return.

Ha, finally got one right with Del Rio retaining against Mark Henry. Kind of off-putting when Del Rio went for moves that he couldn't execute on Henry like the spinebuster. Del Rio is a pretty crafty and smart wrestler. But anyway, good match here. I didn't think Del Rio could get Henry to tap and I was right. The distraction by Rodriguez was good and holy shit! Powerbomb by Del Rio to end the match? Damn, I wonder if Del Rio could do that. Nonetheless, good match here and I hope you continue this feud.

Whoaaaa, Michael Cole as the new Smackdown GM. I absolutely don't have a problem with this. Hate Cole on commentary but I think he'll be good as a GM. I've thought of this idea for a BT where Lawler is the GM of Raw and Cole is the GM of Smackdown. Good to see someone giving Cole a shot. And hmm, Mick Foley on commentary, good enough, wanted Booker T though!

Next up is Christian vs. Matt Hardy. Two men who are out to prove something now that their tag team partners have both tasted world title gold. I picked Christian to win here and I got it right. The opening of the match showed that the two were evenly matched but later on in the match, you wrote down that Christian started to use unfriendly tactics which was choking. Heel turn? But you got the job done with this match. Definitely think that the right man won here. Maybe a Hardy heel turn then? Very interested with what you do with Hardy and how you incorporate Christian with his World Title shot.

Interesting divas segment here. A ripped up teddy bear huh, smells like...KHARMA! McCool and Kharma as an alliance? Sounds like the divas division is gonna get interesting.

Edge is back! HBK though, isn't going to make Edge's life easier on Raw. Since Edge cost HBK a superstar like John Cena, HBK brings back a fan-favorite, RVD! Wow, two good additions to Raw with Kurt Angle and RVD, TNA guys. What a match between RVD and Edge. My favorite match of the night so far. I'm glad RVD is back and looks to be a big player on Raw. Raw is now stacked with a lot of talent and I'm really liking the direction that the WWE is going in right now. Goodjob GCB!

Another astounding match with Morrison and Miz. I've always wanted to write this rivalry and I'm glad to see you giving it some GCB flavor. The match was well-written. However, I think Riley did a little too much and should have gotten thrown out earlier but that's just me. Miz winning here is smart. And what's this? Miz hinting at cashing in his MITB briefcase tonight? Interesting.

Wasn't expecting a clean win for Barrett here and I was right. Pretty good matchup with Barrett taking control and Angle making a comeback, classic booking right there. I like how you've built up Barrett and Nexus. I hated how they turned out in real life. After the match was pretty interesting. Seeing the new US Champion in Gabriel come out and so with Bryan and RVD. Barrett vs. Triple H should be great. That match could really elevate Barrett to the top if he isn't already.

Eh, wasn't really feeling the NXT segment. Excited for the show though.

Cena vs. Orton was pretty brilliant. It's pretty fun to see Cena as the heel and Orton as the face here. Liking Cena's new attitude but didn't mind him when he was face either. Very sure that these two will feud til Wrestlemania. Maybe they get into a title match with Barrett? Or maybe they go into a triple-threat match with Undertaker. Interesting idea

WOW! What a main event. Lots of back and forth action here. I'd definitely would be rooting for Kofi in this as well but I chose Punk to retain here. Undertaker getting involved here will surely lead to a Kane/'Taker feud so I guess that's not the route Cena and Orton are going into. Definitely great match and right choice for the main event.

Overall, Vengeance was awesome! I'd pay money to see this happen in WWE. Great job GCB!
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Monday December 27th, 2010 | Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida

Before RAW goes to air, a short highlights package from last night is shown that features the main three matches with RAW interest: we start off with still images and commentary of Triple H finally getting a measure of revenge over the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus, to earn a future shot at the WWE Championship; we then see images of the Wade Barrett and Kurt Angle contest where Barrett retained his title with a tainted victory after some distraction from Nexus followed by the arrival of several other RAW superstars to protect Angle after the match; finally, we see clips from Randy Orton and John Cena’s match where Cena used Orton’s tights to score a cheap victory before mocking the Viper as he left the ring. A voiceover reminds us that this is the final RAW of 2010 and that 2011 and the Royal Rumble are now on the horizon ...

***** BURN IT TO THE GROUND *****

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JIM ROSS
Just one night on from a brutal Vengeance pay-per-view, Monday Night RAW has arrived tonight here in Orlando, Florida as the WWE looks to end 2010 on a high tonight! Good evening, everybody, I’m Jim Ross here with my broadcast colleague, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. King, we’re expecting fireworks here tonight!

JERRY LAWLER
Oh, you’d better believe it, JR! So many questions left unanswered from Vengeance last night – let’s hope we start to address some of those issues tonight!

*** WE ARE ONE ***

WWE CHAMPION WADE BARRETT & NEXUS

A smug looking Wade Barrett heads down the ramp with the WWE Championship placed around his waist as he is flanked by his Nexus team-mates – Ezekiel Jackson and Heath Slater to his left, Skip Sheffield and David Otunga to his right. All dressed in black and yellow Nexus t-shirts, the intimidating team enter the ring where Barrett is handed a microphone as he looks to address the WWE Universe in Florida ...

WADE BARRETT
Just as I told you last week on Monday Night RAW ...

An eruption of boos ring out around the arena and prevent Barrett from making his first point of the evening as he stares around the arena with a look of amusement on his face. Otunga is telling the ringside viewers to calm down and show respect but Barrett does not look ruffled as he steps into the middle of the ring again ...

WADE BARRETT
Have you finished?

Barrett smirks as the crowd boo and jeer him once again ... A loud ‘You Suck!’ chant begins and it is clear that Barrett is already under the skin of the people here in Orlando.

WADE BARRETT
Like I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted, as I told you last week on RAW, here I am, Wade Barrett, STILL your WWE Champion!

Boos once again ring out around the Amway Arena as Barrett lifts his WWE Championship belt up high over his head. The other four members of the Nexus applaud their leader as he continues into the microphone ...

WADE BARRETT
Just six months ago, Wade Barrett was winning NXT Season 1 and getting prepared to launch the most dominant group of men ever onto the WWE and Monday Night RAW. Since then, we have pruned away some weak links like Daniel Bryan and Justin Gabriel, we have added a monster to our ranks with Ezekiel Jackson and we now dominate the WWE more than any other group ever in history. Within six months of our arrival on RAW, we have done what you all said we never could.

Barrett takes a pause as the crowd once again try to chant ‘You Suck!’ in order to throw him off course. However, Barrett smirks once more and continues ...

WADE BARRETT
We suck? Who is holding the WWE Championship, you morons? Nobody believed that Wade Barrett could win the WWE Championship against the mighty John Cena and the Viper Randy Orton – but I did. Everybody said that Randy Orton couldn’t be beat in the rematch – but I did. You all said that I couldn’t beat a returning American hero in Kurt Angle – but guess what? I did.

Once again, Barrett’s team-mates applaud him and nod their heads in agreement. Barrett looks as if he is really enjoying himself ...

WADE BARRETT
Last night, Wade Barrett and the Nexus defeated and then beat down on your American hero, the Olympic gold medal winner, Kurt Angle. Luckily for him, Triple H, RVD and those two Nexus rejects, Daniel Bryan and Justin Gabriel, came to his rescue. And as 2011 begins next week, I now have to prepare to face another of your heroes – the Cerebral Assassin, the Game ... Triple H!

Cheers echo around the arena at the mention of the popular Number 1 contender for Wade Barrett’s WWE Championship ...

WADE BARRETT
The facts, as I see them, are like this, Hunter. I have defeated and destroyed John Cena and sent him running off to SMACKDOWN. I have taken the WWE Championship from Randy Orton who now seeks a fight with Cena because he is scared to challenge me. I have destroyed Kurt Angle, an American gold medal winner. I do not fear you, Triple H. At the Royal Rumble, I will be adding the name of another ‘WWE Legend’ to our list of conquered former greats. You see, the Nexus is more powerful than any other group in WWE history: more powerful than DeGeneration-X ...

Loud cheer for the mention of Triple H’s former DX group ...

WADE BARRETT
More powerful than the Kliq ...

More cheers from the WWE Universe ...

WADE BARRETT
And we are certainly more powerful, more destructive and more dominating than Evolution!

More cheers and some Ric Flair ‘Wooooooo’ shouts around the arena ...

WADE BARRETT
And at the Royal Rumble, Hunter, there will be no stopping us again! Wade Barrett will be the WWE Champion for a long, long time – get used to it!

Barrett drops the microphone as the WWE Universe boo his comments and the Nexus turn to leave the ring with the WWE Championship back over the shoulder of Barrett. However, they are stopped in their tracks ...

