WWE Friday Night Smackdown- 16/9/05- Wichita, Texas
The show begins with a video package highlighting last week’s main event as we get the arrival of both John Cena and The Undertaker to the ring with the WWE Championship on the line between the two but as the bell rings and the two superstars get going we see Kurt Angle and Randy Orton appear on the titantron. We then get a rundown of what the two said before the shocking ending to the show that saw Angle and Orton hijack the production truck and turn the lights out on the main event, leaving the arena in total darkness with Angle and Orton simply stating that the ‘Show’s over’.
We then head to the opening video before heading straight into the ring, no pyro tonight as we can overhear the music of Smackdown’s General Manager in the background before seeing Teddy Long is already in the ring, microphone in hand and set to address the ending of last week’s show.
: I hate to come out here and start things off wit’ a negative but sometimes ya just can’t wait a second longer and that’s exactly the way I’m feelin’ here tonight.
Long is clearly in a slightly deflated mood, no dancing or ‘holla, holla’ from the GM tonight
: Last week we had ourselves one HELL of a main event lined up. John Cena defendin’ the WWE Title...against The Undertaker. But that’s not what went down and that’s all because of two men, Kurt Angle…and Randy Orton.
Strong heat for the mention of both Angle and Orton.
: Those two superstars decided they were gonna take matters into their own hands last week. They decided to hijack the production truck backstage and forced
WWE employees to turn the lights out as our main event took place.
Again, a chorus of boos as Long shakes his head.
: In all my time here as Smackdown General Manager, in all my time here in the WWE, I have NEVER experienced anything like that. For anybody to do something like that, even for me to do that in my role as General Manager would be as blatant an abuse of power as there could possibly be. But for two superstars to do that? That simply ain’t tolerable, that ain’t acceptable and right here tonight, Kurt Angle and Randy Orton are gonna face the consequences.
Nice pop for that, the crowd perhaps sensing or even hoping for T-Long to fire the two villains.
: So let’s not waste another second, Kurt, Randy, come on down here so we can deal wit’ this thing for EVE…
‘My Time is Now’
Well it is NOT Kurt Angle and it is NOT Randy Orton that emerge, it is instead the WWE Champion who comes on out to a HUGE pop with John Cena looking less than impressed, no spinning of his title belt, no look around the arena, just a fast paced walk down to the ring, all eyes on Teddy Long.
: Well we welcome you to Friday Night Smackdown ladies and gentleman it is a down to business approach to kick things off. Teddy Long requesting the arrival of Kurt Angle and Randy Orton but instead he’s got the Champ!
: And John Cena damn sure don’t look in the mood for any games here tonight. He wanted to face The Undertaker last week, he wanted to prove he could beat The Undertaker and he never got the chance thanks to Kurt Angle and thanks to Randy Orton. I gotta feelin’ Cena’s gonna want exactly the same as Teddy Long here tonight and that’s for those two to face the consequences.
Cena requests a mic and is handed one, a stern look on his face with T-Long not looking all too thrilled to see him out here.
Teddy Long: John listen, I know you’re upset playa bu…
: No, no, YOU need to listen. What they did last week, that ain’t acceptable, you’re right but Teddy I’m tellin’ you right here, right now…do NOT fire them, do NOT suspend them, infact don’t do a DAMN THING!! Instead? You let me KICK THEIR ASSES ALL OVER TEXAS TONIGHT!!
Major roar at that challenge from Cena who is pumped up to say the least.
: John I gotta take action. Me givin’ them what they want, that ain’t action, ya understand? That’s givin’ in to my superstars, that’s givin’ in to pressure, that’s givin’ in to somethin’ that just ain’t right. So John I can NOT give you Kurt Angle or Randy Orton here tonight.
A resounding level of boos as Cena turns his head away in anger.
: Ya gotta understand where I’m comin’ from playa. You may be the WWE Champion but I’m the General Manager of this show and it is my duty
to take action after what went down last week. If I don’t then not only do they get away with what they did but that puts my position under threat and John, whether ya like it or not, that ain’t somethin’ I can allow to happen.
Cena again appears frustrated although nodding his head this time as Long’s body language is apologetic in Cena’s direction.
: Oh I understand where you’re comin’ from Teddy but to be pretty honest with ya, I don’t give a damn.
Long looks pretty surprised by that comment.
: You wanna take action? Put ‘em in this ring with me TONIGHT and I’ll take action for ya. You suspending them? You firin’ them? It ain’t doin’ nobody any favours. Think of it this way Teddy, who do you really wanna have to deal with? Two cowards like Angle or Orton, who are gonna run and hide at every corner? Or a PISSED OFF WWE Champion and A REAL ANGRY DEADMAN!?
An almighty pop for that as Cena raises the intensity.
: You think about that long and hard Teddy cos the consequences you talk about for the two of them ain’t gonna be NOTHIN’ compared to the consequences I got in mind if you make the wrong choice.
Cena is all fired up here and the crowd are firmly behind the champion as Long looks a little ruffled by that.
: I get it, I do. Last week was a chance for you to face a legend in this business for the biggest prize in the game. It was a chance for you to prove exactly why you hold that title, a chance for you to prove to the world why John Cena is number one around here and ya didn’t get that.
Cena shakes his head mouthing ‘You damn right I didn’t’
: But despite all that, it does not mean you can call the shots around here John, that’s my job. So if you would allow me to do just that, I have a job to do and I’m gonna get down to it…right now
. With that being said, Kurt, Randy would you pl…
: Woah, woah, woah, hold on Teddy, hold on. You got a job to do, I get that, I understand but Teddy I got a job to do too and that job needs to be finished…tonight
Big pop for this, Cena making it very clear what he came to Texas for tonight.
: So Teddy I’m gonna ask you one last time. Tonight, Wichita, Texas…
: You give me Randy Orton and Kurt Angle in the middle of this ring and you let the two of them face their consequences head on, you let ‘em face the music tonight. To me? To me that sounds like a heck of an idea and you’d better believe these people feel the exact same way.
Right on cue the crowd throw a huge cheer at that declaration.
: Only one thing’s stoppin’ it Teddy…and that’s you
. You got the power to make it happen, don’t let me down, don’t let these people down, don’t let this show, YOUR show down
Long pauses for a moment, the crowd are egging Long on to give Cena what he wants, a real buzz of excitement as Long thinks momentarily, Cena holding his arms out as if to say ‘What’s it gonna be?’
: I can’t allow that to happen John. Kurt and Randy need to face severe
OHHHHHH!!! THE CROWD ARE GOING CRAZY AS JOHN CENA SCOOPS TEDDY LONG UP!! CENA HAS HEARD ENOUGH FROM THE SMACKDOWN GM!! FU!! FU TO TEDDY LONG!! Statement made from the WWE Champion!! Cena throws a salute up to the crowd who are still cheering wildly before Cena grabs a microphone again, the noise dying down…
: If the two of them have gotta face your consequences, then you gonn’ have to face mine Teddy. You got a choice to make, you either gimme Kurt, you gimme Randy or else I’ma give you a whole lot more where that came from.
And with that Cena tosses the mic down with an emphatic thud before his music plays over the speakers, the crowd still going wild for the champion as Teddy Long is laid out in the middle of the ring, a shocking beginning to Friday Night Smackdown.
: An explosive start to Friday Night Smackdown!! John Cena wanted Randy Orton, he wanted Kurt Angle and so did Teddy Long but for very different reasons here tonight and Tazz, who could’ve seen that coming?!
: Unbelievable Cole. The Champ is ALL fired up and it don’t matter who gets in his path here tonight, be it Teddy Long or not, he’s gonna take action until he gets what he wants. If I were Kurt Angle or Randy Orton I’d be stayin’ as far away from John Cena as possible here tonight.
We return and we head off backstage where we join Kristal Marshall who is standing by, all smiles, ready and waiting to speak with us.
: Ladies and gentleman please welcome my guest at this time, the United States Champion, Matt Hardy!!
Hardy enters the scene to a big pop from the Texas faithful as he looks to be in a buoyant mood here tonight, all set for action later on this evening.
: Matt at Summerslam you retained your United States Title by defeating Carlito but last week the roles were reversed and Carlito managed to beat you, earning himself another chance at your title. Do you feel the momentum is now with Carlito ahead of your championship match?
