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WWE Unforgiven:

18th September 2005: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Ford Center




*Opening Video Package*

We see a shot of a smirking Eric Bischoff who stands in the ring, grinning ear to ear as the theme music for the event begins to play. We then see a shot of a defiant Shawn Michaels standing tall in the ring, a look of no emotion whatsoever as the music continues to play.

Narrator:

We all make decisions in life…

We then see back at Summerslam where Shawn Michaels take Kane’s head off with Sweet Chin Music before making the three count for Batista to retain his World Title.

Narrator:

Some decisions are bold…

We then see Batista and Kane brawling across the arena before a flash of Batista spearing Kane off the stage as well as Kane chokeslamming Batista through the announce table. The next image we see is of a Steel Cage being lowered.

Eric Bischoff:

I’m gonna make sure they settle things the way they wanna settle it. Face to face, man to man, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, an Animal and a Monster…LOCKED INSIDE A FIFTEEN FOOT HIGH STEEL CAGE!!

Batista:
Nowhere to go, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and we will see once and for all who the better man…really is.

Narrator:
Some decisions are brave…

We then see Shawn Michaels crouched down backstage with a smile upon his face before walking away and we see the chilling image of a dented Steel Chair and all four members of the Arabian Entity laid out cold.

Shawn Michaels:

But as much as they want to punish me, as much as they want to change me, as much as they want me to jump on their bandwagon, I will never, let me repeat…I…will…NEVER…lose my beliefs. I will NEVER…lose faith.

Narrator:
Some are right…

We then see Charlie Haas coming to the aid of Shelton Benjamin who is taking a beating at the hands of William Regal and ‘The Protégé’, Mark Jindrak.

Jim Ross:

Well thank God for Charlie Haas.

The Coach:
I thought he’d seen the light. You’re only makin’ this worse Charlie…

Narrator:
Some are wrong…

We see the Arabian Entity laying a beating on the Heartbreak Kid from this past Monday on Raw, including the sickening handcuffing of Shawn Michaels before the vile ring bell shots to the helpless Showstopper.

Jim Ross:

OH YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!! THE DAMAGE IS DONE!! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THE NEED FOR THIS?! WHY, DAMN IT, WHY?!

Narrator:
But for every decision we are judged…

We see Edge using the Money in the Bank Briefcase to beat Chris Jericho at Summerslam.

Jim Ross:

Oh come on!! Edge had to use that damn briefcase to screw Chris Jericho tonight!!

We then see a shot of Shawn Michaels raising Batista’s hand high in victory at Summerslam.

Eric Bischoff:

Summerslam was the very last time you get one over on me…I guarantee that Shawn Michaels is gonna realise first hand why you do NOT…cross…the boss.

A shot now of a beaming General Manager with that twisted grin of his.

Narrator:

Some are forgiven…

We see Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin shaking hands, albeit a little hesitantly.

Narrator:

But there are those who will always remain…UNFORGIVEN.

And with that the music picks up pace and we see a hotbed of the recent action on Monday Night Raw including Batista delivering a devastating Batistabomb off the stage to Kane. We see Christian ambushing Chris Jericho on the ramp before a shot of Mr.Kennedy delivering a ‘Mic Check’ to poor Eugene. We then get another shot of Kane who delivers a devastating Chokeslam to Batista.

Eric Bischoff:

They’re not just gonna beat Shawn Michaels, they’re not just gonna finish his career, they’re gonna finish…his life.

We then round off the video package in seeing yet another devilish smirk from Raw’s General Manager before a shot of a fallen, wounded, defenceless Shawn Michaels, bloodied and battered at the hands of the Entity.

Narrator:

And now Monday Night Raw presents: WWE Unforgiven!!


PYRO!!

PYRO!!

PYRO!!

With that we get a shot of a fired up crowd in Oklahoma, signs all around including ‘Animal>Monster’, ‘I have faith Shawn’, ‘Marry me Lita, ‘Where’s Triple H?’ and the now obligatory ‘KENNEDYYYYYYY’ as J.R and Coach welcome us to the show.


Jim Ross:
We are LIVE from the sold out Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as we welcome you ladies and gentleman to Unforgiven!! I’m Jim Ross, joined as ever by Jonathan Coachman on a night where those who have sinned will plead for forgiveness!! It is a night that may very well be make or break for the superstars of Monday Night Raw. Coach, what a night we have in store!!

The Coach:
You got that right J.R, I am PUMPED for tonight!! Four Championships are on the line, we’ve got a Steel Cage hanging above that ring, we’ve got a Handicap match, we’ve got Divas, you name it, WE GOT IT!!

Jim Ross:
Absolutely, it is a blockbuster card, no doubt about it and as Coach said, four championships on the line, the biggest of which…the World Heavyweight Title!! Batista puts his gold on the line against the Big Red Machine, Kane. It’s the Animal versus the Monster and it’s inside a Steel Cage!!

The Coach:
Doesn’t get any bigger and I haven’t got a doubt in my mind J.R, Kane is walkin’ outta here as the NEW World Champion. You can’t contain a caged monster and that’s nothin’ but a fact.

Jim Ross:
No doubt a testing night for Batista and his championship reign as those two bitter rivals go toe to toe. I think we’re gonna have a slobberknocker on our hands when those two bulls collide tonight. But that’s not all we’ve got folks, it is a HUGE night in the career of the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. Will Michaels faith really see him through? The Showstopper must take on the Arabian Entity in a Four on One Handicap Match, the odds are very much against Eric Bischoff’s ‘Personal Employee’ here in Oklahoma, you’ve gotta fear the worst for Shawn here tonight.

The Coach:
It’s game over tonight for the Heartbreak Kid, I guarandamntee it!! The Entity are on FIRE and if this past Monday on Raw is anything to go by, this is gonna be a long and painful night for Shawn Michaels. Eric Bischoff may just get his wish J.R, the show may well be stopped for the Showstopper!!


'Born Naughty’

But we are kicking this thing off with the emergence of Mark Jindrak accompanied by his mentor William Regal as the duo enter to a chorus of boos, Jindrak eyeing gold here tonight.

Jim Ross:
But we are getting started in the Ford Center with some Intercontinental Title action as this man ‘The Protégé’ Mark Jindrak chases his first singles title here in the WWE. The roll he’s been on ever since aligning with William Regal suggests that he may very well do that here tonight Coach.

The Coach:
Absolutely J.R. Jindrak has been on FIRE since he joined forces with William Regal. He took out Big Show at Summerslam and we haven’t seen that lump o’ lard since. This man has been total domination and hey, it only helps his cause tonight with the tension his opponent’s got with his own freakin’ partner.

'Ain’t No Stoppin Me Now’

Speak of the devils out next are the Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin accompanied by his tag team partner, a recently frustrated, Charlie Haas. Benjamin looks focused as he eyes up Jindrak and Regal, waiting in the ring, Haas giving the duo a glare also before looking back at Benjamin in the same fashion.

Jim Ross:

Well there is no denying that these two men have had a little tension creeping in between ‘em of late but I got full faith that Charlie Haas will stand by his partner. All this stemming from the fact that Benjamin wants to put that Intercontinental title first and Coach, can ya really blame him?

The Coach:
Oh I can J.R, believe me. Shelton Benjamin is a selfish man, he’s got NO INTEREST in Charlie Haas, he’s got NO INTEREST in goin’ after the Tag Team Titles with him and if I were Charlie Haas, I’d have listened real carefully to what William Regal said to him this past Monday night.

Jim Ross:
All mind games Coach, Regal wants any advantage he can get for Mark Jindrak here tonight.

The Coach:
William Regal was just being a good man J.R , it’s what he does.

With that J.R sighs and we’re all set to get underway here!!


WWE Intercontinental Championship:

Shelton Benjamin© w/Charlie Haas vs Mark Jindrak w/William Regal


The opening contest gets underway and the fans are ready and rocking as Benjamin bounds up and down on the spot, Jindrak simply standing still, an intensity in his eyes as he looks on at the equally focused champion. We then get a close up shot of both William Regal and Charlie Haas on the outside, Regal has an evil smirk, Haas looking a little deflated, head down as Benjamin and Jindrak now begin circling the ring.

The two men lock up but Jindrak’s power sees him force Benjamin back towards the corner, the referee trying to get in the thick of things but Benjamin shows his resolve, the two still locked up but Benjamin forces Jindrak back towards the centre of the ring now. Jindrak now though breaks his grip and QUICKLY STRIKES WITH A KNEE TO THE GUT!!

Benjamin winded as Jindrak strikes and immediately grabs hold of the current champion, driving another stiff knee into the gut AND AGAIN as Benjamin winces in pain. Jindrak then quickly grabs the left arm of Benjamin and delivers an Irish whip, Benjamn rebounds and Jindrak goes for a BIG back body drop BUT BENJAMIN LANDS ON HIS FEET!! Incredible athleticism as Jindrak spins back round right into Benjamin’s path, boot to the gut from Benjamin, NO!! Jindrak catches it and shoves Benjamin’s foot away BUT BENJAMIN CATCHES HIM WITH A DRAGON WHIP!! Jindrak’s skull is rattled as he drops to the mat and Benji scrambles into a cover…

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Kick out at two from Jindrak!!

William Regal looks like he nearly had a panic attack as his protégé comes within a whisker of being defeated. Benjamin is quickly back up, his ankle appearing to be one hundred percent now after weeks of trouble with it as he drags Jindrak up and nails him firmly with a forearm that rocks the big man back. Repeated right hands now from the champion, forcing Jindrak into the corner as he strikes with one more hammer blow. Irish whip now from Shelton, Jindrak tossed from one corner to another as Benjamin lines him up, the crowd readying themselves as Benjamin storms right at Jindrak, NOBODY HOME!!

Benjamin crashes into the corner, stumbling backwards now as Jindrak runs the ropes and SMASHES BENJAMIN WITH A CLOTHESLINE!! Tables turned again here as Regal applauds his apprentice, Charlie Haas looking down at the floor, his expression unchanged since the beginning of this contest. Jindrak now goes for his first cover of the match…

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Kick out immediately on two from Shelton as Jindrak gives the referee a glare, disapproving of his decision as he quickly picks himself up and dusts himself down, conversing with William Regal quickly, his mentor always offering encouragement. Jindrak goes back to work on Benjamin straight after, Benjamin on the verge of sitting up only for his challenger to keep him grounded, smashing a left boot into his skull, Benjamin’s head hitting the mat as Jindrak now nails him with repeated boots to the face, Benjamin trying to protect himself but Jindrak relentlessly continuing as the referee now tells him to break it off, Jindrak nailing one final boot for good measure before stopping his onslaught with a worried silence coming across the Ford Center now.

Jindrak now drops to Shelton’s level, kneeling down on top of Benjamin, grabbing the back of his opponent's head, pulling him back towards himself and Jindrak CLOBBERS the champion with some devastating left hands!! Jindrak not letting up at all here as Regal yells ‘PUNISH HIM’, no holding back from Jindrak as Benjamin’s head crashes back off the mat. The champion is certainly looking in trouble here as the Protégé now hooks a leg and goes for a cover, 1…kick out at one and a half from Benjamin, showing his usual resilience and heart as he stays in this thing.

We once again head to the outside and get a glimpse of Charlie Haas who is now crouched down, elbows on his knees, hands clasped together as he appears to be deep in thought, Coach telling us that ‘He’s thinkin’ about how great it’d be to see his partner feel his pain tonight’. Jindrak brings himself to his feet, perhaps looking to raise the tempo in this one now as he brings Benjamin up also, smashing him with a forearm to the jaw before a big time Irish whip from the challenger, Benjamin flies to the ropes but he holds right onto them, Jindrak storming after him but BENJAMIN PULLS THE ROPES DOWN AND JINDRAK GOES FLYING UP AND OVER!!

Crash landing for the Protégé as William Regal looks on in horror, his apprentice having taken a heavy fall there, Benjamin perhaps shifting the momentum in this thing his way once again. Jindrak clutches the back of his head in pain, Regal shuffling around the ring, coming to his side as he tries to will the Protégé back to his feet. Jindrak beginning to surface here, slowly but surely with Regal doing everything in his power to drag him upright, the referee’s count out is at four now with Regal having, to his relief, drawn Jindrak to his feet, the crowd are going electric however…AS BENJAMIN FLIES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE AND TAKES BOTH MEN OUT WITH A PLANCHA!!

Regal and Jindrak floored, the crowd cheering wildly for that high risk, high reward move from Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin however is also floored momentarily but seems to be finding his bearings a little quicker than the challenger and likewise his manager. Meanwhile the camera shifts towards Charlie Haas who is slowly making his way around the ring, perhaps to give some encouragement to his partner? Or…perhaps just to keep a slightly closer eye on proceedings.

Benjamin slowly begins to rise, getting to his knees as he grasps out for the apron, trying to pull himself up as we then see Jindrak is slowly getting to his knees also, heading towards the announce table to drag himself up, Regal remains down as Haas now finds himself right on the scene, eyeing up Jindrak. The referee’s count out is ongoing and is at the count of six as Benjamin is now to his feet and he locks eyes first of all with Haas, the two exchanging a glare before Haas then gives him a little nod. Jindrak is now up to his feet having used the announce table to help him, he spins round and sees Benjamin perched up against the ring, Jindrak hurls himself at the champ, swinging a left hand but Benjamin blocks it and instead nails a boot right to Jindrak’s gut!! Jindrak’s doubled over as Benjamin then tosses the Protégé back inside the squared circle.

Shelton goes to get back in the ring but INSTEAD CHARLIE HAAS SPINS HIM ROUND!! Benjamin looks confused as he asks ‘What?’ Haas simply looks at him before giving his partner… a thumbs up?? Benjamin nods his head, albeit a confused look on his face as he goes to crawl under the bottom rope BUT JINDRAK HAS RUN THE ROPES AND CONNECTS WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE KNOCKING BENJAMIN BACK OUT THE RING AND BENJAMIN IS KNOCKED RIGHT INTO HAAS!! Haas is floored, Benjamin likewise as Jindrak shows a more agile side to his game there, taking advantage of the communication issues there between the World's Greatest Tag Team.

Jindrak immediately goes to assist his mentor to his feet and with both the Protégé and Regal now standing tall it may only be a matter of time for the challenger in this one. Jindrak then turns, again setting his sights back on Benjamin…however Regal wants in on this thing too and he goes right after Charlie Haas!!! Jindrak stomping the hell out of Benjamin, Regal stomping the hell out of Haas as the boos come ringing in from the Oklahoma crowd. Jindrak then opts to drag Benjamin to his feet, the referee’s count only at five right now as Jindrak decides to take advantage of the time he has left as he gets a hold of Benjamin’s left arm and HE WHIPS THE CHAMPION… BAM!! BENJAMIN CRASHES FACE FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST!!

Jindrak immediately lets out a roar which only draws him more heat as Regal, fresh off of stomping a hole through Haas, orders his apprentice to take Benjamin inside the ring, the champion squealing in pain as his partner lies in anguish mere metres from him.

With the referee’s count now at seven, Jindrak obliges with his mentor’s wish and hauls Benjamin up, tossing him with ease back inside the squared circle as he follows right behind. Meanwhile on the outside we see that Regal has gone right back to Charlie Haas, dragging Haas to his feet before nailing a left hand before REGAL WHIPS HAAS INTO THE BARRICADE!! Haas goes shoulder first into the barricade, the impact is huge as we see Jindrak watching on in the ring, a sickening smile across both his and Regal’s face here and it’s their ball game at this moment in the match.

Regal readjusts his suit, the crowd still booing like crazy as Jindrak now refocuses on Benjamin. The ‘Mark of Excellence’ as he was once known brings Benjamin to his feet and instantly levels him with another strong left hand, a flurry of lefts follow as Benajmin’s forced back into the corner. The Protégé then positions Benjamin just how he wants, the champion looking in danger now as Jindrak moves away from the corner, heading infact to the opposite side of the ring…BEFORE THUNDERING TOWARDS BENJAMIN, BIG BOOT TO THE FACE!! NO!! BENJAMIN DUCKS IT AND JINDRAK GETS CAUGHT UP IN THE ROPES!! Benjamin from behind, ROLL UP!! BENJAMIN’S GOT HIM…

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NO!! JINDRAK KICKS OUT AT THE DEATH!!

The crowd thought he had it there, Regal breathing a sigh of relief as Benjamin’s quickly back on the scene, Jindrak’s right back to his feet too and Benjamin swings at him, Jindrak ducks it, Benjamin spins back round, Irish whip from the challenger, BACK BODY DROP, NO!! WOW!! BENJAMIN CATCHES HIM WITH A JUMPING IMPLANT DDT!! HUGE MOVE FROM BENJAMIN WHO SCRAMBLES INTO A COVER!!

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Kick out at two and a half!! Benjamin coming within a whisker once again there!!

Benjamin can’t quite believe that one, looking at the referee, eyes wide open as Jindrak sits up, feeling the effects of that big time move from the champion. Benjamin then begins to feel it, motioning with his hands that the end is coming, the fans begin to pump themselves up as Benjamin’s looking for the T-Bone here…but he’s soon distracted as we see WILLIAM REGAL HOP ONTO THE APRON!! The referee heads over to Regal, telling him to get down, Regal however is calm and can be heard saying ‘I only want to talk to Mark’ but the official is having none of it and NEITHER IS SHELTON BENJAMIN!!

Benjamin storms over to Regal and tells him to ‘Get the hell outta my ring’, Regal is goading him though ‘Or what Mr.Benjamin? What are you going to do about it?’ Benjamin sighs, the crowd egging him…BEFORE BENJAMIN GOES FOR A RIGHT HAND BUT REGAL HOPS OFF THE APRON!! Clever tactics as ever from the Protégé’s master, Regal goading Benjamin into it as he smiles at the champion, Benjamin gritting his teeth in frustration before turning back round to refocus his attention on Jindrak…BUT HE’S CAUGHT WITH A THUNDEROUS BIG BOOT!!

Benjamin tumbles to the mat, Jindrak’s bouncing on the spot, he senses the end may be nigh as Benjamin sits back up, trying to come to his senses. He’s up to one knee here looking dazed, looking confused as the Protégé stalks his prey…Jindrak runs the ropes…AND HE STRIKES AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT WITH A STUNNING KNEE TREMBLER!! BENJAMN’S HEAD IS KNOCKED OFF HIS DAMN SHOULDERS OFF THE IMPACT!! There’s a massive ‘Ooooooh’ from the crowd at the devastating sound of Jindrak’s finisher as Benjamin is floored, the challenger scrambles towards the champion, hook of the leg…

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NEW CHAMPION!!! NEW CHAMPION!! NO!! JINDRAK GOT THE THREE COUNT BUT…BUT CHARLIE HAAS HAS PUT THE CHAMPION’S FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!!

The referee never saw Haas but he sure as hell saw the foot!! Jindrak doesn’t seem to realise what’s happened, he’s standing tall, he’s pleading with the referee to raise his hand but the referee is waving him away, trying to explain what’s happened. William Regal is now up on the apron again and he’s explaining EXACTLY what happened to the official, trying to get the decision reversed as we then see Jindrak’s head slowly turn, he looks like he’s about to blow a gasket as he locks eyes with Charlie Haas!!

Haas simply looks right back at the ‘Protégé’, shrugging his shoulders as if to say ‘Wasn’t me’ but Jindrak is having none of it as he and Regal nod at each other, BOTH HOPPING OFF THE APRON AND THEY STORM RIGHT AFTER HAAS!! Haas though wants nothing to do with Regal and his apprentice and begins running up the ramp!! Coach is surprisingly giving Haas some credit for running away, stating that nobody wants to mess with these two men, J.R meanwhile is shocked that Haas is simply running away from this whole situation, stating that Haas should 'Face up to what he's done'.

Regal continues his pursuit, he’s not letting up on Haas here as the two chase up the ramp. Jindrak though waits at the bottom, standing by the ring, clearly wary of the count out as we then see Haas and Regal exit through the curtain, the chase is on backstage it would seem!! The Protégé is seething here, gritting his teeth together as he breathes heavily, clearly angered at what’s gone down before turning back round, realising the match is still within his grasp as he then angrily lets out his frustrations with a ferocious roar before stepping back inside the ring.

Jindrak slowly steps through the ropes seeing that Benjamin is up to one knee…Jindrak having a focus in his eyes, the anger evident as Benjamin is in that Knee Trembler position once more. Jindrak sizes him up before he runs the ropes, KNEE TREMBLER INCOMING…STRIKES ONCE AGAIN!! NO!! BENJAMIN DUCKS IT!! Jindrak spins back round…BENJAMIN MEETS HIM RIGHT THERE AND THEN, T-BONE!! T-BONE SUPLEX FROM OUT OF NOWHERE CONNECTING!! Benjamin pulls one out of the bag, the champion crawling into the cover…

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HE GOT HIM!! BENJAMIN DID IT!! BENJAMIN RETAINS!!

Winner and STILL Intercontinental Champion: Shelton Benjamin(12:07)


The Coach:
NO WAY!! JINDRAK HAD IT WON!! HE HAD IT IN THE BAG!!

Jim Ross:
Oh you’d better believe it Coach!! Shelton Benjamin has done what looked to be the damn near impossible tonight!! Benjamin is leaving Unforgiven STILL the Intercontinental Champion, an incredible effort!!

The Coach:
Yeah from Charlie Haas, not this guy!! Benjamin was about to tap, Jindrak had him beat but Haas saved the damn thing for him!! When is he gonna learn J.R? When is Charlie Haas gonna realise that Benjamin’s ONLY in it for himself?!

Jim Ross:
What a load of bull Coach, look how much this means to Shelton Benjamin and I’m pretty sure that he’d want his partner to be out here celebrating with him. Haas escaping, much to my surprise, from the advances of William Regal but nevertheless, a huge victory for Shelton Benjamin and the first hurdle tonight in the partnership of that man Mark Jindrak and his mentor, William Regal.

Indeed as J.R. mentions Jindrak we get a shot of him, absolutely seething inside the ring, on his knees pounding the mat in anger, failing to believe what’s just gone on whilst we see Benjamin having his hand raised on the ramp, a look of sheer jubilation as he holds his championship up high, looking longingly at it before a delighted smile right back at the furious challenger he overcame tonight.

We then head backstage for the first time tonight and rather unsurprisingly it’s to the office of Raw’s General Manager, Eric Bischoff who appears to be in a buoyant mood as he paces up and down with a smile as wide the room upon his face.

Eric Bischoff:

This is it. Tonight is the NIGHT…FINALLY I get rid…of Shawn Michaels.

Bischoff then begins to laugh, the crowd booing at the boss’ actions before the camera pans and we see all four members of The Arabian Entity stood inside Bischoff’s office, their image also greeted with strong boos.

Eric Bischoff:

And I just wanted to call you four in here to say…well to say an early thank you. Thank you for helping me to do what I’ve been hell bent on doing for…for I can’t even remember how long!! What you did this past Monday on Raw was just…God, it was a thing of beauty.

Bischoff appears to be picturing in it in his head as he looks up to the sky, grinning slyly.

Eric Bischoff:

But it won’t even come close to what happens here tonight. Tonight is the icing on the cake, tonight you put the final nail in Shawn Michaels’ coffin, tonight…you end it all.

Bischoff now rubs his hands together, that twisted laugh of his before Hassan steps forward.

Muhammad Hassan:

You don’t need to thank us Eric. This might be what you want but we want it just as much, we need it just as much, hell we need it EVEN MORE. This may be your chance to get rid of him but this is our chance to take control. This is our chance to not just get rid of him but to gain every ounce of power in this company. Tonight we make a statement and when it’s all over with, this company, those people, this COUNTRY… will show us the respect we deserve.

Ridiculous amount of boos for Hassan who is eating it up as Bischoff is still smirking, those words clearly pleasing the boss.

Eric Bischoff:

That is EXACTLY what I wanna hear. Tonight is your night, it’s my night, it is OUR…night. Shawn Michaels may think his faith is gonna see him through this but I know, just like you do, faith is nothin’ but a bunch of crap.

Hassan and his men look at one another, nodding their heads in agreement as Dutt and Daivari smirk.

Muhammad Hassan:

To hear that coming from somebody who is not like us, who hasn’t experienced what we’ve experienced, who hasn’t felt what we’ve felt, that means a whole lot Eric. To know that you don’t buy into it like all the sheep who follow Shawn Michaels fills us with hope that there are others out there like you too.

Hassan looks at his three men before continuing.

Muhammad Hassan:

Faith is nothing but false hope and tonight we vow to put an end to any last remaining hope Shawn Michaels has, to put an end to what little faith he has left, to put an end to Shawn Michaels…period.

Strong heat for that as Bischoff begins grinning.

Eric Bischoff:

Gentlemen…I can’t wait to see it.