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

TRIPLE H

The crowd roar as Triple H – dressed in street clothes – heads out with the green flashing lights accompanying his now famous theme tune. He stands on stage, a wise move considering the Nexus numbers in the ring, and he has a microphone ready to address Barrett and his group ...

TRIPLE H
Hold it, hold it for a second, Wade. Now, far be it from me to come out here and disagree with anything that your ‘Royal Highness’ has to say ... but can I just say that was the biggest load of crap that I’ve heard in an awful long time!

Cheers from the WWE Universe as, for the first time tonight, the smile on the face of Barrett falters a little ...

TRIPLE H
And you know what? I’ve been listening to Sheamus for most of 2010 and you’re making him sound interesting!

Barrett is clearly not interested in Hunter’s comments ...

TRIPLE H
What you keep failing to mention, Mr. B, is that you haven’t achieved all those accomplishments by yourself, have you? Sure, beating Cena and Orton to win the title, defeating Orton in a rematch and then defeating Kurt Angle, an American hero, they are impressive feats – if you don’t need four other guys backing you up while you do it. Hell, let me tell you something, Wade, if you can do those things on your own, you deserve to be the WWE Champion. But you don’t do those things alone. Justin Gabriel won you the WWE Championship in the first place, John Cena helped you defeat Orton in the rematch and the Nexus interfered in your match with Kurt. But let me tell you the name of one guy who has done all of those things on his own – beaten Cena, beaten Orton, won WWE Championships and defeated Kurt Angle ...

The crowd know where Hunter is heading and they begin to cheer ...

TRIPLE H
That man would be me, Triple H! The Game!

Loud cheers and a ‘Triple H!’ chant as Hunter takes in the adulation for a moment. Barrett, meanwhile, looks furious that Triple H thinks he can disrespect him in this way ...

TRIPLE H
So I will see you at the Royal Rumble, Barrett, I will be the man to take away your WWE Championship. But tonight, General Manager Shawn Michaels has a plan. For weeks, your Nexus has been using the numbers game to take advantage of people. How about we even up the numbers tonight? Shawn has made a ten-man tag team match – Nexus vs. Kurt Angle ... myself, Triple H ... and three other guys of our choosing. I guess I’ll be seeing you later ... CHAMP!

‘Time to play the Game’ echoes around the arena again as Triple H stares down at Barrett and Nexus before turning to leave the stage to prepare for tonight’s main event match. Barrett and Nexus look to regain their composure but there are a lot of worried looking whispers as they leave the ring ... The camera switches to the backstage area where we see a determined looking Randy Orton striding through the backstage area ...

JIM ROSS
Last night, King, Randy Orton was beaten in controversial circumstances by his nemesis, John Cena. Can Orton get back on track after the break?

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

SMACKDOWN RETURNS THIS FRIDAY WITH A NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL!
Catch the first official night of the Michael Cole era as well as World Champion CM Punk speaking about his win at Vengeance!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

*** SAY IT TO MY FACE ***

Washington, DC | 236 pounds
ALEX RILEY


RAW returns with a shot of the ring where the former rookie of The Miz, Alex Riley, is preparing himself in the ring ready for action as his new theme music plays around the arena ...

*** VOICES ***

St. Louis, Missouri | 245 pounds
RANDY ORTON


A loud pop for Orton as he heads out looking as if he has a point to prove tonight – he slowly makes his way down the ramp towards the ring where the waiting Alex Riley has a nervous look on his face as he surveys Orton. The Viper is clearly seething about his loss to Cena last night – this might be a bad night for Alex Riley to face up to him ...

JIM ROSS
King, last night, Randy Orton was beaten by John Cena in controversial circumstances ...

A still image is shown of Cena holding onto Orton’s tights as he rolled him up for the all important pinfall last night at Vengeance ...

JERRY LAWLER
Too right, Cena had hold of Randy Orton’s tights and it was too much for the Viper to kick out of. From speaking to people backstage earlier, I am told that Randy is not in a good mood tonight!

JIM ROSS
And that could spell real bad news for Alex Riley, King, who announced on Twitter last week that his time with the Miz was over ... Riley called it an amicable split and declared he was ready to fly on his own – but he’d be willing to help Miz out if he ever needed him in the future!

JERRY LAWLER
Alex Riley could well be a big star here in the future of the WWE but I fear that tonight might be a step too far for him!

Orton’s cold eyes stare out at the WWE Universe as he poses on the middle rope in two corners of the ring and there is a quiet fury in his face as he looks around. Randy Orton is clearly unhappy about what went down at Vengeance and it seems that Alex Riley is in line to be the one that pays for it!

MATCH 1 | SINGLES MATCH
ALEX RILEY vs. RANDY ORTON


The bell rings and it is the signal for Randy Orton to begin taking out his frustrations on Alex Riley who receives a terrible beating in the early stages. On more than one occasion, Randy Orton comes close to disqualification as he beats on Riley in the ropes and in the corner but the Viper comes to his senses just in time on each occasion and pulls back. Riley just cannot deal with Orton in the early going and it doesn’t take long before Orton has him balanced on the middle ropes with his feet ... DDT! Orton’s cold eyes look round as he drops down to his fists and begins pounding on the mat as he prepares for Riley to get up ... Riley staggers to his feet and Orton springs into action ... But then he stops and thinks about it a little ... No RKO yet from the Viper!

JIM ROSS
It looks as if Orton wants to administer a little bit more punishment to Riley first, King!

JERRY LAWLER
Sometimes that can be a mistake but, with the mood that Orton is in, I doubt that!

Orton tosses Riley out of the ring to the outside and he heads out to cause more suffering to Riley as he rams him into the barricades at ringside. Riley tries to stagger out of Orton’s reach and the referee again tries to order Orton to comply with the rules; this allows Riley a little chance and he catches Randy unaware with a clothesline out of the blue. Riley begins to take out some revenge on Orton as he pummels him on the outside before dropping him across the front of the announce table as well. Rolling Orton into the ring, Riley follows and looks to have gained some control of the contest.

JERRY LAWLER
Maybe we were wrong, JR! Can Alex Riley pull off a shock here?

Riley looks to drag Orton to his feet but the Viper has recovered a little and he hits a forearm uppercut that staggers Riley back to create some space between them ... RKO! Out of nowhere, Randy springs into life and hits the RKO to Alex Riley before hooking the leg ...

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WINNER
RANDY ORTON (4:58)


Orton’s ‘Voices’ theme rings out around the arena as the Viper’s fans cheer his victory – a solid performance from the former WWE Champion despite his frustration about the defeat at Vengeance last night. Orton watches as Riley rolls out of the ring and then poses in the corner for his fans who give him more cheers.

JIM ROSS
A clinical performance, King, Orton is clearly determined that he will be ready for Cena the next time that they meet in the ring!

JERRY LAWLER
Question is, JR, when will that be? I cannot wait to see it and I’m guessing that the WWE Universe are looking forward to it too!

JIM ROSS
Maybe we’re about to get an indication right now?

Orton has requested a microphone and he stands in the centre of the ring with a determined look on his face as he signals for the music to be faded out so he can address the WWE Universe ... The music stops and an ‘Randy!’ chant breaks out – however, this cannot even raise a smile from the Viper who is clearly unhappy over how things went down last night!

RANDY ORTON
Last night at Vengeance, John Cena showed me, he showed all of you, he showed the rest of the WWE locker room ... Hell, he showed the world what a spineless coward he really is!

Loud cheers for the first comment from Orton ...

RANDY ORTON
Knowing that he could not defeat me, Cena took the coward’s way out, he grabbed my tights for extra leverage and he caught me by surprise. Now, John, I understand that you’ve changed your opinion about these people here in the WWE Universe but I don’t understand your actions. For years, you’ve spoken about three words – Hustle ... Loyalty ... Respect. Last night proved that you never believed in that mantra, all you care about is yourself!

More cheers for Orton who the crowd are clearly agreeing with tonight ...

RANDY ORTON
Now, we’ve had many a fight, Cena. We’ve had many a fight where I’ve been in the wrong but I have never taken that route, I’ve always stood up to you one on one and fought you like a man. Last night, you disrespected me and the entire locker room, you let yourself down and, John Cena, if you have any guts at all, if you have the balls, you will accept my challenge ... You and me, one on one, Royal Rumble.

The crowd explode with joy at the challenge being set to Cena ... a rematch at the Rumble!

RANDY ORTON
But, you see, I don’t believe John Cena will accept my challenge. I don’t think he has the intestinal fortitude needed to face me again. So, I am going to sit down right here ...

Orton beckons for a chair from the ringside team and he is handed one that is folded. He slowly unfolds the chair and sets it in the middle of the ring before sitting down facing the titantron and stage area ...