: Momentum’s a funny word Kristal and it’s one that I don’t think much of to be honest. I could have all the momentum in the world right now, I could have so little momentum you wouldn’t think I stood a chance but either way I’d go into that match with Carlito, I’d go into my match later on tonight with the exact same mindset and that is that I will walk out victorious no matter what gets thrown my way.
Strong words from Hardy which are greeted with a mild cheer.
: Yeah I lost last week but it happens, it’s how I deal with it, it’s how I respond to it that really counts and in that ring tonight you’ll see just what my response is gonna be.
: Well Matt I interviewed Carlito following your defeat last week and he made some pretty bold statements, what would your response to those statements be?
Hardy pauses, thinking for a minute.
: I heard that interview, I heard each and every single word of it and you’re right, there were some pretty strong statements in there, some harsh words but Kristal that’s all they are, words
. They don’t mean anything, all that matters is actions
and when I put my title on the line against Carlito, words aren’t gonna be enough for him to take this away from me.
Hardy points down at the title around his waist, the camera zooming in on it.
: But…y’know what? There was
something that hit me last week, there was
something Carlito said that made me sit up and think hey, you might be onto something there.
Kristal looks confused as Hardy smiles, nobody quite sure what he means.
: But I’m not gonna deal with that now. What I am gonna do is get ready for my match tonight, head on down to that ring, put last week completely outta my mind and have my hand raised high in victory. And only after that…am I gonna call Carlito out and I’m gonna give him exactly
…what he wants.
A lot of confusion comes out of that interview as Hardy heads off, a wry smile still etched on his face as we then head back to ringside where we hear…
‘Bringin’ Da Hood 2 U’
And it’s a sizeable pop that greets the music of the boys from Brooklyn, Cryme Tyme!! Shad and JTG burst down the ramp, high fiving fans as JTG does his stupid little dance, tipping his cap and the recently debuted team get set for action.
: All set for some tag team action here tonight and these two men made quite the impact on their debut last week Tazz. Cryme Tyme causing what some people might call an upset, defeating the Pitbulls, Jamie Noble and Kid Kash.
Might call an upset? I’d definitely call it an upset!! We don’t know a whole lot about these two but they damn sure looked impressive against two of the toughest guys around this place, Noble and Kash. Tonight’s gonna be a different kinda test for these two but after last week, I got no doubts they can pull it off.
And out next to a few boos but nothing too spectacular is the still bizarre pairing that is Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki with Dupree smiling arrogantly, Suzuki looking his usual stern figure as he eyes up Shad and JTG.
: Big opportunity tonight for these two men. Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree, both very talented individuals but they’ve not been able to get on a roll since they were beaten by the animal that is Bobby Lashley back at the Bash.
: I don’t think anybody woulda beaten Lashley on that night, heck nobody’s beaten him at all. These two dudes have gotta regroup now and they gotta start getting on the winnin’ trail, tonight would be a hell of a time to do it.
Match One: Tag Team Match
Cryme Tyme vs Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki
It’s a reversal from their debut last week as this time it’s Shad Gaspard who kicks things off with Kenzo Suzuki being the man to start off in the opposite corner. Shad starts off in powerful fashion with big right hands leaving Suzuki backed up in the corner, Shad taking a big run up before launching himself at his helpless opponent but Suzuki sees it coming and dodges the bullet, Shad crashing into the turnbuckle!!
Suzuki now takes full advantage and works over Shad for a couple of minutes, stiff boots to the gut before some vicious elbows right into the throat and chest with Shad looking winded, the damage being done by the dangerous Suzuki. Suzuki pulls Shad out of the corner before levelling the big man with a clothesline, sending him over towards his partner Dupree and Suzuki heads over also making the tag, the Frenchman entering the ring and picking up where Suzuki left off. Vicious stomps by Dupree before he drops some knees right onto the chest of Shad, big time impact with Shad grimacing in pain. Dupree then drops down and applies a Sleeper hold on the big man, looking to wear him down and keep him grounded.
The crowd support and support of Shad’s partner however seems to inspire the big man who digs deep and finds it in him to break free and it proves to be a turning point. Shad fights out of it and immediately goes to town on Dupree, huge rights from the powerhouse but as he goes for one more Dupree blocks it, Irish whip by the Frenchman, Shad rebounds and he TAKES DUPREE’S HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT!! Shad drops as well, the punishment he’s endured now taking its toll as he crawls on his knees towards his partner, JTG awaiting anxiously and Shad makes the tag!! JTG hops over the ropes and comes storming in, running the ropes before dropping Dupree with a leaping clothesline!! Dupree gets to his feet quickly after but he’s caught with a big dropkick!! JTG is rolling BUT SUZUKI CLUBS HIM FROM BEHIND!! The referee orders him out of the ring BUT SHAD DOES THE HONOURS!! Shad comes storming in and grabs Suzuki from behind before tossing him up and over the ropes, Suzuki taking a crash landing!!
The fans now sense the end is near as Shad grabs Dupree, Irish whip, Dupree rebounds, SAMOAN DROP AND JTG COMES FROM BEHIND WITH THAT RUNNING CORKSCREW NECKBREAKER!! A MOVE CRYME TYME CALL THE G9!! Cover by JTG, 1…2…3…big win for the Brooklyn boys.
Winners: Cryme Tyme(6:04)
: Cryme Tyme with another big win here tonight!! JTG and Shad are looking like big time players here in the Tag division Tazz and if I were MNM, if I were Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio I’d be looking over my shoulder because these two men seem to be on a real roll and that roll may lead them towards the Tag Team Titles.
: Hey I know it’s early on in their Smackdown careers but if they keep on this roll you mentioned Cole then I think you might be right, these two may be lookin’ at the Tag Team Titles real soon. Big win again for the Brooklyn boys tonight and remember, they ‘ain’t steal nothin’!!
Tazz tries to be hilarious in using Cryme Tyme’s catchphrase as JTG and Shad are celebrating inside the ring, JTG again doing his ridiculous dance, Shad even bopping around a little bit as their music plays in the background, both men then exiting the ring and embracing with fans as we fade out.
We return and head backstage where we see the victorious Cryme Tyme walking through the halls and the duo are all smiles, laughing and joking with one another before we see white as white can be, Todd Grisham enter the scene, filling in for Josh Matthews here tonight.
: Guys congratulations on another victory here tonight, just how confident are you two that not only will these victories continue but they’ll lead you towards the Tag Team Titles?
Shad and JTG look at each other before beginning to laugh.
: Yo, yo, yo my brother befo’ you be approachin’ Cryme Tyme you gotta learn a few rules a’ight?
Grisham looks confused but nods.
: First off, you better lose da glasses, they don’t suit you dawg.
And with that Shad removes Grisham’s glasses with the SD interviewer suddenly bulging his eyes clearly unable to see.
Now they outta the way we move onto our next point of interest Toddy and…wait, ain’t you ‘posed to be on Raw?
: Yeah I’m just filling in for Josh Matthews toni…
: Josh… who the hell is Jo…? Anyways, forget that, look we gotta get rid of that jacket homie, it ain’t doin’ nothin’ for you and hey, it ain’t doin’ nothin’ for us bein’ seen wit’ you.
Right on cue JTG removes Todd’s jacket.
: Guys I…I can’t see here.
: It’s a’ight Toddy, we gonn’ give da glasses back when this interview’s over wit’.
: And…and the jacket?
: Of course, whadda you take us for man? We ain’t no criminals.
Shad is now trying on Grisham’s jacket, Grisham oblivious to the fact as the crowd gives a few laughs.
: Ok soooo as I was saying…
Grisham’s not even looking at the duo now who have moved with Grisham’s vision completely gone before BAMMMMM!! SHAD AND JTG ARE ATTACKED FROM BEHIND BY THE PITBULLS!! KID KASH AND JAMIE NOBLE KNOCKING THE BROOKLYN BOYS DOWN!! Cryme Tyme are helpless here as Noble and Kash stomp the hell out of them, payback for last week’s defeat. Noble yanks JTG to his feet, a snarl on his face before he charges and SMASHES JTG’s skull off the wall!! JTG drops to the floor before we see Kash, now joined by Noble drag the bigger Shad to his feet before they deliver a double Irish whip and SHAD GOES FLYING INTO RIGHT INTO THE SAME WALL, A DEVASTATING THUD AS HIS HEAD CRASHES INTO THAT BRICK WALL!! Noble and Kash stand tall over the fallen duo, a look of sheer aggression on their faces before they head off and all we see is Cryme Tyme completely laid out, a chorus of boos heard back inside the arena.
