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The opening segment here was wonderful, and I like that you had Cena show a more serious side; shown by the fact that he just jumped right to the point and didn't bother sucking up to the crowd and starting with "Kurt Angle..." Turns into a sort of standard intense Cena from here on out until Angle shows up, but Cena being up for a fight makes him a good champion. Obviously Angle comes out, and Kurt was wonderful here. He's been right the entire time, that Cena hasn't faced him one on one and I am so excited that you're going to set them loose at Summerslam. I have a sneaky suspicion that this could be the match that ends the show at Summerslam, a close call between this and Batista/Kane. Angle running out of the ring was a great move, and did make me chuckle a little bit how he wanted none of Cena right there. Great start to the show and certainly the main talking point already.

I'm liking the reinvention of Gregory Helms, and the alliance with Chavo adds a little something more to this new character. The match itself with Kendrick was brilliant and had me captivated, and I would like to see a lot more of these two in the ring, and this match would have not been hurt by having another three or four minutes added onto it. I'm sensing that Kendrick will still be involved with these two and it leads to the creation of the London and Kendrick tag team, and they can still be competitive in the Cruiserweight division though.

This was really strong stuff here, and I think in the next few weeks a different side to RVD is going to come out; which is brilliant. This was really good here showing the torn emotions from RVD, he is totally obsessed with the whole situation, and I can't wait to see how this whole thing affects his relationship with Rey. Good segment and I'm wondering who that guy was?

LASH! I know some people don't like Lashley but I'm a real big fan of his and I did enjoy watching him just tear through the entire Smackdown roster for months on end. His match with Masters last week was a tough challenge, and getting the win here over Jordan (Former US Champ) is another big step for him to climb up the card. The post-match attack from JBL was good, and it showed that Lashley is in fact human after all, and I wouldn't mind seeing these two mix it up at Summerslam in what will be a huge match for both guys. I know that if they do, Lashley will win, but I can't see what is next for JBL after Summerslam.

Probably one of the best vignettes ever! I like that Cryme Tyme are headed to Smackdown; the Raw tag team division is a little clustered at the moment. These two are going to be great for a feud with MNM for the titles which I can't wait to see.

Looked like Hardy was going to carry on his momentum and pick up another win against Rhyno, but Carlito and Booker's involvement at some stage was kind of predictable. HOLLA HOLLA! Vintage Teddy Long and a TAG TEAM MATCH PLAYA! Huge score for Carlito, and it was important that he picked up the win here, and it being over Hardy means that he now has that legitimate claim for the US Championship. I think Summerslam is the right stage for this match! Booker and Rhyno continue fighting, and I don't know how this one is going to end; but it seems like this feud has been going on for a while, and you might struggle to keep it fresh the longer it goes.

JBL wanting to get back into the WWE Championship picture is obvious but I think this programme with Lashley means that he is going the complete opposite way. Good interview though

So many things being left out in the open! A lot of questions emerged from that small RVD segment and I hope we get some answers soon.

A big win for the Pitbulls, and this feud may be close to being put to rest now, but with heel tag team champions, a Mexicools win might have made a little bit more sense. I'm always a fan of the lower card feuds and this one has been booked very well.

DAT KURT ANGLE! Brilliant way to add a lot more heat to this feud with Kurt attacking here and this is a big match and with the short space of time to build it this was a good way to advance it quickly; very good booking.

The whole ending to the show was good; albeit very predictable. Big exposure for Masters which is good, just having a match with Taker is a privilege. Good promo from Orton but I'm afraid I already knew that he was going to attack Taker from behind. Even so, it was a smart booking decision and it makes Orton look like a threat going into Summerslam, and I do think he will get the win there setting up for the rubber match at Survivor Series.

Another highly entertaining show, and you did great advancing everything here as well as creating new angles and routes to go down in most of your storylines. Your Summerslam is going to be big and highly anticipated, and I can't wait. Good jog, mate
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Wow, what an open to the show this was! The commentary that Cole and Tazz provide is excellent here I might add. Cole should definitely just go back to his old self because he's definitely one of the better commentators WWE has. As for the segment, I loved it! Although Cena sounded a bit heel here because of his “Not afraid of anyone” mumbo jumbo, but you can definitely feel the intensity in Cena's voice here during the promo. The response by Angle was just as good as well. Not only can Angle go in that ring, but he can talk good so he's definitely a fun character to write for. Not really feeling that they'd make this match on their own, definitely feel that someone would've made it more official. But still, a great way to open the show!

I've always been a fan of both The Hurricane and Gregory Helms. The Hurricane was just awesome and back when people were guessing that Helms was Hurricane was pretty funny to me and I enjoyed it. But with him being Gregory Helms it gives him that extra dimension where not only is he a great competitor but now people can take him seriously. Aligning himself with Chavo is a great idea as both men could be a credible tag team. Gotta agree with TWG that we might be seeing the birth of the Hooliganz quite soon and I can't wait for that.

This segment with RVD, Rey, and Teddy was an interesting one. I don't know why RVD would be this upset though. I would've had him just go out there and perform well for another shot at the tag titles with Rey. But due to this segment, I can smell a heel turn for RVD which wouldn't be bad. Haven't exactly seen him as a heel in anyone's thread, looking forward to this one.

Lashley is definitely a physical specimen but I'm not his biggest fan. This was a huge statement made by JBL. After losing his title to Cena, I think this is the perfect way to use JBL, putting over the potential young main eventers on Smackdown. However, I do think JBL has on more reign in him before getting rid of him completely whether you use him as a commentator or a GM or whatever. But this feud will definitely be something to watch.

Love this video package of Cryme Tyme. They're definitely a good tag team, but please don't screw it up like WWE did. They're very talented and would be a nice addition to the tag team division. You got the powerhouse in Shad and the athletic one in JTG, awesome team with an awesome gimmick.

Maybe this feud has gone long enough but Carlito should definitely be the one coming out on top. I think Carlito has a great chance to main event but he belongs in the midcard right now. Good match between the four here but again, Carlito HAS to come out on top of this one. The midcard scene on Smackdown is quite good actually compared to the midcard in the WWE these days.

Good promo here by JBL. Definitely think he won't be near the WWE Title anywhere soon since he'll be used to put over some younger talent, and that's alright with me.

Another excellent promo here and I was just predicting that Kurt would ambush him from behind. Good booking here for sure as you add more to this already heated feud. Although maybe Cena could have fought back a little then have Kurt really do a number on him, but nonetheless, it was a good segment between the two. They've been on fire since the start of the night!

Wow, defintely a promo heavy show but this segment really takes it for me. I like how you have Orton playing the mind games here instead of 'Taker but we'll definitely see 'Taker get some revenge from that, probably even better than this segment. Not much to say about Masters, but he had a good showing against 'Taker. A really good ending to Smackdown, much better than RAW, I believe.

Overall, a really good show. I don't usually like promo heavy shows but this was just excellent. I definitely think that Cena vs. Angle should close out Summerslam since I know it'll be a spectacular event. You provided some good matches and delivered on the big events like Orton/'Taker and Cena/Angle. Kudos to you man, keep on truckin'.

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A real solid opening here, with a rather definitive shift in Cena’s attitude and demeanour . And you very much got across the point with regards to Cena’s annoyance at what’s been said about him recently. I didn’t think Cena calling Angle ‘champ’ was warranted, or made a whole lot of sense either, but that’s only a small thing. As for Angle, again it was all fine, the calling of Cena on his words and claims was a nice contrast, as was Angle pointing out that he and Cena have yet to face one on one. Typical heelish stuff from Kurt, and I always prefer to see a heel actually speak with logic and facts to back up his argument. I perhaps felt that things ended rather suddenly, I’d have liked one more line or two from both men after the “You’re on!” comment, but really, for an opening that sets up a huge SummerSlam match, this was pretty much spot on.

Definitely the right choice to reinvent Helms. Gregory > Hurricane by a mile. While it was always a cert that he would win, I was surprised to read how much of the action Kendrick got. Certainly a lot of near falls that Helms had to survive, and I’d have thought Helms would have dominated. But yeah, Helms got the win, rather cleanly, so again, no complaints here. Interesting to see how Helms and Chavo continue to develop as a partnership.

While the intrigue and mystery of this segment was certainly interesting, I’m rather taken aback at how vocal Van Dam was. Obviously tension is starting to build between Van Dam and Mysterio, but for ‘RVD’ to be in such disbelief is really rather startling. I’d be amazed if you took Van Dam heel, as I don’t think I’ve seen that in these parts before, so while I think it’d be a risk, it’d certainly be fascinating to read. But yeah, looking purely at this segment, it was certainly a strong character shown from Van Dam, but just who will be revealed as MNM’s mystery man?

Lashley beating JBL’s lackey is the obvious booking deicison, and Lashley looked rather strong in doing so. The post match action is what matters though, and again, it was a smart decision to have ‘JBL’ garner some heat with a beatdown. Not really a whole lot say on all this, it was all logical and nicely written. I’m gonna assume Lashley/’JBL’ is being built up for a SummerSlam showdown?

what on earth... that was actually pretty funny. I’m not a big fan of Cryme Tyme, I never really saw any appeal in either guy as wrestlers, but hopefully a few more comedy promos and I’ll be interested in your version of them. Certainly a good one right here

I’m always a fan of these kinda impromptu tag matches, and it was nicely brought about with Hardy looking pretty good prior to the interruptions. And of course, it’s trademark Teddy to make these types of decisions. As for the tag team match, the result surprised me, as I thought that as the victim of the attack, Matt would get revenge by leading his team to victory. But then again, it’s a smart booking decision to give ‘Lito the win, and I’m sure this puts him firmly in place for a shot at Hardy and the gold. So again no real complaints, it was all set up and executed well, and again it made sense for moving forward. The midcard on SmackDown is certainly interesting given these four are playing such a major part in it.

Very strong promo here from ‘JBL’, you had the character down pretty well. I certainly can’t see him anywhere near the WWE Championship any time soon, but I definitely think having Lashley go over against him would do wonders for Lashley’s career. But yeah, promo was spot on, all the required ‘JBL’-isms were there, nothing to complain about here.

Wow, how intriguing was this? Van Dam’s character had certainly mellowed from earlier, but I guess the intrigue and mystery stepped up a notch, so in that regards this worked. But yeah, I’d be more careful with the dropping of Van Dam’s character. It was perhaps too much too soon, I’d have wanted a bit more anger from him here to fully represent his feelings from earlier.

Solid win for the Pitbulls, and the match seemed to be pretty solid. The results is perhaps a tad surprising though, as the Mexicools could have used the win to position themselves better for a shot at MNM given the fact it seems Mysterio and Van Dam’s chance has came and went. But looking at this match for what it was, the action was fine and I’m always a fan of the tiger driver.

Ha, what a dickish thing for Angle to do. Set against him leaving the ring earlier, this is a beautiful bit of booking. Wasn’t particularly brutal or anything, but it just fit so well given what we seen earlier in the night. Not a whole lot to comment on, but it was a small thing that just set off the night’s progression of the feud.

It’s now that I’ve read the main event that I realise that the action in the show was perhaps lacking a tad tonight. Undertaker/Masters isn’t really a main event match, and the result was never in doubt. Although I’m glad my previous comments regarding giving Masters a strong performance came through, as he didn’t look any worse for wear for the defeat. As for the post match, Orton definitely needed to get one up on Taker, so I’m glad he did. It was all set up very nicely, another smart booking decision that sets Orton up for victory in the big rematch imo.

Overall, a very solid show. There was nothing spectacular or anything that stood out in particular, it was all just very smart, and there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever. Sometimes you just need to do the smart thing and book by the numbers to advance feuds, and that’s what this was. Maybe there was too many promos and not enough action, but overall, it was a fine show that kept you ticking along nicely towards SummerSlam. Can’t fault it man, aside from the few things I pointed out, so good job, and I’ll be back to read Raw.
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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview- 8/5/05- New Haven, Connecticut

There are just TWO more editions of Monday Night Raw until the biggest party of the summer comes a calling, Summerslam!! Tonight the stars of Raw head to Connecticut with a HUGE main event in store!

Last week saw the return to Raw of Ric Flair as the Nature Boy came to the aid of his long time friend Arn Anderson. Double A was defeated by Christian and was set to be dealt a devastating post match ambush only for Flair to come down and even the odds, sending a message to Captain Charisma. Tonight he will look to do the exact same thing as he steps into the ring on Raw for potentially the last time where he will take on one of Christian’s long time friends, the current Money in the Bank holder, Edge. Edge has had issues of his own lately with Y2J Chris Jericho, including a backstage brawl that set Raw alight last week. Who will walk out of Connecticut the victor in this mammoth showdown? And what role if any will their respective rivals play in the outcome?

Also tonight we have learned that Eric Bischoff will publicly address Shawn Michaels following the Showstopper’s actions last week. The General Manager’s Personal Employee called out the World Champion last week as both men laid their feelings toward one another out on the table. As it looked like the two were set to come to blows, out came the number one contender Kane only for Michaels to shockingly deliver some Sweet Chin Music to the Big Red Machine. Eric Bischoff will certainly not have taken kindly to that and will kick off the show with punishment surely in mind. Will Michaels have to accept his fate? Will the champion and challenger play their parts in this ongoing saga?

Another big time match has been signed for this week as the entire Arabian Entity will team up to take on the World’s Greatest Tag Team and the World Tag Team Champions, The Dudley Boyz in eight man tag team action. This kind of match will no doubt help the Dudleyz as well as Sonjay Dutt and Daivari for what’s in store come Summerslam but what will this do for Muhammad Hassan and Shelton Benjamin as we draw ever closer to their Intercontinental title showdown? It’s certainly a chance for Benjamin but also for his partner Charlie Haas who will no doubt wanna impress Shelton and prove why they should be chasing the Dudleyz gold and not Hassan’s.

The Basham Brothers will also be in action as they taken on the Platform to Perfection. These two teams will be involved alongside the Dudleyz and the Entity at Summerslam with tonight being the perfect chance to make their mark. Who will make the most of this opportunity here in New Haven?

Plus, after an impressive debut last week Mr.Kennedy will once again look to prove why he is the ‘Game Changer’ of the WWE. Will Kennedy make his mark once more? Or is the arrogant Wisconsin resident simply a one hit wonder?

Find out all this and more LIVE on Monday Night Raw!!


Confirmed for tonight’s show:

Eric Bischoff will address Shawn Michaels;

Edge vs. Ric Flair

The Arabian Entity vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team and The Dudley Boyz

The Basham Brothers vs. The Platform to Perfection

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Mr.Kennedy will be in action
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WWE Monday Night Raw- 8/8/05- New Haven, Connecticut


We kick off the show with a video package, highlighting two weeks ago when Shawn Michaels shockingly delivered some Sweet Chin Music to Batista. We then fast forward to last week and the hyped showdown between the Animal and the Special Guest Referee for his title defence against Kane, Shawn Michaels. We get a few lines from the promo and HBK’s reasoning for his SCM on the champion before Batista makes his way down and these two get set to go at it before BOOM, Kane makes his way down and the Big Red Machine goes to blows with Batista, HBK an onlooker as Kane looks set to do some damage but BANG! Michaels delivers Sweet Chin Music to Kane. The package ends with HBK telling Batista he was ‘this close’ and ‘I coulda Dave, I coulda’ with HBK and Tista staring down one another.

We then go to the opening video but no pyro this week as instead we get silence as we head into the arena before…

‘I’m Back’


It’s rousing heat as Raw’s General Manager makes his way out, Eric Bischoff not looking to be in a very pleasant mood here this evening.

Jim Ross: Welcome ladies and gentleman to Monday Night Raw, Jim Ross joined as ever by Jonathan Coachman and we are kicking things off with the boss!!

The Coach: And he don’t look in too good a mood J.R but I don’t blame him. What Shawn Michaels did last week to Kane, what he didn’t do to Batista, he let down our General Manager last week J.R, he went against our General Manager and I damn sure hope Eric Bischoff makes him pay.

Jim Ross: Shawn Michaels stood up for himself last week and if that’s something to be punished for then that just isn’t right Coach, you and I both know it. Shawn Michaels shouldn’t have to be put in the positions he’s been put in and at Summerslam he needs to call it down the middle, NOT do Eric Bischoff’s dirty work.

The Coach: Woah, woah, woah cowboy, slow down there. Shawn Michaels is Eric Bischoff’s ‘Personal Employee’. He works specifically for that man there and if he goes against him, if he goes against his wishes then he loses his job, he loses everything. Eric Bischoff can click his fingers and Shawn Michaels had better come calling.

Bischoff now has a mic, scowling as the crowd continue to boo the mischievous GM here
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Eric Bischoff: Alright let me cut to the chase here tonight because quite frankly I’m not in the mood. Last week Shawn Mich-

‘You Suck’, ‘You Suck’

Eric Bischoff: Last week Shawn Michaels came down to this ring with my permis-

‘You Suck’ chants continue and stop the GM in his tracks with Bischoff now looking seriously pissed off.

Eric Bischoff: You people…you people need to SHUT YOUR MOUTHS!! I can have each and every single one of you REMOVED FROM THIS ARENA!! Oh I can make it happen and there ain’t a DAMN THING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!!

Huge heat for Bischoff here who calms himself down now.

Eric Bischoff: So where was I? Last week Shawn Michaels came down to this ring with my permission to confront Dave Batista. Now two weeks ago Shawn Michaels made his first real step towards the Eric Bischoff way, he made that step when he delivered some Sweet Chin Music to Batista.

Boos for that.

Eric Bischoff: When that happened I thought Shawn had taken that first step forward but last week when he came down to this ring to face up to Batista, he took two steps back. I held out hope, really I did. When Shawn had finished his little speech, Batista walked down that ramp and it looked like it was gonna happen, it looked like Shawn was gonna kick Batista’s teeth down his throat again.

Bischoff looks bitterly disappointed here.

Eric Bischoff: But then? Then Kane came down and I thought wow, this is about to get real interesting. Shawn Michaels, a man I despise, a man who has put me through sheer HELL the last few months was gonna join forces with this…this monster Kane. They were gonna dismantle another guy who has tried to take it to me, who has tried to bully his own boss, they were gonna dismantle Batista. Two on one, Batista was about to get his ass kicked all over Detroit, he wasn’t even gonna make it to Summerslam but uh, that, that didn’t happen did it?

Bischoff shakes his head in disappointment.

Eric Bischoff: No instead Kane and Batista go at it while Shawn just…he just stands there. Shawn just stands there, watching, not doing anything at all. I was sitting backstage watching and I was waiting, willing, urging Shawn on to do the right thing and then, then he finally makes his move, the move I’d been waiting for, the move we’d all been waiting for, he stands back, takes one step, Sweet Chin Music to…to…to Kane? To Kane?

Pop for that.

Eric Bischoff: That was NOT part of the plan. Shawn knew, he knew all too well that he was under NO circumstances to do anything to Kane, his only objective last week was to tell Dave Batista how it is and when all was said and done, kick his teeth down his throat... one more time. So congratulations Shawn, really, you went against my wishes, you went against my demands and you know as your boss, with you being my ‘Personal Employee’ and all, you're really startin' to push me now.

Bischoff now sblacks a little.

Eric Bischoff: So Shawn, how about you come on down to this ring and just like last week, we do the ‘right thing’?

Bischoff plays his hand very sarcastically before waiting for the arrival of the Showstopper.

Nothing…


‘I Walk Alone’


It’s a surprised reaction that comes across the face of Eric Bischoff and it’s a surprising reaction from the crowd also which soon turns into a nice pop as the Animal, the World Champion, Batista heads down to the ring, suited and booted, title draped over his shoulder, an angry look on his face as he eyes up the GM.