RANDY ORTON
... I am going to sit here until somebody comes out here and makes the match. Randy Orton vs. John Cena at the Royal Rumble. I don’t care what the stipulation is, I don’t care what type of match it is – I want a rematch at the Rumble and I want it making official right now.

Orton continues to sit in the ring and the crowd are now split a little – some aren’t happy that Orton is holding up the show, some are cheering his stance in demanding a rematch with Cena in four weeks time ...

RANDY ORTON
Come on, get out here! Cena, Butty, Shawn ... Hell, I’ll even accept Michael Cole coming out here. I will not move until I have my rematch. I’ll wait here all night if I have to!

Orton is determined to sit it out and wait for a positive affirmation of his request for a match with Cena at the Rumble as RAW heads into a commercial break ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***


RAW returns with Randy Orton still sat on the steel chair in the middle of the ring as he stares up the ramp towards the stage and the titantron.

JIM ROSS
Randy Orton continues his sit-down protest here in the ring as he awaits news about a rematch with John Cena at the Royal Rumble. Do you think anybody is going to come and grant his request, King?

JERRY LAWLER
Who knows, JR? Anything can happen here in the WWE!

A replay of Orton’s comments from before the break after his match with Alex Riley is shown before the camera returns to an annoyed looking Orton who is still sat in the ring. Slowly, he raises his microphone back to his mouth and speaks slowly once again ...

RANDY ORTON
If I have to sit here all night, then I will. I will not move until somebody comes out here and grants me a rematch against John Cena at the Royal Rumble ...

Orton looks around but there is still no movement on the stage ... Some members of the crowd are getting a little restless now and Orton notices ...

RANDY ORTON
Come on, somebody get out here now. Get out here so the show can continue. These people want to see the show and they want to see me destroy John Cena at the Royal Rumble ...

*** SEXY BOY ***

RAW GENERAL MANAGER
SHAWN MICHAELS


Out comes the RAW General Manager, HBK, to cheers from the WWE Universe who are enjoying the RAW show tonight. Michaels struts down the stage and the ramp towards the ring where Orton has now stood up with a pleased look on his face as he expects good news from the RAW General Manager. HBK jigs his way into the ring with a microphone in his hand ready to speak to the Viper in the ring ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Now then, Randy, we’ve got a show to run. I can’t have you out here interrupting the show. So I’ve been on the phone to Chip Butty about your request for a match with Cena at the Rumble. Now, I don’t have the power to make a match involving a SMACKDOWN superstar. If it was down to me, then I would grant the match right now.

Cheers for HBK for agreeing to the match although there is a definite air of a ‘but ‘ in the air ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
So, Randy, that is all I can do. Chip Butty says that if Michael Cole agrees, the match is on ...

RANDY ORTON
In that case, I’d better get over to SMACKDOWN this Friday and demand that Cole gives me what I want.

The crowd cheer this announcement from Orton but HBK grimaces and holds up a hand to say something ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
I’m afraid that won’t be possible, Randy. You see, the WWE board of directors have decided that for the foreseeable future, John Cena will be banned from RAW ... and you will be banned from SMACKDOWN. I’m sorry, Randy, it’s not my decision.

Orton looks incredulously at HBK and looks furious about the decision – for a second, he has a glint in his eye that suggests that the RAW General Manager might be in danger of attack but it passes by. Orton shakes his head in disgust and sets off towards the ring steps ... he then pauses and looks back to HBK.

RANDY ORTON
You know what? Maybe I don’t care if I’m banned from SMACKDOWN? Maybe I just go there and beat the hell out of John Cena until he accepts my request? Maybe I find John Cena on SMACKDOWN and I hit him with an RKO over and over until he has no option but to accept?

HBK sighs and shakes his head. He fixes Orton a look of apology before passing on another message ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Then you’d be suspended for three months, Randy. You’d miss the Royal Rumble and you’d miss WrestleMania 27. If I were you, I’d stay well away from SMACKDOWN. Let me speak with Michael C ...

RANDY ORTON
You can tell Michael Cole that he’d better grant me my match at the Royal Rumble then ... Otherwise his reign as SMACKDOWN General Manager might not last very long at all!

Orton drops the microphone as the crowd cheer his final comments and the ‘Voices’ theme echoes around the arena again. Orton turns and stalks out of the ring and up the ramp as HBK looks around at the WWE Universe with his hands held up in apology for the message he has had to pass on to the Viper ...

The cameras switch backstage where the cameras zoom in on Triple H and Kurt Angle speaking in the backstage area. They are soon joined by three other men – the new US Champion Justin Gabriel, the man he beat last night, Daniel Bryan, and the returning RVD – in a discussion. All five men are animatedly discussing something ...


JERRY LAWLER
Well, it seems as if Triple H and Kurt Angle have found their partners for tonight’s main event against the Nexus, JR ...

JIM ROSS
It does indeed, tonight’s main event will be a ten man tag team match between WWE Champion Wade Barrett and the Nexus who will face the number one contender Triple H, Kurt Angle and it looks like they are to be joined by Daniel Bryan, Justin Gabriel and RVD as well.

JERRY LAWLER
Doesn’t sound too bad a team!

*** LA VITTORIA E MIA ***

Calabria, Italy | 233 pounds
SANTINO MARELLA


The popular Italian heads out to a good reaction from the WWE Universe as the RAW ring announcer, Justin Roberts, introduces him to the arena. Santino shows the world the Cobra as he he heads towards the ring ready for this tag team match here on RAW. Once in the ring, Santino waves at the fans who are chanting ‘San-ti-no!’ to him before turning to wait for his partner tonight.

*** AIN’T NO MAKE BELIEVE ***

Los Angeles, California | 224 pounds
JOHN MORRISON


The slo-mo camera focuses on the arrival of the ‘Prince of Parkour’ John Morrison as he heads out in his long coat. Morrison acknowledges the cheers of the WWE Universe as he heads down towards the ring to partner Santino. Excitable as Morrison leaps through the ropes to join him, Santino embraces his partner before the pair of them pose in the corners of the ring. The crowd cheer but the WWE Universe’s cheers turn to jeers as the music of the man with the Money in the Bank briefcase, The Miz, begins to blast out over the sound system ...

*** AWESOME! I CAME TO PLAY ***

Cleveland, Ohio | 221 pounds | Money in the Bank contract holder
THE MIZ


Strutting out looking cocky, Miz raises the red briefcase above his head on the stage as the crowd blast him with heat. Smirking, Miz heads for the ring where he stands at the bottom of the ramp and stares up at Morrison who is desperate to face him again after the defeat last night. Miz mocks Morrison about that defeat and then points to himself and declares himself the future WWE Champion before dismissing Morrison as a loser ... The referee has to hold back an agitated Morrison as the music of Miz’ partner takes over ...

*** WRITTEN IN MY FACE ***

Dublin, Ireland | 272 pounds | w/Hornswoggle
SHEAMUS


Out comes Sheamus beating his chest in defiance as the crowd turn their jeers on him; he gets some comments from the WWE fans over his defeat to Triple H in the Last Man Standing match last night and argues with one fan as Hornswoggle runs around nearby. The little Irish troll joins Miz – who looks down on him with a confused look on his face – before mocking Santino and Morrison who are in the ring. Sheamus joins them and he swaps a few words with Miz before they enter the ring together. Both teams stand in their corner as the referee tries to make the final preparations for the match.

JIM ROSS
King, we heard from Sheamus earlier about his Last Man Standing defeat to Triple H last night ...

A pop up window appears on the screen showing Sheamus standing in the interview pit with Hornswoggle earlier in the evening ...

SHEAMUS
Last noyt, ‘oy was screwed out of moy chance at the W-W-E Championship by the Gen’ral Manager of this company. ‘Oy was gonna’ foyl a complaint to the W-W-E board of directors but ‘oy decided not-ta – as long as HBK didn’t suspend l’il Horny here. And tonoyt, with the Miz, I will get back into winning ways with victory over those two losers in Santino and John Morrison. And you can all believe that ... fellas.

The cameras return to the ring where the referee is ready to begin the contest ...