We then return ringside where we see Sylvain Grenier already in the ring and set for action, his music dying down before we hear…
‘Stay in Shadow’
And it’s a strong pop that greets the music of Paul London who bursts down the ramp at top speed, accompanied by Brian Kendrick who also dashes down and slides into the ring with London all set for action.
: Well shocking actions from the Pitbulls here tonight, they had no right doing that to Cryme Tyme but focusing things back to the action here tonight and the match was confirmed last week, Paul London will get his Cruiserweight Championship match against Gregory Helms at No Mercy with Brian Kendrick in his corner, the numbers now at long last being evened but Tazz we heard last week from Gregory Helms who said that the numbers don’t matter, inside the ring it’s one on one and Helms is simply better than Paul London. Certainly strong words from the champion.
: No doubt about it, question on everybody’s lips now is, can Gregory Helms back it up come No Mercy? The dude’s as talented as they come but so is Paul London, I can’t call it but hey, if anybody can pull it off it’s gonna be the champ. London’s got it all to do if he wants to win that championship
back and who knows? Brian Kendrick could play just as big a role in this thing.
Match Two: Singles Match
Paul London w/Brian Kendrick vs Sylvain Grenier
London looks for a fast start, trying to take his bigger opponent out of the contest early on. London scores with some big right hands, knocking Grenier off balance before scoring with a beautiful dropkick off of an Irish whip before coming close with a near fall. London attempts to keep the pace high but as he goes for a flying crossbody off the top, he’s caught by Grenier who follows up with a big time powerslam as the balance of power shifts the way of the Frenchman.
Grenier keeps London grounded, working over his smaller opponent with an array of kicks and stiff right hands before applying an abdominal stretch that really seems to cause London a lot of discomfort as he winces in agony, crying out in pain as Grenier really looks to punish the plucky Cruiserweight.
London tries with all his might to rise to his feet and manages to get to his knees, Kendrick along with the fans try and get London back into it, willing him on and it appears to work as London gets himself right back into it, escaping Grenier’s clutches before firing right at him with a flurry of rights, boot to the gut follows but Grenier catches it, ENZIGURI CONNECTS!! London with that big time momentum changer and it’s all the #1 contender from that point on as Grenier can’t handle the speed with London catching him with a beautiful jumping DDT, following it off with a picture perfect 450 Splash off the top as London covers Grenier for the three count, a victory of the highest order.
Winner: Paul London(7:01)
: Another hugely impressive victory here tonight from Paul London!! Sylvain Grenier may be bigger, he may be stronger but Paul London showing just how quick, just how agile he is here tonight and I think that is well and truly statement made from the number one contender here tonight.
: Gotta agree with ya on that one Cole, major props to Paul London here tonight. Helms said it last week, all that matters is inside the ring where it’s one on one and tonight London got the job done baby, huge win for Paul London.
London and Kendrick celebrate inside the ring, Kendrick embracing his partner and congratulating him on that win tonight before raising his hand high in the air, the crowd cheering for the performance given by the number one contender an…
‘Listen, It’s Time’
But the celebrations are cut short as the music of the Cruiserweight Champion hits and out steps Gregory Helms alongside Chavo Guerrero. Both men are applausing amidst the boos, dressed casually they step out onto the stage, Helms having a mic in his hand as Chavo points down saying ‘You were impressive Paul’. London and Kendrick turn their attentions to the duo, a look of intrigue especially on London’s face.
: Congratulations Paul, congratulations, that was real impressive out there tonight.
Helms again takes a second to applaud, the crowd not buying his ‘sincerity’.
: It’s like…it’s like ya confidence has just shot up isn’t it? It’s like you’ve found a new lease of life Paul and I gotta ask ya…why is that? Why have you suddenly got a bit of a strut in ya step again? Why has the smile come back Paul?
London conveniently smiles as he and Kendrick discuss something.
: Cos let’s look back a couple months when I beat you for this Cruiserweight title. There was no smile was there? There was no strut in ya step was there? There was nothin’ to ya was there Paul? So…so what’s changed
? What’s different now to way back when? OH!! Chavo, Chavo I got it man!! I know what it is!! It’s…it’s your little buddy Brian Kendrick isn’t it?!
Helms and Chavo look shocked that Helms ‘figured that out’ as London rolls his eyes, Kendrick having a chuckle.
: Everything that was goin’ wrong, it’s just…it’s all turned right round hasn’t it? Just because you got your little buddy by ya side, ain’t that right Paul? See you people might think I’m jokin’ around, you might think I’m just messin wit’ Paul here tonight but you’d better believe I’m tellin’ the truth.
Helms nods, Chavo mouthing ‘This is the truth right here’
: Paul London has suffered defeat at the hands of me, he’s taken a beating at the hands of me, he’s come up short tryin’ to get the better of me time and time again but then suddenly Brian Kendrick comes along like…like his knight in shinin’ armour.
: And suddenly everything is right in the life of Paul London again. Well, that’s at least…what he
believes. He believes that Brian Kendrick is the missin’ piece in the puzzle that is ‘Gregory Helms’, he believes that Brian Kendrick is evenin’ the odds, he believes that Brian Kendrick is gonna help him take back
the Cruiserweight Championship.
London and Kendrick are still talking in the ring, clearly not content with what Helms is saying.
: Well I got a few questions on that for ya Paul. Does Brian Kendrick make me any less dangerous at No Mercy? Is Brian Kendrick bein’ in your corner gonna stop me from takin’ your damn head off in the middle of that ring? Does Brian Kendrick wan…
: Does Brian Kendrick want you to shut your mouth?
Big time pop for that as Kendrick has grabbed a mic and interrupted Helms little speech.
: The answer to that is pretty obvious. Seeing as you got a few questions in mind here tonight, I got one of my own and I’m pretty sure I speak for Paul on this one too. How bout you stop talking, come on down to this ring and prove to us, prove to everybody
that the odds really are…still in your favour?
Kendrick then motions for Helms and Chavo to bring it as the pair stare at each other like ‘WTF?’ as Helms bites back.
Who in the heck asked you to talk spanky? I’ve been sayin’ this whole damn time, you ain’t a factor at No Mercy, you ain’t a factor AT ALL!! So how bout you leave this to me and your buddy there and take a walk before I send you on one?
There’s a bit of a buzz in the crowd following that statement as Kendrick looks a little riled and London grabs the mic from him.
: Brian’s right Greg. If he’s such a non factor, why don’t you come on down to this ring and prove why the odds are still in your favour? Why don’t you come down here and back up what you just said huh? Make Brian take a walk and hey, while you’re at, why don’t you make me take one too?
Nice pop for that, London showing some intensity despite his usual laidback nature. Helms and Chavo now have a brief discussion as London sits on the middle rope, inviting the duo down to join them. We then see that Chavo Guerrero has taken the mic from Helms who looks very disgruntled.
: Your Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t even wanna waste his breath responding to that Paul. He doesn’t need
to respond to you, he doesn’t need
to come down here and back up what he just said, that’s what No Mercy’s gonna be for. That’s your problem Paul, you don’t look at the bigger picture.
Chavo wags a finger at London before continuing.
: You don’t look at what’s really important do you? You might have had the better of us lately but Paul does that count for anything? Does it put that Cruiserweight Title around your waist? No, no it doesn’t and why? Because you don’t do it when it REALLY counts. You can’t pull it off when it actually MATTERS. You’re not quite up to it Paul and Brian Kendrick isn’t gonna cure that problem.
Helms yells ‘He ain’t curin’ nothin’
: Nothing can cure that problem because the cold, hard facts are that Gregory Helms does
do it when it really matters. Gregory Helms does
pull it off when it actually matters and that’s what makes him the GREATEST Cruiserweight in the WWE and that’s why he stands before you as the
Massive boos for this as Helms points at his title, a devilish grin on his face as London and Kendrick look on with a ‘I couldn’t give two fucks’ face.
: Listen, we invited the two of you down to this ring cos for us? The time for talkin’ is over
… but after hearing that bunch of crap just now I’m guessing you aren’t gonna take up our offer so uh, me and Brian... have got a different plan in mind.