Jim Ross: Well that is NOT Shawn Michaels, that is the World Heavyweight Champion Batista and Coach I don’t think either he or Eric Bischoff are gonna happy seeing each other here tonight.

The Coach: You’re damn right they’re not, I know Eric Bischoff was wanting Shawn Michaels but J.R, I think Batista wants the same thing too! HBK’s bitten off more than he can chew, he’s got the boss, he’s got the Animal and he’s got the Big Red Machine all on his tail, if I were Shawn Michaels I’d be a worried man right about now.

Batista takes a mic with Bischoff still scowling, looking unhappy with the arrival of the Animal on the scene.

Eric Bischoff: What the hell are you doing out here huh? I don’t need you down here, I don’t want you down here. I asked for Shawn Mi…

Batista: Hold on just a second there Eric. I know, I know, I’m not Shawn Michaels, I’m not who you wanted to see but for the very first time I actually want the same thing that you do and that’s why I’m down here.

Bischoff looks a little confused.

Batista: I want Shawn Michaels and I want him tonight.

Nice pop for that.

Eric Bischoff: You want Shawn Michaels, I want Shawn Michaels, hell I’m sure Kane probably wants Shawn Michaels too but I can’t just give everybody what they want. My priority around here is to make sure this show runs smoothly, to make sure this show runs the way I want it to run and while you have that World Title, that just ain’t gonna happen.

Batista laughs to himself as the crowd boos.

Eric Bischoff: I need that World Title on somebody who understands the Eric Bischoff way, somebody who doesn’t go against me, somebody who’s their own man and that is most definitely not you. At Summerslam I need you to lose that World title and I need Kane to win that World title.

More boos for the GM’s clear bias here.

Eric Bischoff: And as much as I can’t stand Shawn Michaels, as much crap as he’s put me through including last week, I know, I know that he can play a huge role in that dream becoming reality.

Batista: Look I get it, you don’t want me holding this championship. You don’t want me anywhere near this championship but Eric, you don’t quite get it do you? No matter what you throw in my way, no matter how much you try and keep me down, no matter how many times you try and take me out, fact of the matter is, I’m not goin’ anywhere.

Nice pop for the Animal here.

Batista: I’m not goin’ anywhere for a long, long time and I plan on makin’ sure the World Heavyweight Championship does the same. You can throw Kane at me, you can throw Shawn Michaels into things but it just doesn’t matter because when all’s said and done, I will walk into Summerslam the World Heavyweight Champion and I will walk out of Summerslam STILL the World…Heavyweight…Champion.

Batista gets in Bischoff’s face now.

Eric Bischoff: Tough talk Dave, really tough talk but like I said, at Summerslam Shawn Michaels could very well play a big, big role in you losing that title which is why I just…I just can’t allow, I can’t afford for you to get your hands on him here tonight, I can’t allow Kane to do so either. Shawn Michaels, hey he WILL be reprimanded here tonight but Dave, he’s still valuable to me, he’s still got a lot to offer me which is why you will be going nowhere near the Heartbreak Kid. Not tonight, not at all until we head to Washington D.C.

Batista grits his teeth here, looking pissed at the decision.

Batista: That’s the way you wanna play it huh? Well I guess there’s nothing I can do right?

Bischoff seems to mouth ‘Right’ as he smirks and Batista looks around the crowd.

Batista: Wrong. If I can’t get to Shawn Michaels here tonight, if I can’t get my hands on your own ‘Personal Employee’, then I’m gonna get my hands…on the employer.

Ohhhhh. Bischoff suddenly gulps as the crowd realises what he means by that.

Eric Bischoff: Dave, Dave look you don’t wanna do that. Really I mean, please, please, DAVE, NO!!

Bischoff begins shouting as Batista inches ever closer towards him…

‘BOOOOOOOM’


‘Slow Chemical’


But he immediately takes his eyes off of Bischoff as we hear the music of the Big Red Machine, the Number One Contender Kane as he steps out the curtain and down the ramp, Batista looks on inside the ring, waiting, stalking, poised for Kane to step into the ring. Batista mouths ‘Come on’, urging Kane in and the Devil’s Favourite Demon appears to be set to oblige.

The camera angle then shifts however and we see Eric Bischoff drop to his knees and LOW BLOWS BATISTA!!! BISCHOFF WITH A LOW BLOW!!

Jim Ross: WHAT THE HELL?!? What the hell is that for?! Eric Bischoff just low blowed the World Champion!! And now…and now Kane has easy pickings!!

The Coach: Ha ha!! J.R. this man is just a genius, plain and simple. Batista’s been warned!! Time and again, do NOT cross the boss.

Kane now steps in the ring as Bischoff can’t quite wipe the smile off his face, Kane neither as Kane scoops the Animal up to his feet. Kane nails him with a right hand, followed by another, Irish Whip by the monster as Batista rebounds, HAND AROUND THE THROAT, CHOKESLAM!! CHOKESLAM WITH AUTHORITY!! Batista is completely floored as the number one contender sends an emphatic statement to the World Champion.

Jim Ross: Kane just showing sheer dominance here tonight. An emphatic choke slam, straight to hell for the World Champion and the Big Red Machine along with that…that weasel Eric Bischoff have made their points here tonight.

The Coach: Hey who are you callin’ a weasel? Eric Bischoff is no weasel J.R, Eric Bischoff is a genius and Kane? Well Kane is just a freakin’ monster and come Summerslam he’s gonna be the NEW World Heavyweight Champion. Batista’s days are numbered!

We see Kane backing up the ramp with that twisted smile across his face, delighted with his work there as we see Batista begin to open his eyes, looking a little shocked at first before that shock turns to anger as looks ready to blow a gasket, sitting up and immediately laying eyes on the Big Red Machine before diverting his attentions to Eric Bischoff who wanders around the ring and up the ramp, waving sarcastically to the fallen champion.

Commercials


We return from the break and immediately hear…

‘Arab America’


It’s heat instantly as the familiar theme of the Arabian Entity hits and out steps their leader, the Intercontiental Champion Muhammad Hassan followed by the remaining three members, Sonjay Dutt, Daivari and the giant that is The Great Khali.

Jim Ross: Well two weeks ago Muhammad Hassan due to the consequences suffered one of the worst nights to date in his WWE career as he was once again defeated by Charlie Haas. Those consequences? He must now put that Intercontinental title on the line at Summerslam against Shelton Benjamin!

The Coach: I’m still not worried J.R. Hassan’s beaten Shelton on more than one occasion and when it matters most, Hassan will do it again. Sure Charlie Haas has beaten him, so what? Haas beat him in a non title match J.R. Let me reiterate Charlie Haas has beaten him, NOT Shelton Benjamin.

Jim Ross: We shall certainly find out as Summerslam rolls ever closer but tonight a big eight man tag team match up as the entire Entity come together in a bid to take down their rivals.

‘Yeah We’re Comin’ Down’


It’s a pretty rousing response as out step the World Tag Team Champions, the Dudley Boyz, looking ready and raring to go here.

Jim Ross: Speaking of which! The Dudley Boyz have it all to do come Summerslam as they must team with the Basham Brothers to take on two of their opponents here tonight, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari as well as Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth in an eight man tag team contest, a contest they MUST win in order to determine their next challengers. The Dudleyz don’t win, they don’t score the winning pinfall and that fate goes to the winning team. Big time stakes come Summerslam.

The Coach: Big time stakes for sure J.R and it’s gonna be the night where the fall of the Dudleyz begins. Be it the Entity, be it the Platform to Perfection, hell even the Basham Brothers, one of em’s gonna win it at Summerslam and one of ‘em is gonna go on to become the next Tag Team Champions.

‘Heroes'


It’s a very nice pop that greets the music of the World’s Greatest Tag Team as down come Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, both looking in pretty buoyant mood.

Jim Ross: Two men here Coach who are the very best of friends, however they’ve got different agendas right now.

The Coach: Absolutely and it’s gonna tear ‘em apart. Charlie Haas wants tag team glory, Shelton Benjamin only has eyes for the Intercontinental Championship, a championship that without Charlie Haas’ help, he wouldn’t even have a shot at winning. Benjamin’s selfish J.R and if I were Charlie Haas I’d be seriously regretting winning that match two weeks ago.

Jim Ross: Oh come on Coach, you can’t blame Shelton Benjamin for wanting the Intercontinental title, he’s been screwed time and again out of it. Tonight though IS a chance for Charlie Haas to maybe prove a point, prove to Shelton Benjamin that they are still the World’s Greatest Tag Team, that they are perhaps better off chasing tag team gold. I don’t personally believe that but we may find out first hand tonight.

The Coach: Charlie Haas is better off alone, that’s my opinion cowboy. This man should be the one facing Muhammad Hassan at Summerslam, not Shelton Benjamin.

Match One: Eight Man Tag Team Match

The Arabian Entity vs. The Dudley Boyz and The World’s Greatest Tag Team

Charlie Haas kicks this thing off whilst Daivari opts to start things out for the Entity and the two men immediately lock up but Haas takes the initiative and applies a side headlock, Daivari though shoves Haas away, the WGTT member rebounding and knocking Daivari down with a shoulder block. Haas continues to keep the pressure up, working over Daivari with a series of holds followed by several stern kicks to the fallen Arab before finally bringing Daivari to his feet, whipping him over to his team’s corner and bringing D-Von Dudley into the match. D-Von is quickly in and hammers away with right hands, Daivari stuck in the corner as D-Von pounds away with some stiff elbows now before dragging Daivari away and he scoops the Cruiserweight up high, suplex incoming but Daivari rolls out the back and drops D-Von with a reverse DDT!! Beautiful stuff by Daivari but he struggles to go for the cover and instead crawls towards his corner looking for a tag. Daivari reaches out and here comes Sonjay Dutt!

D-Von is to his knees as Dutt hops over the top rope and runs the ropes before taking D-Von back down with a low angle dropkick!! D-Von is floored as Dutt crawls into a cover, 1...2...kick out at two from one half of the tag champs. Dutt then works over D-Von, crashing down on him with several jumping elbows before bringing D-Von up and smashing him with several devastating kicks before finally taking D-Von down with a spinning heel kick! Dutt again goes for a cover, 1...2...kick out once again at two from D-Von as he struggles to get back into this contest.

Dutt continues taking it to D-Von, knocking the veteran down again following an Irish whip, the point of his elbow taking his opponent down before Dutt decides to head up high here, potentially looking to finish this thing. Dutt steadies himself on the apron as the anticipation rises in the arena and Dutt soars off the top, MOONSAULT!! NOBODY HOME!! D-Von rolls out of harm’s way and towards his corner, a turning point perhaps here as D-Von heads over, looking on are his partner Bubba as well as the outstretched arms of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Dutt meanwhile is in some discomfort on the mat but begins to try and crawl to his knees as D-Von makes the tag and here comes Bubba Ray!!

Bubba immediately grabs Dutt and tosses him like a rag doll into the corner where the infamous Bubba jabs begin, the 300 plus pounder’s power looking all too much for Dutt here as Bubba now whips him from one corner to another and Bubba comes charging and SPLASHES right into Dutt!! All the air is knocked from his sails as Bubba immediately scoops Dutt up once more before dropping him again with a nice side slam. Dutt is down, Bubba into the cover, 1...2...kick out at two. Bubba looks a tad disappointed as he runs the ropes before slowly trudging towards Dutt and methodically dropping an elbow!! DUTT MOVES!! Dutt gets out of dodge and Bubba crashes to the mat, catching his elbow quite awkwardly as Dutt senses a chance now. Dutt uses the ropes to drag himself up as Bubba does so with one arm and he’s caught with a kick to the mid section and again, Dutt now runs the ropes as Bubba swings but Dutt ducks underneath, Bubba turns around and Dutt throws another kick, Bubba catches it but DUTT WITH AN ENZIGURI!! Bubba is down as Dutt crawls towards his corner, desperate to get out of this one and he tags in Khali!!

The seven foot three inch monster bounds over the top rope as Bubba gets to his feet and realises the giant awaits him, a nervous look across his face as Bubba decides fuck it and heads right for Khali but he’s immediately sent tumbling with a devastating chop!! Khali strolls around the ring like he owns the place as he picks Bubba to his feet with ease before whipping Bubba across the ring, Bubba rebounding into a thunderous big boot!! The crowd all wince as Bubba’s head is almost taken off here and Khali drops down to a cover, 1...2...D-VON BREAKS THE COUNT!! D-Von breaks the count, kicking Khali but Daivari storms into the ring and begins taking it to D-Von!! Chaos ensuing as Daivari and D-Von begin a fist fight and we see Muhammad Hassan send Sonjay Dutt in there!! Dutt joins the assault on D-Von as the two double team the champion, double Irish whip before a clothesline up and over but the pair turn around RIGHT INTO A DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE FROM CHARLIE HAAS!! Haas takes both men up and out of the ring, joining D-Von on the outside!! Haas turns around, BAM!! Khali floors Haas with a devastating chop to the skull!!

Khali then turns his attentions back inside the ring as Bubba begins to stir but we see Muhammad Hassan desperate for a tag, calling his partner to bring him into this thing and Khali begrudgingly heads over. Khali tags his leader in and Hassan charges in, stalking his prey as he lines up Bubba, the champion to his feet, REVERSE STO!! NO!! BUBBA FIGHTS BACK!! Bubba with sharp elbows as Hassan can’t quite connect and Bubba turns around right into a back body drop but Hassan lands on his feet!! Bubba spins round right into an Irish whip as BENJAMIN MAKES A BLIND TAG!! Bubba rebounds and Hassan drops Bubba with a fall away slam!! Cover by Hassan but the referee doesn’t count!! The referee doesn’t count as he tells Hassan Bubba isn’t the legal man as Hassan turns around right into the waiting Benjamin!!

Benjamin hammers away at Hassan with stiff right hands, getting him some on the man he meets at Summerslam!! Benjamin now with an Irish whip as Hassan rebounds, kick to the gut, T-Bone Suplex!! NO!! Hassan fights out of it and nails Benjamin with an uppercut, Hassan now with an Irish whip, the pace building here as Benjamin rebounds, Hassan with a clothesline attempt but Benjamin ducks underneath it and CHARGES AT KHALI!! BENJAMIN KNOCKS KHALI OFF THE APRON!! WOW!! The seven footer is floored as Benjamin lets out a roar but he’s rolled up from behind!!! HASSAN WITH THE ROLL UP!! 1...2...HE GOT HIM!! HASSAN STEALS IT!!


Winners: The Arabian Entity(9:04)


Hassan beats his bitter rival as he exit’s the ring to jubilant scenes!! Hassan immediately brings Dutt and Daivari to their feet, dragging them towards the ramp where the trio pick Khali to his feet and head back up the ramp, beaten and bruised but victorious here tonight as we see Bubba and D-Von both down and in some discomfort before a shocked Shelton Benjamin realises what occurred and Charlie Haas looks on from the outside at his defeated partner.

The Coach: Get a real good look at that picture J.R cos Summerslam this is exactly what we’re gonna see, the Arabian Entity standing tall!

Jim Ross: Don’t jump the gun Coach. Muhammad Hassan has it all to do come August 21st, Sonjay Dutt and Daivari have it all to do and I’m betting that Shelton Benjamin and the Dudley Boyz will have a thing or two to say about it.

The Coach: One thing, two things, ten things it doesn’t matter. Muhammad Hassan will walk outta Washington D.C still the Intercontinental Champion and Charlie Haas is gonna be proved right. While we’re gonna have new number one contenders for the World Tag Team titles and Sonjay Dutt and Daivari right now are my pick.

We see the Entity at the top of the stage as they all lock hands and raise their arms in victory, Hassan delivering a sinister glare back in the direction of Shelton Benjamin who is inside the ring, snarling right back at the champion, clearly desperately disappointed at defeat here tonight.

We then cut away backstage where we see Todd Grisham standing by ready for his first duty of the evening
.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, the man who at Summerslam will face Edge for the Money in the Bank contract, Chris Jericho.

Jericho appears into shot, greeted with a nice pop from the crowd. Jericho is sporting his usual attire worn down ringside and cuts a wry smile as Grisham introduces him.

Todd Grisham: Chris things between you and Edge have become more and more heated in recent weeks with last week’s tag team match ending in both of you brawling backstage, having to be separated by officials. Can you describe to us exactly what you’re feeling towards Edge right now?

Chris Jericho: How do I feel towards Edge? Hmmm, good question Rod.

Todd Grisham: Todd.

Chris Jericho: Whatever.

A few laughs as Jericho strokes his chin contemplating his response.

Chris Jericho: Y’know what, the more and more I think about it the more I seem to feel…I seem to feel sorry for Edge. Now I know that might sound strange to a whole lotta people but I do because Edge is desperate. He’s desperate to prove a point, both to me and to everybody in the back.

Jericho nods as he continues.

Chris Jericho: He wants to prove that he’s as good as he seems to believe. Infact, I’ll go one better and say that he needs to prove that he’s good as he believes. He needs to prove it to himself, and hey I know I speak for a ton of people when I say he DEFINITELY needs to prove to everybody else he’s as good as he really believes.

Nice pop for that.

Chris Jericho: See Edge seems to think he’s got a God given right to stroll around here as though he’s this big star. He seems to think that his Money in the Bank contract makes him out to be, well, to be almost untouchable but that? Junior, that couldn’t be any further from the truth.

Jericho smiles to himself before carrying on.

Chris Jericho: Edge’s desperation? It’s gonna be his downfall. That Money in the Bank contract doesn’t make him a star, it doesn’t make him untouchable, it makes him vulnerable, it makes him a target. Edge knows that he’s got that target on his back and he’s scared, believe me. Edge is scared at the thought of that contract being taken away from him. He’s said it over and over and over again, that’s his ticket to the top, well where does he go without that huh? I’ll tell you exactly where he goes without it…nowhere.

Pop for that.

Chris Jericho: Without that contract, without that little briefcase, Edge will always be stuck in the shadows, stuck in the background and come Summerslam I plan on making sure that comes true when I beat him and I take home the Money in the Bank contract. So yeah, I feel sorry for Edge, he’s trying to put on a brave face, he’s trying to act like he’s the man around here, like he’s the tough guy but I can promise you, deep down all Edge really is, all Edge remains is the Chris Jericho wannabe that we all know he is and come Summerslam, Edge’s fear of failure, Edge’s fear of not reaching the very top of the mountain, those fears? Those fears WILL become reality.

Nice pop again for Y2J who heads off, a fierce look across his face as we head back ringside and join J.R and Coach.

‘LoveFuryPassionEnergy’


It’s a nice pop that greets the music of the Daredevil Diva herself, Lita who bursts out onto the stage full of energy set for action
.

Jim Ross: Well it has been a heck of a ride for Lita since she returned to Monday Night Raw, staking her claim for the Women’s Championship and tonight is another chance for her to take a step in that direction. Folks stay tuned when we return, it’ll be Lita going one on one with Christy Hemme!

Commercials


We return to Raw and Lita’s opponent for tonight Christy Hemme is just setting foot in the ring and we’re all set for this Divas action.

Match Two: Singles Match

Lita vs. Christy Hemme

Lita looks very aggressive from the get go, no messing around from the Daredevil Diva here tonight as she takes it straight to Christy with the fiery red head having no answer to the former Women’s onslaught. Lita works over Christy with several stern right hands before an array of stomps in the corner as Christy tries to fight back but her efforts are in vain as Lita clubs her with a big time clothesline into the corner.

