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Opening video package did its job, but nothing to really write home about, so kudos there I suppose. Lol at Jordan getting heat as he comes to the ring, would be X-Pac heat if I could hear it now. Very nice back and forth action in the opening few moments of this match, and great to show the real displeasure in each man’s eyes in all the clubbing and clobbering they do. The missed big elbow is a good momentum changing spot, nice use of it here. There wasn’t really any doubt that Hardy would get the win, but the use of the exposed turnbuckle most almost certainly be grounds for a rematch on Jordan’s part, even if he already has his rematch clause. Never been an OJ fan, but it doesn’t look good for him from here on out. Hardy on the other hand will probably have Carlito or something on his hands. But big win for the elder Hardy brother here.

Nice SummerSlam poster btw.

Strong statement from Orton here, although I thought he seemed a bit whiney at the beginning, but that’s just me. Loved the arrogance of his Legend Killer persona moreso than what he’s doing nowadays, so good shot on making all that shine through.

Wow, kind of surprised this one got the time that it did, even longer than the opener. But still, Masters gets the well-earned win here after having to take the Mexicools piss for weeks on end. Juvi looked the best out of everyone here I thought, and surprisingly, Masters didn’t get a whole lot in like I thought he would. Of course he gets the finish, but was just surprised he didn’t get more blows in there. This should lift Masters to do something I’m sure, while probably the Pits stay and feud with the Mexicools. Decent match overall, but very good (and unchaotic) 6-man tag.

@ JBL condemning Jordon. Almost sounded like a plantation owner scolding a slave. Random racial thoughts aside, JBL was pretty spot on here, and you captured his hammy-but-serious nature pretty well.

No surprise Carlito dips out really quickly in this one, but holy hell, a Gore like two minutes into the match?? I think you could’ve found an impactful move without using a finisher there. On top of that, you had ‘Lito show almost no effects of getting hit with a massive finisher, rolling up Rhyno not too long afterwards and even having an advantage over not just one, but both men. That’s pushing it a bit much for me. After a finisher, even a finisher kickout, a guy shouldn’t have that much steam in him to dominate both guys for a while. Again, a little bit of finisher spamming with Carlito hitting the Backstabber, with Rhyno rolling out of the ring no less, yet suddenly having it in him to break up Booker’s count. Adrenaline can do a lot for a guy, but that was a bit ridiculous. No surprise to see Carlito get away with the win by weaseling on out of everything, but I expected a good bit more interactions between Booker and Rhyno than we did, but maybe that’s being held off on as the feud potentially progresses.

A tad disappointed that Hurricane didn’t leave by pretending to fly away, but nonetheless, a bit of an odd segment between the two. Not entirely sure what to think because Hurricane was a pretty well established guy in 2005 that was always very much over, so I don’t think he’s had many doubters. Sure, not many people took him all that seriously, but he was still a guy you wouldn’t mess with.

Angle sounded very focused here, though I didn’t like him talking about Orton or JBL and would have rather him just been completely honed in on Cena to emphasize the aggressiveness he showed in the take-home.

Here’s the match I was looking forward to the most. Nice to see Van Dam and Mysterio’s demeanors being completely focused, really needed that element. Great exchange between Nitro and Van Dam at that one point, really showcasing both men in that spot. Nitro/Morrison gets a lot of flak around these parts, but he can more than pull his weight in the ring. Tad confused when Van Dam missed the Rolling Thunder to the outside and you said it hurt his stomach, when that would more than likely hurt his back than anything. The match flowed very well for a while until Mysterio came in and ate the finish, which I’m still divided on. The fact that Mysterio was only hit with an elevated DDT and was pinned is a little unnerving, the MNM tag finisher probably would’ve been better there. Was also hoping Mysterio would put up more of a fight than he did, but alas, they trapdoor to all this is the masked man. Never really a big fan of masked man angles because they all wind up being the same guys, but I’m hoping you can go somewhere different with this.

Nice seggy between Carlito and Hardy, I’m expecting these two to get involved. A bit overdoing the ‘ju’ line, though. Not saying he shouldn’t do it b/c I enjoy Carlito’s written accent, but he said it in places where it didn’t belong at all.

Some generic but effective stuff from MNM, although wasn’t sure why Melina acknowledged that there was a masked man but Nitro and Mercury didn’t.

Extended squash here with the Lashley bit. Not like Suzuki and Dupree were a truly believable tag team anyway, but good way to just display Lashley’s absolute dominance.

Appreciated RVD being the slightly more aggressive one here, but I’m sure it won’t be immediately that we find out who was under the mask anyway

A pretty decent Cruiserweight contest, but of course, it’s the ending that catches the most attention. I thought it was a bit out-of-touch, if I should say, that Tazz would immediately jump on and call Hurricane “Gregory Helms”. I may have missed a show or two somewhere, but has that name been mentioned onscreen at any point before this? The line immediately got the point across that that is almost most certainly going to come of this whole thing, but I would have much preferred Hurricane kept his motives to himself and possibly cut a promo on the next show to fully come out and dis his superhero uniform and be called Gregory Helms. That said, I very much liked the role Chavo played here, not because it was a generic, stock role, but in relativity to the superhero character, worked very well. Even though Chavo was the weasel and pretty unsympathetic in the whole thing, he was the catalyst in Hurricane giving into his more prone ‘mortal’ side, if you will. Hope to see where the character development goes with this.

You’re a real fan of these interviews, eh? Nice that everyone in the main event got their say, though.

‘Right in the abyss’ might not’ve been the best terminology there, probably should’ve gone with ‘into the fire’ or ‘into the shark tank’ or something like that, but that’s being picky, and I got the gist of the idea. Wow, again, a finisher not even a few minutes into the match, and it didn’t look any better here than it did when I first brought it up. It literally just seemed thrown in there and could’ve been any other impactful move. Save those finishers for when you really need them. Yes, it told the story of an on-fire Orton, but you still could’ve shown that in a better way. Some solid action going on here, but again, I have to stress the finisher thing. The Angle Slam here was placed well, but to have Orton come be the one to break up the count a few lines later then come back out on the offensive made me question the strength of the Angle Slam, as well as just leave me wondering why you didn’t just have Angle break the count when he was still perfectly able bodied to do so. ‘Taker showing up was somewhat unexpected, and right when Orton was at his hottest at that. Nice placement there, the ending here becoming a big finisher flurry. I know I’m getting nitpicky with the finishers and whatnot, but JBL kickout of the Angle slam after taking the table spot is a bit pushing it. It would’ve probably been better had JBL got his foot on the ropes; plus that suits his character a little better. Still, the story came across well that Cena did indeed go through hell to keep his title, although I’m not sure where JBL goes from here, Angle/Cena is far, FAR from over as far as I can see.


Overall, a very enjoyable show, although some of your best matches did lack in flow, mostly because of the finisher spamming it seemed you were doing. Maybe it’s just the way you like writing or maybe its possible burnout leaving you unable to think of many other moves to put in those spots, but it’s probably not as big a deal as I’m making them out to be. My only true complaint is that I would’ve liked for the WWE Tag Title match to have gone on a bit longer, but that’s nothing really huge. A solid show here that keeps me wanting to know more about everything. Kirby enjoyed the effort. Well done, cp
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First off, big thanks to 619 for your GAB feedback, much appreciated and just wanted to comment on a little something you mentioned.

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A pretty decent Cruiserweight contest, but of course, it’s the ending that catches the most attention. I thought it was a bit out-of-touch, if I should say, that Tazz would immediately jump on and call Hurricane “Gregory Helms”. I may have missed a show or two somewhere, but has that name been mentioned onscreen at any point before this? The line immediately got the point across that that is almost most certainly going to come of this whole thing, but I would have much preferred Hurricane kept his motives to himself and possibly cut a promo on the next show to fully come out and dis his superhero uniform and be called Gregory Helms. That said, I very much liked the role Chavo played here, not because it was a generic, stock role, but in relativity to the superhero character, worked very well. Even though Chavo was the weasel and pretty unsympathetic in the whole thing, he was the catalyst in Hurricane giving into his more prone ‘mortal’ side, if you will. Hope to see where the character development goes with this.
On this whole thing about mentioning Gregory Helms. It has been muted for several weeks now, perhaps even a month that Chavo Guerrero has wanted to bring out the man under the mask, to bring out one of the best Cruiserweights in the world, to bring out Gregory Helms and leave the mask and cape, leave the jokes aside. There will be a lot more to this in the coming shows also with his name quite often being thrown around. Anyways, moving on, this thing is back on track now after a little break so here goes....


WWE Monday Night Raw Preview-25/7/05

Tonight is all set to be a huge night for the superstars of Monday Night Raw as last week saw the shocking return of the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista! The Animal returned to save the World’s Largest Athlete, Big Show who was in a whole world of trouble following his match with Mark Jindrak as the demonic Kane assaulted the former World Champion before placing a steel chair around the leg of the giant. In a moment of horror for all the fans in attendance, as well as those watching at home, Shawn Michaels, per order of Eric Bischoff, then scaled to the top rope and looked set to come crashing down on to the steel, crushing Show‘s leg in the process. That was when the champion returned however, several weeks ahead of schedule following a severe rib injury sustained at the hands of the Big Red Machine. Batista though would NOT get his hands on Kane, who managed to escape his advances thanks to the wily Eric Bischoff. Instead Batista sent a stern message to Raw’s General Manager as he delivered a devastating BatistaBomb to Bischoff’s ‘Personal Employee’, Shawn Michaels. We have been promised to hear from the World Champion tonight on all things relevant, including his title match at Summerslam with Kane, his dealings with Eric Bischoff, how his injury is healing as well as just why he targeted Shawn Michaels last week. You won’t want to miss it!

Also confirmed for tonight is a monster and believe me, it is a MONSTER main event. The number one contender to the World title, Kane will take on the man he savagely assaulted last week and almost ended his career, Big Show. These two have a history together and tonight will no doubt further that as the World’s Largest Athlete will look to gain a measure of payback on what went down last week. How will Kane deal with an angry giant? What will Show look to put the Big Red Machine through? Tune in to find out.

Another two matches are confirmed for tonight’s show, the first of which has huge implications concerning the Intercontiental Championship. Shelton Benjamin has been robbed time and again of the gold by Muhammad Hassan and his Arabian Entity, with Benjamin pleading for one more, fair opportunity. Charlie Haas meanwhile, Benjamin’s tag team partner has been focusing on the World Tag Team titles, telling Shelton that they should simply focus on being a team again. Benjamin has refused however, stating that they can become a team again when he wins back his Intercontiental title, something that hasn’t sat all that well with Haas. Tonight though, despite knowing his partner wants him to move away from singles action, Benjamin has placed all his trust in Charlie Haas to earn him one more shot, one more opportunity at his beloved Intercontinental title in what is all part of a devious plan by the champion Muhammad Hassan.

Hassan, knowing full well of Haas’ reluctance to see Shelton chasing him, laid down the challenge for tonight. Hassan will take on Charlie Haas with the stipulation being, if Haas wins, Benjamin gets his title shot. But if Hassan wins, Benjamin will never receive another title shot whilst Hassan holds the gold. Who will come out on top in this delicate situation? Will Charlie Haas really give it his all to see his partner succeed? It promises to be explosive.

The third and final confirmed match for here tonight on Raw is the second part in a three week series of Tag Team title defences. Last week saw the Dudley Boyz defeat the Basham Brothers in a griping contest. Tonight the Dudleyz defend their gold again, this time against the young up and comers, Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth, the Platform to Perfection. Will the undefeated youngsters shock the world and become champions or will the Dudleyz experience shine through? It’s the present versus the future, tonight!

Also, tonight we have been promised a ’Special’ video from Captain Charisma, Christian regarding his Summerslam opponent, Ric Flair. What has the weaselly leader of ‘Peeps’ got up his sleeve? Plus, Chris Jericho will NOT be on Raw this week due to the devastating ambush by his rival Edge last week, how will the Rated R Superstar react to taking out his long term rival? Find out all this and more, LIVE on Monday Night Raw.


Confirmed for Raw:

Kane vs. Big Show

World Tag Team Titles:
Dudley Boyz© vs. The Platform to Perfection; Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth

Charlie Haas vs. Muhammad Hassan
(If Haas wins, Shelton Benjamin gets an Intercontiental title shot; If Hassan wins, Benjamin will not receive another opportunity so long as he’s the champion)

Also;

We will hear from the World Champion, Batista!

And;

A ‘Special’ video from Christian!
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WWE Monday Night Raw- 25/7/05- Milwaukee; Wisconsin


Opening video hits before the pyro shoots up and we are welcomed to tonight’s show by good ol’ J.R.


Jim Ross: We welcome you ladies and gentleman LIVE to Monday Night Raw!! I’m Jim Ross, joined as ever by Jonathan Coachman an…

'I Walk Alone’


It’s a MONSTROUS pop that greets the music of the World Champion, Batista. The Animal storms out onto the ramp, full of energy, clutching his World title, dressed in a vest top and jeans, a casual look, shades on as the crowd rise to their feet
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Jim Ross: And folks get a good look at the returning World Heavyweight Champion, the returning… Batista!!

The Coach: I’m still absolutely outraged at what Batista did last week J.R. He came back completely unannounced, completely outta the blue like that. Eric Bischoff had NO idea Batista was in the arena, he had no plan for this…this animal.

Jim Ross: Well indeed Batista shocked everybody last week when he returned to well, we thought he returned to come to the aid of Shawn Michaels, to get his hands on the man who injured him Kane and I think, I think he came down to get his hands on our General Manager. However that would not be the case as Kane managed to escape, thanks only to that snake that is Eric Bischoff. Shawn Michaels however, well Shawn Michaels was not so lucky.

The Coach: Last week was one of the first times where I actually supported Shawn Michaels. Batista had no right to do that to him, he had no right in attempting to do that to Kane, to do that to Eric Bischoff. Absolutely NO RIGHT!

Jim Ross: Well it would appear as though we’re gonna hear exactly why Batista did what he did last week to the Heartbreak Kid.

Tista has a mic and a wry smile on his face as the fans chant ‘Ba-tista’.

Batista: Three weeks ago I was uh, I was hurtin’, I was hurtin’ real bad. I was beaten, broken, battered all at the hands of one man, all at the hands of Kane. Three weeks ago I was choke slammed, well…I was choke slammed straight to hell off that stage up there.

The Animal points up the ramp as the fans boo.

Batista: I took one heck of a fall and because of that I suffered cracked ribs and was in a whole lotta pain but I just…I just couldn’t sit at home, i could not sit at home for one second longer.

Nice pop as Tista grits his teeth.

Batista: Ever since Eric Bischoff set his sights on me, set his sights on this(holds up the World title), things haven’t gone too well, they haven’t gone to plan for me but that has only made me more angry, oh yeah. That had only made me more angry, made me more determined, made me more fired up to keep a hold of this and to STICK IT to that piece of trash that I have to call my ‘boss’.

Boos for Bischoff as Batista does appear fired up here.

Batista: Which is why I spent one week, just one week sitting at home on my couch watching Raw and although I was in a lot of pain, although I was hurting, what hurt me the most was not my ribs. No, it was having to watch Eric Bischoff ramble on and on and on. It was having to watch Eric Bischoff yet AGAIN trying to screw guys over, to make other guys careers, other guys lives a misery.

Heat for the GM’s actions.

Batista: Shawn Michaels has had to deal with it, Chris Jericho’s had to deal with it, I’ve had to deal with it and he’s not gonna stop until I face a whole lot worse, believe me. Last week, last week was the Big Show’s turn. It was damn near four on one out here. Jindrak, Kane, Michaels, Edge, all four of ‘em involved and Jericho tried, give credit where credit’s due, he tried with all he had to put a stop to it but when there’s four of them and when there’s only one of you, the odds, well they ain’t in your favour.

Tista shakes his head a little here.

Batista: But I was ready, oh yeah, I…was…ready. I knew what Bischoff had up his sleeve, I knew he’d try and pick Big Show off just like Shawn, just like Jericho, just…like…me. I couldn’t let that happen again, no. Which is why I came back last week, which is why I came back a lot earlier than I had expected, than the doctors had expected, than Eric Bischoff himself had expected and trust me, that? That was the most satisfying thing in all of this.

Tista smirks a little now as he paces round the ring.

Batista: When my music hit last week and I came from behind that curtain, walked out onto that stage and looked down to this ring, the look on Eric Bischoff’s face, that was as satisfying as it gets. Seeing the fear inside of him, seeing him scared to death at the thought of me getting my hands on him, that brought me satisfaction but satisfaction? Ha ha. Satisfaction just ain’t enough for me.

Nice pop for that as Tista shrugs his title belt a little.

Batista: The look on Bischoff’s face, yeah it was good, it was great in fact but I…I wanted more, I needed…more. I stormed down that ramp last week with one thing in my mind and that was to absolutely DESTROY everything in my way, INCLUDING Eric Bischoff.

Very sizeable pop there for the champ.

Batista: But that’s not quite the way it went down. Bischoff managed to get away, Kane managed to catch a lucky, very lucky break but I guarantee that he won’t be so lucky come Summerslam. Buuuuuuuut I did, I did get my hands on one person, I did get my hands on somebody after all and this uh, this may surprise some of you, you may not expect me to say this right now but it’s true, last week I did come out here intending to get my hands on this guy. Last week, I got my hands… on Shawn Michaels.

Nice pop for the Heartbreak Kid as Batista smiles slyly nodding his head as a little HBK chant bursts out.

Batista: Now I love and I respect Shawn Michaels just as much as each and every one of you in this arena do. Shawn’s a legend in this business, one of the greatest of all time but ever since Vengeance, ever since this whole thing with Bischoff began, Shawn’s just…Shawn’s just become a different man.

Batista scratches his chin.

Batista: Shawn’s become a shadow of the guy I used to know. Each and every week I’m seeing the Heartbreak Kid come out to this ring, head down, shy away from everybody sittin’ at ringside and I’m seeing him take orders, take instructions from a man who he absolutely, positively HATES.

Tista looks a little angered now as the fans are drawn in by this.

Batista: That’s not the way I thought Shawn would deal with this, that’s not the way anybody thought Shawn would deal with this but the facts are, he has dealt with it this way and what I did last week was the only way I thought I could get through to Shawn Michaels, the only way I could send a message to Shawn Michaels.

Tista pauses before pacing a little.

Batista: So now, here I am, one week on and I’m dyin’ to know, did Shawn Michaels get the message? Did Shawn Michaels realise that I no longer feel sympathy towards him, realise that NOBODY feels sympathy towards him anymore? Did Shawn Michaels realise that he needs to put an end to all of this?

Batista looks around a little bit, scratching the back of his head, still looking angered, a little anxious almost.

Batista: Well I guess now’s the time to find out. So Shawn, I know you’re back there and I know you’re listenin’ to all this so wh…

‘I’m Back’


It’s a look of frustration that etches across the face of the Animal as the music of Eric Bischoff hits and out comes the Raw GM to a chorus of boos.

Eric Bischoff: Dave, Dave, Dave, really good to see ya buddy? How those ribs holdin’ up for ya?

Batista: Cut the crap Eric, we both know I’m not out here to talk to you, I’m out here to talk to S…

Eric Bischoff: Shawn, yeah I get it Dave, really I do. You wanna ‘get to the bottom'of how Shawn Michaels is feeling, of why Shawn’s doing what he’s doing. Well let me tell ya, you don’t need Shawn to tell ya the answers, I’ll tell them for ya. He’s doing what he’s doing because…well, because of ME!!

HUGE heat for Bisch here as Batista runs his hand over his head.

Eric Bischoff: And as for how Shawn is ‘feeling’? Shawn’s feeling really, really good Dave and I mean that. Shawn couldn’t be better, infact he’s sitting right back behind those curtains in my office right about now and he’s dealing with a little bit of paperwork I assigned to him. Let me put it real simply for ya Dave, Shawn’s doin’ his job tonight and he’s doin’ it with a smile on his face, cos if he doesn’t? If he doesn’t I’ll fire his ass, just…like…that.

Bischoff snaps his fingers as the crowd boo the shit out of him.