And with that we see the Entity exit Bischoff’s office, a real purpose about the quartet tonight before a close up shot of Bischoff who is seemingly on cloud nine, believing that this is the night he gets what he so desperately desires. We then head back to ringside, all set for some more championship action...


'LoveFuryPassionEnergy’

And it’s a pretty strong pop that greets the music of the Daredevil Diva herself, Lita who storms out onto the stage full of energy as she gets set for her long awaited championship opportunity.

Jim Ross:

Well it is certainly mission impossible for Shawn Michaels here tonight and some people believe it may be mission impossible for this woman too. Lita was all set to face Victoria back at Summerslam for the Women’s Championship only to have that chance taken away thanks to a sickening assault from the dangerous champion. Tonight Lita gets her chance at not just the title, but at retribution.

The Coach:
It is mission impossible J.R. I just don’t see how Victoria can be beaten, I really don’t. Lita’s one of the best diva’s there has ever been, I don’t disagree with that but Victoria may be THE greatest, if she’s not, she’s certainly he most dangerous.

‘I Ain’t a Lady to mess with’

Lita waits patiently inside the squared circle as we see Victoria make her way down the ramp, that crazed look on her face as a flutter of boos come her way, removing her title belt before looking at it in a rather deranged way, eventually locking eyes with the woman who’s ankle she tried to snap several weeks ago.

Jim Ross:

Well dangerous she is, crazy may be another word that wouldn’t be used lightly against Victoria. Since capturing the Women’s Title, she has put Trish Stratus on the shelf, she took Lita out too, she has taken out just about anybody who has stepped in her path and she’s hell bent on not just taking Lita out again tonight, but taking her down for good.

The Coach:
And that’s where Lita’s problem lies tonight. Victoria isn’t just interested in winning this thing, she’s interested in hurting Lita, she’s interested in punishing her, making her suffer. Tonight may be Lita’s chance at retribution, she might think this is gonna be where she gets that payback she so desperately wants but fact is, this is the night Victoria finishes what she started before Summerslam.


WWE Women’s Championship:

Victoria© vs Lita


Lita looks primed and ready to go here, the chance she’s been waiting for, the chance she was denied at Summerslam by the callous champion who stands opposite the Daredevil Diva, Victoria not budging an inch as she smirks menacingly back at her opponent. The bell then rings and Victoria’s smile soon vanishes, Lita’s expression unchanged before both women storm towards the centre of the ring and Lita is like a house on fire!! Repeated right hands from the fired up challenger, Victoria having no response as she’s sent rocking, the fans going crazy as Lita hammers away, all her pent up anger and frustration being taken out on her bitter rival.

The challenger sends Victoria rocking back into the corner, relentless right hands before a boot right into Victoria’s gut, stomp after stomp on the champion now and Victoria has no answer to this lightning speed. Lita finally lets up, perhaps worn out as she takes a deep breath, letting out a roar like sound to the crowd who respond right back with a loud pop as Lita again charges at the champion BUT VICTORIA GETS A BOOT UP!!

Lita’s sent stumbling back as Victoria takes a second to regroup, Lita then turning round right into another boot from the champion, this time catching Lita in the gut as Victoria now strikes with a strong forearm, again sending Lita stumbling. Victoria now hammering away with a brutal onslaught, the referee trying to calm Victoria down but it’s non stop from the ferocious champion. Victoria now has Lita pegged in the corner and rams into her with a shoulder to the gut, Lita crying out in pain as another massive shoulder smashes into her gut before a boot for good measure.

That usual crazed look is in the eyes of Victoria as she smells blood here. Irish whip, Lita gliding across the ring, Victoria comes charging right behind her and she CLUBS Lita with a clothesline!! Lita’s back smashing into the turnbuckle before she drops down to the mat off the impact, total dominance right now from Victoria.

Victoria slowly stalks Lita who is scrambling around on the mat, J.R and Coach playing up just how much tougher the challenge for Lita has now become. The champion again shows her ruthless streak, picking apart the weak left ankle of Lita now, stomping away, no remorse as she slowly, almost meticulously hammers down on that ankle, Lita in clear discomfort, perhaps that ankle still not at a hundred per cent following the sickening assault from the champion one month ago.

Lita is helpless right now, that twisted look in the champion’s eyes is evident as she continues this slow assault on the Daredevil Diva. Victoria now running the ropes, rebounding but in a plodding fashion before she DROPS A KNEE RIGHT ONTO THE ANKLE!! Lita cries out in anguish as Victoria laughs to herself, the crowd booing her actions as Lita again clutches the ankle, Victoria going for a cover now…

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Lita manages to roll a shoulder!!

The crowd give a roar of approval as Lita stays in the game, just about. Victoria has a look of frustration but she quickly picks herself up and also drags Lita up with her, perhaps a change of tactic now from the champion. Victoria has Lita doubled over and keeps an arm across the back of the redhead’s neck before driving a knee right into the stomach!! Victoria drilling a right knee, drilling a left knee, shot after shot now to the mid section of Lita before a boot to round up the charge as Victoria then hoists Lita up high…and drops her with a beautiful suplex!!

The majority seem to expect a cover following that move, including the commentary duo but instead Victoria simply gives that twisted smirk of hers and slowly trickles over to her fallen opponent. Victoria drops slowly down to her opponent, once again dragging Lita to her feet, this time though she almost tosses Lita towards the corner, it’s all too easy right now for this devilish diva as she toys with Lita, prodding her in the chest, slowly telling her that ‘This isn’t what you thought it was gonna be’ before she goes for a devastating right hand BUT LITA BLOCKS IT!!

Victoria swings another right again, ANOTHER BLOCK!! LITA NOW WITH A BIG RIGHT HAND!! The challenger showing all her usual fight, heart, determination to claw her way back into this thing as she smashes Victoria with right hands, hobbling across the ring, she grabs Victoria by the arm, Irish whip…Victoria hangs onto the ropes and Lita comes running in, struggling to go full speed as Victoria sees her coming and TOSSES HER THROUGH THE ROPES!!

Lita takes a nasty fall there as Victoria takes a second to catch her breath, perhaps a little surprised at Lita’s comeback there. The ferocious diva then heads down to the outside, slowly strutting down the steps as Lita gets to her knees, Victoria pulls her by the hair, gritting her teeth as she does so, dragging Lita up to her feet before SMASHING Lita face first off the apron!!

Lita groggily falls away, remaining on her feet before Victoria tosses her back inside the ring, breaking the referee’s count out…but Victoria doesn’t follow behind? Instead she sets her sights towards Lilian Garcia. Lilian looks petrified as Victoria eyes her up before whispering right in the face of Lilian ‘Move’. Lilian duly obliges, scared senselss, wanting no part of the Women’s Champion as Victoria steps past her and she GRABS A STEEL CHAIR!!

There’s a sense of anticipation now as Victoria takes the chair in her hands, looking at it, eyeing it up as though it were her prize possession before she heads back towards the ring, seeking to further damage her already weakened challenger. Victoria slides the chair under the bottom rope, following right behind it but Lita pounces!! Lita is ready and waiting and strikes with a boot to the back of Victoria’s neck. Hard stomps from Lita, her resilience evident here as she brings Victoria to her feet, stiff forearm from Lita before a big right hand, Irish whip, Victoria rebounds, HURRICANRANA!! WOW!! Lita on one leg takes Victoria down with a beautifully timed Hurricanrana BUT…she immediately grabs the left ankle, that high impact move clearly taking it out of her.

Both women get back to their feet, Lita a little gingerly, Victoria more of a confused state as she spins round, boot to the gut, roar to the crowd by Lita…TWIST OF FATE!! CONNECTING!! LITA CAUGHT HER!! The crowd are going crazy now, they sense the end is near as Lita hobbles across to the corner, she’s heading up high. Victoria is laid out here as Lita slowly, valiantly climbs up to the top, she gets there, steadies herself before a ROAR to the crowd, responding right back at her, MOONSAULT OFF THE TOP!!! NOBODY HOME!! Victoria rolls outta dodge, the crowd groaning as Victoria survives by the skin of her teeth. Both women down, Victoria crawling away from her opponent as Lita rolls on the mat in anguish, both these two now fighting to get to their feet.

The referee checks on both as Victoria is still crawling, Lita trying to get to her knees, she’s slowly there, gets to her feet now, using the ropes for leverage and she spins round, Victoria still on her knees…BAM!! VICTORIA WITH THAT DAMN STEEL CHAIR SMASHES LITA IN THE ANKLE!! THE REFEREE CALLS FOR THE BELL AS LITA DROPS DOWN IN AGONY!! Victoria using a ‘get out of jail’ card here tonight!!

Winner via Disqualification: Lita

But STILL Women’s Champion: Victoria(7:54)


Jim Ross:
Victoria taking the easy way out tonight!! I thought Victoria was supposed to be dominant, supposed to take on all challengers, stand up to any fight but tonight Victoria has shown her true colours!! A cowardly act from the Women’s Champion and now look, what the hell is the meaning of this?!?

The Coach:
There ain’t no damn cowardice J.R. We said it from the get go, Victoria wanted to HURT Lita here tonight and she’s damn sure gonna do it!! Lita’s ankle’s about to snap in half!!

Victoria is clearly not finished as she keeps hold of that steel chair…BEFORE PLACING IT AROUND THE ANKLE OF LITA!! The challenger is in heaps of trouble here as Victoria begins to scale the ropes, headed up high!!

Jim Ross:

Ah for God sakes!! Somebody needs to stop this!! Lita’s ankle’s about to be snapped into two!!

Victoria sets herself, Lita is helpless…

‘TIME TO ROCK ‘N ROLL’

BUT VICTORIA IS SHOCKED AND SO ARE THE OKLAHOMA FAITHFUL AS THE MUSIC OF TRISH STRATUS HITS AND THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL COMES STORMING DOWN THE RAMP, HEADED VICTORIA’S WAY!!

The Coach:

WHAT THE HELL IS SHE DOING HERE?!?

Jim Ross:
TRISH STRATUS!! TRISH IS HERE AND SHE’S GUNNING FOR VICTORIA!!

Trish charges into the ring, Victoria dropping down and THE FIGHT IS ON!! TRISH STRIKES WITH RIGHT HANDS!! VICTORIA STRIKING BACK!! A FIST FIGHT BETWEEN THE TWO DIVAS!! Trish is winning the battle though, all her anger being taken out on the woman who put her on the shelf!! Victoria forced back, Irish whip by Trish…BUT VICTORIA HOLDS ONTO THE ROPES, DROPS DOWN AND ROLLS OUT OF THE RING, SHE WANTS NO PART OF TRISH STRATUS TONIGHT!!

Jim Ross:

That right there says it all!! Victoria got outta dodge tonight with Lita and by gawd she just dodged the bullet with Trish Stratus!!

The Coach:
She wasn’t prepared for this!! She wasn’t ready for Trish tonight!! What reason does Victoria have to fight her? She already broke her ankle once and next time you know she’ll do it again J.R. Trish is just as stupid as Lita. This is Victoria’s street now, she makes the rules and Lita and Trish are gonna have to deal with ‘em.

Trish now comforts Lita inside the ring, helping her remove the chair from around her ankle as she scowls at Victoria, the champion backing up the ramp, wanting no piece of either Trish or Lita as the two fan favourites share a nod of respect, both of them so desperate for payback on the devilish champion.


*Video Package*

Narrator:
Survival is the struggle to remain living…

We see Shawn Michaels bloodied and battered, hung up in the ropes with a look of sheer desperation on his face.

The next image we’re shown is of Batista and Kane both laid out in the technical area, both unmoved and seemingly unconscious.

Jim Ross:

THEY MIGHTA JUST DAMN NEAR KILLED EACH OTHER!!

Narrator:
And in times of struggle there are those who will crumble…

We see Edge puffing his cheeks before a shot of Chris Jericho, head down, a look of frustration before an image of Charlie Haas shaking his head backstage, hands on hips, a look of despair.

Narrator:

There are those who will fail to rise…

We see Kurt Angle and Randy Orton standing strong together, standing tall over a fallen John Cena, the Doctor of Thuganomics laid out cold, the WWE Championship laid down beside him.

We then get a shot of Shelton Benjamin laid out cold by the announce table, Mark Jindrak standing above him with a final image of Benjamin, eyes glazed over as he struggles to bring himself upright.

Narrator:

But then there are those who will show strength…

We get a shot of Christian standing on the top rope, celebrating victory, surveying for his ‘Peeps’ before we see Matt Hardy holding the United States Championship up high in celebration.

We then see Edge clutching his Money in the Bank briefcase in jubilation before a shot of Muhammad Hassan, arms outstretched, eyes closed with his Entity around him.

Narrator:

There are those who will stand up and be counted…

We see Kane sitting up in his menacing fashion before a shot of Chris Jericho applying the Walls of Jericho.

That’s followed up by Rob Van Dam connecting with a Five Star Frog Splash to Johnny Nitro.

The next image we’re shown is of Big Show sending a devastating Chokeslam to William Regal before letting out a trademark roar.

Narrator:

And it shall be those men who WILL…survive…

We see Batista delivering a BatistaBomb to Kane, the music getting faster, louder before we see The Undertaker delivering a devastating Tombstone Piledriver to Randy Orton.

Images of several superstars then flash up, all of whom have the same message.

Chris Jericho:

I will be the one to survive.

Edge:
I will be the one to survive.

Muhammad Hassan:
I will be the sole survivor.

John Cena:
Survival is all that matters.

Randy Orton:
I won’t let you…survive.

Christian:
I will survive…cos that’s just how I roll.

Kurt Angle:
Survival? You’ll be lucky.

Shawn Michaels:
I’ll survive…I have to.

The video package ends rather eerily as Michaels looks up to the heavens, no sense of emotion on his face before we head to a Survivor Series graphic.




WWE Presents: Survivor Series

27th November 2005; Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, Michigan


We then head backstage where we see Trish Stratus pacing through the halls, just a few minutes after saving Lita from the wrath of Victoria. Trish appears to be in a hurry but she’s suddenly stopped in her tracks by the pest that is, Todd Grisham.

Todd Grisham:

Trish, Trish great to see you return here tonight, my question to you is, firstly how is the ankle? And just what have you got in mind for Victoria now that you’re back?

Trish doesn’t respond immediately, taking a second to gather her thoughts.

Trish Stratus:

I think you saw out there just how my ankle is Todd. I’m fully cleared, I’m one hundred percent and I am ready to take Victoria down. What have I got in mind for her? Oh believe me, I’ve got a whole lot in mind and despite all her ‘dominance’, I don’t think she’s gonna like it.

Trish is clearly focused and fired up upon her return.

Trish Stratus:

She took my away my title, she took away my freedom, she took away a part of my career that I’ll never get back and now? Now I’m gonna be the one to take it all away from her.

Trish’s defiant stance is evident as that message gets a nice pop.

Trish Stratus:

When she broke my ankle, she didn’t just break me physically, she broke me mentally and that took a lot outta me, it hurt me and that’s something that doesn’t just go away.

Another cold stare from the Canadian beauty.

Trish Stratus:

But as much as I wanna hurt Victoria, I wanna thank her too. I wanna thank her because what she did to me, it did break me but believe me, it made me a whole lot stronger. It’s made me more determined, more focused, more driven than I’ve ever been and I don’t care what Victoria throws my way, I promise I will get my revenge, I promise I will get my championship and I promise…I will put a stop to Victoria.

And with that Trish heads off to a nice pop once again, her message loud and clear here tonight as we then head back to ringside to hear...


'Just Close your Eyes’

There’s an initial pop before a chorus of heat ensues as out steps Captain Charisma, surveying the arena for all his ‘Peeps’, Christian ready and raring to go as he gets set for a chance to finally receive a shot at the big one. Noticeably Christian is WITHOUT his Problem Solver, no Tomko in his corner tonight, Christian perhaps wanting to do this on his own.

Jim Ross:

Summerslam was the defining night in this young man’s career as Christian ended the long, illustrious career of the Nature Boy Ric Flair. Tonight he looks to go one further, can Captain Charisma at long last earn himself a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship?

The Coach:
He’s gotta be the favourite J.R. Christian’s on the roll of his career, the roll of his life. He’s a changed man, he’s ready, his time is now and he believes that tonight is the tonight he proves himself once again. I got full faith that Captain Charisma is gonna be the next in line for a shot at the big one.

‘Break the Walls Down’

Out next to a big time ovation, the loudest of the night so far is the first ever Undisputed Champion. The Ayatollah of Rock N’ Rolla, Y2J himself, Chris Jericho who is all fired up here tonight in Oklahoma, a chance at the World Title hanging in the balance.

Jim Ross:

Since Summerslam it has been all about one thing for Chris Jericho and that is writing the wrongs. Jericho was screwed at Summerslam, the Money in the Bank contract was there for the taking only for Edge to smash Jericho’s skull in with a devastating briefcase shot and cost Jericho another shot at getting to the top of the mountain. Tonight Y2J gets that chance again, a match he knows he can’t afford to lose.

The Coach:
You’re right about that J.R, this really is ‘last chance’ for Chris Jericho. If he doesn’t win here tonight, will Y2J ever make it to the top again? In my eyes, ain’t a chance in hell. Jericho’s time is done, Edge proved it at Summerslam and tonight he’ll prove it again, Christian will prove it too. If Jericho wins this thing, I’ll eat that cowboy hat o’ yours.

‘Metalingus’

Last but not least, out to major heat is Mr.MITB, the ever arrogant, ever confident and supremely focused, Edge. Edge bobs up and down at the top of the ramp as he eyes up both Jericho and Christian who watch on in the ring as Edge taps his MITB contract before slowly heading down, set for a shot a second guaranteed title opportunity.

Jim Ross:

Well you talk about this being a ‘last chance’, that is most certainly NOT the case for this man. Edge has that guaranteed World Title shot thanks to that Money in the Bank contract which he won back at Wrestlemania but Edge believes that to be his back up option. Edge fully believes his actions inside the ring should reward him with a title opportunity whether he holds that contract or not and victory here tonight will no doubt prove it.

The Coach:
He’s got a pretty valid point J.R. Edge has been damn impressive lately and just because he holds that contract, doesn’t mean he should be held back. Edge is a future World Champion, there ain’t no doubt about it, the question isn’t if, it’s when? Victory here tonight may send us one step closer to finding out.


Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match

Edge vs Christian vs Chris Jericho


The bell rings as Edge and Christian stand on opposite sides of the ring, both perched in the corner with Jericho standing up against the ropes, eyeing up both men, none of the three are quite sure who to head after and perhaps not quite sure just how to go about it either. The crowd have begun a slow but growing ‘Y2J’ chant and finally a move is made with Jericho being the one to take the plunge. Jericho storms at his long time rival Edge and it’s a flurry of right hands sending Edge aback but almost instantly Jericho’s clubbed from behind by Christian!! It’s chaos right from the get go here as Christian now goes to work on Jericho with clubbing shots of his own across the back of Jericho before Captain Charisma spins him round and delivers a big right hand before we see Edge burst onto the scene also!! Right hand to Jericho from Edge, right hand from Christian, the former partners trading blows on their fellow Canadian as we then get a double Irish whip, Jericho rebounds and it’s a BIG TIME double back body drop that floors Jericho!!

E&C working together like old times there as Christian then goes over to drag Y2J back up BUT EDGE GRABS HIM FROM BEHIND AND TOSSES HIM UP AND OVER THE TOP ROPE!! There’s surprise amongst the crowd, a few jeers, a few cheers as Edge disposes of Christian, his former partner taking a hefty fall to the outside as Edge looks over and tells him ‘I’m in it for me, not you, not anybody else, ME’ before he shifts back to Jericho and it’s these two bitter rivals set to do battle again.

Edge hoists Jericho up, placing him in the corner and Edge now begins to go to work, stomps to the gut of Jericho, repeated, fast boots from the Rated R Superstar, real aggression being shown here as Jericho looks in trouble early on. Edge now with an Irish whip, Jericho fizzing from one corner to the other as Edge comes charging right behind him BUT JERICHO GETS AN ELBOW UP!! Edge stumbles out of the corner, spinning right back around and Jericho comes charging, taking Edge down with a clothesline!!

Edge is quickly back up as Jericho swings again but this time misses, Edge spins Jericho round, boot to the gut followed up by an Irish whip, reversal by Jericho and Edge rebounds…NO!! CHRISTIAN GRABS THE LEGS OF EDGE AND PULLS HIM OUT OF THE RING BEFORE HE STRIKES HIS FORMER PARTNER DOWN WITH A BIG TIME CLOTHESLINE!! The fans give CC a pop for that as he gets a small measure of payback on the Rated R Superstar before Christian brings Edge quickly back up, kick to the mid section, now grabbing Edge’s left arm and WHIPS EDGE INTO THE BARRICADE!! It’s big time impact as Edge’s right shoulder smashes into the barricade and Christian pounds his chest to all his ‘Peeps’ as he spins back round BUT HE GETS CAUGHT IMMEDIATELY WITH A BASEBALL SLIDE BY JERICHO!!

The fans are on the edge of their seats at the minute, the pace electric in these opening exchanges as Jericho gives a wry smirk on the outside before pulling Christian up and tossing him back inside the ring, these two men now vying for that title shot as Edge remains fallen up against the barricade. Jericho allows Christian to his knees before a VICIOUS kick right into the ribs sends Christian tumbling once again. Y2J now pulls him to his feet, nailing Captain Charisma with some strong forearm shots as Christian is backed up towards the ropes. Irish whip by the former Undisputed Champion, Christian rebounding and Jericho goes for a big back body drop BUT CHRISTIAN LANDS ON HIS FEET AND HE DROPS JERICHO WITH A FALLING INVERTED DDT!! Beautiful counter from Christian who slides into a cover…

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Kick out at two by Jericho as Christian cuts a frustrated figure.

Ric Flair’s conqueror brings himself up again, taking a moment as he props himself against the ropes before heading right back to Jericho. He brings Y2J up, striking with a knee to the gut before dragging Jericho towards the corner. Right hands now from Christian followed up with a boot to the gut, repeated kicks now from Christian and he rounds that up by pounding his chest once again, the boos raining down on him as Christian salutes his ‘Peeps’ and that moment’s hesitation costs him as Jericho turns the tables!!!

Jericho spins Christian round and puts him in the corner before ‘WOOOO’, STINGING KNIFE EDGE CHOPS FROM JERICHO!! Christian’s chest taking a battering as Jericho, perhaps out of respect for the Nature Boy, pulls out his signature chops, loud ‘WOOOO’s’ greeting each and every one of them as Jericho backs away, Christian’s chest turning red raw, clutching it in pain as he stumbles forwards, Jericho deciding to run right past him however, what’s Y2J got in mind here? He runs the ropes and BAM!! SPRINGBOARD DROPKICK FROM CHRIS JERICHO!! Christian takes a tumble as Jericho goes for his first cover…

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Kick out at two from Captain Charisma as Jericho flicks his long locks out of the way, eyeing up the referee with a scowl before bringing himself back up, leaving Christian floored BUT OUT OF NOWHERE JERICHO IS ROLLED UP FROM BEHIND BY EDGE!! 1…2…3…NO!! JERICHO JUST ABOUT GETS THE SHOULDER UP AS EDGE NEARLY STEALS IT ON HIS RETURN TO THE CONTEST!!

Both Edge and Jericho are quickly back up and Jericho charges at Mr.MITB but Edge sees it coming, dodges it, Jericho runs the ropes and rebounds BUT EDGE CATCHES HIM PERFECTLY WITH A DROPKICK!! The Rated R Superstar now building momentum in this one as he scrambles into another cover…

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Just like that Christian comes roaring back in and now hammers away at Edge, rights and lefts, Christian on his knees, Edge floored before the leader of the ‘Peepulation’ makes his way to his feet and he hoists Edge up also before nailing him with a boot to the gut, following it up by crashing Edge face first off the turnbuckle!! Edge holds his face in pain but is instantly smashed by another boot to the face from Christian, Irish whip follows as Edge goes crashing into the opposite corner, Christian comes charging in BUT EDGE CATCHES HIM WITH A BOOT TO THE FACE!! Christian spirals backwards before Edge spins him round AND DROPS CHRISTIAN WITH A GUTBUSTER!! Beautiful move by Mr.Money in the Bank as he opts to take a breather instead of covering his long time partner.

Edge goes to head back after Christian but he’s caught with a right hand by Jericho!! Y2J back in the game here and he strikes Edge with a big right, repeated rights by Jericho BUT A RAKE OF THE EYES FROM EDGE!! Jericho clutches his face, vision blurred as Edge now grabs him, one hand on the tights, one hand on his back and EDGE TOSSES JERICHO THROUGH THE ROPES AND INTO THE RINGPOST!! JERICHO GOING SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL!! Big time impact there from Mr.MITB as Jericho drops down and rolls to the outside, in a whole lot of pain as Edge begins to smirk arrogantly, clearly recognising that he’s in control of this thing.