Lita continues to dominate, taking Christy down with several variations of slams before a leg drop c...hes Christy across the throat. Christy finally begins to show some hope as Lita whips her across the ropes, rebounds and Lita swings but Christy runs through and Lita spins around right into a flying shoulder block as Christy scrambles into a cover but it’s a kick out at one and a half.

Christy can’t build on that momentum though as she brings Lita to her feet and is immediately met with a strong right. Lita then keeps up the pressure, riling up the crowd in the process as she stakes her clami to the Women’s Championship in a BIG way here, finally nailing Christy with a Twist of Fate!! Cover by Lita, 1...2...3...mightily impressive win from Lita
.

Winner: Lita(3:26)


Jim Ross: Surely by now Coach, SURELY Lita has done enough to earn a Women’s Championship opportunity. Impressive showing once again from the Daredevil Diva.

The Coach: She’ll never be able to do enough to take on Victoria. Our champion is too strong, she’s too good for anybody in the Women’s division, Lita included so no is the answer to your question and no’s the way it’s gonna stay.

Lita now has a mic, breathing a little heavy as she gets set to make an address here.

Lita: Victoria, I think I’ve proved my point by now don’t you? I mean I’ve come out here week after week and I have WON week after week. If that’s not proving myself then I don’t know what is.

Little pop there.

Lita: So why don’t you come down to this ring and give me exactly what I want? Give me the words I wanna hear, give me a shot…at the Women’s Championship.

Lita await’s a response as the crowd are a little anxious awaiting Victoria’s arrival.

‘I ain’t a lady to mess with’


Lita nods her head as Victoria’s music hits and she receives exactly what she wanted as out comes the Women’s Champion, smirking quite sinisterly as we wonder what her answer will be.

Victoria: Lita you uh…you just don’t understand do you? I asked you to earn a shot at this title, I asked you to prove yourself worthy of facing me, to go out and impress me. Well allow me to let you in on a little something, it takes a LOT to impress me.

Lita rolls her eyes.

Victoria: And you haven’t…you haven’t quite done enough for me. You’ve won a couple of matches sure, but I don’t just win matches Lita, I dominate matches. You? You don’t do that, you don’t hurt your opponents like I do, you don’t brutalise your opponents like I do, you don’t…

Lita: You don’t stop talking do you?

Nice pop for Lita’s jokey comment.

Lita: Maybe I’m not as strong as you, maybe I’m not as brutal as you are but I am as good as you are, I am as talented as you are and Victoria? I’d go one better and say I AM better than you and I AM more talented than you will ever be.

BIG time pop for the plucky challenger.

Lita: Maybe you’re just afraid huh? Maybe you’re just scared that I’d take that title from you, that I’d make you out to be exactly what you are and that’s a bully who can’t quite live up to her word. Maybe you’re ju…

Victoria: ENOUGH!! I’m not afraid of you Lita, I’m not scared of you, I fear NOBODY!! Ask Trish Stratus how scared I was of her, ask her what the consequences are when you step inside that ring with me. You wanna feel what she felt? You wanna experience what she experienced? You got yourself a deal! You and me Lita, Summerslam and I promise you…I promise you won’t know what’s hit you.

Victoria delivers a deathly glare down at Lita in the ring as Lita smiles.

Lita: Me and Trish have had our battles over the years, I’ve won some, she’s won some but there’s one thing we have in common and that is that we give it everything we’ve got and at Summerslam, I promise YOU that you WILL know exactly... what’s hit you.

Another nice pop as Lita drops the mic, Victoria looking furious as Lita’s music plays and the staredown between these two divas says it all.

We then head off backstage where we see the camera shot of simply a floor, the camera then works its way up as we see the legs of somebody before the mid section and we rise all the way to the face of none other than…Shawn Michaels! Michaels cuts a f...trated look as we then see that standing beside him is of course, Raw GM and Michaels personal employer, Eric Bischoff
.

Eric Bischoff: Shawn I…I need answers okay? What exactly was going on in your head last week? What was running around in the mind of Shawn Michaels? What…WHAT THE HELL…were you thinking?!?

Bischoff is clearly pissed off as Michaels turns and looks Bischoff up and down, not answering.

Eric Bischoff: Well?

Shawn Michaels: I wanted to send a message.

Bischoff laughs.

Eric Bischoff: A message!! Ha ha. A message? What kinda FREAKIN’ MESSAGE WAS THAT?! Kicking Kane‘s head off his shoulders, yeah that’s a real message Shawn. Your job at Summerslam is to make sure he walks out with the World Heavyweight Title, not make sure he leaves with no teeth!

Michaels looks up, bobbing on the spot a little, clearly losing his temper.

Shawn Michaels: My message was just as much for you as it was for both of those guys Eric. I know I’m under contract to you but I just can’t sit back and do your dirty work night after night, week after week, I just can’t take it anymore, ya understand?

Bischoff begins to laugh.

Eric Bischoff: Oh I understand alright, I understand clear as day but do you understand Shawn? Really I mean it…do you understand? You said it yourself, you are under contract to.. me. You are my ‘Personal Employee’, you don’t work for Vince McMahon anymore, you work for ME AND I’LL BE DAMNED…I’ll be damned if you go against my orders.

Big time heat again for Bischoff as Michaels hangs his head.

Eric Bischoff: Are we clear Shawn? Are we? You do the wrong thing at Summerslam and your job…your job is in serious jeopardy. What would your wife make of that huh Shawn? What would your kids make of that? All you have to do is make the right call, do the right thing and me and you? We won’t have any problems.

Shawn Michaels: Oh Eric we will always, always have problems.

Small pop for Michaels standing up to his boss a little bit.

Eric Bischoff: Y’know it’s lucky you’re important to me Shawn, it’s lucky you’re an important piece in the Eric Bischoff jigsaw and that’s why I’ve gotta protect you, that’s why I’ve gotta look out for you. I can’t let Kane get his hands on you after last week, I can’t let Batista get his hands on you after what happened two weeks back. I can’t take that risk but Shawn I wish, I really, REALLY wish that I could.

Shawn Michaels: You wish you could? If only you knew what I wished I could do…to you.

Michaels delivers a sinister glare at the GM before heading off, still clearly f...trated at the position he continues to remain in as Bischoff slams his paperwork down on the table in his office.

Commercials


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 return ringside to see Maven inside the ring before we hear…

‘Kennedyyyyyyyy’

‘Turn up the Trouble’


There’s a flutter of boos but nothing major as the still somewhat unfamiliar sound of Mr.Kennedy’s music hits and out struts the newcomer with the boos growing a touch heavier.

Jim Ross: Welcome back to Monday Night Raw and last week we witnessed the debut of this man, Mr.Kennedy-

The Coach: Kennedyyyyy.

Jim Ross: Yeah we get it Coach. Kennedy picked up an emphatic victory over Eugene and certainly looked impressive as he looks to pick up here tonight from where he left off.

The Coach: Oh he will pick up exactly where he left off. Kennedy has got it all J.R. In the ring, on the microphone, he calls himself a game changer and that’s a freakin’ understatement.

Kennedy now looks up to the heavens as the spotlight shines down on him, the lights out as he gets ready for his pre match introduction.

Mr.Kennedy: Last week you people witnessed the single greatest debut in the HISTORY of this business.

Boos already.

Mr.Kennedy: I took to this ring, grabbed this very microphone and I welcomed you into my world and what you heard was a statement of intent and well, whadda ya know? I lived up to every single word of that statement.

Kennedy chews his gum vociferously before continuing.

Mr.Kennedy: I took on Eugene…I say ‘took on’ Eugene but in actual fact, I walked all over him. I walked all over poor little Eugene and I demonstrated to each and every one of you people why I am the rising star of Monday Night Raw, the game changer this show, this entire company so desperately, desperately needs and tonight? Tonight the trend continues and you lucky folks get to be a part of it all so without further a due.

Kennedy positions himself now, ready to get ‘proceedings’ underway.

Mr.Kennedy: Ladies and gentleman this next match is scheduledddddddddddd for one fallllllllllll. This evening I weigh in at two hundred forty four pounds, yeah I know, dropped a pound…

Kennedy winks before continuing.

Mr.Kennedy: I hail from Greeeeeeeeeeeeeen Bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, Wisconsinnnnnnnnnnnnnnn…

A few fans are already on the Kennedy bandwagon whilst others are booing the brash youngster.

Mr.Kennedy: Misterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Kennedyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…

It’s coming but Kennedy instead heads up to the top rope.

Mr.Kennedy: KE-NNE-DYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

Kennedy then tosses the microphone back up high before spitting his chewing gum out and hopping back down as Coach proclaims it was beautiful listening to that.

Match Three: Singles Match

Mr.Kennedy vs. Maven

The bell rings and Kennedy looks on cockily, smirking as he chews his gum and Maven looks on with a look of determination, a chance for him to get a momentum building win here.

Kennedy gains the initiative immediately, picking Maven apart with some stiff knees to the ribs before whipping Maven into the corner and Kennedy smashes a boot to the face!! Maven tumbles down, slumped in the corner as Kennedy begins to stomp the hell out of his opponent. The referee warns Kennedy before starting a count to 5. The referee gets to 3 before dragging Kennedy away with the arrogant newcomer proclaiming ‘I’ve got til five moron’ as he lands one more stiff kick to the temple.

Kennedy then puts a boot right in the neck of Maven, putting all his weight down as the referee begins a count again, Kennedy choking Maven here who’s face turns bright red. Evenually Kennedy breaks his hold, laughing to himself as the crowd boos. Kennedy soaks it in however, arms out wide as he yells that ‘I’m the Game Changer folks, get used to it’, drawing him more heat.

Kennedy then whips Maven into the ropes, Maven responding well though with a shoulder tackle sending Kennedy down. Kennedy is quickly up and he’s caught with a boot by Maven, Irish whip now and Kennedy rebounds, back body drop!! Kennedy lands on his feet however as Maven turns around and he’s met with a boot to the gut before Kennedy tosses Maven shoulder first through the ropes and into the ring post!! Maven used like a dart there as he falls out of the corner and Kennedy takes him down with a nice ...sian Legsweep!

Another arrogant smirk comes across Kennedy’s face before he wipes his hands together as if to say ‘Job Done’ before bringing Maven to his feet again, the final nail in the coffin it would appear as Kennedy NAILS MAVEN WITH THE MIC CHECK!! Cover by Kennedy, 1...2...3.


Winner: Mr.Kennedy(4:09)


Jim Ross: Very impressive once again from Mr.Kennedy, polishing off Maven with relative ease I must say which certainly isn’t an easy task.

The Coach: Nothing’s easy in this business J.R but Mr.Kennedy is makin’ it look exactly that. A walk in the park, a piece of cake, throw all the clichés in the world at it and you’d be right. Kennedy has got it all and it’s only a matter of time before this kid is on top around here.

Kennedy now has the microphone lowered from the rafters again, no spotlight this time however.

Mr.Kennedy: The winner of this matchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh to absolutely nobody’s surpriseeeeeeeeeeeeee, MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR KEEEEEEEEEEEENNEDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY…

Boos as well as cheers can be heard.

Mr.Kennedy: KENNEDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

The mic is then tossed back up as Kennedy raises his arms up high in celebration of his decisive victory.

The Coach: It don’t get no better than that J.R!! Mr.Kennedy, the rising star, the game changer, the FUTURE of the WWE.

Jim Ross: Well I’d say it’s still far too early for those kinda statements and I’d like to think Kennedy’s attitude is gonna change if he’s gonna get on top here on Monday Night Raw.

The Coach: Attitude? There’s no attitude about this man cowboy. If you knew you were the best, you’d call yourself the best but you know you can’t do that, that honour belongs to me. Mr.Kennedy though? He can do it J.R. He has every right to do it.

Kennedy poses on the top of the stage as we head off backstage and see Todd Grisham waiting in the wings.

Todd Grisham: Ladies and gentleman joining me at this time please welcome the Arabian Entity.

The Entity, lead by Muhammad Hassan appear into the shot to a cho... of boos.

Todd Grisham: Guys earlier on tonight you defeated The World’s Greatest Tag Team along with the
World Tag Team Champions, The Dudley Boyz. How much momentum and how much belief have you gained from that result here tonight?

All four men look around at each other.

Muhammad Hassan: Momentum, belief, they’re two things we took nothing from here tonight. Momentum doesn’t play a role in this business as far as we’re concerned, we don’t need it, all that’s needed is the talent to win, the talent to succeed and the four of us? The four of us have all the talent in the world. Come Summerslam we’re gonna showcase it for the everybody to see. As far as belief goes Todd? I think that just about says how much belief we already have.

Hassan seems very focused and intense here as he tells Grisham exactly how it is.

Muhammad Hassan: That belief comes with the talent we possess but that belief also comes from what we already know about those…those losers that like to call themselves the ‘World’s Greatest Tag Team’.

Pop for the mention of the dynamic duo.

Muhammad Hassan: We know that they can’t get the better of us and that is a simple fact. I’ve beaten Shelton Benjamin what, two, three, four times? I’ve proved myself time and time again against him and that’s why I firmly believe that come Summerslam I’ll do it again. Charlie Haas on the other hand…hmmm.

Hassan holds his chin pondering something.

Muhammad Hassan: Y’know Charlie Haas is a different kinda case. As much as I don’t like to admit it, Charlie’s had my number, he’s beaten me twice, that doesn’t happen every day but Todd, I am NOT defending my title against Charlie Haas. They like to call themselves the World’s Greatest Tag Team and we as an Entity laugh at that claim.

We see Daivari and Dutt doing exactly that.

Muhammad Hassan: They are not the greatest tag team in the world, they are not the greatest tag team in the WWE, they are not the greatest tag team on this show!! Todd they are…they are not even a team. When was the last time Shelton Benjamin even showed ANY interest in teaming with Charlie Haas?

Grisham doesn’t respond.

Muhammad Hassan: Exactly and come Summerslam it’s gonna be what tears them apart. Charlie Haas wants tag team glory, he wants his partner back, he wants his buddy back but Shelton Benjamin? Pffft, Shelton Benjamin wants nothing to do with him and at Summerslam I’m gonna once again put a dent in his title dreams. August 21st and every single day moving on from that will showcase Shelton Benjamin’s true colours, will showcase that he’s a liar, that he is selfish, that he doesn’t give a DAMN about Charlie Haas and that more importantly than alllllllll of that, it’ll showcase that Shelton Benjamin, like he proved once again here tonight, is nothing more… than a failure.

Hassan delivers a stern stare before he and the Entity depart, their message evident here tonight.

We then head back ringside to hear…


‘Whips and Chains’


It’s a nothing like reaction as the Basham Brothers make their way down, a few cheers in there however for the recently turned fan favourites as they get set for action.

Jim Ross: Well folks when we return it’ll be these two men, the very capable, very talented Basham Brothers taking on the young, brash duo of Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth, don’t go anywhere!!

Commercials


‘Perfection’


We return and immediately hear the theme of the Platform to Perfection with Doane and Nemeth heading down to the ring, looking as arrogant and cocky as ever, Nemeth pandering to the crowd while Doane struts his body off to a few fans before mouthing words at the waiting Bashams who watch on in the ring.

Jim Ross: Huge opportunity for both of these teams here tonight to make a statement heading into the big 8 man tag team showdown come Summerslam. The Platform to Perfection have looked very impressive since debuting on Monday nights while the Bashams have done likewise since being drafted over to the Red brand. Should be a heck of a match here Coach.

The Coach: Yeah I got no doubt about it J.R. but it’s gonna be a match that Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth win. These two are STARS in the making and I’d put them right up there as favourites come Summerslam.

Jim Ross: What happened to the Entity being your pick?

Coach is silent…

Jim Ross: Well…

The Coach: I don’t have to answer to you barbeque boy. Lets just enjoy the beating Doane and Nemeth are gonna dish out here to these two morons.

Match Four: Tag Team Match

The Basham Brothers vs. The Platform to Perfection

It’s Doane and Danny Basham who start this thing off with Danny coming out looking big time fired up as Ken Doane has no answer for the aggressive Basham’s quick start. Danny works over Doane with some strong right hands followed by a couple of nice forearms as Doane looks for a way into this contest but instead Danny whips the young perfectionist into the corner and charges right at him, smashing him with an elbow to the head before tagging in Doug Basham.

Doug’s quickly in and picks up where Danny left off delivering some clubbing shots to Doane before a kick to the mid section and a nice snap suplex from Doug! Into the cover, kick out at two. Doug is quickly after Doane again, bringing him to his feet and smashing with another right hand, Irish whip from Doug and Doane comes off the ropes, Doug bends over, back body drop, NO! KICK TO THE FACE FROM DOANE!! Doane read Doug’s move and then drops him with a neck breaker before plodding over to his corner and tagging in Nemeth.

Nemeth struts into the ring, confident is ever and begins to pick apart Doug, stomping away at the Basham from head to toe as his partner Danny watches on in f...tration, Nemeth delivering a wink in his direction, only furthering Doug’s f...tration. Nemeth continues to keep the upper hand, dropping Doug with a nice scoop slam before a leg drop across the chest, cover from Nemeth, kick out at two once more. Nemeth then looks to try and really force this one to be over with as he SMASHES Doug to the canvas with a beautiful jumping DDT! The crowd ooooohing and aaaaahing as Doug hit’s the mat like a sack of potatoes. Another cover from Nemeth but Danny Basham breaks the count at two!

Ken Doane doesn’t take too kindly to this however and hops through the ropes, Doane charging at Danny but Danny dodges it and catches Doane with a nice dropkick! Doane’s quickly back up as Danny swings for a clothesline but Doane ducks underneath as Danny falls into the ropes, Doane running the opposite side before charging and clothesline to Danny, NO!! Danny pulls the ropes down and Doane goes tumbling!! The crowd eats it up as Doane hit’s the outside but DANNY’S TOSSEED OVER THE TOP BY NEMETH!! Payback from Nick Nemeth as the crowd boos the cocky blonde here.

Nemeth though is caught from behind, roll up by Doug!! 1...2...kick out at two and a half as Doug almost steals it. Both men are quick to their feet now as Nemeth charges but he’s caught with a clothesline from Doug and again, Doug on a roll here. Irish whip from the Basham as Nemeth falls hard into the corner, Doug charges but Nemeth gets an elbow up, Doug spirals out of the corner as Nemeth hops on up to the top rope, dangerous intentions in mind here, MISSILE DROPKICK!! WOW!! Nemeth crawls into the cover, 1...2...3...NO!! Doug somehow kicks out!!

Nemeth can’t believe it as the crowd give a nice pop for Doug’s resilience. Nemeth pounds the mat before dragging Doug to his feet, what’s he got in store here? Doug is to his feet as Nemeth goes for a bulldog but Doug shoves him off and into the ropes, Nemeth rebounds and throws a right hand but Doug ducks it, Nemeth spins round and Doug goes for a flapjack!! Nemeth blocks it though and tosses Doug into the ropes, Doug goes to rebound but DOANE CLUBS HIM FROM BEHIND!! RIGHT INTO THE PATH OF NEMETH!! ZIG ZAG!! Nemeth scores with a vicious Zig Zag as Doug is floored, DANNY BASHAM hops onto the apron, trying to break it up but Doane takes him down at the legs!! Cover by Nemeth, 1...2...3...Big win for PTP!!


Winners: Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth; The Platform to Perfection(7:54)


The Coach: I told ya J.R!! These two guys looking DAMN sure impressive!! Go back home Doug and Danny, you guys don’t stand a freakin’ chance.