Eric Bischoff: And I couldn’t..I couldn’t quite help but hear how you uh, how you wanted to get your hands on any and everbody last week Dave, including me. Well it’s real funny you should mention that ha ha.

Bischoff has that grin on his face now.

Batista: What? What is it Eric? You gonna put me in a match tonight? Is that it? You wanna try to ‘take me out’ again? Well I don’t give a damn who I face cos I came here tonight lookin’ to FIGHT!

Batista is full of aggresion now as the crowd rally behind him.

Eric Bischoff: Oh you couldn’t be more wrong!! See I knew that’s exactly what you’d want here tonight Dave, exactly what you want. But it is NOT what I’m gonna give you, oh no.

Bischoff again grins as the fans pur more heat on the GM.

Eric Bischoff: Now you may think that’s just another attempt from me to anger you, to frustrate you, to PISS you off Dave but yet again you couldn’t be any more wrong because y’see it is not my choice you don’t compete here tonight.

Batista rolls his eyes now, perhaps knowing what Bisch has in store.

Eric Bischoff: See I received a call earlier on tonight when I arrived at the arena and it was from a member of our medical team and they informed me of some, of some…unfortunate news Dave. They informed me that you have NOT been cleared to compete and that you are still officially on the injured list.

Batista smashes his fist against the ropes as the fans continue to boo.

Eric Bischoff: Hey don’t blame me Dave, after all I wasn’t the one who took a choke slam off the stage a few weeks back was I?

Bischoff holds his hands out as Batista has seen enough and exit’s the ring heading after Eric Bischoff!!

Jim Ross: Oh here we go!!

Eric Bischoff: HEY!! HEY!! HEY!! You stop RIGHT there!! Boys…boys come on down here!!

Bischoff signals to the back as we see a TON of security emerge from behind the curtain as Batista stops in his tracks and laughs, looking around at the fans who are going crazy here.

Eric Bischoff: Now I had a feelin’ you weren’t gonna take too kindly to that Dave which is why-which is why I ordered a helping hand here tonight. Seeing as you have not been cleared to compete, I don’t…I just don’t see the need for you to be here tonight so uhhhhh gentleman would you please do me, do all these people a favour and escort Mr.Batista out of the building?

Boos are reverberating around the arena all the more now as Batista seems to mouth ‘You gotta be kidding?’

Security begin to head down towards the Animal who then looks around the crowd who are all fully behind the World Champion and BATISTA CHARGES AT THE SECURITY!!

Jim Ross: Batista has had enough!! The World Heavyweight Champion ain’t goin’ away without a fight!!

The Coach: Hey, this ain’t right J.R!! His boss has asked him to do something, he cannot put his hands on security like that!! He’s lucky Eric Bischoff doesn’t suspend his ass right here, right now!!

Batista takes down one, takes down two and a third as the crowd goes absolutely wild!! Eric Bischoff has a worried look across his face as Batista takes it to security here but eventually the numbers game proves too much as the dozens of security gang up and finally get a hold of the Animal to a chorus of boos from the crowd.

The Coach: Well thank god. Thank GOD they got a hold of this…of this freak J.R. Who in the hell does he think he is? Eric Bischoff doing the right thing here tonight.

Batista is now guided up the ramp, kicking out in frustration as we see a look of delight across the face of Eric Bischoff. Tista then locks eyes with the GM as he’s dragged past him.

Eric Bischoff: Dave, see ya in a couple of weeks buddy, until then, take real good care of yourself and really, REALLY good care of that World title cos come Summerslam? Come Summerslam, it’s gonna be Kane’s, it’s gonna be mine and your days around here? Your days on MY show are gonna be OVER WITH!!

Insane levels of heat again for the boss as Batista looks ready to blow a gasket.

Eric Bischoff: Gentleman, get him outtaaaaaa here!!

And with that Batista is dragged to the back and Bischoff looks around at the crowd with a look of glee as his music hits and he then sarcastically applauds out to the crowd.

Jim Ross: How many more times is this gonna happen? How many more times is Eric Bischoff gonna abuse his authority like this? It’s just not right damn it and you can bet your ass that at Summerslam Batista’s gonna make him pay, he’s gonna make Kane pay.

The Coach: Hey don’t jump the gun there J.R. Remember who’s refereeing that one baby, Mr.Shawn Michaels. Batista ain’t makin’ anyone pay cos the Heartbreak Kid’s gonna count his shoulders down and hand that World title to the Big Red Machine, whether he likes it or not!!

We get one more shot of Eric Bischoff who is milking the boos now before FINALLY heading to the back.

Commercials


We return and immediately go to footage that occurred during the break as we see security escorting the World Champion Batista out of the building. Tista has a stern look on his face, clearly seething at what Raw’s General Manager has done here tonight. As Batista is about to be led out the door the camera changes angle and we see Shawn Michaels appear!! Michaels looks as down as ever, clearly not really wanting to have run into the Animal. Batista gives Michaels a death glare and Michaels simply stares at the ground with Batista then letting out a little laugh and shaking his head in disgust as security continue guiding Batista out the door, the crowd booing what’s gone on thus far tonight.

We then head straight back to ringside where we see Molly Holly already in the ring, stretching and preparing for action
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Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw folks and as you can see Molly Holly all ready for action here tonight as sh..

‘LoveFuryPassionEnergy’


It’s a pretty nice pop that greets the music of the Daredevil Diva, Lita who storms out on stage.

Jim Ross: As she takes on this lady!! Lita made a big return a couple of weeks back, coming out and confronting the Women’s Champion, the sadistic Victoria and well, it hasn’t quite gone down so well with the current title holder.

The Coach: And why should it? Lita’s come back and she’s walkin’ around here as if..as if she owns the place! What the heck is that about J.R? Lita ain’t done a damn thing to get a shot at Victoria and she knows it.

Jim Ross: Well Coach incase ya missed it, that is exactly why Lita requested a match here tonight against any WWE diva to show Victoria just why she deserves her chance at the Women’s Championship.

The Coach: We’ll see how well that turns out cowboy.

Match One: Singles Match
Lita vs. Molly Holly

Molly puts up a good fight in the early going as Lita’s possible ring rust is on display with the Daredevil Diva struggling to keep up with the fast paced offense of Molly.

Molly continues to work away at Lita, whipping her across to the turnbuckle before unloading with a big time clothesline knocking all the wind out of Lita. Molly then continues to punish Lita, kick after kick to the mid section before delivering some venomous forearms to the jaw of Lita who appears taken aback by Molly’s relentless approach here.

Molly then scores the first cover of the match after dropping Lita with a scoop slam, forcing a kick out at two as she pleads with the referee to count faster. Molly’s bickering with the official though backfires as she goes back to try and finish off Lita only to be met with a right hand! Lita catches Molly off guard and now uses it to gain a route back into the match as she takes the fight to Molly with right after right.

Lita then delivers a beautiful snap suplex and scrambles across for the cover, 1..2..shoulder up by Molly much to the disappointment of the fans in the arena as Lita herself looks disappointed.

The former Team Extreme member slowly gets to her feet and dusts herself off before setting up for the Twist of Fate!! Lita positions herself as Molly gets back to her feet, turns around, kick to the mid section, TWIST OF FATE!! NO!! Molly shoves Lita away and into the ropes, ROLL UP!! 1...2...3...NO!! Lita just about gets the shoulder up to a big pop!!

Both divas are quick to their feet as Molly charges back at Lita for a clothesline, Lita ducks it, spins Molly round, TWIST OF FATE!! This time Lita connects!! Cover, 1..2..3..she got it!!


Winner: Lita(5:13)


Jim Ross: Point proven Coach!! A huge win for the Daredevil Diva and a resounding one at that!!

The Coach: I’ll hand it to Lita, that was a heck of a victory but don’t forget that Molly Holly, as good as she is, she ain’t Victoria and it’s gonna take a hell of a lot more than this to convince me, to convince Victoria that Lita’s next in line.

Lita poses for the crowd as she smiles, clearly delighted with her work here tonight as it’s job done in her quest to face Victoria for the Women’s Championship.

We then head into a video package...

Narrator: The biggest party of the summer.

The Summerslam logo appears across the screen as the Summerslam theme plays in the background.

Narrator: High pressure, high stakes.

We see a shot of Batista raising the World title high before a shot of a dejected Shawn Michaels.

Narrator: Who can overcome these obstacles?

We see Kurt Angle locking in the Ankle Lock on Randy Orton.

We then see Kane chokeslamming Chris Jericho.

Narrator: Who can stand tall?

We see John Cena FU’ing JBL.

Narrator: Who can rise to the occasion?

We see Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas celebrating.

Narrator: Who can handle… the heat?

We see a smirking Christian before an angered Ric Flair.

Batista: At Summerslam.

Flashing shot of the Animal landing a Batistabomb.

Edge: At Summerslam.

A brief shot of Edge delivering a Spear.

Randy Orton: At Summerslam.

The Legend Killer delivering an RKO is shown.

Ric Flair: At SUMMERSLAM! WOOO!

Flair locking in the Figure Four is then shown briefly.

Kurt Angle: At Summerslam.

We then see Angle locking in the Ankle lock, wrenching the hold in.

John Cena: At Summerslam.

It’s Cena’s turn then as we see the WWE champion deliver a thunderous FU.

Christian: The heat…is on.

A shot of a desert like scene is then shown as the Summerslam logo then appears again before…

Narrator: Summerslam: Can you handle the heat?




We then return backstage to join Todd Grisham who is standing by.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman, my guest at this time, a man who is in a precarious position here this evening, please welcome, Charlie Haas.

Haas appears into shot to a nice pop. The WGTT member looks a little anxious however as he heads into a big match tonight.

Todd Grisham: Charlie last week your partner Shelton Benjamin accepted a challenge on your behalf from Muhammad Hassan which means that tonight you will take on the Intercontinental Champion with Shelton Benjamin’s title opportunity at stake. You win, Shelton gets his shot, you lose and Shelton will not receive another title opportunity. How are you feeling heading into such a high stakes match up?

Haas sighs, taking a moment to think his answer up.

Charlie Haas: You said it yourself Todd, it’s high stakes tonight. There’s a whole lotta pressure on me here tonight and y’know over the last seven days I’ve had a lot of questions thrown my way. Questions like, ‘Charlie, will you give it your all next week?’, ‘Charlie, do you really wanna win next week?’, ‘Charlie you do know the consequences don’t ya?’

Haas scratches his chin a little.

Charlie Haas: My answer to all three of those questions Todd, is hell yeah.

Nice pop there.

Charlie Haas: Of course I’m gonna give it my all, of course I wanna win here tonight. I’m a professional wrestler, this is what I do, this is who I am and if I ain’t givin’ it all I got, if I ain’t headin’ out there to win, then I’m not doin’ my job. As far as the consequences go, yeah I know the consequences all too well. I win, Shelton gets his shot, I lose Shelton’s done.

Haas’ face now turns to a stern look.

Charlie Haas: I may want the Tag Team titles, I may want my partner back but I damn sure ain’t gonna let that happen this way. Not a chance. Shelton’s put a lot of faith in me, he’s put all his trust in me tonight to get him that opportunity that he deserves. And I promise everybody, I’m not gonna let him down out there.

Good pop again for Haas there.

Todd Grisham: Well Charlie one question that you may or may not have been asked this week is, if you win here tonight, you’ll have beaten the Intercontinental Champion on not just one but two occasions, in a lot of people’s eyes that would suggest you deserve a title shot more than your partner does?

Haas looks at Grisham in a curious fashion, a little perplexed here.

Charlie Haas: Uhhhh, I couldn’t possibly erm, I couldn’t possibly com… pffffft, yeah like I said I’m gonna go out there tonight and give it my best Todd, thanks man.

Haas then walks off as Grisham has a confused look now at Haas’ ‘indifferent’ response shall we say?

Back Ringside…


‘Perfection’


We return back to hear the music of the Platform to Perfection, Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth who strut out onto the stage to decent heat considering their short stint thus far on Raw.

Jim Ross: It is indeed a huge night for Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin but it is also a huge night for these two young men. Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth have made a huge splash since arriving here on Monday Night Raw and tonight they get a major opportunity as they take on the Dudley Boyz for the World Tag Team Titles.

The Coach: Huge opportunity, no doubt about it J.R and it’s an opportunity that I have absolutely NO DOUBTS they are gonna take with both hands. Look at these two guys old timer, they are as gifted as ya get and they ain’t losin’ to a couple of has beens, a couple of washed up punks that I have to sit here and call ‘champions’. It’s a damn disgrace and these two young men are gonna put it right tonight, believe me.

Jim Ross: Well the Dudleyz are far from has beens Coach and washed up punks? I ain’t buyin’ it. We’ll see just how washed up our tag team champions are here tonight.

‘Yeah, We’re Comin’ Down’


It’s a nice ovation that greets the champions music as Bubba Ray and D-Von storm out, looking ready and raring for this title defence.

Jim Ross: Bubba Ray and D-Von returned to Monday Night Raw at Backlash, shocking the world and capturing the World Tag Team titles yet again and since then, they’ve had their hands full but they’ve come out on top each and every time. Tonight, these guys wanna make sure is no different.

The Coach: They wanna make sure, yeah of course they do. Trouble is, they can’t do it, they just can’t do it. Doane and Nemeth, too fast, too agile, too darn TALENTED to be defeated here tonight. Mark my words. C’mon cowboy, I ain’t waitin’, get a pen and write ‘em down there. NEW Tag Team Champions tonight.

World Tag Team Titles Match:
The Dudley Boyz© vs. Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth

The opening few minutes begin with Nick Nemeth going toe to toe with Bubba Ray Dudley and the cocky youngster gaining a good foothold in the contest as his speed and athleticism contain Bubba. Nemeth scores an early near fall following a beautiful backbreaker, showing real strength to take the big man down in such fashion before continuing his offense, quickly onto one half of the champs. Nemeth scores with right hand after right hand before stomping a mudhole into Bubba, targeting the ribs of his opponent.

Nemeth runs the ropes and quickly pounces again as he drops a hard hitting elbow to the mid section of Bubba who winces in pain and Nemeth goes for a cover…1...2..kick out by Bubba but the big man holds his ribs in doing so, clearly the Perfectionists plan is working thus far.

Nemeth then begins pandering to the fans who boo the cocky blonde before Nemeth drags Bubba across to his team’s corner and delivers another vicious kick targeting the ribs again before tagging in Ken Doane to the match. Doane enters the match in real style as he hurls himself over the top rope and lands a HUGE leg drop across the mid section of Bubba!! Cover by Doane, 1..2..shoulder up again by one half of the champions much to the crowd’s delight as Doane slams the mat in anger.

Doane is quickly back up and he uses all his might to drag Bubba up to his feet also and it takes some doing. Bubba immediately clutches his ribs and Doane delivers a right hand followed by another taking Bubba aback. We get a glimpse of D-Von on the apron who looks concerned as Doane now kicks Bubba in the gut before delivering an Irish whip. Bubba flies back off the ropes right into a running knee to the mid section!! Rushes into the cover, 1...2..shoulder up again by Bubba as Doane shakes his head disappointedly.

Doane gets to his feet and looks around as the crowd boo the young superstar and this only seems to anger Doane further as he launches a vicious assault on Bubba. Kick after kick to the mid section before some devastating strikes to the ribs as Bubba winces in agony here. Doane then tags Nemeth back into this thing with Nemeth strutting slowly into the ring and pandering to the crowd boo the cockiness of the ‘Perfectionist’ as he slowly toys with Bubba, slapping his head lightly as he laughs at the fallen veteran. We see a shot of D-Von who is raging at the attitude of Nemeth right now.

Bubba is now to his knees as Nemeth continues to play with his opponent before delivering a VICIOUS slap across the face of Bubba!! The fans shit all over Nemeth who then gets in Bubba’s face and yells at him ‘This, this is perfection, that? That is a life of rejection’ as he points at Bubba, looking around the crowd as he taunts the champion. Nemeth then laughs a little more as Doane applauds his partner but BAM!! Bubba comes from nowhere and delivers a huge right hand to Nemeth knocking him back!!


The crowd goes wild as Bubba finds new life and unloads on Nemeth with right after right, Nemeth having nowhere to go now as Bubba whips him across the ropes and Nemeth comes back, BACK BODY DROP!! Bubba connects but he feels the ribs immediately, the effects clear for all to see here as he drops to his knees and his partner holds out an arm, hoping Bubba can crawl across for the tag. Bubba drags himself across, holding an arm out, desperate to make the tag as he’s within arm’s reach now. The crowd is willing Bubba on as Nemeth uses the ropes to bring himself up to his feet slowly, he turns around and sees Bubba almost there and charges, trying to stop Bubba BUT BUBBA MAKES IT!! HERE COMES D-VON!!

D-Von storms in and Nemeth doesn’t want anything to do with him as D-Von unloads with right hand after right hand. Irish whip from D-Von and Nemeth rebounds right into a back elbow! Nemeth is quickly up as D-Von drops him again with a clothesline but Nemeth is persistent and again gets to his feet, D-Von egging him on to do as the champion has real momentum here but Ken Doane appears from nowhere!! Doane tries to take down D-Von but he ducks it, Doane gets caught up in the ropes as D-Von clotheslines him over the top to the outside!! D-Von riles the crowd up and turns around BUT IS CAUGHT WITH A DROPKICK FROM NEMETH!! D-Von goes tumbling out of the ring as Nemeth connects right to the jaw and we head to a break.


Commercials

We return at around the eight or nine minute mark and we return with Bubba Ray and Ken Doane in their respective corners whilst Nemeth has D-Von in control in the centre of the ring, a sleeper hold applied as J.R and Coach runs us through what went down in the break with the Platform to Perfection establishing control again.

Nemeth yells out, clearly using all his effort as he looks to put D-Von to sleep. The crowd are rallying one half of the tag champs, along with his partner but D-Von appears to be struggling, looking a little groggy as Nemeth yanks away and the referee makes a quick check on D-Von’s condition here but D-Von suddenly shows some movements as he stirs a little bit, looking to get to one knee. Nemeth fights it off but not for long as D-Von nails an elbow to the gut, up to one knee D-Von comes as he nails another elbow, Nemeth’s grip loosening. The fans sense a momentum change here as D-Von nails one final elbow and the hold is broken!!

The crowd jumps for joy as D-Von breaks free and Nemeth is doubled over, he turns around and straightens up, coming face to face with D-Von who is still feeling the effects and Nemeth looks for a right hand but D-Von blocks it, looks for a left hand, D-Von blocks again! D-Von now grabs Nemeth by the back of the neck and delivers a kick to the mid section, Irish whip by the champion, Nemeth comes back and is met with a kick to the mid section again, swinging neck breaker by D-Von!! Nemeth is down as Ken Doane jumps D-Von from behind!! Doane takes D-Von down but here comes Bubba!!

Doane is met with a big right hand from Bubba who starts rolling!! Bubba begins his trademark strut and boxer like position as Doane returns to his feet and he’s met with right and left jabs, sending Doane aback before he spins right back into Bubba who swings, misses! Doane spins Bubba round, kick to the mid section, Irish whip, reversal, Doane’s hung up on the ropes as Bubba charges but Doane connects with a kick to the gut, Doane charges now and Bubba turns him inside out with a huge clothesline!!

Doane is down as D-Von begins to stir along with Nemeth, it’s two on one here and the fans sense what’s coming. BUT WAIT…

We cut to the ramp to see the Entity members Sonjay Dutt and Daivari storming down to the ring! Dutt and Daivari take up opposite sides around the ring as Bubba and D-Von look at one another before hopping out of the ring and heading after the Entity!! The fans are going wild as Bubba takes it to Dutt, D-Von to Daivari and the Entity has no answer to this onslaught!! The referee has no choice but to ring for the bell BUT NO!! The referee spins and he’s met with a LOW BLOW by Nemeth!!