MATCH 2 | TAG TEAM MATCH
THE MIZ & SHEAMUS (w/Hornswoggle) vs. JOHN MORRISON & SANTINO MARELLA


The match begins at a lightning fast pace as Morrison goes after Miz and looks for a quick revenge over his Vengeance opponent from last night. Miz is forced back on the defensive as Morrison hits high impact moves before a running knee to the side of his head takes him down for the first pinfall of the night. With Miz down, Morrison goes for the first cover but Miz kicks out at 2. A stiff kick to the knee of Morrison creates some space and Miz tags in Sheamus. The big Irishman catches Morrison by surprise with numerous heavy clotheslines and forearms before lifting him up and dropping him down on his back across his knee for a hard hitting backbreaker. Morrison kicks out of a cover from Sheamus but cannot make the tag and the Celtic Warrior forces him back into the corner with stiff stomps to the gut. From this point, Miz and Sheamus corner Morrison away from his partner and work on him as they look to secure the victory. Quick tags in and out allow them to remain fresh and several near falls follow as the match looks to be heading towards a comfortable Miz and Sheamus win. Suddenly, though, Morrison finds a second wind when Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick near the ropes and gets trapped over the top rope. Morrison knocks Miz down off the apron and then clotheslines Sheamus down to the mat before making the tag to Santino as RAW heads into a commercial ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

NXT SEASON 3 – STARTS THIS TUESDAY ONLY ON SYFY!

The third season of NXT begins this Tuesday!
Will Team Rock be able to defeat Team JBL and claim the NXT Season 3 crown?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns and Santino and Miz are going at it in the ring now after the commercial. A replay of Hornswoggle distracting Santino is played which allowed Miz to hit a clothesline in the corner. Miz hits a snap suplex but Santino kicks out at 2 before Sheamus tags back in. Sheamus hits several war sword axe handles to the Italian but Santino fights back with a spin kick that crashes Sheamus down onto his back. A quick diving headbutt off the ropes from Santino leaves Sheamus down and he starts setting up for the Cobra as Sheamus staggers to his feet. Miz rushes in to try and distract Santino but Morrison is too quick and he hits a standing drop kick that sends Miz out through the ropes instead. Morrison heads out and continues the assault on Miz as Santino prepares for the Cobra once again. Sheamus turns around and Santino swings his hand towards the Irishman. Boom! Down goes Sheamus! The crowd are excited as Santino goes for the cover ... 1 ... 2 ... No! Sheamus proves he has guts by kicking out! Santino tags in Morrison who is back on the apron now and he hits a flying chuck kick off the ropes that crashes Sheamus down in the corner in a perfect place for the Starship Pain finishing move. Santino and Miz begin fighting on the outside of the ring and the referee heads out to confront them. However, there is a commotion outside the ring in the crowd as Morrison looks to hit the move ... Just as he is about to leap up onto the rope, Morrison stops and rushes over to the other side of the ring where EDGE is stood having come through the crowd. SPEAR! EDGE HITS THE SPEAR TO MORRISON! With the referee outside the ring, there is no disqualification and Morrison is down on his back. Sheamus drags him up and sets up for the High Cross finisher. HIGH CROSS HIT BY SHEAMUS! Miz rams Santino hard into the barricades back first as Sheamus makes the cover whilst shouting to the referee ...

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WINNER
SHEAMUS & THE MIZ (8:18)


Edge backs away up the ramp with a look of pride on his face as Miz and Sheamus have their hands raised in the ring. With Hornswoggle running around, it appears that Sheamus is back on track with this victory although it came in questionable circumstances thanks to Edge. Would Morrison have been able to hit the Starship Pain on Sheamus and defeat him? We’ll never know. Morrison is sat on the outside of the ring glowering at Edge who stares back for a moment before disappearing back into the backstage area with his point made.

JIM ROSS
Why on earth did Edge need to get involved in that match, King?

JERRY LAWLER
I’ve no idea – it certainly cost John Morrison any chance he had of getting a big victory over Sheamus!

JIM ROSS
With the Royal Rumble on the horizon, it appears that both Sheamus and Miz are gearing up ready for the Rumble match. Could one of them win the Rumble and earn themselves a shot at the WWE Championship come WrestleMania 27?

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

THE ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA 27 STARTS HERE – FOUR WEEKS AWAY!

Join us in Cleveland, Ohio, as 30 men look to win the Royal Rumble and advance to WrestleMania 27!
Which man will outlast the other 29 and earn a shot at the title?
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

RAW returns with a celebratory Sheamus and Miz backstage who are clearly delighted with their victory over Santino Marella and John Morrison despite the involvement of Edge in the match. The Irishman is holding the collar of his little friend, Hornswoggle, to ensure he doesn’t run around like an excitable child as Miz watches on amused. Into the shot comes Josh Mathews holding a microphone ...

JOSH MATHEWS
A victory tonight here on Monday Night RAW, gentlemen. With the Royal Rumble on the horizon, what are your hopes for the coming weeks?

SHEAMUS
You know what, fella? The skoy’ is the limit for me royt’ now, I am gunna’ win the Royal Rumble, 2012 will be the year of the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus!

Miz’ smile fades as he listens to what his tag-team partner is saying. He is clearly annoyed with the Irishman’s comments ...

THE MIZ
Really? Really? Look, Sheamus, I have all the respect for your hopes going into 2012 but let me remind you that the Royal Rumble is going to be in Cleveland, Ohio – my home town. I am the most must-see superstar here in the WWE, I am the holder of the Money in the Bank contract, I am a guaranteed future WWE Champion. Now whilst I don’t expect any of these morons here in Orlando, Florida to understand what I am saying ...

Loud boos in the arena cause Miz to pause and he smirks ...

THE MIZ
... I do expect that you will understand me, big ‘fella’ ... I am going to win the Royal Rumble and head to WrestleMania. I am going to headline WrestleMania 27 and I am going to be the WWE Champion. The Money in the Bank contract will be my back-up plan – I don’t intend to need it. And do you know why?

Sheamus doesn’t look as impressed with Miz’ comments as he expected him to be ...

THE MIZ
It’s because I’m the Miz ... and I’m ...

Hornswoggle runs over to Miz and kicks him hard in the shin causing Miz to have to cut his trademark phrase and look down at the little troll with a look of annoyance on his face. Sheamus drags Hornsowggle away from Miz and holds his hand up to Miz to stop him hurting him ...

SHEAMUS
Hold it, fella, hold it. Horny, get the hell out of here!

Hornswoggle’s head drops and he walks slowly out of shot in the direction he has been ordered to by Sheamus ... He turns his attention back to Miz ...

SHEAMUS
Look, fella, oy understand what you are saying but it isn’t gunna’ happen. ‘Oy don’t care whether the Rumble match is in your hometown or not, ‘oy don’t care if you’re awesome or not ... There is only gunna be one guy winning the Rumble this toym ... and that’s me, fella.

Sheamus grins at Miz who stares into his eyes – there is a little tension between the partners as they look at each other despite the win they just had ... Miz responds in almost a whisper ...

THE MIZ
Sheamus, that is not going to happen. In Cleveland, Ohio, the man who will win the Royal Rumble will be ... me. I am going to beat all 29 others and I am going to go to WrestleMania. And if you get in my way, big ‘fella’ ... then I will simply have to take you out too. And that ... will be ... awesome.

Both men continue to eyeball each other as Mathews withdraws the microphone and sneaks away from the pair of them ... The camera focuses in on them both for a second before switching to the RAW locker room where the new United States Champion is stood with RVD ...

JUSTIN GABRIEL
Hey man, it’s great to see you back here in the WWE! I’ve always admired you and I can’t wait to team with you tonight!

ROB VAN DAM
That’s great, man, it’s amazing to be back here in the WWE – and beating Edge last night was one of the best moments of my entire career! It wasn’t a bad night for yourself either was it?

Gabriel grins and he adjusts the United States Championship belt that is hanging over his shoulder ...

JUSTIN GABRIEL
The best moment of my career! I’m so honoured to be the United States Champion, it was a great feeling to pin Ted DiBiase last night and win my first title here in the WWE!

RVD nods his head in appreciation of Gabriel’s enthusiasm for his new title ... However, a stony faced Daniel Bryan, the former US Champion who lost the title to Gabriel last night, enters the shot ... He nods to RVD and then looks to the US Title on the shoulder of Gabriel ...

DANIEL BRYAN
I know how you are feeling, Justin, I’ve wrestled all over the world in all sorts of different companies and there is nothing better than winning a title for the first time. Last night at Vengeance, you managed to pin Ted DiBiase and won the United States Championship ... MY United States Championship!

There is a sudden increase in the tension in the locker room and RVD slides out of the camera with a look of worry on his face ...

DANIEL BRYAN
You see, Justin, you didn’t beat me last night – you pinned Ted DiBiase. And I am entitled to a rematch which I intend to take very soon. And you’re about to find something out, my friend ... Winning the title is hard enough but holding onto it is even more difficult. So, enjoy it – I promise that it isn’t going to last long.

Bryan smiles a wan smile to Gabriel with a shrug of his shoulders and takes a step back ... Gabriel looks into the eyes of Bryan and he smirks ...

JUSTIN GABRIEL
Daniel, look, I respect everything that you have done in your career. But last night, I won the United States Championship from you – I beat you and Ted DiBiase. Now I am happy to give you a rematch any time you want ... but you know what? I am going to defeat you again!