Jim Ross: Have some respect Coach. The could’ve just as easily been victorious in this one here tonight and come Summerslam it’s anybody’s ball game. Doane and Nemeth are two bright, talented kids and on August 21st they’ve got a hell of a test in store for ‘em.

The Coach: A test they’ll pass with flying colours!! They provide the platform baby and at Summerslam they show us why.

Doane and Nemeth back up the ramp, celebrating their victory with real passion, clearly thrilled at beating one of their rivals come Summerslam as we head off backstage where we see RIC FLAIR!! Flair appears to be getting ready for his big main event later on tonight and the crowd goes wild before we see Flair’s eyes widen and a smile come across Naitch’s face!!

Ric Flair: WOOOOO!! Well if it isn’t the MAN himself, the ANIMAL, the World… Heavyweight… CHAMPION!! WOOOOO!! DAVE BATISTA!!

Batista appears into shot, not looking in the best of moods as he and Flair embrace one another, this is met with Woooos and cheers from the crowd once more.

Ric Flair: How’s it going big man? Good to see ya.

Batista huffs and puffs a little.

Ric Flair: Oh c’mon Dave, don’t be like that, Bischoff getting inside that head o’ yours huh?

Batista: Getting inside my head is an understatement. That son of a bitch is pushin’ me Ric, I’m just about ready to blow here. You see what he did out there tonight?

Flair chuckles to himself.

Ric Flair: Oh yeah i saw it but thing is, Bischoff will never change Dave, he will always be after you, always be targeting you, pulling off crap like that as long as you hold that World title BUT that’s the sacrifice you gotta make. You gotta WELCOME the challenge, WELCOME the pressure, WELCOME the fight he’s gonna take to you. Be it Kane, be it Shawn Michaels, HELL he might even throw THE NATURE BOY in your way!! WOOOO!!

Wooooos ring around the arena once more.

Ric Flair: You gotta welcome it Dave because YOU are the man and you know how it goes down buddy, to be the man you gotta BEAT the man and there’s a whole locker room who wanna be…that…guy. You can deal with Bischoff, I know you got it in you champ and I know come Summerslam you aren’t gonna let Kane, you aren’t gonna let Shawn Michaels keep ya down.

Batista nods his head.

Batista: There’s a reason you were my mentor Ric and that’s exactly it. I appreciate it. You uh, you all set for your match tonight?

Ric Flair: Sure am, sure am. Edge is gonna get a small dose out there tonight, just a small TASTER of what that punk Christian’s gonna feel come Summerslam. I know Christian’s gonna try and pull something off here tonight but I am ALWAYS ready, I am ALWAYS prepared and tonight? Tonight it ain’t gonna be any different.

Batista has an intrigued look on his face here, a light bulb going off inside his head perhaps.

Batista: Ric, Ric hold on just a second. You know how desperate I am to get my hands on somebody here tonight, you know I am DYING to beat the crap outta somebody and to be honest I don’t give a damn who it is. So I know you’re your own man and all but uh, if Christian tries any funny business tonight, if Edge tries any of his little games out there, I’ll be down to that ring quicker than a heartbeat and I will KICK THEIR ASS!!

BIG time pop for the World Champion as Flair nods his head.

Ric Flair: Ha ha, now THAT sounds like a plan, WOOOOO!!

Flair and Tista shake hands once again before Batista heads off in the opposite direction to the Dirtiest Player in the Game and the picture heads off.

Commercials


We return to Raw and we see Eric Bischoff once again here this evening, Shawn Michaels stood next to the boss who is sitting down in a chair, filling out something while Michaels looks beyond bored here, appearing very agitated, very f...trated. Bischoff then looks up and looks a little uneasy as the camera then turns and we see Big Show appear into shot!

Eric Bischoff: Show uhhhhh what can I do for ya?

Bischoff tries to be putting on a tough guy act here as he stands up and gets in Show’s face(chest more like).

Big Show: Oh I think you know damn well what you can do for me Eric. Me, Mark Jindrak, Summerslam, make…it…happen.

Show is in no mood for messing around here.

Eric Bischoff: You really think you deserve another shot at Jindrak? Really? He’s beaten you …I don’t know how many times now and he’s beaten you with EASE each and every single one of ‘em so tell me what yo…

Big Show: With ease? You call Regal using the brass knucks last week with ease? He may’ve beaten me Eric, hell he may’ve beaten me on more than one occasion but with ease ain’t the words you’re lookin’ for and I want payback, SO YOU BETTER GIVE IT TO ME!!

Show is growling almost in Bischoff’s face as the boss cowers.

Eric Bischoff: Shawn a uh... a little help here pal.

Michaels steps in, albeit very begrudgingly as Bischoff wills him into it and stares down Show as the crowd give an ooooooooh and Bischoff backs up ruffling his jacket, grinning like a Cheshire cat.

Eric Bischoff: What are ya gonna do now then Show? What are ya gonna do now?

Show looks ready to hurl himself at the GM here.

Big Show: Oh what am I gonna do? Well seein’ as you’re so sensitive about your little investment here for Summerslam(looks at Shawn), your special referee here, how about I make sure he ends up in a wheelchair? How’s that sound Eric?

Show then puts a fist up as Michaels looks a little taken aback before he stares at Show as if to say ‘Bring it on’.

Eric Bischoff: Alright, alright, I‘m not gonna let that happen, I give in. You want Jindrak at Summerslam, you got him and just so nothing is left up in the air, just so there are no more excuses from you Show, that match? That match will be a No Holds Barred match. How’s that sound for ya?

Show smiles and the crowd pops big time.

Big Show: Eric that sounds perfect. And as far as you go…

Ooooooh. Show gets in Michaels face.

Big Show: I’m getting pretty sick and tired of all this crap now Shawn. Last week was the first sign of spark I’ve seen in you since this whole thing happened. Do NOT let Batista down come Summerslam, do NOT let these fans down at Summerslam and Shawn do NOT…let yourself down August 21st. If ya do? (Show sblacks) If ya do Shawn, you’ll be no better than this piece of crap we have to call our General Manager.

Show then heads back out as Michaels now smirks, what does the Showstopper find amusing?.

Eric Bischoff: HEY YOU WATCH YOUR MOUTH SHOW!!

Bischoff then goes and sits down again getting back to his paperwork while Michaels remains dead still, the smirk still on his face.

Eric Bischoff: What are you just gonna stand there all night?

Silence as Bisch then puts his head down and continues his work.

Eric Bischoff: Shawn…

Nothing.

Eric Bischoff: Shawn, hey, answer me would ya. I haven’t got all ni…

Bischoff then looks up to see that HBK has left!! Shawn Michaels has headed out of Eric Bischoff’s office but where the hell has he gotten to? Big Show’s pep talk may’ve set something off inside the Showstopper as Bischoff looks horrified and immediately jumps out of his seat and sets out to find the Heartbreak Kid.

We then return ringside…


The Coach: Where the HELL does Shawn Michaels think he’s going? Kane and Batista are after him!! Eric Bischoff can’t afford to lose Shawn Michaels J.R!

Jim Ross: Well I don’t think the Heartbreak Kid can afford to lose another minute stuck in Eric Bischoff’s office and I’m pretty damn sure Shawn Michaels is headed off somewhere to make an impact.

‘You think you Know Me’

‘Metalingus’


The music of the Money in the Bank contract holder then hits to a cho... of boos as out struts the Rated R Superstar himself, Edge, a broad smile across his face as he taps his briefcase.

Jim Ross: Back to the action however and folks do we have a main event in store for you or what here tonight. Edge, the Money in the Bank contract holder taking on the sixteen time World Champion, Ric Flair and it’s a real opportunity for Edge to prove just why he believes he is on his way to the very top here on Monday Night Raw and here in the WWE.

The Coach: He’s already proved it to me and it’ll only be a matter of time before he proves to you and all the other morons who boo him that he IS the future of this show, of this company and Chris Jericho’s gonna find out exactly that at Summerslam while old man Flair’s gonna find that out first hand here tonight.

‘WOOOO’


It’s an almighty pop next as the Nature Boy heads on down to the ring, looking as good as ever, yelling ‘Woooo’ at every opportunity as he soaks in potentially one of his final nights on Raw.

Jim Ross: Listen to this ovation!! The Nature Boy, the Dirtiest Player in the Game, SIXTEEN time World Champion Ric Flair back in action Live on Monday Night Raw. It doesn’t get much bigger than this Coach.

The Coach: It gets a lot bigger believe me, having the Coach in the main event would be bigger than this. I hope to god that this is the last time we see Ric Flair in a Raw ring and y’know I’m pretty confident it will be too cos come Summerslam Christian’s gonna send him PACKING back to Charlotte and to where he belongs, a freakin’ retirement home.

Jim Ross: For cryin’ out loud.

Match Five: Singles Match

Edge vs. Ric Flair

It’s a pretty hot atmosphere in the arena as these two major players on Raw get set to square off, both men looking more than ready to go toe to toe here as they lock up in the centre of the ring and Edge shoves Flair away into the ropes but Flair rebounds and knocks Edge down with a shoulder block! First ‘Wooooos’ of the match from the crowd as Flair smiles and immediately draws Edge to his feet before the trademark knife edge chops!! ‘WOOO’, ‘WOOO’ after each and every one of them as Edge is backed into the corner, his chest bright red now before Flair nails a big right hand and Edge is floored, Naitch making his mark here in the opening.

Flair then does his trademark stlyin’ and profiling’ around the ring, the infamous Flair strut as more ‘Woooos’ greet the veteran’s every move before he heads back to Edge but he’s met with an elbow to the gut! Edge gets to his feet and now begins to get the upper hand, knocking Flair down following some strong right hands as a clothesline does just the job and Edge now begins to feel it, stomping the hell out of Flair before letting out a ‘Woooo’ of his own which wasn’t greeted too kindly by the Connecticut faithful.

The Rated R Superstar then brings Flair to his feet, nailing a boot to the gut before dropping a beautiful suplex right on Naitch, Edge rolls into the cover, kick out at two from Flair. A slight bit of disappointment from Edge before he drags Flair up once again, this time whipping Flair across the ring as Flair bounces into the corner and Edge comes charging smashing an elbow right across the face!! Flair stumbles out of the corner as Edge then drops Flair with a nice snap mare takedown before applying a modified dragon sleeper!! Edge looking to finish this thing as Flair struggles for breath, the referee asking the 16 time World Champion if he wants to give in here but Flair is fighting, fighting with all he’s got. Edge keeps the hold locked in but Flair fights it, elbows to the gut of Edge, hammering away as he breaks the hold!! Edge holds his mid section as Flair with another boot before a stinging knife edge chop once again!! ‘WOOOS’ all around the arena as Flair grabs Edge by the knee and hoists Edge up high delivering a devastating knee drop!!

Edge grabs his knee in some discomfort here as Flair struts his stuff around the ring, all fired up as Flair goes for the leg of Edge, FIGURE FOUR TIME!! Flair twists around, he’s got it locked in!! NO!! Edge kicks Flair away as Flair almost trips over and Edge gets to his knees, Flair goes back over to Mr.MITB but he’s caught with a knee to the boot, EDGECUTION!! EDGECUTION FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! Edge slowly crawls over to the fallen Flair, cover, 1...2...3...NO!! Flair just about survives!!

Edge can’t believe it as Flair kicks out and the Rated R Superstar goes into a frenzy, demanding the referee count to three as he covers again, 1...2...shoulder up once more!! Edge pounds the mat, realising it simply wasn’t enough as he runs his hands through his hair and heads over to the corner, poising himself, waiting for Flair to return to his feet, Edge has a Spear in mind here!! Flair stumbles to his feet, using the ropes to bring himself up as he turns himself round RIGHT INTO THE ONCOMING EDGE!! SPEAR!!! NO!! FLAIR DODGES IT AND TOSSES EDGE THROUGH THE ROPES!! Edge hit’s the outside as Flair survives and takes a small breather, Edge down and out before Flair heads to the outside to join him.

Flair hops down and works over the MITB holder, stomping away at the right leg of Edge before working over the left leg also as Flair then scoops Edge up before dropping him again with another rough knife edge chop!! Edge’s chest is still bright red, all the impact of these chops as Flair with the count at 7 drags Edge back up and tosses him inside the ring. Flair follows right behind but he heads for the top rope!! What’s Flair got in store here? Edge grasps out for something, anything to bring him to his feet, he gets to his knees as Flair lets out a ‘Woooo’ on the top rope, steadying himself as Edge turns around into a DOUBLE AXE HANDLE OFF THE TOP!! Edge is floored as Flair rolls into a cover, 1...2...3...NO!! EDGE WITH THE SHOULDER UP!!

Flair is now the one with a look of disappointment as he asks the referee ‘Was it three?’ Flair brings himself to his feet as the referee fills him in, Edge is to his knees as Flair goes to drag him up, he does so and nails a right hand on Edge knocking him aback, another right hand and now a left hand, right hand, left hand combinations from Flair, Irish whip now from the Nature Boy as Edge rebounds and Flair throws a clothesline but Edge ducks underneath it and stops his tracks, he goes to turn around BUT FLAIR WITH A CHOP BLOCK!! Flair floors Edge and lets out another loud ‘WOOO’ before the FIGURE FOUR!! FLAIR LOCKS IN THE FIGURE FOUR!! The crowd is going absolutely crazy as Flair has it locked in and Edge has nowhere to go!!

Edge is writhing in agony here, his hand close to falling as Flair looks like he’s putting every ounce of effort into this, desperate to put away Edge, desperate to send a message to Christian as Edge’s hand falls slowly down, further and further it goes and Edge at…

‘Just Close Your Eyes’

WHAT ON EARTH?! The music of Christian hits!! Flair breaks the hold!! Flair was moments away from getting the victory but he gets to his feet and awaits the arrival of Christian and HERE HE COMES!! Flair wants Captain Charisma but Christian is simply strolling down to ringside, looking out for his peeps as he smirks at Flair, Tomko is beside CC but the two men are going at a leisurely pace as Flair looks ready to blow a gasket. BUT FLAIR IS ROLLED UP FROM BEHIND!! 1...2...3...NO!! FLAIR KICKS OUT AS EDGE ALMOST STEALS IT!!

Both men are quick to their feet and Edge swings but misses and Flair takes Edge down at the legs, FIGURE FOUR TIME ONCE AGAIN!! NO!! INSIDE CRADLE FROM EDGE!! 1...2...3...NO!! FLAIR KICKS OUT AGAIN!! Both men are quick to their feet once more as Christian and Tomko continue to stroll around the ring, J.R. proclaiming for the ref to throw them out as Flair charges at Edge, back body drop by the Rated R Superstar!! Flair lands on his feet and Edge turns around RIGHT INTO A SHINBREAKER!! We see Christian headed over towards Lilian Garcia now as Tomko heads the opposite direction and Flair goes ONCE AGAIN for the Figure four, will it be all this time?! YES!! LOCKED IN!! FIGURE FOUR LOCKED IN AND EDGE IS ALL BUT READY TO TAP!! BUT TOMKO!! TOMKO IS ON THE APRON!!

The referee sees Tomko and tries to get the big man down, pleading with him and arguing but Tomko’s having none of it as EDGE TAPS!! EDGE IS TAPPING OUT BUT THERE’S NO REFEREE!! Flair breaks the hold thinking he’s won but sees the ref’s back is turned, Flair then gets to his feet before he turns around, BAM!! CHRISTIAN WITH A STEEL CHAIR!! STEEL CHAIR ACROSS THE SKULL!! Flair is floored as Tomko now finally drops down, the referee turns back around as Edge crawls and claws his way over, clutching his leg in agony as he drapes an arm over the Nature Boy, 1...2...3...HE GOT HIM!! EDGE WINS IT!!

Winner: Edge(13:04)


The assault then begins as Tomko and Christian like a pack of wolves come and take it to Naitch!! The veteran is floored and vulnerable as these two show no remorse, hammering away with vicious kicks to Flair as Tomko brings Edge to his feet and despite the fatigue, Edge joins in the assault!!

Jim Ross: DAMN IT TO HELL!! Edge just stole the victory thanks to Christian!! A-a-and now look at this!! It’s two on one, hell, it’s three on one with Tomko in there!!

The Coach: Put the old man outta his misery fellas!! Don’t wait til Summerslam, do…it…NOW!!

Jim Ross: Somebody’s gotta stop this, somebody’s gotta sto- YES!! JERICHO!! CHRIS JERICHO COMING TO GET HIM SOME ON EDGE!! COMING TO THE AID OF THE NATURE BOY!!

The Coach: Jericho’s even stupider than I thought!! It’s still three on two!!

Jericho is of course sprinting down to the ring and hops inside, immediately taking it to Edge!! Christian and Tomko are pummelling Flair while it’s Jericho and Edge trading blows, scenes similar to last week here and these two AND JERICHO TOSSES EDGE TO THE OUTSIDE!! This thing’s spilling all over the place AGAIN!! Christian meanwhile tells Tomko to hoist Flair up, the Problem Solver doing just that as Christian boots Flair in the gut, Unprettier time!!

BUT HERE COMES BATISTA!!!


Jim Ross: THE ANIMAL!! THE ANIMAL COMING TO THE AID OF RIC FLAIR!! BATISTA IS HEADED THIS WAY AND HE’S HEADED FOR CHRISTIAN!!

The Coach: Get ‘im Tomko!!

Tomko does indeed charge at the World Champion but he’s cut in half with a DEVASTATING SPEAR!!

Jim Ross: Thanks for coming Tomko!!

And now the Animal has his sights set on Christian!! Christian has left Flair fallen and looks like he’s about to shit his pants as Tista huffs and puffs, the crowd abuzz as Batista makes the move BUT CHRISTIAN SHOWS SOME FIGHT!! Christian and Batista going to war here!! A fist fight between the two men but the power of the Animal sees him come out on top, forcing him back as Tista now with an Irish whip before a SPINEBUSTER!! Christian is in a world of trouble now as the ropes begin to shake, Batistabomb time!! We get a quick glimpse of Jericho and Edge once again fighting off up the ramp, going hell for leather with one another, nobody quite getting on top before we cut back to the ring and Batista delivers the thumbs up before…thumbs down… Christian’s in a world of trouble here!! Boot to the gut, up goes Christian!! BATISTABOMB CONNECTS!!

Jim Ross: Captain Charisma meets his match here tonight!! A fired up, pissed off animal!! The World Heavyweight Champion came tonight looking for a fight and if he wasn’t gonna get Shawn Michaels, if he wasn’t gonna get Kane then he was gonna get anybody he could!!

The Coach: Disgusting J.R Batista had no right to do that to Christian!! Christian’s none of his business, Ric Flair isn’t any of his business and I don’…

Jim Ross: Christian wasn’t a part of Ric Flair’s business here tonight!! Christian cost Flair the match for cryin’ out loud!!

The Coach: But Christian IS a part of Ric Flair’s business, he’s the man who in thirteen nights time ENDS the Nature Boy’s career and Batista will NOT be there to save him.

Tista lifts Flair to his feet, the Dirtiest Player in the game embraces his former protégé as the crowd goes insane. The show then closes with Tista and Flair raising one another’s arm as the Animal’s music plays…





But we then go backstage where we see….nothing?? There’s nothing but the camera gradually moves further and further forward and we see what appears to be a body on the floor, the camera then gets right up towards this laid out body and we see SHAWN MICHAELS!! The Heartbreak Kid is completely out cold with a small amount of BLOOD laying right beside him, Michaels completely busted open here as there’s nobody in sight of him.

Jim Ross: SHAWN MICHAELS!! SOMEBODY GET SOME HELP BACK THERE!!