J.R is going ballistic as Nemeth floors the referee and we then see Bubba look to Irish whip Dutt into the ringpost but it’s reversed!! Bubba goes head first into the rinpost as Dutt takes a moment before heading over to help his partner out. D-Von drops Daivari with a huge head butt but he’s caught from behind by Dutt who catches D-Von with a stiff kick to the back of the leg before pouncing like a rabid dog and delivering a stinging assault of the champion.

Dutt then helps his partner up and the two men use their strength to scoop D-Von up and into the ring. The Entity members jump inside the ring also, it’s three on one as Coach proclaims we’re soon to have new champions. The three men stalk their prey before Ken Doane joins the party! It’s four on one and the fans are in outrage at this but BEGIN TO CHEER AS HERE COME THE BASHAMS!!

Danny and Doug Basham charge down the ramp and they fly into the ring!! Danny takes down Dutt, Doug takes down Daivari with big time rights!! The fans are right behind the Bashams as Doane swings at Doug but misses, Doug spins him round and over tosses him over the top rope!! Nemeth runs at Danny but Danny delivers a nasty kick to the gut before a stinging DDT!! The Basham’s then drop to the outside but what for?

The Bashams scoop the referee to his feet and toss him back inside the ring!! D-Von and Nemeth are down but the Bashams scoop Nemeth up once again before pandering to the crowd as the BASHAMS CONNECT WITH THE BALL AND GAG!! (Russian Legsweep/Lariat combo) Nemeth is floored and Danny rolls D-Von onto Nemeth’s fallen body!! The referee is stirring, the count begins!! 1.………2.……….3.…..the Dudleyz retain!!


Winners and STILL World Tag Team Champions: The Dudley Boyz(14:22)


Jim Ross: They got ‘em!! How’s that prediction Coach?! The Dudleyz retain!!

The Coach: How in the hell can you celebrate that J.R?! The Dudleyz got an assist here tonight!! They didn’t win a damn thing!! Who invited the Bashams out here huh? Answer me that one. Doane and Nemeth have been screwed J.R!! Screwed!!

Jim Ross: Well who invited the Entity out here Coach? You were more than happy for those guys to help Doane and Nemeth win the gold. The way I see it, the Bashams simply evened up the numbers game tonight and I’m damn sure glad they did.

The Coach: You would be, stuck in the past J.R. Ya just can’t let the young blood have their moment can ya?

Jim Ross: Oh c’mon.

We get a shot of the Bubba and D-Von embracing in the ring, both men looking beaten and exhausted as they nod their heads as a show of respect to the Bashams who walk back up the ramp to a nice pop.

We then cut away backstage where we see Eric Bischoff in his office and standing beside him is the Heartbreak Kid, Bischoff’s Personal Employee, Shawn Michaels!


Eric Bischoff: Last week you let me down Shawn, there’s no other way of putting it. You let me…down.

Michaels looks away, biting his lip a little, still looking down in the dumps.

Eric Bischoff: I asked you to do me one thing, I asked you to finish Big Show off last week and you couldn’t, you just couldn't do it could you? Yeah Batista showed up, yeah we didn’t expect it but not only did you fail to get the job done on Show but you then went and…(Bischoff sblacks a little) You then went and got your ass handed to you by Batista so I wanna know Shawn, what the hell was that all about huh?

Bischoff crosses his arms as he stares a hole through Michaels.

Eric Bischoff: I’ve not got all night Shawn so you better start talkin’ before I ge…

Shawn Michaels: I’m sorry alright?

Eric Bischoff: No, no, it is not alright Shawn, far from it. Last week you let me down, last week you embarrassed me. I can’t stand for that. So here’s what we’re gon…no, no, let me rephrase that, here’s what you are gonna do about it. Tonight, our main event, Kane one on one with Big Show, I want you to make amends Shawn.

Bischoff lets that little grin out now.

Eric Bischoff: I want you to finish what we started last week and I want you, I want Kane to FINISH Big Show off…for good. You understand?

Michaels nods his head, not looking Bischoff in the eye.

Shawn Michaels: I understand Eric but uh…what about Batista?

Bischoff looks puzzled.

Eric Bischoff: W-w-what do you mean Batista?

Shawn Michaels: I mean, what if Batista shows up again? I know, I know you had security take him away but if you really think that’s gonna stop him from tryin’ to get back in, then you’re even stupider than I thought.

Little pop for Michaels insulting Bischoff.

Eric Bischoff: No, no, no, that’s where you’re wrong. See if Batista thinks about tryin’ to get back in this arena then he is even stupider than I thought because I’ve got security right the way around the building and y’know even on the off chance he does get past them, he will not get to me, he will not get to Kane, he will not even get to you because for our main event tonight I’m gonna surround the ring with even more security.

Boos there for Bischoff’s antics.

Eric Bischoff: Tonight there will be no problems, there will be no let downs and there will be no Batista.

Bischoff lets that maniacal grin out once more as Michaels looks on, still lost, almost taken aback he’s still stuck in this situation.

Eric Bischoff: No let downs Shawn. No…let downs. Now I’ve got something I need ya to do for me, so go and find me Edge would ya?

Michaels looks confused as to why the GM wants Edge.

Eric Bischoff: I SAID GO!!

Michaels hangs his head once more before slowly departing as the crowd boo Bischoff’s nonsense approach towards the Heartbreak Kid.

We then cut elsewhere backstage and join Maria for the first time this evening
!

Maria: Ladies and gentleman, please welcome my guest, he is the Big Show!

Nice pop as Show enters the picture but he’s not looking in the best of moods here.

Maria: Show, last week you faced Mark Jindrak in the main event. You won that match due to disqualification after you were attacked by Kane. Kane, Jindrak, Regal and even Shawn Michaels were all happy to try and hurt you after the match was over with so I gotta ask you Show, how did that feel last week?

Show looks up to the heavens before staring right back at Maria.

Big Show: Maria, you’re lucky you’re not Todd Grisham right now is all I can say. It felt…it felt, let me ask you how you think it’d feel to have four men beat you down like a defenceless dog? How do you think it’d feel to have a monster smash your skull with a steel chair?

Maria: Uhmmm, not-not great?

Big Show: Yeah exactly, not great. Last week was meant to be a turning point for me, a night for retribution, a night for payback on Mark Jindrak. But I didn’t get any of that, yeah I won the match but a little DQ victory doesn’t make up for what he and Regal have put me through these last few months. I’m not satisfied Maria and I won’t be satisfied until I get what I want.

Nice pop for an intense Show.

Big Show: But tonight? Tonight my attention turns elsewhere and it turns to Kane. See, I don’t...I don’t quite get what the deal is with Kane. He’s come back and he’s come back to do Bischoff’s dirty work, that’s not how I know Kane, that’s not how anybody knows Kane. When ya think of him, you think of this…this monster, this Big Red Machine who doesn’t take crap from anybody, who follows his own path but that’s not how it’s goin’ down right now is it?

Show scratches his chin, looking a little perplexed.

Big Show: Kane’s carrying out Bischoff’s orders and for what? So he gets a World title shot, is that it? Kane’s been a World Champion before and I don’t think he needed anybody’s help to do it. Tonight, I’m gonna send a message to him, I’m gonna send a message to Bischoff and I’m gonna send a message to Mark Jindrak. I ain’t playin’ around anymore, the big friendly giant’s days are over with, an angry giant’s about to be unleashed Maria.

Very rousing response for that as Show heads off and we do too.

Commercials


We return and we immediately go backstage where we see the Platform to Perfection duo of Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth look pissed off as they walk through the halls. Doane tosses some of his wrist tape down to the floor, clearly angered by their defeat earlier as we then see Todd Grisham burst onto the scene from behind them.

Todd Grisham: Ken, Nick, we all witnessed what happened earlier on tonight in your Tag Team title match with the Dudley Boyz. Can we get a quick word on how you’re feeling having suffered your first defeat here in the WWE?

Nick Nemeth: Defeat? You wanna call that a defeat?

Nemeth looks at Doane as if Grisham’s winding them up.

Nick Nemeth: That was FAR from being a defeat. We should be standing before you as the new World Tag Team Champions and we deserve to be standing here as the new champions but we were robbed out there tonight, ain’t no two ways about it.

Ken Doane: Nick’s exactly right. We are the most naturally gifted duo to have ever graced this business, that is a fact. People in the back here know it and people in the back here resent it. They resent that fact and they resent us for it. Bubba Ray, D-Von, they resent us, Danny and Doug Basham resent us and heck, we don’t blame ‘em.

Doane points at he and Nemeth.

Ken Doane: If they looked like us, if they could perform like us, we’d be resentful too, we’d be jealous too but the fact of the matter is, they don’t look like us, they can’t perform like us, they cannot do what we do.

Heat for the arrogant Doane here.

Nick Nemeth: And that’s why what happened out there tonight came about. The Dudleyz knew, they knew they could not beat us, it ain’t hard to believe so wipe that stupid smirk off your face Grisham.

Oooooh Nemeth tells Grisham how it is and the interviewer puts his head down.

Nick Nemeth: They knew they couldn’t beat us so they had to have a helping hand, they had to get the Basham’s on their side, had to get the Basham’s on board. But that’s alright, really, it is because we know that we will get another opportunity at those titles and we know that next time, the Basham’s ain’t gonna be around to help their little buddies out.

Todd Grisham: W-w-why is that?

Ken Doane: Why do you think that is genius? It’s because the next time you see Doug and Danny Basham, they won’t be costing us our match. No, they’ll be face down, beaten, bloodied and battered at the hands of Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth.

Nick Nemeth: It ain’t just a name Todd, it’s a fact. We are perfection personified and unfortunately for them, Danny and Doug Basham will soon find out exactly why.

The talented young duo then head off to boos from the crowd as we return back ringisde…

‘Arab America’


We return to the action and the music of the Intercontinental Champion Muhammad Hassan who comes out for his huge match here tonight, accompanied by his Arabian Entity members, The Great Khali, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari who appear a little banged up after their earlier exertions in the Tag title bout.

Jim Ross: Well folks it is a huge night for this man Muhammad Hassan and his Entity. Hassan laid down the challenge last week, Charlie Haas face him and win, then Shelton Benjamin gets one more Intercontinental title opportunity. However, Charlie Haas loses? Shelton Benjamin will NOT receive another Intercontinental title opportunity.

The Coach: Absolute genius from Muhammad Hassan, playing two men, two friends, two partners off against each other the way he has. Is there a smarter superstar on this show today? In this company even J.R? If Hassan pulls this off then it’s gonna be one of the all time great masterstrokes in the WWE, I’m telling’ ya.

‘Heroes'


It’s a strong pop that greets the music of the World’s Greatest Tag Team and out comes Charlie Haas with Shelton Benjamin right beside him, a focused look on both men’s faces as they set their sights on Hassan.

Jim Ross: Major pressure on Charlie Haas’ shoulders here tonight. His partner has placed all his faith, all his trust in him for this match up, if Haas fails to deliver, then who knows just where the World’s Greatest Tag Team go from here.

The Coach: Down the toilet that’s where. Haas wants one thing J.R, he wants the Tag Team titles. Shelton Benjamin just doesn’t want them, he wants what Muhammad Hassan holds and Charlie Haas needs to realise that, he needs to find himself a new partner, a partner who gives a damn and he needs to move on.

Jim Ross: Well I don’t agree with ya there Coach, Shelton Benjamin does care, believe me. He simply has a bone to pick with Muhammad Hassan, a man who’s screwed him time and time again. Until Shelton gets a fair deal he can’t focus elsewhere and I don’t think Charlie Haas holds that against him.

Match Three: Singles Match
Charlie Haas vs. Muhammad Hassan

Things are very cagey as the bell rings and neither man makes a move with the fans right behind Haas as well as his partner Shelton Benjamin. The nerves are evident in both Haas and Hassan here with Benjamin looking anxious on the outside also.

The two men now begin to circle each other now before locking up dead centre of the ring and looking to outdo the other as Haas assumes control forcing Hassan back towards the corner but Hassan shoves Haas away once there. Haas spins round and charges at Hassan though, looking for a clothesline but Hassan gets a boot up and connects viciously to the skull of Haas! Haas appears dazed as he stumbles before turning round once again right into a clothesline from Hassan who goes for an early cover, 1..2..kick out by the WGTT member.

Hassan looks to be quite calm despite the kick out and he picks himself up, looking quite intently at Haas before picking his opponent up by the back of the head and nailing Haas with a forearm, followed by another. Haas is leant up against the ropes as Hassan whips him from one side to the other and Haas rebounds right into a high knee from Hassan!! Haas tumbles as Hassan taunts the crowd who boo the hell out of the I.C. Champion.

Hassan lets out a devilish smirk as we see Daivari and Dutt applauding on the outside, Benjamin not looking too happy with developments thus far. Hassan then circles the fallen Haas, looking at his prey before running the ropes and dropping a hard elbow to the chest of Charlie Haas. Hassan is quickly up, running the ropes again and dropping another elbow. Hassan appears relentless here as he goes for a third elbow but this time he runs the ropes and…stops? Hassan stops before stretching his arms out and looking up to the sky before going for another elbow but Haas dodges it!!

Hassan lands on the mat and holds the elbow immediately as Haas rolls out of harms way and gets to his knees, clutching his chest however as we see Shelton Benjamin encouraging his partner to get to his feet.

Haas clings to the ropes, trying to draw himself upright again as Hassan is to his knees also, looking to find a way back up and he does so but Haas is up first! Hassan and Haas meet in the centre of the ring, Hassan throws a right but Haas blocks it, Haas now unloads with right hands, forcing Hassan back. Haas now has the momentum as he kicks Hassan in the mid section before striking with an uppercut. Irish whip now from Haas, Hassan rebounds and Haas takes him down with a beautiful hip toss.

Haas senses he’s in control now here as Hassan quickly gets back up and he’s met with a clothesline by his opponent, Hassan is up again quickly though and he’s met with a kick to the gut before being whipped across into the turnbuckle. Hassan crashes hard as Haas builds up some steam and charges at the champion but Hassan dodges it and Haas crashes into the turnbuckle!! Hassan rolls Haas up from behind, he’s got the tights!! 1..2..3..NO!! Haas just about survives!!

We see a shot of Shelton Benjamin who looks drained from watching these first three or four minutes already here as his partner hangs in there. Hassan and Haas are both to their feet again relatively quickly and it’s Haas who gets to his man first, laying in with the right hands as Hassan seems to find no answer but a THUMB TO THE EYE!! Hassan conjures up something out of nowhere as a thumb to the eye catches Haas who is blinded and Hassan takes a second to compose himself before clubbing Haas from behind and taking him down. The referee warns Hassan about his conduct as the fans boo once again, we even see Shelton complaining on the outside as Hassan shakes himself off.

Hassan suddenly develops a real mean streak now here as he begins to stomp away at the chest and mid section of Haas, viciously taking it to his opponent as Haas winces in pain here. Hassan drops one more vicious stomp across the chest of Charlie before once again bringing his opponent to his feet, this time nailing a stiff uppercut. Hassan now unloads with a string of rights before whipping Haas across hard into the turnbuckle, Haas’ back ricocheting against it as Hassan comes charging and clubs Haas with a thunderous clothesline!! Hassan now stomps away at the mid section of Haas again, continuously stomping a mudhole in Haas who slumps to the mat, perched up against the ropes as Hassan dishes out some verbals to the crowd.

Hassan then rolls Haas out of the corner, bringing him to his feet before nailing a knee to the gut, Hassan continues his dominance right now as he hoists Haas up before delivering a deadly vertical suplex!! Haas lands hard as Hassan appears in real control right now before…before heading to the top rope?? J.R seems confused and there’s an air of excitement as Hassan, unusually, heads up high with Haas down and out right now. Hassan’s Entity are applauding their leader here as he signals to the sky, eyes closed before delivering a MASSIVE leg drop from the top!! BUT HAAS GETS OUT OF DODGE!! Haas manages to get out of harm’s way as Hassan lands hard on the mat and it’s yet another twist in this tale.

Hassan lands hard and Charlie now begins to stir, looking to get to his feet before the champion here, realising that his partner’s hopes rest with him in this one. Benjamin is seen encouraging Haas from the outside, as are Daivari and Dutt to their leader with the dangerous Khali lingering on the outside. Haas appears to be to his feet, a little out of it however as Hassan is to his knees. Haas now turns around as Hassan gets very gingerly to his feet here and he turns around to a right hand from Haas, followed by another.

Haas takes control here now, nailing a knee to the gut before grabbing Hassan in almost a bear hug like hold and delivering a beautiful belly to belly suplex!! Haas somehow finds it from deep down as Hassan is fallen. Haas crawls towards the cover, still struggling from the punishment he’s taken. Haas rolls Hassan over, 1...2...Daivari places Hassan’s foot on the ropes!!!

The referee sees the foot on the rope and stops the count as Shelton Benjamin looks on furiously and the crowd gasp in dismay!! Daivari and Dutt are seen smiling slyly but not for long as here comes Benjamin!! Shelton Benjamin heads round to the opposite side of the ring, Daivari and Dutt get the hell out of here as the imposing figure of The Great Khali comes face to face with Shelton Benjamin!!

Benjamin is stopped in his tracks as the fans suddenly all as one deliver an ‘Oooooooh’. Benjamin realises the giant is in his path here and looks on BUT BENJAMIN TAKES THE FIGHT TO KHALI!!! Benjamin throws right hand after right hand at the seven foot three inch Punjabi giant!! Khali though barely flinches and hammers Benjamin down with a venomous chop!!

The fans boo as Charlie Haas gets to his feet and sees his partner fallen on the outside, looking on in disappointment before turning his attentions back to Hassan…but he sees Sonjay Dutt appear on the apron!! Dutt is up and encourages Haas over to him and Haas duly obliges!! Haas throws a right but Dutt drops down to the outside again, clearly just coaxing Haas over as he exchanges words with the Entity member. Haas turns back around, again to focus on Hassan but this time Daivari appears on the apron!!

Daivari appears and Haas charges but once again the Entity member escapes without harm, Haas motioning ‘This close’ as he turns back around and he’s met by Hassan!! Hassan grips Haas before delivering a thunderous Reverse STO!! Hassan drops down, cover!! 1...2...3...NO!!! HAAS KICKS OUT! The crowd have gone wild as Hassan looks on in disbelief at the referee’s call here as Haas survives!! We see shots of Daivari and Dutt stood side by side now both open mouthed as Khali shakes his head, stunned that Haas kicked out. Hassan then pleads with the referee to tell him that was three but the official is having none of it as Hassan kicks the ropes in anger.

Hassan then takes a small breather, allowing Haas a little time to recover, perhaps simply waiting for him to get to his feet. Hassan paces around the ring as Haas groggily gets to his knees, very, very slowly. Hassan now yells ‘C’mon Charlie’ as Haas slowly finds his feet, hanging on to the ropes as Hassan awaits his turnaround.

Haas though hangs on as we see Shelton Benjamin reappear!! Benjamin hops on to the apron and charges, FLYING off the apron and taking down Dutt and Daivari with a crossbody!! Benjamin takes down the duo as Hassan looks on at the shenanigans, pleading with the referee to send Benjamin to the back but the referee does absolutely nothing as Khali heads for Shelton!! But Shelton heads in the opposite direction as Hassan looks on BUT A ROLL UP!! ROLL UP BY HAAS!! 1...2...3...HE GOT HIM!! HAAS GETS THE THREE COUNT!!


Winner: Charlie Haas(11:09)


Jim Ross: HAAS WINS!! HAAS BEATS HASSAN AGAIN!!

The Coach: You gotta be kidding me?! Charlie what have you done?! J.R, I don’t believe it!! Char-Charlie Haas he-he did the right thing?

Jim Ross: You better believe it Coach, Charlie Haas has defeated the Intercontiental Champion and now Shelton Benjamin will get his deserved rematch for the Intercontinental Championship and would you look how much it means to him?

We see Benjamin and Haas side by side backing up the ramp, all smiles as Benjamin hugs Haas yelling ‘C’mon’ as Hassan looks devastated inside the ring, his Entity now surrounding him, Dutt and Daivari in some discomfort here. Benjamin then motions that the title belt will soon be his as Haas holds his head, still feeling the effects of that hotly contested match up.