A look of annoyance flits across the face of Daniel Bryan ... He shakes his head at Gabriel ...

DANIEL BRYAN
Big words, Justin. You’re going to find that here in the WWE, you need to back those words up though – and I don’t think you can. You’ve got just two options when we meet for that title ... You can either tap ... or you can snap.

Gabriel gets a more intense look in his eyes now as he stands up to the challenge of Bryan ...

DANIEL BRYAN
Don’t get too comfortable with that belt. You won’t be holding it long. I’ll see you out there later tonight!

Bryan walks off leaving Justin Gabriel looking after him with a look of defiance on his face ... The cameras return to the ring where the beautiful diva known as Michelle McCool is stood in the centre of the ring with a microphone in her hand ...

*** YOU’RE NOT ENOUGH FOR ME ***

Palatka, Florida | 127 pounds
MICHELLE McCOOL


The music fades out and Michelle looks around with a huge smile on her face ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
Last week on RAW, that skank Trish Stratus came out here and she presented me with the ‘Diva of the Year’ Slammy Award ... but she disrespected me and mocked me. How dare she? Now I don’t care who she is and what she has won – she is nothing but a has-been WWE diva who couldn’t live with me – not now, not in the past and definitely never in the future.

Michelle looks annoyed as she remembers Trish’s comments from last week ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
Now I am back on RAW, I am going to be gunning for the Divas Championship very soon. But I am determined that there is no diva here in the WWE that is ever going to disrespect me ever again. So, I have got myself a little insurance policy. Somebody who will not let anybody disrespect me ever again. Let me introduce her to you ... her name is Kharma!



Out comes Michelle’s new bodyguard – Kharma – to a stunned silence from the WWE Universe. Kharma walks down the ramp slowly and stands at the bottom of the ramp with her arms folded as she looks up at Michelle McCool – she nods to her ‘employer’ before turning round to face the stage looking intimidating as hell.

MICHELLE McCOOL
So I dare you ... any WWE Divas, past or present ... Come out and disrespect me now!

Michelle looks over to the titantron where there is no sign of a Diva heading out to disrespect Michelle in any way, shape or form ... Michelle McCool smiles in the ring as Kharma continues to stare towards the stage ready to intimidate any lady crazy enough to head out and try ...

MICHELLE McCOOL
I thought not! No diva will ever disrespect Michelle McCool again! So now, I am focused on becoming the WWE Divas Champion. The RAW General Manager, Shawn Michaels, says I need to work my way up through the Divas and earn my shot. So here I am, ready for my first match ... Send out my first opponent!

Attention turns to the stage again where the WWE Universe wait to see which unfortunate Diva will be first to walk past Kharma to face Michelle McCool ...

*** SHE LOOKS GOOD TO ME ***

Denver, Colorado | 135 pounds
EVE TORRES


Out comes Eve Torres who has a nervous look on her face as she heads onto the stage area to pose for her fans. The reaction to Eve is quieter than usual as the WWE Universe worry for her safety as she begins to tentatively walk down the ramp towards the ring. Kharma stands rock still – her eyes daring Eve to try something – and Eve slowly edges past her and into the ring. Kharma turns round to face the ring now, her arms still folded, Eve’s eyes still darting to her at times ... Eve climbs onto the middle rope and salutes the crowd but this is cut short ...

MATCH 3 | SINGLES MATCH
EVE TORRES vs. MICHELLE McCOOL (w/Kharma)


An attack from Michelle McCool to a posing Eve starts the match off and the referee signals for the bell. McCool is dominant in the early stages as she proves that there is little ring rust as she hits a roundhouse kick followed by a belly to belly suplex that keeps Eve down for a 2-count. McCool continues to dominate and hits a spinning backbreaker to her opponent that leaves her writhing in pain on the mat ... Another 2 count! Eve manages to start putting up a fight as she hits stiff kicks to the gut of McCool before hitting a snap suplex for a 2-count. A bootysault follows as she shakes her ass but again Michelle kicks out at 2. Eve climbs the ropes to the top looking to hit her top rope moonsault as she looks to secure the victory. However, Kharma takes a little step towards her and Eve notices this and pauses a second ... Kharma steps back and folds her arms again and Eve leaps backwards off the top ropes. Michelle moves in time and Eve crashes down face first onto the mat. A big boot to the face from Michelle knocks Eve back down to the mat before Michelle lifts her opponent up into the Faithbreaker ... Bam! Eve crashes down face first into the mat and Michelle makes the cover ...

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** 3 **


WINNER
MICHELLE McCOOL (3:49)


As Michelle celebrates her win, Kharma slides under the ropes and stands over the prone Eve Torres in the ring. McCool looks over and points down at Eve with a nod of her head towards her new bodyguard. Kharma drags Eve up to her feet and lifts her up ... Powerbomb! Eve crashes down to the mat hard on her back as the crowd jeer and boo. Michelle laughs and says something more to Kharma – the powerhouse heads over to the corner and climbs the ropes. She stands on the top rope and pauses for a second ... The crowd anticipate what is coming and are watching on in awe ... Kharma dives off the top rope and squashes down hard on Eve with the Awesome Splash. Michelle heads over and talks some trash to Eve as Kharma takes her hand and raises it high to show she is the winner ...

JIM ROSS
That was completely uncalled for, King, why did they need to do that to poor Eve?

JERRY LAWLER
Completely uncalled for, JR, there was no need for that. I’m going to go and check on her!

As King heads into the ring to check on Eve – one of his favourite divas – Kharma and Michelle McCool walk out of the arena up the ramp. Jeers are raining down on them as they leave but it doesn’t faze either of them. Kharma’s face remains completely stoic as she leaves but Michelle McCool grins and taunts the crowd. The cameras return to King and Eve in the ring where there is some concern for Eve after the post-match beatdown she has received ...

*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

WRESTLEMANIA 27

97 DAYS AWAY! ATLANTA, GA!
*** COMMERCIAL BREAK ***

As RAW returns, we see that King is putting his headset back on with a look of worry on his face as he looks over to the ramp where Eve Torres is being helped out of the arena by the medics after he beating by Kharma and Michelle McCool before the break. A replay of the hard to believe attack is shown as King takes a seat ...

JERRY LAWLER
Real worry over the health of Eve Torres, JR. What a horrible attack from that brute of a bodyguard!

JIM ROSS
I hope that HBK, Michael Cole and Chip Butty are watching – they need to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.

JERRY LAWLER
I can’t bear to see gorgeous Divas like Eve beaten down like that ...

The cameras switch to the stage where Matt Striker has walked out with a microphone smiling. He lifts the microphone and starts to address the WWE Universe ...

MATT STRIKER
Ladies and Gentlemen, just a reminder that tomorrow night sees the debut show of the third season of NXT – this time, it will be known as NXT Endangered. Eight current WWE superstars will be fighting for their careers here in the WWE – only three of them can survive! But the winner of the competition will be heading for a WWE or a World Heavyweight Championship match after WrestleMania 27 ...

The crowd seems pumped up for the new season of NXT as they cheer the announcement ...

MATT STRIKER
Now we already know the identity of six of the eight WWE superstars who will be fighting for their careers as well as the two legendary mentors. On ‘Team Rock’ – led by the Great One himself – will be R-Truth ... Dolph Ziggler ... and Chavo Guerrero ... Their opposing team will be led by former WWE Champion – John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield ... ‘Team JBL’ is made up of ... Kaval ... Drew McIntyre ... and MVP!

The crowd cheer their favourites but jeer the rest ... It appears that Kaval is one of their favourites to win the competition despite the fact that he is on ‘Team JBL’ ...

MATT STRIKER
But there are two more WWE superstars who we do not yet know the identity of. These two men will meet in a match here on RAW tonight ... Shall we bring them out here?

The crowd cheer ready to find out who the final members of JBL and The Rock’s team will be ...

MATT STRIKER
First of all, the final member of ‘Team JBL’ on Season 3 of NXT will be ...

*** LAND OF FIVE RIVERS ***

Punjab, India | 347 pounds | w/Runjin Singh
THE GREAT KHALI


Out heads the final member of ‘Team JBL’ and it will be the Punjabi Playboy, the Great Khali. He heads out looking confident and he plays to the crowd as he heads down the ramp with his brother Runjin Singh dancing around him. Khali heads up the ring steps and he steps over the top ropes and continues to dance around in the ring ... However, there is an interruption as JBL’s face appears on the titantron and the theme music stops ...

JBL
Hold on there, Khali, hold on there. What are you playing at, son?

Runjin Singh looks up with a less than pleased face at JBL but he translates Khali’s new mentor’s message. Khali shrugs his shoulders and looks up at JBL on the screen ...