Batista and Flair don’t know what’s going on as they celebrate still with the crowd before our attention is turned back to the titantron where we see Michaels again flat out but the camera then shifts to the left of Michaels where we see KANE!! The Big Red Machine begins to smirk and let out that devilish laugh of his before he walks away, his work obviously done and Eric Bischoff’s word of warning was clearly not heeded by the Showstopper. Has Shawn Michaels put the General Manager’s plans in jeopardy? Has Kane taken out the Heartbreak Kid? The final image is once again of Michaels laying in his own blood as we fade to black.


Date: 21st August 2005
Location: Washington DC

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

WWE Championship:
John Cena(c) vs Kurt Angle

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

8 Man Tag Team Match:
The Dudley Boyz and The Basham Brothers vs Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth; The Platform to Perfection and Sonjay Dutt and Daivari; The Arabian Entity


No Holds Barred Match:
Mark Jindrak w/William Regal vs Big Show

WWE Women's Championship:
Victoria(c) vs Lita

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JAM's Review

That was a really well-executed opening segment you had there. If this was re-worded a little, it also could've made for a great closing segment. With that said, you write Bischoff beautifully in your thread, you catch his asshole-ness quite well man. If there's one gripe I had with this, I'd say that Batista was targeting the wrong person in HBK. Even if HBK did deliver some SCM on 'Tista, he did save him the week before. But I loved the part when you had Batista going for Bischoff but ofcourse no one can touch the boss so I was expectin' Kane to make an appearance. This was definitely a defiant act by both Bischoff and Kane, gives Kane a lot of momentum heading into Summerslam.

With the loss here, I fully expect Haas to turn heel at Summerslam. Maybe he'll go as far as costing Benjamin the IC Title, which is no surprise to me. I think it'll be interesting to see Haas get a respectable run as a singles competitor since everyone always books Shelton Benjamin to be the more successful one of the two. The Jericho promo was kind of repetitive for me here. I don't think Edge is losing that briefcase since I think he does need it to shoot him to the top while Jericho has been at the top already. Their feud has been interesting to say the least. I don't think it'll be the last time the briefcase will be on the line though. But maybe after Summerslam, Edge can go on the hunt, maybe teasing his cash-ins.

Not much to say about the Divas, but they were definitely better around this time period. Victoria vs. Lita should be good. HBK finally makes an appearance tonight but I think it could've been done in a bigger way. After all that has happened, I kind of expected HBK to snap already. But he did keep his composure but his intentions remain to be seen. Very interesting angle you got going on here man.

Definitely likin' Mr. Kennedy. I think WWE dropped the ball on him so I hope you don't. He is definitely going to be a major player and with him debuting on RAW, looks like he'll be having a bigger impact than usual. I believe he debuted on SD irl right? But anyway, Kennedy has all the tools to be in the main which is where I see him going soon. And this promo by Hassan is another indication that Haas may turn heel. But I don't think you'd make it this obvious, it makes me re-think that Haas may help Benjamin instead, hmm. Got me guessing, that's good.

The tag team division on RAW is definitely a good one. This team of Doane and Nemeth is a good one. Reminds me of the team Ziggler and Swagger could've become. Really likin' all the activity and emphasis that the tag division is getting so kudos to you on that. Nice little segment here with Flair and Batista, some motivation for The Animal! That being said, I think that Edge will definitely try some funny business in the main event and all hell will break lose, can't wait to see what happens next. Oh and hopefully this is the last we see of Jindrak vs. Show.

What an ending to the show. Christian was definitely going to interfere here and he did. When the match was over, all hell broke loose just like I thought. But I think there should've been a little more emphasis on the action going on between Jericho and Edge. I think this feud is the 3rd biggest feud you have behind the World Title feud and the Christian/Flair feud. Kind of took a while for Batista to get down and help but he did help in a big way. When him and Christian were exchanging punches, I thought that this would be a really great feud. I kind of think that Christian will go over Flair with Batista takin' revenge on Christian, we'll see. Looks like Kane got to Kane here, now the question is whether or not you have HBK at Summerslam. I really think HBK finds a way out of this contract since you can't have him workin' for Bischoff forever.

All in all, a really good episode man. This was definitely better than last week's episode. You put a lot of emphasis on your tag team division which is great since tag team wrestling is fun to watch while the main feuds were furthered even more here. The situation with the World Title is definitely a good one as we now have many questions as to whether or not HBK will even be at Summerslam and how did Kane get to HBK in the first place? But my favorite has got to be Christian/Flair, really likin' this feud man. Christian/'Tista for the World Title, I'm calling it now.
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Opening segment was very strong once again, and I like that you have created a web of different personal rivalries in between the 3 men that are involved in the Summerslam Main Event; none of them like each other and it has made the whole match at Summerslam so unpredictable because I'm not sure what role Michaels is going to play; does he help Bischoff to make his own life easier or does he help Batista to get one over on Bischoff? Great angle you have going here. The promo itself was very strong as usual from the Bischoff point of view and he was well in character also, I can imagine him threatening to kick everyone out of the arena Batista is not the best on the mic but you've done well these past few Raws to let him have more of a verbal role and expand his skills. Bischoff getting physically involved also adds even more fuel to the fire because we get to see Tista's reaction to it and great to see Kane make his mark also. Strong start to the show.

Not that sure on the Eight Man Tag for tonight because we're getting one at Summerslam and it is going to feature half of the people that are going to be in the one at Summerslam. But the Entity winning was the right move to show their collective strength and solidarity; for example irl, WWE made The Corre look like crap because they lost any time that they teamed together; so the faction has to beat the two tag teams just stuck together. The match itself was very well written and it was a good way to advance all of the rivalries that are in involved. Hassan only wanting in towards the end was good and typical chicken-shit heel champion move, and him getting the sneaky win over Benjamin likes that makes their Summerslam encounter even more mouth watering.

Rod Great interview with Jericho; you've added a new dimension to the feud that shows Edge not to be as big of a threat that he thinks he is, and gives Jericho the psychological edge (pardon the pun) going into the match at Summerslam. The promo flowed very well and you got the serious side to Jericho out with this, which is also a refreshing change. It seems that the jokes are over in this show because everyone knows that Summerslam is looming; a great air to the show.

Lita getting the victory was a given here, and a nice little match to throw in to bolster her claims to a title shot. Was good for her not to waste any time after she won the match to address Victoria. The back and forth between them was good, and the way they played off of each other shows that there was some good chemistry to what they were saying. Victoria challenging Lita to the Summerslam match doesn't seem right, just because she is a heel champion. But good to see that the ladies are going to get a showing at Summerslam; that card is packed by the way! Can't wait to see what you do with it

Now I understand why you didn't have Bischoff come out and make the Women's title match... Carrying on with the whole "it is serious now" theme for the show with these almost dark words from Michaels; but it was great reading. These two are the stars of your Raw, with Bischoff being the best character in your BTB by a long shot in my books. I'm not sure if it get physical at Summerslam between these two but it is bound to happen at some stage, and I think I know when it will be judging from our chat the other day.

Kennedy promo was great before his match and I hope that after Summerslam he gets his first proper storyline; as in his vignettes he wasn't scared of insulting half of the roster. Calling the referee a moron Kennedy is the only person not worrying about Summerslam because he doesn't have a match so I get that he feels he has time to muck around a little. Maven was never going to be any sort of competition for Kennedy and obviously the right move with him getting the win; I can't wait until next week!

The Hassan interview was good, and you did well to just make him look like a total arsehole; completely thinking opposite to what everyone else thought they achieved tonight. The points he made about Haas and Benjamin were interesting and I can't wait to see a response from WGTT as Haasan is certainly trying to stir it between them here.

I know that the Basham Brothers were never popular, but the guys are going to be in one of the biggest shows of the year, maybe writing that they don't even get a reaction could have been replaced by "They come out to a small buzz from the fans". It makes them seem a little inferior (I know they are ) if you say nothing of a reaction; that was something you told me in one of my shows when I started my thread I believe. Anyway, PTP getting the win was a must for this match, because it seems you're grooming them to becoming the next Tag Team Champions, and I think the heels are going to get the win at Summerslam.

First time tonight hearing from Christian or Flair, I feel it could have come a little sooner. The alliance between these two is good to see and I do like on Raw how all of the storylines do overlap and interweave with each other, as it helps you set up more for the future.

I know we talked about Show and Jindrak, and Bischoff seemed to say everything that I did about the whole situation. A No Holds Barred Match will be great for the card as a whole, and I don't think you'll add anything else from the Raw side onto the card after this. The teasing at the HBK/Big Show feud was good but I think if it does happen it will be an undeserved step up for Show; losing to Jindrak and then getting a feud with Shawn Michaels. I'm looking forward to the finale of the Big Show/Jindrak feud

WOW! Dude, epic ending to the show and this leaves all sorts of questions. First off, the match between Flair and Edge was great, Christian & Tomko's involvement was predictable, and I was a little disappointed that we didn't hear anything from Christian following what he has been doing the past few weeks to try and get one over on Flair. Edge gets a whole load of momentum with the win. Jericho making his presence felt was also predictable but a must,too. Now Batista comes in and this is where it all gets interesting! The brawling was great between everyone and you made Batista look like a total Don in this bit by decimating Tomko and Christian. BUT, the real talking point is what we saw to end the show... a very graphic scene you described, and I really think Kane took that SCM last week very personally. This has thrown a whole new spanner into the works and Summerslam is shaping up to be a HUGE event.

Another really good show and everything was advanced here. It seemed that Christian/Flair took a bit of a back seat tonight and the IC Title and Tag Title feuds were quite a large part of the show. Summerslam is packed on the Raw side of things, and all I hope is that Smackdown is going to be able to match up to it. Great stuff mate
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Seemed a pretty sensible way to open the show given what went down last week, certainly we need to hear Bischoff's side of things. I wasn't quite sure why at the start of one passage of dialogue you started by mentioning last week then talked about two weeks ago to then come back to last week. That didn't really flow for me. But apart from that Bischoff was fine, got his point across regarding Michaels' actions well. Batista out, and I felt we didn't ear enough from him before Bischoff came back in. I wanted to hear more of Batista's anger and feeling towards Michaels, a full explanation, especially since it's technically a face calling out another face. The rest of segment was set up nicely, again perhaps I wanted to hear more from Batista, but the set up to the low blow and then the chokeslam was executed well. Certainly a different way to kick off a show with the champion down and out at the first commercial.

Pretty solid opener here, and the fact that it provided a preview of sorts for a couple of situations at SummerSlam made it a smart piece of booking. Based on what we heard in the commentary, I actually thought Haas might get the win to prove his credentials somewhat, but with Hassan pinning Benjamin, it was a decision that made a lot of sense. One thing I would say though, I can't for the life of me ever imagine Muhammed Hassan hitting a fallaway slam on Bubba Ray Dudley, especially not 2005 fat bastard Bubba.

Strong interview from Jericho, you certainly put over the kinda theme of the feud as it were, especially with the “Jericho wannabe” phrase. I also liked how much emphasis you placed on Edge's future career prospects riding on him hanging onto the briefcase. It added a sense of desperation to Edge's character ahead of the match. I also appreciated the way Jericho tried to use the opening of the promo to almost turn the tides on Edge, to place the pressure back on him. Can't really fault this tbh, it was so direct and to the point, yet at the same time, there was enough subtleness about it that it posed a few questions for Edge to answer later tonight (I'm assuming?) with his actions. Strongest segment of the show so far.

Not really a whole lot to say about the match, Hemme was never the best in the ring and Lita is on a roll, so understandable that she would get the win here.

Post match was where the intrigue was, and while this certainly advanced the feud and set up the match at SummerSlam, I thought perhaps you had Victoria give in just a little bit too quickly. She was so kinda sneaky and sinister at the start when she came out, to then kinda give in and grant the title match after just a few words about being afraid, it felt just a little bit ...hed to me. I dunno what else you could have done differently, certainly all the key elements, Lita proving herself, Victoria fobbing her off, that was all fine, but the payoff was just too quick imo. But yeah, should be a good match at SummerSlam, although I'm intrigued by all the mentions of Trish. Is she somehow gonna make a late appearance and play a part in it all?

While it was certainly good to hear from Bischoff and Michaels regarding the title situation, I think the real interesting part about this was how much emphasis Bischoff placed on how important Michaels was to him and his demands. Bischoff would normally claim Michaels was nothing, but this was certainly the opposite, and it was a rather novel approach to take. One small thing, when you had Bischoff mention Michaels' family and kids, I'd have had a line describing Michaels' emotions at that point. Something subtle like that would have added to the exchange, and I think that's defo something to keep in mind for the future, especially with a guy like Michaels who is a master of using his expressions in promos.

Good to see you put Kennedy to good use, couple of points about the pre match promo. I certainly chuckled at the lost a pound comment, that was pretty funny, but it's not “further a due”, you're looking for “further ado”. As for the match, Maven actually got more offence in that I had thought he would, but obvious Kennedy was gonna get the win to keep his début roll going. Feud for him after SummerSlam plz.

Some pretty good words out of Hassan here, certainly his victory earlier adds a lot of weight to what he had to say. I liked the fact that you had him kinda stir the pot a little more between Haas and Benjamin, this added to the words of commentary earlier certainly give the impression that something is gonna go down at SummerSlam between the two. Maybe next week we'll get a bit of in-ring shenanigans between the two to build on what we've seen this week?

While I appreciate that Nemeth and Doane are the new up and coming team on the scene, I thought we'd have a Basham's victory here to even up the score from the match earlier between The Entity and The Dudleys. Although the Dudleys weren't involved in the decision, it was still a loss for their half of the eight man, and this was another one here. And not only that, it was pretty clean too. I dunno, I just can't help but think that a Basham win here would have served you better booking wise heading into SummerSlam, but I guess there's time to change that before the big show.

Nice little pep talk from Flair here, at least it showed Batista in a more defiant light given what happened at the top of the show. Flair readying himself for an appearance from Christian and almost asking for Batista's help made sense, and I'm assuming there'll be a brawl and a chance for 'Tista to get some heat back. Nothing major, but a nice little spot that sets up the main event well.

Wow, Jindrak and Show, No Holds Barred? If ya' ask me, that shoulda had much more impact in the announcement of it. It just kinda seemed like an add on here. You could have even just announced the match here then saved the stipulation for next week. Anyway, match should be good, Jindrak has been a real star in this thread (where is he tonight, btw?) and I'm sure he'll come out of SummerSlam strongly. Michaels was used well here, and in this segment you did a much better job of describing his attitude and expressions, the reluctance to square up to Show, that was all done much better here. But where oh where is Shawn off to at the end?

And it's main event time. The action was certainly enjoyable, especially that double axe handle from the top rope spot, can't say I remember seeing that from Flair all that often. I liked the little tease near the finish with Christian's music, usually that would've been enough of a distraction for Edge to steal it, but nice of you to change it up a bit and have Flair survive that. While I don't disagree with the outcome of the match, there is one thing I'll disagree with. We heard before the match that Batista would have Flair's back. Why did it then take him so long to get involved? I mean, we had Christian and Tomko out, they waited, then we had Tomko on the apron, and then finally Christian hit the chair shot. Given that we just heard from Batista before the match, he should've been out much sooner imo. He could have even taken the fight to Christian and Tomko during the match, and in the confusion, Edge got the win, which you could have still chalked up to Christian's involvement. But yeah, good to see that given how the show started, Batista seemed to be back on top by the end of it.

Oh hullo, what's happened to Shawn? Ah wait... is maybe the reason it took Batista so long to hit the ring 'cause he was busy layin' a whoopin' on Michaels? Or do you credit it to Kane? Hmmm... nice little way to end things. Really looking forward to the explanation for it.

Overall, a really solid show, certainly continued to build towards SummerSlam nicely. A few things I disagreed with booking wise, but I think you've still got enough time to change my mind on a few feuds before we get to the big show. Overall, there wasn't a whole lot to fault, and the ending was very strong, and there's a real hook to tune in for next week, and you know I will be doing so.
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 12/8/05- New Haven; Connecticut


It’s the penultimate stop on the road to Summerslam for the stars of Friday Night Smackdown as we head to New Haven, Connecticut ahead of a blockbuster main event.

Last week saw the WWE Championship match for Summerslam made official as Kurt Angle finally got his wish, a one on one shot at the Doctor of Thuganomics, John Cena. The champion vowed that they would settle their differences come Summerslam, man to man, face to face, something the Wrestling Machine’s been begging for only Angle didn’t opt for that route one week ago as the Olympic Gold Medalist blindsided Cena from behind, proceeding to beat down the champion backstage. Tonight Cena and Angle WILL meet face to face on opposite sides of the ring in tag team action.

Cena and Angle’s partners tonight? Two men who also got physical last week, Randy Orton and The Undertaker. The Deadman returned to action for the first time in over four months as he defeated Chris Masters but it was post match where the Legend Killer struck, delivering a message that he was no longer intimidated, no longer threatened by the mind games of the Phenom before stating that it was his turn to play some games around here. With that the lights went out and Orton took down the Deadman from behind, delivering a thunderous RKO. Orton will team with Kurt Angle tonight, both men having huge momentum but their challengers, the WWE Champion and the Demon of Death Valley will no doubt want payback for what transpired last week.

Also tonight we have learned that kicking off the show will be the debut of a brand new talk show, Carlito’s Cabana. Last week the Apple Spitter picked up another big win, defeating the United States Champion, Matt Hardy in tag team action. Carlito’s first guest on the Cabana? None other than that man himself, the United States Champion. What will Carlito have in store on the debut edition of his very own talk show? And will Matt Hardy look to spoil Carlito’s party?

Last week saw a whole new side emerge to Rob Van Dam as Mr.Friday Night verbally lashed out on both Teddy Long and his friend Rey Mysterio. Long informed Van Dam that his investigation into MNM’s victory at the Bash was closed following security tape evidence that the masked assailant was NOT Melina. Van Dam refused to accept it, claiming he would find the truth out on his own and has now began his own investigation. Well tonight that investigation will be put on hold as Van Dam teams with Rey Mysterio to take on Jamie Noble and Kid Kash, the Pitbulls. Can Van Dam put MNM to the back of his mind? We will find out tonight.

Two weeks ago JBL promised us that he would make an impact following repeated losses in his quest for the WWE title and last week the ‘Wrestling God’ delivered as he viciously assaulted the undefeated Bobby Lashley. Lashley has dominated the competition since arriving on Smackdown and for the first time last week was left floored by Bradshaw’s actions. Will the ‘Real Deal’ have any response to JBL’s assault? Or will the Wall Street Warrior add insult to injury?

All this and much more tonight on Smackdown!!


Confirmed for tonight’s show:

John Cena and The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle and Randy Orton

Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. The Pitbulls

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Kicking off Smackdown, the debut of ‘Carlito’s Cabana’



Massive thanks as ever for the Raw feedback chaps, much appreciated. Look for this to be up Monday or Tuesday i would think.
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WWE Friday Night Smackdown- 12/8/05- New Haven; Connecticut


The opening video plays for all to see before the explosive pyro hits and we’re welcomed to Smackdown by Michael Cole and Tazz.

Michael Cole: We are just NINE nights away from the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam and tonight Friday Night Smackdown brings you a blockbuster main event as the Legend Killer Randy Orton teams with the Wrestling Machine Kurt Angle to take on the WWE Champion John Cena and The Undertaker!!

Tazz: Absolutely freakin’ HUGE main event Cole. John Cena, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle, four of the very best in this business goin’ at it here tonight. I cannot wait for that one.