Commercials


We return and immediately head off backstage where we see the beautiful Maria chasing down the Arabian Entity.

Maria: Muhammad, guys, can I get a quick word in?

In her usual bubbly manner, Maria catches up with the foursome who look absolutely furious at what transpired before the commercial break.

Maria: How do yo…

Muhammad Hassan: Let me guess Maria, how do I feel after what happened out there? How do I feel about beating beaten by…by Charlie freakin’ Haas AGAIN? How do I feel about having to defend my title one more time against Shelton Benjamin?

Maria: Uh yeah!!

Hassan looks in disgust at the ditzy interviewer.

Muhammad Hassan: Well I’ll tell you exactly how I feel and I don’t think it’s the answer you’re gonna wanna hear Maria, I don’t think it’s the answer anybody’s gonna wanna hear.

Hassan takes a small breather before continuing.

Muhammad Hassan: I’m feeling…I’m feeling fan…tastic Maria. Really, Charlie Haas beat me tonight, he beat me a couple of weeks back but incase you forgot, I am NOT defending this Intercontinental title against Charlie Haas, no, I’m defending this title against Shelton Benjamin.

Pop for Benji’s name.

Muhammad Hassan: I’m defending this title against a man I have already beaten time and time and TIME AGAIN!! So I’m not anxious, I’m not worried about facing Shelton Benjamin because I know I can and I know that I will beat him. Hey, I’ll even defend my title at the biggest stage of the summer, how about that huh? How ‘bout it Shelton?(Hassan looks directly at the camera) Me and you, the Intercontinental title, Summerslam? How’s that sound?

HUGE pop for this bold move from Hassan.

Muhammad Hassan: I am not afraid of Shelton Benjamin, it’s quite the opposite Maria, Shelton Benjamin is afraid of me, Shelton Benjamin knows that he can NOT beat me and at Summerslam I’ll prove it.

Hassan shoves the microphone back at Maria whose bubbly demeanour changes to a frown as we cut away.

We now head off into Eric Bischoff’s office once again and there’s a knock at the door.

Eric Bischoff: Come in.

Bischoff’s face then lights up as we see Mr.Money in the Bank appear into shot as Edge strolls in.

Eric Bischoff: Edge, how’s it goin’ man? Shawn finally found ya then huh?

Bischoff laughs a little as Edge smirks.

Edge: Yeah, he got me. What did you uh…what did you need to see me for Eric?

Eric Bischoff: I needed to see you because well I need a favour Edge and I think, well, I think you’re the guy who can do me that favour, what do ya say?

Edge looks puzzled here as Bischoff holds his hands as if to say ‘Well?’

Edge: I don’t, I don’t just agree to something like that without knowing, without understanding exactly what it is I’m getting myself into. So as much as I trust you Eric, I gotta know what’s what here.

Edge waits as Bischoff thinks up what to say.

Eric Bischoff: Well you did such a great job last week in takin’ care of Jericho that I uh, I was wonderin’ if you wouldn’t mind doin’ the same thing here tonight for me?

Bischoff smirks again as Edge joins him in doing so.

Edge: Jericho’s, J-J-Jericho’s not here tonight Eric.

Eric Bischoff: Oh I know that, I know all too well that Chris Jericho’s not here tonight.

Bischoff starts laughing to himself as Edge then seems to realise what the GM wants here.

Edge: You want Big Show taken care of?

Eric Bischoff: No, no, no. See last week we ‘took care’ of Big Show, this week? This week I wanna finish Big Show and I need Kane on board, I need Shawn on board, I need Jindrak on board, Regal on board, I need YOU on board Edge.

Edge folds his arms and nods his head, looking down at the floor.

Edge: And uh, wh-wh-what’s in it for me exactly Eric? I mean, don’t take this the wrong way but last week I didn’t take Chris Jericho outta the equation for you, I took Chris Jericho out…for me. I am sick and tired of him claiming he’s better than me, claiming I’m just a wannbe, a poor man’s version of Chris Jericho. I am FAR FROM…a Chris Jericho wannabe.

Edge takes a moment to compose himself.

Eric Bischoff: I get that, I understand that and incase you forgot, I’m the General Manager of this show, I can make it happen. So how’s this sound for ya? You help me out there tonight, you help me finish the job off then I give you what you want, you and Jericho, one on one, Summerslam. You get to prove to everybody exactly what you’re capable of.

Edge smiles now, brushing his hair away as Bischoff looks on inquisitively.

Edge: Oh Eric I think there’s only one way I can respond to that and that is tonight? Tonight, you can bank…on my help out there.

Edge then pats his briefcase as Bischoff rubs his hands together and Edge departs as we return ringside.

Jim Ross: Well, Eric Bischoff getting everybody on board here tonight, getting everybody on the same wavelength and that wavelength being, take out the Big Show.

‘Born Naughty’


It’s immediate boos as the music of William Regal hits and out steps the Brit alongside his ‘Protégé’, the brutal Mark Jindrak.

Jim Ross: And here comes one of those men on board, two infact, William Regal and the very impressive, very talented, Mark Jindrak.

The Coach: Right on the money J.R. Talented, impressive, just so damn good, Mark Jindrak took it to Big Show last week, just like he did at Vengeance and just like he’ll do the next time he and that freak step inside the ring together.

‘Love Machine’


A very small pop greets the music of the World’s Largest Love Machine who parades around on the stage, Viscera.

Jim Ross: Well it’s a big test here tonight for Jindrak as he has to contend with this man, the five hundred pound, World’s Largest Love Machine, Viscera!

The Coach: It ain’t a test for Mark Jindrak, lemme tell ya. Jindrak has dealt with a monster for the last couple of months, what makes this guy any different? I’ll tell ya, nothing. Not a damn thing. Jindrak’s gonna wipe the floor with this goof.

Match Four: Singles Match
Mark Jindrak vs. Viscera

The bell rings and Jindrak looks a little cagey to open this one up as he realises just how big an obstacle the five hundred pound Viscera is.

Eventually Jindrak makes his move and locks horns with the World’s Largest Love Machine but Viscera overpowers him and forces him back before gyrating towards the ‘Protégé’ which doesn’t sit well with he or his mentor William Regal who has a look of disgust across his face. Jindrak’s momentary disgust soon fades as he turns aggressive and charges at the big man and knees him in the gut with real authority. The assault continues as Jindrak keeps up with the knees to the gut before delivering a clubbing blow to the lower back of Big Visc.

Viscera remains standing however as Jindrak repeatedly clubs the lower back of the big man, doubling him over before striking with a kick to the knee and again. A real ruthlessness being displayed by Jindrak here as Viscera drops to one knee. Jindrak now runs the ropes and delivers a big shoulder tackle on Viscera but he doesn’t drop down to Jindrak’s dismay. Again Jindrak runs the ropes and again goes for a shoulder tackle but this time Visc is up quickly and drops Jindrak with a BIG shoulder block of his own!!

Viscera holds his knee, clearly a little hurt by Jindrak’s offense but he uses the ropes for a breather before going back to his talented up and coming opponent. Viscera pulls Jindrak up to his feet and nails a right hand, followed by another as he looks to take control. Irish whip by the big man and Jindrak rebounds into a HUGE back body drop!! Cover by Viscera, 1..2..shoulder up by Jindrak.

Viscera seems to be on a roll here now as he scoops Jindrak up to his feet, Jindrak clearly a little worse for wear here as Viscera runs the ropes, letting out a roar of aggression as he charges at Jindrak but the Protégé ducks it and spins Visc round, kick to the mid section and a THUNDEROUS DDT!! Viscera tumbles as Jindrak regains momentum here and Regal hops onto the apron yelling at Jindrak ‘Finish him off!’.

Jindrak duly obliges as he drops down and turns Visc over and locks in that deadly armbar!! The armbar applied as Viscera yells out in agony here, nowhere to go as Jindrak displays real aggression in this and Viscera has no choice but to tap out!!


Winner: Mark Jindrak(4:41)


Jim Ross: Dominance once again from Mark Jindrak ladies and gentleman. Big Show wants another shot at this kid and I don’t think he’s gonna back down, I don’t think he’s gonna shy away from the World’s Largest Athete.

The Coach: You don’t think? Well I’ll tell you, I KNOW he won’t back down, I KNOW he won’t shy away and I KNOW he will beat the Big Show.

Jindrak and Regal head up the ramp as Jindrak shows a fierce, determined look whilst Regal smiles maniacally, patting his protégé on the back as both men look on at Viscera as well as the fans who boo the duo.

Commercials


We return back and head straight into a video package, it’s for the soon to debut Mr.Kennedy and as ever is set in a dark room with nothing but a chair and a spotlight on the cocky loudmouth.

Mr.Kennedy: There’s a uh…there’s a lot of things that can happen in a week. Seven days is a long, long time but believe me, this next week of your lives is gonna go really, really fast.

Kennedy starts to smirk
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Mr.Kennedy: And there’s a good reason for that. That reason? Well, that reason is because in seven days time, one week today you will all bare witness to the ground breaking debut of yours truly.

Kennedy now stands up from the chair in which he sits and begins to pace around the room, the spotlight following him
.

Mr.Kennedy: Next week will mark a whole new dawning upon Monday Night Raw, a whole new dawning upon the entire WWE. What you see ladies and gentleman, boys and girls is exactly what you get. You’re looking at a game changer here, you’re looking at a bonafide star, you’re looking at the man who is going to lead, who is going to drive forward the WWE to never been seen before, unimaginable, new heights.

Kennedy gets worked up a little now, an intense scowl as he looks directly into the camera
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Mr.Kennedy: The Rock. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan. Three absolutely legendary names in the business, three legendary names across the world. Those three men are three of the very ultimate game changers, three of the very ultimate stars that have ever graced your television screens and in one week. Just…one…week, you’re gonna add another name to that list, oh yeah. You’re going to witness the birth of superstardom RIGHT IN FRONT…of your very eyes. You are going to witness the debut of yours truly…

Kennedy now looks to the heavens and raises a hand up high as his now trademark microphone lowers from the rafters which he grabs
.

Mr.Kennedy: The debut of MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……KEEENNNEDYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Kennedy pauses, still looking up high in the sky
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Mr.Kennedy: Kennedy.

Kennedy whispers emphatically, a no nonsense look to the camera before the graphic appears
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Mr.Kennedy: Coming to Raw: Next Week

We then cut back to ringside and the image of Jim Ross and Coach sat at the announce table.

Jim Ross: Indeed, Mr.Kennedy makes his Monday Night Raw debut next week and well one thing’s for sure, he’s not shy on confidence Coach.

The Coach: Absolutely not J.R, believe me I cannot WAIT to see Mr.Kennedy ‘change the game’ so to speak. This man has a god given gift, inside the ring, outside the ring, he’s got it all and next week we’re gonna witness it first hand. Now, if you’ll excuse me for a moment…

Jim Ross: Where the hell are you going?

We then see Coach stand up on the announce table, microphone in hand as the crowd boos the Raw announcer.

The Coach: Ladies and gentleman, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, I am the Coach and I come to you with something that well, something you aren’t gonna wanna miss.

Coach has a little chuckle as some boos are thrown his way.

The Coach: Now at Summerslam we all know Christian will go one on one with the Nature Boy, Ric Flair in a match that Flair cannot afford to lose, if he does, he must and I repeat he must retire. The build up to this match has been a heck of a ride so far and tonight? Well tonight, I’ve been given a little video from one of the two competitors, I’ve been given a video from Captain Charisma himself, Christian.

Boos for the mention of CC as Coach broadly smiles.

The Coach: So here I am standing before you all to PROUDLY present a video that Christian has titled… ‘Home town heartache’. Take a look.

Coach points us to the titantron where we are led to a simple enough looking street, there are several houses to the left of our picture as well as to our right. The houses are all fairly standard looking homes, nothing too fancy, not too shabby however, as we see a loose dog running around the grass outside one particular house and some children playing on another patch in what just looks like a nice little neighbourhood. A few cars slowly drive up and down before suddenly out pops in front of the camera from out of nowhere, Christian.

Christian looks directly at the camera before beginning to walk backwards, looking around at the scenary. Captain Charisma is dressed in jeans, an orange patterned t--shirt and a leather jacket.

Christian: Well, here we are folks, Charlotte, North Carolina. The home of the Nature Boy, the home of Ric Flair.

Christian starts laughing as he spins around continuing to look around before once again facing the camera
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Christian: I wanted to come here and I wanted to record all of this from the very moment that my match with Ric Flair at Summerslam was announced. You might think to yourself, ‘Why?’ ‘What relevance does this have to Summerslam?’

Christian looks down, stopping his backwards walk before looking back up
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Christian: I’ll tell you exactly why. The relevance this has to Summerslam is that this, this right here is where Ric Flair returns to, this is the very place where Ric Flair comes home when I beat him at Summerslam, this is the place where Ric Flair will get to enjoy every little second of his retirement.

The camera does a 360 spin, showing off all avenues on display here
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Christian: And I need these people to know exactly what kinda guy Ric Flair is. I need his home town to know that come Summerslam, it won’t be a hero returning home. No, n-n-n-no, not at all. It will be the ultimate villain comin‘ back home.

Christian is chuckling to himself
.

Christian: People don’t understand the type of guy Flair is. People of all ages just don’t get it. I need the kids of Charlotte especially to understand that they can’t look up to him, they can NOT look up to Ric Flair. I need them to know though that no matter how bad a role model Ric Flair is, there’s always an alternative and that they can always and I mean this from the very bottom of my heart, they can always look up…to me.

Christian is still walking down the street as he then stops and looks at some children playing outside. The kids look around 8 or 9 years old and are running around chasing after one another
.

Christian: Lets…lets try it out shall we? Hey, hey guys, come on over here.

Christian calls the two kids over, both are boys and they seem hesitant and start discussing with one another what to do
.

Christian: Come on, don‘t be shy.

This isn’t very appropriate calling young boys in from the street but the boys follow Christian’s orders
.

Christian: Hey guys, what’s going on? My name’s Christian and I’m here in Charlotte today to just do a little QandA, you two uh, you two wanna get involved?

Boy One: Yeah, sure!

Both boys look extremely excited by this as Christian has a dickish look on his face
.

Christian: Awesome. Well uh, first question, do you guys know who Ric Flair is?

Christian kneels down and gets in the boys faces, staring them right in the eyes
.

Boy Two: Yeah, he’s awesome!! I love it when he does the ‘Wooo’.

The other boy laughs as Christian turns his head laughing, almost in disgust
.

Christian: You like that huh? Think that’s pretty cool right?

Both boys smile excitably and nod back at Christian
.

Christian: Well let me tell ya something guys and I want you to be prepared for this ok? Your mommy and daddy may hide the truth from you but I’m not gonna do that, no way, na uh, not a freakin’ chance because I want kids like you to understand life, to understand what’s right and what’s wrong. Y’see, that ’Wooo’ Ric Flair does, it is not cool. Far from it, infact nothing about Ric Flair is cool. Let me ask ya, how old are you two kids?

Boy One: We’re both nine years old.

Christian nods.

Christian: Nine years old. Y’know, I remember being your age and I remember going to a sports club every day after school was over with. We did all kinds of stuff there, soccer, basketball, baseball, wrestling. This sports club I went to, it had kids your age right the way up to about twelve years old and there were these two kids there, both of ‘em twelve year old boys and they used to walk around this club as though…as though they were in charge, as though they were in control, y’know?

Boy Two: We have one guy like that at school.

Christian: Oh really? Well this is gonna be all the more helpful for you two guys, believe me. These two boys, they got everything given to them, our wrestling coach treated them like his own two sons and why? Why was that d‘ya think? Because they were the oldest there, because as the two oldest there, they got everything handed to ’em cos they were bigger, cos they were stronger while us nine year olds sat back and watched them get handed everything, time and time again, just like that.

Christian clicks his fingers
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Christian: You think that’s fair?

Boy Two: N-n-no.

Christian: No, you’re right, it wasn’t fair. So instead of sit back, y’know what I did? I went to that club one day after school and I decided, enough’s enough and I confronted those two guys. I said that I was sick of ’em taking my opportunities away, just because they’re older than me, so uh, ha, y’know what they did?

Boy One: They let you get a turn?

Christian laughs looking up to the heavens.

Christian: Let me have a turn, ha ha. Wrong answer kid, they beat the holy hell outta me. Yeah, they did and I’m not afraid to admit that but what I want is…what I need is kids like you to understand that those bullies I talked about? Those two bullies are the exact same…as Ric Flair.

The two kids look open mouthed as they look at one another
.

Christian: It’s true. Ric Flair is a bitter, old man and he can’t walk away from being a bully, he can’t step aside and let somebody younger, somebody better than him take his spot. He just won’t do it, he just can’t do it and that’s why I’ve made it my mission to take him out, to take him down, to END your beloved Ric Flair.

One of the kids looks a little upset now and one slightly nervy as Christian looks quite sinister here
.

Christian: I won’t allow him to do what those two bullies did to me all those years ago and the sooner that people, that kids like you realise that Ric Flair is the one in the wrong here, the better.

Boy One: C-c-can we go now? Please, you’re upsetting my friend.

Christian: Oh we’re done here and hey, sometimes kids, the truth hurts.

Christian pats one of the kids on the head as the two run off with one holding the other who is really upset now and Christian stands up, shakes himself off and smiles broadly
.

Christian: That right there? That’s just two, just two kids who need to learn the truth about Ric Flair and hey, there’s a whole ton of Charlotte left for me to, well, left for me to ‘explore’.

Christian then starts laughing and the camera fuzzes off
.


We then return back to see the announce duo of J.R and Coach once more as J.R looks on disgusted while Coach is applauding Christian’s actions here and the fans around the arena are booing Captain Charisma’s antics.

Jim Ross: Absolutely disgusting Coach. The behaviour of Christian is just…is just sickening, I don’t, I can’t understand what would go through your mind, what would possess you to do that?

The Coach: He was simply teaching a valuable lesson to those kids and hopefully many more. I think Christian’s standing up for what’s right and I think more people need to applaud this man and his quest to get rid of old man Flair.

‘Wellllllllllllllllll, it’s the Big Show’

‘Crank It Up’


It’s a sizeable pop that greets the music of Big Show who walks out on stage, not looking his usual bubbly self, instead a dead focused look etched upon his face.

Jim Ross: How you can say that is beyond me Coach, really it is but back to the action here tonight and a man who last week came within an inch of potentially having his career ended. Big Show met Mark Jindrak only to see Kane interfere and take out the World’s Largest Athlete in a sickening assault alongside both Jindrak and William Regal. The damage looked set to be quite horrific folks as Kane wrapped a steel chair around the leg of Big Show before Eric Bischoff disgustingly ordered Shawn Michaels to scale the top rope and crash land onto Show’s leg.

The Coach: And he was gonna do it J.R!! He was gonna do it and he was gonna like it until that freak Batista came back and caused all sorts of hell. Big Show needs to thank Big Dave, believe me.

Jim Ross: Well folks, Big Show will get the chance to gain a measure of revenge here tonight as he takes on the Big Red Machine, don’t go anywhere, this is our FINAL commercial break!! Big Show versus Kane, NEXT!!

Commercials


We return and see Show pacing around the ring before…

‘BOOM’


‘Slow Chemical’


There’s boos to be heard but more a sense of ‘Uh oh’ from the crowd as the Big Red Machine, Kane begins to make his way to the ring. A look of devilish intentions etched upon his face as Show prepares for the monster inside the squared circle.

Jim Ross: Well here comes this…this sick, demented, twisted freak and oh you better believe these two bulls are gonna collide. Look at the look on Big Show’s face, look at the look on Kane’s face!

And we do see the look on their faces and it ain’t pretty. Show looks about ready to blow a gasket while Kane has that evil smirk on display.

The Coach: Big Show doesn’t know what he’s letting himself in for. His career could’ve been ended last week and it woulda been because of this man, because of this monster. Tonight could be the night it really does end once and for all.

Kane then stops before getting in the ring and waits at the bottom of the ramp, still smirking before…

‘I’m Back’


Jim Ross: Oh c’mon.