Christian appears to be stirring however and Edge sees this, not wanting his momentum to stop as he heads right back after him and he strikes with a vicious kick to the back of the neck, methodical strikes, slow and forceful by Edge as Christian remains floored. Edge then pulls his fellow Canadian upright, striking with a forearm before an Irish whip, Christian though holds onto the ropes, Edge comes charging BUT CHRISTIAN PULLS THE ROPES DOWN AND EDGE GOES TUMBLING TO THE OUTSIDE!! Perhaps a shift in momentum here with both Edge and Jericho down on the outside, Christian taking a breather inside the ring, the power in his hands right now as he again switches his attentions back on Edge and slowly slides out the ring, headed the way of his former partner.

Captain Charisma brings Edge to his feet, placing him up against the announce table before sticking a boot in to Edge’s mid section BEFORE SMASHING EDGE’S SKULL OFF THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!! Edge stumbles backwards, massive impact off that stinging attack by Christian and Captain Charisma spins him right back round AS HE THEN WHIPS EDGE SHOULDER FIRST INTO THE STEEL STEPS!! DEVASTATING SHOT AS EDGE’S RIGHT SHOULDER COLLIDES WITH THE STEEL!!

Christian smiles cockily to the crowd, again pounding his chest and the crowd respond with…cheers? Christian smiles all the more, believing the crowd are on his side but it’s far from it as we then see that Y2J IS ON THE TOP ROPE!! Christian spins round and JERICHO SOARS OFF THE TOP AND TAKES CHRISTIAN DOWN WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY!!! All three men now down and out as this up and down, back and forth encounter continues in that exact fashion. J.R and Coach noting how much this opportunity means to each man tonight.

Jericho picks himself up, dusts himself off and heads right at Captain Charisma, bringing his former Wrestlemania opponent up as Jericho strikes with another ‘WOOOO’ Knife Edge Chop, but Christian battles back with ‘WOOOO’ a Chop of his own!! Jericho and Christian trading Chops…

‘WOOOO’

‘WOOOO’

‘WOOOO’

The crowd loving every minute here as Jericho gains the upper hand, striking too fast and too hard for Christian to keep at it before nailing him with a knee to the gut before Jericho tosses Christian back inside the ring. Jericho follows suit as Christian rises to his feet again, still clutching his chest, a little all over the place as Jericho spins him round and whips him into the corner with Jericho following right at him BUT CHRISTIAN SHOWS GREAT WHEREWITHAL, DODGING IT AND STRIKING WITH A PENDULUM KICK!! Jericho’s head taken off as Christian somehow digs deep there. The leader of his ‘Peeps’ then decides he’s gonna head up top, Jericho’s a little dazed as he spins round, MISSILE DROPKICK FROM CHRISTIAN!! Jericho’s floored as Christian scrambles into a cover…

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Christian has a look of disbelief as he remains laid atop of Jericho, looking at the referee, almost questioning the decision with a sigh of relief from the crowd who are still pulling for Y2J in this thing. Christian takes a moment further before he steadily rises, there’s a buzz about the crowd though, Christian hasn’t realised yet BUT EDGE IS BACK INSIDE THE RING AND HE’S LINING CHRISTIAN UP!!

CC rests against the ropes, facing towards the ramp, Edge is lying in wait as Christian kicks the ropes in frustration before he spins round… TO SEE EDGE DARTING AT HIM!! SPEAR!! NO!! CHRISTIAN DODGES IT, EDGE STOPS IN HIS TRACKS, SPINS BACK ROUND, UNPRETTIER!! NO!! EDGE SHOVES CHRISTIAN AWAY!!! CHRISTIAN NOW SPINS ROUND, BOOT TO THE GUT BY EDGE, EDGECUTION!! CONNECTS!! Edge is the one to hurriedly score a cover now, is this it?!?

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Kick out at two and a half!! Edge can’t believe it!!

The Rated R Superstar pounds the mat in frustration, running his hands through his hair as he grits his teeth in anger, the official confirming it was only a two count. Edge’s frustration soon turns to motivation as he seems to click into gear again, deciding not to mope over it as he playfully slaps himself, psyching himself up before heading to the corner, he’s got a Spear in mind again here as Christian slowly gets to his knees, using the ropes to drag himself up, he’s to his feet now AND EDGE COMES STEAMING IN AGAIN…BUT JERICHO COMES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! DOUBLE LEG TAKEDOWN AND HE’S GOT EDGE INTO THE WALLS OF JERICHO!! WALLS OF JERICHO LOCKED IN ON MR.MITB!! IS EDGE GONNA TAP?!?

Edge is writhing in pain, his hand dangling…BUT CHRISTIAN FROM BEHIND WITH A ROLL UP ON JERICHO!! HE’S GOT THE TIGHTS!!

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JERICHO KICKS OUT!! Both men are back to their feet as Christian comes running right at Jericho, Double Leg Takedown again, WALLS OF JERICHO TO CHRISTIAN NOW!! THE CROWD ARE ELCTRIC AS JERICHO TURNS CHRISTIAN OVER, THE WALLS LOCKED IN AS CHRISTIAN WRITHES IN PAIN!! Captain Charisma’s hand is up, his title dreams may go up in smoke here as Jericho gives it everything he’s got to earn himself another shot at becoming World Champion. Christian’s face paints the picture, he shakes his head, yelling out ‘NO’ as he fights with everything he’s got BUT JERICHO LEANS ALL THE FURTHER BACK, CHRISTIAN’S ON THE VERGE OF TAPPING HERE!!

He grasps out, desperate for the ropes, clawing, fighting with all he’s got…AND CHRISTIAN SOMEHOW REACHES THE BOTTOM ROPE!! Jericho keeps the hold locked in though, the referee telling him to break it and he finally does, Jericho now the one to show frustration as he shakes his head, wondering just what he’s gotta do to put one of these two away.

Jericho now returns to his feet, hands on hips as he takes a deep breath, calming himself down before making his next move and he heads back over to Edge, turning his attentions towards his long term rival and Y2J drags Edge towards the middle of the ring, grabbing the legs of his opponent, Jericho going for the Walls once more but Edge is fighting it!! Jericho can’t quite turn Edge over and Mr.MITB kicks out at him, digging in with all he’s got as he lashes Jericho away. Y2J stumbles forward towards the corner before spinning back round and again going for the legs of Edge but EDGE WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE!!

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NO!! CHRISTIAN JUST ABOUT BREAKS THE COUNT!!

Captain Charisma saving the day, fighting to pull himself back in this thing with all three men down right now, exhausted after their gruelling efforts thus far. Edge tries to rise, using the ropes to hurl himself up, Christian is to his knees, Jericho likewise. Edge heads right after Jericho, pulling him up and into the corner, right hands from Edge but here comes Christian!! Christian pulls Edge away and clubs him with right hands!!

It’s anybody’s game here as Christian with a boot to the gut, UNPRETTIER!! NO!! JERICHO COMES FROM BEHIND AND CONNECTS WITH A BULLDOG ON CHRISTIAN!! Jericho now runs the ropes, Lionsault…BUT CHRISTIAN ROLLS OUT OF HARM’S WAY WITH JERICHO LANDING ON HIS FEET!! Great athleticism by Je…..BUT JERICHO’S SPEARED IN HALF AS HE LANDS!! EDGE BULLDOZING JERICHO WITH A DEVASTATING SPEAR!! THE CROWD EVEN POP AS THE PACE IS LIGHTNING FAST!! Edge crawls into the cover, this has gotta be all…

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NO!! JERICHO GETS HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE!! EDGE IS SHOCKED!!

Edge closes his eyes, hoping when he opens them again it really was all over but sadly for him that is NOT the case as Jericho has indeed survived, showing great heart to stay in this thing. Edge now begins hammering the mat, punching it, rights and lefts slamming down as he refuses to believe that this is still continuing. The crazy Canadian picks himself up and heads to the corner, he’s hell bent on this thing finishing and finishing fast as he now turns his attentions to Christian who is beginning to find his bearings.

Christian, using the ropes now, manages to pull himself up, Edge is poised, ready to seize the moment, Christian spins round, SPEAR INCOMING!! NO!! Christian with a boot to the gut, DDT!! NO!! Edge wriggles free and whips Christian into the corner, Edge comes storming in and connects with a clothesline!! Christian now perched in the corner and Edge…Edge is hoisting Christian up?? The Money in the Bank winner has Christian sat on the second rope as he strikes with a right hand, repeated rights from Edge now before he positions Christian on the top rope now!!

There’s a real buzz around the crowd as Edge begins to climb up high too and he’s got Christian in position for a superplex!! Edge goes for it…BUT CHRISTIAN FIGHTS IT!! Christian’s fighting with all he’s got…AND SUDDENLY Y2J COMES INTO THE EQUATION!! Jericho sensing an opportunity as Edge keeps Christian in position to go for a ride, there’s anticipation as the Oklahoma faithful rise…TOWER OF DOOM!! HOLY SHIT!! TOWER OF DOOM CONNECTING AS JERICHO POWERBOMBS EDGE…EDGE SUPERPLEXING CHRISTIAN!!

Pandemonium inside the Ford Center as Edge and Christian are laid out cold, Jericho is surfacing however and the crowd are going crazy for the Ayatollah of Rock ‘N Rolla. A ‘Y2J’ chant is deafening as Jericho drags himself towards the lifeless body of Edge, cover…

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NO!!! EDGE ROLLS A SHOULDER!!

THERE’S SHOCK AMONGST JUST ABOUT EVERYONE, INCLUDING CHRIS JERICHO AS EDGE SOMEHOW SURVIVES!!

Jericho’s eyes have widened as he sits there, in a state of shock that Edge kicked out. Not for the first time tonight one of these three men thought this was all over. Jericho though realises that there may be another hope as he soon scampers across towards Christian, hooking a leg, is this Jericho’s moment?

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Kick out at two and a half as Christian is now the one to dig deep and hang in this thing!!

Nobody has a damn clue just who is leaving as the next number one contender, these three men laying it all on the line, the pressure well and truly on now. Jericho picks himself up and he decides he’s gonna bring Christian up with him and he grabs Christian by the back of the head, CODEBREAKER!! NO!! CHRISTIAN SHOVES HIM AWAY!! Jericho again rises to his feet, Christian meets him though , UNPRETTIER!! NO!! JERICHO SHOVES HIM AWAY, CHRISTIAN REBOUNDS OFF THE ROPES, DDT BY JERICHO!! Christian’s floored, cover by Jericho…

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NO!!! CHRISTIAN AT THE LAST SPLIT SECOND SHOWS THE HEART TO STAY IN IT AS HE ROLLS A SHOULDER UP!!

Jericho again looks amazed he hasn’t finished this off as he takes a moment to figure out his next step, he rises to his feet , hands on hips, Christian stirring to his knees now as he crawls towards the ropes, Jericho is eyeing him up…but there’s a buzz amongst the crowd and Jericho senses it, the look on Jericho’s face changing from determination to a look of intrigue as he spins around…TO SEE EDGE STORMING IN!! SPEAR!!! HOLY SHIT, JERICHO CATCHES HIM WITH A CODEBREAKER!! TIMED TO DAMN NEAR PERFECTION AS JERICHO CRACKS EDGE’S HEAD INTO HIS KNEES AS MR MONEY IN THE BANK IS OUT COLD HERE!! Jericho now nips back him, he’s all fired up…BUT HE’S CAUGHT FROM BEHIND BY THE RETURNING CHRISTIAN…UNPRETTIER…CONNECTS!! CHRISTIAN SCORES WITH THE UNPRETTIER!! Christian nto the cover…

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CHRISTIAN IS THE NUMBER ONE CONTENDER!!!

Winner: Christian(18:02)


The Coach:
THERE IT IS J.R!! CHRISTIAN PULLS IT OFF AGAIN!! CAPTAIN CHARISMA IS HEADED TO THE TOP BABY!!

Jim Ross:
Christian has done it, Christian has pulled one out the bag here tonight and Christian IS the next in line for a shot at the World Heavyweight Title!! One HELL of a match and good god could that have gone any which way!! Jericho, Edge, Christian all laying it on the line tonight, throwing out all the stops to get a shot at the richest prize in the game but it is Christian who walks out of Oklahoma City tonight with a World Title shot in the bag.

Christian rolls out of the ring, having his arm raised by the official, a look of delight, exhaustion, pure emotion from Captain Charisma as he now knows that he will at long last get the World Title shot he feels he so desperately deserves and that he so desperately desires. We get a shot of a fallen Y2J, looking desolate, visibly disappointed that he couldn’t pull it off here tonight before we shift to see Edge who has rolled to the outside and has his head in his hands, gritting his teeth in anger, realising that he couldn’t guarantee himself a double chance at gold. We round off with a shot of Christian atop of the ramp, pounding his chest before looking out to all his ‘Peeps’, clearly overjoyed at picking up yet another huge win here tonight.

We then head over backstage where we see join Todd Grisham not for the first time this evening, Grisham standing by, ready and waiting to speak with us.

Todd Grisham:

Ladies and gentleman, my guest at this time, the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.

It’s a rather sombre introduction from Grisham as Michaels appears into shot to a HUGE pop, the Showstopper having his head taped up where he suffered a bloody beating at the hands of the Entity on Raw and Michaels looks in no mood for answering any of Grisham’s questions, remaining still, no facial expression, just a cold stare.

Todd Grisham:

Shawn this past Monday you suffered a severe concussion at the hands of the four men you face here tonight, the Arabian Entity. You were also busted open, leaving you needing over a dozen stitches, Shawn are you in any shape at all to compete out there tonight?

Michaels remains stoic, not moving, not flinching, just staring in the same direction, barely acknowledging Grisham who appears a little freaked out.

Todd Grisham:

Ok, well whether you’re at a hundred percent or not, just what strategy do you have considering the disadvantage you’re at here tonight?

Grisham again holds the mic up to Michaels but HBK is still very distant, this time however he scratches the head injury he sustained this past Monday before wincing a little bit, clear discomfort but again Michaels doesn’t answer.

Todd Grisham:

Uhm, Shawn one last question, how do you believe you can walk out of Oklahoma tonight victorious?

Michaels shifts side to side before sniffing a little bit, looking up at the sky, eyes wide open…

Shawn Michaels:

Faith.

It’s cold, dark and to the point from Shawn Michaels, nothing but that one word before we get a close up shot of Michaels whose head has now gone from the heavens to down below, Michaels simply looking down at his feet as we then head off elsewhere after a rather eerie segment there.

We then head off backstage and not for the first time this evening it’s to the office of Raw’s General Manager, Eric Bischoff. Bischoff looks completely on edge now as we draw closer towards the Entity’s showdown with Shawn Michaels. Bischoff is pacing around his office, hands clasped together before we hear the door open and Bischoff nearly has a heart attack before breathing a sigh of relief as the camera turns…to where we see MR.KENNEDY!! Kennedy is grinning like a Cheshire Cat, gum in his mouth as ever, hands on hips as he eyes up Bischoff.

Mr.Kennedy:

Weren’t expecting me huh?

Eric Bischoff:
Don’t…don’t you knock? And no, I wasn’t expecting you, what do you want?

Bischoff is very dismissive of Kennedy with KK looking a little taken aback.

Mr.Kennedy:

Easy Eric, easy there big guy. What do I want? I think you know by now what I want and I just came by to tell ya, I’d better get it tonight or else you? You’ll be the one who has to pay the price.

Bischoff sighs, clearly frustrated with Kennedy’s persistence again here tonight.

Eric Bischoff:

Look I’m not the one who issued an ‘Open Challenge’ for you here tonight, you did that Ken which means whoever steps out that curtain tonight has got NOTHING to do with me. You asked for and you’ll get whoever it is that comes your way. Whether ya like it or not, that’s not my problem, I gotta lot of bigger things to deal with, more important things to deal with alright?

Kennedy now nods his head, looking pretty pissed off before he looks Bischoff dead in the eye.

Mr.Kennedy:

You got a real nerve don't ya Eric? Sure I issued an ‘Open Challenge’ here tonight but that’s because, incase you forgot, I wasn’t on the FREAKIN' CARD!! Now tell me genius, was that my fault too? Was that my decision? AH AH, no you’d better believe it wasn’t, it was…oh, oh wait a second, whose decision was that huh? Hmmm, lemme think abo…WAIT!! It was YOURS wasn’t it?

Kennedy sarcastically applauds.

Mr.Kennedy:

Well good call boss, real good call. Take your fastest rising star, take this company’s game changer and leave him off the card, well THAT AIN’T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME!!

Kennedy is in Bischoff’s face now.

Mr.Kennedy:

You might not be able to decide just who exactly answers my challenge tonight but Eric you can have an awful lotta say in it. One last chance Eric, don’t blow it cos BELIEVE ME…you will regret it.

Kennedy delivers a cold stare at the boss with Bischoff simply shaking his head, a look of anger and frustration on the face of the GM with a fired up Kennedy on his hands as we then return back to ringside.


'Perfection’

The sound of the Platform to Perfection’s music as out step the arrogant young duo of Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth, showing off as ever, Nemeth his physique while Doane simply enters into an exchange with a group of fans, the pair fully confident of becoming the new Tag Champs.

Jim Ross:

The chance they’ve been waiting for ever since they walked through the doors to Monday Night Raw. Ken Doane, Nick Nemeth, the Platform to Perfection and they believe tonight is the night they get what they truly feel they are entitled to and that is the World Tag Team Titles.

The Coach:
They are J.R, ain’t no point in denyin’ it. These two guys have impressed the heck outta me, impressed the heck outta everybody and if anybody wants to say they’re NOT impressed then they’re just jealous of these two and hey, who could really blame ‘em? Look at these two guys, perfection in every sense of the word.

Jim Ross:
Well two guys who haven’t been impressed are the Basham Brothers and they have promised to be here tonight after the Perfectionists refused them a chance to earn their way into this match, a chance the Basham’s believe and hey, I do too, a chance they deserve.

The Coach:
They deserve? Gimme a break, the Basham’s didn’t win at Summerslam, these two guys did and that is why they’re here tonight with the titles on the line, they’re winners cowboy, the Basham’s? Nothin’ but a couple of losers.

‘Yeah we’re comin’ Down’

Out next are the champions and to a pretty strong pop with Bubba and D-Von roaring out, all fired up, looking to prove a point to the challengers here tonight that they are still the team to beat on Monday Night Raw.

Jim Ross:

Well I think you couldn’t be more wrong and I’m pretty sure these two men would agree with me. Bubba Ray and D-Von, one of the greatest Tag teams of all time, they’ve seen it all, they’ve done it all and the Perfectionists may be underestimating the veteran champions, something they may well live to regret Coach.

The Coach:
They aren’t underestimating these two, they’re stating the facts. The Dudleyz were great, sure but that was a long time ago. This is 2005, this is a new era, this is Doane and Nemeth’s time to shine and you’d better believe they’re gonna take it and they’re gonna start off by getting rid of these two old hacks tonight.


World Tag Team Championships:

The Dudley Boyz© vs The Platform to Perfection


It’s the ever cocky Nick Nemeth that starts things off for the Perfectionists while for the champions it’s D-Von who takes the reigns, the bell ringing and both men immediately circling each other before locking up dead centre of the ring. D-Von’s strength is evident immediately as he forces the smaller Nemeth back towards the corner, the grip of both men remains however before Nemeth shows all his speed, breaking his grip and wriggling around the back of D-Von applying a waistlock. Nemeth’s not in control however as D-Von applies a side headlock and this topsy turvy opening sees D-Von strike with HUGE power as he gets Nemeth up and drops him with a beautiful belly to back suplex!! Dudleyz strike first blood as D-Von crawls into an early cover…

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Kick out at two from Bubba!! Early covers for both teams as Nemeth is now the one to gain control, bringing himself to his feet, Bubba still floored and Nemeth begins to stomp the crap out of his fallen opponent, strikes from head to toe on Bubba with Nemeth now pausing…before flaunting his physique to the crowd which of course brings a chorus of boos from the Oklahoma faithful. Nemeth takes it in his stride saying ‘Jealousy’s a terrible thing’ before he drops a big elbow right into the chest of Bubba. Nemeth quickly shoots back up before firing another elbow to the chest, the speed of Nemeth is evident as he AGAIN quickly rises and AGAIN drops another stiff elbow right into Bubba’s chest before yelling ‘JUST TOO DAMN GOOD’ and he crawls into another cover, 1…2…kick out once more at two from Bubba.

Nemeth glares in the direction of the referee, clearly thinking that should’ve been three before he picks himself up and heads over to his corner, tagging in Ken Doane for the first time as Doane slowly steps through the ropes, the arrogance of both men evident as they feel Bubba’s at their peril right now. Doane circles the fallen big man, allowing Bubba to get to his knees before Doane strikes with a full on kick to the gut!! Bubba immediately tumbles again but Doane rushes right over to him and drags him up, striking with another boot that has Bubba doubled over, Irish whip by Doane, Bubba rebounds and Doane swings for a clothesline, Bubba ducks it, runs through and rebounds once again taking Doane down with a powerful shoulder tackle!!

Bubba rises back to his feet, Doane also slowly gets to his feet, in some discomfort though following that high impact and he heads towards Bubba but Bubba strikes with a big right hand, flurry of rights now from Bubba as Doane is backed up towards the ropes. Irish whip now by Bubba and Doane rebounds right into a FLAPJACK FROM BUBBA!! Huge impact and Bubba drops down into a cover…

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Kick out at two and a quarter!! The crowd groan, thinking that might’ve been curtains for Doane as Bubba comes within a whisker of taking it. Doane scrambles around on the mat, clutching his lower back which appears to be troubling him off of that impact as we see Bubba rising to his feet and he heads straight back after the arrogant perfectionist. Bubba brings Doane to his feet before delivering some trash talk telling Doane ‘Let’s see how perfect you are now’ before another highly powerful Irish whip as Doane goes crashing into the corner, his lower back again taking a blow as Bubba now spins round and comes charging right at Doane, a MASSIVE BODY AVALANCHE FROM BUBBA!! DOANE ENGULFED BY THE ENORMOUS SIZE OF BUBBA!!

Doane drops to the mat, the crowd going crazy as Bubba lets out a roar right back to them before the big man begins to scale up to the top rope!! Bubba slowly rises to the top, looking around the crowd who are on their feet BEFORE WE SEE NICK NEMETH EDGING OVER BUBBA’S WAY!! Bubba catches him out the corner of his eye and words are exchanged, the referee intervening and telling Nemeth to get back in his corner with Nemeth obliging but not after a war of words with one half of the Tag Champs. Bubba now sets himself BUT DOANE COMES STEAMING IN AND KNOCKS BUBBA OFF THE TOP, THE BIG MAN CRASHING TO THE OUTSIDE AS NEMETH’S TACTICS WORK TO PERFECTION!!(Pardon the pun)

Bubba’s taken a hefty fall on the outside and is lying in some discomfort as we get a shot of a wry smile on the face of Nick Nemeth who knows his delaying of Bubba worked a treat for his partner with Doane now taking a small breather, resting against the turnbuckle before he hops out the ring and drops to the outside, Bubba in his sights with D-Von looking down on his partner, a look of worry etched on his face. Doane eyes up Bubba, choosing not to strike right away, instead allowing Bubba to get to his knees before Doane pulls him up and strikes with a boot to the gut before DOANE CRASHES BUBBA’S SKULL OFF THE BARRICADE!!

Bubba stumbles away, holding his face following that hard impact but Doane grabs him once again and this time SMASHES BUBBA FACE FIRST INTO THE RINGPOST!! Bubba again stumbles away before dropping to the outside as Nemeth yells at his partner to ‘GET ‘IM IN HERE KEN’ and Doane rushes to do so with the officials countout at seven. He drags Bubba up before tossing him inside the squared circle and Doane immediately rolls the big man over into a cover…

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The crowd begin trying to rally the fan favourite, D-Von joining in as he stomps his feet on the apron, the crowd clapping as Bubba grasps thin air, looking, searching, clawing at any escape route as Nemeth demands for them to ‘Quit it’ but the rallying seems to be inspiring Bubba as he battles to one knee. Nemeth still has it locked in but Bubba is using all his strength to try and find an escape route as he digs an elbow in on Nemeth but the plucky challenger keeps the hold on as Bubba somehow fights to both feet!!

The crowd are cheering as Nemeth shakes his head, looking worried now, still keeping the hold in as BUBBA TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A BACK DROP!! Finally the hold is released as Bubba shows great strength to fight up and back into this thing, both men down with that taking a lot out of both champion and challenger. We see Ken Doane trying to will Nemeth over towards him for a tag, D-Von likewise is rooting for Bubba, desperate for his partner to tag him into this thing as Bubba drags himself across, Nemeth is fighting too however, who will make the tag first? Nemeth is within arm’s reach now as Doane holds out a hand…BUT WE SEE BUBBA MAKE THE TAG FIRST AND HERE COMES D-VON!!