And with that London drops the mic, he and Kendrick nod at one another before BOTH MEN FLY OUTTA THE RING AND UP THE RAMP!! LONDON AND KENDRICK GONNA TAKE THE FIGHT TO HELMS AND GUERRERO!! London and Kendrick charge up the ramp, Helms and Chavo look ready to stand strong…before they hightail it through the curtain, wanting no piece of the Daredevil Duo as London and Kendrick stop in their tracks at the top of the ramp, hands on hips, clearly frustrated as the crowd boos Helms and Guerrero’s cowardice tonight.
: Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero running scared here tonight!! Tazz they said the odds weren’t evened, they said that Brian Kendrick was a non factor but do you really believe a word they say after this? Clearly the Cruiserweight Champion is on edge ahead of No Mercy, I don’t think anybody can deny that.
: I think Helms is just bein’ smart Cole. Ya heard what him and Chavo had to say and they’re just waiting for No Mercy, they don’t need to do this tonight, they can wait a few more weeks and Helms can wait to once again prove why in his opinion and right now the facts don’t lie, he is the greatest Cruiserweight in the WWE.
Another shot of a frustrated London and Kendrick with London holding out his arms to the crowd who show some sympathy with Kendrick clearly mouthing the word ‘Damn’ as we head out to a break.
We return and go straight into a video package…
We see a dark room with a simple spotlight as some end of the world esque, dark music plays and into that spotlight steps Randy Orton.
Narrator: There are those who show no respect.
Orton stands in the spotlight and smirks before we then cut to footage from Summerslam where Orton hammers The Undertaker with a deadly RKO counter to the chokeslam.
We go again back to that spotlight where this time stands Rob Van Dam who plays with his hands as if warming up for battle, a fierce look on his face.
Narrator: There are those who have no regrets.
We see action of Van Dam following MNM backstage before we see footage from The Great American Bash of Van Dam kicking Joey Mercury’s head off before a shot of Van Dam exhausted having laid it all on the line.
We once more go back to the spotlight, the same eerie music playing but it’s slowly picking up pace as into the light comes Carlito, apple in hand as he tosses it up and down.
Narrator: There are those who show no class.
Footage from Summerslam where Carlito ambushed Matt Hardy backstage is shown before we see Lito’s trademark as he spits apple into the face of Hardy, a wry smile on his face after doing so.
Again we go back to the spotlight, this time there stands the WWE Champion himself, John Cena who proudly points down at the title around his waist.
Narrator: There are those who show no fear.
We then see shots of Cena tearing into John Bradshaw Layfield in their bloody Last Man Standing match at Judgment Day before we see more action from Cena defending his title at the Bash against Layfield, Angle and Orton before a final image of Cena holding his title up high.
Narrator: And then there are those who show…No Mercy.
And with that we get a shot of a roaring Kurt Angle appear into the spotlight before footage of Angle putting Shawn Michaels in the Ankle Lock before more victims falling at the hands of Angle’s ruthless streak including John Cena, Randy Orton and Rob Van Dam as the dark music really kicks into gear before slowly dying down again and we get flashing images of Angle, Cena, Carlito, Van Dam and finally Randy Orton before a dramatic, sudden stop to the music
Coming off that video package we return backstage where we see the entrance to the arena, there’s nobody or nothing there before we see slowly entering the building are Kurt Angle and Randy Orton!! There’s strong boos for the arrival of the duo after their actions last week and Kristal Marshall immediately bursts onto the scene.
: Randy, Kurt do you guys have any comment on your actions last week?
Angle and Orton just stare a hole through Kristal, no response whatsoever.
: Uh…do you have anything to say on Teddy Long promising to take action against you?
Again Angle and Orton offer no kind of response, however this time they share a look at one another. We can’t quite make out just what their thought process is though.
: Well if you have nothing to say on those two matters, do you have anything to say regarding John Cena and his action…
: We’ve got a whole lot to say Kristal. We’ve got a lot to say about last week, we’ve got a lot to say about John Cena and we’ve DAMN SURE got a lot to say about Teddy Long.
Angle now chuckles to himself.
: But we’re not gonna waste our time explaining it all in this little interview, we’re better than this, we’re bigger than this. What we are gonna do is head out to that ring, out to OUR ring later on tonight and we’re gonna let everybody know exactly what our response is.
: Guys I appreciate that but wou…
: This interview…is over
And with that Angle and Orton head off, a defiant look in both of their eyes, all set to make an address later on tonight as we return back to ringside…
Well they are hear, they are in the building and it appears as though Kurt Angle and Randy Orton will make an address later on tonight right here on Smackdown and with that Tazz I think the questions begin.
: Absolutely, a lotta questions that need answerin’ and I can only hope Angle and Orton deliver those answers tonight.
Cole and Tazz are cut off however by the oh so familiar sound of John Bradshaw Layfield’s music as out comes the trademark White limousine and out steps the Wall Street Warrior himself who is all smiles as he removes his hat to take in the jeers.
: Well there were a lot of questions for this man last week also but he answered them and he answered them with one hell of a challenge for Bobby Lashley.
: Got that right Cole. A First Blood match between JBL and Lashley at No Mercy, will Lashley accept the challenge? Hey, we don’t even know if Lashley will come back after that attack by Bradshaw a few weeks back.
‘One of a Kind’
And it’s a HUGE pop that meets the music of Rob Van Dam who bounces out onto the stage and is accompanied by his partner Rey Mysterio, Van Dam set for some singles action tonight despite his quest for Tag Team glory come No Mercy.
: It was a heated confrontation last week between these two men and the team they face at No Mercy, MNM. MNM claimed that Teddy Long was displaying blatant favouritism in granting Van Dam and Mysterio another rematch, something which didn’t sit well with the high flying duo.
: It didn’t and ya can’t blame ‘em either. They do deserve another shot at No Mercy, the odds are in their favour at long last but with those odds comes a whole lotta pressure and it’s up to Rey and Rob to handle that when No Mercy rolls round.
Match Three: Singles Match
John Bradshaw Layfield vs Rob Van Dam w/Rey Mysterio
It’s a cagey start with Bradshaw not wanting to throw himself into this, recognising the speed and athleticism of his opponent. We get several lock ups only for JBL to break them all and move away, composing himself once again but on the final one as Bradshaw goes to break it again, Van Dam strikes with a kick to the back of Layfield’s head!! JBL doesn’t like it one bit and immediately heads out the ring, wanting no piece of Van Dam in the early minutes with Mr.Friday Night showing why he’s so dangerous.
JBL regroups on the outside but it doesn’t last long as Van Dam heads his way and HURLS HIMSELF UP AND OVER, WIPING JBL OUT WITH A PLANCHA!! Both men down as the crowd goes wild for RVD, Rey Mysterio encouraging his partner as Van Dam slowly gets to his knees. Van Dam keeps Bradshaw on the outside, bringing him to his feet before striking with a boot to the gut as Van Dam then looks to bash JBL face first off the barrier but Bradshaw blocks it and elbows Van Dam in the face. RVD spirals backwards and JBL with a clothesline takes him down!!
The Wall Street Warrior now dominates Van Dam for several minutes, tossing him back inside the ring and working over the high flier in his usual rough house style, some really deadly strikes, right hands, boots, typical smashmouth JBL here as Van Dam remains grounded. Bradshaw eventually does bring Van Dam up, nailing him with a stiff elbow before an Irish whip, Van Dam rebounds and JBL CONNECTS WITH A BEAUTIFUL FALLAWAY SLAM!! Cover by Bradshaw, 1…2…kick out from RVD.
It’s all JBL here as the ‘Wrestling God’ perhaps surprisingly decides he’s gonna head up high!! JBL taking a leaf out of Van Dam’s book as he stands on top of the turnbuckle and…and JBL does the ‘R-V-D’ thumbs to shoulders schtick which draws insane heat before Bradshaw flies, ELBOW DROP OFF THE TOP, NOBODY HOME!!
Van Dam dodges it and the tables turn here as Mr.Friday Night takes over. JBL rises to his feet but Van Dam with a boot to the gut before he runs the ropes and a Spinning Heel Kick takes Layfield down!! Van Dam is now the one to do his ‘R-V-D’ taunt to the fans who eat it up as Van Dam runs the ropes once more, ROLLING THUNDER CONNECTING!! The end is near for Rob Van Dam as he looks around the crowd and decides to head up high!! But the crowd’s cheers turn…to jeers? As we see MNM BURST THROUGH THE CROWD!! JOEY MERCURY, JOHNNY NITRO CLUBBING REY MYSTERIO FROM BEHIND AND VAN DAM HASN’T SEEN IT YET!!