The Coach: Ha ha!

The boos continue as out comes Raw’s General Manager Eric Bischoff flanked by security who accompany him down to the ring. Behind all the security then appears Shawn Michaels, head still hanging, not looking like he wants to be anywhere near what’s going on here.

Jim Ross: And there ya see folks, not just Eric Bischoff but Eric Bischoff being accompanied ringside by Shawn Michaels and by dozens of security guards who are here to make sure that Batista, if and it’s a big if, if he gets back inside this arena, he will not interrupt, he will not ruin tonight’s main event.

The Coach: The amount of security on display J.R proves how serious Eric Bischoff is about this and I don’t blame him. That Animal is a hazard, he can’t be trusted around important superstars, guys like Kane and not only is he a hazard to them, he’s a hazard to himself, the guy’s got cracked ribs for cryin’ out loud and he wants to compete?! How stupid is the guy huh?

Jim Ross: I don’t think there’s anything stupid about Batista Coach. He simply wants payback, he simply wants to get his hands on Kane, on Eric Bischoff and Bischoff knows that all too well.

Kane now steps in the ring with Big Show still seething at the sight of the Big Red Machine and the referee having to restrain him in the corner. Bischoff and his men, Michaels included, hover around the ring, spreading themselves out so nobody can get in or out of the squared circle.

Main Event: Singles Match
Kane vs. Big Show


Kane smirks devilishly at Show who displays a sadistic look himself here as the two men now go face to face and the referee tries to intervene here BUT IT’S NO USE AS THE GIANTS COME TO BLOWS!! Kane and Show going at it hell for leather here!! There is no holding back, the referee is tossed out of the way, the bell not having even been rung as Kane and Big Show tear each other a new one here!! It’s an all out brawl as security make their move!!

Jim Ross: The fight is on!! Kane and Big Show!! Kane and Big Show goin’ at it, like a couple of bulls here!!

The Coach: It’s a damn good thing security is here J.R!! If they weren’t out here right now, Kane would be sending Big Show into retirement!!

Security has stormed the ring here, half take Kane away from Show, half take Show away from Kane as the fans in attendance start a let them fight chant here as Kane’s lip is BUSTED OPEN!! Kane wipes the blood as Show smiles sickly and SHOW BREAKS FREE!! Show breaks free and takes down Kane!!

Jim Ross: Big Show is just…Big Show is like a runaway steam train!! Eric Bischoff, Kane, they’ve made the seven footer one hell of an angry giant!! Who can stop these behemoths?!!?

The Coach: They need to restrain this freak before things get outta hand!! Big Show’s takin’ this too far!!

Jim Ross: What happened to his retirement Coach?

The Coach: Hey, you shut your mouth!!

Show and Kane are brawling here as security can’t keep them away from each other as Show turns around and SMASHES a security guard and another here as Show is cleaning out security and so is Kane!! Eric Bischoff is ordering Kane to stop bu the Big Red Machine is having none of it!! Kane and Show beating the holy hell out of security!!

Jim Ross: So much for Eric Bischoff’s hired help!! Kane and Big Show have gone wild here in Milwaukee!!

The whole security team has been toppled here as Kane and Show now stand alone and the crowd rises to their feet here in anticipation. The smirk on Kane’s face re-emerges and Show now smiles also but the smiles soon vanish as these two go at each other once more with Show looking like he’s coming out on top, forcing the Big Red Machine back but OH!!! A LOW BLOW!! A low blow from outta nowhere by….MARK JINDRAK!!

Jim Ross: Jindrak!! Where the hell did Jindrak come from?!!?

The Coach: Ha ha!! Mark Jindrak getting himself some here!! Too damn right as well J.R!!

Eric Bischoff now lets out a smirk as he ushers to the ramp for someone to come down and just like that out comes…EDGE!!

Jim Ross: Oh you gotta be kidding me?!!? Was this-was this all a setup Coach??

The Coach: Oh I think you better believe it is baby boy!! Eric Bischoff is a freakin’ genius!! Eric Bischoff and Kane have pulled one over on that giant freak!!

Edge storms down, Money in the Bank breifcase in hand as Mark Jindrak stomps Big Show down, William Regal also in the ring, barking orders at his protégé as Eric Bischoff hops up on the apron, grinning like a Cheshire cat as he orders Shawn Michaels inside the ring!!

Jim Ross: For god sake, what will Eric Bischoff stop at?

The Coach: Nothing, na da, not a damn thing and that’s why I love him cowboy.

Jindrak scoops Show up to his feet, nailing a left hand before now holding him up in place as Edge sizes the giant up, positions his breifcase in hand and SMASHES Show across the skull with his briefcase!!

Jim Ross: OH SOMEBODY STOP THIS!! First Batista, then Jericho, now Big Show!! Enough is enough damn it!!

Edge smirks as he views the damage done as Kane now orders Jindrak to scoop Show back up and the Protégé does just that before shoving him into the path of the monster who grabs Show around the throat, Big Show’s in line for a choke slam here!! But the crowd goes APESHIT AS HERE COMES BATISTA!!!!!!

Jim Ross: THE CELLULAR ARENA HAS ERUPTED!! BATISTA!! BATISTA IS BACK AND BATISTA IS MAKING A BELINE FOR THE RING!!

The Coach: Who the hell let him back in here?!?

Batista storms down to the ring as Kane lets go of Show and Batista charges through the ropes but William Regal is first on scene, SPEAR!! Regal is speared out of his boots as now Jindrak charges but Batista tosses Jindrak up and over the ropes!!

Jim Ross: Thanks for comin’ Regal, Jindrak see ya later!! The Animal wants him some here tonight!!

But here comes Edge!! BRIEFCASE SHOT!! NO!! Batista ducks it, kick to the mid section and the Animal tosses Edge through the ropes and to the outside!! It’s Batista and Kane!! Head to head, face to face!!

The Coach: You just met your match champ!! Kane is gonna teach you a lesson!! Kane is gonna teach you just who the boss is around here!!

AND HERE WE GO!! Right hand thrown by Kane, right hand matched by Batista and the Animal has Kane reeling!! Right hand after right hand, into the ropes Kane goes, Irish whip, kick to the mid section, Batista has Kane set!! Eric Bischoff gulps as he senses what’s coming!!

Jim Ross: What goes up……

BATISTABOMB!! BATISTABOMB TO KANE!!

Jim Ross: MUST COME DOWN!!!

Batista roars to the crowd before turning and facing….Eric Bischoff!! Bischoff looks shit scared here as the Animal focuses on the Raw GM but Bischoff hightails it!!

The Coach: Smart move Eric, now’s not the time or place for a thug like him.

Batista looks pissed as he smashes the ropes in anger before turning around to watch Bischoff walk away and he sees…BAM!!!!! WHAT THE HELL?!?! SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! SHAWN MICHAELS HAS SUPERKICKED THE CHAMPION!!

Jim Ross: What the hell?!!? Shawn Michaels…Shawn Michaels has just…what in the world has Shawn Michaels done?!?

The Coach: Shawn Michaels has seen the light!!! Finally, finally J.R, Shawn Michaels has seen the power of the bosses ways!!

The crowd are stunned here, it is eerie silence as Michaels stands over the fallen champion and Eric Bischoff looks absolutely gob smacked yet elated on the ramp as Michaels then mouths the words, ‘Payback’ to the down and out champion. The show then closes with Bischoff applauding Michaels who stares a hole through the fallen champion as we fade to black.


Date: August 21st 2005
Location: Washington DC


Current Card:

World Heavyweight Championship:
Special Guest Referee
: Shawn Michaels
Batista(c) vs Kane

If Ric Flair loses, he must retire:
Christian w/Tomko vs Ric Flair


WWE Intercontinental Championship:
Muhammad Hassan(c) vs Shelton Benjamin

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i really saw the sweet chin music on Batista. i'm hoping HBK turns away from Bischoff after Summerslam and Bischoff will threaten to fire him. but suddenly Vince Mcmahon will come out and fire him and then give HBK the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Unforgiven against either Kane or Batista. i think it's time Batista's reign as Champion should end to be quite honest. i think Shawn should be the one to end it. not Kane at Summerslam!.
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i also kinda expect big things from Mark Jindrak as well. you should give him a big push in the near future. like go for the WWE Intercontinental Title.
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 29/5/05- Milwaukee; Wisconsin

Friday Night Smackdown heads to Milwaukee fresh off of a wild night in Buffalo this past Sunday at The Great American Bash and we are sure to find out several repercussions for some of the blue brand’s biggest stars.

The WWE Championship took centre stage this past Sunday as the champion John Cena walked in to defend his title against John Bradshaw Layfield, Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. It was no doubt the biggest test of Cena’s championship reign but somehow, someway the champion managed to walk out with the title still in his grasp. However, it didn’t come without controversy.

The biggest talking point of that match involved the Legend Killer Randy Orton. Orton was on a real roll, building huge momentum as he looked to capture the WWE title, but his momentum was to be derailed in shocking circumstances as for the first time since Judgment Day, The Undertaker made his presence felt and chased off the youngest World Champion in history, seeking payback after Orton defeated the Deadman back in May thanks to the use of a devastating steel chair shot. This week on Smackdown we will hear from the Legend Killer himself regarding both his pursuit of the WWE Championship and the return of his bitter rival, the Phenom, The Undertaker.

One man who was also seething following the outcome of that match was Kurt Angle. Angle has claimed for weeks on end, months perhaps that John Cena is running scared from him, that John Cena would not face him one on one, man to man. Well we have learned that Kurt Angle stands by those comments following the Bash, claiming that Cena again dodged him Sunday night, instead pinning JBL and in Angle’s words, ‘taking the easy way out’. Cena will no doubt take anger to those comments and we have learned that Angle and Cena’s paths will cross this Friday night in Tag team action. Cena will team with Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio to take on Angle and the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM.

Speaking of MNM, they survived by the skin of their teeth Sunday night, defending their titles successfully against Van Dam and Mysterio but it wasn’t all as simple as it seems. The stipulation for this match was that MNM would NOT have Melina at ringside supporting them, however if MNM still won that match, Van Dam and Mysterio would not receive another opportunity at the gold. As Van Dam and Mysterio looked set to finally get one over on the A-Listers, a masked assailant appeared and cost the challengers the match, allowing MNM to retain their gold. The question remains just who was under that mask and what are the consequences for Van Dam and Mysterio? Teddy Long has promised a full investigation and this Friday we hope to find out if he’s any nearer to discovering just who was under that mask.

Another shocker from this past Sunday involved the Cruiserweight title changing hands as Paul London lost his gold to The Hurricane thanks to the involvement of both Chavo Guerrero and a steel chair. For several weeks now Chavo Guerrero has been trying to get under the skin of Hurricane, proclaiming him to be nothing but a joke, that he couldn’t be taken seriously whilst he hide under a mask and cape. Guerrero claimed that the man under it all however would not only be taken seriously but would become the next Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms. Hurricane refused Guerrero’s advances, vowing to do it the right way, however Sunday night saw Hurricane cave in to those promises and turn his back on the fans, his friendship with Paul London and indeed his identity. Has Gregory Helms been born? What will the new champion as well as his companion Guerrero have to say? We hope to find out this Friday night.

The United States title also changed hands this past Sunday night as Matt Hardy finally defeated Orlando Jordan to win his first major singles championship here in the WWE, proving a lot of his doubters wrong. This Friday night Hardy will defend the title for the very first time in a rematch from Sunday night. Will Hardy once again trump JBL’s chief of staff? Or will it be a short lived reign for Hardy and mean a quick return to the top for OJ?

Also confirmed for this weeks show is a huge battle of the bulls as the undefeated Bobby Lashley will take on Chris Masters in a huge match for both men. Lashley scored a big win Sunday night, defeating Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki in a Handicap match while Chris Masters finally got one over on the Mexicools, defeating them in a Six Man Tag Team match along with The Pitbulls. Who will keep up their momentum in Milwaukee? Tune in to find out!!


Confirmed for this week’s Smackdown:

John Cena, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and MNM

WWE United States Title:
Matt Hardy© vs. Orlando Jordan

Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters

Plus;

We will hear from the Legend Killer, Randy Orton



Would love any feedback for Raw but wanna keep this rolling. Show should be up at some point towards the end of the week.
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown- 29/7/05- Milwaukee; Wisconsin


We open the show with a highlights package of all that took place during The Great American Bash. We see Matt Hardy hitting a devastating Twist of Fate on Orlando Jordan to capture the United States title before we see Chris Masters locking in the Masterlock to score he and the Pitbulls victory over the valiant Mexicools. Next up is the Triple Threat match between Carlito, Booker T and Rhyno in which Carlito steals a victory. We then get a brief ending to the Tag Team title match in which MNM walked out victorious thanks to a masked assailant, leaving RVD and Rey Mysterio absolutely irate. Bobby Lashley dominating Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki is then shown before we witness the shocking conclusion to the Cruiserweight Championship match in which The Hurricane became champion, using a steel chair and Chavo Guerrero to fend off Paul London. We’re then shown brief highlights from the WWE Championship match, including the unexpected return of The Undertaker to cost Randy Orton before John Cena finishes off JBL to retain his gold.

We then head for the opening video and pyro hits!


Michael Cole: Five nights removed from a shocking Great American Bash, tonight, Smackdown comes to you from Milwaukee! And it promises to be a blockbuster fallout as all roads now lead to the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam!!

Tazz: Cole I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about how off the chain Summerslam is gonna be and the road starts tonight baby!! Our main event, signed, sealed and delivered by Teddy Long will be the WWE Champion John Cena, the United States Champion Matt Hardy and the former Cruiserweight Champion Paul London taking on Kurt Angle, Orlando Jordan and the NEW Cruiserweight Champ Cole, The Hurricane.

Michael Cole: Indeed we have two new champions here on Smackdown. Matt Hardy finally captured the United States title whilst The Hurricane, if we can call him that, stole the Cruiserweight title from Paul London.

Tazz: He did what he had to do Cole and now he stands before us holdin’ that Cruiserweight title. I’d say it was all worth it this past Sunday for The Hurricane.

‘Burn in my Light’


It’s instant heat from the fans in the arena as the music of the Legend Killer hits and out comes the man himself, Randy Orton looking less than pleased after what transpired at the Bash. Orton comes down in a t-shirt and his usual wrestling gear looking around the crowd.

Michael Cole: Well this past Sunday was not a good night for the man in your picture. Randy Orton gave off an impressive showing in the WWE Championship match, coming within a whisker of capturing the gold only to be denied by the shocking return of The Undertaker who made it clear that he and Randy Orton are far from finished.

Tazz: It was insane Cole. When that gong hit, you just knew Orton was in a whole world of trouble. We hadn’t heard, we hadn’t seen from the Deadman since Judgment Day and I know I sure as hell wasn’t expecting him to appear this past Sunday. Randy Orton ain’t gonna sit well wit’ this.

Orton takes a microphone and looks around the crowd who boo the Legend Killer vociferously.

Randy Orton: This past Sunday I was in pole position to…

Orton is cut off immediately by chants of UN-DER-TA-KER.

Randy Orton: This past Sunday I was in pole position to become the new W…W…E…Champion.

Boos now for Orton again.

Randy Orton: There was nobody, there was nothing that could stop me from taking home that title. JBL couldn’t live with me, Kurt Angle couldn’t deal with what I had to offer and John Cena? Well John Cena DAMN sure couldn’t stop me from taking what I deserved.

Orton grits his teeth shaking his head.

Randy Orton: But did I uh, did I leave Buffalo on Sunday night with the WWE title around my waist? Did I?

The crowd chants ‘No’ as Orton smirks a little.

Randy Orton: No, no I did not and there is only one, just one reason for that and that reason is…(Orton shakes his head in disgust again) That reason is The Undertaker.

Massive pop for the mention of the Deadman.

Randy Orton: Yeah, yeah I thought you’d all like that. The cornerstone of this company, the pinnacle of this industry, the legend that is The Undertaker returns and he costs me my chance at the WWE Championship. Well here’s the thing that all you people seem to be forgetting, that I think even The Undertaker himself is forgetting. My name is Randy Orton…Legend Killer.

Huge heat for that before Orton smirks a little bit.

Randy Orton: And that? Well, for that very reason I am NOT disappointed The Undertaker is back, I’m not angry, I’m not scared that he’s back, that he’s coming after me. No, no, I’m not concerned whatsoever because when we face off inside this ring, I will do to him the exact same thing I did to him back at Judgment Day. I will beat The Undertaker, only this time? This time I will finish what I started, this time I will once and for all KILL the legend of the Deadman.

The heat keeps on coming for Orton who doesn’t bat an eyelid.

Randy Orton: So yeah, maybe I didn’t win the WWE title at the Bash but that, make no mistake about it, that will happen. Be it a month from now, be it six months down the line, be it one year away, I will take that title but right now? Right now, I can do something, I can achieve something that NO MAN other than myself can claim to have achieved.

Orton scratches his chin before smirking a little once more.

Randy Orton: There have been a lot of WWE Champions over the years, there’ll be a lot of ‘em in the future. But there will only be one, there will only ever be one man who can claim to have killed the career, to have killed the legacy of The Undertaker and that man, whether you people like it or not, that man will…be me.

Orton really is drawing in the heat here.

Randy Orton: At Judgment Day, I beat the Phenom. I sent him packing, I sent him into hiding and now he wants to return and he wants some form of payback, he wants some kind of retribution. Well let me tell ya Deadman, your quest for that payback, for that retribution that you want, that you need is gonna come at a price, it’s gonna come at a big, BIG price.

Orton is a little worked up now, nodding his head, agreeing with his statement.

Randy Orton: The WWE Championship is looked at as the ultimate in this industry and I agree, I completely agree with that but this? This is one of those…it’s just one of those moments, those once in a lifetime moments where you can cement yourself in the history books. There will always be champions who are forgotten, hell, I could name some off the top of my head right now but for somebody to finish off, for somebody to end the career of one of, if not THE biggest superstar this industry has ever seen, they would never and I mean NEVER be forgotten.

Orton pauses momentarily as the fans continue to boo.

Randy Orton: I plan, I intend, I guarantee…that what I do to The Undertaker will never…ever…be forgotten.

‘Burn in my Light’


Orton drops his microphone having made an emphatic statement here tonight to the world.

Michael Cole: Well that is one hell of a statement from Randy Orton Tazz. Orton is set, he’s intent, he is focused on quite simply ending the career of The Undertaker.

Tazz: I don’t think that Ort…

‘GONG’

Oh snap. Orton is just about to exit the ring as the gong hits and the LIGHTS GO OUT!!

Michael Cole: THE UNDERTAKER!! IS-IS THE UNDERTAKER HERE?!

Orton is standing dead still inside the ring as the purple-ish lights now appear and Orton looks around at every opportunity, wary that the Deadman can appear from nowhere. Nothing happens though before we begin to hear the voice of the Deadman, still no sight however.

The Undertaker: Randy Orton, at Judgment Day…you tried to break me. You tried… to finish me..

We see Orton smash Taker with a chair at Judgment Day on the titantron as the fans look on.

The Undertaker: But Randy, you cannot break the unbreakable, you cannot finish something… that never ends.

Pop for that as Orton shakes his head.

The Undertaker: The dead shall always rise and now? Now Randy, it is your turn. It is your turn to be targeted, it is your turn to become… a victim. You, me, August 21st, Summerslam and Randy… you will…REST…IN…PEAAAAAAAAAAACE.

The gong then strikes as the fans pop for it and suddenly the ring is struck by lightning!! Orton has a shocked look across his face before suddenly…smiling? Orton begins to smile slightly before he scratches his chin, continuing to smile and then finally exiting the ring and heading back up the ramp.

Michael Cole: Well the challenge has been laid down and Randy Orton seems to, well, he seems to be happy about it Tazz? How can, why is Randy Orton happy about The Undertaker challenging him for Summerslam?

Tazz: I ain’t got a clue Cole but my guess is that the Legend Killer’s got a plan in mind baby. The Deadman’s mind games don’t seem to be affecting Orton and I like that frame of mind from Orton, ya can’t let the Undertaker intimidate ya. If ya do, he’s won the battle already.