‘Cool’


It’s immediate heat as the music of the Apple Spitter hits and out steps Carlito, dressed in one of his outrageous Hawaiian shirts, wearing a broad grin and we get a look inside the ring where we see what appears to be a Hammock as well as several pine cones and some rather outrageous palm trees as there are two deck chairs also laid out.


Michael Cole: But folks we are kicking things off with the man who seven nights ago defeated the United States Champion Matt Hardy. Carlito propelled himself right into title contention last week Tazz and tonight marks the debut of Carlito’s Cabana, his guest? None other than Matt Hardy.

Tazz: Gonna be a heck of a confrontation right here Cole. Carlito has been on a roll right the way since Wrestlemania, Matt Hardy’s been on that same roll too and if these two men go toe to toe for that United States title, something’s gotta give!

Lito now has a microphone as he stands inside the ring, that grin etched upon his face as his music dies down and he begins to talk.

Carlito: Ladies and gentleman it’s Carlito’s pleasure to introduce to ju the very FIRST edition of CARLITO’S CABANA!!

Lito parades his set to the crowd, looking incredibly excited as he‘s already drawing pretty strong boos.

Carlito: It’s about damn time Carlito had his own talk show right? And ju know what? We’re gonna kick dis thing off in style because Carlito’s guest tonight, ha ha. Carlito’s guest tonight is the man he BEAT last week in the middle of dis ring, the man who is the current, let Carlito reiterate dat point, he is the current United States Champion, Matt Hardy.

Big pop for the mention of Hardy as Lito nods his head, a little disgruntled now.

Carlito: But before Carlito brings his guest out, Carlito’s got some other things he’d like to talk about. Carlito would like to talk about…well, CARLITO!!

Lito begins grinning once again, the boos quick to return.

Carlito: See Carlito doesn’t believe he’s getting the recognition he deserves around here. Ever since Wrestlemania all Carlito has done is come down to dis ring week after week, month after moth and take on every challenger in his path. Each and every one of those challengers all have one thing in common…they all LOST to Carlito.

More heat for the Apple Spitter.

Carlito: B-b-but has dat got Carlito anywhere? No, das got Carlito absolutely nowhere because dat incompetent General Manager of ours Teddy Long, he-he doesn’t understand talent. Das right, Teddy Long wouldn’t know what talent was if it came and slapped him in the face.

Carlito laughs at his own joke.

Carlito: Instead Teddy Long likes to give opportunities to mediocre guys, to undeserving guys. Instead Teddy Long likes to give opportunities to people like-like Matt Hardy and ju know what? Carlito’s getting pretty sick and tired of it all. And for dat very reason Matt Hardy is Carlito’s very first guest on Carlito’s Cabana here tonight because when he comes down dat ramp, steps through those ropes and comes face to face with Carlito, he’s gonna hear the truth about himself, he’s gonna hear the truth about dat United States title and he’s gonna hear the truth about what’s gonna happen when the spotlight’s on him and he can’t handle it. He's gonna hear about how he falls SHORT and he LOSES to the real talent on Friday nights… Carlito.

Lito begins to laugh before taking a bite on his apple before…

‘Oh Yeahhhhhhhh’


‘Live for the Moment’


Lito is stopped in his tracks as the music of his guest hits and out comes Matt Hardy looking in a pretty buoyant mood as Lito almost spits his apple out and Hardy heads down to the ring, taking a microphone as Carlito finishing getting his apple down.

Matt Hardy: You’re uh, you’re the 'true talent' on Friday nights, did I, did I hear that correctly?

Hardy’s now the one to have a little laugh to himself.

Matt Hardy: Carly, I can call you Carly right? Carly all you are is a loudmouth, self centred, egomaniac who just-who just can’t quite live up to the hype aren't ya?

Carlito looks horrified as the fans pop big for that.

Matt Hardy: You look surprised but it’s true. See you came to the WWE with a whole lot of hype around you, people were expecting big things right from the get go weren’t they? The son of the great Carlos Colon, you must’ve expected big things yourself right? Your family, your father must’ve expected big things from you but Carly here we a…

Carlito: Hey, hey ju don’t bring Carlito’s father into dis!! Ju don’t bring Carlito’s family into this!! W-what are ju getting at here Matt? Huh? What point are ju trying to make exactly?

Matt Hardy: Point I’m tryin’ to make Carly is that you’ve been here nearly a year now and despite all the hype, despite all the ‘talent’ you like to think you have, what’ve you got to show for it? What’ve you done since you came to Smackdown? I’ll tell you what you’ve done, not a DAMN thing.

Nice pop for that.

Matt Hardy: Sure you won this United States title, you won it on your first night in the company but there’s a phrase out there that fits pretty nicely to go along with that Carly, it’s called ‘beginners luck’. The man you beat for this title, well he won the thing right back a month later from ya and since then? Since then he’s gone on to actually DO something. Since then John Cena has go on to become the WWE Champion while you? All you’ve done is fall further and further down the food chain.

Lito begins to smirk.

Carlito: Ju’re a funny guy Matt, real funny guy. Beginners luck huh? On Carlito’s first night in the company he achieved more than ju’ve done in jur ENTIRE CAREER!!

Lito looks quite angry now as Hardy’s face turns serious.

Carlito: Ju wanna call Carlito a failure? Ju wanna say Carlito hasn’t lived up to the hype? Look in the mirror Matt. People thought ju were gonna be a big star, dey saw ju when ju were with jur little brother, dey saw the high flying, daredevil Hardy Boyz and dey saw two future stars, dey saw two guys destined for the top.

Carlito begins to shake his head.

Carlito: But Carlito? Carlito never saw dat. All Carlito saw was a guy who was living off of his brother.

Ooooooh.

Carlito: Das right. All Carlito saw was a leech, ju lived off jur brother’s crazy little stunts. Ju lived on being just a Hardy boy. All Carlito saw was Jeff and his brother, all Carlito saw when he looked at ju was second best and here we are and well, whadda ju know? Ju are STILL second best.

Heat again for Lito as Hardy looks a little pissed off.

Matt Hardy: Alright, so maybe it’s taken me a little longer to get where I wanna be. Maybe I didn’t win gold on my first night around here but since that first night, since that first time I stepped inside this ring, I have worked, I have clawed, I have fought my way up and now? Now I’m right where I wanna be Carly, I’m holdin’ one of the most prestigious championships in this industry and hey, you might not wanna believe it but I…I do. I am on the cusp, I am on the brink of getting to that next level and I can tell you right here, right now that I’m gonna make it a long, long time before you ever even come close.

Hardy gets right into Lito’s face but the Apple Spitter backs off, the crowd riled up.

Carlito: Really? Ju really believe dat ju can reach the top around here Matt? Ju really think ju’re better than Carlito? How bout ju prove it? How bout ju put dat United States title on the line against Carlito?

A few cheers as the fans wanna see Hardy kick Lito’s ass.

Matt Hardy: Am I supposed to back down or something here? Am I really supposed to be afraid of takin’ you on? I don’t think you understand that I will take on ANYBODY for this championship, I thrive on proving myself to all the doubters out there, proving myself to people like you, I‘ve done it all my career, I‘ve done it all my life. Carlito you’re on, Summerslam, me and you for this United States title and I will prove there and then that Matt Hardy? Matt Hardy is… for… REAL.

Hardy is intense here as Lito tosses his apple up and down.

Carlito: Matt all ju’re gonna prove at Summerslam is dat talk is cheap. Words, dey don’t mean anything unless ju can back ‘em up. Carlito will ALWAYS back ‘em up. How does, how does da saying go Matt? Actions speak louder than words, something like dat right? Well Carlito…is all action.

BAM!! LITO THROWS A LEFT HAND BUT HARDY BLOCKS IT!! Hardy now starts to unload with right hands as Carlito has no response!! Kick to the mid section and a ROAR to the crowd, TWIST OF FATE!!! NO!! LITO SHOVES HARDY AWAY AND EXIT’S THE RING!! Lito hightails it out of dodge!!

Michael Cole: So much for action from Carlito!! Matt Hardy making a statement here tonight!! Matt Hardy IS for real and at Summerslam he wants to prove it!!

Hardy raises his United States title up high, his music blaring as his eyes are firmly fixed on Carlito who backs up the ramp, clutching his jaw as he shakes his head having failed to get one over on his rival tonight.

Michael Cole: Well at Summerslam we will now find out!! Is Matt Hardy for real? Is Carlito gonna live up to the hype? What a heated confrontation here tonight Tazz! The first ever Carlito’s Cabana and now a HUGE match set for Summerslam!

Tazz: Big time confrontation indeed baby and both of these two guys have got a point to prove come Summerslam now. Carlito’s been unstoppable of late, Matt Hardy’s been just as unstoppable, at Summerslam one of ‘em is gonna have their run come to a halt and I can’t freakin’ wait. Gonna be awesome when we head to Washington D.C.

Hardy holds his U.S. title aloft one more time as he stands by the ropes smirking at Lito who looks a little taken aback here as Hardy has stolen the spotlight on the first edition of Carlito’s Cabana.

Commercials


We return and head backstage where we join Josh Matthews who is standing by ready to give us our first interview of the evening.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman joining me at this time, please welcome the WWE Champion, John Cena!!

Cena appears into shot looking PISSED off as the crowd makes a lot of noise for the champion.

Josh Matthews: John last week you and Kurt Angle came to terms on a match for Summerslam where you will defend the WWE Championship against the Wrestling Machine. Later on that night Kurt would go on to viciously attack you from behind, my question to you is how are you now feeling one week on?

Cena looks around, in front of him, then behind him before turning his direction back to Matthews.

John Cena: Sorry, sorry I just had to check around incase ya know, that little bitch Kurt Angle jumps me from behind again.

Ooooooh.

John Cena: How am I feeling? Josh I’m feeling fired…up. I’m feeling fired up and I’m feeling ready to go out there tonight and WHIP KURT ANGLE’S ASS ALL OVER CONNECTICUT!!

Nice pop as the champ really is fired up in a big way.

John Cena: See Kurt likes to make statements, he likes to make claims. He claims that I(Cena laughs) that I'm afraid of goin’ face to face with him. That I’m a coward, that I'm scared of facin’ him. Well last week I stood in that ring out there and I called Kurt Angle out, I called him out to fight. But Kurt didn’t come knocking, naw, he got what he wanted, he got a shot at this and then he simply…walked away.

Boos ring round now.

John Cena: I find it real funny Josh that I’m bein’ called a coward, that I’m bein’ called a ‘false’ champion, that I supposedly won’t take on any and all challenges by a guy who…by a guy who attacked me from behind last week, who took me out when my back was turned. THAT was the ultimate act of cowardice. THAT was the act of a man who is truly runnin’ scared and THAT was the act of a man who knows, who KNOWS that at Summerslam, he’s gonn’ get found out, he’s gonn’ get his ass beat and he’s gonn’ run off with his tail between his legs because the champ will STILL…be here.

Massive pop again for a very intense Cena here tonight.

John Cena: Tonight? (Cena laughs) Tonight is gonna be just a small taster of what I do to Kurt Angle at Summerslam so Kurt I ain’t gonn’ sneak attack you, I ain’t gonn’ hit you when your back is turned. I’m gonn’ stand right in that ring, right in your face and I’m gonn’ beat your ass…like a real man.

Cena then spins his belt before heading off and we return ringside.

‘A Country Boy Can Survive’


It’s small heat but heat nonetheless as The Pitbulls make their way out with Jamie Noble and Kid Kash looking as fiercely determined as ever, all set for action.

Michael Cole: Strong words there from John Cena but Tazz back to the action and last week saw these two men Kid Kash and Jamie Noble pick up a huge win over the Mexicools. What would another victory tonight do for the Pitbulls?

Tazz: It’d put ‘em right in line for a shot at those WWE Tag Team Titles that’s what it’d do Cole. These two dudes are hugely talented and hugely underrated. Kash and Noble can go and they’ll prove it again tonight.

‘One of a Kind/619 Remix’


Van Dam and Rey come out, Mysterio fast paced as ever but Van Dam really doesn’t look like he wants to be there, hands on his hips, a pissed off look on his face as he strolls leisurely down alongside Rey Rey.


Michael Cole: And here come two men who’ve had quite the opposite in recent weeks to that of the Pitbulls. Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam coming off the back of a demoralising defeat at the Bash with Rob Van Dam showing a side of himself that well, we’ have never seen before.

Tazz: I’ve known Rob a long time Cole and I ain’t never seen him this way before. Van Dam is furious and he’s convinced MNM screwed him and Rey at the Bash and y’know? I believe he’s gonna do ANYTHING he can to prove it.

Match One: Tag Team Match

The Pitbulls vs. Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio

It’s Mysterio who starts things out as Van Dam doesn’t appear too fussed to be on the outside whilst it’s Kid Kash who begins the match for the Pitbulls. It’s high paced, high energy stuff with several arm drags from Mysterio preventing Kash getting any momentum as Mysterio then whips Kash into the ropes but Kash reverses and Mysterio rebounds TAKING KASH DOWN WITH A TILTAWHIRL HEADSCISSORS!! Beautiful stuff early on from Mysterio, the Connecticut crowd right behind the Ultimate Underdog as Kash is floored.

Kash is quickly to his feet however and races at Rey but the Master of the 619 keeps momentum, dropping Kash with an arm drag, followed by another before Mysterio begins to hammer away, strong kicks right across the mid section of Kash who is grimacing, in some discomfort here as Mysterio gains full control. Irish whip by Mysterio now as Kash collides in the corner, Rey comes a charging but NOBODY HOME!! Kash rolls outta the way, he turns round and clubs Mysterio with a corner clothesline!! Kash now looks to pick apart Rey, working over his opponent, shoulders into the gut of Rey before beginning an array of kicks to the mid section as Mysterio slumps to the corner.

Kash then works over the former Cruiserweight Champion, striking with some strong right hands and nice forearm shots that Mysterio has no answer to before Kash drops Rey dead centre of the ring with a nice vertical suplex before he drags Rey’s body over towards his corner, tagging in Jamie Noble. We get a shot of Rob Van Dam who looks disinterested in his partner’s predicament, looking around the crowd almost as though he’s lost while Noble continues to work over Rey before locking the Ultimate Underdog into a sleeper hold. Noble trying to keep the high flier grounded here.

Mysterio tries with all his might to battle out of the sleeper hold, the crowd urging him and Rey fights with all he’s got, Noble showing a fierce determination though to keep the hold in but Rey’s digging in, elbows to the mid section of Noble, the Pitbull’s grip breaking and Mysterio finally breaks free!! The crowd in Connecticut pop big time as Noble picks himself back up, Mysterio runs the ropes, Noble ducks underneath the charging Mexican, Rey runs through, SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY!! Into a cover, 1...2...KASH BREAKS THE COUNT!!

Kid Kash saves the match there for his team as both Noble and Mysterio are down here, Mysterio though crawling towards his partner, the crowd desperate for Van Dam to make the tag but Mr.Friday Night doesn’t appear too concerned as he watches on at his partner. Jamie Noble is now dragging himself to his feet, using the ropes to help him up AS MYSTERIO TAGS VAN DAM IN!! Van Dam steps through the ropes, the crowd going crazy, Noble makes the tag too and here comes Kash!! Kash is reluctant though and stands off Van Dam who simply watches Kash get in the ring, an ‘R-V-D’ chant has begun but Van Dam simply stares at Kash who looks ready to go here. Mysterio is encouraging Van Dam on here but Van Dam puts his head down, seemingly then saying to himself ‘No’ before HE TAPS MYSTERIO ON THE BACK, TAGGING REY IN!! Van Dam has had enough and Van Dam HEADS OFF THE APRON AND UP THE RAMP!! Mysterio’s gonna go it alone!!

Mysterio is shocked, so too are the Pitbulls as Mysterio looks on up the ramp, asking Van Dam where he’s going but Van Dam simply walks away to some heat from the crowd here, MNM matters still clearly inside his head as we the…MYSTERIO ROLLED UP FROM BEHIND!! KASH HAS GOT THE TIGHTS!! 1...2...3...PITBULLS WIN!!


Winners: The Pitbulls(8:01)


Kash and Noble score big time as they duck out the ring elated after that victory while there’s confusion in the arena and on Mysterio’s face as Van Dam heads through the curtain.

Michael Cole: HUGE win for the Pitbulls!! But Tazz what on earth is going on with Rob Van Dam?!

Tazz: I-I-I’m stumped Cole, really I don’t know what’s goin’ on inside Van Dam’s head here but it can’t be good for him and it damn sure wasn’t good for Rey Mysterio here tonight.

We see Mysterio who is laying down on the mat, looking up the ramp but there is no sign of Van Dam, only the Pitbulls who back up celebrating another big victory as they seek tag team glory.

Commercials


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 head off backstage where we see Rob Van Dam walking through the back, looking as f...trated a figure as we’ve ever seen him before Kristal Marshall approaches him from behind.

Kristal Marshall: Rob, Rob!! Everybody wants to know exactly why you just walked out on your partner Rey Mysterio?

Van Dam huffs and puffs.

Rob Van Dam: Why do you think Kristal? I mean c’mon, my head’s not in the game right now. Teddy Long knows that and yet he still puts me in a match out there tonight. I mean, seriously dude? I can’t go out there and give it my all, I can’t be the Rob Van Dam these people know and love. Yeah I walked out on Rey tonight but he knows it was nothing personal, this is ALL to do with MNM and until I get to the truth, I’m not gonna be able to give my all, both for myself and for Rey.

Van Dam goes to walk away but Kristal follows.

Kristal Marshall: Well Rob how close exactly are you to finding out the truth?

Rob Van Dam: If I was close, you really think I’d be in this much of a hurry to get away from you? I’m sorry Kristal but you, Josh Matthews, Teddy Long, hell, people even walking down the street!! Everybody keeps on getting involved in my business, keeps on asking me questions, ’What’s wrong Rob?’ ’Why are you acting this way?’ Well y’know what I am SICK…and tired of all that kinda crap so sweetheart, if ya wouldn’t mind? PLEASE…just back off.

Wow. Van Dam gets a little bit of heat for this as Kristal looks taken aback also and Van Dam heads off, a spring in his step as he clearly has ‘work’ to do here, keeping it short and sweet for everyone tonight. We then head back ringside to hear…

‘Longhorn’


It’s a ton of heat already as the trademark white limousine pulls out into the arena and out steps the man himself, a broad smile etched across his face as John Bradshaw Layfield arrives on the scene set for action.

Michael Cole: Last week Tazz this man promised us all that he’d make an impact and he did exactly that, launching a SICKENING assault on Bobby Lashley.

Tazz: Was nasty stuff from JBL last week Cole but he did what he promised to do. He made a big time impact and I think not only Bobby Lashley but the entire Smackdown locker room will have taken note. JBL is lookin’ up again and it starts with Bobby Lashley.

‘How Do You like me Now?’


It’s practically silence as Hardcore Holly makes his way out, set to take on another old timer in JBL.

Tazz: Cole, Hardcore Holly is a tough dude, he really is BUT if I would not wanna be anywhere near JBL right now. Bradshaw is focused, he’s determined, he’s ready to make another statement tonight. You can be sure of that.

Michael Cole: Hardcore Holly is no slouch though Tazz, you said it yourself. I’m sure we’ll find out just how serious JBL is here tonight about his climb back to the top on Friday nights. I just hope Hardcore Holly doesn’t suffer the same fate as Bobby Lashley.

Match Two: Singles Match

John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Hardcore Holly

Bradshaw looks pretty determined here tonight, a stern look on his face as he eyes up Bob Holly from the opposite side of the ring and from here on out it’s all about the former WWE Champion sending yet another message as he dominates Holly from the get go.