JBL
If you are serious about winning NXT Season 3, Khali, you need to stop with all this messing around and dancing for these morons at ringside ...

Jeers for JBL’s comments as the crowd refuse to sit back and accept the derogatory comments of JBL ...

JBL
Khali, you need to quit all the messing around. I need you to be a monster, I need you to be the Punjabi Nightmare, the unstoppable force who will destroy all in his path. Now, get that useless runt of a brother of yours out of the ring and focus on being a monster ...

JBL smirks on the screen as Runjin Singh reluctantly translates again. Khali looks from the screen to his brother and seems to be in a state of confusion over what to do ... JBL disappears from the titantron and Matt Striker takes over once again ...

MATT STRIKER
Thank you for that, JBL ... Now, the final member of ‘Team Rock’ will be ...

*** PAIN ***

Moscow, Russia | 302 pounds
VLADIMIR KOZLOV


The big Russian heads determinedly down towards the ring and steps over the top rope to stand across from his opponent tonight, Great Khali. This promises to be a real clash of the heavyweights with both men weighing in excess of 300 pounds. Khali and Kozlov size each other up with the crowd seemingly a little split between the two popular wrestlers ...

JIM ROSS
A real slobberknocker this one, King. Who will win and get some much needed momentum heading into the first NXT Season 3 show tomorrow night?

JERRY LAWLER
This could be a real important match for these two men, JR! If one of them can get the win, how much confidence would that give them going into their fight for their WWE lives on NXT?

JIM ROSS
With only three of the eight men in NXT set to survive in the WWE, a fast start is essential for all eight men. They’ll all be desperate for a winning start – for these two men, that could start tonight!

MATCH 4 | SINGLES MATCH
GREAT KHALI vs. VLADIMIR KOZLOV


The match starts off at a slow pace – as you might expect from a match with these two men – with both trading heavy, powerful moves in the early going. Kozlov goes for a huge powerslam but he cannot get Khali up off his feet. This allows Khali to take advantage and he begins to take control with some heavy hitting right hands before he locks in the Khali nerve hold that keeps the Russian down on the mat. Khali keeps control even when Kozlov tries to fight out of the nerve hold – a big boot to the face sends him crashing back down but is only good enough for a 2-count. Khali whips Kozlov into the corner and then traps him in there before pounding him hard with reverse elbow shots that stun the Russian over and over. However, when Khali goes for the choke slam, Kozlov manages to fight out of it and comes off the ropes with a running head butt that staggers Khali back. Some trapped headbutts follow and then Kozlov manages to lift Khali up and down with a form of a powerslam. Kozlov goes for the cover but only gets 2! Khali fights back and he shoves Kozlov out of the ring before stalking him on the outside. With Khali tracking him, Kozlov tries to escape but he ends up being rammed head first into the steel ring steps to the dismay of the referee. The referee has a go at Khali but this allows Kozlov time to recover and he hits a thrust kick to the gut of Khali now that staggers him. Kozlov rolls back into the ring, followed by Khali ... Kozlov again attempts the trapped headbutts but this time Khali reverses ... VICE GRIP! Khali squeezes the life out of Kozlov’s head and it looks as if the Russian will pass out but he manages to get to the ropes and breaks the hold. Kozlov ducks the clothesline of Khali now and sets Khali up – slowly – for his finisher ... With the Iron Curtain in position, JBL suddenly appears on stage to a crescendo of boos and he points to the ring ... Out come Drew McIntyre, MVP and Kaval – the final man a little reluctantly – and they rush down to the ring to attack Kozlov and to stop him defeating their ‘Team JBL’ team-mate. Kozlov meets each one of them coming in with a big right hand but then Khali grabs him by the throat ready for a two-hand choke bomb. Here come ‘Team Rock’ now as Chavo and R-Truth lead the way and Ziggler following in behind. The eight NXT superstars collide in the ring now and pair off ... Khali and Kozlov, Ziggler and Kaval, McIntyre and Chavo, MVP and R-Truth. The referee has lost control and he signals for the bell and a ‘No Contest’ here ...

WINNER
NO CONTEST (6:26)


With all eight members of the NXT show in the ring brawling and JBL on the stage, the WWE Universe are chanting for one man and one man only ... and he doesn’t let the fans down!

*** IF YA SMELL ... WHAT THE ROCK IS COOKIN’ ***

THE ROCK

The Rock rushes out onto the stage and attacks JBL by hitting him with a clothesline that catches him by complete surprise. JBL is down and Rock continues towards the ring where he slides in and is attacked by Drew McIntyre ... ROCK BOTTOM! JBL is frantically calling for his men to exit the ring and MVP, Kaval and Khali follow his orders and congregate on the ramp with many arguments going on between them. JBL joins them and starts berating Kaval as Rock clears his team out to the corners of the ring. He stands over Drew McIntyre who is laid on his back in the centre of the ring and the crowd go wild. Rock looks to each of his team in turn ... before signalling for the most electrifying move in sports entertainment! Rock hits both ropes and then drops the PEOPLE’S ELBOW to McIntyre before Rock’s theme music plays once again. As McIntyre rolls out of the ring and is dragged up the ramp by JBL and his team, Rock climbs the ropes and stands looking out over ‘Team JBL’ and the WWE Universe who are going wild with delight ... ‘Team Rock’ stand back and watch their mentor as he raises his arm up ...

JIM ROSS
Good god almighty, King, The Rock clears house tonight! What an exciting season of NXT it promises to be!

JERRY LAWLER
Fireworks between Rock and JBL already, JR, but this won’t just be about those two! Which of the eight superstars will survive and which will not just be eliminated from NXT but from the WWE full stop?

JIM ROSS
And who will get the guarantee of a future WWE or World Championship match for winning NXT? We’ll find out soon – I can’t wait for tomorrow night and the first episode of NXT, King!

RAW heads into another commercial as Rock continues to pose to the delight of the crowd who are chanting his name over and over ...

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RAW returns with Ted DiBiase standing by with Josh Mathews in the interview pit and he does not look happy after his surprise defeat in the US Championship Triple Threat match last night when Justin Gabriel won the title, pinning DiBiase in the process, from Daniel Bryan. Mathews holds up his microphone as the boos ring out around the arena ...

JOSH MATHEWS
Please welcome my guest at this time, Ted DiBiase! After you were pinned last night, Ted, do you have future intentions of going after the US Championship or are you focusing on the Royal Rumble instead?

TED DIBIASE
I beg your pardon? Josh, last night, I was not pinned. I was caught unawares. I was distracted from dealing with Daniel Bryan and Justin Gabriel, in a real cowardly move, rolled me up when I wasn’t ready. Now, if that is how people are proud to win titles around here, so be it. But I would be embarrassed to win the title that way. If Justin Gabriel has any pride in himself, he will put that title on the line against me next week on RAW ...

JOSH MATHEWS
With all due respect, Ted, the first shot at Justin Gabriel must surely go to the former US Champion, the man who wasn’t pinned but still lost his title, Daniel Bryan?

TED DIBIASE
If it wasn’t for Justin Gabriel rolling me up like he did, I would definitely have defeated Daniel Bryan anyway. Daniel Bryan took the easy way out, he let me be the fall guy because he knew he couldn’t retain that title. I saw their little discussion earlier in the night and I couldn’t believe it. They just spoke to each other as if I had disappeared from the WWE roster. But no, I am here, I am going to get another shot at the title – and this time, I will be the new United States Champion.

DiBiase looks Mathews up and down in disgust before ambling out of shot to leave Joh smiling to the cameras instead. The cameras switch to the General Manager’s office where Shawn Michaels is on the mobile phone speaking to somebody – sounds like his wife. In barges the Rated R Superstar, Edge, with a look of fury on his face ... He grabs HBK’s cellphone and presses the end call button before throwing the phone away onto the couch at the side of the room. A less than impressed HBK looks at the phone and then back to Edge as he considers his response ...

SHAWN MICHAELS (sarcastically)
Well, well, well, if it isn’t my good buddy, Edge. Nice to see you back, man.

EDGE
Always playing the funny man aren’t you, Michaels? How about just for once you take my comments seriously tonight? How about you listen to me and act as an effective RAW General Manager should do instead of playing up for all of these idiots here in Florida ...

HBK smirks and laughs to himself as the crowd outside jeer Edge’s comments – Edge is not interested in the boos though as he awaits a response.

SHAWN MICHAELS
Look, Edge, you’ve clearly got a problem so why don’t we sit down and discuss it, hey?