D-Von comes roaring in to a big pop as Nemeth tags Doane in and Doane flies at D-Von and gets sent flying with a right hand!! The crowd are on their feet as D-Von hammers away at Doane, big right hand, Doane’s knocked down, back to his feet but knocked down again, D-Von building momentum as Doane rises once more, D-Von running the ropes and comes steaming in BUT DOANE CATCHES HIM WITH A PICTURE PERFECT DROPKICK!!

The life is sucked out the arena as D-Von’s momentum is halted by that dropkick and the balance shifts the way of the challengers once more with Doane quickly getting over into a cover, 1…2…kick out at two from D-Von as Doane huffs and puffs a little bit. Doane gets to his feet, hands on hips for a moment before he stomps his foot in frustration, Nemeth telling him to go back to him and Doane does just that BUT D-VON FROM OUT OF NOWHERE WITH AN INSIDE CRADLE!! DOANE’S IN TROUBLE HERE!!

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NO!! NEMETH BREAKS THE COUNT!!

The crowd thought he had it, D-Von thought he had it too and were it not for Nick Nemeth he may well have done!! Nemeth now with boots to D-Von BUT HERE COMES BUBBA!! BUBBA COMES STORMING IN AND ABSOLUTELY DROPS NEMETH WITH A RIGHT HAND!! Nemeth gets back to his feet but Bubba is rolling here, big time rights to a helpless Nemeth. Irish whip now by Bubba, Nemeth holds on and BUBBA CLOTHESLINES HIM UP AND OVER THE TOP!!

Bubba lets out a roar to the crowd BUT WE SEE KEN DOANE COME FROM BEHIND AND HURL BUBBA OVER THE TOP!! Both Bubba and Nemeth taking the fall as Doane shifts back round and focuses back on D-Von but D-Von is ready and waiting, boot to the gut, BIG TIME Vertical Suplex!! NO!! DOANE ROLLS ROUND THE BACK OF D-VON!! CATCHES HIM FROM BEHIND, REVERSE DDT!! NO!! D-VON MANAGES TO WRIGGLE FREE!! D-Von now from behind, spins Doane round, boot to the gut, JUMPING DDT FROM D-VON!! WOW!! Cover by the champion…

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NO!! DOANE KICKS OUT AT THE DEATH!!

D-Von and the sold out Oklahoma crowd can’t believe it as Doane survives and D-Von, after a moment regrouping, decides he’s gonna head up high!! The anticipation again rises as D-Von climbs to the top, Doane laid out on the mat, D-Von sets himself now, looking around the arena…BUT WE SEE NICK NEMETH NOW ON THE APRON AND NEMETH’S GRABBED THE LEG OF D-VON!! D-Von’s kicking out at Nemeth, fighting to shrug him off but Nemeth’s holding on strong. Nemeth just won’t let go before we see BUBBA REAPPEAR!! BUBBA NOW GRABSNEMETH BY THE LEG AND PULLS HIM DOWN!! Nemeth’s grip finally loosens as D-Von now steadies himself, ELBOW OFF THE TOP TO DOANE!! NOBODY HOME!! DOANE WAS PLAYING POSSUM!!

Doane quickly zips up to his feet as we see Bubba and Nemeth now fighting on the outside, THUMB TO THE EYE BY NEMETH!! HE SPINS BUBBA ROUND, ZIG ZAG ON THE OUTSIDE, NO!! BUBBA TOSSES HIM ASIDE WITH INCREDIBLE STRENGTH!!! But inside the ring, Doane is headed up high, D-Von laid out, he’s going for the Sky high Leg Drop!! Will he conn…….

‘WHIPS AND CHAINS’

WHAT THE HELL?!? Doane suddenly stops as he looks up the ramp to see that they are here!! THE BASHAM BROTHERS STICKING TO THEIR WORD ARE HERE AND THEY LOOK HELL BENT ON COSTING THE PERFECTIONISTS!! Doane drops down from the top and heads to the ropes, he’s got his arms outstretched asking ‘WHAT DO YOU WANT? WHAT ARE YOU DOIN’ HERE? THIS IS OUR NIGHT!’.

The Bashams are simply standing on the ramp smiling at Doane with Doug clapping, seemingly mouthing ‘Impressive’ before we see Danny signal for Doane to turn around. Doane looks confused as hell but he does turn round RIGHT INTO THE PATH OF D-VON!! Boot to the gut, Irish whip, Bubba back beside his partner as Doane rebounds, WHAT GOES UP….MUST COME DOWN, 3D TO DOANE!! D-Von crawls into the cover as Nemeth hops onto the apron BUT BUBBA SENDS HIM SOARING WITH A RIGHT HAND!! Referee begins a count…


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DUDLEYZ RETAIN!!

Winners and STILL World Tag Team Champions: The Dudley Boyz(11:14)


The Coach:
NO!! THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!! THE BASHAM BROTHERS JUST SCREWED DOANE AND NEMETH!! THE DUDLEYZ CHEATED!!

Jim Ross:
The Dudleyz didn’t do a damn thing wrong Coach!! Perhaps the Platform to Perfection should have provided the platform for the Bashams to get the title opportunity they deserved. Maybe then, maybe then this wouldn’t have happened.

The Coach:
They don’t deserve a damn thing, ESPECIALLY not after what they’ve done here tonight. They should be fired J.R and as for the Dudleyz? Well they need to take a long, hard look in the mirror if they think they earned that victory tonight.

Nemeth is now inside the ring with Doane, both men struggling to come to terms with what just happened, Nemeth’s face says it all, he looks absolutely shell shocked while Doane dusts himself down after the 3D before we get a shot of a smirking Basham Brothers, clearly delighted with their work here tonight, sticking to their promise in costing the PTP the titles they so desperately desired. We then get a shot of the champions who are backing up the ramp, titles in hand and clearly overjoyed that they’ve managed to remain on top of the Tag ranks here in the WWE tonight.

We then head off backstage where we see Raw’s beautiful interviewer, Maria who is standing by, broad smile and all, ready to interrogate some poor soul.

Maria:

Hi!! It’s me, Maria and I’m joined at this time by the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!!

The Animal enters the scene to a HUGE pop, a look of real intensity on his face as he’s all set to compete later on tonight against his bitter rival, the Big Red Machine, Kane!

Maria:

Batista we saw just how brutal things have got between you and Kane this past Monday on Raw when you Batistabombed him off the stage, taking yourself down with it. Just how are you feeling six days on?

Batista huffs a little bit.

Batista:

Things have got brutal between me and Kane, you’re right but if you think what happened on Raw was gonna stop me comin’ here tonight and kicking Kane’s ass all over again then you’d better think again.

Strong pop for the champion who appears to be all business here tonight.

Batista:

There’s no point in me denyin’ that I’m not a hundred percent here tonight, what happened Monday night? Yeah it took a lot outta me but Maria I know it took even more outta Kane. If I’m hurtin’ here tonight, I can only imagine what Kane’s feelin’.

Batista smirks at that, a bit of a twisted side to the Animal being shown.

Batista:

And tonight, there’s not gonna be anywhere for him to turn, nowhere for him to run, nowhere for him to hide. Face to face, man to man, Animal versus Monster and all the pain he’s feelin’ right now will be nothin’ compared to what he feels out there tonight.

Another solid pop, Tista hell bent on inflicting more punishment on the Big Red Machine tonight.

Batista:

We’ve been through it all, we’ve fought off the stage, through the crowd, through the entire arena, to hell and back but tonight we settle this thing once and for all. Tonight we see just who belongs at the top of the food chain around here and I’m willing to bet…it’s gonna be me.

Tista points his thumbs at himself before continuing.

Batista:

I’ve worked too damn hard to get to this point, to win this title just to let it all slip away. This kinda match isn’t gonna break me, I’ve been through too much to get here, to get to the top, to be the man, I can’t just throw that all away in one night. Tonight’s a challenge, but it’s the kinda challenge that I thrive on, the kinda challenge I enjoy and the kinda challenge that I will... overcome.

Tista then heads over, a decent pop as the champ walks away, fully focused despite his injuries as he prepares himself for his title showdown in our main event. We then head back to ringside to join J.R and Coach…

Jim Ross:

Statement made from the World Champion right there but folks coming up next is, well it’s one you won’t wanna miss. For months Shawn Michaels has been under the power of Eric Bischoff but the night after Summerslam, Shawn Michaels living hell took a whole new turn for the worse, let’s take a look.


*Video Package*

We begin with Eric Bischoff stood in the middle of the ring, a look of anger and frustration on the boss’ face.

Eric Bischoff: Last night was supposed to be the night where Eric Bischoff’s vision of Monday Night Raw at long last came to fruition.

We then get a shot of Batista and Kane face to face in the ring, a close up shot of the World Title then shown.

Eric Bischoff: Last night didn’t go to plan because of one man and one…man…only. Last night didn’t go to plan…because of Shawn Michaels.

We then get a shot of Shawn Michaels in his referee shirt, a smirk on the Heartbreak Kid’s face before we see Michaels handing Batista the World Title.

Eric Bischoff: Summerslam was the very last time you get one over on me, the very last time ANYBODY…gets one over on me. By the time tonight is over and done with I guarantee…that Shawn Michaels is gonna realise first hand why you do NOT…cross…the boss.

We then head to the main event that evening on Raw as Shawn Michaels went one on one with Kane as we’re shown the shocking conclusion to the contest as out storms the Arabian Entity, rushing the ring and heinously assaulting the Showstopper, including the use of a Steel Chair to bust open Bischoff’s ‘Personal Employee’.

Jim Ross: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS?! THE ARABIAN ENTITY AMBUSHING SHAWN MICHAELS!! WAS THIS...WAS THIS ALL A DAMN SET UP?!

We then fast forward one week to the next edition of Raw and to Muhammad Hassan and his Arabian Entity stood in the ring, addressing their ambush on Michaels.

Muhammad Hassan: Last week you people witnessed only the beginning of what’s to come for Shawn Michaels and you witnessed only the beginning of what’s to come…for the Arabian Entity.

Quick fire images flash across the screen including the Punjabi Plunge from The Great Khali as well as the 450 Splash/Leg Drop combo from Dutt and Daivari before the vicious Camel Clutch from Hassan.

Muhammad Hassan: Last week Shawn Michaels claimed that he had faith. He told the world that he had faith that no matter what came his way, he would get through it and he would overcome it. He stated that he had faith that whenever it may be, eventually he’ll get past his whole ordeal with Eric Bischoff. But it’s that word that I took exception to, that word Shawn liked to bring up so very much…faith. And that? That’s where I and Shawn DID share one, just one similarity because not all that long ago I too…had faith.

We then see shots of the scenes from the 9/11 horror with people crying, images of the scene of the despicable act.

Muhammad Hassan: I walked out onto the streets and I saw the sadness in people’s eyes but I also saw the fire in them too. The determination to not let them beat us. But... when I tried to do my part, when I turned up to local meetings in my community about the fight against terror, something…something just…it didn’t feel right.

We see shots of Arabian men being questioned by cops before returning to Hassan who is shaking his head.

Muhammad Hassan: Why was that huh? It was because of the colour of my skin. You people looked down on me because of the colour…of…my…skin. Do you know? Do you know how that made me feel? That hurt like hell believe me because I just like you people am an AMERICAN CITIZEN!! I am an Arab American and I am DAMN PROUD TO BE ONE!! But here we are, four years on and you people NOW CHOOSE TO BOO ME!!

We then hear a chorus of ‘USA, USA’ chants.

Muhammad Hassan: And from that day on, I lost all faith in this country, I lost all faith in you people, I lost all faith… entirely. Which is why last week...it hit a nerve, it really got to me when Shawn Michaels told the world his faith was gonna see him through this. Well Shawn I got news for ya…faith will not get you through anything.

A shot of Michaels mouthing the word ‘Faith’ in an interview, over and over again the word ‘faith’ is repeated.

Muhammad Hassan: That feeling of being forced out the door is the exact same feeling you’re gonna experience Shawn. Eric Bischoff is not gonna fire you, no. But he’s gonna take great pride, we’re all gonna take great pride in forcing you…to walk away. I had that same feeling Shawn, people turned their back on me, this country turned it’s back on me and it forced me… out of its society. My faith was gone, my life was gone and now? I’m gonna force you out Shawn, I’m gonna take your faith, I’m gonna take your life away from you and I’m gonna show you that faith is NOTHING… but wishful thinking.

A shot once again of a fallen Showstopper, busted open before a clear image of the Entity stood together united but there’s then static playing in the background before things shift gear and we see Shawn Michaels crouched down, looking directly into the camera.

Shawn Michaels: I’ve been targeted because…I’ve been targeted because I have...I have faith. But as much as they want to punish me, as much as they want to change me, as much as they want me to jump on their bandwagon, I will never, let me repeat…I…will…NEVER…lose my beliefs. I will NEVER…lose faith.

We see Michaels winning his first WWE Championship, the look of sheer joy in his eyes.

Shawn Michaels: At Unforgiven, I gotta take on four men, I gotta take them on and I gotta beat ‘em one…by…one. The odds are against me, there’s no way out, four of them…one of me, it's beyond reason…to believe…isn’t it?

Another flicker of the Entity appears, J.R commentary playing over it.

Jim Ross: CAN ANYBODY STOP THESE FOUR MEN?!?

Shawn Michaels: No, no it isn’t because I DO believe, it’s not ‘beyond reason’. I will get outta this whole thing, don’t know when, don’t know where, don’t know how but believe me…I will. Well..well how do ya know that Shawn? How do ya…how do ya figure that out huh? Simple. I…have…faith and so far…so good.

We then see the chilling image of Michaels rising to his feet before walking away, the camera panning back to see a Steel chair, dented and laid flat beside the four fallen bodies of the Arabian Entity, Michaels having seen them off.

Eric Bischoff: How STUPID can Shawn Michaels get? The Entity…they’re already out to get him this Sunday, they know what’s at stake for them, the chance to FINISH…the Heartbreak Kid, they don’t need any extra motivation but…but what does Shawn do? He gives it straight to ‘em.

We then get footage from this past Monday on Raw as the Entity use the numbers game to take Michaels down from behind, beginning their pack of wolves like mentality in tearing Michaels apart. More action is shown from the conclusion to Raw where we see the Entity continuing their beatdown on Michaels as we see Khali unhooking the turnbuckle before they SMASH Michaels skull off of it, the Showstopper dropping like a fly.

Jim Ross: WE NEED A DAMN MEDIC OUT HERE!! MICHAELS IS BUSTED OPEN AND I DON’T THINK THESE S.O.B’S ARE GONNA STOP!!

The Coach: Shawn Michaels is paying for his sins!!

The beatdown continues, we see pretty much all of it as the sick individual that he is pulls out a pair of handcuffs, the rest of the Entity grabbing the ring bell from by the announce desk before THEY SMASH MICHAELS IN THE SKULL WITH IT!! The Showstopper handcuffed to the ropes, absolutely defenceless.

The Coach: HE’S DEAD J.R!!

The final image we see is the Entity standing tall, Michaels broken, beaten and bloodied at the hands of these twisted men before another shot of a smirking Eric Bischoff watching on at the damage done to his very own ‘Personal Employee’.

Eric Bischoff: No matter how much heart, how much determination, how much faith he possesses, NONE OF IT… is gonna save him. What Shawn’s done to me, what he’s put me through, it’s gonna end this Sunday night and it’s gonna be because of what I to him. Because I will force him out the door, I will make him walk away from the one thing he loves most in this world, that after EVERYTHING HE’S PUT ME THROUGH…I…Eric Bischoff end…his…career.

Bischoff beaming, the Entity standing tall, joining their boss in celebration as Michaels is laid out cold, blood pouring down his face is the final shot ahead of this mammoth showdown.

*End Video Package*


'Arab America’

There’s an absolute bucket load of heat that greets the sound of the Arabian Entity’s music as out plod the quarter, Muhammad Hassan front and center as he basks in the boos, looking up at the heavens and mouthing something. Daivari and Dutt are either side of their leader, pointing at the crowd and getting involved in some heated exchanges as they work their way down the ramp, the menacing presence of The Great Khali standing behind them all.

Jim Ross:

The actions of these four men over recent weeks have been, well, they’ve been just despicable. The Arabian Entity have been hell bent on ending the career of Shawn Michaels, they don’t wanna physically end him, they wanna mentally put Shawn Michaels down. These four men, along with Eric Bischoff wanna make Shawn Michaels walk away and after their actions this past Monday night, they may not be far off.

The Coach:
What they did this past Monday was incredible J.R. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed and I take my hat off to the mastermind behind it all, Muhammad Hassan, the man can do no wrong.

Jim Ross:
Are you kidding me? The actions of these men, Hassan in particular have been as vile, as disgusting as I’ve ever seen in the WWE and you wanna say he can ‘do no wrong’?

The Coach:
After what Shawn Michaels has put Eric Bischoff through, it’s the very least he deserves. His actions were vile, his were disgusting and as far as I’m concerned he’s just getting a taste of his own medicine.

Hassan and his men wait inside the ring, Hassan is pacing as he motions for Michaels to come on down before we hear that ever familiar sound…

‘Sexy Boy’

And it’s the music of the man himself, the Heartbreak Kid, the Showstopper, Shawn Michaels who very slowly, very gingerly heads down to ringside, his head is plastered up where he was busted open this past Monday on Raw and he does not for one moment take his eyes off the four men that await him. There’s no trademark pose, there’s no interaction, there’s no emotion whatsoever as Michaels is all about business tonight.


Jim Ross:
The look on the face of Shawn Michaels says it all. Michaels had to have stitches into that injured head, where he was busted open at the hands of these men. Shawn Michaels suffered a concussion, he suffered a beating but tonight he is here, he is standing and he is coming to not just fight but he is coming to BEAT the Entity.

The Coach:
If that’s what he’s comin’ for then he may as well just turn around and head on home cos it just ain’t happenin’. J.R I gotta wonder just how bad that concussion was if he thinks for one split second that he can walk outta Oklahoma with his hand raised in victory. I just don’t see it.

Four on One Handicap Match:
(Shawn Michaels must eliminate all four members of the Entity to win)

The Arabian Entity vs Shawn Michaels


The crowd is absolutely RED HOT for this one, firmly on the side of Shawn Michaels as he stands in one corner, the Entity united together in the other as Hassan, Khali and Daivari exit the ring, not taking their eyes off Michaels whilst it’s Sonjay Dutt who stands inside the ring, ready to be the first of his team to try and put an end to the Heartbreak Kid. The bell rings and there’s a mixture of chants, ‘HBK’ followed up by some with loud roars of ‘USA, USA’ but it doesn’t phase either Michaels or Dutt who eye up one another, Michaels slowly glancing in the direction of the other three Entity members before setting his sights on Dutt once more and the two men begin to circle the ring.

Michaels and Dutt then meet in the middle of the ring, locking up and Michaels forces Dutt back, using his size advantage, which is rare for the Showstopper before striking with a boot to the gut of Dutt. Right hands now by Michaels, repeated strikes as HBK starts this one off with a real purpose. Irish whip now by Michaels, Dutt rebounding and he’s caught firmly in the head with the point of Michaels elbow, sending him down to the mat as the crowd give Shawn a nice early pop. Dutt’s quickly back up but Michaels is likewise in going back after him as he takes the smallest Entity member over towards the corner and Michaels strikes with a STINGING knife edge chop across the chest, not for the first time tonight the ‘WOOOO’s’ come raining in as Michaels takes it to Dutt with devastating chops, the Entity member wincing in clear pain.

Michaels now switches gear with a boot to the mid section before another Irish whip, Dutt reverses it though and Michaels crashes into the corner, Dutt comes steaming in but Michaels senses it coming and scores with a back body drop…Dutt though uses all his athleticism to stay on his feet on the apron!! Michaels spins round and Dutt pulls himself up and SOARS OVER THE ROPES AND RIGHT OVER MICHAELS INTO A SUNSET FLIP…

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Michaels with a kick out as Dutt scores the first near fall of this thing!!

Both men are quickly back up and Dutt swings for Shawn, Michaels ducking it, Dutt spins round and Michaels throws a right but Dutt ducks this one and runs the ropes, he rebounds, Michaels scoops him up on return BUT DUTT COUNTERS INTO A TEXTBOOK HURRICANRANA AND MICHAELS IS FLOORED!! Dutt picks himself up and immediately shifts, transitioning from the high flying style into a more aggressive one as he stomps the hell out of Michaels, stiff kicks right to the skull with J.R pointing out that the Entity will target Michaels’ head after the concussion he sustained this past Monday as well as the stitches.

Dutt continues with fast paced, striking kicks before he efficiently drags Michaels over towards the Entity corner where he now tags in the monstrous seven foot plus, Great Khali who towers over the ropes and gives a menacing look to the fallen Showstopper as the crowd anticipate that business could be about to pick up here.

Khali paces around the ring, seemingly in no apparent rush to tend to Michaels, instead simply eyeing him up, allowing Michaels to get to his knees before he slowly heads towards him. Khali allows Michaels to rise, standing right in front of him as the giant grabs him by the back of the head, Michaels looking up at him, a little dazed, the head injury perhaps effecting him already here…BUT MICHAELS SHOWS ALL HIS FIGHT AND STRIKES WITH A RIGHT HAND!!

Michaels trying to take it to Khali here, right hand followed by another, Michaels trying to throw everything at the big man BEFORE KHALI SENDS HIM TUMBLING WITH A DEVASTATING CHOP ACROSS THE SKULL!! Michaels is flatlined as Khali shows his incredible strength, one chop almost knocking Michaels out cold as Khali shakes off the cobwebs and proceeds now to stick his gargantuan boot into the face of Michaels, the referee warning Khali of a disqualification, giving him til the count of five as Michaels squirms to escape but it’s no use, Khali eventually letting up at the count of four as Michaels is already in a perilous position in this contest.

Khali heads away from Michaels before slowly plodding right back over to him as the boos continue before the big man drags Michaels to his feet, the pace is almost painful to watch but it’s just the way Khali and the Entity would like it as the giant toys with Shawn. Khali pulls Michaels up by the hair, looking at him with dangerous intentions in mind before a boot to Michaels gut doubles the former World Champion over. Khali now whipping Michaels across the ring with Shawn flying back AND KHALI TAKES HIS DAMN HEAD OFF WITH A BIG BOOT!!

Michaels may be out cold here as he lay sprawled out on the mat, the boos flooding in for Khali who whips his hair back before letting out a roar, this contest turning very ugly, very quickly for Shawn Michaels right now. We then see Khali turn around to his corner where we see Muhammad Hassan yelling, itching to get his way into his contest, he wants to be the one to tear Michaels apart, to end him here tonight!! Khali now trickles over towards him, tagging the Entity leader in and the Ford Center ERUPTS with boos as Hassan storms through the ropes and into the ring, Dutt and Daivari applauding their leader as he drops down to the mat and begins to pummel Michaels with some ferocious right hands!!

Hassan is really going to town here, it’s persistent, relentless right hands to the wound Michaels sustained this past Monday night. Hassan though quickly rises to his feet as he yells at this partisan crowd to ‘SHUT YOUR MOUTHS AND SHOW ME SOME RESPECT’ which of course draws even LOUDER boos before Hassan drops back down to one knee and continues to hammer away on Michaels, pinpointing that head injury as HBK appears to well and truly be in no man’s land…AND WE NOW SEE THAT SHAWN’S HEAD HAS BEEN BUSTED OPEN ONCE AGAIN!! J.R pointing out that the stitches Michaels received have been the target area all match and that this pack of wolves have hit the jackpot.

Hassan smells blood now(quite literally) and he drags Michaels slowly to his feet before striking with another right hand as Michaels almost drops again, Hassan keeping him up however as the blood trickles down Michaels face, the crowd beginning to realise now that the Showstopper may well have been stopped already. Hassan now whips Michaels into the corner, HBK’s back crashing in as Hassan comes full steam ahead and connects with a corner clothesline as Michaels stumbles out of the corner, Hassan hoisting himself up onto the second rope before rising to the top as Michaels spins round and HASSAN FLIES OFF THE TOP, DOUBLE AXE HANDLE BUT MICHAELS WITH A BOOT TO THE GUT!!

Hope for Michaels yet here as the crowd show signs of life towards their hero. Michaels now with right hands, looking in real trouble still but he fights through, Hassan forced back towards the ropes as Michaels goes for an Irish whip, Hassan rebounds…Michaels with a back body drop, CONNECTING!!

Michaels showing all his usual heart and guts, the will to win evident inside the Heartbreak Kid as Hassan rises, the Entity’s leader in a little trouble of his own right now as Michaels pounces, right hands flying before a boot to the gut, Michaels grabs a hold of Hassan, Suplex incoming!! NO!! Hassan wriggles out of it, fighting off of Michaels before Hassan PACES TOWARDS HIS CORNER, HE’S HAD ENOUGH!! HASSAN TAGS IN DAIVARI TO THE FURY OF THE CROWD!!