Holly looks to take the fight to JBL but gets picked off as the Wall Street Warrior gets physical, displaying some venomous right hands, knocking Holly back towards the corner with Holly having no answer for the brutality of the ‘Wrestling God’. A series of kicks up against the turnbuckle send Holly slumped down into the corner as JBL smirks for the first time tonight. Holly is poised right now as Bradshaw takes a few steps back before charging and taking Holly’s head off with a boot to the face!! Thunderous impact from JBL as Holly looks dazed right now.

JBL continues to pick apart Holly, dominating him with more stern rights before a couple of hard scoop slams as the crowd boo the former champion as he continues to rile them up. Holly begins to show some kind of fight, Bradshaw perhaps taking too long to try and put him away and Holly responds with some rights of his own before a rake of the eyes from Bradshaw!! Holly’s blinded momentarily before GETITNG KNOCKED DOWN WITH A THUNDEROUS BIG BOOT!! Holly’s head is taken off as JBL looks at him with disgust before clearly wanting this over with as he brings Holly up, positions him before running the ropes and dismantling him with a CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! Another fiercely determined look from JBL before he drops into the cover and gets the three count for a convincing win.


Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield(4:11)

Michael Cole: Statement made here tonight from JBL, an emphatic victory over Hardcore Holly but I’ve got no doubts that when Bobby Lashley gets his hands on the former WWE Champion, it’ll be a completely different ball game. Lashley will want payback on JBL.

Tazz: Absolutely Cole. Lashley is just…just a freak of nature and when he and Bradshaw lock horns, it’s gonna be a blockbuster.

Bradshaw kicks Holly out of the ring, a look of disgust across his face for Holly even thinking he stood a chance here tonight. The Wrestling God has a microphone in hand and already the Connecticut faithful are on his back as he gets set to speak.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Two weeks ago I vowed that I was going to make a HUGE impact. I promised the world that I was going to make a definitive statement and last week? Ha ha, last week yours truly delivered on that promise.

A ‘You Suck’ chant has now built up.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I took a man who is quite frankly… a freak of nature and I absolutely, positively, ain’t no two ways about it, WIPED THE FLOOR…with him.

Big time heat as Layfield lets out that grin of his.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Bobby Lashley, two hundred seventy plus pounds of sheer DOMINANCE. A guy who has walked into the WWE and he has taken it by storm. Everybody is talkin’ about this kid, about how he is and I quote, the ‘Real Deal’. Well last week I showed you all just how real Bobby Lashley is.

Layfield is quite intense now.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I came to this ring and I delivered him the beating of a LIFETIME!! Bobby Lashley is about as real as FREAKIN’ SUPERMAN!! I promised to make an impact, I promised to make a statement and good GOD ALMIGHTY didn’t I just?

More strong heat for Jibbles here.

John Bradshaw Layfield: But that? That isn’t enough for me, no, no. See last week showed a few doubters that JBL is still very much on top around this place but I need to do more, I gotta go one better. Incase you people forgot, I am a WRESTLINGGGGGGGGGG GAWDDDDDDDD and at Summerslam, I wanna prove it, I wanna shut the doubters up once and for all.

Layfield nods as he’s seemingly thrown down the gauntlet.

John Bradshaw Layfield: So I’m gonna make this real simple. Bobby Lashley, the undefeated, unstoppable powerhouse. The supposed ‘Real Deal‘, I’m puttin’ the challenge to ya kid, me and you, Summerslam, I want an answer and I want it…right now.

Bradshaw has indeed laid down the challenge as he await’s a reply from Lashley here. Will the young challenger accept the fight.

‘Hell Will be Callin’ your Name’


Oh he’s about to find out as here comes BOBBY LASHLEY!! LASHLEY CHARGES DOWN TO THE RING AS JBL AWAITS HIM!! JBL AND LASHLEY GONNA GO TOE TO TOE HERE!!

Michael Cole: Bobby Lashley doesn’t look as though he wants to wait til Summerslam!! Bobby Lashley making a beeline for JBL!!

Tazz: I told ya this was gonna be blockbuster!!

Lashley storms into the ring BUT JBL SLIDES UNDER THE BOTTOM ROPE!! BRADSHAW RUNS UP THE RAMP TO THUNDEROUS HEAT!!

Michael Cole: Oh you gotta be kidding me?! So much for wanting to prove yourself huh, so much for wanting to make another statement.

Bradshaw raises the mic to address B-Lash.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You think I’m stupid huh? Do ya? I’m not gonna fight you tonight, I‘m not gonna fight you unprepared. All I want from you tonight… is an answer, all I want from you is to step inside the ring at Summerslam with one of THE all time legends in this business.

There’s a shit load of heat for that statement.

John Bradshaw Layfield: I want you to be put to the test, I wanna show these people how FAKE you really are, how much of a FRAUD you really are Bobby and I wanna do it when the pressure’s on, the lights are shinin’ bright, I wanna do it on the big stage, not here tonight in front of all these ingrates.

Oh Layfield knows how to push these fans buttons.

John Bradshaw Layfield: So what’s it to be huh? You got the guts to face me Bobby? You got the nerve to try your luck with the greatest of ‘em all?

Lashley grabs a mic off of Tony Chimel.

Bobby Lashley: If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’ve got the guts and I’ve got the nerve to take on… ANYBODY.

Nice pop as it’s the first time we’ve really heard from Lashley on Smackdown.

Bobby Lashley: I accept your challenge and when Summerslam’s over and done with, you will know that Bobby Lashley is far from fake and you’ll know that Bobby Lashley is NO fraud. Bobby Lashley is nothing…but the ‘Real Deal’.

Another nice pop for the powerhouse who appears to be done talking here, the match all set for August 21st. JBL though then begins to smile and starts clapping.

John Bradshaw Layfield: Congratulations kid, congratulations.

Layfield then stops clapping and the smile disappears as he turns deadly serious, taking a second.

John Bradshaw Layfield: You just signed your own death wish.

Bradshaw then drops the mic and exits through the curtain, an intense look on both he and Lashley’s faces as Lashley’s music hits and the crowd recognise the combustible situation they just witnessed, Lashley pandering to them as they cheer for the ‘Real Deal’.

Michael Cole: Another MAJOR match up set for Summerslam!! The undefeated Bobby Lashley will go toe to toe with JBL!! Tazz it is gonna be a huge night for Lashley come August 21st.

Tazz: Biggest night of this young dude’s career and we’ll see exactly what Lashley’s made of come Summerslam. JBL’s got a point to prove, Lashley’s got a point to prove, the score’s gonna be settled in less than two weeks Cole, I can’t freakin’ wait for this one!!

Commercials


We return and immediately see Josh Matthews stood backstage ready to speak to us.

Josh Matthews: Ladies and gentleman joining me at this time, the Legend Killer, Randy Orton.

Orton appears into shot, dressed to compete ahead of his tag match later on. The Legend Killer wears a wry smile as the crowd boo the former World Champion.

Josh Matthews: Randy last week you made it abundantly clear that this time around you are not going to fall foul to The Undertaker’s mind games and that the Deadman himself needs to be on his toes. Do you believe the message you sent last week will have put The Undertaker on notice?

Randy Orton: Last week had to put The Undertaker on notice Josh because he now knows, he now fully understands that I’m not gonna fall for his little tricks, I’m not gonna get involved in any of his games. This time around he’s the one who’s gonna be on the receiving end, he’s going to have to deal with my own mind games. I’m gonna get inside his head like nobody before, it started last week and tonight? Tonight I guarantee it continues.

Orton has a stern look on his face now, much change from his arrogant look earlier on.

Randy Orton: I caught The Undertaker off guard last week, my plan worked to absolute perfection, The Undertaker just did not see it coming. Tonight he’s gonna be a little more ready for it, he’s gonna be a little more prepared but that will count for absolutely nothing. It won’t matter at all because the end result tonight will be the exact same as it was at Judgment Day and the exact same as it WILL be at Summerslam. Randy Orton defeating…The Undertaker.

Nice heat there for Orton’s statement.

Randy Orton: When I’m through with him at Summerslam though, it’ll be a little different. At Summerslam I’m not just going to beat The Undertaker, I am going to FINISH The Undertaker, once and for all, the Deadman…will be no more. No more gong, no more lights out, no more lightening bolts, no more CRAP coming my way, all that’ll be left is another legend KILLED…at the hands of Randy Orton.

More strong heat.

Josh Matthews: Well Randy regarding your match tonight, you don’t just face The Undertaker, you face the WWE Champion John Cena. Any concerns at all regar…

Randy Orton: Any conc..(starts laughing) Any concerns…regarding John Cena?

Orton strokes his chin, laughing a little to himself still.

Randy Orton: I will never, let me make this clear to you, I will NEVER have any concerns regarding John Cena. My priority right now is one man and one man only but if John Cena wants to step in my way here tonight? Hey, I got no problem with that, no problem with that at all. Because if John Cena does step in my path here tonight he’ll go the exact same route The Undertaker went last week and you people will not just witness The Undertaker down and out… your precious WWE Champion will join him too.

Orton then heads off, his message loud and clear for all to hear in Connecticut this evening. We then return ringside to hear…

‘MasterPiece’


We return to the sight of the Masterpiece, Chris Masters making his way down to ringside, greeted with a small amount of heat, fresh off a sterling performance last week against The Undertaker.


Michael Cole: Welcome back ringside and we are all set for a big match up here tonight for both men involved, this man being one of ‘em, the Masterpiece, Chris Masters. Masters went toe to toe last week with The Undertaker in an impressive fashion and he’ll wanna build on that with a win here tonight Tazz.

Tazz: No doubt about it Cole, Masters stepped up his game last week and he ain’t gonna wanna let that defeat hurt him. He took on one of the very best and he gave as good as he got, tonight he’s gotta do the same thing.

‘Stay in Shadow’


It’s a very nice pop that greets the sound of the former Cruiserweight Champion’s music, Paul London who storms down to the ring, looking set for a big win here this evening.


Michael Cole: Well Chris Masters may need a victory here tonight but there’s no doubting Paul London could do with the same. London was defeated back at the Bash by Gregory Helms for the Cruiserweight Championship and will wanna send a message to the man formerly known as The Hurricane.

Tazz: Absolutely. Paul London was robbed at the Bash and a win here tonight will do nothing but give him all the more confidence that he can take back that Cruiserweight title and that he can get one over on Chavo Guerrero and of course, Gregory Helms.

The match is about to start, the two men circling each other, the bell rings but…

‘Listen, It’s Time’


The music of Gregory Helms hits and out come the Cruiserweight Champion along with his partner in crime, Chavo Guerrero. There’s confusion on the face of Paul London while Masters doesn’t look too phased. Helms and Guerrero then make their way down towards the announce table and take a headset to join Michael Cole and Tazz.


Michael Cole: Well in a surprising turn of events we are being joined here tonight by the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms along with Chavo Guerrero. Guys welcome aboard, what brings you out here?

Gregory Helms: Shut up Cole. We ain’t out here to explain ourselves to you, we’re just out here to get a birdseye view of this punk Paul London.

Chavo Guerrero: Tazz good to see you, Cole as Greg just said, please... just keep your mouth shut.

Tazz: You heard ‘em Cole, keep it zipped my man and let these two dudes do the talkin’.

Michael Cole: Well we know that’s not gonna be a problem for either of ’em is it?

Helms and Chavo look at each other fuming.

Gregory Helms: What the HELL did you just say?

Cole shuts up now as Helms and Chavo shake their heads in disgust and this thing finally starts up.

Match Three: Singles Match

Paul London vs. Chris Masters

London looks to start off like a house on fire, taking it to Masters with his usual fast offense and high paced style, strong right hands from the former Cruiserweight Champion before an early cover off of a beautiful dropkick scores London a two count, Masters struggling to cope with the speed of his opponent here.

The tables are soon turned though as London perhaps tries too much, whipping Masters into the turnbuckle, taking a running start before charging at Piece but Masters takes his head off with a clothesline!! London is completely out of it as Gregory Helms applauds on commentary saying ‘That’s the Paul London we’re used to seeing’. Masters now establishes a hold of the match, keeping London grounded, hammering away with nasty kicks to both the right and left leg of London who winces in pain as Masters then runs the ropes himself, smashing a leg drop across London’s mid section. Cover from Masters, kick out at two from the high flier.

Masters brings London to his feet now, clobbering him with several right hands before an Irish whip to his smaller opponent as Chavo notes how London can’t deal with the larger opponent’s power here. London collides into the turnbuckle and Masters smashes a shoulder into his gut, shoulder after shoulder repeatedly into London’s mid section as London gasps out in pain. Masters then drops his Cruiserweight opponent with a nice scoop slam before Piece heads to the top rope, taking a page from London’s book here as Michael Cole questions how wise this is, on the other hand Gregory Helms questioning how wise Cole is.

Masters waits for London to get to his feet, the high flier does so as Masters FLIES HIGH, LONDON WITH A DROPKICK!! DROPKICK IN MID AIR FROM PAUL LONDON!! WOW!! The crowd eat that one up as Masters is floored, it’s taken a bit out of London too who is down as Chavo Guerrero takes off his head set, where’s Chavo going? Chavo begins to wander round the ring, Helms remains on commentary as the men in the ring look to make it to their feet, London doing so first, Masters a little bit behind and he’s met with a boot by London, fast right hands now before an Irish whip. Masters rebounds into a beautiful arm drag, Masters quickly rises, into another arm drag before London strikes with another picture perfect drop kick!

Chavo has now made his way around towards the ramp, the crowd booing the Mexican Warrior while London sets Masters up, boot to the mid section, DDT!! DDT CONNECTS!! London’s headed up top, the crowd are on their feet BUT CHAVO HOPS ONTO THE APRON!! Chavo gets the referee’s attention as Paul London’s set to fly BUT GREGORY HELMS SHOVES LONDON OFF THE TOP!! LONDON FALLS FACE FIRST INTO THE BARRICADE!! Helms then quickly picks London up, Chavo still remonstrating with the referee, Helms lines London up, BAM!! TITLE SHOT TO THE SKULL!! LONDON IS OUT!! Helms then tosses London back inside the ring before strolling round the ring, the crowd shitting all over him and Chavo who hops off the apron. Inside the ring London is out cold as Masters crawls towards the lifeless body of his opponent, arm across his chest, cover…1...2...3...big win for the Masterpiece.


Winner: Chris Masters(7:13)


Michael Cole: DAMN IT!! Paul London had the match won!! Paul London was gonna win this thing only for Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms to sink their claws in, Helms using that Cruiserweight title as a damn weapon Tazz!!

Tazz: Brutal from the Cruiserweight Champ Cole, ain’t no two ways about it. Paul London may want that gold back but as long as Helms and Chavo keep this up, London ain’t getting a sniff. These two are smart, they’re calculated and when it comes down to business, they’re brutal. This partnership could DOMINATE the Cruiserweight division for as long as they want.

Helms and Chavo back up the ramp, Helms clutching his title as both men smile, Chavo pointing back at London as the former champ comes to his feet, looking desperately disappointed at being robbed here tonight by his adversaries.

We then head off backstage where we see KURT ANGLE walking around backstage!! The Olympic Gold Medalist looks to be in quite an intense mood as he checks his shoulder, clearly wary that John Cena may be on his tail here tonight. Angle is then approached by Kristal Marshall!

Kristal Marshall: Kurt! Kurt can we get a quick word regarding your attack last week on John Cena?

Angle stops still, looks at Kristal as if to say ‘Are you kidding me?’ before the Wrestling Machine walks away, clearly not ready to give anything away here tonight and Kristal looks on disappointedly having got nothing out of Angle regarding his actions last week.

Commercials


We return and we’re shown around a Golf course, we see several golfers and their caddies walking around the place before we’re taken inside the club and we see two men lining up with their clubs, waiting to head out to the course presumably. We then cut back to the course where we see two men appear into shot, dressed in golf gear and it’s two men we came to know last week as the cunning duo of JTG and Shad Gaspard, better known as Cryme Tyme come into shot.

JTG: Yo, how much you think we can get then man?

Shad Gaspard: Depends how many we can get, you know the deal right? We do what we gotta do, suckers inside get a seein’ to, we duck out and we make that money real quick baby.

JTG and Shad acknowledge the plan here before they head inside the club where those two men still await. Cryme Tyme get their ‘posh’ act sorted out.


Shad Gaspard: Ah good afternoon gentleman, help you with your clubs?

Golfer 1: About time, we’ve been waiting nearly fifteen minutes for some caddies to arrive. I suppose you two will have to do.

JTG: (Whispering) We got ourselves some punks here dawg, you gonn’ let me hit ‘em wit’ the club or what?

Shad elbows JTG to be quiet.

Shad Gaspard: It would be our pleasure.

Shad and JTG take a bag of clubs each before the four all head out to the course and to the first tee. The first golfer lines up, getting a driver out and taking a practice swing as he and his partner have a laugh and a joke. JTG and Shad though are discussing something.

JTG: How we gonn do this then man? We really gotta sit thru eighteen holes o’ this?

Shad Gaspard: You for real? We ain’t sittin’ thru one of these things man. They gonn’ hit their shots, we gonn’ find one of those buggies over there and we gonn’ head out, a’ight?

JTG: A’ight man, I’ma follow yo’ lead.

The second golfer then takes his shot before both men start walking down towards where their balls have landed. JTG and Shad however begin to head back towards the clubhouse.

Golfer 2: Hey, hey!! Where are you two goin’?

Shad Gaspard: We’re just going to get a buggy, will make things a whole lot easier getting round the course for you two gentleman.

Golfer 1: Alright but I want him to stay with us, I don’t t...t two guys like you takin’ our clubs off.

The two men laugh while JTG looks horrified again.

JTG: Shad I’m telling’ you man, I’ma hit ‘em wit’ the clubs, I’MA DO IT!!

Shad Gaspard: Look calm down brother, I’ma get the buggy, you stay wit’ them.

JTG heads off to join them, Shad heading the opposite way.

Golfer 2: Would you hurry up over there? We haven’t got all day.

JTG huffs and puffs.

JTG: You ain’t got all day and in about ten minutes you ain’t got no clubs neither.

Golfer 2: Hey, what did you just say?

Golfer 1: I knew he wanted to take our clubs, I told you!!

The two men look pissed, JTG smiling to himself as right on schedule, Shad comes flying into things on the golf buggy.

Shad Gaspard: We uh, we got a problem here gentleman?

Golfer 2: You’re damn right we got a problem! Your buddy here just threatened to steal our clubs!!

Shad gives JTG a death glare as he shrugs it off. Golfer 1 then rolls his sleeves up, he wants to give JTG a seeing to here!


JTG: What the hell are you doin’ Jack?

Golfer 1: Who you callin’ Jack? I’m gonna teach you that you don’t threaten me, you don’t threaten to take my belongings. I’m not gonna stand back and take that kinda crap from people like you.

Shad Gaspard: Yo, yo, yo, what do you mean people like us?

Golfer 2: What do yo think he means? He means PEOPLE like you.

JTG: Oh, no he didn’t. Shad, baby tell me those words didn’t just come out his mouth.

Shad begins to smile, holding his wrist
.

Shad Gaspard: They did, they did man and they wanna teach us a little lesson right here so hey, seeing as people like us are beneath people like you, how bout you get a free shot? Go right ahead.

Golfer 1 and Golfer 2 get themselves ready, they wanna go here before SWINGING but Shad and JTG GRAB THEM AND TOSS THEM INTO THE BUNKERS!! Shad and JTG wipe their hands of the mess they just caused before putting the clubs in the back of the buggy and they begin to drive off!!