The referee has now gone to the ropes and is ordering the duo away with Van Dam still up high but now seeing what’s going on BUT BEFORE HE CAN DO ANYTHING WE SEE MELINA ON THE APRON AND SHE LOW BLOWS VAN DAM!! RVD drops down to the mat, damage done by Melina as JBL rises to his feet, using the ropes to drag himself up. Mercury and Nitro are backing away from the fallen Mysterio, pleading their innocence as they link back up with Melina. Inside the ring, Van Dam is stirring as JBL runs the ropes and HE TAKES VAN DAM’S HEAD OFF WITH A CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! Cover by Bradshaw, 1…2…3…big win for the Wall Street Warrior.
Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield(9:14)
: MNM costing Rob Van Dam tonight!! Van Dam looked in control, JBL was in all kinds of trouble before the Tag Team Champions stuck their noses in and…and now look!! MNM going a step too far here!!
: Looks like JBL ain’t finished either!!
Indeed Mercury, Nitro and Bradshaw are all stomping the hell out of Van Dam inside the ring, the crowd are booing the hell out of the trio as we see Melina now on the apron, barking orders at her men, yelling and screaming to ‘MAKE HIM SUFFER’. Mercury now drops down and begins pounding at Van Dam with stiff right hands to the skull as JBL and Nitro continue putting the boot in BUT WE THEN SEE REY MYSTERIO COME FLYING THROUGH THE ROPES, MYSTERIO BACK TO HIS FEET AND REY STRIKES NITRO WITH KICKS TO THE KNEE!! JBL comes after Mysterio though and strikes with a right hand but Rey fights back with more kicks!! JBL on the backfoot BUT NITRO TAKES REY DOWN WITH A CLUBBING BLOW FROM BEHIND!!
: The numbers game proving just too much for Rey Mysterio!! Mysterio and Van Dam are in big trouble here!!
: I think MNM’s intentions are clear, they aren’t gonna let these two even make it to No Mercy and looks like JBL wants in on it too, any excuse for the ‘Wrestling God’ to dish out a beatin’.
Mercury and Nitro now join forces, pulling Mysterio up as we see Melina, that devilish smirk on her face as her boys hold Mysterio upright and JBL begins rolling his arm around, the anticipation rises as the crowd now exactly what’s coming here. JBL runs the ropes…
‘HELL WILL BE CALLIN’ YOUR NAME’
BUT JBL STOPS RIGHT IN HIS TRACKS, MNM THROWING MYSTERIO ASIDE AS THE MUSIC OF BOBBY LASHLEY HITS AND THE ARENA EXPLODES!! LASHLEY STORMS DOWN THE RAMP AND HE’S GOT JBL IN SIGHT, MNM IN HIS PATH AS HERE COMES BOBBY LASHLEY!!
: BOBBY LASHLEY COMING TO THE AID OF ROB VAN DAM AND REY MYSTERIO!! BOBBY LASHLEY BACK ON FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN AND HE’S COMIN’ FOR JBL!!
: Oh baby, to borrow a line from Monday nights, business is about to pick up!!
Lashley bursts into the ring and Joey Mercury swings for him but Lashley blocks it and he SMASHES Mercury with a big right hand. Nitro’s next, charging in at the big man but LASHLEY TOSSES HIM UP IN THE AIR WITH A BIG BACK BODY DROP BEFORE JBL CONNECTS WITH A RIGHT HAND!! The numbers game now catching up with Lashley as JBL strikes with right hands, clubbing the back of the ‘Real Deal’, Lashley dropping to one knee as JBL now brings him to his feet again, Irish whip, Lashley rebounds and SPEARS THE HELL OUTTA BRADSHAW!! JBL CUT IN HALF BY A DEVASTATING SPEAR FROM BOBBY LASHLEY!!
: WOW!! The impact, the speed, the power of Bobby Lashley!! MNM stopped in their tracks tonight and it would appear as though Lashley has accepted JBL’s challenge for No Mercy!! First Blood, JBL claimed it could break Lashley’s career but is JBL the one who has bitten off more than he can chew?!
: Bobby Lashley looks all FIRED UP!! You may be onto somethin’ there Cole. If Lashley is this focused, this intense, this motivated then I don’t think even in a match like that, JBL or anybody can stop this kid. Straight up dominance from Bobby Lashley tonight.
Both MNM and JBL are now down on the outside, Melina is attending to her boys with a scowl being delivered in the direction of the ‘Real Deal’ who stands tall inside the ring and helps both Rey Mytserio and Rob Van Dam to their feet, the high flying pair acknowledging Lashley’s help tonight with a nod of respect as B-Lash’s music plays in the background amidst a jubilant crowd. We fade out with Lashley snarling in the direction of JBL who looks right back at him with a look of almost horror, open mouthed at the power of his opponent come No Mercy.
We return and we’re taken to what appears to be a medical room where we see Teddy Long sitting and is being treated by one of the WWE Doctors. Long has an icepack on his neck as he sits on a medical bed and is clearly in a lot of discomfort following that earlier attack on him by John Cena. Long grimaces in pain a little as the doc asks him if he’s ok, to which Long responds aggressively with a ‘What does it look like?’ Long’s attention is then diverted as he suddenly looks up and we see Todd Grisham enter the scene, his glasses seemingly found, his look of unease however hasn’t.
: Teddy I know I have only been here and will only be here for one night but I’ve already seen just how chaotic Smackdown has been. Following on from that my first question is, just what action will you take towards John Cena following his FU on you earlier this evening?
Long looks a little agitated by Grisham’s question.
: What the hell gives you the right to come on over to my show and criticse the way things go down playa?
: I’m…I’m sorry Teddy, I was just calling it the way I see i…
: Well the way I see it is you better get to steppin’ and head back over to Raw before I get the job done for ya, ya feel me?
Grisham looks a tad unnerved by that comment.
: But as far as John Cena goes and what action will be taken, I know for a fact that Kurt Angle and Randy Orton are gonna head on down to that ring later tonight and I can pretty much guarantee John Cena’s gonna be headed their way too.
Decent pop for that, the crowd anticipating Cena taking it to Angle and Orton.
: Well let me tell ya, no matter how much I’m hurtin’ right now, I’m gonna be out there too and I promise that I WILL take action against John Cena, I WILL take action against Kurt Angle and I WILL take action against Randy Orton.
Another nice pop as Long gives a steely scowl in the way of Grisham.
: The inmate’s don’t run the asylum around here…I do
and I’m gonna make sure the three of them all know it out there tonight.
We get a close up shot of a clearly furious Teddy Long, perhaps feeling the strain before we head back to ringside for some more action…
‘Do What I Want’
And there’s a flutter of boys as out steps former United States Champion Orlando Jordan who is primed to take on the man he lost that championship to back at the Bash.
: Welcome back to the action and a chance for a small measure of revenge tonight for this man. Orlando Jordan lost to Matt Hardy back at the Bash, Hardy taking the United States Title from Jordan and JBL’s former Chief of Staff has found life tough going on Smackdown ever since.
: Orlando’s gotta get outta this rut and hey, what better way than by doin’ it tonight against the man he lost his championship to? Big chance for Orlando Jordan to get back to winnin’ ways tonight but he knows as well as anybody, it ain’t gonna be easy against Matt Hardy.
‘Live for the Moment’
And it’s a big time pop that greets the music of the champion himself, the U.S Title holder Matt Hardy storms out, all guns blazing, a smirk on his face as he eyes up his former rival inside the ring.
: It’s certainly not because since coming to Friday Night Smackdown Matt Hardy has been on an incredible roll and since capturing that United States Title, his momentum has only increased. Hardy now looking as strong as he has ever done here in the WWE.
: No doubt about it. As a tag team guy we all knew what Matt Hardy was capable of but on his own we didn’t know if he could step up to that next level, right now I think he’s provin’ it to all the doubters despite that setback against Carlito last week.
: And Tazz we know Matt Hardy will defend his United States Title against the man who defeated him last week in Carlito but we heard from the champion earlier on tonight and he said he was gonna call Carlito out tonight. What do you believe Matt Hardy has in mind for the Apple Spitter?