Edge is not impressed as HBK again mocks him with his comments ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
OK, Edge, seriously. It is good to have you back here on Monday Night RAW. RAW is always a better show for having the Rated R Superstar around. The problem before Edge was your actions towards the RAW roster and the RAW management – you cost us one of our biggest superstars in John Cena and you cost us the match against SMACKDOWN. I had to listen to the roster, Edge, they wanted you suspended as much as I did. But now you’re back, let us let bygones be bygones, let’s shake hands and move ...

EDGE
Oh, enough of it, Shawn! You know as well as I do that you don’t really want me here on RAW. Unfortunately for you though, I am here on RAW, I am staying here on RAW and I am going to be your WWE Champion when I win the Royal Rumble and go on to WrestleMania 27. From now on, I want you to treat me with the respect that I deserve.

SHAWN MICHAELS
I thought we might be getting to that in the end, Edge. The Royal Rumble. You see, there are only 30 men entered in the Royal Rumble and I’m responsible for choosing about 12 of them. Right now, you’ve not won a match for five weeks, you lost last night to a returning Rob Van Dam ... I’m just not sure that you’re Royal Rumble calibre for RAW.

The crowd cheer HBK’s comments as Edge looks on incredulously ...

EDGE
Not Royal Rumble calibre? Are you crazy? Let me refresh your memory, let me turn back the clock to the start of 2010. I returned to the WWE in the Royal Rumble match and I won it. I won the right to challenge for the WWE or the World Championship at WrestleMania because I am one of the best WWE superstars in the business. How dare you question whether or not I am capable of winning the Rumble?

SHAWN MICHAELS
OK, Edge, here’s the deal, man. In the past six weeks, you have walked out on your RAW team-mates, had four weeks off and on your return, you lost to RVD. Tonight, instead of taking on a match and proving that you deserved a shot in the Royal Rumble, you decided to interfere in another match and you attacked John Morrison. Would you give you a place in the Rumble?

EDGE
You’re damn right, I would. You’re just refusing because I made you look bad as the RAW General Manager. At Survivor Series, you lost to Teddy Long, a General Manager so bad that he has just been fired. I am not here to play games, Shawn. You either guarantee me my place in the Royal Rumble and you treat me with more respect or I will continue to wreak havoc here on Monday Night RAW ...

HBK and Edge stare into each other’s eyes as the tension builds and then there is the sound of applause coming from somewhere. Michael Cole is the man applauding Edge’s comments as he walks into the General Manager’s office and joins the two of them. Edge shakes hands with Cole before glaring at HBK one more time and then turning and heading out of the room to leave the RAW and the new SMACKDOWN General Manager together ...

SHAWN MICHAELS
Michael Cole, how pleasant a surprise. I suppose congratulations are in order?

MICHAEL COLE
Too right they are, Michaels. For years, I have worked my ass off as the ‘Voice of the WWE’ and now I have finally achieved my dream – I am the new General Manager of SMACKDOWN!

Boos ring out for the fact that Cole is the new GM of the blue brand but he continues to smile inanely as HBK watches on ...

MICHAEL COLE
This Friday night, it will be the first official night of the Michael Cole era over on SMACKDOWN. And I am here tonight for three reasons, Shawn. First of all, I am here to announce that on Friday night, SMACKDOWN will witness the return of the Phenom of the WWE, The Undertaker will be back!

Cole’s comments get cheers for a change as the crowd like the news that Taker is returning this Friday ...

MICHAEL COLE
Second of all, I just wanted to agree with Edge. Now that you and I are ... well, equals in this business ...

Huge heat for Cole even daring to venture that he is on the same level of HBK in any way, shape or form!

MICHAEL COLE
... well, I wanted to point out that you need to pull your finger out with this General Manager business. You’ve been getting on the wrong side of a number of your roster recently – Edge, Sheamus, Miz – and, quite frankly, Shawn, your man-management skills are a joke. Now that you have a legitimate threat from SMACKDOWN, I would be careful if I was you. Because whilst running SMACKDOWN is one dream of mine, another dream would be to be the joint General Manager of both RAW and SMACKDOWN, Michael Cole not only as the ‘Voice of the WWE’ but also as the ‘Ruler of the WWE’ as well!

There is a general feeling of discontent about that idea from the WWE Universe ...

MICHAEL COLE
And thirdly, Shawn, I am here to inform you that there will definitely not be ...

The sound of a door slamming against the wall as someone barges into the office is heard and into shot comes Randy Orton who is gunning to have words with Michael Cole ...

MICHAEL COLE
Speaking of which ...

RANDY ORTON
Michael Cole, you know why I am here, you know what I want. I can’t come to SMACKDOWN to demand a rematch with Cena but you are here ... At the Royal Rumble, John Cena vs. Randy Orton, make the match, NOW!

MICHAEL COLE
You listen to me, Orton, you do not intimidate me ...

Orton makes a step towards Cole who looks like a frightened little girl as he cowers away from Orton ...

RANDY ORTON
Is that a fact, Cole? I’m telling you, Cole, make the match. Because if you don’t make the match, I’ve had problems controlling my anger in the past – you don’t want to make me angry, Michael Cole.

Trembling, Cole faces Orton once more with a worried look on his face ...

MICHAEL COLE
No! No! Nooooo!

Cole turns and scurries out of the office with Orton stalking him out and the camera crew following ... The crowd are cheering on Orton as he heads after Cole with a look of fury in his eyes. However, security spill out from a room and they provide a barrier between Cole and Orton ...

MICHAEL COLE
Randy Orton, you listen to me! I am the General Manager of SMACKDOWN, you will respect me!

Orton strains to get past the security to go after Cole who is not doing a good job of pretending to be brave when he really looks terrified of Orton ...

MICHAEL COLE
I am the General Manager of SMACKDOWN and John Cena will not be facing you at the Royal Rumble! After his win last night at Vengeance ...

More anger from Orton who manages to get clear of the guards and he grabs hold of Cole but the security pull him away once more ...

MICHAEL COLE
After his win last night over YOU, Randy Orton ... John Cena has the momentum, I have high hopes that he may be my next World Heavyweight Champion on SMACKDOWN and I do not want him facing you again. So, Orton, the answer is ... NO!

The security guards manage to drag Orton away from Cole who smirks a little as he realises that he is now safe from attack from the angry RAW superstar. The cameras return to the announce table where Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler were watching the action intently ...

JERRY LAWLER
Oh, JR, what a pity that Randy Orton didn’t get his hands on the scrawny, little neck of Michael Cole and snap him in half like a twig ...

JIM ROSS
Too true, King, but the big news there from Cole was clear – Randy Orton will not face John Cena at the Royal Rumble however much he demands it!

JERRY LAWLER
And with Randy Orton banned from SMACKDOWN, I doubt that we will be seeing Michael Cole here on RAW before the Rumble – just in case! At least that might be one silver lining!

*** WE ARE ONE ***

Accompanied by Heath Slater, David Otunga, Skip Sheffield and Ezekiel Jackson | WWE Champion
WADE BARRETT & THE NEXUS


Out head Nexus towards the ring ready for the main event match tonight as they face off against the new number one contender, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Daniel Bryan, RVD and Justin Gabriel tonight in a ten-man tag team match ...

*** MEDAL ***

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | 240 pounds
KURT ANGLE


JIM ROSS
Thank to Nexus last night, Wade Barrett managed to beat this man to retain his WWE Championship! Tonight, Kurt Angle gets chance to gain revenge as he faces up against Nexus and Wade Barrett in a ten-man tag team match in our main event! Join us after the break!

Kurt Angle heads out and points upwards to set off his pyro – red, white and blue as usual – before heading for the ring as RAW heads into the final break of the evening ...

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RAW returns with Kurt Angle in the ring alongside the returning Rob Van Dam and the former United States Champion, Daniel Bryan, as they look down on Wade Barrett and Nexus who are outside the ring near the announce table ...

*** THE RISING ***

Cape Town, South Africa | 223 pounds | US Champion
JUSTIN GABRIEL


An excellent ovation for the new United States Champion as he comes out looking pumped up as he holds the US Championship belt high for the WWE Universe to see. The camera switches to one of Gabriel’s partners tonight – Daniel Bryan – who looks less impressed about Gabriel having the US Championship after he was the one to lose to him last night. Gabriel jumps into the ring and poses on the ropes and the crowd cheer him on as he mocks Nexus by pointing to the US Title – predictably, Barrett and his cronies point to the WWE Championship belt in return. Gabriel slaps hands with Angle and RVD before a tense one with Daniel Bryan – could there be a few problems brewing there?

*** TIME TO PLAY THE GAME ***

Greenwich, Connecticut | 260 pounds | Number 1 contender for the WWE Championship
TRIPLE H


The final member of the Nexus’ opponents heads down to the ring with his usual spotlights and green lighting flashing around the arena – impressive as ever. As Triple H poses on the ring apron and spits water into the air, the crowd go wild before the Number 1 contender poses in the corner and pumps up the crowd even further as he shows his strength. The camera zooms in on the face of Barrett as he looks on unimpressed and mouths up at Triple H ...