Hassan wanting nothing to with a rejuvenated Shawn Michaels here with Daivari, the now legal man, looking a little confused before slowly stepping foot through the ropes as we get a shot of Shawn Michaels smirking. Perhaps Michaels knows that he’s now got the momentum, he’s got under Hassan’s skin and he’s now got a group who he believes he can take down. Daivari eyes up Michaels very tentatively, Michaels not pressing the issue, allowing Daivari to come into this thing as we get a glimpse of Hassan on the outside shaking his head, clearly not expecting what he just received. The two men inside the ring then begin to circle, it’s as if the match has only just gotten underway as Michaels wipes a spot of blood away that’s trickling down his face.

Daivari then charges at Shawn, deciding enough’s enough and it costs him as Michaels scores with a beautiful arm drag, Daivari quickly up and it’s another arm drag that greets the Entity member. Daivari quickly back up again and goes for a boot…but this time Michaels with a DRAGON SCREW!! Daivari’s sprawled out on the mat as the crowd give a big pop, Michaels beginning to feel it here as he pumps up the fans all the more.

Daivari rises again, Michaels enjoying his best spell in the match so far as we see a look of worry on the face of Muhammad Hassan. Daivari falls right into Michaels path once again…Atomic drop by Shawn who runs the ropes, Daivari ducks it, Shawn runs through, rebounds, FLYING FOREARM SMASH…AND MICHAELS NIPS RIGHT BACK UP!! THE HEARTBREAK KID HAS FOUND A SECOND WIND HERE!! Michaels now heads to the corner…and BEGINS TO TUNE UP THE BAND!! The Oklahoma faithful are all fired up as Michaels stomps his foot on the mat but we see The Great Khali step over the ropes, Khali coming to the aid of Daivari but the referee is ordering him back, cutting the big man off from Michaels as we then see SONJAY DUTT RACE AROUND THE APRON…BUT MICHAELS DECKS HIM WITH A RIGHT HAND AND DUTT GOES SPIRALLING DOWN TO THE OUTSIDE!!

Michaels looks on as Khali is still dealing with the referee…BUT HASSAN COMES FROM NOWHERE AND GRABS HBK BY THE BACK OF THE NECK BEFORE SLAMMING HIM THROAT FIRST DOWN INTO THE ROPES!! The numbers game playing right into the Entity’s hands as Hassan steps back to his corner, Khali now doing likewise after much persistence from the referee as Daivari now assumes control.

The second of the Entity’s Cruiserweights gets to his feet and begins to hammer away on Michaels with repeated boots to the skull, Michaels momentum completely gone and perhaps that head wound is now to be targeted once more. Daivari then taunts the crowd, stretching his arms out wide and soaking in all the heat, following that up in putting another boot right in to the skull of the Showstopper…before he decides he’s gonna head up high!! Daivari, more accustomed to high risk moves than Hassan or Khali, only second to Dutt in the group now slowly steadies himself up high, poised and primed for Michaels to turn around. The Heartbreak Kid is a little all over the place, the head injury most certainly affecting him again as he spins round…AND DAIVARI COMES FLYING OFF THE TOP…BUT HAS HIS HEAD DAMN NEAR KICKED OFF HIS SHOULDERS WITH A DOSE OF SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! The crowd are going absolutely INSANE!!! Michaels crawls into a cover…

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DAIVARI IS ELMINATED, MICHAELS STRIKES THE FIRST BLOW!!

Eliminated: Daivari(8:20)

Michaels stays floored, trying to catch his breath, take a breather in this thing but he’s given no time at all to rest as immediately Sonjay Dutt enters the scene and begins to stomp away on the fallen Michaels!! J.R tells us that Hassan pulled Dutt up during that Sweet Chin Music, readying him, preparing him to enter straight away, to be the next man to try and take Michaels down and there’s a real venom, a real bite about Dutt, taking out his frustrations after Michaels sent him tumbling to the outside. Dutt continues stomping away, stiff boots all across Michaels body before the speed of Dutt shows as he sprints across the ring, running the ropes before he drops a sharp elbow right into the heart of Michaels. Quickly Dutt’s back up as he runs the opposite side of the ring, rebounds and AGAIN drops a fierce elbow right into the chest of the Heartbreak Kid before Dutt hooks a leg for a cover…

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Kick out at two from Michaels as Dutt grits his teeth in frustration before heading right back to the job at hand as he draws Michaels to his feet. Dutt strikes, forearm to the face, followed up by another before an Irish whip, Michaels reverses, Dutt rebounds and Michaels goes for a Sidewalk Slam…BUT DUTT COUNTERS INTO AN INCREDIBLE SATTELITE DDT!! WOW!!

Breathtaking move from Sonjay Dutt as Michaels is taken down in some style, Hassan applauding on the apron, Dutt giving him a look before seemingly mouthing ‘Should I pin him?’, only for Hassan to simply shake his head in disapprovement, he wants Michaels to SUFFER tonight before Hassan then points to the top rope!! Dutt nods his head, he knows what his leader wants here and he scales up high, Michaels completely laid out following that incredible move as Dutt slowly climbs, the fans rising to their feet, anticipation high as they worry just what Shawn Michaels is about to be on the receiving end of. Dutt has his back to Michaels, he’s facing the fans as he looks around at them, a wry little smile on Dutt’s face, what the hell is he gon…OH DUTT WITH A HINDU PRESS OFF THE TOP…BUT MICHAELS GETS HIS KNEES UP AND DUTT TAKES THE KNEES RIGHT INTO HIS MID SECTION!!

Dutt’s high risk backfires as Michaels sensed it coming, getting the knees up as Dutt now toils in pain with the camera panning to Khali and Hassan, the Entity’s leader pacing up and down as he shows a look of fear, worried that Shawn Michaels may be set to knock off another member of his Entity. Both men roll away from one another as the crowd begins a strong ‘H-B-K’ chant, Michaels heading over to the ropes, trying to pull himself up as Dutt struggles to his knees, clutching his mid section after that rough landing.

Michaels is first to his feet, wiping away the sweat from his forehead, wiping away the blood before he seems to mouth the words ‘Come on’ to Dutt who is pulling himself up via the ropes, Dutt spins round…SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! NO!! DUTT DUCKS IT!! Michaels spins back round and goes for a boot to Dutt, the Entity member catches it BUT MICHAELS STRIKES WITH AN ENZIGURI!!

Dutt’s floored and Michaels heads to the corner, the fans are all fired up as Michaels begins to tune up the band once again!! Michaels is poised to strike…but here comes Muhammad Hassan!! Hassan storms the ring, he’s seen enough of…BAM!!! MICHAELS TAKES HASSAN’S HEAD OFF WITH SOME SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! THE POP IS THROUG THE ROOF AS HASSAN DROPS AND ROLLS OUT OF THE RING, MICHAELS IS ON FIRE!! He’s pumping up the crowd…BUT HE TURNS ROUND AND SEES THE GREAT KHALI STANDING RIGHT BEHIND HIM!! The pop suddenly turns into a massive ‘Ooooooooooooh’ as Michaels facial expression shifts to one of real focus. He stands right in front of Khali who isn’t budging, Michaels waiting, what will the Showstopper do here? Michaels looks to his left, looks to his right…BEFORE HE SLAPS KHALI ACROSS THE FACE!!

Khali turns back round and looks FURIOUS as he swings at Michaels who ducks it, Michaels doesn’t waste time, he runs the ropes, charges back at Khali WHO TAKES MICHAELS HEAD OFF WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE!! Michaels is turned inside out as he flies across the ring, Khali roars to the crowd before stepping back over the ropes, his job done before we see Sonjay Dutt scratching, clawing his way across the ring, desperate to cover Shawn Michaels. Dutt’s almost there, he drapes an arm across Michaels’ chest…

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HE GOT HIM!! NO!!! MICHAELS SOMEHOW ROLLS A SHOULDER AND STAYS IN THIS THING!!

The Ford Center comes unglued again as Shawn Michaels stays alive much to the disbelief of Dutt, the shock of Khali and the sheer anger of Muhammad Hassan who is pacing around the ring now, hands on his head as he tells the crowd to shut up before…before he heads over towards Lilian Garcia AND HE GRABS A STEEL CHAIR!! HASSAN HAS SEEN ENOUGH!! The Entity’s leader grabs a Steel Chair before tossing it inside the squared circle, into the path of Sonjay Dutt. Dutt grabs the chair, the official is pleading with him not to use it but Dutt appears to be having none of it, he’s gonna risk eliminating himself, just to do some damage to the Heartbreak Kid. Dutt then sets the chair up, standing it up, what the hell has the high flier got in mind here? The chair is poised and Dutt heads back over towards Michaels, going to pull the Showstopper to his feet BUT MICHAELS WITH A SMALL PACKAGE!!

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MICHAELS STEALS IT!! FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! SONJAY DUTT IS ELMINATED AND THE LOOK OF HORROR ON MUHAMMAD HASSAN’S FACE TELLS THE WHOLE STORY!! DAIVARI GONE, DUTT NOW GONE AND MICHAELS EDGING EVER CLOSER TO A STUNNING VICTORY!! THE SHOWSTOPPER PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS HERE!!

Eliminated: Sonjay Dutt(10:56)

There’s a real buzz inside the arena now, people sensing that Michaels may be about to pull off the impossible here as we see Muhammad Hassan absolutely RAGING, thinking up his next move, neither Dutt or Daivari able to put Michaels away as he now pats Khali on the chest telling him to ‘GET IN THERE AND DO YOUR JOB’ and Khali nods right back at him before striding over the top rope as Michaels rises to his knees with business well and truly about to pick up. J.R is selling that elimination hard, claiming that Michaels faith is now seeing him through, that Michaels faith is going to drive him to victory, only for Coach to quash those theories claiming Khali’s about to destroy not just HBK’s faith but the faith of mankind.

Khali is stalking Michaels who slowly sits up, not quite aware of his surroundings though, all the punishment he’s taken as well as the head injury perhaps taking their toll now as Khali walks menacingly over towards the stirring Showstopper. We then see as well as hear Muhammad Hassan barking out more orders, demanding that Khali ‘punish’ him, demanding him to ‘take away his faith’ as Khali now pulls Michaels up by the hair, Michaels wincing as Khali grips it tight before tossing Michaels into the corner, Shawn being tossed around like a rag doll by this man mountain.

Khali trickles over towards Shawn, eyeing up his lifeless opponent BEFORE SLAPPING THE HELL OUT OF MICHAELS’ CHEST!! It sounds like a gun shot being fired as Khali AGAIN slaps Michaels chest and Michaels simply crashes down to the mat, the force of those slaps evident as Khali is in cruise control here.

Again the giant picks Michaels up, the crowd trying to rally their hero as a ‘H-B-K’ chant fires up again and Khali places Shawn up against the ropes before an Irish whip…but Michaels doesn’t rebound, instead hanging on, perhaps for dear life. Khali comes racing over(as quick as he can anyway) and FIRES A BIG BOOT UP BUT MICHAELS PULLS THE ROPE DOWN AND KHALI GETS CAUGHT!! KHALI IN A DELICATE POSITION BEFORE MICHAELS STRIKES WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC KNOCKING KHALI DOWN AND OUT OF THE RING!! HAS MICHAELS TURNED THE TABLES ONCE AGAIN!?!

Michaels takes a breather…or so he thought but there’s NO time to rest as we see HASSAN COME FROM BEHIND AND HE TOSSES MICHAELS OUT OF THE RING, HBK CRASHING INTO THE ANNOUNCE TABLE, BOTH LEGAL MEN NOW DOWN AND OUT!! Hassan takes in the heat as he now heads to the outside also, the referee beginning a count out.

Hassan is pulling at Khali, trying to get the big man up to his feet, realising that Michaels may have an out card if Khali is counted out here. Hassan is rushing Khali, pushing him, trying to hurry the big man as the referee reaches a count of four now. Michaels is holding his face, his wound still trickling blood but not so ferociously as before with Michaels now sitting up. The camera shifts and we see Khali very slowly getting to his feet now, Hassan still helping him as the giant rests against the ring. Michaels is trying to claw his way to his feet, using the announce table to do so BUT HASSAN COMES FROM BEHIND AND SMASHES MICHAELS FACE OFF THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!!

Michaels already injured skull takes a battering before Hassan yells at Khali to get inside the ring, the big man doing just that, very awkwardly albeit as the count reaches seven. Khali IS now in the ring and Hassan grabs Michaels bringing him to his feet as we see that Shawn is AGAIN BLEEDING HEAVILY!! That table shot having the desired effect for Hassan, the numbers game proving all too much for Michaels, not for the first time tonight, as Hassan tosses him back into the ring right into the path of the awaiting Khali.

There’s a real sense of fear now around the arena, everybody believing that the end may be near for Shawn Michaels. Michaels is crawling on his hands and knees here, Khali seemingly in no rush, perhaps still struggling also following his hefty landing…but we then see that Shawn Michaels has GRABBED THE STEEL CHAIR!! Has the Heartbreak Kid realised time’s up? Is Mr.Wrestlemania about to take out a last resort? Or is it a case of one shot to the head too many and the Heartbreak Kid about to snap?

Michaels has the chair in hand now, still crouched down as Khali heads over to him…but so too does the referee and the referee grabs the chair from Michaels, Michaels fighting it however, refusing to hand over but finally the referee takes the chair, turns around and tosses it outside the squared circle AND MICHAELS TAKES FULL ADVANTAGE AS HE STICKS IT TO KHALI WITH A LOW BLOW!! A LOW BLOW TO THE SEVEN FOOTER AND KHALI DROPS TO HIS KNEES!! The crowd are going wild BUT HERE COMES HASSAN…MICHAELS SEES HIM COMING AND TOSSES HIM UP AND OVER THE TOP!! THE ARENA IS ELECTRIC!! Michaels takes a step or two back, the blood still gushing as he wipes it off his face BEFORE DELIVERING WITH SWEET CHIN MUSIC TO KHALI!! THE MONSTER IS FLOORED AND MICHAELS SCRAMBLES INTO A COVER, EVERY LAST DROP OF BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS SHOWN BY THE HEARTBREAK KID!!

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KHALI IS ELIMINATED!! IT’S DOWN TO MICHAELS AND HASSAN!!

Eliminated: The Great Khali(14:43)

MICHAELS IS GIVING THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS LIFE!! The numbers game, the head injury, the hopeless situation he finds himself in heading into this contest and yet Shawn Michaels is pulling out all the stops to leave Oklahoma in a BLAZE of glory!! Shawn remains fallen inside the ring, absolutely exhausted as the crowd are on their feet in support. We then see that Hassan is getting to his knees on the outside, about to realise that it is now simply one on one, it’s all on the Entity’s leader now…but suddenly there’s an outpour of boos as the camera shifts…AND WE SEE ERIC BISCHOFF HEADING DOWN THE RAMP!!

The Raw General Manager, Shawn Michaels Employer is strutting down the ramp with a purpose, a scowl on his face as he walks up the steps and enters the ring, looking up and down at Michaels who remains laid out on the mat, taking every chance he gets to catch his breath as the referee then confronts Bischoff, telling him he’s gotta get out but Bischoff is having NONE OF IT!! Easy E begins remonstrating with the official, the two getting pretty heated here as Bischoff seems to relent, hands on hips, frustrated as he takes a deep breath BEFORE DELIVERING A RIGHT HAND TO THE OFFICIAL!!

The referee is completely wiped out as the crowd boos the crap out of Bischoff as he again drops out of the ring…AND HE GRABS THAT STEEL CHAIR!! J.R is going crazy on commentary as Coach calls his boss an absolute ‘genius’. The chair the official threw out of the ring is back in the mix here as we see Bischoff walk around the ring with it, heading over to Hassan and he hands the Entity’s leader the weapon!!

Hassan is a little leggy as he gratefully takes the chair, beginning to smirk as he realises, despite the loss of his members that this one is still swinging in his favour. Hassan then heads into the ring as we see that Shawn is dragging himself up, using the ropes to do so, any way of finding his balance being used, Hassan now lining him up, steel chair in hand!! Michaels spins round…HASSAN CRACKS HIM ACROSS THE SKULL WITH A DEVASTATING CHAIR SHOT!! Michaels crumples in a heap, absolutely laid out cold, an eerie silence now coming across the Ford Center as Hassan drops down, hooking a leg…

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But there’s NO REFEREE!! It’s all in vain for Hassan as he sits back up, pounding his fists on the mat with Eric Bischoff now gulping, perhaps recognising his mistake as Raw’s GM is now demanding a referee come down to the ring!! Bischoff is motioning for an official to come down, nobody answering the call however as Bischoff is throwing a hissy fit, tossing his arms up in the air, turning around in frustration…BUT AN OFFICIAL DOES NOW BEGIN TO MAKE THEIR WAY DOWN!! Bischoff is screaming at him to hurry up and the official begins to sprint now, flying under the bottom rope, Hassan into the cover again…

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MICHAELS KICKS OUT!! WHAT THE HELL?!? THE OKLAHOMA FAITHFUL ARE GOING WILD AS SHAWN MICHAELS SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY MANAGES TO KICK OUT!! HASSAN AND BISCHOFF ARE IN A STATE OF SHEER DISBELIEF!!

Hassan sits up and is in total shock, not knowing where to turn, what to do as Bischoff shakes his head on the outside, absolutely stunned, left open mouthed. Hassan now rises and begins to question the decision but it’s no use as the referee again states it was a two count. It doesn’t sit at all well though with Hassan who grabs the referee by the shirt...AND TOSSES HIM THROUGH THE ROPES AND TO THE OUTSIDE!! HASSAN HAS LOST IT HERE AND WE’VE LOST ANOTHER REFEREE AS HE ONCE AGAIN PICKS UP THE STEEL CHAIR!!

Bischoff is now trying desperately to get the FIRST official back up and conscious but it doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect, the referee still down and seemingly out. Michaels is now beginning to stir though, the blood still dripping, Michaels perhaps running out of steam now as Hassan yells ‘COME ON’, desperate for Michaels to rise, to finish the Showstopper off once and for all. Michaels is to his feet, he turns around, HASSAN COMES FLYING IN, CHAIR IN HAND BUT MICHAELS SEES HIM COMING!! Boot to the gut by Michaels, Hassan dropping the chair and MICHAELS SCORES WITH A DDT!! IS THE HEARTBREAK KID REALLY GONNA PULL THIS OFF!?!?

Michaels brings himself to his feet now, flicking his hair back, wincing in pain as he heads over towards the corner, HBK wanting to finally put an end to not just this but to all his troubles as Michaels begins to tune up the band!! But he suddenly stops???

As we see ERIC BISCHOFF STANDING ACROSS THE RING FROM HIM!! Michaels suddenly realises just who stands before him and this victory, the thorn in his side ever since Wrestlemania, the man who holds him under contract. Bischoff is pleading with Michaels not to do this, yelling ‘I AM YOUR BOSS, YOU LISTEN TO ME’, Shawn is surveying the crowd, the fans are egging him on, wanting to see him take his payback before Michaels shifts gear back towards Bischoff, suddenly smirking with his boss telling him not to do it…BUT MICHAELS TAKES HIS DAMN HEAD OFF WITH SOME SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! HBK KICKING THE RAW GM’S TEETH DOWN HIS THROAT!! MICHAELS IS ALL FIRED UP…BAM!!!!!! HASSAN STRIKES WITH THE DAMN STEEL CHAIR!! A SICKENING SHOT TO THE SKULL FROM THE ENTITY’S MASTERMIND!! Hassan drops to his knees, scrambling into the cover on a falle, decimated Michaels…and the referee is coming to life!!! HASSAN’S GOT AN ARM ACROSS MICHAELS’ CHEST, THE REFEREE IS IN POSITION!! NOT THIS WAY DAMN IT!!

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HE GOT HIM!! HASSAN WINS IT!! THE ENTITY VICTORIOUS TONIGHT!! MICHAELS’ HEROIC EFFORT COMES TO NOTHING AS HASSAN STEALS IT!!

Winners: The Arabian Entity(17:50)


Jim Ross:
I’LL BE DAMNED!! DAMN IT TO HELL!! SHAWN MICHAELS GAVE IT EVERYTHING HE HAD AND HE STILL HAD TO BE SCREWED HERE TONIGHT!! Eric Bischoff, the Arabian Entity, a steel chair, blood everywhere you look and Shawn Michaels STILL, he STILL shoulda walked outta Oklahoma City with the victory. Hassan stealing it, this…this piece of trash stealing it tonight.

The Coach:
You are a racist J.R!! Muhammad Hassan didn’t steal anything, he’s not a piece of trash, he is a GENIUS, he is a WINNER, he is a bonafide STAR!! What a night for the Entity, what a night for Muhammad Hassan…what a night for ERIC BISCHOFF!! Is this the final straw for Shawn Michaels?! Is this at long last the end of the line?! Is tonight the night we see Shawn Michaels finally…pack his bags and walk away? I DAMN SURE HOPE SO!!

Michaels is down and out, the blood covering his face, heavy breathing as the exhaustion from this match takes its toll while we see Muhammad Hassan celebrating his victory, raising his arms up high as his music plays in the background, the Entity’s leader now dragging Eric Bischoff to his feet and out of the ring, Hassan telling Bischoff that ‘We did it’, the boss not quite sure of his surroundings though.

Jim Ross:

I guarandamntee you Coach, no matter what you hope for, no matter what these men hope for, Shawn Michaels will NOT walk away, he will NOT quit, he will live to fight another day and he will live to fight this Entity, to fight this dictator and after that performance tonight I’m almost certain, Shawn Michaels will fight his way outta this thing.

The Coach:
That’s your opinion J.R but it’s not a fact. I got a fact for ya though, Shawn Michaels HELL is only gonna continue unless he walks away, that’s not an opinion, that’s a cold, hard FACT. The Heartbreak Kid…is done.

We get a chilling shot of Michaels still motionless on the mat, his face a claret colour before we see Muhammad Hassan and Eric Bischoff on top of the ramp, arms raised in victory, although not as convincing as they’d hoped for, still a big night for Hassan and his Entity.

We then head off backstage where we see the victorious Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin who is packing his bags, preparing to leave the arena it would seem, tracksuit on and a smile on his face having seen off the challenge of Mark Jindrak earlier on tonight. Benjamin’s attention is soon diverted however as we hear the door go, Benjamin looking up to see his partner enter the scene, Charlie Haas, who has seemingly won the race to avoid William Regal’s advances.

Charlie Haas:

There ya are man, congratulations, you did it!!

Haas pats Benjamin on the back but Shelton doesn’t look all that impressed, continuing to pack his bag, muttering the word ‘Thanks’.

Charlie Haas:

What’s…what’s wrong? Shelton you WON out there tonight, you’re STILL Intercontinental Champion man, what is there to be down about? C’mon.

Benjamin simply stares a hole through Haas.

Shelton Benjamin:

I was happy Charlie, I was thrilled that I won that match…until I saw exactly how I won it. As soon as I got back here I had people congratulating me, telling me how good the match was, how good I performed, telling me…telling me how good it must be to have my partner help me out like that.

Benjamin now looks confused, almost questioning it.

Shelton Benjamin:

So I said what are you…what are you talkin’ about? I didn’t have any help out there tonight. But then they told me what happened and y’know what? I still didn’t believe ‘em!! But then I watched the match back and what did I see?

Haas hangs his head, not responding.

Shelton Benjamin:

What did I see Charlie?

Charlie Haas:
Alright, alright I helped you but what…what does it matter? You got what you wanted, we got what we wanted, you’re still Intercontinental Champion and now we can go after the Tag Titles again, I don’t see the problem.

Haas shrugs his shoulders as he looks back at Benjamin, Benjamin s......ing a little bit.

Shelton Benjamin:

The problem is, I don’t want your help man, I don’t want anybody’s help. I want your support, sure but helping me to win? That’s not what I represent Charlie, that’s not what we’re about man, come on, you know that.

Benjamin looks extremely disappointed in Haas.

Charlie Haas:

Well what are we about Shelton? Are we about being selfish? Are we about looking out for ourselves and only ourselves? Is that what we’re about cos hey, that’s all you’ve done lately and y’know what? If I’d have been selfish out there tonight, if I’d have looked out for only myself then trust me Shelton, you wouldn’t be standing here holding that title.

There’s some audible boos for Haas there who is clearly frustrated, Benjamin looking a little shocked at Haas biting back at him.

Shelton Benjamin:

Is that what you think huh? You think I can’t do it on my own? You think I couldn’t go out there tonight and get the job done?

Charlie Haas:
That’s not what I think, not at all but the footage doesn’t lie Shelton. Without me getting involved tonight, Jindrak had you beat.