: I ain’t got a clue Cole but I sure as hell know that I can’t wait to find out.
Match Four: Singles Match
Matt Hardy vs Orlando Jordan
Hardy removes the U.S title belt from around his waist handing it to the referee but as he does so he’s attacked from behind by Jordan!! Orlando not wasting anytime in taking it to his former rival, clearly a point to prove as OJ clubs Hardy with left and right hands, a furious onslaught from the former champion.
Jordan keeps on taking the fight to Hardy, not letting the champion have any room to breathe as he strikes fast and furiously in the corner, repeated left hands followed by vicious stomp after stomp to the mid section as Hardy slouches down in the corner. Jordan continues dishing out the punishment, including a ruthless strike to Hardy’s head, sending the champion down but Jordan drags him right back up again. Jordan grabs him by the back of the neck before tossing Hardy up and over the top, Hardy landing awkwardly on the outside as Jordan heads right after him.
Jordan looks to keep up the pace but as he goes to slam Hardy’s head off the announce table, Hardy blocks it!! The champion blocks it and instead SMASHES Jordan face first off the table!! A turning point for Hardy as he now assumes control and whips Jordan into the ring post!! Jordan immediately falls as the fans begin to drive the champion on, Hardy going right at Jordan and bringing him back into the ring.
Hardy now picks up the pace and Jordan seemingly has no way back. Determined right hands by Hardy before an Irish whip, boot to the gut on return and Hardy strikes with a big time vertical suplex!! Hardy then heads up high, he senses the end is near as Jordan lay helplessly on the mat and HARDY SCORES WITH A LEG DROP OFF THE TOP!! Beautiful move as the crowd goes wild, Hardy beginning to really feel it now. Hardy drags Jordan up, his former rival is lifeless, boot to the gut by Hardy, a roar to the crowd, TWIST OF FATE CONNECTING!! Cover by Hardy, one, two, three, the U.S Champ rolling.
Winner: Matt Hardy(6:15)
: Matt Hardy once again impressive and once again getting the better of Orlando Jordan!!
An old rivalry renewed but the result ends up the same baby, Matt Hardy walkin’ out on top. Huge win for Hardy tonight and it don’t look like he’ gonna wait any longer to call out Carlito!!
Hardy has asked for a microphone and has received one, his hand having being raised by the officials as the U.S Champ smiles, the crowd on their feet after that performance.
: Y’know ever since I came to Smackdown I’ve felt as though my career has just taken off. I’ve got a whole new confidence, I feel like no matter who I step inside this ring with I will walk out victorious.
Nice pop as Hardy nods his head.
: And that says a whole lot because here on Friday nights there’s talent wherever you look back in that locker room, there’s competition whatever way you turn but y’know what? I thrive
on that competition, I look forward to that competition because I wanna take on the best and I wanna BEAT…the best.
Again another nice pop as Hardy seems pretty pumped up tonight.
: I wanna prove myself each and every night I step inside this ring. Prove myself to everybody in the back, prove myself to all you people, prove myself to the entire world that Matt Hardy is…for real
. Which is why last week I heard somethin’ that…well that made me sit up and think about exactly that.
Hardy now scratches his chin, thinking for a moment.
: With that in mind I’d like to call out the very man who spoke those words last week, the very man who, hey I hold my hands up, the very man who beat me right here in the middle of this ring last week. So Carlito, come on down to this ring so uh…we can have a little ‘talk’.
Hardy now waits for a moment, the crowd aren’t quite sure what to make of this with Hardy calling out his rival.
And his wait is a relatively short one as out steps the ‘Coolest’ superstar on Friday nights, dressed in a Caribbean shirt and tossing an apple up and down, Lito slowly plods out onto the stage and takes his place atop of it, microphone in hand as his music dies down and Hardy now begins to smirk a touch.
: What’s dis about Matt? Carlito’s a busy man, he’s not got a lotta time for guys like ju, well…unless it involves kickin’ jur ass again, Carlito’s got a LOT of time for dat.
Lito now begins smiling with a few boos floating around for that as Hardy puts his head down chuckling.
: I bet you have and y’know what? That’s exactly what I wanted to talk to you about cos there was somethin’ you said last week Carlito tha…
: Something Carlito said? Are…are ju sure? Carlito thought all you’d remember from last week was what Carlito did and das beat ju one, two, three in da middle of dat ring!!
Lito is grinning ear to ear now as Hardy looks to be getting frustrated this time around, the smile and chuckling gone.
: How did I guess you’d bring that up? Well congratulations Carlito, I hold my hands up, you beat me last week but what was it you said last week about beatin’ me?
Lito looks a little confused, having a think to himself.
: I think the exact words were that you know that nine times outta ten you can beat me, hell I think you mighta even claimed you could beat me ninety nine times outta a hundred.
: Das exactly what ju heard!! Carlito knows for a FACT he could beat ju day in, day out. Summerslam? Dat was just a fluke and Matt ju know it too. All dis talk about ju thriving on competition, ju don’t mean dat, it’s all just ju sucking up to these stupid fans like ju always do.
Pretty strong heat for that as Hardy mouths something away from the microphone.
: Don’t boo Carlito, Carlito’s just stating da facts. Matt Hardy’s never been anything more than talk. Ju should be embarrassed having him as United States Champion, ju should wanna see a REAL champion, ju should wanna see Carlito holding dat title, somebody who can actually back up their words.
: Somebody who can back up their words? Well…how bout you do exactly that? I wanna hold you to that Carlito and I wanna hold you to what you said last week too. So whadda ya say? Next week, Matt Hardy versus Carlito for the United States Championship…in match number one
…of a Best of Five series?
BIG TIME Pop for that challenge as Carlito looks a little unsure how to respond.
: Nine times outta ten, ninety nine times outta a hundred, all you gotta do Carlito is three outta five. What’s it gonna be?
Hardy has a smug look about him, sensing that Carlito may try and wriggle out of this, Hardy having thrown down the gauntlet. Carlito takes a deep breath before responding.
: Best of Five series…
Lito paces around the top of the stage, thinking to himself.
: Ju wanna let Carlito beat ju not just once, not just twice but three times? Ju know what Matt? Ju gotta deal and when Carlito takes dat title from ju, ju won’t have anybody to blame but jurself and all these people will finally see ju for da fraud ju really are.
More heat for the Apple Spitter there but he doesn’t seem the least bit phased.
: Is that right? Well I guarantee you whether it takes three, four or the whole five matches, at the end of it all I won’t be called a fraud, I won’t be blaming anybody, all I’m gonna be... is standing here in the middle of this ring STILL United States Champion while you? You’ll have proved to everybody what they already know, what I already know and that’s for all the talk, for all the hype, you just can’t back it up.
Strong pop for Hardy there, Lito rolling his eyes and tossing his apple.
: Carlito this may be a best of five series but believe me you better bring everything you got to throw at me…cos I don’t plan on this goin’ distance. I’ll see ya next week and we’ll all see… what you’ve really got.
And with that Hardy drops the microphone, his music hitting as the U.S Champion panders to the crowd, the Texas faithful getting right behind him as Lito simply smiles before taking a bite of his apple, nodding his head as Hardy mouths some more words at his rival.
: Wow. A huge challenge laid down tonight from the United States Champion. Right here next week, Matt Hardy one on one with Carlito in the first match of a Best of Five series!!
: Gonna be off the charts Cole, possibly five matchups between these two and they’ve both got a lot to prove, both done a lotta talkin’. Five matches? That should well settle it once and for all. Bring on next week baby, Hardy and Carlito, I can’t freakin’ wait!!
Returning back off the break we head backstage where we see a slightly sore duo of Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro who are accompanied as ever by Melina, huffing and puffing after being on the receiving end of Bobby Lashley’s physical force tonight. Melina then stops in her tracks, Mercury and Nitro continuing on before realising that their third party has stopped behind them as they spin around and lock eyes.
: What’s up? We got what we wanted tonight, sure we took a hit from Lashley but we sent a message to Van Dam and Mysterio, that’s all that matters.
: Look I don’t…I don’t care
about what happened with Lashley. What happened with Rob and Rey tonight, yeah I agree we did send a message but you’re wrong with ‘that’s all that matters’. What matters right now is us finding more money because we’ve still
not heard a response Johnny and it’s…it’s starting to get to me.