Orton stops at the top of the stage and turns around, smiling still to the fans who boo the Legend Killer as the lights remain off, only the purplish lighting giving us some kind of view.

Commercials

‘Do what I want’


We return back to Smackdown to hear the music of the former United States Champion, Orlando Jordan who steps out to small heat, not looking too happy following his loss on Sunday night.


Michael Cole: Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown and as you can see, Orlando Jordan is no longer holding the United States Championship as last Sunday night at the Bash, Matt Hardy finally defeated JBL’s Chief of Staff. Tonight though, Jordan gets his rematch.

Tazz: This one should be off the hook Cole. These two put on a heck of a match this past Sunday and congratulations to Matt Hardy but he knows that Orlando Jordan’s gonna do everything in his power to win back that title here tonight.

‘Oh Yeahhhhhh’

‘Live for the Moment’


It’s a BIG pop for the new champion as Matt Hardy bursts out onto the stage, parading his newly won title to this fiery crowd.


Michael Cole: And would ya listen to this ovation!! Matt Hardy finally captured the United States title this past Sunday, third time really was the charm and in doing so he proved a lot of people wrong and tonight Tazz he looks to continue to prove himself to those who’ve doubted him.

Tazz: Yeah Matt Hardy’s been branded a tag team specialist, a guy who can’t quite cut it on his own. Well at the Bash Hardy more than proved that he can do it on his own and that United States title’s as much evidence as he needs to back it up.

United States Championship Match:

Matt Hardy© vs. Orlando Jordan

Hardy has a real confident look on his face as the bell rings, Jordan on the other hand looks like the world is about to end as the two men stare each other down, Hardy smiling almost arrogantly at Jordan before both men head in to the centre of the ring and lock up.

Hardy forces Jordan back towards the turnbuckle as Jordan’s back crashes up against it as Hardy releases his hold and now begins to unravel on the former champion with a flurry of right hands, really taking it to his bitter rival.

Hardy appears relentless here as Jordan has no answer to the fast paced offense of the champion but Hardy finally lets up, rallying the crowd as Jordan slumps into the corner. Hardy now runs away from Jordan to the opposite corner before charging at Jordan, MASSIVE CLOTHESLINE!! NO!! Jordan dodges out of harm’s way as Hardy eats the turnbuckle!! Jordan rolls Hardy up from behind, 1..2..3..NO!! Hardy just about kicks out as Jordan almost wins back the gold.

Hardy scrambles across the mat towards the ropes, looking for a way back up as Jordan gets to his feet fairly quickly and heads right at Hardy, nailing a knee to the mid section, keeping him to his knees, not allowing the champion back upright. Jordan then begins to stomp away at the champion, not allowing him any route back into this thing, looking to keep him grounded as Jordan then drops a vicious elbow right to the chest of Hardy who appears to be gasping for air a little here.

Jordan then drops down to his knees and hops on top of Hardy before dragging his head up by the hair and Jordan methodically begins to hammer away at the skull of Hardy with some vicious left hands, slowly, carefully picking off the U.S. Champ here as Hardy looks dazed right now.

The referee begins a count of five, pleading with Jordan to stop this assault but Jordan doesn’t stop until a count of right on four and a half before getting to his feet and drawing in the heat from the crowd as he poses to them, signalling that the belt will be his once more here tonight.

Hardy is still struggling for breath as he crawls around the mat, Jordan sensing Hardy’s movement heads back to his opponent and brings him back to his feet, nailing a big forearm to the jaw before delivering a big Irish whip to the champion. Hardy comes off the ropes and he’s met with a big kick to the gut before a picture perfect snap suplex from OJ!! Jordan scrambles into the cover, 1...2...shoulder up by Hardy!!

The fans let out a pop, more in relief than anything as Hardy stays in this thing much to his opponent’s dismay as he questions the referee’s count there. Jordan takes a minute to get over that before heading back to work on Hardy and delivering a stomp to the back of Hardy’s head before scooping him up to his feet and once again dishing out a nasty forearm to the champion. Jordan then delivers another big forearm knocking Matt into the ropes before another Irish Whip to the champion but Hardy reverses!

Jordan rebounds off the ropes and Hardy scores with a big back body drop!! Perhaps a momentum changer here but it appears to have taken it out of Hardy also as he drops to his knees, holding his mid section as this one is right up in the air here. It’s a race to their feet and Hardy claws the ropes, looking to get up and take a small breather before his opponent gets up but Jordan is stirring also. Jordan to his knees as Hardy grabs the ropes, pulling himself up now and…he’s there!

Hardy is up and he turns around just as Jordan makes it to his feet! Jordan spins around, into a right hand!! Hardy now on a rampage as he smashes right after right to the challenger, Hardy goes for one more, Jordan ducks it, grabs Hardy from behind, swinging neck breaker!! NO!! Reversal!! Hardy shoves Jordan away, Jordan spins round, kick to the mid section, Twist of Fate!! NO!! Jordan shoves Hardy away and into the ropes, Hardy bounces back, roll up!!! 1...2...Hardy rolls through, cover on Jordan!! 1...2...3...NO!! Jordan just about gets the shoulder up as this thriller continues.

Both men are quickly up and Jordan throws a left hand but Hardy blocks it and drops Jordan with the Side Effect!! Side Effect from out of nowhere!! Will this be all?! Hardy races for the cover, 1...2...kick out by Jordan!! Somehow, someway the challenger hangs in there much to the crowd’s dismay, as well as Hardy’s.

Hardy staggers to his feet, still in amazement that he couldn’t finish Jordan off there but Hardy senses the end is near as he begins to get the crowd on their feet, signalling for the tried and tested Twist of Fate here. Jordan slowly gets to his feet, dizzily turns around as Hardy lets out a roar, kick to the gut, Twist of Fate!! NO!! Jordan again counters, shoving Hardy off before spinning Hardy round now, DDT!! NO!! Hardy counters, Twist of Fate!! Twist of Fate connects!!! 1...2...3...Hardy retains!!


Winner and STILL United States Champion: Matt Hardy(7:53)


Michael Cole: He got him!! Matt Hardy retains here tonight!! What a victory, what a performance from the man who will…not…die!

Tazz: Hugely impressive Cole. Matt Hardy just looks on top of the world right now and when ya got that kinda confidence, that kinda momentum, it’s hard to be stopped and Orlando Jordan will testify to that.

We get a shot of Hardy backing up the ramp, clutching his title before holding it up high as he smiles and panders to the fans.

We then cut across backstage where we join Josh Matthews who is standing by ready to talk to us
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Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman, joining me at this time, please welcome…Kurt Angle.

Angle appears into shot, cutting a frustrated figure as the fans boo the sight of the Olympic Gold Medalist.

Josh Matthews: Kurt, this past Sunday you were unable to capture the WWE Championship as John Cena retained his title. Going into that match you claimed that John Cena was afraid of facing you, that John Cena could not beat you. Well at the Bash he did ju…

Kurt Angle: Are you freakin’ kidding me Josh? You’re really gonna say it aren’t you? You’re really gonna say that John Cena beat me at The Great American Bash aren’t you?

Josh Matthews: Well Kurt he kinda di…

Kurt Angle: HE DID NOT BEAT ME!!

Big heat there for Angle who now composes himself.

Kurt Angle: John Cena may have won that match but Josh he did not… he did not beat me. I was not pinned, I did not submit, I was not involved in the outcome of that match. JBL was the one who was pinned by John Cena, he was the one that was pinned by that fraud of a champion, that coward of a champion who still, who still will not take me on one…on…one.

Angle grits his teeth, clearly angered here.

Kurt Angle: I don’t get how Cena can be happy with himself, how he can be happy about what happened on Sunday because there’s nothing there for him to be happy about. Yeah, he’s still WWE Champion, great, really, but what does being champion mean if you’re not gonna be a fighting champion? What does being champion mean if you aren’t gonna take on the very best, if you aren’t gonna beat the very best? And Josh…I am the best.

More heat for a very intense Angle here who’s not beating around the bush.

Kurt Angle: I hear all these people booing that fact but that’s exactly what it is, fact. I am the best wrestler in this company, make no mistake about it and John Cena? John Cena knows that as well as anybody. He knows that when me and him step inside that ring, one on one, man to man, nobody getting in our paths, he knows, oh Josh believe me, HE KNOWS, that I will break…his…ankle.

More big time heat for the Wrestling Machine.

Kurt Angle: When the day comes that I do finally get to face Cena, when I do finally get my shot at the WWE title, I will walk out as the champion and I will do everything that John Cena hasn’t done and won’t do so long as he holds that title.

Matthews looks confused.

Josh Matthews: A-a-and what is that?

Kurt Angle: I will defend my title against anybody Josh. I will look ANYBODY on this roster dead in the eye and take them on, not just take them on, no, I will look anybody on this roster dead in the eye and I will BEAT THEM!

Angle is really fired up here.

Kurt Angle: I won’t shy away from a challenge, I won’t take on the same old guys, beat the same old guys every time I get in the ring. I’ll find new challenges Josh, I’ll find new opponents, I’ll find the very best opponents and I’ll find new ankles to snap into a thousand little pieces. John Cena, ha, John Cena won’t do that. Who has he beaten so far Josh huh? He’s beaten JBL, oh and then he beat JBL again, oh wait and then he beat JBL again! How convenient is that huh?

Angle laughs sarcastically to himself.

Kurt Angle: John Cena will never and I mean never rank as a great champion, as a true champion. But Kurt Angle? Kurt Angle will always be a great champion, Kurt Angle will always be a true champion(Angle holds his Gold Medal out) and Kurt Angle will always, always prove it. Oh it’s true, it’s damn…true.

Angle then heads off, a very focused look on his face as we fade away.

Commercials


We return to the scene of the Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long’s office. Long is sat at his desk and appears to be rounding up a phone call with somebody. As Long hangs up, smiling, clearly pleased with whatever business he’s just discussed, the door then opens and into shot come the troublesome trio of Joey Mercury, Johnny Nitro and Melina, MNM.

Teddy Long: D’ya ever think to knock?

Melina: We don’t need to knock Teddy, these two men are the WWE Tag Team Champions, YOUR Tag Team Champions, they don’t need permission to speak to…to speak to… you.

Long looks a little taken aback as the crowd boo the fiery Melina who looks at Long like a piece of dirt.

Teddy Long: Well what is it I can do for ya Melina?

Melina: There is a lot you can do for me, for my boys Teddy, a lot. But let me start by asking you a question, just who in the hell do you think you are by…by opening some stupid little ‘investigation’ into what went on in our match on Sunday?

Teddy Long: Look I…

Melina: No-no, you need to look Teddy. We won on Sunday fair and square which means just because your little buddies Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio threw a hissy fit about it, you can’t go opening up an investigation. We won, they…LOST. And y’know what that means don’t ya Teddy? It means Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio can never again challenge for the Tag Team titles so long as MNM are champions. Well, guess what? Those titles, they aren’t going any…where.

Big time heat for the bitchy mouthpiece of the tag champs here.

Teddy Long: Now hold on just a second a’ight. Yeah, ok, so ya did win at the Bash on Sunday, congratulations. But here’s where you and I don’t see eye to eye Melina. You did NOT win that match up fair and square. We all know that your boys here only won that match up because of interference.

Johnny Nitro: Teddy, Teddy, fact is we won, there’s no two ways about it and that means that the stipulation still stands. That means that we do not have to deal with those two old timers anymore and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Joey Mercury: Johnny’s right, so uh Teddy, how ‘bout you close this little ‘investigation’ and start focusing on the real problems around here? Start focusing on finding us some actual competition, cos lets face it, Van Dam and Mysterio? They’re not a patch on the A-Listers.

Melina smirks in a devilish manner as T-Long shakes his head.

Teddy Long: Y’all can ask, y’all can plead, y’all can beg me to close this investigation but it ain’t gon’ change anything, believe me. It’s funny you mention that stipulation, what was the other part of that stipulation? Correct me if I’m wrong but uh, wasn’t it that Melina be banned from ringside?

Melina: Yeah and I wasn’t at ringisde so uhmmmm, what’s your- what’s your point here Teddy?

Melina stands, hands on hips as all three look confused.

Teddy Long: Well this investigation will continue because there’ve been rumours all week long about just who it was that interfered in that match, about just who it was under that mask Sunday night and well, a lot of those rumours are pointing at you Melina.

Melina’s face screws up instantly as the fans cheer.

Melina: Me? C’mon Teddy, you’ve gotta be kidding right? Me? Why would I?… What would I? How dare you accuse me Teddy?

Melina huffs before continuing.

Melina: Y’know what, y’know what, forget it. You carry on with your little ‘investigation’ and when all’s said and done, you’re gonna realise the truth in this whole thing and you’re gonna realise that I had absolutely nothing to do with that match on Sunday and when that moment comes? When that moment comes we are gonna demand a very, VERY public apology from you and we are gonna demand…that you be removed…from your position. C’mon boys.

Melina then exits as Nitro and Mercury look on at Long who holds his hands up, clearly not bothered by what Melina’s had to say here as the champs then exit.

We then head back to ringside to hear…

‘Hell will be Callin’ your Name’


A nice ovation hits for the music of the impressive Bobby Lashley who strolls out on stage set for action here tonight.

Michael Cole: He is still undefeated folks and he is still looking MIGHTILY impressive. Bobby Lashley all set for action here on Friday Night Smackdown, fresh off a big win over the team of Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree and Lashley, well Lashley really tore apart both men on Sunday night Tazz.

Tazz: Literally tore ‘em apart Cole. This kid is just a phenomenal athlete and I can’t see anybody putting a stop to him right now. Whoever his opponent is here tonight is in for a heck of a challenge.

And that man is…

‘Masterpiece’


A few oooohs in the crowd as its big man versus big man here. A real test for Bobby Lashley as Chris Masters makes his way down to the ring, accompanied again by his recent ‘acquisitions’, Kid Kash and Jamie Noble.

Michael Cole: Well this is no doubt gonna be one of, if not the biggest test of Bobby Lashley’s Smackdown career thus far. Chris Masters had endured a horrid start to his Smackdown career, being embarrassed week after week by the Mexicools but since evening the odds with the help of Kid Kash and Jamie Noble he’s began to turn it around, including a big win this past Sunday at the Bash.

Tazz: Damn straight Cole. Masters and the Pitbulls got one over big time on the Mexicools Sunday night and I know Chris Masters is gonna be ready to keep that momentum up, keep that roll goin’ here tonight.

Match Two: Singles Match

Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters w/The Pitbulls

These two physical specimens circle the ring early on, looking each other up and down, recognising that the other man is a real threat to them here tonight. Lashley begins bouncing up and down, his physical presence surely getting inside the head of the Masterpiece before the ‘Real Deal’ bounds forward towards the centre of the ring, Masters does likewise and these two lock up but to no avail! It’s a stalemate as both Lashley and Masters back up and dust themselves off again.

Masters tries to gee himself up, slapping himself lightly as Lashley delivers a focused look and these two men again go and lock up in the centre of the ring but again it’s a stalemate!! The fans are a little surprised that somebody is matching up to Lashley here as the two men again back off and we get set for a third attempt at this with Kid Kash and Jamie Noble encouraging their man from the outside.

Third time lucky perhaps as the two men again lock up and this time we finally get a breakthrough and it’s Masters who gets it, delivering a knee to the gut, doubling Lashley over before beginning to club away at the back of the Dominator. Masters keeps Lashley doubled over as he now drives the point of his elbow into the back of the big man and it floors Lashley.

Masters now appears to be very confident, perhaps a little too cocky as he smirks at the sight of Lashley fallen before dropping a knee to the back of Lashley’s neck. Lashley immediately clutches the back of his neck, clearly hurt by the impact of that big knee from Masters as Piece gets to his feet again before dropping another big knee right to that same point. Lashley grimaces in pain as Masters establishes control here with Kash and Noble applauding.

Masters then drops to his knees, pulling Lashley upright, sitting him up before Masters begins to bash Lashley across the back of his neck with some stiff forearms, leaving Lashley all over the place, a strong showing thus far by the Masterpiece.

Masters keeps up the pressure on Lashley’s neck for several minutes, setting him up for the devastating Masterlock as Lashley for the first time in his tenure on Smackdown looks to be in deep trouble here but with around seven minutes on the clock we see Lashley storm back into this thing as Masters takes his foot off the gas.

Masters begins to show off to the fans, flexing and posing as Lashley gets to his knees. Before smirking yet again, Piece goes back to Lashley but he’s met with an elbow to the mid section followed by another as Lashley rises to his feet and begins to take it to Masters with strong right hands.

Lashley then scores his first near fall, almost punishing Masters following a beautiful belly to belly suplex, scoring a two and a half count as the fans believed it to be over with. Lashley can’t quite get up quick enough however as he clutches his neck, clearly still in discomfort from the good work shown by Masters.

As B-Lash scoops Masters to his feet again he drags his opponent towards the corner and begins to use all his power, delivering some vicious shoulders into the gut, Masters completely breathless here as Lashley now assumes control. The Real Deal then puts Masters up on the top rope, sitting perched up high as Lashley looks around the crowd before scaling up high?! This is most unlike Lashley as he stands on the second rope, an arm around the back of Masters head as he drops Masters with a suplex off the top rope!!!

Huge impact move from Lashley that gets one hell of a pop! Lashley crawls over to the cover, slowly, clearly hurt a little from his own move. Lashley gets the cover here, 1...2...3...NO!! Masters just about surives in this one!! Lashley looks shocked as Masters hangs in there with Lashley now sat up, not moving however as he looks at Masters as if to say ‘How?’

The two men both get back in the game a minute or so later with Lashley allowing Masters to his feet, stalking his opponent in the corner as he looks to be lining up that devastating spear of his. Masters is dazed as he gets to his feet and as Lashley charges, he suddenly…stops?? Lashley stops because Kid Kash hops onto the apron, Jamie Noble also as they divert Lashley’s attention and Lashley instead charges at Noble!! Noble though hops off the apron, mouthing obscenities at the big man as Lashley turns around and he’s caught with a big clothesline from Masters!!

Masters now senses that victory is within his grasp as he lines up Lashley for the Masterlock!! Masters is signalling for it as Lashley gets to his feet and we see Kash and Noble, both on the apron again willing Masters on, Noble taunting Lashley as he gets to his feet but the fans begin to cheer as we see…The Mexicools riding down to the ring on their Juan Deeres!!

It’s only Psicosis and Super Crazy, no Juventud accompanying them as they hop off their rides and head after Kash and Noble!! Kash and Noble drop down and these four begin to go at it!! Psicosis takes Noble, Crazy takes Kash and it’s chaos on the outside as Masters keeps his focus and Lashley gets up, Masterlock!! Masterlock applied and surely there’s no escape here for Bobby Lashley!!

The hold is tightened by Masters but Super Crazy hops up on to the apron, drawing Masters attention towards him and Piece shoves Lashley away, charging at Crazy instead! Masters misses as Crazy lets out a yell of excitement and exchanges words with the man in the middle of the ring, Masters looking furious as he turns around, SPEAR!! SPEAR FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! Lashley cuts Masters in half with a devastating spear as he goes into the cover, 1...2...3, he got him!!


Winner: Bobby Lashley(11:07)


Michael Cole: BIG victory for Bobby Lashley!! In one heck of a match right there folks and Chris Masters, well, you gotta feel a little bit for Chris Masters. The Mexicools didn’t target him here tonight but they sure did target the Pitbulls!

Tazz: Wow, great showin’ right there from both of these men. Lashley remains undefeated but I’m sure Chris Masters ain’t gonna be pleased wit’ this and I don’t think his boys are gonna be either. Noble and Kash look about ready to blow a gasket here.

We do then see a look of real anger across the faces of Noble, Kash and Masters with Noble and Kash looking on at a jubilant trio of the Mexicools who back up the ramp, smiling and dancing while Masters looks on furiously at his two partners. We then see Lashley have his hand raised in victory as the ‘Dominator’ keeps up his impressive run since debuting on Friday nights.