Benjamin now hangs his head, perhaps thinking about what Haas is saying here.

Charlie Haas:

Whether you think it’s right or wrong you are still the Intercontinental Champion. One of the most prestigious championships in this business and you hold it. I know for a fact that if it was me in your position, if it was me holding that title, it’d be win at all costs.

Haas is defiant, not backing down over what he did tonight.

Charlie Haas:

You’re my partner Shelton and partners look out for one another, partners have each other’s backs. Tonight? All I did…was have yours and if I had to do the same again, I damn sure would.

Haas delivers a glare at Benjamin, the I.C Champ having his head down still before looking right back up at his partner as Haas then turns his back and leaves, more tension between the World’s Greatest Tag Team here tonight as we then head back to ringside...


‘KENNEDYYY’

‘Turn up the Trouble’

And out next to a decent pop which is followed up with a few boos is the one and only Mr.Kennedy who struts arrogantly down to the ring, gum in his mouth as ever as he looks right and left around the crowd, a cocky grin on his face with him looking to finally find some competition here tonight.


Jim Ross:
Well it’s time to find out just who will answer the call, who’s gonna answer the challenge from Mr.Kennedy here tonight. Kennedy is undefeated and to be honest, he’s been untested since his debut on Monday Night Raw and that’s something Kennedy has NOT been impressed with Coach.

The Coach:
Absolutely not and why should he be? I wouldn’t be impressed either. A man this talented should be getting tested, he should be getting REAL competition, not joke after joke comin’ his way. Tonight I’m hopin, J.R I’m PRAYIN’ that Kennedy gets what he deserves and proves exactly why he’s the ‘Game Changer’ he says he is.

Kennedy enters the ring and stares up to the heavens, his microphone lowering from the rafters as his music dies down and the loudmouth gets set to address this fired up crowd in Oklahoma.

Mr.Kennedy:
Ladies anddddd gentleman, THE TIME…has come.

Kennedy’s eyes widen with excitement.

Mr.Kennedy:
The waiting is over, tonight is the NIGHT. Ever since I signed for Raw all I’ve wanted is some competition, a challenge, to face somebody who is worth a second of my time and I’ve got…I’ve got nothin’.

Kennedy shakes his head.

Mr.Kennedy:
BUT…fear not because tonight it all turns around so uh…real sorry to disappoint ya but I’m just about done talkin’…I know, highlight of your night right?

Kennedy chuckles a tad to himself amidst a few boos there.

Mr.Kennedy:
But this party’s just about to get started so let’s…let’s bring out my opponent, c’mon, who’s it gonna be? Who’s gonna step up huh?

Kennedy now awaits his opponent, motioning for them to come on down as the crowd waits in anticipation…

‘Shattered Dreams’

Oh my. There’s a surprisingly loud pop as the music of the Bizarre One hits and out comes, dressed in his usual robe and wig, the one and only Goldust!! Kennedy is unmoved, nobody quite sure just what his reaction to this is as Goldust eyes up the ‘Game Changer’ with that look in his eye that so often strikes fear into his opponents.


Jim Ross:
Well I think Kennedy’s about to get the competition he wanted. Goldust certainly isn’t gonna roll over tonight, he’s a former Intercontinental Champion, he knows what it takes here in the WWE and Kennedy needs to be careful here tonight.

The Coach:
Have you…have you listened to yourself? Goldust is competition? Gimme a break. This is NOT what Kennedy wanted, this is NOT what he deserves. Goldust ain’t a challenge, Goldust ain’t a threat to a guy like Kennedy, this is an outrage and I hope Kennedy sends him back to Bizarro world.

Goldust enters the ring, eyeing up Kennedy in that weird fashion of his, Kennedy looking a little freaked out. He remains robed as he heads over to the far side of the ring, asking for a microphone as Kennedy holds his to his mouth, clearly wanting to address his challenger.

Mr.Kennedy:
You? You…are my competition?

Goldust:
I…

Mr.Kennedy:
No, no, I don’t wanna hear it, I don’t have to hear it, I am SICK TO DEATH OF THIS!! BISCHOFF YOU BETTER FIND ME SOMEBODY ELSE BUDDY!!

Kennedy is clearly furious here, getting extremely worked up as he paces around the ring, leaning on the ropes now as he yells to the back for Bischoff whilst Goldust looks on at him.

Mr.Kennedy:
Week after week I get freakin’ Eugene doin’ his best just to PISS ME OFF AND NOW I GOT…I GOT…you? You’re doin’ this to screw with me aren’t ya? This is…this is Bischoff’s work isn’t it? You think you can really call yourself a challenge to me? You think you can class yourself as competition to me? You think you being my opponent is a…

Goldust:
Mr.Kennedy you may think I’m not in your league, you may think I’m not in your cla…claaa…AAAA…CLASSIC…HOGAN WINS A CLASSIC …you may think I’m not in your class but I know you’re wrong and deep down you know it too.

Kennedy is laughing at Goldust with a confused look on his face, ‘Are ya sure?’ is his response. The crowd laughing still at Goldust’s stutter.

Goldust:
And that’s not all you’re wrong on either. Y’see I am NOT…your opponent here tonight.

A few groans and boos at that as Kennedy breathes a sigh of relief.

Mr.Kennedy:
Oh ‘allefreakin’lujah. If there’s one thing ya are good for then it’s givin’ people a heart attack, ya had me worried there. So if that’s all you’re out here for then how bout ya get outta my ring and let my REAL challenge come on out here and take his beating like a MAN!

Goldust is now the one to have a little chuckle.

Goldust:
Oh I am out here for a reason and it’s not to give you a hear…heart…h…HART ATTACK, SHARPSHOOTER, BAH GAWD THE HITMAN HAS THE SHARPSHOOTER LOCKED IN!! I’m not out here to give you a heart attack, I’m out here to introduce your opponent.

Kennedy is facepalming after that stutter but his interest picks up upon hearing Goldust’s actual reasoning for being out here.

Goldust:
I met your opponent this past Monday for the first time and I offered to help him on his journey to discovering who he really is. I offered to step up and help him find out just what lies within him and to…to let it all out.

The crowd know just who Goldust is talking about, Kennedy not quite sure, clearly not having seen Goldust’s encounter on Raw.

Goldust:
Tonight, we begin phase one of our journey and we begin with providing you the challenge you so dearly desire. Mr.Kennedy the time has indeed come, please, meet your opponent…

The buzz is evident as the crowd know who’s coming, Kennedy is simply scowling, a look of confusion on the surprisingly quiet loudmouth, he’s showing signs of nerves for the first time perhaps…

‘Shattered Dreams’

What the hell? There’s general confusion as Goldust’s music hits once again, nobody emerging…before we see EUGENE appear and…AND HE’S DRESSED IDENTICAL TO GOLDUST!! Eugene has the trademark Goldust robe on, he’s got the facepaint on, he’s even got the hair piece to boot!! The crowd are going wild, Goldust is grinning while Kennedy simply looks on in horror, he cannot quite believe what he’s seeing.


Jim Ross:
What in the world are we witnessing? Are we really seeing this? Goldust has…well he’s vowed to help Eugene discover who he really is and…and it appears this is the path he’s gonna take him on!!

The Coach:
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Jim Ross:
What’s the matter Coach? Cat got your tongue?

The Coach:
I can honestly say I’ve never been at a loss for words in all my life like I have right here. This is un…be…liveable. Eugene…dressed like Goldust? Eugene…being mentored by Goldust? Are you KIDDIN’ ME?! OH NO, THIS AS WELL!! J.R…NO!!

Coach is screwing because Eugene has entered the ring and hopped up on the top rope before doing the CLASSIC GOLDUST INHALE, EXHALE which draws a mighty fine pop from the crowd, Kennedy now head down, scratching his chin as Goldust exits the ring, applauding his understudy with the music now dying down and this one seemingly set to get underway. Kennedy tosses his mic away, standing in the exact same spot, his facial expression unchanged, trying to take this all in as Eugene then unrobes and removes his wig, the facepaint still proving to be somewhat of a distraction as well as his tight black and gold ring attire with Kennedy eyeing his opponent up and down, now shaking his head in apparent disgust and the referee signals this one to get underway.


Mr.Kennedy’s Open Challenge:

Mr.Kennedy vs Eugene w/Goldust


The bell rings and Eugene, to the crowd’s cheers and laughter, crouches down in the corner, hands together and arms in between his legs, vintage Goldust style as Kennedy now tilts his head in sheer confusion at what exactly is going on here, he doesn’t quite seem to be sure just what he’s facing tonight after his desperate search for competition has led to…this.

Eugene now begins to pace around the ring, a shot of Goldust is shown as he watches on eagerly from ringside, Kennedy remaining stood in the exact same spot since Eugene came out to the ring. Eugene approaches Kennedy now and FINALLY Kennedy seems to snap out of his shock as his whole body moves before he yells out at Eugene ‘WHY?! WHAT THE HELL IS THIS, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TRYIN’ TO BE?!’ Eugene looks around the crowd, looking down next at Goldust who gives him a nod of approval and EUGENE SMASHES KENNEDY WITH A RIGHT HAND!!

A roar from the crowd greets that as Eugene now goes on the front foot, rocking Kennedy who’s caught completely off guard. Repeated right hands from a fired up Eugene sends Kennedy into the ropes, Irish whip now, Kennedy rebounds, ATOMIC DROP!! Eugene now runs the ropes, Kennedy doubled over and Eugene strikes with a big time clothesline!! Into an early cover, 1…2…kick out at two from Kennedy.

Eugene quickly brings Kennedy to his feet again, seemingly more confidence in himself following his new found alliance with Goldust as he strikes with more big time right hands to Kennedy. Irish whip into the corner, Kennedy crashing into it at a rocketing pace as Eugene comes charging right behind him and SMASHES him with an elbow to the jaw, the point of Eugene’s elbow sending Kennedy’s head snapping back. Repeated elbows now from Eugene who then backs out of the corner, all fired up as he then sprints forward back at Kennedy, NOBODY HOME!! Kennedy dodges outta the way and Eugene crashes into the corner, Kennedy now spinning right round and unloading with boots to the gut of Eugene, real venom and aggression being shown by the Green Bay native.

Kennedy is relentless as he continues to hammer away with kicks to Eugene who slowly starts to slump down, eventually ending up sat down in the corner as Kennedy’s now the one to back away and yells out in anger ‘THE JOKE’S OVER, I’M NOT PLAYIN’ ANYMORE’ and Kennedy now goes rampaging in and SMASHES EUGENE WITH A KNEE TO THE SKULL!! Brutal move from Kennedy and Eugene collapses to the mat, looking almost out cold as Kennedy stares down with an unforgiving look on his face at his fallen opponent. Kennedy picks up where he left off and stomps the crap out of Eugene, boots to the face as the referee warns Kennedy off, only for KK to shout right at the official to back off.

Kennedy then picks Eugene up to his feet, a strut in his step, perhaps wanting to end this thing here and now as he strikes with a kick to the gut, going behind Eugene now and he takes him down with a powerful forward Russian legsweep!! Eugene going face first into the mat as Kennedy really assumes control here but wags a finger as if to say ‘I’m not through with you just yet’. Eugene rolls over onto his back clutching his face as Kennedy now runs the ropes and comes thumping down with a leg drop right across the throat of his opponent. The crowd are trying to spur Eugene on, as is Goldust but it’s no use right now with Kennedy getting a firm stranglehold on this thing.

Kennedy now drops down to Eugene’s level and almost instantly locks Eugene into a sleeper hold, the Bizarre One’s understudy gasping for air as Kennedy cinches the hold in tight, wanting to make Eugene suffer here. Kennedy lets out a yell of ‘C’MON’ as the referee checks to make sure Eugene’s still in this thing but there’s no response, Kennedy wearing him down. The referee raises Eugene’s arm in the air…and it drops…

Eugene in trouble here as the crowd are rallying, trying to give all their support to the underdog as the referee again raises Eugene’s arm in the air for a second time…and it drops again!!

Eugene in deep trouble here, Kennedy locking his grip in even tighter as the referee again checks on Eugene before raising his arm for a third and final time…and…EUGENE KEEPS HIS ARM HELD HIGH!! There’s a big pop as Eugene battles not to fade out of this thing and tries valiantly to bring himself to his feet, he gets to one knee and begins digging elbows into the mid section of Kennedy, the Game Changer’s grip loosening as Eugene continues to dig an elbow into the gut of Kennedy, fighting with all he’s got to get back in this thing and…KENNEDY’S HOLD IS BROKEN!! Eugene fights free and both men catch their breath before turning round and Eugene SMACKS Kennedy with a right hand, right hand back by Kennedy, trading blows here before an Irish whip by Eugene, reversal, Eugene rebounds and Kennedy bends down, back body drop, NO!! Eugene sees it coming and drops to his knees, BIG UPPERCUT SENDS KENNEDY SPIRALLING!!

Eugene is feeling it here, the crowd likewise and Goldust continuing to encourage on the outside as Kennedy spins back into the path of Eugene, boot to the gut, Irish whip and Kennedy flies into the corner, BIG CLOTHESLINE from Eugene!! Kennedy in no man’s land as Eugene grabs the left leg of Kennedy and pulls it up to the middle rope, he then switches over and grabs KK’s right leg and places that on the middle rope, UH OH!! The crowd know what’s in store and Goldust does too!! Kennedy’s left wide open here as Eugene backs away from the corner, taking a long run up…BAM!! SHATTERED DREAMS TO KENNEDY!! IT’S VINTAGE GOLDUST BUT NOT FROM THE BIZARRE ONE, FROM THE FIRED UP EUGENE!!

Kennedy collapses to the mat, clutching his nether regions as the crowd continue to go wild, Eugene sensing the end is now near. He goes over to Kennedy, bringing the loudmouth up, wanting to finish this as he strikes with a boot to the gut, Eugene’s got Kennedy up, FINAL CUT INCOMING!! NO!! KENNEDY ROLLS DOWN THE BACK OF EUGENE…he’s still struggling however as Eugene swings for him but Kennedy ducks it, spins back round and Eugene turns right into Kennedy’s path…MIC CHECK…CONNECTS!! Kennedy, despite being in a world of pain manages to pull it out the bag with that one as he slowly trickles over to the fallen Eugene, rolls him over into a cover…

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Kennedy takes it!!

Winner: Mr.Kennedy(6:29)


Jim Ross:
Well it was a little more nervy, a little more difficult than Mr.Kennedy probably expected here tonight but once again Kennedy got the job done and he did it decisively.

The Coach:
He got the job done but I gotta worry about our boss now J.R. Eric Bischoff was warned by Mr.Kennedy, he’s been warned since day one and I’m our boss’ biggest fan but he may’ve screwed up when it comes to this man. Kennedy is gold and I gotta worry that Green Bay’s finest may well have turned his back on Eric Bischoff now.

Kennedy can be seen exiting the ring, yelling at the fans ‘This is ALL Bischoff’s fault, I’m too damn good for THAT’. Kennedy pointing back in the ring before smirking arrogantly and shouting at the top of his lungs ‘HE CAN’T HOLD ME DOWN…THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE, MY TIME’ before Kennedy gets right in the face of the camera before slowly whispering ‘Kennedyyyy’, the crowd surprisingly behind Kennedy despite his decisive win over fan favourite Eugene.

We then head off backstage where we join the beautiful Maria for the second time this evening, the ditzy interviewer all set for another ‘classic’ grilling of a Raw superstar.

Maria:

Hi, it’s me again, Maria!! I’ve already interviewed the World Champion here tonight and right now I’ve got the man who is next in line for a shot at that World Title, when he takes on the winner of tonight’s main event, please welcome, Christian!!

Captain Charisma appears into shot to a chorus of boos, a few cheers from his ‘Peeps’ however and the new #1 contender can’t contain his delight, all smiles.

Maria:
Christian congratulations on becoming the next number one contender, just how tough was it to walk away victorious tonight?

Christian pauses, thinking for a moment before responding.

Christian:
Let me make this really clear for you Maria. I'm not here to answer any of your questions, I didn’t come here to be interviewed, I came here to make a statement to all my ‘Peeps’ right around the world.

Christian again smiles to himself, pointing out towards the arena for his ‘Peeps’.

Christian:
I just wanted to let them all know, hell, let everybody know…that this journey’s only just beginning and trust me, it ain’t about to stop anytime soon. Summerslam was step one, getting rid of old man Flair, it was a major night in my career, no doubt about it but it’s not the defining night.

Christian shakes his head.

Christian:
No, no the defining night will come when at long last, after seven years in this company I get what I deserve, when I get what I’ve earned, when I get a shot at becoming the World…Heavyweight…Champion.

A few cheers can be heard with his loyal ‘Peeps’ appreciating the fact he does now have his title opportunity.

Christian:
That will be my defining night. The night where Captain Charisma finally reaches the top of the mountain, where all my ‘Peeps’ get to be a part of history, where I finish the job I started at Summerslam and I cement my legacy as the leader of a new era, the face of the next generation, where I well and truly become…the man.

It’s dead serious from Captain Charisma here as he stares firmly at Maria.

Christian:
So whether it’s Kane or whether it’s Batista, I really don’t give a crap. They might think they’re in for the fight of their life tonight but when they step in the ring with me it’s a whole different ball game. I might not be as big as those guys, I might not be as strong but I’m ten times smarter than those two Neanderthals combined and you’d better believe I got a whole lot more talent too.

Christian is full of himself as ever here, Maria nodding on obliviously.

Christian:
The message is real simple, Kane, Batista whoever it is, you’d better start thinkin’ ahead, you’d better start preparing yourselves for what’s to come because tonight’s the least o‘ your problems. Captain Charisma is on your tail, he’s about to take his rightful spot atop of the ladder and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it cos that’s just HOW…I…ROLL.

Christian pounds his chest one more time, a mixed reaction for the leader of the ‘Christian Coalition’ as he then heads off before we return back ringside, all set for our main event as we see the Steel Cage being lowered, a buzz now inside the arena before we shift over to J.R and Coach at the announce table.

Jim Ross:
Well strong words from our new number one contender and folks it is indeed time for our main event, a Steel Cage match, Batista versus Kane, Animal versus Monster, let’s take a look at how this all came about.


*Video Package*

The video begins with footage from Summerslam as Batista nails the BatistaBomb on Kane before Shawn Michaels makes the three count, raising the Animal’s hand in victory over the fallen monster.

Jim Ross: BATISTA HAS DONE IT!! BATISTA RETAINS!!

The Coach: Michaels is under contract to Eric Bischoff, he does what Eric Bischoff tells him to do and he went out there tonight under STRICT ORDERS to count Batista down.

We then get an image from that match where we see Michaels delivering Sweet Chin Music to Kane.

Following on from that we see Kane being interviewed the Raw after Summerslam, an intense, dangerous look about him.


Kane: Without Shawn Michaels last night, Batista would NOT be holding that championship, I would.

A devastating Chokeslam from the Big Red Machine is then shown before Kane’s trademark lighting the fire around the ring.

Batista: Is that what you think huh? My only prayer last night was Shawn Michaels?

Kane: That is EXACTLY…what I think. Last night was your lucky night Dave, next time? Next time I’m gonna take that title away from you and I’m gonna show that a Monster ALWAYS…beats an Animal.

We then see Kane’s demonic laugh before a shot of a fired up Batista, delivering a vicious clothesline before a shot of the champ delivering a devastating spinebuster.

Batista: This World Title… is mine and believe me, there ain’t no man… or monster…that’s gonna take it away from me, you understand that?

We see the two men now face to face, nose to nose, neither man backing down.

Kane: Oh I understand, I fully understand. But Dave, I don’t think you know…just what this monster is capable of.

And with that we see Kane laugh in that twisted way again, the music beginning to pick up pace as we now get all the hard hitting, all the brutality, all the chaos these two men have produced in recent weeks, starting with a devastating SPEAR OFF THE STAGE FROM BATISTA!! Kane absolutely torn into two, both men flying off the stage as the champion sacrifices himself to take down the monster.

Jim Ross: GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!! BATISTA AND KANE, CHAMPION AND CHALLENGER CRASHING OFF THE DAMN STAGE!! BATISTA JUST TOOK THE MONSTER DOWN BUT HE TOOK HIMSELF RIGHT DOWN WITH HIM!!

We see both men absolutely laid out at the bottom of the stage as officials and medics burst onto the scene to tend to the pair before we fast forward to the following Raw as yet more drama ensues between champion and challenger. Batista, being interviewed by Maria suddenly gets SMASHED FROM BEHIND BY KANE!! The Big Red Machine and the World Champion going toe to toe in a straight up fight backstage. We see Kane grab the Animal by the back of the head, CRASHING IT RIGHT INTO THE WALL BACKSTAGE!!

There’s more quick fire shots of the two brawling across the arena, we see officials trying to separate the two, the entire backroom crew trying to come between the brawl but it’s no use as we then see things spill over towards ringside, ending in Kane delivering a THUNDEROUS Chokeslam through the announce table, leaving the champion a broken man.


Jim Ross: AH DAMN IT TO HELL!! WHAT IS GONNA STOP THESE TWO MEN?! LAST WEEK IT WAS THE STAGE, THIS WEEK IT’S OUR DAMN ANNOUNCE TABLE!! KANE AND BATISTA ARE NOT GONNA STOP UNTIL ONE OF ‘EM IS FORCED OUT THE DOOR COMPLETELY!!

A twisted smirk on the face of Kane is shown before we see Batista, eyes glazed over, completely laid out at the hands of his challenger. We then go to the office of Eric Bischoff who makes this major announcement.

Eric Bischoff: I’m tired of seeing all this chaos, all this carnage week after week and I don’t wanna see it again at Unforgiven. Instead I’m gonna make sure they settle things the way they wanna settle it. Face to face, man to man, nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, an Animal and a Monster…LOCKED INSIDE A FIFTEEN FOOT HIGH STEEL CAGE!!

We then see a Steel Cage being lowered, Batista and Kane snarling at one another before AGAIN going to war. Right hand after right hand, champion and challenger fighting their way up the ramp before we witness the shocking conclusion to this past Monday night on Raw where we see Batista deliver an INCREDIBLE BATISTABOMB OFF THE STAGE!! Taking himself down with the Big Red Machine as the next image is of both men completely fallen, no sign of life, no sign of movement before we hear from Mr.Hard Sell himself, Jim Ross.

Jim Ross: JESUS…THEY…AHHH DAMN IT WE NEED SOME HELP!! BATISTA AND KANE HAVE…THEY MIGHTA JUST DAMN NEAR KILLED EACH OTHER!!

A final shot is then shown of a Steel Cage, Tista and Kane face to face once more, neither man flinching, neither man intimidated as the World Title is raised high in the air by the champion.

Jim Ross: Batista against Kane, it’s Animal verus Monster, two men who wanna beat the holy hell outta one another get to do exactly that and all I can say is Oklahoma better brace itself cos this one’s gonna get real ugly.

*End Video Package*


We then return ringside to hear…

‘BOOOOOM’

‘Slow Chemical’

Jim Ross:

Good god!! I think business is about to pick up folks. The Big Red Machine fell victim to one of the most devastating BatistaBombs I’ve ever seen this past Monday night and I think the look on Kane’s face says it all. He’s comin’ to Oklahoma tonight not just to win, not just to become World Champion, he’s comin’ here to finish off Batista…once and for all.

The Coach:
I couldn’t have said it any better J.R. Kane doesn’t just wanna have his hand raised in victory, he wants to hurt people, he wants to make ‘em suffer and after what you saw this past Monday, I think Batista’s gonna feel nothin’ like he’s ever felt before at the hands of the Big Red Machine.

Kane enters the cage, looking at his surroundings and looking almost happy to be locked inside this menacing structure before we get the arrival of the champion…

‘I Walk Alone’

And it’s a MASSIVE pop, the loudest of the night as out steps the Animal, the World Heavyweight Champion, Batista!! The man who conquered Triple H back at Wrestlemania to capture his first taste of the gold looks majorly fired up as he roars to the crowd before immediately locking eyes with Kane, the seven footer pacing inside the ring as he waits for the arrival of his bitter rival.

Jim Ross:

Well you might be right Coach, I think Batista IS in for the fight of his life here tonight by by gawd, you’d better believe Kane is in for his too. Batista wants to prove tonight that he’s the man, he wants to prove why you do NOT cage an Animal and get away lightly with it. Batista wants to retain his championship but he wants to make a HUGE statement here tonight.

The Coach:
He might wanna make a statement but I don’t think he’s gonna pull it off. That BatistaBomb this past Monday night, impressive sure but I think it took just as much outta Batista as it did Kane. Kane’s a monster J.R, he’s been in this kinda match, this kinda environment before and he THRIVES on it. This is a new challenge for Batista and I don’t think he’s got it in him, I really don’t.