Melina has her hands on her head, clearly frustrated, clearly getting a little stressed at seemingly being unable to find more money for their ‘mystery man’.
: Listen you just gotta relax alright? We got plenty of time until No Mercy and that means we got plenty of time to find that extra money.
Mercury trying to diffuse the situation does far from it…
? Relax, are you kidding me?! How am I supposed to relax Joey? Huh? Do you…do you not even care
? Do neither
of you care?
It’s not like that Meli…
: Well tell me Johnny, what is it like? You two guys are the ones holding those championships, they aren’t around my waist, they’re yours, why should I be the only one who cares? Why should I be bothering to even help you if you don’t even wanna stay on top?
Wow, this is certainly a whole different side to Melina.
: Woah, calm down. We do care, we care a whole lot more than you seem to believe but you just gotta relax, you gotta be patient and we promise, we’ll find that money from somewhere and come No Mercy he will not
…let us down.
Melina takes a deep breath as Nitro puts his hand on her arm to comfort her, closing her eyes to take a second as the Tag Champs stand by her side.
: You…you’re right. I’m sorry, I overreacted, it’s just…this whole thing’s getting to me and I think the quicker we can figure this, the whole lot easier No Mercy is gonna be for the two of you.
Mercury and Nitro both nod in agreement before a final word.
: We promise, you got nothin’ to worry about.
And with that we get a final shot of a clearly still worried Melina who looks up to the heavens before we head back to ringside.
And there’s resounding levels of heat as out steps the ‘Wrestling Machine’, Kurt Angle with a look of pure focus and intensity, not taking in any of the fans as he walks hurriedly down towards the ring, he and Randy Orton set to make an address tonight. Angle reaches the bottom of the ramp before smirking as we then hear…
‘Burn in my Light’
Once more there’s a resounding amount of boos as slowly out steps the Legend Killer himself, a more methodical pace as Randy Orton heads down to join Kurt Angle, the two men meeting at the bottom of the ramp and giving one another a glare before entering the ring, the crowd certainly invested in booing these two following what they did last week. Orton and Angle both grab a microphone with Orton’s music dying down and them taking centre stage in the ring.
: Ever since we stepped foot in this arena tonight we’ve heard a lot of talk, we’ve heard a lot of rumours, we’ve heard…a lot of crap.
Orton shakes his head to more boos.
: We’ve heard people claiming what we did last week was wrong. Wrong
? Are you kidding me? Here’s something that’s wrong. Neither of us getting a shot at the WWE Title, THAT is wrong.
Orton’s intensity levels rise, getting a little worked up.
: What we did last week was something that needed to happen. It needed to happen so Teddy Long could at long last realise just what’s standing in front of him and so he could FINALLY… stop taking us for granted.
More boos as Angle now steps forward.
: But rumour has it, Teddy Long’s got other ideas. Rumour has it, instead of giving us the title opportunites we deserve, Teddy Long…is gonna punish
Decent pop for that, Angle questioning it.
: Teddy Long is gonna punish us for doing the exact same thing as he is? Cos that’s all we did last week. Teddy Long is denying us the opportunity we want, the opportunity we deserve. So last week all we did…was return the favour. He wants John Cena versus The Undertaker to be the headline, he wants John Cena versus The Undertaker as his main event, he wants it just to please all of you people. Well guess what? If we don’t get what we
want, then he doesn’t get what he
The heat returns for this as we see Orton nod in agreement.
: I don’t care what you people think about it, that’s the way this is gonna work and Teddy Long needs to get his head around it real quick or else what you all saw last week will be NOTHING compared to what we do next.
Angle begins to smirk.
And as much as you might wanna believe it, as much as guys like John Cena and The Undertaker wanna believe it, they can’t stop it, nobody
…can stop it.
: And y’know half the problem is them
thinking they can, the other half… is Teddy Long thinking they can. He thinks that allowing John Cena to take us on, allowing The Undertaker to take us on will really stop
us, will really teach us a lesson
but that just shows you how stupid Teddy Long really is.
Orton pauses for a moment before continuing.
: I’ve already beaten The Undertaker twice, Kurt should have beaten John Cena, he would’ve beaten him were it not for one of Teddy Long’s officials, how convenient is that huh? Kurt should be standing here tonight as WWE Champion while I
should be standing here as his challenger.
Big time heat for this as Orton nods, Angle yelling ‘that’s a fact’.
: But we get put aside, we get put to the back of the line and why?
: Because we aren’t Teddy Long guys that’s why and if you wanna get an opportunity around here, if you wanna win championships around here, it doesn’t come down to whether you deserve it or not, it comes down to whether you’re a suck up to that JOKE of a General Manager.
Angle shakes his head in disgust, Orton placing his head down in frustration.
: Think about it. MNM have beaten Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio THREE times and yet at No Mercy they’ve gotta defend their titles against them in a Ladder match!! Why
??? What have they done to deserve a shot? Oh!! Oh that’s right!! They’re Teddy Long guys, that’s why they get that shot.
Angle’s cynicism isn’t greeted well by the Texas faithful.
: And Randy said it himself, he’s beaten The Undertaker TWICE since Wrestlemania? Does he get a title match? No, no he doesn’t and why? Because he’s not a Teddy Long guy.
The crowd really aren’t buying into this ‘Teddy Long guy’ routine.
And me? Well, I’m pretty sure you all know by now I am FAR FROM a Teddy Long guy which is why I don’t get the rematch I deserve, which is why I don’t get the rematch I earned and DAMN IT, THAT’S NOT FAIR!! THAT’S NOT RIGHT!!
Angle’s losing it now, the crowd booing the Wrestling Machine’s actions also.
: It’s not fair, it’s not right and it’s happening time and time again but now
? Now we’re through
with it, we are done
with it and tonight…tonight we came out here not just to set the record straight, we came here…to do something else
Now the interest has risen as Orton stares coldly into the crowd.
: Unless…unless Teddy Long comes out here right now and gives us what we want, gives us what we deserve, then once again we’re gonna take matters into our own hands. So Teddy…what’s it gonna be?
Orton and Angle now wait patiently, Angle is ready and raring to go, gritting his teeth, desperate to see Long appear whilst Orton is a little calmer, arms folded as he waits to see what’s in store for them…
‘My Time is Now’
But Orton and Angle are NOT best pleased to hear the music of the WWE Champion as out steps the WWE Champion John Cena and he appears to NOT be in any mood for the duo’s games tonight. Cena has a mic and stands on top of the stage, not all action just yet from the Doctor of Thuganomics.
: Take matters into your own hands, get what you want, get what you deserve. Well that mighta been your plan last week, might be your plan tonight, may well be your plan in the future but I got news for you… I’m gonn’ take matters into my
own hands, I’m gonn’ get what I
want and I’m gonn’ get what I
deserve too and y’know what? I ain’t gonn’ wait a second longer to get it.
And with that Cena slams down his microphone, removes his shirt, tossing it into the crowd who are electric. We then see Angle and Orton bracing themselves inside the ring for Cena to come and get him some. Cena then looks at the duo one more time, a look of real intensity before CENA SPRINTS DOWN THE RAMP AND HEADS INTO THE RING, READY TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO BOTH MEN!!
: Here comes John Cena!! The fight is on here in Texas!! John Cena getting comin’ for payback on Kurt Angle and Randy Orton!!
: I don’t know about you Cole but I think Cena’s bitten off more than he can chew right here!!
Cena has stormed the ring and is dishing out right hands to Orton, right hands to Angle as Cena looks to seize advantage despite the numbers game!! Orton comes charging but Cena with a clothesline takes him down!! Cena lets out a roar BUT ANGLE CLUBS HIM WITH A RIGHT HAND!! Angle now pounces as Orton gets to his feet and it’s a two on one assault now, the one man advantage playing in these two predators’ hands.
: Angle and Orton taking full advantage of the two on one!! John Cena in a whole world of trouble here, the champion may have wished he’d thought twice before heading after these two men!!
: Cena’s got his issues wit’ these two but goin’ it alone ain’t always the easiest way to do it and he may pay the price tonight.
Angle and Orton are now hammering Cena who is tied up in the corner, kicks from Orton, kicks from Angle, a real venom, a real aggression in both men here with Orton now clubbing Cena with a closed fist, real impact from the Legend Killer as Angle has dropped out of the ring and he’s headed towards the announce booth…where he grabs a STEEL CHAIR!!