Commercials


We return back to Friday Night Smackdown to hear…

‘I Spit In Da Face Of People Who Don’t Want To Be Cool’


It’s immediate heat for the music of the Apple Spitter himself as Carlito strolls out onto the stage, smiling exuberantly as he tosses his apple in hand and makes his way down to the ring, all set for action.

Michael Cole: Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown and as you can see, Carlito right about now couldn’t be in a better place. The ‘Coolest’ Superstar on Friday nights has been on a real roll of late, including a big victory this past Sunday when he defeated both Booker T and Rhyno in a Triple Threat match with the Puerto Rican using those two men’s personal rivalry to his advantage.

Tazz: Carlito played it to perfection this past Sunday Cole. Booker and Rhyno did their thing, Carlito did his and he got the job done baby. I got no doubts that this kid is gonna kick on now from here and start lookin’ at some gold again.

‘Stay in Shadow’


It’s a nice ovation that greets the music of the former Cruiserweight Champion as Paul London storms out onto the stage, looking a little deflated following the events of this past Sunday night.

Michael Cole: Well Carlito may have had a great night this past Sunday but Paul London most certainly did not. London and Hurricane were having a heck of a battle for the Cruiserweight Championship, only for Chavo Guerrero to get involved and well, Hurricane shocked everybody by finally giving in to Chavo’s persuasions and turning on London, turning on the fans and turning on himself as he used a Steel Chair to smash London across the skull and capture the Cruiserweight title.

Tazz: I couldn’t believe it Cole. Chavo’s been tryin’ for weeks, months infact to get Hurricane to drop the Superhero routine, drop the mask and cape, drop everything and become himself, become the man under the mask and become the true Cruiserweight he deserves to be and at the Bash, he did just that.

Match Three: Singles Match

Carlito vs. Paul London

It’s pretty fast paced action from the get go as both men take turns to control the match in the early stages. Lito takes initiative from the bell, ducking and diving London’s every move before taking down the former Cruiserweight champion with a picture pefrect dropkick, knocking London right out of his stride.

Lito then works over the high flier with a series of stomps and left hands, the referee threatening to disqualify the ‘Coolest’ superstar on Friday nights as Lito lets up a little here, not wanting to get himself disqualified. Carly scoops London up to his feet and whips him across the ring, London rebounding with Carlito going for a clothsline but London ducking under it and running the opposite side of the ropes before taking down the Apple Spitter with a flying clothesline of his own!!

London now assumes control for a small period as he takes it to Carly with some strong right hands before scoring a very close near fall following a schoolboy on his wily opponent, a two count for London, a close shave for Carlito. The fans are right behind London here as he heads up high to the top rope, Carlito down following a beautiful dropkick from the high flier. London steadies himself as Lito slowly, groggily gets to his feet, Lito spins around and he’s caught with a huge missile dropkick!!

London scrambles into a cover as the fans sense a huge victory for the underdog, 1...2...3...NO!! Shoulder up from Carlito at two and three quarters!! The fans seem to groan as London runs his hands through his hair, unable to believe that he didn’t get the job done there.

London picks himself up and tries to get himself going again, wondering what will put Lito away as he heads back to his opponent, bringing Lito to his feet, forearm from London and again before an Irish Whip, Carlito rebounds and London goes for a big back body drop! Carlito lands on his feet!! London turns around and he’s met with a kick from Lito, London catches his foot but Carlito connects with an émigré!!

London is floored as Carly goes for a cover now, 1...2...kick out by London!! Carlito looks horrified as London survives here and Lito begins pleading with the referee that it was a three count but the official isn’t having any of it. Carlito gets to his feet again now and he hurls London up with him, displaying a lot more aggression now as he clubs London with some hard lefts across the back.

Lito then nails a kick to the mid section as he then whips London into the corner, Lito charges at him but London gets out of dodge!! Carlito smashes into the turnbuckle as London now launches himself into the corner with an incredible cross body esque move, risking it all!! Carlito is floored as London heads up high!! London looks around the crowd who are on their feet, 450 splash!! MISSES!! Carlito somehow has the wherewithal to move out of harm’s way as London crashes and burns.

Both men slowly but surely get to their feet, Carlito doing so a tiny bit quicker as he throws a left but London blocks it, he throws a right, connects, London now on top as he forces Carly back. Irish whip from London but Carlito hangs on to the ropes, London charges but Carlito again dodges, London goes chest first into the ropes, almost going overboard as Carlito grabs him from behind, roll up!! Carlito’s got the tights!! 1...2...3...he got him!!


Winner: Carlito(7:46)


Michael Cole: Carlito steals his way to another big win here tonight!! Paul London looked in control, he looked set for a big upset Tazz but from out of absolutely nowhere Carlito pulls one outta the bag.

Tazz: That right there is Carlito at his best Cole. He takes advantage of any and every opportunity he can get and Paul London’s luck’s just not in right now, a damn shame for Paul London but a huge win again for the Apple Spitter. Carlito’s rollin’ baby.

Lito backs up the ramp, smiling as he riles the crowd up, Inside the ring we see a dejected Paul London leaning up against the ropes, hanging his head in frustration before kicking the ropes. London then puts one leg through the ropes but is stopped in his tracks as…

‘Stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ thru’


The Hurricane’s music hits and out comes the NEW Cruiserweight Champion to a ton of heat as Paul London’s face drops. Hurricane comes out dressed in his usual attire, title belt around his waist and has a mic in hand.

The Hurricane: Citizen London I just wanted to come out here tonight and tell you, tell all of you people just how…

The chants of ‘You Suck’ cut Hurricane off as he seems to be taken aback by them.

The Hurricane: To tell you and to tell of these people just how deeply…how deeply sorry I am that I…that I didn’t do this any sooner, ha ha.

Wow, it’s insane heat here as London’s face paints a picture while Hurricane smirks.

The Hurricane: For far too long, I’ve acted as somebody I’m not, somebody who doesn’t portray the real me. I’ve been stuck under a mask, stuck under a cape(Hurricane points at these items as he says it) and I’ve pandered to all you people for as long as I can remember now and y’know what, I am sick and tired of the whole damn charade.

Hurricane nods as the fans continue to boo.

The Hurricane: ‘Fighting crime’, being the resident ‘Superhero’, where has all that got me huh? What’s it ever done for me? Oh yeah sure, it’s given a few of you people a good laugh, a good laugh at my expnse but it’s never got me anywhere, it’s never got me…this.

Hurricane points at his Cruiserweight title.

The Hurricane: Sunday night at The Great American Bash I finally got to the top, I finally reached where I wanna be, I finally became the Cruiserweight CHAMPION! But I didn’t...I didn't do it by being The Hurricane, I didn’t do it by trying to give you people a good laugh at my expense. No, no. I did it by being who I REALLY am, I did it by being the man under the mask, by being the man behind the cape, I did it by being the very BEST Cruiserweight in the world, I did it by being…Gregory Helms.

Big time boos here for Helms as he tears off his cape and tosses away his mask before smirking slyly.

Gregory Helms: And I’d like to thank you Paul, I’d like to thank you for your role in all of this. See without something you said to me a few weeks back, I might not have taken this step. Remember this Paul? You said to me, ‘Make the most of this’.

Helms scratches his chin as he ponders his next step.

Gregory Helms: You told me that I needed to make the most of it as though I was…as though I was lucky to be getting a shot at this title, as though I was lucky to be facing somebody like you. So y’know what I did Paul? I did make the most of it and look at what we have here huh, look at what we have standin’ before ya Paul. We have me, we have ‘lucky’ Gregory Helms holdin’ the Cruiserweight championship.

Helms smirks once again.

Gregory Helms: So now that I’ve got my appreciation outta the way for you Paul, there’s somebody else I’d like to thank in all of this. Somebody who has encouraged me from day one, somebody who has always believed in me. This person has tried for weeks, for months infact to get me to snap outta being some kinda 'superhero'. This person has tried to convince me that I am the best around, that there ain’t nobody better than Gregory Helms and hey, y’know what? He was right.

Helms then clears his throat.

Gregory Helms: Ladies and gentleman, without futher a due, please welcome, Chavo Guerrerooooo.

‘Ooooooh Chavo’


It’s more big time heat as Chavo steps out onto the stage and he and Helms embrace, both having a smug, arrogant look on their faces. We then see Paul London looking on even more furiously than before as Chavo sarcastically applauds him.

Chavo Guerrero: What’s the uh- what’s the matter Paul? Y’don’t look too pleased to see me? Did I, did I do something wrong? Did I do something to hurt the ‘Golden Boy’s feelings?

London then heads over to Tony Chimel and asks for a microphone. Chavo and Helms are laughing hysterically on top of the ramp.

Paul London: Y’know, I didn’t wanna interrupt your little speech there Greg because I wanted to hear, I wanted to know just why you did what you did on Sunday and the conclusion I came to is this; you’re full of crap.

Nice pop for London’s comments.

Paul London: There is only one reason you did what you did Sunday night and it’s not because of any masks or capes, it’s not because of any of these fans, it’s not even because of Chavo Guerrero. You did what you did on Sunday because you know, you KNOW… that you can’t beat me.

Good pop again.

Paul London: One on one, man on man, you can’t do it and believe me the time’s gonna come Greg when you and me, we do this thing all over again. You can shake your head, you can laugh it off, the both of ya can but fact is, I have a rematch clause and I’m gonna show to both of you, I’m gonna show to everybody why I am the very best Cruiserweight in the world and why no matter who you are, no matter what you wear, no matter who you hide behind, you are never gonna be anything more than a poor man’s Paul London.

London’s intensity is evident here as the fans get right behind him.

Chavo Guerrero: He is not a poor man’s Paul London. He is Gregory Helms, he is the Cruiserweight Champion and Paul, simply put, he is better than you.

Boos for Chavito here.

Gregory Helms: Paul you can cash your little rematch in any time you want, any time you like because whenever it is we meet, wherever it is we meet, the joke is over, the charade is over, the LIE IS OVER!! I ain’t playin’ anymore, Gregory Helms is here and believe me, he ain’t goin’ any…where.

Helms then drops the mic as Chavo raises his hand up high and the pair smirk devilishly as the crowd boos the shit out of them while London looks on intensely at the duo.

Tazz: Wow.

Michael Cole: Indeed Tazz, a shocking confrontation between Paul London and Gregory Helms just there. Paul London, I don’t think I have ever seen Paul London that intense, hell, I don’t think I’ve seen Gregory Helms that intense before. Two men, both with very different motives right now but when these two next meet, I think we’re gonna see absolute carnage inside that ring.

Tazz: Absolutely and don’t forget Chavo Guerrero Cole. This alliance between Helms and Chavo is gonna be incredibly strong, incredibly powerful. These two men could dominate the entire Cruiserweight division and they could do it for a long time.

We see Helms and Chavo back up and exit behind the curtain before London runs his hands through his hair and looks around the crowd before we head away.

Commercials


We return and head straight to the back where Josh Matthews is ready and raring to talk to us once more tonight
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Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman joining me at this moment in time, please welcome two of the men involved in tonight’s main event, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio!!

Van Dam and Mysterio appear into shot to a nice pop from the crowd. Van Dam still looks angered following the events of Sunday, Mysterio a little more upbeat.

Josh Matthews: Guys we heard earlier on tonight from General Manager Teddy Long who vowed that the investigation into your loss at The Great American Bash would continue, despite protests from MNM. How confident are the both of you that this matter will be resolved?

Rey Mysterio: I’m confident Josh, really confident. Teddy’s a good man, a fair man and I know he’s gonna give everything he’s got to make sure we all find out just who it was that screwed us at the Bash. And when we find out? Well, when we find out we’ll be one step closer to getting our hands at long last on the WWE Tag Team titles.

Nice pop for the Ultimate Underdog’s comments.

Josh Matthews: And Rob what about yourself?

Van Dam huffs a little, looking up to the sky before concentrating on the question.

Rob Van Dam: I’d like to stand here Josh and have that same attitude as Rey has but to be honest, I can’t. I just don’t have that same confidence, I don’t have that same belief in Teddy Long, in anybody finding out who screwed us at the Bash. I don’t have that same confidence, that same belief in getting another shot at the Tag titles. I just…I just don’t have it man.

The crowd boos a little as Van Dam shrugs his shoulders and Mysterio looks at him a little hesitantly.

Rey Mysterio: Wh-what do you mean esse?

Rob Van Dam: What do you think I mean dude? I mean, the way our luck’s been goin’ lately, the way MNM’s luck’s been goin’, they’ll get away with this. They’ll get away with it while me and you have to sit on the sidelines, have to stay in their shadows.

Mysterio shakes his head.

Rey Mysterio: That’s not gonna happen Rob, I got every bit of faith in Teddy Long to get us what we deserve. All we can do until then is what we do best, go out there tonight and stick it to Kurt Angle, stick it to M…N…M.

Nice pop again for the Mexican.

Rob Van Dam: That may be your solution to things Rey, but it ain’t mine.

Van Dam then goes to walk away but he turns around right into JOHN CENA!! The WWE Champion appears and gets a very loud ovation as Van Dam looks a little disappointed to see him.

John Cena: Well, well, well I didn’t think I’d ever see Mr.Laidback so fired up like this.

Rob Van Dam: Look John, I know your our partner out there tonight but seriously dude, I’m not in the mood for foolin’ around here tonight. You saw what happened Sunday night, you didn’t have to deal with anything like that in your match, you don’t know how much I’m hurtin’ right about now so I’d appreciate it if you just left me to it alright?

Cena scoffs almost at Van Dam’s little outburst.

John Cena: I didn’t have to deal with anything like that? Rob, I had to deal with THREE different opponents, I had to deal with knowing that I didn’t even have to get pinned to lose this.

Cena points at the WWE championship as Van Dam looks away and Mysterio appears into shot once more.

Rob Van Dam: But you did it John, you walked outta Buffalo with that title still in your hands. What did I walk out with? What did Rey walk out with? Not a thing, that’s right.

John Cena: That is right Rob, that is right but it ain’t no use cryin’over it. It ain’t no use mopin’ around. You gotta gotta get back up on your feet and go again, go out and prove to everybody why you ARE better than MNM. Hey, I know you are, Rey knows you are but you gotta know it, you gotta believe and you gotta let all your fans believe it.

Van Dam nods a little.

Rey Mysterio: He’s right Rob. He’s right.

John Cena: I want the Rob Van Dam we all know out there standin’ side by side with me here tonight, so I gotta ask man, are you in, or are you out?

Cena then offers his hand as Van Dam smirks a little.

Rob Van Dam: I’m in.

BIG pop for that as Van Dam and Cena shake hands before Van Dam does similarly with Mysterio and the duo depart while Cena remains in shot. Josh Matthews then appears behind Cena, clearly unmoved during all of this.

Josh Matthews: John, whilst you’re here, can we just get a quick word on your thoughts about what Kurt Angle had to say earlier on tonight?

John Cena: Josh, all I’m gonna say is this… I will deal with Kurt Angle later on out there tonight.

Cena has a stern look etched across his face here as he then nods and walks away with a real purpose as we then head back ringside.

‘Can you Dig it? Sucka’


It’s a nice ovation that greets the music of the former 5 time WCW Champion, Booker T who steps out onto the stage, looking in a fairly buoyant mood here considering all he’s been put through of late.

Michael Cole: Well it would appear as though John Cena’s little pep talk did its job for Rob Van Dam here tonight, our main event still to come folks but back to the action and here comes a man whose terrible luck of late continued this Sunday at the Bash where he was defeated by Carlito in the Triple Threat match that also involved Booker’s bitter rival of late, Rhyno.

Tazz: Was a heck of a match this past Sunday Cole and Carlito pulled one outta the bag. You gotta feel for Booker, when your luck’s out, it is out man and this whole thing with Rhyno really seems to have taken its toll on the Book man.

‘Longhorn’


It’s immediate heat as the trademark white limo appears and out steps the one, the only ‘Wrestling God’, Mr.John Bradshaw Layfield.

Michael Cole: And here comes a man who well to be honest Tazz has been on as big, if not bigger downward spiral than Booker T ever since Wrestlemania. JBL lost the WWE Championship to John Cena and ever since has been defeated on each and every occasion he’s had another opportunity including at The Great American Bash.

Tazz: Well JBL ain’t had a whole lotta luck Cole, neither has Booker T, you’re right about both of these guys but that’s what makes this match right here so big. One of these two guys luck’s about to change for the better.

Match Four: Singles Match

Booker T vs. John Bradshaw Layfield

Booker starts this one off like a house on fire. Despite all his recent woes and bad luck, it doesn’t seem to phase he former WCW Champion as he takes it to JBL who has no answer for Booker’s strong offense including a series of sweet kicks, taking JBL both off balance and eventually down to the mat with real authority off of a beautiful roundhouse kick.

Booker keeps on top of the former WWE Champion, laying into him with some strong right hands before taking down the Wall Street Warrior once again, this time with a nice scoop slam before Booker runs the ropes and drops a knee right to the head of Layfield. Booker drops down into a cover, 1...2..shoulder up by JBL.

Booker keeps focused despite not being able to put JBL down and out as he once again brings the cocky New York resident to his feet, whipping Layfield into the turnbuckle as Booker charges but JBL gets out of dodge!! Booker eats the turnbuckle before falling away and JBL takes Booker down with a clubbing shot to the back.

JBL now stomps the holy hell out of Booker, prompting the official to warn Layfield about a disqualification as the ‘Wrestling God’ backs off before hoisting Booker upright again. Layfield clobbers Book with a right hand before a stiff kick to the gut as Booker doubles over and JBL now clutches the back of Booker’s neck before delivering a pinpoint vertical suplex. Booker is dropped with authority as JBL rolls him into a cover, 1...2...shoulder up by the former WCW Champion!

JBL slams the mat in frustration before yelling at the referee to do his job here before again scooping Booker to his feet and again delivering another hard, clubbing shot. Irish whip now from Layfield as Booker hits off the turnbuckle and Jibbles comes a charging but he’s met with a boot to the face by Booker!! Bradshaw is sent stumbling out of the corner as the fans sense a revival here from Booker.

Booker now comes out of the corner as JBL spins round and Booker now begins to unload with right hands. JBL is on the backfoot once again now as Booker is all over him here. Irish Whip from Booker as JBL rebounds and Booker drops him with a spine buster!! Huge impact from Booker as the crowd sense the beginning of the end here. Booker starts to feel it, pandering to the fans as he looks set to try and finish the job off but Booker’s attentions are diverted as we see….RHYNO!!

The Man Beast is in the crowd, dressed casually as he comes right to the front of the barrier, grabbing Booker’s attention as Booker holds his arms out, seemingly mouthing ‘What? What the hell you doin’ here?’ Rhyno urges Booker to step out of the ring and come down to face him as Booker continues exchanging words with the ECW Original before turning back around to face JBL again, BAM!!! Clothesline from Hell!! Clothesline from Hell by JBL from out of nowhere!! Cover by Bradshaw, 1...2...3
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Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield(5:43)


Michael Cole: Oh come on!!! JBL steals it, all thanks to Rhyno!! What the hell is wrong with Rhyno, Tazz?!

Tazz: We all know exactly what’s wrong wit’ the Man Beast, he’s tired of lookin’ out for people like Booker T, tired of focusing on everything and everybody except himself and he’s makin’ a change. Booker T is simply victim number one on the Man Beast’s hitlist Cole, it’s only mind games here tonight but I know just what this guy is capable of and it ain’t pretty, believe me.

Booker sits up slowly, clearly in some pain here as he looks around for his rival Rhyno, obviously furious that the distraction cost him whilst JBL heads up the ramp celebrating his victory here and perhaps the start of an upturn in fortune for the Wall Street Warrior. We then see Rhyno who has now exited through the crowd as the fans around him pur heat on him but the former ECW original takes no notice, instead focusing intensely on the damage done inside the ring.

Commercials


We return and head backstage where we find JBL walking through the halls, still a little out of breath following his victory just now over Booker T. As Jibbles works his way through the back, we see the oh so persistent Josh Matthews appear from behind to try and catch a word with the former WWE Champion.