Batista removes his title belt from around his waist, handing it to an official on the outside before stepping inside the demonic structure, the door being locked right behind him AS KANE COMES STRAIGHT AFTER THE ANIMAL AND THE FIGHT IS ON ALREADY HERE!! THESE TWO BITTER RIVALS NOT WASTING ANY TIME IN TEARING INTO ONE ANOTHER!! The bell now rings and we are OFFICIALLY under way.

World Heavyweight Championship: Steel Cage Match

Batista© vs Kane


There’s a real big time fight feel around the arena as these two bulls are off and running, right hand by Kane, right hand by Batista, Kane strikes, Batista strikes, the Monster digs, the Animal digs deeper and neither man seems to be getting the upper hand. It’s a straight up slug fest here as these two powerhouses continuing rocking each other back BEFORE KANE STRIKES WITH A STINGING UPPERCUT!! Finally we have a tiebreaker as Kane sends Tista stumbling and is now in hot pursuit of the champion. Kane spins the Animal around, big boot to the gut before an Irish whip into the corner and Kane comes steaming in BUT BATISTA GETS AN ELBOW UP!! Kane sent rocking back before turning right back around and GETS HIS HEAD TAKEN OFF WITH A THUNDEROUS CLOTHESLINE!! A pumped up Animal roars to the crowd who respond accordingly with a huge pop, the champion now right in control.

Tista heads right after his bitter rival, bringing him to his feet before striking with a big right hand, kick to the gut now from the Animal before grabbing Kane by the back of the head and BATISTA SMASHES KANE FACE FIRST INTO THE STEEL, NO!!! KANE BLOCKS IT!! The Big Red Machine stops himself from being thrown into the menacing structure and now nails an elbow into the gut of the champion. Repeated elbow strikes now from Kane as Batista is doubled over, the monster grabbing him by the back of the head and it’s KANE WHO GOES TO SMASH TISTA OFF THE STEEL BUT THE CHAMPION’S NOW THE ONE TO BLOCK IT!! Batista with elbows digging into Kane’s mid section, Irish whip follows from the champion, Kane rebounding and Tista sidesteps him and tosses him from behind FACE FIRST INTO THE CAGE!! KANE’S THE FIRST MAN TO TASTE THE STEEL!!

The Devil’s Favourite Demon stumbles away from the cage, a little dazed, not too sure where he is and Batista strikes with a kick to the gut, Irish whip to follow it up as Kane crashes into the turnbuckle, Tista following him right behind. BOOM, big shoulder to the gut from the champion, BANG, another huge shoulder as Kane cries out in pain, repeated, fast paced shoulders nailing the big man before another Irish whip with big time authority!! Kane hits the opposite turnbuckle and the Animal comes racing in BUT KANE STRIKES WITH A BIG BOOT!! The monster holds his face, the blow he took against the Cage taking a little out of him but the momentum now shifted in his favour as he’s taken the champion down.

Kane allows Batista some time, taking some of his own as he regroups before heading right back after his long time rival, dragging his fellow big man to his feet before striking with his trademark, a VICIOUS uppercut that rocks Tista back towards the ropes. Another strong right follows from Kane, Tista again falling aback, now leaning on the ropes before an Irish whip by the challenger, Tista quickly rebounds and Kane connects with a huge impact SIDEWALK SLAM!! Cover by Kane, the first of the match…

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Kane sits up, looking a little frustrated…before beginning to smile? That twisted, eerie smile from the Big Red Machine as he brings himself to his feet now, hoisting Batista up with him in the process. A right hand to the ribs follows, Tista immediately wincing in pain as Kane strikes with repeated rights before a venomous boot to the mid section…BEFORE KANE THEN SMASHES THE ANIMAL’S SKULL INTO THE CAGE!!

Batista gets his first taste of the brutal structure as he ricochets back into the path of the awaiting monster who GRIPS TISTA ROUND THE THROAT!! CHOKESLAM INCOMING!! NO!! Tista with a kick to the knee, the left of knee of Kane and the monster buckles, his grip loosening as both men grab their weakened areas, the Animal his head, the Monster his knee as they then return right back to business, no time to waste here and it’s a STIFF right from the champion, Kane responding with a STIFF right of his own, this one is certainly not one for the faint hearted as Kane and Batista continue going hell for leather on one another here.

Both men are teetering but Batista fires back with another right, following that up with a kick to the gut, another right follows from the champion as he regains the advantage now. Irish whip from the Washington powerhouse, Kane however hangs onto the ropes and Tista comes all guns blazing after him BUT KANE WITH A BACK BODY DROP AND TISTA FLIES INTO THE CAGE, HIS BACK HAMMERING INTO THE STEEL AS THE KANE STRIKES WITH A HUGE MOVE!! The Big Red Machine quickly scrambles into a cover, sensing an opportunity as the champion is flattened…

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Kick out at two from Tista!! Big time pop from this intense crowd as the champion stays in the game, Kane not far off at all from taking the gold there however.

Kane now smells a big chance for him, with Tista’s back taking a hammering there as well as the punishment his, along with Kane’s lest we forget, body took on Monday night. Kane now firing away with relentless kicks to the back of Batista, vicious stomps as Tista cries out in pain, clutching his lower back with Kane really going to work now, the fans sensing that their man is in a world of trouble at present.

Kane now brings the Animal back up before yet another one of those big boots to the mid section, Tista doubled over and Kane smashes Tista across the lower back with a stiff strike followed up by another, all the life being sucked out of Dave Batista here as he sells the back injury to a tee. Irish whip now by Kane and Tista’s lower back crashes into the turnbuckle and Kane comes right back after him. BANG, big time corner clothesline, Tista dropping down and again clutching the lower back, Kane smirking in that demonic fashion, recognising that all the power is in hands right now.

We then hear from J.R and Coach with Coach telling us that ‘He’s got this, escape the cage Kane, take what’s yours big guy!’, only for J.R to point out that neither man WANTS to escape the cage, they don’t wanna take the easy way out tonight, they wanna beat the hell out of each other and put their opponent down and out. However, right on cue, Kane begins to climb the turnbuckle, Kane taking himself up, the crowd beginning to liven up again, perhaps in fear that the champion is about to lose his title. But Kane is NOT trying to escape!! Instead the Big Red Machine is simply headed up to the top rope!! Kane steadies himself, he’s primed and ready to fly as the Animal begins to rise, albeit very gingerly, clearly struggling as he turns around and KANE SOARS THROUGH THE SKY AND CONNECTS WITH A FLYING CLOTHELSINE!! Quickly into a cover…

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NO!! BATISTA JUST ABOUT GETS A SHOULDER UP!!

There’s an overwhelming sense of relief inside the Ford Center as Batista survives but only just, Kane coming within a whisker of tasting the World Title for only the second time in his storied career.

Kane cuts a frustrated figure, no sick smiles anymore, instead just an evil snarl as Batista lay unmoved in the centre of the ring. Kane picks himself up, dusts himself down, tending to his lower back also, the effects of the BatistaBomb on Monday night probably taking their toll on him also as he takes a moment to himself in the corner, Coach again egging him on to escape the cage but Kane showing no signs of wanting to do so.

Eventually the Big Red Machine trickles over to Batista, grabbing him by the back of the head and pulling him up to his feet. Striking from behind, again to the lower back, Kane doubles Batista over, now spinning him round before a big Irish whip, Batista rebounds and THE CHAMPION DIGS DEEP TO SCORE WITH A HUGE FLYING SHOULDER BLOCK!! Kane is floored, Tista taking himself down too but a turning point perhaps here for the Animal, a route back into this thing now after Kane’s prolonged spell of dominance.

The crowd are going wild, hopeful that this is the beginning of Batista’s march to victory. Both men begin to rise, it’s slow going though as the champion uses the ropes to bring himself up, Kane struggling back to his knees before slowly returning upright. Kane spins around and he’s met head on by a furious Animal, repeated rights again from the champion, lightening quick speed as Tista absolutely pummels his long time rival before a boot to the gut…SUPLEX FROM BATISTA!! NO!! Kane breaks free, Tista’s back perhaps giving way there as he immediately grabs it in pain, Kane now grabbing him from behind and HE RAMS TISTA’S FACE INTO THE CAGE!!

Major impact there as we see that KANE IS NOW GRINDING THE ANIMAL’S FACE UP AGAINST THE STEEL!! It’s tough to watch as Batista is crying out in pain, Kane refusing to let go, putting all the pressure on the back of the champion’s head, Tista’s face being driven into the steel. Kane then pulls the Animal’s head back before SMASHING IT IN DEVASTATING FASHION OFF THE STEEL!! Batista’s neck snapping back as we see that Batista has now been BUSTED OPEN!!

This hard hitting showdown takes another turn as the champion now sheds blood, Kane really in control of this contest, the crowd falling somewhat silent, recognising that this may be the end of their champion’s reign on top. Kane goes right back after the champion, spinning him round before another trademark uppercut, Tista looking completely uncoordinated right now as his legs wobble before we see a big time Irish whip by the monster, Batista rebounds and Kane grabs him by the throat, CHOKESLAM!! NO!! Batista fights it and elbows Kane away, hard elbows by the champion, showing there’s fight left in him as Kane toils away, he spins back round…TO SEE BATISTA COME STORMING IN WITH A SPEAR!! THE ANIMAL TEARS THE MONSTER IN HALF WITH A THUNDEROUS SPEAR FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!! Can he make the cover?!? Kane’s in trouble as the bloodied champion VERY slowly trickles across into a cover, hook of the leg…

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KICK OUT AT TWO AND A HALF FROM KANE!!

There’s groans and boos in the crowd as Batista fails to put away his rival there, Kane staying in this thing, the balance again shifting however as the Animal is now in control, picking himself up, albeit very groggily as he wipes the blood away from his face before he delivers…A THUMBS UP TO THE CROWD, THEY KNOW WHAT’S COMING!! Batista has intentions to finish this now as he begins to shake the ropes, he’s starting to feel it in a big way here as Kane slowly starts to rise. The Big Red Machine is up, he slowly turns around, boot to the gut from the champion, BATISTABOMB TIME!! BUT KANE FIGHTS IT!! KANE DIGGING HIS HEELS IN AND BATISTA JUST CAN’T PULL IT OFF AS KANE REVERSES WITH A BIG BACK BODY DROP!!

A close scare for Kane who looks a little surprised that Batista is back in contention here, angered almost as he holds his mid section, the Spear taking a lot out of him. Kane then looks up at the top of the cage…BEFORE BEGINNING TO SCALE UP HIGH!! KANE HAS SEEN ENOUGH!! J.R mentions that the near escape from the BatistaBomb may well have changed Kane’s tune here tonight, he may no longer wanna fight, it’s now all about taking home the World Heavyweight Championship.

Coach is screaming at Kane to climb, the fans are on their feet and are yelling at the top of their voices for Batista to get up, they fear the worst now as Kane climbs up, little by little, step by step, it’s slow going from the big man but he’s about half way there now as Batista begins to try and get back to his feet!! Kane doesn’t look at all comfortable climbing this fifteen foot high structure and it appears to be the only thing saving Batista and his title, the Animal now heading over towards his opponent as he grabs Kane’s right leg, trying to pull the monster down but Kane is hanging on, clutching to the cage for dear life as he tries to shake Tista off but the champion is clinging to Kane’s leg and now HE BEGINS TO CLIMB THE CAGE!!

The tension is building here in Oklahoma as both these powerhouses are climbing up high, Batista still trying to drag Kane off and down but Kane now strikes with a right hand!! Batista is hanging onto the cage, one hand the cage, one hand on Kane’s leg as Batista now swings a right hand of his own, releasing Kane’s leg in the process. It’s a fist fight approaching ten feet high in the sky…

Tista swinging…CONNECTING!!

Kane swinging back…CONNECTING!!

Batista now grabs Kane by the head and he CLUBS KANE’S FACE OFF THE STEEL, IS KANE GONNA DROP?!? NO!! HE HANGS ON!! Kane’s balance is going, he’s struggling to hang on, that shot dazing him as Batista grabs him by the head again, SMASHES HIS FACE FORWARD AGAIN BUT KANE BLOCKS IT!! The monster blocks it and elbows the Animal right into where he’s been busted open!! Tista now wobbles, he’s struggling for his balance, one hand clinging on for dear life, a wave of anticipation inside the Ford Centre as KANE NOW GOOZLES BATISTA!! OH GOOD GOD!! KANE’S GOT BATISTA SET…CHOKESLAM OFF THE DAMN CAGE!!!! BOTH MEN TAKING A NEAR TEN FEET FALL!!

‘HOLY SHIT’ chants begin to flutter, some of the crowd are absolutely pumped after that move, some are stunned, some are devastated as that may be the curtain call on the World Title reign of Batista!! Kane however isn’t moving, both men are down with J.R mentioning that Batista’s back, after all the punishment taken, may now be completely finished with once and for all. Kane is holding his mid section, the impact of the spear, the impact of recent weeks taking it out of him also as he begins to crawl, dragging himself across the ring, the referee is primed and in position as Kane’s almost there…he drapes an arm across the Animal’s chest…

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NO!!! SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY BATISTA SURVIVES!! THERE’S PANDEMONIUM INSIDE THE FORD CENTER!!

Kane can’t believe it, rolling off Batista and onto his back, looking up at the sky, shaking his head in disbelief as the crowd continues to roar wildly. Batista remains unmoved as the referee makes it clear to Kane that it was a two count. The seven footer slowly sits up, rising to his feet before beginning to pace around the ring, he looks as though he’s about to go into a frenzy as he puts his hands on his head, shaking it in sheer horror that Batista kicked out. Kane then kicks the bottom rope in frustration, screaming at the top of his lungs ‘THAT WAS IT, THAT WAS THREE’. Again the official makes it crystal clear it was two…AS KANE NOW DEMANDS THAT THE CAGE DOOR BE OPENED!!

Kane has had enough of the fight he came for tonight as one of the officials on the outside heads over to unlock the steel structure. Kane is demanding for him to get on with it but the official appears to be having a little trouble with opening it…BUT HE FINALLY UNLOCKS IT!! The door flies open as Kane now begins his demonic laugh again, he steps through the ropes, he’s headed out the door and headed towards the World Title…BUT BATISTA GRABS ONTO KANE’S LEFT LEG!! A big time pop as the Animal digs deep once more, not for the first time tonight as he hangs on, pulling Kane back, not letting slip of his opponent, not letting slip of his championship. Kane’s still trying to kick Batista off but it’s no use…Batista isn’t letting go here and Kane now decides to change tact.

The Monster now decides to head back towards Batista, the door now being shut back on him as Kane yells at Batista to ‘STAY DOWN’ before going to bring the fallen champion up but TISTA STRIKES WITH A RIGHT HAND TO THE RIBS!! BIG TIME RIGHTS AGAIN FROM THE RESILIENT CHAMPION!! The crowd come alive and so does the Animal as he connects with big time rights, knocking Kane back…BUT KANE STRIKES WITH A KNEE TO THE GUT!! Follows that up with another brutal knee to the mid section before an Irish whip… but Batista reverses it, Kane rebounds and TISTA CONNECTS WITH A NECKBREAKER!! Big time impact move from the Washington native and in the circumstances, HUGELY needed as he floors his, what was appearing to be, unstoppable opponent.

Batista is on his knees, holding his back again, clearly in pieces after the beating he’s sustained, trying to bring himself up and it’s a slow, seemingly gruelling process for the former Evolution man but he DOES indeed rise and it’s to a decent pop too as Batista now begins to climb!! There’s a buzz around the Ford Center as Batista, much like Kane prior has decided the punishment is enough, it’s now all about becoming, or in the Animal’s case, retaining the World Title.

Tista, again just like Kane prior to him, is slow to scale however, his size slowing him down as he tries to climb, tries to rise to the top, looking to reach the bottom but we see that Kane is now to one knee, using the ropes to pull himself up, trying desperately to get to his feet and keep his title hopes alive. We see that Batista is now almost to the top, he’s about another step away BUT KANE PACES OVER AND HE NOW BEGINS HEADING UP HIGH!! It’s a dangerous situation here as Batista and Kane are in a race to the top, Kane charging up the steel, a much faster pace than earlier as he senses the World Title slipping out of his grasp.

Batista now pulls himself up and HE HAS ONE LEG OVER THE TOP, TISTA IS SAT ON TOP OF THE CAGE, ALL HE NEEDS IS THE OTHER LEG AND HE’S ALL BUT THERE!! Tista tries to draw that other leg over, the crowd going crazy…BUT KANE GRABS IT!! KANE STOPS BATISTA FROM GETTING OVER THE TOP!! Kane now the one to cling on for dear life, Batista trying to kick him off, shake him away but Kane is holding on and is still climbing high. Kane now grabs onto the top of the Steel and he HOISTS HIMSELF UP THERE, JOINING BATISTA ON TOP OF THE STEEL!! It’s an EXTREMELY delicate position as Batista and Kane are both perched up high and the BATTLE BEGINS AGAIN!!

These two bulls slugging it out once more, a rivalry that has been all about hard hitting is NOT letting up here as Batista THUMPS Kane with a huge right, Kane BASHING Batista with a right of his own before the ANIMAL SMASHES KANE’S FACE OFF THE TOP OF THE CAGE!! Kane almost falls back and BATISTA STOPS KANE FROM FALLING!! THE CHAMPION ALMOST COST HIMSELF THERE AS WE SEE THAT KANE HAS NOW BEEN BUSTED OPEN FROM THAT NASTY IMPACT!!

Batista has a look of relief as he now tries to drag Kane down and off the top BUT KANE GRABS BATISTA BY THE BACK OF THE NECK AND CLUBS HIM FACE FIRST OFF THE STEEL NOW!! The Animal already busted open is hit right in the same spot and he begins to fall…BUT JUST LIKE BATISTA DID, KANE STOPS HIM FROM FALLING!! The Big Red Machine nearly throwing his hopes down the drain there as both men continue to teeter on top, the fans on the edge of their seats, not knowing which way this is gonna turn.

Both men are rocking back and forth as Kane pulls his right leg back inside the cage, both legs now inside, Batista doing likewise as Kane throws a right hand once again but Batista blocks it!! The champion striking with a right of his own now before shuffling down a touch, shifting over towards the monster and TISTA GRABS KANE ROUND THE BACK OF THE NECK…OH SURELY NOT…BATISTA FALLS BACKWARDS AND TAKES KANE DOWN WITH HIM, A FREAKIN’ SUPERPLEX RIGHT FROM THE TOP OF THE DAMN CAGE!!!!!!

‘HOLY SHIT’

‘HOLY SHIT’

‘HOLY SHIT’

There’s a genuine sense of shock as Batista delivers with a superplex from virtually the very top of this fifteen foot high Steel Cage!! The ring has shaken, the ARENA may very well have shaken as we see that Kane is absolutely laid out, not even a hint of movement from the Big Red Machine, Batista likewise, his lower back taking yet another pounding as both these beasts lay fallen, bloodied and battered, going to hell and back all for the World Heavyweight Championship!!

Well over a minute has now passed and neither man is showing any signs of life, the referee plodding around, checking on both men, not sure what to do, the crowd having died down a touch after that incredible drama are now picking back up and have begun a ‘BA-TIS-TA’ chant, trying to draw the champion up, will him back to his feet and we see that he IS now beginning to stir, even if it is just to his knees. Kane meanwhile is looking like he’s trying to roll over, a huge positive for the Monster that he can even think of getting back up, let alone do it. The Monster does indeed now roll across the ring a touch, getting onto his front and trying to scrape up to his knees, Batista is up to one knee, using the ropes to try and hoist himself up as he holds his lower back, still selling the effects of this brutal contest.

Tista now rises to his feet, hanging onto the ropes however, Kane up to one knee, both men still have blood across their faces, a gruesome image as the champion heads across to challenger, pulling him to his feet now before a boot to the gut, it’s slow going from both here as Tista now grabs Kane’s right arm, Irish whip but Kane reverses, the Animal rebounds and KANE GOOZLES HIM…TISTA SLIPS RIGHT OUT OF IT...spins Kane round, boot to the gut, BATISTA GOING FOR A BATISTABOMB!! NO!! Kane fights it and breaks Tista’s hold, losing his balance in the process as he stumbles backwards into the ropes but uses them as a springboard as he sprints forward…CLOTHESLINE…KANE SEES IT COMING AND TOSSES THE ANIMAL INTO THE STEEL!! BATISTA REBOUNDS…THE MONSTER WITH A GRIP AROUND THE THROAT…CHOKESLAM!!! CONNECTING!! THE FORD CENTER IS IN SHOCK!!! Cover by Kane…

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NEW CHAMPION!!!

NO!!!!! BATISTA KICKED OUT!!! THE ANIMAL SURVIVES TO THE LOUDEST OVATION OF THE NIGHT!!

Kane comes within a whisker of tasting the World Title again but is SOMEHOW denied by the sheer guts, the heart, the sheer will to win of a resilient Animal. Kane now sits up, a look of horror on his face, he can’t quite believe that he hasn’t walked out victorious there and then. Batista rolls over onto his front now, Coach is yelling on commentary for Kane to escape the cage but Kane seems to have other ideas!! The Big Red Machine is signalling for ANOTHER Chokeslam!! Batista is stirring but Kane doesn’t wanna waste another second and he heads after the champion. He drags Tista up, before scooping the Animal up in the air, Batista’s head between Kane’s legs, KANE’S GOING FOR A DAMN TOMBSTONE HERE!! BUT BATISTA COUNTERS!! BATISTA TURNS THE TABLES AND DELIVERS A RUTHLESS RUNNING POWERSLAM TO THE BIG RED MACHINE!! FINDING THE STRENGTH FROM SOMEWHERE AS THE CHAMPION SCRAMBLES INTO A COVER…

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NO!! KANE JUST ABOUT GETS THE SHOULDER UP!! Batista almost pulling it out the bag with that incredible counter but Kane shows he’s got just as much fight as the champion left in him. Batista is now looking up with a sense of ‘What have I gotta do?’, bringing himself to his feet with the crowd urging him to escape the cage and retain his title but Tista has other ideas and suddenly looks around…BEFORE GIVING A THUMBS DOWN!! We saw a thumbs up earlier in the night but now Batista wants to really put an end to this thing. He heads over to the monster, goes to bring him up, BatistaBomb in mind BUT KANE STRIKES WITH A LOW BLOW!! A CHEAP SHOT BY KANE AND BATISTA CRUMPLES TO THE MAT…KANE MAY JUST HAVE SAVED HIMSELF!!

Tista is down on the mat, holding his nether regions in agony as Kane steadily rises, clutching his ribs, clearly struggling, the low blow his get out card as he now crawls across the ring on his knees shrieking at the official to ‘GET IT OPEN, GET THE DOOR’ and the official obliges, the door being opened, Kane about to escape this flat out war. Holding his ribs still, Kane scratches, claws his way across, he’s about to slide out BUT WE SEE BATISTA FROM OUT OF ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE FLY ONTO KANE AND STOP THE MONSTER IN HIS TRACKS!! The Animal practically falls onto Kane, the exhaustion, the pain is evident but it’s effective from the champion as both men are now down, side by side, fighting to get out the door which is still wide open.

Kane is again dragging himself across but Batista is doing likewise, the crowd are on the edge of their seats, it could go either way here as Kane stretches out an arm and grabs the steel steps on the outside!! Is Kane gonna claw his way to the World Title?! Batista somehow hurls himself over and he grabs the apron, is Batista gonna somehow get a grip, somehow pull his way out?! Kane is to his knees now, pulling himself up, Batista is doing the same damn thing, both have the same goal in mind as Kane goes to take a step out the cage and BATISTA SLAMS THE CAGE DOOR STRAIGHT INTO KANE’S SKULL!!! IT SOUNDED LIKE A DAMN GUN SHOT GOING OFF AS KANE’S FACE TAKES A BATTERING FROM THE STEEL!! The Monster drops like a fly, blood gushing from his face as Batista pulls himself up, out of breath, perhaps running out of ideas were it not for that bit of innovation, the door now closed on the champion and BATISTA WANTS TO FINISH THIS INSIDE THE RING!!

The Animal stumbles over to Kane, he drags the Big Red Machine to his feet, the arena is ready, they want their champion to finish things off in devastating fashion as Batista strikes with a boot to the gut…Kane’s head between his legs, the Monster may finally be slayed here…what goes up…MUST COME DOWN!! A DEVASTATING BATISTABOMB ON KANE!!! The champion falls away, his lower back perhaps giving out him off that impact but he musters up the strength to hurl himself over into a cover, through all the pain, all the blood, all the sheer brutality here tonight…a hook of the leg from Batista…

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Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Batista(19:22)


The Animal rolls off of his fallen opponent, both men laid out in the centre of the ring as the cage is lifted back up, a scene of total and utter carnage here in Oklahoma with Batista coming out the victor in this hellacious battle.