: Ah no, come on Kurt, it doesn’t need to be this way. You’ve made your point, this isn’t gonna make things better for Angle or Orton!!
: It might not make things better but in these two guys minds, it can’t get any worse.
Angle enters the ring again, Orton is choking Cena in the corner, an elbow lodged into Cena’s throat before Orton lets go and Cena drops to the mat, perhaps even passed out with Orton suffocating the champion there. Angle then yells ‘Get ‘im up’ and Orton obliges, the crowd are going crazy in giving these two men heat as Angle yells out ‘ONE LAST CHANCE TEDDY, THIS IS YOUR DOING!!’ Angle waits a matter of seconds, the steel chair held back high…
AND THE ROOF COMES OFF THE ARENA AS THE LIGHTS GO OUT!!....... THEY COME BACK ON AND THE UNDERTAKER IS IN THE RING!! ANGLE AND ORTON LOOK PETRIFIED AS ANGLE SWINGS THE CHAIR AT TAKER BUT TAKER SMACKS ANGLE WITH A BIG BOOT THAT SENDS HIM FLYING!! ORTON COMES AT HIM TOO BUT TAKER GRABS HIM BY THE THROAT!! CHOKESLAM TO ORTON!! NO!! ORTON ROLLS DOWN THE BACK AND GETS THE HELL OUT OF THE RING, DRAGGING ANGLE WITH HIM TOO AS THESE TWO GET OUT OF DODGE BIG TIME TONIGHT!!
: The Undertaker getting payback here tonight!! Angle and Orton ruined his main event with John Cena, they ruined his chance at the WWE Title and that is NOT gonna sit well with the Phenom!!
: If I were Kurt, if I were Randy I’d be thankin’ god I got the hell outta there tonight!! Just look at The Undertaker, he came here tonight and here came here to hunt these two down!! They may’ve escaped tonight but I gotta feelin’ the Deadman ain’t done wit’ these two.
Indeed Taker is snarling as Angle and Orton back up the ramp, relieved that they escaped the Deadman somewhat here tonight but at the same time fearful of what they did and almost did receive. We then see John Cena getting to his knees, looking up at Taker and realising that the Deadman may’ve done him a huge favour here tonight. Taker then looks back, recognising that Cena is to his feet as he gives him daggers before staring right back at the cowering duo of Angle and Orton.
But there’s sudden intrigue as the music of the Smackdown General Manager hits and out steps Teddy Long, very gingerly it must be said as he slowly steps out, clearly feeling the effects of John Cena’s attack on him earlier as he clutches his neck.
: Hold on just a second there, I ain’t done here tonight and I ain’t done when it comes to the four of you.
Angle and Orton have turned round and Orton yells ‘This better be our title shot Teddy’ as Long looks at the duo.
: Now the two of you are my main priority tonight, after what ya did last week you’re lucky security even let ya into the buildin’.
Angle begins to smirk, Orton shaking his head.
: But you ain’t gonna get away wit’ what you did last week and that goes for what you did tonight too John. I understand you were angry playa, I understand you were frustrated but that ain’t give you the right to put ya hands on me.
Cena nods his head, perhaps now knowing what he did was wrong.
: So the three o’ you will all face ya punishments BUT…that ain’t all ya gonna face. I can’t let what happened last week happen again and having said that I can’t let this
happen again either. Everywhere ya turn right now there’s chaos and I can’t let this thing spiral outta control anymore or else it’s gonn’ start affectin’ my job. Which is why at No Mercy I’m gonna give ya what ya want.
Angle and Orton now start smiling, Cena’s interest picking up as Taker still looks on menacingly.
: Now lemme assure ya, I am not
givin’ in to anybody, I’m not
crackin’ under the pressure, I’m simply doin’ what’s right for this show to get back on track, ya understand? Which is why at No Mercy it’s goin’ to be John Cena defending the WWE Championship against…Kurt Angle.
Strong boos as Angle lets out a roar in delight, Long shaking his head, he clearly doesn't want to allow this.
: AND…Randy Orton.
More big time heat as Orton clenches his fists, pumping them slightly as he’s clearly pleased he’s getting his title opportunity.
: AND THE UNDERTAKER!!
MASSIVE POP!! The Deadman nods his head as Orton throws his arms up in the air, yelling ‘NO’ whilst Angle stands hands on hips, biting his bottom lip as he shakes his head in disbelief.
: And that match is goin’ to be a Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION MATCH!!
Another huge pop as we see John Cena smirking, looking around the arena, clearl as excited as them before he locks eyes with the Deadman, tension evident. We then see a shot of Angle and Orton who look at one another almost as if to say ‘How did we know that was coming?’
: So you got what ya wanted, all four of ya are gonna get to settle things come No Mercy which means this
…this all stops and it stops right now
. As for last week, as for ya punishment, well why don’t we start wit’ you John?
The camera shifts to Cena who nods on, listening.
: John, whether ya like it or not, you cannot put ya hands on ya boss playa so I’m sorry to say it but I am hereby suspending
you…for one week… without
Cena actually laughs, shaking his head, perhaps in disbelief, perhaps in accepting that’s what he deserved as we see Angle and Orton laughing at one another as there’s big time boos for that statement.
: Which means next week you will not be needed and if ya do decide to show up? Let’s just say that WWE Championship match becomes a Triple Threat, ya understand?
Cena seems to mouth ‘absolutely’.
: Kurt, Randy I don’t know why the two o’ you are laughin’. I ain’t gonna suspend the two of ya, that’d be too easy and to be honest, I don’t think either of ya would even give a damn. What I am gonna do is I am goin’ to fine each of you……ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!!
WOW. The crowd goes wild as Orton and Angle go absolutely apeshit and they start to head up the ramp, they’ve got Teddy Long in their sights!! The two men get in Long’s face with Long not budging, not backing down here.
: Don’t even think about it playas because that ain’t all I got in mind for the two of you. Ya been fined but don’t forget you still
got ya title shot and ya lucky to have it, believe that. BUT…don’t go thinkin’ you can still do what you want, still call the shots around here and just get handed things because that ain’t how it’s gonna be anymore. You on ya last chance because if EITHER of you two get involved in anything
like last week or if either of you get involved in any
unsanctioned physical confrontations like tonight, between now and No Mercy, be it with The Undertaker, with John Cena, with ANYBODY… then you will LOSE your title shot and you WILL…be FIRED!!
An INCREDIBLE POP as Angle simply looks down at the floor, Orton staring at Long with a cold look in his eyes. Long’s music then hits and the GM departs having laid down the law tonight for all to see.
: Teddy Long stamping his authority here tonight with some HUGE announcements!! But at the same time, has Teddy Long began to show he's cracking? Giving in to his superstars demands as we now know it'll be John Cena defending his WWE Championship at No Mercy against Kurt Angle, against Randy Orton and against THE UNDERTAKER in a Fatal 4 Way Elimination match!!
: Absolutely blockbuster Cole. Angle and Orton getting what they want but I don’t think it’s in the fashion they’d hoped for.
: And what about the punishments for Cena, for Angle, for Orton? John Cena suspended for one week without pay while Kurt Angle and Randy Orton have…well they have it all to lose!!
: They’ve already lost a hundred thousand dollars each Cole but losin’ their title shots too?!? I don’t think they’re that stupid, I think Angle and Orton will have a plan in mind and I think Cena and the Phenom are gonna have to get ‘emselves one too, this is gonna be awesome Cole.
We close the show with Angle and Orton spinning round to lock eyes with the Deadman and the WWE Champion, Angle looking a little concerned while Orton scratches his head as the crowd then cheers wildly as we see The Undertaker deliver a symbolic message of a thumb across the throat while John Cena simply stands, perched on the ropes as he points at the duo mouthing ‘No mercy, your time is up’. Angle and Orton look at one another one last time before we finish with the Phenom and the Doctor of Thuganomics doing likewise, the tension having risen once more tonight between these four.
Date: 9th October 2005
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
WWE Championship: Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match
John Cena(c) vs Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton vs The Undertaker
WWE Tag Team Championships: Ladder Match
MNM(c) vs Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio
WWE Cruiserweight Championship:
Gregory Helms(c) w/Chavo Guerrero vs Paul London w/Brian Kendrick
First Blood Match:
John Bradshaw Layfield vs Bobby Lashley