MAIN EVENT | 10 MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
NEXUS vs. TRIPLE H, KURT ANGLE, RVD, JUSTIN GABRIEL & DANIEL BRYAN


Nexus takes a while to get themselves into the ring but when they do the action can begin with Heath Slater and RVD going up against each other. A lot of early fast paced action as RVD dominates and forces Slater to make a tag to Otunga but there is little change there are RVD gets on top again. With RVD hitting many of his favourite moves, the crowd are loving it and Otunga is thankful to make it to his corner in the end where he tags in the impressive Ezekiel Jackson instead. Big Zeke heads in and challenges RVD to a test of strength but the returning star isn’t daft and catches the dirty move coming as he hits a spinning kick. Jackson is not impressed and he manages to catch RVD with a heavy clothesline and then a powerslam that leaves RVD down on the mat. RVD heads for a tag and he is about to tag in the new US Champion Gabriel when Daniel Bryan reaches past and tags himself in instead. Gabriel isn’t too impressed but Bryan jumps into the ring and goes on the attack against Jackson as he rushes into him with a running dropkick that staggers him back into a neutral corner. Bryan continues the assault by hitting a high leg lariat in the corner and with Jackson struggling, Bryan then dives off the top rope with a missile drop kick. He goes for the cover!

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Jackson kicks out! **

Daniel Bryan glances over to Justin Gabriel – it is clear he wants to send a message to his partner that he is still the man who should be US Champion ahead of a potential rematch in the near future. He stands back as Jackson gets up before going for a backdrop suplex to the Guyanan – however, he cannot lift him up enough and Jackson retaliates with a back elbow and then a belly to back suplex that crashes Bryan down. Daniel Bryan slithers over to the corner and he reaches out for a tag – Gabriel tags in. Here comes the US Champion and he goes after Jackson now – he springboards off the ropes and catches Zeke by surprise with a sunset flip for a cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Kick out from Jackson! **

Gabriel uses his feet to sweep Jackson’s feet from under him to take him down to the mat. A standing shooting star press follows as Gabriel continues to impress. He stands back as Jackson gets to his feet and then rushes over with a stiff boot into the face of his opponent ... Gabriel with the cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Skip Sheffield rushes in and breaks the cover! **

Holding the back of his head, Gabriel staggers back as the referee ushers Skip out of the ring. With his back to his partners, a slap on his shoulders tells us that someone has tagged in – Daniel Bryan. Bryan goes after Jackson now as Gabriel has to be talked round by Triple H and Kurt Angle before he steps through the ropes. Bryan jumps on the back of Jackson to keep him down on the mat and he locks in the LE BELL LOCK! Daniel Bryan with the Le Bell Lock on Ezekiel Jackson! Will the huge Guyanan tap out? The referee stands by in order to prevent a break of the hold from any other member of Nexus but Jackson manages to lift Bryan off the mat as he holds the Le Bell Lock in. Jackson drops back and Bryan is – in a fashion – suplexed down onto the mat and forced to break the hold. Jackson goes for a quick cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Kick out from Bryan! **

Jackson scoops Daniel up and he powerslams him down on the mat once, twice, three times as he looks to wear his opponent down. Now, Big Zeke lifts Daniel up onto his shoulders and locks in the TORTURE RACK! Bryan is in agony as Jackson holds him on his shoulders, will he tap out? No! JUSTIN GABRIEL TO THE RESCUE! Gabriel breaks the Torture Rack and Jackson is forced to head for his corner for a tag as does Bryan. Daniel tags in Kurt Angle just as Big Zeke tags in Skip Sheffield and it will be the Olympian against the corn-fed colossus! On the outside apron though, Gabriel and Bryan are beginning to quarrel over their little feud and Gabriel drops down to the floor to argue further with Bryan as he recovers. Both men are on their feet and the argument turns physical as they begin to push and shove each other in the chest. The fists start flying and they start to fight down the ramp as Triple H and RVD look on and the referee tries to stop them. In the ring, taking advantage of the distraction, Skip hits a huge clothesline to Kurt Angle to take him down to the pleasure of Wade Barrett. With Gabriel and Bryan now out of sight, it appears to now be a 5 vs. 3 battle and the odds are now stacked back in the favour of Nexus. Skip hits a second clothesline to send Angle over the top rope and the numbers game comes into play as Slater and Otunga draw Triple H away to their side of the ring. RVD drops down to check on Angle when there is a commotion in the ramp area ...

EDGE SPEARS RVD ON THE OUTSIDE!

RVD’s head cracks into the steel steps as he falls back and Edge stands over him and poses with his rockstar pose as the Florida crowd boo him for his actions. Slowly, Edge backs away up the ramp as the referee signals for the medics with RVD’s head bleeding from the wound where his head hit the steps ... Medics rush out with a stretcher and RVD is helped out of the arena leaving the match now at 5 vs. 2 in the Nexus’ favour. Wade Barrett smirks at Triple H across the ring as he witnesses Edge’s actions on the big screen as a replay is shown. Skip Sheffield stands over Kurt as he rolls himself back under the ropes and into the ring and he laughs too. A suplex to Angle leaves him down on the mat again before Sheffield makes the tag to Barrett who saunters into the ring with a beaming smile on his face. The WWE Champion makes his first appearance in the action as he beats down on the back and shoulders of the man he defeated last night to retain his title – questionably – before he locks in a Camel Clutch with his knee driven into the lower back of Kurt. Barrett demands that Kurt taps out but that isn’t going to happen and he is forced to drag him to his feet ... neckbreaker from Barrett! Here is the cover ...

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Angle kicks out as Triple H supports! **

Wade Barrett lifts Angle and pushes him back into the Nexus corner of the ring where he is trapped in. With the referee’s attention drawn by Barrett mocking Triple H, Nexus go to work on Angle as they beat him in the corner. Heath Slater slides into the ring and he catapults Angle back into the corner where three fists meet his skull in a sickening scene that is causing many jeers and anger towards Nexus right now. With Triple H back on the apron side, Barrett heads back over and looks to hit Wastelands ... He lifts Angle up onto his shoulder, Angle is helpless ... WASTELANDS! BARRETT HITS WASTELANDS!

** 1 **
** 2 **
** Amazingly, Angle kicks out! **

A huge roar goes up as Kurt surprises everybody with a kick out but he is still in a lot of trouble as he is taking the brunt of the punishment here. Barrett looks annoyed at the kick out but he drags Angle back up once again and lifts him onto his shoulders. If one isn’t enough, hit it again seems to be the motto here! However, Triple H decides that enough is enough and he rushes into the ring and clobbers Barrett hard to force him to drop Kurt. Barrett is stunned and Triple H whips him into the ropes ... Spinebuster! Hunter kicks him in the gut as the referee protests and sets up for the Pedigree until Nexus rush in to rescue their leader. Slater goes for Triple H first but he misses and is caught with a huge clothesline that sends the ‘One Man Rock Band’ over the top rope first before Otunga is also a failure as he goes for a shoulder block – Triple H kicks him in the shoulder instead before spinning him round for a pendulum backbreaker that leaves him squirming on the mat. Skip Sheffield and Ezekiel Jackson both cannon into the back of Triple H though and catch him off guard and they start to stomp a mudhole in him as he backs into the corner. Between them, they ram Triple H hard and head first into the top turnbuckle as the referee starts to lose control now. Skip and Zeke throw Hunter out of the ring and they go outside to continue the beating before ramming him back first into the barricades. With Hunter now down, Barrett is on his feet and he looks down from the ring at the Number 1 contender as the referee tries to prevent Skip and Zeke doing any more damage to Triple H. Barrett turns back to the wounded Angle ... who is back on his feet ... ANGLE SLAM! KURT ANGLE WITH AN ANGLE SLAM FROM NOWHERE! Kurt goes for the cover ...


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WINNER
KURT ANGLE, TRIPLE H, RVD, JUSTIN GABRIEL & DANIEL BRYAN (17:38)


As Skip Sheffield and Ezekiel Jackson re-enter the ring to go after Kurt Angle, the Olympian wisely decides to get out of the ring and he exits towards the ramp where he is met by a staggering Triple H. The pair of them embrace and raise their hands victorious – a huge win for Kurt Angle after the disappointment of last night’s failure to win the WWE Championship. Barrett and Nexus stare out onto the ramp as Angle and Triple H back away with smiles on their faces, particularly Angle, who once again motions to Barrett that he still wants the WWE Championship!

***** END OF SHOW *****
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