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An absolute WAR here tonight in Oklahoma City!! Batista and Kane have given everything to the cause, they’ve put their heart, their body, their soul on the line tonight and all for one thing, the Heavyweight Championship of the World!! And on this night it was Batista, it was the Animal who came out on top!!

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Absolute brutality J.R. What we’ve just witnessed was a straight up FIGHT and hey, I don’t like Batista but even I gotta admit, that was one heck of a performance tonight, from him and from the Big Red Machine.

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One heck of an effort indeed. We saw it all out there tonight, a Chokeslam off the damn cage, a Superplex from the top of the steel structure, an absolute bloodbath at times before an EMPHATIC BatistaBomb saw the champion home. It has been an incredible night folks and the road to Survivor Series now begins and it begins with the Animal STILL on top of the food chain!! Thank you for joining us everybody!! Goodnight!!

The show closes with Batista being handed the World Heavyweight Title, rising to his feet, blood etched across his face, a look of sheer exhaustion as he raises his title high before stumbling towards the top rope before rising up high and hoisting his championship aloft in victory, the fans in Oklahoma on their feet as we slowly fade…to…black.
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While unspectacular, the opening video sure did set the stage for the night ahead, giving ample time to hype the main selling points of the show.

Benjamin vs. Jindrak is as good a choice as any to open the show, and good use of Benjamins incredible athleticism in those early stages to get the crowd warmed up good and proper. Lots of outside influence throughout, although the story was always how Haas would help/hinder his partner. Nice tease of a heel turn when Haas suddenly spun Benjamin around on the outside … to give him a thumbs up. The descriptions throughout of Haas and his body language throughout the match was quite interesting, with him deep in thought early on, before coming around a little more to help Benjamin when he needed it.

As for the actual in ring action, it wasn’t anything overly special or memorable, but it didn’t need to be. The focus was on the interference / influence of the outside forces, and how they would shape the match - and interestingly, Haas SAVED the title for Benjamin in the end, putting his foot on the ropes after the Knee Trembler. Haas then running from Regal and Jindrak - and the reaction from J.R and Coach - was telling too, with that distraction causing Jindrak in the end. I imagine Jindrak and Regal will demand (rightfully) that Jindrak gets a rematch, but I’ll look forward to hearing what Haas has to say to Benjamin about doing him a huge favour - and how Benjamin will react to Haas helping him stay in the match too.

As I’ve said before, you’ve done a great job putting the Arabian Entity together. Great mesh of different talent, and it’s refreshing to see someone keep Hassan around, especially in such a major role on the Raw brand as one of it‘s top heels.

Given the frustration building for Lita, it makes sense for her to go batshit crazy on Victoria, all guns blazing from the get go. Thought she might have dominated a little longer before Victoria took control, but seeing as Victoria has been built so well as a dominant champion - plus Lita’s dodgy ankle - I guess it makes sense for the champ to take charge. Lots of ankle work by Victoria throughout, and really, it felt like Lita didn’t get much offence in at all, bar her early flurry, a small portion of the middle section of the match, and then the Twist of Fate at the end, before missing the Moonsault.

IMO, she maybe could’ve had a longer period of offence, with a few more near falls leading to the TOF, to add more reason to Victoria getting herself disqualified. Very newsworthy comeback from Trish too, coming to save Lita from what would’ve surely put her on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Victoria has been well built as champion, and the division seems to have been ticking over nicely, but Trish returning now is undoubtedly a shot in the arm for the women, and an eventual triple threat between the three most talented divas of the time would be great to see … at Survivor Series maybe???

The #1 Contender match could well end up being the match of the night, given the intertwining histories of all three men; Edge & Christian, Christian & Jericho, and the more recent Jericho and Edge feud. I’m always keen to see how other bookers start a triple threat, as I always find it tricky to get going with three men involved. For me, I would’ve rather seen Jericho go right for Edge, rather than the awkward stand off before going that route. Given their ongoing feud at present, it would’ve made sense for that to happen. It did make sense though for the two heels - especially as they are former partners - team up on Jericho, but I was glad it was only a brief reunion. I liked the fast pace early on, especially the sequence where Christian took Edge out of the equation on the outside, then got nailed with a baseball slide from Jericho. Another thing that can get irritating about triple threats is one guy sitting out a period of time whilst the other two have a one on one portion, but you didn’t overdo those periods, and kept all three guys involved for the most part. Lots of nods toward the ‘retired’ Ric Flair, with the back and forth chops involving Christian - so if there was any doubt that at some point we’ll see Flair return for revenge, I think that doubt is gone.

The Spear-Unprettier-Edgecution sequence was great too. Not only because I personally love seeing those sharp counters and counter-counters, but because it plays into the history of Edge and Christian, knowing each other so well, they are able to counter one anothers moves, and you played on that again later in the match. Loved, loved, LOVED the spot where Edge was looking for the Spear on Christian, only for Jericho to come from nowhere and not only prevent it, but apply the Walls on Edge … and then Christian then scored a roll up on Jericho for a near fall. Superb sequence. Although, as a minor criticism, the Walls could’ve been locked in a little longer to add some added suspense, before the roll up, plus, it would’ve explained why Edge was out of commission for so long after Jericho then applied the submission on Christian. Felt odd too, with Christian breaking the count on an inside cradle. Should Jericho really need saved from that spot??

As much as I raved about the earlier sequence with Jericho stopping a Spear on Christian with the Walls, the sequence of Jericho avoiding the Unprettier, hitting the Bulldog, missing the Lionsault then getting Speared by Edge undoubtedly topped it. If Christian should’ve broken up a fall, it should’ve been this one, as opposed to the earlier cradle. Not surprised to see you using the Tower of Doom spot, a staple in most triple threat matches. The way you kept all three involved for the majority of the contest is really commendable - something many people tend to struggle with when writing these matches, including the finish, as Jericho took out Edge (with yet another great counter spot) before Christian stole the win off an Unprettier. A tremendously written contest, filled with some brilliant spots and counters. And, despite the minor criticisms it’ll be hard to top this one as match of the night.

For some reason, the Shawn Michaels interview - to me - came off as a little hokey if I’m honest - but that was mainly the way Todd Grisham was written … so maybe you nailed it . In all seriousness, I just thought the interviewer could’ve been written a little better to deal with his silent interviewee, or maybe just find a way to get the attention of HBK, then repeat his last question to get the one word answer. It felt a bit … y’know, with HBK ignoring everything, then replying to the last question only.

Must say, I really like the pairing of Doane and Nemeth (I know they had been paired as part of the Spirit Squad, but I’m talking as a proper tag team) as both were ready for the exposure to the main roster, but not quite as singles stars, so imo, bringing two guys in together as a team is a perfect way, rather than as a singles star that could get lost in the shuffle. And as a pair of cocky upstarts, I think that’s where they could be best used as. As for this match though, The Dudleys … are stale. I just failed to really invest in the match, and if you want to keep the Dudleys around, I suggest you try and do something to freshen up their act. What that could be beats me.

Also, if you’re using Nemeth as Nemeth and not Ziggler, it might make sense to call his finisher something other than Zig Zag … but not the Nick Nack . Odd that the Dudleys would be happy enough to retain the belts off a distraction from the Bashams, when they were surely beaten. Again, like the Dudleys, something might need done to make the Bashams a relevant team, as at best I’d call them a ‘serviceable’ pair, a decent tandem to have around, but hardly a team that should be at the forefront of the tag division. Hopefully this is just a slight delay in the PTP winning the titles, as they are by quite a distance the bright spot in the stale Raw tag division.

Typically strong promo from Batista. Such a great character to use as a tough as nails champion, and a win over Kane inside the cage ought to really solidify him as ‘the man’ so to speak - if he wasn’t already.

Without a doubt, the 4 on 1 match was the best built match coming into the PPV, and it was the one most people would be talking about. It felt very much like the type of performance Shawn Michaels pulled off at the Survivor Series in 2003 (a personal favourite) against the odds, so close … yet so far. On a personal note, I think it would’ve added more to the match if you had kept Khali out of it for longer - not just because he sucks, but because of the reaction you could imagine, once HBK eliminated Dutt, and Khali then stepped in the ring for the first time with the facials a bloodied HBK could’ve pulled upon going toe to toe with the seven footer. With the blood too, I think it might’ve been wise to hold off on it just a little longer, but you made sense of it, considering his head was already freshly stapled from last week, so it’s understandable why he would bleed so early.

As expected, Shawn got through three of the four, but beating all four would be just a bridge too far - especially since the GM had to meddle in the finish - such is his desperation to punish HBK. I could imagine just how HOT the crowd would‘ve been in the closing stages, with the Bischoff run in, the ref bump, the near fall, and of course, Sweet Chin Music to Eric himself … before the unhappy finish. While the outcome was slightly predictable, it still told a GREAT story, and continues the story of Michaels troubles in recent times - plus gives Hassan a MAJOR victory. I get the feeling you probably enjoyed writing this match the most, and it was great to read too. The question now is … what next for Michaels??

I see now that Benjamin didn’t even realise Haas saved the title for him until after the match, and while PPV’s are about matches - that was one hell of a promo from Haas, furthering the likelihood of an eventual heel turn. He has basically telegraphed it, talking about how he’d go to any lengths to keep the title if he WAS I.C Champ … so I guess Benjamin shouldn’t be surprised when Haas DOES go to any length when he takes the belt from him down the road

The ‘Game Changer’ name is all kinds of awesome. I knew from your PM that the ‘surprise’ opponent might be a bit of a disappointment, and in all honesty … with it being Eugene again … it kinda was. But at the same time, that’s okay, because it was never built up as something huge, so no one can have any complaints that it was built to be something it wasn’t. With a new alliance with Goldust, I expect a comedic tag team in the future to give both men something to do - which is fine by me, if it means Kennedy will finally move on from his Eugene ‘feud’, and onto something else - and I imagine there is MUCH bigger things in the pipeline for Kennedy, as he’s already on a tear since his debut. It’s the best use I’ve seen of the Kennedy character in a BTB for sure - but he does need a step up in competition now .

The out and out brawl to start the cage match was the only logical way to start proceedings, given how personal and hard hitting the entire feud has been from the start. And boy, it didn’t take long for the thing to break down and get the steel involved, did it? Good that Batista was the one to win the first duel, ramming Kane into the steel. You wrote a very hard hitting match up, with no feeling out process or settling in before getting to the big business end of the match, with Kane busting out a big boot early, and a big sidewalk. Batista being back body dropped into the cage sounded nasty. Very pleasing to read that neither man wanted to simply escape and win - they wanted to win by the proper method, and gain an undisputable win over their rival - the way it should be in the feud ending match. A great write up with Kane taking it to Batista, Batista absorbing it all, even being busted open, and coming back strong - the mark of a champion. I know I say it earlier, but Batista is such a great character to use as a strong face champion. While Cena comes off as superman when he makes big comebacks, Batista just seems more believable when making a big comeback.

Slightly disappointing to see Kane (kinda) cry off after narrowly avoiding the Batista Bomb and trying to escape the cage instead. I really liked the idea of the two men - regardless of the face/heel divide - wanting to beat the shit out of each other as the feud ender. Saying that, from the following super-Chokeslam spot, I can see that Kane climbing the cage to escape was a necessary evil, in order to set up the sick spot. The duel at the top of the cage would be great to see too, with the two monsters battling to and fro for supremacy, before ANOTHER huge spot with the Superplex. I’m glad you let them settle, and draw out the pop for over a minute - a spot that big from such big guys needs to be sold like that imo. After what they’ve put themselves through - both in this match and in recent weeks - I don’t think a simple Chokeslam or Batista Bomb will get the job done … and the Chokeslam sure didn’t. Something I didn’t quite like was the scramble between the pair at the door leading to Batista slamming the door on Kane and the eventual (third time lucky) Batista Bomb to bring the curtain down on what was, honestly, quite the (surprisingly) epic rivalry.

The finish fell a little flat to me and it’s down to that fact that as I had mentioned before, with all the hell Kane and Batista put each other through (and the massive stunts in recent weeks) I felt the finish needed to be something over the top like a Batista Bomb off the top rope, catching Kane maybe when he was trying to climb the cage. Would that have been too much?? I guess, maybe, but personally, I would’ve went with something along those lines to end the feud with an almighty bang - maybe even have Kane drag the steps into the ring when Batista was pulling him back in, and lead to the final Batista Bomb on the steps?? Something like that - out of the ordinary. Still, not a knock on the match, it was a great steel cage war, to cap off - as previously mentioned - a surprisingly epic rivalry.

Overall, I’ll keep it short and sweet - the effort was immense, and imo, it paid off with another strong show, with three great (and in different ways too) matches in the three ‘big’ ones, and that’s all we - as readers - can ask for. Moneys worth?? Absolutely. Still work to do to improve, but all in all, has to be said; Great job.
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I thought you would go with this one as the opener, and it certainly delivered as a pretty fast paced, high action match to get the crowd into things. I think the outcome was never really in doubt, it was always going to be a Benjamin win, but of course the real story here is the actions of Charlie Haas. From placing Benjamin's foot on the rope to then running from the chase of Regal, it was definitely an intriguing of him. The match itself was pretty solid, plenty of good action, but your use of Haas was probably the most interesting part of it all. One thing though, post match, I'd have loved to see a two on one beating of Shelton by Regal and Jindrak, with Haas already backstage and not returning for the save. That would have been a great little move to add even more to the bubbling under Haas/Benjamin story.

Standard stuff from Bischoff and The Entity here, and while I agree that they'll be victorious, I can't see this being the end of Shawn Michaels, or this storyline for that matter. Much more to come imo.

Wow, can honestly say I don't think I've ever seen a Women's Match end with a steel chair shot, so kudos on that. Although it was a bit strange that there seemed to be only one pinfall attempt in the entire match. Anyway, the ending and post match were nicely done, and if Trish is brought back into the title hunt, a triple threat between the three would be pretty awesome. No real complaints here, perhaps the match write up needed a bit more pacing to it, but overall, a pretty solid storyline advancement for the women's division.

Given his huge win at SummerSlam and the fact that he's clearly a character on the rise, Christian was always going to win this one. I felt like you used all three men well, a trio of talented individuals and you kept the action moving along at a pretty frantic pace. One thing I wasn't so sure of would be that I haven't a clue how you break up a walls of Jericho with a rollup from behind. The image in my head just seems so... awkward. An inside cradle from the front maybe, but I think there could have been a better way to break the hold and transition into a dramatic pinfall. Anyway, a fun match, full of high paced, dramatic action, and with the right man winning. Nothing wrong with this, real good stuff.

While we share a similar writing style with regards to Michaels, it's hard for me to imagine him acting like this as a face. And I'd have liked to have known the crowd's response to his eventual one word answer. Was there a pop to show he's still a fan favourite? Or maybe an awkward silence to show something else? I think you should've added that in here.

Interesting altercation between Kennedy and Bischoff, mainly because Bischoff was pretty much spot on in what he said. It was an open challenge, not really anything to do with him. Kennedy obviously has a right to feel frustrated, but I can't see him taking it out on Bischoff any time soon. Obviously something that looks like it'll develop on Raw over the next few weeks, but it was kinda weird to see it here.

I thought for sure we were gonna have new tag champs, as I thought you were pretty high on Nemeth and Doane. So far this is the first match outcome that I disagree with. The match itself was pretty solid, it certainly was a good showcase for the relative newcomers, but the ending... while it may have been a case of the Basham's living up to their word, I still don't see who really benefited from it. Dudley's got a cheap win, Platform got screwed, and the Basham's got... well, I dunno yet. Does this mean they're next in line? Some work to do to pull this whole angle back around imo,

Rebounded with the Batista interview, I thought that was really well written. You did a good job of getting across that real sense of hatred that's developed between 'Tista and Kane, and how determined the champ was to retain. Pretty good stuff here.

And another really good job with the Michaels/Entity match. I thought this was booked to absolute perfection, with Michaels mowing down the lackeys only to come up short against Hassan. It may have been the obvious move, but it was the right one as it worked very well. The drama at the end was really first rate, and I loved how desperate Bischoff was, only for him to take a shot to the face. And then of course, Hassan gets a massive career enhancing win. This was really great stuff, just so well booked and executed perfectly. I'm sure we'll see Michaels involved in Survivor Series if that earlier video is anything to go by, but now Hassan has a chance to join Christian in the hunt to be Batista's next challenger. Match of the night so far right here.

I'm giving myself a pat on the back for saying Goldust would be Kennedy's opponent, even it was just another Eugene impersonation. Not really a whole lot to say with Kennedy taking the win, other than I hope his adventures with Eugene are now at an end and we can see him engage in something a bit more meaningful.

Another strong promo, this time from Christian, but while I agree that there's much more to come from him, I'm yet to be convinced he'll be the man to end Batista's reign. Perhaps that's what you've got in store over the next few weeks. And are we to assume that Christian's title shot will be at Survivor Series? Some clarification on that on Raw tomorrow would be appreciated.

And now main event time. I dunno why, as it was a pretty standard statement to make, but that line from J.R. about how neither man wanted to escape, they'd rather stay and hurt the other was pretty chilling giving the context. The chokeslam from the top of the cage sounded insane, as did the superplex, some pretty crazy, high risk stunts given the two men involved in the match. And finally, a Batista bomb to finish things off. Pretty emphatic stuff from the champion, and given that this finish lacked the controversy of the SummerSlam one, I take it this feud is over with. Batista continues to go from strenght to strenght as Raw's main guy, whereas I wonder what could be next for Kane. He's been used so well these last few months it would be a shame to see him drift down the card, so hopefully you've got something good in mind for him. But yeah, a great main event, very dramatic and full of some really nice spots, and of course, the right won.

Overall, I thought this was a great effort, not up there with SummerSlam, but a fantastic read all the same. Great stuff, more of the same moving forward, No Mercy should be another top read.
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That was quite a read. Granted I skimmed through some of it just because of the sheer volume, but all in all it was a great pay per view from top to bottom. Some sure-fire wins and some surprises always make it special. I was quite shocked to see Christian walk out of that triple threat victorious, but that certainly gives him a huge platform going forward. The same can be said for the Arabian Entity...I absolutely loved how that match was written. There wasn't anything really off about this pay per view, I was hoping for a better opponent for Kennedy's open challenge, but it certainly was a nice laugh at how it all transpired.
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Christian vs Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship if that happens, Batista I see him easily beating Christian because Batista has his size, his strength, his physical dominance but Christian has his speed and his intelligence but at the same time I think this feud is already personal or it will be because of Ric Flair in the fact that Christian retired Flair

But I wonder if Bischoff just for the hell of it just to stack the odds against Batista, Bischoff decides to make it a Triple-Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Batista, Christian and Kane, or a Fatal 4-Way with Batista vs Christian vs Kane vs Jericho

And hopefully if and when Triple H does return, Triple H and Shawn Michaels can reunite DX, a D-Generation X reunion please God!!!!!!!!!
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And for Survivor Series I hope it is Team RAW vs Team Smackdown 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Match with 5 of the best RAW superstars taking on the 5 best Smackdown superstars for bragging rights for brand supremacy
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It’s been a while. Anyways, yes this thing is back in business after a nice little breather. First off, massive thanks to Wolfy and iMac for the Unforgiven feedback, much appreciated. On another note, the predictions contest was won by The Cult so congrats to him, you can have…whatever I suppose lol, let me know. Anyways, let’s get to it!


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Twenty Four hours removed from a breathtaking night in Oklahoma at Unforgiven, the superstars of Monday Night Raw head to Omaha as the road to Survivor Series awaits!!

Last night saw a vicious, brutal slugfest inside a Fifteen foot high Steel Cage between a ravenous Animal and a fired up Monster did battle for the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista and Kane have been embroiled in a heated rivalry over the past couple of months and last night it came to a bloody end as Batista retained his title following a devastating Batistabomb. The heart and will to win from the champion was evident and with this war now over between the two, we know who Batista’s next challenger will be. However we must now question, where exactly does the Big Red Machine go from here?

As mentioned we already know just who the next challenger to the World Title will be and that man is Captain Charisma himself, Christian. Last night saw an incredible contest between three of Canada’s finest take place as Christian, Edge and Chris Jericho went at it, the winner becoming the new number one contender and it would be Christian who would prevail. Edge and Jericho have been at each other’s throats ever since Wrestlemania and this result is unlikely to change that, with both men still seeking to challenge for gold. Christian meanwhile has that opportunity, one that he’s waited his whole career for. Just what will he have to say about his success last night to all his ‘Peeps’ in Omaha tonight? And will he have a message for the man in possession?

Shawn Michaels had an absolute roller coaster of a night at Unforgiven. Faced in one of the toughest situations of his career, Michaels faced a four on one Handicap Elimination match against the dangerous Arabian Entity. The Heartbreak Kid showed incredible fight and spirit, somehow managing to eliminate three out of four Entity members but fell just short of a clean sweep, thanks in part to the help of Raw’s General Manager and Michaels’ very own ‘Personal Employer’, Eric Bischoff. Bischoff has made Michaels’ life a living hell for months on end and after last night it would appear that the boss is still far from through with punishing the Showstopper. The question now on everybody’s minds is, where does Shawn Michaels go from here? Will the Heartbreak Kid feel forced into doing the one thing he so vigorously refuses to do, walk away? Or will Shawn once again stand up to his ruthless boss and live to fight another day? One thing’s certain, Eric Bischoff will be ready and waiting to make his next move.

The Intercontinental Title and World Tag Team Titles were defended last night and both retained by the champions but not without controversy. Shelton Benjamin appeared moments away from losing his Intercontinental Championship to Mark Jindrak, only for Charlie Haas to put Benjamin’s foot on the ropes, saving the match and in the process, his partner’s title. Benjamin however was far from happy when he realised what had transpired and berated Haas backstage following the match, claiming he wanted to win the ‘right way’. With clear tension between the World’s Greatest Tag Team and Jindrak surely owed another title shot, is it only a matter of time before Benjamin cracks under the strain?

Meanwhile the Dudleyz also survived with their titles intact, although they owe a lot to the interference of the Basham Brothers. For weeks the Basham’s have pleaded their case for a title shot, begging for a way into proceeding but the challengers were not to cave in. Ken Doane and Nick Nemeth, the Platform to Perfection stated that this was their time to shine and that they deserved the shot, not the Basham’s. Last night they got that shot and appeared in control, however their reluctance to allow the Basham’s into the match would ultimately cost them as the Basham’s would screw the Perfectionists out of the gold. Will the Basham’s now get what they clamour and face the Dudleyz with the titles on the line? Or will the Perfectionists stake their claim for a rematch? And what exactly will the champions have to say about the situation?

Victoria was another who just about survived with her championship, however she would not be victorious over the Daredevil Diva, Lita. Victoria, sensing her title reign was about to end opted for the easy way out and used a Steel Chair to take out her challenger, targeting the ankle injury that Lita sustained prior to Summerslam at the hands of? You guessed it, Victoria herself. As the bell rang it would appear as though Victoria’s assault was to continue until Oklahoma came unglued as Trish Stratus made a shocking return from broken ankle to come down and fend off the champion, coming to the aid of Lita. With Trish now back in the fold and gunning for the woman who took her out along with Lita’s quest for gold, is Victoria’s ruthless approach set to catch up with her?

And finally, Mr.Kennedy was again victorious last night but he did not face the competition he so desperately desired, instead taking on a rather ‘golden’ Eugene. Ever since his debut, Kennedy has craved the spotlight, demanding to face the best Raw has to offer however he has continued to be denied with last night perhaps being the final straw. What will the Green Bay native have to say here tonight in Omaha? Will Eric Bischoff be the target of Kennedy’s frustrations?

All this and much, much more LIVE tonight on Raw!!

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Default Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.

I can't wait to see the fallout from Unforgiven here on RAW, here is hoping RAW's build-up towards Survivor Series is everything that we hope it is going to be, we know that it will be Batista defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Captain Charisma Christian who ended up becoming the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship beating Edge and Jericho in a Triple Threat to even get this opportunity but at the same time with Christian he has been on a roll ever since SummerSlam ever since retiring the Nature Boy Ric Flair, so with him facing Batista a former protege of Flair's, then this has become even more personal

Here is hoping Shawn can somehow get out from under Bischoff's thumb but even if Shawn does get fired by Bischoff, Mr. McMahon can just intervene and re-hire Shawn Michaels, so either way Shawn would be free and here is hoping Shawn Michaels can somehow get his career back on track

And here is hoping Kennedy if he can't get the very best RAW has to offer, he can switch brands and move over to the blue brand move over to Smackdown
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Default Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.

He never ceases to amaze me. Here is hoping...

Anyway: Raw looks a corker, mate. You've got some very solid foundations to build on following Unforgiven as you head in to Survivor Series and eventually Wrestlemania, which I presume is the target, possibly. I don't really care, just glad to see this back on. I'm sure you won't disappoint
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