Shad Gaspard: People gotta learn ain’t that right J? People gotta learn not to mess with us. We ain’t takin’ that kinda crap from nobody, white folk, black folk, yellow folk, it don’t matter. We ain’t gonn’ stand back and take that.

JTG: Damn straight baby. And if people do mess with us? Hey, they gonn’ get their asses handed to ‘em and not only that…

Shad Gaspard: Not ONLY that…

JTG: But they gonn’ give us a little gift as a symbol of apology. Just like these clubs right here.

Shad holds his hands up.


Shad Gaspard: Hey, we ain’t …steal… nuttin‘. We got those clubs as an ‘apology’…

JTG: Chyeahhhhhhhh. And pretty soon the entire Smackdown roster? They gonn’ be apologising too, cos although we ain’t steal nuttin’, nine times out of ten? Cryme Tyme still gets…what they want.

And with that JTG and Shad head off in their golf buggy, the golf clubs they desired in the back and we get a message of…


Cryme Tyme: Coming soon to Smackdown!



We then return ringside to hear…

‘Can you Dig it? Suckaaaaa’


And it’s a very warm response as out steps the former 5 time WCW Champion, Booker T!

Michael Cole: Welcome back to Friday Night Smackdown and things continue to remain unresolved between this man Booker T and his long time friend turned bitter rival, Rhyno but Tazz NEXT WEEK it may all come to an end. We have just received word that on Friday Night Smackdown, just forty eight hours before Summerslam we will see the blow off match between Booker T and Rhyno. It’ll be the former WCW Champion taking on the Man Beast in a 2 out of 3 falls match!! There will be NO disputing just who the better man is come the end of next week.

A graphic is displayed for all to see of Booker T vs. Rhyno; 2 out of 3 Falls Match; Next Week!

Tazz: I can’t wait for that one Cole. Booker and Rhyno, they been at each other’s throats for so damn long now, next week it finally comes to an end. These two former friends are gonna tear the crap outta one another next week, gonna be off the charts. We’re in for a treat before we even get to Summerslam!!

‘It wasn’t my Fault’


Out next comes the ogre of a man we know as Snitsky, a menacing look on his face as he gets set to take on the former WCW Champion.

Tazz: Cole I forgot to say, that’s if Booker makes it to next week!! This dude Snitsky is gonna give him a run for his money here tonight. He is a bad, BAD dude and Booker’s gonna have to get the job done here tonight.

Michael Cole: Indeed Snitsky is a dangerous individual and Booker T knows he’s not gonna be in for an easy ride tonight. I’m sure that with Rhyno right around the corner, Booker’s gonna want to send a message to his rival here tonight.

Match Four: Singles Match

Booker T vs. Snitsky

Booker starts off strongly as the much bigger Snitsky is left on his heels with Booke’s fast paced aggression. The former WCW Champion works over the powerhouse with some quick right hands before pounding away with some vicious kicks to the mid section before a hard clubbing shot pulls Snitsky down. Booker quickly pulls him to his feet and whips the big man into the turnbuckle, Snitsky thundering back off it into the path of Booker who strikes with an expert kick to the jaw, taking Snitsky’s chin off almost as Booker drops into an early cover, kick out at two from Snitsky.

Booker’s eager to finish this one off though and quickly drags Snitsky up, sending him backtracking into the corner as he begins to mount more offense, this time with a string of knife edge chops, met with the usual ‘Woooos’ from the crowd as Snitsky grimaces. Booker then pumps up the crowd, backing away from his opponent and he charges at the big man but Snitsky takes him out with a clothesline!! Booker is fallen and now Snitsky can look to make his mark and all of a sudden there’s a buzz from the fans as RHYNO appears on stage. The ‘Man Beast’ simply remains on stage taking a closer look at his former friend now turned rival here.

Snitsky now works over Booker, hammering away with some devastating kicks to the mid section whilst Booker lays collapsed on the mat, Snitsky showing just how brutal he can be as he delivers a nasty leg drop across Booker’s chest. Snitsky goes for a cover, kick out at two though from Booker as the fans try to rally round the Master of the Spin-a-rooni.

Snitsky looks somewhat angered and brings Booker to his feet, smashing him with a right hand as we get a shot of Rhyno once again on looking, Snitsky then whips Booker across the ring, Booker rebounding and Snitsky goes for a big boot but Booker ducks underneath and spins Snitsky round, BAM! Atomic drop from Booker, Snitsky’s in trouble here, kick to the mid section by Booker, SCISSOR KICK CONNECTS!! Cover by Booker, 1...2...3..big win for Booker T!


Winner: Booker T(5:30)


Michael Cole: BIG win for Booker T as he now looks forward to one week from tonight when he will finally settle the score with Rhyno! How much momentum can Booker take from this win here tonight?

Tazz: A whole heck of a lot if ya ask me Cole. Snitsky’s strong, he’s powerful, he ain’t easy to beat and hey, Rhyno’s strong, Rhyno’s powerful and Rhyno damn sure ain’t easy to beat. Booker knows that and he’ll do exactly what he did here tonight next week and he’ll look to finish things wit’ the ‘Man Beast’. I’m pumped Cole.

Booker looks on As he sees Rhyno who is still stood on top of the stage having not taken his eyes off Booker since making his way out. Booker looks up at his rival, his eyes all popping out, having seen his rival show his face tonight before he then invites Rhyno into the ring but the Man Beast simply smirks before saying, ‘I’ll see you next week, I will FINISH you next week’. The staredown continues as we fade away.

Commercials


We return from the break and we’re immediately sent backstage where we see Rob Van Dam continuing to make his way around the building, everybody still wondering just what Van Dam is up to, what he’s looking to find here. Van Dam appears to still be angry, his mood unchanged from earlier but he then stops, dead in his tracks, a curious look on his face as the camera then shifts and we see MNM stood just around the corner, standing right outside in the car park!! All three members, Mercury, Nitro and Melina are there as Van Dam tries to get closer, listening to every word they’re saying.

Melina: Look he can’t prove anything alright, Teddy showed him that tape and guess what? NONE of us were there, there is NO evidence to what Rob is saying. As far as I’m concerned and as far as Teddy Long’s concerned, it’s case closed and I’m relying on you two to make sure it stays that way. Can I t...t you to keep your mouths shut?

Mercury and Nitro look at one another before nodding.

Melina: You won fair and square at the Bash. I wasn’t involved, nobody we ‘know’ was involved. That is our story and we’re sticking to it. You guys see or hear anything from Van Dam, you let me know and I’ll figure something out ok? Besides, the amount of money we paid ‘you know who’, they could probably deliver us another favour or two right?

Melina then laughs devilishly to herself as Mercury and Nitro join in.

Johnny Nitro: Not just beauty but the brains of the group as well. The three of us just can’t go wrong can we?

Joey Mercury: Hey, Mysterio and Van Dam couldn’t stop us, Teddy Long couldn’t stop us and those security tapes sure as HELL couldn’t stop us!! Ain’t nobody bringing MNM down!!

The trio again all smirk.

Melina: C’mon, lets get out of here boys. Places to go, people to see.

The trio then head off into the distance, the camera then returning to Van Dam who has a puzzled look on his face, his demeanour changing from anger to confusion as he thinks about what he’s just heard before saying quietly, ‘The amount of money they paid’ as if to question what he just took in. Mr.Friday Night then says ‘I knew it’ before heading off at a pace towards the car park. It appears although Teddy Long’s investigation is over with, Van Dam’s is still far from finished.

We then return ringside, set for our main event…


Michael Cole: Tazz did I just hear what I think I heard, have MNM paid off somebody to take part in this whole thing? Have the Tag Team Champions really bought a way out of the stipulation at the Bash? I mean-I-I’m in shock here.

Tazz: It could be anything Cole, we don’t know for sure, I mean Melina coulda been talkin’ about anything.

‘Burn in my Light’


It’s immediate heat as the ever familiar sound of Randy Orton’s music hits and out steps the Legend Killer, already having delivered a message here tonight.

Michael Cole: You honestly can’t believe that Tazz. MNM are guilty as charged here and I think it’s only a matter of time before Rob Van Dam and ALL of us find out the truth. But back to the action here tonight and a man who made a major statement last week, playing The Undertaker at his own game as the Legend Killer began the mind games with the Deadman, laying the Phenom out with an RKO.

Tazz: Orton definitely pulled one outta the bag last week Cole. The Undertaker knows that Orton ain’t gonna lie down for him, the Deadman’s gonna have to pull out all the stops to finally put an end to Randy Orton. It’s gonna be an incredible battle when these two men go toe to toe at Summerslam, that’s for damn sure.

‘Medal’


It’s a ton of heat that comes for the number one contender as out steps Kurt Angle, a look of focus, determination, intensity all etched on the Wrestling Machine’s face.

Michael Cole: The actions of this man last week Tazz were disgusting. Kurt Angle claimed John Cena was scared, that John Cena was afraid of facing him, that John Cena was shying away from his advances and yet what does Kurt Angle do? Kurt Angle ambushes John Cena from behind.

Tazz: Kurt got what he wanted last week Cole. He got his shot at the WWE title and now he’s got that? It don’t matter what he does leadin’ up to Summerslam. Attacking John Cena last week was him sendin’ a message, was him getting one over on the champion, getting inside his head and Angle did all of that and more.

Angle and Orton share a stare at one another, these two have had their run ins in the past month or so, there’s certainly no love lost as they now await their opponents.

‘GONG’

‘Graveyard Symphony’


The Deadman steps out to a thunderous ovation, the infamous gong having gone off and the look in the eyes of Randy Orton having changed to one of intrigue more than anything as the Phenom makes his way down to the ring.

Michael Cole: Tazz how do you believe the Deadman will have reacted to what went down last week, being the victim of his own mind games at the hands of Randy Orton?

Tazz: Not too well in my book Cole. The Undertaker is the master of the mind games and for Randy Orton to get one over on him like that, for his long time rival to pull one over on him like that, it ain’t gonna have sat well with the Phenom. Randy Orton’s gonna need to be on his guard here tonight cos I think the Deadman’s gonna be out to make a statement tonight.

The Undertaker steps inside the ring, doing his usual routine, both Angle and Orton watching on, surprisingly they both appear unfazed as Taker now awaits his partner.

‘My Time is Now’


And here indeed comes the WWE Champion, John Cena! Cena steps out on stage and immediately sets his sights on Angle, the tension evident for all in the arena to feel as Cena marches down ringside, not taking his eyes off the Wrestling Machine, Angle returning the favour.

Michael Cole: The look in the eyes of the WWE Champion says it all Tazz. John Cena issued the challenge, Summerslam, Kurt Angle and him for the WWE title, they would finally settle things face to face, man to man only for Kurt Angle to assault him from behind. Kurt Angle took the cowards way out last week and John Cena will look to get him some of Angle here tonight!

Tazz: Absolutely, I think it’s a guarantee that the champ ain’t gonna be in the mood for any of Angle’s games tonight. Angle wanted to send a message last week and we heard from John Cena earlier on tonight, I think he got that message loud and clear.

Match Five: Tag Team Match

John Cena and The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle and Randy Orton

The Deadman kicks this contest off and Kurt Angle argues with Randy Orton over who should start out for their team, both pleading why it should NOT be them. In the end it’s Angle who draws the short straw and the Wrestling Machine begins circling the ring with the Phenom. The two men lock up in the centre of the ring but Taker overpowers Angle into the corner and the hold is broken as Taker goes to town on his opponent, big right hands as Angle has no response to the power and speed of the Deadman here.

Taker keeps the pressure on Angle as he mounts more right hands before a big time Irish whip as Angle bounds into the opposite corner, Angle slams out of the corner right into the path of Taker who CATCHES KURT WITH SNAKE EYES!! Angle stumbles out of the corner as Taker runs the ropes, BIG BOOT!! Angle ducks it, grabs Taker from behind and NAILS A GERMAN SUPLEX!! Angle sensing Taker was coming and used all his speed to quickly catch him off guard as Taker is down for the first time tonight, Angle down also, catching a small breather right now.

Angle then gets to his feet, Randy Orton staring at him, these two having had some history together but Angle doesn’t wanna tag here, instead heading back over to Taker and he begins to assault the Deadman, hammering away with vicious stomps to the back of Taker’s head, Angle showing real venom here as he looks to send a message to the WWE Champion, Angle glancing in his direction as Cena watches on.

Angle keeps working over Taker, an array of kicks and elbows to the back of the head, the neck of the Phenom before Angle locks in a sleeper hold, trying to wear down his opponent here, the crowd though right behind the legendary Demon of Death Valley. Angle wrenches the hold in as Taker looks pretty groggy here, Angle having spent the last couple of minutes picking him apart. We see John Cena urging Taker on here as he grasps out in hope of finding something, anything to bring him out of this predicament whilst we then see Angle’s face, one of determination as he tries to finish this thing off. An ‘UN-DER-TA-KER’ chant has begun and it seems to inspire the Deadman who starts to find his way up, now to his knees as Angle’s determination changes to concern as Taker begins to dig his elbows in on Angle’s mid section, Angle looking a little winded here as Taker pounds away and he breaks the hold!! Taker breaks free as Angle is doubled over momentarily and Taker strikes! Big right from Taker followed by an onslaught of more right hands, boot to the gut, Irish whip, Taker runs the opposite side of the ring, FLYING CLOTHESLINE!! Angle is down but so too is Taker and it’s a race to their partners here!!

Orton has an arm stretched out, Cena likewise as both Angle and Taker draw ever closer, Taker’s large frame appears to be getting there first but Angle shows a burst of energy and makes the tag, here comes Randy Orton but here too comes John Cena!! The WWE Champion is in like a house on fire as Orton has no response to Cena’s frenetic pace, right hand after right hand from the champ as Orton struggles to get any type of defence in. Orton’s up against the ropes, Cena with an Irish whip, Orton rebounds right into a big back body drop!! Orton is floored as Cena awaits his return to his feet, Orton’s up, spins round, SPINNING SIDE SLAM!! The fans are on their feet here, they know what’s coming, Cena runs the ropes BUT KURT ANGLE HOLDS CENA’S ARM!! Cena spins round, about to blow a gasket but Angle drops to the outside, wanting nothing to do with Cena, pointing at his head, further getting inside Cena’s as Cena turns back around, BAM!! DROPKICK BY ORTON!!

Cena is floored, Angle’s mind games working a treat as the Legend Killer finds his way back into things now and begins to stomp away all over Cena, working the champion from head to toe. Orton continues to oust Cena, whipping him into the corner before delivering a big corner clothesline leaving the champion winded. Orton then drags Cena out of the corner, nailing a boot to the gut before an Irish whip as Cena rebounds right into a picture perfect fall away slam!! Beautiful move by Orton, into the cover, 1...2...kick out at two as we see The Undertaker watching on intently at his Summerslam opponent.

Orton has a sly look about him as he eyes up the Deadman before turning his attentions back towards Cena. Orton begins to hammer away with more stomps across Cena’s mid section, keeping the champion down. Orton then draws Cena to his feet, nailing him with a thunderous uppercut that sends Cena spiralling. Orton now with an Irish whip, Cena comes back off the ropes and right into Orton, big back body drop, NO! CENA LANDS ON HIS FEET! A turning point perhaps here as Orton turns around, BAM! Flying shoulder block from Cena!! The champ building momentum here as Orton gets to his feet again, the Spinning side slam incoming again BUT A THUMB TO THE EYE FROM ORTON!! Cena is blinded as Orton gets the hell out of dodge and TAGS IN ANGLE!! Orton hightails it, wanting nothing to do with Cena as he hops off the apron and around the ring, where’s Orton going? There’s a buzz all of a sudden though as THE UNDERTAKER PURSUES THE LEGEND KILLER!! TAKER IS HEADED FOR ORTON!!

Orton keeps walking but he’s pulled from behind, BAM!! BIG RIGHT FROM TAKER!! Taker and Orton now brawling on the outside, inside the ring Angle is….waiting for Cena? Kurt Angle is waiting for John Cena to regain his composure after the thumb to the eye as Angle steps in the ring, willing Cena on here, the crowd confused as we then see Taker smash Orton head first off the barricade!!

Cena is now upright, his sight restored as Angle looks on at him, suggesting that the face to face, one on one confrontation is gonna go down here, just like he wanted, just like Cena wanted. Angle motions ‘Come on’ and the crowd are ready and raring as Cena charges RIGHT INTO A LOW BLOW FROM ANGLE!! WHAT THE HELL?!? ANGLE KICKS CENA SQUARE IN THE NUTS!! The referee has no choice but to ring the bell. We then see on the outside The Undertaker turn to look at why the bell has been rang, a look of anger on his face before he turns back around and RANDY ORTON WITH ANOTHER THUMB TO THE EYE, THIS TIME TO TAKER, BUYING HIM SOME TIME BEFORE HE HIGHTAILS IT AGAIN, RANDY ORTON HAS ESCAPED THROUGH THE CROWD!!


Winners via Disqualification: John Cena and The Undertaker (11:52)


The fans boo profusely as Angle and Orton have taken the easy way out here, making use of any opportunity to get away from and get inside the heads again of their opponents.

Michael Cole: Kurt Angle AGAIN taking the damn easy way out!! Kurt Angle again escaping from the clutches of John Cena!! I thought Angle wanted Cena one on one Tazz, I thought he wanted him face to face!!

Tazz: It’s all mind games Cole. Angle ain’t afraid of Cena, I’d bet my life on that one but what Kurt is, is he’s smart and all this is gonna get inside the head of John Cena come Summerslam. Hey, who knows it may all just work to perfection for the Wrestlin’ Machine.

Angle points at his head as Cena looks on angrily having been completely floored by Angle’s low blow. The Olympic Gold Medalist clearly pleased with his ‘smart’ strategy here tonight as he smirks at the fallen champion. Meanwhile we see The Undertaker now enter the ring, Randy Orton having also managed to escape his clutches tonight, the fan favourites being denied their opportunities of payback this evening. Taker looks on at Cena as the champion brings himself to his feet, the two men then have a tense face off before Cena diverts his attention back up to Angle, looking one pissed off SOB right now while Taker does likewise to the wily Orton who remains in the crowd watching on.

Michael Cole: Randy Orton has escaped from the clutches of the Deadman here tonight. Kurt Angle has avoided a fired up WWE Champion but the question is, for how long? John Cena and The Undertaker are gonna get their shot at Summerslam. Will the games continue as the road to Summerslam winds down or will it all be game over for Randy Orton and for Kurt Angle come August 21st? Goodnight everybody!!

The final shot is of Orton watching on, looking pleased with his work from the crowd before we see Kurt Angle stood on top of the ramp, a hefty grin still on his face also as we then see inside the ring, Cena looking on, mouthing words to the Wrestling Machine and we then see The Undertaker looking out into a sea of people, his sights set on Randy Orton as the two faces then turn their attention back to one another, a brief staredown before seemingly a nod of respect shown as we then fade to black.



Date: 21st August 2005
Location: Washington DC

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

WWE Championship:
John Cena(c) vs Kurt Angle

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

WWE United States Championship:
Matt Hardy(c) vs Carlito

8 Man Tag Team Match:
The Dudley Boyz and The Basham Brothers vs Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth; The Platform to Perfection and Sonjay Dutt and Daivari; The Arabian Entity

John Bradshaw Layfield vs Bobby Lashley

No Holds Barred Match:
Mark Jindrak w/William Regal vs Big Show

WWE Women's Championship:
Victoria(c) vs Lita
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