Josh Matthews: John, John, if you don’t mind could we get a quick word?

JBL stops in his tracks and gives Matthews a death wish look.

Josh Matthews: John ever since Wrestlemania you’ve been on somewhat of a downward spiral, losing your WWE Championship and going on to lose not just one but two rematches. Tonight saw you pick up a big victory over Booker T, do you believe that this could be the start of a turnaround in your fortune moving forwards here on Smackdown?

JBL looks at Matthews with that exact same look before looking away and then laughing a little bit.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Kick a man while he’s down why don’t ya kid? Ha ha.

BAM!!! Layfield slaps Matthews into next week with the interviewer going tumbling!! Layfield then takes the microphone and composes himself again to strong boos.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I just…I just don’t get it. I am the longest reigning WWE Champion in Smackdown history. Not just the past year, the past two years, the longest reigning champion on this television show’s history. Despite that fact, despite that achievement I have to deal with, I have to put up with disrespectful PUNKS like Josh Matthews.

The heat is still clear as day for the Wrestling God as he points to the damage done to Matthews.

John Bradshaw Layfield: People like him, people like all these WWE fans who pay their money to cheer for…to cheer for guys like John Cena? People like them have the nerve, they have the audacity to disrespect a guy like me, disrespect a true American Hero, the one and only Wrestling Godddddddd and y’know what? I am sick to freakin’ death of it.

JBL scowls directly at the camera now.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Yeah I lost the WWE title, yeah I lost the rematch, yeah I lost Sunday night at the Bash. But y’know what? All sporting greats suffer defeat, all of ‘em. You name me one guy in the world who hasn’t suffered a setback in their career, who hasn’t tasted defeat, who hasn’t at one point or another, hit a brick wall. But y’know what all of ‘em do? Y’know what all those true greats do? They recover, they respond, they bounce right back up, they get back on the saddle and they rise, oh yes indeedy, they rise again, they rise right to the very TOP of the mountain.

Bradshaw is very smooth in his delivery here, you can really feel what he’s saying.

John Bradshaw Layfield: And that is exactly what I am going to do, it is exactly what you are all going to witness. The recovery began here tonight, the rise back to the top of the mountain began out there in that ring right here tonight. People will NOT disrespect me like that anymore(pointing at Matthews). People will not look at me as some kind of…pfffft I don’t know how they do but some of ‘em believe it or not look at me as some kind of freakin’ failure, well NOT… ANY… MORE. I promise that I am going to make an impact, I promise that I am going to make a HUGE impact, I promise you right here, right now on this day that the rise of JBL back to the top… has only just begun.

JBL then tosses the microphone down at the fallen Matthews as the fans boo the actions of the Wall Street Warrior once more and we head away to Michael Cole and Tazz once more.

‘Paparazzi’


We return ringside and hear the music of MNM as the red carpet is rolled out and out step the tag team champions accompanied by Melina as ever, all set for our big main event here.

Michael Cole: Well some strong words there from JBL but back to the action now folks and it is indeed time for our main event as the WWE Tag Team Champions make their way out and we heard earlier on tonight from MNM, Melina included and I gotta wonder Tazz, just how in the world can they complain about an investigation being launched into what transpired this past Sunday at the Bash?

Tazz: Because they won the match Cole. They won that match, be it by hook or by crook they got the job done which means that stipulation should stand. I understand the investigation though Cole, I mean Van Dam and Mysterio were robbed Sunday night and if that was Melina under that mask, they sure as hell deserve another shot at the gold.

Michael Cole: They deserve one anyway!! Whether it was Melina or not, they deserve another opportunity and I hope they prove exactly why here tonight.

‘Medal’


The fans anticipation levels rise now as the music of Kurt Angle hits and the Wrestling Machine heads out to pretty strong boos.

Michael Cole: Well we heard from MNM earlier on tonight but we also heard from this man, a very fired up, very intense Kurt Angle.

Tazz: Oh absolutely Cole. Angle is one hundred and ten percent convinced that John Cena is runnin’ scared from him, that John Cena wants no piece of the Wrestling Machine.

Michael Cole: Yeah but do ya really believe that Tazz? Do you really believe that John Cena would back down from anybody? Is this all mind games on Kurt Angle’s behalf?

Tazz: Maybe, maybe I don’t know Cole. If it is and it earns Kurt his shot, then kudos to Angle, it’s a damn smart plan.

Angle and MNM acknowledge each other inside the ring as they then await their oppponents…

‘Booyaka/One of a Kind remix’


And here they come!! It’s a very nice pop that greets the remixed music of Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio as the Tag Title challengers at the Bash step out. Mysterio storms out on stage with Van Dam behind, not taking his eyes off of MNM inside the ring.

Michael Cole: The look on Rob Van Dam’s face says it all folks. Van Dam is absolutely seething at what went down this past Sunday night and to be honest Tazz, I don’t think he’s in the right frame of mind here tonight.

Tazz: Van Dam’s the most cool, laidback guy I think I’ve ever met Cole but all of this stuff with MNM has just gotten inside the head of Mr.Friday Night and I ain’t surprised. MNM have pulled one over on Van Dam and Mysterio time and time again and that whole mask deal this past Sunday may have been the final straw Cole.

‘My Time is Now’


It’s a very loud pop as the WWE Champion makes his way down ringisde, John Cena looking all fired up, rallying the crowd here as we see a shot of Kurt Angle looking on at the champ.

Michael Cole: Well it was not a good night Sunday night for Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio but it was more than a good night for this man, the WWE Champion, John Cena. Cena retained his gold in one heck of a Fatal 4 Way match but John Cena knows full well that Kurt Angle isn’t going away any time soon.

Tazz: Not at all Cole. Angle is dead set on getting his hands on both John Cena and that WWE Title. I don’t buy Cena being afraid of Kurt though, I don’t buy it at all. John Cena don’t back down from anybody, from any challenge and Kurt Angle ain’t no different to that. All I know is when these two finally go at it, it’s gonna be off the chain.

Main Event: Six Man Tag Team Match

John Cena, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and MNM

It’s Angle and Mysterio that kick this one off, both men having had various battles over the years and this one is sure to be no different.

It’s a very even exchange in the opening as both men trade moves and counters, trying to one up the other, Mysterio scoring a near fall following a schoolboy, almost catching Angle completely off guard whilst the Wrestling Machine also scored a near fall off of an explosive belly to belly suplex. Angle then assumes control following this as he drops to the mat and begins to wear the lightning quick Mysterio down, delivering several stomps to the left leg of Rey who clutches it in pain with Angle then dragging Rey across to his corner and tagging in Joey Mercury to the contest, clearly content with his work and the fact that his team are now in control.

Mercury enters the ring and picks up where Angle left off, targeting the left leg of Rey with several vicious kicks before grabbing Rey’s leg and lifting it up before slamming it back down onto the mat with authority as Mercury goes for a cover, kick out at two from Mysterio.

The A-Lister appears a little frustrated but continues his pressure as he draws Rey to his feet now, whipping the little man across the ring as Rey rebounds off the ropes and Mercury takes him down with a brutal clothesline, almost taking Rey’s head off. Mercury quickly runs the ropes himself now before dropping a knee right on the left knee of Rey, really strong stuff from Mercury here as he rolls Rey into a cover once more, 1...2..shoulder up once more.

The fans start to encourage Mysterio as a ‘Let’s go Rey’ chant emerges though only small as Mercury smirks and drags Rey over towards his teams corner, much like Angle did and Mercury makes a tag, bringing in Johnny Nitro to the contest. Nitro hops right over the ropes and connects with a beautiful leg drop right onto that left knee/leg of Mysterio!! Mysterio screeches in pain as we see John Cena flinch and Van Dam still looking on furiously as Nitro hops up and delivers several more stomps to the leg of Rey.

Nitro continues to dominate as Rey struggles for answers but finally finds a way out of trouble as a momentary lapse in concentration from one half of the Tag champions who begins to taunt the Milwaukee crowd, showing off his physique before dragging Mysterio to his feet but Mysterio responds with a right hand, followed by another and another as Mysterio mounts a comeback here. Irish Whip from Rey and Nitro rebounds off the ropes right into a drop toe hold!! Nitro is floored as Rey hobbles across the ring, his left leg clearly affected by the abuse he’s taken to it and he tags in Van Dam!!

Van Dam bursts into the ring as Nitro stumbles to his feet and he turns around right into the oncoming RVD who takes it to Nitro, right hand after right hand before a thunderous kick to the head that sends Nitro spiralling!! Nitro drops to the mat as Van Dam runs the ropes, it’s Rolling Thunder time!! CONNECTS!! Cover by Van Dam!! 1...2...3...NO, ANGLE BREAKS THE COUNT!! Angle breaks things up and Angle begins an assault of Van Dam, stomping away but here comes JOHN CENA!!

Cena storms into the ring and heads after Angle but Angle gets the hell out of the ring!! Angle gets as far away as possible, heading back to his corner as Cena mouths ‘Damn it’ unable to get his hands on the Wrestling Machine.

Both Van Dam and Nitro are now down as we see Melina on the outside cheering her man on as Nitro begins to stir. Nitro slowly gets to his feet, clutching his mid section following that devastating Rolling Thunder as Van Dam slowly gets to his knees. Nitro draws RVD to his feet and nails a forearm, followed by another as the A-Lister looks to assume control here. Nitro with an Irish Whip, Van Dam rebounds, DROPKICK connects!! Nitro takes Van Dam’s head off there, into a cover, 1...2...shoulder up by Mr.Friday Night!

Melina screeches in disappointment as Nitro heads back over to his corner and tags in Joey Mercury to this once again as Mercury bounds in and keeps up the pressure on Van Dam, targeting Van Dam’s ribs as he delivers several hard, stiff shots to the rib cage of RVD. Mercury scores a near fall following a beautiful backbreaker after Van Dam rebounded off the ropes, drawing several ‘Oooooh’s’ from the crowd at the impact on Van Dam.

A turning point comes though as Mercury decides to head up to the top rope, more Van Dam’s style and it costs the Tag champ as Mercury steadies himself up high, waiting for Van Dam to turn around, he does so and Mercury flies but nobody home!! Van Dam gets out of the way as Mercury lands hard on the mat and Van Dam heads towards the corner, tagging in John Cena!!

Cena bursts onto the scene but so too does Johnny Nitro!! Nitro comes from out of nowhere and swings at Cena taking it to him with right hands!! Cena though fights back and the two men go toe to toe here with Cena taking the edge!! BAM!! Mercury from out of nowhere clubs Cena from behind but here comes Rey Mysterio!!!

Mysterio comes in and delivers some stiff kicks to the back of Nitro’s legs, Nitro not able to respond as Cena now takes it to Mercury! Cena’s throwing rights at Mercury, Irish Whip now from the champion, Mercury rebounds right into a running shoulder block!! Cena now looks around the crowd, sensing that it’s time to try and round this one up as he runs the ropes, Five Knuckle Shuffle! NO!! KURT ANGLE!! Angle ambushes Cena from behind as we see Mysterio and Nitro fly over the top rope with Mysterio taking Nitro down with a head scissors!!

Angle now unloads on Cena with some vicious stomps as the camera shifts and we see Rob Van Dam up high, Van Dam flies and takes Angle down with a missile dropkick!!!

Angle drops as Van Dam takes him down and out, Van Dam though turns around, DDT!! DDT FROM MERCURY!! Mercury then drags RVD to his feet before tossing him through the ropes and into Mysterio and Nitro!! Mercury uses Van Dam as a missile, taking his own partner out, however taking Mysterio out of this thing too as Mercury rolls Cena into a cover!! Surely not?! 1...2. Kick out by Cena!!

The fans pop big time as Cena survives and Mercury looks a little concerned, knowing he’s on his own here against the WWE Champion. Mercury looks on at Melina before signalling for Melina to grab one of their titles, but why? What for??

Melina does as Mercury asks and tosses the title into the ring, Mercury grabbing it here as he begins to size John Cena up!! The referee is telling Merucry not to do it here as Cena begins to stir, Cena slowly gets to his feet, he turns around, BAM!! NO!! CENA SCOOPS MERUCRY UP HIGH!! FU!! FU CONNECTS!! ANGLE SLAM!! WHAT THE HELL?! KURT ANGLE WITH AN ANGLE SLAM TO JOHN CENA!! Angle rolls Merucry on top of Cena here, 1...2...3...HE GOT HIM!!


Winners: Kurt Angle and MNM(13:50)


Michael Cole: Kurt Angle just screwed John Cena!! What the hell is Kurt Angle thinking?! Cena had the damn thing won!! Angle wasn’t even the legal man Tazz!!

Tazz: Oh Kurt Angle is inside Cena’s head Cole, he’s gotta be after this one. Angle keeps on sidesteppin’ the champ and I think he’s gonna keep on doin’ it until he gets that WWE title shot that he’s lookin’ for.

We see Melina shrieking inside the ring as she helps Merucry to his feet and raises his hand in victory with Nitro, Mysterio and Van Dam all down and out on the outside here as Kurt Angle backs up the ramp, grinning like a Cheshire Cat with Cena looking on, laid out in the ring, an intense look as he locks eyes with the Wrestling Machine.

Michael Cole: Tonight was indeed Kurt angle’s night but if you think John Cena’s gonna take this laying down, you’ve got another thing coming. Cena and Angle are gonna come to blows, Angle is gonna get what’s coming to him, courtesy of the WWE Champion!!

Tazz: Not if Kurt Angle has anything to do with it, Angle is on a roll right now, inside that ring and outside that ring, I think he’s got Cena’s number Cole and I think we’re all lookin’ at the next WWE Champion.

We get a final shot of Angle smirking still before motioning that the WWE Title will soon be his.


Date: 21st August 2005
Location: Washington DC

Current Summerslam Card:


World Heavyweight Championship:
Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
Batista(c) vs Kane

If Ric Flair loses, he must retire:
Christian w/Tomko vs Ric Flair

Randy Orton vs The Undertaker

WWE Intercontinental Championship:
Muhammad Hassan(c) vs Shelton Benjamin

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hebtheeagle back with another Harping. Coming at you, cp954

*Open with a quick recap of the GAB, and then Cole and Tazz with the beginning intro. Very realistic open to the show.

*I actually really enjoyed the matches with Taker and Randy one on one, so I'll be interested to read the show where they go one on one to see if you do them justice. I like your writing of Orton as the heel here is really good as you definitely capture the Legend Killer gimmick. The Undertaker promo was good, but I don't know about the lightning bolt spot. I was never a big fan of the supernatural powers that Taker used.

*I've never been a fan of doing immediately after PPV rematches, but at the same time, since this is probably the blow-off for the feud, I understand. Big win of Hardy here, and should be fun to see where you take the US title with him from here.

*Damn good Angle promo. And it really portrays the feeling that Angle has that he has a legit claim to Cena's belt since he's never gotten the one on one at Cena (I can't say for sure if he has, as this is my first show by you, but it looks that way)

*Good stuff from MNM and Teddy as well. I didn't get a chance to see GAB (probably should have to get an idea of what I was getting into), but it would make sense for the masked assilant to be Melina if she was banned from ringside.

*I will make no bones that I dislike Bobby Lashley, but the match with Masters wasn't bad. It's a big win for Lashley, cleanly pinning Masters too. So, obviously big things are in store for him. The distraction of the Mexicools means things obviously aren't over for the Pitbulls and the Mexicools.

*Cheap win for Carlito, but I get wanting to protect London in the loss due to a probably feud pending with either Chavo or Helms. Where does Carlito go from here? My guess would be Matt Hardy and the US title.

*The post-match is really good. Convey's Helms' turn very nicely done, and definitely puts Helms and Chavo still firmly in the line of sight of London, who showed some pretty show promo skills of his own there.

*Van Dam displaying a bit of an attitude here. Possible testing the waters for a eventual heel turn? The Cena-Mysterio-Van Dam alliance for tonight's main event should be fun though. And Cena addressing the remarks of Angle with a bring it in the ring attitude seems apt for the situation.

*Albeit cheap, strong win for JBL here, and a good way for the character to get some heat back after eating the fall in the 4 way at the GAB. Booker and Rhyno apparently have some unfinished business, and it's a match that intrigues me.

*Good promo for JBL, but hopefully Teddy will do something about the attack on Matthews.

*Big win for the team of MNM and Kurt...and if that doesn't send the message to Cena that Angle is coming at Summerslam, nothing will. I look forward to seeing Cena's reaction to Angle illegally entering and hitting him with the Slam, while Cena had Mercury apparently ready to be pinned for the three count. And what Melina will be bragging with now that one of her guys has a win over the WWE Smackdown champion.

OVERALL: Enjoyable show. Nothing seemed to drag, and your match writing style makes them relatively easy to read. Consider me a fan, cp.
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WWE.com Breaking News!

This afternoon we have learned here at wwe.com that two more matches have been confirmed for Summerslam and both of them are blockbuster showdowns!!

The first match we can announce for you will see the Rated R Superstar, Mr.Money in the Bank, Edge going one on one with Y2J, Chris Jericho. This past Monday on Raw, Edge was promised a chance to face Jericho by Raw’s General Manager Eric Bischoff if he could do him a ‘favour’. Well that favour was to take out Big Show, a favour he failed to deliver which may leave you thinking, why has Bischoff agreed to give Edge this match? Well the match isn’t as straightforward as you think as we have been informed that as punishment for his failure this past Monday night, Edge’s Money in the Bank contract WILL be on the line on August 21st! These two men have endured a heated rivalry of late and when we head to Washington, the stakes will be higher than ever as Jericho has the chance to steal Edge’s golden ticket to the top.

Speaking of the top, this next match is right up there. At The Great American Bash, Randy Orton was denied the WWE Championship thanks to the shocking return of the Deadman, The Undertaker. This past Friday the challenge was laid down by the Phenom, challenging Randy Orton to face him at the biggest party of the summer and the challenge has been accepted! The Demon of Death Valley added Orton to his undefeated streak at Wrestlemania, however Orton evened the score at Judgment Day, who will take this one as we head to our nation’s capital? It promises to be a show stealer come Summerslam.


Updated Summerslam Card:


Date: 21st August 2005
Location: Washington DC


World Heavyweight Championship:
Special Guest Referee: Shawn Michaels
Batista(c) vs Kane

If Ric Flair loses, he must retire:
Christian w/Tomko vs Ric Flair

Randy Orton vs The Undertaker

WWE Intercontinental Championship:
Muhammad Hassan(c) vs Shelton Benjamin

Money in the Bank Contract:
Edge vs Chris Jericho



Thanks to hebtheeagle for the Smackdown feedback, any more would be greatly appreciated. On another note, i go away this Saturday for two weeks so won't be updating this for a little bit or dishing out feedback. Once i'm back i'll get to any of the usual shows that i've missed or to anyone who has left me some feedback. Until then, adios and take care!

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With you being away for a while, this seems like as good a time as any for me to get caught up on things. So like I did for 619, I'm just gonna offer a few random thoughts on the thread in general.

First of all, I honestly thought you would have been at SummerSlam by now, as when I left you were posting at quite the frequent pace. But I'm glad you're not, as at least I'll be around to see it first hand. On Raw, Michaels as referee for Batista/Kane is a really interesting choice, although the set up for it has been pretty strong. Christian/Flair has the potnetial to be something really special, although the stipulation makes me think Flair is gonna pull this one out the bag. I dunno why, but I think Flair still has plenty to offer the thread, so I'd be surprised to see him retire now. Kennedy arriving on the scene soon should equal big things, and I'm interested by the fat you're having him debut on the red brand And Muhammed Hassan continues to be a character you use very effectivly.

As for SmackDown, the Great American Bash was a really strong show, a great effort from you there. It's always good to see Matt Hardy as US Champion, so props for that. The main event scene on SmackDown right now is just so exciting when compared to Raw, given some of the names involved. Cena, Angle, Orton, JBL, and now it seems Undertaker, Rob Van Dam, Rey Mysterio and even Lashley could be thrown into the mix, really exciting stuff.

Anyway, enjoy your time away, recharge the batteries, and then I'll get back to reviewing when you start posting again. Laters.
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